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LEA, Ben H.
b: Mar 24 1890, near Macks Creek, Camden Co, MO
d: Jun 27 1965, Windsor, Henry Co, MO
bur:
Laurel Oak Cemetery KA-LY, Windsor, Windsor Twp, Henry Co, MO
arr: Gouge Funeral Home

The Sedalia Democrat, Mon, June 28 1965 - Ben H. Lea, 75, 306 West Colt, Windsor, died at the Windsor Hospital at 12:05 p.m. Sunday. Born near Mack's Creek, on March 24, 1890, he was the son of the late William L. and Virginia Lea, the youngest of a family of 13 children. He grew up in Camden County and on June 7, 1911, was married to Edith Huston, also of Mack's Creek. They made their home in Camden County moving to a farm in Henry County in 1944, and after retiring moved to Windsor in April of 1959. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by nine brothers and sisters. Surviving is his wife of the home, two brothers, Gilbert Lea, Windsor, and Silas Lea, who lives in the state of Oklahoma, and a sister, Mrs. Emma Seaton of Nevada, MO. Funeral services will be held at the Gouge Funeral Home in Windsor on Tuesday. Burial will be in the Laurel Oak Cemetery in Windsor.

LEA, Gilbert C.
b: Feb 15 1885, near Macks Creek, Camden Co, MO
d: May 16 1967, Kansas City, Jackson Co, MO
bur:
Laurel Oak Cemetery KA-LY, Windsor, Windsor Twp, Henry Co, MO
arr: Gouge Funeral Home

The Sedalia Democrat, Sedalia, Pettis Co, MO, May 17 1967 - Gilbert C. Lea, 82, 301 North Commercial, Windsor, died Tuesday in Kansas City. Born near Mack's Creek Feb. 15, 1885, he was the son of William L. and Julia Lea. He was a resident of Windsor for 15 years after retiring from the laundry business in Kansas City and Denver, Co. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Clara Mae Lea, one son, Jack C. Lea, Amarillo, Texas; one daughter, Mrs. Katheryn Hart, Kansas City; one brother Silas W. Lea, Langly, Ok.; one sister Mrs. Emma Seaton, Nevada, Mo., and 11 grandchildren, also 12 great grandchildren. One daughter, Mrs. Martha Poole preceded him in death Dec. 3, 1958. Graveside services will be held Thursday at Laurel Oak Cemetery. The body is at the Gouge Funeral Home, Windsor.

LEABO, Edward Clayton Jr.
b: May 15 1951, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
d: Mar 12 2012, Harrisonville, Cass Co, MO
arr:
Vansant-Mills Funeral Home
Daily Democrat, Clinton MO, Apr 9 2012 - Edward Clayton Leabo, Jr., son of Edward Clayton Sr. and Dorothy Fay (Rinard) Leabo, was born May 15, 1951 in Clinton. He died March 12, 2012 at his home in Harrisonville at the age of 60 years. Edward served in the United States Army. He was a delivery driver for K.C. Drive Away in Lee's Summit. He was also a member of Coleman Baptist church, Peculiar. He is survived by his wife Maurine Leabo; son Edward Clayton Leabo III; mother Dorothy Koch; sisters, Christina Jones and Victoria Leabo; brothers, Terry Leabo and Leroy Leabo, as well as other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Saturday, March 17, at Vansant-Mills Chapel, Clinton.

LEAKE, George Carr
b: Apr 4 1866, near Boonville, Cooper Co, MO
d: Jun 16 1925, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
bur:
Good Hope Cemetery, Bethlehem Twp, Henry Co, MO
George Carr Leake was born near Boonville, in Cooper county, Missouri, April 4, 1866, and departed this life on June 17, 1925, age 59 years, 2 months and 14 days. At the age of 15 years he came with his parents to Henry county and lived near Hortense, in which community he resided until death. He was married to Miss Mary Fowler on March 7, 1897. To this union was born one son, Carr, who lives at home. Deceased was converted in November 1908, and untied with Tebo Baptist church and later with his wife removed membership to Good Hope. He was ever a faithful and staunch Christian man. He leaves to mourn his departure a wife, son and wife, four sisters, one brother, and a host of relatives and friends. His last few days were spent in Stebbins hospital where every means of medical skill and human hands could administer. During his short illness, he had a great desire to get well and was so patient. Funeral services were conducted at Good Hope church Thursday afternoon.

LEAMAN, Joe M.
b: abt 1928
d: 2004
bur: Greenlawn Memory Gardens, Springfield, Greene Co, MO
arr:
Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home
Daily Democrat, Clinton MO, Feb 5 2004 - Joe M. Leaman, 76, Mt. Vernon, a retired painter, died Tuesday, February 3, 2004, at the Mt. Vernon Veterans Home. Funeral services will be Friday, February 6, at Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel, Osceola, followed by burial at Greenlawn Memory Gardens, Springfield.

LEAR, John T.
b: Jun 5 1842, Jessamine Co, KY
d: Oct 29 1894, Henry Co, MO
bur:
Englewood Cemetery LA-LY, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
Since June last, John T. Lear has been confined to his bed with that most dreaded of all diseases, consumption, and on Monday morning, October 29, 1894, he closed his eyes in death. He had endured with patient fortitude the suffering and long confinement. Mr. Lear was born in Jessamine county, Ky. June 5, 1842 and moved to Pettis county in April 1870. He came to Clinton a year ago in April, accepting a position as wood foreman in the carriage shops of Jas. Lepscum and was found at his post regularly until the 20th of June when he was unable to work longer. He leaves a wife and five children. Funeral by the Christian pastor, Rev. Tatlow, at the family residence on West Franklin and burial in Englewood.

LEATON, W. Oscar
b: May 10 1858, near Calhoun, Henry Co, MO
d: Feb 9 1907, Sedalia, Pettis Co, MO

Clinton Missouri, May 2 1907 - W. O. Leaton was born near Calhoun, May 10, 1858 and died at the home of his niece Mrs. M. T. Greenstreet, in Sedalia, February 9, 1907. Oscar, as he was called, had been afflicted with cancer of the liver for several weeks. He realized he could not get well and said religion was his only hope. He sang but a short time before he died "Over the River Faces I See" and we sincerely believe that he is now enjoying the association of friends and loved ones gone before. He had a kind and cheerful disposition and a large circle of friends. Burial in Sedalia. Two sisters - Mrs. Anna Tillman of Clinton and Mrs. Laura Crabtree of Pryor Creek, Indiana Territory.

LEAVELLE, Lawrence Sylvester "Larry"
b: Dec 29 1924, Red River Co, TX
d: Apr 27 2001, Sedalia, Pettis Co, MO
bur:
Englewood Cemetery LA-LY, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
arr: Vansant-Mills Funeral Home

Clinton Daily Democrat, May 14 2001 - Lawrence Sylvester Leavelle, son of Robert Eugene Leavelle and Edna Estelle (Woodsey) Leavelle, was born December 29, 1924, and died April 27, 2001, at the Four Seasons Nursing Home in Sedalia at the age of 76 years. Larry was born in Red River County, Texas. He worked for White Farm Equipment in Peoria, Illinois. He later was vice president of sales and marketing for the United States for Versatile Farm Equipment in Winnepeg, Canada. He was a member of the Clinton United Methodist Church, the Clinton Masonic Lodge, No. 548, the Scottish Rite Bodies of Kansas City and the Ararat Temple, Kansas City. He is survived by his wife, Pearl, of the home; two sons, Kirk Leavelle of Wellington, and Kyle Leavelle of Mapleton, Illinois; five daughters, Susan Schlapper of Wellington, Theresa Gohn of Ben Franklin, Texas, Kim Coleman of Clinton, Vicki Blankenship of Brimfield, Illinois, and Connie Talley of Houston, Texas; one brother, James R. Leavelle of Garland, Texas, and 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Vansant-Mills Chapel on Monday, April 30. Burial was in the Englewood Cemetery, Clinton.

LEBOW, Joan BRUBECK
b: Sep 27 1930, Deepwater, Henry Co, MO
d: Mar 4 2004, Independence, Jackson Co, MO
bur:
Deepwater Cemetery, Fairview Twp, Henry Co, MO
arr: Consalus Funeral Homes

Daily Democrat, Clinton MO, Mar 22 2004 - Joan Lebow was born September 27, 1930, at Deepwater, daughter of Jessie and Faye Adams Brubeck. She died at Independence Regional Health Center on March 4, 2004. She married Ralph S. Lebow, September 4, 1954, and he preceded her in death on September 27, 1996, after 42 years together. Her parents; three infant children, Roger, Randy and Robert; one brother, Delbert Brubeck, and three sisters, Clata, Norma and Bonnie, also preceded her in death. Survivors include one son, Dean Lebow, Oak Grove; three daughters, Joetta Johnston, Kansas City, Susan Martin, Midwest City, Oklahoma, and Gail Thompson, Grain Valley; two sisters, Janice Williams, Kansas City, and Evelyn Gordon, Deepwater; 10 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. She was a loving mother, sister and grandmother and will be greatly missed by all who knew her, Graveside services were held March 6, at Deepwater Cemetery.

LEBOW, Ralph Stanley
b: Apr 26 1929, Butler, OK
d: Sep 27 1996, North Kansas City, Clay Co, MO
bur:
Deepwater Cemetery, Fairview Twp, Henry Co, MO
arr: Consalus Funeral Homes

Daily Democrat, Clinton MO - Ralph Stanley Lebow was born April 26, 1929, in Butler, Oklahoma, the son of Randall and Dorothy (Postlewait) Lebow. He died Friday, September 27, 1996, at North Kansas City Hospital at the age of 67. The family moved from Oklahoma to Missouri and in 1947, Ralph moved to Kansas City. There he worked for Leeway Motor Freight. He left Leeway to serve two years in the United States Army. Ralph returned to his job and worked 32 years for Leeway. After his retirement, he was a part-time bus driver for DOT. He is survived by his wife, Joan, of the home; one son, Dean Lebow, Oak Grove; three daughters, Susan Martin, Midwest, Oklahoma, Gail Thompson and Joetta Johnson, both of Kansas City; one sister, Veta Jordan, Kansas City; 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Graveside services were held Monday, September 30, at the Deepwater Cemetery.

LECLAIRE, Madison Grace
b: Aug 16 2008, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
d: Aug 16 2008, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
bur:
Laurel Oak Cemetery KA-LY, Windsor, Windsor Twp, Henry Co, MO
arr: Hadley Funeral Home

Daily Democrat, Clinton MO, Aug 19 2008 - Madison Grace (Mefford) Leclaire, Calhoun, died Saturday, Aug. 16, 2008, at the Golden Valley Memorial Hospital, Clinton. Madison was born Aug. 16, 2008, the infant daughter of Melissa Ann Mefford and Michael Lee Leclaire. In addition to her parents, both of the home in Calhoun, Madison is survived by maternal grandparents Jerry and Rhonda Mefford, Windsor; paternal grandfather Danny Leclaire, Calhoun, and paternal grandmother Nora Donin, Leesville; paternal great-grandfather J. A. Leclaire, Calhoun, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Graveside service will be Tuesday, Aug. 19, at Laurel Oak Cemetery, Windsor.

LeCLAIRE, Rachel Wanda MULLENS
b: Mar 9 1933, Drexel, Cass Co, MO
d: Nov 27 2002, Calhoun, Henry Co, MO
arr:
Consalus Funeral Homes
Daily Democrat, Clinton, MO, Dec 16 2002 - Rachel Wanda LeClaire was born March 9, 1933, at Drexel, daughter of Earnest and Susan Mullens. She died November 27, 2002, at her home in Calhoun. She worked at the International Shoe Factory in Windsor for 10 years and Unitog for 15 years. Preceding her in death were her parents; one son, Charles LeClaire; one brother, Lowell Mullens, and one sister, Lorene Devorak. Survivors include two sons, Earnest LeClaire, Independence, and Danny LeClaire, Sr. and wife Kristina, Calhoun; three daughters, Julie LeClaire, Wichita Falls, Texas, Terry Thomas, Clinton, and Mashell Young, Calhoun; one stepson, Gilbert LeClaire and wife, Angela, Independence, two stepdaughters, Edith Fisher, Windsor, Linda Winfrey, Independence; one brother, Jatty Mullens and wife Marie, Ionia. Funeral services were held December 2 at Consalus-Bradley Chapel, Clinton.

LEDERER, Mary Louise
b: abt 1921
d: Sep 27 2000, Warrensburg, Johnson Co, MO
bur:
Sunset Hill Cemetery, Warrensburg, Johnson Co, MO
arr: Sweeney-Phillips & Holdren

Daily Democrat, Clinton MO, Oct 5 2000 - Funeral services for Mary Louise Lederer, 79, Warrensburg, were held Saturday, September 30, at the first United Methodist Church. She died Wednesday, September 27, 2000, at the Western Missouri Medical Center. She was the widow of Dr. Charles Lederer of Warrensburg, who died several weeks ago. Burial was in the Sunset Hill Cemetery.

LEDFORD, Claude
b: Feb 19 1925, Hot Springs, AR
d: Feb 2 2000, Moberly, Randolph Co, MO
bur:
Vansant Road/Clinton Memory Garden Cemetery, Fields Creek Twp, Henry Co, MO
arr: Consalus Funeral Homes

Daily Democrat, Clinton MO, Feb 8 2000 - Claude Ledford, was born February 19, 1925, in Hot Springs, Arkansas, the son of Clarence and Jewel Price Ledford. He died February 2, 2000, at Moberly. Preceding him in death were his parents and a sister, Wanda Sue O'Briant. He married Edna Dove November 22, 1975, in Littleton, Colorado. For 19 years they made their home in Colorado, then moved to Tightwad. He is survived by his wife, Edna, of the home; two sons, Ronald and family, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Robert and family, Manning, Arkansas; two daughters, Sarah Melvin and family, Whiteville, Tennessee, Jody Moon and family, Berlin, Connecticut; three step-children, Ann Dougherty and family, Houston, Texas, Delores Stibbard and family, Lowry City, Marvin Plute and family, Albuquerque, New Mexico; 19 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; aunts, Ethel Patrick of Wilson, Oklahoma, Mildred McCarthy, Tucson, Arizona; an uncle, Argus Price, Rover, Arkansas; along with numerous cousins and friends. His grandmother in Rover, Arkansas, raised Claude after the death of his mother in 1934, when he was nine years old. Through his grandmother he learned the value of love towards others, responsibility, honesty and family. He was proud to serve his country in the Infantry during World War II, where he received the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and other medals recognizing his service to his country. He retired from US West Communications at Denver in 1982, where he worked as a technician for 35 years. He was a member of Quarles Baptist Church. He loved the Lord. He enjoyed the outdoors, gardening and travel. Claude was a quiet man, but when he spoke, he spoke from his heart and with conviction. Services were held Saturday, February 5, at the Consalus Chapel, Clinton. Burial was in Clinton Memory Gardens with Clinton VFW Post 1894 conducting graveside services.

LEDFORD, Edna Elizabeth DOVE
b: Sep 10 1930, Odessa, Lafayette Co, MO
d: Sep 1 2011, Appleton City, St. Clair Co, MO
bur:
Vansant Road/Clinton Memory Garden Cemetery, Fields Creek Twp, Henry Co, MO
arr: Consalus Funeral Homes

Daily Democrat, Clinton MO, Dec 5 2011 - Edna Elizabeth Ledford, 80, Appleton City, formerly of Clinton, died at 8 p.m. on Thursday, September 1, 2011, at the Ellett Memorial Hospital in Appleton City. She was born September 10, 1930, in Odessa, the daughter of Jesse Clarence and Margaret Jane (Smethers) Dove. Edna received her teaching certificate from Warrensburg Teachers College. For the majority of her life she worked as a secretary for various companies. She founded the Alzheimer's Support Group in Clinton, volunteered for Twin Lakes Hospice, was a member of the Appleton City VFW Ladies Auxiliary and also worked at the Ellett Memorial Hospital Gift Shop. Edna attended Quarles Baptist Church in Clinton and the Trinity United Methodist Church of Appleton City. On November 22, 1975, she married Claude Ledford in Littleton, Colorado. He preceded her in death on February 2, 2000. Those surviving her include two daughters, Ann Dougherty and her husband, Jack, Aurora, Colorado, and Delores Wessley of Appleton City; one son, Martin Plute and his wife, Wendy, Overgaard, Arizona; two sisters, Clara Roark of Windsor and Martha Nieto of Camarillo, California; one brother, Clarence Dove of Seneca Falls, New York; seven grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Her parents; brother, Gene, Dove, and an infant sister, Barbara Ann, also preceded her in death. A memorial service will be held Thursday, September 8, at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Appleton City with burial at Clinton Memorial Gardens at a later date.

LEE, Dorothy PORTER
b: Jul 9 1930, Sioux Co, ND
d: Nov 8 1991, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
bur: Blue Springs Cemetery, Blue Springs, Jackson Co, MO
arr:
Reser Funeral Home
Daily Democrat, Clinton MO - Dorothy Lee, age 61, died Friday evening, November 8, 1991 at Golden Valley Hospital. She was born in Sioux County, North Dakota, on July 9, 1930, daughter of Uhl Robert and Viola Schriner Porter. On July 22. 1950 she was united in marriage to Claude R. Lee. Following their marriage they made their home in Odessa. She had been employed as a hardware worker for the Whitaker Cable Co. in Lexington, Mo. for 18 years. Her husband preceded her in death on October 22,1982. She moved to Warsaw in 1985. Dorothy is survived by two sons, Wesley Lee, of Kansas City, and Rick Lee, of Warsaw; two daughters. Linda Wills, of Independence. and Sharon Hoff, of Lincoln; one stepson, Clifford Lee of Lone Jack, and two stepdaughters, Claudine Manning of Corder, and Charlene Jacks of Blue Springs. She also leaves 14 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren; 6 sisters, Shirley Wirsig, Richmond, Grace Shaeffer, Leeton, Mary Jane Root, Pleasant Hill, Virginia Porter, Arveila Cartmell, and Maxine Burton, all of Buckner; three brothers, Ralph Porter of Warsaw, Raymond Porter of Lexington, and Robert Porter of Nova Scotia. Graveside services were held Tuesday, November 12, 1991 at the Blue Springs Cemetery in Blue Springs. Services were under direction of Reser Funeral Home, Warsaw.

LEE, Marion Pauline HAWKINS
b: Aug 28 1926, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
d: Jan 17 2001, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
bur:
Englewood Cemetery LA-LY, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
arr: Sickman & Dunning Funeral Home

Clinton Daily Democrat, Jan 29 2001 - Marion Pauline Lee, 74, Clinton, died of cancer Wednesday, January 17, 2001, at Westwood Center. - Clinton Daily Democrat, Jan 29 2001 - Marion Pauline Hawkins Lee was born August 28, 1926, to Walter M. and Rebecca M. Oryall Hawkins. She married Benjamin Chester Lee (Chet) in June 1947. Five children were born to this union, Ronald Lee, Clinton; Roger Lee, Warrensburg; Benjamin Chester Lee of Columbia; Nancy Lee of North Carolina, and Sharon Lee of Alabama. Fifteen grandchildren and six great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews also survive. Marion lived most of her life in the Clinton area. She worked many years for Elite Laundry. At the age of 15 she was baptized in the First Baptist Church. Marion loved country and bluegrass music. Her real talent was embroidery and crocheting. She made many pretty things for her home. Her five children survive her, as do two sisters, Mildred Stockdall and Margie Malone, both of Clinton. She was preceded in death by her parents and five brothers, Ralph, Clarence, Lloyd, Robert and Raymond E. Hawkins. Funeral services were at the Sickman & Dunning Chapel, Monday, January 22. Burial was in Englewood Cemetery.

LEE, Raymond L.
b: 1924
d: 2003
bur:
Sunset Hill Cemetery, Warrensburg, Johnson Co, MO
arr: Williams Funeral Chapel

Daily Democrat, Clinton MO, Mar 11 2003 - Raymond L. Lee, 79, Warrensburg, formerly of Kansas City, died Sunday, March 9, 2003, in Warrensburg. Funeral services will be Thursday, March 13, at Williams Funeral Chapel in Warrensburg. Burial will follow in the Sunset Hill Cemetery, Warrensburg. Mr. Lee was born February 8, 1924, the son of Russel and Edda Street Lee. He was a 1942 East St. Louis High School graduate and had taught dance at the Fred Astaire Dance Studios. He appeared live on stage with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in the late 1940s and early '50s. He briefly served in the US Army Air Corps during World War II. On January 15, 1971, he married Edith Foster in Warrensburg who died November 14, 1988. He is survived by a son, Larry G. Lee; two stepdaughters, Patty Foster and Jeanne Foster and several cousins, Audie Street, Farrel Street, Dana Street, Emigene Fisher, Matte Schnakenburg and Billy D. Lightfoot.

LEE, Ronald Steven
b: Nov 26 1951
d: May 12 2012, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
bur:
Englewood Cemetery LA-LY, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
arr: Vansant-Mills Funeral Home

Ronald S. Lee, age 60 of Clinton, Missouri passed away Saturday, May 12, 2012 at his home. Funeral services will be Thursday, May 17, 2012 at Vansant-Mills Chapel, Clinton, Missouri with interment in Englewood Cemetery, Clinton. Ronald served in the U.S. Navy. He was a maintenance man for Clinton Manor, Clinton and also was a line-worker at Rival Mfg. He was a member of the American Legion, Clinton. Survivors include his children, Aaron Lee, Ryan Lee and Carissa Lee, all of the home and Shandra Oldfield-Clark of Pleasant Hope, Missouri; eight grandchildren, Samuel Beebe, Alexandria Beebe, Gabriella Beebe, Jewelianna Beebe, Sierra Leone Keyte, Kaylee Oldfield-Clark, Brayden Oldfield-Clark, and Jasper Steven Lee; two brothers Roger Lee, Warrensburg, Missouri and Chuckie Lee, San Antonio, Texas; and two sisters Nancy Lee, Rolla, Missouri, and Sharon Lee, Ashville, North Carolina.

LEET, Alta Fern NICHOLS STEVENS
b: Nov 24 1906, S of Creighton, Cass Co, MO
d: Jan 16 1996, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
bur:
Urich Cemetery, Bogard Twp, Henry Co, MO
arr: Consalus Funeral Homes

Daily Democrat, Clinton MO - Alta Leet was born south of Creighton in Cass County on November 24, 1906, and died Tuesday, January 16, 1996, at Golden Valley Hospital in Clinton. She is survived by her husband, Gene Leet, who resides at Meadowbrook Manor Nursing Home of Clinton; a sister, Margie Doll of Urich; a brother, Orbin Nichols of spring Hill, Kansas; her two children from her late husband, Porter Stevens, a son, William G. Stevens, Independence, and daughter, Donna L. Haskins of Spotsylvania, Va. There were four grandchildren, three surviving grandsons, Jack Haskins jr., Michael G. Stevens and Steven L. Haskins, and many nieces and nephews. Mrs. Leet was a member of Urich Baptist Church. She worked outside the home in garden City for 12 years and later helped her husband run Leet's Locker in Urich. She resided at her home in Urich until the first of 1995, then resided at Meadowbrook manor Nursing Home until her death. Her greatest love was her grandchildren. She was always available in her earlier years to take them at a moment's notice and keep them as long as she could, reading to them, playing games, taking walks, even the purchasing of a Welsh pony and cart which the children rode in the Urich Parade each year. She loved music and her favorite artist was Elvis Presley. She enjoyed sewing, playing cards and travel in her earlier years. Her favorite time of year was spring, the celebration of new life, which brought forth flowers in her yard and the fresh vegetables from her garden. She was loved and appreciated by all who knew her. Funeral services were held Saturday, January 20, at the Consalus Chapel in Urich. Burial was in the Urich Cemetery.

LEET, Bert Eugene "Gene"
b: Oct 10 1918, Henry Co, MO
d: Feb 5 1996, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
bur:
Urich Cemetery, Bogard Twp, Henry Co, MO
arr: Consalus Funeral Homes

Daily Democrat, Clinton MO - Bert Eugene Leet was born October 10, 1918, in Henry County, the son of Bert and Emma Jane (Allen) Leet. He died Monday, February 5, 1996, at the Golden Valley Memorial Hospital in Clinton at the age of 77. On October 22, 1949, in Boone County, Arkansas, Gene was united in marriage to Alta Fern Nichols. Alta preceded him in death January 16, 1996. Mr. Leet was a lifelong resident of the Urich area. He was a veteran and was active in the American Legion as long as his health permitted. He worked for General Motors at Leeds for 14 years. For 25 years he owned and operated the Leet Locker in Urich, until the time of his retirement. He is survived by one stepson, William G. Stevens and wife, Ann, Independence; one stepdaughter, Donna Lee Haskins of Virginia, Jack Haskins Jr. of Florida and Michael Grant Stevens, Lee's Summit; one step-great-grandchild, Jamie Haskins of Florida and numerous nephews and cousins. Funeral services were held Thursday, February 8, at the Consalus Chapel in Urich. Burial was in the Urich Cemetery.

LEET, Bert V.
b: Mar 13 1880, near Lebanon, IN
d: Nov 13 1924, Urich, Henry Co, MO
bur:
Urich Cemetery, Bogard Twp, Henry Co, MO
Urich Herald, Urich MO, Nov 20 1924 - Bert V. Leet was born near Lebanon, Indiana, March 13, 1880, and died at Urich, Missouri, November 13, 1924, aged 44 years, 7 months and 13 days. His father died when Bert was 17 years of age and he being the eldest of a family of five children the care of his mother and two brothers and two sisters devolved largely upon him for a few years. When 22 years old he was married in Indiana to Miss Maude Crim, and to this union one child was born. His wife died in 1904, and he came to Henry County, Missouri, bringing his child with him, making his home with his mother, one brother and his two sisters, they having previously moved to this community. In the fall of 1904 his little child died. In 1912 he was married to Mrs. Emma Hooker, and to them two children have been born, Audrey and Eugene, both of whom with their mother survive him. He is also survived by his mother, Mrs. Martha Leet, two brothers, Frank Leet, of Urich, and Perry Leet, of Indianapolis, Indiana, two sisters, Mrs. Harvey Randolph of this county, Mrs. Perry Langford, of Kansas City, his uncle, T. L. Jones, of Clinton, his aunt, Mrs. C. O. Scranton, of Urich, and his three step-children, Mrs. John Lupton of Brownington, and Raymond and Robert Hooker, of Urich. When twenty years of age he united with Christian Church in Indiana, but never held any church affiliation since coming to Missouri. Although he had been in poor health for several years before his death, by unrelaxed industry and economy he had built for himself and family a commodious home, besides accumulating some other holdings, but as is often the case, soon after becoming fixed for comfortable living, he was claimed by the grim reaper. Funeral services were held at the home and interment made at the Urich Cemetery, Friday afternoon.

LEET, Emma Jane ALLEN HOOKER
b: Jan 22 1883, Henry Co, MO
d: Jun 9 1976, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
bur:
Urich Cemetery, Bogard Twp, Henry Co, MO
arr: Snow Funeral Home

Clinton Eye, Clinton MO, Thursday, Jun 24 1976 - Emma Jane Allen eldest of eight children of Henry Sater and Katherine Ann Dixon Allen, was born in Henry County, on January 22, 1883, and died June 9, 1976, at Westwood in Clinton. She was united in marriage to Joseph Hooker and to this union three children were born, Raymond Hooker, now of Appleton City, Mrs. Grace Lupton and Robert Hooker, both of Urich. Mr. Hooker died as a young man and she later married Bert V. Leet. To this union two children were born, Audrey, now deceased, and Bert Eugene Leet of Urich. Besides her husband and daughter, Audrey Houk, she was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, Franklin, William, and Ralph, and two sisters, Dollie and Elsie. Besides her four children she is survived by seven grandchildren, nine great granchildren, four great great grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. Goldie Ramalia, Appleton City, and Mrs. Clara Edith Shroder, Westwood in Clinton, many nieces, nephews, and other relatives, and a host of friends. Funeral services were held June 11 at Snow's Funeral Home in Urich. Burial was in Urich Cemetery.

LEET, Frank L.
b: Nov 17 1886, near Lebanon, IN
d: Dec 10 1949, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
bur:
Urich Cemetery, Bogard Twp, Henry Co, MO
Urich Herald, Urich MO, Dec 15 1949 - Frank Leet, well-known watch repairman of Urich, died at the Clinton General Hospital last Saturday, December 10. He had been in poor health for a number of years but bore his suffering without complaint. Frank Lee Leet was born near Lebanon, Ind., Nov. 17, 1886, the son of B. G. and Martha Ellen Leet. He was one of five children. His parents and one brother preceded him in death. He leaves one brother, Perry Leet of Thornton, Ind.; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Jane Randolph of Clinton, Mo., and Mrs. Perry Langford, of Urich. Funeral services were held at the Urich Baptist church last Sunday, December 11. He was buried in the Urich cemetery.

LEETCH, Nellie McKENZIE
b: May 28 1918, Milboro, SD
d: Jun 5 2001, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
arr:
Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home
Clinton Daily Democrat, Jun 8 2001 - Nellie Leetch was born May 28, 1918, and died Tuesday, June 5, 2001, at the Westwood Nursing Home in Clinton. She was born in Milboro, South Dakota, to Charles and Mona Schwab McKenzie. On July 7, 1937, she married Evan R. Leetch. They lived near Mills, Nebraska, until October 1952, moving near Fair Play. After retirement they moved near Osceola. She was preceded in death by her husband on November 6, 1978; her parents and several brothers and sisters. She is survived by her children, Donovon Leetch and wife, Norma, Wichita, Kansas, Veronica "Ronnie" Snyder and husband, Dale, Clinton, and Joyce Short and husband, Ray, Lincoln; five grandchildren, Pamela Snyder Christensen, Mike Leetch, Mark Leetch, Phillip Short and Lynn Short Ordal, and four great-grandchildren, Danielle Christensen, Summer and Taylor Leetch and Meghan Leetch; one brother, Lyle McKenzie, and one sister, Betty Kleiter, numerous nieces and nephews. Graveside services were Friday at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery.

LEEVER, William
b: abt 1906
d: 1992

Daily Democrat, Clinton MO - William Leever, 86, Richmond, died Monday, November 23, at a hospital there. He was a heavy construction worker and former school teacher. Survivors include a daughter, Janice Sharp of Lowry City.

LEGG, Ann Christina CECIL
b: Oct 2 1813, Montgomery Co, WV
d: Aug 9 1903, Henry Co, MO
bur:
Calhoun Cemetery, Tebo Twp, Henry Co, MO
Clinton Missouri, Aug 1903 - Death of a Good Woman - Mrs. Ann Christenia Legg was born October 2, 1813 in Montgomery county, West Virginia; died at the home of her son, J. P. Legg, August 9, 1903; leaving one son, 8 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She came with her father, Capt. Philip Cecil, to Missouri in 1831 and settled in Saline County, remaining there two years, then came to Rives county, now Henry county, extending from the Mo. river to the Arkansas line. She was of a family of 10 children. On December 23, 1834, she married Archibald C. Legg; they settled on the farm and bought a pre-emption right; this farm is now known as Walnut Grove Stock Farm, where she spent her life. Three children, only one now living; with this one, J. P., she made her home, her husband having died July 1879. she united with the Presbyterian church at what was known as the old Salem church, in about 1845; becoming dissatisfied with her baptism, she decided to unite with the Baptist church of Calhoun, Oct. 1882, being baptized by Uncle Billy Lawler. Her quiet life was spent in her home where, with loving care, she watched over an invalid daughter, who preceded her to the better land only a few months. After the death of this daughter, she took to her bed, from which she never gained strength to leave. She regretted leaving the family, but felt her mission was complete. Her last illness of six months will live long in the loving hearts of those who were constantly at her bedside. These last days were spent in constant talking. It seemed that God gave her strength to deliver His message to those who knew him not; especially did she plead and pray for the salvation of the souls that were so dear to her, that of a son and grandson. to every one of her friends who entered the room, she would point to the Christ and to those watching lovingly at the dead hour of night, would she speak comforting words, saying that "God would certainly bless them for their loving care over her." Her last resting place is the Calhoun cemetery.

LEGG, Mary J. FINKS
b: Jun 20 1833, Madison Co, VA
d: 1924, Calhoun, Henry Co, MO
bur:
Calhoun Cemetery, Tebo Twp, Henry Co, MO
Clinton MO, Aug 1924 - Mrs. Mary Legg Enters Her Reward - Mrs. Mary Legg entered into her last sleep at 6:20 p.m. at her home in Calhoun Tuesday. She had been suffering with heart trouble and complications for more than a month. About two weeks ago she rallied and it seemed she was going to get up, but God knew best. She was 91 years old June 20th. Her maiden name was Mary J. Finks. She was married to John P. Legg, Dec. 13, 1858. They lived for years on a farm, two miles northwest of Calhoun. This farm comprised more than 1,000 acres, her husband being one of the largest land holders in the county. This farm was one of the most beautiful in the county. A roomy house, built along southern lines, away back from the road on a lawn of deep blue grass, made one long to stay and rest. Walnut trees and other heavy timber in abundance made it an ideal stock farm and there was bred for years Shorthorn, Durham cattle, that were famous the state over. Mrs. Legg was the queen of her household. Ten children blessed this union. Both father and mother, with their children extended such a true welcome to that home that it never could be forgotten, once you were a guest there. Nothing remained undone for the comfort of their guests. The children show their gentle breeding and the daughters of the home have that gift of kindly hospitality that has grown very rare in this present day. "Aunt Mary", as she was called by her kinspeople, grew old gracefully,m in fact the years rested so lightly on her shoulders few of us realized that she lacked only nine years of being 100 years old. Her hair stayed black, her eyes and face still radiated the kindly welcome. She was a real mother. No child came near her but what felt it. All were remembered with a cookie, a piece of cake, or some little gift from her home and heart. A useful life like hers is never ended. Her gently teachings influenced every neighbor and friend, and goes down through all the generations. Could that we all be like her - gentle and kind - what a different world it would be. She had been a devout member of the Baptist church for years, liberal in supporting its different branches. She loved to attend services. Her life of goodness and kindness is what every Christian's should be - a sermon every day she lived. She was interested in everything to the last, and had her relatives and friends whom she loved come to her bedside and visit her during those last days. She is survived by two sons - Arch Legg, of Texas; and Henry Legg, Calhoun. She leaves four daughters - Mrs. L. C. Richardson, Blairstown; Mrs. L. H. Lewis, Floydada, Texas; Mrs. Kate Brownfield and Miss Jennie Legg, both of Calhoun. Miss Jennie has been the devoted caretaker of her mother for many years. There are 21 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. She also leaves one sister, Mrs. W. W. Adamson, of Montrose; one brother, Will Finks, of Calhoun, and a host of relatives and friends. her husband passed away 14 years ago. The funeral services were conducted at the Calhoun Baptist Church. Interment in the Calhoun cemetery.

LEGO, Wilma G.
b: Nov 3 1932
d: Jun 11 2003, Osceola, St. Clair Co, MO
bur:
Vansant Road/Clinton Memory Garden Cemetery, Fields Creek Twp, Henry Co, MO
arr: Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home

Daily Democrat, Clinton MO, Jun 13 2003 - Wilma G. Lego, 70, Lowry City, a housewife, died Wednesday, June 11, 2003, at the Sac-Osage Hospital, Osceola. Funeral services were Friday, June 13, 10 a.m., in the Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel, Osceola, with burial in Clinton Memory Gardens.

LEHMAN, Gladys DRAPER
b: Dec 1 1906, near Butler, Bates Co, MO
d: Sep 5 2006, Kansas City, Jackson Co, MO
bur: Cremation
arr:
Park Lawn Funeral Home
Daily Democrat, Clinton MO, Nov 5 2006 - Gladys Draper Lehman died September 5, 2006, at the age of 99 years and nine months at the Kingswood Living Community in Kansas City. Gladys was preceded in death by her parents, Clark Wesley and Louella Bosley Draper. She was born December 1, 1906 near butler. She was a retired veteran of World War II. After serving in the military for over 20 years she retired from the United States Air Force as a Senior Master Sergeant, the highest rank an enlisted person can receive in the United States Army. Gladys served her military duties at Fort Des Moines, Iowa, 3rd Air Force Headquarters in Tampa, Florida, and a tour of duty at Langley Field, Virginia and at Mitchell Air Force Base, Long Island, New York. She also served in the Air Defense Command at Colorado Springs, Colorado, and a tour of overseas duty at Nagoya, Japan. Gladys had lived in the Kansas City area since retiring in 1964. Before joining the WAC Corps in World War II, Gladys was known as one of the now famous Harvey Girls. Soon after graduating from Northeast High School, Gladys worked for Fred Harvey who owned a chain of restaurants along the Santa Fe Railroad. Her first job was at Needles, California. After WWII broke out in 1941, Gladys was one of the first women to join the WAC Corps, a branch of the U.S. Army. Gladys leaves eight nephews, Everett Draper, Kansas City, Jim Draper, Louisburg, Kansas, Jerry draper, Lane, Kansas, Leonard, Linville, Estell (Ed), and Elvin Hamblin, Olathe, Kansas, Dennis Hamblin, Clinton, and three nieces, Edith Draper Soetaert, Gardner, Kansas, Pauline Hamblin Ash and Nadine Hamblin Junkin, Clinton. Gladys' choice was cremation. There was no funeral.

LEHMAN, Wilbur "Billy"
b: Mar 11 1925, Henry Co, MO
d: Mar 11 2004, Clearwater, FL

Daily Democrat, Clinton MO, Mar 12 2004 - Wilbur "Billy" Lehman, Clearwater, Florida, formerly of Clinton, died Thursday, March 11, 2004, of a heart attack he suffered March 4 on his 79th birthday. He was the son of Rudolph and Lula Mae "George" Lehman, born in Henry County. He attended Jefferson Park grade school and three years at Clinton High School. He joined the Army and was in the Battle of the Bulge. He is survived by his wife, Helen, of the home; two sons, David of Orlando, Florida, Gary of Clearwater, Florida; two daughters, Vicki of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Carol Wright of Thatcher, Arizona; also a sister, Geraldine of Tuscaloosa, Alabama; six grandchildren. Burial will be in Clearwater, Florida.

LEIBER, Dortha M. LAMBERT
b: Jul 6 1930
d: Apr 22 2004, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
bur:
Montrose Cemetery, Montrose, Deepwater Twp, Henry Co, MO
arr: Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home

Daily Democrat, Clinton MO, Apr 26 2004 - Dortha M. Leiber, 73, Leeton, formerly of Montrose, died Thursday, April 22, 2004, at Golden Valley Hospital in Clinton. Funeral services were Monday, April 26, at 1 p.m. at Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel in Osceola with burial in Montrose Cemetery.

LEIGH, Mattie R. MOTT
b: Sep 15 1905, Marshall, TX
d: Feb 25 2005, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
bur: Green Lawn Cemetery, Kansas City, Jackson Co, MO
arr:
Hadley Funeral Home
Mattie R. Leigh, 99, of Windsor, Missouri, died Friday, February 25, 2005 at the Golden Valley Memorial Hospital, in Clinton, Mo. She was born September 15, 1905, in Marshall, Texas, the daughter of Frances M. Mott and Ella M. (Bruce) Mott. On September 1, 1922, in Kansas City, Mo., she married Wilbur Hewart Leigh, who preceded her in death on November 20, 1990. Mrs. Leigh was a homemaker and loved making quilts for her family. Survivors include two nephews, Tom Anstead, Grandview, Mo., and Bob Plumberg, Gulf Breeze, Florida; and a niece, Debbie McCart, Kansas City, Mo. Graveside services will be Thursday, March 3, at the Green Lawn Cemetery, Kansas City, Mo.

LEIMKUHLER, Mina Lee
b: Jan 13 1921
d: Aug 8 2004, Harrisonville, Cass Co, MO
bur: Orient Cemetery, Harrisonville, Cass Co, MO
arr:
Dickey Funeral Home
Daily Democrat, Clinton MO, Aug 23 2004 - In the comfort of her children's love, Mina Lee Leimkuhler passed into her Savior's Care Sunday, August 8, 2004. Funeral services were Thursday, August 12, at Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, with burial in Orient Cemetery, Harrisonville. Mina was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Melvin Leimkuhler, who died in 1987. Her children and their spouses, Gene and Carla Leimkuhler and Ann Boles, all of Belton, Joyce Mills, Clinton, and Lyle and Nancy Leimkuhler, St. Joseph, survive her. Also surviving her are her grandchildren, Chad and Cindy, Aylee, Adam and Lauren, Tim, Mandy and Ben; step-grandchildren Darren and rob; her great-grandchildren, Dakota, Hannah and Jace; Brandon, William and Michael, Luke, Abby and Emma and her step-great-grandchildren, Nate, Ryan and Ian. Mina was born in Chilhowee on January 13, 1921. She was primarily a homemaker during the years her children were at home. She later worked as a cook in the Harrisonville School District, as a cashier at the Harrisonville Swimming Pool and with her husband in the plumbing business until his retirement. She volunteered her time with the Senior Citizens Center in Harrisonville serving as its president for several years. Mina and Melvin enjoyed dancing, often attending senior dances in and near Harrisonville and once took second place in the waltz contest at the Missouri State Fair. Mina was a joy to those who were fortunate to know her. While always ready to help those in need, she was reluctant to ask for a return favor, not wanting to impose upon anyone. Nurses and other health care providers often remarked that she was such a pleasant patient, maintaining a positive attitude and never losing her smile. Known for her recipes that consisted of a little of this and a pinch of that, her roast beef, egg noodles and apple pie will be missed. Mina was a member of the Westwide Baptist Church of Harrisonville. She was a resident of Crown Care Center of Harrisonville until the time of her death, having moved there in December 2003.

LEINWEBER, Grace L.
b: abt 1946
d: 1993

Daily Democrat, Clinton MO - Grace L. Leinweber, 47, Pendleton, Oregon, died Friday, March 26 from injuries received in a car-train accident on March 17. She is survived by her husband, Jim, of the home and five children. Peggy Hart of Tightwad is an aunt of Mr. Leinweber. Services were Thursday, April 1 in Oregon.

LEISURE, Verna G. "Geri" SEEK
b: Mar 23 1924, St. Joseph, Buchannan Co, MO
d: Sep 7 2005, Kansas City, Jackson Co, MO
bur:
Englewood Cemetery LA-LY, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
arr: Vansant-Mills Funeral Home

Daily Democrat, Clinton MO, Oct 3 2005 - Verna G. "Geri" Leisure, daughter of Walter and Grace (Murphy) Seek, was born March 23, 1924, in St. Joseph. She died at the St. Luke's Hospital, Kansas City, on September 7, 2005, at the age of 81 years. Geri was married to Jack L. Leisure. She and Jack lived in Independence and Edwards before moving to Clinton in 1995. She was a member of the Clinton Christian Church. She is survived by her husband Jack, of the home; one daughter-in-law Joy Ragsdale of Independence; two grandchildren, Mitchell Ragsdale and wife Lori, and Michelle Ragsdale Adams and husband Dave; three great-grandchildren, Kramer and Madie Ragsdale and Josie Adams; three sisters, Betty Crockett and husband Bud, Peggy Hurst and husband Bob, and Maxine Davis, all of St. Joseph, as well as a number of nieces and nephews. Family graveside services were held at Englewood Cemetery, Clinton, on Saturday, September 10. Internment was in the Englewood Cemetery.

LEMLER, Margie Lee JENKINS DULABAN TYGART
b: Nov 10 1916, Omaha, Douglas Co, NE
d: Aug 13 2004, near Tightwad, Henry Co, MO
bur:
Shady Grove Cemetery, Benton Co, MO
arr: Reser Funeral Home

Daily Democrat, Clinton MO, Aug 16 2004 - Margie Lee Lemler, 88, Clinton, died Friday, August 13, 2004, at her home near Tightwad. She was born November 10, 1916, at Omaha, Nebraska, the daughter of Walter and Della Richwine Jenkins. She grew up in Benton County and in 1932 she married William Nelson Dulaban, who died May 29, 1957. She married Abner Tygart, who died in 1972. She was a homemaker and also was in nursing. She had been employed by Golden Valley Hospital for nine years. In 1975, she married Phillip Lemler, who died in 1983. She was a member of the Shady Grove Baptist Church near Racket. She was preceded in death by son, Alvin Dulaban, March 22, 2000; a grandson, Wayne Dulaban, September 30, 1990, and two sisters. Surviving are two sons, William Dulaban, Deepwater, and Dean Dulaban, Tightwad; two daughters Dorothy Albin, Tightwad, and Darlene Self, Lincoln; 16 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends. Memorial services will be Monday evening, August 16, at Reser Funeral Home. Cremation. Internment of ashes will be at Shady Grove cemetery, near Racket.

LEMMONS, Charles F.
b: 1944
d: 2000
bur:
Appleton City Cemetery, Appleton City, St. Clair Co, MO
Daily Democrat, Clinton MO, Sep 18 2000 - Charles F. Lemmons, 56, Liberal, died Saturday, September 16, 2000, at his home. He was born March 16, 1944, in Grain Valley. He is survived by his wife, Linda Lawrence Lemmons, of the home; four sons, David Lemmons and Rocky Lemmons, both of Liberal, Brian Lemmons, Arma, Kansas, and Michael Lemmons, Lamar; one daughter, Christina Lemmons, Arcadia, Kansas; one brother, Robert Leon Lemmons, Ladonna, Texas; three sisters, Marge K. Brown, Liberal, Beverly Lemmons, Urich and Geneva Brown, Oak Grove; four grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Graveside services were Monday, at Appleton City Cemetery.

LEMON, Bertie
b: abt 1893
d: 1896

Clinton MO, Oct 26 1896 - Little Bertie Lemon, stepson of Thomas Herring of Ladue, who was scalded on the breast two weeks ago, died Tuesday evening,a ged 3 years. It was a sad occurance and his mother has the sympathy of the community. It's not every mother that knows what it is to go home from a funeral and pick up the little playthings and put their clothes away and try to begin life over.

LEMON, John H.
b: 1852, Springfield, Clark Co, OH
d: Apr 4 1898, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
bur:
Englewood Cemetery LA-LY, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
Clinton MO - Died at his residence in west Clinton on Monday morning, John H. Lemon of heart diseasse. He seemed to be in perfect health when he arose that morning and was dead by 11. Born in Springfield, Clark County, Ohio, in 1852, removed to Indiana, then to Warsaw, then to this city, where he lived for 18 years, farming for most of them.

LENNARTZ, Francis Xavier "Frank"
b: Nov 11 1872, Yorkville, IN
d: Dec 16 1937, Kansas City, Jackson Co, MO
bur:
White Oak Cemetery, Walker Twp, Henry Co, MO
PROMINENT AND BELOVED HENRY COUNTIAN PASSES - End Came to Frank Lennartz, Undertaker and Hardware Dealer of Montrose, at a Hospital in Kansas City - Funeral Sunday - Frank Lennartz, of pioneer Montrose ancestry, and one of the most prominent and beloved men in Henry County, died at the Menorah Hospital in Kansas City at 6:40 p. m. Thursday, December 16, 1937, passing with a smile on his lips and peace in his heart, standing bravely beside the Master of the vessel which bore his radiant spirit Heavenward. Even in death, happiness, the key of his life's pattern, enshrined his face, lifting him above all lesser things and reflecting a spiritual beauty that like a benediction comforted his wife; their only daughter and son-in-law, and little grandson, bidding them not to mourn, but as he had done, to find joy, and not sorrow in living. Francis Xavier Lennartz was born November 11, 1872, at Yorkville, Ind., the third child of Wm. and Elizabeth Lennartz of Prussian and German-French descent respectively, who passed on to their son fine traits of character and mind, a love of music and business acumen that marked him for success and pleasurable living. The Lennartz name is the oldest business name in Montrose going back to the year 1875 when Joseph Lennartz, uncle of the late Francis Xavier was in the meat and grocery business, and in 1880 going into the hardware business. Frank's father, William, was also a Montrose merchant and at his death, his widow, Elizabeth, returned to Fort Wayne, Ind., where she still resides. Young Frank, educated at Montrose and California, Mo., was for some years a traveling salesman and in 1892 went into the hardware and undertaking business at Montrose in which he continued and built up, until the time of his death. The hardware stock was a side line with him as the undertaking business took him into many of the homes in the west part of Henry County, Bates and St. Clair Counties, where hie cheerful heart and natural kindness lent courage to the bereaved and offered comfort to the heartbroken. May 31, 1894, Mr. Lennartz and Miss Elsie Fancher, the only daughter of the Fancher family, pominent and fine, also pioneers of the community, were united in marriage. The beautiful old Fancher home still stands across the street from the handsome and commodious Lennartz home which they established. To their union an only daughter was born, Violet, now Mrs. James Kennish, who with her husband lives in the original Fancher home and whose only son, Robert Frank, eight years of age, was the comfort and joy of his grandfather. To Mr. Lennartz his home was truly his castle and there he was always to be found if not at his place of business. There he loved to have his family about him and welcomed friends to their (broad hearth, for he was boundless in his hospitalities and enjoyed nothing more than to build a blazing fire and as the flames leaped high give full rein to his gift of story telling, narrating the incidents of his childhood and family lore, that varied with his mood and never lost glamour in repetition. Such scenes were not occasional as in many homes, but were the daily custom and from his many experiences and business contacts he learned stories, sometimes happy, sometimes sad, yet all appealing in their human interest with which he also entertained his family and friends. His good humor was unfailing, and he walked into the hearts of the many people who surrounded him, holding an exalted place among them, for all knew him as a man of high and splendid principles, generous, kind and understanding, jovial and generous, with whom it was stimulating to do business and fun to live, making meal time an event and every new day one to be anticipated with pleasure. Things were never dull around him; he had a jest for every friend; he enjoyed people and was a steady fount of cheer; such a man as made the world better for his presence and leaves a void with his plassing. A friend said of him: "Take any day of his life and a sermon could be preached from it." Sixteen weeks ago he was stricken with a heart and kidney complication which had been undermining his health for several years and which he fought bravely. His suffering was intense, his agony acute, yet he never spoke of death and three weeks ago was taken to the Menorah Hospital where life slowly ebbed. So strong was his personality that he forced people to be cheerful around him. He never failed to offer a joke to anyone who enter-ed his room and reflected to his family always happiness. fun. So his light went out and to-ward the last, in talking with his daughter, they told each other "Christmas secrets" as had been their custom since she was a wee girl. His secret was as unselfish as his life as he desired she get a gift for each child in Bobby's room to put on the school Christmas tree from him, for daily he enjoyed and was heartened by the childish letters they wrote him in uneven scrawl yet reflect-ing in childish scribble the love they and an entire community bore him. And Mrs. Kennish, smiling through the tears in her heart, said, "And they shall have them.'' Besides his wife, who was his beautiful companion, his daughter, grandson and Mr. Kennish he is survived by his mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Lennartz, who is 92, of Fort Wayne, Ind.; his sisters, Mrs. Lizzie Klemm of Fort Wayne, Ind., Miss Tillie Lennartz of Otto, Ohio, and Mrs. Bertha Hovestadt of St. Louis, Mo.; and his brothers, Wm. of Kansas City, Kans., Herman of Boulder, Colo., Joseph of Joplin, Mo., and Edward of Nebraska.

LENNARTZ, Nicholas
b: Sep 5 1872, Yorkville, IN
d: Feb 22 1923, Maricopa, Kern Co, CA
bur:
St. Marys Cemetery, Montrose, Deepwater Twp, Henry Co, MO
Clinton, MO - Nick Lennartz Killed - Nick Lennartz was the fourth son of William and Elizabeth Lennartz. He was born in Yorkville, Indiana, September 5th, 1872. He came to Montrose with his parents when five years of age, where he grew to manhood. He was in the hardware business in Montrose for a number of years. After disposing of his business he went to Milton, Indiana, where he stayed several months with his sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Klemm. He then went to Oklahoma for awhile and in September, 1921, he went to Maricopa, California, where he was employed by the Richfield Oil Co. of California, until the morning of February 21, 1923, when he met with an accident. The accident happened as follows: At about 5:30 he went into the engine room to pour oil in the lubricating cups of the gas engine. The man on the shift with him was across the engine house behind another engine but could not see him. On hearing the noise he glanced up and saw Nick in the air, then saw him fall on the concrete floor in a pit through which the 20-inch belt runs. The man across rushed over to the engine and after shutting it off, dragged him from the pit. Nick was standing directly behind the fly-wheel at the time the belt broke and it hurled him through the air. He was put into a car of a friend and rushed to a hospital, and while the nurse was caring for him, this fiend went for the priest, who gave him the last rites of the church. He died February 22, 1923, at 8:45 a.m. His mother, who was visiting her daughter in Indiana, was notified of his death, and wired her son, Herman, of Boulder, Colorado, to go to California and bring the remains to Montrose for burial. Herman arrived in Montrose Friday afternoon, March 2nd with the remains which were taken to the home of his brother, Frank. The funeral was held the morning of March 3rd, at the Catholic church by Father Hoverstadt, after which the remains were laid to rest by the side of his brother, John, who preceded him years ago. He leaves to mourn his departure his mother, five brothers - Will, of Kansas City; Herman, Boulder, Colorado; Frank, of Montrose; Joe, of Joplin, Mo., and Ed, of Ada, Oklahoma: three sisters - Elizabeth Klemm, of Milton, Indiana; Sister M. Laurentina, Cleveland, Ohio; and Bertha Hoverstadt, St. Louis, Mo. Those from a distance, who attended the funeral were: His mother and sister, Mrs. Klemm, and little daughter, Esther Louise, of Milton, Indiana; Will Lennartz, of Kansas City; Herman Lennartz, Boulder, Colorado; Joe Lennartz, Joplin, Mo.

LENNARTZ, Peter John
b: Oct 15 1804, Germany
d: Feb 15 1887, Montrose, Henry Co, MO
bur:
St. Marys Cemetery, Montrose, Deepwater Twp, Henry Co, MO
Found Dead on the Floor. Wednesday morning Peter Lennartz, father of our fellow townsmen, William and Joseph Lennartz, was found dead by the side of his bed at the residence of his son, Joseph, where he had made his home for the last fourteen years. When Mr. Lennartz arose at about 6:15 A.M. to build fires, he stepped into his father's room and, to his great astonishment and sorrow, found the lifeless form of his venerable aged father lying by the bedside in death's embrace. He had evidently gotten out of bed upon a call of nature and, being very feeble, toppled over and died without a murmur. He must have been there a long time, as his body was perfectly cold. Peter Lennartz was born in Germany on the 16th of October 1804, which would have made him at the time of his death 82 years and 4 months old; and had been in this country only about 17 years. He married many years ago, and from the fruits of that marriage 6 children were born: William, Joseph and Mary live in this city; Robert and John live in Ohio; and Christina lives in Indiana, all of whom are married. Their mother died in 1870. Mr. Lennartz has been very feeble for many years, and for the last six years has not ventured away from the house. He ate a hearty supper the evening previous, and had his usual play with his grandchildren before retiring. The old gentleman will have many friends who will regret to learn of his sudden demise, while the family will have the sympathy of a large circle of friends in the death of their father. The funeral services will take place at the Catholic Church in this city Friday morning at 9 o'clock, after which the remains will be laid in their last resting place in the Catholic cemetery. Mrs. Peter Lennartz is buried in Germantown, Missouri. Tombstone reads "Frau von Peter Lennartz" born January 1, 1807, died January 27, 1875. (Note: Peter was the son of John Lennartz and Maria Hoffen of Hackhousen, Prussia. Grandson of Arnold Lennartz and Helena Fasbander of Hackhousen, Prussia. Great-grandson of Lenhart Lennartz and Margaret Dammer of Hackhousen, Prussia. - Joan Cook, crtrptr9767@msn.com)

LEONARD, Charles Ray "Charlie"
b: Jun 21 1958, Kansas City, Jackson Co, MO
d: Nov 9 2007, Kansas City, Jackson Co, MO
bur: Staley Mound Cemetery, Pleasant Hill, Cass Co, MO

Daily Democrat, Clinton MO, Nov 14 2007 - Charles Ray "Charlie" Leonard, 49, Archie, was born June 21, 1958 in Kansas City, the son of Eldon Ray and Wanda Lee (Johnson) Leonard, and died Friday, November 9, 2007, at St. Luke's Hospital, Kansas City. He was employed as a mechanic and auto body repairman from his home in Archie. He was an excellent welder and fabricator and earlier was employed for Larry Breedlove at Cass County Welding and Manufacturing, Harrisonville. He was a lifelong Cass County resident. He was preceded in death by his father Ray Leonard on June 13, 1996. He is survived by his mother Wanda Leonard, Garden City; a son Sean Tyler Yoder, Overland Park, Kansas; his companion Sheryl S. Highley and her children, Frank and Jessica, all of the home; a brother Eldon Wayne Leonard and his fiance Jennifer Sharp, Pleasant Hill; three nephews, Anthony, Stephen and Lewis; other relatives and many friends. Graveside services were held Tuesday, November 13, at the Staley Mound Cemetery near Pleasant Hill.

LEONARD, Clarence E.
b: Jan 11 1898, Windsor, Henry Co, MO
d: Sep 17 1957, Kansas City, Jackson Co, MO
bur:
Laurel Oak Cemetery KA-LY, Windsor, Windsor Twp, Henry Co, MO
Windsor MO - Funeral services for Clarence Leonard, 59, were conducted last Friday afternoon at the Huston Funeral Home Windsor. Death occurred September 17 at a hospital in Kansas City where he was taken after becoming ill at his home. Rites were in charge of by Rev. Rex Thomas, pastor of the Christian Church of which Leonard had been a member since 1935. Burial was in Laurel Oak Cemetery. Leonard was born here Jan. 11, 1898, son of Levi Harvey and Mary Jane Green Leonard. He was the last of his family, his brothers, James and George Leonard, and a sister, Maude McCullough, having preceded him in death. Leonard attended the public schools in Windsor. He was married Nov. 26, 1933 to Virgie Lee Hill, who survives. He also leaves the following nieces and nephews: Garnett McCullough, John Hill, Donald Hill, Windsor; Raymond McCullough, Gibson City, Ill; Harold Leonard, Modesto, California; Donald LeRoy, June, Jean and Larry Hill, Greenridge; Mrs. Marion Butcher, Blairstown and Charles W. Hill, Chula Vista, Calif; Mrs. Dorothy Clayborne, Kansas City; Mrs. Norma Boyd, St. Joseph and Dale Hill, Cheyenne, Wyo, and a host of great nieces and nephews.

LEONARD, Darrell L.
b: Aug 21 1932, Henry Co, MO
d: Jan 14 2009, Lowry City, St. Clair Co, MO
bur:
Deepwater Cemetery, Fairview Twp, Henry Co, MO
arr: Vansant-Mills Funeral Home

Darrell L. Leonard (Squirrely), age 76 of Deepwater, Missouri passed away Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at Truman Lake Manor, Lowry City, Missouri. Funeral services will be Sunday, January 18, 2009 at Vansant-Mills Chapel, Clinton with burial in Deepwater Cemetery, Deepwater, Missouri. Darrell was born August 21, 1932, the son of James Henry and Rose Ann Hurst Leonard of Deepwater, Misouri. He served in the U. S. Air Force for four years at Barksdale Airbase in Louisiana where he was a mechanic. After leaving the service he went to work for Leonard Sand and Gravel. On June 21, 1958 he married Deanna Sue Neil of Adrian, Missouri. They made their home in Overland Park, Kansas for 26 years where they raised four daughters. Darrell was a member of Local 541, and was a driver for Botsford Ready Mix for 27 years. After retiring in l989 he and Deanna returned to his hometown of Deepwater. They built a home on the family property. Darrell took pride in making this property into a place where his family and friends enjoyed coming. He was a member of the Midwest Pigeon Club and enjoyed working with his birds and the competition amongst his friends. Darrell loved to fish and hunt with his grandchildren. He was baptized in the lake on his property on June 28, 1997 and was a member of the First Christian Church of Deepwater. In 2005, Darrell had part of his lung removed, which resulted in being on constant oxygen. This did not stop him from doing the things he loved. He was still able to run his trotlines, mow, and work on his farm equipment. The family was truly blessed with the time that the Lord gave them with him. In 2008, Darrell and Deanna celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary by renewing their vows along with their children Mike and Janet Wilson and their cousins Ronnie and Margaret Norcross who were celebrating their 25th anniversaries. Darrell was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Jimmie and Bob Leonard and his grandson, Joshua Rhodelander. He shared his day going into the kingdom of the Lord with his sister-in-law, Clare Mae Leonard (wife of Jimmie). He is survived by his wife, of 50 years, Deanna; four daughters, Kay(Dean) Rhodelander, Kathy (Ron)Adkins, Janet (Mike) Wilson and Tammy (Scott) Shaver; eight grandchildren, Brian (Fallon) Adkins, Chris (Leanna) Rhodelander, Derek Adkins, Katie Wilson, Sean Shaver, Kristie Shaver, Samantha Adkins and Payton Wilson and a great granddaughter, Hunter Adkins.

LEONARD, Robert E.
b: Jun 23 1927
d: Dec 25 2000, Kansas City, Jackson Co, MO
bur:
Deepwater Cemetery, Fairview Twp, Henry Co, MO
arr: Vansant-Mills Funeral Home

Daily Democrat, Clinton MO, Jan 15 2001 - Robert E. Leonard, son of James H. Leonard and Rose Hurst Leonard, was born June 23, 1927, and died December 25, 2000, at his home in Kansas City. Mr. Leonard was owner-operator of Kansas City Compressor Services and past owner of Leonard Sand and Gravel Company. He was a former Merchant Marine. He is survived by three daughters, Betty Leonard-Perez of Overland Park, Kansas, Joyce Leonard of Grandview and Debbie Larimore of Olathe, Kansas; one son, Jimmie D. Leonard of Prairie Village, Kansas; one brother, Darrell Leonard of Deepwater, as well as seven grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Vansant-Mills Chapel on Friday, December 29. Burial was in the Deepwater Cemetery.

LEONARD, Russell Lee
b: Feb 23 1931, Kansas City, Jackson Co, MO
d: Aug 3 2002, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
bur:
Englewood Cemetery LA-LY, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
arr: Consalus Funeral Homes

Daily Democrat, Clinton MO, Aug 5 2002 - Russell Lee Leonard, 71, Clinton, died Saturday, August 3, 2002, at Golden Valley Hospital. Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday, August 7, at the Consalus-Bradley Chapel, Clinton. Burial will be in Englewood Cemetery. He was born February 23, 1931, in Kansas City, son of Cecil M. and Edna Briggs Leonard. He was a truck driver and a member of the Truck Drivers Union. Survivors include his companion, Opal Casteel, of the home; three sons, Howard Groves, Lowry City, Willie Oliver, Appleton City and Mark Oliver, Clinton; three daughters, Norma Bysor, Chilhowee, Cynthia Heishman, Excelsior Springs, Loretta Martinez, Clinton; 23 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, six brothers and five sisters.

LEONARD, William H.
b: 1881
d: Feb 27 1936, Columbia, Boone Co, MO
bur:
Englewood Cemetery LA-LY, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
Clinton Daily Democrat - The body of W. H. Leonard, formerly of Clinton, who died in Columbia Thursday, February 27, arrived in Clinton Sunday for funeral services that day at the First M. E. Church. Burial was in Englewood. Mr. Leonard, aged 54, died in the Boone County Hospital as the result of injuries which he suffered February 13 when he fell down the basement steps at the home of his father, C. C. Leonard, in Columbia, according to the Columbia Daily Tribune. Mr. Leonard was going to the basement to fix the fire when he slipped on the top step, landing on his head in the basement. He had not been well for some time. When a young man, Mr. Leonard was united in marriage with Miss May Duden of Clinton and theirs was a happy, congenial life until her death about six years ago. Mr. Leonard went to Columbia nearly four years ago and there became bookkeeper for his brother, Roy Leonard. For many years, Mr. Leonard operated a grocery store on the southeast corner of the square, also once had a grocery store in the north part of Clinton. He also held the position of cashier at Armour's for some time. In all his work he was honest, reliable, industrious and faithful. He conscientiously tried to do his best, whatever the task, and possessed many fine qualities not found in the ordinary man. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church and from the time he was a small boy until he left Clinton he was a constant attendant at the First M. E. church here. In every way, he tried to follow the master's teachings and his life was a fine Christian example to others. He was always faithful to his church work, and his wife possessed these same fine qualities, so together they did a good work for the kingdom building. Mr. Leonard gave a beautiful devotion to his parents, caring for them tenderly through all their lives. He was making his home with his father when the accident occurred which resulted in his death. Surviving him besides his father and brother, Roy Leonard, of Windsor, is a sister, Mrs. W. M. McGee also of Columbia.

LESLIE, Thomas H.
b: Mar 4 1943, Sedalia, Pettis Co, MO
d: Oct 3 1991, Huntsville, AL

Daily Democrat, Clinton MO - Thomas H. Leslie, 48, Huntsville, Al., formerly of Sedalia, died Thursday, Oct. 3, 1991, from injuries suffered in an automobile accident in Huntsville. He was born March 4, 1943, in Sedalia. He married Carolyn Bailey, who survives of the home. Other survivors include his mother, Mrs. Kenneth H. Leslie, 2213 First Street Terrace; two sons, Kenneth Robert Leslie, Chattanooga, Tenn.; Eric Todd Leslie, Starksville, Miss.; a brother, Russell E. Leslie, Detroit. Mich.; two sisters, Shannon Leslie, Warsaw, Joyce Halsey, Blue Springs, and a grandson.

LESMEISTER, Anna J. JENSEN
b: Aug 5 1853, Milwaukee, WI
d: Mar 26 1940, Montrose, Henry Co, MO
bur:
St. Marys Cemetery, Montrose, Deepwater Twp, Henry Co, MO
Montrose Tidings, Montrose, MO Thursday, Mar 28 1940 - Mrs. Anna J. Lesmeister died at her home in Montrose at 4:20 a.m. Tuesday, March 26, 1940, at the age of 86 years, 7 months and 20 days. She was born August 5, 1853 in Milwaukee, Wis., the daughter of Matthias and Gertrude Jensen, and the eldest of a family of four. Two sisters and one brother preceded her in death. In 1872 she was married to Valentine Lesmeister in Effingham, Ill. To this union were born eleven children, four of whom are deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Lesmeister moved from Illinois to Missouri in March, 1902, and located on a farm in St. Clair, county. Valentine Lesmeister, the husband, died January 10, 1907, thirty-three years ago. In 1915 Mrs. Lesmeister moved to Montrose where she resided until her death. She leaves to mourn her passing seven children, 48 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. The sons and daughters who survive her are Frank and Zeno of Morris, Minn., Valentine of Rockville, Mo., and Martin Lesmeister, Mrs. Joe Hageboeck, Mrs. Louis Hageboeck and Mrs. John Welling all of Montrose. Mrs. Lesmeister had been in ill health for a long time. Some of her children and grandchildren were wish her constantly, giving her all the loving care and attention possible. The last week of her life was made very happy by the presence of all of her children, two of whom came from Minnesota, and one from Rockville. A devout and faithful member of the Catholic church, Mrs. Lesmeister was a good neighbor and friend and above all an ideal mother. Her many relatives, friends and neighbors will long remember her. Funeral services were held this (Thursday) morning at the Immaculate Conception church with interment in the Montrose Catholic cemetery. The pallbearers were three grandsons, Raymond, Wilford and Richard Hageboeck and three nephews, Louis, Leroy and Eugene Lesmeister.

LESMEISTER, Basil
b: Dec 6 1924, near Montrose, Henry Co, MO
d: Oct 18 1991, Kansas City, Jackson Co, MO

Daily Democrat, Clinton MO - Basil Lesmeister, 66, died Friday, October 18, 1991 at Research Hospital. He lived in Independence. He was born and raised near Montrose. He was the son of the late Frank and Mary (Kloer) Lesmeister. He was married to the former Kathleen Rotert, formerly of Germantown. He was retired from Sears and Roebuck Co. Funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, Oct. 22, at the Church of the Nativity. He is survived by four brothers, Richard of Clinton, Virgil and Raymond of Montrose, Clement of Butler; 3 sisters, Mrs. Donald (Cleo) Rice of Clinton, Mrs. Ludger (Agnes) Westhusing, Mrs. Charles (Eunice) Rotert of Montrose; a number of nieces and nephews and a host of friends. - Carson and Son Funeral Home

LESMEISTER, Dale Frank
b: Oct 17 1942
d: May 31 2000, Montrose, Henry Co, MO
bur:
St. Marys Cemetery, Montrose, Deepwater Twp, Henry Co, MO
arr: Hill & Son Funeral Home

Daily Democrat, Clinton MO, Jun 1 2000 - Dale Frank Lesmeister, 57, Montrose, died Wednesday, May 31, 2000, at his home. He is survived by three sons, Norman Lesmeister of Montrose, Dennis Lesmeister of Sylavauga, Alabama, and Robbie Lesmeister of Clinton; one daughter, Aleisha Gann of Centerview; one sister, Elvina Allis, Clinton; one brother, Anthony Lesmeister, Montrose; one sister, Aletta Swaters, Montrose; one grandson, Joey Gann, and his companion Betty Clegg of the home. Mass will be Saturday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Montrose, with burial in St. Mary's Cemetery in Montrose.

LESMEISTER, Daniel Joseph
b: Sep 13 1967, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
d: Mar 27 2012, Montrose, Henry Co, MO
bur:
Bear Creek Cemetery, Bear Creek Twp, Henry Co, MO
arr: Hill & Son Funeral Home

Daniel Joseph Lesmeister, 44, son of Virgil Eugene and Aladene Marie (Westhusing) Lesmeister, was born September 13, 1967 in Clinton, Missouri. Danny departed this life March 27, 2012 at his home surrounded by his family. His life was spent entirely in the Montrose area. He farmed and raised cattle along with working as a butcher for eleven years at the Remer Meat Company in Clinton, Missouri. Danny and Kathy Ann Bley were united in marriage March 17, 2000 in Miami, Oklahoma. He spent his spare time building trailers for use on the farm and woodworking. He enjoyed hunting deer, rabbits and squirrels and he also liked fishing for bass. Danny loved to go to tractor pulls, pulling in the antique and classic divisions. Danny was preceded in death by his father and one nephew, Larry Walden. Survivors include his wife, Kathy of the home; a stepson, William Blevins and wife Monica of Montrose, Missouri; two step grandchildren, Zachary and Dominic; his mother, Aladene Lesmeister of Montrose, Missouri; seven brothers and sisters: Shirley and husband Ron Kneip of Clinton, Missouri, Virginia and husband Charlie Walden, Janet Lesmeister, Vernon Lesmeister and wife Rhonda all of Appleton City, Missouri, Carol and husband Ross Morris of Rockville, Missouri, Ronnie Lesmeister of Malta Bend, Missouri and Doug Lesmeister of Rich Hill, Missouri; and a host of nieces and nephews.

LESMEISTER, Estelle Frances COOK
b: Nov 25 1919, near Germantown, Henry Co, MO
d: Dec 18 1999, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
bur:
St. Marys Cemetery, Montrose, Deepwater Twp, Henry Co, MO
arr: Sickman & Dunning Funeral Home

Daily Democrat, Clinton MO, Wednesday Jan 5 2000 - Estelle Frances Lesmeister, 80, died December 18, 1999, at the Westwood Nursing Center, Clinton. She was born near Germantown on November 25, 1919, the daughter of Tony B. Cook and Elizabeth (Teeman) Cook. She attended Maple Grove Grade School at Germantown. On April 15, 1941, at St. Ludger's Church in Germantown, she was united in marriage to Richard Lesmeister. To this union two sons and three daughters were born. Estelle lived most of her life on a farm near Montrose. In November 1978 she and her husband moved to Clinton. She was a member of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church and their Altar Society. She was a devoted mother who loved and enjoyed very much her family and gardening. She is survived by two sons, Dale Lesmeister and Anthony Lesmeister and wife, Marylin, Montrose; two daughters, Alvina Allis and husband, James, Clinton, and Aletta Swaters and husband, Fred, Appleton City; one sister, Pauline Goth of Montrose; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild; many nieces, nephews and a host of friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard, and daughter, Martha James. Funeral mass was Tuesday, December 21, at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Clinton. Burial was in St. Mary's Cemetery in Montrose.

LESMEISTER, Frank Sr.
b: Feb 16 1859, Mokena, Will Co, IL
d: Oct 7 1935, Montrose, Henry Co, MO
bur:
St. Marys Cemetery, Montrose, Deepwater Twp, Henry Co, MO
Clinton Eye, Oct 1935 - Frank Lesmeister Sr. answered the final summons at his home in Montrose, Monday, October 7, at 11:15 a. m. He had been failing in health for the past two years, but his death came as a blow to his loved ones. All that loving hands and hearts could do was done for him. Mr. Lesmeister, born February 16, 1859, in Mokena, Will County, Illinois, grew to young manhood in Illinois. January 11, 1887, he was married to Miss Mary Steppe at Shumway, Ill. In 1901 they moved to Montrose, where Mr. Lesmeister purchased a farm three and one half miles east of town. This home soon became a social center of the neighborhood, as Mr. Lesmeister played the violin with skill and trained his children in music. During leisure hours, music, songs and laughter filled the home. There was a large family of children, five girls and five boys. Two of the girls died in infancy. As the children grew older, Mr. Lesmeister and his wife moved to town to the place then known as the Lennartz property, where he died. Mr. Lesmeister was a devout member of the Catholic church and a regular attendant. He was ever a good neighbor, generous and kindly disposed to all. Surviving him is his wife and companion of nearly fifty years, his children, Louis, Frank, Lawrence, Bernard and Mrs. Lawrence Young, all of Montrose, Mrs. John Jost and Edward Lesmeister of Little Falls, Minn., and Mrs. Henry E. Sparks, of Kansas City. He also leaves thirty grandchildren in whom he was deeply interested and who loved him greatly in return. The funeral services will be at the Immaculate Conception church on Thursday.

LESMEISTER, Hazel Charlotte YOUNG
b: Jun 24 1933, Finey, Henry Co, MO
d: Mar 12 1998, Kansas City, Jackson Co, MO
bur:
St. Marys Cemetery, Montrose, Deepwater Twp, Henry Co, MO
Clinton Daily Democrat, Mar 19 1998 - Hazel "Charlotte" Lesmeister, 64, North Kansas City, died Thursday, March 12, 1998, at her home. She was born on June 24, 1933, at Finey, the youngest child of Walter A. Young, Sr. and Elsie Charlotte Holland. The family moved to Deepwater when she was a child and she attended all 12 years of school at Deepwater. On May 26, 1951, she was untied in marriage to John V. Lesmeister. They moved to Kansas City and made their home in the Riverside area. Three children, John, Zaneta and Launa, blessed this union. Charlotte was a loving and devoted wife and mother. She worked at the Maple Valley State School for 23 years, forming lasting friendships with co-workers and special bonds with the exceptional students. She will be greatly missed. Survivors include her husband of the home; a son, John Eugene Lesmeister of St. Joseph; two daughters, Zaneta Scott and husband, Mike, Parkville, and Launa Lesmeister, North Kansas City; four granddaughters, Melissa, Sadie, Jennifer and Sandy; two great-granddaughters, Megan and Ashley. Also surviving are three sisters, Martha Bunch, Red Lodge, Montana, Mildred Cook, North Kansas City, and Doris Wittig, Clinton; many nieces and nephews, and a host of friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Ralph H. Young and Walter A. Young, Jr. Funeral services were Monday, March 16, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Montrose, with burial in the St. Mary's Cemetery, under the direction of McGilley Funeral Home of Kansas City.

LESMEISTER, Raymond Ralph
b: Mar 23 1923
d: Jan 1 2002, Kansas City, Jackson Co, MO
bur:
Englewood Cemetery LA-LY, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
arr: Sickman & Dunning Funeral Home

Daily Democrat, Clinton MO, Jan 3 2002 - Raymond Ralph Lesmeister (Fisher), 78, died Tuesday, January 1, 2002, at the Research Medical Center in Kansas City. He had farmed most of his life in the Montrose area. He is survived by his wife, LaVerne Lesmeister, of the home; one son, Jim and wife, Ruth, Montrose, and one daughter, Gayle and husband, Mike Magoon of Joplin; two sisters, Cleo Rice of Clinton and Agnes Westhusing of Montrose; two grandchildren. Funeral mass will be held Saturday, January 5, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Montrose. Burial will be in the Englewood Cemetery, Clinton.

LESMEISTER, Richard F.
b: Jun 18 1919
d: Aug 7 1995, Shawnee Mission, Johnson Co, KS
bur:
St. Marys Cemetery, Montrose, Deepwater Twp, Henry Co, MO
Daily Democrat, Clinton MO - Richard F. Lesmeister, 76, 1207 South 9th Street, Clinton, died Monday, August 7, 1995, at the Shawnee Mission Medical Center in Shawnee Mission, Kansas. He was a member of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Survivors include his wife, Estelle, of the home; two sons, Dale Lesmeister and Anthony Lesmeister, both of Montrose; three daughters, Alvina Allis and Martha James, both of Clinton, and Aletta Swaters of Appleton City; seven grandchildren, one great-grandchild, one brother, Raymond Lesmeister of Montrose; two sisters, Agnes Westhusing of Montrose and Cleo Rice of Clinton. Funeral mass will be at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church Thursday morning. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Montrose.

LESMEISTER, Valentine
b: abt 1848, Germany
d: Jan 10 1907, Montrose, Henry Co, MO
bur:
St. Marys Cemetery, Montrose, Deepwater Twp, Henry Co, MO
Montrose Tidings, Montrose, MO - Valentine Lesmeister died at his residence in Montrose at 3 oclock Thursday morning Jan. 10, 1907. Mr. Lesmeister has been in poor health for a long time and some months ago he moved into town to be near his physician in the vain hope that he might, by closer attention and watchfulness of his doctor get relief. His ailments proved to be beyond help of the best medical skill. Mr. Lesmeister was born in Germany while yet young his parents came to this country and finally located near Shumway, Illinois, about five years ago he with his family came to Missouri buying a farm east of Montrose, where he has since resided. He had won the respect and esteem of those who knew him by his upright honorable conduct. The community has in his death lost a good neighbor, his church a faithful devoted member and the state a good citizen. He was 59 years old. Two brothers Phillip of Shumway Ill. and Frank east of town a sister Mrs. H. (sic) Gleiner, of Shumway, Illinois, survive him; beside his wife and eight children. The sons are Frank, Martin, Valentine, Norbert, Zeno and daughters Margaret, Barbara and Sylvesta. The funeral services will be Saturday morning at the Catholic Church in this city. The Interment in the church cemetery north of the city.

LESMEISTER, Virgil Eugene
b: Mar 13 1928, near Montrose, Henry Co, MO
d: Oct 29 1992, near Montrose, Henry Co, MO
bur:
St. Marys Cemetery, Montrose, Deepwater Twp, Henry Co, MO
arr: Sickman & Dunning Funeral Home

Daily Democrat, Clinton MO - Virgil Eugene Lesmeister was born March 13, 1928, near the family farm near Montrose, the son of Frank and Mary (Kloer) Lesmeister. He passed away at the home southeast of Montrose on October 29, 1992, at the age of 64. He attended the Lookout and St. Mary's Schools and was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Montrose. He was united in marriage to Aladene Westhusing on June 12, 1950. This union was blessed with eight children. They made their home on the same farm since their marriage of 42 years. He was a farmer and later a truck driver for some 30 years for the Jim Tiona Trucklines of Butler and Clearfield Cheese, Clinton, and lastly for the Innerstate Express. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Basil. He is survived by his wife, Aladene, of the home, and four daughters, Shirley Dixon, Clinton, Virginia Walton, Janet Lesmeister and Carol Frost, all of Appleton City; four sons, Vernon Lesmeister, Appleton City, Ronnie Lesmeister, New Florence, Douglas Lesmeister, Lockwood, and Danny Lesmeister, Montrose; 13 grandchildren; three brothers, Clem Lesmeister, Butler, Richard Lesmeister, Clinton, and Raymond Lesmeister, Montrose; three sisters, Agnes Westhusing, Montrose, Cleo Rice, Clinton, and Eunice Rotert, Montrose. The rosary was said Sunday night, November 1, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church at 7 and the funeral mass was Monday morning, November 2, with burial in St. Mary's Cemetery, Montrose. Pall bearers were nephews, Dale, Anthony, John and Jim Lesmeister, Bryan Westhusing and Michael Rotert.

LESSLEY, Troy
b: Jun 9 1917
d: Dec 26 2001, Osceola, St. Clair Co, MO
bur:
Kiefer Ranch Cemetery, Osceola Twp, St. Clair Co, MO
arr: Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home

Clinton Daily Democrat, Dec 31 2001 - Try Lessley, 84, Osceola, died Wednesday, December 26, 2001, at his home. Funeral services will be Wednesday, January 2, 10 a.m., at Osceola Community Church with burial in Kiefer Cemetery. Sheldon-Goodrich, Osceola, is in charge of arrangements.

LEUTY, Bertha Madeline GODFREY
b: Oct 15 1939, Lee's Summit, Jackson Co, MO
d: Jun 21 2007, Garden City, Cass Co, MO
bur: Cremation
arr:
Dickey Funeral Home
Mrs. Bertha Madeline Leuty of Latour, Missouri, was born October 15, 1939 in Lee's Summit, Missouri, the daughter of Joseph Fredrick and Madeline (Heather) Godfrey. She departed this life Thursday, June 21, 2007 at the home of her daughter in Garden City at the age of 67 years, 8 months and 6 days. On November 7, 1958, Bertha was united in marriage to George Leslie Leuty in Garden City, Missouri. Bertha was a homemaker. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, crocheting, word search game and arts and crafts. Bertha had lived in Craig, Colorado and Austin, Missouri before moving to Latour. She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by two sons, Donald E. Leuty and Leslie A. Leuty both of Latour, Missouri; four daughters, Cora L. Leuty, Gunn City, Missouri, Rita A. Woodward and husband, Tim, Shelby, Montana, Golda Leuty, Garden City, Missouri, Gladys G. Moon and husband, Lanny B., Raytown, Missouri; twelve grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; five brothers, Chuck Godfrey, Lee's Summit, Missouri, John Godfrey and Roger Godfrey both of Independence, Missouri, David Godfrey, Humansville, Missouri, Jimmy Godfrey; three sisters, Madeira Page, Ponca, Oklahoma, Lyda Butler and Linda Godfrey; other relatives and many friends. Funeral services were held Sunday, June 24, 2007 at the Dickey Funeral Home, Garden City, Missouri. Cremation.

LEVIN, Lennie D.
b: Jul 20 1960
d: Oct 29 2006, near Lowry City, St. Clair Co, MO
bur:
Lowry City Cemetery, Lowry City, St. Clair Co, MO
arr: Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home

Daily Democrat, Clinton MO, Oct 31 2006 - Lennie D. Levin, 46, Lowry City, died Sunday, October 29, 2006, near Lowry City, from injuries received in a pedestrian accident. Funeral services will be Wednesday, November 1, at Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel in Osceola. Burial will be in Lowry City Cemetery.

LEVITT, Albert
b: n/a
d: 1993

Daily Democrat, Clinton MO - Wynona Levitt received word Saturday morning of the death of her brother-in-law, Albert (Al) Levitt, who passed away February 12 in Sacramento, California. He leaves his wife, the former Marie Barger; a son, Johnny, and a daughter Kathy Gonan.

LEVITT, Wynona G. "Nona" STOTTS
b: Aug 22 1911, Hartwell, Henry Co, MO
d: Dec 11 2002, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
bur:
Englewood Cemetery LA-LY, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
arr: Consalus Funeral Homes

Daily Democrat, Clinton MO, Dec 12 2002 - Wynona "Nonie" Stotts Levitt, 91, Clinton, died Wednesday, December 11, 2002, at Westwood Nursing Center. - Daily Democrat, Clinton MO, Dec 31 2002 - Wynona "Nona" Stotts Levitt was born August 22, 1911, at Hartwell, daughter of Ava Arthur and Katherine E. Hardison Stotts. She died December 11, 2002, at the age of 91 years, three months and 19 days. She married John Levitt on August 11, 1932, and to this union a daughter, Mary Catherine was born and she died at the age of 18 months. The couple never had other children of their own, but were surrogate parents to nieces, nephews and a young child, Sandy, they took care of and who spent much time in their home while growing up. Most of her married life, Nona and John lived in the Clinton area, except for a time in the state of California. She was a garment factory worker for many years, beginning at Reynolds Textiles and later at Unitog, where she worked until retirement. Between working and other hobbies, Nona spent many hours working with her hands, crocheting, piece quilts and other crafts. Aunt Nona, as she was affectionately called, was a wonderful cook and always generous to share when anyone visited. She was a precious aunt, friend and confidante to nieces and nephews, a good neighbor, helper and treasured friend, always fun-loving, witty and a joy to be around. She and John celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary together. During their 60-plus years together, the couple enjoyed taking many trips and always had an interesting story to tell on one another. In early years they enjoyed boating, fishing and gardening together. It was a very big and hard adjustment when she lost John and again when she saw all of her siblings go before her, but she remained independent as long as she could. Finally, when her health failed, she went to Westwood Nursing Center. Nona accepted Jesus as her Savior at Allen Street Baptist Church and later moved her membership to Northeast Baptist Church, where she attended as long as her health permitted. Preceding her in death were her husband John; daughter Mary Catherine; sisters, Pauline Carbah, Viola Harrelson; brothers, Cecil and Claude Stotts. Survivors include several nieces and nephews; Sandy and family; two sisters-in-law, Marie Levitt, Petaluma, California, and Anna Ruth Stotts, Clinton, and many friends who will greatly miss her. Funeral services were December 13 at the Consalus-Bradley Chapel, Clinton.

LEVY, Albert Lee
b: Feb 15 1871, Henry Co, MO
d: Oct 22 1936, W of Clinton, Henry Co, MO
bur:
Englewood Cemetery LA-LY, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
Albert Levy, descendant of one of Henry County's oldest pioneer families, entered the eternal vale during the night of Thursday, October 22. The last several months of his life had been spent with his only living child, Mrs. John Byrd, west of Clinton. Thursday had been a busy day and Mr. Levy had seemed in the robust good health, which he had enjoyed some time. When he started to bed he said to his little granddaughter, "Sleep tight, Nancy Ann." She said, "You sleep tight, Grandpa." "I will," were his prophetic words. When his daughter called him to breakfast the next morning there was no reply. He had answered a Higher Call. Dr. W. T. Jennings, county coroner, went to the home, but deemed no inquest necessary. Death, he thought, was due to a heart attack. Albert Lee Levy, second son of Thomas Jefferson and Adellah Frances Levy, was born February 15, 1871, in the home of his pioneer grandparents, Harry and Nancy Ann Dunning. To this same home he returned an orphan, at the age of three, bereft of mother, grandmother and elder brother by a fever epidemic. The next eleven years the beloved grandfather, "Uncle Harry" Dunning, gave the lad the only paternal guidance Mr. Levy remembered. His aunt, Miss Nancy Jane Dunning, called "Aunt Ning," took capable charge of the home until the marriage of her brother, William (Billy) Dunning to Miss Lillie Groom. To these three kinsmen he owed and paid lifelong gratitude and loyalty. Susan Ann Moyer, also a descendant of early pioneer Henry Countians, and Mr. Levy were married March 9, 1891. Together these two faced life 41 years, the beautiful companionship ending with her death May 19, 1933. To this union were born nine children, eight of whom preceded both parents in death. Continuing in the footsteps of his forefathers, Mr. Levy farmed most of his years. The home was made north of Deepwater a number of years, and ever he gave evidence of his belief in independence and industry. When a young man he became a member of the Deepwater Baptist church, of which his wife was a member. In this faith their family was reared and he himself was ever faithful to the beliefs of his church, Mr. Levy was one of the earliest members of the Blue Lodge of Masonry at Deepwater, continuing his membership there until his death. Though he would have been 66 next February, Mr. Levy belonged to that band of the ever young no matter what his age, always interested in growth, in the young people, in educational privileges for all. He had an abiding faith in the home, the church, and eternity. He accorded praise where it was due and withheld harsh criticism, and the strength, dependability and gentleness of his character made him beloved. To the old he gave respect; to the young, tolerance; everyone, sympathy, A strong, clean humor and a quiet philosophy were his. The surviving immediate relatives are the family of his daughter, Mr. and Mr John Byrd and daughters, Nancy Ann and Mary Frances; Mrs. Lillie Dunning, mother of his boyhood home; a double cousin, William Levy, Dodge City, Kans., and ten living first cousins who seemed nearer because of long association. Funeral services were Saturday at the Deepwater Baptist church. The body was laid with Masonic ritual in the "Uncle Billy" Dunning cemetery, where lies his mother, brother, sons, wife, and other kinsmen.

LEVY, Susan Ann MOYER
b: Apr 1 1872, Henry Co, MO
d: May 19 1932, N of Deepwater, Henry Co, MO
bur:
Englewood Cemetery LA-LY, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
MRS. A. L. LEVY AT REST - Susan Ann Moyer, third daughter of John and Elizabeth Catherine Moyer, was born April 1, 1871 in the Moyer home south of Golden Gate church. Here she grew to womanhood. She had eight sisters and brothers. Five of these and her parents have preceded her in death. The three surviving are Mrs. W. C. Studybaker and Jacob Samuel Moyer, of Deepwater, and Mrs. Pearl Woodson Terrill, of Warren, Arizona. She received the regular 8th grade work in Lima District School and did post graduate work in the Deepwater Public School. Later she attended Lamkin's Academy which, in those days, supplied for Clinton students, courses which were comparable to modern high school work. On March 9, 1890, in the Billie Dunning homestead, wherein the groom had been reared, she was united in marriage to Albert Lee Levy. To this union were born nine children, eight of whom died in infancy and childhood. She is survived by her husband and one daughter, Pearl Frances, who teaches in the Deepwater high school and resides at home. This mother was interred in the Billie Dunning cemetery beside her children who lie at rest there. In 1883, when she was twelve years old, she was converted and joined the Golden Gate Baptist church, of which she was a member at the time of her death, tho she was closely associated with the Deepwater Baptist church for a number of years. Since 1926, she had been a member of the O. E. S., companion lodge to the Masonic lodge, of which her husband has long been a member. Most of her life has been spent in Deepwater and the surrounding vicinities, though she had lived for a while each in California, North Dakota, and Texas. She left, under the prairie sod of Dakota, a son, John Albert, aged 9 years, and a daughter, Adelah Catherine, aged nine months. During the last ten years, beginning with a severe attack of influenza in April, 1922, her health had been declining. At the age of 61 years, one month and 18 days, in the home just north of Deepwater, she quietly died during the new day of Thursday, May 19, 1932. She was a woman of culture and refinement and surrounded herself with an attractive home, a lovely garden and good books, being well read on every subject of the day. Her funeral was conducted Saturday at the Deepwater Baptist church.

LEVY, Susan BURNSIDES
b: Mar 20 1834, Jackson Co, OH
d: Nov 19 1920, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
bur:
Bethlehem Cemetery, Bethlehem Twp, Henry Co, MO
Mrs. Susan Levy died at the home of her son, Henry Levy, on East Grand River street, last Saturday evening at 6:30. Altho advanced in years she was not really ill, she just simply faded away, as she was only bedfast a few days previous to her death. Susan Burnsides was born in Jackson county, Ohio, March 20, 1834, and was but six years old when she came with her parents to Missouri. They soon after settled in Henry county and this had been her home ever since. June 17, 1858 she was united in marriage to Jas. W. Levy, who died about 14 years ago. They were blessed with three children, two of whom survive, Henry Levy, with whom she had made her home so many years, and Robert Levy on North Water street. There is just one grandchild. She also leaves one sister, Mrs. Sarah Geahart of Clinton, and one brother, James Burnsides, southeast of Clinton. She was converted and united with the Baptist church in her early youth and kept the faith, following closely in the footsteps of her Master. She was a loyal friend and neighbor and all loved this dainty little old lady who could tell and do so many things. She was a faithful attendant at church until the last year or so her footsteps had grown too faltering. Even when she was not able, she regularly came and sat in her pew at the Baptist church listening to the teachings of her beloved Savior. In her passing, we lose another of our early pioneer women, who helped pave the way for future generations in our county. She was gentle, sweet and good and all who knew her were made better. She lived for many years in the Bethlehem neighborhood, but for some time before and since the death of her husband, her son Henry and his wife have shared their home with her, giving her the tenderest of love and care. The funeral services were conducted at the home of Henry Levy, Monday morning, after which her body was taken to Englewood and laid beside her husband.

LEWELLEN, Charles "Dean"
b: Oct 5 1906
d: May 26 2002, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
bur:
Deepwater Cemetery, Fairview Twp, Henry Co, MO
arr: Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home

Daily Democrat, Clinton MO, May 29 2002 - Charles (Dean) Lewellen, 95, Deepwater, died Sunday, May 26, 2002, at Westwood Nursing Center, Clinton. He was a retired heavy equipment operator. Funeral services will be Thursday, May 30, in the Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel, Osceola, with burial in Deepwater Cemetery.

LEWELLIN, Charles E.
b: May 15 1826
d: Jul 2 1901
bur:
Osceola Cemetery, Osceola, St. Clair Co, MO
Clinton Missouri, Jul 1901 - C. E. Lewellin, who moved to Osceola from Henry county several years ago, died at his home last week. He was a veteran of the Mexican War and was in the battle of Monterey and helped storm the capital of the Montezumas. He was about 75 and had diabetes. He leaves his wife and grown children.

LEWIS, Aletrice Dionne HUDGENS
b: Nov 9 1936, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
d: Nov 15 2002, Kansas City, Jackson Co, MO
bur:
Englewood Cemetery LA-LY, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
arr: Consalus Funeral Homes

Daily Democrat, Clinton MO, Nov 29 2002 - Aletrice Dionne Lewis was born November 9, 1936, in Clinton, daughter of Hughlen and Anna Jenkins Hudgens. She died November 15, 2002, at Research Medical Center, in Kansas City. She married Henry Lewis and he preceded her in death on November 13, 1984. She had lived in Clinton the last 20 years and was a waitress at Uchies for many years. Her parents and one brother, David Luther Hudgens, also preceded her in death. Survivors include one son, Darren Lewis; one daughter, Shannon McQueen and husband, Kyle; one sister, Darlene Anderson, all of Clinton; three grandchildren, Justin Lewis, Marcus Lewis and Cailynn McQueen. Graveside services were held November 19 at Englewood Cemetery.

LEWIS, Betty Lou CANTERBURY
b: Feb 24 1924, Kansas City, Jackson Co, MO
d: Jul 29 1996, Kansas City, Jackson Co, MO
bur:
Urich Cemetery, Bogard Twp, Henry Co, MO
arr: Consalus Funeral Homes

Daily Democrat, Clinton MO - Betty Lewis was born February 24, 1924, in Kansas City, the daughter of Gerald and Leona Atkins Canterbury. She died Monday, July 29, 1996, at the Research Medical Center in Kansas City at the age of 72. On September 18, 1941, in Kansas City, she was married to Daniel F. Lewis. Mr. Lewis preceded her in death on December 18, 1981. Mrs. Lewis was a homemaker and had lived in Urich for a number of years. She was a member of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Urich. She is survived by one son Danny Lewis, Montrose; six daughters, Betsy Applegate, Independence, Pat Bridgwater, Lee's Summit, Sue Polzin, Creighton, Peggy Lewis, Urich, Penny Anderson, Greenwood, and Debbie Beebe, Independence; 23 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two sons, Tom and Tim. Funeral mass was held Wednesday, July 31, at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Urich. Burial was in the Urich Cemetery.

LEWIS, Clark L. Sr.
b: Oct 5 1901, near Hughesville, Pettis Co, MO
d: Mar 20 1993, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
bur:
Englewood Cemetery LA-LY, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
arr: Consalus Funeral Homes

Daily Democrat, Clinton MO - Clark L. Lewis passed away at Westwood Nursing Home March 20, 1993, at 6:35 p.m. He was born October 5, 19011, near Hughesville. He was the youngest child of Alonzo L. and Merica (Bradford) Lewis. He graduated from green Ridge School and soon after moved with his parents near Windsor. It was there he met and married Sarah Miller, who preceded him in death just one month and nine days ago. They were the parents of three children, Emogene McLain, Clark Lewis Jr., both of Clinton, and Betty Jane Chapin of Madison, West Virginia. He enjoyed people and always had time to visit. He enjoyed his family, especially his grandchildren. He took great pride in them and he enjoyed talking sports with his grandsons, as he was a great baseball fan. He was a devoted member of Drakes Chapel Methodist Church, where he served as Sunday school superintendent for a number of years. He attended faithfully as long as his health permitted. He is survived by the three children mentioned; a daughter-in-law, Lois Lewis, and son-in-law Ron Chapin; plus his six grandchildren, Van McLain, Diane McLain Barbee, Ron Lewis, Jeri Lewis Chitwood, Steven Straw and Vernon Straw, also eight great-grandchildren. Clark and Sarah enjoyed 71 years together before her death. He was also preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and two sisters, and a beloved son-in-law, Van Cleave McLain. He will be sadly missed by family and friends. Funeral services were Tuesday, March 23, Consalus Chapel, Clinton. Burial was in Englewood Cemetery, Clinton.

LEWIS, Donald Leon
b: 1956
d: 2000
bur:
Osceola Cemetery, Osceola, St. Clair Co, MO
arr: Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home

Daily Democrat, Clinton MO, Oct 6 2000 - Donald Leon Lewis was born July 31, 1956, in Brookfield to Samuel Clay and Marilyn Catherine Fairchild Lewis, and died Tuesday, October 3, 2000, at his home in Sinclair, Wyoming. In June 1979 he moved from Missouri to Sinclair, Wyoming, where he went to work for the Arch Mineral Corporation as a dozer operator. In 1982 he began working for the Colorado Interstate Gas Company as a plant maintenance operator. He was preceded in death by his father, Samuel Clay Lewis, on December 1, 1993. He is survived by his son, Mathew Lewis of Rawlins, Wyoming; his two daughters, Laura Lewis of Corpus Christi, Texas, and Jamie Lewis of Rawlins, Wyoming; his mother, Marilyn Catherine Lewis, Montrose; two brothers, Jerry Lewis of Osceola and Norman Lewis of Sinclair, Wyoming; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be Sunday, at Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel. Burial will be in Osceola Cemetery.

LEWIS, Effie PINKSTON
b: Feb 12 1860, near Calhoun, Henry Co, MO
d: Dec 26 1929, Adair, OK
bur:
Calhoun Cemetery, Tebo Twp, Henry Co, MO
Clinton MO - Effie Pinkston was born February 12, 1860, near Calhoun. She passed away at her home in Adair, Oklahoma, Thursday at 10:15 p.m. December 26, 1929. She was married to W. T. Lewis December 17, 1878. To this union, seven children were born, one little son dying in infancy. The living children are: Mrs. C. A. Barrow, Mrs. C. A. Walker, Calhoun; Mrs. L. B. Hudson, Clinton; Mrs. J. R. Gabert, H. B. Lewis and Guy Lewis, of Adair, Oklahoma; besides the grief-stricken husband and these children, she leaves two sisters, Mrs. Sallie Morgan and Mrs. Covey Morgan; one brother, Jim Pinkston, all near Calhoun; and a host of relatives and friends to mourn her loss. She lived in Henry county all her life until about twenty years ago when they moved to Adair, Oklahoma, which had been their home since. About three years ago her health failed and for the past eighteen months she was bedfast most of the time. All that skilled physicians could do was of no avail, paralysis had fastened its hold upon her. The faithful husband, altho blind, was ever by her side, and with the loving care of children, tired to gratify every wish. She was brought to Missouri last June in hopes that change might help her but the last few weeks she seemed to be getting more helpless each day, but she talked and planned going back to her old home, so she was taken there two weeks ago and the joy that lighted her wan face when she reached her home will never be forgotten by those who saw it; but this was short, for in a few days she seemed weaker and on Christmas eve another stroke came from which she never rallied. Thursday night she went to her rest, the new day bringing to her the wonderful peace and sweetness of immortality; the eyes that closed in pain and suffering opened again to joy everlasting. She was converted in early womanhood and later united with the Baptist church of Calhoun. Her life was an open book, in her gentle unassuming way she served her Master well. This quiet, lovely life has come to its earthly close. For her is fulfilled the Master's promise, Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. On the dear husband this blow falls hardest. For fifty-one years they have shared the sorrows and joys of life. In this humble home, love reigned supreme. It was noted her hospitality and no unfortunate was ever turned from their door. When the last stroke came she told them she was going and her last requests were carried out. Rev. J. R. Blythe conducted the funeral services at the Calhoun Baptist church at two p.m. Saturday. The burial was in the Calhoun cemetery, beneath a wealth of flowers.

LEWIS, Everett Cecil
b: Feb 6 1916, Salisbury, Chariton Co, MO
d: Jun 18 2002, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
bur:
Vansant Road/Clinton Memory Garden Cemetery, Fields Creek Twp, Henry Co, MO
arr: Vansant-Mills Funeral Home

Daily Democrat, Clinton MO, Jul 11 2002 - Everett Cecil Lewis, son of William and Maude (Ireland) Lewis, was born February 6, 1916, in Salisbury, and died Tuesday, June 18, 2002, at Westwood Nursing Center, Clinton, at the age of 86 years and 4 months. Cecil was inducted into the U.S. Army on December 4, 1941. He served his country well throughout World War II. He received six Bronze Stars, the Good conduct Medal and several other awards throughout his campaign. He served as a tank driver and operated an assault gun until victory. On September 28, 1945, he was united in marriage to Helen Martha Harris of Warsaw, who survives of the home. They were blessed with 56 years and seven months of marriage. To this union were born four boys and three girls. Soon after his return from the war he began his chosen occupation which was printing at the Salisbury Press Spectator. In 1951 he purchased the Windsor Review and moved his family to Windsor. After his health deteriorated he was forced to sell the paper, although he was still able to continue working as a printer for several years. He retired after 44 years as a printer to spend his time building bird houses, fishing and playing with his grandchildren. In 1997 they moved to Clinton and when his health failed he and his wife were placed in the Westwood Nursing Center where he spent the remainder of his life. He is preceded in death by his parents, one daughter, three brothers and one sister. He is survived by his wife Helen, of the home; two daughters, Sue Ridenour and husband John, Clinton, and Jane Holt and husband Richard, Peculiar; four sons, Mike Lewis and wife Bonnie, Chaska, Minnesota, Bill Lewis and wife Sharon, Spring Hill, Kansas, Jim Lewis and wife Barbara, Clinton, and Randy Joe Lewis; one brother, Hugh Thomas Lewis of Ballwin; 10 grandchildren, several step-grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and several step-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Vansant-Mills Chapel on Saturday, June 22. Burial was in the Clinton Memory Gardens Cemetery, Clinton.

LEWIS, Frank Junior
b: abt 1932
d: May 22 2003, Overland Park, Johnson Co, KS
bur:
Osceola Cemetery, Osceola, St. Clair Co, MO
arr: Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home

Daily Democrat, Clinton MO, May 27 2003 - Frank Junior Lewis (JR), 71, Gladstone, a dairy-truck driver, died Thursday, May 22, 2003, at Overland Park Regional Health Center, Overland Park, Kansas. Funeral services were Tuesday, May 27, at Gasland Baptist Church, North Kansas City. Burial was in Osceola Cemetery.

LEWIS, Galena S.
b: Jan 17 1907
d: Sep 24 1992, Kansas City, Jackson Co, MO
bur:
Laurel Oak Cemetery KA-LY, Windsor, Windsor Twp, Henry Co, MO
Daily Democrat, Clinton MO - Galena S. Lewis, 85, central Kansas City, died September 24, 1992, at Trinity Lutheran Hospital. Services will be Tuesday at the Lawrence A. Jones Linwood Chapel; burial in Laurel Oak Cemetery, Windsor. Mrs. Lewis was born in Windsor and lived in the Kansas City area most of her life. She was a caterer and domestic housekeeper before she retired. She was a member of the Paseo Baptist Church. She was a member of the Lucky 13 Club. Her husband, Gail Lewis, preceded her in death.

LEWIS, Gertrude PAYNE
b: Dec 13 1907, Bolivar, Polk Co, MO
d: Nov 19 1995, West Plains, Howell Co, MO
bur: Smithton City Cemetery, Smithton, Pettis Co, MO
arr: Sweeney-Phillips & Holdren

Daily Democrat, Clinton MO - Gertrude Payne Lewis, 87, West Plains, formerly of Warrensburg, died Sunday, November 19, 1995, at the West Vue Nursing Home, West Plains. She was born on December 13, 1907, in Bolivar, the daughter of John Houston Payne and Rosa Dee Howard Payne. On June 1, 1934, she and Howard Hadley Lewis were married in Winston. He preceded her in death on May 19, 1978. Mrs. Lewis was a homemaker and wife of a minister. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Warrensburg. She graduated in 1929 from William Jewell college with a bachelor of science in arts and education and a master's degree from Southern Baptist Seminar, Louisville, Ky. Survivors include one son, Jim Lewis of West Plains; one daughter, Elise Vail of Lake Ozark; two brothers, Weslie Payne of Higginsville, Houstin Payne of Shawnee, Okla.; four sisters, Edna Milligan of Kearney, Zena Page, Emma Newman and Edith Smith, all of Liberty; 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one daughter, Willena R. Pattison; two sisters, Elaine Payne and Eleanor Glossip. Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 22, at the Smithton Baptist Church of Smithton. Burial was in the Smithton City Cemetery.

LEWIS, Helen Martha HARRIS
b: Nov 9 1921, Deepwater, Henry Co, MO
d: Dec 5 2005, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
bur:
Vansant Road/Clinton Memory Garden Cemetery, Fields Creek Twp, Henry Co, MO
arr: Vansant-Mills Funeral Home

Daily Democrat, Clinton MO, Dec 27 2005 - Helen Martha Harris Lewis was born in Deepwater on November 9, 1921, and died at Westwood Nursing Center, Clinton, December 5, 2005, at the age of 84 years and 26 days. Helen was the daughter of Alfred and Martha Dinning Harris. She is preceded in death by her husband Everette Cecil Lewis; her parents, sister, brother and infant daughter. Helen was a retired school teacher, principal and educational book consultant. She traveled throughout many states. Helen was married to Everette Cecil Lewis on October 10, 1945, in Warsaw. To this union seven children were born, Mike, Bill, Jim, Randy, Sue, Jane, and an infant daughter, who preceded her in death. In 1951 they moved to Windsor and purchased the Windsor Review paper. In 1997 they moved to Clinton. After Cecil's death in 2002, Helen moved to Westwood Nursing Center. Helen is survived by her children, Mike Lewis and wife Bonnie, Florida, Bill Lewis and wife Sharon, Spring Hill, Kansas, Sue Ridenour and husband John, Clinton, Jane Holt and husband Richard, Belton, Jim Lewis and wife Barbara, Clinton, and Randy Joe Lewis of Warsaw. As well as 15 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, which she adored. Funeral services were held at Vansant-Mills Chapel on Thursday, December 8. Interment was in the Clinton Memory Gardens Cemetery, Clinton.

LEWIS, James A.
b: Feb 14 1937, Deepwater, Henry Co, MO
d: Jun 3 2000, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
bur:
Deepwater Cemetery, Fairview Twp, Henry Co, MO
arr: Vansant-Mills Funeral Home

Daily Democrat, Clinton MO, Jun 15 2000 - James A. Lewis, 63, Deepwater, died Saturday, June 3, 2000, at Golden Valley Hospital in Clinton. He was born in Deepwater, son of Quilla R. and Grace Winn Lewis, on February 14, 1937. He married Carolyn Woolery in August 1966, who survived of the home. He was a member of the Lowry City United Methodist Church, the West Central Missouri School Administrators Association, and the Missouri Association of School Administrators. James worked for Avon Incorporated, Kansas City (1955-1956 and 1958-1962). He served in the United States Army (1856-1958). He attended Central Missouri State University, Warrensburg (1961-1966). He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at CMSU (1966), Master of Science in Education, Secondary Administration, CMSU (1971), Specialist Degree in Secondary Administration (Superintendency) CMSU (1975). He worked for Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, Kansas City, in Accounting (1968-1969) and Independence, in Sales and Credit (1966-1968). James worked in the field of education for 30 years. He was a business education teacher, Miami R-I, Amoret (1970-1972), Secondary Principal, Miami R-I, Amoret (1972-1975), Superintendent of Schools for the Wheatland R-II School District (1975-1985), Green Ridge R-VIII School District (1985-1989), Lakeland R-III School District (1989-1994), Schell City R-I School District (1994-1996) and the Northeast Vernon County R-I School District (1996-present). He planned to retire from Northeast Vernon County R-I School District on July 1, 2000. He was preceded in death by his father, Quilla R. Lewis, and a brother, Michael Eugene Lewis. In addition to his wife, Carolyn, he is survived by a daughter, Tina, Nevada; a son, Brian, of the home; his mother, Grace Lewis; a sister, Maxine Allen; a sister, Lorraine Straw; a sister, Betty Goth; a sister, Carol Dyrland, and a brother, Carl Lewis of Clinton; a brother, Kenneth Lewis, Jefferson City; a sister, Delores Eichler, Lincoln; a sister, Joyce Straw, Boise, Idaho; as well as several cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Funeral services were held at the Vansant-Mills Chapel on Tuesday, June 6. Burial was in the Deepwater Cemetery, Deepwater.

LEWIS, Jean Ina May NASH
b: Dec 20 1928, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
d: Jul 8 1997, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co, CA
bur:
Antioch Cemetery, Fields Creek Twp, Henry Co, MO
arr: Vansant-Mills Funeral Home

Daily Democrat, Clinton MO - Jean Ina May Lewis, daughter of the late Flossie Nash and Wayne Jackson, was born December 20, 1928, in Clinton. She died Tuesday, July 8, 1997, at the Cheviat Gardens Hospital in Los Angeles, California. Jean joined the Second Baptist Church at an early age under the pastorate of the late Rev. J. B. Bates. She was united in marriage to Joseph M. Lewis, who died in 1957. She leaves to mourn her passing nine children, four sons, Joseph Jr. of Rialto, California, Linville of Staten Island, New York, Ronald of Los Angeles, California and Craig of Kansas City, five daughters, Marva, Ina, Diane and Deanna of Springfield, and Sherri of Downey, California; 23 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mildred White and Virginia Givens of Clinton; on brother, Carl L. Nash of Clinton; nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends. Funeral services were held on Monday, July 14, at Vansant-Mills Funeral Home. Burial was at Antioch Cemetery in Clinton.

LEWIS, Jean M. MILLER
b: Jun 27 1921, Hutchinson, Reno Co, KS
d: Jul 10 2004, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
bur:
Laurel Oak Cemetery KA-LY, Windsor, Windsor Twp, Henry Co, MO
Daily Democrat, Clinton MO, Jul 12 2004 - Jean M. Lewis, 83, Windsor, died Saturday, July 10, 2004, at Golden Valley Hospital in Clinton. She was born June 27, 1921, in Hutchinson, Kansas, the daughter of Earl S. Miller and Bernice R. Miller. On July 15, 1961, she married John Ralph Lewis, Sr., who preceded her in death January 14, 1985. She graduated from Westport High School in 1939 and attended Kansas City College of Commerce. She worked at the home office of Western Auto in Kansas City from 1941 to 1947. She then worked at the KC Terminal Warehouse, also in Kansas City, from 1947 to 1954, when she went to work for the Rock Island Railroad Livestock office, Kansas City, where she worked for 10 years before her retirement in 1964 when she and her husband moved to Windsor. She worked for the MFA Elevator and the former Allen Hatchery in Windsor for several years before retiring to take care of her ailing husband. She was a member of Windsor First Christian Church. Survivors include two nieces, Linda Sprouse, Simpsonville, South Carolina, and Judy Fay, Peoria, Illinois; four great-nephews; two great-nieces and a cousin, Gloria Radford, Virginia Beach, Virginia. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Mildred Olson and Ellen Colson.

LEWIS, LaVon L.
b: Mar 6 1917
d: Nov 19 1993, Kansas City, Jackson Co, MO
bur:
St. Ludger Cemetery, Deepwater Twp, Henry Co, MO
arr: Sickman & Dunning Funeral Home

Daily Democrat, Clinton MO - Mrs. LaVon L. Lewis, 76, Montrose, died Friday, November 19, 1993 at Research Hospital in Kansas City. She was the widow of William E. Lewis Jr., who died in 1987. She is survived by 45 nieces and nephews. Funeral Mass was Monday at St. Ludger's Catholic Church in Germantown. Burial was in St. Ludger's Cemetery in Germantown.

LEWIS, Leroy E.
b: Jul 13 1926, Brownington, Henry Co, MO
d: Apr 22 2005, Lincoln, Lincoln Co, KS

Daily Democrat, Clinton MO, May 4 2005 - Leroy E. Lewis was born July 13, 1926, in Brownington, to Willie Harvey and Mildred Parks Lewis. Leroy spent his childhood on a farm near Clinton with his loving family of 10 siblings. Leroy moved to Lincoln in 1950 to work with the Walker Brothers. On February 10, 1952, Leroy was united in marriage to Anita Meier at St. John Lutheran Church, Lincoln, Kansas. Their union was blessed with three children. Leroy worked for Walker Brothers until he joined the Army in 1952. He spent his basic training in California from June-November and then spent 19 months overseas. Leroy was proud of his time in the service and was honored to have served his country. After returning home from the Army, he returned to work for the Waker Brothers for two weeks. the opportunity arose for him to return to his love of farming. He began working for Max Crawford and moved to the Crawford Ranch with his wife Anita. Their three children were born there. These were carefree years of gardening and ranching until their son Jimmy, was lost in an accident in 1970. After 31 years on the Crawford Ranch, Leroy and Anita moved to Lincoln, where Leroy worked at Quartzite Stone Company for eight years as a mechanic. Anita continued working at Mid America Health Center. Leroy retired from Quartzite and began a career of tearing down old barns and buildings to use the lumber to build new garages and sheds for people around Lincoln. Leroy called this his hobby, but some saw it as very hard work. Then he was blessed to be able to return to the farm by helping a couple of farmers in Lincoln, working ground and helping with the cattle the last couple of years. Leroy helped Jim Zier and after Jim's untimely death helped Jim's son, Aaron, get started in farming. For the last couple of years Leroy helped John Eckart with farming and ranching. After his retirement Leroy enjoyed solving the world's problems with his friends at the coffee shop. In his spare time he enjoyed putting puzzles together and tinkering at his lot. On Sunday afternoons he could be found at the auction, trying to add to his John Deere collection. During the summer he took pride in his garden produce, looking for that giant sweet potato. Leroy was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Lincoln, following his baptism and confirmation at Camp Robert's in California in 1952. Leroy was a dedicated, hardworking and loving husband, father and grandfather. He loved hunting and fishing with his family and friends. Leroy died on Friday, April 22, 2005, at Lincoln County Hospital at the age of 78 years, nine months and nine days old. he was preceded in death by his parents and his son Jimmy in 1970. Leroy is survived by his wife Anita of the home; a daughter Linda Hickerson and her husband Roger, Wichita, Kansas; a son Dale Lewis and his wife Barbara, Beloit, Kansas; three grandchildren, Chris Hickerson and Diane Hickerson of Wichita and Andrew Lewis and his wife Carrie, Gardner, Kansas; four brothers, Charlie of Carthage, Marvin of Sunrise Beach, Billy of Scott City, Kansas, and Edgar Lee, Clinton; six sisters, Dorothy Hetherington of Peculiar, Anna Lee James, Adrian, Ethel Lewis, Hilltop, Texas, Martha Minks, Kansas City, Helen Hatfield, Clinton, and Nellie Hedrick, Dallas, Texas; many nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends. The funeral service was held at St. John Lutheran Church, Lincoln, on Tuesday, April 26. Burial was in Lincoln City Cemetery, next to his son, Jimmy. Hall Mortuary (Post Rock Funeral Services) was in charge of the arrangements.

LEWIS, Lillie Mae CROMER
b: May 20 1914, near Deepwater, Henry Co, MO
d: Dec 23 2001, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
bur:
Deepwater Cemetery, Fairview Twp, Henry Co, MO
arr: Vansant-Mills Funeral Home

Clinton Daily Democrat, Jan 2 2002 - Lillie Mae (Cromer) Lewis was born May 20, 1914, to James H. Cromer and Bessie (Johnson) Cromer on the family farm southwest of Deepwater where she lived until 1925, when they moved into Deepwater so Lillie and her sister, Ruth, could attend high school. She died at the Westwood Nursing Center, Clinton, on December 23, 2001, at the age of 87 years. In 1942 Lillie moved to St. Louis to work for Wagner Electric where she worked until 1952. Lillie and Kenneth Lewis were united in marriage in 1950. Kenneth was the son of Quilla and Gussie Lewis of Deepwater. They established their home in the Spanish lake area of St. Louis. Lillie loved and was loved by the children of the Spanish Lake area and was known as Aunt Lillie to all. They became godparents to a neighbor child. The Lewis and Vansant nieces and nephews were always welcome to visit Aunt Lillie and Uncle Kenneth in the city and there are special memories from these times. Lillie was a member of the Presbyterian Church, Clinton. She moved her membership from the Deepwater Presbyterian Church to the United church of Christ, Spanish Lake. In 1977 she moved to Clinton to be near family and friends at which time she moved her membership to the Clinton church. Preceding her in death were her father in 1933; her mother in 1963; husband, Kenneth, in 1975; a niece, Carol Sue Vansant Nightingale, 1988; sister, Ruth Vansant, 1995; nephews, Jim Lewis, 2000, and Mike Lewis, 1975. Lillie is survived by nieces and nephews, Sam and Karen Vansant, Delyon, Lydia and Corrie Nightingale, Bob and Maxine Lewis Allen, Lawrence and Delores Lewis Eichler, Richard and Lorraine Lewis Straw, Phil and Betty Lewis Goth, Joyce Lewis Straw, Steve and Carol Lewis Dyrland, Kenny and Linda Lewis, Carl Lewis, Carolyn Woolery Lewis; a sister-in-law, Grace Lewis; cousin, Russell Johnson, and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Vansant-Mills Chapel on Thursday, December 27. Burial was in the Deepwater Cemetery.

LEWIS, Lucy E. BACON
b: Sep 3 1814, St. Louis Co, MO
d: Aug 13 1903, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
bur:
Englewood Cemetery LA-LY, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
Clinton Missouri, Aug 1903 - My mother, Lucy B. Lewis, was born in St. Louis county a Territory of Missouri September 3, 1814 and died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Dr. J. H. Britts of Clinton, August 13, 1903. She was the youngest daughter of Ludwell and Ann Bacon and was married to my father, Robert Lewis, in St. Louis county December 21, 1829. they had 11 children, four sons and 7 daughters, five of whom are still living. Her maternal grandfather, Lawrence Long, came from Kentucky in 1797 and settled on a large grant of land in the western part of St. Louis county and which was ceded to him by the government of the kingdom of Span and upon which he built a saw and grist mill and reared a numerous family. My mother stood in her father's door yard, on the bank of the Missouri river, and gazed on its placid waters before the steamboat furrowed the stream and geat its pathway into the sea foam. She gathered wild flowers from the Missouri valleys, whist the buffalo and the wild deer gamboled upon the surrounding hills. She lived on the outskirts of civilization and heard the war-whoop of bloodthirsty savages. She rambled through the stately forest of Missouri before the woodman's axe had marred its grandeur. She was a daughter of Missouri's nature and a mother of its civilization. My mother was a devout communicant of the Missionary Baptist Church since my earliest recollection and she lived and died in the hope of the resurrection of the dead. I treasure her life and memory as a rich and glorious heritage and commend her soul to a most merciful God, whom she delighted to serve as a humble hand maid. - Warner Lewis

LEWIS, Nellie Grace WINN
b: Feb 15 1918, Deepwater, Henry Co, MO
d: Dec 27 2002, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
bur:
Deepwater Cemetery, Fairview Twp, Henry Co, MO
arr: Vansant-Mills Funeral Home

Daily Democrat, Clinton MO, Jan 7 2003 - Nellie "Grace" Lewis, 84, Clinton died Friday, December 27, 2002, at the Golden Valley Hospital in Clinton. Grace was born February 15, 1918, in Deepwater, daughter of James Alfred and Lena Grace Cole Winn. She married Quilla Roth "Bud" Lewis, June 14, 1936, in Deepwater. Grace attended the Deepwater School and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Deepwater. After moving to Clinton from Deepwater in 1973, she attended the Clinton United Methodist Church where she was a member of the F&F group. While living in Deepwater she worked for her sister and brother-in-law, Ruth and Ray Davis, at Davis Hardware. When she moved to Clinton she babysat for many families, grandchildren and the Methodist Church. Grace was a loving dedicated child care giver to her children, grandchildren, and many other children in the community and church. Children were the joy of her life. She spent her life being a wonderful mother, homemaker and giving many children love and care. When health permitted she enjoyed trips with the F&F group from the United Methodist Church, painting quilts, crocheting, sewing, crafts and handwork. Before her death she completed a quilt for each of her 18 grandchildren. Proceeding her in death were husband, Bud Lewis, and sons, James A. Lewis, and Michael Lynn Lewis; parents, Alfred and Lena Winn; sisters, Ruth Davis and Ethel May Winn; brothers, Charles Lee Winn and James Lester Winn; nephew, Roger Winn, and brother-in-law, Ray Davis. Survivors include daughters, Maxine (Robert) Allen, Lorraine (Richard) Straw, Joyce Straw, Betty (Phil) Goth and Carol (Steve) Dyrland of Clinton, Deloris (Lawrence) Eichler of Lincoln; sons, Carl Lewis, Clinton and Kenneth (Linda) Lewis, Jefferson City; daughter-in-law, Carolyn Lewis, Deepwater and 18 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Other survivors include nieces, Carolyn Wells and Marilyn Greer, Clinton, and Virginia Parker, Oxnard, California; also sister-in-law, Maxine McClendon and Betty Winn; cousins, Geraldine Riley, Merle Knierim and Ralph Knierim, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Vansant-Mills Chapel on Tuesday, December 31. Burial was in the Deepwater Cemetery.

LEWIS, Pam D. PHELPS
b: Oct 5 1957
d: Aug 21 2005, Laramie, WY
bur: Cremation

Daily Democrat, Clinton MO, Aug 24 2005 - Pam (Phelps) Lewis, 47, suddenly died in Laramie, Wyoming, Sunday, August 21, 2005. She was the youngest of five children born to J.D. and Catherine Phelps. She was preceded in death by her husband Donald Lewis; brother Duane D. Phelps, and sister Karen Lawler. She is survived by her children of the home, Jamie Catherine and Matthew Lewis; sister Vicki Caldwell, Girard, Kansas; brother Gary Phelps, Harrisonville; special brother-in-law Tom Lawler; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Friday, August 26, at the Methodist Church in Rawlins, Wyoming. Cremation.

LEWIS, Sammy C.
b: abt 1921
d: 1993
bur:
Osceola Cemetery, Osceola, St. Clair Co, MO
arr: Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home

Daily Democrat, Clinton MO - Sammy C. Lewis, 72, of Montrose, died early Wednesday morning, December 1, 1993 at North Kansas City Hospital in North Kansas City. Mr. Lewis was born near Osceola. He had lived in Montrose the past 25 years. He worked 29 years for the Missouri Department of Conservation, retiring in 1983. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn, of the home; five sons, Clay Lewis of Hutchison, Ks., John Lewis of Abbyville, Ks., Jerry Lewis of Osceola, Norman Lewis of Sinclair, Wy., and Donnie Lewis of Rawlins, Wy.; one brother, Frank Jr. Lewis of Gladstone; 10 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be Saturday, December 4, at 1 p.m. at Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel in Osceola. Burial will be in the Osceola Cemetery.

LEWIS, Samuel Woodson
b: Dec 30 1855, Cass Co, MO
d: Apr 11 1937, Mt. Zion, Henry Co, MO
bur:
Englewood Cemetery LA-LY, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
arr: Wilkinson Funeral Home

Clinton MO - Samuel Woodson Lewis died near Mt. Zion at 5:30 Sunday morning, a victim of pneumonia, which had seized him the week before. Mr. Lewis, born December 30, 1855, in Cass County, came to Henry County with his parents, as a child of eight and was reared on a farm 10 miles northeast of Clinton, the home of his parents, Robert Lewis and wife Lucy Bacon Lewis and their eleven children, among whom were Mrs. J. H. Britts, Mrs. Robert and Mrs. William Covington, all of whom are now gone. Woodson Lewis was the husband of Miss Sterling Price Covington, and they made their home in the vicinity of Garland. They had two daughters, Annie and Kate, now Mrs. Monroe of Minneapolis, Minn., and Mrs. Wm. McKinty of Washington, D.C., who survive their parents. Some 25 years ago Mr. Lewis, who was a great lover of the out-of-doors, moved to the southeast part of the county, which remained his home. He was a man of genial disposition and kindly nature, quiet and unassuming, whose violin was a great medium of self expression and entertainment in long, solitary hours, when he was weary with hunting or fishing. The funeral services were Monday at the Wilkinson Funeral Home. The body was taken to Englewood for burial in the Lewis family lot beside his mother, father and grandmother, Ann Long Bacon, whose birth date antedates that of any person resting in that City of the Dead for she had lived under the supremacy of three flags in Missouri; Spanish, French and American.

LEWIS, Sarah MILLER
b: Jan 27 1902, Yale, KS
d: Feb 11 1993, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
bur:
Englewood Cemetery LA-LY, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
arr: Consalus Funeral Homes

Daily Democrat, Clinton MO - Sarah Lewis, 91, was born in Yale, Kansas, January 27, 1902. She died Thursday, February 11, 1993, at Westwood Nursing Center in Clinton. She was the youngest daughter of James B. and Annie Neas Miller. She graduated from school in Windsor. She married Clark Lewis December 31, 1921. They were blessed with three children, Emogene McLain and Clark Lewis Jr. of Clinton, and Betty Jane Chapin of Madison, West Virginia. She was a devoted wife, loving mother and a willing caretaker of her parents and her husband's parents in their final years. Sarah was a Christian woman, enjoying her church fully. In early life she joined Harmony Baptist Church near Windsor, but later became a member of Drake's Chapel Methodist Church with her husband Clark, and remained faithful in attendance as long as health permitted. She was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters and two brothers. She is survived by her husband of seventy-one years, three children above mentioned, a daughter-in-law Lois Lewis, a son-in-law Ron Chapin; also six grandchildren, Ron Lewis, Jeri Lewis Chitwood, Van McLain, Diane McLain Barbee, Steven Straw, and Vernon Straw; eight great-grandchildren; a number of nieces and nephews and many friends. She cherished her children and grandchildren and loved to hear the stories they had to tell her about what was happening in their lives. She will be greatly missed by her husband, family and friends. Funeral services were Monday, Feb. 15, 1993 at Consalus Chapel. Burial was in Englewood Cemetery.

LEWIS, Thelma June BENSON
b: Jun 24 1921, Warrensburg, Johnson Co, MO
d: Apr 21 1993, Kansas City, Jackson Co, MO
bur:
Shawnee Mound Cemetery, Shawnee Twp, Henry Co, MO
arr: Consalus Funeral Homes

Daily Democrat, Clinton MO - Thelma June Benson Lewis was born June 24, 1921, in Warrensburg, the daughter of Vernon and Vera Mae (Fox) Benson. She passed away Wednesday, April 21, 1993, at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City at the age of 71. She had lived for many years in Calhoun. She is survived by two sons, Vernon Lewis, Calhoun, and Larry Lewis, Birmingham, Alabama; one brother, Charles Benson, Albuquerque, New Mexico; six grandchildren; three step=grandchildren; two great-grandchildren, and seven step-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Wilbur; her daughter Debbie; her father Vernon Byron Benson; her mother Vera Benson Beal, and her brother, Ed Benson. Funeral services were Sunday, April 25, 1993, at the Consalus Chapel, Clinton. Burial was in Shawnee Mound Cemetery, Henry County.

LEWIS, Wanda June SELL
b: Mar 13 1929, Huntingdale, Henry Co, MO
d: Oct 19 2012, Lowry City, St. Clair Co, MO
bur:
Englewood Cemetery LA-LY, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
arr: Vansant-Mills Funeral Home

Wanda June Lewis, 83, Clinton, died Friday, October 19, 2012, at Truman Lake Manor, Lowry City. Wanda was born March 13, 1929, in Huntingdale, the daughter of Hubert and Ruby (Stroble) Sell. She was a member of the Lady Bugs in Clinton and a member of the Assembly of God Church in Carthage, as well as a member of the Clinton Christian Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister, Gloria Wilson, one brother, Vernon Sell, and daughter, Pamela Lewis. Survivors include her husband, Charles William Lewis; one son, Ted Lewis and wife, Veda, Carthage; two daughters, Brenda Jones and husband, Thomas, Clinton, and Denise Winkler and husband, Art, Overland Park, Kansas; two brothers, Dal Sell of Clinton and Terry Sell of Raytown, as well as nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Tuesday, October 23, at Vansant-Mills Chapel, Clinton. Interment was in Englewood Cemetery, Clinton.

LEWIS, Wayne Ronald
b: 1930
d: 2002
arr:
Consalus Funeral Homes
Daily Democrat, Clinton MO, Sep 23 2002 - Wayne Ronald Lewis, 72, Clinton, died Saturday, September 21, 2002, at Westwood Nursing Center. Memorial services will be Friday, September 27, at the Consalus-Bradley Funeral Home. He was born June 25, 1930, in Long Beach, California, to William and Clara Daniels Throw. He was employed as a maintenance man for Green Thumb. In Long Beach he married the former Cora Smith, who survives of the home. He was preceded in death by his parents. He attended the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and the Solid Rock Baptist Church.

LEWIS, Wilbur Vernon
b: Feb 17 1939, Warrensburg, Johnson Co, MO
d: Sep 22 2011, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
bur:
Shawnee Mound Cemetery, Shawnee Twp, Henry Co, MO
arr: Consalus Funeral Homes

Daily Democrat, Clinton MO, Sep 26 2011 - Wilbur "Vernon" Lewis, 72, died on Thursday, September 22, 2011, at the Golden Valley Memorial Hospital in Clinton. Vernon was born in Warrensburg at the family home on February 17, 1939, to Herman Wilbur Lewis and Thelma June "Benson" Lewis. After graduating from high school. Vernon began a long career as a carpenter and as a real master of all trades. On September 14, 1963, he married Marilyn Ruth Theis and to this union, two children. Catherine and Michael, IV were born. Vernon was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. His favorite pastime was spending time with Marilyn. They were inseparable for 48 loving and happy years. Vernon is survived by his wife Marilyn, of the home; a daughter, Catherine Collins of Molts Summit; a son, Michael Lewis of Calhoun; two grandchildren, Katie and Ryan Lewis of Calhoun; an uncle, Charles Benson of Albuquerque, NM; a nephew, Larry Scott Lewis of California; two nieces, Nicki Johnson of Kansas City and Brandy Watson of Odessa; a great-nephew, Damon Lewis of California; Mike and Debbie Payne of California; very dear friend, Cathy Bartels of Green Ridge, and a daughter-in-law, Kate Lewis of Calhoun. Preceding Vernon in death were his parents; a brother, Larry Lewis and a sister, Debbie Villines. He was also preceded in death by his very best friend, Darrell Bartels. His leaving this world will create a giant hole in the lives of all who loved him. There will be a memorial service at Consalus Funeral Home of Clinton on Wednesday, September 28. An inurnment will follow the service at the Shawnee Mound Cemetery.

LEWIS, William Henry
b: 1850
d: 1921

Clinton MO - Dead, gone forever was the sad intelligence whispered throughout the town and country and from a distance came all that was mortal of W. H. Lewis, the end - what solemn sound as it peals mournfully through the soul when a living friend has passed away. All is now closed irrevocably. The changeful life picture has suddenly become complete and unchangeable, but dipped from this moment into the ether of the heaven it shines transfigured to endure even forever. The week day man, who was one of us, has put on the garment of eternity and become radiant and triumphant. The present is now all at once the past. Hope is suddenly put away and only the backward vistas of memory remains, shown on by a light that proceeds not from this earthly sun. To all men it is appointed once to die and the death of W. H. Lewis even for the many hearts that loved and respected him, is not a thing to be lamented, for he suffered several weeks with that incurable disease, heart trouble. Surely he went as one who wrapped the drapery of his couch around him and lay down to pleasant dreams. It is indeed a source of comfort to those left behind to know that everything was done for him that could be done by skilled physicians and that his last days and hours were soothed by constant unremitting care and attention of a devoted wife and son and willing friends ever ready to administer unto his wants. The subject of this sketch was born Jan. 27, 1850, just northeast of Lewis Station, known as the Howell Lewis farm, and departed this life March 13, at 8 o'clock p.m. He was married to Nettie Dean, Feb. 26, 1874. To this union three children were born, of whom two have preceded him - Emmett Lewis and Olave Lewis. He leaves to mourn his death a wife and son, Howell Lewis, of Lewis Station; a granddaughter, Nettie E. Lewis, of Los Angeles, Calif.; three sisters, Mrs. Lum Good of Kansas City, Mo.; Mrs. Jennie Gatewood of Lisco, Nebr.; Mrs. Emma Wiley, Calhoun, Mo. He also leaves a number of relatives and friends. He united with the Methodist Church at Drake's Chapel some 44 years ago. Funeral services were conducted at the house Monday, March 14, by Bro. Raney, pastor of the Drake's Chapel Church.

LEWIS, Zedrick C.
b: n/a
d: Aug 20 1899, Urich, Henry Co, MO
bur:
Urich Cemetery, Bogard Twp, Henry Co, MO
Urich MO, Aug 26 1899 - Death again entered our community and took from among us one of our brightest boys. About a year ago, while skating, Zedrick C. Lewis in some way injured his foot. Very little was thought about it until about five months ago when the knee of the same limb began to pain him. The doctors pronounced it white swelling and several operations were performed, after which it was decided his life could be saved only by amputating his limb. This was done and he rallied but these hopes were blighted when about three weeks ago it was found that his lungs were badly affected. After being confined to his bed for four long months, he passed away peacefully last Sunday. During these four long months, an anxious father and mother have been by his bedside constantly and anxious friends have tendered their assistance. The boys and girls - his companions - have endeavored to alleviate his sufferings by talking to him and giving him books to read. About two weeks ago, his boy friends presented him with crutches but these he was never able to use. The entire family seemed broken hearted but what a blessing it is to know he is at rest. How pleasant and calm he looked in death. No longer were the lines of suffering marked upon his face. Think of him as he now is and strive to meet him in heaven. Funeral was at the C. P. Church and burial was in the Urich cemetery.

 

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