Pleasant Hill, Missouri            Wednesday, March 4, 2015             ©2014 Pleasant Hill Times

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Herschel Franklin
.. Herschel Franklin, 95, Harrisonville, died February 23, 2015 at his home.   
.. Herschel was born June 19, 1919, in McFall, Missouri, in Harrison County, the son of Renard “Jack” and Cassie May (Chipp) Franklin. 
.. He was a 1937 graduate of Hugoton, Kansas High School.  He married Ella Marie Smith on June 5, 1940, in Warrensburg. They lived in Pleasant Hill, before moving to Harrisonville in 1947.  
.. In Harrisonville, Herschel owned and operated the Texaco Oil Distributorship and later built and owned the Champion station at Highway 2 and Commercial in Harrisonville.  After selling the Champion station, he was a project manager for Vendo Corporation.  
.. He served as an alderman on the Harrisonville City Council for 16 years and on he Harrisonville School Board from 1960-1964.  He was a 75-year member of the Cass Masonic Lodge #147, Harrisonville.  He was a member of the Harrisonville First Christian Church. Herschel was also a certified BBQ judge for the Kansas City BBQ Society and judged at the American Royal.
.. Herschel was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, two brothers and his wife, Marie, on November 16, 1996.  He is survived by one son, Jim Franklin and wife, Judy, Harrisonville; one daughter, Sandra Jean Barnes, Clearwater, Fla.; six grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
.. Funeral services were held February 26, 2015, at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville. Burial in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society.
..Online condolences may be made to atkinsonfuneralhome.com. Arrangements by Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville.

Eva Willena Oden
...Willena Oden, 87, Harrisonville, passed away on February 23, 2015, at Crown Care Center, Harrisonville. Eva was born, January 21, 1928, the daughter of Chester and Sylvia (Johnson) Oden in
Whitham, Mo.
...She was a member of the Heartland Church in Blue Springs. She enjoyed being at home and loved to embroidery and make quilts.
...Survivors include niece, Penny Allen and husband Wayne of Kingsville; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held at the Lindley Funeral Home, on February 25, 2015. Burial will be held at a later date.
...Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Hospice and may be left at or mailed to Lindley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 47, Chillicothe, Missouri 64601. Online condolences may be made at www.lindleyfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements by Lindley Funeral Home, Hale, Mo.

James L. "Jimmy" Parris

...James L. "Jimmy" Parris, Jr., 68, of Clinton, formerly of Pleasant Hill, departed this life, March 1, 2015, at the Golden Valley Memorial Hospital, Clinton.
...Funeral services are pending.  Please call (816) 540-5550 or go online at www.stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com. for service times.  A complete obituary will be published in next week’s edition of the Pleasant Hill Times.


Jan D. Baker

...Jan D. Baker, 76, of Pleasant Hill, departed this life, February 28, 2015, at her home.
...Arrangements are pending. A complete obituary will be published in next week’s edition of the Pleasant Hill Times and online at www.stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.


Erwin Karl Mahlmann
.. Erwin Karl Mahlmann, 84 of Warrensburg, Missouri passed away February 16, 2015, at Village House Hospice in Lee’s Summit.
.. Erwin was born June 3, 1930, in Osnabruck, Germany, the son of Carl and Frieda (Scrmiesky) Mahlmann.
.. He was united in marriage to Waltraud Elisabeth Hagedorn on March 4, 1950, in Osnabruck.
.. The couple sailed to New York on the last voyage of the S.S. America in April of 1957.
.. They raised their family in Brooklyn, Queens and the Catskills.
.. Erwin retired from Reynolds Aluminum in Middletown, New York and the couple moved to Warrensburg in March of 2006.
.. Survivors include his wife, Waltraud; son, Axel Mahlmann and wife, Rachael of Union City, Calif.; two daughters, Petra Selmotic of Charleston, S.C., and Joyce Lambein of Warrensburg; four grandchildren, Sasha Selmotic and wife, Jasmine of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Kurtis Lambein and wife, Amy of Flint, Texas; Alex Lambein of Warrensburg, and Paige Carter of Oklahoma; and his sister, Gisela Strate of Osnabruck, Germany.
.. Services following cremation; no services are planned. Arrangements are under the direction of the Williams Funeral Chapel, Warrensburg. Online condolences may be left at www.williamsfuneralchapel.net.

Bradley Scott Mead
...Bradley Scott Mead, 55, departed this life on February 16, 2015 at University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas.
...He was born May 21, 1959 in Harrisonville, the son of Larry K. and Joan (Graham) Mead.
...Brad spent his younger years in Pleasant Hill, graduating from Pleasant Hill High School in 1977, where he was a proud member of the Pleasant Hill High School Roosters football team.
...On August 9, 1997, Brad was united in marriage with Michelle Rene Dillon in Eureka Springs, Ark. They made their home in Bates City.
...Brad was a kind and gentle man with a heart of gold. He was a wonderful husband, son, brother and “PaPa,” and the light of his life were his grandchildren.
...Brad was a superintendent for Flick Seed Company in Kingsville and had been with the company for the past 12 years.
...He was preceded in death by his father, Larry K. Mead. Brad is survived by his wife, Chellie Mead, of the home; his mother, Joan Mead of Pleasant Hill; two sons; Josh Dillion Mead and Amanda of the home, and Tyler Langner Mead and Teryn of Warrensburg; one brother, Barry Mead and wife Belinda of Pleasant Hill; three grandchildren, Bekah, Axle and Lexie, other relatives and many friends.
...Funeral services for were held February 23, 2015 at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill.
...Rev. Preston Sanders officiated. Casket bearers were Josh Dillon Mead, Tyler Langner Mead, Walter Crotty, Jack Ewing, Sr., Jack Ewing, Jr. and Brad Frisch. Burial at the Bates City Cemetery.
...Contributions in memory of Bradley Scott Mead, are suggested to the American Heart Association, 6800 W. 93rd Street, Overland Park, Kansas 66212 or may be left at the funeral home.
...Arrangements by the Wallace Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

Charles “Donald” Lycan
...Charles “Donald” Lycan, 82, Pleasant Hill, passed away February 21, 2015, at St. Luke’s East Medical Center, Lee’s Summit.
...He was born March 20, 1932, in Holden, the son of Jay Lycan and Viola “Grove” Lycan.
...In 1966, he moved to Pleasant Hill, from Centerview and Peculiar communities. Charles was a heat treat worker for Bendix, in Kansas City. He also spent time as a volunteer for the Red Cross and the Boy Scouts.
...Survivors include his wife Harriet I. (Morgan) Lycan of the home; three sons, Don Lycan, Robert Lycan, Walter J. Lycan, all of Pleasant Hill; one daughter; Luella Gustafson, Ankney, Iowa; five grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
...Funeral services were held February 24, 2015 at Ben Cast & Son-Wood Funeral Home, Holden.
...Interment will follow at the Fairview Cemetery, Holden Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Heart Association or the Kidney Association.
...Online tributes may be left at www.castfuneralhome.com. Arrangements by the Ben Cast & Son-Wood Funeral Home, Holden.

Paul J. Nance
.. Paul J. Nance, 89, passed away January 12, 2015, with pneumonia complications.
... Paul was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Colleen and daughter-in-law Jill Nance.
... He is survived by sons, Mark (wife Janey Depew) and James, grandchildren, Cyndi Denham (husband Joe Denham), Jeni Nance, Sara Nance, great grandchildren, Joseph Denham and Shelbi Slater, sister-in- law, Joan Young, daughter-in-law, Judy Wood, many nieces and nephews and family friend and caregiver, Connie Brown.
... Paul was born in St. Joseph, Mo., and attended Northeast High School. After discharge from the Army in 1946 and a degree from University of Missouri-Kansas City, he worked with the Corps of Engineers and Vendo and started a 31-year career with Aramco in Saudi Arabia in 1952. His last two most significant positions were Manager of Organization and Industrial Engineering (O & I E) and Director of Employee Relations Policy and Planning.
.. He embraced the Saudi culture and while working on a special project to expand the Oil Exhibit Center in Dhahran decided to develop his own museum as he retired in 1983. He met with Dr. Masry, Director of Antiquities, for proper approval to take a full traditional Bedouin tent and cultural items to start The Nance Museum to promote Middle East cultural understanding in the United States.
.. His son, James photographed a complete collection of David Roberts prints from the technical library to be included in exhibits. Although the museum was built in a modest building on the family farm near Lone Jack, there were extensive efforts to reach many others through outreach programs in schools, libraries and museums.
.. He felt it was as important to promote Middle East Cultural understanding in the Midwest as it is in the high profile cities. He donated the entire collection to The University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, in 2003. A special thanks to Dr. Amber Clifford and Dr. John Sheets for the many years they supported the museum "projects" (dealing with his enthusiasm and unique drive) and Joy Mistele, Dr. Nelson, Dr. Patton, Dr. Podolefsky, and so many others at the university. He promoted Saudi Arabia Day on campus annually each October.
.. Paul appreciated the recognition in 2014 at The Nelson Atkins Museum in Kansas City, his home city, when he was recognized for his efforts during the "Roads of Arabia" exhibit opening at the museum. He also appreciated the warm, long term friendships with many Saudis and several Saudi families, including the Alturkis and the Nawwabs. He proudly displayed his Honorary Doctorate Degree, the Key to The City of Dallas, recognition by the International Relations Council, the Shawnee Mission School District, recognition by George H.W. Bush as one of his Thousand Points of Light and a copy of letters he exchanged with General Schwarzkopf during Desert Storm.
.. Paul's dream was to have the extensive contents of the collection displayed in a permanent building in Kansas City or at the University of Central Missouri for continuing promotion of education and understanding of different cultures. Contributions to this effort may be made to the University of Central Missouri, Smiser Alumni Bldg., Nance Museum, Warrensburg, MO 64093.
.. Services were held Jan. 31, 2015, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Fort Worth, TX 76133. Friends may contact Paul’s family thru pauljnance@att.net.
.. Obituary was originally published in Kansas City Star on Jan. 28, 2015.

Henry Lee Farmer
...Henry Lee Farmer, 76, former resident of Pleasant Hill for 32 years, passed away on January 31, 2015 at Brookdale College Square in Overland Park, KS.
...Henry Lee Farmer, aka, Grandpa, Grampy, Papa, Pops, Poppy, Dad, Daddy and Honey, is survived by his wife of nearly 45 years, Carol Lee Farmer; daughter and son-in-law, Brenna and Gary Lile; son and daughter-in-law, Derrick and Tara Robinson; daughter Jacinda Farmer; son and daughter-in-law, Travis and Susan Farmer, and grandchildren, Tessa, Makiya, Hayden, Jordan, Aidan, Colin, Liam and Eli.
...Henry was born on September 18, 1938, in Bluejacket, OK, baby brother to sisters, Faye Walker and Betty Seabolt.
...Henry served with the Army for two years in Hawaii. He relocated to Kansas City to work for AT&T. He was a fan of the KC Blues until he married Carol on April 25, 1970. He was a loyal member of American Legion in Pleasant Hill.
...Employed for 27 years with AT&T, he preferred his second career, repairing and remodeling homes. He often worked two jobs to support his wife and four children.
...During retirement, when not being forced to travel with his wife, he enjoyed napping “watching” the Chiefs, Royals and college basketball. He also enjoyed monopolizing games, such as pitch, hand and foot, dominoes, and farkle, with friends and family. Everyone wanted to be his partner because of his uncanny ability to count cards.
...He found pleasure in spending time with his children and grandchildren, memories his family will always treasure. As his mind succumbed to Alzheimer disease, each day was a new adventure, which he embraced with a smile due to the dedication of his faithful wife and partner in life.
...An informal celebration of life was held on February 6, 2015, at the VFW Hall, Lenexa, KS.
...Obituary was originally published in Kansas City Star on Feb. 4, 2015.

Ella Mae Prewitt
...Mae Prewitt, 90 of Lee’s Summit, passed away Feb. 10, 2015. She is preceded in death by her parents, John and Maude Campbell; husband, James H. Prewitt and daughter, Janet.
...Ella is survived by two daughters, Patty (Dave) Peterson and Shirley (Rich) Olsen; three grandsons, three granddaughters and ten great grandchildren; brother–in- law, Robert Henry of Clinton and sister-in-law, Evelyn Campbell of Marshall.
...Ella was a faithful member of First Baptist Church, Lee’s Summit. She loved to quilt, sew and was always busy working on her word search puzzles.
...The family appreciates the staff at Wilshire Lakewood and Grace Hospice for the loving care they gave Mom. Donations can be made to First Baptist Church Children’s Fund.
...Funeral services were Feb. 13, 2015. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
...Arrangements were by Langsford Funeral Home, Lee’s Summit.

Carl Allen Schuster
...Carl Allen Schuster, 71, of Pleasant Hill, departed this life on February 10, 2015, at his home surrounded with love and family. He was born March 10, 1943, in Cleveland, OH, the son of Anthony F. and Florence (Krochmal) Schuster. Carl was a 1961 Mentor, OH, High School graduate. He was a Vietnam Era United States Air Force Veteran.
...On September 15, 1990, he was united in marriage to Betty Ann "BJ" (Kisor) Jury in Marion.
...He was employed as an IT Manager for the Sprint Corporation, retiring in 2007. He was a member of the St. Bridget Catholic church where he enjoyed singing in the choir and was active in the Knights of Columbus Council #13113. Carl was also a member of the American Legion Post #243 in Galion, OH. His hobbies included playing guitar, golfing, bowling, tennis and bicycling. He most enjoyed spending time with his family.
...Carl was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Victoria Loren; and two brothers, Richard Schuster and David Schuster.
...He is survived by his wife BJ of the home; three children, Jackie (and Jamey) Hobbs of Mason, OH, Amy Schuster of Cincinnati, OH, and Gene Jury of Marion; two sisters, Judie (and Dave) Petit of Marietta, GA and Susy Nagy, of Conneaut, OH; five grandchildren, Cameron Loren, Drew Hobbs, Alex Hobbs, Olivia Loren, and Carter Jury. Carl also had numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
...The Recitation of the Rosary was February 15. Mass of Christian Burial was February 16, at the St. Bridget Catholic Church. Monsignor Robert Murphy officiated. Full military honors were conducted by the U.S. Air Force and the Pleasant Hill V.F.W. Post #3118 Honor Guard.
...Cremation was accorded following the service. Inurnment will be in the Oakwood Cemetery, Bucyrus, OH at a later date.
...Memorial contributions are suggested to the Knights of Columbus Council #13113 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 StanleyDickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

Roberta Alice “Bert” (Gray) Graham
...Roberta Alice “Bert” (Gray) Graham, 80, of Pleasant Hill, departed this life on February 12, 2015 at her home.
...She was born June 25, 1934 to James and Mamie Gray in Greenwood. In 1956, she was united in marriage to Carl (Toby) Graham, and they began their eventful life together, full of love, laughter and lots of good times.
...Roberta was a “stay at home Mom” until her youngest started school, then she began working at Burlington Shirt Factory in Pleasant Hill, remaining there as a seamstress until the plant closed. She then went to work for the Pleasant Hill School District as a high school cook, where she worked for 10 years. After that, she became a care-giver for Eva Sharp and took care of her for 13 years. When Eva passed away, Roberta decided it was time to retire.
...Toby and Bert, as she was best known, loved camping at Lake Pomme de Terre and owned property there for many years. She hated the water and would never get in it, but she always participated in the boating activities with her family. No one would ever know she didn’t like the water as she went right down that bank and bailed into the boat. She always made sure there was food and a place for everyone to sleep.
...Bert and Toby began showing their old cars at various car shows in the area. She enjoyed the people she met and became friends along the way. Some of those friends became like family.
...Bert was preceded in death by her parent, James and Mamie Gray; three brothers, Bill Gray, Bud Gray and her twin brother, Bob Gray and one infant sister, Juanita.
...She is survived by her husband, Carl (Toby) Graham of the home; two sons, Kenny (Jake) Graham and wife Dawn, and Steve Graham and wife Susan, all of Pleasant Hill; three daughters, Nancy Quinn and husband Jim, Carla Brown and husband Barry and Alice Kingsolver and husband Chuck, all of Pleasant Hill; one sister, Frances Redwine of Pleasant Hill, seven grandchildren, four step grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, six step great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends. Funeral service for Roberta Alice “Bert” Graham will be 2:00 p.m., February 19, 2015, at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill with Rev. Tony Reynolds officiating.
...Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Michael Brown, Perry Rhoads, Ron Darst, Dusty Beattie, Shaun Gentry and Terry Burns. Honorary bearers are Jim Redwine and Bob Sipes.
...The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., February 18 at the funeral home.
...Contributions in memory of Roberta Alice “Bert” Graham may be made to Crossroads Hospice Charitable Foundation, 10810 E. 45th Street, Suite 300, Tulsa Oklahoma 74146 or may be left at the funeral home.

Vaunda L. (Bagby)
Birchfield
... Vaunda L. (Bagby) Birchfield, 84, of Pleasant Hill, departed this life on January 30, 2015, at the Pleasant Hill Health and Rehabilitation Center.
... She was born January 28, 1931, in Republic, Mo, the daughter of George and Phyllis (Blades) Bagby.
... While Vaunda was a very young child, the Bagby family moved to California. She was a graduate of Chaffey High School in Ontario, Calif.
... Vaunda eventually returned to the Kansas City area and approximately 37 years ago, she and Phillip moved to Pleasant Hill.
... Before her retirement, Vaunda was a retail clerk for A & P Grocery in Kansas City for 25 years and then, Gerbes Supermarket in Pleasant Hill for 10 years.
... She was a member of the Retail Grocery Clerks District Union Local #2.
... Vaunda was preceded in death by her parents, George and Phyllis Bagby and one brother, Darrell “Sonny” Bagby.
... She is survived by her husband, Phillip Birchfield of the home; two sons, Phillip Birchfield of Rifle, Colo. and Patrick Birchfield and wife Karen of Peculiar; two brothers, Gerald Bagby and wife Marie of Pleasant Hill, and Danny Bagby of Elkton, Mo.; grandchildren, Vaunda Davis and husband Wayne of Pleasant Hill; Lindsey Birchfield and Caitlyn Birchfield of Peculiar, and Allen Birchfield of Greenwood; great- grandchildren, Andrew Davis and wife Samantha; Jacob Davis and Sarah Davis, all of Pleasant Hill; two great-great grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.
... Cremation has been accorded, and a Memorial Service for Vaunda Birchfield was held February 7, 2015, at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill.
... Rev. Tim Casteel officiated. Inurnment will be at a later date.
... Contributions in memory of Vaunda Birchfield may be made to http://www.gofundme.com/bq26r0. This little girl is from Pleasant Hill and I know Mamaw would approve!
... Arrangements were under the direction of the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill.

Gladys Beneta Belew
...Gladys Beneta Belew, 71, of Pleasant Hill, passed away February 2, 2015 at her home. Gladys was born May 31, 1943 in Warrensburg, the daughter of Ray and Ruth Robinette Manning. ............Gladys was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, April Dawn Belew; two brothers, Roy and Wilbern Manning; three sisters, Sarah Rivers, Gertrude and Susie Petty and great grandson, John Aiden Belew-Barber.
...She is survived by her daughters, Angela Bailey and Alicia Belew; two sisters, Goldie Lampton and Ruthy Lampman; three brothers, Raymond, Clarence and Walter Manning; grandson, Zachary Belew and great granddaughter, Arabella Belew.
... Gladys was an avid bird lover.
...There will be a private family service and a memorial dinner to be announced at a later date. Cremation.
...In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Meals on Wheels in Pleasant Hill. Arrangements by Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore.

Robert James “Jimmy” Bowers
...Robert James “Jimmy” Bowers, 60, departed this life, unexpectedly, at his home on February 3, 2015. He was born April 25, 1954 in Kansas City, the son of Orville James and Cora Ellen (Pauley) Bowers. Jimmy spent his younger years in the Brookside area of Kansas City. On May 8, 1981, he was united in marriage with Janet Marie McDonald in Raytown, where they made their home until 1989, when they moved to Cleveland, Mo.
...immy had been owner and operator of B & W Motors in Kansas City, until 2014.
...He was preceded in death by one son, Anthony Michael “Tony Mike” Bowers; his parents, Orville James and Cora Ellen Bowers and one sister, Linda Griggs.
...Jimmy is survived by his wife, Janet Bowers of the home; two sons, Jesse Bowers of Longmont, Colo. and Zachary Bowers and Reva Zumwalt of Cleveland, Mo.; two daughters, Cara Massey of Greenwood, and Andrea Bowers of Cocoa, Fla.; two brothers, Tim Bowers of Mission, Kans. and David Bowers of Independence; one sister, Terri Guth of Georgia; six grandchildren, James Massey, II; Cameron Massey, Brody Bowers, Wyatt Bowers, Trenton Bowers and Adyson Bowers, other relatives and many friends.
...A Celebration of Life Service, in memory of Robert James “Jimmy” Bowers, was held February 10, 2015 at the Cleveland Christian Church. Rev. Brenda Kimrey officiated.
...Arrangements by Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill.

Flora V. “Flo” (Ponder) Cusick
...Flora V. “Flo” (Ponder) Cusick, 82, of Pleasant Hill, departed this life on February 5, 2015, surrounded by her loving family, at Lee’s Summit Medical Center.
...She was born July 21, 1932 in Marion, Ohio, the daughter of Leve and Marie (Connel) Ponder.
...The Ponder family moved to Jefferson City when Flora was two years old and remained there for seven years before moving to Pleasant Hill.
...On August 10, 1968, Flora was united in marriage with Donald Cusick in Pleasant Hill, and they continued to make their home here. Mr. Cusick passed away on January 11, 2000. Flora continued to live in Pleasant Hill until her passing.
...Flora had been a seamstress at both the Pleasant Hill and Holden garment factories. She had also been a child care provider at Lil Britches Daycare where she was a favorite among the children, staying in touch with many of them even into their adult years.
...She had also been a manager at The Village Coin Laundry in Pleasant Hill for many years.
...In addition to her husband, Flora was preceded in death by her parents, Leve and Marie Ponder; one daughter, Louise Wade and one brother, Carl Ponder.
...She is survived by two sons, John Morris of Paragould, Ark. and Darren Cusick of Harrisonville; three daughters, Norma Jo Hall of Medina, Ohio; Beverly Ann Everett of Baton Rouge, La., and Christie McCarty of Pleasant Hill; one stepdaughter, Grace Ann Lindsey of Pleasant Hill; three brothers, Virgil “Jim” Ponder and wife Roberta; Leo Ponder, and Kenny Ponder and wife Dorothy, all of Pleasant Hill; special friends, Lillian Smith and Jeanne Jameson, both of Pleasant Hill; 18 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.
...Graveside service and interment for Flora V. (Ponder) Cusick will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery with Rev. Tony Reynolds officiating.
...Casket bearers will be Dalton Cusick, Cameron McCarty, Geno Wade, Levi Cusick, Tim Graham and Sean Wade. Honorary bearers are Lonnie Byrd and Andy Butricks. The family will receive friends from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 10 at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill.

Effie J. (Gregg) Page Cusick
...Effie J. (Gregg) Page Cusick, 80, of Pleasant Hill, departed this life on February 5, 2015 at Lee’s Summit Medical Center. She was born June 15, 1934, in Lee’s Summit, the daughter of Preston Leroy and Ella Sylvia (Urton) Gregg.
...Effie spent most of her life in Southern Jackson and Cass Counties. In 1951, she was united in marriage with Lawrence E. Page. They were married for 30 years. In 1995, Effie was united in marriage to Claude E. Cusick in Branson. Mr. Cusick passed away in 1997.
...Effie was a nurse’s aide at Jackson County Hospital in Kansas City, for 10 years, and then at Cass County Hospital in Harrisonville, for 17 years, retiring in 1998.
...She was a member of the Dayton, Missouri Baptist Church.
...In addition to both husbands, Effie was preceded in death by one daughter, Brenda Jean Gregg in 2005; two brothers and their wives, Leroy and Willa Gregg, and Joe Wesley and Ethel Lee Gregg.
...She is survived by two daughters, Vianna Baker and Mike Baker of Pleasant Hill and Edwards, Missouri, and Ronda Jones and husband Larry of Pleasant Hill; two brothers, Ernie Rea of LaTour, Mo. and Arnold Lee Bryant and wife Linda of Adrian; two granddaughters, Nicole Bover and husband Craig of Lake Lotawana, and Desirae Jones of Independence; two great-grandchildren, Tyler Scott Bover and Adriana Hernandez, other relatives and many friends.
...Cremation has been accorded and a Memorial Service in memory of Effie J. Page Cusick will be held at2:00 p.m., February 15, 2015 at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill.

Sherry L. Lankford
...Sherry Louise Lankford, 71, of Pleasant Hill, departed this life February 1, 2015, at the Pleasant Hill Health and Rehabilitation Center.
...She was born August 3, 1943, in Myrtle, Mo., the daughter of Hanford Lloyd Payne and Juanita Irene (Fette) Payne.
...She was a 1961 William Chrisman High School graduate. 
...On April 14, 1962, she was united in marriage to Lynne Thomas Lankford in Sugar Creek, Mo. He preceded her in death on September 16, 2012. 
...Sherry was a homemaker while the kids were growing up.  Later she was employed as a receptionist for Faulkner, Glover, and Dyer Physicians’s offices in Warrensburg.
...She loved reading, growing flowers, traveling with friends, needle point,  caring for her dog and spending time with her grandchildren. She was a member of the Lone Jack Baptist Church where she enjoyed singing in the choir and attending Bible study.
...She is survived by her father, Hanford Payne of Oakley, Kans.; her son, John Brad (and Lorie) Lankford of Pleasant Hill; her daughter, Kristin Hines of Blue Springs; four grandchildren, Devin Lankford of Lone Jack; Tyler Hines of Arlington, Va.; Jill Hines of Louisville, Ky., and Thomas Hines of Blue Springs, other relatives and friends.
...Cremation has been accorded. 
...No services are scheduled at this time.
...Memorial contributions are suggested to the Lewy Body Dementia Fund and may be sent in care of the funeral home or be made at https://donate.lbda.org/. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com.
...Arrangements were under the direction of the StanleyDickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

Ty Gregory Rudder
...Gregory Rudder, 32, of Columbia, formerly of Lee’s Summit, departed this life February 3, 2015. He was born August 3, 1982, in Independence.
...Ty was a 2001 Lee’s Summit High School graduate, and recently enrolled as a transfer student at the University of Missouri-Columbia to study photojournalism.
...On April 27, 2006, he was united in marriage to Alisa Rethmeyer in Independence. They later divorced.  On September 24, 2014, he was united in marriage to Heather (Tilly) Robertson in Los Angeles, Calif. 
...Ty had been employed as a manager for Hy-Vee in Lee’s Summit, Bob Sight Ford, Babies R Us and several bars and restaurants, including Applebee’s on Blue Ridge.  
...He was full of energy, always ready for the next adventure.  His hobbies included football, photography, concerts, listening to music and collecting first edition books.  He loved life and lived it on the edge.  Ultimately, he could not find peace here and left us before his time.   
...Ty was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Charles and Jean Carswell.
...He is survived by his wife, Heather Robertson of Chicago, Illinois; ex-wife, Alisa Rudder of Lee’s Summit; two children, Ronan Ty Rudder and Kieran Mae Rudder, both of Lee’s Summit; stepson, Calvin Spencer Robertson of Chicago; his mother, Robin D. (Carswell) Roberts of Lee’s Summit; two brothers, Trent (and Sharinâ) Rudder of Columbia and Levi Roberts of Santa Rosa, Calif.; one sister, Jensen Roberts of Raytown; niece, Amaya Jean Roberts; aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends. Funeral services will be held 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 10, 2015, at the funeral home. Elder Don Carlile will officiate. Cremation will be accorded following the service. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
...In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to his children, Ronan and Kieran’s education funds, which have been set up at Missouri Central Credit Union in Lee’s Summit. Donations may also be left at the funeral home.
...Arrangements by StanleyDickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

Michael D. Gray
... Michael Duane Gray, 67, of Lee’s Summit, formerly of Pleasant Hill, departed this life on January 22, 2015, at the Kindred Hospital, Kansas City.
... He was born May 30, 1947, in Harrisonville, the son of William P. and Thelma M. (McBride) Gray. 
... Mike was a 1965 Pleasant Hill High School graduate; later earning his Master’s degree from the Southwest Baptist College.
... On November 21, 1973, he was united in marriage to Jessie Hope Hudson in Pleasant Hill.
... Mike was the store manager for their family business, Gray’s Hardware, in Pleasant Hill for many years.  Michael loved politics and closely followed all the elections.  He also had an extensive collection of political buttons. 
... He enjoyed spending time on his laptop.  He was a former member of the Pleasant Hill Lions Club and the Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce.  He was a member of the Grace Fellowship Baptist church where he had served as deacon in the past.
... Mike was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Ralph Gray, and one sister, Marjorie Buckstead.
... He is survived by his wife, Jessie of Lee’s Summit; one son, Stephen Gray of Grain Valley; one daughter, Emily Gray of Lee’s Summit; four grandchildren, Landry, Emerson, Alyson and Brady; one brother, Marvin Gray of Pleasant Hill; one sister, Lois James of Freeman; other relatives and friends.
... Cremation has been accorded. A memorial will be held February 5, 2015, at 7:00 p.m., at the funeral home. Visitation will be 6:00 p.m. until service time. Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Diabetes Association and may be sent in care of the funeral home.Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

Rhonda Rae (Gardner) Mowell
...Rhonda Rae (Gardner) Mowell, 51, of Pleasant Hill, passed away January 25, 2015 at Research Medical Center in Kansas City. Rhonda was born June 30, 1963 in Randolph County, MO to Cliff and Darlene (Johnson) Gardner.
...She married Craig Adams in 1982 and from that union two daughters were born. She later married Alan Mowell, the love of her life, on September 9, 1995, and he survives of the home.
...An avid reader who loved the color purple, Rhonda was well known for collecting cows. She had a great sense of humor and could make anyone laugh. A kind soul who would help anyone out if she could, Rhonda was known as "Mom" to scores of kids over the years; but her greatest joy was being "Nana" to her grandchildren.
...She was preceded in death by her sister, Rita Mae Gardner Morris; her father, Cliff Arthur Gardner; two older brothers, Leroy Dale Gardner and William Lee (Bo) Gardner and her stepfather, Ray Alton Johnson.
She is survived by her husband, Alan Mowell of Pleasant Hill; two daughters, Stephanie Adams and partner, Dustin Agcopra of Holden, and Courtney Calvert and husband, Michael of Pleasant Hill; step-son Justin Mowell and wife Traci of Kingsville, and seven grandchildren, Alex, Ayden and Attea Agcopra, Brooklyn and Kelton Harrison; Gianna Calvert and Casen Mowell.
...Rhonda is also survived by her sister, Rebecca Wrenn and partner, Jerry Barton of Kalispell, MT; brother, David Wayne Gardner and wife Jean of Breckenridge, MO, and brother, Phillip Gardner and wife Belma of Kansas City, KS; numerous nieces and nephews. She will be missed by countless friends and neighbors, especially her dearest friend, Viki Whistle who she loved like a sister.
...A memorial service was held January 29, 2015, at the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church. Contributions are suggested to the church. Messages of condolence may be left at www.mullinaxfuneralhome.com. Arrangements by Mullinax Funeral Home, Butler.

Thomas Earl Volland
...Thomas Earl Volland, 63, of Pleasant Hill, departed this life January 26, 2015, at the St. Mary’s Hospital, Blue Springs, surrounded with love and family. He was born March 31, 1951 in Kansas City, the son of Harry George, Jr. and Ida Veronica (Papst) Volland.
...Tom was a United States Marine Corps veteran, proudly serving in the 7th Marines Division Echo Company during the Vietnam War.
...On December 20, 1974, he was united in marriage to Patricia Lee Hatfield in Pleasant Hill Tom was employed as a truck driver and mechanic and had worked for Barker Farms and Cline’s Tow Service. 
...He was a member of the Pleasant Hill First Christian Church, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3118 and was active working with the Pleasant Hill LayClergy Council.  He was a very caring person and always thinking of other people first.  He loved helping others and often used his mechanical skills to help those in need by fixing their cars or giving them free oil changes. Tom was preceded in death by his parents, two step-mothers, Doris Marie Volland and Nedra Volland; and two infant children, Ronald Wesley Volland and Brenda Kay Volland.
...He is survived by his wife, Patty, of the home; three sons, Jason Volland, Randy (and Chandra) Volland and Kevin Volland, all of Pleasant Hill; one daughter, Nicole Volland. of Pleasant Hill; three grandchildren, Montana, Ryan and Avery;  two brothers, Harry L. (and Diane) Volland, of Independence, and John Volland of Grandview; four sisters, Loretta (and Pat) Caine of Grain Valley; Veronica (and Lester) Corlew; of Belton, Debbie Volland of Kansas City, and Becky (Kurt) Triscori of Casper, Wyo.; other relatives and a host of friends.
...Funeral services were February 2, 2015, at the funeral home. Rev. D. Kent Deubner, of the Pleasant Hill First Christian Church officiated.  Graveside military services and interment were in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery with full military honors by the VFW Post #3118 Honor Guard and the U.S. Marine Corps. 
Casket bearers were Pat Caine, Stephan Caine, Harry Volland, Jason Volland, Kevin Volland and Randy Volland.
...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 at www.stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com.
...Arrangements by StanleyDickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

Thelma Fern O'Bannon
...Thelma Fern O'Bannon, 86, of Pleasant Hill, departed this life on January 26, 2015, at her home. She was born May 23, 1928 in Archie, the daughter of Harrison and Mary D. (Haggard) Rea.     
...On March 29, 1944, Thelma was united in marriage to Gene Floyd O'Bannon.
...Thelma was a  homemaker, and was employed as nurse at the Cass County Memorial Hospital, Harrisonville and several nursing homes in the Cass County area and then retired from Marion Labs, Kansas City.
...She enjoyed being with her family and raising two of her grandchildren, Crystal and David.  Thelma had lived in East Lynne and Harrisonville before moving to Pleasant Hill.
...Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Gene O'Bannon, on January 1, 2007; a granddaughter, Janet Lee; three brothers, Bud, Merle and LaVern; three sisters, Lula, Eula, and Opal.
...Thelma is survived by two daughters, Jeanetta and Anna; four grandchildren, DeAnna, Ray, Crystal and husband Gary, David and wife Kristina; six great-grandchildren, Ashlea, Colton, Austin, Collin, Noah and Gage; two great-great-grandchildren, Scarlett and Nathan; other relatives and friends. 
...No services scheduled.  At her request, her body is being donated to science at the University of Kansas Medical Center. 
...Her family suggests memorial contributions to a food pantry of one's choice.  Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville.

Patrick J. Gorman
...James Gorman, 61, of Pleasant Hill, departed this life January 29, 2015, at his home, surrounded with love and family. He was born September 13, 1953, in Kansas City, the son of Frank Laverne and Geraldine Glenna (Troutman) Gorman.
... Patrick was a 1972 Raytown High School graduate; later earning his Associate’s Degree from Longview College. He was a United States Army veteran, proudly serving from 1972 to 1975.
...He was employed as a letter carrier for the United States Postal Service, retiring in October, 2008. He was a member of Postal Union Local #33. Patrick truly enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.
...Patrick was preceded in death by his father, Frank Gorman and two brothers, Michael Gorman and Bruce Gorman.
...He is survived by three daughters, Jessica Lewallen of Arvada, Colo.; Natalie (and Nick) Burris of Lee’s Summit; and Kelly (and Corey) Ballew of Kansas City; five grandchildren, Hanna Lewallen, Kirsten Lewallen, Cadence Ballew, Kaleigh Ballew and one expected grandson, Kendrick Burris; his mother, Geraldine Gorman of Independence; one brother, Robert Gorman of Kansas City; one sister, Rose (and Robert) Wienke of Kansas City; other relatives and friends.
...Per Patrick’s wishes, his body has been donated to science. No services are scheduled at this time.
...Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com.
...Arrangements by StanleyDickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

Linda Louise Winfrey
...Linda Louise Winfrey, 69, of Kingsville, departed this life, January 30, 2015, at Research Hospital, Kansas City. She was born, April 1, 1945, in Kansas City, the daughter of Howard and Dorothy Ethel (Terrill) Ray. Linda was a 1963 Pleasant Hill High School graduate.
...On November 3, 1963, she was united in marriage to Laverne Wesley “Bud” Winfrey, Jr. in Pleasant Hill.
...Linda was employed as a technician for Western Electric in Lee’s Summit. She enjoyed gardening, traveling and camping. She especially loved spending time with her grandsons.
...Linda was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Gene Ray.
...She is survived by her husband "Bud", of Kingsville; one daughter and son-in-law Dana and Keith Carter of Lone Jack; two grandsons, Kyle and Klay of Lone Jack; two brothers, Kenneth (and Paula) Ray of Holt, and Dennis (and Diana) Ray of Pleasant Hill; one sister, Sandra Pope of Kingsville; one sister-in-law, Jan Ray; other relatives; and a host of friends.
...Graveside funeral services will be held February 5, 2015, at 2:00 p.m., at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Rev. D. Kent Deubner of the Pleasant Hill First Christian Church will officiate. Casket bearers are Klay Carter, Kyle Carter, Austin Ray, Danny Ray, Jamie Ray and Kevin Ray. Honorary casket bearers are Keith Carter, Dennis Ray and Kenneth Ray. There will be no visitation. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3118 Veterans Relief fund 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 StanleyDickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

Mima J. Kapke
...Mima Josephine Kapke, 99, of Pleasant Hill, passed away on January 28, 2015, at the Villages of Jackson Creek, in Independence. She was born May 22, 1915, in Houstonia, Mo., the daughter of George Edward and Ellen Mary (Hayman) Janisch. Mima was a Houstonia High School graduate, later earning her teacher’s certificate from Central Missouri State Teachers’ College at Warrensburg. In 1937, she was selected as one of the Campus Queens of Beauty. 
...On December 28, 1941, she was united in marriage to Paul Kelley Kapke.  Theirs was a loving union which endured for over 62 years until his death in May, 2004.    
...Mima spent her entire career in the Pleasant Hill School District as an instructor in history, physical education and as coach of the girls’ basketball team. In the mid 1950s, the family began spending part of each summer at the Hines-Kapke Cabin on Star Island in Cass Lake, Minnesota, a tradition that has continued through four generations. After retirement, a condominium in St. Augustin, Florida was also a frequent destination. Mina will also be remembered for her prize winning roses and as an accomplished bridge player.   
...Mima was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a brother, Frank Janisch and sister, Mary Ellen Hines. 
...She is survived by two sons, George Edward Kapke (Beth) of Independence, and Paul Kelley Kapke, Jr. (Mary Anne) of Jacksonville Beach, Fla.; four grandchildren, Rachel Dold (Christopher) of Kansas City; George Edward “Ted” Kapke, Jr. (Jamie) of Prairie Village;   Jessica Wright (Corey)  and Paul Kelley Kapke, III, both of Jacksonville Beach, Fla.; as well as six great grandchildren and many beloved nieces and nephews who enriched her life immeasurably. The family wishes to thank staff members at The Villages of Jackson Creek’s Memory Unit and Gentiva Hospice for their dedicated and loving care.
...A visitation and memorial service was held. February 3, 2015, at Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home. Private burial will take place later in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. 
...Memorial contributions may be made to Cottey College, Pleasant Hill Cemetery or the Pleasant Hill Education Foundation in care of the funeral home.
...Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

John J. Murphy
...John Joseph “Jack” Murphy, 91, of Greenwood, departed this life on January 31, 2015, at his home surrounded with love and family.
...He was born May 9, 1923, in Yonkers, New York, the son of John J. Murphy Sr., and Mary Agnes (McCormick) Murphy.
...Jack was a graduate of Gorton High School in Yonkers. Following high school, Jack entered the service, enlisting in the United States Navy, where he trained recruits.
...After the war, Jack attended King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., graduating in June, 1950. That same month, Jack married the love of his life, Marion Ruth Connors.
...The couple moved to Kansas City in 1960, where Jack worked as an administrative supervisor for Western Electric until retirement in 1985.
...Jack then pursued his second greatest love, golf. As an avid golfer, Jack spent much of his time playing and analyzing the sport, even working as a marshal for Country Creek Golf Course. Jack was a devotee to Our Lady and to praying the holy rosary.
...He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Jean Mary Murphy.
...He is survived by his wife, Marion; two sons, John Joseph (and June) Murphy and Kevin (and Linda) Murphy of Lee’s Summit; three daughters, Mary Pat (and John) Scott, Colleen Murphy of Greenwood and Carol (and Kent) Kennedy of Lee’s Summit; 15 grandchildren eight great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; other relatives and friends.
...A private Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at the St. Bridget Catholic Church. Interment with full military honors by the United States Navy and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3118 Honor Guard were held in the Floral Hills East Cemetery, Lee’s Summit.
...Casket bearers were John Murphy, Kevin Murphy, Kane Murphy, Connor Murphy, Kent Kennedy, Mike West, Thomas Murphy and Steven Murphy.
...Memorial contributions are suggested to the Knights of Columbus Council #13113 and may be sent in care of the funeral home. Arrangements were under the ddirection of the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

Anthony “Tony” Gerard Lees
... Anthony “Tony” Gerard Lees, 59, Harrisonville, died January 28, 2015 at his home. Direct cremation. No services are scheduled.
... Anthony was born January 23, 1956 in Kansas City, the son of Edward Ozell and Ruth Elinor (Hayes) Lees. Tony grew up in Pleasant Hill, and was a 1973 graduate of Pleasant Hill High School. He moved to Harrisonville in 2001.
... Anthony painted cars for a living and was a musician.
... He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and one brother. He is survived by his daughters, Sky Lees and Winter Lees, both of Harrisonville; Danika C. Robinson-Jones, Washburn, Ill., Natasha M. Delaney, Spring Valley, Ill. and Amber M. Robinson, Dalzell, Ill.; one brother, William Sidney Lees, Springfield, Mo.; and eight grandchildren.
... Arrangements were under the direction of the Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville.
... Online condolences may be made to atkinsonfuneralhome.

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 www.stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com.
...Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

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 www.stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com.
...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 www.speakschapel.com
... 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 atkinsonfuneralhome.com.