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Obituary Archives   
2013 - 2014 - 2015

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

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

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