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Obituary Archives   
2013 - 2014 - 2015

Sen. Harold Caskey
...Senator Harold Caskey, 77 of Butler, Mo., died Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, at Shawnee Mission Medical Center in Merriam, Kan. He was born Jan. 3, 1938 in Hume, Mo., the son of James Alfred and Edith Irene Anderson Caskey.
...Sen. Caskey is survived by: his wife Kay Caskey; son Kyle Caskey; sister Velma Elaine May; and brothers Robert Caskey, Leon Caskey and wife Shirley and Ray Lee Caskey and wife Jeri.
...Funeral services for Sen. Caskey will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015 at the Adrian Optimist Club Community Building in Adrian, Mo., with burial in Oak Hill Cemetery in Butler, Mo.
...Sen. Caskey will lie in state beginning at noon today (Wednesday, Oct. 7) at the Adrian Optimist Building. Masonic services will be 4 p.m. Wednesday after which the family will receive friends at the Adrian Optimist Building.
...Contributions in lieu of flowers may be given to the University of Central Missouri Harold Caskey Scholarship, Butler Senior Center or donor's choice.
...Note: For more on  Sen. Caskey, see the story on the front page.

Leslie Lynn Buckingham Denslow
...Leslie Lynn Buckingham Denslow, 44, passed away on Monday, Oct. 1, 2015, at her home in Pleasant Hill, Missouri following a 5-year battle with breast cancer.
...Leslie was born in Tacoma, Wash., on July 15, 1971. She graduated from Pleasant Hill High School in 1989 and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Missouri in Columbia in 1993. She earned a Master’s Degree in Art History from the University of Missouri in Kansas City in 1998.
...Leslie was a senior instructor at Park University for 16 years, teaching a variety of courses in art history, architecture and interior design. She pioneered on-line learning for the Department of Art and Design by developing and designing courses for non-resident students. Leslie also coordinated and led university study abroad programs in Greece and Italy.
...She served as an adjunct instructor for the Department of Art History at the Kansas City Art Institute, and also for the Department of Art and Art History at the UMKC, where she also worked as a research associate in Architectural Studies.
...Leslie was a consultant and appraiser of fine art and antiquities and was an independent contractor for the Nelson-Adkins Museum of Art in Kansas City.
...Leslie was a life-long member of Grace Family Fellowship (formerly Pleasant Hill First Baptist Church) and served as a member of the worship team.
...With a zest for life, Leslie loved to sing, dance, read, travel, and visit with family and friends. She was easy to talk to, and was known for her contagious smile and entertaining sense of humor. As a Godly woman Leslie maintained a sweet demeanor that won the trust and hearts of many, who even now are being changed by her witness of love and faith. Her signature gifts of joy and worship were shown through her singing, smiling and laughter.
...Surviving family members include: husband Brian of the home; two sons, Jon David and Braiden Daniel, also of the home; mother Teri Melvin and stepfather Jon of Pleasant Hill; father David Buckingham and stepmother Sarah of Pleasant Hill; brother Paul Buckingham and family of Pleasant Hill; step-sister Stephanie Bleyenberg and family of Oak Grove, Mo.; step-brother Scott Rapps and family of North Kansas City, Mo.; step-brother Chris Melvin of Pleasant Hill; grandmother Jennie Bowman of Pleasant Hill; mother-in-law Cheryl Denslow of Kansas City, Mo.; sister-in-law Lori Karp and family of Lilburn, Ga.; other family members and friends.
...In keeping with Leslie’s passion for academia, her body has been donated for medical research, and she continues to teach the lesson.
...A celebration of Leslie’s life was held Sunday, Oct, 4, 2015, at the Grace Family Fellowship. Pastor Phil Kassle officiated.
...Memorial contributions are suggested to Kansas City Hospice or the Grace Family Fellowship and may be sent in care of the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home.
...Arrangements were under the direction of the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, Mo. 64080. 816-540-5550.

Ronald Neal Surber
...Ronald Neal Surber, 58, of Harrisonville, Mo., was born June 16, 1957, the son of Robert Dean Surber Sr. and Shirley Lucille (Gwinner) Surber in Harrisonville. He departed this life on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, at Kansas City Hospice House in Kansas City, Mo.
...Ron began his formal education at Number Nine School, a one-room country school. He graduated from Sherwood High School, Creighton, Mo., in 1975. Ron earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Culver- Stockton College in Canton, Mo., in 1979 and his Master’s of Business Administration at Western Illinois University, Macomb.
...He was united in marriage to Denise Garrett Burris on Jan. 9, 1993, in Pleasant Hill, Mo. Ron was very happy to become a step-dad to Denise’s son Todd Burris and daughter Jenny Parris, and was elated when he became a grandpa to Alexandria Burris, Elijah Parris, India Parris and Selah Parris.
...Ron’s church family was a very important part of his life. He was an elder at Grace Family Fellowship, Pleasant Hill. He enjoyed mission trips with the youth, being a Sunday School teacher of the Youth Department, activities with the men’s ministry and helping each year with Vacation Bible School.
...Ron was a faithful employee throughout his working years. Most recently, he was employed by Russell Stover Candies as Labeling Compliance Manager.
...He was an outdoorsman who loved to camp, hunt, and fish. Ron was a big fan of the Kansas City Royals and was happy to take each of his immediate family members to one of the playoff games last year. He played baseball himself in high school and college. As part of the 1975 Sherwood High School Baseball Team, he was inducted into the M Club Hall of Fame in 2013.
...Ron was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by: his wife of 22 years, Denise; his step-children, Todd Burris and wife Nancy, and Jenny Parris and husband Mike, all of Pleasant Hill; grandchildren Alex Burris, Eli Parris, India Parris, and Selah Parris; three brothers, Robert Surber, Jr. and wife Debbie of Harrisonville, Richard Surber and wife Kathy of Clinton, Mo., and Rodney Surber and wife Gayla of Lone Jack, Mo.; one sister Candice Brown and husband Bill of Des Moines, Iowa; and several nieces and nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.
...Funeral services were held Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, at the Dickey Funeral Home in Harrisonville, with burial in the Garden City Cemetery, Garden City, Mo.
...Family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Kansas City Hospice House.

Esther Maxine Owens
...Esther Maxine Owens, 100, of Bolivar, Mo., formerly of Pleasant Hill, Mo., departed this life on Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, at her daughter's home in Bolivar. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, at the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home at 203 N. Armstrong in Pleasant Hill, where visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.
...A complete obituary will be published in next week's edition of the Pleasant Hill Times and online at www.stanleydickeyfuneral