Pleasant Hill, Missouri            Wednesday, January 28, 2015             ©2014 Pleasant Hill Times

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James Rexford Rockwell
... James Rexford Rockwell, 84, left this life for a better one on January 22, 2015. He was born November 22, 1930, in Macon County, Missouri. His last days were spent at the Village Hospice in Lee’s Summit.
... James was one of three children, born to James Edgar and Mildred Frances (Ford) Rockwell. The family lived in Macon County until 1941, when they moved to St. Louis. James proudly served his country in the United States Army from 1952 to 1954 during the Korean War.
... In 1950, he was united in marriage with Katherine L. Bendert, and they had one child, Rodney Wayne Rockwell. In 1958, he wed Shirley Frazee, and they had two children, Hughle Rockwell and James Rockwell, Jr. In 1965, James married Sharon Kay Johnson, and they adopted a baby girl, Jennifer Lynn Rockwell. In 2008, he met Betty West, who became his best friend and companion until his death.
... James was preceded in death by his parents, James and Mildred Rockwell; two sons, Hughle Rockwell and James Rockwell, Jr., and one sister, Mildred Lois (Rockwell) Lilly. James is survived by son, Rodney Rockwell and Donald Son, both of Lee’s Summit; one daughter, Jennifer (Rockwell) Smith of Dallas, Texas; one brother, Edgar Rockwell of Lone Jack; special niece, Dorothy Cornelius of Greenwood; six grandchildren, four great grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.
... Funeral service for James Rexford Rockwell was January 26, 2015, at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill, with Pastor Victor Stevens officiating. Interment with Military Honors was January 27, 2015 at the Chariton Cemetery, near Callao, Missouri.
... Arrangements by Wallace Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

Jayna Sue Riner
...Riner, 68, of Lee’s Summit, formerly of Redwood City, Calif., departed this life January 21, 2015, at the Kansas University Medical Center.
...She was born February 6, 1946, in Dixon, Calif., the daughter of Jesse William and Nila Grayce (Beeler) Jones.
...Jayna was a 1964 Dixon High School graduate, later earning her Bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University (OSU).
...On August 26, 1967, she was united in marriage to John David Riner, Jr. in Dixon.
...Early in Jayna’s career, she was employed as an Interior Designer; later becoming a homemaker.   Her hobbies included genealogy, creating stained glass windows, folk art painting, gardening, knitting and crocheting. 
...She was a member of the Kappa Delta Sorority at OSU and was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.  She and John attended the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church.
...Jayna was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband, John, of the home; three children, John W. (and Susan) Riner of Cocoa, Florida; David W. Riner of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Melanie J. (and Daniel) Love of Lee’s Summit; three grandchildren, Kathleen, Jameson and Liam, all of Lee’s Summit; two brothers, Beeler Jones and Jesse (and Mary Ellen) Jones, both of Dixon; other relatives and friends.
...Graveside funeral services were held January 23, 2015, at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Reverend David Owsley officiated.
...Online condolences may be sent to the family at
...Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

Michael D. Gray
...Michael D. Gray, 67, formerly of Pleasant Hill, departed this life January 2, 2015, at Kindred Hospital South, Kansas City. Michael and his family  owned Gray's Hardware in Pleasant Hill.
...Arrangements are pending. A complete obituary will be published in next week’s edition of the Pleasant Hill Times and online at

Sunee Gayle Bailey
... Sunee Gayle Bailey, 61, of Pleasant Hill, departed this life on January 7, 2015, at her home. She was born November 24, 1953, in Kansas City, the daughter of Robert Eugene “Bob” and Opal Ester (Holzbaur) Bailey.
... Sunee spent most of her life in the Pleasant Hill area, graduating from Pleasant Hill High School in 1972. In 1992, she graduated from Graceland University, Lamoni, Iowa with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing.
... Sunee worked at several area hospitals, including V.A. Medical Center in Kansas City and Cass Regional Medical Center in Harrisonville, where her sweet disposition and kind and gentle ways made her a favorite with her patients.
... Sunee was a member of the United Methodist Church of Pleasant Hill.
... She was preceded in death by her parents, Bob and Opal Bailey and one brother, James A. Holzbaur.
... Sunee is survived by one niece, Debbie Holzbaur Jones and husband Jim of Pleasant Hill; one nephew, James Holzbaur, Jr. and wife Mary of Oak Grove; one great nephew, Blaine Bunch, Jr. of Pleasant Hill; four great-nieces, Jamie Kelley and husband T. J. of Blue Springs; Hollie Youngblood and husband Richard, Danielle Jones and Megan Jones, all of Pleasant Hill; three great-great nephews; four “sisters of the heart,” Sandy Bailey of Bakersfield, Calif.; Lisa Harmon, Robyn Hamilton and Katie Player, all of Pleasant Hill; special friends, Julie Lyons and family of Lee’s Summit and Beverly Starks of Pleasant Hill, other relatives and many friends.
... Cremation has been accorded. A Celebration of Life Memorial Visitation was held January 17, 2015, at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill.
... Sunee desired contributions in her memory to American Cancer Society, Kansas City Metro Office, 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, Kansas City, Missouri 64105; Cedar Cove Feline Conservatory and Educational Center, Louisburg, Kansas (donations may be made online) or to a “no kill” animal shelter of your choice.
... Arrangements by Wallace Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

Karen Sue Armstrong
...Karen Sue Armstrong, 73, of Pleasant Hill, departed this life on January 15, 2015, at her home surrounded with love and family. She was born August 26, 1941, in Carrollton, Missouri, the daughter of William Jennings and Cora Esther (Adkins) Doyle. 
...Karen grew up in Carrollton and Fort Madison, Iowa and then moved to Independence, Missouri. Karen was a 1959 William Chrisman High School graduate. 
On January 2, 1959, she was united in marriage to Charles Frank Armstrong in Independence.
...Karen was a homemaker, proudly raising her five children and many grandchildren.  She was also the secretary and co-owner of Armstrong Stone Contracting for over 35 years. 
...She was a wonderful cook and enjoyed canning food from the garden. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints most all of her life.  She and Charles are presently members of the Lee’s Summit 3rd Ward.
...Karen was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, Dale Castle, Lee Castle and Everett Castle.
...She is survived by her sweetheart and best friend, Charles, of the home; five children, Shelly (and Mark) Journey of Linwood, Kansas; Sherry (and Kirk) Ketcham of Overland Park; Charles Armstrong Jr. of Pleasant Hill, Kristy (and Kent) Livingston of Broomfield, Colo.; Kelly (and Keith) Boehmke of Pleasant Hill; 12 grandchildren, Hollie, Grant, Marcus, Lindsey, Chelsey, Daniel, Meaghan, Matt, Haleigh, Steve, Jessica and Kelsey; six great grandchildren, Piper, Henry, Charlotte, Caroline, Porter, Ste-ven;  four sisters, Linda Gordon of Littleton, Colo.; B. J. (and Phil) Nikkel of Tucson, Ariz.; Janet Castle of Kansas City, and Laurie Castle of Independence;  other relatives and many friends.
...Funeral services were held January 19, 2015, at the funeral home.  Family and close friends officiated.  Interment followed in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. 
...Casket bearers were Brian Brock, Daniel Journey, Marcus Journey, Matthew Ketcham, Steve Livingston and Massey Sloop.
...Memorial contributions may be sent to the KU Endowment, University of Kansas Comprehensive Cancer Center Designation Account and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
...Online condolences may be sent to the family at
...Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

Ted J. Spiwak
... Ted J. Spiwak, 91, passed away January 6, 2015, at Pleasant Hill Health & Rehab Center.
... He was born June 19, 1922 in Kansas City, the son of Vincent A. and Sophia (Krzyzek) Spiwak. He served in the United States Army during World War II. He was united in marriage to Margurette L. Lewis on October 9, 1942 in Kansas City. He farmed near Holden for over 60 years. Ted was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, where he was also a member of Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed bowling in years past, as well as being outdoors.
... Survivors include four children: Bob Spiwak and wife, Carol of Lee's Summit; Ted Spiwak and wife, Karen of North Kansas City; Patty Jasper and husband, Dale of Holden, and Christopher Spiwak of Grain Valley; son-inlaw, Mike Boston of Lee's Summit; sister, Irene Dinges of Pleasant Hill; brother, Chester Spiwak of Kingsville; 15 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.
... He was preceded in death by his wife, Margurette; daughter, Loretta Jean Boston; sister, Jennie Powell; brother, Jesse Spiwak and grandson, Henry Boston.
... Father Pete Savidge was the officiating clergy for a funeral mass January 10, 2015, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Holden.
... Interment followed in Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Holden with military graveside honors, provided by Holden Veterans of Foreign Wars, Memorial Post #5844 and Munday-Hancock Post #90, American Legion.
... Memorial contributions are suggested to the Holden Food Pantry or Warrensburg Veterans Home.
... Arrangements were under the direction of the Williams Funeral Chapel in Holden. Online condolences may be left at www. williamsfuneralchapel. net.

William Ray McClintock
... William Ray McClintock, 82, of Liberty, passed away December 30, 2014, peacefully at his home and surrounded by his family.
... A memorial service was held January 7, 2015, at Westridge Christian Church, in Raytown.
... He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Florence (Green) McClintock of the home; brothers, Clark of Independence; and Dale of Pleasant Hill; three children; one stepdaughter, and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, extended family and friends.
... Because of Ray's love for children, the family encourages contributions to the Shriners Hospitals for Children®; 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607. Online condolences may be expressedat
... Arrangements by Carson Speaks Chapels, 816-2527900.

Edwin B. Wilkinson
...Edwin Benjamin Wilkinson, 94, Lone Jack, died January 1, 2015 at the Missouri Veterans Home in Warrensburg.
...Edwin was born December 30, 1920 in Lone Jack, the son of John Wesley and Eula May (Bynum) Wilkinson. He attended grade school in a one-room schoolhouse called the Liberty School, one mile away from the family farm in rural Johnson County, Missouri. He was a 1938 graduate of Lone Jack High School.
...In 1943, Edwin joined the U. S. Navy and attended Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois, where he graduated from the Officer's Training Midshipman's School in December, 1943. He served in WWII as an officer on two naval ships, the U.S.S. Storm King and the U.S.S. Bountiful. During his service, he earned three medals of distinction, the Asiatic Pacific 4 Star, the Philippine Liberation 2 Star, and the American Theatre WWII Victory Medal.
...After the war, Edwin continued his education at Central Missouri State Teachers College from 1946-1947 and received his Bachelor of Science degree in education, with a major in agriculture and biology and a minor in industrial arts. In 1948, he graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture. He received his Teacher's Certification in 1949 and taught Vocational Agriculture to Veterans in Cass County.
...On November 18, 1950, Edwin married Florence Kerr. They had six children. Throughout his life, Edwin worked part time on the Wilkinson family farm, outside of Lone Jack, where he assisted his father and brother, raising livestock, cattle, sheep and pigs and a variety of crops. Edwin was employed at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant, outside of Kansas City, for several years and then in 1972, he went to work as a rural postal carrier in Lone Jack. He retired from the Post Office in 1995 with 23 years of service.
...Edwin has always been a hard working individual, showing his devotion and dedication, not only through his work on the farm, but by serving his community through his occupation. He has enjoyed spending time with his family and is proud to have had the opportunity to serve and protect his country during WWII. He was a member of the Lone Jack Christian Church, a 50+ member of the Jewel Masonic Lodge #480 AF&AM, Pleasant Hill.
...Edwin was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Florence, on January 17, 2013, and one granddaughter, Lisa A. (Loftis) Piburn on April 11, 2011. He is survived by two sons, Jack E. Wilkinson (Carolyn), Lone Jack, and William "Wesley" Wilkinson (Jeff Baer), Elverta, Calif.; four daughters, Lois A. Loftis (Phillip), Lone Jack; Vicki L. Cada, Lee's Summit; Sherry M. Aldridge (Roger), Lone Jack, and Lori F. Wilkinson, Lone Jack; one sister, Florence Adams, Oak Grove; nine grandchildren and 16 greatgrandchildren.
...Masonic service/funeral service was held January 6, 2015 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville. Burial was in Lone Jack Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lone Jack Cemetery or to Lone Jack Christian Church.
...Arrangements under the direction of Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville. Online condolences may be made to