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WACKERMAN, Lue Ella (1931 - 2005)
Adrian Journal, 26 January 2006
Lue Ella Wackerman 1931-2005. Lue Ella Wackerman, 74, of Gallatin, MO, passed away Sunday, January 22, 2005 at the Liberty Terrace Care Center. Graveside services were held Wednesday, January 25 at the Crescent Hill Cemetery near Adrian, MO.

WAGGENER, Mary Alice (?? - 2005)
Adrian Journal, 28 April 2005
Mary Alice Waggener  -- Mrs. Mary Alice Waggener, 82, of Lee's Summit passed away Tuesday, April 19, 2005.

WAGNER, Vonnie Marie (1966 - 2008)
Hill & Son Funeral Home, LLC, Appleton City, Missouri
Vonna Marie Wagner (May 6, 1966 - January 28, 2008) -- Vonna Marie Wagner, daughter of James D. and Sandra D. (Pratt) Wagner, was born May 6, 1966 in Appleton City, Missouri. She passed away at Nevada Regional Medical Center in Nevada, Missouri January 28, 2008 at 41 years of age. Vonna lived in Montrose and Appleton City for 17 years and in Nevada, Missouri at Skills Unlimited Group Home for the remainder of her life. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Montrose, Missouri. Vonna enjoyed coming home to visit. She enjoyed watching her nieces and nephews play and make a lot of noise. She loved sweets, such as Mom;s home-made ice cream. Every time she came home she had to stop and see her sister, Sharon, and would get so excited. She was Daddy’s “Big Girl” as he would call her. She enjoyed listening to music. Her Friend, Joe, would push her around on the motorcycle and she just loved it.  “Vonna, you are so loved and will be missed. It’s not goodbye, we will see you again. You’re our angel.”  “You can miss me while I’m gone. Please don’t be sad Mom and Dad; I will be taking care of you now.” Preceding Vonna in death were her paternal grandparents, Albert and Catherine Wagner; two uncles, Leroy and Gene Wagner; and a great-grandmother, Ida Sickman. Survivors include her parents, Jim and Sandy Wagner of Appleton City, Missouri; her maternal grandmother, Dolores Pratt of Montrose, Missouri; a sister, Sharon and husband Bobby Dains of Schell City, Missouri; two brothers, Danny Wagner and wife Janet of Lowry City, Missouri and Norman Wagner and wife Amy of Montrose, Missouri; seven nieces and nephews, Ashlie and Willy Dains, Brittney, Denise and Bridgette Wagner and Jacob and Cory Wagner; and one great-nephew, Corbin Crawford Wagner.  Funeral Mass: Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Montrose, Missouri at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, January 31, 2008. Officiant: Father John Bolderson.mVisitation & Rosary: Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Montrose, Missouri on Wednesday, January 30, 2008 with Visitation: 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Rosary: 8:00 p.m. Interment: St. Mary’s Cemetery in Montrose, Missouri. Memorial: Skills Unlimited (Vonna’s Group Home) located
in Nevada, Missouri.

WALKER, Edna Mae (1918 - 2009)
Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel Inc.
Edna Mae "Eddie" Walker, March 31, 1918 - June 19, 2009. Funeral services for Edna Mae "Eddie" Walker will be Tuesday, June 23, 2009 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri with Rev. Chad Mattingly officiating. No visitation. Burial in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler. Contributions to Nixa Christian Church. Edna Mae “Eddie” Walker, age 91 of Ozark, Missouri died Friday, June 19, 2009 at Riverside Manor in Ozark. She was born March 31, 1918 to Robert Lee and Maggie Conard Everett in Butler, Missouri. Eddie is survived by her daughter, Judy Martin and husband R.K. of Nixa, Missouri; two granddaughters, Barbara Blaine and husband Dr. James of Springfield, Missouri and Karen Ingles and husband Christopher Michael of San Anselmo, California; four great-grandchildren, Sam Blaine, Sara Blaine, Mark Blaine and Jamie Blaine; and three great great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband Norman in July of 2004

WALKER, Jackie Daniel (1959 - 2007)
Nevada Daily Mail, Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Jackie Daniel Walker was born on Dec. 11, 1959, in Parsons, Kan., to John Oliver Walker Sr. and May Belle (Journot) Walker and passed away at his home on July 10, 2007. Jack lived in may states including Kansas, California, Oklahoma and Missouri. He worked on oil rigs, bridge crews, harvesting and used his love of concrete work to stay in Missouri working for Julian Concrete in El Dorado Springs, Mo., and Duffy and MM Concrete company's in Nevada, Mo. Jack Married Sheryl Ann (Ellis) West on Sept. 2, 1994. Jack is survived by his wife Sheryl of the home, one daughter, Janelle Walker of Stockton, Mo.; stepson, Jimmie M. Black and wife, Jamila of Orlando, Fla.; stepdaughter, Andrea Douglas of Nevada; special daughter, Nicole Tunder of Las Vegas, Nev.; grandchildren, Mikayla and Austin O'Connor, Carly Landaverde all of Stockton, Kalib, Jayden and Kamryn Douglas, Nevada, Harlee Chiles and Madison Girard of Las Vegas, Nev., Antonia Powell, Tybias Bridges and Adrianna Martin of Orlando, Fla.; two brothers, John Walker and wife Hilde of Lawton, Okla., and Jim Walker and wife Teri of Oswego, Kan; four sisters, Pat Hunt of Parsons, Kan., Cheryl Lunday and Lary Dade of Schell City, Lee Ann and Gerald Driggs and Jeannie and Randy Gassen all of El Dorado Springs; and foster mother, Lorene Erickson of Wakefield, Kan.; mother-in-law, Ruby Ellis, Rich Hill, Mo.; three brothers-in-law, Bobby Ellis of Rich Hill, Geo and Vicci Ellis of El Dorado Springs, and Zachary and Kari Ellis of Belton, Mo., and many loved nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Mary Kay Walker and "special" son, Eric Tunder and his father-in-law, Marion Ellis of Rich Hill. Memorial services were Friday, July 13, at Sheldon Funeral Home, El Dorado Springs with Frank Haynes officiating with cremation following.

WALKER, James G. (1842 - 1919)
The Times, Butler, Mo., 30 January 1919, page 5, column 5. Submitted by John Wilson
J.G. Walker Dead. Prominent Bates County Farmer Dies in Kansas City. James G. Walker, one of Bates county's most prominent farmers, died in Kansas City Friday, January 24th, 1919, following a surgical operation. Mr. Walker had been in failing health for some time, and in his weakened condition was unable to withstand the shock of the operation. James G. Walker, the son of Dr. and Mrs. H.F. Walker, was bor in Bath county, Kentucky, September 19, 1842, and was there educated and reared to young manhood. He was united in marriage to Miss Belle Hazelrigg on January 5, 1872, and to this union were born nine children, eight of whom survive. The surviving children are: Vane Walker, Miss Kate Walker, Mrs. Grover Carroll and Robert Walker, all of this county, and Mrs. Harry Hale, Warrensburg, Mo., Mrs. Chas. Graham, Amsterdam, Mo., Mrs. Harry Clark, Amoret, Mo., and O.W. Walker, Kansas City, Mo. Price Walker died at an early age. In the late 70's they left Kentucky and came west, locating near Trading Post, Kansas, and in 1879 moved to Bates county, where Mr. and Mrs. Walker have since made their home. During the civil war Mr. Walker cast his lot with the Confederacy and served throughout the war with distinction. His intelligence and intrepid daring attracted the attention of his superior officers and he was made a dispatch bearer for his commanding general in which capacity he saw much exciting service and had many thrilling adventures. James G. Walker was one of those delightful characters typifying the code and traditions of the old South, honorable, chivalrous, and fearless, and no more kindly, courteous, hospitable gentleman ever lived. He was intensely devoted to his home and family and their interests occupied at all times the first place in his thoughts. While he never aspired to public office he took a deep interest in public affairs and weilded great influence in political matters in the county. Strong in his likes and dislikes, he was loyal to his friends, of whom he leaves many who will sadly miss his companionship and who mourn with the bereaved wife and children their irrepairable loss. The remains were brought to this city Saturday morning and taken to Oak Hill cemetery, where services were conducted by Rev. S.B. Moore and interment was made.

WARNER, Blanche (1918 - 1923)
Submitted by Sandee Hubbard
WARNER CHILD DEAD - The five year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Warner died at the parental home, near Burdett, Sunday, February 11th 1923. Funeral was held from the home Monday. Burial was made in the Burdett cemetery.

WARREN, Benjamin Eugene (1940 - 2005)
Adrian Journal, 21 December 2005
Benjamin Eugene Warren 1940 - 2005.  Benjamin Eugene Warren, age 65 of Butler, Missouri died Thursday, December 8, 2005 in Kansas City, Missouri. Funeral services were Wednesday, December 14, 2005 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler.

WASHINGTON, William Jr. (?? - 2008)
Kansas City Star, 28 March 2008
William Washington Jr., 85, Butler, Mo., died Wednesday, March 26, 2008. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 28, at Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler, Mo. No visitation. Arrangements, Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel, (660) 679-6555, Butler, Mo. Survivors include his son Tony Washington, Fulton, Mo.

WATSON, Daniel (1830 - 1915)
From the Adrian Journal, Thursday, April 22,1915. Submitted by Sandee Hubbard
PIONEER CITIZEN DEAD - Daniel Watson was born in Vermillion county, Indiana, on March 31st, 1830, and died April 16th, 1915; aged 85 years and 16 days. He was united in marriage with Lydia Evans August 23rd, 1855, in Madison county, Ohio. To this union three children were born, one son and two daughters, two of whom with the wife and mother, are left to mourn the loss of a kind and loving husband and father. He was converted to God in young manhood and sought to honor Him by doing good to his fellowman through a long and useful life. When the time came for him to bid farewell to earth and loved ones he went without a murmur, saying: “All is well”. He came with his family to Bates county, Missouri, in November 1865, and had made his home in Grand River township for almost fifty years. We shall miss him so much, but our loss is his eternal gain.
Funeral services fro Mr. Watson were held from the Altona Methodist church Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Keele. A very large congregation was present to pay a last tribute of respect to the memory of a good man.

WATSON, Lydia Evans (1833 - 1921)
From the Adrian Journal, Thursday, January 20, 1921. Submitted by Sandee Hubbard
MRS. LYDIA WATSON DEAD - Grandma Watson died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Webb Chapman, Monday morning, January 17th, 1921; aged, 87 years, 3 months and 6 days. Lydia Evans was born in Madison county, Ohio, October 11, 1833. She was united in marriage with Daniel Watson August 16th, 1855. To this union three children were born: William Watson and Mrs. D. W. Chapman, both of Altona, and Missouri Bell Watson, who died in infancy. Her husband preceded her in death six years ago. The Watson family came to Bates county in the pioneer days, locating in Grand River township, where she passed away. Grandma was a fine Christian lady and none was more highly respected in the community, where she spent the active years of her life. Always willing and ready to help in time of need. Her life was filled with good deeds.
Mrs. Watson was converted in early life and had lived a consecrated Christian life. Her neighbors had for her the highest esteem and respect. Her life was a blessing to the community. Funeral services were held Tuesday from the Altona Methodist church, conducted by the pastor, Rev. Walker. Burial was made in the Altona cemetery.

WATSON, Mary Bertha Reed (1863 - 1903)
From the Adrian Journal, Thursday, November 6, 1903. Submitted by Sandee Hubbard
MRS. WILLIAM WATSON DEAD - Mrs. William Watson died at her home near Altona, Friday, October 30th, 1903, after a lingering illness of pulmonary trouble. Mary Bertha Reed, was born in Cooper county, Missouri, February 2nd, 1863. December 19th, 1883 she was united in marriage with William Watson. To this union four children were born all of whom with the father survive. In 1871 she united with the Christian Church and remained a faithful member of same until 1898, when she united with the M. E. Church South, in which faith she died. Mrs. Watson was a woman loved by all who knew her and left a wide circle of friends who join in extending sympathy to the bereaved husband and children.
Funeral services over the remains were held at Altona, Saturday last, conducted by Rev. Silvius and the remains laid to rest in the cemetery at that place.

WATSON, William (1856 - 1944)
From the Adrian Journal, Thursday, February 10, 1944. Submitted by Sandee Hubbard
FORMER RESIDENT BURIED HERE - William Watson, son of Daniel and Lydia Watson, was born at Newport, Madison county, Ohio, July 11, 1856, and passed away February 1, 1944, at a hospital in San Bernardino, California, aged 87 years, 6 months and 21 days. When he was nine years old he came with his parents to Bates county, Missouri, and settled on a farm near Alton. On December 19, 1883 he united in marriage with Mary Virginia Reed, who passed away October 30,1903. To this union were born three sons and one daughter. Preceding him in death are Daniel Louis and Archie William, who passed away in 1913, and Bessie Watson  Young, who passed away in November, 1931. He made his home for the past 24 years with his remaining son, Marion Otis, his wife Ruth and their two children. June Elizabeth and Marion Otis, Jr., of Chino. Also surviving are Mrs. Ora Maye Campbell of Appleton city, Mo.; Mrs. Naomi Hobgood, Costa Mesa, California; Mrs. Celestine Harrison, Bartlesville, Okla., and Kenneth Young of Appleton City, Mo., all grandchildren. His nephews, William R. Kerr and their families; a great nephew, John William Stires, and his family, and three great-grandchildren. Virginia Lee and Kenneth Young and William Watson Harrison. Memorial services were held at the Heinhauer Chapel in Chino. The body was accompanied by his son to Altona for final services and interment in the family burial plot. The remains of Mr. Watson arrived in Adrian Monday and were buried at Altona cemetery. Rev. Sam Starkey had charge of the services.

WATSON, William Archie (1886 - 1913)
From the Adrian Journal, Thursday, July 31, 1913 (note the stone says 1915). Submitted by Sandee Hubbard
W.A. WATSON DEAD - William Archie Watson, son of Wm. Watson, died at the home of his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Watson, in Grand River township, Saturday, July 26th, 1913; aged 29 years, 11 months and 18 days. He had been ill for the past year of tuberculosis and his death did not come as a surprise to his family and friends. William Archie Watson was an exemplary young man, loved and respected by all who knew him. At the age of 14 years he was converted and united with the Altona Baptist church under the ministry of Rev. Silvius, and lived faithful to his profession until death claimed him. He leaves a father, one sister and two brothers to mourn his death and they have the sympathy of a wide circle of friends in this great bereavement. Funeral services were held from the Altona Baptist church Sunday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock, conducted by Rev. R. L. Wood, burial in the Altona cemetery.

WAYTS, Ruth Lorraine Rich Kelly (?? - 2006)
Nevada Daily Mail, Thursday, October 12, 2006
Ruth Lorraine Rich Kelley Wayts, 77, Nevada, Mo., formerly of Hume, Mo., died Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2006, at Nevada Regional Medical Center.
Graveside services will be at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Hume Cemetery, Hume. Arrangements are under the direction of the Coffel-Schneider Funeral Home, Hume.

WEAVER, Alberta Ann (1917 - 2008)
Kansas City Star, 18 May 2008
Weaver, Alberta Ann  - Ann (Armstrong) Weaver, age 90, of Archie, Mo., died May 17, 2008, in Harrisonville, Mo. Funeral services 2 p.m. May 20, at the United Methodist Church, Archie with interment in the Crescent Hill Cemetery near Adrian, Mo. Visitation from 1 until 2 p.m. May 20, at the church. Memorials to the church memorial fund or to the 4H Foundation. She is survived by two daughters, Janet S. Ballew and husband Lynn, Belton, Mo., Jean A. Groll, Butler, Mo.; four grandchildren, Eric, Kelley, Marni and Mindi; a sister, Naomi Gillman, Lamar, Mo.

WEAVER, Alberta Ann (1917 - 2008)
The Cass County Democrat Missourian, Thursday, 22 May 2008
Alberta Ann Weaver - Oct. 8, 1917 - May 17, 2008 - Alberta Ann Weaver, 90, Archie, died May 17, 2008, at Cass Medical Center, Harrisonville. She was born Oct. 8, 1917, in Lockwood, the daughter of Charlie and Dolly Florence (Turner) Armstrong. Dec. 23, 1939, she married Frank Elwood Weaver in Butler. Mrs. Weaver was a cosmetologist and owner and operator of Ann’s Archie Beauty Shop until her retirement in 2002. She was a member of the United Methodist Church, Archie. She had lived in rural Lockwood and Harrisonville before moving to Archie in 1953. Mrs. Weaver was kind and considerate and enjoyed her family, gardening, flowers and being outside. She especially enjoyed being around her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Frank, on Nov. 22, 1978; a brother, Charles; and three sisters, Ida, Lucille and Faye. Surviving are Janet and Lynn Ballew, Belton, and their children, J. Eric and Julie Neill, Kelley and Powell Carman, Cynthia and Michael Smith, Geoff and Melinda Ballew, Amy and Rob Kowal and by Jean Groll, Butler; and her daughters, Marni Fortner and Mindi Fortner; her sister, Naomi Gillman, Lamar; great-grandchildren, Olivia, Callaway, James, Carter, Josh, Zoe, Lillian and Parker; other relatives and many friends. Honorary casket bearers were Shelia Patterson; and the United Methodist Church “Busy Bees.” Casket bearers were J. Powell Carman, J. Eric Neill, Tracy Rasmussen, Don Smith, Howard Thieman and Dwight Wood. Services were May 20 at the United Methodist Church, Archie, with the Rev. Travis James officiating. Music was congregational hymns with Gerry Foote as organist. Burial was in the Crescent Hill Cemetery near Adrian, under the direction of the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville. Family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the 4-H foundation or the Church Memorial Fund.

WEBBER, Artie Eugene (1927 - 2005)
From the news-Xpress Friday, February 25, 2005
Artie Eugene Webber - Artie Eugene “Gene” Webber, 77, Miami, Okla., died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2005 at South-Crest Hospital in Tulsa, Okla. Services were Feb. 20 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel, Butler, Mo., with Pastor Alan Black officiating. Burial in Adam Howell Cemetery, Virginia, Mo. Contributions to the American Kidney Foundation. Mr. Webber was born March 5, 1927 in Gower, Mo., to Artie George Webber and Edna Margaret Woods. One of four boys, he grew up in Gower. At the tender age of only 12, a tragic accident in 1939 took his leg, but he didn’t let it stop any of his plans. He played basketball and graduated from Amoret (Mo.) High School in 1945 and then attended the Kansas City School of Accounting. On Dec. 18, 1965 he married Wilma Faye Stark at the home of her parents. He drove a truck for 19 years and was also a bookkeeper and dispatcher for Union Quarries in Independence, Mo. After retiring, he spent several years in Arizona before moving to Oklahoma to be near family. He was a member of the Virginia United Methodist Church and the Elks Lodge. He enjoyed camping, gardening, traveling, playing cards and visiting with friends and family. Playing pool was his favorite hobby and he was known to many for his ability to make difficult shots. He also liked to watch football, baseball and basketball on television. He always enjoyed time with family as he looked forward to family gatherings.
Artie Eugene Webber is survived by his wife of 39 years, Faye Webber of Miami, Okla.; two sisters-in-law, Loraine Bitner, Miami, Okla., and Margaret Stark, Burnsville, Minn.; and very special nephews and nieces, Christopher Adams, Kansas City, Mo., Teddy Bitner and wife Nancy and their children, Hannah Bitner, Miriam Bitner and Becky Wattenbach and her son James, all of Raymore, Mo., Bethene Fahnestock, Miami, Okla., and her daughter, Terri Fahnestock, Springfield, Mo., and Cindy Peck and husband Randy, Prior Lake, Minn. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Virgil Webber, John Webber and Lee Webber; two brothers-in-law, Wilbur “Bud’ Stark and Dwight D. Bitner; two nephews, Jim Webber and Steven Stark; a niece, Teresa Adams; and father-in-law, Willie and Leone Stark.

WEBBER, Wilma Faye (1927 - 2007)
From the news-Xpress June 8, 2007. Submitted by Sandee Hubbard
Wilma Webber - Wilma “Faye” Webber, age 79 of Miami, Oklahoma died Monday, May 28, 2007 at Bates County Memorial Hospital in Butler, Missouri. She was born June 17, 1927 to Willie and Anna Ardena Leone Hedger Stark in Virginia, Missouri. Faye grew up in the Virginia and Amoret, Missouri areas where she attended Amoret High School. She went on to Aladdin Beauty School in Kansas City, Missouri and later operated Faye’s Beauty Shop in Butler. On December 18, 1965 she was united in marriage to Artie Eugene Webber in Virginia. Faye lived in Casa Grande, Arizona from 1989 to 2003. She was a member of the Elks Ladies and the Virginia United Methodist Church. Faye enjoyed gardening, visiting with friends and family, painting, traveling, reading and watching television. Other enjoyments included cross-stitching, cooking, sewing and shipping. Her cat “Sam” was a great friend and companion. Faye is survived by a sister, Loraine Bitner of Miami, Oklahoma; a nephew, Dr. Teddy Bitner and Nancy of Raymore, Missouri; two nieces, Bethene Fahnestock of Miami, Oklahoma and Cynthia Peck and husband Randy of Prior Lake, Minnesota; a sister-in-law, Margaret Stark of Prior Lake, Minnesota; a great nephew, Christopher Adams of the home; four great-nieces; and a great great-nephew. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Artie in 2005, a brother, Bud Stark; a stillborn brother; one nephew, Steven Stark; and a niece, Teresa Adams. Graveside services were held 3 p.m., Friday, June 1, 2007 at the Adam Howell Cemetery in Virginia, Missouri with Rev. Teddy Bitner officiating. Contributions, American Kidney Foundation. Services were under the direction of the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler, Missouri.

WEBSTER, Percy (1941 - 2008)
Cass County Democrat Missourian
Percy Webster Sr., March 25, 1941 - Dec. 16, 2008. Percy Webster Sr., 67, Peculiar, died Dec. 16, 2008 near Adrian. He was born March 25, 1941 in Eudora, Ark., the son of Pearly and Cora (Bannion) Webster. On Nov. 17, 1958, Percy was united in marriage to Freddie Jean Mosby in Lake Village, Ark. Percy was employed as a forklift operator for the Claycomo Ford Motor Co. in Claycomo for 37 years until his retirement in June 2006.  He accepted Christ at an early age and was a former Sunday School teacher at Jericho Baptist Church, Eudora, Ark. Percy loved his family and was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He enjoyed taking care of his children, going to any activity involving his grandchildren, working with his hands and mowing the lawn. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, George; and a sister, Polly. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Freddie Jean Webster of the home; five sons, Rodney L. Webster and wife, Valencia, and Percy Webster Jr. all of Peculiar, Terry W. Webster and wife, Kim, Harrisonville, Jarrod McCubbin and wife April, Garden City, and Ernest Miner, Beaumont, Texas; a daughter, Valerie L. Webster, Orange Park, Fla.; 13 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a brother, Sam Brown and wife, Luci; two sisters, Ophelia Rodgers and husband, Johnnie, and Mable Campbell and husband, E.J., all of South Bend, Ind.; other relatives and many friends. Services were Dec. 20 at the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, with Rev. Rodney L. Webster, Rev. Albert Jones, Rev. Laurance Parison and Rev. Jesse Frazier officiating. The music included “Don’t Cry For Me” performed by Valencia Webster, “Grandpa’s Story,” performed by Joshua Webster, and “I’ll Fly Away.” The honorary casket bearers were Rodney Lee, Jeremy Mallinson, Christopher Simmons, Daniel Webster, Jonathan Webster and Joshua Webster.  The casket bearers were Earl Butler, Eugene Butler, Ned Butler, Kenny Drake, Albert Jones Jr. and Dave Woodfin. Interment was in Orient Cemetery, Harrisonville.

WEGERER, Arthur Sebastian (1916-2008)
Nevada Daily News, Thursday, 19 June 2008
Arthur Sebastian Wegerer, age 91, Nevada, died Thursday, June 12, 2008, at Moore Few Care Center following a long and fulfilling life. He was born Aug. 14, 1916, in Leeds, Mo., to Sebastian Wegerer and Emilie Fischbacher. Arthur grew up in the Kansas City area and graduated from Central High School. He worked as a retail meat salesman for the Rodeo Meat Company as well as a butcher for various local businesses even after retirement. Survivors include one daughter, Judith Kay Mulqueen, her husband Joseph and their children: Penny and Dan Drager, Debbie and John Gamm, Jim Mulqueen, Margaret and Sean Manzke, their children Seamus and Ainelise; and Micheal Mulqueen, all of Wisconsin. Survivors also include one granddaughter, Jenifer Michelle Gast, her husband Bryan and their children: Alexandra Nicole and Brayden Douglas, all of Nevada; two grandsons, Steven Platt and Robert Dale Platt and his children Joe Platt and Jeremy and Jenny Platt, and their children Courtney and Emily. Arthur was preceded in death by his wife, Jeanette Wegerer and daughter Janet Ann Platt as well as two brothers and one sister. Following cremation there will be a graveside service at Moore Cemetery at 10 a.m., on Tuesday, June 24.

WELLS, Annie Ruth (1921 - 2004) 
 Published in the Kansas City Star on 4/20/2004, submitted by Cheryl Bell
Annie Ruth Wells, 83, Butler, MO, formerly of Raytown, MO, passed away April 18, 2004, at the Bates County Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, April 22 at the Underwood-Steinbeck-Brandtonies Funeral Home, Butler. Visitation will be at the funeral home 6-8 p.m. Wednesday. Family suggests memorial contributions go to the Bates County Memorial Hospital, or the First Baptist Church of Butler. Annie was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Orville R. Wells. She is survived by her daughter Patricia Staub, Kansas City, MO; her son O.R.
"Red" Wells, Jr., Butler, MO; six grandchildren; and 10 greatgrandchildren. (Arr. UnderwoodSteinbeck--Brandtonies, Butler, MO, 660-679-3121).

WEST, Donald Lee (1938 - 2008)
Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel Inc.
Donald Lee West, November 18, 1938 - May 29, 2008 - Memorial services for Donald Lee West will be 7 p.m. Sunday, June 1, 2008 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Butler, Missouri with Timothy W. Moore officiating. No visitation. Contributions, World Wide Preaching Work of Jehovah's Witnesses. Arrangements under the direction of the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555), Butler, Missouri. Donald Lee West was born November 18, 1938 in Foster, Missouri to Orbie Albert West and Vera Elizabeth (Mager) West. Don fell asleep in death on Thursday, May 29, 2008 at the age of 69 after a battle with cancer. Don was one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and attended the local Kingdom Hall faithfully. At the age of 13, he dedicated his life to his God Jehovah. As a young man, he finished grade school and moved to Butler, Missouri where he spent the majority of his time in his Christian ministry, teaching people about Jehovah and what his Kingdom government means for us. During that time, he supported himself with odd jobs. At the age of 18, he moved to Kansas City, Missouri and took a job at Sears in the tire department. In 1957 he met Alberta Louise Zimmerli whom he often referred to as “a little brown-eyed girl” from Turner, Kansas and on August 1, 1959 they were married. To this union 12 children were born. In 1960 Don moved his young family from Kansas City to rural Bates County near Foster, Missouri. Don worked hard at manual labor jobs all his life to support his family--cutting logs and firewood, working in a sawmill, building pole barns and houses and later building cabinets. In 1973 he moved his family to Butler. Later he and his brother Kenneth opened the Butler Cabinet Shop which became a successful business due to Don’s hard work, honesty and attention to detail. Through the years Don enjoyed doing many things including playing baseball, fishing, reading, gardening, playing his mandolin and riding his motorcycle and in later years, just sitting on the back porch watching the birds and squirrels. But Don’s greatest enjoyment came from his Christian ministry in which he continued to be active until his death. Don was preceded in death by his father Orbie and two brothers, James Edward West and Michael Dean West. He is survived by his wife of the home, Alberta; his mother, Vera Elizabeth West of Butler, Missouri; 12 children, Kevin Lee and wife Tammye West of Shawnee Mission, Kansas, Janet Sue West of Lawrence, Kansas, Douglas Wayne and wife Tamara West of Butler, Missouri, Greg Daniel West of Granby, Missouri, Kristine Elaine and husband John Ward of Olathe, Kansas, Anne Marie and husband Danny Menego of Cassville, Missouri; Elizabeth Ann and husband Kenneth Madison of Harrisonville, Missouri, Jonathan David and wife Jennifer West of Youngsville, Louisiana, Rebekah Lynn and husband Chris Dilbeck of Butler, Missouri, Adam West of Butler, Missouri, Matthew Joshua West of Butler, Missouri and Ashley Dawn and husband Trevor Brown of Butler, Missouri; 11 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Don is also survived by four brothers, Kenneth Leon West and wife Carol, Harvey Eugene West, Lonnie David West and wife Patsy and Raymond Delbert West. There are also many dear nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

WEST, Joseph (1850 - 1920)
Joseph West, another of Bates County's oldest citizens, died at his home just east of this city, Tuesday, Dec. 21, 1920, of myocarditis. Joseph West was born in Ohio, Jan. 8, 1850. He was united in marriage to Susan Mary Evans on Aug. 6, 1871. She passed away Nov. 1, 1894. To this union were born eight children, four sons and four daughters of which six are living. On Dec. 17, 1905 he was married to Esther Elizabeth Baker. To this union were born nine children, four sons and five daughters, six of whom survive. He was one of our highly respected citizens, a true friend, husband and father. He was a friend to all who knew him and passed away into his "eternal home" in that abiding christian faith which alone can help us when we are crossing over. Funeral services were conducted at the home on east Pine St., Wednesday, Dec. 22, 1920, at 10:30 by Rev. L.W. Keele, and remains laid to rest in Dickison Cemetery near Spruce.

WEST, Marian E. (1931 - 2009)
Kansas City Star, 24 May 2009
Marian E. West, 77 of Drexel, Mo., passed away May 21, 2009 at her home. Visitation 9:30-10am Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at the Mullinax chapel in Drexel, with a service at 10am. Burial in New Lancaster Cemetery. Memorial contributions to the Drexel Meals on Wheels, in care of the funeral home. Written messages may be sent to the family at (Arr.: Mullinax Funeral Home, 816-657-4400).

WEST, Marian E. (1931 - 2009)
Mullinax Funeral Home
Marian E. West,  September 7, 1931 - May 21, 2009. Marian E. West, 77 of Drexel, Mo., passed away May 21, 2009 at her home.
Marian was born September 7, 1931 in Miami County, Kan., the daughter of Thoburn T. and Marjorie (Benson) Hoover. Marian grew up in the New Lancaster area, where her father was a farmer for over 65 years. She worked for many years as a stewardess for TWA Airlines. Marian faithfully attended the Drexel United Methodist Church and the senior meals in Drexel. Marian was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Charles Hoover, in 1984. She is survived by her son, Steven, of Drexel, as well as nephew Danny Hoover and wife Sherry of Paola, Kan., niece Jayne Todd and husband Keith of Cleveland, Mo., and nephew Jerry Hoover and wife Kim of Louisburg, Kan., and nephew David Hoover and wife Rose of Spring Hill, Kan. Visitation will be from 9:30-10am Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at the Mullinax chapel in Drexel, with a service at 10am. Burial will follow in New Lancaster Cemetery, Miami County, Kansas. Memorial contributions in Marian's name are suggested to the Drexel Meals on Wheels, in care of the funeral home.

WESTENDORFF, Clarence Andrew "Dutch" (1917-2008)
Eldorado Sun, 24 July 2008
Clarence Andrew (Dutch) Westendorff, 91, the youngest child of Andrew J. and Sophia Katherine (Spreen) Westendorff, was born April 20, 1917, in Dahlgren, IL, and passed from this life July 18, 2008, at the Countryside Estates – Appleton City. Clarence joined the C.C.C. Camp in October of 1934 and left in April 1939. He was a farmer, had several jobs and in November of 1959 he began employment with the Missouri Highway Department. He retired from that job in 1980. On Aug. 24, 1939, Clarence was united in marriage to Frances Nadine Page. She preceded him in death on April 21, 1949. Then, on Aug. 4, 1951, he married Ethel Irene Sexson Highley. She passed away on Sept. 30, 1997. Clarence and Irene loved fishing and camping and made many friends during these past times. Among those who preceded him in death were his parents, first wife, Nadine, and second wife, Irene; seven sisters – Dora King, Anna Smith, Ebbie Hunt, Mary Westendorff, Lottie Johnson, Addie Trent and Maude Simpson; two brothers, William and Alvin; stepson Donald (Buster) Highley; and stepdaughter, Evelyn Sammons. Survivors include his son, James Wayne Westendorff - Osawatomie, KS; daughter, Clara Frances Castro – Grain Valley; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two step-daughters, Jean Waltmire – Harrisonville, and Connie Rae Stackhouse – Overland Park, KS; several step-grandchildren and several step-great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends. Memorials services are schedule to begin at 10 a.m., Thursday, July 24, in the Lewis-Hoagland Funeral Home – Schell City. Burial will follow at 1 p.m. in the Blairstown Cemetery. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Schell City Volunteer Fire Department in car of the Lewis-Hoagland Funeral Home – Schell City, which was entrusted with the arrangements for Mr. Westendorff.

WESTHOOF, Allen (1919-2009)
Kansas City Star, 12 March 2009
Allen Westhoof, 80, of Adrian, Mo., passed away March 11, 2009 at Bates County Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be p.m. Friday, March 13 at Atkinson Funeral Home, Adrian. Visitation 1-2 p.m. prior to services at the funeral home. Burial Crescent Hill Cemetery. (Arr. Atkinson Funeral Home).

WHALAN, Roy Eugene (1941-2008
Nevada Daily Mail, Tuesday, 24 June 2008
Roy Eugene Whalan, 67, Nevada, passed away on Sunday, June 22, 2008, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, in Joplin, Mo., following a lengthy illness. He was born Feb. 24, 1941, in Nevada, to Timothy Wilber Whalan and Lucy Lucille Moore Whalan. He married Doris Ann Bowen on Dec. 24, 1994, in Nevada, and she survives of the home. Roy was born and reared in Nevada and lived here his whole life. He served in the United States Navy in the early 1960s. Roy made his living as a maintenance supervisor at Nevada Habilitation Center retiring in 1996. He was a member of the Elks Lodge No. 564, American Legion Post No. 2, Eagles Lodge No. 3770, V.F.W. Post No. 2175, and was also a Shriner. Roy loved to hunt, fish and camp. Survivors in addition to his wife Doris, include: three children, Tony Whalan, of Clinton, Mo., Bill Whalan, of Warrensburg, Mo., and Jeannie Kay Whalan, of Warrensburg; three stepchildren, Ron Pruitt, of Nevada, Curtis Pruitt, of the state of Texas, and Rhonda Butler, of the state of Texas; seven grandchildren; six stepgrandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one stepgreat-grandchild; one sister Louise Bennette, of Joplin; one half-sister, Lanora Marshall, of the state of Kansas; two half-brothers, Charles Waltz, of the state of Illinois, and Sam DeVore, of Nevada. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m., on Wednesday, June 25, at National Cemetery, in Fort Scott, with Dr. William Cox officiating. Friends may call now and until 10 a.m., Wednesday at Ferry Funeral Home.

WHEELER, Janice Carol (1944 - 2009)
Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel Inc.
Janice Carol Mullies Wheeler, February 14, 1945 - February 1, 2009. Funeral services for Janice Wheeler will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 4, 2009 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri with Pastor Marcus Cumpton officiating. Visitation, 5-7 p.m. Tuesday evening, Schowengerdt Chapel. Burial, Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler. Contributions, Kids Fun Day c/o Urich Reunion. Janice Carol Wheeler, age 63 of Urich, Missouri died Sunday, February 1, 2009 at Golden Valley Memorial Hospital in Clinton, Missouri. She was born February 14, 1945 to Gilbert Francis and Betty Louise Martin in Kansas City, Missouri. Janice is survived by her husband, John Wheeler of Urich, Missouri; a son, John Ireland and wife Lori of Springfield, Missouri; a daughter, Laurie Wooldridge and husband Mark of Urich, Missouri; a stepson, Steven Wheeler of Chanute, Kansas; a stepdaughter, Shelly Tripp and husband Richard of Fair Play, Colorado; one brother, David Mullies of Waynesville, Missouri; a sister, Kathryn Brink of Butler, Missouri; a special brother, Todd Black of Lee's Summit, Missouri; special sister, Mary Wheeler of Greenwood, Missouri; brother-in-law, Mike Ragan of Butler, Missouri; four grandchildren, Ryan, Doyle, Emily and Hannah; five stepgrandchildren, Nicky and husband Gabe, Mark, Amy, Josh and Rachel; a step great-grandson Bryce; and a host of other family, relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Ronnie Mullies; and a stepgrandson, J.T. Wheeler.

WHITE, Dale Edward (1936 - 2008)
Nevada Daily Mail, Thursday, September 4, 2008
Dale Edward White, 72, of El Dorado Springs, Mo., passed away, Aug. 29, 2008, at the Barone Alzheimer's Care Center, in Nevada. Dale was born Feb. 11, 1936, in Milo, to Nelson and Myrl (Huff) White. He was the oldest of five boys. He graduated from El Dorado Springs High School in 1953. After school he went to work for the International Shoe Factory. He stayed there until they closed, putting in 33 years with them. Dale then went to work at Frank Doty's Nursery. He later worked at the State Hospital, in Nevada, and then retired from O'Sullivan in Lamar. Dale never met a stranger, getting everyone with a smile. He often stopped what he was doing to help a friend or family. Many memories of this quick-witted man, his ability to make us laugh and the things he taught through simple conversation will remain here with us. Dale was saved at an early age. He always tried to live by the Good Book and was at church whenever the doors were open. Dale loved working the land, doing gardening and landscaping. At five years of age, he saved the fruit tree his mother just knew would die out by the pond. He had discovered his life-long passion. Dale's garden was always huge, and his greenhouse was always blooming. From cactus to an orange tree, if it could be grown he would grow it. If you thought you had killed your plant, you could bring it to him and he would use his "green thumb" and have it growing again. He spent many years on the bowling league and he won many trophies. He loved watching football on Sundays and cheering on his grandson at his football games. He also enjoyed spending time on the water, fishing with his buddies and his family, and the fish fries that followed. Dale married Doris Coleman, and they had two children, Ricky Dean and Vicki Diane. He later married Annette Frizzell and they had one child, Tracy Dawn. Preceding him in death were his father in 1974; his mother in 2001; his daughter Vicki in 2003; and his son Ricky in 2008. He is survived by his daughter Tracy Kirby, of El Dorado Springs; his daughter-in-law, Vicky White, of Neosho; five granddaughters Nicky, Jackie, Emily, Allycia and Lacey, and one grandson, Tanner; seven great-grandchildren, Tierra, Ricky, Hanna, Victoria, Rilen, Jaymin and Addyson; four brothers, Doyle, Duane and wife Helen, of Virgil City, Larry and wife Judy, of Butler, and Terry and wife Bonnie, of Harwood; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends. Services were held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 2, at the Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home, with the Rev. James Coleman officiating. Visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday Sept. 1. Burial was in the Virgil City Cemetery, under the direction of Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Doyle White, Duane White, Larry White, Terry White, Morris high and Ronald Kirby.

WHITE, Mary Ellen (?? - 2009)
Kansas City Star, 30 June 2009
Mary Ellen White, 57, Butler, MO, passed away Sun., June 28, 2009 at her home. Memorial Thurs., July 2, 6 p.m., Polley Funeral Home, Excelsior Springs, MO. Visitation will follow until 8:00 p.m. Arr. Polley Funeral Home, 816-630- 3388.

WHITEHEAD, Christopher B. (1949 - 2007)
Nevada Daily Mail, Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Christopher B. Whitehead, 59, of Arma, died at 9:04 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 3, 2007, at Mt. Carmel Regional Medical Center, at Pittsburg, Kan.
Mr. Whitehead was born on April 22, 1949, at Nevada, the son of Julius Alfred and Ardelle Holler Whitehead. Chris was a retired businessman. Chris was raised at Nevada, and graduated from Nevada High School in 1966. He later attended Southwest Missouri University and received a degree in marketing. He later was owner and operator of Vic's Boot Shop in Pittsburg, from 1986 to 2001. He married Vicki Guerrieri on April 15, 1978, at Kansas City, Mo. Vicki survives at the home. Additional survivors include two daughters, Kristen Rank, and her husband John, of Arma, and Maegan Easter and her husband Kale, of Lawrence, Kan.; his mother, Ardelle Whitehead, of Springfield; one sister, Janice Williams, and her husband Tim, of Springfield; a half sister, Michal Koehly, of Chillicothe, Mo.; and one brother, David Whitehead, and his wife Beth, of Woodstock, Georgia. Chris was preceded in death by his father, Julius Alfred Whitehead. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 6, at the Bedene Funeral Home at Arma, with the Rev. Steve Cole officiating. Burial will be at the Crocker Cemetery, south of Pittsburg. The family will received friends from 6 to 7 p.m., Monday at the Bedene Chapel where friends could call after 11 a.m. The family suggests memorials to the American Kidney Foundation. Donations may be sent to or left at the Bedene Funeral Home, 517 E. Washington, Box 621, Arma, KS, 67712 .

WHITESIDE, Frances (?? - 2007)
Nevada Daily Mail, Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Frances Whiteside, age 85, of Harwood, Mo., passed away Monday. Aug. 27, 2007 at the Barone Care Center in Nevada, Mo.
Survivors include her husband, Hollie, of the home in Harwood, Mo.; two sons, Stanley Whiteside of Porterville, Calif., and Earl Whitside of Harwood, Mo.; one daughter, Debra Rypka of Forestville, Calif.; one brother, Vestal Porlock of Wichita, Kan., and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Funeral services for Frances Whiteside are 10:30 a.m., Friday, Aug. 31, at the Schell City Christian Church. Interment is at Green Lawn Cemetary, Schell City, Mo. Friends may call after 1 p.m. Wednesday at Lewis-Hoagland Funeral Home in Schell City.

WHITWORTH, Omer Clifford (1910 - 2007)
Nevada Daily Mail, Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Omer Clifford Whitworth, 97, of Moundville, passed away Saturday, August 18, at Nevada Regional Medical Center. Omer Clifford Whitworth was born May 3, 1910, near Moundville to Henry Alvy and Annie Emma Hurlburt Whitworth. He farmed and lived all his life in and near Moundville. He started his education at Long Star School, and attended Hackberry one year, finishing his education in Moundville, attending Moundville High School. He started farming on his own in 1926 and farmed and trucked until he was 88 years old. He married Mabel Shields in 1928 and to this union was born three children, Gail Wysong, Patsy Ann Campbell and Gary Alva Whitworth. He married Roberta E. Streiner in 1949 and she preceded him in death in 1999. They had two sons, Robert Eugene Whitworth and Clifford Ray Whitworth. He is survived by his daughters Gail Wysong, Patsy Ann Campbell and her husband, John; sons Robert Whitworth and Clifford Whitworth and his wife Jean; grandchildren, Gara Leann Orme and her husband Gilbert Gregory, Lynn Campbell and his wife Margie, Gina Kay Whitlock and her husband Rick, Timothy Eugene Whitworth and his wife Catherine, Daniel Wayne Whitworth and his wife Christi, Dustin Lee Whitworth and his wife Andrea, Jacob Clifford Whitworth and his wife Brandi, Izack Henry Whitworth, John Wyatt Whitworth and his wife Tasha; one step-grandson, Jan F. Wysong and his wife Judy as well as great-grandchildren, Nicole Lynn Campbell, Allison Marie Campbell, Andrew Lee Whitlock, Wyatt Timothy Whitworth, Garret Patrick Whitworth, Colton Myles Whitworth, Lindsey Cathleen Bobbi Whitworth, Tyler Joseph Whitworth, Nathan Christopher Whitworth, Samantha RayAnn Whitworth, Brandin Clifford Whitworth, Bryce Lee Whitworth, Gavin Wyatt Whitworth, Bradley Dirk Whitworth; step-great-grandchildren, Julie Wysong McCool and her husband Rocky and Jennifer Wysong Gloss and her husband Matt, and step-great-grandchildren, David McCool, Aaron McCool, Cara McCool, Sarah Gloss and Joseph Gloss, and his beloved sister Iva Shaw, and many beloved nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Adra Whitworth and Audra McFarland and his son, Gary Alva Whitworth. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 23, at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, with Ed Post officiating. Interment will follow in Welborn Cemetery, Moundville. Friends may call now and until the hour of service and the family receives friends 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday evening at the funeral home.

WILLHOITE, Wilber W. (1923 - 2008)
Mullinax Funeral Home
Wilber W. Willhoite, February 20, 1923 - December 11, 2008. Wilber W. Willhoite, a World War II veteran, died Thursday, December 11, 2008 at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville, N.Y. He was 85. Wilber was born February 20, 1923 in Drexel, MO., to Wayne and Laura Batsell Willhoite. On July 8, 1951 in Drexel, he married Dorothy Trewett who survives. Wilber and Dorothy where long time residents of Drexel and moved to Wellsville, NY. in 2000 to be near family. He graduated from Drexel High School in 1941 and attended the Missouri University. After attending a tech school in Wichita he was employed at Beech Aircraft Company in Wichita. In January of 1943 he began flight training with US Army Air Corps and served his country until June of 1946. Wilber was a B 24 pilot and he was in the China- Burma and Indian Theater as well as in The Philippines Isles. His awards included the Air Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Medal with 3 campaign stars and the Philippine Liberation Medal. After the war Wilber became a farmer in Drexel and later retired in 1988 from the Bendix Corporation in Kansas City. His memberships include the Masonic Lodge, The American Legion, and The Veterans of Foreign Wars in Drexel and the First United Methodist Church in Wellsville. He enjoyed recreational flying, or as he called it joy riding, for many years. Survivors include: his wife Dorothy of Wellsville; 3 children, Rose Anna [Leonard] Ladage of Wellsville, NY. and Patricia [Richard] Sooter of North Richland, TX. and Terry [Linda] Willhoite of Monrovia, CA.; 3 grandchildren, Kenneth W. and Joshua W. Sooter and Angela Willhoite; 1 great grandson, Joshua Tiger Sooter; 2 brothers, David and Phil Willhoite as well as several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by: a sister Clara Lou Cooper and a brother Gordon Willhoite. Friends are invited to call on Monday, December 15 from 7-9 pm at the J.W.Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville, NY. A funeral service will be held on Friday December 19 at the Mullinax Funeral Home in Drexel, MO., with burial in the Sharon Cemetery.

WILLIAMS, Dawson Jimmy (1942 - 2007)
Nevada Daily Mail, Friday, June 8, 2007
Dawson Jimmy Williams, 64, Nevada, Mo., passed away on Thursday, June 7, 2007, at Nevada Regional Medical Center following a lengthy illness. He was born Sept. 26, 1942, in Metz, Mo., to Dawson Roy Williams and Hazel Lucille Kleitz Williams. Mr. Williams was born and reared in this area and spent most all of his life here. He made his living as a mechanic primarily in the heavy equipment and agricultural area. Survivors include two sons, Dawson Williams, Nevada, and Slade Williams, Nevada; one daughter, Yvonne Scott, Olathe, Kan., nine grandchildren; mother, Lucille Jay, Altoona, Kan.; seven brothers, Mike Williams, Nevada, John Williams, Liberal, Mo., Bill Williams, Nevada, Butch Pilcher, Elgin, Okla., David Williams, Nevada, Ronnie Williams, of Florida, and Jeff Williams, Liberal; five sisters, Shirley Sumner, Lamar, Maggie Stout, Lenexa, Kan., Kathy Louvier, Nevada, Sarah Fay, Topeka, Kan., and Mary Holland, Nashville, Tenn. He was preceded in death by one sister, Judy Hampton and one brother, Steve Williams. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., on Monday, June 11, at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, with Ray Dean Scism officiating. Interment will follow in Underwood Cemetery, Hume. Friends may call now and until the hour of service and the family receives friends on Monday from 1-2 p.m., preceding the service at the funeral home.

WILLIAMS, Georgia N. (1923  - 2008)
St. Clair County Courier, Friday, 14 March 2008
Georgia N. Williams of Eugene, Oregon, formerly of Rich Hill, passed away March 1, 2008 after a courageous battle with breast cancer. Georgia was born Jan. 24, 1923 in Papinsville, to the late Otto and Icie Williams. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Dewey Williams and John "Allie" Williams and three sisters, Virginia Fritts, Betty Murphy and Rosella Bise. She is survived by one brother, Billy Williams, Pinetops, NC and two sisters, Marjorie Smallwood, Osceola and Patsy Reed, Shawnee, KS. She is also survived by Marla and Troy Prentice, Eugene, OR and many nieces and nephews. Georgia graduated from the Rich Hill High School and worked at many restaurants before moving to Sterling, IL and then to Eugene OR. Georgia was a caring, gentle and compassionate lady who wanted to help and please everyone she met. She asked very little in return, just to be loved. She endured terrible pain but never complained. Memorial services will be held on March 22, 2008 at the First United Methodist Church, Eugene, Oregon and at a later date Memorial services will be in Rich Hill, with burial in Green Lawn Cemetery.

WILLIAMS, Wanda Hackworth (1916 - 2006)
Nevada Daily Mail, Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Wanda Hackworth Williams, 89, of Nevada, Mo., died peacefully, with her sons at her side, on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2006, in Nevada. She was born Dec. 12, 1916, in Valiant, Okla., to Henry Payne and Betty Stone Hackworth. She married Marion Jay (M.J.) Williams on Sept. 16, 1935, in Hot Springs, Ark. He preceded her in death on Oct. 14, 1999. Wanda was also preceded in death by both parents, two brothers, and three sisters.
Wanda and M.J. came to Vernon County from Little Rock, Ark., in 1936 and lived here for most of their 63 years of marriage. Wanda was a devout Christian from an early age, a longtime member of Calvary Baptist Church, and active in Baptist Association work and teaching Sunday school. She was a 60 year member of Westminster Community Club. Her life's work included many years as a devoted mother and farmer's wife, plus employment at Montgomery Ward in Kansas City and at the old Nevada City Hospital. Survivors include four sons, Rex Williams and Byron Williams of Nevada, Dennis Williams of rural Nevada, and Larry Williams of rural Bates City, Mo.; 10 grandchildren and their families, Eugene Williams of Rutland, Vt., Suzanne Reese of North Liberty, Iowa, Ronnie and Thad Williams, Melissa Scott, and Debbie O'Hora of rural Bates City, Michael Williams of rural Nevada, Mark Carmen, and Nathan Williams of the Kansas City area; two daughters-in-law, Kay and Gayla; and 12 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted by John Nichols at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, on Thursday, Sept. 28, at 2 p.m. A visitation will precede the service from Noon at the funeral home. Internment will follow in Newton Burial Park, Nevada.

WILLIS, Velma Virginia Corban (1921 - 2007)
Tylor Morning Telegraph, 11 March 2007
Velma Virginia Corban Willis passed away on March 6, 2007, in Colleyville, Texas, with family and friends at her side. She was born in Arthur, Missouri, on January 22, 1921, at her family home. She is survived by her daughter, Susan Patricia Phillips, her husband, Jamie Phillips, and their beloved grandson, Ryan Phillips, all of Colleyville; her son, Donald Paul Willis and his wife Carol Ann Sutton Willis of Minden, La.; one brother, Elden Corban, his wife Lee Ann, their children and grandchildren; also numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband of 46 years, William Robert "Bill" Willis, and son, William Robert Willis Jr., and two brothers, R.S. Corban and Paul Corban. She will be remembered by all as a loving wife, mother, friend and devout Christian. She will be laid to rest in Rich Hill, Mo., at Green Lawn Cemetery by the side of her husband and oldest son on March 11, 2007. A memorial is planned for a later date in Flint, Texas, at Faith Community Church with her devoted pastor, Mark Skorheim, presiding. If desired, memorials may be sent to Faith Community Church of Flint.

WILLSON, Anna Mae (1914 - 2007)
Nevada Daily Mail, Friday, July 20, 2007
Anna Mae Willson, 93, Nevada, Mo., died Thursday, July 19, 2007, at Christian Health Care in Nevada, following an illness of several weeks. She was born March 2, 1914, in Nevada, to George Lee Kessler and Nellie Mae Nodurft Kessler. She was married Feb. 1, 1933, in Walker, Mo., to R.L. Willson and he preceded her in death on March 15, 2002. Mrs. Willson was born and reared in this area and spent virtually her entire life here. She was a member of the Metz United Methodist Church. She was a homemaker and helped her husband for a lifetime on the farm. Survivors include one son, Gilbert Lee Willson, Nevada: six daughters, Dee Jacks and Ruby Forkner both of Horton, Mo., Peggy Hunt, Nevada, Mary Comstock, Bronaugh, Mo., and Janet Nichols, Rich Hill, Mo.; 21 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Ella Piotrowski, Nevada. She was preceded in death by her parents, spouse; two daughters, Freda Raabe and Joyce Emory; and one grandchild, Ronnie Jacks. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 21, at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada, with Genevieve Guinn officiating. Interment will follow at Newton Burial Park in Nevada. Friends may call now and until the hour of service at Ferry Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday evening between 7-8. The family suggests that memorials may he made in her honor to the Metz United Methodist Church in care of the funeral home.

WILSON, Anna (1906 - 1976)
From the Headliner November 13, 1976. Submitted by Sandee Hubbard
Anna Wilson - Anna Louise Wilson was born Nov. 20, 1906, in Russellville, Ala., the daughter of Edna Mae Collins and Charles Patrick. She passed away Monday Nov. 8, 1976, at the Menorah Hospital, Kansas City, Mo., at the age of 69. Before her health failed her she had been employed as a cook for the Kansas City Board of Education. She was a member of the Calvary Baptist church in Kansas City. She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred O. Wilson. She is survived by one son, Robert E. Wilson of Overland Park, Kan.; one nephew whom she raised, Richard Meroney of Leawood, Kan.; one brother, W. P. Meroney of Raytown, Mo. Two granddaughters and one great-grandson also survive.
Funeral services were held Thursday, Nov. 11, 1976, at the Underwood-Steinbeck Chapel with Rev. Frank Knox officiating and burial in the Adam Howe Cemetery.

WILSON, Margaret "Leona" (1929 - 2008)
Nevada Daily Mail, Wednesday, 28 May 2008
Margaret "Leona" Wilson - Margaret "Leona" Wilson, passed away on Monday, May 26, 2008, at Nevada Regional Medical Center.
Leona was born Sept. 11, 1929, to John W. and Minnie Kay (Garner) Hood. She was born and raised in Rich Hill, Mo. She attended school in Rich Hill and retired from the state hospital in Nevada, after many years of service. She was preceded in death by her husband Carl Wilson, one son, William "Bill" Hood, and a son-in-law, Al Mealman. Her survivors include: her daughter, Cathey Mealman, of Walker; one son, Jimmy Wilson, of the home; and one daughter-in-law, Betty Hood, of Rich Hill; 10 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held today at 10 a.m., at Heuser Funeral Home, in Rich Hill, Mo., with brother Bill Perkey officiating. Pallbearers were: Gary Bloom, Rex Long, Anthony King, Duane Sellers, Dwight Scotten and Tim King. Interment will follow at the Green Lawn Cemetery, in Rich Hill. Arrangements made by Heuser Funeral Home, in Rich Hill.

WILSON, Royce Reynold Jr. (1947 - 2008)
Cass Co Democrat Missourian, March 27, 2008
Royce Reynold Wilson Jr., Oct. 6, 1947 - March 24, 2008
Royce Reynold Wilson Jr., 60, Adrian, died March 24, 2008. He was born Oct. 6, 1947, in Kansas City, the son of Royce R. and Leota Marie (Scott) Wilson Sr. Royce was a Vietnam Army veteran. Services were March 29 at the Atkinson Chapel, with burial in Crescent Hill Cemetery, Adrian, under the direction of the Atkinson Funeral Home, Adrian.

WINTER, Sherlee Ann (?? - 2005)
Adrian Journal, 6 April 2005
Sherlee Ann Winter -- Age 63 of Butler, MO died Thursday, March 31, 2005. Funeral Services were held Sunday, April 3, 2005.

WISE, John T. (1829 - 1904)
From the Adrian Journal, Thursday, December 16, 1904. Submitted by Sandee Hubbard
JOHN T. WISE DEAD - John T. Wise, an aged citizen, died at his home in Mingo township, December 7th, 1904, after a brief illness. He had resided in that vicinity for many years. Funeral services were held December 8th, 1904.

WIX, Clark Wilbur (1926 - 2010)
Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel Inc.
Clark Wilbur Wix, May 17, 1926 - May 30, 2010. Funeral services for Clark Wilbur Wix will be 2:00 pm Friday, June 4, 2010 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri with burial in the Myers Cemetery near Appleton City, Missouri. Visitation will be on Thursday, June 3 from 6-8 pm at the Schowengerdt Chapel. Contributions may be given to the Church of Christ, 612 E. Ft. Scott St, Butler or Myers Cemetery. Clark Wilbur Wix, age 84 of Butler, Missouri died Sunday, May 30, 2010 at the Bates County Memorial Hospital in Butler. He was born May 17, 1926 in rural Bates County, Missouri the son of James Reuben and Mary Gladys Holt Wix. On September 21, 1950 Clark was united in marriage to Ava-Nell Camerer. Clark is survived by wife of 59 years Ava-Nell Wix of the home; sons Allen Wix and Douglas Wix and wife Tena both of Butler, Missouri and James Wix and wife Gina of Springfield, Missouri; daughters Sharon Harold and husband John of Enid, Oklahoma and Mona McDaniel and husband Wesley of Butler, Missouri; 13 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Grace Lyon and husband Raymond of Ottuma, Iowa and Elsie Reimer and husband Wayne of Topeka, Kansas; and other relatives and a host of friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.

WOLFE, Michael Earl (1958 - 2006)
Nevada Daily Mail, Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Michael Earl Wolfe, 48, Nevada, Mo., passed away Monday, Sept. 18, 2006, at Nevada Regional Medical Center. He was born Aug. 5, 1958, in Nevada, Mo., to Earl Wolfe and Virginia Lee Garfield Wolfe. He was married to Kelly D. Moffatt on Nov. 23, 2001, in Nevada. Michael grew up in Nevada and graduated from Nevada High School. He worked as a mechanic for Nevada Ford, Wysong Motors, Guthrie Motors and Nevada Auto Mall. He was retired due to his poor health. Survivors include his wife, Kelly, Nevada; two children, Christopher Wolfe and Cassie Wolfe, both of Nevada; one brother, John Wolfe, Raymore, Mo.; two nieces; one nephew; and two stepdaughters, Autumn and Whitney Moffatt. He was preceded in death by his parents and one daughter, Shaffall. Memorial services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 21, at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada. Committal will follow in Newton Burial Park. Friends may call now and until the hour of service at the funeral home.

WOOD, Robert Louis (1925 - 2008)
Atkinson Funeral Home
Robert Louis Wood, January 17, 1925 - October 19, 2008 - Robert Louis Wood, 83, Archie, MO, died Sunday, October 19, 2008 at Adrian Manor Nursing Home, Adrian, MO. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Wednesday, October 22, 2008 at the Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church, Harrisonville, MO with visitation from 10:00-11:00 AM Wednesday at the church. Burial in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Harrisonville. Memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice, 4 West Ohio Street, Suite 2-B, Butler, MO 64730 or to the Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church, 22500 East 299th Street, Harrisonville, MO 64701. Robert was born January 17, 1925 in Cass County, MO, the son of Robert Lee and Mary Milan (Stephens) Wood. He was a graduate of Archie High School. He was a life-long Cass County resident. Robert was a WWII Navy veteran. He married Jean Frances Hayes on June 8, 1946 at the Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church in Harrisonville, by the Rev. Joe Brewster. He was a member of the Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church. Robert worked for Bendix for over 38 years before retiring in December, 1990. Robert was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Jean on January 15, 2003, one brother, Willy Wood and two sisters, Anna Lee Collup and Eulah Reed. He is survived by two daughters, Cathy Taylor and her husband, Ron, Grandview, MO and Roberta Rasor and her husband, Tom, Bolivar, MO; four granddaughters and five great-grandchildren.

WORSLEY, Sara Dauphene (1954 - 2007)
Nevada Daily Mail, Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Sara Dauphene Worsley, 52, died Saturday, Oct. 6, 2007, at Northwood Hills Nursing Home, Humansville, Mo. A service will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at Green Lawn Funeral Chapel, Springfield. Visitation will be at 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 10. She will be cremated. Sara Dauphene Worsley was born Nov. 26, 1954 at Pittsburg, the daughter of Ward and Zoe Worsley, Bronaugh. She attended Bronaugh schools. She married Richard Roberts. They lived in Moundville and in Springfield. They divorced. She married Eric Callahan. They lived in Bartlesville, Okla. and in Springfield. They divorced. She worked for Montgomery Ward and at an insurance company. She enjoyed fishing and sailing. Survivors include a sister, Jane Spunaugle, Marysville, Kan.; a brother, Dennis Worsley, Bronaugh; a daughter, Melissa Raper, Bronaugh; a son, Jason Callahan, Springfield; and two grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents. Green Lawn Funeral Chapel, 3506 N. National, Springfield, Mo., 65803 is in charge of arrangements.

WRIGHT, Alma Jean (1932 - 2007)
The Independence Examiner, 1 May 2007
Alma Jean Wright was born May 20, 1932, in New Home Township, Bates County, Mo., to Marshall H. Bennett and Victoria Pauline (Goodwin) Bennett. She died April 20, 2007, age 74, at the University of Kansas Medical Center after suffering a stroke three weeks earlier.
Alma Jean grew up in rural Bates County, Mo., and in Independence, Mo., graduated from Rich Hill High School in 1950, and subsequently married Ervin Finis Wright of Lowry City, Mo., on Aug. 19, 1950. Throughout the remainder of their lives, they jointly farmed and ranched in the Ohio community of St. Clair County, Mo., located halfway between Appleton City and Lowry City. While still continuing to farm and ranch, they moved from the farm to a home in Lowry City in 1979, where Alma Jean resided at the time of her death. In addition to nearly 50 years working on the farm, Alma Jean also spent many years commercially transporting livestock to the Kansas City Stockyards and then spent several years as the Older Adult Transportation Service (OATS) driver in both St. Clair and Henry counties. To their marriage union were born two sons, Randy Ervin Wright, on October 1, 1952, and David Lee "Dave" Wright on January 2, 1962. Alma Jean took great pride in her role as "Mom" to her boys. Becoming "Grandma" to her only granddaughter, Lauren, who was born on August 16, 1991, was one of the greatest joys of her life. With Ervin's death on July 7, 1999, after a prolonged battle with cancer, she lost her life partner and the love of her life. Alma Jean was always very actively involved in the community through numerous organizations. As a young woman, she was active in the Order of the Eastern Star, holding numerous offices, including Worthy Matron. Throughout her life, she was actively involved in local politics, was elected committeewoman from her township for more than 20 years, and chaired more than her share of political potluck dinners and fundraisers. When her youngest son, Dave, entered high school, she became very actively involved in supporting the newly-formed Vocational Agriculture Program, FFA Chapter, FTA Chapter, and other school activities and events. She was a charter member of the Appleton City FFA Alumni and served as its first Vice-President during the late 1970s. She became known as "Mom" to both FFA and FTA members because she nearly always attended their field trips and activities as a chaperone and driver. She was recognized by the Appleton City FFA Chapter with the "Distinguished Service Award" and with the "Honorary Chapter Farmer Degree." In 1981, she was also recognized by the Missouri FFA Organization with the "Honorary State Farmer Degree." She was devoted to serving youth and to assisting the elderly throughout her life. Alma Jean was saved as a young girl and united with the First Christian Church of Rich Hill. In August 1996, she was rebaptized in the Osage River near Osceola, Mo., with her husband, Ervin, and they both joined High Hill Missionary Baptist Church near Osceola, where she continued to be a member at the time of her death. Alma Jean was preceded in death by her husband, Ervin, and by both of her parents. She is survived by two sons, Randy Wright of Appleton City, Mo., and Dave Wright of Blue Springs, Mo., and one granddaughter, Lauren Wright of Blue Springs. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 26, at the Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home, Osceola, Mo., officiated by Brother Dale Walkup. The Eulogist was Dave Wright. Music was provided by Gail Ingle. Casketbearers were: Terry Rusconi, Leland Browning, Troy Scranton, Jim Howe, Mark Ray, Richard Anderson, Mike Byard and Matt Kamphoefner. Honorary casketbearers were: Dale Pasley, Lloyd Davis, John Kern, Theron King, Frank Wright, Martin Halfert, John B. Browning, Dr. Arthur Bourland, Doug Wisner, Burleigh Wheeler, Don Ghere and Larry Walters. Interment and graveside services followed at Lowry City Cemetery, Lowry City, Mo., under the direction of the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations were made in her honor to the Alma Jean Wright Memorial Scholarship Fund to benefit FFA members or students pursuing the post-secondary study of agriculture. Scholarship Fund donations can be mailed directly to P.O. Box 685, Blue Springs, Mo. 64013.

WRIGHT, Eula Maude (1911 - 2009)
Coffel-Schneider Funeral Home, Hume, MO, Tuesday April 21, 2009
Eula Maude Wright, 97, of Hume, Missouri, died Tuesday, April 21, 2009 at Shawnee Gardens Health Care and Rehabilitation, Shawnee, Kansas. She was born December 16, 1911 in Bates County, Missouri, the daughter of Samuel and Emma Morgan Adams. She was married to Elmer Lee “Mike” Wright who preceded her in death on October 2, 1952. She was a member of the Hume United Methodist Church. Eula was preceded in death also by her siblings; Bill, Ruff, Roy, Lewis, Mattie, Gussie and Opal. Survivors include two daughters, Freda Reynolds and John of Bonner Springs, Kansas and Nora Lee Wright of Shawnee, Kansas. Graveside memorial services will be held at 11:00 AM, Friday, April 24th at the Hume Cemetery, Hume, Missouri. Friends may gather from 10:00 AM until service time at the Coffel-Schneider Chapel, Hume. Contributions are suggested to the Hume United Methodist Church or Grace Hospice.
Arrangements: Coffel-Schneider Funeral Home, Hume, Missouri

WRIGHT, James R. "Ron"  (1958 - 2006)
Services for James R. (Ron) Wright, 48, of Rich Hill, will be at 1 p.m., July 29, 2006, at Heuser Funeral Home in Rich Hill. Burial will be at Greenlawn Cemetery, Rich Hill. He died July 27, 2006, at St. John's Hospital in Joplin. He was born in Independence, the son of J.E. and Mary Wright. He attended Branson Public Schools and worked in retail sales, including merchandising manager for Family Pharmacies. He was a licensed Evangelist for seven years in Rich Hill. He was preceded in death by his father, J.E. Wright, of Branson. Survivors include his wife, Debra, of the home; mother, Mary Wright, of Branson; son, Jason Wright, of Branson; step-daughters, Heather Honeycutt, of Sedalia, and Amber Marshall, of Springfield; three step-grandchildren; and brothers, Roger and Rick Wright, both of Branson.

WYCKOFF, Melba Nore (1922 - 2007)
Nevada Daily Mail, Friday, October 19, 2007
Melba Nore Wyckoff, age 84, of Nevada, passed away on Wednesday evening, Oct. 17, 2007, at St. John’s Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo. She was born Dec. 21, 1922, in Hume, Mo., to Walter Lee Hamblin and Elsie Mae Bozarth Hamblin. She was married to Keith V. Wyckoff and he preceded her in death in 1977. Nore was a longtime member of the First Christian Church, of Hume; a member of the Nevada Elks Club No. 564 and the Nevada Eagles Lodge No. 3770. She grew up in Hume, and graduated from school in 1940. Nore then went to work in Kansas City, Mo., in the aircraft industry for four years. She and her husband lived in Florida for 15 years before coming back to Kansas City, in 1958. Nore came to Nevada, in 1977 where she has lived ever since. Survivors include one daughter, Jackie Hoffman, and her friend, Jim Rider, Nevada; one son, Robert Wyckoff and his wife Louise, North Carolina; three grandchildren, Kim Stoddard and her husband, Travis, Lee’s Summit, Mo., Brian Hoffman and his wife, Kimberly, Joplin, and Shane Wyckoff, Maryland; four great-grandchildren, Colton Hoffman, Hagen Hoffman, Adam Stoddard, and Matthew Stoddard. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one granddaughter, Michele Wyckoff in 1991, and one brother, Bob Hamblin. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, at Ferry Funeral Home, with pastor Bill Platt officiating. A private committal will be held at a later date. Friends may call now and until the hour of service at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada.

WYMER, Dorothy Lucille (1923 - 2009)
Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel Inc.
Dorothy Lucille Wymer, January 3, 1923 - January 8, 2009. Funeral services for Dorothy Lucille Wymer of Lenexa, Kansas will be 6:30 p.m. Sunday, January 11, 2009 at the Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Overland Park, Kansas. Visitation prior to services from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the church. Burial will be 11 a.m. Monday, January 12 in Benjamin Cemetery, Amoret, Missouri. Contributions, Kansas City Hospice House. Services under the direction of the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) Butler, Missouri. Dorothy Lucille Wymer, age 86 of Lenexa, Kansas died Thursday, January 8, 2009 at Kansas City Hospice House in Kansas City, Missouri. She was born January 3, 1923 to George and Ethel Bowen Bohlken in Amoret, Missouri. Dorothy is survived by her husband, Lee Roy Wymer of Lenexa, Kansas; a son, Allen Wymer and wife Mercedes of Nixa, Missouri; three daughters, Sharon Robertson and husband George of Olathe, Kansas, Bette Zook and husband Leon of Wellsville, Kansas and Connie Crawford and husband Kenneth of Olathe, Kansas; a sister, Eulela Matthews and husband Clyde of Amoret, Missouri; 7 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, "Pete" Carl Bert Bohlken; and a granddaughter, Kelli Robertson.

WYMORE, Larry Raymond (1958 - 2008)
Ferry Funeral Home
Larry Raymond Wymore, 59, Nevada, MO` passed away Thursday, July 3, 2008, at St. John’s Health System, Springfield, MO following a brief illness. He was born October 23, 1958 in Ottumwa, IA to Carl Raymond Wymore and Maxine Moore Wymore. He was married June 6, 1978 in Miami, OK to Shirley Ann Weddell and she survives of the home. Larry attended schools in Wright and Oskaloosa Iowa. As a child he attended the Assembly of God Church in Oskaloosa. He moved to Roscoe, MO in 1968. Soon after he enlisted in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War and completed his basic training in San Diego, CA. He served aboard the USS Yorktown and the USS Oriskany, both were aircraft carriers. During his time on the Yorktown, he crossed the Equator and he was on board the Yorktown during the recovery of the Apollo 8 space craft. He was on the Yorktown for a northern European cruise seeing several countries. While aboard the USS Oriskany, he received the Medal of Honor, for saving a shipmate during a fire in the engine room. Larry returned to Missouri after his honorable discharge from the Navy and worked at AC Feeds in Appleton City, MO. Larry came from a long line of truck drivers, and he has been driving a truck most of his adult life, following in his dad and brother’s footsteps. He has worked for Pavolich Trucking for 17 years where he took great pride in his “black Cherry” trucks. Larry loved watching the Kansas City Chiefs and NASCAR. In addition to his wife Shirley, survivors include one daughter, Tammy Hendren and her husband Chris, Nevada, MO; four step-daughters, Beverly Carpenter, Nevada, MO, Norma Bledsoe, El Dorado Springs, MO, Frances Carpenter, Ft. Scott, KS, and Sandy Corwine and her husband Rick, Amsterdam, MO; one stepson, Sonny Carpenter, Joplin, MO; 16 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Bob Wymore, New Sharon, IA and James Wymore, Columbia, MO; one sister, Sharon Wright and her husband Jim, Lowry City, MO. He was preceded in death by his grandmothers, Evelyn West and Minnie Templeton, his grandfathers, Clarence Wymore and Benjamin Moore, his parents Carl and Maxine Wymore and one granddaughter, Kristin Rose Klumb. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, July 7, 2008, at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, MO with Dr. William Cox officiating.