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b: Feb 13 1915, Henry Co, MO
d: Apr 7 2002, Warrensburg, Johnson Co, MO
Englewood Cemetery PF-RH, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
Daily Democrat, Clinton MO, Apr 9 2002 - Alice Belle Racer, 87, died Sunday, April 7, 2002, at the Warrensburg Manor Care Center. She was born February 13, 1915 west of Clinton. She is survived by one son, William Eugene Racer of Wichita, Kansas; two daughters, Phyllis Kay Racer of St. Charles and Mary Alice Lyon of Warrensburg; two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Her husband Herschel, died November 19, 1983. She was a nurse for many years at the Golden Valley Hospital in Clinton. She was a member of the Northeast Baptist Church. Funeral services will be Friday, April 12, at the Northeast Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Englewood Cemetery. - Daily Democrat, Clinton MO, Apr 26 2002 - Alice Racer was a daughter of Henry County. She was born west of Clinton, moved to Clinton when she was a small child, and spent most of her life in Clinton, except for about four years when she was in nursing school and the last few years of her life spent in assisted care in Warrensburg. She spent over 80 years being part of this community. She often shared what she knew about the development of Clinton and seemed to know almost everyone who lived here. She was interested in genealogy and continued assembling the family history her father began. Her interest in Clinton got her involved in the establishment of the Henry County Museum, and various items there reflect her life in this community. Her greatest contribution was the part she played in Clinton's medical community. She spent three years in Kansas City training at General Hospital. Then she went to Chicago for special work in obstetrics and then to Tennessee for public health training. She worked for Dr. J. O. Smith in his office for awhile and then took time off to raise her family. She returned to nursing, which she truly enjoyed, when her children began high school. She was the charge nurse of evening shift at General Hospital in Clinton and then moved to Golden Valley Hospital when it opened. Many residents have received care from her and know she wasn't just a nurse, but a person who loved caring for others. She worked at Golden Valley until about 1979 when her husband became ill and needed her attention. In later years, she was in the hospital to have her hip replaced, and keeping her in bed was difficult because she thought she was there to work instead of receiving care herself. It was fitting that she sold her family home to Twin Lakes Hospice, which continues to provide care for the ill in this community. She also was a regular worker for the Red Cross Bloodmobile when it came to Clinton. She met her husband while she was a public health nurse in southeast Missouri. While parallel parking her new red Dodge, she hit Herschel's truck and they became acquainted as a result. They were married on Pearl Harbor Day as they were driving across Missouri. After being married at a minister's home in St. James, they heard the news that Pearl Harbor had been bombed. They often laughed that more than one war was started on December 7, 1941. When her husband joined the military, she moved to Harrisonville to continue public health service there. They were married almost 42 years. Her church and love of Christ were equally important. She spent much time working with children in Bible School and taught a Sunday School Class of adult women for many years at Northeast Baptist Church. She was baptized as a child at First Baptist Church and was an active member there for years. She and her husband moved their membership to Northeast and were active in building the first sanctuary at the church. We are not sure what she is most known for at Northeast. Was it her Bible teaching or her hot rolls? She always had a sheet of hot rolls for dinner and especially for funeral dinners. She loved her family and worked with Herschel in their plumbing business, which was located behind the family home on Ohio Street. Family gatherings were frequent at her home and her cooking ability was enjoyed by her whole family and many friends who gathered there. She loved music and insisted that all her children take part in musical training even when they protested. "Spare the rod and spoil the child" might have been her philosophy of musical training, but all three children learned music from her practice style and continue to use and enjoy their musical abilities. She was involved in church choir and sang duets for many funerals with Mrs. Simmons and others. She, like many parents, wanted her children to have what she felt was missing in her own life. She insisted that her children attend college. She was a lifelong learner, trying to keep up with medical advances, teaching many other people to be CNA's, emergency technicians and hospital assistants through classes she taught in Clinton. She felt that education was important for a full life and always wished she had a bachelor's degree besides her nursing and public health training. She worked to provide all three children with a means for getting a degree and training that would benefit their lives. Always involved in several activities, she was a PTA president at Washington School and encouraged the development of a private kindergarten which began in the Racer home on North Main Street before kindergarten was part of the public school system here. She also was the president of the American Legion Auxiliary during the time the Legion built the building that stands in Artesian Park. She was a board member of the American Cancer Society, district president of the Missouri Nurses Association and a member of the Poly Credo Bible Study Club and two Home Education Clubs. In 1992 she was honored by the Clinton Business and Professional Women's group for her work in this community in nursing. Through her work with Camp Fire Girls, she mentored many girls who regarded her as a second mother. She enjoyed going to camp with the girls and acted as the camp nurse several years. She worked with Cub Scouts as well. She will be remembered for ... Spoiling her grandchildren. Her ability to get by on what she had available. Her ways of saving and stashing things, such as butter tubs and milk bottles, partly as a result of being a child of the Depression. Her ability to feed her family year-round with the huge gardens she worked. Her loving and gentle spirit and caring for others. Being a forerunner of the physician's assistant by answering all the calls people made to her to see if they should go see a doctor. Her continuous involvement in numerous activities in community, church and work. Her concern for her children and constant encouragement of their activities. Being a person who spanned the turn in centuries and being part of a generation of enormous change from the development of electricity in country homes to the technology of modern day. But most of all to our family for being Mom and Grandma. - Tribute by Bill Racer

RADER, Mary Jane McCOY
b: 1829, Greenbrier Co, VA
d: Feb 17 1897, Maurine, Henry Co, MO
Kepner Cemetery, Bogard Twp, Henry Co, MO
Clinton MO, Feb 20 1897 - Died at the home of M. R. Mohler in Maurine Wednesday night at 7:30, Mrs. Rader, mother of Mrs. M. R. Mohler and Mrs. L. Bensley. She was bout 55 (?) and four years has been afflicted with cancer on the left side of her head, which caused her death. Her remains were taken near Urich for burial.

RADFORD, Christopher Phoenix
b: 2007
d: Sep 16 2007, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
Osceola Cemetery, Osceola, St. Clair Co, MO
arr: Vansant-Mills Funeral Home

Daily Democrat, Clinton MO, Sep 18 2007 - Christopher Phoenix Radford, infant son of Christopher and Jessica Lynn (Cook) Radford, died Sunday, September 16, 2007, at Golden Valley Hospital, Clinton. Graveside services will be Saturday, September 22, at Osceola. Christopher is survived by his parents; his maternal grandparents, Gary and Missie Cook of Osceola; his paternal grandparents, Rickie and Lorrie Radford of Goldsboro, North Carolina, and two uncles, Adam Cook and Ricky Radford, and an aunt, Julia Radford.

RADFORD, William Norman
b: Oct 21 1918, St. Clair Co, MO
d: Mar 21 2005, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
Vansant Road/Clinton Memory Garden Cemetery, Fields Creek Twp, Henry Co, MO
arr: Consalus Funeral Homes

Daily Democrat, Clinton MO, Apr 18 2005 - William Norman Radford died March 21, 2005, at 2:36 a.m. at Golden Valley Hospital. He was born in St. Clair County, October 21, 1918, the son of Charles Lee and Ella Faye Parks Radford. He was raised in the Talley Bend area of St. Clair Country. Norman, as he was known by his friends, owned and operated Radford's Body Shop on Jefferson Street, just off the west side of the Quare in Clinton, from the late 1950s until his retirement in the early 1990s. Before Norman's retirement, he sold the business to his son, Mike Radford. Norman served his country in the United States Army from February 17, 1942, to December 15, 1945, as a Sergeant in the 91st Supply Squadron, 22nd Air Depot Group. He married Joan Elizabeth Sartin on January 5, 1946. To this union, five children were born. He was preceded in death by his wife Joan; grandson Patrick Roskop; parents, Charles and Ella Radford; infant sister, Nadine Radford; brother Dail Radford and wife Jessie, and sister-in-law, Pat Radford. He is survived by two sons, Richard Radford and wife Pat, Havana, Florida and Michael Radford and wife Linda, Clinton; three daughters, Norma Jo Dunning and husband Bob, Clinton, Karen Roskop and husband Gary, Blairstown, Linda Radford Holt and husband Jim Ed, Deepwater; two brothers, Gene Radford and wife Ruth, Clinton, Raymond Radford, Kansas City; 12 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, five nephews; brother-in-law, Sonny Sartin and wife Sandy, Osceola. Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 23, under the direction of Consalus Funeral Home at Sickman-Dunning Chapel, with burial at Clinton Memory Gardens.

b: n/a
d: Jul 14 1933, Ashton, ID

1933 - Joe Raef Dead - Joe Raef, brother of John Raef of this city, died at his home at Ashton, Idaho, July 14, after an illness of about a month. He had been in ill health for some time, suffering from absesses of the stomach, but became seriously ill a few weeks before his death. He was 60 years old. He formerly lived in Laclede County, Missouri, going to Idaho 33 years ago. He visited his brother in Montrose last fall. Other than his brothers, he leaves no immediate family. He was a well driller by trade.

RAGAN, Lenora Majean JARRELL
b: Jan 28 1935, Amarillo, TX
d: Jun 29 2007, Springfield, Greene Co, MO
Reser Funeral Home
Daily Democrat, Clinton MO, Jul 2 2007 - Lenora Majean Ragan, 72, Warsaw, died Friday, June 29, 2007, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. She was born on January 28, 1935, in Amarillo, Texas, the daughter of Alton Jackson and Ruth Marie Fisher Jarrell. Majean was married to Terry Ragan on December 5, 1965. They lived in various cities and states and became permanent residents of Warsaw in 1989. She was first and foremost a homemaker, wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed fishing, bowling and golf. She never met a stranger and was a friend to all. She enjoyed life to its fullest and was known as the neighborhood morale booster. Majean attended River Church in Warsaw. She was preceded in death by her parents and one daughter Heidi Rottler. Surviving are her devoted husband Terry of the home; one son Robert Craig and wife Sally, Martinsville, Indiana; two daughters, Brenda Frerichs and husband Dale, Clinton, and Carrie Grobl and husband Karl, San Diego, California; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Arthur Ray Jarrell of Wichita Falls, Texas, and Alton Paul Jarrell of Warsaw; other relatives and many friends. Funeral services were Monday, July 2, at River Church in Warsaw. Graveside services will be in Mt. Carmel Cemetery, near Shelbyville, Illinois, Tuesday, July 3.

b: Nov 6 1921
d: May 20 2006, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
Englewood Cemetery PF-RH, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
Daily Democrat, Clinton MO, May 22 2006 - Mary Helen Harrison Ragan of Clinton, Missouri passed away Saturday, May 20, 2006 at Golden Valley Memorial Hospital, Clinton, Missouri. Funeral services will be Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at the Clinton United Methodist Church with burial in Englewood Cemetery, Clinton. Helen was preceded in death by her parents, E. C. and Clara Robinson and one brother, Junior Robinson and her husband, Kenneth Harrison. Helen is survived by husband, George Ragan; one daughter, Gayle Johnson and husband, Mike of Clinton, Missouri; one grandson, Ben Johnson; one stepson, Bob Ragan and wife, Leila of Clinton, Missouri; two stepdaughters, Judy Carter and husband, Tom of Mission, Kansas and Lea Ann Graybill and husband, Claude of Olathe, Kansas as well as nine step grandchildren and 11 step great grandchildren.

b: Feb 20 1855, Missouri
d: Feb 27 1886, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
Englewood Cemetery PF-RH, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
Clinton MO, 1886 - Mrs. Thomas A. Ragland, after a short illness, died at her home in Clinton, February 27, 1886, aged 31. Leaves a husband and two small children to mourn her untimely death.

b: May 11 1909, Chilhowee, Johnson Co, MO
d: May 22 1982, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
Englewood Cemetery PF-RH, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
arr: Vansant-Mills Funeral Home

Clinton MO - Anna Estelle Ragland, daughter of Joe and Lucy Magdelene Benezette Lomery, was born May 11, 1909 in Chilhowee, MO. and died May 22, 1982 at Golden Valley Memorial Hospital in Clinton at the age of 73 years and 11 days. Anna attended school in the Garland community. She later married Owen Butler and they made their home in Kansas City where she worked as a seamstress for the Craddock Uniform Company. Mr. Butler died in 1960. She move to Clinton in 1963 where she worked at the Old General Hospital and later at the coffee shop at Golden Valley Hospital, retiring in 1977. On Sept. 5, 1969 she married Dan Ragland and they made their home in Clinton. Mrs. Ragland was a member of the Northeast Baptist Church. She was also a member of the Clinton Chapter No. 73, Order of the Eastern Star where she was a past matron. She was a member of the Past Worthy Matron's Club. She is survived by her husband, Dan, of the home; four step-sons, Bill Ragland of Clinton, Charles Ragland of Chilhowee, Howard Ragland of Raytown and Horace Ragland of Yakima, Wash.; a step-daughter, Mrs. Virginia Bowser of North Kansas City; one brother, Virgil Johnson of of Raytown; 13 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends. Funeral services were Tuesday, May 25 at the Northeast Baptist Church. Burial was in Englewood Cemetery.

b: Mar 28 1929, Elijah, Ozark Co, MO
d: Sep 1980, Raytown, Jackson Co, MO
Vansant Road/Clinton Memory Garden Cemetery, Fields Creek Twp, Henry Co, MO
Clinton MO - Mrs. Betty J. Ragland, 51, Raytown, died Thursday at her home. She was born in Elijah, MO, and lived in Kansas City since 1946. Many of her in-laws live in the Henry County area. Mrs. Ragland was a member of the First Baptist Church of Raytown and the Blue Ridge PTA. She is survived by her husband, Howard, of the home; three sons, Kenneth of Sedalia, Robert of Independence and Howard Scott of the home; a daughter, Mrs. Kimberly Sue Ward of Grandview; two sisters, Mrs. Peggy Lee Tuttle of Mulberry, KS, and Mrs. Bobby Jo Wallace of Houston, TX; also, two grandchildren. Funeral services were Monday at Hinton Chapel, Raytown, with graveside services and burial Monday at Clinton Memory Gardens.

b: Jan 9 1903, near Quincy, Hickory Co, MO
d: Nov 11 1998, Lee's Summit, Jackson Co, MO
Englewood Cemetery PF-RH, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
arr: Vansant-Mills Funeral Home

Daily Democrat, Clinton MO - Beulah M. Ragland, 95, Lee's Summit, formerly of Clinton, died Wednesday, November 11, 1998, at John Knox Village Care Center, Lee's Summit. - Beulah Mary (Miller) Ragland was born January 9, 1903, near Quincy, in Hickory County, to Daniel Wesley Miller and Elizabeth (Hostetler) Miller. As a child growing up with her brothers and sisters, she attended the Old Miller School. Later with her family, they moved to a farm near Ohio Post Office. Beulah married Howard (Mike) Ragland on December 5, 1926. They made their home on a farm in the Ohio Post Office community. In 1967 Beulah and Howard moved to Clinton. Beulah was preceded in death by her husband, Howard. Beulah is survived by nieces, nephews and a host of family and friends. Funeral services were held at the Vansant-Mills Chapel on Wednesday, November 18. Burial was in the Englewood Cemetery, Clinton.

RAGLAND, Calvin Land
b: Jun 1 1911, Montrose, Henry Co, MO
d: Feb 2 1994, Independence, Jackson Co, MO
bur: Oak Ridge Memory Gardens, Blue Springs, Jackson Co, MO
Speaks Funeral Homes
Daily Democrat, Clinton MO - Calvin L. Ragland, 82, Independence, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 1994 at the Independence Regional Health Center. Services will be Saturday at the Speaks Midtown Chapel, Kansas City; burial in Oak Ridge Memory Gardens Cemetery. Mr. Ragland was born in Montrose and lived in Lee's Summit before moving to Independence in 1951. He co-owned the Shed-Ragland Construction Co. in Independence for seven years, retiring in 1960. He was a member of the East 39th Street congregation of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Survivors include his wife, June Ragland of the home; two sons, Larry Ragland, Minneapolis, and Scott Ragland, Switzerland; two daughters, Sandra White, Raytown and Mary Ragland of the home; two brothers, John Ragland, Cole Camp and Ernest Ragland, Twin Falls, Idaho; eight grandchildren.

RAGLAND, Daniel Beryl
b: Jul 31 1899, near Calhoun, Henry Co, MO
d: Apr 7 1987, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
Vansant Road/Clinton Memory Garden Cemetery, Fields Creek Twp, Henry Co, MO
arr: Vansant-Mills Funeral Home

Clinton MO - Daniel Beryl Ragland was born August 31, 1899 near Calhoun, MO. He attended Merritt School and Clinton High School. As a teenager Dan became interested in working with steam engines. On May 25, 1923, he was united in marriage to Lena Tubbesing. To this union five children were born, four sons, Charles of Chilhowee, Bill of Clinton, Horace of Yakima, WA and Howard of Raytown and one daughter, Mrs. Joe (Virginia) Bowser of North Kansas City. Dan farmed and worked several jobs while raising his family. In the fall of 1950 he sold the farm and moved to Clinton. He became active in the community serving on the city council and became active in the Eastern Star and The Golden Valley Shrine Club which he served as treasurer for 14 years. He renewed his interest in steam engines and attended several shows and helped friends run them in demonstrations and parades. Lena preceded him in death in April of 1968. In September of 1969 he married Anna Butler who died in May of 1982. No longer able to care for himself he entered Chastain's Nursing Home for the remainder of his life. He is also survived by a sister, Mrs. Gussie Evans of Kansas City, several nieces, nephews, sister-in-laws and brother-in-laws. One sister, Nellie Mae, preceded him in death. Dan was a kind, gentle man whose deep faith and convictions gained him the respect of all who knew him. His love of nature, toiling the soil, planting tiny seeds and nurturing them to full growth became one of his hobbies. Dan was always available to help his friends and family when in need. His five children, 13 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews were a great joy to him. He didn't distinguish between those related by marriage and those by blood. They were all his family and he was the happiest when they were around. Funeral services were held Friday, April 10, 1987 at the First Baptist Church. Masonic services were held under the Auspices of Clinton Lodge No 548 A.F. & A.M. Burial was in Clinton Memory Gardens under the direction of the Vansant-Mills Funeral Home.

RAGLAND, Daniel Burger
b: Jul 25 1855, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
d: Jun 3 1942, Henry Co, MO
Calhoun Cemetery, Tebo Twp, Henry Co, MO
arr: Wilkinson Funeral Home

Clinton MO - D. B. Ragland died at his home north of Chalybeate Springs, June 3 1942, at 11:15 a.m. He came to his grave in full age, like a shock of corn cometh in its season. His days were greatly multiplied and the years of his life were increased far beyond most of his generation. All had gone before him to their rest and he stood alone, the last of his generation, "as the shaking of an olive tree and the gleaning of grapes when the vintage is done." His parents, Nathaniel and Frances Ragland, came to Missouri from Kentucky in 1833, purchasing their first home of 80 acres in Howard County, Missouri, through the General Land Office of the U. S., in 1835, during the administration of Andrew Jackson. In 1839 they moved to Monroe County where they purchased a home, during the administration of Martin Van Buren. This was the home of this pioneer couple for 15 years. In 1854 the family moved to Clinton, Mo., which became their permanent home. Daniel Burger Ragland was born July 25, 1855, in Clinton. The home at that time was where the Goss Clothing Store now stands. He was the youngest of the family of eight children. When a small lad his parents moved to the Ragland farm north of Clinton where S. W. Riffel now lives. There he spent his boyhood days. He was educated in the Clinton public schools. After the war between the states the family moved to Clinton, where he and his brothers, Nat, John, Bob, Tom and a sister, later Mrs. M. F. Blakemore, were reared. "Burg" as he was known to his many friends was employed for several years in the hardware store of his brother-in-law, Geo. H. Blakemore. Later he served as deputy sheriff of Henry County while his friend, Will Elliston, was sheriff. Few men in Henry County had wider acquaintanceship than he. September 2, 1891, he was united in marriage to Laura Frances Duncan. To this union three children were born: Nellie Mae who died at the age of 4 1/2 years; a son Dan Ragland, east of Clinton, and a daughter, now Mrs. Lynn Evans, of Clinton. Death claimed the mother September 27, 1904, but courage and faith and the love for his children and home inspired the father to carry on. August 26, 1908, he was united in marriage to Miss Minnie Wade of Shawnee Mound, who survives him. She had been constant in her care; his stay and support in his declining years. He leaves six grandchildren to whom he was devoted. Mr. Ragland would have been 87 years old had he lived until July 25. He united with the Methodist Church many years ago and lived true to his faith. He was a charter member of the Clinton Masonic Lodge No. 548, and was held high in the honor and affection of all men, and of the community 15 miles north of Clinton, where he had lived 51 years. Funeral services were conducted at the Wilkinson Funeral Home on Friday. Burial with the Masonic ritual was in the Calhoun cemetery. Pall bearers were four great nephews: Robert, Baker, Calvin and Howard Ragland, Don Cameron and C. O. Fewel and the many beautiful flowers expressed the sympathy of his lodge, relatives and friends.

b: Jul 8 1872, 5 mi E of Clinton, Henry Co, MO
d: Jan 31 1938, Henry Co, MO
Teays Chapel Cemetery, Bear Creek Twp, Henry Co, MO
Clinton MO - Mrs. Frank Ragland, wife of the late Judge Frank Ragland of the Henry County court, closed tired eyes on earthly scenes at 2:20 p.m. Monday, January 31, and crossed to the Hills of Hope from whence had come her strength. Had she lived eight days longer she would have reached the same age as was her husband when death claimed him six months ago. Mrs. Ragland had been a sufferer from diabetes more than a year and toward the last a dropsical condition had developed which had made it impossible for her to leave her chair for four months. Yet she never complained nor questioned the fate that was hers, accepting with the simple faith of the true Christian, the suffering she hoped would be forgotten when the mantle of immortality was slipped over her delicate shoulders. The death of Judge Ragland was the first in their immediate family in 43 years. Now, within the year, the mother has been taken and her sons and daughters mourn the loss of the sweet spirit who guided and taught them; whose positive ideas of right and wrong permitted no middle course; whose face lighted at their coming and whose love was a benediction to their days. Ella Middlecoff was born July 8, 1872, on the large Middlecoff farm five miles east of Clinton in Deer Creek township, the daughter of John W. Middlecoff and Elizabeth Land Middlecoff, prominent and old family whose American history began with Peter Mittelkauff who sailed from Rotterdam, Holland, and arrived in Philadelphia in 1728. Her father came to Henry County in 1866, settling on his large tract of land east of Clinton in 1867, improving it and hauling lumber from Warsaw for the fine old house. Wealthy and substantial, he became one of the most prominent citizens of Henry County, and president of the Henry County Bank. Mrs. Ragland was educated in the rural schools and reared in the early Methodist churches near the Middlecoff home, her religious training was thorough and sound and her respect and loyalty to the minister who was the voice piece of Higher Authority characterized all her life. She was a member at Teays Chapel at the time of her death. January 10, 1893, she became the bride of Frank Ragland. They were married at Windsor by Rev. G. M. Foster, and made their home first at the Blakemore farm, north of Clinton, and successively in Bates County, Duluth, Minn., the Middlecoff farm and in the Montrose community. Judge Ragland being made judge of the county court from the south district in 1927, they came to Clinton to live and here closed their life's books. Mrs. Ragland was a gentlewoman of kind and loving heart, patient in all her suffering, loving her garden, piecing quilts in later years, infinitely proud of her sons and two daughters and happy in the fine grandchildren whom she loved with all the intensity of a quiet, restrained life. She had many friends, winning them as the master poet suggests "by showing her self friendly and sharing their interest." Mesdames I. Keifer, Wade Church and Irene Pumphrey visited and helped her up to the last. Mrs. Ragland made her home cheery by her sweet presence and a warm bond of love holds her children close together though the soft voice is hushed. She loved here radio, enjoying the sacred concerts, keeping abreast of all news of the day and ever had an interest in politics. Loyal to the church, though the last years had made her a stay-at-home, power came to her from it and solaced her need. A sweet and beautiful character, she rests after long labors and her children bless her: Miss Mary, the youngest child of the home; Mrs. Scott Carter, Los Angeles, Cal.; Messrs. Walter F. Ragland, Empire, Cal.; Calvin L., Robt. and J. Baker Ragland, Deepwater; Howard Ragland, northeast of Clinton; and the two who teach, John Ragland of Cole Camp and Ernest Ragland at Filer, Idaho; Walter Ragland of Empire, Calif., and two grandsons, James and Francis Ragland. Three brothers, Archie and Walter Middlecoff of Los Angeles and Elmer of Alaska and sister-in-law, Mrs. Anna Wyatt, Lewis Station, also survive. The funeral was at Teays Chapel Wednesday afternoon. Interment at Teays Chapel Cemetery, Wilkinson Service in charge.

RAGLAND, Ernest Henry Dr.
b: Dec 20 1908, near Montrose, Henry Co, MO
d: Sep 20 1994, Twin Falls, ID

Dr. Ernest H. Ragland, 85, of Twin Falls (Idaho), died Tuesday, Sept. 20, 1994, at the Twin Falls Care Center. He was born Dec. 20 1908, near Montrose, Mo., the son of Frank and Ella Middlecoff Ragland. He graduated from high school in Deepwater, Mo., and earned a bachelor of science degree at Southwest Missouri State College in Springfield, Mo. In 1934, he married Dortha Kirkman. From 1943 to 1946, he served in the US Navy in the South Pacific as a Pharmacist's Mate 2nd Class. He came to Idaho in 1930 as an elementary school teacher of grades six, seven and eight and principal at Deep Creek and served in Twin Falls County for 13 terms. In 1942, he was chosen as principal of Filer Elementary Schools. Following his discharge from the Navy in late 1945, he was appointed Superintendent of Schools in Murtaugh. In 1948, he enrolled as a graduate student at Columbia University, New York City where he earned a Master of Arts degree as well as a Doctor of Education Degree in Public School Administration. One of his degrees was signed by Dwight D. Eisenhower who was president of the university at that time. He returned to Twin Falls as Superintendent of Twin Falls Schools from 1951 to 1971. Ernest was an active member of the First United Methodist Church and served on the church finance committee several times. He was a member of Twin Falls Lodge No. 45 AF and AM holding all offices including worshipful master. He was also a member and held all offices of the Royal Arch Lodge No. 15. He was a member of the Rotary Club for 20 years and served as American Legion chaplain for several years. Dr. Ragland served as Fourth District Idaho Education Association president, was a member of the IEA Finance and Administration Committee for two years, was a member of the American Association of School Administrators and was a lifetime member of PTA. He was an honorary member of the Future Farmers of America and received the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal as a World War II veteran. Survivors include one brother, John W. Ragland of Cole Camp, Mo.; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife on July 26, 1988; five brothers and two sisters. The funeral will be held Saturday, Sept. 24, 1994, at the Twin Falls First United Methodist Church. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park in Twin Falls.

RAGLAND, Florence Belle DUNLAP
b: Sep 25 1898, Montrose, Henry Co, MO
d: Mar 7 1963, Kansas City, Jackson Co, MO
Montrose Cemetery, Montrose, Deepwater Twp, Henry Co, MO
arr: Vansant-Mills Funeral Home

Clinto MO - Mrs. Robert Ragland, 309 South Orchard, Clinton, died Thursday March 7 at St. Joseph Hospital, Kansas City, where she had undergone surgery for a malignancy. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, March 10, at the Montrose Methodist Church. Pall bearers were nephews, R. D. Wilson, James Ragland, Larry Ragland, Gordon Dunlap and Jerry John Ragland and a friend, George Scott. Interment was in Montrose Cemetery. Florence Belle Dunlap was born Sept. 25, 1898, in Montrose, Mo., the daughter of Albert and Cora Dugan Dunlap. When about seven years old she moved with her parents to a farm east of Montrose where she grew to young womanhood. On Sept. 27, 1922, she married Robert Ragland. They first established their home west of Deepwater and then in 1938 moved to a farm east of Clinton. In 1944 they retired from farming and made their home in Clinton. They had no children. Early in life she professed her faith in Christ and united with the Teays Chapel Methodist Church where her membership remained until her death. Mrs. Ragland was an active, loyal member of the Roberta Rebekah Lodge, the C. C. Club and the Independence Club of the Women's Progressive Farmers Association. Mrs. Ragland was a devoted wife, took a deep interest and pleasure in her home, and was possessed with a friendly disposition. She was ever eager to assist her family, friends and neighbors whenever possible. She had been in ill health for more than two years. Previous to entering St. Joseph Hospital she had been a patient two and a half weeks at Clinton General Hospital. Besides her husband she leaves three sisters, Mrs. Ramsey (Bonnie) Wilson, Montrose, Mrs. Paul (Julia) Blumhost, Clinton, Mrs. Josephine Morris, Independence, Mo.; a brother, James Dunlap, Montrose; many other relatives and friends.

b: Dec 19 1871, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
d: Jul 19 1937, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
Teays Chapel Cemetery, Bear Creek Twp, Henry Co, MO
arr: Wilkinson Funeral Home

Clinton MO - Judge Frank Ragland, jovial, kindly judge of the south district of the Henry County Court, answered a sudden call to the realms of Eternity at 9:17 Monday night, and slipped from loved ones and neighbors in but 20 minutes from the time he called his wife, saying he was ill. The doctor, arriving shortly before his last breath was drawn, realized the end was near and Judge Ragland gently shook his head saying, "You got here too late, Doc." Sunday and Monday he had been in his usual good health, having been to the store in the course of the day Monday and Saturday had attended a session of court. His heart was not strong, although he had suffered but one other bad attack, two years before. His wife, who has been quite ill for some time and for several weeks has not been able to walk, could not go to her husband when he called, but in turn summoned their daughter, who was just outside the house. The Judge had retired but a few minutes before, Mr. and Mrs. wade Church, next door neighbors, heard the anxious voice and were at his side almost immediately but death had claimed him and they could but ease the distress of his suffering. Frank Ragland was born December 19, 1871, at the Ragland home, corner of Third and Jefferson streets, son of R. Ragland, who was the first Democratic Sheriff in the county after the War between the states, and was said to know every man in the county by name, and his wife Laura Gillespie Whitaker. "Bob" Ragland was a Kentuckian and with his brothers had come to Missouri ten or more years before the war and had homesteaded the old Ragland farm two miles north of Clinton on the Warrensburg road. Mr. Ragland came to Henry County from Monroe County which was also the home of his wife, who had lived at Shelbina. Mr. and Mrs. Ragland moved to Bates County when their son was a small boy and his schooling was received at Smoky Row. Later they moved to the Blakemore farm 4 1/2 miles northeast of Clinton, where his mother had died. Judge Ragland and Ella Middlecoff were united in marriage, January 10, 1893, and for a time they lived on the Blakemore farm, going back to Bates County for a year and to Duluth, Minn., two years where he was in the fire department. Returning to Missouri they lived on the Middlecoff farm, near the Land school. Then Mr. Ragland went to a farm near Montrose where his family grew to adulthood, seven splendid sons and two daughters, who enjoyed a family reunion, May 28, the last time they were to have an unbroken family circle. Their first child, a daughter, died in 1894 and the death of Mr. Ragland is the firs tin the immediate family in 43 years. Judge Ragland was a member of the M. E. Church, South, belonging at Teays chapel where he has always kept his membership and contributed to its support as he was able. Loving the land he was a successful farmer, learning lessons of thrift and industry. He was elected Judge of the south district of the County Court in 1927. He then moved to Clinton to make his home and continued in office six terms, where he has exercised a wise and balanced judgment, generous and kindly to all who came before him and his coworkers. He lent a sympathetic ear to any plea and favored it if possible, honest and fair, a man of fine integrity. Judge Ragland was a Democrat of the most definite stamp. He had no criticism to offer for any act of his party and gave it his hearty support and loyalty. Indeed so loyal was his nature that anything to which he belonged or which was his, had his hearty endorsement and approval. His church, his party, his lodge, his family. He had a great understanding and fondness for little children, especially his own to whom he had always been a good and indulgent father and his two grandsons he loved devotedly. He radiated the happiness of a gentle nature and never spoke hasty or unkind words that hurt or wounded others. Judge Ragland was ever interested in the affairs of the day, reading the papers and discussing current topics with those he met. He found time to make a garden every season and this year had a particularly fine one. He loved flowers and and their care was a form of recreation. He kept the plants that were sent them on Easter, Mother's Day, birthdays or anniversaries and watched and encouraged their blooming with real horticultural skill. Judge Ragland is survived by his wife, daughters, Mrs. Scott Carter of Los Angeles, and Miss Mary Ragland of the home; sons, Walter of Empire, Cal.; Calvin, Robert and Baker of Deepwater, Howard of northeast of Clinton, John of Cole Camp, Ernest of Filer, Idaho, who is enroute to Clinton, one brother, Ernest of Springfield, MO., one sister, Mrs. Anna Wyatt of Lewis Station, and an only uncle, D. B. Ragland, of Chalybeate Springs, last of the pioneer family. The funeral will be conducted Friday at Teays Chapel. The Wilkinson Funeral service is in charge.

RAGLAND, Fred William "Fritz"
b: 1869
d: Oct 17 1905, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
Deer Creek Cemetery, Deer Creek Twp, Henry Co, MO
Clinton Missouri, Oct 21 1905 - Fred W. Ragland, while attempting to cross the MK&T tracks, in northeast Clinton, was struck by an outgoing Katy passenger Monday morning about 7:30 and died from his injuries at 1 o'clock Tuesday morning. He was born in Clinton, near where the fatal accident happened, and was 36 years old. He was the son of R. H. Ragland and leaves a wife and four dear little children, the oldest only 10; also two brothers and one sister, two-half brothers and one half sister. Funeral at his late home on East Franklin and burial in Deer Creek cemetery.

RAGLAND, Horace Edward
b: Oct 16 1926, Henry Co, MO
d: Oct 14 2000, Mesa, AZ

Clinton Daily Democrat, Oct 16 2000 - Horace Edward Ragland, Mesa, Arizona, and Lynden, Washington, and formerly of Clinton, died Saturday, October 14, 2000, at Mesa, Arizona. He is survived by his wife, Naomi of the home; one daughter, Karen Riepe, and two grandsons, J. D. and Shea Riepe, Longview, Washington. he was the third son of Dan and Lena Ragland, who preceded him in death. He is also survived by one sister, Virginia Bowser of North Kansas City, three brothers, Charles and Bill of Clinton and Howard of Mesa, Arizona. He graduated from Calhoun High School in 1944. He was a member of the Army in World War II, serving in Germany. He retired from the People's store in Yakima, Washington, in 1983 as a department manager. Memorial services will be held at a later date.

RAGLAND, Howard Kenneth
b: Jun 2 1928, Henry Co, MO
d: Jan 11 2005, Mesa, AZ
Vansant Road/Clinton Memory Garden Cemetery, Fields Creek Twp, Henry Co, MO
Daily Democrat, Clinton MO, Jan 12 2005 - Howard Kenneth Ragland, 76, Mesa, Arizona, died Tuesday, January 11, 2005. The fourth son of the late Dan and Lena Tubbesing Ragland, he is survived by his wife Louise; three sons, one daughter, one stepson and three stepdaughters. Local relatives include two brothers, William and his wife Mary Helen, Charles and his wife Margaret, Clinton; one sister, Mary Virginia Bowser of North Kansas City and one sister-in-law, Naomi Ragland of Mesa, Arizona. He was preceded in death by one brother, Horace E. Ragland, and one brother-in-law, Joe Bowser. Funeral services will be Friday, January 14, at Missouri Funeral Care at 6113 Blue Ridge Blvd., Raytown. Burial will be at Memory Gardens in Clinton.

RAGLAND, John Whitfield
b: Mar 14 1906, near Clinton, Henry Co, MO
d: Feb 11 1996, Warrensburg, Johnson Co, MO
Cole Camp Cemetery, Cole Camp, Benton Co, MO
Daily Democrat, Clinton MO - John Whitfield Ragland, 89, Cole Camp, died Sunday, February 11, 1996, at Western Missouri Medical Center, Warrensburg. He was born March 14, 1906, near Clinton, son of Frank and Ella Middlecoff Ragland. On August 16, 1930, in Springfield, he married Clarice Hilton, who survives of the home. Mr. Ragland graduated from Southwest Missouri State University in 1932. He taught for six years in rural Henry County and was superintendent at Shawnee Mound for two years. He moved to Cole Camp in 1932 and served as superintendent of Benton County R-I Schools for 33 years, retiring in 1967. In 1952 he helped organize the city and rural Fire Protection Association. He helped organize the good Samaritan Nursing Home District and also served as an administrator. Mr. Ragland served for 22 years on the State Fair Community College Board of Trustees and helped establish Cole Camp Boonslick Regional Library. He was mayor of Cole Camp for four years, was secretary/treasurer of the Cole Camp Fair for seven years and was past president of the Cole Camp Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Ragland also helped organize the senior citizens housing and the Cole Camp Ambulance District. He was an active member of the first United Methodist Church, Cole Camp. Other survivors include a son, Dr. Jerry John Ragland, Yokosuka, Japan, and two grandsons. Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 13, at the Fox Funeral Home, Cole Camp. Burial was in Cole Camp Cemetery.

b: Feb 11 1838, Monroe Co, MO
d: Jul 31 1894, Henry Co, MO
Deer Creek Cemetery, Deer Creek Twp, Henry Co, MO
Clinton MO, Sep 8 1894 - Death of Mrs. Ragland - Mrs. Laura E. Ragland was born in Monroe county, Mo. Feb. 11, 1838. Of her father's family, all are dead except one sister, Mrs. H. A. Gose, who lives at Shelbine. She was married in 1854 to T. H. Whitaker. Three children were born to them - Mrs. Elbertha Hoover, who lives at Butler; G. A. Whitaker who lives at Salt Lake City and T. H. Whitaker, who lives here. Her first husband died in 1860 and on the 7th day of November, 1865, she married R. H. Ragland. To them, seven children were born. Three died at Montrose in April 1884, within 11 days. The four living live here - Ernest, Fred, Frank, and Annie Laura. Her children were all present when she died except for G. A., distance and sickness in his family preventing him from being here. Before she died, she called her husband and children to her bed, kissing them all and bidding them all farewell and saying she would meet them in heaven. She joined the Methodist church when 17, then the Christian church. Her disease was that dread destroyer, consumption. She went to Salt Lake City last December to spend the winter with her son in hopes of regaining her health, but it seemed to do no good. She returned home last April. Her little grandchild preceeded her in death only five weeks ago and was buried in the same graveyard. Burial in Deer Creek cemetery.

b: 1869
d: Sep 27 1904, Henry Co, MO

Clinton Missouri, Oct 29 1904 - On September 27, 1904, Mrs. Laura Frances Ragland, wife of D. B. Ragland of Tebo township, died. She had been sick a long time, suffering with consumption. She joined the M. E. Church, South, in early life. On September 2, 1891, she was married to D. B. Ragland; three children, two surviving her; Daniel Beryl, aged 5, and Augusta Gracey, aged 3, left to comfort the father and share with him the loss of a devoted wife, loving mother and true Christian neighbor and friend. She will be sadly missed by her mother, Mrs. Duncan, and a large circle of friends.

b: Aug 26 1899, Jefferson Co, MO
d: Apr 29 1968, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
Vansant Road/Clinton Memory Garden Cemetery, Fields Creek Twp, Henry Co, MO
arr: Vansant-Mills Funeral Home

Lena Henrietta Ragland was born in Jefferson County, MO, on Aug 26, 1899, and died April 29, 1968 in Clinton General Hospital. She was the oldest of ten children born to William and Lizzie Ludemann Tubbesing. When she was seven years old she moved with her parents to a farm near Quarles in Henry County. She received her education in Jefferson County and Comer Elementary schools. She was united with the Quarles Baptist Church as a young girl, where she had remained an active member. She also was a member of Linne Burks Missionary Circle of the First Baptist Church in Clinton. On May 25, 1923, she was united in marriage with Daniel Beryl Ragland of a neighboring community. Most of their married life was spent in the Quarles and Clinton communities. Five children blessed this union. Always interested in community activities, Lena had been very active in many phases of youth work, guiding her children in 4-H and church groups. She also had great interest in Eastern Star activities and since moving to Clinton in 1950, she had been especially active in helping at the Masonic Temple in the many social affairs of the organization. She was also an active member of the Clinton W.P.F.A. She enjoyed mingling with people and made many friends amongst those with whom she worked. Her hobbies of quilting and flowers kept her busily and happily occupied. Her twelve grandchildren brightened the house when they could be near her. She liked doing things that made them happy. She is survived by her husband, Dan Ragland, of the home at 216 N. Washington, Clinton; the five children: Charles Lee of Chilhowee; William, Clinton; Horace of Port Angeles, WA; Howard of Raytown; Mrs. Joe Bowser of North Kansas City; a brother, Fred , of Clinton; seven sisters: Huldah, Margaret Keck of Clinton; Mamie Wales, Viola Holt, Kansas City; Pat Whittier, Seattle, WA; Laura Crooks, Leeton; Mary Smith, Redlands, CA. Funeral services were held Thursday, May 2, 1968, at the Clinton First Baptist Church. Burial in Memory Gardens.

b: Jan 19 1925, near Norris, Henry Co, MO
d: Feb 3 2007, Kansas City, Jackson Co, MO
Englewood Cemetery PF-RH, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
arr: Vansant-Mills Funeral Home

Clinton MO - Margaret Louise Ragland, daughter of Calvin and Gladys Rodgers Norcross was born near Norris on January 19, 1925. She traveled to heaven on February 3, 2007. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at the United Methodist Church of Clinton. Burial will be in Englwood Cemetery. She will be remembered by her devoted husband of 59 years, Charles, one daughter Deborah and husband Terry Mitchel of Clinton, two granddaughters Lana Mitchel of Summit, New Jersey and Dara Mitchel of Galveston, TX. Other family members are one sister Eunice Clark of Clinton, two brothers Ernest Norcross of Clinton and Claude Norcross and wife Dorothy of Drexel. Sisters-in-law Lacy Norcross of Clinton, Ilene Norcross of Washington Illinois, Naomi Ragland of Linden Washington, Louise Ragland of Wichita Kansas; brother-in-law William Ragland and wife Mary Helen of Clinton; one aunt Margaret Norcross of Warrensburg. Margaret received a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Central Missouri State University. She spent eighteen years teaching elementary grades in various schools throughout Henry County. Margaret and Charles were united in marriage May 26, 1948. They enjoyed their time dairy-farming in the Norris area through 1989, when they retired and moved to Clinton. Their family honored Charles and Margaret for their 50th wedding anniversary in 1998. Margaret was a member of the Clinton United Methodist Church and the Samaritan-Builders Sunday school class. She was also a member of the Norris Neighborly Homemakers Club, the Henry County Historical Society, and the Retired Teachers Association. Margaret and Charles had been members of the Golden Valley Square Dance Club for over 25 years. Margaret served as historian for the Norris School Alumni Association since it was organized in 1964. Margaret and Charles enjoyed several tour-bus trips to various places including Nova Scotia, Northwestern States, Myrtle Beach, and the Canyonlands. Margaret pursued several hobbies following her retirement from teaching including ceramics, quilting, painting, and flower gardening. She occasionally taught art and craft classes in her home and nearby communities. Those welcoming Margaret in heaven are her parents, three infant brothers, brother Bob Norcross and his first wife Jean; brother Lawrence Norcross, brothers-in-law H. Edward Ragland, A. David Clark, Joseph Bowser, Howard Ragland and his first wife Betty, also a sister-in-law Mary Virginia Ragland Bowser

b: Mar 17 1810, Winchester, Clark Co, KY
d: May 24 1884, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
Englewood Cemetery PF-RH, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
Clinton MO - Died, in this city, Saturday evening, May 24th, 1884, Mrs. Frances Ragland, widow of the late Nathaniel M. Ragland, and old and highly respected citizen of this county. Mrs. R. was a native of Kentucky, having been born in Winchester, Clark county, March 17th, 1810. When she was but a child her father met with a tragic death at New Castle, Ky., and her mother dying soon after this event, the little orphan girl was kindly cared for in the home of her grandfather, whose name was Thomas, and a relative of Gen. Geo. H. Thomas, who was a distinguished officer in the Federal army during the late war. At the age of 21, she was married to Nathaniel M. Ragland, of Clark county, Ky., and in 1832 they emigrated to Missouri, which had been admitted into the Union as a state only ten years before. Mrs. R. lived to see her adopted state come up from a territory to one of the first in the great commonwealths of the American Union. Her life reached over three-fourths of the present century, a century by far the most stirring and important to the Christian era. She belonged to a generation of noble women, who contributed largely to the building up of this new and growing state, in intelligence, morality, Christianity and material prosperity, and in fact everything which goes to make up a well regulated society. Mrs. R. first located in Fayette, Howard county, and after a residence there of only a few years she removed with her family to Monroe county, where most of her children were born. While living in Monroe county she became a Christian, and united with the Christian church in Paris. In 1847 she changed her residence to Cooper county, where she lived until 1854, when the family came to Clinton and occupied a residence which stood near the ground which Judge Dorman's store room now occupies. This was one door west of the residence of the late Col. Andrew M. Tutt, once a distinguished citizen of this county. In 1856, her husband having bought four hundred acres of land only two miles north of town, the family moved on to this land, and at once began to open up a farm. This was made a most desirable place, and later greatly increased in value, and was sold to the late Aaron Land in 1868. After this Mrs. R. again moved with her family to Clinton and made the beautiful home on East Jefferson street, which she occupied till her death. She was one of the original members of the Christian church in this city, which was organized in the court house in 1855. Mrs. Elizabeth Connor, nee Bozarth, is now the only surviving member of this original congregation living in Clinton. Those who knew Mrs. R. in her palmy days will remember that few ladies were better informed in the Bible than she, and in fact few preachers could surpass her in quoting and applying the teachings of Christ and the apostles. Her devotion to the cause of Christ was only equaled by her devotion to her family. Although to her friends and family always bright and cheerful, yet her life was a peculiarly sad one. While but a child she was bereft of father and mother; while moving from Kentucky to Missouri, her first born died in her arms, and was buried beneath the roses in the soil of Indiana. Her oldest, as well as her favorite child, James Harvey Ragland, went to California in 1853, when only nineteen years old, and on his homeward voyage was lost at sea. He had crossed over the Pacific ocean from San Francisco to Panama, crossed the Isthmus and took passage at Aspinwall on the ill fated steamer, Central America, bound for New York City. The vessel had favorable winds, clear skies, and calm seas from Aspinwall to Havana, where she anchored Sep. 8th 1857. The morning of the 9th dawned clear and bright, the vessel weighed anchor, spread her sails to gentle winds past out of the port and soon gained the open sea. When near the outer edge of the Gulf Stream and five hundred miles off Cape Hatteras, the vessel encountered a terrific gale and was lost will all her cargo and most of the passengers and crew. Few of the five hundred and seventy-five persons on board were saved and those generally women and children. The Central America was a U. S. Mail steamer and was carrying the California Mails, it was commanded by Captain William Louis Herndon, of the U. S. Navy, who greatly distinguished himself at the time of the disaster, by gallant and meritorious conduct. This good man who went down to death, while standing at his post, was the father of the late wife of President Chester A. Arthur. This was one of the greatest disasters that ever happened upon the high seas. Mrs. Ragland's husband and daughter both died in the distant South, where they had gone with her for their health. Their deaths followed each other in such quick succession that the father and the daughter might have met on the "stygian brink," Mrs. R. has been an invalid for over three years. The funeral which took place on Monday was largely attended. There was placed on the casket a large and beautiful star of white roses sent by the ladies of the Christian Church, Carthage, MO., of which her son, Rev. N. M. Ragland is pastor. The sermon of Rev. Mr. Plattenburg was most eloquent, beautiful and impressive. All her children were present at the funeral with the exception of Capt. Jno. M. Ragland, who lives in St. Clair Co., and could not be reached by telephone.

b: Nov 10 1871, near Shawnee Mound, Henry Co, MO
d: Aug 9 1959, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
Calhoun Cemetery, Tebo Twp, Henry Co, MO
arr: Schaberg Funeral Home (closed)

Last rites for Mrs. Minnie Wade Ragland, 87, who died Aug 9 at Wetzel Hospital where she had been a patient since July 5, were conducted Aug 11, at Schaberg Funeral Home. Burial was in Calhoun Cemetery with nephews, Owen Wade, Kent McSpadden, John Adams, Jack Austin, Neal and Allen Paxton as pall bearers. Minnie Wade was born Nov 10, 1871, near Shawnee Mound, the daughter of Peter William and Sarah Jane Johnson Wade, pioneer Henry Countians who came to Missouri from Ottumwa, IA, at the close of the Civil War. Her father, a Union army veteran, and her mother, a teacher in the Ottumwa schools, made their home at Shawnee Mound and reared their 10 children there. On Aug 26, 1908, she married D. B. Ragland of Calhoun and they maintained their home there until Mr. Ragland's death in 1942. Since that time she had lived in Clinton. She is remembered as a good, kind Christian woman, devoted to her home family and friends, a loyal neighbor and ever willing to help another. Early in life she united with the Hickory Grove Methodist Church, in later years transferring to the Clinton Assembly of God Church. She leaves a stepson, Dan Ragland, Clinton; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Lynn Evans, R. 2, Clinton; three sisters, Mrs. Oren Streeter, Independence, Mrs. Lula Paxton, Milan, Mo., and Mrs. Albert Devenney, Osceola; a brother, Will Wade, Passadena, Calif.; a number of nieces and nephews, including Owen Wade of Clinton; six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; many other relatives and friends.

RAGLAND, Nathaniel Madison Jr. Rev.
b: Mar 17 1848, Boonville, Cooper Co, MO
d: May 10 1933, Fayetteville, AR

Fayetteville AR, May 10 1933 - N. M. Ragland is Called by Death - The Rev. N. M. Ragland, Pastor Emeritus of the Christian church, head and founder of the Christian church at Farmington, died here today after a long illness. He was born March 17, 1848, just 12 days after the founding of the church here by the noted Robert Graham who rode into Fayetteville on horseback March 5, 1848; a church Mr. Ragland served for nearly a half century. Funeral arrangements have not been completed pending the arrival of his daughter, Mrs. Fannie Ragland Carter who lives in Canton, Ohio, and of his son, Harvey Ragland, of Bristow, Okla. Mr. Ragland had lived in Fayetteville nearly 48 years and had been connected with the local church all of that time, 23 years actively. He was born at Boonville, Mo. His first wife was Miss Fannie Sparr of Knob Noster, Mo., where the two were married. Mr. Ragland was married a number of years after his first wife's death to Miss Beatrice Shelton of Fayetteville on Feb. 21, 1901, who with his two children and nine grandchildren survive him. Mr. Ragland often was referred to as Fayetteville's most beloved citizen. Until a year ago he attended actively to many clerical duties but during the past six months has been confined almost entirely to his home. His daughter spent the winter and early spring here at his bedside and had returned to Ohio only three weeks ago. - Clinton Eye, May 10 1933 - Rev. N. W. Ragland Died - In 1854 N. M. Ragland removed from Cooper county, Mo. to Clinton. He built a house on the lot now occupied by the Goss Clothing Company. Five years later he bought land two miles north of Clinton. Mr. Riffel's home on highway 13, where the cedar trees are, is a part of the farm, the trees being planted by Mr. Ragland. In 1848 while living in Cooper county, a son was born, being the namesake of the father. This son, N. M. Ragland, Jr., grew to young manhood on his father's farm with four brothers: John, Robert and Thomas, long since deceased, and Daniel Burger Ragland, the youngest of the family now living in the Chalybeate Springs neighborhood of this country, having been born in the home on the north side of the square, and is probably the oldest native of Clinton. A sister, Malinda Frances, married Geo. H. Blakemore in 1861 and lived in Clinton all her life, which ended in October, 1929. Early in life, N. M. Ragland, Jr. was called to the ministry. To fit himself for this exalted calling, he attended the University of Lexington, Kentucky, three years. On May 29th, 1874, he graduated from the Christian University at Canton, Mo. The Clinton Christian Church called him as a pastor. After a few years of service he became pastor of the church in Sedalia. He then went to Carthage, and in 1885 accepted a call to the church at Fayetteville, Ark. He served the church there nearly 40 years. When he resigned he was made Pastor Emeritus, which honor he cherished until his demise, which occurred Wednesday morning, May 10th, 1933, at his home in Fayetteville, Ark., surrounded by members of his family and friends, and attended by the prayers and grief of almost the entire population of the city. The funeral was held Saturday, May 13, at 3 p.m. in the church which he had so long and faithfully served. Interment at the local cemetery. While pastor at Sedalia he married Miss Fannie Sparr of Knob Noster. Three sons, Harvey, proprietor of the newspaper at Bristow, Okla..; Henry, a Civil Engineer, died in Memphis, Tenn. in 1904; and little Nat, who died in infancy. One daughter, Fannie, married John B. Carter, who represents R. G. Dunn and Co., at Canton, Ohio, that home consisting of the parents and three daughters. The wife and mother of the children named, died when the children were very young. About fifteen years later Rev. Ragland married Miss Beatrice Shelton of Fayetteville, Ark., who was a devoted wife and help mate and now lives in sweet memories of the splendid life. During the years he was Emeritus Pastor, he devoted most of his time to serving mission churches in and near Fayetteville, and when his strength permitted, no call for help was unheeded by him. He spent his life ministering to others. He was sent for by those in affluence. He sought out those in poverty. He was welcome in the counting houses and places of business, and was a comforter in the precincts of sorrow. About two years ago, due to failing strength, he had to cease activities, but his home was the Mecca of those in need. None went away comfortless. Some weeks ago a demonstration of love for him was held in the church he had so well served. This was participated in by the people of the city regardless of church preference. He was not able to attend. Radio connection with his home was installed that he might hear the enconiums of his fellow citizens. Annually and oftener he visited his beloved sister, Mrs. Blakemore in Clinton. Their mutual love was beautiful. His last visit to Clinton was to attend the funeral of his sister in October, 1929. While he was pastor of Clinton Christian Church, he taught school which was conducted in the old church at the corner of Third and Green streets. Mrs. J. M. Spangler was one of the pupils, and when she became a bride she had Rev. Ragland perform the ceremony, March 7th, 1878. After nearly sixty years in the ministry, while a beautiful halo was brightening his life's radiant sunset, neighbors heard from his lips the assurance of a glorious translation. His spirit pure as the redeeming blood of his Savior could make it joined the concourse of departed friends who had scaled the battlements of heaven to welcome him home. "The pitcher was broken at the well". His service to his fellow man ended only when he was called to a higher, purer life. The good he did will follow him in the lives of those made nobler through his service. The Master said: "He that is servant of all shall be greatest in the kingdom". His was a life of ceaseless, useful service for others. The promise is true. Uncle Nat's place is secure in the realm of eternal bliss.

RAGLAND, Samuel Hobbs
b: 1867, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
d: Jul 21 1919, New York, New York

Former Circuit Clerk Dies - Demise of Samuel Hobbs Ragland Occurs in New York City - William A. Curry, clerk of the assignment division of the circuit court, yesterday received word of the death in New York city on July 21 of Samuel Hobbs Ragland, 51 years old, who was at one time a deputy circuit clerk in Judge James H. Slover's division of the circuit court. Mr. Ragland was well known among Kansas City lawyers. He was born in Clinton, Mo., and was graduated from the old Woodland college in Independence. He left here in 1902, and was for ten years advertising manager of the Smart Set magazine in New York, and for five years was in charge of the advertising department of the Faber Pencil Company. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mable Moore Ragland, to whom he married in Toledo, O., in 1913.

RAGLAND, Thomas Alexander
b: Dec 6 1841, Monroe Co, MO
d: Oct 3 1907, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
Englewood Cemetery PF-RH, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
Clinton MO, 1907 - The death of Thomas Ragland occurred very unexpectedly Sunday morning from heart disease of long standing. Last week, he and his wife rented the farm near Urich and came to town to be more convenient to a doctor and temporarily occupied rooms in his brick building on the west side of the square. He was born in Monroe County, Dec. 6 1841; educated at Christian University in Lexington, Ky.; married Alice Beasley in Boone County, Mo. in 1873; came to Clinton in 1874 and was a prominent grocery merchant here a number of years. Two children - Claude of Kansas City, and Ellen, now Mrs. B. Lippincott of Chicago. The mother died about 20 years ago and in 1896, Mr. Ragland married Mrs. Sarah Rankin of near Urich, who survives him. Mrs. George Blakemore of Clinton is an only sister. The four surviving brothers are John M. of Osceola; Rev. N. M. Ragland of Fayetteville, Arkansas; Robert Ragland, Clinton and D. B. of Calhoun.

RAGLAND, Thomas H.
b: Jun 21 1936
d: Dec 5 1999, Marshall, Saline Co, MO
bur: Cremation

Clinton Daily Democrat, Dec 8 1999 - Thomas H. Ragland, 63, Marshall, died Sunday, December 5, 1999, at his home. Cremation, under the direction of Sweeney-Reser-Wills Funeral Home of Marshall.

b: abt 1960, Appleton City, St. Clair Co, MO
d: Aug 23 2007, Appleton City, St. Clair Co, MO
Denney Cemetery, Ava, Douglas Co, MO
arr: Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home

Daily Democrat, Clinton MO, Aug 27 2007 - Tamara Calvin Ragusa, 47, Appleton City and formerly of Kansas City, died Thursday, August 23, 2007, at Ellett Memorial Hospital, Appleton City. Funeral services were Sunday, August 26, at Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel, Osceola. Graveside services were Monday, August 27, at Denney Cemetery, Ava.

RAHE, Fred
b: Jun 25 1874, Germany
d: Feb 1 1940, Butler, Bates Co, MO
Johnstown Cemetery, Johnstown, Bates Co, MO
arr: Wilkinson Funeral Home

Johnstown Cor., Johnstown MO, 1940 - Death of Fred Rahe The community was saddened to hear of the death of Mr. Fred Rahe. He had been in poor health for several years, but on Tuesday, Jan. 30, he was taken to Butler for medical treatment. The funeral was conducted Sunday afternoon at the Church of Christ. The body was laid to rest in the Johnstown Cemetery. Relatives from South Dakota, who were here to attend the funeral were: Mrs. Freida Ozanna, husband and baby, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Capstick and Mr. and Mrs. Joe Pitts.

b: Jul 15 1859, near Austin, TX
d: Oct 3 1937, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
Englewood Cemetery PF-RH, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
arr: Consalus Funeral Homes

Clinton MO - Mrs. F. M. Raines of 407 South Orchard street, who, for two years has been bedfast with an incurable malady, slipped to the shores of Eternity at the end of the Sabbath day, 5:55 o'clock, when the had of her Maker lifted her frail body to scenes of Everlasting Day. Cynthia Rose Hughes was born near Austin, Texas, July 15, 1859, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hughes. "Bobby" Hughes as her father was generally called, was a great hunter and trapper. They came back to Missouri from Texas the first year of the war between the States, in a covered wagon, thinking they could not get back if they delayed. Her mother, Sarah Jane McNew Hughes, died soon after their return to Missouri and was given a military funeral, conducted by the state militia, as her husband was a Union soldier doing escort duty under Capt. Weaver of the state militia. She rests in the McNew burial ground a mile west of Deepwater, annually visited by her granddaughter, Mrs. White. The young Cynthia Rose was given loving care by her brother, John, one of Clinton's City Fathers and her older sister, Sarah. She attended the schools of the Ladue neighborhood. December 23, 1885, she became the bride of F. M. Raines, who was an employee of the old Middlecoff mill and they went to housekeeping at 313 North Water street. Four children were given their union, Ida, Mrs. Moreland, deceased, and Clarence Marion, killed in the Battle of the Argonne in France during the World War; Mrs. Harve Garrett of Carter street and Mrs. W. H. Mansfield of the home, whose constant and devoted care has been given the precious mother, whose every want she anticipated and whose pain she soothed. Mrs. Raines was a fond mother, whose interest was her home and from whose sweet spirited shelter she needed no further outlet or diversion. Quiet, mild, stamped with the true instincts of the real gentlewoman, she lived a simple life, replete with love for her own family and her neighbors. Her love of flowers was one of the dominat joys of her life and she was surrounded with great quantities and many varieties of them during her active years. In her delicate fingers was seemingly the wizardy of growth, for what she planted grew and every blossom she cherished, seeing in its bright hues and shining leaves the promise and love of God. She was a member of the Christian church, which seemed her home and even though she attended little the tie was close and comforting. She accepted life with a sweet philosophy that did not struggle against adversity and no complaints or words of suffering passed her lips in the recent long months. While her body is gone her gentle spirit remains to bless her children even unto the third generation, and comfort her failing husband whose hand still gropes for hers. One brother, John, and a niece, Mrs. Daisy White, also survive and five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. The funeral services were Tuesday at the home.

RAINES, Francis Marion "Tobe"
b: Jun 10 1851, Howard Co, MO
d: Nov 7 1937, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
Englewood Cemetery PF-RH, Clinton, Henry Co, MO

Clinton MO - Francis (Tobe) Raines died about 8:05 a.m. November 7, 1937. Mr. Raines, who had been in failing health for some time, became worse the latter part of October, and the Friday preceding his death suffered a hemorrhage of the stomach. He was unconscious of any physical pain the the last few days, but received every care from his daughters, Mrs. Will Mansfield of the home and Mrs. Harve Garrett of South Carter street. Mr. Raines survived his beloved companion of many years only five weeks. Francis Marion Raines, known in Clinton as Tobe Raines, was born June 10, 1851 in Howard County, one of a family of nine children. While there he was married to Miss Betty Pagett, and to this union were born two children, Oscar, who died in infancy and Mrs. Harve Garrett. Mrs. Raines died when her baby girl was nine months old. December 23, 1885, Mr. Raines married Miss Cynthia Rose Hughes and to them were given three children, of whom Mrs. Mansfield survives. Mr. Raines had long been a resident of Clinton, in his earlier days working at the Middlecoff Mill and later at the Keyes Mill, where he was a bran and flour packer. For the past several years he had lived in retirement, his home and family his foremost consideration. Here, too, he welcomed friends of many years and new ones, which he made easily for his was a jovial nature. Deceased had often been touched by sorrow, but this was not allowed to mar his cheerful disposition, nor warp his outlook on life. He was converted about 1909, when a daughter, Mrs. Ida Moreland died, and became a member of the Christian church, with his wife, both receiving a sweet comfort from the close tie. They so beautifully affiliated in life, have again been joined thru death, which so gently touched the father and husband, releasing the spirit from mortal bonds. Mr. Raines, known to many as Uncle Tobe, mourned the loss of their son, Clarence Marion, killed during the World War and held closer in love his remaining children and grandchildren. Besides the two daughters, he is survived by the following grandchildren, Robert Garrett, Mrs. Lloyd Carleton, Charles, William and Kenneth Mansfield, all of Clinton; also four great grandchildren, Margaret Elizabeth Garrett, Juanita Rose and Eugene Carleton and John Richard Mansfield. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday at the home. Burial at Englewood.

RAINEY, Minnie A.
b: May 1 1877
d: Apr 12 1926
Freeman-Holsapple Cemetery, Collins Twp, St. Clair Co, MO
Clinton MO, 1926 - Miss Minne Rainey Dead Miss Minnie Rainey died April 12 at the home of her sister, Mrs. A. M. Winbigler, living about 3 1/2 miles southwest of Montrose. Her death was the result of a fall. Friday evening before, as she was going down the porch steps she fell striking her head on the concrete. She regained consciousness for only a short time. All that medical skill and loving hands could do was of no avail. A short funeral service was held in the home Wednesday morning. The remains were taken to Osceola where another service was held for relatives and friends who were unable to come this distance. Interment was made near Vista.

RAINS, Harry Ervin
b: Oct 15 1920, Leesville, Henry Co, MO
d: Apr 3 2003, Sedalia, Pettis Co, MO
Laurel Oak Cemetery RA-SE, Windsor, Windsor Twp, Henry Co, MO
arr: Hadley Funeral Home

Daily Democrat, Clinton MO, Apr 7 2003 - Harry Ervin Rains, 82, Windsor, died Thursday evening, April 3, 2003, at the Bothwell Regional Health Center in Sedalia. He was born October 15, 1920, in Leesville, the son of Don Wesley Rains and Grace Mildred (Dalton) Rains. On June 21, 1946, at the First Christian Church in Windsor, he married Maxine Douglas, who survives of the home. Mr. Rains served in the United States Navy during World War II in the South Pacific Theatre. After his time in the service he worked at the International Shoe Factory, Windsor, for 42 years, retiring in 1983. He was a member of the First Christian Church, serving as an elder and was recently appointed elder emeritus by the church. After his retirement, he and his wife did custodial work for the church. In addition to his wife, he is survived by four brothers, Calvin Rains, Kansas City, Don Rains, Greenwood, Harold Gene Rains, Overland Park, Kansas, Leon Rains, Lincoln; four sisters, Lois Cason, Jefferson City, Fern Null, Warrensburg, Ruth Griffith, Windsor, Joan Odell, Raytown, and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Monty Allen Rains. Funeral services were Sunday, April 6, at the Hadley Funeral Home, Windsor. Burial was in the Laurel Oak Cemetery, Windsor.

RAINS, John Calvin
b: Jun 5 1928, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
d: Apr 21 2016, North Kansas City, Clay Co, MO
Laurel Oak Cemetery RA-SE, Windsor, Windsor Twp, Henry Co, MO
arr: Park Lawn Funeral Home

John Calvin Rains, 87, of Kansas City North, passed away unexpectedly on April 21, 2016. Visitation will be Sunday, April 24, at Park Lawn Northland Chapel, I-35 at State Route 291, Liberty. The funeral service will be held Monday, April 25, at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 205 North Forest, Liberty. Graveside services will follow at Laurel Oak Cemetery in Windsor, MO. Calvin was born June 5, 1928, in Clinton, MO, the fourth of ten children of Don Wesley and Grace Marie (Dalton) Rains. Along with his parents, Calvin was preceded in death by seven siblings, Ervin, Lois, Ella Fern, Don, Ruth, Leon and Monty. Calvin served in the U.S. Army during the Korean war. He worked for General Motors at Fairfax and more recently for 25 years for the North Kansas City School District before he retired. Calvin was a member of St. Stephen Lutheran Church. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Gladys (Wilford) Rains; brother, Gene Rains (Erma Jean); sister, JoAnn O'Dell; as well as many nieces, nephews and their families.

b: Aug 29 1923, Merriam, Johnson Co, KS
d: Mar 5 2017, Windsor, Henry Co, MO
Laurel Oak Cemetery RA-SE, Windsor, Windsor Twp, Henry Co, MO
arr: Hadley Funeral Home

Maxine Rains, 93, of Windsor, Missouri, died early Sunday afternoon, March 5, 2017 at Windsor Healthcare & Rehabilitation. She was born August 29, 1923, in Merriam, Kansas, the daughter of Pines Shelton Douglas, Sr. and Agnes Delia (Grogan) Douglas. On June 21, 1946, she married Harry Ervin Rains at the First Christian Church, Windsor, and he preceded her in death on April 3, 2003. Maxine's family moved to Windsor from Kansas when she was two years old. She graduated from Windsor High School and went to work at the former Windsor International Shoe Factory as a secretary, retiring in the mid 1980's. She was an active member of the First Christian Church, Windsor. Along with her husband, she volunteered at the church as custodian for a number of years. They also delivered Meals on Wheels together to area Windsor residents for several years. She enjoyed playing games, especially card games, and working puzzle books. She spent many hours playing games with friends at the Senior Center. Survivors included 3 nieces and a nephew, Donna Mathews (Mike), Janet Naylor, Randy Naylor (Kim), all of Lee's Summit, Mo., and Carol Medlin (Mike), Kansas City, Mo.; 6 great-nieces and 1 great-nephew; and 2 great-great-nieces and 5 great-great-nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by 3 sisters, Pan Douglas, Pate Douglas and Winnie Naylor; a brother, Pines Shelton Douglas, Jr.; a nephew, Doug Naylor; and a brother-in-law, Vernon Naylor. Funeral services will be Wednesday, March 8, 2017, at the Hadley Funeral Home, Windsor. Burial will be in the Laurel Oak Cemetery, Windsor.

RAINS, Monty Allen
b: Aug 12 1946, Benton Co, MO
d: Jul 26 1999, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
Laurel Oak Cemetery RA-SE, Windsor, Windsor Twp, Henry Co, MO
Daily Democrat, Clinton MO - Monty Rains, 52, Clinton, died Monday, July 26, 1999, at the golden Valley Memorial Hospital in Clinton. He was born August 12, 1946, in Benton County, the son of Don Wesley Rains and Grace Mildred (Dalton) Rains. Survivors include four sisters, Lois Cason, Jefferson City, Fern Null, Warrensburg, Ruth Griffith, Windsor, Joan Odell, Kansas City; five brothers, Harry E. Rains, Windsor, Calvin Rains, Kansas City, Don Rains, Greenwood, Harold Gene Rains, Overland Park, Kansas, and Leon Rains, Lincoln, and a number of nieces and nephews. Graveside services were Thursday, July 29, at the Laurel Oak Cemetery, Windsor.

RAINS, Vernon W.
b: abt 1916, Bay, Arkansas
d: Nov 15 2006, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
bur: Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery, Jonesboro, AR
Vansant-Mills Funeral Home
Clinton MO - Vernon W. Rains, age 90 of Clinton, Missouri passed away Wednesday, November 15, 2006 at Westwood Nursing Center, Clinton, Missouri. Burial will be in the Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery, Jonesboro, Arkansas. Vernon was born in Bay, Arkansas. He was a carpenter before he retired. He was a Baptist and a member of the Carpenter's Union. He is survived by his wife, Lena of the home; one son, Rev. Charles Rains of Joliet, Illinois; two daughters Lloyd Ponomar of Springdale, Arkansas and Pat Kuizin and husband, Bob of Carefree, Arizona; one stepdaughter, Sharon Manley and husband, Don of Leeton; two sisters, Nina Waite of Appleton City, and Alice Walter of Hoxie, Arkansas as well as a number of grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

RAINS, Victor W.
b: Jun 22 1915, Rockville, Bates Co, MO
d: Aug 3 2001, Duncan, OK
Resthaven Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Osceola Twp, St. Clair Co, MO
Clinton Daily Democrat, Aug 6 2001 - Victor W. Rains, 86, Duncan, Oklahoma, died Friday, August 3. Funeral services were Monday, August 6, at Don Grantham Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Resthaven Memorial Gardens. He was born June 22, 1915, in Rockville, the son of James O. and Ora Bell (Chastain) Rains. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the United States Navy. He owned and operated Vic Rains Food Mart. He was a city councilman of Duncan, 1978-84, president of the Duncan Booster Club for two terms, a Mason, and a member of the Red Red Rose. He was a member of Highland Park Baptist Church. He was married to Blanche E. Patterson on March 31, 1946, in Winfield, Kansas. He is survived by his wife, Blanche, of the home; one daughter, Helen and her husband, Frank Hudson of Duncan; one son, Rusty Rains and his wife, Carla, of Joplin; one sister, Zida Sunderwirth, Osceola; one sister-in-law, June Hobart, Cedar Vale, Kansas; brother-in-law, Louis Harp and his wife, Frances, Independence; eight grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and special friends, Carl and Kay Merrill and family. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Patty Ann Rapp of Appleton City.

b: Oct 15 1927, Scott Co, IL
d: Dec 13 2004, Deepwater, Henry Co, MO
Vansant Road/Clinton Memory Garden Cemetery, Fields Creek Twp, Henry Co, MO
arr: Vansant-Mills Funeral Home

Daily Democrat, Clinton MO, Dec 31 2004 - Rex L. Ralaford, son of Sterling and Mary (Stice) Ralaford, was born October 15, 1927, in Scott County, Illinois, and died at his home in Deepwater on December 13, 2004, at the age of 77 years. He was a truck driver and had lived in Kansas City before moving to Deepwater nine years ago. He was a member of the Finey Baptist Church, Deepwater. He is survived by his wife Betty of the home; one son Gary Ralaford of Warsaw, and three sisters, Freda Evans and Mary Pierz, both of Winchester, Illinois, and Peggy Varner of Pittsfield, Illinois. Funeral services were held at Vansant-Mills Chapel, Clinton, on Thursday, December 16. Burial was in Clinton Memory Garden Cemetery.

RALSTON, William A. "Bill"
b: abt 1946
d: Jul 28 2005, Roscoe, St. Clair Co, MO
Benton Green Cemetery, Center Twp, St. Clair Co, MO
arr: Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home

Daily Democrat, Clinton MO, Jul 28 2005 - William A. "Bill" Ralston, 59, Roscoe, died Thursday morning July 28, 2005, at his home. He was the longtime operator of Bill's Market in Roscoe. Local survivors include his wife Marsha of the home; two daughters, Angela Self of Osceola, and Billie McNeece of ElDorado Springs. Funeral services will be Saturday, July 30, at Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel in Osceola. Burial will be in Benton Green Cemetery, near Roscoe.

RAMEY, Frances Evelyn THOMAS
b: Jun 20 1917, Calhoun, Henry Co, MO
d: Jul 28 2007, Warrensburg, Johnson Co, MO
Englewood Cemetery PF-RH, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
arr: Consalus Funeral Homes

Daily Democrat, Clinton MO, Jul 31 2007 - Frances Evelyn Ramey, 90, Chilhowee, died Saturday, July 28, 2007, at Western Missouri Medical Center in Warrensburg. Funeral services will be held Thursday, August 2, at Consalus Funeral Home with burial at Englewood Cemetery. Frances was born June 20, 1917, in Calhoun, Missouri, daughter of Allen and Ocie Brown Thomas. She married Lloyd Lee Ramey on March 14, 1938 and to this union three children were born: James Lee, Thomas Dale and Evelyn Joann. Lloyd preceded Frances in death on March 15, 1999, one day after their 60th wedding anniversary. Frances was a graduate of Clinton High School, Class of '35 and an active and faithful member of the Shawnee Mound Cumberland Presbyterian Church. She belonged to the Shawnee Mound Ladies Aid and the Norris Neighborly Extension Club. For many years she was a 4-H leader teaching clothing, foods and gardening. In later years she enjoyed exhibiting items in various local and county fairs and received many blue and purple ribbons plus many other awards. In 1977, she was queen of the Henry County Extension Club. Fabric painting, gardening and quilting were also a few of the many things she enjoyed. In addition to her husband Lloyd, her parents, her sister, Wilma Starnes and a young son, Thomas Dale, preceded her in death. Survivors include a son, James Lee Ramey and wife Margaret, Kansas City, Missouri; a daughter, Joann Rankins and husband Dezell, Des Moines, Iowa; a grandson, who she raised, Randy Bysor and wife Christian; six grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors.

RAMEY, Lloyd Lee
b: Jul 16 1909, Boise, OK
d: Mar 15 1999, near Chilhowee, Johnson Co, MO
Englewood Cemetery PF-RH, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
arr: Consalus Funeral Homes

Daily Democrat, Clinton MO - Lloyd Lee Ramey, 89, died at his home on March 15, 1999. He was born in the Oklahoma Panhandle at Boise City, Oklahoma. He was one of nine children of James Stout and Rosa Ramey. The family moved later to Stillwater, Oklahoma where he attended school. In 1935 he and his mother and two brothers, Lester and Roscoe, moved to a farm in northwest Henry County. It was there that he met Frances Thomas. They were married in 1938 and to this union three children were born, James Lee, Thomas Dale and Evelyn Joanne. Thomas Dale died in 1945. In March 1946 the family moved to a farm just west of Shawnee Mound Church. He had taught the adult Sunday School class several years. He had been a member of the Masonic Lodge 548-AF&AM, Clinton, a Past Master in 1959 and a member of the Scottish Rite of Kansas City. He was a farmer, carpenter, sold Pioneer seed corn, worked as a painter at CMSU in Warrensburg for several years and worked as county assessor. He also was a township collector and member of the Clinton Senior Center. He is survived by his wife, Frances, of the home; one son, James Lee and wife, Margaret, Kansas City; one daughter, Evelyn Joanne Rankins of Des Moines, Iowa; two grandsons, Randy Joe Bysor of Chilhowee and fiancee, Christian Williams, of Leeton, James Lee Ramey, Jr. and wife, Kristen, Grandview; two great-grandsons, Joseph Peter and Brandon Lee Bysor; one step-daughter, Heidi McCurdy, and one step-great-granddaughter, Diamond Madrid. They had just celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary the day before he died. Surviving is one sister, Velma Robbins, Powell, Wyoming, and several nieces and nephews and a host of friends. He was laid to rest in Englewood Cemetery, Clinton.

RAMEY, William K. "Bill"
b: Jan 31 1941, Holden, Johnson Co, MO
d: Nov 8 2001, Kansas City, Jackson Co, MO
bur: Cremation

Clinton Daily Democrat, Nov 9 2001 - Bill Ramey, 60, rural Odessa, died Thursday, November 8, 2001, at Research Hospital in Kansas City. - Clinton Daily Democrat, Nov 12 2001 - William K. Ramey, 60, Kingsville, died Thursday, November 8, 2001, at Research Medical Center in Kansas City. He was born, January 31, 1941, in Holden, the son of Lester W. and Pearl Audrey (Curnutt) Ramey. On January 31, 1968, he married Sari Elizabeth Zenge in St. Charles. To this union, one daughter was born, Elizabeth Ann. The relationship between Bill and Elizabeth Ann was very special and he was always proud of her. Sari preceded him in death November 9, 1992. On October 22, 1994, he married the former Vicky Gard in Holden. Mr. Ramey had attended Lincoln School and graduated from Holden High School in 1959. In 1963, he received his Bachelor of Science degree from central Missouri State University in Warrensburg. He had lived in Columbia and St. Charles before returning to Holden in 1971. Soon after graduating from college, Mr. Ramey became a claims adjuster for State Farm Insurance Company, serving a large territory in western Missouri, and was a mentor to many fellow employees during his tenure. He was a member of the Holden R-III School Board for 22 years, 18 of which he served as president. He was a member of the Holden 1st United Methodist Church and of the Holden Optimist Club. He had served as president of the Optimist Club and was named Optimist of the Year in 2001. Bill served as treasurer of the Johnson County Soil and Water Conservation Board, and he was a member of the Johnson County Democratic Committee. He will be greatly missed. Survivors include his wife, Vicky, of the home; one daughter, Elizabeth Ann, and her husband, Chris Viney, Kansas City; one brother, Bob Ramey and wife, Marilyn, Holden; one sister, Mary Kathryn (Kate) Gross and husband, Norm, Lee's Summit; his mother-in-law, Elizabeth Zenge of Columbia; his father-in-law, Dick Gard, Kingsville; sisters-in-law, Susan Straub and family, Jefferson City, and Terry Hadley and family, Kingsville; stepchildren, Bambi Burden and family of Concordia, Bob Corlew and family, Holden; five step-grandchildren; two aunts, Jewell Dalton, Clinton, and Frances Ramey, Chilhowee; several nieces, nephews and countless friends. Memorial services were held Sunday afternoon, November 11, at Holden High School Gymnasium. Cremation.

b: Jul 13 1962, Windsor, Henry Co, MO
d: Jul 7 1994, near Windsor, Henry Co, MO
Laurel Oak Cemetery RA-SE, Windsor, Windsor Twp, Henry Co, MO
arr: Hadley Funeral Home

Daily Democrat, Clinton MO - Radeana (Cooper) Ramirez, 31, Windsor, died Monday, July 7, 1994, near Windsor. She was born July 13, 1962, in Windsor, the daughter of Homer Ray Cooper and Evelyn Nadine Dady Cooper. Ms. Ramirez was a nurse's aid at area hospitals and nursing homes, including Windsor's Resthaven Nursing Home for five years. She was also a member of the Belton Christian Church, Belton. She is survived by her parents, Homer Cooper and Nadine Cooper, both of Windsor; two daughters, Ashley Lee Smith, Windsor, and Rebecca Nadine Rodriguez, Belton; two brothers, Clifford C. Cooper, Windsor, and Randy L. Cooper, Warsaw; three sisters, Myrna R. Shirley, Montrose, Colorado, Sharon L. Ebeling, Chilhowee, and Charla R. Cummings, Windsor, and five nieces and one nephew. Funeral services will be Saturday, July 16, at the Hadley Funeral Home, Windsor. Burial will be in the Laurel Oak Cemetery.

b: Jan 7 1943, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
d: Apr 23 2006, Kearney, Clay Co, MO
bur: Cremation
Dickey Funeral Home
Daily Democrat, Clinton MO, May 2 2006 - Ms. Merrilyn Ann Ramsdell, of Kearney, Missouri, was born January 7, 1943 in Clinton, Missouri, the daughter of Orlan Eugene Rose and the late Hazel Mae (Thomas) Howard. She departed this life Sunday, April 23, 2006, at her home at the age of 63 years, 3 months and 16 days. Merrilyn was employed as a secretary for Yellow Freight, Overland Park, Kansas until her retirement and earlier had been a secretary for Armco Steel Company, Kansas City, Missouri. In her retirement, she worked at the Truman Corner Antique Mall, Grandview, Missouri. Merrilyn was a collector of antiques, arrowheads, fossils and rocks. She had lived in Creighton and Archie, Missouri before moving to Kearney in 2005. She was preceded in death by her mother, Hazel M. Howard on March 8, 2005. She is survived by a daughter, Denise A. Marek and husband James; a grandson, Jason; a granddaughter, Rachel and husband Nick; her father, Jack Howard; numerous cousins; other relatives and many friends. Cremation.

b: Apr 12 1856, Adams Co, IA
d: Oct 10 1958, near Urich, Henry Co, MO

Clinton MO - Funeral services for Mrs. Annie N. Ramsey, 102, who died Oct. 10, 1958, near Urich, Mo. were held at the Maysburg Church of God and a second service was held Mt. Etna, Ia. where the body was taken for burial. Annie Nancy Ramsey, eldest daughter of George and Sarah Peterson, was born April 12, 1856, in Adams County, Iowa, and died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Bishop Cannon, near Urich, Mo. She was the last of a family of 11 children. On March 1, 1874 she was united in marriage to Albert B. Ramsey who preceded her in death in Dec. 1937. To this union, which lasted over 63 years, were born eight children, five of whom preceded her in death; an infant son, Leo Francis; a small daughter, Anna Bell; Dora Ethel Johnson, who died on 1903; a son Fredrick Emerson in 1952; and Winfield Ellsworth in 1956. The surviving children are: W. F. Ramsey and Mrs. S. M. Keller of Reedley Calif., and Mrs. Bishop Cannon of Urich, Mo. She also leaves 23 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren and 49 great-great-grandchildren Making 118 living descendants. Mrs. Ramsey lived in Iowa until 1902 when she and her family moved to a farm near Mayesburg, Mo. In 1921 she and her husband moved to Creighton where they lived until his death.

RAMSEY, Elijah W.
b: Apr 18 1815, Lexington, KY
d: Feb 9 1893, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
Englewood Cemetery PF-RH, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
Clinton MO, Feb 11 1893 - Thursday night at 12 the spirit of our esteemed and venerable fellow citizen, Elijah W. Ramsey, passed to its maker, after a brief attack of pneumonia. Born near Lexington, Ky. April 18, 1815, he early came to Missouri, located near Warsaw, where on October 29, 1846, he married Mary J. Canada, a native of Virginia. Eight children - five still living. Geo. W. arrived from Illinois barely in time to mourn with the others at his father's dissolution and give comfort to his bereaved mother. Uncle Elijah removed with his family from Warsaw to Clinton in 1878 and has been a familiar form among us, whose measured step of later years brought thoughts of Zion. Funeral at the Baptist Church and burial in Englewood.

b: abt 1905
d: Oct 18 1994, North Kansas City, Clay Co, MO
Sunset Hill Cemetery, Warrensburg, Johnson Co, MO
arr: Sweeney-Phillips & Holdren

Daily Democrat, Clinton MO - Funeral services for Mable Ramsey, 89, Gladstone, were held Friday, October 21, 1994, at the Sunset Hill Cemetery in Warrensburg. Mrs. Ramsey, formerly of Warrensburg, died Tuesday, October 18, at the North Kansas City Hospital. Mrs. Ramsey lived in Clinton for a number of years at Fountain Plaza. Her husband, George Ramsey, was a former Clinton High School coach and they left here to go to Newport News, Virginia, where Mr. Ramsey coached. Mrs. Ramsey was a native of the Cornelia community in Johnson County. Survivors include a great-niece, Linda Wheatley of Clinton. Mrs. Ramsey lived in a nursing center in Gladstone at the time of her death.

RAMSEY, Sandra June "Sandy" NORRIS
b: Jun 18 1938, Winston, Daviess Co, MO
d: Feb 16 2003

Daily Democrat, Clinton MO, Feb 18 2003 - Sandra "Sandy" June Norris Ramsey died Sunday, February 16, 2003. She was born to Bill Allen and Maxine Eleanor Norris in Winston on June 18, 1938. She lived the first few years of her life in Gallatin, moving first to Clinton and then to Warrensburg, where she graduated from Warrensburg Public High School in 1956. She married Charles Ray Ramsey of Clinton on November 2, 1956. He died July 1, 1989. She is survived by her two daughters, June Seifert and husband Steve, Edgerton, Kansas, and Rae O'Neal and husband David, Olathe, Kansas, and one son, Allen Ramsey of Olathe, Kansas; three grandsons, three granddaughters, and their mother Mary; one great-granddaughter; one sister Billy Ann Welch and husband Larry, Overland Park, Kansas, and one brother Carl Allen Norris and wife Mary Sue, Warrensburg, as well as several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at Grace United Methodist Church, 11485 South Ridgeview Road, Olathe, Kansas, on Saturday, February 22.

RANDALL, Frank Marion
b: 1868, Illinois
d: Nov 5 1891, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
Englewood Cemetery PF-RH, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
Clinton Eye, Nov 7 1891 - Frank Marion Randall, aged 24, died at the home of his parents on East Ohio on Thursday morning at 3:15, November 5, 1891. He was an industrious, ambitious young man of high moral character. Last April he was taken with measles, which left him with a cough and bowel trouble. In spite of all medical aid, this resulted in his death. he had been going down very fast for over a week but was not confined to his bed. He was unable to talk above a whisper for about one week. On Tuesday, after he had retired, he told his sister that he thought they all acted as if he was worse and said if she thought so and thought he was going to die, he wanted to know it. He said he was not afraid to die. He also told her that ever since he was ordained as deacon of his church, his whole heart's desire was to be a minister and said he would tell her more in the morning. On Wednesday, he arose as usual, only weaker; when noon came, he ate heartily of an elegant dinner sent to him by a friend. About 3 o'clock, he concluded he felt like walking around out doors; he walked out in the barnyard, where he turned faint and weak and on account of his frail voice he was unable to call for help. He blew a little whistle that he had with him, which drew his father's attention. When they got him in the house and on his bed, he said: "I will be better in a little while." He had hopes of getting better to the very last. About 7, when the doctor told him his time was drawing near, he looked up into his mother's eyes and said: "Heavenly Father, carry me through; thy will be done, not mine." He was conscious up to the time of his death. About 2 in the morning, when the cold sweat of death was on his brown, he looked up and smiled and said: "Don't you think I act better? I feel so much better." He suffered no pain whatsoever, but simply grew weaker and weaker, until he realized he was dying. he tried to talk so it could be understood; and when they would say: "Frank, we cannot understand you", he would only look up and smile; and at 3:15, kissed his little sister, Beulah, then closed his eyes as if in sleep, and without a struggle, passed into eternity. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Randall.

RANDALL, Jabel Jackson
b: Apr 11 1837, Clay Co, IN
d: Feb 18 1904, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
Englewood Cemetery PF-RH, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
Clinton Missouri, Feb 20 1904 - Jabel Jackson Randall, this good man breathed his last at his home on South Fifth Street Thursday morning at 6:45 o'clock. He had been sick for five weeks with a complication of diseases. Born in Clay County, Indiana and if he had lived until April 11, he would have been 67. He left Indiana in 1855 to go to Illinois, where he married Miss Elizabeth Austin Oct. 31, 1858. The children, six living: C. D. Randall, Mrs. Lillian Neiberger, Misses Lucy and Beulah Randall, Mrs. Louella Coleman and R. S. Randall of Kansas City. Mr. and Mrs. Randall came to this state in Oct 1888. He joined the M. E. Church of this city in 1894 and was a thorough Christian gentleman. He was a lover of simplicity in all things. His sufferings were great and he prayed that the end might come. Burial in Englewood.

b: Sep 27 1940, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
d: May 21 2013, Springfield, Greene Co, MO
Paul Cemetery, Shawnee Twp, Henry Co, MO
arr: Herman H. Lohmeyer Funeral Home

Wilma Jean Randol, 72 of Springfield passed away Tuesday May 21, 2013 in her home. Wilma was born September 27, 1940 in Clinton, Missouri to William Raymond and Mildred (Bradshaw) Arnold. Wilma worked as a dispatcher for Prime Trucking Company for 23 years. She is survived by her six children Randy Randol of Archie, Missouri, Mike Randol of Topeka, Kansas, Deb Randol of Kansas City, Missouri, Shelby Catanzaro of Belton, Missouri, Chris Randol of Archie, Missouri and Neal Randol of Columbia, Missouri; her grandchildren, Shanna McConnell, Brandi Wisdom, Misty Coleman, Mikey Randol, Tyler Cantanzaro, Jordan Cantanzaro, Chandler Randol, and Josh Randol; 10 great grandchildren and her close friends, Cathy Bowman and family, Linda Brown and family and Cathy May and family all of Springfield.

RANDOLPH, Benjamin Franklin
b: Oct 22 1855, near California, Moniteau Co, MO
d: Jan 6 1925, 4 mi N of Urich, Henry Co, MO
Hendrick Cemetery, Bogard Twp, Henry Co, MO
Urich Herald, Urich, MO - Benjamin Franklin Randolph, son of Jeremiah and Rhoda Caroline Randolph, was born near California, Mo., October 22, 1855, and died at his late home, 4 miles north of Urich, MO., on Jan. 6th, 1925, age 69 years, 2 months and 14 days. With his parents he moved to Henry county when about 17 years of age, and in 1877 he was married to Miss Martha Jane Hall, who survives him. To their union five children were born, four daughters and one son. The daughters, all of whom survives are: Mrs. J. H. Sullivan, of near the old home; Mrs. W. F. Goodman of Urich; Miss Lillie Fleet Randolph, of the home, and Mrs. C. S. Harris, of Rich Hill, Mo. The son, Coloniel Vesty, died early in life. He is also survived by one brother, Jerry Lee Randolph, and one sister, Mrs. Luvena E. Blecher, both living seven miles north of Urich. He was converted and united with the Baptist church at Hartwell in 1873, but later united with the Baptist church at Urich, of which he was a member at death, having been a church member 51 years. He had been in failing health for three years and for the past eighteen months he had been a great sufferer, but was patient and uncomplaining during all that time. It can be truthfully said of him that he was a good citizen and neighbor and a kind and indulgent husband and father. What more need be said? The funeral services were held on Wednesday afternoon at the Urich Baptist church and burial made at the Hendrick cemetery.

b: Aug 8 1917, Columbus, Cherokee Co, KS
d: Jun 28 1999, Raytown, Jackson Co, MO
Englewood Cemetery PF-RH, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
arr: Consalus Funeral Homes

Daily Democrat, Clinton MO - Carolyn (Barnes) Randolph, 81, Raytown, formerly of Clinton, died Monday, June 28, 1999, at a healthcare center in Raytown. Mrs. Randolph was born August 8, 1917, in Columbus, Kansas, to Leslie W. and Kathryn Hawkins Barnes. She had lived most of her life in Clinton, before moving to Raytown 10 years ago. She was a member of the Baptist faith. Mrs. Randolph was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey Randolph, Sr., on January 31, 1988; her parents; four brothers, George Barnes, Jake Barnes, Joe Barnes and Bob Barns; three sisters, Clara Barnes, Myrtle Wallace and Ida Rhoades. Surviving are one son, Harvey Randolph Jr. and his wife Margaret, Garden City; two daughters, Nancy Richardson and her husband John, Grandview and Barbara Kern and her husband Bradie of Jefferson City; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one brother, Fred Barnes of Deepwater; one sister, Grace Long of Mountain Home, Arkansas, and several nieces and nephews. Graveside services were held Thursday, July 1, at the Englewood Cemetery, Clinton.

b: Nov 20 1848, Cooper Co, MO
d: Jul 9 1935, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
Tebo Church Cemetery, Leesville Twp, Henry Co, MO
Clinton MO - Mrs. Chaney Randolph, who came to Henry County before the Civil War and has been a beloved resident since, entered the life eternal at 10:40 a.m. Tuesday, July 9. She had been living with her daughter, Mrs. J. H. Wears, at 318 East Grand River street and had enjoyed excellent health, being able to get about the house and some to the table for meals. However, her constitution weakened with the weight of her 86 years and Friday she became suddenly ill and life ebbed rapidly after that. Chaney Hall was born November 20, 1848, in Cooper County, Mo., and came to a farm near Coal with her parents before the War. The family were southern sympathizers but the father did not join the southern forces. During the unlawful ravages which accompanied the war, the father was killed by Bushwhackers. In 1869, when she was 21 years old, Chaney Hall was united in marriage to James Randolph, a young southern soldier, and their home was near Leesville for many years. They were devoted to each other and their congenial happiness was unbroken until his death about ten years ago, five years after they had left the farm and come to North Water street in Clinton to live. Since then she had lived with her children, always eagerly welcomed at each home because of her kindliness and the sweet gentleness that was hers. Mrs. Randolph, descendant of Virginian and North Carolinian families, possessed the real instinct of southern hospitality, evidenced in the frequent entertaining in her home. The Sunday dinners, when the entire family and all the friends went home with Mr. and Mrs. Randolph after Sunday school and enjoyed an abundant and perfectly cooked dinner, are still remembered by those who partook because of the happiness and friendliness which pervaded. Mrs. Randolph's home was her kingdom and was kept as neat and clean. She gave her best to her family in the model home she kept. She never entirely ceased working, and when staying with her children would insist on helping the homemaker with her duties. She loved to have people about her and was happiest when there were guests in her home. Every caller in her advancing age was a delight and a real source of pleasure to her. For many years Mrs. Randolph was a Baptist, belonging to the Tebo church. She was faithful in her devotion to the Master and was always willing to do anything to further His kingdom. The following children are left to survive Mrs. Randolph: Harvey Randolph, Mesdames J. H. Wears, Frank Wilson and Chas. Eberting of Clinton; Mrs. Bertha Scheele of Windsor and Sterling P. Randolph of Denver. There are a number of grandchildren whom she always liked to have about her, also five great grandchildren. A sister, Mrs. Janey Randolph, who married Mrs. Chaney Randolph's husband's brother, Ben, lives in Urich. A brother died at Higginsville a year ago at the age of 98. Funeral services were at the Tebo Baptist church on Wednesday. Burial was in Tebo cemetery.

b: Feb 26 1917, Loveland, CO
d: Jan 18 2004, Butler, Bates Co, MO
bur: Sacred Heart Cemetery, Mound City, Linn Co, KS

Daily Democrat, Clinton MO, Jan 19 2004 - Edward A. Randolph, 86, Butler, formerly of Pleasanton, Kansas, died Sunday, January 18, 2004, at Medicallodge Nursing Home in Butler. He was born February 26, 1917, in Loveland, Colorado, the son of Charles and Eva Medek Randolph. He was married to Mary Ellen Harrington, who died in 1982. He was employed as a plant manager for CPC International prior to his retirement. He was preceded in death by an infant son, Ronald Randolph; one brother and two sisters. Survivors include one daughter, Judy Ballou, Hume; one sister, Rose Wilborne, Kansas City; three grandchildren, Jenny Reynolds, Steve Scheppers and Lisa Peterson and seven great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be held Wednesday, January 21, at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Mound City, Kansas.

b: Mar 1 1920, Appleton City, St. Clair Co, MO
d: Sep 18 1997, Kansas City, Jackson Co, MO
Vansant Road/Clinton Memory Garden Cemetery, Fields Creek Twp, Henry Co, MO
arr: Vansant-Mills Funeral Home

Daily Democrat, Clinton MO - Grace Maxine Bichsel Randolph daughter of Henry H. and Barbara Ellen (Grace) McClendon, was born March 1, 1920 in Appleton City, and died September 18 1997, at Research Medical Center, Kansas City, at the age of 77 years. Grace was a lifelong area resident. She was the executive director of the Clinton Housing Authority until her retirement in 1985. She was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Clinton. She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Mamie Owens, Maude Dewalt and Frances Bays, and seven brothers, Melvin, Bud, Bill, John, Merle, Paul Joe, and Cliff McClendon. Grace is survived by one son, Billy Joe Bichsel of the home; two grandchildren, Jennifer Lynn Long and Jeffrey Allen Bichsel, both of Clinton, as well as five great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Monday, September 22. Burial was in Clinton Memory Gardens, Clinton.

b: Nov 27 1951, Kansas City, Wyandotte Co, KS
d: Oct 12 2008, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
Consalus Funeral Homes
Michele Ann Randolph, of Clinton, Missouri passed away on Sunday, October 12, 2008, at her home, at the age of 56. Michele was born on November 27, 1951, in Kansas City, Kansas to Kenneth and Beverly (Cates) Howard. Michele was a visiting nurse for the National Nursing Association in the 1980's. She also worked for the EPA in the removal of asbestos, and the Mid-America Nazarene College until her retirement. She was united in marriage on, August 3, 1986, to Garry Randolph. After her marriage to Garry she began volunteering at the Clinton animal shelter. Michele loved antiquing with Garry, making her beautiful keepsake boxes and designing greeting cards. She was a wonderful mother to three amazing children, Shawn, Heather and Natalie and a loving grandmother to Alex and Anthony. Those surviving her include: her husband Garry, her mother Beverly Richardson of Bella Vista, Arkansas; a son Shawn Howard and his wife, Regina, of Clinton, Missouri; two daughters, Heather (Barnett) Dumit and her husband, Dan, of Kansas City, Kansas and Natalie Randolph of Ottawa, Kansas; three brothers, Kenneth Howard of Olathe, Kansas, Scott Howard of Cuba, Missouri and Brett Howard of Bella Vista, Arkansas; two grandsons, Alex and Anthony of Ottawa, Kansas and her dear friends, Waheeda and Gena. She was preceded in death by her father, Kenny; her stepfather, Ernie; her father-in-law, Owen Randolph, Jr., and many other family members and her beloved pets. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Oct 18 at Consalus Funeral Home, Clinton.

RANEY, Albert Gallatin "Bud"
b: May 6 1854, Mercer Co, KY
d: Jan 27 1930, Springfield Twp, Henry Co, MO
Calhoun Cemetery, Tebo Twp, Henry Co, MO
Clinton MO - The people of Thrush community were shocked to hear of the death of A. G. Raney, which occurred at his home Monday morning at 7 o'clock. He had been complaining for a week or more, but not even his family thinking him serious, as he did his usual work and feeding on Sunday evening. He read the papers and retired as usual. His beloved and faithful wife arose Monday morning and was preparing breakfast when she heard him cough. she said to him "Raise up and it will help you." Not seeing him move she went to his bedside and found him lifeless. She immediately called neighbors and their youngest son A. D. Raney, who resides in Clinton, who hurriedly came with Dr. S. A. Poague, who found he had passed all human aid; that he had heart failure, and so quickly passed from time to eternity. A. G. Raney, or Uncle Bud, as he was familiarly called was the last of a family of nine children. He was born in Kentucky on May 6, 1854, dying Jan. 27, 1930, being 75 years, 8 months and 21 days old. He moved with his parents to Missouri and remained a resident the balance of his life. He was married to Martha Goff, Dec. 12, 1875, on the farm where they have spent all of their married life which reached the number of 54 years. His devoted wife is left to mourn his going: also their three sons, R. A. Raney and T. H. Raney of Kansas City; A. D. Raney of Clinton, and their wives, with two grandsons, Gorman Raney of Kansas City and Barr Dee Raney of Clinton. Those grandsons were the idol of his heart, loving them as dearly as his own, and never happier than when all of his children were home. Uncle Bud had a jovial, happy disposition, and was one of our hardy pioneer residents, industrious, and a good neighbor; a man who provided well for his family. He was a member of Mt. Gilead Church and will be greatly missed by numbers of friends and relatives, who extend sympathy to his dear wife and children in their great loss. The funeral was Jan. 28th at his home. Burial in Calhoun cemetery.

RANEY, Audra "Faye" EAST
b: Aug 18 1918
d: Feb 10 2010, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
Maplewood Cemetery, Osage Twp, Henry Co, MO
arr: Vansant-Mills Funeral Home

Daily Democrat, Clinton MO, Feb 12 2010 - Audra "Faye" Raney, 91, Clinton, died Wednesday, February 10, 2010, at Golden Living Center, Westwood, Clinton. Funeral services will be Sunday, February 14 at Vansant-Mills Chapel, Clinton, with burial in Maplewood Cemetery. Faye was preceded in death by her parents, William and Stella (Chastain) East; her husband, Bardee Raney; son Robert W. Belton, and three brothers, Wayne East, Raymond East and Wyatt East. Among survivors are her daughter, Karen Ritter and husband Andy, Clinton; six grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Bridget Belton of Arvata, Colorado.

b: Sep 17 1913, St. Clair Co, MO
d: Oct 3 2001, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
Englewood Cemetery PF-RH, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
arr: Vansant-Mills Funeral Home

Clinton Daily Democrat, Oct 15 2001 - Audrey Lee Raney, daughter of Fred and Cordia Dunning Shaffner, was born September 17, 1913, in St. Clair County, and died Wednesday, October 3, 2001, at Westwood Nursing Center, Clinton. She was married to Lonnie S. "Jack" Raney who preceded her in death on February 27, 1973. She was a rural school teacher and was assistant post mistress in Deepwater. She also worked for the Henry County Engineers Office and worked at the Farmers Bank for several years before retiring in 1981. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Clinton. She loved nature and the great outdoors. She is survived by her son, Steve Raney and wife, Joyce, Lewis Station; two sisters, Lorraine Brown and Cleta Kennedy, both of Clinton, as well as two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Graveside services and burial were held at the Englewood Cemetery, Clinton, on Monday, October 8.

RANEY, Isaiah W.
b: Apr 9 1849, Washington Co, KY
d: Nov 24 1924, Calhoun, Henry Co, MO
Calhoun Cemetery, Tebo Twp, Henry Co, MO
Clinton MO - I. W. Raney was born in Washington County, Ky., April 9, 1849, and departed this life Nov. 24th, 1924; age 75 years, 7 months and 15 days. He was an active member of the Calhoun Christian church, being an elder and treasurer of the board for a number of years up to the time of his death. With his sunny disposition, he was loved by all who knew him. He had been in failing health for over one year but he was always so jolly and had a smile for everyone. His nearest neighbors didn't realize the end was so near. He is survived by a wife, two daughters - Mrs. Lillie Masters and Mrs. Dessie Henry; one brother, A. J. Raney of Thrush; one sister Rosa Bell Johnson, Lowry City; ten grandchildren, four great-grandchildren. Both daughters were at his bedside at the time of his death. Funeral services were held at Calhoun Christian church, Nov. 26, 1924, after which the body was tenderly laid to rest in Calhoun cemetery by the side of his first companion, who preceded him to the better world by seven years.

RANEY, James "Jim"
b: Jun 5 1923, Coal, Henry Co, MO
d: Jul 31 1999, Springfield, Greene Co, MO

Clinton Daily Democrat, Aug 4 1999 - Jim Raney, 76, Ozark, died Saturday, July 31, 1999, in St. John's Regional Health Center, Springfield. He was born June 5, 1923, in Coal, and was the son of James and Ethel (Minnick) Raney. He served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. In 1942 he and Mable Eva LaRont were married. Mr. Raney retired as supervisor for Public Finance Company. He currently was the Head Start buss driver for Nixa. He was a member of Southside Church of Christ in Ozark, where he served as a deacon. Survivors include his wife Mable; two daughters, Joyce Rogers and Gina Wuertley and her husband Don, all of Ozark; four grandsons, Phil, Kerry and Tod Rogers and Chad Larson; four great-grandsons; one great-granddaughter; four step-great-grandchildren and a sister Lois Manfreidi, Kansas City. He was preceded in death by a brother Ralph Raney; a sister Mary Weistein, and his parents. Funeral services were Tuesday, August 3, in Adams Funeral Home, Ozark. Burial was in Sparta with military honors.

RANEY, James Edward
b: Nov 20 1891, N of Coal, Henry Co, MO
d: Jun 10 1939, 3 mi SE of Coal, Henry Co, MO
Tebo Church Cemetery, Leesville Twp, Henry Co, MO
arr: Wilkinson Funeral Home

Clinton MO - James Raney died on the early morn of June 10, 1939, the beloved spirit of James Raney took its flight and without warning departed quickly into Eternity, while he was doing his morning chores at his home three miles southeast of Coal. He died with apoplexy, resulting from high blood pressure. He was found a few minutes later by his son, Junior, who was assisting with the work. James Raney was born November 20, 1891, north of Coal. He was better known as Jim and spent all of his life in this community except eight years at Humansville. He was married to Miss Ethel Minick December 23, 1915, and to this union was born four children: Mrs. Lois Franklin of Talladega, Ala.; Miss Mary Raney of Kansas City; Ralph and Junior Raney of the home. His wife preceded him in death 15 years ago. May 21, 1927 he was united in marriage to Miss Beatrice Westbrook and to this union were born two children, Doris and little John Edward, of the home. He was a devoted husband, a kind, loving father, a congenial neighbor and a true, loyal friend. He was known for his fun loving disposition, his happy carefree manner, sunny smiles and willingness to help others. He was especially good in helping to care for the sick and was always ready to aid in time of need. Just a week previous to his death he had made a confession of faith in Christ and told his immediate family that all was well. He expressed his intention to make a public confession and unite with the church at the first opportunity. Those left to mourn h is death are his devoted wife, the above mentioned six children, his mother, Mrs. Mary Raney; three sisters, Mrs. Pearl Parks of Coal, Mrs. Daisy Schara of Lamar and Miss Sally Raney of Kansas City; one brother, Will Raney, of Coal. Funeral services were conducted at Tebo Church Tuesday, June 13. Burial in Tebo cemetery.

RANEY, Jettie Lee
b: Sep 6 1906, Henry Co, MO
d: Feb 7 1994, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
Englewood Cemetery PF-RH, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
arr: Consalus Funeral Homes

Daily Democrat, Clinton MO - Jettie Lee Raney was born September 6, 1906, in Henry County, the daughter of James and Laura (Belle) Raney. She died February 7, 1994, at Meadowbrook Manor of Clinton at the age of 87. She had been a resident of Meadowbrook for the past seven and one half years. She was a lifelong resident of the Clinton community. She worked as a nurse's aide in nursing homes. She was a member of the Northeast Baptist Church and faithfully attended there until her health failed. She is survived by several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were Wednesday, February 9, at Consalus Chapel in Clinton. Burial was in Englewood Cemetery.

RANEY, Joseph Cole
b: Jul 6 1865, Missouri
d: Sep 15 1904, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
Parks Chapel Cemetery, Leesville Twp, Henry Co, MO
Clinton Missouri, Sep 24 1904 - The death of Joseph C. Rainey occurred at his home in west Clinton a little before midnight September 15 of consumption, after an illness of 15 weeks. Born July 6, 1865 and raised in Benton County. Married Miss Armilda Pigg Dec. 11, 1890. She survives him, together with his three little children - Nellie 12, Reuben 10, Daisy 6. They lived in LaDue a number of years, and went to Garland where Mr. Rainey was in the mercantile business two years before they moved to Clinton last April. Since then, he developed consumption. Funeral from the residence and sorrowing friends followed the remains to Park cemetery, near Coal, for burial.

b: Dec 14 1865, Henry Co, MO
d: Nov 18 1929, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
Tebo Church Cemetery, Leesville Twp, Henry Co, MO
Clinton MO - Mrs. Laura Belle Raney died at her home on East Green street at 11 a.m. Monday. She took suddenly ill about 9 o'clock with acute indigestion, then complained of a headache. The doctor was called who gave her treatment. He left as she seemed better but her spirit slipped into eternity before he reached town. Laura Belle Harvey was born near Coal 64 years ago this coming December 14, where she grew to young womanhood and was converted at the age of 14 and united with the Baptist church. About 37 years ago this coming December she was united in marriage to James L. Raney, who died a little over three years ago. Six children were given this union, five of whom are living: Charles Raney, Carson, Iowa; Harve Raney, Bolivar, Mo.; Jack, Misses Lelia and Jettie Lee, all at home. Deceased lived near Thrush and Hortense after she was married until her husband died, then moved to Clinton with her children, who were devoted to this dainty little woman and left no wish ungranted that was within their power. She was always graciously sweet and never had an enemy. She was devoted to home and children. Her younger daughter Jettie Lee, had given her devoted care during all the latter days of her frail life. They made the garden together, raised poultry and made the home for Lelia and Jack. Since moving to Clinton her health did not permit her getting about much, but she soon made many friends among her neighbors as she loved all about her. Funeral at Tebo and the body laid to rest in the cemetery by the side of her husband Tuesday. She also leaves one brother, Tate Harvey, in Excelsior Springs and three sisters, Mrs. Clay Hurst, Bethlehem neighborhood; Mrs. George Keith near Hortense, and Mrs. J. H. Hallford near Coal.

b: Feb 24 1893, near Coal, Henry Co, MO
d: Nov 9 1924, Henry Co, MO
Good Hope Cemetery, Bethlehem Twp, Henry Co, MO
Clinton MO - A Young Wife and Mother Called Home - Our hearts were made sad when the news came that Mrs. James Raney had passed away. She was taken suddenly ill Saturday night. Medical aid was summoned and all that loving hands could do was done to stay the hand of death, but to no avail. Just as the shades of night were falling, her spirit took its flight for its eternal home. Laura Ethel Minick was born February 24th, 1893, near Coal, Mo.; passed to her eternal home November 9, 1924, aged 31 years, 8 months, 14 days. She was married December 24, 1915 to James Raney. To this union were given four children - Lois Ernestine, Mary Rachel, Ralph Owen and James Jr. They, with her husband, survive her. She also leaves to mourn her loss a mother, three sisters and two brothers, besides a host of relatives and friends. A sister, Mrs. W. R. Stone, Cheyenne, Wyo.; Willie and Jesse Minick, Hancock, Iowa; Mrs. Clarence Parks, near by; Eva, at home with her mother. An infant brother died many years ago. Her father and brother, Walter, preceded her to the better world some years ago. The funeral services were conducted at Good Hope after which she was laid tenderly to rest in the cemetery near by. Those attending from a distance were: Mrs. W. R. Stone, Willie Minick, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. McCown and daughter, Alma, Sedalia; Mr. and Mrs. Willie Edwards, Warsaw. This sunny, sweet tempered woman was a member of the Presbyterian church for many years and but a short time ago told a friend she was ready when the Master called. Seldom, if ever, do we find a young mother so devoted to her children as was this one. Her only thought and care was for her dear ones, and sadly will she be missed by all for truly none knew her but to love her.

b: Apr 6 1914, Greeley, Weld Co, CO
d: Aug 25 2004, Marina del Rey, Los Angeles Co, CA
Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Fairview Twp, Henry Co, MO
arr: Vansant-Mills Funeral Home

Daily Democrat, Clinton MO, Sep 22 2004 - Ruby Lee Rangel, daughter of Benjamin Franklin and Maude Strickland Wilson, was born April 6, 1914, in Greeley, Colorado, and died Wednesday, August 25, 2004, at Daniel Freeman Hospital, Marina Del Rey, California. Ruby was a member of the Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, Deepwater. She moved to Santa Monica, California, 67 years ago and made her home in Santa Monica until her death. She was preceded in death by her son Anthony Dale Rangel; her parents Benjamin Franklin and Maude Strickland Wilson; her brother Dennis Wilson, and her sister Helen Zumwalt. She is survived by her brother-in-law James Zumwalt, Clinton, and her sister-in-law Opal Wilson, Deepwater; two nieces, Janice Kay Wendegatz, Raytown, and Denise Reese, Deepwater; one nephew, Jim Zumwalt, Shawnee, Kansas; one great-nephew, Scott Wendegatz, Raytown, and one great-niece, Kimberly Corvo, Chuluota, Florida, as well as a number of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at Vansant-Mills Chapel, Clinton, Friday, September 3. Burial was in Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Deepwater.

RANK, George A.
b: 1853, Springfield Twp, Henry Co, MO
d: Oct 12 1909, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Springfield Twp, Henry Co, MO
1909 - Some four weeks ago, George Rank, living on East Ohio, took ill with typhoid fever and skilled medical aid was called but on Tuesday evening he breathed his last. He was 56 and was born in Springfield Township and married Louisa J. Streeby in 1872. Six children, three dying in infancy. Those surviving are Jacob of Springfield Township; Millie Robinson, also living there; Miss Olive, at home. Three sisters: Mrs. Rebecca Glover of Clinton, Mrs. Hannah Spring and Lydia Dirk of Clinton. No man stood better than George Rank. He owned one of the best farms in Springfield Township, besides his handsome home, which he bought of P. W. Whitlow and to which he moved to for the second time this Spring. He was a stock man and J. E. Bennett, who had been a close friend, said he was one of the best men he ever saw, honest, generous and kind and while not a member of a church, professioned religion before he passed away and made peace with his maker. Funeral at Mt. Olivet near to where sleeps his father, mother and two brothers. May Mother Earth rest lightly on this good man's grave. - Note: tombstone at Mt. Olivet Cemetery reads: Aged 56 Years, 5 Months, 17 Days.

b: May 29 1915, Versailles, Morgan Co, MO
d: Feb 26 2002, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
bur: Slater City Cemetery, Slater, Saline Co, MO

Daily Democrat, Clinton MO, Feb 28 2002 - Lois M. Rank, 86, Clinton, formerly of Slater, died Tuesday, February 26, 2002, at the Westwood Nursing Home in Clinton. Funeral services will be Friday, March 1, at the Weiker Funeral Home in Slater. Burial will be in the Slater City Cemetery. Born May 29, 1915, in Versailles, she was the daughter of the late Walter and Stella Blanche Boyce Ratcliff. On October 1, 1938, in Warrensburg, she married Oakie F. Rank, who died January 6, 1998. She is survived by two daughters, Carolyn Erickson of Slater and Joyce Salmon of Creighton; four grandsons; a sister, Ruth Caritson of Wichita, Kansas. Mrs. Rank was a member of the First Baptist Church in Slater and lived in the Slater area from 1950 until moving to Clinton in 1993. She had worked at the Town & Country Shoe Co., Marshall Habilitation Center and Slater Head Start.

b: Mar 17 1904
d: Nov 13 1994, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
Consalus Funeral Homes
Daily Democrat, Clinton MO - Jalmer H. Rankinen, 90, 310 North Forth Street, Clinton, died Sunday, November 13, 1994, at Golden Valley Hospital. Arrangements are pending at Consalus Funeral Home.

b: Dec 7 1933, Bates Co, MO
d: Jun 17 2007, Rockville, Bates Co, MO
Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Prairie City, Bates Co, MO
arr: Hill & Son Funeral Home

Daily Democrat, Clinton MO, Jun 19 2007 - Irene Evelyn (Fleischer) Rapp, 73, Rockville, died on Sunday, June 17, 2007, at her home. She was born December 7, 1933, to Paul and Lillie (Schenker) Fleischer of Rockville. She was a lifetime member of Zion Lutheran Church, Prairie City, where she was baptized and confirmed. She attended school at Fairmont, Prairie City and graduated from Rockville High School in 1951. On May 8, 1955, she married Leo Rapp at Zion Lutheran Church. She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Leo Rapp; one son Clayton Rapp and wife Tina, Rockville; two daughters, Cynthia Dunn and husband Jim, Baudette, Minnesota, and Karen Scrivener and husband Curtis, Rockville; one brother Roy Fleischer and wife Wanda, Butler, and six grandchildren; Sarah and Chris Rapp, Nick Dunn and John, Michael and Rachel Scrivener. She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother Everett Fleischer, and one grandchild Zack Rapp. Funeral services will be at Zion Lutheran Church, Prairie City, on Wednesday,k June 20. Burial will be in Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Prairie City.

RAPP, Norman F.
b: Feb 15 1921, Bancroft, NE
d: Mar 9 2001, Appleton City, St. Clair Co, MO
Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Prairie City, Bates Co, MO
Clinton Daily Democrat, Mar 15 2001 - Norman F. Rapp, the son of Carl M. and Paula Christina (Leimer) Rapp, was born on February 5, 1921, in Bancroft, Nebraska. He departed this life on March 9, 2001, at Ellett Memorial Hospital in Appleton City at the age of 80 years. At the age of seven, Norman's family moved to Prairie City in 1928 where he was confirmed in Zion Lutheran Church on April 28, 1935, and remained a member until his death. He served his country in the United States Navy from October 26, 1942, until November 5, 1945. He was unite din marriage to Laura Emma Marquardt on March 26, 1945. To this union three children were born. Norman was co-owner of Prairie City Cheese Inc. for six years. He then began farming and later moved his family to the Montrose area in 1956. He loved farming and provided a wonderful life for his family. He left the farm and moved to Appleton City in 1994 where he spent the remainder of his life. Norman was honored and proud to have served his church for many years, holding many offices, including treasurer and elder. He was a member of the Zion Lutheran Men's Club. He also served his community and children as a 4-H leader and was selected a member of the Montrose School Board for nine years where he held several offices, including president. He was a member of VFW Post #8820. Norman was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Priscilla Louise Rapp; one son, Terry Don Rapp, and his wife, Patty; one brother and one sister, Victor and Lois Rapp. He is survived by his wife, Laura, of the home; one daughter, Nancy Goth and husband, Norman, Springfield; three brothers, Delano (Jack) Rapp of Butler, Duwayne Rapp and wife, Winnie, Appleton City, and Dennis Rapp and wife, Ruby Kansas City; three sisters, Bernice and husband, James Mott, Rockville; Ardyce Brecko of Chandler, Arizona, and Marylyn and husband, Dale Piepmeier of Appleton City; two grandsons, Jody L. Rapp and wife, Connie, and Nolan Goth, Springfield; a granddaughter, Tanya and husband, Mike Snethen, Willard; two step-granddaughters, Lisa and husband, Clint Boger of Overland Park, Kansas, and Debbie and husband, Rod Fritson of Liberty; one great-grandson, Terry Don Snethen, and one great-granddaughter, Abbey Rene Rapp, and four step-great-grandchildren, Sarah and Tim Fritson and Justin and Caitlin Boger. Norman's family and his faith were always the most important things in life. He enjoyed joking around with people, being outdoors and playing cards. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Funeral services were at the Zion Lutheran Church, Prairie City, Monday, March 12. Burial was in Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Prairie City.

RAPP, Patricia A. RAINS
b: Jun 19 1937
d: Jan 27 1999, Liberty, Clay Co, MO
Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Prairie City, Bates Co, MO
arr: Hill & Son Funeral Home

Daily Democrat, Clinton MO - Patt Rapp, 61, Liberty, died Wednesday, January 27, 1999, at Liberty Hospital. She is survived by her stepfather Ralph Meyn, Rockville; two daughters, Lisa Boger, Overland Park, Kansas, and Debbie Fritson, Liberty; one stepson Judy Rapp, Springfield; one stepdaughter Tanya Snethen, Springfield; her father Victor Rains, Duncan, Oklahoma, and four grandchildren. Funeral services will be Saturday, January 30, at Zion Lutheran Church, Prairie City, with burial in Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Prairie City.

b: Jun 15 1826, Williamsport, PA
d: 1904
Englewood Cemetery PF-RH, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
Clinton Missouri - William Rathmell died from asthma at 5 p.m. on the Sabbath day. He moved to Clinton with his wife from Bloomington, Ill. a year ago, for the benefit of hishealth. He had been confined mostly to his house for over two months. Born in Williamsport, Pa. June 15, 1826 and was 78. Married to Miss Mary A. Stimmell Sept. 9, 1856 at Columbus, Ohio. A Methodist and died a follower of the Lamb. An ex-Union solider and member of the G.A.R. Funeral from the house on West Gravel St. Tuesday. Burial in Englewood.

RAULERSON, Dorothy Deloris "Dot" GREEN
b: Mar 25 1938, Brownington, Henry Co, MO
d: Dec 15 2005, Pleasant Hill, Cass Co, MO
Parks Chapel Cemetery, Leesville Twp, Henry Co, MO
arr: Vansant-Mills Funeral Home

Daily Democrat, Clinton MO, Dec 16 2005 - Dorothy Deloris "Dot" Raulerson, Clinton, died Thursday, December 15, 2005 at her sister's home in Pleasant Hill, at the age of 67 years after a very courageous battle with cancer. Dot was born March 25, 1938, at Brownington. She was the first born of Grace (Brown) and Roy Green. She was preceded in death by her parents and both of her brothers, Wayne Green and Melvin Green, and her husband Don Raulerson of Welborn, Florida. Dot is survived by six sons, Harry Green, bill Tye, Roger Tye, Ray Hawkins, Kevin Hawkins and Heath Hawkins; one daughter Fonda Nelson; three sisters, Wanda Houk, Carol Bosley and Ann Johnson; as well as numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many friends. Dot was a very strong woman, who fought every moment of her illness. Her smile will always be remembered, as well as her wonderful spirit. Funeral services were held at Vansant-Mills Chapel, Clinton, Sunday, December 18. Interment was in Parks Chapel Cemetery, Clinton.

b: Nov 30 1907, Montrose, Henry Co, MO
d: Jan 8 1993, Butler, Bates Co, MO
Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler, Bates Co, MO
arr: Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel

Daily Democrat, Clinton MO - Beatrice G. Rauscher, 85, of Butler, died Friday, January 8, 1993 at Bates County Memorial Hospital in Butler. She was born November 30, 1907 to Harve and Barbara Eberlin Mast in Montrose. Beatrice grew up in Montrose and graduated from high school there in 1926. She attended two years at Central Missouri State Teachers College in Warrensburg prior to teaching at the rural schools at Camp branch and Mount Carmel in Henery County and Merwin and Liberty in Bates County. Beatrice ended her teaching career and became a farm wife when she married Harvey Rauscher on May 25, 1940. To this union one son was born. She and her husband lived in rural Amsterdam 1940 to 1946, in rural Butler 1946 to 1970, and then moved to the city of Butler where she has lived since. Her husband preceded her in death on July 11, 1988. She was a member of Stones Chapel Methodist Church in Montrose. Beatrice was a devoted and loving wife, mother and grandmother. Although she had a business-like nature, she also had a good sense of humor. She was an excellent seamstress and fashioned many garments for her daughter-in-law and granddaughter. She waas pleased that this pattern of creativity was passed on to her son in the art of beautiful woodworking. For her young ggrandson, she would always keep small change and give to him on various occasions. To keep her mind active, Beatrice worked crossword puzzles and watched TV game shows. Other activities included needlework, crossstitch, crocheting, embroidering, edging, watching westerns on TV, playing piano, and visiting on the phone. She also liked the spring time of year, the color blue, church music and the 23rd Psalm. Beatrice is survived by one son, Warren Rauscher and wife Judy of Raymore; two sisters, Vivian Hutcherson and husband Jim of Blairstown, and Frances Doll and husband "Bud" of Urich; two grandchildren, Jennifer and Jonathan Rauscher of Raymore; six nephews, one niece, and several cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband Harvey, one brother Ralph, and one sister Mildred. Funeral services were Sunday, Januaryy 10, at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler. Burial was in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler.

b: Nov 26 1943, Leeton, Johnson Co, MO
d: Apr 3 2004, Kansas City, Jackson Co, MO
Mineral Creek Cemetery, Leeton, Johnson Co, MO
arr: Sweeney-Phillips & Holdren

Daily Democrat, Clinton MO, Apr 5 2004 - Hubert Wayne Ravenscraft, 60, Windsor, died Saturday, April 3, 2004, at St. Luke's Hospital, Kansas City. He was born November 26, 1943, in Leeton, the son of the late Hubert Ravenscraft and the late Alma Faye Kennedy Ravenscraft. He was a truck drive for Jack Cooper Transport in Kansas City and a member of the Teamsters Union. Survivors include two daughters, Lynda Kerr, Eldon, and Shelah Long, Olathe, Kansas; two sons, Edwards Ravenscraft and John Ravenscraft, both of Kansas City; one brother Wesley Ravenscraft, Windsor; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. funeral services will be Wednesday, April 7, at the Sweeney-Phillips & Holdren Funeral Home, Leeton. Burial will be in Mineral Creek Cemetery, Leeton.

b: 1941
d: 2005
Mineral Creek Cemetery, Leeton, Johnson Co, MO
Daily Democrat, Clinton MO, Jul 5 2005 - Wesley (Wes) Ravenscraft, 63, Windsor, died Tuesday evening, June 28, 2005, at his home in Windsor. He was born December 14, 1941, in St. Louis, the son of Hubert W. Ravenscraft and Dixie D. (Palmer) Ravenscraft. On July 27, 1994, in Belton, he married Sue Ann Stufflebeam, who survives. He was a truck driver for the Churchill Truck Line for over 26 years and the Warner Trucking Company for five years, both in Kansas City, and he also served in the United States Navy. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two stepdaughters, Alethea Ross and Jenice Beshore, both of Belton; a stepson, Lance Beshore, Rolla; an aunt, Betty Wood, Independence; an uncle Jack Ravenscraft, Rocheport, and two nephews and two nieces. Graveside services were Saturday, July 2, at the Mineral Creek Cemetery, Leeton,.

RAY, George Nelson
b: Nov 20 1845, Kentucky
d: Jan 31 1911, Henry Co, MO
Teays Chapel Cemetery, Bear Creek Twp, Henry Co, MO
Clinton MO - Nelson Ray, colored, was born in Kentucky November 20, 1845 and died at his home in Henry County Jan. 31, 1911. He was brought to Henry County as a slave in 1856 and belonged to Charley Nevitt. He was married March 4, 1869 to Francis E. Turner, who was a slave of B. F. Summers. Six children, three boys and three girls. He died of pneumonia after a short illness. A great many white people attended the funeral at the home and burial in Teays Chapel cemetery. He was converted 25 years ago and was considered honest and honorable by all who knew him.

RAY, Infant Boy
b: n/a
d: Jan 16 1914, E of Montrose, Henry Co, MO
Teays Chapel Cemetery, Bear Creek Twp, Henry Co, MO
Montrose Recorder, Jan 23 1914 - The infant son of P. T. Ray and wife (colored) living east of town, died on Jan. 16, and was buried at Teays Chapel Cemetery, Jan. 17. The relatives have the sympathy of their friends in that locality.

RAY, Leonard
b: Feb 13 1926, Henry Co, MO
d: Oct 23 1994, Appleton City, St. Clair Co, MO
Teays Chapel Cemetery, Bear Creek Twp, Henry Co, MO
arr: Hill & Son Funeral Home

Daily Democrat, Clinton MO - Leonard Ray, son of Peter Thomas and Bennie Ocie (McDonald) Ray, was born February 13, 1926, in Henry County. He died October 23, 1994, at Appleton Manor Nursing Home in Appleton City, at the age of 68 years. He lived near Montrose before he joined the Navy and returned there following 20 years of service to his country. He was a Chief Electrician's Mate during World War II and the Korean Conflict. After his retirement from the Navy, he worked for the Kansas City Power & Light Co. in Montrose. He was a meber of the Montrose United Presbyterian/Methodist Church and served there faithfully with his regular attendance and service to the church. He attended many church meetings and conferences participating in, and reporting changes and decisions that affect the church. He had also volunteered his time to help youth at church camps. He was a member of the Montrose V.F.W. Post #8820, the Clinton Historical Society, part of the Reunion Committee for LST 859, and the Montrose Community Betterment Club. He enjoyed history and had done extensive researching of his genealogy. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Louis, Howard and Albert; two sisters, Betty Woods and Essie Mae Swindell. Survivors include two sisters, Tessie Parks and husband, Lyman, of Sedalia, and Thelma Shockley of Holden, and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Funeral services were held at Hill & Son Funeral Home, Appleton City, Thursday, October 27. Burial was in Teays Chapel Cemetery, rural Montrose.

RAY, Mary J.
b: abt 1833
d: May 15 1904, NW of Deepwater, Henry Co, MO

Clinton Missouri, May 21 1904 - Mrs. Mary J. Ray died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. F. M. Skaggs, a mile northwest of Deepwater, at 3 a.m. Sunday, May 15, aged 71. She was a member of the Dunkard church and a kind and loving mother who will be sadly missed by her two children. Mrs. Skaggs and James Ray. It was her wish to be buried in Warsaw cemetery, by the side of her husband, but on account of high water, her remains were interred in the Dunning cemetery.

b: Dec 6 1929, Adrian, Bates Co, MO
d: Jan 5 2011, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
Crescent Hill Cemetery, Adrian, Bates Co, MO
arr: Vansant-Mills Funeral Home

Daily Democrat, Clinton MO, Feb 16 2011 - Doris Jean Rayfield, 81, Clinton, died at Golden Valley Memorial Hospital, Clinton, on January 5, 2011. She was born December 6, 1929, in Adrian, the daughter of Henry L. and Sylvia B. (Hill) Brown. Doris was married to Elmer P. Rayfield, who preceded her in death. She was a secretary for B&H Freight Lines and later worked for Glasscock Enterprises. She was a member of the Clinton United Methodist Church and volunteered at the Clinton Samaritan Center, American Red Cross and Golden Valley Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. Doris was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Elmer P. Rayfield, and a great-grandson, Colby Wayne Bancroft. She is survived by two sons, Danny Rayfield and wife, Cheryl, Overland Park, Kansas, and Bill Rayfield and wife, Marilyn, Osawatomie, Kansas; five grandchildren, Scott Nash of Lee's Summit, Tara Elledge of Blue Springs, Aimee Martin of Gardner, Kansas, Justin Manning of Olathe, Kansas, and Laurie Bancroft of Osawatomie, Kansas, and seven great-grandchildren, Kyle, Kynelah, David, Jake, Patrick, Ashton and Ryleight. Funeral services were held at Clinton United Methodist Church, Clinton, on Saturday, January 8. Interment was in Crescent Hill Cemetery, Adrian.

b: Oct 13 1908, Chenoa, McLean Co, IL
d: Nov 12 1992, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
Laurel Oak Cemetery RA-SE, Windsor, Windsor Twp, Henry Co, MO
arr: Hadley Funeral Home

Daily Democrat, Clinton MO - Anna F. Raymer, 84, of Windsor, died Thursday, November 12, 1992, at Golden Valley Hospital in Clinton. She was born October 13, 1908 in Chenoa, Illinois, the daughter of Frank and Matilda Meiers Goldsmith. On December 27, 1931, in Sedalia, she married George Lee Raymer who preceded her in death June 26, 1981. Mrs. Raymer was a checker for Gerbes Grocery Store in Windsor for several years and worked as a waitress for several Windsor restaurants. She was a member of the First Baptist church, Windsor. She is survived by a sister, Blanche Sappington, Sedalia; two nieces, Katies Robison, Windsor, and Marilyn Van Hoozer, New Jersey and one nephew, Raymond Goldsmith, Windsor. Funeral services were Monday, November 16, at Hadley Funeral Home in Windsor. Burial was in Laurel Oak Cemetery.

b: Dec 24 1913, Johnstown, Bates Co, MO
d: Apr 28 2005, Clinton, Henry Co, MO
Deepwater Cemetery, Fairview Twp, Henry Co, MO
arr: Vansant-Mills Funeral Home

Daily Democrat, Clinton MO, Jun 6 2005 - Katie Marie Raysik was born in Johnstown, Missouri, to Frank Snow Craig and Ada Belle Craig on December 24, 1913. She died at Westwood Nursing Center, Clinton, on April 28, 2005, at the age of 91 years. She graduated from high school in 1931. She was always proud of her rural background and told many stories about those early horse and buggy days. Following graduation she found her way to the Kansas City area and worked at various jobs, including that of cashier at the famous Forum Cafeteria. In 1938 she married Steve Raysik, Jr. and in 1941 the first of their four children was born. In addition to being an excellent mother, she was instrumental in the Kansas City Girl Scout Association and the PTA. During the recession of 1958, automobile production slowed to the pint that Steve was laid off from General Motors. The family moved to Deepwater in April of that year and operated the Halfway Cafe and Steve's 66 Service Station. Cafe favorites included the ever popular Jumbo Burger and chips that sold for only 35 cents. Her husband, Steve died June 28, 1969, and with the closing of the cafe, Katie began her new career in nursing. She started out at the old Wetzel Hospital as a nurse's aide, but quickly determined that she could do more. One of the family's proudest moments came in 1972 when Katie, 59, graduated from LPN School in Nevada, the oldest member in the class. Katie believed that she was chosen to be one of the very special people who cared for the elderly. She worked at Lowry City for a time and ended her career at Westwood Nursing Center in Clinton. It was truly a blessing that some of her coworkers eventually became her caregivers at this facility. She was extremely proud to be a member of the First Baptist Church of Deepwater and enjoyed teaching both Bible School and Sunday School. Much of her retirement time was spent quilting, completing 12 cherished family heirlooms during these final years. In 1989 she was selected by the Deepwater Picnic Committee as one of the grand marshals for this event. Katie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Steve; one grandson Wesley Lane Morris; one sister Dorothy White, and one brother J. B. Craig. She is survived by three sons, Charles Raysik and wife Kathleen, Archie, Stephen Raysik and wife Sandy, Torrance, California, and Jim Raysik and wife Becky, Clinton; one daughter, Ada Ann Morris, Montrose; as well as seven grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, plus several nieces, nephews and friends. Barbara Ann White of Clinton was the only maternal niece. Funeral services were held at the Deepwater First Baptist Church Monday, May 2, 2005. Burial was in Deepwater Cemetery.


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