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Mary Margaret Ingels

Mary Margaret Ingels, 90, formerly of Pleasant Hill, passed from this life December 20, 2010 at the Foxwood Springs Living Center in Raymore.
  Ms. Ingels was born April 25, (a twin) in 1920 to Boone and Dorothy (Buckner) Ingels Sr. She was a lifelong resident of Cass County, and graduated from Pleasant Hill High School with the class of 1938.
  In 1940, she graduated with an Associate’s degree from Cottey Junior College in Nevada and in 1943 from the St. Luke's School of Medical Technology. She continued her education with a degree from the University of Missouri at Kansas City in 1961, and she obtained her National Registry as a Specialist in Hematology in 1975.
  She taught at the Happy Hill Country School while waiting to get into hospital training. She worked at Mercy Hospital in Kansas City for one year, and at the Cass Medical Center for one year. She then obtained a job at St. Luke's Hospital working as a Medical Technologist and a Specialist in Hematology, supervising the Hematology Laboratory of the Pathology Department of St. Luke's Hospital, Kansas City. She worked at St. Luke's for over 30 years before retiring in 1985.
  Ms. Ingels was a member of Chapter DS, P.E.O. Sisterhood, for over 70-years, serving as president, secretary and chaplain. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Pleasant Hill. She taught Sunday school, volunteered as secretary, served as Circle moderator, a Moderator of Presbyterian Women, an Elder and the Clerk of Session for 25 years. In addition, Ms. Ingels was a past president of the Pleasant Hill Historical Society, serving as secretary; she also served the Cass County Historical Society as secretary.
  She is survived by one sister, Dorothy Jane Daniel of Cambridge, Mass.; two great nephews, Kermit Daniel of Chicago, IL and Grant Daniel of Louisiana; one nephew, Richard Boone Ingels of Pleasant Hill; one great nephew, Justin Boone Ingels and one great niece Danielle Gail Ingels, both of Athens, GA; one niece, Mary Katherine Jenkins of St. Charles, Illinois; one great niece Erin Christine Jenkins of Mauldin, S.C.; and a sister-in-law, Nadine T. Ingels of Pleasant Hill.
  She was preceded in death by her parents, Boone Ingels Sr. and Dorothy Armstrong Buckner; a twin Rose Mary who lived for only a few hours; and a brother Boone Ingels Jr.
  Funeral services were held December 23, 2010 at the Wallace Funeral Home with Rev. Madeline Mercer officiating.
  Organist was Mary Pat Meyers and vocalist was Rev. Richard Jenkins.
  Casket bearers were Richard Jenkins, Richard Ingels, Frank Dinges, H. Kenneth Meyers, Robert Kennedy and Robert Kimbrell. Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be given to the First Presbyterian Church of Pleasant Hill.
  Arrangements by Wallace Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.


Gary W. Peterie

Gary W. Peterie, 53, of Chillicothe, passed away at Hedrick Medical Center December 24, 2010. He was born on March 3, 1957, in Kansas City, the son of Allen and Joan (McDonald) Peterie.
  He was a 1975 graduate of Wheeling High School.• Gary worked as marketing and ads sales representative for Hillyard Chemical Company for many years. He was also a member of the United States Army from 1975 to 1979. Gary was a member of the Chillicothe Elks 656 and was a former member of the Sweet Springs Lions Club.
  Survivors include his mother Joan of Trenton; four daughters Kelly Kissick of Chillicothe; Kasey and husband Tom Doolittle of Trenton; Kandi Peterie of Chillicothe, and Kati and fiance, Ryan Bush of Pleasant Hill; three brothers, Ricky and wife, Dionis Peterie; Johnny Peterie and Alvin Peterie, all of Trenton; three sisters, Debbie and husband John Sanning of Trenton; Connie and husband Jim Harvey of Chula, Missouri; and Mary and husband Scott Ireland of Meadville, Missouri. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, Gaige and Faith Berryman of Columbia; Tylor, Tierney and Seth Doolittle of Trenton; Kale and Skylar Bush of Pleasant Hill and Gavin Cooper of Chillicothe; several nieces and nephews and several great nieces and nephews.
  He was preceded in death by his father Allen, his paternal grandparents, Ted and Eula Peterie and maternal grandparents, Joe and Mary Mc- Donald.
  Funeral services will be held at the Lindley Funeral Home, Chillicothe on Thursday, December 30, 2010 at 10 a.m. There will be a scheduled Elks service on Wednesday, December 29 at 5:30 p.m. with the scheduled family visitation to follow from 6-8 p.m. at the Lindley Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Richardson Cemetery, Laredo, Missouri.
  Memorial contributions may be made to the Gary W. Peterie Grandchildren Education Fund and may be mailed to the Lindley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 47, Chillicothe, Missouri 64601. Online condolences may be left at www.lindleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements by Lindley Funeral Home, Chillicothe.


Willis R. Rohr

Willis R. Rohr, 83, formerly of Pleasant Hill, departed this life, December 19, 2010 surrounded by his family at the Missouri Veterans Home, Warrensburg.
  He was born January 23, 1927 in LeRoy, Kansas, the son of Jesse Ray and Iva (Wright) Rohr.
  Willis was a Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean War. After serving his country, be began working at Safeway Frozen Foods. He then managed various businesses including the American Legion Building at Paseo and Linwood Blvd., the Gold Buffet in NKC, and the downtown Travel Lodge restaurant.
  Willis owned and operated Pleasant Hill Floor Covering from 1973 until 1982. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, the outdoors, traveling and visiting with people. He will be remembered for his practical jokes and his entrepreneur skills at the Missouri Veterans Home.• Besides his parents, Willis was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Rohr.
  He is survived by his wife, Margie Rohr, Sedalia; a son, Michael Rohr and wife, Sue, Kansas City; three daughters, Nancy Bodenhamer, and husband Randy, Burlington, Kansas; Judy Wartick and husband Dan and Kathy Houston and husband Graham, all of Kansas City; three step-sons, Dr. Dean Reeves and wife, Janice, Shawnee Mission, Kansas; Mark De- Peralta and wife, Katie, Sugar Creek; Stephen DePeralta and wife, Traci, Pleasant Hill; a step-daughter, Tamara Baker and husband, Dr. Jeffrey, Salem, Oregon; 10 grandchildren; 13 step-grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; 11 step-grandchildren; a brother, Donald Rohr and wife, Adele, Independence; a sister, Shirley Ross, Yukon, Oklahoma; other relatives and many friends.
  A Celebration of Life and military service were held December 28 at the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville.
  Memorial contributions may be made to the Missouri Veterans Home, Warrensburg. To view the video tribute or send the family online condolences, please visit www.dickeyfh.com
  Arrangements were under the direction of the Dickey Funeral Home in Harrisonville.


Metta Blanche (Justus) Adams Miller

Metta Blanche (Justus) Adams Miller, 87, departed this life December 12, 2010 at John Knox Village Care Center in Lee’s Summit.
  She was born July 25, 1923 in Kansas City, the daughter of Earl and Blanche May (Arnold) Justus.
  Metta grew up in Kansas City and graduated from East High School.
  On December 7, 1941, Metta was united in marriage with Robert Adams in Kansas City.
  They made their home in the Raytown area.• Robert passed away on January 5, 1991.
  During the time the boys were growing up, Metta was a school bus driver, first in Raytown and then, when the family moved to the Lone Jack area, she became a school bus driver for the Lone Jack Schools.
  Between working and raising her family, Metta had taken college classes and obtained her Bachelor of Education degree and Master’s of Education degree.
  She taught 4th grade for many years at Greenwood Elementary School, retiring in 1983.
  She married Merle Miller in 1994 at the Lone Jack Baptist Church.
  George also preceded Metta in death.
  In addition to both her husbands, Metta was preceded in death by her parents; Earl and Blanche Justus; one brother, Charles Fetters and one sister, Cecelia Beck.
  She is survived by three sons, Robert Dean Adams and Charles A. Adams, both of Pleasant Hill, and Rodney E. Adams of Lone Jack: one brother, Alexander Fetters of Independence; nine grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, other relatives and many, many friends.
  Funeral services for Metta B. Adams Miller were held December 18, 2010 at the Lone Jack Baptist Church with Pastor Mike Fetters and Pastor Jerry Tharp, officiating.
  Burial was in the Lone Jack Cemetery.
  Casket Bearers were Robert Adams, Jr., Cary Adams, Tucker Adams, Logan Adams, Charles Adams, Rodney Adams and Robert Adams, Sr.
  Arrangements by the
Wallace Funeral Home.


Rodger Gillihan

 Rodger G. Gillihan, 62, of Lone Jack, departed this life December 4, 2010 at his home surrounded by his family.
  He was born December 30, 1947 in Batesville, Arkansas, the son of Rodger D. and Norma L. (McCurley) Gillihan.
  On June 6, 1969, Rodger was united in marriage to Cathey Marie Kitley in Lake Lotawana. She preceded him in death in January, 2000.
  Rodger was employed as a Data Base Manager for AT&T and IBM. He was an active member of the Strasburg Baptist Church.
  In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his father.
  He is survived by three sons, Brance Gillihan (and Lauren) of Lone Jack; Darrell (and Shannon) Gillihan of Pleasant Hill and Kit (and Jessica) Gillihan of Holden; three grandchildren, Katie Gillihan, Haddie Gillihan and Klayton Gillihan; his mother, Norma Gillihan of Lee’s Summit; one brother Wayne Gillihan of Lee’s Summit; other relatives and friends.
  Funeral services were held December 9, 2010, at the Strasburg Baptist Church with Pastor Preston Sanders, minister of the church, officiating.
  Music rendered by Mr. Ben Bricker and Mr. Brance Gillihan. Interment in the Lone Jack Cemetery.
  Casket bearers were Brance Gillihan, Darrell Gillihan, Kristopher Gillihan, Wayne Gillihan, Charles Kitley II and Charles Kitley III.
  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Great Commission Ministries and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
  Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.


Maxine Louise (Whiting) Foote

 Maxine Louise (Whiting) Foote, 96, of rural Pleasant Hill, died December 2, 2010 at Kingswood Health Center, Kansas City. She was born September 11, 1914 in Folsom, Iowa, the daughter of Benjamin Franklin and Vadna Louise (Peek) Whiting.
  Benjamin’s occupation as a telegrapher for the railroad necessitated frequent moves for the family and contributed to Maxine’s lifelong love of travel. She visited all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, Scotland and England.
  Maxine became a teacher after high school and taught in a one room country school. On May 2, 1936 she was united in marriage with Herbert Edward Foote and to this union five children were born.
  Maxine returned to the classroom, and after her family, teaching was her greatest joy. She completed her Master’s of Education Degree when she was 60. Maxine taught at Judy School, the last one room school in Cass County until it closed, then taught fifth grade at Hazel Grove School in Lee’s Summit until retirement.
  Maxine was a member of Eastern Star, Ivy Leaf Chapter 215 of Pleasant Hill, where she held every position of leadership at least once, serving as Worth Matron twice. She served as president of Chapter KH of the Sisterhood of P.E.O. when she was 90. Maxine was a member of Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church where she also served in various areas of church leadership.
  She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert in 1988 and her youngest son, Daniel in 1963.
  Maxine is survived by her children, Mary Louise and Dr. Dorsey J. Moore of Kansas City; Dr. Jerry Edward and Heather (Graham) Foote of Columbia; Carol Maxine and James W. Williams of Pleasant Hill, and Herbert Michael and Deborah Foote, LaQuinta, CA.; her grandchildren, Elizabeth Moore (Burke) Workman of St, Charles; David J. (Donna) Moore, San Francisco, CA; James M. (Jacqulin) Williams, Greenwood; Jeffrey M. (Jennifer) Williams, St. Louis; Kyle E. (Elizabeth) Foote, Kansas City; Dr. Bryan Foote, Columbia; Gregory Foote, Kansas City; Dr. Brittain Foote (Dr. Kevin) Kulow, Destin, FL; Amy Foote (Chris) Carroll, Orlando FL. and Ashley Foote, Columbus, OH.; two brothers, Joel and Marge Whiting, Osceola; and C. Robert and Joann Whiting, Clinton; two sisters; Marilyn Whiting Zink and Dixie Whiting Martin, both of Osceola; 16 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
  The family is grateful to the dedicated staff of Kingswood Health Center for their love and concern for Maxine, especially for the last six months in the Health Center.
  A Celebration of Life service was held Dec. 6, 2010 at the Lee’s Summit United Methodist Church.
  The family has suggested memorials can be made to Cottey College, 1000 W. Austin, Nevada, MO. 64772, which is owned and supported by the P.E.O. Sisterhood or to a charity of your choice. Arrangements by Wallace Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.


Larry Willis Bybee

 Larry Willis Bybee, 70, of Pleasant Hill, departed this life December 3, 2010 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born September 14, 1940 near Buffalo, Missouri, the son of Homer and Mamie (Willis) Bybee.     
  On July 5, 1984, he was united in marriage to Marilyn G. Yates in Raytown.
  Larry was employed as an auto painter for Broadway Ford in Kansas City and later for Gil’s Body Shop in Kansas City, retiring in 2003.
  Besides his parents, he is preceded in death by one sister.
  He is survived by his wife Marilyn of the home; one son Brian Bybee of Pleasant Hill; one daughter Julie Bond of Cleveland, Ohio; three stepchildren; Jerry Yates of Clinton, Rhonda Pruett (and Donnie) of Belton, and Michael Yates of Lee’s Summit; one granddaughter Marra Yates; other relatives and many friends.
  Graveside funeral services were held on December 7, 2010, at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.  Rev. D. Kent Deubner of the Pleasant Hill First Christian Church will officiate. 
  Memorial contributions are suggested to Grace Hospice and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
  Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.


Valentina Louise “Lou” (Lilly) Boston

 Valentina Louise “Lou” (Lilly) Boston, 48, departed this life on November 24, 2010 at Centerpoint Medical Center in Independence. Shewas born February 4, 1962 in Harrisonville, the daughter of Robert Eugene and Mildred Lou (Rockwell) Lilly.
  Lou, as she was known to most, was the 10th child in the Lilly family. She started elementary school in Pleasant Hill and when the family moved to Lee’s Summit she attended school there thru her sophomore year.
  When Lou was 18 years old, she married Paul Rudder on October 11, 1980. They lived in Kansas City.
  A few years later Paul’s employment moved them to Little Rock, Arkansas. In the mid 1980s, the Rudder family moved back to Lee’s Summit where Lou graduated from beauty school and went to work for her brother, Jim Lilly.
  Among Lou’s many talents was the love of singing with her sister Annette.
  Around 1998 she met her “partner in life,” John Withers, and they made their home in the Kansas City area for the last 12 years.• She was preceded in death by; her father, Robert Eugene Lilly on August 16, 2002.
  Lou is survived by one son, Christopher Michael Rudder of St. Louis; one daughter, Paula Michelle Rudder of Lee’s Summit; her mother; Mildred L. Lilly of Greenwood; four brothers, Curtis Lilly of Springfield; Jim Lilly of Kansas City; Keith Lilly and Sam Lilly, both of Lee’s Summit; six sisters, Linda Farnsworth and Mary Gower both of Pleasant Hill; Genia Fetters of Lee’s Summit; Dorothy Cornelius and Pam Lilly both of Greenwood; Annette Creel of Lee’s Summit and her partner in life, John Withers of Lee’s Summit.
  Services were held November 29, 2010 at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill with Elder Phil Jones officiating.
  Pallbearers were Curtis Lilly, Jim Lilly, Keith Lilly, Sam Lilly, Chris Rudder and Jacob Creel.
  Honorary bearers were Paula Rudder and JohnWithers. Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
  Arrangements were under the direction of the Wallace Funeral Home of Pleasant Hill.


Ora J. Raffurty

 Ora Joseph "June" Raffurty, 95, of Kansas City, departed this life on November 14, 2010 at the Research Medical Center in Kansas City. He was born September 11, 1915 in the Ore Community near Pleasant Hill, the fifth of six children to Ora A. and Elizabeth (Armstrong) Raffurty.
  On June 10, 1939, he was united in marriage to Glada Sue Bradley in Olathe, Kansas.
  He was a WWII Army Air Corps veteran serving in the European Theatre.
  Ora was employed as a Tool & Die Inspector for the Bendix Corporation, retiring in 1981. Prior to that he had been a machinist for American Steel Works and Remington Arms, an instructor for Pratt & Whitney and a traveling salesman for G. W. Ryan.
  He was a member of the IAMAW Union. He was also a member of the Marlborough Baptist Church.
  He never let his age slow him down and still enjoyed his independence. He still drove wherever he needed to go and maintained a large garden. It was said he was the "Tomato King" of south Kansas City.
  Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Olin Raffurty, James Raffurty and Ray Raffurty; and two sisters Ella Hon and Esta Karg.
  He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Glada of the home; a son Richard O. and spouse Linda of Kansas City; a daughter Glenda Sue McMurry and spouse Robert of Independence, and a son Donald J. and spouse Pamela Sue of Odessa; nine grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.
  Funeral services were held November 20, 2010 at the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home. Rev. Carl Knapp of the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church officiated. Graveside military services and interment in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery by the VFW Post #3118 Honor Guard.
  Casket bearers were James Engle, Mark Lang, Robert McMurry, David Raffurty, Jeffrey Raffurty, Joseph Raffurty, Richard C. Raffurty and Michael Sears.
  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.


Frances Rowland

 Frances Rowland, 88, of Pleasant Hill, departed this life November 19, 2010 at the Kansas City Hospice House.
  She was born April 23, 1922 in Paragould, Arkansas, the daughter of E. J. and Mamie (Taylor) Adams. 
  On June 22, 1942, Frances was united in marriage to Linel Floyd Rowland in Kennet, Missouri.  He preceded her in death on April 27, 2009
  Frances was a homemaker.  She was a member of Kellogg Baptist Church in Pleasant Hill where she had served as the nursery attendant for many years.
  She was also preceded in death by four brothers, Craig Craigmeyer, George Adams, Bill Adams and Buddy Adams; and two sisters, Earline Turner and Jean Rowland.
   She is survived by her son Bob (and Maggie) Rowland of Blue Springs; her daughter Linda (and Jim) Rowland Fraas of Peyton, Colorado; three grandchildren Daniel (and Jane) Rowland of Ipswich, Mass., Angela Rowland of Porter, Okla., and Shelley Rowland of Chicago; six great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends.
  Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 24, 2010, at the funeral home.  Pastor Jim Erickson of the Elm Grove Baptist Church, Bonner Springs will officiate.  Interment will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. 
  Casket bearers are Rob Eubanks, Jim Fraas, Stacy Henry, Gary McCarty, Jeremiah McCarty, Wesley Moon and Bill Seaman.
  Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until service time Wednesday, November 24, 2010.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to Kansas City Hospice House and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
  Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com
  Arrangements by  Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.


Helga Ruth (Stepputtis) Taylor

Helga Ruth (Stepputtis) Taylor, 79, of Pleasant Hill, departed this life on November 2, 2010 at the Pleasant Hill Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was born June 3, 1931 in Tilsit, East Prussia, the daughter of Herman Friedrich and Auguste (Kaewel) Stepputtis.
  Helga endured many hardships in her young life. Her family was forced to flee East Prussia when the Russians invaded their homeland, and went to Germany. At age 11 she lived with the horrors of WWII.
  She knew what it was like to go hungry. She knew what it was like to be in a building that was bombed because she still carried the shrapnel in her head. She learned never to take life for granted, to cherish each day and take pleasure in even the smallest of things.
  While still in her early teens and living in Nurenburg, Germany, Helga met a young American soldier named Charles W. Taylor and on July 7, 1947 they were united in marriage in Furth, Baveria.
  When Charles’ tour of duty in Germany ended, he was not allowed to bring his family here. In February of 1958 Helga and the children were able to make their home in the United States.
  The Taylor family was stationed in several places: Fort Meade, Maryland and in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1961 they were transferred to the Nike Base, near Pleasant Hill This same year Helga officially became a United States Citizen.
  After Charles retired from the military, the Taylor family made Pleasant Hill their permanent home. Charles W. Taylor passed away on December 15, 1970 at the age of 46.
  She was also preceded in death by one daughter, Heidemarie Ross; her parents, Herman and Auguste Stepputtis; one brother, Bruno Stepputtis; one sister, Irmard Zankel and grandchildren.
  Helga is survived by one son, Charles H. Taylor and wife Jackie of Pleasant Hill, one daughter, Silvia Hogan of Pleasant Hill; two grandchildren, Tiffany Heaper and Michael Miller, other relatives and many friends.
  Private graveside service and inurnment were held November 10, 2010 at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery with Rev. Kent Deubner officiating. Arrangements by Wallace Funeral Home of Pleasant Hill.


Lemuel Fondren, Jr.

Lemuel Fondren, Jr., 75, of Pleasant Hill, passed away November 10, 2010 at the Kansas City Hospice House.
  He was born February 8, 1935 in Belzoni,Mississippi, the son of Lemuel and Maye Blankenship Fondren.
  Lemuel was a Navy veteran.
  He is survived by his wife Flora; children, Pam Jones, Becky Denton and Duane Fondren and wife, Jennifer; sister, Virginia Mc- Cauley; eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
  Graveside services were held November 15, 2010 at Missouri State Veterans Cemetery, Higginsville.
  Memorials may be made to Creutzfeldt Jakob Foundation PO Box 5312 Akron, Ohio 44334. Arrangements by the Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore.


Michael Joseph O’Malley

Michael Joseph O’Malley, 70, of Pleasant Hill, departed this life November 4, 2010 at his home, surrounded by his loving family.
  He was born June 28, 1940 in Kansas City, the son of Charles Edward and Marguerite Doris (Higgins) O’Malley.
  Michael spent his younger years in the Kansas City area and graduated from De LaSalle High School in 1958.
  After graduation, Michael served his country in the United States Navy from August of 1958 to August of 1964.
  On October 8, 1966 he married Mary Josephine Justus in Kansas City. They made their home in the Kansas City-Raytown area until nine and one half years ago when they moved to Pleasant Hill.
  Michael was co-owner and operator of Lamcraft Corporation in Lee’s Summit.
  He was a member of St. Bridget Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus of St. Bridget Parish,Missouri Trap Shooters Association and the NRA.
  Mike was a giant of a man with a personality and heart to match his stature. He enjoyed hunting, trap shooting and entertaining family and friends, but the “love of his life” was his family.
  Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Marguerite O’Malley.
  He is survived by his wife, Mary Jo O’Malley of the home two sons, Sean Michael O’Malley and wife Angi of Pleasant Hill; Dennis O’Malley of Kansas City; one daughter/granddaughter, Chelcie O’Malley of the home; his step-mother, Ruby O’Malley of Lee’s Summit; three sisters, Sharon Zang and husband Fred of Lee’s Summit; Patty Ruth and husband, Bill of Pleasant Hill; Mary Vargo and husband Jan of Klamath Falls, Oregon; six grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.
  A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 13, 2010 at St. Bridget Catholic Church in Pleasant Hill. Inurnment will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery at a later date.
  The family will receive friends at St. Bridget Church from 10 a.m. until service time on Saturday, one hour prior to the Funeral Mass.
  Contributions in memory of Mike may be made to St. Bridget Church Building Fund or to Kansas City Hospice.
  Arrangements by Wallace Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.


Floyd A. Bunch

Floyd A. Bunch, 77, Pleasant Hill, departed this life on November 5, 2010 at Lee’s SummitMedical Center after a sudden illness.
  He was born July 11, 1933 in Eldon, Missouri, the son of Alvin “Curtis” and Maggie “Opal” (Brewer) Bunch.
  Floyd spent his younger years in Eldon, graduating from Eldon High School in 1951.
  After serving his country in the United States Air Force, Floyd attended Central Missouri State College in Warrensburg, where he met Beverly Phillips. They were married on December 7, 1957 in Pleasant Hill. Beverly Bunch passed away on April 13, 2010.
  Floyd had been a Tool & Die Maker at A.T. & T. Technologies in Lee’s Summit before his retirement in 1988 and was a member of the Pleasant Hill Church of Christ.
  In addition to his wife Beverly, Floyd was preceded in death by his parents, Alvin “Curtis” and Maggie “Opal” Bunch.
  He is survived by one son, Bryce Bunch of Blue Springs, and one daughter, Brenda Franklin and her husband Larry of Kansas City; one brother, Roy Bunch and his wife Audrey of Greenwood; one sister, Anna Belle Franklin and her husband Elroy of Stover; other relatives and many friends.
  Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 10, 2010 at the Wallace Funeral Home with Kelly McCoy officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
  Casket Bearers will be Robert Phillips, Sean Phillips, Travis Phillips, Gary Franklin, Brett Franklin, Darryl Franklin and Kent Franklin. Family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, prior to the funeral service at the funeral home.
  Arrangements by Wallace Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.


William “Bill” Harrison Sherwood, Sr.

William “Bill” Harrison Sherwood, Sr., 92, of Pleasant Hill, formerly of Hillsdale, Kansas, departed this life on November 5, 2010 at the Appleton City Manor in Appleton City.
  He was born May 8, 1918 in Arkansas City, Kansas, the son of Robert J. and Eula (Starkey) Sherwood. In 1955 he met Mary Aneita Allen and on July 16, 1955, they were united in marriage in Lincoln, Nebraska. She preceded him in death on January 14, 2008.
  Bill graduated from Arkansas City High School at the age 16, then attended Arkansas City Junior College for two years and received an Associate’s Degree. At 21 years old, he went to Alaska to become an aviation mechanic.
  Three years later he relocated to Burbank, California to work at Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Company. He worked as a test flight engineer on B-24s until 1945.
  The next 38 years he was employed with TWA as a flight engineer. He retired flying international routes on the Boeing 747.
  He relocated to Hillsdale, Kansas, in 1952 where he purchased a farm and started a dairy operation with his family. This farm was taken for a federal lake and he relocated to his present farm at Pleasant Hill in 1977.
  Besides his wife, he was also preceded in death by his parents and one grandchild Jason Grandon.
  He is survived by his four sons, Robert L. Sherwood and Bill H. Sherwood, Jr. both of Arlington, Texas; Don C. (and Jo A.) Sherwood of Pleasant Hill, and John A. (and Julie) Sherwood of Spokane, Washington; seven grandchildren Alyssa, Nikki and Sam Sherwood, and Andrea Kelsey and Charles Kelsey, Harrison, and Madeleine Sherwood; one brother Homer Sherwood of Houston, Texas; several nieces and nephews other relatives and friends.
  Funeral services were November 9, 2010 at the funeral home. Reverends Madeline and Jeffrey Mercer of the Pleasant Hill First Presbyterian Church officiated. Mr. Tom Burchett will be the solist. Interment will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
  Casket bearers are Tom Burchett, Dennis Ross, Lloyd Ross, Rick Shay, Mike Shay and Ron Shay.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to Save-A-Connie and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
  Arrangements by Stanley- Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com


Sandra Lee Sullivan

Sandra Lee Sullivan, age 56, of Harrisonville, departed this life on Nov. 2, 2010 at Lee’s Summit Medical Center after a brief illness.
  She was born March 4, 1954 in Anawalt, West Virginia, the daughter of John and Eleanor V. (Hancock) Terry.
  Sandy graduated from Grandview Senior High in 1973. After graduation, she traveled and worked all over the United States.
  On November 27, 1982 she was united in marriage with John L. Sullivan, III in Cleveland, Missouri. After their marriage, Sandy and John moved to Clinton, where they found joy in mentoring foster children.
  Sandy had worked at Rival Manufacturing and then as a nurse’s aide in several rest homes throughout the area. She was a devoted homemaker, caretaker, wife, sister, aunt, foster mother and friend.
  Sandy was preceded in death by her parents, John and Eleanor Terry and one brother, James Terry.
  She is survived by her husband and soul mate of 36 years, John L. Sullivan III and her beloved dogs, Angel and Jessie, all of the home; three brothers,William Terry of Independence; Charles M. Terry of Harrisonville; Donald Terry and wife, Shannon of Cleveland,Missouri; three sisters, Betty Sue Mack and husband, Luther of Cleveland, MO; Donna L. Schow and husband, Lyle of Harrisonville; Rose High and husband, David of Cleveland, Mo.; many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews and many friends.
  Cremation was accorded.
  A memorial service will be held at a later date. Contributions may be sent in care of the Wallace Funeral Home, 422 N. Lake Street, Pleasant Hill, MO 64080.


George Daniel Harrer

George Daniel Harrer, 97, of Omaha, Nebraska, formerly of Pleasant Hill, departed this life on October 30, 2010 at the Brighton Gardens Nursing Community in Omaha.
  He was born April 29, 1913 in Pleasant Hill, the son ofMartin Leander Harrer and Emma Louise (Hebe) Harrer.
  On March 28, 1937, he was united in marriage to WillaMae Sumner in Kansas City. They were married for over 68 years before Willa Mae preceded him in death on May 3, 2005.
  George worked as a Lab Technician for Country Club Dairy in Kansas City until retirement.
  While living in Pleasant Hill, he and Willa Mae were members of the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church. In 1992 they moved to Nebraska to be close to their daughter and her family.
  He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers Willard Harrer and Cameron Harrer and one sister Dorothy Crawford.
  He is survived by daughter Dianne and husband Cleo Robinson of Omaha, granddaughter Courtney and husband David DeLaRosa, two great grandchildren, Hannah and Luke, all of Houston, Texas; two sisters Edith Mae Harrer and Pauline Ashcroft, both of Pleasant Hill, several nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.
  Graveside funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 4, 2010 at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
  Pastor Carl Knapp of the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church will officiate.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 3, at the funeral home.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
  Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com
  Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.


Patricia Ann Lee

Patricia Ann Lee, 58, of Kansas City, departed this life October 23, 2010 at the North Kansas City Hospital.
  She was born February 22, 1952 in Kansas City.
  Patricia worked for the Ford Motor Company in Claycomo where she was a member of the United Auto Workers.
  She is survived by her son Jason (and Jacqui) Lee of St. Louis; her daughter Kimberly Pratt of Kansas City; her grandson Dakota Lee; four brothers, Terry Folsom and Jerry Folsom, both of Kansas City; Arnie (and Rhonda) Schreier of Smithville and David (and Diane) Schreier of Lexington; four sisters Martha (and Vernon) Ward of Kansas City, Carol Hickman of Harrisonville, Barbara Howes of Odessa and Twila (and Bill) Hiefner of Hollister; other relatives and friends.
  Funeral services were held on October 29, 2010, 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 Dale Lara, Jason Lee, Arnie Schreier, and Justin Titus.
  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.


Mildred Rae Allen

Mildred Rae Allen, 80, of Kansas City, Kansas, departed this life on October 25, 2010 at her home surrounded by her family.
  She was born March 3, 1930 in Pleasant Hill, the daughter of Ferd and Lottie (Kincaid) Simon.
  On March 11, 1949 she was united in marriage to William Cecil Allen in Kansas City. He preceded her in death on May 6, 1978.
  Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by one sister Wilma Thomas.
  She is survived by two sons, Wm. David (and Julie) Allen of San Clemente, California and Ronald R. Allen of Kansas City, Kansas; one stepdaughter Shirlene Farley of Kansas City; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one sister Amy L. Sneed of Pleasant Hill; one niece, Susan Thomas of Simi Valley, California and other relatives and friends.
  Graveside funeral services and interment were held on October 28, 2010 at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Pastor Todd MacLean of the Big Creek Baptist Church officiated.
  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.


Elmer Lee Flick

Elmer Lee Flick, 77, Holden, passed away unexpectedly October 17, 2010 at his residence.
  Elmer was born September 20, 1933 in Bogard, Missouri, the son of Virgil E. and Jewell E. (Cowan) Flick.
  After graduating from Bogard High School, he enlisted in the United States Army and served as a Green Beret. Following his discharge, Elmer earned an Associate’s Degree from Central Technical School in Kansas City.
  He married Velta Marie Nashan on June 16, 1956 in Carrollton. The couple lived in the Lee’s Summit area until 2001. He was a farmer and dairy farmer until 1978 as well as being employed for 33 years with a defense contractor in Kansas City.
  Following his wife’s death in 2001, Elmer moved south of Holden, to the Medford area, where he co-managed Flick Seed Company in Kingsville with his son, Steve.
  He was an avid conservationist and contributed to the restoration of over 500,000 acres of native habitat in Missouri, Kansas and Colorado.
  He attended First Baptist Church in Lee’s Summit and Bear Creek Baptist Church near Medford.
  Survivors include three children, Cindy Marie Flick- Bernstein of Kansas City; Steve Alvin Flick and wife, Genece of Kingsville; and David Lee Flick of Harrisonville; two brothers, Jack Flick and wife, Betty of Tina, Missouri and Ray Flick, and wife, Norma Jean of Carrollton; and four grandchildren, Kaitlin Marie Flick, Noah Isaiah Bernstein, Isabel Marie Bernstein and Aiden Lee Flick.
  In addition to his wife, Velta, Elmer was preceded in death by both parents and a brother, Roy Flick.
  Memorial services were October 22, 2010 at Williams Funeral Chapel in Holden. Interment in Bear Creek Cemetery, southeast of Holden, with Military Graveside Honors by Holden Veterans of Foreign Wars, Memorial Post #5844 and Munday-Hancock Post #90 of the American Legion.
  Memorial contributions may be made to McCroskie Creek Cemetery Association or Bear Creek Cemetery Association, in care of the funeral home.
  Arrangements by Williams Funeral Chapel, Holden.
  Online condolences may be left at www.williamsfuneralchapel.net


Clifford G. Linder

Clifford G. Linder, Sr., 80, of Cleveland, Missouri passed away October 17, 2010.
  Mr. Linder was a retired cement finisher, having previously worked for Raymond Gardner and RED Construction for many years.
  He is survived by his children, Clifford Linder, Jr., Mary Dell Looney, Betsy Stone, Buck Linder and Terri Garner; one brother, Bob Linder and one sister, Dorothy Nash and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
  Following cremation, a private family inurnment will be held. Arrangements by Wallace Funeral Home , Pleasant Hill and Cleveland, MO.


Barbara J. Outen

 Barbara J. Outen, 61, of Lee's Summit, Missouri, was born February 2, 1949 in Willits, California, the daughter of Dual G. and Bessie E. (Burgess) Burke.
  She departed this life on October 19, 2010 at the St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City.
  On May 25, 1973 she was united in marriage to Henry C. Outen in Los Angeles, California. He preceded her in death on July 23, 2001.
  Barbara was also preceded in death by parents; one son Dale Powell; two brothers Jerry Burke and Donald Burke; and one sister Louise Wood.
  She is survived by her daughter Nicole (and Thomas) Rodriquez of Dripping Springs, Tex.; her granddaughter Alexis Rodriguez of Dripping Springs; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends who she considered family.
  Cremation has been accorded under the direction of Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home.
  Memorial contributions may be made to the Susan G. Komen Foundation and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
  Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com


Patricia Ann Lee

 Patricia Ann Lee, 58, of Kansas City, Missouri, departed this life at 1:40 a.m. on Friday, October 23, 2010 at the North Kansas City Hospital.
  Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Friday, October 29, 2010, at the funeral home where visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
  A complete obituary will be posted in next week’s edition of the Pleasant Hill Times and online at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com
  Arrangements: Stanley- Dickey Funeral Home


Henry Dale White

Henry Dale White, 73, of Kingsville, Missouri, was born Thursday, July 29, 1937 in Coal, Missouri, the son of Henry Noel and Forest Lucille (Brown) White. He departed October 21, 2010 at the John Knox Village Care Center in Lee's Summit after a courageous battle against cancer.
  On February 4, 1956, he was united in marriage to Lillian Ellen Sears in Pleasant Hill, Missouri. They were married for 50 years before she preceded him in death on November 19, 2006.
  Early in Dale’s life he was a Parts Man for International Harvester in Holden; later he went to work for Bendix as a machinist staying with them for over 30 years and retired from there. All through his working career he and Ellen also owned and operated their cattle farm in Kingsville. He attended Kingsville Baptist Church.
  Dale was preceded in death by his parents.
  He is survived by one son JimWhite of Kingsville; two daughters Cheryl Tompkins of Holden and Cindy (and Mark) Gipple of Raymore; 3 Granddaughters Mary Ann Peterson of Holden and Delaney and Kennedy Gipple of Raymore; one brother Tom (and Linda) White of Nixa; two sisters Phyllis (and Orbon) McMillian of Clinton, and Nellie (and Larry) Zvacek of Holden; other relatives and many close friends.
  Funeral services were held on October 25, 2010, at the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home.
  His brother Reverend Tom White of the Fremont Baptist church will officiate.
  Interment will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Casket bearers are Mark Gipple, Art Robbins, Samuel Root III, Matt Savage, Daniel White, and Duane White.
  Visitation was held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to Village Care Hospice or the Kingsville Baptist Church 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: Stanley- Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540- 5550


Lois Ann Wouters

Lois Ann Wouters, 80, of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, was born Thursday, September 11, 1930 in Cleveland, Ohio, the daughter of Charles J. and Evelyn E. (Von Kanel) Farren.
  She departed this life October 22, 2010 at her home in Pleasant Hill surrounded by her family.
  Lois graduated in 1948 from Marshall High school in Cleveland. She attended Bowling Green University and received her Bachelor’s degree from Graceland University in 1977.
  Lois grew up in Cleveland, and she delighted in attending the nearby Methodist Church.
  On April 21, 1951, Lois was united in marriage to Ralph E. Wouters at the Lowry Air Force Base near Denver, Colorado.
  Lois was a homemaker with a tremendous gift for sewing, and she enjoyed making clothing for her children and grandchildren.
  She was a member of the Lamoni Quilters Guild and the Pleasant Hill Piece Makers quilters. Lois enjoyed playing the piano and shared her love of music and talents with her friends and family.
  She attended the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents.
  She is survived by her husband of 59 years Ralph; four sons Todd (and Susan) Wouters of Waukee, Ia., Dr. Reed (and Rhonda) Wouters of Preston., Ross (and Maude) Wouters of Pleasant Hill, and Brent (and Shawn) Wouters of Duluth, Minn.; ten grandchildren Corissa, Sarah, Bethany, Hannah, Evelyn, Colleen, Colton, Lauren, Albert, and Andrew; other relatives and many friends.
  Cremation has been accorded.
  A celebration of Lois’s life was held October 25, at the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, followed by a memorial service.• Mr. Howard Booth officiated.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to the United Methodist 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: Stanley- Dickey Funeral Home.


Dorothy R. (Nelson) Thompson

 Dorothy R. (Nelson) Thompson, age 73, of Greenwood Missouri, passed away October 20, 2010 at Pleasant Hill Health Care Center in Pleasant Hill, MO.
  Dorothy (Nelson) Thompson was born March 15, 1937 in Waldron, Arkansas, the daughter of Wilburn and Trudy (Caskey) Nelson. She spent her younger years in Arkansas and eventually moved to the Lee’s Summit, Missouri area where she went to work for Western Electric as an assembly worker.
  On May 19, 1978 Dorothy was united in marriage with Eugene B. “Gene” Thompson in Miami, OK and they made their home in Lee’s Summit until 1988 when they moved to Greenwood.
  Dorothy and Gene owned and operated the Thompson Cabinet Co. until 1988.
  Dorothy was a member of St. Bridget Catholic Church in Pleasant Hill and the Altar Society of St. Bridget Parish. She also participated in volunteer work for the Pleasant Hill Lions Club and many other local organizations. Dorothy had been a former member of the Unity Village Players.
  She was preceded in death by her husband; Gene Thompson, her parents; Wilburn and Trudy Nelson, a brother; Charles Nelson and a sister; Cora Lee Nelson.
  Dorothy is survived by: one son, Bryan Dean Searcy of Sunrise Beach, one daughter, Karen Bergmann and husband Bill of Greenwood, two grandsons, Denny Searcy of Kansas City, Ks. and Nathan Searcy of Lee’s Summit.
  Funeral Mass will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, October 29, 2010 at St. Bridget Catholic Church in Pleasant Hill with Monsignor Bradley Offutt, officiating.
  Casket Bearers will be John Charles Nelson, Nathan Searcy, Dennis Searcy, Pat Searcy, Bob Searcy and William Searcy. Honorary Bearers will be Joe Searcy, Denny Searcy and Mike Searcy. Burial will be in Floral Hills East Cemetery.
  The family will receive friends Thursday, Oct 28, at the Wallace Funeral Home where the Rosary will be said at 5:00 p.m. and visitation will be from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.
  Contributions may be made to Pleasant Hill Health and Rehabilitation Center, Pleasant Hill.
  Arrangements were under the direction of the Wallace Funeral Home of Pleasant Hill.


William Max Morrisey

William Max Morrisey was born October 5, 1931 in Kansas City, Missouri and passed away October 19, 2010 at Lee’s Summit Medical Center in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.
  He was the first of four sons born to Charles Emmit and Beatrice (Crevan) Morrisey.
  Max was raised in Kansas City, Missouri where he attended Lillis High School and Rockhurst College. Max graduated from Rockhurst in 1960.
  He went to work at the Plaza Bank where he was vice-president and cashier when he resigned in 1982.
  Max moved to Pleasant Hill at this time and went to work for the Missouri Auto Club.
  Max was a member of the Pleasant Hill Lion’s Club and a member of the Knights of Columbus at St. Bridget Parish of Pleasant Hill.
  Max also showed Hackney ponies and had the top pony in the country in 1978. He also field trailed beagles.
  Max was an officer and a member of several of the local Beagle Club’s and served as a Midwest representative of the Beagle Advisor Committee of the American Kennel Club.
  Max is survived by three brothers, Phil Morrisey of Kansas City Missouri, Bob Morrisey of Sioux City, Iowa and Dan Morrisey of San Diego, California, several nieces and nephews, and several grand nieces and nephews.
  Funeral Services were held Saturday, October 23, 2010 at St. Bridget Church with Rosary. Monsignor Robert Murphy officiated.
  Honorary pallbearers were Tom Radmacher, Robert Radmacher, Kenneth Radmacher, William Ruth, Richard Fry and Roger Jurgensmeyer.
  Cremation was accorded and Inurnment was at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
  Memorial contributions may be made to St. Bridget Parish Building Fund and can be made through Wallace Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill, Missouri.


Nina King

Nina King, 87, of Ottawa, Kansas, formerly of Pleasant Hill, was born Sunday, March 4, 1923 in Smithville, Oklahoma, the daughter of Elmer and Annie L. (Bodiford) Capps.
  She departed this life on Tuesday, October 19, 2010 at the Ottawa Retirement Village.
  On March 17, 1941, she was united in marriage to Herschel C. King in Harrisonville Missouri. He preceded her in death on September 1, 1998.
  Nina was a waitress at the Swope Park Club restaurant in Kansas City for many years.
  Later she was a caregiver and operated a private nursing home out of her own home in Kansas City.
  She was a member of the Living Way Ministries in Ottawa.
  She was also preceded in death by one daughter Jessie Marie Johnson, one brother and two sisters.
  She is survived by one son Jesse (and Phyllis) Capps of Garnett, Kans.; three daughters, Leila Craig of Ottawa, Phyllis Porter of LaCygne, Kans., and Jackie (and Mark) Green of Leonardtown, Md; 22 grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; other relatives and friends.
  Cremation has been accorded.
  A graveside service with inurnment was held at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery on October 26th.
  Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com
  Arrangements were under the direction of the Stanley- Dickey Funeral Home.


Jerry Brett Hull

  Jerry Brett Hull, 52, of Pleasant Hill, departed this life unexpectedly, as a result of natural causes, at his home on October 7, 2010.
  He was born September 17, 1958, in Harrisonville, the son of Jerry and Jean (Larson) Hull.
  On October 16, 1991, he was united in marriage to Debbie Duncan in Las Vegas, Nevada.
  As an infant, his life was saved by the skilled physicians and nurses at Children’s Mercy Hospital. Except for the years he worked in Salt Lake City, Utah, Brett lived all his life in Pleasant Hill.
  He attended Pleasant Hill schools from kindergarten through his graduation in 1976.
  Brett loved sports and played football at the center position. He was the All-District center his senior year and played on the first two teams Pleasant Hill sent to the State Playoffs.
  Following high school, Brett went to work for Yellow Freight, retiring in 2008 with 30 years of service.
  Brett was a hard and tireless worker. He was proud of his 30 years of service and was enjoying his well-earned retirement.
  He was a member of Teamsters Local #41.
  While with Yellow Freight, he was transferred to Salt Lake City for several years where he and Debbie became loving, surrogate parents to Jonah, Lacie and Ben Helfert. Brett always considered Pleasant Hill his home and could hardly wait to return here permanently.
  Brett, a.k.a. “JB or UB,” loved to play and follow sports with his family and friends. He was a wonderful uncle, lively and fun to be around. Brett loved his family deeply and was well loved by every one of them. He was preceded in death by his father.
  He is survived by his wife Debbie; his mother, Jean Hull of Pleasant Hill; two brothers Bruce Hull and Jim (Nancy) Hull of Pleasant Hill; two sisters Jeanette (Dale) Hiebert and Carolyn (David)Walker, of Pleasant Hill; mother-inlaw Daisy Duncan of Harrisonville; stepdaughter Beth (Michael) Pate of Pleasant Hill; brothers-in-law Brent (Marti) Duncan of Pleasant Hill and P.D. (Linda) Duncan of Kingsville; granddaughter Josie Pate; nieces, Tracy Hull and Jennifer Neal of Kansas City, Caitlin (Zachary) Walker O’Neill of Holly Ridge, North Carolina, Lindsay Neal of Lee’s Summit, Michelle Duncan and Sarah Duncan of Pleasant Hill; nephews, Jason (Ryan) Hull, Jeff (Carrie) Hull, Dustin Duncan, Logan (Amy) Hull, Ryan Walker and Samuel Walker, all of Pleasant Hill, and Kyle (Megan) Hull of East Lynne; 10 great nieces and nephews; and numerous other relatives and friends.
  Cremation has been accorded per Brett’s request. A Graveside service with inurnment was held October 11, 2010, at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Pastor Preston Sanders of the Strasburg First Baptist Church officiated.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to Eternal Vine Ministries, Children’s Mercy Hospital, or to the charity of the donor’s choice.
  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.


Marjorie J. Alley

Marjorie J. Alley, 90, of Cameron, formerly of Pleasant Hill, departed this life October 6, 2010 at her home in Cameron, surrounded by her family.
  She was born May 13, 1920 in Pleasant Hill, the daughter of Herman L. and Edna Eloise (Schader) Schindorff. On, July 23, 1943Marjorie was united in marriage to Walter Loren Alley in Kansas City.
  Marjorie was a 1938 Pleasant Hill High School graduate. Early in her working career, she was employed as a beautician at the Peck’s department store in Kansas City; later she went to work for the Cameron Mutual Insurance Company, where she worked until her retirement in 1976.
  She was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Cameron where she served in many capacities including serving as a Sunday School teacher for the Special Helpers class for over 35 years. She was also a former member of the Cameron Eastern Star.
  She was preceded in death by her parents.
  She is survived by her husband Loren of the home; two daughters, Gayla Moore of Cameron and Lanette Middaugh of Kansas City; three grandchildren Chuck Moore and his wife Natalie of New Bloomfield, Mo; Chris Middaugh and his wife Misty of Kansas City, and Isabella Middaugh also of Kansas City; five great grandchildren; other relatives and many friends.
  Graveside funeral services were under the direction of Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home and were held October 9, at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
  Pastor Casey Joyce of the First Baptist Church of Cameron officiated.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to the Cameron Developmental Center and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
  Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com


Don E. Roberts

Don E. Roberts, 50, of Lee’s Summit, passed away October 5, 2010.
  Don was born February 20, 1960 in Independence, to Phillip and Linda Roberts.
  Don was a 1978 graduate of Raytown South High School. He was an Eagle Scout and a proud member of the Tribe of Mic-o-say.
  Don prided himself on his ability to make people happy by filling their bellies. He was a certified chef and early in his career, was the general manager for 10 years with Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Restaurants. He was then able to fulfill his dream of owning and operating Neighbors Café in Lee’s Summit and Pleasant Hill.
  He was an avid sports fan; following the KC Chiefs, NASCAR, and MU. Don loved spending time at the Lake of the Ozarks, traveling, and most of all, he enjoyed riding his Harley. Don’s friends and customers will remember him as fun-loving, friendly, supportive, energetic, lover of people, children and animals.
  Survivors include his wife, Sheryl, his father, Phillip (Dianne) Roberts, his mother, Linda (Curtis) Danford, five children, Alex, Danielle, and Bailey Roberts, and Lacy and Dillon Higginbotham, a grandson, Carmine Hirko, two brothers, Larry (Gabby) Roberts and Andy (Cindy) Aziere, three sisters, Robin Roberts, Kim Steyer and Traci (Trent) Rand, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
  Memorial services were held October 10, 2010 at Floral Hills Funeral Home.
  Memorial contributions may be made in Don’s name to March of Dimes Bikers for Babies, 4400 College Blvd, Ste 180, Overland Park, KS 66211.
  Fond memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.dwnewcomers.com
  Arrangements by D.W. Newcomer's Sons Floral Hills Chapel, 7000 Blue Ridge Blvd., Ksnsas City, Missouri


Ryan Keith Graham
  Ryan Keith Graham, 25, departed this life on September 30, 2010 at Research Medical Center in Kansas City. He was born September 13, 1985 in Kansas City, the son of Othel “Sparky” Graham and Tamara L. (Garrison) Graham.
  He spent his entire lifetime in the Grandview area and attended Grandview High School. After obtaining his GED, he took college classes at Longview Community College and had worked for an aviation company as a shipping clerk.
  Ryan earned a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and was an avid video game player.
  He is survived by his father, Othel “Sparky” Graham of the home; his mother; Tammy Graham; grandmothers, Eva “Darlene” Sparks of Grandview, and Shirley Graham of Lee’s Summit; two sisters, Jayme Lynn Cox of Grain Valley, andTeres Michelle Cox of Grandview; uncles, Arthur Lee “Buck” Graham of Grandview and Billy Joe Graham of Lee’s Summit; aunts; Sandy Otis and Bonnie Ragsdale, both of Lee’s Summit; one niece, Payton Benson and one nephew, Jacob Lancaster, many cousins, other relatives nd many friends.
  Services were held October 5, 2010 at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill with Pastor Alan Kinder officiating.
  Casket bearers were Othel “Sparky” Graham, Arthur Lee “Jake” Graham, IV, Farron Otis, Mike Groff, Michael Hartley, Justin Price,
Billy Mattic, Neal Carriger and Charlie Garber.
  Burial in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Arrangements by Wallace Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.
  Contributions may be made to Midwest Transplant Network, 1900 W. 47th Place, Suite 400,Westwood, Kansas 66205.

Raymond H. (Ray) Niemeyer

  Raymond H. (Ray) Niemeyer, 92, of Concordia, formerly of rural Pleasant Hill, died September 25, 2010, at Western Missouri Medical Center in Warrensburg.
  Ray was born September 3, 1918, in Concordia, the son of the late Frederick Niemeyer and Frieda Schelp Niemeyer. He was a U.S.
Army veteran of World War II, having served in the Philippines and New Guinea.
  On January 1, 1947, he married Esther Bollmeyer, who survives of the home.
  He was a retired farmer and returned to Concordia in June of 2010, moving from rural Pleasant Hill, previously living in Kansas City. He was a member of Amazing Grace Lutheran Church in Pleasant Hill.
  In addition to his wife, he is survived by two brothers, Earl Niemeyer of Concordia and Harold Niemeyer of Raymore; one sister, Louise Stockbauer of Kansas City; and several nieces and nephews.
  Funeral services were held September 30, 2010, at Campbell-Lewis Chapel in Concordia, with Rev. Bill Schroeder officiating. Burial
with military rites was in St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery in Concordia.
  Memorials may be made to Amazing Grace Lutheran hurch in Pleasant Hill or the Lutheran Hour. Friends may sign the online register book at www.campbell-lewis.com
  Pallbearers were Gary Niemeyer, Randy Niemeyer, Bob Niemeyer, Tom Niemeyer, Ron Niemeyer and Fred Niemeyer.
  Arrangements by Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home, 1002 E. 1st Street, Concordia, Missouri 64020 (660)463-2266.


Timothy Hubert Peters
  Timothy Hubert Peters, Harrisonville, died September 29, 2010.
  Tim served his country in the United States Army and was a decorated Viet Nam Veteran - earning the Meda of Heroism, Bronze Star and Purple Heart. Heroism and bravery were traits he carried with him and lived by his entire life.
  In 1976 Tim started his own concrete and swimming pool business, proving to be one of the best in Kansas and Missouri. Stepping Stone Pools is his legacy, along with the saying “You can’t lie to (or fool) the pool man.”
  Tim is survived by his wife and best friend, Charlotte (Hooper) Peters and one son, Billy Peters, both of the home; three daughters, Laura Peters of Harrisonville; Tonya Cotter of Pleasant Hill, and Chara Ingrassia of Lee’s Summit; five siblings, Larry, Steve, Penny, Sandy and Tina and eight grandchildren.
  Honoring Tim’s wishes cremation was accorded and no services will be held.
  Arrangements by Wallace Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill

Sandra Jo Shahan

Sandra Jo Shahan, 55, of Lone Jack, departed this life on September 21, 2010 at the Lee's Summit Medical Center surrounded by her family.
  She was born January 2, 1955 in Topeka, Kansas, the daughter of Donald E. and Joyce L. (Strange) Watts. On October 10, 1987, Sandra was united in marriage to Kent A. Shahan in Independence.
  Sandra was a 1972 Hazelwood high school graduate. Following high school, she went to work as a bookkeeper until her children were born when she then became a fulltime mother.
  She was a member of the Hope United Methodist Church in Lone Jack. She and Kent were also members of the Harley-Davidson Owners group of the Kansas City area.
  She is survived by her husband Kent, daughter Micaiah, and son Dalton, all of the home; parents Don and Joyce Watts of Blue Springs; two sisters KarenWilliamson and her husband Andy of Excelsior Springs, and Kelly Cross and her husband Mike of Blue Springs; one brother David Watts and his wife Sharon of Olathe; aunt Sharon Johnson of Lee’s Summit; several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews; other relatives and many friends.
  Funeral services were held September 24 at the Hope United Methodist Church, Lone Jack under the direction of Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home.
  Pastors Creighton Cox and James Stanfield-Meyer officiated.
  Burial was at the Winchester-Wise Cemetery,Winchester, Kansas. Casket bearers were Jason Cross, Randy Eads,Mark Lightheizer, Dalton Shahan, Andy Williamson and Frank Wittmers.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society 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

Corey Ray Foley

Corey Ray Foley, 24, of Pleasant Hill, departed this life September 4, 2010, at the Lake of Ozarks, near the Gravois Mills arm, the result of an accidental drowning.
  He was born Tuesday, July 15, 1986 in Kansas City, the son of David and Sandy (Cutshall) Foley. Corey loved the outdoors, especially spending time out on the boat with his family and friends at the lake.
  He was preceded in death by his mother Sandy David on March 27, 2006.
  He is survived by his son Parker Foley and Parker's mother Lindsey Shelton of Lenexa, Kansas; his father David "Buzz" Foley and his wife Karen of Collins; three brothers, Rusty Foley and his wife Amber of Strasburg; Kevin Foley of Pleasant Hill, and Michael Culbertson of Holden; two sisters Tami Ball and her husband Russell, and Teresa Foster all of Humansville; paternal grandparents Richard and Rosalie Foley of Collins; maternal grandparents, Russell and Beverly Cutshall of Pleasant Hill; three nephews, Tyler, Wyatt and Levi; two nieces, Emma and Sierra; several aunts, uncles and cousins, other relatives and many friends.
  Cremation has been accorded.
  A celebration of Corey's life was held September 10, 2010, at the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill.
  Kevin Foley, Mrs. Lindsey Shelton and Jason Boman officiated.
  Inurnment will be held at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery at a later date.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to the family 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, Pleasant Hill.


Curtiss Alan Stiverson

Curtiss Alan Stiverson, 62, of Kingsville, departed this life August 31, 2010 at his home.
  He was born on September 16, 1947 in Kansas City, the son of Arthur G. and Doris C. (Gregory) Stiverson.
  On May 27, 1967, Curtiss married Betty Mae Miller in Independence.
  Curtiss was employed as a Strander Operator for the Sedalia Wire Rope World Group, where he was a member of the Steel Workers Union.
  He was a member of The Veteran of ForeignWars Post #5844, Holden, and a former member of the Optimist Club in Sugar Creek.
  He was also a member of the Hickory Grove Baptist Church.
  He was preceded in death by his parents and one daughter, Angela Jeanette Stiverson.
  He is survived by his wife Betty of the home; two daughters Penny Stiverson and Jessie Hayes of Ogden, Utah, and Elizabeth Catherine Baker and Scotty of Pleasant Hill; three grandchildren, Xen Hayes, Brandon L. Stiverson and Alexander Scott Baker; a brother ClaytonWard Stiverson of Blue Springs; a sister Glenda Pearline Jones and Larry of Odessa; other relatives and many friends.
  Funeral services were September 4, 2010, at the Stanley- Dickey Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill.
  Pastor Willie Payne of the Living Water Faith Church officiated.
  Burial was in Floral Hills East Cemetery, Lee's Summit.
  Casket bearers were Scotty Baker, Dan Bolin, Barry Ferguson, Wade McCrosky, Jameson Hagler, Brandon Stiverson, Clayton Stiverson and Nathan Yoder. Honorary casket bearers were Alexander Baker, Larry Jones, Bennie Ferguson and Xen Hayes.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to the Smile Train Ministry, Independence Animal Hospital or to his grandchildren's education fund.
  Arrangements were under the direction of the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.


Linda C. Saling

Linda C. Saling, 69 of Pleasant Hill, formerly of Holden, passed away August 29, 2010 at University Hospital in Columbia.
  Linda was born December 19, 1940 in Kansas City, daughter of Clyde and Nora Mae (Beasley) Fitzgerel. She graduated from East High School in Kansas City.
  She was united in marriage to Buster Saling on August 26, 1977 in Miami, Okla. She moved from Holden to Pleasant Hill that same year. In addition to being a homemaker, she did secretarial work in a dental office for several years.
  Linda was a lifelong member of the Pleasant Hill V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary. She was an avid golfer and also enjoyed crocheting. She especially loved her three birds, “Reggie”, “Mollie” and “Ollie.”
  Survivors include five children: Julie Getz and husband, David of Holden; Jennifer Adams and husband, John also of Holden; Russell Raber and wife, Debbi of Blue Springs; Catherine Ray and husband, Dennis of Pleasant Hill; and Lorie Lankford and husband, Brad of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania; 12 grandchildren: Courtney Hanna; Kyle Hanna; Jeremy Flaspohler and wife, Julie; Jason Flaspohler, Jennifer Kreisel and husband, Brad; David Adams and wife, Heather; Mitchell Williams and special friend, Jamie Anstine; Mattie Gray; Brandon Dickerson; Bobby Denny; Stephen Huffman and Devin Lankford; and six great grandchildren.
  Linda was preceded in death by her husband, Buster in April of 2005; mother and stepfather, Nora and Fletch Hallar; father and stepmother, Clyde and Pauline Fitzgerel; and two brothers, Richard Fitzgerel and Robert Beasley.
  Funeral services were September 3, 2010 at Williams Funeral Chapel in Holden. Rev. Pat Kelley of Holden United Methodist Church officiated.
  Interment in Rose Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Rose Hill Cemetery Association.


Linda Mary Miller-Brown

Linda Mary Miller-Brown, 56, Pleasant Hill, departed this life on August 26, 2010 at Kansas City Hospice House.
  She was born January 14, 1954 to Charles Albert and Lillian Ruth Kellers.
  Linda attended school in Scotch Plains, New Jersey and graduated from Fenwick High School in 1972. Shortly after graduation she moved to Kansas City. In 1991 Linda moved to Pleasant Hill where she worked as a checker at Gerbes for many years.
  She is survived by one son, Gary R. Hasenyager of Greenwood; two daughters, Heidi L. Hosmann and husband Kirk of Urich and Abra C. Cook and husband Brad of Blue Springs; her father, Charles Albert Kellers of Tampa, Fla.; her mother, Lillian Ruth Kellers of Ltl. Egg Hbr., N.J.; two brothers, Charles Kellers of Arizona and Rob Kellers of Madison, N.J.; two sisters, Laura Kellers of Odessa andWendy Hannon of Phoenix, Ariz.; four grandchildren, Lawson and Logan Hosmann and Caden and Jade Cook.
  No services are scheduled. Cremation will be accorded by Wallace Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.


Jerry Holley

Jerry Holley, age 71, of Topeka, passed away Aug. 30, 2010 at a Topeka Hospital.
  Jerry was born in Warsaw, Missouri, on October 30, 1938. He grew up in Pleasant Hill, Missouri.
  He attended Pleasant Hill Elementary and High Schools. He holds a BA Degree in Communications and Business from Baker University in Baldwin City, Ks.
  Jerry's professional career as a broadcaster began early in his life. Throughout his high school and college years, Jerry was employed by KMBC-TV in Kansas City, KMOS-TV, Sedalia, KOFO Radio, Ottawa, Ks., and KLWN Radio, Lawrence, Ks., and during his college years he built and operated a wired-wireless campus radio station at Baker University.
  Jerry joined the WIBW Stations in June of 1960 as a television booth announcer. In 1961, he became Promotion Manager of WIBW-TV. In 1962 he assumed the position of General Manager of the Stauffer Communications Station, KSEK Radio in Pittsburg, Ks. In 1964 he returned to Topeka to manage WIBW AM/FM and in 1969 became General Manager of WIBWTV. On May 20, 1977, he was elected, by the Board of Directors of Stauffer Communications Inc., to the position of Vice-President- Broadcast Division for the company.
  Jerry served on the Board of the Kansas Association of Broadcasters for fifteen years and served as President of the association in 1973-74. Jerry is one of five persons who founded the All-American Network and served for three years as its president. In 1983, he was elected to the Chairmanship of the Television Board of Directors of the National Association of Broadcasters, Washington D.C. and was re-elected in 1984 for a second term.
  In 1982, Jerry received the "Grover Cobb Award" from the University of Kansas for outstanding broadcasting service and received the Distinguished Service Award from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters. He was awarded the Alumni Citation from Baker University in 1985 for his outstanding service to his Alma Mater in his chosen field of Broadcasting. In 2001 he was named to the Kansas Broadcast "Hall of Fame".
  A devoted Topekan and Kansan, Jerry served as part of civic organizations in Topeka and throughout the state of Kansas for his entire adult life. At the time of his death he was Assistant Adjutant with the Kansas Department of the American Legion. He also established the Holley Museum of Military History located at the Ramada Hotel and Convention Center in downtown Topeka.
  Survivors include his wife Jane, Topeka; his daughter, Pamela (Holley) Heinonen and her husband Kevin and children Michael and Eric; his son, CDR Mark Holley, USN and his wife Pia and children Emma and Annie and his mother, Beulah Holley, Pleasant Hill, MO.
  A Memorial Service was held Friday at 1 p.m. at Grace Cathedral in Topeka.
  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Baker University sent to the funeral home.


Jean Elizabeth “Nanny” Ebert

Jean Elizabeth “Nanny” Ebert, 89, of Kansas City, Missouri, devoted mother, beloved grandmother passed away August 31, 2010 at Kansas City Hospice House.
  She was born August 25, 1921, inWestboro,Missouri, the daughter of Fred andMay Bell Beck. She attended Chicken Bristle Country School, Westboro High School, Tarkio College, and Kansas City Business College.
  She married Raymond Carl Ebert on Christmas Eve 1941, in Kansas City, Missouri. Jean followed Raymond from camp to camp across the United States, working for the United Services Organization, until his deployment with the United States Army to the European Theatre during WWII. Following Raymond’s return they farmed at Elmo, Missouri for 18 years.
  Jean was a charter member of the Bradley-Carver Post of the American Legion Auxiliary in Elmo. Following Raymond’s death in 1960, she moved to Grandview, Missouri, and worked for Dr. Deet’s Pickett, Vern Nelson and Associates, and retired as an Executive Secretary for American Cyanamid’s Fine Chemical Division.
  She is survived by her son R.C. Ebert II, DVM and wife Judy of Pleasant Hill, Missouri; two daughters Candice Jean Sullivan and Husband Milton of Oak Hill, Virginia, and Mary Ann Fisk and husband Jim of Gilbert, Arizona; a sister Darlene Matheny of Kansas City, Missouri; 10 Grandchildren; 17 Great Grandchildren; other relatives and many friends.
  Funeral services were held on Saturday, September 4, 2010, at the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Westboro. Pastor Rich Pearson, minister of the church officiated. Interment will follow in the church Cemetery.
  Casket bearers are Joshua Baines, Sean Brown, Craig Fisk, Jayson Fisk, Pete Garza, Todd Jones, Joseph Sullivan, and Jamie Swaggarty.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to Kansas City Hospice House or to an education fund of the givers choice.
  Online condolences may be sent and the video tribute may be viewed at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com


Joyce Fay Marner

Joyce Fay Marner, 63, Higginsville, Missouri, formerly of Odessa and Pleasant Hill, died Wednesday, September 1, 2010 at the home in Higginsville.
  She was born April 15, 1947 in Odessa, the daughter of Joe David Barker, Sr. and Eula Fay Cox Barker.
  Joyce worked at AT&T in Lee’s Summit as an electronic technician and also worked for Lafayette Sportswear Inc., in Odessa and Higginsville Garment Co. in Higginsville as a seamstress and shipping clerk.
  She graduated from Odessa High School in 1965. She was a member of Faith Baptist Church in Higgisville and past member of Hope Baptist Church in Pleasant Hill.
  Survivors include her sister, Janice K. Seaman, Odessa and her brother, Joe and wife Charolette Barker, Odessa.
  Funeral services were held Saturday, September 4, 2010 at the Ralph O. Jones Chapel with Pastor Jeremy Herbert officiating. Burial in Greenton Cemetery, Odessa.
  Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Baptist Church, Higginsville, Mo. and/or American Cancer Society.


L.A. “Cotton” Bartlett

L.A. “Cotton” Bartlett, 66, of Pleasant Hill, MO, died Thursday, August 12, 2010.
  Cotton was a farmer and rancher and had been employed at the Lee’s Summit Animal Clinic as a veterinarian tech for 31 years.
  Cremation has been accorded.
  A Celebration of Life gathering will be held from 2:00–5:00 p.m. Saturday, September 11, 2010, at his home near Pleasant Hill.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to Kansas City Hospice.
  Arrangements were under the direction of the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home of Pleasant Hill.


Donald Allen Dickerson

Donald Allen Dickerson, Jr., 71, of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, was born Saturday, July 15, 1939 at his grandparent’s home in rural Pleasant Hill.
  He was the son of Donald A. and Linnie Iola (Small) Dickerson. He departed this life at 4:45 a.m. on Wednesday, September 1, 2010, at the Lee’s Summit Medical Center.
  He attended the Hickory Grove School as a child and was a 1957 Pleasant Hill High School graduate.
  On June 1, 1961, He was united in marriage to Rita Kathleen Prewitt in Lee's Summit.
  Donald was a gifted auto mechanic starting with PennayMotors as a mechanic apprentice, later working for Howard Willie Chevrolet- Oldsmobile and Dave Cross Motors in Lee’s Summit.
  Following his father’s death he took over the family farming operation and opened his own auto shop next to his home. He owned and operated “Don’s Farm Shop” until 1993, when he expanded his farming operation.
  For most of his life he was an active member of Hickory Grove Baptist Church, where he was an ordained Deacon and served as Sunday School Superintendant for many years. In recent years he was a member of the Harrisonville Community Church.
  He was an avid hunter and proud member of the National Rifle Association attaining lifetime membership status in 2008. He was a Patriot and member of the Second Amendment task force.
  He was preceded in death by his parents.
  He is survived by his wife Rita of the home; one son Brent Dickerson and his wife Linda of Independence; one daughter Lisa Moore and her husband Steve of Harrisonville; grandchildren Joshua Dickerson, Lukas and Kayla Dickerson, Lacey Dickerson, Charlie, Mattie, and Josie Moore, Matt and Cydney Ryan, and Brooke Ryan; one sister Mary Wilmoth and her husband Perry of Pleasant Hill; other relatives and many friends.
  Funeral services were held 10 a.m. Monday, September, 6, 2010, at the funeral home.
  Reverend Merle Mees of the Pleasant Valley Baptist Church in Liberty officiated.
  Interment was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
  Casket bearers are Brent Dickerson, Joshua Dickerson, Lukas Dickerson, Charlie Moore, Steve Moore, and Perry Wilmoth. Honorary casket bearers are Cal Cundiff, William Groll, Richard Pemberton, Elmore Sherman, Jack Smith, and Brent Stockstill.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to the National Rifle Association or Kansas City Rescue Mission and may be sent in care of the funeral home.


Charles (Charlie) Carswell

Charles (Charlie) Carswell, 87, of Greenwood, Missouri, was born August 30, 1923 in Kansas City to Mary Ester (Waller) and Charles Harry Carswell. He was an only child, and spent his early years on a farm in Archie, Missouri. He departed this life on Tuesday, August 31 at Cedar Valley Health Center in Raytown, Missouri.
  Charlie was a US Army WWII veteran. He served in the Army from 1943 until 1946, receiving several decorations and citations.
  He graduated from Central High in Kansas City in 1936, attended Manual Trade School, Air Force School, Rolla School of Mines, Graceland College and graduated from Central Missouri State College in 1951.
  He met Jean MacDonald while she was attending nursing school, and married her October 30, 1948 at the Community of Christ Stone Church congregation in Independence, MO. They were an unstoppable team with a partnership of love and respect. She preceded him in death on January 31, 2010.
  He was an ordained Priest in the Community of Christ Church and attended the Community of Christ Blue Ridge congregation for many years, was active in establishing the Community of Christ Lone Jack congregation, and also attended the Colbern Road congregation and the Pleasant Hill congregation for many, many years. He served in many capacities throughout the years. His church and church family were as important to him as the rest of his family and helped him immensely in both the good and tough times throughout his life.
  His life was devoted to providing for his family and friends. He was happiest either figuring out how something might work, or talking about how it worked. He truly was a man of many, many skills and talents and was employed as a machinist, tool maker, in the auto trim business, as a graphic artist, conservation engineer and in “retirement” as a farmer.
  He was also preceded in death by his parents.
  He is survived by four daughters, JoAnne Calvarese and husband Stedman of Bluffton, SC, Linda Brewer and husband Chris of Lee’s Summit,MO, Sherre Bowlby and husband Roger of Bluffton, SC, Robin Roberts of Lee’s Summit, MO; 11 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.
  Funeral services were held on Tuesday, September 7, 2010 at the Pleasant Hill Community of Christ Church. Rolland Hughes and Don Carlile of the Community of Christ Church officiated.
  Interment was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Casket bearers were Charles Brewer, Courtney Brewer, Roger Bowlby, Stedman Calvarese, Levi Roberts, Trent Rudder, Ty Rudder and Austin Whitaker.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to the Pleasant Hill Community of Christ Church 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.


Gary Lee Egelston

Gary Lee Egelston, 70, of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, was born Wednesday, February 14, 1940 in Greenwood,Missouri, the son of LaVern Omar and Roberta (Cox) Egelston. He departed this life at 6:49 p.m. on Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at the Cass Medical Center in Harrisonville.
  He was a United States Navy Veteran serving in Vietnam.
  On December 17, 1966, Gary was united in marriage to Gwendolyn Kay Stevens in Lee's Summit.
  Following his time in the service he went to work for the Walt Disney Corporation where he worked as a background designer and he also drew cartoons in his spare time including Lil’ Abner and Straight Arrow. Later he was employed as a Draftsman for Lucent Technologies, retiring in 1994. He was a proud member of the Missouri Free Trappers.
  He loved racing sled dogs, fighting roosters, collecting coins/comics, and anything related to Mountain Men and American Indians. He was an avid fan and collector ofmemorabilia of the Knight Rider and Air Wolf television series and also raised Mustangs, Paint, & Quarter Horses.
  He was preceded in death by his father and two brothers Larry Egelston and Richard Egelston.
  He is survived by his mother Roberta of Lee’s Summit; his wife Gwendolyn of the home; three children Allen Egelston and his wife Tina of Thousand Oaks, California, Ginger Moorhead and her husband Jason of Raytown, Missouri, and Aaron Egelston and his wife Natausha of Kansas City, Missouri; five grandchildren Alexander, Adam, Dwight, Lukas and Marcus; several nieces and nephews; other relatives, and friends.
  Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September, 8, 2010, at the Atkinson-Dickey Funeral Home of Pleasant Hill. Pastor Doug Bradley of the Coventry Estates Baptist Church in Independence will officiate.
  Interment will be in the Greenwood Cemetery. Casket bearers are Rick Cox, Doug Dempsey, Aaron Egelston, Allen Egelston, Terry Egelston, and Jason Moorhead.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to the Cass County Regional Hospital and may be sent in care of the funeral home.


Louis “Lou” Nicholas Saubers

Louis “Lou” Nicholas Saubers, 89, of Adrian, passed away August 16, 2010 at the Cass Regional Medical Center in Harrisonville.
  Lou was born in Butte, Nebraska., on April 17, 1921 the son of Frank and Minnie (Hostert) Saubers.
  Lou’s early childhood was spend homesteading in Edgemont, South Dakota with the family living in a Railroad Boxcar until their home was built by his parents and five other brothers and sisters.
  Upon graduation from high school in 1939, Lou enlisted in the United States Army as a private and rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant.
  He was stationed briefly in Washington, D.C. where he met Elizabeth “Betty” Ann Gantz.
  They were married at the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Washington, D.C., and he was transferred to Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas.
  Lou and Betty moved to a farm in Pleasant Hill in 1951 where he started his own Saubers’ Construction Company.
  In 1959 the family moved to Adrian where they lived for over 34 years in many different houses that Lou had built.
  In 1993, after Lou retired from the construction business, they moved to Passaic.
  In 2009 Lou moved to the Adrian Manor.
  He was preceded in death by his wife Betty, his parents, Frank and Minnie, one brother Wilbert and sister Stella and son-in-law, Paul Alan Gregg.
  Lou is survived by two sisters, Irene Bayer of Herminston, Ore. and Doris Olson of East Wenatchee, Wash.; a brother, Walter Saubers of Sturgis, South Dakota, three children, Carol Jean Gregg of Adrian; Lou Ann Nichols and husband Allen of Magnolia, Tex. and Louis “Nick” Saubers, Jr. and wife Susan of Adrian; five grandchildren, four great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
  Funeral services were held on August 20, 2010 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Butler.
  Burial was at the Crescent Hill Cemetery, Adrian. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Lieutenant Charles Garrison Veteran memorial, Route 1, Box 330, Adrian, Missouri 64720.
  Arrangements were under the direction of the Atkinson Funeral Home, Adrian.


George Edward Bowman

George Edward Bowman, 88, of Pleasant Hill, departed this life on August 19, 2010 at his home surrounded by his family.
  He was born August 4, 1922 in Carroll County, Arkansas, near Eureka Springs, the son of Henry Edward and FlossieMae (Knox) Bowman.
  At the age of 15, he lied about his age to join the CCC. After serving there, he enlisted in the Army where he served from 1942 until 1945.
  While in the Army he landed on Omaha Beach, June 6, 1944, D-Day. He also participated in the Battle of the Bulge and crossed Remagen Bridge.
  On July 7, 1945 upon returning to Pleasant Hill, George was united in marriage to the love of his life Jennie C. Yadon in Harrisonville, and they remained in the area the rest of his life.
  He worked as a farmer, a factory worker, eventually settling into carpentry. Many people in the area still live in homes built by George. He also helped build much of the First Baptist Church in Pleasant Hill, where he has remained a member and deacon emeritus.
  He was a former member of the Pleasant Hill Lions Club, Bit and Spur Saddle Club, Quarterbacks Club (where he ran the chain gang at the high school football games for many years), the Boy Scouts and the Tribe of Mic-O-Say.
  He was well known for his hard work and generosity. He had a love for babies and was known as the “Candy Man” to all the children as he always had a pocket full of candy.
  He was preceded in death by two infant sisters and a son-in-law, Chris Ford.
  He is survived by his loving and steadfast wife of 65 years, Jennie of the home; two sons Glen Bowman and his wife Cindy of Raymore, and Mike Bowman and his wife Karen of Pleasant Hill; two daughters Terri Melvin and her husband Jon, and Rhonda Ford, all of Pleasant Hill; 13 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; other relatives and many friends.
  Funeral services were held on August 23, 2010 at the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home.
  Pastor Wyatt Shanks of the Pleasant Hill First Baptist Church officiated.
  Military graveside services were performed by VFW Post #3118 Honor Guard at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
  Casket bearers were Glen Bowman, Mike Bowman, Jon Melvin, Chris Ford (in memoriam), Scott Divish, Brian Denslow, Mark Raby, Paul Buckingham, Chris Melvin, Grant Bowman, Kyle Reeves, Cody Ford and Travis Ford.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to the Building Fund at First Baptist 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, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill.


Alberta Evon Benware

Alberta Evon Benware, 81, a lifelong resident of Pleasant Hill, departed this life on August 21, 2010 at her home surrounded by her loving family.
  She was born July 29, 1929 in the Hickory Grove area near Pleasant Hill, the daughter of Lonie A. and Edna Pearl (Small) James.
  On April 8, 1950, Alberta was united in marriage to Robert E. Benware at the Hickory Grove Baptist Church.
  Alberta was a homemaker. She was a former member of the Hickory Grove Baptist Church, the First Baptist Church of Pleasant Hill and a current member of the Strasburg Baptist Church.
  Through her many years of church service, she had been church hostess, WMU, Baptist Builders Mission Team, Cradle Roll Ministry, Bed Babies Sunday School, VBS Teacher and was always available to assist others.
  She was a member of the Ivy Leaf Chapter O.E.S., Pleasant Hill and the Friendly Homemakers Club.
  Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Johnnie P. James, Ronald D. James, Hobert Milican and one sister Verna Milican.
  She is survived by her husband Bob of the home; three sons Bernie (and Joy) Benware of Holden, Rick (and Gretchen) Benware and Bradd (and Chantell) Benware, all of Pleasant Hill; one daughter Oretta (and Gary) Smith of Raymore; nine grandchildren Derek (and Sandy), Laura (and Matt), Amanda (and Jeff), David (and Marlena), Patrick (and Christina), Bryan, Casey, Megan, and Crystal; five great grandchildren Carson, Ayden, Logan, Sutton and Lilly; one brother Lonie (and Mary) James of Lebanon; three sisters, Della Croy of Lee’s Summit, Nyla Parris of Pleasant Hill; Alma (and Homer) Foote of Harrisonville; numerous nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.
  Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, August 26, 2010 at the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home.
  Pastor Preston Sanders of Strasburg Baptist Church will officiate.
  Interment will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
  Casket bearers are Derek Smith, David Benware, Patrick Benware, Bryan Benware, Casey Benware, Matt Case and Jeffrey Moorefield.
  Visitation will be held 6-8 p.m., Wednesday evening at the funeral home with Eastern Star Services at 8:00 p.m.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to Continua Hospice.


Gerald Lee Hitt

Gerald Lee Hitt, age 78, was born in Pleasant Hill, on November 28, 1931 and left this world on August 12, 2010.
  He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Martha Hitt; and a son Jerry.
  He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Lois; son Raymond of Albuquerque; son Charles, his wife Dinnara, and their children Ashley and Matthew of Huntington Beach CA; and aunt Betty and uncle Don of Burlington IA.
  He graduated from Manual Training High School in Peoria, IL and received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Bradley University.
  After graduating from Bradley, Gerald embarked on a 22- year career in the United States Air Force obtaining the final rank of Lt. Colonel. During this time he received an MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma and carried out assignments at the Special Weapons Center, Kirtland AFB, the Air Force Western Test Range, Vandenberg AFB, CA, the Defense Atomic Support Agency, Sandia AFB, and the Directorate of Nuclear Surety, Kirtland AFB.
  After retiring from the Air Force, he held positions with the Mason and Hanger-Silas Mason, Dynalectron, and BDM Corporations. During his time in the Air Force, Gerald discovered a small ex-mining town in Colorado, White Pine, and bought an old cabin there.
  For over 15 years he researched the history of the town and surrounding area, conducted interviews of past and present residents, and published a monthly newsletter named for the town’s former newspaper, The White Pine Cone.
  Jerry has been cremated. A memorial service will be held in White Pine next summer.
  The family has requested that in lieu of flowers remember a special person by contributing to the White Pine Water Association, 552 Mill Rd, Madison AL 35758.
  Cremation services were provided by the Riverside Funeral Home of Albuquerque, 225 San Mateo NE, 764-9663.
—Published in the Albuquerque Journal on August 20, 2010.


William R. "Bud" Owsley

William R. "Bud" Owsley, 90, of Pleasant Hill, departed this life on August 17, 2010 at his home.
  He was born May 26, 1920 in Preston, Missouri the son of Homer A. and Grace (Dollarhide) Owsley.
  Bud was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps.
  On March 19, 1944, he was united in marriage to Electa Wanda Pennell in Ft. Scott, Kansas.
  She preceded him in death on April 5, 2001.
  Bud was a Millwright for Armco Steel in Kansas City retiring in 1983 after 30 years of service.
  While working at Armco he and Electa farmed their ground near Pleasant Hill until his health failed. He was a member of the Pleasant Hill First Baptist Church where he had served on the building and grounds committee for several years.
  He was also preceded in death by a daughter Pamela Sue Brown and three brothers George Owsley, Maurice Owsley, and Berry Owsley.
  He is survived by one daughter Cheryl Hatton and husband Charles of Pleasant Hill; six grandchildren Brent S. Alexander and wife Devon of Peculiar; Lyle S. Alexander and wife Annie of Kansas City; Christy S. Brown of Surprise, Arizona, Paul W. Brown, also of, Surprise,Nina R. Nance and husband Nathan of Indonesia, and Ryan J. Alexander and wife Kelly of Kingsville; 10 great grandchildren; a sister Hazel Palmer of Kremmling, Colorado; other relatives and friends.
  Bud was a devoted husband. He loved his children and grandchildren and his neighbors and friends.
  Funeral services were August 20, 2010 at the Stanley- Dickey Funeral Home. Pastor Preston Sanders of the Strasburg Baptist Church officiated. Military graveside services with full military honors by the VFW Post #3118 Honor Guard and interment was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
  Casket bearers were Brent Alexander, Lyle Alexander, Ryan Alexander and Paul Brown.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to the PDK Foundation 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.


Alicia Renee “Lysa” (Hardwick) Shanks

Alicia Renee “Lysa” (Hardwick) Shanks, 39, departed this life on August 17, 2010 at Centerpoint Medical Center in Independence.
  She was born July 23, 1971 in Yuma, OK, the daughter of Floyd Lee “Sam” and Linda May (Hughes) Hardwick.
  In 1989, Lysa graduated from Raytown High School and then attended Sanford Brown College, where she obtained an LPN degree. On September 30, 2003, she was united in marriage with Cody Aaron Shanks in Oklahoma.
  Lysa worked in several hospitals and nursing homes throughout the Raytown- Kansas City area during her nursing career.
  She was preceded in death by her father, Floyd Lee “Sam” Hardwick on March 14, 2010.
  She is survived by her husband Cody Aaron Shanks of the home; two sons, T. J. Knutzen and Dylan Shanks, both of the home; two daughters, Jordon Knutzen of Blue Springs and Halee Shanks of the home; her mother Linda M. Cole of Oak Grove; her stepmother, Wanda Jean Hardwick of Pleasant Hill; two sisters, Samantha Combs of Belton and Tina Broxson of Independence; two step sisters, Michele Lawson and Rebekah Lamar, both of Richmond; other relatives and many friends.
  Cremation was accorded.
  A memorial service was held August 22, 2010 at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill with Rev. Kent Deubner officiating.


Raymond Jack Allen

Raymond Jack Allen, Sr., 88, died August 17, 2010 in Shreveport, La. “Jack” was born Feb. 12, 1922.
  He is survived by 11 great grandchildren, five grandchildren and three children.
  He was preceded in death by his wife Neva Jackson Allen.
  Services were held August 20 at the McClendon- Winters Funeral Home Chapel in Okmulgee, OK.
  Contact www.mcclendonwinters.com for further information.


Emil Adair

Emil Adair of Parker, Colo. formerly of Pleasant Hill died August 12, 2010.
  He leaves one daughter Susie and Dave VanHyning of Parker, Colo.; one son Ritche and Pam Adair of Buffalo, Mo.; two granddaughters; two great granddaughters and four great, great, grandchildren.
  Graveside services were held at Hampden Memorial Gardens in Aurora, Colo., August 17, 2010.


Charles William “Bill” Swartz

Charles William “Bill” Swartz, 79, passed away August 16, 2010 at Kansas City Hospice House. He was born September 18, 1930 in Garland, Kansas, the son of Leonard D. “Dutch” and Mary Katherine (Jones) Swartz.
  In 1935 the Swartz family moved to Grandview where Bill attended school and graduated from Grandview High School. On March 10, 1952, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and served his country until March 9, 1956.
  On October 4, 1952, he was united in marriage with Shirley Ann Worrell in Grandview. Bill and Shirley were married for nearly 58 years before his passing.
  After his military service, Bill and Shirley moved to Missouri and made their home in the Kansas City area.
  In 1972 the Swartz family moved to Raymore. Bill worked as a senior claims representative for Allstate Insurance Company. In 1990 he retired from Allstate to his acreage in Raymore.
  Bill was preceded in death by his parents, “Dutch” and Mary Swartz, one brother Rodney Swartz and two sisters, Leona Waisner and Tamea Slover.
  He is survived by his loving wife, Shirley of the home; two daughters, Barbara Swartz of Greenwood and Brenda Dean of Raymore; three granddaughters, Megan, Marcy and Amelia Dean; one great grandson Emerson; two brothers, Leonard Swartz of Lee’s Summit and Rex Swartz of Harrisonville and one sister, Sue Callahan of Stockton, Calif., other relatives and many friends.
  Services were held August 21, 2010 at the First Baptist Church of Raymore with Brother J. C. Beckner officiating.
  Casket bearers were Glenn Yoakum, ShaneWills, Don Purtle, Sam Swartz, Marvin Andrews and Roger Breit. Honorary bearers were Greg Worrell, Matt Breit, Ricky Swartz, Rex Swartz, Clint Woods, Gary Morris, Vince Swartz and Gary Dean.
  Burial was in Raymore Cemetery with Military honors provided by VFW Post #3118 of Pleasant Hill.
  Contributions in memory of Bill Swartz may be made to KU Endowment/Liver Cancer Research, 3901 Rainbow Blvd.,MS 3012, Kansas City, KS 66160. Note Bill’s name on Memo Line of check.
  Arrangements by Wallace Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.


Dale Gene Carter

Dale Gene Carter, 82, of Deming, New Mexico, formerly of Kansas City, departed this life at on August 19, 2010 at the Veterans Administration Regional Hospital in Albuquerque.
  He was born December 7, 1927 in Coffeyville, Kansas, the son of John D. and Ethel L. Carter.
  On April 25, 1953, he was united in marriage to Gertrude A. Kelly in Bernillio, New Mexico.
  Dale was a United States Navy WWII veteran.
  Dale was employed as a mechanic and welder for Westfall GMC, Bill Star Trucking, and Trans Am Trucking, retiring in 1996.
  He was a member of the Deming VFW Post #1477, the Scottish Rite-Valley of Kansas City, and PastMaster of Swope Park Lodge #617 A.F & A.M.
  Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his son John Dale Carter.
  He is survived by his wife Gertrude of the home; one son Louis Carter of Kansas City; three daughters, Anita Rios of Independence, Janice Allen (and Wendy Noah) of Kansas City, and Ethel Metcalf (and David) of Lee’s Summit; one sister Loraine Ecksund of Belen, NewMexico; 10 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; other relatives and friends.
  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, August 25, 2010 at the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home.
  Rev. D. Kent Deubner of the Pleasant Hill First Christian Church will officiate.
  Military graveside services and interment will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery by the VFW Post #3118 Honor Guard.
  Casket bearers are Dale Carter, Tommy Sands, Gary Steinly, Wesley Steinly, Chris Woods and Ryan Wyse.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to the Hospice Unit at VA Hospital in Albuquerque New Mexico 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, Stanley- DickeyFH@aol.com.


Eva Pauline Haralson
 Eva Pauline Haralson, 85, of Holden, departed this life August 12, 2010, at her home.
 She was born on July 5, 1925, in Birch Tree, Missouri, the daughter of Ervin and Alma (Huddleston) Young.
 On July 25, 1944, Pauline was united in marriage to Elton James Haralson in Kansas City, Kansas.
 Pauline was employed as an inspector for Bendix, Kansas City, Missouri for 25 years until her retirement in
1988.
 She was a member of the New Life Fellowship Baptist Church, Holden and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary.
  Pauline loved her family, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
 She immensely enjoyed quilting, dancing and spending time with her family and friends.
 Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant son, James Ray Haralson; two brothers, Edward Evans and William (Billy) Young.
 She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Jim Haralson
of the home; a son, Dennis L. Haralson and wife Keleta, Pleasant Hill, Missouri; a daughter, Diane Oliver and husband Jim, Geneva, Florida; 4 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Betty Anderson, Raymore, Missouri, Ruth LeBaron, Mt. View, Missouri; other relatives and many friends.
 Funeral services were August 17, 2010 at the New Life Fellowship Baptist Church in Holden. Pastor Mike Wakeman officiated.
 Interment in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Casket bearers were Bill Faust, Oren Henry, Todd Morris, James Perkins, Dennis Ridenhour and Richard Young.
 Memorial contributions are suggested to the New Life Fellowship Baptist 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.stanleyy-dickeyfuneralhome.com.
 Arrangements were under the direction of the Stanley- Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill.

L.A. “Cotton” Bartlett
 L.A. “Cotton” Bartlett, 66, of Pleasant Hill, departed this life August 12, 2010, at his home.
 He was born June 4, 1944 in Greenwood, Arkansas, the son of Lloyd Albert and Stella Lucile (McHargue) Bartlett.
 Cotton was a farmer and rancher and had been employed
at the Lee’s Summit Animal Clinic as a veterinarian tech for 31 years.
 Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Bert Roger Bartlett. He is survived by a brother, Danny Ray “Pete” Bartlett and sister, Sandra Kay “Susie” Bartlett Copeland; four nieces and three nephews.
  Cremation has been accorded. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date for friends and family in Pleasant Hill.
 A memorial service for friends and family will be held at the Liberty Cemetery in Greenwood, Arkansas on August 21, 2010 at 10:00 a.m.
 Memorial contributions are suggested to Kansas City Hospice and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
 Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com.
  Arrangements were under the direction of the Stanley- Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill.

Roy F. Sloan

 Roy F. Sloan of Highland, Md., formerly of Pleasant Hill, passed away June 11, 2010, at the age of 76 years, 5 months and 20 days.
 He was born Dec. 21, 1933, in Pleasant Hill, the son of Hubert and Lola (Pelsor) Sloan.
 Roy graduated from Pleasant Hill High School in 1951. After graduation he attended one year of college at Central Missouri State University (now the University of Central Missouri) in Warrensburg before serving his country in the United States Army.
 After his honorable discharge from military services Roy completed his college education at the University of Missouri-Rolla. He would later obtain a Master’s Degree from George Washington University.
 In 1959, Roy joined APL, after working at the lab as a college student the previous summer. He was assigned to the newly formed Space Department, where he applied his expertise in the design, development and testing of radio frequency (RF) and microwave electronics.
 Roy’s skills were enlisted for components and systems in nearly 50 APL-built satellites. He was especially involved in the design of RF electronics for the Transit satellites; the hardware he designed for Transit 4A was incorporated into later satellites in that series.
 Roy also worked on the Oscar satellites, the SAS and GEOS spacecraft, the NAVPAC Doppler Beacons, and the Transit Improvement Program satellites. In the later years of his career he worked on an X-band transmitter for MSX and an Xband power amplifier for NEAR. He retired with 38 years of service in 1997.
 Roy was a longtime member of the APL Bowling League and had also played on the APL basketball team. He loved golfing and enjoyed visiting family in Missouri. He was a former member of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Pleasant Hill.
 He was preceded in death by: his parents; Hubert and Lola Sloan; two sisters, infant Anna Lee Sloan in 1969 and Lorene (Sloan) Cantrell.
  Roy is survived by: a sister; Patricia Alexander and husband, Bud, of Pleasant Hill; two nephews; Rick Alexander of Pleasant Hill and Ken Cantrell of Ponca City, Okla.; two nieces, Linda Hess of Wichita, Kan., and LeAnne Fuller of Hermosa Beach, Calif.
 Family will receive friends from 10-11 a.m. on Saturday, August 14, 2010 at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill.
 A graveside service will immediately follow the visitation at the Sloan Cemetery.
 Military honors will be provided by the Military Honors Team from V.F.W. Post #3118 of Pleasant Hill.


Winfred “Gene” Reese

 Winfred “Gene” Reese died Aug. 5, 2010, at his home in Pleasant Hill after an extended illness.
  He was born Nov. 3, 1939, in El Paso, Tex. to Cleo V. Paris and Elmer C. Reese.
  He spent his childhood in Sacramento, Calif., moving to Pleasant Hill in 1965. He was married to Joyce E. Potter on July 1, 1960, in Fair Oaks, Calif.
  His joys in life were his daughters and grandchildren. His hobbies were varied, but utmost was building computers and any new gadget. He marveled at what would be in the future.
  He was preceded in death by: his father, Elmer C. Reese; mother, Cleo V. Seta; brother, Lloyd L. Reese; sister, Joan M. Jones and three nephews, Leslie DeShazer, Jr., Victor Roybal, Jr., and Barry Roybal.
  “Gene” is survived by his wife, Joyce, of the home, daughters Ruthie DeWitt of Battle Ground, Wash.; Virginia McKellips of Morrisville; Gena Soto of Lee’s Summit; Tina Fields-Gomez of Pleasant Hill; 11 grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren.
 Graveside services were held on Sunday, Aug. 8, at the Rosehill Cemetery in La- Tour with Brother Bob Sims, officiating.
  Pallbearers were Daniel DePeralta, Jr., Robert Fields, James Fields, Thomas McKellips, Raul Soto and Robert Weeks.
  In Lieu of flowers it was his wish that donations be given to the poor and homeless. The family suggests the Ministerial Alliance of Pleasant Hill.
  Special thanks are extended to Dr. James Maliszweski of Kansas City Internal Medicine, Dr. Mark Davidner of Kansas City Cancer Center and staff, Research Hospital staff, St. Joseph Oncology outpatient staff and Vitas Hospice of Kansas City.
  Arrangements were under the direction of the Wallace Funeral Home of Pleasant Hill.


Dorothy L. Burbridge

Dorothy L. Burbridge, 86 of Pleasant Hill, died on Sunday, Aug. 1, at Lee’s Summit Medical Center.
  Visitation will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 4, at the Wallace Funeral Home on Lake Street in downtown Pleasant Hill.
  Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 5, at the funeral home, followed by burial in the Lee’s Summit Cemetery.
  Look for Mrs. Burbridge’s complete obituary in next week’s Pleasant Hill Times.


L. Olive Christian

L. Olive Christian, 91, Holden, died on July 25, 2010, at the Holden Manor.
  She was born Sept. 2, 1918, in Howell City, to Price and Martha Myrtle (Hooten) Stiger.
  The Stiger family left Howell when Olive was about two years old and lived several places in Missouri during Olive’s younger years. In 1932, the family settled in Johnson County.
  On March 19, 1938, married Lawrence E. Christian in Pleasant Hill. This union lasted for 54 years until Lawrence’s death on March 20, 1992.
  Olive had the unique combination of an indomitable spirt and faith—failure wasn’t a word in her vocabulary— it led to many experiences which those of lesser character would have been afraid to try. During World War II, Olive worked as a welder in a shipyard in Antioch, Calif.
  After her first two children were born, she took a job cooking for railroad workers. That may not sound hard until you factor in that the cooking was done in an un-airconditioned railroad car on a wood fed stove in the California heat. The floor of the railroad car was so rough that she was afraid to put her children down to play, fearing they would get splinters. She held them in her arms while she cooked.
  After Olive and Lawrence returned to Missouri, she worked for Royal Manufacturing in Holden. They also owned and operated Christian’s Dari In and from 1969- 1974, owned and operated Christian Liquors in Kingsville.
  After selling the liquor store, Olive went to work as a seamstress for King Louie in Pleasant Hill, retiring in 1980. Olive also worked for many years on a farm alongside Lawrence.
  Olive was a long time member of the Kingsville Baptist Church and a past member of the Ivy Leaf Chapter of OES of Pleasant Hill.
  Of all the things Olive accomplished in her life, she was proudest of and loved her family the most. Her legacy to them is love, and it will always be remembered.
  Olive was preceded in death by her parents, Price and Martha M. Stiger; her husband, Lawrence E. Christian; two sons, James Price Christian on Nov. 1, 1960, and Jerry Lee Christian on January 30, 2007; and one sister, Ruthie Christian.
  She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Garland and Sherry Christian of Blue Springs; one daughter and son-in-law, Jane and Joe Freitas of North Highlands, Calif.; one daughter-in-law, Linda Christian of Holden; nine grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.
  Services were held on July 31, 2010, at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill with Rev. John McRoy officiating.
  Casket bearers were Innie Freitas, Jerry Christian, Jr., Michael Christian, C.J. Hoover, Eric Brendel and Jake Stever.
  Honorary bearers were Tim Hoover, Billy Hoover, Dan Gilmore, Matt Brendel, Kevin Stewart, Dustin Gilmore, Clayton Christian, Aiden Christian, Collin Brown and Nolan Brown.
  Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be sent to Kingsville Baptist Church or the Masonic Home of Missouri.


Robert Lee Williams

Robert Lee Williams, 84, a 30-year resident of Pleasant Hill, passed away July 27, 2010, at the Pleasant Hill Health and Rehabilitation Center.
  He was born June 21, 1926, in Trenton, the son of Charles L. and Lenora (Weidimer) Williams.
  Robert retired from Old American Asphalt & Roofing Company and then worked for the Pleasant Hill School District for ten years in maintenance.
  He is survived by one son, Robert Boyd Williams of El Monte, Calif., and one daughter, Margaret C. Williams of Lee’s Summit.
  At Mr. Williams request, no services are scheduled. Cremation.Arrangements by Wallace Funeral Home.


Isabella “Izzy B” Rose Hayes

Isabella “Izzy B” Rose Hayes, East Lynne, 10 month old daughter of Nathan and Lori (Schmoll) Hayes, earned her angel wings on July 21, 2010 at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City from complications after her second heart surgery on July 2010.
  Isabella was born September 17, 2009 at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Kansas City.
  She was born seven weeks premature, weighing only 3 pounds, 6 ounces.
  She was diagnosed at 13 days old with a congenital heart defect, Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. Even from the beginning she was a fighter.
  Isabella spent the first 4- 1/2 months of her life at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City awaiting, undergoing and recovering from her first heart surgery.
  She finally came home on January 28, 2010 and began learning how to be a baby. Isabella, along with many supporters (Team Gettin’ Busy for Izzy) participated in the Kansas City Heart Walk in May with the CHD Families Association. She was a big hit!
  Isabella had such a strong, tough little personality. She was an extremely happy baby, even through all her struggles. She was truly an inspiration to everyone she met, and many she didn’t meet.
  “Izzy B.” was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, James Hayes.
  She is survived by her parents; Nathan and Lori (Schmoll) Hayes of East Lynne, Missouri, one sister; Chloe Hayes of Ashland, Kentucky; her paternal grandmother; Joyce Adkins of Ashland, Kentucky; her maternal grandparents; Max and Gayle (Prewitt) Schmoll of Pleasant Hill; her paternal great grandparents, Bessie Breakfield of New Martinsburg, Ohio; Harold Wayne Baker of Olive Hills, Kentucky; and Betty Stevens of Lynchfield, Kentucky; her aunts and uncles, Amy Schmoll & Doug Johnson of Harrisonville; Abbie Schmoll and Boyd Engelhardt of Butler; Jeremy and Krista Hayes, Justin Hayes and Amanda Johnson, all of Ashland, Kentuck; eight cousins, and many other loving relatives, friends and supporters.
  Services were held 10 a.m. Monday, July 26, 2010, at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill with Pastor Nancy Cantrell and Rev. Mark Turvaville officiating.
  Casket Bearers were Nathan Hayes and Jeremy Hayes.
  Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.


Charles E. Spotts

Charles E. Spotts, 80, of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, was born Thursday, January 9, 1930 in West Plains, Missouri, the son of Charles A. and Matilda A. (Soper) Spotts.
  He departed this life and stepped into eternal life with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at 10:20 a.m. on Thursday, July 22, 2010 at his home surrounded by family and friends.
  Charles honorably served our country in the United States Air Force from 1947- 1949.
  On July 29, 1950, he was united in marriage to Darlene Stephens in Coffeyville, Kansas.
  Charles was a serviceman for Missouri Gas Energy starting in 1962 and retiring in 1989.
  In the late 1950’s and early 1960’s he served as the Chief of Police and Fire Chief of Claycomo, Missouri.
  Charles was a devoted family man and a man of God. He attended the Big Creek Baptist Church in Pleasant Hill.
  He was preceded in death by his wife Darlene Spotts, his son Charles Stephen Spotts and three brothers Clifford Spotts, Paul Spotts and John Spotts.
  He is survived by his two daughters Nancy (and Stephen) Rhode of Holden, Missouri and Darla (and Tony) Echeita of Pleasant Hill; one daughter-law Lisa V. Spotts of Austin, Texas; five grandchildren Jeremy, Justin, Stephanie, Jessica, and Haley; eight great grandchildren; two sisters Jewel (and Bill) Norvell and Mary (and James) Boston both of Pleasant Hill; other relatives and many friends.
  Funeral Services were held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, July 24, 2010 at the funeral home.
  Pastor Todd MacLean of the Big Creek Baptist Church officiated.
  Burial was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery with the folding of the American flag by the VFW Post #3118 Honor Guard.
  Casket bearers were Tony Echeita, Jeremy Young, Justin Young, Kyle Cline, Skip Norvell, and Robert Boston. Honorary casket bearers are Stephen Rhode, Noah Young, Ayden Cline, James Boston, Bill Norvell, Tony Norvell, and Mike Beaty.
  Visitation was held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to Life Outreach International and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
  Charles and Darleen donated thousands of dollars to Life Outreach International and provided for hundreds of thousands of children across the world.
  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 StanleyDickeyFH@aol. com.


Harold Kenneth
“Kenny” or “Bozo” Elms

Harold Kenneth “Kenny” or “Bozo” Elms, 89, of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, was born Sunday, September 19, 1920 in Indianola, Nebraska, the son of Harold O. and LaVaughn M. (Schoonover) Elms.
  He departed this life at 1:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 24, 2010, at his Pleasant Hill home.
  On December 13, 1942, Harold was united in marriage to Eileen M. Heine in Craig, Missouri. She preceded him in death on November 26, 1999.
  Harold farmed in Northern Missouri before going to work for the General Motors Corporation in Kansas City where he retired from in 1982.
  He was a member of the Amazing Grace Lutheran Church in Pleasant Hill and the United Auto Workers Union.
  He had also been a member of Jackson County Sheriff’s Posse.
  He was also preceded in death by one brother Wayne Elms and one sister Evelyn Boston.
  He is survived by his son Armand K. (and Patti Randazzo) Elms of Pleasant Hill; a granddaughter Kelly; one great grandchild; one brother Lynn Elms of St. Joseph, Missouri; one sister Erma Miles of Virginia; other relatives and friends.
  Funeral services will be held at 8:00 P.M. on Thursday, July 29, 2010, at the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home.
  Pastor Bill Schroeder of the Amazing Grace Lutheran Church will officiate. A solo will be performed by Mr. Andy Moore.
  Visitation will be held from 6:00 P.M. until service time.
  Interment will be held 9:00 A.M. Friday, July 30, 2010, at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
  Casket bearers are Dale Francy, Jr., David Francy, Dean Francy, Doug Francy, David J. Francy, and Lisa Ketchum.
  The family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude for the kind, compassionate and steadfast service that Harold’s home nurse Lisa Ketchum provided for their father in the past three years.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to the Amazing Grace Lutheran Church and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
  Online condolences may be sent to the family 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.


Clifford Vernon Eslick, Sr.

He was born March 13, 1928 in Henryetta, Okla., the son of Harrison S. and Emma M. Eslick.
  Clifford was a WWII and Korean War Veteran serving in the Army Air Corps. He was extremely proud of his grandson, Justin, who is a 2nd Lt. in the Army, serving in Iraq. Every morning Clifford would salute his grandson's picture.
  On March 30, 1956, Clifford was united in marriage to Lillian C. Howe in Aullville, Missouri.
  He was a member of the Big Creek Baptist Church in Pleasant Hill, and a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3118 in Pleasant Hill.
  He retired from Western Electric in 1981 and was a lifetime member of Telecom Pioneer.
  He enjoyed visits from his grandchildren, which included taking them fishing, playing endless hours of games and showering them with unconditional love.
  Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, George Eslick, Clarence “Babe” and Marvin; four sisters, Gladys Pait, Ruth Hudson, Gertrude Sparks and Bertha Gower.
  He is survived by his loving and steadfast wife, Lillian of the home; three sons William (Donna) Eslick, Clifford (Darlene) Eslick, Jr., and Raymond (Brenda) Eslick; two daughters Della (Dale) Hircock and Cathy (Daniel) Schotte; one brother Lee (Wanda) Eslick; 15 grandchildren; 13 greatgrandchildren; other relatives and friends.
  His remarkable life touched many friends and relatives.
  He will be remembered as a loving and kind husband, father, grandfather and friend. His infectious laugh will always be remembered and missed.
  Funeral services were July 20, 2010 at the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home. Rev. Todd MacLean of the Big Creek Baptist Church officiated.
  A solo was provided by Mrs. Kristin Eslick.
  Graveside military services were performed in Pleasant Hill Cemetery with full military honors by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3118 Honor Guard.
  Casket bearers were Chris Elliott, Clinton Eslick, Derek Eslick, Douglas Eslick, Justin Eslick, Allison Schotte, Brian Schotte and Matthew Snyder.
  Donations may be made to the Big Creek Baptist Church Building Fund and may be sent in care of the funeral home.


B. Eugene “Gene” Brown

Beveleen Eugene “Gene” Brown, 87 of Lone Jack, departed this life July 12, 2010 at the Shangri-la Rehab & Living Center in Blue Springs.
  He was born February 26, 1923 in Kingsville, the son of Thomas F. “Tom” and Ona Eliza “Birtie” (Arrington) Brown.
  Gene was united in marriage to Nellie Marie Bass on October 2, 1940 in Liberty.
  Gene was a well known stone mason. He built a majority of the retaining and sea walls at Lake Lotawana.
  In his spare time, he enjoyed hunting, reading and collecting books. He loved working in the garden, watching and feeding the birds, and telling stories. He loved to listen while his foot was tapping to the music that his family members played.
  He accepted the Lord on October 18, 1949 and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Blue Springs.
  He was preceded in death by his wife, Nellie, on May 27, 2006; his four brothers, Raymond, Harold, Kenneth and Kenion; one sister, Ona Fay Brickey; two grandsons; and one great grandson.
  He is survived by his nine children, Ronald and Leona Brown of Willow Springs, Mo.; Sharon and Curtis Lander of Oak Grove; William and Bonnie Brown of Bates City;Merleen and Jim Griggs of Lee’s Summit; Steven and Shirley Brown of Lone Jack; Beveleen and Richard Dunn of Walnut Grove, Mo., Coleen and Steve Guthridge of Pleasant Hill; Kirk and Lynne Brown of Pleasant Hill and Jana and Rick Pott of Morrison, Colorado.
  He is also survived by his brother Merle K. Brown of Lone Jack; two sisters, Leona Lanora “Kitty” Mckay of Holden, and Nona May Vanos of Hannibal, 32 grandchildren, 57 great grandchildren, eight great-great grandchildren and other relatives and friends.
  Funeral services were July 18, 2010 at the Lone Jack Baptist Church. Rev. Steven Brown officiated.
  Burial was in the T.H. Brown Cemetery near Grain Valley. Gene’s grandsons served as casket bearers.
  Visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. until service time at the church.
  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, Pleasant Hill.


Martha Jo Ford Tilson

Martha Jo Ford Tilson, 84, departed this life July 14, 2010 at the Pleasant Hill Health and Rehabilitation Center.
  She was born on December 1, 1925 in Blue Ridge, Texas, the daughter of John Wesley and Oneta (Truelove) Dillon.
  On October 16, 1943, Martha was united in marriage with Carl B. Ford in Sherman, Tex, and to this union six children were born.
  Martha and Carl were married for 40 years before Carl’s death on May 10, 1984.
  In 1991 Martha was united in marriage with Robert Tilson in Bonham, Tex.
  Mr. Tilson also preceded Martha in death.
  In 2000 she moved to Kingsville from Texas, where she had been a life long resident, to make her home with her daughter and son-in-law June and James Bell.
  In 2009, failing health necessitated a move to the Pleasant Hill Care Center.
  Martha worked most of her life in the food service industry for various schools and colleges in Texas.
  She was a member of the DAV Auxiliary and the VFW Auxiliary.
  She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Carl B. Ford and Robert Tilson; one brother, Finnis Dillon; and two granddaughters.
  She is survived by three sons, Donnie Carl Ford, Johnny Lee Ford and Paul Ray Ford, all of Sherman, Tex.; three daughter, Carolyn Crosby of Knob Noster; Anita June Bell of Kingsville and Lisa Ann Norman of Sherman; one sister-in-law, Jean Ford; one brother-inlaw, Luis Thompson; 14 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.
  A Memorial service was held July 16 at the Wallace Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill with Rev. Kelly McCoy officiating.
  Graveside service and inurnment were July 19 at Cedarlawn Cemetery in Sherman.
  The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Pleasant Hill Church of Christ, 907 Cedar St., Pleasant Hill.


Mildred Pauline “Polly” Alexander

Mildred Pauline “Polly” Alexander, 84, of Pleasant Hill, was born Wednesday, February 24, 1926, in Kansas City, the daughter of Harold and Bessie (Highbarger) McIntyre.
  She died at 10:35 p.m. Sunday, June 27, 2010, at the Lee's Summit Medical Center.
  On May 23, 1943, Polly was united in marriage to Kenny Alexander, Sr., in Kansas City. He preceded her in death on April 26, 2000.
  She worked for Pleasant Hill Manufacturing Co. before going to work as a Layout Operator for AT&T in Lee’s Summit, retiring in 1982.
  She was a member of the First Baptist Church for over 40 years and was a leader of their bus ministry; later she was a charter member of the Calvary Community Church and currently an active member of the Big Creek Baptist Church. She was also a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America.
  Besides her parents and husband she was preceded in death by: two brothers, Jim McIntyre and Leonard McIntyre; and one sister, Helen Alexander.
  She is survived by: her son Kenny (Beverly) Alexander, Jr., and her daughter Dee (Bill) Sanders, both of Pleasant Hill; one grandson, Mike (Paula) Ballard of Marshall; one granddaughter, Krystal Alexander of Pleasant Hill; five great-grandchildren, Adina, Stormy, Alisha, Cortney, and Austin; and other relatives and friends.
  Funeral services were held on Friday, July 2, 2010, at the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, with the Reverends Todd MacLean and Dr. James Butterfield officiating. Music was rendered by Dennis and Cindy Dittmore and Debbie Martin.
  Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Casket bearers were Jim Alexander, Larry Alexander, Ray Alexander, Robert Alexander, Jack McIntyre, Jeff McIntyre and Rodney McIntyre.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to the Big Creek 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 at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com
  Arrangements were under the direction of the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home.
 


William Joseph “Bill” Eakins

William Joseph “Bill” Eakins, 85, of Pleasant Hill, departed this life June 25
  He was born on February 6, 1925 in Kansas City, the son of Jesse May and Helen Emma (Mohan) Eakins.
  On June 2, 1973, Bill was united in marriage to Edna Marie (Taylor) Becker in Pleasant Hill.
  He was a World War II Army Veteran serving in the Southwest Pacific Theatre.
  Bill was employed as a Millwright for several pharmaceutical companies in the Kansas City area.
  He was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans and Veteran of Foreign Wars Post #3118, Pleasant Hill.
  Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers Robert and Jesse; and two sisters Josephine and Helen.
  He is survived by his loving wife Edna of the home; one son Terry (Anita) Eakins of Stillwell, Kansas; one daughter Roxanne Higbee of Mission, Kansas; step sons James (Veronica) Becker of Ft. Mohave, Arizona and Robert (DoraMay) Becker of Harrisonville and Charles Becker of Austin, Texas; 13 grandchildren; several great grandchildren; other relatives and friends.
  Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, July 1, 2010 at the Stanley- Dickey Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill.
  Reverend Carl Knapp of the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church will officiate.
  Graveside military services and interment will be in the Floral Hills East Cemetery, Lee’s Summit by the Pleasant Hill VFW Post #3118 Honor Guard.
  Casket bearers will be members of Pleasant Hill VFW Post #3118.
  Visitation will be held 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday evening, June 30. at the funeral home.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to the Disabled American Veterans 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, Pleasant Hill.


William E. Riffe

William E. Riffe, 85, departed this life June 23, 2010 at the Pleasant Hill Health and Rehabilitation Center.
  He was born on May 17, 1925 in Camden, Mo., to Irvin and Flora Violet (Brinkley) Riffe.
  William spent his early years in Camden and graduated from Camden High School in 1943.
  On August 18, 1943, William joined the United States Army and served his country during World War II in the Army Air Corps.
  It was while he was stationed at Chanute Field in Danville, Ill. that he met a young Navy nurse from Kentland, Ind., Verneda Mae Walkup.
  Eleven days later, on January 15, 1946, they were united in marriage, a union that lasted for over 64 years.
  William completed his military service and was honorably discharged on February 4, 1947.
  With their military service completed, William and Verneda moved to Lafayette, Ind. where William attended Purdue University.
  In 1967 the Riffe family moved to Pleasant Hill to make their home.
  William worked for and retired from General Motors. William and Verneda also owned and operated the Riffe Tax Service for 53 years.
  William was preceded in death by his father, Irvin Riffe and his mother, Violet Norton.
  He is survived by his wife, Verneda Riffe of the home; two sons, Roy Riffe of New York City, and James Riffe of San Antonio, Tex. and one daughter Carol Todd of San Antonio, three grandchildren, three great grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.
  A graveside service was held June 28, 2010 at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery under the direction of the Wallace Funeral Home.
  Chaplain Michael Campbell of Crossroads Hospice officiated
  Michael Cox was vocalist.
  Military funeral honors were provided by the Missouri Military Honors Team from VFW Post #3118 of Pleasant Hill.


Margaret June Blackman Thornton

Margaret June Blackman Thornton, 74, died June 18, 2010 at North Carolina Veterans Home in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
  She was born June 22, 1935 in Pleasant Hill, the daughter of Charles Dewey and Hazel Irene Blackman.
  June was a graduate of William Jewell College in Liberty and was a physical education teacher in Grandview, before moving to Cincinnati, Ohio, where she taught in the Cincinnati School System.
  She is survived by her husband Richard Thornton, two sons, Richard Thornton of Fayetteville, and David Thornton of Indianapolis, Indiana, five grandchildren and her brother Bob Blackman of Warrensburg.
  Memorial services were held June 23, 2010 at the Rogers and Breece Funeral Home, Fayetteville. Burial was in the Sand Hills Veterans Cemetery, Fayetteville.


Ernie William Bartlett

Ernie William Bartlett, 87, Pleasant Hill, passed away at Golden Years Nursing Home in Harrisonville, June 20, 2010.
  He was born in Compton, Ark., on January 1, 1923, to Robert Dewey Bartlett and Oma Lula Plumlee Bartlett.
  Ernie married Inez Christine Armer on September 5, 1941 at Osage, Ark. He was a proud father of seven children, an avid coon hunter, gardener and outdoorsman.
  He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant daughter, an infant son, a son, Ernie Dwayne Bartlett; four brothers, Vernie, Roy Fay Leonard and Billy Hugh Bartlett; three sisters, Aldean Bartlett, Girtrue Phillips, Ruby Armer and one son-inlaw, Fred Jewett.
  He is survived by his wife Inez of the home, one son, Devoe Woodworth and Linda of Harrison, Ark.; three daughters, Doris Jewett, Lexington; Inez Charlene Haile and Raymond and Kathy Dean McCauley and Gene, all of Pleasant Hill; one sister, Adean Youngblood and Joe of Alpena, Ark.; one brother, William Jasper Bartlett and Barbara of Compton, Ark.; many grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
  Serving as pallbearers were Devoe Woodworth, David Collins, Doug Collins, Matt Wilhite, Jake Burch and German Filorio. Honorary pallbearers were Raymond Haile, Gene McCauley, Scott Brown, Randy Leibold, Tim Collins, Corey Collins, ChristianWilhite, TylerWilhite, Rober Eddings and Dan Peach.
  Burial was at the Plumlee Cemetery at Compton, Ark. on June 25, 2010.
  Arrangements were under the direction of thr Christeson Funeral Home in Harrison, Ark. Officiated by Minister Steve Hogue, Songs by Donna Plumlee and Matt Piper.
  In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent for Golden Years Nursing Home c/o Kathy McCauley, 33205 E. 179th Street, Pleasant Hill, MO 64080.


Joshua Pollock

Joshua Pollock, 28, of Ft. Meyers, Florida passed away on June 5, 2010. Josh was born on May 17, 1982 in Kansas City.
  He grew up in Pleasant Hill and attended school there. After high school, he worked for a drywall company, hanging, taping and sanding drywall.
  Five years ago he moved to Ft. Meyers to pursue his dream of being a Stand-up Comedian.
  He was preceded in death by a cousin T.K. Ogilvie who passed from Cystic Fibrosis.
  Survivors include his mother and father, fiancé Kerry Collins, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends in Florida and Missouri.
  Memorial services were held Saturday June 26, 2010 at Langsford Funeral Home in Lee’s Summit.
  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 6950 Squibb Road, Suite 310; Mission, Ks. 66202.
  Arrangements were under the ddirection of the Langsford Funeral Home, Lee’s Summit.


Darlena M. Bunnell

Darlena M. Bunnell, 72, passed away on June 19, 2010 at John Knox Village Care Center in Lee’s Summit.
  She was born November 16, 1937 in Pleasant Hill to Everett William and Verda Bell (King) Bunnell.
  Darlena grew up in the Pleasant Hill area and graduated from Pleasant Hill High School.
  After graduation, she moved to Lee’s Summit and went to work at A. T. & T. as an assembler. She retired from A. T. & T. several years ago.
  In 2002 Darlena was diagnosed with cancer. During her 7-year battle, she did not consider herself a “cancer victim” nor did she let it rule her life. Instead with each new challenge her illness presented, she fought back with determination and became a “victorious cancer survivor.”
  Even though Darlena had been gone from Pleasant Hill for many hears, she kept in contact with many of her classmates and eagerly anticipated the class reunions and periodic gatherings they arranged.
  One such gathering was held on Saturday June 19. Since she was not able to attend, her classmates had signed a card to let her know they were thinking of her.
  When one classmate was informed of her death, the following day, he remarked that she did get to attend a reunion after all, just a reunion of a different kind and in a different place.
  Darlena was preceded in death by her parents, Everett and Verda Bunnell.
  She is survived by two daughters Debra Duffey of Lee’s Summit and Pam Evinger of Oak Grove; one brother, Bill Bunnell of Adrian; two sisters, Louetta Elwell of Montrose and Connie VanLue of Butler; four grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.
  Graveside services were on June 24, 2010 at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery with Rev. Richard Carter officiating.
  Casket bearers were Joshua Duffey, Steve Nichols, Blake Nichols, Clay Evinger, Ian Woods, Shon Badder and Shorty Evinger.
  Memorial contributions may be made to the Darlena Bunnell Memorial Fund in care of the Pleasant Hill Bank or may be left at the Wallace Funeral Home.


Roy F. Sloan

Roy F. Sloan, 76, of Highland, Md., formerly of Pleasant Hill, died June 11, 2010.
  He was the son of Hubert and Lola (Pelsor) Sloan and brother of Patricia (Sloan) Alexander.
  After cremation is accorded a memorial service will be held at the Donaldson Funeral Home in Laurel,Maryland.
  A memorial service will be held in Pleasant Hill with inurnment in the Sloan Cemetery at a later date, under the direction of the Wallace Funeral Home.
  A complete obituary will appear when final arrangements are completed.


Wilburn J. “Dick” Ritthaler

Wilburn James Ritthaler 95, of Pleasant Hill, departed this life on June 14, 2010, at the Pleasant Hill Health and Rehabilitation Center.
  He was born March 16, 1915, in Moundridge, Kansas, the son of Philip and Rose Kathryn (Morlock) Ritthaler.
  His young life at home was shared with his brother Carl and two sisters, Louise and Ruby. He received the nickname of “Dick” as a small child andw ent by it for the rest of his life.
  Dick was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Moundridge and later became a member of the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church where he remained an active member until present day.
  Dick graduated from Moundridge High School in 1932 as the vice-president of his senior class.
  He was married to Vendla Petersen onDecember 2, 1935 in Pleasant Hill. They celebrated nearly 69 years of marriage before Vendla’s death.
  Dick was employed by the Moundridge Milling Company and hauled flour for several years. After working for Lake City Arsenal during the war, he was a signalman for the Kansas City Terminal Railway at Union Station.
  Dick was the shop foreman where he repaired and maintained equipment for the signal department. He retired from the railroad in 1980.
  Besides his wife Venda, Dick was also preceded in death by one daughter Barbara; grandson Scott, his brother Carl and one sister Ruby Armstrong.
  Survivors include his son Richard of Pleasant Hill; his daughter Linda and husband Todd of Clinton, Illinois; his sister Louise Kohler of Harrisonville; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.
  Funeral services were June 16, 2010, at the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, Pleasant Hill. The family received friends following the service.
  Graveside services wereheld June 17, 2010, at the Mound Township Cemetery in Moundridge, Kans.
  Memorials can be made to the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church.


William L. Anderson

William L. Anderson, Belton, passed away June 19, 2010 at St. Joseph Medical Center surrounded by his family. At Bill’s request, a private graveside service will be held.
  Bill is survived by his wife, Donna of the home; two sons, Dennis Anderson and wife Deborah, Virginia Beach, VA, Steve Anderson and wife Mindy, Lee’s Summit; daughter, KelliWilliams and husband Richard, Belton; six grandchildren, Michael Anderson (Connie), Corinth, Texas; Eric Hunter, Dallas, Texas; Dusty Anderson, Kansas City; Cody Anderson, Santa Monica, Calif., TravisWalker (Angela), Nederland, Texas;AmberGaspard (Mark), El Paso, Texas; one great-granddaughter, Haylee Anderson, Mexico, Mo.; two nephews,KevinAnderson, Harrisonville, and Andy Anderson, Cartersville, Ga.
  Bill was born in Harrisonville, and was preceded in death by his parents, William M. and Prudilee Anderson; a brother, A.J. (Jack) Anderson and a daughter, Jill Hunter.
  Memorial contributions to charity of one’s choice. Arrangements by Cass County Cremation Service.


Joshua Pollock

Joshua Pollock, 28, formerly of Pleasant Hill, passed away in Northern Fort Meyers, Florida on June 5, 2010.
  A complete obituary will follow in next week’s Pleasant Hill Times.
  A memorial fund has been established to help with the expenses of the untimely passing.
  Memorial contributions may be made to The Joshua Pollock Memorial Fund in care of the Pleasant Hill Bank, PO Box 430, Pleasant Hill, MO.


Wilburn J. “Dick” Ritthaler

Wilburn J. “Dick” Ritthaler, 95, of Pleasant Hill, departed this life, June 14, 2010, at the Pleasant Hill Health & Rehabilitation Center.
  Funeral services are pending under and will be under the direction of the Stanley- Dickey Funeral Home of Pleasant Hill.
  A complete obituary will be published in next week’s edition of the Pleasant Hill Times and will be posed online at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com
  Arrangements are under the directioon of the Stanley- Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.


Kaden Alexander Danuser

Kaden Alexander Danuser, three month old infant son of Daniel and Josefine Danuser of Lone Jack, passed away June 8, 2010 at Lee’s Summit Medical Center.
  He was born on March 17, 2010.
  Funeral services were held June 11, 2010 in the Chapel of Langsford Funeral Home with burial in Floral Hills East Cemetery of Lee’s Summit.
  The funeral service was under the direction of Langsford Funeral Home of Lee’s Summit.


Margaret Louise Koerber

Margaret Louise Koerber, 81, of Kansas City, departed this life June 11, 2010 at her home.
  She was born September 4, 1928 in Strasburg, the daughter of Frank Samuel and Willard Josephine (Brain) Norton.
  On April 23, 1949, Margaret was united in marriage to George Martin Koerber in Kansas City.
  He preceded her in death on May 8, 1993. Louise was a cafeteria manager for the North Kansas City School District, retiring in 1994.
  She was a faithful and active member of the Gashland United Methodist Church.
  Besides her husband, she was also preceded in death by two brothers Robert Norton and Willard S. Norton; two sisters, Helen Norton and Frances Thurman.
  She is survived by two sons, George N. Koerber of Mt. Vernon,Washington and Frank M. Koerber of Bellevue, Washington; two daughters, Patricia A. (Terry) Carter of Kearney, and Nancy J. (Patti Claxton) Koerber of Gladstone; five grandchildren Terrill Carter, Ryan (Jenni) Carter, Justina Carter (fiance Derick Barnes), Kasey Koerber and Corey Koerber; two greatgrandchildren, Dailee and Cash ; one brother, Frank R. Norton of Santa Ana, California; two sisters, Eleanor Groll of Greenwood, and Inez Fredrickson of Harrisonville, other relatives and many wonderful friends.
  A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., on Wednesday, June 16, 2010. at the funeral home.
  Pastor Paul Lanning of the Gashland Methodist Church will officiate.
  Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Casket bearers are Terrill Carter, Ryan Carter, John Church,William Groll, Kasey Koerber, Dan Norton and Stephen Norton. Honorary casket bearer will be Craig Norton.
  Visitation will be held 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home.
  A Celebration of Life service will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 19, 2010, at the Gashland United Methodist Church, 7715 N. Oak Traffic way, Kansas City.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to the Gashland UnitedMethodist 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 were under the direction of the Stanley- Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill.


Esther Mae Ross

Esther Mae Ross, 62, of Pleasant Hill, departed this life June 11, 2010 at her home.
  She was born June 30, 1947 in Ellsworth, Kansas, the daughter of John Herman and Emily Maria (Wacker) Saenger.
  On September 4, 1967, Esther was united in marriage to Glendon Dean Ross in Sylvan Grove, Kansas. He survives.
  Esther was employed as a kitchen assistant for the Pleasant Hill Health & Rehabilitation Center, and she attended the Strasburg Baptist Church.
  Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother Harold Saenger.
  She is also survived by one brother Fred Saenger of Hutchinson, Kansas; three sisters, Caroline Schroeder of Riverside, Calif.; Ruth Turner of Chandler, Texas; Hilda Schneider of Salina, Kansas, other relatives and friends.
  Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at the Strasburg Baptist Church.
  Pastor Preston Sanders, minister of the church, will officiate.
  Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
  Casket bearers are Jim Hull, D.A. Kramer, Bob Ross, Dennis Ross, Jim Ross, Junior Ross and Lloyd Ross.
  Visitation will be from 1- 2 p.m. prior to the service at the church.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to the Eternal Vine Ministries.
  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, Pleasant Hill, Missouri.


Hugh Renfro

Hugh Renfro, 89, of Pleasant Hill, departed this world on May 29, 2010 at St. Luke’s East Medical Center in Lee’s Summit, surrounded by his loving family.
  Hugh was born November 12, 1920 in Sundance, Wyoming, the son of Hollie and Mary Ethel (Gott) Renfro. He spent his younger years in the Nevada,Missouri area.
  On July 13, 1940 Hugh married Mary Edith Newlin in Ft. Scott, Kansas. They made their home in Nevada 1959 when they moved to Greenwood.
  Hugh was an over-the road truck driver for Jack Cooper Transport from 1955 until 1981. After Hugh retired, he and Mary moved to Pomme de Terre Lake in Pittsburg, Missouri. In 2001 Hugh and Mary moved to Pleasant Hill to be closer to family. He was a member of the Teamsters Local #41 of Kansas City.
  Hugh was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years; Mary Edith Renfro, two sons; an infant, Mark Eugene Renfro and Stephen Renfro; two daughters; an infant, Patricia Irene and Betty June Long; four brothers, Ralph Renfro, John Renfro, WilliamRenfro andHollieRenfro, Jr.; four sisters, Florence Lively, Hazel Hardin, Betty Crosswhite and infant Mildred Renfro.
  He is survived by one son; Jerry Renfro and wife Patricia of Kingsville; one daughter; Joyce Graham and husband Jerry of Pleasant Hill; one sister; Violet Smith of Nevada; six grandchildren; Christine Utley and husband Steve; Jonnathan Renfro, Scott Renfro, Bryan Renfro, Kristyl Cassaday and husband Jeremy and Hugh Graham; 11 great grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.
  Funeral services were held June 2, 2010 at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill with Rev. Kent Deubner, officiating.
  Casket bearers were Jerry Graham, Steve Utley, Jeremy Cassaday, Hugh Graham, Jonnathan Renfro, Scott Renfro and Bryan Renfro.
  Burial at the Moore Cemetery in Nevada. In memory of Hugh, beloved father, grandfather and great grandfather, the family requests donations to Pleasant Hill Fire and Rescue.
  Arrangements by Wallace Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.


Lisa Michelle Ochoa

Lisa Michelle Ochoa, 40 of Pleasant Hill, died May 25, 2010 at Lee's Summit Medical Center.
  Lisa was born February 12, 1970 in Kansas City, the daughter of Gerald and Darla (Gaylord) Wilbur.
  She was a 1988 graduate of Belton High School. She worked as a CNA at a nursing home. While growing up, Lisa attended the Church of the Nazarene in Belton. Lisa was preceded in death by her mother.
  She is survived by two daughters, Ashlee Lawless of Creighton and Cheyenne Ochoa of Lone Jack; one son, Troy Lawless of Creighton; her father, Gerald Wilbur of Springfield; three brothers, John Terry and his wife Christine of Ft. Riley, Kans., Luke Lines of St. Louis and Jeff Wilbur of Osawatomie, Kans.; four sisters, Kimberly Gillilan of Belton, Susan Lasley and her husband, Brian of Lee's Summit, Mary Dudley and her husband, David of Kansas City and Joi Siliam and her husband, Bobby of Louisburg, Kans.; her fiancé, Shannon “Red” Crouse of Pleasant Hill and numerous nieces and nephews.
  Funeral services were held May 28, 2010 at the Atkinson Chapel in Harrisonville. Burial was in the Belton Cemetery.
  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lisa Ochoa Memorial Fund, c/o Atkinson Funeral Home, 600 West Wall Street, Harrisonville, MO 64701.
  Arrangements were under the direction of Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville. Online condolences may be made to atkinsonfuneralhome.com.


Robert Louis Miller

Robert Louis Miller, 78, of Pleasant Hill, departed this life on June 4, 2010 at the KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas.
  He was bornMay 18, 1932 in Ferguson, Missouri, the son of James Joseph and Sarah Jane (Weinstein) Miller.
  On December 19, 1980, Robert was united in marriage to Joyce Carol Neal in Gravois Mills, Missouri.
  Robert was a heavy equipment operator and was instrumental in the construction of several dams and highways in the area, including Lake Jacomo.
  He was a former member of the Elks Club in Laurie, Missouri. He was a proud member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local #101.
  Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two sons Buddy Horton and Craig Horton; and two brothers Dick Miller and George Miller.
  He is survived by his wife Joyce of the home; three sons Brent (and Sherry) Miller of Grandview; Nick (and Teresa)Miller ofWashington Courthouse, Ohio; Brad (and Kelley) Lathrop of Warrenton; four daughters Belinda (and Bob) Ragain of Sunrise Beach; Chris (and Mike) Goff of Pleasant Hill; Sarah (andMarlene Beasley)Miller of Pleasant Hill, and Jackie Mann of Louisville, Kentucky; two brothers Jerry (and Verdelle) Miller and Jack (and Dixie) Miller both of Kansas, City,Missouri; 21 grandchildren; several great grandchildren; other relatives and many friends.
  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 9, 2010 at the funeral home with Pastor Preston Sanders of the Strasburg Baptist Church officiating.
  Music will be rendered by Hallie, Jessie and Virginia Miller, Marlene Beasley and Chris Goff. Cremation rites will be accorded at a later date.
  Memorial contributions may be made to the True Vine Ministries at the Strasburg Baptist 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, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill.


Allen B. Niblack

Allen Benjamin Niblack (Buss), 89, of Lee’s Summit, passed away at his home May 30, 2010.
  Allen was born to James (Jake) Allen Niblack and Flay (Hamilton) Niblack on January 1, 1921, in ElMonte, Calif. He was raised in Fulton, moving to Lee’s Summit in 1973.
  He retired from bridge construction in 1992 from Knutson Construction Company. He enjoyed gardening; however, beekeeping was his passion and he had many hives in the Lee’s Summit/Harrisonville areas. He shared his honey out of his home in Lee’s Summit and also from his green Ford F100 pickup at the commuter parking lot at the corner of 7 and 50 Hwys north of Pleasant Hill.
  He enjoyed visiting with everyone he met, making new life long friends and sharing stories of beekeeping and his life’s adventures.
  Allen was preceded in death by his parents, James and Flay Niblack; two brothers, Roy Niblack of Fulton and Emery Lee Niblack of Benkelman, Nebr. and two sisters, Ruth Henley and Alice Elsenrath, both of Fulton.
  He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Marie of the home; two daughters, Kathy Inman and husband Lynn of Oak Grove; andMarla Jordan and husband Sam of Lee’s Summit; three grandchildren, Aron, Rob and Tara and one great grandson, Tyler; two sisters, Evelyn Robb of Eldon and Marilyn Griffith of Fulton; one brother, Bill Niblack of Woodstrok, Ill. and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
  The family appreciatd the visits from friends during Allen’s illness, and especially the Kansas City Hospice staff and their loving care and compassion.
  Services were June 3 at Langsford Funeral Home in Lee’s Summit. Interment at the Orient Cemetery in Harrisonville.
  Memorial donations may be sent to Kansas City Hospice, 9221 Ward Parkway, Suite 100, Kansas City, MO 64114.


John Warner Nicholls

John Warner Nicholls, 75, lifelong Cass County resident, passed away May 22, 2010 at Camden Health Center in Harrisonville.
  He was born August 23, 1934 in Pleasant Hill, the son of Robert Earl and Hazel (Warner) Nicholls. He attended Plum Grove School and graduated from Pleasant Hill High School. He proudly served his country in the United States Army until his honorable discharge on February 28, 1963.
  John owned and operated a farm in Pleasant Hill, retiring in 1985.
  He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Earl and Hazel (Warner) Nicholls; one sister, Earlene Smith.
  He is survived by one son, Andy Nicholls and wife Debra of Pleasant Hill; one daughter, Taylene Faulkenberry and husband Terry of Pleasant Hill; one brother, William Nicholls of Harrisonville; one sister, Zorene Bishop of Tucson, Ariz.; four grandchildren and one great grandchild, other relatives and many friends.
  Graveside services were held May 26, 2010, at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery with Seventy Becky Carlile officiating.
  Military honors wee presented by Missouri Military Honors Team from VFW Post #3118 o Pleasant Hill.
  Arrangements by Wallace Funeral Home.


Leota Schwab

Leota Schwab, 88, of Lee’s Summit, formerly of Pleasant Hill, passed away May 22, 2010 at her home.
  She was born November 10, 1921 in Maryville, the daughter of Charles Henry and Edith (Deshazer) Wilson.
  Leota attended school in Drexel, but during her sophomore year, her father, Charles Wilson, passed away and her mother and older sister had to go to work to help support the family. Leota stayed home to care for her four siblings.
  After helping care for her brothers and sister, Leota went to work in retail sales for various department stores.
  On September 14, 1946, she married Eugene Schwab in Kansas City, Kans. Leota and Eugene lived in several different towns, all in connection with Eugene’s job with the railroad.
  In 1952 they bought one of the first houses built on Country Club Drive in Pleasant Hill where they lived until 1963 when Eugene was transferred to Lee’s Summit.
  In 1971, the couple moved to Sedalia where they lived until 1980 when they moved back to Lee’s Summit. After moving back to Lee’s Summit, Leota became a care giver for both her mother, Edith Wilson and her sister, Betty Boucher.
  Leota was a member of the Fist Christian Church of Sedalia.
  She was preceded in death by her infant daughter, Pamela Linn Schwab; her parents, Charles H. and Edith Wilson; four brothers, Kenneth Wilson, Theodore Wilson, Wallace Wilson and Charles Wilson, Jr.; two sisters, Georgia Anderson and Betty Boucher.
  She is survived by her husband, Eugene O. Schwab of the home, three sisters-in-law, Dorothy Wilson of Lee’s Summit; Ruth Vaughn of Independence and Marcelle Schwab of Raymore; numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.
  Funeral services were held May 27, 2010 at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill with Rev. Kent Deubner officiating.
  Casket bearers were Charles Anderson, John Anderson, Donnie Wilson, Charles Wagner, Richard Vaughn and Donald Vaughn.
  Burial in West Union Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Kansas City Hospice.
  Arrangements were under the direction of the Wallace Funeral Home.


Billy Bob “Bill” Kennedy

Billy Bob “Bill” Kennedy, 78, lifetime Pleasant Hill resident, departed this life onMay 16, 2010 at his home. He was born September 18, 1931 in Kansas City. He was the son of Robert C. and Marguerite Mary (Strack) Kennedy.
  Bill attended school and graduated from the Pleasant Hill High School in 1950. He served in the United States Navy from March 6, 1951 until Feb. 8, 1955. He was aboard the USS Noble during the Korean Conflict. After his honorable discharge he returned to Pleasant Hill. On June 8, 1957 Bill married Jessie Marie Johnson at the farm home of Rev. Joe Brewster.
  Bill retired from the Ford Motor Company, where he was a pipe fitter and member of the U.A.W. He was an avid bowler, and a member of the UMBC of Greater Kansas City.
  He was a member of the Raymore Christian Church, Disciples of Christ and had served as an Elder in both Pleasant Hill and Raymore.
  He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Marguerite Kennedy.
  Bill is survived by his wife, of the home; one son, Robert G. Kennedy of Bolivar; three daughters, Cheri L. Younce, Patty M. Huffman and Mary M.Wienel, all of PleasantHill; one sister, Janice Kay Pace of Lee’s Summit; 13 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren, one great great granddaughter, other relatives and friends.
  Funeral services were held May 20, 2010 at the Wallace Funeral Home  with Rev. Tony Reynolds and Rev. Brett Winters officiating.
  Casket bearers were Thomas Scott Younce, Billy Johnson, Tim Younce, Christopher Blake, Joey Huffman, Jeremy Huffman and Jason Kennedy.
  Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery with military honors provided by Missouri Military Funeral Honors Team from V.F.W. Post #3118 of Pleasant Hill.
  Memorials may be made to Crossroads Hospice.


Richard Allen “Rex” Pace

Richard Allen “Rex” Pace, 66, Pleasant Hill, departed this life on May 17, 2010 at Lee’s Summit Medical Center.
  He was the son of Louis W. and Margie (Melton) Pace. He spent his younger years in the Jefferson City area and attended school there.
  In 1964, after serving his country in the United States Navy, Rex moved to Pleasant Hill to live with his aunt, Bonnie Murry. He was united in marriage to Janice Kay Kennedy on June 19, 1965. In 1990 they moved to Lee’s Summit.
  Rex was a volunteer firefighter for the City of Pleasant Hill formore than 15 years. He was the first Director/Paramedic for the city run ambulance service.
  He was employed by Lake City from 1968 to 1985 as a fire fighter and served as Lake City fire chief. In 1985, hewas a firefighter at RichardGebaur Air Force Base in Grandview. He remained in that position until the base closed. For several years after the base closed, he drove a tour bus for Cross Road Tours. This occupation allowed Rex and Janice to take many memorable trips.
  He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Jimmy Pace; a brother-in-law, Billy Bob “Bill” Kennedy.
  He is survived by hiswife of the home; one son, ScottAllen Pace and wife Lisa of Pleasant Hill; one daughter, Stephanie Ann (Pace) Curtis of Pleasant Hill; his step-mother, Nadine Pace of California, MO; one brother, David Ray Pace of Holts Summit; one sister, Jan Elaine Pace of Jefferson City; six grandchildren, one great grandson, many other relative sand friends.
  Funeral services were held May 21 at the, Wallace Funeral Home Pleasant Hill, with Pastor Andy Dixon officiating. Roger Brenner and Mike Brooks delivered eulogies.
  Chief Steve Long made the presentation of the Firefighter Casket Flag. Cremation.


Willa Jean (Lowry) Noland

Willa Jean (Lowry) Noland, 54, departed this life on May 13, 2010 at ABC Health Center in Harrisonville.
  She was born September 23, 1955 in Harrisonville, the daughter of Herbert Kyle and Willetta (Garrison) Lowry.
  Willa grew up in a family with four brothers and three sisters, where love for each other was in abundance. In fact, after Willa started dating, it soon became plain to the boys who asked her out that they should be prepared to take along her younger siblings along, or they wouldn’t be taking Willa anywhere.
  Willa held several jobs during her lifetime. She had been a local country music singer and had performed, among other places, at the J Bar H Cafe in Pleasant Hill. She had been a newspaper delivery person and had worked for the Internal Revenue Service as a tax examiner.
  She also provided babysitting services. It was her babysitting that led her to accept a job from a woman to care of her infant daughter for what was supposed to be one day. That one day turned into almost a year as the mother of the little girl didn’t come back. Willa loved and nurtured the child and thought she had finally realized her dream of becoming a “mother” when, with just one day left by, in which to reclaim the child, the birth mother reappeared and took the little girl away. It was an excruciatingly painful ordeal for Willa from which she never fully recovered.
  Although Willa never achieved her passion to become a mother, she was a compassionate and loving aunt to her many nieces and nephews and they were devoted to her.
  In recent years, Willa worked at Cassco in Harrisonville and attended the Open Door full Gospel Church in Pleasant Hill.
  She was preceded in death by her husband Mark Noland and her father Herbert K. Lowry.
  She is survived by her mother, Mrs. Willetta Lowry of Pleasant Hill; four brothers, Richard Ruby-Lowry, Roger Lowry and Timothy Lowry, all of Pleasant Hill; and Curt Lowry of Lee’s Summit; three sisters, PatriciaWheeldon- Mayfield, Linda Slevin and Amy King, all of Pleasant Hill; many loving nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.
  Services were May 18, 2010 at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill with Pastor Dennis Gulley and Pastor Roger Nichols officiating.
  Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
  Casket bearers were Nick Wheeldon,Kyle Lowry,David Kiger, Danny Kiger, T. J. Nicols and Terry Nichols, Sr.
  Honorary bearers were David Wheeldon, Max Chao, Jr. and Michael Mayabb.
  Contributions may be made to Crossroads Hospice.


Maxine B. Pfaff

Maxine B. Pfaff, 82, of Pleasant Hill, departed this life on May 10, 2010 at the Edgewood Manor, in Raytown.
  She was born May 7, 1928 in Ore, Missouri, the daughter of Jessie LaRoy and Estella May (Schindorff) Braden.
  On June 12, 1949, Maxine was united in marriage to Charles Henry Pfaff in Pleasant Hill. He preceded her in death on July 25, 1998. Following graduation from the East Lynne High School she attended the Kansas City Business School. She went to work in the Payroll Department at Kansas City Life for several years. Later she managed her own Fuller Brush franchise in Pleasant Hill.
  She was a member of the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church and the Pleasant Hill VFW Ladies Auxiliary.
  Her hobbies included cooking, gardening, bird watching and oil painting. She and her husband assisted with the Meals on Wheels program in Pleasant Hill.
  Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her sister Patricia Braden.
  She is survived by her foster son, Jesse Rivera of Lenexa, Kansas; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.
  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 14, 2010, at the funeral home. Rev. Mervin Roberts chaplain of Englewood Manor will officiate. Interment will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to the Pleasant Hill UnitedMethodist Church and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
  Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com
  Arrangements were under the direction of the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill, Missouri.


Edna Madelene Yadon

Edna Madelene Yadon, 91, of Pleasant Hill, departed this lifeMay 8, 2010 at the Crown Care Center in Harrisonville.
  She was born July 25, 1918 in Holden, the daughter of James Vest and Edna Fern (Walters) Rodgers.
  On November 9, 1956, Madelene was united in marriage to David Austin Yadon in Pleasant Hill. He preceded her in death on April 29, 1971.
  Madelene had been employed by the Holden Sewing Factory, the Burlington Shirt Factory in Pleasant Hill and Rupert Plastics in Blue Springs, retiring in 1980.
  She was a member of Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church. She was also a member of the I.O.O.F-Rebekah’s receiving her 50 year pin in 1997.
  She was an avid collector and over the years compiled an assortment of blue birds, sugar bowls, thimbles, dolls and Christmas ornaments.
  Madelene was also preceded in death by one son James M. Blair, her two brothers, Allen Rodgers and Raymond Rodgers and one granddaughter, Briona Bradshaw.
  She is survived by two sons, Dean (and Vicky) Bradshaw of Pleasant Hill and Steve (and Robin) Blair of Lee’s Summit; one daughter Jean Talbert of Harrisonville; nine grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; two greatgreat grandchildren; other relatives and friends.
  Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M., on Thursday, May 13, 2010 at the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home. Pastor Carl Knapp of the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church will officiate.• Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
  Casket bearers are Steven Blair, Scott Bradshaw, Danny Talbert, Mike Caldwell, Wade Baldridge, Dan Steen and Danny Talbert. Honorary casket bearers are Scott Blair, Clayton Bradshaw, Jon Mark Daily, Clint Dinges, Paul Layman and BillWhitworth. Visitation will be held 6- 8p.m. Wednesday evening at the funeral home.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church or Crossroads 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 www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com
  Arrangements by Stanley- Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.


Franklin "Frank" D. Andrews

Franklin "Frank" D. Andrews, 73, of Harrisonville, MO, diedWednesday,May 5, 2010 at his home.
  Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday,May 8, 2010 at the Atkinson Chapel in Harrisonville with visitation from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Saturday at the chapel. Cremation.
  Memorial contributions may be made to Cass Regional Medical Center Foundation, 2800 East Rock Haven Road, Harrisonville, MO 64701.
  Frank was born July 12, 1936 in Vian, Okla, the son of Sidney Murel and Gladys Viola (Mills) Andrews. He grew up in Vian and graduated from Vian High School. He received his Bachelors of Science in Math and Physics from Northern Illinois University. He was the first of his family to graduate college.
  On June 19, 1970 he was united in marriage to Sandra Coble Hartzler.
  Frank worked as a Financial Advisor for BMA Financial Services. He worked for 17 years at Anaconda Wire & Cable and had also worked as a real estate broker and appraiser.
  Frank was a member of Board of Trustees for the Cass County Information Center, a former President of the Harrisonville Athletic Booster Club, President of Southwood Road Association and a former member of the Shrine Club and Kiwanis.
  Frank was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, Maurice Anderson, Jack Anderson, Dan Andrews and Buddy Andrews and 2 sisters, Ruby Madorin and Marie Slaughter.
  He is survived by his wife, Sandy Andrews of the home; five sons, Eric Andrews of Lee's Summit, Randy Hartzler of Kearney, Doug Hartzler of Boerne, Texas, Greg Andrews of Raytown, and Gary Andrews of Raytown; five brothers, David Andrews, Tulare, Calif., Allen Andrews, Vian, Okla., Murel Andrews, Las Cruces, N.M, Bill Andrews, Shirtz, Texas and Clarence Andrews, Vian, Okla. and 10 grandchildren, Shane Hartzler, Jenni Hartzler, Morgan Hartzler, Jessi Hartzler, Elizabeth Hartzler, Sam Hartzler, Molly Andrews, Eliza Andrews, Jeremy Andrews and Caylee Andrews.


Howard Clayton “Clay” Jones Jr.

Howard Clayton “Clay” Jones Jr., of Las Vegas, Nevada, formerly of Raytown, passed away March 24, 2010.
  He was born March 7, 1950 in McComb, Mississippi. He was the son of Howard Clayton Jones, Sr. and Johnie Louise (Kennedy) Jones. The family moved to the Raytown area when Clay was six years old.
  Clay had a passion for music. He received his first drum set and went on to win seven State Championships. He attended the Conservatory of Music at UMKC and played for several well known singers and bands which included The Mandrell Sisters, Otis Brown, The Drifters, as well as countless others. During this time he became known professionally as “Casey Jones” and played locally in the Kansas City area with The Fabulous Nomads, The Mandrells and numerous acts that followed.
  Clay was in the U.S. Army and served as an Artillery Sergeant from 1973 to 1975. He was united in marriage with Joyce Mullins. He worked in the electrical industry as a lighting specialist for over 40 years. He later relocated to Las Vegas and continued to work in the lighting business.
  He was preceded in death by his mother and one brother, Miles David Jones.
  He is survived by his father of Pleasant Hill; one son, James Jones, Belton; two daughters, Robin Thompson of Raymore and Kaylin Crain of Lee’s Summit; one brother, Mark Robert Jones and wife, Berneda of Pleasant Hill; six grandchildren and other relatives and friends. Cremation.
  Services were held May 8, 2010 at the Wallace Funeral Home.
  Chaplain Jeffrey S. Mercer was officiating clergy with Military Honors provided by Missouri Military Funeral Honors Team from Post #3118 of Pleasant Hill.
  Arrangements were by Wallace Funeral Home of Pleasant Hill.


C. Max Williams

C. Max Williams, 92, of Fowler, Kans., passed away April 27, 2010, at the Lone Tree Retirement Center with family and friends by his side.
  Max was born November 21, 1917 in Hugoton, Kansas, the only child of the late Fred and Jesse Mae (Watson) Williams.
  Max graduated from Dodge City High School and later attended Kansas State University.  After some time at college, Max went to work for the B.F. Goodrich Company in Wichita.  The company transferred him to the Clinton, Mo. facility where he met the love of his life, Florence Marie Walters.  The two were married February 2, 1941 and enjoyed 45 years of marriage.
  Max was a veteran and served in the U.S. Army during WWII as part of the 503rd ordinance. After the war, Max and Florence moved to Cheney, Kans., where he owned and operated a John Deere dealership for several years. In 1956 they purchased a ranch in Meade County and moved to the ranch south of Fowler.
  Max was a member of the Fowler Christian Church where he served as a deacon and elder and was also a member of the Masonic Lodge.
  He was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Tara Lynn Enloe, in 1977; wife, Florence, in 1986; and grandson, Clay E. Preedy in 2000.
  Survivors include his daughters, Sharon Preedy, Fowler;  Carol Kurilla, Excelsior, Minn. and Gayle Enloe and husband, Jim, Pleasant Hill;  three grandchildren, Shawn (Preedy) Meairs, Fowler; Ryan Kurilla and wife Andrea, Orona, Minn.; Shana (Preedy) Guttery and husband Brice, Alton, Kans., and four great-grandchildren.
  Funeral services were held May 3, 2010, at the Fowler Christian Church with the Rev. Ken Pitzer officiating.
  Arrangements were under the direction of the Fidler-Orme-Bachman Mortuary, Meade. Interment in the Fowler Cemetery.
  Family request memorial contributions to the Fowler Christian Church or the Lone Tree Retirement Center, Meade, Ks.


Abigail “Abby” Lucille Espinoza

Abigail “Abby” Lucille Espinoza, 14, of Raymore, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on April 23, 2010 at her home in Raymore.
  She was born July 3, 1995 in Phoenix, Arizona, the daughter of Henry and Michelle Dawn (Huisman) Espinoza.
  Abby was an outgoing and vibrant 8th grader at the Raymore- Peculiar Middle School.
  She was involved at the Abundant Life Baptist Church where she was baptized on April 18.
  Her hobbies included bowling, downloading from ITunes, reading, choir, forensics-a drama club at the middle school, listening to music or watching movies on her I-Pod, Face booking, texting thousands of times in a month, eating the four basic food groups: chips, candy, popcorn, cookies, activities with her youth group at church, at the Core facility; and she was looking forward to getting her driver’s permit and going to church summer camp in June or July.
  She also participated in track, but she didn't continue because it involved exercise and time away from her closest friends.
  She was a serious independent young woman who enjoyed her family and family functions. She enjoyed large gatherings, being goofy and making her friends laugh.
  She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather Alberto Espinoza, Sr.
  She is survived by her parents Henry and Michelle, her brother Jacob and sister Sarah, all of the home; paternal grandmother Adelaida Espinoza of Long Beach, Calif.; maternal grandmother Charlotte Huisman of Las Vegas, Nev.; one uncle Albert Espinoza, Jr. of Long Beach; two aunts, Gladys Drake of Mesa, Ariz., and Rebeca Campbell of Long Beach; other relatives and friends.
  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at the Abundant Life Baptist Church in Lee’s Summit, 414 SW Persels Road. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m., Tuesday at the church.
  Pastor Jernigan Schwent, youth minister of the church, will officiate. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
  Casket bearers are Eric Campbell, Evan Chiarelli, Albert Espinoza III, Lawrence Huisman, Jerry Lees and Jason McCamish.
  Memorial contributions may be made to the Abundant Life Baptist Church Youth Camp-Scholarship 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 under the direction of the www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, StanleyDickeyFH@aol.com


Russell R. Reynolds

Russell R. Reynolds, 103, Pleasant Hill, passed away April 18, 2010 at St. Luke’s Hospital East in Lee’s Summit.
  He was born on November 16, 1906 in Kansas City, the son of Jesse James and Myra Burns (Leach) Reynolds. He lived in Raytown and Lee’s Summit before moving to Pleasant Hill 40 years ago.
  On April 26, 1930, he married Marie G. Wimmer in Kansas City. She preceded him in death in August, 1994.
  Mr. Reynolds was a farmer and attended the Kingsville Seventh Day Adventist Church.
  He is survived by one son, Robert L. Reynolds and wife Janice, Pleasant Hill; one daughter Betty M. Reynolds, Pleasant Hill, five grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
  Funeral services were held April 22, 2010 at Ben Cast & Son-Wood Funeral Home in Holden. Pastor Eddie Cabrera officiated.
  Biz Reynolds, accompanist; Sara Pope and Lynne Reynolds Lake, soloists, provided the music.
  Harvey Reynolds, Marty Reynolds, Lowell Reynolds, Larry Pope, W. M. “Darrell” Lake and Greg LaRocque served as pallbearers with interment in Strasburg Cemetery.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to American Heart Association or the Kingsville Seventh Day Adventist Church.


Dean Humphrey

Dean Humphrey, 76, of Pleasant Hill, passed away December 18, 2009 at the Pleasant Hill Health and Rehabilitation Center.
  He was born November 3, 1933 in Webber Falls, Okla. (Muskogee County), the son of Elmer and Iva (Montgomery) Humphrey. Dean spent his younger years and attended school in Muldrow, Okla.
  On November 9, 1950, Dean joined the United States Army and served his country during the KoreanWar where he attained the rank of Corporal.
  He also obtained his GED while in the military and after his discharge took accounting courses in college.
  On July 22, 1960, he married Inez Moreland in Raytown. They lived in Raytown until 1966 when they moved to the Kingsville area and in 1976 moved to Pleasant Hill.
  Dean was an avid car enthusiast. He completely restored a 1973 Chevy Nova, and he and Inez traveled to many car shows where he proudly displayed his Nova.
  Dean was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Iva Humphrey; one daughter, Sandra Kay Clark; two sisters, Inez Coen and Melba Lattey and one half brother, Leonard Cluck.
  His is survived by his wife, Inez Humphrey of the home; one son, Michael Dean Humphrey, also of the home; two sisters, Joan Johnson of Muldrow, Okla. and Barabara Boatwright of Irving, Tex.; two grandchildren, Jessica Humphrey and Kevin Clark; one niece, Mellissa Hall of Buckner, other relatives and many friends.
  Memorial services were held April 21, 2010 at the Pleasant Hill Community of Christ Church with Elder Judy Williams and Elder Bob Williams officiating.
  Inurnment was at Floral Hills East Cemetery. Graveside military funeral honors were provided by the Missouri Military Honors Team from VFW Post #3118 of Pleasant Hill.
  The family suggests memorial contributions to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
  Arrangements were under the direction of the Wallace Funeral Home of Pleasant Hill.


Beverly Phillips Bunch

Beverly Phillips Bunch, 74, Pleasant Hill, passed away on April 13, 2010 at the Pleasant Hill Heath & Rehabilitation Center.
  She was born on February 6, 1936 in Pleasant Hill, the daughter of Laurence and Bess (Lyons) Phillips.
  Beverly was a lifelong resident of Pleasant Hill, graduating from Pleasant Hill High School in 1954.
  On December 7, 1957, she was united in marriage with Floyd Bunch in Pleasant Hill and to this union two children, Brenda and Bryce were born.
  After her marriage, Beverly continued her education and in 1961, she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from Central Missouri State College in Warrensburg.
  Beverly was a dedicated educator, spending 34 years teaching in the Pleasant Hill public schools.
  She was an active member of the Pleasant Hill Church of Christ and a member of the Pleasant Hill Retired Teachers.
  She was preceded in death by her parents, Laurence and Bess Phillips.
  Beverly is survived by her husband Floyd Bunch of the home, one son, Bryce Bunch of Blue Springs; one daughter, Brenda Franklin and her husband Larry of Kansas City; and one brother, David Phillips of Hinsdale, New Hampshire; other relatives, many friends and several generations of grateful students.
  Services were held April 17, 2010 at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill with Kelly McCoy officiating.
  Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
  Casket bearers were Robert Phillips, Sean Phillips, Travis Phillips, Charles Shimel, Benton Gudde, Ronald Franklin and Brett Franklin.
  Arrangements were under the direction of the Wallace Funeral Home of Pleasant Hill.


Charles Raymond Willis

Charles R. Willis, 70, of Excelsior Springs, departed this life on April 13, 2010 at his home.
  He was born February 9, 1940 in Sayre, Oklahoma, the son of the late William Raymond and the late Leona Estelle (Reed) Willis.
  On November 22, 1990 Charlie was united in marriage to Lena (Walker) Gray in Harrisonville. She survives of the home.
  Charlie was a United States Army veteran serving from 1962 to 1968.
  He then worked for the Ford Motor Company in Claycomo for 30 years, retiring in 1998. He was a proud member of the UAW #249.
  Charlie and Lena loved to travel and had visited all 50 states and several countries. He also enjoyed going to car shows; as he enjoyed classic cars and reminiscing with his Ford buddies.
  Charlie was never blessed with his own children, but he treasured the time he spent with his step-grandchildren Brandon and Bianca Gray.
  Cremation has been accorded and at his request no services are scheduled. Inurnment will be in the StaleyMound Cemetery near Pleasant Hill at a later date.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to the DAV(Disabled American Veterans), and may be sent in care of Dennis Joyner, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, Ohio 45250-0301.
  Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com
  Arrangements were under the direction of the Stanley- Dickey Funeral Home of Pleasant Hill.


Christopher Evan Leigh

Christopher Evan Leigh, 44, of Pleasant Hill, passed away April 10, 2010 at Research Medical Center in Kansas City.
  He was born May 12, 1965 in Independence, the son of Jane (Masoner) Leigh.
  Chris spent most of his life in the Raytown area and on January 9, 1999, he was united in marriage with Lori Ann Wiskur. They continued to make their home in Raytown until about six years ago when they moved to the Pleasant Hill. community.
  Chris was a commercial construction specialist and could build about anything you wanted him to, even things other people said, “couldn’t be done.”
  He enjoyed riding his motorcycle, fishing, camping, canoeing, and he fondly remembered living in Florida near the ocean.
  Chris took great pleasure in having family and friends “out to the farm” for bonfires and pig roasts. He loved to garden and canned the things he grew. He was also a great cook. He loved animals, especially his beloved Boogie and Peanut. But the “True Love” of Chris’s life was family friends.
  He was a wonderful and devoted husband, father, son, brother and friend.
  Chris is survived by his wife, Lori, of the home; two sons, Chad Hays of Pleasant Hill and Evan Leigh of the home; one daughter, Meriah Leigh of the home; his mother, Jane Leigh of Pleasant Hill, one brother, Audrey Leigh of Camdenton; two sisters, Debbie Deal of Ft. Myers, Fla. and Carol Leigh of Pleasant Hill; other relatives and many friends.
  Funeral services were held April 14, 2010 at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill with Pastor Larry Heenan officiating.
  Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
  Casket bearers were Brian Jakobe, Ron Masoner, Brian Masoner, Brian Deal, Trey Leigh and Andy Jones.


John Michael “Mike” Dutcher

John Michael “Mike” Dutcher, 32, of Pleasant Hill, departed this life April 6, 2010 at his home. He was born Friday, April 15, 1977 in Olathe, Kansas.
  Mike was a 1995 Ray-Pec graduate. On September 18, 2005, he was united in marriage to Patricia L. Sanders at Powell Gardens near Kingsville.
  Mike was a Journeyman Union Pipefitter. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved boating and fishing, as well as spending time four wheeling, riding dune buggies and racing.
  He and his family spent as much time as they could outside, and he was active in the cub scouts.
  Mike was an amazing and wonderful husband, father, son, brother and friend. He will be missed by all who knew him.
  He is survived by his wife Patricia, his 9 year old son Adrian and his 5 year old daughter Emma, all of the home; his mother Janice and Dale Evans of Blairstown; his father Richard and Nancy Dutcher of Utah; one brother, Adam and Karyn Dutcher of Clinton; one sister, Gina and Jon Gasper of Adrian; his grandfather, Reverend Chris and Carma Jo Evans, of Olathe; 10 nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.
  Funeral services were April 10, 2010 at the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church. Rev. Wyatt Shanks of the Pleasant Hill First Baptist Church officiated.
  Graveside services were held at the Osawatomie (Kansas) Cemetery.
  Casket bearers were Garrett Alley, Tim DeGroot, Tom DeGroot, Danny McIntyre, Chris Whalen and Phil Whalen.
  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.


Elaine McGhee

Elaine McGhee, 92, of Pleasant Hill, passed away on April 4, 2020 at Lee’s Summit Hospital.
  She was born Judith Elaine Christeson on January 1, 1918 in Ottawa, Kans. to Plesey and Clara Christeson.
  Elaine was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, James F. McGhee on August, 1987.
  She is survived by twin sisters, Norma McKneelen of Belton and Naoma Collins of Pleasant Hill. A brother, Bill Chriseson of Gladstone, preceded her in death, as well as the in-laws.
  Elaine and Jim were married on April 20, 1940 in Batesville, Ark. They also lived in Oakland, Calif., Clinton, White Church, Kansas City, Stover, Lee’s Summit, all in Missouri; and Lansing, Ks.
  She is survived by two sons, James (Fib) and wife Lorraine of Safford, Ariz. and Michael and his wife Mickey of Tonganoxie, Kansas and daughter Janet and her husband Robert Allen of Kansas City; 12 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, five great great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and friends.
  Elaine and Jim operated the Green Haven Cafe in Lansing for many years.
  Elaine was a 50 year member of the Graham Chapter Order of the Eastern Star and later became a member of the Byington Chapter in Leavenworth.
  She was a member of the Topeka Council #1 (Toltec), a member and past president of the Social Order of Beauceaunt. She was a former member of the Lansing Methodist Church.When she moved to Pleasant Hill, she became an active member of the First Christian Church.
  Elaine was a giving and compassionate person. She enjoyed her weekly quilting group and Bible studies at the church.
  She will be remembered for her love of giving. At Christmas she hand made 50- 60 stockings and made sure everyone in her extended family had a stocking and something to unwrap.
  Graveside services were held April 8, 2010 at Green Lawn Cemetery in Kansas City. Rev. Tony Reynolds officiated.
  Casket bearers were Danny McGhee, Mike McGhee, Chris McGhee, Scot McGhee, Eric McGhee and Brett Nugent.
  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the First Christian Church, 519 Cedar Street, Pleasant Hill, Mo. 64080.
  Funeral arrangements by Wallace Funeral Home of Pleasant Hill.


Frances Jean Green

Frances Jean Green, 81, of Kansas City, departed this life on April 7, 2010 at Kansas City Hospice House.
  She was born December 25, 1928 in Selah, Washington, Yakima County, the daughter of James Herbert and Mildred Hazel (Prewitt) Wright.
  Jean spent her younger years in the Selah, Washington area and graduated from Selah High School in 1947. She then attended Ellingburg (Washington) Junior College.
  Jean was a 20 year civilian employee of the United States Marine Corps and had been an active member of the Smithton, Missouri United Methodist Church where she had served, among other things, as Sunday School and Bible school teacher.
  At one point Jean or “Mouse” as she was fondly called by her family, had thought she wanted a pilot’s license and took “ground school training.”
  She was a caring daughter, a wonderful sister, a true and compassionate friend, but most of all a loving and devoted mother to her daughters, Sydney, Teresa, Barbara, Donna and Deanna. They were the “true loves of her life.” She was their 4-H leader in Beaman,Mo. where she taught them and others to sew and cook.
  She held many offices in the Smithton PTA and was always a room mother for their classes. Whatever her daughters needed, she was always there for them. Jean’s life was for her girls. She instilled in each of them respect, compassion, dignity, devotion and above all else, love.
  Jean was preceded in death by her parents, James and Mildred Wright; three brothers, Dale, Robbie andMichael Wright.
  She is survived by five daughters, Sydney (Green) Mills and husband Bill of Lake Ozark; Teresa (Green) Sharp-Robins and husband Jim of Kansas City; Barbara (Green) Little and husband Mont of St. Louis; Donna (Green) McWilliams and husband Rick of St. Louis; Deana (Green) Anderson and husband Ray of Houston, Tex.; three brothers, Jerry Wright of Arizona; Lloyd Wright of California and Butch Wright of Adrian; four sisters, Hazel “Bubbles” Quinn of Blue Springs; Barbara Clawson of Pleasant Hill; Mary Samantha Johnson of California and Judy Todd of Harrisonville; 10 grandchildren, three great grandchildren, seven step grandchildren and two step great grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.
  Funeral services were held April 10, 2010 at the Wallace Funeral Home with Chaplain Joel S. Carmer officiating. Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
  Casket bearers were Steve Steward, Jim Robins, Mont Little, Rick McWilliams, Ray Anderson and Bill Mills.
  Memorial contributions may be made to Kansas City Hospice House, 12000 Wornall Road, Kansas City,Missouri 64115.


Roger J. Cummings

Staff Sgt. Roger J. Cummings, Retired, 75, of Grandview, passed awayMarch 31, 2010 at St. Joseph Medical Center in Kansas City. He was born on July 2, 1934 in Chicago to Robert John and Myrtle (Haglund) Cummings.
  On May 22, 1953, Roger joined the United States Army and served his country for 26 years. During his military career, he served two tours in Korea and five tours in Vietnam, earning many medals, including a Bronze Star.
  On July 4, 1970, Roger married Lenora Dean Bain in Kansas City. The Cummings family lived many places during Robert’s military service, including Germany and Ft. Lewis, Washington.
  In 1980, after Roger’s retirement from active duty, the Cummings family settled in Grandview and lived there for 30 years. Roger and Lenora both faithfully attended the Church on the Rock.
  Roger was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Myrtle Cummings; one daughter, Dawn Lancour on July 5, 2009; one sister, Nancy Tebear.
  He is survived by his wife, Lenora Cummings of the home; four sons, Ernie Mainard of Grandview, Eldon Mainard of Strasburg, Bobby Kirkpatrick of Paola, Kans., and Dean Mainard of Grandview; one brother, Denny Cummings of Escanaba, Mich.; three sisters, Gay Mills of Gladstone, Mich., Laurel Boucher and Lou Ann Houle, both of Racine,Wisc.; one godson, Bruce Johnson of Madison, Ohio; 13 grandchildren, six great grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.
  Funeral services were April 7, 2010 at Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill. Pastor Ron Lewis officiated.
  Burial was April 8 at the Leavenworth (Kansas) National Cemetery. Graveside Military Honors were provided by Miliary Honors Team from Ft. Leavenworth.
  Casket bearers were Ernie Mainard, Eldon Mainard, Dean Mainard, Richard Mainard, Bobby Kirkpatrick and Bruce Johnson.


C. L. “Jake” Reynolds

C. L. “Jake” Reynolds, 83, of Pleasant Hill, departed this life on March 31, 2010 at Research Medical Center in Kansas City.
  He was born August 21, 1926 in Prosperity, Missouri, to James Solomon and Lula Pearl (Hays) Reynolds.
  Jake spent his younger years in the Carterville, Missouri area and attended Carterville High School where he was a member of both the Carterville Comets basketball and football teams.
  During his senior year, Jake felt compelled to quit school and serve his country, first in the United States Navy from May 29, 1944 until May 29, 1946. He then enlisted in the United States Army and served from November 27, 1946 until May 3, 1948. He did, however, complete his education by obtaining his GED.
  On September 22, 1956, Jake was united in marriage with Rayma Louise Spurlock in Carthage. The Reynolds family lived several places, but in 1959, they settled in Pleasant Hill.
  Rayma Reynolds passed away on October 22, 1996, and Jake continued to make his home in Pleasant Hill until his death.
  Jake was a carpenter for the Lee’s Summit School District, retiring in 1993. He was a member of the First Christian Church of Pleasant Hill.
  Jake was preceded in death by his parents, James S. and Lula P. Reynolds; his wife, Rayma L. Reynolds, one son, David Earl Reynolds; one daughter, Rebecca Rainwater; two brothers, James and Glen Reynolds and one sister, Rosemary Lassiter.
  He is survived by two sons, Tony Reynolds and wife Ruth of Appleton City; Clark Reynolds and wife Linda of Pleasant Hill; four daughters, Sandy Reynolds of Joplin, Beth Reynolds-Metoyer and husband Rod ofMissouri City, Tex.; Tommi Reynolds and Jennifer Sharp, both of Pleasant Hill; two brothers, Ralph Reynolds of Webb City and Donnie Reynolds of Carterville; two sisters, Jeanie Sisk of Carterville and Norma Sisk and husband Bob ofGranbury, Tex.; 19 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.
  Services were held April 3, 2010 at the First Christian Church of Pleasant Hill with Rev. Kent Deubner officiating. Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery with military funeral honors provided by the Military FuneralHonors Team from VFW Post #3118 of Pleasant Hill.
  Casket bearers were Bill Johnson, Ben Sharp, Robbie Reynolds, David Hand, Thomas Reynolds and Richie Nading.


Eugene Earl McDavitt

Eugene Earl McDavitt, 67, of Pleasant Hill, departed this life on March 30, 2010 at St. Luke's Hospital, Plaza in Kansas City.He was born January 24, 1943 in Edwards, Missouri, the son of George O. and Geneva M. (Bentch) Mc- Davitt.
  On June 5, 1965, Eugene married Linda J. Tinoco in Kansas City. He was a loving husband, father, grandpa, brother and friend.
  Eugene was employed as a Sheet Metal Worker specializing in welding and retired in 2003. He was a local #2 member.
  He had a passion for the outdoors, and he loved good food. As a hobby, he enjoyed working with his cattle.
  He was a devoted member of the Pleasant Hill Church of Christ; and though not feeling well, still attended church Sunday March 28, for the last time. His advice to all would be, “Keep going to church!” Eugene believed with all of his heart that Jesus was God’s son.
  He was preceded in death by his parents.
  He is survived by his wife of 44 years Linda McDavitt of the home; four sons, Paul McDavitt, Jason McDavitt, and Christopher (and Kelli) Mc- Davitt of Pleasant Hill, and Joseph McDavitt of Florida; two granddaughters Amanda and Nicolette and an expected grandson; three brothers, Othello McDavitt and Kenneth McDavitt, both of Independence, and Clayton McDavitt (and Joyce) of Pleasant Hill; one sister Tessie Henson of Independence; other relatives and friends.
  Funeral services were April 3, 2010 at the funeral home. Evangelist Jerry Dickenson officiated. Interment in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
  Casket bearers were Paul McDavitt, Joseph McDavitt, Jason Mc- Davitt, Christopher McDavitt, Brian McDavitt, Jake Parris, Don Hedrick and Sam Uselton.
  Honorary casket bearers were Paul Tinoco, Walter Tinoco,Mark Tinoco, Russell Tinoco and Randy Easley.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Heart Association 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


Donna Jean Linthicum

Donna Jean Linthicum, 59, of Pleasant Hill, departed this life on March 30, 2010 at her home surrounded by her family and friends.
  She was born February 3, 1951 in Viola, Ark., the daughter of J. R. and Margie C. (Haney) Roberts.
  On August 25, 1971,Donna married Gene Linthicum in East Lynne.
  Donna managed the Dollar General Store in Pleasant Hill for over 10 years; she later worked for Casey’s Convenience store, also in Pleasant Hill.
  She was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. Her absence will leave a hole in the hearts of all who knew her.
  She was preceded in death by her father, one brother Wayne Roberts and one son, Jayson Linthicum, who died on March 6, 2010.
  She is survived by her mother Margie Roberts of Raymore; her husband Gene of the home; one son Douglass and his wife Amanda of Schell City,Missouri; five grandchildren Rebaka, Trevor, Alyssa, Shawn and Brandon; her brother Jeff Roberts of East Lynne; other relatives and friends.
  Funeral services were April 6, 2010, at the funeral home. Rev. James Damon of the River of Life Church in Schell City officiated. Interment in the Swan Lake Memorial Park Cemetery in Grain Valley.
  Casket bearers were Billy Gregg, D.J. Linthicum, Roger Lowry, Bill Raffurty, Sam Roberts and Terry Roberts.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to the family 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.


Freda Lee (Farmer) Browning

Freda Lee Browning, 89, lifelong resident of Pleasant Hill, passed away March 26, 2010 at Crown Care Center in Harrisonville.
  Freda Lee was born April 9, 1920 to Fred and Margaret Farmer, their only child. She was born on the family homeplace west of town and had lived there most of her life.
  She attended Cross Roads School and boarded for her middle school years in Pleasant Hill with Mr. and Mrs. George Henley and shared a room with Dorothy and Bernice Ross. She was a 1938 graduate of Pleasant Hill High School.
  On May 25, 1941, she married Dean W. Browning in Lee’s Summit. After Dean’s death on May 11, 1965, she worked in Kansas City for the American Polled Hereford Association until her retirement.
  She was active in many community organizations and held various offices. She was past president of Senior Adult Ministries at the First Baptist Church of Pleasant Hill.
  Freda Lee especially enjoyed her friends and until several years ago met monthly with high school classmates.
  Freda Lee was preceded in death by her husband DeanW. Browning and her parents, Fred and Margaret Farmer.
  Survivors include her daughter, Judy Long and husband J. C. of Olathe; her son, James “Jim” Browning of Pleasant Hill; granddaughter, Lana and her husband Brett Coldiron of Cincinnati, Ohio; two great grandchildren, Conrad and Catherine Coldiron; other relatives and friends.
  The family would like to thank her home care givers, especially Linda, who made it possible for her to stay at home for several years. Also Crossroads Hospice for their concern and care at the end of her life; her friend Franceline Parris, who visited daily at Crown Care and Suzy Shimel for her comfort and visits.Also, a special thank you to Marcia and Justin for their support.
  Services were April 2, 2010 at the Wallace Funeral Home with Chaplain Michael Campbell of Crossroads Hospice and Mr.Bill Cotton officiating. Burial in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
  Casket bearers were Charlie Shimel, Chad Shimel, John Bradshaw,Michael Scott,Dan Olsen and Elmore Sherman.
  Memorial contributions may be made to Strasburg Baptist Church-WMU.


Hugh Douglas “Doug” Brannock

Hugh Douglas “Doug”Brannock, 88, PleasantHill departed this life on March 21, 2010 at the Lee’s Summit Medical Center, Lee’s Summit.
  Doug was born January 20, 1922 in Muskogee, Okla. to Lee Dunlap and Helen Merle (Coss) Brannock. The Brannock family lived inMuskogee until Doug was about 2-1/2 years old, when they moved to the Kansas City area. In 1932 the family moved to Pleasant Hill.
  Doug graduated from Pleasant Hill High School in 1940, and he entered the United States Navy on October 19, 1942 and served his country during World War II. After his honorable discharge, he returned to PleasantHill tomake his home.
  Until his retirement, Doug was an inspector for Bendix Corporation.He was a member of VFW Post #3118 of Pleasant Hill and a lifetime member of the N.R.A.
  He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Joyce Ann Stodgell; one brother, Lee Brannock; one sister, Jeannie Flanery and one granddaughter, Nikki Diane Brown.
  He is survived by: one daughter, Barbara Brown and David of Pleasant Hill; two brothers, Bob Brannock of Pleasant Hill and William Brannock of Oklahoma; four grandchildren, J.D. Brown and Christy Snow, both of Pleasant Hill, Lisa Stodgell Recio of Atlantic Beach, Fla. and Bobby Stodgell of Harrisonville; 10 great grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.
  Funeral services were March 26, 2010 at the Wallace Funeral Home. Pastor Todd MacLean officiated.
  Casket bearers were J.D.Brown, Joey Snow,Randy Flanery, Keith Ruehter, Steve Graham, JakeGrahamandRex Flanery.
  Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Military honors were presented graveside by Missouri Military Honors Team from the V.F.W. Post #3118 of Pleasant Hill.


Glen Wade Pennell

Glen Wade Pennell, 82, of Lee's Summit, departed this life March 23, 2010 at the Lee's Summit Medical Center.
  He was born January 1, 1928, on a farm near Mack's Creek, Missouri, the youngest of three children, to GranvilW. and Jessie F. (Rash) Pennell.
  He was a 1945 graduate of Cross Timbers High School. On September 22, 1946 he married his high school sweetheart, June E. Ingram in Cross Timbers.
  They lived on a farm for a few years, then moved to Kansas City, where he built their home, which they lived in for over 36 years.
  He went to work at the Leeds General Motors Plant in Kansas City in the late 1940s. He joined the United States Air Force shortly thereafter and served for four years during the Korean War. Upon his return home, he returned to General Motors and retired after 34 years.
  He loved to play the guitar and mandolin and once formed a country music band, which entertained throughout the area for many years.
  He was a member of the Fairview Baptist Church in Cross Timbers; he later joined the Blue Ridge Baptist Temple in Kansas City where he was still amember.
  Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister Electa Owsley.
  He is survived by his wife of 63 years June of the home; his daughter Glenda Hammond of Lee’s Summit; his granddaughter Shawna Wishy and Andrew of Independence; one brother Audrey Pennell and Kathryn of Columbia, other relatives and friends.
  Funeral services were March 26, 2010 at the funeral home. Brother Carl DeFreece officiated.
  Interment with military honors by the VFW Post #3118 Honor Guard was at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to John Knox Village 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.


Gladys Ruth (Duffy) Parris

Gladys Ruth Parris departed this life on March 16, 2010 at the Pleasant Hill Health and Rehabilitation Center.
  She was born October 16, 1917 in Hailey, Idaho, the daughter of Herbert Earl and Hester Frances (Smith) Duffy.
  At age 5, after the death of her mother, Ruth was sent to live with her grandmother in California. She graduated high school in San Jose, Calif. and then attended San Jose State College.
  On August 28, 1940, in Reno, Nevada, Ruth married Parlie L. Parris, a young man from Pleasant Hill, who had come to California in the late 1930s depression era to find work.
  Ruth and Parlie made their home in the San Francisco area, but Parlie never lost his desire to “come back home” to Pleasant Hill. In 1944 the Parris family moved back to the Pleasant Hill area.
  The most important thing to Ruth was being a good wife, loving mother and homemaker. She was a member of the United Methodist Church and the Women’s Federated Club, both of Pleasant Hill.
  She was preceded in death by her husband, Parlie L. Parris on February 4, 1979; her parents, Herbert Earl Duffy on Feb. 10, 1966, and Hester Frances Duffy on Dec. 25, 1922; one daughter, Sharon Darlene Tieman on March 6, 2006; three brothers, George and Roger Duffy and an infant brother, Herbert Earl, and one sister, Jean Vernon.
  Ruth is survived by two sons, Earl Parris and wife Janice of Lexington; Jim Parris and wife Jackie of Lee’s Summit and one sister, Frances Daybell of St. George, Utah; six grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.
  Graveside services were held March 19, 2010 at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Rev. Carl Knapp officiated. Arrangements by Wallace Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.


Floyd Lee “Sam” Hardwick

Floyd Lee “Sam” Hardwick, 64, of Pleasant Hill died onMarch 14, 2010 at his home. He was born April 22, 1945 in Granite, Okla., to George W. and Alice A. (Waller) Hardwick.
  Sam, as he was known to most, spent his younger years in Granite and graduated from Granite High School in 1962.
  He joined the United States Marine Corps on January 31, 1963 and served a two year tour of duty in Vietnam. After his discharge from the Marine Corps, on August 1, 1972, he moved to Altus, Okla. for about a year before moving to Independence where he worked for Galen Boyer Chevrolet as an auto mechanic and painter.
  Then he went to work for Ketcham Oldsmobile, working both in the garage and as a roadside service mechanic. Sam eventually went to work as an over-the-road truck driver for Yellow Freight Transit and retired from there in March, 2009. During the time he worked for Yellow Freight, his constant “trucking companion and protector” was his beloved American Rottweiler, Myra.
  In 1994 Sam moved to Pleasant Hill to make his home. On November 27, 2002, he married Wanda Jean Posey in Oklahoma City, Okla. Sam and Wanda continued to live in Pleasant Hill. They shared their home with Boomer, the American Rottweiler; Kooter, the chihuahua and a 16-year old cat named George.
  Sam’s hobbies included woodworking and an appreciation for classic cars, especially his 1980 Corvette.
  He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Alice Hardwick; two brothers, George and Donald Hardwick.
  He is survived by his wife, Wanda Jean Hardwick of the home; three daughters, Tina Broxson of Independence; Alicia Shanks of Kansas City and Samantha Combs of Belton; two step daughters, Michele Lawson and Rebekah Lamar, both of Richmond; one sister, Dorothy Kauffman of Verden, Okla.; 16 grandchildren and one and a half great grandchildren; other relatives and many friends.
  Memorial services were March 17, 2010 at the Wallace Funeral Home with Chaplain Jeffrey S. Mercer officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date.


James Henderson

James Henderson, 79, of Pleasant Hill, passed away March 13, 2010 at the Pleasant Hill Health and Rehab Facility.
  James was born August 2, 1930 in Wakenda, MO to Otto and Ann (Gibson) Henderson.
  He worked as a Crane Operator with the Local Union #101 for 41 years before retiring.
  He was preceded in death by his parents, Otto and Ann, and two stepsons; Rodney Reeves and Donald Lee Williams.
  He is survived by his wife; Glena Henderson of the home; two sons; Steve Henderson and Scott Henderson and his wife Lisa, all of Grandview; a daughter; Lori Bressman of Belton; two step daughters; Sherlend Massey and Eva Meyer both of Kauai, HI; two brothers; Bob Henderson of Grandview, and Tom Henderson of Warsaw; one sister; Charlotte Sullivan of Trinity, NC, 11 grand children and nine great grand children.
  Funeral services were held March 18, 2010 at the Royer Funeral Home in Oak Grove.
  Burial in the SniMills Cemetery, Oak Grove. Arrangements were made by Royer Funeral Home- Oak Grove.


James A. McIntyre

James A. McIntyre, 78, Holden, passed away March 13, 2010. He was born January 3, 1932 in Strasburg to Harold and Bessie McIntyre.
  He was a member of the Warrensburg Cumberland Presbyterian Church. James was a veteran of the Korean War. He retired from GM after years of service and was employed at Hieman’s for several years after retirement.
  He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Leonard; sister, Helen Alexander and grandson, Neil McIntyre.
  He is survived by his wife Louisa “Tutti” McIntyre; his children, Dawn McIntyre Hankins, Rod and Jennifer McIntyre, Jack and Mary McIntyre, Jeff and Jeanie McIntyre and Jeffrey Davidson, all of Holden; sister Polly Alexander, Pleasant Hill; 16 grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
  A memorial service was held March 28 at Hallar Building in Holden.
  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners’ Children’s Hospital in St. Louis.
  Arrangements by Heartland Cremation & Burial Society, Raytown.


Hazel Lorene Burris

Hazel Lorene (Stair) Burris, 88, died in Jacksonville, Florida on March 15, 2010.
  She was born October 14, 1921, in East Lynne, Missouri, to Peter and Susie Stair.
  Hazel graduated from East Lynne High School in 1939 and attended Kansas City Business College.
  She married Otha Marvin Burris on February 7, 1942, the same day he joined the Navy. Except for a brief period during World War II and during the last 3 years of her life, she was a life-long resident of Missouri.
  She moved to Harrisonville from Independence with her husband and two children in 1952 and lived there continuously until May 2007. For many years Hazel worked in the office keeping books in support of her husband’s business, Marvin Burris Ford, Lincoln and Mercury Dealership.
  Hazel was very active in the Harrisonville community with the Delvers Federated Club, Harrisonville Fine Arts Association, PTA, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Ladies Golf Association, and a charter member of Twin Pines Country Club where she was an active golfer. She was a member of the Harrisonville United Methodist Church.
  She was involved in politics serving as Chair of the Cass County Democratic Party and was twice a delegate to the National Democratic convention. Her leadership was recognized by receiving the Harry Truman Montage Award as outstanding Democrat in 1978, being named Missouri Federations Democratic Woman of the Year in 1992 and Cass County Democrat of the Year in 2000.
  Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years,Marvin, and two brothers, Clarence and Murl J., and a sister, Velma Strickfaden.
  Hazel is survived by a son, Gary Marvin Burris and his wife, Gail, of Manning, S.C.; a daughter, Connie Sue Hodges and her husband, Bill, of Jacksonville, Fla.; four grandsons, Gregory Burris and his wife Stephanie of Monroe, N.C., Garrett Burris of Kansas City, David and Mark Hodges of Jacksonville, Fla., and three great granddaughters, Katelyn, Abigail, and Kinsley Burris of Monroe, N.C.
  Funeral services were held on March 22, 2010, at the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, with burial in the Orient Cemetery, Harrisonville.
  Family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.


Lola Irene Campbell

Lola Irene Campbell, 94, of Pleasant Hill, departed this life Saturday, March 13, 2010 at the Pleasant Hill Health & Rehabilitation Center.
  She was born September 18, 1915 in Greeley, Missouri, the daughter of William and Melvina (Ritchie) McDaniel.
  She was married to Marshall Alva Campbell on June 16, 1936, in Ellington, Missouri. Her husband preceded her in death on August 16, 1998.
  Lola and Marshall “Alva” owned and operated the Campbell Drug Store in downtown Pleasant Hill for over 45 years.
  She was an active member of Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church for 66 years.
  She was also a charter member of the Pleasant Hill Lioness Club, a member of Pleasant Hill Historical Society, and a 50-year member of the Ivy Leaf Chapter #215 O.E.S.
  She was a Past President of the Cancer Society of Cass County and a cancer survivor for over 50 years, and was active with the Salvation Army, the United Way and Meals on Wheels.
  Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers Walter “Buddy” McDaniel, Leroy “Boots” Williamson and Richard “Junior”Williamson and a sister Wilma Wisdom.
  She is survived by her daughters, Irene Smith of Des Moines, Iowa, and Ruth A. Ballard of the home; four grandchildren, Marsha Krummel and Stan of Spring Hill, Kansas; Greg Smith and Dee of Clive, Iowa; Stephanie Clark and Sean of Henderson, Nevada, and Nancy Miller and Aaron of Pleasant Hill; eight greatgrandchildren Rachel Krummel, Valerie Krummel, Ryan Smith, Allison Smith, Ciara Clark, Caelan Clark, Evan Miller and Brett Miller; one sister Opal Galbreth of St. Louis; two brothers Harold Williamson of St. Louis and Howard Williamson of Bunker, Mo; other relatives and friends.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church building fund and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
  Funeral services were March 16, 2010 at the Stanley- Dickey Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill. Rev. Carl Knapp officiated. Burial in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
  Casket bearers were Greg Smith, Ryan Smith, Caelan Clark, Evan Miller, Stan Krummel, Aaron Miller, Justin Kanatzar and Robert Lee Crawford.
  Online condolences may be sent to the family and the video tribute may be viewed at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com
  Funeral rrangements were under the direction of the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill.


Kenneth Edward Hader

Kenneth Edward Hader, 53, Pleasant Hill, passed away March 9, 2010 at his home.
  He was born September 19, 1956 in Kansas City to Lloyd Edward Hader and Marjorie Ann (McComb) Hader.
  He was raised in the Kansas City area and graduated from Hickman Mills High School in 1974.
  He was active in several sports while in high school, including baseball, basketball and football, which led to his love of sports later in his adult life.
  On June 27, 2005, he married Angela Chalagi England in Las Vega, Nev. The couple made their home in Harrisonville before moving to Pleasant Hill in 2009.
  Kenneth worked as a department specialist for Coventry Health Care in Kansas City.
  He was fond of his “attack cat,” Otis, but his true love was his family.
  He was preceded in death by his father, Lloyd Edward Hader and an infant daughter, Britnee Lea.
  Kenneth is survived by his wife, Angie Hader of the home; his mother, Marjorie Hader of Pleasant Hill; two sons, Jacob Ryan and Tyler Jay; two daughters, Morgan Renee and Carrie Elizabeth; one sister, Carol Ann Hader of Pleasant Hill; other relative and friends.
  Services were March 13 at the Wallace Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill. Dr. Keith Herron officiated.
  Casket bearers were Mark Guinta, John Lynn, Ivan Crowell and Mike Day.


Burl Lee Henson

Burl Lee Henson, 89, of Kingsville, passed away March 5, 2010 at Pleasant Hill Health & Rehabilitation Center.
  Burl was born April 18, 1920 in Long Lane,Missouri, son of James and Annie (Butts) Henson.
  He graduated from high school in Buffalo, Missouri and received a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture from the University ofMissouri at Columbia, followed by post graduate work at Oklahoma State University.
  He was united in marriage to Olive Noma Kahler on October 11, 1941 in Columbia. He served in the United States Army during World War II.
  Burl taught Vocational Agriculture, and worked with the FFA Chapters, at three high schools in Oklahoma for six years.
  He started the local fair, named Loyal’s Little Royal, prior to the couple purchasing their farm near Kingsville. During the mid-1950s, he taught science and was the coach at LaTour, Missouri high school, where he was widely known and loved, in part due to the quality and successes of the school’s basketball teams.
  Burl was a hard-driven and hard-working grain, dairy farmer and cattleman.
  He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Holden and Holden Masonic Lodge #262 AF & AM. He was also an active member of the National Farmers Organization and The Angus Association.
  Burl was preceded in death by his wife, Noma on February 2, 2008; a grandson, Jody Henson; four brothers: twin Buel, Burnest, Gail, and Guy Henson; and two sisters: Gurley Henson and Goldie Henson.
  Survivors include a daughter, Candice Alexander and husband, Harold Robert of Overland Park, Kans.; two sons: Don Henson and wife, Brenda of Holden and David Henson and wife, Marilyn Allpress of Hilton Head Island, S.C.; seven grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
  Funeral services were March 9, 2010 at Williams Funeral Chapel in Holden with Dr. Darrell Woods officiating.
  Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery with Military Graveside Honors by Holden Veterans of Foreign Wars, Memorial Post #5844 andMunday-Hancock Post #90 of the American Legion.
  Pallbearers were be Jeff Henson, Paul Robert Alexander, Micah Ray Alexander, Ted VanMeter, P. D. Duncan and Gary Hackett.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to the First Baptist Church in Holden.
  Online condolences may be left at www.williamsfuneralchapel.net


Jayson Linthicum

Jayson Kyle Linthicum, 31, of Pleasant Hill, died March 6, 2010 at his parents’ home in Pleasant Hill, surrounded by his family and friends.
  He was born February 8, 1979 in Independence, the son of Gene and Donna Jean (Roberts) Linthicum.
  Jayson’s childhood dream was to become a Police Officer.
  He attended Pleasant Hill Schools until his freshman year when he chose to change to home schooling and graduated one year early from the Southwood Christian High School in 1996.
  While in school he was under an internship with the Harrisonville Police Department, was a cadet with the Belton Police Department, and was a member of the Cass County Sheriff’s department Explorers.
  Following his graduation from the Police Academy in Independence; he was a Ray County Sheriff’s Deputy, an officer for the Orrick Police Department and a Park Ranger for Smithville Lake in Clay County. He was recently employed as an officer of the Garden City Police Department.
  Police work was Jayson’s life, but in his spare time he enjoyed refurnishing antique furniture and spending time with his family.
  He is survived by his parents Gene and Donna of Pleasant Hill; one brother Douglas and Amanda Linthicum of Shell City,Missouri; his maternal grandmother Margie Roberts of Raymore; two uncles Jeff Roberts of East Lynne, and Dean and Lynn Linthicum of Pleasant Hill; five nieces and nephews Rebaka, Trevor, Alyssa, Shawn and Brandon; several cousins; other relatives and a host of friends.
  Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on March 11, 2010 at the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill.
  Rev. James Russell Chaplain of the Garden City Police Department and minister of the Blue Springs Baptist Temple will officiate. Interment with full Police burial honors will be held in Swan Lake Memorial Park Cemetery in Grain Valley.
  Visitation will be from 6- 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to the family 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 North Armstrong in Pleasant Hill.


Ina Mae Davis Cauthon

Ina Mae Davis Cauthon, 83, of Pleasant Hill, passed away February 27, 2010 at her home, surrounded by her loving family.
  She was born on December 13, 1926 in Nevada, Missouri to Marvin and Nell V. (Flewelling) Roof. Ina was the only child. Her childhood was spend in Nevada where she graduated from Walker High School in 1944.
  On February 28, 1948, Ina married Lloyd Henry Davis in Kansas City. The Davis family made their home in Kansas City, Kans.Mr. Davis passed away in 1986.
  On January 1, 1989, Ina married Olin B. “Dick” Cauthon in Pleasant Hill. They lived in Pleasant Hill for seven years until Dick passed away on May 12, 1996.
  Ina continued to live in the family home in Pleasant Hill until her death. Ina worked for J. C. Penney’s Distribution Center in the returns department, retiring in 1996.
  She was a member of the Open Door full Gospel Church of Pleasant Hill and was a former member of the American legion Auxiliary in Kansas City, Kansas.
  In addition to both of her husbands, Ina was preceded in death by her parents, Marvin and Nell Roof.
  She is survived by two sons, Larral L. Davis and Darryl Z. Davis, both of Kansas City, Kans.; one daughter, Rita Devore of Pleasant Hill; 12 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren and one great great grandson, other relatives and many friends.
  Memorial services were held Saturday,March 6 at the Open Door Full Gospel Church of Pleasant Hill with Rev. Dennis Gulley officiating.
  Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Cremation was under the direction of the Wallace Funeral Home.


Aileen R. Kroll

Aileen R Kroll, 85, passed away February 26, 2010 at Research Medical Center.
  Aileen was born in Cushing, Okla. but spent most of her life in the Kansas City and Grandview areas.
  Aileen was an active member of the Kansas City "Riveters" during WWII while her husband was away in the Army Air Corp.
  In the 1950s, she obtained her LPN nursing license from the Queen of the World Hospital in Kansas City and worked for many years at Research Medical Center in Kansas City on the Nursery and Pediatric Floors.
  She had many hobbies. Crafting, crocheting and growing flowers were some of her favorites.
  She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Edward Kroll.
  She is survived by her six children, Edward, Stephen & Bryan Kroll, Nancy Sanderson, Sallie Richardson, Aileen Montgomery and their spouses. She also leaves behind her many beloved grandchildren and greatgrandchildren.
  A memorial celebrating her life will be held on March 11, 2010, at the First Baptist Church of Grandview, 1416 Main Street, Grandview, Missouri at 10:00 am, with service at 11:00 am.
  The family suggests contributions in the memory of Aileen be made to the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association.


Gabriella Marie Miller

Gabriella Marie Miller, infant daughter of Jeremy M. Miller and Amanda M. Newell, Lee’s Summit, passed away March 3, 2010 at Truman Medical Center, Lakewood.
  She was preceded in death by her paternal great grandfather, Billy F. Ash; maternal great grandfathers, Jim Newell and Leo Luebbert.
  Gabriella is survived by her parents, her paternal grandparents, Patricia Ann (Ash) Miller of Lee’s Summit and Jack Eugene Miller of Quincy, Ill.; her maternal grandparents, Annetta Newell of Lee’s Summit and Robert Newell and wife Cheri of Belton; her great grandmothers, Anna Ash of Lee’s Summit, Violet Newell of Lansing, Kans. and Celia Luebbert of Jefferson, City and uncles, Nicholas Miller of Lee’s Summit and Mark Newell of Grain Valley.
  Graveside services were held March 8 at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
  The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Jeremy Miller or Amanda Newell in care of the Wallace Funeral Home, 422 N. Lake Street, Pleasant Hill, MO 64080.


Pansy Marie (Cotton) Feugate

Pansy Marie (Cotton) Feugate, 75, of Butler, died March 4, 2010 at the Menorah Medical Center in Overland Park, KS.
  Memorial services were held March 8 at the Big Creek Baptist Church in Pleasant Hill.
  Pansy was born June 25, 1934 in Pleasant Hill, the daughter of Buford and Rachel (Hamilton) Cotton. She was a homemaker.
  She was preceded in death by her parents.
  She is survived by her husband, Robert of the home; one son, Mike Minick and wife, Deanna of Kenley, NC; one daughter, Brenda Bryant and husband, Lee Roy of Mound City, KS; three brothers, Buford H. Colton of Rantoul, IL, James William Cotton of Pleasant Hill, and Donald R. Cotton of Joplin; two sisters, Mary Jane Tilkens of Colorado Springs, CO and Bonnie Smith of Amoret, MO and four grandchildren.
  Arrangements were under the direction of Atkinson Funeral Home, Adrian, Misouri.
  Online condolences may be made to atkinsonfuneralhome.com.


Mark Clayton King

Mark Clayton King, 56, of Pleasant Hill, Mark died on February 22, 2010.
  He was born October 12, 1953 in St. Louis, the son of Jefferson Clayton and Beatrice (Gunn) King.
  Mark had fond childhood memories of their family living in St. Charles, in the home his father built.
  At around age 10, his parents divorced and he and his brothers lived in Cuba, Missouri with their Aunt Rosie and her family for a short while before moving with their father to the Gerster, Missouri. community.
  Mark attended Weaubleau School from the fifth grade until his graduation in 1971. During his teen years, Mark worked with his father and Uncle David in construction and roofing.
  In November of 1971, Mark began dating Denise Glyne Griffith and by Christmas of 1971, they were promised to each other to be married.
  In January 1972, Mark began working for Beeline, owned by Blanton Hammond in Kansas City. He picked up the trade of wheel alignment and frame straightening on over the road trucks and cars. During this time Mark rode the Continental Trailways bus home on weekends to see his family and Denise. This continued until June 8, 1974 when Mark and Denise were married at the Pomme De Terre Southern Baptist Church in Pittsburg, Missouri.
  In 1990, Blanton sold his business to Kansas City Freightliner, and Mark continued working for them until his unexpected death.
  Before moving to Cass County, Mark and Denise lived in the Independence area, and Mark took up the sport of bowling at Sterling Lanes as his hobby.
  In 1986, they moved to Cass County. He continued bowling at Westchester Lanes in Harrisonville and started bowling in the ABC National Tournament in various states.
  Mark was proud to receive a ring to commemorate his 800 series game. He had always said he’d probably bowl an 800 series before he bowled a 300 game, and he did.
  He was preceded in death by his parents.
  He is survived by his wife, Denise King of the home; three children, Shannon King, Julia Poe and husband Tim, all of Harrisonville, Missouri and Gary King and Sarah Gentry, Clinton; three grandchildren, Brianna, Austin and Daryan; two brothers, Matt King, Jenks, Okla. and Jim King, Gerster, Mo.; a sister, Bonnie King, Goodland, Kan.; other relatives and many friends.
  Mark was a wonderful husband, father, papa, brother, uncle, cousin and friend. He was always willing to help someone in need and expected nothing in return.
  One word will always remind us of Mark King: BOOMCHUCKALUCKY!
  Funeral services were held February 27, 2010 at the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, with cremation following the service. Gary King and Blanton Hammond officiated.
  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, Harrisonville.


Randi Catherine Stoddard

Randi Catherine Stoddard, 59, of Pleasant Hill, died February 25, 2010 at her home.
  Memorial services were held March 1, 2010 at the Atkinson Chapel in Harrisonville.
  Randi was born January 31, 1951 in Kansas City, the daughter of William Fuller and Helen M. (Miller) Stoddard.
  She was a homemaker. Randi loved spending time with children and animals. She loved music.
  Randi was preceded in death by her father, William Stoddard, her mother, Helen (Miller) Johnson, a son, Jason Stoddard in 1991 and one brother, William Stoddard.
  She is survived by one daughter, Hannah McCoy and her husband, Frank of Harrisonville; one brother, Dan Stoddard and his wife, Mary of Richmond, VA; her companion, Fred L. Berry of Independence; two grandsons, Alex and Hero McCoy and several nephews.
  Cremation was under the direction of the funeral home.
  Arrangements were under the direction of Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville, Missouri.
  Online condolences may be made to atkinsonfuneralhome.com


George William Ruth

George William Ruth, 96, of Greenwood, departed this life February 20, 2010 at the Pleasant Hill Health & Rehabilitation Center.
  He was born Saturday, December 6, 1913 in Bauer, Iowa, the son of William C. and Gertrude G. (Ohnemus) Ruth. George married Mary Margaret Groll on June 18, 1938in Kansas City. She preceded him in death on July 23, 1991.
  Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, he was sent to Hawaii as a civilian naval employee where he helped construct and install a radar tower on the side of a volcano on the island of Oahu.
  On his return, he went to work for Pratt and Whitney as vertical lathe operator. Later he went to work for Bendix & Westinghouse, then to Chevrolet as a portable tool repairman. He was a member of St. Bridget Catholic Church.
  Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by a brother Carl H. Ruth and a sister Mary G. Whitte.
  He is survived by two sons and daughter-in-laws Lance and Linda Ruth, andWilliam and Patty Ruth, all of Greenwood; 10 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; a sister Betty J. Williams of Malakoff, Texas; other relatives and friends.
  Funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at St. Bridget Catholic Church, Pleasant Hill. Monsignor RobertMurphy and Deacon Gary Kappler will officiate. Interment will be in the Greenwood Cemetery.
  Casket bearers will be Brad Gampper, David Ruth, Joshua Ruth, Danny Ware, Bill Williams and Chris Williams.
  Visitation will be held 9 a.m. until service time Wednesday at the church. Memorial contributions are suggested to the St. Bridget Catholic 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 at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com
  Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill.


Rosalie (Chipley) Pfaff

Rosalie (Chipley) Pfaff, 96, of Pleasant Hill, passed away February 14, 2010 at Pleasant Hill Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was born July 27, 1913 in Raymore, the daughter of Charles Pleasant and Helena Winifred (Whitley) Chipley.
  The Chipley family moved from Raymore to Pleasant Hill in 1918 when Rosalie was five years old. Rosalie attended school in Pleasant Hill and spent 91 years as a Pleasant Hill resident.
  OnMarch 3, 1934, Rosalie married Edward L. “Eddie” Pfaff in Independence. To this union three children were born. Eddie passed away on September 21, 1990, and Rosalie continued to make her home in Pleasant Hill.
  Rosalie was manager of the electronic department at Walmart for 10 years, retiring in 1985. She was a member of the Bertha Rebecca Lodge #31 in Pleasant Hill and held many offices in this organization.
  She was a former chairperson for the Democratic Committee of Cass County and a lifelong member of the Assembly of God Church.
  Besides her husband, Rosalie was preceded in death by one son, LaRoy “Lee” Pfaff on September 12, 2997; one daughter, Judith Marie Hoover on August 6, 2005; her parents, Charles Chipley on November 14, 1963 and Helena Chipley on October 29, 1963; a brother, Stanley Chipley; two sisters, Thelma Dyke on April 2, 1937, and EvaWendell on December 6, 1984 and one grandson, Michael Wayne Ash on June 17, 2001.
  She is survived by one daughter, Anna Ash of Lee’s Summit; two sisters, Olean Brown of Lincoln, Mo., ad Lucille Shaw of Pleasant Hill; eight grandchildren, many great grandchildren and great great grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.
  Funeral services were February 17, 2010 at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill with Bill Cotton officiating. Burial in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
  Casket bearers were Gene Arnold, Michael Hoover, Jeremy Miller, John Ash, Gabe Arnold and Nick Miller.


Karl Frederick Althauser

Karl Frederick Althauser , 96, of Pleasant Hill, died on February 13, 2010 at the Lee’s Summit Medical Center in Lee’s Summit.
  He was born July 30, 1913 in Upper Sandusky, Ohio, the son of William and Emma (McClain) Althauser. Karl spent his younger years in Upper Sandusky, Ohio and graduated Upper Sandusky High School.
  On November 3, 1935 he married Jennie Margaret Bacon in Sycamore, Ohio. Karl and Jennie lived in Boonville, for many years where Karl served as a city council member, was a member of the Masonic Lodge and a member of the United Methodist Church. He had been a personnel and purchasing manager for the Mc- Graw Edison Company, retiring in 1983.
  Karl had been a resident of Pleasant Hill since 2003, residing with his son and daughter-in-law, Nick and Debbie Althauser.
  He was preceded in death by his wife, Jennie Margaret Bacon Althauser; his parents, William and Emma Althauser, one son, Timothy Althauser; one brother, Ray Althauser and two sisters, Alice Christman and Dorothy Althauser.
  Karl is survived by two sons, Donald Karl Althauser of Hermann and Nicholas James (Nick) Althauser of Pleasant Hill; one sister, Ruby Beman of Phoenix, AZ; seven grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.
  Cremation under the direction of the Wallace Funeral Home. No services are scheduled.


Jean C. Carswell

Jean C. Carswell, 87, of Greenwood, departed this life January 31, 2010, at her home.
  Funeral services are pending under the direction of the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home.
  A complete obituary will be posted in next week’s edition of the Pleasant Hill Times and online at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com
  Arrangements by Stanley- Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill.


John V. “Jack” Herrick Jr.

John V. “Jack” Herrick Jr., 81, Kansas City, formerly of Pleasant Hill, passed away January 25, 2010. Jack was born November 25, 1928 at Research Hospital in Kansas City.
  He survived severe childhood polio and being paralyzed and went on to play football, baseball and basketball at Pleasant Hill High School.
  He was in Scouts and was an Eagle Scout. He graduated from the University of Mortuary Science, Inc., in Kansas City, Kansas in 1948.
  During his career, he worked for D. W. Newcomers and Sons and George C. Carson and Sons Funeral Home until his retirement in 1990.
  Jack was a long time member and past president of the Northland Optimist Club of Kansas City. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and boating.
  Later in life, he enjoyed sitting on the front porch of the home he owned since 1957 and visiting with all of the neighbors and any passers by.
  Jack was preceded in death by his parents, John Virgil Herrick Sr. and Freda M. (Hoadley) Herrick.
  Survivors include his wife Crystal L. Herrick; son Vance J. Herrick and his wife Yvonne and his brothers, Duane and Lyle Herrick.
  Arrangements by White Chapel Funeral Home.


Robert B. Benson

Robert Bronaugh Benson, 86, of Columbia, Missouri passed away on January 21, 2010, at South Hampton Place.
  Services will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at Memorial Funeral Home. Burial with Military Honors will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. until time of services at the funeral home.
  Robert was born May 16, 1923 in Pleasant Hill, Missouri to Herbert and Sarah Bronaugh Benson and they preceded him in death. He was married on May 8, 1954 to Dorothy A. Durick.
  He was owner and partner with George B. Benson (deceased) of Benson Building Materials and Benson Lumber Company. They had lumber yards in the State of Missouri, including the one in Columbia on Business Loop 70 as well as yards in Boonville, Eldon, Pleasant Hill, Belton, Garden City and Odessa, as well as operating Osage Building Materials in Sedalia.
  Robert grew up in Pleasant Hill where he played football and then attended the University of Kansas City in 1942 until World War II began.
  He served in the U.S. Army for three years. He landed in Normandy on Utah Beach on D-Day, in the third section of the First Wave to land.
  He wrote three booklets of his Army days which he gave to members of his company and to libraries and historical societies.
  He was a member of the Mid-Missouri Development Council, was on the Board of the Southwestern Lumbermen’s Association and a member of the American Forestry Association, National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Native Sons of Kansas City.
  In Columbia, Robert was a member of First Presbyterian Church and the Country Club of Missouri.
  He graduated from the University of Missouri in 1951 with a Bachelors Degree in History and Economics.
  Robert is survived by his wife of 55 years, Dorothy; special friends Lynn Crews and her husband Scott and several nieces and nephews.
  Memorial contributions can be made to a charity of your choice.


Edna Lucille Sudduth

Edna Lucille Sudduth, 87, of Pleasant Hill, died January 20, 2010, surrounded by her family, at her son’s home in Pleasant Hill.
  She was born December 3, 1922 in Richmond, Kan., the daughter of James M. and Mamie (Coleman) Miller.
  On February 10, 1942, she was united in marriage to Dewey Derrelle Sudduth in Independence. Within two weeks, he was shipped out with the Army to fight in WWII and did not return for four years. He preceded her in death on January 27, 1993.
  Lucille was a homemaker and mother until going to work for the Bendix Corporation in 1958, retiring in 1981.
  She enjoyed knitting and crocheting. She began playing the organ and piano for church services at the age of ten. She played for more than 50 weddings and many funerals. She gave piano lessons until she went to work for Bendix.
  She was a member of the Community of Christ Church in Pleasant Hill where she served in many capacities, especially with the music.
  She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandkids and greatgrandkids. In recent years she loved going to McDonald’s every day and having coffee with friends. McDonald’s employees enjoyed all of the “Monkey Bread” she baked for them.
  Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by an infant son Charles Steven. Sudduth, one brother Art Miller and her sister Elnora Ingram.
  She is survived by two sons, D. Gilbert (Gib) Sudduth and Leta of Pleasant Hill, and Roger L. Sudduth and Janet of Gulf Shores, Ala; three brothers, Gene Miller and Eva of Raymore; R. J. Miller and Ruth of Hutchison, Kan., and Cecil Miller and Nelda of Raymore; five grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; other relatives and many friends.
  Funeral services were January 25, 2010 at the Community of Christ Church in Pleasant Hill. Evangelist Don Carlile, minister of the church, officiated.
  Gary Smith sang. Burial in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
  Casket bearers were Doug Ingram, Jim Ingram, Greg Miller, Larry Miller, Russell Miller and Ted Vernon.
  Honorary casket bearers were Dale Gehmann, Gene Miller, Mark Miller, Scott Miller, Terry Miller, Merle Nunemaker and Rick Thompson.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to the Community of Christ Church or Crossroads 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 www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com


Delores “Dee” Carnes

Delores Arlene “Dee” Carnes, 78, of Pleasant Hill, died January 16, 2010 at the Pleasant Hill Health & Rehabilitation Center.
  She was born April 21, 1931 in Wilson, Kansas, the daughter of Henry and Edna (Lille) Milberger.
  On January 5, 1968 she married Lee Wayne Carnes in Kansas City. Her husband preceded her in death on February 29, 2008.
  Dee was a practical nurse and later a medical transcriptionist for Mitchell, Stockton and Moore Urologists in Kansas City.
  She was an active member of the Ivy Leaf Chapter #215, Order of the Eastern Star in Pleasant Hill where she served in many capacities including secretary andWorthy Matron.
  She had also served as Worthy Matron in Garden City #340 OES, Grand Representative to Wisconsin 1985-1986; Grand Esther of the Grand Chapter of Missouri 1988-1989, District Deputy Grand Matron of the 34th District of the Grand Chapter of Missouri1996, and received her 25 year pin in 2003.
  She was a member of the Lord of Love Lutheran Church in Belton.
  Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her daughter Patricia Stewart and one brother Richard Milberger.
  She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Wayne and Ruth Stewart of Kansas City; her step-daughter Susan Cambiano of Kansas City; a brother Raymond Milberger and spouse Jan of Sacramento, Calif.; one sister Arlene Mitchell of Prairie Village, Kans.; two grandchildren, Lille Stewart- Carnes and Andrew Stewart; three step grandchildren; other relatives and a host of friends.
  Funeral services were January 23, 2010, at the funeral home. Rev. David Newman, minister of Lord of Love Lutheran Church, officiated. Interment in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
  Casket bearers were David Carnes, Wayne Dykes, Mike Gillespie and Rick Welch. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Lord of Lutheran Church in Belton, 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.


Tommy Eugene Slover

Tommy Eugene Slover, 72, of Butler, died, January 22, 2010 at his home in Butler surrounded by his family.
  He was born December 31, 1937 in Excelsior Springs, the son of Orville C. and Stella L. (Turner) Slover.
  On September 14, 1956, he was united in marriage to Tamea J. Swartz in Miami, Okla. She preceded him in death on January 25, 2004.
  Tom had been a truck driver for Kaw Transportation; later he was an auto part sales manager for 25 years until his retirement.
  His favorite pastime was music, and he played in many bands throughout his life. He loved to spend time with his family and friends; especially all of his grandchildren.
  Besides his parents and his wife, he was preceded in death by one sister, Pat Brown.
  He is survived by four daughters, Durinda Jones of Peculiar; Deniene Wingard and Tim of Appleton City; Devian Slover of the home, Deiedra Curnutt and Mark of Belton; six grandchildren, Angie Lesmeister, Adam (and GariAnna) Lesmeister, Jacob Wingard, Caleb Martin, Becky Curnutt and Austin Curnutt; four great grandchildren, Jeremiah Boyle, Matthew Boyle, Hollie Lesmeister and Brice Lesmeister; four brothers Don Slover and Loretta of Raymore; Ronnie Slover and Mary Pat of Adrian; Jerry Slover and Peggy of Belton, andMike Slover and Joyce of Peculiar; one sister Clorecia Overstreet and Jay of Raymore; numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
  Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at the funeral home.
  Rev. Donald Wratney of the Rock Brook Church, Belton will officiate. Burial in the Raymore Cemetery.
  Casket bearers are Mark Curnutt, Adam Lesmeister, Justin Overstreet, Jason Slover, Parrish Slover, Bruce Smith, Steve Webb and Robert Welton.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to Heartland Hospice of Butler or the American Cancer Society 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 (816) 540-5550 StanleyDickeyFH@aol.com.


Carol Ann Karg

Carol Ann Karg, 68, of Pleasant Hill, departed this life on January 21, 2010 at the Cass Medical Center, Harrisonville.
  She was born January 17, 1942 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, the fifth of seven children born to Clifford A. and Esta E. (Raffurty) Karg.
  When Carol Ann was born, she was a healthy, happy baby with dark black hair and was active and quick to learn. She also had an inquisitive mind and loved red dresses.
  When she was about two and a half years old, she contacted polio and became a sick little girl.
  She had high fevers and often went into convulsions.
  She spent time in the hospital in Kansas City. At that time her father was serving somewhere in the Pacific during World War II.
  As Carol Ann required full time care, Grandmother Elizabeth “Lizzy” Raffurty stayed with the family and cared for Ronnie, who was an infant.
  Due to her mother’s constant efforts, Carol Ann learned to walk again and to write with her left hand.
  She started first grade at Center Point school north of Pleasant Hill and graduated from the Pleasant Hill High School in 1961.
  She was employed caring for others and making their lives easier.
  She visited her Aunt Dorothy Raffurty every day, while she was at Broadway Village and visited with other patients.
  She traveled to many scenic sites in the United States with her parents.
  She did hand work, making quilts, pillow cases and embroidery and loved to read her Bible and church books. She was a member of the Strasburg Baptist Church.
  She was preceded in death by both of her parents, two sisters, Betty Jean and Mary Ellen and one brother Charles Alvin, who all died as infants.
  She is survived by three brothers and their wives, Jim and Ginger Karg of Gridley, Calif., Ron and Margie Karg of Pleasant Hill; and Paul and Laura Karg of Babson Park, Fla.
  Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m., Thursday, January 28, 2010 at the Stanley- Dickey Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill.
  Visitation will be held from 1:30 p.m. until service time Thursday at the funeral home.
  Bill Cotton, deacon of Big Creek Baptist Church will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Casket bearers are Gene Hon, David Hughes, Buddy Karg, Greg Karg and Larry Karg.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to the Strasburg Baptist 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 were under the direction of the Stanley- Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080.


Stephen G. Spruill

Stephen G. Spruill, 67, of Pleasant Hill, departed this life on January 16, 2010, at home after a long battle with cancer.
  He was born May 20, 1942 in Glendale, Calif., the son of Lee and Loretta (Link) Spruill.
  Steve was raised in Kansas City and graduated from St. Peter Grade School, Rockhurst High School, and Rockhurst College, in 1963.
  After graduation, he joined the U.S. Navy and become a Tin Can Sailor, serving in many parts of the world.
  He was a Vietnam veteran. He left the Navy with the rank of lieutenant junior grade. Steve often spoke fondly of his time in the service of his country.
  Steve entered the steel business and settled in Indianapolis where he met Cecily Holbrook, who became his wife in 1968.
  After transferring to California, they had two sons, Randall Patrick and Cameron Link. "R.P." and "Cam" were Steve's pride and joy.
  When the marriage ended, Steve came home to Kansas City.
  He turned to the lawn and garden industry.
  He met Sally Haake of Pleasant Hill and in 1981, they began their life together, tending horses, raising chickens and planting a huge garden every year.
  Steve took pride in supplying family and friends with farm fresh eggs and whatever produce was in season.
  Throughout Steve's life there was some kind of two or four- wheeled motorized rig in Steve's garage.
  A shovelhead Harley, a Solex motorbike, a Vespa scooter and a homemade gocart powered by a Yamaha motorcycle engine were just a few of his toys.
  He delivered meals to the elderly for the Pleasant Hill Meals on Wheels and was active with the Pleasant Hill VFW Post #3118.
  He helped establish the Veterans’ Memorials at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery and in downtown Pleasant Hill.
  Steve was proud of our men and women in uniform, past and present, and spoke of them and prayed for them often.
  Steve had definite opinions on many subjects and was always eager to share them with family, friends and on the Letters page of The Kansas City Star.
  Steve was a member of St. Bridget Catholic Church, the USS McCaffery Shipmates Assn., the Mustang Motorcycle Club of America and VFW Post #3118, Pleasant Hill.
  Steve was preceded in death by his parents, his step-mother, Kay Westlund Spruill, and his brother-inlaw, Carl Schilling.
  He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Sally, of the home; his sons, R.P. Spruill and Amy of Great Falls, Virginia and Cam Spruill and Libby of Fishers, Indiana; sisters, Frances S. Schilling, Lorelee Dalton and Jim of Shawnee Mission, Kansas; a brother Stanton D. Spruill and Susan of Lee’s Summit; grandchildren, Abigail, Annabelle, Leila, Zachary and Grace; a host of nieces, nephews and cousins; and his beloved dogs, Molly, Fred and Sandy.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to the Pleasant Hill Meals on Wheels or VFW Post #3118, Pleasant Hill and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
  A funeral mass was held January 22, 2010 at St. Bridget Catholic Church, Pleasant Hill with Monsignor Robert Murphy officiating.
  Interment is in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery with full military graveside honors by the VFW Post #3118 Honor Guard.
  Casket bearers were Ron Beatty, Robert Crawford, David Hamilton, Jerrall Hayes, Chris Hummel, Mike Ingram, Jim Lotspeich and Junior Ross.
  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 at 203 N. Armstrong in Pleasant Hill.


Daniel R. Durham

Daniel R. Durham, 52, Harrisonville, died January 2, 2010. Daniel lived in Pleasant Hill from 1965 to 1975.
  He is survived by his mother, Anita Golden; three sisters, Diana Durham Hale, Davnah Durham, Darla Durham and brother, Darrell Durham and long time companion, Dawn Nelson, other relatives and friends.
  He was preceded in death by his father, Arch Durham, on February 5, 1972.
  Cremation by Marts Memorial Service.


Lawrence Lee Thomas

Lawrence Lee Thomas, 74, of Peculiar, MO, passed away January 3, 2010 at his home surrounded by his loving family and friends. Larry was born and raised in Springfield,MO.
  He worked for Panhandle Eastern Pipeline Company in Kansas City for 31 years.
  Larry was a very organized, meticulous person, who “got things done.” He was a very devoted and generous husband, father, grandfather, and friend. Larry loved to help people whenever he could, especially his children and grandchildren. Given an opportunity to help anyone, he went into immediate action, without questioning or judging.
  Some called Larry the “friendliest man in town.” He never met a stranger.
  Larry pitched for several softball teams and played outfield for the Naval Reserves.
  He shared his love of sports with his children and grandchildren. He coached and wrote the newsletter for 3-2 Baseball for many years, taught 5 of his granddaughters how to pitch, helped them improve additional skills, and kept stats on every game they played. "Grandpa Larry" very seldom missed any of his grandchildren's activities, sports or otherwise, and was their biggest fan.
  Larry is preceded in death by his parents, Lee and Marjorie Thomas and brother-inlaw, Joe Highfill.
  Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Carol; three children: Andrew (Diann) Thomas, Jennifer (Roger) Carter and Bret (Kelly) Thomas; nine grandchildren: Rachel, Lauren, Mitch, Jessica, Hanna, Emily, Katie, Donovan and Avery; two step-grandchildren: Kelly and Eric; a step-great grandchild, Kimberly; twin brother, Jerry (Darlene); brothers: Bill (Janice) and Bob (Chris); and sister, Ann.
  The funeral service was held on Thursday, Jan 7th, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Lee’s Summit, MO.
  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the American Cancer Society or Northcare Hospice.
  Larry's presence will be greatly missed by the many lives he touched.


Orvil Lee Grogger

Orvil Lee Grogger, 84 of Greenwood departed this life January 12, 2010 at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Home in Belton. He was born April 18, 1925 in Kansas City, the son of Lee Overton and Mildred F. (Scott) Grogger.
  Before leaving to serve his country in World War II, he was united in marriage with Irma.
  After returning from the Pacific Theater in 1946, Orvil and Irma continued to make their home in Kansas City area until 1951 when they moved to Greenwood.
  Mrs. Grogger passed away in 1959 and he continued to make his home in Greenwood.
  Orvil had owned and operated a landscaping company and a water hauling business in and around the Greenwood, Lone Jack and Pleasant Hill area for many years.
  He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents, Lee O. and Mildred F. Grogger and a grandson, Christopher Lee Grogger, Feb. 8. 2007.
  Orvil is survived by two daughters, Judy Richardson of Belton and Barbara Aycock of Tennessee; one grandson, Shane Grogger of Tennessee; one granddaughter, Christy Worley of Oklahoma and five great grandchildren.
  Services were held January 18, 2010 at Floral Hills Funeral Home with burial in the Floral Hills Cemetery.


William Charles Ayres

William Charles Ayres, 90, died January 13, 2010, in Estes Park, Colorado with family members by his side.
  Bill, also known as W.C. or Papa, was born June 15, 1919, in Kansas City, Missouri, to William Henry and Ethyl Irene (Brown) Ayres. He graduated from Central High School in Kansas City.
  After graduating, he served in the United States Army during WWII as a Master Sergeant with the Field Artillery Mule Pack, in the Southern Philippines, and was awarded the Bronze Star for his service.
  A life-long member of the United Methodist Church, Bill lent his beautiful voice to many choirs. In 1980, he retired after 40 years with the Union Pacific Railroad. This allowed him to spend many wonderful years with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
  A barbershop quartet enthusiast, he sang with a SPEBSQSA affiliated quartet and chorus for many years.
  He also sang with the Union Pacific Railroad Quartet. He enjoyed performing as lead in the quartet when they toured the country as goodwill ambassadors for the company.
  His parents and brother, Robert R. Ayres, preceded him in death.
  Bill is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Allie Jo; three daughters, Ginny Hutchison, Barbara Ayres, and Kay Rosenthal and her husband Lowell, all Estes Park, Colorado residents; three granddaughters and their spouses, Shannon and Brian Faith, Ashli and Shane Adams, and Alicia and Colleen O’Toole; grandson Thomas Rosenthal, and great-grandchildren Will and Cash Faith and Paige Adams. Arrangements were by the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home Funeral Home. Burial was in the Strasburg Cemetery. Casketbearers were Kevin Comer, Randy Comer, Rodney Graves, Roger Graves, Phillip Hackett and Douglas Hacket.
  Honorary casket bearers were all his nieces and nephews.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to the Pleasant Hill United Methodist 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 at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com


Mamie Helen Graham

Mamie Helen Graham, 74, of Pleasant Hill, formerly of Columbus, Ohio, was born Monday, February 25, 1935 in Birmingham, Alabama, the daughter of Hilliard and Nancy Mae (Capleton) Taylor.
  She departed this life January 11, 2010 at the Pleasant Hill Health & Rehabilitation Center.
  Helen was a homemaker.
  She was preceded in death by her parents.
  She is survived by three sons: Christopher Graham and wife Sayuri of Belton, Missouri, David K. Graham of Kansas City and Chip Graham of Birmingham; two granddaughters: Chante Yuri Graham and Tiffany Yuuka Graham of Belton; a brother Clarence Benjamin Taylor and wife Rose of Clintonville Township, Michigan; other relatives and friends.
  Cremation has been accorded. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on January 23, 2010 at the funeral home. Reverend David Pearson will officiate. Inurnment will be held in Columbus, Ohio at a later date.
  The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until service time at 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 the Stanley- Dickey Funeral Home.


Gearldine Gray

Gearldine Gray, 87, of Independence, departed this life January 5, 2010 at the Rehabilitation Center of Independence.
  She was born June 24, 1922 in White Cloud, Missouri, the daughter of Rollie V. and Stella J. (Nation) Davis.
  She married Farold Dean Gray in Kansas City on September 3, 1947. He preceded her in death on February 20, 2007.
  Gearldine was a homemaker and will be deeply missed by her surviving family, friends and devoted companion dog, Jackson.
  Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one brother Clifford I. Davis and one sister Lela P. Docktor.
  She is survived by one brother Bill Davis and Barbara of Independence; one brother-in-law, Donald Docktor of Oak Grove; two nephews Donald Docktor II of Oak Grove and David Docktor and Tonna of Blue Springs; two nieces Becky Soetaert and Tommie of Lee’s Summit and Rhonda French and Brian of Lee’s Summit; four great nieces and three great nephews; other relatives and friends.
  Funeral services were January 11, 2010, at the Stanley- Dickey Funeral Home with Rev. D. Kent Deubner, minister of the Pleasant Hill First Christian Church officiating.
  Burial in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Casket bearers were George Davis, Leo (Junior) Davis, David Lee Docktor, Donald Docktor II, Brian French and Tommie Soetaert.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society 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.


Mary Johnson Nowell

Mary Johnson Nowell, 93, of Independence, passed away December 29, 2009, surrounded by her loving family at Carmel Hills Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center of Independence.
  Mary was born January 14, 1916, in Kingsville, to Frank Johnson and Bessie (Scrutchfield) Johnson. She lived in this area most of her life.
  On June 28, 1935, she married Sherman A. Nowell of Holden. To this union one daughter, Ruth, was born on June 5, 1936. Mary and Sherman were married for 41 years. They moved to Kansas City in July, 1946.
  Mary retired from Montgomery Ward & Co. after approximately 31 years of service. After retirement, she enjoyed traveling and doing crafts. She was active in several clubs as long as her health permitted.
  Mary was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, three sisters and one brother.
  Survivors include one daughter, Ruth Netherton and her husband James E. Netherton, Jr. of Independence; two granddaughters, Mary Ann Felts and her husband Keith Felts of Plattsburg; and Ruth Ann Kolb and her husband Kevin S. Kolb of Overland Park, KS; four grandsons, Myron Felts, Brandon Felts, Reggie Felts and ScottM. Kolb; numerous nieces and nephews, and many great friends.
  Mary was a member of the First Christian Church of Independence. Memorial services were January 3, 2010 at Floral Hills Funeral Home, 7000 Blue Ridge Blvd. Burial in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.
  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to be made in Mary's name to Crossroads Hospice, 816- 333-9200, Attention Wendy Essig or First Christian Church Disciples of Christ, 125 South Pleasant Street, Independence, MO 64050.
  The family expressed thanks to the dedicated and caring staff at Carmel Hills Healthcare and Rehab. Center, Crossroads Hospice and St. Mary's Hospital of Blue Springs.
  Condolences for the family may be left at www.dwnewcomers.com (Arr: D.W. Newcomer's Sons Floral Hills Chapel, 7000 Blue Ridge Blvd, KCMO 64133 816-353-1218)


Neil Knorpp Smith

Neil Knorpp Smith, 77, departed this life January 2, 2010 at Research Medical Center in Kansas City.
  He was born December 17, 1932, the son of George Sylvester and Bessie Marie (Knorpp) Smith.
  As was the custom of the day, Neil was born at home and while the doctor tended to matters, Neil was given to his “Aunt Louie,” Lois Knorpp Grantham, who at the time was just a high school senior, to hold, thus creating a bond between the two that lasted for Neil’s entire life.
  The Smith family lived in the Kansas City area while Neil was growing up and he graduated from Center High School in 1951, but he always felt Pleasant Hill was his real home.
  Neil served his country in the United States Army from February 16, 1953 until January 12, 1955. After his military service, he returned to the Kansas City area to make his home.
  On May 20, 1957, Neil experienced a tragic loss with the death of his mother, Bessie in the Ruskin Heights tornado.
  Bessie had been out picking strawberries and was on her way home when the tornado struck. Several agonizing hours lapsed before Bessie was found. This catastrophic event had an impact on Neil for the rest of his life.
  On July 31, 1965, Neil married Tameria Tuheiava (Camelia) in Pirae, Tahiti. To this union one daughter, Vaea Yvette was born. They made their home in the Kansas City area until 2002 when Neil realized his dream of “coming home” and moved back to the Pleasant Hill area.
  Neil was self-employed taxidermist.
  He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Bessie Smith.
  He is survived by his wife Camelia Smith of the home and one daughter, Vaea Yvette Smith, also of the home; one aunt, Lois Grantham, Pleasant Hill; several cousins, including Bill Grantham, Pleasant Hill; Alice Jean Halberstadt of California and Linda Summers, Buckner, other relatives and many friends.
  Services were held January 9, 2010 with Rev. Wyatt Shanks officiating. Miliary honors were presented by Missouri Military Honors Team form VFWPost #3118 of Pleasant Hill. Burial in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
  Pallbearers were Raymond Chapin, Allen Chapin, Spencer Chapin, Ian Chapin, Jimmy Teevan and Scott Yerganian.


Shelby Jean (O’Dell) Asbury

Shelby Jean (O’Dell) Asbury, 73, died January 3, 2010 at Research Medical Center in Kansas City.
  She was born November 15, 1936 in Lowe, West Virginia, the daughter of Fred and Lilly (Burnette) O’Dell. Shelby spent the early part of her life in West Virginia and graduated from Matoka High School in Matoka, West Virginia.
  On January 7, 1963, she married Howard “Harry” Asbury in Parrisburg,West Virginia.
  To this union three children, Mark, Denise and Jennifer were born.
  After their marriage, Shelby and Harry moved to Kansas City and lived there until 1971 when they moved to Pleasant Hill. Shelby continued to live in Pleasant Hill after Harry’s death on March 29, 2008.
  Shelby had been a clerical worker for the Internal Revenue Service for many years.
  She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard “Harry” Asbury; her parents, Fred and Lilly O’Dell; one brother, James O’Dell; one sister, Betty Gillenwater and one step daughter, Kathy Parvin.
  She is survived by one son, Mark Asbury and his wife Diana of Kansas City North; two daughters, Denise Asbury and Joe Rodriquez of Pleasant Hill and Jennifer Asbury of Independence; one stepson Wayne Asbury of Pleasant Hill and one sister, Judy Bliss of Alexandria, Virginia; 10 grandchildren, several great grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.
  Services were held January 6, 2010 at Wallace Funeral Home with Rev. Kent Deubner officiating. Burial in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
  Pallbearers were Nicolas Asbury, Tyler Hansen, Ryan Asbury and Garrett Friel.


Nicholis Gregory Rogers

Nicholis Gregory Rogers, 30, of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, was born Wednesday, January 3, 1979 in Harrisonville, Missouri, the son of Gregory J. and Belva J. (Hart) Rogers.
  He departed this life on Sunday, December 27, 2009 at his home with his fiancée and parents by his side.
  Nicholis was an Ironworker with Local #10, and a member of the Community of Christ Church in Pleasant Hill.• He was a loving father, son, brother, and uncle. He loved the outdoors and spending time with his family.
  He was a proud Iron Worker and will be truly missed by all who knew him.
  He is survived by his son Gage Vann-Rogers of North Kansas City; parents Greg & Belva Rogers of Pleasant Hill; fiancée SeAnna Shepard of Pleasant Hill; two brothers Trenton Rogers and Lindi of Lone Jack and Logan Rogers and Joanna of Lee’s Summit; nieces and nephews Jillian, Ethan, Jacinda, and Ashlee; paternal grandparents Duane and Gail Rogers of Pleasant Hill; maternal grandparents Vernon D. and LaVoy Hart of Pleasant Hill; several aunts and uncles; other relatives and a host of friends.
  Funeral services were held 11:00 a.m. Monday, January 4, 2009, at the Community of Christ Church in Pleasant Hill.
  Evangelist Don Carlile, minister of the church, officiated. Interment was in the Strasburg Cemetery.
  Casket bearers were Tyler Hensley, Caleb Rogers, Cameron Rogers, Gage Vann-Rogers, Logan Rogers, Trent Rogers, Matt Rosanbalm and Corey Rosanbalm.
  Honorary casket bearers were Nathan Carlile, Emily Divine, Dave Fizer, Michael Francy, Rebecca Hensley, Robert McCoy, Bobby Player, and Steve Williams.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to the Nicholis Rogers Memorial Fund which has been set up at the Pleasant Hill Bank 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 Stanleydickeyfh@ aol.com


Lisa Suzanne White

Lisa Suzanne White, 22, of Pleasant Hill, Missouri was born March 1, 1987 in Kansas City, Missouri the daughter of Paul Jonathan and Cindy Diane (Donnelly) White.
  She departed this life on Thursday, December 24, 2009 at Research Medical Center, Kansas City.
  She was a precious angel who was always shy, quiet and loving. Her family knew her as being the “organized” one, always needing things in order.
  Her older brother, Jacob was her role model. She spent her school years in the Pleasant Hill School District.
  She always loved school. During high school, Lisa was active in band, playing the clarinet. She spent lots of early mornings practicing on the field.
  Although academics were not her strength, she worked hard and was attending college. She was planning to graduate next winter and teach preschool. Lisa always had a love of children, especially the little ones.
  She was always kind, caring, determined, nurturing, patient and loyal. Her young life has touched many. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends.
  She was preceded in death by her paternal grandmother, Vina Irene White and her maternal grandfather, Herman Donnelly.
  She is survived by her parents, Paul and Cindy White of Harrisonville; her brother, Jacob White, Wilmette, Ill.; paternal grandfather, Jonathan E. White, of Holden; maternal grandmother, Bonnie Donnelly of O’Fallon; her companion, Steve Talley of the home; other relatives and many friends.
  Funeral services were held on Wednesday, December 30, 2009 under the direction of the Dickey Funeral Home of Harrisovnille.
  Officiating clergy was Elder John Rhoades.
  Casket bearers were Sam Donnelly, Bob Greene, Russell White, Steve White, Tim White and Chris Wayland. Interment was om the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Pleasant Hill. The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
  For online condolences, please visit www.dickeyfh.com


Gilbert Donald “Don” Bell

Gilbert Donald “Don” Bell, 76, of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, was born Wednesday, March 8, 1933 in Pleasant Hill, the son of Gilbert Walton and Elizabeth Iona (Storms) Bell.
  He departed this life on Saturday, December 26, 2009 at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas.
  He was a United States Navy Veteran.
  On January 14, 1969 Don was united in marriage to Eva Christine Vancil in Miami, Oklahoma.• Gilbert was as a registered Pharmacist for over 50 years and worked for the Katz/Osco Drug Stores for 42 years.
  He was a life member of the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church and an active member and Past President and Treasurer of the Pleasant Hill Lions Club.
  He was preceded in death by his parents.
  He is survived by his wife Eva of the home; daughters Debbie Bell and companion Bart Walstrom, of Fort Worth, Texas and Jan Pruitt and spouse Mark of Overland Park, Kansas; son Tim Soldner and spouse Eileen of Pleasant Hill; sister Joyce Dowell and spouse Ron of Pleasant Hill; grandchildren Lindsay, Matthew, and Nathan; nieces and nephew Coyita Miller, Ceola Knisely, and Kelsie Clark; other relatives and friends.
  Funeral services were held December, 30, at the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church under the direction of Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home.
  Reverend Carl Knapp officiated.
  Interment was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery with military honors by the Pleasant Hill VFW Post #3118 Honor Guard. A Rose service was held by the Pleasant Hill Lions Club. Casket bearers are Dave Betts, Kelsie Clark, Ron Dowell, Randy Knisely, Mark Pruitt, and Bart Walstrom.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church building 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


Ruth E. Carnes

Mrs. Ruth E. Carnes, 82, of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, was born October 22, 1927 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the daughter of Sarah Sweigert.
  She departed this life Tuesday, December 29, 2009 at Lee’s Summit Medical Center, Lee’s Summit, Missouri.
  On July 3, 1942, Ruth was united in marriage to Charles W. Fuller Jr. in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  On August 17, 1972, she was united in marriage to Milton Carnes in Pleasant Hill, Missouri.
  Ruth was a homemaker and very proud mother, grandmother and greatgrandmother.
  She was a member of the Ivy Leaf #215 Order of the Eastern Star, Pleasant Hill, Missouri. Ruth was a wonderful apple butter maker and pie baker especially her pie crust which was “to die for”.
  She had lived in Pleasant Hill since 1972.
  Besides her mother, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Charles W. Fuller Jr. on October 30, 1970; her second husband, Milton Carnes on April 3, 2003 and son, Charles W. Fuller III on June 12, 2008.
  She is survived by three sons, Thomas Fuller and wife Amy, Phoenix, Ariz., Michael Fuller and wife Eileen, Carlsbad, N.M., David Fuller and wife Pamela, Pleasant Hill; two daughters, Joanne Wilhelm and Ron Rothenberger, Milledgeville, Ga., Patricia Fuller, Pleasant Hill; 16 grandchildren, 27 greatgrandchildren; other relatives and friends.
  Services were held January 5, 2010 under the direction of the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, Don Ward was the officiating clergy.
  Casket bearers were Jason Fuller, Barry Fuller, Phillip Fuller, Paul Fuller, Charles Fuller IV, Matthew Rochford, Ray Wilhelm and Russell Wilhelm. Interment was at the Orient Cemetery, Harrisonville.
  Order of the Eastern Star service was held Jan. 4 under the auspices of the Ivy Leaf #215.
  The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.
  For online condolences, please visit www.dickeyfh.com. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, Missouri.