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RADFORD, Beverly Jean  (1931 - 2008)
Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel Inc.
Beverly Jean Radford, September 8, 1931 - September 29, 2008 - Funeral services for Beverly Radford will be 2 p.m. Saturday, October 4, 2008 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri with Brother Bill Perkey officiating. Visitation, 1-2 p.m. Saturday, prior to services at Schowengerdt Chapel. Burial, Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler. Contributions, Butler Masonic Lodge #254. Beverly Jean Radford, age 77 of Butler, Missouri died Monday, September 29, 2008 at Bates County Memorial Hospital in Butler. She was born September 8, 1931 to Pascal Carter and Valda Fern Comstock Padgett in Wallace, Nebraska. Beverly is survived by her daughter, Terry Lee Griffin and husband Alvin of Butler, Missouri; two brothers, Tom Padgett and wife Norma of Pacific, Washington and Kink Padgett and wife Diane of Miami, Florida; three sisters, Roma Terry and husband Alvy of Valentine, Nebraska, Connie Padgett of McCook, Nebraska and Julie Young of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; four grandchildren, Jeff Gregory and wife Terra, Scott Gregory, Justin Griffin and wife Stacy and Chris Griffin and wife Sara; six great-grandchildren; other relatives and her Brookside friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers; and two sisters.

RADFORD, Beverly Jean (1931 - 2008)
Adrian Journal, 3 October 2008
Beverly Jean Radford 1931-2008 - Beverly Jean Radford, age 77 of Butler, Missouri died Monday, September 29, 2008 at Bates County Memorial Hospital in Butler. She was born September 8, 1931 to Pascal Carter and Valda Fern Comstock Padgett in Wallace, Nebraska. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, October 4, 2008 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler with Brother Bill Perkey officiating. Contributions to Butler Masonic Lodge #254. Burial, Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler, Missouri.

RADFORD, Charles Herbert (1871 - 1915)
Appleton City Journal, 24 June 1915, submitted by Cheryl Bell
Bert Radford Dead - Charles Herbert Radford died at his home near Spruce on Saturday morning, June 12th, 1915, at 1:30 o’clock, after an illness of several weeks from typhoid fever. Mr. Radford was about 44 years old and leaves a wife and two children, an aged father and mother, two brothers and two sisters to mourn his death. Bert Radford as he was familiarly known was one of the best-loved men in eastern Bates. He had for many years been a devoted member of the church and numbered his friends by his acquaintances. By his industry and good judgment he had made one of the nicest homes in Bates county and was prepared with his good wife and tow children to enjoy life. But at a time when all seemed brightest in life, the silent messenger entered the home and the loving husband and indulgent father is no more. Funeral services were conducted from the late home Sunday afternoon and interment was made in the Radford cemetery. The unusually large attendance was evidence of the esteem in which the deceased was held. We extend our sincerest sympathy to the bereaved wife and the aged parents. - Butler Rep. Press.

RAINEY, LeRoy (1946 - 2006)
Nevada Daily Mail, Tuesday, September 26, 2006
LeRoy "Frog" Rainey, of Walker, Mo., the son of Roy Rainey and Mary Rainey (Rose), was born May 28, 1946, in Nevada, Mo., and passed away on Sept. 23, 2006, at his home at 60 years of age. He was united in marriage to Jessie Gann on July 8, 1976, in Miami, Okla. He graduated from Walker High School. LeRoy was a truck driver for more than 45 years and made many friends while driving his Peterbilt around the area. He drove for Metz Grain and even Murphy Farms for a bit, Frog loved to fish and hunt and always enjoyed spending time, with his family, especially his grandchildren. He was a big family man and will be missed by all who knew him. Survivors include his wife, Jessie, of the home; one son Billy Don Rainey and his wife Lisa; daughter, Sondra Lynn Hampton and her husband Mike; a brother, William Dale Rainey and his wife Shirley Rainey; five grandchildren, Kelsie Ast, Trenton Ast, Jessica Hampton, Hannah Rainey and Logyn Rainey. He was preceded by his parents and one brother, Dennis Wayne Rainey. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 10 a.m., at the Pentecostal Assembly Church with Shelby Brandt officiating and Dennis Engelbrecht assisting. Burial will follow in Moore Cemetery.

RAMAGE, Edna I. (?? - 2008)
Kansas City Star, 9 November 2008
Edna I. Ramage, 79, Rich Hill, MO, formerly of KC, MO, passed away Nov. 6, 2008. Funeral services Wed., Nov. 12, 11 a.m., Heuser Funeral Home, Rich Hill; burial in Greenlawn Cemetery. Visitation Wed., 10 a.m., until service time. Arr. Heuser Funeral Home, 4th and Walnut, Rich Hill, MO, 417-395-2213.

RAMEY, John Jasper
The Adrian Journal, July 8, 1898, pg 1, col 3.,  Submitted by John Chapman, Austin, Texas
GONE TO HIS REST - Died, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Chapman, July 2nd, 1898, John J. Ramey, aged 57 years, 3 months and 11 days. Deceased was born in Kentucky March 21st, 1841, and came to Missouri  in 1879, locating in Bates county. His life here has always been honorable and upright in all his dealings. In 1887 he made a profession of religion and united with the U. B. church, and has since lived a consistent Christian life, enjoying the respect and esteem of all who knew him. For five years he had been a constant sufferer, but he bore his sufferings with unusual
fortitude. Six children survive to mourn the loss of a kind and indulgent father, and in this their affliction they have the sympathy of the community. Funeral services were held from the Deer Creek chapel on Sunday conducted by Rev. D. L. Burger. The large number who attended the services attested the high esteem in which deceased was held by his neighbors and friends. Undertaker Kidwell had charge of the funeral arrangements.

RAMSELL, William Roger (1942 - 2008)
El Dorado Sun, Friday, 17 October 2008
William Roger “Bill” Ramsell, 66, Schell City, the son of William Howard and Jessie Lee (Mace) Ramsell, was born Sept. 30, 1942, in Liberty, and passed from this life on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008, at the Centerpoint Hospital”– Kansas City. Bill retired from Carter Waters after 27-years of service. During that time he was a member of Laborers #663 and Teamsters #541. Bill and his wife, Pat, were married March. 1, 1968, in Miami, OK, and retired to the Schell City area in 1998. In his early years, Bill was an avid lover of dirt track racing. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and loved being in the woods hunting for mushrooms. In the past several years he never missed a NASCAR race. He was a member of the Advent Lutheran Church. Survivors include his wife of 40-years, Patricia Ramsell, of the home in Schell City; two sons, Garry Ramsell and family – Paola, KS, and William “Billy” Ramsell”– Schell City; one daughter, Dena Stoneking and family – Buckner; one sister, Karen Ramsell – Liberty; five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and many friends that will miss him greatly. Aside from his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his sister, Sandra Ramsell. Graveside services with interment were held Saturday, Oct. 11, in the Green Lawn Cemetery – Schell City, with Bro. David Souza officiating. Pallbearers were Ken Davis, Deanna Marlow, Hank Layton, Michael Williams, Rick Marlow and Daniel Ogle. Honorary pallbearers were Ed McCannon, Stan Layton, Clarence Conwell and Sgt. Sean McCannon. Memorial Contributions are suggested to the Kansas City Cancer Center or the Schell City Volunteer Fire Department. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Lewis-Hoagland Funeral Home – Schell City.

RAMSEY, Victor Robert "Buster" (1922 - 2005)
Adrian Journal, 21 July 2005
Victor Robert "Buster" Ramsey
Victor Robert "Buster" Ramsey, 91, passed away on Monday, July 11, 2005 at the Adrian Manor Nursing Home in Adrian, Missouri. Funeral services were held Thursday, July 14, 2005, 1:00 p.m. at the Underwood-Steinbeck-Brandtonies Funeral Home of Butler with Pastor Ron Dunlap officiating. Burial was in the Oak Hill Cemetary in Butler.

RANDOLPH, Robert R. (1922 - 1996)
Nevada Daily Mail, May 2006
Robert R. "Bob" Randolph, 74, Reeds, Mo., formerly of Rich Hill, died April 24, 2006, at Mt. Vernon, Mo. Graveside services will be held Thursday, April 27, at 11 a.m., at the Greenlawn Cemetery, Rich Hill. The family will receive friends Thursday, April 27, at 10 a.m., until the service time at the Heuser Funeral Home, Rich Hill.

RANEY, Eli (1838 - 1912)
Rich Hill Mining Review, Rich Hill, Missouri 14 March 1912, submitted by Alpha Evans
Bates County Pioneer Dead - Eli Raney, one of Bates county's pioneer citizens, and for 27 years a resident of Sprague, died suddenly at his home Wednesday night about 9 o'clock. Mr. Raney had been in his usual good health and was preparing to retire. As he approached his bed he fell to the floor dead. Deceased was aged 74 years and 6 months. He was a jeweler by trade and for the past 27 years has conducted a little shop at Sprague. He is survived by two sons, viz: J. H. Raney, the Frisco agent at Sprague and D. L. Raney, of Dallas, Texas.

RANEY, Elizabeth L. (1864 - 1953)
Rich Hill Mining Review Rich Hill, Missouri, Thursday, December 31, 1953, submitted by Alpha Evans
Elizabeth Criglar was born Feb. 2, 1864, Pettis County, Sedalia, Mo., to Thomas Lewis Criglar and Lucy Karen Criglar. As a small child she came with her parents to Bates county. On March 10, 1886, she was married to Joseph Lee. To this unin were born three sons, one dying as a small boy in 1889. On December 12, 1899, her husband passed away. She then moved to Sprague with two small sons and later married James H. Raney whom she marired (sic) in her home on June 8, 1902, by the Rev. R. A. Blalock. Mr. Rane preceded her in death May 2, 1938. Mrs. Raney was a member of the Sprague Christian church and was active in church work all her life. As well as to her nephews and nieces, she was also Aunt Lizzie to her younger friends in the community. Mrs. Raney passed away in her sleep at her home in Sprague, Wednesday morning, December 23, 1953, at the age of 89 years, 10 months and 21 days. She is survived by two sons: Joseph F. Lee, Enid, Okla., John C. Lee, Van Nuys, Calif.; one grand-daughter, Joan Lee Smith of Van Nuys, Calif.; two daughters-in-law, eight step-grandchildren, the family of her step-daughter, Anna Raney Anderson of Hume, Mo., who passed away last week. Surviving also are four sisters, Mrs. Alice Williamson, Pittsburg, Calif.; Mrs. R. L. Swearingen, Pueblo, Colo.; Mrs. B. M. Hieronymus, Pond Creek, Oklahoma, and Mrs. R. S. Ferguson, Rich Hill, Mo. Numerous nephews and nieces also survive. Services for Mrs. Raney were held Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock by the Rev. R. A. Blalock of Nevada, Mo. "Pass Me Not Oh Gentle Savior," and "The Old Rugged Cross," were sung by Mrs. Laura Ferguson Colwell and Jon Ferguson. Pallbearers were: Frank Smith, Harve Ratts, William Arnold, Sam Weedin, Marvin Hurst and C. C. McGennis. Burial in Green Lawn Cemetery.

RANEY, James  (1???--1938) 
Newspaper: Rich Hill Mining Review, 5 May 1938, Page 5, submitted by Alpha Evans
James Raney, a pioneer citizens of Sprague, passed away at the home Monday night. Death resulted from heart trouble. He leaves his wife and several children. Mr. Raney was station agent for the Frisco when a depot was maintained at Sprague. After the service was discontinued at Sprague he was transferred to a Kansas town, where he remained until he was retired. Funeral services will be held Wednesday after noon at 2:30 at the Christian Church in Sprague.
Newspaper: Rich Hill Mining Review, 12 May 1938 Page 2
Card of Thanks - We wish to thank all those who were so kind during the sickness and death of our dear husband and father also for the beautiful flowers. Rev. Nickerson, singers and pal bearers, Mrs J H Raney, Mr and Mrs John Lee, Mr and Mrs Joe Lee, Mr and Mrs Hardy Raney, Mr and Mrs Ira Anderson, Mr and Mrs Bigham, Mr and Mrs Casteel

RANEY, Mrs. Louise (1839 - 1914)
Rich Hill Mining Review, Rich Hill, Missouri Thursday May 14, 1914 Vol XXXIII, No. 50, submitted by Alpha Evans
Aged Sprague Lady Dead -  From Tuesday's Daily
Mrs. Louise Raney, the aged mother of our well-known friend J. H. Raney of Sprague, died yesterday and was buried this afternoon in the Rider Cemetery near Fairview. Mrs. Raney was aged 75 years, 10 months, and 20 days; Booth and Baughan undertakers and funeral directors of this city were in charge of the final arrangements. Mr. Raney has our kindest sympathy in his bereavement.

RAPP, Delano W. "Jack" (1933 - 2008)
Hill & Son Funeral Home, LLC
Delano W. "Jack" Rapp, September 22, 1933 - December 5, 2008. Service: Hill & Son Funeral Home in Appleton City, Missouri on Tuesday, December 9, 2008 at 10:00 a.m.  Ministers: Reverend Tony Reynolds - Appleton City Service and Pastor Johannes Brann - Prairie City Commital. Visitation: Hill & Son Funeral Home in Appleton City, Missouri on Monday, December 8, 2008 between 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Interment: Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Prairie City, Missouri. Memorial: Community Food Pantry of Butler. Delano W. “Jack” Rapp, age 75 of Butler, Missouri, died Friday, December 5, 2008 at University of Kansas Medical Center. He was born September 22, 1933 in Prairie City, Missouri. He was preceded in death by his parents Carl Rapp and Paula Leimer-Rapp, a sister Priscilla Rapp and his brothers, Norman Rapp and Victor Rapp. Jack is survived by his brothers, Dennis Rapp and Duwayne Rapp; his sisters, Bernice Mott, Ardyce Brecko and Marylyn Piepmeier; his daughter Jacque Hall and grandchildren, Brady and Ashley all of Carl Junction, Missouri; his son Jarrod Rapp, his wife Koreen and grandchildren, Korbin Gunnels, and Josi and Jayce Rapp all of Pollock, Missouri; and his son Jeffrey Rapp of Butler, Missouri. Jack graduated in 1951 from Prairie City High School and served in the United States Air Force from 1951 to 1953. He logged in thousands of miles, over the years, driving for Heiman’s, Ours Oil Company, Jerry Chitty, Jack Kenney, Ron Gilkey and Carl Hull, to name a few. He liked playing cards and fishing for crappie, catfish and bluegill. He enjoyed quail hunting and spent many hours training his dogs Trixie, Duke and Rocky.

REED, Billy Dean (1928 - 2007)
Nevada Daily Mail,Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Billy Dean Reed, age 79, of Adrian, Mo., was born March 25, 1928, the son of James William and Oma Berniece (Hurst) Reed. He passed from this life on Friday evening, Nov. 9, 2007, at his home in Adrian. Early in his life Dean, along with his family, moved to the Schell City area where he attended school and was one of the graduates of Schell City High School Class of 1947. After graduation, Dean, being an avid baseball player, played minor league ball for a time before trying out for the St. Louis Browns. After his baseball years he and his father operated Reed Truck Line. On July 14, 1951, Dean was united in marriage to Elsie Cordelia Wells in El Dorado Springs. The newlyweds made their home in Schell City then relocated to the Adrian area in 1960 making it their permanent home. Dean worked for 24 years for Allied Signal before retiring on Jan. 1, 1992. His hobbies included hunting, fishing and playing golf. He loved dancing and was a member of the Butler Square Dancing Association. One of his greatest pleasures was the time he spent watching his children and grandchildren at sporting events. Survivors include his wife Cordy of the home in Adrian; two sons, Michael Reed and his wife Paula and Billy Reed and his wife Robin, all of Adrian; two daughters Deborah Hill and her husband Dean of Butler, Mo., and Chrystal Mayfleld and her husband Terrry of Adrian; two sisters, Beverly Cornelious and her husband Bud, and Janice Archer and her husband Bruce all of Archie, Mo.; seven grandchildren; Tina Eidson and her husband Richie; Randy Reed and his wife Heather, Kevin Hill and his wife Aspen; David Hill and his wife Samie; and Maycie, Kaleb, and Mikah Mayfield; four great-grandchildren, Baily and Gavin Reed; Brice Eidson and Oakleigh Hill; cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. Funeral services for Billy Dean Reed were held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Nov. 12, at the Schell City Christian Church in Schell City, with Grady Davis officiating. Musical selections were provided by Kelci Davis, Krystle Vantellman, Connie Gerster, and Sharon Goodman, Pallbears were Richie Eidson, Randy Reed, Kevin Hill, David Hill, Dennis Vantellman, and Doug Vantellman. Honorary pallbears were Tina Eidson, Maycie Mayfield, Kaleb Mayfield, and Mikah Mayfield. Interment was in the Green Lawn Cemetery in Schell City. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Alzheimers Association. The funeral arrangements for Mr. Reed were entrusted to the Lewis-Hoagland Funeral Home in Schell City.

REED, Larry Wayne (1945 - 2008)
Nevada Daily Mail, Saturday, 21 June 2008
Larry Wayne Reed was born Oct. 25, 1945, in Nevada, the son of Albert and Ceraldine (Page) Reed. He passed away June 18, 2008, at Freeman West Hospital, in Joplin, at the age of 62. Larry was raised in Vernon County and graduated from Metz High School. Soon after graduation he attended auctionneering school. He had a great love for horse racing and auctioneering until his failing health. He also enjoyed animals. larry was a member of the Mezt Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by his fiancee, Patsy Hamersley, in January 1992; his parents; and one niece, Judith Ann Cole. Larry is survived by his step-daughter, Deanna Hines and her husband Larry, of Wentzville, Mo.; two grandchildren, Ashely Hines Molz and Shannon Hines and one great-granddaughter, Clara Hines, all of Wentzville, Mo.; two sisters, Mary Anne Adams, of Nevada, Patty Sue Cole, of Russellville, Ark.; one brother Tommy Reed and his wife Colleen, of Rich Hill, and several nieces and nephews. Services will held today, June 21, at 2 p.m., at Heuser Funeral Home, in Rich Hill. Interment will be at Berea Cemetery. Pallbearers are: James Bond, Tom Tucker, Kenny Davis, Raymond Tucker, Donnie Gast and John Pruitt. Honorary pallbearers are: Joe Neill, Tommy Arnold and Scott Buerge. Arrangements by: Heuser Funeral Home, Rich Hill.

REED, Lee Austin  (1918 - 2005)
Adrian Journal, 24 August 2005
Lee Austin Reed 1918-2005  - Lee Austin Reed, age 86 years, 10 months, and 1 day passed from this life on August 19, 2005. Funeral services were held Monday, August 22, 2005, 2 PM at The Wilson & Son Funeral Home in Drexel, MO.

REED, Michael Lee (1942 - 2007)
Nevada Daily Mail, Thursday, August 23, 2007
Micheal Lee Reed, the son of Virgil Reed and Ocia (Austin) Crowe, was born May 25, 1942 in Nevada, Mo. He passed away Aug. 22, at the Veterans Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., at 65 years of age. Micheal graduated high school from Adams City High School in Adams City, Colo., in 1962. He served honorably in the U.S Air Force for about four years. In his spare time Micheal loved to square dance. He was quite good and attended many square dancing functions in the area. He also was a clown for a number of years in Califonia, where he entertained folks of all ages. Survivors of Micheal include; his mother, Ocia Crowe, of Nevada; two half brothers Robert Lee Reed and James Ray Reed of Clinton, Iowa; one half sister, Patty Ann of Clinton, Iowa, and one stepsister, Virginia Thurston, of Texas; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father Virgil Reed; two stepfathers, Frederick Ellis and Henery Crowe; and one sister, Shirley Reed. There are no services planned for Micheal at this time. Memorial contributions may be made to the Veterans Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., in care of Evergreen Memorial Chapel.

REES, Ruby Pearl (1916 - 2005)
Adrian Journal, 28 December 2005
Ruby Pearl Rees 1916-2005. Ruby Pearl Rees, age 89, of Butler, Missouri, died Tuesday, December 20, 2005 at Willow Lane Nursing Center in Butler, Missouri. Funeral services were Friday, December 23, 2005 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler, Missouri.

REEVES, Milton Harvey (1879 - 1956)
From the Bates County Democrat April 19, 1956. Submitted by Sandee Hubbard
Milton H. Reeves Dies Suddenly Wednesday - Milton Harvey Reeves, 77, died suddenly at his home in Elkhart township Wednesday night, April 11, at 10 o’clock. He was born in Sedalia, and with the exception of one year, had spent his entire life in Bates County. Mr. Reeves leaves his wife, Anna of the home and a brother, John E. Reeves of Kansas City, Mo. Funeral services were conducted from the Culver-Underwood chapel Friday afternoon at 2:30 p.m., with burial in Adam Howell cemetery northwest of Butler.

REINKE, Bernice (1917 - 2003)
From the news-Xpress, Friday September 19, 2003
Bernice Reinke - Bernice “Me-Me” Reinke, 86, of the Virginia community, died Sunday, Aug. 31, 2003 at her home in rural Amoret, Mo. The funeral was Sept. 3 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel, Butler, Mo., with the Rev. Pat McGuire officiating. Burial in Adam Howell Cemetery, Virginia, Memorial contributions may be given to the Virginia Mission Church. Mrs. Reinke was born April 6, 1917 in Bates County, Mo., to Gus and Lela Kershner Brunner. One of two children, she was a lifelong resident of Bates County. She attended grade school at Mt. Vernon. On April 29, 1936 she married David Reinke in Butler, Mo., and to this union two children were born. She oversaw the farm and was a homemaker all of her life. She supported and was active when health permitted in the Virginia Mission Church. She enjoyed cooking, flower gardening, especially red petunias, and her cats, Ralph, Pee-Wee and Thing-a-ma-jig. She unselfishly helped others and shared anything she had with them. When she was younger she liked to spend time at the creek with her son. She leaves a son, Richard Reinke and wife Freda, Amoret, Mo.; five grandchildren, Dixie Reinke, Beverly Warren and ex-husband Dusty, and Barbara Gayman and husband Rick, all of Butler; Dickie Reinke and wife Betty, Amoret; and Jerry Reinke, Joplin, Mo.; eight great-grandchildren; cousins and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1988; a stillborn daughter; and a sister, Jean.

REINKE, David John (1911 - 1988)
From the new-Xpress, Friday, May 20, 1988. Submitted by Sandee Hubbard
David John Reinke - David John Reinke, 76, of rural Amoret, Mo., died May 12, 1988 at his home. He was born Oct. 13, 1911 in Medicine Lodge, Kan., the son of John and Bertha Hauschen Reinke. Mr. Reinke was united in marriage to Bernice Bruner on April 29, 1936 and to this union one son was born. He worked in parts supervision for Ours Oil Company, Butler Auto Parts and Western Auto, all of Butler. He leaves his wife of the home; a son Richard and wife Freda of Amoret; two sisters, Freida Kennedy of Portland, Ore., and Vera Parker of Vancover, Wash.; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Jean Bruner of LaCygne, Kan. The funeral was held May 15 at the Underwood-Steinbeck-Schowengerdt Chapel in Butler with Bro. Jerry Miller officiating. Interment was in the Adam Howell Cemetery.

REMINGTON, Ruth M. (1917 - 2007)
Nevada Daily Mail, Saturday, August 4, 2007
Ruth M. Remington, 90, Nevada, passed away Friday, Aug. 3, 2007, at the Barone Alzheimer's Care Center in Nevada. She was born July 15, 1917, in Chetopa, Kan., to Blucher Remington and Mary A. Bell Remington. Ruth was born and raised in rural Chetopa, Kan. She worked for Boeing Aircraft Company in Wichita, Kan., for 25 years. She retired in 1970, and moved to Nevada. Ruth worked as a volunteer at Moore-Few Care Center in Nevada. She was member of the United Methodist Church, Senior Citizens, and the S.O.S. Club. Survivors include locally one great-nephew, Andy Remington of Nevadaand numerous other nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2007, at Newton Burial Park, Nevada, with the Rev. Ralph Clark officiating. Arrangements are by Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada.

REPP, Mary Louise (?? - 2008)
Kansas City Star, 5 October 2008
Repp, Mary Louise (Miller) - Mary Louise (Miller) Repp, 83, of Butler, MO, passed away on Wednesday, October 1, 2008 at the Medical Lodge Nursing Home in Butler, MO. Funeral services will be 2p.m. on Sunday, October 5, 2008 at the Underwood- Brandtonies Funeral Home of Butler. Visitation will be from 12-2 p.m. on Sunday October 5, 2008 prior to the service at the Underwood-Brandtonies Funeral Home of Butler. Family suggests contributions be made to the Butler Presbyterian Church. Cremation to follow the service. Mary Lou was born and raised in Butler and graduated from Butler High School in 1942. In 1944 she was married to George Repp. They were married for 57 years until George passed away in 2001. In 1958 the bought a run down hardware store in Butler, MO and turned it into a successful business, Repp Hardware. The store stands today looking much as they left it when they retired in 1992. Mary Lou was active in the community until her health deteriorated. Her sons remember always being the ones at football practice with clean uniforms and a mother they could hear from the field. Mary Lou is survived by her two sons: Michael Repp (Carol) of Olathe, KS, and Mark Repp (Renda) of Minot, ND; one brother Tommy Miller of Lees Summit, MO; one nephew Thomas Miller and his wife Janice; and one niece Theresa Kirkpatrick and her husband Paul; five grandchildren: Derek, Lauren, Taylor, Wendy, and Brenda; six great- grandchildren: Emily, Bradley, Lilly, Tyler, Jayden, and Joey; one great-niece Sarah; and one great-nephew, Jacob. Services are under the direction of the Underwood-Brandtonies Funeral Home of Butler. (Arr. Underwood- Brandtonies Funeral Home 660-679- 3121)

RHODES, Elmer (1913 - 1926)
From the Adrian Journal, Thursday, July 18, 1926. Submitted by Sandee Hubbard
Elmer Rhodes, son of W. C. and Mary Rhodes, was born near Altona in Grand River township, January 18, 1913, and departed this life at the home of his grand parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Morris, July 6, 1926; aged 13 years, 5 months and 18 days. He spent his entire life in Grand River township, with the exception of a few months which he spent at his home Adrian. His father, two sisters and one brother preceded him in death a number of years ago. Those who are just to mourn his loss are his mother, two sisters, Eva of the home address, and Fanny of Marshall, Mo., also four brothers, Virgil of Aaron; Omar, Troy and Elvier of Adrian. Besides his grand parents and a number of other relatives and friends.

RHODES, Fannie (1901 - 1936)
From the Adrian Journal, Thursday, June 18, 1936. Submitted by Sandee Hubbard
MISS FANNIE RHODES OBITUARY - Fannie, daughter of W. C. and Mary Rhodes, was born near Findlay, Illinois, February 2, 1901, and departed this life June 5, 1936 at the age of 35 years, 4 months and 3 days. Her father, two sisters and two brothers preceded her in death a number of years ago. Those who are left to mourn her passing are her mother, Mrs. Mary Rhodes, one sister Eve Rhodes, and four brothers, Troy and Elmer all of Kansas City; Virgie of Oklahoma, grandfather J. L. Morris of Adrian, …ity, and Omer of Windsor, Mo.; and other relatives and a host of friends. When but a child she moved with her parents to Bates county, where she spent her girlhood days and attended the public schools of this county. To know her was to love her for she possessed all the true and noble qualities of a Christian woman, she was ever ready to give the hand of help and word of comfort to a sad and lonely heart. Funeral services were held from the Altona Baptist Church last Wednesday afternoon, conducted by the Rev. Fred Terry of Adrian. Burial was made in the Altona cemetery by Creath & Six funeral service.

RHODES, Troy (1903 - 1946)
From the Adrian Journal, Thursday, July 18, 1946. Submitted by Sandee Hubbard
TROY RHODES DEAD - Troy Rhodes, 43 years old, died July 1, 1946, from injuries received in an automobile accident a few days previous. The accident causing his death was near Kansas City. Mr. Rhodes was born in Shelby county, Illinois, the son of William and Mary Rhodes. As a child, he came to Bates county with his parents and lived in Mingo township until 1926, when he moved to Kansas City. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Mary Rhodes, and three brothers, Virgil Rhodes, Birmingham, Alabama; Omer Rhodes, of California and Elvier Rhodes of Kansas City, Missouri. Also surviving are five uncles and an aunt, Miss Ina Morris, Roscoe Morris, James L. Morris, N. D. Morris and Chas. Morris of the Adrian community and Dan Morris, St. Paul,  L. Morris, N. D. Morris and Chas. Morris of the Adrian community and Dan Morris, St. Paul, Kansas.
Funeral services were held from the Adrian Christian church, July 5, conducted by Mrs. Walter Barth. Burial was in the Altona cemetery.

RHODES, William C. (1861 - 1918)
From the Adrian Journal, Thursday, April 4, 1918. Submitted by Sandee Hubbard
W.C. RHODES DEAD - Mr. W. C. Rhodes died at his home in Grand River township Sunday, March 31st, 1918 after a lingering illness of tuberculosis, aged 56 years, 8 months and 11 days. Mr. Rhodes was born in Anglaise county, Ohio, June 20th, 1861.
He was united in marriage with Miss Mary Morris January 1st, 1895. To this union ten children were born, three preceded him in death, seven, with the wife survive to mourn the loss of a kind and loving husband and father. Mr. Rhodes moved to Bates county several years ago and located in the community where he died. He was a good citizen and was held in high esteem by all who knew him. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. W. S. Hood of this city, burial was in the Altona cemetery. The community joins in sympathy for the mourning family.

RICE, Bernice M. (1916 - 2004)
Nevada Daily Mail
Bernice M. Rice, 88, died Aug. 27, 2004, at the Willow Lane Care Center in Butler. She was born on July 1, 1916, in Darlington, Mo., the daughter of Thomas and Betty (Green) David. She was married to James Harrison Rice. She was the owner and operator of Mom's Diner in Kansas City, Mo. She also worked as a cook at the Spofford Home in Grandview, Mo. She moved to Rich Hill in 1992. She is survived by two daughters, Dolah Jean Edwards, Rich Hill, and Dixie Frazier, Kansas City, Kan.; three sons, James L. Rice, Kansas City, Kan., Jerry Rice, Lansing, Kan., and Johnnie Rice, Rich Hill; also several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and one daughter, Betty June Rice. Services were held at Heuser Funeral Home on Monday, Aug. 30, 2004, at 2 p.m., with Bill Perkey officiating. Organist was June Yarick. Musical selections were "Old Rugged Cross," "Sweet By and By" and "Will the Circle be Unbroken." Pallbearers were George Thompson, Phillip Rogers, Randy Rice, Christopher Thompson, Dale Elinger and Rick Pow. Interment was in Rouse Cemetery in Darlington, Mo., on today, Aug. 31, 2004, at 11 a.m. Arrangements were by Heuser Funeral Home in Rich Hill.

RICE, Dulcie Viola (?? - 2006)
Nevada Daily Mail, Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Dulcie Viola Rice, 80, Butler, Mo., died Sunday, Oct. 22, 2006, at Willow Lane Nursing Center, Butler. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 25, at the Atkinson Chapel, Adrian, Mo., with visitation 10-11 a.m. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler. Contributions may be made to the Ohio Street United Methodist Church or Children's Mercy Hospital. Arrangements under the direction of Atkinson Funeral Home, Adrian.

RICH, Mildred Lucille (1915 - 2008)
Kansas City Star, 17 May 2008
Mildred Lucille Rich, 92, of Butler, Mo., formerly of Leawood, Kan., passed away on Friday, May 16, 2008, at her home in Butler, Mo. Funeral services will be 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 18, 2008, at the First Baptist Church of Butler. There will be no visitation. Graveside services will be 1 p.m. on Monday, May 19, 2008, at the Oak Hill Cemetery of Butler. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the Bates County Historical Society. Mildred was born on December 9, 1915, to Jesse and Mamie (Green) Burns in Butler, Mo. She taught in the Kansas City School District from 1945-1973, and was a member of the Leawood Baptist Church. Since living back in Butler, she was a member of the First Baptist Church of Butler. She was preceded in death by her husband, Laurence Stuart Rich; two sons: Thomas L. Rich and William K Rich; one brother, Robert Burns, and one brother-in-law, Charles Sutton. She is survived by her two daughters: Patricia Van Tuyl (Larry) of Phoenix, Ariz., and Kerry Johnson of Irving, Texas; two sisters: Mary Rood (Jim) of Brownsville, Texas, and Aline Sutton of Lebanon, Mo., and five grandchildren. (Arr.: Underwood-Brandtonies Funeral Home, 660-679-3121)

RICH, Thomas Laurence (1941 - 2005)
Adrian Journal, 21 July 2005
Thomas Laurence Rich 1941- 2005 -- Thomas Laurence Rich, 63, of East Haddam, CT, passed away July 5, 2005 at the Carl T. Hayden Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona. His sisters, Patricia and Kerry were with him at the time of his death and throughout his battle with cancer. According to his wishes, Mr. Rich's body was donated for science and educational purposes. A memorial service was held July 16, 2005, 11:00 a.m. at the Underwood-Steinbeck-Brandtonies Funeral Home in Butler.

RICH, Verlinda Hazel (1912 - 2009)
Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel Inc.
Verlinda Hazel Rich, June 19, 1912 - August 3, 2009. Funeral services for Hazel Rich will be 11 a.m. Friday, August 7, 2009 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri with Dr. Terry Davis officiating. Visitation will be prior to services from 10-11 a.m. at Schowengerdt Chapel. Burial in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler, Missouri. Contributions to Butler First Baptist Church, American Cancer Society or American Diabetes Association. Verlinda Hazel Rich, age 97 of Lexington, Missouri formerly of Butler, Missouri died Monday, August 3, 2009 at the Lexington Care Center in Lexington. She was born June 19, 1912 to Hiram George and Gertie Cecil Moore Cummings in Butler. Hazel is survived by three sons, Ron Rich and wife Joyce of Lakewood, Colorado, David Rich and wife Brenda of Lexington, Missouri and Douglas Rich and wife Barbara of Lawrence, Kansas; a daughter-in-law, Diana Rich of Butler, Missouri; one brother, Glenn Cummings and wife Ruby of Butler, Missouri; seven grandchildren, Joanna Milewski and husband John, Allen Rich and wife Kathleen, Brianne Rich and fiance` Jeremy Glasbrenner, Adam Rich and wife Mary Beth, Simon Rich, and Darcie Osgood and husband Chad and Lindsey Rich; five great-grandchildren, Gregory, Tyler, Ethan, Alysa and Tyler; and three step great-grandchildren, Alex, Jacob and Elizabeth. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Jack Rich in 1964; one son, Harold Rich in 1998; three brothers, Roger, Allen and Clifford; one sister, Annie Cummings; and a grandson, William Brandon Rich

RICHARDSON, Lloyd L. (1912-1992)
Kansas City Star , May 1992
Lloyd D. Richardson, 79, Rich Hill, MO, formerly of this area, died May 7, 1992, in a nursing home in Butler, MO. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Green Lawn Cemetery, Rich Hill. Mr. Richardson was born in Chatfield, Minn., and lived in Kansas City before moving to Rich Hill 17 years ago. He was a sheet metal worker before he retired. He was a Methodist. His wife Pearl Richardson, died Oct 14, 1991. He is survived by a son Donald Richardson, Rich Hill; three grandchildren, including Donald L. Richardson, Kansas City, and Brenda Diehl, Rich Hill; two step grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

RICHARDSON, Pearl Steffee (1916 - 1991)
Kansas City Star, October 1991
Pearl Richardson, 75, Rich Hill, MO, formerly of Kansas City, died Oct 14, 1991, at a hospital in Butler, MO. She was born in St. Louis and lived in this area before moving to Rich Hill in 1975. Mrs. Richardson was a Methodist. Survivors include her husband Lloyd Richardson of the home.

RICKETTS, Dean Thomas (1905 - 1989)
From the Adrian Journal, Thursday, June 29, 1989. Submitted by Sandee Hubbard
FUNERAL SERVICES HELD JUNE 26 FOR DEAN RICKETTS - Dean Thomas Ricketts was born on March 26, 1905 near Adrian, Missouri to Thomas Warren Ricketts and Rosa Tory Ricketts. He was born and lived in the same house all of his life. It originally was a two room house built before the Civil War and was used as a look-out point during the war. Dean loved to tell the stories about that period of time so a lot of history is lost with the death of Dean. He was a farmer most of his life. Also he bought and sold scrap iron of all kinds for many years. When people started restoring antique cars, truck and tractors, they would go to Dean Ricketts for parts. In March of 1988 Dean moved to a nursing home in Harrisonville, Missouri. He died at Research Medical Center, Kansas City, Missouri on June 22, 1989 at the age of 84 years. Dean married Eula Fern Gunnels and she died in 1986. Also preceding him in death were his parents, one brother and one sister. Survivors include a sister, Goldie Gibb of Adrian, several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, June 26, 1989 at the Atkinson Chapel, Adrian, Missouri with Rev. Glenn Martin officiating. Burial in the Altona Cemetery near Adrian. Casketbearers were Loren D. Gunnels, Oscar Blankenship, Kenneth Engelhardt, Charles Engelhardt and William Etue.

RICKETTS, Eula Fern (1905 - 1986)
From the Adrian Journal. Submitted by Sandee Hubbard
FUNERAL SERVICES HELD NOV. 15 FOR EULA F. RICKETTS - Eula Fern Ricketts was born to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Gunnels on July 12, 1905, and grew up in Amsterdam, Missouri, where she was a member of the First Baptist Church. After her marriage to Dean Ricketts, she became a part of the Adrian Community and was involved in various organizations. She was a member of the Altona Community Club, the Adrian Extension Club, the Rebekah Lodge and was a past member of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Woodmen of America. She was also an active member of the First Christian Church of Adrian until her illness hindered her attendance. She passed away November 11, 1986 in the Bates County Memorial Hospital after a lingering illness of several years. She is survived by her husband, Dean, of the home, other relatives, and friends and neighbors who mourn her loss. Her faith in Christ as Lord was strong and her testimony ready and unashamed. Today  she rests with her Lord in Heaven. May God bless the memory of her among us. Funeral services were held Saturday, November 15, 1986, 2:00 p.m. at the Atkinson Chapel, Adrian, Missouri. Bro. Glenn Martin officiated with interment in the Altona Cemetery. Casketbearers were Loren D. Gunnels, Bill Gunnels, Oscar Blankenship, William Etue, Kenneth Engelhardt and Charles Engelhardt.

RICKETTS, Linwood (1923 - 1924)
From the Adrian Journal, Thursday, February 14, 1924. Submitted by Sandee Hubbard
LINWOOD RICKETTS DEAD -  Linwood Ricketts died at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Ricketts, in Grand River township, Saturday night, February 9, 1924; aged, 1 year, 1 months and 23 days. Linwood was stricken with influenza and pneumonia and his frail body was not able to long withstand the strain. The young parents have the sincere sympathy of the community in the loss of this little one to whom they were deeply attached. Funeral services were held Monday, conducted by the Rev. C. W. Schowengerdt. Burial was made in the Altona cemetery.

RICKETTS, Reuben Riggs (1855 - 1932)
From the Adrian Journal, Thursday, June 9, 1932. Submitted by Sandee Hubbard
REUBEN RIGGS RICKETTS -  Reuben Ricketts died at his home, three miles northeast of Altona, Tuesday night, May 31, aged 76 years, 8 months and 20 days. Mr. Ricketts had been critically ill for a long time and his death did not come as a surprise to his family and friends. Reuben Riggs, son of John and Lenora Ricketts, was born near Woodburn, Illinois, September 12, 1885. In 1863 his family moved to Missouri, locating near Sedalia. In 1871 they moved to California and in 1888, moved back to Missouri, locating on a farm in Grand River township, near where he died. On June 25, 1883, he was united In marriage with Miss Sarah Boyle at Gillispie, Illinois, who survives. To this union seven children were born, all of whom survive their father; they are : Warren W., Cecil and Mrs. Rose Hardman of Adrian; Mrs. Grace Blackmon, Springfield, Mo.; Mrs. Ruby Blackmon of St. Louis, Mo.; Mrs. Phyllis Hooper, of Hillsborough, Illinois, and Mrs. Blanche Wilkinson, of Kansas City, Mo. An adopted son, Zollas Ricketts, lives at New Orleans, La. Besides these he is survived by one brother, Thomas Ricketts, of Adrian, and two half brothers, James Little of Carlinville, Illinois, and Wright Little of Butte, Montana, and by fourteen grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Mr. Ricketts united with the Methodist Church at Altona, remaining a member of same until it disbanded some years ago. For nearly fifty years he lived in the community where he died; when he settled there it was in a way a new country with but few of the advantages we now have and the hardships were many and he endured them with a strong determination and died with the respect of those who had been neighbors to him most of these years. He was a good husband and a kind father to his children and they deeply mourn his passing. Funeral services for Mr. Ricketts were held Thursday afternoon, June 3, from the Altona Baptist church and were conducted by the Rev. Geo. M. Hansford, pastor of the Adrian Methodist Episcopal Church. Interment was made in the Altona cemetery by Creath & Six.

RICKETTS, Sarah (1865 - 1943)
From the Adrian Journal, Thursday, January 7, 1943. Submitted by Sandee Hubbard
MRS. SARAH RICKETTS DEAD -  Mrs. Sarah Ricketts passed away at her daughter’s home in St. Louis, Mo., January 1, 1943.
Sarah Ricketts, daughter of William and Margaret Boyle, was born July 7, 1867. She was united in marriage to Reuben R. Ricketts June 25, 1883, and came to Bates county near Altona to live for the remainder of her life, with the exception of this winter, which she spent with her daughter in St. Louis. Her husband preceded her in death in May, 1832. To this union was born seven children: Warren W. Ricketts and J. Cecil Ricketts of Adrian; Grace Blackmon of Cassville, Mo.; Phyllis Hooper and Ruby Blackmon of St. Louis, Mo.; Blanche Wilkinson of Kansas City, Kansas, and one adopted son Zollas Ricketts, of St. Louis; sixteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, one sister, Rosa Ricketts, of Adrian, and one brother, John Tarp, of Chicago. She was preceded in death by one daughter, Rose Hardman, last July. Mrs. Ricketts became a Christian in 1881 and for many years was active in the Altona Methodist church. She is remembered as a good neighbor. She was very good in sickness and one of the things she loved to do most in life was to help every one in any way she could. Funeral services for Mrs. Ricketts were held at the Adrian Methodist church Sunday afternoon, January ?, conducted by Pastor F. L. Waid. Burial was made in Altona cemetery by the Creath & Six funeral service.

RICEKTTS, Thomas W. (1858 - 1941)
From the Adrian Journal, Thursday, December 4, 1941. Submitted by Sandee Hubbard
Thomas W. Ricketts died at his home in Grand River township Saturday morning, November 29, 1941. His age was 83 years, 1 month and 16 days. Mr. Ricketts had been in failing health for some time. Thomas Warren, son of John and Lenora Ricketts, was born near Woodbine, Illinois, October 13, 1858. In 1865 he came to Missouri remaining until 1870, when he went to California. He returned to Missouri in 1884, locating in the Altona community. He was united in marriage with Miss Rosa Rory, of Gillespie, Illinois. To this union four children were born, one dying in infancy. The wife and three children survive. The children are, Mrs. Hazel Kernie, of Illinois; Mrs. Goldie Gibb, of Garden City, Mo., and Dean Ricketts, of the home. One grand-daughter also survives. Mr. Ricketts was an industrious and prosperous farmer. He was of a retiring disposition and a home man. He was held in high regard by his neighbors and friends. Funeral services were held from the Altona church Monday afternoon, December 1, 1941. The Rev. Finis ?. Waid, pastor of the Adrian Methodist church, had charge of the services. Interment was made in the Altona cemetery by Creath & Six funeral service.

RIDLEY, Richard Dean (1928 - 2006)
Adrian Journal, 2 March 2006
Richard Dean Ridley 1928-2006 - Richard Dean Ridley, 77, of Derby, Kansas died Tuesday, February 21, 2006 at his home in Derby. Funeral services were Saturday, February 25, 2006 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler.

RIPLEY, Maurice Milan (1920 - 2007)
Nevada Daily Mail, Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Maurice Milan Ripley, age 87, resident of Moundville, Mo., died Friday, Aug. 24, 2007 at Mercy Health Center in Fort Scott. He was born Feb. 9, 1920 in Moundville, the son of Alvia Ripley and Tina Folk Ripley. He was a graduate of Bronaugh High School. Maurice married Catherine Harris on Aug. 9, 1941. He was a member of the Moundville United Methodist Church, the Hermon Masonic Lodge No. 187, Liberal, Mo.; Nevada York Rite, Fort Scott Scottish Rite, and the Mirza Shrine Temple, Pittsburg, Kan. He also was a member of the Vernon County Shrine Club, life member of the Sedalia Shrine Club, Order of Eastern Star, and a past member of the Bronaugh School Board. Maurice was a prominent lifetime farmer and stockman in the Moundville area. He was commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel at the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Survivors include his wife, Catherine, of the home; one daughter, Linda Eckhoff and husband Olen, Lamont, Mo.; three grandsons, Lewis Milan Eckhoff, Olen Christopher Eckhoff, and Daniel Lee Eckhoff two great-grandchildren, Brandon Eckhoff and Hailey Eckhoff; two nephews and one niece. He was preceded in death by a brother, Clinton Ripley; and two sisters, Eleanor Whitworth and Gladys Brock. Ed Post will conduct graveside services at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Deerfield, Missouri Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Shrine Transportation Fund and may be sent to Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott, KS 66701.

RILEY, Jacob Pratt (1859 - 1928)
From the Adrian Journal, Thursday, October 4, 1928. Submitted by Sandee Hubbard
JACOB P. RILEY DEAD - This community was shocked last Thursday evening when it was announced that J. P. Riley had dropped dead at his farm home near Merwin. Mr. Riley was born in Illinois, January 20, 1859, and at the time of his death was 69 years, 8 months, 7 days old. He came with his parents to Bates county, Mo., when a child and spent the rest of his life here. At the age of 21 years, he was united in marriage with Mary Van Horn. To this union eight children were born, his wife and four children preceded him in death. In 1916 he was united in marriage with Josephine Gutshall, who with four children survive him. The children are: Mrs. Fannie Gunn, of Adrian, Mo.; Walter Riley, Merwin, Mo.; Nathan Riley, Roginn, Canada, and Mrs. Pearl Wilkerson, Coaldale, Colorado. In early life Mr. Riley was converted and united with the Burdett Baptist church and remained in that faith until his death. Mr. Riley was a good citizen, a neighbor who was ever ready to render a service of kindness. He was held in high esteem by all who knew him. His life was a valuable contribution to the community where he spent all the active years. Funeral services for Mr. Riley were held from the Burdett Baptist church, and were conducted by the Rev. W. W. Long. Interment was made in the Burdett cemetery.

RILEY, John (?? - 1906)
Adrian Journal, Thursday, September 29, 1906. Submitted by Sandee Hubbard
YOUNG MAN KILLED - John Riley, son of Jacob Riley of the Burdett neighborhood, was killed in the switch yards, in Kansas City last Thursday.
Young Riley had been working in the yards for a year or more. Just how the fatal accident happened we have not learned. The body was brought to Adrian Saturday and buried in the Burdett cemetery. Riley was an honest and industrious young man and his father and sisters have the sympathy of a large circle of friends in this bereavement.

RILEY, Mary VanHorn (1855 - 1903)
Adrian Journal, Submitted by Sandee Hubbard
MRS. JACOB RILEY DEAD - Mrs. Jacob Riley died at her home near Burdett, Monday, September 21st, 1903, after a brief illness.
A husband and several children are left to mourn the loss of a kind wife and loving mother. Funeral services were held from the home Tuesday.

RILEY, Nellie Fern (1893 - 1983)
Adrian Journal Jan. 27, 1983 page 3. Submitted by Sandee Hubbard
Mr. and Mrs. Clifton Gillis and Mary Louise Spencer, Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Kimble, Della Ashbaugh and myself and Ollie Underwood of Nevada and her daughter, Barbara Phillips of Kearney, Mo. attended funeral services for Mrs. Walter (Fern) Riley at the Runyan Chapel in Drexel Friday afternoon. Burial was in Burdette Cemetery. Fern was an aunt of Ollie Underwood and my husband Clarence Gunn and cousin of Sylvia Kimble and Mable Gillis. Fern had been a resident of Medical Lodge of Butler for a number of years.

RILEY, Ricky Lee (?? - 2009)
Kansas City Star, 10 October 2009
Ricky Lee Riley, 55, Warrensburg, MO, formerly of Adrian & Butler, passed away Thur., Oct. 8, 2009 at the Apple Ridge Care Center in Waverly. Graveside services 1 p.m. Sat., Oct. 10, at the Crescent Hill Cemetery in Adrian. Williams Funeral Chapel in Warrensburg is in charge of the arrangements.

RILEY, Walter E. (1891 - 1950)
Adrian Journal, Thursday, July 20, 1950. Submitted by Sandee Hubbard
BURDETTE MAN FOUND DEAD; UNCLE OF CLARENCE GUNN - Walter E. Riley, 58, uncle of Mr. W. C. Gunn, of Adrian passed away, July 12. He was found dead in the car of Bob Silvers, which he had intended to drive to the Silver's home where his wife was waiting. Mrs. Riley found him after driving out to the road where the car had been parked next to the field in which Mr. Riley had been helping combine his oats with several other men. Apparently he died from a heart attack suffered just after entering the car. Mr. Riley was born August 1, 1891, in the Burdette community where he lived, and is survived by his wife, a sister, Mrs. Fannie Gunn of Butler, and a brother, Mr. Nate Gunn of Lisle, Mo. The Rev. George Ryder, Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Gunn of Adrian, and Mrs. Fannie Gunn of Butler, attended the funeral services, held at Burdette.

RINEHART, Alice Evelyn Hooper (?? - 1974)
Kansas City Times, 14 April 1974
Mrs. Alice Rinehart, 68, of 603 W. 1st Terrace, Lee's Summit, died Friday at the home. She was born in Osceola, Mo., and had lived in Kansas City most of her life. Mrs. Rinehart was a member of the First Christian Church of Lee's Summit. She leaves two sons, Roy Rinehart, 3711 N.E. 68th Terrace, Gladstone, and Arthur Rinehart, 702 Montgomery, Lee's Summit; her mother, Mrs. Nettie Hooper of the home; three brothers, Jack Hooper, 12211 E. 61st Terrace, and Kenneth Hooper, 7411 Hedges, both of Raytown, and Dick Hooper, Dallas; two sisters, Mrs. Daisy Derks, 11004 Military Club Road, and Mrs. Billie Utterback, Lee's Summit, and three grandchildren. Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the church; cremation. Friends may call from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at the home of Arthur Rinehart. The family suggests contributions to the church.

RIORDAN, Maria (1846 - 1908)
From the Adrian Journal, January 9, 1908. Submitted by Sandee Hubbard
Mrs. Riordan Dead -  Maria, wife of Henry Riordan, died at the family residence in Altona, Friday, January 3rd, 1908, of pneumonia fever; aged 62 years. Mrs. Riordan was born in Caldwell county, Missouri. She united with the Christian  Church at the age of 16 and remained faithful until death. She was married in 1882. Funeral services were held in Altona Saturday, conducted by Rev. Blalock, after which the body was laid to rest in the Altona cemetery. The bereaved husband has the sympathy of friends in this great bereavement.

RISNER, Vincent Lee (1956 - 2005)
Adrian Journal, 14 September 2005
Vincent Lee Risner 1956-2005  - Vincent "Vince" Lee Risner, 49, of Paducah, Kentucky, passed away at his home on Sunday, August 28, 2005. Funeral services were held September 10, 2005 at the United Methodist Church in Amsterdam, Missouri. Officiated by Rev. Linda Case.

RITCHEY, Mary Elizabeth (1853 - 1931)
From the Adrian Journal, Thursday, July 9, 1931. Submitted by Sandee Hubbard
MARY ELIZABETH RITCHEY - Mary Elizabeth Ritchey, daughter of Andrew and Elizabeth Ritchey, and fourth child in a family of six children, was born at Uniontown, Belmont County, Ohio, October 3, 1853 and died in her home in Altona, on June 30, 1931, at the age of 77 years, 8 months and 27 days. Miss Ritchey came to Missouri April 15, 1866, and settled near Altona on a farm known as the William Crawford farm. Since the above date Miss Ritchie resided continuously in or near Altona. Miss Ritchie united with the Methodist Church of Altona about the year 1900, and was a loyal worker in her church as long as her strength permitted her to labor actively in the tasks of the kingdom. Her sorrow was that she was so long physically unable to go to the house of God. Mary E. Ritchie is survived by one brother, Seth Ritchey, of Loma Colorado. Three brothers and one sister departed this life before her call. On the second of December last Sister Ritchey suffered a paralytic stroke and was confined to her bed until her release on the afternoon of June 30. The day before her death she became unconscious probably as a result of a second paralytic stroke. During her illness she was cared for by her brother Seth Ritchey. She was a faithful friend, a sincere Christian, and a neighbor who never failed anyone in time of need. Funeral services for Miss Ritchie were held Thursday morning from the Altona Baptist church, conducted by the Rev. Geo. M. Hansford, pastor of the Adrian Methodist church. Interment was made in the Altona cemetery by Creath & Six funeral directors.

RITCHEY, Nathan (?? - 1908)
From the Adrian Journal, Thursday, March 12, 1908. Submitted by Sandee Hubbard
NATHAN RITCHIE DEAD -  Nathan Ritchie died in Kansas City Friday. The body was brought to Adrian Saturday and buried in the cemetery at Altona. He was raised in Grand River township; but left here some years ago, since which time he has resided in Kansas City.

ROACH, Alva Thomas (1898 - 1964)
Adrian Journal, Thursday, August 13, 1964. Submitted by Sandee Hubbard
SERVICES HELD FOR ALVA ROACH FRIDAY - Alva Thomas Roach, the eldest son of the late Thomas Roach and Elizabeth Bagby was born near Burdett February 16, 1898 and passed away August 5, 1964. He spent his entire lifetime in the Burdette community. He was an active farmer until a prolonged illness which caused his death. He is survived by a brother, Ray Roach of Kansas City and a nephew Ray Roach Jr. of Kansas City. Funeral services were held Friday, August 7, 1964 at the Six Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Paul Press. Burial was in the Burdette Cemetery.

ROACH, Blanche (1896 - 1913)
Adrian Journal, Thursday, May 5, 1913. Submitted by Sandee Hubbard
MISS BLANCHE ROACH DEAD - Blanche, the sixteen year old daughter of Thomas H. Roach, died at the home of her father, near Burdett, Monday, April 28th. Funeral was held Tuesday, April 29th. Interment was made in the Burdett cemetery. The father has the sympathy of all in his great loss.

ROACH, David (1873 - 1924)
Adrian Journal, Thursday, July 21, 1924. Submitted by Sandee Hubbard
DAVID ROACH DEAD - David Roach died at his home in Drexel, Mo., Sunday, July 27, 1924, after a lingering illness. Mr. Roach was reared near Burdett, Bates County, and spent many years of his life there. In recent years he had made his home in Drexel. Funeral services for Mr. Roach were held Monday. Burial was made in the Burdett cemetery.

ROACH, James M. (1904 - 1937)
Adrian Journal, Thursday, June 24, 1937. Submitted by Sandee Hubbard
JAMES ROACH DEAD - James M. Roach died at the Memorial hospital, Thursday, June 17, 1937. Mr. Roach underwent an operation several weeks ago and remained in the hospital until his death. His age was 33 years, 1 month and 1 day. James Maurice Roach, son of Thomas and Lizzie Roach, was born in East Boone township, May 16, 1904. He grew to manhood in his community, living in the community of Burdett until a few years ago when he moved to Adrian. He was never married. James’ father, mother and one sister preceded him in death. He is survived by two brothers, Alva T. Roach of Adrian, and Ray Roach of Kansas City. Besides these brothers he is survived by a step-mother, Mrs. Betty Roach of Adrian.
Funeral services for Mr. Roach were held from the Burdett Baptist church, Saturday morning, June 19. The Rev. Fred H. Terry conducted the services. Interment was made in the Burdett cemetery by the Creath & Six funeral service.

ROACH, Lizzie Bagby (1874 - 1911)
Adrian Journal, Thursday, December 14, 1911. Submitted by Sandee Hubbard
MRS. THOS. ROACH DEAD - Mrs. Thos. Roach died at her home near Burdett, Sunday, December 10th, 1911, after a brief illness of pneumonia fever, aged …years, 10 months and 20 days. Lizzie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Bagby, was born in Bates county, January 15th, 1874 and spent all her life near the place of her birth. She was united in marriage with Thomas Roach seventeen years ago, to this union four children were born, one daughter and three sons. These with her husband survive to mourn the loss of a faithful wife and loving mother. In early life Mrs. Roach united with the Burdett Baptist Church and died in that faith. Funeral services were held from the Burdett Church Tuesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Breve. Burial in Burdette cemetery.

ROACH, Selah May (1873 - 1962)
Adrian Journal, Thursday, March 29, 1962. Submitted by Sandee Hubbard
FUNERAL SERVICES HELD FOR MAY ROACH - Selah May Roach, daughter of James Humphrey and Edna Estella Wilson was born near Altona, Missouri April 19, 1874 and passed away March 19, 1962 at the Pine Tree Rest Home at the age of 87 years and 11 months. She was united in marriage to David Roach December 24, 1894. To this union one son was born, which died in infancy. She was preceded in death by her husband on 1924 also preceding her were 5 sisters and one brother. She leaves to mourn her passing, one brother, Albert Humphrey Wilson of Rocky Ford, Colorado and a number of nieces and nephews. She spent most of her life around Drexel, Missouri. Funeral services were held at the Six Chapel March 22, 1962 at 2:00 p.m. conducted by Rev. Stanley Barnes. Burial was in the Burdette Cemetery.

ROBEY, Charles William  (?? - 2008)
Kansas City Star, 23 September 2008
Charles William Robey, 89, Butler, Mo., passed away Sunday, September 21, 2008, at Bates County Memorial Hospital. Funeral services 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, Underwood-Brandtonies Funeral Home, Butler. No visitation. Burial Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler. Arr.: Underwood-Brandtonies (660) 679-3121.

ROBBINS, Nadine Estelle  (1934 - 2007)
Nevada Daily Mail, Friday, July 20, 2007
Nadine Estelle Robbins, 72, Nevada, Mo., died Thursday, July 19, 2007, at Christian Health Care in Nevada, Mo. She was born Dec. 4, 1934, in Joplin, Mo., to Louie R. Owens and Dorothy A. Griggs Owens. Nadine grew up in the Nevada, Springfield and Joplin, Mo., areas. She lived the past six-in-a-half years in Nevada. She was a Baptist and a devoted rnother, grandmother and friend. She deeply touched everyone who knew her. Survivors include six daughters, Helen Hudson and her husband John, Kansas City, Mo., Monalisa Robb and Theresa Wallace and her husband Carl, both of Melbourne, Fla., Sheryll Evans and her husband Doug, Colorado Springs, Colo., Charlotte Spolar and her husband George, Gladstone, Mo., and Judy Robb, Milo, Mo.; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews; one sister, Rosetta Nichols and her husband Lester, Nevada, Mo.; three brothers, Sanford Owens, Forrest Owens and George Owens, all of Springfield. She was preceded in death by her parents, one son, James Robb; and one brother, Don Owens. Graveside services will he held at 2 p.m., Monday July 23, at Newton Burial Park in Nevada, with Jim Wilson and Mark Shaffer officiating. Friends may call now and until the hour of service at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Monday afternoon between 1-2.

ROBINSON, Heather Michelle (1973 - 2007)
Nevada Daily Mail, Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Heather Michelle Robinson, age 34, was born Jan. 2, 1973, in Nevada, Mo., and passed from this life on Sunday, July 8, 2007, at her grandmother's home in Nevada, after a long battle with cancer. She was the daughter of Debra Sue (Loyd) Keely and Robert Allen Goodman. She spent nearly all of her life in Schell City, Mo., graduating with the class of 1991. She attended Cottey College for a short time, then on June 7, 1992, she was united in marriage to her high school sweetheart Michael Lee Robinson. To their union one daughter was born. Heather was a member of the Schell City Christian Church. She always enjoyed working with crafts, and loved her dogs and cats. Survivors include her husband and daughter, Mike and Michelle of the home in Scheil City; her parents, Debra and Dean Keely and his son of Granbury, Texas, and Robert and Valerie Goodman and their two daughters of Kearney, Mo.; her brother, Jared Goodman and his wife Christy and their children, Cayla, Logan, Brice, and Jackson of Schell City; her grandparents, Leva Loyd and Rex Goodman both of Nevada, and Bill and Sue Burk of Kansas City, Mo.; aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends. Heather was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Fred Loyd; grandmothers, Fern Goodman and Louise Goodman and her beloved stepfather, Steven Giangreco. Funeral services were held at 10:30 am., on Wednesday, July 11, at the Schell City Christian Church in Schell City, with Tim Brewer officiating. Musical selections were provided by Sharon Goodman and Diane Eslinger. Pallbearers were Billy Luther, Sam Morgan, Joe Luther, Jason Gerster, Quenlin Goodman, and Jim Chandler. Honorary pallbearers were Jared Goodman, Eddie Hardy, Bobby Luther, Mark McCoy and Mark McClure. Interment was in the Green Mound Cemetery in Harwood, Mo. A memorial fund has been established for Heather's daughter Michelle at the Farmers State Bank in Schell City. The funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Lewis-Hoagland Funeral Home in Schell City.

RODGERS, Violet Marie (1914 - 2003)
Violet Marie Rodgers, 89, of Mena, Arkansas died Saturday, December 27, 2003, in Mena. She was born January 11, 1914, in Amsterdam, Missouri. She was a nurse and a member of the Independent Order of Foresters and the Yahweh New Covenant Assembly at Kingdom City, Missouri. Graveside service was held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Mulberry Cemetery in Amoret, Missouri under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home of Mena. She is survived by her husband, two daughters, a son, 11 grandchildren, 12, great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

ROGERS, Hubert A. (1943 - 2006)
Nevada Daily Mail, Sunday, September 24, 2006
Hubert A. Rogers, 63, Horton, Mo., passed away Thursday, Sept. 21, 2006, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo. He was born Aug. 26, 1943, in Emporia, Kan., to Reber Austin Rogers and Beatrice Bernice Schellenger Rogers. He and Nancy L. Milford were married on July 7, 1968, in Nevada, Mo. She survives of the home. Hubert grew up and went to school in Lebo, Kan. He was self employed nearly all his life. He operated a farm near Moundville for 15 years, lived west of Nevada for 15 years and lived in Horton for the past five years. He operated heavy equipment locally. Hubert was a member of the Friendship Full Gospel Church in Butler, Mo. Survivors in addition to his wife Nancy, include two daughters, Lori Black and her husband Kevin, Nevada, Tammy Conley and Robert Warren, Freeman, Mo.; one son, Harold "Andy" Rogers and his wife, Danita VanGilder, Lamar, Mo.; 11 grandchildren, Nathan, Erika, Austin, Candrah, Luke, Amber, Carlee, Dylan, Slater, Jerri, and Anthony; two sisters, Lois Kennedy, Butler, and Carol Richards, Lee's Summit, Mo.; two brothers, Paul Rogers, Butler, and Dave Rogers, Rich Hill, Mo.; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., on Monday, Sept. 25, at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, with Charles Mathis officiating. Interment will follow in Balltown Cemetery, Horton.

ROGERS, Weldon B. "Buck" (1920 - 2007)
Nevada Daily Mail, Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Weldon B. "Buck" Rogers, 87, Humansville, Mo., died Monday, Nov. 12, 2007, at Citizens Memorial Hospital, Bolivar, Mo. Weldon was born Sept. 20, 1920, in Vernon County, Mo., to Delbert and Cora (Crum) Rogers. He lived in Vernon County, until moving to Kansas City in the early 1940s. He Married Patricia Journey Dec. 26, 1942, in Carthage, Mo. He and his wife, Patricia, lived in Kansas City and then Independence, Mo., until 1976. Weldon owned an auto repair business in Independence throughout the 1950s, '60s and early '70s. He was a member of the Independence Masonic Lodge No. 76, the Scottish Rite of Kansas City and Ararat Temple of the Shriners. Weldon was an active participant in all levels of the Masonic Temple and had many close friends through those organizations. Weldon and Patricia lived in a variety of locals until moving to Humansville in 1989 and lived the remainder of his life there. Weldon enjoyed nature, hunting, fishing, bird-watching and anything outdoors. He was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association. He always enjoyed family gatherings and was devoted to his family. Survivors include, his wife Patricia, of the home; three children, Cheryl Molinaro, Estero, Fla., Carolyn Romondo, Olathe, Kan., and Sandra DePompa, Davie, Fla; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Ivan Rogers, Shawnee Mission, Kan., and Calvin Rogers, Tucson, Ariz.; five sisters Emma Burcham, Lee's Summit, Mo., Dene Rogers Belton, Mo., Betty Rogers, Anderson, Mo., Beverly Rogers, Belton, Mo., and Madelyn Rogers, Las Vegas, Nev.; numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, with Lester Thornton officiating. Interment will follow at Moore Cemetery in Nevada. Friends may call now and until the hour of service at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday between 1 and 2 p.m.

ROHRBACHER, Elizabeth Smith (1824 - 1904)
From the Bates County Democrat August 18, 1904. Submitted by Sandee Hubbard
Virginia Items - The third death in less than two weeks among our old settlers has occurred near here. First, Mrs. Judy; then Grandma Cope, and last Saturday morning Mrs. Robacher, an aged German lady.

ROHRBACHER, P.H. Henry (1822 - 1892)
From the Butler Weekly Times Wednesday, February 17, 1892. Submitted by Sandee Hubbard
Virginia Items - Sunday noon, Feb’y 7th, Uncle Hanah Rohbacker went to sleep and did not awake again in this world. When slumbering not a muscle moved that could be detected and in that condition his immortal spirit winged its way to that bourne whence no traveler returns. He came to Bates county from German 25 years ago. He leaves a wife and four children to mourn his loss. Thus one by one the old pioneers drop away.

ROMINE, Zelda Urene (1924 - 2008)
Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel Inc.
Zelda Urene Romine, March 14, 1924 - October 26, 2008 -Graveside services for Urene Romine will be 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 28 at Oak Hill Cemetery in Butler, Missouri with Brother Shawn Tracy officiating. No visitation. Contributions, Heartland Hospice. Services are under the direction of the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) Butler, Missouri. Zelda Urene Romine, age 84 of Butler, Missouri died Sunday, October 26, 2008. She was born March 14, 1924 to Clarence Alvin and Lucy Zelda Manning Payne in Trenton, Utah. Zelda is survived by her daughter, Cheryl Cattaneo of Butler, Missouri; three sisters, Velma Millet and husband Leon of Utah and Norma Payne and LuDean Payne, both of Nevada; two granddaughters, Amy Smoke of Alexandria, Virginia and Stacie Maldonado and husband Freddy of Tampa, Florida; three great-grandchildren, Justen Maldonado, Alyssa Maldonado and Shaina Maldonado. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two brothers, Valdon and Gerald Payne; two infant brothers; and an infant sister.

ROSAMUND, Maye (1918 - 2006)
Nevada Daily News, Sunday, August 13, 2006
Maye Rosamond, 88, Deerfield, Mo., passed away at her home on Aug. 11, 2006. She was born June 10, 1918, in Liberal, Kan., to James Emerson McGriff and Aletha Dykes McGriff. Maye grew up in the Jane, Mo., area south of Joplin. She worked at an ammunitions plant in St. Louis during World War II, making. 50 caliber machine gun shells. Most of her working life, she worked as a waitress. She worked at the Conner Hotel in Joplin for a number of years and for Bob Moore's Restaurant in Nevada for many years. Maye has lived in the Deerfield areas for the past 40 years. Survivors include two sons, Lynn Rosamond, Deerfield, Mo., Alvin T. Rosamond, the state of Tennessee; one daughter Jeannie Johnson, Pleasant Hill, Mo.; five grandchildren,; and two brothers, Jim McGriff and Don McGriff, both of Osceola, Mo. She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister, and two brothers. Funeral services will beheld at 10:30 a.m., on Monday, Aug. 14, at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, Mo., with the Rev. Bill Smith officiating. Interment will follow in Deerfield Cemetery, Deerfield. Friends may call now and until the hour of service at the funeral home.

ROSE, Pansy Imogene (1924 - 2006)
Nevada Daily Mail, Sunday, September 17, 2006
Pansy Imogene Rose, 81, Nevada, Mo., passed away on Friday, Sept. 15, 2006, at Barone Alzheimer's Care Center in Nevada, following an illness of several months. She was born on Dec. 10, 1924, in Overton, Mo., to Herman Henry Kosfeld and Altha Jane Rentschler Kosfeld.
Pansy was born and reared in Boonville, Mo., and spent her youth there. She came to Vernon County as a young adult and spent the rest of her life here. She was a member of the Bible Baptist Church, Nevada, Mo. Survivors include two sons, Gary Rose, Nevada, and Timothy Rose, Springfield, Mo.; two daughters, Donna Kimberlin and Rebekah Brown, both of Springfield; three granddaughters; four grandsons; one great-granddaughter; three great-grandsons; one brother, Samuel Kosfeld, Boonville; five sisters, Mary Ann Fenten, Brookie McDowell, Anneta Hansett, Dottie Gerhardt, all of Boonville, and Carolyn Sue Berry, Spring Valley, Calif.; and several cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; two infant daughters; one sister; and one brother. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m., on Monday, Sept. 18, at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, with the Rev. Jerry Pyle officiating. Interment will follow in Antioch Cemetery, Vernon County, Mo. Friends may call now and until the hour of service at the funeral home.

ROTERT, Rachel Mersylla (1912 - 2007)
Hill & Son Funeral Home, Appleton City, Missouri
Rachel Mersylla Rotert, daughter of Julius and Anna (Matheny) Hamric, was born June 1, 1912 in Braxton County, West Virginia. She departed this life November 29, 2007 at Golden Valley Memorial Hospital in Clinton, Missouri. Mersylla lived in the Montrose, Missouri area all of her life. She was united in marriage to Sylvester John Rotert, Sr. in 1933 at St. Stephens Catholic Church in Kansas City, Missouri. Mrs. Rotert was a loving wife, mother and a dedicated teacher. She taught at Cleveland School, Farmer’s Institute and Browning School until her retirement in 1950. Mersylla enjoyed sewing and quilting. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Montrose, Missouri. Preceding Mersylla in death were her husband, her parents, a son L.L. “Bud” Rotert, a daughter Gwendolyn Holloway, two sisters, Anna Lee Kalwei and Barbara Gay Hamric. Survivors include her four children: S.J. Rotert of Clinton, Missouri, Marilyn Ziegenbein of Clinton, Missouri, Shirley Rotert of Kansas City, Kansas and Carol Rotert of Cape Coral, Florida; two sisters, Irene Farmer of Clinton, Missouri and Marie Stoneman of Eldon, Missouri; nine grandchildren with one deceased; 14 great-grandchildren with one deceased and two great-great-grandchildren with one deceased.

RUDD, Betty G. Elliott  (1922 - 2005)
Adrian Journal, 14 December 2005
Betty G. Elliot Rudd 1923 - 2005. Betty G. Elliot Rudd, 82, Butler, MO, died Friday, December 9, 2005 at her home. Memorial services were held Wednesday, December 14, 2005, 10:30 a.m. at the Atkinson Chapel, Adrian, MO.

RUSOW, Harvey Dene  (?? - 2005)
Adrian Journal, 24 August 2005
Harvey Dene Rusow - Harvey Dene Rusow, 57, Drexel, MO, died Sunday, August 21, 2005 at his home. Funeral services were held Wednesday, August 24 at the Atkinson Chapel, Adrian, Missouri, officiated by Rev. Harry Green.

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