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Anna C. (Pfaff) Ash
...Anna C. Ash, former resident of Pleasant Hill, was born January 2, 1935 in Cass County, and departed this life on December 27, 2016. Graveside service was held January 3, 2017, at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
...She is survived by her children, Garry Ash and wife Delores of Pleasant Hill; Patricia Crease and husband Kenneth of Lee’s Summit; John Ash of Blue Springs, Kathy Ash-Howell and husband Mike of Independence, and Sherri Ash, also of Independence; 14 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.
...A complete obituary may be viewed at
...Arrangements by Wallace Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

Ruth A. Ballard
...Ruth Ann Ballard, 76, of Pleasant Hill, was born, March 3, 1940, in St. Louis, the daughter of Marshall Alva and Lola Irene (McDaniel) Campbell. She departed this life, peacefully, December 30, 2016, at her home.
...Ruth was a 1958 Pleasant Hill High School graduate.
...Ruth had been employed as a fork lift operator for Bendix/Honeywell, retiring in 2007. Prior to that, she was employed by Western Electric and had been a school bus driver in Pleasant Hill.
...She was a member of the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church. She was a Life Member of the Ivy Leaf Chapter #215, Order of the Eastern Star and the IAM Union Local # 778.
...She enjoyed gardening, tending to flowers, working on the family farm and spending time with her grandkids.
...Ruth was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by two daughters, Marsha (and Stan) Krummel of Spring Hill, Kans., and Nancy (and Aaron) Miller of Pleasant Hill; four grandchildren, Rachel
Krummel of Tacoma, Wash., Valerie (and Michael) McCord of Olathe, Kans., Evan Miller and Brett Miller, both of Pleasant Hill; one sister, Irene Smith of Des Moines, Iowa; two nieces and nephews, Stephanie (and Sean) Clark of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Greg (and Dee) Smith of Des Moines; other relatives and friends.
...Funeral services were held January 4, 2016, at the funeral home. Rev. Carl Knapp officiated. Interment was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Casket bearers were Kunio Dudgeon, Mike Griffith, Stan Krummel, Michael McCord, Aaron Miller, Brett Miller and Evan Miller.
...Memorial contributions are suggested to Cass County 4-H Horsemanship and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
...Online condolences may be sent to the family at
...Arrangments by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

Robert Joseph Zuber
...Robert Joseph Zuber, 72, of Pleasant Hill, passed away January 4, 2016. He was born November 21, 1944, in Kansas City, to R. Frank, Sr. and Kathleen P. “Kay” (Herring) Zuber.
...Robert was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Sondra “Sonnie” J. (Reeder) Zuber; brothers, Walter Zuber, Gary Zuber and Zane Zuber and nephew, Zachary Zuber. His survivors include his wife, Lenora (Hutchison) Zuber, his daughter Dawn Amador (Ruben) of Pleasant Hill, and sons, Shane Zuber of Blue Springs and Timothy Zuber (Amy) of Pleasant Hill; two brothers; Richard Zuber (Darlene), of McKinney, TX; Ronald Zuber (Kathryn) of Independence; sister-in-law, Beverly Zuber; and numerous nieces, nephews and stepchildren, Bobby, Jonny Cates, George, Patrick, Grace Montag, step grandchild, Liam.
...Most important to Bob were his nine grandchildren: Ruben III, Xavier, Alexis, Mason Amador, Jacob, Zander, Emily, Kaylee, Chloe Zuber.
...A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 14, 2017 at Community of Christ Church in Pleasant Hill, from 2-4 p.m.

Jill Ladas
...Jill Ladas, 73, Blue Springs, passed away December 24, 2016, at Kansas City Hospice House. She had fiercely and courageously battled ovarian cancer for three years.
...Jill was born May 16, 1943, in Indio, California, daughter of William Ray Gromer and Beulah Ruth Gromer (Blankenship) and lived briefly in Cathedral City, California, while her father prepared to deploy to Europe with the United States Army. After deployment, Jill, her mother and brother James (Jim) Gromer, lived briefly in Des Moines, Iowa, before returning to St. Joseph, Missouri, where they settled to await her father's return from World War II. In 1950, her father, a dentist in St. Joseph, passed away when Jill was seven years old. Her mother later married her step-father, Vern Meade.
...Jill attended St. Joseph Schools, including Central High School, through her sophomore year before the family moved to Alma, Nebraska where her stepfather had become the head of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Harlan County Reservoir. Jill attended Alma High School her junior and senior years, graduating in 1961 as salutatorian.
...On March 3, 1962, Jill married Samuel Stith in Hermitage, Missouri. Two sons were born to this union, Jeff in 1964 and Marc in 1969. The family moved to California, Missouri in 1967. Jill worked in advertising for the local newspaper.
...While in California, Jill was divorced and later, on January 7, 1977, married D.J. Davis, who would become father to Jeff and Marc. In 1979, the family relocated to Odessa, where D.J. was employed as high school principal. During this time in Odessa, Jill returned to school to pursue her college degree. She enrolled at Blue Springs Campus of Longview College, earning an Associate's degree in 1987. She continued her education at Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg where she graduated summa cum laude with a degree in public relations/journalism and speech in 1991.
...After graduation, Jill went to work full time in 1993 at Longview Community College in Lee's Summit, as Continuing Education Coordinator.
...Having earlier divorced, she married John Ladas on May 2, 1998, in Independence. In 2001, she became Community Outreach Manager at the Longview campus. She retired from Metropolitan Community Colleges in 2012 to pursue her loves - traveling with husband John, loving on her granddaughter Taylor, working around home with her beloved dog Shiloh by her side and cheering on her Royals and Chiefs.
...Fate was not so kind when in January, 2014, Jill received her diagnosis. From the beginning, she was determined to defeat it, and she gave the fight everything she had to the very end. Jill was preceded in death by her father, mother, step-father and brother.
...Jill's life was highlighted by many remarkable accomplishments and experiences. She was a spelling bee champion, an award-winning accordion player, a published poet and a beauty contest queen.
...She had the opportunity to travel to England, France, Italy, Scotland, Germany and Greece, as well as, seeing firsthand the beauty of America, traveling to all corners of our nation, including Hawaii.
...She loved to hike with husband John and together, they learned ballroom dancing. Professionally, she was recognized and honored in her position at Longview and leaves a lasting impression on the Lee's Summit community with the Longview "Flights of Fancy" Kite Festival which she was instrumental in founding in 2007. It is attended by more than 15,000 residents of the metro Kansas City area each year. She received great joy in watching her son Marc act in many plays over the years and her son Jeff coach her granddaughter Taylor in fastpitch softball. Her greatest joy was being a mother and being a grandmother.
...Jill is survived by husband John Ladas of the home and her dog Shiloh; two sons, Jeff Stith (wife Tammy), Pleasant Hill, and Marc Stith (wife Jenni) Castle Rock, CO; step-children Paul Ladas (wife Debbie) Drexel; Michelle Ladas (Lee's Summit), and Kristina Lobb (husband Randall) Tonganoxie, KS; close friend D.J. Davis, Maitland, and grandchildren Taylor Stith and Rowden, Elena and Tabor Lobb. She is also survived by her "Soul Sister" Georgia Schmittling, Lee's Summit, and a multitude of friends, associates and neighbors, who will miss her greatly.
...A celebration of Jill's life will take place on Saturday January 14, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Longview Funeral Home, 12700 S. Raytown Road, Kansas City. The family will receive visitors at the funeral home on Friday January 13, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Cremation has been accorded.
...Interment will be at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville, at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday January 17, 2017.
...In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the following organizations: Vicki Welsh Fund for Ovarian Cancer ( or the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (

Shirley Parris
...Shirley Parris, 83, died January 6, 2017. Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, Fay and Opal Wilson; husbands, Jack Smith and Loren Parris; son, Timothy Smith, and grandchildren, Jase Williams, and Caleb Smith.
...She is survived by her sons, John Smith, Daniel Smith, and Michael Smith; one brother David Wilson; 37 grandchildren and great grandchildren.
...Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 11, 2017, at the funeral home. Interment Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.
...Memorial contributions are suggested to the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550

Charles L. Young
...Charles L. Young of Pleasant Hill, MO, was born June 30, 1936 in West Line, Missouri and departed this life January 5, 2017 at St. Luke’s East in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, surrounded by the love of his family.
...He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Jean Young of the home; two sons, Charles Young of Harrisonville, Missouri and Wesley Young and wife Windy of Pleasant Hill, Missouri; two daughters, Tammy Suelter and husband Brad of Pleasant Hill, Missouri and Terri Barnard and husband Allen of Harrisonville, Missouri; ten grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
...As Charles requested, cremation has been accorded. The family will receive friends from 5:30 to 7:00 P.M. Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill. A Memorial Service will immediately follow at 7:00 p.m. with Pastor Clayton With, officiating.
...As Charles preferred, please come in casual attire. Private family inurnment will be held at a later date. The family suggests contributions to Midwest Animal ResQ (MARQ), 10312 E. 63rd Street, Raytown, Missouri 64133.
...A complete obituary may be viewed at

Rochelle A. Gray
...Rochelle A. Gray, 60, of Pleasant Hill, departed this life, January 7, 2016, at her home. Services are pending. Service times and a complete obituary will be published online at as that information becomes available. A complete obituary will be published in next week’s Pleasant Hill Times. Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.