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Gilbert D. “Don” Bell

Don Bell, 76, of Pleasant Hill, departed this life December, 26, 2009, at the Kansas University Medical Center.
  Funeral services will be held 11a.m. Wednesday, December 30, 2009, at the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church where visitation will be held from one hour prior to the service.
  Interment will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to the Methodist Church Building Fund.
  Online condolences may be sent to the family and the video tribute may be viewed at www.stanley-dickeyfuneral home.com.
  Arrangements by Stanley- Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550 www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com
  A complete obituary will be posted in next week’s Pleasant Hill Times.


Lisa Suzanne White

Lisa Suzanne White, 22 of Pleasant Hill, departed this life December 24, 2009 at Research Medical Center, Kansas City.
  Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, December 30, 2009 at the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, Missouri. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
  Family will receive friends Tuesday, December 29, 2009 from 6 - 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
  Family suggest memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
  Online condolences may be sent to the family and the video tribute may be viewed at www.dickeyfh.com
  Arrangements by Dickey Funeral Home, 2401 E. Mechanic, Harrisonville, Missouri 64701 (816) 884-6244 info@dickeyfh.com
  A complete obituary will be posted in next week’s edition of the Pleasant Hill Times.


Mary Lou Hoover

Mary Lou Hoover, 82 of Kingsville, died December 20, 2009 at Centerpoint Medical Center, Independence.
  She was the daughter of Willie Tim and Sarah Ruth (Green) Snow. She was born in Gunn City on Feb. 11, 1927. She attended school there until 8th grade then chose to complete her education in Harrisonville.
  She was a member of the class of 1945. After graduating Mary Lou moved to Washington, D.C. and served as secretary to a representative from Missouri. She chose to stay home after Christmas of that year and went to work at Wilson’s Sporting Goods, Kansas City.
  She was united in marriage with H.C. “Pete” Hoover on December 26, 1956 in Gunn City. They resided at “the farm” in Kingsville for 53 years.
  When her four children were young, she was active in 4-H, P.T.A. and a Sunday School teacher. She was also a cook in the Kingsville Public Schools for 23 years.
  She was a member of the Forest Grove Baptist Church and Work & Play Club, both of Kingsville.
  She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers, Leslie Snow, Melvin Snow and Ewing Snow; her sisters, Virgina Leslie and Norma Snow.
  She is survived by her husband, Pete Hoover of the home; three sons, Kim Hoover and Hal Ewing Hoover of Kingsville, Tim Hoover and wife Gerilynne of Holden; one daughter, Jeana Ruth Mayfield of Eldorado, Kans.; five grandsons, four granddaughters, one great granddaughter, many others relatives and friends.
  Services were held December 27, 2009 under the direction of the Wallace Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill. Rev. Preston Sanders officiated.
  Casket Bearers were C.J. Hoover, Billy Hoover, Kevin Hoover, John Mayfield, Josh Mayfield and Kevin Thomas. One honorary casket bearer was Charlie Green.
  The family suggest contributions to your local food pantry in memory of Mary Lou Hoover.


Rethia “Sue” Kinnison Norfleet

Sue Norfleet, 91 of Independence, passed away December 23, 2009 at Kansas City Hospice House. She was born October 8, 1918 in Belton.
  She was preceded in death by Lloyd Kinnison, Julia (Gregg) Kinnison, Russell Kinnison, Robert Kinnison and Dallas Kinnison.
  Sue is survived by her husband Carroll E. Norfleet; a son, Richard Herrell and wife, Barbara; a daughter Larue McAlpin and husband, Charles; grandchildren, Rick, Randi, Sandi and Jason and eight great-grandchildren.
  Family services will be held at Chapel of Hope on the Mount Moriah properties December 29, 2009.
  The family request memorial contributions be made to Kansas City Hospice House.


Richard Lee Baker

Richard Lee Baker, 39, Pleasant Hill, died December 15, 2009 at his home.
  He was born November 24, 1970 at the United States Air Force Academy Hospital in Colorado Springs, Colorado to George Robert Baker and Rebecca Ann Mason Baker.
  As the son of a military family, Richard lived in several states while growing up.
  He worked as a cook in several restaurants, but in recent years, failing health had forced him to retire.
  He attended The Pleasant Hill Family Worship Center. He was a member of the Jacks and Queens Square Dance Club, Grandview.
  Richard was preceded in death by both his grandmothers, Dorothy Irene Ridenour and Mary Reilgh and his maternal grandfather, Harry Alden Mason.
  He is survived by one son, George Allen Baker, Belton; his father, George Robert Baker of Anchorage, Alaska; his mother, Rebecca Walker and husband, Lanny of Pleasant Hill; his paternal grandfather, Lee Baker of Broken Arrow Okla.; his sister, Traci Baran and husband Randy of Springville, NY; other relatives and many many friends.
  The funeral was under the direction of Wallace Funeral Home, December 19, 2009 with Rev. Kent Deubner officiating.
  Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Casket bearers were Lanny Walker, Harry Mason, Gene Doerflinger, Steve Kilgore, Aaron Kilgore and Sean Kilgore. Online guest book and private condolences may be sent to www.wallace-funeralhomes.com


Agnes Elizabeth Sargent, Cripps, Smith

Alice Elizabeth Smith died Sunday, Dec. 20, at the John Knox Care Center in Lee’s Summit.
  She was born on January 12, 1924 and was a retired employee of Raytheon Corporation and had worked at their White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico for 20 years. She had also previously lived in Pleasant Hill and El Paso, Texas.
  She was preceded in death by her mother, Catherine E. Sargent, her brother, William Sargent, and her husband, Chester Allen Smith.
  She is survived by her son, Donald Cripps, Pleasant Hill, and four grandchildren, Margo Bond-Collins, Atlanta, Ga.; Michael Cripps, Oakland, Calif.; Jacquelyn Cripps and Nathaniel Cripps, Pleasant Hill. She will be missed by family and friends.
  Arrangements are being made by the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill. Following cremation, burial will be with her husband at the National Cemetery in Fort Bliss, Texas, near El Paso.
  As Agnes requested, there will be no funeral or memorial services. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to the National Diabetes Foundation in her name.


Ruby Nell Greer

Ruby Nell (O’Dell) Greer, 71, of Urich, died on Thursday December 10, 2009 at her home.
  Ruby was born June 28, 1938 in Lathrop, the daughter of Huber L. and Alma (Frost) O’Dell.
  As a young child, her family moved to Liberty.
  On March 17, 1956 she was united in marriage to Jimmy Allen Greer at Liberty.
  Ruby was a member of the Ballard Red Hat Society and a member of the Fairview Baptist Church at Ballard.
  She was a homemaker and loved making and painting ceramics and spending time with her grandchildren.
  Ruby was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Jimmy, on November 4, 1995, a granddaughter, Ramona Denise Greer, a sister, Mildred McCorkle and a daughter-inlaw. Peggy Greer.
  She is survived by three sons: Jimmy Allen, Jr. Greer of Adrian; Charles Gene Greer and his wife, Julie of Pleasant Hill, and Harold Douglas Greer and his wife, Amanda of Urich; one daughter, Arlene Payne and her husband, Bob of Montrose; three brothers, Huber O'Dell, Jr., Benny O’Dell and his wife, Darlene and Denny O'Dell and his wife, Delores; nine grandchildren, Becky Jo McClintock and her husband, Jay; Bobbi Greer, Charles Greer, Jr., John Jacob Greer, Jimmy Greer, III and his wife, Staci; William Greer, River Clark, Harold Greer, Jr. and Mike Payne and his wife, Katie; eight great-grandsons and one great-granddaughter.
  Funeral services were held December 16, 2009 at the Atkinson Chapel in Adrian, officiated by Pastor Len Redding, Fairview Baptist Church of Ballard. Music was by Jack Greer.
  Honorary casketbearers were Becky Jo McClintock, River Clark, Harold Douglas Greer, Jr. and Michael Payne. Casketbeaerers were Charles Gene Greer, Jr., John Jacob Greer, Jimmy Allen Greer, III, William Joseph Greer, Jay Mc- Clintock and Bobbi Jene Greer.
  Burial was in the Austin Cemetery, Archie.
  Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, Kansas City Metro Office, 6700 Antioch Road, Suite 100, Merriam, KS 66204 or to Heartland Hospice, 612 West Fort Scott Street, Butler, MO 64730
  Arrangements were under the direction of Atkinson Funeral Home.
  Online condolences may be made to atkinsonfuneralhome.com


Judith Anne Collins

Judith Anne Collins, 69, of Pleasant Hill, was born September 24, 1940 in the Wingate Community near Pleasant Hill, the daughter of Jesse F. and Minnie B. (Braden) Brown.
  She departed this life December 4, 2009, at the Research Medical Center in Kansas City.
  On September 11, 1959, she was united in marriage to her high school sweetheart Richard “Dick” Collins in Pleasant Hill.
  Following their marriage, they moved to Kansas City and later to Raytown to raise their four children; then returned to Pleasant Hill to make their home for the last 20 years.
  Judy was a dedicated teacher for the Raymore-Peculiar School district for over 30 years and an accomplished seamstress and quilter.
  She and Dick enjoyed traveling, bicycling, motorcycle riding and creating lifetime memories with their children and grandchildren.
  She was an active member of St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, the altar guild at St. Anne’s, the Research Hospital Medical Foundation Advisory Board and many other volunteer and community service efforts.
  She was preceded in death by her parents; one son Richard Darin Collins; one brother Larry Brown; and one sister Phyllis Raybourn.
  She leaves her husband Dick Collins of the home; son Doug Collins and wife Lori of Kansas City; daughter Chris- Anne Gebauer and husband Phil of Greenwood; son Devin Collins and wife Mickey of Pleasant Hill; four grandchildren Eli, Sara, Cole and Dravin; brother Gene Brown and wife Anna of Raytown; sister Lois Duncan and husband Dwight of Holden; other relatives and many friends.
  Cremation has been accorded. The family will host a celebration of life service 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 12, 2009, at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.
  Mother Cindy Howard will officiate.
  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.
  Inurnment will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery at a later date.
  The family suggests memorial contributions to Research Foundation Nursing Scholarship Fund or St. Anne’s Episcopal Church and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
  Online condolences may be sent to the family and the video tribute may be viewed at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com
  Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.


Richard Duane Downey

Richard Duane Downey, Jr., 62, of Pleasant Hill, was born November 15, 1947 in Kansas City.
  He departed this life December 3, 2009 at the Lee's Summit Medical Center.
  On August 13, 1983, Richard was united in marriage to Naomi Rue Covey in Grandview. Although legally blind, Richard was an accountant for the General Service Administration in Kansas City for 35 years, retiring in 2005.
  He was preceded in death by one brother Terry Downey and one sister Kerri Williams He is survived by his mother Peggy Brinkman of Lee’s Summit; his wife Naomi of the home; one son Robert Downey of Pleasant Hill; other relatives and friends.
  Funeral services were December 7, 2009, at the Stanley- Dickey Funeral Home. High Priest Jean Hoover and Evangelist Don Carlile, ministers of the Community of Christ Church officiated. Interment was in the Floral Hills Cemetery in Kansas City.
  Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com
  Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.


Virginia Gail “Ginger” Bear

Virginia Gail “Ginger” Bear, 71 of Chilhowee, formerly of Pleasant Hill, passed away November 28, 2009, at her home, surrounded by her family.
  Ginger was born March 7, 1938 in Kansas City, the daughter of Clarence Otto and Roxy Loriene (Mitchell) Oliver. She spent her younger years in the Kansas City area and graduated from Center High School in 1956.
  On March 1, 1980, she married Terry Lee Bear in Independence and they made their home in Pleasant Hill. In 1955, they moved to Eufaula, Okla. and lived there for nine years. In 2009, they returned to Missouri to live in Chilhowee.
  Ginger was a self-employed blacksmith. Her artistic talent was nationally known and many newspaper and magazine articles have been written about her unique gift of design and symmetry in this field.
  She was also an animal lover, rescuing, nursing and nurturing any creature that crossed her path on four legs or two wings in need of help.
  Although Ginger took great pride in her profession and artistic endeavors, her love for her family was always the most important thing in her life.
  She was preceded in death by her father, Clarence Otto Oliver and her mother, Roxy “Loriene” Wright.
  She is survived by her husband, Terry Lee Bear of the home; four sons, Steven Smith of Spartanburg, S. Car.; Jeffrey Smith of Greenville, S. Car.; Todd Smith of Welford, S. Car.; Christopher Smith of Warrensburg; one daughter, Tanya McClintock of Pleasant Hill; one stepson, Dr. Lance LebRecht Bear of Warrensburg, two brothers, Gene Oliver of Pleasant Hill and Bill Rhodes of Flagstaff, Ariz.; one sister, Nancy Coffee of Pueblo, Colo.; 15 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.
  Cremation was accorded as Ginger requested and a Memorial Service was held December 2, 2009 at the Wallace Funeral Home. Rev. Kent Deubner officiated.
  Ginger had requested contributions be made to the humane society of your choice or to the American Cancer Society.
  Arrangements by Wallace Funeral Home , Pleasant Hill.


Lanning Pearce

Lanning Pearce, 85, of Pleasant Hill, passed away November 29, 2009 at the Cass Regional Medical Center, Harrisonville.
  He was born in Lamar, Colo., July 21, 1924. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
  Preceding Lanning in death were his parents, one brother and one sister.
  Cremation and no services are scheduled.
  He is survived by three sons: Steven and wife Barbara of Cleveland; Sterling and Jeffrey, both of Pleasant Hill; one granddaughter, Stephanie Pearce of Belton and one grandson, Matthew, a student at MU in Columbia.
  Memorial contributions may be made to American Children’s Society, 11214 Hickman Mills, Dr., Kansas City, MO 64134.


Birdie Frances Ailshire

Birdie Frances Ailshire, 92 of Blue Springs, formerly of Butler, died November 20, 2009 at Shangri-La Living Center in Blue Springs. She was born November 1, 1917 to Dave and Minnie Bell Shaddox Butler in LaRue, Arkansas.
  Fran, one of five children, grew up in LaRue where she attended Rocky Branch Grade School. On June 1, 1935 she married Henry Neely in LaRue.
  Fran worked at Western Electric in Kansas City, but was known locally for her ownerhip of the Butler Skating Rink. Many children from the surrounding communities enjoyed the skating rink. Fran was a member of the Frewill Baptist Church.
  She enjoyed woodworking, traveling, playing cards, listening to bluegrass music and visiting with family and friends. She also likeddancing, working crossword puzzles and of course...roller skating.
  Fran is survived by two daughters-in-law, Shirley Neely of Pleasant Hill, and Arietta Demmick of Portland, Oregon; five grandchildren, Gail Prescott and husband Tony of Lake Lotawana, Becky Edwards of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, Glenn Neely of Overland Park, Clifford Neely of Portland, Oregon and Carol Brummer of Portland, Oregon; and four great-grandchildren and two great great-grandchildren.
  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Henry Neely; two sons, Roy Neely and Clifford Neely; and four brothers, Cain, George, Claude and Frank.
  Graveside services were November 24, 2009 at Pleasant Hill Cemetery with Chaplain Tim Allison officiating.
  Arrangements were under the direction of the , Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679- 6555) Butler, Missouri.Online condolences, www.schowengerdtchapel.com


Robert Ernest DeFerrari

Robert Ernest DeFerrari, 83, of Warsaw, died October 31, 2009 at Bothwell Regional Health Center in Sedalia. He had been in declining health.
  Robert was born October 1, 1926 in Roseville, Calif. to Ernest R. and Edna Rose Braden DeFerrari.
  He married Lois Jean Johnson Feb. 7, 1970 in Pleasant Hill.
  Robert grew up and attended school in Roseville, but World War II intervened and on July 28, 1943, at just 16 years of age, Robert felt the call to serve his country. He lied about his birthdate and joined the U. S. Navy, serving in the Pacific Theater until March of 1947.
  After being honorably discharged, Robert returned to California, went to work and began taking college courses. Then on December 5, 1950, his country called on Robert one more time, to serve in the Navy during the Korean War and Robert answered the call. He served until March 12, 1952.
  Robert returned to California after his discharge, married and became father to seven children. Three years after their last child was born, his wife Dorothy died.
  On February 7, 1970, Robert was united in marriage with Lois Jean Johnson in Pleasant Hill and to this union one daughter, Carol was born. The family made their home in Vacaville, Calif. where Robert was working for the city of Sacramento in Parks and Recreation.
  Robert always had a desire for knowledge, even after obtaining a degree in biology from Cal Poly Tech, he would take various classes in anything that “piqued his interest.”
  In July of 1990, after retiring as Supervisor of parks and Recreation for the city of Fairfield, Calif., Robert and Lois moved to Warsaw to make their home.
  Robert was a member of Cedar Grove Baptist Church and VFW Post #5894, both of Warsaw.
  Robert was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest R. DeFerrari and Edna Rose Dehmlow and his stepmother, Marie De- Ferrari.
  He is survived by his wife, Lois DeFerrari of the home; four sons, Steven Rhodes of Portland, oregon; J. R. Rhodes of Brush Prairie, Wash.; Patrick Rhodes of Portland, Ore. and Robert E. DeFerrari, II of Vancouver, Wash.; four daughters, Linda Bauman of Vancouver; Darlene Layton of Gladstone, Ore.; Pam Lee of Portland, Ore. and Carol Petesch of Warsaw; three sisters, Eleanor Steinman of Napa, Calif.; Jan Thennis of Citrus Heights, Calif. and Toni Kintz of Roseville, Calif.; 16 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren; other relatives and many friends.
  Funeral services will be November 21, 2009 at 11 a.m. at Cedar Grove Baptist Church in Warsaw. Rev. Bill Hix and Pastor Barry Edwards will officiate.
  Cremation has been accorded. Military Funeral Honors will be provided by American Legion Post #217 of Warsaw.
  Arrangements by Wallace Funeral Home , Pleasant Hill.


Delbert Lee Hofstetter

Delbert Lee Hofstetter was born November 25, 1936 in Moniteau County, Missouri. He passed away at his home on November 10, 2009.
  He is survived by his wife, Carol, of 51 years; one brother, Mitchel and wife, Janet Hofstetter of Jefferson City; two daughters, Christina Kula and Jeff of Lincoln, Neb., Catherine Karnes and Joe of St. Mary’s Village, UK and one son, Timothy Hofstetter and Mary of Pleasant Hill; mother-in-law, Irene Sneed of Lee’s Summit; grandchildren, Corrie Lynn Hofstetter, Justin Hofstetter, Evan Kula, Cherilyn Karnes, Gabriel Karnes and Charlotte Karnes.
  Del was a retired carpenter from the R-7 School District. Prior to that he was a self-employed brick mason for 20 years.
  He was a member of the Lee’s Summit Jaycees, Jackson County Fair Board, Pack 264 Scout Troop and a warrior council member in the tribe of Mic-O-Say.
  He was ordained as a lay minister of the Methodist Church and presently attended Lee’s Summit Community Church.
  Del is preceded in death by his parents, Victor Grant and Genoa Devine Hofsetter, and his father-in-law, Milton Cave Sneed.
  The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Lamb and Lion Ministries.
  Funeral services were November 15, 2009 at the Langsford Funeral Home. Burial in the Lone Jack Cemetery.


Thomas R. Riffle

Thomas Ray “Tommy” Riffle, 40, passed away October 30, 2009 near Weston, in Platte County. He was born December 9, 1968, the son of Thomas Grant Riffle and Frances G. “Jerri” Redwine Riffle.
  Tommy’s father, Thomas G. Riffle passed away on November 8, 1968, one month before Tommy was born.
  On June 26, 1971, Jerri was united in marriage with Roy Austin. Roy became, not only Jerri’s husband, but Tommy’s “Dad.”
  Tommy was a lifelong resident of Pleasant Hill and Lone Jack. He attended school in Pleasant Hill from kindergarten to third grade. In 1977 the family moved to Lone Jack, where Tommy continued his education, and in 1986, the family returned to Pleasant Hill, where in 1987, Tommy graduated from Pleasant Hill High School.
  Tommy was united in marriage to Sandy Jo Swofford on August 5, 1995, at the Lone Jack Baptist Church where he was a member. To this union four children, Amberly Ray, Jessica Rose, Sally Ann and Thomas Grant, were born.
  Tommy was a loving son, beloved grandson, wonderful brother and a trusted friend who was always there for anyone in need, but above all he loved his children. The pride and joy he felt for them was always evident!
  Tommy was an iron worker employed by Kiewit Construction at the Iatan Power Plant and was a member of the Iron Workers Local #10.
  He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas Grant Riffle III; his paternal grandparents, Mildred Riffle and Thomas S. Riffle, Jr.; his maternal grandfather, Ray Redwine, his uncle, John Riffle; his aunt Julie Riffle and his cousin, Greg Riffle.
  He is survived by one son, Thomas Grant Riffle, V; three daughters, Amberly Ray Riffle, jessica Rose Riffle and Sally Ann Riffle, all of Pleasant Hill; his other and dad, Jerri and Roy Austin of Pleasant Hill; one sister, Jayme Austin Dains and her husband Mike of Pleasant Hill; his maternal grandmother, Frances Redwine of Pleasant Hill; one niece, Reese Dains, of Pleasant Hill; two uncles, David Redwine and his wife Joye and Jim Redwine and his wife Diana, all of Pleasant Hill.
  He will be sadly missed by many other relatives, friends and fellow iron workers.
  Services were held at Wallace Funeral Home the Thursday, Nov. 5, with Elder Sam Smith officiating.
  Pallbearers were Mike Perkins, Mike Raysick, Jeff Osborn, Jeff Jones, Ike Pritchett and Blaine Bunch. Honorary pallbearers were Darin Smith, Daric Smith, Eric Smith, Aaron Brown and Jerry Baker.


Donald D. Teegarden

Donald Dean Teegarden, 80, of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, was born Friday, May 10, 1929 in Ray County, Missouri, the son of George Washington and Mabel Grace (Borgmeir) Teegarden. He departed this life Saturday, October 31, 2009 at his home.
  Donald was an Army veteran and served during Korean War.
  On October 26, 1952 Donald was united in marriage to Mary Jean Thomas in Kansas City, Missouri; they recently celebrated 57 years together.
  Donald was a Millwright working for Allis Chalmers, Ruberoid and later for General Motors. He also owned and operated the Big Creek Machine Shop; all while running their farm near Pleasant Hill.
  He was a member of the Strasburg Baptist Church, VFW Post #3118, and American Legion Post #53.
  Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother Jim Teegarden and his sister Hazel Bush.
  He is survived by his wife Jean of the home, 3 daughters, Denise White and her husband Rick, Linda Day and her husband David, and Anita Bleich and her husband Michael, all of Lee’s Summit; 6 Grandchildren; 2 Great Grandchildren; other relatives; and many friends.
  Funeral services were held 10 a.m. Friday, November 6, 2009, at the funeral home. Pastor Preston Sanders, minister of the Strasburg Baptist Church officiated. Interment was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Casket bearers were Jacob Bagby, Jeremy Beach, Michael Bleich, Ronnie Bush, David Day &Rick White.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to Village Hospice of Lee’s Summit or the Strasburg Baptist Church Building Fund and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
  Online condolences may be sent to the family and the video tribute may be viewed online at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com
  Arrangements: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550


Beverly Jane Stradford

Beverly Jane Stradford, 70, of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, was born Saturday, August 12, 1939 in Kansas City, Missouri, the daughter of W.C. Clifton and Clara E. (Walters).
  She departed this life Thursday, November 5, 2009 at the Indian Meadows Health Care Center in Overland Park, Kansas.
  On June 1st 1957, Beverly was united in marriage to Clifford Franklin Stradford in Kansas City. He survives.
  Beverly worked for Sears & Roebuck at 18th & Cleveland. Following her marriage to Clifford she became a homemaker. She was a member of the Lee’s Summit VFW Auxiliary.
  Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister Nancy Jo Hart.
  She is also survived by her son Clifford, Jr. of the home; 1 brother Charles (and Nelda) Clifton of Amsterdam, Missouri; 2 grandchildren Shelby Stradford of Kirkwood, Missouri and Amber Stradford of Scott's Air Force Base in Illinois; other relatives and friends.
  Funeral services were held Monday, November 9, 2009, at the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home. Pastor Pat M. Kelley, minister of the Lee’s Summit United Methodist Church will officiate. Interment will be in the Floral Hills East Cemetery. Casket bearers are Curt Hart, Kelly Hart, Kevin Hart, Trace Hart, Johnny Stradford, and Shelby Stradford.
  Visitation was held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to the family in memory of Beverly and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
  Online condolences may be sent to the family and the video tribute may be viewed at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com


Esther Crain

Esther Laura Crain, 96, of Pleasant Hill, was born Sunday, March 23, 1913, in Nickerson, Kan., the daughter of Flavius A. and Anna M. (Wood) Mundell. She died at 6:50 a.m. Wednesday, October 28, 2009, at the Payton Place in Blue Springs.
  On Dec. 19, 1936, Esther was united in marriage to Chester R. Crain in Coats, Kansas. He preceded her in death on Oct. 23, 1998. She was a 1934 Kansas State University graduate.
  Following her graduation she became a teacher and taught until her marriage in 1936; she then became a homemaker. She was a member of Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church. She enjoyed quilting, reading, doing crossword puzzles, and bird watching; she also collected cookbooks and cookie cutters.
  Besides her parents and her husband she was preceded in death by one brother, Merlin Mundell, and three sisters, Helen Mundell, Grace Mundell and Mildred Speiser.
  She is survived by her son Russell and his wife Timi Crain of Gardner, Kan; her daughter, Donna and her husband Ken Trollinger of Pleasant Hill; four grandchildren, John and Nolanda Crain of Lane, Kan., Susan and Bret Evans of Raymore Michael and Amy Trollinger of Shawnee, Kan., and Patricia and John Summitt of Pleasant Hill; nine great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.
  Esther was a positive and upbeat person; friends were always welcome in her home.
  She was a loving mother and grandmother who especially loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
  Funeral services were held on Monday, Nov. 2, 2009, at the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill. Pastor Carl Knapp of the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church officiated.
  The musical selections were rendered by Mrs. Mary Pat Meyers and Mrs. Gail Todd. Interment was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Casket bearers were Brendon Crain, John Crain, Nick Palmay, Bret Evans, Cody Summitt, Dalton Summitt, John Summitt and Mike Trollinger.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice Advantage of Blue Springs and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
  Online condolences may be sent to the family and the video tribute may be viewed at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com


Robbie Max Loren

Robbie Max Loren, 56, of Pleasant Hill, departed this life October 27, 2009 at his home in Pleasant Hill.
  He was born January 6, 1953 in Marion, Ohio, the son of Robert M. and Joan (Trumbo) Loren.
  He married Vickie Jury on April 29, 1997, in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. His wife preceded him in death on November 6, 2006.
  Robbie worked in the Signal Department for the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad for 19 years; later working for the lumber company in Little River, South Carolina and the Missouri Department of Transportation in Lee’s Summit.
  He was also preceded in death by his parents.
  He is survived by his son Cameron, age 11, and daughter Olivia, age 4, both of Pleasant Hill; father-in-law and motherin- law Carl and Betty Schuster of Pleasant Hill; a brother Rickie (and Cindy) Loren of Marion; a half-sister Diane Webb of Marion; step-mother Marlene Loren of Marion; other relatives and friends. Cremation has been accorded.
  A memorial service was held November 2, 2009, at the Stanley- Dickey Funeral Home.
  Reverend D. Kent Deubner, minister of the First Christian Church of Pleasant Hill officiated.
  The family suggests memorial contributions to the Strasburg C-3 School and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
  Online condolences may be sent to the family and the video tribute may be viewed at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com
  Arrangements are under the direction of the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550 Stanleydickeyfh@ aol.com


Don F. Sears

Don F. Sears, 68, of Pleasant Hill, Missouri was born Monday, June 9, 1941 in Kansas City, Kansas, the son of Wendell F. & Mildred K. (Fields) Sears.
  He departed this life on October 31, 2009, of a massive heart attack while on a pheasant hunting trip in Nebraska.
  On August 10, 1985, he was united in marriage to Marsha Lynn (Mullins) Maggard in Raytown.
  Don was a 1959 graduate of Southeast High School and worked 42 years in the finance industry.
  He retired from Union Bank in 2003.
  Don was an avid hunter and gun enthusiast. He shared this love by volunteering at the Discovery Center and, for the last twenty years, by teaching hunter safety for the Missouri Conservation Department.
  He was secretary of the Lake Lotawana Sportsmen’s Club and taught Conceal Carry and Range Safety classes.
  Don and his wife, Marsha, of twenty-four years traveled the world together.
  He was preceded in death by his parents.
  He is survived by his wife, Marsha of Pleasant Hill; a son, Don Sears, Jr. of Butler, Missouri, a daughter, Julie Newman and husband Jim of Lee’s Summit; a step-son, Michael McGinnis and wife Alecia of Oak Grove; a step-daughter Jennifer Johnson and husband Todd of Blue Springs; three grandchildren, Jeremy, Forest and Chelsea; three step-grandchildren, Maddison, Kennedy and Grant; one great-grandchild, Brooklyn; a sister Jo Ann Wright and husband Allen of Lee’s Summit; and a brother John Paul Sears and wife Mary of Bucyrus, Kansas.
  Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 4, 2009, at the funeral home.
  Reverend Hubert Neth will officiate. Interment will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be held 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. Tuesday at the funeral home.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to the Salvation Army or United Way of Pleasant Hill, Missouri and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
  Online condolences may be sent to the family and the video tribute may be viewed at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com
  Arrangements: were under the direction of the Stanley- Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550


Waunetta M. Smith

Waunetta M. Smith, 92, of Boonville, Missouri, formerly of Pleasant Hill, was born December 17, 1916 in Pleasant Hill. She was the daughter of James C. and Alma D. (Small) Parris. She departed this life October 18, 2009 at the Hartman Village Assisted Living Center in Boonville.
  On November 15, 1937, Waunetta was united in marriage LeRoy Smith in Yuma, Arizona. He preceded her in death on May 11, 1996.
  Waunetta managed a photograph studio while living in the El Cajon, California and a jewelry store in Brawley, Calif. The major undertaking in her life was the care giving of her mother, father and her husband. She was a member of the Hickory Grove Baptist Church.
  Besides her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Eva D. Kinley and Noma O. Hawkins.
  She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Sheryl and Charles Mc- Gruder of Franklin, M0; one grandson and granddaughter- in-law. Matthew and Diedra McGruder of Franklin; three greatgrandsons, Cooper, Alexander and Mason; other relatives and friends.
  Funeral services were held October 22, at the funeral home. Mr. Brent Dickerson officiated. Interment was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
  Online condolences may be sent to the family and the video tribute may be viewed at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com
  Arrangements were by the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.


Sandra Dee Lane

Sandra Dee Lane, 47, of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, formerly of Jackson, Mississippi was born February 6, 1962 in Jackson, the daughter of John Dee and Sherrie Lula (Mc- Murphy) Myles. She departed this life October 20, 2009 at the Lee's Summit Medical Center in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.
  Sandra was a waitress and bartender in the Jackson area for many years.
  Following her move here to Missouri in January 2009 she worked for the JC Penney Store in Lee’s Summit.
  She is survived by her mom and step-father, Sherrie Snyder and Billy of Pleasant Hill; three sons, Randall K. Myles and David Clark of Hattiesburg, Miss., and Michael Austin Myles of Pleasant Hill; one brother, Frank M. (and Maurene) Collier of Raymore; three sisters, Sharon Pope of Jackson, Paula D. (and Craig) Long of Kingsville and Darla (and Darren) Todd of Raytown; one grandson, Kaleb Clark of Jackson; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.
  Funeral services were held October 24 at the Stanley Dickey Funeral Home. Dr. Edwin Peeples officiated. Interment was in the Staley- Mound Cemetery.
  Online condolences and the video tribute may be viewed at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com


Margot Nible

Margot Nible, 73, of Greenwood, Missouri, formerly of Cameron, was born Thursday, October 8, 1936 in Berlin, Germany, the daughter of Herman Diwock and Marie Leischner.
  She departed this life Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at the St. Joseph Medical Center in Kansas City.
  On February 6, 1957, Margot was united in marriage to Wallace G. Miller in Berlin, he preceded her in death on July 31, 2005. On January 18, 1985 she married David Nible in Raytown. He preceded her in death in April 1999.
  She was also preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Heidi and Ingrid.
  Margot was a homemaker. She was a very active member of the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church; and a very active with the Pleasant Hill Lay Clergy Council Thrift Store.
  Throughout Margot’s life she enjoyed painting, crocheting rugs and volunteering at the Pleasant Hill Thrift Store and Soup Kitchen in Kansas City, as well as, assisting with serving dinners at the church. Even while she was fighting her illness, she stopped by the senior citizen homes with treats and handmade lap blankets she crocheted to comfort the residents.
  She loved to make cookies for any occasion and was known around town as the “Cookie Lady”.
  But most of all she loved all of her children with all of her heart.
  She is survived by her sons Tommy G. Miller and Cindy, of Roland Park, Ks., and Steven S. Miller and Karen of Greenwood; her daughter Michelle H. Martin of Kansas City,; 2 grandsons Jeff Sellers of Overland Park, Ks., and Joshua C. Twyman of Arlington, Va.; her brother Luther Leischner of Barntrup, Germany; six nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.
  Cremation has been accorded.
  The family will host a memorial service 2:00 p.m. Saturday, October 24, 2009, at the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church. Reverend Carl Knapp will officiate.
  Visitation will be held from 12:30 p.m. until service time.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to the Lay Clergy Council Thrift Store or to the Pleasant Hill Methodist Church.


Howard Mac Driskill

Howard Mac Driskill, 90, of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, was born Sunday March 23, 1919 in Lamoni, Iowa, the son of William C. and Virginia (Creveling) Driskill. He departed this life October 22, 2009 at the Lee’s Summit Medical Center.
  On September 25, 1938, he was united in marriage to Nadine Dill in Yates Center, Kans.
  Howard was employed as an Inspector, Machine Tool and Gauge in the Trades department at Western Electric/Lucent in Lee’s Summit. He retired in 1984. He and Nadine lived on their farm in Pleasant Hill for 41 years.
  He was a member of the Crossroads Baptist Church in Kingsville and the Telephone Pioneers of Western Electric.
  Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one son Michael D. Driskill, one brother Starl D. Driskill and a half -sister Irma Henry.
  He is survived by his wife of 71 years Nadine of the home; two sons, Milford Driskill and Shirley of Neodesha, Kans., Galen Driskill and Joy of Skiatook, Okla; one daughter, Carol Johnson and Chet of Lake Winnebago; one brother, William C. Driskill of Lee’s Summit; two sisters, Lois Ruzicka and Ernie of Springfield and Cleta Rush of El Dorado, Kans.; one sister-in-law Ardis Driskill of Liberty; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild; other relatives; and many friends.
  Cremation has been accorded. The family will host a memorial service 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 31, 2009, at the Crossroads Baptist Church in Kingsville; Pastor David Driskell minister of the church will officiate. Musical selections will be rendered by Mackenzie Driskill, David and Cathryn Driskell, and Gods Promise, a quartet from the church.
  The family will receive friends from 10:30 a.m. until service time.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to the Crossroads Baptist Church building fund and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
  Online condolences and the video tribute may be viewed at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com
  Arrangements were by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home.


Hugh M. (Bud) Taylor

Graveside services for Hugh M. (Bud) Taylor will be held Saturday, October 17, 2009, at 1:30 pm, in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.


Norman Paul Knorr

Norman Paul Knorr, 79, of Pleasant Hill, departed this life October 9, 2009 at the Kansas University Medical Center, in Kansas City, Kansas.
  He was born June 19, 1930 in Waco, Nebraska, the son of Joseph H. and Anna K. (Weimer) Knorr. On July 4, 1953, he married Donna Belle Uffelman in Waco, Nebr.
  He was a United States Army Veteran serving during the Korean War.
  Norman was a mechanical and heavy construction operator specializing in welding; and a member of Operating Engineers Local #101.
  Norman was a member of Amazing Grace Lutheran Church in Pleasant Hill. He was also a member of the VFW Post #5789 of Lee’s Summit and American Legion Post #499 of Blue Springs.
  Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother Walt Knorr and three sisters, Martha Knorr, Vera Knorr and Palma Fehlhafer.
  He is survived by his wife Donna of the home; two daughters Marsha S. Clark and Graylan and Brenda J. Ederer and Nick, all of Pleasant Hill; four grandchildren, Sarah Barnaby and Brice, Nicholas Ederer, Abigail Clark and Clint Ederer, all of Pleasant Hill; two great grandsons, Von and Jaxon Barnaby of Pleasant Hill; two brothers, Erich Knorr and Geraldine of Waco, Nebr. and Clarence Knorr and Shirley of York, Nebr.; four sisters, Esther Fehlhafer of Utica, Nebr., Florence Fehlhafer and John of Utica, Nebr., Lorna Schmeiding of Utica, Nebr. and Erna Staehr of Utica, Nebr.; other relatives; and many friends.
  Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, October 16, 2009, at the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home.
  Reverend Craig Otto of St. Matthew Lutheran Church of Lee’s Summit will officiate. Interment will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery with full military honors by the Pleasant Hill VW Post #3118 Honors Team.
  Casket bearers are Clint Ederer, Nicholas Ederer, Nick Ederer, Jim Uffelman, Graylan Clark and Brice Barnaby. Honorary casket bearers are Clarence Knorr and Erich Knorr.
  Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, October 15, 2009 at the funeral home. Memorial contributions are suggested to the KU Medical Center Heart Institute and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
  Online condolences and the video tribute may be viewed at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com . Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill.


Debbie Rettelle

Debbie Rettelle, 58, of Pleasant Hill, passed away October 2, 2009 at St. Joseph Hospital.
  Debbie was born August 6, 1951 in Tuscumbia, MO to August and Genevieve (Burris) Nibert.
  She owned and operated Country Cove Salon. Mrs. Rettelle was an avid bird watcher and especially loved owls. She enjoyed working in the yard and mowing her lawn.
  Debbie is survived by her husband George Rettelle; children Kitty Lloyd and husband Michael, Jamie Rettelle, Jimmy Rettelle, Carol Rettelle and husband Derek Wilson; grandchildren Sidney, Lia, Braydon and Kaleb; brother Kevin Nibert and wife Patricia; father August Nibert and wife Margie, mother-in-law Marie Rettelle. Debbie was preceded in death by her mother Genevieve Nibert and her son William Patrick.
  Online condolences may be left for the family at www.speakschapel.com Arrangements by Speaks Suburban Chapel.
  Services were October 8, 2009 at Speaks Suburban Chapel in Independence. Burial in Oak Ridge Memory Gardens.
  Memorial contributions may be made to the Debbie Rettelle Fund in c/o Pleasant Hill Bank.


Wadine M. Franklin

Wadine M. Franklin, 91, of Pleasant Hill, departed this life October 5, 2009 at the John Knox Village Memorial Care Center in Lee's Summit.
  She was born September 29, 1918 in Climax Springs, the daughter of Emil A. and Berniece (Pennell) Arnold.
  On December 22, 1940, Wadine married Ivan L. (Pete) Franklin in Camdenton. He preceded her in death on December 14, 1997.
  Wadine received a degree in teaching from the Missouri State University in Springfield, later teaching at the Ragg School house in southern Missouri.
  Following her marriage to Ivan, they owned and operated Franklin’s 66 Service Station in Brookside while running a farm near Pleasant Hill.
  She was a devout Christian and an active member in her church.
  Besides her husband Ivan L. (Pete) Franklin, she was also preceded in death by her parents, son Jimmie Lee Franklin and one sister Martha Kelly.
  She is survived by her daughter LeAnn and Cal Cundiff of Pleasant Hill; three grandchildren, Chad and Karen Cundiff of Phoenix, Ariz., Tamara Cundiff of Lee’s Summit, and Danette Seffens of, Olathe; seven great-grandchildren, Madison and Taylor Cundiff, Katarina and Caleb Parrish, Benjamin, Timothy and Jeremy Seffens; two sisters Myrene and Gerald Moulder of Roach, Missouri and Phyllis and Cecil Saulsbury of Kansas City; many nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends.
  Following Wadine’s request, a private graveside service was held at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to the City Union Mission or a charity of the donor’s choice.
  Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com


Billy Joe Rape

Billy Joe Rape, 80, died September 28, 2009 at his home after an extended battle with cancer. He was born in Arlington, Texas, the son of Joe and Jessie Rape.
  He moved to Kansas City area as a child. He was a 1946 graduate of Ruskin High School. He joined the U.S. Marines and served from 1946- 1948. He met Mary Atwood at a Ruskin High School football game in 1949. They married in November of 1950.
  Billy Joe was recalled to active duty service with the Marines during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in 1952.
  Billy Joe and his father started J&J Sodding in 1952. He was president of the Kansas City Turf Association from 1981-1983 and Missouri State Representative for ASPA - American Sod Producers Association from 1984-1990.
  He was preceded in death by his parents, his older brother, Ray; and his son, Robert K. Rape.
  He is survived by his wife, Mary Rape, of the home; a son, Mike Rape and his wife, Cindi; a daughter, Cindy Greb and her husband, George; seven grandchildren, Shaun, Brian, Amanda, Angela, Joseph, Kevin and Robert Jr; and seven great grandchildren, Ali, Kyria, Madison, Connor, Neil, Jeremy and Ashlin.
  Services were at the Langsford Funeral home in Lee’s Summit. Burial followed at the Pleasant hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the American Cancer Society or the Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care.


Hugh Markham “Bud” Taylor, Jr.

Hugh Markham “Bud” Taylor Jr., 78, of Wheatland, Mo., formerly of Pleasant Hill, passed away September 26, 2009 at his home.
  Bud was born March 2, 1931 at Spring Hill, Kansas, the son of Hugh M. Taylor Sr. and Frances (Farmer) Taylor. He was a retired carpenter and had lived in the Wheatland area for 21 years.
  Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Donna Taylor, five children: Dicksie Harris, Holden; Linda Oldberg, Lee’s Summit; David Mark Taylor, Wheatland; Cindy Lou Harris, Lone Jack and LaDonna Kay Weisbach, Oak Grove; two sisters, Adele Breed of North Kansas City and Zelda Bowles of Kansas City; 15 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.
  Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. with funeral service at 8 p.m., Wednesday, September 30, 2009 at Hathaway-Peterman Funeral Home, Wheatland with Rev. Rick Walters officiating.
  Inturnment will be later in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be sent to CMH Hospice, 1500 N. Oakland, Bolivar, Mo. 65613.


Garald E. Lees

Garald E. Lees, 60, of Harrisonville, died Friday, September 11, 2009, at his home in Harrisonville.
  Memorial services were held Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at the Cass County Elks Lodge #2791, 2401 North Highway 291 in Harrisonville, officiated by Pastor Glen Matney, Lee’s Summit.
  Music was by Christi Matney and Russ Higginbothan. Memorial contributions may be made to Kansas City Hospice, 9221 Ward Parkway, Suite 100, Kansas City, Missouri 64114.
  Garald was born August 12, 1949 in East Lynne, the son of Edward O. and Ruth E. (Hayes) Lees.
  He had lived in Pleasant Hill, before moving to Harrisonville in 1971. He was a lifelong Cass County resident and a 1967 graduate of Pleasant Hill High School.
  Garald was united in marriage to Cindy Shepherd on February 26, 1972.
  He was a machine operator for Hallmark Cards at the Kansas City Plant for 32 years before retiring in 2000.
  He was a charter member and past Exalted Ruler of Cass County Elks Lodge #2791, Harrisonville.
  He was also a Missouri State District Officer and a National District Deputy for the Elks. Garald was also a member of the NRA.
  Garald was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Cindy Lees, of the home; two brothers, Tony Lees and William Sidney Lees, both of Harrisonville; two nephews and three nieces.
  Arrangements were under the direction of the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville.
  Online condolences may be made to www.atkinsonfuneralhome. com


Larry Jay McClintock

Larry Jay McClintock, 61, of Pleasant Hill departed this life August 31, 2009 at Truman Medical Center in Kansas City.
  He was born February 6, 1948 in Chaves County, New Mexico, the son of Gordon and Evelyn (Rogers) McClintock. He was a graduate of the University of Missouri at Kansas City with a degree in biology.
  On November 29, 1971, he united in marriage to Sarah Ruth Allen in Kansas City. To this union two children were born. The McClintock family moved to Pleasant Hill in 1987 to make their home.
  Larry was a son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, woodturner, laboratory technologist and so much more. He started every day a little grouchy, being not a morning person, but quickly became a smiling happy individual.
  As a child, he shined shoes and took the money around the corner for pie and chocolate milk. As an adult, he enjoyed his job, but lives to get home and woodturn. He never passed his wife without a loving look ad kiss. His thoughts were never far from his children. He was very proud of them, glad they were friends and close to each also. Also, in his thoughts were his brothers and sisters.
  He spoke often of them, wishing them the best and wanting to give advice. His family’s last view was of him smiling and laughing over a joke told by his son. He will be missed.
  Larry had been a medical technologist for Truman Medical Center Lakewood for 32 years. He was a member of the Northland Woodturners, the Kansas City Woodturners and the Independence Woodturners Associations.
  He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Gordon and Evelyn Rogers McClintock, one brother, Randy McClintock and one sister, Cindy McClintock.
  Larry is survived by his wife, Sarah Ruth McClintock of the home, one son, Jay D. McClintock and his wife Becky of Pleasant Hill; one daughter Jennifer L. Stanton and her husband Nate of Garden City; two brothers, Dennis “Butch” McClintock of New Port, Fla., and Lyle McClintock of Salina, Kans.; three sisters, Connie Braden of Colony, Kans., Lana Van Blaricon of Iola, Kans., and Linda Pechstead of El Mirage, Ariz.; four grandchildren and other relatives and many friends.
  Funeral services were held Friday, September 4, 2009 at the Wallace Funeral Home with Rev. Mark Manning officiating.
  The family suggests contributions to the Boy Scouts of America.


Lucille Isabell Walker

Lucille Isabell Walker, 95, of Pleasant Hill, died on August 28, 2009 at the Jefferson Health Care Center, in Lee's Summit.
  She was born March 4, 1914 in Greenwood, the daughter of Leroy Polk and Nora (Gosney) Arnett.
  On December 21, 1935, Lucille was united in marriage to Mark Elis Walker in Hickman Mills.
  He preceded her in death on October 2, 1974.
  Lucille was a homemaker. She was a Past Worthy Matron of Ivy Leaf Chapter #215 in Pleasant Hill, where she also served as the secretary for 15 years; she also served as the District Deputy Grand Matron and the Grand Representative to Delaware.
  She was active in several other organizations including the Pleasant Hill Lioness Club, Rebekah Lodge, the Local 4-H, the Ore Club and the Friendly Homemakers Club.
  She was also a faithful member of the Pleasant Hill First Christian Church Her hobbies included sewing, crocheting, countered cross stitching, quilting and reading.
  Besides her parents and her husband Mark, she was preceded in death by two brothers Roy Arnett and Ralph Arnett; and three sisters, Rita Dunn, Irma Lee Ervin and Belle Mae Bean.
  She is survived by her son James W. Walker and his wife Connie of St. Charles; her daughter Carol S. Blake and her husband James of Angleton, Texas; five grandchildren Lisa Walker, Jeffrey (and Alisha) Walker, Aaron (and Michelle) Blake, Brian (and Lisa) Blake; Suzanne (and William) Russell; seven great grandchildren Noah, Erica, Hayley, Amber, Kaitlyn, Addison and Kimberly; other relatives and friends.
  Funeral services were held September 1, 2009, at the Stanley- Dickey Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill.
  Eastern Star did a service Monday evening following visitation at the funeral home.
  Rev. D. Kent Deubner, minister of the Pleasant Hill First Christian Church officiated at the services.
  Interment was at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
  Casket bearers were Ed Arnett, Mark Arnett, Bob Bauer, Eric Ervin, Dave JoRay and Mike McClellan.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to the First Christian Church Memorial Fund and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
  Online condolences may be sent to the family and the video tribute may be viewed at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com
  Arrangements were nade by the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 North Armstrong Street, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080.


Blanche B. Stahl

Blanche B. Stahl, 97, Lee’s Summit, died Thursday, August 27, 2009, at her home.
  She was born on July 10, 1912, in Fayetteville, Missouri, the daughter of James William and Annie Belle (Pollock) Brown.
  She graduated from the Kingsville High School and earned a teaching certificate from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg and taught elementary school for several years.
  She was married to Glenn Wesley Stahl on December 24, 1937, in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.
  She and her husband, Glenn, founded Stahl Specialty Company, a permanent-mold aluminum foundry and developer of permanent-mold foundry machinery in Kingsville and Warrensburg. Mrs. Stahl served as corporate treasurer for the company for more than 59 years.
  Her husband preceded her in death on March 15, 1992.
  With the exception of the past four years when she lived in Lee’s Summit, she lived in Kingsville most of her life. She was a member of the Kingsville Christian Church.
  Surviving are one daughter, Linda Moore, Lake Winnebago, Missouri, four grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and one sister-in-law, Mona Brown, Lee’s Summit. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Beauford Brown and W.J. “Junior” Brown, and sisters, Wilma Reid, Mattie Mae Raber and Annie Dee Cunningham.
  In honor of Mrs. Stahl’s wishes, graveside services were held Monday, August 31, at the Holden Cemetery under the direction of the Ben Cast & Son- Wood Funeral Home of Holden.
  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Kansas City Hospice or Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City.


Sally S. Gulley

Sally S. Gulley, 60, died August 27, 2009 at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Blue Springs.
  She was born on March 21, 1949 in Independence, to Harold D. and Allene B. Miller Srader.
  Sally spent her entire lifetime in the Independence commu nity and attended Truman High School.
  She was a dedicated worker, having been a custodian for Raytown High School for over 20 years.
  Her family was the most important part of her life.
  Sally was preceded in death by her parents, Harold D. and Allene B. Miller Srader.
  She is survived by three daughters, Tiffinie McGreevy of Iola, Kans. and her children, Justin and Chris Maxon; Jackie Williams and her husband, Jim of Lee’s Summit and their children, Andrew, Caroline and Mason Williams; and April Guffy of Independence and her son Payton Tryon; one sister, Kate Drake of Independence and other relatives and many friends.
  Cremation was accorded. A memorial service was held August 31, 2009 at the First Baptist Church of Independence.
  Arrangements were made by the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill.


Donald Everett Rasmussen

Donald Everett Rasmussen, 92, Lee’s Summit, died August 20, 2009 at St. Luke’s East Hospital in Lee’s Summit. He was born May 29, 1917 to Valdemar J. and Mabel Viola Cook Rasmussen in Emporia, Kansas.
  Mr. Rasmussen spent his younger years in the Topeka, Kansas area. He graduated from Topeka High School and from Kansas State College with a combined degree in business and music.
  After serving his country in the U. S. Army during World War II, he became a Certified Public Accountant working for the Kansas State government. Also during this time, he was touring and performing with several of the well known “Big Band” era orchestras. He became widely known and sought after for his talent playing not just the piano, but the organ, accordion and cymbals, as well.
  In 1951, the Kansas State government sent Mr. Rasmussen to Missouri to help coordinate disaster relief during the devastating 1951 floods. He was so efficient at this job that he caught the eye of the federal government and was hired to help establish the Small Business Administration where he continued to work for 31 years until his retirement in 1986.
  He married Beryl E. Giesler in Las Vegas on June 14, 1986. They made their home in the Lee’s Summit area until Beryl’s death on Nov. 4, 1999. In 2006, he married Myrtle M. Browning.
  Mr. Rasmussen was a Lutheran. He was a 32nd degree Mason of Jewel Lodge #480 A.F.& A.M. and the Ivy Leaf Chapter of the Eastern Star, (where he served as organist for many years); both of Pleasant Hill, the Ararat Shrine Temple of Kansas City, (where he was a member of the Drum & Bugle Corp and enjoyed participating in many parades), the Kansas City Federation of Musicians and the American Legion #189 of Lee’s Summit.
  Mr. Rasmussen is survived by his wife, Myrtle M. Browning of Lee’s Summit; two daughters, Carolyn Hedgecock and husband John of Greenwood and Muriel Kay Wright and husband Jerry of Parker, Colorado; seven grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, 18 great-great-grandchildren.
  Funeral services are Wednesday, August 26, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. at Wallace Funeral Home with Rev. Kent Deubner officiating.
  Burial in Pleasant Hill Cemetery with full military honors by V.F.W. Post #3118 of Pleasant Hill. Casket bearers were members of Jewel Lodge #480 A.F.& A.M. of Pleasant Hill.
  Visitation was Tuesday, August 25, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. with a Masonic service at 7:30 by Jewel Lodge #480 A.F.& A.M. of Pleasant Hill.
  Arrangements by Wallace Funeral Home of Pleasant Hill.


Mya Rachelle Lee Williams

Mya Rachelle Lee Williams, 5 days old, of Lee’s Summit, died August 21, 2009 at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City.
  Mya was born August 17, 2009 at St. Luke’s East Hospital in Lee’s Summit to Fawn “Candy” Otis of Lee’s Summit and Rufus L. Williams of Kansas City.
  She is survived by her mother, Fawn “Candy” Otis of Lee’s Summit, and father, Rufus L. Williams of Kansas City; one brother, Joseph Williams and one sister, Alyssa Williams, both of the home; maternal grandparents, Sandy Otis of Lee’s Summit and Frank Otis of Topeka; two uncles, Donald McCauley of Liberty and Farron L. Otis and wife Teresa of Greenwood; one aunt, Brandy Otis of Greenwood.
  Graveside services were held August 25, at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery with Rev. Kent Deubner officiating.
  Arrangements by Wallace Funeral Home.


Robert Leigh Shortridge

Robert Leigh Shortridge, 91, died August 12, 2009, at St. Luke’s East Hospital in Lee’s Summit.
  Congestive heart failure was the immediate cause, a fact he found ironic after being a smoker for nearly eighty years.
  Memorial services were held Saturday, Aug. 15, at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill with his son Michael officiating.
  The body was cremated, but a stone has been set in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
  Bob’s death ends a 150-year presence of Shortridges in Pleasant Hill. His great-grandfather was a blacksmith in Old Town, his grandfather a stonecutter on Paul Street and his father was a pharmacist at the head of Front Street.
  Shortridge drug stores operated in the city from 1916 until 1977. With ties to the Kolstad, Lynch, Parker, Rowland and Wilmott families, his local roots were deep and broad.
  Bob was an unusual and admirable man, at once kind, wise and salty. He appreciated people for what they were, listened intently, and offered reasoned counsel if asked.
  As a result, his circle of friends was large and diverse. In recent years his activities focused on poker at the local VFW post, morning coffee at Neighbor’s Cafe and pool tournaments wherever he could find them. The talk was good when Bob was around, but the games were serious.
  The third child of Garnett Leigh and Nelle Alice Lynch Shortridge, Bob was born in Pleasant Hill on February 26, 1918.
  He enjoyed life in depression- age Missouri, only vaguely aware of the hardships felt by adults. He hunted and fished along Big Creek with lifelong friends Jim McKean and Paul Kapke, while big sister Kathryn protected him from the occasional displeasures of parents and others.
  Like his father before him, Bob worked in a drug store as a young man and decided to make it a career. He attended the Kansas City College of Pharmacy (commuting every day from Pleasant Hill), graduated in 1940 and partnered with Pearlie Chambers to take over the old Lain-Shortridge store.
  The year before, on July 9, 1939, he married his high school classmate, Harriette Jane Knorpp.
  World War II interrupted their plans. Bob entered the U.S. Navy where he served in the Pacific Theater as a pharmacist’s mate, most of the time aboard the minesweeper YMS- 295. He was the only medical person on this small ship and so acquired the nickname of “Doc.”
  Bob enjoyed navy life and joined a reserve unit. He retired as a lieutenant commander with 30 years of service.
  After the war, Bob and Harriette returned to Pleasant Hill to open their own drug store, the fourth in town at the time.
  It operated at two different locations, most recently at 106 South Lake.
  Harriette kept the books while three long-term employees ran the front end: Louise Cope and Mildred Van Hoy on the day shift and Mary Halstenberg evenings and Saturdays.
  Bob would go in at 9 a.m., come home for supper at 6 p.m., and return at 7 p.m. to work again until closing. He also was there all day Saturday and on Sunday mornings. Despite these hours, the life suited him well. He knew everybody in town and everything that happened. Again like his father, he also served terms on the City Council and the School Board.
  He sold the store in April 1977 when Harriette became seriously ill.
  In retirement, Bob turned to physical labor. He worked with his friend, contractor Joe Jones, to install water lines. He bought a pickup truck to haul gravel and he became fascinated by wood stoves. One generation of local people knew Bob as a bow-tied pharmacist, another as a bib-overalled chain-saw man, and still another as a 90- year-old driver of a Ford Mustang convertible.
  Bob was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters Kathryn Belle Wait and Sybil Marie Laws, his wife Harriette, and his later companion Bonnie Murry.
  Survivors include two sons and their wives: James Robert and Barbara Shortridge of Lawrence, Kansas, and Michael Leigh and Elaine Shortridge of Jefferson City, Missouri. Four granddaughters and a step-granddaughter also survive Amy McCarthy of Leawood, Kansas; Katherine Shortridge of Salem, Virginia; Michelle Young of Harrisonville; Adrianne Martin of Salisbury, North Carolina; and Lori Smith of Hartsburg, Missouri.
  Six great-grandchildren and three step-greatgrandchildren complete the legacy.
  Visitation and a memorial service were held Saturday afternoon at the Wallace Chapel with full Military honors by VFW Post 3118. Cremation has been accorded.


Ruth Elinor Lees

Ruth Elinor Lees, 80, Harrisonville, died August 14, 2009 at her home.
  Ruth was born July 19, 1929 in Pleasant Hill, the daughter of Henry and Opal (Neff) Hayes.
  She grew up in Pleasant Hill and had lived in Windsor before moving to Harrisonville in 2001.
  She worked for Harmon Electronics in Grain Valley. She was a member of the Harrisonville Elks Lodge.
  Ruth was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Edward O. Lees. She is survived by three sons, Garald Lee, Tony Lees and William Sidney Lees, all of Harrisonville, and three grandchildren.
  No services are planned. Cremation has been accorded.
  Arrangements were under the direction of Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville.
  Online condolences may be made to www.atkinsonfuneralhome.com


I.R. "Tom" Reid

Ivel Rufus Reid, 95, a.k.a. I.R. “Tom” Reid, departed this life August 7, 2009 at the Indian Creek Health Care Center, Overland Park, Kansas. He was born September 26, 1913 in Clyde, Kansas, the son of Marion Lafette and Maria Ella (Menard) Reid.
  On May 2, 1947, Tom was united in marriage to Ethel Elinor Franklin in Kansas City. Later on October 13, 1998, he was united in marriage to Nellie Frances Cowan.
  Tom was employed as a furniture salesman for many of Kansas City most elite stores, beginning with Duff and Repp and ending his career at Pilgrim House, with a stint at Macy’s and Sears in between. He served in the Merchant Marines during World War II.
  Tom was a member of the St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Kansas City. He will be remembered for his love of Irish music, playing bones, good food and wine, funny jokes, fishing and beer… but most of all how much he loved them.
  Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Ethel Reid on May 3, 1995 and a brother Ivan Reid.
  Tom is survived by his wife, Frances Cowan Reid, Mission, Kansas; four daughters, Phyllis J. Hook and husband Bob, Pleasant Hill; Sue Ellen Wright, Overland Park; Lynette L. Gregg and husband Dennis, Pleasant Hill; Denise Reid- Shoaff and husband Stephen, Kansas City; two step children, Jan Munro and husband Stuart, Lake Quivira, Kansas and John Cowan, Leawood, Kansas; 12 grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; other relatives and many friends.
  Funeral services were August 12, 2009, at the St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Kansas City. Rev. Russell Johnson, minister of the church, officiated.
  Music was performed by Dave Agee, Lynette Gregg, Denise Reid-Shoaff, Craig Murdock and Chris Wheeler Interment was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery with military honors by the VFW Post #3118 honor guard.
  Casket bearers were Coleman Gregg, Dennis Gregg, Michael Hook, Stephen Shoaff, James Wright and Justin Wright.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to the St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Memorial Fund and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
  Online condolences may be sent and the video tribute may be viewed at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com
  Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill.


Roena White

Roena White, 77, of Lee’s Summit, formerly of Pleasant Hill, passed away August 1, 2009 at Specialty Hospital of Mid-America in Overland Park, Kansas.
  She was born March 25, 1932 in Cass County, the daughter of the late Gibraltar and Viola Mae (Hearn) Hammond.
  On April 16, 1950, Roena was united in marriage to Robert Lee White in Kansas City.
  Roena was a homemaker. She was a 1949 graduate of the Pleasant Hill.High School. Roena was a member of the Lee's Summit United Methodist Church.
  She loved art, country music, sewing, crocheting, crossstitching and making necklaces out of beads.
  In her earlier years, she enjoyed square-dancing with her husband Bob.
  She had lived on a farm in the Pleasant Hill area before moving to Lee's Summit.
  Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Jo Ann Roe.
  She is survived by her husband, Bob White of the home; a son, Rick White and wife Denise, Lee's Summit; two daughters, Rhonda Aeby and husband Tom, Midwest City, Okla.; Becky Ortbals and husband Ken, Lee's Summit; four grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; two brothers, Eugene Hammond, Olathe; Lee Hammond, Lee's Summit; three sisters, Nadine Kirschbaum, Libby, Mont.; Geneva Dea Hall, Blue Springs; Donna Lou Wagner, Nevada, Mo.; other relatives and many friends.
  A Celebration of Life Service was held August 6, 2009 at the Lee's Summit United Methodist Church.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Diabetes Association or to the church memorial fund.


Floyd Eugene “Bud” Walker

Floyd Eugene “Bud” Walker, Sr., 64, died on August 3, at his home in Grain Valley.
  He was born on September 12, 1944 in Pleasant Hill, the son of Lawrence and Virginia (Comer) Walker.
  He married Sandra Keck on June 6, 1991.
  Bud was a retired dairy farmer and a veteran of the Army National Guard.
  Bud was preceded in death by his parents.
  His survivors include his wife, Sandy of the home, one son, Floyd E. “Buddy” Walker, Jr. and wife Chris of Bates City; one daughter, Pam Kohl and husband William of Anthem, Ariz.; two stepchildren, Gina Scott (Roger Baldwin) and Dallas Stinnett and wife Misty, all of Oak Grove, nine grandchildren, and one great grandson, Carson.
  A memorial service was held August 7, 2009 at Royer Funeral Home in Grain Valley.
  Rev. David Vailes officiated.
  Pallbearers were Phillip Hackley, Levi Stinnett, Dave Swofford, Donnie Swofford, Chase Hager, Kevin Scott, William Kohl and Rusty Voorhees. Interment in Oak Grove Cemetery.
  Memorial contributions may be made to American Diabetes Assoc., 10580 Barkley, Suite 400, Overland Park, Kans. 66212.


Nadene Mae Meador

Nadene Mae Meador, 85, of Lee's Summit, departed this life on August 4, 2009 at Research Medical Center in Kansas City.
  She was born May 5, 1924 in Osage City, Kansas, the daughter of Frank and Eunice (Murray) Silvain.
  On March 7, 1943, Nadene was united in marriage to Robert William Meador in Kansas City.
  Nadene was employed as a payroll clerk for Grace Company, Belton until her retirement in April of 1992 and later was a cook for Old Towne Cafe for 15 years.
  She was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Lee's Summit and the Ivy Leaf Chapter #215 Order of the Eastern Star, Pleasant Hill.
  Nadene loved her family, enjoyed life and taking trips to Branson.
  She had lived in Belton before moving to Lee's Summit in 2008.
  Besides her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Robert Meador on June 19, 1982 and a grandson, Douglas Meador.
  She is survived by a son, Bob Meador and wife Barb of Kansas City; a daughter Theresa A. Schmoll and husband Rick of Pleasant Hill; three grandchildren, Robin, Chris and Joe; two step-grandchildren, Dana and Ricky; three great-grandchildren, Ashley, Jeremy and Andrew; a brother, Phil Silvain, Lake Lotawana; other relatives and many friends.
  Funeral services were August 8 at the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home .
  Rev. Tony Reynolds, minister of the Appleton City First Christian Church officiated. at the service.
  Interment in the Belton Cemetery.
  Casket bearers were Larry Allin, Patrick Ascencion, Jeremy Potter, Bob Ursino, Chris Webber and Joe Webber.
  Honorary casket bearers were Jim Beattie, Walt Borer, Terry Faulkenberry, Jimmy Dean Ross, Ricky Schmoll, Don Webber and Pepper Webber.
  The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the DCI Dialysis and may be sent in care of the funeral home.


Bernice I. Lambert

Bernice I. Lambert, 87, formerly of Pleasant Hill, died August 5, 2009.
  She had been a resident of Camden Health Care Center in Harrisonville and had been in declining health for the past six months.
  Bernice was the daughter of Andy and Ida (Hooten) Wright. She was born December 1, 1921 in Hurley, Missouri.
  She spent her early years in Hurley before coming to Pleasant Hill in 1950. S he was a seamstress for the Pleasant Hill Garment Factory. In the 1960s, she moved to Springfield area to make her home.
  In 1972 she was united in marriage to Clarence Lambert in Springfield. He preceded her in death on July 20, 1996.
  She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. Both she and her husband were very active in their lodge work.
  She was preceded in death by her parents, Andy and Ida Wright, her husband Clarence Lambert and one son, Gary Pope.
  In 2003 Bernice returned to Pleasant Hill where she lived until 2005 before moving to the Camden Health Care Center in Harrisonville.
  Bernice is survived by one son, Freddie Pope and wife Margrett of Pleasant Hill; one daughter, Imolene Carden and husband Dick of Little Rock, Ark.; one sister, Kate Beatty of Springfield; three grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
  Graveside services were at Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Clever, on August 8 with Rev. Jim Collins officiating.
  Arrangements were under the direction of Wallace Funeral Home .


Micheal Warren Higgs

Micheal Warren Higgs, 52, of St. Charles, formerly of Pleasant Hill, departed this life July 27, 2009 at his home. He was born November 11, 1956 in Joplin, the son of Jack W. and Shirley Mae (Herter) Higgs.
  Micheal was the Director of Special Projects for EPC Computer Refurbishing in St. Charles. He had also worked as an over the road driver for the Penske Corporation.
  He was a member of Poplar Bluff Masonic Lodge #209 AF & AM and the Bogey Hills Country Club in St. Charles. He was an avid golfer. Micheal was a warm hearted person who was loved by all who knew him.
  He was preceded in death by his father Jack Higgs.
  He is survived by his mother Shirley of Harrisonville; grandmother Violet Higgs of Monett; two brothers, Gary W. Higgs and spouse Lori of Garden City, and Kenneth W. Higgs of Pleasant Hill; two sisters Linda K. Graham of Lee's Summit, and Karen D. Higgs of Harrisonville, several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews other relatives and friends.
  Funeral services were August 1, 2009. Rev. Tony Reynolds of the Appleton City First Christian Church officiated.
  Jim Williams of Jewell Lodge #480 gave the Masonic service. Interment in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
  Casket bearers were Raymond Dinges, Wes Dinges, Blake Higgs, Keith Higgs, Gary Higgs and Kenneth Higgs.
  Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill. Online condolences may be sent to the family and the video tribute may be viewed at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com


Ferlin Randall “Randy,” Johnson

Ferlin Randall “Randy,” Johnson, 49, died at home in Kansas City, July 17, 2009. Randy was born in Fayette, on January 27, 1960.
  Being the child of a United Methodist minister, he had many homes growing up. As a young boy, he lived in Gilliam and later Smith Chapel near Marshall. He attended elementary school in Maysville.
  In 1971 he moved with his family to Pleasant Hill, and he became a devoted athlete during his junior high and senior high school years helping the football Roosters compete for playoff and state titles games.
  He also was active in his Church United Methodist Youth Fellowship and traveled to distant towns in Missouri and Arkansas on Mission, “work camp” trips.
  While in high school, he was employed by the Pleasant Hill Times and other businesses while he formed a custodial business.
  In May of 1971, at the end of his junior year, Randy was confronted with a difficult decision whether to move with his family to Excelsior Springs where his father was appointed pastor or stay in Pleasant Hill.
  The Excelsior coach lured him there, and he became a “star” running back for the Tigers and was selected as a participant in the Big Brothers and Sisters All-Star game at the end of the season. In preparation for that game he was injured and was not able to fulfill his scholarship to William Jewel College, but he attended college there and graduated with a business degree.
  He made his home in the Northland area and was married and was blessed with one daughter, Rachel, of Kansas City, who survives him.
  He worked for several years at the Forrest T. Jones firm in Kansas City, and then was recruited by Yellow Freight (YRC) and trained as a telecommunications specialist.
  He remained at Yellow Technologies employee until ill health ended his employment.
  Randy loved all sports, but he was a devoted Chiefs’ fan and for many years had season tickets.
  He was also devoted to Travis’ sports and became a booster for his team, the Northland Chargers.
  On October 8, 1994, Randy married Shirley Moore of Grandview, and they were blessed with one son, Travis.
  In addition to Shirley and Travis of the home, he is survived by his parents, Rev. Harold and Karen Johnson of Lee's Summit and his sister, Kerrie and (Allen) Amos of Lee's Summit; and his sister, Mindie and (Michael) Thomas, of Kansas City along with his five nephews and two nieces.
  Services will be held July 24, at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, at 7:30 p.m., with visitation prior to the service at 6 p.m.
  In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to a college scholarship fund for his son Travis.
  Arrangements by Missouri Funeral Care, Raytown.


Venita Blanche Coleman

Venita Blanche Coleman, 86, of Lee’s Summit, formerly of Pleasant Hill, passed away July 17, 2009 at St. Luke’s East Hospital in Lee’s Summit. She had been in declining health for several months.
  Venita was born January 23, 1923 in Kansas City to Elmer and Blanche M. Coleman Sagaser.
  She married Harry P. Coleman January 24, 1979 in Miami, Okla. He preceded her in death on November 17, 2007.
  Venita graduated from Osceola High School. She worked as secretary and bookkeeper for several music stores over the years.
  She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Pleasant Hill.
  Besides her husband, Harry P. Coleman, she was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Blanche Sagaser and her first husband, William “Bill” Mueller.
  She is survived by her son, Steen Mueller of Santa Barbara, Calif.; one daughter, Sharon Wyman of Prescott, Ark.; one brother, Donald Sagaser of North Andover, Mass.; one stepson, Richard (R.C.) Coleman of Kansas City; one stepdaughter, Beth Coleman Williams of Pleasant Hill; two grandchildren, six step grandchildren; one geat grandson.
  Cremation with Memorial Services at Wallace Funeral Home, July 21, 2009. Chaplain Paul Budd officiated.


Mark Daniel Gates

Mark Daniel Gates, 47, of Burnsville, Minn., died at his home July 13, 2009. He was born October 4, 1961 in Kansas City to Merle D. ates and Barbara Joan Kretz Gates.
  He was a supervisor for Starky Hearing Aid Company.
  Mark is survived by his father Merle D. Gates and wife Clare of Strasburg; his mother, Barbara J. Arnold and her husband Dwight of Clinton; one son Brent D. Gates of Eden Prairie, Minn.; one daughter, Nichole Marie Gates of Eden Prairie, Minn.; one brother, Michael D. Gates of Strasburg; one stepsister, Jodi Talbot of Kansas City and three grandchildren.
  Graveside services were held at the Strasburg Cemetery on July 20, 2009 with Dr. John Clark officiating.
  Casket bearers were Mike Gates, Jodi Talbot, Michael Gates, John Godfrey, Gene Coe, Tom Johnson and Dwight Arnold.
  Arrangements by Wallace Funeral Home of Pleasant Hill.


Carolyn Kay ‘Charlie’ Ponder

Carolyn Kay "Charlie" Ponder, 59, Ocala, Florida passed away on July 16, 2009 at Tuscany House Summerfield, Fla.
  Charlie was born in Barry County, Missouri on May 14, 1950 to Maurice Edwin and Eva Mae Higgs.
  She was preceded in death by her parents.
  Survivors include two sisters, Marilyn Livingston and husband Bill, Ocala, Fla. and Joyce Watson and husband Scott of Holden; two brothers, James "JC" Higgs and companion Julie of Ocala and David Higgs and lifetime companion James Long of Renton, Wa.; three children, Travis Parris and wife Tammie of albuquerque, NM, Tammy Hensel and companion Mark of Ocala and Cody Ponder and wife Megan of Navarre, Fl; three grandchildren, Cody, Leslie, and Garret Parris, all of Albuquerque, NM.
  She will be laid to rest at the Highland Memorial Park cemetery Ocala, Florida.


Maurice D. Duffey

Maurice D. Duffey, 69, Pleasant Hill, passed away at his home July 16, 2009. He was born January 10, 1940 in Sweet Springs, Mo. to Michael J. Duffey and Virginia Alexander Duffey.
  He spent his younger years in Sweet Springs, moving to Pleasant Hill when he was around 10 years old. He attended school in Pleasant Hill and continued to live in the Pleasant Hill-Cass County area.
  Maurice was an over the road truck driver, retiring in December, 2005, but continued to do short haul trucking.
  On October 7, 1983, Maurice married the love of his life. M. Lavon “Pop” Wilmoth in Miami, Okla.
  They made their home in Pleasant Hill until “Pop’s” death April 10, 2009. Maurice was a member of the First Baptist Church of Pleasant Hill and of Teamsters Local #41.
  Besides his wife, M. Lavon “Pop” Duffey, he was preceded in death by his parents, Michael J. and Virginia Duffey; two infant sons, Michael F. Duffey and Timothy D. Duffey.
  He is survived by one son, Mitchel Dean Duffey of Pleasant Hill; three daughters, Debra Dee Duffey of Lee’s Summit; Pamela Jean Evinger of Oak Grove; and Meissa Jean Hooper of Butler; one brother, Gary Duffey of Blue Springs; two sisters, Joan Boan of Lee’s Summit; LaNova Young of the Lake of the Ozarks; two nephews, Jason Gower and wife Kasey of Holder and Justin Gower of Pleasant Hill; one niece, Dawn Renee Graham of Pleasant Hill; 13 grandchildren and five great grandchildren, other relatives and many, many friends.
  Funeral services were held July 21, 2009 at the Wallace Funeral Home with Rev. Cris Launer officiating. Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
  Pallbearers were Jake Graham, Jimmy Duffey, Mitch Duffey, Jason Gower, Justin Gower and Arthur Graham, III.


Dorothy M. Raffurty

Dorothy Mae Raffurty, 91, a lifelong resident of Pleasant Hill was born Sunday, January 6, 1918, in Pleasant Hill the daughter of Robert H. & Belva A. (Shoaff) Moore. She departed this life at 1:25 p.m. on Monday, July 6, 2009 at the Pleasant Hill Health & Rehabilitation Center.
  On October 12, 1941 she was united in marriage to James A. Raffurty in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.
  Dorothy was a 1936 graduate of Pleasant Hill High School.
  She then went to work as a postal clerk for the Colonial Poultry Farms in Pleasant Hill for 19 years. After she married James she became a homemaker. She also co-owned and operated a bowling alley in downtown Pleasant Hill for a number of years.
  She was a member of the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church where she had served as President, Treasurer and Secretary of the Pathfinders Sunday school class. She was also a member of the “Ore” Club.
  Besides her parents and her husband she was preceded in death by an infant daughter Ruth Ann Raffurty and 1 brother Robert “Bob” Moore.
  She is survived by 3 sons, John Raffurty of Pleasant Hill, Howard Raffurty and spouse Valerie of Harrisonville, William “Bill” Raffurty and spouse Bonnie of Pleasant Hill; 2 daughters Jean Hudson of Phoenix, Arizona, and Mary Roberts and Spouse Terry of Pleasant Hill; 6 Grandchildren; 6 Great Grandchildren; 1 brother Howard Moore of Pleasant Hill; 1 sister-in-law Mina Moore of Pleasant Hill; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.
  Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, July 10, 2009, at the United Methodist Church of Pleasant Hill. Pastor Carl Knapp, minister of church will officiate. Mr. Bill Cotton will be the soloist. Interment will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Casket bearers are Russell Daniels, Gene Hon, Bobby Moore, Richard Raffurty, Terry Roberts and Robert Woods.
  Visitation will be held 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, July 9, 2009 at the funeral home. Memorial contributions are suggested to Heartland Hospice and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
  Online condolences may be sent and the video tribute may be viewed at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com
  Arrangements: Stanley- Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550.


Mary Martha Sands

Mary Martha Sands, 82, formerly of Holden, passed away Monday, July 6, 2009 at Pleasant Hill Health & Rehabilitation Center.
  She was born in Kansas City, Kansas on September 30, 1926 to Herman C. and Mary (Eutecht) Manthei. Martha spent the early part of her life and graduated from high school in the Kansas City, Ks. area.
  She married Earl R. Sands on March 13, 1954. Shortly after their marriage, they moved to Salem, Ill., where they lived for over 30 years. Martha worked as a mental health aide for the state of Illinois.
  After retirement, Martha and Earl moved to Cassville, Mo., Iberia, and finally to Holden to make their home with their son Clark and his wife Carla.
  Martha was a member of the First Christian Church of Iberia.
  She was preceded in death by her parents, Herman C. and Mary Manthei; one son, Mark Sands; and eight brothers and sisters.
  She is survived by her husband Earl R. Sands, of the home; two sons, Clark Sands and his wife Carla, Holden and Greg Sands and his wife Paula of Iberia; one brother, Sam Manthei of Eagle Rock; one sister, Gladys Spacek of Kansas City, Ks.; four grandchildren; five great grandchildren; and other relatives and many friends.
  A Memorial Service was held on Saturday, July 11, 2009 at the New Life Christian Church in Holden with Pastor Dwight Decker officiated. Cremation.
  Arrangements by Wallace Funeral Home , Pleasant Hill, Mo.


Gary Young Jackman

Gary Young Jackman, 48, of Smithville, departed this life July 6, 2009 at the Kansas City Hospice House. He was born February 1, 1961 in Kansas City, the son of Pat F. and Betty J. (Glover) Jackman.
  Gary was employed by Pax- Air in Kansas City, before his failing health forced him to retire.
  He was an avid Nascar fan.
  He was preceded in death by his parents.
  He is survived by his son Garrett Jackman, his daughter Erica Jackman and his ex-wife Holly, all of Smithville; his twin brother Kerry Jackman and spouse Iva of Lee’s Summit, a brother Joe Jackman and spouse Mary Ann of Harrison, Arkansas; one sister Cathy Vogel and spouse Don of Pleasant Hill; other relatives and friends.
  Cremation has been accorded. Cathy will host a memorial gathering at her home in Pleasant Hill, on Saturday, July 18, 2009 from 2-6 p.m.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to the Children’s Education Fund and may be sent in care of the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent and the video tribute may be viewed at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com
  Arrangements by Stanley- Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill.


Hildreth H. Lancaster

Hildreth H. Lancaster, 86, of State College, Pennsylvania, departed this life October 9, 2006 at her home.• She was born Wednesday, January 21, 1920 in Baltimore, Maryland, the daughter of the late Frank & Emma Herald.
  On December 5, 1942, Hildreth was united in marriage to Otis Ewing Lancaster. He preceded her in death on November 17, 1992.
  She was a graduate of Ward Belmont Junior College, Nashville, Tenn., in 1938 and the University of Oklahoma in 1940. She worked as a secretary in the College of Engineering at the University of Maryland for two years.
  Her hobbies were needlework and woodworking. She was a lifetime member of Delta Gamma sorority.
  She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Ethel, who died in infancy and one sister Elizabeth Alexander.
  She is survived by five children, Elaine Sonderegger of Orange, Conn., Hayden Lancaster of Parkersburg, West Virginia, Dale Lancaster of State College, Pa., Patricia Lancaster and Matthew Lancaster of Bellefonte, Pa.; six grandchildren; one greatgrandson; one brother Rollin Herald of Lubbock, Texas and one sister Helen Woodard of Beloit, Wisc.; several cousins including Margaret Seaton, Ann Tribble and John Lancaster, all of Pleasant Hill; other relatives and friends.
  Hildreth was a humanity Gifts Registry donor, and her body was given to the Hershey Medical Center.
  Cremation has been accorded.
  A memorial service with inurnment was held July 11, 2009, at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
  Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill.


Jean R. Partridge

Jean R. Partridge, 82, Harrisonville, passed away June 28, 2009 at home.
  Mrs. Partridge was born November 1, 1926 in Scotland.
  She was one of Jehovah’s Witnesses for 50 years and loved to help others understand the Bible. She traveled with her husband, Bob, to aid in the construction of many new Kingdom Halls.
  Jean was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, friend and spiritual sister. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Partridge and one great grandchild.
  Survivors include two daughters, Joan Rumbo and husband Loye, and Jane Milligan and husband Ron, all of Harrisonville; her grandchildren and great grandchildren; and her personal care giver, Vickie Flippen. Also surviving are one sister and two brothers.
  Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to the worldwide work of Jehovah‘ s Witnesses at the local Kingdom Hall. No services will be held.
  Arrangements by Heartland Cremation 816-313- 1677.


Darrell D. Barnett

Darrell Duane Barnett, 74, Pleasant Hill, passed away June 29, 2009 at Lee’s Summit Medical Center.
  He was born February 12, 1935 in Bethany, the son of D. Elbert and Eleanor (Stevens) Barnett.
  He spent his younger years in the New Hampton - Bethany area. Darrell served his country in the Korean War as a United States Marine. On October 18, 1954, he was united in marriage to Nancy Lee Stockstill in Bethany.
  After his military service they moved to New Hampton, then to Kansas City. In 1968 the family moved to Grandview and lived there until they moved to Pleasant Hill in 1995.
  He was a member of the Kansas City Fire Department for six years and retired in 1992 from Puritan-Bennett Corp. after 28 years.
  Darrell was preceded in death by one son, Darrell E. Barnett on Jan. 9, 2005 and his parents, Elbert and Eleanor Barnett.
  He is survived by his wife, Nancy of the home; one son, Shane Barnett and wife Donna of Pleasant Hill; one daughter, Christine Kreitler and husband Mike of Butler; two brothers, Gary Barnett of New Hampton and Charles Barnett; two sisters, Sue Blessing of New Hampton and Peggy Harris of Edgerton, Kans.; five grandchildren and three great grandchildren; other relatives and many friends.
  There was a graveside service at the Greenwood Cemetery on July 2, 2009 under the direction of Wallace Funeral Home. Pastor Jerry Tharp was the officiating clergy.
  Casket bearers were Mark Berry, Cody Kreitler, Brad Barnett, Casey Kreitler, Shane Barnett and Mike Kreitler.


Dena Scavuzzo Finnell

Dena Scavuzzo Finnell, 67, of Harrisonville, died June 29, 2009 at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kans. She was born March 3, 1942, in Kansas City, the daughter of Cosmo Scavuzzo and Rosemary Conger Scavuzzo.
  She graduated from Harrisonville High School in 1960 and attended the University of Kansas for two years.
  On June 2, 1963, she married Jim Finnell, also of Harrisonville. While her husband was attending law school at MU, Dena worked at University Hospital. She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi, a business women's sorority. She was later a member of the Ft. Lewis Officers' Wives Club in Ft. Lewis, Washington, where her husband was stationed in the Army.
  When her children were in school in Tacoma, Wash., Dena was elected president of the Narrows View Co-op and the Narrows View PTA. She was awarded the Golden Acorn Award for outstanding work on behalf of the children and the school.
  She was a member of the St. Andrews Church, also in Tacoma, where she taught Sunday school for a number of years. Dena returned to Harrisonville in 1980 where she worked at Scavuzzo's Grocery Store and later for the Associate Circuit Court. She worked at International Paper in Pleasant Hill, for many years, retiring in 1997. She was a member of the St. Peter's Episcopal Church and its fellowship community and the Chaldeans.
  Dena wanted to express her heartfelt thanks to all of the friends and family who helped her as she battled her health issues over the years. She felt blessed to have so many wonderful people in her life and was ever so grateful for everyone's support.
  Dena is survived by her three daughters, Melissa Finnell, Tacoma; Melanie Finnell, Eudora, Kans. and Megan Campbell and husband Tim, Las Vegas, Nev.; three sisters, Karla Hageman, Smithville; Teresa Cook, Harrisonville; and Angela Travalent, Peculiar; many nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends.
  Dena’s Celebration of Life service was July 2, 2009 at Dickey Funeral Home in Harrisonville with the Reverend Dr. Douglas P. Johnson. Cremation. Inurnmentat Orient Cemetery, Harrisonville.
  Family suggests contributions may be made to the Arthritis Foundation or to the American Cancer Society. To view the video tribute or send online condolences,visit www.dickeyfh.com .


Jacqueline Sue “Jackie” Marriott

Jacqueline Sue “Jackie” Marriott, 60, of Pleasant Hill, died unexpectedly June 22, 2009, at her home.
  She was born July 8, 1948, in Muncie, Indiana, a daughter of Clifford and Myrtle Sutherland Green.
  She was a homemaker, busy raising her three children and later working at a local Hardee’s Restaurant.
  Jackie loved to go to dirt track races, play “Sorry” with her grandchildren and when her health was better, work in ceramics.
  For the past few years she resided in Pleasant Hill.
  She is survived by her husband, Ron Marriott of Pleasant Hill; her mother, Myrtle Green of Winchester, Ind.; two daughters, Angela McFarland and husband Dennis of Pleasant Hill and Nicole Kinder of Independence; two brothers, Terry Green and wife Pam of Losantville, Ind. and Keith Green of Albany, Ind.; one sister, Barbara Traverski of Winchester, Ind.; eight grandchildren, Megan Matt-hews and husband Loren, Nicholas Kinder, Gabriel Kinder, Zoie Kinder, Justin Edgar, Christopher Mc- Farland, Skyler Brown and Matthew McFarland; four great grandchildren, Noah Matthews, Kaleb Matthews, Izabelle Matthews and Brooklyn Hagan; also nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
  Jackie was preceded in death by her father, Clifford Green, a son, Robert Dale Green and a brother, Jim Green.
  Graveside services were June 25, in the West Lawn Addition of the Versailles Cemetery with Dr. Todd Forman officiating.
  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Lung Association.
  Arrangements were under the direction of the Scrivner- Morrow Funeral Home in Versailles.


Wanda P. Cassidy

Wanda Pearle Cassidy, 79, of Pleasant Hill, formerly of Lone Jack, departed this life June 21, 2009 at the Pleasant Hill Health & Rehabilitation Center.
  She was born November 6, 1929 on the family farm near Lone Jack, the daughter of Elmer A. and Pearl I. (Fann) Faulkenberry.
  She was a 1947 graduate of Lone Jack High School and has lived in Lone Jack and the surrounding townships all of her life.
  On May 22, 1949, she was united in marriage to Robert L. Cassidy in Lone Jack. He preceded her in death on April 24, 2004.
  Wanda was a homemaker and worked side by side with her husband in various occupations throughout their marriage. She also worked at the Lone Jack High School library as a volunteer, the Harrisonville grade school cafeteria and for Commercial Union Insurance. She attended both the Christian and Baptist churches in Lone Jack.
  She was a member of the Evergreens Senior Citizens group.
  She always loved visiting with all the grandchildren and great grandchildren, of whom she was so proud. Gardening was a hobby that she very much enjoyed.
  Besides her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by a son James R. Cassidy and a granddaughter Sabrina L. Cassidy.
  She is survived by three daughters, Debbie Whitford and husband John of Lee’s Summit, Brenda Rhea-Lasne and husband Louie of the home, Robin Cassidy of Dallas, Texas; one son, Bill Cassidy and wife Laura of Pleasant Hill; one brother Gene Faulkenberry and wife Mary of Lone Jack; one sister Wilma Mallicoat and husband Boots of Lee’s Summit; seven grandchildren, Andy Fields, Carrie Lesan and husband Greg, Beth Barber and husband Jason, Jacob Cassidy, Joe Cassidy, James Cassidy, Anthony Cassidy; nine greatgrandchildren; other relatives and many friends.
  Funeral services were held June 24, 2009, at the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home . Dr. Al West officiated at the services.
  Interment in the Lone Jack Cemetery. Casket bearers were Jason Barber, Jacob Cassidy, James Cassidy, Joe Cassidy, Andy Fields, Louis Lasne, Greg Lesan and John Whitford.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to the Pleasant Hill Health & Rehabilitation Center or Grace Hospice and may be sent in care of the funeral home.


William Otto “Bill” Reiche

Bill Reiche passed away June 16, 2009 after a long battle with cancer.
  Bill moved to the Beaumont, Texas in 1976 where he worked as branch and store manger in the stainless pipe and tubing business for over thirty years. He retired from McJunkin Redman Pipe and Supply on December 15, 2008.
  Bill was born in Pleasant Hill and graduated from the University of Missouri. He taught music and was choir and band director for eight years in Unionville. He was an accomplished trumpet player and played with jazz great, Pat Metheny.
  Bill was preceded in death by his mother and father, Anna Alice and Otto William Reiche.
  He is survived by his loving wife, Nancy Frances Reiche; brother, Ron Reiche and his wife Jean; sister, Diane Hurley of Lee’s Summit; step-daughter, Rebecca Pleasant, and her son, Christopher Edwards; step-son, Byron Pleasant; nieces, Melanie Jones and Rhonda Vaughan; great nieces, Heather Beagnaud, Carrie Renner, Kimberly Sebastian and Sierra Vaughan; great nephew, Justin Vaughan; several great great nieces and nephews.
  He will be sorely missed by his wife, family, and all of his dear friends.
  His funeral service was June 20, 2009 at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Beaumont with burial to follow at Oak Bluff Memorial Park in Port Neches under the direction of Broussard’s.
  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 5144, Beaumont, Texas 77726 or to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, P.O. 297153, Houston, Texas 77292.
  Complete and updated information may be viewed at www.broussardsmortuary.com


John McDonald

John Joseph McDonald, 73, of Pleasant Hill, departed this life on June 7, 2009 at the Lee's Summit Medical Center.
  He was born December 16, 1935 in Independence, Iowa, the son of Clarence V. and Celia A. (Toomey) McDonald.
  On February 8, 1958, he was united in marriage to Lois M. McDonald in Dubuque, Iowa. John was a Director for the Social Security Administration in Kansas City retiring in August, 1989.
  He was a member of the Pleasant Hill Lions Club, Knights of Columbus Council #13113, Camdenton Marine Corps League, Pleasant Hill American Legion Newton Dudley Post #53, and the Pleasant Hill Coffee Club at Neighbor’s Cafe.
  He was constantly on the go and always stayed busy. He loved to hunt and fish; and spend time at their lake home. His hobbies included woodworking and playing cards. He especially enjoyed a good game of poker.
  Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant son, John Michael McDonald and an infant daughter, Diane Marie McDonald. He is preceded in death by his brother Richard McDonald and his two sisters, Sister Mary Clarence McDonald and Mary Ellen Koppi.
  He is survived by his wife Lois, of the home; one son, Craig R. and Vicki Tindell of Overland Park, Kansas; four daughters, Debra L. Tindell of Paola, Kansas; Janice L. and John Mathews of Leawood, Kansas; Cindy A. Click of Shawnee, Kansas, and Gerri K. and Jim Dowdy of Copperas Cove, Texas; eight grandchildren Chris, Mike, Zach, Katelyn, Mackenzie, Joshua, Brianna and Trey; two great grandchildren Briana & Brayden, other relatives and many friends.
  Funeral services were June 10, 2009, at the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home. Gary Kappler, Deacon, St. Bridget Church, officiated.
  Graveside services were held June 12, 2009, at the St. John Cemetery in Independence, Iowa. Military services presented by the U. S. Marine Corps.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to the Lake Mary Center in Paola, Kansas or the American Heart Association and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
  Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.


Claire Virginia Hooper

Claire Virginia Hooper, 90 of Pleasant Hill passed away June 7, 2009 at Lee’s Summit Medical Center, Lee’s Summit, MO.
  She was born September 23, 1918 to Vivian M. and Meryl (McNutt) Read.
  On August 3, 1946 she was married to Hubert James Hooper in Kansas City, Kans. He preceded her in death on Nov. 28, 2001.
  Claire graduated from High School in Pilot Grove, MO and was a homemaker and dairy farmer.
  She was a member of the Strasburg Community Club since 1952. The couple moved from Linden, MO to Strasburg in 1952.
  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one son, Billie Hubert Hooper; a brother & sister-in-law, A.J. and Bessie Read; her sister and brother-in-law, Altha and Claude Spain; one daughter-inlaw, one grandson; one great granddaughter, a niece and two great nephews.
  Claire is survived by one son, Walford (Sonny) Hooper of El Dorado Springs; four daughters, Mary Thomason of Visaila, Calif., Virginia K. Hanes and Kathryn Fleener, both of Pleasant Hill and Charlotte Hooper of Harrisonville; 18 grandchildren, many greatgrandchildren and great great grandchildren.
  Wallace Funeral Home directed the funeral on June 10. Dr. John Clark was officiating clergy with burial in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
  Casket Bearers were Jake Jackson, Dakota Jackson, Perry Hanes, J.W. Hanes, Chara Ingrassia and Tonya Cotter.


Viola Fern Harmon

Viola Fern Harmon, 83, Kansas City, passed away June 5, 2009.
  She was born October 31, 1925 in Stultz, Mo. to James and Annis Brewer Miller.
  She was a school teacher, cafeteria cook and manager and most importantly a loving and caring homemaker, dedicated to her family.
  Fern was a member of Grace Point Baptist Church and enjoyed bluegrass music. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Francis Harmon in 2004; brothers, Robert and Jesse Miller; sister, Hazel Hill.
  She is survived by her children and their spouses, Jim and Freddie Harmon, Paul and Sharon Harmon, Danny and Judy Harmon, Marrion and Greg Mangum, Maribeth Henson; 19 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren; sisters in law, Mary Alice Smith and Fern Miller and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
  Funeral services were June 9 at the Park Lawn Chapel, 8251 Hillcrest Road, Kansas City. Entombment to follow.
  The family suggests contributions to Grace Point Baptist Church.
  Arrangements by Park Lawn Funeral Home, 816-523-1234


Roy Ivan “Rowdy Roy” Perkins

Roy Ivan “Rowdy Roy” Perkins, 60, of Holden, departed this life Friday, May 29, 2009 at his home.
  He was born August 1, 1948 in Kansas City, the son of Clifford O. and Doris M. (Oliver) Perkins.
  Roy was a United States Marine Corps veteran honorably serving our country as a “Tunnel Rat” during the Vietnam War.
  He was employed by Hallmark cards for over 37 years. He was a member of the Strasburg Baptist Church and a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3118 of Pleasant Hill and a member of the Harrisonville American Legion Post.
  Roy was a free spirit who enjoyed life to its fullest. He will be missed by all who knew him.
  He was preceded in death by his parents.
  He is survived by his life partner Karen E. Vaughn of the home; his son and daughter-inlaw Andy and Shanna Perkins of Bates City; his granddaughter Maleeha Mahmood of Kansas City; two brothers Wayne Perkins of Holden, and Fred (and Judith) Perkins of Kingsville; his sister L. “Susie” Fuimaono of Kingsville; several nieces and nephews other relatives and many friends.
  Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 2, 2009, at the tanley-Dickey Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill.
  Pastor Preston Sanders, minister of the Strasburg Baptist Church officiated.
  Chris Hummel, Commander of VFW Post #3118 gave the eulogy. Interment in the Kingsville Cemetery with full military graveside services by the VFW Post #3118 Honor Guard. Members of the post also served as Roy’s casket bearers.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to VFW Post #3118 and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
  Online condolences may be sent to the family and the video tribute may be viewed at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com
  Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080


Ann W. Henley

Ann W. Henley, 84, of Mesa, Arizona, born May 15, 1925, passed away peacefully on May 19, 2009 of complications from Alzheimer’s disease.
  Ann was the only daughter of Guy and Letha Welsh, of Pleasant Hill. She married Marion Henley, also of Pleasant Hill, in 1948 and moved to Columbia.
  Marion preceded her in death in 1982. Ann was a loving mother, grandmother and friend to many. She remained in Columbia until 2006 when she moved to Arizona.
  Ann is survived by her daughter Jane Garcia (Marv) of Florence, AZ; grandson Justin Owen of Scottsdale, AZ; nieces Janice Pfortmiller, Judy Hervey and Mary Lee Dixon; nephews Gary Welsh, Richard Welsh and Roger Welsh.
  Graveside services were May 29, 2009 at Memorial Park Cemetery, Columbia.
  In lieu of flowers, please take a moment to reflect on Ann’s love of life and love for her family and friends. Be a blessing in someone’s life – she sure was a blessing in our lives. God Bless.


Robert D. Zurbrick

Robert D. Zurbrick, 79, Pleasant Hill, passed away May 25, 2009 at Pleasant Hill Health Care & Rehab. He was the son of Lloyd and Mabel (Taylor) Zurbrick, Kansas City.
  He spent his earlier years in the Kansas City and Grandview area. Robert was a graduate of Grandview High School where he met fellow classmate, Mary Alice Sloan. They were married October 1, 1949.
  After serving his country in the United States Army during the Korean War, Robert and Mary Alice moved to Raytown. In 1972 the Zurbrick family moved to the Pleasant Hill area.
  Mr. Zurbrick was a member of the Welsh Pony Society.
  He is preceded in death by his wife, Mary Alice, who died July 16, 2005; his parents Lloyd and Mabel Zurbrick and one brother, Lloyd Edwin Zurbrick.
  Mr. Zurbrick is survived by his son, Mark A. Zurbrick of Newburg, MO and one granddaughter, Rebecca Zurbrick of West Plains.
  A private graveside service was held May 28, 2009 at Floral Hills Cemetery under the direction of the Wallace Funeral Home .


Tommy “Farrell” Johnson

Tommy Farrell Johnson, 56, passed away May 23, 2009 in Kansas City, MO.
  He was the son of Thomas Mason and Sadie Ruth (Varnell) Johnson. He was a lifelong resident of Pleasant Hill, graduating from Pleasant Hill High School in 1972, Farrell worked for Mr. Longarm for 27 years. In his spare time, he was an avid military modeler and miniature train enthusiast. He enjoyed hobby show competitions.
  He was a lifelong member of the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church.
  He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas M. Johnson (2000) and Sadie Ruth Johnson (2004).
  Farrell is survived by one sister Ruth Ann and Jerry Talkington of Pleasant Hill and two nephews, Josh and Alan Talkington.
  Memorial services were held May 30, 2009 at the First Presbyterian Church of Pleasant Hill.
  Rev. Jeff Mercer and Rev. Madeline Mercer officiated. Inurnment was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
  Arrangements were under the direction of the Wallace Funeral Home .


Phillip S. Shaffer

Phillip S. Shaffer, 55, of Pleasant Hill, passed away at his home on May 28, 2009, surrounded by his loving family and friends.
  Phillip was born in Marshalltown, Iowa. The family moved to Orange County, Calif. when he was a year old. Phillip moved his family to Lee’s Summit in 1979.
  Phillip worked for Belger Cartage for 24 years prior to his retirement and was a member of Teamsters Local 541 of Kansas City. He was a member of NRA.
  Phillip was preceded in death by his daughter Emily Shaffer; his mother Janet Mongomery; his stepfather, Glenn Montgomery and niece Sarah Kathleen Haus.
  He is survived by his wife Kimberlee; son Shane Shaffer and wife Emily of Lee’s Summit; daughter Mandy Servos, Lee’s Summit, son-in-law Tony Servos, Blue Springs; father Phil Shaffer and wife Stella of Sun City, Calif.; mother-in-law, Karen Estes of Florida; stepdaughter Heather Campbell and husband Chad of Calif., stepson Tanner Gerstner; his grandchildren, Savannah and Braden Servos; Tyler, Shane, Brandon, Cayden and Cyrus Shaffer; sister Valery Guptill of California; sister and brother-in-law, Cindy and Larry Haus, brother and sisterin- law Billy & Gayle Shaffer, all of Lee’s Summit; four nieces, Katie and Kayla Haus, Brittany and Breanne Guptill; nephew Joshua Haus, one great nephew, Seth Ryan Guptil and his dog, Sheeba.
  Phillip will be missed by his many friends and family for his quick wit and great sense of humor.
  Memorial services were June 1, 2009 at the Wallace Funeral Home with burial in the Lee’s Summit Cemetery. Cremation.
  Arrangements by Wallace Funeral Home , Pleasant Hill.


Willie Eugene Sullivan

Willie E. Sullivan, 69, Pleasant Hill, passed away May 16, 2009 at Menorah Medical Center
  He was born August 2, 1939 in Doniphan, Mo. to John William Alexander Sullivan and Lulu M. Crook Sullivan
  He spent the younger part of his life in the Doniphan area.
  On Feb. 6, 1963 he was inducted into the United States Army and served his country until Feb. 5, 1965. After his military service Mr. Sullivan lived in Blue Springs before coming to the Pleasant Hill area in 1972 to make his home
  He owned and operated his own painting business
  Willie was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Quinton E. Sullivan (Dec. 1990); two brothers, Oscar and Carl Sullivan and one sister, Rosie Davidson
  He is survived by one daughter, Shannon Uhrig and Mike of Lake St. Louis; two brothers, Lloyd Sullivan of Doniphan and Cleaven Sullivan of Fernwood, Idaho; one sister, Luine Haney of Jackson, Mo. and two grandchildren, Macey and Mason Uhrig
  Services were under the direction of Wallace Funeral Home on May 21. Rev. Kent Deubner was the officiating clergy. Casket bearers were Duane Sullivan, Darin Sullivan, Bernie Weber, Cory Powell, Doug Haney and Don Sullivan.


Chris Ford
Chris Alan Ford, 56, of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, was born Monday, July 14, 1952 in Pittsburg, Kansas, the son of Raymond L. and Geraldine (Williamson) Ford.
  He departed this life 11:30 P.M. Friday, May 15, 2009 at the Lee's Summit Medical Center.
  On December 16, 1984, he was united in marriage to Rhonda L. Bowman at the First Baptist Church in Pleasant Hill, Missouri.
  Chris was a farmer in the early years of his life. He was a gifted handy man who would apply this gift to helping anybody and everybody he could. No job was too small and he truly enjoyed helping others.
  Chris knew the Lord and was strong in his faith. He was a charter member of the Big Creek Baptist Church and was an active member of the Lay- Clergy Council, Thrift Store and Food Pantry.
  He is survived by his parents Raymond and Geraldine Ford of Pleasant Hill; his wife Rhonda of the home; three sons Tobias M. Ford of Austin, Texas, Cody E. Ford and Travis C. Ford both of Pleasant Hill; his granddaughter Serenity Jade Ford of Pleasant Hill; 1 brother Clayton C. Ford and his wife Linda of St. Augustine, Florida; other relatives and a host of friends.
  Cremation has been accorded. A memorial service will be held 6:30 p.m.. Tuesday, May 19, 2009, at the Big Creek Baptist Church.
  Reverend Todd MacLean will officiate. The family will receive friends following the service.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to the Big Creek Baptist Church Mission Trip Fund.
  Online condolences may be sent and the video tribute may be viewed at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com.
  Arrangements: were under the direction of the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550.

Nelson Stewart Gipson
Nelson Stewart Gipson, lifelong resident of Pleasant Hill, died May 12, 2009 at Cass Medical Center, in Harrisonville.
  Graveside services were held Thursday, May 14, 2009 at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Monsignor Robert Murphy officiated.
  Casket bearers were Bill Ruth, Anthony Motta, Henry Saubers, Pat Garry, Don Vogel, Clifford Bush and Jim Know. Mr. Gipson is survived by cousins.
  A Memorial Mass was held May 15 at St. Bridget Catholic Church in Pleasant Hill with Monsignor Robert Murphy officiating.
  Graveside services were under the direction of the Wallace Funeral Home.

John Elbert Powell

John Elbert Powell, 80, of Lee's Summit, Missouri died Sunday, May 10, 2009 at his home.
  He was born on September 16, 1928 in Pasche, Texas, the son of Elbert J. and Eddie L. (Hyde) Powell.
  On November 29, 1948, John was united in marriage to Inez Jones in Hoxie, Ark. They moved to Raytown in 1952 where they raised their family.
  Inez preceded her husband in death on August 31, 1991. On October 31, 1992, he married Shirley J. Woolery in Belton.
  John worked at the GM Leeds Assembly Plant for over 30 years before retiring in 1982.
  He continued to work as a truck driver for the remainder of his life.
  He was a member of the Liberty Church of Christ.
  Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Aline Phillips and Agnes Northum.
  He is survived by his wife, Shirley of the home; two daughters, Lynette Smith and husband James of Califon, New Jersey and Dianne Meyers and husband Dennis of Kansas City; one step-daughter, Jill Parker and husband Chuck of Pleasant Hill; two step-sons, Dale Woolery and wife Sally of Ankeny, Iowa, and Jay Woolery of Pleasant Hill; nine grandchildren, Ryan Meyers of Washington D.C., Kyle Meyers and wife Jingjing of Wuhan, China, Devin Smith of Calif., N.J., Justin Laning of Springfield; Jessica Prewitt and husband Richard of Blue Springs, Charles Parker of Higginsville, Bryan Thornburg and wife Amy of Liberty, Brandon Woolery and Katy Woolery of Ankeny, Ia.; two great grandchildren, Adryelle and Myles Thornburg; two sisters Estella Smith of Walnut Ridge, Ark., and Jareta Peck and husband Rex of Salina, Kans.; other relatives and many friends; including his beloved bulldog Mimi.
  Cremation has been accorded. A memorial service was held May 15 at the Liberty Church of Christ in Liberty.
  Dennis Meyers, minister of the church, officiated at the services.
  Inturnment, with military services provided by the VFW Post #3118 Honor guard, was held in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to Kansas City Hospice or the American Lung Association and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
  Arrangements were under the direction of they Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home of Pleasant Hill.
  Online condolences may be sent and the video tribute may be viewed at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com


Willie Eugene Sullivan

Willie E. Sullivan, 69, Pleasant Hill, passed away May 16, 2009 at Menorah Medical Center in Kansas City.
  Visitation will be Wednesday, May 20, 6-8 p.m. at Wallace Chapell in Pleasant Hill and funeral services will be Thursday, May 21, at the Chapel.
  Burial will be the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
  A complete obituary will appear in next week’s Pleasant Hill Times.


Chris Ford

Chris Alan Ford, 56, of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, was born Monday, July 14, 1952 in Pittsburg, Kansas, the son of Raymond L. and Geraldine (Williamson) Ford.
  He departed this life 11:30 P.M. Friday, May 15, 2009 at the Lee's Summit Medical Center.
  On December 16, 1984, he was united in marriage to Rhonda L. Bowman at the First Baptist Church in Pleasant Hill, Missouri.
  Chris was a farmer in the early years of his life. He was a gifted handy man who would apply this gift to helping anybody and everybody he could. No job was too small and he truly enjoyed helping others.
  Chris knew the Lord and was strong in his faith. He was a charter member of the Big Creek Baptist Church and was an active member of the Lay- Clergy Council, Thrift Store and Food Pantry.
  He is survived by his parents Raymond and Geraldine Ford of Pleasant Hill; his wife Rhonda of the home; three sons Tobias M. Ford of Austin, Texas, Cody E. Ford and Travis C. Ford both of Pleasant Hill; his granddaughter Serenity Jade Ford of Pleasant Hill; 1 brother Clayton C. Ford and his wife Linda of St. Augustine, Florida; other relatives and a host of friends.
  Cremation has been accorded. A memorial service will be held 6:30 p.m.. Tuesday, May 19, 2009, at the Big Creek Baptist Church.
  Reverend Todd MacLean will officiate. The family will receive friends following the service.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to the Big Creek Baptist Church Mission Trip Fund.
  Online condolences may be sent and the video tribute may be viewed at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com.
  Arrangements: were under the direction of the Stanley- Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550.


Nelson Stewart Gipson

Nelson Stewart Gipson, lifelong resident of Pleasant Hill, died May 12, 2009 at Cass Medical Center, in Harrisonville.
  Graveside services were held Thursday, May 14, 2009 at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Monsignor Robert Murphy officiated.
  Casket bearers were Bill Ruth, Anthony Motta, Henry Saubers, Pat Garry, Don Vogel, Clifford Bush and Jim Know. Mr. Gipson is survived by cousins.
  A Memorial Mass was held May 15 at St. Bridget Catholic Church in Pleasant Hill with Monsignor Robert Murphy officiating.
  Graveside services were under the direction of the Wallace Funeral Home.

 
John Elbert Powell

John Elbert Powell, 80, of Lee's Summit, Missouri died Sunday, May 10, 2009 at his home.
  He was born on September 16, 1928 in Pasche, Texas, the son of Elbert J. and Eddie L. (Hyde) Powell.
  On November 29, 1948, John was united in marriage to Inez Jones in Hoxie, Ark. They moved to Raytown in 1952 where they raised their family.
  Inez preceded her husband in death on August 31, 1991. On October 31, 1992, he married Shirley J. Woolery in Belton.
  John worked at the GM Leeds Assembly Plant for over 30 years before retiring in 1982.
  He continued to work as a truck driver for the remainder of his life.
  He was a member of the Liberty Church of Christ.
  Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Aline Phillips and Agnes Northum.
  He is survived by his wife, Shirley of the home; two daughters, Lynette Smith and husband James of Califon, New Jersey and Dianne Meyers and husband Dennis of Kansas City; one step-daughter, Jill Parker and husband Chuck of Pleasant Hill; two step-sons, Dale Woolery and wife Sally of Ankeny, Iowa, and Jay Woolery of Pleasant Hill; nine grandchildren, Ryan Meyers of Washington D.C., Kyle Meyers and wife Jingjing of Wuhan, China, Devin Smith of Calif., N.J., Justin Laning of Springfield; Jessica Prewitt and husband Richard of Blue Springs, Charles Parker of Higginsville, Bryan Thornburg and wife Amy of Liberty, Brandon Woolery and Katy Woolery of Ankeny, Ia.; two great grandchildren, Adryelle and Myles Thornburg; two sisters Estella Smith of Walnut Ridge, Ark., and Jareta Peck and husband Rex of Salina, Kans.; other relatives and many friends; including his beloved bulldog Mimi.
  Cremation has been accorded. A memorial service was held May 15 at the Liberty Church of Christ in Liberty.
  Dennis Meyers, minister of the church, officiated at the services.
  Inturnment, with military services provided by the VFW Post #3118 Honor guard, was held in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to Kansas City Hospice or the American Lung Association and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
  Arrangements were under the direction of they Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home of Pleasant Hill.
  Online condolences may be sent and the video tribute may be viewed at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com


Robert “Bobby" Anderson

Robert “Bobby” Anderson, 54, Climax Springs, died Sunday, May 2, at the Lake Regional Hospital in Osage Beach.
  He had lived most of his life in Grandview.
  A wake will be held 6 p.m. Saturday, May 23, at the VFW Post at 13137 Wornell Road in Martin City.
  A more complete obituary will be published in next week's edition of the Pleasant Hill Times.


Claudine R. Larimer

Claudine R. Larimer, 89, a lifelong resident of Pleasant Hill, departed this life May 10, 2009 at the Lee's Summit Medical Center.
  She was born November 23, 1919 in Pleasant Hill, the daughter of Warren G. "Bud" and Minnie Ethel (Feeback) Babylon.
  Claudine worked for the A D Mohr Greenhouse from 1956 to 1977, and managed Pleasantrees Flowers for Gil and Kathy Manda.
  In 1981 she purchased Pleasantrees and owned and operated it out of her home until her retirement in 2007.
  She was a charter member of the ABWA Cass County Charter Chapter, a member of Pleasant Hill Business & Professional Women, Pleasant Hill Garden Club and the Kansas City African Violet Society.
  She was president of the Pleasant Hill PTA several times and a United Way board member.
  She decorated for Pleasant Hill High School graduation for over 50 years.
  She was active in the community and maintained the fountain downtown and the “PH” flower bed at Cedar & Seven Highway, as well as numerous other projects in town.
  Claudine was well known in town for her flowers and her cakes.
  Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by five brothers Laymon, Everett, James, Bill and Rex; and three sisters, Lucille Babylon, Martha Babylon and Margie Hallar
  She is survived by her daughter Jennifer (and Evan) Woodworth of Kansas City, Missouri; four grandchildren Sherri Hedges of Kansas City, Shane Hedges of Cameron, Shad Rehms of Gravois Mills, and Shanon (and Donnie) Rehms Jensen of Kansas City; 10 great grandchildren Ashli Fanning, Tyler Fanning, Gracelynne Williams, Kristopher Hedges, Kaleb Hedges, Katlyn Hedges, Kirstin Rehms, Kyle Rehms, Alexis Rehms, Allisen Jensen; one great grandson Cameron Gripper; two sisters Peggy Bond of Greenwood and Maxine Haller of Raymore, other relatives and many friends.
  Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, May 14, 2009, at the Stanley-Dickey- Home in Pleasant Hill.
  Interment will be in the Orient Cemetery in Harrisonville.
  Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 13, 2009 at the at the Stanley- Dickey Funeral home.
  Online condolences and the video tribute may be viewed at Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home
  Arrangements are under the direction of the Stanley- Dickey Funeral Home, 203 North Armstrong, Pleasant Hill.


Albert Ray Harrison

Albert Ray Harrison, 96, of Pleasant Hill, passed away April 30, 2009 at the Lee’s Summit Medical Center.
  Graveside services were held May 7 at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville.
  Albert was born January 3, 1913 in Fulton.
  He was an Army World War II veteran.
  He was retired from Manor Bakery and was a Masonic member.
  He was preceded in death by his wife Joan Marie Harrison, his six brothers and one sister.
  Albert is survived by his children, Deborah Harrison, Jody Smith (Clifford), John Boeck (Sue) and Linda Collier three grandchildren, James Brown, Georgia Jenkins and John Boeck, II and five great grandchildren.
  Arrangements were under the direction of they Langsford Funeral Home of Lee’s Summit.


Drexel Dean “Stoney” Stone

Drexel Dean “Stoney” Stone, 76, of Lone Jack, departed this life May 8, 2009 at his home in Lone Jack. He was born March 7, 1933 in Sheridan, Missouri, the son of Victor and Ellen (Swane) Stone.
  On October 1, 1970, Dean married Yula F. Trussel in Independence.
  He was a 1951 graduate of Sheridan High School where he played baseball for the school team.
  Stone was a veteran of the Korean War and had earned the Korean Service, National Defense and United Nation Service medals.
  On returning from Korea he went to work at Armco Steel where he was employed for over 33 years retiring in 1984.
  He was a member of the Forest Grove Baptist Church and the Veteran of Foreign Wars Post #9991 of Independence.
  His favorite pastimes included reading Western stories, especially Louis L’Amour, traveling, attending his grandchildren’s sporting events and spending summer days swimming at Lake Paradise.
  Besides his parents, he is preceded in death by one brother Dennis Stone and one sister Doris Dowis and one great grandchild. He is survived by his wife Yula of the home; six children Richard Dean Stone of Lone Jack, Laura Speiss (and Frank) of Independence, Tammy Murry (and Jeff) of Oak Grove, Don West (and Diane Elaine) of Oak Grove, Dennis West of Lone Jack and Cheryl Heltzel of Lone Jack; 18 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; one brother Paul Stone (and Betty) of Independence; other relatives and many friends.
  Funeral services were May 12, 2009, at the Staanley-icket Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill.
  Pastor Jensen Peterson of the Forest Grove Baptist Church officiated. Mrs. Donna Myers was the soloist accompanied by Sandy Steele on organ. Interment in the Lone Jack Cemetery with military honors provided by the Pleasant Hill VFW Post #3118 Honor Guard.
  Casket bearers were Vic Dowis, Ronnie Murry, Travis Negus, Andy Phillips, Jake Phillips and Chad West. Honorary casket bearers were David LeMar, Charles Brown and Jeff West.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to Crossroads Hospice and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
  Online condolences may be sent and the video tribute may be viewed at Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home
  Arrangements were under the direction of the Stanley- Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.


Linel F. Rowland

Linel F. Rowland, age 90, of Pleasant Hill, departed this life on April 27, 2009, at the Golden Living Center in Independence.
  He was born September 2, 1918 in Paragould, Arkansas, the son of Floyd and Bessie (Green) Rowland.
  On June 22, 1942, Linel was united in marriage to Frances Adams in Kennett, Missouri.
  Linel was a WWII Army Veteran serving in the Pacific Theatre.
  He was born and raised on a farm and farmed until he went to work for the State Highway Department which he retired from in 1981.
  He attended the Kellogg Baptist Church in Pleasant Hill.
  Besides his parents, he is preceded in death by two brothers Meldrom and Jim Rowland; and five step brothers Bert, Clifford, Earl, J.T. & Ottis Eubanks.
  He is survived by his wife Frances of the home; his son Bob (and Maggie) Rowland of Blue Springs; his daughter Linda (and Jim) Rowland Fraas of Peyton, Colorado; three grandchildren Daniel (and Jane) Rowland of Ipswich, Massachusetts, Angela Rowland of Porter, Oklahoma, and Shelley (and Michael) of Chicago, Illinois; six great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends. Funeral services were held on May 2, 2009, at the funeral home.
  Pastor Stephen Pennington of the Kellogg Baptist Church officiated.
  Interment was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery with a flag folding ceremony by the VFW Post #3118 Honor Guard. Casket bearers were Rob Eubanks, Jim Fraas, Stacy Henry, Jeremiah McCarty, Wesley Moon and Bill Seaman.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Diabetes Association and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
  Online condolences may be sent to the family at Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home
  Funeral rrangements were under the direction of the Stanley- Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540- 5550


Marjorie A. Fisk

Marjorie Allene Fisk, 86, of Mesa, Ariz., formerly of Olathe, Kans., died April 18, 2009 at the Odyssey Hospice House in Mesa.
  She was born December 19, 1922 in Trenton, Mo., the daughter of Emmett and Cecile (Elliott) Dennis.
  Marjorie was raised in northern Missouri and lived in Kansas City, Las Vegas, Nevada and Olathe before moving to Arizona in 2007.
  On February 22, 1941, she married Jesse Boyd Fisk in Shelbina, Mo.
  He preceded her in death on May 10, 2003. Marjorie was a machine operator for Stuart Hall Stationery in Kansas City for over 20 years.
  Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by one son Robert Fisk and one sister Francis (Dennis) Todd.
  She is survived by one daughter Beverley (and Mike) Bradley of Overland Park, Kans.; one son James (and Mary) Fisk of Gilbert, Ariz.; eight grandchildren, Chris Bradley of Leawood, Kans., Heather Bradley Bedell of Overland Park, Kans., Stephanie Fisk Garza and Jayson Fisk of Queen Creek, Ariz., Craig Fisk of Mesa, Ariz., Kelley Fisk Elwood of Evanston, Illinois, Robyn Fisk Schrekengaust of Greenwood, Missouri, Adam Fisk of Chicago; 15 great grandchildren; two sisters Alice Stottlemyre of Bolivar, and Ruthie Fleck of North Platte, Nebr.; other relatives and many friends.
  Funeral services were April 25th 2009, at the Stanley- Dickey Funeral Home. Rev. D. Kent Deubner of the Pleasant Hill First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) officiated. Interment in Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Kansas City.
  Online condolences may be sent and the video tribute may be viewed at Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home
  Arrangements were by the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.


Billy J. Dale

Billy J. Dale, 83, of Lee’s Summit, formerly of Pleasant Hill, died on April 11, 2009, at his home.
  He was born February 1, 1926, in rural Cass County near East Lynne, the son of Luther Hollis and Mary Frances (Schindorff) Dale.
  Billy attended the Germantown Country School through the 8th grade, then graduated from the Pleasant Hill High School in 1944. The day after graduation he enlisted in the United States Army, where he became a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne division. Billy was awarded the Purple Heart after being wounded in 1945.
  He married Carla Ann Smith on April 12, 1949, in Lee’s Summit.
  Billy was a custom and dairy farmer for a number of years while working at the Lake City Arsenal. He also worked at Westinghouse and later for the Kansas City Terminal where he became a Locomotive Engineer.
  He retired from the Sante Fe Railroad in 1987, He was baptized in the East Lynne Methodist Church as a young child and has been a member of the Lee’s Summit United Methodist Church since 1963.
  He was also a member of the American Legion Post #499, Higginsville Parent Association, a lifetime member of the United Transportation Union and a member of the Disabled American Veterans.
  Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister Adilee Gibson, one brother J. W. Dale, one niece Linda Gibson and one nephew Gary Gibson.
  He is survived by his wife of 60 years Carla of the home; his two sons Steven C. Dale of Independence, and Kim (and Cindy) Dale of Lee’s Summit; his daughter Debra E. Dickerson of Lee’s Summit; four grandchildren Justin (and Stephanie) Dickerson of Belton, Katie Leigh Dickerson, Kara (and Eddie) Treadwell and Elliot Dale all of Lee’s Summit; two great granddaughters, Mariah and Savannah Dickerson; other relatives and many friends.
  Funeral services were April 15, 2009, at the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home. Interment was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Rev. Lee Soxman of the Lee’s Summit United Methodist Church officiated.
  Casket bearers were Richard Bond, Elliott Dale, Justin Dickerson, Dennis Fisher, Jim Piccinini, Bill Snow and Eddie Treadwell.
  Pleasant Hill VFW Post #3119 Honor Guard folded and presented the flag.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to the Higginsville Parent Association and may be sent in care of the funeral home.


Charles Chester Rodgers, Jr.

Charles Chester Rodgers, Jr., 86 of Richmond, died on Tuesday, March 31, 2009, in Pleasant Hill.
  He was born on Aug. 13, 1922, in Henrietta, to Charles Chester, Sr., and Charlene Agnes (Whitmer) Rodgers, who preceded him death.
  Also preceding him in death were sisters Adeline Bryant and Faye Andreas.
  Charles, Jr., married Mildred Sheets of Richmond on March 31, 1946.
  A 1942 graduate of Richmond High School, he joined the U. S. Coast Guard during World War II.
  After serving his country, Charles, Jr., worked for the Ford Motor Co. for 20 years before retiring in 1985. He then became the co-owner of Rodgers and Lee Construction Co. and co-owner of Santa Fe Glass Co.
  Charles, Jr., was a member of the Richmond First Baptist Church and Richmond Masonic Lodge # 57, as well as serving on the Richmond School District Board of Directors for two terms from 1968-1973.
  Survivors include: his wife, of the home; son Larry Rodgers and wife Susan of Evansville, Ind.; daughter Nancy Donovan and husband Dan of Pleasant Hill; brother Frank Rodgers of Pleasant Valley; sister Madeline Weathington of Richmond; six grandchildren and spouses; and nine greatgrandchildren.
  Funeral services were held on April 4, 2009, at the Thurman Funeral Home in Richmond, with burial in the Richmond Memory Gardens. Military graveside honors were conducted by American Legion Post #237.


Virginia Maxine Stewart-Sandy

Virginia Maxine Stewart- Sandy, 82, formerly of Pleasant Hill, passed away April 4, 2009 at the home of her daughter in Independence. Services were held April 9 at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill; burial in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
  Virginia was born in Fleming, Colo on February 23, 1927. She was the daughter of James Alvin and Alice Libby Stewart and was raised in and around the St. Joseph area.
  During her life, she traveled extensively throughout the United States and abroad. She had a strong work ethic and held various jobs throughout her life, including wife and mother.
  She was preceded in death by her parents, two brother, Billy and Bobby Stewart; three sisters, Frances Widner, Betty Taylor and Caroline Huerta and one granddaughter, Rashida Barber.
  Survivors include five sons: Butch McDannell of Tiffin, Ohio, Ray Cramer of Philadelphia, Penn., Al Wakefield of Muncie, In., Burt Ripley and Paul Ripley of Independence; four daughters: Mary Carol Hill of Johnstown, Penn., Marie Wakefield, Nora Phelps and Lee Copeland of Independence; two brothers: Richard Stewart of Colorado and Russell Stewart of Ohio; two sisters: Dorothy Hadley of Savannah, Mo. and Jean Hall of Kimberling City, Mo.; 25 grandchildren and 54 great grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.
   Rev. Brian Gallardo was the officiating clergy.
  Casket bearers were David Barber, Jason Copeland, Michael Copeland, Alan Dunz, Angela Dunz and Rick Phelps.


Janice Ann Close Terry

Janice Ann Close Terry, 54, of Independence, died April 7, 2009 at Centerpoint Medical Center. She was born September 29, 1954 in Kansas City to Raymond William and Helen Shaw Close.
  She married William Terry August 9, 1991 in Kansas City.
  Janice graduated from Ruskin High School. She was a customer service representative for Conway Trucking Company.
  She was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Helen Close and one brother, Charles Edward Close.
  She is survived by her husband, William Terry of the home; one son, James Ray Terry and his wife Holly of Kansas City; two grandsons, James Terry and Raymond Terry.
    Memorial services will be scheduled at a later date.
  The family suggests contributions to the Junior Diabetes Association in memory of Janice.
  Arrangements by Wallace Funeral Home of Pleasant Hill.


Roberta M. Schow

Roberta M. Schow, 77, of Archie, died April 8, 2009 at Cass County Medical Center.
  She was born November 14, 1931 in Newport, Washington, to William Collins Lear, Sr. and Rowena Works Lear.
  She was married to Glenn Neal Schow. Roberta was a high school graduate and a homemaker. She was a member of the Church of Christ in Independence.
  She was preceded in death by her parents William Collins Lear, Sr. and Rowena Works Lear and her husband, Glenn Neal Schow.
  Roberta is survived by two sons, Robert Schow and wife Keri of Archie; Lyle Schow and wife Donna of Harrisonville; two brothers, W. C. Lear, Jr. and wife Anita of Peck, Idaho; Ben Lear and wife Linda of Dayton; one granddaughter, Kirsten Schow of Archie; other relatives and many friends.
  Graveside services were April 13, 2009 at Dayton, Missouri Cemetery. Rev. Bill Lear, Jr. and Rev. Ben Lear officiated.
  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Church of Christ, 1138 E. Gudgell, Independence, MO 64055.
  Arrangements were under the direction of Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill.


M. Lavone “POP” Duffey

Mildred Lavone Wilmoth “POP” Duffey, 73, of Pleasant Hill, passed away April 10 2009 at her home, surrounded by her family. She had been in declining health for several months.
  She was born August 22, 1935 in Pleasant Hill, the daughter of Vaughn and E. Frances Graham Wilmoth.
  Pop lived her entire life in Pleasant Hill, graduating from Pleasant Hill High School in 1953. On October 7, 1983 she married Maurice D. Duffey in Miami, Okla.
  She had worked at the Leeds G. M. plant, Pleasant Hill Shirt Factory, Lake City and on August 18, 1999, she retired from Marion Labs.
  Pop was preceded in death by her parents, Vaughn Wilmoth and E. Frances Graham Wilmoth Liddle, one son, David Wayne Bachle and her brother, Jack Sterling Wilmoth.
  She is survived by her husband, Maurice D. Duffey of the home; one son, Mitchell Dean Duffey of Pleasant Hill; three grandchildren, Tucker Graham, Dakota and Jimmy Duffey; two uncles, Donald Graham of Pleasant Hill and William Graham of Bolivar; two nephews, Jason Gower of Holden and Justin Gower of Pleasant Hill; one niece Dawn R. Graham of Pleasant Hill; two great nephews; Tristin Gower and Cody Gower; two great nieces, Jaci Gower and Kasey Kotting; four cousins, Sandra Otis, Arthur L. Graham III, Othel L. Graham and Billy Joe Graham; other relatives and many friends.
  Funeral services were held April 14, 2009 at Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill with Rev. Chris Launer, officiating.
  Casket bearers were Arthur Lee Graham III, Othel L. Graham, Jason C. Gower, Chris Hunt, Jimmy Duffey, Donald McCauley and Christian Lee Graham.
  Burial in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
  Memorial contributions may be made to Southern Care Hospice, 1240 NE Windsor Drive, Lee’s Summit, MO 64086.


Henry Hudson Barbarick

Henry Hudson Barbarick, 88, of Pleasant Hill, died April 3, 2009 at his son’s home in Pleasant Hill. He was born January 1, 1921 in Bland, Missouri, the son of George and Selma (Ball) Barbarick.
  On November 29, 1941, Henry was united in marriage to Mable Louise Cook in Jefferson City. She preceded him in death on December 17, 2005.
  Henry was a Carman for the Missouri Pacific Railroad, retiring in 1983. He was a member of the Big Creek Baptist Church. He was a WWII Army Veteran.
  He was also preceded in death by his parents, two grandsons Richard Barbarick and Chad Barbarick, and two brothers Richard Barbarick and Ray Barbarick.
  He is survived by four sons, Jerry D. (and Diana) Barbarick of Clinton; Darell W. (and Lola) Barbarick, Dale R. (and Donna) Barbarick, and Dennis L. (and Jeri) Barbarick, all of Pleasant Hill; one daughter Judith E. Eisenbeisz (and David) of Arvada, Colo.; 18 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren ; one brother Luther (and Edna) Barbarick of Pleasant Hill; one sister Mildred Antweiler of Holt’s Summit, Mo.; three half sisters Selma Humberg of Hermann, Mo., Dorothy Callender of McKittrick, Missouri, and Nellie (and Dinger) Rollmaker of Hermann, Mo.; other relatives and many friends.
  Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 8, 2009 at the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home. Pastor Todd MacLean will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
  Casket bearers are Ben Barbarick, Brad Barbarick, Dale R. Barbarick, Darell Barbarick, Dennis Barbarick, Heath Barbarick, Jerry Barbarick, Judith Eisenbeisz, Lola Ann Barbarick, Shawn Barbarick, Wes Barbarick, Kurt Brent and Donnie Hibner. Graveside military services will be conducted by the VFW Post #3118 honor guard.
  Visitation was 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to the Lay Clergy Council Food Pantry or the Big Creek Baptist Church Building Fund and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
  Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550.
  Online condolences may be sent to the family and the video tribute may be viewed at Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home


William Lee “Bill” Brixey

William Lee “Bill” Brixey, 67, of Pleasant Hill, passed away with his family by his side on March 19, 2009.
  Mr. Brixey was born in Los Angeles, Calif. on July 25, 1941. He was preceded in death by his father, William Franklin Brixey and his mother, Nita Faye Brixey.
  He is survived by two sons, Brad Brixey of Blue Springs and Warren Brixey of Independence; one daughter, Lisa Brixey of Independence and four grandchildren.
  Funeral services were March 24 at Wallace Funeral Home. Burial in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, family suggests contributions to United Methodist Church of Pleasant Hill.



LaVergne Marie Bachle Prewitt

LaVergne Marie Bachle Prewitt, 93, Pleasant Hill, died March 23, 2009 at Kansas City Hospice House in Kansas City, Missouri.
  She was born November 9, 1915 in St. Louis, the daughter of Edwin L. and Mable C. Taylor Bachle.
  LaVergne spent her early years in St. Louis area where she also attended school.
  In 1933 she came to Pleasant Hill and on February 8, 1934 she was united in marriage to Bert Prewitt in Harrisonville. He preceded her in death on May 31, 1996.
  The couple had been married 62 years and raised three children.
  She worked as a processor for the Internal Revenue Service. She treasured her role as wife, mother and grandmother. She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Pleasant Hill.
  LaVergne was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two daughters, Ensley Ellis and Sharon L. McKean; two granddaughters, Jennifer Carter and Erica Marie Mc- Kean; one brother Edwin Bachle and one sister Ruth Smith.
  She was survived by one son, Russell L. Prewitt of Lee’s Summit; seven grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren; other relatives and many, many friends.
  Funeral services were under the direction of Wallace Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill on March 27, 2009. Rev. Carl Knapp was the officiating clergy.
  She was buried in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
  Casket bearers were Jeremy Curtis, Mike Noe, Gib Vinson, Michael Bytner, Ray Ortiz and Don Spencer. Honorary bearers were Brett Taylor and Steven Prewitt.


Nancy Louis Hunter Kauffman

Nancy Louise (Hunter) Kauffman, 70, of Pleasant Hill, departed this life March 24, 2009 at her home.
  She was born September 18, 1938 in Hobart, Oklahoma, the daughter of Tillman G. and Florence A. (Eberhart) Hunter.
  She was maried to Roy Glenn Kauffman on November 27, 1960 in Linn Creek, Missouri.
  Louise was a homemaker. She was a member of East Point Baptist Church in Russellville, Ark.
  Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother Tillman G. Hunter, one sister Wilma Houselog and one great grandchild Jordan Kump.
  She is survived by her husband Roy of the home; two sons Tillman G. (and Rhonda) Kauffman of Pleasant Hill and Elden R. (and Natalie) Kauffman of Garden City; two daughters Nancy J. (and Douglas) McClure of Camdenton, and Wilma L. Sims of Pleasant Hill; nine brothers Willis (and Eileen) Hunter of Holden, Martin (and Desi) Hunter and Donald (and Eddie) Hunter of Blue Springs, Carl (and Pat) Hunter and Robert (and Sharon) Hunter of Camdenton, Tommy (and Maryanne) Hunter of Sedalia, Jimmy (and Carolyn) Hunter of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Roy (and Gayle) Hunter of Holt, and Richard (and Julie) Hunter of Harrisonville; two sisters Laura (and Russell) DeVenney of Columbia and Bertha (and Jerry) Rogers of Camdenton; eight grandchildren, five great grandchildren; other relatives and many friends.
  Cremation has been accorded. A memorial service was held March 28, 2009 at the Linn Creek Baptist Church in Camdenton. Inurnment followed in the Hunter Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Camdenton, Missouri.
  Arrangements were under the direction of the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.
  Online condolences may be sent to the family and the video tribute may be viewed at Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home.


Dr. John Stanley Rogers

Dr. John Stanley Rogers, 78, a long time San Diego teacher passed away March 4, 2009, after a 20 year struggle with Parkinson’s Disease.
  He was born April 1, 1930 on his grandparents’ farm near Pleasant Hill, the only child of Juanita Zumwalt and Benton McKinley Rogers. The family moved to Los Angeles while John was very young. His parents divorced and his mother raised John in Hollywood, Calif. He attended Los Angeles High School where he was president of his 1947 senior class.
  A child of the depression, John worked his way through college at various jobs including aircraft assembler at Douglas Aircraft. He earned his B.S. in P.E. at UCLA in 1952. John married JoAnn Mc- Cormick Baer in 1951. They divorced in 1961.
  John began his teaching career in San Diego as a substitute until hired as a P.E. teacher at newly opened Marston Jr. High in 1955. He transferred to Muirlands Jr. High in 1963 where he also taught bilingual math and English as a second language. In 1977 he went to Mission Bay High where he was faculty advisor to foreign exchange students and chair of the Spanish department when he retired in 1990.
  John earned his M.A. at San Diego State in1961 and Ph. D. at USIU in 1973. He became proficient in Spanish and also studied French, Japanese, and Chinese. He led study trips to Mexico, taught English to Vietnamese refugees at Camp Pendleton in 1975, and was selected to accompany Kyocera’s Horizon 82 student trip to Japan.
  John married Marilyn Writsel in 1962 and she helped raise his three children. The family spent many school vacations camping from the station wagon, even hiking to the top of Mt. Whitney.
  After the children left home, John and Marilyn continued traveling and taking the grandchildren on trips, visiting at least 30 countries and all 50 states.
  They were host family for an exchange student, Jairo Aldana from Colombia for a year, and later his two children Catalina and Jairo.
  After John was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 1990, he continued to exercise daily and play tennis for 15 years. As P.D. and dementia slowed him down he still worked crossword puzzles, attended weekly Spanish classes and took daily walks with his walker on Shelter Island.
  Dr. Rogers was preceded in death by his parents; two daughters, Jody Rogers Pilarski and Jeri Rogers Heilman and two cousins Dorothy Rouse and Norma Jean (Rouse) Middleton.
  He is survived by his wife, Marilyn of 46 years; one son Jay of San Diego; four grandchildren Samuel Heilman, Camille Heilman, and Jolene Heilman of Oregon, and Nicole Heilman Bridgman of Alaska; Colombian “son” Dr. Jairo Aldana and family; mother-in-law Pauline Writsel and three brothers- in-law Gordon, Gary and David Writsel and their families of Ohio; cousins David Middleton and Debbie and Jim Good of Pleasant Hill; his student nurse, Michele Crone; and cats, Ginger and Pepper.
  He was a member of the Point Loma Community Presbyterian Church.
  Cremation has been accorded. Inurnment will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery at a later date. A Celebration of Life is being planned for April 1, 2009 on Shelter Island.
  Donations in John’s name may be made to The Parkinson’s Disease Association of San Diego, 8555 Aero Dr. #308, San Diego, CA 92123. Local arrangements Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home.
  Online condolences may be sent to the family at Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home


Rev. Ray Fagg

Rev. Ray Fagg, 73, Pleasant Hill, passed away February 28, 2009.
  Memorial service was Saturday, March 11 at Cross Roads Baptist Church, Kingsville. Arrangements were by Mt. Washington Forever Funeral Home.


Terry William Gulley

Terry William Gulley, 53, Pleasant Hill, died March 2, 2009. He married Brenda Louise Busbey in 1980 in Peace Valley, MO.
  Terry lived in many towns, but claimed Pleasant Hill as his home. He worked hard and lived life to the fullest.
  He is survived by two daughters, Reina McCullough of Warrensburg and Retha Kiger and husband Jay of Pleasant Hill; five grandchildren Dakota and Leighann Mc- Cullough of Tennessee, Jayson Kiger of Butler, Kenyon and Kendra Kiger of Pleasant Hill; sisters Charlene Givens and husband Larry, Hope, Kathy and Carrie; twin brother Gary Gulley and brothers Ronnie, Dennis and wife Denise and Michael and special friends, Tim and Susan Lowry, Pleasant Hill.
  He was preceeded in death by his mother and step-father Virginia and Jay Beach; his father and step-mother Kenneth and Glinda Gulley; his foster parents Eli and Fanny Helmith; brothers Kenny and Donnie Gulley, sister Helen Gulley; and father-in-law Willie Busbey.
  Terry was an organ donor.
  Thanks to him other lives will be touched. Memorial services were held March 8, 2009.


Jessie Francis McCauley

Jessie Francis McCauley, age 89 of Harrisonville, died March 5, 2009 at the Crown Care Center in Harrisonville.
  She was born June 22, 1919 to James and Mary Ross Anders in Oklahoma City, Okla. Jessie was a homemaker. On November 22, 1935 she married Eugene L. McCauley Sr.
  They celebrated 64 years together until his death in February of 2000.
  Jessie was a member of the East Lynne Chapter Eastern Star.
  Jessie is survived by two sons, Pete McCauley and Kenny McCauley and wife Antonia all of Blue Springs; a daughter, Judy Parrish and husband Bill of Harrisonville; two brothers, Louis Anders and wife Ellen of Paola, Kans. and Tommy Anders of Kaitua, Hawaii; and nine grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and one great great-grandson.
  She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Sr.; two sons, Jerry and Eugene Jr.; three brothers; and four sisters. Graveside services were March 9, 2009 at Walnut Grove Cemetery near Farlinville, Kans. with Gary Schowengerdt officiating.
  Arrangements were made by by the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel, Butler.


Ethel Mae George

Ethel Mae George, 73, of Lexington, died March 6, 2009 at Village Care Center, Lee’s Summit.
  Ethel M. Fitchner was born on May 24, 1935 in Columbia, Kans. to Ed and Opal Burton Fitchner. She married James Carl George on June 13, 1954 in Pleasant Hill.
  Mrs. George was a member of the First Baptist Church and had been director of the Homes of Sorrow Committee at the church for 15 years. She was a Sunday School teacher, participated in the Easter Cantata and Vacation Bible School.
  She was a member of the V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary, Lexington and was employed at the House of Hope, Lexington.
  Mrs. George was preceded in death by her parents.
  She is survived by her husband, James Carl George, of the home, a daughter Kimberly Mae Warden and husband, Danny, Smithville; two sons, James Edward George, Warsaw; Daniel Carl George and wife, Theressa, Lexington; nine grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren; three sisters, Elsie Jones and husband, Don, Kansas City, Kans., Eva Jo Eiken and husband, Harold, Riverside; and Kathryn Carey, Riverside.
  Funeral services were March 9 at the First Baptist Church, Lexington. Arrangements by Walker Nadler Fuller Funeral Home, Lexington. Burial in Memory Gardens Cemetery, Lexington.
  Memorials may be made to Lee’s Summit John Knox Hospice.


Donald F. “Don” Hueben

Donald F. “Don” Hueben, 59, of Gardner Lake, Kans., died February 16, 2009 at Hospice House in Kansas City.
  He was born on February 16, 1950, the son of Donald P. and Elizabeth Frances “Betty Frank” Carey Hueben. Donald graduated from Shawnee Mission (Kans.) West High School, attended Kansas State University and graduated with Magna Cum Laude honors from Stanford Brown College in Kansas City as a registered nurse.
  He was employed by Texas Instruments in Dallas, Texas, Airport Systems and then as a registered nurse at the Johnson County (Kans.) Jail. He had also been employed the Delphi plant in Olathe, Kans.. and by the Headache & Pain Center.
  Donald had been the recipient of a liver transplant three years ago and encouraged everyone to become an organ and tissue donor.
  Donald was grateful to the many outstanding health care professionals who helped him during his journey. He respected them greatly.
  He was preceded in death by his mother, Elizabeth Frances “Betty Frank” Hueben, his brother, Chris Hueben, his paternal grandparents, Alfred and Ida (McConnell) Hueben, and his maternal grandparents, Dr. Francis and Margaret (Burnett) Carey.
  He is survived by his loving companion, Jan Pringle of the home; his father, Donald P. Hueben, two brothers, Rex Hueben of Berkeley, Calif., and Brian Hueben of Kansas City; three sisters, Nancy Hueben of Stony Point, New York; Jan Hueben of Overland Park, Kans. and Liz Hueben of Kansas City, and his “Aunt Mart” Martha Wallace of Pleasant Hill.
  Friends and family were invited to raise a toast to this wonderful man on February 19, 2009 at the Tumbleweed Saloon in Gardner, Kans. A memorial service will be held in the spring with details to be announced.
  Cremation was under the direction of the Wallace Funeral Home of Pleasant Hill.


Emma Lacy Vaughn

Emma Lacy Vaughn, 87, a lifelong resident of Pleasant Hill, died February 10, 2009 at her daughter’s home in Lake Lotawana.
  She was born April 14, 1921 in Pleasant Hill, the daughter of Charles R. and Mossie P. (Hipsher) Wright. On March 2, 1945, she was united in marriage to Harry D. Vaughn in Olathe, Kans. Emma was a homemaker.
  She had also worked as a time keeper for Pratt & Whitney during World War II, later for Gates Rubber Company in Denver, Colorado and Montgomery Ward in Kansas City.
  She was a member of the First Christian Church in Pleasant Hill.
  Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brother Willis Warren Wright and her son Harry Timothy Vaughn on August 19, 2003.
  She is survived by her two daughters; Mary Anne Vaughn of Lake Lotawana and Betty Lou and Dean Gray of Pleasant Hill; two grandchildren Donald R. (and Jodie) Lycan of Olathe, Kans., and Lacette A. (and Tommy) Price of Centreville, Va.; one great grandchild Blake Lycan of Olathe; four stepgrandchildren, Mike (and Dawn) Gray of Pleasant Hill, Missy (and Jeff) McKee of Pleasant Hill, Veronica Cash of Independence and Crystal Simpson of Lee’s Summit; other relatives and friends.
  Funeral services were held February 14 at the funeral home. Rev. Rob Vaughn of the First Baptist Church of Pleasant Hill officiated. Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
  Casket bearers were Gary Bagby, Todd Burris, Mike Gray, Mike Griffith, Jeff McKee, Bill Vaughn, Chris Vaughn and Rick Vaughn.
  Online condolences may be sent to the family and the video tribute may be viewed at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome. com
  Arrangements were by the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home , Pleasant Hill.


Annabelle (How) Bradshaw

Annabelle (How) Bradshaw, 87, Pleasant Hill, died February 7, 2009 at John Knox Care Center. She had been in declining health the past year.
  She was born to Marion Simpson and Aleafa Carlyle Caswell How on January 30, 1922 in Kingsville. On January 31, 1942 she married Leonard Lyle Bradshaw in Clinton. He preceded her in death in June 2000.
  Annabelle attended Kingsville School and was a homemaker. She was a member of the First Christian Church Disciples of Christ of Pleasant Hill and Christian Women’s Fellowship of First Christian Church.
  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband; two sons, Kenneth Bradshaw and George Bradshaw, one granddaughter, Carol Lawson, one great granddaughter, Justine Larson, one son-in-law George Brooks, two sisters, Bessie Johnson and Eula McAllister and two brothers Frank How and Ralph How.
  Annabelle is survived by one daughter, Mary Ann Brooks and fiancee Steve Bokonich of Lee’s Summit; two sisters, Buela Johnson of Pleasant Hill an Eva Mae Johnson of Lawrence, Kans.; six grandchildren; eight great grandchildren and one great granddaughter; other relatives and many friends.
  Funeral services were under the direction of Wallace Funeral Home on Feb. 12 with the Rev. Kent Deubner officiating. Casket bearers were Mike Brooks, Scott Pace, Kenneth How, Randy Roberts, Bill Smith, Kent Wilcoxon, Steve Bokonich and James Bokonich. Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.


Charlene Lee Hull

Charlene Lee Hull, 63, Independence, died February 9, 2009 at her home in Independence. She had been in declining health for three years.
  She was born to Alfred Foley and Alberta Gibson Foley (Smith) on November 18, 1945 in Kansas City. She married Frank H. Hull, June 2, 1984 in Rich Hill.
  She was a graduate of Center High School, Lee’s Summit. She was a homemaker and mother.
  Charlene was preceded in death by her father, Alfred Foley; her mother, Alberta Gibson Smith; one sister, Linda Foley Schmoll and one brother, Charles Foley.
  She is survived by her husband, Frank H. Hull of the home; four sons, Lonnie Eugene Germann, Charles Anthony Germann, Brandon D. Dale all of Independence and William Robert Dale of Everton, Ark.; two daughters, Shannon R. Dale and Crystal O’Dell of Independence; four brothers, Bill Curtis, Robbie Curtis, Danny Foley and Jerry Foley, all of Pleasant Hill; two sisters Kathy Stolz of Pleasant Hill and Lisa Owens of Independence; 15 grandchildren; two great grandchildren, other relative and many friends.
  After cremation, the graveside service was February 14 at the Lee’s Summit Cemetery.
  Ms. Brenda Flowers officiated and the service was under the direction of Wallace Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.


Lois Anne (Akers) Allard

Lois Anne (Akers) Allard, 68, of Branson, passed away February 2, 2009 at Garden View Care Center in Chesterfield, MO.
  She was born March 4, 1940, in Sargent, Colo. She was preceded in death by her parents, Darrell and Evelyn (Padget) Akers.
  Lois was a graduate of Adams State University. She was a teacher and played the piano and organ at various churches throughout her life.
  She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Jay Dee Allard of Lake Saint Louis; a son Garren and Angela Allard of Pleasant Hill; a daughter Kirsten and Tim Barnes and family of Lake Saint Louis; two sisters, Nancy Kitterman of Mesa, Ariz. and Jean Francescato of Big Springs, Nebr., four grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and friends.
  A celebration of her life will take place on Saturday, February 21 at Nallia’s School of Dance, 5722 Nieman Road, Shawnee, Kans. from 2 to 5 p.m. Family, friends and former students are invited to share memories together at that time.
  Memorial donations may be made to the Pleasant Hill Band, % Jim Beerends, 1 Rooster Way, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080.


Donald Wesley Miller

Donald Wesley Miller, 68, of Pleasant Hill, departed this life February 7, 2009, surrounded by his family at his home.
  He was born March 24, 1940 in Pleasant Hill, the son of C.W. and Marie (Pine) Miller.
  He married Dorothy Jean McMurphy June 8, 1963, in Pleasant Hill.
  Donnie worked for Missouri Gas Energy for 38 years retiring in 2000. He was a veteran of the United States Army where he served as a Radar Operator.
  He was a member of Jewel Lodge #480 A.F. & A.M. and the Pleasant Hill First Christian Church-Disciples of Christ.
  He enjoyed working in the yard, collecting toy cars, and spending time with his friends and family, especially his grandchildren.
  Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two infant children, one grandson Denton Wayne Miller, one brother Kenneth Miller, and one sister Eunice Hedger.
  He is survived by his wife Dorothy of the home; his son and daughter-in-law Douglas and Julie Miller of Liberty; his daughter and son-in-law Dana and Jim Doyle of Lake Ozark; five grandchildren, April Miller, Adam Doyle, Anthony Doyle, Ashlynne Doyle and Alec Doyle; one brother and sister-in-law Howard and Judy Miller of Pleasant Hill; one sister and brother-in-law Flo and J.B. Myers of Gladstone; other relatives and many friends. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m., Thursday, February 12, 2009, at the funeral home.
  Rev. D. Kent Deubner of the Pleasant Hill First Christian Church-Disciples of Christ will officiate. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery with graveside military services conducted by the Pleasant Hill VFW Post #3118 Honor Guard.
  Casket bearers are Jason Beatty, Brian Clevenger, Tim Kimrey, Jeff Miller, Mark Miller, Rex Scott, Jason Wasson and Mike Zellmer.
  Visitation will be held 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, February 11, 2009, at the funeral home with Masonic services at 8 p.m. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Midwest Transplant Network and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
  Arrangements by Stanley- Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill. Online condolences may be sent and the video tribute may be viewed at Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home .


Annabelle Bradshaw

Annabelle Bradshaw, 86, Pleasant Hill, passed away February 7, 2009 at John Knox Care Center, Lee’s Summit.
  Visitation will be Wednesday, Feb. 11, 6-8 p.m. at Wallace Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Thursday, Feb. 12, 2 p.m. at Wallace Funeral Home.
  A complete obituary will run in the next week’s Pleas ant Hill Times.


Charles H. Meyer

Charles Henry Meyer, 77, of Creighton, departed this life on January 31, 2009 at his home.
  He was born November 21, 1931, the son of Julius F. and Eunice M. (Hendricks) Meyernorth of Creighton. He was the middle child of five children and grew up northeast of Creighton in Henry County.
  Charlie attended Bee Branch elementary school near his childhood home and graduated from Creighton High School in 1949.
  Charlie served in the U.S. Air Force from 1952-1955, earning the rank of master sergeant. He was stationed in Georgia and in England.
  He married Dolores O’Neal of Creighton on Dec. 31, 1955; they were married for 53 years.
  Their home and original 40 acres has been owned and operated by the Meyer family for over 100 years. In 2006, Meyer Farms was awarded membership in the Missouri Century Farm Club.
  Charlie was a member of the Creighton United Methodist Church and had served as Sunday School Superintendent. He was also a member of the Rural Mail Carriers Association and served as a treasurer and member of the Sherwood School board. He coached the boys’ baseball teams in the summer time and was a seed dealer for Pioneer/Garst.
  Charlie never knew a stranger; he loved to talk. Many people knew him as Charlie the mailman as he carried the mail in Creighton for over 32 years. Friends, neighbors and family enjoyed Charlie’s homegrown sweet corn.
  Charlie was born to farm; he loved to be outdoors in all seasons. In the spring, Charlie was busy planting crops and checking for newborn calves. In the summer time, he would be putting up hay while keeping an eye on the weather forecast.
  Harvest time in the fall, Charlie would be hauling beans to the grain bins. Then in the winter, he would watch the bean prices in the paper. While he was in the hospital a few weeks ago, he was asking for a paper so he could check bean prices – holding out for beans to hit $10 a bushel!
  Charlie/Grandpa/Pawpaw loved spending time with his children and his 12 grandchildren, especially watching them play basketball; he enjoyed traveling with Dolores when she could get him off the farm; farming with his John Deere equipment and raising cattle; drinking coffee and visiting at the Old Cedar Inn; and telling jokes (sometimes inappropriate ones for the grandkids).
  Charlie especially looked forward to the kids and grandkids coming home for Sunday dinner after church. Some days there were 10 there, but more often closer to 20 for dinner to enjoy time together. As Dolores often wrote in her Christmas letters, she and Charlie considered their kids and grandchildren as the best crop they ever raised.
  Preceding him in death were his parents, Julius F. and Eunice M. Meyer.
  Surviving are his wife Dolores of the home: two daughters, Julie Allee and her husband Ron of Creighton and Susanne Dierking and her husband Kent of Pleasant Hill; three sons, Terry Meyer and his wife Janet of Pleasant Hill; Chuck Meyer of Creighton; and George Meyer and his wife Kim of Garden City; and his grandchildren, Sara Tignor, Olathe, Kans.; Hillary Allee, Lee’s Summit; Drew Allee, Creighton; Tanner and Jake Meyer, Pleasant Hill; Stacy Meyer, Raymore; Justin, Rachel and Asa Meyer, Garden City; Cody, Jacob and Kaitlin Dierking, Pleasant Hill; one sister, Betty Thomas of Nixa, Mo.; three brothers, Kenneth Meyer and wife Mary Pat of Pleasant Hill; Jewell Lee Meyer and wife Joyce of Independence; and Gerald Meyer and wife Chris of Independence.
  Funeral services were February 4, 2009 at the United Methodist Church, Creighton, with Rev. Cindy Dubovich officiating.
  Burial in the Grant Cemetery near Creighton.
  Congregational hymns were led by Beverly Walker as the pianist and Betty Jackson as the organist. Casket bearers were Drew Allee, Tanner Meyer, Jake Meyer, Cody Dierking, Jacob Dierking, Justin Meyer and Asa Meyer.
  Family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the United Methodist Church Memorial Fund of Creighton.
  To view the video tribute or send the family online condolences; please visit www.dickeyfh.com. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Dickey Funeral Home, Garden City.


Mrs. Christine Dobson

Mrs. Ina Christine Dobson, 89, of Harrisonville, departed this life January 31, 2009 at her home. She was born October 9, 1919, the daughter of Lawrence Webster and Florence Mae (Howe) Thompson.
  Christine attended Olive Grade School and graduated from Ballard High School. On December 25, 1937, she married Charles Franklin Dobson in Harrisonville.
  After her children were grown, Christine was employed at AT&T for 20 years until her retirement in 1982. She was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America and the First Baptist Church, Harrisonville.
  Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Thomas Glen "Bud" Thompson.
  Christine is survived by her husband, Frank Dobson of the home; a son, Buddie Lee Dobson and wife Shirley, Raytown; two daughters, Margaret Jean Bricker and Dorothy Mae Homan and husband, Thay all of Pleasant Hill; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; a brother, Junior Thompson, Butler; two sisters, Hazel Shelton, Raymore, and Jean Garrison, Adrian; other relatives and many friends.
  Funeral services were February 4, 2009 at the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, with Rev. Charles Sutton and Rev. David Noble officiating. Burial in the Orient Cemetery, Harrisonville.
  Music provided by Misti Gile. Casket bearers were Anthony Bricker, Steve Bricker, Brandon Dobson, Kent Dobson, Chris Homan and Doug Homan. Family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church Memorial Fund of Harrisonville.
  Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville.
  To send the family online condolences, please visit www.dickeyfh.com.


Charles E. “Bud” Gray

Charles E. “Bud” Gray, 83, died at his home in Pleasant Hill on January 26, 2009. He had been in declining health for about a year.
  Bud was born on February 25, 1925, in Cass County, Missouri, the son of James D. and Mamie V. Rollins Gray.
  He married Lilyun Rosenbalm Gray on April 22, 1947 in Leavenworth, Kansas. She preceded him in death on July 5, 1997.
  He attended both Crossroads and Brush College schools. He served in the Army during World War II. He retired from Stahl’s Specialty Co. after 33 years of employment as a machinist.
  Bud was a member of the Pleasant Hill Fire Department from 1947 until 1991. He served as Fire Chief from 1985 until 1991.
  He was preceded in death by his wife Lilyun Gray; parents James D. and Mamie Rollins Gray; two brothers, Bill and Bob Gray; and one grandson, Logan Gray.
  He is survived by two sons, Darrell Gray and wife Susie, Alan “Sam” Gray and wife Kristine, all of Pleasant Hill; two sisters, Frances Redwine and Roberta Graham, both of Pleasant Hill; and one granddaughter, Jody Gray; and many other relatives and friends.
  His funeral was held under the direction of Wallace Funeral Home on January 29, 2009. Rev. Wyatt Shanks officiated. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
  Casket bearers were Dean Gray, Mike Gray, Mark Gray, Bill Dinges, David Redwine and David Kosfeld.
  Honorary bearers were Raymond Haile, Max Schmoll, Fred Mitchell and Greg Hayes.


Vina Irene Russell White

Vina Irene Russell White, 78, of Holden, passed away January 26, 2009 at Research Hospital in Kansas City.
  She was born February 23, 1930 to Art and Millie Russell.
  She graduated from Elk City High School in Elk City, Okla.
  Vina was the baby in a family of 15. She chopped and picked cotton through high school and made enough money at 50 cents an hour to move to Independence in 1947. She went to work in Independence as a nurses’s aide making $90 a month at Independence Sanitarium.
  She also worked at the ATT telephone office and Equitable Life Insurance Company before she went to Nurses’ training. She graduated from General Hospital in Kansas City. She worked at several hospitals in the Kansas City area.
  She married Jonathan White August 12, 1953 in Independence. They moved to Kingsville where they farmed for 35 years.
  They moved to Holden in 1995. Vina was a member of the Holden Restoration Branch of Jesus Christ Church.
  She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Alfrha, who died of pneumonia at age 4, 11 half brothers and sisters.
  She is survived by her husband Jonathan and six children, Paul White and wife Cindy of Harrisonville; Naomi Chastain and husband David of Drexel; Steve White of Holden; Melinda Sechrest and husband Russell of Holden, Russell White and wife Nancy of Raytown and Timothy White of Holden; 13 grandchildren and two great grandchildren; brother, Art Russell of Independence and sister, Ludie Todd of Holden.
  Funeral services were January 30, under the direction of Ben Cast Funeral Home in Holden. Pastor John Rhoads officiated. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Holden Restoration Branch of Jesus Christ Church.


Charles Meyer

Charles Meyer, 77, Creighton, died Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009 at his home near Creighton.
  Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 4, 2009 at the United Methodist Church, Creighton. Private family burial.
  Family will receive friends from 7-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2009 at the Dickey Funeral Home, Garden City.
  Family suggests memorial contributions may be made the United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, Creighton.
  Arrangements are under the direction of the Dickey Funeral Home, Garden City, Missouri.
  To send condolences, please visit www.dickeyfh.com. A complete obituary will be published in next week’s Pleasant Hill Times.


Teresa Kay Cavin

Teresa Kay Cavin, 52, of Lake Lotawana, departed this life January 31, 2009 at her home, surrounded by her family, after a courageous battle with lung cancer.
  She was born December 19, 1956 in Wichita, Kans., the daughter of Donald E. and Gwendolyn A. (Adams) Coates.
  On April 22, 1978, she married Randall E. Cavin in Junction City, Kans.
  She was raised in Junction City and attended Kansas University, earned her Associate of Arts degree at Longview Community College in 1989, and Bachelor of Science in Management at Parkville University in 2002.
  She was a Certified Defense Financial Manager with 18 years of civilian Federal Service having worked for United States General Services Administration and the Defense Finance and Accounting Service in Kansas City.
  She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi. She was a member of AGA; and a member of ASMC, where she had served as president and treasurer of the Kansas City Chapter. She enjoyed boating, swimming, reading and spending time with family and friends. She had a passion for genealogy and published genealogies for family members in 1999 and 2008.
  She was preceded in death by her father, granddaughter Angela Cavin, a sister Janice Blevins and her mother-in-law Elaine Cavin.
  She is survived by her husband Randy of the home; two sons Ryan R. Cavin and Daniel R. Cavin and his wife Katherine of Independence; one daughter Alexis Cavin and her fiancé Alex Boney of the home; two grandchildren Logan Ryan and Devon Cavin; her mother Gwendolyn Coates and her companion of Junction City; one brother Michael Coates and his wife Tina of Gassville, Arkansas; two sisters Sally Bidleman and her husband Bryce of Wichita, and Stacey Edwards of Maze, Kans.; her father-in-law David Cavin of Lake Lotawana; other relatives and many friends.
  Funeral services were February 3, 2009, at the Hope United Methodist Church in Lone Jack. Pastor Dave Owsley officiated. Burial in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
  Casket bearers were Cork Cavin, Phillip Cavin, James Collins, Andrew Gerard, Eric Majors and John Majors. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Cancer Treatment Center of America or to the family and may be sent in care of the funeral home. Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080


Christine Dobson

Christine Dobson, 89, Harrisonville, died Jan. 31, 2009 at her home.
  Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Wednesday, February 4, 2009 at the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville with burial in the Orient Cemetery, Harrisonville.
  Family will receive friends from 1-2:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 4, 2009 at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Harrisonville First Baptist Church Memorial Fund.
  Arrangements are under the direction of the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, Missouri.
  To send condolences, please visit www.dickeyfh.com. A complete obituary will be published in next week’s Pleasant Hill Times.


Larry Dale Harrison

Larry Dale Harrison, 68, passed away January 21 2009 at Cass Medical Center in Harrisonville, surrounded by his family and friends. He was born on August 8, 1940 to Glenn Yates and Dorothy Louise Benskin Harrison in Fulton, Mo.
  The family moved to Lee’s Summit area and Larry graduated from Lee’s Summit High School in 1958. He married Carol Ann Hays at her parents’ home in Clinton on June 12, 1976. They moved to Pleasant Hill in September, 1981.
  Larry enjoyed playing golf with his friends and was involved in the community. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church and Jewel Lodge #480 A.F. & A.M. of Pleasant Hill.
  His greatest joy was his family. He truly valued his role as a husband, father and grandfather.
  He especially enjoyed supporting his children in their many athletic endeavors. He worked hard every day to accomplish all he could in life.
  Larry became ill in March, 2007, but continued to work side by side with his son as a self-employed contractor until October 27, 2008.
  He was preceded in death by his parents, Glenn and Dorothy “Louise” Harrison and brothers, Kenneth and Herald Harrison.
  He is survived by his wife Carol A. Harrison of the home; three sons, Jake Harrison and fiancee, Bailey Hill of Pleasant Hill; Dale Harrison and wife Becky of Farmington, New Mexico; David Harrison and wife Brianna of Oklahoma City, Okla.; one daughter, Stacy Swann and husband Gary of Clovis, New Mexico; one brother, Don Harrison of Harrison, Ark.; one sister, Carolyn Sutton of Fulton; six grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.
  A memorial visitation honoring Larry’s life was held January 24, 2009 at the Wallace Funeral Home. Cremation. Honorary bearers were Brian Bunch, Norman Jeffries, Jim Hull, Jay Ware, Thay D. Homan, Bill Maire, Bob Maire, David Gerken, Dillard Meines, Sam Clark, Jeremiah Woodring, Clint Hays, Brandon Hays, Clayton Harrison, Jimmy Hicks, Jim Whistle, Steve Leslie, Phil Dorman, Doug Yuille and Ed Yuille.
  Arrangements were made by the Wallace Funeral Home.


Mary J. Bossert

Mary J. Bossert passed away at her home December 9, 2008.
  She was born in Chanute, Kans., January 14, 1944. She moved from Lee’s Summit to Mesa, Arizona in 1962, where she resided for 40 years. She them moved to Payson, Ariz. in 2003.
  She was survived by her husband Edwin Bossert of 45 years; her four children, Denice and husband Billy, Candy and husband Danny, Butch and wife Pam and Robert and wife; six grandchildren and one brother Harvey Bartlett and wife Georgetta of Gilbert, Ariz.; three sisters, Norma Jackson of Pleasant Hill, Diana Burke and Linda Glaze of Mesa, Ariz.
  Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Mary Bartlett; granddaughter Amanda; sister Pat Wood and brother Robert.
  Services were December 16, 2008 at Mountain View Memorial Gardens Chapel, Mesa, Ariz.


Anna May Kimbrough

Anna May Kimbrough, 76, of Harrisonville, formerly of Pleasant Hill, died January 22, 2009 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City.
  She had been in declining health for two years. She was born on November 6, 1932 in Strasburg to Leroy Carlyle and Sylvia Marie King.
  She married Gail Springer July 6, 1948, in Harrisonville. She married Bill Kimbrough September 11, 1971 in Pleasant Hill.
  She attended Strasburg School.
  She was a homemaker and worked for Colonial Hatchery in Pleasant Hill and Tortel Manufacturing in Grandview. She enjoyed her children and grandchildren. She was a quilter. Anna was a member of the Church of Christ of Pleasant Hill.
  Anna was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by a son, Kennie Springer and wife Glenda of Harrisonville; three daughters, Anna F. Dale of Stilwell, Kans.; Joan and husband David Long of Texas and Dena Hyatt of Warsaw, 11 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren, other relatives and friends.
  Funeral services were January 27, 2009 at Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill. Rev. Clifford Woolery officiated. Burial in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Casket bearers were Bryan Hyatt, Brandon Carter, David Long, Bill Bunnell, Leroy Springer, Doug Gerber. Honorary bearers were Terry Dale, Harlan Samuels and Charles Hatton.


James D. Bradley

James D. Bradley, 81, of Pleasant Hill, passed away January 13, 2009 at Kansas City Hospice House.
  He was born August 1, 1927 in Gunn City, the son of Charles H. and Hazel A. (Schoenfield) Bradley. James married Eloise Mc- Carty on December 16, 1950, in Pleasant Hill.
  Jim was a 1945 graduate of Pleasant Hill High School. He was a World War II veteran serving in the Army Air Force, Communication Division. Following his time in the service, he attended and graduated from the University Of Missouri College of Agriculture where he was active on campus and a member of the Alpha Gamma Sigma Fraternity and president of the chapter.
  He taught school for one semester in Maryville, and then went to work for a division of the Anchor Serum Company in Indianapolis, Indiana, later returning to St. Joseph, where he was named president of the company.
  In 1970 he founded Durvet, Inc. with the national headquarters currently located in Blue Springs.
  In 1975 he moved to New Holland, Pennsylvania and purchased the New Holland Supply Company, which he passed on to his son when he retired in 1994.
  He had an active business life. He owned, managed and was a director or consultant with 19 corporations and partnerships.
  He was a Rotarian and past president of the New Holland, Pennsylvania Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow. He was a member, elder and past chairman of the board of the Southport Christian Church in Southport, Ind.
  He was a current member of the United Methodist Church in Harrisonville. Jim was also a 50-year member of Jewel Lodge #480 AF & AM in Pleasant Hill. He was also a member of the Scottish Rite in St. Joseph, and member of the Ararat Shriners in Kansas City and a member of the American Legion, Post #271 in Tequesta, Fla.
  Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother Charles H. Bradley and one sister Louise Johnson.
  He is survived by his wife Eloise of the home; his son and daughter-in-law Jim and Bonnie Bradley of Wapwallopen, Pa.; his granddaughter Jamie Johnson and her husband Travis of Mountain Top, Pa.; his grandson Jason L. Bradley of Freeland, Pa; three great-grandchildren Brendan, Eden and Corbin; one brother Jack Bradley of Harrisonville, one sister Peggy Clum of Harrisonville; other relatives and many friends.
  Cremation has been accorded. Memorial services were January 17, 2009 at the United Methodist Church in Harrisonville. Rev. George Moore officiated. Inurnment in the Orient Cemetery will be at a later date.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to the Kansas City Hospice House, United Methodist Church of Harrisonville or the American Cancer Society and may be sent in care of the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent to the family at Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home
  Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080.


Douglas R. Kleyh

Douglas Raymond Kleyh, 55, of Sugar Creek, passed away January 10, 2009 at his home.
  He was born February 5, 1953 in Kansas City, the son of Charles M. and Marilynn W. (Cross) Kleyh.
  Doug was a residential plumber in the Kansas City area working for Evans Plumbing and later K & M Plumbing. He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.
  He was preceded in death by his parents.
  He is survived by three brothers and their wives Dennis and Rebecca Kleyh and Donald and Kathy Kleyh, all of Pleasant Hill and Dwayne and Crystal Kleyh of Grain Valley; two sisters and their husbands Beverley and Everett Owings and Rebecca and Jim Torres, both of Blue Springs; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.
  Funeral services were held January 16, 2009, at the Stanley- Dickey Funeral Home. Rev. D. Kent Deubner of the Pleasant Hill First Christian Church officiated.
  Interment in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery with graveside military services conducted by the Pleasant Hill Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3118 Honor Guard.
  Casket bearers were Benjamin Kleyh, Brian Kleyh, Dennis Kleyh, Jr., Jacob Kleyh, Jason Kleyh, Zachary Kleyh, Clifford Owings, Matthew Owings, Nathan Owings, Brandon Torres, Joshua Torres and Kyle Torres.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to Wayside Waifs and may be sent in care of the funeral home.


Leona Florence Riddle

Leona Florence Riddle, 81, of Grandview, formerly of Pleasant Hill, died January 13, 2009 at St. Joseph Medical Center in Independence.
  She was born September 5, 1927 to Charlie and Lela Whitwell Goodall in Independence.
  Leona spent the early years of her life in the Wingate community near Pleasant Hill. She married Perry Riddle January 5, 1951 in North Kansas City. He preceded her in death on March 1, 2006.
  Mrs. Riddle was a member of te Belvidere Heights Baptist Church in Grandview. Besides her husband Perry Riddle, she was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie and Lela Goodall and one sister, Lorene Zulke.
  She is survived by two daughters, Sharon Matthes and her husband Allen, Sheila Longhead and her husband George, all of Pleasant Hill; one brother, Charles Goodall of Raytown; one grandson, Jim Matthes of Jefferson City; one granddaughter, Renea Kanies of Lee’s Summit; five great grandchildren and one great great grandchild, many other relatives and friends.
  Funeral services were January 16, 2009 at Wallace Funeral Home. Rev. Tim Casteel officiated. Burial in Oak Grove Cemetery.
  Casket bearers were Bob Kanies, Travis Kanies, Nathan VanMeter, Jim Matthes, Alex Matthes and Jacob Matthes.


Paula J. Beason
Paula J. Beason, 44, of Marshfield, Mo., formerly of Pleasant Hill, passed away January 6, 2009 at her home. Paula was born February 20, 1964 in Harrisonville, Mo., to Paul and Betty Beason of Pleasant Hill.
  She attended Pleasant Hill High School where she was active in the Future Teachers of America and held local and state offices. During her junior year, she moved with her family to Hopkins, Mo., and she graduated from North Nodaway High School.
  She was employed as a medical transcriptionist at Baptist Medical Center in Kansas City and later worked from home as a support transcriptionist until her health forced her to give it up.
  During her youth, Paula was active with the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church Youth group and especially enjoyed the work camps when they went to other communities and assisted the needy. As an adult she continued her giving spirit of always wanting to bake for fundraisers. She shared a love for gardening with Christopher and took pride in canning the produce and sharing with her family and friends.
  Paula was preceded in death by her grandparents, Howard and Roberta Beason and Eva Wagner
  She is survived by her parents of Pleasant Hill; her fiancée, Christopher Haymes of Marshfield; her children, Richard Partridge of Marshfield; Alisha Partridge of Pleasant Hill; Eryn and Samantha Yonts of the home, brothers, Randall and Marcia Beason of Hopkins; Jeffrey and Karen Beason of Pleasant Hill, nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles, many friends and other relatives.
  Cremation has been accorded. Memorial services will be January 8 at the Fraker Funeral Home, 1131 State Hwy A, Marshfield at 7 p.m. with visitation from 6-7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Paula J. Beason Family Fund, which may be sent to the funeral home, PO Box 85, Marshfield, MO 65706.
  A Celebration of Paula’s Life will be shared on January 9 at the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, 1300 Lexington Street at 7 p.m. Visitation with family from 6-7 p.m. Contributions to the family fund may be sent to the Pleasant Hill Bank, PO Box 430, Pleasant Hill, MO 64080.

Edna Lucille Springer Enzor

Edna Lucille Springer Enzor, of Mound City, Kansas, formerly of Pleasant Hill, departed this life Tuesday, January 6, 2009 her home at the age of 106.
  She was born January 11, 1902 in Chillicothe, Illinois, the daughter of James W. and Katie E. (Sarver) Kavanaugh.
  On April 12, 1922, she married Roy F. Springer in Carthage. He preceded her in death on July 21, 1955. In 1960 she married Roscoe G. Enzor. He preceded her in death in 1990.
  Edna was a homemaker. Later she worked for the Colonial Poultry farms and for the Lake City Arsenal. She was a member of the Church of Christ in Topeka and was a former member of the Eastern Star and Rebekah Lodge in Topeka.
  She was also preceded in death by four sons, Roy G. Springer, Amos G. Springer, Robert Lee Springer and Loren C. Springer; two brothers, Elmer L. Kavanaugh and Charles L Kavanaugh; and her sister Mabel M. Kavanaugh.
  She is survived by her children Gail F. (and Ruth) Springer of Gunn City, Thelma (and Paul) Scott of Springfield, Eileen (and Jim) Gordon of Chillicothe, Wayne E. (and Geneva) Springer of Harrisonville, June Shepherd (and Raymond) of Mound City, Kans., and Dolores (and Bruce) Duck of Altamont; 34 grandchildren; 80 great grandchildren, 51 great-great grandchildren; and 10 great-greatgreat grandchildren; other relatives and friends.
  Funeral services were January 11, 2009 at the Stanley- Dickey Funeral Home. Kelly McCoy minister of the Pleasant Hill Church of Christ officiated.
  Burial was in the Staley Mound Cemetery. Casket bearers were Brian Gordon, Rick Peek, Kenny Lee Springer, Kevin Springer, Ronnie Springer and Rusty Springer. Honorary casket bearers were Nancy Lee, Carolyn Nelson, Larry Scott and Bethany Truitt Memorial contributions are suggested to Southern Care Hospice and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
  Online condolences may be sent to the family and the video tribute may be viewed at Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home


Elbert “Ed” Mulkey

Elbert “Ed” Mulkey, 79, of Raymore, formerly of Strasburg and Harrisonville, departed this life January 9, 2009 at the St. Joseph Medical Center, in Kansas City.
  He was born March 10, 1929 in Harper, Missouri, the son of George and Alma D. (Feaster) Mulkey.
  On August 1, 1952, he married Saundra L. Moore in Harrison, Arkansas. To this union their wonderful and talented son Mark was born; he preceded them in death on June 23, 1964 at the age of 14.
  Ed spent the early years of his life in Harper before moving to Pleasant Hill in 1946, where he graduated from the Pleasant Hill High School in 1947.
  He served overseas in the United States Army First Division also known as the “Bloody One” from 1947 to 1950. Following his time in the service he returned to Pleasant Hill and worked as a bus driver for the school district.
  After he and Sandy were married he, along with Sandy’s parents, operated the 600 acre “Mulkey-Moore” Farm in Strasburg where he farmed and raised cattle for over 30 years, retiring in 1981.
  Following his retirement they moved to Harrisonville where he helped Sandy and his mother-in-law, Marian, in their Bridal and Gift Shop before returning to work for the Lake City Arsenal. In 1991 he went to work for Teals Lawn & Garden in Harrisonville where he co-owned a large spade truck with Teals and started driving and setting trees. This is where he became known as “Ol’ Man Ed.” He enjoyed this work and made many friends.
  He enjoyed golfing, bowling and riding motorcycles, and he took many road trips throughout the United States. He loved his dogs, especially “Nikita” a white miniature American Eskimo; she was always by his side.
  After he was diagnosed with kidney failure, he spent many years on dialysis. He made the best of it though, befriending everyone at both the Renal Care Group in Harrisonville and DCI in Belton; they all became his extended family.
  He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars post #3118 in Pleasant Hill and the Strasburg Union Church. Ed was a good man, wonderful husband, and a loyal friend to all who knew him.
  He was also preceded in death by his parents; his brother Ray Mulkey, and two sisters Erma L. Wood and Barbara Maier.
  He is survived by his wife Sandy of the home; two nephews Don (and Nancy) Wood of Richmond, Missouri and Herbert (and Willa) Wood of Kansas City, Kansas; one great-nephew Drew (and Nicole) Wood of Los Angeles, California; other relatives and friends.
  Cremation has been accorded. A memorial service was held January 13, 2009 at the Funeral Home. Pastor David Hackett officiated. Inurnment will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery at a later date. Online condolences may be sent to the family and the video tribute may be viewed at Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home
  Arrangements by Stanley- Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill.


Linda S. McCale

Linda S. McCale, 58, of Lone Jack, died December 28, 2008 at her home. She was born September 12, 1950 in Lone Jack to Earl Alley and Mary Margaret Shawhan Alley.
  She married Ronald McCale December 30, 1971 in Belton. Linda graduated from Lone Jack High School in 1968. She worked at the Chuck Wagon in Lone Jack for 21 years.
  She was preceded in death by her parents, one daughter, Daphne McCale; two brothers, Jerald Alley and Robert Foley.
  She is survived by Ronald McCale of the home; one daughter, Michelle Jones of Pleasant Hill; stepson, Randall McCale of Pleasant Hill; step daughter, Rhonda Duncan of Independence; one brother, George Mathis of Odessa; sister, Nancy Alley of Lone Jack; nine grandchildren; one great grandchild and other relatives.
  Funeral services were January 3, 2009 at Wallace Funeral Home of Pleasant Hill. Rev. Tim Casteel officiated. Burial in Lone Jack Cemetery.
  Casket bearers were John Jones, Randall McCale, Timothy McCale, Keifer Foley, Dean McCall and Mark Blair.


Angella Dawn (Sanders) Osborne

Angella Dawn (Sanders) Osborne, 29, of Pleasant Hill, departed this earth to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus on Friday, January 9, 2009 at the Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida.
  She was born August 20, 1979 in Fairbanks, Alaska, the daughter of Preston D. and Brenda L. (Ross) Sanders.
  Angella grew up in Wichita Falls, Texas, moving to Pleasant Hill in 1995 where she graduated High School in 1997.
  She attended Vatterott College in Kansas City, graduating with a degree in drafting. After graduation, she worked as a drafter in New Hampshire for two years; she then took a drafting job at Castle Metals in Kansas City until December, 2007.
  In April, 2008 she graduated from the Focus on the Family Institute in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Her internship program was working with troubled teenagers, which was her lifelong dream. Her ambition and goal was to establish and operate a Christian youth camp for teenagers.
  She was a very active member of Strasburg Baptist Church where she helped with Youth Mission Camps, Youth Disciple Now weekends and other activities and trips.
  She recently went to Cudjoe Key, Florida to spend a few months with her sister and brother-in-law.
  Angella was her father’s number one supporter and inspiration as a pastor. She was a wonderful daughter and a blessing and inspiration to all that knew her.
  She was preceded in death by her paternal grandmother Wanda (Leslie) Seahorn and her maternal grandfather Clyde Ross.
  She is survived by her parents Preston and Brenda of Pleasant Hill; her sister Danielle and brother-in-law Derek Friedrich of Cudjoe, Key, Florida; her paternal grandparents Jay and Kay Sanders of Pleasant Hill; her maternal grandmother Geneva Ross and step-grandmother, Barb Ross of Pleasant Hill; many aunts, uncles, cousins; and many, many friends across the country.
  Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m. Saturday, January 17, 2009, at the Strasburg Baptist Church. Reverend Preston Sanders will officiate. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
  Casket bearers are Ben Barbarick, Nick Beck, James Harding, Bobby Scott, Jacob Tuck and Larry Weir. Honorary casket bearers Junior Ruckdashell, Cody Todd and Corey Todd.
  Visitation will be held 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, January 16, 2009 at the church.
  In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are suggested to the Strasburg Baptist church building fund and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
  Online condolences may be sent and a video tribute may be viewed at Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home


Dillon Raymond Nevin Bahorski

Dillon Raymond Nevin Bahorski, age 3, of Pleasant Hill, departed this life December 28, 2008 at Children's Mercy Hospital, in Kansas City. He was born February 1, 2005 in Lee's Summit, the son of Raymond J. Bahorski and Casey A. Pence.
   Dillon was an enthusiastic child who loved to play, sing and draw. He had a sparkle in his eye with a mischievous smile. He never met a stranger and was a joy to all that knew him.
  He is survived by his mother Casey of Pleasant Hill; his father Raymond of Lee’s Summit; his brother Jordan Bahorski of the home; maternal grandmother Leigh Ann Kerchner of Pleasant Hill; paternal grandmother Kay Lynn Bahorski of Lee’s Summit; maternal greatgrandmother Georgeen R. Jamison of Independence; other relatives and friends.
  Funeral services were held January 5, 2008, at the First Christian Church in Pleasant Hill. Rev. Laura Hilton of the First United Methodist Church of Pleasant Hill officiated and Rev. D. Kent Deubner of the First Christian Church assisted. Rev. Jeremy Blevins of Raymore played the viola.
  Burial was at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Casket bearers were Justin Kerchner, Royce Kerchner, Arron McClain, Curtis Mc- Clain, Jessie McClain and Matthew McClain.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to the Dillon Bahorski Memorial Fund established by the Pleasant Hill Lay Clergy Council at the Pleasant Hill Bank (816) 540-5104 or may be sent in care of the funeral home.
  Online condolences may be sent to the family and the video tribute may be viewed at Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home
  Arrangements by Stanley- Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill.


Mary L. James

Mary L. James, Harrisonville, died on Friday, January 2, 2009. James, 59, had been battling pancreatic cancer for several months.
  She was a former president of the University of Missouri Board of Curators.
  She was the wife of William E. James, who is the publisher of the Daily Star-Journal in Warrensburg and was formerly the publisher of the Cass Country Democrat-Missourian in Harrisonville. James served as president of the Missouri Press Association in 1998.
  Her parents, J.W. Brown Jr., and Wanda Brown, were formerly co-publishers of the Cass County Democrat-Missourian in Harrisonville.
  A 1971 graduate of the University of Missouri, James taught school for several years in Texas and Harrisonville and served 26 years as the human resources manager for Cass County Publishing Company.
  James served on the Board of Curators of the 4-campus University of Missouri system from 1999-2005.
  She was appointed after writing to then-Governor Mel Carnahan expressing pride that most of the top 10 students in her older son's high school graduating class were attending the university, and asking if she could do anything for education in the state.
  In October 2008, Mary and Bill James created the Mary L. James Scholarship Endowment in the university's College of Education. The scholarship will be awarded for the first time in August.
  The couple also supported the Community Newspaper Management Fund and the William E. James Scholarship in the Missouri School of Journalism.
  She was preceded in death by her father, J.W. Brown. Jr., and is survived by her husband, William E. James, Harrisonville, two sons, Alex James, Overland Park, Kans.; and Doug James, Memphis, Tenn.; one granddaughter, Molly James, Overland Park, Kans.; her mother, Wanda Brown, Harrisonville; and a sister, Jean Snider, Harrisonville.
  Funeral services were held 11:30 a.m. Monday at the United Methodist Church in Harrisonville.


Hazel Smith Miller

Hazel Smith Miller, 92, of Pleasant Hill, died January 1, 2009. She was born August 4, 1916 in Kansas City to Henry and Susie Hatton Smith.
  Hazel married Joe N. Miller May 28, 1940, in Warrensburg. He preceded her in death on December 27, 1972.
  Hazel earned a Bachelor of Science in education from Central Missouri State College and taught a total of 31 years.
  She was a member of the First Christian Church of Pleasant Hill and a member of Pleasant Hill Community Teachers Association. She also served on the Pleasant Hill Cemetery Board for many years.
  Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Smith, four sisters and one brother.
  She is survived by her son, Jan H. Miller and his wife Linda, one grandson Joe Miller and his wife Amy, all of Pleasant Hill, one granddaughter, Kelly Bigler and her husband Mark and one great grandson, Preston Bigler, all of Kansas City.
  Graveside services were January 6, 2009 at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery with Rev. Kent Deubner officiating. Arrangements under the direction of the Wallace Funeral Home.


Mary Lee Goble

Mary Lee Goble, 78, of Holden, formerly of Lee’s Summit, departed this life December 27, 2008 at the Holden Manor Care Center.
  She was born May 5, 1930 in St. Louis, the daughter of Joseph E. and Esther M. (Boling) Weigel.
  On December 3, 1946, Mary was united in marriage to John E. Goble in Kansas City.
  Mary was an Administrative Secretary for the Lee’s Summit United Methodist Church. She had also been a secretary for the Lee’s Summit High School.
  She was a member of the Aldersgate United Methodist Church and Professional Organization of Methodist Secretaries. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister Jo Ellen Weigel.
  She is survived by her husband John of Lee’s Summit; one son Richard L. Goble (and Juanita) of Cedar Creek, Texas; three daughters Christine Morley (and Miles) of Shawnee, Kansas, Alice L. Yates (and Steve) of Kingfield, Maine, and Ruth Wilson of Holden; eight grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; other relatives and friends.
  Funeral services were January 3, 2009, at the Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Lee’s Summit. Rev. Bob Daniel officiated. Interment in the Wesley Chapel Cemetery near Kingsville.
  Casket bearers were James Goble, Kyle Goble, Ted Goble, Chad Morley, Miles Morley and Josh Wilson.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to the Aldersgate United Methodist Church and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
  Arrangements by Stanley- Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill.


Linda S. McCale

Linda S. McCale, 58, of Lone Jack, died December 28, 2008 at her home. She was born September 12, 1950 in Lone Jack to Earl Alley and Mary Margaret Shawhan Alley.
  She married Ronald McCale December 30, 1971 in Belton. Linda graduated from Lone Jack High School in 1968. She worked at the Chuck Wagon in Lone Jack for 21 years.
  She was preceded in death by her parents, one daughter, Daphne McCale; two brothers, Jerald Alley and Robert Foley.
  She is survived by Ronald McCale of the home; one daughter, Michelle Jones of Pleasant Hill; stepson, Randall McCale of Pleasant Hill; step daughter, Rhonda Duncan of Independence; one brother, George Mathis of Odessa; sister, Nancy Alley of Lone Jack; nine grandchildren; one great grandchild and other relatives.
  Funeral services were January 3, 2009 at Wallace Funeral Home of Pleasant Hill. Rev. Tim Casteel officiated. Burial in Lone Jack Cemetery.
  Casket bearers were John Jones, Randall McCale, Timothy McCale, Keifer Foley, Dean McCall and Mark Blair.


Ethel May Steele

Ethel May Steele, 94 of Harrisonville, formerly of Pleasant Hill, departed this life December 31, 2008 at the Camden Health Center, in Harrisonville.
  She was born February 23, 1914 in Pleasant Hill, the daughter of Charley and Norma (Jennings) Clark.
  On August 3, 1929 Ethel was united in marriage to Elmer L. Bunnell in Harrisonville. He preceded her in death on February 10, 1964. Later she married Martin Steele; he also preceded her in death.
  Ethel was a homemaker and worked in the grade school lunchroom for many years.
  She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Donald and Sharon Bunnell of Pleasant Hill; five grandchildren Michael Flippin of Grandview, Scott Lucas of Harrisonville, Cheri Heldstab and Curtis of Buda, Texas, Kenneth Flippin of Kansas City North, and Wendy Bunnell of Raytown; four great grandchildren; other relatives and friends.
  Funeral services were January 6, 2009 at the funeral home. Rev. Carl Knapp officiated. Burial in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Casket bearers were Jim Brown, Kenneth Flippin, Michael Flippin and Sammy Shewmaker.
  Online condolences may be sent and the video tribute may be viewed at Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home
  Arrangements by Stanley- Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill.


Jimmy Laverne “Jim” Duncan

Jimmy Laverne “Jim” Duncan, 72, of Harrisonville, , was born in November, 1936 in Putnam County, Missouri, near Lucerne, the son of Paul Laverne and Mary Laverne (Burress) Duncan. He departed this life to be with his Lord and Savior whom he served so faithfully on December 26, 2008 at the Lee's Summit Medical Center. He had been in declining health for the last three years.
  Jim’s mother died when he was only three weeks old, and he was raised by two loving grandparents Sam and Lena Duncan in Lucerne. He also spent time in the home of his maternal grandparents John and Lizzie Burress in Powersville, Missouri.
  As a young child in his first year of school he contracted polio, but overcame the disease and graduated from Unionville High School in 1954.
  In 1956 he and his grandmother Lena moved to the Pleasant Hill area and started farming. There he met a neighbor girl and fell in love and on September 21, 1957, he was united in marriage to Daisy Ethelyn Cook in Pleasant Hill.
  He worked for the Gas Service Company in Lee’s Summit for over 30 years, retiring in 1991. He also farmed full time.
  He was an active member of the Antioch Southern Baptist Church in Harrisonville. He and Daisy still taught the kindergarten class, and he was the Prayer Chain Coordinator up to the time of his death. He had also served on Strasburg School Board.
  He enjoyed farming, gardening and restoring old tractors, but especially loved spending time with his grandchildren.
  He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Daisy of the home; two sons Brent Duncan (and Marti) of Pleasant Hill and P.D. Duncan (and Linda) of Kingsville; his daughter Deborah Hull (and Brett) of Pleasant Hill; four grandchildren Dustin Duncan, Pleasant Hill, Michelle Duncan of Pleasant Hill, Beth Pate (and Michael) of Pleasant Hill and Sarah Duncan of Kingsville; five great grandchildren Josey Pate, Dalyn Duncan, Riley Duncan, Luke Duncan and Hailee Brooke Lloyd; other relatives and friends.
  Funeral services will be held 11a.m., Wednesday, December 31, 2008, at the funeral home. Rev. Ernie Cecil of the Antioch Southern Baptist Church in Harrisonville will officiate. Interment will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Casket bearers are Brent Duncan, Dustin Duncan, P.D. Duncan, Brett Hull, David Lloyd and Michael Pate. The grandchildren and great grandchildren will all serve as honorary casket bearers.
  Visitation will be held 6-to 8p.m. Tuesday, December 30, 2008 at the funeral home. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Antioch Baptist Church Children’s Division or the Missouri Baptist Children’s Home.


J. H. “H” McDonnell

James Hamilton “H” McDonnell, 84 of Drexel, passed away on Monday, Dec. 22, 2008, at the Specialty Hospital of Mid- America in Overland Park, Kan., after a battling a long illness.
  He was born on July 24, 1924, the son of James and Mary Van Sandt McDonnell, near Archie.
  On July 31, 1954, “H” married Wynona Copeland-Peirce.
  He was a farmer and a stockman until his retirement in August, 2008, for health reasons.
  A 1943 graduate of Archie High School, “H” enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he became a paratrooper and medic in World War II, flying into battle zones in Germany in gliders.
  “H” was and Marie is the oldest attending members of Everett Community Church near Archie, where they have been active.
  ”H” was involved with the children of the Archie 4-H Club, as well as being a member of the Masonic Lodge #633 A.F. and A.M., the VFW and American Legion in Drexel.
  He was preceded in death by his parents; a granddaughter, Mindy McDonnell of the home; his first wife, Loleta Tucker Mc- Donnell; and two sisters, Cecil Spencer and Georgia Bosley.
  Survivors include his wife Marie, of the home; Lloyd Mc- Donnell, brother, and wife Rose Marie of Archie; Larry Peirce, son, and wife Wendy, of Pleasant Hill; Jim McDonnell, son, and wife Nancy, of LaCygne, Kan.; James Peirce, son, of Drexel; Dale Peirce, son, and wife Barbara, of Broger, Tex.; Dean McDonnell, son, and wife Randy, of Archie; Patricia Barnard, daughter, and husband Dennis, of Raymore; Merrilee Honaker, daughter, and husband Larry, of Drexel; 18 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.
  Visitation was held on Dec. 26, 2008, at the Dickey Funeral Home in Harrisonville, with a Masonic Service under the auspices of Archie Masonic Lodge.
  Funeral services were Dec. 27, 2008, at the funeral home.Rev. Larry D. Hess officiated. Mr. McDonnell was buried with full military honors as a World War II veteran prior to interment in the Reid Cemetery near Harrisonville.
  Casket bearers were Patrick Ball, Jeff Barnard, Matthew Barnard, Travis Barnard, Joe McDonnell, Jon Peirce and Rusty Peirce. Arrangements by the Dickey Funeral Home of Harrisonville.


Carl Bernhardt Grahl

Carl Bernhardt Grahl, 82, of Pleasant Hill, formerly of Lake Lotawana, died December 26, 2008 at his home in Pleasant Hill. He was born May 19, 1926 in Council Bluffs, Iowa, the son of Carl B. and Grace (Phillips) Grahl.
  He married Dolores Sue Summers in Pierre, South Dakota, on March 26, 1949,
  Carl was an office manager for the United States Department of Agriculture, starting in the Maryville office in 1963, later transferring to the Data Processing Center in Kansas City. He retired in 1985. He also owned and operated a farm in Northwest Missouri. He was a WWII Naval Air Corps veteran.
  Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother Donald.
  He is survived by his wife Dolores of the home; three sons, David Grahl of Columbus, Ohio; Keith Grahl and Kirt Grahl (and Lori) both of Kansas City; three grandchildren Kelley Meirose (and Scott) of St. Joseph, Ashley Grahl and Nathan Grahl, both of Kansas City; two sisters Patricia Hinton (and Herb) of St. Joseph, and Marian Kearse (and Joe) of Rolla; other relatives and friends.
  Funeral services were December 30, 2008, at the funeral home. Rev. D. Kent Deubner of the Pleasant Hill First Christian Church officiated. Interment in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
  Casket bearers were David Grahl, Keith Grahl, Kirt Grahl, Nathan Grahl and Mike Blanton. Graveside military services were conducted by the VFW Post #3118 honor guard.
  Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill.


Karen Renee Boston
Karen Renee Boston, 50, of Pleasant Hill, departed this life December 14, 2008 at her home in Pleasant Hill.
  She was born June 11, 1958 in Council Bluffs, Iowa, the daughter of Krist J. and the Beulah B. (Frederick) Preucil.
  On June 1, 1982, Karen married Sammie R. Boston in McAllan, Texas. He preceded her death on August 31, 2002. She was also preceded in death by her mother.
  Karen was a Postal Clerk for Unity Village.
  She is survived by her two sons, Cody Boston of Springfield, Missouri, and Dakota Boston, of the home; her daughter Chelsie Boston of the home; other relatives and many friends.
  Cremation has been accorded. A memorial service was held December 20, 2008, at Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill. Rev. D. Kent Deubner of the Pleasant Hill First Christian Church officiated.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to the family and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
  Online condolences may be sent and the video tribute may be viewed at Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home

Phyllis Raybourn

Phyllis Raybourn, 78, Excelsior Springs, MO passed away December 19, 2008 at the Excelsior Springs Nursing and Rehab Center.
  She was born January 13, 1930 in Pleasant Hill to Jesse Franklin and Minnie Braden Brown.
  She was married to Maynard Raybourn. She was a loving housewife, mother and grandmother. She worked for the Kansas City Royals from 1983 to 1998.
  She was preceded in death by her husband of 26 years, Maynard in 1982 and both her parents, Jesse Brown in 1994 and Minnie Brown in 2006.
  Phyllis is survived by her five children, Wayne and Tina of Deepwater; Brian and Melissa of Wood Heights, Mo.; Sheryl of Excelsior Springs; Donnie and Savina; Ronnie and Cristina, all of Kansas City; nine grandchildren; two great grandchildren and a host of family and friends.
  Funeral services were hheld on December 22 at the Excelsior Springs Baptist Church. Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
  Arrangements weere under the direction of the Bross & Spidle Funeral Home.