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OBITUARIES

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Nicholas Robert “Nick” Fields
....Nicholas Robert “Nick” Fields was born June 22, 1993, in Kansas City, Missouri and departed this life on August 13, 2016, the result of a tragic motorcycle accident, at the age of 23 years. He was the son of Tammy (Culter) Fields and Benny Fields.
....The family received friends Monday, August 22, 2016, at the Wallace Funeral Home. Graveside Service and Interment was held Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery with Elder Ronald Jennings officiating.
....See full obituary on-line at Wallace-funeralhomes.com.
....Arrangaements by Wallace Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

Ronald E. Greathouse
....Ronald Everette Greathouse, the son of Ralph G. and Fern L. (Collins) Greathouse, was born July 5, 1940, in Garden City. Kansas and departed this life on August 14, 2016, at his home in Lee’s Summit, at the age of 76 years.
....A Memorial Service, in honor of Ron Greathouse, was held August 19, 2016, at the Grace Baptist Church, 850 SW 150 Hwy, Lee’s Summit.
....Visitation was held prior to the service time at the church. Inurnment Greenwood Cemetery. Please see full obituary at wallace-funeralhomes.com.
....Arrangements by Wallace Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

James Waldo Ripley
....James W. Ripley of Pleasant Hill, formerly of La Monte, passed away quietly, August 18, 2016, at St. Luke’s Hospital on the Plaza, of complications incurred in a fall in his home. He was 92 years old.
....Ripley was born May 30, 1924 in La Monte to Floyd and Flossie Ripley. Ripley was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Mary (Ripley) Guthrie and Doris (Ripley) Gill. His childhood was spent in his hometown of La Monte, where he played basketball and graduated from La Monte High School in 1942.
....Following graduation, he entered the Army Air Corps, serving as a waist-gunner, tail-gunner and bombardier/togglier on a B-17, flying daylight missions over Germany and occupied Europe in WW II. Ripley achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant and was a decorated flight crew member. Ripley’s medals include European service ribbon, Middle Eastern service ribbon, Distinguished Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Presidential citation for Shuttle Mission to Africa (service ribbon), Overseas Bar, Aeriel Gunner Badge. His unit received a Presidential citation, two bronze stars, distinguished flying cross, under consideration for the Congressional Medal of Honor for his part in the successful landing of his final flight.
....On July 25, 2015, The Kansas City Royals Organization honored Ripley’s service. Ripley was pictured on the Royals Crown Vision video board and received a standing ovation from Royals fans.
....Following his service Ripley returned home to work and attend college at Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg. He was chosen as interim varsity basketball coach at La Monte High School for one season. Ripley was a long time bank officer serving as stockholder, vice president, manager/vice-president and president/CEO of banks in Knob Noster, Odessa, Pleasant Hill, Sedalia and La Monte and is a former mayor of La Monte. He was concurrently a realtor and developer. Ripley was active in the VFW and American Legion, serving as VFW Post Commander in Sedalia and as American Legion Commander in Knob Noster. Ripley was a leader in establishing a Pleasant Hill War memorial island that is a centerpiece of downtown Pleasant Hill.
....After retirement, Ripley enjoyed time with his family and friends, watching the Western Channel, growing tomatoes, attending VFW events and his daily Coffee Club meetings with Pleasant Hill friends. He was active, healthy, articulate and mentally sharp into his 90s. Ripley enjoyed Royals baseball, talking about sports and loved to laugh and make others laugh. Mr. Ripley loved his hometown of La Monte and returned often to visit old friends and family. He was a lifetime member of the La Monte Christian Church.

Rosetta Elizabeth (Mayabb) Crain
....Rosetta Elizabeth (Mayabb) Crain, 86, of Pleasant Hill was born October 25, 1929, in Independence, and departed this life on August 19, 2016, at Pleasant Hill Health and Rehab Center.
....Rosetta is survived by her husband, Murtes William Crain of the home; two daughters, Deborah Crain of Harrisonville, and Beth (Crain) Phillips (Marvin) of Henderson, NV; brother, James “Jim” Mayabb (Joyce) of Pleasant Hill; sisters, Dorothea (Mayabb) Stephens (Lewis) of Harrisonville, and Donna Jean (Mayabb) Reiche (Ron) of Beaumont, TX.
....In accordance with Rosetta’s wishes, cremation has been accorded and no services are scheduled. Please see a full obituary on-line at wallace-funeralhomes.com.
....Arrangements by Wallace Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

Edmund H. Russell
....Edmund H. Russell, 99, formerly of Pleasant Hill, departed this life, August 22, 2016, at the Lakeview Village East Terrace.
....Visitation will be at noon, Saturday Aug. 27, until time of service.
....The service will take place at 1:30 p.m., Aug. 27 at Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill
....A complete obituary will be published in next week’s edition of the Pleasant Hill Times.
....Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.