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Ray “Kenny” McGee
Ray “Kenny” McGee 66 of Smithville Mo formally of Plattsburg died Sunday March 16, 2014 at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Leavenworth Kansas. Born on May 14, 1947 in Kansas City Mo to Lon McGee and Morine (Kendall) McGee Jackson. He was a graduate of Plattsburg High School. Kenny was a veteran of the Vietnam War. Kenny was part of the 2/501 INF 101st ABN, and received the National Defense Service Medal; Vietnam Campaign Medal; Bronze Star Medal; Air Medal; Vietnam Service Medal; Army Commendation Medal and Combat Infantry Man’s Badge. Kenny was a member of the VFW and American Legion. He worked as a heavy equipment operator for Everett Quarries and later for Martin Marietta Quarries. Kenny retired after 38 years of service.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his fiancée Vicky Deering of the home. 2 sons Chris McGee of St. Joseph Mo and Brian McGee of Liberty.

Graveside service and interment were held Wednesday March 19, 2014 at the Green Lawn Cemetery Plattsburg MO. Arrangements Bailey & Cox Family Funeral Svc.


Mary H. Porter
KEARNEY, Mo. - Mary Helen Porter, 88, of Kearney, passed away Wednesday afternoon, March 12, 2014, at Gower Convalescent Center in Gower, Mo.

She was born April 24, 1925, in Highland, Kan., the daughter of the late George and Beulah Dutton Gilmore.

She was married to her husband, Mack Porter, for 62 years.

Mary Helen was a graduate of Highland Community College. She was also a member of PEO and Order of the Eastern Star.

Mary Helen is survived by her husband, Mack Porter, of the home; three children, Craig and wife Katee, Porter of Kansas City, Mo.; Kent and wife Linda Porter of Kearney; and Kristy and husband Ed Charland, of Lee’s Summit, Mo.; one sister, Georgia Lee Hendren; one brother, Larry Gilmore; six grandchildren, Natalie Porter, Evan Charland, Alex Porter, Claire Charland, MacKenzie Porter and Chase Porter; one great- grandson, Connor Porter; other relatives and many friends.

In addition to her parents, Mary Helen was preceded in death by one sister, Loretta Flett.

Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 20, 2014, at Hidden Valley Funeral Home in Kearney.

Funeral services for Mary Helen will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, March 21, 2014, at Hidden Valley Funeral Home.

Interment will follow in Smithville Memorial Cemetery, Smithville, Mo.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Mary Helen Gilmore Porter Foundation at Highland Community College, Highland, Kan.

Arrangements under the care of Hidden Valley Funeral Home, Kearney.


Marilyn L. Easton
NEW HAMPTON, Mo. - Marilyn Louise Easton, 72, New Hampton, passed away Friday, March 14, 2014 at a Bethany, Mo. hospital.

She was born July 16, 1941, in Harrison County, Mo., the daughter of Delbert and Evelyn (Nicholls) Coleman.

On June 15, 1963, Marilyn was united in marriage to Kenneth Easton in Bethany. He preceded her in death on November 27, 1970.

She was also preceded in death by her brother, Larry Coleman; sister, Phyllis Coleman; and her parents.

Survivors include two daughters, Debra (Johnnie) Kinnison of Ridgeway, Mo.; and Christina Rivet of Eagleville, Mo.; four granddaughters, Meghan (Aaron) Fair, Payton Kinnison, Chandelar Carey and Brandy Rivet; two brothers, Fred (Cathy) Coleman of Bethany; and Morris (Sharon) Coleman of Lathrop Mo.

Funeral services were held Monday March 17, at Roberson Funeral Home, Bethany. Burial in Miriam Cemetery, Bethany.

Memorial contributions may be made to Harrison County Cancer Transportation Fund in care of Roberson Funeral Home, PO Box 46, Bethany, Mo., 64424.

Online condolences may be left at www.robersonfuneralhome.com


Ray McClanahan
Ray McClanahan, 88, of Gower, MO passed away Friday, March 14, 2014 at his home.

He was born on April 14, 1925 to William Frederick and Aldyth Nannie (Ward) McClanahan near Edgerton where he grew up and attended school. He served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII.

He worked in farming most of his life. He also worked for Land Construction, then later for Lawhon Construction, from which he retired. After retirement, he continued to work in farming for many years.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Herman, Bill and Jim; one sister, Virginia Anderson; and nephew Stanley Anderson.

Ray is survived by his sister, Wardie Hines, Gower MO; nephew Ken Anderson; nieces Rosalee Thomas and Beverly Meade; and Phyllis Wozniak; several great-nieces and great-nephews; other relatives and many friends.
Visitation: Was held Sunday, March 16th at Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower.

Inurnment with Military Honors: 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 18th Allen Cemetery, Gower.


Robert Marvin Smith, Sr.
Robert Marvin Smith, Sr., 67, of Lathrop, passed away March 10, 2014.

Visitation was held Sunday, March 16, at Park Lawn Lathrop Chapel, 901 Clinton Street, Lathrop. A funeral service celebrating Bob’s life was held Monday, March 17, at the chapel. Burial in Prairie Ridge Cemetery, Polo.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the American Heart Association.

Bob was born March 7, 1947, in Clinton County, MO, and was a lifelong area resident. He graduated from Lathrop High School. Bob worked for Frontier Airlines for 19 years and later for Missouri Gas Energy for 16 years before he retired. He was preceded in death by his parents, Marvin and Roberta (Crowley) Smith, and his brother, Ronnie Smith.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Donna; children, Jamie Shultz (Craig), Brandy Huitt (Brian) and Robert Smith, Jr., all of Lathrop; grandchildren, Christy Smith, Collin Shultz, Annika Huitt, Brooke Huitt, Kiah Huitt, Scott Abbott and Dylan Smith; his sister, Kaye Duncan (Richard) of Topeka, KS; sister-in-law, Martha Burnett of Lathrop; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements: Park Lawn Lathrop Chapel (816) 740-4658.


Gertie R. Tate
Gertie R. Tate 102 of Plattsburg MO.,died Thursday March 6, 2014 at her residence. Born on Sept. 17, 1911 in Clay County Missouri to John and Cora Jefferson. Mrs. Tate was a homemaker and a member of the Second Baptist Church of Plattsburg.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Husband Gordon Tate, 4 brothers Nelson Jefferson, Barney Jefferson, Allen Jefferson and Robert Kelley.

Survivors include her 3 children Clay Burris of San Antonio Texas; Robert Norman Tate of Plattsburg, Mo and Mrs. Jessie L. Harris of Plattsburg Mo; 5 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren and numerous great- great grandchildren.

Funeral service were held Wednesday at the Second Baptist Church of Plattsburg. Interment will be in the Mt. Washington Cemetery Plattsburg. Arrangements Bailey & Cox Family Funeral Service Plattsburg MO. Online Guest book and Obituary at www.baileycox.com


Mabel V. Auxier
Mabel V. Auxier, 72, of Gower, MO passed away Saturday, March 8, 2014 at her home.

She was born on June 10, 1941 to George Henry and Florence Henrietta (Pobanz) Walters in Angleton, TX. She grew up in St. Joseph and Graduated from Central High School. She later attended Platte Gard College in St. Joseph.

On May 14, 1960 she was united in marriage to Charles Auxier. After their marriage they lived in Gower were they made their home

Mabel worked for Westab, American Family, Crouch’s Trucking and Quaker Oats. She enjoyed spending her time fishing and cooking for her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother George Walters, sister Doris Combs and grandson Chris Auxier.

Mabel is survived by her husband Charles; children, Kim Utz, Kelley Tripp, Eric Auxier and wife Beth and Cory Auxier and wife Kelley; grandchildren, Josh Utz and wife Annie, Matt Utz and wife Stephanie, Zach Tripp, Nick Tripp and wife Stephanie, Emily Auxier, Eli Auxier, Cody Auxier, Ethan Auxier, and Kyndal Auxier; great-grandchildren, Carson Utz and Cordelia Utz; sisters, Virginia Halter and Barbara Davis; numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Funeral Service: March 11th at Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower. Burial: Allen Cemetery

Donations may be made to the Mabel Auxier Memorial Fund.


Arban J. Knoch
Arban J. Knoch 83 of Holt Mo died Wednesday March 5, 2014 at the Excelsior Springs Convalescent Center. Born on March 27, 1930 in Zora Mo to James and Lola Mae (Allen) Knoch. He was a member of the Holt Baptist Church, Holt Mo; and a member of the Masonic Lodge, UAW and played in the Lake Arrowhead Band. Along with his music he loved to draw and paint.

He was preceded in death by his parents and 11 siblings.

On April 11, 1951 he married Bonnie Ruth Mills who survives of the home. Other survivors include 4 sons Rick Knoch of Liberty Mo; Ron Knoch of KCMO; Tim Knoch of Holt MO and Jeff Knoch of KCMO. 2 grandchildren, 1 great grand child; and his sister Mary Harms.

Funeral service were held Monday March 10, 2014 at the Bailey & Cox Funeral Home Lathrop MO. Interment in the Antioch Cemetery Holt, MO.

Arrangements Bailey & Cox Family Funeral Service Lathrop MO. Online guest book and obituary at www.baileycox.com


Gail Moyes
TOPEKA, Kan. - Virginia Gail Moyes passed away February 26, 2014.

She was born March 7, 1914 to William Carl and Dulcie Ann (Guinn) Walkup near Gower, Mo.

Preceded: parents; son, John Moyes; brothers, William Carl, Jr. and John Stamper Walkup.

Survivors: daughter, Connie (Sam) Marcotte; grandchildren, Shaun and Megan; great-grandchildren, Braiden, Harper, Jordan, Dezarae, Whitney; daughter-in-law, Edna Moyes; sister-in-law, Louise Walkup.

A family memorial service was held.


Clarice E. Crawford
Clarice Elizabeth Crawford, 87, of St. Joseph, passed away Sunday, March 2, 2014 in a Blue Springs, Mo., health care center.
She was born August 29, 1926 in St. Joseph. She graduated from Lafayette High School and married John H. Crawford Jr. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

She a homemaker and a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

Clarice was preceded in death by husband, John Henry Crawford, Jr.; her father, Eldridge Chandlee; mother, Helen Kenney and her husband Harvey.

Survivors include five sons, John “Sam” H Crawford III and wife Melody, of Brandon, Fla.; Timothy Crawford and wife Wendie of Gower, Mo.; Bill Crawford and wife Melody of Gladstone, Mo.; Ken Crawford and Kevin Crawford both of St. Joseph; two daughters, Pat Chung and husband Dr. Richard of Blue Springs; and Eileen Shipp and husband Larry of Overland Park, Kan.; 14 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Howard Chandlee and wife Gwen of Oceanside, Calif.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Friday, March 7, 2014, at the St. James Catholic Church, Father Evan Harkins Celebrant.

The Rosary was recited Thursday at the Rupp Funeral Home.

Arrangements: Rupp Funeral Home. Interment, at the Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Online condolences and obituary at www.ruppfuneral.com.


Vernon D. Bennett
RIDGEWAY, Mo. - Vernon “Dean” Bennett, 77, Ridgeway, passed away Friday, February 28, 2014.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Joan Bennett of the home; daughters, Sherri Conner, Higgensville, Mo.; Lori Bennett, Lee’s Summit, Mo.; Brenda Cleveland, St. Joseph; and Kelli Joan Bennett, Los Angeles, Calif.; sons, Billy Dean Bennett, Turney, Mo.; and John Bennett, Cameron, Mo.; brother, Otto Bennett, Bethany, Mo.; sisters, Wanda Cramer, Garden Grove, Calif.; and Louise Wormington, Elgin, Ill.; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Cremation has been provided by Roberson Funeral Home, Bethany.

No services will be held.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Harrison County Hospice in care of Roberson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 46, Bethany, MO 64424.

Online condolences may be left at www.robersonfuneralhome.com.


Fanny B. Peter
SKIDMORE, Mo. - Fanny Belle (Long) Peter, 84, Skidmore, went to join her beloved husband of 64 years on January 28, 2014, at the St .Francis Hospital, Maryville, Mo.

Fanny was born on April 1, 1929, on the home farm southeast of Graham, Mo., to Oliver W. and Mildred (Goff) Long.

She attended the Barnes country school until 1940, when the family moved to their farm south of Quitman. She then attended the Quitman school, where she excelled in all her classes and was active in sports and music. Fanny graduated from the Quitman High School as Valedictorian of the class of 1947. Later, she attended Northwest Missouri State College, majoring in business and for 20 years was the office manager for Robbins Lightning Protection Co., Maryville.

In July 1947, Fanny married Kenneth Saunders Peter of Skidmore. They set up housekeeping in Skidmore, but later moved to the tenant house on her dad’s farm and Kenneth helped with feeding cattle, operating the bulldozer, etc. They purchased the Peter home place farm northeast of Skidmore in 1952, where they lived and Fanny was secretary for the family business, The Peter Construction Company, until Kenneth’s death in 2012. Fanny continued to live on the farm until 2013 when she went to reside at the Nodaway Nursing Home, Maryville.

Fanny was not afraid to tackle the various tasks that were asked of her and was successful in her many endeavors. She enjoyed being involved in community activities and worked right alongside with her husband in many organizations. Over the years, Fanny was past officer of the Town & Country Saddle Club; member of the local Successful Club; past Republican Committeewoman of Monroe Township, Nodaway County; past president of the Nodaway County Federated Republic Women; past publicity chairman of the Skidmore “Punkin” show, after it started again in 1970; past Worthy Matron, and 50 year member of the Skidmore Chapter of the Eastern Star; member and past Children’s Superintendent of the Skidmore United Methodist Church; past Den Mother of Cub Scout Pack 68, Skidmore; past member of the Business and Professional Women, Maryville; member of DAR; member of Skidmore Lions Club; and was an Auxiliary member of MLICA (Missouri Land Improvement Contractors).

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; and sister, Mary Elizabeth Velvick.

Survivors include two sons, Steven Wayne Peter, Civil Engineer with St. Joseph Herzog, Camden Point, Mo.; and Donald (Jessie) Allen Peter, (DVM), Hermiston, Ore.; three grandchildren, Melissa Peter, and Mikayla Peter, both of Gower, Mo.; and Joshuah (Meghan) Peter (Esq.); three great-grandchildren, Kyle, Kameron and Lukas K. Peter; two step-grandchildren, Ashley (Kurtis) Strzelewicz, and Jamie Simmons; six step-great- grandchildren; three sisters, Jessie Marie Jones-Smith, Olive Irene Smith, both of Maryville; and Belva Dean Dawson, Quitman; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Saturday, February 1, 2014, at the Skidmore United Methodist Church. The burial will follow in the Hillcrest Cemetery, also of Skidmore.

Memorials are suggested to the Skidmore United Methodist Church, Skidmore, Mo.

For online condolences and guest book, visit www.bramfuneralhome.com.


Kathy Holiman
GOWER, Mo. - LaRae Holiman, age 64, passed away on February 1, 2014.

Kathy was born November 5, 1949 in Fort Dodge, Iowa to Clyde and Mary Cooper.

Kathy was preceded in death by her parents, Clyde and Mary Cooper; sisters, LaDonna Fevold, Jackie Calhoon; brothers, Farrell and Richard Cooper; and her faithful companion, Rambo.

Kathy graduated from Stewartsville High School in 1967. After more than 28 years of service at Snorkel in Wathena, Kan., she retired to Gower, Mo., with her Pug, Rambo, where she spent her days doing what she loved best - being a grandmother and friend. Those who knew her best would describe her as a one-of-a-kind lady with a no BS attitude. She loved watching WWE every Monday and Friday night, NASCAR, Hershey candy bars and drinking Coca-Cola.

Mom (Grandma) was always there for all of us in one way or another. She loved watching the grandkids at their sporting events, and family vacations in Branson. She was a listening ear on the receiving end of numerous phone calls helping solve our problems. She was an amazing woman and will be missed deeply by her family and friends.

She is survived by her daughter, Stacy Holiman; son, Danny (Heather) Holiman; sister, Diana (Carl) Colhour; nephew, Mike (Carol) Hall; grandchildren, Katy (Billie) Houghton, Joshua Holiman, Ashlee Holiman, Erika Holiman, Dallas Holiman, Brian and David Hall; great-granddaughter, Adelyn LaRae Holiman; sister-in-law, Marcelle Cooper, and her long time neighbor and best friend, Pat Scott; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews.

Cremation under the direction of Bram-Turner Funeral Home.

Celebration of Life will be held 6-8 p.m. Thursday, February 6, 2014 at Bram-Turner Funeral Home of Stewartsville, Mo.

Memorial contributions: American Cancer Society.
Online condolences: www.bram-turnerfuneralhome.com


Jeffery C. Yoakum
Jeffery C. Yoakum, 56, of Raytown Mo died Sunday Feb. 2, 2014 at an Overland Park Kansas Hospital.

Born on Nov. 22, 1957 in Kansas City Mo to Edwin F. and Winona (Myers) Yoakum.

He was a high school graduate and attended two years of college. Jeffery worked in retail management. He was an honorary member of the Marines Corp League

He was preceded in death by his father and sister Valerie Yoakum.

Survivors include his 2 sons Ian Yoakum of Springfield MO; Devin Yoakum of Jefferson City MO., his mother Winona Yoakum of Raytown Mo and his brother Stephen Yoakum of Raytown MO.

Graveside service and interment will be 1PM Thursday Feb. 6, 2014 at the Bethel Cemetery Polo MO. The family will receive friends 12noon Feb. 6, 2014 at the Bailey & Cox Funeral Home Polo. Online guest book and obituary at www.baileycox.com


Shania N. Wheeler
GOWER, Mo. - Shania Nicole Wheeler, 18, of Gower, passed away Thursday, January 30, 2014, at Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, Mo.

She was born December 11, 1995, in St. Joseph, daughter of Kim and Shane Wheeler. She attended Helen Davis School. Shania enjoyed coloring, playing games, and painting. She loved school, music and her caregivers, and most especially her family. She was a very warm and loving person who always had a smile on her face.

Shania was preceded in death by paternal grandmother, Mary Wheeler; maternal grandmother, Ann Anderson.

Survivors include, her parents, Kim and Shane of the home; brother, Cody Wheeler; sister, Chloe Wheeler; paternal grandfather, Roger Wheeler; maternal grandfather, David Anderson; maternal great-grandmother, Betty Smith all of St. Joseph; godparents, Matt and Lisa Anderson; as well as several other aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, February 6, 2014, at Rupp Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, at the Rupp Funeral Home. The Interment will be at the Mount Zion Cemetery.

Memorials are requested to the Shania Wheeler memorial fund in care of the Rupp Funeral Home.

Online condolence and obituary at www.ruppfuneral.com


Muriel P. Thacker
GOWER, Mo. - Muriel P. (Brinton) Thacker, 98, Gower, died Monday, January 27, 2014 at a local healthcare facility.

She was born July 16, 1915 to James and Maude (Reece) Brinton in Union Star, Mo.

She married John Thacker in 1937.

Muriel was a member at St. Paul United Methodist Church; a former member of Agency United Methodist Church; and a 25 year club member at Mead.

Mrs. Thacker was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter, Sylvia Thacker; brothers, Reece, James and Otto Brinton; and sisters, Lucy Brinton and Maude Reynolds.

Survivors: son, Richard Thacker (Willa), Agency, Mo.; granddaughters, Jennifer Thacker, Topeka, Kan.; and Mary Thacker, St. Joseph; grandsons, Jarrod Thacker (Sarita), Jefferson City, Mo.; and Douglas Thacker (Emily), Raymore, Mo.; and great-grandchildren, Meah, Jonathon and Adam Thacker.

Services: Were held Friday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Interment: Memorial Park Cemetery.

Flowers are appreciated, and for those wishing to make a contribution, the family requests they be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com.


Thomas Orwick
GOWER, Mo. - Thomas “Sam” Orwick, 76, Gower, passed away peacefully Sunday, January 26, 2014 at his home surrounded by many of his loved ones.

He was born June 30, 1937 to Keith and Ola (McConnell) Orwick in Savannah, Mo.

He was married to Juanita Jones and had two children. He married Elizabeth Flannigan, who passed away in 2007. He then married Shirley Gaughn, who passed away in January 2014.

Thomas proudly served in the United States Air Force. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Gower; United Methodist and the Baptist Churches of Osborn, Mo.; and the Liberty Masonic Lodge #31.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Bob and Caleb Bush; and sister, Bea Burr.

Survivors: daughters, Jodie McKay and Ronnie Orwick; grandchildren, Ryan, Kera and Sarah McKay, Samantha Standley, Amanda Skow, Heather Anderson, Brittany DeLapp, Nicholas Orwick, Shane Clark, Mikayla and Ryan Stubbs and Hailey Fairchild; 13 great-grandchildren; brothers, Jack Moore and LeRoy Bush; sister, Betty Bland; and numerous other family members and close friends.

Services: Held Saturday, First Baptist Church, Gower.

The family received friends one hour prior to the service.

Mr. Orwick was a member of the Missouri Cremation Service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family to help defray funeral expenses, c/o 5005 Frederick Blvd. St. Joseph, MO 64506.
Online guestbook and obituary at www.missouricremation.com.


Dale Robert Toms
Dale Robert Toms 72, of Polo MO., went to be with Jesus on Saturday Feb.1, 2014 after a hearty fight with Multiple Myeloma. Preceded in death by his parents Cedric and Annabelle (Matlock) Toms. Brothers Howard, Gerald, and Ronald Toms. And stepdaughter Staci Wickam Gillett.

He is survived by his loving wife Gayle. Children Laura, Lisa and Scott. Brothers Merrill, Warren, John and Kyle; Sister Clyda Lange. 10 grandchildren and 6 Great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends and his many furry companions.

Dale retired in 2001 from Teamsters Local union 41 with 28 years of service. He attended Polo Christian Church. He was an Air Force Veteran, member of the Polo Saddle Club; American Legion Post 285 of Hamilton MO., Mid American Coca Cola Club, Lathrop Antique Club, Great Plain toy collectors club, Turney Historical Club, and served on the Caldwell County Democrats Central Committee and ran for the 7th District State Representative in 2010.

Dale had a gift of the gab and was a helper to all. The family suggests memorials gifts to the Caldwell County Cancer Foundation P.O. Box 55 Kingston MO. or to a Church or Charity of the donor’s choice

Funeral service will be held 2:00PM Wednesday Feb. 5, 2014 at the Polo Christian Church, Polo Mo. Interment will be in the Prairie Ridge Cemetery, Polo, MO. The Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements Bailey & Cox Family Funeral Service Polo MO. Online guest book and obituary at www.baileycox.com


Norman Auxier
Norman “Dump” Auxier, 71, of Gower, MO passed away Monday, January 27, 2014.

He was born on March 20, 1942 to Emmett Otis and Dorothy Emma (White) Auxier in Gower, MO where he grew up and graduated from Gower High School.

Dump worked for Perterson’s Garage in Gower and later owned and operated Auxier Garage. Dump also worked for Ford Motor Company and was a lifelong farmer. On May 4, 2013 he was united in marriage to Carol Proffit. After their marriage they lived near Gower on the family farm.

He was preceded in death by his parents and granddaughter Christina.

Dump is survived by his wife Carol; son Curt Auxier; grandchildren Austin Auxier and wife Hayley and Garrett Auxier; brothers and sisters, Charles Auxier and wife Mabel, Ruth Gates and husband Richard and Linda Auxier; father-in-law and mother-in-law Dean and Shirley Proffit; several nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Funeral Services: 10:00 a.m. Friday January 31st at Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower Burial Allen Cemetery

Visitation: 6:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Donations may be made to the cemetery.


William A. King, Jr.
William A. King, Jr., 69, of Lathrop, Missouri, passed away Monday, January 20, 2014, at his home. He was born April 10, 1944, in Excelsior Springs, Missouri, the son of William Albert and Flora Ann (Spor) King, Sr.
On May 4, 1961, he was united in marriage to the love of his life, Carol E. Ivy in Holt, Missouri. Bill loved the freedom of being an over the road truck driver for over 30 years until his retirement in 2009, and was proud to be an owner/operator and member of OOIDA.

William is survived by his wife, Carol King of Lathrop; daughter, Angela Archer & husband, Rick of Kearney, Missouri; son, Jeff King & wife, Penny of Bentonville, Arkansas; three sisters, Janet Hays of Michey, Tennessee, Patricia Alexander & husband, David of Bellevue, Washington, Kathy Anderson & husband, Michael John of Lathrop; brother, Michael Wayne King & wife, Jana of Lathrop; his mother, Flora Ann King of Holt, Missouri; four grandchildren, Cassie Archer, Ricky Archer & wife, Robin, Tony King and Nick King.

William was preceded in death by his father, William A. “Sonny” King, Sr.

Visitation is at Hidden Valley Funeral Home in Kearney, where friends may call from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 22. Memorial services for William will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 23, 2014, at Hidden Valley Funeral Home in Kearney with Rev. James Moore, Pastor of New Life Community Church in Kansas City, Missouri officiating.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Hidden Valley Funeral Home in Kearney. 816-903-8888


Leland W. Sunderman, Jr.
Leland William “Lee” Sunderman Jr., 62, of St. Joseph, passed peacefully into Heaven on Sunday, January 19th, 2014 surrounded by his family at home where he wanted to be.

Lee met the love of his life, Bonnie (Roup) in 1970. Bonnie and Lee were married on December 11, 1970. They shared 43 wonderful years together.

Lee worked for over 30 years at Affiliated Foods in Elwood, Kan., as the Industrial Maintenance Supervisor. He also taught day and evening classes at Hilliard Technical Institute for many years. His most recent employer was R/S Electric Support Services, where he was the Safety Coordinator. He greatly enjoyed working for R/S and cherished the support he received during his illness.

His hobbies included fishing, boating, camping, watching black and white western movies, and drinking coffee on the deck with his wife. Lee enjoyed planning each year’s summer vacation with his family and most of all, holding hands with his wife.

Leland loved his family. They were the most important thing to him, and you could always catch him talking about each of his grandchildren’s activities and their accomplishments.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leland W. Sunderman Sr. and Thelma (Dever) Sunderman.

He is survived by his wife, Bonnie of the home; daughter, Shauna Connell (Bradley) of Gower, Mo.; son, Wesley Sunderman (Rebecca), of Wichita, Kan.; grandchildren, Jordyn and Logyn Connell and Dylan and Brooklyn Sunderman; a brother, Scott Sunderman, Sr.; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Sherry and Allan Link; and several nieces and nephews.

Services: 3 p.m. Wednesday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory.

The family received friends Tuesday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com.


James R. Hill
HAMILTON, Mo. - James R. Hill, 85, Hamilton, formerly of Kingston, Mo., passed away on January 17, 2014, at the Liberty Hospital, Liberty, Mo.

James was born on June 19, 1928, in Mirabile, Mo., to Robbie W. and Marie (Matchett) Hill.

He grew up in the Kingston and Hamilton areas. James had been employed in construction in the past and had also been a farmer.

James was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Walter Dean Hill, Billie Hill and Dale Hill; and a sister, Dorothy Hill.

James married Helen Loveless on July 15, 1946, in Kansas. They were married 67 years, and she survives of the home.

Additional survivors: sons, Don Hill, Hamilton; Ron (Marty) Hill, Kansas City, Mo; Roger (Julie) Hill, Hamilton; Bob (Heather) Hill, Plattsburg, Mo; daughters, Connie (Bill) Greenfield, Independence, Mo.; Kathy (Bob) Neely, Holt, Mo.; and Mary Kay (Don) Shepard, Kansas City; 19 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Funeral service: Held Monday, January 20, at the Hamilton United Methodist Church Sanctuary.Visitation: Was held 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, January 19, at Bram Funeral Home, Hamilton.

Interment: Highland Cemetery, Hamilton.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Caldwell County Foundation Cancer Assistance Fund.

Arrangements: Bram Funeral Home, Hamilton.
Online condolences: www.bramfuneralservices.com


George M. Bachman, III
EASTON, Mo. - George Martin “Marty” Bachman, III, 56, Easton, passed away Saturday, January 11, 2014 after an extended battle with cancer.

Marty was born on November 20, 1957 to the late George and Mary (Curran) Bachman, Jr.

He was a 1977 graduate of Benton High School.

Mr. Bachman worked in grounds maintenance at Missouri Western State University for over 33 years. Marty took such pride in the upkeep and beautification of the campus flower beds. He thought of Missouri Western as his family and loved his job.

Marty was of the Catholic faith.

Survivors include his sisters, Williamina “Mina” Cox, St. Joseph; and Diane (John) Schnabel, Royse City, Texas.

Mr. Bachman was also preceded in death by an infant brother, John Edward Bachman.

Service: Held Saturday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Interment: Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Visitation was held after 9 a.m. Friday at our Chapel, where a Rosary will be held at 6 p.m. Friday.

The family received friends following the Rosary until 9 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to the St. Joseph Animal Shelter.


Norman H. “ Barney Kendall
Norman H. “ Barney Kendall 86 of Polo Mo., died Tuesday Jan. 1, 2014 at a Cameron Mo., hospital. Born on Oct. 4. 1926 in Wilmington Delaware to Harry and Alice (Sheldon) Kendall. He was a high school graduate and a proud veteran of the United States Army. He was a member of Christ Church and The American Legion Post, both of Polo.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers and 3 sisters.

Survivors include his children Kathleen Quinley, David Kendall, Judith Freidhoff, Edward Kendall, Harry Kendall ll, James Kendall and Lawrence Kendall. His brother Harry G. Kendall; 13 grandchildren 4 great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Wednesday Jan. 8, 2014 at the Christ Chapel Polo MO. The Family received friends 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in the Leavenworth National Cemetery, 10:00AM Thursday Jan 9, 2014. Arrangements Bailey & Cox Family Funeral Service Polo MO. Online guestbook and obituary at www.baileycox.com


Sophie M. Smith
Sophie Mary Smith, 72, of Gower, MO passed away Thursday, January 3, 2014.

She was born on November 30, 1941 to Michael Henry and Sophia (Ponak) Fotovich in Kansas City, MO. Sophie grew up in Kansas City, KS and attend St. John the Baptist Catholic School.

On February 22, 1962 she was united in marriage to Meldon Rex Smith. After their marriage they lived in Claycomo, MO and in 1964 moved to rural Gower where they made their home.

Sophie was a 4-H Leader for many years and was very active in her children’s lives. She enjoyed embroidering, baking, taking pictures, and being in her garden. Sophie was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Michael Fotovich and infant twin sons Timothy and Samuel.

Sophie is survived by her husband Rex Smith; children, Lorraine (Gene) Megenity, Atchison, KS, Phil (Tammy) Smith, Easton, MO, Matthew Smith, Gower, MO, Marcus (Dovie) Smith, Gower, MO, Paul Smith, Gower, MO, Carl (Karen) Smith, St. Joseph, MO and Jennifer Smith, Lecompton, KS; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; fourteen step-great grandchildren; brothers, Lawrence (Joan) Fotovich, Tony (Ruth) Fotovich, John Fotovich; sisters, Helen M. Kennedy-Comley, Cathleen Turner, and Mary Kennedy; other relatives and many friends.

Visitation: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. with Memorial Services at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, January 11th at Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower
Inurnment: Allen Cemetery, Gower


Flossie Bernice Blanchard Pulliam
Flossie Bernice Blanchard Pulliam 89 of Plattsburg MO died Wednesday Jan. 1, 2014 at the Oakridge Nursing Home. She was born July 19, 1924 in Monroe County, Mississippi. She stayed in Prairie, Mississippi until she finished two years of college. She then moved to Chicago, Illinois to live with her brother and his wife.

She was united in holy matrimony April, 19, 1947 to William “Bill” Pulliam, until his death in 1977. She is survived by their four children - Sandra, Bernard and wife Bobbi, Winston, and William “Eddie”, 6 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren, and a host of nieces and nephews. She leaves one sister Annie Metcalf of St. Louis, Missouri.

She worked as a dietetic technician for several large medical centers in Chicago where she met Charnette Norton. In 1986, she moved to Houston, Texas to work at MD Anderson Cancer Center where she lived until moving to Oakridge in 2007.

Funeral Service were held Saturday Jan. 4, 2014 at the Second Baptist Church Plattsburg MO. The family received friends one hour prior at the church. Mrs. Pulliam will be cremated following the service. Arrangements Bailey & Cox Family Funeral Service Plattsburg MO. Online guest book and obituary at www.baileycox.com


Ruby L. Pringle-Temple
CAMERON, Mo. - Ruby L. Pringle-Temple, 87, Cameron, died December 30, 2013. She was born on February 3, 1926, in Brunswick, Mo., to David and Elsie (Medlin) Bills.

Ruby owned and operated Ruby-Doos Beauty Salon for over 27 years.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Glen Pringle; two sisters, Eva Sutton and Anna Hassinger; and granddaughter, Marsha Pringle Sloan.

Survivors: two sons, Randall (Corkey) Pringle, Hamilton, Mo. and Gene (Sandy) Pringle, Lawson, Mo.; two sisters, Zona Emerson, McPherson, Kan. and Bonnie Sue Franklin, Lathrop, Mo.; seven grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.

Service: Held Saturday, January 4, 2014, with visitation at 1 p.m. prior to service at Poland Thompson Funeral Home in Cameron. Burial: Kidder Cemetery, Kidder, Mo.

Online condolences: www.polandthompson.com

Arrangements by: Poland Thompson Funeral Home, Cameron, Mo.


Clay E. Mericle
Clay E. Mericle 76 of Plattsburg died Sunday Jan. 5, 2014 at his home. Born on April 2, 1937 in Concordia Kansas to Courtney and Neola ( Elliott) Mericle. Clay was a graduate from high and college. He was a proud veteran of the United States Navy. He was a member of the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church of KCMO; past member of the Plattsburg Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce and the Optimist Club. Clay also served on the Plattsburg City Council. He and his wife owned the Mericle insurance Agency of Plattsburg. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife Marilyn of the home; 2 sons Cregg and Dawn Mericle of Plattsburg and Todd Mericle of Springfield Mo; his sister Marcia Meyer of KCMO; 2 grandchildren Cole Mericle and Courtney and Matt Shepard and his great grandson Carter Mericle.

The Family will receive friends on Thursday Jan. 9. 2014 from 1:30 -3:30Pm at the Funeral home. Mr. Mericle will be cremated following the visitation. The Family suggests memorial gifts to the Plattsburg Senior Center. Arrangements Bailey & Cox Funeral Home Plattsburg MO. Online guestbook and obituary at www.baileycox.com


Tara Jane Freeman
Tara Jane Freeman 21 of Plattsburg died Friday Dec. 20, 2013 at Liberty Hospital. She will be sorely missed.

Survivors include her parents, Michael & Connie Freeman of the Home, brother, Ryan Freeman of the home; Paternal Grandparents Larry & Beverly Freeman of Plattsburg; Maternal Grandparents Jay & Linda Bricker of Preston, MO; Uncle Dave & Carol Freeman of Plattsburg, Aunt, Cathy & Chuck Jorgensen of Spring Hill, KS; Great-grandmother Cathrine Ebling, Great-grandfather Eldon Freeman, and several cousins.

A memorial service was held Monday Dec. 23, 2013 at the Bailey & Cox Funeral Home in Plattsburg. The Family suggests memorial gifts to Plattsburg High School. Arrangements Bailey & Cox Family Funeral -Service Plattsburg MO. Online guestbook and Obituary at www.baileycox.com


Bill H. Creason, Jr.
STEWARTSVILLE, Mo. - Bill Henry Creason, Jr., age 67, son of William and Magdalene (Lloyd) Creason, was born December 23, 1945 in Excelsior Springs, Mo., and passed away December 17, 2013.

On March 1, 1968 in Camden, Mo., Bill and Janice Thomas were united in marriage. To this union, two daughters were born.
Bill was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.

He enjoyed joking around, making people laugh, going to auctions and buying and selling machinery.

Survivors include his wife, Janice of 45 years, Stewartsville; two daughters, Peggy Paxton (Dan), Stewartsville; and Cheryl Williams (Doug), Lathrop, Mo.; three grandchildren, Kristen Fisher (AJ), Kyle Paxton and Ashley Williams.

Cremation under the direction of Bram-Turner Funeral Home of Stewartsville.

No services scheduled per Bill’s request.
Online condolences: www.bramturnerfuneralhome.com


Zeke Clark
Allen “Zeke” Clark, 74 of Gower, MO passed away, Wednesday, December 18, 2013.

He was born on December 10, 1939 to George Elmer, Sr. and Leona Pearl (Moser) Clark in St. Joseph, MO. Zeke grew up in Gower, MO and in 1958 graduated from Gower High School. He then served his country in the US Air Guard.

On May 18, 1974 he was united in marriage to Jane Ownbey. After their marriage they lived in Gower where they made their home.

Zeke farmed with his father George and brother Elmer. He later worked for Clay County Parks at the golf course in Smithville, MO and enjoyed driving for Randy Reed Dealership in St. Joseph, MO. Zeke enjoyed fishing and loved being with his family and friends.

He was member of the Gower Christian Church. He was a coach, player and later inducted into the Gower Old Timers Hall of Fame.

Zeke was preceded in death by his parents, grandson Hunter Matthew Jameson, step-great-grandson Kaden Jameson and brother George Elmer Clark, Jr.

He is survived by his wife Jane Clark; children Beth Jameson and husband Chris and Brian Clark and wife Gara; grandchildren, Hayden, Connor, and Tristin Jameson and Kylie and Kade Clark; step-grandson Zach Jameson; step-great-granddaughter Kailey Jameson; sister Erma Giddens and husband Curtis; sisters-in-law Nancy Clark and Judy Robertson and husband Dave; several nieces and nephews other relatives and many friends.

Funeral service was held Saturday, December 21, 2013 at the Gower Christian Church AFC Burial: Allen Cemetery, Gower

Donations may be made to the church or the cemetery.
Arrangements Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower


Harold L. Riddle
CAMERON, Mo. - Harold Leroy “Hal” Riddle, 75, Cameron, passed away on December 19, 2013.

Hal was born on February 7, 1938 in Lincoln, Neb., to Carl and Ruby (Wilson) Riddle.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Linda Riddle; two brothers, Harry Riddle and Donald Riddle; and a sister, Betty Hartshorn.

Hal served in the United States Air Force from 1955-1961.

He served 40 years in law enforcement. Hal served as the Cameron Chief of Police from 1978 to 2004, at which time he retired.

Hal was a member of the Cameron Rotary.

Survivors: son, Michael (Susan) Riddle, Waverly, Neb.; step-son, Richard (LuAnn) Kepner, Breckenridge, Mo.; two grandchildren, Jason Riddle and Christina Laws; three great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Services were held Monday, December 23, 2013 at the Turning Point Church, Cameron.

Burial: Graceland Memorial Cemetery, Cameron.

Arrangements by: Poland-Thompson Funeral Home, Cameron. Memorial donations to the Hal Riddle Memorial Fund to benefit the Cameron Police Department, % Cameron City Hall 205 N. Main, Cameron, MO 64429.


Charlene Ruth Miller
Feb. 13, 1934 – Dec. 9, 2013
Charlene Ruth Miller age 79, formerly of Platte City died early Monday morning following a long battle with Alzheimer’s.

Charlene was the daughter of the late Charley and Ruth Clear. In 1950 Charlene married the love of her life, the late Dr. Henry J. Miller. Henry and Charlene made their home in Platte City where together they operated Miller Chiropractic Clinic. Together they raised 3 children- Debbie (Jerry) Schwebach of Lathrop, Vicki (Ray) Payne of Raymore and Skip (Vicki) Miller of Kansas City, Mo. Charlene’s pride in life was her family.

She was the consummate matriarch, always orchestrating family get togethers.

Her parents, a brother Charlie Clear and her former husband, Henry Miller, preceded Charlene in death.

Charlene is survived by a host of grandchildren. Donna (Mike) Adamek of Platte City; Frank (Angie) Aikmus of Waxhaw, NC; Susie Dennison of Columbia, SC; Sandy (Jeff) Troutman of Austin, TX; Jackie Aagenson of Parkville; Jennie (Russ) Smith of Platte City; Shelley Payne (Jennie Byrnes) of Raymore; Trayce Miller of Warrensburg and Trey Miller of Maryville. Additionally Charlene had 11 great grandchildren whom she adored. Also left to remember her are sisters in law Joey Clear Roach, Mo., and Roberta Henneberg of N. Kansas City, as well as a number of nieces and nephews.

The family received guests, Thursday, Dec. 12 at United Methodist Church in Platte City followed by a celebration of life service. Arrangements By: Rollins Funeral Home—Platte City, MO—Ph. 816-858-2129. www.rolloinsfuneralhome.net


Charles M. Garreth
EASTON, Mo. - Charles M. Garreth, 56, a lifelong resident of Easton, died Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

He was born January 20, 1957 to Bob and Jean (Brooner) Garreth in St. Joseph, and was a 1975 graduate of Central High School.

Charles was a farmer and enjoyed playing cards, listening to organ music, and was also a mechanic who could fix anything.

He was a member of the Abundant Life Center congregation of Community of Christ Church, a friend to all he met, and was always so generous with his time, without a need for something in return.

He was preceded in death by his father; uncle, Merle Garreth; uncle, Myron Hedrick; uncle, Orman Brooner; uncle, Richard (El Marie) Brooner; and aunt, Allie (Joe) Tolbert.

Survivors: mother; sister, Anita Simon (Mike), Clarksdale, Mo.; brother/cousin, Dennis Garreth (Susan), Easton; aunts, Lois Garreth (George Stuber), Easton; Pat Hedrick, Bolingbrook, Ill.; Colleen Brooner, St. Joseph; uncle, Bill Brooner (Bonnie), St. Joseph; nephews, Brian Scott Simon, Kansas City, Mo.; and Michael Joe Simon, Chicago, Ill.; numerous cousins, friends and neighbors; and his dog named Heidi.

Memorial service: Held Monday, Abundant Life Center.
Inurnment: Clarksdale Cemetery, at a later date.

Flowers are appreciated, and for those wishing to make a contribution, the family requests they be made to Abundant Life Center or American Alzheimer’s Association. Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com.


Larry K Jensen
Larry Kenneth Jensen, 53, of Gower, MO passed away Thursday December 12, 2013.

Larry was born on May 31, 1960 to Orval Lloyd and Zelma Marlise (Gutscher) Jensen in Pomona, KS. Larry attended school in Stockton, MO and graduated from East Buchanan High School in 1978.

On December 19, 1989 he was united in marriage to Tracey Suzanne Owen in California. After their marriage they lived in Gower where they made their home.

Larry worked for O.L. Jensen Contracting with his father and later worked for Henke Manufacturing Company in Leavenworth, KS.

He attended the Gower Christian Church. Larry enjoyed fishing, woodworking and fishing. He was a loving son, husband, father and Poppy, always putting his family first.

Larry was preceded in death by his grandparent, Harry and Bessie Jensen and Claude Gutscher.

He is survived by his wife, Tracey; his children, Kenny Jensen and wife Jackie, Gennifer Snow, and Jordan Jensen; foreign exchange student, Christoph Lang; grandchildren Bryson, Jacob and Kalea and soon to be born granddaughter; parents Orval and Zelma Jensen; brothers and sisters, Maria Faulkner and husband Gary, Sondra Brinton and husband Dennis, and Allan Jensen and wife Sally; mother and father-in-law, Lloyd “Bud” and Shirley Owen; grandmother Alberta Gutscher; other relatives and numerous friends.

Funeral Services: Held Tuesday, December 17th at the Gower Christian Church AFC Building Private family inurnment will be held later at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Maysville, MO

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the St. Joseph Christian School or the Gower Christian Church.

Arrangements Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower


Kenneth L. Holt
Kenneth L. Holt 59 of Lathrop Mo died Wednesday Dec. 4, 2013 at his home. Born on Jan. 10, 1954 in Bartlesville Oklahoma to Roy J. and Wanda (Boatman) Holt. He was a high school graduate and a veteran of the United States Army.

He was an Iron worker for Local Union #10. On Sept 28, 1976 he married Kyong “Judy” Yu. He was preceded in death by his father.

Survivors include his wife Judy of the Home. 2 sons Joe Holt of Lathrop MO., Steve and Jana Holt of Leavenworth Kansas. His mother Wanda Holt of Lathrop, 2 sisters Kara ( Danny) Hillman of Pilot Point TX., Deneta (John) Stielow of Platte City MO., his brother Buck ( Carol) Holt of Plattsburg MO.

Private family inurnment will be held at a later date. Care was provided by Bailey & Cox Family Funeral Service Lathrop MO. Online guestbook and obituary at www.baileycox.com


Dottie J. Banman
EASTON, Mo. - Dorothy “Dottie Jean” Banman, 88, of Easton, passed away Thursday, December 5, 2013.

Preceded in death by: parents, Levi and Dorothy Coffey; brothers, David and Curtis Coffey; sisters, Mary Lee Sutton and Adeline Whitely.

Survivors: several nieces and nephews, including a niece who was like her daughter, Dottie (Jim) Parkhurst; great-nieces and nephew, whom were like grandchildren, Rusty (Jodie) Parkhurst and Lisa Parkhurst and Heather McManus; sister-in-law, Violet Coffey; life-long friend, Mary Nieman and many friends.

Funeral service: Held Monday, December 9, at Freeman Chapel Baptist Church. Burial: Kerns-Freeman Cemetery, Easton.

In lieu of flowers, donations may to the funeral home for her funeral expenses.


Louis “Gene” Grime
Louis “Gene” Grime, passed away, Friday, December 06, 2013 at his home.

Our family mourns the loss of our wonderful and beloved husband and father, Louis “Gene” Grime.

Gene was born July 3, 1938 in Sumner, Missouri to Louis and Bernice Grime. He lived most of his life in St. Joseph, MO moving to Kansas City 15 years ago. He retired from Altec Industries in 1998 and Brinks Armoured in 2011.

He is survived by his wife, Margery; his two sons, Brett and Shawn Grime. He is also survived by his stepchildren, Juli Messick and Mark and Eric Hovey who he loved and cherished as his own. His adored granddaughter, Hailey Grime and fifteen step-grandchildren. He leaves his sister, Brenda Grime and brothers, Robb, Larry, and Don Grime.

He was the safe harbor and calm and loving presence in all our lives and his memory will be our anchor. Gene loved the Lord and left all things in His hands, knowing His love endures forever.

Private Family Graveside services will be held at Mt. Moriah Terrace Park. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Fond memories may be left at www.hixson-kleinfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Northland Cathedral Benevolent Fund, 101 NW 99th St. Kansas City, MO 64155.

Arrangements, Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower.


Gene Eldridge
Gene Eldridge, 85, of Lathrop, MO formerly of Clay County Missouri, passed away December 8, 2013.

He was born October 21, 1928 to Lynn B. and Virgie Eldridge in Wrigley, Kentucky.

Gene served in the United States Marine Corp and after his discharge returned to Topeka, KS. He served 28 years with the Topeka Public Golf Course, Topeka KS before going to Paradise Point Golf Course in Smithville, MO. Gene was very proud to be part of the planning and development of this golf course facility. He loved his career and all the friends he came to know thru the course. He retired from Clay County Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites in January 1999 after 18 years of service. He was a life time member of the Golf Course Superintendents Association.

After retirement he and his life companion, Mary Wolf, enjoyed travel and their home in Arizona. They returned to the Holt area in 1978 where they made their home until Mary’s passing in 2008. Gene made his final home in Lathrop MO making many new friends.

Gene was the oldest of 8 children. He dedicated his life to his family and his career as Golf Course Superintendent. Gene had 8 children, 14 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandson. He loved and influenced several step children that remained a part of his life until his death.

Visitation: 5:00-7:00 p.m. Thursday, December 12th at the funeral home

Funeral Services: 10:00 a.m. Friday, December 13th at the Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Smithville Burial: 2:00 p.m. Friday at Rochester Cemetery, Topeka, KS


Hal McCravey
William H. “Hal” McCravey, 52, of Savannah, MO formerly of Gower, MO passed away Sunday, November 24, 2013.

He was born on January 9, 1961 to William R and Mary B. (Barrett) McCravey in St. Joseph, MO. Hal grew up in Gower and graduated from East Buchanan High School. Hal served his country in the US Military for 4 years. He volunteered at the VA Hospital and was a member of the American Legion and the Patriot Guard Riders.

On October 3, 1982 he was united in marriage Rita J. Auxier. Hal was a security guard for local Casinos. He loved riding and collecting motorcycles and collecting guns and coins.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Hal is survived by his children, William R. “Billy” McCravey, St. Joseph, MO and Tanya M. McCravey, Savannah, MO; his children’s mother, Rita J. McCravey; grandson, William D. “Donny” McCravey; brother, Lewis McCravey, St. Joseph, MO; sister, Reanna Goodman and husband Benny, Iowa; several nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Funeral Services: Held November 30th at Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower
Burial: Memorial Park Cemetery, St. Joseph, MO

Donations may be made to the March of Dimes.


Ed Wilson
HEMPLE, Mo. - Harold “Ed” Wilson, 73, of Hemple, formerly of St. Joseph, passed away on Tuesday, November 26, 2013.

He was born on August 18, 1940 to Harold Spencer and Dorothy Lee (Tittsworth) Wilson in St. Joseph, where he grew up and graduated from Central High School in 1959.

He was united in marriage to Connie Stewart. Their children were Rodney, Robin and Roger. They made their home in Hemple.

Ed later married Patricia Schultz they lived in St. Joseph. They had a son, Thomas.

While in high school, Ed went to work for Forest Van Arsdale, farming the Kellogg Seed Company and working in his cabinet shop.In 1972, after Forest passed away, Ed took over the Kellogg Farm. He also farmed in Hemple and St. Joseph and sprayed crops for many local farmers. Ed worked for Boehringer for over 24 years. While at Boehringer, he started with the company washing bottles and in October of 1985 ended his career as Manager of Animal Care.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Roger Wilson; and sister, Dixie Coffey.

Ed is survived by his children, Rodney Carpenter and wife Cheryl, Platte City, Mo.; Robin Wilson, St. Joseph; and Thomas Wilson, Helena; grandchildren, Jason, Jacob, Jonathan, Rodney, Dalton and Tyler; brother, Kenneth “K.W.” Wilson, St. Joseph; other relatives and many friends.

Funeral services: Held Monday, December 2, at Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower, Mo.Burial: Agency Cemetery.
Donations: Agency Cemetery.


Buddy Ray Crawford
Buddy Ray Crawford 41 of Lathrop Mo Died Wednesday Nov. 27, 2013 at a Liberty Mo., Hospital. Born on March 14, 1972 in Kansas City. He was a high school graduate. He worked as a tree trimmer.

On Jan. 5, 2002 he married Joy E. Wayman and they made their home in Lathrop Mo.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother Ruth Laswell.

Survivors include his wife Joy of the home. His son Dakota Crawford also of the home; Daughter Melisa Crawford of Kansas City MO, Step-daughter Emily ( Brandon Harp ) Nicas of Holt Mo, and good friend Leslie Summers.

Care was provided by Bailey & Cox Funeral Home Lathrop MO. Online guestbook and obituary at www.baileycox.com


M. I. “Dee” Dixon
PLATTSBURG, Mo. - I was born Mildred Irene Warfield in Yale, Okla., on September 23, 1922. My parents were E.L. “Tomme” Little Warfield, born in Indian Territory, later Oklahoma, and my father was W.M. “Bill” Warfield, born in Durbin, Ohio.

I attended eight different schools in Oklahoma and Texas before graduating from Odessa, Texas High School. I continued my formal education for two more years, but decided it was time for me to do “my thing” for the war effort.

I worked for the Army Air Corps at different bases in Texas. After the war, I returned to Fort Worth for civilian employment. In early 1949, I came to Missouri on vacation and met a handsome, charming Marine, Elbert W. “Peaches” Dixon. We were married eight months later on October 30, 1949. For the next few years, I worked in the Plattsburg area, but soon decided I should become a full-time farm wife. I was not a joiner, but did belong to the 1st Christian Church, were I worked with the youth (youth then, grandparents now). I also helped organize a bridge club and continued to play for 58 years and served on the Clinton County Zoning Board for 20 years and was the first female member of the Board. I was elected chairman after Tom Broderick retired.

Dee passed away November 20, 2013, at Living Community of St. Joseph.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; and brother, Billy Warfield.

She is survived by her sister, Virginia Poynter, Emmitt, Calif.; half-brother, Ronald Warfield, Parkersburg, Va.; and half-sister, Beverly Kay Blass; sisters-and bothers-in-law, Cara Lee and Gene Dickerson, Wray and Michael Phalen, JoEllen Warfield and Kathy Moreland; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousin, Jack Little, Houston, Texas.

Memorials to Log Church Cemetery Association in care of Susan Tolle, Bank Liberty, 1206 West Clay Avenue, Plattsburg, MO 64477.

Services were held Saturday, November 23, 2013 at Bailey & Cox in Plattsburg.

Arrangements by: Bailey & Cox Family Funeral Service, Plattsburg.
Online guestbook and obituary at www.baileycox.com.


Henry E. Scott
HOLT, Mo. - Henry Edgar “Ed” Scott, 70, of Holt, formerly of Smithville, Mo., passed away Wednesday, November 20, 2013.

Survivors: wife, Patty; sons, Ernest (Angela) Scott, Clifford (RogAnn) Scott; grandchildren, Nichele, Savannah and Dalton; sister, Eleanor (Denny) Broderick; step-mother, Eva Scott; sisters-in-law, Linda Mangels and Susie (Chet) Atkinson.

Memorial service: Held Saturday, November 23, at Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Smithville.
Inurnment at later date, Goss Cemetery.


George H. Smith
George Harold Smith, 62, of St. Joseph, passed away Thursday, November 21, 2013.

He was born March 1, 1951 in Agency, Mo., son of Mary “Mae Bell” and Billy Smith. He graduated from Easton High School, then served in the United States Army and is a veteran of the Vietnam War.
He worked at Burlington Northern railroad as a conductor, and he was a Christian. George was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Billy Wayne Smith; a sister, Jeanette Sonderigger; and one grandson, Dalton Smith.

Survivors include two sons, Jeff Smith and wife Kim of Faucett, Mo.; and Bud Smith and companion Hannah, of Gower, Mo.; a daughter, Amanda Scanlan of St. Joseph; nine grandchildren, Whitnea Paige, Sage Cooper, Hilirea, Blake, Delanie, Sophia, Cooper, Raife and Aubriegh; two brothers, Pat and Mike Smith; and a sister, Peggy Admire.

A graveside funeral service and interment were conducted at Tuesday, November 26, 2013, at the Yates Cemetery, Faucett.

The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. on Monday at the Rupp Funeral Home. Military honors under the auspices of the Missouri Funeral Program.

Online condolences and obituary at www.ruppfuneral.com


Jimmy D. Burnett
POLO, Mo. - Jimmy Don Burnett, 66, of Polo, died Saturday, November 23, 2013, at his home.

Jimmy was born on January 5, 1947, in Excelsior Springs, Mo., the son of Everett and Flora Evelyn (Fields) Burnett. He married Sharon S. Stone of Cowgill, Mo., on February 4, 1966; she survives of the home.

Additional survivors include one daughter, Lisa Tate and husband, Lonnie of Polo; one brother, Allen Burnett and wife, Donna of Richmond, Mo.; two grandchildren, Payton and Alex Tate.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and one son, Jeff Burnett.

Jimmy worked as a construction worker for DeCarlo Construction and Form Works Construction for 30 years until he retired in 2004. He was a member Carpenters Labor Union Local #1290. Jimmy lived most of his life in Polo. He was a member of Knoxville Community Church.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Knoxville Community Church.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 27, 2013, at the Knoxville Community Church, Knoxville, Mo. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery, Braymer, Mo.

Thurman Funeral Home of Richmond is in charge of the arrangements.
Online condolences may be left at www.thurmanfuneralhome.com


Dennis W. Pike
HELENA, Mo. - Dennis W. Pike, 65, Helena, passed away November 22, 2013, surrounded by his loving family.

Dennis was born in St. Joseph and grew up in the Helena and Cosby, Mo. area. He joined the Navy and served during the Vietnam War. He married Linda Walker on March 19, 1969. He was of the Baptist faith. He worked 27 years for Silgan Containers as a press operator. He was a member of Sheet Metal Local #2. He was an avid fisherman, mushroom hunter and Chiefs fan. He loved playing Bingo and spending time with his family.

He was preceded in death by his father, Melvin Pike; sister, Dorothy “Weezie” Walker; mother and father-in-law, Lucella and Olen Walker.

Dennis is survived by his wife, Linda Pike, of the home; children, Denny, Debbie and Dana Pike of Helena; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; mother and father, Charlie and Fern Bennett, Gallatin, Mo.; twin brother, Don Pike, Gower, Mo.; sister, Wanda Kay Shaw (Chuck), Gallatin; two step-brothers; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends; his beloved dogs, Heidi and Milan.

Mr. Pike has been cremated under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.

Celebration of Life: Held Tuesday, November 26, 2013, at First Baptist Church, Helena. Inurnment: at a later date in Helena Cemetery.


Julie C. Farnsworth
POLO, Mo. - Julie Christine Farnsworth, 53, Polo, passed away on November 24, 2013.

Survivors: mother, Pat Douglas, Hamilton, Mo.; son, Jesse Dean Farnsworth, St. Joseph; sister, Eva Deann Farnsworth, Davenport, Iowa; two half-sisters, Erin Farnsworth, Boonville, Mo.; and Corey Farnsworth.

The body has been cremated. There are no formal services planned at this time.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her name to Bram Funeral Home, Hamilton.

Online condolences: www.bramfuneralservices.com


J. V. Pollard
Junior Virgil “J.V.” Pollard, 79, a longtime resident of Lathrop, passed away November 12, 2013. Visitation was held from Thursday, November 14, at the Park Lawn Lathrop Chapel, 901 Clinton Street, Lathrop. A funeral service celebrating his life was held Friday, November 15, at the First Baptist Church, 500 Center Street, Lathrop. Burial will follow in the Lathrop Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the First Baptist Church for Missions, P. O. Box 576, Lathrop, MO 64465 or to the First Christian Church Food Pantry, P. O. Box 1, Lathrop, MO 64465.

J.V. was born October 28, 1934, in Elmira, MO, one of three children of Virgil and Jessie (Greason) Pollard. He graduated from Lathrop High School. Along with his parents, J.V. was preceded in death by his daughter, Charolette Lomonaco, and sisters, Mary Speer and Carol Jean Smith. J.V. worked many years as a mechanic for several truck lines and was a member of the Teamsters’ Union. He was a member and had served as a deacon of the First Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Mary; son, William Pollard (Jenifer Rohrer); step-children, Clark Burnham, Rick Burnham, Lucinda Higgenbotham (Donald), Tammy Wheeler (Larry) and Keith Burnham; seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

You may send a message to the family or sign an on-line guest book via www.parklawnfunerals.com. Arrangements: Park Lawn Lathrop Chapel (816) 740-4658.


Inez Evelyn Hubbard
Inez Evelyn Robison Hubbard, 90, passed away on November 17, 2013, at Oakridge of Plattsburg. Visitation will begin at 1:00 pm, followed by her funeral service at 2:00 pm, on Saturday, November 23, at the First Christian Church, Lathrop.

Interment in the Lathrop Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the First Christian Church or to the Lathrop Cemetery Association.

Evelyn was born January 4, 1923, in Mirable, MO, the daughter of Oral and Una (Sackman) Robison. Along with her parents, Evelyn was preceded in death by an infant sister, Genevieve.

She was a graduate of Lathrop High School and attended William Jewell College. Evelyn is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Steve and Marti, Mark and Lisa, Jim and Connie; six grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren; a sister, Imogene Eames, and her family.

Evelyn was active in the church, having taught Sunday school and sang alto in the choir. She was also a member of the PEO sisterhood and, as many will know, a member of several bridge clubs. Evelyn was extremely proud of her family. Her family members express gratitude for the caring staffs at Oakridge and Three Rivers Hospice.

Arrangements: Park Lawn Lathrop Chapel (816) 740-4658


Walter J. Pope
Walter J. Pope, 91, of Smithville, MO formerly of Holt, MO passed away Monday, November 11, 2013.

He was born on August 9, 1922 to John C. and Pearl (Bonner) Pope in Buchanan, Georgia. He grew up in Pruett, AR where he attended school. Walter then served his country in the U.S. Navy Seabees during WWII.

He worked for the State of Missouri as a heavy equipment operator for many years, and later worked for Wait’s Ditching.

Walter was a lifetime member of the American Legion Post #236 in Exclesior Springs, MO where he served as an officer. He enjoyed fishing, dancing, bingo, and coaching baseball. Walter was always supportive of his family, and especially there for his nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Chad, Jack, Joe, and Paul; sisters, Nona and Ruby, step-mother, Edith, step-brother, Melvin, and his wife, Lena.

Walter is survived by his sister, Leo Sumpter; sister-in-law, Joann Pope; several nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Funeral Service: Held Friday, November 15th at Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Smithville. Burial with Military Honors: New Hope, Cemetery, Holt, MO.

Arrangements Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Smithville.


Lewis E. Claypole
POLO, Mo. - Lewis E. Claypole, 74, Polo, died Friday, November 15, 2013 at North Kansas City Hospital.

Survivors: nephews, Randy McElwee and wife Linda, and Christopher Tanner, and wife Helen; and niece, Cathy Baker, husband Don.

Services: 2 p.m. Wednesday, Bailey & Cox Family Funeral Service, Polo. Interment: Bethel Cemetery.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service Bailey & Cox Family Funeral Service.

Online guest book and obituary at www.baileycox.com.


Alfonso Pansza, Jr.
GOWER, Mo. - Alfonso Pansza, Jr., 82, of Gower, passed away November 16, 2013 in Gower.

Alfonso was born April 28, 1931 in San Antonio, Texas to Alfonso and Vickie Pansza.

He served his country honorably in the US Army during Korea, earning his Marksman badge as a left handed person with a right handed rifle, a feat accomplished by very few.

He was a boxer with a 72-0 record and enjoyed baseball, football, fishing, spending time with family, watching his grandchildren play sports and family gatherings.

He was a generous, loyal friend and patriarch of the family who had a wonderful sense of humor; persistent and tenacious in his fight to be independent and remain healthy; a protective, respectful and charismatic man who loved charming women and was always impeccably dressed.

He was co-founder of the Patrician Movement, an addiction counseling method used by Trinity University in San Antonio.

He was preceded in death by his father; grandson, Syeliss Pansza.

Survivors include his 104 year old mother, Vickie Pansza; sons, John Paul, Jason Thomas, Alfonzo James III and Joshua Bernard Pansza; 12 grandchildren; sisters, Nena, Rosie and Margaret; numerous extended family and friends.

Memorial services will be 7 p.m. Wednesday, November 20 at Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, 109 N. 3rd, Gower, MO, with a visitation at 6 p.m. and Military honors at 6:45 p.m.

He will be laid to rest in Swan Lake Memorial Park, Grain Valley, Mo.

Arr.: Chapel of Memories Funeral Home, 816-463-4030


Marjorie A. Hendren
Marjorie A. Hendren, 89, North Kansas City, MO, passed away November 12, 2013. Funeral Services were held November 16, 2013. Burial followed at Kingston Cemetery, Kingston, MO. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church of North Kansas City or Salvation Army.

Marjorie was born August 25, 1924 in Kansas City, KS to Otto V. and Ollie Belle (Atwell) Asel. She was a graduate of Washington University and obtained a Master’s degree from UMKC. Marjorie retired from the Social Security Administration. She taught in Polo High School 1944 thru 1945. She was a long time member of First United Methodist Church of North Kansas City.

Marjorie was preceded in death by husbands Donald G. Hendren and Robert C. Hendren.

Survivors include her son, Randy Hendren and wife Janet of Wilmington, NC; daughter Donna Hendren Maher of Dayton, OH; sister, Frances Viele, San Diego, CA; step-daughter Glenna S. Hendren, Avondale, PA; grandchildren, Michael (Miranda) Maher; Gabriel Maher; Ariel (Dan) Maher; Margaret (Daniel) Maher Wells; David (Allyson) Hendren; Bryan Hendren; and Kathryn (Nathaniel Hendren Griffith; step-grandson Dallas Molster and six great grandchildren.

Fond memories and condolences may be left at www.churcharcherpasley.com.


Larry D. Brown
Larry D. Brown Sr., 66 of Lathrop Missouri died Monday Nov. 4, 2013 at Cameron Regional Hospital. Born on July 1, 1947 in Smithville Mo to Billie W. Brown and Darlene ( Germann) Brown McMillian. He was a high school graduate and was of the Baptist Faith. He worked as a bailer Mechanic for many years. He was a Vietnam veteran of the United States Marine Corp.
On Jan 4, 1969 he married Roberta Williams.
He was preceded in death by his father Billie W. Brown.

Survivors include his wife Roberta of the home.His mother Darlene McMillian of Smithville Mo., 2 sons Larry D. Brown Jr. and Bobby Brown both of Lathrop MO., his daughter Tina Kirtley of Excelsior Springs Mo. 14 grandchildren and 3 great grand children. 2 brothers Billie J. Brown of Liberty Mo., and Terry A. Brown of Smithville MO., 2 step-brothers Charles McMillian Jr., of Plattsburg MO and Charles L. Henry of Kansas City Kansas.

Funeral services were held Friday Nov. 8, 2013 at the Bailey & Cox Funeral Home Lathrop Mo. Interment in the Perrin Cemetery North of Plattsburg. Arrangements Bailey & Cox Family Funeral Service Lathrop MO. Online guest book and obituary at www.baileycox.com


Michael Noland
Michael T. Noland, 65 of St. Joseph, MO passed away Sunday, October 28, 2013 at his home.

He was born on March 11, 1948 to George Thomas and Lorene (McFadden) Noland in Agency, Missouri. Michael grew up in Easton and graduated from Easton High School in 1967. He then served his country in the U.S. Army during Vietnam Era.

Michael worked for Prime Tanning in St. Joseph for 15 years.

On July 22, 1992 he was united in marriage to Hazel E. (White) Noland. After their marriage they made their home in St. Joseph. His wife, Hazel, passed away May 18, 2011.

He was also preceded in death by his parents, infant brother, Jack, brother, Charles Noland and sister, Linda Brown.

He is survived by his son, Tom Noland; grandson, Collin Thomas Noland, two brothers, Howard Noland and Walter Noland; sister, Deborah Day; other relatives and many friends.

Visitation: 6:00-7:00 p.m. Friday, November 1st at Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower.


Fred T. Birch, Jr.
Fred Talbert Birch, Jr., 75, of Lathrop, passed away October 27, 2013, at his home.

Visitation will be held from 1-2 pm Thursday, October 31, at the Park Lawn Lathrop Chapel. Graveside services with military honors will immediately follow the visitation at Lathrop Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Heart Association or to the American Diabetes Association.

Fred was born February 9, 1938, in Kansas City, MO, the son of Fred T. and Lena (Ingrassia) Birch. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1955 to 1959. Fred was a retired truck driver and restaurant owner.

Survivors include his wife, Carolyn; step daughters, Kim Heits (Leon Koelzer), Kelly Nagrassus (Rendie) and Kristie Hopkins (Bob); seven granddaughters, a grandson and three great grandchildren.

Arrangements: Park Lawn Lathrop Chapel (816) 740-4658.


Freda S. Walker
Freda S. Walker 93 of Bloomington Illinois., died Thursday Oct 24, 2013 at the home of her daughter in Plattsburg, MO. Born on April 21, 1920 in Elkhart Illinois. to Earl and Jessie ( Oyer) Lanterman.

She was a high school graduate and attended business college. She was a Bookkeeper and Secretary for State Farm insurance Co in Bloomington, and later she was the bookkeeper for her husbands business. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Normal Illinois.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Sister Pauline Kruchten, Brother Scott Lanterman.

Survivors include her husband Elwin Walker of Bloomington Illinois, daughter Sue Ann Knight of Plattsburg MO., her grandchildren Sarah Keown and Joshua Knight. Her sister Earline Graham and brother Richard Lanterman.

Celebration of her life was held Friday Oct. 25, 2013 at the Westminster Village in Bloomington Illinois.

Care was provided by the Bailey & Cox Funeral Home Plattsburg MO. Online guestbook and obituary at www.baileycox.com

Jack H. Otten
Jack Henry Otten, 85, of St. Joseph, passed away Saturday, October 26, 2013, at his home.

He was born June 9, 1928, in Saint Joseph, son of Marie and George Otten. He graduated from Benton High School in 1947 and played in the 1946 Peanut Bowl. He was very active in all high school sports. He served in the United States Army. He owned and operated Otten Furniture and Hardware, then worked for the City of St. Joseph public works department retiring 2013 as a Lot Attendant. Jack was an animal lover and was known to take in strays. He also was an avid pool player and loved watching his grandchildren play sports. He was a Christian.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mary Ann Otten, in 2012; a brother, George Otten who was killed in action during WWII.

Survivors include a daughter, Gina Conaway and husband Kyle of Easton, Mo.; a granddaughter, Adlee Conaway; and a grandson, Cru Conaway; sister and brother-in-law, Norma (Carey) Saywell and Tom Saywell; two nieces, Julie (Son) Vo, Carey (Eric) Larson; a great niece, Olivia Larson, all of Santa Monica.

Funeral services wereconducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday, October 30, 2013, at Rupp Funeral Home, with Rev. Albert Shirley officiating. The Inurnment will be at the Mount Auburn Cemetery at a later date.
Online condolence and obituary at www.ruppfuneral.com


Shirley Frances Berry
Shirley Frances Berry, 77, of Turney, Missouri passed away on October 27, 2013 at Liberty Hospital.

The family will receive friends from 10-11 a.m., Wednesday, October 30th at the Turney United Methodist Church. Graveside services will follow at 11:00 a.m. at the Turney Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to either St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or to the Humane Society.

Shirley was born on December 8, 1935 in Holt, Missouri, the daughter of the late Lowell and Mable (McClain) Amos. She was united in marriage to James E. Berry on April 22, 1955 at the Clay County Courthouse. Together they raised two children and enjoyed 58 years together.

The sound of her laughter and her sweet smile will be missed by her family and her friends.

She leaves behind her husband, James Berry of the home; son, Rick Berry and wife, Doris of Lathrop, MO; daughter, Becky Cowsert & husband, Richard of Lawson, MO; grandchildren, Richard Berry & wife, Jamie, Brian Berry, James Berry, Chris Cowsert, Jacob Cowsert; two great-grandchildren, Kendall Berry and Clayton Berry; her dog, Angel and cat, Beasley.

Arrangements entrusted to Hidden Valley Funeral Home in Kearney.


Brandon R. Barnett
GOWER, Mo. - Brandon Ray Barnett, 25, of Gower, passed away Tuesday, October 22, 2013.

He was born on July 6, 1988 in St. Joseph, MO. Brandon graduated from East Buchanan High School in 2007. During high school Brandon attended Hillyard’s Technical School and was active in FFA.

Brandon was baptized in the Baptist Faith. He enjoyed playing video games, fishing and riding four-wheelers. Brandon loved his family and will be greatly missed.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Robert E. and Ida Mae Barnett, Leslie Dallmann and his biological mother Christine Kane.

Brandon is survived by his parents, John and Nancy Barnett; sister, Autumn Barnett; half-brothers, Donnie Scott and Christopher Scott; grandmothers, Judy Cox Brady and Jean Smith; aunts, uncles, other relatives and many friends.

Memorial visitation: Held Friday, October 25, at Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower.


Jeffery H. Roberts
EXCELSIOR SPRINGS, Mo. - Jeffery Hale Roberts, 54, of Excelsior Springs, died unexpectedly on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Liberty Hospital.
Jeff was born August 10, 1959 in Sedalia, Mo., the son of Lloyd and Betty Roberts. His family moved to Liberty in 1964. The Liberty area is where Jeff remained and raised his family. During his youth, Jeff played summer league baseball in Liberty, several times appearing in All-Star games as a catcher for the Breipohl Drug team. He was a member of the Liberty Police Department Marching Cavalier drill team, playing the drums and appearing at parades and charity events.

Jeff graduated from Liberty High School in May 1977.

On August 26, 1977, he married Mary Kathryn (Kathy) Harris of Pleasant Valley, Mo., the woman he would love, cherish, protect and adore for the remainder of his life.

Jeff worked for the Missouri Highway Department and then Hunt Midwest Enterprises for many years. He also served as a volunteer firefighter in Pleasant Valley.

In 1999, he purchased the Liberty Bend Fish Market and was the owner/operator of the locally renowned business until 2009. Jeff’s friendly, outgoing nature, his infectious smile, and his smoked hams and catfish dinners drew a faithful stream of customers to the business. Many of those customer relationships evolved into friendships, which still endure. His work ethic and desire to please his customers were his success. Jeff was currently an agent with Platinum Realty.

At the heart of Jeff’s hard work and efforts was his family, who always came first. He raised three daughters with old school values; by loving them fiercely, by being tough on them, and by teaching them how to succeed and be good people. Their happiness was truly his happiness. His girls idolized and respected him and they carry on his example of integrity, unselfishness and common sense. Jeff’s family loved being together. They spent many summers and made many great memories with friends at the Lake of the Ozarks. He and Kathy also enjoyed vacationing in Mexico and attending NASCAR races.

In 2004, they became grandparents for the first time and Jeff became “Poppy,” a title he truly loved.

Jeff was known as a jokester and a prankster. So many of his conversations began with “Did you hear the one about…?” No one could make you smile and laugh out loud like him. It was guaranteed, upon meeting Jeff, you would be greeted with his heartfelt, signature crushing handshake or bear hug. He loved people and had the ability to turn a stranger into a friend in a heartbeat. Anyone in Jeff’s life could depend on him to be there for them, no matter the time, no matter the circumstances, no matter the inconvenience, no questions asked. If you needed him, he was there. Always. Simply put, to know Jeff was to love Jeff. And, he would return that love to you… a thousand times over.

Jeff was preceded in death by his grandparents; his mother; and a brother-in-law, Donald Wayne Harris. He leaves behind to treasure his memory: his wife, Kathy; his daughters and sons-in-law, Andrea and Ben Welsch of Glenaire, Mo.; Christina and Craig Cogan of Overland Park, Kan.; and Alisa and Adam Webb of Kansas City, Mo.; his granddaughters, Ryleigh Sue, Haley Bryanne and Kylie Jean Webb; his father and step-mother, Lloyd and Cindy Roberts of Lathrop, Mo.; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Ernest and Billie Harris of Holt, Mo.; his brother, Frank Roberts of Lathrop; his sister and brother-in-law, Mitzi and Bryan Boydston of Kansas City; his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Donna and Larry Van Fosson of Platte City, Mo.; sister-in-law, Delores Neufeld of Platte City, Mo.; nieces and nephews, Jennifer Tinder, Grace Tinder, Brayden Tinder, Sara Van Fosson Stoner, Max Van Fosson, Jonathon, Michael and Macy Boydston; numerous cousins, aunts and uncles, and countless friends.

Visitation for Jeff will begin at 2 p.m. followed by a service celebrating Jeff’s life at 4 p.m. Wednesday, October 23, at the Park Lawn Northland Chapel, I-35 at State Route 291, Liberty.

Private interment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Kearney, Mo.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) in the name of Jonathon Boydston; Muscular Dystrophy Association; or American Heart Association.

You may send a message to the family or sign an on-line guest book via www.parklawnfunerals.com.


Bob Mick
GOWER, Mo. - Robert Eugene Mick, of Gower, passed away October 19, 2013.

Survivors: daughters, Claudette (Kyle) Keling, Denise (Jan Van Bleisem) Mick; grandchildren, Zachary (Amy) Brinker, Nathan Brinker, John Gilpin and Kara Gilpin.

Masonic service: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 22, with visitation following until 8:30 p.m. at Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Smithville, Mo.

Funeral services: 10 a.m. Wednesday, October 23, at the funeral home.

Graveside Service: 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 23, at Oneida Cemetery, Oneida, Kan.


Louise Spaeth
Louise Spaeth, 92 of Gower, MO passed away Sunday, October 20, 2013.

She was born on May 16, 1921 north of Gower, MO. She was the daughter of Jewell C. and Bertha Ann (Poage) Schuster. She graduated from Gower High School in 1939.

On March 27, 1943 she was united in marriage to Nicholas Francis Spaeth. After their marriage they lived in Gower where they made their home. Her husband, Nick, passed away March 25, 2006. Louise later moved to the Gower Convalescent Center where she made many friends and enjoyed her time there.

Louise was a homemaker most of her life. Louise and Nick owned and operated Spaeth Feed and Supply in Gower for 42 years. She enjoyed sewing and playing bridge.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Bill Schuster and Shorty Schuster, and grandson, Travis Spaeth.

Louise is survived by four sons, Gary Spaeth and wife Kathy, Peoria, AZ, Fred Spaeth and wife Patti, Darrel Spaeth and wife Linda, and Terry Spaeth, all of Gower, MO; four grandchildren, Shawn Spaeth, Brandon Spaeth and wife Kara, Andrea Spaeth, and Belinda Becker and husband Matt; three great-grandchildren, Luke Spaeth, and Cecelia and Laura Becker; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Schuster, Sally Hager, Stene Pioch, Lola Spaeth, and Patty Spaeth; several nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Funeral Service: 11:00 a.m. Thursday, October 24th at Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower.Burial: Allen Cemetery, Gower.
Visitation: 6:30-8:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Donations may be made to the Gower Convalescent Center.


David E. Brown
SFC (Ret.) David Earl Brown, 71, of Lathrop, MO, passed away October 17, 2013, at his home, surrounded by family.

Visitation will begin at 10 am, followed by a service celebrating David’s life at 11 am, on Friday, October 25th, at the First Christian Church of Lathrop. Burial with military honors will follow in the Lathrop Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Lathrop American Legion.

David was born June 18, 1942, in Atchison, KS, one of three children of Ward and Delberta (Cohen) Brown. Along with his parents, David was preceded in death by his sister, Dorothy Atlakson. He served his country in the U.S. Navy and later the U.S. Army for 23 years, retiring in 1985. He owned and operated the Piggly Wiggly Grocery Store, formerly located on North Brighton, in Kansas City, and later managed the Sterling Apple Market in Independence. He was an award-winning, longtime member of the Meat Cutters’ Union local in Kansas City. David was a member of the First Christian Church and a former member of the Lathrop American Legion.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Mary Jo (Coker) Brown; daughters, Elizabeth Scoggins (Matthew) and Christine Robbins; brother, Harley Brown; grandchildren, William, James, Patrick, Mary and Timothy Scoggins, David and Samantha Robbins; numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.

You may send a message to the family or sign an on-line guest book via www.parklawnfunerals.com.

Arrangements: Park Lawn Lathrop Chapel (816) 740-4658.


Beverly J. Rowe
Beverly June Rowe, 78, of St. Joseph, passed peacefully from this life in the home of her daughter, Donna, surrounded by her family members and entered the Glorious Kingdom of God to be with our savior, Jesus Christ. She was of the Christian faith.

She was born on November 6, 1934, in Salina, Kan., to John and Margaret Landes.

Beverly graduated from Salina High School and went to Stephens College to study music in Columbia, Mo. It was in Columbia that she met her husband to be, Donald K. Rowe. They were united in marriage on November 13, 1954. They were blessed with three children.

Beverly and Donald started the Speedy’s Convenience Stores in St. Joseph.

They loved to spend time with family and travel. She also loved to host family dinners at Thanksgiving and Christmas for her entire family.

Beverly was an excellent and avid bridge player and she especially enjoyed duplicate bridge with her good friend, Lola Norton. They played both in St. Joseph as well as traveling to tournaments in Omaha, Neb., and Tunice, Miss.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald K. Rowe; and her parents, John and Margaret Landes.

Beverly is survived by her three children, Donna June Bonebrake (Jim), Gower, Mo.; Dr. Stephen K. Rowe (Michele), Springfield, Mo.; and John J. Rowe (Jane), Kansas City, Mo; her brother, John (Jack) Landes and her sister-in-law, Patty Landes, Salina, Kan.; grandchildren, Benjamin, Jeremy, Jason, Margaret, Josh, Steve Jr., Matt and David; step-grandchildren, Elizabeth, Charlie, Jack, Jeff and Kate; great-grandchildren and great-step-grandchildren, Benjamin, Kaylie, Colin, Maeci, Tristan, Adeline.

Beverly loved her family and was a great friend, mother and grandmother. She will be greatly missed by all her family and friends.

Although her earthly body will be entombed at Memorial Park, her memory will remain with all her family and friends and her soul will reside with her Father in Heaven, where she will be reunited with those loved ones that had previously passed.

Services: Held Friday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Entombment: Memorial Park Mausoleum.

The family received friends Thursday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory.
Flowers are appreciated, and for those wishing to make a contribution, the family requests they be made to the American Heart Association, American Lung Association or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com.


Francis J. Hanway
CAMERON, Mo. - Francis J. Hanway, 81, of Cameron, passed away Monday, October 14, 2013 at Cameron Regional Medical Center.

Francis was born on May 10, 1932 to Peter and Theresa (Halter) Hanway in St. Joseph.

Francis grew up in St. Joseph and attended Christian Brothers High School.

Francis served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War from 1952 to 1954. His final rank was Corporal.

In 1959, he married Eleanor Lamar, mother of his five children, Michele Hanway, Gower, Mo.; Jerry (Mindy) Hanway, Kansas City, Mo.; Ron (Lori) Hanway, Lincoln, Neb.; Matt Hanway, Gower; and Tony (Rachel) Hanway, Kansas City; grandchildren, Robert, Sawyer, Taylor, Kaylee, Macie, Tyler, Jacob, Hanna, Carlie, Taylor and Blake; sisters, Eva Hanway, Wilhelmina Hoffelmeyer, Josephine Jackson and Imogene Richey; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Francis worked for a packing company in St. Joseph for over 20 years. He was a former member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church and St. Joseph Catholic Church in Easton, Mo. He was a member of the Dugdale Union and also enjoyed farming, gardening, country music and going to tractor shows.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Paul Hanway; sisters, Betty McPhee, Annie Saunders and Rosemary Schleicher.

Mass of Christian Burial: Was held Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Easton. Interment: St. Joseph Cemetery, Easton.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Easton.


Dorothy L. Grable
AGENCY, Mo. - Dorothy Lue Grable, 94, of Agency, departed from this life Tuesday, October 15, 2013.

She was born November 27, 1918 to Henry and Beulah (Whitson) Davis.

She resided her entire life on the same farm which had been homesteaded by her great-grandparents. She graduated from Agency High School in 1936.

She married George L. Grable on August 12, 1939. He passed away January 14, 1997.

She was a life-long member of the Agency United Methodist Church. She held many positions in the church during the years and remained active until her recent illness. She was a member of the Day Lilies women’s group.
She enjoyed hand-quilting many beautiful quilts for the church.

She enjoyed reading poetry and thought laughter was very important in life.

Her life was her family, friends and her church. She is survived by a daughter, Jane Ann Reynolds and husband Eddie of Agency; a son, Wayne Grable and wife Penny of Agency; four grandchildren, Gail Sutton and husband Scott of Agency; Craig Reynolds and wife Mikka of Kansas City, Mo.; Derek Grable of Agency; and Bethany Knapp and husband Tad of St. Joseph. Also surviving are five great-grandchildren, Taylor Sutton, Kami Sutton, Olivia Reynolds, Sophia Reynolds and Casen Knapp. Also surviving is a brother-in-law, Joy Ellis Grable and wife Lois of Branson; her church family and many friends.

Services: Held Saturday at Agency United Methodist Church in Agency, Mo. Interment: Agency Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial contributions be given to the Agency United Methodist Church or those that wish may pass along a random act of kindness in her memory.


Scott Brown
Scott Glen Brown, 41 of Agency, MO passed into the loving arms of his Savior, on Tuesday, October 15, 2013.

He was born on April 14, 1972 to Jerry Glen and Carolyn Louise (Archdekin) Brown in St. Joseph, MO. Scott was 4 years old when he contracted encephalitis. This may have crippled his body, but he was able to communicate and share his thoughts and show his joyful spirit. He adored his brother, Brian, and enjoyed life to the fullest. He was an avid sports fan and always stayed up to date on standings and stats .

Scott graduated from East Buchanan High School in 1992 where he was active in FFA. He showed cattle and was involved in the National Junior Cattle Shows and loved going to the Missouri State Fair and the American Royal.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Carolyn, uncle Ronald Brown, and his beloved schnauzer, Tiffany.

He is survived by his father, Jerry Brown; brother, Brian Brown; aunts and uncles, Tom and Patricia Archdekin, Jerry and Joy Archdekin, Virgial and Sheryl Archdekin, Donald Brown, Joyce Brown, Laverne and Gene Fanning, Marvin and Juanita Brown, Barbra Hess, and Richard and Stephanie Brown; several cousins whom he adored and many friends.

Funeral Services: Were held Friday, October 18th at Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower.
Burial: Memorial Park Cemetery, St. Joseph, MO.

Donations may be made to the Ebenezer United Methodist Church.


Beverly Joan Palma
Beverly Joan Palma 78 of Kearney Missouri died Saturday Oct. 12, 2013 at her home. Born on Feb 9, 1935 in Lincoln Nebraska to Paul and Mary Ellen ( Briskey) Brown. She was a high school graduate and attended college. She worked as an accountant for TWA and later retired from American Express.

Beverly married Salvotor Eugene Palma whom preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her daughter Christie Palma and great grand daughter Malynne Millard.

Survivors include her daughter Nicki Palma of Gladstone, Mo; her grandchildren Anthony Palma and Casie Palma both of Parkville Mo; Sadina Millard of Lathrop, MO; Brett Brown of LA California. Her great grand children Destany Palma and Maddelina Millard.

The family will have a gathering at 3:00Pm Thursday at the Mt Olivet cemetery Blue Springs MO. For more information please contact Nicki Palma @ 816 379 1132. Care Provided by Bailey & Cox Funeral Home Plattsburg MO


Jerry Ford
POLO, Mo. - Jerry Ford, 54, of Polo, formerly of St. Joseph, passed away Saturday, October 12, 2013.

Survivors: wife, Paulla; children, Tracie (Michael) Ybarra, Katherine Marrow, Peggy Correll, Shaman Correll and Collin Correll; parents, Bob and Diane Ford; sister, Karen Nield and husband Dwight; and brother, Gary Ford.

Services will be held at a later date.
Arrangements: Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower, Mo.


Bette Lu Martin
Bette Lu Martin, 63, of Lathrop, MO passed away, Friday, October 11, 2013.

She was born on December 7, 1949 to LuVerne Harlan and Elizabeth Ellen (Dahlman) Schuett in Storm Lake, Iowa. Bette graduated from Benson High School in Omaha, Nebraska. She received her LPN from Northwest Missouri State University and received her RN Degree from Park College.

On June 15, 1968 she was united in marriage to Charles Raymond Martin, Jr. After their marriage they made their home near Lathrop.

She was an LPN at Spelman Hospital in Smithville for 19 years, and retired as a Registered Nurse for Cameron Home Health.

Bette was a member of the Emmanuel Bible Church in Smithville. She enjoyed reading, crocheting, collecting baskets and angels.

She was preceded in death by her mother, step-mother, Margaret Schuett, and nephew, Wayne Schuett.

Bette is survived by her husband, Ray of 45 years; children, Jennifer Martin and Scott Martin and wife Amanda; grandchildren, Rex James Ramsey, Mackenzie, Aubrey and Bryson Martin; father, LuVerne Schuett; two brothers, Harlan Schuett and Larry Schuett and wife Mary; step-sister, Kathi Stufflebean and husband Ken; brothers-in-law, Steve Martin and wife Diane, Ronnie Martin and wife Jane, sister-in-law, Joyce Scott and husband Jim; several nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Funeral Services: Held Tuesday, October 15th at Faith United Church in St. Joseph, MO. Burial: Mt. Auburn Cemetery, St. Joseph.
Arrangements, Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower.


Clifford L. Lamont, Jr.
Clifford Leen Lamont, Jr., 40, passed away October 11, 2013, in Kansas City, MO. Graveside services will be held at 1:00 pm, Thursday, October 17, in the Lathrop Cemetery.

Cliff was born October 28, 1972, in Kansas City, MO, the son of Clifford Lamont, Sr. and Glenda Lamont. He graduated from Lathrop High School in 1991.

Along with his parents, he leaves his daughters, Marissa Yeske and Alexis Lamont; grandparents, Doyle Lamont Sr., Neoma Lamont and Betty Yocum; as well as other family members and friends. Arrangements: Park Lawn Lathrop Chapel (816) 740-4658.


James Compton
JAMESON, Mo. - A Jameson resident, James (Mike) Compton, passed away on October 5, 2013 at the Cameron Regional Medical Center. He was 62.

Services for James (Mike) Compton will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, October 11, 2013 at Bram Funeral Home in Hamilton, Mo.

Mike was born January 21, 1951, to James (Jim) and Betty Lou (Simpson) Compton.

He was a graduate of Penny High School in Hamilton, and attended NWMSU in Maryville, Mo., for one year before signing with the KC Royals.

Mike was married to Roberta (Bobbie) Hardin on March 13, 1984.

Mike was employed at Trager Limestone as a heavy equipment operator and served in the United States Air Force.

Mike loved fishing, riding ATVs and was an avid sports fan. The thing he enjoyed most was spending time with his family and friends.

Mike is survived by his spouse, Bobbie Compton of the home; two daughters, Staci Ireland (Kevin) of Trenton and Candice Hanks (Lee) of Gower.

Mother, Betty Lou Compton of Gallatin, a brother, Charles (Bubby) Compton of Mirable and a sister, Nancy White of Gower. Five grandchildren, Taurren Bottcher (Jacob) of Bethany, Trisha Greenwood (Ivan) of Breckenridge, Trent Ireland of Trenton, Allyson and Matthew Hanks of Gower. Two great-grandchildren, Emilyn Bottcher and Rex Greenwood as well as several Uncles, Aunts, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father.

The family has suggested donations to the Penny High School Alumni Association to purchase a new scoreboard for the football field. Donations may be left at the funeral home.


Kenneth E. Thornton
CLARKSDALE, Mo. - Kenneth Elmer Thornton, age 84, was born October 14, 1928, in Clarksdale, the son of Elmer & Mable (White) Thornton and died October 5, 2013 in St. Joseph.

On July 6, 1950, Kenneth married his childhood sweetheart, Ruth Ann Russell in King City, Mo. To this union, four children were born.

Kenneth served in the United States Army and served our country during Korea.

Kenneth was a member of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church where he served as an Acting Deacon, Song Leader, Secretary and Superintendent.

He was also board member of Union Chapel Cemetery, and VFW.

Kenneth was a lifelong farmer in the Clarksdale area and was a loving husband, father, grandfather, friend and neighbor.

Kenneth is preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Kendra Kay Thornton; son, Russell Lee Thornton; and brothers, Louis and Eldon Thornton.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Ruth; two daughters, Shirley Zieber (Larry), Maysville, Mo.; and Karen Carpenter (Brett), Gower, Mo.; daughter-in-law, Debi Thornton, Clarksdale; sister, Lou Wamsley, Savannah, Mo.; sister-in-law, Kathy Thornton, St. Joseph; seven grandchildren, Brandie Thornton (Leo), Timothy Thornton, Angela Zeber (Russ), Matthew Zieber, Kimberly Sanchez (Manuel), Michael Carpenter (Neely), Mallory Carpenter; three great-grandchildren, Braedyn Zieber, Mina Sanchez and Desiree Barrymore.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at Bram-Turner Funeral Home, Maysville with burial in Union Chapel Cemetery, Clarksdale.
Memorial contributions: Mt. Moriah Baptist Church or Union Chapel Cemetery.


Norma Mitten
HAMILTON, Mo. - Norma Mitten, 85, passed away on October 4, 2013 at her home near Hamilton.

Norma was born to Reinhard and Lillie Nordby near Manilla, Iowa where she continued to live as a youngster and young adult.

On November 18, 1948 she married JaVain Mitten from the Kirkman/Redline, Iowa area. To this union, 3 daughters were born: Igleedtis, Lanna, and Cherrie. In 1959 the family moved to a farm near Hamilton, MO.

Norma was known by all of her family and friends for her wonderful dinners of many delicious dishes. Her grandchildren enjoyed many summers visiting for weeks at a time.

Norma is preceded in death by her parents, one sister, four brothers and one son-in-law.

She is survived by her husband, JaVain Mitten; daughters, Igleedtis Moore of Gardner, Colo.; Lanna (Don) Cain of Lathrop, Mo.; and Cherrie (Jim) Wittman of Kansas City, Mo.; six grandchildren - Wendi, Dorothy, Chet, Amber, Monica and Josh; and 10 great-grandchildren - Rikki, Alexis, Daniel, David, Destiny, Dominic, Ella, Eli, Ean and Mateo.

Visitation for Norma will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 12, 2013, at Kendall Chapel, rural Hamilton, followed by the funeral service at 2 p.m.

Memorials may be directed to Kendall Chapel of Hamilton, MO. Online condolences may be left at www.CremationCenterKC.com


Jay Bird
STEWARTSVILLE, Mo. - Robin Jay Bird, age 62, Stewartsville, was born November 29, 1950, in St. Joseph, the son of Lloyd and Nona Bird and passed away October 3, 2013.

Jay was born and raised in Easton, Mo. and worked 22 years at Snorkel. He was a member of Stewartsville Baptist Church.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife, Ann, of the home; children, Shelly Kerns, Tammy Witt, Tara Martinez, Mary Oxford, Chastity Hixson, Donnie Wright, Lindsey Palmer; two sisters; three brothers; 18 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

Cremation under direction of Bram-Turner Funeral Home, Stewartsville.

Memorial Service: 10 a.m. Wednesday, October 9, 2013, at Bram-Turner Funeral Home, Stewartsville.


James Oliver “Jim” Johnston
James Oliver “Jim” Johnston passed away on Friday, October 4, 2013. He was born on April 12, 1924 in rural Lathrop, MO and was raised on a farm by his parent Oliver and Sue Mary Johnston both of whom preceded him death. His father went to work as a Federal Meat Inspector which resulted in relocations during Jim’s childhood years to Kingston, St. Joseph, Parkville and Carrollton, MO where he graduated from high school in 1942. Upon graduation, he moved to Richmond, Mo and leased a meat market from the A&P store.

In 1943 during WWII, he answered the call to service in the Armed Forces where he became the Head Chef at Camp in Beale, CA. He served many famous guests such as Bob Hope during the war. He also oversaw 50 German prisoners of war during his service. During the war, he married Esther Grabner of Carrollton, MO. After an Honorable Discharge in 1946, he returned to Richmond and reclaimed his meat market at the A&P which he owned and operated for ten years.

In 1953, Dr. Elmer Gray constructed a building at the junction of MO Highways 10 and 13 next to a new medical center which became Johnston’s United Super grocery store. Jim owned and operated the super market from 1953 to 1977 when it was sold to Bob McDonald. Jim had other investment including another grocery store in the Kansas City area where he moved to oversee the business. He married Catherine E. Bost-Wright who survives him in Kansas City, MO.

Jim leaves his wife, two step-sons, Dale K. Wright of Key Largo, FL and John W. Wright, Jr. and his wife Karla of Katy, TX and two step granddaughters, Christie Wright Vial and her husband, Brian Vial of Houston, TX and Erin Wright of Katy, TX. Jim is also survived one niece, Danele Small of Stanfordville, NY, and one nephew, Allen Johnston of Charlotte, NC. One brother, Robert, and a step-son, Clayton T. Wright, preceded him in death.

Jim was a lifetime member of the Richmond Masonic Lodge, Richmond Kiwanis Club, Richmond American Legion, Richmond VFW, and the Ararat Shrine Temple and member of the Richmond Christian Church (now the United Christian Presbyterian Church).

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in his loving memory to the United Christian Presbyterian Church of Richmond.

Funeral services were held on October 7, 2013 at the Richmond United Christian Presbyterian Church. Burial will be in the Richmond Memory Gardens Cemetery where military honors will be provided by the Ray County Veterans.


Marvin E. Mallen
Marvin E. Mallen 61, of Stewartsville, MO passed away, Friday, October 4, 2013 from COPD and congestive heart failure.

Marvin was preceded in death by his wife Patricia in 2005, both were former News Press carriers.

He was born to Mildred and Eugene Mallen, both preceded him in death as did two brothers, Jim and David, and good friend Lynnie.

Survivors include, daughter, Millie Solomon, grandson, Austin Solomon, daughter Michelle Mallen all of St. Joseph; brother Ernie Mallen and sister Anne Wells, both of Stewartsville; special friend, Susan McCowan; other relatives and many friends.

No viewing or visitation is scheduled and cremation will be under the direction of Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower.


Lucile S. Schneider
Lucile S. Schneider, 101, St. Joseph, passed away Thursday, October 3, 2013 at a local healthcare facility.

She was born on July 22, 1912 to Frank W. and Bertha (Stuber) Knadler in Easton, Mo.
She graduated from Easton High School and Platte Gard Business College.

Lucile worked as a secretary at Western Tablet & Stationery Company for 10 years and at First Baptist Church for 20 years. After her retirement she volunteered at Hands of Hope Hospice for five years.

She was an active member of Zion United Church of Christ since 1936 and of the Ladies Edelweiss Society of Swiss Lodge.

On June 10, 1933, she married Preston L. Schneider, who preceded her in death May 9, 1992. She and her husband loved to travel and visited all 50 states, as well as all of the continents except Antarctica.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Ronda K. Chapman; sister, Erna Ford; and son, Gary G. Schneider.

Survivors: daughter-in-law, Enid Schneider, St. Joseph; four grandchildren, Craig Schneider, Lisa Knoll (Karl), Kristine Chapman and Jessica Zemler (Philip); and five great-grandchildren.

Services: Held Monday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Interment: Memorial Park Cemetery.

Flowers are appreciated, and for those wishing to make a contribution, the family requests they be made to Hands of Hope Hospice.
Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com


Jimmie D. Grebe
Jimmie Dale Grebe, the son of James M. and Emma Marie (Christian) Grebe, was born September 13, 1935, in Rock Port.

He attended Tarkio High School, Tarkio, Mo., graduating in 1953.

On August 12, 1956, Jimmie was united in marriage to Betty Jane Campbell at the United Methodist Church in Tarkio. They made their home in Tarkio and Fairfax, Mo., before moving to St. Joseph in 1962, where they lived to the present time.

Jimmie was employed by the Missouri Highway Department of Transportation for 44 years, retiring September 1, 1997.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Gower, Mo.
Betty passed away August 16, 2009.

Jimmie passed away Wednesday, September 25, 2013, at Heartland Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph, at the age of 78.

Besides his parents and wife, Jimmie was preceded in death by two brothers, Richard and Raymond Grebe.

Survivors include children, Susan (Danny) Burton, Tim (Janey) Grebe, all of St. Joseph; and Janie (Ken) Baker, Gower; grandchildren, Brandi Viestenz, Angie (Chris) Kowalewycz, Ashlee Grebe, J.D. Baker and Kadi Baker; great-grandchildren, Kenzie Grooms, Christopher Kowalewycz and Emily Kowalewycz; three step grandchildren; five step great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

Funeral service: 2 p.m. Monday, September 30, 2013, Davis Funeral Home, Tarkio.
Interment: Home Cemetery, Tarkio.

The family received friends from 3-5p.m. Sunday, September 29, 2013, at Gladden Stamey Funeral Home, St. Joseph, and from 1-1:50 p.m. Monday, prior to the service at Davis Funeral Home, Tarkio.

Memorials: St. Joseph United Cerebral Palsy, National Kidney Foundation or American Heart Association.Online obituaries and condolences at www.minterfuneralchapels.com
Services directed by Davis Funeral Home, Tarkio.


Ronald D. Rupe


Virginia M Webber
Virginia M Webber 97 of Plattsburg Missouri died Friday Sept 27, 2013 at a local healthcare center. Born on June 10, 1916 in Lathrop Mo to Burt and Rosie (Hubbard) Rogers. She was a homemaker and a cook for the Clinton County School district for 17 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Clarence Webber and sister Fay Hess and three brothers Delbert, Donald and Clarence Rogers.

Survivors include her son Roger (Debra) Webber of Plattsburg. Three grandchildren; Ginni Webber, Jason Vineyard and Chrissy Webber. Her brother Glen Rogers of St. Joseph MO.

Funeral services were held Tuesday Oct. 1, 2013 at the Bailey & Cox Chapel Plattsburg. Interment Mt. Zion Cemetery Gower Mo. Arrangements Bailey & Cox Funeral Home Plattsburg MO. Online guestbook and obituary at www.baileycox.com


Sandra K. Daniel
MCFALL, Mo. - Sandra Kay Daniel, 70, McFall, passed away Thursday, September 26, 2013.

Survivors include companion, Charles Daniel, of the home; son, Heath (Malinda) Daniel, McFall; grandchildren, Chad Daniel, McFall; and Marrissa (Dustin) Rhodes, Lathrop, Mo.; great-grandchildren, Stella and Cora; mother, Jean Osborn, Mt. Moriah, Mo.; brothers, James (Penny) Osborn, Mt. Moriah; and Harold (Kendra) Osborn, Maysville, Mo.; sister, Sylvia Berry, Galt, Mo.

Graveside services and burial were held Saturday, September 28, at the Oak Ridge Cemetery, Pattonsburg, Mo., under the direction of Roberson Funeral Home, Bethany, Mo.

Memorial contributions may be made to Sandra Daniel Memorial Fund in care of Roberson Funeral Home, P.O. 46, Bethany, MO 64424.

Online condolences may be left at www.robersonfuneralhome.com


Harold H. Brohan
EASTON, Mo. - Harold Hugh Brohan, 96, of Easton, passed away Thursday, September 26, 2013 in St. Joseph.

He was born November 29, 1916 in Colorado Springs, Colo., son of Minnie and Patrick Brohan.

He served in the Army and is a veteran of the Korean War.
He was a truck driver for 20 years for Swift & Co., and retired from farming in 1999. He was a Catholic.

Harold was preceded in death by wife of 65 years in 1999, Ruth Brohan; and his parents.

Survivors include nephew, Larry (Gwen) Hendricks of Easton; nephew, Devere Byergo of Sun City, Calif.; three nieces, Darla Rowlette, Savannah, Mo.; Joella Mehrhof, Emporia Kan.; and Joyce Clark, of St. Joseph; four great-nieces; two great-nephews; and his sister-in-law, Darline (Sweigart) Hendricks of Savannah.
Graveside funeral services and interment were conducted on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at the Blakely Cemetery.

Memorials are requested to the Blakely Cemetery or Hands of Hope Hospice. Online condolence and obituary at www.ruppfuneral.com


Addison Faith Gudde
Addison Faith Gudde infant daughter of Aaron and Megan Gudde of Plattsburg, died Sunday Sept 22, 2013 at children’s Mercy Hospital KCMO. She was preceded in death by her Great grand Mother Besselea Gudde and her uncle Jared Gudde.

Survivors include her parents, her brother Remington; Maternal Grandparents Mitch and Dana Barnes of Plattsburg; Paternal Grandparents Benton and Beth Gudde of Plattsburg. Great-grand parents Charles and Rita Stahl of Maysville Mo; Art and Charlene Gipson of Plattsburg MO; and Sarah Barnes of Trenton Mo; and George Gudde of Cameron, MO. Great Great Grandmother Loma Hickman of Trenton MO. Aunts and Uncles Caleb and Jayme Gudde, Melanie Barnes and Dustin Barnes. Cousins Keegan and Mollie.

Funeral services will be held 10:30AM Wednesday Sept. 25, 2013 at the First Baptist Church of Plattsburg. Interment Green Lawn Cemetery Plattsburg. The family will receive friends Tuesday Sept. 24, 2013 from 6-8PM at the Church. The Family suggests memorial gifts to assist with medical expenses. Arrangements Bailey & Cox Family Funeral Service Plattsburg MO. Online guestbook and Obituary at www.baileycox.com


Nadine Childers
Nadine Childers, 89, of Gower, MO passed away Sunday, September 22, 2013.

She was born on January 30, 1924 to Herbert Price and Corrine Pence (St. John) Smith in Frazier, MO.

On May 3, 1942 she was united in marriage to Carl W Childers in St. Joseph. Nadine traveled with her husband, Carl, while he was serving his country.

In 1945 they moved to Kansas City where she worked seventeen years with Hallmark Cards as a supervisor. In 1978 they moved to Gower where they made their home. Her husband, Carl, passed away on August 28, 1996.

Nadine was a member of the First Baptist Church in Gower.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; brothers W.A. Smith and Dwain “Buck” Smith; and sister, Frances Snyder.

Nadine is survived by her nephew, Jim Snyder and wife Mary Lou, Bill Smith, Richard Smith and wife Mona, and Bob Smith and wife Judy; nieces, Janet Umphress, Jennifer Dennis and husband Charles, and Dianne Smith, sister-in-law, Lora Dean Smith; other relatives and many friends.

Funeral Service: Held Tuesday, September 24th at Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower with visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial: Allen Cemetery, Gower, MO.

Donations may be made to the First Baptist Church.


Phyllis J. Russell
GOWER, Mo. - Phyllis June Russell passed away Monday, September 16, 2013 at the Gower Convalescent Center after losing a valiant fight with cancer.

She was born on June 4, 1930 near Canton, Okla. to Marvin Roy and Mary Odessa (Goodman) Fountain.

June graduated from Southard High School in 1948 and then attended Northwestern Oklahoma State University. She would later become a beautician and then worked for and retired from Sears.

She married Eldon Ray DeMoss in 1950 and to this union three sons were born.

After he passed away, June moved to Muskogee and married Gene Leach.

After 20 years of marriage he also preceded her in death. In 1997, she met and married Bill Russell and moved to Missouri.

June was a believer in her Savior, Jesus Christ, and attended Bethany Christian Church. She belonged to the Gower American Legion Auxilary #393 and had a great appreciation for their precepts.

She was a dedicated mother and grandmother by whom she will be greatly missed.

She was preceded in death by her son, Donald Gene DeMoss; her parents; granddaughter; and great-grandson.

She is survived by her husband, Bill; sons, Darrel Dean DeMoss and Dennis Ray (Sherry) DeMoss; step-daughters, Jody Hamilton, Gayle Larson and Becky (Monty) Yeager; sisters, Louise Fisher, Leola (Weldon) Allen; brothers, Bill (Jan) Fountain, Bob (Sarah) Fountain, Roy (Linda) Fountain and Keith Fountain; 16 grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren.

Memorial service: Held Thursday, Sept. 19 at First Baptist Church in Gower. Inurnment: 2 p.m. Friday at Memorial Park Cemetery in Muskogee.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Gower American Legion Auxilary #393.

Arrangements: Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower.


John R. Huffman
John R. Huffman 72 of Plattsburg died Tuesday Sept 17, 2013 at the KU Medical Center, Kansas city Kansas. Born on Dec. 29, 1940 in New Castle Indiana to Kenneth and Bernice (Blinn) Huffman. John was a high school graduate and received his BA from Michigan State University. He was the environment project manager for Yellow freight and Owens Corning for many years. John and his wife owned and operated the Pink Rosebud bed and Breakfast; the pink rosebud antique’s in Plattsburg. He was a member of the Plattsburg Chamber of Commerce and served as mayor of Plattsburg for Four years.

On July 3, 1960 he married Patricia “Susie” Johnson whom survives of the home.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son Kenneth James Huffman.

Survivors include his wife Susie; his son John R. Huffman ll and his wife Katie; three grandchildren and one great grand child.

Graveside service and interment held Friday Sept. 20, 2013 at the Green Lawn Cemetery Plattsburg.

The family suggests memorial gifts to the RJ Huffman benefit fund in care of Platte Valley Bank. Arrangements Bailey & Cox Family Funeral Service Plattsburg. Online guestbook and obituary at www.baileycox.com


Harold E. Sumpter
Harold Edward Sumpter, 91, a lifelong resident of Turney, MO, went to be with the Lord on September 23, 2013, at the Harry S Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital in Columbia, MO.

He was born October 26, 1921, in Turney, MO, the only child of Ralph and Flora (Paul) Sumpter. His parents preceded him in death.

He served as an aircraft mechanic in the U.S. Army Air Forces in Florida, and later Africa, during World War II. He was united in marriage to Lois Christopher on July 19, 1945, in Turney. Harold owned and operated Sumpter’s Garage in Turney and also farmed and hauled livestock for many years. He was a longtime member of the First Assembly of God Church in Lathrop.

Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Lois; daughters, Hilah Gordon of Kansas City, MO, and Pam Spidle (Mike) of Columbia, MO; grandchildren, Kanu Gordon, Karissa Slinkard (Jason), Karac Gordon and Kale Spidle (Annie); great grandchildren, Tyler, Thorin, Xander, Lance, Zoe and Liam.

Visitation will begin at 1:00 pm, followed by a service celebrating Harold’s life at 2:00 pm, on Saturday, September 28th, at the First Assembly of God Church, 110 Pine Street, Lathrop. Burial with military honors will follow in the Turney Cemetery. Arrangements: Park Lawn Lathrop Chapel (816) 740-4648.


Marshall Dean Phillips
Marshall Dean Phillips, age 53, a resident of Braymer, Missouri, passed away on Sunday, September 15, 2013, at Hedrick Medical Center, Chillicothe, Missouri.

Marshall was born the son of Bobbie Dean and Dorothy Lee (Davis) Phillips on March 14, 1960, in Chillicothe, Missouri. He was a 1978 graduate of Braymer High School, Braymer, Missouri. He was united in marriage to Michele Elizabeth Brown on December 19, 1987, in Las Vegas, Nevada. She survives of the home.

Marshall worked as owner and operator of Phillips Construction for 21 years. He was a member of the Braymer Christian Church, where he sang in the Braymer Christian Praise Band. Marshall served as President of the Braymer Athletic Boosters, Chairman of the Board for the Anderson Memorial Ball Fields, and as Former President of the Braymer Alumni Association.

Survivors include his wife Chelee of the home; four sons, Landon Cole Phillips and wife Tosha of Holt, Missouri, Tyler Dean Phillips of Kansas City, Missouri, Trace William Phillips of Braymer, Missouri, and Wade Walker Phillips of Braymer, Missouri; one daughter, Margaret (Maggie) Elizabeth Phillips of Braymer, Missouri; two grandchildren, Jaden Phillips and Ryder Phillips; mother, Dorothy Phillips of Braymer, Missouri; and one sister, Charlotte Stiens and husband Larry of Maryville, Missouri.

He was preceded in death by his father; one sister, Gayle Dunwoodie; and one brother, Stacey Phillips.

Funeral services will be held at the Braymer High School, Braymer, Missouri, on Thursday, September 19, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. Friends may call at the Lindley Pitts Funeral Home, Braymer, Missouri, on Wednesday, September 18, 2013, from 12 noon until 8:00 p.m. and on Thursday, September 19, 2013, from 12 noon until 2:00 p.m. at the Braymer High School, Braymer, Missouri. Burial will be held at Evergreen Cemetery, Braymer, Missouri.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Anderson Memorial Ball Fields and may be left at or mailed to Lindley Pitts Funeral Home, P.O. Box 47, Chillicothe, Missouri 64601. Online condolences may be made at www.lindleyfuneralhome.com <http://www.lindleyfuneralhome.com/>
Arrangements are under the direction of Lindley Pitts Funeral Home, Braymer, Missouri.


Karen S. Barker
MOUND CITY, Mo. - Karen S. Barker, age 71, of Mound City, passed away Sunday, September 15, 2013 at her Mound City home.

She was born on July 16, 1942 in St. Joseph to Nita Lau (McKee) and Jacob Albert Moore.

She spent her childhood and youth on the family farm near Lathrop, Mo., where she attended the Methodist church.

She graduated from Lathrop High School and attended St. Joseph Junior College.

Karen’s love was her flower garden, where she spent hundreds of hours nurturing many varieties of flowers. She was a Master Flower Show Judge and served as District Director of Northwest Missouri Federated Garden Club. She was past president of the Tarkio, Rock Port and Fortescue Garden Clubs.

Karen attended Mound City First Christian Church. She was also a long-time member of TOPS and hosted their Christmas party for over 25 years.

Karen lived at Big Lake Village where she taught water aerobics to many adults who were seeking exercise or relief from complications due to arthritis. She was certified through the American Exercise Council.

In later years, she and her husband, Harry Bagby, moved to Mound City. They spent the winter in Tucson, Ariz. Harry preceded her in death in 2004.

While in Tucson, she taught exercise for Naturally Women Fitness Center.

In 2011, Karen married Elmer L. Barker, Sr. They, too, wintered in Tucson. He survives of the home.

In addition to her parents and husband, Harry, she was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, who raised her, Ernest and Nell McKee; and stepmother, Mildree Grady Moore.

Survivors include her husband, Elmer, of their Mound City home; aunt, Erma Lee Hunt of Plattsburg, Mo.; uncle, Eddie Hisel of Lathrop; and cousin, Celesta Moore of Liberty, Mo.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, September 20, 2013 at the Chamberlain Funeral Home in Mound City.

Family will greet friends one hour prior to services.
Interment will be held at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the Mound City First Christian Church, Mount Hope Cemetery, the Mound City Nutrition Site or Mound City High School Scholarship Fund to be used by a student going into horticulture.
Online condolences may be left at www.chamberlainfuneral.com


Gertrude Jackson
Gertrude Jackson, 81 of Easton, MO passed away, Wednesday, September 11, 2013.

She was born on May 23, 1932 to Thomas Singleton and Jessie (Donaldson) Barton near Frazier, MO where she grew up. Gertrude graduated from Gower High School in 1950.

On March 4, 1956 she was united in marriage to Earl Jackson. After their marriage they lived near Easton, MO where they made their home. Her husband, Earl, passed away, April 1, 1986.

She was a member of the McCarthy Baptist Church in St. Joseph. Gertrude was a homemaker and was also a cook for the East Buchanan School District.

Gertrude was also preceded in death by her parents, daughter, Earlene, son Dwayne, brothers, Thomas, Joe, and Floyd Barton; sisters, Mary Holt, Evelyn Mayer, Iona Roberts.

She is survived by her sons, Roger Jackson and wife Jane, and Fred Jackson; grandchildren, Tabitha (Kenny) Walker, Brad (Sarah) Jackson, Brandon Jackson, Rachel Jackson, Andrea Jackson, Rider Jackson, and Hailey Jackson; great-grandchildren, Clinton, Kaylin, and Matthew Walker, Aden, Carter and Dylan Jackson, Lincoln Stewart and Waylon Gerdes; brothers, Dwayne Barton, Fred (Vicki) Barton and Kenny (Mary) Barton; sisters, Colleen (Charlie) Gott, Geraldine (Leonard) Dobson; several nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Funeral Service: 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 14th at McCarthy Baptist Church in St. Joseph.
Visitation: 6:00-8:00 p.m. Friday at the church. Burial: Blakely Cemetery

Donations may be made to the McCarthy Baptist Church or Blakely Cemetery
Arrangements Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower.


Mike Brennan
Michael Vincent Brennan, 67, of Turney, MO, passed into eternity on September 28, 2013, at his home with family at his side. Visitation will be held from 6-8 pm on Tuesday, October 1, at the First Christian Church, 400 Center Street, Lathrop. A service celebrating Mike’s life will be held at 10:30 am Wednesday, October 2, at the First Christian Church. Burial with military honors will follow at Lathrop Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Lathrop American Legion Post 467.

Mike was born March 3, 1946, in St. Joseph, MO, one of three children of William Owen and Eva Michael (Grady) Brennan. His parents preceded him in death. He graduated in 1964 from Lathrop High School and entered the U.S. Navy in May, 1965, during the Vietnam era. Mike received his honorable discharge as an E5 Parachute Rigger Second Class in May, 1969. Mike lived in Colorado Springs where he worked for Bestway Disposal for 22 years. He then returned to the Lathrop/Turney area, where he worked as a mechanic for Clinton County for 18 years before retiring in 2011.

Mike was very active in his community, including membership at the Lathrop American Legion and serving on its funeral ritual team; also serving as a firefighter, mechanic, and on the board of the Lathrop Volunteer Fire Department; and serving on the Clinton County District 2 Water board.

Survivors include his wife, Janet (Corum) Brennan, of the home; son and daughter-in-law, Troy and Melissa Brennan, of Lamar, CO; grandchildren, Brytni, Josh and Kendall; and great granddaughter due in November. Also surviving are his sister, Mary Jane McClelland, of Plattsburg; brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Billie Brennan, of Lathrop; nephews, nieces, and spouses, Mick McClelland, Cindy and John Carter, Scott and Rebecca Brennan, Lisa and Dave Small, and their families. Mike also leaves other family members, including Janet’s family, and many, many friends.

Arrangements: Park Lawn Lathrop Chapel (816) 740-4658.


Wendell L. Montgomery
Wendell L. Montgomery 73 of Kansas City formally of Plattsburg died Sunday Sept. 8, 2013 at the Cherry Hills Rehab Center in Kansas City MO. Born on July 21, 1940 in Kansas City to Lee and Lulu (Ford) Montgomery. Wendell was the owner of Wendell’s barbershop for many years in Plattsburg. He also was a school bus driver for the Clinton County R-lll school Dist. He was of the Baptist Faith.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers Tom and John Montgomery.

Survivors include his son Micah Montgomery of KCMO; his brothers and sisters, Bill Montgomery of Columbus GA; Mary Douglas of Stover MO; Ted Montgomery of KCMO; Judy Brehm of KCMO; Smith Montgomery of Oklahoma; Dorothy Gilmore of Ballwill MO., and Linda King of Liberty MO.

Funeral services will be held 10AM Friday Sept. 13, 2013 at the Bailey & Cox Chapel Plattsburg Mo. Inurnment at a later date in the Green Lawn Cemetery Plattsburg. The family will receive friends 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Arrangements Bailey & Cox Family Funeral Service Plattsburg Mo. Online guestbook and obituary at www.baileycox.com


Carl R. McQueen
Carl Robert McQueen, 67, of St. Joseph, passed away Wednesday, September 4, 2013, at a St. Joseph hospital.

He was born September 3, 1946 in St. Joseph, son of Pauline and Wallace McQueen.

He graduated from Gower High School and married Barbara Thompson on April 9, 1967, and they shared 46 years together.

He retired from Rhone-Poulenc Chemical Company after 27 years of service as a Chemical Handler.

He enjoyed long car rides, woodworking and loved making puzzles. He was a member of the Three Angels Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

Carl was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by wife, Barbara McQueen of the home; his children, Gidget (Bryan) Lynch of St. Joseph; Carl McQueen, Jr. of Florida; Sandy (Dex) Blum of St. Joseph; and Amy Jo (Clint) Edwards of Cameron, Mo.; nine grandchildren: Alxia Blum, Brittany Lynch, Steven Lynch, Taig Blum, Zane Edwards, Dalton Lynch, Colin Edwards, Caleb Lynch and Emily Edwards; and a great-grandson, Ryland. He also had several brothers and sisters, as well as his beloved dog, Daisy.

A memorial service was held Saturday, September 7, 2013 at the Three Angels Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 1404 Weisenborn Rd., St. Joseph, MO.

The family received friends. on Saturday at the church.

He has been cremated under the direction of the Rupp Funeral Home.
Online condolence and obituary at www.ruppfuneral.com


Darell R. Johnson
POLO, Mo. - Darell Ray Johnson, 58, Polo, formerly of Dawn, Mo., passed away Monday, September 2, 2013.

He was born March 8, 1955 in Chillicothe.

On September 27, 1997, he married Shirley K. Pallanich.
Survivors: wife, Shirley; nine children; 12 grandchildren; one sister-in-law.

Services: Held Friday, September 6, 2013, Lindley Funeral Home, Chillicothe, Mo.

Visitation: Held Thursday, September 5, 2013, at the funeral home.
Burial: Collar Cemetery, Dawn.


James M. Kneib
James (“Jim”) M. Kneib, 56, St. Joseph, died surrounded by family and friends on Monday, September 2, 2013, at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

Jim was a loving and devoted son to his mother and father, Ruth C. (Reardon) Kneib and Earl G. Kneib of St. Joseph, who survive.

Survivors include his sister, Susan Kneib Hubbard, (Rick) Kansas City, Mo.; god-mother, Florita Allgaier, of St. Joseph; uncle, Wayne Reardon, of Easton, Mo.; and aunt, Geraldine Fisher, Gower, Mo.; and many cousins.
Jim was born on November 9, 1956 in Kansas City.

He graduated from Cathedral School establishing a friendship in 7th grade that would last a lifetime with his friend and collaborator in many projects, Phil Klawuhn.

Jim graduated from Bishop LeBlond High School in 1975, where he was Student Council President and excelled in speech and debate. He also attended Creighton University, Omaha, Neb., and Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

At an early age, Jim developed an interest in politics and government. He served as an intern on the staff of Congressman Jerry Litton, who said of Jim that he was one of the brightest young men he had ever met.

Jim also served as assistant to Deputy Director Jim Sprake in the Missouri Dept. of Agriculture and to Director of Administration Paul Hurst. During that time, Jim also served as assistant director of the Missouri State Fair.

Upon returning from college, Jim became involved in real estate and investment in development properties with Earl and Ruth, particularly in the Frederick/Riverside corridor and in Eastern Buchanan County. In later years, he oversaw his family’s farming operation.

He was also involved in the family business that manufactured the Kneib “Pop-Up” hay bail loader. Jim played an instrumental part in the campaign for restoration of the Buchanan County Courthouse.

Jim served in finance roles for numerous political campaigns including Jim Russell for Congress and Ken Rothman for Governor, who remained close friends.

Jim enjoyed fishing, trapshooting and boating. He was an avid traveler taking many trips to Germany to visit Kneib family members located through his genealogy studies and to his favorite vacation spots in Costa Rica including with his fishing buddy and dear friend, Dr. Jay McMillen.

Jim was a devoted Catholic, a member of Cathedral parish and served on the Property Committee of the Diocese of Kansas City – St. Joseph. He and his family have also been significant contributors to Conception Abbey.

Jim was a dedicated friend to many during his lifetime. He will be fondly remembered and sadly missed by his family and friends but his spirit will live on in their lives and in the many endeavors in which he was involved.

Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by the Most Reverend Bishop Robert Finn, D.D. Saturday, September 7 at St. Joseph Cathedral, 519 N. 10th St., St. Joseph, MO. The Mass was concelebrated by Abbott Gregory Polan, OSB, Fr. Matthew Rotert, and Fr. Benedict Neenan, OSB.

A parish rosary led by Fr. Matthew Benjamin was recited and the family received friends Friday, September 6, at Heaton-Bowman-Smith and Sidenfaden Chapel, 3609 Frederick Ave., St. Joseph, MO.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to St. Joseph Cathedral School.
Interment following service at Mount Olivet Cemetery.


Manetha Franklin White
Manetha Franklin White passed away August 25, 2013.

Visitation held September 4th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and funeral services are September 5th at 10:00 a.m. Visitation and funeral are at Broadway United Methodist Church in Plattsburg.

Manetha was born September 11, 1924 to Lloyd and Alice White. He was a graduate of Cameron High School and received his Bachelor of Science Degree from NWMSU. Manetha served as a Sergeant in the Army of the United States from July, 1943 through November, 1945. He married Naomi V. McQuate on June 1, 1947. Manetha spent his life living out his passion of designing and building homes and office buildings in Plattsburg, Missouri and a variety of other locations throughout the United States for many years.

He is survived by his spouse, Naomi White; daughters and sons-in-law Sonja and Jon Pellerin, Yana and Chet Stoll, Lesa and Ron Murphy, and son and daughter-in-law Eric and Diane White; 11 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren; one sister Wanda Corn.

In lieu of flowers, make donations to: Wounded Warrior Project - Jacksonville, Florida or St. Joseph’s Indian School - Chamberlain, South Dakota.

Arrangements Bailey & Cox Family Funeral Service Plattsburg, MO. Online guestbook and obituary at www.baileycox.com


Emma L Keesler
Emma Louise Keesler, 83, of Bonner Springs, KS passed away, Saturday, August 24, 2013.

She was born on May 8, 1930 to Ovid Creele and Pauline Marie (Hawkins) Brown in Gower, MO. She grew up and attended school in Gower. She was a lifelong resident of the Kansas City area.

Emma was preceded in death by her parents, her daughter, Nancy Putnam, five brothers, Harold, William, Robert, Jack, and Bud Brown.

Emma is survived by her children, Linda Lacey and husband Larry, Oranogo, MO, Patty Hancock and husband Lee, Manson, IA, and Teresa Tague and husband James, Leavenworth, KS; eleven grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; sister Virginia Welsh.

Graveside Service: 2:00 p.m. Saturday, August 31st at Allen Cemetery.
Arrangements, Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower.


Billy G. Mitchell
GOWER, Mo. - Billy G. Mitchell, 73, Gower, formerly of King City, Mo., passed away Wednesday, August 28, 2013.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Mitchell of the home; sons, Tom Mitchell, Gower; and James Mitchell, Bolckow, Mo.; daughters, Janet Christmas, Savannah, Mo.; and Laura Gann, Stewartsville, Mo.; brother, Kenneth Mitchell, Buffalo, Mo.; sisters, Beulah Campbell, Oskaloosa, Kan.; Lois Shanks, Edgerton, Mo.; Sue Michaels, Lebanon, Mo.; Betty Slaybaugh, Savannah; and Barb Knapp, Macks Creek, Mo.; 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Saturday, August 31, at the Roberson Funeral Home, King City.
Burial in Ford City Cemetery, Ford City, Mo.

Memorial contributions may be made to Ford City Cemetery in care of Roberson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 153, King City, MO 64463.

Online condolences may be left at www.robersonfuneralhome.com


Charles Brockman
STEWARTSVILLE, Mo. - Charles Loren Brockman, age 85, was born February 11, 1928 in Stewartsville, the son of Leonard and Alberta Alice (Tyre) Brockman and passed away August 27, 2013 at his home in Stewartsville.

On April 4, 1948 Charles and Dorothy Yahnig were united in marriage. To this union three children were born.

Charles retired from MODOT after 27 years of service.

He served on multiple county and city committees in the community throughout his life. Charles loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them, especially his grandchildren.

He was a member of Restoration Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Cameron.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Norwayne Brockman; great-granddaughter, Kendra Sue Keesman; great-grandson, Mason Hetz.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy, of the home; three children, Keith Brockman (Barb), Stewartsville; Bruce Brockman, Stewartsville; and Brenda Keesman (Ken), Osborn, Mo.; ten grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Beverly Brockman, Cameron, Mo.

Funeral services were held Saturday, August 31, 2013 at Bram-Turner Funeral Home, Stewartsville, with burial at Stewartsville Cemetery.

Memorial contributions: Stewartsville Boy Scout Troop 222 or Stewartsville Cemetery. www.bram-turnerfuneralhome.com


Pamela J. Swofford
STEWARTSVILLE, Mo. - Pamela Jeanne Swofford, age 59, was born September 13, 1953, in St. Joseph the daughter of William and Marjorie (Sprague) O’Dell and passed away August 30, 2013. A former Lathrop High School Math teacher.

She is preceded in death by her father. Survivors include her husband, Brad, of the home; mother, Marjorie O’Dell, Stewartsville; two children, Jason and Samantha Swofford of the home.

Funeral services were Wednesday, September 4, 2013, at Culbertson Chapel UMC, Stewartsville, with burial in Stewartsville Cemetery. Visitation: one hour prior to service time. Friends may call on Bram-Turner Funeral Home, Stewartsville after 10 a.m Tuesday.

Memorial Contributions: Culbertson Chapel UMC.


Raymond St. John
SMITHVILLE, Mo. - Raymond St. John, 90, Smithville, passed away, Thursday, August 22, 2013.

Survivors: wife, Ordelta; sons, Otho (Brenda) St. John, Polo, Mo. and Otis St. John, Smithville; grandchildren, Otho Ray St. John II and Jackson; sister, Dorothy Corless and husband Frank, Smithville.

Funeral Service: Held Tuesday, Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Smithville. Burial: Ridgely Cemetery. Visitation: one hour prior to the service.

Donations: First Baptist Church in Lathrop, Mo.


ZillaMary Benton
GOWER, Mo. - ZillaMary Benton, 92, of Gower, passed away Thursday, August 15, 2013, at the Gower Convalescent Center.
She was born on July 23, 1921, to Albert and Daisy (Ruoff) Donaldson near Easton, Mo., where she grew up and graduated from Easton High School.

On February 2, 1943, she was united in marriage to Everett R. Poage. Her husband passed away on June 17, 1974. On September 25, 1982, she married Keith R. Benton. After their marriage they lived in St. Joseph. Her husband, Keith, preceded her in death on March 22, 1999.

ZillaMary was a former member of the Wyatt Park Christian Church in St. Joseph and a member of the Gower Christian Church. She was also member of the McDonald-Dugger-Duncan-Petree American Legion Auxilary Post #11.

ZillaMary was also preceded in death by her parents; sister, Marcia Donaldson; brothers, Harry, Virgil and Lawrence Donaldson; step-daughter, Gwen Lukens; daughter-in-law, Ruth Poage; and son-in-law, Dale Spencer.

She is survived by two daughters, Zellma Spencer and Joyce Zunga and husband, Jose; sons, Lawrence Poage, Donald Poage and wife, Terryon and Roger Poage and wife, Jayne; two step-daughters, Denise Benton and Rebecca Benton; numerous grandchildren; several nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Funeral Service: Held Tuesday, August 20, at Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower. Burial: Mt. Zion Cemetery. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, at the funeral home.

Donations: Three Rivers Hospice or Gower Christian Church Building Fund.


George Morey, III
EMPIRE PRAIRIE, Mo. - George “Inky” Morey, III, 78, of Empire Prairie, passed away on Monday, August 12, 2013 at Northcare Hospice.

George, the son of George Harris and Genevia (Cook) Morey, was born October 22, 1934 in St. Joseph. His parents preceded him in death.

On January 23, 1954, George was united in marriage to Shirley Jeanne Miller. Shirley preceded him in death on July 20, 2012.
For many years, George was an auto body repairman. He worked for various auto body repair shops in St. Joseph.

He was a member of the Percheron Horse Association of America and a member of the Maxwell Heights Presbyterian Church of St. Joseph.

Memorial contributions: George “Inky” Morey III Memorial Fund in care of the Roberson-Polley Chapel, 403 N. Hundley, Albany, MO 64402.
Online condolences: www.robersonpolleychapel.com

Survivors: sons, Rev. George L. (Norma) Morey, St. Joseph; Timothy (Janet) Morey, King City, Mo.; grandsons, Matthew (Courtney) Morey, Bentonville, Ark.; Tim (Jessica) Morey, Humboldt, Iowa; Mark (Darci) Morey, King City; Joshuwa (Sarah) Morey, St. Joseph; step-granddaughter, Brooke (Jarret) Taber, Gower, Mo.; great-grandchildren, Haleigh, Madisyn, Madeline, Olivia, Lillian, Mackenzie, Paige, Koda, Hope, Levi Morey and Eliza Taber; brothers, Nathan (Charlotte) Morey, Centerton, Ark.; Steven (Connie) Morey, Savannah, Mo.; Dennis (Margaret) Morey, Oskaloosa, Iowa; Tom (Annette) Morey, Cosby, Mo.; sister, Beverly (Leonard) Cross, St. Joseph; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service: Held August 16 at the Turning Point Church of the Nazarene, 5211 Frederick Avenue, St. Joseph.
Burial: Memorial Park Cemetery, St. Joseph.


Danny L. Kerns
BOZEMAN, Mont. - Danny Lynn Kerns, youngest child to Virginia and Orville Kerns, was born December 18, 1955 and raised in Hemple, Missouri. He graduated from East Buchanan C-1 High School.

Early Monday morning of August 5, 2013 Danny passed on to His Eternal Home.

Danny enjoyed working with his hands and heart. He helped his parents with the up-keep of the family farm. He later worked for his family in Kerns Home Building. He also started his own lawn care business with his mother’s help and assistance.

In June of 1994, Danny wrote his special friend and dear companion, Eileen May, who lived in Billings, Montana after finding her in the Christian Pen Pal section of the Farmer’s Almanac. Exchanging letters and phone calls, they met in person the following month when Eileen and her mother traveled to Missouri to meet Dan and his parents. Two weeks later Dan sent Eileen an engagement ring. She responded with “Yes! I do!”. In September, Dan traveled with his parents to Montana and spent more quality time with Eileen, only growing closer in love. In October, Eileen packed up her car and moved to Missouri in preparation of their first home on the family farm and their marriage. In December they were married one day before his birthday.

In October of 2001, Danny and Eileen moved back to Belgrade, Montana and later on to their home in Bozeman, Montana.

Danny worked with Eileen at Walmart in Bozeman and later he was employed at Safeway where he was known for his helpful assistance and generous smile.

Danny will be dearly missed by all he met.

Danny is survived by: his wife Eileen; siblings Wayne (Betty) Kerns, Judy Fields, Nancy (Buddy) Hoffman, and David (Enola) Kerns; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at 2:00pm on Thursday, August 15 at the Evangelical Free Church in Bozeman.

Condolences may be shared with the family at www.dahlcares.com


Marion Snook
EDGERTON, Mo. - Marion Snook, 86, of Edgerton, passed away, Thursday, August 8, 2013.

Marion Snook was born on July 31, 1927, to Roy William and Zelma Lou (Hornback) Snook, in Smithville, Mo. He grew up in Edgerton and graduated from Edgerton High School where he was a track star.

Marion served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII. After his honorable discharge, he returned to Edgerton.

On May 11, 1946, he was united in marriage to Bea Kissick, in Leavenworth, Kan. After their marriage, they lived near Edgerton, where they farmed and made their home.

Marion was a member of the Edgerton United Methodist Church, the Daniel-Shafer American Legion Post #445 in Edgerton, a member of the Platte County Farm Bureau and a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Raymond and Jewell Snook; sister, Gladys Virginia Snook; and son, Marvin “Thumper” Snook.

Marion is survived by his wife, Bea; sons, James, Jr. “Hotshot” Snook and wife Barbara, Edgerton and David Wayne Snook, St. Joseph; daughter-in-law, Billie Snook, Florida; five grandchildren, Jamie Lynn Cox, James Snook III, Aaron Snook, Daniel Snook and T.J. Snook; eight great-grandchildren; two brothers, Staley Snook and Earl Snook, Edgerton; three sisters, Martha Jane Williams, Dearborn, Mo., Marjorie Stubbs, Edgerton and Dorothy Kneib, St. Joseph; several nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Funeral Service: 2 p.m. Saturday, August 17, at Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Edgerton. Burial: Ridgely Cemetery. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, August 16, at the funeral home.


Dennis Sutton
Dennis Sutton, 65 of Gower, MO went to be with his Lord, Thursday, August 8, 2013.

He was born on June 30, 1948 to C.W. and Dorothy June (McWilliams) Sutton in Portland, OR. and graduated from Easton High School.

On October 24, 1966 he was united in marriage to Cheryl Maxine Jackson. After their marriage they lived in the Hemple area and in 1990 they moved to Gower where they made their home.

He was a member of the Frazier Baptist Church where he served as Deacon. Dennis enjoyed playing baseball and softball and in later years golfing.

Dennis was preceded in death by his parents, infant son Howard William, his grandmother, Pearl Sutton, and father-in-law, Howard Jackson.

He is survived by his wife Cheryl, of the home; children, Scott Sutton and wife Gail, Shelly Parks and husband Chuck, Kellie Sutton, and Doug Sutton; grandchildren, Chase, Tyler, Drew, Kelcie, Taylor, Cole, Kami, and Micah; brothers, Mike Sutton and wife Anna and Donnie Sutton and wife Peggy; sister Debbie Bowen; mother in law, Maxine Jackson; brother-in-law, Ron Jackson and wife Kay; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, other relatives and many friends.

Funeral Services: 10:30 a.m. Monday, August 12th at Frazier Baptist Church. Burial: Blakely Cemetery

Visitation: 6:00-8:00 p.m. Sunday at the Frazier Baptist Church Family Life Center.

Donations may be made to the church building fund.
Arrangements, Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower.


Joann F. McCloud
GOWER, Mo. - Joann Frances McCloud, 78, of Gower, passed away Wednesday, August 7, 2013.

She was born October 23, 1934 in Kansas City, Mo., daughter of Cecilia and Len Bishop.

Joann was preceded in death by her parents; two daughters, Vickie Flores and Paula McCloud; a son, Maynard Taylor; a brother; a sister.

Survivors include husband, Donal McCloud; four daughters; one son; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two brothers.

Graveside funeral services and interment will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Monday, August 12, 2013 at the Platte City Cemetery.

The family received friends on Monday at the Rupp Funeral Home. Memorials are requested to the Joann McCloud Memorial Fund, in care of the Rupp Funeral Home.

Online condolence and obituary at www.ruppfuneral.com


Ida Mae Barnett
Ida Mae Barnett, 88, of Plattsburg died Wednesday Aug. 7, 2013 at her home. Born on May 20, 1925 in Tupelo Mississippi, to Howard C. and Ludie (Hill) Randall. She attended school and was a Christian.

On Dec 5, 1945 she married Robert “Red” Barnett whom preceded her in death in 1996. She was also preceded in death by her parents, daughters Sharon Filley and Donna Dittmar, one son Bobby Barnett and three grandchildren Charlotte Arrowood, Vickie Barnett and Quinton Street.

Survivors are her children Linda Jones of Port Author Texas; Sarah Brown and Bob Hobbs of Lathrop MO; Karon “Howard” Brown of St. Joseph Mo; John “Nancy” Barnett of Gower Mo; Connie “Jim” Smith of Plattsburg, MO; son in law Roger Dittmar of Plattsburg, MO. Her brother Jeff Randall; Sister Helen Padgatt both of Texas. Two grandsons that she raised Danny and Dion Filley. 20 Grandchildren and numerous great and great great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Saturday Aug. 10, 2013 at the Bailey & Cox Funeral home. Interment will be in the Mt. Zion Cemetery Gower Missouri. The family received friends Friday Aug 9, 2013 at the funeral home.

Arrangements Bailey & Cox Family Funeral Service Plattsburg MO. Online guestbook and obituary at www.baileycox.com


William A. Rose
STEWARTSVILLE, Mo. - William Allen Rose, age 67, was born December 3, 1945 in Kansas City, Mo., the son of Martha Ellen (Watkins) Lathem and passed away August 5, 2013 in Cameron, Mo.

On September 25, 1965, William and Pamala Kuhlman were united in marriage. To this union, six children were born. William loved his family and enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren.

He liked square dancing with Pamala, camping and fishing.

He is preceded in death by a brother, Jim Rose; grandson, Patric; and granddaughter, Riley.

Survivors include wife, Pamala Rose, of the home; mother, Martha Lathem, Tulelake, Calif.; six children, Carrie Walden, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Marnie Story, Pottburrow, Texas; Tara Cline (Fred), Colorado Springs; Angela Cole (Bryan), Excelsior Springs, Mo.; Bill Rose, Stewartsville; and Megan Thomas (Quent), Stewartsville; two brothers, Steve Rose (Lisa), Tulelake and Kenneth Rose, Tulelake; sister-in-law, Sue Ellen Rose, Gower, Mo.; 20 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Cremation under the direction of Bram-Turner Funeral Home. Visitation: Held Friday, August 9, 2013 at Bram-Turner Funeral Home of Stewartsville.

Memorial Contributions: Alzheimer’s Association.
Online condolences: www.bram-turnerfuneralhome.com


James “RYAN” Joe Turner
James “RYAN” Joe Turner, 23, of Birmingham, MO passed away Saturday August 10, 2013 at NorthCare Hospice House.

Ryan was born March 3, 1990 in Kansas City, MO. Ryan graduated from Winnetonka High School in 2008. He was Warrior of the Tribe of Mic-O-Say, and a member of troop 215 where he was the 100th Eagle Scout of the troop, he loved his son, Fiancé Lauren, his family and friends.

Ryan was preceded in death by his uncle Tim Axtell.

Survivors include Fiancé Lauren Ryun and her parents Karen Ryun, and Harold Squire, son James Ryder Joe Turner; father Kelly and Angel Turner, mother Rochelle and Larry Stumph, step-father Tommy Fee; brothers and sisters Shelby Turner, Zach Blohm, Tori Turner, Sage Fee, Aimee Turner, Thomas Jay Fee and 3 step-brothers. Grandparents Bob and Cherryl Axtell, and Bob and Jan Turner, great-grandmothers Germaine Turner, and Rowene Nichols; aunts and uncles Rob and Jaime Axtell, TK and Kerry Purtle, Steph Axtell, and numerous cousins.

Services 10:00am Thursday August 15, 2013 White Chapel Funeral Home Gladstone. Interment White Chapel Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 5:00 to 8:00pm at the funeral home. The family suggests memorial gifts to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 6811 Shawnee Mission PKWY Suit 202, Mission, KS 66202

Fond memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.dwnwhitechapel.com


Allie L. Tolbert
CAMERON, Mo. - Allie Lorene Tolbert, 90, formerly of St. Joseph, passed away Friday, August 2, 2013, at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cameron.

Allie was born on June 11, 1923, in St. Joseph to Charles M. and Inez E, (Moore) Brooner.
She was a graduate of Benton High School. She then served as a Stenographer in the U.S. Navy Waves during WW II.

Allie married Joseph E Tolbert on January 22, 1950 in St. Joseph.
Allie was a member of Community of Christ Church and the DAV.

She enjoyed bowling, playing the accordion, gardening and planting.

She was a homemaker and also was a bus driver for the St. Joseph School District.

Allie was preceded in death by parents; husband; sons, Joseph E. Tolbert, Jr. and David Tolbert and two brothers, Richard and Orman Brooner.

Survivors include two sisters, Jean Garreth, Easton, Mo., and Carolyn N. (Pat) Hedrick, Chicago, Ill. area; Bill (Bonnie) Brooner, St. Joseph; children, Bonnie Clinton, Richard Tolbert and Charlotte Parker; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Visitation is being held Wednesday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, St. Joseph. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday evening.

A memorial service will be at a future date at The Abundant Life Center in St. Joseph.


Helen C. Billups
EXCELSIOR SPRINGS, Mo. - Helen C. Billups, 96, formerly of Ridgeway, Mo., died Tuesday, July 30, 2013.

Survivors: daughter, Phyllis Bagley, Independence, Mo.; sons, Norman (Martha) Billups, Holt, Mo.; Richard (Elaine) Billups, Holt; and David (Gayle) Billlups, Amity, Mo.; sister, Creta Reeder, Ridgeway; 16 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren.

Services: Held Saturday, First Christian Church, Blythedale. Burial: Cedar Hill Cemetery, Blythedale. Services under the direction of Bethany Memorial Chapel.
Tributes maybe left a www.bethanymemorialchapel.com


Nathaniel Shanks
DEARBORN, Mo. - Nathaniel “Tanny” Shanks, 40, left this life unexpectedly on Saturday, July 27, at his farm home south of Dearborn.

He was born in Smithville, Mo., on August 18, 1972 to Don and Cathy Shanks.

Tanny worked hard for various truck lines as a mechanic for years. While employed at Scherer Truck Line, he received rewards for a tool that he created to use in diesel engines. He was proud of the many certifications he received. Tanny was a truck driver and cement mason for several years at Platte County Readi Mix. He later worked at private companies.

He had raised and sold registered coon hounds under the kennel name Black Moon Blue Ticks.

Tanny was an avid outdoorsman. He had a strong passion for hunting, fishing, and caring for the family farm. He was a history buff, motorcycle enthusiast, enjoyed genealogy, and loved John Wayne movies. He also was a loving father and son. Tanny was a member of the New Market Christian Church.

Those who have gone before him are paternal grandparents, John and Alice Shanks; his father Donald; his maternal grandparents who helped raise him, J.C. and Bettie Lou Stubbs; and brother, Matthew Beck.

Tanny leaves to mourn his passing his daughter, Maizey Morgan Shanks; his mother, Cathy, of the home; brother, Eric “Brett” Shanks, Lathrop, Mo.; special aunt and uncle, Kenneth and Saralyn Hay, Camden Point, Mo.; and uncle and neighbor, Clinton Mullendore; and other aunts, uncles, and cousins. He also leaves three special friends from the animal kingdom, his horse Pork Chop, his cat Steven, and his blue Pit Bullit.

Memorial service: Held Saturday, August 3, at New Market Christian Church, with visitation one hour prior to the service at the church.

Arrangements: Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower.
Memorials may be made to Missouri Dept. of Conservation or to his daughter for a memorial bench.


Carol Jo Thompson
Oct. 31, 1961-April 7, 2013

Mass of Christian burial for Carol Thompson of Lathrop, MO, will be held at 10:00 am Saturday, August 10, 2013, at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, 2200 N. Blue Mills Rd., Independence. Interment will follow in Salem Cemetery. Arrangements: Park Lawn Northland Chapel (816) 781-8228.


Doris F. Pritchett
AGENCY, Mo. - Doris Fern Pritchett, 89, of Agency, passed away Saturday, July 27, 2013, at a St. Joseph hospital.

She was born Oct. 14, 1923, in Halls, Mo., daughter of Hanna and Ed Roberts. She was a homemaker. She loved spending time with her family, children and grandchildren and was of the Pentecostal Faith.

Doris was preceded in death by husband, Harvey A. Pritchett Sr., on June 27, 1994, her parents, son, Larry Frances Pritchett, daughter, Betty Sidwell, three brothers, Irvin Vernon and James Roberts and two sisters, Annetta Richards and Luella Leslie.

Survivors include three sons, Harvey (Velta) Pritchett Jr. of Agency, Charley (Connie) Pritchett of St. Joseph, and Ronald (Terri) Pritchett of Helena, Mo.; four daughters, Bertha (Carroll) Vaughn and Jacquline Dovel both of St. Joseph, Rocksanta (Robert) Helfery of Stewartsville, Mo., and Letty (John) Gatewood of Agency; brother, Loyd Roberts of St. Joseph; sister, Mildred Roberts of St. Joseph; 32 grandchildren and she had over one hundred great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted at 10 a.m., Monday at Rupp Funeral Home, with Pastor JoAnn Springs officiating. The Interment will be at the Ashland Cemetery. Memorials are requested to the. Online condolence and obituary at www.ruppfuneral.com.


J. Anne Hinkle
J. Anne Hinkle 81 of Raymore Mo., formally of Plattsburg died Thursday July 25, 2013 at the Foxwood Springs Nursing Home. Born on Feb. 1, 1932 in Cushing Oklahoma to Wesley and Pearl Anne (O’Kelly) Gray. She was a high school graduate and a member of the First Christian Church of Cushing OK. and Associate member of the First Christian Church of Raymore MO., where she was a member of the Christian Women’s Fellowship.

She was preceded in death by her parents, 4 sisters and 3 brothers.

On April 10, 1951 she married Cleo C. Hinkle who survives of the home.

Other survivors include her son Timothy C. (Donna) Hinkle of Pleasant Valley Missouri, her daughter Brenda Anne (Harry) Wilhoit of Plattsburg Missouri. 5 Grandchildren, Joseph, Melisa, and Megan Hinkle and Ryan and Michelle Wilhoit, and 5 great grand children Mariah, Landon, Maxwell and Myles Hinkle and Jack Wilhoit. And several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Saturday July 27, 2013 at the Bailey & Cox Funeral Home Plattsburg. Interment will be in the Green Lawn Cemetery Plattsburg. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service at the funeral home. The Family Suggests memorial gifts to the Fellowship of John or The Alzheimer’s Assoc. Arrangements Bailey & Cox Family Funeral Service Plattsburg MO. Online guestbook and obituary at www.baileycox.com


Jerrold L. Cole
GALLATIN, Mo. - Jerrold Cole, 58, died Friday, March 29, 2013.

A celebration of life graveside memorial service was held Sunday, July 28, 2013, Hillcrest Cemetery, near Gallatin.

Memorials: First Christian Church, Gallatin. Arrangements: McWilliams Funeral Home, Gallatin.

Survivors: sons, Jeremy Cole, Gallatin, Benjamin Cole, St. Joseph; sisters, Kathy Miller and Jennie Kerns, both of St. Joseph; aunt, Joyce Brown, Gower, Mo.; uncles, John, Raymond and Charles Grimes; two grandchildren.

Online condolences may be left at www.mcwilliamsfuneralhomes.com


Judith C. Peak
KING CITY, Mo. - Judith Carol “Judy” Peak, 71, King City, passed away peacefully at Arbor View Healthcare in St. Joseph on Tuesday, July 23, 2013, surrounded by her family.

Survivors include her husband, David W. Peak, of the home; daughters, Laura (Chuck) King, Agency, Mo., Pam (Jim) Ramseier, Easton, Mo., and Tracy (Brian) Morarity, Maryville, Mo.; sons, David (Jenny) Peak, King City, Phillip (Amber) Peak, Gower, Mo., and Kenny (Lorrie) Peak, King City; 16 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Graveside services and burial Friday, July 26, at the Round Mound Cemetery, Atchison, Kan.

The family will receive friends from 10 to11 a.m. Friday at Roberson Funeral Home, King City, where friends may call after 8 a.m. Friday.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association in care of Roberson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 153, King City, MO 64463.
Online condolences may be left at www.robersonfuneralhome.com


Virginia M. Simon
GOWER, Mo. - Virginia M. Simon, 83, Gower, died Sunday, July 21, 2013 at a healthcare facility in Gower.

She was born December 6, 1929 to Earl and Johanna (Schuman) Clifton in Kansas City, Mo.

She married Charles W. “Bill” Simon on July 23, 1947 in Kansas City,. He preceded her in death on June 27, 2002.

Virginia was a member of Woodson Christian Chapel.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; son, John Simon; and three half-brothers, Frank, Andrew, and Ted Terherst.

Survivors: children, Charles Simon (Denise), Robert Simon, Sandra Judd (Gordon), Kenneth Simon, Tammie Castleman, Donald Simon (Karla), all of St. Joseph; Jo Herple (Ralph), Easton, Mo., and Ann Stallard (Bill) Gower; 21 grandchildren; and 33 great-grandchildren.

Services: Were held Tuesday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Interment: Memorial Park Cemetery.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Flowers are appreciated and for those wishing to make a contribution, the family requests they be made to Alzheimer’s Association.

Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com


William J. Clark, Jr.
EASTON, Mo. - William Jackson Clark, Jr., 94, Easton, passed away Wednesday, July 17, 2013.
William “Bill” was born on December 5, 1918, in Easton, to William and Bertha (Gerding) Jackson Clark, Sr. He was one of four children, all who preceded him in death.

He was united in marriage to Dessa Faye Dreyer, who preceded him in death.

From this union, they had one son, William Dennis (Jeanine) Clark; grandson, Brian (Melissa) Clark; granddaughter, Denice (Andre) Hudson; and several nieces and nephews.

A private service for Mr. Clark will be held at a later date.


Lucile Harris
Lucile Holmes Harris, 95, of Gower, MO formerly of King City, passed away Sunday July 21, 2013 at the Gower Convalescent Center.

She was born on July 19, 1918 to William Franklin and Eugenia (Gibson) Holmes near Gower, MO where she grew up and graduated from Gower High School.

On February 9, 1943 she was united in marriage to Andrew “Andy” Harris in Washington, DC while he was in the US Army. They lived in Macomb, IL and later moved to King City, MO where they made their home. Her husband Andy passed away on September 10, 1996. Lucile then moved to Gower.

Lucile was a member of the Mt Moriah United Methodist Church, Gower and the Gower American Legion Auxiliary.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, son Will David Harris in 1963; daughter Jeanna Kay Harris Lavold in 2008; infant sister Vaneta Holmes; brothers Gene Holmes, Kenneth Holmes and Henry Holmes.

Lucile is survived by her granddaughters, Buffy Rakoz and husband Leland and Jenni Cleary and husband Paul all of Vancouver, WA; grandson Phil Lame and wife Karen, Denver, CO; six great-grandchildren, Tanner, Meggan, Kayla, Logan, Avery and Jamie; several nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Funeral Service: 11:00 a.m. Saturday July 27th at Hixson-Klein Funeral Home Gower, with visitation 10:00-11:00 a.m. prior to the service. Burial: Allen Cemetery, Gower

Donations: Mt Moriah United Methodist Church or Allen Cemetery


Christine M. McNeel
Christine M. McNeel 98 of Plattsburg, MO died Wednesday July 17, 2013 at a local nursing home. Born on Nov. 14, 1914 in Monroe County Missouri to Richard and Osie Marie (Hull) Stephens. She was a high school graduate and was a member of the First Christian Church of Plattsburg. She retired as Deputy Collector for Clinton County.

She was married to Lorin Eugene” Gene” McNeel Sr., he preceded her in death. Also preceding her in death are her parents and her step-son Lorin Eugene McNeel Jr., and 2 sisters.

Survivors include her 2 sons John McNeel of North Kansas City Missouri and William (Kay) McNeel of Kansas City Missouri; her grandson Mark S. McNeel and 3 great grand children Jake, Lacy and Ryan.

Graveside service and interment was held Tuesday July 23, 2013 at the Green Lawn Cemetery, Plattsburg MO. The family suggests memorial gifts to the First Christian Church or Three Rivers Hospice or to Oakridge Nursing Home. Arrangements Bailey & Cox Family Funeral Service Plattsburg MO. Online guest book and obituary at www.baileycox.com


Regenia D. Harned
Regenia D. Harned, 90, of Murfreesboro, TN formerly of Gower, MO and Agency, MO passed away, Tuesday, July 16, 2013.

She was born on January 13, 1923 to Arthur W. and Susan Dimple (Jones) Ridge in Agency, MO where she grew up and graduated high school.

On December 5, 1941 she was united in marriage to Ralph E. Harned. After their marriage they lived in the Agency area until 1954 when they moved to Garden Grove, CA. In 1981 they moved to Gower. Her husband, Ralph, passed away May 10, 1984. Regenia later moved to Murfreesboro, TN.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Gower and attended Northside Baptist in Murfreesboro.

Regenia was also preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, Arthur True Ridge, Chester Lee Ridge, Paul Hugh Ridge, and Ronald E. Ridge.

She is survived by her children, Sharon Smith and husband Gary, Port Angeles, WA, Gary E. Harned and wife Diana, Riverside, CA, Rita Hoskins and husband Phillip, Murfreesboro, TN; six grandchildren, Richard, Marianne, Marsha, Matthew, Kristin, and Kevin; four great-grandchildren; niece, Carol Ridge; nephews, Wayne Ridge and Walter Ridge; other relatives and many friends.

Funeral Services: Were held Saturday, July 20th at First Baptist Church in Gower with visitation one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial: Agency Cemetery

Arrangements, Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower.


Billie D. Fields
Billie D. Fields, 83, of Polo, MO, passed away July 13, 2013, at home surrounded by her loving family. Visitation will be held from 7-8 pm Tuesday, July 16, at the Knoxville Community Church, Knoxville, MO. A funeral service celebrating her life will be held at 2:00 pm Wednesday, July 17, at the Knoxville Community Church. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery, Braymer, MO. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the church.

Billie was born May 16, 1930, in Hardin, MO, the daughter of Edward and Myrtle (Basse)
Lewis. She worked as a teller at the Farmers Bank of Polo for more than 30 years. Billie was a member of Knoxville Community Church.

Along with her parents, Billie was preceded by an infant daughter, Lynan Fields, sister, Betty Bowen, and infant brother, Jackie Lewis. Survivors include her husband of 65 years, Buddy E. Fields; children, Bob Fields and Shelly Lorenz; sister, Linda Shockley; grandchildren, Heather Hicks, Warren Fields, Natalie Fields; great grandchildren, Jessica, Zachary and Cooper; great-great grandchildren, Brylee and Brody; as well as many nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.


Pamela Gail May
Pamela Gail May 52 of Plattsburg Missouri died Thursday July 11, 2013 at the North Care Hospice House in North Kansas City, Mo. Born on April 18, 1961 in St Joseph Missouri to Paul and Ruth Monger. She was a graduate of Plattsburg High School and was employed as a Certified Nurses Aid at Oakridge nursing home.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Greg Monger and a Sister Cheryl Routh.

On Sept. 5, 1980 she married Andre May who survives of the home. Other survivors include 3 brothers; Brian Monger and Jeri (Ally) Monger both of Plattsburg Missouri, Michael (Pam) Monger of Hermiston Oregon; 2 sisters Karen Monger and Beth (Robert) Burton Both of Plattsburg Missouri and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial service will be held 11:00 AM Saturday July 20, 2013 at the Bailey & Cox Funeral Home Plattsburg. Arrangements Bailey & Cox Family Funeral Service Plattsburg Missouri. Online guestbook and obituary at www.baileycox.com


Rita Alexander
Rita Alexander, 72, St. Joseph, died Friday, July 12, 2013, at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

She was born October 4, 1940, to Magnus John and Susan (Birosh) Albers in Minneapolis, Minn.

Rita attended Patrick Henry High School in Minneapolis.

She married Duane A. Alexander on July 11, 1959. He survives of the home.

She worked at Alice’s Energy Connection in the day care where she loved taking care of the kids, and the kids loved her.

Rita lived for Friday hair salon days and her many friends at McCarthy Baptist Church. She was always on the go and loved her time with her family and was very happy to live to see her great-grandson.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and sister, Patricia Barron.

Survivors: husband, Duane Alexander, of the home; daughters, Kimberly Wilcoxson (Rickie), Clarksdale, Mo., Deborah Alexander, Cosby, Mo. and Sherrie Alexander, Gower, Mo.; sister, Verna Sullivan (Rex), Texas; two brothers, Roger Albers, Minnesota and Chuck Albers (Diane), Minnesota; one brother-in-law, Jerry Barron, Minnesota; one grandson, Joseph William Giles; one great-grandson, William Lee Giles; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family received friends Wednesday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Inurnment at a later date, Arlington National Cemetery.

For those wishing to make a contribution, the family requests they be made to the American Heart Association.

Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com


Stanley S. Levan
Stanley S. Levan, 63, of Kearney, Missouri passed away on July 10, 2013 at his home. The family receiveD friends, Monday, July 15, 2013 at Hidden Valley Funeral Home.
The memorial service will begin at 11:00 am in the chapel, followed by full military honors.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Liberty Hospital Hospice.

Stan was born on March 31, 1950 in Ava, Illinois, the son of Harrison and Mildred (Budde) Levan. He was raised and graduated Tri County High School in Ava before joining the U.S. Army and serving honorably during the Vietnam War. After his service, he worked at Universal Match and Emerson Electric as a machinist, where he met Norma. They were united in marriage on December 15, 1990 in St. Charles, Missouri. Later, they moved to Springfield, where he was employed at MD Precision. They came to Kearney in 2009 and he began his work as a guard at the Western Missouri State Correctional Facility in Cameron. Stan was a member of E. Howard Porter VFW Post 5717 in Kearney.

He leaves behind his wife and best friend, Norma; daughter, Teona Harris & husband, Brian of Lathrop, MO; two grandchildren, Derek and David; brother, Chad Levan & wife, Rhonda of Ava, IL and their children, Sydney and Seth as well as many nieces, nephews and extended family members.


Staci Marie Wickam – Gillett
On July 9, 2013, Staci Marie Wickam – Gillett (age 44) went to be with the Lord. Besides Staci’s love for her family, her passion and life’s work was grooming animals Staci was preceded in death by her father, Wesley W. Wickam.

She is survived by her loving husband, Tim, A son, Axl and granddaughter Abby. She also leaves behind parents, Barbara Lamprecht (Hans), Gayle Toms (Dale) of Polo, MO, brothers Wesley “Duke” Wickam, Dwane Wickam, Scott Robinette (Reina) Sisters, Laura Curl (Randy), Lisa Dieleman (Frank) her extended family, friends and of course, her beloved furry companions.

At Staci’s request she will be cremated and a memorial service will be held at the Oskaloosa United Methodist Church 402 Liberty Oskaloosa, KS on Saturday July 13, 2013 at 11:00AM with a visitation to follow 11:30 to 1:00pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Jefferson County Humane Society or Grace Hospice and sent in care of the Barnett Family Funeral Home PO Box 602 Oskaloosa, KS 66066. Online condolences may be made at www.barnettfamilyfh.com


James G. Van Horn
James G. “Van” Van Horn, 84, of Lathrop, MO, passed away July 14, 2013. The Rosary will be recited at 6:00 pm with visitation following the rosary on Tuesday, July 16, at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, 700 W. Maple, Plattsburg. Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:00 am Wednesday, July 17, at the church. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Plattsburg. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are suggested to the Denis Kiley Council 9401 of the Knights of Columbus in Plattsburg.

Jim was born October 8, 1928, in St. Mary’s, KS. He served in the U. S. Marine Corps at the conclusion of World War II. Jim worked for Ford Motor Company at Claycomo for 30 years. He was a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church at Plattsburg, and was a Knights of Columbus member.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Pauline Van Horn; children, Steve Van Horn (Marie), Mike Van Horn (Linda), Micki Cole, Tim Van Horn (Theresa) and Chris Van Horn (Sharolyn); brother, Ernest Van Horn; sister, Onita Lammers; 12 grandchildren, seven great grandchildren; as well as many nieces, nephews, other family members and many friends.

Arrangements: Park Lawn Lathrop Chapel (816) 740-4658.


Frances “Fran” Barner
Frances “Fran” Barner, 77, of Odessa, Missouri, passed away on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at home.

Memorial Services were held Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at the New Horizon Presbyterian Church in Odessa. Burial will be at a later date in the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery, Higginsville, MO.

Fran was born on July 1, 1935 in Lathrop, MO to John F. and Lucille (Masoner) Bryan. She graduated from Lathrop High School in 1953. She attended Central State MO University at Warrensburg, MO.

On April 3, 1954 she was united in marriage to Myron Dey Barner of Hermann, MO. Myron preceded her in death on June 7, 2007.

Fran is survived by her three children; Alan & wife Janet of Odessa, Bryan & wife Brenda of Lee’s Summit and Alison & husband James Gerken of Lee’s Summit; eight grandchildren; three great grandchildren; a sister, Jeannine Perren and husband Dwain of Holt, MO; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Fran was preceded in death by a granddaughter and a sister, Janell Kelp.


Roger D. White
Roger Durham White, 76 of St. Joseph, MO passed away Friday, July 5, 2013 at his home.

He was born on October 10, 1937 to Neal J. and Hazel Kay (Pryor) White in Dearborn, MO. Roger grew up in the Agency area.

On August 15, 1954 he was united in marriage to Wanda Fern Reed. After their marriage they lived in Nashua, MO, Edgerton, MO, Agency, MO and in 1995 they moved to St. Joseph. His wife, Wanda, passed away May 16, 2008.

Roger worked as an over the road truck driver for Schuster Farms in Gower and retired from MODOT after 27 years of service.

He was also preceded in death by his parents, brother Jessie White, sister Dorothy Auxier, and son Dean White.

Roger is survived by his sons, James White, Atchison, KS, Gary White and wife, Lisa, St. Joseph; daughters, Cathy Chaney, St. Joseph, MO, Roseanna Ray, St. Joseph, Viola White St. Joseph, and Lori Lynn White St. Joseph; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sister, Mildred Mead; numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Funeral Services: Held Wednesday, July 10th at Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower. Burial: Agency Cemetery

Donations may be made to Angel Vet Express.


George Edward Noble
George Edward Noble 61 of Cowgill Missouri died Wednesday July 3, 2013 in Caldwell County. Born on Oct. 10, 1951 to Charles and Elsie (Green) Noble in Atwood Kansas. He was a graduate of Polo High School and was a Livestock Farmer and also worked for the water dept for the City of Cowgill. He was a member of the Twin Creek Coon Hunters Assoc; Missouri Pork Producers and the National Spots Assoc.

He was preceded in death by his Parents, and Sister Linda Noble.
Survivors include his wife Sharon of the home; 3 children Angela Marie “Larry” Clariday of Excelsior Springs Missouri; Wesley Paul “Jennifer” Noble of Kingston Missouri; Dustin Edward “Katy” Noble of Braymer Missouri. His Step-Father Albert E. Millsap of Trenton Missouri and 9 Grandchildren. 3 sisters Debbie Taylor, Patty Whitaker and Lori Gardner; 1 brother Marvin Millsap.

Funeral services were held Monday July 8, 2013 at the Knoxville Community Church, Knoxville MO. Interment will be in the Cowgill Cemetery, Cowgill Missouri. The Family will receive friends 1hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements Bailey & Cox Family Funeral Service Polo, MO. Online obituary and guestbook at www.baileycox.com


Kathleen A. Page
Kathleen A. Page, 97, of Excelsior Springs, Missouri, formerly of Holt, Missouri, died Wednesday, July 3, 2013, at Liberty Hospital. Kathleen was born on Feb. 29, 1916, to Edwin and Littie Jane (Norris) O’Dell in Lawson, Missouri. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother who loved her family, home, sewing, cooking, and gardening. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Holt, Missouri.

On Oct 20, 1946, she married Robert L. Page who preceded her in death, after 55 years of marriage.

Also preceding her in death are her parents, 7 sisters and 6 brothers.

Survivors include her son, Kenneth (Janet) Barnett of Excelsior Springs, Missouri; 5 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren and 2 great-great granddaughters.

Visitation was held Wednesday, July 10th from 10:00-11:00 AM at The First Baptist Church in Holt, Missouri, with services following at 11:00 AM. Interment will be in the Mt. Olivet Cemetery at Kearney, Missouri. The family suggests memorial gifts to the First Baptist Church of Holt.
Arrangements Bailey & Cox Family Funeral Service Lathrop Missouri. Online guest book and obituary at www.baileycox.com


Donna Demster
Donna Kay Demster, 58, of Gower, MO passed away Thursday, July 5, 2013.

She was born on July 20, 1954 in St. Joseph, MO. Donna grew up in Gower and in 1972 graduated from East Buchanan High School.

Donna worked for Super 8 Motel in Smithville, MO for several years. She was a member of the Frazier Baptist Church. Donna loved her cats, drawing, writing and reading. Donna was a loving mother and grandmother and precious daughter, sister and aunt.

Donna was preceded in death by her grandparents Robert L and Elva Nina Adkins and J.C. and Pauline Everett.

She is survived by her daughters, Tess (Adam) Bethmann and Jamie Demster; grandchildren, Megan, Caitlin, Allison, and Lindsey; parents, Beulah and Homer Cantrell and Richard and Darlene Everett; brothers, Keith (Brenda) Cantrell, Mark (Patsy) Cantrell, Danny (Barbara) Cantrell, Shane (Lori) Everett, Kevin (Heather) Everett and Rick (Tina) Douglas; sisters, Terry (Mitchell) Peppers, Kim (Dennis) Humphrey, Michelle (George) Chase and Jenelle (Rick) Bish; Gary Helberg father of Tess and Claude Demster father of Jamie; her cats Billy Ray, Tommy Noodles, Cody, Lacey, Angel, and Lola; other relatives and many friends.

Funeral Services: Held Tuesday July 9th at Frazier Baptist Church
Burial: Allen Cemetery, Gower
Visitation: 6:00-8:00 p.m. Monday at Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower
Donations: Megan’s Paws/Smithville Animal Shelter or Hope Lodge


Peggy R. Rogers
GOWER, Mo. - Peggy Rogers, 85, of Gower, formerly of St. Joseph, passed away Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at a Gower convalescent center.

Peggy was born in Elwood, Kan., April 28, 1928, to Brantley and Stella Hopper.

She lived most of her life in St. Joseph, and the past five years in Gower.

Preceding Peggy in death are her parents; husband, Earl in 1999; and numerous brothers and sisters.

She is survived by one son, Gary Rogers, St. Joseph; daughter, Diane Hutton and husband Scott, Gower; brother, James Hopper and wife, Katherine, Elwood, Kan.; sister, Maxine Nims, New Mexico; grandsons and spouses, Ryan and Holly Hutton, St. Joseph, and Brett and Vlada Hutton and great-grandson, Adam of Shawnee, Kan.

Services were held Friday at the Clark-Sampson Funeral Home. Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Online obituary and condolences at www.clarksampson.com


Madonna R Kemper
Madonna R (Martin) Kemper, 81, of Gower, MO passed away Tuesday July 2, 2013.

She was born on June 28, 1932 to Thomas Daniel and Juanita Violet (Marvel) Martin in Albany, MO where she grew up and in 1950 graduated from Albany High School.

Madonna lived in California where she raised her daughter Linda. After her retirement in 1983, Madonna moved to Gower where she made her home.

She was an active member of the Gower Christian Church and volunteered for many years for Home Delivered Meals. Madonna was a loving mother, sister and grandma extraordinaire.

Madonna was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Dean Martin.

She is survived by her daughter Linda Hazelgren and husband Mark, Fredericksburg, VA; grandsons Ryan Hazelgren and Matt Hazelgren; sister Noni Lorenson and husband, Ernie, Gower, MO; nephew Rick Martin; great-nephew Lucas Martin and many friends.

Visitation: Held Saturday July 6th with Funeral Service at 3:00 p.m. at Hixson-Klein Funeral Home Gower and Burial following at 5:00 p.m. at Grandview Cemetery, Albany, MO
Donations: Home Delivered Meals


Wayne E. Franklin
Wayne Eathan Franklin, 81, of Lathrop, MO, joined his Lord and Savior on July 7, 2013, at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cameron. He was born October 6, 1931, in Kidder, MO, the son of John Henry and Ethel May (Splawn) Franklin. He served in the U. S. Air Force from 1947, until receiving honorable discharge as a Staff Sergeant in 1953. He worked as an aircraft mechanic at Trans World Airlines for 25 years, retiring in 1993. He was a member, former deacon and trustee of the First Baptist Church in Lathrop, and was a member of the Lathrop American Legion.

Along with his parents, Wayne was preceded in death by his daughter, Carla Franklin, and brothers, Robert, Dean and Carl Franklin. Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Bonnie Sue (Bills) Franklin, of the home; children and their spouses, Gary and Gayle Franklin of Solomon, KS, Teresa and Jeff Williams of Lathrop, MO; brother, John Paul Franklin of Kidder, MO; sister and brother-in-law, Janet and Kenneth Richardson of Kidder, MO; five grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.

Visitation will be held from 6-8 pm Friday, July 12, at the Park Lawn Lathrop Chapel, 901 Clinton Street, Lathrop. A service celebrating Wayne’s life will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday, July 13, at the First Baptist Church, 413 Center Street, Lathrop. Interment will be with his daughter, Carla, at Kidder Cemetery in Kidder, MO. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the First Baptist Church Building Fund. Arrangements: Park Lawn Lathrop Chapel (816) 740-4658.


Junior Musser
Rollie Alden “Junior” Musser, 87, of Gower, MO, passed away Monday, July 1, 2013.

He was born on February 2, 1926 to Rollie Lee and Clara Belle “Callie” Musser in the Starfield Community. He attended school at Mt. Zion and Plattsburg. He then served his country in the US Army during WWII. After his honorable discharge he moved to Gower.

On October 15, 1983 he was united in marriage to Roxy Ann (Waitkoss) Moore. After their marriage they lived in Hemple and in 1996 they moved to Gower where they made their home.

Junior worked for 7-Up Bottling Company in St. Joseph for over 20 years and was a plumber in Gower for many years.

He was a member of the American Legion Post #359 in St. Joseph, MO and a member and past-master of the Gower Masonic Lodge. In 1970, Junior served as Mayor of Gower and was a member of the Gower Old Timer’s Baseball Hall of Fame.

He was preceded in death by his parents; step-daughter, Sharon Ann Decker; six brothers, William C, Leonard Kay, Robert Clay, Charles R, Allen B and Darrell L Musser; and three sisters Jean Musser, Nettie Bottoroff and Anna Mae Summerfield.

Junior is survived by his wife, Roxy of the home; daughter Connie Sitton and husband Fred; son Mike Musser and wife Katie; granddaughters Nicole Farr and Stacey Sandoval and husband William; great-grandchildren Mariessa Farr and Zayden Sandoval; step-sons, Steve Moore and Jeff Moore and wife Jan; several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; sisters Doris Brinton and Joan Gilleland; numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Funeral Service: 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 6th at Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower
Burial with Military Honors: Mt. Zion Cemetery, Gower

Masonic Service: 6:30 p.m. Friday July 5th with visitation following until 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
Donations to Mt. Zion Cemetery


Delma Burton
GOWER, Mo. - Delma F. Burton, 97, Gower, passed away, June 29, 2013.

She was born in Platte County.

She had been active at Wyatt Park Baptist Church, Huffman quilting group, The Stamper Club, and was a 4-H Leader. Delma was preceded in death by her parents, B.L. and Eve Paul; husband, Robert Burton; sister, Marge Jane Gerlt; brother, Desmond Paul; granddaughter, Mary Ellen Burton; and son-in-law, Dan Strombom.

Survivors: two children, Norma Strombom and Charlie Steele, Gower, and Robert and Ann Burton, Easton, Mo.; three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside services and interment: 3 p.m. Wednesday, Memorial Park Cemetery.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. The family requests no flowers.
Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com


Dennis L. Babcock
STEWARTSVILLE, Mo. - Dennis Leroy “Babo” Babcock, 60, of Stewartsville, formerly of St. Joseph, passed away Sunday, June 30, 2013.

He was preceded in death by his son, Jason Babcock.

Survivors: daughter Melissa Smith; step-children, Staci (David) Hobbs, Misti Hodge and Danny Hodge; 15 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; sister, Janet Dowell; step-sister, Glenda Poirer.

Memorial service: 2 p.m. Wednesday July 3, with visitation following until 3:30 p.m. at Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower.


Frances Mae Barner
Frances “Fran” Mae Barner, 77, of Odessa, Missouri passed away on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at home.

Memorial services will be held at 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at the New Horizon Presbyterian Church in Odessa, MO with Pastor Paula Isgrig officiating. Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Wednesday at the church. Burial will be held at a later date in the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery, Higginsville, MO. Memorials are suggested to the Wayside Waifs, 3901 E. 119th St., Kansas City, MO 64137. Condolences may be left at www.ralphojones.com. Arrangements are entrusted to the Ralph O. Jones Funeral Home, 306 South Second Street, Odessa, MO, 64076, (816) 633-5524.

Fran was born on July 1, 1935 in Lathrop, MO to John Fulton and Lucille (Masoner) Bryan. She graduated from Lathrop High School in 1953. After high school she attended Central State Missouri University in Warrensburg, MO. On April 3, 1954 she was united in marriage to Myron Dey Barner in Lathrop, MO. Myron preceded her in death on June 7, 2007. Fran and Myron are members of the New Horizon Presbyterian Church. She is a member of the Mariners Fellowship group. After fifteen years Fran retired from Armstrong and Teasdale Law Firm as a Bookkeeper. Fran and Myron traveled the Midwest showing English Mastiff dogs. Her hobbies included baking, needlepoint and playing bridge. She enjoyed spending time with her family and after her retirement her favorite thing to do was to have breakfast and coffee at Morgan’s Restaurant.

Fran is survived by three children, Alan Barner and wife Janet of Odessa, MO, Bryan Barner and wife Brenda of Lee’s Summit, MO and Alison Gerken and husband James of Lee’s Summit, MO; eight grandchildren, Jannan Bradley and husband Daniel, Joshua Barner, Daniel Jacob Barner, Vanessa Fahle and husband Scott, Britney Meyer and husband Caleb, Cortney Gerken, Conor Gerken and Casidae Gerken; three great grandchildren, Colton Bradley, Carson Bradley and Zara Mae Barner; a sister, Jeannine Perren and husband Dwain of Holt, MO; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Fran was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Lyndsay Nicole Barner and a sister Janelle Kelp.


Deborah A Silvey
Deborah Ann Silvey, 47 of Plano, TX, formerly of Belton, MO, passed away June 12, 2013.

She was born on October 17, 1965 to Donald and Sheryl (Griggs) Silvey in St. Joseph, MO. Debbie grew up in Belton, MO and graduated from Belton High School.

Debbie worked for Hartford Insurance in Plano, TX. She enjoyed reading and spending time with family and friends.

She is survived by her parents, Don and Sheryl Silvey, Trimble, MO; brothers, Mike Silvey, Excelsior Springs, MO and Ron Silvey, St. Joseph, MO; niece Jessica Silvey, Kansas City, MO; aunts, uncles and cousins and many friends.

Graveside Inurnment: 11:00 a.m. Saturday July 6, 2013 at Allen Cemetery, Gower, MO

Arrangements: Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower


Fred L. Sater
EXCELSIOR SPRINGS, Mo. - Fred Leroy Sater, 65, passed away at his home in Excelsior Springs, on June 6, 2013.

A Celebration of Life was held Saturday, June 29, 2013, with memorial services to follow at 11:30 a.m. at the First Christian Church in Lathrop, Mo. Inurnment at Lathrop Cemetery.

Leroy was born December 29, 1947 to Fred and Betty (Tester) Sater in Clay County, Mo. He was raised by his grandparents Ruby and Roy Tester.

Leroy graduated from Lathrop High School in 1966. Leroy was class president and an outstanding athlete, lettering in track, football and basketball all four years of high school. He held track and basketball records, some of which are still standing to this day.

Leroy attended Northwest Missouri State University before becoming employed as a brick layer and joining the greater Kansas City Labor Union Local #555 in 1968.

Leroy enjoyed watching college football and basketball and was a big Kansas City Chiefs fan.

Leroy is survived by a sister, Judy Stepp; a niece, Georgia Thompson and fondly remembered by numerous friends and acquaintances.
He was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Lathrop High School Athletic Department in Leroy’s name.
Arrangements through Polley Funeral Home, Excelsior Springs, Mo. (816) 630-3388 www.polleyfuneralhome.com


Karen L. Parsons
GOWER, Mo. - Karen Lee Parsons, 71, of Gower, passed away Monday, June 24, 2013 at a Gower health care center.

She was born November 20, 1941 in Maryville, Mo., daughter of Erma and Milton Wray.

She graduated from Central High School.

She retired from the Gas Company as a Secretary.
Karen was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her daughter, Amber Parsons of Stewartsville, Mo.; and two grandchildren, Sterling Parsons and Meka Betts.

She will be cremated under the direction of the Rupp Funeral Home.

There is no scheduled visitation or memorial service at this time.
Online condolence and obituary at www.ruppfuneral.com


Wilma Stevens
ALBANY, Mo. - Wilma Stevens, 91, of Albany, passed away on Thursday, June 20, 2013, at Golden Living Center in Albany.
Wilma, the daughter of Lester and Della Mae (Cummings) Sweat, was born August 25, 1921, in McFall, Mo.

Wilma married Forrest (Frosty) Stevens. For over 35 years, Frosty and Wilma owned and operated Frosty’s Café in Albany. Frosty preceded her in death on April 21, 1986.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; sister, Venita Woody; and her brother, Gerald Sweat.

Wilma was a member of the Albany First Baptist Church, a member and past president of the BPW.

Survivors: son, Richard (Linda) Stevens, Gower, Mo.; daughter, Barbara (Dave) Mitchell, Unionville, Mo.; grandchildren, Lance (Ashley) Mitchell, Amy (Jody) Hydorn, Marlee Stevens, Craig (Vicki) Stevens, Julie Stevens; and many great and great-great grandchildren.

Funeral Service: Held Sunday, June 23, at the Roberson-Polley Chapel, Albany with burial in the Grandview Cemetery, Albany.

Memorial Contributions: Albany First Baptist Church or Golden Living Center of Albany in care of the Roberson-Polley Chapel, 403 N. Hundley, Albany, Mo., 64402.

Online condolences: www.robersonpolleychapel.com


Mildred V. Hankins
OSBORN, Mo. - Mildred Virginia Hankins, 90, Osborn, passed away on June 17, 2013.

Mildred was born on January 26, 1923, in Osborn, to Harold and Bernice (Puckett) Thompson.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Norman Thompson; first husband, Gilbert Whiteman; and daughter, Marilyn Crenshaw.

Mildred was a member of the Osborn Baptist Church, Osborn American Legion Auxiliary and Order of Eastern Star.

She worked as an accountant for Osborn Coop before retiring.

Survivors: husband, John of the home; three granddaughters, Amy (Darin) Sanders, Smithville, Mo., Tiffiny (Corry) Smith, Fairfield, Calif., Brooke (Nate) Lesan, Gardner, Kan.; sister, Vivian Thorton, Independence, Mo.; son-in-law, Jim Crenshaw, Lathrop, Mo.; six great-grandchildren.

Service: Held Monday, June 24, 2013, at Poland-Thompson Funeral Home, Cameron, Mo. Burial: Osborn Evergreen Cemetery.

Memorial Donations: Osborn Baptist Church.


Cindy Norris
GOWER, Mo. - Cindy Norris, 52, of Gower, passed away June 19, 2013, as the result of a vehicle accident.

Survivors: Randy Norris; children, Eric (Jaclyn) Timm and Tiffany Norris; five grandchildren; mother, Betty (Bill) Schleicher; brothers and sisters, Becky (Dave) Figura, James (Tina) Phillips, Trina Schleicher, Tony (Charity) Schleicher.

Funeral Service: Held Monday, June 24, at Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower. Burial: Mt. Zion Cemetery, Gower.


Randall D. Covington
MARCELINE, Mo. - Randall Dale Covington, 59, Marceline, passed away on June 19, 2013.

He was born on July 26, 1953 in St. Joseph, to Dale and Norma (Stephens) Covington. He was preceded in death by his father.

Randy married Margaret Kozanecki on June 22, 1974. That union resulted in the births of Christopher and Patricia (Trish). He later married Rita Pope Floray on June 30, 1994, with whom he re-located to Marceline.

After Lafayette High School, Randy worked for many years as a foreman for Sprague Excavating.

He was raised in the Church of Christ.

Randy enjoyed fishing, hunting, antiquing and music of all types. He’ll be remembered for his quick wit and ever-present sense of humor.

Survivors include his mother, Norma Covington; Rita Covington, Marceline; son, Christopher of Rea, Mo.; daughter, Trish Edwards, her husband, Daniel, and their son, Layne; sister, Ann (Covington) Mowry and her husband, Stephen, and family of Trimble, Mo. Step-children are Curtis Floray, Hamilton, Mo., and Heath of Waldorf, Md.

Visitation and services held at Gladden -Stamey Funeral Home, commencing at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 22, 2013, followed by interment at Ashland Cemetery, all of St. Joseph.

Flowers are appreciated, and for those wishing to make a contribution, the family requests that the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation be considered.


Gerry L. Reynolds
STEWARTSVILLE, Mo. - Gerry Lynn Reynolds, age 67, was born January 17, 1946 and went to be with our Lord Jesus June 19, 2013, where she is received by her father, R. Alton Pickett; step-mother, Alma Hyder Pickett, and father-in-law, W. Alvin Reynolds.

Survivors include husband, William C. Reynolds; mother, Geraldine and step-father, Dean McKee of Lathrop, Mo.; step-mother, Mary Lou Moss of Gower, Mo.; mother in-law, Betty Reynolds of Winchester, Kan.; daughter, Natalie Kenkel, Curt, Christian and Keely Kenkel; daughter, Tara Bennett, Bruce, Aubrey, Cheyenne, Sydney and Connor Bennett; brother, Doug Pickett; many step-brothers; brother and sisters-in-law; aunts; uncles; nieces; nephews and countless friends.
Cremation under the direction of Bram-Turner Funeral Home, Stewartsville.

Memorial services were Saturday, June 22, 2013 at Bram-Turner Funeral Home, Stewartsville.

Memorial contributions: North Kansas City Hospice.
Online condolences: www.bram-turnerfuneralhome.com


Richard A. DuBois
EDGERTON, Mo. - Richard Allen “Dick” DuBois, 90, of Edgerton, passed away Sunday, June 16, 2013 at Gower Convalescent Center.

Survivors: grandchildren, Kelly (Kevin) Jones and David DuBois; great-grandchildren, Jimmy and Quinton; great-great-granddaughter, Zoey; daughter-in-law, Donna DuBois.

Funeral services: Held Thursday, June 20, at Hixson-Klein Funeral Home Smithville, Mo.

Burial with military honors: Smithville Memorial Cemetery.

Donations to the Gower Goodtimers.


Robert L. Devers
Robert Lee Devers, 65, of St. Joseph, passed away Sunday, June 16, 2013 at his home.

He was born December 31, 1947 in St. Joseph, son of Don and Patsy Devers.

He married Mary Jane Russell on September 11, 1982 and she survives of the home.

Other survivors include four daughters, Cathy Devers, of St. Joseph, Kim Turnquist of St. Joseph, Wendy Lewis of Quincy, Ill., and Amy (Les) Bledsoe of Gower, Mo.; a sister, Gloria Devers; brother, Steven Devers; nine grandchildren, Alicia “Bear” Bell, Ray Hudson, Jordan Devers, James Lewis, Kevin Bledsoe, Sara Ball, Cody Lewis, Kevin Ginn JR., and Cory Bledsoe; a great-granddaughter, Kamayiah Harris.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Robert served 21 1/2 years in the Army and the Air National Guard.

He sold insurance with Monumental Life and American National Life insurance companies. He also worked at Interstate Ford. He also was in charge of doing the fundraising for the F.O.P Lodge # 3 in St. Joseph for 10 years. He worked at Wal Mart in the sporting goods department prior to his retirement, due to health reasons. He was the Past President of the Midwest Country Music Association and a member of the American Legion.

He enjoyed fishing and loved to go to Branson, Mo., but most especially he enjoyed spending time with his grandkids and family.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at Rupp Funeral Home, with Pastor Earnestine Blakley officiating.

The interment will be at the Leavenworth National Cemetery, with military honors under the auspices of the United States Army.

Memorials are requested to the Robert L. Devers Memorial Fund in care of the Rupp Funeral Home. Online condolence and obituary at www.ruppfuneral.com


Walter C. Riegel
HOLT, Mo. - Walter Clay Riegel, age 81, a resident of Holt, formerly of Cowgill, Mo., passed away on Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at Liberty Hospital, Liberty, Mo.

Walter was born the son of Walter Dan and Orpha Cordellia (O’Dell) Riegel on September 14, 1931, in Cowgill.

He was a Stet High School graduate.

He was a member of the United States Military, and served during the Korean War.

Walter was united in marriage to Cynthia Sue Crist on January 31, 1958, in Independence, Mo. She survives of the home.

Walter worked as an inspector for Ford Motor Company for 30 years. He was a member of the Excelsior Springs Church of Christ, Excelsior Springs, Mo.

Survivors include his wife, Sue of the home; two sons, Walter Kyle Riegel and wife, Beverly of Cowgill, and Jeffrey Allen Riegel of Holt; four grandchildren; one brother, Robert Riegel of Kearney, Mo.; and three sisters, Joan Collins of Smithville, Mo., Reva Fionda of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Lois Headings of Hermitage, Mo.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter Dan Riegel and Orpha Cordellia Riegel; and one brother, Leo Riegel.

Memorial services were held on Saturday, June 15, 2013, at the Lindley Pitts Funeral Home, Braymer, Mo.

Inurnment will be held at a later date at Evergreen Cemetery, Braymer.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Excelsior Springs Church of Christ and may be left at or mailed to Lindley Pitts Funeral Home, P.O. Box 47, Chillicothe, MO 64601.

Online condolences may be made at www.lindleyfuneralhome.com Arrangements are under the direction of Lindley Pitts Funeral Home, Braymer.


Doug Estep
Doug Estep, 49, St. Joseph, died Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

He was born January 25, 1964 to Larry and Shirley (Heinz) Estep in Turney, Mo.

Doug married Cheri Ann Kentzler on March 3, 2003.

He worked for many years at O’Reilly’s and opened and managed several stores. It was his dream to open his own business, and it came true in 2010 when he opened The Pitstop in Savannah.

Mr. Estep was a family man who did whatever he could to provide for his wife and family. His favorite thing was his recliner, and he enjoyed anything with an engine.

He was preceded in death by his mother; and brother, Bill Estep.

Survivors: wife; sons, Justin Broussard (Andrea) and Alan Broussard, both of St. Joseph; granddaughter, Kendra; and sister, Joy Estep, Cameron, Mo.

The family received friends 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory.

Flowers are appreciated and for those wishing to make a contribution, the family requests they be made to American Heart Association.

Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com


Beverly J. Long
Beverly Jean (Lawhon) Long, 85, St. Joseph, passed away Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at a local hospital.

Beverly was born September 28, 1927 in Union Star, Mo., to Millard S. and Mary E. (Harris) Jeffers. She graduated from Gower High School and Caster’s Beauty School.

Beverly married Roy Norman Lawhon. He preceded her in death in December 1995 after 43 years of marriage.

She married Milton “Gene” Long in 2000, and he survives of the home.

Beverly retired from J. C. Penney, where she worked as a beautician. She was an avid member of Patee Park Baptist Church. She also belonged to the Gower Goodtimers Club.

Beverly loved her kids and grandkids. She enjoyed playing dominos and card games with them.

She also liked to travel, having made trips to Alaska and Colorado.

Beverly was also preceded in death by her parents; and brother, Logan H. Jeffers.

Additional survivors include daughter, Linda (Terry) Harter, St. Joseph; sons, Mike (Mary) Lawhon, Godfrey, Ill., Jeff (Mary Beth) Lawhon, Blue Springs, Mo.; eight grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Memorial service: Held Saturday, June 15, 2013 at Frazier Cemetery, Frazier, Mo., with inurnment to follow.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Patee Park Food Pantry.

Arrangements under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, St. Joseph.


Joseph A. Burgess, Sr.
GOWER, Mo. - Joseph A Burgess, Sr., 53, of Gower, formerly of southeast Missouri, passed away Sunday, June 9, 2013.

Joe is survived by wife, Tammy Burgess; children, Michael, William, JJ, Anthony, Alex, Robert, Timothy, Tannara, Scotty, and Kris; several grandchildren; brother, Marti Burgess; several nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Family will have private services at a later date.
Arrangements: Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower.


Dorothy E. Smart
CAMERON, Mo. - Dorothy Elizabeth Smart, 83, Cameron, passed away Monday, June 10, 2013 at a local health care center.

Dorothy was born June 21, 1929 in Keystone, Mo., to Dick and Mabel (Wilcox) Newell.

She attended Central Missouri State and received her teaching certificate from Northwest Missouri State University.

Early in her teaching career, Dorothy taught at one room school houses in Lilly and Perrin, Mo. She was a lifetime member of Smith Fork Baptist Church.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; son, Richard Kevin Smart; three brothers, Jimmy, Virgil and Roy Newell.

Survivors include daughter, Carol Flury; grandsons, Dr. Christopher Neal, Bethesda, Md., Robert Neal, St. Joseph; great-granddaughters, Alisha Neal, Cameron, Clara Neal, Bethesda;
brother, Richard T. Newell, Turney, Mo.; sister, Jane Wiedmaier, Cameron; sister-in-law, Joan Newell-Hansen, Turlock, Calif.; numerous nieces and nephews.

A private family celebration service will be held at a later date.

Mrs. Smart has been cremated under the direction of Heaton Bowman Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Inurnment will be in Cameron Memory Gardens.

The family suggests memorial contributions to American Heart Association.


Robert (Bob) Anderson
Robert L. (Bob) Anderson, 88, Lathrop, MO passed away June 10, 2013.

Funeral services were conducted Thursday, June 13, 2013 at Lawson United Methodist Church. Burial at Converse Cemetery in Lathrop.

Bob was born July 24, 1924 in Lawson, MO to Farris and Bessie (Walker) Anderson. He graduated from Lathrop High School in 1941. On July 4, 1948, Bob married Lucile Spidle in Excelsior Springs. They were married 64 wonderful years. From this union two children were born, Nancy and Tom. Bob worked as a farmer until 1962, when he started work as a supervisor for the USDA. He retired from this position in 1985. He then worked as a greeter at Wal-Mart for 15 years. He also served as a Lay Speaker for the Methodist Church. Both of these positions brought joy to Bob. He loved visiting with people and people looked forward to seeing Bob’s smil and hearing his kind words. Bob was also a member of Lawson United Methodist C hurch.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, son-in-law and two brothers.

Bob is survived by his wife Lucile, children: Nancy Danner and Tom (Katie) Anderson, sister-in-law Helen Anderson, 4 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Bob was a kind and gentle man who will be missed by all who loved him.

Arrangements: Bross & Spidle Funeral Home - 816-630-3131.


Patricia L. Jacobs
Patricia Lee Jacobs, 51, St. Joseph, died Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

She was born June 29, 1961 to Clarence J. and Sandra K. (McDowell) Jacobs in St. Joseph.

She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Missouri Western State College in 1984, and her Master’s Degree in Reading from Northwest Missouri State University in 1996. For 28 years, she taught at the Lathrop R-II Elementary School.

Patricia was baptized and became a member of Central Christian Church in 1980.

Survivors: parents, St. Joseph; sister, Cynthia A. Smith (Tayne), Overland Park, Kan.; brother, Jefferson L. Jacobs, St. Joseph; nephews, Jefferson L. Jacobs II (Catherine), Matthew E. Jacobs (Laura), Tayne A. Smith II and Caleb G. Smith; and grand-niece, Sydney.

Services: Held Saturday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Interment: Ashland Cemetery.

Flowers are appreciated and for those wishing to make a contribution, the family requests they be made to Make-A-Wish America, Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 6062, Albert Lea, MN 56007-6662.
Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com


Lila M. Johnson
STEWARTSVILLE, Mo. - Lila Marie Johnson, age 81, passed away Monday, June 3, 2013 at Heartland Hospital, St. Joseph.

Lila was born in Hamilton, Mo., on August 23 1931 to Leon and Helen Beatrice (Orr) Robison. She graduated from Polo High School in 1949. Lila attended nurses training at St. Luke’s Hospital, Kansas City, Mo., and earned an RN degree in 1952. She worked at St. Luke’s Hospital for two years, prior to her marriage to Robert L. Johnson in 1954. She and Bob moved to Washington state, where he was stationed in the US Army. She worked for two years at Pierce County Hospital.

She and Bob moved back to Missouri in 1957 and purchased their first grocery store in Polo, Mo. In 1963, the family moved to Stewartsville and opened Johnson’s Thrif-tee. Lila managed and operated the store from 1963 to 1996.

Lila continued to be an active member of the Culbertson Chapel United Methodist Church until her death. She served as the church treasurer, a Sunday school teacher, funeral dinner coordinator, cleaning lady and was happy to do any job that needed done at the church. She was an energetic volunteer in the community, helping with the Fourth of July celebration, serving Meals on Wheels and coordinating a Community Christmas Dinner.
Lila enjoyed spending holidays, birthdays and Sundays with her family. She spent hours reading books and writing in journals. She was an avid card player and played weekly with a close group of friends.

Lila’s family included: one daughter, Paula (George) Johnson, Stewartsville; two sons, Kirk Johnson (companion, Tina Parton), Stewartsville, Bruce (Terri) Johnson, Stanberry; one brother, Lynn (Sara) Robison, Liberty, Mo.; six grandchildren, Josh (Michelle) Johnson, Kansas City, Mo., Daniel (Cassie) Johnson, Stewartsville, Adam Johnson(fiancé, Ashley Hayes), Cameron, Mo., Brent, Taylor, and Trevor Johnson, Stanberry; four great-grandchildren, Parker, Logan, Lane, Georgie Johnson.
Memorial services with family and friends invited to attend: held Thursday, June 6, 2013 at Culbertson Chapel United Methodist Church, Stewartsville, with a private family interment prior to memorial service.

Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers: Culbertson Chapel UMC.
Online condolences: www.bram-turnerfuneralhome.com


Bruce Downey
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Bruce Downey, 69, of Washington D.C., formerly of Plattsburg, Mo., died Monday June 3, 2013 at a Kansas City Mo., hospital.
He was born on Feb. 14, 1944, to Denis S. and Mary K. (Cooke) Downey in Jonesboro, Ark.

Bruce was of the Catholic faith and was a graduate of Plattsburg High School, class of 1962.

He received his Bachelors of Arts Degree in History 1966 and master’s in history, 1968, both from the University Of Missouri-Columbia. While at MU, he was the president of the student union his senior year; member of the mystical 7 honor society; and the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity.

He was a proud veteran of the United States Army during the Vietnam War.

Bruce was a life long democrat, an avid reader, world traveler, and member of the Nation Press Club, American Legion, Presidential Fellow at Xerox Corp, and he also studied economics at Yale University.

In 1972, he served as Administrative Assistant to Congressional Represenitive William Hull Jr.

Bruce retired as Senior Executive with the United States Postal Service in Washington DC., after 35 years of service.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his brothers, Brant (Mary Ann) Downey of Plattsburg; Denis (Beth) Downey of Blue Springs, Mo.; his sister, Kathy Downey of Liberty, Mo.; two aunts, Dorothy Shelley of Daytona Beach, Fla., Clara Mann of Leawood, Kan.; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral Mass was held Saturday, June 8, 2013 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Plattsburg. Interment will be at a later date.

The family suggests memorial gifts to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements: Bailey & Cox Family Funeral Service, Plattsburg.
Online guest book and obituary at www.baileycox.com


Wanda Irene Morris
Wanda Irene Morris, 84, of Lathrop, MO passed away, Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at her home.

She was born on January 9, 1929 to Charlie Lester and Wilma Pauline (Mynatt) Knox in North Kansas City, MO. She graduated from North Kansas City High School and attended William Jewell College.

On October 18, 1947 she was united in marriage to Arthur P. Morris in Claycomo, MO. After their marriage they lived at various military duty stations. They lived in Kansas City and moved to Lawson in 1978 where they made their home. Her husband, Arthur, passed away July 21, 1995, and Wanda then moved to Lathrop.

Wanda was also preceded in death by her parents and sister, Virginia Knox.

She is survived by her son, Dan Morris, Lathrop, MO; daughter, Paula Hinkle and husband Mark, Lathrop, MO; four grandchildren, Aaron Morris, April Schweizer, Alan Bixler, and Lindsey Porter; nine great-grandchildren; sisters, Lila Hunt, Betty Johnson, and Debbie Tilsworth and husband Ron; several nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Funeral Services: Held Tuesday, June 11th at Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower, MO. Burial: Crown Hill Cemetery, Excelsior Springs, MO

Donations may be made to American Cancer Society.


Nancy J. Hensen
Nancy Jo (Porter) Hensen, 82, a longtime resident of Lathrop, passed away June 6, 2013.

Services were Tuesday, June 11, at Lathrop United Methodist Church. Burial in Lathrop Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Crossroads Hospice, First Christian Church of Lathrop or Lathrop United Methodist Church.

Nancy was born October 6, 1930, in Lathrop, MO, one of 14 children of Merton A. and Margaret (Stockton) Porter. Along with her parents and 13 siblings, Nancy was preceded in death by her husband, Keith Hensen. She worked as a bookkeeper and office manager in the carpet business in Kansas City for 42 years, retiring from Carpet Corner. She was a member of the First Christian Church of Lathrop.

Survivors include her son, Porter Hensen (Mitzi) and their children, Cassidy and Griffin. She also leaves daughters, Connie Grayson (Douglas), Patricia Kiser (Bill) and son Kenneth Hensen, and their families, as well as many nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.

Arrangements: Park Lawn Lathrop Chapel (816) 740-4658.


Geneva Frances (Willard) Grimes
Geneva Frances (Willard) Grimes, age 98, a resident of Gower, Missouri, former resident of Chillicothe, Missouri, passed onto her heavenly home on Monday, June 10, 2013, at Gower Convalescent Center, Gower, Missouri.

Geneva was born in rural Chillicothe, Missouri, on April 5, 1915, to Roy and Cora Elva (Clark) Willard. She was united in marriage to Carroll T. Grimes on August 4, 1935, in Jamesport, Missouri. She and Carroll enjoyed the fellowship of several Baptist Churches in the area. They also were active in the Chillicothe Woodmen of the World and UCT Lodges. In the 60’s she worked in the Central School cafeteria of Chillicothe and retired from there in 1980. Geneva was an excellent cook and a caregiver by nature. Her top priority was always her family and her faith.

After losing her husband of 61 years on November 5, 1996, Geneva moved to Gower, MO in 1997. She became a member of the Gower Christian Church.

Survivors include one daughter, Mary Darlene Saale and husband John of Gower, Missouri; two grandchildren, Dalyn Farr and husband Boyce of Aiken, South Carolina, and Devin Saale and wife Melissa of Platte City, Missouri; six great grandchildren, Hunter Farr and Gracen Farr of Aiken, South Carolina, Trevor Farr of St. Joseph, Missouri, and Collin, Nolan, and Brooklyn Saale all of Platte City, Missouri; two great-great grandchildren, Hayden and Kharma Farr of St. Joseph, Missouri; one sister, Phyllis Capps and husband Don of Laredo, Missouri; two sisters-in-law, Lorene Willard and Cleo Willard both of Chillicothe, Missouri; and several nieces, nephews, and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Carroll; four brothers, Floyd, Leroy, Homer, and infant George Willard; and three nieces, Pam Thompson, Nancy Stucker, and Linda Anderson.

Funeral services will be held at the Lindley Funeral Home, Chillicothe, Missouri, on Thursday, June 13, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. A scheduled family visitation will be held at the Lindley Funeral Home, Chillicothe, Missouri, on Thursday, June 13, 2013, one hour prior to the service from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. Friends may call at the Lindley Funeral Home, Chillicothe, Missouri, on Wednesday, June 12, 2013, from 12 noon until 6:00 p.m. Burial will be held at Resthaven Memorial Gardens, Chillicothe, Missouri. Memorial contributions may be made to the Geneva Frances Grimes Memorial Fund and may be left at or mailed to Lindley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 47, Chillicothe, Missouri 64601. Online condolences may be made at www.lindleyfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of Lindley Funeral Home, Chillicothe, Missouri.


Ermil L. Parrett
BOONVILLE, Mo. - Ermil “Erma” L. Parrett, 77, Boonville, passed away Friday, May 31, 2013, at the University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia, Mo.

A visitation will be held 10 to 11 a.m., Monday, June 3, 2013, at the First Baptist Church of Platte City, Mo., followed by an 11 a.m. funeral service at the church. Interment will follow in the Platte City Cemetery.

The family suggests contributions be given to the Leukemia & Transplant Society, 6811 Shawnee Mission Pkwy., Suite 202, Cloverleaf Bldg. 1, Shawnee Mission, Kan., 66202-4001 or the Midwest Transplant Network, Midwest Chapter, 601 NW Lou Holland Dr., Kansas City, Mo., 64116.

Erma was born November 9, 1935, in Oregon, Mo., to Orbyn Lester and Alpha Alice (Perry) Hughes. She lived in the St. Joseph and Weston, Mo. areas before moving to Platte City in 1958, finally moving to Boonville in 2009. Erma married James Edward Parrett on December 30, 1989, in Platte City. She worked as a school bus driver for the Platte County R-III School District. Erma was a member of the First Baptist Church of Platte City. She loved baking, cooking; and enjoyed gardening, bird watching, mushroom hunting, and fishing. Erma always loved to spend time with her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James Edward; a daughter, Janet Lynn Lanning; and a brother, Orbyn Hughes, Jr.
Erma is survived by two sons, Melvin Dean (Dorothy) Lanning of Effingham, Kan. and Danny Ray (Susan) Lanning of North Kansas City, Mo.; two daughters, Linda Kay (Mark) Mellor of Boonville and Kelly Renee Sharp of Platte City; two sisters, Alice Divelbiss of Gower, Mo. and Jeannette (Eubert) Schneider of Maysville, Mo.; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Arrangements By: Rollins Funeral Home, Platte City, 816-858-2129.


Doris Marie Arnold
Doris Marie Arnold, age 78, a resident of Ludlow, Missouri, passed away on Saturday, June 1, 2013, at Morningside Center, Chillicothe, Missouri.

Doris was born the daughter of Roy and Lillie (Sellers) Borton on November 22, 1934, in Kansas City, Missouri. She was a 1952 graduate of Plattsburg High School. She was united in marriage to David “Dean” Arnold on September 5, 1954, in Lathrop, Missouri. He survives of the home. She was a member of the Highview Baptist Church, Chillicothe, Missouri.

Survivors include her husband Dean of the home; one son, Gary Arnold and wife Joanne of McGregor, Texas; two daughters, Janet Smith and husband Tim of Kansas City, Missouri, and Becky Short and husband Jack of Springfield, Missouri; six grandchildren, Philip Smith of Brooklyn, New York, David Smith and wife Erin of Manhattan, New York, Brooke Hogue and husband Norman of Waco, Texas, Ryan Arnold and wife Kristyn of Des Moines, Iowa, Kara Knight and husband Brian of Denver, Colorado, and Kimbra Short of Springfield, Missouri; four great grandchildren; and one sister, Marilyn Masters and husband Bert of Stewartsville, Missouri. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services will be held at the Highview Baptist Church, Chillicothe, Missouri, on Wednesday, June 5, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. A scheduled family visitation will be held at the Lindley Funeral Home, Chillicothe, Missouri, on Tuesday, June 4, 2013, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Friends may call at the Lindley Funeral Home, Chillicothe, Missouri, on Tuesday, June 4, 2013, from 12 noon until 9:00 p.m. Burial will be held at Antioch Cemetery, Holt, Missouri, on Wednesday, June 5, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Highview Baptist Church and may be left at or mailed to Lindley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 47, Chillicothe, Missouri 64601. Online condolences may be made at www.lindleyfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of Lindley Funeral Home, Chillicothe, Missouri.


J. Gordon Gengelbach
J. Gordon Gengelbach 92 of Plattsburg Mo., died Wednesday May 29, 2013 at Oakridge Nursing Home. Born on Sept. 3, 1920 in Plattsburg to John C. and Daisy (Shepherd) Gengelbach. He was a 1938 graduate of Plattsburg High School. He attended college and returned home to the family farm. He had been a member of the First Christian Church since the age of 12, where he was a Board Member and served as an Elder and member of the choir. Other memberships include the Plattsburg Saddle Club; Chamber of Commerce; Missouri Fox Trot Horse Breed Assoc., and served on the Clinton County R-lll School Board.

On June 10, 1943 he married Patty Brandom she preceded him on July 26, 2012. His parents, son Dr. Richard W. Gengelbach; brother Maurice Gengelbach; 3 sisters Alice Woodward, Jessie Fulkerson, and Lois Winn also preceded him in death.

Survivors include 3 sons Dr. James G Gengelbach of McKinney TX; Robert B. (Suzanne) Gengelbach of Plano TX and Dr. Gene P. (Debbie) Gengelbach of Clinton Iowa. 9 grandchildren and 6 great grand Children.

Funeral services were held Sunday June 2, 2013 at the First Christian Church of Plattsburg. Interment will be in the Green Lawn Cemetery Plattsburg.

The family suggests memorial gifts to the Green Lawn Cemetery or to The First Christian Church. Arrangements Bailey & Cox Family Funeral Service Plattsburg. Online guest book and obituary at www.baileycox.com


Andrew Gilpatrick
HEMPLE, Mo. - Andrew Gilpatrick, 82, of Hemple, formerly of St. Joseph, passed away Tuesday, May 28, 2013.

Andy retired as a professional painter from Gilpatrick Painting and later owned and operated A&C’s New and Used in St. Joseph.

Survivors: wife, Connie; step-sons, Russell and Rodney Carpenter; step-daughters, Roxanne Liechti and Robin Wilson; daughter, Lynita; brothers, Bob, Gerald, and Larry; and sister, Betty Duncan; numerous extended family members.

Visitation: Held Thursday at Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower, Mo.


Shirley J. Willis
RICHMOND, Mo. - Shirley J. Willis, 76, Richmond, died Monday, May 27, 2013 at a local healthcare facility.

She was born on May 8, 1937 to Russell and Wilma (Weaver) Clark.

In 1974, she married Gary Willis, whom preceded her in death.

Shirley was a homemaker and sold Blair products for many years.

She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Donnie Gentry; sister, Judy Kaiser; brothers, Russell and Kenneth Clark.

Survivors: her children, Kathy Desselle (Sam), Lathrop, Mo., Danny “Moose” Gentry (Gwen), and Janet Hill (Scott), both of Hamilton, Mo.; ten grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Services: Held Friday, Bailey & Cox Family Funeral Service, Polo, Mo. Interment: Highland Cemetery, Hamilton.

Online guest book and obituary at www.baileycox.com


Monty A Gower
Monty A Gower 63 of Holt Missouri died Sunday May 26, 2013 at the Kindred Hospital Northland in Kansas City. Born on Dec. 20, 1949 to Cecil and Gloria J (Testerman) Gower. Monty was a high school graduate and a United States Navy Veteran.

He worked as a forklift mechanic.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife Judy of the home, 2 daughters Michelle Buchholtz of Sedgwick Maine; Kim Mihalevich of KCMO; 1 son Phil Mihalevich of KCMO ; his brother Gary Gower of KCMO; step mother Elizabeth Gower of Concordia Mo; 2 uncles Robert and Herbert Gower and 2 grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held Saturday June 15, 2013 at 11:00Am at the Bailey & Cox Chapel Lathrop MO. Arrangements Bailey & Cox Family Funeral Service Lathrop MO. Online guest book and obituary at www.baileycox.com


Rodney Clayton Harp
Rodney Clayton Harp 47 of Kingsville, Mo formally of Lathrop Missouri died Wednesday May 22, 2013 at Lees Summit, Mo Hospital. Born on May 12, 1966 in Kansas City, Mo to Samuel and Wanda (Allen) Harp.

He attended school in Lathrop and worked in construction as a concrete finisher. Rodney was a member of the Cement Masons & Plasters Local union #518.

He married his childhood sweetheart the Former Wanda Martzolf.

Survivors include his wife Wanda of the Home; his parents Sam & Wanda Harp of Independence MO; his daughter and her husband Christen and Kenny Stewart of Greenwood, Mo; 2 grandchildren Jesse and Maliya; 2 brothers Brian and Curtis Harp; 2 sisters Ronda Driver and Lorri Harp; his nieces and nephews Brandon Harp, Trisha Harp, Jessica Staggs and Sarah Rodriguez.

Graveside service and interment was held Tuesday at the Lathrop Cemetery, Lathrop MO.

Arrangeaments Bailey & Cox Family Funeral Service Lathrop MO. Online guest book and obituary at www.baileycox.com


Maxine Schuster
GOWER, Mo. - Dorothy Maxine “Mickey” Schuster, 88, of Gower, passed away Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at her home.

She was born on August 28, 1924 to Carl G. and Dulcie Ray (Sparks) Moore in St. Joseph, where she grew up.

In 1938, her family moved to Gower and in 1942, Mickey graduated from Gower High School.

On May 14, 1955, she was united in marriage to Jewell C. “Bill” Schuster. After their marriage, they lived in Gower where they made their home. Her husband, Bill, passed away September 29, 2010.

Mickey was a member of the First Baptist Church of Gower.
She enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, and taking care of her family.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; brothers-law, Nick Spaeth and Shorty Schuster.

She is survived by her three daughters, Carol Uzunoglu Taylor and husband, Andy, Termo, Calif., Kathie Brown and husband, John, Kansas City, Mo., and Lisa Lanning and husband, Joe, Gower; one son, Steven C. Schuster and wife, Terri, Gower; 14 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Louise Spaeth and Dorothy Schuster; several nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Funeral service: Was held . Saturday, May 25, at Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower. Burial: Allen Cemetery

Donations may be made to the Allen Cemetery.


Lorenz Uftring
Lorenz Uftring, 86, passed away May 18, 2013.

A Memorial Service will be held Friday, May 24, 2:00 P.M. at the Missouri Veteran’s Home in the Chapel, 1111 Euclid, Cameron, MO 64429. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his name to the Cameron Missouri Veterans Home.

Mr Uftring was born November 25, 1926 in DeGraff, Minnesota, the son of Lorenz and Emma Wherli Uftring.

He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII.

He became a Lathrop resident in 1959 when he started employment with the Ford Motor Company. He retired from Ford in 1992. He enjoyed gardening, farming, bowling, and playing bingo. His family was the joy of his life.

Surviving are three sons and three daughters: Douglass (Debbie) of Excelsior Springs, Mark (Joyce) of Lawson, Sherry (Jim) House of Carrollton, Tx, Sonya, Dean Uftring and Sandy (Jon) Goodwin of Lathrop. His son Donald preceded him in death.


Derrell L. Filley
CAMERON, Mo. - Derrell Lloyd Filley, 83, Cameron, passed away on May 20, 2013.

Derrell was born on December 10, 1929 in Turney, Mo., to Hewey Clifford and Cora Juanita (Bright) Filley.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Rhonda Fansher; brother, Elmo Filley; step-brother, Jim Rardon.

Derrell was a member of the Church of the Nazarene, Cameron, VFW Pem Berton, American Legion Elmer Ellis Post #33 and the NRA.

On April 2, 1954, Derrell married Mildred Ruth Alden in Hamilton, Mo. She survives of the home.

Additional survivors: two sons, Robert (Gina) Filley, Pueblo, Colo., and Randall Filley, Cameron; two daughters, Robin (Jody) Knutter, Cameron and KayLeigh Filley, Las Vegas, Nev.; two step-brothers; three step-sisters; five grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and five step-great-grandchildren.

Services: 2:30 p.m. Thursday, May 23, 2013 at Poland-Thompson Chapel, Cameron. Visitation: 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. prior to the service. Burial: Harlan Cemetery, Cameron.

Memorial donations to Comfort Care Hospice and/or Church of the Nazarene, Cameron.

Online condolences: www.polandthompson.com


Agnes A. Kneib
LEAVENWORTH, Kan. - The Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth mourn the loss of Sister Agnes Ann Kneib, 89, who died on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, in Ross Hall at the SCL Mother House in Leavenworth. She served the People of God as a Sister of Charity for 63 years.

Elizabeth Leona Kneib was born on January 20, 1924, in St. Joseph, the youngest of eight children born to Leo and Anna Regina Fisher Kneib. She graduated from Riverside Grade School and Convent of the Sacred Heart High School in St. Joseph. After attending Business College and working for eight years, first at Whitaker Cable Soldering and then in the office at Sun Manufacturing, Elizabeth entered the religious community of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth on August 18, 1949, and as Sister Agnes Ann, made her profession of vows on August 15, 1951.

Sister Agnes Ann taught school for two years. For the next 55 years, she engaged in the health care ministry, working in the business offices of several hospitals in the SCL Health System. From 1965 to 1977, Sister Agnes Ann served as the administrator at Mount St. Joseph Home for the Aging in Kansas City, Kan. She continued to work with the elderly in pastoral care and as a patient visitor until she retired to the Mother House in 2008. Sister received a B.S. in General Administration from Saint Mary College, Leavenworth and was granted a Skilled Nursing Home Licensure.

Survivors include her brother, Robert (Donna) of Easton, Mo.; nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and her SCL Community.

A vigil was held in Ross Chapel of the Sisters of Charity Mother House in Leavenworth, where friends called after 4 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in Ross Chapel Monday, May 20. Interment will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery on the Mother House grounds. Davis Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Retirement Fund, 4200 S 4th ST, Leavenworth, Kan., 66048.


Leo J. Carney
Leo J. Carney 70 of Kansas City Kansas died Tuesday May 14, 2013 at the Kansas University Medical Center. Born on July 11, 1942 in Lathrop MO, to Melvin and Mildred (Rusco) Carney. He was a graduate of Lathrop High School and a United States Army Veteran. Leo was a machinist for the United Bakery Equipment Company.

He was a member of the Gold Prospectors of America and the Lost Dutchman Association. He was preceded in death by his parents, Brother Lee Ayres.

Survivors include his wife Mary of the home; son David Boketo of Kansas City Kansas; his sister Ginger Pack of Holt Missouri and nieces and nephews.

Graveside service and interment were held Saturday May 18, 2013 at the Antioch Cemetery Holt, Missouri. Arrangements Bailey & Cox Family Funeral service Lathrop Missouri.


Dorothy E. Patterson
Dorothy E. (Ottinger) Patterson, 93, St. Joseph, went to be with her Lord Monday, May 13, 2013 at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

She was born July 29, 1919 to James and Carrie (Singer) Ottinger at home in Gower, Mo.

Dorothy married Rupert “Pat” Patterson on January 27, 1962 in Las Vegas, and had been married for 52 years.

Mrs. Patterson was a seamstress at Nelly Don for 20 years until they closed in 1972.

She was a Christian and a member of Gower Baptist Church and later Bible Baptist Temple, St. Joseph.

She loved to sew, crochet, crewel, and do all kinds of handwork until her sight failed.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Leo Ottinger.

Survivors: husband; numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

Services: Held Wednesday, Bible Baptist Temple. Interment: Rock House Cemetery, Frazier, Mo.
Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com


Marie O. Clevenger
POLO, Mo. - Marie Opal (Thomas) Clevenger, 92, Polo, passed away May 11, 2013. She was born January 4, 1921.

Survivors: sons, Jerry (Gerry) Clevenger, Thomas (Marsha) Clevenger; daughters, Ann (L.H.) Tanner, Carol Pettigrew; ten grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; half-brother, Gover Ellis; half-sister, Roxie Clevenger.

Preceded: parents; granddaughter, Lori Ann Tanner.

Service: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 14, at Braymer Baptist Church, Braymer, Mo. Burial: Evergreen Cemetery, Braymer. Lindley Pitts Funeral Home, Braymer


John R. Elifrits
OREGON, Mo. - John R. “Jake” Elifrits, 69, passed away May 8, at an Oregon healthcare facility.
He was born near Fillmore, Mo., on November 7, 1943.

Jake graduated from Fillmore High School, attended Maryville Technical School, and Vatterott College.

Jake served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1963 to 1969.
He married Carolyn Sue McIntyre on July 20, 1968. She survives of their Oregon home.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Forrest E. and Roberta L. (Lance) Elifrits and two sisters, Lucille Stinnett and Bonnie Lee Sollars.

Others surviving include their five children and their spouses, Dixie and Nick Sevin of Oregon, Penny Elifrits of Oregon, John and Mandy Elifrits of Oregon, Mary Lue and Christopher Curry of Centerton, Ark., and Caleb and Alishea Elifrits of Imperial, Mo.; seven grandchildren; and three brothers, Laverne, Gower, Mo., Chad, St. Joseph, and Rex of Oregon; sisters, Juanita Steeby of Fillmore; Sharon Graeff, Stewartsville, Mo., Lotus Woodruff of St. Joseph; and Cindy Sollars of Maysville, Mo.; numerous nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date.

Mr. Elefrits has been cremated under the direction of Chamberlain Funeral Home, Oregon. Online condolences may be left at www.chamberlainfuneral.com


Nicholas L. Shelby
BETHANY, Mo. - Nicholas Shelby, 80, died Monday, May 6, 2013.

Nicholas was born April 28, 1933 in North Kansas City, and grew up Albany, Mo.

He was a member of the Bethany United Methodist Church.

Nicholas was preceded in death by his parents, Vesper and Roberta (Snipes) Shelby; son, Nicholas; brothers, Vesper L. and Patrick.

Survivors: wife, Barbara of the home; daughters, Kathryne (Chris) Gateley, Lathrop, Mo., Laura (Mark) Kilpatrick, Independence, Mo.; sons, Dr. Vincent (Linda) Shelby, Skidmore, Mo., Jeffrey (Tanya) Shelby, Bethany; 11 grandchildren; three great grandchildren.

Services: Held Saturday, Bethany United Methodist Church, Pastor Susan Hoyle officiating. Burial at Grandview Cemetery, Albany.

Memorial gifts to Nic Shelby Football Fund, in care of Farmers Bank of Missouri, or Bethany United Methodist Church.
Services are under the direction of Bethany Memorial Chapel.


Paul L. Fickess
POLO-Paul L. Fickess, 91, Polo, Missouri died Monday, April 29, 2013 at a healthcare facility in Excelsior Springs, Missouri.

He was born April 19, 1922 in Taylor County, Iowa to Albert and Ethel (Butman) Fickess.

Paul was a high school graduate and a veteran of the United States Army. He worked as a machinist and a livestock farmer. Paul loved going to auctions.

On January 5, 1945 he married Lorene Buchanan. She survives of the home.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Jerry L. Fickess; grandson, Doug Parker; and two sisters, Ruby Cronk and Eula Johnson.

Survivors: six children; David P Fickess (Mary), Cowgill, Missouri, Roger A. Fickess (Anita), Rayville, Missouri, Susan L. Evans (Richard), Lawson, Missouri, Janet K. Henderson (Richard), Cameron, Missouri, Debra J. Yoakum (Jay), Polo, Missouri, and Barbara E. Parker (Robert), Polo, Missouri; seventeen grandchildren; thirty-two grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; sister, Alice Rice, Greenville, Illinois; and aunt, Ruth Holms, Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Services were held Thursday, May 2, Prairie Ridge Christian Union Church, Polo, Missouri.

For those wishing to make a contribution, the family requests they be made to Excelsior Springs Hospital Hospice. Online guest book and obituary at www.baileycox.com.


Betty J. Prescher
AGENCY, Mo. - Betty Jean Prescher, 87, of Agency, passed away Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at her home.

Betty was born on December 2, 1925 to Cyrus and Rhoda (Graham) Kline. She was a lifelong resident of Agency, and graduated from Agency High School. She was a homemaker and dearly loved her family and friends.

Betty was a lifelong member of Agency Christian Church and a member of the Agency Extension Club.

She married Walter E. “Gene” Prescher on September 20, 1944 in Agency. He preceded her in death in 2003.

Betty was also preceded in death by her parents; grandson, Zachary Eugene Prescher; brothers, Max and Charles Kline; and sister, Mary Lois Slate.

Surviving family includes one daughter, Jeanette (Jess) Johnson, of Kanab, Utah; two sons, Ralph (Olenka) Prescher, and Ray (Sandy) Prescher, both of Agency; grandchildren, Leigh Ann (Matt) Hight, Lynette Cihacek, Dr. Deetra (Adam) Ford, Ezra Prescher, Ethan Prescher and Cy (Collette) Johnson; five great-grandchildren, Lana and Leigha Cihacek, Mattison Hight, Davin and Lily Ford.

Services were held Saturday, May 4 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.

Interment: Agency Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Agency Christian Church.


Josephine A. Franklin
POLO-Josephine A. Franklin 79 of Polo MO., died Tuesday April 30, 2013 at her home. Born on March 9, 1934 in New Town MO., to Lester and Mabel (Anderson) Bridges. She was a high school graduate and attended college. She was a Data Transcriber for the IRS. She was an active member of the Holt Baptist Church in Holt, MO. She loved and took care of her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister Phyllis Musgrave.

Survivors include her husband Buddy L. Franklin of the home; 3 children Robert Lee Franklin of Holt MO; Deborah Ann (Bob) Spruill of Kansas City, MO; Ronald Duane Franklin of Kansas City KS. Her granddaughter Sarah E. Franklin and 3 great grand children Katelyn, William and Lillian. Her brothers and sisters Bonnie Muse, Betty Duncan, Donald Bridges and Lester Bridges.

Funeral service were held Friday May 3, 2013 at the Bailey & Cox Funeral Home Polo, MO. Burial will be in the Lloyd Cemetery Mt. Moriah MO.

Arrangements Bailey & Cox Family Funeral Service Polo Missouri. On guest book and obituary at www.baileycox.com


Dessa F. Clark
EASTON, Mo. - Dessa Faye Clark, 94, of Easton, passed away Friday, April 26, 2013.

Dessa was born on November 8, 1918, in Easton, to Joseph and Rosettie (Amos) Dreyer.

She was one of 11 children, all who preceded her in death.

She was united in marriage to William Jackson Clark, Jr., who survives.

From this union they had one son, William Dennis (Jeanine) Clark; grandson, Brian (Melissa) Clark; granddaughter, Denice (Andre’) Hudson; and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Clark has been cremated under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Private Graveside services will be held at a later date.


Crystal F. Hager
Crystal F. Hager 86 of Liberty Missouri formally of Lathrop died Thursday April 25, 2013 at the home of her daughter in Warsaw Missouri.

Born on April 4, 1927 in Parkman MT to William Jennings Bryant and Ruth M. (Sands) Graham. She was a high school graduate, a member of the Eastern Star and the Wyoming Angus Assoc. She was also an active member of the Pleasant Valley Baptist Church in Liberty MO. Crystal was a rancher along with her husband for many years.

On July 11, 1946 she married Harold Hager whom preceded her in death on Feb. 13, 2004. Her parents, 2 grandsons, 3sisters and one brother also preceded her in death.

Survivors include children Kim Ray Hager of Billings MT; Sherry Fay Marsh of Warsaw MO; and Edward Lee Hager of Prentiss Miss. 6 grandchildren and 2 great grand children.

Funeral services were held Monday April 29, 2013 at the Pleasant Valley Baptist Church on Hwy 291 in Liberty Missouri. Burial and interment will be in the Lathrop Cemetery, Lathrop Missouri.

The family suggests memorial gifts to the American Lung Assoc or the American Heart Assoc. Arrangements Bailey & Cox Funeral Home Lathrop Missouri. Online guest book and obituary at www.baileycox.com


Donald Dean Jones
Donald Dean Jones, 75, of Lathrop, MO, passed away April 27, 2013, at home, surrounded by family.

Graveside services were held Wednesday, May 1, in the Lathrop Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society.

Don was born July 28, 1937, in Milan, MO, the son of Coy and Georgia (Glidewell) Jones. He grew up in Milan and graduated from high school there in 1954. He was united in marriage on July 28, 1959, in Milan, to Janis May Rogers. Don worked for Hallmark Cards for 34 years, retiring in 1993.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Doyle Jones, and sister, Shirley Hanson.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Janis; children, Robin Ecton (Wiley), Martin Jones and Brian Jones (Melessia), all of Lathrop; brother, Ronald Jones of Plattsburg, MO; sisters, Phyllis Fleshman of Milan, MO, and Pat Kruger of Des Moines, IA; seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Arrangements: Park Lawn Lathrop Chapel (816) 740-4658.


Barbara Anne Schultz
Barbara Anne Glanville Schultz, age 81, died April 12, 2013 in Plattsburg, Missouri. She died as she lived strong in her faith and in family.

Anne, as she was known to friends and family, was the oldest daughter of Richard and Barbara Kennedy Glanville, a well known name in the Kansas City,

Kansas furniture business.Her grandfather, Harvey Kennedy, was a beloved family physician in Ottawa, Kansas for many years. She graduated Magna ***** Laude fron Wayland Academy in Beaverton, WI and Kansas State University in Manhattan, Ks and later from Assumption College in Worcester, MA where she received a Masters plus graduate certificate in Rehabiliation Counseing. Education was greatly valued in her family and all four of her daughters graduated from college with two receiving Masters degrees as well. She was an active member of Alpha Chi Omega as her mother also had been and formed many lifelong friends there. She married Herbert M. Schultz of Holton, KS, who was also a student at Kansas State University after serving in the Navy during the Korean War period. Herb was a business student in accounting, after which he worked for Ford Motor Company, Microbit Corporation and Control Data.

Anne and Herb were the parents of four daughters: Elizabeth (Bob) Carey, Barbara Schultz (Greg Gisselquist). Susan (Tom) Mann, and Sarah Rasmussen, and later six grandsons and one granddaughter:Sean and Michael Carey of Massachusetts, Alex and Nicholas Rasmussen, and Richard, Barbara Joan and
Max Mann of Plattsburg, MO.

Anne was predeceased by her parents Barbara and Richard Glanville and by her sister Jane Glanville and many cousins with whom she maintained contact through the years.

Services will be held at St Paul’s Episcopal Church 1300 North 18th Street Kansas City, Kansas on Thursday April 18, 2013 At 1:30PM. She will be cremated with her ashes to be interned by her parents in Highland Park Cemetery also in Kansas City, Kansas. Arrangements Bailey & Cox Family
Funeral Service Plattsburg Mo.


Cleo George
Cleo George, 73, of Lathrop, Missouri, passed away April 11, 2013 at his home, under the care of his family and Hospice Advantage.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2pm, Sunday, April 21, 2013 at the Lathrop Christian Church.

Condolences may be shared with the family at www.CremationCenterKC.com.

Arrangements: Cremation Center of Kansas City, 913-384-5566.


Eileen M. Siela
EASTON, Mo. - Eileen Marie Siela, 82, Easton, died Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at a local health care facility.

She was born April 28, 1930 to Chester E. and Olive L. (Sawyer) Marshall.
She married Robert E. Siela, April 18, 1953.

Eileen graduated from Union Star High School in 1948, following that she received her beauty license from Castor’s Beauty School and was employed at Westab.

Mrs. Siela was the leader of Catholic Youth Organization at Seven Dolors, where she was also President of the Altar Society. Eileen volunteered for The United Way and was a Cub Scout Leader.

However, first and foremost, she was a farmwife. She raised calves, chickens, turkeys, loved to garden and she was the best cook around for miles.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and brothers, Karl, Dayle and Darrel Marshall.

Survivors: husband; daughter, Carol Wright; son, Tim Siela; grandchildren, Charles Wright, Chad Wright, Natalie Wright-Newman, and Chantell Pennington (Tony); great-grandchildren, Aklen, Macie, and Jaxsen; brothers, Junior Marshall, Coen Marshall (Renee), and Lloyd Marshall (Jean); and sisters, Mildred Winter, Twila Tabler, and Betty Lyon; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial: Held Monday, Seven Dolors Catholic Church. Interment: St. Mary’s Hurlingen Cemetery, Hurlingen, Mo.

Flowers are appreciated and for those wishing to make a contribution, the family requests they be made to Ascera Care Hospice.

Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com


Betty T. Dedman
Betty T. Dedman, Wheeling, IL., was born on July 23, 1927 and passed away April 2, 2013 in Barrington, IL. The Memorial Service will be, Saturday, April 20, 11:00 A.M. at the First Presbyterian Church in Plattsburg, MO. Burial in Greenlawn Cemetery.

The family will greet guests for one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Susan G. Komen Cancer Foundation or P.E.O. International 3700 Grand Ave. Des Moines, IA 50312.

Betty was born in Plattsburg, Mo and grew up on a farm with her sisters, Mary Ellen Jenkins and Jean Doak. She was the son that “Daddy” never had. Betty and Daddy often rode horses to move cattle into corrals at Scearce’s Switch for shipment on the railroad to market. She graduated from Plattsburg High School and attended the University of Missouri at Columbia. After college one of her early jobs was at the Kansas City office of the Encyclopedia Britannica. This turned into a lifelong career for the country girl who met and conquered the big city.

When Betty moved to the corporate office in Chicago in 1972, she left behind the KC Royals and Chiefs and became a diehard Cubs and Bears fans. Aunt Betty was the “cool aunt” to 7 nephews, best friend, travelling companion and “sister” to Mary Ellen Jenkins.

Aunt Betty was preceded in death by her parents Trice and Goldie Dedman, sister Jean Doak, and nephew H.W. Jenkins III She is survived by her loving sister, Mary Ellen Jenkins, cousin Robert Dedman and family, nephews, Carl Trice Jenkins, Gary Jenkins, Stuart Jenkins, John Doak, Thomas Doak, David Doak, 9 great and 15 great great nephews and nieces.

Her retirement from Britannica was spent travelling the world with “sister”. When not travelling, she alternated between cheering and complaining about the Cubs team management with her best friend Jane Meyer and John the Postal Carrier. Betty will be greeted by her favorite Cubbie, Ron Santo, not St. Peter. She will tell him a thing or two about what the Cubs need to do. She has promised to intercede and break the curse of the Billy Goat on behalf of the Cubs. Aunt Betty will have the best bleacher seat when they win the 2013 Series.

Online obituary and guestbook at www.baileycox.com. Arrangements Bailey & Cox Family Funeral Service, Plattsburg MO.


Carol Jo Thompson
We will celebrate the life of Carol Jo Thompson, a longtime resident of Lathrop, MO, on Saturday, April 20, 2013, at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, 1600 North State Route 291 (I-35 and 291 Hwy.), Liberty, MO, 64068, with visitation beginning at 1:00 pm and a celebration service at 2:00 pm. Burial will take place next to her husband, David, at a later date in Salem Cemetery, Independence, MO. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Carol Thompson Memorial Fund, c/o Goppert Financial Bank, 710 Oak Street, Lathrop, MO 64465. The fund will be used for families and organizations helping families like Carol’s, to locate missing loved ones.

Carol was born October 31, 1961, in North Kansas City, MO, the daughter of David Joe Neal, Sr. and Lois Carol (Bartlett) Neal. She was a 1980 graduate of Fort Osage High School. Carol was a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Plattsburg and was very active in the Lathrop community.

Along with her parents, Carol was preceded in death by the love of her life, husband David, in 2006. She leaves her three sons, Troy Thompson, Ian Thompson (Nicole) and Corey Thompson; grandchildren, Gauge, Michael, Abigail, Hunter and Kaylah; sisters, Judy Courtney Jill Lamb; half sister, Charity Johnson; half brother, David Joe Neal Jr.; three step-sisters, two step- brothers; and many nieces and nephews, including Brad Courtney, Jessica “mini me” Thomas, Daniel Lamb III and Levi Johnson; David’s parents, Bill and Juanita Thompson; brother-in-law, Rick Thompson; as well as other family members and many friends who love Carol.

Carol’s family wishes to thank the thousands of people who volunteered for searches, and offered support, love and prayers over the last ten months since she left us. She is greatly missed, we know she rests in peace with the angels.

You may send a message to the family or sign an on-line guest book via www.parklawnfunerals.com. Arrangements: Park Lawn Northland Chapel (816) 781-8228.


Catherine M. Troutwine
Catherine M. Troutwine 56 of Plattsburg Missouri died Sunday April 7, 2013 at a St. Louis Missouri Hospital. Born on Aug. 15, 1956 in Carrollton Georgia to Hugh and Annie Mae (Thomas) Cook. She was a high school graduate and attended college. She was of the Baptist Faith, and a member of the Clinton County Republican Club and the Clinton County Republican Central Committee. She also served on the Clinton County Fire Board.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Survivors include her husband Eddie Troutwine of the home; her children Adrian Ashmore of Villarickia GA; Elizabeth Fitzhugh of Kearney Missouri; 9 grandchildren, 2 Step Daughters Jennie Goodwin and Robin Martin both of Roseville CA.

Funeral Services will be held 11:00AM Saturday April 13, 2013 at the Bailey & Cox Funeral home Plattsburg. Interment will be in the Lilly Cemetery south of Plattsburg. The family will receive friends 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Arrangements Bailey & Cox Family Funeral Service, Plattsburg Missouri. Online obituary and guest book at www.baileycox.com


Goldie M. Nielsen
Goldie M. Nielsen 77 of Lathrop Missouri died Monday April 8, 2013 at her residence. Born on Dec. 14, 1935 in St. Joseph Missouri to Hugh and Caroline ( Fridell) Bernecker.

She was a high school graduate and attended college. Goldie retired for from Citi Bank. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Plattsburg.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Bonnie Bernecker.

Survivors include her sons, Jeff Nielsen and Kevin Nielsen both of Lathrop Missouri; her sister Mary Rose of Lathrop MO; two granddaughters Shelby and Alexis, and her dog Max.

Funeral services will be 1:00PM Thursday April 11, 2013 at the First Baptist Church of Plattsburg. The Family will receive friends Wednesday April 10, 2013 at the Bailey & Cox Funeral Home Lathrop Missouri. Interment will be in the Lathrop Cemetery.

The Family Suggest memorial gifts to the American Cancer society. Arrangements Bailey & Cox Funeral Home Lathrop Mo. Online guest book and obituary at www.baileycox.com


Raymond E. Kerns
Raymond Edward Kerns, 92, of St. Joseph, passed away Saturday, April 6, 2013, at his home. He was born April 27, 1920, in St. Joseph, son of Anna L. and Clyde Kerns.

He married Loraine Haynes on February 16, 1940, and they celebrated 73 years of marriage together. He served in the Army and is a veteran of the World War II serving in the Rhineland and central European theatres. While in service, he was awarded two bronze stars. He was a truck driver for Land Red E Mix concrete. He enjoyed fishing, traveling, buying and selling cars, and bargaining.

Raymond was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Raymond C. Kerns; three brothers; and four sisters.

Survivors include wife, Loraine Kerns, of the home; three daughters, Vicki Sigrist and husband, Jerry of Helena, Mo., Deanna Taylor and husband, Tom of Harrisonville, Mo., Terry Miller and husband, Vernon of Gower, Mo.; a sister, Donna (Paul) Sansone of St. Joseph; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at Rupp Funeral Home, with Rev. Greg Smith officiating. The Interment will be at the Ashland Cemetery.

Memorials are requested to the American Cancer Society or American Heart Fund.

Online condolence and obituary at www.ruppfuneral.com


Barbara C. Clevenger
Barbara C. (Prudden) Clevenger, 79, of Clinton, MO, and formerly of Lathrop, MO, passed away April 5, 2013, at St. Luke’s Plaza Hospital in Kansas City. She was born July 1, 1933, in Troy, Kansas, the daughter of Edgar and Violet Prudden. Along with her parents, Barbara was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Earnest F. Clevenger; two brothers and two sisters.

Survivors include her children, Frankie Flexter (Tom) of Blue Springs, MO, Charlie Clevenger (Susie) of Houston, TX, Rickie Clevenger of Clinton, MO and Michael Clevenger (Debbie) of Urich, MO; 16 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren.

Visitation will begin at 1:00 pm, followed by a service celebrating Barbara’s life at 2:00 pm, on Tuesday, April 9, at the Park Lawn Lathrop Chapel, 901 Clinton Street, Lathrop. Burial will follow in the Lathrop Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Heart Association. You may send a message to the family or sign an on-line guest book via www.parklawnfunerals.com. Arrangements: Park Lawn Lathrop Chapel (816) 740-4658.


Carol J. McGregor
Carol J. McGregor 74 of Lathrop Missouri died Monday April 1, 2013 at a Liberty Missouri Hospital. Born on Dec. 3.1938 in St Joseph Missouri to Stewart and Odelia C. (Casper) Burlington. She was a High School graduate. She was a member of the Lathrop Christian Church.

On Jan. 17, 1958 she married Lee McGregor. She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister and one grandchild.
Survivors include her husband Lee of the home. 3 sons Steven McGregor of Lathrop MO; Dale McGregor of KCMO; David McGregor of Raytown MO. Her sisters Mary Davison and Leona Andrus. 7 Grandchildren and 14 great grand children.

Funeral services were held Saturday April 6, 2013 at the Bailey Cox Funeral Home Lathrop MO. Burial will be in the Lathrop Cemetery Lathrop.

Arrangements Bailey & Cox Family Funeral Service Lathrop Missouri. Online guestbook and obituary at www.baileycox.com

Bill Crump and Connie Crump
GOWER, Mo. - Bill, 86, and Connie, 68, Crump of Gower, passed away on Jan. 24, 2013, and Jan. 21, 2013.

Survived by: children/stepchildren, Bob Krow, Wanda Stewart, Jay Crump, Cindy Goddard, BJ McGuire, Joe Crump, Billy Crump, Crystal Simmon and Marc Crump; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; friends and family.

Memorial service: Held Saturday, April 6, at Hixson-Klein Funeral Home in Gower, with visitation one hour prior to the service.


Jerry R. Hartman, Sr.
CAMERON, Mo. - Jerry Ronald Hartman, Sr., 72, Cameron, passed away on March 23, 2013 at his home.

Jerry was born on December 19, 1940 in Plattsburg, Mo., to Norman Edgar and Lela Mae (Anderson) Hartman.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Connie; daughter, Brenda; 11 brothers and sisters.
Jerry owned and operated Cameron Cab since 1985.

Survivors: three sons, Jerry R. (Stephanie) Hartman, Jr., Cameron, Danny Hartman, St. Joseph and Bob Farr, Cameron; two brothers, Danny Joe (Julia) Hartman, Gower, Mo., and Bill (Debra) Harris, St. Joseph; sister, Mary (Charlie) Jones, Gladstone, Mo.; eight grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Memorial service: 7 p.m. Friday, March 29, 2013, at Poland-Thompson Funeral Home, Cameron. Inurnment: 11 a.m. Saturday, March 30, at Greenlawn Cemetery, Plattsburg.


William J. “Bill” Routh
William J. “Bill” Routh 68 of Stewartsville Missouri died Saturday March 23, 2013 at a St Joseph Mo, Hospital. Born on July 30, 1944 in Plattsburg to Jess W. and Dorothy L. (Tyer) Routh. He was a graduate of Plattsburg High School and a member of the Church of the Brethren. Bill was a farmer.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Brother Tom Routh.
Survivors include his brother James “Jim” and Lucille Routh of Hamilton Missouri; Sister Carolyn Griffin of Sarepta LA., and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services were held 2:00pm Saturday March 30, 2013 at the Bailey & Cox Funeral Home Plattsburg. Inurnment is in the Mt. Zion Cemetery Gower Mo. The family suggests memorial gifts to the American Heart Assoc. Arrangements Bailey & Cox Family Funeral Service. Plattsburg MO. Online guest book and obituary at www.baileycox.com


Francis M. Milliken
Francis M. Milliken 90 of Plattsburg Mo died Tuesday March 26, 2013 at his residence. Born on Feb. 10, 1923 in Gower Missouri to Clarence and Elsie ( Nason) Milliken. He was a high school graduate and a veteran of the United States Army Air Corps. Francis was a farmer and Book Keeper. He grew up in the Methodist Church and later became a member of the First Christian Church of Plattsburg. He was one of the founding members of the Christian men’s fellowship in Plattsburg. He was a 4-H leader and member of the American Legion.

On Nov 15, 1942 he married Mildred L. Dedman whom proceeded in death on Oct. 5, 2012. Also preceding him in death were 2 brothers and 1 sister.

Survivors include his children, Paul M. Milliken and Celya S. Milliken both of Plattsburg; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial service was held 2:00pm Friday March 29, 2013 at the Bailey & Cox Funeral Home Plattsburg. The Family suggests memorial gifts to the American Cancer society or The Alzheimer’s Assoc. Arrangements Bailey & Cox Family Funeral Service Plattsburg Mo. Online guestbook and obituary at www.baileycox.com.


Leo R. Cooper
Leo Ray Cooper, 86, a resident of Gladstone for over 50 years, passed away March 26, 2013, at North Kansas City Hospital. He was born January 6, 1927, on a farm near Elmira, MO, the son of Willard H. and Ida (Eads) Cooper. He attended the Mound School and later graduated from Lathrop High School in 1945. He was united in marriage to Luetta Jane Estes on July 5, 1948.

Leo worked as a traffic manager for Cook Paint for 31 years and Davis Paint for 10 years. He later retired from Manheim Auto Auction in May, 2012. Leo was a 60-year member of the Polo Masonic Lodge and a longtime member of Lions International. He was a founding member of the Kansas City Transportation Club. Leo was involved in Boy Scouting for 41 years and a member of the Tribe of Mic-O-Say. He was also a member of Northgate Baptist Church.

Along with his parents, Leo was preceded in death by a sister, Lela Sharp. Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Luetta; daughters, Lois Long (John) and Linda Haddix (Larry); son, Larry Cooper; grandchildren, Shawn, Devin and Bret Haddix, Beth, Lauren and Joseph Long, Kyle and Katlin Cooper. His first great grandchild is due in July. He also leaves a sister, Gladys Wilson, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.

Visitation was held from 12:00 noon until 1:30 pm, Saturday, March 30, at the Park Lawn Northland Chapel, I-35 at State Route 291, Liberty. Following the visitation, a Tribe of Mic-O-Say ritual began at 1:30 pm and Leo’s funeral service was at 2:00 pm at the chapel.

A Masonic graveside service followed the funeral at Prairie Ridge Cemetery, Polo, MO. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Boy Scout Troop 155 at Fairview Christian Church in Gladstone. You may send a message to the family or sign an on-line guest book via www.parklawnfunerals.com. Arrangements: Park Lawn Northland Chapel (816) 781-8228.


Kenneth H. Gale
Kenneth H. Gale 64 of Holt, Missouri died Friday March 22, 2013 at the Kansas City Veterans Administration Hospital. Born on May 13, 1944 in Summersville Missouri to Milfred H. and Ruby (Hensley) Gale. He was a high school graduate. Kenneth served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. After his discharge he worked as a carpenter.

He was preceded in death by his father, infant daughter Connie Gale.

Survivors include his two sons, Ryan and Leah Gale of Kansas City Missouri; Ken and Debbie Gale of Webster Wisconsin. His mother Ruby Gale; Sister Carolyn Gale both of Webster Wisconsin; and 5 grandchildren.

Graveside and inurnment will be 11:00Am Saturday March 30, 2013 at the Antioch Cemetery Holt, Missouri. Care was provided by Bailey & Cox Family Funeral Service Lathrop Missouri. Online guest book and obituary at www.baileycox.com


Carole J. Buck
CAMERON, Mo. - Carole Jean Buck, 69, Cameron, passed away on March 21, 2013, at her home.
Carole was born on July 15, 1943, in Trenton, Mo., to Helen Harrington.

She was preceded in death by her mother; husband, Robert; son, Christopher and daughter, Lisa.

Survivors: four sons, Rick (JoEllen) Buck, Polo, Robert Buck, Darryl Buck, and Scott (Rachael) Buck, Cameron; two daughters, Tammy (James) Wilson, Kidder, Becky Griffith, Carthage, Mo.; two brothers, David Gropp and Steven (Karen) Frugoli; two sisters, Cheryl (Randy) Bond and Shirley (Bill) Hull; 14 grandchildren and 37 great-grandchildren.

Services: Held Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at Poland-Thompson Funeral Home, Cameron. Memorial Fund: for funeral expenses. Online condolences: www.polandthompson.com.


Norman G. Taylor
Norman Glee Taylor, 94, St. Joseph, died Monday, March 18, 2013, at his residence.

He was born December 25, 1918, in Union Star, Mo., to Earl D. and Nora E. (Schildknecht) Taylor.

Norman married Betty Maxine Lukehart of March 12, 1971.
Mr. Taylor was a psychiatric aide for 21 years. He was a member of the First Christian Church and Knights of Phythius.

He was preceded in death by his parents; step-granddaughter, Davi R. Thompson; step-grandsons, Jeremy R. Thompson and Jason M. Thompson.

Survivors: wife; daughter, Carolyn “Sue” Greb (Ray) of Grand Junction, Colo.; son, Mark Allan Taylor (Joyce) of Union Star; brother, Wilbur C. Taylor (Lauraine) of Maysville, Mo.; stepsons, Robert D. Thompson (Kathy) of Kansas City, Mo., Mike Thompson of Gower, Mo.; step-daughter, Judy G. Griffin (Dallas Kretzer) of St. Joseph; step-sons, David H. Thompson (Judy) of St. Joseph, Ronnie G. Thompson (Jane) of Houston, Texas, Randy A. Thompson (Ramona) Austin, Texas, Joey E. Thompson (Patricia) St. Joseph and Dennis R. Thompson (Krikett) St. Joseph; step-daughters, Leveta A. Despain (Fred) St. Joseph and Mona L. Dizney (Randy) Lincoln, Neb.; step-sons, Richard L. Thompson (Leah) St. Joseph and Gary W. Thompson (Kathy) Rosendale, Mo.; step-daughter, Tina M. Sallinger St. Joseph; three grandchildren; 34 step grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and numerous step great-grandchildren.

Flowers are appreciated, and for those wishing to make a contribution, the family requests they be made to Hands of Hope Hospice.

Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com


Joseph G. Zaroor
Joseph G. Zaroor, 95, of St. Joseph, passed away March 19, 2013, at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

Joseph was a lifelong resident of St. Joseph, born on November 23, 1917 to George and Sarah (Zatha) Zaroor. They preceded him in death.

He attended St. Joseph Cathedral and Christian Brothers High School.

He served in the Pacific Theatre for five years in the 1st Infantry 3rd Battalion, M. Company 6th Division. He was awarded several citations; among them were the Bronze Medal and the Purple Heart.

He returned to St. Joseph after serving his country and married Mary Jane “Janey” Waris Zaney on May 22, 1946 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. She preceded him in death, September 3, 2004.

He began his lifelong career as owner and operator of Nick’s Cleaners. He was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church and also belonged to the Holy Name Society. Mr. Zaroor was also lifelong member of Post # 359, and enjoyed bowling, playing and coaching softball and visiting his children and grandchildren.

Surviving family includes daughter, Mary Jo Lindsey, of St. Joseph; sons, Phillip (Rhita) Zaroor, of Harrisonville; Daniel (Donna) Zaroor, of Gower; and Christopher (Debbie) Zaroor, of Kansas City, Mo.; 13 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family suggests memorial contributions to St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church or St. Francis House of Bread.


Dorothy P. Mapes
Dorothy P. Mapes, 102, was the eldest of five children born to Frank and Essie Maize on December 14, 1910 in Mitchellville, MO.

She was a longtime resident of Lathrop. Dorothy passed away March 25, 2013.

Visitation begins at 10:00 am, followed by services at 11:00 am on Saturday, March 30, at Park Lawn Lathrop Chapel. Burial in Lathrop Cemetery.

Dorothy is preceded in death by her husband, John “Ed” Mapes; daughter, Frances Hankins; a sister and two brothers.

Survivors are three children, Edna Childers (Emil), Betty Kille (Jim) and Charles Mapes (Joyce); brother, Jim Maize; nine grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren and 33 great great grandchildren.


Clifford F. Crouse
Clifford F. Crouse, 89 of Easton, MO passed away, Monday, March 18, 2013.
He was born on November 28, 1923 to Frank and Hazel (Marker) Crouse near Easton where he grew up. Clifford graduated from Easton High School in 1941.
On February 27, 1946 he was united in marriage to Margaret Grier. After their marriage they lived in rural Easton where they dairy farmed. His wife, Margaret, passed away, March 18, 2007.
Clifford was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Easton where he was an Usher and rang the morning church bell. He was an original member of the East Buchanan School Board. Clifford served as Director of the Kansas City Division of MidAmerica Dairy Inc. He was a member of the Easton Lions Club. Clifford was very caring and compassionate, and loved his family, neighbors, and pets.
He was also preceded in death by his parents, twin brother Emmett Crouse, brother Harold Crouse, and grandson, Brian.
Clifford is survived by his four sons, Stephen Crouse, Arthur Crouse and wife, DiAnne, George Crouse and wife, Diane, and John Crouse and wife, Cindy, all of Easton, one daughter, Marilyn Rittenberg and husband, Michel, Coral Gables, FL, nine grandchildren, Matthew, Andrew, McKenzie, Bethany, Jami and husband AJ, Jill, Jessica, Ryan, and Camille, two great-grandchildren, Emily and Drew; sister, Frances Boyer, Weatherby, MO; several nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Mass of Christian Burial: 11:00 a.m. Thursday, March 21st at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Easton. Burial: St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.
Rosary: 6:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Hixson-Klein Funeral Home with visitation following until 8:00 p.m.
Donations: St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.


Dorothy L. Bonwell
Dorothy L. Bonwell, 77, St. Joseph, formerly of Gower and King City, Mo., passed away Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at Heartland Regional Medical Center.
Dorothy was born on December 20, 1935, in Peoria, Ill., to James Melvin and Frances Ann (Morris) Bates. She was a member of St. John’s Charismatic Episcopal Church. She worked as a nurse’s aide at King City Manor for over ten years.
She married Donald Paul Bonwell on June 8, 1974, at Union Star, Mo. He passed away in 2006.
Dorothy was also preceded in death by her parents; father, Wattie Chaney; and son, David Palmer.
Dorothy is survived by her son, Wattie T. (Laura) Palmer, Sr.; daughter, Tammie (Kent) Spencer: daughter-in-law, Peggy (Rick) Evans; step-son, Chris (Kasey) Brooks, nine grandchildren, Danielle (Josh) Hewitt, Lindsay Palmer, Regan (Cale) Lyons, Tommy (Larissa) Palmer, Jr., Angela, David and Claire Palmer, Zachary and Mason Spencer, step-grandchildren, Kirsten, Mitchell and Delainey Brooks; and four great-grandchildren.
Service: Held Saturday, at St. John’s Charismatic Episcopal Church. Interment: King City Cemetery, King City. Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel in St. Joseph. The family suggests memorials to the Church Building Fund.


Nadine Cline
DEARBORN, Mo. - Nadine Cline, of Dearborn, passed away, Wednesday, March 13, 2013.
She was born to Arthur Price and Opal Adele (Yates) Huntsman in Hoover, Mo. She grew up and attended school in Dearborn.
On December 24, 1949, she was united in marriage to Gene D. Cline. After their marriage, they lived in the Dearborn area where they made their home.
Nadine was a cosmetologist, and owned and operated Nadine’s Beauty Shop in her home for 32 years.
She was a gifted pianist. Her life’s goal was serving God and winning souls for the Kingdom of God.
She was preceded in death by her parents;sisters, Velta Williams, Helen Holt and Ruby Huntsman; brothers, Jewel Huntsman, Jack Huntsman and Billy Ray “Humpy” Huntsman.
Nadine is survived by her husband, Gene, of the home; children, Teena Duncan-Marks, Gower, Mo., Rev. Douglas Cline, St. Joseph, Millie Hull, Seymour, Mo.; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; sister, Mildred DuBay, Boston, Mass.; brother, Marvin “Jingle” Huntsman, Wiggins, Miss.; several nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Funeral Services: Held. Friday, March 15, at Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Edgerton, Mo. Burial: Dearborn Cemetery.


Howard Dale Jackson
Howard Dale Jackson, 86 of Easton, MO passed away Sunday, March 10, 2013.
He was born on June 16, 1926 to Rufus and Grace (Rapp) Jackson in Easton, MO where he grew up and in 1943 graduated from Easton High School.
On June 28, 1947 he was united in marriage to Beverly Maxine Easter. After their marriage they lived in rural Easton where they farmed and made their home.
Howard was an active member of the Gower Christian Church where he had served as an Elder, Sunday School Superintendent, and as a Board Chairman. He was also a charter member of the Easton Lions Club and was inducted into the Gower Oldtimer’s Hall of Fame.
Howard was preceded in death by his parents, infant grandson Howard William Sutton; brothers, Lester, George, Earl, Carl, Floyd, Roy and Edgar; and sisters, Lily Thomas and Anna Mae Herpel.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years Maxine; children Ron (Kay) Jackson and Cheryl (Dennis) Sutton; grandchildren, Scott (Gail) Sutton, Shelly (Chuck) Parks, Kellie Sutton, Doug (Tami) Sutton, Kara (Brandon) Spaeth, Kristen (Dusty) Whiteley, and Kyle (Ashley) Jackson; great-grandchildren, Chase, Tyler, Drew, Kelcie, Taylor, Kami, Cole, Micah, Luke, Brady, Cooper, Ellie, Tucker, and Bennett; step-great-grandchildren, Artie and Trinity; brothers Jim (Jerry) Jackson and Bill (Jo) Jackson; sisters, Mary Nelson, Dorothy (Walt) Ostrander, Nadine Karrasch, Betty (Wayne) Kerns, LaDonna Corey and Evelyn Thomas; numerous nieces and nephews other relatives and many friends.
Funeral Service: 10:00 Wednesday March 13th at the Gower Christian Church. Burial: Blakely Cemetery, Easton MO
Visitation: 6:00-8:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Gower Christian Church AFC building.
Donations to the church building fund.
Arrangements Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower


Mary M. Amthor
GOWER, Mo. - Mary M. Amthor, the daughter of Elza Ross and Myrtle Viola (Batey) Janes was born September 29, 1924, in Watson, Mo. She graduated from Watson High School and attended Superior Beauty Academy, graduating with her beautician’s license.
On November 11, 1943, Mary was united in marriage to James R. Amthor. To this union, a daughter, Vicki, was born. In 1956, Mary and James opened Amthor Beauty and Barber Shop, in Rock Port, Mo. They were happily married for 57 years. James passed away October 31, 2000. Mary passed away Sunday, March 3, 2013, at a health care facility in Gower, Mo., at the age of 88 surrounded by her family.
Mary was a member of the United Methodist Church, Rock Port, a charter member of the Rock Port Golf and Country Club and a 50 year member of the Rock Port Chapter # 440, Order of the Eastern Star. She was also a member of the two gallon club at the local blood bank and was a member of the Sweet Adelines. Mary was an avid sports fan and enjoyed playing softball, golf, bowling, water skiing and boating. She loved watching her daughter, Vicki, at Rock Port Blue Jay sporting events. She carried that pride with her as she cheered for her grandsons’ team, the Mid-Buchanan Dragons and continued being an avid Mizzou fan. Mary always kept active by sewing, making crafts, creating stained glass, making flower arrangements and designing jewelry trees. She loved jewelry and bling, always making everything and everyone sparkle.
Mary was the happiest when she was entertaining with good food, humor, valued wisdom and often a water fight. She defined the words “family” and “mother” by her living example of faith and caring. She dearly loved her family and friends and will be missed by many.
Besides her parents and husband, James, Mary was preceded in death by brother, Elza Ross Janes and wife, Opal; brothers-in-law, Richard Amthor and wife, Alice and Charles Amthor; and sister-in-law, Marjorie Amthor.
Survivors include daughter, Vicki Rennae Kline and husband, John W., Agency, Mo.; grandson, Steven Amthor Kline and wife, Jodie; extended family, Cheryl and Ian Rosenauer; great-grandchildren, Reid, Trinity and Brody; brother, David Stastny; brothers-in-law, Bill Amthor and wife, Bev and Joe Amthor and wife, Jane; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.
Funeral Service: Held, March 9, 2013, at Minter Funeral Chapel, Rock Port. Interment: High Creek Cemetery, Watson. There is no scheduled family visitation.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Agency United Methodist Church or Second Harvest Food Bank.
Online obituaries and condolences at www.minterfuneralchapels.com Services: Minter Funeral Chapel, Rock Port.


Richard Mongold Sr.
GOWER, Mo. - Richard “Dick” Mongold, Sr., 77, Gower, died Saturday, March 9, 2013, at his home.
He was born Oct. 31, 1935, to Ross and Helene Mongold in Maryville, Mo.
Dick married Charlotte Davis on Aug. 2, 1969. She survives of the home.
He was a member of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary and enjoyed outdoor activities.
Dick was preceded in death by his parents; step-parents; son, Mike Mongold; and sister, Madeleine Gillis.
Survivors: wife; son, Rick Mongold (Carmella), Independence, Mo.; daughter, Christina Mongold, Kansas City, Mo.; daughter, Linda Christian, Kansas City; daughter, Laurie Brumfield, Kansas City; son, Pat Mongold, Harrisonville, Mo.; son, Steve Utley (Linda), Gower; daughter, Debbie Barton (Randy), Gower; grandchildren, Jennifer, Samantha, Logan, Sarah, Meg, Amy, Crista, Joshua, Jamie, Stephanie, Lindsey, Travis, and Kelsey; three great-grandchildren; sister, Cindy Wallace (Hugh), Mound City, Mo.; brother, Roger Mongold; brother-in-law, Chuck Gillis; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial service: Held Wednesday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Flowers are appreciated and for those wishing to make a contribution, the family requests they be made to Kendallwood Hospice or the St. Joseph Animal Shelter. Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com.


Gertrude I. Cook
Gertrude I. Cook, 93, of Cowgill, MO passed away Thursday March 7, 2013 at Golden Ages Nursing Home in Braymer, MO.
Gertrude was born September 8, 1919 in Napanee, NE to Roy and Alma (Oxford) Terry,
Gertrude was preceded in death by her parents, husband Ray Cook, two sons Kenneth Lewayne and Billy Ray Cook, daughter Deanna Springs, two brothers Leroy, and Kenneth Wayne Terry and her twin sister Mary Maples.
Survivors four daughters and two sons Shirley Smith, Donna Orr, Marilyn Culling, Terry Cook Ronnie Cook, and Wanda Petrie. One sister Lucille Dickerson and Nemours grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Services were held Monday March 11, 2013 First Baptist Church Polo, MO. Interment Cowgill Cemetery Cowgill, MO. Bailey & Cox Family Funeral Service Polo, MO. The family suggests memorial gifts to Hospice Advantage of Gallatin, MO


Joseph V. Simpson
GOWER, Mo. - Joseph V. “Joe” Simpson, 92, Gower, died Sunday, March 3, 2013, at a healthcare facility in St. Joseph.
He was born October 6, 1920, to William and Lydia Simpson in Parkville, Mo.
Joe married Betty Waterman on September 14, 1947. She survives of the home.
He was a member of First Christian Church of Plattsburg, Mo. and Farm Bureau.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers; three sisters; and one grandchild.
Survivors: wife, Betty, Gower; sons, Wayne Simpson (Judy), Mt. Washington, Ky. and Vernon Simpson, St. Joseph; four grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Service: Held Friday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Interment: Memorial Park Cemetery.
Flowers are appreciated and for those wishing to make a contribution, the family requests they be made to Hands of Hope Hospice.
Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com


Emma L. Stone
POLO, Mo. - Emma Lucille ‘Grandma Goosey’ ‘Lucy’ Stone, 90, of Polo, died on Friday, March 1, 2013, at the Liberty, Hospital in Liberty, Mo.
Lucy was born on January 17, 1923, in Lovell, Wyo., to David and Marie (Fink) Holzer. She married Kenneth Stone of Rayville, Mo., on October 3, 1940. He preceded her in death on October 21, 2002.
Survivors include four daughters and three sons-in-law, Judith Baker of Polo, Mary and Tony Estes of Petaluma, Calif., Sharon and Jim Burnett of Polo, Marilyn and Jim Clevenger of Braymer, Mo. Ten grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and ten great-great-grandchildren also survive.
In addition to her parents and husband, Lucy was preceded in death by four brothers, David, who died in infancy, Alexander, John and William Holzer; three sisters, Maria Holzer, who died in infancy, Anna Hutchins, Mary Kuxhaus; and one grandson, Jeff Burnett.
Lucy was a Homemaker. She had worked at Whitaker Cable in Excelsior Springs, Mo. She was a member of the “People Who Care Club” in Polo. She was a member of the Knoxville Community Church. She had lived in the Cowgill and Polo areas most of her life.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Caldwell County Nutrition Center.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at the Knoxville Community Church in Knoxville, Mo. Visitation will be held one hour prior to service time at the church. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Braymer.
On-line condolences may be left on our website at www.thurmanfuneralhome.com


Jerry E. Ford
EASTON, Mo. - Jerry Edward Ford, 91, Easton, died Sunday, March 3, 2013, at a local healthcare center in St. Joseph.
He was born January 28, 1922, in Cosby, Mo., the son of Oscar Edward Ford and Faye Johnson Ford. He moved to the San Antonio, Mo. community at an early age.
Mr. Ford owned and operated a Grade A dairy farm for 28 years. He then changed to beef and grain farming. His interests always centered around family, rural life and farming.
He was a graduate of Central High School, Class of 1940. He attended Johnson’s Business School in St. Joseph.
Jerry was a veteran of the United States Army, serving during World War II and stationed in Japan.
On April 6, 1950, he married Dorthy E. Buehler at First Christian Church in St. Joseph. They celebrated 62 years of marriage.
Jerry was a member of the former San Antonio Christian Church and later attended Central Christian Church in St. Joseph. He was a member of St. Joseph Lodge #78 A.F. & A.M., 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason and member of Moila Shrine.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
In addition to his wife, Dorthy, of the home, he is survived by a daughter, Deborah Ford Schwader and husband, Kevin, of St. Joseph; two grandsons, Grant Ford Schwader and Tyler Jacob Schwader.
Service: 3 p.m. Thursday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Interment: Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory, where friends may call after 4 p.m. Wednesday.
Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com


Gladys D. Budine
SAVANNAH, Mo. - Gladys Deloris Budine 89, of Savannah, passed away Sunday, Mar. 3, 2013, in a St. Joseph hospital.
She was born April 2, 1923, in Easton, Mo., daughter of Ethel and Norman Burton. She graduated from Gower High School. She married Lloyd on May 17, 1941, and he preceded Gladys in death December 9, 2009.
She worked at Mid Buchanan School District as a cook. She enjoyed sewing, needlepoint, and cross-stitch, she really looked forward to her Sunday afternoon Scrabble games, and playing cards with her family and friends. She was a Christian.
Gladys was preceded in death by her husband; a grandson, Kurt Budine; a great-grandson, Preston Budine; four brothers, Raymond, Bill, Harold and Howard Burton; a sister, Winifred Higdon; and her parents.
Survivors include four daughters, Joyce (Gene) West of Smithville, Mo., Deloris Foster of St. Joseph, Janice (Tom) Kinard of Savannah, Martha (Ricky) Todd of Belleview, Neb.; five sons, Lloyd D. (Barbara) Budine of Faucett, Mo., Gary (Darlene) Budine of Forest City, Mo., Don Budine of Kansas City, Mo., Ron (Cheryl) Budine of Agency, Mo., George (Cindy) Budine of Savannah; 19 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; a brother, Gerald Burton of Clarksdale, Mo.; and a sister, Elizabeth Anderson of Kearney, Mo.
Funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m., on Tuesday, Mar. 5, 2013, at Rupp Funeral Home. The interment will be at the Frazier Cemetery.
Memorials are requested to the American Diabetes Association. Online condolence and obituary at www.ruppfuneral.com.


Kathlyn Youngblood
Kathlyn Youngblood, 96, of Lenexa, KS passed away Wednesday February 27, 2013 at her residence.
Kathlyn was born January 14, 1917 in Polo, MO to Ezra and Rose (Tunnel) Cox.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Step-mother Faye Phillips-Cox, husband Woodrow F. Youngblood, a sister Yvetta Cox Place and a son Roger Youngblood.
Survivors include a daughter Rosalie Youngblood, a Brother Phillips and Patricia Cox. Three nieces Sharon Place, Candace Miller, Christina Maggi, one great-niece Allison Miller and four great nephews Zac Maggi, Matt Maggi, Frank Parrilla, and Sam Parrilla.
Graveside service held Monday, March 4 at Dockery Cemetery. Bailey & Cox Family Funeral Service Plattsburg, MO. Memorial service Monday at 3:00PM Overland Park Church of the Nazarene. Where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. The family suggests memorial gifts to Overland Park Church of the Nazarene. Online obituary baileycox.com.


Vernon L. Corderman
TRIMBLE, Mo. - Vernon L. Corderman, 73, of Trimble, passed away, February 26, 2013, at his home.
He was born on May 30, 1939, to Alvernon Beryl and Elaine Lois (Staton) Corderman, in Ringsted, Iowa. He grew up and graduated from high school in Armstrong, Iowa. In 1959, he went to work for Braniff Airlines.
On February 3, 1962, he was united in marriage to Grace McTavish. After their marriage, they moved with the airlines, working in various cities. In 1974, they settled in the Kansas City area. Vernon retired from the airlines in 2001.
Vernon was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He loved camping and horseback riding.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and an infant sister, Marcia.
Vernon is survived by his wife, Grace, of the home; Barry Corderman and wife, Robin, Platte City, Mo. and Brian Corderman and wife, Chris, Gower, Mo.; grandchildren, Jackie Corderman Jensen and husband, Kenny, Brandon Corderman and wife, Amber and Jennifer Corderman; great-grandchildren, Braydon, Travis, Bryson and Jackson; three sisters, Judy Westphal and husband, Roger, Jane Mueller and husband, Dave and Beth Olson and husband, Doug; several nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Memorial Service: Held . Saturday, March 2, at Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Smithville, Mo., with visitation one hour prior the service. Inurnment at Paradise Cemetery, at a later date.


Mary Lou Grier
Mary Lou Grier, 89, of Stewartsville, MO passed away Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at the Gower Convalescent Center.
She was born on January 25, 1924 to Clifford and Leo (Sill) Kerns in Stewartsville, MO where she grew up and graduated from Stewartsville High School.
On February 12, 1943 she was united in marriage to George Edward Grier. After their marriage they farmed in rural Gower, where they made their home. Her husband passed away August 5, 2005.
She was also preceded in death by her parents, son, John Scott Grier and son-in-law, Bill Groom.
Mary Lou was a lifetime active member of the Gower Christian Church and was a member of the Chat N Nibble Club. She was also active in the Gower PTA and enjoyed playing cards with her friends and family. After raising her children she went to work for the East Buchanan School District. Mary Lou was a wonderful wife and mother and will be missed my many.
She is survived by her son, Eddie Grier and wife Linda, Hemple, MO, six daughters, Diane Groom, Colorado Springs, CO, Rebecca Lloyd and husband Stephen, Thurman, IA, Patti Grier, Sidney, IA, Terry Beach and husband Tim, Kansas City, MO, Linda Simpson and husband Ed, St. Joseph, MO and Brenda Lull and husband Howard, Syracuse, NY; nineteen grandchildren, twenty-five great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren; brother, Nelson Kerns and wife Elizabeth, St. Joseph, MO, sister, Lee Anna Kerber and husband, Gene, St. Joseph, MO; several nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Funeral Service: Held Friday March 1st at Gower Christian Church with visitation from 10:00-11:00 a.m. prior to the service Burial: Allen Cemetery, Gower
Donations may be made to the Gower Christian Church.
Arrangements Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower


Lowell E. Jeschke
TROY, Kan. - Lowell E. Jeschke, 85, of Troy, died Friday, Feb. 22, 2013.
Lowell was born on April 9, 1927, in Fanning, Kan., to Emil J. and Ida (Hopkins) Jeschke. He was a lifelong resident of Doniphan County where he farmed and was a cattleman. Lowell is a member of the Community of Christ Church in Fanning, Kansas.
He married Nancy Herring on June 12, 1948, in Fanning. She survives of the home. Lowell was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Emil, Gerald, Leonard Lee and Myron Jeschke; sisters; Lucille, Evelyn, Emma Jeschke and Ethel Herring.
Additional survivors include sons, John (Linda) Jeschke of Troy, Rick (Laura) Jeschke of Troy; daughters, Annette (John) Tankesley of Kansas City, Mo., Jeannette (Terry) Doss of Gower, Mo.; seven grandchildren, Bruce, Brent and Jared Jeschke, Nicole Anderson, Brandon Tankesley, Dustin Doss, Kristin Yurth and 13 great-grandchildren.
Service: Held Tuesday, Feb. 26, at Community of Christ Church in Fanning, Kan. Burial: Mount Olive Cemetery, Troy. Memorials: Community of Christ Church or Highland Ambulance c/o Harman Rohde Funeral Home P.O. Box 185 Troy, Kan. 66087. www.harmanrohde.com


Donna Jean Hill Nash Utz
Donna was born November 21, 1933 in (Camden Point, MO) to Merle and Flossie (Mick) Hill.
Donna was preceded in death by her parents, first husband Joseph Ed Nash, an infant son, a sister Laura Mae Fitzgerald, and a brother Chester Hill.
Survivors husband Bob Utz of the home, two sons Eddie Dean Nash, and Larry Joseph Nash. Granddaughter Bethany Nash, daughter-in-law Wendy Nash, two step daughters, on step son, and 5 grandchildren.
Services 2:00pm Saturday February 23, 2013 Bailey & Cox Family Funeral Service Lathrop, MO. Interment Lathrop Cemetery Lathrop, MO. Online guestbook and obituary baileycox.com.


Glenn F. Bower
HEMPLE, Mo. - Glenn F. Bower, 87, Hemple, died Tuesday, February 19, 2013, at St. Luke’s Northland Hospital, Kansas City, Mo.
He was born August 1, 1925, to Frank D. and Minnie (Long) Bower.
Glenn married Doris Lorraine Sill on December 29, 1945.
Mr. Bower was owner of Bower Construction for more than 50 years.
He was baptized at Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Mr. Bower was a member and Past Master of Masonic Lodge #37, A.F. & A.M.; Stewartsville Chapter #175, Order of the Eastern Star; Thirty-Second Degree Scottish Rite Mason; Moila Shrine and past director of The Wrecking Crew; and Y-Fry Class 39. He was a former board member of The Kerns-Freeman Cemetery Association and a former 4-H project leader.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Dena Bower Bachman; parents; and five siblings, Georgia Elder, Beulah Lenke, Margia Hector, Dale Bower and Elva Ann Randol.
Survivors: wife, Doris L. Bower, of the home; daughter, Denise Kretzschmar (Vic), Hemple; granddaughters, Erin Nash (Michael), Kansas City and Gwen Ford (Richard), Adrian, Mo.; two great-grandchildren, Seth and Leah Ford; and several nieces and nephews.
Service: Held Saturday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Interment: Kerns-Freeman Cemetery.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the Dena Bower Bachman Memorial Scholarship or Kerns-Freeman Cemetery.
Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com


Maude Amy Janen Crawley
Maude Amy Janen Crawley “Amy” was born Mother’s Day May 10, 1972 to Samuel Crawley and Judy Akins Crawley. She passed away February 17, 2013.
She was preceeded in death by her father, Samuel Crawley and sister, Elizabeth Ann, 2 nephews and a niece.
She is survived and loved by her mother, Judy Marco and brothers, Sydney and Pamela Crawley and family, Bill and Angie Crawley and familly, and her sisters, Tammy Mackey and family, Carrie and John Hastings and familly, Becky and Dennis Brehm and family, and Debbie and James Steen and family. She was truly loved by nieces, nephews and a multitude of friends who knew her.
She will be layed to rest at Fairview Cemetary at Cainesville, Missouri.


Frank Taylor
PLATTSBURG, Mo. - Frank Taylor, 62, of Plattsburg, formerly of Brookfield, Mo., passed away Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at his home in Plattsburg.
He is survived by his wife, Pam, of the home; one son, Damien Taylor and wife, Wendy, Gower, Mo; grandchildren, Logan and Emrey; one brother, Victor Taylor; other relatives and friends.
Private family services will be held at a later date.
Arrangements: Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower.


Mary A. Stinson
MESA, Ariz. - Mary Ann Stinson, 87, passed away February 1, 2013, in Mesa, after a lengthy illness. She was born July 18, 1925, in Pratt, Kan. She was the daughter of Charles Harold Stinson and Vera (Furse) Stinson.
Mary Ann was a former teacher at Lafayette High School as well as Gower High School. She graduated from Central High School and St. Joseph Junior College. She left the St. Joseph area in 1971, when she pursued advanced degrees. She worked as a teacher and also was on the library staff at Scottsdale Community College.
Mary Ann was a charter member of the Alpha XI Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Educational Sorority. She was active in educational and religious groups. She was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church.
Survivors include a sister, Sue Stinson; a brother, Bob (Barbara) Stinson, both of St. Joseph; three nieces, Suanne (Jim) Turner, St. Joseph, Lisa (Gary) Baugher, Sitka, Alaska and Kimberly (Steve) Armes, St. Joseph. She is also survived by five great-nieces and four great-nephews.
Service: Held Saturday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Interment: Memorial Park Cemetery.
Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com


Gene Burns
Darwin Eugene “Gene” Burns, 73, of Agency, MO passed away Monday, February 11, 2013 after a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born on January 12, 1940 to Leonard William and Mary Elizabeth (McColgin) Burns in Reydon, OK where he grew up and graduated from High School. Gene received his Bachelor’s Degree from Oklahoma State University.
On August 3, 1963 he was united in marriage to Elenita Thimling. After their marriage they moved to St. Joseph, MO and later moved to rural Agency where they made their home.
Gene was a hog buyer for Armour & Co. and several other hog plants for 34 years. He later worked for the State of Missouri as a petroleum inspector where he retired after 13 years. Gene loved being outdoors and working in his garden.
He was a member of the Frazier Baptist Church.
Gene was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Don Burns and Dan Burns.
He is survived by his wife Elenita of the home; children, Greg Burns and wife Paula, Todd Burns and wife Mary Jo and Kerri Perks and husband Kent; grandchildren, Bryson and Genifer Burns, Cali and Cage Burns and Peyton, Kaden and Konnor Perks; sister, Kay Lovett and husband Tom; several nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Celebration of Life: 10:00 a.m. Friday 15th at the Frazier Baptist Church.
The body has been cremated and an Inurnment will be held at a later date at Frazier Cemetery
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Hands of Hope Hospice or the Frazier Baptist Church Building Fund.
Arrangements by Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower.


Dale Spencer
Dale William Spencer, 67 of Gower, MO passed away, Sunday February 10, 2013 at his home.
He was born on November 1, 1945 to George William “Dub” and Glenna Mae (Pierce) Spencer in rural Easton, MO. Dale graduated from Easton High School in 1963. He then joined the U.S. Army Reserves for six years.
On February 22, 1969 he was united in marriage to Zellma R. Poage in Plattsburg. After their marriage they lived in Gower where they made their home.
Dale was a self-employed contractor, owning and operating Spencer-West Construction for many years.
He enjoyed fishing, camping, and was an avid sports fan. Dale loved spending time with his grandchildren and following their activities.
He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant brother, sister, Glenna Stafford, and sister-in-law, Ruth Poage.
Dale is survived by his wife, Zellma, of the home; children, Lonnie and Angie Spencer; Kent and Tammie Spencer, all of Gower; grandchildren, Logan, Zachary, Morgan, Mason and Seth; brothers, Gene Spencer and wife Sharon, and Richard Spencer and wife Pat; brothers-in-law, Larry Poage, Don Poage and wife Terryon, and Roger Poage and wife Jayne; several nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Funeral Services: 11:00 a.m. Thursday, February 14th at the Gower Christian Church.
Visitation: 6:00-8:00 p.m. Wednesday at the church.
Donations may be made to the American Lung Association.
Arrangements, Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower.


Fred W. Stone
Fred W. Stone, 82, of Plattsburg, MO formally Holt, MO passed away Wednesday February 6, 2013 at Liberty Hospital.
Fred was born October 1, 1930 in Keyesport, IL to Charles R. and Alma (Norman) Stone. Fred served in US Navy during the Korean War. Fred was a school teacher and principal for 43 years, and also worked for Pin Rod Green House in Kearney, MO for 30 years. He was a member of the Holt American Legion Post #194, Lions International, and Lathrop United Methodist Church. On March 6, 1954 he married Betty (Carlson), she preceded him in death November 20, 2011.
He was also preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, sister, brother and great-grandson.
Fred is survived by his 2 sons Fred Randall (Randy) Stone of Lathrop, MO, and Brian D. Stone of Osborn, MO; Seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and a sister Norman Perotka of OK.
Services were held Friday February 8, 2013 Lathrop United Methodist Church Lathrop, MO. Interment Saturday Center Cemetery Center, MO.
The family suggests memorial gifts to Holt American Legion Post #194. Services under the direction of Bailey & Cox Family Funeral Service Lathrop, MO. Online guest book at baileycox.com.


Martha Mae Elliott Becker
Born in 1927, Martha lived her early years in Lathrop, Missouri, before coming to Canada in 1952. She passed away suddenly on January 28, 2013. Predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Edward and daughter Debra; she will be deeply missed by daughters Barbara (Dennis Eliason), Marcia Gosse, Lynda (Lucien Groulx), Patricia (Mike McCorkell); grandchildren Teresa (Don Williams), Jeffrey Eliason (Karen), Melanie (Caleb Chant); great-grandchildren: Joshua, Chloe and Alexis; and brother John (Victoria).
Also predeceased by her son Thomas Coulton and brothers Melvin (Elaine) and Frank (Mae).
She was an active member of PEO and her church having served in many capacities, however, her family always came first! She also spent 25 years as a mentor in the Step by Step Program in the Ottawa Public School Board.
Friends are invited to visit at the Central Chapel of Hulse, Playfair & McGarry, 315 McLeod Street (at O’Connor), on Friday, February 1st from 7 to 9 p.m. A Memorial Service was held at Rideau Park United Church, 2203 Alta Vista Drive on Saturday, February 2nd at 1 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Rideau Park United Church Women, 2203 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa, ON K1H 7L9.


Archie F. Tracy
Archie Frank Tracy, 58, St. Joseph, passed away Sunday February 3, 2013, at his home.
He was born May 19, 1954, in St. Joseph, son of Lyda and John Tracy. He married Cindy Scroggins Tracy on November 30, 1996, and she survives of the home. He attended Benton High School. He worked at T&K Hauling, Shatto Dairy and was currently working at Graves Pallet Service as a Truck Driver. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Archie was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Johnny and Charles Tracy; five sisters, Mary Guinn, Juanita Adair, Linda Baker, Pat Coffey and Joy Christofferson; and a son, Jamie Dawson.
He is survived by his wife Cindy; three sons, Christopher Tracy of home, Bobby Lawson, Elwood, Kan., and Ryan (Amber) Scroggins, St. Joseph; seven daughters, Aundra Scroggins, St. Joseph, Sara (Eric) Vasut, Gower, Mo., Debra (Jared) Adkins of Wathena, Kan., Misty (Travis) Robertson of Easton, Kan., Jada Brown and Amber Fox both of St. Joseph and Missy Kelmel of Maryville, Mo.; four brothers, Cliff Tracy, St. Joseph; Mike Tracy, Tom Tracy, and Raymond Tracy all of St. Joseph; two sisters, Louise Hamilton and Sheila Hatfield of St. Joseph; and his life-long best friend, Rick Graves of St. Joseph; 20 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
A Family and Friends gathering was held Friday, February 8, 2013 at Kovac’s Hall. He will be cremated under the direction of the Rupp Funeral Home. Online condolences and obituary at www.ruppfuneral.com


Terri Jo Redmon
Terri Jo Redmon, 50, of Lathrop, MO passed away September 9, 2012 at her residence.
Terri was born February 27, 1962 in Tennessee.
She is survived by husband Richard Redmon, Children Timmy, Robert, Alex, and Amber.
Terri has been cremated by Bailey & Cox Family
Funeral Service Lathrop, MO. The family is having an all day gathering April 27, 2013 at Lake Arrow Head Lathrop, MO.


C.W. (Chuck) Askren
C.W. (Chuck) Askren, 90, of Lathrop, MO passed away January 31, 2013 at Excelsior Spring Hospital.
C.W. was born June 29, 1922 in Corydon, IN to Daniel E. and Nellie (Rowland) Askren. He was in the US Army during WWII. C.W. work 38 years as a truck driver for Everett Quarries.
He was a member of American Legion Post #467 Lathrop, MO.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Bessie M. (Jones), four children, sister Naomi Gillaspie and brother Edward Askren.
Survivors include children Charles Iran Askren, Dillard and Hanna Askren Kansas City, MO, Jeff and Jenny Askren Excelsior Springs, MO, James Askren and Charlene Richardson Chillicothe, MO, Dale and Donna Askren Lathrop, MO, step-son Robert Askren Lathrop, MO, Step-daughters Roberta Askren and Patricia Guffey both of Lathrop, an numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Mr. Askren has been cremated under the direction of Bailey & Cox Family Funeral Service Lathrop, MO The family will have a gathering 1:00 to 3:00pm Wednesday American Legion Post #467 Hall Lathrop, MO.


Shirley B. Snow
PLATTE CITY, Mo. - Shirley B (Wilhoit) Snow, 69, of Platte City, passed away, Friday, February 1, 2013.
Survivors: son, Sonny (Debbie) Snow; daughter, Kelly (Kris) Rukavina, all of Platte City; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sisters, Mary Quinn, Lathrop, Mo. and Linda Rule, Smithville, Mo.
Funeral Service: Held Wednesday, February 6, Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Smithville. Burial: Paradise Cemetery, Smithville. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, at the funeral home.
Donations to the Landmark Baptist Church.


Bill Crump and Connie Crump
GOWER, Mo. - Bill and Connie Crump, of Gower, passed away on January 24 and 21.
Connie passed in the hospital with her children by her side the evening of January 21. After nearly 50 years together and a stated desire not to live without one another, Bill followed her in death the morning of January 24, at Gower Convalescent Center, also comforted by his children.
Bill was born February 1, 1926, to Fithian Keith and Elva Marie (Johnston) Crump, in St. Joseph. He worked many interesting jobs from his first, shoe delivery, to tobacco farming, and wrought iron installation. After graduating business school, he moved to Rose Hill, Kan., to start a farm with his former wife, Gladys and seven children while also beginning his career in aircraft manufacturing.
Bill had a lively sense of humor and a love of the outdoors which he shared with Connie when they met and married in the late 1960s.
Connie was born October 27, 1944, to Emil Edwin and Jane Louise (Fales) Bazer, in Omaha, Neb. She had immeasurable love and devotion in her care for the elderly. She was a devoted homemaker, for a time a business woman, sometimes a waitress, and later an equally devoted nursing home aide. This love was inspired by her beloved grandparents, whose memory was a lifelong comfort.
Together they lived in the country home they shared with their son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter, and beloved dogs.
They lived in Missouri, Texas, and California, and raised three children together.
They were sadly preceded in death by their son, Daniel Edwin Crump; and grandsons/step-grandsons, David Taylor Stewart and Terry Allen Crump.
They are survived by their children/stepchildren, Bobby Krow, Wanda Stewart, Jay Crump, Cindy Goddard, BJ McGuire, Joe Crump, Billy Crump, Crystal Simmon and Marc Crump; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; friends and family.
Memorial Service: 11 a.m. Saturday April 6, at Hixson-Klein Funeral Home in Gower, with visitation one hour prior to the service.
They would be happy for flowers, plants, or donations of soft lap blankets to go to Gower Convalescent Center, 323 U.S. 169, Gower, Mo., 64454.


Ganum V. Findley
MT. AYR, Iowa - Ganum Virgil Findley was born on October 7, 1926, in Grayson, Mo. The son of a farmer and teacher, Ganum Alvin Findley, and his wife, Mary Leora Findley, Virgil shared their rural home with his sister, Mary Margaret, until her death at age 2¾ years on July 28, 1937, at a Kansas City, Mo. hospital.
After 3 years of high school in Worth County, Mo., Virgil and his father travelled to Wichita, Kan., where they both worked in the airplane factory during World War II. Virgil’s mother died there on April 29, 1944, of complications from diabetes and gallbladder disease. When Virgil turned 18, he was drafted into the US Army, inducted on February 21, 1945, as a paratrooper and sharpshooter.
Virgil farmed for his father for several years before subsequently rejoining the military. He was in charge of ground transportation for NATO at SHAPE headquarters near Paris, France for 4½ years. He then served in Texas, operating heavy equipment before returning to Ringgold County, Iowa, to farm for Denzil Waugh.
Virgil shared a home near Redding with Denzil and Socorro Waugh, their two children, Eugene and Martha, and Socorro’s mother, Maria Ramirez, where he was considered more than just a good friend. He was a very special member of the family. During this time, Virgil also worked as a mechanic for Ames Cross at his garage in Mt. Ayr, Iowa. Virgil enjoyed farming and raising cattle for a number of years before their retirement to Benton, Iowa in 1985. Virgil was a member of the Redding American Legion Post #617 for over 50 years, serving many years as commander.
Virgil entered Clearview Nursing Home in Mt. Ayr, on November 30, 2005. He died quietly there on the morning of Saturday, January 26, 2013.
Virgil is survived by his sister and 15 cousins out of the 31 grandchildren of William Valentine Findley and Sarah Tennessee Findley, and their many descendants. The surviving cousins are Max Findley, Grant City, Mo., Eunice Deathridge, St. Joseph, Ellis Findley, Kansas City, Kan., Drexell Findley, Gower, Mo., Kathleen Eckhardt, Stanberry, Mo., Sharleen Green, Independence, Mo., JoAnna Thompson, Kansas City, Jackie Findley, St. Joseph, Alice J. Tidwell, Bella Vista, Ark., Nancy Covington, Tulsa, Okla., Rick Findley, Kansas, Nita Draut, San Diego, Calif., Ernestine Bowden, San Diego, William Findley, Chattanooga, Tenn.,and Helen Joy Carlock, St. Joseph.
A visitation, with family present, will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, February 3, 2013, at Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home, 205 West Monroe Street, Mt. Ayr, with a Prayer Service at 4 p.m. Burial, with military honors, will be 11 a.m. Monday, February 4, at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery at Van Meter, Iowa.
A memorial fund has been established to the Mt. Ayr Public Library and the American Legion Ringgold Post #172 in Mt. Ayr.


Joseph “Jay” Jerome Alves, Jr
Joseph “Jay” Jerome Alves, Jr, 74, Gower, Missouri died Monday, January 29, 2013 at his home.
He was born September 10, 1938 to Joseph and Mary Alves in New Rochelle, New York.
Mr. Alves proudly served his country in the United States Air Force as a Special Investigator with the AFOSI both abroad and in the United States. After retirement, he continued to work as an investigator in the private sector in Texas, Missouri, and for the State of North Carolina before retiring from public service in 2004.
Mr. Alves was a member of the Grand Lodge of Grand Orient, No. 643 in Italy, the American Legion and numerous other civic organizations. He enjoyed cooking, traveling, fishing and photography.
Mr. Alves was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Jacqueline.
Surviveors: his loving children, Roxane Brady, Michaela Alves and Braden Alves; daughter-in-law, Angela Alves; grandchildren, Bryce, Matthew, Akira and Briana; ex-wife and friend, Kay Chappel; sister, Margaret Walsh; along with extended family.
Private services will be held at Arlington National Cemetery. Contributions in his memory can be made to the American Legion or the Wounded Warrior Project.


Marcella Coffman-Pratt
Marcella Jo Dawn CoffmanPratt 2 month old daughter of Derick and Jennifer CoffmanPratt died Thursday Jan. 24.2013 at her home. Born on Nov.6, 2012 in Kansas City Missouri.
Survivors include her parents Derick and Jennifer; 2 brothers Arthur and David CoffmanPratt. Paternal grandparents Rick and Sheryl Pratt of Gladstone; Maternal grandparents Jerry and Mary Coffman of Independence MO., Maternal grandmother Judy Johnson of Lathrop,MO . And several aunts Uncles Cousins and relatives and friends.
Memorial service was held Saturday Jan.26, 2013 at the First Christian Church of Lathrop Missouri. The Family suggest memorial gifts to a Charity for childrens medical research. Arrangements Bailey & Cox Family Funeral Service Lathrop Missouri


Alva B. Lambert
SALINA, Kan. - Alva Belle (Carr) Lambert, 91, of Salina, formerly of Agency, Mo., passed from this life to her eternal life on January 22, 2013, at the Gower Convalescent Center.
She was born on January 22, 1922, to John Andrew and Laura Alice Carr in Agency.
She graduated from Agency High School and worked for Noma Lights and Westab.
On April 22, 1943, she was united in marriage to Ralph Eldon Lambert in Atchison, Kan.
They made their home in Atchison for the duration of World War II, and then moved to Albuquerque, N.M.
They ultimately returned to Atchison and briefly lived in Manhattan¸ Kan., before settling in Salina. He preceded her in death in 2000.
Alva Belle was a devoted mother, wife and homemaker while raising her four children.
She was an amazing cook and a wonderful seamstress.
After her children were grown, she went to work for Kenwood View Nursing Home and worked there for 30 years, retiring shortly after her 85th birthday.
She enjoyed going to work every day and visiting with the “old folks,” as she called them.
She never said an unkind word about anyone.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her mother and father; two brothers, Elmer Carr and John (Jr.) Carr of Agency; and two sisters, Roma Shoemaker of Agency, and Pauline Henderson of Easton, Mo.
She was also preceded in death by a beloved daughter-in-law, Francie Weber Lambert.
Alva Belle is survived by three sons, Ralph “Bud” Lambert, Paul Lambert, and James Lambert, all of Salina; and a daughter, Rhonda Dittmar and husband Glenn, of Agency; nine grandchildren, Ralph (Kirby) Lambert, Donald Dittmar, Douglas Dittmar, Maggie Dittmar, Andy Lambert and wife, Stacy, Alyse Lambert, Evan Lambert, Emily Barletta and Adam Barletta; four great-grandchildren, Haley, Taylor and Jackson Dittmar and Andrew Lambert II, numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Visitation: 9 to 10 a.m. Monday, January 28, at Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower, with graveside services following at 11 a.m. at Leavenworth National Cemetery.
Memorial visitation: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, January 28, at St. Mary’s Queen of the Universe Catholic Church Parish Hall, 230 E. Cloud, Salina, KS 67401.
Donations to: Gower Convalescent Center Activity Department.


H. Wayne Stevens
CAMERON, Mo. - Harold Wayne Stevens, 66, Cameron, passed away on January 20, 2013.
Wayne was born on August 20, 1946 in Lathrop, Mo., to Robert and Audrey (Schlorff) Stevens.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Charles and Robert Stevens.
Survivors: daughter, Brandy Blades; brother, Paul Stevens; granddaughter, Kayla Blades; three nephews, Craig, Brian and Eric Stevens.
Memorial services: Held Thursday, January 24, 2013, at Poland-Thompson Funeral Home, Cameron. Military Honors at Cameron Memory Gardens, Cameron.
Memorial fund to the funeral home for expenses.
Online condolences: www.polandthompson.com


John Goodpaster
John Goodpaster, 93, of Saint Joseph, MO formally Holt, MO passed away Monday January 21, 2013.
Survivors Wife Irene Goodpaster, six daughters and two sons, Regina Jundy, Shirley Gresham, Esther Schelp, Wayne Crowder, Larry Crowder, Johna Kane, Sharon Wade, and Penny Bivonia and a host of grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Service 5:00pm Thursday Bailey & Cox Family Funeral Service Lathrop, MO. The family will receive friends Thursday from 3:00 to 5:00pm before the service. Online guest book baileycox.com.


Everett B. Kernes
STEWARTSVILLE, Mo. - Everett B. Kernes, 73, of Stewartsville, passed away Sunday, January 20, 2013, at his home in Stewartsville.
He was born June 16, 1939, in Easton, Mo., son of Lucy Bell and Buneyvista Kernes.
He served in the Navy.
He worked at Martin Marietta and Norris & Son as a Millrite/Machinist.
He enjoyed fishing, mowing grass, playing cards, especially pitch and rummy, loved westerns and wrestling.
He was a Christian.
Everett was preceded in death by his parents; a step-daughter, Tammy Harding; three brothers, Robert, Roy and Jesse Kernes; and a sister, Mildred R. Iwed.
Survivors include his companion, Mary Harding of the home; a daughter, Debbie; two sons, Howie and Robert; a step-son, Dave Stagner; three brothers, Cecil Kernes of Texas, Tim Kernes of St. Joseph, and Jerry Kernes of Easton; and a step-brother, Jim Bennett of St. Joseph.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 23, 2013, at Rupp Funeral Home, with Rev. John Haywood, officiating.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, at the Rupp Funeral Home.
The interment will be at the King Hill Cemetery.
Online condolence and obituary at www.ruppfuneral.com


Geraldine “Gerri” Banks
Geraldine “Gerri” Banks, age 85 of Clinton, Missouri, formerly of the Lathrop area, passed away January 19, 2013. Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M., Friday, January 25, 2013 at Vansant-Mills Chapel, 314 West Jefferson, Clinton, Missouri.
Visitation one hour before the service on Friday. Contributions to Twin Lakes Hospice or American Cancer Society.
Fond memories may be left online at www.vansant-millsfuneralhome.com.
Gerri was born in St. Joseph, Missouri, the daughter of Jay K. and Eva Mae (Hodges) Paul. She was married to Harry R. Banks who preceded her in death on February 1, 1993.
She is survived by one daughter, Victoria D. Banks of Belton, Missouri two sons, Michael Banks and wife, Nita of Osceola, Missouri and Matthew P. Banks and wife, Kimberly of Nixa, Missouri; ten grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren.


Edward R. Lowder
Edward R. Lowder 82, of Holt Missouri died Saturday Jan.19, 2013 at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cameron Missouri. Born on March 11, 1930 in Chillicothe Mo., to Orville and Hilda (Ellis) Lowder. He was a graduate on North East high School in Kansas City, MO. Edward was a veteran of the US Navy. He owned and operated the Lowder’s Barbershop at 3612 St. John in Kansas City for 20 years. He also worked for Armco Steel for 18 years. He was a Member of the Kearney Baptist Church, Kearney MO.
On June 5, 1962 he married the former Helen Foster. He was preceded in death by his parents, Daughter Sharon Brooks.
Survivors include his wife Helen Lowder of the home, Daughter Jamie McCalister and her husband Curtis of Kansas City MO., Son Edward R. Lowder ll, of Parkville, Mo., 3 grandchildren Tom and John Brooks of AZ., and Skyler Wood of KCMO.
Graveside service and burial will be 1:00pm Wednesday Jan.23, 2013 at the May Cemetery Chula, MO. The Family will receive friends 6:00-8:00PM Tuesday Jan.22, 2013 at the Bailey & Cox Funeral Home Plattsburg.


Harold Dwayne “Shorty” Schuster
Harold Dwayne “Shorty” Schuster, 78, of Gower, MO passed away Sunday, January 20, 2013 at his home.
He was born on February 24, 1934 to Jewell C and Bertha Ann (Poage) Schuster in St. Joseph, MO. Shorty grew up in Gower and in 1952 graduated from Gower High School. He then served his country in the US Army.
On April 14, 1955 he was united in marriage to Dorothy May Silvey. After their marriage they lived in Gower where they made their home.
Shorty was an over the road truck driver and retired from Yellow Freight in 1991.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Gower. Shorty was a sports enthusiast. He loved coaching his children in little league baseball, managing the Farmer’s Bank of Gower Softball Team and later following his grandchildren‘s sporting activities. He was active in the community, enjoyed playing cards and spending time with his family.
Shorty was preceded in death by his parents, brother Jewell C. “Bill” Schuster and brother-in-law, Nick Spaeth.
He is survived by his wife Dorothy, children Vicky McCoy and husband Ron, David Schuster and wife Dana and Randy Schuster and wife Penny; grandchildren, Mark Schuster and wife Justine, Grant Schuster and wife Erin, Jennifer McCoy, and Christine McCoy; great-grandchildren, Payton, Mason, Kale, and Clara; sister Louise Spaeth; sisters-in-law, Maxine Schuster, Shirley Gilchrist and husband Bill and Connie Smith; brother-in-law, Don Silvey and wife Sheryl; several nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Funeral Service: 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 23rd at the Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower Burial: Allen Cemetery
Visitation: 6:00-8:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Donations to the First Baptist Church, Gower.


Doris E. Dienstbier
GOWER, Mo. - Doris Dienstbier, 77, of Gower, passed away, Sunday, January 13, 2013, at Heartland Regional Medical Center.
Doris was born on August 31, 1935 in St. Joseph, to Franz August and Elizabeth Ann (McEnaney) Dienstbier, both deceased.
She married Paul Atha on June 22, 1954. They were later divorced on January 28, 1978.
Doris was of the Catholic Faith.
Doris was also preceded in death by her son, Thomas Joseph Atha; daughter, Joan Elaine Campbell; and three sisters, Rosemary, Anna and Frannie.
Surviving family includes daughters, Carol (Gary Mayse) Roach, of Hemple, Mo., and Nancy (Tim) Fisher, of Union Star, Mo.; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; one great-step-grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews.
Doris has been cremated under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.
Graveside service and inurnment: 10 a.m. Saturday at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
There will be a register book available at our Chapel.
Any memorial contributions may be made to the Gower Convalescent Center, Gower.


Frank Flesher
St. Joseph-Frank Flesher, 80, passed away Sunday at Heartland Regional Medical Center. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Ashland United Methodist Church and interment at Leavenworth National Cemetery.
Mr. Flesher was the driving force behind establishing the National Military Heritage Museum back in March 1989. He had made a bid for state Legislature in the 1980s and eventually decided to serve his community by educating its residents about the military. The museum opened in the spring of 1990.
He was also a teacher at East Buchanan Middle School in the early 1980s.
Pastor Gary DeWitt with Ashland United Methodist Church said Mr. Flesher was a regular usher during worship services and met with a faith group once a month.


Marsha (Piety) Hon
Marsha (Piety) Hon, 73, of Lathrop, MO passed away Monday January 14, 2013 at Liberty Hospital.
Marsha was born November 17, 1939 in Denver, CO to William Cordes and Lois Caroline (Johnson) Piety who preceded her in death. Marsha was a homemaker, and a member of the East Independence Church of Christ. She enjoyed working in her flower garden, traveling, doing church activities and spending time with her family. On September 19, 2003 in Clinton, MO she married Wayne Hon who survives of the home.
Survivors a sister Claudia Campbell of Las Vegas, NV. Three daughters Kathy Manser and husband Kevin of Sibley, MO, Kelly Jones and husband Gary of Clinton, MO, and Kristy Franklin and husband David of Butler, MO. Grandchildren Heather Manser-Wimpy, Anthony Jones, Bradley Jones, Haley Walter, Kayla York, Aimee Manser, Khloe York, and 8 great grandchildren. Daniel Hon step-son, Rhonda Creason step-daughter, Melvin Douglas Hon step-son, four step-grandchildren, and her puppy Emma Hon.
Services 10:00AM Saturday January 19, 2013 East Independence Church of Christ Independence, MO. Interment Saturday 3:00pm Lathrop Cemetery Lathrop, MO. The family will receive friends Friday from 6:00-8:00pm at the church. The family suggests memorial gifts to Tall Grass Christian Camp in care of East Independence Church of Christ. Services under the direction of Bailey & Cox Family Funeral Service Lathrop, MO. On line guest book at baileycox.com.


Steven C. Curtis
BRECKENRIDGE, Mo. - Steven Curtis, age 12, a resident of Breckenridge, passed away on Saturday, January 12, 2013.
Survivors: parents, Darrell and Kathy (Massey) Curtis; brother, Christian Curtis; sister, Shelby Curtis; three aunts; three uncles; maternal and paternal grandmothers; one step-grandfather; one great-grandmother.
Services: 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, Breckenridge High School. There is no scheduled family visitation.
Burial: McCrary Cemetery, Gallatin, Mo.
Arrangements: Lindley Pitts Funeral Home, Breckenridge.


Ronald L. Hayden
Ronald L. Hayden, was born March 1, 1939, and passed at his home on January 12, 2013. He was 73. Ron served in the U.S. Army from 1959 to 1965. He was employed at Ford Motor Company in Claycomo for 31 years, retiring in 1995. Ron was preceded in death by his father, Everett L. Hayden; mother, Pauline T. Hayden; and daughter, Shirley Marie.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret; daughters, Pauline Mantlo (Ronald), Lucinda Lockmiller (Ted), Lyla Cole and Rhonda Hayden; grandsons, Eric, Caleb and Zachary Mantlo, Brent and Blake Lockmiller, Timothy and Clifford Cole; granddaughter, Amber Cole; and great grandchildren, Xavier and Alexis Mantlo, and a third great grandchild expected in 2013.
Visitation will be held from 6-8 pm Wednesday, January 16, and a funeral service celebrating Ron’s life will be held at 2:00 pm Thursday, January 17, at the Park Lawn Northland Chapel, I-35 at 291 Highway, Liberty. Burial with military honors will follow in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens. You may send a message to the family or sign an on-line guest book via www.parklawnfunerals.com. Arrangements: Park Lawn Northland Chapel (816) 781-8228.


Brandon Rome “Spoof” Sprofera
Brandon Rome “Spoof” Sprofera, 27, of Kingston, MO passed away Sunday December 30, 2012 at his residence.
Brandon was born October 8, 1985 in Kansas City, MO to Tony and Elnora (Carr) Sprofera. He graduated from Polo High School in 2004.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, and two aunts.
Survivors include his parents, one brother Anthony Michael Sprofera and Crystal Liverman. Two uncles Frankie Joe and Bonnie Sprofera, Jim and Rita Carr, two aunts Florence and Fred Thornton, Candy and Mark Haddock, and numerous cousins.
Services were held at the First Baptist Church Polo, MO. Interment Packard Cemetery Cameron, MO.
Services under the direction of Bailey & Cox Family Funeral Service Polo, MO. On line guest book at baileycox.com.


Wilbert Barry Tapp
Wilbert Barry Tapp 55, of Lathrop Missouri died Saturday Jan.5, 2013 at a Lawson Mo., Nursing Home. Born in Kansas City Missouri on July 6, 1957 to Rosie E. Tapp and Willie Carter. He was a graduate of Lathrop High School and attended Missouri Western State University. Wilbert was employed as kitchen supervisor at Lawson Manor.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his aunt Virgie Lou Kelley; Several cousins; Friends at Lathrop and his family from Lawson Manor.
Funeral Services were held 11:00Am Saturday Jan.12, 2013 at the Bailey & Cox Funeral Home Lathrop Missouri. Burial will be in the Lathrop Cemetery. The Family received friends 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Arrangements Bailey & Cox Family Funeral Service Lathrop Missouri. Online guest book and obituary at www.baileycox.com


Matthew D. Miller
Matthew David Miller, 36, of St. Joseph, passed away Monday, January 7, 2013.
He was born December 10, 1976, in St. Joseph, son of Lois and Howard Miller Sr.
He was an avid pool player, he loved watching cartoons, especially anime cartoons, and spending time with his sons.
Matthew was preceded in death by father, Howard Wayne Miller Sr.
Survivors include his mother, Lois Ann Miller, Gravois Mills, Mo.; two sons, Matthew D. Miller Jr. and David Milo Miller, both of St. Joseph; a brother, Howard Miller Jr. of St. Joseph; seven sisters, Christina Branstuder of Gower, Mo., Angela Miller of Atlanta, Ga., Aleana Miller, Beth Miller, Laura (Daniel) Henderson, Audra Miller and Amanda Miller, all of St. Joseph; 17 nieces and nephews and several great-nieces and nephews.
Memorials are requested to the Matthew Miller Memorial Fund, in care of the Rupp Funeral Home.
Mr. Miller has been cremated under the direction of the Rupp Funeral Home.
Online condolences and obituary at www.ruppfuneral.com


John Elston Morse III
John Elston Morse III (longtime resident) of Lathrop passed away Saturday, January 5, 2013 in his sleep, at home, after his 12 year battle with prostate cancer. He was born in Dearborn Mi. to John Jr. and Edith Morse, who preceded him in death. He served his Country honorably in the United States Navy from 1950 thru 1954.
John worked for Trans World Airlines as a reservations agent in San Francisco and later in Kansas City until his retirement in 1984. John was wed to Karen Ruth Horan 9/23/60 who preceded him in death in 2010. After his retirement he and Karen spent many years traveling and made many great friends. One of their favorite places was Chippenham, England where they made lifelong friends.
He is survived by his children, John & Kim Morse IV, Carol Stamper, Kevin & Trent Morse and Kathleen Morse. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Brandon Morse, Megan Kline, Shelby Morse and John Morse V.
Loved by some, liked by the rest, he had an un-assuming and generous nature that will be missed tremendously.
There will be no funeral; the family will have a celebration of his life at the family home in Lathrop, Mo at a future date in early spring. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donation be made to Liberty Hospice.


Margaret L. Campbell
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Margaret Lucille (Diggs) Campbell, 91, Maryville, passed from this life on Thursday, January 3, 2013, at Heartland Hospital, St. Joseph.
She was born on May 20, 1921 in Andrew County, Mo., to Harvey and Marrella Pearl (Newcomer) Diggs.
Margaret married James R. “Jim” Campbell on June 22, 1946 in Troy, Kan.; he preceded her in death on October 14, 2009.
She was a member of the Savannah Methodist Church, Savannah, Mo., and a Moose Lodge Auxiliary member.
Margaret enjoyed cooking, sewing and had a great love and interest for her family.
Margaret was preceded in death by her parents; husband, James; brother, Glenn Diggs; and four sisters, Pauline Nie, Hazel Hawkins, Geneva Campbell, and Darlene Sprague.
Survivors include twin son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Nora Campbell, Lathrop, Mo., and twin daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Jerry White, Bolckow, Mo.; brothers, Clarence Diggs, Bellevue, Neb., and Kenneth Diggs, Savannah; seven grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
Celebration of Life was held Monday, January 7, 2013, at Breit-Hawkins & Gladden Funeral Home, Savannah. Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, St. Joseph. Memorial donations may be made to the donor’s choice.


Mary M. Wood
CAMERON, Mo. - Martha Wood, 74, Cameron, passed away on January 3, 2013.
Mary was born on August 16, 1938 in Lathrop, Mo., to Ralph and Ella (Peterson) Eads.
She was a graduate of Lathrop High School.
Mary married Buford Wood on June 4, 1961. He preceded her in death.
Mary and Buford owned and operated Woods Electric.
She was also preceded by her parents; four brothers, Bill, Gene, Jack and Bob; three sisters, Eunice, Virginia and Reba.
Survivors include a daughter, Pixie and husband, Mike L. Smith, Cameron; two grandchildren, Madison and Kenzie Smith; two sisters, Esther Comer, Ash Grove, Mo., and Janice Eads, Turney, Mo.; brother, Donald Eads, Turney; nieces and nephews.
Memorial service was held Tuesday, January 8, 2013, at Poland-Thompson Funeral Home, Cameron. Inurnment: Cameron Memory Gardens, Cameron. Memorial donations to the family. Online condolences: www.polandthompson.com


Franklin L. Bohr, Jr.
GRAHAM, Mo. - Franklin Leo Bohr, Jr., age 71, Graham, died Saturday, January 5, 2013, at his home in Graham.
Franklin was born July 7, 1941, in St. Joseph, the son of Franklin Leo, Sr. and Dorothy B. (Hawkins) Bohr Pierson.
He was a graduate of Easton High School, Easton, Mo. and a member of East Side Baptist Church, St. Joseph.
Franklin had started working for St. Joseph Light and Power as a lineman working up to and retiring as a supervisor.
Preceding him in death were his parents; and one grandson, Matthew Bohr.
Survivors include his special friend, Jenevieve Talbott, Graham; daughter, Andrea D. (Judy) Bohr, Orlando, Fla.; one son, Dave (Susan) Bohr, Memphis, Tenn.; two grandchildren, Jacob and Elizabeth Bohr, St. Joseph.
Mr. Bohr’s body has been cremated. A visitation celebrating Franklin’s life was held January 8, 2013, at the Price Funeral Home Chapel in Maryville, Mo.
Memorial: Alzheimer’s Association Mid-Missouri, 2400 Bluff Creek Drive, Columbia, Mo., 65201.


Bettie N. Parks
CAMERON, Mo. - Bettie Nadine Parks, 88, Cameron, passed away on January 1, 2013.
Bettie was born on June 9, 1924, in Lathrop, Mo., to Paul Jackson and Rosa Jane (Althouse) Walker.
Bettie was a graduate of Turney High School.
On March 13, 1947, Bettie married Raymond Parks in Troy, Kan. He survives of the home.
Additional survivors: daughter, Ethel (Lowell) Porter, Henrietta, Mo.; three grandchildren, Michael (Sarah) Porter, Parker, Colo., John Paul( Linda) Porter, Castle Rock, Colo., and Raymond (Margarite) Porter, Osborn, Mo.; five great-grandchildren, Kevin and Kate Porter, Bradley Porter, Darius Porter and Shane Reynolds; two brothers, Howard (Doris) Walker, Kansas City, Mo., and Franklin (Ruth) Walker, Cameron.
Services were held Saturday, January 5, 2013, at Poland-Thompson Funeral Home, Cameron. Burial: Cameron Memory Gardens.Online condolences: www.polandthompson.com


Cole Patrick
Cole Nathaniel Patrick, 18, of St. Joseph, passed away Friday, December 28, 2012, in St. Joseph.
Cole was born on March 16, 1994 in St. Joseph, to Wally and Jeanie (Morin) Patrick.
Cole graduated from St. Joseph Cathedral School in 2008, LeBlond High School in 2012, and was pursuing a Bachelor of Science at the University of Missouri-Columbia in preparation for Medical School.
He was recently initiated into the Delta Upsilon Fraternity at MU.
He was a member of the National Honor Society and an active member of the Pep Band at LeBlond High School.
He was also a member of the Cathedral of St. Joseph Catholic Church.
Cole was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Rosemary Morin; maternal grandfather, James Morin; paternal grandfathers, Earnest Patrick and Thomas A Earhart.
He is survived by his parents; two brothers, Conar and Cort Patrick, all of the home; Fernalee E. Earhart, paternal grandmother; Dorothy Morin, step-grandmother; aunts and uncles, John and Marian Morin of St. Joseph, Sue and Marion Gallatin of Blue Springs, Mo., Cherry Jolliff and Jerri and Joseph Robins, all of Fairland, Okla., Danny and Eve Earhart of Lathrop, Mo.; ten cousins and several great-aunts and uncles.
Cole loved to laugh and hang out with his friends, play guitar and tease his mother.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Monday, at the Cathedral of St. Joseph Catholic Church. Interment: Mount Olivet Cemetery.
The family requests, in lieu of flowers, that contributions be made to the Cole Patrick Memorial Scholarship Memorial Fund at LeBlond High School.


Jennifer L. Lloyd
Jennifer Lynn (Chamberlain) Lloyd, 40, of Lathrop, MO passed away Saturday December 22, 2012 at Cameron Regional Medical Center.
Jennifer was born July 8, 1972 in Kansas City, Missouri. She worked as an RN for Crossroads Correctional Center in Cameron, MO.
Survivors include her husband Rusty Lloyd, daughter Alexis Lloyd, son Neville Lloyd, and step-sister Andrea Lloyd. Mother and step father Deborah and James Lujan, and father and step mother Robert and Reta Chamberlain. Five brothers and a sister Clinton Chamberlain, Montana Chamberlain, Joshua Chamberlain, Eric Chamberlain, Sarah Stienbarger and Matthew Chamberlain. Mother and father in law Neville and Sheilah Lloyd, grandmother Iva Joe Dyess, grandparents Ralph and Athropa Rye. Three aunts Lucy Lynn Turner, Nancy (Casey) Shore, Amy Cole, and two sisters in law Robyn Lloyd and Sheilah Lloyd.
Services were held Friday December 28, 2012 Langford Funeral Home Lee’s Summit, MO. Interment Forest Hill Cemetery Kansas City, MO. Services under the direction of Bailey & Cox Family Funeral Service Lathrop, MO. On line guest book baileycox.com.


Betty Evelyn Dale Johnson Cutting
Betty Evelyn Cutting, 91, of Lathrop, Missouri, and formerly of Liberty and Edgerton, passed away December 29, 2012. Visitation will begin at noon, followed by her funeral service at 1:00 p.m., on Monday, December 31, at the Park Lawn Lathrop Chapel, 901 Clinton Street, Lathrop. Burial will follow in Providence Cemetery.
Betty was born February 3, 1921 in Clay County, Missouri, one of ten children of Samuel and Emma Phillips Dale. She worked at Lake City Ammunition Plant for nine and half years as well as working other various jobs during her lifetime. Betty was a part of a very musical family, all playing various instruments. She played the organ, harmonica, mandolin and other instruments. She loved the outdoors, and was an avid hunter and fisher. Betty was known as the “Tomato Lady”, for she excelled at gardening, having 350 tomato plants in her large garden. She kept a fruit and vegetable stand in the front yard.
In her later years she handcrafted small beaded angels and gave them away to everyone she liked with an unforgettable smile. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of Liberty, Missouri.
Betty was preceded by her husband, Roy L. Cutting; son, Marion Johnson and eight siblings. She leaves her daughter and son-in-law, Teresa and Al West of Lathrop; sister, Hazel Johnston of Liberty; three grandsons, Marion Ronald Johnson, Danny Ray Johnson and Ronald Lee Birdsong; many great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Arrangements care of Park Lawn Lathrop Chapel (816-740-4658.


Olen L. Chestnut
PLATTSBURG, Mo. - Olen Lyle Chestnut, 63, of Plattsburg, passed away Tuesday, December 25, 2012, at Liberty Hospital.
Olen was born July 29, 1949 in Booneville, Mo., to Kenneth and Wanita (Morris) Chestnut. He graduated from Plattsburg High School in 1967, and received his degree in math and physics in 1971 from CMSU.
Olen was a member of Smithville United Methodist Church and was chairman of the building committee for the church.
He was also a supporter of the local F.F.A., and helped with the Science Olympiad locally and on the state level.
He was a member of Board of Directors for Platte Clay Electric, and a former manager of the automotive department for Montgomery Wards.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and a son, Eric Chestnut.
Survivors: wife, Karla Chestnut of the home; son, Kyle and wife, Brooke Chestnut of Liberty, Mo.; sister, Shirley and husband, Corneil Datema of Springfield, Mo.; brother, Eddie Chestnut of Peoria, Ill.; and mother-in-law, Carlene Greaves, of Plattsburg.
Service: Held Monday, December 31, 2012, Smithville United Methodist Church.
Interment: Green Lawn Cemetery, Plattsburg.
The family suggests memorial gifts to Smithville United Methodist New Addition Fund.
Services are under the direction of Bailey & Cox Family Funeral Service, Plattsburg.
Online guest book at baileycox.com


Billy Ray Cook
Billy Ray Cook, 72, of Richmond, MO passed away Friday December 21, 2012 at Livingston Manor in Chillicothe, MO.
Billy was born November 20, 1940 in Gillman City, MO to Ray and Gertrude (Terry) Cook.
He was preceded in death by his father, sister Deanna Springs, brother Lewayne Cook, and companion Earl Wrenn.
Survivors include mother Gertrude Cook of Cowgill, MO, four sisters and two brothers, Shirley Smith of Edwards, MO, Donna Orr of Chillicothe, MO, Marilyn Culling of Cowgill, Terry Cook of Park Hill, MO, Ronnie Cook of Richmond, MO, and Wanda Petrie of Trenton, MO, numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial visitation 10:00 to 12:00 noon Wednesday December 26, 2012 Bailey & Cox Family Funeral Service Polo, MO. Inurnment Cowgill Cemetery Cowgill, MO at a later date. The family suggests memorial gifts to Three Rivers Hospice.


Kenneth Townsend
Kenneth “Kemo” Townsend, 67, Breckenridge, passed away at Cameron Regional Medical Center on Wednesday, December 19, 2012.
Kenneth was born the son of William A. and Helen (Dreabk) Townsend on November 22, 1945, in Newton, Iowa.
Kenneth worked at Farmers Rock & Lime in Nettleton, Mo., for Cecil Moore and John Fulton, until they were bought out by Trager Stone.
He also worked for Hunt Midwest Quarries until he retired in 2005. All together, he worked in the rock quarry business for 39 years.
Survivors include: one brother, Jim Townsend and wife, Brenda of Lathrop, Mo.; one sister, Bonnie Townsend. He is also survived by one niece, Jackie Eberhart and her husband, Jim of Cameron, Mo.; one nephew, Don Townsends and wife, Tiffany of Minnesota; one great-nephew, Jacob McClane; three great-nieces, Megan McClane, Faith Townsend, and Eve Townsend; and one great-great-nephew, Coleman McClane.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, at Pitts Funeral Home, Breckenridge. Friends may call from 8 a.m. until service time on Saturday.
Burial will be at Lick Fork Cemetery, Breckenridge.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lick Fork Cemetery, and may be left at or mailed to Lindley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 47, Chillicothe, MO 64601.
Online condolences may be made at www.lindleyfuneralhome.com
Arrangements are under the direction of Pitts Funeral Home, Breckenridge.


Anna Fay Copeland
Anna Fay Copeland, 81, of Polo, MO passed away Wednesday December 19, 2012 at Clinton Care and Rehab in Plattsburg, MO.
Anna was born September 21, 1931 in Vessie, MO to William and Edith (Henson) Humphrey who preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her husband Homer Copeland.
Survivors include one daughter Mary Ann and husband Kenny Thomas of Polo, two sons Dale and wife Rhonda Copeland of Polo, and David and wife Aimee Copeland of Kingston, MO; 11 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren, two brothers Gene and wife Linda Humphrey of Newburg, MO and Ellis and wife Dorothy Humphrey of Rolla, MO, Numerous nieces, nephews family members and friends.
Services were held Friday First Baptist Church Polo, MO. Interment Prairie Ridge Cemetery Polo, MO.
The family suggests memorial gifts to Anna Fay Copeland memorial fund in care of Bailey & Cox Family Funeral Service Polo, MO. On line guest book www.baileycox.com.


Pauline A. Reardon
Pauline A. Reardon, 101, of St. Joseph, passed away Tuesday, December 12, 2012, at her residence.
Pauline was born August 22, 1911 in Plattsburg, Mo., to Timothy Berrigan and Mary T. (Walshe) Reardon, who preceded her in death.
Pauline’s early education was completed at Saint Ann’s Catholic School.
Pauline graduated from Plattsburg High School, and pursued higher education at Saint Teresa’s Junior College. Completion of her education took place in 1934 on the campus of Fontbonne College in St. Louis, Mo.
Pauline went on to obtain her Master’s Degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Miss Reardon enjoyed educating the young women of Kansas City, Mo., as a physical education teacher and guidance counselor, for 45 years at Saint Teresa’s Academy.
During her tenure, she taught classes at the College of Saint Teresa’s and Loretto Academy. At the time of her retirement in 1984, she was the Dean of Students.
Pauline was preceded in death by Margaret (Greta) Eley, Theresa McKenny, Rosalie Reardon, Michael T. Reardon, Gertrude Moran, Helen Morgan, Lorraine Plummer, Michael T. Reardon Jr, Mary T. Liles, and Judy Plummer.
She is survived by Kathleen (Ray) Clarke of Kansas City, Patricia Downey of Lathrop, Mo., Gary Liles of St. Joseph, Charles Plummer of Liberty, Mo., Margaret (Wayne) Miller of St. Joseph, Helen (Jay) Pipes of Plattsburg, and numerous nieces and nephews, and Pauline’s special caregivers, Maxine, Pam, Edith, Sherry, and Beverly.
Mass of Christian Burial: 11 a.m. Saturday, December 15, 2012, St. Ann’s Catholic Church Plattsburg. Interment: Calvary Cemetery, Plattsburg.
Rosary: 10 a.m. Saturday, at the church, with visitation following until the service.
The family suggests memorial gifts to St. Teresa’s Academy, 5600 Main St. Kansas City, MO 64113. Online guest book at www.baileycox.com


Nadine L. Leamer
RAYVILLE, Mo. - Nadine L. Shipley Leamer, 88, of Rayville, and formerly of Polo, Mo., passed away December 13, 2012.
Survivors include her children, Henry Shipley, Jr. (Linda), Ronald Shipley (Dee), and Linda Brown (James); step-son, Bill Leamer (Mickey); brother, Harley Goodman; sister, Beulah Newberry; 10 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandson.
Visitation: 1:30 p.m., followed by a service celebrating Nadine’s life at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, December 16, Polo Christian Church.
Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Breckenridge, Mo. Arrangements: Park Lawn Lathrop Chapel (816) 740-4658.


Sharon Corbett Wilson
Sharon Corbett Wilson, 62, of Lathrop, MO, passed away Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at Golden Living Center in Smithville, MO. Sharon was born December 3, 1950 in St. Louis, MO, to Edward D. and Harriette C. Corbett. Sharon met and later married Donald Van Wilson on July 27, 1968. They raised two daughters, Kelly Anne Evans of Lathrop, and Kimberly Von Copeland of Chesapeake, VA.
Sharon worked as a make-up artist for Estee Lauder for almost 20 years. She was a member of Northern Hills Baptist Church in Holt, MO, and loved to garden, play dominos, sing in the church choir, go for pedicures, and spend time with her family and friends. Sharon was preceded in death by her husband; parents; and sister, Eileen C. Cook.
Along with her daughters, Sharon will be missed by her brothers, Timothy (Sally) Corbett, Terrence Corbett, Edward Corbett, Patrick (Janice) Corbett; sister, Kathleen (Ernie) Caylor; three grandchildren, Kristen Elaine Evans, Corbett Richard Evans and Karly Anne Evans; sons-in-law, Craig Evans and Malcolm Copeland; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Visitation will begin at 10:00 am, followed by a service celebrating Sharon’s life at 11:30 am, Saturday, December 15, at Northern Hills Baptist Church, Holt, MO. Burial will follow in Converse Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Asera Care Hospice, 11020 N.W. Ambassador Drive, Suite 305, Kansas City, MO 64153. Arrangements: Park Lawn Lathrop Chapel (816) 740-4658.


Buddy Bullmaster
Edward "Buddy" Joseph Bullmaster, 87, St. Joseph, passed away Monday, December 10, 2012, at a local hospital.
Edward was born February 21, 1925 in St. Joseph, to Edward Julius and Mary Catherine (Tracy) Bullmaster.
Edward was a painter for GA Thompson, retiring after 37 years.
He married Beverley Sutton on May 14, 1949, and she survives of the home. Edward was a member of Saint Patrick Catholic Church, and belonged to Local #98 Painters Union.
Edward was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Maxine Baldwin; and grandson, Brian Crouse.
Additional survivors include daughters, DiAnne (Art) Crouse, Easton, Mo., and Debbie (Gary) Smith; and son, Edward (Kip) Bullmaster, both of St. Joseph; five grandchildren, Christi, Eddie, Bethany, Kim, Brandon; eight great-grandchildren, Bailey, Emily, Reece, Katelyn, Eddie, Oliver, Macy and Tyler.
Prayer service: 1 p.m. Thursday, at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Visitation will begin after 1 p.m. Wednesday, at our Chapel, where the family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday evening. Interment: Memorial Park Cemetery. The family suggests memorial contributions to Meals on Wheels at Inter-Serve.


John D. W. Green
John Delvin Wayman Green, 81, of St. Joseph, passed away Tuesday, December 11, 2012, at a St. Joseph health care center.
He was born January 29, 1931 in Pacific Junction, Iowa, son of Mary and Alfred Green.
He worked as a supervisor at Clinco Industries and worked in the construction industry.
He served in the Navy during the Korean War.
He was a certified locksmith, and enjoyed spending time in the outdoors camping. He also enjoyed working on cars, and building outdoor furniture.
He was a member of Past Commander VFW 6760, and was a Christian.
Delvin was preceded in death by his first wife, Charlene Green; his parents; three brothers, Allen, Raymond, and Carlos Green.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara (Shifflett) Green, of the home; a daughter, Lori (Rodney) Chase of St. Joseph; son, John (Sally) Green of Rosendale, Mo.; two step-daughters, Diane and Paula; step-son, Michael Roberts of Lathrop, Mo.; three sisters, Lavetta (Jim) Konfirst of Plats Mouth, Neb., Marlene (Chuck) Erickson of Iowa, Paulette Foutch of Illinois; four grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
He will be cremated under the direction of the Rupp Funeral Home.
Online condolence and obituary at www.ruppfuneral.com


Larry Floyd Helm
Larry Floyd Helm, 74, of Kansas City formerly of Polo, Mo passed away December 8, 2012.
Graveside services will be 2:30pm Thursday December 13, 2012 at Zimmerman Cemetery, Polo, MO
Larry was born to Harry Floyd and Alma (Ashbrook) on December 12, 1937 in Kansas City, Missouri. He was raised on a farm in Polo Missouri. He attended school in Polo, while working part-time for the Polo Co-op. He graduated in 1955 as
Salutatorian. After graduation Larry worked in Kansas City, Missouri, for the First National Bank and then for Midwest Feed & Grain Company. When Midwest Feed and Grain relocated to New York City, they became known as Garnet Grain, where Larry continued to work for them. Twenty years later Larry moved back to Kansas City when his company relocated again. It was in Kansas City Larry
retired after 25 years employment.
Larry loved music, attended the Kansas City Conservatory of Music, and was an accomplished pianist. He also loved his pets.
He is survived by one brother, Edwin Helm, Weatherford Oklahoma, one sister, Delores Hastings, Perry Iowa, two nieces, Karen Fisk, Perry Iowa, and Paula Helm, San Antonio Texas, three great-nephews, Nathan Gross, Perry Iowa, Seth Herrington, Jared Herrington, San Antonio Texas, and two great-nieces, Stephanie Gross, Cedar Rapids Iowa, and Katrina Herrington, San Antonio Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents, an uncle, Cecil Helm, and a nephew, Kevin Fisk.
Arr. Park Lawn Lathrop Chapel 816-740-4658


Robert T. Shearer
POLO, Mo. - “Coach” Robert T. Shearer, passed December 6, 2012, at the VA Hospital.
He was born on Sept. 23, 1923, to Glen and Noni Shearer.
Bob spent his life as a teacher and High School football coach, retiring from coaching at the age of 78.
He is a member of the “Missouri Coaches Hall of Fame.”
Bob was a WWII Navy veteran.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother; son; and wife, Nancy, of 62 years.
Bob married Norma Starks on September 26, 2009.
He is survived by his wife, Norma; sons, “Spook” and wife, Linda, Lawson, Mo.; Brad and wife, Ty, Polo; daughter, Debbie Glenn and husband, Rick, Lawson; two grandkids, Chad Glenn and wife, Lisa, Lawson, and Tiffany Pennington and husband, Cody, Kearney, Mo.; four great-grandkids, Kayla and Cody Glenn, Madison and Morgan Pennington; one sister, Virginia Nolker, Lawson.
A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. on December 15, at Polo High School auditorium.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Polo High School, in Robert’s name.
Arrangements: Heartland Burial Society 816-313-1677


Lauren Blaine Pauly
Lauren Blaine Pauly 18 of Plattsburg Missouri died Wednesday Dec. 5, 2012 at her home. Born on Sept. 22, 1994 in Wichita Kansas. She was a senior at Plattsburg High School where she was involved in Family Career and Community Leaders of America, a member of the yearbook staff and worked behind the scenes for the drama club. Lauren attended the AWANA youth group at the First Baptist Church Plattsburg.
She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents Harold and Jeanetta Kay.
Survivors include her parents Suzie and Dave Herring of Plattsburg MO., her sisters Holly and Meagan Workman both of Kansas City MO. Other survivors include her Aunt Tina Garrett and Aunt Kathy Pauly and Uncle Tom Rausch.
Memorial services were held Monday Dec. 10, 2012 at the First Baptist Church Plattsburg. The Family received friends Monday Dec 10, 2012 from 5-7pm at the church. Care was provided by the Bailey & Cox Family Funeral Service Plattsburg. Online guest book and obituary at www.baileycox.com.

Michael D. Hook
HOLT, Mo. - Michael Don “Mike” Hook, 55, Holt, (formerly of Bethany, Mo.) died Friday, Dec. 7, 2012 at his home.
Survivors: daughter, Bianca Hook, Bethany; mother, Betty Hook, Cameron, Mo.; brother, Greg (Donna) Hook, Pleasant Valley, Mo.; sister, Jackie (Ed) Granville, St. Joseph; and several nieces and nephews.
Service: Held Tuesday, Dec. 11, Roberson Funeral Home, Bethany. Arrangements: Roberson Funeral Home, Bethany.


Robert B. Martin
Robert B. Martin, 96 of Edgerton, MO, passed away, Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at the Gower Convalescent Center.
He was born May 26, 1916 to John and Ethel (Coffey) Martin near Albany, MO where he grew up and attended school. Bob worked on a farm in Albany before entering the military. He served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII.
Bob met his wife, Beulah Grable, at Fairyland Park in Kansas City where he was a ride tester, and she sold tickets. On December 7, 1941 they were united in marriage. After their marriage they lived near Edgerton where he farmed. His wife, Beulah, passed away, December 4, 2011.
Bob was a member of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church. He was 60 year member of American Legion Post #445 in Edgerton. Bob and Beulah were Foster Parents for many years. He enjoyed trail riding, playing cards, visiting with friends, and mostly being with his grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Jasper Martin, Omer Martin and Morris Martin and one sister, Francis Martin.
Bob is survived by his daughters, Donna Kinyon and husband Joe, Edgerton, MO and Julie Martin, Edgerton, MO; five grandchildren, Robert Kinyon and wife Dione, David Kinyon and wife Lisa, Jenera Kyle and Mark Green, Corbin Langner and husband Kevin, and Cian Martin; eight great-grandchildren, Kody, Bevyn, Kora, Elias, Julina, Steiger, Livia, and Zoe; sister-in-law, Ione Crouch, Kansas City, MO; several nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Memorial Service: Held Saturday, December 8th at Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Edgerton with visitation following until 5:30 p.m.
Donations may be made to the American Legion or Mt. Zion Baptist Church.


Howard L. Hessemyer
Howard Lee Hessemyer, 90, St. Joseph, passed away Friday, December 7, 2012 at his home.
Howard was born Jan. 11, 1922, to John H. and Ida (Switzer) Hessemyer near Easton, Mo., the ninth of twelve children. He was a graduate of Easton High School and a member of Wyatt Park Baptist Church, St. Joseph.
During World War II, he spent two and one-half years in the South Pacific in the Army and retired from Quaker Oats Co. after forty-three and one-half years.
On Nov. 29, 1947, he and Helen Hawkins of Gower, Mo., were united in marriage. She survives of the home.
He was preceded in death by a son, Robert; his parents; five brothers, Floyd, Donald, Jewell, Edwin and Lester; six sisters, Wanda Gawatz, Faye Moore, Eva Paulhus, Lila Gregory, Edna Fiddler, and Maxine Strahan.
Survivors include his wife, Helen; daughter, Linda (Larry) Poage, Kearney, MO; two sons, Gary (Theresa), Troy, Kan., Larry (Elizabeth), St. Joseph; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were held Tuesday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Interment: Memorial Park Cemetery.
The family suggests memorials to AseraCare Hospice.


Edward St. Louis
Edward St. Louis, of Lathrop, Missouri passed away Dec. 3, 2012 at his home.
Funeral services were held Friday, Dec. 7,2012 at Mount Moriah Terrace Park Funeral Home. Burial will be at Terrace Park Cemetery.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Church of the Nazarene, Cameron, MO.
Edward was born Jan. 14,lg20 in Trenton City, NJ. He had served in the US Army 82nd Airborne in W-WU, Korea and Vietram, retiring as a Colonel. He worked in animal husbandry and, also, for KMart for a number of years.
He is survived by his daughter, Taylor Bruton and her husband, Kyle; grandson, Aiden Dean; granddaughter, Arianna Bella and other family members and friends.


Lela F. Knadler
Lela Faye Knadler, 94, St. Joseph, died Saturday, December 1, 2012, at Heartland Regional Medical Center.
She was born March 11, 1918 to Earl Orestus and Clara Louise (Miller) Rapp in Easton, Mo.
She married Herbert E. Knadler, Sr. on February 28, 1940. He preceded her in death.
Mrs. Knadler was baptized in the Platte River, and then became a member of Midway Baptist Church near Easton.
After her marriage, she then became a member of Cumberland Presbyterian Church in San Antonio, Mo.,where she served as song leader. She was also a member and past president of the Oakland Extension Club.
Lela enjoyed photography, her friends called her "Shutter Bug." She made a picture album for each of her four children and seven grandchildren to treasure, and they did.
She loved her children and grandchildren very much, and greatly enjoyed doing things for them.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Herbert E. Knadler; daughter, Janet Faye Haley; and eight siblings, Grace Jackson, Ida Lewis, Nellie Clark, Louise Kerns, Fern Lang, Ruth Riley, John Rapp and Jess Rapp.
Survivors: three children, Roger Knadler (Joyce), Jerry Knadler (Debbie) and Herbie Knadler (Judy), all of Easton; son-in-law, Art Haley; seven grandchildren, Jennifer Roderick, Kathy Kunze, Jeff Zach, Angie, Tom and Kyle Knadler; nine great-grandchildren and one on the way; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services: 1 p.m. Thursday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Interment: Blakely Cemetery, Easton.
The family suggests memorial gifts to Blakely Cemetery, Easton.
Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com


Hazel F. Buie
WOODLANDS, Texas - Hazel F. Buie, 86, Woodlands, died Wednesday, November 28, 2012, at a local hospital.
She was born December 8, 1925 to Lester and Lula (Gregory) Kerns.
Hazel married Virgil W. Buie on July 17, 1943.
Mrs. Buie was a special education teacher at Lindbergh and Lake Contrary for 17½ years. She was also a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; grandson, Travis Buie; brothers, Artie and Jesse Kerns; sisters, Lois Honeycutt, Veda Todd, Rita Davis, Georgia Russell, and Shirley Stufflebean.
Survivors: son, Tommy Buie (Victoria), Gower, Mo.; daughter, Guelda Cullen (Michael), Woodlands; grandchildren, Thor Gunnells, Zak Gunnells, Heather Gunnells-Escamilla, Aaron and Cameron Buie, Myles Cullen, Kim Cullen, and Elizabeth Cullen-Cody; 10 great-grandchildren; a multitude of nieces and nephews; and sister-in-law, Melva Reinert.
Services: Held Monday, St. Peter Lutheran Church.
Interment: Memorial Park Cemetery.
The family suggests memorial gifts to the American Cancer Society.
Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com


Linda J. Norris
ATCHISON, Kan. - Linda J. Norris, 69, Atchison, died Tuesday, November 27, 2012, at her home, surrounded by her family.
Funeral services were held Saturday, December 1, 2012, in the chapel of Arensberg-Pruett Funeral Home.
Interment will follow in Sunset Memory Gardens Cemetery.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Atchison Humane Society, and may be left in care of the funeral home.
Online condolences may be left at www.arensbergpruett.com.
Linda was born October 31, 1943 in Dowagaic, Mich., the daughter of Virgil and Dorothy Stanton Mather.
She was raised by her mother and step-father, Fred Corkins, Sr., moving to Faucett, Mo. area, where she attended elementary school, graduating from East Buchanan High School, Gower, Mo.
She and Richard E. Norris were united in marriage on February 11, 1977 in Atchison.
Linda began her employment with the former Southgate Restaurant in St. Joseph, where she served as a devout waitress later serving at 36th Street Food & Drink, then the Wooden Nickel and then with Hoof-N-Horn Restaurant, where she served faithfully for over 20 years, with a loyal group of patrons who delighted in her abilities to remember their favorite drinks and preferences in food.
She additionally served at the Riverhouse Restaurant in Atchison, while the establishment was operated by Hoof-N-Horn of St. Joseph.
She was a member of the Baptist faith.
Her favorite pastime was going to the casino and "striking it lucky", vacationing and shopping in Branson, Mo.
She loved the time she could spend with her children, grandchildren and all of her family, and last but not least, her beloved pets.
Survivors include her husband, Richard E. Norris of the couple’s home in Atchison; four daughters, Karla (Nicholas) Claycomb, St. Joseph, Kelley (David) Hall, Atchison, Kayla (George) Lemke, Atchison, Shelley (Jeff) Campbell, Atchison; a son, Kent (Diana) Middleton, Atchison, and their father, Jim Middleton, Agency, Mo.; a step-daughter, Brenda Norris, Atchison; a step-son, Rick (Debin) Norris, Kansas City, Mo.; three sisters, Barbara Taylor, Gower, Katie Musser, Gower, Shannon Pike, Gower; three step-sisters, Janet "Tootie" Bryant, Dearborn, Mo., Mary Lee Green, Dearborn, Jane Nash, Dearborn; a brother, Fred Corkins, Jr., Agency; 13 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren, and especially her family of co-workers of many years at Hoof-N-Horn Restaurant.
She was preceded in death by a step-daughter, DeeDee Farris.


Dean E. Ellenberger
PLATTSBURG, Mo. - Dean E. Ellenberger, 84, of Plattsburg, passed away Nov. 25, 2012.
He was born February 21, 1928, to Dale and Lora Ellenberger in Polo, Mo.
The family moved to Plattsburg in 1945.
Dean became a member of First Baptist Church and was ordained a Deacon in 1965, continuing to serve actively until his health declined in recent years.
He graduated from William Jewell in 1950, where he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity. Following two years of service in the Army, he married Beverly McCormick in 1952, and returned to Plattsburg to join his father at Ellenberger Lumber Co.
In 1965, he and his wife purchased the lumberyard and operated it until 1976, when he moved the concrete portion of the business to St. Joseph.
In 1984, he purchased St. Joe Concrete Products, Inc. and operated it with his son, Kevin, until his retirement in 2003.
Memorial Service wwereheld Thursday, November 29, at First Baptist Church of Plattsburg, with visitation following the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to First Baptist Church, designated to Building For Tomorrow Fund, P.O. Box 274, Plattsburg, MO 64477.
Arrangements: Bailey & Cox Funeral Home, Plattsburg.
Online guest book and obituary at www.baileycox.com


Maurice Brown Rex
Maurice Brown Rex, 77, Lathrop, MO. Passed away Friday, November 16, 2012, at the VA Hospital of Kansas City, MO.
Maurice was born July 23, 1935; his was the son of Joseph Hugh Rex and Mildred Alvina (Brown) Rex. Maurice graduated from Stewartsville High School. Maurice entered the United States Army on December 7, 1954. He served his country till November 1957; he was discharged with Honors. Maurice married Jacqueline Jean (Powell) Rex on September 18,1958.
Proceeded in death by his parents, Hugh and Mildred Rex, a brother, Charles Rex, and ex-wife Jackie Rex.
Survivors that are left behind include: Two sons, Michael Rex and wife Sara Rex of Milan, MO., Leslie Rex and wife Dixie Rex of Excelsior Springs, MO., three grand children, Benjamin Rex of Cheyenne WY, Jacob Rex of Milan MO, and Megan Rex of Excelsior Springs, MO, and a brother Lorne Rex of Edmonds, WA. Maurice was a member of the Masonic Lodge #506, of Lathrop, MO., The Scottish Rites, of Saint Joseph, MO., the Shriners, and the Community Covenant Church, of Kearney, MO.
Graveside services were held Saturday, November 24, 2012, at the Lathrop Cemetery in Lathrop, MO. In lieu of flowers, family suggests contributions be made to the Cancer society or the Lodge #506 of Lathrop, MO.
Arrangements are made by Bailey and Cox Funeral Home of Lathrop, MO. Online guest book and obituary at www.baileycox.com


Bradley Allen Divelbiss
Bradley Allen Divelbiss, 33, ended his courageous battle with leukemia Nov. 21, 2012 at KU Medical Center due to complications of a bone marrow transplant. As one of only four cases across the nation with such complications, Brad had the courage and tenacity to keep working with his team of doctors with the hope of helping other patients.
Bradley was born June 7th, 1979 in Kansas City, the first-born of fraternal twins for Garryand Carol Divelbiss. He was an active child, involved in sports from an early age, beginning with little league and soccer and continuing on to baseball and basketball. When not on the field, he was in the bleachers, learning strategy and rooting for his favorite teams, especially Mizzou and the Kansas City Royals. He excelled at school and made many friends, graduating Lathrop High School in 1998 with honors.
Brad moved to Columbia, MO to continue his education, spending time at his beloved University of Missouri and Columbia College before graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Studies, intending to teach and eventually coach high school sports.
During college, he worked at University Hospital with a housekeeping firm, but was known for his management and delivery at Papa John’s Pizza. In August, 2011 he moved to Kinsley, KS to teach fulltime in Special Education. Whether working, playing, or watching sports, Brad was well-liked among his peers, students, coworkers and teammates.
Brad leaves behind his parents Garry and Carol and his twin sister, Brandi Divelbiss Beasley as well as many uncles, aunts and cousins. Although Brad’s physical presence is no longer with us, his spirit will live on in many hearts.
Visitation was held 1-2:30pm at Park Lawn Lathrop Chapel in his hometown of Lathrop, MO with interment following at Lathrop Cemetery, Saturday November 24, 2012.
The family requests friends to get the simple bone marrow donor test to help others like Brad at www.marrow.org.
In lieu of flowers, Brad’s family suggests memorials to the Hope Lodge, 1120 Pennsylvania Ave., KCMO 64105. Arr. Park Lawn Lathrop Chapel 816-740-4658


Halkaline Kirk Bergsten
Mrs. Halkaline Kirk Bergsten, widow of Reverend Carl A. Bergsten, died on November 3 at Oakridge Convalescent Home of Plattsburg of complications from a fall suffered a week earlier. She was born on October 21, 1905 and had just celebrated her 107th birthday with her son Fred, daughter-in-law Virginia, nieces Gerry Fry Hall and Page Kirk Campbell and their husbands Frank and Bud, and vicariously through a service held in honor of her birthday at the Broadway United Methodist Church.
Mrs. Bergsten is survived by her son, C. Fred Bergsten and his wife Virginia Wood Bergsten of Annandale, Virginia, and her grandson, Dr. Mark David Bergsten and his wife Suzanne Graham Bergsten of Chesapeake, Virginia. She had six siblings, all of whom predeceased her, and a host of nieces and nephews. Three of her siblings were long-time residents of Plattsburg: Clyde Kirk, Camilla Kirk Fry and Robert Kirk.
Mrs. Bergsten was born to Theophilus and Adella G. Shull Kirk and grew up in Plattsburg. She graduated from Plattsburg High School in 1923 as valedictorian of her class of twenty, a championship debater and winner of the Ellis Essay Contest, and a varsity basketball player. She attended Central College (now Central Methodist University) in Fayette and graduated in 1927, then taught high school for two years in Chetopa, Kansas. She married Reverend Carl A. Bergsten in 1929, after he had graduated from Yale Divinity School, and lived for the next twenty-six years in the locations of his pastorates in Connecticut and New York. During this period, she traveled with him to the Holy Land in 1931 and to the United Kingdom for an exchange pastorate in 1951.
The Bergstens returned to Missouri in 1955 and lived successively in Farmington, St. Louis and Chillicothe. They re-settled in Plattsburg in 1963 when Rev. Bergsten assumed a position with the Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church that required him to travel extensively throughout the United States.
Mrs. Bergsten played a major role in the life of all the churches that they served throughout this period. Granted a local preacher’s license, she became interim pastor of their church in Wethersfield, Connecticut when her husband took a leave of absence to study abroad. She frequently preached herself and presented dramatic readings, led women’s organizations and youth groups, and traveled with her husband throughout his almost two decades of leading crusades at United Methodist churches in thirty-six different states.
Reverend Carl Bergsten died in 1991, at the age of 90, and Mrs. Bergsten lived alone in their Plattsburg home until early 2006, when she was more than 100 years old. She remained active in the Broadway United Methodist Church and was a regular attendee at the Senior Center, where she particularly enjoyed the weekly games of pitch. More than a hundred of her friends and relatives visited Plattsburg to celebrate her 100th birthday in 2005 and a smaller group joined to honor her 105th in 2010. The last of her many spiritual publications, mostly in The Upper Room (of the United Methodist Church) and The War Cry (of the Salvation Army) was written when she was 98 and appeared in print when she was 102. When Willard Scott recognized her 104th birthday on the NBC Today Show in 2009, he commented that she was the only “Halkaline” he had ever encountered in all his years of making such announcements.
Mrs. Bergsten’s funeral will be held at the Broadway United Methodist Church on Friday, November 9 at 1 pm. Burial at Greenlawn Cemetery and a reception at the church will follow. The Family will receive friends on Thursday evening November 8,2012 from 6:00-8:00pm at the funeral Home. Reverend Jan Schreff, former pastor of Broadway United Methodist, will preside with eulogies to be delivered by C. Fred Bergsten, President Marianne Inman of Central Methodist University and several friends of the deceased. Memorial contributions in honor of Halkaline may be made to Broadway United Methodist Church, 301 Broadway, Plattsburg, MO 64477 or to Central Methodist University, 411 CMU Square, Fayette, MO 65248.
This obituary was modeled on that of Mrs. Adella G. Shull Kirk, Halkaline’s mother, who died on August 8, 1956 as Halkaline had requested.
Arrangements Bailey & Cox Family Funeral Service, Plattsburg Missouri.


Jesse A. Gochenour
Jesse Allen Gochenour, 23, of Kansas City, KS formerly Lathrop, MO passed away Thursday November 1, 2012.
Jesse was born April 26, 1989 in Shawnee Mission, KS. Jesse graduated from Lathrop High School in 2008. He was an apprentice for Local Union #229 and was a painter for Dayco Painting. Jesse enjoyed being with his family, camping and boating. He was an accomplished musician that enjoyed playing his guitar with his friends.
Jesse was preceded in death by his grandfathers Harold Gochenour Sr. and Jerry Burke and his great grandfather Bill Burke.
He is survived by his parents Cathy and Jason Willdermood and Jim and Genny Gochenour. Three brothers Alden Willdermood , Michael and James Gochenour. Three sisters Gillian Willdermood, Kelsey and Emily Gochenour. Grandmother Laura L. Gochenour, grandparents Gary and Gayle Sunday, and Ruth and Joseph Jacobs, Richard and Sara Willdermood and a great grandmother Virgie McGaughy. Numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Memorial Service was held Monday November 5, 2012 Bailey & Cox Family Funeral Service Plattsburg, MO. The family received friends following the service until 9:00PM.
The family suggests memorial gifts to M.A.D. Mother against drunk drivers or Nationalforrest.org. Jesse has been cremated under the direction of Bailey & Cox Family Funeral service Plattsburg, MO.


Nelda S. DeSpain

EDGERTON, Mo. - Nelda Sue DeSpain, 72, of Edgerton, passed away Saturday, October 27, 2012, in St. Joseph.
She was born July 8, 1940, in Sabernell, Texas, daughter of Fostine and Alva Bacon. She worked at KMart for 23 years and for Disney World in Florida for eight and a half years. She enjoyed gardening, painting, following all outdoor sports, and fishing. She was a Baptist.
Nelda was preceded in death by husband, Ronnie DeSpain; her parents; a sister, Phyllis Duncan; two brothers, George and Alvie Bacon.
Survivors include two daughters, Selena DeSpain, of Edgerton, Jackie and husband, John Stewart, of St. Joseph; three sons, Ronnie DeSpain Jr. and wife, Shannon, Robin DeSpain and wife, Sally, all of St. Joseph and Michael DeSpain and wife, Bobbie Jo DeSpain, of Kissimmee, Fla.; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; four brothers, Bill Bacon, of Edgerton, Bob Bacon, of St. Joseph, Eddie Bacon, of St. Joseph, Albert Bacon, of Leavenworth, Kan.; two sisters, Beverly Gregory, of Trimble, Mo., Mary Ann Anders, of Edgerton.
Funeral services were conducted on Tuesday, October 30, 2012, at Rupp Funeral Home, with Pastor Bob McCutcheon officiating. Mrs. DeSpain will be cremated following the funeral service; the Inurnment will be at the Memorial Park Cemetery at a later date.
Memorials are requested to the Nelda DeSpain Memorial fund in care of the Rupp Funeral Home.
Online condolence and obituary at www.ruppfuneral.com


Beverly Grooms
Beverly Grooms (Banks), 79 passed unexpectedly October 21, 2012 in Marietta, GA. She was born March 23, 1933 in Liberty, Missouri.
“Bev” loved her family, friends and treasured the many animals that enriched her life and gave her so many hours of pleasure.
She lived nearly 50 years in Jefferson City, raising her daughters and working as the dental assistant to Dr. Richard Starks D.D.S. for over 36 years. Always an avid reader she also enjoyed music, sports, gardening, and walking the scenic views of the Missouri River.
She was the daughter of Emmett and Phyllis Banks of Turney, Missouri.
Her two brothers, Harry R. Banks and William E. Banks preseded her in death.
Daughters Anne Young and Lyn deMoss (Marietta, GA and St. Louis) will miss her beauty, easy laughter and wisdom that only a Mother can share.
A private gathering is to be held in Jefferson City.


David L. Williams
PRINCETON, Ky. - David (Dave) Lee Williams, age 72, of Princeton, died on Monday, October 22, 2012, at his home.
David was born and raised in Hemple, Mo. He spent his early years farming with his father.
He graduated from Gower High School and went on to graduate with a degree in Animal Husbandry from University of Missouri.
He was an Air Force Veteran and was a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason. He was a member of the First Christian Church in Princeton. David was also a retiree from Bremner Food Group in Princeton.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Georgia Lou Dever Williams and his parents, John Floyd and Daisy Marie Rose Williams.
Survivors include his two sisters, Margaret R. Williams of St. Joseph, and Diane Peterman and husband, Curtis of Holt, Mo.; a niece, Cristni Thornton and husband, Jeff of St. Joseph; two step-sons, Brian Alexander and wife, Gina of Toledo, Ohio and Chris Alexander and wife, Danielle of Noblesville Ind.; seven step-grandchildren and several great-nieces and nephews, and many loving friends.
David will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him.
Visitation was held on Thursday, October 25, 2012, at First Christian Church, in Princeton, with the memorial service to follow at 1 p.m., with Rev. Cliff Jones officiating.
Morgan’s Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mark Anthony Sciortio
Mark Anthony Sciortino, 23, passed away Tuesday, October 16, 2012. Visitation was held October 19 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Kansas City, MO., where the Mass of Christian Burial was also held. Burial followed in White Chapel Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contribution to the MaryLyin Rose Sciortino Fund c/o U.S. Banks, 10225 N. Oak Tfwy., Kansas City, MO 64155.
Mark was born July 5, 1989 in Kansas City. He was a loving father, son, brother and grandson who will be missed by all. He was preceded in death by his nani, Anna Marie Sciortino.
Mark is survived by his daughter, MaryLin Rose Sciortino; parents, Victoria and Tom A. Sciortino; brother, John Frank Sciortino; sister, Sophia Sciortino; grandparents, John Sciortino. Victoria and John Elliott of Lathrop, MO and many anuts, uncles and cousins.
Online condolences may be offered at www.passantinbros.com


Jaunita Aebersold
Jaunita L. Aebersold, 94, St. Joseph, passed away Thursday, October 18, 2012, at a local health care center.
Jaunita was born February 16, 1918, in Savannah, Mo., to Frank and Rosa Lee (Harman) Harrington.
She graduated from Savannah High School in 1935, after which she attended Gard Business College.
Jaunita married Walter Faires Aebersold August 15, 1936. He preceded her in death February 24, 1990.
Jaunita was employed as a special deputy and stenographer for the Missouri Department of Finance, where she assisted in the liquidation of several defunct banks throughout Northwest Missouri.
She had also been a secretary at Dr. Nichol’s Sanitarium, as well as a clerk at Ben Franklin’s Variety Store in Savannah.
In 1957, she received an appointment from the Merit System with the State Welfare Department, and began work as a clerk-stenographer for Andrew
County Family Services, retiring in 1970.
Jaunita had been a member of the First Christian Church in Savannah since October of 1930. She enjoyed entertaining people with her music. She participated in all activities, such as concerts at Senior Citizens Centers, East Hills Mall and especially at Country Squire, where she resided for three years.
In addition to her husband, Jaunita was also preceded in death by her parents; and two sisters, Thelma Fuller and Marilyn Gibbins.
Survivors include sons, Gary D. (LaDonna) Aebersold, Agency, Mo.; Ronald L. (Bonnie) Aebersold, St. Joseph; five grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
A private family service will be at Heaton-Bowman-Smith Savannah Chapel.
A register book will be available to sign at our Chapel.
Interment: Savannah Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the American Diabetes Association, P. O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312, or the Wounded Warrior Project, P. O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.


CR “Rex” Tucker
CR “Rex” Tucker, 64, of Plattsburg, MO passed away Friday October 19, 2012 at North Care Hospice House, North Kansas City, MO.
Rex was born October 21, 1947 in Independence, MO to Cecil H. and Ruth M. (Angel) Tucker. Rex graduated from Lathrop High School in 1965.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother Tom, and his wife Mary E. Tucker.
Survivors three daughters Tonya Tucker of Denver, CO, Amy (Jess) VanDerau of Lathrop, MO, and Melinda (Michael) Miller of Kansas City, MO. Five grandchildren Austin Yeomans, Cody VanDerau, Katie Miller, Nina Morgan, Emily Miller. A brother Danny Tucker, and a sister Donna (Gaye) Rhodelander both of Kansas City, MO.
Memorial service 12:00 noon Saturday October 27, 2012 Bailey & Cox Family Funeral Service Plattsburg, MO. The family will receive friends from 10:00 to 12:00 noon Saturday. The family suggests memorial gifts to North Care Hospice House.


Joline James Lee
Joline James Lee, 60, of Lathrop, Mo., formerly of Monticello, passed away Thursday, October 18, 2012 at the KU Medical Center in Kansas City, KS. She was born January 15, 1952 in Little Rock, AR.
She was a registered nurse and a member of Smithfork Community Church. She was preceded in death by her father, Joseph Edward James; a son, Kevin Wayne McDougald and a step-grandson, Brent Allen Lee. She enjoyed interior decorating and was a very talented lady.
Survivors include her husband, James Allen Lee of Lathrop, MO; one daughter, Tammy Jo Stain of Monticello; one son, Jason Colby McDougald of Monticello; her mother, Mildred McBride of Warren; three step children, Terry Allen Lee of Shelbyville, KY, Greg Nelson Lee of Kearney, MO and Melissa Karen Jones of Lathrop, MO; three brothers, James Edward James of Warren, William Wesley James of Monticello and Bruce Anthony James of Warren; one sister, Linda Sue Crook of Monticello; seven grandchildren, Kendall Courtney Stain, Kelli Jo Stain, Kevin William Stain, William Colby McDougald, Kelsi LeeAnn McDougald, Hunter Morgan McDougald and Lucas William Linely; five step grandchildren, LaTisha Lee, Carissa Shear, Cassidy Lee, Tyler Lee Jones and Lindsey Jones.
Funeral service was held Monday, October 22, 2012 at Stephenson-Dearman Chapel with Rev. Buddy Lemons and Rev. Sue Hisel officiating, burial in Oakland Cemetery. Online guestbook www.stephensondearman.com.
Active Pallbearers: Steven Stain, Greg Lee, Terry Lee, Brent Crook, Don Lee, Tom Lewis and Brian Jones. Honorary Pallbearers: Grandson; William McDougald, Kevin Stain, Tyler Jones and Lucas Linely.


Robert “Bob” Summers
Robert “Bob” Summers, 52, of Lathrop, MO passed away Sunday October 14, 2012 at Cameron Regional Medical Center in Cameron, MO.
Bob was born January 20, 1960 in Excelsior Springs, MO to Bob and Judith (Webb) Summers. On April 9, 1978 Bob married Juanita Baker who survives of the home.
Additional survivors include his parents, son James (Marie) Summers of Excelsior Springs, daughter Kelly Summers of Lathrop, MO, daughter Rachelle Summers of Kansas City, MO, son Bobby Crippen Liberty, MO, and son Jason Crippen of Excelsior Springs. One sister Jeannie Reed of Excelsior Springs, brothers William (Sue) Summers of Parkville, and Jack Summers of Lawson, and many grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Gathering of remembrance 2:00PM Saturday October 20, 2012 Eagles lodge #3917, 14305 Y Hwy Excelsior Springs, MO 64024. Mr. Summers had been cremated under the direction of Bailey & Cox Family Funeral Service Lathrop, MO.


John W. Vickers, Jr.
John William Vickers, Jr., 85, of Lathrop, passed peacefully on October 14, 2012, with family at his side, at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cameron, MO. Visitation was held from 6-8 pm Tuesday, October 16, at the Park Lawn Lathrop Chapel, 901 Clinton Street, Lathrop. A funeral service celebrating John’s life was held at 11:00 am Wednesday, October 17, at the First Baptist Church, 413 Center Street, Lathrop. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Kansas City, KS. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the church building fund.
John was born March 20, 1927, in Kansas City, KS, the son of John William Vickers and Nona Murphy Vickers. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Nora; brother, Walter Shultz; and sister, Dee Ammerman. John served in the U.S. Navy from 1945 to 1948. He retired as a Foreman for J. E. Dunn Construction and was a member of the Teamsters’ Local 264. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Lathrop. In his younger life, he was a stock car racing driver, which developed his passion in more recent years for NASCAR.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara; children, Linda Pratt, John Vickers III, and Vickie Malott (husband Ron); brother, George Shultz (wife Ruby); sister-in-law, Marlene Shultz; six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. You may send a message to the family or sign an on-line guest book via www.parklawnfunerals.com. Arrangements: Park Lawn Lathrop Chapel (816) 740-4658.


Dale L. Utt
CAMERON, Mo. - Dale Leon Utt, 69, of Cameron, passed away Friday, October 12, 2012.
Dale was born on July 10, 1943, in Cameron, to Elvin and Norma Pierce Utt.
He was a 1961 graduate of Cameron High School.
Dale owned and operated Utt Body and Golf Cart Sales.
He was a former member of the Cameron Jaycees and a volunteer fireman.
Dale was preceded by his parents; daughter, Karey Utt; grandson, Zachary Watkins; and brother, David Utt.
Survivors: wife, Kay Utt, of the home; son, Dan Utt, Kansas City, Mo.; three daughters, Angelia (Richard) Crouse, Excelsior Springs, Mo., Brenda (Scott) Burton, Blue Springs, Mo., Karla Shady, Jefferson City, Mo.; Phil (Brenda) Crouse, Smithville, Mo.; Kevin (Christy) Crouse, Holt, Mo.; and Robin (Wade) Smith, Hamilton, Mo.; siblings, Ruby (Jamie) Elsea, Lees Summit, Mo., Jeanie (Forrest) Morris, Stanberry, Mo., Junior (Wanda) Utt, Clarksdale, Mo., Daryl (Chris) Utt, Polo, Mo., Bonnie (Leonard) Sample and Anita (John) Carroll, Cameron; 18 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Service: Held Wednesday, October 17, 2012, at Poland Thompson Funeral Home, Cameron. Burial: Graceland Memorial Cemetery, Cameron.
Memorial Fund: American Heart Association.
Online condolences: www.polandthompson.com


Ingrid Volmer
Ingrid Mathilde Volmer, 98, of Lathrop, MO, and formerly of El Cajon, CA, passed away October 10, 2012. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 pm Sunday, October 14, at the Park Lawn Lathrop Chapel, 901 Clinton Street. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Ingrid was born September 27, 1914 in Brooklyn, NY, one of three children of Henry and Barbra (Tronrud) Hansen. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph H. Volmer; son, Joseph Baker; brother, Henry Hansen; and sister, Harriet Boerner. In her early years, Ingrid worked for the telephone company in New York and was a mother and homemaker. She enjoyed quilting, baking and was a member of the United Methodist Women.
Survivors include her daughters, Barbara Volmer of San Diego, CA, Joanne Williams and husband Richard of Lathrop, MO; grandchildren, including Kristina Kratzer of Lathrop, David Leirmoe of San Diego, Robert Leirmoe of LaMesa, CA, Jimmy and Laura of New York; and their families.
You may send a message to the family or sign an online guest book via www.parklawnfunerals.com. Arrangements: Park Lawn Lathrop Chapel (816) 781-8228.


Otis W. Farwell
PLATTSBURG, Mo. - O.W. “Red” Farwell passed away at home, surrounded by his family, on October 2, 2012.
He was born November 12, 1922, near Eagle Rock, Mo., to the late Otto Farwell and Mary Elizabeth (Mae) Ireland Farwell.
Red attended a one room school in Eagle Rock, and graduated in 1941 from Cassville High School.
After graduation, he and a cousin, Wayne Farwell, traveled west working odd jobs in Kansas, Nebraska, Oregon, and California.
In 1942, after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, he joined the Army Air Corp. Red served our country as a tail gunner on a B-17 bomber. He flew a total of 33 missions over enemy territory, including Schweinfurt and D-Day, although the average life span of a tail gunner in WW II was 9 missions.
On December 21, 1946, Red married Rachel Barrett, whom he met while attending Missouri University in Columbia. They moved to her hometown of Charleston, Mo.
Red taught agriculture to veterans in Sikeston, Mo., and farmed in Mississippi County. He taught at the elementary school in Wyatt, Mo., and served as the Principal of Eugene Field Elementary School in Charleston.
In 1966, Red and Rachel relocated their family to Plattsburg, where he was the Principal of Ellis Elementary for 19 years, retiring in 1985.
After retiring, Red continued working part-time as a rural mail carrier for the post office, and measured crops and grain bins for the former ASCS office.
Red always enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, spending time with family and friends, and was an avid supporter of Plattsburg football and wrestling.
During retirement, he and Rachel traveled extensively. Highlights included visiting the homes of each member of his B-17 crew and a trip to Greece to visit their daughter, Rachel, and family.
In addition to his parents, Red was preceded in death by one sister, Melba Farwell Sullivan; two brothers, Forrest Farwell and Donald Ray Farwell and one grandson, Mark Farwell.
Those who survive him, celebrate his life of almost 90 years, cherish the many fond memories and will miss him greatly. They include his wife of 66 years, Rachel Barrett Farwell; five children, Gregory and Rachel Farwell Pogois, of Athens, Greece; Warren Howard and Sherry Farwell of Kansas City, Mo.; Beth Farwell and Charles Raymond and Brenda Farwell of Plattsburg, and Ellen Farwell and Rick Brasiola of Neosho, Mo.; 15 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by one sister, Shirley Farwell Abbet; one brother and sister-in-law, Thomas Rex and Mary Farwell; two sisters-in-law, Georgia Farwell Hart and Wilena Farwell; honorary sons, Paul Tongelidis, Rick Sherman; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial service: Held Saturday, October 13, 2012, at the old Plattsburg High School Gymnasium. Interment: Green Lawn Cemetery, Plattsburg.
The family received friends Friday, Bailey & Cox Family Funeral Service, Plattsbug. Pallbearers are grandsons and sons-in-law of Red. Honorary pallbearers are his nephews.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: Tree House, Liberty Hospital Foundation, 2529 Glen Hendren Dr., Suite G20, Liberty, MO 64068,Foundation@libertyhospital.org, or the Veterans Council of Chatham Co., World War II Monument Committee, P.O.Box 16561, Savannah, Ga. 31416, www.VeteransCouncilofChathamCo.com


James A. Eames
James Alan Eames, 92, of Lathrop, MO, passed away October 10, 2012 at Oakridge of Plattsburg. Jim was born June 27, 1920 in Converse, MO, the son of James M. and Mary Alexa (Evans) Eames. Along with his parents, Jim was preceded in death by three brothers, Gene, Max and Robert. He served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. Jim was a business owner in Lathrop for 38 years, first hardware and appliance stores, and more recently owning and operating Robison Elevator until his retirement in 1985. Jim was a longtime member of the First Christian Church of Lathrop. He was very active in his community, including service on the boards of the church, bank, school, and City Council. His memberships included Rotary, Masonic Lodge, Shrine and American Legion.
Survivors include his wife of 71 years, Imogene Robison Eames; daughter, Kathy Denning; son, Charles Eames; grandsons, Jeff Eames and wife Kassie, Justin Eames; great grandson, Madden; sister, Sue Sinclair; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and many friends.
A service celebrating Jim’s life was held on Saturday, October 13, at the First Christian Church, 400 Center Street, Lathrop. Burial followed in the Lathrop Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the church building fund. You may send a message to the family or sign an on-line guestbook via www.parklawnfunerals.com. Arrangements: Park Lawn Lathrop Chapel (816) 740-4658.


Mildred L. (Sally) Milliken
Mildred L. (Sally) Milliken, 90, of Plattsburg, MO passed away Friday October 5, 2012 at her residence.
Sally was born January 14, 1922 in Plattsburg, MO to Scearce, and Gladys (Handley) Dedman. On November 15, 1942 Sally married Francis Milliken in Plattsburg, MO. Sally work as a bookkeeper and in payroll for different business in Kansas City and Plattsburg she also worked on the family farm. She was a 4-H leader, and a member of First Christian Church in Plattsburg.
Sally was preceded in death by her parents and a sister Ann Fergnson.
Survivors husband Francis Milliken of the home, a son Paul Milliken and sister Celya Milliken both of Plattsburg. One brother Robert Dedman and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Memorial Services were held Tuesday October 9, 2012 Bailey & Cox Family Funeral Service Plattsburg.
The family suggest memorials gifts to Plattsburg Senior Center or the Food Pantry.


Sharon Mitchell
SMITHVILLE, Mo. - Sharon “Sherrie” Mutti Mitchell, 69, of Smithville, passed away Monday, October 1, 2012, at Liberty Hospital. Memorial services will be private.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the Wounded Warrior Project or St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
Sherrie was born April 21, 1943, in Biloxi, Miss., the daughter of Robert and Cleo Morehouse Mutti. Prior to her retirement, she was the director of a five county area for the Department of Family Services for the State of Missouri.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents; her parents; and several aunts and uncles.
Sherrie is survived by her husband, James; two daughters, Beth, Lathrop, Mo., and her two children, Amanda and Mitchell Pierson; and Amy, Smithville, and her three children, Taylor, Madison and Brynnen Wilmes; several cousins and a close friend, John Weir.
Arrangements: Cremation Society of KS & MO, 5561 NW Barry Rd., (816) 822-9888


B. Evelynn Collins
LIBERTY, Mo. - Bessie “Evelynn” Collins, 88, Liberty, formerly of Cameron, Mo.,passed away on Sunday, September 30, 2012, at the New Mark Care Center in Kansas City, Mo.
Evelynn was born to Raymond and Bessie (Sliger) Doll on August 15, 1924, in Hannibal, Mo.
She married Earl Eugene Collins on May 2, 1941.
They were married 67 years before his death in 2008.
She was also preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Pauline Merfeld.
Evelynn was raised in the Maysville and Kidder, Mo. areas.
She was a Methodist.
During World War II, she worked at the Lake City Arsenal Plant. Upon Earl’s return from the war, they settled in Gallatin, Mo., and then moved to Cameron, where they raised their daughters, Sharon and Sheila.
Evelynn was an LPN at the Cameron Community Hospital and later an accountant/secretary for both Shell Pitts Chevrolet and Suburban Propane.
Their daughters and family were of utmost importance to her, as she took great pride in the families’ accomplishments.
That pride continued as her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were born.
Survivors include daughters, Sharon (Lou) Parra, Holt, Mo., and Sheila (Ron) Parsley, Kansas City; grandson, Ronnie Joe (Bianca) Parsley, Kansas City; granddaughter, Shannon (Jeffrey) Hylton, Liberty; great-grandchildren, Dallas and Jaxen Hylton and Jac and Malaina Parsley; step-grandchildren, Brian (Leesa) McBroom, Leonard Parra, Louie (Debbie) Parra, Patty Parra, Gil (Jennie) Parra and John Parra; 16 step-great-grandchildren and six step-great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, cousin and friends.
Services: Held Thursday, October 4, 2012, at Poland-Thompson Funeral Home, Cameron. Burial: Kidder Cemetery, Kidder, Mo.
In lieu of flowers, donation may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Online condolences: www.polandthompson.com


Albert R. Deweerdt
Albert R. (Cork) Deweerdt, 84, passed away on October 6, 2012, at the Gower Convalescent Center in Gower, Missouri. He was born on April 20, 1928 in Kansas City, son of Pearl and Floyman Deweerdt. Cork grew up in the East Bottoms of Kansas City. He attended Northeast High School, where he excelled in sports, especially football.
The family moved to Lathrop in 1949, where they ran a successful farming operation for many years. He belonged to the Masonic Lodge and was active in the community as a member and past president of the Lathrop School Board of Education.
Cork took pride in his farm and had a passion for being outside. He especially enjoyed fishing, hunting, and raising horses.
He was preceded in death by his wife Rosie, parents, brother, and sister-in-law, Leroy and Norma Deweerdt.
He is survived by his daughter Patricia Ewert and Dave Blackman of Lathrop, MO, daughter and son-in-law Marilyn and Bruce Windsor of Stewartsville, MO, and son Bob Deweerdt of Lathrop, MO. There are numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, several nieces, a nephew, and other relatives. He will be missed by friends, family, and neighbors.
The family would like to thank the staff at Gower Convalescent Center in Gower and caregivers from Three Rivers Hospice, Inc. for all of their care and support.
Services were held Monday Bailey & Cox Family Funeral Service Lathrop, MO. Interment 2:00PM Monday Cameron Memory Gardens Cameron.
The family suggests memorial gifts to Three Rivers Hospice.


Mary A. Otten
Ann (Carey) Otten, of St. Joseph, passed away Sunday, September 30, 2012, in a St. Joseph hospital.

She was born July 29, in St. Joseph, daughter of Alvina (Johnson) and Charles “Buzz” Carey.

She graduated from Lafayette High School, and married Jack in 1957, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

She worked at the St. Joseph News-Press for 20 years, as a payroll clerk.

Her greatest joy was spending time with her daughter, grandchildren and family.

She also enjoyed her yard and flower gardening.

She was Catholic.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents.

Survivors include husband, Jack Otten, of the home; daughter, Gina Conaway and husband, Kyle, of Easton, Mo.; granddaughter, Adlee; grandson, Cru; sister, Norma (Carey) Saywell and husband, Tom, of Santa Monica, Calif.; nieces, Carey and Eric Larson, and Julie and Son Vo; and great-niece, Olivia Larson. Mary Ann will be deeply missed and loved forever by her family and friends, and all who knew her.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, October 3, 2012, at the St. James Catholic Church, Father Evan Harkins Celebrant.

The Rosary will be recited at 6 p.m. Tuesday, where the family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Rupp Funeral Home.

The interment will be at the Mount Auburn Cemetery.

Memorials are requested to the American Cancer Society.

Online condolence and obituary at www.ruppfuneral.com


Anthony Dwayne Grayson
Anthony Dwayne Grayson, 50, of Excelsior Springs, MO passed away September 27th, 2012 due to complications from pancreatic cancer. He was born on March 3, 1962 in Plattsburg, MO.

Survivors include: his wife, Mary (Crouse) Grayson, of the home, daughter Angela (TJ) Harman of Independence, MO, sons Anthony Grayson and Andrew Grayson, all of Independence, MO, a stepdaughter, Brianna (Ben) Kuntz of Brunswick, MO, eight grandchildren, Angelique, Alyssa, John, Brianna, Kedon, Tyler, Kourtney, and a baby on the way. He left sisters Gloria (Robert) Mays of St. Joseph, MO, and Doris Grayson of Plattsburg.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Joan Grayson, and his brother, Robert E. Grayson.

His children could not have asked for a better father. With many of the normal trials and tribulations that most go through, they endured over the years as a loving family. He was always there for his children, and the lessons he taught will be with them forever. He meant the world to his sisters, and as a brother-in-law he earned a deep respect for the purpose of his earthly life. He did everything possible to make that purpose the main goal to strive for. He was loved by his family as a deeply committed individual who kept his feet on the ground while reaching for the stars. As a husband, he was a loving, caring man, and he and Mary had the joy of being married to each others’ best friend.

Anthony developed a love for raising hunting beagles, and was an active member of the National Hunting Beagles Association and the United Kennel Club. He gained a reputation as one of the top judge and field trial competitors nationally, and he trained, and raised, several champions. More than that, he treasured the many relationships and friendships he made along the way with fellow competitors. Competing allowed him to combine his love of the outdoors with spending time with his friends, his loving wife, Mary, and his dogs. In Anthony’s words, “ Beagling is one of our favorite pastimes, whether it be for pleasure, trialing, or gunnin’. We are blessed to be husband and wife, as well as running buddies and kennel partners”.

His parents both had a strong work ethic, and Anthony learned this lesson well. He began working at age 15, and at 18 completed training as a surgical technologist, a career in which he worked for the next 17 years. For the past 15 years, he has worked for On Call Surgical, and was its first employee. He started as a laser technician, and later grew into his role as operations manager, where he directly supervised 15 people and coordinated the training and scheduling for the entire company. During his time there, he was able to take the lessons he learned from his parents such as hard work, dedication, honesty, and service to others and apply them his career. He was consistent in his professionalism, and he took a tremendous amount of pride in doing things “the right way.” His ability to consider each patient that was being treated with one of his companies’ lasers as if they were a family member earned him the respect and admiration of the many surgeons, nurses, staff, and patients that he served. He was loved and admired by his co-workers for his warm, personable, patient, and caring management style. He leaves us with a life lived as a wonderful example to his many friends and family, and with a legacy to be truly admired by those who had the pleasure of knowing him.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, October 3rd at 1 pm. Services will follow at 2pm. Both will be at Davis Temple Pentecostal Church, 706 N. Ingles Street, Plattsburg, MO. Burial will be in Mount Washington Cemetery, Plattsburg, MO. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to: The Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, 1111 Stewart Avenue, Bethpage, NY 11714. Arrangements Bailey & Cox Family Funeral Service Plattsburg, MO.


Clarence “Sonny” Emerson Bennett, Jr.
Clarence “Sonny” Emerson Bennett, Jr., 63, of Polo, MO passed away Saturday September 29, 2012 at his residence after an 11 month battle with a brain tumor.

Sonny was preceded in death by his father Clarence E. Bennett, Sr. and a brother Michael G. Bennett.

Survivors include his mother Mable Bennett, Brother Roger (Cheryl) Bennett, nephew Adam (Lori) Bennett, Nieces Kathy Pennington, Miranda, Katey, and Lauren Bennett.

Mr. Bennett will be cremated under the direction of Bailey & Cox Family Funeral Service Polo, MO. Private family graveside service will be held at a later date.


Emmett Auxier
Emmett Auxier, 98, of Gower, MO passed away, Wednesday, September 26, 2012.

He was born on October 25, 1913 to George Curtis and Annie Edgar (McQueen) Auxier near Frazier, MO. He attended school at Burnett School near Gower, MO.

On May 4, 1935 he was united in marriage to Dorothy Emma White. After their marriage they farmed near Gower where they made their home. His wife, Dorothy, passed away February 19, 2003.

He was also preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Floyd, Paul, Minor, Cecil, Ray, Wallace and Chestley, sisters, Sylvia and Anna Bell, and one great-granddaughter, Christina.

Emmett is survived by his son, Norman “Dump” Auxier and Carol Proffit-Auxier, of the home, son, Charles Auxier; daughters, Ruth Gates and Linda Auxier; eight grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren, one great-great-granddaughter; brothers, Robert and Franklin, and sisters, June, Nellie and Elanor; several nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Funeral Service: Held Saturday, September 29th at Hixson-Klein Funeral Home in Gower, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial: Allen Cemetery

Donations may be made to the cemetery.


Jeaneen Cover
Jeaneen Cover, 49, of Plattsburg, MO passed away Tuesday September 25, 2012 at North Kansas City Hospital.

Jeaneen was born March 24, 1963 in Mexico, MO to Lawrence and Zaida (Gastler) Stevens. She worked for the Plattsburg school district. Jeaneen was also the coordinator for the Clinton County RIII Special Olympics. She was a member of Broadway United Methodist Church and was a Sunday school teacher, sang in the church choir and the church hand bells team.

Jeaneen was preceded in death by her father Lawrence Stevens, and her mother and step-father Zaida and Clyde Riggs.

Survivors include her husband George of the home, two daughters Amanda (Cover) Roth, and Aimee Cover both of Plattsburg. Two sisters Mary Stevens of Gladstone, and Kathy Haworth of Pueblo, CO; two half-sisters Colleen Bennett and Sharon Stevens. Aunt Mary Cain and cousins Gail Gentry and Rhonda (Cain) Walton and several nieces and nephews.

Service was held Friday Broadway United Methodist Church Plattsburg. Interment Green Lawn Cemetery Plattsburg.

The family suggests memorial gifts to Clinton County RIII Special Olympics. Services under the direction of Bailey & Cox Family Funeral Service Plattsburg.


Andrea Beth Bates
Andrea Beth Bates, 31, of Lawson, MO passed away September 7, 2012 at Liberty Hospital after a battle with leukemia. A Celebration of Life was held Saturday, September 22, 2012 at the First Christian Church of Lathrop.
Andrea was born in Excelsior Springs, MO on May 16, 1981, the daughter of Bill and Diane Scobee Matthews. She grew up in Lawson, MO, graduating from Lawson High School in 1999. She was united in marriage to Robert Bates on August 18, 2007. She worked at Northland OBGYN as an LPN before her illness.
She leaves behind her parents; husband; sons Devon Shelton and Logan Bates; brothers, Brian Matthews, Bradley Matthews, and Cutris Taylor; sisters, Hillary Louise Matthews and Mechele Smith; Grandmother Leota Scobee; and numerous friends and extended family members.
Arrangement: Bross & Spindle Funeral Home Excelsior Springs.


Ralph O. Kerns, Sr.
Ralph O. Kerns, Sr. 96, St. Joseph, passed away Thursday, September 20, 2012, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.
Ralph was born on May 25, 1916, in Hemple, Mo., to Urb and Bessie (Boyer) Kerns. He served in the Army during World War II. He later worked for Western Weighing Inspection Bureau, retiring as a Railroad Inspector in 1979.
Ralph was a founding member of Calvary Baptist Church and Green Valley Baptist Church where he served as a deacon.
Ralph was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; four sisters; and great-grandson, Allen Dale.
Ralph married Frances Fraser on September 30, 1941, in St. Joseph. She survives of the home. He is also survived by their six children, Lois Punzo (Dennis), Sharon Townsend (Michael Higbee), Ralph Kerns, Jr. (Donna), Gary “Doc” Kerns (Cindi Nicks), Vickie Morgan (Mike) and Rocky Kerns (Ann). Additional survivors include 19 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; sister, Esther Kerns; and his beloved dog, Max.
Service: Held Monday, at Green Valley Baptist Church. Interment: Kerns-Freeman Cemetery, Hemple. Visitation Held Sunday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.
Mr. Kerns will be removed from our Chapel at 3 p.m. Sunday to arrive at the church where family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today.
The family suggests memorials to Green Valley Baptist Church.


Jack Horn
GOWER, Mo. - Jack Horn, 82, of Gower, passed away Friday, September 21, 2012.
Alva Frank “Jack” Horn was born on June 15, 1930, to Alva Frank and Clara Lee (Strange) Horn in Kansas City, Mo. Jack attended school in Gower and Edgerton, Mo.
On June 1, 1949, he was united in marriage to Charlene Lindsay. After their marriage, they lived in rural Edgerton and Smithville, Mo. In 1955, they moved to Montoursville, Pa., where he was the Plant Manager for Nashua Manufacturing. They returned to rural Gower in 1962, where they farmed and made their home. Jack owned and operated Horns Farm Supply for over 20 years.
Jack was a member of the First Baptist Church in Gower and served on the Hebron Cemetery Board. He was also a member of the East Buchanan School Board where he served as president. Jack’s greatest enjoyment was being on the farm. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three infant sisters, Mary Lee, Bettie Jane and Mildred Lucille.
Jack is survived by his wife, of 63 years, Charlene, of the home; children, Bonnie Jakylovich and husband, John, Betty Hensley and husband, Jerry, Bob Horn and wife, Kathi, Bryan Horn and wife, Gail, and Brad Horn and Steffanie; grandchildren, Lindsay, Kyle, Jodi, Jacqueline, Jamie, Ryan, Jonathan, Lauren, Joshua, Erica, Christopher, Angie and Charlsi; 19 great-grandchildren with two on the way; sister, Joann McMillen; several nieces and nephews other relatives and many friends.
Funeral Service: Held Monday, September 24, at the First Baptist Church, Gower. Burial: Hebron Cemetery, Gower. Visitation: Held Sunday, at the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the church or the cemetery.
Arrangements: Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower.


Martha M. Dennis
TURNEY, Mo. - Martha May Dennis, 71, Turney, passed away on Sept. 12, 2012.
Martha was born on Oct. 3, 1940, in Plattsburg, Mo., to Edward Rex and Martha Susan (Fisher) Webber.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Donald Webber, Gene Webber, Orville Webber; sisters, Wilma Webber, Maxine Oswald, Wanda Howard and Nellie Wertz.
Survivors: husband, Clinton Dennis, of the home; sons, Duke Dennis, Turney and Edward Dennis, Grove, Okla.; daughter, Susie Dennis-Strena, Miami, Okla.; brother, Ed Webber, Culver, Ore.; sister, Joyce McCown, Cameron, Mo.; 11 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date.
. Dennis has been cremated under the direction of Poland-Thompson Funeral Home, Cameron.
condolences: www.polandthompson.com


Barbara A. Barker
STEWARTSVILLE, Mo. - Barb, the daughter of Raymond Lee and Bessie Pearl (Rollett) Saunders, was born in Osborn, Mo., on January 24, 1937.
Barb attended the one room school, Frost-Oberg, for seven years, and then went to Stewartsville High School, where she graduated in 1954.
Barb married Forrest Noel in January of 1958.
They resided in Osborn. Forrest passed away in April 2000.
Barb began working at Ford Motor Company in 1977, where she eventually retired.
Barb eventually married again to William Barker, who later passed away from cancer.
She is also preceded in death by parents and two sisters, June and Doris Freeman.
Barb is survived by one daughter, Rhonda Wilkinson, Lathrop, Mo. and a son, Chris Noel (Lynda), Stewartsville; one sister, Corrine Gibson, Stewartsville, she resides in a St. Joseph nursing home; one brother, Richard Fay Saunders; four grandchildren, Miranda Wingett (Jason), Kansas City, Mo.; Rhian Wilkinson (Kristen), Colbert, Wash.; TC Noel (Melissa), Stewartsville; Raven Wilkinson, Lathrop and five great-grandchildren: Abby, Alyssa, Elizabeth, Carter and Jordan and also several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, September 14, 2012, at Bram-Turner Funeral Home, Stewartsville, with burial in Evergreen Cemetery, Osborn.
Visitation: 10 to 11 a.m. Friday.
Friends may call on funeral home after 12 p.m. Thursday.
Memorial Contributions: Liberty Hospital Hospice.


Carol L. Phillips
Carol Lee Phillips, 65, of St. Joseph, passed away Tuesday, September 4, 2012, in a St. Joseph hospital. She was born November 23, 1946, in Marysville, Kan., daughter of Alice and Charles Douglas.
She attended Lafayette High School.
She was a homemaker.
She was a Cub Scout Den Mother, loving mother and grandmother, and now she is finally at peace.
Carol was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Albert and Bruce Douglas and a sister, Janice McElroy.
Survivors include her former husband, Cecil Phillips; two sons, Travis (Shelly) Phillips of Gower, Mo. and Jason Edward Phillips of St. Joseph; three daughters, Becky Wood, Dawn Phillips, Crystal Swinney, all of St. Joseph; 16 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Saturday, September 8, 2012, at Hyde Valley United Methodist Church, with Rev. Albert Shirley officiating.
Ms. Phillips will be cremated following the funeral service, under the direction of the Rupp Funeral Home.
Memorials are requested to the Carol Phillips Memorial Fund, in care of the Rupp Funeral Home. Online condolence and obituary at www.ruppfuneral.com


Harold Ray Murray
Harold Ray Murray 84, of Richmond, Mo passed away Friday Sept 7, 2012 at Ray County Memorial Hospital.
Harold was born October 21, 1927 in Gallatin, Mo to Forrest and Ethel ( Smith ) Murray. Harold retired from Delco Battery in Olathe, Kansas. He served in the US Marines during World War II and received several medals during his time with the Marines.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Daughter Diana Kay Murray, Five brothers James Robert, Mason, Jesse, Leonard and Deloyd Murray, Four sisters, Mary Cecil, Gladys Williams, Zella Richardson, and Ruby Hall.
He is survived by a son Danny Murray of Easton Mo, grandson Mike Murray of Colorado and two great grandchildren,
one sister Virginia Cox of Gallatin, Mo and one brother Junior Murray of Guatemala, Mexico and many niece’s and nephew’s.
Services were held Tuesday Sept 11, 2012 at Bailey & Cox Family Funeral Service, Polo, Mo. The family received friends one hour prior to the service. Following cremation inurnment will be at Zimmerman Cemetery, Polo.


Jo Ann Golden Crowder
Jo Ann Golden Crowder 78 of Plattsburg Mo., died Friday Sept. 7, 2012 at a Liberty Missouri Hospital. Born on Aug. 9th 1934 in St Joseph, MO., to John and Mildred (Verbick) Golden. She was a graduate of Plattsburg High school and Attended Platte Guard Business School in St Joseph and operated Jackson service station for many years in Plattsburg. She was a caregiver for the Clinton Manor Assisted living facility in Clinton Missouri.
Jo Ann’s passion was to love the unloved, care for those that were not cared for, and minister to those in need, never turning any one away.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers George and Bob Karr.
Survivors include her children Howard (Brenda) Lull of Fayetteville, NY; Kitty Lull of Tulsa OK; Karen (Warren) Farnell, PA; Tom (Beth) Jackson of Ohio. 7 grandchildren Jo Grier, Melody Shaw, Jacqueline Mauer, Zachary Lull, T.J. Jackson, Jordan Jackson, Sterling Jackson. Her sister, Sue Thomas-Morgan of Plattsburg; Nephews and nieces Tomwa Thomas, Ace Thomas, Candy Johnson, Ben Karr, Doug Karr, David Karr, Michelle Karr, Shawn Karr, Mike Karr, Dalton Karr, Benjamin Karr and many friends.
Graveside service and interment were held Wednesday Sept. 12, 2012 at the Lebanon Cemetery North of Plattsburg on NN hwy. The family received friends from 7:00 – 8:00PM Tuesday Sept. 11, 2012 at the Funeral home. The family suggests memorial gifts to the Plattsburg Senior Center. Arrangements Bailey & Cox Funeral Home Plattsburg, MO.


Marlin Schuster
Marlin Francis Schuster, 81, of Gower, MO, passed away September 9, 2012 at Heartland Regional Medical Center.
He was born on May 26, 1931 to Floyd A. and Helen N. (Gibson) Schuster in St. Joseph, MO. He lived in the Gower area his entire life and attended school there, graduating from Gower High School in 1949.
Marlin served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War from 1952-1954. He had been employed by Schuster Farms, Frazier Oil Co., and retired from E&M Ready Mix in 1996.
He was a long-time member of the First Baptist Church of Gower and had served as a deacon for 32 years, and was a former Sunday School Director. He was a former member and past president of the Gower Lions Club.
On May 2, 1954 he was united in marriage to Jane (Grisham) Schuster. They lived in the Gower area their entire life.
He was preceded in death by his mother in 1931 and his father in 1969, and his grandparents, George and Ann Schuster in whose home he grew up, and brother Waldo Schuster.
He is survived by his wife, Jane Schuster of the home; one daughter, Jan Moore and her husband, Jeff; two grandchildren, Zachary Moore and Jaly Moore; sister-in-law, Shirley Schuster; brother-in-law, Rex Grisham and wife Anna Lou; two nephews and two nieces; two great-nieces; three great-nephews and one great-great-niece.
Funeral Services: Held Wednesday, September 12th at First Baptist Church in Gower. Burial: Allen Cemetery, Gower. Arrangements, Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower.
Donations may be made to the church.


Betty E. Meadows
CAMERON, Mo. - Betty Evyln Meadows, 85, Cameron, passed away on September 8, 2012.
Betty was born on July 25, 1927, in Turney, Mo.,to Herbert and Lena (Berbaum) Ellrick.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, George Meadows and sister, Maxine Ellrick.
Survivors: daughter, Karen (Verne) Hill, Tucson, Ariz.; son, George DeWayne ( Jeanne) Meadows, Overland Park, Kan.; five grandchildren, Seth Hill, Margaret (Steve) Zuniga, Susan (Matt) Just, Kathryn Meadows and Laura Meadows; great-grandson, Ryan Just.
Services: Held Wednesday, September 12, 2012, at Poland-Thompson Funeral Home, Cameron. Burial: Graceland Memorial Cemetery, Cameron.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Stella Grinstead Nutrition Center.


Grafton D. Bowers, D.V.M.
Grafton D. Bowers, D.V.M., 99, formerly of Cowgill, MO, died at 1:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 1, 2012 at the Liberty Hospital in Liberty, MO.

Grafton was born on July 3, 1913, the son of Fred Mitchell and Ethel (Diddle) Bowers on the family farm north of Cowgill, MO. He graduated from Cowgill High School in 1931, valedictorian of his class. He graduated Veterinary School at Kansas State College in Manhattan, Kansas in 1938 with a degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. After one year of study at K State, he married Estyl Cowgill, his high school sweetheart, on June 2, 1935.

He practiced veterinary medicine in northern Ray County, Missouri for 40 years. Doc traveled farm to farm in his trusty black, battered jeep. Grafton liked music and had a fine tenor voice. In October of 2009, Grafton and Estyl left their family farm of sixty-four years and moved to Hill Crest Manor in Hamilton, Missouri and then to Ashton Court in Liberty, Missouri, where they celebrated their 77th wedding anniversary in June. Grafton was a member of the Cowgill United Methodist Church. He was a United States Army Medical Corps Veteran of WW II. He was a member of the Richmond American Legion Post #237. He was a member of the Kansas State University Alumni Association. He was a member of the Lathrop Antique Club. He was a member of the Ray and Caldwell County Historical Societies.

Survivors include; his wife Estyl of Liberty, MO, one son and daughter-in-law, Samuel Mitchell and Agnes Bowers of St. Louis, MO, three daughters and two sons-in-law, Brenda and Forrest Bonar of Lathrop, MO, Ellen Bowers of Glendale, CA, Charlotte and James McCollough of Topeka, KS, ten grandchildren, Quentin Bowers, Amber Keister and her husband, Kevin, Alice Bowers, Brian Bowers and his wife, Holly, Rachel Daniels, Kevin Bonar, Heather May and her husband, Jared, Janet Fort, Dwight McCollough and Andrew McCollough. Ten great-grandchildren also survive. In addition to his parents, Grafton was preceded in death by one brother, Fred Mitchell Bowers, Jr. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to either to the Cowgill United Methodist Church or to the Cowgill Cemetery. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, September 4, 2012 at 11:00 at the Cowgill United Methodist Church.


Susan K. Merrigan
Susan K. (Elifrits) Merrigan of Conception Junction, MO, passed away suddenly but peacefully surrounded by her family and friends on September 1, 2012.

Sue married Steve Merrigan on November 6, 1991.

She is survived by her husband, Steve, children, Chelsey, Ashley, Tyler, Bridget, Clayton and Cortney, all of the home, Shanna Campbell and husband Joe, and Dana McGrath and husband Eric; grandchildren, Treyton, Jagger and Jaxon; parents, Laverne and Sharon Elifrits and Don and Margaret Merrigan; brothers, Dale (Lisa) Elifrits, Darin (Tina) Elifrits, David Elifrits, and Mike (Cindy) Merrigan; sisters, Janet McCray, Joyce (Larry) Moffat, Mary Stiens, Margie (Charlie) Schieber; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Susan was a mathematics scholar, an accomplished seamstress, a beautician, and successful caterer. She loved to play games with her children or have them sing to her. A loving wife, the best mother in the world, devoted daughter and sister, and irreplaceable friend will be missed by all.

Visitation: Held Monday, September 3rd at the Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower. Funeral Services: Held Tuesday at the funeral home.Burial: Mt. Zion Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Children’s Education Fund in care of Steve Merrigan.


Troy F. Trauernicht
Troy Frederick Trauernicht, 75 of Cameron, MO, formerly of Gower, MO passed away, Saturday, September 1, 2012 at his home.

He was born on March 18, 1937 to Thomas F. and Mae (Rhinehart) Trauernicht in Shawnee, Oklahoma. In 1948 the family moved to St. Joseph and Troy graduated from Lafayette High School where he was active in the ROTC. He then joined the Army Reserves in which he served for 28 years.

On July 22, 1977 he was united in marriage to Martha Ann Rogers in Gower. After their marriage they lived in Gower until 1990 when they moved to rural Trimble. His wife, Martha, preceded him in death on November 21, 1995 and Troy later returned to Gower.

Troy worked for Norris Trash Service in St. Joseph, E & M Ready Mix in Gower and was maintenance man at McDonald’s in Smithville, Platte City, Gladstone, Barry Road Kansas City and Interstate 29 McDonald’s in St. Joseph.

He was baptized and a member of the Baptist Faith.

Troy was also preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Tom Trauernicht.

He is survived by his dear friend Kathy Buchanan, Cameron, MO; two brothers, Earl Trauernicht and Bill Trauernicht, both of St. Joseph; children, Josh Buchanan and wife Cindy, Fred Trauernicht and wife Carolyn, Rea, MO, Cindy Trauernicht, St. Joseph, MO and Lora Wallace and husband Dale, Maysville, MO; granddaughter who was raised by Troy and Martha, Rebecca Miller and husband Daniel, Florida; grandchildren, Christopher Buchanan, Scott Buchanan, Jennifer Oitker, Sarah Ellis, Gregory Trauernicht, Dannie Trauernicht, Kimberly Trauernicht, Tabatha Berbick, Carl Pawling, and Shanin Pawling; twenty-one great-grandchildren; other relatives and many friends.

Funeral Service: Held Tuesday, September 4th at the Hixson-Klein Funeral Home in Gower with visitation from 2:00-3:00 p.m. prior to the service.

Burial with Military Honors: Winston Cemetery, Winston, MO


Oliver F. Thornton
Oliver Franklin Thornton, 81, of St. Joseph, passed away Saturday, September 1, 2012, surrounded by his loving family at his home.

He was born January 30, 1931, in Clarksdale, Mo., son of Lucille (Wigger) and John Thornton. He married Mabel Starmer on May 18, 1963, in St. Joseph and they shared 49 years of marriage together. He served in the Army and is a combat veteran of the Korean War. He retired from the railroad industry working at the Rock Island & Santa Fe Railroads. He enjoyed country, bluegrass and gospel music, going to Wendy’s and getting a double stack and a frosty. He was of the Baptist faith.

Oliver was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, George Thornton; and two half brothers, Paul and Silas.

Survivors include wife, Mabel Thornton, of the home; two daughters, Susan Thornton of St. Joseph and Pamela Klepac and husband, Windy, of St. Joseph; three sons, Stephen B. Thornton and wife, Lisa of Benton, Ark., Russell Thornton and wife, Julia of Clarksdale and Curtis Thornton and wife, Judy of Gower, Mo.; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Esther N. Correll and Anola Burchett, both of St. Joseph; and three half sisters Delma, Dorotha, and Amelia Mae.

Oliver was a wonderful husband father and grandfather and will be sadly missed by his family.

A graveside funeral services and interment were conducted Tuesday, September 4, 2012, at the Memorial Park Cemetery, under the direction of the Rupp Funeral Home. Military honors under the direction of the Missouri Funeral honors program.
Online condolence and obituary at www.ruppfuneral.com


Dr. Johnn L. Thompson, PhD
GOWER, Mo. - Dr. Johnn Lee Thompson, PhD, of rural Gower, formerly of Maryville, Mo., 77, died August 26, 2012, at Northland Hospice in Kansas City, Mo., due to a cerebral hemorrhage.

Johnn was born November 17, 1934, in Maryville, to John and Marian (Catterson) Thompson.

He graduated from Maryville High School in 1952 and Northwest Missouri State University in 1956.

He obtained his PhD from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

At Maryville High School and Northwest Missouri State University, he excelled in dramatic productions. He proudly served as a teacher at the high school, college and university levels and began his career as a high school teacher of English and speech at Red Oak High School (Iowa).

He then moved on to Nebraska City High School for several years, where he directed many outstanding high school plays.

After receiving his PhD, he taught English Composition and Literature, at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, for some time, before leaving to teach at Missouri Western State University and Conception College.

Johnn then returned to Northwest Missouri University, his alma mater, to teach for several years in the Department of English.

He later accepted an English teaching position at Highland Community College (Kansas), where he remained until his retirement.

Johnn was an accomplished teacher, who maintained an excellent student-teacher relationship and was also well liked by his colleagues.

He was not only well-known for his academic pursuits, but his name was readily recognized in horticultural circles.

Horticulture, along with teaching, was another one of his passions, and he was especially nationally known for his skill and adeptness in growing day lilies, which brought him many prizes and trophies. Opal Eckert, Johnn’s former mentor and high school English and journalism teacher, once said that “he would be planting his colorful and beautiful day lilies in heaven.”

He was closely associated with many garden groups for many years as a speaker, chairman, director, and exhibits coordinator.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by long-time companion, Leo Wade; sister, Sue Hagee; brothers, Jim and Joe Hal; friend, Helen Weber; nieces and nephews; numerous friends and many loving dogs and cats.

The family wants to thank the staff at St. Luke’s Hospital and Northland Hospice for their loving care and support.

Known as a gentleman and for his teaching and artistic abilities, John was much admired by those who knew him professionally and personally.

Funeral service: Held Thursday, August 30, at the Gower Christian Church in Gower.

Burial: Number Six Cemetery

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the New Nodaway Humane Society, P.O. Box 185, Maryville, Mo., 64468, or the charity of the donor’s choice.


Norman Sommer
Norman Sommer, 94, St. Joseph, died Monday, August 27, 2012, at a local health care facility.

He was born March 24, 1918, to Carl and Elma (Stuber) Sommer in St. Joseph.

Norman married Frances Hughes on June 18, 1944 and had been married for 61 years at the time of her passing on December 6, 2005.

Mr. Sommer was an Elder and a Deacon of Hope United Church of Christ. He was a dairy farmer, as well as a member of Cosby Masonic Lodge #600, A.F. and A.M. Moila Shriner, and a charter member of the Cosby Lions Club.

Norman was preceded in death by his wife; parents; son, Merrill Wayne and sister, Metta Schmidt.

Survivors: his brother, Loren Sommer (Ruth Ann), Merriam, Kan.; sister, Helen Cornelius (Harry), Easton, Mo.; granddaughter, Kila Sommer; and several nieces and nephews.

Services: Held Saturday, Hope United Church of Christ, where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.
Interment: Oak Ridge Cemetery, Cosby, Mo.

The family suggests memorial gifts to Hands of Hope Hospice or Hope United Church of Christ.

Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com.


Norene F. Brown
Norene F. “Ennie” Brown, 94, St. Joseph, passed away on Tuesday, August 28, 2012, at a St. Joseph health care center.

Ennie was born on October 28, 1917, at Easton, Mo.
She was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church.

Her last two jobs were at Jerre Ann’s Cafeteria and retiring from the E. and M. Clothing Store, located at 33rd and Mitchell.

On November 10, 1939, Norene married Louis F. Brown. He passed away July 9, 1971.

She also was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Clara (Fisher) Kneib; a brother, Irving Kneib; and sisters, Alma Borghoff, Cecelia Rose, Christina Johnson, Stella Nelson and Fern Lunneen.

Survivors include one sister, Hilda Bode; one brother, Elden Kneib; three godchildren, Janet Hausman, Karen Schultz and Kathy Holmquist and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial: Held Saturday, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, St. Joseph.

Interment: Mount Olivet Cemetery, St. Joseph.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church.


Ida Carolyn Mings
Ida Carolyn Mings, 77, of Lee’s Summit, MO, went to be with her Lord on August 29, 2012. A Visitation was held 10:30 am followed by a celebration of life service September 1, 2012, at Church on the Rock, 1700 SW Market Street, Lee’s Summit, MO 64082. A private burial will occur at Dutch Chapel Cemetery in Embree, MO joining her to her spouse Vearl McKinley Mings, former pastor of Lathrop Assembly of God.

Carolyn was born December 12, 1934 in New Buda, Iowa. Carolyn shared many fond memories growing up on the farm and moving to town in Davis City, Iowa. She moved to Kansas City, Missouri after high school graduation. She was the daughter of George Frederick Elston and Dovie Naomi Driskill. Carolyn served in ministry with her husband, Vearl Mings, for over 45 years. She worked various jobs including banking, insurance and over 19 years with the North Kanas City School District. During retirement she worked in the Lee’s Summit School District as a paraprofessional. She loved to spend time at church, with her family and with close friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Vearl Mings, her mother and father, brothers Keith Elston and Paul Elston, and two sisters Opal Rew and Freda Ducoing. Ida is survived by three children: Timothy Mings and wife Jane, Kimberly Hensley and husband Toney, and Ronald Mings. She leaves nine grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. She had many cousins, nieces, nephews, life-long friends and church family.

You may send a message to the family or sign an on-line guest book via www.parklawnfunerals.com. Arrangements: Park Lawn Funeral Home (816) 523-1234.


Donald Vier
Donald Vier, 81, of Polo, MO passed away Monday August 27, 2012 at his residence.

Don was born on January 25, 1931 in Lamar, MO to Donald and Lena (Whichurch) Vier. He was raised in Lamar and came to the Excelsior Springs, Lawson area in the early 60”s. He worked at Nike Base in Lawson, then Avasco Plastic, then later at Gates Rubber Company and Gilmore Hose as an electrician; retiring in 1992. He came out of retirement in 1995 and work for the Polo School District for fifteen years. Don was a veteran of the Korean War. He was also a member of the First Baptist Church in Polo, MO.

Don is survived be his wife of 33 years, Lois; two children, Tammy (Kirk) Woods and Jeffrey Vier both of Kansas City, MO; two grandchildren, Amy Lackey and Shane Woods; three step-children, Christa Maddux, Tammy Keith, and Darren Keith; five step-grandchildren, Andrea Sampson, Ben Maddux, Keith, Kyle, and Kody VanBebber; nine step-great grandchildren; one sister, Jean Green of Moberly, MO and one brother, Ted Vier of Nevada, IA.

Services 11:00AM Thursday First Baptist Church Polo, MO. Interment with military honors Evergreen Cemetery Braymer, MO. The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00PM Wednesday at the First Baptist Church Polo. Services under the direction of Bailey & Cox Family Funeral Service Polo, MO.Troy (Kristin) Simmons, Gold Canyon AZ, and Tim Richards, Independence MO; daughter, Trina (Doug) Humphries, Lathrop MO; sister, Diane Schleif, Bates City MO; brother, Steve Simmons, The Villages FL; and nine grandchildren, Dani Maureen Plowman, Dallas Taylor Plowman, Taylor Cheyanne Simmons, Natalie Nicole Carter, Emily Elise Hamilton, Skylar Jolie Simmons, Carlee Cheyenne Hamilton, Shane Richards, and T.J. Richards.

Arrangements: Park Lawn Lathrop Chapel 816-740-4658


Laveda M. Phillippe
EASTON, Mo. - Laveda M. Phillippe, 78, Easton, died Friday, August 24, 2012, at her home.
She was born December 21, 1933, to Lewis and Orva Jane (Bratcher) Snodgrass in Hamilton, Mo.

She was married to Robert L. Richardson for 25 years and to this union Robert L. Richardson, Jr., Jane Roach, Rodney Richardson, Randall Richardson and Suzanne Sweeney were born. She later married Wayne Phillippe on May 6, 1985. He survives of the home.

Survivors: her husband, Wayne Phillippe; five children, Robert L. Richardson, Jr. (Laura), Maysville, Mo., Jane Roach (Gary), St. Joseph, Rodney Richardson (Nancy), Radcliff, Ky., Randall Richardson (Karen), St. Joseph and Suzanne Sweeney (Mike), LaPorte, Texas; 35 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Service: Held Tuesday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Interment: Kingston Cemetery, Kingston, Mo. The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory, where friends may call after 5 p.m. Monday.

The family suggests memorial gifts to the St. Joseph Animal Shelter or the Second Harvest Food Bank.

Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com


Vernon L. Clark
CAMERON, Mo. - Vernon Leo Clark, 92, Cameron, passed away on August 24, 2012.

Vernon was born on January 29, 1920, in a farmhouse in Caldwell County, southwest of Hamilton, Mo., to Manley and Sophia Faye (Salmon) Clark.

He was a 1937 graduate from Lathrop High School. Vernon was a veteran of the United States Army Air Corps and was a 1st Lieutenant.

Vernon married Frances May Clark on March 3, 1944.
Vernon was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife, Frances.

Survivors: two brothers, Herbert (Betty) Jackson, Cameron, Max (Mary Lou) Jackson, Independence, Mo.; several nieces and nephews; sister-in-law, Fern Powell, California.

Graveside services with Military Honors: Held Monday, August 27, 2012, at Cameron Memory Gardens, Cameron.

Arrangements: Poland-Thompson Funeral Home, Cameron.
Online condolences: www.polandthompson.com


Carl Richard Simmons
Carl Richard Simmons, 64, Lathrop, MO, passed away Thursday, August 23, 2012 at his home. Services were held Tuesday, August 28 at the First Christian Church, Lathrop, Missouri followed by Military Honors in Converse Cemetery, Lathrop, Missouri

Carl was born December 16, 1947, in Independence, MO. He had lived in the Lathrop area since 1983. He was a Marine Corp veteran of the Vietnam War, and had worked at General Motors.

Survivors include his wife, Maureen of the home; two sons, Troy (Kristin) Simmons, Gold Canyon AZ, and Tim Richards, Independence MO; daughter, Trina (Doug) Humphries, Lathrop MO; sister, Diane Schleif, Bates City MO; brother, Steve Simmons, The Villages FL; and nine grandchildren, Dani Maureen Plowman, Dallas Taylor Plowman, Taylor Cheyanne Simmons, Natalie Nicole Carter, Emily Elise Hamilton, Skylar Jolie Simmons, Carlee Cheyenne Hamilton, Shane Richards, and T.J. Richards.

Arrangements: Park Lawn Lathrop Chapel 816-740-4658


Joan Killion
HOLT, Mo. - Joan Killion, 75, Holt, died Friday, August 17, 2012.

She was born on October 19, 1937.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Evan and Lucy (Bassler) Powell; husband, Edward and sister, Lottie.

Survivors: numerous family members.

Services: Held Saturday, at Lake Arrowhead Community Building, Lathrop, Mo.

Mrs. Killion was a member of the Missouri Cremation Service. Online guest book and obituary at www.missouricremation.com.


Charles L. Tate
PLATTSBURG, Mo. - Charles L. Tate, 82, of Plattsburg, died Friday August 17, 2012, at his home.

Charles was born on Decemeber 22, 1929, in Clinton County, Mo.

Survivors: son, Gary; grandchildren, Elisha Tate and Brian Tate; four brothers; one sister; four great-grandchildren and several friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Katherine (Maddox) Tate; brother, T.J. and sister, Doris.

Mr. Tate has been cremated under the direction of the Bailey & Cox Funeral Home, Plattsburg.


Shirley L. Arnold Harris
Shirley L. Arnold Harris 85 of Riverside Missouri died Wednesday Aug.22, 2012 at the North Kansas City Hospice House. Born on Sept 20, 1926 in Grayson Mo., to Elbert and ILA (Rogers) Arnold. She was a graduate of Plattsburg High School. Shirley was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her parents; Daughter Michelle Farro; 2 brothers and 1 sister.

Survivors include her son Steve R. (Beverly) Murray of Weatherby Lake Missouri. 5 grandson Cameron Murray, Roman, Nicolas, Alex and Troy Farro; and 2 great grandchildren.

Graveside service and Inurnment held Monday Aug. 27, 2012 at the Green Lawn Cemetery Plattsburg Missouri. The Family suggests memorial gifts to the North Kansas City Hospice House or The Alzheimer’s Assoc. Arrangements Bailey & Cox Funeral Home Plattsburg Missouri.


Sharon Ann Decker
Sharon Ann Decker, 67, of Gower, MO, passed away on August 21, 2012 at Oakridge of Plattsburg Nursing Home.

She was born on April 23, 1945 in St. Joseph, MO. Sharon Ann grew up in Gower and graduated from Gower High School in 1964. She then attended Platte Guard Business School in St. Joseph.

Sharon Ann retired from the Missouri State Hospital in St. Joseph after 30 years. She was a member of the Gower Christian Church. Sharon Ann was an avid sports fan, a huge Elvis fan, loved country music and visiting with friends.

She was preceded in death by her father Lloyd Decker, her mother, Anna Belle Musser and her beloved dogs, Tippy, Rusty, Dusty, and Scooter.

Sharon Ann is survived by one sister, Connie Sitton and husband Fred; brother, Mike Musser and wife Katie; her dad Junior Musser and wife Roxie; aunt Dorothy Gray and husband Ronnie; nieces Nicole Farr, Stacey Sandoval and husband William, Kim Tabor and husband Steve, Paige Holder, Steve Cusick, and Dawn Bobsin and husband Gene; great-nieces Mariesa, Courtney, Cailey, Caitlyn, and Ashley; great-nephews Zayden, Joseph, Christian, Jarret, Jordie, Skylar, and Curtis; numerous cousins, other relatives and many friends.

Funeral Service: Held Friday, August 24th at the Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower

Burial: Allen Cemetery, Gower.


Randall E. Butcher
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Randall Elton Butcher, 63, Louisville, formerly of Cameron, Mo., passed away August 18, 2012, after a brief illness.

Randy was born on July 4, 1949, in Cameron, to Leonard Franklin and Irene (Jones) Butcher.

Randy was preceded in death by his mother, Irene.

He was a 1957 graduate of Cameron High School.

Survivors: father, Franklin “Butch” Butcher (companion, Madeline Hickman), Lathrop, Mo.; companion, Erik Kruer, Louisville; friend, Cheryl Youssif and Pat Conway, Louisville; three aunts, Betty (Efton) Price, Osborn, Mo., Anna Mae (Claudie) Coldwell, Laurie, Mo., Lois (Robert) Collins, Cameron; eight cousins, children of Madeline Hickman, Brent Burton, Plattsburg, Mo., Gary Burton, Smithville, Mo., Wayne Hickman, Fort Worth, Texas, Dick Hickman, Northport, N.Y., Karen Lynch, Spickard, Mo.

Graveside Service: Wednesday, August 22, 2012, at Cameron Memory Gardens, Cameron. Visitation: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. prior to service, at Poland-Thompson Funeral Home, Cameron.

Memorial Fund: American Cancer Society.

Online condolences: www.polandthompson.com


Taylor B. Alkire
GOWER, Mo. - Taylor Baxter Alkire, 97, Gower, passed away, Saturday, August 18, 2012, at his home.

Survivors: daughter, Linda Guthals, Gower; son, Larry (Sue) Alkire, St. Louis, Mo.; grandchildren, Angela Dillard, Melissa Lopez, Cheri Lenz, Wendy Rice, Kevin Guthals, Lori Guthals, Bradley Alkire, Brian Alkire, Jonathan Alkire, Kristin Godsey, Robin Alkire, and Joy Alkire; brother-in-law, Gene (Barb) Looney.

Memorial Service: Held August 21, at Hixson-Klein Funeral Home in Gower.


Charles L. Tate
Charles L. Tate 82 of Plattsburg died Friday Aug. 17, 2012 at his home.

Born on Dec. 22, 1929 in Clinton county Missouri to Thomas and Katherine (Maddox) Tate. He spent his entire life in and around Clinton County except his years in the Army and Marine Corp.

Charles worked in construction and drove trucks until he started his Sod Business from which he retired in 2007

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother T.J. and sister Doris.

Survivors include his son Gary of the home; grandchildren Elisha Tate and Brian Tate; 4 brothers; one sister and 4 great grand children and several friends.

Mr. Tate has been cremated under the direction of the Bailey & Cox Funeral Home Plattsburg.


Lawrence W. Redding
Lawrence Wesley Redding, 75, St. Joseph, died Friday, July 17, 2012, at Cameron Regional Medical Center.

He was born in Darlington, Mo., on August 10, 1937, to Clarence and Evetta (Felts) Redding. Lawrence married Fern (Cole) on August 9, 1957, in Albany, Mo.

Mr. Redding was a Senior Construction Inspector at Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT) for 38 years. He was a member of the Darlington Masonic Lodge and enjoyed fishing, hunting and gardening. In addition, he enjoyed traveling in the car, and most of all, Lawrence cherished his time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and family dinners.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Clifford Redding.

Survivors: his beloved wife, Fern; daughters, Cindy Knadler (Warren), Clarksdale, Mo. and Stacy Eckert (David), St. Joseph; son, Mark Redding (Deborah), Easton, Mo.; grandchildren, Stephanie Wright (Gary), Cody Knadler, Ethan and Jacey Redding, Dane and Cory Eckert; and great-grandchildren, Brinley and Harper Wright; sisters, Catherine Weatherd and Natalie Cooper; and several nieces and nephews.

Service: Held Monday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Interment: Blakely Cemetery. The family suggests memorial gifts to American Heart Association.

Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com


Christine Louise Weber
Christine Louise (Berry) Webber, 58, of Cameron, MO passed away Wednesday at Cameron Regional Medical Center.

She was born November 10, 1953 in Caldwell County to Chris L and Nadine L. Berry. She retired from the Department of Correctional Center in Cameron, MO in 2008.

She was preceded in death be parents and a sister Anna Mae.

Survivors: Son, Jeff Chapman of Polo, 3 grandchildren Alayna, and Logan Chapman and Michael Leamer. A sister Shirley (Leonard) Greenwood of Cameron , Niece Kim and James Lowery of Cameron and a great nephew Tyler Grann of Casper, WY.

Services Were held Saturday Bailey & Cox Family Funeral Service Polo, MO. Interment Bethel Cemetery Polo. The family suggests memorial gifts to Bethel Cemetery.


Sue (McBride) Kearns
Sue (McBride) Kearns, 66, of Polo, MO passed away Wednesday August 15, 2012 at her residence.

Sue was born June 17, 1946 in Falcon, MO to Joseph, and Lucille E. (Dugan) McBride. On April 10, 1965 Sue married Dallas R. Kearns who survives of the home. She worked as a claims tech for the State of Missouri and also worked in the Caldwell county license office and in the circuit clerks office. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, Caldwell County Foundation Cancer Assistance, Mirabile Ladies Aid, and a past treasurer of Mirable Community Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister Donna Jo McBride.

Survivors her husband Dallas, three daughters Donna S. and Robert Henderson of Kansas City, MO, Sheila R. and Frank Modrzejewski of Angola, IN, and Darice A. Hart of Kansas City, MO. One sister Omalou McBride of Columbia and 8 grandchildren.

Memorial service held Saturday August 18, 2012 Mirabile Community Church, Mirabile, MO. The family suggests memorial gifts to Caldwell County Foundation Cancer Assistance or Mirabile Ladies Aid. Services under the direction of Bailey & Cox Family Funeral Service Polo, MO.


Shirley Irminger
Shirley Irminger, 77, of Gower, MO passed away Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at the Gower Convalescent Center.

She was born on November 8, 1934 to Ross Edward and Mary Margaret (Davis) French near Gower where she grew up. Shirley later graduated from Gower High School.

On April 19, 1952 she was united in marriage to Robert Lee Irminger After their marriage they lived in Plattsburg. In 1958 they moved to Gower where they made their home. Her husband passed away April 5, 1988.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Gower.

Shirley was also preceded in death by her parents, one brother, one sister, daughter Barbara Irminger, and son Joe Irminger.

She is survived by her son Kenneth Irminger and wife Madonna, Agency, MO; five grandchildren, Dereck Irminger and wife Tammy, Travis Irminger and wife Tiffanie, Mike Long and wife Jeanette, Tammy Helton, and Kelly Christenson and husband David; twelve great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren; two sisters; other relatives and many friends.

Funeral Services: Held Saturday, August 18th at the Hixson-Klein Funeral Home in Gower with visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial: Allen Cemetery, Gower.


Melvin O. Butler
EASTON, Mo. - Melvin Oscar Butler, 92, Easton, died Saturday, August 11, 2012, at a local healthcare facility.

He was born October 26, 1919, to Alfred and Jesse (Wheeler-Fancher) Butler in Helena, Mo.

He married Irene Donaldson on March 22, 1941, in Platte City, Mo.

She preceded him in death in March of 2000.

Mr. Butler owned Butler Feed and Milling from April of 1966 to May of 1990.

Melvin was a member of Ebenezer Church.

He was also preceded in death by his parents and brother, Charles.

Survivors: his two children, George Melvin Butler (Judy), Leawood, Kan. and Janet Sue Dunning (Denney), Easton; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Service: Held Wednesday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home and Crematory.

Interment: Blakely Cemetery, Easton.

The family suggests memorial gifts to Hands of Hope Hospice.
Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com


Gerald F. O’Brien
Gerald F. O’Brien, 86, St. Joseph, formerly of Easton, Mo., died Friday, August 10, 2012, at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

He was born December 10, 1925, to Thomas Leo and Amy (Buhman) O’Brien in Easton.

He married Carolyn Louise Kemmer on July 5, 1948.

Mr. O’Brien served in the United States Navy in the Pacific Theatre during World War II.

He was a graduate of Missouri Western State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in History.

Gerald worked for the United States Postal Service in Easton as a Letter Carrier and then Post Master before retiring after 37 years.

He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Easton; Bishop LeBlond Council #5067; Knights of Columbus, St. Joseph Council #576, 4th degree, Knights of Columbus; Easton Lions Club; Pony Express Post #359, American Legion; National Association of Retired Federal Employees; Missouri Western State University Alumni Association; National Rural Letter Carriers Association; the National Association of Post Masters; St. Joseph’s Cemetery Association; and was a coach for Little League Baseball for over 20 years.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Denise Stack; sister, Mary Eilene Culhane; brother, Thomas Leo O’Brien; and parents.

Survivors: his wife; daughter, Debbie K. Fisher (Ed), Easton; son, Gerald J. O’Brien (Ivette), San Antonio, Texas; and five grandchildren, Corey Fisher, Eric Fisher, Rosalia O’Brien, Adrianna O’Brien and Austin O’Brien.

Mass of Christian Burial: held Tuesday, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Easton. Interment: St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Easton.

The family suggests memorial gifts to St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Easton.

Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com


Helen Maurine Knutter
Helen Maurine (Legg) Knutter, 99, of Liberty, MO formally Polo, MO passed away Saturday August 11, 2012 at Liberty Hospital.

Helen was born July 17, 1913 in Polo, MO to John F. and Jennie F. (Dennis) Legg who preceded her in death. On March 19, 1932 she married Lloyd Manford Knutter who preceded her in death. To this union they had two daughters Ressie Jean (Knutter) Toon who preceded her in death and Charlotte Sue (Knutter) Mayes. Helen and Lloyd were members of the First Christian Church Polo, MO for over 50 years.

She was the last surviving child of five Florence Naomi Legg, Alice Mildred Legg, Charles Herman Legg, and Frances Merle Legg.

Survivors one daughter Charlotte Sue (Knutter) & Jim Mayes; three grandchildren Jill Louise (Toon) & John Daugherty, Rhonda Sue (Mayes) & Greg Self, and Scott Edward & Tammy Mayes. Six great-grandchildren Ashley Marie (Daugherty) & Cody Pittman, Kristine Johnna Daugherty, Tyler James Self, Ethan Gregory Self, Landon Edward Mayes, Trinity Ruth Mayes and two step great-grandchildren Conner Austin Sabbert and Caitlyn Nichole Sabbert.

Services Held Tuesday August 14, 2012 First Christian Church Polo, MO. Interment Elmira Cemetery Elmira, MO.

The family suggest memorial gifts to the church. Services under the direction of Bailey & Cox Family Funeral Service Polo, MO.


Frances K. Gray
Turney, Missouri- Frances Kay Gray, 64, Turney, Missouri passed away on August 9, 2012.

Frances was born on December 3, 1947 in Raytown, Missouri to Samuel Carl and Emelia Mae (Bickel) Duncan.

She was a Dietary Assistant for Cameron hospital and area nursing homes.

Frances was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Jerry Duncan; 2 sisters, Donna Huntsman and Carol Irons.

Survivors: daughter, Kimberly (Travis) Filley; grandchildren, James and Amanda Filley; brother, Ron (Ruth) Duncan; 2 sisters, Shirley Hamilton and Patty Pierce; several nieces and nephews; her loving cat, Peaches.

Services: Held Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at Poland-Thompson Funeral Home, Cameron. Burial: Harlan Cemetery, Cameron, MO. Memorial fund: for the education of her grandchildren. Online condolences: www.polandthompson.com.


Esther Talley
Esther Talley 76 of Plattsburg Missouri died Wednesday Aug. 1, 2012 at a Liberty Missouri Hospital. Born on Sept. 1, 1935 in Kansas City, MO, to Gregory and Josephine Valadez. She was a high school graduate and a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Plattsburg. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and PTA.
On April 24, 1957 she married William J. “Buster” Talley who preceded her in death on Sept 4, 2009. She was also preceded in death by her parents, 2brothers and 2 sisters.
Survivors include her children Cathy (Lane) Bond of League City Texas and Ron (Janet) Talley of Plattsburg Missouri. Her grandchildren Justin (Erin) Talley of Liberty Missouri and Christine Talley of Chicago, IL. great grand son Everett Talley. 2 brothers Greg and Paul Valadez; 4 sisters Rosie Lara, Maggie Juarez, Mary Botts and Alice Easter; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:00am Saturday Aug. 4, 2012 at the St. Ann’s Catholic Church Plattsburg. Interment Calvary Cemetery Plattsburg. The Family will receive friends at 9:00am at the church, where a parish Rosary will be recited at 9:30 am. The family suggest memorial gifts the church. Arrangements Bailey & Cox Funeral Home Plattsburg.


Jimmie Don Holder
Jimmie Don Holder, 50, of Gower, MO, passed away, Tuesday, July 31, 2012.
He was born on June 2, 1962 to John Thomas and Judith K. (Cone) Holder. He grew up in Gower and graduated from East Buchanan High School in 1981.
J.D. was a welder for Union Carbide in Kansas City, MO and Herzog Construction in St. Joseph and also worked for Kansas City Cold Storage.
He is survived by his parents, John and Judy Holder, Gower, MO, brother, Jeff Holder, three nephews, Jeffrey Holder, Teryl Holder and Jake Holder; several aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.
Funeral Service: 11:30 a.m. Friday, August 3rd at the Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower.Burial: Keller Cemetery Visitation: 6:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Donations may be in his memory c/o the funeral home.


W. Kenneth Hawkins
William Kenneth Hawkins, 68, a native of Lathrop and most recently of Savannah, passed away August 1, 2012 at Heartland Hospice in St. Joseph.
A celebration of Kenneth’s life was held on Saturday, August 4, at the Park Lawn Lathrop Chapel, 901 Clinton Street, Lathrop. Burial will follow in the Lathrop Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Joseph Storehouse at the Family Worship Center, 12293 County Road 438, Country Club, MO 64505.
Kenneth was born July 9, 1944 in Lathrop, MO, one of eleven children of John E. and Gertrude (Combs) Hawkins. He graduated from Lathrop High School and was a member of First Assembly of God in Lathrop. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by five siblings, Harold David Hawkins, Stevie Hawkins, Marjorie Hawkins, Johnny Hawkins and Virginia Eads.
Survivors include his sisters, Arlene Schwartz, Shirley Sowell, Mary Hinshaw, Deloris Dahms and her husband Richard; a brother, Robert Hawkins and his wife Sandy; as well as many nieces, nephews and their families.
Arrangements: Park Lawn Lathrop Chapel (816) 740-4658.


Willard “Bill” Hesebeck
Willard “Bill” Hesebeck, 70, of Polo, MO passed away August 4, 2012 at Liberty Hospital.
Bill was born in Windom, MN on July 12, 1942 to Henry and Pearl (Johnson) Hesebeck.
He was a truck driver for Wonder Bread, CF, and Yellow Freight. He was also a member of Teamsters Union Local #41 and Knoxville Community Church.
Bill was preceded in death by his father Henry, mother and step-mother Pearl and Derral McCleary, and a brother Paul Hesebeck.
Survivors wife Linda (Mellon) Hesebeck, son Randy and Chris Pierson, daughter Jodi and Joe Berthelsen, son Ron and Sue Pierson, daughter Amanda Hesebeck and son Michael Hesebeck. Step children Sheila and Kent Carlson, Shene and Jill Rardon, and Shannon and Johnny Fitzwater. Nine grandchildren five step grandchildren four great grandchildren and two step great grandchildren.
Services Held Thursday August 9, 2012 Knoxville Community Church Knoxville, MO. Interment Prairie Ridge Cemetery Polo, MO. Memorial to the Church. Service under the direction of Bailey & Cox Family funeral service Polo, MO.


Mary Sue Silvius Brawner
The family of Sue Brawner received guests in her home at 506 Oak Street in Bullard, Texas on Saturday, August 11, 2012, from 1:00–4:00 p.m. as they commemorate and celebrate her life.
Sue came into this world April 15, 1933, in Kansas City, Missouri, daughter of Aden Beatty Silvius and Frances Estelle Hussey Silvius.
She grew up on her parents’ farm in Turney, Missouri, played the piano for Browning Baptist Church where she accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as her savior, played the saxophone and snare drums in high school and attended William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri.
In 1952, Sue married her high school sweetheart, Charles Richard Brawner of Lathrop, Missouri and they spent the first eight years of marriage in the Air Force before settling in Alva, Oklahoma in 1961 to operate Silvius-Brawner Oil Properties and raise their five children. In Alva, Sue was active in P.E.O., D.A.R., bridge clubs and her children’s various activities. In 1973, the family moved to Tyler, Texas where, after raising her children, Sue cared for babies at the Trinity Baptist Church Day Care and worked at the Bullard Public Library before retiring.
Sue went to be with her Lord at seventy-nine years of age on August 2, 2012. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.
Sue is survived by her brother and his wife, Robert and Pat Silvius of Liberty MO, her children: Paige and Gene Ramsey of Lufkin TX, Pene (Bridges) Virdell of Bullard TX, Chuck and Barbara Brawner, Edward and Ginger Brawner, and Anne and Tim Cozart all of Tyler TX; her grandchildren: Jade Ramsey of Bowling Green OH, Aden Kent Ramsey of Brooklyn NY, Jennifer Virdell of Wichita Falls TX, Aja and Michael Henderson of Bullard TX, 1st Lt. Michael and Christie Brawner of Evans GA, Tanya Brawner of Whitehouse TX, Joshua and Sylvia Cozart, Chase Cozart, Jordan Cozart, Haylie Cozart all of Austin TX, and Edward Gordon “Buddy” Brawner of Tyler TX; fifteen great-grandchildren, three nieces, one nephew, and nine great nieces and nephews.


Dorothy L. Crowley
CAMERON, Mo. - Dorothy Louise Crowley, 91, Cameron, formerly of Lawson, Mo., passed away on July 27, 2012.
Dorothy was born on April 6, 1921, in Lansing, Kan. She was raised by her mother and step-father, Verna Mae (Meredith) and John O. Thompson at Clay Center, Kan.
She was a graduate of Clay Center High School.
Dorothy sang at the local radio stations around the Salina, Kan. area before her marriage.
On November 23, 1941, Dorothy married Douglas M. Crowley. He preceded her in death on Feb. 1, 1994. They lived in Polo, Mo. and Lawson during their married life.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and brother, John Thompson.
Dorothy was an avid animal lover. She was a housewife and had written Polo news for the Hamilton and Richmond newspapers.
Survivors: daughter, Linda (Everett) Wyckoff, Cameron; two grandsons, Dr. Douglas (Melinda) Wyckoff, Cameron, Keith (Jennifer) Wyckoff, Cowgill, Mo.; four great-grandsons, Daniel Schmitz, Tryston, Nicholaus and Nathan Wyckoff.
Graveside Services were held Tuesday, July 31, 2012, at Lawson Cemetery, Lawson. Arrangements: Poland-Thompson Funeral Home, Cameron.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donation to Safehaven Animal Shelter and/or First Christian Church, Cameron.
Online condolences: www.polandthompson.com


Tina L. McKay
HEMPLE, Mo. — Tina Louise (Martin) McKay, 48, of Hemple, passed away Sunday, July 22, 2012.
Survivors: fiancé, Mark Buter; sons, Brandon “B” (Ashley) Wilson and Seth Terway; granddaughters, Deja and Addison; mother, Patricia Brinegar; sisters, Tammy (Robert) Young, Cindy (Terry) Moore and Shelley Martin; one brother, William (Crystal) Brinegar.
Visitation: Held Thursday, July 26, 2012, at the Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower, Mo.
Donations may be made to Angels Animal Shelter.


Major David Charles Rogers
After a long, courageous battle with cancer, Major David Charles Rogers passed away on July 21, 2012.
Services were held on Saturday, July 28, 2012 at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, Liberty, MO.
Major Rogers completed a distinguished 40-year career in law enforcement. His capstone achievement entailed spearheading and directing a full-scale, state-of-the-art Emergency Preparedness Program within the Clay County Sheriff’s Department for which the Main Street lobby and Emergency Management area of the Sheriff’s office will be dedicated to Chief Deputy/Major Rogers. Major Rogers is credited with instilling and maintaining a high level of professionalism and integrity within the Department. For his exemplary service and dedication, he has been recognized with innumerable special honors and awards.
Major Roger’s many pastimes included managing and operating an Arabian horse farm in Lathrop, Missouri with his wife of 29-years, Connie Rogers, and spending time with his many children and grandchildren, as well as showing horses in local and regional horse shows. In 1987, Major Rogers became an active member of the Missouri Northland Arabian Horse Association and served as president for a two-year term. Major Rogers has been involved in all aspects of the restoration and operation of the St. Innocent Orthodox Church, where he also attended services for the last 20 years while serving as deacon.
Major Rogers was born on June 5, 1948 in Kansas City, Kansas. He was one of 14 children. He leaves behind a large and loving family, to include his wife, 5 children, 11 surviving siblings, 2 half-siblings, 12 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Among his friends, family and co-workers, he will always be remembered for his warm, entertaining nature and perpetual wit.
Memorial contributions may be made to either the American Cancer Society or St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Condolences may be left or shared through the Kansas City Star website at www.Legacy.com.


Ida B. Hines
Ida Belle Hines, 94, St. Joseph died Monday, July 30, 2012 at a local health care facility.
She was born March 1, 1918 in Easton, Mo. to Robert L. and Nellie I. (Grier) Holmes.
Ida was a secretary at the University of Iowa and enjoyed sewing, gardening, and painting landscapes. She was a long-time member of Central Christian Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Norman; son-in-law, Jerry Ayers; brothers, George and Lloyd Holmes; and sister Mary Lee Hawkins.
Survivors: her daughter, Carol Ayers, Westfield, Ind.; son, Howard Lee Hines (Julie), Cedar Rapids, Iowa; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Service: 10 a.m. Thursday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Interment: Memorial Park Cemetery. The Family will receive friends 9 to10 a.m. Thursday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory.
The Family suggests memorial gifts to Central Christian Church, 1501 North Leonard Road, St. Joseph, Mo. 64506.
Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com.


Butch Paulson
Butch Paulson 55, of Plattsburg died Saturday July 21, 2012 at a Liberty Mo hospital. Born on Nov. 11, 1956 in Minn., to Gerald and Esther Paulson. He was a high school graduate and served in the United States Army. Butch worked as a mechanic for Calvert’s Express Automotive in Lenexa Kansas.

He was preceded in death by his father.

On Nov. 26, 1993 he married Angie K. Lloyd, who survives of the home.

(Survivors) his wife Angie of the home; Mother Esther Paulson of Mohawk New York; brother Gerry Paulson of Florida; 2 step sons Jeremy Waters of Lathrop Missouri and DJ Waters of Lawson Missouri; and 5 Grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held 11AM Friday July 27, 2012 at the Bailey & Cox Funeral Home Plattsburg. Interment will be in the Green Lawn Cemetery Plattsburg.

The family suggests memorial gifts to the family to help with expenses.

Arrangements Bailey & Cox Funeral Home Plattsburg Missouri.


Ella Mae (Holloway) Kelly
Ella Mae (Holloway) Kelly of Hamilton, MO passed away Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at a local healthcare facility.

She was born July 17, 1935 to Lee and Dollie (Pendergraft) Holloway. Ella Mae was the 13th of 15 children.

Ella Mae married James L. Kelly on May 16, 1951.

She was a wonderful wife having celebrated 61 years together with Jim, who survives of the home. To this union four children were born. James R. Kelly (Linda) of Hackett Ark., Pamela D. Hibler (Joe) of Lathrop, MO, Laurence Randall Kelly (Lorie) of Kearney, MO, and Rebecca S. Kelly of Stewartsville, MO. Other survivors include include nine grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, 1 sister and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceeded in death by her parents, eight brothers, five sisters and one grandson.

Mrs. Kelly was a member of Harmony Cumberland Presbyterian Church were a celebration of her life was held Monday, July 16, 2012.


Mary T. Liles
Mary Teresa Liles, 66, St. Joseph, passed away Saturday, July 21, 2012, peacefully after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Mary was surrounded by family and friends who loved her very much as a wife, mother, grandmother, sister and as a teacher.

Mary was born on September 29, 1945, to Roland Brown “R.B.” and Lorraine (Reardon) Plummer in Plattsburg, Mo. She was raised in Plattsburg, and graduated from Plattsburg High School and Northwest Missouri State University with a bachelor’s degree in Education.

Mrs. Liles began a long and rewarding teaching career at Hickman Mills School District in Kansas City, Mo. In 1974, she moved to St. Joseph and taught at Hosea Elementary and St. Francis Xavier Elementary School for nearly 24 years, retiring in May 2012. The number of children she impacted is too numerous to mention and Mary was proud and loved each of them.

In addition to her teaching career, Mrs. Liles was employed with Dillard’s for over 10 years.

Mary was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She was also a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church and Junior League of St. Joseph.

Mary married Gary Liles on June 28, 1969, in Plattsburg. To that union five children were born.

Mrs. Liles is survived by her husband, Gary, of the home; a daughter, Megan (Matthew) Cobb, St. Joseph; four sons; Matthew, Andrew (Clara) and Peter Liles, of St. Joseph and Benjamin Liles, Austin, Texas; five grandchildren; Henry D., Lucy L. and Mary K. Liles and Samuel W. and Margaret R. Cobb; four sisters, Kathleen (Ray) Clarke, Kansas City, Patricia Downey, Lathrop, Mo., Margaret (Wayne) Miller, St. Joseph, Helen (Jay) Pipes, Plattsburg; a brother, Charles Plummer, Liberty, Mo.; and aunt, Pauline Reardon, St. Joseph.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; and sister-in-law, Judy Plummer.

Mass of Christian Burial: 10 a.m. Thursday, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. Interment: Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, at the Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.

Mrs. Liles will be removed from our chapel to arrive at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, where a Prayer Service will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The family will receive friends following the prayer service at the church until 8 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Francis Xavier Catholic School.


Ashley L. Key & Britny M. Harrup
EDGERTON, Mo. — Ashley Lynn Key, 22, and her sister, Britny Marie Haarup, 19, both of Edgerton, died unexpectedly on Friday, July 13, 2012.

Ashley and Britny were graduates of Park Hill South High School.

A memorial service celebrating the lives of Ashley Key and Britny Haarup was held at Friday, July 20, 2012, at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 5705 Hwy Z. Edgerton, Mo.

The family requests that everyone in attendance wear bright colors.

A memorial fund in their names has been established at the Platte Valley Bank in Dearborn, Mo. The Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville has been entrusted with the final arrangements.

Memories of Ashley and Britny may be left with the family online at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.


Kori Don Wells
Kori Don Wells, age 31, of Plattsburg, MO, passed away in his home onTuesday, July 17 2012. Kori was born March 18, 1981 to Tomi Novak and George Wells in Chillicothe, MO. Kori was preceded in death by his grandfather, Don Parsons, grandparents , Charles and Iona Mills, and one aunt, Mary Keithley.

Kori Wells was a special person to many. He was a loving person whose warm personality and smile could touch your soul. Ever loyal, capable of extreme kindness. He attended the Vinyard Kansas City North Church.

Kori was a loving son, brother ,uncle, nephew, and friend. Kori is survived by his mother and step-father, Tomi & Ron Novak; his father, George Wells; grandmother Vernice Sharp; brother & sister-in-law, Richard & Erica Wells, sister & brother-in-law, Calvary & Jimmy Sprong;Step Brother Novac; Step sister Amy Novak; Two nieces, Morgan Wells and Anna Sprong; One nephew, Isaiah Sprong; numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins, and one loving, special cat Jasmine.

Services were held Saturday July 21, at the Bailey & Cox Funeral Home in Plattsburg, MO. Interment to follow at the Welsh Cemetery in Dawn, MO.
Following the interment will be food and fellowship at Community of Christ Church, 301 Cowgill Street, Chillicothe, MO.


Ella M. Kelly
HAMILTON, Mo. — Ella Mae (Holloway) Kelly, 76, Hamilton, died Wednesday, July 11, 2012, at a local healthcare facility.

She was born July 17, 1935, to Lee and Dollie (Pendergraft) Holloway.

Married James L. Kelly on May 16, 1951.

Mrs. Kelly was a member of Harmony Cumberland Presbyterian Church and her roll in life was to be a good mother and grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her parents; six brothers; five sisters and one grandson.

Survivors: her husband, James; sons, James R. Kelly (Linda), Hackett, Ark. and Lawrence Randy Kelly (Lori), Kearney, Mo.; daughters, Pamela D. Hibler (Joe), Lathrop, Mo. and Rebecca “Beck” S. Kelly, Stewartsville, Mo.; ten grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one sister and nephew, Donnie Holloway.

Service: Held Monday, Harmony Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

Interment: Kidder Cemetery, at a later date.

The family will receive friends an hour prior to the service.

The family suggests memorial gifts to Harmony Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com.


Jason Michael Rogers
Jason Michael Rogers passed away July 11, 2012 at his home in Lathrop, surrounded by family, after a courageous battle with Melanoma.

Jason was a 1988 graduate of Smithville High School. Jason joined the Army in 1988 and was a member of the 82nd Airborn. Jason graduated from Arizona Business Tech and Metropolian Missouri Community College.

Jason fulfilled his dream of becoming a police officer, working for Clay County Sheriff’s Office, Clinton County Sheriff’s Office and the Lathrop, Missouri Police Department.

Jason was born in North Kansas City, MO February 17, 1970 to Jerry and Janie Rogers. On October 7th, 2007 he married Janet Eddings.

Jason is survived by his wife, Janet, sons Dylan and Cole Riffle, all of the home, parents Jerry and Janie Rogers, Claycomo, MO, brother Brian, Junction City, KS, sister, Mechelle Zimmerle (Kirk), Kansas City, MO, sister-in-law, Melanie Fields (Rob), Kansas City, MO, sister-in-law Elizabeth Eddings, Kearney, MO, In-laws, Glen and Mary Eddings, Kearney, MO; nephews Aaron Bartch, Nick Hart, Brandon Zimmerle, Boston Tillery, neices Rachel Hart and Brittney Zimmerle, and his maternal grandmother, Helen Lee.

He also leaves behind his faithful canine companions, Isabelle, Kon, Tasha and Harley, his closest canine companion.

Visitation will be held Monday, July 16th, 2012, 6-8 p.m. at Heartland Funeral Home, 6113 Blue Ridge Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64122.

The family would like to thank the Lathrop Police Department, Kansas City Police Department, Missouri Highway Patrol, the Legion Riders, KU Hospital, Kansas City Cancer Center, Dr. gary Dolittle, Dr. Sean Jackson, Dr. Maureen Sheehan and all the staff of KU that took excellent care of Jason.

Jason was a “one of a kind man”, and loved by many.


Inga A. Bruce
Inga Arleen Bruce, 60, of St. Joseph, passed away Wednesday, July 11, 2012, in a St. Joseph hospital.

She was born December 30, 1951, in St. Joseph, daughter of Edith and Homer Arbuckle.

She attended Benton High School and received an Associate degree in Accounting from Missouri Western State University.

She was a homemaker.

She enjoyed raising her granddaughter.

She also enjoyed all the aspects of restoring her home, she liked gardening, going to the river and socializing with her friends.

She was a Pentecostal.

Inga was preceded in death by parents and a sister, Betty Parrish.

Survivors include her daughter, Lori Helsel-Dolman and a son, James Bittick Sr., both of St. Joseph; grandchildren, Jennie Nichols, Carlie Helsel and James Bittick, Jr.; a brother, Rex Arbuckle, of Albany, La. and four sisters, Kay Ferris and Connie Brumback, both of St Joseph; Twila Winsor, of Gower, Mo. and Teresa Smith, of St. Joseph.

Funeral service was conducted on Saturday, July 14, 2012, at Rupp Funeral Home, with Rev. Rex Arbuckle and Rev. David Billingsley officiating.

The interment will be at the King Hill Cemetery.

Memorials are requested to the American Cancer Society.
Online condolence and obituary at www.ruppfuneral.com.


Jason Rogers Obituary
Jason Michael Rogers
Jason Michael Rogers passed away July 11, 2012 at his home in Lathrop, surrounded by family, after a courageous battle with Melanoma.
Jason was a 1988 graduate of Smithville High School. Jason joined the Army in 1988 and was a member of the 82nd Airborn. Jason graduated from Arizona Business Tech and Metropolian Missouri Community College.
Jason fulfilled his dream of becoming a police officer, working for Clay County Sheriff’s Office, Clinton County Sheriff’s Office and the Lathrop, Missouri Police Department.
Jason was born in North Kansas City, MO February 17, 1970 to Jerry and Janie Rogers. On October 7th, 2007 he married Janet Eddings.
Jason is survived by his wife, Janet, sons Dylan and Cole Riffle, all of the home, parents Jerry and Janie Rogers, Claycomo, MO, brother Brian, Junction City, KS, sister, Mechelle Zimmerle (Kirk), Kansas City, MO, sister-in-law, Melanie Fields (Rob), Kansas City, MO, sister-in-law Elizabeth Eddings, Kearney, MO, In-laws, Glen and Mary Eddings, Kearney, MO; nephews Aaron Bartch, Nick Hart, Brandon Zimmerle, Boston Tillery, neices Rachel Hart and Brittney Zimmerle, and his maternal grandmother, Helen Lee.
Visitation will be held Monday, July 16th, 2012, 6-8 p.m. at Heartland Funeral Home, 6113 Blue Ridge Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64122.
The family would like to thank the Lathrop Police Department, Kansas City Police Department, Missouri Highway Patrol, the Legion Riders, KU Hospital, Kansas City Cancer Center, Dr. gary Dolittle, Dr. Sean Jackson, Dr. Maureen Sheehan and all the staff of KU that took excellent care of Jason.
Jason was a “one of a kind man”, and loved by many.


David Lee Wilson
David Lee Wilson, age 68 of Warsaw, Missouri passed away Thursday, June 7, 2012 at his home near Warsaw.

David was a life-long resident of the state of Missouri. He graduated from Lathrop High School and then moved to Kansas City. He worked for Burlington Northern Railroad for 30+ years before retiring in Warsaw. David chose Truman Lake for his retirement because he loved to fish. When he wasn’t out on the water, will be missed by his many friends and family.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Perry OK Wilson, Hazel Mae Stevens Wilson and his loving wife: Christie K. Wilson.

Among survivors includes his two sons, Darren Wilson of the home, and Glen Dyson of Dallas, Texas, one brother, Randy Wilson of Lathrop, Missouri, and two sisters, Gloria Guilkey of Lawson, Missouri, and Joyce Robeson of Holt, Missouri. Also, three grand-daughters and two great grand-children.

David L. Wilson will be missed by many. A celebration of David’s life is planned for July 21, 2012 at Picnic Shelter #1 – Long Shoal Swimming Area at Truman Lake. The shelter is located on Fish Hook Road across from the Long Shoal Marina.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Vansant-Mills Funeral Home of Clinton. Fond memories and condolences may be left at www.vansant-millsfuneralhome.com


Terry L. Elms
SOUTH GLASTONBURY, Conn. — Terry Lynn Elms, 62, of South Glastonbury, and formerly of St. Joseph, passed away April 30, 2012, after a valiant battle with Lou Gehrig ’s disease (ALS).

He was born May 15, 1949 and was the son of the late Lynn and Norma (Chambers) Elms.
He had lived in Connecticut for the past 20 years.

He leaves his beloved wife, Marykay, and two daughters, Catharine and Victoria Elms.

Also, he is survived by three brothers, Michael (Tammy) and Rodney (Brittany) of St. Joseph and David (Cori) of Gower, Mo; his inlaws, Albert and Tillie Gonzales, of Albuquerque, N.M. and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Terry was an insurance executive working for Royal and Sun Alliance, as an International Human Resources Manager for Latin America and the Caribbean.

His most recent position was as Vice President of Human Resources and Officer of the Company for New London County Mutual.

After graduating from Faucett High School (Mid-Buchanan), he joined the United States Air Force and served in the Vietnam War.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated May 2, 2012.
Memorial donations may be made to ALS Association.


Lloyd D. Watson
STEWARTSVILLE, Mo. — Lloyd Dwain “Buck” Watson, age 78, was born July 25, 1933, the son of Charles, Jr. and Hazel (Delaney) Watson, in Stewartsville, and passed away peacefully with his family at his side July 7, 2012, at his home.

Buck served our country in the United States Army from 1953 to 1955. He enjoyed playing cards and dancing with his wife Connie. Buck and Connie were united in marriage December 31, 1952, in Eureka Springs, Ark. To this union two daughters were born. Buck owned and operated Watson trucking all his life and was a member of Culbertson United Methodist Church.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife, Connie, of the home; two daughters, Kimberly Ann Delaney (Doug), King City, Mo. and Lynda Noel (Chris), Stewartsville; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held July 10, 2012, at Bram-Turner Funeral Home, Stewartsville, with burial in Stewartsville Cemetery, with full military honors.

Memorial Contributions: Culbertson United Methodist Church.


Frieda F. Shelton
Frieda F. Shelton, 100, of Polo, MO, died Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at the Excelsior Springs Nursing & Rehab Center. Born on Jan. 9, 1912 in Ray County to James D. and Maud J. (Green) Hemry. She was a graduate of Polo High School and also attended Warrensburg Teachers College. Mrs. Shelton was a homemaker and taught two years at the Thompson School. She was a charter member of Christ Chapel in Polo, and had served as a 4-H leader for 13 years and held leadership positions in the PTA and the Ray County Extension Club.

On April 29, 1934, she married James T. Shelton who preceded her in death on April 25, 1995. Her parents, two grandchildren, and one great-grandchild, her sister, Leta May Villerup, brother Eldon V. Hemry and son-i-law, Donald Curp, also preceded her in death.

Survivors include her children: Barbara (Warren) Stephens of Polo, Mo; Shirley (Houston) Rushing of Great Falls, MT; Betty (Charles) Sams of Cincinnati, OH; Sharon (Duane) Tindall of Polo, Mo; and James (Barbara) Shelton of San Antonio, TX; 14 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, June 30, 2012 at Christ Chapel in Polo. Burial will be in the Bethel Cemetery, Polo. The family suggests memorial gifts to Christ Chapel or the Bethel Cemetery. Arrangements by Bailey & Cox Funeral Home, Polo, MO.


Donna K. Noland
EASTON, Mo. — Donna Kay (Hampton) Noland, 67, of Easton, passed away on Sunday, June 17, 2012, at the University of Kansas Hospital.

Donna was born on November 13, 1944 in Gallatin, Missouri to M. Ross and Neva F. (Terry) Hampton.

Donna married Howard F. Noland on March 25, 1965 in Troy, Kan. He survives of the home.

A celebration of life was held Saturday, June 30, 2012, at Three Angels Seventh Day Adventist Church, 5302 Mitchell Ave, St. Joseph.

A fellowship dinner was held at 5 p.m., with a tribute immediately following, in the sanctuary.

All friends and family are welcome.


W. Faye Ganley
Willie Faye Ganley, 89, a longtime resident of Lathrop, passed away July 1, 2012 at Oakridge of Plattsburg.

Visitation will begin at 10:00 am, followed by a service celebrating her life at 11:00 am, on Thursday, July 5, at the First Baptist Church of Lathrop. Burial will follow in the Lathrop Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the church building fund.

Faye was born July 7, 1922 in West Plains, MO, the daughter of Alfred Monk and Alice (Holbrook) Johnston. She worked many years as a nurse’s aide at Spelman Memorial Hospital in Smithville. Faye was a member of the First Baptist Church of Lathrop, the Turney Mercy Sewing Circle, and the Lathrop Antique Car and Tractor Club.

Along with her parents, Faye was preceded in death by her husband, Roy; son, Charles; and siblings, Burt, Gilbert, Roy, Russell, Carlton, Dollie and Jack. Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Callie Stout; grandchildren, Timothy Jenkins and Coleen Sallot; great grandchildren, Daniel, Matthew, Aiden and Chaz; and two cousins who were more like sisters, Mable and Lois.

Arrangements: Park Lawn Lathrop Chapel (816) 740-4658.


Rose M. Brown
Rose Marie Brown, 89, of St. Joseph, passed away Sunday, June 17, 2012, at a St. Joseph hospital.
She was born July 2, 1922, in St. Joseph, daughter of Josephine and Martin Rizzo.
She graduated from Central High School.
She worked at Quaker Oats as a secretary.
She enjoyed cooking and gardening, and was a member of Cathedral Catholic Church, of St. Joseph.
Rose was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Milton Brown; her parents; two brothers, Joseph (Henrietta) Rizzo and Charles (Beaulah) Rizzo and a sister, Mary Rizzo.
Survivors include a brother, Anthony (Beverly) Rizzo, Turney, Mo. and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews.
The Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Saturday, June 23, 2012, at Horigan Chapel, Father Joseph Powers Celebrant.
The interment was at the Mount Olivet Cemetery.
Memorials are requested to the Msgr. Noland Endowment Fund.
Online condolence and obituary at www.ruppfuneral.com.


Donna K. Noland
EASTON, Mo. — Donna Kay (Hampton) Noland, 67, of Easton, passed away on Sunday, June 17, 2012, at the University of Kansas Hospital.
Donna was born on November 13, 1944 in Gallatin, Mo. to M. Ross and Neva F. (Terry) Hampton.
She was a member of Seventh Day Adventist Three Angels Church, where she volunteered with many outreach programs.
She was an avid bowler.
She was preceded in death by her father and one nephew, Kurt.
Donna married Howard F. Noland on March 25, 1965 in Troy, Kan. He survives of the home.
Additional survivors include one daughter, Shawna Streeby, husband Brad, Easton; Buster Brown; two sisters, Terry Thompson, Easton and Mary Jo Siela, Gower, Mo.; her mother, Neva McKinnon, St. Joseph; four grandchildren, Bria, Olivia, Lance and Kayce. She was a dedicated aunt to her numerous nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Noland has been cremated under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith and Sidenfaden Chapel.


Andy W. Owens
ALBANY, Mo. — Andy Wayne Owens, 69, Albany, formerly of Eagleville, Mo., passed away Saturday, June 16, 2012.
Survivors include his wife, Denise, of the home; children, James (Cyndi) Owens, Eagleville, Raymond Owens, Bethany, Mo., Tony (Beth) Steele, Grant City, Mo., Betsy (Garry Paul) Gilliland, Lathrop, Mo. and Kyla (Glen) Waters, Norborne, Mo.; 17 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; mother, Hazel Owens, Albany; siblings, Harold “Beanie” (Bert) Owens, Carolyn Munez, Ted (Betty) Owens and Kathy (John) Overly, Carl (Elaine) Owens, Steve (Janet) Owens, Hal (Sonya) Owens, Barb (Mike) Stewart and Tracy Gach.
Funeral Services were held Tuesday, June 19, at the First Christian Church, Eagleville, under the direction of Roberson Funeral Home, Eagleville. Burial: in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Blythedale, Mo.
Memorial contributions may be made to Andy Wayne Owens Memorial Fund in care of Roberson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 46, Eagleville, Mo., 64442.
Online condolences may be left at www.robersonfuneralhome.com.


Timothy J. Hughes
Timothy “Tim” Jarred Hughes, 51, Lathrop, Mo., passed away at his home on June 12, 2012.
Tim was born on January 29, 1961, in Kansas City, Mo., to Luther W. and Voncelle “Vonnie” Floray Hughes. He was a 1979 graduate of the Penney High School, Hamilton, Mo. He had worked as a technician for SBA Communication Corporation.
Survivors: Daughter, Kristine Hughes, Kansas City; Parents, Luther and Vonnie Hughes, Kidder, Mo; two sisters, Anita Dunham, Hamilton, Mo., and Shauna Hughes, Chillicothe, Mo.; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
The body has been cremated. Memorial Service: Held Tuesday, June 19, 2012, at the Bible Baptist Church, Cameron, Missouri.
Arrangements: Bram Funeral Home, Hamilton.
Online condolences: www.bramfuneralservices.com


Terri Leigh Adkins
Terri Leigh Adkins, 49, of Kansas City, Missouri passed away Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at Liberty Hospital.

Terri was born December 12, 1962 in Kansas City, Missouri to Frank and Ethel (Landis) Cundiff who preceded her in death.

Survivors include husband Jerry Adkins, two sons Chris Brown and Glenn MacDonald, and one daughter Christina Browning; three grandchildren. Four brothers Tim, Tom, Walter, and Bob Cundiff, and three sisters Rita Maag, Jolaine Cotton, and Dolores King.

Services were held Saturday, June 9th at Trinity Lutheran Church Kearney, Missouri. Interment Lathrop Cemetery Lathrop, Missouri.


Jean Pipes
Iris Imogene “Jean” Pipes, 89, of rural Hemple, MO passed away Friday, June 8, 2012 at the Gower Convalescent Center.

She was born on November 20, 1922 in Mound City, MO at the family home. She was the daughter of George Russell and Ethyl Letha (Guthrie) Nixon. She attended Maitland High School and graduated in 1941.

On December 23, 1945 she married her soul mate John Dee Pipes, Jr. in St. Joseph, MO. In 1951 they moved near Gower where they farmed and in 1961 they moved back to farm near Hemple where they made their home. Her husband JD passed away October 21, 1992.

Jean worked at the Antique Barn in Gower, MO for several years. Jean enjoyed helping JD on the farm with the daily chores, as well as being a homemaker and mother.

She was a member of the Gower Christian Church. Jean was also a member of the Chat N Nibble Club, Fairview Malden Club, Women of the Moose, St. Joseph Catholic Church Quilting Guild and served on the Democratic Committee for several years.

Jean was known throughout the country as a detailed and intricate quilter, by her loving husband as a first class dancer, by her family as a competitive game player, and by her family and friends as a loyal, loving, compassionate women. Traveling was a part of her life with JD especially their trip to Germany and many other excursions throughout the country.

She is survived by her son, John “Jay” Dee Pipes III and daughter-in-law Helen Pipes, Plattsburg, MO; granddaughters, Bridget Welch and husband Ron, Plattsburg, MO and Molly Treichel and husband Derek, Kansas City, MO; grandson, John Michael Pipes, Plattsburg, MO; great-granddaughter, Helena Caroline Welch; siblings, David Nixon and wife Margaret, Jacksonville, FL, Eleanor King and husband David, St. Joseph, MO, Bob Nixon and wife Betty, Ventura, CA, and Beverly Pipkin, Denver, CO; many nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Funeral Service : 11:00 am Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower. Visitation: 6:30-8:30 pm Tuesday at the funeral home.

Burial: Allen Cemetery, Gower.

Memorials are suggested to Camp Quality of Northwest, MO


Janette Dunlap
CLARKSDALE, Mo. — Janette Dunlap, 70, Clarksdale, went to be with her Saviour on Saturday, June 9, 2012, at her home.

She was born March 30, 1942, to Louis Marks and Thelma Louise (Norris) Tyer in Starfield, Mo.

She married Willam Clouser Dunlap, Sr., June 5, 1960. He preceded her in death April 3, 1996.

Janette was a lifetime member of Bible Baptist Temple and volunteered for Refiner’s Fire Recovery Ministry at Bible Baptist Temple.

She was also preceded in death by her parents.

Survivors: three sons, William Dunlap, Jr. (Annette), Stewartsville, Mo., Tim Dunlap (Connie), Clarksdale; Patrick Dunlap (Rose), Easton, Mo.; daughter, Brenda Sowers, Atchison, Kan.; 16 grandchildren; brother, William Tyer (Sharon); and sister, Marcia Porter (Glen).

Service: 1 p.m. Tuesday, Bible Baptist Temple. Interment: Bethel Cemetery, DeKalb, Mo. The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Mrs. Dunlap will be removed from Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory to arrive at the church one hour prior to the service.

The family suggests memorial gifts to Bible Baptist Temple.
Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com


Mary Ann Kelsey
Mary Ann Kelsey, 91, of Agency, MO, passed away, Thursday, May 31, 2012.
She was born on September 28, 1920 to Noah Foster and Nellie Helen (Singer) Wood near St. Joseph, MO. She grew up near Gower and graduated from Gower High School in 1937.
On August 23, 1939 she was united in marriage to Henry T. Kelsey. After their marriage they lived near St. Joseph, where they farmed and operated Kelsey Apple Orchard. Her husband, Henry, passed away February 23, 1996.
Mary Ann was a member of the Frazier Baptist Church.
She was also preceded in death by her parents, one sister, Lois Wood, her daughter, Nancy Shiflett, and granddaughter, Gay Ann Lough.
She is survived by her son, David H. Kelsey and wife Sherrill; daughters, Marianne Lough and husband Bill, Wichita, KS; and Alice Lee Kelsey-Christgen, of the home; grandchildren, Mark (Helen) Kelsey, Kris (Amy) Kelsey, Erin (Brian) Burnham, Dana (Charlie) Barnett, Tracy Lough, D.J. Christgen, Shelly (Jeff) Samenus, Bart (Leigh Ann) Shiflett; sixteen great-grandchildren, Jordan, Josh, Josline, Gracie, Alie, Maggie, Leo, Austin, Grant, Jennifer, Andrea, Samantha, Kelsey, Connor, Tallon and Taryn; two great-great grandchildren, Avaun and David; other relatives including, Alma Day and many friends.
Funeral Services: Held Monday, June 4th at the Frazier Baptist Church. Burial: Frazier Cemetery
Donations may be made to the church building fund or the cemetery.
Arrangements, Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower.


Reatha M. Snapp
Reatha Mae Snapp, 84, of Gower, MO, passed away, Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at her daughters home.

She was born on December 23, 1927 to John L. and Ida M. (Bagwell) Jones in Cordelle, Oklahoma where she grew up, later moving to Bell Gardens, California. In 1945 she graduated high school in Compton, California.

In 1946 she married Elmer Ray Snapp. After their marriage they lived in Albuquerque, NM where she worked for Bell Telephone Company, and Stewartsville, MO where they operated Bram Funeral Home. Reatha later moved to Gower, MO, where she owned and operated Artistic Flowers, with her son Tony.

Reatha was a Mary Kay consultant. She enjoyed Bingo, fishing at the Lake, and loved to sew.

She was preceded in death by her parents, four sisters, Emma McLaughlin, Alice Scott, Mildred Johnson, and Myrtle Wedemeyer; three brothers George, Alfred, and J.T. Jones; and a great-granddaughter, Mckinley Rose Krueger.

Reatha is survived by three children, Tony Snapp, Gower, MO, Randall Snapp and wife Joyce, Menifee, CA, and Robin Krueger and husband Mike, Gower, MO; grandchildren, Jared, Robert C. “R.C.”, Jonathan, Jared, Stephanie, Brandon, Michael, and Rhonda; great-grandchildren, Lexy, Shelby, Brevin, Logan, Dalton, Carson, Grace, Faith, Adrianna, Maddie, Mason; several nieces and nephews, other relatives and many wonderful friends.

Funeral Services: Held Tuesday, June 5th at the Hixson-Klein Funeral Home. Gower.Burial: Keller Cemetery, Stewartsville.

Donations may be made to Keller Cemetery or Three Rivers Hospice.


Mary H. Hitch
GOWER, Mo. — Mary Helen “Teenie” Hitch, 79, of Gower, passed away Wednesday, May 30, 2012.

She was born February 22, 1933, the youngest of six children in St. Joseph, daughter of Millie and James Gomeck.

Mary Helen was a lifelong member of St. James Catholic Church, where she attended grade school, was a member of the Altar Society, PTA and Legion of Mary. She graduated from the Convent of the Sacred Heart in 1950.

In 1951, she married Raleigh Hitch, also of St. Joseph. They became parents of four children, Jane Ann Buescher and husband, Keith of Brighton, Colo., Mary Rae Paxton of Oregon, Mo., Raleigh Joseph Hitch, Sheri Lyn Brendle and husband Joe of Gower. The family now includes 13 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

Mary Helen was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and son; three brothers, James, Michael and Joseph Gomeck; and a sister, Ann Gallas. Other survivors include a sister, Millie Weber.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Saturday, June 2, 2012, at St. James Catholic Church, Father Joseph Totton, Celebrant. The Rosary was recited Friday, at Rupp Funeral Home. The family will received friends Friday, at Rupp Funeral Home. The Interment will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Memorials are requested to St. James Catholic Church.
Online condolence and obituary at www.ruppfuneral.com.


Lee Allen Trussell
Lee Allen Trussell, 46, of Kansas City, Missouri passed away Saturday May 19, 2012.

Memorial Service 11:00AM Thursday May 31, 2012 KC Turners GACA 512 Bong St. Belton, Missouri 64012.

Mr. Trussell has been cremated under the direction of Bailey & Cox Family Funeral Service Lathrop, MO.


Risdon E. Christie
UNION STAR, Mo. — Risdon Earl Christie, 91, Union Star, passed away Wednesday, May 23, 2012, at his home.

He was born September 3, 1920, in Monrovia, Kan., the son of Robert E. and Nona B. (Hamilton) Christie.

Risdon was a graduate of the Gower High School. He married the love of his life Frances Lorraine Bashor on December 31, 1941. They celebrated their 70th Anniversary last December.

He was a member of the First Christian Church of King City, Mo., where he served as a deacon.

Risdon was a very loving, devoted husband, father, father-in-law and grandfather who fully enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

In addition to his family, he loved farming his land and raising livestock.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Walter, Elmer, Floyd, Amos and Joe; sister, Elsie; and a granddaughter, Krista Jacoby.

Survivors in addition to his wife, Lorraine, of the home, are his four children, Joyce (John) White, Cameron, Mo., Janice (Ron) Eulinger, Lee’s Summit, Mo., Teresa (Jim) Jacoby, Maryville, Mo. and Dwight Christie (Vicki Lorenz), Rea, Mo.; sister, Katie of St. Joseph; grandchildren, Jeff White, Jennifer Winter, Jeremy White, Christie Brown, Patrick Eulinger, Karri Jacoby, Kimberly Shepherd, Jana Hanson, Bobby Christie and Kylie Dyche; and great-grandchildren, Laura White, Ashley White, Nicole White, Jocelyn Winter, Julianna Winter, Risdon White, Charlie White, Henry White, Grant Hanson, Brooklyn Hanson, Zane Eulinger, Jordan Eulinger, Anna Eulinger, Caylor Dyche, Cohen Dyche, Alayna Shepherd and Morley Christie.

Funeral Services were held Saturday, May 26, at the First Christian Church, King City. Burial: in King City Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hands of Hope Gentry County and/or First Christian Church of King City in care of Roberson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 153, King City, MO 64463. Online condolences may be left at www.robersonfuneralhome.com.


Juanita Merle Macewicz
Juanita Merle Macewicz, 87, of Holt, MO passed away May 16, 2012 at Liberty Hospital.

Mrs. Macewicz has been cremated under the direction of Bailey & Cox Family Funeral Service Lathrop, MO. Inurnment Mt. Olivet Cemetery St. Joseph, MO at a later date.


James Daniel Jones
James Daniel “Jimmie Dan” Jones, 64, a lifelong resident of Lathrop, passed away May 19, 2012 at home, surrounded by family. He was born February 27, 1948 in Lathrop, the son of Joseph Russell and Marie (Buckles) Jones. After graduation from Lathrop High School, Jimmie Dan attended the University of Missouri at Columbia and graduated from Missouri Western in St. Joseph. He worked for the Ford Motor Company at Claycomo for 37 years and retired as a Nationally Appointed Work Standards Representative for the United Auto Workers’ Union. Jimmie Dan was an active member of UAW Local 249 and a member of the Lathrop Masonic Lodge.
Survivors include his wife, Mary (Hamilton) Jones; daughter, Jackie Hadley (husband Casey); son, Michael Tucker (wife Amy); brother, Joe Jones (wife Linda); sister, Judy Wright; grandchildren, Jade Hadley, Nicholas, Dyllon and Mitchell Tucker; great grandson, Emmit Tucker; step-grandchildren, Brett and Madison Knight; numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and many friends.
Visitation will be held from 5-7 pm Tuesday, May 22, at the First Christian Church, 400 Center Street, Lathrop, MO 64465. Masonic services will follow the visitation. A funeral service celebrating Jimmie Dan’s life will be held at 10:00 am Wednesday, May 23, at the church. Burial will follow in the Lathrop Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the American Lung Association. You may send a message to the family or sign an on-line guest book via www.parklawnfunerals.com. Arrangements: Park Lawn Lathrop Chapel (816) 740-4658.


Hattie R. Roddie
Hattie R. Roddie 88 of St. Joseph Mo., formally of Plattsburg Mo., died Wednesday May 16, 2012 at a local health care facility. Born on March 20, 1924 in Plattsburg to Charles and Birdie (Evans) Cook. She was a member of the Pentecostal church.
Her husband Willie Roddie and her parents; 2 brothers and 5 sisters preceded her in death.
Survivors include her son William (Brenda) Roddie of Indianapolis, Ind; Daughter Birdie Cunningham of St. Joseph MO. 9 grandchildren and a host of great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside service and interment will be 1:00PM Saturday May 19, 2012 at the Mt. Washington Cemetery Plattsburg. The family will receive friends 1 hour prior at the funeral home. Arrangements Bailey & Cox Family Funeral Service Plattsburg MO.


Duane M. Mosel
TURNEY, Mo — Duane Martin “Sonny” Mosel, 62, Turney, passed away on May 16, 2012.

Sonny was born on May 17, 1949, in Norfolk, Neb., to Martin and Fern (Scheer) Mosel.

He was preceded in death by his father, Martin; and two sisters, Mary Ann Mosel and Marcia Clark.

He was a member of the Rock of Ages Lutheran Church, Kansas City, Mo.

On August 12, 2000, Sonny married Judy K. Wyant.

Survivors: wife, Judy, of the home; son, Martin “Bud” Mosel, Turney; daughter, Anna (Eric) Henry, Lathrop, Mo.; mother, Fern Mosel, Turney; step-children, Jamie (Ron) Stewart, Independence, Mo., Kara (Abdul) Daud, Kansas City, Tristan (Samuel) Sales, Lawson, Mo. and Gary (Laura) Wyant, Smithville, Mo.; one brother, George Mosel, Turney; three sisters, Ellen (Harold) Hiskett, Gallatin, Mo.; Karen(Don) Kennedy, Turney, Fern( Ron) Bradshaw, Lathrop; 18 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; nieces and nephews.

Service: Held Saturday, May 19, 2012, at Poland-Thompson Funeral Home, Cameron, Mo. Burial: Turney Cemetery, Turney.

Memorial fund: Rock of Ages Lutheran Church.
Online condolences: www.polandthompson.com


James A. Schafer
HOLT, Mo. — James A. Schafer, “Jim”, 75, of Holt, passed away May 15, 2012.
Visitation: Held at Hidden Valley Funeral Home. Funeral: 11 a.m. Saturday, May 19, at funeral home.

Burial: 1 p.m. Monday, May 20, at Lamar Cemetery in Elmo, Mo.

Memorial contributions to the American Legion Post 194, PO Box 62, Holt, MO 64048.

Arrangements: Hidden Valley Funeral Home, 925 East 92 Highway, Kearney, MO 64060, 816-903-8888.


Betty Arnote Fowler
Betty Arnote Fowler, 89, died in Washington, MO January 5, 2012.

She was born October 10, 1922 to O.N. and Effie Conyers in Cowgill, MO. She attended Polo, MO schools and Central Missouri State University.

On December 7, 1941 she was united in marriage to F. Junior Arnote at Polo United Methodist Church. After his death in 1967 she married Clifton Fowler in 1973. He preceded her in death in 1981. She moved from Polo, MO to Washington in 1993.

She was a member of Polo United Methodist Church and an assoicate member of First United Methodist Church in Washington.

She is survived by her son, Stanley Arnote and wife Carol of Kailus, Hawaii, a daughter, Jean Arnote Jochum and husband, John, of St. Louis, a daughter, June Arnote Wilson and husband, Jim, of Washington, MO and eight grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

Graveside services will be May 20 at 1:30pm - Prairie Ridge Cemetary, Highway 116, Polo, MO.


Rose Mary Lakey
Rose Mary Lakey 78 of Plattsburg Missouri died Tuesday May 8, 2012 at a local health care facility. She was born on May 13, 1933 the daughter of John and Rose Wesselman. She was a high school graduate. Rose Mary was a devout member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church Plattsburg.

On Oct 26, 1963 she married John Lakey who preceded her in death. Also preceding her in death are her parents son Lonnie Lakey, two brothers John and Norbert Wesselman, her step-mother Alfreda Wesselman; step-brother Virgil Davis.

Survivors include her son Ronnie Lakey of St Joseph Missouri; brother Martin Wesselman of Booneville, Mo., sister Betty Gerke of Boonville, Mo., step brothers James Davis of LaCanto Fl; Roger Davis of Kansas City Kansas. Two half brothers Stephen Wesselman of Centralia Mo; Robert Wesselman of Wagner Okla.

Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday May 12, 2012 at the St. Ann’s Catholic Church Plattsburg.

Interment in the Calvary Cemetery Plattsburg. The family suggests memorial gifts to St. Ann’s Church or The Clinton Care & Rehab Center.


Bertina Behrend
Bertina “Betty” (Pierce) Behrend, 92, St. Joseph, died Monday, May 7, 2012.

Betty was born on August 7, 1919 in Cainsvile, Mo. to Joseph Harry and Caryl Mae (Small) Pierce. She worked as a secretary for 28 years at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Atchison, Kan..

Betty was a member of the Savannah Avenue Baptist Church and the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. She married Robert Behrend on January 26, 1945. He preceded her in death in 1991. Betty was also preceded by her parents; sister, Louisa Higley; brothers, Bert and Joe Pierce.

Survivors: three sons, Robert, Girard, Kan., Ronald, Quarryville, Pa., James “Jim”, St. Joseph; daughter, Leslie Anderson, Jacksonville, N.C.; four grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; numerous great-great grandchildren; sisters, Vera Schmitz of Edwardsville, Kan., Anna Isabell of Lenexa, Kan., Gladys Belk, Lathrop, Mo.; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Service: Held Friday, May 11, Harman Rohde Funeral Home, Troy, Kan.. Burial: Mount Olive Cemetery, Troy.

Memorials: Savannah Avenue Baptist c/o funeral home P.O.Box 185 Troy, KS 66087. www.harmanrohde.com


Edward D. Russell
CAMERON, Mo. — Edward Dowell Russell, 71, passed away on May 9, 2012.

Edward was born on April 17, 1941 in Turney, Mo., to William and Dorothy Pauline (Foster) Russell.

He was preceded in death by his parents and four siblings.
Edward married Alice Joan Cohrs on July 24, 1959 in St. Joseph.

Survivors: Wife, Alice Joan Russell, of the home; daughter, Holly Jach, Kansas City, Mo.; three brothers, Jim Russell, Bill Russell and Bob Russell; two sisters, Kathy Fowler and Donna Morales; best friend, Mark Wolfe.

Graveside Services: Held Friday, May 11, 2012 at Harlan Cemetery, Cameron. Online condolences: www.polandthompson.com.

Arrangements: Poland-Thompson Funeral Home, Cameron.


Brad A. Kennedy
ORMOND BEACH, Fla. — Brad A. Kennedy, 50, of Ormond Beach, formerly of Plattsburg, Mo., and St. Joseph, passed away, April 26, 2012.
He was born on April 19, 1962, to Alan Coy Kennedy and Cheryle Christine Henry in Smithville, Mo. Brad was raised by his grandparents Coy and Leona (Anderson) Kennedy in Plattsburg. He graduated from Plattsburg High School in 1980. He then served his country in the U.S. Army where he was stationed in Germany and was discharged at Ft. Campbell, Ky. Brad then attended Platte Guard Business College in St. Joseph.
He operated Kennedy Painting and Drywall in Ormond Beach. He was also employed at Ocean View Realty Group Inc in the property maintenance department.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Coy and Leona Kennedy and Jessie Alvin and Elvie (Mitchell) Henry; his aunt, Judy Kennedy Mick; and brother, Troy Kennedy.
Brad is survived by his two sons, Joshua Alan Kennedy, Massillon, Ohio and Austin Ray Kennedy, Greenwood, Mo.; grandson, Connor Kennedy, New Philadelphia, Ohio; father and step-mother, Alan and Leona Kennedy, Plattsburg; mother and step-father, Cheryle and Robert Swink, Titusville, Fla.; four sisters, Shonda Kennedy Stebleton, Rhonda Kennedy Lehnen, Ormond Beach, Dana Sims Taylor, Delkalb, Mo. and Robin Miller, Kansas City, Mo.; several nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Graveside Service: 2 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at Frazier Cemetery.
Arrangements: Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower, Mo.


Hilah J. Ussary
AGENCY, Mo. — Hilah June Ussary left this life peacefully at her home in Agency, at 90 years and 10 ½ months on Saturday morning, May 5, 2012.
Hilah was born on June 20, 1921, in Agency, to Harry and Ella (Cline) Thomson. Hilah and her twin, Helen June, graduated from Agency High School, class of 1939. She was a life long member of the Agency Christian church and taught the preschool Sunday School Class for 40 years; and loved the children dearly.
On October 6, 1942, Hilah and Lloyd Jackson Ussary were married in St. Joseph and they shared 51 years of marriage with the passing of Lloyd on January 5, 1994. Hilah worked at Chase Poe Candy Company during WWII, while Lloyd was serving in the Army for three years. She was a member of the Agency Homemaker’s Club and assisted her husband in his Land Improvement business.
She is survived by a daughter, Harriet Susanne Moser; son Charles Lee Ussary (Debra); grandchildren, Chad Moser of St. Joseph, Richard Ussary (Alicia), Stephanie Smith, Michael Dixon (Jeanne Marie) of Paola, Kan.; great-grandchildren, Emma, Theodore, Nathan, Katherine, Noah, Samuel, Mary Francis, and Rachel; sister-in-law, Pauline Ussary; nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.
The family thanks all of Hilah’s caretakers who worked to make it possible for Hilah to live out her life at home with special regards to Delpha, Thelma and Darlene and Angels Home Health Care.
Graveside services were held Tuesday, May 8, 2012, at the Agency Cemetery.
The family suggest donations be made to Agency Christian Church or the Agency Cemetery.


Charles E. Hilsabeck
BARNARD, Mo. — Charles Edwin (Eddie) Hilsabeck, 74, Barnard, died Sunday May 6, 2012, at his home in Barnard.
Eddie was born June 18, 1937, in Barnard, the son of the late Ivan Warner and Jessie L Wohlford Hilsabeck.
He was a graduate of South Nodaway High School, Barnard, class of 1955.
Eddie was united in marriage to Rita Jeanine Mann on October 21, 1961, in Gower, Mo. She preceded him in death on May 16, 2005.
Eddie was a retired truck driver having driven for Crouch Brothers and Ryder-PIE Freight Lines. He was a member of the Teamsters Labor Union. Eddie had also served in the Missouri National Guard.
Eddie was a born again believer and follower of Jesus Christ.
Eddie was an avid hunter and fisherman who truly loved the outdoors. He also loved spending time with all his grandchildren and attending all their activities.
Others preceding him in death were son-in-law, Kevin Bauman; two brothers, Ivelle and Courtney Hilsabeck; sister-in-law, Susie Hilsabeck and a nephew, Roger Hilsabeck.
Survivors include two daughters, Darbi Bauman, Rosendale, Mo., Kami (Johnnie) Hubach, Rea, Mo., two sons Kip (Cyndi) Hilsabeck, Raymore, Mo., Grady (Lisa) Hilsabeck, Barnard; ten grandchildren, Taylor, Payden, Quayde, Brody Bauman, Jordan (Hubach) and Stuart Shifflett, Jacob, Josie and Jackson Hilsabeck, Malainee and Baylee Hilsabeck; two brothers, Gary (Marilyn) Hilsabeck, Barnard and Alan Hilsabeck, Maryville, Mo. and Deloris (Billy) Shelton, Maryville; sister-in-law Marillyn Hilsabeck, Barnard; brother-in-law Gary Mann, Agency, Mo.; sister-in-law LaDonna (Gary) Aebersold, Agency; and many friends, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at the Price Funeral Home, Maryville. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, at the funeral home. Burial: Barnard American Legion Cemetery.


Brantley Cole Williams
Brantley Cole Williams, infant son of Alexandra Williams and Andrew Fitzmaurice of Lathrop, MO, became an angel April 29, 2012.
Memorial Service at The Old Country Church at the Antique Showgrounds in Lathrop on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 2 PM.
Survivors also include grandparents, Melissa Swindler, Jerry Fitzmaurice and great-grandfather, Sam Swindler, all of Lathrop, MO.
Arr: Hidden Valley Funeral Home, Kearney, MO 816-903-8888


Robin J. Gilbert
FAIRFAX, Mo. — Robin J. Gilbert, 52, Fairfax, died at a Rock Port, Mo., care center on May 2, 2012.
Robin has been cremated.
Survivors: son, John and wife, Whitney Gilber, Columbia, Mo.; daughters: Mary Gilbert, Fairfax; and Joy Michelle Shaw and husband, Barry, Kingston, Ga.; parents, Rev. and Mrs. Robert Ewens, Lathrop, Mo.; and grandchildren, Kirsten and Sean Shaw.
A memorial service was held on Friday, May 4, at 3:30 p.m. at the Fairfax United Methodist Church followed by a family visitaiton and fellowship in the church basement. Inurnment will be at a later date.


Leonard Smith
Lewis Leonard Smith, 87, of St. Joseph, passed away Monday, April 30, 2012.
He was born on March 13, 1925, near Hemple, Mo., and attended Oakdale Grade School and Stewartsville and Gower High Schools. He then served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII in the 41st Division.
On February 24, 1950, he was united in marriage to Kathryn Reva Scott. After their marriage they lived in St. Joseph, where they made their home. His wife, Kathryn, passed away on October 21, 2005.
Leonard was also preceded in death by his daughter, Linda Smith; son, James L. Smith; granddaughter, April Reva Evans; father, Harry Raymond Smith; mother and step-father, Esther Mae (Zysset) and Ora W. “Jack” Pierce; and brother, Raymond Smith.
He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Jan and William Evans, St. Joseph; daughter-in-law, Lisa Simanowitz, St. Joseph; three grandchildren: Christine Haley and husband, Ben, St. Joseph; Paul Evans and wife, Laura, Burlington Junction, Mo.; and Michael J. Smith, St. Joseph; great-grandchildren, Evan and Lydia Haley, Audrey Evans and Baby Evans due in August; brothers: Gerry Smith, Kansas City, Mo.; and Kenneth Smith and wife, Pauline, Overland Park, Kan.; several nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends, including Leonard and Mina McCall.
Funeral Services: Held Tuesday, May 8, at the Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower, Mo. Burial: Allen Cemetery, Gower.
Donations: Faith United Church, St. Joseph.


Christian L. Harding
STEWARTSVILLE, Mo. — Christian Landon Harding of Stewartsville passed away Sunday, April 29, 2012. He was born April 25, 2012, in St. Joseph.
Christian was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, John Harding; maternal great-grandmother, Beulah Searle; maternal great-grandfather, Ernest Harding; and maternal great-grandfather, Charles Stagner.
Survivors include his mother, Lacy Harding and father, Victor Rubina of Stewartsville, Mo.; maternal grandmother, Kenna Harding; five uncles, John Stagner, Walter Stagner, Michael Reed, Brad Harding, and Johnny Harding; and two aunts, Tammy Harding and Lori Harding.
Graveside funeral services and interment were conducted on Thursday, May 3, at the Bethel Cemetery. Online condolence and obituary at www.ruppfuneral.com.


Dixie L. Dillon-Smith
Dixie Lynn Dillon-Smith, 55, of St. Joseph, passed away at her home on Tuesday, May 1, 2012, after a year-and-a-half battle with cancer.
She was born April 17, 1957, in St. Joseph, the daughter of Beverly and Richard Dillon. She was a 1975 graduate of East Buchanan High School, where she was a member of the band and choir. She was previously employed at Payless Cashways, the St. Joseph County Club, and the Moila Country Club.
Dixie was preceded in death by her father, Richard D. Dillon; mother, Beverly Dillon-Pollert; and brother-in-law, Jeff Stout.
Dixie is survived by her children, Erica L. Smith and Stephen A. Smith; her brother, Roger Dillon; four sisters, Debby (Jim) Sterzinger, Gloria Stout, Patty (Dave) Gwinn, and Brenda (Steve) White; nephews, Shaun Dillon, Jeremy Dillon, Daniel Stout, and Trevor Sterzinger; nieces, Jamie Sterzinger, Emily Stout, Tara Gwinn, and Aubry White; and step-father, Lee Pollert. Dixie is also survived by her companion of 14 years, Larry Potts and his children, Jennifer Potts and Larry Potts II, and his daughter, Kieara and her cat, Casey.
Funeral services were conducted on Friday, May 4, at Rupp Funeral Home, with Rev. John Welch officiating. Interment will be at the Memorial Park Cemetery.
Memorials are requested to the Dixie L. Smith Memorial Fund in care of the Rupp Funeral Home or the Nodaway Valley Bank, 6304 King Hill Ave., St. Joseph, MO 64504.
Online condolence and obituary at: www.ruppfuneral.com.


Mary Lou Heying
Mary Lou (Ritter) Heying, age 62, of Lathrop, Missouri passed away on May 3, 2012 at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas. She was surrounded by family at the time of her passing.
Mary was born on December 29, 1949 in Mitchell, South Dakota. She grew up on a farm near Hamill, South Dakota. She attended Fairview County School and later graduated from Gregory High School in 1968. Mary was wed to Edward Heying of Winner, South Dakota on May 9, 1969. To this union, two children were born, Patrick in 1970 and Lynn in 1976. Edward’s career with Delta Airlines brought them to the Kansas City area. They made their home in Lathrop, Missouri where Mary worked at the Candyman Corporation for many years.
Mary enjoyed baking, planting, and, most of all, spending time with her family. She had a knack for making any occasion a special one. She took great joy in her grandchildren and enriched their lives more than words can express.
Mary is preceded in death by her mother Hilda (Sexton) Hannett, father Eugene Ritter, step-father Hugh Hannett, infant sister Patricia Jo Ritter, and sister-in-law Carol Ritter.
She is survived by her husband Edward Heying, son Patrick (Marcia) Heying, daughter Lynn (Robert) Schreiber, grandchildren Andra and Gage Schreiber and Amy, Aaron, Braden, and Alex Chastain, sisters Nancy (Robert) Rohla and Ellen (Mike) Harroun, and brothers James (Lynelle) Ritter, Delbert Ritter, and Ray (Debra) Hannett, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at the Church of the Annunciation in Kearney, Missouri on Saturday, May 12, 2012. A visitation will begin at 9:00 with the funeral to follow at 10:00. Mary will be laid to rest at the Prairie Ridge Cemetary near Polo, Missouri.
Contributions may be made in Mary’s honor to the Erin Andra Wilson Foundation, a charity for families of children with cancer.
Erin Andra Wilson Foundation
6520 Walmer Street
Overland Park, KS 66202


Betty R. Myers
Betty Ruth Myers, 87, of St. Joseph, passed away Sunday, April 29, 2012, at her home.

She was born July 23, 1924, in St. Joseph, daughter of Mollie and Curtis Tiffany. She graduated from Lafayette and was the first “Lampian”. She had worked at Westab and Sun Garment factory in St. Joseph; she was also a Homemaker and enjoyed being a pastor’s wife for 55 years. She enjoyed family fishing trips to Minnesota, loved the outdoors, flower gardening, as well as crocheting, knitting, and ceramics. She was a loving mother and grandmother and will be missed by all who knew her. She was a member of various church ladies groups and extension clubs, where ever she traveled and lived, and she a member of the Communion Chapel Bible Church in Lebanon, Mo.

Betty was preceded in death by husband, Rev. Vernon Davis Myers; her parents, four brothers, Earnest, Raymond, Leon, and Kenneth Tiffany; sister, Dorothy Epperson.

Survivors include a son, Jay (Jenan) Myers of Easton, Mo.; daughter, Sharolyn Bohr, of the home; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren;

Funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 2, 2012, at Communion Chapel Bible Church, Lebanon, with Pastor Shawn Heinrichs officiating. The family received friends Tuesday, at the Rupp Funeral Home. The Interment will be at the Church Cemetery, Lebanon.

The Family wished to thank Asera Care hospice for their kind and caring service and request memorials to Asera Care Hospice.

Online condolence and obituary at www.ruppfuneral.com.


Keith Staus
Keith Staus, 28, of Polo, MO passed away April 27, 2012.
Keith was born May 9, 1983 in Sedalia, MO and grew up in Polo.

Keith’s true love was farming with his dad. Keith was a great son, brother, uncle and friend. He was loyal and kind hearted and we were very proud to have him as our son, our brother, and our friend.

Keith is survived by his parents, Paul and Christie Staus, his sisters, Pam (Dustin) Wilson and Adrianna Staus and by his brother Nicolas (Megan) Staus. He is also survived by his maternal and paternal grandmothers and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, nieces and many friends who loved him.

Services 10:00AM Saturday May 5, 2012 Sacred Heart Catholic Church Hamilton, MO. Interment Zimmerman Cemetery Polo, MO. The family will receive friends Friday from 7:00 to 9:00 PM Polo Elementary School Gym. Service under the direction of Bailey & Cox Family Funeral Service Polo, MO.


Thelma E. McWilliams
Thelma E. (Hines) McWilliams, 95, St. Joseph, died Sunday, April 29, 2012, at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

She was born February 23, 1917, to Samuel H. and Edna (Deppen) Hines in Easton, Mo.

Thelma married Harvey Coval McWilliams on December 2, 1934. He preceded her in death on February 7, 1992.

She was an Accountant for Eindbender’s and Noma Lites. Thelma also farmed with her husband for many years.

Mrs. McWilliams was a member of Harmony Cumberland Presbyterian Church, where she served as an Elder and Treasurer. She was also a member of San Antonio Extension Club and Central Christian Church Bible Study. Thelma was the first President of Bessie Ellison PTA and an active 4H leader.

She enjoyed gardening, bible study and was an avid card player. She truly loved family get-togethers and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by her parents and brother, Noman L. Hines.

Survivors: son, Larry C. McWilliams; daughter, T. Joan Lang (Norman); daughter, Barbara S. Monroe (Reggie); son, Daniel N. McWilliams (Cheryl); 13 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; one niece; two nephews; and several cousins.

Services: Held Wednesday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Interment: Memorial Park Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial gifts to Harmony Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com.


Teresa Lyn Hill
Teresa Lyn Hill, an outstanding, loving, beautiful mother and friend, passed away unexpectedly on April 28, 2012, at her home in Lathrop. She died three days following her 40th birthday. “Mama Tree” was born in Colorado on April 25, 1972, and lived in Kansas City before moving to Lathrop.

Teresa leaves her children, Anthony Hill and Kelsey Hill; granddaughter, Lilly Hill; mother, Janice Latham; father, Eddie Cordova; brother, Richard Cordova; sister, Dessie Martinez; grandfather, Ted Latham; grandmother, Dessie Latham; as well as other family members and friends. Teresa will be remembered for her big, giving heart. She would do anything for anyone and will be greatly missed.

Visitation will begin at 10:00 am, followed by a service celebrating Teresa’s life at 11:00 am, on Thursday, May 3, at the Park Lawn Lathrop Chapel, 901 Clinton Street, Lathrop. Burial will follow in the Lathrop Cemetery.

Teresa was a single mother of two young children. If you would like to help her family, a donation toward her funeral via Park Lawn Lathrop Chapel would be very much appreciated by her family. Arrangements: Park Lawn Lathrop Chapel (816) 740-4658.


Mathew Aaron Tucker
Mathew Aaron Tucker, 21, of Lathrop, passed away Aril 27, 2012 following injuries from a car accident. Visitation was held from 5-7 pm Sunday, April 29, at the First Christian Church of Lathrop, 400 Center Street.

A funeral service celebrating Mat’s life was held Monday, April 30th, at the church. Remembering Mat was a leukemia survivor, the family suggests that instead of flowers, give a donation to the Leukemia Society.

Mat was born April 12, 1991 in North Kansas City, MO, the son of Aaron and Joelle (Runions) Tucker. He grew up in Polo, and the family moved to Lathrop Mat’s sophomore year. He graduated from Lathrop High School in 2010. He worked as an assembler for Ford Motor Company at the Claycomo plant. He was a member of the First Christian Church and Ducks Unlimited. Mat’s passions included hunting, fishing, and a love for the outdoors.

Along with his parents, Mat leaves his sisters, Cortney Tucker and Amanda Tucker; nephew, Colton Tucker; grandparents, Frank and Rita Runions, David Tucker and Leah Tucker; great grandmother, Elaine Peters; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.

You may send a message to the family or sign an on-line guest book via www.parklawnfunerals.com. Arrangements: Park Lawn Lathrop Chapel 816-740-4658.


Preston Duncan
Preston Duncan, 79, St. Joseph, died Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at the Leavenworth VA Hospital, Leavenworth, Kan.

He was born September 26, 1932, to Taylor B. and Mary (Thornton) Duncan in Troy, Kan.

He married Alda “Deanie” Cogdill on July 29, 1955. She preceded him in death on December 1, 2011.

Mr. Duncan served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He worked for Burlington Northern Railroad as a Flagman for the Track Department. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars and Gower Good Timers.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; sons-in-law, John Kerns and Rick Harris; brother, Zachary Duncan; and sister, Birdie Rails.

Survivors include three daughters: Jeanie Kay Harris, Gower, Mo.; Janie Kerns (Jack), Agency, Mo.; and Sherri Russell (Tommy), Clarksdale, Mo.; son, Arnold Duncan, St. Joseph; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; brothers: Wilson Duncan, St. Joseph; and Elijah Duncan, Camden Point, Mo.; sister, Maxine Curtis, St. Joseph; and several nieces and nephews.

Services: 1 p.m. Monday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Interment: Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory.
Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com.


Clifton L. Lewellen
CAMERON, Mo. — Clifton Luther Lewellen, 84, Cameron, passed away April 17, 2012.
Clifton was born on April 21, 1927, in Turney, Mo., to Clifton and Jennie Ann (Strope) Lewellen.
He was a member of the Browning Baptist Church, Turney, Mo., and a veteran of the Army Infantry The Big Red One.
Clifton worked as a supervisor at Wyeth Hardware in St. Joseph before retiring.
Clifton was preceded in death by his parents; son, David Lewellen; brothers, Darl and Robert Lewellen; and son-in-law, David Johnson.
On September 20, 1959, Clifton married Alice Thuman in Turney, Mo.
Survivors: wife, Alice of the home; two daughters: Sharon Johnson, Maysville; and Dee (Kelley) Crowley, Cameron; sister, Joann (Chuck) Harrison, Mesa, Ariz.; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Services: Held Saturday, April 21, at Poland-Thompson Chapel, Cameron. . Burial: Cameron Memory Gardens, Cameron.
In lieu of flowers donations to the Browning Baptist Church, Turney, Mo.
Online condolences: www.polandthompson.com.


Helen L. English
PLATTSBURG, Mo. — Helen Louise English, 98, of Plattsburg, passed away Tuesday, April 17, 2012.
Helen and her husband, Austin farmed in the Plattsburg area.
Preceded in death by: her husband, Austin; son, William Wesley English; brothers, Virgil Rogers and Laurence Rogers; and sister, Mary Kellam.
Survived by: daughter, Helen Jean McMichael, Trimble, Mo.; grandchildren, Gary McMichael, Rodney McMichael, Loretta (Virgil) Warren, Donna Bagwell and Linda (Bob) Sykes; five great-grandchildren; 16 great-great-grandchildren; and sister, Dorothy Flood.
Funeral Service: Held Saturday, April 21, at the Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower.Burial: Greenlawn Cemetery, Plattsburg.


M. Lorene Carroll
KINGSTON, Mo. — Mary “Lorene” Carroll, 95, Kingston, Mo., passed away and went to be with the Lord on April 18, 2012, at the North Kansas City Hospice House, North Kansas City, Mo.
Lorene was born on June 19, 1916, in Polo, Mo., to Edward and Iva Frazier Stephens. She was a Polo High School graduate and had attended business college in Lawrence, Kan.
Lorene had retired from the Kingston Bank after 35 years of service, where she had worked as a cashier and retired as Vice President. She had been an active member of the Shiloh Baptist Church south of Kingston, and had also been a former member of the Kingston Cemetery Board, the Senior Citizens Housing Board, and the Caldwell County Historical Society. In the past, she had also served as Secretary of the Kingston School Board.
Lorene was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, George, Jewell, Louis, and Lloyd Stephens; and a son, Keith Carroll.
Survivors include sons: Kenneth (Marjorie) Carroll, Saugus, Calif.; and Stephen (Joy) Carroll, Lawton, Mich.; grandchildren, Nathan Carroll, Brianna Gregory, Edward Carroll, and Joshua Carroll; step-granddaughter, Valarie Forshee; and great-grandchildren, Elise Carroll, Reagan and Johnasan Gregory, Elizabeth, Catherine Lauryn and Oliviah Carroll, and Austin, Logan, and Braxtyn Forshee.
Funeral Service: Held. Saturday, April 21, at Bram Funeral Home, Hamilton. Interment: Kingston Cemetery, Kingston, Mo.


Dale R. Krieger
Dale R. Krieger, 81, of Plattsburg, MO passed away Tuesday April 17, 2012 at a local nursing home in Plattsburg.
Dale was born June 26, 1930 in Perry, Iowa to Raymond, and Luella (Daniels) Krieger. Mr. Krieger was a farmer.
He is preceded in death by his parents, wife and one son Brent.
He is survived by his five children Kent Krieger of Plattsburg, MO, Scott Krieger of Lathrop, MO, Debbie Velky of Parkville, MO, Kelly Krieger of Plattsburg, MO, and Cari Seeley of Atlanta, GA. Two sisters Betty and Sharon Hansen; 9 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
Mr. Krieger was cremated under the direction of Bailey & Cox Family Funeral Service Plattsburg, MO.


Judith A. Plummer
LIBERTY, Mo. — Judith Ann Plummer, 63, of Liberty, passed away peacefully on April 16, 2012, with her family at her side. Her family takes comfort in knowing she was welcomed with many open arms to everlasting life.
Judy was born December 30, 1948, in Plattsburg, Mo., the daughter of Dan S. O’Connor II and Helen Jo (Broderick) O’Connor.
She graduated from Plattsburg High School in 1967, and later received her registered nurse’s degree from St. Mary’s in 1970. She continued in nursing all her life. Judy joined her husband in the family painting business in 1990.
Survivors include her loving husband of 42 years, Charles Plummer. They were blessed with four children, Michelle, Brian, Amy and Timothy (and his wife, Angela); five grandchildren, Halie, Lacey, Cora, Sierra and Shealynn; siblings, Kay Ewing (husband, Jim), Jo Ewing (husband, Mike), Dan S. O’Connor III (wife, Georgia); as well as many nieces, nephews, other family and friends. Judy was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, friend, nurse and caregiver to many. She will be greatly missed.
Rosary will begin at 7 p.m. with visitation following the rosary until 8:30 p.m. on Friday, April 20, at St. James Catholic Church, 309 S. Stewart Road, Liberty. Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 21, at St. James Church. Private burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Plattsburg.
In lieu of the flowers, contributions are suggested to St. James Catholic Church, or to a memorial fund for Judy to be used as a scholarship for her grandchildren. Checks may be made payable to Michelle Plummer, 1208 Middlebrook Drive, Liberty, MO 64068.
Arrangements: Park Lawn Northland Chapel (816) 781-8228.


Waneta M. Hill
HAMILTON, Mo. — Waneta Mae Hill, 92, Hamilton, formerly of Breckenridge, Mo., died April 17, 2012.
Waneta was born September 28, 1919 in Cowgill, MO, the daughter of John and Lydia (Cox) Floyd.
Waneta owned and operated a restautant in Breckenridge, MO for many years. She also worked for Breckenridge as the City Tax Collector for 15 years. She was a member of Breckenridge Baptist Church. She enjoyed quilting and crocheting.
Survivors: son, Billy Don Hill; daughter, Elaine Gastineau; sister, Velma Jennings; grandchildren, Terry Gastineau, Tammy Gastineau; great-grandchildren, Raymond, Aaron, Annie, Stacey.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, six sisters, Oletha, Donna, Marjorie, Betty, Elizabeth and Frances, two brothers, John Jr., and Carl, one son-in-law, Ron, and one daughter-in-law, Sandy Gastineau.
Graveside services and burial: Held. Friday, Rosehill Cemetery, Breckenridge. Pitts Funeral Home, Breckenridge.
Memorial contributions may be made to Three Rivers Hospice, Rosehill Cemetery or Breckenridge Baptist Church.


Wilbur Eugene Knox
Wilbur Eugene Knox, 86, of Liberty, formerly of Lathrop, passed away April 21, 2012.
Visitation will begin at 6:00 pm, followed by a service celebrating Wilbur’s life at 7:00 pm, on Friday, April 27, at the Park Lawn Northland Chapel, I-35 at 291 Highway, Liberty.
Graveside services with military honors will be held at 3:00 pm Saturday, April 28, in Green Lawn Cemetery, Plattsburg. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Wilbur was born May 5, 1925 in Nashua, MO, the son of Henry and Frances (Wegner) Knox. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Leonard Knox.
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, receiving honorable discharge on August 10, 1944. Following military service, Wilbur worked for Riverrail Grain Elevator for 19 years, then as a machinist for Trans World Airlines for 22 years, and farmed in Lathrop for over 30 years.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Plattsburg.
Wilbur leaves his wife of 30 years, Patricia; children, Mike Knox, Jim Knox, Karen Waters (Richard), Scott Knox (Linda), Patrick Knox (Cassie), Amy Dines (Joe), Daniel Abrams (Karen); sister, Linnie Candler (Robert); twelve grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
You may send a message to the family or sign an online guest book via www.parklawnfunerals.com. Arrangements: Park Lawn Northland Chapel (816) 781-8228.


Larry Kelley
Lawrence Lee Kelley, 70, of Lathrop, passed away April 20, 2012 after being diagnosed with cancer two weeks prior. Visitation will begin at 6:00 pm, followed by a service celebrating Larry’s life at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, April 25, at the Park Lawn Lathrop Chapel, 901 Clinton Street, Lathrop. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to NorthCare Hospice House in North Kansas City.
Larry was born September 25, 1941 in Kansas City, MO, the son of Clifford and Alma (Kinzel) Kelley. His parents preceded him in death. He retired in 1991 as an engineer for Southwestern Bell.
Survivors include his wife of 49+ years, Betty (Koger) Kelley; children, Daniel Kelley and his wife Genessa, Ashley Sharp and her husband Eric; his beloved grandchildren, Wyatt, Walker and Willow Kelley, Rylee and Ryan Sharp; brothers, Mike Kelley and his wife Marilyn, and Fred Kelley; sister, Diane Kelley; sister-in-law, Carol Kelley; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and friends. Larry was a doting grandpa who lived for, cared for, and adored all his grandchildren. He will be greatly missed.
You may send a message to the family or sign an on-line guest book via www.parklawnfunerals.com. Arrangements: Park Lawn Lathrop Chapel (816) 740-4658.


Harold W. Crockett Sr.
Harold Wayne Crockett Sr., 69, of St. Joseph passed away suddenly Monday, April 9, 2012, at a St. Joseph hospital.
He was born April 4, 1943, in Weston, Mo., the son of Edith and Doc “Raymond” Crockett. He married Nancy Gardner on December 31, 1971, in St. Joseph. He worked at Hawkins Gas Station for several years. He liked to help people, go camping and fishing and spending time with his grandchildren. He attended Lake Avenue Baptist Church.
Harold was preceded in death by his parents; twin children, Randy and Sandy Crocket; and three brothers, Johnny, Carl, and Larry Crockett.
Survivors include his wife, Nancy Crockett of the home; three sons, Harold (Stacy) Crockett Jr., Scott (Melissa) Crockett, and Tom (Christine) Crockett of Easton, Mo.; two daughters, Mandi Crockett and Tricia Crockett of St. Joseph; nine grandchildren, Dustin, Scott Jr., Tucker, Briceson, Kaylee, Kamden, Brynden, and Brody Crockett, and Scott Saliger; one great-grandchild, Chance Saliger; two brothers, James Crockett and Richard Crockett of St. Joseph; two sisters, Louise Sutton and Beverly Crockett of St. Joseph; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were conducted on Saturday, April 14, at Rupp Funeral Home. Interment will be at the Mount Auburn Cemetery.
Online condolence and obituary at www.ruppfuneral.com.


Darrell G. Matson
Darrell Gene Matson, 65 of Easton, MO, passed away April 3, 2012 at his home.
He was born on July 4, 1946 to John H.M. and Helen M. (Lathrop) Matson in Everett, WA where he grew up and graduated from Yelm High School. Darrell then served his country in the US Army for 2 tours.
On July 12, 1987 he was united in marriage to Patricia Jo Kempf Williams. After their marriage they lived in Washington State, Arizona and later settled in Easton, MO where they made their home around their family.
Darrell worked in construction in Washington and was a correction officer in Florence, AZ and in Cameron, MO. He was a member of the Eagles Lodge in Washington and the NRA. Darrell was an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed woodworking and loved being with his grandchildren and family.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Darrell is survived by his wife, Patricia; children, Darrell Matson, Chris and Heather Williams and Matt and Kim Stanich; grandchildren, Nicholas, Aleczander, Ashlyn, Georgia Dawn, and expecting grandson; sister, Donna Olive and husband Phil; brother, Robert Matson and wife Kay; brothers and sisters-in-law including, Joyce Barton and husband David, John Kempf, Marvin Kempf, Mary Kempf and Michael Kempf and wife Tracy; several nieces and nephews other relatives and many friends including Gerald and Caroline O‘Brien.
Memorial Service: Held Saturday, April 14th at Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower


Steven Fredric Danner
Steven Fredric Danner, 64, Lathrop, MO. passed away March 28, 2012. A memorial service was held Saturday, March 31 at the Lawson United Methodist Church with a reception following. The family suggests memorial contributions to the church.
Steven was born March 24, 1948 to Louis A. Danner Jr. and Cecile Whidden Danner in Rapid City, South Dakota. He was a member of the Boy Scouts, an Eagle Scout, Rotary Club, Lions Club and the Lawson United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife of 41 years Nancy of the home; sons- Matthew S. and wife Carrie Danner, Jeffrey M. and wife JaNeen Danner. 10 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild; brothers- Jan L. and wife Sandra, Douglas D. and wife Patti Danner.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Jan C. Danner.
Arrangements: Fry-Bross & Spidle Funeral Home 816-628-4411


Dorothy Harriett Cross
Dorothy Harriett Cross, 78, of Lathrop, MO passed away April 3, 2012 at her residence.
Dorothy was born July 22, 1933 in Kansas City, MO to Judge Gerald and Dorothy (Heck) Cross.
Dorothy was a 1951 graduate of Lathrop High School and graduated from University of Missouri with studies at Sorbonne, Paris, France. She was a professor of French at the University of Missouri in Columbia and University of Mississippi, Hattiesburg. She worked as a civilian employee for the US Army in Karachi, Pakistan. Dorothy was a world traveler including Europe and North Africa. A lifelong devotion to music and the arts, especially opera and American blues and roots music. She spent her later years in support of these, visiting numerous concert venues and furthering public awareness. Dorothy was a passionate advocate for animal rights.
She was survived by her nephew world musician Gerald Trimble.
Mr. Cross was cremated under the direction of Bailey & Cox Family Funeral Service Lathrop, MO. Inurnment Lathrop Cemetery at a later date.


Loretta J. Sample
STEWARTSVILLE, Mo. — Loretta June Sample, 71, of Stewartsville passed away Sunday, April 1, 2012 at her home.
She was born June 30, 1940, in Parnell, Mo., the daughter of Cecil and Mabel Lucus Barker.
She married Wayne on November 14, 1958 and he survives of the home.
She worked at Whitaker Cable Co. and the South Belt K-Mart. She was a member of the Cornerstone Church of God Gower, Mo.
Loretta was preceded in death by her father, Cecil Barker; mother, Mabel Barker-Pitts; and brother, Robert Cecil Barker.
Survivors include her husband, Wayne OD Sample of the home; five children: Loretta Pederson; Wayne Sample Jr.; Kathy Leaverton and husband, Eddie; Kittey Kerns and husband, Gary; and Rick Sample; two sisters, Opal Sample and Donna Lane; brother, James Pitts; six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; and her loyal pet, Lady.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 6, at Rupp Funeral Home with Pastor Travis Darnell officiating.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at the Rupp Funeral Home. Interment will be at the Stewartsville Cemetery.


Mark Gay
Mark Gay of Grove, OK, went to be with the Lord Thursday, March 15, 2012. He was 60, a 1970 graduate of Lathrop High School.
Mark was born February 27, 1952 to R.C. and Rene Gay at Ada, OK. He was a very hard working person and loved being in the outdoors along with hunting and fishing. Mark was known as a kind hearted, loyal, funny and helping others whenever he could. He also served in the United States Marines. Mark was currently working at the Har-Ber Village museum.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his dear friend and partner, Susan Doublehead of Grove. Two sons: Mark Allen Gay II and wife Lisbelle of Grand Junction, MO and Jonathan Tyler Gay and wife Molly of Sapulpa, OK, one brother, Robert Craig Gay, Jr. of Kansas City, MO and one grandson Seth Allen Gay.


Carolyn E. Hayes
CAMERON, Mo. — Carolyn Emma Hayes, Cameron, formerly of Kansas City, Kingston, and Holt, Mo., died March 26, 2012.
Survivors: daughters, Glenda Anderson, Yvonne O’Grady (Gary); son, Nelson Hayes; 12 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; sisters, Lorine Gleue, Myrtle Grace Rhodes (Glenn); brother, Wallace Becker (Helen); sister-in-law, Fern Becker; many nieces, nephews.
Graveside Services: Held Friday, Pleasant Hill Cemetery, rural Belleville, Kan.
Arrangements: Bram Funeral Home, Hamilton, Mo.


E. Willard Baber
KIDDER, Mo. — Ernest “Willard” Baber, 91, Kidder, passed away on March 19, 2012.
Willard was born on April 4, 1920, in Converse, Mo., to James Albert and Elsie Mae (Miller) Baber.
He was a veteran of the United States Army and a member of the American Legion Post No. 194, Holt, Mo.
Survivors include four daughters: Beverly Long, Cameron; Shirley (David) Rupe, Lathrop, Mo.; Janet (David) Gilliland, Kidder, Mo.; and Sandy (Dan) Gage, Polo, Mo.; sister, Helen Hill, Stockton, Calif.; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Graveside Inurnment: Held Sunday, April 1, at Harlan Cemetery, Cameron, Mo.
Arrangements: Poland-Thompson Funeral Home, Cameron, Mo.
Online condolences: www.polandthompson.com.


Irene Conner
Irene Conner, 72, of Liberty (formerly of Braymer) passed away March 20, 2012 at her home, surrounded by family.
Visitation was held Friday, March 23, at the Park Lawn Lathrop Chapel, 901 Clinton Street, Lathrop. A funeral service celebrating Irene’s life was held Saturday, March 24, at the Park Lawn Lathrop Chapel.
Burial followed in Prairie Ridge Cemetery, Polo, MO. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family would be very much appreciated.
Irene was born March 17, 1940 in Hughesville, MO, the daughter of Leland Robinette and Geraldine Sigman. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Pat Fontaine. Irene worked as a nanny for Joan Bird for 13 years, and later managed Liberty Village Mobile Home Park.
Survivors include her husband of 48 years, Jimmie Conner; children, Brenda Knox and Jimmie McLallen (wife Shawna); sisters, Mary Alice Hammer (husband Jerry), Kay Jordan (husband Jack), Connie Eastwood (husband Donnie), Margaret Ann Lynch, Nancy Mallory and Norma Melte (Don); brother, Ray Robinette (wife Rose); grandchildren, Stacie Myers (Jessi), Shawnette Greer (husband Jeff), Shelby Herring (Bobby), Jamie McLallen, Cody McLallen, Bobbi McLallen, Aimee McLallen; 14 great grandchildren, as well as other family members and friends.
You may send a message to the family or sign an on-line guest book via www.parklawnfunerals.com.
Arrangements: Park Lawn Lathrop Chapel (816) 740-4658.


Arvil R. Fletcher
SANTA ANA, Calif. — Arvil Ray Fletcher, 82, of Santa Ana, formerly of Gower and Kansas City, passed away, January 26, 2012.
Preceded in death by: parents; brothers, Robert Vernon and Donald Fletcher; and sisters, Twila Hendrix and Opal Rogers.
Survivors: wife, Barbara; son, Larry Fletcher, Santa Ana, Calif.; and daughter, Sharon Fletcher, Lebanon, Ore.
Graveside Inurnment with Military Honors: Held Thursday, March 22, at Number Six Cemetery near Gower.
Arrangements: Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower.


Nancy S. Springs
DEARBORN, Mo. — Nancy Sue Springs, 56, of Dearborn passed away Wednesday, March 21, 2012.
She was born on May 25, 1955, to James Henry and Donna June (Stanton) Singleton in St. Joseph. Nancy graduated from Faucett High School in 1973. She then attended Missouri Western State College, where she received an Associate Degree in Medical Terminology.
On November 1, 1975, she was united in marriage to Larry E. Springs. After their marriage they lived in the Faucett area, where they made their home. In 2002 they moved to Dearborn.
She worked for Gloggner Metal Fabricators in St. Joseph, where she was the office manager. Nancy was a member of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church. She enjoyed sewing and quilting and loved spending time with her grandsons.
She was preceded in death her father.
Nancy is survived by her husband, Larry of the home; children: Jennifer McMahan and husband, David; Joshua Springs and wife, Angie; and Jeremiah Springs; two grandsons, Corban and Landan; mother, Donna Klenk and husband, Vernon; brother, Jim Singleton and wife, Heather; sisters: Debbie Treat and husband, Darrell of Gower, MO; and Jamie Ruede and husband, Charles; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends.
Funeral Service: Held Monday, March 26, at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Burial: Faucett Cemetery.
Donations to: Nancy Springs Benefit Fund c/o Platte Valley Bank.
Arrangements: Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Edgerton, Mo.


Jean Montgomery
Jean Montgomery 85 of Plattsburg died Friday March 23, 2012 at the Clinton Care & Rehab in Plattsburg. Born Myrtle Jean Tingler on Dec. 12, 1926 in Pond Creek Oklahoma.
She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church of Plattsburg. She was also a member of the (DAR) Daughters of the American Revolution and was a Girl Scout leader. Jean was very active with the Plattsburg Senior Center.
She was preceded in death by her parents James Clair Tingler and Alma Leona Davenport; her siblings Clinton (Lee) Tingler, Harley Tingler, Gladys Tingler. And James (Jack) Tingler and her son Robert Cook.
Survivors include her husband Delbert Leon Montgomery of Plattsburg; daughter Patti (Mark) Witte and grandchildren Dara, Jared, Hannah, and Rebecca. She also is survived by three step-daughters Anita (Dennis ) Louks, Joy ( Fred ) Starks and Donna ( David ) Reneau; with grandchildren Michael, Marsha, Katie, Frederick, Jonathan and Nathan. Great-grand children Porsche, Jonathan, Caleb, Freya, and Logan and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Monday March 26, 2012 at the Bailey & Cox Funeral Home Plattsburg. T
Mrs. Montgomery will be cremated following the service; inurnment will be in the Hill Cemetery in Gentry County at a later date. The Family suggests memorial gifts to the Plattsburg Senior Center.
Arrangements Bailey & Cox Family Funeral Service Plattsburg.


Rose M. Beggs
ST. JOSEPH, MO- Rose Marie Beggs, 85, St. Joseph, died Saturday, March 24, 2012, at Heartland Regional Medical Center.
She was born November 27, 1926, to Raymond and Dorothy (Kessler) Miller in Easton, Mo.
She married Charles R. Beggs on December 31, 1970. He preceded her in death in 2002.
Mrs. Beggs worked for Freeman’s & Hessemeyer Grocery Store for 15 years, Townsend and Wall for four years and then TG&Y for 18 years where she retired from in 1989.
Rose was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Easton.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and four brothers, Gerald, John, Merl and Earl Miller.
Survivors: her sister, Rita H. Pierson, Easton.
Services were held Tuesday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Father Bill Walter, C.PP.S officiating. Interment: Memorial Park Cemetery. There will be a Parish Rosary at 6 p.m. Monday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory,.
The family suggests memorial gifts to Alzheimer’s Association. Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com.


Kenneth S. Peter
SKIDMORE, Mo.— Kenneth Saunders Peter, 85, passed away Thursday morning, March 15, 2012, at the St. Francis Hospital in Maryville, Mo.
He was born on the farm northeast of Skidmore to Eldridge “Ell” and Susa (Saunders) Peter on June 25, 1926. While attending Peace and Harmony Country School, Kenneth helped his elderly father by working the horses in the fields, tending the crops, and by carrying water in jugs on his horse to the threshing crew.

Kenneth’s farming career spanned from working horses as a young boy to operating modern tractors on to operating the Caterpillar Bulldozer and the Bueyrus Erie Dragline equipment. As a young boy he worked for Culp Construction Company doing terraces and land improvement.
In l947, Kenneth married Fanny Belle Long of Quitman, Mo. Her father, “Ollie” Long, was in the Moila Mounted Patrol and Kenneth helped him with his horses in the parades. They purchased the Peter homeplace in l952, where they lived and operated the Peter Construction Company for many years.

Kenneth’s construction work has included building roads, bridges, lagoons, drainage ditches, terraces, structures, and ponds, and hoisting, etc. and operating a bulldozer, dragline and other heavy equipment.

He had many interests and hobbies, including the restoration of a 1927 Rumley tractor. He enjoyed making historical Replicas which included both the “old” and “now” town of Skidmore, a sawmill, old tractors, farm wagons, a barn, a small 1927 Rumley and many other wooden Replicas. Other interests were his ’26 Model A Ford, exotic animals, and his vegetable garden.

Kenneth was devoted to his family and enjoyed being involved in community activities. Over the years, he was past president of District 11 Missouri Land Improvement Contractors, had served as Committeeman of Monroe Township of the Republican Party, had served as Cub Master for Skidmore Cub Pack 68, was president of the Skidmore Roping Club and the Town & Country Saddle Club, and Lions Club, was Chairman of the Skidmore Punkin’ Show, was Past Worshipful Master of the Skidmore Masons No. 511, was past president of the Moila Temple Mounted Patrol, and was a member of the Skidmore United Methodist Church, where he served as a Board Member. He put his heart and soul in making the rough design and plans for the new Skidmore United Methodist Church and donated his construction equipment and labor in the project until just recently, he helped deliver “Meals on Wheels” to the Maitland and Skidmore areas.

Preceding him in death were his parents, brother, Robert (Maxine) Forrest Peter (1961).

Survivors include his wife, Fanny Belle; two sons, Steven Wayne Peter, Civil Engineer with St. Joseph Herzog, Camden Point, Mo.; and Donald (Jessie) Allen Peter (DVM), Humiston, Ore.; two granddaughters, Melissa Peter and Mikayla Peter, Gower, Mo.; one grandson, Joshuah (Meghan) Peter (Esq.); two great-grandchildren, Kyle and Kameron; two step-grandchildren, Ashley (Kurtis) Strzelewicz and Jamie Simmons, Ore.; and six step-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Sunday, March 18, at the Skidmore United Methodist Church, Skidmore. Rev. Don Barnett will be the minister. Burial will be in the Hillcrest Cemetery, Skidmore. A Masonic service will be held following the visitation at 7 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to the Skidmore United Methodist Church, Skidmore.

Arrangements: Bram-Danfelt Funeral Home, Maryville.

For online condolences and obituary, visit www.bramfuneralhome.com.


Roy Kenneth Leeper
Roy Kenneth Leeper, 92, died March 18, 2012. He was the son of Roy and Alta Leeper, born in Kidder, MO, on July 14, 1919. Better known as Kenneth, he was preceded in death by two younger brother, Kermit and Eugene, and one older sister Amber.

Kenneth married Margaret Louise Pearse, who preceded him in death on July 9, 2009. To this 68-year Union were born three children: one son, David Roy and Lesa (Fletcher) Leeper of Gallatin, MO; two daughter, Donna and Kenneth Bendure of Lawson, MO and Carol and Michael Willard of Troy, MO. Seven grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, and friends will greatly miss him.

Mr. Leeper proudly served in the 6th Infantry during WWII, receiving two purple hearts and other commendations. After the war, Kenneth worked as a postal carrier, retiring in 1972 after 30 years of service.

Kenneth was active in the community. He was a member of the Polo American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He also served on the Polo Senior Housing Board and Polo School Board. Kenneth and Margaret were founding members of the Christ Chapel Church in Polo and enjoyed participating in activities at the Caldwell County Nutrition Center, especially playing in the pitch tournaments. Fishing, hunting, and gardening were favorite pastimes.

Services 11:00AM Thursday March 22, 2012 Christ Chapel Church Polo, MO. Interment Cowgill Cemetery Cowgill, MO. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00PM Bailey & Cox Family Funeral Service Polo, MO.

The family suggests memorials gifts to Christ Chapel Church or the Caldwell County Nutrition Center.


Mark Gay
GROVE, OK-Mark Gay, 60, of Grove, Oklahoma, formerly of Lathrop, passed away Thursday, March 15, 2012.

Mark was a 1970 Lathrop High School alumni and worked for the historical museum in Grove. He was preceded in death by his parents, R.C. and Rainey Gay. He is survived by his brother Craig, Kansas City, and his sons Mark, Jr. and Tyler.

Services were held Saturday, March 17, with burial at the Olympus Cemetery, Grove, Oklahoma.

His friends called him Chico.


Donald L. McDaniel
Donald Lee McDaniel, 87, of Kansas City, MO passed away, Sunday, March 4, 2012.

He was born on October 11, 1924 to William Lee and Lora (Quinn) McDaniel in Hemple, MO. Don graduated from Gower High School in 1942 . He then served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII.

On March 25, 1950 he was united in marriage to Helen L. Smith. After their marriage they lived in St. Joseph, MO, Waterloo, IA, and in 1966 they moved to Kansas City, MO, where they made their home. His wife, Helen, passed away, February 7, 2002.

Don worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a Meat Inspector retiring in 1985. After his retirement he was a devoted grandfather and was very involved in their lives. In 2006 he moved to Kendallwood Hills Estates in Kansas City, where he met many new friends including his wife Marian. Don and Marian were married in 2007.

Don was a member of the Park Hill Christian Church, and a previous member of Gashland Presbyterian Church in Kansas City. He was also a member of the American Legion Post #393 in Gower.

He was also preceded in death by his parents, brother, James Lowell McDaniel, and sisters, Elizabeth Carlyne Thompson and Hazel Ray Hempy.

Don is survived by his wife, Marian; daughter, Sharon Askey and husband Don; son, Steve McDaniel and wife Christine, all of Kansas City; four grandchildren, Jenifer Askey and fiance Jason Wustman and Stefani Askey and fiance Brandon Humphrey, and Erin Mueller and husband David and Kyle McDaniel and wife Nicole; great-granddaughter, Camryn Humphrey; sister, Carol Williams, St. Joseph, MO; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Harold and Barbara Smith, Gower; and his beloved dog, Dolly; several nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Funeral Services: 10:00 a.m. Thursday, March 8th at the Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower.

Visitation: 6:00-8:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Burial with Military Honors: Memorial Park Cemetery, St. Joseph.

Donations may be made to the Gower American Legion Post.


Randy W. Norris
Randy W. Norris 49 of Plattsburg died Thursday March 1, 2012 at his residence. Born January 12, 1963 in Dallas TX, to Eldon Norris and Jenette Norris. He was a graduate of Plattsburg High School Class of 1981. He worked as a Printing Press Operator for The Plattsburg, MO., and The Dallas News Papers.

He was preceded in death by his mother Jenette Norris.
Survivors include his son Ethan Norris of Smithville, MO; his father Eldon Norris and his wife Jane of Plattsburg; 2 brothers Kevin and Tim Norris both of Plattsburg; 2 nephews Nick and Izeke Norris

Funeral Services were held Monday March 5, 2012 at the Bailey & Cox Funeral Home Plattsburg. Burial will be in the Green Lawn Cemetery Plattsburg.

Arrangements Bailey & Cox Family Funeral Service Plattsburg Missouri


Milica Milich
FORT MOHAVE, Ariz. — Milica “Missy” Ann Marie Milich, 31, of Fort Mohave, Ariz., passed away Wednesday, February 22, 2012, in Fort Mohave.

She was born February 22, 1981, in St. Joseph, the daughter of Isabelle and Milan “Mike” Milich. She worked as a care taker.

Missy is survived by her mother, Isabelle (Bratton) Milich of St. Joseph; her father, Mike Milich of Lathrop, Mo.; two brothers, Isreal (Jessica) Bratton and Christopher Milich of Danville, Pa.; sister, Amy (Kemp) Skidmore; her life partner, Dawn Clark; and many other friends and relatives.

The family received friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Rupp Funeral Home. She will be cremated following the visitation under the direction of the Rupp Funeral Home.

Memorials are requested to the Missy Milich memorial fund in care of the Rupp Funeral Home.

Online condolence and obituary at www.ruppfuneral.com.


Donald McGregor
ATCHISON, Kan. — Donald McGregor, 69, Atchison, died February 28, 2012.

Survivors include a son, Robert Werner and his sons, Kyle and Blake, all of Topeka, Kan.; daughter, Ann (Daron) Young, Cummings, Kan.; and brothers, Herschel H. McGregor of St. Joseph and Lee Roy McGregor of Lathrop, Mo.

Mr. McGregor’s body has been donated to science; No formal services planned.

Arrangements: Becker-Dyer-Stanton Funeral Home, Atchison.


Bill Watson
Bill Watson, 82, of St. Joseph, MO, formerly of Hemple, MO, passed away, Sunday, February 19, 2012 at his home.


Donna Marie (Frobish) Vermillion
Donna Marie (Frobish) Vermillion, 71, Lawson, Mo., passed away, Saturday, February 18, 2012, at her home in Lawson.


Austin Curtis Ellis Stamper
Austin Curtis Ellis Stamper age 13 from Cameron, MO, died February 14, 2012 at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital and Clinics in Lincoln, NE due to Traumatic Brain Injury suffered from complications to a brain tumor surgery.


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As part of the greater community of Clinton County, the Rural Reporter is honored to print a few words about Alan Boydston who died August 2nd at the Lathrop Bridge on Highway 116.


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Late Notices - Obituaries - Jewell C. “Bill” Schuster, Jr.
Jewell C. “Bill” Schuster, Jr.

Jewell C. “Bill” Schuster, Jr., 86, of Gower, MO went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, September 29, 2010.
He was born on February 13, 1924 to Jewell C. and Bertha Ann (Poage) Schuster, east of Gower in rural Clinton County Missouri. He attended school at Mt. Hope and Gower High School. He served in the US Army during WWII in the 777th tank battalion, 28th Division under General George S. Patton. He was a member of the American Legion Post #393 and the First Baptist Church of Gower.
On May 14, 1955 he was united in marriage to Maxine Moore who survives of the home. He was a life long resident of Gower and farmed near there for over 68 years. Bill was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law Nick Spaeth.
Bill was a founding member of the Gower Tractor Pull Association and the Gower Volunteer Fire Department. He was also awarded the East Buchanan FFA Outstanding Farmer of the Year Award.
In addition to his wife, he celebrated life with three daughters, Carol Uzunoglu Taylor and husband, Andy, Termo, CA, Kathie Brown and husband, John, Kansas City, Lisa Lanning and husband, Joe, Gower; one son, Steven C. Schuster and wife, Terri, Gower. Additional survivors, brother Harold “Shorty” Schuster and wife, Dorothy; sister Louise Spaeth, all of Gower, in addition to 14 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren, 5 great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Funeral service will be conducted Saturday, October 2, at 2:00 p.m. at the Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Pastor John Brown officiating. The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m.-2:00p.m. on Saturday at the funeral home. Internment will be at Allen Cemetery.
Memorials: East Buchanan FFA. Special thanks to Melynda Barnett, Galen and Patty Nicholson, Karen Williams and AseraCare Hospice for their care during his illness.


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Wayne W. Vaughn Wayne W. Vaughn, 86, St. Joseph, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008, at the Living Community of St. Joseph.
Mr. Vaughn was born Sept. 26, 1921, in St. Joseph.
He married Josephine Leonard on Aug. 16, 1947. She preceded him in death on Jan. 28, 2008.
Mr. Vaughn also was preceded in death by his parents, Grant and Eva (Green) Vaughn; two brothers, Donald and Lonnie Vaughn; and granddaughter, Chantelle Beers.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served during World War II, where he received the Good Conduct Medal and a Purple Heart for his service during the Asian-Pacific Campaign.
Mr. Vaughn was a meat packer for 28 years for Swift Meat Packing Plant and also worked 11 years for the Missouri Highway Department as a mechanic and body man.
He was a member of Woodson Chapel Christian Church, V.F.W. and Eagles Lodge.
Survivors: three daughters, Chris Beers, and husband, Russell; and Sherry Jackson, and husband, Randy, all of St. Joseph; and Sandy Conroy, and husband, Danny, Easton, Mo.; son, Jerry Vaughn, St. Joseph; five grandchildren, Brent and Jeremy Beers, Tara Bunton, Andrea Campbell and Ryan Conroy; three sisters, Leona Curtis, and husband, Paul, Cameron, Mo.; Lela Taylor, and husband, Martin, St. Joseph; and Jenny Stinnett, and husband, Dale, Tracy, Mo.; nine great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Service: Held Thursday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory, St. Joseph. Interment: Memorial Park Cemetery, St. Joseph.
The family suggests memorial gifts to Hands of Hope Hospice.


Joy Ellen Gregg
Joy Ellen Gregg, 76, St. Joseph, died Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008.
Mrs. Gregg was born May 5, 1932, in Nevada, Mo., to Peter and Vina (Brunner) Nolan.
She worked for Johnson Controls for several years.
Mrs. Gregg was preceded in death by her parents; son, Bobby Lee Gregg; and 14 brothers and sisters.
She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Survivors: daughters, Joy Taylor, and husband, Dave, Maysville, Mo.; Sherry Karen, and husband, Thomas K., Alberta, Canada; Sandra Schultz, and husband Steve, St. Joseph; daughter-in-law, Wendy Graves, St. Joseph; son, Ronnie Gregg and Janet Ousley, Easton, Mo.; sisters, Linda Wayman, Velva Gagnon, Patricia Gabart, Carrie Ballard, Mardell Atkins and Helen Rhodes; brother, Ervin Nolan; 12 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Service: Held Saturday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory, St. Joseph. Interment: Mount Olivet Cemetery, St. Joseph.

Jared L. Gudde
Jared Lee Gudde, 21, Plattsburg, died Friday, September 5, 2008.
He was born February 3, 1987 in Smithville, Missouri, he spent most of his life in Plattsburg, where he was a 2005 graduated from Plattsburg High School.
He was a Senior at Missouri State University, where he was a member of the Water Ski Team and Handball Team and was an assistant Wrestling coach at Kickapoo High School in Springfield.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church, where he was active in youth and church activities. Jared was also active in football, wrestling, baseball and was an avid weight lifter. He loved life and loved his truck. Jared will be deeply missed.
Jared was preceded in death by his grandmother, Besselea Gudde.
(Survivors:) parents, Benton and Beth Gudde of the home; two brothers, Caleb Gudde and wife, Jayme, St. Joseph, MO and Aaron Gudde and wife Megan, Plattsburg; nephew, Keegan Gudde; grandparents, Art and Charlene Gipson and George Gudde all of Plattsburg; aunt and uncles, Becky and Larry DeWeerdt and David and Chris Gipson; cousins, Jennifer and Makayla Eads, Cody Eads, Brock and Jake Gipson, all of Lathrop; countless friends of all ages.
(Services:) Were heldTuesday, First Baptist Church, Plattsburg. Interment Green Lawn Cemetery, Plattsburg.
The Family suggests memorial gifts to the Jared Lee Gudde Memorial Wrestling Scholarship C/O Bank Liberty.


Carol J. Cafferty
Carol J. Cafferty, 60, of Cedar Grove, New Jersey, passed away, Friday, September 5, 2008.
She was born on February 16, 1948 to Leslie Woodrow "Woody" and R. Katheryn (Cone) Everett in St. Joseph, Missouri. She grew up in Stewartsville and graduated from Stewartsville High School. Carol received her Bachelors Degree from UMKC in Kansas City, and later a Masters Degree from Stevens Institute in Hoboken, NJ.
On December 26, 1973 she was united in marriage to Jack Cafferty. After their marriage they lived in Kansas City, Des Moines, Iowa, and in 1977 they moved to New Jersey where they made their home.
Carol worked as an Office Manager for Wilson Comp Association in Hackensack, NJ.
She was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Montclair, NJ where she served on the church council.
Carol was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her husband, Jack, of the home; two daughters, Leslie Katheryn Cafferty and Leigh Marie Cafferty both of New York; two step-daughters, Julie Shawn Klewer, Tuscon, AZ and Jill Shannon Matchinsky, Denver, CO; four step-grandchildren, Jake, Matt, Jack and Abby; other relatives and many friends.
Funeral Service: Held Wednesday, September 10th at the Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower.
Burial: Allen Cemetery, Gower.

Johnny R. Roberts, Jr.
Gower, Missouri- Johnny Ray Roberts, Jr., 23, Gower, Missouri passed away on September 6, 2008.
Johnny was born November 15, 1984 in Creston, Iowa to Johnny Ray and Rosemary (Estes) Roberts, Sr.
He was preceded in death by his son, Patrick Wade Moorland.
He married Jennifer Boling on June 25, 2005 in Cameron, MO. She survives of the home.
Additional survivors: Son, Leo Ray and daughter, Lacee Nicole of the home; Parents, Johnny and Rosemary Roberts, Pattonsburg; Sister, Jodie and husband, Paul Clair, Pattonsburg, MO; 2 nieces, Kylana and Kieara Clair; Father and Mother-in-law, Ray and Debbie Boling, Gower, MO; 2 sisters-in-law- Trisha Boling, Gower and Heather of Cameron; grandparents, Joyce Estes and Shirley Karr, Paternal grandparents-in-law, Sylvia and Jerry Berger; several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Services: Held Wednesday, September 10, 2008 at Poland-Thompson Chapel, Cameron. Burial: Cameron Memory Gardens, Cameron. Memorial fund: Ronald McDonald House, Kansas City, MO. Online condolences: www.polandthompson.com.

Andrew Schauer
PLATTSBURG, Mo. - Andrew D. "Andy" Schauer, 22, Plattsburg, died Saturday, Sept. 6, 2008, at a Springfield, Mo., hospital due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Mr. Schauer was born on March 11, 1986, in North Kansas City, Mo., and spent most of his life in Plattsburg, where he was graduated from Plattsburg High School.
Andy was a student at Missouri State University in Springfield and worked in the produce department at Dillons in Springfield.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Sara and Hubert Schauer.
Andy was a member of the First Christian Church in Plattsburg.
Survivors: parents, David and LaReisa Schauer of the home; two sisters, Alexandria Schauer, Pittsburg, Kan.; and Erinn Foshe, and husband, Dale, Platte City, Mo.; brother, Timothy Schauer, Plattsburg; grandparents, Kenneth and Edie Culver, Platte City; three nieces, Katherine Foshe, and Hannah and Lilian Watchinski; nephew, Austin Foshe; four aunts; three uncles; 12 first cousins and five second cousins.
Service: Held Wednesday, First Christian Church, Plattsburg. Interment: Mount Olivet Cemetery, St. Joseph. Arrangements are under the direction of Bailey & Cox Family Funeral Service, Plattsburg.





 
  
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STEWARTSVILLE, Mo. - Helen G. Divelbiss, 79, Stewartsville, passed away Aug. 25, 2008.
She was born Dec. 23, 1928, in Stewartsville, to Forrest & Pauletta (Ross) Sprague.
On July 24, 1964, Helen and Harold Divelbiss were united in marriage in Miami, Okla., and remained married until his death in 2002.
She was a lifelong resident of DeKalb County, where she belonged to the American Legion Women's Auxilllary.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband Harold; and one sister, Shirley Myers.
Survivors include two daughters, Sandy Kay Groom and husband Lowell, Richardson, Texas, and Sherry Lynn Paysinger, Stewartsville; one brother, John Sprague, Maricopa, Calif.; six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Graveside serivice was Thursday, Aug. 28, at St. Joseph Memorial Park Cemetery.
Memorial Contributions may be made to Kendallwood Hospice.

Nellie Putnam
CAINSVILLE, Mo. - Nellie Putnam, 86, Cainsville, died Sunday, Aug. 24, 2008.
Survivors: daughters Shirley (John) Gondringer, Trenton, Mo.; Virginia (Keith) Jones, Lathrop, Mo.; Eleanor (Rodger) Thompson, Cainsville; seven grandchildren; three step grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; seven step great-grandchildren; three step great-great-grandchildren.
Services were held. Thursday, Aug. 28, First Christian Church, Cainsville. Burial: Zoar Cemetery, Cainsville.
Memorial gifts: First Christian Church.

Donna A. Van Dyke LATHROP, Mo. - Donna A. Van Dyke, 61, of Lathrop, passed away at Liberty Hospital on Aug. 27, 2008.
Donna was married to Richard L. Van Dyke, Sr., Aug. 30, 1986. He survives of the home.
Donna is also survived by a son, Robert A. Posey, Lathrop; daughter, Donna L. Howell, Charleston, S.C.; two step-sons, Richard L. Van Dyke, Jr., and Timothy L. (Michelle) Wood, Truman, Alaska; two brothers, Donald (Ann) Holmes and Richard (Pat) Holmes, Stover, Mo.; brother-in-law, James J. (Christine) Van Dyke, Roeland Park, Kan.; several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Donna was preceded in death by her parents, Donald and Anna Holmes, North Attleboro, Mass.
A rosary service was held at Park Lawn Chapel, 901 Clinton Street, Lathrop, on Aug. 28 at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial was held on Aug. 29 at 10 a.m. at St. Ann's in Plattsburg, Mo.


E. Angeline Hartman E. Angeline "Skooky" Hartman, 95, Independence, formerly of Stewartsville, Mo., passed away unexpectedly Friday, Aug. 22, 2008.
Following cremation, a graveside service took place, Saturday, Aug. 30, at Stewartsville Cemetery, Stewartsville.
Skooky was born May 13, 1913, to Dr. Louis E. and Edna E. (Whitmore) Saunders in Stewartsville.
She graduated from Stewartsville High School and moved to the state of California with her first husband, Wilbur H. Kelly. She was a supervisor of 11 Hartsfield's Ladies Ready-to-Wear stores for over 30 years in California and Hawaii.
Skooky married James Allen Hartman on Oct. 27, 1968, and retired to St. Joseph. After his death, she returned to California in 1977.
In 2003, she moved to Independence, Mo., to live with her stepdaughter, Sue Kubli.
Skooky is preceded in death by her parents; husband James Allen Hartman; two sisters, Louise Anderson and Fyanna Parr; two brothers, Dan Saunders and Richard Saunders.
She is survived by sister Dolores Oslin, Huntington Beach, Calif.; stepdaughter Sue (Hartman) Kubli and husband Clyde, Independence; two grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandson; as well as a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Arrangements are by Speaks Suburban Chapel, Independence. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.speakschapel.com.


Virginia Kunkle
Virginia Francis Kunkle, St. Joseph, Mo., born November 9, 1921, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 26, 2008 at her home under the care of Caregivers and Hands of Hope Hospice.
She graduated from Central High School in 1940. She then went to work at Quaker Oats. From there she found her passion as an award winning professional photographer at Townsend Wall. When Townsend Wall's studio closed, she began working at Mead and retired after 18 years.
She was very active in the community. She was a member of the Women's Chamber of Commerce, the Historical Society, the Lover's Lane Chapter of the American Business Women Association, the Quaker Ladies Social Club, and Francis Street First United Methodist Church.
Virginia was a cherished sister, aunt and friend. She spent her life working, traveling, taking pictures, painting, and bringing joy to others. Despite her latter years being marred by ill health and the death of a sister and a brother, she still maintained a strong faith and an intense desire to live; enjoying life one day at a time. She possessed a strong constitution that some may call stubbornness, yet she drew upon her belief and faith in God and the love of family and friends to help her through difficult times.
She will long be remembered for her photography, her travels, stories about her travels and most certainly, her unique glasses.
The family would like to extend a special thank-you to the Caregivers who looked after her in her home since her sister, Marjorie, passed in 2006. Their care and compassion was unprecedented and a true blessing as they treated her as if she was one of their own family members.
We are also forever grateful for Hands of Hope Hospice who allowed Virginia to pass on her own terms and her own time at home with peace and dignity.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy R. Kunkle, Sr. and Francis C. Blakley; her sisters, Alberta Lee and Marjorie H. Kunkle; and her brother, Roy R. Kunkle, Jr.
She is survived by her sister, Shirley Burton; sister-in-law, Ermil Kunkle; nieces and nephews, Candy Burton (Jeanne Kirchner), Tucson, Ariz., Pamela Elridge (Robert), St. Joseph, Delmas Burton (Joy Rock), St. Joseph, Roy Kunkle III (Lola), St. Joseph, Darcy Burton, Reno, Nev., Mark Burton (Joan), Easton, Mo., Scott Burton (Monica), Phoenix, Ariz., Jay Burton (Heather), St. Joseph, and Greg Kunkle, St. Joseph.
Services were held Tuesday at Francis Street First United Methodist Church, where the family is requesting that you join them in celebrating her life, under the direction of the Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, St. Joseph. Interment: Mt. Auburn Cemetery, St. Joseph.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial donations, in Virginia's name, be made to Hands of Hope Hospice, 5325 Faraon St., St. Joseph, Mo. 64506, or the Francis Street First United Methodist Church.

Mildred Iolene (Hunt) Johnson
Mildred Iolene (Hunt) Johnson, 66, of Richmond, Missouri, passed away, Thursday, August 28, 2008 at her home.
Born June 18, 1942 in Parkville, Missouri to Clarence and Hazel Hunt, she was a former resident of Hamilton, Missouri for six years, and Polo, Missouri for twenty-three years.
On March 26, 1960, she married Donald Johnson in Gashland, Missouri, he preceded her in death on January 23, 1980.
Mrs. Johnson worked as a beauty operator in Gladstone, Missouri in the 1970’s. She was also a housewife, a quilter, and was a seamstress for Sealy’s Mattress and Pride Makers Sewing.
She was also preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Hazel (Randall) Hunt; her sister, Thelma Frances Springs; her niece, Debbie Hunt; granddaughter, Erin Johnson; and great grandchild, Timothy Johnson.
She leaves behind many loved ones and friends; her children, Ray Johnson, Kimberly Gardner, and Kellie Pullium, all of Hamilton, Missouri, Carol Leimkuhler, Avondale, Missouri, Missy Jones, Richmond, Missouri; grandchildren, Jason Johnson, Shelley Johnson, Karen Johnson, Alisha Gardner, Katie Leimkuhler, Kyle, Jordan, and Dylan Jones, Cheyenne and Shelby Johnson and Lacey Handley; great grandchildren, Hayden Johnson, Andrew, and Piper Johnson, Hailey, Mercy, and Corey Breshears, and Damon Leimkuhler.
(Services:) Held Tuesday, Bailey & Cox Chapel, Polo, Missouri. Interment Cowgill Cemetery, Cowgill, Missouri.
The Family suggests memorial gifts to the Mildred Johnson Memorial Fund, c/o Bailey & Cox Family Funeral Service.

Geneva Scott
BETHANY, Mo. - Geneva Maybelle (Madison) Scott, 81, of Bethany, passed away on Aug. 31, 2008, at a Bethany nursing home.
Survivors include her son, Carrol Scott (wife, Cheryl) of Overland Park, Kan.; three grandchildren, Heather (Scott) Lesher (husband, Steve) of Kansas City, Mo., Ashley Scott of Overland Park, and Tony Scott of Lawrence, Kan.; five sisters, Florence "Evelyn" Halladay, Hazel Dutton and Ruth Ann Musick (husband, Leland), all of Bethany, Margie Wooderson of Severy, Kan., Patty Tripp (husband, C.B.) of Holt, Mo.; brother, Willie Madison (wife, Jane) of Soldota, Alaska; her brother-in-law Forrest "Frosty" Scott (wife, Marg); sister-in-law, Leanna Scott; and many other extended family.
The funeral service is at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, at Roberson Funeral Home, Bethany, with burial at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Bethany. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, where friends may call after 2 p.m. Wednesday.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bethany Senior Center and/or Mt. Olivet Cemetery in care of Roberson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 46, Bethany, Mo., 64424. Online condolences may be left at www.robersonfuneralhome.com.
Glenna Spencer
Glenna Mae Spencer, 84, St. Joseph, died Sunday, Aug. 31, 2008, at Abbey Woods Nursing Home.
She was born Nov. 19, 1923, in Easton, Mo.
She married George William Spencer on Oct. 10, 1942. He preceded her in death on July 14, 1995.
Mrs. Spencer was a housewife, loving mother and grandmother.
She was also preceded in death by her parents, Joseph Abner and Beulah (Kerns) Pierce; daughter, Glenna Marie Stafford; son, Lloyd Spencer; and brother, Albert Pierce.
Glenna was a member of the Freeman Freewill Baptist Church.
Survivors: three sons, Dale Spencer and wife, Zellma, Gower, Mo., Gene Spencer and wife, Sharon, Savannah, Mo., and Richard Spencer and wife Pat, St. Joseph; brother, Ben Pierce, St, Joseph; sister-in-law, Margie Wertz, St. Joseph; nine grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
Service: 1 p.m. Thursday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory, St. Joseph. Interment: Kerns-Freeman Cemetery, Easton. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory, where friends may call after 5 p.m. on Wednesday.
The family suggests memorial gifts to the Freeman Freewill Baptist Church.


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