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Obituary Archives   
2013 - 2014 - 2015

Eunice Arline
...Eunice Arline Funkhouser, 86 of Pleasant Hill, Mo., was born Jan. 22, 1929, in Moniteau County, near California, Mo., the daughter of Alfred “Kotch” and Emma Louise (Folkerts) Volkart. She departed this life on Tuesday, Nov.17, 2015, at Research Medical Center surrounded with love and family.
...Arline attended Pluck Grade School in California, Mo., and was a 1947 California High school graduate. Later she attended the Research Hospital School of Nursing, graduating as a registered nurse.
...On Aug. 13, 1950, she was united in marriage to Henry Earl Funkhouser at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in California, Mo.
...Arline was employed as a Registered Nurse until her daughters were born. She then became a full time homemaker. Arline was an active member of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Harrisonville, Mo. She was also actively involved with the Pleasant Hill Clothes Closet and served as a delivery driver for the Pleasant Hill Meals on Wheels. She enjoyed quilting, sewing, gardening, and mowing. She was especially fond of spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Arline was preceded in death by two brothers, Lex Volkart and Jim Volkart.
...She is survived by: her husband of 65 years, Henry of the home; three daughters, Becky Wilson and husband Terry and Annie Vaughn and husband Bill, both of Pleasant Hill, and Patty Diers and husband Mark, of Howard Lake, Minn.; six grandchildren, Todd Wilson and wife Nici of Pleasant Hill, Adam Vaughn and wife Crystal of Lone Jack, Scott Vaughn and wife Jennifer of Pleasant Hilli, Julie Kinney of Pleasant Hill, Jeff Diers and wife Leisha, and Keith Diers and fiance Bridget Comee, both of Howard Lake, MN; nine great grandchildren Taylor, Conway and Delilah Vaughn, Tyne and Truman Wilson, Tyler and Olivia Vaughn, Emma and Michael Kinney; two brothers, Rex Volkart and wife Elaine of California, Mo., and Alan Volkart and wife Betty of Ashland, Mo.; two sisters, Anita McDonald and husband Joe of Latham, Mo., and Judy Leithauser, of Russellville, Mio.; other relatives and many friends.
...Visitation was held on Friday evening, Nov. 20, 2015, at the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill, and one hour prior to the service at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Harrisonville.
...Funeral services were held on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, at the church. Interment followed in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Casket bearers were Jeff Diers, Keith Diers, Adam Vaughn, Scott Vaughn, Todd Wilson and Bruce Simms.
...Online condolences may be sent to stanley-dickeyfuner
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Pleasant Hill Meals on Wheels or to Our Savior Lutheran Church and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
...Arrangements were under the direction of the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home.

Donald “Donn”
Claude Miller
....Donn Claude Miller was born Jan. 7, 1953, in Albany, Calif., and departed this life on Nov. 4, 2015, at his home, at the age of 62 years, 9 months and 28 days. He was the son of Louis Conrad and Geraldine (Conger) Miller.
....Donn spent his younger years in California and graduated from Piedmont High School in 1971.
....On Jan. 10, 1981, he was united in marriage with Suzanne Patricia Cooke in Normanhurst, Australia. After their marriage, Donn and Sue lived in California, Australia and Prairie Village, Kan. In 1994 they moved to Harrisonville, Mo., to make their home.
....At his core, Donn was a man who wanted to bring out the best in people, and loved finding ways to brighten people’s day. During the holidays he would often go out in red sweaters and a Santa cap. Combined with his grey hair and bushy beard, this made him a very convincing Saint Nick, which was a part he loved to play along with, greeting most comments on his festive appearance with a bright smile and a jolly laugh.
....Donn was preceded in death by his parents, Louis Conrad and Geraldine (Conger) Miller.
....He is survived by his wife, Suzanne of the home; two sons, Warren Miller of Overland Park, Kan., and Martin Conrad Miller of the home; one daughter, Malynn Miller also of the home; one brother, John Conrad Miller and wife Leslie of Rochester, Minn.; three half-brothers, Jim Mucks of Anderson, Calif., Greg Mucks of Clear Lake Calif., and George Mucks also of California; one half-sister, Yvonne Betar of Marin County Calif.; one step-sister, Cricket Hall of Turlock, Calif., other relatives and many friends.
....Cremation has been accorded and a Memorial Service was held on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015, at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill, Mo., with Monsignor Bradley Offutt officiating. Inurnment will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
....Arrangements were under the direction of the Wallace Funeral Home.

Ruth Shobe
...Ruth Shobe, 89, of Lee’s Summit, Mo., passed away on Nov.15, 2015. Ruth was born on July 25, 1926, in Grain Valley, Mo. She grew up in Garden City, Kan., and graduated from that high school in 1944.
...Ruth met and married Floyd Mason Jewell. The family moved to Lee's Summit and her husband, Mason, became ill and passed away. After his death in 1956, Ruth began working at Bendix as an electrical inspector. During that time, she met and married Haley W. Shobe. The family later moved to a rural location outside of Pleasant Hill, Mo.
...Ruth was an active member in many clubs and organizations, including the Singles Group; the Bendix Retirees' Club & the Lee's Summit Christian Church. Upon her retirement, Ruth enjoyed traveling extensively with many of her friends.
...She was preceded in death by both of her parents, Walter Maxwell, and Mabel Maxwell; both of her husbands; two of her sons, Charles Evan Jewell and Maxwell Mason Jewell; as well as all of her six siblings.
...Survivors include: her youngest son, William Kent Jewell, and her only daughter, Bonnie Hensley; a step-daughter, Jan Hambright and husband Gary; a step-son, John Shobe; 11 grandchildren; and 7 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews and many friends.
...Funeral services were held on Friday, Nov. 20, 2015, at Lee’s Summit Christian Church. Burial followed in the Lee’s Summit Cemetery.
...Arrangements were under the direction of the Langsford Funeral Home of Lee’s Summit.

Bruce Chaverri
...Bruce Chaverri was born on Jan. 22, 1963, in Heredia, Costa Rica and departed on Nov. 18, 2015, at his home in Pleasant Hill, Mo. He was the son of Edwin and Katherine (Gerstley) Chaverri.
...Bruce spent his younger years in Costa Rica. He was married to Carmen DaSilva in Harrisonville, Mo., and they made their home in Pleasant Hill. He was preceded in death by his father Edwin.
...Bruce was a production supervisor for Woodcrafting, Inc., and had been a member of the Red Cross while living in Costa Rica. He was a wonderful and loving husband, dad, brother, uncle, and a true and devoted friend.
...Bruce is survived by: his wife Carmen DaSilva of the home; his mother, Katherine (Gerstley) Chaverri of Costa Rica; one step-daughter, Gina Ramirez and husband Dorian Famuliner of Pleasant Hill; three brothers: James Chaverri and wife Rhonda of Trenton, Mo., Erick Chaverri and wife Susy Villegas of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Tim Saale and wife Susie of Blue Springs, Mo.; three sisters: Cynthia Chaverri of Costa Rica; Grace Chaverri and husband Juan Carlos Hernandez of Costa Rica; and his twin sister, Gina Chaverri and husband Glenn Graessle of Olathe, Kan.; nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, other relatives and many friends.
...Cremation has been accorded and a memorial service honoring Bruce will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill, with Mr. Erick Chaverri and Wayne Pauley officiating.
...In memory of Bruce Chaverri, the family suggests contributions to the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation at
...Services were under the direction of the Wallace Funeral Home.

Harriett Ina Lycan
...Harriet Ina Lycan, 82 of Pleasant Hill Mo., passed away Nov. 17, 2015, at Kansas City Hospice House in Kansas City Mo. She was born Jan. 22, 1933 in Warrensburg, Mo., to Walter Morgan and Esther (Rich) Morgan.
...Harriet graduated from Warrensburg High School and worked at numerous church camps as a cook for many years. Harriet lived in Pleasant Hill since 1966 and was a member of the RLDS Church in Pleasant Hill.
...Harriet was preceded in death by: her husband Donald Lycan; and son Walter J. Lycan;
...Surviving her passing are: two sons, Robert N. Lycan P and Donald L. Lycan, both of Pleasant Hilli; daughter Luella Guffsteson of Ankney Iowa; sister Ethel Trader of Kansas City; five grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
...Funeral services were held on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, at Ben Cast & Son-Wood Funeral Home in Holden, Mo.
...Memorial contributions can be made to the American Kidney Association in memory of Harriet Lycan.
...Services were under the direction of Ben Cast & Son-Wood Funeral Home.

Don H. Land
...Donald Henley Land, 64 of Pleasant Hill, Mo., was born Jan. 20, 1951, in Independence, Mo., the son of John H. and Harriet (Henley) Land. He departed this life Wednesday, Nov.18, 2015, at his home after a courageous battle with cancer.
...Don was a 1969 Lee’s Summit High (Mo.) School graduate. An All-Conference performer in both football and track and field, Don attended Northwest Missouri State University on a football scholarship.
...Don had been employed by HSC Industrial Coatings in Pleasant Hill. Prior to that he worked for Underwriters Insurance Corporation as an Auto Recovery Specialist.
...Don loved fast cars, guns, Civil War history, old Western movies and an avid collector of unique antiques. Don especially loved to have a good time with family and friends.
...Don was preceded in death by his parents.
...He is survived by: two brothers, Gene Land and wife Michelle of Greenwood, Mo., and Chris Land of Pleasant Hill; three nephews, Ryan Land of Lake Winnebago, Mo., Sean and wife Elena Land of Lee’s Summit, Preston and wife Akeisha Land of Lee’s Summit; two nieces, Deanne Land of Greenwood, and Jackie Land of Madison, Wisc.; other relatives and countless friends.
...Funeral services were held on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, at the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill. Reverend Brandon Park offciated. Interment followed in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Casket bearers were Chris Land, Gene Land, Jerry Land, Preston Land, Ryan Land and Sean Land.
...A party celebrating Don’s life was held following services at the Pleasant Hill Memorial Building.
...Memorial contributions are suggested to the Pleasant Hill Cemetery and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
...Online condolences may be sent to the family at stanley-dickeyfuner
...Arrangements were under the direction of the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home. 816-540-5550.

Marilyn Sharp-Sparks
...Marilyn Sharp-Sparks, 91, formerly of Pleasant Hill, departed this life on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, at her home near Kingsville.
...Arrangements are pending. A complete obituary will be published in next weeks edition of the Pleasant Hill Times and online at stanley-dickeyfuner

Mary Owen McArtor
...Mary Owen McArtor of Overland Park, Kan., died Nov. 15, 2015.
Mary was born Apr. 2, 1921, in Randlett, Okla., the second of four children of John Gordon and Rea Jameson Owen.
...She was valedictorian of Hastings (Okla.) High School in 1939. She attended Central State College in Edmond, Okla. (now called University of Central Oklahoma) through a generous work-study position in the library and financial support from her older brother Harlan. She graduated with a B.A. in education in 1942.
...After graduation ,Mary wanted to serve her country and volunteered for the newly formed Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC), later renamed Women's Army Corps (WAC). She served in various administrative positions and stateside locations. At the end of WWII she was assigned to the separation center at Indiantown Gap, Penn. There she met her future husband, William S. McArtor. Mary left military service in December, 1946, at the rank of Captain. Mary was proud of her military service and became an early and generous contributor to the Women in Military Service to America Memorial, which is housed at the ceremonial entrance to Arlington National Cemetery. She and her family attended the groundbreaking in 1995, the dedication in 1997, and the ten-year anniversary in 2007.
...Mary and Bill were married on March 18, 1947. His career as an Army officer took them to many interesting locations. They had three daughters and were happily married for 52 years. She appreciated the arts and contributed to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. She was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church, active in United Methodist Women.
...She is survived by: her daughters and sons-in-law Mary and Lt. Col. (USMC, Ret.) Terry Richard Kane of Fuquay-Varina, N. Car., Kerry and Barry Cipra of Northfield, Minn., Kelly McArtor and Jim Purvis of Pleasant Hill, Mo., grandson Michael Cipra and his wife Sanae Tomita of Plymouth, Minn.; sister-in-law Marie McArtor of Ridgecrest, Calif.; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
...Memorials may be sent to Asbury United Methodist Church or the Women in Military Service to America Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, Washington DC.
...Memorial services will be 11 a.m. today (Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015), at Asbury United Methodist Church in Prairie Village, Kan. A reception and light lunch will follow immediately. Inurnment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.