Pleasant Hill, Missouri            Wednesday, August 24, 2016             ©2016 Pleasant Hill Times

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Nicholas Robert “Nick” Fields
....Nicholas Robert “Nick” Fields was born June 22, 1993, in Kansas City, Missouri and departed this life on August 13, 2016, the result of a tragic motorcycle accident, at the age of 23 years. He was the son of Tammy (Culter) Fields and Benny Fields.
....The family received friends Monday, August 22, 2016, at the Wallace Funeral Home. Graveside Service and Interment was held Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery with Elder Ronald Jennings officiating.
....See full obituary on-line at Wallace-funeralhomes.com.
....Arrangaements by Wallace Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

Ronald E. Greathouse
....Ronald Everette Greathouse, the son of Ralph G. and Fern L. (Collins) Greathouse, was born July 5, 1940, in Garden City. Kansas and departed this life on August 14, 2016, at his home in Lee’s Summit, at the age of 76 years.
....A Memorial Service, in honor of Ron Greathouse, was held August 19, 2016, at the Grace Baptist Church, 850 SW 150 Hwy, Lee’s Summit.
....Visitation was held prior to the service time at the church. Inurnment Greenwood Cemetery. Please see full obituary at wallace-funeralhomes.com.
....Arrangements by Wallace Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

James Waldo Ripley
....James W. Ripley of Pleasant Hill, formerly of La Monte, passed away quietly, August 18, 2016, at St. Luke’s Hospital on the Plaza, of complications incurred in a fall in his home. He was 92 years old.
....Ripley was born May 30, 1924 in La Monte to Floyd and Flossie Ripley. Ripley was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Mary (Ripley) Guthrie and Doris (Ripley) Gill. His childhood was spent in his hometown of La Monte, where he played basketball and graduated from La Monte High School in 1942.
....Following graduation, he entered the Army Air Corps, serving as a waist-gunner, tail-gunner and bombardier/togglier on a B-17, flying daylight missions over Germany and occupied Europe in WW II. Ripley achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant and was a decorated flight crew member. Ripley’s medals include European service ribbon, Middle Eastern service ribbon, Distinguished Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Presidential citation for Shuttle Mission to Africa (service ribbon), Overseas Bar, Aeriel Gunner Badge. His unit received a Presidential citation, two bronze stars, distinguished flying cross, under consideration for the Congressional Medal of Honor for his part in the successful landing of his final flight.
....On July 25, 2015, The Kansas City Royals Organization honored Ripley’s service. Ripley was pictured on the Royals Crown Vision video board and received a standing ovation from Royals fans.
....Following his service Ripley returned home to work and attend college at Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg. He was chosen as interim varsity basketball coach at La Monte High School for one season. Ripley was a long time bank officer serving as stockholder, vice president, manager/vice-president and president/CEO of banks in Knob Noster, Odessa, Pleasant Hill, Sedalia and La Monte and is a former mayor of La Monte. He was concurrently a realtor and developer. Ripley was active in the VFW and American Legion, serving as VFW Post Commander in Sedalia and as American Legion Commander in Knob Noster. Ripley was a leader in establishing a Pleasant Hill War memorial island that is a centerpiece of downtown Pleasant Hill.
....After retirement, Ripley enjoyed time with his family and friends, watching the Western Channel, growing tomatoes, attending VFW events and his daily Coffee Club meetings with Pleasant Hill friends. He was active, healthy, articulate and mentally sharp into his 90s. Ripley enjoyed Royals baseball, talking about sports and loved to laugh and make others laugh. Mr. Ripley loved his hometown of La Monte and returned often to visit old friends and family. He was a lifetime member of the La Monte Christian Church.

Rosetta Elizabeth (Mayabb) Crain
....Rosetta Elizabeth (Mayabb) Crain, 86, of Pleasant Hill was born October 25, 1929, in Independence, and departed this life on August 19, 2016, at Pleasant Hill Health and Rehab Center.
....Rosetta is survived by her husband, Murtes William Crain of the home; two daughters, Deborah Crain of Harrisonville, and Beth (Crain) Phillips (Marvin) of Henderson, NV; brother, James “Jim” Mayabb (Joyce) of Pleasant Hill; sisters, Dorothea (Mayabb) Stephens (Lewis) of Harrisonville, and Donna Jean (Mayabb) Reiche (Ron) of Beaumont, TX.
....In accordance with Rosetta’s wishes, cremation has been accorded and no services are scheduled. Please see a full obituary on-line at wallace-funeralhomes.com.
....Arrangements by Wallace Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

Edmund H. Russell
....Edmund H. Russell, 99, formerly of Pleasant Hill, departed this life, August 22, 2016, at the Lakeview Village East Terrace.
....Visitation will be at noon, Saturday Aug. 27, until time of service.
....The service will take place at 1:30 p.m., Aug. 27 at Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill
....A complete obituary will be published in next week’s edition of the Pleasant Hill Times.
....Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

Ruth Iris McManis
....Ruth Iris McManis, 93, of Garden City, was born July 13, 1923, in Lamar, the daughter of Claude and Vee Sellars. She passed away peacefully in the early hours on July 22, with family by her side at Research Hospital in Kansas City.
....Ruth was a graduate of Lamar High School and worked in the social security office after graduation.
....On November 29th, 1945, she was united in marriage to Richard Harrold McManis in Lamar. He preceeded her in death July 11, 1980. She was also preceeded in death by her sister Betty Nell Springer, her husband Ralph; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Dorothy and Merle Hubbard, niece Melissa "Janie" Hubbard and great niece Cathy Hubbard.
....She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Phil and Cindy McManis of Pleasant Hill, nieces and nephews Alan and (Sue) Hubbard of Sparta Tenn., Linda Springer of Folsom CA, Dennis Springer and (Roxanne Tabb) of Fullerton CA, and several great nieces and nephews.
....Cremation. A Celebration of Life Service was August 6, 2016 at the Dickey Funeral Home, Garden City.
....Family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Grossman Burn Unit at Research Medical Center.
....Arrangements by Dickey Funeral Home, Garden City

George M. Morris
....George “Marty” Marshal Morris, 60, of Pleasant Hill, died Wednesday, August 10, 2016. He owned and operated Tex Plastering in Pleasant Hill.
....Marty was preceded in death by his parents John and Nell (Courtney) Morris. He is survived by his wife Heather of Marshfield, Missouri; his children, Logan, Lilah, Brody and Will, all of Marshfield; step-daughter, Jessica (and Stuart) Hatton of Chicago; his sister, Laura Burkhard of Plano, Texas; other relatives and friends.
....Cremation has been accorded.  No services are scheduled at this time. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com.
....Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill. 

Gladys Maye Dale Blankenship
....Gladys Maye Dale Blankenship, 86, of Brockwell, Ark., departed this life August 3, 2016 in Mountain Home, Ark.
....Gladys was born January 29, 1930, in Wiseman, Ark. She married Billy Blankenship, December 20, 1947. She was a member of Oxford Baptist Church.
....She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law: Johnny Lee and Cheryl Blankenship of Tunis, Mo.; two daughters and sons-in-law: Catherine Ann and Kenneth Fleming of Warsaw and Sereta Elaine and Roger Winkle of Pleasant Hill; one brother: Earl Dean Dale and wife Diane of Washington state; 11 grandchildren: Paula Sechrest, Teresa Ingram, Kim Mealor, Vince Martinez, Ashlee Blankenship, Melissa Taylor, Michelle Chapman, Marcella Spahr B. J. Snyder, Stephanie Chandler and John Winkle; 24 great grandchildren; one great great grandchild and a host of other relatives and many good friends.
....She was preceded in death by her parents, George Washington Dale and Lela Stevens Dale; two brothers: Emmit Dale and J. D. Dale; one sister: Georgia Ann Dale and her husband of 57 years, Billy Blankenship.
....Funeral services were August 6, 2016 at at Howard Memorial Funeral Chapel in Melbourne with Logan Holliday officiating. Burial at Oxford Cemetery.
....Memorials may be made to Oxford Baptist Church, P.O. Box 164, Oxford, AR 72565; Hospice House of the Ozarks, 774 Long Street, Mountain Home, AR 72653.

Lee Boyd
....Asa Lee Boyd, 81, of Pleasant Hill, was born, December 7, 1934, in Joplin, the son of Clarence M. and Thelma A. (Myers) Boyd.  He departed this life, Tuesday, August 2, 2016, at his home surrounded with love and family.
....Lee was a 1952 Duenweg, Missouri, High School graduate where he lettered in both baseball and basketball.  He later attended Central Technical School in Kansas City from 1957 to 1959.
....He proudly served our country in the United States Navy from 1953 to 1957, as a Fire Control Technician, in charge of the main radar aboard the USS Kidd DD 661.  He took three tours of the South Pacific.
....On October 11, 1953, he was united in marriage to Marian June Ladd in Joplin. To this union, one daughter, Linda LeAnn Boyd was born.  Marian preceded him in death in November, 1975.  On August 12, 1977, he was united in marriage to Nola Jean (Nold) Lamb in
Independence. Through this union two children, Timothy Lamb and Stephanie Lamb came into his life. 
....Lee had been employed at the Pipkin, Boyd, and Neil Meat Packing Co. in Joplin just prior to joining the Navy.  In December 1959, he went to work for the Univac Division of Sperry Rand
Corporation where he worked on one of the first transistorized computers.  
....In September, 1966, he went to work for Kansas City Life Insurance, starting in maintenance of computers, moving into computer
programming, later becoming Database Security Administrator. He retired in 1994.
....The family moved several times throughout Lee’s career living in Ilion, New York; Wichita, Kansas, and Alton, Illinois.  In June 1979, Nola and Lee bought a 20 acre farm near Strasburg, later moving to Pleasant Hill in 1992.
....While his children were young Lee served as Cub Master and coached little league baseball.  He was a former member of the
Strasburg Baptist Church where he served as Deacon for 28 years, church treasurer for 17 years, Sunday School Director and Finance
Director in charge of new building construction. He was currently a member of the Big Creek Baptist church and has participated in
numerous mission trips. Lee also enjoyed motorcycle riding and has logged more than 145,000 miles riding through 46 of the 48 lower states and Canada.
....Lee was also preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Donald E. Boyd.
....He is survived by his wife Nola of Pleasant Hill; three children, LeAnn (and Mark) Miller of Pleasant Hill, Timothy (and Victoria) Lamb of Delray Beach, Florida, and Stephanie (and Danny) Ray of Pleasant Hill; five grandchildren, Mallory Miller, Cole Miller, Ali Ray, Brenden Lamb and Griffin Lamb; one brother Monty E. (and Doreta) Boyd of Lawrence, Kansas; several nieces and nephews; and a host of good friends.
....The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Kansas City Hospice for their kind and compassionate care during Lee’s illness.
Funeral services were held August 5, 2015 at the funeral home.  Lifelong friend Rev. Larry Thomas officiated.  Graveside military services and interment followed in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery with full military honors by the U.S. Navy and the V.F.W. Post #3118 Honor Guard. 
....Casket bearers were Jim Alexander, Eddie Brann, Larry Colvin, Gordon Johnson, Bill Kahl and Bob Shore.  Honorary casket
bearers were Glen Adams, John Atkins, Bill Curnutt, Mal Fishback, Mark Massey, Jerry Maxwell and Arlen Mitchell.
....Memorial contributions are suggested to Kansas City Hospice or the Louisiana Veterans Museum Fund in care of the U.S.S. Kidd DD 661 and may be sent in care of the funeral home. 
....Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com.
....Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

Rosalie Hummel
...Rosalie Hummel, 92, of Oak Grove, was born August 10, 1923, in Henley, Missouri, the daughter of George C. and Julie A. (McGhee) Martin.  She departed this life, July 16, 2016, at St. Mary’s Manor in Blue Springs.
...Rosalie was a 1941 East High School, Kansas City graduate.
...On April 20, 1942, she was united in marriage to Cris Hummel in Belton. He preceded her in death in 1986.
...Rosalie was also preceded in death by one son, Walter Hummel in 2012, four sisters, and three brothers.
...She is survived by three sons, Chris (and Glenna) Hummel of Pleasant Hill, John (and Cindy) Hummel of Blue Springs, Tim (and Cheryl) Hummel of Butler; daughter-in-law, Gayle Hummel of Oak Grove; 11 grandchildren; 33 great grandchildren; one sister, Dorothy Sweeney of Chico, California; other relatives and friends.
...Visitation and funeral services were July 23, 2016, at the funeral home.  Chaplain Lori Heldrich officiated.  Graveside services and interment was in the St. John United Church of Christ Cemetery, Florence, Missouri. 
...Casket bearers were Denton Cunningham, Omar Fierros, Ethan Hummel, Isaac Hummel, John Hummel, Scott Hummel and Blake Schlie.
...In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are suggested to the St. Mary’s Manor Chapel and may be sent in care of the funeral home.Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com.
...Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

Michael Ingram
...Michael Ingram, 65, of Pleasant Hill, died July 6, 2016 at his home.
...vMichael is survived by his daughter, Jesica J. Hines of Belton; two brothers, Dale Ingram of Kansas City and Robert Ingram Jr. of Lee's Summit; three grandchildren, Alana, Simoria, and Makenna; other relatives and many friends.
...Cremation has been accorded.
...A memorial service was held Tuesday, July 26, 2016, at the funeral home.
...Inurnment was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery with full military honors by the V.F.W. Post #3118 Honor Guard.
...Memorial contributions are suggested to the V.F.W. Post #3118.
...Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

Danny Joe Swofford
...Danny Joe Swofford departed this life on July 10, 2016 at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, at the age of 66 years, 9 months and 16 days. He was born September 24, 1949, in Berryville, Ark. He was the son of Amos Daniel and Jenetta Ruth (Kimberling) Swofford.
...The Swofford family moved to Pleasant Hill in 1959 where Danny attended school and graduated from Pleasant Hill High School in 1967. On February 15, 1969, he was united in marriage with his high school sweetheart, Nancy Elaine Walker, at the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church. Danny and Nancy continued to make their home in
Pleasant Hill.
...For many years, Danny worked as a union plumber and was a member of Plumbers Local #8. In 1991, Danny established Swofford Plumbing and continued as owner and operator until about eight years ago when declining health forced his retirement.
...Danny was the vice-president of the Paradise Point Lake Home Community in Warsaw, where he and Nancy had a lake house. They
enjoyed having family and friends over and going on many fishing trips.
...Danny was a member of Fortuna De Oro Non-Denominational Church in Yuma, Ariz., where he and Nancy had spent the last few winters.
...Danny was preceded in death by his parents, Amos and Ruth Swofford. He is survived by his wife Nancy E. (Walker) Swofford of the home; two sons, Dave Swofford and Don Swofford and wife Jeanine, all of Pleasant Hill; three brothers, Gene Swofford and wife Pat of Ozark, Ronnie Swofford of Elkins, Ark., and Kenny Swofford and wife Donna of Pleasant Hill; one sister, Brenda Swofford, also of Pleasant Hill; four grandchildren, Luke, Cole, Ben and Marley; other relatives and many friends.
...Graveside services for Danny Joe Swofford were July 15, 2016, at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. His brother, Rev. Gene Swofford officiated. The family received friends on July 14, 2016, at the Wallace Funeral Home.
...Contributions may be made to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), 215 W. Pershing, Suite 300, Kansas City, Missouri 64108.
...Arrangements by Wallace Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

Robert Patrick Edwards
...Robert Patrick Edwards was born Oct. 28, 1957, in Springfield Ore. and left this life, June 2, 2016.
...He was raised in Pleasant Hill, by his parents David and Mary Ann Burton, as one of six children as well as two additional sisters raised on the West Coast. He graduated from Pleasant Hill High School in 1975 (Rob Burton) and entered the Navy after graduation.
...After leaving the Navy, Rob had one daughter, Karli and a grandson, Brandon. Rob was a wanderlust at heart and made his home in several cities throughout his life. He spent his last year in Las Vegas, close to his daughter and grandson. Rob loved all things about Kansas City and was an avid follower of both the Chiefs and the Royals.
...Rob never knew a stranger and called everyone he met a friend.
...He was preceeded in death by his father, Clarence R. Edwards. He is survived by his parents, David and Mary Ann Burton of Spring Hill, Florida, a daughter Karli Edwards of Las Vegas, NV; a grandson, Brandon Flores, of Las Vegas, seven siblings, Cheryl Ann Pycior of Spring Hill, FL; Jim Edwards of Lake Waukomis; Jeanne Rehbein of Independence; Suzanne Thurman, of Kansas City; David Burton, of Lee’s Summit; Kelli Edwards of San Diego and Mae Loose of
Carlsbad, CA.
...There will be a memorial at St. Bridget Catholic Church in Pleasant Hill on Thursday, July 21, at 4 p.m. with a gathering immediately following at Sam’s Place, 2119 MO 7 Hwy.
...In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Rob’s honor to the American Heart Association.
...May you rest in peace, Rob.

Jonathan David “Jon” Harp
...Jon Harp was born April 8, 1985, in Kansas City, and departed this life on July 11, 2016, at his home in Pleasant Hill, at the age of 31 years, 2 months and 30 days. He was the son of Robert Max Harp and Bonnie Renee (Ayres) Laswell.
...Cremation has been accorded and the family will receive friends at a
Celebration of Life Visitation from 5:00- 8:00 p.m., July 20, 2016 at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill. The family suggests contributions to the Wallace Funeral Home.
...Arrangements by Wallace Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

Justin Keith Brickey
...Justin Keith Brickey, 32, of Kansas City, Kansas was taken from us too soon on July 5, 2016 in Manhattan, Kansas.  Funeral services will be 11:30 a.m., July 12th at Chapel Hill – Butler Funeral Home, 701 North 94th Street, Kansas City, KS 66112, with visitation preceding the service from 9:30-11:30 a.m.  Interment with Honors will be held at 1:30 p.m. at Leavenworth National Cemetery, 150 Muncie Road, Leavenworth, KS.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Operation Homefront, 1355 Central Parkway S, Ste. 100; San Antonio, TX 78232.
...Justin was born January 16, 1984, at Lakenheath AFB, England, to Willis K. and Karen T. Brickey.  He graduated from Pleasant Hill High School in 2002 and enlisted in the Army in 2003.  While in the Army, Justin served in Iraq and achieved the Iraq Campaign Medal with two campaign stars, the Army Commendation Medal, the Combat Infantry Badge, as well as many other decorations and medals.  He was honorably discharged after eight years of service. 
... He was a senior in the Engineering program at K-State and was part of the Engineering Club and Iraqi and Afghanistan Veteran’s Clubs. 
...When he had free time, he enjoyed playing the banjo, saxophone, the guitar and loved spending time outdoors.  His ’73 Volkswagen Bug was his pride and joy. 
...Justin was preceded in death by his grandparents and is survived by his parents, Willis and Karen Brickey of KCK; his sisters, Khara Sahin of Las Vegas, and Jenna Leonard of Colorado Springs; his brother, Jonathan Brickey of Topeka; his nieces and nephews, Kaan and Asya Sahin and Isabella and Gabriel Leonard; his best friend, Shelli Partridge of Lawrence; many other family members and friends.
...Fond memories and condolences for Justin may be left at www.chapelhill-butler.com.
...Arrangements under the direction of Chapel Hill – Butler, 701 N. 94th St., KCK.

Robert Lee "Bob" White
...Robert Lee "Bob" White of Lee's Summit, formerly of Pleasant Hill, was born February 5, 1929, in Kansas City, the son of Russell Reed and Elizabeth Gertrude (Parks) White.
...He departed this life on July 7, 2016 at John Knox Village Hospice, Lee's Summit, following complications from congestive heart failure at the age of 87 years, five months and two days.
...On April 16, 1950, Bob was united in marriage to Roena Mae Hammond in Kansas City.
...Bob attended high school in Rosedale, Kans., and graduated high school in Denver, Colo. After graduation, Bob attended Central Technical Institute in Kansas City, prior to a career in engineering at Bendix Corp in Kansas City and then at Western Electric in Lee's Summit, from which he retired in 1987. Bob was an active member of the The Summit Church, Lee's Summit.
...Besides his parents, Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Roena on August 1, 2009; two sisters, Marge Green and June Weaver; a half sister, Patricia Patton.
...Bob is survived by his three children: Rick White (Denise), Rhonda Aeby (Tom), Becky Ortbals (Ken), all of Lee's Summit; four grandchildren, Briana, Matt, Taylor and Hayley; a great-granddaughter, Brooklyn; other relatives and a host of friends.
...Cremation. A Celebration of Life Service will be held 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 16, 2016 at The Summit Church, 114 SE Douglas Street, Lee's Summit. Family suggests contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
...Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill, 816-540-5550.

Virgil James Ponder
...Virgil James Ponder, born December 15, 1939; died June 15, 2016. Virgil died peacefully and at home, as prayed for by family and friends. He was united in marriage to Roberta Taylor June 6, 1960, who survives.
...He is also survived by five children and their families. He worked hard all his life to provide for his family as a member of the construction laborers union Local #264. He also had a plumbing business locally for many years.
...Virgil was preceded in death by his parents: Leve Virgil and Lelia Marie (Connell) Ponder; one son-in-law, Mike Thompson; one brother, Carl Ponder; one sister, Flora Cusick and one sister-in-law, Norma Ponder.
...In addition to his wife, Roberta, of the home, he is survived by his children and their families: Jim and Debbie of Lone Jack, and son, Homer and his children, David, Joseph and Grace; Roy and Teresa, of
Sumterville, Fla., and their sons and spouses, Cody and Meagen and their daughter, Zoey Jane of Navarre, Fla., and Alex and Alyssa of Panama City Fla.; Becky Thompson of Kingsville; Bruce and Jamie and their children, Kendal and Lukas of Pleasant Hill; Ronnie and his daughter Hannah of Pleasant Hill. He is also survived by his brother, Leo Ponder, and brother and sister-in-law Kenneth and Dorothy Ponder, all of Pleasant Hill, and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
...Funeral services for Mr. Virgil Ponder were held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, June 21, 2016, at Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill with Rev. Tony Reynolds officiating.
...Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. The family received friends, June 20, 2016, at the funeral home. The family suggests contributions, “In Memory of Virgil J. Ponder,” to Pleasant Hill Food Pantry or Pleasant Hill Meals on Wheels.

Walter A. “Butch” Davidson
...Walter A. “Butch” Davidson, 90, of Pleasant Hill, departed this life Sunday, May 22, 2016, at the Saint Luke’s East Hospital.
...Per Butch’s request, cremation has been accorded. 
...Graveside services and inurnment will be held 6:00 p.m., Friday, June 24, 2016, at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.  Reverend D. Kent Deubner will officiate.
...Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com.
...Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

Elizabeth Marie Kessler
...Elizabeth Marie Champion, 78, of Reeds Springs, MO, formerly of Troy, MO, departed this life on May 29, 2016, at her home, surrounded by family.
...Elizabeth was born July 31, 1937, in Pleasant Hill, the daughter of James and Gertrude Loup Kessler.
...Elizabeth was a 1956 graduate of Pleasant Hill High School. On June 1, 1956, she was untied in marriage to Duward Ray Champion, her high school sweetheart.
...Elizabeth began her working career at Monsanto where she worked with micro silica for microchips. She was parttime dump truck driver for Ray while raising her three sons. She and Ray were owners of Champion Ready Mix and Champion Precast in Troy until retirement moved them to Reeds Springs in 1997.
...Elizabeth had many talents, all with the working of her hands, She loved gardening, crocheting, photography and oil painting in her early years. After moving to Reeds Springs, she and Ray began cultivating their rock farm into a thriving blackberry raspberry, strawberry and beekeeping farm, as well as shitake mushrooms. She received the Greater Springfield Farmers Market Producer of the Year in 2014.
...She was always busy outside on the farm or working on one of her many craft projects or quilting. She created quilts for her grandchildren and great grandchildren to treasure. She most recently began sharing her talents with her church Diaper Bank.
...Elizabeth was a breast cancer survivor. She never knew a stranger. She loved the Lord and her church and especially her friends in the Empty Nesters Group at Lifesong United Methodist Church.
...Elizabeth was preceded in death by her husband, Duward Ray and her parents, James and Gertrude Kessler, as well as her brother, George Kessler. She is survived by three sons, Anthony Ray and wife, Kaye; Bruce Allen and wife Mary, all of Troy, and Jeffrey Todd of Reeds Springs. She was also blessed with six grandchildren, Steven and his wife Amanda, Ryan and his wife Jennifer, all of Troy; David and his wife Michelle of St. Genevieve; Adam and his wife Adais of Misawa, Japan, Sasha and her husband Nick Phillips and Amber, all of Troy. She also left a legacy of ten great grandchildren, Kaysen and Kamryn Champion, Aiden and Hadley Champion, Leah and Maci Champion, Landon and Lathan Miller and Paige and Cooper Phillips. She is also survived by one brother, James Kessler of Northfield, MN and one sister, Doris Self of Tulsa, OK. She also leaves behind many other relatives and friends.
...A memorial service was held June 4, 2016 at Lifesong United Methodist Church at Reeds Springs. Memorial contributions are suggested in lieu of flowers to Lifesong United Methodist Church Diaper Bank at 360 Emerson Road, Reeds Springs 65737.

John P. Bonk
...John P. Bonk, 85 of Jefferson City, formerly of Pleasant Hill, departed this life on June 9, 2016 at Villa Marie Skilled Nursing Center in Jefferson City.
... He was preceded in death by his wife Betty M. Bonk on December 16, 2013.
...Graveside service and interment will be held at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 15, 2016, at Swan Lake Memorial Park in Grain Valley, with Mr. Joel Fields officiating.
... The family suggests contributions, “In Memory of John P. Bonk,” to Priests for Life, P.O. Box 141172, Staten Island, New York 10314. ...Arrangements by Wallace Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

Kenneth Meyer
...Harold Kenneth Meyer, 85, of Pleasant Hill, was born, July 5, 1930, in Henry County, the son of Julius F. and Eunice M. (Hendrick) Meyer. He departed this life Sunday, May 29, 2016 surrounded by his family.
...Ken was a 1949 Creighton high school graduate. Following high school, Ken honorably served our country in the U.S. Air Force. He later earned his Master’s Degree from the University of Missouri.
...On May 27, 1956, he was united in marriage to Mary Patricia Moody in Harrisonville. May 27, 2016 marked their 60th anniversary.
Ken was employed as a Vocational Agriculture teacher in Pleasant Hill for nearly 30 years retiring in 1985. He was a charter member and past-president of the Pleasant Hill Lions Club, and a member of the Pleasant Hill Historical Society. He was a member and Elder of the First Presbyterian Church, Pleasant Hill. Some of Ken’s favorite activities were working outside, gardening and working the family farm near Urich.
...Ken was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Charles Meyer, and one sister, Betty Thomas.
...He is survived by his wife Mary Pat of the home; two daughters, Gretchen Lucile (Rick) Benware, of Omaha, Nebr., and Melanie Kenn (Brian) Zink-Schyvinck of Blue Springs; six grandchildren, Patrick (Christina) Benware of Denver, Colo., Megan Benware of Girdwood, Alaska, Kendra (Ryan) Leiker of Prairie Village, Kans., Erica Zink and Tyler Schyvinck, both of Blue Springs, and Meredith Schyvinck of Fayetteville, Ark.; one great grandson, Grayson Meyer Benware of Denver; two brothers, J.Lee (Joyce) Meyer and Gerald (Chris) Meyer, both of Independence; other relatives and friends.
...Memorial services were held June 2, 2016, at the First Presbyterian Church, Pleasant Hill. Rev. Albert McDowell and Pastor Jason Ku officiated. The “Ceremony of the Rose” was conducted by the Pleasant Hill Lions Club, prior to the service. Following the service, full military honors were performed by the U.S. Air Force and the Pleasant Hill V.F.W. Post #3118 Honor Guard.
...Memorial contributions are suggested to Lion International Leader Dog to the Blind and First Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund. Both 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.

Clarence L. Burger
...Clarence L. Burger, 85 of Pleasant Hill passed away May 21, 2016 at Meadow View of Harrisonville.
...The family will receive friends Thursday, May 26 from 12 noon until 2:00 p.m.; funeral service will follow at 2:00 p.m. at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill.
...Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Contributions suggested to Grace Hospice.
...A complete obituary will be posted on Wallace Funeral Home website, as soon as information becomes available.
...Arrangeaments by Wallace Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill. (www.wallace-funeralhomes.com.)

Walter Allen “Butch” Davidson
...Walter Allen “Butch” Davidson, 90, a lifelong resident of Pleasant Hill, was born March 10, 1926, on the family farm north of Pleasant Hill, the son of Walter and Malinda May (Johnson) Davidson.  He departed this life May 22, 2016, at the Saint Luke’s East Hospital, Lee’s Summit.
...Butch was a 1944 Pleasant Hill High School graduate.  Following high school, Butch went to work for Sears & Roebuck in Kansas City.  The call of farming lured him back to the family farm, and he worked the same farm until his passing.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and farming.
...Butch was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Alice Etta Kosfeld.
...He is survived by his brother, William “Bill” Davidson of Lee’s Summit; three nephews, Larry (and Diane) Kosfeld, of Greenwood; David (and Margaret) Kosfeld, and James (and Sarah) Kosfeld, all of Pleasant Hill; one niece, Malinda Kosfeld-Neve of Pleasant Hill; other relatives and friends.
...Per Butch’s request, cremation has been accorded.  Private burial of ashes will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery at a later date.
...Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com.
...Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

Larry E. Snyder
...Larry Eugene Snyder, 63, of Pleasant Hill, was born, November 19, 1952, in Harrisonville, the son of Bill J. and Cletis D. (Murphy) Snyder.  He departed this life, Saturday, May 21, 2016, at the Cass Regional Medical Center.
...Larry was a 1970 Pleasant Hill High School graduate and was a United States Air Force Veteran.
...On June 22, 1974, he was united in marriage to Kathie Gray in Pleasant Hill. They divorced in 1990.  On May 21, 2015, he was united in marriage to Shelia McCoy in Miami, Oklahoma.
...Larry was employed as a construction foreman for the W.A. Ellis Construction Company, retiring in 2006 after 35 years with the company.  He was a proud member of the Operator’s Union Local #101.  He was also a member of the Cattleman’s Association and the Missouri Roping Championship Association.
...Larry loved working on his farm.  He could be seen daily, feeding cows, fixing fence,  working on machinery or many other farm tasks, with his trusty companion and sidekick, Clodhopper, his dog. 
...He enjoyed spending time with family and watching TV, especially Andy Griffith, NASCAR and Team Roping.  He was always ready to help a friend or neighbor in need.  Larry was a good son, brother, husband, father and grandfather.  He will be missed by all who knew him.
...Larry was preceded in death by his father, Bill J. Snyder, and one son, Christopher Blake Snyder.
...He is survived by his wife, Shelia Snyder; his daughter, Nikki (and John) Davis; one son, Chase Snyder; one step-daughter,  Chandra (and Randy) Volland; three grandsons, Colton Snyder, Chase Davis and Ryan Volland; one granddaughter, Paige Davis; his mother, Cletis Snyder; two brothers, Billy (and Sherrie) Snyder and Dennis (and Melinda) Snyder; his sister, Darlene (and Clifford) Eslick; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews; other relatives and a host of friends.
...Funeral services were held May 26, 2016, at the funeral home.  Rev. Shawn Gray officiated.  Graveside military services and interment followed in the Staley Mound Cemetery with full military honors by the U.S. Air Force and the V.F.W. Post #3118 Honor Guard. Casket bearers were Ronnie Cooper, Hob Divine, Pat Dinges, Kenny Fidler, Charlie Shimel and Jeff Walsh.  Honorary casket bearers were David Carnes and Mike White.
...Memorial contributions are suggested to the Staley Mound Cemetery 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.

Lavonne Carlile
...Lettie Lavonne (Viles) Carlile, 84, of Pleasant Hill, was born, July 16, 1931, in Kansas City, the daughter of Basil V. and Lucy J. (Hipsher) Viles. She departed this life, Tuesday, May 17, 2016, at the Lee’s Summit Medical Center surrounded with love and family.
...Lavonne was a 1949 Pleasant Hill High School graduate. On May 2, 1959, she was united in marriage to Donald J. Carlile in Harrisonville. He had baptized her just three weeks earlier.
...In high school, Lavonne played basketball, Don enjoyed attending the games to watch her play. She later played on local town teams in both Pleasant Hill and East Lynne.
...Lavonne was employed by Westinghouse, but quit shortly after she married. In 1962, she went to work as secretary for the East Lynne School district, retiring in 1994. She also served as the treasurer and secretary for the school board. She was also a homemaker. She was an active member and served in the office of Priest in the Community of Christ Church, Pleasant Hill, as well as financial officer for several years. Don and Lavonne were active members of the Pleasant Hill Lions Club. She enjoyed gardening, canning, baking, cooking and a good game of dominoes. She especially loved spending time with her grandchildren.
...Lavonne was preceded in death by her parents and one granddaughter, Megan Carlile, and one brother, William B. Viles.
...She is survived by her husband Don, of Pleasant Hill; her daughter, Jaylene Lavonne Shay of Clinton; two sons, Don B. (and Tina) Carlile of Waxahachie, Texas, and Steve W. Carlile of Lee’s Summit; eight grandchildren, Amy Lavonne Kennish of Montrose, Nick Shay of Corpus Christi, Texas; Jacob (and Rosalynda) Carlile of Santa Rita, Guam; Laine Shay of Athens, Georgia; Lexi Lettie Carlile and Tori Carlile, both of Ocean Side, Calif.; Brad Carlile and Caleb Carlile, both of Waxahachie; one great granddaughter, Hannah Sue Lavonne Kennish, of Montrose; one sister, Georgia L. Beeman of Katy, Texas; several nieces and nephews as well as a host of other relatives and friends.
...Visitation was held May 22, 2016, at the funeral home, followed by the Ceremony of the Rose service by the Pleasant Hill Lions Club.
...Funeral services were held May 23, 2016, at the Community of Christ Church. High Priest Claude Rains and Elder Duane Rogers officiated. Interment was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Casket bearers were Brad Carlile, Caleb Carlile, Laine Shay, Nick Shay, Courtney Carlile and Kevin Carlile. Honorary casket bearers were Bill Carlile, Wally Carlile, Leonard Whiting and Jacob Carlile.
...Memorial contributions are suggested to the Pleasant Hill Community of Christ Church. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com.
...Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

Gordon R. Bell
...Gordon Ray Bell, 60, of Pleasant Hill, formerly of St. Louis, was born, August 30, 1955, in Colorado Springs, Colo., the son of Richard and Doris (Fleetwood) Bell. He departed this life Friday, May 13, 2016, at his home.
...He was a 1974 graduate of the Brentwood High School in St. Louis. He later graduated from the State Fair College in Sedalia and furthered his education at the University of Missouri, Rolla.
...Gordon was an entrepreneur and was gifted in all aspects of construction. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, cooking and attending field trials; he especially enjoyed reading.
...He was a member of the Lee’s Summit Community Church and the Kansas City Retrievers Club.
...Gordon was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Doris Bell. He is survived by his children, Cody (and Meghan) Bell, and Michele ( and John) Wilson, all of St. Louis; two grandchildren, Catch Wilson and Vida Wilson of St. Louis; one brother, Greg Bell of Sedalia; other relatives and friends.
...Cremation has been accorded. A memorial service was held May 24, 2016, at the funeral home. Pastor Doug Brown of the Lee’s Summit Community Church officiated. Inurnment will be on his farm near Triplett, Missouri, at later date.
...Memorial contributions are suggested to the Lee’s Summit Community Church and may be sent in care of the funeral home. .........Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com.
...Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

Milfred S. Smiley
...Milfred Smiley, 96, Pleasant Hill, died May 17, 2016, at his home, surrounded with love and family.
...He is survived by two granddaughters, Janelle (and Zachary) Gould, of Pleasant Hill, and Emilee Walker of Kansas; one great granddaughter, Paisley Gould, and his beloved niece and nephews.
...Funeral services were held May 21, 2016. Pastor Richard Cook officiated. Graveside military services followed in the Lone Jack Cemetery. Casket bearers were Hunter Anderson, Robert Conoway, Zachary Gould, Zachary Schmitz, Fred Smiley and Daniel Yeager.
...Memorial contributions are suggested to the Village Hospice. Online condolences www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com.
...Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

Clarence L. Burger
...Clarence L. Burger, 85 of Pleasant Hill passed away May 21, 2016 at Meadow View of Harrisonville.
...The family will receive friends Thursday, May 26 from 12 noon until 2:00 p.m.; funeral service will follow at 2:00 p.m. at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill.
...Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
...Contributions suggested to Grace Hospice.
...A complete obituary will be posted on Wallace Funeral Home website, as soon as information becomes available.
...Arrangeaments by Wallace Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill. (www.wallace-funeralhomes.com.)

Dorothy Lucille (Greenfield) Saliagas
...Dorothy Lucille (Greenfield) Saliagas, was born Sept. 15, 1943, and passed away May 20, 2016, after courageously battling cancer at Kansas City Hospice House. Dorothy was born in Atoka, OK and was raised in Kansas City where she attended Southeast High School.
...She lived in Houston, TX most of her adult life and moved back to Kansas City recently to be cared for by family. She was preceded in death by her son Mike, father Charles , mother Velma, and three sisters, Patty , Marilyn and Charlene . She is survived by her daughter, Maria Havlik and family of Pleasant Hill; son, Scott Griffin, of Seattle, and brother, Charles of Liberty.
... Cremation has been accorded. There will no services, according to Dorothy’s wishes.

Logan A. Huff
...Logan Alan Huff, 27, of Pleasant Hill, was born February 25, 1989, in Lee’s Summit.  He departed this life Friday, April 29, 2016, at his home in Pleasant Hill.
...Logan was a 2007 Pleasant Hill High School graduate. On May 17, 2014, he was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart, Brooke Nicole McDowell in Independence.
...Logan was a service technician manager for Residential Sewage Treatment Co.  He enjoyed gun collecting, playing video games, fishing/hunting and was an avid Royals Fan. 
...He was a devoted family man, who especially cherished his children.  He was hard working and dependable.  No matter who you were, he was always willing to be there for you.
...Logan was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Terral and Mildred Huff.
...He is survived by his wife Brooke; one son, Kayson Huff and one daughter, Korbyn Huff, all of Pleasant Hill; his mother, Pam Huff and his sister, Shelby Huff, both of Pleasant Hill; other relatives and a host
of friends.
...Cremation has been accorded. 
...Memorial services were held May 6, 2016, at the funeral home.  Inurnment was  in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.  Honorary casket bearers were Ryan Cantrell, Donald Huff, Kevin Huff, Terral Huff, Matt Schooler and Cody Walters.
...Memorial contributions are suggested to the children’s education fund and may be sent in care of the funeral home or the Pleasant Hill Bank.
...Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

Donna Faye
(Shackelton) Taylor

April 1, 1933 - April 30, 2016

...Donna Faye Taylor, 83, passed away Saturday, April 30, 2016, in Astoria, Oregon. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh M. Taylor, Jr., for 54 years.
...She is survived by five children: Dicksie Harris, Linda Oldberg, David (Mark) Taylor, Cindy Harris and Ladonna Weisbach; 12 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren, and three sisters, Jaunita Snow, Elaine West and Nancy Brown.
...Graveside services will be held June 25, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.


Joshua A. Griffith

...Joshua Griffith, 36, of Fulton, formerly of Odessa, died Tuesday, April 29, 2016.
...He is survived by his wife, Jonya (Horton) Griffith; son, Dillion Griffith; father, Lawrence Griffith Jr.; mother Cathy Griffith; brother, Joseph Griffith; sisters, Angela (and Jason) Scarbourough and Christina Griffith; paternal grandparents, Lawrence and Margaret Griffith; maternal grandmother, Mary Greer; other relatives; and a host
of friends.
...Funeral services were held May 9, 2016.  Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
...Contributions may be made to the KC School for the Blind.
...Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill. Online condolences may be sent to www.stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com.


Dorothy I. Hatton
...Dorothy Irene Hatton, 95, of Pleasant Hill, was born, April 15, 1921, near Pleasant Hill, the daughter of Archibald J. and Lennie (Mitts) King. She departed this life peacefully, Sunday, April 24, 2016, at the Foxwood Springs Care Center, Raymore.
...On October 26, 1939, she was united in marriage to Edgar Marion Hatton in Harrisonville. He preceded her in death on February 10, 1994 after 50 plus years of marriage.
...Dorothy was a lifelong Pleasant Hill Resident living on the Hatton family farm until declining health required her to move into Foxwood Springs. She was a homemaker. She had also been employed for the King Louie Sewing factory for many years all the while assisting her husband on the farm until his death in 1994. She spent most of her Sundays and holidays preparing dinner for her family, playing cards, and watching her kids and grandkids playing softball, kickball, basketball, and riding horses on the farm. She genuinely loved babysitting young children and spending time with them. To this day she enjoyed staying in contact with them and watching them grow in to adults as they started their own families.
...She also enjoyed gardening, going to the casino, and sitting in the garage, sipping coffee with her family while watching the birds and enjoying the beauty of the country life. She especially loved watching Charles work the farm. In her early 20’s Dorothy was saved in the Hickory Grove Baptist Church and has been a
member there ever since.
...Dorothy was also preceded in death by her parents; two sons, infant Ray Edward Hatton and Gary Lee Hatton; one daughter, Joyce Kay Wilmoth; one brother, Perry Lee King; and four sisters, Hallie Fenton, Martha Dockery, Sylvia Carlyle, and Verda Bunnell.
...She is survived by one son, Charles Hatton and wife Cheryl; one daughter, Punkie Neill and husband Don; one son-in-law, John Wilmoth; one daughter-in-law, Lenora Hatton; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one great-great grandson; a host of other relatives and friends.
...Visitation was held Wednesday, April 27, 2016, at the funeral home.
...Funeral services were held Thursday, April 28, 2016, at the funeral home. Mr. Bill Cotton officiated. Interment was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Casket bearers were Mickey Beach, Darren Hatton, Duane Hatton Michael Mayabb, Travis Mayabb, and Will Pryor. Honorary casket bearers were Donald Dean Fenton and Luke Scavuzzo.
...Memorial contributions are suggested to Crossroads Hospice. Obituary can be viewed online at www.stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com. Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill, Mo.

Howard L. Collins
...Howard Lee Collins, 80, of Pleasant Hill, was born March 13, 1936, in Pleasant Hill, the son of Lloyd and Elsie (Ferguson) Collins.
...He departed this life, Wednesday, April 27, 2016, at the Pleasant Hill Health & Rehabilitation Center.
...Howard was a 1954 Pleasant Hill High School graduate and a United States Army Veteran.
...On June 3, 1960, he was united in marriage to Sandra Jean Douglas at the First Baptist Church in Pleasant Hill.
...Right out of high school Howard was employed by Tilman Cloud at the Pleasant Hill Times as a Typesetter. Later he went to work for Neal/Settle Printing retiring in 2001 after 34 years with the company. He had been active with scouts serving as Cub Scout Leader for many years and a former member and past president of the Pleasant Hill Lions Club. He was a member of the Big Creek Baptist Church.
...Howard was preceded in death by his parents Lloyd and Elsie Collins, one brother Richard “Dick” Collins, two daughter-in-laws Tricia Collins and Teresa Rabideau, one granddaughter, Lindsey Collins.
...He is survived by his wife Sandra of the home; three sons, Michael Collins of Grain Valley, Dan (and Sherry) Collins of Pleasant Hill, and Kevin Collins of Kansas City; 6 grandchildren, Shane Collins and Lacey Collins of Blue Springs, Lesli (and Bryan) Gosseen of Merriam, Tyler (and Shanda) Collins of Peculiar, Brittany Collins of Smithville, and Justin Collins of Kansas City; one great granddaughter, Krista; one step-grandson, Travis Franklin of Pleasant Hill; one sister, Ruth Ann (and Jim) Faith of Independence; other relatives and many friends.
...Funeral services were held Monday, May 2, at the funeral home. Pastor Todd MacLean of the Big Creek Baptist Church officiated.
...Military graveside services and interment were held Tuesday, May 3, in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery with full military honors by the U.S. Army and the V.F.W. Post #3118 Honor guard. Casket bearers were Justin Collins, Shane Collins, Tyler Collins, Jerry Thompson, Don Ward, and Matt Weiershauser. Honorary casket bearers were Bob Benware, Lee Boyd, Bill Cotton, Larry Colvin, Mike Neal, Jay Sanders, and Larry Seelinger.
...Memorial contributions are suggested to Ascend Hospice or the Big Creek Baptist Church and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
...Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.
...Arrangements: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550

Michael K. Mansfield
...Michael Kevin Mansfield, 67, of Pleasant Hill, the family man, the Marine, the legend, was born March 13, 1949 in Poughkeepsie, New York, the son of Joseph and Marion (Robinson) Mansfield. He departed this life, April 16, 2016, peacefully at his home surrounded with love and family.
...Michael attended St. Peter’s Catholic School in Poughkeepsie in his
early school years: later transferring to the Poughkeepsie public schools for Junior and Senior High. He was heavily involved in track; earning a varsity letter in track for the mile. He graduated in 1967 and was drafted and chose to join the Marine Corp in 1968. In his military career he served two tours in Vietnam, was a recruiter for four years, and was stationed throughout the United States and the world. In 1991 he retired as Gunnery Sergeant after 23 years.
...On May 1, 1992, he was united in marriage to Robin C. Cameron in Dillon, South Carolina; they moved to Pleasant Hill in 1998.
...Mike was active in the community; he was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post# 3118, Pleasant Hill, and the Pleasant Hill Masonic Lodge. He was well known for his presentations of the colors at every home football game, flag etiquette presentations, as well as other presentations at all the local schools.
...Michael loved history, his country, his family and bad puns. He was the funniest person he knew and he spread laughter everywhere he went. He was a fighter, a hero and an all around fantastic guy. He wants it to be remembered that he tried his best, loved his family and was always there to help. He will be sincerely missed by all who knew and loved him. Semper Fi!!
...Michael is survived by his wife, Robin; his children, Sean (and Leanna) Mansfield, Shannon (and John) Rodriguez, Kara (and Kevin), Haber, Tiffany (and Jack) Crumpton, Iris Mansfield, Elisabeth
Mansfield, Adam Mansfield, Amber (and Ed) Jones, Russell (and Andrea) Robinson and Robert Robinson; his grandchildren, Ethan Mansfield, Jeremy Mansfield, Sean Rodriguez, Cayleigh Rodriguez, Owen Haber, Colin Haber, Caleb Haber, Trey Jones, Trent Jones, Tyler Jones, Tanner Jones, and Micaela Robinson; siblings, Jim (and Liz Eirber) Mansfield, Kathy (and Peter) Doreo, Joe (and Julie) Mansfield and Maureen Mansfield; other relatives and a host of friends.
...Visitation and Masonic services were April 21, at the funeral home. Funeral services were April 22, 2016, at the funeral home. Rev. D. Kent Deubner officiated. A Final Salute ceremony was performed by Commander Jim Rourke and members of the V.F.W. Post #3118. Graveside military services and interment followed in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery with full military honors by the U.S. Marines and the V.F.W. Post #3118 Honor Guard. Casket bearers were the V.F.W. Post #3118 Honor Guard.
...Memorial contributions are suggested to the V.F.W. Post #3118 Veterans Relief Fund or the Pleasant Hill Masonic Lodge. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com.
...Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

Don Wayne King
...Don Wayne King, 77, of Pleasant Hill, was born, November 11, 1938, in Glasco, Kansas, the son of Richard B. and Lovena (Wisbey) King. He departed this life April 17, 2016.
...On July 9, 1959, he was united in marriage to Yulonda MarLou Wehmeier in Glasco, Kan. She preceded him in death on April 21, 2011.
...Don was a United States Army veteran; later transferring into the Army National Guard. He spent his entire career with the guard, retiring in 1999. He has spent the last several years working at the Country Creek Golf course.
...He enjoyed golfing, fishing, woodworking, playing cards and collecting an eclectic variety of things, including powder horns. He was a 56-year member of the Jewel Lodge #480 A.F. & A.M., the Royal Arch Wyoming Chapter #43, the Ararat Shrine Temple and current president of the Cass County Shrine Club.
...Don was also preceded in death by his parents.
...He is survived by two daughters, Kelly K. Rice and her husband Steve of Kansas City, and Pamela L. Huish and her husband Stephen of Middletown, New Jersey; four grandchildren, Matthew J. Buffon of Lee’s Summit, Kathryn G. Buffon of Kansas City, Kaylin R. Huish and Brett S. Huish, both of Middletown; other relatives and a host of friends.
...Cremation has been accorded.
...Visitation will be held 6-8 p.m. Friday, at the funeral home with Masonic services at 8 p.m. A celebration of Don’s life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on April 30, 2016, at the funeral home.
...Graveside military services and inurnment will follow in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery with full military honors by the U.S. Army and the V.F.W. Post #3118 Honor Guard. Honorary casket bearers are Paul Beason, Matthew Buffon, Pat Garry, Jerrall Hayes, Brett Huish, Jim Purvis, Pete Sheehan, the late Bob McLagan and the late Bob Willis.
...Memorial contributions are suggested to the V.F.W. Post #3118 Veterans Relief Fund and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
...Online condolences may be sent to the family and a video tribute may be viewed at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com.
...Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

Mary E. (Hoen) Wright
...Mary E. Wright, 74 of Adrian, formerly of Pleasant Hill, died April 20, 2016 at The University of Kansas Hospital, Kansas City, KS., surrounded by the love of her family.
...Mary attended school in Pleasant Hill. On Aug. 22, 1965 she was united in marriage with Butch Wright and they made their home in Pleasant Hill.
...Mary had been a beautician for Kut and Kurl Beauty Shop and Courtesy Beauty Shop, both in Pleasant Hill. Later, Mary owned and operated Wright’s Upholstery Shop in Pleasant Hill and was a school bus driver for the Pleasant Hill School District.
...Mary is survived by her husband, Butch Wright, of the home; two daughters, Mellissa (Wright) Gibbons (Ron) of Pleasant Hill, and Rhonda (Wright) Walley (Jay) of Adrian; five grandchildren, Crystal Hunter, Kyle Gibbons and Trever Wilson, all of Pleasant Hill, and Conrad and Anna Walley both of Adrian; numerous great-grandchildren; sisters-in–law, Hazel Quinn (Jack) of Blue Springs, Barbara Clawson (Bill) of Pleasant Hill; Mary Samantha Johnson (Gary) of Vanning, Calif. and Judy Todd (Mike) of Harrisonville, and her other favorite daughter, Sandie Cooper of Harrisonville.
...Funeral service was April 26, 2016 at the Wallace Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill. Burial Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Contributions in memory of Mary may be made to : Wayside Waifs, Inc.

Raymond Theodore Eslick
...Raymond Theodore Eslick, 58, of Pleasant Hill, was born March 2, 1958 in Kansas City, the son of Clifford Vernon Eslick Sr. and Lillian Catherine Eslick. He departed this life at 3:43 a.m. on Friday, April 22, 2016 at his home in Pleasant Hill.
...Raymond was a life long resident of Pleasant Hill. His passion in life was helping others. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing endless hours of games and showering his grandchildren with unconditional love.
...On April 23, 1977, Raymond was united in marriage to Brenda Gail
Galloway in Pleasant Hill, for 35 years. They had one son, Derek Eslick.
...He was preceded in death by his father, Clifford Sr, and his sister Della. He is vsurvived by his mother, Lillian; one son, Derek (Terri); two brothers, Clifford (Darlene) and William (Donna); one sister Cathy (Dan), four grandchildren, Litisha Wilson, other relatives and friends.
...His remarkable life touched so many friends and relatives. He will be
remembered for his great sense of humor, and as a loving and kind father, grandfather and friend.
...Memorial services will be Sunday, May 1, 2016, from 1-3 p.m. at Brinkoetter’s Iron Town, 29608 E 179th St, Pleasant Hill.
...Pastor Tony Reynolds of the Appleton City First Christian Church, will officiate.
...Raymond donated his body to science, Kansas City University of Medicine as a final offer in helping others.

Marian E. (Slenker) DeShazer
...Marian E. (Slenker) DeShazer was born November 1, 1928, in Harrisonville, and departed this life on April 20, 2016, at Wilshire at Lakewood, Lee’s Summit, at the age of 87 years, 5 months and 19 days. She was the daughter of Isaac Joel and Jennie (Freude) Slenker.
Marian graduated from Pleasant Hill High School in 1946 and immediately went to work for the Felix V. Gross Law Firm in Pleasant Hill as a legal secretary.
...She served as Mr. Gross’ secretary until her retirement, over 50 years later.
...On October 25, 1947, she was united in marriage with Elmer “Ellis” DeShazer, and they made their home in Pleasant Hill. Ellis preceded Marian in death in March of 1995.
...Marian was known for her beautiful home and very proud of the gorgeous copper ceiling she had installed in her kitchen, her immaculate yard, her love of jaunty caps and leopard print clothing.
...At the age of 77, Marian bought a brand new white “Hummer” and loved driving it everywhere. She also enjoyed the shocked looks she got when this very petite woman would climb out of this huge machine.
...Marian was a lifetime member of the V.F.W. Auxiliary Post #3118 of Pleasant Hill and had been awarded a 50 year pin for her faithful service to that organization.
...In addition to her husband Ellis, Marian was preceded in death by both her parents and eight brothers and sisters.
...Marian is survived by several nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
...Graveside service and interment for Marian E. (Slenker) DeShazer will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, with Chaplain Rachel Waddell from Crossroads Hospice, officiating. The family suggests contributions to Crossroads Hospice, 10810 E. 45th Street, Suite 300, Tulsa, OK 74146.
...Arrangements by Wallace Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill, Mo.

Dorothy Hatton
Dorothy Hatton, 95, of Pleasant Hill, died April 24, 2016. Funeral services are pending.  Service times and a complete obituary can be viewed online at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com.  Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill, Mo.

Clara “Virginia” Smith
...Clara “Virginia” Smith, 83, of Cleveland, Missouri, formerly of Grandview, died April 10, 2016, at her home. Services for Clara “Virginia” Smith were held April 14, 2016 at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill. Rev. Tim Casteel officiated.
...Burial was in the Belton Cemetery. Memorial gifts may be given to American Heart Association or the Alzheimer’s Association.
Arrangements by Wallace Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

Billy F. Hartley
...Billy Fulton Hartley, 91, of Harrisonville, celebrated his homecoming, April 10, 2016. Billy was born January 22, 1925, in Weaubleau, Missouri, the son of Opal and Hallie (Fulton) Hartley.
...Billy grew up in Osceola, Missouri. Upon graduating from high school in 1942, he enlisted in the Navy, serving his country during WW II on the Kirby Smith and Coral Sea.
...On June 25, 1944, he married Mildred Attebery. To this union, three children were born, Dee, Susan and Billy Lee.
...After completing his tour of duty, he and Mildred settled in Kansas City, to raise their family. Billy established his career as a barber and worked in Kansas City area for over 20 years.
...On September 29, 1969, he married Viva D. “Vi” (Bay) Taylor. To this union, brought Clayton and Stacey. In 1975 Billy and Vi moved to Pleasant Hill, where they became restaurant owners. Bill and Vi operated the “Snack Shack” from 1975 until its closing in 1980. In the late 70s while Vi ran the Snack Shack, Bill opened Bill’s Barber Shop also in Pleasant Hill. After closing the Snack Shack Bill and Vi moved to Harrisonville. Bill continued to barber in Pleasant Hill until his retirement in 2007 at the age of 82.
...Billy played baseball while in high school, enjoying fishing, hunting (especially duck), building and flying model planes, NASCAR and a little river boat time with his family.
...He was preceded in death by his parent; spouses, Mildred Hartley and Viva Hartley; his son, Billy Lee Hartley; and a brother, J. Allen Hartley.
...Those left to mourn are; daughters Dee (and Ron) Brandt of Linn, Missouri, Susan (and Danny) Warnes of Gallatin, Missouri, and Stacey (and Mike) Warren of Pleasant Hill; son, Clayton (and Patti) Taylor of Independence; daughter-in-law, Arlene (and Charles) Hartley Lorimor of Millington, Tenn.; grandchildren, James Clemmer, Tonya Newbound, Todd Holcomb, Priscilla Whitt, Dustin Duncan, Michelle Lloyd, Austin Warren, Ashley Warren, Tara Salas, Amanda Taylor, Kyle Hartley and Lee Hartley; 21 great grandchildren; and his
significant other Barbara Mathews of Harrisonville.
...Funeral services were held April 16, 2016, at the funeral home. Mr. Bill Rosser officiated. Graveside military services and interment were in the Orient Cemetery with full military honors by the U.S. Navy and the V.F.W. Post #3118 Honor guard. Casket bearers are James Clemmer, Dustin Duncan, Chuck Fulton, Todd Holcomb, Clayton Taylor and Austin Warren.
...Memorial contributions are suggested to the Pleasant V.F.W. Post #3118 - Veteran’s Relief Fund or Wounded Warriors and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
...Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

Shirley M. Brenner
...Shirley M. Brenner (Johnson), 77, of Pleasant Hill died on April 13, 2016. She was born March 27, 1939, in Kansas City, to George and Bessie Johnson. She later moved with her family to Greenwood, where she grew up.
...Shirley graduated from Lee’s Summit High School. She married Charles (Bud) Brenner, April 5,1958, and they moved to Pleasant Hill to make their home and raise their three children. Shirley and Bud owned and managed Just Right Dry Cleaners in Pleasant Hill for many years.
...Later she worked at Price Chopper in Lee’s Summit before operating a day care in her home until her retirement.
...Shirley loved to camp and spent many years camping with friends and family throughout Missouri. She also sold Avon for over 30 years. She was a member of the First Christian Church of Pleasant Hill and the Ivy Leaf Chapter OES.
...Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, George and Bessie Johnson; her husband, Bud Brenner; her daughter, Sharon Allen; one brother, Leon Johnson and one sister, Lily Frazier.
...She is survived by one son, Roger Brenner (Kacy) of Pleasant Hill; one daughter, Sarah Lackland of Glascow, Mo; two sisters, Dorothy Briscoe of Pleasant Hill, and Virginia Johnson of Lee’s Summit; three grandsons; Joshua Brenner, Ryan Allen (Tania), Travis Allen (Jonni) all of Pleasant Hill; one granddaughter, Catie Brenner, Lee’s Summit; three great grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.
...Funeral services were April 18 at the Wallace Funeral Home.Rev. Kent Deubner officiated. Casket bearers were Ryan Allen, Joshua Brenner, Michael Collins, Joe Berbereia, Ken Cobb and Leland
Johnson. Interment at Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
...Family suggests contributions to Midwest Transplant Network, 1900 West 47th Pl. Suite 400, Westwood, KS 66205.
...Arrangements by Wallace Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

Mike K. Mansfield
...Michael K. Mansfield, 67, of Pleasant Hill, died, Saturday, April 16, at his home. Visitation will be held 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., April 21, with funeral services, April 22, 10:00 a.m., at the funeral home.
...Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com.
...Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

Casinda Sue “Cindy” Kremeier
...Casinda Sue “Cindy” Kremeier, 67, of Pleasant Hill, was born, July 2, 1948, in Nevada, Missouri, the daughter of Roy W. and Doris V. (Dennison) Moberg.  She departed this life, Wednesday, April 6, 2016, at her home surrounded with love and family. 
...Cindy was a 1966 Shawnee Mission West High School graduate.  She furthered her education earning a Bachelor’s degree from Pittsburgh State University and her Master’s degree from the University of Denver. 
...Cindy had been employed as a Certified Compensation Professional for U.S. West Communications in Denver.  Returning to Missouri, she worked in Human Resources for Unity Village.  She was also a substitute teacher and tutor for the Pleasant Hill School district. Cindy also raised Alpacas and was a member of both the Missouri and American Alpaca Associations.  She was an avid animal lover and had
numerous animals on her small farm.  She was active with animal rescue, providing homes for animals in need of care until a home could be found for them.
...Her parents, and one nephew, Bobby Moberg, preceded Cindy in death. 
...She is survived by her daughter, Heidi Kremeier of Ouray, Colo.; step-mother, Juanita Moberg of North Little Rock, Ark.; two brothers, Kenneth (and Sarah) Moberg of Lindsborg, Kans., and Randal (and Barbara) Moberg of Pleasant Hill; one step-sister, Kathy Loy of North Little Rock; five nephews, Josh Jones,   Jeremy Moberg, Christopher Moberg, Steven Moberg and Seth Loy; three nieces, Emily Jones, Erin Zimmerman and Lisa Powers;  other relatives; and a host of friends. 
...Cindy requested cremation which has been honored. 
...Visitation will be held 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Saturday, April 16, 2016, at the funeral home. 
...A Celebration of Life service will be held 3:00 p.m. Saturday, April 16, 2016, at the funeral home.  
...In honor of Cindy’s love and compassion for animals, memorial contributions are suggested to Wayside Waifs and may be sent in care of the funeral home. 
...Online condolences may be sent the family at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com
...Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

Michael Lee Hough
....Michael Lee Hough, 68, Holden, passed away March 24, 2016 at Overland Park Regional Medical Center.
....Mike was born November 4, 1947, in Holden, the son of Donald Hurley Hough and L. Frances (McClain) Hough.
....He was a graduate of Holden High School. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Central Missouri State University (now UCM) in Warrensburg. Mike was an industrial arts and drafting teacher for three years at Kingsville High School and for 27 years at Pleasant Hill High School, retiring in 2000.
....He was also a well-respected coach who left a lasting impression on many student athletes. In retirement, he drove a tour bus which took him all over the United States and Canada. It was during this time that Mike met Deborah Ann (Fuller) Shapiro. The couple were married on June 1, 2012, in Kansas City.
....Survivors include his wife, Debbie; son, Russ Hough of Holden; daughter, Jamey Hough of Lee’s Summit; three stepdaughters, Julie Hoch and husband, Nick, of Prairie Village, KS; Jennifer Jones and husband, Spencer, of Lenexa, KS, and Katie Shapiro of Overland Park; sister, DeAnn Livingston of Holden; two grandchildren, Elizabeth Ann Sohl and Trey Don Michael Sohl, both of Lee’s Summit; and step granddaughter, Olive Anne Hoch. He was preceded in death by his parents.
....Funeral service was held March 29, 2016, at Williams Funeral Chapel in Holden. Pastor Mike Wakeman officiated. Interment in
Pisgah Cemetery, north of Chilhowee.
....To further celebrate Mike’s Life, following interment, there was a gathering at Jack’s Redneck Country Club in Holden.
....It was Mike’s wishes that contributions could be made in support of an education fund for his grandchildren.
....Arrangements by Williams Funeral Chapel, Holden.

Carol Ann Blum
....Carol Ann Blum, 60, of Belton, was born December 20, 1955, in Kansas City, the daughter of Kenneth L., Sr. and Dorothy M. (Comer) Thorp.  She departed this life, March 13, 2016, at her
home, surrounded with love and family.
....Carol was a 1974 Raytown High School graduate.
....On August 8, 1978, she was united in marriage to Kenneth W. Blum in Miami, Okla. They renewed their vows ten years later in the Catholic Church.
....Carol was a Dispersing Auditor for Hallmark Cards, retiring in 2011 after 38 years of service.  She was active with the Cass County Juvenile Justice, the Girl Scouts, and the Beta Sigma Phi sorority.  She loved traveling, hosting parties, and spending time with family and friends.  She was a member of the St. Sabina Catholic Church in Belton. 
....Carol was preceded in death by her father.
....She is survived by her mother, Dorothy Thorp of Pleasant Hill; her husband, Ken Blum of Belton; one son, Chris (and Stephanie) Blum of Grandview; one daughter, Missey Blum of Pleasant Hill; one brother, Kenny Thorp, Jr. of Pleasant Hill; three grandchildren, Jaydin Blum, Lilly Blum, and Haley Williamson; other relatives and a host of friends.
....Mass of Christian burial was held March 18, 2016, at the St. Bridget Catholic Church. Cremation was accorded following mass; inurnment will be in the Mt. Olivet Cemetery at a later date. 
....Memorial contributions are suggested to the Mayo Clinic 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.

Laura P. Brown
....Laura Phyllis “Penny” Brown, 84, of Lee’s Summit, was born, August 9, 1931, in Excelsior Springs, the daughter of Acel A. and Alma L. (Long) Carpenter.  She departed this life Monday, March 14, 2016, at the John Knox Village Hospice House surrounded with love and family.
....In 1950, she was united in marriage to Richard A. McManis and to this union one child, Debi McManis, was born.  Penny raised Debi in Alaska and loved to tell stories about their time living there.  In 1971 she was united in marriage to Sherman L. Brown and to this union two children, John Friel and Sherry Brown were born. 
....Penny was employed as a waitress and bartender in the early years of her life.  Later she became a full time mom for John and Sherry as well as all the neighborhood kids.  She loved cooking, baking, and giving advice to all the teenagers that were always at her home.  She enjoyed thrift stores, garage sales, baking, crossword puzzles and the Kansas City Chiefs.  Her biggest love of all was her family!  She was a giver of love, advice, and gifts; you almost never left her house empty handed.  Her last several months were spent in John Knox Village Hospice where she loved sitting in the garden.  The nurses and staff loved her as if she was one of their own.  Sherman said it best “She was a fine woman”.  She will forever be missed and loved.
....The family would like to say thank you for the outstanding care and support provided by all the staff and nurses at Village House.
....Penny was preceded in death by her parents; several siblings; and one great grandson, Bentley Michael Nelson.
....She is survived by her ex-husband, best friend, and companion Sherman Brown, of Pleasant Hill; 3 children, Debi Dains, John Friel, and Sherry (and Jamie) Ray all of Pleasant Hill; 10 grandchildren, Dawn (and Jim) Starr, Richard (and Hollie) Youngblood, Michael (and Jayme) Dains, Jeremy (and Heather) Dains, Matthew Dains, Lucas Linden, Madison Thompson, Garrett Friel, Jordan Friel, and Summer Ray; 16 great grandchildren; 8 great-great  grandchildren; 3 brothers, Mickey (and Sandy) Carpenter of Parkville, Randall Carpenter, of Independence, and Ronald (and Linda) Carpenter of Florida; 2 sisters, Mert Winters of Raytown and Jeanne (and Tom) Thomas of Illinois; other relatives; and a host of many friends.
....Funeral services were held Saturday, March 19, 2016, at the funeral home.  Reverend Jay Collins officiated.   Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.  Casket bearers were Jeremy Dains, Matthew Dains, Michael Dains, Garrett Friel, John Friel, Lucas
Linden, Jamie Ray, and Richard Youngblood. 
....Honorary casket bearers were Chad Woodall, Ashton Youngblood, and Bryce Youngblood.
....Memorial contributions are suggested to John Knox Village Hospice and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
....Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com Arrangements: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

Mina L. Moore
.... Mina. L. Moore, 95, of Pleasant Hill, was born May 31, 1920, in Blanchard, Oklahoma, the daughter of Claude C. and Golda (Rosecrans) Niswonger.   She departed this life, March 18, 2016, at Crown Care Center, Harrisonville. 
.... Mina was a 1938 graduate of Coffeyville High School in Coffeyville, Kans.  Mina was a homemaker.  She enjoyed crocheting, arranging flowers, making candy and spending time with her family.  She was a member of the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church.
.... On September 26, 1947, she was united in marriage to Robert C. Moore in Kansas City.  He preceded her in death on June 20, 1983.  Mina was also preceded in death by her parents and one brother Leon Niswonger.
.... She is survived by two daughters, Vickie (and Dennis) Chappell of Monroe, Louisiana, and Jan (and Charles) Gaston, of Garden City, Missouri; one son Robert D. (and Marilyn) Moore of Harrisonville, Missouri; one brother Denzel (and Barbara) Niswonger of Colorado Springs, Colorado; one sister, Odessa Wilcox of Lapeer, Michigan; six grandchildren, Christopher (and Melissa) Chappell of Carl Junction, Missouri, Dennitia (and Kerry) Lenard of Monroe, Louisiana, Michael (and Kristina) Hoover of Harker Heights, Texas, Shelli (and Kevin) Ray of Archie, Missouri, Tami (and Jerry) Foley of Pleasant Hill, and Jeremy (and Kendra) Moore of West Grove, Pennsylvania; 15 grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren; other relatives; and friends.
.... Visitation will be held 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Thursday, March 24, 2016 at the funeral home.
.... Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, March 24, 2016 at the funeral home.  Chaplain Ken Schubert will officiate.   Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.  Casket bearers are Christopher Chappell, Michael Hoover, Jeremy Moore, Stephen Adams, Austin Ray, Logan Hoover, and Christian Hoover.  Honorary casket bearers are Ryan Sims, Caden Sims, Rece Fleeman, Jon Powers and Jacob Moore.
.... Memorial contributions are suggested to Serenity Hospice of Harrisonville and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
.... Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

Steven LeRoy Lees
....Steven LeRoy Lees was born August 26, 1952 in Kansas City, and departed this life on March 5, 2016 in Pleasant Hill, surrounded by the love of his family. He was the son of LeRoy and Beverly Jo (Herrell) Lees.
....Steve was a lifelong Pleasant Hill resident. He graduated from Pleasant Hill High School in 1970.
....On November 6, 1976, Steve was united in marriage with Nancy Lucille Springer and to this union three children were born, Nevin, JoAnna and Jennifer.
....Steve was a machinist at Lake City Ammunition Plant for 33 years. He retired in November of 2014.
....Steve was a loyal, loving, stay-at- home family man. He enjoyed working with his hands and was a perfectionist about his shop and
woodworking projects.
....Steve was preceded in death by his parents, LeRoy and Beverly Jo Lees and one daughter, JoAnna Nicole Lees. He is survived by his wife Nancy (Springer) Lees of the home; one son, Nevin Heath Lees and wife Terri of Pleasant Hill; one daughter, Jennifer Brooke Miller of Overland Park, Kansas; one brother, Kelly Jo Lees and wife Denise of Lee’s Summit; six grandchildren, Brooklynn Miller, Ketrick Miller, Amos Dean Lees, Rocky Case Lees, Savana Lacy and husband Matt
and Katelyn Davidson; one aunt, Ann Cotter of Pleasant Hill, other relatives and many friends.
....Funeral services for Steven LeRoy Lees were held March 10, 2016 at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill with Rev. Kent Deubner officiating. Casket bearers were Clint Springer, Daniel Lawrence, Jerry Miller, Aaron Chavis, Mattie Springer and Ross Wouters. Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. The family suggests contributions “In Memory of Steven LeRoy Lees” to Pleasant Hill Lay Clergy Council Food Pantry.
....Arrangements by Wallace Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

Peggy Lou Bond
....Peggy Lou Bond, 84, of Greenwood, was born, July 11, 1931, in Pleasant Hill, the daughter of Warren and Minnie (Feeback) Babylon. She departed this life, March 6, 2016, at the Research Medical Center, surrounded with love and family.
....Peggy was a 1948, Pleasant Hill High School graduate.
....On July 10, 1948, she was united in marriage to Virgil H. Bond on the Lake of the Ozarks. He preceded her in death on August 5, 1999.
Peggy was a homemaker. She was a caring and loving wife, mother, and grandmother. While her children were young, she was actively involved in their lives and the Lee’s Summit community. She enjoyed crafting and spending time with her family.
....Peggy was also preceded in death by her parents; one son David Bond; three brothers, Rex Babylon, Bill Babylon and Lehman Babylon; three sisters, Maxine Haller, Claudine Larimer and Marjorie Hallack.
....She is survived by four sons, Larry Bond of Elkins, Arks; Ward (and Beverly) Bond of Wheatland, Mo.; Richard (and Rene) Bond of Lee’s Summit, and Dan (and Katherine) Bond of Bellevue, Nebr.; one daughter-in-law, Janice Bond of Clinton, Mo.; 14 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren; other relatives and friends.
....Funeral services were March 12, 2016, at the funeral home. Rev. Matthew Silvers of the Lee’s Summit First Christian Church officiated. Burial in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Casket bearers were Larry Bond, Ward Bond, Richard Bond, Dan Bond, Joey Angel and Andy Bond.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Wayside Waifs of Kansas City 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, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550.

Laura Emily (Rosanbalm) Kohler
....Laura Emily (Rosanbalm) Kohler, 91, Kansas City, died March 7, 2016. Funeral services were held March 12, 2016 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville with burial in Orient Cemetery, Harrisonville. Memorial contributions may be made to Kansas City Hospice House.
....Laura was born September 17, 1924, in Pleasant Hill, the daughter of Jasper and Orpha Alzaday (Collinsworth) Rosanbalm. She married Guy Franklin Kohler on January 15, 1944. Laura was a life-long Cass County, Missouri resident.
....She worked for Western Electric for 20 years before retiring in 1985. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Harrisonville and helped organize the women’s Optimist Club in Harrisonville. She loved wintering in Verde West, Arizona and going to Winter Park, Colorado to ski. She loved to travel and had been on many canoe trips. She enjoyed quilting, playing Bingo and card games. Laura loved the Kansas City Royals and had attended the very first game that was played at Royals Stadium. She continued to watch her Royals as they continued their progress throughout the years and finally “taking the crown” at the World Series last season. She watched every game, even when she had to get right up close to her television to see, and even stayed up through the 14 inning games. She was an avid Royals fan.
....She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Guy on March 15, 1996, one son, Guy “Frank” Kohler and one daughter, Laura Suzanne Pusch. She is survived by one son, Gary Kohler (Yolanda), Lenexa, Kansas; one daughter, Marilyn Curtis (E. Glion), Westwood Hills, Kansas; her son-in-law, John Pusch, Lenexa, Kansas; six grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.
....Arrangements by Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville. Online condolences may be made to atkinsonfuneralhome.com.

Norma Wilhoit
....Norma Willhoit, 80, died at her Chapel Hill, N. Car., home on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016.
....Norma was born Dec. 28, 1935, in Jefferson City, Mo., and grew up in Butler, Mo. After her mother died, she moved to Pleasant Hill, Mo., to live with her aunt and uncle, Mildred and Arch Stalder.
....She was a dedicated mother, nurse, and mental health advocate whose faith guided her to help others. Norma lived with her husband, Don, in Seattle, Wash., and the Pittsburgh, Penn., area before the family established Chapel Hill as their home in 1964.
....She had fond memories of her Pleasant Hill days, playing saxophone in the high school marching band, being a soda jerk at Campbell’s Drug Store, ice skating on a local pond, and her friendships with her “gang” of June Blackman, Vera Williams, Patti Bricker, Patsy Tuttle, Sandra Small and Sharon Foote. She attended the First Baptist Church.
....After graduating from Pleasant Hill High School in 1953, she studied at William Jewell College, where she met her husband Don, and at St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing.
....Norma and Don were married at the Second Baptist Church in Liberty, Mo., in 1956. After raising a family, she completed an A.B. in psychology at William Jewell and a B.S.N. and an M.A. in counseling from North Carolina Central University.
....She held several jobs at UNC Hospitals, specializing in psychiatric nursing and counseling. She was recognized several times in the North Carolina nursing community: served as president of the local American Nurses District, chairwoman of the N.C. Nurses Association’s Psych/Mental Health Council, president of the Orange County Mental Health Association, and chairwoman of the Psychiatric-Mental Health Generalists. She was also active in the Jung Society, the political action committee for nurses, and parish nursing initiatives.
....Norma spent her life advocating and caring for others. Outside of her nursing career, she spent a month-long mission trip to a rural hospital in Haiti, helped Ghanaian women find markets for their textiles, and led Girl and Cub Scout troops, among many other activities.
....She was guided by her faith, and it sustained her through her own health challenges. She was an active member of the Binkley Baptist Church for over 50 years, serving as a deacon and in various outreach activities.
....Norma was preceded in death by her parents, Ulysses Edgar Norris and Gladys Coolidge Norris, and her brothers, Howard, Donald, and Warren. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Donald G. Willhoit, and her children: Mark Willhoit (Paige Vinson) of Durham, N. Car.; Valerie Moore (David) of Columbia, S. Car.; Lynne Willhoit (Richard Viola) of Arlington, Va.; and Melissa Siler (William) of Charlotte, N. Car. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Celeste Willhoit; Reed, Grace and Thad Moore; Olivia and Marco Viola; and Jacob and Alexander Siler.
....A memorial service will be held on March 19, 2016 at 2 p.m. at the Olin T. Binkley Memorial Baptist Church, 1712 Willow Drive in Chapel Hill, N. Car.

Billie Jean Fleener
....Billie Jean Fleener, 47, of Pleasant Hill, Mo., died, March 4, 2016, at the Lee’s Summit Medical Center in Missouri.
....A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday March 12, 2016, at the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill, where visitation will be held one hour prior the service. The family asks that you dress casually and wear pink in her memory as Billie was a breast cancer survivor.
....Memorial contributions are suggested to the family.
....Online condolences may be sent online to www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com
....Arrangements were under the direction of the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home.

Roberta Jean
“Bobbi” Rutter
....Roberta Jean “Bobbi” Rutter, 69 of Higginsville, Mo., formerly of Pleasant Hill, Mo., was born, Sept.22, 1946, in Omak, Wash., the daughter of John R. and Lillian Bell (Atkinson) Miller. She departed this life at 10:05 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, at the Research Medical Center, Kansas City, surrounded with love and family.
....Bobbi was a 1964, Pleasant Hill High School graduate.
....In Oct. 1964, she was united in marriage to Ronald Ferguson in Pleasant Hill; they later divorced. On Dec. 30, 1980, she was united in marriage to Robert L. Rutter in Miami, Okla.; he preceded her in death on Oct. 30, 2004.
....Bobbi was also preceded in death by two brothers, infant Michael Miller and John D. Miller.
....She is survived by: her parents, John and Lillian Miller of Pleasant Hill; one son Donnie Ferguson and fiancé Christin Bohrsch of Springfield, Mo. ; two daughters, Tina and husband Gerald Bender of Higginsville, and Rhonda Sue Ferguson of Pleasant Hill; two step-daughters, Terri Phillips of Mission, Kan., and Cristy and husband Steve Chu of Kansas City; a brother, Thomas Miller of Carbondale, Ill.; a sister, Mary Ann and husband Buddy Lathrup of Lawrence, Kan.; 10 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren, other relatives, and host of many friends. She is also survived by her faithful dog, Leon.
....Bobbi was employed at Gerbes for over 20 years. Her favorite position was being the Bakery Manager. She also was a waitress at Bob’s Café and was a manager at Hardee’s. She was a top Mary Kay reopresentative in Pleasant Hill for many years. Her hobbies included crafting, DIY home improvements, decorating cakes, and making dolls. She attended the Episcopalian Church in Harrisonville and later attended Grace United Methodist Church in Higginsville.
....Visitation and funeral services were held on Saturday, February 27, 2016, theat the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill. Pastor Terry Cook of the Grace United Methodist Church, Higginsville, officiated. Honorary Casket bearers were Michael Gregory, Stephen Williams, Jacob Ferguson, John Corless, Dylan Corless and Max Chu. Cremation will be accorded.
....Memorial contributions are suggested to the Pleasant Hill Meal on Wheels or the Ryun Relay Team both can be sent in care of the funeral home. Ryun Relay Team of Lafayette County represents the American Cancer Society and Bobbi’s granddaughter Kimberly Bender is a member of this team.
....The family would like to say thank you to Dr. Daljeet Singh and his staff, as well as the Lafayette County Regional Care Center for their outstanding care.
....Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com
....Arrangements were under the direction Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home.

Michael Keith Jones
....Michael Keith Jones, 63, of Harrisonville, Mo., formerly of Independence, Mo., was born Apr. 7, 1952, in Kansas City, Mo., the son of Keith and Modena (Reece) Jones. He departed this life, Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, at the Pleasant Hill Health and Rehabilitation Center.
....Mike was 1970 Truman High School graduate, later attending Longview Community College and the Columbia School of Broadcasting.
....Mike was employed as a Highway Designer for the Missouri Department of Transportation. He was an avid reader and loved watching movies. Mike was an Eagle Scout and a Warrior in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say. He was a member of the Trinity Presbyterian Church.
....In his life, Mike was an icon for persistence. He overcame health-related hardships, choosing to contribute, rather than have people support him. Working for MODOT, with his one good arm, he had a lasting impression on Cass County, where his work included the curves north of Pleasant Hill on 7 Highway, and the roundabouts in Belton on 58 Highway.
....Mike was a kind and gentle man who loved God, his family and friends. His laughter and sense of humor were infectious and carried him his whole life.
....Mike was preceded in death by his parents and his infant twin brother.
....He is survived by his sister and brother-in-law Barbara and Bob White of Pleasant Hill; other relatives and friends.
....Visitation was held on Tuesday, March 1, 2016, at the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 2, at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
....Memorial contributions are suggested to Leader Dogs for the Blind 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 Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home.

Donald E. Wills
....Donald E. Wills, 90, of Raymore, Mo., died Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, at Foxwood Springs Retirement Care Center. Burial will be at the Eulalia Cemetery in Coudersport, Penn., at a future date.
....Don was born in Confluence on Sept. 7, 1925, to Ray and Mary (Colborn) Wills. He was united in marriage to Anne Lancaster on Nov. 27, 1946.
....Don was a World War II veteran serving in the 8th Air Force, 305th Bombardment Group as a belly gunner aboard a B-17 bomber. After the war, he graduated from Penn State with a degree in forestry.
He loved the outdoors and was District Forester for Hammermill Paper Company. He enjoyed gardening, dogs, hunting and fishing.
....Don is survived by his wife Anne; daughter, Nancy Werner; son, Barry Wills and wife Brenda; grandchildren, Sarah Werner, Christopher Werner, Lance Cantrell and wife Chrissy, Cody Cantrell and wife Tasha; and great-grandchildren, Cael, Cade, Whitney, and Colton Cantrell.

Sam V. Helt
....Sam V. Helt was born Jan. 15, 1942, the son of Ralph E and Velma Lynn Helt in Independence, Mo. He departed this life on Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, at his home near Pleasant Hill, Mo., at the age of 74 years and 1 month.
....On Sept. 29, 1962, he was united in marriage to Lenora (Sue) Crosswhite. They were married for 53 years. They became parents to a son Shawn and daughter Shanda and were blessed with five grandchildren. Kaila Leipard Orlando, Florida, Sutter and Slater Helt and Avery and Donovan Lawrence.
....Sam grew up in the Freeman, Mo., area, was a graduate of Freeman High School and a member of the First Baptist Church in Freeman. After high school he lived in Utah and worked at the Kennecott Copper Mine.
....When he returned to Cass County Sam drove a concrete truck and in 1963 he started Helt Waterproofing which he operated for 32 years. He and Sue purchased their first farm in 1971 and started their sod business Helt's Turf Farms.
....Sam was preceded in death by his father Ralph Helt and infant sister Barbara Helt.
....He is survived by his wife Sue of the home; his son Shawn (Michelle) and family Harrisonville, Mo.; daughter Shanda, husband Quentin) and family Pleasant Hill; his mother Velma Diamond and husband Joe, Peculiar, Mo.; and his brother Leroy Helt, Higginsville, Mo.
....In lieu of flowers please make a contribution to Children's Mercy Hospital or Higginsville Parent Association or charity of your choice.
....Funeral services were held Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016 at the Dickey Funeral Home in Harrisonville, with burial in the Orient Cemetery, Harrisonville.
....Immediately following the burial, a Celebration of Life Gathering was held at the Cass County Elk's Lodge in Hrrisonville.
....Final arrangements were under the direction of the Dickey Funeral Home of Harrisonville.

Wilma Judith Berks
....Wilma Judith Berks, 86, of Kansas City, Mo., passed away Feb. 15, 2016, at the Gower Convalescent Center in Gower, Mo. Visitation was on Feb. 19 at the Vansant-Mills Funeral Home in Clinton, Mo., with the funeral following in the Englewood Cemetery. Wilma was born May 31, 1929, to William James and Helen Margaret Calvin in Clinton. She married Raymond B. Berks on Apr. 14, 1952.
....She is survived by her three daughters: Judith LaRue Chadwick (Morrow) of Climax Springs, Mo.; Polly E. Robinson (Rod) of Newtown, Mo.; Jennifer Berks Blake (Brian) of Kansas City, Mo.; five grandchildren and four LaRue great-grandchildren; a sister, Helen Elizabeth Grimes (Bob) of Prairie Village, Kan.
....She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and three infant siblings.
....In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Easter Seals.

Dennis Dean Collins
....Dennis Dean Collins, passed away on Feb. 13, 2016, at Kansas City Hospice House with his loving sister by his side.
....He was born in Kansas City, Mo., on June 10, 1954, and later graduated from Raytown High School.
....He lived in Pleasant Hill, Mo., and Carbondale, Colo., where he owned and operated Moonbeam Candle Company for many years.
....Dennis is survived by his mother, Naomi Collins of Pleasant Hill; sister Debbie Pursley of Carthage, Mo., brother Darrell and wife Glenda Collins of Lincoln, Neb., aunt Norma McKneelen of Belton, Mo. He was preceded in death by his father Floyd Collins and aunt Elaine McGhee of Pleasant Hill.
....Cremation has been accorded and his ashes will be taken to Carbondale by friends.
....Note: Information provided by Dennis’ family.

Bernie Clifford Vaughn
....Bernie Clifford Vaughn, 87 of Harrisonville, Mo. and formerly of Pleasant Hill, Mo., was born Jan. 14, 1929, in Pleasant Hill, the son of Bernie Edwin and Lula Blanche (Walker) Vaughn. He departed this life at 2:41 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2016, at the Cass Regional Medical Center in Harrisonville surrounded with love and family.
....On Apr. 9, 1950, he was united in marriage to Margaret Lavonna Maynard in Lee’s Summit, Mo.
....Bernie was employed as a Tool Setter for Lake City Army Ammunition Plant; prior to that he worked for the Big Creek Township.
....He enjoyed hunting, fishing and doing word finds. Bernie also played in a local band that toured nursing homes in the area. He and Margaret worked with Pleasant Hill Meals on Wheels delivering meals for over 20 years.
....Bernie and Margaret spent 23 years wintering in Florida during retirement. He was a member of the Pleasant Hill First Christian Church and 50 year member of Jewel Lodge #480 A.F. and A.M., Pleasant Hill.
....Bernie was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Harry Vaughn, Harold Vaughn and Leo Vaughn.
....He is survived by: his wife Margaret of the home; two sons, Wayne and wife Linda Vaughn of Pewaukee, Wisc., Bill and wife Annie Vaughn of Pleasant Hill; one daughter, Linda and husband Mickey Robertson of Salem, Ark.; 7 grandchildren, Michelle Dixon, Kate Scott, Karen Diller, Chris Vaughn, Adam Vaughn, Scott Vaughn and Julie Kinney; 12 great grandchildren, Ethan Dixon Millard, Allison Scott, Owen Scott, Claire Diller, Grace Diller, Taylor Badger, Conway Vaughn, Delilah Vaughn, Tyler Vaughn, Oliver Vaughn, Emma Kinney and Michael Kinney; two brothers, Arlin and wife Stella Vaughn of Adrian, Mo. and Danny and wife Dorothy Vaughn of Pleasant Hill; other relatives and friends.
....Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. tonight (Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016), at the funeral home with Masonic services at 8 p.m.
....Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016, at the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill. Reverend D. Kent Deubner will officiate. Interment will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Casket bearers are Ethan Dixon Millard, Adam D. Vaughn, Chris S. Vaughn, Chris J. Vaughn, Rick D. Vaughn and Scott A. Vaughn.
....Memorial contributions are suggest to the Pleasant Hill First Christian Church and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
....Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanley-dickeyfuneral home.com
....Arrangements are un der the direction of the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home.

Thomas Eugene Young
....Thomas Eugene Young, 48, passed away Feb 12, 2016. He was a journeyman carpenter and longtime member of the Kansas City Carpenters Union.
....Tom was a perfectionist and took a great deal of pride in his work, but he will be remembered most for his passion to help those in need. His thoughtfulness was unconditional. Tom loved to laugh and have a good time with his friends and family. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, skydiving, scuba diving and fast cars.
....Tom leaves behind his wife Tammy of 26 years, his beloved children Megan and Joshua, his mother Herlynda Young, sister Kelly Stone, nephews Joe Black, Jacob O’Dell and niece Brittany O’Dell. Tom had a huge kind heart and leaves behind many, many friends and family. He was loved by all and will be greatly missed.
....Tom would ask that we honor his memory with contributions to the Kansas City Union Mission.
....Funeral services will be today (Wednesday Feb. 17, 2016) at 2:30pm at Langsford Funeral Home. 115 SW 3rd St. Lee’s Summit, Mo.

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, fishing, and playing with his three dogs. He had a big heart and was always willing to lend a helping hand. He especially enjoyed working and distribution food with Fish & Loaves Food Pantry in Belton.
....Troy is survived by: his wife Julia of the home; four daughters, Megan Zigler of Columbia, Mo., Kalani Brinkoetter of Ramona, Calif., Brooke Brinkoetter and Maci Brinkoetter, both of Pleasant Hill; one stepson, Josh Ogan of Pleasant Hill; his parents, Bob and Pam of Sunrise Beach; one brother, Roy Brinkoetter of Pleasant Hill; one sister, Heather Brinkoetter of Pleasant Hill; other relatives and many friends.
....Recitation of Rosary was held on Monday, February 8, at the funeral home. Visitation will followed, with the Final Salute Ceremony by V.F.W. Post #3118.
....Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, at the St. Bridget Catholic Church. Monsignor Robert Murphy officiated. Mr. Michael Nolte gave the eulogy, followed by full military honors conducted by the U.S. Marines and the V.F.W. Post #3118 Honor Guard. Casketbearers were C.J. Brinkoetter, Josh Ogan, Joseph Radmacher, Ryan Radmacher, Scott Radmacher and Ryan Twitchell. Honorary casket bearers are Jeremy Denson and John McCoy.
....Cremation will be accorded with inurnment in the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery at a later date.
....Memorial contributions are suggested to the Homefront Hope Foundation 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 of Pleasant Hill.

Lois E. Clarke
....Lois E. Clarke, 84 of Holden, Mo., formerly of Pleasant Hill, Mo., passed away Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, at her home.
....Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. today (Wednesday, Feb. 10) at Williams Funeral Chapel in Holden, with interment to follow in the Holden Cemetery.
....The family will receive friends from 9:30-10:30 a.m. today at the Williams Funeral Chapel in Holden.

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.