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Jerry Don Stair
...Jerry Don Stair, 74, of Pleasant Hill, departed this life on December 20, 2011 surrounded by love and family, at his home after a courageous battle with tongue cancer.
...He was born on April 26, 1937, in Harrisonville, the son of Earl Ernest and Merna Margaret (Bennett) Stair.
...He was a 1955 Harrisonville High School graduate and a 1961 University of Missouri graduate.
...He was a veteran of the United States Air Force Reserves.
...On March 25, 1972, Jerry was united in marriage to Bonnie Sue (Bern) Smith in Kansas City.
...Jerry was employed by Bendix/Allied Signal as a quality control engineer, retiring in 1997.
...He was an active member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Lee's Summit where he had served as Elder and several other groups, including the choir.
...He is survived by his wife Bonnie of the home; two sons Randy (and Beth) Smith of Lee's Summit, and Doug (and Stacey) Smith of Pleasant Hill; one daughter Amy (and Bob) Nelson of Pleasant Hill; two brothers Earl (and Janice) Stair of Monroeville, Pennsylvania, and Terry (and Karen) Stair of Lee's Summit; 11 grandchildren, Naomi, Nathan, Cierra, Sydnee, Derec, Krosbie, Carsyn, Kinlie, Madelyn, Mason and Jace; one great grandchild Quinton; other relatives and a host of friends.
...Funeral services were held on December 23, 2011, at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Lee's Summit.
...The Rev. Craig Otto, minister of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church officiated at the services.
...Interment was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery with full military honors by the Pleasant Hill VFW Post #3118 Honor Guard.
...Casket bearers were Ed Hellwig, Jeremy Hellwig, Bill Losey, Bob Nelson, Doug Smith and Randy Smith. Honorary bearers
were T.H. Frazier, Ed Grace, Lyle Hocker, Roger Hunt, Bill Clum, Dayle Lindsey, Bruce Nyman, Gary Nyman and George Radmall.
...Memorial contributions are suggested to Matthew Lutheran Church, 700 NE Chipman Road, Lee's Summit, or Cancer Action and may be sent in care of the Atkinson-Dickey Funeral Home of Pleasant Hill.

Gilbert Eugene "Gene" Ray
...Gilbert Eugene "Gene" Ray, 68, of Flemington, Missouri, formerly of Pleasant Hill, was born April 10, 1943 in Topeka, Kansas, the son of Howard and Dorothy (Terrell) Ray.
...He departed this life on December 13, 2011 at St. John's Hospital in Springfield.
...Gene was a 1961 Pleasant Hill High School Graduate and was a United States Navy veteran.
...On March 20, 1970, he was united in marriage to Janet Mary Kramer in Miami, Oklahoma.
...Gene was a gifted salesman, last working for G.R. Milner Ford in Harrisonville. He also was a private realtor.
...Gene loved his little acreage near Flemington where he could watch the wildlife. He also enjoyed his chickens, donkey and dogs Jinx, Shorty and his little buddy Nikki. He loved being with his neighbors playing cards, drinking coffee and just visiting.
...Above all, he loved being a dad, Grandpa Gene and PaPa Gene more than anything else.
...He was preceded in death by his parents.
...He is survived by his wife Janet of the home; three sons, Robbie (and Marisela) McKinley of El Paso, Texas; Danny (and Stephanie) Ray of Pleasant Hill, and Jamie (and Sherry) Ray, both of Pleasant Hill; one daughter, Belinda (and Barry) Mead of Pleasant Hill; six grandchildren, Marisol McKinley, Robert McKinley, Jr. (and Maria), Crystal McKinley, Dani Mead, Summer Ray, Ali Ray; two great grandchildren, Richard Mead and Sean Mead; two brothers, Kenneth (and Paula) Ray of Plattsburg and Dennis Ray of Pleasant Hill; two sisters, Sandra Pope (and the late Gary) of Harrisonville, and Linda (and Buddy) Winfrey of Kingsville; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.
...Graveside funeral services were December 16, 2011 at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Pastor Carl Knapp of the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church officiated. Casket bearers were Robbie McKinley, Barry Mead, Danny Ray, Dennis Ray, Jamie Ray, Kenneth Ray, Jim Spencer and Buddy Winfrey. The flag folding ceremony and presentation was conducted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3118 Honor Guard.
...Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Heart or American Lung Associations 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.

Norma C. Hicks
... Norma C. Hicks 74, of Pleasant Hill, formerly of Blue Springs, passed away November 27, 2011 at her home.
Funeral services were December 1, 2011, at Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs.
... Interment was in Blue Springs Cemetery.
... Norma was born March 19, 1937, the daughter of Ernest and Grace (Palmer) Weers. She was married to Chester Hicks.
Hr preceded her in death on October 12, 2007.
... Norma and Chester spent many years delivering the KC Star and Times. Norma was a member of the Church of Christ.
... Along with her loving Chester, she was preceded in death by a son Tom, a brother Vernon, and sister Melva G. Weers.
... Survivors include her children: daughters, Betty (Scotty) Finkbiner of Clifton, KS.; Linda (Russell) Edwards of Pleasant Hill; sons, Donald (Vickie) Hicks and Bob (Cheryl) Hicks, both of Kansas City, and Chester (Penny) Hicks of Blue Springs; brothers, Robert, Arnold, Ernie, George and Gary Weers; sisters, Delores Baert, Rose Orr, Joyce Yzquierdo, Lavene St. Claire, Deeanna Ridley and Gail Lund; 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
... Arrangements were under the dire tion of the Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs.
... Online condolences may be left in Norma's memory at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Louis A. Welborn
... Louis A. Welborn, 78, of Belton, formerly of Pleasant Hill, went to be with the Lord on November 28, 2011.
... He is survived by his wife Donna; son Thomas, daughter Amy; brother Bill (Cathy); nephews Steve and Chris.
... Louis was preceded in death by his parents, Dutch and Ruth Welborn.
... Funeral services were December 5, 2011 at McGilley and George Funeral Home in Belton.
... Burial and military honors were at the Belton Cemetery.
... In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Cancer Society, 6811 Shawnee Mission Pkwy, Shawnee Mission, KS 66202.
... Condolences may be made at www.mcgilleygeorgebelton.com. Arrangements were under the dire tion of the McGilley & George Funeral Home, Belton.

Shirley Marie Hawkins
... Shirley Marie Hawkins, 83, of Holden, departed this life on November 28, 2011 at her daughter's home surrounded with love and family.
... She was born July 16, 1928 in Kansas City, the daughter of Harry Franklin and Josephine Helen (Bish) Axton.
In 1953 she was united in marriage to Harlis Harold Hawkins.
... He preceded her in death in 2006.
... Shirley worked for the Missouri Federation for the Blind Thrift Store in Independence for many years.
... She was also preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Eddie Axton.
... She is survived by two sons, Harold Hawkins and Michael (and Jennifer) Hawkins of Independence; five daughters, Glenda (and Ronnie) Cantrell of Sugar Creek; Helen Hawkins of Independence, Carolann (and Randy) Mullins of Texas; Patricia Laycox of Silver Lake, Wisconsin, and Earlina (and Robert) Mathews of Holden; two sisters, Margaret Ann Jacobs of Raytown, and Sharon (and Norm) Veagley of Kirkwood; 18 grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; other relatives and friends.
... Funeral services were held December 2, 2011, at the funeral home.
... Rev. D. Kent Deubner and Brother Richard Wheeler officiated.
... Interment was in the Forest Hill Cemetery, Kansas City.
Casket bearers were Freddie Hawkins, Harold Hawkins, Hawkshaw Hawkins, Michael Hawkins, Robert Mathews, Jr. and Michael Mitchell.
... Memorial contributions are suggested to Harvesters 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.

Gary Leslie
... Gary Leslie, 75, of Kingsville, departed this life, November 29, 2011 in Lee's Summit. 
... He was born May 19, 1936 in Gunn City, the son of Ralph and Agnes (Gilleland) Leslie. 
... Gary graduated from Latour High School in 1954 and soon after served in the army for two years. 
... He then moved to Chicago, IIl., where he learned his trade as a brick mason. He was a respected masonry contractor, retiring in 1987. 
... On December 30, 1956, Gary married Carol Juedes in Gunn City.
... He volunteered around the Kingsville community for many years in different capacities.  Gary was the Kingsville mayor, a member of and president of the Kingsville School Board, deacon at the Kingsville Baptist Church, Little League baseball coach, taught wood working in 4-H, and was an avid Kingsville sports fan, earning a special award as fan of the year.
... Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Winford Leslie; two sisters, Lulu Carnes and Wanda Sehorn, and daughter, D'Ann Shull.  
... Gary is survived by his wife Carol of Kingsville; three daughters, Dawn (David) Nehring, Kingsville; Dixie (John) Armstrong, Windsor; Donna (Marvin) Wilson, Pleasant Hill; son, Matthew (Rita) Leslie, Kingsville; son-in-law, Bob Shull, Kingsville; two brothers, Robert (Arlene) Leslie, Pleasant Hill, Ed Leslie, Arizona; and sister, Mary (Walter) Hocker, Harrisonville; 13 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. 
... Funeral services were held December 3, 2011 at the Kingsville Baptist Church with Rev. John McRoy and Rev. Preston Sanders officiating. Interment was at the Kingsville Cemetery. The VFW Post 3118 Honor Guard, Pleasant Hill, provided the military service.  
... Pallbearers were grandsons, Greg Nehring, Adam Bush, Ryan Bush, Robert Shull, Alex Burnett and Ross Shull.  Honorary pallbearers were Gene McCloud, Don Ensey, Jr., Paul Rhoades, Larry Johnson, Arthur Barnett, Bill McCloud and Ray Timmons. 
... In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Kingsville Baptist Church Building Fund and may be sent in care of the Dickey Funeral Home. 
... Online condolences may be sent to the family and the video tribute may be viewed at www.dickeyfh.com
... Arrangements were under the direction of the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville.

Lucille "Lucy"
Ann Osburn
... Lucille "Lucy" Ann Osburn, 46, of Pleasant Hill, departed this life on November 14, 2011 at St. Clare Hospital in Fenton, Missouri
... She was born August 15, 1965 in Kansas City, the daughter of Tommy E. and Adeline J. (Randall) Osburn.       
Lucille was employed as a cook for Foxwood Spring in Raymore for several years.
... She was preceded in death by her father in 2010.
... She is survived by her mother Adeline Osburn of New Bedford, Mass.; her son Travis Stewart of Pleasant Hill; companion Joel Nelson of Pleasant Hill; two brothers, Jamie (and Shelly) Osburn of Springfield; and Robert Osburn of New Bedford; two sisters, Julie (and Johnny) Ehelan of Berryville, Ark., and Kimberly Osburn of Idaho; other relatives and many friends.
... Cremation has been accorded.   A memorial gathering will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 4, 2011 at the Downtown Café, 117 1st St, Pleasant Hill.
... Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com.
... Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

Cody Aaron
Bowman
... Cody Aaron Bowman, 21, of Lee's Summit, departed this life November 18, 2011 in Lee's Summit as a result of injuries sustained in an accident.
... He was born September 29, 1990 in Talladega, Alabama. Cody attended Lee's Summit North High School and was employed as a landscaper for Extreme Lawn and Landscaping of Desoto, Kansas. 
... He is survived by his mother and step father Linda Modrak and Jon Scheloski of Lee's Summit; two brothers, Brandon Modrak of Lee's Summit, and James (and Jennifer) Bowman of Talladega; one sister, Amanda Bowman of Talladega; maternal grandfather Gayle Baker of Lee's Summit; maternal grandmother, Clara Baker of Blue Springs; paternal grandmother, Margaret Bowman of Talladega; many aunts, uncles, cousins; relatives and many friends.
... Cremation has been accorded.  A celebration of Cody's life was held on November 26, 2011, at the funeral home.  Rev. D. Kent Deubner of the Pleasant Hill First Christian Church officiated. 
... Memorial contributions are suggested to the Cody A. Bowman memorial fund which has been setup through Bank of America.  Donations can be made at any Bank of America location or 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.

Virginia Faye Ross
... Virginia Faye Ross, 81, of Lee's Summit, passed away November 20, 2011. Virginia was born in East Lynne, June 14, 1930 to Opal and Gene Woolery.
... She graduated from Pleasant Hill High School in 1948. She married David E. Ross on October 30, 1949. They lived in Independence until 1989, when they moved to Lee's Summit.
After marrying David, Virginia was bookkeeper and secretary of David E. Ross Construction Company until retiring in 1990.
... In retirement, Virginia enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, going to the Lake of the Ozarks, and her many artistic hobbies.
... Virginia was a member of a women's business organization, Zonta International, Women in Construction, and the Porcelain Doll Guild. She and David were members of the United Methodist Church of Lee's Summit.
... Virginia was preceded in death by her parents, Charles Eugene Woolery and Myra Opal Woolery, and her brother Robert Woolery, all of Pleasant Hill.
... She is survived by her husband of 62 years of the home David E. Ross; her son David A. Ross and his wife Patty of Leawood, KS; her daughter, Vicki Pflumm and her husband Mark Pflumm of Overland Park, KS; grandchildren, Michelle Kelly, Allison McClain, Tricia Schanna, Lindsey Ross, Laura Pflumm and Kristen Pflumm; great-grandchildren, Brendan and Camden Kelly, William McClain, Avery and Riley Schanna.
Condolences may be left online at www.mcgilleystatelinechapel.com.

Robert L. Haunschild
... Robert L. Haunschild, 61, of Presto, Pennsylvania, was born on December 17, 1949 in Columbia, Missouri the son of Robert L. and Billie Jean (Gunn) Haunschild.
... He departed this life on November 13, 2011, at the Family Hospice & Pallative Care Center in Mt. Lebanon, Penn.
... Bob fought a courageous battle with lung cancer even though he had never been a smoker.
... He was an Eagle Scout and loved the outdoors especially the mountains.
... Bob graduated from the University of Kansas.
... He was a partner with Ernst & Young and was the CFO with PNC Bank until 2000.
... He was preceded in death by his father Robert L. Haunschild in 1996.
... Bob was married to Christine (Meyer-Piatt) Haunschild; loving father of Amy Madsen (and Chris) of Wichita, Kans. and Laura Haunschild (and Sebastian Bachmann) of Cincinnati, Ohio; son of Billie Jean Haunschild of Belton; brother of Carol Hayes (and Greg) and Paul Haunschild (and Maria) all of Pleasant Hill; grandfather of Mallory, Walter, Mick, Karl and Markus Louis; uncle of Nicholle, Richelle, Jason (and Traci) and the late Michelle; dear son-in-law of Evelyn Meyer.
... Funeral service were held at the Ruthfred Lutheran Church.
... Graveside services and interment were held on November 22 at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery Chapel.
... Memorial contributions are suggested to the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, Lung Cancer Research, UPMC Cancer Pavillion Suite 1-B, 1550 Center Ave., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15232.
... Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com
... Local arrangements were under the direction of the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

Joseph Edwin Hocker
... Joseph Edwin Hocker, 88, of Pleasant Hill, departed this life on November 16, 2011 at the Pleasant Hill Health & Rehabilitation Center.
... He was born November 2, 1923 in Everett, Missouri, the son of Raymond and Margaret Elizabeth (Luckeman) Hocker. 
... Joe was named after his paternal grandfather, Joseph Edwin Hocker 1859-1923, who died prior to Joe's birth.  Joe was a lifelong Cass County resident.  He was a 1941 graduate of Archie High School. 
... On August 15, 1948, Joe was united in marriage to Lorene Anna Hackmann in New Franklin, Missouri. 
... He was a well known and respected carpenter in Cass County, where he built and remodeled many homes, and was a proud member of the Local Carpenters Union #777 for over 60 years. 
... He was also a faithful member of the Harrisonville First Christian Church, the Missouri Haflinger/Draft Pony Association, Greater Kansas City Antique Tractors Association, Kansas City Model A Club, Senior Citizens of Cass County/ Pleasant Hill and the Harrisonville Optimist Club.
... Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Harold Hocker and Glenn Hocker.
... He is survived by his wife Lorene of Pleasant Hill; one son Roger (and Cheri) Hocker of Kingsville; two daughters Janice (and Tom) Britz of Peculiar, and Carol (and Junior) Ross of Pleasant Hill; two brothers, Walter (and Mary) Hocker of Harrisonville, and Lyle (and Beverly) Hocker of Lee's Summit; two sisters, Evelyn Daniels of St. George, Utah, and Nadine Vandiver of Harrisonville; eight grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; other relatives and many friends.
... Funeral services were held on November 21, 2011, at the Atkinson-Dicey Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill. 
Rev. Adam Harmon of the Harrisonville First Christian Church officiated. 
... Interment was at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.  Casket bearers were Rick Aldrige, Jared Britz, Travis Britz, Ryan Droege, Travis Minor, Marty Ross and Monty Ross. 
... Memorial contributions are suggested to Harrisonville First Christian Church Memorial Fund or Pleasant Hill Senior Citizens 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.

Gentry W.
Robinson
... Gentry W. (Rob) Robinson, 78, of Kansas City, formerly of Pleasant Hill, passed away November 11, 2011.
... Gentry was an active member of the Lee's Summit VFW Post 5789. During his retirement, he enjoyed driving the cast and crew of locally filmed movie productions.
... He was passionate about NASCAR, K. C. Chiefs and political action. Above all, he loved spending time with his family.
... Gentry is survived by his bride Shirley; children, Kim (Dennis) Kimberlin, Kelly (Dexter) Schaible, Karie (Mark) Teetor, Robbie Robinson, Kristy (Dennis) Burke.
... Gentry had nine grandchildren, five great grandchildren and a sister, Duane Casey.
... Funeral services were November 15 at Park Lawn Funeral Home.
... Burial in Green Lawn Cemetery.
... Memorial contributions may be made to Lee's Summit VFW Post 5789.
... Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Park Lawn Funeral Home.

Isaac Farnsworth "Ike" Johnson
... Isaac Farnsworth "Ike" Johnson, 88, of LaTour, Missouri, passed away November 10, 2011 at the Holden Manor Care Center.
... Ike was born April 16, 1923 on the family farm near LaTour, the son of Carol and Margaret (Farnsworth) Johnson.
He was a 1941 LaTour High School graduate.
... He attended Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg prior to volunteering for service in the United States Army Air Corp. In December of 1942, Ike started pilot training and graduated as a pilot in 1944. After several months, he began B-17 training for oversea duty.
... He was discharged from active duty in 1945.
... Ike was united in marriage to Lela Loraine Prewitt on February 8, 1946 in Martin City, Missouri, and from this marriage, they had two daughters and a son, Karla, Karen and Keith.
... He owned and operated a dairy farm for several years.
... In 1958, he went into the insurance business, opening his State Farm office in Holden.
... Ike retired to his farm in October of 2005.
... He was united in marriage to Lillian Elizabeth (Leavy) Zvacek on January 8, 1997 in Edinburg, Texas.
... He was a school board member for LaTour and Holden, as well as a county school board member.
... He was a member of Holden Optimist Club, the Holden Cemetery Association, and Holden United Methodist Church.
... Ike enjoyed fishing in Canada and Minnesota.
... Survivors include his wife, Lillian; a daughter, Karen Johnson of Kansas City; a son, Larry "Keith" Johnson and wife, Lisa, of Holden; a stepson, Stephen Zvacek and wife, Julie, of Lee's Summit; a stepdaughter, Ann Zvacek Miller and husband, Jeff, of Holden; a brother, David Johnson and wife, Geraldine, of LaTour; six grandchildren: Ryan Burton and wife, Tiffany, of Kansas City; Samantha Burton Wilson and husband, Jack, of Liberty; Joshua Johnson of LaTour; Jeremy Johnson and wife, Valarie, of Blue Springs; Justin Johnson of Odessa, and Jordan Johnson and wife, Meghan, of LaTour; nine great grandchildren and three step grandchildren: Doug Zvacek of Lee's Summit; Katie Zvacek of Kansas City; and Scott Miller of Warrensburg.
... He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lela; a daughter, Karla Burton; a sister, Frances Porter; two brothers, George Johnson and Benjamin Johnson; and a half sister, Rosemary.
... Funeral services were held on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at Holden United Methodist Church with Rev. Steve House officiating.
... Cremation followed the services.
... Honorary pallbearers were his grandchildren.
... Arrangements wee under the directioon of the Williams Funeral Chapel in Holden.
... In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Holden Cemetery Association.
... Online condolences may be left at www.williamsfuneralchapel.net.

Kiyoko "Kay" Matthews
... Kiyoko "Kay" Mathews, 79, of Holden, formerly of Kansas City, departed this life on November 7, 2011 in her home surrounded with love and family after a long battle with cancer.
... Kay was born May 27, 1932 in Yokosuka, Japan, the daughter of Hisataro Tsutsumi and Huru Shibuya.
... She was united in marriage to Raymond M. Mathews on October 19, 1954 in Yokohoma, Japan and moved to the Kansas City area in 1955 where they started a family, and she began her career working in various retail, food and hotel service industries.
... Kay was a loving mother who instilled hard work and family values.
... Kay is preceded in death by her parents.
... She is survived by three sons, Larry and wife Michelle Mathews of Basehor, Kansas; Jim Mathews of Seymour, Tennessee, and Robert and wife Earlina Mathews of Holden; five grandchildren, Robert Mathews, Jr. of Holden; Chistopher Mathews of Belton; Michelle Mathews of Springfield; Tristan and Allison Mathews of Seymour; and two sisters, Kazue and Tomiko of Yokosuka, Japan.
Funeral services were held on November 11, 2011, at the funeral home with  Rev. Jan Todd of the Bonner Springs United Methodist Church officiating 
... Interment was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. 
... Casket bearers were Larry Mathews, Jim Mathews, Robert Mathews, Christopher Mathews, Tristan Mathews and Robert Mathews, Jr.
... Memorial contributions are suggested to Hope House 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 th direction of the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080.

Dennis Eugene
Kugler
... Dennis Eugene Kugler, 60, of Pleasant Hill, departed this life October 31, 2011 at Northcare Hospice in North Kansas City.
... He was born July 11, 1951 in St. Louis, the son of Lafayette G. and Doris Arlene (McFarland) Kugler.
... Dennis graduated from the University of Missouri with degrees in Forestry and Parks and Recreation.
... After graduation, he made his home in Pleasant Hill.
In recent years he had worked for MeadWestvaco as a forklift operator.
... Dennis lived in Pleasant Hill for over 30 years where he had coached little league baseball and girls softball teams.
... He was a model train enthusiast and took great pride in giving trains or train memorabilia to friends and family. He loved old western movies, especially those starring John Wayne.
... He was preceded in death by his father, Lafayette G. Kugler and a nephew, Kevin Kugler.
... He is survived by his mother, Doris Arlene (McFarland) Kugler of Broomfield, Colo.; two brothers, Melvin Kugler and wife Norene of Rotunda West, Fla. and Roy Kugler and wife Norma of Broomfield, Colo., numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
... A memorial service will be held at Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill on Sunday, November 20, 2011 at 3 p.m.

Verlin Patterson Tuttle
... Verlin Patterson Tuttle, 79, Pleasant Hill, departed this life on November 6, 2011 at Lee's Summit Medical Center.
... He was born on September 14, 1932 in Belton, the son of William E. and Vivian E. (Patterson) Tuttle.
... Verlin was a lifelong Pleasant Hill resident, graduating from Pleasant Hill High School in 1952.
... He was inducted into the United States Army on January 8, 1953.
... After service to his country, Verlin worked for the A. D. Mohr Greenhouse in Pleasant Hill for 29 years, retiring May 28, 1982.
... In March of 1971 Verlin was united in marriage with Wilma Adams and to this union one set of triplets; Valery A., Vivian D and Otis W. were born.
... On July 30, 2001 Verlin's declining health necessitated a move from the family home to Pleasant Hill Health and Rehabilitation Center.
... Verlin was a member of the First Baptist Church and American Legion Newton Dudley Post, both of Pleasant Hill.
... He was preceded in death by his parents, William E. and Vivian E. Tuttle.
... In addition to his children, Verlin is survived by one sister, Patsy Tuttle Hampton of Overland Park, Kans.; two nieces, Suzanne Hampton of San Francisco, Calif. and Sheryl Hampton of Portland, Ore., one great nephew, Alex Huggins, other relatives and many friends.
... Funeral services for Verlin Tuttle were held November 10, 2011 at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill with Mr. Bill Cotton and Mr. Mark Gray officiating.
... Casket bearers were Howard Lee Miller, Vernon Breckenridge, David Gray, Jim Wade, Robert Rhodes and Bill Raffurty.
... Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
... Contributions in memory of Mr. Tuttle may be made to the Pleasant Hill Lay Clergy Council, 100 Veterans Parkway, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080.

James Cecil
"Coach" Long
... James Cecil "Coach" Long, 74, of Holden, departed this life on November 7, 2011 in Olathe, Kans.
... He was born May 21, 1937 in Holden, the son of James was the son of George Vest and Marsha (Thomas) Long.
... He grew up in Holden, graduated from Holden High School and was awarded a full scholarship to the University of Missouri.
... After graduation from MU, where he lettered in track, James became an athletic trainer at MU and later at United States Military Academy in West Point, New York.
... On May 25, 1963, James was united in marriage with Judy Browning in Pleasant Hill.
... They settled in Knob Noster where he coached cross country and track for 30 years.
He founded the local chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
... He retired in Olathe and continued to run 10Ks and enjoy various sports.
... James was an active member in the Catholic Church.
... He was preceded in death by his parents, George V. and Marsha Long and two brothers, Bill and Ralph Long.
... James is survived by his wife, Judy (Browning) Long; one daughter, Dr. Lana Long and husband, Dr. Brett Coldiron of Cincinnati, Ohio; brother, Tom Long of Holden; sister Mary Louise Cooney of Prairie Village, Kansas and two grandchildren, Conrad and Catherine Coldiron.
... Visitation is scheduled from 12 noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 19, 2011, at the Williams Funeral Chapel, 1400 S. Maguire Street, Warrensburg.
... Funeral Services will be held immediately after the visitation, followed by burial at the Knob Noster Cemetery.
... In lieu of flowers, remembrances are suggested to James Cecil Long Memorial Fund, for Track and Field Scholarships. Contact is University of Missouri, 109 Reynolds Alumni Center, Columbia, MO 65211.
... Arrangements are under the direction of the Wallace Funeral Home of Pleasant Hill.

Infant Lilly Mae Whitacre
... Infant Lilly Mae Whitacre was still born on November 9, 2011, at the Research Medical Center in Kansas City.
... How do you love a person who never got to be, or try to envision a face you never got to see?
... How do you mourn the death of one who never got to live? When there's nothing to feel good about and nothing to forgive?
... We love you, our little girl, just as if you'd lived for years. No more, no less, I think of you, the Angel of our tears. 
... She is survived by her parents, Luke and Shannon (Sidwell) Whitacre of Pleasant Hill; her sister, Madison Rae Whitacre of Slater, Iowa; paternal grandfather Karl (and Jamie) Whitacre of Tampa, Florida; paternal grandmother, Terry (and Kevin) Bolles of Kansas City; maternal grandfather Anthony Sidwell of Raytown; maternal grandmother, Cynthia (and Terry) Lalicker of Lee's Summit; several aunts and uncles; and other relatives. 
... Graveside funeral services were held November 12, 2011, at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Rev. Brian Duncan officiated.
... Online condolences may be sent to the family at www. stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

Colonel
John A. Riffle
... Colonel John A Riffle, 95, of Pleasant Hill, passed away November 1, 2011.
... John was born November 14,1915, to John V. and Barbara Elizabeth Riffle. 
... After 33-1/2 years service in the military, Colonel Riffle retired in 1975 to continue a 25 year career with Williams Meat Company in Kansas City, Kans.
... John and Jean were married at the Memorial Chapel in Fort Leavenworth, KS on October 16,1983.  His partnership with Jean, whom he cherished, brought him a lifetime of happiness. He will be greatly missed. 
... Funeral services were held Saturday, November 5, 2011 at the Dickey Funeral Home, in Harrisonville, with burial at the Riffle Farm. 
... Military services were provided by the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard, Warrensburg.
... To send the family online condolences or view the video tribute, please visit www.dickeyfh.com.

Marjorie Ellen Rhodelander
... Marjorie Ellen Rhodelander, 92, passed away on February 4, 2011 in Mt. Vernon, Missouri.
... She was born November 11, 1918 in Pleasant Hill, the daughter of Orville J. and Elsie Ellen (Henderson) Rhodelander.
... Marjorie spent her younger years in Pleasant Hill and graduated from the Pleasant Hill High School where she was a star track team member and basketball player.
... After graduation Marjorie moved to Galveston, Tex. where she worked for Moody National Life Insurance Company.
... Because of her gifted athletic ability, Moodys asked her to join their prestigious women's traveling softball team. For many years, Marjorie traveled with the team, seeing much of the United States along the way.
... Marjorie eventually moved back to Missouri, her birth state, settled in Independence and went to work for Western Electric.
... Upon retiring from Western Electric she purchased land in Oak Grove, designed and built her "dream retirement log cabin home."
... She spent many years in that home until declining health necessitated a move to a care center in Mt. Vernon, Missouri.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Orville and Elsie Rhodelander; two brothers, Kenneth and James Rhodelander; and two sisters, Evelyn Trimarchi and an infant sister Geraldine Rhodelander.
... Marjorie is survived by one brother, Robert Rhodelander of Independence, and two sisters, Billie Jean Moore of Miller, Mo. and Lois Mae Pahl of Dacula, Ga., several nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.
... A graveside service was held November 3, 2011 at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery with Rev. Tim Casteel, officiating.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Wallace Funeral Home of Pleasant Hill.

Shirley Faye
(Pinley) Johnson
... Shirley Faye (Pinley) Johnson, 76, of England, Arkansas, departed this life on October 31, 2011 at the Springhill Baptist Hospital in North Little Rock.
... She was born January 15, 1935, in Colfax, Ark., the daughter of Omer and Ethel (Griffith) Pinley.
... Shirley grew up in Colfax and by the age of 14 had lost both of her parents. She, along with her siblings, moved in with her oldest brother Jay's family in Mansfield, Mo. where she met her future husband Joe at school.
... Their family moved to Chicago Heights, Ill. in 1951 and upon graduation from Bloom High School, she began a long career with Illinois Bell Telephone as an operator and supervisor.
... She married Joe on July 21, 1956. When she and her husband and young family moved out of state, she began taking care of children in her home. Years later she went to work at Wal-Mart and continued with them until the time of her death.
... She was a faithful member of the Church of Christ for 55 years.
... Preceding her in death are brothers, Jay, Don and Fred Pinley and sister, Juanita (Pinley) Kiel. She is survived by two sisters-in-law, Nathalee Scheiwe of Sierra Vista, Arizona and Mary Pinley of Phoenix, Arizona.
... She is also survived by her husband Joe Johnson of the home; two sons, Joel Johnson and his wife Lori of Blue Springs and Josh Johnson of England, Ark.; three daughters, Joy Johnston and her husband Dale of Lee's Summit; Jill Rosanbalm and her husband Lyle of Pleasant Hill and Beth Schwartz and her husband Nick of Waterloo, Ill.; nine grandchildren, Amber and Caleb Johnson of Blue Springs; Brittany, Adrienne and Ethan Johnston of Lee's Summit; John Rosanbalm and his wife Jodi of Pleasant Hill; Jake, Jenna and Joe Schwartz all of Waterloo; also a niece, Patty Spalla and her husband Louie of Orland Park, Ill.
... Graveside services and interment were November 4th at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery under the direction of Stanley – Dickey Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill.
... Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com.

Gary Edward
Johnson
... Gary Edward Johnson, 77, of Lee's Summit, formerly of Pleasant Hill, departed this life on October 31, 2011 at the St. Luke's Hospital-East, Lee's Summit.
... He was born December 10, 1933 in Eveleth, Minnesota, the son of Edward Andrew and Elvi Marie (Maroste) Johnson. 
... Gary worked for Bel-Saw Manufacturing.
... He was preceded in death by his parents.
... He is survived by two sons, Gary Lee Johnson of Hibbing, Minnesota, and Edward Gary Johnson and his wife Linda of Kingsville; one sister Janet of Minnesota; four grandchildren; five great grandchildren; other relatives and friends.
... Cremation has been accorded.  No services are scheduled at this time.
... 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.

James Arthur
"Jay" Burnett
... James Arthur "Jay" Burnett, 64, of Pleasant Hill, departed this life on October 31, 2011 at his home, surrounded by family.
... He was born October 9, 1947 in Harrisonville, the son of Arthur and Geraldine (Hon) Burnett.       
... Jay was a 1965 Pleasant Hill High School graduate and earned his bachelor's degree from Pittsburg State University, class of 1973. 
... He worked for and was a member of the Shepherd of the Hills Troop and Silver Dollar City in Branson. Jay was a radio disc jockey for stations in Missouri, Kansas, and South Carolina.  He went to work for the Social Security Administration as a Claims Authorizer.  He retired in March, 2010 after 34 years with the Social Security Administration. 
... He was a member of the American Bee Keepers Association and the MOTO GUZZI National Owners Club.
... On June 9, 2001, Jay was united in marriage with Patrice Anne Proehl in Pittsburg, Kansas.
... Jay's children wrote: "Dad was an unconventional man who contributed in making his unique children. He was a born entertainer who always had a story to tell. Dad accepted us for who we are, always encouraging never discouraging." 
Patrice wrote: "Jay was a unique person whose wit, wisdom and lust for life was graciously given to each person he encountered.  Jay is the most compassionate person I have ever met, teaching every person he came in contact with the meaning of unconditional love." 
... He was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law Tom Proehl.
... Jay is survived by his wife Patrice of the home; four sons, Paul Burnett and John (Jenna) Burnett, both of St. Louis; Pete (Caroline) Burnett and Joe (Molly) Burnett both of Kansas City; four daughters, Anne (Renee) Burnett of Chicago; Mary (Sara) Burnett of Kansas City, and Heather VanZant and Amber (Danny) Bernhardt of Pleasant Hill; four grandchildren, MsZayah, Azasay, Angus and Hamish; his brother Dr. William (Kathy) Burnett and their children, Christina and Andrew of Buford, Ga.; as well as many other relatives and friends.
... A Celebration of Jay's life will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 13, 2011, at the funeral home.
The family will receive friends following the service at their home.
... Memorial contributions are suggested to Cancer Action and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
... Online condolences may be sent to the family and the video tribute may be viewed online at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com  
... Arrangements were under the direction of the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

Mildred Ann
(Lugenbeel) Anson Smith
... Mildred Ann (Lugenbeel) Anson Smith, 81, of Melrose, New Mexico, passed away Nov. 2, 2011, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales, New Mexico, following a lengthy illness.
... Mrs. Smith was born on Jan. 22, 1930, in Pleasant Hill, to Homar and Ruth (Lightfoot) Lugenbeel.
... She grew up in that community and graduated from high school there. She moved to the El Dorado Springs area around 1964 with her family.
... On Oct. 3, 1947 , she married Ted A. Anson in Pleasant Hill, and they had five children. He preceded her in death in 1976.
... On Sept. 11, 1977 in Princeton, she married Ralph W. Smith. He preceded her in death in 1992.

Linda Muriel
(True) Danjou
... Linda Muriel (True) Danjou, 64, departed this life on October 26, 2011 at John Knox Village Hospice House.
... She was born October 11, 1947 in Wichita, Kansas, the daughter of Clarence Wendell and Margaret Pearl (Lucas) True. She grew up and graduated high school in Clearwater, Kansas.
... On September 16, 1967 Linda was united in marriage with Richard F. "Dick" Danjou at the Clearwater United Methodist Church.
... To this union two sons were born.
... The Danjou family made their home in Merriam, Kansas until 1970 when they moved to Kansas City, and in June, 1978 they moved to Pleasant Hill.
... Linda had been an patient account representative in several hospitals in the Jackson and Cass County area.
... She was a member of St. Bridget Catholic Church in Pleasant Hill and a member of the St. Bridget Altar Society.
... Linda was artistically talented and was a charter member of the Pleasant Hill Town and Country Art League, as well as the league's first president.
... Despite her many health challenges, Linda maintained a positive attitude. She was a loving mother and grandmother and her greatest pride was her family.
... Linda and Richard had a 44 year marriage filled with love, devotion and commitment to one another. Richard was always there as the supportive and loving caregiver.
... Linda was preceded in death by her parents, Wendell and Pearl True and one sister, Barbara Simon.
... She is survived by her loving husband Richard F. Danjou, of the home; two sons, Scott R. Danjou and wife Luisa of Camp Lajune, Jacksonville, North Carolina and Kevin Danjou and wife Jennifer of Kansas City; one brother, Clair W. True of Clearwater; two sisters, Christine Robinson and Ann Leffingwell, both of Clearwater, and two grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.
... Mass of Christian Burial will be 12 noon, Saturday, November 5, 2011 at St. Bridget Catholic Church. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
... Casket bearers are Linda's nephews, Keith Robinson, Matthew Simon, Greg Leffingwell, John Michael Leffingwell, Nick True and Vance True.
... Family will receive friends at the Wallace Funeral Home, Friday, November 4, 2011, from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. where the Rosary will be said at 6:30 p.m.

Georgia C. Scott
... Georgia Colleen Scott, 80, of Greenwood, departed this life October 27, 2011 at the Kansas City Hospice House.
... She was born October 8, 1931 in Ridgeway, Missouri, the daughter of Kenneth and Audra (Lobba) Smith.      
... She was united in marriage to David L. Scott in 1952.   He survives although they were no longer married.
... Georgia and David designed a home to be built in Greenwood and took on the task of not only general contractor, but carpenter, roofer, siding specialist, painter, landscaper and clean up. 
... They moved into the house in early spring of 1964, and she has maintained the house ever since.
... Georgia had worked for the 707 Truck Stop in Blue Springs, Ford's Restaurant in Lee's Summit, the Solo Cup Corporation in Grandview, and ended her career as Manager for Casey's in Greenwood, retiring in 2007.
... She was preceded in death by her parents and her step-father Theodore "Ted" Dodson; daughter-in-law Connie Scott and granddaughter Tiffany Dawn Scott.
... She is survived by her daughter Vickie (and Harvey) Stephens of Greenwood; her son Al (and Linda) Scott of Higginsville; four grandchildren, Chad (and Ella) Dike of Kansas City; Brenna Moon of Greenwood; Joshua (and Sarah) Scott of Higginsville, and Jeremiah Scott of Odessa; four great grandchildren, Peyton, Lyla, Evan and Justin; one sister Frannie Anderson of Greenwood; one step-brother Daryl Dodson of Gladstone; other relatives and many friends.
... Funeral services were held on Tuesday, November 1, 2011, at the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill. 
... Rev. Victor Buntin officiated. 
... Interment was in the Roop Cemetery near Warrensburg. 
... Casket bearers were Chad Dike, Brenna Moon, Joshua Scott, Jeremiah Scott, Rick Smith and Jack Zelmer.
... Memorial contributions are suggested to the Kansas City Hospice House 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.

Janet Lynne (Golitz) Sudduth
... A Memorial Service for Janet Lynne (Golitz) Sudduth will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 29, 2011 at the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church with Rev. Carl Knapp officiating.
... Friends are invited to a luncheon and to visit with the family, immediately following the service in the United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
... Contributions in memory of Janet may be made to Brain Cancer Society.
... Arrangements by Wallace Funeral Home.

Margaret Ann (Marlier) Nicholson
... Margaret Ann (Marlier) Nicholson, 76, Raymore, departed this life on Oct. 14, 2011 at her home. She was born May 18, 1935 in Hartshorne, Okla., the daughter of Charles and Rose (Pernot) Marlier.
... Margaret graduated from Pittsburg Senior High School, Pittsburg, Kansas in the class of 1953.
... On August 30, 1955, she was united in marriage with William Matthew Nicholson in Miami, Oklahoma and to this union two sons, Randy and Russell were born.
... Margaret lived in the Kansas City area most of her adult life, until she move to Raymore about 10 months ago. Margaret had worked for the U.S.D.A. as a shipping clerk. She was a member of the V.F.W Auxiliary of Belton.
... Margaret was preceded in death by one son, Russell William Nicholson and her parents, Charles and Rose Marlier.
... She is survived by her husband, William Matthew Nicholson of Belton; one son, Randy W. Nicholson and Linda of Raymore and one grandson, David M. Duly of Kansas City.
... Graveside services were held October 20, 2011 at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery with Pastor Terry Simms officiating. Casket bearers were John Wiley, Michael Wiley, Kevin Mahoney, Kendall Mahoney, David Duly and Terry Simms.
... Arrangements by Wallace Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill. In memory of Margaret, memorial contributions may be made to Kansas City Hospice, 9221 Ward Parkway, Ste. 100, Kansas City, Missouri 64114-9808 or left at the funeral home.

Richard M. "Dick" Hensley
... Richard M. "Dick" Hensley, 72 of Lee's Summit, passed away peacefully on October 20, 2011.
... Richard was born July 3, 1939 in Brookfield, Mo. He married Susie on November 20, 1965. He worked at Overhead Door Company in Alaska where he oversaw the day to day operations at Prudoe Bay, Alaska.
... In 2000 he returned to Kansas City where he owned and operated his own business, Country Side Overhead Door in Pleasant Hill. He had a passion for racing and street rods. He served in the Marine Reserve for six years.
... Richard is preceded in death by his father Marvin Hensley, mother Genevieve Moeder and sister Sondra Sue Johnson.
... Survivors include his wife of 46 years Susie Hensley, brothers-in-law, Steve Collins (Carolyn), Doyle Hutsell (Lee), and Richard Odle, one niece Stephanie Mesplay (Scott), nephews Terry (Connie) Odle, Tim (Lori) Odle, Tom (Annett) Odle, and Tab Odle; greatnieces, Jadi and Kaitlyn Odle, great-nephews, Justin and Eli Odle; and his special friends Daniel, Alyssa, Emily and Caleb Engelhardt.
... Funeral services were Oct. 24, 2011 at Langsford Funeral Home in Lee's Summit. Burial was in the Lee's Summit Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to The American Heart Association.
... Funeral Arrangements by Langsford Funeral Home, 115 SW 3rd St., Lee's Summit, Mo.

Muriel Frances "Frankie" Aebly
... Muriel Frances "Frankie" Aebly, 67, of Independence, departed this life on October 11, 2011 at the Centerpoint Medical Center in Independence.
... She was born January 5, 1944 in Kansas City, the daughter of Francis Muriel and Dorothy Bernett (Stockdale) Aebly.
... In 1965, Frankie was united in marriage to Jerry Grady.
... He survives, although they were no longer married.
... She lived her life caring for her children and grandchildren, whom she loved very much.
... She was a homemaker, who loved to cook, read and plant flowers, her favorite was roses.
... Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother Frank Aebly, a granddaughter and a great granddaughter.
... Frankie is survived by two sons, Mark Watson and his wife Coral of Pleasant Hill and George Watson and his wife Connie of El Dorado, Springs; two daughters, Tammy Mallon and her husband Joe of Independence and Gracie Skyes of Independence; four grandchildren, Natasha DeBonis and her husband Chris of Blue Springs; Anthony Watson of Lee's Summit; Marissa Mallon and Dalton Mallon of Independence; one brother Gary Aebly and his wife Sally of Kansas City; two sisters, Dorothy Sharon Hood of Ft. Scott, Kansas, and Carmen Aebly of Kansas City, several nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.
... Cremation has been accorded.
... Private family services will be held at a later date.
... Online condolences may be sent the family at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com..

Robert Marion "Bob" Hunt
... Robert Marion "Bob" Hunt, 76, departed this life on October 11, 2011 at St. Mary's Medical Center in Blue Springs.
... He was born January 11, 1935 in Lone Jack, the son of Marion Greenville and Ada Belle (Fletcher) Hunt.
... Bob spent his younger years in the Lone Jack/Pleasant Hill area.
... He attended school in Pleasant Hill and later obtained his GED.
... On May 22, 1954, Bob was united in marriage with Rena M. Shewmaker in Pleasant Hill.
... They lived in Pleasant Hill until 1961 when they moved to Greenwood.
... Bob worked at Lake City Arsenal, retiring in 1993. He also was a heavy equipment operator, working for several companies throughout the years and was a member of the Operating Engineers Union, Local #101 until his retirement.
... Bob was a member of the Lone Jack Baptist Church and for many years drove the church bus on Sunday morning.
In 1998 Bob and Rena moved to Lincoln, Missouri where they lived until 2004 when they moved to Harrisonville.
... Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Marion and Ada Belle Hunt, four half brothers; John, Charles Reed, Wendal and Earl and five half sisters; Helen, Viola, Amanda, Evelyn and Pauline.
... He is survived by his wife, Rena Hunt of the home, four sons, Robert Marion Hunt, II and wife Robin of Pleasant Hill; Ricky M. Hunt of Strasburg; Randy Michael Hunt and wife Brenda of Peculiar; and Russell Murray Hunt of Harrisonville; one half brother; Ralph, 13 grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.
... Funeral services were held October 15, 2011 at the Wallace Funeral Home, with Elder Butch Shewmaker officiating.
... Casket bearers were Bob's six grandsons, Robert M. Hunt, III., Kyle Russell Hunt, Ricky M. Hunt, II., Travis Joseph Hunt, Ryan James Hunt and Alex Jacob Hunt. Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
... Arrangement were under the direction of the Wallace Funeral Home of Pleasant Hill.

Betty Jean "Biz" Reynolds
... Betty Jean "Biz" Reynolds, 52, of Kingsville, departed this life on October 2, 2011, the 28th anniversary of her marriage, at the Research Medical Center in Kansas City following a courageous two-year battle with ovarian cancer.
... She was born on Ground Hog's Day, February 2, 1959, in Erie, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Dale & Chris (Christoph) Fairchild.
... She graduated from the Blue Mountain Academy in Hamburg, Pennsylvania, before continuing her education at Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tennessee, where she graduated with an art major in 1982. She spent 1980 -1981 in Thailand as a student missionary for the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
... In 1982 she moved to Missouri to work at the Shawnee Mission Medical Center. While employed there she met Harvey Reynolds, and they were marriage in Erie on October 2, 1983.
... The couple moved to the family farm near Kingsville, where Harvey and his parents, Bob and Janice Reynolds, run the farming operation today.
... Biz worked part-time at Powell Gardens for several years, where she was in charge of the Children's Gardens, and then for Kindercare for a brief period. She had many interests, including gardening, photography, writing, drawing and other art work.
... She also taught art and craft classes at Powell Gardens, as well as classes in baking pies, cinnamon rolls and other delicacies. An avid cyclist, she made three crossstate rides and several century rides. She kept in touch with many friends on Facebook and by e-mail. She was church pianist for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Kingsville for 25 years, taught children's classes and led other youth activities.
... She is survived by her husband Harvey of the home; two sons, Robert Reynolds and Kevin Reynolds, of the home; parents Dale and Chris Fairchild of Pleasant Hill; one brother, David Fairchild, and his wife Darlene of Shawnee, Kansas; father and mother-in-law, Bob and Janice Reynolds of Pleasant Hill; brother and sister in-law Larry & Laurie Pope of Pleasant Hill; nieces and nephews, Beckie, Rindy and Christopher Fairchild and Bryan and Sara Pope.
... Funeral services were October 6, 2011, at the Lee's Summit Adventist Church, Lee's Summit. Pastor Edwin Cabrera, minister of the Lee's Summit and Kingsville Adventist Churches, officiated. Interment in the Strasburg Cemetery.
... Music was provided by soloist Lynne Lake and pianist David Fairchild. Casket bearers were Darrell Lake, Greg LaRocque, Mike Maloney, Larry Pope, Lowell Reynolds and Marty Reynolds.
... Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Kingsville Seventh-day Adventist Church and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
... Online condolences may be sent to the family, and the video tribute may be viewed at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

Billy Ray Park
... Billy Ray Park, 78, departed this life on October 2, 2011 at the Rehabilitation Center of Raymore He was born March 15, 1933 in Kansas City, Kansas, the son of Alva and Blanche (Hale) Park.
... Billy spent his younger years in the Pleasant Hill area and attended school here. On September 6, 1952 he married Mary Josephine Comer at St. Bridget Catholic church in Pleasant Hill and to this union three children were born.
... Billy worked for the Missouri State Highway Department. He also owned and operated his own farm.
... In 1972, Billy and Mary moved to Harrisonville, where they lived until they moved to Warsaw in the early 80s. In 1997 they moved to Peculiar and then to Raymore in 2010.
... Billy was preceded in death by his parents, Alva and Blanche Park; two brothers, George and Billy "Dean" Park; one sister, Marie Tracy and one grandson, Michael Wayne Coffel.
... He is survived by his wife Mary Josephine Park of the home; one son, Bobby Ray Park and wife April of Lee's Summit; two daughters, Mary Kay Riddle of Harrisonville, and Betty June Holt and husband Richard of Warsaw; five grandchildren and three great grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.
... Funeral services were held October 5, 2011at the Wallace Funeral Home with Rev. Kent Deubner officiating. Casket bearers were Richard Holt, Joe Seeley, Ken Blum, Kevin Neville, Mathew Holt and Stanley Judd. Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
... Arrangements by Wallace Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

Kennie L. Springer
... Kennie Lee Springer, 62, of Harrisonville, formerly of Pleasant Hill, departed this life on September 30, 2011 at the Cass Regional Medical Center, Harrisonville.
... He was born January 9, 1949 in Strasburg, the son of Gail Franklin and Anna May (Carlyle) Springer. On November 11, 1973, Kennie was united in marriage to Glenda Louise Hutson in Harrisonville.
... Kennie was employed as a Mill Wright for Honeywell for over 42 years. He was an active member and president of the Heartland Road Runners classic car club. He was a member of the Mill Wright Union #1529.
... He was preceded in death by his mother, Anna Kimbrough; maternal grandparents Roy and Sylvia Carlyle; and great grandmother, Edna Enzor.
... Kennie was the ultimate family man; he was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and brother.
... He is survived by his father Gail (and Ruth) of Gunn City; wife Glenda of the home; two sons, Jerry Lee (and Bonnie) Morris of Ozawkie, Kansas and Leroy Springer of Harrisonville; two daughters, Deborah Plumley of Owings, Maryland, and Anna Springer of the home; three sisters, Anna Dale (and Terry) of Stillwell, Kansas, JoAn (and David) Long of Cedar Creek, Texas, and Dena Hyatt of Warsaw, Missouri; eight grandchildren; five great grandchildren; other relatives and many friends.
... Funeral services were October 5, 2011, at the funeral home. Rev. Clifford Woolery of the East Lynne Assembly of God Church officiated. Interment in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
... Casket bearers were Tina Carter, Crysandra Corriveau, Clint Miller, Jerry Morris, Debbie Plumley, Anna Springer, Leroy Springer, David Stevens and Alesandra White.
... Honorary casket bearers were Wayne Springer, Rachel Plumley, Samantha Plumley, Sylvia Springer and Trenton Springer.
... Memorial contributions are suggested to Cars for Heroes 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.

Floyd N. Curtis
... Floyd Neil Curtis, 87, of Pleasant Hill, departed this life September 25, 2011 at the Lee's Summit Medical Center.
... He was born March 17, 1924 in Marshall, the son of Benjamin Franklin and Edna Mae (Stoufer) Curtis. His mother Edna died when he was only two years old and his father remarried to Irene McKinley, although she was his stepmother, he always looked to Irene as his mom. He was a WWII Army veteran serving in the European-North African Theatre.
... In the early 1950s he married Della Ballard. To this Union three children were born William, Robert and Kathy.
... On July 6, 1961, Floyd was united in marriage to Louise (Lewis) Young. Louise, who brought Beverly, Donna and Carla from a previous marriage into their family; later Steven was born to Floyd and Louise to complete the family.
... Floyd was employed as a Model Maker for Bendix, retiring in 1987. He was a member of Pleasant Hill First Baptist Church and the Pleasant Hill American Legion-Newton Dudley Post.
... He was preceded in death by his parents.
... He is survived by his wife of 50 years Louise of the home; three sons, William (and Gay) Curtis, Robert (and Debbie) Curtis, both of Pleasant Hill, and Steven (and Missy) Curtis of Seneca, Mo.; four daughters, Kathy (and Kenny) Stolz of Pleasant Hill, Beverly (and David) Crawford of Raymond, Ill., Donna (and Dale) Barbarick and Carla (and Paul) Miller both of Pleasant Hill; 26 grandchildren; 26 greatgrandchildren; one great great grandchild; other relatives and many friends.
... Funeral services were held at September, 30, 2011, at the funeral home. Rev. Wyatt Shanks, minister of the Pleasant Hill First Baptist Church, officiated. Interment was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery with a flag folding ceremony by the Pleasant Hill VFW Post #3118 Honor Guard. Casket bearers were Shawn Barbarick, Brian Crawford, Billy Curtis, Blake Curtis, Jeremy Curtis, Josh Curtis, Jason Miller and Donnie Ward.
... Memorial contributions are suggested to Pleasant Hill Meals on Wheels 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.

Vernon Dean McMurphy
... Vernon Dean McMurphy, 64, of Kansas City, Missouri, formerly of Pleasant Hill, was born Saturday, October 19, 1946 in Pleasant Hill, the son of Frances V. "Pete" and Nannie P. (Smith) McMurphy.
... He departed this life at 8:33 a.m. on Saturday, September 24, 2011 at the Kansas City VA Medical Center in Kansas City.
... He was a U.S. Army Vietnam War veteran serving with the 339th Transport Company.
... On February 21, 1970, Vernon was united in marriage to Christine Hale in Pleasant Hill. She survives although they were no longer married.
... Vernon worked for United Parcel Service in Kansas City retiring in 1997.
... He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3118 in Pleasant Hill, the Pleasant Hill Optimist and instrumental in bringing the Cass County Fair to Pleasant Hill.
... He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant sister Kathryn Marie McMurphy.
... He is survived by his son James (and Kathryn) McMurphy of Centennial, Colorado; three grandchildren Katelyn, Lauren, and Jack; three sisters Patsy (and Jack) Zellmer of Greenwood, Dorothy Miller of Pleasant Hill, Sandi (and Ron) Beatty of Pleasant Hill; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.
... Cremation has been accorded.
... Service times were not available at the time of publishing. Please call Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home (816) 540-5550 or check out the website www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com for service information.
... Memorial contributions are suggested to the First Christian 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 are under the direction of the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550.

Debbie Lynn Bell
... Debbie Lynn Bell, 41, of Haslet, Texas, formerly of Pleasant Hill, departed this life on September 19, 2011 at her home in Haslet.
... She was born December 11, 1969 in Kansas City, the daughter of Gilbert Donald and Eva Christine (Vancil) Bell.  
... Debbie was a 1987 graduate of Pleasant Hill High School. 
... She was the vice president of Customer Service and Inside Sales for Tucker Rocky Distributing in Fort Worth, Texas.
... She was preceded in death by her father Donald Bell on December 26, 2009.
... She is survived by her husband Bart Walstrom of the home; her mother Eva Bell of Pleasant Hill; step-sister Jan (and Mark) Pruitt of Overland Park, Kansas; step-brother Tim (and Eileen) Soldner of Detroit, Michigan; two aunts, Joyce (and Ron) Dowell of Pleasant Hill, and Juanita Vancil of Independence; one niece, Lindsay Pruitt of Overland Park, Kansas;  two nephews Matthew Pruitt of Overland Park and Nathan Soldner of Detroit; four cousins, Coyita (and Darrin) Miller of Raymore; Ceola Knisely of Raymore; Kelsie Clark of Harrisonville; Eddie Vancil of Independence; other relatives and many friends.
... Cremation has been accorded.
... A Celebration of Debbie's life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 1, 2011, at the funeral home, where visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until service.  Rev. Carl Knapp of the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church will officiate.
... Private graveside services will be held in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
... Memorial contributions are suggested 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.

Janet Lynne (Golitz) Sudduth
... Janet Lynne (Golitz) Sudduth, age 60, of Gulf Shores, Alabama formerly of Pleasant Hill, passed away September 23, 2011 at Baldwin Regional Hospital in Foley, Alabama after a courageous battle with brain cancer.
... Janet was born June 27, 1951 in Kansas City, the daughter of Ross Winston and Helen F. (Schupp) Golitz. Janet spent most of her life in Pleasant Hill.
... She was a member of the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church and was a 1969 graduate of Pleasant Hill High School.
... On September 3, 1971, Janet was united in marriage with Roger L. Sudduth at the R.L.D.S. Church in Pleasant Hill. Janet and Roger made their home in Pleasant Hill. After her marriage, Janet worked at Hallmark Cards until Lynne was born in 1977.
... In 1980 Janet and Roger bought Chuck's Disposal Company, which they operated together for ten years. In 1992, after selling the disposal company, they helped start the Willow Creek Subdivision in Pleasant Hill. Janet obtained her real estate license and was also the selling agent for the subdivision. In 2002,
... Janet and Roger moved to Gulf Shores, Alabama, where they owned and operated Studebaker Custard Shop on the beach, but on September 16, 2004, hurricane Ivan struck Gulf Shores and completely devastated the custard shop. After the devastation of hurricane Ivan, Janet went to work as a reservationist for Brett Robinson Rentals in Gulf Shores, where she remained until declining health forced her to retire in March of 2011.
... Janet was preceded in death by her parents, Ross Winston and Helen F. Golitz, and one brother, Bobby Golitz on June 2, 2001.
... She is survived by her husband; Roger L. Sudduth of the home; one daughter; Lynne Sudduth of Denver, Colorado; one son; Darren Sudduth and his fiancé Kelly Highby and her daughters Camille and Elsa of Sidney, Nebraska; one brother; Dr. Loren Golitz and wife Deborah of Denver, and one brother-in-law Gib Sudduth and wife, Leta of Pleasant Hill, other relatives and many friends.
... Memorial contributions may be made to the Brain Cancer Society, in care of the funeral home.
... At Janet's request, cremation has been accorded. A Memorial Service will be held in Pleasant Hill at a later date. Arrangements by Wallace Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

Robert David Sprague
... Robert David Sprague was born on August 14, 1922 in Robinson, Illinois to David Thadeus Sprague and Edna Bell Hughes Sprague. He was the oldest of three children.
... He grew up in Rixford, Pennsylvania where he graduated from Otto High School, in Otto Township.
... He enlisted in the Navy October 6th, 1942 and was discharged January 9, 1946. He served as Radioman Third Class USNR. He served on the SS Dwight L. Moody, SS Cayuse, and the SS FAC Muhlemberg. He served on both the Atlantic and Pacific stages. He was posted as the Naval liaison/Radioman on the Liberty Ships. He received the Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic Pacific Ribbon, American Theatre Ribbon, the Victory Ribbon, and the European African Middle Eastern Ribbon.
... He is preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn and son, Bobby. He has six grandchildren and eight grandsons.
... He worked in the oil fields for Petroleum Reclamation Oil Co. before WWII.
He went to work for General Motors for two years and in 1950 he went to work for the United States Postal Service and continued there until his early retirement in 1976.
... In 1960, they moved from Kansas City to a farm west of Pleasant Hill. With his inlaws they started a dairy beef & farming operation.
In 1988, they decided to sell the farm and move in town.
... In 2005, after a long hard fought battle with Evelyn's progressive dementia for 10 years, they decided to move to Seattle to be with their daughter, Sandra and her husband, John Stamm.
... 2007 saw great tragedy when Bobby Sprague, Bob's eldest son, died in a auto accident in January, Evelyn died of complications from pneumonia in March, and John Stamm, his son-in-law, died of cancer, in June.
... He is survived by his brother, Tom Sprague and wife, Ginny; his daughter, Sandra Stamm; his son and wife, Wayne and Linda Sprague; his grandson, David Sprague; his granddaughters, Sujanna Brown, Gina Dotson and husband Mike, Christina Cox and husband Matthew, Erica Sprague, and Laura Scheafer and husband Jonathan. He is also survived by eight grandsons; Sage, Isaac, Gavin, and Kai Brown, Harlow and Boden Cox, and Evan and Dylan Scheafer. He also has brother-in-law, Bud Blazic, two nieces, Lisa Blazic and Tonya Blazic and one nephew, Ronnie Blazic.
... There will be a service/ gathering on Tuesday, September 27th from 7-9 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church 210 N Jeffreys, Pleasant Hill, MO 64080-1330.

Neil C. Hayes
... Neil Christopher Hayes passed away September 17, 2011, in Lone Jack, Missouri at the age of 44.
... He was born on May 7, 967, at La Mirada, California, the son of James R. Hayes and Gretchen (Van Buskirk) Hayes.
... He is survived by his mother and father of Harrisonville; his two daughters, Emily Hayes and Haley Hayes of Moran, Kans.; his brother Alan Hayes and his wife Stacy Hayes of Lee's Summit; a niece, Piper Hayes, and nephew, Grady Hayes, of Lee's Summit; his special friend, Melisa Nelson, and her family of Holt; and a host of beloved family and friends.
... He graduated from the Harrisonville High School in the class of 1985.
... He was an Eagle Scout and a certified horticulturist.
... He was a Christian and spent many hours studying the Bible.
... He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
... Cremation services were held under the direction of the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill.

Dean "Chip" Garrett Jones II
... Dean "Chip" Garrett Jones II was born in Havre de Grace, Maryland on September 24, 1977. He died on September 13, 2011 in Garden City, Missouri at the age of 33. He graduated from Harrisonville High School in 1995, where he was Wrestler of the Year. He graduated with an Associate's Degree from Electronics Institute, Kansas City. Dean worked as a Foreman for Mead Ceilings, Inc.
... Passions in Dean's heart included motocross racing, ultimate fighting, four-wheeling, hanging out with friends, and the love of his life, his daughter, Lydia.
Dean was a dynamic, free-spirited individual that lived life to its fullest; he will be dearly missed.
... He is survived by his mother, Debbie Butcher and companion, Gerald Meisberger of Garden City; father, Dean Jones of Earleville, MD; a daughter, Lydia Jones of Lee's Summit; three sisters, Dara Jones-Lamb and husband, Scott of Garden City, Garrett Jones of Elkton, MD and Colbi Jones of Earleville, MD; a brother, Ian Cox of Lees Summit; maternal grandparents Owen & Phyllis Peyton and Jack & Joann Butcher all of Pecks Mill, WV; paternal grandmother, Norma Jones of Rising Sun, MD; a niece, Lanie Lamb of Garden City; a nephew, Carter Jones of Newark, DE; many aunts, uncles, cousins and dear friends.
... A Celebration of Life was held at Dickey Funeral Home, Garden City on September 18, 2011. A second service was scheduled for September 22, 2011. A third service is scheduled September 24, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at the Community Center, 17 Wilson Road, Rising Sun, Maryland.
... The Dean G. Jones II memorial fund has been established, contributions can be sent to: Dickey Funeral Home, PO Box 101, Garden City, MO 64747.
... To view the video tribute or send the family online condolences, please visit www.dickeyfh.com.
... Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Dickey Funeral Home, Garden City.

Beverly Ann Buster
... Beverly Ann Buster, 71, of Raymore, formerly of Pleasant Hill, departed this life at on September 6, 2011 at her home surrounded with love and family, as a result of pulmonary fibrosis.
... She was born Sunday, July 21, 1940 in Tuscumbia, Missouri, the daughter of Claude and Clara (Honiker) Burris.  
... On May 31, 1959, Beverly was united in marriage to Frank Buster in Lake Ozark.
 ... Beverly graduated from School of the Osage High School in 1958.  She worked 28 years for the United States Federal Government, retiring from the US Department of Agriculture as a Management Analyst in 2000.  Beverly was a charter member of the Big Creek Baptist Church in Pleasant Hill. 
... Preceding Beverly in death were her parents; one grandson Jacob Stephenson; two brothers, James Burris and Billy Burris; four sisters, Olive Carpenter, Betty Laughlin, Judy Colledge and Connie Sue Howser. 
... She is survived by her husband Frank of the home; one son Michael Buster and wife Candie of Raytown; three daughters, Sherry Courtney and husband Bob of Pleasant Hill; Debra Kinder of Raymore and Michelle Stephenson and husband James of Belton; two brothers, Donald Burris and wife Shirlene of Warrensburg, and Dewey Burris of Eldon; four sisters, Mary Buster of Lee's Summit; Carolyn Pollitt and husband Pat of Holts Summit; Marsha Martin and husband Joe of Olean, Missouri and Marla Burris of Eldon.  Also surviving her are six grandchildren, Bryon and Alyson Buster, Lucas and Kaci Kinder and Faith and Katie Stephenson; other relatives and many friends. 
... Cremation has been accorded. 
... A celebration of Beverly's life was held on September 9, 2011, at the funeral home.  Pastor Todd MacLean minister of the Big Creek Baptist Church, officiated.  Inurnment in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. 
... Memorial contributions are suggested to Village 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 were under the direction of the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

Amy S. King
...Amy S. (Lowry) King was born March 4, 1967, in Harrisonville, and departed this life, along with her little dog, Nikko, on Aug. 26, 2011, in Lee's Summit at the age of 44 years, 5 months and 22 days.
...She was the daughter of Herbert K. and Willetta M. (Garrison) Lowry.
...Amy grew up in Pleasant Hill and graduated from Pleasant Hill High School in
the class of 1985.
...She attended the Open Door Gospel Church in Pleasant Hill.
...Her lifelong love for animals led her to become a professional dog groomer.
Everyone that knew Amy, though shocked at her tragic death, were not surprised that, without a thought for herself, she would run headlong into harms way to save her faithful and constant companion, Nikko. .
...In 2006, Amy experienced a severe and debilitating heart attack. Doctors told her that if she wanted to be healthy and live longer she needed to exercise
and lose weight.
...Taking that to heart, Amy designed her own re-habilitation program, first walking, then running, even on 100 degree days she could be seen running on the sidewalk next to 7 Highway.
...Her conscious effort to make herself more physically fit led to a weight loss of over 100 pounds, of which she was very proud!
...Amy was completely devoted to her family. Her love and loyalty to each and every one of them knew no bounds. But, without a doubt, what she was most proud of in her life, were her three children.
...Amy was preceded in death by: her father], Herbert K. Lowry on Nov. 19, 2005, one sister, Willa Jean Noland on May 13, 2010; and one nephew, Richard Ruby, Jr. on June 26, 2011.
...She is survived by: one son, Zachary Munro of Nederland, Tex.; two daughters, Summer R. Prell and Samantha N. Seaman, both of Pleasant Hill; her mother; Willetta Lowry of Pleasant Hill; her husband; Thomas D. King of Pleasant Hill; four brothers: Richard Lee Ruby, Sr., Roger Kyle Lowry, Timothy Wayne Lowry all of Pleasant Hill; and Curtis Randall Lowry of Lee's Summit; two sisters: Patricia Ann Wheeldon and Linda Lou Slevin, both of Pleasant Hill; nine grandchildren, other relatives and many, many friends.
...Funeral services were held on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011, at the Wallace Funeral Home with the Rev. Roger Nichols and Rev. Dennis Gulley officiating.
...Casket Bearers were T. J. Nichols, Alex Yocum, Nick Wheeldon, Corey Wheeldon, Casey Wheeldon and Kyle Lowry.
...Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. The family received friends Friday
evening, Sept. 2, 2011, at the funeral home.

Eleanor R. Groll
...Eleanor Ruth Groll, 77, of Pleasant Hill, departed this life August 28, 2011 at the Kansas University Medical Center surrounded with love and family.
...She was born September 9, 1933 in Strasburg, the daughter of Frank Samuel
and Willard Josephine (Brain) Norton.
...On May 16, 1954, Eleanor was united in marriage to Norman Lee Groll at the Norton home in Pleasant Hill. He preceded her in death on December 6, 2004.
...Eleanor was a homemaker, full time farmer and a wonderful mother. She was a member of the Pleasant Hill First Christian Church.
...She was also preceded in death by two brothers Robert Norton and Willard S. Norton; and three sisters, Margaret L. Koerber, Frances Thurman and Helen Norton. She is survived by eight children, Sherrie (and Lonny) Silber of Polk City, Iowa; William Groll of Pleasant Hill, John Groll of Independence, Lee Groll of Pleasant Hill, Alan (and Natasha) Groll of Pleasant Hill; Jeanine (and Mark) Gough of Greenwood; Jack (and Kristina) Groll of Pleasant Hill, and Jill Groll of Lee's Summit; six grandchildren; one great grandchild; one brother, Frank R. Norton of Santa Ana, California; one sister, Inez Fredrickson of Harrisonville; other relatives and many friends.
...Funeral services were August 31, 2011, at the Pleasant Hill First Christian Church. Rev. D. Kent Deubner of the Pleasant Hill First Christian Church will officiate. Interment in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
...Casket bearers were Mark Gough, Alan Groll, Jack Groll, John Groll, Lee Groll, William Groll and Lonny Silber.
...Memorial contributions are suggested to the First Christian Church Building Fund or the Smile foundation and may be sent in care of the funeral home.

Sharon K. Rhodes
...Sharon Kay Rhodes, 60, of Harrisonville, formerly of Pleasant Hill, departed this life on Aug. 27, 2011, at St. Joseph Hospital in Kansas City.
...She was born Sept. 25, 1950, in Kansas City, the daughter of Kenneth LeRoy and Helen Louise (Cornett) Fleming.
...Sharon was employed as a seamstress for Royal Emblem in Lee's Summit and Liddles Sport Shop in Blue Springs until failing health forced her to retire early in 1988.
...Sharon was involved with her graduating class of 1969. She also enjoyed scrap-booking and had made many books for her family. She was also involved with the St. Jude's Children Cancer Society.
...The most important thyings to her were her grandchildren.
...She was preceded in death by her parents, and Hayley Rhodes, her granddaughter. She is survived by two sons, Steve and wife Megan Rhodes of Harrisonville ;and Keith and wife Karen Rhodes of Mayer, Minn.; two grandchildren: Makinzie Rhodes and Hunter Rhodes of Harrisonville; one brother Kenneth and wife Kathy Fleming of Warsaw; her nephew Kevin Fleming of Independence; her niece Tracy Fleming of Independence; other relatives and many friends.
...Funeral services were held Sept. 2, 2011, at the funeral home. Rev. Ernie Cecil of the Antioch Southern Baptist Church in Harrisonville officiated.
...Interment in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
...Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital and may be sent in care of the funeral home.

Deborah "Debbie"
Faye Grant

...Mrs. Deborah "Debbie" Faye Grant, of Harrisonville, Missouri, was born March 10, 1950, in Kansas City, Missouri the daughter of Earl and Lorna Mae (Self) Cobb.
...She departed this life Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011, at the Menorah Medical Center, Overland Park, Kan. at the age of 61 years, 5 months and 15 days.
...On Nov. 25, 1972, Debbie was united in marriage to Mark Eugene Grant in Raytown.
...Debbie was the City Clerk for Harrisonville for seven years and earlier had been the Deputy City Clerk for Raytown for more than 15 years.
...She attended Warsaw Grade School, was a 1968 graduate of Raytown High
School and a 1972 graduate of Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg, with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.
...Debbie enjoyed reading and spending time with her grandson. She had lived in Warsaw, Kansas City and Raytown before moving to Harrisonville in 2005.
...Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a nephew, Jacob Cobb.
...Debbie is survived by her husband, Mark E. Grant of the home; a son, Scott E. Grant and wife Mindy, Pleasant Hill; a grandson, Corbin; Morgan, who was treated like a granddaughter; a brother, Steve Cobb and wife Leann, Pleasant Hill; fournephews, Adam Cobb, Jeremy Hair, Greg Schenkel and Danny Grant; two nieces, Trisha Sweeney and Ann Grant; other relatives and many friends.
...Funeral services were held Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011, at the Dickey Funeral Home in Harrisonville with Rev. Bill Newby officiating and music provided by Jeremy and Julie Bridges.
...Graveside services and Interment were held Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011, at the Weaver Cemetery near Warsaw.
...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 of Harrisonville


Paul Michael Busch
...Paul Michael Busch, 25, of Bozeman, Montana, formerly of Pleasant Hill, was born Tuesday, December 31, 1985, in Kansas City, Missouri, the son of Stephen P. and Anne L. (Sullivan) Busch.
...He entered heaven on Sunday, August 28, 2011, as a result of an accidental drowning.
...He was a 2004 graduate of Pleasant Hill High School, where he excelled in sports, and was active in Student Council and had a crew of true friends.
...He was currently a student at Montana State University and had planned to attend fire academy after completing his degree.
...Paul was a gifted athlete, a philosopher, and well-loved brother, son, and friend.
...He was an excellent fly fisherman, hiker, climber, and skier. If it was a physical activity, Paul excelled in it. He went to Montana as an AmeriCorps volunteer and stayed on with the Forest Service as a Wilderness ranger which allowed him to tromp through the forest everyday with his buddy Kyle and his amazing dog, Fred.
...Paul was very much a lover of nature, both the micro and macro view. He appreciated the commonality of natural elements, but perhaps more so the diversity of nature which makes all things unique.
...He loved the rocks, the trees, the rippling streams and cloud-dotted blue sky. He was also aware of the underlying force surrounding and uniting those elements. Whether it be Montana, Missouri, the Mission Mountains, or anywhere on earth, his spirit has been released to join in that force.
...We cannot understand it, but Paul's spirit/soul is now a part of it. If you would like to see what Paul sees, go to a mountain top. If you would like to hear what Paul hears, listen to the wind in the trees or the gentle ripple of a mountain stream. If you would like to feel what Paul feels, dip your hand into a cool mountain stream, for this is heaven to Paul.
...Loved by everyone in the universe, he certainly loved life and lived it to the fullest every day.
...He had a pixie-ish sense of humor and loved pranks but was never unkind to anyone. He was devoted and loving to his parents, sisters, and friends, and will be missed beyond measure.
...He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Harold and Ruth Busch and his maternal grandmother Audrey Sullivan.
...He is survived by his parents, Steve and Anne of Pleasant Hill; his sisters, Sadie Geppert and her husband Blake of Kansas City and Kerry McGhee and her husband Dan of Lee's Summit; maternal grandfather Robert Sullivan and his wife Gretchen of San Francisco, California; several aunts and uncles, and cousins, a host of many friends from everywhere he went; and his dog, Fred. Cremation has been accorded.
...The family will host a memorial gathering at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 10, 2011, at the Pleasant Hill City Lake. Please call Sadie Geppert (816) 255-9752 for details.

Deborah "Debbie" Grant
...Deborah "Debbie" Grant, 61, Harrisonville, departed this life August 25, 2011 at the Menorah Medical Center, Overland Park, Kansas. 
...Funeral services will be 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 30, 2011 at the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, with visitation from 5 - 7 p.m. at the funeral home.  Graveside service will be held 1 p.m., Wednesday, August 31, 2011 at the Weaver Cemetery near Warsaw, Missouri. 
...To send the family online condolences, please visit www.dickeyfh.com.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville.

Marilyn G.  Bybee
...Marilyn G.  Bybee, 73, of Pleasant Hill, departed this life on August 27, 2011, at her home surrounded by her family.
...She was born November 16, 1937 in Flemington, Mo., the daughter of Henry Z. and Addie L. (McKay) Carnes.   
...On July 5, 1984, she was united in marriage to Larry W. Bybee in Raytown.
...Her husband preceded her in death on December 3, 2010. 
...She worked for AT&T in Kansas City for over 30 years retiring in 1989.  She later worked for Sprint until 2002.
...Marilyn was a gifted artist and enjoyed oil painting after retirement.
...Later she enjoyed spending time with her friends.  
...She is survived by her three children, Jerry Yates of Clinton, Rhonda Pruett and her husband Donnie of Belton and Michael Yates of Lee's Summit; two step children Brian Bybee of Pleasant Hill; and Julie Bond of Cleveland, Ohio; granddaughter Marra Yates of Lee's Summit; two sisters, Janey R. Crane of Noble, Oklahoma, and Carolyn K. Looper and her husband LeRoy of Byers, Oklahoma; niece and nephews; other relatives and many friends.
...Graveside funeral services will be held at 11a.m. on Thursday, September 1, 2011, at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.  
...Rev. D. Kent Deubner of the Pleasant Hill First Christian Church will officiate at the services.
...Memorial contributions are suggested to Grace Hospice and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
...Arrangements were under the directon of the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

Donald Lee Bryan
...Donald Lee Bryan, 81, of San Antonio, Tex., formerly of Strasburg, passed away on August 17, 2011 in San Antonio.
...Don battled bladder cancer for the past two years. He was in hospice care and surrounded by his loving family.
...He was born on May 24, 1930 in Kansas City, to Guy Wesley Bryan and Mary Faye Calvert Bryan.
...He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Eugene Bryan and sister-in-law Jeannette Bryan.
...He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Pa; his daughter Tracey, (husband Bill); son, Matthew (wife Donna), his three grandchildren, Melissa Deal Goytia (Javier), Donny Deal and Alexis Lee Bryan; two great grandchildren, Jaden Bryan Goytia and Jordan Rocky Goytia.
...Upon graduating from high school in Lee's Summit, Don joined the Army and fought in Korea where he received his first of two Purple Hearts. After Korea, he was in Ft. Lewis, Washington and joined the Counter Intelligence Corp (CIC).
...He served in the Army for 20 years and was employed as a Deputy U.S. Marshal for 20 years.
...Don was a member of St. Matthew's United Methodist Church, the Retired Military Offers Association, Retired U.S. Marshal's Association, South Texas Chapter of Retired CIC members and Military Order of the Purple Heart.
...Funeral services were held on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at Mission Alamo Funeral Chapel with interment at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery with full military honors.
...Contributions may be made to St. Matthew's United Methodist Church, the Cancer Society or Heart Association.

Kody and Conor Peterson
...Kody Dale Peterson and Conor David Peterson were stillborn on August 16, 2011 at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City.They are the sons of Kyle Peterson and Alana Teaney.
...Kody and Conor were preceded in death by their paternal grandmother, Terry Peterson.
...They are survived by their parents, Kyle Peterson and Alana Teaney and one brother; Donovyan Ford, all of the home; maternal grandparents, Jerrie Teaney of Pleasant Hill and Marvin Teaney of Blue Springs; paternal grandfather; John Peterson of Liberty; maternal great-grandparents; Jerry and Alice Snow of Pleasant Hill, and George and Connie Hendricks of Kansas City, KS; paternal great grandmother Ada Greeley of Kansas City; one great aunt, Jeanna Snow of Pleasant Hill; one aunt; Emily Peterson of Kansas City, MO, three uncles; David Teaney and Devin Snow, both of Pleasant Hill and Jacob Cale of Oak Grove, many cousins and other relatives.
...A graveside service was held August 20, 2011 at the Adams Cemetery near Lone Jack. Pastor Mark Conway, officiated. Arrangements were under the direction of the Wallace Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill, Missouri.

Arthur F. "Bud" McConnell
...Arthur F. "Bud" McConnell, Sr., 94, Pleasant Hill, Missouri, departed this life on August 3, 2011 at his home.
...He was born on January 15, 1917 in Kansas City, the son of Arthur Wardell and Valarie (Blakemore) McConnell.
...Mr. McConnell spent his younger years in the Kansas City, Kansas area.
...He was inducted into the United States Army Air Force on July 30, 1943 and served his country during World War II.
...On November 13, 1945 Arthur was united in marriage with Ruth Mary Duval. They had been married for 66 years at the time of his passing.
...Before his retirement, Mr. McConnell had been a postal worker, and he was a member of the Forest Grove Baptist Church.
...He was preceded in death by his parents; Arthur and Valarie McConnell, three sisters; Helen McConnell, Doris Miller and Melva Hoezel.
...Mr. McConnell is survived by his wife Ruth of the home, six sons; Arthur Franklin McConnell, Jr. of Kingman, Ariz.; Richard Allen McConnell of Kansas City; Eugene Price McConnell of Pleasant Hill; Joseph Paul McConnell of Holden; Mark McConnell of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and James Ira McConnell of Kingsville; two daughters, Sheila Ann White of Oregon and Pauline Frances Waldren of Kansas City; 35 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren other relatives and friends.
...Mr. McConnell made an anatomical donation to the Department of Anatomy and Cell Research at the University of Kansas Medical Center.
...At his request, no services were held.

Bill J. Snyder
...Bill J. Snyder, 88, of Pleasant Hill, departed this life August 4, 2011 at his home near Pleasant Hill, surrounded with love and family.
...He was born July 19, 1923 in Brownington, Mo., the son of William O. and Grace (DeLozier) Snyder. 
...At the age of 19, he enlisted in the 8th Air Force.  He was a tail-gunner on a B-24 Bomber plane, flying 30 missions over enemy territory.  He was awarded an air medal – four oak leaf clusters, invasion medal, and the Distinguished Flying Cross.  He was honorably discharged in 1945.
...On July 23, 1948, he married Cletis Dee Murphy in Kansas City.
...Bill worked for General Motors Corporation for over 30 years, retiring in February 1979.  He also owned and operated Snyder farms near Pleasant Hill.  He loved going to sales; every Tuesday at the Kingsville Livestock Auction, watching the cattle sell and visiting with friends and neighbors.
...Bill was a devoted and loving husband and father; he always enjoyed spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren.
...Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Byrdeen Blackwell and one grandchild, Christopher Snyder.
...He is survived by his wife of 63 years Cletis of the home; three sons: Billy Snyder and his wife Sherrie; Larry Snyder, Dennis Snyder and his wife Melinda, one daughter Darlene Eslick and her husband Clifford, all of Pleasant Hill; nine grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; one sister Annebell Rufenacht of Clinton; other relatives and many friends.
...Funeral services were held August 9, 2011, at the funeral home.  Pastor Mark Turvaville of the East Lynne Baptist Church officiated.  The "Praise 5" singing group with the East Lynne Baptist Church sang. 
...Interment in the Staley Mound Cemetery with full military honors by the United States Air Force and the Lee's Summit American Legion Post #189.
...Memorial contributions are suggested to Staley Mound Cemetery 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 and the video tribute may be viewed at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com.

Marvin Clark Kirkland
...Marvin Clark Kirkland, 74, Pleasant Hill, departed this life on August 4, 2011 at his home. He was born March 11, 1937 in Tulare, Calif., the son of James Woodrow and Maggie Jewell (Hopkins) Kirkland.
...Marvin spent most of his life in California until 1997 when he moved to Cotopaxi, Colo. where he lived for 10 years. In 2007 he moved to Pleasant Hill.
...Marvin had worked as a foreman for a large dairy farm in California before his retirement.
...He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Maggie Kirkland, two sons, Marvin D. and Odis Woodrow Kirkland and one sister, Betty Jean Holley.
...Marvin is survived by two sons, Marty Kirkland and wife Janice of Pleasant Hill; and Earl Edward Kirkland, Sr. of Modesto, Calif.; one stepson, Wade Kempthorne-Kirkland of Oregon; two brothers, James Donald Kirkland of Anchorage, Alaska and Roger Dale Kirkland of Texas Creek, Colo.; three sisters, Audrey Louise Booker of Cotopaxi, Colo., Marilyn Harness of Porterville, Calif. and Carolyn Larae Cary of Orland, Calif.; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
...Direct cremation has been accorded and no services are scheduled. Arrangements by Wallace Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

Tammy Jo Hargrave
...Tammy Jo Hargrave, 43, of Lee's Summit, departed this life August 4, 2011 at her home surrounded with love and family.
...She was born September 26, 1967 in Kansas City, Kansas, the daughter of Phillip and Sharon Kay (Downs) Hyatt.  On February 18, 1989, Tammy was married Kenneth E. Hargrave in Kansas City.
...Tammy was a home health care provider, last working for Amy's Loving Care.
She was preceded in death by her father Phillip A. Hyatt in 1990; her paternal grandparents Harold and Doris Hyatt; and maternal grandfather Charles Down, Sr. and maternal step grandfather Francis James.
...She is survived by her husband Kenny of the home; one son, Shane Hargrave of Lee's Summit; one daughter, Destiny Hargrave of Lee's Summit; her mother, Sharon Hyatt of Lee's Summit; one brother, Vince Hyatt and his wife Barbara of Independence; one sister, Debbie Cox and her husband Kelly of Holden; her maternal grandmother, Dorothy James of Lee's Summit; her mother and father-in-law, Gerald and Rita Hargrave of Kansas City North; other relatives and many friends.
...Funeral services were held August 8, 2011 at the funeral home. Rev. Harve Smeltzer officiated. Interment in the Lee's Summit Cemetery.
...Casket bearers were Mark Downs, Doug Hargrave, Jerry Hargrave, Kenny James, Kent Schrock and Roland Sneed. Honorary casket bearers were Payton Hargrave and Blake Hyatt.
...Memorial contribution may be directed to the family and can 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.

Michael Joseph "Mike" Kanies
...Michael Joseph "Mike" Kanies, 48, of Pleasant Hill, departed this life July 27, 2011 at the Kansas City Hospice.
...He was born August 14, 1962 in Owensboro, Kentucky, the son of Jerry A. and Pat A. Kanies. 
...He was a 1980 graduate of Pleasant Hill High School. 
...Following graduation, he moved to Oklahoma where he worked the oil fields. 
...Later he became an ASE Certified Mechanic and went to work for Kennedy Tire & Auto in Edmond, Okla.
...Later he went to work for Lee's Summit Muffler & Automotive and worked there until failing health forced him to quit earlier this year.
...On February 14, 1986, Mike was united in marriage to Sunnye Scott in Miami, Okla. They divorced in 1997, but still remained friends. 
...He is survived by his parents Jerry and Pat of Pleasant Hill; two sisters Vicky Van Lue and her husband Brad of Rayville, Missouri, and Nancy Laning and her husband Clifford of Pleasant Hill; two brothers, Tony Kanies of Blue Springs, and Bobby Kanies and his wife Renea of Lee's Summit; six nephews; two nieces; other relatives and many friends.  He will be especially missed by his best friend and companion "Brute," Mike's 90 pound pit bull.
...Funeral services were held August 1, 2011, at the funeral home. 
...Pastor Tony Reynolds of the Appleton City First Christian Church officiated.  Interment in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. 
...Casket bearers were John Kanies, Caleb Van Lue, Travis Kanies, D.J. McConville, Jacob Laning and Michael Kanies.
...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 and the video tribute may be viewed at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com.
...Arrangements were under tge direction of the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

Michael Lee Howe
...Michael Lee Howe, 81, of Sedalia, departed this life July 18, 2011 at the Four Seasons Living Center in Sedalia. He was born March 3, 1930 the son William and Lucy K. (Peel) Howe.
...He is survived by his sister Lillian Eslick of Pleasant Hill; two nephews, Clifford (and Darlene) Eslick of Pleasant Hill, and Raymond (and Brenda) Eslick of Independence, and one niece Kathy (and Daniel) Schotte of St. Charles, Missouri.
...Cremation has been accorded. A graveside memorial service will be held at the Oak Grove Cemetery, Warrensburg at a later date.
...Online condolences may be sent the family at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant.

Miranda Jo Huffman
...Miranda Jo Huffman, 35, of Greenwood, passed away July 29, 2011 at Lee's Summit Medical Center.
...Funeral Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, August 4, 2011 at the Wallace Funeral Home with Jim Terril, officiating.
...Burial will be in the Holden Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 3rd at the funeral home.
...A complete obituary will appear in next week's Pleasant Hill Times.

Mildred Lois (Rockwell) Lilly
...Mildred Lois (Rockwell) Lilly, 83, Greenwood, departed this life, surrounded by her loving family, on July 28, 2011, at her home. She was born February 21, 1928 in Macon County, Mo., the daughter of James Edgar and Mildred Frances (Ford) Rockwell.
...Mildred lived in Macon County until 1941 when the Rockwell family moved to St. Louis.
...On January 18, 1945 Mildred married Robert Eugene Lilly in St. Charles, MO. Mildred and Bob moved to Raytown. In 1955 they moved to Pleasant Hill, where they lived until 1964, then moved to Lee's Summit and remained there until 1975 when they moved to Greenwood. Mildred and Bob were married for over 57 years at the time of his passing on August 16, 2002.
...Mildred was the Supervisor of Food at St. Luke's Hospital from 1963 until 1967 when she went to work at Resthaven Rest Home in the same capacity. It was during this time that Mildred, still working full time and raising her family, obtained a degree in Food Service Management from Penn Valley Community College. In 1978 Mildred left Resthaven to become the Food Supervisor for Research Hospital, where she remained until her retirement in 1990.
...Mildred was an active member of the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.
...She was a member of the O.E.S. of Kansas City, Chapter Golden Gate #58, where she served as Worthy Matron both in 1980 and 1982.
...In addition to her husband, Bob, Mildred was preceded in death by her parents, James and Mildred Rockwell; one daughter, Louise Valentina Boston on November 24, 2010; one grandson, Gage Lily on July 12, 2000 and one great granddaughter, Brooke Ruppard in 1988.
...She is survived by four sons, Robert Curtis Lilly and Sheri Himmelburg of Springfield; James Eugene Lilly and Jack Truman of Kansas City; Keith Thomas Lilly and his wife Deb of Lee's Summit, and Samuel Jo Lilly of Lee's Summit; six daughters: Linda E. Farnsworth and husband Gary of Pleasant Hill; Mildred Eugenia Fetters of Lee's Summit; Mary Frances Gower and husband Frank of Pleasant Hill; Dorothy Elaine Cornelius and husband Allen of Greenwood; Pamela Sue Lilly of Greenwood; Annette Marie Creel and husband Robin of Lee's Summit; two brothers: James Rexford Rockwell of Raytown and Edgar Francis Rockwell of Texas; 24 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren, other relatives and many, friends.
...Services for Mrs. Lilly were held August 1, 2011 at the Wallace Funeral Home with Brother. William Pollard, officiating.
...Casket bearers were Jason Gower, Allen Cornelius, Jr., Chris Lilly, Joe Cornelius, Justin Gower, Nick Lilly, Matt Lilly, Chris Rudder and Jesse Creel. Honorary bearers were Jake Creel, Nathan Lilly and Dillion Lilly.
...Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

George F. (Bo) Watts
...George F. (Bo) Watts, 62, Pleasant Hill, departed this life to be with the Lord on July 29, 2011, following a short illness of leukemia.
...He was born in Slater, Mo, the son of Harvey Major and Mary Jane Schaefer Watts.
...Following graduation from Slater High School, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from Missouri Valley College, Marshall. His professional sales career was in agriculture and insurance.
...In 1975, he married Geri Morrow, who shared his live for 36 years.
...He was proud of his son, Gregory Major, who enjoyed many hobbies with him, including aviation, hunting, fishing, trap shooting and baseball. He was a private pilot and owned two single-engine airplanes over the years. He was a devout member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church. He loved history and was a member of the Cass County Civil War Roundtable.
...He never met a stranger and his positive attitude through his 10 year battle with cancer was an inspiration to all who knew him.
...In addition to his wife and son, he is survived by his brother, Charles Watts (Vintra), Grain Valley; his sisters, Mary Beth Elder (Grigsby), Glenwood, Iowa; Martha Shepard (Harley), Blue Springs, and Margaret Stallman (Dale), Glasgow, Mo; several nieces and nephews; and his father and mother-in-law, Raymond and Choletta Morrow, Slater.
...He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Harvey (Jack) Watts.
...Rosary was said August 2, 2011, followed by a Memorial Mass at the Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1800 SW 150 Hwy, Lee's Summit. The family suggests memorials to the Holy Spirit Catholic Church.
...Arrangements by Langsford Funeral Home, Lee's Summit.

Sheila Zoann (Ferguson) Spies
...Sheila Zoann (Ferguson) Spies, 60, Holden, passed away July 29, 2011, in Holden.
...She was born May 30, 1951 in Kansas City, the daughter of Roe Lavalle and Mildred Louise (Stock) Ferguson.
...She was a 1969 graduate of Pleasant Hill High School. Sheila lived in Strasburg, most of her life and moved to Holden in 1982. She was a member of the Strasburg Union Church.
...She worked as a unit secretary at Cass Medical Center in Harrisonville from 1978 until 2009, and was City Clerk for the City of Holden from 1984 until 2010.
...She is survived by two sons, Joseph Spies, Kingsville, and Daniel Spies, Warrensburg,; a brother, Gene Ferguson, Holden; two sisters, Gwylyn Sheehan, Elm Mott, Tex.and Deborah Dean, Holden; one grandchild and two step-grandchildren.
...Funeral services were held August 1, 2011, at Ben Cast & Son – Wood Funeral Home, Holden, officiated by the Rev. David Hackett and Dr. John Clarke
...Pallbearers were Joseph Spies, Daniel Spies, Matthew Sheehan, James Sheehan, Robert Sheehan and Michael Dean.
...Interment in Strasburg Cemetery. Memorial contributions are suggested to Johnson County Cancer Foundation or Strasburg Cemetery Association.

Wilma Fay Wilson
...Wilma Fay Wilson, 90, of Harrisonville, formerly of Pleasant Hill, departed this life on July 18, 2011 at St. Luke's Hospital-East in Lee's Summit.
...She was born November 18, 1920 in South Fork, Mo., the daughter of William E. and Audrey F. (Wallin) Moore.
...On August 9, 1941, Wilma was united in marriage to Chester J. Wilson in South Fork.
...He preceded her in death on January 12, 1979.
...Wilma was a homemaker.
...Besides her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by one son, Jerald Wilson in September, 1971 and one brother, Billy Moore.
...She is survived by one son Michael Wilson and wife Terry of Gladstone; one daughter Janet Kirk of Harrisonville; one daughter-in-law, Gail Wilson Johnson of Mesa, Ariz.; four grandsons: Clifford Kirk and wife Kris of Pleasant Hill; Mark Kirk and wife Carrie of Pleasant Hill; Randy Kirk and wife Robin of Garden City, and Gary Kirk and his wife Kaylee of Harrisonville; eight great grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; two brothers, Donald V. Moore and wife Frances of Elmo, Ind. and David W. Moore and his wife Sharon of South Fork; other relatives and many friends.
...Funeral services were July 22, 2011, at the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill.
...Pastor Randy Foster of the Heartland Baptist Fellowship officiated.
...Interment followed the service in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
...Casket bearers were Clifford Kirk, Gary Kirk, Mark Kirk, Randy Kirk, Stan Simpson and Ken Wilson.
...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.

Kenneth Ray Long
...Kenneth Ray Long, 65, of Pleasant Hill, departed this life July 22, 2011 at his home surrounded with love and family.
...He was born on October 13, 1945 in Blue Springs, the son of Harvey W. and Violet L. (Lentz) Long.       
...On September 14, 1989, Kenneth was united in marriage to Susan Marie Long in Miami, Okla. 
 ...Kenney was a heavy construction operator and worked for Beemer Construction, retiring in 1996.
...He was a member of the Jewel Lodge #480 A.F. & A.M., Pleasant Hill.
...He enjoyed hunting and fishing and spending time with family.
...Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant son Kenneth Michael Long, Jr. in November, 1963.
...He is survived by his wife Susan of the home; two sons Scott (and Stacy) Long of Pleasant Hill, and Jason (and Kristin) Hale of Strasburg; two daughters Donna (and Shane) Barnett and Kelly (and Bill) Curtis, both of Pleasant Hill; five sisters Mary McDaniel of Dearborn, Mo.; Janelle (and Harry) Pate of Pleasant Hill; Brenda (and Steve) Fockler of Warrensburg; Cindy Long of Pleasant Hill and Lana Long of Autec Naval Reserve, Bahamas.; six grandchildren Darcy and Brad Barnett, Baylee and Megan Long, Breanna Curtis, and Cash Hale; other relatives and many friends.
...Cremation has been accorded.
...A memorial service was held on July 26, 2011, at the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.
...Pastor Jerry Tharpe of the Lone Jack Baptist Church officiated. 
...Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice Care of the Mid-West 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.

Wilma "Ruth" Cresswell
...Wilma "Ruth" Cresswell, 89, of Pleasant Hill, passed away July 19, 2011.
...Graveside services and interment were held on Friday, July 22, 2011 at the G.A.R. Cemetery in Miami, Oklahoma.
 ...Ruth was born December 17, 1921 in Picher, Oklahoma, to William and Lena Cresswell.
...She owned and operated Leonard's Restaurant and Wornall Restaurant for many years.
...Wilma was a sports fan and enjoyed watching the Kansas City Royals baseball games and Kansas City Chiefs football games.  
...She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Clifford, Robert and Earl Cresswell; sisters, Ethel Boden, Georgia Atwood and Hazel "Flo" Stewart.
...Ruth is survived by her niece, Karen Oliphant; nephew, Justin Scott Boden and his wife, Jakqualyn and their child Juliet.
...Online condolences may by left at www.muehlebachchapel.com.

Howard C. Moore
...Howard Clayton Moore, 90, of Pleasant Hill, departed this life July 2, 2011, at the Pleasant Hill Health and Rehabilitation Center. He was born Sept. 3, 1920, in Pleasant Hill, the son of Robert H. and Belva (Shoaff) Moore.
...Howard was united in marriage to Maxine Dillon and later in September of 1956 was united in marriage to Lucille Estelle Heard in Harrisonville.
...He was employed by Moore Construction Company, Pleasant Hill, where he built many homes. Then he went to work for Elliott Ottinger Construction, Kansas City, until he retired in 1982.
...Howard also enjoyed farming. He was an Army Air Force veteran of World War II and a 1938 graduate of Pleasant Hill High School.
...He was a member of Jewel Lodge #480 AF &AM in Pleasant Hill where he received his 50 year member pin in 2002 and was a member of the Carpenters Union for over 50 years.
...He served seven years on the Strasburg Water District and several years on the Pleasant Hill Cemetery Board.
...Howard loved to hunt and fish and looked forward to hosting his fish fry every year.
...Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Maxine Moore in 1953; his second wife, Lucille Moore in August of 1997; an infant daughter, Patricia Ann Moore in 1946; a brother, Robert Moore and a sister, Dorothy Raffurty.
...He is survived by two sons, Steven B. Moore and wife Linda, Memphis, Tennessee; Richard C. Moore, Pleasant Hill; a daughter, Carole Olle and husband Kyle, Rogers, Arkansas; two grandchildren, Clayton Moore and wife Mimi and Matthew Moore and wife Karen; a great grandson; sister-in-law, Mina Moore, Pleasant Hill; special friends, Charlie and Suzy Shimel, Pleasant Hill, other relatives and many friends.

Nelda Lou Miller
...Nelda Lou Miller, 74, of Belton, departed this life July 5, 2011 at her home. She was born Nov. 19, 1936 in Lucas, Kan., the daughter of Harland and Margaret (Nelson) Standley. 
...On March 31, 1962, Nelda was united in marriage to Cecil Coleman Miller in Pleasant Hill.
 ...Nelda was a homemaker.  She was a member of the South Haven Baptist Church, Belton.  Nelda loved to make quilts for friends and family, counted cross stitch and volunteer wherever she could in her church.  She had lived in East Lynne and Harrisonville, before moving to Belton in 1999.
...She was preceded in death by her parents. Nelda is survived by her husband Cecil C. Miller, of the home; two sons, Greg Miller and his wife Karen of Harrisonville; Scott Miller and his wife Rose of Grand Terrace, Calif.; two daughters, Vicki Nunemaker and husband Merle of Lee's Summit; Kendra Gehman and husband Dale of Lancaster, Pennsylvania; nine grandchildren; four great grandchildren; one brother, Max Standley of Parthenon, Ark.; one sister, Jo Ann Wolfshohl of Clearlake City, Tex.; other relatives and many friends.
...Graveside service was held July 8, 2011 at the Clearfork Cemetery near Garden City, with Pastor Sterling Elsbury and R.J. Miller officiating. 
...Casket bearers were Andrew Clifton, Gabriel Eippen, Adam Miller, Jeremy Miller, Tyler Nunemaker and John Towles. 
...Family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or to Crossroads Hospice.  To send the family online condolences, visit www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill

Robert Eugene Oswalt
...Robert Eugene Oswalt, 82, of Pleasant Hill, departed this life at July 3, 2011 at the Pleasant Hill Health and Rehabilitation Center. He was born Dec. 6, 1928, in Denver, Colo. the son of Harry Otto and Ethal Mae (Cottington) Oswalt. 
...On Dec.11, 1955, Robert was united in marriage to Joan Linnea Fortin in Brighton, Colo.
...Robert was employed as a truck driver for Natkin Sheet Metal in Englewood, Colorado until his retirement in 1985.  He moved to Pleasant Hill in 1987 and was employed as the first maintenance person for Pleasant Hill Health and Rehabilitation Center.
...He was a member of the Pleasant Hill First Christian Church, the Teamsters Union Local #13 and the American Legion, both in Denver.
...Robert loved to fish, hunt, collect model cars and do woodwork.  His greatest love was to be around his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 
...Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two children, Christy Trautman and Christopher Gary.
...He is survived by his wife, Joan Oswalt of the home; three children, Robin George and Debbie Russell both of Pleasant Hill, and Richard Johnson; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Naomi Lahr, Betty Gerard and Ruth Bergman all of Denver; other relatives and many friends.
...Cremation has been accorded. A memorial graveside service will be July 16, 2011, at 3 p.m. at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
...To send the family online condolences, visit www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

Barbara Ann
(Olms) Reed
...Barbara Ann (Olms) Reed, 54, of Kingsville, passed away unexpectedly on June 26, 2011 at her home.
...In keeping with Barbara's wishes, cremation has been accorded.
...In memory of Barbara a Celebration of Life Service was held July 2, 2011 at the family home. Brother Don Henson officiated.
...In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions to Best Friends Animal Society, 5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab, Utah 87451-5000.
...Barbara was born September 13, 1956 in St. Louis, Missouri, the daughter of John Otto Olms and Dorothea Carol (Henry) Hellon.
...She was a graduate of Southwest High School, class of 1974.
...On October 5, 1985 she was united in marriage with William S. Reed, Jr. in Kansas City.
...Barbara was a "Homemaker Extraordinaire," and an animal lover.
...She had worked at Hellon & Hellon Associates with her mother, but above all else she dedicated her life and love to her family.
...Barbara is survived by her husband, William S. Reed, Jr. of the home, one daughter, Hannah Lea Hoover and husband C.J. of Kingsville; her father, John Otto Olms of Kirkwood, Missouri; her mother, Dorothea C. Hellon of Lee's Summit; two brothers; Robert "Bob" Olms and wife, Sandy of Lake of the Ozarks, and Steve Edwin Hellon and wife, Darece of Blue Springs; two granddaughters, Gracie and Aubrie Hoover.
...Arrangements were under the direction of the Wallace Funeral Home of Pleasant Hill.

Richard L.
Ruby, Jr.
..Richard L. Ruby, Jr., 43, of Pleasant Hill, departed this life on June 25, 2011 at his home.
..He was born on April 5, 1968 in Harrisonville, the son of Richard L. Ruby, Sr. and Barbara Jean (Wade) Murphy.
..Richard grew up and attended school in Pleasant Hill until about 1979 when the family moved to Arkansas. In 1993, Richard moved back to the Pleasant Hill area.
..In May 1995, he was united in marriage with Christina L. Strong in Kansas City.
..Richard and Christy made their home in Lee's Summit until approximately three and one half years ago when Richard returned to Pleasant Hill.
..He was a member of the Open Door Gospel Church in Pleasant Hill and worked for a commercial cleaning company until declining health forced an early retirement.
..Richard was preceded in death by one brother, Michael Gene Ruby; his paternal grandfather; Herbert K. Lowry and his aunt, Willa Jean Noland.
..He is survived by his wife, Christy Ruby; one son, Cody Lee Ruby and one daughter, Barbara Jean Ruby, all of Grain Valley; one step-daughter, Heather Dawn Hobart of Kansas City; his father; Richard L. Ruby, Sr. of Pleasant Hill; his mother; Barbara Jean Murphy of Hardy, Ark.; his paternal grandmother, Willetta M. Lowry of Pleasant Hill, his maternal grandfather; Alex Wade of Ash Flat, Ark.; six brothers, Ashton Lee Hester, Gary Alex Hester, Jody Dewayne Hester, Israel Z, Hester, all of Hardy Ark., Elton Lee Hester and Marty Ray Hester, both of Searcy, Ark.; five sisters; Melissa Hamilton of Kansas City; Angela Lynn Ruby of Hardy, Ark.; Jessica Lynn Gann of Poughkeepsie, Ark., Phaidra Longton of Indian Harbor Beach, Fla. and Amie Powell of Grandview; one grandson, many aunts and uncles, other relatives and many friends.
..Funeral services were held July 1, 2011 at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill with Brother Dennis Gulley officiating.
..Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
..Casket bearers were Cody Ruby, Jeremy Hobart, Chester Kimbrell, Nick Wheeldon, Terry Schaffner, Sr., Joseph Lane, T. J. Nichols and David Kiger.
..In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions be made in care of the Wallace Funeral Home.

Oma Pauline Hall
..Oma Pauline Hall, 90, of Olathe, Kansas, formerly of Pleasant Hill, was born Monday, September 13, 1920 in Dora, Missouri, the daughter of Arthur and Arcie (Smith) Warden.
..She departed this life on June 28, 2011, at the Kansas City Hospice House, Kansas City.
..On April 12, 1947, she was united in marriage to Hubey Hall in West Plains. He preceded her in death on May 12, 1977.
..Oma was a homemaker. She was a member of the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women and Pleasant Hill Lioness Club
..In addition to her husband, Oma was also preceded in death by one daughter, Ruth Amre; five brothers, Ernie Warden, Merle Warden, Enos Warden, Doyle Warden, and Wayne Warden; and four sisters, Delsie Tetrick, Crittie White, Thelma Gregory, and Euna Annis.
..She is survived by three children: Randy Hall and his wife Debbie of Colleyville, Tex.; Rose Olesen and her husband Bud of Olathe; and Richard Hall of Mission, Kans.; ten grandchildren; one sister Opal House of Nixa; a son-in-law Steinar Amre of Tonsberg, Norway; other relatives and friends.
..Funeral services were held July 3, 2011, at the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home of Pleasant Hill. Pastor Carl Knapp of the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church officiated.
..Interment was at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
..Memorial contributions are suggested to the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church or to Kansas City Hospice House 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.

Roy Robert
"Bob" Legg
...Roy Robert "Bob" Legg, 71, of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, was born February 13, 1940 in Los Angeles, California, the son of Harry V. and Mary E. (Potter) Frazier.
...He departed this life on June 29, 2011 at the Kansas City Hospice House, Kansas City.
...Bob was a graduate of the Lewzinger High School in Lawndale, Calif. and was a veteran of the United States Navy.
...On May 11, 1972, he was united in marriage to Naomi Ann Legg in Leon, Ia.
...Bob was employed as a service manager for several Metro Car Dealerships.
...He was preceded in death by his parents; three children Vicky Lynn Frazier, Donald Frazier, and Danny Frazier; two brothers George Frazier and Lewis Frazier.
...Bob is survived by his wife Naomi of the home; one daughter, Lorrie L. Webster and her husband Mike of Belton; four grandchildren Murrissa Webster, Daniel Webster, Austin Webster, and Savannah Webster all of Belton; one brother James E. Frazier of Buffalo, NY; two sisters Betty J. Hutchison and her husband Edward of Navarre, Oh., and Brenda S. Frazier of Grand Island, NY; other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held July 2, 2011, at the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill. Reverend D. Kent Deubner minister of the Pleasant Hill First Christian Church officiated.
...Casket bearers were Mike Jones, Phil McVey, Lonnie Theobold, Austin Webster, Daniel Webster, and Nathan Webster. Interment was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery with full military honors by the VFW Post #3118 Honor Guard.
...Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Heart Association and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
...Arrangements were under the direction of the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home.

Neil Allen Waight
...Neil Allen Waight, 51 of Pleasant Hill, lost his battle with cancer on June 25, 2011.
...Neil graduated from Lee's Summit High School in 1977 and University of Missouri in 1985.
...Neil was a genuine selfless man who had a great work ethic, wise loving heart and beloved family. He had many talents, which included landscaping.
...He is preceded in death by his first wife Jeanne (Burton) Waight and his parents, Robert and Lois Waight.
...Survivors include his wife Linda; sons, Matt and Cody Waight; stepchildren Aaron, Kallie, Kayla Foglesong; brother Bob (Sandy) Waight. sisters, Suzie (Roger) Byrne and Patti (Greg) Brattin.
...Neil worked for Kingston Construction, Pfizer and Vira Cor-IBT.
...Arrangements are under the direction of the Langsford Funeral Home in Lee's Summit.

Ray Arlen Rhoads
...Ray Arlen Rhoads, 77 of Pleasant Hill, died on June 23, 2011, in Overland Park, Kan. Ray was born on Jan. 14, 1934, the son of Howard and Lovell (Todd) Rhoads.
...Ray grew up in Clinton, where he graduated high school in 1952 and joined the Army, serving two years in the Korean War.
...After his stint in the Army, Ray went to work for Missouri Public Service in Pleasant Hill, and met his lifetime sweetheart, Elma Jean Snooks at his favorite lunch diner. Ray and Jean married in 1955.
...After retiring from Missouri Public Service, he spent years as an avid golfer and traveling back and forth between his homes here in Pleasant Hill and Winterhaven, Fla.
...Ray was a lifetime member of the Pleasant Hill VFW Post 3118 and a Mason. He was a meticulous person who believed in following rules and etiquette in life and on the golf courses. He instilled lifelong qualities in his children and grandchildren and loved his wife without end.
...A loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, he was preceded in death by his parents, Howard (Buck) and Lovell Marie (Todd) Rhoads, and one brother, James Lyle Rhoads.
...Ray is survived by his wife, Jean, of the home; two brothers: Harold "Dusty" Rhoads, Blue Springs; Robert Lee Rhoads, Clinton; and one sister: Pamela Sue Rhoads-Mitchell of Clinton; five children; Sauna Grider and husband Jon of, Raytown; Taylor Rhoads and wife Jennifer of Lee's Summit; Viola Fleener and husband Keven "Butch" of Orlando, Fla.; Darren Rhoads and wife Sonya of Independence; Susan Supulver and husband Rick of Pleasant Hill; grandchildren, Blaine and Mollie Grider; Dustin and Holly Rhoads; Jeana Marie (Rhoads) and Michael Fleener; Jonnie James; Ronnie Smith; Daryn Lyn and Vanci Steinbrook; and Regie Ray Rhoads-Supulver; great-grandchildren: Ace Doutt; Ryley, Gabe and Gracie Long; and Keena Porchia; many nieces and nephews, other family and friends.
...Cremation will be accorded.
...A celebration of life will take place on Thursday, July 21, from 6-8 p.m. at VFW Post #3118 in Pleasant Hill.
...In lieu of flowers, the family suggest donations to Compassionate Care Hospice Foundation, 10000 W 75 St., Suite 231, Shawnee Mission, Kan. 66204.

Lois Ann (Weeks) Prichard
..Lois Ann (Weeks) Prichard, 59, was born July 19, 1951 in Joliet, Ill., and died on May 14, 2011, at the home of her long-time friend, Shirley Basnight, in Pleasant Hill.
..She was the daughter of John Logan and Louella Edith Louise (Gustafson) Weeks, both of whom preceded her in death.
..Lois was a 1969 graduate of Ruskin High School. On Dec. 3, 1994 she married Kenny Dean Prichard in Buckner, where they had made their home for the last 17 years.
..Lois had been an assembler for Pro-Mail until her retirement.
..In addition to her parents, Lois was preceded in death by an infant son, Andrew James Alvarado, and an infant brother, John Louis Weeks.
..Lois is survived by her husband, Kenny Dean Prichard of the home; one daughter, Angela Michelle Morris of Peculiar; two step-sons, Charles Prichard of Cole Camp and Michael Prichard of Lincoln.; brother, James Logan Weeks of Lee's Summit; sister, Louise Edith (Weeks) Eickhoff of Russellville; two granddaughters, Crystal Shyann and Halie Nicole Morris; three step-grandsons, Carlos, Dylan and Dewey Prichard; one step-granddaughter, Anna Prich-ard; other relatives and friends.
..Cremation has been accorded. A memorial visitation was held on May 31, 2011, at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill.

Peggy C. (Clark) Nalls
..Peggy C. (Clark) Nalls, 73 of Pleasant Hill, died on May 16, 2011. She was born Sept. 27, 1937, to Louis and Pearl Clark.
..She married Carl Nalls, Feb. 2, 1957. They were married for 53 years,
..She is survived by her daughter, Lisa Day and husband Dennis, of Pleasant Hill; a son, Randy Nalls and wife Sheryl, of Pleasant Hill; a sister, Marilyn Hays of Pleasant Hill; 12 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.
..Services were held at Hope United Methodist Church in Lone Jack on May 18. A private family service took place at Swan Lake Memorial Gardens in Grain Valley.
..Memorial donations may be made to Kansas City Hospice or Hope United Methodist Church of Pleasant Hill.

Richard O. Florea
...Richard O. Florea, 64 of Kingsville, died on Wednesday, June 22, 2011, at his home near Kingsville.
...He was born Wednesday, March 5, 1947, in Lawrence, Kan., the son of Glen O. and Anna M. (Gill) Florea.   
...Richard was a graduate of North Nodaway High School in Hopkins, a United States Air Force Vietnam War veteran and an officer with the Kansas City Police Department.    
...On Sept. 16, 1972, Richard was united in marriage to Mary Frances Patti in Kansas City. 
...Richard was a police officer with the Kansas City Police Department for more than 20 years, retiring in 1994. As an officer he worked patrol out of the Metro Division, was a member of the Tactical Unit, followed by work in the Internal Affairs Department. 
...After his promotion to Sergeant, Richard worked in the Crime Evidence Unit, then the Robbery Unit followed, by many years with the Homicide Unit.
...He was an avid fisherman and spent many vacations fishing in Canada. He was the ultimate jokester and always full of good humor.     
...Richard was preceded in death by his father.     
...He is survived by his wife Fran of the home; two daughters, Angela Davis and her husband Terry of Kingsville; Diane Neal and her husband Eric of Wichita, Kan.; five grandchildren, Dillon, Delaney, Donovan, Logan, and Amanda; his mother, Anna Marie of Stillwell, Kan.; two sisters, Barbara Gieseke and her husband Gene of Kansas City; Carolyn Levine of Stillwell, Kan.; other relatives and a host of friends.    
Funeral services were held on Sunday, June 26, 2011, at the Stanley-Dickey Funer Home in Pleasant Hill. Pastor Bob Jeppson officiated.
...Casket bearers were the Kansas City Police Department Honor Guard. Full military honors were conducted by the Pleasant Hill VFW Post #3118 Honor Guard at the funeral home.   
...Per Richard's request, cremation was accorded following the service and his ashes will spread on his favorite fishing lake in Canada at a later date.     
...Memorial contributions are suggested to the Leukemia Society (his grandson is a leukemia survivor) 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.

Bobby Dean Beggs
...Bobby Dean Beggs, 76 of Grandview, passed away June 11, 2011 at St. Joseph Medical Center in Kansas City. He was born December 18, 1934, in
Pleasant Hill, the son of George Edward "Ed" and Minnie Agnes "Bobbie" (James) Beggs.
...Bobby was raised in Pleasant Hill and graduated from Pleasant Hill High School in 1952. From 1957 to 1965, he served in the Missouri National Guard.
...During his professional career as a lithographer, Bobby worked for several graphic art companies. He was a member of Graphic Communication International Union.
...Bobby traveled extensively and found it amusing that in his younger years people would mistake him, in airports and other public places, for Clark Gable and ask for his autograph.
...He was preceded in death by his father, George "Ed" Beggs; his mother Bobbie Strack and his step-father, Joe Strack, Sr.
...Bobby is survived by three daughters, one aunt, Lou Belle Bunch of Kansas City; three grandchildren, two great grandchildren, many cousins and friends.
...Funeral services were held at the Wallace Funeral Home on June 15, 2011, with Rev. Kent Deubner officiating. Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Glenda Gulley
..Glenda Gulley, Belton, died on June 13, 2011, at her home surrounded by her family.
..Glenda was a custodial contractor at Yeokum Middle School until 1994. She attended LifeQuest Church in Belton.
..Glenda was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Gulley, Sr.; daughter, Helen Gulley, and three sons, Kenneth Gulley, Jr., Donald Gulley and Terry Gulley.
..She is survived by daughters, Kathy Mahoney, Belton, Carrie Emerson, Belton, and Charlene Givens, Pleasant Hill; four sons, Ronnie Gulley, Independence; Gary Gulley, Michael Gulley and Dennis Gulley, all of Pleasant Hill; grandchildren, Megan and Jason Strickland, Belton; Colleen and Mike Connelly, Pleasant Hill; Rusdon Bryant, Belton, P.T. Mahoney, Belton, Ryan Mahoney, Belton; Ben Emerson, Richmond, and several other grandchildren and great grandchildren.
..A celebration of Glenda's life will be held at LifeQuest Church in Belton at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 24. Anyone who loved Glenda is welcome to attend. Interment will be 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 25, in the Belton Cemetery.
..Condolences may be made at www.mcgilleygeorgebelton.com Arrangements by McGilley & George Funeral Home, Belton.

Marvin Zink
..Marvin Zink was born Jan. 1, 1931, in Russellville and died on June 15, 2011, at the Pleasant Hill Health and Rehabilitation Center in Pleasant Hill at the age of 80 years. He was the son of Arthur Christian and Frances ..Marvin was 16 when the Zink family moved from Russellville to Lee's Summit. He graduated Lee's Summit High School in 1949. From 1951 until 1955, he served in the United States Air Force.
..On June 26, 1954, he was united in marriage with Bonnie Bellamy in Independence and to this union two children were born. The Zink family moved to Grandview in 1959. Bonnie Zink passed away in 1985.
..On January 30, 1987, Marvin was united in marriage with Cathy Esler and they made their home in Pleasant Hill. Cathy Zink passed away on July 12, 2005.
..Marvin was an Inspector for Delco Batteries, retiring in 1989. He was a member of the Church of Christ With the Elijah Message.
..In addition to both of his wives, he was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur Christian and Frances Louise Zink and two brothers, Raymond and Clifford Zink.
..Marvin is survived by one son, Chris Zink of Grandview; one daughter, Debbie Vincent of Grandview; one step-son, Bob Esler of Harrisonville; two stepdaughters, Monique Wade of Pleasant Hill and Angelique Hilburn of Merriam, Kan.; three brothers, Earl Zink of Warsaw, Don Zink of Independence and Arthur Zink, Jr. of Surprise, Ariz; 12 grandchildren, two
great grandchildren, other relatives and many, many friends.
..Funeral services were held June 20, 2011, at the Wallace Funeral Home. Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Casket Bearers were Bob Esler, Joey Esler, Jacob Staley, Thomas Decker, Toby Vincent and Reda Gourche.

David Michael
Crawford
...David Michael Crawford, 58, of Chesterfield Township, Mich., was born Saturday, Oct. 25, 1952, in Leavenworth, Kan., the son of Enos V. and Dorothy E. (Harrer) Crawford. He died on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011, at his home.
...David spent his childhood living in Kansas. Upon graduation from Jefferson County High School in Nortonville, Kan. He attended the University of Missouri-Rolla School of Mines, graduating in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.
...After completing college he received an appointment as a Reserve Officer of the Air Force and was stationed in Omaha, Neb. David retired from the Air Force and went on to receive a Master in Electrical Engineering in 1980 from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
...David spent the last 17 years working for General Dynamics in Michigan.
...He is survived by his sister Kathryn Crawford of Minneapolis, Minn.; two aunts Edith Harrer and Pauline Ashcroft, both of Pleasant Hill; three cousins Diane (Harrer) Robinson of Lincoln, Neb., Charles Ashcroft of Wichita, Kan., and Norman Ashcroft of Pleasant Hill; and other relatives and ...Cremation has been accorded.
...Graveside memorial and military services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 24, 2011, at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
...Condolences may be left to the family at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome. com Arrangements were under the direction of the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home of Pleasant Hill.

John Richard Whyte
..John Richard Whyte, USMC Major (Ret.), 47, of Pleasant Hill, departed this life June 6, 2011 at his home in Pleasant Hill. He was born October 15, 1963 in Peoria, Illinois, the son of Richard J. and Madeleine L. (Cooney) Whyte.
  On October 10, 2008, John was united in marriage to Candy S. Bourff in Pleasant Hill.
  John was a 1981 St. Louis University High School Graduate and received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Missouri in Columbia and a Master’s Degree from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg.
  Following college, he joined the United States Marine Corps and proudly served our country until his retirement in 2010. He was a member of the First Marine Expeditionary Force and veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom where he was awarded the Bronze Star for Meritorious Service for actions in Fallujah in 2004.
  He was an avid golfer and an Evans Scholar in college. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the current Commander of VFW Post #3118 in Pleasant Hill.
  John was true and faithful to his family and country. He was especially proud of time served in the Marine Corps.
  He was preceded in death by his father.
  He is survived by his wife Candy and daughter Olivia; his son Evan Whyte and daughter Madelyn Whyte of Lee’s Summit; his mother Madeleine of Kirkwood, Missouri; five brothers, Joe (Cheryl) Whyte, Jim (Lori) Whyte, and Tom Whyte all of St. Louis; Dan (Sonya) Whyte of O’Fallon, and Tim Whyte of Kansas City; three sisters Anne (Dan) Mueller, and Kate (Jonathan) Morgan both of St. Louis and Ellen (Jeff) Okenfuss of Ste. Genevieve; other relatives and many friends.
  VFW Post #3118 hosted a “Final Salute” to John, following family visitation, Friday, June 10, 2011, at the funeral home.
  Funeral mass was held at June 11, 2011, at St. Bridget Catholic Church (2103 Lexington Rd, Pleasant Hill. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated in St. Louis at a later date.
  Military graveside services and internment was held at Pleasant Hill Cemetery with full military honors by the VFW Post #3118 Honor Guard and the United States Marine Corps.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to the Olivia Whyte Education Fund which has been established 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 by Stanley- Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540- 5550

Charles Richard “Rick” Slavens
...Charles Richard “Rick” Slavens, 52, of Olathe, Kansas, departed this life Monday, June 6, 2011 at the Olathe Medical Center.
  He was born October 23, 1958 in Kansas City, Kansas, the son of Charles E. and Betty L. (Phillips) Slavens.
  Rick was an expert tree trimmer working for several tree services over the past several years. He was an avid pool player and won numerous tournaments with his outstanding play. He was an excellent mechanic and enjoyed tinkering with cars.
  He was preceded in death by his parents; step-father Jim Kane and one brother Ronnie Slavens.
  He is survived by two daughters, Jessica Slavens of Kansas City, Kansas and Amy Slavens of Gardner, Kansas; two sisters Vickie Paul of Kansas City, Missouri and Pam (and Greg) Watson of Des Moines, Iowa; other relatives and many friends.
  Funeral services were held on June 11, 2011, at the funeral home. Rev. D. Kent Deubner, minister of the Pleasant Hill First Christian Church, officiated. Interment in the Kingsville Cemetery.
  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

Thomas Martin McMahon
..Thomas Martin McMahon, 59, of Excelsior Springs, lost his fight with cancer on June 8, 2011 at the Rehabilitation Center of Raymore. He was born one of seven children on October 3, 1951 in Rolla, the son of Thaddeus A. and Beulah N. (McCrery) McMahon.
  In 1958 his parents moved to Strasburg where Tom spent his childhood and early adult years. He was a 1970 graduate of Pleasant Hill High School. After graduating he joined the Navy. He was a deck hand on the USS Newport News for four years, and in 1974 was honorably discharged.
  One of Tom’s jobs was on an oil rig in Texas. He said it was the worst job he ever had. He later worked as a surveyor and traveled the country.
  In 1994 he moved back to Missouri and worked for the Grasspad in Olathe and Lee’s Summit for over 12 years. This last year he worked for BOSCH in Excelsior Springs.
  He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Micheal McMahon and Jeffrey McMahon.
  He is survived by his daughter Jennifer of Lee’s Summit; two brothers, Stephen McMahon of Belton, and Phillip McMahon of Grandview; two sisters Marlene (and Bill) Eager of Lone Jack, and Victoria (and Fred) Lewis of St. Louis Park, Minnesota; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends.
  Cremation was accorded following the visitation on June 12 at the funeral home, where full military honors were conducted by the VFW Post #3118 Honor Guard. A memorial gathering and dinner will be held on June 25, from 2-5 p.m. at the Strasburg Baptist Church with inurnment at a later date in the Strasburg Cemetery.
  Online condolences may be sent to the family and the video tribute may be viewed at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com
  Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill.

Warren
Shewmaker
Warren D. Shewmaker, 66, of Pleasant Hill, passed away unexpectedly on June 5, 2011. Warren was born November 16, 1944 in Versailles, Mo., to Clyde and Eva Shewmaker.
  He graduated from Lee’s Summit High School in 1962. Following graduation, he joined the U.S. Army and was stationed in West Germany where he met and married Hilde Schwarz.
  He retired from Allied Signal/ Bendix, in 1994 after 25 years. Warren loved the outdoors - hunting, fishing and during retirement, spending time at Pomme de Terre.
  Survivors include his wife, Hilde and a son, Danny (wife, Cindy). Warren is also survived by brothers, Harold (wife, Carolyn) and David (wife, Vicki); sisters Norma Hackley, Rena Hunt (Robert) and Virginia Wilson (Bob), along with many other loved ones and extended family.
  He was preceded in death by his parents Clyde and Eva (Fuqua) Shewmaker and brothers, James, Danny and John.
  A memorial service was held June 9 at Wallace Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill followed by a graveside prayer. Interment at Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Donations may be made to the American Red Cross in lieu of flowers.
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Mildred Louise Rodgers

...Mildred Louise Rodgers, 87, Richmond, died June 3, 2011 at the Pleasant Hill Rehabilitation Center.
...Mildred was born on February 2, 1924 in Richmond to Harry Edward and Annie L. (Branson) Sheets.
...She married Charles Chester Rodgers, Jr. of Richmond on March 3, 1946.
...He preceded her in death on March 31, 2009.
...Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Larry Wayne and Susan Rodgers of Newburgh, IN; one daughter and son-in-law, Nancy Ann and Dan Donovan of Pleasant Hill; one sister, Dorothy O'Dell of Orrick; six grandchildren and their spouses, Chad and Cammy Rodgers, Kimberly and Jim Stolz, Chris Rodgers, Justin and Jennifer Wyse, Ryan and Jennifer Wyse, Deanna and Tin Miller and 11 great grandchildren.
...In addition to her parents, Mildred was preceded in death by one brother, Roy Sheets.
...Mildred was a homemaker, beautician and a lifelong member of the Richmond First Baptist Church.
...She was a member of the United Federation of Dolls, Kansas City Chapter for over 30 years, making, dressing and repairing dolls as a hobby.
...In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Missouri Baptist Children's Home.
...Funeral services were held June 7, 2011 at the Thurman Funeral Home in Richmond.
...Burial was at the Richmond Memory Gardens Cemetery.


Robert Joe Hicks
...Robert Joe Hicks, 78, Harrisonville, formerly of Garden City, departed this life June 2, 2011 at his home in Harrisonville.
...He was born February 4, 1933 in Mt. Grove, Missouri, the son of Ernest Gerald and Helen (McIntosh) Hicks. 
...When Robert was three, his mother passed away and he was raised by his stepmother, Faye Ethel Hicks. 
...On July 22, 1956, Robert was united in marriage to Lola Ann Hale in Pleasant Hill.
...Robert was a farmer along with being employed at the General Motor Leed's Plant, and later at the Garden City Elevators and then for the Cass County Road and Bridge Department until he retired.  
...He was a member of the United Methodist Church, Harrisonville and was an Army veteran of the Korean War. 
...Robert enjoyed fishing, watching his grandchildren, but his greatest love was traveling with his wife, Lola.  They had traveled to all 50 states and into Mexico and Canada. 
...Besides his parents and stepmother, he was preceded in death by a sister, Wanda Jean Roberts.
...Robert is survived by his wife, Lola A. Hicks of the home; two sons, Robert C. "Cleve" Hicks and wife Delberta, Garden City; Earnest "Lee" Hicks and wife Christine, Pleasant Hill; a daughter, Linda Hensley and husband Darren, Lakewood, Colorado; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; other relatives and many friends.
...Funeral services were held June 6, 2011 at Dickey Funeral Home in Harrisonville with Rev. John Kukovich officiating. 
...Honorary casket bearers were great-grandsons Talon Hall Dean Freel and J.C. Roberts.

Nettie Lou
(Crabb) Artz
...Nettie Lou (Crabb) Artz, 85, passed peacefully, Monday, May 30, 2011 as she slept.
...Mrs. Artz was born December 28, 1925, daughter of Ray and Jessie F. (Noel) Crabb.
...On November 16, 1952 she was united in marriage with Fred Leroy Artz in Springfield.
...They were the parents of one son, Fred Ray Artz.
...She is preceded in death by both of her parents and her husband.
...Surviving are her son and daughter-in-law, Fred and Debbie Artz of Harrisonville, three grandchildren, Chris-tina Myers, Bill Myers and Amanda Myers.
...She also has eight great- grandchildren.
...A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 11 at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill, Missouri.
...Internment will be June 25, 2011 at Greenlawn Cemetery in Springfield, Missouri.

Bettie Anne
Moreau
...Bettie Anne Moreau, 63, of Lenexa, Kansas, formerly of Lee's Summit, was born Thursday, November 13, 1947 in Kansas City, Missouri, the daughter of Richard and Mary (Johnson) Holtzclaw.
...She departed this life Saturday, May 28, 2011 at the Greenwood Terrace in Lenexa, Kansas.
...In the summer of 1987, Bettie was united in marriage to Alfred Napoleon Moreau in Kansas City, Missouri.
...Bettie grew up in Lee's Summit and was a 1965 Lee's Summit High School graduate.
... She attended St. Luke's Nursing School and later went to work for American Life in Kansas City until failing health led her to early retirement.
...She was a member of the Unity Temple on the Plaza.
...Her hobbies included reading, quilting and playing cards; and she was a member of the Twin Oaks Bridge Club.
...She was preceded in death by her parents.
...She is survived by her husband Fred of Lenexa; one sister Teresa (and Terry) Poindexter of Gower, Missouri; two brothers Harold (and Dee) Holtzclaw of Papillion, Nebraska, and Steven Holtzclaw of Knoxville, Tennessee, other relatives and friends.
...Graveside funeral services will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 1, 2011, at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Reverend D. Kent Deubner minister of the Pleasant Hill First Christian Church will officiate.
...Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com.
...Arrangements were under the direction of the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home.

Douglas Dale
Richardson

...Douglas Dale Richardson, 56, of Strasburg, died at his home on May 23, 2011 after a lengthy illness.
...Doug was born in Kansas City on August 6, 1954 to Francis Dale Richardson and Ardis Ann Limbocker Richardson.
...He married Karen Sue Murry on October 18, 1988 in Harrisonville.
...Doug grew up in the Blue Springs area and graduated from high school in 1973. He did residential and commercial upholsterer work and was last employed at Gibbons' Upholstery in Pleasant Hill.
...Doug enjoyed watching the Kansas City Chiefs play football.
...He was a huge Mark Martin fan and seldom missed a NASCAR race.
...Doug and his family lived in Pleasant Hill for many years, moved to Higginsville in 2000 and then to Strasburg in 2009.
...In addition to his wife, Karen, of the home, he is survived by his parents, Dale
and Ardis Richardson of Lee's Summit; a daughter, Lydia Mae Richardson of Odessa and two sons, John Matthew Roby of Pleasant Hill, and Denton Keith Roby of Lee's Summit.
...Doug is also survived by his brothers, Curtis Reed Richardson of Lee's Summit; Bradley Scott Richardson of Independence and Stanley Todd Richardson of Oak Grove; three granddaughters, Madison, Jewles and Shaneley and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
...Cremation was accorded. A memorial service to honor Doug's life was held May 26, 2011 at Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill.
...Memorial contributions in Doug's name may be made to Odyssey Hospice in the care Wallace Funeral Home.


Lois Ann (Weeks)
Prichard

  Lois Ann (Weeks) Prichard, 59, was born July 19, 1951 in Joliet, Illinois and
departed this life May 14, 2011, at the home of her long-time friend, Shirley Basnight, in Pleasant Hill.
  She was the daughter of John Logan and Louella Edith Louise (Gustafson) Weeks, both preceded her in death.
  Lois was a 1969 graduate of Ruskin High School. On December 3, 1994 she was united in marriage with Kenny Dean Prichard in Buckner, where they had
made their home for the last 17 years.
  Lois had been an assembler for Pro-Mail until declining health had forced her retirement.
  In addition to her parents, Lois was preceded in death by an infant son, Andrew James Alvarado and an infant brother, John Louis Weeks.
  Lois is survived by her husband, Kenny Dean Prichard of the home; one daughter, Angela Michelle Morris of Peculiar; two stepsons, Charles Prichard of Cole Camp and Michael Prichard of Lincoln, Mo.; brother, James Logan Weeks of Lee's Summit; sister, Louise Edith (Weeks) Eickhoff of Russellville, Mo; two granddaughters, Crystal Shyann and Halie Nicole Morris; three step-grandsons, Carlos, Dylan and Dewey Prichard; one step-granddaughter, Anna Prichard; her best friend for 28 years; Shirley Basnight of Pleasant Hill; other relatives and many friends.
  Cremation has been accorded, and a memorial visitation has been scheduled
from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill.


Peggy C. (Clark)
Nalls

Peggy C. (Clark) Nalls, 73, of Pleasant Hill, passed away, surrounded by her family, May 16, 2011. She was born September 27, 1937 to Louis and Pearl Clark.
  She married Carl Nalls, February 2, 1957. They were married for 53 years,
  She is survived by her daughter, Lisa Day and husband
Dennis of Pleasant Hill, a son, Randy Nalls and wife Sheryl of Pleasant Hill and a sister, Marilyn Hays of Pleasant Hill; 12 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
  Services were held at Hope United Methodist Church in Lone Jack on May 18. Private family service at Swan Lake Memorial Gardens in Grain Valley. Memorial donations may be made to Kansas City Hospice or Hope United Methodist Church.


Ray Allen Bailey

  Ray Allen Bailey, age 72, formerly of Concordia, Missouri, passed away Saturday May 14, 2011, at the Missouri Veterans Home in Warrensburg.
  He was born Oct. 8, 1938, in Pleasant Hill, the son of Tipton Bailey and Minnie (Blake) Bower.
  Mr. Bailey is survived by three daughters; Lisa Baldwin and husband Kevin of Concordia; Danielle Houts and husband Ray of Warrensburg; Debbie Martin and husband Roger of Burleson, Tex.: two brothers; Jack Bailey of Oklahoma City; and Byron "Barney'" Bailey of Maracaibo, Venezuela; one sister: Bonnie Stevenson of Brooks, Alberta, Canada: nine grandchildren; Stefanie Ferguson and Nataile Bass of Granbury, Tex.; Jake and Layne Baldwin of Concordia; Zach and Quentin Collins and J.T. Houts of Warrensburg; Dalton and Raymond Houts of Osage Beach; four great-grandchildren: Lance and Lacee Ferguson of Lipan, Tex.; and Baleigh Payne and Brianna Lockhart of Granbury, Tex. He was preceded in death by his parents.
  Funeral services were held on Monday, May 16, 2011, at the Sweeney-Phillips and Holdren Funeral Home in Warrensburg, with Pastor Jerry Basye officiating.
  Full military honors were presented by the Warrensburg American Legion and VFW. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Missouri Veterans Home and may be left in care of the funeral home.


Esther V. Uffelman

Esther V. Uffelman age 97 of York, Neb., formerly of the Waco, Neb., area died Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at Utica, Neb.
  She was born February 10, 1914 at Waco, Neb., to Paul and Laura (Wellman) Kottke.
  Esther was a longtime member of Peace Lutheran Church at Waco where she was a member of the Ladies Aid.
  She enjoyed playing cards with the Cherry Lot Card Club and various other card ...On December 13, 1933
she was married to Edmund A. Uffelman at Lincoln, Neb.
  She is survived by her son R.J. "Jim" and his wife Jan Uffelman of York, Neb., daughters; Donna B. Knorr of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, and Connie Davis of York, Neb.
  Her grandchildren include; Marsha and her husband
Gaylon Clark of Pleasant Hill Missouri., Brenda and her husband Nick Ederer also of Pleasant Hill, Missouri; Kirk and his wife Cindy Uffelman of Burleson, Texas; Kelly Kogel of Castle Rock, Colo.; Kristie Burke and friend Bill Ericson of Lincoln, Neb.; Jacque Reichert of Little Rock, Colo.; 14 great-grandchildren, two great-great grandsons, nieces and nephews, and one step grandson Steve Davis of Las Vegas, Nev.
  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one brother, three sisters-in-law, two brothers-in-law, two sons–in-law Larry Davis and Norman Knorr.
  Funeral services were held Saturday, May 14, 2011, at Peace Lutheran Church in Waco, Neb., with burial in St. John's Cemetery south of Waco.
  Memorials may be directed to the family for later designation.
  Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.metzmortuary.com.
  Funeral arragements were under the direction of the Metz Mortuary of York, Neb.


Lisa Ann
(Loftis) Piburn

Lisa Ann (Loftis) Piburn, age 32, of Pleasant Hill, passed away on April 11, 2011, at Lee's Summit Medica Center.
  Lisa was born on December 16, 1978, in Harrisonville to Phillip and Lois (Wilkinson) Loftis of Lone Jack.
Lisa attended Lone Jack schools, grades K-12.
  When Lisa was 13, she told her parents she wanted to
race cars. She began her career in 1992, racing in the Enduro class at the Tri-M Speedway dirt track in Warrensburg. She won her first feature race at age 14. When Lisa turned 16, she was able to advance to I-70 Speedway asphalt track and competed in the stock car class. Lisa was the first female to win at I-70 Speedway under NASCAR Sanctioning. In 1998, she was the first female to win in the newly developed truck class. Lisa moved up to the Late Model class in 2000.
  She graduated from Lone Jack High School in 1997 along with her high school sweetheart, Jason Allen Piburn. She sold the race car to help pay for wedding expenses and married Jason on April 20, 2002.
  Jason and Lisa welcomed the birth of their first child on April 27, 2006. Alaina Nicole was born at 24 weeks, weighing one pound and measuring twelve inches long. She was the smallest preemie at that time to survive at Overland Park Regional Hospital. On May 25, 2007, they were blessed with Ashlyn Grace. Lisa often called them her miracle babies.
  Lisa spent her working career at two major employers. She worked for Black & Veatch Engineering in Overland Park, Kans., as an administrative assistant. Four years ago, she accepted a project coordinator position with Kiewit Power Engineering in Lenexa.
  Lisa was preceded in death by paternal grandparents, Clay and Alma Loftis, and Aunt Virginia "Tootie" Loftis.
  Those left behind to cherish Lisa's memory are her husband Jason Allen Piburn, daughters Alaina Nicole and
Ashlyn Grace Piburn; parents Phillip and Lois Loftis; brothers Clint, Daniel & Christine; maternal grandparents Edwin and Florence Wilkinson; mother-in-law Karen and Daniel Taylor; father- in-law Jim and Linda Piburn; nephew, Cadyn Harmon; niece, Faliene Loftis; uncles, aunts, other relatives and friends.
  Memorial services were held April 19, at Newcomer's Longview Funeral Home. Lisa was laid to rest at the Lone Jack Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Alaina and Ashlyn have their own college fund. Please indicate for Alaina or Ashlyn on the memo line.
  Make checks payable to: Oppenheimer c/o Lyall Friedline. Contributions should be mailed to: Oppenheimer c/o Lyall Friedline, 107 SW Market St. Ste A, Lee's Summit, MO 64063.


Dorothy Mae
(Dot) Phillips

 Dorothy Mae (Dot) Phillips, 88, of Pleasant Hill, went to be with her Lord on Friday, May 6, 2011 at her home in Pleasant Hill.
  She was born September 1, 1922 in Greenwood, the daughter of Harry and Laura (Hoover) Johnson.
  She grew up in Pleasant Hill and graduated from Pleasant Hill High School. Two of her high school years were spent at Strasburg High School where she loved playing basketball.
  On March 6, 1943, Dorothy was united in marriage to Charles "Buck" Buxton in Olathe, Kansas and to this union two sons were born Charles and Michael. Mr. Buxton preceded her in death on December 29, 1967.
  On September 19, 1969, she was united in marriage to Henry "H.D." Phillips in Kansas City.
  He brought into their family two children Martin and Cheryl. H.D. Phillips preceded her in death on May 4, 2007.
  Dorothy was employed at Avon in, then Lake City where she retired after 25 years.
  She was active in her church and community. She was a charter member of the Pleasant Hill Lioness Club, a charter member of the Young Matrons club, and a 50 year
member of Ivy Leaf Chapter #215 Order of the Eastern Star.
  Dot was a member of the Strasburg Baptist Church and a former member of the Pleasant Hill First Baptist Church where she and H.D. taught the singles class for 20 years.
  Besides her parents and her husbands, she was also preceded in death by one son, Charles E. Buxton on November 15, 1964; one brother Russell Johnson; and three sisters, Catherine Faulkner, Mary Jackson and Lola
Witcher.
  She is survived by one son Mike Buxton of Harrisonville; two step children Cheryl McIntosh and her husband Ted of Overland Park and Martin Phillips and his wife Susan of Kansas City; three step-grandchildren, Phillip Hof and his wife Deidre of Olathe, Nathan Hof of Kansas City, and Jonathan Hof and his wife Johana of Overland Park; two special friends Gary and Karen Moulder of Lee's Summit; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends.
  Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 12, 2011, at the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home. Pastor Preston Sanders and Rev. Dean Chasteen will officiate. Music will be rendered by Stephanie Jacobson, Whitney Standler and Danielle Van Dyke. Interment will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
  Casket bearers are David Edmondson, Gary Moulder, Martin Phillips, Jr. Ross, Lloyd Ross and Jay Woolery. Honorary casket bearers are Bud Baker, Dean Chasteen, Arlen Mitchell, Jay Sanders, Barney Barnhart and Harvey Sprinkles.
  Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11, 2011, at the funeral home with the Order of Eastern Star service at 8 p.m.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to the Strasburg Baptist Church Benevolence Fund or John Knox Hospice and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
  Online condolences may be sent to the family and the video tribute may be viewed at Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home


Helen E. Butler

 Helen Race Fennimore Butler, 91, Pleasant Hill, departed
this life May 1, 2011 at the Beautiful Savior Lutheran Home in Belton.
  She was born July 25, 1919 in Justus, Pennsylvania the daughter of Albert and Edith (White) Race.
  On May 19, 1940, Helen was united in marriage to John M. Fennimore in Trenton, New Jersey. He preceded her in death on September 30, 1973.
  On January 22, 1977 she was united in marriage to Joe Butler. He preceded her in death on June 3, 1979.
  Helen graduated high school in Trenton, New Jersey. Later she worked as an administrative assistant for
the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey. She spent most of her life in the Trenton area, moving to
Pleasant Hill in 1992.
  Helen was Past Worthy Matron and 50 year member of the Flemington, New Jersey and Pleasant Hill Ivy Leaf Chapter #215 Order of the Eastern Star and a member of the Summit Woods Baptist Church.
  Besides her parents and husbands, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert Race and Melvin Race; and one sister Pauline Wirth.
  She is survived by one son, John (and Ann Marie) Fennimore of Bavard, North Carolina; two daughters, Cyndie Fennimore of Kingston, Tennessee, and Joan (and Dale) Parson of Pleasant Hill; six grandchildren David (and Molley) Fennimore of Mills River, North Carolina, Marlene Fennimore of Lake Poxaway, North Carolina, Zachary (and Ceaira) Burkett of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Crystal Parson of Pleasant Hill, Keith Parson of Spokane, Washington, and Kyle (and Jennifer) Parson of Milford, Mass.; five great grandchildren; other relatives and many friends.
  Cremation has been accorded. A celebration of Helen's life was held May 7, 2011, at the funeral home. Pastor Allen Bartlett officiated. Inurnment will be in the Rosemont Cemetery in Rosemont, New Jersey at a later date.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Heart Association and may be sent in care of the funeral
home.
  Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant
Hill.



Elsie Penland

 Elsie Lavern Penland, 89, of Pleasant Hill, departed this life on April 24, 2011 at the Pleasant Hill Health & Rehabilitation Center.
 She was born July 3, 1921 in Thayer, Missouri, the daughter of Jess and Gertrude Jane (Brazeal) Linson.
 In 1964, Elsie was united in marriage to John R. Penland. He preceded her in death in 1971.
 Elsie was employed by the Pleasant Hill Garment Factory and the Kansas City Garment Factory. Following her marriage to John, they moved to St. Louis where she became a homemaker.
 She was also preceded in death by her sister Marie
Olinger and an infant daughter.
 She is survived by two sons, Charles W. Anderson and his wife Elizabeth of Jennings, Florida, and Robert L. Anderson and his wife Carol of North Richland Hills, Texas; eight grandchildren; other relatives and friends.  Graveside funeral services were held April 27, 2011, at the Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery.
 Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com.
 Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.


Yulonda ML. King

Yulonda ML. King, 71, of Pleasant Hill, departed this life April 21, 2011, at her home surrounded with love and family.
 She was born April 8, 1940, in Concordia, Kansas, the daughter of Alvin and Sylvia P. (Campbell) Wehmeier.
 On July 9, 1959, Yulonda was united in marriage to Don W. King in Glasco, Kansas.
 Yulonda was a homemaker. She was a member of, ABWA, PTA, Eastern Star, Red Hat Society, and Bridge Club of Pleasant Hill.
 She was preceded in death by her parents.
 She is survived by her husband Don of Pleasant Hill; two daughters Kelleen K. Rice and her husband Steven of Kansas City, and Pamela L. Huish and her husband Stephen of Middletown, New Jersey; four grandchildren, Matthew J. Buffon of Lee's Summit; Kathryn G. Buffon of Kansas City; Kaylin R. Huish and Brett S. Huish, both of Middletown; other relatives and a host of friends.
 Cremation has been accorded.
 A celebration of Yulonda's life will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 6, 2011, at the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home. Chaplain Harvey Smeltzer with St. Luke's Hospice will officiate. Inurnment will be in Swan Lake Memory Gardens following the service.
 Flower girls will be Kathryn G. Buffon and Kaylin R. Huish. Honorary pallbearers will be Matthew Buffon, Jerrall Hayes, Brett Huish, Bob McClagan, Pete Sheehan, Tom Stock, Bill Vansickle and Bob Willis.
 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 a video tribute may be viewed at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com
 Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant
Hill. 


Raymond Browne Faubion

 Raymond Browne Faubion, 78, of Suffolk, VA passed away April 17, 2011. He was born in Clayton, Missouri the son of the late Harriet Rhinehart Faubion and Joseph Wesley Faubion.
  He was a United States Marine veteran having served during the Korean War. Raymond retired as a claims representative for the Social Security Administration. He was a member of Magnolia United Methodist Church and a former Mason.
  Raymond is survived by his wife of 58 years, Rheta Arline Faubion of Suffolk, VA; daughter, Cindy Acton of Virginia Beach, VA; son and daughter-in-law, Craig S. and Katherine E. Faubion of Chesapeake, VA; grandchildren, Steven Faubion, Gregory Acton and Sarah Faubion; sister, Helen Doran of Alabama; and numerous nieces and nephews.
  A graveside memorial service with military honors will be held April 26, 2011 at 11 a.m. at Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veteran Cemetery in Suffolk, VA with Rev. Doris Madison officiating. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Southeastern Virginia Chapter, 6350 Center Dr., Suite 102, Norfolk, VA 23502. Parr Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the family
  Condolences may be registered online at www.parrfuneralhome.com
  Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.


Carla Dian Prewitt

Carla Dian Prewitt, 43, of Chicago, Illinois, formerly of Kansas City, passed away April 19, 2011 at her home, surrounded by her loving family.
  Ms. Prewitt was born June 22, 1967 in Kansas City.
  In 1990 she obtained her B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration from the University of Central Missouri and was employed as Senior Executive Recruiter for Bovis Lend Lease Corp. in Chicago. Ms. Prewitt was an active and dedicated volunteer for “Girls On The Run.”
  Survivors include: her husband, Al (Carl) Graves of the home; her father, Byron Lee Prewitt of Lee’s Summit; her mother, Lucille Prewitt of Grandview; one sister, Cari Prewitt Chretien and husband, Jim of Lee’s Summit; one brother, Bubba Prewitt and wife, Janae of Raytown; one brother-in-law, Eddie Graves of Wyndham, New Hampshire and four nephews.
  Funeral services were held April 26 at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill. Burial in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
  Family suggests contributions to the Carla Prewitt Memorial Fund, care of The Pleasant Hill Bank, P.O. Box 430, Pleasant Hill, Mo. 64080.


Jerry Dale Wilmoth

Jerry Dale Wilmoth, 64, a lifelong resident of Pleasant Hill, passed away April 22, 2011 at Cass Regional Medical Center in Harrisonville.
  As Jerry requested, cremation was accorded, and no services are scheduled. Jerry was born October 16, 1946 in rural Pleasant Hill, the son of Dale T. and Inell J. (Foster) Wilmoth. He attended school in Strasburg. On November 4, 1967 he was united in marriage with Diana Reed in Nowata, Oklahoma, and they continued to make their home on the Wilmoth family farm where he remained his entire lifetime.
  Jerry was a heavy equipment operator and a member of Teamsters local #101. He also belonged to the Sporting Dogs Association and the NRA.
  Jerry was preceded in death by his mother, Inell J. Wilmoth on February 28, 2000.
  He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Diana Wilmoth of the home; one son, Jack T. Wilmoth and his wife Marti of Pleasant Hill; three daughters, Marty L. Miller of Odessa; Billie Jo Wilmoth of Pleasant Hill; Jerri (Katie) Brown of Holden; his father, Dale T. Wilmoth; one brother, Ben Wilmoth and wife Karen all of Pleasant Hill and five grandchildren.
  Arrangements were under the direction of the Wallace Funeral Home of Pleasant Hill.


Ronald Foote

Ronald Foote, 71, of Odessa, Tex., formerly of Pleasant Hill, died on April 17, 2011, at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, Tex.
  He was born July 27, 1939, in Pleasant Hill, the son of Thomas L. and Georgia M. (Blank) Foote.
  He was a 1957 graduate of the Pleasant Hill High School.
  Ronald was a well-known car and RV sales manager in the Kansas City area and later in the Odessa, Tex., area. His work led him to Odessa, where he had lived for the past 20 years.
  Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two infant children, Jeffrey Lynn and Melenda Jo; sister Darlene Burris; and brother Donald Foote.
  He is survived by his son Christopher Sean Foote and his fiancé Sudha Dhandapani of Redwood City, California; one grandson Jonathan Blue and his wife Lisa of Olathe, Kansas; one sister Charlene Kessler and her husband James of Northfield, Minnesota; one brother Robert “Bob” Foote and his wife Sue of Pleasant Hill; two special and dear friends Dick Burke of La Feria, Texas and JoAnn Gillum of Odessa, Texas; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.
  The family thanks Dr. Satisha Mocherla and staff for their compassionate care during Mr. Foote’s illness.
  Graveside funeral services were held April 21, 2011, at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Rev. D. Kent Deubner, minister of the Pleasant Hill First Christian Church, officiated.
  Casket bearers were Johnathan Blue, Bill Cochran, Sean Foote and Ed Johnson.
  Online condolences may be sent to www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com
  Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.


Mary D. Reinhart

 Mary Olive Reinhart, 87, of Pleasant Hill, departed this life on April 18, 2011 at her daughter ’s home in Flemington, Missouri.
  She was born December 14, 1923 in Cresco, Iowa, the daughter of William Leland and Edith Mary (Woodard) Wheeler.
  Mary grew up in Northern Iowa and attended school in Austin, Minnesota. In 1940, Mary married Willard Jacob Kramer and to this union two daughters were born Jane and Janet. Mr. Kramer died while serving in the United States Army during WWII.
  In 1946 she married Keith Earnest Tuttle and to this union four children were born, Keith, Kathleen, Kay and Lee Ann.
  Mr. Tuttle is deceased. On August 14, 1976, Mary was united in marriage to Donald Eugene Reinhart in Grandview.
  He brought three children into the family, Paula, Steven and Bruce. He preceded her in death on August 17, 2004.
  Mary was employed as a Private Branch Exchange Operator for the Federal Reserve in Kansas City for over 25 years, retiring in 1986.
  Mary was proud to have been a member of the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church; past president of the Drexel, Missouri, PTA; Belton VFW Post #8220 Auxiliary and later the Pleasant Hill VFW Post #3118 Auxiliary; D.E.A.R. S Auxiliary of the Grandview Elks Lodge #2088; and she was an active member and past president of the Pleasant Hill Lions Club.
  Besides her parents and husbands, she was also preceded in death one daughter, Jane Allen; one son, Steven Reinhart; two sons-in-law, Clifford English and Allen McKinley; her sister Lela Conway; and her brother Gene Wheeler.
  She is survived by five daughters, Paula (and Mike) McKeehan of Blue Springs; Janet (and Gene) Ray of Flemington; Kathleen (and Jim) Spencer of Peculiar; Kay English of Peculiar; Lee Ann (and Don) Abney of Nalcrest, Florida; two sons, Bruce Reinhart of Monterey, California and Keith (and Janice) Tuttle of Pleasant Hill; 22 grandchildren; 43 great grandchildren; 9 and 1/2 great-great grandchildren; other relatives and friends.
  Funeral services were held April 22, 2011, at the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home. Pastor Carl Knapp, minister of the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, officiated.
  The Pleasant Hill Lions Club and the Grandview Elks Chapter-D.E.A.R. Auxiliary both held short services following visitation.
  Interment in Longview Cemetery in Kansas City.
  Casket bearers were Vince English, Robert McKinley, Daniel Ray, James Ray, Brian Spencer, Steven Spencer and Tim Spencer. Honorary casket bearers were Jason Allen, John Koetting, Robbie McKinley, Mitchell Spencer and Mark Tuttle.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Heart Association and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
  Online condolences may be sent and the video tribute may be viewed at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com
  Arrangements by Stanley- Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.


Evelyn Irene (Foote) Edwards

Evelyn Irene (Foote) Edwards, 68, of Charlotte, N. C. was born December 20, 1942 to Lloyd and Ethel (Cooper) Foote in Pleasant Hill. Evelyn passed away Feb. 25, 2011 at her home in Charlotte, after a year long battle with lung cancer.
  Evelyn attended grade school in Pleasant Hill and graduated at Belton High School in 1960. She attended and graduated Draughon Business College in Kansas City. After graduation, she was employed with Montgomery Wards as an executive secretary.
  In June, 1963, she married James Henry Wallace, Jr. They moved to Charlotte three years later. Two children were born to this union. Evelyn married John Edwards in January, 1996.
  Evelyn worked for Texmac, Inc. as office manager and retired in December, 2009 after a long career.
  She was preceded in death by her parents and husband John Edwards in 2001.
  She is survived by one son, James Henry Wallace III and one daughter Lissa (Scott) Eisenhauer, five grandchildren, Stacy Christmas, Steven Christmas, Brittany Wallace, James Henry Wallace IV and Daniel DeSantis, all of Charlotte; three brothers, Richard (Joyce) Foote, Pleasant Hill; Burton (Linda) Foote, Mt. Airy, N.C. and Allen (Betty) Foote, Peculiar; two sisters, June (Russell) King, Pleasant Hill and Millie (Mike) Sargent, Warsaw; and many aunts, uncles cousins and friends.
  There will be a memorial service at Big Creek Baptist Church, 200 S. Jeffreys, Pleasant Hill at 10 a.m. on April 23, 2011. Pastor Todd MacLean will officiate and burial will be at Pleasant Hill Cemetery.


Berdene Lucille Myers

Berdene Lucille Myers was born on May 12, 1920 near Florence, Kansas, the fourth of five children born to Claude and Emma Peterson Myers. In June of 1933 the family moved to a farm near Latour, MO where she resided until she was married.
  She graduated from elementary school in Florence and Latour High School in 1937. On October 1, 1938 she married Norman A. Brooks of Latour, who preceded her death on June 10, 1957.
  In 1947 they moved to the Kingsville/Holden Community. She worked for the Mattingly Brothers Store in Holden for ten years, where she was a sales clerk. Later she worked at the Western Electric plant in Lee’s Summit.
  On December 28, 1962 she married Varner Newton Shippy of Holden. They farmed until his health failed, and he preceded her in death on August 23, 2000.
  Berdene was a member of the Elm Springs Baptist Church, Kingsville.
  Survivors include a son, Gayl Brooks and wife, Brenda of Kingsville, a daughter-in-law, Mary A. Brooks, four stepsons and their wives, Wayne Shippy and wife Sharon, Ernie Shippy and wife Tonya, Varner Lee Shippy and wife Linda, Virgil Shippy and wife, Hilda, all of Odessa; 16 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren several nieces and nephews.
  Mrs. Shippy was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, three brothers, Lester, Arthur and Harold Myers; a sister, Florine Faye Myers, a son, George Arthur Brooks, Carol Sue Larson, a granddaughter and great granddaughter, Justine Gayl Larson.
  Arrangements by Ralph O. Jones Funeral Home, Odessa.


Martha Kathryn (Eberhardt) Wallace

Martha Kathryn (Eberhardt) Wallace passed away April 7, 2011, at her home in Pleasant Hill.
  She was born on September 22, ???? in Kansas City, Kansas, the daughter of Harold G. and Martha Susan (Hueben) Eberhardt.
  Martha spent her younger years in Kansas City, Kansas, graduating from Washington Rural High School and attended St. Mary's College.
  On November 28, 1945 Martha was united in marriage with James C. Wallace and for four years they made their home in Kansas City, Missouri.
  In 1949 they moved to Jim's hometown of Pleasant Hill where they owned and operated the Wallace Casket Company.
  In 1959 they founded the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill and several years later acquired the Meyer Funeral Home in Cleveland, Missouri.
  For the next 50 years Martha and Jim were privileged to serve the families of the Pleasant Hill and Cleveland communities with care and compassion.
  Jim passed away on June 10, 2003. After Jim’s deaath, Martha continued to manage both funeral homes until her own health started to decline in 2009, at which time she passed the daily operation of the funeral homes on to her grandson, Justin McConville and her daughter and son-inlaw, Marcia and Bill McConville, but she continued to reside in the family quarters of the funeral home in Pleasant Hill until her death.
  Martha was a member of the Ivy Leaf Chapter, OES and a charter member of the V.F.W. Auxiliary, Post #3118 both of Pleasant Hill.
  She was preceded in death by her husband: James C. Wallace and her parents, Harold and Martha Eberhardt.
  Martha is survived by, her daughter, Marcia K. Mc- Conville and husband Bill of Pleasant Hill; three grandchildren, Dr. Brandon Schemerhorn and husband Steve of Wolcott, Indiana, James A. Hackett, Esq. and his wife Holly of Hermitage, MO and Justin G. Mc- Conville and wife Rebecca of Pleasant Hill; seven great grandchildren; Alexandria, Nicholas, J.P. and Elizabeth Katherine Schemerhorn, Cody Powell, Justin Williams and Madeline Lee McConville; two special cousins, Arlene Gebaur and husband Glenn of Kansas City, Kansas and Donald Hueben of Overland Park, Kansas.
  Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, April 16 at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill.
  Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
  The family will receive friends from 6- 8 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.
  Contributions may be made to Grace Hospice, 9233 Ward Parkway, Suite 201, Kansas City Missouri 64114 or United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation, 8085 Saltsburg Rd. Suite 201, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania 15239.
  Arrangements are under the direction of the Wallace Funeral Home of Pleasant Hill.


Steven Alan Kelly

Steven Alan Kelly, 58, departed this life on April 4, 2011 at the home of his sister, Diana Carroll, in Lee’s Summit.
  He was born August 23, 1952, in Nevada, Missouri, the son of Willis Matson and Rosalee (Hendrix) Kelley.
  He spent his younger years in the Nevada area. The Kelley family then moved to the Ruskin Heights area where Steven graduated from Ruskin High School in 1970.
  Steven was a truck driver for Fleming Foods and was a member of Local #955 of the Teamsters union. He was a member of the Hickory Grove Baptist Church of Pleasant Hill, was a long time volunteer for the American Royal Educational program, a former scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop #300 and a former Cub Scout master for Pack #300 both of Pleasant Hill and a 15-year associate member of P.R.C.A. He was also a member of the Boy Scouts’ Tribe of Mic-O-Say and Order of the Arrow.
  Steven was a man of great principal and character; and above all he was dedicated to and loved his family.
  He was preceded in death by his father Willis Matson Kelley on July 25, 1997.
  Steven is survived by; his son, William Steven Kelley and wife, Lisa, of Grain Valley; his mother, Rosalee Kelley of Kansas City; two sisters, Diana Carroll of Lee’s Summit and Rose Abrams of Independence; five grandchildren, two nephews and one great nephew other relatives and many friends.
  Funeral services were held April 8, 2011, at the Wallace Funeral Home, with Pastor Shane Ash officiating.
  Burial followed at the Moore Cemetery in Nevada. Casket bearers were Wesley Cook, Tony Morris, Danny Griffin, Greg Cassidy, Jim Abrams, Colby Welch, Robert Wolf and John Butler.


Lonnie Wayne Findley

Lonnie Wayne Findley, 47, of Raymore was born Friday, Sept. 6, 1963 in Kansas City, the son of Lonnie and Margarette (Kincaid) Findley. He died unexpectedly of natural causes on Sunday, March 27, 2011], at his home.
  On March 12, 1983, Wayne was united in marriage to LaVonna Sue Ash in Pleasant Hill.
  Wayne was a carpenter and was proficient in all aspects of construction. He was a former member of the Carpenters Union #1529.
  His hobbies were many, but he had a passion for Harley- Davidson motorcycles and dirt bikes. He was a former member of the K.C. Hog Chapter, and a past Vice-President of the Point & Punch Riding Club. He rode with a “Brotherhood” of friends, Fraternitas Atis.
  Wayne was a devoted husband and father, son and brother and grandfather. He was someone you could count on, always was there to give a helping hand Wayne was an avid hunter and fisherman. One of his greatest joys was riding his Harley in the mountains of Colorado, as well as dirt bikes with family, and all of his riding buddies. Wayne loved his friends as much as he does his family.
  Wayne was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather Edward Findley; maternal grandfather Freddie Kincaid; and maternal grandmother Mildred Grayling.
  He is survived by his wife LaVonna of the home; one son Tony Findley and his wife Holly of Raymore; one daughter Rachel Mitchell and her husband Brad of Holden; three grandchildren Brent and Morgan Mitchell of Holden and Trent Mitchell of San Antonio, Tex.; his parents Lonnie and Margarette of Centerview; one brother Rod Findley and his wife Kim of Pleasant Hill; one sister Karen Drees and her husband Jeff of Centerview; paternal grandmother Naomi Findley of Lee’s Summit; and other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held on Thursday, March 31, 2011, at the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill. Pastor Bill Durkes officiated. Cremation was accorded following services and inurnment was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Casket bearers were Lloyd Ash, Kevin Catanzaro, Kent Crawford, Ray Findley, Rod Findley, Randy Garrison, James Kincaid, Shawn King, Larry Thurn, Jr., Chris Waugh, John Walker, and Scott Young.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital 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.


John Anderson Thomas

John Anderson Thomas, 71 of Kansas City, was born Monday, May 29, 1939, in Strasburg, the son of Earnest and Fannie Mae (Anderson) Thomas. He died at 1:55 p.m. on Monday, March 28, 2011, at the Kansas City Hospice House.
  He was baptized on April 11, 1954, at Community Presbyterian Church in Blue Lake, Calif., and was attending First Lutheran Church in Mission Hills, Kan.
  John graduated from Kingsville High School on May 17, 1957. On May 27, 1961, he was united in marriage to Patricia Dolphin. He served in the U.S. Army from June 1962 until August 1965; he continued service in the Army Reserves until May 1968. On April 22, 1995, John was united in marriage to Laurie Kesemann. He was employed at the Ash Grove Cement Company for 34 years.
  He was a lifetime volunteer of the Boy Scouts of America and achieved Sachem rank in the Mic-O-Say tribe. He was a past volunteer at the Kansas City Zoo and the Toy & Miniature Museum of Kansas City. He was also a former commander of the Lee’s Summit American Legion.
  Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Daniel Thomas and one half brothe,r David Weatherford.
  He is survived by his wife Laurie of the home; one brother, Frank Thomas of Honolulu, Ha.; his daughter Kimberly Thomas Gadson and son-in-law Colonel Gregory Gadson of Fort Belvoir, Vir.; one son Bryan Thomas of Independence; two granddaughters Angela Thomas and Gabrielle Gadson; one grandson Jaelen Gadson. He is also survived by one stepdaughter Tammy (Dave) Boeschen; two stepsons, Dr. Timothy (Tammy) Kesemann and Terrance Kesemann; two step granddaughters, Jessica Boeschen and Sydney Kesemann; three step grandsons, Mark Boeschen, Cody Gabriel, and Tristin Kesemann; two cousins, Eleanor Steadman and Don Carpenter.
  Per John’s wish, private graveside services were held in the Strasburg Cemetery.
  A Mic-O-Say memorial service was be held on Wednesday, April 6, 2011, at the First Lutheran Church of Mission Hills. Reverend Keith Hohly minister of the church officiated.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to The Boy Scouts of America or First Lutheran Church and may be sent in care of the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill.
  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.


Jane Elizabeth Harper

Jane Elizabeth Harper, 95, of Independence, departed this life on March 24, 2011 at the Carmel Hills Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center in Independence.
  She was born December 12, 1915 in Brighton, Colorado, the daughter of Cleve and Clara Cornett.
  On January 8, 1924, she was united in marriage to Eugene Granville Harper in Brighton, Colorado. He preceded her in death on December 23, 1982. Jane was a homemaker, but did work for a short time at Toretel in Kansas City. She was a member of the Grandview Baptist Church. She loved to travel and had visited Europe and Hawaii, although her favorite trips were to Colorado and visiting all of the national parks.
  She was also preceded in death by one granddaughter Patricia Lynn Bounds and three sisters Mildred Miller, Helen Fleming and Margaret Hamline.
  She is survived by one son Robert Harper and his wife Donna of Gardner, Kansas; two daughters Barbara Susan Freidhof of Peculiar, and Patricia Joanne Twyman of Las Vegas, Nevada; one sister Norma Jean Cantrell and her husband Junior of Marshfield, Missouri; six grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren; other relatives and friends.
  Funeral services were held March 28, 2011, at the Stanley- Dickey Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill. Pastor Joey Lang of the Grace Baptist Church in Gardner officiated.
  Interment was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to Grace Baptist Church and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
  Arrangements were under the direction of the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home .


James Lyle Bradshaw

James Lyle Bradshaw, 47, of Harrison, Ark. passed away at his home on March 22, 2011. He was born January 5, 1964 in Warrensburg, the son of George Lyle Bradshaw and Mary Ruth (Smith) Richardson.
  James graduated from Pleasant Hill High School in 1982. In 1984 he began his career with Walmart in Lee’s Summit. In 1986 he transferred to Walmart in Harrison, Ark. James worked for Walmart for 27 years.
  He was preceded in death by his father, George L. Bradshaw, his grandparents, Lawrence W. and Julia E. Smith and Leonard and Annabelle Bradshaw; four uncles, Dwayne Bartlett, George Brooks, Joe Smith and Ira Kilgore; two cousins, Carol Sue (Brooks) Larson and Justine Larson.
  James is survived by his mother; Mary Ruth Richardson of Pleasant Hill, stepmother; Peggy J. Bradshaw of Springfield; stepfather; James C. Richardson of Warsaw, two sisters; Rhonda (Bradshaw) Kauffman and husband, Tillman and Rebecca (Bradshaw) Turner, all of Pleasant Hill, a half-sister; Tracy (Bradshaw) Nickel of Harrisonville; step-sister; Marty Embree and husband, Vernon and step-brother; Tony Paul Smith all of Springfield; six nephews; Ashton Bricker of Latour, Mo., Andy Kauffman and Colton Brinkoetter, both of Pleasant Hill, Corey Embree, stationed in Japan and Colby Embree of Springfield and Cotey Turner of Pleasant Hill; four nieces; Cassadee and Cacee Turner of Pleasant Hill; Kaylee and Kelsee Embree of Springfield, and Charlsie Nickel of Harrisonville.
  Cremation. No services. Arrangements by Wallace Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.


Martha Newhouse Wolff

Martha Newhouse Wolff, 64, London, England, passed away March 21, 2011. She was born on January 13, 1947 to James and Harriet Heacock of Pleasant Hill.
  Marty attended Pleasant Hill schools and graduated from Pleasant Hill High School in 1965. She married Robert Garry the same year. They divorced in 1969. She married Lorie Newhouse in 1971. They divorced in 1983.
  Marty had a varied professional background, but her first love was fashion. After modeling professionally for over a decade, she worked for Swanson’s/Halls Plaza/Halls Crown Center as a fashion coordinator and later as a buyer. She was the first Fashion Director of Saks Fifth Avenue when it opened a store on the Country Club Plaza.
  Marty is survived by her husband of 21 years, Michael Wolff, London, England; daughter Cydney Upton (husband Charlie) of Baldwin City, Kans., son Jordan Newhouse (wife Sofia) of Stockholm, Sweden and four grandchildren, Hannah, Mason, Rufus and Elsie. She also leaves behind two sisters, Gail Rogers of Pleasant Hill and Marilyn Sagehorn of Sullivan, Mo. and numerous nieces and nephews.
  Her many friends will remember Marty for her keen sense of style, radiant smile, big laugh and even bigger heart. Marty was a world traveller, an avid reader, lover of gardening and an all-around great lady. She will be greatly missed.
  A small service will be held in London, England, on March 31, 2011.
  A Kansas City get-together to remember and celebrate her life is pending and will be announced at a later date.
  In lieu of flowers or cards, the family suggests donations to the Lawrence Humane Society, P.O. Box 651, Lawrence, Kans. 66044.


William D. Miller

William D. Miller, 81, Lee’s Summit, died on March 7, 2011, at his home.
  He was born in Warrensburg, on May 13, 1929, the son of William A. and LeDruna Adele (Carter) Miller, both of whom preceded him in death.
  William was united in marriage with Gladys Genevive Webster in June of 1949, a union that lasted for over 62 years. William and Gladys made their home in the Cleveland, Mo., area for many years before moving to Leawood, Kansas, then to Lee’s Summit.
  Mr. Miller was the founder of the William D. Miller Pipe Organ Company.
  He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Cleveland. William was a Mason and a member of the Ararat Shrine Temple. He was also a member of the Cleveland Lions Club.
  He is survived by his wife, Gladys Miller of the home; one son, Stephen Miller and wife Pam of Lee’s Summit; one granddaughter, Stephanie Cornelius and husband, Allen; and one grandson, Doug Miller and wife Renee all of Lee’s Summit; five great grandchildren, Sara, Kate and Bradley Cornelius and Kaelyn and Jaeden Miller; other relatives and friends.
  A private family graveside service was held March 10, 2011, at Sunset Hills Cemetery in Warrensburg, with the Rev. Darvin Schildknecht officiating. Contributions may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children.
  Arrangements were under the direction of the Wallace Funeral Home of Pleasant Hill.


Lorie McGee

Lorie McGee, 41 of Harrisonville, formerly of Pleasant Hill, died on March 4, 2011. at her home.
  She was born July 11, 1969, in Butler, the daughter of Norman Ledson Wimsatt and Mary Ellen (David) Prettyman.
  Lorie will be remembered for the love she gave to her children, Joshua, Justin, Jasen and Kenzie. She enjoyed attending sporting events and school activities for her children. Lorie liked nature, arranging flowers, working in the garden and riding horses.
  Lorie was preceded in death by her father, Norman.
  She is survived by three sons, Joshua Wimsatt and Justin McGee both of Grandview; Jasen McGee, of the home; her daughter, Kenzie Wimsatt of the home; mother and step-father, Mary Prettyman and husband, Sam of Harrisonville; a brother, Loren Wimsatt of Adrian; a stepbrother, Sammy Prettyman of Buffalo, Mo.; a halfbrother, Lonnie Wimsatt of Archie; a half-sister, Renee Wimsatt of Osage Beach; her maternal grandmother, Bessie Smelser of Harrisonville; and other relatives and a host of friends.
  Funeral services were held March 8, 2011, at the Dickey Funeral Home in Harrisonville, with the Rev. Ernie Cecil officiating. Burial was in the Orient Cemetery. Casket bearers were Justin McGee, Jasen McGee, Loren Wimsatt, Tyler Ewart. Jake Tarpenning and James Thibodeaux.
  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions may be made to the Lorie Wimsatt McGee Children’s College Memorial Fund.
  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.


Marlena K. Parkhurst

Marlena Kay Parkhurst, 20 of Pleasant Hill, Mo., was born Saturday, July 21, 1990, at Research Hospital in Kansas City, the daughter of Perry J. and Lisa M. (Wood) Parkhurst. She died on Monday, March 7, 2011, as a result of injuries sustained in a vehicle crash.
  Marlena was a 2009 graduate of Pleasant Hill High school. She was employed as a Bank Teller for Mezuma Credit Union in Lee’s Summit and was in her fourth semester at Longview Community College in Lee’s Summit.
  Marlena attended the Pleasant Hill Church of Christ. Marlena was a quiet, compassionate young lady.
  She was steadfast and loyal to family and friends and was always there when you needed her for moral support.
  She was straightforward in her convictions, not blunt, but honest in her thoughts and opinions that she had recently learned to express. Marlena was the ultimate multi-tasker; proof being that you would often find her reading, listening to her radio and watching television at the same time. She had a deep love and compassion for all animals.
  Marlena would want you remember her by her favorite motto: “Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass…it’s about learning to dance in the rain!”
  She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents Gerald and Mary Wood.
  Marlena is survived by her parents Perry and Lisa Parkhurst of Pleasant Hill; one brother Joseph (and fiancé Kristine Schmidt) of Pleasant Hill; paternal grandparents Carl and Gladys Parkhurst of Eagleville; uncle Mick Parkhurst of Eagleville; aunt Helen (and Elmer) Wallerich of Pulaski, Iowa; uncle Norbe (and Judy) Alatorre of Moline, Ill.; uncle John (and Charlene) Alattore of Scottsdale, Ariz.; aunt Debbie (and Scott) Clark of Oak Grove; and uncle Gerald “Curly” Wood of Pulaski, Iowa; other relatives and friends.
  Visitation was held on Thursday, March 10, 2011, at the funeral home.
  Funeral services were held on Friday, March 11, 2011, at the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home. Kelly McCoy, minister of the Pleasant Hill Church of Christ, officiated. Interment was be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Casket bearers are Norbe Alatorre, Jason Johnson, Scott Long, Ricky Miller, Mick Parkhurst and Gerald Wood.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to the City of Pleasant Hill Animal Shelter 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 of Pleasant Hill.


Jerry Richard Clark

Jerry Richard Clark, 62, of Pleasant Hill, passed away on March 5, 2011 at his home. He was born on November 9, 1948.
  Jerry was a Pleasant Hill native since 1964 and owned and operated Jerry’s Service Station and Carwash for over 30 years with his brother Terry Clark.
  Jerry moved to New Orleans in 2007 and worked for his brother, Ed Clark Construction, to help rebuild New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina damaged the city. Jerry repaired and painted eight houses while working with his nephew Chris Clark.
  Jerry worked in the Downtown and Upper New Orleans Parrish, City Hall of Gretna, La.; Metairie, La., and the surrounding area of the Louis Armstrong Airport of New Orleans. Jerry’s stay in New Orleans was cut short when he returned to Pleasant Hill to care for his brother Terry.
  Jerry was an avid golfer. He attended Missouri University at Columbia his freshman year and made the Missouri University golf team. Jerry made the Quarter Finals of the Missouri State Amateur in 1975 at Indian Hills Country Club. Jerry won a total of 29 tournaments. He also held a title of 20 club championships at four different golf courses. His record also includes a total of 14 consecutive club championships at the Pleasant Hill Golf Course. this earned him a title in Golf Digest, which still stands for the most consecutive championships. Winning his 20 club championships at the four courses were Pleasant Hill Golf Course, Shamrock Hill Country Club, Leadwood South Country Club and River Oaks Country Club. Jerry’s favorite course was Pebble Beach Country Club, California.
  Jerry enjoyed flying to Auburn University with his brother Tom Clark, to watch his nephew Steven Clark, a punter, play football. Steven and the rest of the Auburn football squad won the 2011 National Championship in Arizona. Jerry’s health kept him from making that trip.
  Jerry is survived by four brothers, Terry, Ed and Tom, all of Pleasant Hill, and Alan Clark, who lives in Spring, Texas with his wife Bambi, who is fighting cancer and making positive progress. Jerry passed away with pancreatic cancer. He and his family appreciate the excellent care and treatments provided by the doctors and nurses in downtown Kansas City Truman Medical Center Hospital. They also extend thanks to Hospice of Kansas City for their care and guidance.
  Cremation has been accorded with no visitation. Arrangements by the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill.


Jared Nicholas Bryant

Jared Nicholas Bryant, 31, of Strasburg, departed this life on February 27, 2011 in Clinton. He was born August 29, 1979 in Kansas City, the son of Jerome “Kent” Bryant and Cheryl Jean (Cantwell) Mullen.
  Except for a short time living in Arkansas, Jared spent most of his life in the Pleasant Hill area where he attended school. He lived in Kingsville until he moved to Strasburg two years ago.
  For the last four years, Jared had been a concrete finisher for DJ Construction. He had attended the Assembly of God Church, most recently in Lee’s Summit.
  He is survived by his father, Jerome “Kent” Bryant of Kingsville; his mother; Cheryl Jean (Cantwell) Mullen, of Pleasant Hill; two sisters, Amber Mullen Snow of Clinton and Gena Rhodes of Centerview; his paternal grandparents, Lindel and Brenda Bryant of Gravois Mills; his maternal grandparents, Norman and Fae Cantwell of Pleasant Hill; two nieces, three nephews, other relatives and many friends.
  Cremation was accorded. A Memorial Service was held March 5, 2011 at the Strasburg Baptist Church with Rev. Dave Driskell officiating.
  Contributions may be made to the Jared Bryant Memorial Fund. Arrangements by Wallace Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.


Mary Joan Seaman

Mary Joan Seaman, 74, departed this life March 2, 2011 at Lee’s Summit Medical Center. She was born March 27, 1936 in Independence, the daughter of Edgar Leroy and Ruth Belle (Worsham) Hirst.
  Mary spent the younger years of her life in the Independence, Mo area and attended school at William Chrisman.
  On June 23, 1958 she married James Francis Seaman in Erie, Pennsylvania. The Seaman family moved to the Pleasant Hill area in 1972 to make their home.
  Mary worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant at Camden Care Center in Harrisonville for 18 years. She attended the Open Door Gospel Church of Pleasant Hill.
  She was preceded in death by her husband; James Francis Seaman on April 12, 1999 and her parents, Edgar and Ruth Hirst.
  Mary is survived by five sons; James Leroy Seaman of Independence; David Wayne Seaman of Garden City; William Dale Seaman of Pleasant Hill; John Edward Seaman of Pensacola, Florida and Daniel Gene Seaman of Pleasant Hill; one brother, Dan Hirst of Buckner; six grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.
  Graveside service and interment were held March 8, 2011 at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery with Rev. Dennis Gulley officiating. Arrangements by Wallace Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.


Raphiael “J.R.” Duffey

Raphiael “J.R.” Duffey, Jr., 64 of Altus, Okla., passed away Monday, Jan. 31, 2011, at English Village Nursing Home after a battle with Lung Cancer.
  Funeral services were held on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011, at Kincannon Memorial Chapel with Darrell Smalts officiating. Burial will follow in the Altus City Cemetery Veteran’s Section with military honors under the direction of Kincannon Funeral Home.
  J. R. was born to Raphiael and Iva (Scott) Duffey on Dec. 29, 1946, in Marshall. He graduated from Pleasant Hill High School, then enlisted in the United States Army in October of 1966 and served his country during the Vietnam War. J. R. was honorably discharged from the service in October of 1968.
  He was an electrician, working for Lorin Winters for about 16 years, and was a member of the Altus Christian Fellowship Church as well a lifetime member of the VFW. J.R. enjoyed camping, boating, skiing, car racing and riding his Harley motorcycle.
  He loved the times he spent with his family at Lake Altus.
  J.R. was preceded in death by his first son, Steven Duffey of Iowa, and survived by his life partner of 18 years, Dora Howell; three daughters, Shelly Arce and husband Jose of Altus, Okla.; Clarissa Dash and husband Malcolm of Altus, Okla.; Tabitha Duffey of Port Richey, Fla.; one son, James Howell and wife Chastity of Altus, Okla.; two brothers, Charles Duffey of Arkansas and Greg Duffey, of Missouri; and one sister, Rebecca (Duffey) Nagel of Texas; several grandchildren and friends.


Beulah Faye (Johnson) Holley

Beulah Faye (Johnson) Holley, long time resident of Pleasant Hill, died Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at Crown Care Center in Harrisonville, Missouri at the age of 100 years, 6 months and 18 days.
  She was born August 4, 1910 in Warsaw, Missouri, the daughter of Harvey and Dora (Hughes) Johnson. Beulah spent the early years of her life in the Warsaw area, graduating high school there in 1928. After graduation, she taught school for several years, in a one room school house near Warsaw.
  On June 12, 1932, Beulah was united in marriage with her high school sweetheart, John Holley, Jr. They continued to make their home in Warsaw until 1938 when they moved to Pleasant Hill. That same year their only child, Jerry, was born.
  Beulah was very active in the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church. She served in many different areas of the church and a few years ago was honored as the person who had belonged to that church for the most number of years. Not only was Beulah active in her church, but in her community as well, serving as the first president of the Pleasant Hill Park Board. She was also a member of the Ivy Leaf Chapter, Order of Eastern Star of Pleasant Hill.
  Beulah was preceded in death by her husband; John Holley, Jr. on November 18, 1988 and her beloved son; Jerry, on August 28, 2010.
  Her parents, Harvey and Dora Johnson, and brother Houston Johnson and sister Bernice Call also preceded her in death.
  Beulah is survived by her daughter-in-law, Jane Holley of Topeka, Kansas, a granddaughter, Pamela Heinonen of Flagstaff, Arizona, a grandson, Mark Holley of Coronado, California, 4 great grandchildren, other relatives and friends.
  Services were held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, 2011, at the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church with Rev. Carl Knapp and Rev. Harold Johnson officiating. Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. The family received friends from 1–2 p.m., one hour prior to service time, at the church.
  In memory of Beulah, contributions may be made to the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church.
  Arrangements under the direction of Wallace Funeral Home .


David Troy Burns

David Troy Burns, 52, of Houston, Texas, formerly of Harrisonville, departed this life on February 24, 2011 at the Memorial Herman Hospital in Houston.
  He was born June 21, 1958 in Sikeston, Missouri, the son of Fred S. and Opal L. (Freeman) Burns. David had been a technician for Nextel in Houston for over 25 years. In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing and was a die-hard NASCAR fan.
  He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Donald Burns and Tommy Burns.
  He is survived by his life companion Nancy Vandeventer of Houston; two brothers Johnny C. Burns and wife Donna of Peculiar, and Billy E. Burns of Pleasant Hill; three sisters Edna Eaton and husband Wayne of Morehouse, Phyllis Burns of Parma, and Millie Cullum and husband Mike of Parma; 19 nieces and nephews; 34 great nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.
  Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2, 2011, at the funeral home. Rev. Dean Pruitt will officiate. Interment will be in the Strasburg Cemetery. Visitation was held from on March 1, at the funeral home.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to Village Hospice and may be sent in care of the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent and the video tribute may be viewed at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home.


Walter Loren Alley

Walter Loren Alley, 95, of Cameron, formerly of Lone Jack and Pleasant Hill, departed this life February 17, 2011 at his home in Cameron, surrounded by his family.
  He was born June 13, 1915 in Lone Jack, the son of Walter and Kelsey (Hunt) Alley. He was a United States WWII Army Veteran who served in the European Theatre.
  On July 23, 1943, Loren was united in marriage to Marjorie Jane Schindorff in Kansas City, Missouri. She preceded him in death on October 6, 2010.
  Loren was a livestock commissioner for John Clay and later for Swift and Henry in St. Joseph, retiring in 1980. Prior to that he owned and operated the Reliance Hatchery in Cameron.
  He was a Mason and also a member of the First Baptist Church of Cameron.
  He was also preceded in death by two brothers W.D. Alley and Gene Alley, and two sisters Dorothy Alley and Faye Lester.
  He is survived by 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; one brother John (and Virginia) Alley of Springfield; one sister May Hendrichs of Springfield; other relatives and many friends.
  Graveside funeral services were held on February 20, 2011, at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Pastor Casey Joyce, minister of the Cameron First Baptist Church, officiated.
  Full military honors were provided by the VFW Post #3118 Honor Guard.
  Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com Arrangements by Stanley- Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.


Sandra K. Wurtz

Sandra Kay Wurtz, 58, of Pleasant Hill, departed this life on February 12, 2011 at the Lee's Summit Medical Center, surrounded by her family.
   She was born November 13, 1952 in Kansas City, the daughter of Floyd M. “Buck” and Alice E. (Stubbs) Bogart. On April 17, 1971, Sandra was united in marriage to Gary L. Wurtz in Long Beach, California.
  Sandra was employed as a medical assistant for Humana Prime Health until failing health forced her to retire in 1997. She was baptized in the RLDS church.
  Besides her parents, she was also preceded in death by one brother John Bogart.
  She is survived by her husband Gary of the home; three sons, Ray (and Stephanie) Wurtz of Lee’s Summit; Eric Wurtz of Blue Springs and Keith (and Carmen) Wurtz of Lee’s Summit; four grandchildren, Michelle, Rachel, Bradley and Alicia; one sister Marti (and Dennis) Schuller of Lee’s Summit; other relatives and friends.
  Private graveside services will be held in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery at a later date.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Lung 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 Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.


Deborah Lee Graham

Deborah Lee Graham, 58, departed this life on February 8, 2011 at Kansas City Hospice House. She was born September 19, 1952 in Kansas City, the daughter of Robert G. and Wilma Louise (Rhodelander) Graham.
  Deborah graduated from Lee's Summit High School in 1970 and obtained a degree in nursing from Central Missouri State University.
  On March 17, 1971, she was united in marriage with Steven Hill. As a military family they were stationed in various parts of the country including Tennessee, Kentucky, Hawaii and finally back to Missouri. The rest of her life was spent in the Johnson and Cass County, Missouri area.
  Deborah was a medical transcriptionist until failing health forced her into retirement.
  She was proud of her Native American Heritage and had a passion for collecting Native American "Dream Catchers". Deborah also hand- carved Native American "Walking Sticks" and hand loomed Native American jewelry.
  She was preceded in death by one son; Jeffrey Glen "Jeff" Miller on June 15, 1988; her father, Robert G. Graham on May 12, 1999 and her mother; Wilma "Louise" Spilker on January 31, 2004.
  Deborah is survived by one daughter; Nikki Johnson of Pleasant Hill; three brothers; Bobby Graham of California; Kenny Traw of Kansas City, Missouri and Ronnie Graham of Osceola; two sisters; Linda McIntosh of Climax Springs, Missouri and Dawn Graham of Pleasant Hill; three grandsons; Trent Johnson, Steven Hill and wife Hanna and Billy Ring; one granddaughter; Calee Johnson; other relatives and many friends.
  Services were held February 15, 2011 at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill, with Chaplin Lee Lawhead, officiating.
  Casket bearers were Trent Johnson, Steven Hill, Billy Ring, Butch Hammonds, Mike Huber and Johnny Landers. Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
  Family suggests contributions to the Deborah Lee Graham Memorial Fund % The Pleasant Hill Bank or may be left at the funeral home.


Lowell W. Benware

Lowell W. Benware, 73, of Pleasant Hill, departed this life February 8, 2011 at the Pleasant Hill Health & Rehabilitation Center.
  He was born June 15, 1937 in Sedalia, the son of Bernie Lee and Rose Mary (Wood) Benware.
  Lowell spent most of his life traveling extensively through the United States, never really calling any one particular place home, until he returned to Missouri about five years ago.
  His occupations were varied, but he enjoyed ten years as a Chef in New York City. He was a member of the Olive Branch Baptist Church in Smithton.
  Besides his parents, he was also preceded in death by two brothers John Bernie Wood and Eddie Gale Wood.
  He is survived by two brothers, Robert Benware of Pleasant Hill and Roy Benware of Kingsville; one sister Rosa Lee (and Walter) Wesemann of Harrisonville; numerous nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.
  Per Lowell's wishes cremation has been accorded and no services are scheduled. Condolences may be sent at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com
  Arrangements were under the direction of the Stanley- Dickey Funeral Home of Pleasant Hill, MO. (816) 540-5550


Joyce Earlene (Maret) Dustman

Joyce Earlene (Maret) Dustman, 76, of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, formerly of Rogersville, MO, was born December 8, 1934 in Kansas City. She was the daughter of Earl and Della Mae (Holder) Maret. She departed this life at February 6, 2011 at her home.
  She was united in marriage to Robert Dustman on October 15, 1955 in Kansas City.
  Joyce grew up in Kansas City and graduated from Paseo High School, class of 1953. She earned her Bachelor's degree from William Jewell College in 1957, later earning her Master's degree from Southwest Missouri State University. She was an elementary school teacher for Calvary Lutheran in Kansas City and later in Springfield for the Laura Ingalls Wilder Elementary School.
  She was a member of the P.E.O. chapter in Overland Park, Alpha Delta Pi Sorority at William Jewell, the Lee's Summit Quilt Guild, the Lutheran Women's Missionary League and was dedicated to fundraising activities for Thrivent Financial for Lutherans for individuals, families, and organizations in need, and an active and faithful member of the Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Lee's Summit.
  Her granddaughters were the joy of her life and she enjoyed spending quality time with them.
  She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters Beverly Maret and Patricia Maret.
  Joyce is survived by her husband Bob of the home; one daughter, Jami and John Hede of Eaton, Ohio; one son, Greg and Stephanie Dustman and two granddaughters Hannah Dustman and Rachel Dustman of Pleasant Hill; other relatives and a host of friends.
  Funeral services were February 11, 2011, at the Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church - 615 SE Todd George Parkway, Lee's Summit. Pastors Nathaniel Schwartz and Jon Gruen will officiate. Graveside services will follow in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
  The family requests memorial contributions to Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in lieu of flowers. Contributions 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.


Horace Roy Storey

Horace Roy Storey, 81, of Pleasant Hill, formerly of Blue Springs, departed this life February 3, 2011 at Benchmark Healthcare of Harrisonville.
  He was born October 5, 1929 in Majestic, Alabama, the son of Jack and Elmia M. (Ham) Storey. On July 13, 1950, Horace was united in marriage to Betty L. Sneed in Olathe, Kansas.
  He was employed as a baker for Manor, Holsom and A&P for over 20 years. Later he drove a truck for Orschelns, Transcon and then P.I.E., retiring in June 1990.
  He was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Lee's Summit and a member of Teamsters Local #41. Horace was a Veteran of the United States Navy.
  Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Harold Storey and Johnny Storey; and two sisters, Sylvia Storey and Melva Chadwell.
  Horace is survived by his wife Betty of Pleasant Hill; two sons, David (and Virginia) Storey of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Johnny (and Christy) Storey of LaCygne, Kansas; three daughters Marilyn (and Gary) Barr of Osage Beach; Carol (and Richard) Tevis of Port Orange, Florida, and Susan (and Kenny) Long of Pleasant Hill; 14 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and his special friend Monica, the Peek-A-Poo.
  Cremation has been accorded. Memorial services were held on February 7, 2011, at the funeral home. Rev. Jerry Tharp of the Lone Jack Baptist Church officiated.
  Full military honors were conducted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3118 Honors team, at the funeral home.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice Care of the Midwest and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
  Arrangements were under the direction of the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080, (816) 540- 5550.


Lawrence Eugene “Gene” Olson

 Lawrence Eugene “Gene” Olson of Harrisonville, Missouri, was born May 14, 1926 the son of Lee Lawrence and Goldie Fern (Duvall) Olson.
 He departed this life on Sunday, January 23, 2011 at Benchmark of Harrisonville at the age of 84 years, 8 months and 9 days.
 Gene served in the Missouri Legislature from 1987 until 1994 as the State Representative for the 124th District.
 He was the University of Missouri Extension Agent for Cass County, Missouri. upon the recommendation of F.E. “Jack” Rogers, State Extension Agent.
 Rogers arranged for Gene to join Buck Hunt in Cass County as the Extension Balanced Farming Agent.
 He later was employed as a farm appraiser for Archie State Bank in Harrisonville and Archie, Missouri, for 10 years.
 His early education was from Cross School and was a 1943 graduate of Lockwood High School.
 He attended Southwest Missouri State College in Springfield, Missouri and received his Master’s Degree from the University of Missouri, Columbia.
 On September 5, 1948, Gene was united in marriage to Bonnie Lea McNeill in Lockwood, Missouri. Gene was a member of the United Methodist Church, Harrisonville, the Harrisonville Lions Club and was an Army veteran of World War II.
 Gene was friendly, outgoing and was willing to help anyone in need.
 Besides his parents, Gene was preceded in death by his wife, Bonnie Olson, on May 19, 2010; his daughter, Kathryn Lefman on January 30, 2006.
 He is survived by a daughter, Karen Olson, Harrisonville, Missouri; two grandchildren; Lori Nation and husband, Milt, Tampa, Florida, Adam Lefman, New Orleans, Louisiana; a greatgranddaughter, Alexandria Hope Nation; a sister, Bonnie Cummins, Miller, Missouri; other relatives and a host of friends.
 Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011, at the United Methodist Church, Harrisonville, Missouri. A graveside service was held that afternoon at the Gray’s Point Cemetery near Lockwood, Missouri.
 The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.


David Howard Hensel

David Howard Hensel, 44, of Holden, formerly of Lone Jack and Independence, passed away unexpectedly on January 20, 2011. He was born June 22, 1966 in Kansas City, the son of Howard E. and Patricia (Scott) Hensel.
 David lived most of his life in Lone Jack, graduating from Lone Jack High School in 1984. He was an avid sportsman.
 David is survived by one son Eli Hensel of Holden; his parents, Howard and Patricia “Pat” Hensel of Oak Grove, formerly of Lone Jack; one brother; Ken Hensel and life partner, JoJo DeRodrigo of Oakland, Calif.; two sisters, Sandy Mason and husband, Duane and Jody Patrick and husband, David, all of Lone Jack; several nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.
 A Memorial/Visitation was scheduled for Tuesday, February 1, 2011 from 6- 8 p.m. at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill.
 The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations may be
made to either the Alzheimer’s Association, Heartland Chapter, 3946 W. 75th Street, Prairie Village, KS 66208-0076 or Missouri Veteran’s Home, 1300 Veterans Road, Warrensburg, MO.64093.
 Please check the funeral home website (www.wallace- funeralhomes.com) in case inclement weather forces rescheduling of visitation.


Lloyd Marion Wright

 Lloyd Marion Wright passed away at his home in Hidden Valley Lake, California, on January 9, 2011, at the age of 83.
 Lloyd was born in Pleasant Hill, Missouri, on February 28, 1927 to James and Mildred (Prewitt) Wright and lived the past 30 years in Hidden Valley Lake with his wife of 59 years, Marianne (Schulz) Wright.
  He served as a Hospital Corpsman in the US Navy during World War II and the Korean War. Upon his discharge from the Navy, Lloyd married Marianne and entered Veterinary School at Kansas State University, graduating in 1959.
 He moved his family to California later that year eventually setting up a successful veterinary practice in Pinole, CA. Lloyd was a member of the Lions Club and the Northern California Veterinary Medical Association serving one term as president for each organization.
 Lloyd retired in 1981 and moved with Marianne to their retirement home in Hidden Valley Lake, Calif., to enjoy his passions, which included his children and grandchildren, golfing, fishing, dancing and reading.
 Marianne, his wife, passed away on January 10, 2011. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Michael, Dale, Robert and sister Jean Green, and son-inlaw Robert Abel.
 He is survived by his children, Kim Althausen (Norm) of Hudson, OH; Michael (Joanne) of Chino, Calif.; David (Shelley) of Newbury Park, Calif.; Leann Shaw (Ken) of Crockett, Calif.; Ellen Abel of Hercules, Calif.; and 17 grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers Jerry and Ralph and sisters Hazel Quinn, Barbara Clawson, Samantha Johnson and Judy Todd and their families.
 Lloyd was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He always said, “There are no strangers, just friends I have never met.” He will be loved and missed by all whose lives he touched.
 Services will be private at the request of his family. In lieu of flowers, we encourage donations be sent to Napa Valley Hospice and Adult Day Services, 414 South Jefferson St., Napa, Calif. 94559 707-258-9080 www.nvhads.org


Judy J. Bradshaw

Judy J. (Ward) Greenwood-Bradshaw, 71, of Greenwood, departed this life January 25, 2011, at home
surrounded with love and family.
 She was born September 11, 1939, the daughter of Glaves and Anna (McKnight) Ward.
 Judy grew up in Raytown, graduating from Raytown High School in 1957. She graduated from Kansas City University in 1961 with her BA degree in Education.
 March 22, 1962 Judy married Larry Greenwood. While Larry served in the Army, she lived in Lawson, where she
taught kindergarten. Judy and Larry returned to Raytown
to live. Larry died soon after at the age of 28.
 February 22, 1968, Judy married Larry Bradshaw. Judy returned to teaching in the Hickman Mills District in 1967.
 After the birth of their third child, Judy left her career to
be at home with the children. When the three children were in high school, Judy worked in the UMKC library for several years before taking a position in the Foundation
Program at Unity School of Christianity.
 After retiring from Unity, Judy and Larry built their retirement home in SE Jackson County.
 Judy was a member of First Christian Church of Pleasant
Hill.
 She was also preceded in death by her parents and one sister Mary Ann Ward.
 She is survived by her husband Larry of the home; son Larry Greenwood Jr. (and Dianna) of Pleasant Hill; two daughters, Kendra Hutsell (and Ross) of Pleasant Hill, and Jolie Shortino of Lee’s Summit; five grandchildren: Jenna and Jaden Greenwood, Sam and Max Hutsell and Marina Shortino; other relatives and many friends.
 Cremation has been accorded. A Celebration of Judy’s Life was held January 29, 2011, at the First Christian Church, Pleasant Hill Reverend D. Kent Deubner, minister of the church, officiated. Inturnment followed at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
 Memorial contributions in memory of Judy may be made to the First Christian Church of Pleasant Hill or church or synagogue of your choice.
 Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent to the family and the video tribute may be viewed at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com


Patsy A. (Young) Keeran

Patsy A. (Young) Keeran, 83, Belton, departed this life January 21, 2011 at St. Joseph Medical Center in Kansas City.
  She was born October 22, 1927 in Independence, the daughter of Charles and Veronica (Paris) Young.
  On April 20, 1945, Patsy married Charles E. Odom-Keeran in Paola, Kansas. After their marriage, Patsy and Charles lived in Cleveland, Missouri for a while, then moved to Colorado where they lived for 27 years. They moved to Belton 12 years ago. Charles Odom-Keeran passed away on March 23, 2007, and Patsy continued to live in Belton.
  Patsy was a member of the First Baptist Church of Cleveland.
  Besides her husband Charles Odom-Keeran, she was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Veronica Young and one step-sister, Mary Lee Wiess.
  Patsy is survived by one son, Donald W. Keeran and wife Sheryl of Belton; three daughters, Sandy McKulsky and husband Frank of Tucson, Arizona; Carol Baker and husband Winnie of Urich and Kathy Giambrone and husband Joe of Belton; two step-brothers, Eddie Carter of Sante Fe, New Mexico and Robert Young; 10 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.
  Graveside services were held January 25 at the Glenwild Cemetery with Brother Henry Green officiating. Casket bearers were Randy Keeran, Ryan Keeran, Weston Kilgore, Marion Biondo, Joey Compton, Jeff McKulsky and Wayne Baker.
  Arrangements by Wallace Funeral Home.


Karen Lynn Pate

Karen Lynn Pate, 63, of Republic, departed this life on January 11, 2011 at the Kansas University Medical Center, in Kansas City, Kansas.
  She was born December 26, 1947 in Waynesville, the daughter of Kenneth Wendell and Loretta May Corine (Akley) Phillips
  On April 16, 1993, Karen was united in marriage to Gerry Pate in Crane, Missouri. He survives.
  Karen worked for the Tyson Corporation in Monett for 24 years.
  She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Frank Phillips.
  Karen is survived by her daughter Tammy (and Rusty) Harris of Dodge City, Kansas; two sons, Garrett (and Carlie) Chambers of Pleasant Hill and Eric Chambers of Crane, Missouri; four stepdaughters, Cindy Cantrell of Ozark; Christy Stokes of Springfield; Cathy (and James) McAnally of Marshfield; Carolyn Watson of Harrisburg, Missouri; 22 grandchildren; one great grandchild with another on the way; two brothers, Ken (and Jane) Phillips of Santa Ana, Calif.; Wendell (and Elaine) Phillips of Osage Beach; one nephew and one great nephew and many other relatives and a host of loving friends.
  Cremation has been accorded.
  A Celebration of Life gathering was held on January 22, 2011, at the Monett City Park-Casino Building in Monett.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Diabetes Association and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
  Online condolences may be sent to the family and the video tribute may be viewed at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com Arrangements by Stanley- Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.


Lucille N. (Chipley) Shaw

Lucille N. (Chipley) Shaw, 89, departed this life on January 16, 2011 at the Pleasant Hill Health and Rehabilitation Center.
  She was born in Pleasant Hill to Charles Pleasant and Winifred Helena (Whitley) Chipley on January 23, 1921.
  Lucille grew up and attended school in Pleasant Hill. On July 10, 1939, she was united in marriage with Willis “Paul” Shaw in Warrensburg and for the first year, they made their home in Warrensburg.
  In 1940, Lucille and Paul moved to Pleasant Hill where they lived and raised their family. In May 1981, due to Paul’s declining health, they moved to Phoenix, Arizona. Paul passed away on February 19, 1982 and Lucille continued to make her home in Arizona until February 26, 2008 when she moved back to Pleasant Hill.
  For many years Lucille worked as a cook at the Pleasant Hill School Cafeteria. Lucille was a member of the Pleasant Hill Assembly of God Church. She was also a member of the Ivy Leaf Chapter #215 of the Order of the Eastern Star of Pleasant Hill and had been a member of the Lions Club of Phoenix- Long Haven, Arizona.
  In addition to her husband, Paul, Lucille was preceded in death by one granddaughter, Patricia Lea Shaw; a great granddaughter, Megan Nicole Carlile; one brother, Stanley Chipley; three sisters, Thelma (Chipley) Dyke, Eva (Chipley) Wendell and Rosalie (Chipley) Pfaff.
  She is survived by a son, Patrick Louis Shaw and wife, Donna of Butler; a daughter, Doris Elaine Cotton and husband Ron of Cleveland; a sister, Anna Olean (Chipley) Brown of Lincoln; eight grandchildren, many great grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.
  Graveside services were January 19, 2011 at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Mr. Bill Cotton, Officiating.


John William Clark

John William Clark, 65, of Belton, passed away January 17, 2011.
  John was born August 3, 1945, in Alton, Ill. Memorial services were held January 22, 2011.
  John was preceded in death by his parents, brother Jimmy and daughter Toni Davis.
  John is survived by his wife, Sandra, children: Kim Schenkel, Jodie Olbert, Kelly (Steve) Silvani, Nicole St. John and John Clark II, nine grandchildren and two great granddaughters. He is also survived by his brothers Raymond, Don (Faye), Bill (Gloria), Sid, Ron (Kathy) and sister Linda (Gary).
  Memorial services were held January 22, 2011 at the Pleasant Prairie Baptist Church. Arrangements were by the Cremation Society of Kansas and Missouri.


Francis Norman Dawson “Corky

Francis Norman Dawson “Corky, 74, passed away Jan. 20, 2011 at Kansas City Hospice House. Corky was born Jan. 25, 1936 in Leadville, Colorado to Elmer Pearl and Minni Violet Dawson.
  They moved to Missouri soon after, where Corky spent much of his early years, along with his brother Bill, being raised by their Grandma Burton.
  In 1954 Corky married Dorothy Darlene Chapman. They had seven children together. In 1994 Corky moved to Warsaw.
  He was preceded in death by his parents and brother along with two daughters, Darlene Dawson and Denise Dawson.
  Corky leaves five children, Deborah “Dusty” Dawson, Dixie Harper (Kenny), Doug Dawson (Melissa), David Dawson and Diane Gardino (David); eight grandchildren, Brian, Natalie, Leslie, Rusty, Randi, Rodney, David, Lacy and nine great grandchildren.
  Cremation arrangements by Wallace Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.


Harold Paul Parker

Harold Paul Parker, 68, of Pleasant Hill, went to be with his Savior, Jesus, January 20, 2011, at the Lee’s Summit Hospital.
  He was born November 11, 1942 in Green Forest, Arkansas, the son of John Paul and Jaunita Parker.
  Harold graduated from Lee’s Summit High School and earned multiple degrees from Central Missouri State University, Warrensburg.
  Following his love of design and construction, he decided to major in vocational education.
  He began his teaching career at Lee’s Summit High School. He also held several adjunct faculty positions at the University of Missouri- Kansas City, Johnson County Community College, the Metropolitan Community Colleges and the Missouri Builders Association.
  He was preceded in death by his father.
  Harold is survived by his wife of 49 years, Sharron Parker, son Greg Parker, daughter Sharrena Um and son-in-law Virak Um, two granddaughters, his mother, and sister.
  Funeral services were held January 24, 2011 at the Abundant Life Baptist Church, Lee’s Summit.
  Rev. Rick Friesen, minister of the church, officiated. Music provided by Mrs. Beth Azure and Pastor Brian Opperman.
  Interment in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
  Casket bearers were Kevin Bennett, John Heller, Andy Oldham, Rick Rogers, Brian Rookstool and Warren Vance. Honorary casket bearers were Don Carney, Danny Jipsen, Frank Parker and Jack Parker.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to Missions Ministry of Abundant Life 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, Pleasant Hill.


Elizabeth A. Snow
Elizabeth A. Snow, 27, lifelong Cass County resident, departed this life on January 6, 2011 in Ray County, Missouri. She was born prematurely on November 15, 1983 in Harrisonville, the daughter of James Gordon and Donna
Kay (Ball) Snow.
 With many of the health adversities of a premature, oxygen-deprived birth, Elizabeth had to fight hard for everything she achieved in her life. She grew up and attended school in Pleasant Hill.
 Elizabeth had a close relationship with her grandparents. She shared a love for country music with her grandmother, Lorena Snow. They often attended concerts together.
 Elizabeth was a member of the First Baptist Church of Garden City and had worked as a bus monitor for the Missouri Public School System. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, James & Lorena Snow and her maternal grandfather; Earl Ball.
 Elizabeth is survived by one son, R.C. Summers of Pleasant Hill; one daughter, Jamie Lynn Snow of Garden City; her parents, James G. and Donna K. Snow of Garden City; her maternal grandmother, Helen Ball of Humansville, MO and her brother; Jeff Snow and family of Parkville.
 Services were held January 11, 2011 at the Wallace Funeral Home with Seventy Becky Carlile officiating.
 Casket Bearers were Wally Carlile, Mike Hamilton, Joe Morris, Joey Snow, Hank Snow and David Best.
 Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. In memory of Elizabeth, her family suggests contributions to the American Cancer Society.

Deanna Evelyn Massey

 Deanna Evelyn Massey, 88, of Lee's Summit, departed this life January 11, 2011 at the Lee's Summit Medical Center. She was born March 28, 1922 in Buffalo Center, Iowa, the daughter of John and Anna (Fredricks) Oftedahl. Deanna was united in marriage to James Arvil Massey in Gadsden, Alabama. He preceded her in death on October 22, 1987.
 Deanna worked as a file clerk for Unity Village in Lee’s Summit, retiring in 1979. She attended the First Baptist Church in Lee’s Summit. She was also preceded in death by one brother Phillip Oftedahl; and two sisters, Faye Everding and Jennie Lappe.
  She is survived by her daughter, Carol Ann (and Beryl) Russell of Lee’s Summit; her son Jim (and Connie) Massey of Decatur, Ala.; two grandsons, Jim Massey of
Lee’s Summit and Wayne Massey of Kansas City; six grandchildren, Christian, Wayne, Jr., James Michael, Cameron, Samantha and Zachary; two sisters, Phyllis (and Earl) Morris of Mason City, Iowa, and Margie Kaluzne of Hopkins, Minnesota; one brother, Johnnie Oftedahl of Buffalo City; other relatives and friends.
  Funeral services were January 15, 2011, at the funeral home. Rev. Joey Butler of Gateway Church officiated. Interment in the Floral Hills – East Cemetery, Lee’s Summit.
  Online condolences may be sent to the family and the video tribute may be viewed www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com.


Daniel G. Morrison

 Daniel G. Morrison, 50, Kansas City, died January 15, 2011. He was born September 3, 1960, in Sacramento, Calif., to Don and Kathleen Morrison.
  Dan was preceded in death by his brother, Thomas Glenn Morrison on December 8, 2010. Dan’s loving ways will be missed by his parents of Pleasant Hill; sisters, Shelley Malbrough and Sheila Taylor- DeFord; brother, Joseph Morrison; grandmother, Billie Holle, formerly of Pleasant Hill; Aunt Kerry Eklund and special cousin Robin
Walters, all of Pleasant Hill.
  Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, January 20, 2011 at St. Therese Catholic Church, 7207 N.W. Highway 9, Kansas City with visitation beginning at 10 a.m. Burial at Leavenworth National Cemetery, Leavenworth, KS.
  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to, Lomo's Camp for a Cure 101 Montgomery Street Suite #2150 San Francisco, CA. 94104.


Carol Anne Carlsen

 Carol Anne Carlsen, 69, of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, passed away Thursday, December 30, 2010.
  Carol was born July 10, 1941 in Kansas City, Missouri, the daughter of Jim Emmett and Elizabeth (Coursey) Kernodle.
  She was a member of the Blue Ridge Baptist Temple.
  Carol was a Christian school supporter and attended all the kids sporting events.
  Carol was a loving wife and dedicated mother to four children and fifteen grandchildren.
  She was greatly loved and her friends and family will miss her.
  She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Robert Carlsen; a son Kurt Carlsen and his daughter Ashlee; a daughter Kristen Halfhide and children Elizabeth, Rebekah, Andrew, Sarah, Hannah and Benjamin; a son, Scott Carlsen and children Courtney, Carly, Matthew and James; and a son, Jason Carlsen, and children Jacob, Jayden, Faith and Levi.
  Condolences may be made at www.mtmoriah-freeman.com
  Visitation was held from 12 noon to 1 p.m. followed by a funeral service at 1 p.m. Monday, January 3, at Mt. Moriah & Freeman Funeral Home, 10507 Holmes Road. in Kansas City.
  Burial was at the Mt. Moriah Cemetery.
  Arrangements were under the direction of Mount Moriah & Freeman Funeral Home of Kansas City.


Rose Ann Barber

Rose Ann Barber, 67, of Kingsville, departed this life January 3, 2011 at her home.
  She was born September 2, 1943 in Kansas City, the daughter of Orville Leo Holker and Mildred Arlene (Anderson) Holker-Fowler.
  As a young girl Rose lived in Kansas City. Following graduation, she worked as a model for the Betty Bonne Modeling Agency. After her marriage to Elamon Barber, she became a homemaker.
  Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Elamon; two sons Joseph Barber and Jonathan Barber; one brother Cyrus Holker; and one sister Iris Gann.
  She is survived by two daughters Espeeny (and Michael) Huffman of St. Charles, and Twila (and Troy) Adams of Excelsior Springs; eight grandchildren; three brothers Roger (and Linda) Holker of Kansas City; Mark (and Leann) Fowler of Olathe, and James Richard (and Cim) Holker of Springfield; four sisters Ruth Adkins of Kingsville, Diana (and Andy) Gill of Prairie Village; June Hudnall of Overland Park, and Cheri Rounkles of North Kansas City; several nephews and nieces; other relatives and friends.
  Cremation has been accorded.
  Memorial services were January 7, 2010 at the funeral home. Rev. Gary Walton of the New Liberty Baptist Church officiated.
  Inurnment in the Purdee Cemetery at a later date.
  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.


Freeda A. (Dixon-Coffel) Judd

Freeda A. (Dixon-Coffel) Judd, 83, of Pleasant Hill, passed away January 7, 2011 at The Rehabilitation Center of Raymore, under the care of Grace Hospice.
  Mrs. Judd was born March 24, 1927 in Amoret, Missouri, the daughter of Homer and Agnes (McElwain) Dixon. Freeda spent her younger years in Amoret and graduated from the Amoret, Missouri High School.
  She was united in marriage with Stanley Judd in Harrisonville on April 27, 1963.
  The Judd family moved to the Pleasant Hill area in May of 1965.
  Freeda had worked as a seamstress at several manufacturing companies and more recently had worked in the Pleasant Hill School Cafeteria. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Pleasant Hill and a member of Presbyterian Women.
  Freeda was preceded in death by her parents; Homer and Agnes Dixon; one son; Ellis Eugene Coffel and one grandson, Michael Wayne Coffel.
  She is survived by her husband, Stanley Judd of the home; one daughter; Lois Brewer of Belton; two sons; Kenneth Coffel and wife Betty and Albert Coffel and wife Donna, all of Pleasant Hill; one sister, Jean Johnston of Butler; one brother: Dean Dixon of California; 12 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.
  Funeral services were held January 10, 2011 at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill, with Rev. Madeline Mercer and Rev. Albert Mc- Dowell, officiating.
  Casket bearers were Richard Brewer, Kevin Neville, Richard Holt, Bobby Park, Mike Eckers and Shannon Taylor.
  Honorary bearers were Ray Park, Lorn Allen, Kirt Allen, Hank Stimpfel, Don Gunner and Mike Heryford.
  Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Grace Hospice, 9233 Ward Parkway, Suite 201, Kansas City, MO 64114 or Pleasant Hill Meals On Wheels.


Pamela Joy Walker

Pamela Joy Walker, 46, of Kingsville, departed this life January 5, 2011 at her home, surrounded by family and friends.
  She was born September 9, 1964 in Jefferson City, the daughter of Ralph William and Patsy Gail (Schuler) Saylor.
  On October 24, 1998, Pamela was united in marriage to Gene Wilbur Walker at the James A. Reed Wildlife Area near Lee's Summit.
  She was a 2003 graduate of Baker University. She and Gene had visited a majority of the continental United States; she especially loved to stay at Bed & Breakfasts.
  Pamela had been an accountant for Payless Cashways; later working for the Fike Corporation in Blue Springs. She was a member of the Pleasant Hill Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall.
  She is survived by her husband Gene of the home; two step-sons; Gene Arnold and Gabe Arnold both of Independence; four grandchildren; her parents Ralph and Pat Saylor of Booneville; one brother David Saylor and his wife Maria of Boonville; one sister Cris Saylor of North Kansas City; two nephews Kyle and Coty; and one niece Raven.
  Cremation has been accorded.
  A memorial visitation was held on January 8, 2011, at the Stanley-Dickey 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, Missouri.


James Daniel "J.D." Brown

 James Daniel "J.D." Brown, 101, of Pleasant Hill, formerly of Kansas City, departed this life December 31, 2010. He was born February 14, 1909 in Wellston, Oklahoma, the son of Franklin and Bertha (Kirch) Brown. On October 12, 1946, he was united in marriage to Thelma Lois Early in Kansas City, Kansas.
  Jim served his country as a WWII Army Air Corpsman serving in the European Theatre as an airplane and engine mechanic. He was awarded five bronze service stars during his military service.
  Following his time in the service, he worked for General Motors in Kansas City. He later worked for the Ford Motor Company in Claycomo doing utility work on the assembly line for 25 years before retiring in 1972. Jim was a member of the United Auto Workers' Union.
  Jim was strong and faithful in his devotion to Jesus Christ. He was baptized at Rock Falls Baptist Church in Orrick, Missouri. After moving to the Kansas City area, he became an active member of First Calvary Baptist Church in Kansas City where he served as a Deacon, head usher and member for many years.
  He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Everett Brown of Kansas City, and Fred Brown of Beaver Dam, Kentucky.
  He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Thelma of Pleasant Hill; son Jim Brown and wife Kathleen of Pleasant Hill; one grandson James Daly Brown and wife Angela of Kansas City; five granddaughters, Kathleen Brundage and husband Don of Pleasant Hill, Kelly Coady of Madison, Connecticut; Kerry Schaub and husband Kenton of Harrisonville; Jennifer Bracken and husband Scott of Pleasant Hill, and Julie (Brown) Haralson of Pleasant Hill; a special niece Kay Foxe of Kansas City; 11 great-grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.
  Funeral services were January 3, 2011, at Stanley- Dickey Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill. Rev. Richard Williams of the New Covenant Fellowship Church of Garden City officiated. Graveside services and interment were at Fairview Cemetery in Kearney, Missouri.
  Casket bearers included Scott Bracken, Don and Greg Brundage, Kenton, Austin and Tanner Schaub.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to the Pleasant Hill Lay Clergy Council 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


Christopher Roc Brewer

 Christopher Roc Brewer 60, of Lee’s Summit, departed this life on December 27, 2010, at St. Luke’s Hospital- East in Lee’s Summit.
  He was born June 5, 1950, in Kansas City, the son of William and Virginia (Sherman) Brewer. Chris grew up in Fairway, Kansas, the oldest of three children. He graduated from Johnson County Community College with his Associate’s in Arts in 1974 and Kansas University with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Radio TV and Journalism in 1978, graduating Magna Cum Laude.
  Chris married Linda Carswell on January 14, 1984. Chris was a member of the Chamber of Commerce in Lee’s Summit. He worked at The Journal as a reporter, news editor, editor and then director of public affairs for the city of Lee’s Summit.
  He was preceded in death by his parents and one infant son Cal James Brewer in November, 1985.
  He is survived by his wife Linda of the home; two sons Courtney Brewer (and Nikki Rice) of Seattle, Wash. and Charles Brewer (and Stacy Hill) of Springfield, Mo.; two brothers, Tim Brewer of Kansas City and Michael Brewer of Merced, Calif.; one surrogate daughter Kristen Thomas of Charleston, South Carolina, other relatives and many friends.
  Funeral services were December 30, 2010, at Stanley- Dickey Funeral Home. Seventy Rebecca Carlile of the Pleasant Hill Community of Christ Church officiated. Cremation will be accorded following services; inurnment will be in the Lee’s Summit Cemetery at a later date.
  Honorary casket bearers were Johnny Brewer, Peter Brewer, Tim Brewer, Nicholas Rice, Trent Rudder and Ty Rudder.
  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


Mervin Forrest Roberts

Mervin Forrest Roberts, 82, of Harrisonville, passed away on December 28, 2010 at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, MO, due to complications from pneumonia.
  Mervin was born November 5, 1928 in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, the son of Matthew and Dora (Goolsby) Roberts.
  Mervin retired from Honeywell and was an ordained minister in the Assembly of God Church. He was a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather.
  He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Wayne and Jack.
  He is survived by his wife, Verna of Harrisonville; one son, Jack Roberts of Kansas City; two daughters Gladys Hocker of Archie and Mary Blackman and her husband, Robert of Pleasant Hill; one brother, Melvin Roberts of Clifton, TX; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
  Services were held December 31, 2010 under the direction of the Atkinson Chapel, Adrian.
  Randy Glaubitz of the First Assembly of God, Raytown was officiating clergy.
  Patty Weiss was the organist and Terri Coulter the vocalist.


Vera Estelle Storms

Vera Estelle Storms, 94, of Harrisonville, formerly of Pleasant Hill, was born Wednesday, March 1, 1916 in the Main City community near Drexel, the daughter of George and Alice (Jones) Mitchell. She departed this life December 31, 2010 in Harrisonville surrounded by her loving family.
  On September 10, 1939, she was united in marriage to George Burleigh Storms at her parents’ home near Drexel. He preceded her in death on November 20, 2000.
  Vera was a homemaker and devoted farmer’s wife.
  George and Vera loved to travel especially in the western states, including two trips to Alaska; later traveling east to visit family.
  She was interested in family history and was a 31 year member of the Mary Sibley Chapter of the DAR. She was also preceded in death by her sister Fern Hampton and two great grandchildren.
  She is survived by her son Alvin (and Linda) Storms of Garden City; her daughter Amy (and John L.) Ledgerwood of Harrisonville; five grandchildren George (and Karen) Ledgerwood of Lenexa, Kansas, John D. (and Paula) Ledgerwood, of Springfield, Missouri, Laura (and Troy) Hartwig of Lee’s Summit; Erika (and Alex) Storms of Huntsville, Alabama, and Gary Milian (and Steven) of Raytown; 14 great grandchildren; other relatives and many friends.
  She was an active member of the Harrisonville First Baptist Church where services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 5, 2011. Dr. David Noble, minister of the church, will officiate. Interment will be in the Sharon Cemetery near Drexel.
  Casket bearers are Larry Hampton, Laura Hartwig, George Ledgerwood, John D. Ledgerwood, Gary Milian and Erika Storms.
  Memorial contributions are suggested to Harrisonville 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, Pleasant Hill.