Pleasant Hill, Missouri            Wednesday, February 10, 2016             ©2016 Pleasant Hill Times

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Charles Wayne Dodson
....Charles Wayne Dodson, 79, formerly of Lake Lotawana and Raymore, Mo., was born Sept. 2, 1936, in Independence, Kan., the son of Jesse Boone and Opal Marie (Zollars) Dodson. He departed this life Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, at the Missouri State Veterans Home in Warrensburg, Mo.
....Wayne was a 1954 Manhattan, Kan., High School graduate. Following high school, he proudly served in the United States Marine Corps from 1955 to 1959. On June 25, 1964, he was united in marriage to Sue Ann (Freeman) Wendel in Raytown, Mo.
....Wayne was a bricklayer for Weeks Masonry and later J.E. Dunn. Following retirement, he owned and operated Cookie Jars & More in downtown Pleasant Hill, Mo., for over 23 years. He was a Cub Master of the Lake Lotawana Cub Scouts, an active member of the Pleasant Hill Downtown Association, and past president of the Bricklayer’s Union Local #4.
....Wayne was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Jessie Lee Thomas.
....He is survived by: his wife of 51 years, Sue of Van Alstyne, Texas; one daughter, Sandra Kendall, of Independence, Mo.; three step-sons: Richard and wife Helayne Wendel of Dallas, Tex., Jack Wendel of Austin, Tex., and Kurt Wendel of Westminster, Tex.; five grandchildren; two great grandchildren; other relatives and many friends.
....Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, at the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill. Graveside military services and interment will be held 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville.
....Memorial contributions are suggested to the Missouri Veterans Home and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
....Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com
....Arrangements were under the direction of the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home.

Troy B. Brinkoetter
....Troy B. Brinkoetter, 45, of Pleasant Hill, Mo., was born, Aug. 20, 1970, in Kansas City, Mo., the son of Robert L. “Bob” and Pamela R. (Short) Brinkoetter. He departed this life at 10:28 a.m. Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, at the Research Hospital in Kansas City.
....Troy attended the Pleasant Hill school system up through his junior year then moved to Camdenton where he graduated in 1988.
....On Aug. 20, 2000, he was united in marriage to Julia M. Radmacher on the Lake of the Ozarks.
....He honorably served in the United States Navy as a Damage Controlman Second Class. He proudly served in both the Persian Gulf War and Desert Storm. Following his retirement from the Navy, he was employed as a police officer and fireman in Sunrise Beach, Mo., and worked at their family restaurant in Sunrise Beach. He attended St. Bridget Catholic Church in Pleasant Hill, and was a member of the St. Patrick Catholic Church in Laurie, Mo. He was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3118 and the Knights of Columbus, Sons of Mercy Chapter #13113, both in Pleasant Hill.
....Troy enjoyed tinkering, spending time on his Harley.

John Wayne
“Jack” Welborn
....John Wayne “Jack” Welborn was born Sept. 8, 1928 in Harrisonville, Mo., and departed this life from cancer on Jan. 29, 2016, at his home in Loch Lloyd, Mo., surrounded by the love of his family, at the age of 87. He was the son of John Emsley and Edna Pearl (Fields) Welborn.
....Jack attended school in Raymore, Mo., Baytown Tex., and Nevada, Mo. He also attended Finley Engineering in Kansas City, Mo.
....Jack worked for Foster Wheeler Corp. in Saudi Arabia for 2 1/2 years and also built refineries in Iran. Upon his return to the U.S. Jack became a member of I.B.E.W. Local #124.
....On May 30, 1951, Jack was united in marriage with Carol Decker in Harrisonville and to this union two children were born.
Jack proudly served his country in both the U.S. Merchant Marines during WWII and the United States Army in Korea. After his honorable discharge from the military in 1955, Jack went to work for Great Northern Electric where he worked his way up through the ranks to become Superintendent, and finally as Shop Superintendent for 18 years before starting his own Company. In 1972, Jack and M. R. “Red” Windham began Electrical Corporation of America (ECA) in Kansas City.
....In 1973 Jack became a member of National Electric Contractors of America and within four years he was elected to his Chapter’s Board of Directors, and was President from 1983-1989 and Governor of NECA from 1989-1998. Jack was also a founding father and member of the Board of Trustees for Electric International. Jack had served on the Joint Labor Management Committee and the Negotiating Committee in 1981. He served on the Health & Welfare, Pension and Annuity Trust Funds from 1983 through 1992. On the national level, Jack invested three years as a member of the National Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee and the NECA Manpower Development Committee. He was also the first contractor in the midwest to win the Electrical Industry Eagle Award. Jack was a founder of the Electrical Contracting Foundation, where he committed time, money and expertise to generate the power of the future. He was recognized on the list of the largest volume electrical contractors in the U.S for several years.
....Jack and Carol enjoyed traveling all over the world with the Electrical Contracting Association members.
....Jack was a charter member and member of the board of directors of the Peculiar Lions Club, a member of V.F.W. Post #3118 of Pleasant Hill and a member of the Masonic Lodge and the Ararat Shrine. He was also a member of the Community of Christ Church of Pleasant Hill.
....Jack was preceded in death by: his parents, John and Pearl Welborn, both in 1995; two brothers, Gail Welborn in 1977 and Gary Welborn in 2014; and one sister, Virginia Wallace in 2004.
....He is survived by: his wife Carol of the home; two daughters, Debbie Kolwyck and husband Danny of McAlpin, Fla., and Donna Farrar of Bucyrus, Kan.; one sister, Shirley Paul of Greenwood, Mo.; grandchildren, Shannon Quick and husband Jay and Casey Heflin and wife Joy, all of Pleasant Hill, Natasha Stock and husband Chris of Overland Park, Kan., Lane Farrar and wife Vanessa of New York City, Shaylynn Kolwyck of McAlpin, Seth Farrar of Lawrence Kan., Kassidy and Josiah Kolwyck, both of McAlpin; great-grandchildren Austin, Calob, Bobbie Sue, Cameron, Cody, Taylor, Ciel, Clayton, Jackson and Miller; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
....Funeral Services for John W. “Jack” Welborn were held on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill, with Evangelist Don Carlile officiating.
....Casket bearers were Lane Farrar, Seth Farrar, Casey Heflin, Austin Heflin, Chris Stock and Kevin Connealy. Honorary bearers were Danny Kolwyck, Jay Quick and Sonny Paul.
....Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery with Military Honors provided by the United States Army and V.F.W. Honors Team, Post #3118 of Pleasant Hill. A Masonic Service was held during visitation the previous night.
....The family suggests contributions to the Pleasant Hill Education Foundation/Welborn Family Scholarship.
....Services were under the direction of the Wallace Funeral Home.

Henry E. Funkhouser
....Henry E. Funkhouser, 91 of Pleasant Hill, Mo., was born July 11, 1924, in Raytown, Mo., the son of James E. and Anna L. (Pendelton) Funkhouser. He departed this life Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, at Cass Regional Medical Center in Harrisonville, surrounded with love and family.
....On Aug. 13, 1950, he was united in marriage to Arline Volkart at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in California, Mo. She preceded him in death on Nov. 17, 2015.
....Early in Henry’s career he worked alongside his family at Funkhouser Dairy in Raytown; later he owned and operated Henry Funkhouser Construction of Pleasant Hill, where he used his gift as a carpenter to build numerous homes in the Pleasant Hill area. He also farmed.
....Henry was an active member and former Sunday school teacher of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Harrisonville. In his spare time he enjoyed farming, latch hook, puzzles and spending time with family.
....He was preceded in death by four sisters, May DeBrot, Helen Aldrich, Julia Cole and Leona Cary.
....Henry is survived by: three daughters, Becky and husband Terry Wilson and Annie and husband Bill Vaughn, both of Pleasant Hill, and Patty husband and Mark Diers, of Howard Lake, Minn.; six grandchildren, Todd and wife Nici Wilson of Pleasant Hill, Adam and wife Crystal Vaughn of Lone Jack, Mo., Scott and wife Jennifer Vaughn of Pleasant Hill, Julie Kinney of Pleasant Hill, Jeff and wife Leisha Diers, and Keith and fiancé Bridget Comee Diers, both of Howard Lake; nine great-grandchildren Taylor, Conway and Delilah Vaughn, Tyne and Truman Wilson, Tyler and Olivia Vaughn, Emma and Michael Kinney; other relatives and many friends.
....Visitation was held on Tuesday, Feb. 2, at the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill, and one hour prior to the service at Our Savior Lutheran Church on Wednesday, Feb. 3 with Pastor John Stelter officiating. Interment followed in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Casket bearers were Jeff Diers, Keith Diers, Adam Vaughn, Scott Vaughn, Todd Wilson and Bruce Simms.
....In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are lovingly suggested to Our Savior Lutheran Church and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
....Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com
....Arrangements were under the direction of the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home.

John D. Bruns

....John D. Bruns, 93 of Pleasant Hill, Mo., was born Dec., 25, 1922, the son of William and Mable Bruns. He died Jan. 22, 2016, at the Foxwood Springs Living Center in Raymore, Mo.
....On Aug.10, 1944, John married the girl of his dreams Flora “Bebe” Garcia, in Los Angeles, Calif. She preceded him in death on March 6, 2012.
....John retired as a Police Detective for the Los Angeles Police Department in 1974. He returned to Pleasant Hill to live out his years hunting and trapping, as well as traveling with his beloved Bebe.
....John enjoyed aviation and piloted single engine aircrafts. He was a member of the Ararat Flying Fez, assisting burned and crippled children in receiving medical care through the Shrine Burn Centers. John was also an active member in the Masons, Reseda Lodge.
....Besides his wife and parents, John was preceded in death by his sister Billy Jean “Jinx” Caulfield.
....John is survived by: his loving daughter Jeannette (Bruns) Herrera, JD; and five sons: John W. Bruns, DDS; Joseph Bruns, General Contractor; James Bruns, Esq., Jerry Bruns, MD; and Jeff Bruns, PhD.
....The Recitation of the Rosary will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, 2016, followed by visitation until 8 p.m. at the Stanley Dickey Funer Home in Pleasant Hill.
....Mass of Christian Burial will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, at the St. Bridget Catholic Church in Pleasant Hill. Monsignor Robert Murphy will officiate.
....Military services and interment will follow in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery with full military honors by the U.S. Navy and the V.F.W. Post #3118 Honor Guard. Pallbearers are Jim Wasson, Dean Gray, Nathan Hibbs, Dean Armstrong, Jonathan Bruns, and Teresa Gray.
....Memorial contributions are suggested to the National Rifle Association and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
....Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com
....Arrangements are under the direction of the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home.

George Don
“Pete” Campbell
....George Don “Pete” Campbell, 77 of Clinton, Mo., ended his battle with cancer on Monday, Jan. 11, 2016 at 12:37 a.m. at the Golden Living Center-Westwood in Clinton.
....George was born Feb. 28, 1938, in Clinton to Chester Cecil Campbell and Elsie May (Hunter) Campbell.
....George was a graduate of Clinton High School, Class of 1957, and joined the Air Force the day after graduation and served until 1961. After his service George worked at Williams Rock Quarry, Warsaw, Mo., Prewitt Manufacturing, Pleasant Hill, Mo., Lake City, Independence, Mo., painted houses, worked for City of Pleasant Hill, and finished his working career at Calmar Manufacturing as an electrical maintenance man where he retired after 22 years.
....George and Arlene Glaspy were married on March 9, 1968 in Clinton. They made their home in Pleasant Hill, for 32 years. In 2000, George and Arlene moved to Clinton to enjoy fishing and hunting with their grandsons.
....He was an avid gardener and spent the majority of his time outside mowing, gardening or sitting under the pin oak trees he planted. One of George’s proudest moments was receiving “Yard of the Month” in August 2013.
....George lived for his family. He loved taking the Loyd boys hunting and fishing or even listening to their “windy” stories. He also loved watching and listening to the Graham girls’ sports videos and games. George had the biggest sweet tooth and was the king of making peanut brittle and other Christmas candy.
....George was preceded in death by: his parents; and siblings, Bobbie Lee (Bob), Bonnie June, Margie Faye Hicks-Mason, Chester Junior “Chuck”, John Duncan andHarold Eugene.
....He is survived by: his wife of 47 years, Arlene; his daughters, Heather Campbell of Clinton, Kathy and husband Tim Loyd, Clinton, Amanda and husband Daren Graham, Pleasant Hill; six grandchildren, Jacob, Phillip and Isaac Loyd, and Emily, Tabby and Abby Graham. Surviving siblings include Mary Jane Drenning, McHenry, Ill., and Larry Raymond Campbell, Clinton.
....Funeral Services were held on Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, also at Consalus Funeral Chapel. Interment followed at Urich Cemetery, Urich, Mo.
....George was a member of Northeast Baptist Church where memorial donations can be made in his memory. Also, memorial donations can be made to the American Cancer Society and left in care of Consalus Funeral Home, 209 S. 2nd, Clinton, MO 64735.
....Condolences may be left online at www.ConsalusFu neralHome.com
....Arrangements were under the direction of the Consalus Funeral Home.

Adam J. Nixson
....Adam J. Nixson, 29 of Pleasant Hill, Mo., formerly of Johnston, Iowa, departed this life, on Monday, Dec. 28, 2015.
....He is survived by his wife, Lauren Nixson and sons, James Nixson (age 3) and Miles Nixson (age 1) of the home; his parents, Jim and Tami Nixson of Johnston, Iowa; his sister, Kristina Nixson of Waukee, Iowa; maternal grandmother, Lou Love of Overland Park, Kan.; brother-in-law, Nick Eaton of Overland Park; sister-in-law, Maddie Eaton of Overland Park; several aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws and many close friends.
....Cremation has been accorded. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, 2016, at the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill.
....A Celebration of Life service will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, at the funeral home.
....In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Adam may be made to the Adam Nixson’s Family Memorial or the Missouri Department of Conservation, c/o Donations Coordinator, PO Box 180, Jefferson City, MO, 65102. Donations may also be left at the funeral home.
....Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanley-dickeyfuneral home.com
....Arrangements are under the direction of the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home.

Helen Louise Koetting
....Helen Lucille Koetting, 80 of Holden, Mo., passed away Jan. 8, 2016, at Lee's Summit Medical Center in Lee's Summit Mo. Helen was born July 19, 1935, to Joseph William Wright and Lily Pearl (Hedrick) Wright in Independence, Mo.
....Helen married Jim Koetting on Oct. 31, 1978, and moved to Holden 36 years ago. Helen worked for Calmar in Lee's Summit and retired as a quality control supervisor.
....Surviving her passing is: Jim Koetting, her husband of 37 years, of the home; one son, Martin Bosch, Strasburg, Mo.; two daughters, Karen Nichols and husband Dennis, Basehor, Kan.; Kasey Koetting and Jason Gower, Holden; five grandchildren, which include Cody Bruns and Jaci Gower; and three great-grandchildren.
....Helen was preceded in death by: her first husband Norman H. Bosch; stepson James D. Koetting; three brothers Clyde Wright, Joseph Wright, and John Wright; and four sisters, Mollie Urton, Edna Wright, Mary L. Wright and Eloise Wright.
....Visitation will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, at Ben Cast & Son-Wood Funeral Home in Holden. A memorial service will follow at 2 p.m., with Pastor Gary Hackett officiating.
....Memorial contributions can be made in honor of Helen Koetting to the Holden Senior Center.
....Online Condolences can be left at www.castfuner alhome.com
....Arrangements are under the direction of Ben Cast & Son-Wood Funeral Home of Holden.

Robert Ellifrits
....Robert Ellifrits, 48 of Kingsville, Mo., departed this life, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016, at the Research Medical Center in Kansas City.
....He is survived by: his daughter, Jessica Burnhart of Olathe, Kan.; father Billy Ray and wife Marcella Ellifrits of Pleasant Hill; grandmother Anna Barker of Pleasant Hill; one step-brother, Tom Meads of Holden, Mo.; three step-sisters, Janet Hargrave of Liberty, Mo., Tammy Beaver of Holden, and Mickey Collins of Pleasant Hill.
....Cremation has been accorded.
....A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, at the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill. Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until service time.
....Memorial contributions are suggested to the Research Hospital Cancer Center.
....Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome .com
....Arrangments are under the direction of the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home of Pleasant Hill.

Wilda Hayes Hosch
....Wilda (Hayes) Hosch was born July 23, 1940, in Pleasant Hill, Mo., and departed this life on December 22, 2015 at North Central Baptist Hospital in San Antonio, Tex., at the age of 75 years, 4 months and 29 days.
....She was the daughter of David Hayes and Willetta (Rolls) Hayes-Scott.
....Wilda lived her early years in Pleasant Hill, and graduated from Pleasant Hill High School in 1958. After graduation, she worked for Sears several years, where she met her husband, Robert P. Hosch. After their marriage, Wilda and Robert lived in Independence, Mo. Due to Robert’s position with Sears, the Hosch family also lived in Mesquite, Tex., Wheaton, Ill., and retired in San Antonio, Tex.
....Wilda was an active member of the Parkhill Baptist Church of San Antonio and a staunch activist and volunteer for anything that had to do with animal rescue, especially Brittany Spaniel dogs.
....Wilda was preceded in death by: her husband on Feb. 23, 2012; her father, David Hayes; her mother, Willetta (Rolls) Hayes-Scott; and her step-father, Lail Scott.
....She is survived by: one son, Clint Strain of San Antonio; one step-son, Gregg Hosch and wife Jenny of Chesterfield, Mo.; three grandchildren, Sara Eaves of Columbia, S. Car., Kelly Hosch of Chicago, Ill., Ben Hosch of St. Louis, Mo.; three cousins who she considered her sisters and brother, Margaret Johansen and Joy LaPorte, both of Athens, Geo., and Guy Rolls of Dardenne Prairie, Mo.; other relatives and many, many friends.
....Funeral service was held at on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016 at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill. Guy Rolls officiated. Burial followed in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Family received friends prior to the service.
....Arrangements were under the direction of the Wallace Funeral Home.

Georgia Johnson
....Georgia Johnson, 86, of Pleasant Hill, Mo., died Monday, Dec. 28, 2015, at the Cass Regional Medical Center in Harrisonville
....She was a homemaker and enjoyed crafting, knitting and crocheting.
....Georgia was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Mary Louise Johnson; one brother, Clarence Fields; and two sisters, Genevieve Besz and Geraldine Swaidner.
....She is survived by: her husband Walter of the home; two sons, James W. (and Helen Ann) of Perry Mich., and John Riley of Grandview, Mo.; five grandchildren, Megan Smith of Indianapolis, Ind., Katherine Johnson of Minneapolis, Minn., Karri Johnson and Riley Johnson of Grandview, and Hillary Johnson of Grandview; one great-grandson, Rowan Cloud Smith of Indianapolis; one sister Marianne Fields of Lee’s Summit, Mo.; other relatives and many friends.
....Services were held Monday, Jan. 4, 2016. Interment was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
....Memorial contributions are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
....Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanley-dick eyfuneralhome.com
....Arrangements werter under the direction of the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home of Pleasant Hill.

Randy Wright
....Randy Dale Wright, 58, of Pleasant Hill, Mo. passed away on New Year’s Day, 2016.
....Randy was preceded in death by: his folks, Dale and Judy Wright, all of his grandparents, his step-son, Anthony Barnes, many of his in-laws, and of course, Elvis.
....Winning the “most kids” award at one of his early class reunions, he is survived by a slew of kids and grandkids.
....Surviving is: his wife of 26 years, Trina Wright; daughters, Jennifer Rhodes and husband Damon, Pleasant Hill, Kandi Kerns of Belton, Mo.; sons Matt Wright and wife Amie of Pleasant Hill, and Jacob Wright of Pleasant Hill; his loving caregiver, Ashley Metcalf of Pleasant Hill; his brothers Chris Wright and Terry Wright and wife Valorie Wright; and a dozen ornery, beautiful grandkids.
....Never one to conform, let it be known that Randy did life his way and was still calling the shots when it was time to go, insisting that he ring in the New Year.
....Join the family at a memorial service in Randy’s honor on Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, at Woods Chapel United Methodist Church in Lee’s Summit, Mo.—which incidentally is Elvis’ birthday. Visitations is at 6 p.m., followed by the service at 7 p.m.
....In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donating to the Pleasant Hill Lay Clergy Council to help a variety of causes in and around Pleasant Hill.