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Obituary Archives   
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Virginia Lee (Shields) Austin
...Austin, 75, formally of Pleasant Hill, went home to be with the Lord, September 8, 2014, at Country Club Care Center in Warrensburg.
...She was born April 5, 1939, in Moundville, Mo., the daughter of Ralph LeRoy Shields and Lorene Virginia (Bright) Shields.
...Virginia lived in Pleasant Hill most of her adult life. She worked at Gerbes in the card and floral department for several years.
...After Virginia was blessed with grandchildren, she began babysitting them in her home.
...In 1992, she became a bus aide for the Pleasant Hill School District until her retirement in 2007. Virginia loved her riders. She bonded with each one in their special way.
...Virginia was a member of the Big Creek Baptist Church, Pleasant Hill Young Matrons Extension Club and Just for Fun Red Hat Club.
...She had a passion for oil painting and spent hours watching painting shows on TV. She took painting classes from the late Pat Clark of Pleasant Hill.
...Other hobbies included playing cards, board games, sewing, crafts, bowling and listening to "Achy Breaky Heart" by Billy Ray Cyrus with family and friends.
Virginia's favorite pastime was spending time with her grandkids. She attended
every musical, play, school program and sports event possible. She only had six grandkids, but it seemed like she had more from the loving attention she received from the children when she walked the halls of Pleasant Hill Schools. She had a way of touching their hearts.
...Virginia is survived by her daughter, Chantell Lorene Benware, of Pleasant Hill; son, Jimmie Dale Austin Jr. and wife, Robin, of Chilhowee; grandchildren and great grandchildren, Bryan Benware and wife, Stephanie of St Louis; Casey Benware of Pleasant Hill and his daughter, Briley; Crystal Benware of Pleasant Hill, ; Clifford Swope and wife, Kerri of Warrensburg, and their daughter, Karley and son, Collin; Russell Austin and Debbie Hendon of Chilhowee and their daughter, Felicia and sons, Hunter and Dalton; Dustie Caldwell and husband, Chris of Warrensburg, and their son, Noah and daughter, Briahna; brothers, Richard Shields of Kansas City; Ed Shields and wife, Sandy of Chilhowee; Leonard Shields and wife, Margaret of Chilhowee; sisters, Lou Jane Bywater and Paul Kiser of Sierre Vista, AZ; Donna Sherron and husband, Tom of Smithfield, NC; Debbie Parsons and husband, Harold of Holden; Cindy Hill and husband, Darrell of Chilhowee, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and too many friends to count.
...She was preceded in death by both parents: two brothers, Tommy Shields and Gene Shields; sister-in-law, Ruth Shields; four nephews and one niece.
...Funeral services were held September 12, 2014 at Williams Funeral Chapel in Holden. Pastor Preston Sanders of Strasburg Baptist Church officiated.
...Interment in the Chilhowee Cemetery.
...Memorial contributions are suggested to the Big Creek Baptist Church in Pleasant Hill or the Johnson County Sheltered Workshop, Warrensburg.
...Online condolences may be left at
Arrangements were under the direction of the Williams Funeral Chapel in Holden.

Christopher "Louie" Colvin
...Christopher Neil "Louie" Colvin, 49, of Blue Springs, formerly of Pleasant Hill, departed this life, September 10, 2014, in Blue Springs. He was born, on June 29, 1965, in Kansas City, the son of Larry Lee and Beverly Sue (Williams) Colvin.
...Louie was a 1983 Pleasant Hill High School graduate. Following high school, he attended Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg. 
...He was employed by Roadway Express/Yellow Freight for over 25 years.
...In 1990, he was united in marriage to Judy Mae Cook in Miami, Okla. They later divorced. They had one daughter, Sephora Blake Colvin, who he loved with his whole heart.
...Louie was an avid domino player, crossword player, storyteller and always entertaining by sharing jokes with family and friends bringing laughter to those around him. He loved movies, working out and spending time at the lake.
...His infectious smile would light up the room; always knowing he was the "potential" lottery winner. His beautiful heart, sweet spirit and soul will be missed by all who knew him.   He was a Christian.
...Louie is survived by his daughter Sephora Colvin of Kansas City; his parents, Larry and Beverly Colvin of Pleasant Hill; one brother, Russell Colvin and his wife Pam of Lee's Summit; one sister, Robin Hill of Blue Springs; his paternal grandmother, Frances Colvin of Nevada; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and a host of friends.
...Funeral services were held September 15, 2014, at the funeral home. Pastor Todd MacLean of the Big Creek Baptist Church officiated. Interment in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
...Casket bearers were Matt Davis, Bob Case, Clint Colvin, Jake Colvin, Russell Colvin and Rick Davidson.
...Memorial contributions are suggested to the Missouri Baptist Children's Home and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
...Online condolences may be sent to the family at
...Arrangements were under the direction of the StanleyDickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

Jeremy "James" Sehorn
...(January 23, 1976 - September 1, 2014)
...Jeremy James Sehorn, 38, of Lee's Summit, passed away on September 1, 2014 at Lee's Summit Medical Center.
...Funeral services were held September 5, 2014, at Langsford Funeral Home.
Burial was at Floral Hills East Cemetery.
...Jeremy is survived by his mother and father, Randy and Glenda Sehorn; grandparents, Keith and JoAnn Moles, Pauline Smith, Wayne Griffen; sister, Ashley Sehorn; brother, Josh Sehorn, lots of family and friends. He was the great grandson of late Jesse and Irene James.
...Jeremy was a friend to many and a stranger to no one.
...In his honor, the family has requested donations to be mailed to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
...His family extends blessings to family and friends and special thanks to the Lay Clergy of Pleasant Hill. Arrangements were under the direction of the Langsford Funeral Home, Lee's Summit

Barbara Ann (Hay) Wood
...Barbara Ann (Hay) Wood, 67, of Pleasant Hill, passed away peacefully surrounded by those who loved her on September 6, 2014 after a brief stay at Research Medical Center Hospice in Kansas City.
...She was born in Clinton, on June 8, 1947, where her family resided until they moved to Pleasant Hill.
...She graduated from the Pleasant Hill High School in 1965, continuing onto college to complete her nursing degree.
...She and Ron Palmer were married May, 1969. A daughter, JoAnna (Jody) Palmer was born in May 1971. The marriage ended in 1981.
...She married Kenneth Wood, who had two sons, Jeff and Chris, on October 1, 1982. She and Kenneth were married until he passed August 4, 2012.
...She enjoyed Nascar racing, horseback riding, bowling, gardening, outside activities, country western line dancing, playing board and card games. She loved her cat Carmel.
S...he was preceded in death by her parents, Leonard and Sue Hay; her husband, Kenneth Wood and her granddaughter, Macey Owens.
...She is survived by her daughter Jody (Dan) Owens, Mercer, Mo.; her sons, Jeff (Lisa) Wood, Lone Jack; Chris (Shelly) Wood, Lee's Summit; sisters, Sandra (Jim Way) Hay, Lone Jack, and Susan (Bud) Anderson, Lee's Summit; brother, Tom (Karen) Hay, Lake Waukomis; grandchildren, Courtney Owens, Bailey Owens, Brandon Rasmussen, Amanda (Todd) Timbrook, Megan Wood, Chase Wood, Tyler Wood and Samantha Jo Wood.
...A celebration of life was held, September 11, 2014 at Langsford Funeral Home in Lee's Summit.
...Burial was at Floral Hills East Memorial Gardens. Arrangements were under the direction of the Langsford Funeral Home, Lee's Sum

James (Jim) Russell Myers, Jr.
...James (Jim) Russell Myers Jr. went to be with the Lord, September 3, 2014.
He was born to Dorothy and James Myers Sr. on March 8, 1936.
...He was a long-time member of Blue Ridge Baptist Church where he regularly attended services though his health prevented him from serving as Deacon.
...He was an Eagle Scout and Korean War veteran, joining the U. S. Navy immediately out of High School.
...He retired from Burch Fabrics Company in 1995, and was a member of the American Legion.
...Jim was a very loving husband, dad, and grandpa. An avid nature lover, hunter, and fisherman. He had many talents and hobbies, but his passion was his love for his family, his Lord, and his country.
...Jim married the great love of his life, Ruth Jewel (Julie) Vermillion in 1961, and that union produced three children, sons Russell Martin Myers and Michael Patrick Myers, and daughter Angela Ruth Williams.
...He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Julie, of the home, son Russell of Independence Missouri, son Michael and wife Kara of Lee's Summit, Missouri, and daughter Angela and husband Sherman also of Independence Missouri; three granddaughters, Shelby Myers, Ashley Myers, and Jessica Williams, and one grandson Nicholas Vincent James Williams who was always Pa's buddy. He is also survived by three siblings Jack, Gail, and Susan.
...Jim was preceded in death by his parents, daughter in law Lori Myers, and brother Raymond Myers.
...Jim will always be remembered as a true gentleman with old fashioned values, an ardent outdoor enthusiast, mentor, teacher, role model, and friend.
...He will be greatly missed by a well nurtured family, church members, and many friends.
...Visitation was held Thursday, Sept. 11, at Blue Ridge Baptist Church, in Independence.
...Services were held Friday, Sept. 12, also at Blue Ridge Baptist Church with Rev. Chad Higgins and Rev. Chane Hutton officiating. Interment with military honors was held at Floral Hills Cemetery 7000 Blue Ridge Blvd., Kansas City.
...Pall bearers were Russell Myers, Michael Myers, Angela Williams, Sherman
Williams, Nicholas Williams, Brian Pritchett, Michael Moore, and Dr. G.M. Johnston. Honorary pall bearers were Jack Taylor, Jack Graim, Ed Christian, Major Rutherford, Leroy Williams, and Weldon Wright.
...Arrangements were under the direction of the Wallace Funeral Home of Pleasant Hill.

Boyd Mike Owens
...Boyd Mike Owens, 81 of Sugar Creek, passed away on September 3, 2014.
His final request was that his body be donated to medical science, either for teaching or research.
...Boyd was a resident of the Pleasant Hill area and has extended family living in the area.
...A celebration of his life was held on Sunday, September 14th at 1:00 p.m., at the IBEW Union Hall at 301 E. 103rd Terrace in Kansas City.
...Mike lived in the greater Kansas City area most of his life.
...He was born March 13, 1933 to Boyd James and Dorothy Caroline (Ravenscroft) Owens.
...He was preceded in death by both of his parents, one brother, Charles H. Ravenscroft, two wives, Charlene (Holton) Owens and Carol (Rusk) Owens.
...He is survived by long time partner, Betty Howard of the home, sons, Charles "Mick" Owens and wife Jan, of Raymore, and James E. Owens, Kansas City, and daughter, Deanna Dillard and husband Michael, grandsons, James P. Owens, his wife Katy and children Ellie and Jake of Independence, and David M. Owens of Raymore.
...Mike attended high school in Pleasant Hill, as well as Donnelly College and Rockhurst University.
...He enlisted in the U.S. Army twice, once when he was only 15.
...Mike held several jobs during his working career and most were in the electrical construction industry, including working on the Alaskan oil pipeline.
...He was a 58-year member of the IBEW and served as an assistant business agent for Local Union 124, retiring in 1995.
...He was a member of Independence Lodge #76 AF&AM, Valley of Kansas City-Scottish Rite and Ararat Shrine.
...Mike's 15 minutes of fame came in 1960 when he became outraged with a call made during a Kansas City A's baseball game. The home plate umpire ejected a pitcher from the game for deliberately hitting a batter with a pitch. This pitcher had overcome polio as a youth and learned to pitch using the other arm. Mike walked up to the home plate umpire and asked if he was blind. The umpire raised his mask and called him a SOB. This earned the umpire a right hand fist to the jaw. Days later, Mike apologized to the team and was given box seats to the next home game.
...Mike also was an avid auto racing fan and participant. He raced on several local race tracks in the 1950s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and into the 1990s. He earned the most improved driver award for Lakeside Speedway in the modified division in 1986.
...Mike was a private pilot and flew several times to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. He fell in love with this city during a visit in 1972 and continued visiting until recently. He spent two to eight weeks there during the winter.
...In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations in Mike's memory be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, the Ararat Shrine Transportation Fund, or any organization supporting the spaying and neutering of stray pets.