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DAHMAN, LaVena Evangeline  (1915 - 2005)
Adrian Journal, 12 October 2005
LaVena Evangeline Dahman 1915-2005 - LaVena Evangeline Dahman, age 90 of Buther, Missouri died Monday October 3, 2005 at Bates County Memorial Hospital in Butler. Funeral services were Friday, October 7 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler, Missouri.

DALE, Darrell D. (1952 - 2008)
Kansas City Star, 2 June 2008
Darrell D. Dale, 56, of Rich Hill, Mo., passed away May 31, 2008, at his home in Rich Hill. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 3, at the Rich Hill United Methodist Church with burial in the Green Lawn Cemetery, Rich Hill. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, at the Heuser Funeral Home. The family suggest memorial contributions to the R.H. United Methodist Church, c/o Heuser Funeral Home, Box 42, Rich Hill, MO 64779. He is survived by his wife, Janet Dale of the home; two children, Logan and Shanna Dale, Houston, Mo., Mendy and Jason Bridgewater, Rich Hill; one sister, Donna and Mickey McCarty, Joplin, Mo.; mother-in-law, Elnora Wheatley, Rich Hill; and six grandchildren.

DALE, Darrell Dennis (1952 - 2008)
Nevada Daily Mail, Wednesday, 4 June 2008
Darrell Dennis Dale, age 56, passed away on Saturday, May 31, 2008, at his home in Rich Hill, after a courageous year-long battle with cancer. He was born Feb. 5, 1952, in Butler, Mo., the second of three children, and was reared in Rich Hill, by his loving grandparents, Homer and Menta Dale. He attended school in Rich Hill and some of his happiest, early memories were of Cub Scout and Boy Scout activities and playing of football. He graduated with the class of 1970. On Aug. 21, 1970, he married his high school sweetheart, Janet Wheatley, who he always said he fell in love with in the first grade. To this union two children were born, Logan Matthew and Mendy Janell. Darrell was a devoted and loving husband and father and was always in attendance at his children's sporting events and school activities. His proudest moments were additions of six grandchildren to his family. He loved each of them dearly. Darrell joined the church at a young age and was a lifelong active member of the United Methodist Church, where he served as trustee for many years and volunteered his time on many projects. He was employed at Kansas City Power & Light, in LaCygne, Kan., for 31 years, his most recent position being control operator and simulator trainer. He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 412. Darrell was an avid football fan, beginning with his own high school football days as a Rich Hill Tiger. He was a loyal fan of the Kansas City Chiefs and the Rich Hill Tigers. Darrell assisted in the press box at the Tiger games for nearly 20 years. Family and friends were of utmost importance to Darrell, He was happiest when he was spending time at Stockton Lake and there was nothing he enjoyed more than getting a large group together to go camping, boating and water skiing. He always said, "The hotter the better and the more the merrier." Over the years, he taught Logan, Mendy and their friend, and other family and friends to water ski; including church youth groups and youth groups from the community youth development center. He lived life to the fullest and especially cherished his vacations and traveling with close friends and family to many different states. No time was allowed to be wasted during vacation. Every morning was a new adventure. Darrell was preceded in death by his grandparents and his sister, Joyce Elaine. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Janet, of the home, two children, Logan Dale and wife Shanna, of Houston, and Mendy Bridgewater and husband Jason, of Rich Hill; sister Donna McCarty and husband Mickey, of Joplin; six grandchildren, Mariah Corrin, Emma Elaine and Carson Matthew Dale, and Adam Dale, Clifton Tom and Daniel Jason Bridgewater; mother-in-law, Elnora Wheatly, of Rich Hill; sister-in-law Karen Adams and friend Lary Brasher; sister-in-law, Madeleine Watson and husband David; many aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews and nieces, and a host of friends. Darrell was loved by many and will be deeply missed. Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 3, at 11 a.m., at Rich Hill Methodist Church, in Rich Hill, with pastor Sam Fisher officiating. Interment followed at Green Lawn Cemetery, in Rich Hill. Pallbearers were: Steve Hedrick, Eddie Hays, Darold Hendrickson, Kyle Hedrick, Lance Hedrick and Monty Cooper. Honorary Pallbearers were: Randy Bell, Vic Jennings, Lennie Tourtillott, Doug Hedrick, Larry Glackin, David Watson, Larry Brasher and Dave Hedrick. Arrangements by Heuser Funeral Home, Rich Hill.

DAVIS, Ashley Rachelle (1989 - 2008)
18-year-old Ashley Rachelle Davis, Butler, passed away Wednesday in a canoeing mishap on the Meramec River in Eastern Missouri. Arrangements are under direction of Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel, Butler, and services are scheduled at 10:00 a.m. Monday, July 7, at the First Baptist Church, Butler, with burial to follow in Butler's Oak Hill Cemetery.

DAVIS, Ashley Rachelle (1989 - 2008)
Kansas City Star, 4 July 2008
Ashley Rachelle Davis, 18, of Butler, MO died July 2, 2008. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Mon., July 7, First Baptist Church, Butler, MO. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Sunday at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) Butler, MO. Burial, Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler, MO. Contributions to the Church.

DAVIS, Ashley Rachelle (1989 - 2008)
Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel Inc.
Ashley Rachelle Davis, October 4, 1989 - July 2, 2008.Funeral services for Ashley Rachelle Davis of Butler, Missouri will be 10 a.m. Monday, July 7, 2008 at the First Baptist Church in Butler, Missouri with Rev. Vernon Maxted officiating and Dr. Terry Davis and Michael Norman assisting. Services under the direction of the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel, Butler. Burial, Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler. Visitation, 6 - 8 p.m. Sunday, July 6 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel, Butler. Contributions, First Baptist Church, Butler. Ashley Rachelle Davis, age 18 of Butler, Missouri died Wednesday, July 2, 2008 in Crawford County near Steelville, Missouri as a result of a canoeing accident. She was born October 4, 1989 to Terry Joe and Valera Kay Maxted Davis in Clinton, Iowa. Ashley is survived by her parents, Terry and Kay Davis of Butler, Missouri; three sisters, Catherine Joline Davis, Stacy Lynn Davis and Lindsay Michelle Davis all of Butler, Missouri; maternal grandparents, Vernon and Clareca Maxted of Marshall, Missouri; paternal grandfather, Harold Davis of Orange, California; two nephews, Draden and Anthony; one niece, Makayla, two uncles and three aunts; and a host of friends. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandmother, Mary Helen Davis and an aunt, Gayle Charles.

DAVIS, Howard Allen (1938 - 2008)
Kansas City Star, 15 October 2008
Davis, Howard Allen - HOWARD ALLEN DAVIS Howard Allen Davis, 70, Olathe, KS, died Oct.13, 2008, at Olathe Medical Center due to heart failure. Visitation will be Wednesday, Oct. 15th from 6- 8pm, at the Penwell- Gabel Funeral, 14275 S. Blackbob, Olathe, KS 66062, (913-768-6777). Funeral services will be held Thurs. Oct. 16th at 10am, at the funeral home. Interment will be at Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler, MO. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Children's Mercy Hematology-Oncology Department. You may leave a message or condolences for the family at He was born July 11, 1938, in Archie, MO, to Howard C. and Alice (Crow) Davis. Allen farmed with his family in Archie, MO, until he went to work for General Motors in 1959. He worked at the Delco and Fairfax Plants for a total of 48 years, retiring in 2007. He was a Skilled Trades Representative for UAW Local 1021. Preceding him in death were his parents; his second wife; Hilda, brother; James Davis; and a step-son; Gregory Downs. Mr. Davis leaves two daughters; Kristal Thompson, Leawood, KS, and Barbara Hardie, Olathe, KS, four step-children; Richard Downs and Donna Hewitt, Olathe, KS; Steven Downs, Belton, MO, and Jennifer Downs, Kansas City, MO, and many grandchildren.

DAVIS, Lorena (1921 - 2008)
Murray Funeral Home
Lorena Davis, February 15, 1921 - June 30, 2008. Mrs. Lorena Davis, 87, Humansville, died Monday, June 30, 2008 in Citizens Memorial Hospital. The daughter of Samuel W. and Bessie (Ethridge) Hill, she was born February 15, 1921 at Schell City, Missouri. Formerly of Caledonia, Illinois, she had been a resident of Humansville for the past 20 years. Lorena and John Leslie Davis were married January 15, 1938. He preceded her in death June 16, 2004. Her parents, daughter, Donna J. Coble, and 5 sisters, Violet Schuman, Madge Hill, Velda Hill, Ina Hutton and Opal Shouse, also preceded her in death. Lorena was a homemaker and a member of Bible Baptist Church in Belvidere, Illinois, where she greatly enjoyed the fellowship. The sixth of six daughters, her father gave her the nickname of “Pete” because of the lack of boys in the family. She was a devoted wife and mother with a cheerful outlook and smile for everyone. Survivors include 1 daughter, Linda J. Davis, Humansville; 3 sons and daughters-in-law, John L. and Shirley Davis, Rockford, Illinois, Stanley J. and Sandra Davis, Davis Junction, Illinois and David K. and Teresa Davis, Belvidere, Illinois; a son-in-law, Norman Coble, Dunnegan; 13 grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be Friday, July 4, 2008 at 11:00 AM at the Dunnegan Bible Baptist Church with Pastor Terry Faulkner officiating. Interment will be in Humansville Cemetery. Visitation will be at the church from 10:00 to 11:00 AM. Memorial donations

DAVIS, Mary Karpuk (1919 - 2009)
Atkinson Funeral Home
Mary Karpuk Davis, June 15, 1919 - August 24, 2009. Mary Karpuk Davis, 90, Adrian, MO, died Monday, August 24, 2009 at Adrian Manor, Adrian, MO. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 29, 2009 at the First United Methodist Church of Adrian in Adrian with visitation from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Saturday at the church. Burial will be in Crescent Hill Cemetery, Adrian. Memorial contributions may be made to Adrian Manor Memorial Fund, 402 West 1st Street, Adrian, MO 64720. Mary was born June 15, 1919 to Joseph and Sophia Karpuk in Kansas City, Kansas. At the age of six her family moved to Bates County eleven miles east of Adrian. She attended school at Crawford for eight years and then went to Adrian High School. She graduated in 1937 and then attended Warrensburg College. After obtaining her teaching certificate she taught school at Crescent Hill, Altona, Butler and Adrian. Mary also substituted for several years prior to opening her antique shop in Adrian. She was united in marriage, to Wayne C. Davis in 1940 and to this union two sons were born, Jerry Wayne and Ritchie Joe. Antiquing was a lifelong hobby of Mary's. The highlight of this was the opening of her own antique shop in 1976. Not only did Mary enjoy her work, she was also very knowledgeable. She spent many hours researching and learning about her craft. This knowledge and her shrewd business sense made her shop a favorite stop of many. Mary was active in several organizations. She was a charter member of the Adrian Garden Club, member of the Eastern Star and President of the Adrian School Board. In 1996, she became a member of the Bates County Mizzou Club. As a member of the United Methodist Church she was a Sunday school teacher and held the offices of Secretary and Treasurer. Mary was a strong believer of education. She enjoyed attending Adrian School activities and always followed the successes of local students. Mary is survived by her two sons Jerry Davis of Adrian, Missouri; Ritchie Davis and wife Debbie of Adrian; four grandchildren, Kristen Burns and husband Stephen, of Prosper, Texas, Douglas Davis and wife Valeigh of Frisco, Texas, Katy Bruto and husband Shaun of Butler, and Gabe Davis of Clinton, Missouri; six great-grandchildren, Nora and Jake Burns, Parker and Campbell Davis, and Avery and Mylie Bruto; and sister Annie Mawson of Archie. She was preceded in death by her husband Wayne C. Davis and her brother Joseph Karpuk, Jr. She will be missed.

DAVISON, Donald Edward (1940 - 2009)
Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel Inc.
Donald Edward Davison, June 29, 1940 - January 5, 2009. Funeral services for Don Davison will be 10 a.m. Friday, January 9, 2009 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri with Dr. Terry Davis officiating. Visitation, 5-7 p.m. Thursday evening, Schowengerdt Chapel. Burial, 3 p.m. Friday, Memorial Gardens of Memory, Buffalo, Missouri. Contributions, Butler First Baptist Church. Donald Edward Davison, age 68 of Fayetteville, Arkansas, formerly of Butler, Missouri died Monday, January 5, 2009 at Fayetteville City Hospital Nursing Center in Fayetteville. He was born June 29, 1940 to Milton and Goldie Richardson Davison in Long Lane, Missouri. Donald is survived by his wife of 47 years, Sylvia Davison of Fayetteville, Arkansas; one son, Kevin Davison and wife Kim of Fayetteville, Arkansas; a daughter, Kimberly Waits and husband David of Tulsa, Oklahoma; two brothers, Marvin Davison and wife Betty of Nevada, Missouri and Norman Davison and wife Benita of Fayetteville, Arkansas; six sisters, Ms. Elsie McNeley of Nevada, Missouri, Ms. Ina Marshall of Phoenix, Arizona, Quinntella Douglas and husband Howard of Collyville, Texas, Marjorie Hardtke and husband Fred of Rolla, Missouri, Willa Dean Bates and husband Wayne of Walker, Missouri and Darlene Short and husband Ed of Kansas City, Missouri; and four grandchildren, Katie, Lindsey and Hannah Davison and Cameron Waits. He was preceded in death by his parents.

DAVISSON, Adam Riley (2007 - 2007)
Nevada Daily Mail, Thursday, October 11, 2007
Adam Riley Davisson - Infant son of Kirk and Nancy Davisson, of Sheldon, Adam Riley Davisson, died Oct. 9, 2007. Graveside services will be held on Sunday, Oct. 14, at 2:30 p.m., at Tolson Cemetery, in Sheldon, Mo.

DEFFENBAUGH, Adam Watson (1864 - 1937)
From the Adrian Journal, Thursday, December 16, 1937. Submitted by Sandee Hubbard
A. DEFFENBAUGH DEAD -  Ad. Deffenbaugh, a retired contractor and carpenter, died Friday evening, December 11, 1937, at 6:00 o’clock. Mr. Deffenbaugh had been in failing health for several months. He had been a resident of Adrian and Altona communities for the past 70 years, coming with his mother and brothers to Altona community when a small boy from Madison county, Ohio. Adam Watson Deffenbaugh, the son of Adam and Minerva Deffenbaugh, was born in Madison county, Ohio, May 31, 1864, and departed this life December 10, 1937, at the age of 73 years, 6 months and ..days. When he was 2 years of age he come with his widowed mother, two brothers, and two sisters to a farm near Altona, Bates county, Missouri, where he grew to manhood. He was united in marriage to Frances M. Howard on May 19, 1887. Immediately after their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Deffenbaugh took up their residence in Kansas City, where they resided until they moved to a farm two miles southeast of Archie. In 1895 they moved from this farm to Mrs. Deffenbaugh’s old home farm five miles east of Adrian, where they resided until taking up their residence in Adrian in 1908. He was united with the Altona Baptist Church in 1905, bringing his membership from a Presbyterian Church. After coming to Adrian he became a member of the Adrian Baptist Church. Mr. Deffenbaugh is survived by his wife, two sons, W. I. Deffenbaugh, Chicago, Ill., and C. L. Deffenbaugh, Kennewick, Wash.; one daughter, Mrs. Russell Ray of Adrian; one brother, Elmer Deffenbaugh of Adrian; one half-sister, Mrs. Van Norton of Tipton, Indiana; one half-brother, Charlie Evans of ….Washington, and a number of nieces and nephews.
He was a kind and considerate husband and father. Funeral services for Mr. Deffenbaugh were held from the Adrian Baptist Church, Sunday afternoon, December 12, conducted by the Rev. Fred H. Terry. Interment was made in the Altona cemetery by the Creath & Six funeral service.

DEFFENBAUGH, Frances M. Howard (1871 - 1949)
From the Adrian Journal, Thursday, October 20, 1949. Submitted by Sandee Hubbard
MRS. A. DEFFENBAUGH DIES AT HOME HERE AFTER LONG ILLNESS -  Native Missourian Had Lived In This Community Since 1878; Funeral Services Held Friday Mrs. Adam Deffenbaugh, a pioneer resident of north Bates county, passed away at her home in Adrian last Wednesday evening, October 12, 1949. Mrs. Deffenbaugh had been in failing health for several years and had been confined to her home for nearly 6 months. She was 78 years of age. Frances Howard Deffenbaugh, the daughter of Samuel and Margaret Porter Howard, was  born in Johnson county, Missouri, February 4, 1871. When she was 7 years of age, she came with her widowed mother, a sister and brother, to a farm near Altona, where she grew to womanhood. May 19, 1887, she was united in marriage with Adam Watson Deffenbaugh. After their marriage, the young couple took up residence in Kansas City, where they resided until they moved to a farm southeast of Archie. In 1895 they moved again to the Altona community where they resided until moving to Adrian in 1908. At an early age she was converted to Christianity and became a member of the Altona Baptist church. After moving to Adrian she became a member of the First Baptist church here. Mrs. Deffenbaugh was preceded in death by her husband December 10, 1937. She is survived by two sons, W. I. Deffenbaugh, of Chicago, and C.L. Deffenbaugh of Walla Walla, Washington; one daughter, Mrs. Russell Ray of Adrian; one sister, Mrs. Katie Burke of Centerville, Washington. There are also 6 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services for Mrs. Deffenbaugh were held Friday afternoon, October 14, at the Adrian Baptist church. The Rev. George Ryder, pastor of the Adrian Methodist church, was the officiating clergyman. Interment was at Altona cemetery.

DEMRO, Virga Mae (1925 - 2006)
Nevada Daily Mail, Sunday, September 10, 2006
Virga Mae Demro, 81, Gardner, Kan., formerly of Moundville, Mo., passed away on Thursday Sept. 7, 2006, at Meadowbrook Rehab Hospital in Gardner, Kan. Virga was born at home on Easter Sunday, April 5, 1925, to Paul F. Scholl and Vona Elizabeth Sargeant Scholl in Republic, Iowa. She married Lloyd McKenzie in February of 1945. Later she and Don Demro were married on March 25, 1967, in Plainfield, Iowa. He preceded her in death on May 4, 1985. Virga and Don left Iowa in 1970 and made their home in Moundville. She was a member of the Deerfield Baptist Church. Since 1998, Virga lived with her daughter in Shawnee, Kan. Survivors include one daughter, Linda McKenzie, Shawnee; one grandson, Brad McKenzie, Charles City, Iowa; two granddaughters, Liz Landis, Gardner, and Brenda Bartz, Vinton, Iowa; three great-grandsons, Michael McKenzie, Tyler Bartz, and Justin Bartz; three great-granddaughters, Kaitlin Landis, Abby Bartz, and Mariah McKenzie; one brother, Bud Scholl and his wife Celine, New Hampton, Iowa; and one great-aunt, Vada Sargeant, Ionia, Iowa. In addition to her husband, Don, she was preceded in death by her parents, and one son, Gary, in October of 1988 in Charles City. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., on Monday, Sept. 11, at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, with John Nichols officiating. Interment will follow in National Cemetery, Fort Scott, Kan.

D'HAENE, Muriel Lucille White (1933 - 2006)
Adrian Journal, 4 January 2006
Muriel Lucille (White) D'Haene 1933 - 2006. Muriel Lucille (White) D'Haene, 72, passed away January 1, 2006 at Research Medical Center, Kansas City, MO. Funeral services were held Thursday, January 5, 2006 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Adrian.

DICKEY, Gary Earl (1944 - 2005)
Adrian Journal, 14 December 2005
Gary Earl Dickey 1944 - 2005. Gary Earl Dickey, 61 of Merwin, Missouri died Monday, December 5, 2005 at his home in Merwin. Memorial graveside services were 2 p.m. Thursday, December 8, 2005.

DICKEY, Zella Jane (1941 - 2007)
Nevada Daily Mail, Sunday, July 1, 2007
Zella Jane "Janie" Dickey, 66, Nevada, Mo., passed away Wednesday, June 27, 2007, at her son's home in Moundville, Mo. She was born Jan. 29, 1941, in Kansas City, Mo., to Henry Ross Crowe and Edna Pearl Smith Crowe. She married Daniel D. "Blue" Dickey on Oct. 25, 1959, in Arcadia, Kan. Janie grew up in Arcadia and graduated from Arcadia High School in 1959. She worked in medical records at Nevada Medical Clinic, Nevada State Hospital and Nevada Regional Medical Center where she retired as director of quality management in 2000. She later worked part time at Mercy Hospital in Fort Scott, Kan. Janie was a very active member of the First Christian Church and the bell choir. She was also a member of the BPW of Nevada. Survivors include one son, Danny Ray Dickey and his wife, Donna, Moundville, Mo.; five grandchildren, Derrick Dickey, Jared Dickey and his wife, Amber, Afton Bugg and her husband Donnie, Sheena Dickey and Daniel Bley; four great-grandchildren, Keyton Dickey, Izac McDermott, Dallas Bugg and Jordyn Dickey; and two brothers, Mike Crowe, Joplin, Mo., and Joseph Crowe and his wife, Margie, in Jefferson City, Mo. She was preceded in death by her parents and one son, Tony Lee in 1974. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., on Tuesday, July 3, at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, with the Rev. Bill Platt officiating. Friends may call now and until the hour of the service at the funeral home. Committal will be in Worsley Cemetery, Bronaugh, Mo. Those who wish may contribute to the Vernon County Cancer Relief Fund or the First Christian Church in Nevada in care of Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada.

DIVINE, Kira Pauline (1984 - 2005)
Adrian Journal, 3 August 2005
Kira Pauline Divine 1984-2005 -- Surrounded by family and friends, Kira surrendered her last smile on July 29, 2005. As Kira requested, a celebration of life picnic will be held Sunday, August 7, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. at the Divine Farm, 5 miles west of Archie on A Hwy. Signs will be posted.

DOBBS, Callie Jay (1975 - 2007)
Nevada Daily Mail, Saturday, August 25, 2007
Callie Jay Dobbs, age 32, a resident of Richards, Mo., died Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2007, as the result of an automobile accident near Richards. He was born Feb. 27, 1975, in Muskogee, Okla., the son of J. B. Dobbs and Wanita Tate. He worked in construction and in breaking horses. As well as his love for horses, he also enjoyed fishing. Survivors include his father, J. B. Dobbs, of Oklahoma; his mother, Wanita Tate of Fort Scott; three sons, Tyler Lee, Takota Dobbs and Tyler (T. J.) Dobbs; and two daughters, Shae Dobbs and Leslie Dobbs. Also surviving is his maternal grandmother, Betty Elizabeth Tate, Climax Springs, Mo.; one brother, John Polland, Takoma, Wash.; and four sisters, Gayla Boan, Galena, Mo., Rene Womelsdorf, Welda, Kan., Lisa Dunlap, Faxon, Okla., and Shelly Yocham, Fort Scott. There are many nieces and nephews surviving. He was preceded in death by one son, Cecil Dobbs, and Cecil's mother, Krystal Pearson, who both died in the same auto accident as Callie; his maternal grandfather, Omar Tate; and his paternal grandfather, Cecil J. Dobbs and paternal grandmother, Edith Yocham. Steve Bubna will conduct graveside services at 2 p.m., Monday, Aug. 27, 2007, at the Oak Grove Cemetery. The family will receive friends Sunday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main. Memorials are suggested to the Callie Dobbs Memorial Fund and may be sent to Cheney Witt Chapel, P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott, KS, 66701.

DOBBS, Cecil Leo (2006 - 2007)
Nevada Daily Mail, Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Kristle Denise Pearson, 20, and son Cecil Leo Dobbs, 8 months, both of Richards, Mo., died Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2007. Memorial services were held Tuesday, Aug. 28. Cremation Contributions may be made to the family, courtesy of Atkinson Funeral Home, 600 West Wall Street, Harrisonville, Mo., 64701. Kristle was born May 19, 1987 in Kansas City, Mo., the daughter of Robert Dean and Michelle Denise (Drumright) Pearson. Cecil was born Nov. 27, 2006 in Fort Scott, Kan, the son of Callie J. Dobbs and Kristle Denise Pearson. Callie, Kristle and Cecil all died as a result of a car accident. Arrangements under the direction of Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville, Mo.

DODSON, Samuel (1859 -1931)
From the Adrian Journal, Thursday, July 30, 1931. Submitted by Sandee Hubbard
SAMUEL DODSON DEAD -  Samuel Dodson, 72 years old, died at his home, one mile northeast of Altona, on Monday, July 27, 1931, following a stroke of paralysis. Mr. Dodson had resided in Bates county for a long time and was well known in the community where he resided.
Funeral services for Mr. Dodson were held Tuesday from the Altona Baptist church, conducted by the Rev. F. B. Sampson. Interment was made in the Altona cemetery. Creath and Six were the funeral directors.

DODSON, William (1824 - 1913)
From the Adrian Journal, Thursday, June 26, 1913. Submitted by Sandee Hubbard
Wm. Dodson, eighty nine years old, was knocked down by a freight train while switching just back of the depot Saturday noon, and injured so badly that he died at three o’clock in Dr. Robinson’s office. His right arm was severed below the elbow, he suffered compound fractures of both of his legs just below the hips besides bruises and cuts. He was taken to the office of Dr. E. E. Robinson and he and Dr. T. B. Todd dressed his injuries.
He was standing at the north end of the depot and on the house track when an engine coupled onto a string of cars, knocking Mr. Dodson down. Lee Stith was standing in front of his garage and saw the train hit Mr. Dodson. He is a former railroad conductor and gave the engineer a signal to stop immediately and it is on account of his presence that the train was stopped in time to prevent Mr. Dodson’s body being run over by the train.
Mr. Dodson was in town from his farm near Altona to meet his daughter, Mrs. Self, of  Jackson county, and was waiting for the train when injured. When Mrs. Self arrived she found her father fatally injured. The remains were taken to Knight’s undertaking rooms and prepared for burial. The funeral was held, Monday at his home near Altona. Mr. Dodson had lived in this county for twelve years, owning what is known as the Moulton farm. He formerly owned 189 acres near Kansas City, on which the suburb of Dodson is situated and it is from Mr. Dodson that this town was named, he living there for about thirty years. Mr. Dodson lived with a son and daughter on his farm and was a highly respected citizen in this section. It was a shock to the whole community to hear of his tragic death.

DOWELL, LuCrece B. "Bev" (1917- 2005)
Adrian Journal, 21 July 2005
LuCrece B. (Bev) Dowell, 1917-2005  -- LuCrece B.(Bev) Dowell, who grew up in Adrian, died at her home in Mesa, Arizona on July 1. She was 88 years old. Mrs. Dowell was the daughter of LuCrece Bevingon and Martin Chandler.

DOWELL, Ruth Timberlake (1928 - 2006)
Adrian Journal, 31 May 2006
Ruth Timberlake Dowell 1928-2006.  Mrs. Ruth Timberlake Dowell, wife of former Adrian Journal publisher Emery (Soap) Dowell, passed away on Saturday, May 27 at the home of her daughter in Oakland, California.

DOWNEY, Glennis Lynn (1938 - 2008)
Atkinson Funeral Home
Glennis Lynn Downey, May 31, 1938 - December 1, 2008. Glennis Lynn Downey, 70, Adrian, MO, died Monday, December 1, 2008 at his home. Funeral services 11:00 A.M. Saturday, December 6, 2008 at the Atkinson Chapel in Adrian, MO with visitation from 10:00-11:00 A.M. Saturday at the chapel. Burial will be in Crescent Hill Cemetery in Adrian. Memorial contributions may be made to Adrian Restoration Branch of the Church of Jesus Christ

DOWNEY, Ila Maxine (1929 - 2008)
Kansas City Star, 29 September 2008
Downey, Ila Maxine - Ila Maxine Downey, 78, Hermitage, Mo., died Friday, Sept. 26, 2008, at Citizen's Memorial Hospital in Bolivar, Mo. Funeral, Thurs., Oct. 2, 11 a.m., Atkinson Funeral Home of Adrian, 816-380-3268, burial at Crescent Hill Cemetery, Adrian, Mo. Visitation, Thurs., 10-11 a.m., at the Atkinson Chapel in Adrian.

DOWNEY, Ila Maxine (1929 - 2008)
Adrian Journal, Friday, 3 October 2008
Ila Maxine Downey 1929 - 2008 - Ila Maxine Downey, 78, Hermitage, MO, died Friday, September 26, 2008 at the Citizens Memorial Hospital in Bolivar, MO. Maxine was born October 10, 1929 in Amsterdam, MO, the daughter of Leland and Leta (Reynolds) Horton. Services were held Thursday, October 2, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Adrian with Elder Michael Stephenson officiating. Burial in Crescent Hill Cemetery. Contributions to Charity of choice.

DOWNEY, Liam Michael Paul (2008 - 2008)
Kansas City Star, 17 March 2008
Liam Michael Paul Downey, two- months, Adrian, Mo., died Saturday, March 15, 2008, at Bates County Memorial Hospital. Graveside services 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, Crescent Hill Cemetery. Visitation 10 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Atkinson Funeral Home, Adrian (816) 380-3268.

DOWNEY, Liam Michael Paul (2008 - 2008)
Cass County Democrat Missourian, 21 March 2008
Liam Michael Paul Downey, Jan. 12, 2008 - March 15, 2008. Liam Michael Paul Downey, 2-month-old son of James Matthew Downey, Branson, and Tamara Denise Perkins, Adrian, died March 15, 2008. Graveside services were March 18 at the Crescent Hill Cemetery, Adrian, under the direction of  Atkinson Funeral Home, Adrian.

DOWNEY, Nora Isabelle (1915 - 2008)
Kansas City Star, 19 March 2008
Nora Isabelle Downey, 92, Adrian, Mo., died Monday, March 17, 2008, at North Kansas City Hospital. Services 2 p.m. Thursday, March 20, Atkinson Funeral Home, Adrian (816) 380-3268. Burial Lee's Summit Cemetery. Visitation 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, at the funeral home. Memorials Adrian Christian Church.

DOWNEY, Nora Isabelle (1915 - 2008)
Cass County Democrat Missourian, 21 March 2008
Nora Isabelle Downey, April 11, 1915 - March 17, 2008. Nora Isabelle Downey, 92, Adrian, died March 17, 2008. She was born April 11, 1915, in Lee’s Summit, the daughter of Herman Ira and Erminia Agnes (Welch) VanMatre. Services were March 20 at the Atkinson Chapel with burial in the Lee’s Summit Cemetery, under the direction of Atkinson Funeral Home, Adrian.

DRURY, Robert Lee (1923 - 2008)
Cass County Democrat Missourian, 22 February 2008
Robert Lee Drury, 84, Archie, died Feb. 13, 2008, at Crown Care Center, Harrisonville. He was born July 8, 1923, in Sawyer, Kan., the son of
Richard “Bud” Lawson and Rosa Lee (Mace) Drury. He was a 1941 graduate of Archie High School. During World War II, Mr. Drury served in the U.S. Army with the 126th Signal Radio Intelligence Company in the Pacific Theater. Aug. 15, 1947, he married Ada Imogene Osborn at the
First Baptist Church in Harrisonville and  they recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.  He was employed at the Leeds General Motors Assembly Plant in Kansas City for 30 years before retiring in 1976. He was a member of the UAW Local 93.  After retiring from GM, Robert enjoyed working part time for Green-Lamp Furniture in Harrisonville. He was a 50-year member and past post commander of the American Legion Post 536, Archie. He was also a 50-year member and past master of the Archie Masonic Lodge 633. Mr. Drury enjoyed bowling and spending time with his family. Preceding him in death were his parents; three brothers, Henry, Stanley and Harry Dean Drury; and two sisters, Marie Mickelberry and Bonnie White. Surviving are his wife, Jean, of the home; four sons, Robert Drury and his wife, Vickie, Harrisonville, Gary Drury and his wife, Linda, Leavenworth, Kan.; Rick Drury and his wife, Cindy, Janesville, Wis., Bill Drury and his wife, Diane, Adrian; a daughter, Deborah Nichols and her husband, James, Murfreesboro, Tenn.; a sister, Velma Murray, Archie; six grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; many nieces and nephews.
Services were Feb. 16 at the Atkinson Chapel, Archie. Burial was in the Crescent Hill Cemetery, Adrian, under the direction of Atkinson Funeral Home, Archie. Military honors under the direction of Military Funeral Honors program, MIKE Team, Warrensburg. Masonic services were Feb. 15 at the chapel under the direction of Archie Masonic Lodge 633. Contributions may be made to American Cancer Society.

DUFFIELD, Loran Otis (?? - 2005)
Adrian Journal, 6 April 2005
Loran Otis " Oddie" Duffield -- Age 74 of Foster, MO, died Friday, April 1, 2005. Funeral services were Monday, April 4, 2005.

DUGGAN, Eleanor (1923 - 2005)
Adrian Journal, 17 August 2005
Eleanor "Pat" Duggan 1923-2005  - Eleanor "Pat" Duggan, 81, Adrian, MO, died Thursday, August 11, 2005 at her home. A gathering of family and friends was held Saturday, August 13 at the Atkinson Chapel, Adrian.

DUNFIELD, Jerden E. (1938 - 2008)
Ferry Funeral Home
Jerden E. Dunfield, 69, Nevada, MO passed away Wednesday, July 9, 2008, at Olathe Medical Center, Olathe, KS. He was born November 4, 1938 in Nevada, MO to William Brown Dunfield and Opal Leora Wright Dunfield. Mr. Dunfield was born and raised in Nevada and attended Nevada High School. He served in the U. S. Air Force from 1955 to 1959 and lived in a variety of locales and has lived in Vernon County, MO since 1988. He was a member of the Pine Street Baptist Church in Nevada. He worked all his life in the air conditioning/ heating and refrigeration service and repair. Survivors include six children, Steven Jorden Dunfield and Gregory Allen Dunfield, both of Manchester, NH, Jarred Michael Dunfield and Melissa Dunfield, both of Nevada, MO, Jeremy Edward Dunfield and Dedra Rose Dunfield, both of Woodland, WA; several grandchildren; four brothers, Lloyd Dunfield, Nevada, MO, Joe Dunfield, El Dorado Springs, MO, Robert Dunfield, Roseville, CA and James William Dunfield, Greenfield, MO; five sisters, Linda Ayers, Mound City, KS, Sue Sandoval, Norwalk, VA, Irene Christian, Olathe, KS, Mary Stewart, La Cygne, KS, and Jo Ann Wyrick, Reeds Springs, MO. He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Bill Dunfield, George Dunfield and Ernest Dunfield. Graveside services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 12, 2008, at Moore Cemetery, Nevada, MO with Pastor David Rorabaugh officiating.

DUNN, Herbert G. (1885 - 1963)
From the Adrian Journal, Thursday, May 23, 1963. Submitted by Sandee Hubbard
FUNERAL SERVICES FOR HERBERT G. DUNN FRIDAY, MAY 17 -  Herbert G. Dunn, son of William H. and Lucy Lee Dunn was born May 27, 1885 near Altona, Missouri. He passed from this life May 16, 1963 at the family home in Adrian, Missouri, at the age of 77 years, 11 months, and 14 days. On November 16, 1926 he was united in marriage to Goldie Alice Blankenship of Adrian, Missouri. Mr. Dunn was a farmer all his life except for the 11 years that he worked at the Lula Long Combs Longview Farm at Lee’s Summit, Missouri. He had a great love for harness horses. After 30 years of farming in the Garden City, Missouri community, he retired moving back to Adrian, Missouri two years ago. He was a lifelong member of the Christian church, and transferred his membership to the Adrian congregation on October 14, 1962. He is survived by his wife of the home, one sister, Clora Lee Cantrell of Kansas City, Mo.; one brother, Gentry F. Dunn, Kansas City, Mo.; one niece and one nephew; a cousin, Daisy Geiger who lives in the family home, and other relatives and a host of friends. Funeral services were held Friday, May 17, 1963 at 2:00 p.m. at the Adrian Christian church conducted by Rev. William McClure. Burial in the Altona Cemetery.

DUNN, Goldie Alice (1893 - 1980)
From the Adrian Journal, Thursday, April 3, 1980. Submitted by Sandee Hubbard
FUNERAL SERVICES HELD MARCH 27 FOR GOLDIE ALICE DUNN - Goldie Alice Dunn was born August 21, 1895 in Barry county, Missouri the daughter of Myrtle Morris and U. G. Blankenship. She passed away Monday, March 24, 1980 at the Bates County Memorial Hospital at the age of 86. She was married to the late Herbert Dunn and had lived most of their married life in Cass County, Missouri near Garden City. Goldie was preceded in death by her husband in 1963. She then moved to Butler. Goldie was a member of the First Christian Church of Butler and the Philathea Class for many years. The past few years she had lived at the County Side Nursing home where she received wonderful care.
Goldie is survived by one brother Oscar Blankenship of Adrian, and three sisters, Bessie Brooks and Blanche Lyter both of Butler; and Maymie Thompson of Ballard. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Thursday, March 27, 1980 at the Underwood-Steinbeck Chapel with Rev. Mikel Robbins officiating and burial in the Altona Cemetery near Adrian.

DUNN, Lucy Lee (1864 - 1941)
From the Adrian Journal, Thursday, March 27, 1941. Submitted by Sandee Hubbard
MRS. LUCY LEE DUNN DEAD -  Mrs. Lucy Lee Dunn, 78 years old, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. G. E. Cantrell, Sunday, March 24, 1941. Mrs. Dunn was the widow of the late W. M. Dunn, of the Altona community, who died in November, 1937. Besides the daughter, Mrs. Cantrell, she is survived by two sons, Herbert Dunn of Garden City and Gentry Dunn of St. Joseph, Mo. Funeral services were held at Dayton, Wednesday afternoon, and burial in the Altona cemetery.

DUNN, William H. (1859 - 1932)
From the Adrian Journal, Thursday, November 17, 1932. Submitted by Sandee Hubbard
WM. H. DUNN DEAD - Wm. H. (Billy) Dunn died at the home of his son, H. G. Dunn, near Austin, in Cass county Tuesday morning, November 15. Mr. Dunn had been in failing health for two years. At the time of his death his age was 73 years, 9 months and 8 days. Mr. Dunn was born in Morgan county, Missouri, February 7, 1859, the son of Edward L. and Elizabeth Dunn. Before Mr. Dunn was five years old both his parents had died. After their death he was taken into the home of Hardaway and Ann J. Harrison, and reared to manhood. He came to Bates county with the Harrison family in 1868. The family located in the Altona neighborhood at that time and Mr. Dunn spent the remainder of his life in that community. Henry Harrison and Mrs. Lou Reeder, both of Adrian, children of Hardaway  Harrison and Mr. Dunn, were reared as brother and sister. Until last spring Mr. Dunn resided on his home farm in Grand River township. He then moved with his son to Cass county. Mr. Dunn was well and favorably known throughout Bates county. At one time he was the democratic nominee for County Clerk but was defeated in the election. He had always been active in politics in the county. He is survived by his wife, Lucy Lee Dunn and three children; Mrs. C. E. Cantrell, Kansas City; Gentry Dunn, at St. Joseph, and Herbert Dunn, with whom he made his home. Funeral services will be held for Mr. Dunn this (Thursday) afternoon at 2:00 o’clock at Altona. Burial will be made in the Altona cemetery.

DURST, Amanda (1828 - 1917)
From the Bates County Democrat, February 15, 1917. Submitted by Sandee Hubbard.
Mrs. Amanda Durst Dead - Mrs. Amanda Durst died Sunday, February 11, 1917, at her home in Charlotte township, at the age of 88 years. The funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the home of J. C. Browning by Rev. J. W. Alexander, pastor of the First Baptist Church in this city. Burial will be at the Adam Howe cemetery.

DURST, Gene Vernon  (1923 - 2005)
Adrian Journal, 7 December 2005
Gene Vernon Durst 1923-2005 - Gene Vernon Durst, age 81 of Butler, Missouri died Friday, November 25, 2005 at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. Funeral services were Tuesday, November 29 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler.

DYKMAN, Mildred May (1915 - 2005)
Adrian Journal, 30 November 2005
Mildred May Dykman 1915 - 2005 - Mildred May Dykman, age 90 of Butler, Missouri died Friday, November 25, 2005 at Adrian manor Nursing Center in Adrian, Missouri. Funeral services were Tuesday, November 29, 2005 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler, Missouri.