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KNELLER, Rokel Dean
Clinton Daily Democrat
R. Dean Kneller, 63, Lowry City, formerly of Kansas City, Ks., was pronounced dead Monday, Nov. 30, 1992 at a hospital in Paola, Ks. Services will be Thursday at Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel, Osceola; burial in the Lowry City Cemetery. Mr. Kneller was born in Corning, Iowa, and lived in Kansas City, Ks. for 31 years before he moved to Lowry City in 1987. He was a rigger for the Corn Products Co. before he retired. He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, Osceola. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War. Survivors include his wife Lois Kneller of the home; three sons, William Kneller, Ottawa, Ks., Dean Kneller, Kansas City, and John Kneller, Lowry City; a brother Max Kneller, Kansas City, Ks.; three sisters, Leneve Gold, Enumclaw, Wa., Berdie Meeks, Omaha, Ne., and Ruth Van Eaton, Fontanelle, Iowa; four grandchildren and a great-grandson.

KNELLER, Susan Renee
Kansas City Star, 12 June 2009
Susan Renee Kneller  - Susan Renee Kneller, 51, of Lowry City, Mo., formerly of Kansas City, Kan., passed away on June 11, 2009, at her home in Lowry City. Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 13, at the Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel, Osceola, Mo.

KNIGHT, Billy Joe
Kansas City Star, 9 November 2004
Mr. Billy Joe Knight, 75, Lowry City, MO, formerly of Kansas City, MO, passed away November 7, 2004 at the Sac-Osage Hospital in Osceola, MO. Mr. Knight was a commercial painter. Funeral services will be Wednesday, November 10 at 10:00 a.m. at the Sheldon Goodrich Chapel in Osceola. Burial will be in the Kidd's Chapel Cemetery near Lowry City. Family will receive friends from 9:00-10:00 a.m. Wednesday at the Funeral Home. (Arrangements: Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home 417-646-8135)

KNIGHT, Billy Joe
Clinton Daily Democrat, 8 November 2004
Billy Joe Knight, 75, Lowry City, formerly of Kansas City, died Sunday, November 7, 2004, at the Sac Osage Hospital in Osceola. He was a commercial painter. Funeral services will be Wednesday, November 10, at the Sheldon Goodrich Chapel in Osceola. Burial will be in Kidds Chapel Cemetery near Lowry City.

KNIGHT, Isaac Alfred
Osceola Library Files
I.A. Knight, 71, of Weaubleau, was killed Friday afternoon at 5:00 o’clock when he was struck by an auto while walking across a street in Fayetteville, Ark. Mr. Knight, an uncle of W.H. Knight and Mrs. C.H. Morrow of Osceola, operated the Knight Hardware store in Weaubleau for years and had an interest in the Knight Hardware and Knight Sales Co., at the time of his death, although he had not been active in their operation for several years. Funeral services were held at Humansville Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock with burial at the Robinson cemetery near Weaubleau.

KNIGHT, Iven Robert
Osceola Library Files
Iven R. Knight – A tired and gallant heart ceased beating and a great soul returned to its maker at 1:45 a.m. Thursday, December 21st, 1944. Iven Robert Knight was born in Cass County, Missouri and grew to manhood in Weaubleau, Mo. He came to Osceola and established himself in business in 1902. He was married to Myrtle Andrews in 1905 and to this union were born seven children. Mr. Knight has been a deacon of the Baptist church in Osceola for forty years and was one of those people who applied the Christian principles to his daily living. His devotion to his family has been the foundation of his life, but the love of mankind so filled his heart that it overflowed to a limitless circle of friends. The sincere kindliness of his nature drew young and old. To his children and grandchildren he leaves a heritage of beautiful memories which will enrich their lives thru all the coming years. A life so beautifully and lovingly lived does not cease but goes on to a greater glory.
He leaves his wife and seven children. -- Note: Osceola Cemetery record lists: Iven Robert Knight, 1875-1944

KNIGHT, Johnnie R.
Johnnie R. "J.J." Knight, Jr. died suddenly on July 20, 2004, in Kansas City. J.J. was born July 3, 1973. at USC Medical center in Los Angeles, Calif. to Ethel Marie Stewart Knight Riley and Johnnie R. Knight. J.J. attended schools in Texas and Missouri. He graduated from Clinton High School, Clinton in 1992 and attended CMSU Warrensburg. He lettered in band and won many awards for his trumpet solos. His passion was scouting and he was awarded his Eagle in 1991 from Troop 430. He worked as an instructor and leader for several years at the H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation in Osceola. He, also, served in the army and he received an honorable discharge. He was preceded in death by his Mother, Ethel Marie Stewart Riley and his father, Johnnie R. Knight. He leaves behind many family members and friends. Services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel, Osceola, with the Tribe of Mic-O'Say officiating. Casket bearers were Edward Stewart, Glen Stewart, Samuel Riley, Heath Hawkins, Nehemiah Hawkins and Nicholas Hawkins. Honorary casket bearers were Eric Clay, Karl Riley and Bill Frizzell. Interment was in Kings Prairie cemetery.

KNIGHT, Johnnie R.
Mr. Johnnie R. "J.J." Knight, 31, Kansas City, MO, passed away July 20, 2004, at home. Family will receive friends 1-2 p.m. with Funeral services 2 p.m. Saturday, July 24, at SheldonGoodrich Chapel, Osceola, MO (417) 646-8135. Burial in Kings Prairie Cemetery, near Osceola.

KNIGHT, Lloyd Thomas
St. Clair County Courier, 20 October 2006
Lloyd Thomas (Tommy) Knight, 71, of Osceola, Mo. passed away Oct. 17, 2006 at his home. Funeral services will be Saturday, Oct. 21, 2006 at 11 a.m. at Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home. Family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until service time Saturday.

KNIGHT, Lloyd Thomas
St. Clair County Courier, 27 October 2006
Lloyd Thomas Knight was born on Oct. 26, 1934, to Lloyd and Elizabeth Thomas Knight in Van Zands, Wash. Tommy moved to Missouri with his father in 1948. He departed this life on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2006, on the family farm near Osceola. On July 7, 1951, Tommy was united in marriage to Ruth Mrie Hochstedler and to this union two sons were born. Rick who was born in their first anniversary, but he always likes to tell everyone he was born on their wedding day. Fred followed a short four years later. Tommy and Marie sponsored many in AA and Alanon. In fact, Tommy celebrated his 23rd year of sobriety on the day he departed this world. He was an active member of the Gerster Baptist Church. Tommy had many occupations over the years. He was a gas station owner, hauled riprap during the building of Truman Reservoir, hauled cattle for Burleigh Wheeler, and was an over-the-road trucker for Warren Nall. He retired from the Missouri Department of Transportation after 25 years in 1997. Tommy was preceded in death by his parents and his stepmother, Josie Chandler Knight Boswell. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Marie, of the home; son Rick and his wife, Linda, El Dorado Springs and one son, Fred and his wife, Karen, Osceola; six grandchildren, Stephanie and Mike Coleman, Linn Creek, Patricia and Michael Hoppers, Bolivar, Cody Knight, Springfield, Christopher Knight, St. Louis, Rickayla and Raelynn Knight, El Dorado Springs; three great granddaughters, Kelina and Kaity Lynn Coleman and Boby Lauren Hoppers; one sister, Frances Wilkings, Hallock, Minn.; one brother, Bruce Knight; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends. Tommy will truly be missed by everyone who knew him.
Services for Tommy were Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel, Osceola, with Reverend Francis Leslie officiating. Musical selections were "The Old Rugged Cross" with Bob Self, soloist and "Peace In The Valley" with Donna Carney, soloist and Gail Ingle, accompanist. Casketbearers were Herb Garrison, Robert Irvin, Forrest Wombles, Butch Masten, Larry Shelby, Robert Crowe and John Masten. Honorary casketbearers were Gar Garman, Joe Shelby and Larry Sherman. Final disposition was cremation under the direction of Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home, Osceola.

KNIGHT, Mary Ann Bartz
Clinton Daily Democrat, 14 December 2004
Mary Ann Knight, daughter of Leonard E. Bartz, Sr. and Anna Mae (Harvey) Bartz, was born January 22, 1942, at Clinton. She departed this life on December 6, 2004, at herhome in Appleton City at the age of 62 years of age. Mary Ann spent her childhood growing up in the GreenValley community, east of Rockville, attending the Elm Grove and Rockville schools. She graduated from Appleton City High School with the Class of 1959. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Central Missouri State College in 1962 and was employed as a physical education and biology instructor for the 1962-63 school year by the Lamoni, Iowa, public schools. In the fall of 1963, Mary Ann was united in marriage to Kenneth L. Knight. They established their home in the Ohio Community east of Appleton City. They worked side-by-side, operating a dairy, beef and grain farm for 41 years. Their marriage was blessed with four children, Ladonna, Cameron, Brian and Melinda. Survivors include her husband Kenny, of the home; her children and their spouses, Ladonna and Matthew Green, Cameron and Angela Knight, Brian and Penny Knight and Melinda Knight; her grandchildren Rachel and Clinton Green, Allyson and Garret Knight, Anthony Knight and Scott Campbell; two brothers and their spouses, Leonard E. Jr. and Grace Bartz and Phillip and Patricia Bartz; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jay and Sheila Knight, and her mother-in-law, Ruthella Knight. Funeral services were at Hill & Son Funeral Home, Appleton City, Friday, December 10. Burial was in Westfield Cemetery, rural Appleton City.

KNIGHT, Paul James
Hill & Son Funeral Home
Memorial Services: Hill & Son Funeral Home,  Appleton City, Missouri, Monday, February 13, 2006 6:00 PM
Minister: Reverend Rob Barringer.  Interment: Englewood Cemetery, Clinton, Missouri. Paul J. Knight, August 26, 1925 - February 11, 200. - 6 Paul James Knight, son of Ora Willis and Mabel Lucy (Ritter) Knight, was born August 26, 1925 in Henry County Missouri. He departed this life February 11, 2006 at his home in Montrose, Missouri at 80 years of age. Mr. Knight had spent his life in Peculiar and Butler, Missouri until moving to Montrose, Missouri in 1987. During World War II he proudly served his country in the U.S. Army with the 10th Mountain Division Rangers from 1943 until 1945. Paul and Retha F. Hixon were united in marriage in August 1949 in Clinton, Missouri and to this union three sons were born. He was a devoted husband and father to his family. He was employed by the General Motors Corporation for 31 years, working in Kansas City, Kansas. Paul was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and one brother Ronald Knight. Survivors include his three sons, James W. Knight of Bartlett, Tennessee, Randy J. Knight and Michael L. Knight both of Wichita, Kansas; two brothers, Earl O. Knight of Belton, Missouri, Jack E. Knight of Peculiar, Missouri; one sister, Bonnie Oliphant of Wichita, Kansas; four grandchildren, James E. Knight, Christina R. Knight, Justin Knight and Stephanie Knight; and one great-granddaughter, Zoe Knight.

KNIGHT, Paul James
Kansas City Star, 14 February 2006
Paul J. Knight - Paul J. Knight, 80, Montrose, MO, formerly of Peculiar, passed away Saturday, February 11, 2006 at his home. Memorial service 6 p.m. Monday, February 13 at Hill & Son Funeral Home, Appleton City, MO. Burial in Englewood Cemetery, Clinton, MO. Survivors include sons, James W. Knight of Bartlett, TN, Randy J. Knight of Wichita, KS, Michael L. Knight of Wichita, KS; brothers, Earl O. Knight of Belton, MO, Jack E. Knight of Peculiar, MO; and sister, Bonnie Oliphant of Wichita, KS. Arr: Hill & Son Funeral Home LLC.

KNIGHT, Ruth Marie Hichstedler
St. Clair County Courier, Friday, February 15, 2008
R. Marie Knight - Ruth Marie Knight was born May 11, 1933 to Leonard and Rosie Hochstedler in Osceola. She departed this life on Feb. 6, 2008 at her home near Osceola. On July 7, 1951 Marie was united in marriage to Lloyd Thomas Knight. To this union two sons were born, Rick and Fred Knight, who kept them very busy. Marie loved life and people. Tommy and Marie's door was always open to any family, friends and neighbors. She loved to cook and anyone who ever visited never left empty bellied or empty handed. Marie always greeted everyone with a hug and "are you hungry?" Many people called her "Gramma Marie" and were made to feel like family. Marie was mostly a stay at home Mom, but also took in laundry and cooked at Headstart, Boy Scout Camp and Clearview Daycare. She also liked to putter around on their farm with Tommy and haul wood, fish and take care of her chickens and dogs. Marie first accepted Christ as her Savior in 1963 at Osceola Baptist Church. She was a member of various churches over the years, but was a faithful member of Gerster Baptist Church since 1996. Marie was also an active member of the Osceola Chapter of  Al Anon. Her husband, Tommy and their family meant a lot to Marie. She spent countless hours spoiling her grandkids and great grandkids. Marie was preceded in death by her husband, Tommy, her parents, sisters Bernita Cone and Bernice Gilbert and brother, Nolan. She is survived by her son, Rick and wife Linda, ElDorado Springs and her son, Fred and wife, Karen, of Osceola. She enjoyed six grandchildren, Stephanie Coleman and husband Mike, Osceola, Patricia Hoppers and husband, Michael, Bolivar, Cody Knight and girlfriend, Nicole and sons, Alex and Tyler, Springfield,Christopher Knight, St. Louis and Rickayla and Raelynn Knight, ElDorado Springs. She, also, greatly loved her three great granddaughters, Kelina and Kait Coleman and Lauren Hoppers and Nicole's boys, Alex and Tyler who she loved as her own. Also surviving her are her brother, Eugene Hochstedler and wife, Ina Lee, of Temple, Texas and one sister, Kathy Tillotson and husband, Ken, of Vista and many nieces, nephews and a ton of friends. Services were held Sunday, Feb. 10, at Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel. Officiated by Francis Leslie and Rev. Gar Garman. Music selections included "In the Garden" , "Old Rugged Cross", "Amazing Grace" by Gail Ingle and "How Great Thou Art" by Rob Self, soloist and Gail Ingle, accompanist.
Casketbearers were Rob self, Luke Mathews, Bob Irvin, Larry Shelby, Robert Hochstedler, David Cone and Roger Beach. Interment was in Kings Prairie Cemetery. Arrangements were made by Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home, Osceola.

KOCH, Henry Jr.
Clinton Daily Democrat, 21 July 1992
Henry Koch - Graveside services will be held Thursday at the Pleasant Mound cemetery at Osceola for Henry Koch, 67, who died July 21 at Research Medical Center in Kansas City. He lived in Belton and was a native of Sullivan County, New York. He was a heavy equipment machine operator and a member of Teamsters Local 101. He also was a farmer. His wife Dorothy Fay Rinard Leabo Koch, survives him, also three stepsons and two stepdaughters. The George Bolton chapter at Belton is in charge of arrangements.

KOTTWITZ, Sarah C. Miller
Clinton Daily Democrat, 21 March 2002
Sarah C. Kottwitz, 76, Osceola, died Tuesday, March 19, 2002, at Sac-Osage Hospital, Osceola. Funeral services will be Friday, March 22, at Grace United Methodist Church, Osceola. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Gardens. She married Frank Kottwitz December 9, 1944, in Panama City, Florida. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church. She is survived by her husband; children, Anita Slocum and husband, Wilbur, Clinton, Norman Kottwitz, Osceola, Gladys Smith, Osceola, Glenn Kottwitz and wife, Debbie, Osceola, Judy Hawkins and husband, Bob, Carthage, Jim Kottwitz and wife, Connie, Osceola, Jean Ann Gardner and husband, Lynn, Osceola, Joyce Brown and husband, Dennis, Osceola; 28 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; sisters, Delores Hancock of Ethridge, Tennessee, and Margaret Kottwitz of Osceola; one brother, Daniel Miller, Jr. of Ethridge, Tennessee, and many nieces and nephews.

KRASSER, Dennis Dale
Clinton Daily Democrat, September 1998
Dennis Dale Krasser was born September 28, 1943 in Sioux City, Iowa to Elmer and Alta Buckingham Krasser. He died September 26, 1998, from injuries received in an accident at his home in Osceola. Dennis was raised in Beaver Crossing, Nebraska, and attended school there. He went to Milford Trade School where he became a diesel mechanic. Dennis attended boot camp at Paris Island, South Carolina, in June 1964 and graduated in October 1964. He then reported to Camp LaJune for Diesel School for five months of training, graduating in March 1965. From there he went to the Reserve Unit in Lincoln, Nebraska, and was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps in 1970. Dennis worked for First American Distributing in Omaha, Nebraska, and then sold for an oil products company. Dennis enjoyed being on the lake and especially enjoyed driving the ski boat and watching the skiers. He enjoyed long walks, talking with his children and playing with the dogs. Dennis found great happiness in calling California to talk with his daughter and getting the week's news about his granddaughter, Clare Kincaid of Camp Pendleton, California. He was a genuine caring man who put others before himself. He would read to the elderly in his spare time, went to church regularly and designed his dream home (which he had not built yet). The main feature he wanted it to have was a large dining room with a huge table so all of his family could gather for family dinners. Dennis enjoyed working with his hands and loved to garden. His favorite was tomatoes. He also enjoyed going to Branson to the shows and concerts and to fairs and dances. He was a Boy Scout leader and a member of the Sertoma Club. He was preceded in death by his father and one brother Roland Steele, and his biological parents, Sant and Ona Steele. He is survived by his wife Paula, of the home; one son Troy Wayne Krasser, Clinton; one daughter Shaun Elizabeth Kinkaid, Camp Pendleton, California; his mother Mrs. Alta Krasser of Beaver Crossing, Nebraska; five brothers, Donald Steele of Roswell, New Mexico, Robert Steele of Grand Junction, Colorado, Richard Steele, Denver, Colorado, Larry Bluhm, Seward, Nebraska, Rodney Kastens, Seattle, Washington; six sisters, Virginia Sanford, Union City, California, Phoebe Barto, McCook Lake, South Dakota, Betty Whitsell, Lincoln, Nebraska, Donna Danekas, Lincoln, Nebraska, Sandra Welch, Panama City, Florida, and Nancy Jurgenson, Friend, Nebraska; one granddaughter Clare Elizabeth Kincaid, Camp Pendleton, California. Services were held Wednesday, September 30, at Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel. Burial was at Osceola Cemetery.

KREISSLER, Lawrence Lee
Hill & Son Funeral Home
Lawrence L. Kreissler, August 26, 1921 - February 4, 2006. Services: Trinity Lutheran Church, Appleton City, Missouri; Tuesday, February 7, 2006 11:00 AM. Miinister: Pastor Daniel Mackey. Visitation: Trinity Lutheran Church, Appleton City, Missouri, Tuesday, February 7, 2006, 10:00 - 11:00 AM. Interment: Appleton City Cemetery, Appleton City, Missouri. Memorial: Trinity Lutheran Church -- Lawrence Lee Kreissler, son of Henry and Lydia (Scholz) Kreissler, was born August 26, 1921 in rural Appleton City, Missouri. He departed this life at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri February 4, 2006 at 84 years of age. Lawrence was baptized September 23, 1921 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Appleton City. He joined the church May 5, 1935 with his confirmation verse being 1 Corinthians 6:20 – “You were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.” Mr. Kreissler remained a faithful member of his church, attending every Sunday, until his death. On May 22, 1942 Lawrence and Margaret Linn were united in marriage and to this union four children were born. During World War II he served in the Army Air Corp and also in the OSS for a short time. Lawrence was a highly respected farmer and businessman. He loved to visit with people and tell stories. Lawrence was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Earl. Survivors include his wife Margaret of the home; one son, Kenny Kreissler and wife Sue of Olathe, Kansas; three daughters, Judy Landall of Appleton City, Missouri, Nancy and husband Eugene Nichols of St. Charles, Missouri, Kristine and husband Ronnie Parks of Appleton City, Missouri; ten grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson. Lawrence will be greatly missed by his family and friends.