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1913

  • Nichols, Esther – Death: 13 Aug 1913 – Age: 75 yrs. - Ordered by: G.G. Gordon – Cemetery: Warren, (O?)
    Ref: Poland-Thompson Funeral home records

1919

  • Nierman, Mrs. – Death: 7 Sept 1919 – Age: 85yrs – Funeral: 9 Sept 1919 – Cemetery: Osborn MO
    Ref: Poland-Thompson Funeral home records

1927

  • Newton, William F. – Res: Edmond OK, Death: 19 Sept 1927, Edmond, OK – Age: 77 yrs. – Funeral: 21 Sept 1927 – Married – Cemetery: Breckenridge, MO?
    Ref: Poland-Thompson Funeral home records

1928

  • Nicholson, Eliza W. (Fletcher) – Res: St. Louis, MO – Death: 6 Sept 1928, St. Louis, MO – Cause: Myocarditis – Age: 80y 9m 29ds – Funeral: 8 Sept 1928 – Clergy: Rev. Schaefer – Widow – Cemetery: Evergreen, Osborn, Clinton County, MO, Lot 1 Sec 1.
    Ref: Poland-Thompson Funeral home records
     
  • A. D. Walker (1861-1928)
    The community was shocked and deeply grieved Friday morning when the news of the sudden death of A D. Walker became known. Apparently in robust health, his passing was un-thought of.  Death was due to heart disease known as myocarditis and occurred about 4 o'clock Friday morning a few moments after his wife was awakened by the sound of his breathing. The day before he and his neighbor had visited with friends in Clay county where they had gone for persimmons and he sat up rather late that evening talking
    and laughing in his characteristic happy way about the good time they had.  Ambrose Dudley Walker was born March 11, 1861 near Lathrop. His parents were John Walker and Sarah Catherine Capps, both of whom had come to Missouri from Kentucky. He was one of a family of twelve, eight girls and four boys of whom two survive, Mrs Lou Lewis, Lathrop and Mrs. Julia Harkley, W???thbee, Wash.  Mr. Walker was married February 2, 1883 to Miss Maggie Seaton who died July 21, 1905. The children of this marriage were two sons. John and Aaron, who survive. August4, 1907 he was married to Miss Martha Crawford, who survives him. Their children are A. D., William, Catherine and Herbert, all of who are living.  Mr. Walker had lived in the vicinity of Lathrop practically all his life, having lived on his farm in the Grove community for many years.  He was a man of many friends, a fact one could hardly imagine him having an enemy. He was always so goodhearted and jovial, but liberal man of conviction who stood firm for right principals. A marked characteristic of his nature was his hospitality which extended not only to friends and relatives but reached to strangers as well.  His church affiliation was at first the Crooked River Baptist church but later was transferred to Browning Baptist church at Turney, where he was a member at the time of his death. Here his funeral was conducted Sunday afternoon October 28 by Rev. C.F.D. Arnold of Liberty. The church was filled to capacity and more than that number stood outside to pay a last tribute of  respect to him whom they had known and loved.  Burial was in Deer Creek cemetery.
    Ref: The Lathrop Optimist, Lathrop, Missouri, Thursday, November 1, 1928. (sent by Karen Rhyne)

1932

  • Winstead, Oscar – Res: Cameron, MO – Death: 21 Dec 1932, near Bethany MO – Cause: Auto Accident – Age: 25yrs 11mo 25ds – Single – Occupation: Salesman – Clergy: Rev. Ferguson – Cemetery: Woodward, Oklahoma.
    Ref: Poland-Thompson Funeral home records

1949

  • Winmill, David “Dave” – Res: Cameron, MO – Born: 1874 – Death 12 Dec 1949 – Father: George Winmill – Mother: Rachel Price – Brother: George Winmill – Cemetery: Christian Chapel, Adams Twp. DeKalb Co. MO.
    Ref: Poland-Thompson Funeral home records
     
  • Witt, Carol Kay (Infant) – Res: Osborn, MO – Born: 30 Nov 1949 – Death: 30 Dec 1949 – Cause: Virus Infection – Age: 1 mo – Burial: 31 Dec 1949 – Clergy: Rev. T. Earl Starks – Father: James Witt – Mother: Elizabeth Nelson – Cemetery, Evergreen, Osborn, MO – Lot 65 Sec. 3
    Ref: Poland-Thompson Funeral home records

1951

  • Nicholson, Paul Keith  – Res: Rte #4 Box 29, Cameron, MO – Born: 19 May 1951, Cameron, MO – Death: 18 March 1989, at home – Age: 37 yrs – Religious Aff: Kidder Baptist Church – Funeral: Poland Thompson Chapel, Cameron, MO – Clergy: Rev. Dean Bickford – Occupation: Laborer/Construction – Military: U.S. Army, 1968-1970 – Single – Father: Lloyd Nicholson – Mother: Hulda Cleta Mattox – Survivors: Mother, Cleta Nicholson, Father, Lloyd Nicholson, Brother, Daniel Nicholson, 3 sisters: Tracy Hullinger, Cameron, MO, Patty (Mrs. Merle) Woolley, Nixa, MO, Arlene Templeton, Webb City, MO, Nephews and Nieces, Aunts and Uncles – Cemetery: Wamsley, Grand River Township, DeKalb County, MO.
    Ref: Poland-Thompson Funeral home records

1952

  • Niederhauser, Robert Christ – Res: 523 North Main, Cameron, MO – Born: 22 April 1869, Germany – Death: 9 March 1952 – Cause: Chronic Myocardintis, Contributing cause, general arteriosclerosis – Age: 82y 10m 17ds – Married: Elisa Jane McCallan – Father: Robert Claus Niederhauser – Survivors: Wife, Eliza Jane Niederhauser, Daughters: Sylvia Hopper, Beulah Hopper, 3308 Olive, Kansas City, MO – Cemetery: Oaklawn, Maysville, Camden Township, DeKalb county MO.
    Ref: Poland-Thompson Funeral home records

1954

  • Niederhauser, Eliza Jane – Born: 2 Dec 1881, Wathena, KS – Death: 5 Jan 1954, Mitchell Clinic, Excelsior Springs, MO – Age: 72 y 1m 3ds – Cause: Hypostatic Pneumonia – Funeral: 9 Jan 1954 – Father ??? McCallan – Married: Robert Christ Niederhauser (1869-1952) – widow – Cemetery: Oak Lawn, Maysville, Camden Township, MO.
    Ref: Poland-Thompson Funeral home records

1956

  • Winans, Arthrur Lloyd – Res: Cameron, MO – Born: 19 Sept 1878, Deloit, Iowa – Death 23 Feb 1956, Cameron Community Hospital – Age: 77rs 5mo 4ds – Funeral: 26 Feb 1956, RLDS Church, Cameron, Clergy: Elders David Gamet and Coffman – Fahter: Josiah Winans (b. Deloit, IA) – Mother: Anna McKIm (b.PA) – Survivors: Wife, Amy Blanche Childress Winans, Son, Russel C. Winans (1914-1949), daughter, Francheon Bender – Cemetery: DeLano, Grand River Twp, DeKalb Co. Mo.
    Ref: Poland-Thompson Funeral home records

1960

  • Elliot, Minnie Frances – Born: 1892 – Death: 1960 – Burial: 31 Oct 1960 – Cemetery: Graceland by G. Durl Elliot (1885-1944) Block 3 Lot 29 Space 9.
    Ref: Poland-Thompson Funeral home records

1963

  • Wiss, Euphrates Edward – Res: 825 Prairie, Cameron, MO – Born: 6 June 1894, Cameron, MO – Death: 10 Nov 1963, at Home – Age: 69yrs 5 mo 4ds – Funeral: 12 Nov 1963, Crunk Funeral Home Chapel, Cameron – Clergy: Rev. J. Leslie Hartz (Methodist Minister) – Occupation: Retired, Shoe Cobbler – Veteran WWI – Father: William. E. Wiss (b. Parkerville, KS) - Mother: Mary Hahn – Wife: Ollie Mae Tarter Wiss – Cemetery: Christian Chapel, Adams Twp. DeKalb Co. Mo.
    Ref: Poland-Thompson Funeral home records

1970

  • Mrs. Mollie Crump (1880-1970) Dies at Age 90
    Mrs. Mollie Crump, 90, long time resident of Laredo, who had been a patient in the Robinson nursing home at Cameron, died at 10 p.m. Thursday.  The body was taken to the Payne funeral home at Galt, where arrangements are pending.  Mrs. Crump was born in Sullivan county, June 28, 1880, the daughter of Isaac Myers and Mary Ann Hicks Myers. She was married June 30, 1902 to George S. McMullen, who died March 24, 1942. She was married to Ira Crump on Nov. 7, 1944. He died April 12, 1967. Since then she had made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Irene Holloway and later at the nursing home.  She is survived by three sons, Ernie McMullen, Cameron; Clell McMullen, Linwood, Kan.; Widner McMullen, Colo, Iowa; a daughter, Irene, now Mrs. Bobbie Holloway of Laredo, 16 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by three children.
    Ref:  Trenton Republican - Times Daily , Trenton, Grundy Co., MO, Friday 9 October, 1970, pg. 10 col. 1

1971

  • Wolf, Ford – Res: 604 E 4th, Cameron, MO - Born: 19 May 1896, Pattonsburg, MO – Death: 29 July 1971, at home – Age: 75yrs – Funeral: 31 July 1971, Poland Thompson Funeral chapel, Cameron – Clergy: Rev. Clarence Newby (Christian Minister) – Occupation: Farmer – Father: Thomas Wolf – Mother: Amanda Chaney – Survivors: Wife, Mattie Wolf, Son, Harold Wolf, Daughter, Dixie Frankum – Cemetery: Fairport, Grant Twp, DeKalb Co MO.
    Ref: Poland-Thompson Funeral home records

1972

  • Winans, Amy Blanche – Born: 11 Jan 1881, Deloit, Iowa – Death: 30 Nov 1972, Rest Haven, Independence, MO – Age: 91yrs – Funeral: 3 Dec 1972, RLDS Church, Cameron, MO –Clergy: Elder John Blackstock – Married: Arthur L. Winans (1878-1956) – Father: John M. Childress – Mother: Charlotte Botts – Survivors: Sons, Lloyd Winans, Paul Winans, Daughters: Loyal Combs, Lois Banker, Francheon Ballinger, Sister: Edna Mae Payden, New York, NY – Cemetery: DeLano, Grand River Twp. DeKalb County, MO
    Ref: Poland-Thompson Funeral home records

1973

1974

  • Mrs. Martha A. Walker (1974, age 93)
    Mrs. Martha A. Walker, 93, a longtime resident of Cameron died Monday night at the Sunset Nursing Home, Maysville, following a lengthy illness.  She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Eugene Peters, Cameron, five sons, Herman Walker and A. D. Walker, both of Cameron, and John Walker, Aaron Walker and William Walker, all of Witchita, KS; 18 grandchildren; 37 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren.  The body is at the Poland Thompson Funeral Home and services are pending.
    (sent to me by Karen Rhyne)
    Ref: Cameron News-Observer,  Cameron, Missouri, Tuesday, October 15, 1974.

    Funeral services for Mrs. Martha Ann Walker, 93, will be Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at the Poland-Thompson chapel with Rev. William McMullen, St. Charles, a grandson-in-law and a brother of Earnie McMullen J., officiating. Burial will be in the Deer Creek Cemetery.  The family will receive friends tonight at the chapel from 7:30 to 8:30.  Mrs. Walker, the widow of A. D. Walker and longtime resident of Cameron, died Monday night at the Sunset Nursing Home, Maysville, where she had been a patient two and one half years. (sent to me by Karen Rhyne)
    Ref: Cameron News-Observer, Cameron Missouri Wednesday, October 16, 1974

1976

  • Wiss, Ollie May – Res: Cameron, MO – Born 3 Nov 1895, DeKalb Co. MO – Death 16 Jan 1976, Cameron Community Hospital – Funeral: 19 Jan 1976, Michael Funeral Chapel, Cameron – Clergy: Rev. Steve Kocipak – Occupation: Housewife – Married: E. Edward Wiss(1894-1963) – Father: Dennis Tarter – Mother: Nancy Dice – Survivors: Sons, Lloyd C. Wiss, Orrin Wiss, Sisters, MRs. Ethel Plymell, Brother, Grant Tarter – Cemetery: Christian Chapel, Adams Twp. DeKalb Co Mo
    Ref: Poland-Thompson Funeral home records

1978

  • Witt, Frances Elizabeth – Res: Apple Valley, CA – Born: 14 Feb 1925, Cameron, MO – Death: 2 Feb 1978, Victorville County, San Bernadino, CA – Cause: T Cell Histiocytic Lymphoma – Age: 52yrs -Graveside services – Married – Father: Fred Nelson – Mother: Cora M. Groom – Survivors: Husband, J.T. Witt, Daughter, Corneilia Myelowski (sp?), Victorville CA, Son, Lawrence L. Witt, San Antonio TX, 1 Grandson, 1 Grand daughter, 2 brothers, Melvin Nelson, Cameron, Warren Nelson, St. Joseph, MO, 1 Sister, Rosalie Milbourn, Sedalia, MO (notation: USAF Hospital, George Air Force Base & Kern Funeral Home, Victorville, CA) Cemetery: Evergreen, Osborn, MO, Lot 65 Sec. 3.
    Ref: Poland-Thompson Funeral home records

1985

  • Wilton, Lorentz Charles – Res: RT 1, Turney, MO – Born: 17 June 1901 at Lawson, MO – Death: 12 Feb1985 at Cameron Manor Nursing Home, Cameron, MO – Age: 83yrs – Funeral: 15 Feb 1985, Graveside – Clergy: Rev. James Hardin, Church of Christ, Richmond – Occupation: Farmer – Married: Elizabeth F. Groham (Deceased) – Father: Charles Wiltse – Mother: Rosa Groshon – Relatives: Nelda Catron (dau) Cameron, MO, Marie Bradford, KS, 3 Grandchildren, 4 Great Grandchildren – Cemetery: Memory Gardens, Richmond MO.
    Ref: Poland-Thompson Funeral home records

1987

  • Wolf, Mattie Sara – Res: Cameron, MO – Born: 1 Oct 1900, Pattonsburg, MO – Death: 25 Jan 1987, Cameron Community Hospital – Age: 86yrs – Funeral: 27 Jan 1987, Poland Thompson Chapel – Clergy: Rev. James Starke – Occupation: Homemaker – Married: Ford Wolf (1896-1971) – Father: George Palmer – Mother: Mary Belle Morris – Survivors: 1 Son, Harold E. Wolf, Maysville, MO – 1 Daughter: Dixie Frankum, St. Joseph MO, 1 Sister, Abby Calvin, Altamont, MO, 1 Brother: Roy Palmer, Clarinda IA, 4 grandchildren, 4 Great Grandchildren – Cemetery: Fairport, Grant Twp, DeKalb Co MO.
    Ref: Poland-Thompson Funeral home records

1989

  • Winstead, Mary Alice – Res: Oak Ridge Manor, Plattsburgh, MO – Born 28 June 1906, Osborn, MO – Death: 18 Dec 1989, Hospital, Liberty, MO – Age: 83yrs – Funeral: 20 Dec 1989, United Methodist Chruch, Osborn, MO – Clergy: Rev. Mark Stewart – Occupation: Motel Clerk – Father: George F. Winstead – Mother: Minnie J. Porter – Survivors: sister, Georgia F. Cox, Osborn, Nieces, Great Nephew, Cemetery: Evergreen, Osborn, MO. Lot 20 Sec. 2.
    Ref: Poland-Thompson Funeral home records
     
  • Wolf, Stephen Ford – Res: Dallas, Texas – Born: 19 Dec 1957, Des Moines Iowa – Death: 24 July 1989, Baylor Hospital, Dallas, TX – Age: 31 yrs – Funeral: Graveside (Cremains) – Clergy: Rev. Edward Sheridan – Occupation: Office Mgr/North Dallas Office Supply – Religious Aff: Avondale Baptist Church, Kansas City MO – Father: Harold Wolf – Mother: Shirley Riggin – Survivors: Parents: Harold and Shirley Wolf, Maysville, MO, Sister: Sue Ann Wolf, Dallas TX, Brother: David Morse, Dallas TX, Aunt, Dixie Frankum, St. Joseph, MO. – Maternal Grandmother: Lucille Riggin, Joplin, MO, Several nieces and Nephews – Cemetery: Fairport, Grant Twp, DeKalb Co. Mo. 
    Ref: Poland-Thompson Funeral home records

 

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2001

  • Judith A. Blair

     Judith Ann Blair, 57, of Sedalia, formerly of Lathrop died Dec. 28, 2001 at her home in Sedalia.
     She was born March  26, 1944 in Plattsburg and had lived in the Cameron and Lathrop areas before moving to Sedalia 10 years ago. She was united in marriage to Vernon Blair in Lebanon on January 30, 1984 and he survives of the home.
     Preceding her in death were her parents, Clarence Ralph, Jr. and Corona Adeline Meyers Huckaby.
     Additional survivors include 2 brothers, Phillip Huckaby of Plattsburg and Gary Huckaby of Utica; 3 sisters, Linda Cain and Susan Eads, both of Lathrop and Donna Terry of Independence.
     Funeral services were held Monday, Dec. 31, 2001 at the Bailey Funeral Home in Lathrop with burial in the Lathrop Cemetery.
     
  • Mary E. Duncan

       Mary Elizabeth Duncan, 78, of Holt died Friday., Dec. 28, 2001 at the Liberty Hospital
     She was born Apr. 1, 1923, in Liberty and had lived in the Holt area since 1952. She was a homemaker, a member of the Holt First Baptist Church, the Holt American Legion Auxiliary, and the Keepers Club. 
     On Feb. 17, 1946, Mary married John T. Duncan in Kansas City, KS; he survives of the home.
     Preceding her in death were her parents, Everett and Margaret Shaver.
     Additional survivors include a son, John Duncan of Polo; four daughters, Sharon Post of Lincoln, NE, Mary Whited of Kansas City, KS, Susanne Gibbons of Hannibal and Carol Grimm of Liberty; a brother, Everett Shaver Jr. and a sister, Francis Votipka both of Liberty; ten grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
     Services were held Monday, Dec. 31, 2001 at the Holt First Baptist Church with burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Kearney. Morris Bailey Chapel, Holt was in charge of arrangements.
  • Bennie R. Wenzel, Sr.

       Bennie "Bill" R. Wenzel, Sr., 70, Dearborn, passed away, Thursday, December 27, 2001 at North Kansas City Hospital.
     He was born on March 22, 1931 to Herman Sr., and Emma (Bregin) Wenzel in St. Joseph where he attended school and grew up. He then served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.
     On August 22, 193 he was united in marriage to Barbara Henderson. After their marriage they lived in St. Joseph, later moving to Kansas City and in 1969 they moved to Dearborn where they made their home.
     Bill farmed near Dearborn, worked at the Kansas City Stockyards, and also owned and operated Wenzel Construction Company.
     He helped organize and served on the board of the Dearborn Community Housing. He participated in many North Platte High School activities and numerous community services.  
     Bill was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Herman Wenzel, Jr.
     He is survived by his wife, Barbara, of the home, two daughters, Vickie Buckler, Dearborn and Deborah Wenzel, St. Joseph; a son, Bennie R. Wenzel, Jr., Dearborn; four grandchildren, Amy, Jeremy, B.R., and Brock; five nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.
     Funeral services were held Monday, December 31, 2001 at the United Methodist church in Dearborn with burial in the Dearborn Cemetery, Dearborn with Hixson-Klein funeral Home, Gower in charge of arrangements.
     In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Bill Wenzel North Platte High School Scholarship Fund.
  • Frank Hughes

       Frank Hughes, 74, Plattsburg, died Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2001, at a Plattsburg health-care center.
     Mr. Hughes was employed as a police officer with the Kansas City Police Department from 1955 until 1981. He then served as chief of the Plattsburg Police Department for seven years. He later was a dispatcher for the Plattsburg Police Department until retiring in 1999.
     Born Nov. 19, 1927, in Leavenworth, he resided in Kansas City for most of his life. He had resided in Plattsburg for the past 22 years.
     On May 20, 1971, he married Sue Taylor. She survives of the home.
     In 1963, Mr. Hughes was awarded the National Life Saving  Award by President Kennedy. Mr. Hughes was also awarded the First Officer of the Month Award by KMBC Channel 9, and given a commendation for coordinating and directing rescue efforts during the Riverside floods of 1964.
     Mr. Hughes was a member of the First Baptist Church, Plattsburg; AMA-American Model Aircraft Association; KCPD-Retired Officers Association; Kansas City Police Benefit Association; C.A.T.-Animal Rescue; World Wildlife; National Humane Association; and the American Legion Post.
     He was preceded in death by his parents, Francis and Leatha.
     Additional survivors include, four sons, William, Excelsior Springs, David, Ogden, UT, John, Kansas City, and Eric, Phoenix; and several grandchildren.
     Services were held Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2002 at the First Baptist Church with burial in Green Lawn Cemetery. Cox Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Memorials maybe made to the family or to the donor's local Salvation Army.
  • Anna L. Orr

       Anna Lee (Genson) Orr, 71, of Plattsburg, passed away, Wednesday, December 26, 2001 at the University of Kansas Medical Center, in Kansas City, KS.
     She was born on October 19, 1930 to Thomas and Bessie (Tyer) Genson near Starfield. Anna Lee attended school and grew up near Starfield and in 1949 graduated from Plattsburg High School.
     On September 15, 1971 she was united in marriage to Claude Orr. After their marriage they lived near Plattsburg where they made their home. He preceded her in death on March 25, 1974 and in 1978 Anna Lee moved to Plattsburg.
     Anna Lee worked at the Oakridge of Plattsburg Health Care Center and later at the Gower Convalescent Center, retiring in 1995.
     She was also preceded in death by her parents, and a sister, Louise Wattenbarger.
     Anna Lee   is  survived by four step-sons, Edward Orr, Oklahoma City, Martin Orr, Little Rock, AR, Richard Orr, Tulsa and Dale Orr, Liberty; one step-daughter, Sue Lysaght, St. Joseph; twelve step-grandchildren and seven step-great-grandchildren; a brother, Donald Genson, Plattsburg; two sisters, Maxine Genson of the home in Plattsburg and Mae Barnett, Gower; several nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.
     Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 29, 2001 at the Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower with burial in Mt. Zion Cemetery, rural Gower.
     Donations may be made to the Mt. Zion Cemetery.
  • Carolyn Carter

       Mrs. Carolyn Scearce Carter, of Plattsburg. died Tuesday Dec. 25, 2001 with her family. Mrs. Carter was born on March 10,1927 in Plattsburg. She was a graduate of Plattsburg High School.
     On April 5, 1946 she married William Gene Carter who preceded her in death in 1978. Mrs. Carter was a lifelong resident and a respected businessperson in the community of Plattsburg, where Mrs. Carter and her husband were the Owner and Operators of W.G. Carter Trucking Service. Mrs. Carter was also the Owner and Broker of Woodward Real Estate in Plattsburg.
     Mrs. Carter was a member of the First  Christian Church of Plattsburg where she served as Board Member and Deaconess. She was also a member of the Plattsburg Chamber of Commerce, the Democratic Women Association; The Kansas City Realtors Association and The Missouri Association Realtors.
     Mrs. Carter was preceded in death by her Parents, Simeon Allen and Mary B. Scearce; a sister Mary Elizabeth Moulton; a brother Simeon Allen Scearce, Jr.
     Surviving are her daughter and son-in-law, Gwendolyn and John Kemper of Plattsburg; two granddaughters' and their husbands, Sydney and Matthew Ruth of Laguna Niguel, CA, and Katherine and Preston Filger of Plattsburg; 2 great grandchildren Matthew Ruth and Molly Filger
     Funeral Services will be held at 10am, Friday Dec. 28, 2001 at First Christian Church, Plattsburg. Burial will be at Green Lawn Cemetery, Plattsburg. The Family will receive friends 6:30 until 8pm at First Christian Church. Friends may call after 10am, Thursday, at First Christian Church.
  • Rita M. White

       Rita M. (Langner) White, 85, St. Joseph, died Sunday, Dec. 23, 2001, at a St. Joseph hospital.
     Born on April 30, 1916,  in Saxton, she was a native of Easton and had formerly resided in Plattsburg and Gower. For the last 30 years, she had been a resident of St. Joseph.
     Mrs. White was an active member and attended daily mass at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, where she was also a member of St. Ann's Altar Society, Legion of Mary, Ladies of Charity, Active Christians Today volunteer, House of Bread volunteer and a Eucharist minister. She was also a member of the Gower American Legion Auxiliary and Pearl Harbor Survivors Association.
     In 1940, she married Charles R. White. He preceded her in death in 1999.
     She was also preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Katherine Langner; a brother, Ray Langner; two sisters, Agnes Young and Sister Mary Langner, O.S.F.
     Survivors include three daughters, Sister Charlotte White, Kansas City, KS, Tracy Zawodny, St. Joseph and Mary Antonio, Kansas City; two sons, Edward and Richard White both of Kansas City; two brothers, Bernard Langner, Hayward, CA and Edward Langner, Plattsburg; a sister, Theresa Reagan, Lebanon; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
     Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, December 26, 2001, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church with burial in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Arrangements were made by the Meierhoffer Family Funeral Service, St. Joseph. Memorials may be made to St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church.
  • Anna L. Roppolo

       Anna Lee (Chaney) Roppolo, 80,  of St. Charles died December 23, 2001 at the St. Joseph Health Center, St. Charles, MO. 
     She was born January 10, 1921 in Hemple.  Graduated from Missouri Western State College.
     She was a Bank Teller for the Pine Lawn Bank in Pine Lawn, MO. She was a member of the PEO, Presbyterian Women's Circle, St. Charles Presbyterian Church, and the American Red Cross.
     She was preceded in death by her husband, John Roppolo and her father, Luther B. Chaney.
     Survivors include a son, John Roppolo and his wife Margaret of Florissant; her mother, Pauline Chaney, Plattsburg; and a granddaughter, Kristen Roppolo, Florissant.
     Services  were held at St. Charles Presbyterian Church, St. Charles, MO Friday, Dec. 28, 2001 with graveside service and inurnment at the Allen Cemetery, Gower on Monday, Dec. 31, 2001.
     Memorials may be sent to the Baue Funeral Home, 620 Jefferson Street, St. Charles, Mo 63301 
  • Albert O. McElheny

       Albert Owens McElheny, 60, Lathrop, died Saturday, Dec. 22, 2001, at a Kansas City, KS hospital.
     Mr. McElheny was a customer services agent for United Airlines. Born on Sept. 7, 1941, in Rochester NY, he lived in the Lathrop area since 1985.
     He was preceded in death by his father, William McElheny.
     Survivors include his wife, Ellie McElheny of the home; three sons, Steven, Scott and William McElheny, all of Kansas City; a daughter, Stacey Conover, Sedalia; his mother, Edna McElheny, Rochester; a brother, William McElheny, Rochester; a sister, Penny McElheny, Albany, NY and three grandchildren.
     The body will be cremated. There is no service or visitation. Arrangements by the Bailey Funeral Home, Lathrop.
  • George J. Giacone

       George Joseph Giacone died Monday, Dec. 17 at the Liberty Hospital. 
     Survivors include his wife, Frances; two sons, Harry and David; granddaughter, Sherri Duncan; grandson, Steven Giacone; great-granddaughter, Brittnay Duncan; Special daughter-in-law, Carole Giacone.
     Services were held at Mt. Moriah with burial in the Eastslope Cemetery

2002

  • Mark L. Edwards

       Mark L. Edwards, 42, Gower, formerly of Independence, passed away  Tuesday, January 29, 2002 at North Kansas City Hospital.
     Mark was born May 18, 1959 in Lawrence, KS. He grew up in Independence where he graduated from Truman High School in 1977. Mark attended Bailey Technical School in Kansas City.
     On May 20, 1984 he was united in marriage to Karla Andrews. After their marriage they lived in Kansas City until 1996 when they moved to Gower to make their home. 
     Mark worked at Rampart Security in Parkville and owned and operated Excel Security, along with Tracy Branstuder in Kansas City. Mark also worked at Firemaster and Simplex/Grinnel both in Kansas City. He was a volunteer for the Gower Fire Department, where he served as Assistant Fire Chief for one year, and also was a First Responder. Mark was a member of the Messiah Lutheran Church in Independence.
     He is survived by his wife, Karla of the home, three sons, Mark Aaron Edwards, Blue Springs and Brandon Lee and Justin Scott of the home; a grandson, Brice; his parents, Francis and Peggy Edwards, Kansas City; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Kevin and Anne Edwards, Grain Valley and Scott and Shelly Edwards, Salina, OK; several nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.
     Funeral services were held Saturday, February 2, 2002 at the Hixson-Klein Funeral Home  with burial in the Allen Cemetery.
  • Helen L. Grenier

       Helen L. Grenier, 63, of St. Joseph, passed away January 26, 2002 at her home.
     Mrs. Grenier was born August 3, 1938, in Kansas City. She was a former quality assurance employee for Sherwood Medical and a member of the Calvary Baptist Church in St. Joseph.
     She was preceded in death b
     Survivors include a son, Robert Clevenger, Cameron; a daughter, Judy Bottoroff, Gower; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
     Memorial service was held Saturday, February 2, 2002, at the Calvary Baptist Church, St. Joseph. The family requests donations to Calvary Baptist Church. Arrangements by Poland-Thompson Funeral Home, Cameron. 
  • Stanley Pytel

       Stanley Pytel 78, of Kansas City, died January 28, 2002 at his residence. Mr. Pytel was born on July 27, 1923 in New York, NY where he attended school and graduated.
     Mr. Pytel was a Navy Veteran of WWII. He retired from Trans World Airlines after 43 years of service. He was a member of the Ararat Flying Fez, The Rising Sun Masonic Lodge, The Eastern Star Barry Chapter 369 and he was a 32nd Degree Mason.
     On March 23,  1970 he married the former Betty Hawley Stevens of Plattsburg, who survives of the home. Mr. Pytel was a very kind and patient man.
     He was preceded in death by his parents Frank and Amelia Pytel.
     Additional survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Diana Greenleas Jackson and James Jackson of Kansas City; two grandchildren, Paul and Pamela Greenleas; a sister, Josephine Bagan of New York; and a niece Andrea Marchese of Patterson, NY.
     Funeral services are being held today, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2002 at 11:30, at the Cox Funeral Home with burial scheduled to be in the Green Lawn Cemetery, Plattsburg. Visitation will be held from 10:30am until 11:30am prior to the services. The family suggests memorial gifts to the North Care Hospice.
  • Mary S. DeMoss

       Mary S. DeMoss, 94, Plattsburg died January 26, 2002 at  the Liberty Hospital.
     Born in Kingsport, TN on January 30, 1907. She graduated from the Grayson School   and formerly lived in Turney and Cameron.
     Mary married William Reede DeMoss on August 6, 1927. He preceded her in death in 1985. She was a homemaker and a member of the Cameron United Methodist Church.
     Preceding her in death, in addition to her husband, were her parents, William and Lenora Carroll.
     Survivors include   a son James DeMoss of Overland Park, KS; two daughters, Carol Carlile of Broken Arrow, OK and Martha Gum of Kansas City, KS; 10 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
     Services were held Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2002 at the  Poland-Thompson Funeral Home with burial in Cameron's Memory Gardens.
     Memorials may be made to the Cameron United Methodist Church Building Fund.
  • David L. Snodgrass, Jr.

       David L. Snodgrass Jr., 93, of Plattsburg formerly of St. Joseph, died Friday, January 25, 2002, at a Plattsburg health care center.
     Born December  9, 1908, in Plattsburg he later moved to St. Joseph in 1936 until he returned to Plattsburg in 1999.
     Mr. Snodgrass retired in 1968 from Quaker Oats as the credit manager.
     He was a member of the First Christian Church of St. Joseph where he served as an Elder and  a Deacon. Mr. Snodgrass was also very involved in the Scottish Rite Freemasonry in St. Joseph.
     On October 1, 1931, he married the former Almina Parr. She preceded him in death in 1990.
     Also preceding him in death were his parents, Loren and Georgia (Bradley) Snodgrass.
     Survivors include two sons, David Snodgrass III of Stewartsville and James Snodgrass of Wheaton, IL; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
     Graveside services and interment were held Wednesday, January 30, 2002 at Memorial Park Cemetery, St. Joseph with the Cox Funeral Home, Plattsburg in charge of arrangements.
  • Walter E. Schwarz

       Walter E. Schwarz, 93, of Kansas City, passed away Thursday, January 24, 2002, in Gower at the Gower Health Care Center.
     Born near Parkville on November 14, 1908, Mr. Schwarz was a lifelong resident of Platte and Clay Counties. He was a dairy farmer in the Gashland area of Clay County for many years. He received one of the first Progressive Farming Awards in the early 1940s. He retired from the farm in 1968.
     Mr. Schwarz was a member of the Rising Sun Masonic Lodge #13 AF & AM, at Barry, MO., and the Barry Eastern Star, Chapter 369, serving as Worthy Patron in 1962 and 1967. also, he was a member of the Liberty Commandery  #6, Liberty Chapter-Royal Arch Masons #50, serving as Hi Priest in 1972. He served as Secretary-Treasurer for the Liberty Masonic Bodies from 1`970-1990. He acted as building chairman for the Barry Masonic Hall building project in 1979.
     Mr. Schwarz was a member of the Gashland Methodist Church, serving on the Property Committee and as a Building Trustee.
     As one of the Charter Stockholders of the former First Bank of Gladstone, Mr. Schwarz served as a member of the Bank's Board of Directors for a number of years.
     In 1932, he married Jessie Fae Herndon, near Smithville. She died in 1995.
     Mr. Schwarz was also preceded in death by his first wife, Winnie Williams Schwarz; and a daughter Nancy Schrieber.
     Survivors include a son Kenton Schwarz, Gower; a daughter Norma Lou Schwarz, Smithville; grandchildren, Carolyn Cross, Janice VanHorne, Ray Schwarz, JIm Schwarz, Kathy Shea, and Melissa Miller and 22 great-grandchildren.
     A celebration of his life was held Monday, January 28, at Mt Moriah Terrace Park Chapel, 801 NW 108th St., Kansas City, MO with graveside Masonic services at Mt. Moriah Terrace Park Cemetery immediately following the service on Monday.
     Donations may be made to the Rising Sun Masonic building Board Association, or the Gashland Methodist Church.
  • HAROLD FAY DIVELBISS 

       Harold Divelbiss, 74, died Wed, Jan. Z3, 2002 at a St. Joseph Hospital. He was born in DeKalb County Oct. 27, 1927.  He was a lifetime resident of Stewartsville and surrounding area.
     He was a Stewartsville High School graduate, served 4 years in the Air Force.   He attended Clarksdale United Methodist Church and was a member of the Robinson-Beeching American Legion Post 508 and a member of Continental Lodge #37 A.F. & A.M., Stewartsville.
     On July 24, 1964, he married Helen Sprague.  She survives of the home. Additional survivors are two daughters; Sandra Groom, Richardson, TX and Sherry Paysinger, Clarksdale; l brother, Herbert, Clarksdale; 4 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
    Services were held Saturday, January 26, at Bram-Summerfield Funeral Home, Stewartsville, with Rev. Lloyd Nelson officiating.  Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery, St. Joseph.  Military Rites were by Robinson-Beeching Post #508.
  • Willis D. Attebury

       Willis Dowell Attebury, 73, Plattsburg, died January 23, 2002 at his residence.
     Mr. Attebury was a farmer in the Plattsburg area and had also worked for Everett Quarries for 15 years.
     Born in Plattsburg on February 14, 1928, he lived in Plattsburg all of his life.
     He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Plattsburg.
     On December 18, 1947, he married the former Betty Miller, she survives of the home.
     Mr. Attebury was preceded in death by his parents Earnest Attebury and Dolly (Gardner) Attebury; a sister, Helen Gipson and a brother Bobby Attebury.
     Additional survivors include  two sons, Leonard   of Collins, MO and Ricky of Plattsburg; a daughter Valerie Jo Attebury of St. Joseph;  and three grandchildren.
     Graveside services and burial  was held Saturday, January 26, 2002 at the Green Lawn Cemetery, Plattsburg. Memorials may be made  to the First Baptist Church, Plattsburg.
     Arrangements were made through the Cox Funeral Home, Plattsburg.
  • Dale W. Shaffer

       Dale W. Shaffer, 84, Plattsburg, formerly of Cowgill, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2002, at a health-care center in Plattsburg.
     Mr. Shaffer, who was a retired farmer, was born in Kingston on Aug. 1, 1917.
     He was a member of the Cowgill Baptist Church.
     On Aug. 9, 1939, he married Elizabeth Stephens in Richmond. She died in 1994.
     Mr. Shaffer also was preceded in death by his parents, Dave and Bertha; and a sister, Fern Farmer.
     Survivors include two sons, Bob, Kearney and Stan, Cowgill; a daughter, Judy Gardner, Mirabile; three step-grandchildren and 10 step-great-grandchildren.
     Service was held Saturday, January 26, 2002 at the Bailey Funeral Home, Polo with burial in the Cowgill Cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church. 
  • Willard R. Madson

       Willard R. (Bill) Madson, Plattsburg, will be honored at a celebration of living at the First Presbyterian Church on Sunday, January 27, 2002 at 2pm. Friends and relatives are invited to attend.
  • Pearl Anhorn

       Pearl Anhorn, 62, of Gonzales, LA passed away in her home.
     She was a former resident of Plattsburg.
     A memorial will be held at the home on a later date.
     
  • Jack Rheuport Jr.

       Jack Rheuport Jr., 37, Richmond, died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2002, at his home.
     Born in Kansas City, KS, on Aug. 27, 1964, Mr. Rheuport was employed by the Haldex Co. in Kansas City. 
     On May 29, 1993, he married Michelle Seefus. She survives of the home.
     Additional survivors include two sons, Andrew and Jacob both of the home; a daughter, Pamela Rheuport of the home; his father, Donald Duffey, Hardin; his mother, Lana Duffey, Lathrop; a brother Peter Duffey, Grandview and Sherri Miller, Independence, who was reared in the  home.
     Service was held Sunday, Jan. 20, 2002 at the Bailey Funeral Home, Lathrop.
  • Peter Torre

       Peter Torre, 69, Plattsburg died Wednesday, January 16, 2002, at a St. Joseph hospital.
     He was born in Brooklyn, NY on November 5, 1932 to C. John Torre and Vincenza (Catalletto) Torre.
     On April 16, 1955, he married Carole Webster, she survives of the home.
     Mr. Torre retired from the Air Force after 22 years of service as a Chief Master Sergeant. He started his career as a plumber and progressed through the grade in that field to plumbing supervisor. He served two tours of duty in the Vietnam War,  in 1967 and 1971. He also served as a recruiter for all USAF programs. He was stationed in several different countries including Korea, Greenland and Libya.
     Mr. Torre raised his family in Chillicothe where he was a master plumber. He later moved to Plattsburg and continued his plumbing business for many years.
     He was a member of St. Ann's Catholic Church in Plattsburg; a member of the V.F.W. Post #4428, The American Legion Post #0025, and the U.S.A.F. (United States Air force) Sergeants Association.
     Preceding him in death were his parents, C. John Torre and Vincenza (Cataletto) Torre.
     Survivors include three sons, John Torre of Springfield, Mike Torre, of Plattsburg, Stephen Torre of Kansas City; two daughters, Jennie Torre of Kansas City and Mary Torre of Plattsburg, six grandchildren, Jason Torre, Brandi Torre, Nathan Torre, Tanner Torre Rachel Torre and Dominic Torre, and three great-grandchildren.
     Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, January 21, 2002 at St. Ann's Catholic Church. Private inurnment will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Bantam Football League c/o Cox Funeral Home where  arrangements were made.
  • Vilena Bywaters

       Vilena (Sue) Bywaters, 71, of Smithville, passed away, Wednesday, January 16, 2002, at her home in Smithville.
     She was born on September 22, 1930, to Collins and Edna (Boydston) Yates in Platte County, where she grew up and later graduated from Smithville High School.
     On April 4, 1952 she married Jack Bywaters. He survives of the home.
     She was a member of the Baptist church and the Eastern Star in Smithville.
     She worked as an operator for Southwestern Bell Telephone Co and later in the business office at Spellman Memorial Hospital and Clinic all in Smithville.
     Preceding her in death were her parents and twin brothers, Clyde and Carrol Yates.
     Additional survivors include a daughter, Dolores Bywaters, Lenexa; three grandsons, Rodney, Bradley and Jeffrey; Dallas Sellars, Smithville, who she loved as a son; a brother, Marion Yates, Smithville; a sister, Sharon Williams, Edgerton; several nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends. 
     Services were held Saturday, January 19, 2002, at the Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Smithville with burial in the Ridgely Cemetery. 
  • Helen I. Thompson

       Helen I. (Cone) Thompson, 93, of Plattsburg formerly of Fanning, KS, died Tuesday evening, Jan. 15, 2002, at a nursing home in Plattsburg.
     Helen was born on August 15, 1908 in Parkville to Ernest and Sallie (Yates) Cone. She was a 1927 graduate of Edgerton High School.  She lived on a farm in Fanning,   until retiring in 1964 and moved to St. Joseph and then moved to Plattsburg in1992.
     She attended the Baptist Church in Plattsburg.
     Helen was married to Kenneth Fisher; he died in 1932. She then married Gurden Thompson on December 9, 1943 in Troy, KS; he died on June 9, 1992. She was also preceded in  death by her parents, an infant daughter, Marjorie Irene Fisher in 1931; two brothers, Bernard and David Cone; a sister, Thelma Boydston. 
     Survivors include four sisters, Edith Eickhoff, Cameron, Edna Pendleton, Plattsburg, Mary Rutter, Kansas City and Grace Birdwell, Phoenix; several nieces and nephews.
     Services were held Saturday, Jan. 19, 2002, at the Harman Rohde Funeral Home in Troy with burial in the Iola  Cemetery in Sparks, KS.
  • Kathryn A. Swanson

       Kathryn Ann (Barnett) Swanson, 66, died Monday, Jan. 14, 2002 at St. Mary's Hospital in Reno, NV.
     She was born in Plattsburg Aug. 24, 1935, to Lewis and Georgie Barnett and had been a resident of Lassen County, CA since 1979.
     She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother.
     Survivors include her husband, Harold Swanson of Janesville, CA; sons, Andrew Carter of San Jose, CA and Casey Carter of Westwood, CA; a sister, Betty Pearson of St. Joseph; three grandchildren; two nieces; two nephews; several aunts; many cousins and friends.
     A memorial services was held at St. Mary's Hospital in Reno.
  • Thelma D. Craig

       Thelma Demarris Kirkpatrick Craig, 57, Kansas City, passed away, Monday, January 14, 2002 at her home.
     She was born on July 8, 1944, to Jesse Dawn and Ruby Jane (Phillips) Kirkpatrick near Plattsburg. Thelma attended school and grew up near Plattsburg and later lived near Paradise.
     On  March 3, 1972 she was united in marriage to Willard Craig. After their marriage they lived in Nashua and   Smithville and later moved to Kansas City. Her husband, Willard, preceded her in death on January 20, 1982.
     Thelma was a member of the North Heartland Community Church in Riverside.
     She worked in customer service at the Sears Outlet Store on Front street in Kansas City and also was a volunteer at the Psychic Fair where she just received the Volunteer of the Year Award.
     She was also preceded in death by her parents, and one brother, William Kirkpatrick.
     Survivors include three sons, William Kirkpatrick, Kansas City, Tracy Craig, Kearney and Andy Craig, Gladstone; three daughters, Cindy Drew, Kansas City, Cathy Duncan and Stacy Fales, both of Smithville; thirteen grandchildren; three brothers, James Kirkpatrick, Plattsburg, Maurice Kirkpatrick, Lower Lake, CA, and Evan Kirkpatrick, Festus; a sister, Sue Kral, Decatur, TX; several nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.
     Services were held Thursday, January 17th at the Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Smithville. Private burial will be held at a later date at Ft. Leavenworth National Cemetery.
  • Patricia S. Parks

       Patricia S. "Pat" Parks, 69, Kansas City, formerly of Gower, died Monday, January 14, 2002, at the Liberty Hospital.
     Pat was born October 31, 1932, in Poplar Bluff to Albert and Bernadine (Thompson) Lee. She was a graduate of Gower High School. She married Dale Parks on April 10, 1955. He survives of the home.
     She was a member of Claycomo Baptist Church. 
     Preceding her in death were her parents; and an infant son, Mark.
     Survivors include a daughter, Shauna Carrol and her husband, Dan, Raymore; a brother John D. Lee, Knob Noster; two grandchildren Erin and Ryan Carroll both of Raymore and a host of dear friends.
     Funeral services are being held at 1pm today, Thursday, January 17,, 2002 at the Church-Archer-Pasley Funeral Home, Liberty with burial in the Fairview Cemetery, in Liberty.
  • Charles L. Kirtwright

       Charles L. Kirtwright, 86, of Lathrop died Monday, Jan. 14, 2002 at the Clinton Care and Rehab Center in Plattsburg.
     He was born March 31, 1915 in Quincy, IL and had lived in the Kansas City area before moving to Lathrop in 1985.
      Charles worked for the Burlington Northern Railroad and later was a  custodian at St. Luke's Hospital. He retired from both. He was a member of the Lathrop First Baptist Church and a veteran of WWII, serving in the Army.
     He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Florence Kirkwright; a brother and a sister.
     Survivors include a son Stanley of Kansas City; a daughter, Bonita Cloud of Lathrop; a step-son, Eddie Morrison of Kansas City; a step-daughter, Gail Allen of Kidder; 4 grandchildren; 4 step-grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
     Service is being held Today, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2002 at the Bailey Funeral Home, Lathrop at 2pm with burial in the Lathrop Cemetery.
  • Leona F. Stephenson

       Mrs. Leona Faye Stephenson, 81, of Excelsior Springs, died Monday, January 14, 2002 after a brief illness.
     Leona was born February 14, 1920 in Gower. She had lived her entire life in the Smithville and Excelsior springs areas.
     Preceding her in death were her parents and her husband, Si Stephenson in 1976.
     Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Bessie and Ray Wilson of Excelsior Springs, Leona and Alan Kennedy of Plattsburg; 8 sons and daughters-in-law, Joe and Jane Stephenson of Frederickstown, William and Irene Stephenson, Charles Stephenson and Vernon and Louise Stephenson all of Excelsior Springs, Oakley Stephenson of Warsaw, Donald and Cathy Stephenson of Norman, OK, Bobbie Stephenson of Excelsior Springs, Russell and Angie of Liberty, three sisters, Wanda Belk of Kansas City, Opal Berry of St. Joseph and Nancy Streeter of Plattsburg;  21 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren.
     Funeral services were held Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2002 at the Prichard Chapel with burial in Paradise Cemetery near Smithville.
  • W. B. Stanton

       W. B. "Dub" Stanton, 70, of rural Faucett passed away, Sunday, January 13, 2002 at his home.
     He was born on July 2, 1931 to Charles and Anna (Tadlock) Stanton near Faucett where he grew up and in 1949 graduated from Faucett High School. He then served his country in the US Army during the Korean War.
     On May 15, 1954, he was united in marriage to Arlene Dittemore. After their marriage they farmed near Faucett where they made their home. She survives of the home. 
     Dub worked for the Missouri Department of Agriculture Grain Inspection and the Burlington Northern Railroad. He enjoyed and played all sports, including pitching fast pitch softball for the L.F.M. and Agency teams. He also enjoyed playing cards with family and friends, but his greatest love was his cattle and farming. Dub was a member of the Christian Faith. He served on the Mid-Buchanan School Board, Mid-Buchanan Betterment Association, A.S.C.S. Board, Buchanan County Zoning Commission, and the Brinton Cemetery Board.
     He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Gregory; two brothers, Dale and James Stanton; and a sister, Arlene McClelland.
     Additional survivors include two sons, Dick and wife, Wilma and Brad and wife Tina all of Faucett; four grandchildren, Mitchel, Patrick, Christopher and Jacob; a brother, Stanley, Agency; five sisters, Dorothy Corkins, Agency, Donna Klenk, St. Joseph, Doris Johnson, St. Joseph, Anna Lou Grisham, Gower and Patty Spaeth, Lathrop; several nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.
     Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 16,2002 at the Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower with burial in the Mt. Pleasant Old Frame Cemetery, rural Dearborn. 
     The family suggest memorials to Mt. Peasant Old Frame Cemetery or the Mid-Buchanan High School F.F.A.
  • George R. Smith

       George Russell Smith, 75, St. Joseph, died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2002, at a hospital in Leavenworth.
     For 40 years, Mr. Smith worked as a laborer in the heavy construction industry, including the Feeney Construction Co. of St. Joseph for several years until retiring in 1989.
     Born in Pattonsburg on May 5, 1926, he had been a resident of St. Joseph since 1942.
     During World War II, Mr. Smith served in the Navy and received several medals. He attended God's Place of St. Joseph.
     On Jan. 4, 1954, he married Juanita F. White in St. Joseph. She survives of the home.
     Mr. Smith was preceded in death by an infant son, Fred D.; his parents, Orville and Ellie; and three sisters, Mildred Carter, Helen Foster and Eloise Shipers.
     Additional survivors include three sons, Kenneth and George both of Gower and Orville, St. Joseph; three daughters, Mary Jones, Dearborn, Brenda Witkowski and Sarah Clinton, both of St. Joseph; a brother, Elmo, St. Joseph; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
     Service was held  Wednesday at the Gladden-Stamey Funeral Home, St. Joseph with burial in the McFall Cemetery with military honors by members of the 139th Airlift Wing of the Missouri Air National Guard. 
     Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.
  •  N. Grace Reneberg

       Mrs. N. Grace Musser Reneberg, 95 of Plattsburg,  died Saturday Jan. 12, 2002 at a Liberty Hospital. She was born on Feb. 9, 1906 in Starfield. She worked for the Edison Brothers Company of Kansas City, and Portland, Oregon.
     On Dec. 1, 1928 she married Floyd Reneberg. He preceded her in death  in June, 1984. Mrs. Reneberg lived in Kensington, KS until the death of her husband and then she moved back to Plattsburg in 1984. While living in Plattsburg she was a member of the Broadway United Methodist Church and the Clinton County Senior Citizens Center.
        Her parents Harrison L. and Nettie Musser; 4 brothers, Charlie, Willie,   John, and Rollie Musser; 2 sisters Dottie Sullivan and Nellie Kunce preceded her in death.
     Survivors include a son Richard Reneberg of Houston, TX; 3 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
     Funeral services will be held 10am., Thursday Jan. 17, 2002 at the Cox Funeral Home, Plattsburg. Burial will be in the German Town Cemetery, Kensington, KS. Family visitation was held from 7-8:30pm Wednesday Jan. l6, 2002 at the Cox Funeral Home where Friends were able to call anytime after 11am Wednesday at the Funeral Home. The family suggest memorial gifts to the Broadway United Methodist Church or the Senior Citizens Center. Arrangements were made by the Cox Funeral Home, Plattsburg.
  • Helen L. Norton

       Mrs. Helen L. Norton, 90, of Plattsburg, died Friday, Jan. 11, 2002, at the Liberty Hospital.
     She was born in Plattsburg on Oct.  14, 1911. Graduated from Plattsburg High School and attended College in Warrensburg.
     Mrs. Norton was a school teacher in rural Clinton County; a member of the First Christian Church of Plattsburg and the Prairie Cottage Club and the Farm Bureau both of Plattsburg. She also worked for the USDA Census Bureau and on the family farm.
     On April 30, 1935 she married R. Rea Norton. He survives of the home.
     Mrs. Norton was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Charlotte Ditmars; and a granddaughter, Shelley Norton.
     Additional survivors include two sons, Wesley and David both of Plattsburg; a daughter Charnette Norton of Missouri City, TX; 5 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
     Funeral services were held Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2002, at the First Christian Church, Plattsburg with burial in the Brethren Church Cemetery, Plattsburg. 
     The family suggests memorial gifts to the First Christian Church Youth Fellowship. Arrangements were made by the Cox Funeral Home, Plattsburg.
  • Jeanne' L. Reynolds

       Jeanne' Lynn Reynolds, 24, Faucett, died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2002, at a hospital in Kansas City, KS.
     Ms. Reynolds was a certified nurse's assistant with the Clinton Care and Rehab in Plattsburg until her illness. Before that, she was employed by Beverly Manor of St. Joseph; Missouri Gower Convalescent in Gower; and LaVerna Heights of Savanna. She also worked for the Mini Blessing Daycare.
     Born in St. Joseph on Dec. 16, 1977, she had lived most of her life in Faucett. Mrs. Reynolds was a graduate of Mid Buchanan High School in Faucett and a member of the Faucett Baptist Church.
     She was preceded in death by a brother, Todd Reynolds; maternal grandparents, Laurence and Fleta Willmore; and paternal grandfather, Max Reynolds.
     Survivors include a daughter Katelyne Boffman of the home; her parents, Karl and Connie Reynolds of the home and paternal grandmother, Lolita Reynolds, Faucett.
     Service was held Monday at the Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, St. Joseph with burial in the Faucett Cemetery. 
     Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.
  • Mary C. Hake

       Mary Carolyn Hake, 72, of Monroe City and formerly of Plattsburg, died Thursday, Jan. 3, 2002 at her home.
     Mrs. Hake was born Sept. 22, 1929,in Monroe County to Joseph and Mary Leola Hagan Montgomery.
     She was married to Floyd Hack on Sept. 22, 1948, in Indian Creek. He preceded her in death Oct. 3, 1955. She then  married Eugene Castanier on Feb. 7, 1964 in Macon. He preceded her in death Sept. 18, 1974. She was later married to Raymond Hake on May 6, 1978, in Mexico. He preceded her in death in February, 1981.
     She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Barbara Hack and a grandson, Jason Wann.
     Survivors include three sons, Gary Hack of Boonville, David Hack of Columbia and James Hack of Kansas City; three daughters, Beverly Brownlee of Cameron, Marcia Devine of Adrain and Laurie White of St. Louis; 25 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Rita Kendrick of Monroe City and Dorothy Dierker of Quincy, IL; two brothers, Melvin Montgomery of Lexington and John Montgomery of Blue Springs; and numerous nieces and nephews.
     Mass of Christina Burial was held Monday, Jan. 7, 2002, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Monroe City with burial in the St. Mary's Cemetery in Shelbina.
     Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Monroe City Nutrition Center.
  • Hallie M. Hall

       Hallie M. (McDowell) Hall, 108,  St. Joseph, formerly of Gower, died Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2002, at a Gower health-care center.
     Born in St. Joseph in the Sugar Town area on Oct. 1, 1893, Mrs. Hall moved to Gower at an early age.
     On July 31, 1912, she married Luther Hall in Plattsburg. They farmed in the Gower area for a few years and then moved to  St. Joseph. He died in 1969.
     Mrs. Hall was a member of the Copeland Baptist Church, St. Joseph, where she was president of the Women's Missionary Circle, secretary of the Fidelis Sunday School Class and on the kitchen committee. She also was a member of the South Park Rebekah Lodge in St. Joseph.
     She also was preceded in death by a son, Earl; two daughters, Mildred Hall and Ruby Cline; her parents, Earnest and Suzie McDowell; and a brother and three sisters.
     Survivors include a daughter, Marcella  Hall, St. Joseph; a son Millard, Salt Lake Ccity, UT; seven  grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
     Service was held Saturday, Jan. 5, 2002, at the Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, St. Joseph with burial in the Allen Cemetery, Gower. Memorials maybe made to her church or South Park Rebekah Lodge.
  • Richard E. McFarland

    Mary E. McFarland

       Richard Ernest McFarland, 70, Atchison, died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2002 at a St. Joseph hospital. His wife Mary Ellen (Murphy) McFarland, 66, Atchison died Thursday, Jan. 3, 2002 at the Atchison hospital. 
     Mr. McFarland, born in Atchison on Feb. 1, 1931, was employed as a rural letter carried for the U.S. Postal Service in Atchison until 1987. Then he moved to Rockville, MO, where he served as postmaster until retiring in 1989. After retiring he returned to Atchison and worked part-time for Project Concern, the Rainbow Car Wash and as groundskeeper for the Atchison Senior Village. He also was a volunteer driver for cancer patients.
     He was a graduate of the Atchison high school  and a veteran of the Navy.
     Mrs. McFarland, born in Atchison on July 17, 1935, was a teacher at the Maur Hill Prep School in Atchison for 17 years. Then she worked part-time for Maur Hill and Mount St. Scholastica Academy in Atchison.
     She was a graduate of Mount St. Scholastica Academy and earned a teaching certificate.
     The couple were members of St. Benedict's Catholic Church in Atchison. He also was a member of the Fleming-Jackson-Seever American Legion Post No. 6 and Veterans of foreign Wars Post No. 1175, both of Atchison.
     On Nov. 5, 1955, he married Mary E. Murphy in Atchison.
     Mr. McFarland was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Irene; and two brothers.
     Mrs. McFarland was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Elizabeth Murphy; and a brother.
     Survivors include a son, Bruce, Plattsburg; four daughters, Lois McFarland, Karen Shufflebarger and Paula Higley all of Topeka and Colette Haugness, Atchison; his sister, Marilyn Keimig, Atchison; her brother, Leroy Murphy, Chicago; her two sisters, Tresa Buessing, Atchison and Betty Bunck, Everest, KS; and 11 grandchildren.
     Joint Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, Jan. 5, 2002 at St. Benedict's Catholic Church, Atchison with burial in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Atchison. Arensberg-Pruett Funeral Home, Atchison was in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Atchison Catholic School Athletic Program. 
  • Doris F. Karr

       Doris Karr, 91, formerly of Lathrop, passed away at Edinburg Nursing Home in Texas on February 2, 2002.
     Memorial service will be held at 1pm, Tuesday, June 25, 2002 at the Bailey Funeral Home in Lathrop. The Rev. Joe Scahill will be officiating.
     She is survived by one daughter: Karen Knutter of Alamo, Texas, two grandchildren: Mark Knutter of Kansas City, MO, and Michael Knutter of Holt, MO. Four great-grandchildren: Stephen, Everett, Ashley and Aaron Knutter.
     She was a lifelong resident of Caldwell and Clinton Counties and a member of the Prairie Ridge Christian Union Church near Polo. She resided in the Lathrop Senior Citizen's Complex after the death of her spouse, Alvin H. Karr in 1978. She moved back to Texas in 1995 to be near her daughter. After four years in Texas she moved back to Missouri to Bristal Manor Assisted Living in Weston. She became very ill in November of 2001 and went back to Texas with her family.
  • Herbie Hamilton

       Herbie Hamilton, 92, Gower, passed away, Thursday, February 28, 2002 in St. Joseph.
     He was born on July 16, 1909 to James and Mary Ella (Call) Hamilton in Sharpsburg, KY where he grew up and attended school. In 1935 he moved to Gower where he made his home.
     Herbie worked for the Gibson's and Schuster's Farms in Gower for many years.
     He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Marvin Hamilton and two sisters, Mary Hamilton and Pauline Prince.
     Herbie is survived by friends in the Gower Community. 
     Funeral services were held Saturday, March 2, 2002 at the Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower with burial in Allen Cemetery.
  • Ralph B. Mosby

       Ralph B. Mosby, 91 of Boothwyn, PA, passed away, Wednesday, February 27, 2002.
     He was born on December 20, 1910 to Benjamin and Rosie Mosby in Camden, where he attended school and grew up.
     On April 27, 1947 he was united in marriage to Ermine Everett. After their marriage they lived in the greater  Kansas City area, where he worked for TWA. They later moved to Independence and in 1999 they moved to Media, PA, where they made their home. His wife Ermine, passed away on Nov. 3, 2001.
     He was a longtime member of the Sterling Acres Baptist Church in Raytown and the International Association of Machinists Local 1650 in Kansas City.
     Ralph was also preceded in death by his parents, four sisters, Geraldine Runge, Ruth Weidman, Lillian Fansler, and Flora Cleary, and an infant brother, Byron.
     Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Leland and Linda Mosby, Boothwyn, PA; four grandchildren, Danielle Mosby, Tony Persichetti, Leland Mosby, Jr., and wife Joni and Crystal Mosby; a brother, Durwood Mosby, Topeka, KS and a brother-in-law, L.W. "Woody" Everett, Cedar Grove, NJ; several nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.
     Funeral services will be held at 11am, Saturday, March 9th at the Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower with burial in Mt Zion Cemetery, Gower.
     The family will receive friends form 6:30-8:30pm Friday evening at the funeral home in Gower. Donations may be made to the Mt. Zion Cemetery or his church.
  • Emily R. Pollard

       Emily Ruth Pollard, 76, Lathrop, died Sunday, February 24, 2002 at the Liberty Hospital, Liberty.
     Ruth was born November 1,    1925 near Hale and had lived in Turney most of her life before moving to Lathrop a few years ago. She was a very active member of the First Baptist Church in Lathrop and was a homemaker.
     On October 12, 1946, Ruth was united in marriage to Herbert Pollard in Clinton and he preceded her in death in 1992. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Jenny Pinkard; a son, Mark 1997 and a sister, Christine Werden.
     Survivors include a son, Michael Pollard, Lathrop; two daughters, Kathy Mydland, Lathrop and Terry Quigley, Cameron; 8 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; a brother, J.W. Pinkard, Denver, CO and three sisters, Kathryn Potter, Chillicothe, Dorothy Reynolds, Denver, CO and Marjorie Grossman, Chillicothe.
     Funeral services were held Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2002 at the First Baptist Church, Lathrop with Interment in the Cameron Memory Gardens. The family requests a memorial to the church.  Bailey Funeral Home, Lathrop had charge of arrangements.
  • Arlene Harmer

       Arlene Harmer, 93, of Edgerton, passed away, Friday, February 22, 2002 at Beverly Health Care in Smithville.
     She was born on March 11, 1908 to James and Mattie (Liggett) Harmer in Platte County near Edgerton. Arlene attended school and grew up near Edgerton and later graduated from   Edgerton High School.
     Arlene farmed and raised livestock in the Edgerton area and in later years took care of her mother and father. In 1984 she retired and moved to Edgerton.
     She was a longtime member of the Mt. Zion Baptist church in Edgerton.
     Arlene was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Herbert and James Harmer; a sister, Zelma Harmer, and two sisters-in-law, Mary Ella and May Harmer.
     Survivors include a brother, Alfred Harmer, Kansas City; sister-in-law, Rosalie Harmer, Kansas City; niece, Janice McLean, San Francisco; two great-nephews, Jason and Jeff Mann, other relatives and many friends.
     Funeral services were held Monday, Feb. 25, 2002 at the Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Edgerton with burial in the Ridgely Cemetery.
  • Earl P. Rose

       Earl Paul Rose, 60, of Holt, passed away Wednesday, February 20, 2002 at his home in Holt.
     Earl was born January 6, 1942 in Milwaukee, WI and had lived in the Holt area for the last 4 1/2 years. He was a member of the Teamster's Local 200 in Milwaukee and was a retired truck driver.
     Earl was preceded in death by his parents, Ervin and Ethel Zimmerman Rose.
     Survivors include his wife, Joan of the home; two sons, Kevin Rose of Kansas City, Wayne Rose of Holt; 4 grandchildren; two step-brothers, John Marn of Portland, OR and David Rose of Milwaukee; two step-sisters, Nancy Anderson of Eaglecreek, OR and Lynn Rose of Milwaukee.
     Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 26, 2002 at the Bailey Funeral Home in Lathrop.
  • Ted Welsh

       Ted Welsh, 65, of Plattsburg, passed away, Tuesday, February 19, 2002 at the Liberty Hospital.
     He was born on June 11, 1936 to Charlie and Allena (Pierson) Welsh near Trimble. He attended    school at Priairie Point and in 1948 the family moved to Plattsburg where he graduated from Plattsburg High School in 1955.
     On February 18, 1956 he was united in marriage to Virginia Brown. After their marriage they lived in the Plattsburg area where they made their home.
     Ted worked for various farmers in the Plattsburg area, local grocery stores, Mead Container in 1969 in the plant, and in 1971 he became an OTR driver for Mead, which later became Weyerhaeuser in St. Joseph, until the time of his death.
     He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Plattsburg, where he was baptized in 1948 and also the Plattsburg Country Club.
     Ted was preceded in death by his parents, and one grandchild.
     Survivors include his wife, Virginia, of the home; three sons, Harold Welsh, Plattsburg, Teddy Welsh, Kansas City, and Douglas Welsh, Sacramento, CA; five grandchildren, Michael, Anthony, Tedi, Dawn, and Samantha; one great-grandson, Preston; a brother, Charles Welsh, Belton; a sister, Charlene Gipson, Plattsburg; several nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.
     Funeral services were held Monday, February 25, 2002 at the First Baptist Church in Plattsburg with burial in the Green Lawn Cemetery under the direction of Hixson-Klein Funeral Home.
     
  • Lee Roy Cassity

       Lee Roy Cassity, 67, of Kansas City, died February 18, 2002 at New Mark Nursing Care Center in Kansas City.
     Lee was born in Kansas City on April 25, 1934, living his childhood on a farm in Blue Springs. He graduated from Blue Springs High School in1952 and was in the Army form 1956 to 1958. He married Dorothy "Dottie" Spencer on September 25, 1954 and they lived most of their life in Platte Woods. She survivors of the home. His entire career was spent with KCP&L, and he retired from the Real Estate Department with 40 years of service in 1992. He was a member of the John Lynn Club.
     He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank T. and Jewell Cassity. 
     Additional survivors include two sons, Douglas and wife Cindy of Edgerton and Steve and wife Kerri, Kansas City; a daughter Penny Trimble and husband Scott of Olathe, KS; eleven grandchildren; and a sister, Dorothy Mae Straw, Blue Springs.
     The family will receive friends from 11am to 1pm with funeral services immediately following on Friday, February 22 in Tiffany Fellowship, 7315 NW Barry Road, Kansas City. A private family inurnment will be held at a later date. Donations may be made to the Michael J. Fox foundation for Parkinson's Disease. Arrangements under the direction of the Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower.
  • Jean Nickerson

       Jean Laura Nickerson, 83, Stewartsville, died Feb. 16, 2002, at a healthcare facility in Gladstone.
     Jean was born June 8, 1918 in Waterville, MN to Walter and Annie "Chambers" Matson.
     On April 16, 1947 she married Charles Nickerson in Kansas City.  He preceded her in death in 1990.
     Jean worked as a truck driver for Matson Truck Lines before purchasing the Nickerson Cafe in Pattonsburg.
     She was preceded in death by her son and daughter-in-law, Billy L. and Zoe Smith in 1977; three brothers, Roy, Erwin, and Donald Matson; two sisters, Myrtise Sutter and Eva Shobie.
     Survivors include two grandsons that she raised after the death of their parents, David Smith, Stewartsville and Kent Smith, Kansas City, KS.  A brother, Glen Matson, Fort Myers, FL and two sisters Ethel Lair, Lido, CA; Gladys Smith, Faribault, MN.
     Services were held Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2002 in Gallatin.  Burial in Crown Hill Cemetery, Denver, CO.  The family suggest memorials be made to the Missouri State Troopers Association.
  • Donald Skaggs

       Donald Edward "Duck" Skaggs, 78, lifelong resident of Dearborn, passed away on Friday, Feb. 15, 2002.
     Donald was born on September 26, 1923 to Jenk William and Alma Ruth (Wells) Skaggs.
     On April 3, 1943 he married Lola F. Bowles in Troy, KS.  Donald was a farmer and also worked for the J.B. Halferty Elevator in Dearborn.  In addition, he was a school bus driver for the Faucett School District.
     He was a member to the Dearborn Christian Church.
     He is survived by his wife, Lola, of the home; one son, James of Faucett; three daughters, Teresa Carr of Gower, Donna Gabbert and Jana Tersterman both of Dearborn; one brother, Jenkin Wells Skaggs of Dearborn; eight grandchildren; five great grandchildren; one step grandson and five step great grandchildren.
     Services were held on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2002 at Vaughn-Aufranc Funeral Home in Dearborn. 
  • Thomas A. Gray

       Thomas Alva Gray, 86, Plattsburg, died February 14, 2002 at a Kansas City hospital. 
     Tom was born April 18, 1915 to Helbert Alva and Mary Etta Banks Gray in Eagleville, MO. 
     On May 4, 1934 he married Claudia Ladine Brown in Bethany, MO. 
     Tom served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.  Tom and his wife, Claudia owned and operated Gray Furniture stores.  After leaving the retail furniture business, they operated a booth in a flea market.  Tom was a born-again Christian and a member of the First Baptist Church in Plattsburg.  He enjoyed family, golf, boating, water skiing, hunting and was an avid fisherman.
     He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Janice Ladine (Sally) Gray.
     He is survived by his wife, Claudia, Plattsburg; two sons, Tom Jr. of Leawood, KS and Nick of Shell Knob, MO; five grandsons, Paul Gray of Spicewood, TX, Daniel Gray of Manassas, VA, Douglas Gray of Bonita Springs, FL, Derek Locke of Smyrna, GA and Stephen Gray of Kansas City; one granddaughter, Lisa Gray Smith of New Orleans, LA; and three great granddaughters, Josephine Gray of Manassas, VA , Zoe and Hope Locke, of Smyrna, GA.
     Services were held on Monday, Feb. 18, 2002 at the First Baptist Church, Plattsburg.   Internment at the Ridgeway, MO cemetery.
  • Larry D. Wynn

       Larry Dean Wynn, 57, Edgerton, died on Feb. 14, 2002 at a North Kansas City hospital.
     Memorial services were held on Monday, Feb. 18, 2002.
  • Emily Hickman

       Emily Hickman, 81, Shelbina, died Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2002 in Columbia, MO.
     She was born in Leonard, MO on July 24, 1920 to Arden and Fenton Bradley Worland.  
     On April 16, 1941 she married Lloyd "Buss" Hickman Sr.
     She is survived by her husband; two sons, John Hickman of St. Joseph and Joe Hickman of Shelbina; five grandchildren, John A. Hickman and July Bartlett of Kansas City, J.L. Hickman of Plattsburg, Lewis Hickman of Aurora, CO and Mike Hickman of Shelbina; two step-grandchildren, Tom Maubach of Shelbina and Laura Bray of Sweet Springs; two great-grandchildren; three sisters, Fannie Shores of Newton, IA, Ardith Welch of Mexico, MO and Mary Early, Los Angeles, CA.
     Services were held on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2002 in Shelbina.
  • Sue Brown

       Sue Brown, 63, Edgerton, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2002 at her home.
     Sue was born on March 19, 1938 to James Forest and Aletha Foster Witt near Agency.   She attended school and grew up in the Gower and Edgerton areas.   She graduated from North Platte High School in Dearborn.
     On June 16, 1956 she married Jack L. Brown at the Mount Zion Baptist Church.   They made their home in Edgerton.
     She worked for the U.S. Postal  for 28 years.
     She is survived by her husband, Jack of the home; two sons, Martin and his wife, Carol of Lathrop and Paul and his wife, Tracy also of Lathrop; one daughter, Janet Vogel and her husband, Russell of Lawson; eight grandchildren; and two sisters, Evelyn Livingston of Gower and Marolyn Jean Butler of Brandon, FL; several nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
     Funeral service were held on Feb. 16, 2002 at the Mount Zion Baptist Church, Edgerton.  Burial Ridgely Cemetery, Ridgely, MO.  Donations may be made to the Mount Zion Baptist Church.
  • Jane Alice Swindler

       Jane Alice (Munkirs) Swindler, 54, of Lathrop MO died Tuesday, February 12, 2002 at a hospital in Liberty, MO.
     Funeral services were Saturday. February 16, 2002 at Lathrop First Baptist Church. burial in Lathrop Cemetery. 
     Jane was born November 27. 1947 in Excelsior Springs, MO and lived in the Lathrop area since 1965. She was the secretary and bookkeeper for Sam's Body Glass and Auto Repair for 28 years. The business is owned by her husband, Sam. Jane graduated from Excelsior Springs High School, was a member of Lathrop 
    First Baptist Church, Lathrop Antique Car Club, and the Horseless Carriage Club in Kansas City.
     Jane was married on August 1, 1965 to Sam Swindler in Excelsior Springs, MO and he survives of the home. 
     She was preceded in death by her parents: Donald and Edrie Munkirs, one sister: Bonnie Grimes, one son: Tony Swindler of Gaithersburg, MD, one daughter: Melissa Fitzmaurice of Lathrop, one grandson; Andrew and one expectant grandchild to be born in September.
     Memorial to the Lathrop Antique Car Club.
     Arrangements were by Bailey Funeral Home, Lathrop. Mo.
     
  • Ralph Landis

       Ralph Landis, 101, Edgerton, died Sunday, February 10, 2002, at St. Luke's Northland Hospital.
     Ralph was born December 17, 1900 in Wagoner, OK, the son of Sapharino and Trinidad Flores Rodrigues. 
     He served with the 2nd Infantry Division in WWI and was thought to be the last WWI veteran in the Kansas City Metro area. He was a member of the Edgerton American Legion and Teamsters Local 956. 
     Ralph was preceded in death by his wife, Lois Landis and a son, Richard Landis, both in 1984.
     Survivors include a son Ralph S. Landis, Platte City; a daughter, JoAnn Davis, Independence; step-daughters Billie Routh, Easton, Irene Wimberley, Easton; 7 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.
     Funeral services were held Wednesday, February 13,  2002 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Edgerton. Interment will be in Barry Cemetery, Kansas City. Memorial contributions may be given to the American Legion, Edgerton.
    Arrangements by D.W. Newcomer's sons White Chapel Funeral Home.
  • Kathrine J. Grayson

       Kathrine J. Grayson, 87, of Plattsburg died Friday, February 8, 2002, at her residence. 
     Kathrine was born at Mecca in February 28, 1914. She attended the Washington School in Plattsburg and was a life long resident of Plattsburg.
     Preceding her in death were her parents Mac and Susie (Tate) Grayson; 5 brothers, Elton, Ralph, Oliver, Charles and Clarence; and a sister, Velma Morris.
     Survivors  include several nieces and nephews.
     Ms. Grayson has been cremated with inurnment at a later date. Arrangements by the Cox Funeral Home, Plattsburg.
    Donald E. Gatewood
     Donald Eugene Gatewood, 59, of Plattsburg passed away on Thursday, February 7, 2002. His cancer may have won the battle but it never took away his kind and thoughtful attitude.
     He was a member of the Restoration Church of Christ.
     Survivors include his parents, Farrel and Maxine Gatewood; a sister, Cheryl Dicavolo; and two brothers, John Gatewood and Robert Gatewood.
     A closed service was held in his honor with burial in the Goss Cemetery, Smithville. Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Smithville was in charge of arrangements.
  • Kenneth R. Mick

       Kenneth R. "KR" Mick, Master Chief Boatswains Mate United States Navy, Retired died February 7, 2002 in North Charleston, SC.
     KR was born on November 14, 1942 in Plattsburg to O.L. and Lorine Mick.
     Funeral Services and Full Military Honors were held on Wed. February 13, 2002 at the Stuhr's Greenridge Road Chapel in Beaufort, SC.  Burial in Beaufort National Cemetery. 
  • Helen L. McDaniel

       Helen Louise (Smith) McDaniel, 71, of Kansas City, passed away Thursday, February 7, 2002 at North Kansas City Hospital .
     She was born on September 11, 1930 to Harold Rotchford and Alma Lee (Poage) Smith near Edgerton. She attended school and grew up near Gower and graduated from Gower High School in 1947.
     On March 25, 1950, she was united in marriage to Don McDaniel. After their marriage they lived in St. Joseph, Waterloo, IA and in 1966 they moved to Kansas City where they made their home. He survives of the home.
     Helen  worked at ITT Grinnell in Kansas City for any years, retiring in 1980. She was a member of the Gashland Presbyterian Church in Kansas City.
     She was preceded in death by her parents, and a brother, Gene "Twister" Smith.
     Additional survivors include  a daughter, Sharon Askey and husband, Don; a son, Steve McDaniel and wife, Christine all of Kansas City; four grandchildren, Jenifer and Stefani Askey, and Erin and Kyle McDaniel; two sisters, Mary Jo Bent and Sarah Norris, both of Kansas City and a brother Harold Lee Smith, Gower; several nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.
     Funeral services were held Monday, February 11, 2002 at the Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower with burial in  Memorial Park Cemetery, St. Joseph.
  • Frederick E. Bodenhausen

       Frederick E. Bodenhausen, 90, Plattsburg, died Wednesday, February 6, 2002, at a Plattsburg health care center.
     Mr. Bodenhausen retired from Moorman Manufacture Co. as  a District   Manager and was a farmer in the Plattsburg area.
     Born in Cosby on February 9, 1911, he lived their until he moved to Plattsburg in 1936.
     Mr. Bodenhausen was a member of the First Christian Church in Plattsburg where he was an Elder and a Deacon. He was a member of Masonic Lodge #113 of Plattsburg where he was a Past Patron and a 50-year member and Mitchell Chapter 14 RAM (Royal Arch Mason) of St. Joseph where he was also a 50-year member, The Order of Eastern Star, where he served as Past Patron, served in many offices, and was a 50-year member, and Moila Shrine Temple in St. Joseph, where he was a 50-year member.
     On September 27, 1933, he married Thelma White, she preceded him in death in July 1996.
     Mr. Bodenhausen was also preceded in death by his parents William Frederick and Dora (Klinghoffer) Bodenhausen; a son, Robert; four brothers, Erich, Ira, Orvalle, and Harry; three sisters, Frieda Schneider, Pearl Theis and Clara Bodenhausen.
     Survivors include two sons, Frederick (Bill) Bodenhausen of Plattsburg and Gary Bodenhausen M.D. of Blue Springs; a daughter, Janice Simpson of Hamilton; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
     Services were held Monday, February 11, 2002, at the First Christian Church, Plattsburg with interment in the Zion United Methodist Church Cemetery, Cosby. The family suggests memorial gifts to the First Christian Church or a charity of the donor's choice. Arrangements through Cox Funeral Home, Plattsburg.
  • Joan Baber

       Joan Baber, 80, Camden Point, passed away, Tuesday, February 5, 2002 in Kansas City.
     She was born on Feb. 11, 1921, to Edward Samuel and Eileen (Groom)  Jackson in Platte County, near Edgerton.
     Joan attended school and grew up near Camden Point and later graduated from the Camden Point High School.
     On July 22, 1939 she was united in marriage to Clifford Baber. After their marriage they lived near Camden Point and in 1945 they moved to Camden Point where they owned and operated Baber Oil Co. for many years. Her husband, Clifford, passed away on February 27, 1982.
     Joan was a longtime member of the Camden Point Christian Church.
     She was also preceded in death by her parents.
     Survivors include  a son, Larry Baber, and a daughter, Beverly Hershley, both of Camden Point; five grandchildren, Mark, Mike, Elaina, Wade and Eddie; six great-grandchildren, Holly, Cliff, Brandon, Aric, Joseph and Jackson; a brother, Bill Jackson, Edgerton and a  niece, Brenda Harmer, other relatives and many friends.
     Funeral services were held Thursday, February 7, 2002 at the Camden Point Christian Church, Camden Point with burial in the Camden Point Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Camden Point Christian Church. Arrangements by Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower.
  • Hilah J. Kirkpatrick

       Hilah "Holly  June" (Gardner) Kirkpatrick, 71, Turlock, CA (formerly of Plattsburg, MO), passed away February 4, 2002. 
     June was born March 14, 1930 in Plattsburg, MO where she was raised.  She graduated from Plattsburg High School, where she played the clarinet in the marching band.   She was a homemaker and enjoyed collecting antiques and playing bingo. 
     She was preceded in death by her parents, Homer Cecil and Hattie Mae "Kent" Gardner; and her sister, Bonnie Lou Shafer.
     She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Cecil and Robin Kirkpatrick; a granddaughter, Andrea Kate Saso; a step grandson, Jeff Mitchell Turlock and several nieces and nephews. 
     The body was cremated and private memorial services will be in St. Joseph, MO at a later date.
     
  • Delbert Jones

       Delbert Jones, 85, Plattsburg, formerly of Cameron and Lathrop, passed away Monday, February 4, 2002 at a health care facility in Plattsburg. Born on July 5, 1916 in Converse he was a Maintenance Crew Leader for Missouri State Highway Department for 22 years, retiring in 1978. He graduated from Lathrop High School. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Cameron, and a former member of the Cameron Ambulance Board   He married Berniece Fletcher on June 20, 1938 in Plattsburg. She survives of the home. He was preceded in death by his parents Ben and Bessie Jones; two sisters, Thelma Gamble and Francis Jones; a granddaughter, Leslie Rogers. 
     Additional survivors include, a son, David Jones of Lathrop; a daughter, Nancy Rogers of Trimble; seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild.  Services were held Thursday, February 7, 2002 at Poland Thompson Chapel, Cameron with burial in Cameron Memorial Gardens, Cameron.
  • Josephine Sloan

       Josephine Sloan, 95, Cameron, passed away on Monday, February 4, 2002, at a health-care center in Cameron. 
     Born on September 26, 1906, in Elmira, Mrs. Sloan was a homemaker. She graduated from Hamilton High School and attended the Business college in Chillicothe.
     She married Rolla Sloan. He preceded her in 1976.
     She was preceded by her parents, Issac and Lilly Mae Grove.
     Survivors include two sons, Gerald Sloan of Cameron, Burton Sloan of Kearney; a daughter, Avanell Dedman of Plattsburg; a sister, Bertha Edwards of Prescott, AZ; six grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren.
     Services were held Thursday, February 7, 2002, at Poland-Thompson Chapel, Cameron with burial in Graceland Cemetery, Cameron.
  • Gladys H. Dedman

       Mrs. Gladys Hall (Handley) Dedman, 102, Plattsburg, died Friday, February 1, 2002 at a Plattsburg healthcare center.
     Mrs. Dedman, a homemaker, was born February 7, 1899, in Edgerton where she lived until her marriage to Scearce Dedman on January 19, 1921. After their marriage they lived on a farm west of Plattsburg. He preceded her in death in May 1966.
     She was also preceded in death by her parents, William and Jennie (Newman) Handley; her daughter, Ann Ferguson; and a sister, Carrie Winn.
     She was a member of the First Christian Church of Plattsburg, Atchison Homemakers Club, and the Clinton County Historical Society.
     Survivors include her son, Robert "Bob" Dedman, and her daughter, Louise Milliken, both of Plattsburg, six grandchildren and six great-grandsons.
     Services were held Monday at the Cox funeral Home with Interment in the Green Lawn Cemetery. the family suggests memorial gifts to First Christian Church,  501 Clay Ave., Plattsburg, Mo 64477.
  • JOHN HENRY HAMANN 

       John H. Hamann was born April 30, 1937, in Stewartsville, and passed away February 1, 2002.  He lived in Stewartsville and attended school here. He attended Mechanical Trade School in Kansas City and spent 28 years with Ross Fraziers in St. Joseph.  He served in the Army for 4 years during the Korean Conflict.  He lived in Cameron, MO, since 1964.  He married Sharon Divelbiss Aug. 30, 1960.  She survives at the home.  John was a member of Community of Christ Church of Cameron and a member of American Legion Post 33 of Cameron.  He was preceded in death by his father, Clarence.  Survivors include his wife, Sharon, of the home; two sons, Kevin, Medina, Ohio; and Brice, Osborn; his mother, Alta Hamann Kemp, St. Joseph; a brother, Warren Independence; two sister, Joyce Griffin, St. Joseph; and Sharon Hamann, Kansas City; three granddaughters and several nieces and nephews.
     Graveside service were held Monday, Feb. 4, at Evergreen Cemetery, Osborn.   Arrangements by Brown Funeral Home, Cameron.
  • Hortense Gall

       Funeral service for Hortense Gall will be 1 p.m., Friday, March 29, 2002, at Lakeside United Methodist Church, Oklahoma City.  Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, Oklahoma City, under the direction of Musgrove-Merriott-Smith Funeral Service, Claremore.  Visitation will be held at the funeral home Wednesday 1-8 p.m., Thursday viewing will be held 8-5 p.m., and 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Friday at the church.
    Survivors include her daughters:  Mary Alice Caywood of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Jeanette Webster and husband, Arthur of Claremore;  George's wife Virginia Silvius of Plattsburg, MO; Clifton's sister Marie Ausman and her husband Ben Ausman of Maysville, MO;   4 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.
  • Mary Jo McMahon

       Mrs. Mary Jo McMahon, 92, of Plattsburg died Thursday, March 28, 2002 at a St. Joseph hospital.  She was born on Oct. 30, 1909 in Plattsburg.
     Mrs. McMahon was the Clinton County Assessor from 1942 until she retired in1965. She was the past president of the Business Womens Assoc., The Womens Democratic Club and was a member of the Clinton County Historical Society, and the First Christian Church all of Plattsburg.
     She was a graduate of Plattsburg High School.
     She  married Michael McMahon in 1949, in Pl
     Mrs. McMahon was preceded in death by her parents  John Porter and Maude (Beard) Baer; and a brother, Sterling Porter.
     Survivors include a daughter Joanne Holman; two sons, Carl and Sterling Jackson all of Plattsburg.; 5   grandchildren, 5 step-grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren and 8 step great-grandchildren. 
     Funeral services were held Monday, April 1, 2002, at the First Christian Church   with burial in the Green Lawn Cemetery, all in Plattsburg. The family suggest   memorial gifts to the First Christian Church or the Clinton County Historical Society. Arrangements were made by the Cox Funeral Home, Plattsburg.
  • Harrol A. Hanks

       Harrol A. Hanks, 94, of Platte City passed away, Tuesday, March 26, 2002 at the Gower Convalescent Center.
     He was born on March 27, 1907 to Thomas and Sarah (Lowman) Hanks in Liberty. Harrol attended school and grew up near Smithville and later graduated from Smithville High School.
     On June 18, 1927, he was united in marriage to Hersie Randle. After their marriage they lived in the southern states where he worked for Oman Construction Company. In 1944 they moved to the Gashland area, and later purchased a farm near Platte City where they made their home. Harrol and his brother, Robert, owned and operated Hanks Brothers bulldozing and he worked for farmers in the Clay and Platte County areas. His wife, Hersie, passed away in March, 2000.
     Harrol was a member of the Christian Church in Barry and the Masonic rising Sun Lodge #13 and was Worshipful Master in 1957.
     He was also preceded in death by his parents, and four brothers, J.C., Clifford, Glen and Robert Hanks.
     Harrol is survived by one daughter, Mary Lou Walker and husband, Earl, Platte City; a grandson, Alan Walker and wife, Carol, Pueblo, CO; a great-granddaughter, Jesee Bond and husband, Luke, Kiowa, CO; a great-grandson, Justin Walker, Boulder, CO; a brother, D. Ward Hanks, and a sister, Virginia Summers both of Smithville, several nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.
     Graveside services and burial were held Saturday, March 30th at the Platte City Cemetery, with Hixson-Klein Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Donations may be made to the Hands of Hope Hospice, in St. Joseph.
  • Emogene Long 

       Emogene Long, 84, of Kansas City, MO, passed away Monday, March 25, 2002, at North Kansas City Hospital in North Kansas City.
     She was born on April 30, 1917 to Fred and Mary McComas in Clay County.   Emogene attended school and grew up in the Edgerton and Smithville areas and graduated from Smithville High School, and later attended Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg.
     On May 18, 1946 she was united in marriage to J.C. Long.  After their marriage they lived in Kansas City where they made their home.  Her husband, J.C., passed away in 1981.
     Emogene was a member of the First United Methodist Church in North Kansas City for over 50 years.
     She taught school for several years in the Smithville and Nashua area, and later worked for Western Auto in Kansas City for over 25 years.
     Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Thursday, March 28 at the First United Methodist Church in Kansas City, 2100 Howell St. Burial will be at I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Smithville, MO.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Thursday at the church.
     Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower, MO, is in charge of arrangements.
  • Eula F. Massing

       Eula Fern Massing, 70, St. Joseph, died Saturday, March 23, 2002 at a St. Joseph hospital following a lengthy illness.
     Mrs. Massing was born on Oct. 13, 1931 in Grand City, MO.  While residing in St. Joseph most of her life, she graduated from Central High School in 1950 and attended St. Joseph's Cathedral.  She was a homemaker.
     She married Charles Massing.  The later divorced.
     Mrs. Massing was preceded in death by her parents, Bryan and Minnie Barker; a brother, Calvin Barker; and a sister, Catherine Smith.
     She is survived by two sons, Joe Massing, St. Joseph, and James Massing, Gower; a brother , Franklin Barker; two sisters, Mary Browning and Jean Stumps; and four grandchildren.,
     A prayer service was held Wednesday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, St. Joseph.  Mrs. Massing will be cremated following the service.  Memorials: Calvin Center or United Way.
     
  • Marguerite S. Swanson 

       Marguerite S. Swanson, 91, St. Joseph, died Saturday, March 23, 2002 at a Gower health care center following a lengthy illness.
     Mrs. Swanson had been employed as the credit manager at the M.K. Goetz Brewing Company and then later at the Pearl Brewery from 1952 until 1976.
     Born January 14, 1911 in Ford City, MO, she resided in St. Joseph most of her life.
          On June 21, 1936 she married Melvin W. Swanson. He preceded her in death on June 5, 1951. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Osha Rainey Starks and two brothers, Aubrey Starks and Conda Starks.
     Mrs. Swanson was a member of First Baptist Church where she served as the chair of the homebound department for many years; Y-Women; Areme Chapter #461, Order of Eastern Star and the XYZ Club. She was a graduate of the Central High School Class of 1929 and was an accomplished pianist.
          Survivors include three daughters, Karin M. Dunbar of Kansas City, Gay L. Anderson of St. Joseph,  and Kristin S. Gambill of Overland Park, KS; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
     Services were held Tuesday, March 26, 2002 at the  Meierhoffer Family Funeral Service, St. Joseph with interment in Memorial Park Cemetery. 
     The Family suggests memorial gifts to the First Baptist Church.
     
  • Cecil R. Stagner

       Cecil Ray Stagner, 69, of rural Stewartsville passed away, Friday, March 22, 2002 at his home.
     He was born on November 25, 1932, to William George Dewey and Flossie Ann (Richardson) Stagner in Clinton County. He attended rural schools in the Stewartsville area and in 1950 graduated from Gower High School.
     He then served his country in the US Army during the Korean War and then the Army Reserves for six years.
     On December 27, 1954, he was united in marriage to Marie Molder. After their marriage they lived in rural DeKalb and Clinton Counties and later settled in the Stewartsville area.
     Cecil farmed in the Clinton County area  and worked for Yellow Freight in Kansas City for twenty years, retiring in 1992.
     He was a longtime member of the Browning Baptist Church, Turney and the American Legion Post #393 in Gower.
     He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, William Stagner; two sisters, Ruby Dubach and Dorothy Bleazard and a brother, Joseph Stagner.
     He is survived by his wife, Marie, of the home; a son, Ray Lee Stagner, Independence, honorary son, Darrell Morgan; five daughters, Sharon Pickens, Buffalo, MO, Rita Sheppard, Stewartsville, Joy Tuey, Gower and Dorothy Nguyen, Buras, LA and Alice Radford, Union Star; 22 grandchildren; a great-grandson, three sisters, Eva Zilinski, Visalia, CA, Beverly Wall, Hastings, NE and Mary Hilton, Savannah; several nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.
     Funeral services were held Monday, March 25, 2002 at the Hixson-Klein funeral Home, Gower with burial in Allen Cemetery, Gower.
     
  • Scott L. Johnston

       Scott L. "Hammer" Johnston, 42, of St. Joseph passed away on Wednesday, March 20, 2002 at a local hospital.
     Mr. Johnston was born on Oct. 18, 1959, in St. Joseph, where he has been a lifelong resident. 
     Scott was assistant manager for People's furniture in St. Joseph and was a member of the Harley Hogs.
     Mr. Johnston was preceded in death by his parents, Roger Sr. and Cecelia (Punzo) Johnston; and a sister, Laura Ann Johnston.
     Scott married the former Kathy Harr on Sept. 15, 1987. She survives of the home.
     Additional survivors include two step-sons Brian Balesteri of Antioch, CA and Jamie Balesteri of Kansas City; three brothers, Roger Jr., Mike and Steve Johnston all of St. Joseph; half sister, Rogenna Brock, Concord CAa; step-sister, Vicky Mick, Plattsburg; step-brothers, Warren Eckard and Michael Johnston, Stewartsville and Mitch Johnston, State of Oregon; three grandchildren. Service was held Saturday, March 23, 2002, at Heaton-Bowman-Smith and Sidenfaden Chapel, St. Joseph. Cremation followed the service.
  • Eula F. Massing

       Eula Fern Massing, 70, St. Joseph, died Saturday, March 23, 2002 at a St. Joseph hospital following a lengthy illness.
     Mrs. Massing was born on Oct. 13, 1931 in Grand City, MO.  While residing in St. Joseph most of her life, she graduated from Central High School in 1950 and attended St. Joseph's Cathedral.  She was a homemaker.
     She married Charles Massing.  They later divorced.
     Mrs. Massing was preceded in death by her parents, Bryan and Minnie Barker; a brother, Calvin Barker; and a sister, Catherine Smith.
     She is survived by two sons, Joe Massing, St. Joseph, and James Massing, Gower; a brother , Franklin Barker; two sisters, Mary Browning and Jean Stumps; and four grandchildren.,
     A prayer service was held Wednesday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, St. Joseph.  Mrs. Massing will be cremated following the service.  Memorials: Calvin Center or United Way.
     
  • Dorothy M. Everett

       Dorothy Mary Everett, 84, St. Joseph devoted mother and grandmother passed away Sunday, March 17, 2002 at LaVerna Heights Health Care Center, Savannah.
     Mrs. Everett was born Feb. 21, 1918, in St. Joseph and was a lifelong St. Joseph resident. 
    She was a 1936 graduate of the Convent of the Sacred Heart and attended Gard Business College.
     She was an assistant for Dr. William Lentz at Mercy Hospital in St. Joseph.
     She was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, St. Ann's Altar Society, Daughters Of Isabella and Legion of Mary. She practiced her faith by volunteering at the Clothes Closet and House of Bread.
     She was married to Victor R. Everett for   41 years before he passed away   Nov. 22, 1983.
     She was also preceded in death by her parents, John and Clara Eden.
     She is survived by a son, Victor Everett, Mabank, TX; daughters, Janet Kropp, St. Joseph and Marilyn Keck, Lathrop; a sister, Maxine Pickett, St. Joseph; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
     Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, March 19, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church with interment in Memorial Park Cemetery.
     Memorials are requested to the Alzheimer's Association, NW Mo. Chapter; or St Francis Xavier Catholic Church.
  • Helen L. Coker

       Helen Lee Coker, 81, Lathrop died Sunday, March 17, 2002, at the Cameron Hospital. 
     Helen was born May 3, 1920 in Slater and had lived most of her life in the Converse and Lathrop areas. She was a member of the Lathrop First Christian Church. Helen had worked at Aircraft Plants during WWII in California and Kansas City. She had also worked at the Bendix Corporation for 24 years and had retired in 1990 as a nurses aid at the Cameron Hospital.
     On February 13, 1937, Helen married Joe Coker in Slater and he preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her parents, George and Mary Horner and a daughter, Penne Bradshaw.
     Survivors include her son and  daughter-in-law, Ross and Roberta Coker of Independence; a daughter and son-in-law, Mary Jo and David Brown of Lathrop; a son-in-law, Ron Bradshaw of Lathrop; six grandchildren, Robert Coker, Teri Coleman, Jon Bradshaw, Rhonda Parra, Beth Scoggins, and Christine Robbins; 16 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Frances Browne of Colorado and Josephine Williams of California.
  • Delores J. Clevenger

       Delores Jean Clevenger, 42,, of Clinton passed away March 12, 2002 at St. Lukes Hospital, Kansas City. 
     She was born January 18, 1960 in Kansas City. She married Michael Clevenger. He survives of the home. 
     She lived in Clinton most of her life where she was a cook for the Elks Club.
     Preceding her in death were her parents, Jerome and Judy Redmon Fitzmaurice and a sister Joann Dunham.
     Additional survivors include two sons, Michael Brandon and Christopher Scott Clevenger both of Clinton; two daughters, Susan Lindquist, Smithville and Michelle Lee Clevenger, Warrensburg; two brothers, Jerry Fitzmaurice, Lathrop and Rick Fitzmaurice, Platte Woods; two sisters, Sherry Carabajao, Victoria, TX and Paula Hahn, Wautoma, WI; three grandchildren.
     Services were held   Saturday, March 16, 2002 at  the Bailey Funeral Home, Lathrop with burial in Lathrop Cemetery. 
  • R. A. Bonwell

       Roy Alfred Bonwell, 72, of Weatherby died Tuesday, March 12, 2002 at his home of lung cancer.
     He was born April 8, 1929 in Brandon, CO to Roy and Cora Eula (Swearingen) Bonwell. Roy lived most of his life in Plattsburg, Maysville and Weatherby areas.
     He married Alma Jean (Quinn) on July 27, 1953 in Troy, KS. She survives of the home.
     Roy served in the Army during the Korean War. He hauled oil for Ashland Oil Co., farmed  and  ran a dairy operation. He retired to Weatherby in 1993.
     Preceding him in death were his parents, a brother, Eugene and son Richard.
     Additional survivors include two daughters, Deborah Kaye Koch, Lawson, Vickie Jean Carnahan, Kearney; a brother, Donald, St. Joseph; a sister, Doris Siebermorgan, Atchison, KS; 5 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; several special nieces and nephews.
     Funeral services were held Friday, March 15, 2002, at the Bram Funeral Home, Maysville with burial in the Green Lawn Cemetery, Plattsburg. Memorials may be made to the DeKalb County Senior Citizens Center in care of the funeral home, PO Box 350, Maysville, MO 64469.
  • Evelyn R. Kent

       Evelyn Roe Kent passed away on February 27, 2002 in Alvin TX. Evelyn was born November 20, 1922 in Perrin to Victor and Pearl Roe. 
     She married John Reynolds Kent on January 29, 1945 and they had three sons. John and Evelyn resided in Plattsburg, later moving to Denver, CO and returned to Missouri. They    were co-owners and operators of the Hisle Motel in Gallatin for several years. Upon retiring they lived in Lawson for several years and then moved to Las Vegas, NV and had moved to Alvin in the last year.
     Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and several brothers and sisters.
     She is survived by her three sons, John Owen Kent, Lawson, James Cecil Kent, Alvin, TX, and Kevin Allan Kent, Las Vegas, NV; a sister, Emma Weber, Plattsburg; seven grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews.
  • Rosalie Haynes

       Rosalie "Rosie" Haynes, 71, Holt, died Saturday March 9, 2002, at Oakridge of Plattsburg Care Center.
     Survivors include a son, Charles Haynes; two daughters, Brenda Ashcraft and Sandra Dunlap; a brother, Thomas (Bud) Collins; and three sisters, Faye Wellesley, Leta Wilson, and Shirley Jean Killian; and six grandchildren. 
     Funeral Service: Tuesday, March 12, 2002, at the Holt  First Baptist Church in Holt with burial in the Antioch Cemetery, Holt. Morris Bailey Chapel, Holt had charge of arrangements.
  • WILLIAM ALFRED "Tampy" PARTON 

       William Parton, 83, died Friday, March 8, 2002, at his home in Stewartsville.   He was born is Daviess County on Jan. 2, 1919, to Tom and Nellie Fails Parton.   He was married to Ella Faye Shepard and became parents of Nina, Ray, David and Royer.  They were divorced and he later married Winona Smith.  She died in 1980.
     He was preceded in death by his parents, son, David; two sisters, Maude Hacker and Gladys Watkins; and four brothers, Clarence, Tom, Frank and Joe Parton.
     William is survived by sons, Ray and Clarence of Stewartsville; Doug, of Platte City; Joe of Connecticut; and Roger of Atchison; daughter, Nina Cooper, Amity; two brothers, James, Kansas City and Everett, Stewartsville; two sisters, Adaline Smith, Savannah and Irene Barton, Oklahoma; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
    Graveside services were  held Tuesday morning at the Stewartsville Cemetery.   Bram-Summerfield Funeral Home was in charge.
  • Cade D. Summers

       Cade Dylan Summers, seven week old son of Lisa and Chris passed away on March 8, 2002, at the home in Trimble.
     He was born on January, 14, 2002 in Kansas City .
     Additional survivors are brothers and sisters, Shelby Lynn Foster, Paige LeAnn Foster,Raven Emma Foster, Brandon Donald Foster, Markus Summers, Samantha Summers and Bailey Summers, paternal grandparents John and Joyce Summers,     Smithville, and maternal grandparents, Jerry and Judy Ketcham, Osceola Iowa.
     Funeral Services Monday at the Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Smithville with Burial in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Smithville.
  • Velma Taylor

       Velma Taylor, 82, Osborn, died March 5, 2002 at a local hospital. 
     Born to Leslie and Thelma Gordon on April 2, 1919, in Stewartsville, she had lived in Osborn most of her life and was married to Arthur Taylor on Sept. 4, 1935 in Plattsburg. He preceded her in death along with an infant son, Arthur; a brother, Claude and three grandchildren.
     Velma was a homemaker, a member of TOPS, the War Mother's Organization, Missouri OATS Bus Organization and the Osborn Baptist Church.
     Survivors include sons, Jack of Liberty and Lonnie of Osborn; daughters, Dorothy Shepherd of Gladstone and Mary O'Connor of Osborn; 11 grandchildren; 6 step-grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild; a brother, Lloyd of Parkville; twin sister, Zelma Rogers of Osborn; and half-sister, Opal.
     Funeral services were held Friday, March 8, 2002, at the Osborn Baptist Church with burial in the Lathrop Cemetery. Bailey Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.
  • Howard L. Cheek, Sr.

       Howard Lee Cheek, Sr. age 80, of Kansas City, passed away Monday, March 4, 2002, at the North Kansas City Hospital.
     Howard was born June 10, 1921 to Ollis Ray and Mary Blanche Burris Cheek, in Holt and had lived in the Kansas City area most of his life. He was a member of the Liberty Masonic Lodge, the Scottish Rite and the Ararat Shrine Temple, all in Kansas City. Howard was a retired truck mechanic for Wade Transport in Pleasant Valley.
     Preceding him in death were his parents; a brother, Raymond and a sister, Effie Regina Kelp.
     Survivors include two sons,  Howard, Jr. and Ronald Gene, both of Grove, OK; 6 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; a brother, James Ray Cheek of Modesto, CA; a sister, Mary Helen Slater of Damascus, MD and his companion, Lillian Hayes.
     Graveside services and burial with Masonic Burial Rites were held Thursday, March 7, 2002, at the Antioch Cemetery in Holt. Arrangements by Bailey Funeral Home, Lathrop.  
  • Norton D. Bowers

       Norton D. "Deacon" Bowers, age 81, of Lathrop passed away Monday, March 4, 2002 at the North Kansas City Hospital.
     Deacon was born Sept. 18, 1920, to Moses and Minnie Perch Bowers in Holt and had lived in the Lathrop area most of his life. On October   25, 1941, he was united in marriage to Ava "Onnie" Greer in Lathrop and she preceded him in death in 1997. He was also preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, James, Raymond, Pete, and William and a sister, Etta Wilson.
     He was a member of the Lathrop United Methodist Church, and former Church Board member; member of Lathrop Volunteer Fire Department having served as fire chief for 35 years; Army veteran of WWII; former city council member; former Lathrop Cemetery Association member; former citizen of the year; FFA Honorary Chapter Farmer. He had owned Bowers Cleaners with his wife, Onnie, in Lathrop for 42 years. At the time of his death, he was still a member of the Lathrop Senior Citizen's Housing Board and the Zoning Board.
     Survivors include a son, Gary Bowers of Kansas City; a daughter, Jenifer Whitteck of Kearney; a brother, Walter of Lathrop and two sisters, Gertrude Clute of Lee's Summit and Velma Culver, of Lathrop; 5 grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
     Funeral services were held Friday, March 8, 2002  at the United Methodist Church in Lathrop with burial in the Lathrop Cemetery. Bailey Funeral Home had charge of arrangements. 
     Memorial contributions may be made to the Lathrop United Methodist Church or the American Cancer Society.
  • Josephine R. Stai

       Josephine Ruth Stai was born on May 25, 1916 in Jackson, MN, the daughter of Joseph and Anna (Steinocker) Meyers. She graduated from Jackson High School in 1935. After graduation, she worked as a sales clerk for a local hardware store and had worked at Worthmore Ice Cream in Jackson as well as for DeKalb Seed Company also in Jackson.
     Josephine was united in marriage to Julius "Swede" Stai in Austin, MN. After her marriage, she worked as a secretary for "Doc" Haynes at his State Farm Insurance Agency in Jackson.
     Three weeks ago, she moved to Turney to be with her daughter, where she passed away on Saturday, March 2, 2002 at the age of 85 years, 9 months and 5 days.
     Joey was an active member of St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church and later, the Church of the Good Shepherd in Jackson, where she attended daily mass and had been active in the sewing circle. She enjoyed crocheting and needlepoint. 
     She and Julius had owned a cabin on Big Spirit, where they had many big family reunions. She had been a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and had helped with their Bingo nights. Joey was a wonderful person and will be missed by all who knew her.
     Preceding her in death by her  parents, her husband, 3 sisters, Helen Meyers, Sarah Meyers and Agnes Temple  and a brother, Joseph Meyers. Survivors include her daughter, Bernadette and husband, James Shoate of Turney; 5 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren ; and a sister, Irene Lawler of Fort Dodge, IA.
     Funeral Services were held Saturday, March 9, 2002 at the Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Jackson with interment in the Good Shepherd Cemetery. The Sathe-Osterberg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.
  • Evelyn R. Kent

       Evelyn R. Kent passed away early Wednesday morning, February 27th at Clearlake Medical Center in a Houston, TX.
     She was 79 years old, born in Perrin on November 20th, 1920. 
     Preceding her in death was her husband of 56 years John R. Kent. 
     Having lived in Plattsburg, Gower, Gallatin, Gladstone, and Lawson,  as well as Denver, CO and Las Vegas, NV, she has lived in Alvin, TX for the past year.   Survivors include 3 sons. John O. Kent of Lawson, James C. Kent of Alvin, TX. and Kevin A. Kent of Henderson, NV; a sister Emma Webber of Plattsburg; 9 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, as well as family and friends. A graveside service for the burial of her  ashes at Perrin is pending for late this spring.
  • Edna Eberts

       Edna (Tanner) Eberts, 102 of Edgerton passed away, Sunday, March 3, 2002 at Beverly Health and Rehab in Smithville.
     She was born on October 9, 1899 to William Frank and Eliza Jane (Woodward) Tanner near Edgerton where she attended school and grew up.
     Edna was united in marriage to William J. "Bill" Eberts. After their marriage they lived in Plattsburg, Cameron and in 1950 they moved to Edgerton where they made their home. Her husband, Bill, passed away in 1959.
     She was also preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, Rector, Henry, and E.R. "Buck" Tanner and three sisters, Florence Bledsoe, Helen Foster and Marvie Dick.
     Edna is survived by several nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.
     Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 6, 2002 at the Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Edgerton with burial in the Ridgely Cemetery. 
  • Nellie A. Beam

       Nellie A. (Sten) Petrovich Beam, 80, St. Joseph, died Friday, March 1, 2002, at a St. Joseph health-care center.
     Mrs. Beam worked as a licensed practical nurse for 18 years for Dr. William Redmond and in the nursery of the former St. Joseph's Hospital for many years.
     Born in St. Joseph on June 16, 1921, she was a lifelong resident of St. Joseph.
     Mrs. Beam graduated from Benton High School and attended college for two years receiving a licensed practical nurse certificate. She was a member of St. James Catholic Church.
     She was preceded in death by her first husband, Steve Petrovich; her second husband, T.J. Beam; a brother Walter "Lottie" Sten; a sister, Julia Chirila; and her parents, Theodore and Anna Marie Sten.
     Survivors include four sons, Thomas Petrovich, St. Joseph, James Petrovich, Lafayette, CO; Leo Petrovich, Newport Ritchey, FL and Steven Petrovich, Gower; a daughter, Julia Ann Wall, Savannah; a sister, May Fix, St. Joseph; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
     Services were held Tuesday, March 5, 2002, at the Rupp Funeral home, St. Joseph   with private family burial in Mount Olivet Cemetery.
  • Steve F. Carr

       Steve F. Carr, 85, of Phoenix, AZ, formerly of Kansas City, KS, passed away, March 28, 2002 in Phoenix.
     He retired from K.S. Dart Trucks, was a World War II Veteran, and was a member of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Club. He was a former member of Blessed Sacrament Church, Kansas City, KS.
     He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Thula Hooper-Carr of Gower; his parents, Steve and Katie Carr; brother, Joe Carr; and sisters, Helen van Alden, Ann Jones-van Alden and Mary Long.
     He is survived by a brother, John A. Carr, Phoenix; and sisters, Angie Solomon, Kansas City, KS and Agnes Langan, Floral City, FL; and several nieces and nephews.
     Graveside Service and Inurnment was held Wednesday, April 10th at the Allen Cemetery, Gower with Hixson and Klein Funeral Home, in charge of arrangements.
  • Willie E. Hunsley

       Willie Hunsley, 98, of Amarillo died Saturday, April 27, 2002.    Graveside services were held at Memory Gardens Cemetery with the Rev. Marvin James and the Rev. James P. Cobb, of the First Christian Church, officiating. Burial was also in Memory Gardens Cemetery   by Blackburn   Shaw Funeral Directors, Memorial Chapel, Fifth Avenue and  Pierce Street.   Mrs. Hunsley was born in 1903 in Plattsburg, Mo., to William and Elizabeth Parr where she lived until her marriage to Arch B. Hunsley. In 1924 they moved to Amarillo until 1946 at which time they moved to a ranch outside of Canyon. They later subdivided this land into "Hunsley Hills." She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years.
     Survivors include a daughter, Mary Elizabeth Brown Adams and husband, Bill, of Corpus Christi; two sisters, Gladys Dowell and Dorothy Fagin, both of Amarillo; four grand-children, Charles Joseph and wife, Carolyn, of Fair Oaks Ranch, Susan Brown Gully of Houston, Henry Marshall Brown and wife, Ellen, of Jackson, Miss., and A. Barker Brown of Corpus Christi; eight great-grand children; and a great-great-grand son. 
    -Amarillo Globe-News, April 28, 2002
  • DOC BAKER PASSES

           Maynard Lee "Doc" Baker died Sunday, April 28, 2002, at a St. Joseph hospital. He was born at Easton, March 15, 1911, to Joe and Lucy Kerns Baker.
         He attended the Spring Hollow School in the Easton area.  He was a farmer and a resident of Stewartsville all of his adult life.  He served in the Army during WWII and was awarded the Purple Heart.
         He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Stanley, Victor, Peter and John Baker; and two sisters, Anna Ellis and Letha Keller.
         He is survived by his niece, Daralyne T~lomas, StewaL-tsville, of Stewartsville, with whom he had make his home for the past five years; and other nieces and nephews.
         Services at 2:00 PM, Tuesday, April 30, at the Bram-Summerfield Funeral Home in Stewartsville.  Burial will be in the Freeman-Kerns Cemetery with military honors conducted by the Robison-Beeching Post No. 508.
  • Glo Rena Brown

       Glo Rena Brown, 87, of Smithville, passed away, April 26, 2002 at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City.
     She was born on December 9, 1941 to John Frederick and Myrtie Evonia (Mast) Barber in Skidmore. Glo attended school and grew up in Skidmore and in 1933 she graduated form Liberty High School in Liberty. Glo lived in Liberty, Kansas City and Hunnewell, later moving to Smithville where she made her home.
     She was a member of Little Platte Baptist Church, near Smithville, for many years.
     Glo was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, Joseph Robey and Pat Brown, and three brothers, Lloyd, Ralph and Paul Barber.
     Survivors include Jacob Schmitt, a daughter, Elaine Stubbs and husband Curtis, Edgerton; two sons, Joe Robey and wife Carolyn, Gladstone and John Robey and wife Carol, Kansas City; grandchildren, Ralph and wife, Barbara, Jack, Jim, Laura, Karen, Beth, Brian and wife, Kari, Kyle and wife, Kath and Christy; twelve great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter; two sisters, Sara Blummer, Houston, TX and Elizabeth Brown and husband Lyle, Smithville; several niec4es and nephews, other relatives and many friends.
     Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 30, 2002 at the Little Platte Baptist church near Smithville with burial in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Smithville.
     Memorials may be made to the Little Platte Baptist Church.
  • Lewis E. Downing

       Lewis Eugene (Gene) Downing, 78, Holt, died Thursday, April 25, 2002 near Montgomery City, MO  from a car accident.  He was born June 17, 1923 ln Holt and was a llfelong resident of the area.  He had retired from Ford in 1983 and was a farmer.
     On June 2, 1947 he married Helen L. Cavender  and she survives of the home.   Additional survivors are, a son Tim and his wife Karen of Holt; 3 daughters, Pamela Brown, Holt, Cathy Shepherd and husband Rick, Indianapolis, IN and Jackie Adkins, Holt; a brother Charles Downing, Palm Harbor, FL, a sister, Betty Kate Trotter, Plattsburg; 18 grandchildren, Jenny Brown, Becky Lucas, Jodi Brown, Chad Adkins, Colby Adkins, Ciera Adkins, Riley, Alex and Gene Downing, Katrina, Luke, Joe, Lela, Sarah, Martin, Chrls, Micah and Ben Shepherd; 3 great-grandchildren Tony Giardenell, Taylor and Zachary Lucas.
     Preceding him in death were his parents, Joseph Lewis and Frances Pickett Downing and a sister, Pauline Leader.
     No funeral services are planned. Private  burial was held Saturday, April 28, 2002 at Mt. Zion Cemetery. Arrangements, Bailey Funeral Home Lathrop.
  • Betty A. Taylor

       Betty Ann Green Taylor, 77, Lathrop passed away Wednesday, April 24, 2002 at her home.
     Mrs. Taylor was born in Kansas City and lived in Kidder before moving to Lathrop in 1988.
     She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Lathrop.
     Mrs. Taylor was preceded in death by her parents, William and Lucille Carter; a son, Mervin Green; a daughter, Carol Jean Carter; a brother William Carter; and a sister, Lorriane Roe.
     Survivors include a son, Roger Green Stewartsville; three daughters, Diana Taylor, Lathrop, Karen Arney, Omaha, NE, and Linda Rhodd, White Cloud. KS; seven grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
     Services were held Saturday at the First Baptist Church, Lathrop with burial in the Winston Cemetery.
  • Mildred M. Justus

       Mildred M. Justus, 88, of Trimble, formerly of Plattsburg, passed away, Monday, April 22, 2002 at her home.
     She was born on November 2, 1913 to Edgar Montjoy and  Maggie Fern (Holt) Rogers in Plattsburg where she grew up and in 1931 graduated from Plattsburg High School.
     On July 4, 1946 she was united in marriage to Paul Eugene Justus in Olathe, KS. After their marriage they lived in Plattsburg until 1951 when they moved to Trimble where they made their home. Her husband Paul preceded her in death on October 25, 1979.
     Mildred worked for the conservation commission at the Trimble Wildlife Area and later for Farmland-Coop Demonstration Farm in Trimble, in the office, for many years.
     In 1920 Mildred joined the Broadway Methodist Church in Plattsburg and in 1979 the Trimble Baptist Church.
     Mildred was also preceded in death by her parents.
     She is survived by one sister-in-law, Helen Justus, Smithville, cousins, and many friends.
     Funeral service was held Wednesday, April 24th, at the Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Smithville with burial in the Green Lawn Cemetery, Plattsburg.
     Donations may be made to the Trimble Baptist Church or the Humane Society.
  • Kenneth R. Hughs

       Kenneth R. Hughs, 55, Lathrop died Sunday, April 21 at his home. 
     The body will be cremated under the direction of the Bailey Funeral Home, Lathrop.
    Cory L. Lanham
     Cory Lee Lanham, 17, of Edgerton, passed away Sunday, April 21, 2002 near Camden Point as the result of a vehicle accident.
     He was born on February 28, 1985 to Rick and Janet (Warren) Lanham in Kansas City. Cory attended school and grew up in Edgerton and was a Junior at North Platte High School in Dearborn.
     Cory previously worked at Burger King in Smithville and was currently working at McDonald's in Platte City.
     He was a dedicated volunteer for the Edgerton-Trimble Fire Protection District as a Cadet Firefighter.
     Cory was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Truby and Mary Lanham.
     Additional survivors include his twin brother, Eric; two sister, Nicolle Ashpaugh, Rushville and Rachel Gregory, St. Joseph; maternal grandparents, Edmund and Mary Warren, Independence; four nieces and two nephews; many uncles, aunts, cousins, and many friends.
     Funeral services are being held Thursday,  April 25, 2002 at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Edgerton with burial in the Ridgely Cemetery.
     Memorials may be made to the Cory Lanham Memorial Fund.
     Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Edgerton is in charge of arrangements.
  • Harry A. Lawson

       Harry Andrew Lawson, 92, of Gower, passed away, Friday, April 19, 2002 at his home.
     He was born on February 4, 1910 to Harrison Morton and Josephine (Nabity) Lawson in Dunning, NE.
     On December 19,  1931, he was united in marriage to Inez Snowden. After their marriage they lived in Aurora and later moved to Birmingham. In 1951 they moved to the Mecca Community, rural Trimble and 1979 they moved to rural Gower. His wife, Izez, passed away, August 18, 1998.
     They farmed in the Gower and Trimble areas. Harry also worked for North American Aviation, Lend-Lease Projects, Smithville Engineering, and American Can Company, all in Kansas City and Clinton County Highway Department.
     Harry was a member of the Assembly of God Church, Plattsburg and the International Association of Machinists  Lodge 92, in Kansas City.
     He was also preceded in death by his parents; a son, Harvey Lawson; a great-grandson, Timothy Lawson; a brother, Clarence Lawson; and three sisters, Anna Lawson, Francis Nash, and Loretta Decker.
     Survivors include a son, John Lawson; two daughters, Wealtha Marshal and Donna King; eight grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Bill Lawson; several nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends. 
     Funeral services were held Monday, April 22nd at the Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower with burial in the Green Lawn Cemetery, Plattsburg. 
  • Eileen L. Corn

       Mrs. Eileen Lavora Corn, 90, of Plattsburg died Wednesday, April 17, 2002, at the Clinton Care and Rehab Center. Mrs. Corn was born on February 25, 1912, in Kansas City. Mrs. Corn has been a resident of Plattsburg since 1945.
     She was a member of the Pleasant Hill Primative Baptist Church of rural Plattsburg and The Stony Point Extension Club. She married Francis Corn in 1942. He  survives of the home. She was employed by the Smithville Hospital where she retired in 1978.
     Mrs. Corn was preceded in death by her parents Perry and Maude (Moore) Burch.
     Survivors include two sons, Glenn of Plattsburg and Jim (Bev) Corn of Kearney; three grandchildren, Keyna Corn of Indianapolis, IN, Tricia Corn of Columbia and Tara (Eric) Hall, of Tipton.
     Funeral services were held Saturday, April 20,. 2002, at the Cox Funeral Home Plattsburg with burial in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
  • Martha F. Todd

       Martha F. Todd, 90, of Gower formerly of Agency passed away, Wednesday, April 17, 2002 at the Gower Convalescent Center.
     She was born on January 29, 1912, to Pierce and Grace (Duncan) Boydston near Edgerton where she grew up and later graduated from Dearborn High School.
     On December 15, 1928, she was united in marriage to William "Bill" Jackson Todd. After their marriage they lived in Edgerton, Faucett and later farmed near Agency. They also owned and operated Todd's Trucking Company.
     Martha was a member of the Dearborn United Methodist Church in Dearborn and also   the Rockhouse Extension Club in Agency.
     She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Bill, a brother, Ben Boydston and two sisters, Gladys Abbott and Alma Stalder.
     Martha is survived by a son, Donald Todd and wife Barbara, Dearborn; a daughter, Martha Henderson and husband, Bob, Palatine, IL; five grandchildren, Debbie Lynn, Bill D. Todd, Holly Fisher, Lynn Munson and Joan Menke; nine great-grandchildren; a sister, Edna Masoner, Edgerton, other relatives and many friends. 
     Funeral services were held Friday, April 19th, 2002 at the Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Edgerton with burial in the Davis Chapel Cemetery, Dearborn. Donations may be made to the Dearborn United Methodist Church or the Davis Chapel Cemetery.
  • Lloyd I. Gordon

       Lloyd Ivan Gordon, age 74, of Gladstone, formerly of Lathrop died Friday, April 12, 2002 at Woodbine Healthcare in Gladstone. He was born October 22, 1927 in Stewartsville to Leslie and Velma Christian Gordon. He was an Army veteran and had worked as assistant warden at the City Jail in Mobile City, AL.
     Lloyd is survived by a son, Lloyd Jr. of Kansas City; three daughters, Kathy Taylor of Gladstone, Stephanie Holly and Angela Scott both of bay Minette, AL; two sisters, Zelma Rogers, Osborn and Opal Baird, Valdez, AK; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
     He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Claude; and a sister, Velma Taylor.
     Services were held Monday, at the Bailey Funeral Home with burial in the Lathrop Cemetery.
  • Eldrige Foulke

    Eldridge Foulke died April 14, 2002 at his home in Sedona, Arizona. Born on March 20, 1929 in Webb City, MO, he attended grade and high school in Joplin, MO. He moved to Sedona in September 1999.
    Mr. Foulke attended the University of Arkansas for two years, served in the United States army and graduated from the University of Missouri in 1957 with a degree in agriculture. During his career he was involved in the farm supply business and the residential building and repair business.
    He served as a city council member and mayor of Plattsburg, where he resided for 38 years. Mr. Foulke was lso the zoning administrator for the City of Plattsburg and for Clinton County, Missouri.
    Mr. Foulke was an active participant in the Canyon Mesa Townhouse Association where he was a member of the Association Board of Directors, and was involved in various board committee activities.
    He is survived by his wife, Bonnie, a son, Kevin, of Sedona, and a daughter, Becky of Lincoln, Nebraska, and her two children, Margaret and Sarah.
    In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory can be made to the Northern Arizona Hospice, 269 S. Candy Lane, Cottonwood, AZ, 86326.

  • Raymond A. Kreman

       Raymond A. Kreman 63, of Plattsburg, died Sunday, April 14, 2002, at the Oakridge Nursing Home in Plattsburg.
     Born on February 10, 1939, in Glen, NE. Where he resided for many years and graduated from High School there.
     Mr. Kreman was a Vietnam Veteran, and was the owner and operated of a restaurant   in Crawford, NE where he was a member of the American Legion, Eagles Club, VFW, and The Crawford Rotary. After moving from Crawford, Mr. Kreman moved to rural Maysville, moved to rural Maysville where he farmed and drove a school bus for the Maysville School District before moving to Plattsburg six months ago.
     Mr. Kreman was a member of the Calvary Episcopal Church.
     Mr. Kreman was preceded in death by his wife, Gleva in 1990; his parents Frank and Ruby (Chrisman) Kreman; a daughter Shaundra Kreman-Miligi; and a grandson Brady Kreman.
     Survivors include two daughters, Stephanie Harris of Plattsburg and Summer Teasdale of Buckner; two sons, Stacy Coryell of Lakewood, CI and Shawn Kreman of Tipton, IA; a step-brother, Don Noah of Bellevista, AR; and 11 grandchildren.
     Funeral services are being held at 10am Thursday, April 18, 2002, at the Cox Funeral Home, Plattsburg with burial in the Leavenworth National Cemetery, Leavenworth, KS. Family visitation was held from 7 to 8:30pm Wednesday, April 17, 2002 at the Cox Funeral Home.
  •  Danny Leroy Douglas

         Mr. Danny L Douglas, 61, Plattsburg died Friday April 12, 2002 at his residence.
     Mr. Douglas was a maintenance worker with the Clay County Parks Department  for   several years.
     Born in Independence on April 10, 1941, he lived in Plattsburg most of his life.
     In August of 2000 he married the former Francis Sue L'hommedieu, she survives of the home.
     Mr. Douglas was preceded in death by his parents Carter C.  and Helen A (Yale) Douglas. Mr. Douglas was also preceded by a Brother George Douglas.
     Survivors include  a brother, Buddy Douglas of Oakgrove; a  sister, Patricia Murry of Stockton; nine children; several  grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and several nieces and
    nephews.
     Graveside services and internment was held Wednesday April 7, 2002 at Green Lawn Cemetery Plattsburg.  Arrangements through Cox Funeral Home, Plattsburg.
  • Willis Jay Winn

    Willis Jay Winn, a Plattsburg native who lived on his family farm in Trimble for the past 20 years, died following a stroke on Thursday, April 11 at Saint Luke's Hospital in Kansas City.  He was 84 years old.
      Willis was remembered in a visitation at the Cox Funeral Home on Saturday.   The funeral was held at the First Christian Church on Sunday, with the Rev. Michael Brown officiating.  Willis' two children, Judith Ann Winn of Shorewood, WI and Steven Jay Winn of San Francisco, CA, spoke at the service.  Willis' great niece, Kim Gengelbach, played the organ.
      The interment followed on a breezy late afternoon at the Brethren Church cemetery.   Willis was proud of the trees he had planted at the cemetery.  Rowland Gengelbach, Mark Hoover, Francis Millikin, Jim Richerson, Harold Rogers and Perry Winn were the pallbearers. 
      Willis was preceded in death by his mother, Emma Sell Winn, and his father, Sam Winn.  In addition to his two children, he is survived by his wife of 59 years, Lois Gengelbach Winn, and his daughter-in-law, Sally Ann Winn, and granddaughter, Phoebe Ann Winn, of  San Francisco.
      Willis was born in Plattsburg on April 26, 1917.  He attended Plattsburg High School and graduated from Central College in Fayette, MO in 1939.  He received his master's degree (1940) and Ph.D. (1951) in finance from the University of Pennsylvania.   He was a professor and later dean of that university's Wharton School of Finance and Commerce from 1958-71.  Willis served as president of the Cleveland Federal Reserve Bank from 1971-82. 
      Willis and Lois returned to Missouri upon his retirement.  He enjoyed gardening, teaching Sunday school and reading.
      A scholarship for deserving Plattsburg High School graduates attending a four-year college or university has been established in his name.  Contributions can be made to the Willis Winn Scholarship Fund, c/o US Bank, P.O. Box E, Plattsburg, MO  64477.  

  • Madison F. Fisher

       Madison Faith Fisher, 7 month old daughter of Derek and Shauna Fisher of Kansas City, died Friday, April 5, 2002 at the Children's Mercy Hospital.
     She is survived by her parents, one infant sister, Grace; maternal grandparents Benjamin and Reha Ridgley IV, of Plattsburg; paternal grandmother Glenna Calfas of Hamilton; and her paternal grandfather Richard Fisher of Scottsdale, AZ.
     She was preceded in death by an infant sister and brother, Lauren and Brayden.  
     Graveside service and burial was held Tuesday, April 9, 2002 at the Green Lawn Cemetery, Plattsburg. Arrangements by Cox Funeral Home, Plattsburg.
  • Chad L. Parsons

       Chad L. Parsons 27, of Trimble, died Thursday, May 30, 2002 as a result of   a motorcycle accident in Overland Park, KS. He was born on Aug. 16, 1974 in St. Joseph.
     Chad was a 1992 graduate of Plattsburg High School and a 1996 graduate of Missouri Western State college where he majored in construction engineering. He was employed by Firebaugh Construction Co. and  a member of the Carpenters Union.
     Mr. Parsons is survived by his parents, Victor Parsons of Parkhill and his mother Kay Parsons of Trimble; a brother, Kevin Wharton of Hemet, CA.
     Graveside service and inurnment was held Monday, June 3, 2002 at the Green Lawn Cemetery, Plattsburg with the Cox Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
  • April D. Otto

       April Dawn (Cockriel) Otto, 29, of rural Stewartsville, passed away, Sunday, May 26, 2002 at her home.
     She was born on December 22,  1972, in Smithville. April attended school and grew up in Dearborn and Gower.
     On January 24, 1972, she was united in marriage to Joseph Otto. He survives of the home.  After their marriage they lived in Smithville, rural Gower and Edgerton. In 1996 they moved to rural Stewartsville where they made their home.
     April was a homemaker and mother and attended Gower Christian Church.
     She was preceded in death by grandparents, Linda Lemons, C.B. and Eleanor Cockriel, Robert and Barbara Cahill and Herb and Neva Gabriel.
     Additional survivors include  three children, Joseph Marshall, Jacquinn Michelle and Ellison Thomas, all of the home; her parents, Kenneth and Susan Cockriel, St. Joseph, Carla and Danny Gabriel, Gower; a sister, Autumn Cockriel; brothers, James Cockriel, Gower and Jason Cockriel, St. Joseph; grandfather, Ruie Lemons, Lincoln, NE; father and mother-in-law, Thomas and Anna Otto, Stewartsville; sister-in-law, Janet Otto, St. Joseph; and nephew, Izek Cockriel, Gower.
     Funeral services was held    Wednesday, May 29, 2002 at the Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower with burial in Mt. Zion Cemetery, Gower. Donations may be made to the Otto Children Memorial Fund or the National Brian Tumor Foundation.
  • James H. Lunn

       Harry Lunn 89, Plattsburg, died Saturday, May 25, 2002.
     Mr. Lunn was born on January 30, 1913 in Raytown. He graduated from Manuel High School in 1931 and Park College in 1940 with a Bachelors Degree in American History. At Park College he finished 2nd in his class and received Cum Laude honors for his high grade point average.
     Mr. Lunn had the distinction of having two professional careers. The first was with Western Union, from which he retired at the age of 55. The second with the Post Office which lasted until his retirement in 1989 at the age of 76.
     He was an outstanding Tennis Player winning several armature tournaments in the mid 1930's.
     During World War II he served his country with honor in the United States Army.
     He was  a member of the Knights of Columbus, Mensa and St. Ann's Catholic Church.
     On April 19, 1936 he  married Dina Maria Allegrini of New York City and remained married for 66 years until his death. She survives of the home.
     Mr. Lunn was preceded in death by his parents Fred and Carrie (Baber) Lunn and two brothers, Joe and Fred Lunn.
     Additional survivors include a son, John Lunn of Kansas City; three daughters, Elaine Thomas of Syracuse, NY, Maria Killingsworth of Kansas City, KS and Sharon Lunn of Chicago; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
     Mass of Christian burial is being held today, Thursday, May 30, 2002 at St. Ann's Catholic church, Plattsburg. The family received friends from 7:30-8:30pm on Wednesday, May 29th  with a rosary at 7pm at the Cox Funeral Home. The family suggests memorial gifts to the Knights of Columbus Council #9401 of Plattsburg. 
  • Venita O. Lyon

       Venita O. Lyon, 92, Plattsburg, died May 25, 2002 at a Plattsburg nursing home.
     Mrs. Lyon was a funeral home owner for many years.
     Born in Stewartsville, on March 11, 1910, she lived in Plattsburg most of her life.
     She was a member of Broadway United Methodist church, where she was the church organist for 60 years. Along with the church she played the organ for the Community Chorus and was an accompanist for the Plattsburg High School for many years. Mrs. Lyon was also a member of The Order of Eastern Star, P.E.O., Chapter DF of Plattsburg, The united Methodist Women and Fortnightly Study Club.
     On November 22, 1930 she married Darrell Lyon; he preceded her in death.
     Mrs. Lyon was also preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Mary (Wood) Hinderks; two brothers, W.D. and Blair Hinderks; and a grandchild. 
     Survivors include two daughters, Linda Arnold of Geneva, IL and Carol Ward of Kansas City; five grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.
     Services were held Wednesday, May 29, 2002 at the Broadway United Methodist Church with the Cox Funeral Home, in charge of arrangements. The family suggests memorial gifts to the Broadway United Methodist Church.
     
  • Winifred Rosander

       Mrs. Winifred "Winnie" Rosander, 99, of Topeka, passed away Saturday, May 25, 2002  at the Oakridge Care Center in Plattsburg. She was born in Topeka on June 5, 1902 to Charles and Anna Seger Kerle.
     Mrs. Rosander attended St. John's Lutheran School. She began her work career as a telephone operator for Southwestern Bell. Her last 29 working years were spent at the VA Hospital as a switchboard operator. She retired in 1964.
     Mrs. Rosander played catcher for the SW Bell Baseball Team. A lifelong active member of St. John's Lutheran Church, she belonged to Church Circle and Bible Study; she enjoyed quilting.
     On December 29, 1923, in Topeka she married Edwin A. Rosander; he passed away April 16, 1969. 
     Also preceding her in death were her parents; and a daughter Nancy Lee Rosander in 1944.
      Survivors include a son, Jim Rosander of Plattsburg; a daughter, Edna Mae Senne of Topeka; 5 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; and 4 great-great-grandchildren.
     Funeral services are being held today, Thursday, May 30,2002 at 10:30am at St. John's Lutheran Church with interment to follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church, 901 Fillmore, Topeka, KS 66606 or to Topeka Lutheran School, 701 SW Roosevelt, Topeka, KS 66606.
     Penwel-Gabel Mid Town  Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.
     
  • Mike Feo

       Mike Feo, 78, of Trimble, formerly of Kansas City, passed away Friday, May 24, 2002 at St. Luke's Hospital, Kansas City.
     He was born on January  7, 1924 to Patsy and Angeline (Carrione) Feo in Kansas City where he attended school and grew up.
     Mike and his wife Ester, lived in the Kansas City area most of their lives. She preceded him in death.
     He was a member of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Kansas City.
     Also preceding him in death were his parents, five brothers and four sisters.
     Survivors include a brother, John, Smithville, several nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.
     Graveside services and burial was held Wednesday, May 29, 2002 at the Goss Cemetery, Smithville with arrangements by Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Smithville.
  • June Justus

       June Justus, 79, of Smithville passed away, Thursday, May 23, 2002 at North Kansas City Hospital.
     She was born on June 2, 1922 to Curtis and Dixie (Asher) Summers near Smithville where she attended school and grew up. As a young child she moved to the home of George and Lela May (Asher) Wendling. In 1941 she graduated from Smithville High School.
     On August 13, 1941 she was united in marriage to Ivan "Pinky" Justus. After their marriage they lived in San Diego, CA and in 1945 they moved to Smithville where they made their home. Her husband, Pinky, passed away in 1991.
     June was a longtime member of the First Christian Church of Smithville.
     Also preceding her in death were her parents; a daughter, Patricia Ann Willoughby, and a grandson, Darrin Lynn Willoughby, both in 1963.
     Survivors include a brother, Buddy Summers and wife Jerry, Smithville; an aunt, Alma (Summers) Stubbs, Independence; a niece, Connie Summers Lytle and husband, Dave, Gladstone; nephews, Donnie Summers and wife, Tina, Lathrop, Dannie Summers and wife , Beverly, Smithville; five great nieces and nephews, and two great-great-nieces and nephew, other relatives and many friends.
     Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 29, 2002 at the Hixson-Klein Funeral Home with burial in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Smithville.
  • Pamela G. Wilkinson

       Pamela G. Wilkinson, 54, of Plattsburg, passed away on Thursday, May 23, 2002 at North Kansas City Hospital.
     Born in Carrollton on November 29, 1947, she lived in Orrick for 10 years before moving to the Plattsburg area for the past 23 years. For 37 years Pamela, has shared her life with Bruce A. Wilkinson. He survives of the home.
     Mrs. Wilkinson was preceded in death by her father Charles W. Storm.
     Additional survivors include  two sons, Cory Wilkinson of Plattsburg and Mark Wilkinson and his wife, Sharon of Overland Park; a daughter Kimberly Bonner and her husband Steve of Kearney; her mother, Shirley Mayer of Edwards; and six grandchildren.
     Services were held Sunday at the First Christian Church with Interment in Green Lawn Cemetery, Plattsburg. The family suggests memorial gifts to the First Christian Church.
     
  • Jerry E. Brown

       Jerry Eugene Brown, 53, of Santa Margarita, CA, passed away at Mammoth Lakes, CA, Wednesday, May 22, 2002.
     He was born Nov. 18, 1948, the son of Edward and Letha (Lightle) Brown in Keokuk, IA. He graduated from Hale High School in 1966 and graduated from Central Missouri State University.
     He was married to Denise Dudley on Oct. 10, 1988. She survives of the home.
     He was founder and former president of SkillPath Seminars in Mission, KS and Chillicothe from 1989 until 2000. He loved flying and reading. He served in the Air force from 1968 to 1972, serving in Vietnam one year.
     Additional survivors include two sons, Grant Dudley Brown and Seth Hunter Brown, all of the home; three daughters, Jennifer Lynn Brown, Kansas City, KS, Becky Leigh Lucas and husband, Dave of Plattsburg, and Jodi Brown of Kansas City, KS; a sister, Roxanna McCracken and husband, Randy of Chillicothe; three nieces; two grandchildren, Taylor Alison Lucas and Zachary David Lucas of Plattsburg.
     He was preceded in death by his father, Edward Brown and infant brother, Lowell Brown.
     The memorial service was held Saturday at the Lindley Funeral Home, Chillicothe. Memorials may be made to the Jerry Brown Memorial Scholarship Fund or may be left at the funeral home or mailed to Lindley Funeral Home, PO Box 47 , Chillicothe, MO, 64601.
  • Jeremy Drake

          Jeremy Drake 22, of Gower, Missouri died May 21, 2002 in Gower.
         Mr Drake was born on September 27, 1979. Before moving back to the Clinton County area, Mr. Drake  was a member of the St. Joseph, Missouri Teamsters Union #460. 
         Surviving are his parents, Tom and Cindy Pangbum of Lee's Summit, Missouri and Randolph and Jemma  Drake of St. Joseph, Missouri;  his brother Chris Drake of Gower; his maternal grandparents Stan and Marylyn Mallory of Brailey, Missouri and his paternal grandparents George and Phyllis Drake of Gower.  Services were  held  2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 25, 2002 at  Cox Funeral Home, Plattsburg. Interment was at Perrin Cemetery, Perrin, Missouri.   Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army.
  • Helen Pence

       Helen Pence, 88, Plattsburg, died Sunday, May 19, 2002, at a Plattsburg health care center.
     Helen was born September 1,1914, in Trimble and was a lifelong resident of the Clinton County area. On November 3, 1937, she married Charles Pence.
     Mrs. Pence was preceded in death by her parents Arch and Ruby (Eberts) Sevell and a brother Wilbur.
     Survivors include her husband Charles J. Pence, Plattsburg; and a sister Opal Pence, St. Joseph.
     Services were held Tuesday, May 21, 2002, at the Cox Funeral Home with interment in the  Green Lawn Cemetery, Plattsburg. The family suggests memorial gifts to the Clinton Care and Rehab Center.
  • Jack D. Gump

       Mr. Jack D Gump, 72 of Plattsburg died Saturday, May 18, 2002. He was born on Dec. 21, 1929 in Princeton, where he attended and graduated from High School. Mr. Gump worked for the Missouri Conservation Dept. before entering the United States Army in 1952, after returning from the Korean Conflict he worked as a construction worker. He was a member of the St . Ann's Catholic Church of Plattsburg, and American Legion Post #97 and VFW #4428. Mr. Gump also served as Alderman of the 3rd ward of Plattsburg and was a member of the Construction Union Local 579. Jack lived in Plattsburg for the past 50 years.
     On July 21, 1952, he married the former Pauline R.  Mallen who survives of the home.
     Mr. Gump was preceded in death by has parents Frank and Josephine P (McCabe) Gump; 2 brothers Raymond and Rome Gump; 4 sisters Viola and Getrude Gump, Dora Davis, and Marian Howell.
     Survivors include his wife Pauline of the home; 3 sons James (Andy), John R. and Joseph P. Gump; a daughter Jacline E Gump all of Plattsburg; 8 grandchildren.
      Funeral services was held at 10am Wednesday, May 22, 2002 at the Cox Funeral Home, Plattsburg with burial in the Calvary Cemetery, Plattsburg. The Family suggest memorial gifts be made to the donors choice.
  • Frances F. Flores

       Frances F. Flores, 81, St. Joseph, died Thursday, May 16, 2002, at her home.
     Mrs. Flores worked for Hirsch's Department Store and Noma Lites and retired from F.W. Woolworth Co., all of St. Joseph. 
     Born March 3, 1921, in St. Joseph, she was a lifelong resident of St.  Joseph; a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and a former member of St. Ann's Altar Society.
     On Oct. 5, 1942, she married Joseph Flores. He preceded her in death Oct. 31, 1948. On July 29, 1950, she married Vivano Flores. He preceded her in death March  11, 2000. Also preceding her in death were her parents, Theodore and Gertie  Mae (Gire) Lopez; two brothers, Dallas  and Ralph Lopez; and a sister, Dolores McGaughey.
     Survivors include three daughters, Mary Ann Parker and Becky Sollars, both of St. Joseph and Tina Gilmore of Savannah; two sons, Rick Flores of St. Joseph and Mike Flores of Plattsburg; two sisters, Phyllis Conard and Carmen Jacobs, both of St. Joseph; a brother Ted Lopez of Leavenworth; 16 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
     Mass of   Christian Burial was  held Monday at  St. Mary's Catholic Church, St. Joseph with interment in Mount Olivet Cemetery, St. Joseph. Meierhoffer Family Funeral Service had charge of arrangements. The family suggests memorial gifts to St. Mary's Catholic Church of Kendallwood Hospice.
  • Lorane M. Simpson

       Mrs. Lorane M. Simpson 92, of Plattsburg formerly of Holt, died Wednesday, May 15, 2002, at the Clinton Care and Rehab Center of Plattsburg. She was born in Eagle Grove, lA on Aug. 17, 1909, where she attended school. She was a homemaker and a member of the Nashua Church of Christ in Nashua. 
     She was married to Leonard Simpson; he preceded her in death in 1972.  Also preceding her in death were her parents Lloyd and Lillie (Nighswonger) Phillis.
     Survivors include a son Allen Simpson of Holt; a daughter Delores E. Swanson of Boseman, MT, a sister Twyla Phillips of Richhill, and a grandchild.
     Funeral services were held at 10am, Monday May 20, 2002, at the Cox Funeral Home, Plattsburg, with burial in the Sunset Cemetery, Des Moines, lA  under the direction of the  Cox Funeral Home, Plattsburg.
     
  • Willie Bledsoe

       Willie Bledsoe, 63, of rural Gower, passed away, Wednesday, May 15, 2002 at his home.
     He was born on December 25, 1938, to W.A. and Hazel (Adkins) Bledsoe near Edgerton. Willie attended school and grew up near Edgerton and later graduated from North Platte High School in Dearborn. He then served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps.
     After his honorable discharge he farmed and raised tobacco in Dearborn and Camden Point areas, and in 1988 moved near Gower.
     Willie was preceded in death by his father, a son and daughter-in-law, Scotty and Angie Bledsoe; two grandchildren, Bradley Bledsoe and Scott  Johnson; and two brothers, Ronald and Leslie Bledsoe.
     Survivors include; his wife, Brenda, of the home; his mother Hazel Bledsoe, Gower; two  sons, Bill Bledsoe of Edgerton and Leslie Bledsoe, Gower; four daughters, Carla Johnson and Debbie Nichols, both of Edgerton, Tammy Gray, Clarksville. AR, and Sherri Ritchel, Independence; seventeen grandchildren; a brother, Darrel Bledsoe, Dearborn; two sisters, Patty Propheter, Tightwad and Nina Redecker, New Haven; several nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins and many friends.
     Funeral services were held Saturday, May 18, 2002 at the Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Edgerton with burial in the Dearborn Cemetery.
     
  • E. Louise Danner

       E. Louise Danner, 84, of St. Joseph, passed away, Wednesday, May 15, 2002, at a local healthcare facility.
     Louise was born September 12, 1917, in Gower. She has lived in St. Joseph since 1982.
     She worked for Cramer Chair Company in Kansas City for 25 years, retiring as a Machine Operator in 1982.
     Preceding her in death by her parents, James and Nancy (Mitchell) Maddox; 3 brothers, James, Lowell and William Maddox; two sisters, Helen Colley and Alice Atkins.
     Survivors include a daughter, Joyce Cordonnier, St. Joseph;  a son, Jack Bennett, Plattsburg; 3 sister, Ruth Veraguth, Bertha Mitchell, both of St. Joseph and Geraldine Leach, Elwood, KS; 8 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
     Funeral services were held Saturday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith and Sidenfaen Chapel with interment in Memorial Park Cemetery, both of St. Joseph.
     Memorial donations may be made to the Hands of Hope Hospice.
  • Catherine A. O'Brien 

       Catherine Ann (Stanley) O'Brien, 90, Lathrop, formerly of Princeton, died Wednesday, May 15, 2002 at the Lathrop Health Facility.
     Catherine was born March 6, 1912, in Mercer County and had lived in Princeton before moving to Detroit, MI where she lived for 74 years. 
     She was united in marriage to James O'Brien and he preceded her in death. 
     Also preceding her in death were her parents, Claude and Lennie Stanley.
     Survivors include two brothers, Richard Stanley of Lineville, IA and John Stanley of Detroit; nephews, Stan Robinson and Ron Stanley, of Chillicothe and Phil Stanley of Princeton; and a niece, Catherine Goepferich, of Lathrop. Arrangements were made by the Bailey Funeral Home, Lathrop.
  • Margaret  L. Justus

       Mrs. Margaret (Tunks) Justus, 78, died Monday, May 13, 2002, at the Oakridge Residential Facility of Plattsburg.
     Born near Maysville on December 12, 1924, Mrs. Justus graduated from Maysville High School in 1942. She married Adam Justus in Santa Barbara, CA on December 10, 1943, and they lived briefly in California and Virginia prior to moving back to Missouri. The family has lived in Gower since 1958.
     Margaret was a member of the Gower Christian Church and the American Legion Auxiliary. She had been employed by the United States Postal Service in Gower, from which she retired in 1987.
     She was preceded in death by her husband, Adam who died in 1992; her eldest son, Robert Wayne Justus who died in 2001; and her brother, Leland Tunks who died in 1996.
     Survivors include a daughter, Elaine Justus, St. Joseph; two sons, James of Lawson and Jerry of Gower; a sister, Carolyn McKinley, Washington; seven grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.
     Funeral services were held Thursday, May 16, 2002 at the Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower with burial in the Allen Cemetery.
  • Faye L. Hess

       Faye L. Hess, 90, passed away on Saturday May 11, 2002 at a Kansas City, Missouri hospital.
     Born in Lathrop on January 8, 1912, she lived in Plattsburg most of her life.
     Mrs. Hess was a homemaker and enjoyed raising livestock on her farm.
     Mrs. Hess was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Hess; her parents Bert and Rosie (Hubbard) Rogers; three brothers Clarence, Delbert, and Ronald Rogers.
     Surviving: a sister, Virginia Webber of Plattsburg; brother, Glen Rogers of Gower; and a nephew, Roger Webber of Plattsburg.
         Services were held Tuesday, May 14, 2002, Cox Funeral Home, Plattsburg, with Interment at Mt. Zion Cemetery, Gower. 
     
  • R. Estill Akers

       R. Estill Akers, age 85, of Cameron passed away Saturday, May 11, 2002 at the Sunset Home in Maysville. 
     Estill was born October 3, 1916, in Lawson and lived in Clinton County most of his life, moving to Cameron in 1993. On April 17, 1943, he was united in marriage to Irma Jean Sweatman in Lawson, she survives of the home. He was a member of the Lathrop Rotary Club, the Turney United Methodist Church and had worked as the Postmaster in Turney before retiring in1986. 
     He was preceded in death by his parents, Roscoe and Georgia McQuerry Akers; a son, R.E. Akers II, and a brother, Lester Akers.
     Additional survivors include his daughter, Echo Frame, Shawnee, KS; a sister, Virginia O'Dell, Lawson; a granddaughter, Caitlin Lawson.
     Services were held Wednesday at the Lathrop United Methodist Church with burial in the Lathrop Cemetery. Bailey Funeral Home, Lathrop had charge of arrangements.
  • Henry W. Harris Sr.

       Henry W. "Hank" Harris Sr., 87, of Trimble, formerly of Smithville and Buffalo passed away, Friday, May 10, 2002 at the Lathrop Health Care Facility.
     He was born on March 19, 1915 to Allen Johnson and Vata Louisa "Lula" (Carver) Harris near Paradise. Hank attended school and grew up near Paradise and lived in the Smithville and Trimble area.
     On May 26, 1951, he was united in marriage to Shirley M. Carrol. After their marriage they lived in the North Kansas City area until 1970 when they moved to Buffalo and in 1980 they moved to Smithville. He worked for cook Paint and Varnish Company in North Kansas City for twenty-seven years retiring in 1970. He owned and operated a Boarding Home for Senior Citizens in Buffalo for ten years.
     He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Shirley; four brothers, Roscoe, Wylie, Cliff and Jasper "Jap" Harris; and two sisters, Lillian Taylor and Mary Peck.
     Hank is survived by two sons, Ronald Harris, Jacksonville, AR and Henry Harris, Jr., Evansville, IN; a daughter, Carol Jean Davis, St. Joseph; several grandchildren one brother, Donald Harris, Smithville; two sisters, Aliene Harris, Smithville and Daisy Moore, Trimble; other relatives and many friends.
     Funeral services were held Monday, May 13, 2002, at the Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Smithville with inurnment in the Grayson Cemetery, Grayson. 
  • Alice L. Perks

       Alice Laverne (Honeycutt) Perks, 71, Gower, formerly of St. Joseph, died Wednesday, May 8, 2002, at a St. Joseph hospital.
     Mrs. Perks, born in St. Joseph  on Oct. 13, 1930, had formerly lived in St. Joseph. She was a homemaker and of the Presbyterian faith.
     On Sept. 11, 1947, she married James c. Perks in St. Joseph. He survives of the home.
     Mrs. Perks was preceded in death by her parents, Alvin and Cora Honeycutt; five brothers, Clarence, Donald, Vernon, Ernest and Johnny Honeycutt; and a sister, Mary Bell Rich.
     Additional survivors include four sons, Jim, Gower, Steve, Plattsburg, Kevin, Hemple, and David Stewartsville; five daughters, Beverly Patterson, St. Joseph, Donna Miller, Hemple, Mary Edwards, Cameron, Cora Jean Evans, Agency, and Alberta Dungy, Gower.
     Services were held Saturday, at the Rupp Funeral Home, St. Joseph with burial in Memorial Park Cemetery.
  • Shirley J. Russell

       Shirley J. Russell, 72, passed away on Wednesday May 8, 2002 at her residence.
     Born in Havelock, NE on April 19, 1930, she lived in Plattsburg most of her life.
     Mrs. Russell worked as a teachers aid for the Plattsburg School District for many years.
     Mrs. Russell was preceded in death by her parents John N. and Leona (Hensley) Ford; a brother Paul Ford and a sister Carol Ford.
     Surviving: husband, Mike of the home; two sons, Wayne Ford of Stewartsville; and John Ford of Texas; a daughter Jannie Aubchon of Plattsburg; 6 grandchildren.
     Graveside services and burial Saturday, May 11, 2002, Calvary Cemetery, Plattsburg with Cox Funeral Home Plattsburg in charge of arrangements.
     
  • Bill J. Anderson

       Bill J. Anderson, age 70, of Lawson, passed away May 7, 2002, at the Missouri Veteran's Home in Cameron.
     He was born September 24, 1931, in Lathrop and had lived in the Lathrop and Lawson areas most of his life. He worked for the Burlington Railroad and later for the Ford Motor Company for 26 years before retiring. Bill was an Army veteran of the Korean War and a member of the Assembly of God Church. He was united in marriage to Keron Teague    on March 11, 1957 in Lathrop, and she survives of the home.
     He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Juanita Mae Wickizer Anderson; a brother, Bobby and a sister, Juanita Pearl Mick.
     Additional survivors include a son, David and his wife Crystal of Lawson; a sister, Phyllis Peterson of Lathrop; and 4 grandchildren, Shiloh, Gideon, Carson and Jackson.
     Funeral services were held Saturday, May 11, 2002 at the Assembly of God Church in Lathrop with burial in the Lathrop Cemetery. Arrangements were made under the direction of the Bailey Funeral Home, Lathrop. 
     
  • Kelly L. King

       Kelly Lloyd King, 56, Gladstone, formerly of Lathrop, died Sunday, May 5, 2002 at Woodbine Health Care Center, Gladstone.
     Kelly was born June 22, 1945 to Roy and Flora Mae (Sudie) King in Lawson. He was a member of the First Christian Church, Lathrop. He had retired from Corn Products in Kansas City after 36 years. He was a graduate of Lathrop High School and lived most of his life in the Lathrop area.
     He was preceded in death by his father. 
     Survivors include his mother and step-father, Don and Flora Young, Kansas City, KS; a son Kelly K. King, Nixa; daughters, Shelly Lynn King and Julie Kay King, Gladstone; a brother, Roy W. King, Jr., Salina, KS; a grandchild.
     Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 8 at the Bailey Funeral Home, Lathrop with burial in the Lathrop Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church organ fund or Kansas City Hospice.
  • Robert R. Sayer

       Robert "Robby" Ross Sayer, 27, passed away early Saturday morning, May 4, 2002 at his home in Lathrop.
     Robby was born in Chillicothe on July 29, 1974 to Bob and Linda Sayer of Meadville. He then moved to Lathrop with his parents in 1977. He attended school at the Cameron Development center and the Special Services School.
     Robby touched the lives of everyone who met him with his bright eyes, sweet smile, warm heart and Lots of Love.
     He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather Ross Caselman of Meadville and paternal grandparents, Robert and Josephine Sayer of Brookfield.
     Additional survivors include his sister, Sandy Gattenby of Lenexa; grandmother, Mildred Caselman of Marceline; numerous aunts, uncles and other relatives, teachers and friends who will miss him.
     Funeral services were held at the Lathrop Baptist Church on Tuesday, May 7, 2002 with burial in the Cameron Evergreen Cemetery with Bailey Funeral Home, Lathrop in charge of arrangements. 
     In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions be made to the Cameron Development Center.
  • Earl "Toad" West

       Earl "Toad" West, 84, of Gladstone, formerly of Edgerton passed away, Saturday, May 4, 2002 at the St. Luke's Northland Hospital in Smithville.
     He was born on May 31, 1917, to Pearl Turner and Mabel Daisy (Davis) West near Edgerton, where he grew up and later graduated from Edgerton High School. 
     On January 17, 1939 he was united  in marriage to Ruth Anna Scott in St. Joseph. After their marriage they lived north of Edgerton where they farmed and made their home. Earl was also involved in selling farm products for many years. In 1991 they moved to Gladstone. 
     Earl was a founding member and served as a board members of the Edgerton Fire Department. He was active in youth baseball and coached Little League and Pony League for many years. He was also active in 4-H and the national Farm Organization. 
     Earl was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, J.C. West, Allen "Doc" West and Alonzo West; a sister, Marguerite Pulliam and an infant brother, Pearl, Jr.
     Survivors include his wife, Ruth Ann of the home; three sons, and their wives, Timothy and Sharon West, New Hampton, Ted and Ann West, Lenexa and Tommy and Lori West, St. Joseph; two daughters and their husbands, Patricia and Bill Steinman, Lead Hill, AR, and Janet and Ed White, Gladstone; 16 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; a brother, Clarence West, Edgerton and a sister, Betty Lee Boydston, Dearborn; several nieces and nephews and other relatives and many friends.
     Funeral services were held at the Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Edgerton with burial in Allen Cemetery, Gower.  Donations may be made to the Earl West Memorial Fund.
  • Jasper A. Harris

       Jasper August "Jap" Harris, 90, of Gower, formerly of Trimble passed away Friday, May 3, 2002 at the Gower Convalescent Center in Gower.
     He was born on August 1, 1911, to Allen Johnson and Vata Louisa "Lula" (Carver) Harris in Clay County near Paradise where he attended school and grew up.
     On April 9, 1933, he was united in marriage to Alma King. After their marriage they lived in Clay County, near Paradise. In 1959 they moved to Trimble and in march of this year they moved to Gower.
     Jasper farmed and also was a self-employed carpenter and enjoyed woodworking.
     He was a member of the Community of Christ Church in Trimble and the Independent Order of Oddfellows in Paradise.
     Jasper was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Roscoe, Wylie and Clifford Harris and two sisters, Lillian Taylor and Mary Peck.
     Survivors include his wife Alma, of the home; a son, Jasper   C. Harris and wife, Patricia, Quartzsiete, AZ; two daughters, Donna Jan Stanton and husband, Wayne, Napoleon, and Dorris Ann Mangum and husband, Joseph, Independence; eight grandchildren, Clinton, David, Rick, Keith, Kelvin, Don, Dean and Diana; seven step-grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren, twelve step-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Henry Harris, Lathrop and Donald Harris, Smithville; two sisters, Aliene Harris, Smithville and Daisy Moore, Trimble.
     Funeral services were held Monday, May 6th at the Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Smithville with burial in the Grayson Cemetery, Grayson.
  • Marjorie L. Carter

       Marjorie L (Montgomery) Carter, 80, Plattsburg, formerly of Cameron died Thursday, May 2, 2002. 
     She was born on Dec. 23, 1921, to Homer and  Cecil Montgomery.
     She is survived by nieces and nephews.
     Services were held Sunday, May 5, 2002, at the First Baptist Church, Cameron with burial in the Packard Cemetery, Cameron. Poland-Thompson Funeral Home, Cameron  had charge of arrangements. Memorials, First Baptist  Church, Cameron.
  • Marva L. Soderstrom

       Marva Lea Soderstrom, 56, Lathrop died May 1, 2002 at the KU Medical Center, Kansas City, KS.
     She was born August 7, 1945 in New Orleans. On January 17, 1983 she married Donald W. Soderstrom in Kansas City, KS. He preceded her in death in 1995.
     Marva was a member of the First Christian Church, The Christian Womens Fellowship, former Choir Member, Sunday School teacher, Worship Chairman, Deacon, CWF Chairman and Office Secretary. She was a member of Jobs Daughters, Chapter 2 in Kansas City, KS and   Easter Star Acadia #42 in Polo.
     Also preceding her in death were her parents, Marvin and Betty Henry.
     Survivors include daughters, Carrie Lynne Galvin, Bonner Springs and Kelly Denise Campbell, Blue Springs; step-daughters, Shyla Downing, Houston, TX and Susan Young, Hummel TX; step-son, Jerry Soderstrom, Kansas City;  two brothers, William Henry and Corwin Henry both of Lathrop; two sisters, Marsha Beasley, Lathrop and Melissa Waters, Smithville; 13 grandchildren; 4 nieces and 3 nephews.
     Memorial Service was held Saturday at the First Christian Church, Lathrop. The body was cremated with Bailey Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
     Memorials contributions may be made to Christian Womens Fellowship of the First Christian Church.
  • Dorothy McClung

       Dorothy McClung, 84, formerly of Lathrop, died Wednesday, June 27, 2002.
     Survivors include sons, Jack and Tom Ganaway; daughters, Joyce Gensheer, and Marilyn Osborn; brothers, Harry, Bill, Bob and Dale Wilson; 12 grandchildren;  26 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
     Services were held Saturday, June 29, at Bailey Funeral Home, Lathrop. Burial in Lathrop Cemetery. Memorials can be made to the American Lung Associtation or Southern Care Hospice.
  • Charles W. "Bill" Simon

       Charles W. Simon, 75, of St. Joseph, died Thursday, June 27, 2002, at a St. Joseph health-care center. 
     Born on January 30, 1927, in Corder, MO, he lived in the Dearborn and Gower areas most of his life, before moving to St. Joseph in 1966. 
     During World War II, he served with the U.S. Navy and earned the following medals: The World War II Victory Medal, American Area Campaign Medal, Phillipine Liberation Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, and Good Conduct Medal. 
     On July 23, 1947, he married the former Virginia M. Clifton. She survives if the home. 
     He was a lead mechanic for Trans World Airlines at M.C.I. Airport in Kansas City, for 32 years. He retired in 1984.
     Mr. Simon was a member of the Christian faith and International Association of Machinists Union Local of Riverside.
     He was preceded in death by a son, John; his parents John W. and Helen Simon; two sisters, Helen Stuart and Mary Simon; and three brothers, John H. Simon, Ernest Simon Sr. and Robert Simon Sr.
     Additional survivors include four daughters, Jo Herpel, Easton, Annie Stallard, Gower, Sandy Judd and Tammie McCoy, St. Joseph;  four sons, Ken Simon, Boulder, CO, Robert, Charlie and Donnie Simon, St. Joseph; 21 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, six step-grandchildren, and 17 great-step-grandchildren.
     Services were held Monday, June 24, at Meirhoffer Family Funeral Service, St. Joseph, with Interment in Memorial Park Cemetery, St. Joseph.
     
  • In Memory of Lee Norah Kirk

       Lee Norah Kirk was born on November 15, 1913, to Goldie Wilson  in St. Joseph. She was raised by Eugie Lewis in Smithville, where she grew up and later graduated from Smithville High School.
     On July 30, 1932, she was united in marriage to Lyman T. Kirk. After their marriage they lived in the Gower and Turney areas and later moved to Lawrence where they made their home. 
     Lee Norah attended and worked at Trinity Lutheran Nursing School in Kansas City and was later employed at Lawrence Memorial. She was a member of the Lenexa Methodist Church and a member of the University Home Economics Club.
     She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband, Lyman.
     Lee Norah is survived by two sons, T.E. Kirk, Edgerton, and Lewis Kirk, Lawrence; one daughter, Elizabeth Snavely, Perry, KS; nine grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter, other relatives and many friends.
     Graveside services and burial were held in Oak Hill Cemetery, Lawrence, KS, on June 25, with the Rev. Jack Snavely officiating.
     In addition to their own progeny, members of the family related to Lee Norah and her husband Lyman Kirk, who attended the graveside service are: The Rev. Frank Hall and wife Gerry Fry Hall of Savannah, MO, Page Kirk Cambell, Overland Park, Halkalne K. Bergsten, Plattsburg.
     Betty Kirk Waite and husband Ivan were not present as they had departed for a booked travel departure that same day. Betty's mother, Ruth Kindred Kirk was a sister to Lee Norah's mother, Mrs. Eugie Lewis.
  • Ardell L. McBride

       Ardell McBride, 96, of St. Joseph, died Monday , June 24,  at a Gower health-care center.
     Mrs. McBride was born on July 9, 1905, in Hemple, and was raised in Union Star before moving to St. Joseph in the 1930's. In 1929, she married Oliver James McBride. He preceded her in death. 
     She was a secretary for the former American National Bank, retiring after 20 years. She was a member of the First baptist Church of St. Joseph, Westward Ho Chapter No. 12 of Questers International and the Postal Retirees Association.
     She was also preceded in death by her parents, Argolis Oliver and Lula Revocomb (Mitchell) Means; a son-in-law, Robert H. Lindsay; a great-grandson, Justin R. Lindsay; and a great-aunt Calla Varner.
     Survivors include a daughter, Olive June Lindsay of Arlington Heights, IL; a granddaughter, Janet Lindsay Munsell, Gower;  grandsons Roger Lindsay, Palantine, IL and Douglas Lindsay , Guernee, IL; and seven great-grandchildren.
     Services were held Wednesday, June 26, at the Meierhoffer Family Funeral Service, in St. Joseph, with interment at Memorial Park Cemetery, St. Joseph. Memorials may be given to Questers International Chapter N0. 173, Westward Ho, in care of Diane Hummer, No. 10 Dunn Drive, St. Joseph, MO 64506.
     
  • Jerry L. Stracke

       Jerry Lynn Stracke, 69, of rural Gower, Mo., passed away, Friday, June 21, 2002 at his home.
     He was born on March 9, 1933 to Franklin Leroy and Jenny Matilda (Swensen) Stracke in Eagle Grove, Iowa, where he grew up. Jerry served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He later graduated from the University of Kansas with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.
     On June 8, 1958 he was united in marriage to Yvonne Schenck. They resided in Blue Springs, Mo., until moving to Gower in 1978, where they made their home.
     Jerry retired in 1998 from the Kansas City Power and Light Company with over 30 years of service. Jerry attended both the River of Life Church in Kansas City and New Life Full Gospel in St. Joseph, Mo. Jerry was a member of the American Legion Post #393 in Gower.
     He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Carroll, and two sisters, Evelyn Fuller and Virgene Cullinan.
     Jerry is survived by his wife, Yvonne, of the home, one daughter, Leah Caldwell, St. Joseph, Mo., son, David Stracke and wife, Lesley, Gower, Mo., grandchildren, Daniel, Vincent Dean, and Brittaney, several nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.
     FUNERAL SERVICES: 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, June 26th at the River of Life Church, 4214 NW Cookingham Rd. Kansas City, Mo.
     BURIAL: Second Creek Cemetery, Kansas City, Mo.
     The family will receive friends from 10:30-11:00 A.M. prior to the services at the church.
     Military Honors will be provided by the 139th Airlift Wing.  Donations may be made in Jerry’s name to the Building Fund of either New Life Full Gospel or River of Life Church. Arrangements by Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower, Mo.
     
  • Bruce A. Slocum

       Bruce Slocum, 56, of Marshall, died Friday, June 7, 2002, at his home. Mr. Slocum had been a resident of the Marshall Habilitation Center most of his life.
     Survivors include, two sisters; Virginia Johnson, Gower, and Renee Letterman, Lee's Summit.
     Services and Inurnment were held Saturday, June 22, in the Seneca, KS Cemetery.
     
  • Harold E. Steffee Sr.

       Harold E. Steffee Sr., 91, of Kansas City, passed away Wednesday June 19, 2002 at Liberty Hospital. 
     Services were held Monday, June 24, at Mount Moriah Terrace Park Funeral Home with burial in Mt. Moriah Terrace Park Cemetery.
     
  • Ruth VanZant

       Ruth VanZant, 91, formerly of Lathrop, died June 18, 2002, at Ashton Court Care Center in Liberty.
     Ruth was born April 25, 1911 in Bruno, AR, to John Oliver and Lucy Wade (Nowlin) McEntire. She was a member of Church of Christ in Kearney, and resided in Lathrop from 1955 - 1987. Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, Ulas Echol VanZant on November 9, 1986; her son, Joe Brian VanZant; two grandsons; and nine brothers and sisters.
     Survivors include her six children and their spouses, Roy and Marjorie VanZant, Mulvane, KS; Ray and Minnie VanZant; Joy and Ed Tapp; Gay and Kenny Durbin, all of Liberty; Loy and Joan VanZant, Kearney;  and Ron and Judy VanZant, Farley; 24 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
     Services were held Thursday, June 20, at Fry Funeral Home in Kearney with burial in New Hope Cemetary in Holt.
  • Everett Parton

       Everett Parton, 81, of Stewartsville, passed away Wednesday, June 11, 2002, at the home of his sister-in-law, Jane Dungy.
     Mr. Parton was born September 2, 1920, in Maysville, to Thomas Eugene and Nellie Maud (Fales) Parton. He attended Maysville schools, and was a  longtime resident of Osborn.
     On March 27, 1941, he married Mary Elizabeth Watkins at Altamont.  She preceded him in death in 2000.  Mr. Parton later moved to Stewartsville, and was cared for by his sister-in-law Jane Dungy.
     Mr. Parton was a boiler-tender and boilermaker for Corn Products in North Kansas City. He retired in 1982. He was a member of the boilermakers union AFL-CIO of North Kansas City, and also a member of the Assembly of God Church in Cameron. 
     Survivors include four sons; Everett Parton, and Robert Parton, both of St. Charles; Bryan Parton, St. Joseph; and Christopher Parton, Stewartsville; six daughters; Cecelia Holton, Excelsior Springs; Elizabeth Houston and Marie Parton, both of Kansas City; Deborah Frazier, of Osborn, Esther Parton, of Atlanta, GA; and Lyllian Turnipseed of Virgil, Ks; one brother, Jim Parton, Kansas City; two sisters, Adelina Smith, Savannah, Irene Watkins, Oklahoma City; 23 grandchildren, and many great grandchildren.
     Services were held Friday, June 14 at the Bram-Summerfield Funeral Home with burial in Mt. Zion Cemetery south of Stewartsville.
     
  • IRENE SHEWEY

    Irene (Boydston) Shewey, 96, of rural Trimble, passed away, Friday, June 7, 2002 at Oakridge of Plattsburg.
    She was born on December 29, 1905 to Benjamin Franklin and Mabel (West) Boydston in Edgerton, Mo., where she grew up and graduated from Edgerton High School.
    In 1927 she was united in marriage to Elton R. Shewey. After their marriage they moved to the Shewey family farm near Trimble. Irene was a farm wife and homemaker and resided on the family farm for over 70 years, before moving to Oakridge the last two and a half years. She also worked for Mary Jo McMahon in the Clinton County Assessor's Office for several years.
    Irene was a longtime member of the Stony Point Presbyterian Church. She loved to play cards and was a member of a bridge club in Plattsburg for over 50 years.
    Irene was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a half-sister, Mary Katherine Hope, brother, Lawrence Boydston, daughter, Franc E. Tinnen, son, Lawrence Ray Shewey and grandson, J. David Tinnen.
    She is survived by one son, David R. Shewey, Trimble, grandsons, Stephen Shewey, ___________, and Michael Shewey, Trimble, grandsons and wives, Steve and Sue Tinnen, Plattsburg, Greg and Brenda Tinnen, Los Angeles, CA., great-grandchildren, Susan, Ari, Greg, Elizabeth and Jim, and one great-great-grandson, Brantley, other relatives and many friends.
    FUNERAL SERVICE: 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 11th at the Stony Point Presbyterian Church, rural Trimble.
    BURIAL: Stony Point Cemetery
    Donations may be made to the church or the cemetery.
    Arrangements: Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower, Mo.

  • Alma M. Lytle

       Alma M. (Gartin) Lytle, 96, St. Joseph, died Saturday, June 8, 2002,  at a St. Joseph health care facility.
     Born July 1, 1905, in Gower where she attended school, and lived in St. Joseph most of her life.
     Mrs. Lytle was a member of the Ashland United Methodist Church, Areme Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star since 1928 and Chapter BJ of the P.E.O Sisterhood since 1930 where she served as president from 1942 to 1944. She was a member of the Pony Express China Painting Club.
     Mrs. Lytle was preceded in death by her husband, Maurice F. Lytle in 1970; her parents, Rev. Alonzo L. and Luella Bundy Gartin; two brothers, Jewell and Earl Gartin; and a sister, Ivy Lee Ray.
     Survivors include two sons and their wives, Maurice and Frances Lytle, Clearwater, FL, and Gene and Rosemary Lytle of Olathe, KS; one sister and brother-in-law, Irma Dean and Willard Rowland, Gower, and Richard and Shirley Gartin of Duncanville, TX; three grandsons, Christopher, Patrick, and Steven Lytle; one granddaughter, Katherine Patton and six great-grandchildren.
     Graveside Services and Interment were held Tuesday, June 11, 2002, at Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials can be made to the Ashland United Methodist Church or charities of the donor's choice.
  • Albert J. Pankau

       Albert J. Pankau, 91, died Thursday, June 6, 2002 at the Gower Convalescent Center.
     Born June 19, 1910, in Sheridan. He had lived in the St. Joseph area for most of his life. During World 
    War II he served in the United States Navy.
     Mr. Pankau was a laborer for the Quaker Oats Company for 23 years before retiring in 1975.
     He was a member of the Green Valley Baptist Church.
     He was married to Louise Lillian Kerns, who preceded him in death in 1997.
     He was also preceded in death by his parents, Kasmer K. and Ida Bell (Heller) Pankau; four brothers, Alvin, Jesse, Harlin and Roy; a sister, Nellie; granddaughter, Angela Courtway; and a great-grandson, Matthew Bohr.
     Survivors include, three daughters, Sandy Linder and Debbie King, St. Joseph, and Penny Hawk of Easton; step-daughter Patricia Perjak; step-son Leroy Fisher; twelve grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
     Services were held Monday, June 10, 2002, at the Meierhoffer Family Chapel with Interment at the Freeman Chapel Cemetery, Easton.
  • Marilyn Jones

       Marilyn Jones, 67, of rural Dearborn, passed away Tuesday, June 4, 2002, at her home.
     Marilyn was born on August 24, 1934 the only child of Dewey and Edna (Hinton) Miller in Iantha. Her parents preceded her in death. She grew up and attended school in Liberal, MO., where she graduated high school as the valedictorian of her class, and later attended business school.
     On November 7, 1954 she was united in marriage to Paul V. Jones. After their marriage they lived near Dearborn, where they made their home. He survives of the home.
     Marilyn was a bookkeeper for Witte Engine Works. She was a homemaker and also a rural mail carrier for the U.S. Post Office for many years. She retired in 1992.
     She was a lifelong member of the former Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, now, Community of Christ in Trimble, and she and her husband also attended the First Baptist Church of Dearborn.
     Survivors include a son, Mike Jones and wife, LeAnn; a grandson, Del Jones, all of rural Dearborn; other relatives and many friends.
     Services were held Saturday, June 8, 2002, at the Community of Christ Church in Trimble with burial in the Dearborn Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Community of Christ Building Fund. Arrangements Hixson-Klein Funeral Homes, Gower
  • Anna Hunt

       Anna Hunt, 95, died Tuesday, June 4, 2002.
     Survivors include granddaughters, Linda Hagerman, Lathrop, and Liz Marlatt, Cameron; grandson, Robert Reynolds, Grandview; four great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Alice Bischof, Blue Springs.
     Services were held Thursday, June 6, 2002, at Poland-Thompson Funeral Home with burial in Memory Gardens, Cameron. Memorials may be given to The American Cancer Society.
  • Farris E. Grayson

       Farris (Deacon) E. Grayson, 75, of St. Joseph, formerly of Plattsburg,  died Sunday, June 2, 2002 at his residence.
         Born in Plattsburg, on March 12, 1927, Mr. Grayson lived in Plattsburg until he moved to St. Joseph in the mid-eighties.
     Mr. Grayson worked for both the City of Plattsburg and Clinton County as a city police officer and a deputy for the Clinton County Sheriff's office. Mr. Grayson retired from the Clinton County Highway Department in the early nineties.
     Mr. Grayson was a Veteran of the United States Army, and was a member of the VFW and the American Legion, he also was a member of the Tes Trams Social Club, Keystone lodge and a member of the Allah Temple #6, where he was a 32nd degree Shriner.
     Mr. Grayson was preceded in death by his parents Elton (Tag) and Nannie Mae Grayson, his 1st wife Phyillis Grayson and two sisters Margaret Anderson and Barbara Bingham.
     Survivors include his wife Lana Grayson of Kansas City; two daughters Cindy Grayson of Kansas City and Keely Grayson-Inman of Raytown; two step-sons Darin Smith of Calumet IA and Barry Smith of New Market; 1 step-daughter Marji Smith of St. Joseph; a sister Wilmenta (Minnie) Grayson of Plattsburg; 5 brothers Carl and Harold both of Plattsburg, Donald of St. Joseph,  Willie of Kansas City and Delbert of Excelsior Springs; 6 step-grandchildren and a step-greatgrandchild,. and a special friend Mable McNeilly of St. Joseph.
     Funeral Services will be 11am Thursday June 6, 2002 at the Davis Temple Pentecostal Church in Plattsburg. Burial will be in the Mt. Washington Cemetery, Plattsburg. Family visitation was held 7-8:30 Wednesday June 5, 2002 at the Cox Funeral Home. Friends may call anytime after 10am Wednesday at the Funeral home. The Family suggest memorial gifts be made to the University of Wisconsin Stem Cell Research in care of the Funeral Home. Funeral arrangements by the Cox Funeral Home Plattsburg.
     
  • Allene H. Porter

       Allene H. Porter, 86, Cameron passed away on June 1, 2002. Allene was born on March 12, 1916 on the family farm near Polo. She graduated from Polo High School and Missouri State Teachers College, Maryville. She taught at country schools, Cameron and St. Joseph school districts. She married Ben Porter on August 22, 1943 in Cameron. He preceded her in death in 1987. Also preceding her in death were her parents, Oliver and Elsie Hunt; daughter, Marilyn Porter; two sisters, Evelyn Hunt and Coleta Austill,  Survivors include, two sisters-in-law, Martha Rice, Polo and Nancy Gregory, Tualatin, OR; Aunt, Verna Cooper, Polo. She leaves numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. 
     Services were held 2pm Wednesday, June 5, 2002 at the Osborn United Methodist Church, Osborn with burial in Osborn's Evergreen Cemetery. Memorial Fund: Osborn United Methodist Church, Osborn, MO.
     
  • Betty P. Brown

       Betty Pearson Brown, 71, St. Joseph, passed away Sunday, June 2, 2002 at a local hospital.
     Betty was born on April 10, 1931, in Plattsburg and had lived most of her life in St. Joseph, where she was a homemaker. She was a graduate of the Plattsburg High School.  
     Betty married her second husband, Melvin Pearson in December of 1986 in Reno, NV. He survives of the home. She  married her first husband, Harold O. "Hummer" Brown in June of 1948,. He passed away in March of 1983.
     Also preceding her in death were her parents, Lewis and Georgia Barnett; a brother, Charles "Bobby" Barnett; and a sister, Ann Swanson. 
     Additional survivors include two sons, David Brown and Jerry Brown, both of St. Joseph; four grandsons; a granddaughter; and three great-grandsons.
     Graveside service and interment was held 11am, Wednesday at Memorial Park Cemetery, St. Joseph. Heaton-Bowman-Smith and Sidenfaden Chapel, St. Joseph had charge of arrangements. 

  • James "Harold" Tippit

       Mr. James Harold Tippit, 50, of Plattsburg, died Sunday, July 21, 2002 at a Kansas City hospital.  He was born on Feb. 27, 1952 in Tucumcari, NM.
     Mr. Tippit was a member of the First Baptist Church of Plattsburg and a member of the US Postal Union Local 195, Pony Express Branch.  He retired in 2000 from the United States Postal Service after 20 years of service.  He was also a Supervisor and Paramedic for the Tri-County Ambulance District from 1975 to 1987.
     In 1981 he married the former Donna J. McClelland who survives of the home.
     Mr. Tippit was preceded in death by his mother, Violet (Dockery) Tippit and his first wife, Deborah May Tippit.
     Survivors include his wife, Donna J of the home; 3 daughters, Tonya Tippit, Los Angeles, CA; Kristen and Amanda Tippit of the home.  His father and step-mother, Bill and Wilma Tippit of Plattsburg; 2 brothers Billy of Plattsburg and Jack of Lathrop; and several nieces and nephews.
     Funeral services were held on Wednesday, July 24th at the First Baptist Church of Plattsburg with burial at the Green Lawn Cemetery, Plattsburg.  The family suggests memorial gifts to Camp Quality, NW MO, c/o Cindy Hutchdraft, P.O. Box 19, Union Star, MO   64494.  Arrangements Cox Funeral Home.
  • Claud V. Hensley

       Claud V. Hensley, 79, of rural Agency, passed away Friday, July 19,2002 at a hospital in St. Joseph. 
     He was born September 12, 1922 to Charles Thomas and Lulu Mae (Harris) Hensley in Elijah, MO.  Claud served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII.
     In 1971, Claud and his wife, Pauline, moved to rural Agency.  He retired from Ford Motor Co. in 1982 and then worked at the Gower Convalescent Center.  He was a member of the Frazier Baptist Church; United Auto Workers Local No. 249; the VFW Post No. 6654, Desoto, KS; Gower American Legion Post No. 393; and the Goods Sam Club.
     He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Elmer; five sisters, Maggie Lewis, Agnes Johnson, Delpha Long, Mary Buchanan and Geneva Simpson; one great-grandson, Jason; and spouses, Dortha and Josephine.
     Survivors include his wife, Pauline, of the home; two sons, Tommy Hensley and wife, Rita, Maysville and Jerry Hensley and wife, Betty, Gower; a daughter, Shirley Akers and a stepson, Larry Watkins, both of Blue Springs; a step-daughter, Patricia Burge and husband, Cay, Kansas City, KS; sisters Reda Copeland and husband, Al and Velma Morton and husband, M.W., all of Gower; 9 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; one special niece, Mary Lou Hobbs and husband, L.Z., Caulfield, MO; other relatives and friends.
     Services were held on Tuesday, July 23, at the Frazier Baptist Church.  Burial was a the Frazier Cemetery with Military Honors.  Arrangements provided by the Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower, MO.
  • Mrs. Helen M. Zulauf

       Mrs. Helen M. Zulauf, 77, of Plattsburg, died Friday, July 12, 2002 at her residence.
     Born on May 16, 1925 in Plattsburg, Mrs. Zulauf was member of the First Baptist Church of Plattsburg. She was a Dispatcher for the Clinton County Sheriff's Department, owner of Malone's Restaurant, and a cashier at Hale's Market.
     Mrs. Zulauf was preceded in death by her parents Glen A.  and Rebecca (Gardner) Russell; her first husband, Phil Malone; second husband, Dayle Zulauf; a sister, Mary Cox; and an infant brother, James Russell.
     Surviving are two sons, Phillip J. Malone of St. Joseph, and Larry D. Malone of Little Rock; a daughter Glenna Sue Hampton, Little Rock, AR, a step-son, Barry Zulauf of Lincoln, NE; a step-daughter, Roxane Schafer of East Wenatchee, WA; a sister Hazel Powers, Plattsburg; five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
     Services were held Monday, July 15, 2002, at the First Baptist Church of Plattsburg, with burial in Green Lawn Cemetery. The family suggests memorials gifts to the Liberty Hospice, The American Cancer Society, or the Diabetic Association. Arrangements by Cox Funeral Home.
     
  • Bill Shanks

       Bill Shanks, 43, of Dearborn, Mo., passed away, Wednesday, July 3, 2002 at North Kansas City Hospital.
     He was born on February 17, 1959 to Walter A.J. and Jewel Maxine (Dovel) Shanks in Leavenworth, Ks. Bill grew up and attended school in Dearborn, and later graduated from North Platte High School in 1977. After his graduation he continued living in Dearborn where he made his home.
     Bill worked for Haliburton Construction Co., in El Dorado, Ks., Andrews Construction in Grandview, Mo., and later Buildex, Inc., in New Market, Mo. He was a member of the National Rifle Association.
     He was preceded in death by his parents.
     Bill was survived by his wife, Pamela, of the home, mother-in-law, Nancy W. Kirschbaum, Kansas City, Mo., one son, Thomas Long, Jefferson City, Mo., one daughter, Tricia Courtright, Kansas City, Mo., one daughter-in-law, Michelle McNeary, Dearborn, Mo., three grandchildren, Jesse Wayne, Cody, and Dylan, three brothers, Floyd Shanks and wife Diana, Weatherby, Mo., Gail Shanks and wife, Sandy, and Larry Shanks and wife, Debbie, all of Dearborn, Mo, seven nieces and nephews, several cousins, other relatives and many friends.
     Funeral services were held 11:00 A.M. Saturday, July 6th at the Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Edgerton. BURIAL: Dearborn Cemetery, Dearborn, Mo.
  • Mrs. Helen M. Zulauf

       Mrs. Helen M. Zulauf, 77, of Plattsburg, died Friday, July 12, 2002 at her residence.
     Born on May 16, 1925 in Plattsburg, Mrs. Zulauf was member of the First Baptist Church of Plattsburg. She was a Dispatcher for the Clinton County Sheriff's Department, owner of Malone's Restaurant, and a cashier at Hale's Market.
     Mrs. Zulauf was preceded in death by her parents Glen A.  and Rebecca (Gardner) Russell; her first husband, Phil Malone; second husband, Dayle Zulauf; a sister, Mary Cox; and an infant brother, James Russell.
     Surviving are two sons, Phillip J. Malone of St. Joseph, and Larry D. Malone of Little Rock; a daughter Glenna Sue Hampton, Little Rock, AR, a step-son, Barry Zulauf of Lincoln, NE; a step-daughter, Roxane Schafer of East Wenatchee, WA; a sister Hazel Powers, Plattsburg; five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
     Services were held Monday, July 15, 2002, at the First Baptist Church of Plattsburg, with burial in Green Lawn Cemetery. The family suggests memorials gifts to the Liberty Hospice, The American Cancer Society, or the Diabetic Association. Arrangements by Cox Funeral Home.
  • Claud V. Hensley

       Claud V. Hensley, 79, of rural Agency, passed away Friday, July 19,2002 at a hospital in St. Joseph. 
     He was born September 12, 1922 to Charles Thomas and Lulu Mae (Harris) Hensley in Elijah, MO.  Claud served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII.
     In 1971, Claud and his wife, Pauline, moved to rural Agency.  He retired from Ford Motor Co. in 1982 and then worked at the Gower Convalescent Center.  He was a member of the Frazier Baptist Church; United Auto Workers Local No. 249; the VFW Post No. 6654, Desoto, KS; Gower American Legion Post No. 393; and the Goods Sam Club.
     He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Elmer; five sisters, Maggie Lewis, Agnes Johnson, Delpha Long, Mary Buchanan and Geneva Simpson; one great-grandson, Jason; and spouses, Dortha and Josephine.
     Survivors include his wife, Pauline, of the home; two sons, Tommy Hensley and wife, Rita, Maysville and Jerry Hensley and wife, Betty, Gower; a daughter, Shirley Akers and a stepson, Larry Watkins, both of Blue Springs; a step-daughter, Patricia Burge and husband, Cay, Kansas City, KS; sisters Reda Copeland and husband, Al and Velma Morton and husband, M.W., all of Gower; 9 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; one special niece, Mary Lou Hobbs and husband, L.Z., Caulfield, MO; other relatives and friends.
     Services were held on Tuesday, July 23, at the Frazier Baptist Church.  Burial was a the Frazier Cemetery with Military Honors.  Arrangements provided by the Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower, MO.
  • James "Harold" Tippit

       Mr. James Harold Tippit, 50, of Plattsburg, died Sunday, July 21, 2002 at a Kansas City hospital.  He was born on Feb. 27, 1952 in Tucumcari, NM.
     Mr. Tippit was a member of the First Baptist Church of Plattsburg and a member of the US Postal Union Local 195, Pony Express Branch.  He retired in 2000 from the United States Postal Service after 20 years of service.  He was also a Supervisor and Paramedic for the Tri-County Ambulance District from 1975 to 1987.
     In 1981 he married the former Donna J. McClelland who survives of the home.
     Mr. Tippit was preceded in death by his mother, Violet (Dockery) Tippit and his first wife, Deborah May Tippit.
     Survivors include his wife, Donna J of the home; 3 daughters, Tonya Tippit, Los Angeles, CA; Kristen and Amanda Tippit of the home.  His father and step-mother, Bill and Wilma Tippit of Plattsburg; 2 brothers Billy of Plattsburg and Jack of Lathrop; and several nieces and nephews.
     Funeral services were held on Wednesday, July 24th at the First Baptist Church of Plattsburg with burial at the Green Lawn Cemetery, Plattsburg.  The family suggests memorial gifts to Camp Quality, NW MO, c/o Cindy Hutchdraft, P.O. Box 19, Union Star, MO   64494.  Arrangements Cox Funeral Home.
  • Verrel Swicegood

       Verrel Swicegood, 83, of Kansas City, passed away July 23, 2002 at Independence Regional Health Center. 
     Mrs. Swicegood was born May 9, 1919 in Cameron.  She was a homemaker.
     She was preceded in death by her parents, Benjamin Jackson and Ada Ellen (Belik) Curtis, and a son, Bobby Glenn Swicegood.
     Survivors include her husband, Jack Swicegood, Kansas City; daughter, Linda Swicegood, Kansas City; son, Jack and wife Kathryn Swicegood Jr., Plattsburg; daughter, Shirley Butts, Kansas City; son, Jake Patterson, St. Joseph; sister, Louise Parkey, Independence; brothers Kenneth and Fed Curtis, Cameron; ten grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
     Services were held on July 26, 2002 at the Church-Archer-Pasley Funeral Home, with burial in Glenridge Cemetery in Liberty.
  • Ruby E. Lorenson

       Ruby E. Lorenson, 90, Albany, died Friday, July 26, 2002 at the Albany Hospital.
     She was born Jan. 23, 1912 to Frank and Annie (Burditt) Sims. 
     Ruby worked at the Gentry County Memorial Hospital for 10 years as a CNA.
     She was a member of the First Christian Church, where she also was a member and past president of the CWF; Literary Club; Grand River Art Club and Gentry County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary all of Albany.
     Ruby was united in marriage to Raymond Lorenson August 13, 1938. He precede her in death Feb. 4, 1991.
     She also was preceded in death by her parents: brother, William Sims; and grandson, Larry Stark.
     Survivors include: son, Ernie Lorenson, Gower; daughters, Patricia Stark, Albany and Linda Lambert, Greensburg, KS; four grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
     Funeral services were held Monday, July 29, 2002 at Roberson-Polley Chapel, Albany. Burial was in Grandview Cemetery, Albany. Memorials may be sent to the First Christian Church, Albany.
  • Larry L. Stevenson

       Larry LeRoy Stevenson, 70, of Jonesboro, AR, died Saturday, July 27, 2002. at St. Bernard's Medical Center. 
     He was born in Spencer, NE and lived in Kansas City, before moving to Joneboro in 1975.
     He was a Customer Service Engineer of IBM, a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War, a member of the  Fisher St. United Methodist Church, a former member of the Pony Express Bicycle Club in St. Joseph. He was a graduate of the Lafayette High School in St. Joseph. 
     Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Clifford F. and Letha Stevenson and by his wife, Patricia Ann Edgar Stevenson.
     Survivors include: three sons, Rickey Stevenson, Ft. Worth, TX, Brian Stevenson and Chris Stevenson, Joneboro, AR; One brother Gordon Stevenson, Gower; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
     Graveside services were held Monday, July 29 at the Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Emerson Funeral Home. Memorial may be sent to the American Cancer Society, 1378 Union, Memphis, TN 38104.
  • Irving Moses Harris

       Irving Moses Harris,  85, of Plattsburg,  died Saturday July 27, 2002 at the Clinton Care & Rehab Center in Plattsburg. He was  born on March 28,1917 in Trimble.
     Mr Harris attended the Shady Grove School in rural Clinton County and The Washington School of Plattsburg.  He was a member of the Second Baptist Church 
    of Plattsburg and a Member of the Churches Male Chorus.
     Mr.  Harris retired as a mechanic from the Norris & Sons Solid Waste in 1985, in St. Joseph, MO.
     On Feb. 4, 1940 he married the former Kattie Tapp of Lathrop, whom survives of the home.
        He was preceded in death by his parents Edward and Katherine (Bailey) Harris; 1 son Harold G. Harris; 2 brothers RV Harris and a Infant brother.
       Survivors include his wife Kattie of the home;2 sons Robert Harris of Louisville, KY, Anthony Evans of Stockton, CA, 2 Daughters Marsha Harris of Plattsburg, and Rohnda Evans of Sacramento, CA;  2 brothers, Joseph D. Harris of Pleasant Valley and  Doyle Harris of KC; 2 Sisters, Julia Green and Louvenia Harris both of Plattsburg;  five grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter.
       Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Thursday Aug. 1, 2002 at the Second Baptist Church of Plattsburg. With burial in the Shady Grove Cemetery in rural Plattsburg. Family visitation will be held from 7-8:30pm Wednesday,  July 31, 2002 at the Cox Funeral Home, Plattsburg. Friends may call any time after 10 am Wednesday at the Funeral Home. The family suggests memorial gifts to the Mt. Washington Cemetery Assoc. or the Plattsburg Food Pantry.
  • LEONE F. OLTMAN

       Lee, 86, of Trimble, MO passed away July 29, 2002 at Liberty Hospital. 
       Lee was preceded  in death by her son Darrell in 1999 and her husband Louis in 1985.  Avid animal lovers, Lee and Louis developed a bloodline breed, raised and trained nationally known field and show champion Brittany spaniels, including the first Brittany ever shown on a Hallmark card.  They farmed in the Liberty/Trimble area for 40 years.  Lee also worked as a mortgage secretary for over 30 years before her retirement.  She and her companion for the last 12 years, Jim Kirkpatrick, were very active in senior activities.  She was President of the Board of Directors of the Plattsburg Senior Center for 7 years.  They regularly attended dances in the Northland  area, and they won the ballroom waltz competition at the Missouri State Fair in 1992, placed 2nd at the fair in 1993 and 1994.
         She is survived by her daughter, Dianne, of Trimble, MO, her Daughter-in-law Lois Young, Topeka, KS, grandchildren Glen Young, Topeka, KS, Greg Young, Council Grove, MN, Bobbie Rogers Irving, TX, Randy Young, Jacksonville, FL and Brian Young, Belleville, KS, 14 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren.
        Memorial Services were held Saturday, August 3, 2002 at 2:00 p.m. at Mt. Moriah Terrace Park Funeral Home in Kansas City.  In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions to the Salvation Army or The Humane Society of the United States.
  • NELLIE B. LOWMILLER

       Nellie B. Lowmiller, 94, of Independence, MO passed away Tuesday, July 30, 2002.
       Nellie was born December 21, 1907, the daughter of Curtis and Rose Walker.  She was a member of Park Hill Christian Church. 
       She was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years Francis D. Lowmiller, her mother and father, one sister and one brother.
       Survivors include son  Fred W. Lowmiller and his wife, Donna of Independence, MO; one sister Delma Sumerall, KCMO; grandchildren, Eric Lowmiller and Andrea Thomas of Blue Springs, MO; great-grandchildren, Ryker and Erika Lowmiller and Megan Thomas.
       Funeral Services were held Saturday, August 3, 2002 at Mt. Moriah Terrace Park Chapel; burial in Mt. Moriah Terrace Park Cemetery.
  • MAURINE F. PHILLIPS

           Maurine Frances Phillips, 87, Osborn, passed away on Wednesday, July 31, 2002, at Liberty  Hospital.  Maurine was born on March 13, 1915, in Hamilton, Mo, to Perry and Jessie  Banks.
         She was a homemaker and a member of the Osborn United Church.   Maurine married Victor Phillips on Sept. 1, 1932, in Chillicothe, MO.  He preceded her in  death 1978.
         She also was preceded by her parents; daughter, Dorothy Phillips; three brothers, John, Ralph and Lee Banks; and a sister, Vera Mae.
         Survivors include   five sons, Albert and Carl, both of St. Joseph ;  John, Osborn; Jack, Sunrise Beach,; and Gary, Cameron; three daughters, Shirley Siever, Lawson; Mary Brizendine, Clarksdale., and Kathleen Douglas, Gower.; 24 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.
    Services were held Friday, August 2, 2002 at the Poland-Thompson Funeral Home in Cameron.   Burial:  Highland Cemetery in Hamilton.
  • WALTER F. HARRIS

           Walter F. Harris, 64, Higginsville, Missouri (formerly of Excelsior Springs) passed away Wednesday, July 31, 2002, at North Kansas City Hospital.   Walter was born September 28, 1937 to Joseph and Florence (Grayson) Harris.   He was employed with the Excelsior Springs Park & Recreation Department.   He served in the U.S. Army.  He was a member of the Main street Baptist Church and a honorary member of the St. James AME Church in Higginsville, Missouri.
         He was preceded in death by his mother and three sisters.   He is survived by his wife, Helen of the home, his father, Joseph Harris, Pleasant Valley, Missouri, sons, Jason Harris & wife Brenna of Smithville, MO, Sheldon Kinslow of Plattsburg, Missouri, daughters, LaDonna Sampson, Dale City, VA, LaTonya Stark, Orlando, FL, Lorraine Walker, Los Angeles, CA, step son Benton Williams, Higginsville, MO, sisters, Charlene Dorsy, Kansas City, MO, Marjorie and husband Lawrence Jackson, Independence, MO, Willeta Walker, Kansas City, MO, Patsy and husband John Ponder, North Chicago, IL, brothers Everette Joe and wife Lorraine Harris, Plattsburg, MO, and Ralph Harris and wife Carolyn Harris, Denver, CO.  One granddaughter Korbin Harris, Smithville, MO.
         Funeral Services were held Saturday, August 3, 2002 at the First Baptist Church in Excelsior Springs, MO.
  • KOREY R. MICK

           Korey Ray Mick, 20, Kearney, died Thursday, August 1, 2002, as a result of an automobile accident.
         He was born June 23, 1982, in Smithville, MO, to Wayne R. and Rita J. (Jones) Mick.  He was a 2000 graduate of Kearney High School, where he was a varsity wrestler for four years and ran cross-country.
         Korey was an avid weightlifter and holds the Kearney record for fastest pin in wrestling.  He was majoring in animal science at MU, where he would have been a junior this fall.  Korey loved animals and aspired to be a veterinarian.
         He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Ray Mick, and his paternal grandmother, Evelyn McGuire.
    Survivors  include   his parents, Rita and Wayne Mick, of the home; brothers, Kirby Mick of the home, Barry Mick, Smithville, Mo.; nephew, Brock Mick; maternal grandparents, Roy and Charlotte Jones, Plattsburg, Mo.; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
         Funeral Services were held Friday, August, 5, at Fry Funeral Home, Kearney.  Burial:  Fairview Cemetery, Kearney.  Memorial contributions may be made to  the  family for a scholarship in Korey’s memory.
  • CHARLES TODD, JR.

       Mr. Charles Todd, Jr., 84, of Plattsburg, died Thursday August 1, 2002 at a Plattsburg health facility center after a brief illness.
       Mr. Todd was born on May 4, 1918 in Osgood, MO.  In 1931, Mr. Todd moved to the Plattsburg area and remained there for 69 years.
       In 1942 Mr. Todd joined the U.S. Army and served his county with pride until 1945.  Mr. Todd owned and operated Todd’s Produce for 10 years and for 25 years he was a State of Missouri Agriculture Inspector.  Mr. Todd was a member of the First Baptist Church and a former Deacon;  a member of the Plattsburg VFW Post #4428 in which he was a lifetime member and, a 50 year member of the Plattsburg Fire Dept.
       On July 20, 1941 he married the former Alma Paisley and was married for 61 years.
       Mr. Todd was preceded in death by his parents Charles A. and Jessie M. (Burditt) Todd; a son, Ben Todd; two sisters, Mildred Carrington and Clair Barnett; and a brother Donald Eugene Todd.
    Survivors include his wife,  Alma Todd of Plattsburg; daughter in-law, Margaret Todd Hilmer (Ron) of Manchester, MO; sister, Maxola Szulik of Gower; two granddaughters, Lisa Van Buren (Jeff) of Wildwood and Andrea Schneider (Lucas) of New Melle; three great-grandchildren, Kelsey, Jason and Justin Van Buren and nieces and nephews.
       Funeral services were held Monday, August 5, 2002 at Cox Funeral Home in Plattsburg.  Burial at Cameron Memory Gardens, Cameron, MO.
       The family suggests memorial gifts to the Plattsburg Senior Citizens Center , First Baptist Church, Plattsburg, MO or the American Cancer Society.
  • KEITH ALLEN BENTLEY

     Keith Allen Bentley, 45, of Trimble, MO, passed away, Saturday, August 3, 2002 at North Kansas City Hospital.
     He was born on May 31,1957 in Biloxi, Mississippi. He grew up as a military child and in 1971 his family moved to Kansas City where he attended Park Hill High School.
    Keith then served his country in the U.S. Army as a Paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne from 1975-1978. After his honorable discharge he resided in Kansas City, Mo.
     On September 28, 2001 he was united in marriage to Betty Jean Winnie. After their marriage they lived in Trimble where they made their home.
    Keith worked at the Airport Hilton Inn in Kansas City as a chef for 19 years, and later was the Bakery Manager at Big V in Smithville, Mo.
     He was preceded in death by his father, Robert E. Pritchard; two brothers, Billy Wayne Bentley and Robert Pritchard, Jr.; and one sister, Deanna L. Pritchard.
     He is survived by his wife, Betty, of the home; one daughter, Stephanie "Bear" Bentley, Kansas City;  two sons, Malcolm "Moose" Watkins, and Byron "Squirt" Bentley, both of the home; his mother, Mary Ann Pritchard, Kansas City;  one brother, Bruce Bentley, Kansas City; two sisters, Robin Pritchard, Camden Point; and Karen Pritchard, Sun City, CA; several  aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends. He will be loved and missed by all.
    Funeral services were held Wednesday, August 7th at the Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Smithville,
    with burial in I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Smithville, Mo. Donations may be made to the Keith Bentley Memorial  Fund.
  • VERNON  M. SELLARS

           Vernon Milton Sellars, 84, Stewartsville, died Saturday, August 3, 2002, at a nursing home in St. Joseph, where he had been a resident for two weeks.
         Mr. Sellars, a retired self-employed carpenter, was born August, 13, 1917, at Stewartsville, MO.  He was a son of William and Jenny (Foster) Sellars and had been a lifelong resident of the Stewartsville area.
         A veteran of World War II, he was a Corporal in the Army Artillery from 1941 to 1945, serving in Panama.
         On October 24, 1945, he married Betty Lee Spencer at Troy, KS.  
         His parents and one brother, Claude Sellars, and one granddaughter preceded him in death.
         Survivors include his wife, Betty, of the home; one son, Bill Sellars; two daughters, Sandra Matter and Pat Lollar, all of Stewartsville; one brother, Elmer Sellars of Tucson, AZ; two sisters, Marie Oldstedt of Warrington, OR, and May Tue of Montier, MO; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
         Graveside services were held Monday, August 5, 2002, at the Stewartsville  Cemetery. 
         Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, in care of Bram-Summerfield Funeral Home, PO Box 69, Stewarstsville, MO, 64490.
  • Bessie G. Ellison

       Bessie G. Ellison, 99, St. Joseph, died Sunday, Aug. 4, 2002, at a St. Joseph health care center.
     Mrs. Ellison had been an educator for nearly 50 years. She began her teaching career at the Oak Forest School near Springfield. She then taught at the former Pleasant Ridge and Carnegie Schools.
     She served as principal for the Oak Grove School and principal for Rock Creek Elementary Schools in Independence. She served as superintendent for the former Platte Valley Elementary School for 13 years.
     After her retirement in 1967, the Platte Valley Elementary School was renamed in her honor.
     Born Sept. 1, 1902, in Ava, she had resided in the St. Joseph area for most of her life. She attended Southwest Baptist College, Bolivar, and the former Missouri Wesleyan College, Cameron.
     She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Northwest Missouri State University and her Master of Arts degree from the former University of Kansas City.
     She was a member of the Missouri State Teacher's Association; National Education Association;  Northwest Rural Teacher's Association, of which she was past president; Delta Kappa Gamma International Honorary Society for Women's Education; she served on a statewide committee on 'Building the Missouri Elementary Curriculum Guide'; was one of 30 persons elected nationwide to participate in an  elementary workshop at the University of Colorado; and is listed in the Who's Who in American Education.
     Mrs. Ellison was a member of Wyatt Park Baptist Church; YMCA; Chapter HV of PEO Sisterhood and Radiant Chapter No. 88, Order of Eastern Star. 
     She was preceded in death by her husband, Vasal O. Ellison on Jan. 7, 1977; and her parents, John W. and Ada Twitty Arnold.
     Survivors include her brother, W.A. Arnold of Plattsburg; and nieces and nephews.
     Funeral Services will be held Thursday at 10 am at Meierhoffer Family Funeral Service, St. Joseph. Interment: Memorial Park Cemetery. The family suggests memorial gifts to Wyatt Park Baptist Church or the St. Joseph School District for use at the Library of Bessie Ellison Elementary School.
  • MR. THOMAS L. QUINN

       Mr. Thomas L. Quinn, 70, of Plattsburg, passed away Tuesday August 6, 2002 at a St. Joseph hospital.
     Mr. Quinn was born on May  29, 1932 in Plattsburg.
     In 1952 Mr. Quinn joined the United States Army and served his country with pride until 1954. Mr. Quinn was a truck driver before moving to the St. Joseph area to own and operate D.L.Q. Incorporated for 11 years.
     In December of 1959 he married the former Rosemary Heath and was married for 43 years.
     Mr. Quinn was preceded in death by his parents Leo and Catherine (Taylor) Quinn and a son Darrell L. Quinn.
     Survivors include his wife, Rosemary Quinn; sons, Paul and Daniel Quinn; and daughter Nancy Quinn all of St. Joseph; sisters Dora Karch of Gower, Elsie Marsh of Hermitage, Grace Porter of Florida; brother Bill Quinn of Plattsburg; and three grandchildren.
     Funeral services were held Thursday August 8, 2002 at Cox Funeral Home in Plattsburg with burial in Church of the Brethren Cemetery also in Plattsburg. The family suggests memorial gifts be made to the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association.
  • LEONARD R. LUKON

       Leonard R. Lukon, 86, of Smithville, Mo., passed away, Thursday, August 8, 2002 at Truman Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo.
     He was born in Rockford, Illinois, grew up near Stark City, Missouri, and graduated from Midway High School. He then served his country in the U.S. Navy Sea Bee's during W.W. II. After his honorable discharge he moved to Phoenix, Arizona.
     In 1937 he was united in marriage to Arlene L. Colwell and she preceded him in death in 1951. On June 10, 1953 he was united in marriage to Aleen Marie Handly. After their marriage they lived in Kansas City, Kansas and in 1964 they moved to Smithville where they made their home. His wife, Aleen preceded him in death on February 26, 1999.
     Leonard and his wife, Aleen, founded, owned , and operated the Precision Auto Parts and Machine Shop in Smithville until 1969.
     Leonard served as Mayor of Smithville in 1970 and he attended the First Christian Church of Smithville.
    He was also preceded in death by his parents, and one brother, William W. Lukon in 1998.
     He is survived by two sons, Leonard Lukon, II, Smithville, Mo., John Lukon, Norfolk, NE. two daughters, Timotheia Haag, Brookfield, Mo., and Sequin Lukon, Burke, Virginia, ten grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.
     Funeral Services were held Monday, August 12, 2002 at Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Smithville, Mo. Burial at Newtonia IOOF Cemetery, Newtonia, Mo. Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.
  • Roscoe McIntosh

       Roscoe "Rock" McIntosh, 70, of St. Joseph, died Thursday, Aug., 8, 2002,  at his home.
     Mr. McIntosh worked 27 years for the Sheridan Clayton Paper Co. before taking ill in January. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. 
     Roscoe was born on Sept. 24, 1931, in Braley, to Nash and Barbara Ann McIntosh. He was of the Methodist faith.
     Mr. McIntosh was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Maude; a brother, Wayne; and two nephews, Jimmy Drew and Ivan Courtney, Jr.
     On July 17, 1955, he married Norma Phillips. She survives of the home.
     Additional survivors include: three daughters, Debbie Steiner, Diane McIntosh and Shelly McIntosh, all of St. Joseph; a son, John McIntosh, St. Joseph; two brothers, Willis, Trimble, and Willie, Topeka, KS; a sister, Dixie Drew, Florida; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
     Services were held Monday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, St. Joseph. Mr. McIntosh will be cremated following the service.
  • DUANE  R. "TINY" HOWARD

       Duane R. "Tiny" Howard, 80, of Smithville, Mo., passed away, Saturday, August 10, 2002 at his home.
    He was born on May 25, 1922 to Harley Franklin and Nina Elsie (Burdette) Howard in Paradise, Mo., where he attended school and in 1940 graduated from Smithville High School.
    Duane served in the Civilian Conservation Corp in Idaho, and then served his country in the U.S. Army from 1941 to 1945 during WWII.
     On July 18, 1943 he was united in marriage to Martha Lucille Borgmeir. After their marriage they lived in Smithville where they made their home.
    Duane was a carpenter and Construction Superintendent. He worked on the Truman Library, KCI Airport, Ten Main Center, Jones Stores, Oak Park High School and Sibley Power Plant. Duane was also a local Auctioneer for over 40 years.
     He was a member of the First Christian Church of Smithville where he was Elder and Deacon, and also served as Chairman of the Board. He was a lifetime member of the Carpenter Local 1904 in Kansas City, Mo. He served on the Smithville School Board for 9 years and was president for 8 years. He also served on the Planning and Zoning Board for 9 years, and the Housing Authority of Smithville for 18 years.  Duane was a member of the Masons receiving a 50 year pin in 2000. He was chosen Honorary Chapter Farmer in 1974 for the local FFA organization, and was instrumental in starting Little League Baseball in Smithville and coached for many years.
     Duane enjoyed watching his grandchildren participate in High School and College Sports.
     He was preceded in death by his daughter, Joyce Howard, parents, two infant brothers, Glenn and Valdemir, twin brother, Dwight, and sister, Barbara Ann Dubois.
     Duane is survived by his wife, Martha, of the home, son, Dr. Richard Howard and wife, Connie, Spokane, Wa., two daughters, Nancy Anderson and husband, Steve, Lyndon, Ks., and Sue Boswell and husband, Bill, Smithville, Mo., three sisters, Martha Nell Edwards and husband, Jess Alan, Edgerton, Mo., Marilyn Mosby and husband, Ernest, Smithville, Mo., and Patty Baker and husband, Merlin "Gus", Kansas City, Mo., grandchildren, Dr. John Anderson and wife, Laura, North Potamac, Maryland, Joe Anderson, Lyndon, Ks., Ryan Howard, Denver, Co., Nicholas Howard, Overland Park, Ks., Carrie Cissell, and husband, Greg, Liberty, Mo., and Kelsey and Cody Boswell, Smithville, Mo., great-grandchildren, Hunter and Cassidy Anderson, Lyndon, Ks., and one unborn great-grandchild., several nieces and nephews, other relatives  and  many friends.
     Services were held Wednesday, August 14th at the First Christian Church of Smithville, with burial in I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Smithville, Mo. Masonic  Services were held Tuesday. Donations may be made to Northcare Hospice or the First Christian Church of Smithville.
  • RYAN D. CONSOLVER

       Ryan Daniel Consolver, 24, of Kansas City, Mo., formerly of Union Star, Mo., passed away, Sunday, August 11th, as the result of a motorcycle accident.
     He was born on June 9, 1978 in St. Joseph, Mo. He attended John Glenn Elementary School and in 1996 graduated from Savannah High School. While in High School he played football and was a member of the track team and was a bull rider in the High School Rodeo Association.
     He later received a degree in Construction Engineering from Southeast Community College in Milford, Nebraska.
    Ryan worked for Quality Homes in Kansas City as a union carpenter.
     He was a member of the Green Valley Baptist Church, St. Joseph, Mo., Carpenter's Local 110 in Kansas City and the Missouri State High School Rodeo Association.
     He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Nettie Bottorff and Billy Consolver and maternal grandparents, Frances and Lester Jensen.
     He is survived by his parents, Rick and Janis Consolver, and one brother, Brad Consolver, all of Union Star, Mo., step-grandfather, Roy Bottorff, and step-grandmother, Betty Consolver, both of St. Joseph, Mo., aunts and uncles, Roger Consolver and Debbie Consolver, both of St. Joseph, Mo., Jerry Jensen, Kansas City, Mo., and Frances Thetford, St. Louis, Mo., other relatives and many friends.
     Services were held Tuesday, August 13th, at the Green Valley Baptist Church, St. Joseph, MO
     Private family burial will be held at a later date at Blakely Cemetery, Easton, Mo. Donations may be made to his church.
  • Eurith E. Wolfing

       Mrs. Eurith Evelyn Wolfing, 90, St. Joseph, died Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2002, at a St. Joseph hospital. 
     Mrs. Wolfing was a homemaker and long distance operator for the Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. for a short time. 
     She was born Oct. 5, 1911, in Troy, KS, and spent most of her life in St. Joseph.    She was a member of Marvin McMurry United Methodist Church. She also taught Sunday School and sang in the choir at the former Riverside Presbyterian Church. 
     On May 11, 1930, she married Tom Ernest Wolfing. He preceded her  in death in 1995.   She also was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Laura Palmer; four sisters, Gussie McCormack, Mae Lovell Nellie Brassell and Gracie Palmer; and brother, Elmer Palmer. 
     Survivors include: two daughters, Barbara Wolfing of the home and Carol Rice of Stewartsville; son, Roger Wolfing of St. Joseph; and four grandchildren, Bradley Wolfing, Amy Clark, Audrey Wolfing and Rebecca Rice.
     Graveside service and interment were held Saturday at Memorial Park Cemetery, St. Joseph. Arrangements were under the direction of Meierhoffer Family Funeral Service, St. Joseph. The family suggests memorial gifts to the Marvin McMurry United Methodist Church.
  • Delores M. Stephens

       Delores M. (Cradic) Stephens, 69, Rock Port [MO], died Tuesday,  Aug. 13, 2002. 
     Mrs. Stephens, born in Hamburg, was a member of the Baptist Church and American Legion Auxiliary. 
     She was preceded in death her husband, Frank, in 1982, her parents, Silas and Martha Cardic and a brother, Raymond Cardic in 1994.
     Survivors include two daughters, Debra Clodfelter, Rock Port and Pamela Maher, Farragut, IA;  three grandchildren; and great-grandson.
       Services were held at Rash-Gude Funeral Home, Hamburg [MO]. Burial was in Hamburg Cemetery.

       
  • Wade Jackson Wilhoit

       Wade Jackson Wilhoit, entered this world to the delight of his parents and sister on April 13, 2002. Wade entered into the arms of the holy father on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2002.
     Wade was preceded in death by his Maternal Grand Mother Mary Ruth Wade, and great grandfather Charles DeMoss; Parental Great Grand Parents Walter P. and Etta Wilhoit, Nicholas and Elisa Mier.
     Survivors include his Parents, Nick Wilhoit and Susan Wade- Wilhoit of the home, and one sister, Emma Kate of the home; Maternal Grandfather Bill Wade of Plattsburg; Maternal Great Grand Mother Alice DeMoss of Plattsburg; Paternal Grand Parents Walter J. and Carmen Wilhoit of Trimble; and several Aunts and Uncles and numerous cousins.
     Funeral services were held Sunday, Aug. 18, 2002 at the First Baptist Church of Plattsburg. Burial was in the  Green Lawn Cemetery, Plattsburg. Arrangements were under the direction of Cox Funeral Home, Plattsburg.
  • Vernon Francis Edson

       Vernon Francis Edson, 79, died Sunday, Aug., 18, 2002 at his farm south of Stewartsville.
     He was adopted by Charles and Fannie (Hill) Edson on June 25, 1923 in St. Joseph. He attended Neely School in St. Joseph through the sixth grade. He then traveled to Afton, Wyoming to work on a ranch and there he attended the seventh and eighth grades. Upon returning to St. Joseph, he attended Benton High School for two years. He loved farming and came to the James Swope family to help farm until his marriage.
     On November 25, 1942 he married Mabel A. Creamer in St. Joseph. They were planning to celebrate 60 years of marriage in November.
     Mr. Edson was an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II, serving in England, France, Belgium and Germany.
     After the war, he and Mabel began their own farming operation. He helped many area farmers and then became an Associate Director of the fledging National Farmers Organization. He spent time organizing in Iowa and Minnesota. He further added to his education by attending Agricultural School, where he received an Associate Degree. He was very active in farming until his retirement in March of 1999.
     He was a member of the RLDA Church in St. Joseph, the National Farmers Organization, and the Robinson-Beeching Post #508 of Stewartsville.
     In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sons; Larry Vernon Edson and twins Donnie and Danny; five sisters: Jeanne Osborn, Josephine Campbell, Billie Armstrong, Nadine Winder and Jerry Myers; 2 brothers: Clark Edson and Herb Edson.
     Survivors in addition to his wife include: two daughters; Lynda M. Edson of St. Joseph and Jodie Stewart and her husband  Jim of Flower Mound, TX; one grandson, Matthew Stewart; two step-grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
     Funeral services were held Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2002 at the Bram-Summerfield Funeral Home in Stewartsville. Burial was in Stewartsville Cemetery with military honors conducted by the Robison-Beeching Post #508.
  • Forrest H. "Woody" Hay

       Forrest H. "Woody" Hay, 56 St. Joseph, Missouri, died Sunday, August 18, 2002, at a St. Joseph hospital following a lengthy illness. 
       Mr. Hay had worked as a steel gang foreman for the railroad for several years. He had also been employed as a maintenance engineer for the St. Joseph School District. For the last two years he had served as pastor of visitation for Green Valley Baptist Church, where he also served as a deacon for many years. 
     Born June 14, 1946, in Weston, he was a lifelong resident of St. Joseph. 
     On September 17, 1966, he married the former Valta I. Patton. She survives of the home. 
     Mr. Hay was a member of NEA and had received the Horace Mann Award from former Governor Mel Carnahan.    He was preceded in death by his parents, Euel E. and Elizabeth A. Stalder Hay; five sisters, Elizabeth Hatten, Hazel Seals Della Mae Calloway, Beatrice Jolly and Suellen Moore; and three brothers, Edward Hay, Alonzo Hay and Charles Hay. 
     Additional Survivors: four children, Amanda L. Mueller Plano, Tex., Rebecca L. Courtney, Dorinda K. Pettijohn and Joseph  D. Hay, all of St. Joseph; two sisters, Shirley Dennis, Platte City, Mo., and Madonna Dye, Gower, Mo.; two brothers, Delbert Hay and Robert Hay, both of St. Joseph; ten grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.  
     Services were held Thursday, August 22 at  Green Valley Baptist Church. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Meierhoffer Family Funeral Service, St. Joseph,
  • Thurman Francis "Jinx" Reed

       Thurman Francis "Jinx" Reed, 83, died Monday, August 19, 2002 at a health care center in Cameron.
     He was born on August 26, 1918 to Nova Price and Lena (Anderson) Reed at Perrin.
     A long time resident of the Stewartsville area, he was a farmer and worked for the Jack and John Kilgore Farms.
     During World War II, he served in the Unites States Army in Guam and Japan.
     He was a member of the Robison-Beeching Post #505 of Stewartsville and the Dearborn Fox Hunters Association.
     On June 8, 1948, he married Rachel Jean Hamm in St. Joseph. She preceded him in death on January 7, 1996.
     In addition to his wife and parents, he was also preceded in death by three brothers, Gene, John and Melvin Reed.
     Mr. Reed  is survived by three sons; Dan W. Reed, Stewartsville, Tom Reed, Cameron and Bob Reed, Princeton; one daughter, Sharon Toy, Platte City; two sisters: Mary Stephens, Stewartsville and Mardella Goad, Bushnell, IL; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
     Funeral Services were held Thursday, Aug. 22, 2002 at Bram-Summerfield Funeral Home, Stewartsville. Burial was in Mt. Zion Cemetery, south of Stewartsville. The Robinson-Beeching Post #508 will conduct a military honors graveside service. Memorials may be made to the Mt. Zion Cemetery in care of the funeral home @ P.O. Box 69, Stewartsville, MO 64490.
  • ROSS DIVELBISS

       Ross Divelbiss, 69, of rural Stewartsville, Mo, passed away, Monday, August 19, 2002 at his home.
     He was born on November 17, 1932 to Guy Ross and Elda L. (Herring) Divelbiss in Hemple, Mo. He grew up in Renton, Wa., where he graduated high school.
     He then served his country in the U.S. Air Force for 14 years during the Korean and Vietnam War. After his honorable discharge he worked for Boeing Manufacturing Plant in Washington. In 1968 Ross moved to Plattsburg and later Gower. He then worked for TWA as a machinist, retiring in 1994.
     On October 22, 1983 he was united in marriage to Alice (Hughes) Compton, they made their home near Stewartsville.
     Ross was a member of the Gower Christian Church, and the American Legion Post #359. He was also a member of the Machinists Union.
     He was preceded in death by his parents, and an infant twin brother, Merwyn Ray.
     Ross is survived by his wife, Alice, of the home, one son, Dale Divelbiss, Snohomish, Wa., step-children, Rick Lewis, Kansas City, Mo., Randy Lewis, and C.L. Compton, both of Gower, Mo., David Lewis, St. Joseph, Mo., Mona Lewis, Faucett, Mo., and Becky Perry, Oregon, Mo, three grandchildren, eight step-grandchildren, four step-great-grandchildren, and one aunt, Doris Kelly, St. Joseph, Mo., other relatives and many friends.
     Funeral Services were held 11:00 A.M. Thursday, August 22nd at the Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower, Mo.
    With burial in  Mt. Zion Cemetery, Gower, Mo.
     Donations may be made to the Gower Christian Church or the Mt. Zion Cemetery
  • Annie M. Dotson

       Annie Morton Dotson, 99, Gower, formerly of Lathrop, Mo., died Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2002, at a Gower health care center.   Born March 25, 1903, in Yell County, AR, she married Evey LeRoy Dotson. She was the last of 14 children. 
     Survivors include a son, Harold, Socora, NM; daughter, Peggy Mathia, Lathrop; nine grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren.
     Graveside service was held Monday, August 26th in Leavenworth, KS, National Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Bailey Funeral Home, Lathrop.
  • Martha Shanks

       Martha Shanks, 91, Gladstone, formerly of Holt, died Tuesday, August 27, 2002 at New Mark Care Center in Kansas City. 
     Martha was born February 25, 1911 in Lathrop and grew up in Lathrop and Holt areas. She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert in 1976.
     She is survived by one son: Herbert D. Shanks, Jr., Gladstone; four grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
     Funeral services were held Thursday, August 29, at Bailey Funeral Home, Lathrop. Burial was in Antioch Cemetery, Holt.
  • Charles Lee Sheppard

       Charles Lee Sheppard, 67, of Patterson Bridge Rd. died August 29, 2002 at St. Joseph Hospital. 
     Mr. Sheppard, a native of Washington County, GA, had been a resident of Richmond County for over 20 years. He retired from Austin Industrial as an insulator, and served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the Faith Baptist Church, Blythe, GA. 
     He is survived by three sons: Richard R. Sheppard, Augusta, GA; Danny Keith Sheppard, Sanford, NC; Jimmy Frank Sheppard, KCMO; two daughters, Leann Cantrell, Plattsburg; Pam Huddart, Plattsburg; two sisters, Jan Summerlin, Sandersville, GA; Linda S. Lamb, Blythe, GA; 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.
     Graveside services were held Sunday, Sept. 1, 2002 at Davisboro City Cemetery, Davisboro, GA.
  • Leonard D. Attebury

       Leonard Dowell Attebury, 52, of Collins, formerly of Kansas City, died September 8, 2002 at his home in Collins.
     He was born February 18, 1950 in Smithville to Willis Dowell and Betty Ann (Miller) Attebury. 
     Leonard was a drywall finisher and also a Vietnam Marine Veteran. 
     He was preceded in death by his father, Willis on January 23, 2002 and an infant sister, Victoria Ann Attebury.
     He is survived by his two sons, Troy Attebury and Travis Attebury, both of Pittsburg; his mother, Betty Ann Attebury of Plattsburg; One brother, Ricky Attebury of Plattsburg; a sister Valerie Attebury of St. Joseph; his longtime companion, Lee Walker of the home, other relatives and many friends.
     Funeral services were held Thursday, Sept. 12, at  the Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home in Osceola. Burial with full military honors was in the Freeman-Holsapply Cemetery near Collins.
  • Leonard D. Attebury

       Leonard D. Attebury, 52, of Collins, formerly of Kansas City, died September 8, 2002 at his home.
     Funeral services will be Thursday, Sept. 12, at 11 a.m. at the Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home in Osceola. Burial with full military honors will be in the Freeman-Holsapply Cemetery near Collins. 
     Family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel in Osceola.
  • Charlie K. Ray

       Charlie Katherine Ray, 87, Cameron, died Monday, Sept. 9, 2002, at the Liberty, Mo., hospital. 
     Charlie was born on March 28,1915, in Cameron to Charles and Katherine Bryant.  
     She was a cook for 12 years for the Division of Youth Services for the State of Missouri. Charlie was a member of the Smithfork Baptist Church, where she was baptized in the fall of 1933. 
     Charlie married Cleo Oliver Filley on Oct. 4, 1933. He preceded her in death in 1959. She married Bonnie Lloyd Ray on Jan. 1, 1966. He preceded her in death in 1989.  
     Survivors: son and daughter-in-law, Ronald and Jane Filley of Cameron; four grandchildren, Tony Filley, Dallas, TX; Tammy (Filley) Taylor and Terri (Filley) Hahn, both of Cameron and Travis Filley, Turney, and nine great-grandchildren.     Funeral Services were held Thursday, Sept. 12, 2002 at Poland-Thompson Funeral Home, Cameron. Burial was in  Harlan Cemetery, Cameron.

       
  • Floyd L. "Butch" Irons

       Floyd L. "Butch" Irons, 55, Lathrop, died Monday. Sept. 9, 2002 at Liberty Hospital. 
     Floyd was born Feb. 21, 1947 in Gashland and had lived in the Gower and Kansas City areas before moving to Lathrop 24 years ago. 
     He was an Army Veteran of the Vietnam War, a member of the Lathrop Masonic Lodge #506, and the President of the Midwest Sub Chapter of  Paralyzed Veterans of America.  
     He as preceded in death by his father, Laurence; one brother, William; one sister Corrine Taylor.
     Survivors include his wife, Carol of the home; daughters, Lori Jordan and Jennifer Cobb, of Lathrop; his mother, Rosella Irons of Kansas City; a sister, Janice Pace of Kansas City; grandchildren, Ashtin, Kodi, Kiersten and Ryan.
     Funeral services were held Thursday, Sept. 12, 2002 at Bailey & Cox  Family Funeral Service, Lathrop. Interment: Lathrop Cemetery.  Family requests memorial to Paralyzed Veterans of America c/o the funeral home in Lathrop.
  • VIRGINIA L. ANDERSON

    Virginia L. (McClanahan) Anderson, 84, of Smithville, Mo., passed away, Wednesday, September 11, 2002 at North Kansas City Hospital.
    She was born on May 15, 1918 to Fred and Aldyth (Ward) McClanahan near Gower, Mo., where she attended school and grew up.
    Virginia was united in marriage to Howard Anderson, and after their marriage they lived near Smithville where they made their home. Her husband, Howard, passed away in 1972.
    She worked at Sunshine Biscuit in Kansas City, Ks., for many years.
    Virginia was also preceded in death by her parents, one son, Stanley Anderson, two grandchildren, Cindy and Kevin Anderson, and two brothers, Herman D. and Bill McClanahan.
    She is survived by, one son, Kenneth Anderson, of the home, one granddaughter, Christi Revis, Kansas City, Mo., one great-grandson, Payton, one daughter-in-law, Janice Mello, Kansas City, Mo., two brothers, Ray McClanahan, Gower, Mo, and Jim McClanahan, Overland Park, Ks., and one sister, Wardie Hines, Gower, Mo., several nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.
    Funeral Service were held 2:00 P.M. Friday, September 13th at the Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower, Mo.
    BURIAL: Allen Cemetery, Gower, Mo.
    Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

  • Fredrick Neal Clute 

           Fred  Clute  passed  away  early  in   the  morning  of September 17th at the Overland Park Regional Hospital from complications of a stroke he suffered September 12th. 
         Fred   was  preceded   in    death   by   his   wife  of   38   years, Peggy Ann Keeley  Clute. 
         He was survived by his mother, Gertrude Bowers Clute of Lee’s Summit; his bother, Charles Clute and family of Denver, CO; and his sister, Ann Elliott and family of Bendina, KS.  Also surviving are his two sons, Neal Clute and wife Gail of Kansas City and Paul Clute and wife Laura of Pleasant Hill.  His three granddaughters, Sarah, Katherine and Laura Clute, and five step granddaughters, Jessica and Kara Shivley, Desire Bates, Annessa Uberrouth and Elaine Gerken will miss their Papa.  
         Fred  was  born  near  Plattsburg  and   grew up on  his  family farms in and around Plattsburg and Lathrop.   He graduated from Plattsburg High School in 1950.  He served in the United States Air Force where he reached the rank of Master Drill Sergeant and was an instructor for jet aircraft mechanics.  Fred worked for 39 years at Rhodes Chemical Company in Merriam, KS supporting the pest control and turf care industries.  His lifelong commitment to the industry gained him great respect as a resource and trainer.  He was recently inducted into the Pest Control Hall  of Fame.   He will be missed by his many friends and associates in the industry.
         Fred was an active member  of  the  Aldergate   Methodist Churck in Lee’s Summit and volunteered his time at local food pantries.  He enjoyed traveling and gardening and after many years away from the farm, retired to the country once again.  Fred was laid to rest next to his wife on Friday, September 20th  at the Mount Olivet Cemetery in Raytown, MO.
  • Obit for Beverly A. Utz

    1951-2002
     Beverly A. Utz, 51, Savannah, Missouri, died Wednesday, September 18, 2002 in St. Joseph.
     She had been employed as a support services technician with the River Bluffs Regional Library in the Savannah and St. Joseph branches since 1987.
     Beverly was born August 31, 1951 in St. Joseph.  She had resided in the Gower and Hemple, Missouri areas prior to moving to Chillicothe, and had lived in Savannah since 1980.
     She was a 1969 graduate of East Buchanan C-1 High School.  She was of the Christian faith and attended Ebenezer United Methodist Church in St. Joseph.   Memberships include Beta Sigma Phi, Xi Zeta Epsilon Chapter; Kodiak Kadet 4-H leader for 15 years; she had been a Girl Scout Leader for several years; and she was involved in numerous school activities.
     On October 3, 1969 she married Ted Utz, who survives of the home.
     Beverly was preceded in death by her parents, Watson and Dorothy (Sherwood) Fortner; daughter, Gwyndolyn Utz; granddaughter, Courtney Proffitt; and two infant brothers, Watson and Larry Fortner.
     Additional Survivors:  daughters, Tabatha Proffit, Savannah; and Sarah Utz, Kansas City; sister, Peggy Rapp, Easton; five grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
     Services:  1:30 P.M. Saturday, Breit & Hawkins Funeral Home, Savannah.   Interment Savannah Cemetery.  Visitation:  6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Friday at the funeral home.  Memorials:  St. Luke's Hospital Foundation, GYN Oncology, 800 W. 47th Street, Suite 204, Kansas City, MO 64112.  For complete obituary, online condolences and memorials visit:  www.breit-hawkins.com. 

  • Donna Jane (Harris) Stanton

       Donna Jane (Harris) Stanton, 66 of Napoleon, MO passed away Thursday, September 19, 2002 at the home.
     She was born on September 10, 1936 to Jasper A Harris and Alma (King) Harris in Clay County near Paradise, MO.
     Donna graduated from Plattsburg MO High School and attended Graceland College and Business College.
     On May 27, 1961 she was united in marriage to Wayne D. Stanton, Jr.
     Donna was active in the Community of Christ congregation in Holden, MO.  She enjoyed genealogy, crafts, and family reunions.
     Donna was preceded in death by her father.  She is survived by her husband, Wayne, of the home,  two sons, Keith Wayne Stanton and Kelvin Vinson Stanton of Napoleon, MO; a brother, Jasper C. Harris Sr., Quartzsite, AZ, a sister Dorris Ann Mangum, Independence, MO, and many other relatives and friends.
     A Memorial Service will be held for Donna at the Community of Christ congregation in Trimble, MO on Sunday, October 6th at 4 PM. Donations are suggested to Outreach International or Liberty Hospital Hospice in Donna Stanton's honor.

       
  • Esther Evans

    Esther Evans, 86, of Plattsburg passed away Friday, Sept. 20, 2002 at her residence succumbing to the affects of cancer.
    Born and raised in Plattsburg, Esther graduated from Plattsburg High School in 1934, and then attended McPherson College. After one year, she moved back home and sought a job in Kansas City. She was hired as a waitress in the famous Fred Harvey's Lunch Room at Union Station, where the girls were known as Fred Harvey girls. She later would go on to manage the restaurant at the Commonwealth Hotel in Kansas City before getting married and moving back to Plattsburg. She owned an operated Evans Restaurant in Plattsburg and later was employed as the office manager for Sur-Gro an agricultural fertilizer and chemical distributor. In July of this year she was honored during a trip to Union Station by receiving a key to Union Station in recognition of her work as a Fred Harvey girl.
    She was married to George Evans in 1939 who preceded her in death. From this marriage three children were born George K., Jr., Charlie, and Carolyn.
    Later on in life, she became an avid quilter, designing and making over 100 quilts, including one which used 125 year old quilt material passed down by her family. She was member of the Northland Quilt Guild and the Church of the Brethren, and was a direct descendent of the founder of the church.
     Also preceding her in death were: her parents, Benjamin Franklin and Lizzie (Orr) Shirk; a son, George K., Jr.; a sister, Pauline Cochran; two brothers, Emerson and Wendall Shirk; and a great-granddaughter, Christina Sledd.
    Survivors include a son, Charlie and his wife, Mary, of Overland Park, KS; a daughter, Carolyn Adams, and her husband, Lloyd, of Grandview, MO; seven grandchildren, Marsha Anne Sanders, Timothy Adams, Elizabeth Anne Adams, Nancy Anne DalPorto, Lora Anne Adams, Ryan Evans, and Matthew Evans; three great-grandchildren, Joshua Sledd, Cara Del Parto, Enzo Del Parto; and one great-great grandchild, Skylar Sledd.
    Family visitation was held on Sunday, Sept. 21, with funeral service at the Bailey Cox Family Funeral Service in Plattsburg on Monday, Sept. 22. Burial was in the Brethen Church Cemetery north of Plattsburg.
    The family suggests memorial gifts to the American Cancer Society. 
    Arrangements by Bailey & Cox Family Funeral Service.
     

  • James L. Johnson, Sr.

           Jim  Johnson  died   at   HRMC     in  St.  Joseph,  Missouri  on Saturday, September 21, 2002.
         Born  in  Pattonsburg,   Missouri  on   August  21,  1933  to James D. (Bud) & Fern (Walker) Johnson.   Jim graduated from Pattonsburg High School in 1953; he entered into the Army and served as a Military Policeman in Korea.
         On February 19, 1958 he was married to   Ann Greer and the couple resided in Lathrop for most of the next 30 years, where Jim served as a city police officer in the mid 1960’s.  Jim made over the road truck  driving his career and semi retired in 1995.  He moved to rural Plattsburg in 1998 where he resided until his death.  He drove over the road part time until July of 2002 for Mattco Transportation in Kansas City.
         His parents and  his wife Ann preceded him in death.
         Survivors  include   a  son &   daughter-in-law,  James L. & Theresa Johnson of Holt; four daughters and sons-in-law, Ava & Walter West, Beverly & Bob Swallow both of rural Plattsburg; Caroline & Neil Liggett and Charlene (Charlie) Johnson both of Lathrop; one sister Elizabeth Helgen of Lawson; one brother  David Johnson of Belton; and a very close friend, Joy Johnson; eleven grandchildren ; four great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. 
         Graveside    services    and      interment    were   at  10:30   am Tuesday, September 24th at the Lathrop Cemetery in Lathrop.  Military Services were held at the graveside under the auspices of the Stewartsville V.F.W. Robinson Beeching Post #508.  Arrangements were made through the Bailey & Cox Family Funeral Services in Lathrop.
    Harriet H. Schmidt
         Mrs. Harriet H. Schmidt, 77, of Liberty, passed  away with grace and dignity in her home on  Monday, September 16, 2002. 
         She was a graduate  of  North  Kansas  City   High School and was a long time member of the Avondale Methodist Church, with a quiet, profound and everlasting faith that sustained her through life as in her final illness. 
         On August 17, 1944, she married George  W.  Schmidt   of Liberty.  She became a loving and caring wife and mother who was deeply devoted to family and friends.  Her gift of giving, joy of living and ebullient sense of humor will be remembered always.  We will all miss her more than words can express.
         She was preceded in death  by  her  parents,   Douglas  & Marion (Culver) Harbison, her daughter Vicki Susan Schmidt and her sister, Mary Lou Leimkuhler.
         Surviving are  her  husband  George  and   daughter Carol Johnson. 
         Private graveside services were held for immediate family only   at Greenlawn Cemetery in Plattsburg. Arrangements were made by Cox Funeral Home in Plattsburg.
  • HELEN D. AKERS

    Helen D. Akers, 59, of Gower, Mo., passed away, Saturday, September 21, 2002 at Heartland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph, Mo.
    She was born on July 25, 1943 to Harold and Ida (Pike) Akers near Gower, where she grew up and graduated from Gower High School. She attended Platte Guard College in St. Joseph, Mo. Helen continued living in Gower, where she made her home.
    Helen was a member of the First Baptist Church of Gower, and enjoyed attending the Gower Goodtimers.
    She was preceded in death by her parents.
    Helen is survived by one sister, Dorothy Witt and husband, Arthur, Gower, Mo., one nephew, Charles Witt, Gower, Mo., and two nieces, Joy Shaver, Easton, Mo. and Mary Ray, Gower, Mo., seven great nieces and nephews, and two great-great nephews, other relatives and many friends.
    Funeral Services were held 11:00 A.M. on Monday, September 23rd at the Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower, Mo,
    BURIAL: Allen Cemetery, Gower, Mo.
    Donations may be made to the First Baptist Church of Gower Building Fund.

  • MARY BETHANE EDWARDS

    Mary Bethene (Stubbs) Edwards, 76, of Gladstone, Mo,. formerly of Edgerton and Smithville, passed away, Monday, September 23, 2002 at her home.
    She was born on November 29, 1925 to Newlin Jackson and Beulah Bethele (Rule) Stubbs in Platte County near Edgerton, Mo. Mary grew up near Edgerton where she ttended Franklin Grade School and later graduated from Smithville High School.
    On December 7, 1946 she was united in marriage to Homer E. "Buggs" Edwards, Jr.
    After their marriage they lived in Smithville later moving to Gladstone where they made their home.
    Mary worked as an insurance clerk at the Gashland Clinic for many years. She was a longtime member of the Little Platte Baptist Church in rural Edgerton.
    She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Joy Hatfield
    She is survived by her husband, Homer E. "Buggs" Edwards, Jr., of the home, one daughter, Sharon Morvan and husband, Roy, two sons, Randy Edwards and wife, Carol, and Greg Edwards and wife, Lori, all of Gladstone, Mo., twelve grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren, one brother, Curtis Stubbs and wife, Elaine, Edgerton, Mo, several nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.
    FUNERAL SERVICES: 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, September 25th at the Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Smithville, Mo.
    BURIAL: I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Smithville, Mo.
    Donations may be made to the Little Platte Baptist Church.
     

  • Robert L. (Bob) Harris Sr.

       Robert L. (Bob) Harris Sr. passed away unexpectedly on September 27, 2002. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials to a Memorial Fund for Bob's granddaughters at the Bob Harris Granddaughters college Trust Fund, c/o Platte Valley Bank, 100 W. Clay Avenue, Plattsburg, Missouri 64477, or memorials to Bob Harris Plattsburg Country Club Memorial Fund, c/o Platte Valley Bank 100 W. Clay Avenue, Plattsburg, Missouri 64477.  
     Bob was born on June 9, 1948 in St. Joseph, Missouri. He was the son of Morgan E. Harris and Mabel M. Soper-Harris, who both predeceased him in death. He was also predeceased by a nephew Ryan Dean Hendricks. Bob lived his entire life in Plattsburg, Missouri.
      On October 27, 1967 Bob married Sheila Russell who survives him of the home. Additional survivors include their children a son, Bob Harris Jr. and his wife Pam and granddaughters Jordan and Megan and a daughter Shonna M. Eason and her husband Ron and granddaughters Brittney, Bailey, Brooke and Sierra. Also surviving is Bob's Uncle and Aunt, Robert R. (Cotton) and Connie Harris; his mother-in-law Helen Russell; and one nephew Seth Hendricks son of Marsha Hild and Bob Hendricks. 
     Bob was a member of the Broadway United Methodist Church. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of the Plattsburg Country Club for the past 15 years and was currently serving as the President. Bob was one of the instrumental people involved in working to turn the Country Club into an 18-hole golf course. Bob had many things he loved. He loved his family. He loved his friends. He loved golf and motorcycles. He loved his work with Lawson Products and his many friends he made through his work. 
     The main thing so wonderful about Bob was his love for laughing. He was well known for his wit, which was unsurpassed by none and enjoyed by all. The wheels were turning all the time. There are no adequate words to describe how much Bob was loved and will be missed. The huge void left in our lives will be forever. We love you Bob and will someday be together again.
     Funeral Services were held  at 2PM Tuesday Oct. 1,2002 at the Broadway United Methodist Church, Plattsburg. Burial was at Green Lawn Cemetery Plattsburg.

  • Lloyd W. Adams

       Lloyd W. Adams, 66, Grandview, Mo. died Sept. 24, 2002 at Liberty Hospital.   Services were held at 11 AM, Sat. Sept. 28, 2002, at St. Matthew Presbyterian Church, 2217 High Grove Rd., Grandview, Mo.  A graveside service was held at 3PM, Sat., at the Brethern Cemetery, Plattsburg, Mo.   The family suggest contributions to the American Cancer  Society.
     Lloyd was born March 7, 1936 in Kansas City, KS.  He was a Supervisor of Employee Relations for the FAA and retired in 1994.  While with the FAA, he was awarded seven times for exceptional performance, three cash awards for special acts and the 9th Annual FAA  Administrators Award for Excellence in EEO.  He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd E. and Elizabeth V. Adams, and his beloved in-laws, George K. and Esther E. Evans.   He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Adams, of the home; son, Tim E. Adams, Grandview, Mo; daughter, Elizabeth Anne "Becky" Adams, Gladstone, Mo; Nancy Anne Dal Porto, Grandview, Mo; Laura Anne Adams, Phoenix, AZ;  grandchildren, Cara Elizabeth Dal Porto and Enzo William Dal Porto, both of Grandview, Mo; sister Mary Elizabeth Adams, Colorado Springs, Co; brother-in-law, Charlie Evans, and his wife, Mary, Overland Park, Ks; and a very large extended family.
     Lloyd had been the father to many other girls.  He was always there to give them a hug, words of encouragement and most of all, love.   As they grew up and got on with their lives, he was still  their Dad.  Mr. Adam's wife is the former Carolyn Evans of Plattsburg.
     Arrangements by D.W. Newcomer's Sons, Longview Funeral Home.  
  • SARAH E. NORRIS

    Sarah E. Norris, 60, of Kansas City, Mo., formerly of Gower, Mo., passed away, Thursday, September 26, 2002 at North Kansas City Hospital.
    She was born on, December 18, 1941 to Harold Rotchford and Alma Lee (Poage) Smith in Keokuk, Iowa. Sarah attended school and grew up in Gower and in 1959 graduated from Gower High School.
    On December 15, 1965 she was united in marriage to Jim Norris. After their marriage they lived in Gower and in 1975 they moved to Kansas City where they made their home.
    Sarah worked for Polsky Motors, St. Joseph, Farmland Industries, Kansas City, Ingle-Gregory Builders, Gower and General Heating and Cooling, North Kansas City.
    She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Gene R. "Twister" Smith and one sister, Helen L. McDaniel.
    She is survived by her husband, Jim, of the home, two sons, Darren Lee Norris and James Craig Norris, both of Kansas City, one brother, Harold Lee Smith and wife, Barbara, Gower, one sister, Mary Jo Bent and brother-in-law, Don McDaniel, both of Kansas City, Mo., several nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.
    Funeral Services were held 11:00 A.M., Monday, Sept. 30th, at the Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower.  Burial at Mt. Zion Cemetery, Gower.
     

  • GEORGIA BODDE

    Georgia Hessenflow King Bodde, 82, of St. Joseph, Mo., passed away, Monday, September 30, 2002 at the Gower Convalescent Center.
    She was born on June 27, 1920 to Earl and Adah (Gentry) Hessenflow in Grayson, Mo., where she attended school and grew up. She later attended Cosmetology School in St. Joseph.
    On April 2, 1935 she was united in marriage to George W. King. After their marriage they lived in Edgerton, Grayson, and St. Joseph, and in 1956 they moved to Gower where they made their home. Her husband, George, passed away on December 22, 1977. On January 12, 1989 she married Gerald J. Bodde. They lived in Gower, Eufalua, Ok., for eleven years, and in 2000 they moved to St. Joseph where they made their home.
    Georgia worked for Noma Lights in St. Joseph, and later owned and operated Georgia's Beauty Shop in Gower for 30 years.
    She was a longtime member of the Gower Christian Church.
    Georgia was also preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, Paul, Carl, Eldon, and Clifford Hessenflow, and two sisters, Emma Lee Fosher and Ruth Benner.
    She is survived by her husband, Gerald, St. Joseph, Mo., one daughter, Melba Sue King, Millbrook, Alabama, one granddaughter, Rana L. Krussow, Rosemont, Minnesota, one grandson, Christopher A. Watson, Madison, Alabama, one great-grandson, Riley Bryce Watson, several step-children and step-grandchildren, one sister, Grace Smith, Cameron, Mo., and one brother, Howard Hessenflow, Dekalb, Illinois, several nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.
    MEMORIAL SERVICE: 11:00 A.M. Saturday, October 5th at the Gower Christian Church, Gower, Mo.   Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower, Mo., is in charge of arrangements.

  • Nancy (Kidd) Johnson (1839-2002)

     Nancy Johnson, 63, Cameron formerly of Lathrop, died Saturday at her home in Cameron.  Born Sept. 8, 1939 in Lathrop, she was a graduate of Lathrop High School.  
     She was preceded in death by her husband Leon Johnson, Sr., her parents, Edgar and Laura Mae Kidd.  Survivors: sons, Leon, Jr., Lancaster, CA., Robert, St. Joseph daughters, Crystal and Shelia, Cameron: sisters, Betty Scott, Lathrop and Katie Houston, Liberty; 3 grandchildren.
      Memorial Service: Saturday, Oct. 5, 2002 10:00 a.m. Baileye Cox Family Funeral Service, Lathrop.  Cremation.

  • Redia B. Copeland

     Redia B. (Hensley) Copeland, 75, of Gower, Mo., passed away Sunday, October 6, 2002 at the Gower Convalescent Center.
     She was born on July 20, 1927 to Charles Thomas and Lula Mae (Harris) Hensley in Ozark County, near Elijah, Mo., where she attended school and grew up.
     Redia then lived in Kansas City, in 1952 she moved to California, and in 1987 Redia and her husband, Allen, moved to Gower where they made their home.
    She attended the First Baptist Church of Gower.
     Redia enjoyed the outdoors and working in her garden. She also enjoyed spending time with her family and attending family gatherings. The greatest joy in her life was her grandchildren.
     Redia is preceded in death by her parents, husbands, Herschel Burch and Jim Channell, two brothers, Elmer and Claud Hensley, five sisters, Maggie Lewis, Agnes Johnson, Delpha Long, Mary Buchanan, and Geneva Simpson.
     She is survived by her husband, Allen, of the home, two sons, Reginald Burch, Salinas, Ca., and Michael Channell, Longmont, Co., five grandchildren, Anna Lena, Rebecca, Kylee, and twins, Kayden and Kaylen, one sister and best friend, Velma Morton and husband, M.W. "Buster", Gower, Mo., and one sister-in-law, Pauline Hensley, Agency, Mo., several nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.
     Services were held Wednesday, October 9, 2002 at the Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower, Mo.
     BURIAL: Allen Cemetery, Gower, Mo.

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  • McMullen, Betty J. (2004 age 77)
    Betty McMullen, 77, Cameron, MO, died Nov. 16, 2004. Funeral services 10 a.m. Sat., Nov. 20, Cameron United Methodist Church. Burial Cameron Mem. Gardens. Visitation 6-8 p.m. Fri. at Poland-Thompson, 816-632-2158. Memorials to the church or Boy Scouts of America Pony Express Council.
    Ref: Kansas City Star , Kansas City, Missouri, 11/18/2004.

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