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OBITUARIES

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Troy Lawrence
Dinges

....Troy Lawrence Dinges, 39, of Pleasant Hill, departed this life unexpectedly, July 13, 2014, at the Truman Medical Center, Kansas City, as a result of heart problems.
....He was born on March 31, 1975, in Harrisonville. Troy was a 1993 Pleasant Hill High School graduate.
....He had been employed as a van driver and dispatcher for the Adesa Auto Auction for over 20 years.
....Troy was a kind and gentle person who was well respected by many; especially older people. He loved animals; especially his cats. He also loved country music, boating, dirt biking and four wheeling.
....Troy is survived by his father and stepmother Patrick and Michele Dinges, of Holden; his mother Mary (Gentry) Elliott, of Lake Pomme de Terre; a halfbrother, Ronald (and Erika) Hayes, of North Kansas City; a half sister, Jennifer (and Phillip) Fleming, of Pleasant Hill; one step-sister, Jennifer (and Austin) Hodson of Seoul, South Korea; one stepbrother, Devin (and Lauren) Freed; several aunts and uncles; other relatives; and a host of friends.
....Funeral service were held July 19, 2014, at the funeral home.
....Rev. D. Kent Deubner officiated. Interment in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Casket bearers were Clint Dinges, Frank Dinges, Todd Dinges, Brian Edwards, Ronnie Hayes and Damon Smythia.
....Memorial contributions are suggested to the Pleasant Hill Meals on Wheels 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 directionof the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.


Ruth Arlene
Starkey
....Ruth went to be with the Lord on July 16, 2014, at her residence after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
....She was born in Pleasant Pleasant Hill High School. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in education from Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg and a master of arts degree in education from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
....She did additional postgraduate work at Florida State University and the University of Missouri.
....Ruth taught physical education, health and math in the public school systems in Missouri, Florida and Kansas. In Louisiana, she taught math and English as a second language (ESL) for 20 years at Pineville Junior and Senior High Schools and Bolton High School.
....Ruth sponsored four of her ESL students to the advanced high school junior/senioryear at the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts in Natchitoches, La. Each graduated and received scholarships to major universities.
....Ruth was a devoted and dedicated teacher. Her greatest joy was seeing her students achieve and accomplish things they didn't know they could.
....Ruth was also a licensed cosmetologist and a trained electrologist.
S....he made quilts and hangings, wrote poems for special occasions for family, friends and students, and enjoyed plays and musicals.
....Ruth is survived by her husband of 36 years, Dale Arthur Starkey; her son, Daniel Aaron Starkey; two sisters, Melba Jean Crain (Don) of Bartlesville, Okla. and Lois Ann Kimrey (Herbert) of Pleasant Hill.
....She was preceded in death by her parents, Austin Wesley Burris and Pearl Nadine Sechrest Burris; three brothers, Ralph Otis Burris, Raymond Lee Burris and Donald Dean Burris.
....Funeral services for Ruth Arlene Starkey were held at July 19, 2014 at Grace Presbyterian Church, Alexandria, La. with the Rev. Bob Vincent officiating.
....Interment followed in Greenwood Memorial Park, Pineville, under the direction of Hixson Brothers of Alexandria.
....In lieu of flowers the family asks that you consider memorials to Grace Christian School, 4900 Jackson St. Alexandria, 71301, the Cabrini Foundation (Cancer Center or Hospice.

Susan "Susie" Todd
....Susan "Susie" Todd, 67 of Pleasant Hill, departed this life July 13, 2014, at her home, surrounded with love and family.
....She was born, October 12, 1946, in Malden, Mo., the daughter of John William "Bill" and Loretta Marie (Michael) Anderson.
....She was a 1964 Pleasant Hill High School graduate. On May 22, 1965, she was united in marriage to H.A. Todd in Pleasant Hill.
....Susie was a homemaker. She had also owned and operated the Olde Towne Video store in Pleasant Hill and worked as a hairdresser. She was a member of the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church where she had taught Sunday school and Bible School. She enjoyed arts and crafts; especially painting.
....Susie was the most wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother.
....Susie was preceded in death by her parents Bill and Loretta Anderson and one infant sister, Barbara Lou Anderson.
....She is survived by her husband, H.A., of the home; two children, Barbara Davis and her husband Robert and Hal Todd and his wife Betsy, all of Pleasant Hill; one sister, Brenda Willis of Pleasant Hill; eight grandchildren; two great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and a host of friends.
....Cremation has been accorded.
....A memorial service was held July 17, 2014, at the funeral home. Rev. D. Kent Deubner officiated.
....Inurnment will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery at a later date.
....Memorial contributions are suggested to Crossroads 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 were under the direction of the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

Thresia Ann "Terry" Kiger
....Thresia Ann "Terry" Kiger, 77 of Pleasant Hill, departed this life, July 18, 2014, at the John Knox Village Hospice House, surrounded with love
and family.
....She was born November 4, 1936, in Hadsell, Mo., the daughter of Jasper W. and Elizabeth L. "Lizzie" (Loethen) Comer.
....On May 3, 1958, she was united in marriage to Lawrence Raymond Kiger Sr. at the St. Bridget Catholic Church in Pleasant Hill.
....He preceded her in death on March 30, 1998.
....Terry was the New Account Representative for the Pleasant Hill Bank, retiring in 2008 after 39 years of service to the bank.
....She was a member of the St. Bridget Catholic Church in Pleasant Hill where she was active with the Altar and Rosary Society.
....In Terry's younger days, she enjoyed dancing in the city with her husband and was an avid bowler; playing on leagues with a 200 average; they loved having
friends over to play cards. Terry had worked with the Pleasant Hill Food Pantry on a weekly basis, worked occasionally at the Clothes Closet, was involved with the Pleasant Hill Senior Citizen Society and was an All- Class Reunion officer.
....She loved spending time with her family, especially having lunch with her sisters. Terry was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Debbie Driskill; her brother, Jasper "Dode" Comer; and two sisters, Virginia Walker and Mary Jo Park.
....She is survived by her son, Larry Kiger, Jr. and his wife Sherri of Pleasant Hill; five grandchildren, David K. Routh, Jessica R. Routh, Mackenzie Driskill, Taylor Parris, Larry Kiger III, all of Pleasant Hill; two sisters, Dorothy Thorp and Connie Fisher, both of Pleasant Hill; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and a host of friends.
....The Recitation of the Rosary was held, July 21, 2014, at the funeral home; visitation followed.
....Mass of Christian Burial was held, July 22, 2014, at the St. Bridget Catholic Church. Monsignor Robert Murphy officiated.
....Interment was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Casket bearers were Randy Comer, John Fisher, Larry Kiger III, David Routh, Bobby Park and Kenny Thorp.
....Memorial contributions are suggested to the Lay-Clergy Food Pantry or the St. Bridget Catholic Church Building Fund and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
....Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements were under the direction of the StanleyDickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

Tina Bee (Reese) Fields
...Tina Bee (Reese) Fields 41, Pleasant Hill, died unexpectedly on July 11, 2014 in Lee's Summit.
...She was born September 25, 1972, to Winfred Gene and Joyce E.(Potter) Reese in Harrisonville.
...She was married to Robert L. Fields on December 26, 1990 at Norfolk, Virginia.
...She graduated from Pleasant Hill High School in 1990, continued her education at Cass Career Center and then Park College to become a registered nurse.
...She worked at various hospitals and care centers in Cass and Jackson Counties.
...Tina was preceded in death by her father and is survived by her husband, Robert Fields; children, James W. Fields, Joyce E. Fields, Joseph R. Gomez; her mother, Joyce Reese, all of Pleasant Hill; her sisters, Ruth DeWitt (Don), Battleground, Washington; Virginia McKellips (Tom), Morrisville, Mo. and Gena Soto (Raul), Pleasant Hill, and numerous nieces and nephews. Tina was a compassionate and caring wife, mother, daughter, sister, nurse and friend to all who needed her counsel and wit.
...Many young people called her "Mom." She will be greatly missed by family and friends as you could always call on her to add a spark to your life and engage in a hearty debate.
...A graveside service for Tina Bee (Reese) Fields was held July 17, 2014 at the Rosehill Cemetery, near LaTour, Mo.
...Rev. Kent Deubner officiated. Casket bearers were Joe Gomez, James Fields, Justin McGee, Danny DePeralta, Joe Ketchum and Brice Stephens.
...The family received friends, July 16, 2014 at the Wallace Funeral Home.
...The family suggests contributions to Wallace Funeral Home, 422 N. Lake Street, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 to help with final expenses. (www.wallace-funeralhomes.com)