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Mary C. Blumenshine

Mary C. Blumenshine 68, of Blue Springs, Mo passed away December 22, 2011 at her home.  She was born in Atchison, KS on September 21, 1943, the daughter of Clyde and Iona (Boles) Greene.  She was united in marriage to Dennis Blumenshine on December 14, 1974.Mary was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Donald and John Hanes, sisters Ida Beachner and Leata Greene.

She is survived by her husband Dennis of the home; son, John Kozloff of Blue Springs, MO; Daughter Mandy Arn of Independence; MO, brother, Clyde Greene of Cleveland, MO; sisters, Carolyn Abernathy of Carrollton, TX, Dorothy Campfield of Olathe, KS, Letta Souper of Concord, MI; 3 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren.

Services for Mary will be 2:00 pm Wednesday, December 28, 2011at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W.  Main St., Blue Springs, Mo, 816-229-3276.  Visitation will be 1-2:00 pm prior to the service.  Burial will be at Blue Springs Cemetery.  Contributions in memory of Mary may be made to the American Cancer Society. Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Rollin Dean Lawrence

Rollin Dean Lawrence, 86, of Blue Springs, MO passed away December 22, 2011 at his home.  Services for Dean will be held 1:00 pm Tuesday, December 27, 2011at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St, Blue Springs, MO 816-229-3276.  Visitation will be 12-1:00 pm.  Burial will be at 3:00 pm at Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Higginsville, MO.  Contributions in memory of Dean may be made to Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Dean was born April 10, 1925 in Olathe, KS to Roy and Estella (Lunsford-Fergeson) Lawrence.  He was united in marriage to M. Lillian Schorig on February 12, 1947.  He was a Maintenance Engineer for Sears Roebuck and a US Navy veteran. Dean was a lifetime member of American Legion Post 499, also a mason in the Blue Lodge.  He was a member of Liberty Bell Baptist Church.  He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Don Lawrence,

He is survived by his wife Lillian of the home; a son, John T. Lawrence of Independence, MO; sister, Jean Hopkins of Gardner, KS; 3 grandchildren, Suelynn Tabler, John T. Lawrence, Jr., and Cory Lawrence; and a great grandson, Dustin Lawrence.

Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Margaret E. "Peggy" Wagener

Margaret E. “Peggy” Wagener, 86, of Independence, MO passed away Saturday, December 24, 2011 at Centerpoint Medical Center in Independence. She was born July 10, 1925 in Kansas City, MO to George and Jeanette (Schwab) McDowell. Peggy attended William Chrisman High School in Independence.

She spent the majority of her working years in the quality control department at Modern Plastic Molding in Independence. Peggy was a longtime member of the Stone church in Independence. In her spare time she enjoyed watching NASCAR, NFL football and following the Chiefs and Royals. In her earlier years she enjoyed the many trips she took to Roaring River with her family. Peggy loved watching her grandchildren grow up.

She married David R. Wagener on October 28, 1942 in Independence.  Mr. Wagener preceded her in death in 1996. She was also preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Peggy Ann Wood; and a sister, Evelyn Wagener.

Survivors include her son, David Michael Wagener and wife Adrienne of Blue Springs, MO; three grandchildren, Lisa Harrison of Blue Springs, MO, Nikki DeMint and husband Todd of Parkville, MO and Shane Wagener and wife Suzanne of Grain Valley, MO; five great grandchildren, Kiley, Kole, Aaron, Evan and Avery.

A funeral service celebrating Peggy’s life will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, December 29, 2011 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel 1600 W. Main Street, Blue Springs, MO 64015. Burial will follow at Buckner Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Thursday prior to the service. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Disabled Veterans or Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and may be left with the funeral home. Memories of Peggy and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Billy Hall Kratz

Billy Hall Kratz 84 passed away December 19, 2011 at his home.  Visitation will be 9-10:00am Friday, December 23, 2011 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  A graveside service will follow at 11:00 am, December 23, 2011 at Higginsville Cemetery in Higginsville, MO including full military honors.  Contributions in memory of Billy may be made to Faith United Methodist Church in Grain Valley, MO.  Condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

He was born June 20, 1927 in Higginsville, Mo to George and Mabel (Green) Kratz.  He was a U. S. Army veteran.  He retired from General Motors and was a member of Faith Methodist Church in Grain Valley, MO.

Raul Elias Pompa

Raul Elias Pompa 65, of Blue Springs, MO made his transition on December 18, 2011.  The Rosary will be said at 5:00 pm Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main Street, Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276, with visitation from 5-7:00 pm.  Funeral Mass will be 10:00 am Thursday, December 22, 2011 at St. Marks Catholic Church, 3736 S. Lee’s Summit Rd, Independence, MO.  Graveside services with military honors at 2:00 pm at Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Higginsville, MO. 

Raul was born April 14, 1946 to Raul and Marina Pompa in Austin, TX.  He was a spiritual man, catholic by faith.  He honored his country by serving in the U. S. Air Force.  He was devoted to his family, loyal to his friends, and a passionate Chiefs fan.

He is survived by his partner in life, Lydia; his daughters, Bernadette and  husband Mike of Blue springs, MO, and Charianne and fiancé David of Kansas City North, MO; sister, Sylvia Cantu of Austin, TX; granddaughters, Ryann, Malia, Chais, Isabelle, and grandsons, Gage, Tory, Nico, Max; great-granddaughter Aila and great-grandson Archer.

Memories of Raul and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Harry Poe

Harry Poe 89, of Blue Springs, MO passed away December 15, 2011.  Funeral services for Harry will be 11:00 am, Monday, December 19, 2011 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276, with visitation beginning at 10:00 am.  Burial will be at Blue Springs Cemetery.  Contributions in memory of Harry may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Harry was born February 22, 1922 in Huntsdale, MO to Harry L. and Freda (Melloway) Poe.  He was a veteran of WWII serving in the US Navy.  He was a carpenter during his working career.  He was protestant by faith and was a member of American Legion Post #499 in Blue Springs, MO.  He loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grand children. He also loved fishing, and mushroom hunting.  He as preceded in death by his parents, wife Virginia, brothers J. R and Estil Poe.

He is survived by his daughter, Linda Kay Gibler and her husband Ray of Blue Springs, MO. brother James Leslie Poe of Columbia, MO, Grandsons Noel Gibler and wife Heather, Beau Gibler and wife Terri, Kip Gibler and wife Amie, granddaughter, Kia Deis and husband Eric, great grandchildren, Madeline, Gloria, Ray, Lilly, Luke, and Logan Gibler, and Wyatt Deis.  Niece, Donna Althoff and husband David of Warsaw, MO. and a host of nieces and nephews.

Condolences and memories for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

David Pem Roberts

David Pem Roberts, 49, of Blue Springs, MO passed away December 14, 2011 at St. Mary’s Medical Center.  Funeral services for David will be 1:00 pm  Saturday, December 17, 2011 at First Christian Church of Blue Springs, 701 NW 15th St., Blue Springs, MO.  Burial will be in Blue Springs Cemetery.  A Celebration of Dave’s life will continue after interment at the Blue Springs Elks Lodge 100 NE Brizendine Rd. Blue Springs, Mo. were his family will receive friends.    Contributions in memory of David may be made to Wayside Waifs 3901 Martha Truman Road Independence, Mo.

He was born to Harold and Margaret (Pem) Roberts on September 17, 1962 in Independence, MO.  He graduated from Blue Springs High School in 1980.  He was united in marriage to Gina Cervantes on April 10, 1982.  David owned and operated Roberts Nursery in Blue Springs.  He was a member of the Elks Lodge, and coached football, baseball, and basketball.  Dave loved his heavy equipment and could drive anything.  He was also into recliner coaching.  He was preceded in death by a brother, Kenny Roberts.

He is survived by his wife Gina of the home, daughters, Stevy Dougherty and husband, Jeff of Lee’s Summit, MO, Taylor Payne and husband Ryan of Independence, Mo, Drew Roberts of Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS, granddaughter, Collins Dougherty, His parents Harold Roberts of Bates City, Mo. and Mother Margaret Roberts of Blue Springs, Mo. brother Mike Roberts and wife Katy of Lake Lotawana, MO, sister Edie Sundvold and husband Scott of Independence, MO, and his dog, Rae-Rae.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St, Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Charles F. "Tod" Trowbridge

Charles F. “Tod” Trowbridge, 66 of Independence, Mo. passed away Sunday December 11, 2011 at his home.  Memorial Services will be held 7:00 pm Thursday December 15, 2011 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel 1600 West Main St. Blue Springs, Mo.  Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 pm prior to service. Cremation to follow services.  Memorial Contributions may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or Wayside Waifs 3901 Martha Truman Rd., Kansas City, Mo. 64137.  Online condolences may be sent in Tod’s memory to www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Tod was born December 20, 1944 the son of William and Rachel Trowbridge. Married in 1996 to Suzanne (Martin) Trowbridge he was a loving husband and friend. He retired in 2004 after a 42 year career in the paint business 27 of those spent at Tnemec an industrial paint and coating company. Tod thought of the people he worked with as his second family and enjoyed the years he spent there.  Tod was an avid fly fisherman and enjoyed nothing more than camping and fishing at Bennett Springs. He loved going on cruises, enjoying the lazy days at sea.   He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife Suzanne of the home.  Daughter Wendy Trowbridge of Excelsior Springs, Mo.  Step-daughter Amy Kephart of Independence, Mo.  Step-son Aaron Kephart of Esterville, Iowa.  Known as the brothers five, his brothers Bart, Dave, Bob, and Steve Trowbridge.

Tod will be missed by all his family and friends.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel Blue Springs, Mo. 816-229-3276

Haylee Kay Joyce

Haylee Kay Joyce, 4 year old daughter of Christopher and Clarissa Joyce of Blue Springs, MO passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 10, 2011 at the Kansas City Hospice House.  She was born March 2, 2007 at St. Mary's Hospital in Blue Springs.

Haylee will always be remembered for her smile, which could light up an entire room, and the amazing bond that she had with her older sister Hannah. For the last 3 years, Haylee has put up a remarkable fight against unimaginable odds.  Haylee's short life has been an incredible lesson and inspiration to all of those that knew and loved her.

Survivors include her parents, Christopher and Clarissa (Marsh) Joyce and big sister, Hannah of the home; paternal grandparents, Donald and Monica Joyce of Lake Winnebago, MO; maternal grandparents, Andy and Kim Marsh of Blue Springs, MO; aunts and uncles, Ryan and Cindy Douglas of Lee's Summit, MO, Samantha Joyce of Lake Winnebago, MO, Tim and Shannon Muntz of Oak Grove, MO and Rebecca Marsh of Blue Springs, MO; cousins, Talia, Brandon, Alana and Tarver; and many beloved extended family members.

A funeral service celebrating Haylee's short time here on earth will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at the First Christian Church of Blue Springs with Rev. Cliff Caton officiating.  Burial will follow at Blue Springs Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 5-7:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Church.  Memorial contributions are suggested to The Batten Disease Support and Research Association or the Children's Carousel Program at the Kansas City Hospice House and may be left in care of the Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main Street, Blue Springs, Mo 64015.  Memories of Haylee and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Nancy Pat (Skaggs) Hoyt

Nancy Pat Hoyt, 71 of Blue Springs, MO passed away December 7, 2011 at her home.  She was born to Vaughan (Bud) and Evelyn (Dean-Sullivan) Skaggs on July 15, 1940 in Ansted, W. VA.  Nancy was an early riser, enjoyed reading, and travel.  She was a Baptist by faith.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Lawrence Hoyt, a sister, Jean Ann Sawyer, and brother, Butch Skaggs.

She is survived by her son, John Dempsey and wife Debra of Blue Springs, MO, her daughter, Caroline Villasenor of Michigan, and brother, Roger Skaggs of Ansted, W. VA, 6 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.

A memorial service for Nancy will be held Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 7:00 pm at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St, Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Visitation will 6-7:00 pm one hour prior to the service.  Nancy will be laid to rest at Rest Lawn Memory Gardens in Ansted, West Virginia.

Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Jesse I. Ward, Jr.

Jesse I. Ward, Jr. 69, of Blue Springs, MO passed away December 7, 2011.  He was born on August 26, 1942 to Jesse Ward, Sr. and Helen (Hartsell) Ward in Dayton, MO.  He attended school in Archie, MO, then worked and retired from General Motors.  On October 11, 1991 he married Linda Paul in Independence, MO.  He was a Baptist by faith, and was a member of Elks Lodge #2509 in Blue Springs, MO.  He enjoyed Shooting pool and playing Golf.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife Linda of the home, daughters, Christina Ward of Blue Springs, Mo and Janette Ward, step-daughter Joleen Paul of Blue Springs, sister, Agness Allcorn of Belton, MO, and 2 grandchildren.

Funeral services for Jesse will be 2:00 pm Tuesday, December 13, 2011at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Visitation will be 1-2:00 pm on Tuesday December 13, 2011 at the funeral chapel, one hour prior to the service.  Interment will be at Bates City Cemetery in Bates City, MO.

Contributions in memory of Jesse may be made to the Elks Lodge #2509.

Condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Norma C. Hicks

Norma C. Hicks 74, of Pleasant Hill, Mo. formally of Blue Springs, Mo. passed away Sunday November 27, 2011 at her home.  Funeral Services will be 11:00 am Thursday, December 1, 2011, visitation one hour prior to service at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 West Main St., Blue Springs, Mo. Interment in Blue Springs Cemetery.

Norma was born March 19, 1937 the daughter of Ernest and Grace (Palmer) Weers.  She was married to Chester Hicks who preceded her in death October 12, 2007. Norma and Chester spent many years working together delivering the KC Star and Times.  She also loved spending time on their farm north of Blue Springs, gardening, working in the yard and tending to her beautiful flowers which adorned the whole property. Norma was also a member of the Church of Christ. Along with her loving Chester, she was preceded in death by a son Tom, a brother Vernon, and sister Melva G. Weers.

Survivors include her children, daughters Betty (Scotty) Finkbiner of Clifton, KS. Linda  (Russell) Edwards of Pleasant Hill, Mo., Sons Donald (Vickie) Hicks, and Bob (Cheryl) Hicks, both of Kansas City, Mo. and Chester (Penny) Hicks of Blue Springs, Mo.  Brothers, Robert, Arnold, Ernie, George, and Gary Weers.  Sisters, Delores Baert, Rose Orr, Joyce Yzquierdo, Lavene St. Claire, Deeanna Ridley and Gail Lund.  Ten Grandchildren, and Fifteen Great-grandchildren.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel Blue Springs, Mo. 816-229-3276.  Online Condolences may be left in Norma’s memory to www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Opal D. Bailey

Opal D. Bailey 81, of Independence, MO passed away November 22, 2011.  Opal was born July 24, 1930 on a farm between Grain Valley and Oak Grove, MO to Elmer C. Bailey and Mary Pearl Wooley.  She was the youngest of 9 children, 5 sisters and 2 brothers. She was united in Marriage to James F. Bailey on March 17, 1962 in Miami, OK.  She was preceded in death by her parents and seven siblings.

Opal is survived by her husband James Bailey of the home, 2 daughters, Mary Beth Elmore and her husband Tom of Independence, MO and Sharon Sewell of Perry OK, 1 grandson, James R. Sewell of Elk City, OK , 3 granddaughters, Crystal Edgar and husband Jim of Perry OK, Dezra Coulson and husband Troy of Blue Springs, MO, Angela  Petree of Independence, MO, 2 step grandsons, John Elmore and Terry McGowen of Independence, MO, and her sister, Thelma McGlathery of Independence, MO, 6 great grandchildren, 5 step great grand children, 1 great great granddaughter, 2 step great great grand children, and many nieces and nephews.

She was Baptist by faith and a member of the Disabled American Veterans Ladies Auxiliary, Chapter #2.  She was a devoted Wife, Mother, and Grandmother and will be dearly missed by all of us.

Funeral Services for Opal will be 1:00 pm, Saturday, November 26, 2011 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W Main St, Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276 with Visitation at 12:00 noon, one hour prior to the service at the chapel.  Contributions in memory of Opal may be made to Nativity of Mary Catholic Church.  Condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Patrick Thomas McCarthy

Patrick Thomas McCarthy, 28 years old of Blue Springs, Missouri, died tragically on Nov. 18th. He died in the hospital where he was born, St. Lukes. A Sharing of Memories Service will be held at 7:30 pm Tuesday November 22, 2011 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel 1600 West Main St. Blue Springs, Mo. 64015.  The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:30 pm at the chapel.   Burial will be at Blue Springs Cemetery, Blue Springs, MO at 1:00 pm, Monday November 28, 2011.  Online condolences may be left in Patrick’s memory to www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Patrick grew up in Blue Springs playing soccer, baseball, wrestling, ice hockey, football and tennis. He made his high school tennis team with a broken arm.

He loved sports and the Royals and the Chiefs. He attended the ShowMe Challenge in Nevada, Missouri with the National Guard where he completed his high school education. He was chosen to meet the governor in Jefferson City.

Patrick loved music. His tastes spanned the range of blues to rap. He found a message in every song he listened to and often wrote lyrics to share his feelings and his soul. He loved going into a recording studio to create music with his closest friends. Like all of us, he had aspirations. When he was younger, he wanted to grow up to be a football player or singer of songs.

He traveled to Ireland and England with his family and hiked the Grand Canyon. He searched for himself in California.

Patrick will be missed as our son, brother and a father. He will be missed greatly as a friend. If you were his friend, you were his friend forever. There could never be a more loyal friend than Patrick. He always had your back. Patrick was always selfless, putting others first no matter what it cost him.

Patrick, who we affectionately called “Paddy”, leaves us to join his Grandmother Agnes Stanley and Grandfather Rhea Stanley and Grandparents Rose and Charles McCarthy to keep track of us all from a better place.

He leaves the mourning to his father, Tony McCarthy and his wife Judy of Lake Tapawingo, his mother Laura McCarthy and her partner Cindy Van Horn of Leawood, KS. He leaves a sister Jenny and her husband Brian Everard. He leaves his Aunts, Vickie, Denise, Karen, Mary, Margaret and Rosemary and Uncle Larry. He leaves behind his greatest love, his son Elijah, 4 years old, whom he loved with all of his heart and Elijah’s brother Isaiah and sisters Jazzy and Aryiana and their mother whom he loved very much, Amber Butler. He leaves countless friends among them Brad and Tyler, who will never forget him and his huge heart. There is a presence missing in the world today and it is Patrick.

Bernice W. Hagelman

Bernice W. Hagelman, age 95, of Blue Springs, Missouri, died November 18, 2011, at St. Mary’s Hospital.  Bernice was born February 20, 1916, in Augusta, Missouri, to Frank and Emma Nadler.  She was baptized March 12, 1916, at Ebenezer Evangelical & Reformed Church in Augusta, Missouri, and also confirmed there in 1928.  In 1931 she started working at the Principia School in St. Louis and worked there for nine years.

She was united in marriage to Edward Hagelman on April 21, 1940.  They lived in Ferguson, Missouri, until 1950, and then purchased a farm south of Wright City, Missouri.  Their marriage was blessed with two daughters, Janis Emma and Lois Marie.

Bernice was an active member of Immanuel United Church of Christ in Wright City, Missouri, since 1950.  She served as Sunday School Department Head, General Secretary of the Church Council, and was active in the Women's Fellowship.  She volunteered with the Wright City School PTA, Warren County Red Cross, and the United Neighbors' Extension Club.

Edward passed away while living on the farm in 1991.  Bernice stayed there until 1996.  She then sold the farm and moved to Blue Springs, Missouri, to be near her daughters and their families.

In Blue Springs, Bernice enjoyed quilting at Vesper Hall and at the Oakland United Methodist Church in Buckner, Missouri.  She crocheted many shawls for the Prayer Shawl Ministry of First United Methodist Church of Blue Springs.  She lived in Blue Springs, Missouri, until her death.  Bernice was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and her brother Virgil Nadler.

She is survived by two daughters, Janis James of Sibley, Missouri, and Lois and husband Steve Krueger of Blue Springs, Missouri; three granddaughters Susan and husband Eric Freeman of Houston, Texas, Lisa Hagemann of Austin, Texas, and Claudia Krueger of Blue Springs, Missouri; two great-grandsons Benjamin and Andrew Freeman; one sister-in-law Ruby Nadler of St. Louis; several nieces and nephews, and many friends.

Services for Bernice will be held at 2:00 pm, Monday, November 21, 2011 at Immanuel United Church of Christ in Wright City, MO with visitation at the church at 1:00 pm, one hour prior to the service.  Burial to be at Wright City Cemetery.         Memorial gifts may be given to Immanuel United Church of Christ of Wright City, Missouri, 63390, or Oakland United Methodist Church of Buckner, Missouri, 64016.  Funeral arrangements by Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, Missouri.  Memories and condolences to the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

William Russell Lewis

William Russell Lewis 57, of Kansas City, MO passed away November 16, 2011 at his home.  He was born March 9, 1954 to Arthur and Ruby (Hines) Lewis in Chillicothe, MO.   Services will be private with inurnment at Blue Springs Cemetery, Blue Springs, MO.

William was a self employed security guard and he was Baptist by faith.  He was preceded in death by his father, Arthur Lewis, and a brother, Marty Lewis

He is survived by his mother, Ruby Lewis of the home; sons, Brandon Lewis of Odessa, MO and Christopher Lewis of Independence, MO; grandchildren, Katie Patton, April Patton, Tyler Lewis, Donovan Lewis, Cameron Lewis, Trevor Lewis; brothers, Bruce Lewis of Pflugerville, TX and Barry Lewis of Slidell, LA.

Condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Thomas F. Gow

Thomas F. Gow 65, of Blue Springs, MO formerly of Raytown, passed away November 13, 2011.  A Memorial Service will be held at 3:00 pm Friday October 18, 2011 at First Baptist Church of Raytown, 10500 E. State Route 350, Raytown, MO.

Thomas was born June 26, 1946 in Marshall MO.  He was a US Army veteran, and   he worked 35 years for the Federal Government.  He was a member of first Baptist Church in Raytown, MO.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife, Teresa Jenkins Gow, and 5 sisters.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W Main St, Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.

George D. Mesik

George D. Mesik, 70, of Blue Springs,  MO passed away Saturday, November 12, 2011 with his family by his side.   He was born April 7, 1941 to George Sr. and Mildred (Dishman) Mesik.  George graduated high school in Webster City, IA and served in the United States Marine Corps from 1960 -1964.

Following his honorable discharge from the Marine Corps, he married his high school sweetheart, Patricia Ann Primrose on July 31, 1966 in Webster City.  George spent his earlier years in management for a manufacturing company before becoming an auditor for the state of Missouri where he retired in 2008.  He was of the Methodist faith and a member of the Story City, IA Lion’s Club.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Alan Mesik.  Survivors include the three precious girls in his life; his wife, Pat; and his two daughters, Christy Mesik of Kansas City and Cindy Mesik of Blue Springs, MO, and a sister, Becky Mesik of Battle Creek, MI.

A memorial service celebrating George’s life will be held 7:00 p.m. Thursday, November 17, 2011 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel in Blue Springs.  The family will receive friends from 5:30-7:00 prior to the service.  Memorial contributions are suggested to Cancer Action or Village Hospice at John Knox Village and may be left in care of the funeral home.  Burial will be 11:00 am, Saturday, November 19, 2011 at Graceland Cemetery in Webster City, IA.  Memories of George and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Barbara Gertrude Mueller

Barbara Gertrude Mueller (nee Austin) 84, of Blue Springs, MO passed away November 10, 2011.  Barbara was born in Independence, MO to Arthur and Harriet (Smart) Austin on January 4, 1927.  She graduated from Buckner High School in 1945 and from Central Missouri State University in 1959 with a degree in Primary Education.

She began her teaching career at Bone Hill rural school in Levasy, MO at age 18.  Barbara retired after 32 years in 1987, the last twenty years in the Raytown School district.

She was united in marriage to Jack Mueller on July 7, 1946.  They were active and charter members of Timothy Lutheran Church in Blue Springs, MO.   Jack and Barbara were married for 59 years before his death in 2005.

Barbara is survived by her son, Fred and his wife Mardine, her daughter Marilyn, grandson Kurt and his wife Nikki, and twin great granddaughters, Falon and Rylee, and her sister, Deane Schoonover.

Visitation will be 1:00 pm on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 with funeral service at 2:00 pm at Timothy Lutheran Church, 425 NW RD Mize Rd., Blue Springs, MO.  In lieu of flowers the family requests donations in Barbara’s memory to Timothy Lutheran Church.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W Main St, Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Glenda Fern Barritt

Glenda Fern Barritt 59, of Blue Springs, MO passed away November 10, 2011.  Glenda was born May 27, 1952, in Batesville, AR to Elijah and Monnie (Bales) Gibbs.  She was united in marriage to Tony Barritt on December 8, 1990, in Kansas City, MO.  She was a cosmetologist as well as a loving wife, mom, grandmother and friend.  Glenda was known for her kindness, generosity, and willingness to help others.

Glenda is survived by her parents, Elijah and Monnie Gibbs of Kansas City, MO; her husband, Tony Barritt of the home; son, Donald Kelly and wife, Tonya of Blue Springs, MO; daughters, Melanie McWilliams and husband, Matt of Kansas City, MO, Casie Broker and husband, John of Blue Springs, MO, Christina Owen and husband, Jason of Raymore, MO; brother, Daniel Gibbs and wife, Vicki; sisters, Joyce DePeralta and husband, Ruben, Trudy Anderson and husband, Jeff; six  wonderful grandchildren, Emma and Madison McWilliams, Ethan and Eli Broker, Triston and Devon Owen.

A Memorial service for Glenda will be held at 4:00 p.m., Sunday, November 13, 2011, at Cornerstone Church, 301 SE “AA” Highway, Blue Springs, MO 64014.  The family will receive friends from 3-4 p.m., one hour prior to the memorial service at the church.  Memorial contributions may be made to Cornerstone Missions Fund.

Cremation arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W Main St, Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Memories of Glenda and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Shirley Anne Thompson

Shirley Anne Thompson, 81, of Blue Springs, MO passed away November 10, 2011.  She was born September 20, 1930 to Ray and Stella (Graves) Hewitt in Kansas City, MO.  She was a homemaker, and a member of Plaza Heights Baptist Church.  She was preceded in death by her husband, John Thompson in 2001, a son, Terry Thompson, and a granddaughter Andree.

She is survived by her daughter, Anita Davis of Blue Springs, MO, her son, John I Thompson Jr. and his wife Jane of Phoenix, AZ, 3 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, and her cat, Georgette.

Services for Shirley will be Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 11:00 am with visitation one hour prior at 10:00 am at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Interment will be at Floral Hills Cemetery.  Contributions in memory of Shirley may be made to St. Mary’s Medical Center or St. Mary’s Manor.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Carole R. Matteson

Carole R. Matteson 62, of Warsaw, MO passed away November 8, 2011 in Kansas City, MO.  Visitation for Carole will be 5 – 7:00 pm Thursday, November 10, 2011 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W Main St, Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Memorial contributions may be made to Wayside Waifs or American Heart Association.

Carole was born August 10, 1949 to Dale and Marjorie ( Renick) Ahring in Kansas City, MO.  She graduated from Van Horn High School in 1967, and she worked in the Real Estate industry.  She enjoyed being at the lake, boating, and her dog , Toshi.  She was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her daughter, Kimberly Bisignano and her husband Charles of Greenwood, MO, son, Robert Matteson III and wife Jennifer of Lee’s Summit, MO, brothers Brian Ahring of Independence, MO and Brett Ahring of Independence, MO, sisters Janis Fowler of Lee’s Summit, MO and Debby Gliem of Fontana, KS.

Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Kenneth James Greening

Kenneth James Greening, 90, of Blue Springs, MO, passed away peacefully at home, with his loving family around him on Sunday, November 6, 2011. Kenneth James Greening was born June 30, 1921, in Kansas City, KS, son of Tom & Nora (O’Hara) Greening. Kenneth’s parents were dedicated Christian leaders who helped establish Mission Hills Baptist Church in Mission, KS. It was there that Ken accepted the Lord Jesus Christ at about age 14.

Kenneth worked the summers beginning at age 12 in machine shops. During World War II, he joined the Navy. He graduated as an Ensign Naval Aviator on September 13, 1944. He made landings on the USS Wolverine, USS Ranger, USS Hornet and other carriers. He flew with the historic Air Group 15. Following the war, he did active reserve duty flying from Olathe Naval Air Station while attending Finlay Engineering College in Kansas City. He graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering.

Kenneth met and married Mary Sue Asbury in 1946. Upon his graduation, they moved to Atlanta, GA, where he went to work for Gardner Denver as a sales associate both in Georgia and then St. Louis. In St. Louis, he became involved in the sale of construction machinery. He was owner & President of Ford Lane Equipment which manufactured & sold Ford Lane pavers. Later in life he sold commercial real estate for Bomar Real Estate. He soon became a consistent Million Dollar Producer before becoming a broker & starting Greening Realty Company.

The Greenings lived in Florissant, MO, for 48 years where they were very involved at First Baptist Church of Ferguson. Ken was also very active in the Gideons International for 40 years. They also operated the teen center, The Way, for 3 years in Hazelwood, MO. In 2003, they moved to Blue Springs, MO, where Ken continued to sell real estate and where they found a new family in Tri-City Baptist Church.

Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas & Nora Greening, his brother Thomas Greening Jr., sister Marion Winn and youngest sister, Virginia Lee Sands.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years, Mary Sue Asbury Greening of Blue Springs, and their three children and spouses, Linda Greening Shipman and Steve Shipman, Blue Springs, young Ken and Karen Greening of Branson, MO, and Jim and Becky Greening of Wentzville, MO; grandchildren Stephanie Shipman Answer & Darryl Answer of North Kansas City, Scott & fiancée Brittany, Joshua and Daniel Greening of Wentzville, MO, along with many in-laws, nieces, nephews and an abundance of very dear friends.

Visitation is from 10-11:00 a.m. with a Life Celebration at 11:00 a.m. on November 10, 2011, at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St, Blue Springs, MO 64015, 816-229-3276. Graveside services at Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville, MO will follow. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Gideons International Ministry or Tri-City Baptist Church, Independence, are suggested.

Bonnie J. Armstrong

Bonnie J. Armstrong 68, of Blue Springs, MO passed away on November 5, 2011 in Lee’s Summit, MO.  She was born in Wichita, KS, on March 16, 1943. Bonnie was united in marriage to Jerry Armstrong on April 2, 1966.  She enjoyed traveling, playing Bunco, sewing, knitting, and spending time with her grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her mother, Edith (Morrison) Harp, step father, Joe Harp, and father, Mitchell Horton, and a brother Henry Horton.

Bonnie graduated with Honorable Artistic Awards from the Jones Store Cosmetology School, she served on the Cosmetology Advisory Committee at the Kansas City Technical Education Center, she worked at Harzfeld’s Beauty Salon, Macy’s Salon, and just retired from Creative Images in Blues Springs, MO.

She is survived by her husband Jerry of the home, daughters, Corinne Troxel and husband Curtis of Blue Springs, Mo, Edwina Long and Ronald Phillips of Independence, MO, son, Jerry Armstrong Jr. of Blue Springs, MO, sister, Carolyn Bridgeforth of Grain Valley, MO, brother, Larry Hutchison of Harrison, AR, and twin sisters, Denise Evans, and Denia Kobe, both of Lee’s Summit, MO, grandchildren, Bo, Alex, James, Erika, Tyler, Tim, Ronnie, and Tiffany, great grandchildren, Brody and Kristina.

Visitation for Bonnie will be held on Wednesday, November 9, 2011 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Services will be held immediately after visitation in the chapel at 8:00pm. Contributions in memory of Bonnie may be made the American Cancer Society.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Jane Ellen Bond

Jane Ellen Bond, 58, of Blue Springs, Mo. passed away Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at the North Kansas City Hospital.  A celebration of Jane’s life will be 2:00 pm Sunday, January 8, 2012 at Timothy Lutheran Church, 425 NW RD Mize, Blue Springs, MO with visitation one hour prior to the service. Memorial Contributions may be made to Timothy Lutheran Church or St. Luke’s Hospice.

Jane was born September 1, 1953 in Blue Island, IL. the daughter of Robert and Patricia (Podgorny) Dickelman. On October 12, 1979 she was united in marriage to Eugene S. Bond and they enjoyed 32 years together, he survives of the home.  She was the office Manager for Griffin Advisors, and a member of Timothy Lutheran Church.

Other survivors include her mother, Patricia Dickelman; a brother Terry L. Dickelman; a step-son James Bond; a step-daughter Kristin S. Foreman; a step-daughter Melissa Bond; and granddaughters, Whitney and Taylor Bond; and grandsons, Michael and Ryan Foreman.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel 1600 West Main St. Blue Springs, Mo.  816-229-3276. Online memories and condolences for the family may be left at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Brian J. Hills

Brian J. Hills 48 of Blue Springs, MO passed away December 28, 2011 at Lee’s Summit, MO.  Brian was born in Superior, NE on January 18, 1963 the son of Jene Hallgrimson and Eleanor Alberts Hills.  He was united in marriage to Kelly Lynn Ericson on November 23, 1991.  Brian engineered sprinkler and irrigations systems for landscaping, and was a talented artist.  He was a Christian by faith.

Brian is survived by his parents, his wife Kelly of the home, sons Tyler and Shane of the home, brother Craig Hills and wife Dana of Independence, MO, and Sister Andrea Flowers and husband Scott of Lee’s Summit, MO..

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St, Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.  Contributions in memory of Brian may be made to Tyler and Shane Hills Education Fund

Ernest F. Thibault

Ernest F. Thibault 78, of Belton, MO passed away December 28, 2011 in Littleton, CO.  He was born December 19, 1933 in Methuen, MA.  He was united in marriage to Mary Fleming on May 4, 1957, she preceded him in death.  He served his country in the U. S. Air Force for 20 Years.  He was also preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers, Robert and Rene Thibault.

He is survived by his four daughters, Mary Thibault of Lenexa, KS, Helen McGown of Lenexa, KS, Michelle Langford of Littleton, CO, and Denise Bickler of Littleton, CO; son Tom Thibault of Blue Springs, MO: brothers, Paul Thibault of Methuen, MA, and Normand Thibault of Hollywood, Fl; and three sisters, Clare Dalco of Scituate, MA, Justine Butterworth of Methuen, MA, and Ernestine Flannery of Rutland, VT; 15 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

Visitation will be Monday 6 – 8:00 pm, January 2, 2012 at Coronation Of Our Lady Church, 13000 Bennington Avenue, Grandview, MO.  Funeral Mass will be 10:00 am, Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at the church.  Interment will be Mt. Olivet Cemetery.  Contributions in memory of Ernest may be made to Conception Seminary in Conception, MO.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St, Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Marvin E. “Ed” Fitzwater, Jr.

Marvin E. “Ed” Fitzwater, Jr. 59, of Blue Springs, MO passed away December 30, 2011 at his home.  Ed was born October 17, 1952 in independence, MO to Helen (Van Artsdalen) and Marvin E. Fitzwater, Sr.  He was a graduate of Van Horn High School.  He was a pipefitter and a member of Local Union 441 of Kansas City, Missouri.  He was a member of the Eagles Club, and a Christian by faith.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his daughters , Cindy Aziere and husband Andy of Blue Springs, MO, and Amy Crook and husband Jesse of Independence, MO; step children, Nathan Reed and wife Michelle of Independence, Derek Reed, and Sharla Addis and husband Jesse of Columbus, KS; sisters, Frances Grubb and husband Lee of Independence, MO, Cheryl Garringer and husband Gerry of Independence, MO, Michelle O’Guin of Independence, MO, Denise Pace and husband Matthew of Independence, MO; brother, Gary Fitzwater of Independence, MO; and 10 grandchildren.

Visitation for Ed will be 5-7:00 pm Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  A memorial service will follow at 7:00 pm, Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at the funeral chapel. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in the memory of Ed to the National Kidney Foundation.

Matthias Peter Fotovich

Pete Fotovich, 33, Garden City, MO passed away unexpectedly on December 31, 2011 at his residence.  He was born January 13, 1978 in Kansas City, KS to Matthias P. and Leola “Bunny” (Crable) Fotovich, Sr.  He graduated from Putnam County High School in Unionville, MO.

Pete had attended the Church of the Nazarine in Olathe, KS.  He was currently employed as a production manager for True North Outdoor in Kansas City, KS.  Pete enjoyed spending time with his children and family whom he loved and adored.  He was a very devoted and hard working man, enjoyed landscaping and loved to play golf.

He married Cassie Eastland on August 13, 2010 in Olathe.  She survives of the home.  Additional survivors include his children and step children, Christian Fotovich of the home, Brielee Fotovich of Olathe, KS, Mackenzy Mace of the home, Braden Sorbin of Olathe, KS, and was expecting a new baby boy in April 2012; a brother, Lonnie Long (Jennifer) of Gardner, KS; aunts, Leondra Sandstrom (Tedd) of Olathe, KS and Elizabeth “Liz” Valentine (Randy) of Fort Scott, KS; great uncle, Ray Knowles (Linda) of Durham, MO; and many nieces and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his parents and his maternal grandparents, Hazel and Leon (Chico) Cichosz.

A funeral service celebrating Pete’s life will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January, 5, 2011 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel in Blue Springs, MO.  Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m.   The graveside service and burial will take place at 3:00 p.m. Thursday at the Unionville Cemetery in Unionville, MO.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family.

Annie G. Mayhan

Annie G. Mayhan 89, Passed away December 22, 2011 in Independence, MO. Annie was born January 6, 1922 to Everett and Dollie (Baker) Gamble in Newark, AR.  On July 24, 1943 she was united in marriage to Dillard Mayhan who preceded her in death

Annie is survived by her sons, Gregory Mayhan of Garland, TX, and Eddie Mayhan of Basehor, KS, and family friend, Rick Danner.

A Memorial service for Annie will be held at 3:00 pm Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at the Golden Living Center, 17451 Medical Center Parkway, Independence, MO.  Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO.

Bradley Kent Heil

Bradley Kent Heil, 51, of Raytown, passed away at Truman Medical Center-West on Friday January 6, 2012 with his family at his side.  Brad was a graduate of Raytown High School and a lifetime member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Independence, MO.

Brad spent most his life as a truck driver.  Brad loved playing the drums and listening to rock and roll music.  He also enjoyed tinkering on cars, and being with friends and family.

Survivors include his wife, Roberta Heil of Belton, MO; one son Jeffrey Michael Heil of Shawnee, KS; three step children, Nicholas, Shannon, and Michael; three step grandchildren Addison, Celeste, and Kellen; parents, Dale and Vanita Heil; and one sister, Tanya Rae Scholtz, and “brother” Vince Conrad, along with a host of relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held 6:00-8:00 p.m. Tuesday January 10, 2012 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Independence, MO.  The Celebration of life  will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday January 11, 2012 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Independence, MO.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church or American Diabetes Association or the Beautiful Savior Home, Belton, MO.

Ronald G.”Ike” Eisenmann

Ronald EisenmanRonald G.”Ike” Eisenmann 68 of Blue Springs, MO passed away January 8, 2012 at his home.  Ron was born December 22, 1943 in Kansas City, MO.  He was united in marriage to Cathy Green on March 1, 1969 in Blue Springs, MO.  She survives of the home.  Ron was a self employed designer in the Fire Protection Industry, and a US Army veteran.  He was a member of American Legion Post #499 in Blue Springs, and attended St. John LaLande Catholic Church.  He enjoyed fishing, especially Bass fishing and had belonged to several Bass fishing clubs over the years.  Ron was preceded in death by his parents, and a son, Douglas.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son, Lester “Lee” Eisenmann and wife Christy of Blue Springs, Mo, brother, Don Eisenmann of Buffalo, MO, sister Marguerite Reilly of Springfield, MO, and grandchildren , Emma and Nathan.

Services for Ron will be 10:30 am Thursday, January 12, 2012 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Visitation will be 5-7:00 pm Wednesday, December 11, 2012 at the funeral chapel.  Burial to be at Blue Springs Cemetery, Blue Springs, MO.  Contributions in Memory of Ron may be made to Kendallwood Hospice   or American Cancer Society.

 

Elizabeth A. Shaw

Elizabeth ShawElizabeth A. Shaw 30, of Blue Springs, MO passed away January 14, 2012 at her home.  She was born May 18, 1981 to Michael and Connie Shaw in Kansas City, MO.  Elizabeth graduated from Blue Springs, High School in 1999.  She worked as a Medical Assistant, and was a member of First Baptist Church of Blue Springs, MO.  She enjoyed being with her family, reading and her daughter.  She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Edvin Shaw. She is survived by her daughter Candice Shaw of the home; her parents,  Michael and Connie Shaw of the home; sisters, Emily Slater of Oak Grove, MO and Erica Cox of Blue Springs, MO; paternal grandmother, Mary Lou Shaw of Independence, MO; maternal grandmother, Donna Patterson of Grain Valley, MO.

Memorial services for Elizabeth will be held at 10:30 am Thursday, January 19, 2012 at the First Baptist Church, 15 and Main St, Blue Springs, MO. Contributions in memory of Elizabeth may be made to the Education Fund for Candice Shaw. Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St, Blue Springs, MO.

Victor “Vic” E. Liddle

Victor LiddleVictor “Vic” E. Liddle, 91, of Blue Springs, Missouri. passed away Monday January 16, 2012 at Centerpoint Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am Friday January 20, 2012 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main Street, Blue Springs, Missouri. Burial in Salem Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 pm Thursday at the chapel. Memorial Contributions may be sent to Blue Ridge Boulevard Christian Church, 3625 Blue Ridge Boulevard, Independence, Missouri 64052.

Vic was born March 13, 1920 in Independence, Missouri, the son of Walter and Victoria (Reynolds) Liddle. He was a member of Blue Ridge Boulevard Christian Church in Independence, Missouri, VFW Post 1000, the American Legion Post #21 and the GM retirees club. Vic also enjoyed coaching and was a past VP for 3 and 2 baseball. Vic was a proud veteran of our country serving in the Army during WWII. Before his retirement in 1974 he was a supervisor at the General Motors Fairfax Plant. After retirement he worked with his brother Dody at Liddle’s Sports Shop in Blue Springs, Missouri for many years. He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years Alice Liddle of the home, daughter, Janet Meyers and husband Joe of Blue Springs, sons, Kirk Liddle and wife Michelle of Grain Valley, Missouri, Larry Liddle and wife Mary of Lees Summit, Missouri, and sister Agnes Davis, of Kearney, Missouri. Vic also leaves his beloved grandchildren Eric, Brad, Chad, Kristin, Casey, Kara and Drew and great-grandchildren Ally, Chase, Lauren, Jake, and Ty.

George Henly Hedges

George Henly Hedges 72, of Kansas City, Mo. passed away Friday January 20, 2012.  Private inurnment services with military honors to be held at a later date at Mt. Moriah Terrace Park.  Memorial Contributions may be sent to the American Cancer Society.  Online condolences for George may be sent to meyersfuneralchapel.com

George, an amazing father, grandfather, and brother was born July 24, 1939 the son of George Henry and Phyllis Mae (Weaver) Hedges.  He was a 1957 graduate of Central High School.  He served his country in the US Navy.  He retired from Consolidated Freight after 25 years of service,  and had previously worked for Union Pacific Railroad.  He was also a member of Teamsters Union #41, and had served as the past union representative. George loved to go to the boats, and loved all sports especially the Chiefs and Royals.  He was preceded in death by his parents, and brother Gerald Henry Hedges.

Survivors include his daughter Debbie Dye and husband Brad of Parkville, Mo.  Grandchildren Brandon and Brooke Dowell of Kansas City, Mo.  Sisters Sharon Giro of Grain Valley, Mo. and Sue Hocking of Kansas City, Mo. Brother Glen Howie Hedges of Pasadena, Texas.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel 1600 West Main Blue Springs, Mo. 64015  816-229-3276

Larry E. Groves

Larry E. Groves, 62 of Lee’s Summit, MO, passed away January 17, 2012 at his home.  He was born June 22, 1949 to Lawrence and Jeanne (Jons) Groves.  Larry worked for the KC Chiefs at the Arrowhead Club.  He was a Baptist by faith.  Larry loved working on the computer and was a big Chiefs fan.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Brother, Ray Marble, uncle and aunt, Paul and Edith Jons, and aunt, Frieda Jons.

He is survived by his sister, Laura Lee Hanson of Kansas City, MO; uncle and aunt, J.C. and Karlinn Jons of Counterview, MO; care taker, Dan Glaszczak of Blue Springs, MO; friend Bill Sheldon of Blue Springs, MO; and a host of nephew and nieces.

Graveside services for Larry will be 11:00am, Monday January 23, 2012 at Blue Springs Cemetery, Blue Springs, MO.  Visitation will be 10-11:00 am, Monday, January 23, 2012 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 West Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Carrol Ann Kendrick

Carrol Ann Kendrick Carrol Ann Kendrick 55 of Liberty, MO passed away January 20, 2012 at Liberty Hospital. She was born April 4, 1956 to Leonard and Nancy (McGinnis) Sammons in Colorado Springs, CO.  She was united in marriage to Ellis Kendrick on July 17, 1994 and he survives of the home.  Carrol was a home maker and enjoyed knitting, quilting, beading, and crafts.  She loved her grandchildren.  She was Catholic by faith.  Carrol was preceded in death by her mother, Nancy Sammons.

In addition to her husband Ellis, she is survived by her father, Leonard Sammons of Hays, KS; daughters, Meggin Finkeldei and husband Erich of Blue Springs, MO, and Robin Hale of Hays, KS; sons, Jeramy McNeely of Kit Carson, CO, and Matt McNeely of Kit Carson, CO; siblings, Darrel Sammons of Stockton, KS, Steve Sammons of Salina, KS, and Tracy Sammons of Pueblo, CO; grandchildren, Bryce and Jackson Finkeldei, Corey and Ryan Hale.

Mass for Carrol will be 9:00 am Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church, 4313 SW 7 Highway, Blue Springs, MO.   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association.   Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 West Main St., Blue Springs, MO. Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Donna C. Freeman (Macurda)

Donna C. Freeman (Macurda), 54 of Independence, MO passed away Saturday, January 21, 2012 at her home.  Private services will be held for the family.  Contributions in memory of Donna may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or Wayside Waifs, 3901 Martha Truman Rd., Kansas City, MO 64137.  Online condolences may be sent in Donna’s memory to www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Donna was born January 2, 1958 in Modesto, CA the daughter of Ronald Martin and Cherry Johnson.  She was the best friend, sister and aunt anyone could have and will be truly missed.  Donna was preceded in death by her parents, and the son of her heart, Justin.

Survivors include her sister Suzanne Trowbridge of the home, brother, Richard Martin of Florida, niece, Amy Kephart of Independence, MO, nephew, Aaron Kephart of Independence, MO, mother of her heart, Barbara Jean Propst of Kansas City, MO

Frank Joseph Rick

Frank RickFrank Joseph Rick, 80 of Blue Springs, Mo. passed away January 23, 2012 at his home.  Mass of Christian burial will be 11:00 am Friday, January 27, 2012 at St. John Lalande Catholic Church.  Interment with full military honors at Mt. Washington Cemetery in Independence, Mo.   Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, Thursday with a rosary at 7:00 pm. At Meyers Funeral Chapel 1600 W. Main Blue Springs, Mo.   Memorial contributions may be sent to American Cancer Society or VFW Post 6603.

Frank was born February 19, 1931 in Plattsburg, MO, the son of Carl and Katherin (Kessler) Rick. On July 25, 1953 he married Peggy L. Cox who survives of the home. He was a diesel mechanic for many years working for Greyhound, PIE, IML, and Auto Convoy.  Frank was active in many things to include, St. John Lalande Catholic Church, the Golden Agers, Blue Springs Elks Lodge 2509,VFW Post 6603, and Jackson County 5th District Ritual Team.  He was Past Chief of Staff and was acting Assistant Chief of Staff at the time of his death.  He was a proud veteran of the Korean War.  He was preceded in death by his son Mark A. Rick, four brothers Leon, Phil, Carl, and Bob.  Also, three sisters Frances, Kathryn, and Alberta.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years Peggy L. Rick of the home.  Sons Robert Rick and wife Patricia, Frank John Rick and wife Ruth Ann, daughter Kathleen Clements and husband Donald Ray, all of Blue Springs, Mo.  Son Galen F. Rick and wife Angela of Anchorage, Alaska.  Sisters Loretta Evanoff, Josephine Preston and Edith Johnson all of Kansas City, Mo. and Lena Waggner of Lyons, Kansas.  Brother Leo Rick of Flemington, Mo.  Nine Grandchildren and Nineteen Great-grandchildren.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel Blue Springs, Mo.

Billie D. Brown

Billie D. Brown, 85 of Blue Springs, MO passed away January 26, 2012 at the Missouri Veterans Home in Warrensburg, MO.  He was born December 8, 1926 in Lee’s Summit, MO to Roy and Ruth (Heidleburger) Brown.  He was united in marriage to Bettie Lefholz- House on October 6, 1984 and she survives of the home.  He was a member of Plaza Heights Baptist Church, and was a salesman for Townley Hardware.  He was a World War II Army veteran.  Billie enjoyed golfing and he was a past Exalted Ruler of Blue Springs Elks Lodge.  He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Charles Ray Brown.

In addition to his wife Billie is survived by: sons Gary Brown, Robert Brown: step-daughter Christine Buttram; sisters, Margaret Reeder, Mary Morris, Doris Officer, Florence Wiggins; brothers,  James Brown; 4 grand children, 2 step-grand children, and 2 great grandchild.

Services for Billie will be 11:00 am Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 West Main St, Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Visitation 10-11:00 am, one hour prior to the service.  Contributions in memory of Billie may be made to Plaza Heights Baptist Church, Blue Springs, MO.

Betty Jean Draper

Betty DraperBetty Jean Draper 80, of Blue Springs, Mo. passed away January 27, 2012 at her home.  Funeral Services will be held at 11:30 am on Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at Meyers Funeral Chapel in Blue Springs. Visitation will be from 10 am to 11:30 am in the chapel.  Burial will be in Blue Springs Cemetery.

Betty was born July 24, 1931 in Higginsville, Mo., the daughter of Elmer and Hattie (Booker) Gilkey.  Betty was united in marriage to Benjamin Draper on September 26, 1947 in Corder, Missouri. After 48 years together, Benjamin passed away in 1995. Being a loving wife and mother was one of her greatest achievements. Betty loved spending time in her garden, working on the house, visiting with her neighbor, Lou Ann and going to the boats.

In addition to Benjamin, she was also preceded in death by her sisters, Marie Andrews, Mary Lou Gassen, Doris Dumas, Marjorie Doak, and Helen Folsom; brothers, James Gilkey, and Robert Gilkey.

She leaves behind her loving family; sons, Ronald, Gary and Buddy Draper; daughters, Barbara Walters, Linda Cahill, Sweetie Lunn and Angela Draper; brothers, Jimmy Gilkey, and Jerry Gilkey, and George Gilkey; sisters, Sara Thee and Sue Capps, Judy Borgstadt; grandchildren, Bryan Angle (who was like a son), Holly, Sam, Wyte and Wade Powell, Heather Ashley, Kevin Lunn, Jessica Sroufe, Jason, Ryan and Kathy Judd, as well as many great grandchildren.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 West Main St., Blue Springs, Mo. 64015 (816-229-3276)

Daniel E. Miller, Sr.

Daniel E. Miller, Sr.Daniel E. Miller, Sr. 72 left this world for a better place on January 28, 2012 after a five year battle with cancer.  He was born October 4, 1939 to Walter E. and Mary Louis (Weldele) Miller in Webster Groves, MO.

Dan graduated from William Chrisman High School in 1957 and attended CMSU in Warrensburg, MO. He retired from Lucent/ Alcatel Technologies in 1994 as a chemical analyst. He married Carolyn Annette Creel on December 1, 1962 and they have two sons, Daniel Jr. and Jason.

Dan was an avid reader, loved fishing, and the outdoors. He enjoyed spending time with his family and especially his grandchildren, Ian, Dylan, Maegan, Matthew, Jacob, and Lucas. He was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his wife; sons, Daniel (Suzanne) and Jason (Virginia); brothers, Ronald (Judy), and Michael (Janet); and step-grandchildren, April, Bryan, and Michael; and many friends.

He will be missed by all those that knew and loved him. At his request his body will be cremated and a private family gathering will be held. Memorial contributions may be made to the Reviving Hope Fund with the School District of Independence Foundation, 201 N. Forest Avenue, Independence, MO 64050 or Kansas City Hospice House, 12000 Wornall Rd., Kansas City, MO 64145.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.

Irene Elizabeth Baxter

Irene BaxterIrene Elizabeth Baxter 90, of Blue Springs, MO passed away January 26, 2012 at the Centerpoint Medical Center. Funeral Service will be 10:00 am Thursday, February 2, 2012 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel 1600 W. Main St. Blue Springs, MO Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at the chapel. Burial in Blue Springs Cemetery.

Irene was born June 26, 1921 in Grain Valley, MO the daughter of Parnell H. and Elizabeth C. (Flynn) Kabrick. She was a catholic by faith and a homemaker. She enjoyed cooking, embroidering, sewing, and going on camping trips. She was preceded in death by her husband Frank and son James Baxter, parents, Sisters Evelyn Casey, Arvie Brockmeyer, and Mildred Kabrick and Brothers Cecil, Henry and Keith Kabrick.

Survivors include her daughters Lois Gann of Independence, MO, Mary Cox of Oak Grove, MO., Linda Blair of Blue Springs, MO, Shirley Myers of Lake Tapawingo, MO, Dorothy Nichols of Belle Plains, KS. Janice Coatney of Independence, MO. Thirteen Grandchildren, Twenty-four Great-grandchildren and Three Great great-grandchildren.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel Blue Springs, MO.

Shirley Laverne Broggi

Meyers Funeral ChapelsShirley Laverne Broggi 79 of Blue Springs, MO passed away January 30, 2012 at her home. She was born May 16, 1932 to Lewis and Lucy Mowery in Elreno, OK. She worked as a receptionist at Blue Springs Bank. Shirley was united in marriage to William Broggi on July 18, 1953 in Gingerhill, PA and he survives of the home. She was a past Worthy/Matron of Eastern Star Chapter 428 of Blue Springs, MO. She was preceded in death by her parents, her daughter, Julie Anne Broggi, and her sisters, Vonda Johnson, Joy Adams, and Penny Richardson.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her son, William E. Broggi, Jr. and wife Vickie of Independence, MO; daughter, Lori Marie Broggi of the home; brothers, Lewis Eugene Mowery, Jr. of Fredericktown, PA, Ben Mowery of Lugoff, SC, Dennis Mowery of Finleyville, PA; sister, Linda Nickerson of Eighty-Four, PA; grandchildren, Brandon Broggi, Josh Broggi, Gabriella Broggi, and Madison Broggi; great grandchildren Tyler Broggi, and Casey Broggi.

A graveside service for Shirley will be held at 3:00pm Thursday, February 2, 2012 at Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Business Route 13, Higginsville, MO. Contributions in memory of Shirley may be made to Village Hospice at John Knox Village.

Linda E. Addison

Meyers Funeral ChapelsLinda E. Addison, 66, passed away Wednesday, February 1, 2012.  Linda was born August 27, 1945 to Samuel Howard and Georgia Hazel (Clark) Black in Brownfield, Texas.

Linda was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Denise Addison and her father.  Survivors include her three children; David Addison and wife, Michelle of Smithville, MO, Lisa Hill and husband, Michael of Kansas City (North), MO, Kathryn Parks and husband, Timothy of Kansas City (North), MO; mother, Georgia Black of Texas; four siblings: Dana Black, Tim Black, Sherri Rekieta and Susan Bailey all of Texas; six grandchildren: Craig, Alex, Kaleigh, Alyssa, Eric and Abigail and one great-granddaughter, Kyleigh.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. for a Gathering of Celebration of Linda’s life, Friday, February 3, 2012 at the Meyers Northland Chapel 401 Main St. Parkville, MO 64152.  Memorial contributions may be made to Advantage Hospice in Linda’s name. The family would like to thank the staff at Advantage Hospice for their love and wonderful care they showed to their mother.

Glenda A. Johnston

Glenda JohnsonGlenda A. Johnston 73 of Blue Springs, MO passed away February 1, 2012 at St. Mary’s Medical Center.  She was born October 12, 1938 in Tonapah, NV to Glen and Alfa (Fee) Gomillion.   Glenda was a secretary for the school district and various other employers, and was also a Deputy Treasurer of the Powell County Montana Treasurers Office.   She was a lifetime member of the Eastern Star, a member of Deer Lodge, Montana Chapter # 46.  She was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Mel & Rhonda Johnston of Blue Springs, MO, son Kelvin Johnston of California, 10 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren.

A Celebration of Glenda’s Life  will be held 5:00 – 7:00 pm Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO 816-229-3276.  Contributions in memory of Glenda may be made to the charity of the sender’s choice.

Ronald L. Caster

Ronald CasterRonald L. Caster 71 of Gravois Mills, MO previously of `Kansas City, MO passed away February 3, 2012 at North Care Hospice.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 am Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at St. Marks Catholic Church, 3736 S. Lee’s Summit Rd, Independence, MO.  Visitation to be 5-7:00 pm Monday, February 6, 2012 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St, Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Burial will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Contributions in memory of Ronald may be made to American Cancer Society or North Care Hospice.

Ronald was born February 16, 1940 to Forrest A. and Helen (Hurr) Caster in Kansas City, Mo.  He was united in marriage to Jeanne on December 14, 1973.  Ronald was a machinist and toolmaker at General Motors Fairfax Assembly Plant.  He was a member of UAW retiring in 2002.  He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends at the Lake of the Ozarks, boating, and his machine shop.  Ronald was preceded in death by his parents, and a granddaughter, Samantha Kristine Supplee.

Ronald is survived by his wife, Jeanne of the home; son, Larry D. Caster of Leavenworth, KS; daughter, Gayle L. Caster of Kansas City, KS;  sons, R. Allen Supplee and wife Laurie of Independence, MO, Ted R. Supplee and wife Tammy of Blue Springs, MO; daughter, Kristy E. Bass and husband Jeffry of Blue Springs, MO; brothers Robert E. Caster of Shawnee, KS, Richard “Bud” Caster of Kansas City, KS; sister Sharon Masuch of Kansas City, KS, 13 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren.

Angela Renee Patton

Angela PattonAngela Renee Patton, 36, of Blue Springs, MO passed away February 8, 2012 at Kindred Hospital, Kansas City, MO.  Angela was born January 8, 1976 to Charles and Paula (Jordison) Patton in Shawnee, KS.  She was a 1994 graduate of Blue Springs, High School.  She was a Baptist by faith and was a homemaker.  She enjoyed coloring, flowers, and reading.

Angela is survived by her parents, Charles and Paula Patton of Oak Grove, MO; husband, Todd Liddle of Blue Springs, MO; daughter, Sarah Wyatt of Blue Springs, MO; sister, Heather Patton of Oak Grove, MO; brother, Charles Patton of Oak Grove, MO; and maternal grandmother, Mary Jordison.

A family celebration of Angela’s life will be held at her home. Contributions in her memory may be made to the American Kidney Foundation. Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Carolyn Louise Loos

Carolyn LoosCarolyn Louise Loos, 67, of Independence, Missouri passed away February 3, 2012 at Centerpoint Medical Center.  She was born August 27, 1944 to Frank and Mary (Wolfenbarger) Kingery in Mayfield, Kansas.  Carolyn graduated from Wellington High School in Wellington, Kansas and lived throughout the South and Midwest, spending time in Texas, Oklahoma and Iowa before her current residence in Independence.  She retired as an Executive Assistant from New Millennium Homes.

Carolyn attended Woods Chapel United Methodist Church.  She enjoyed traveling, cooking and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Robert Kingery.  Carolyn is survived by her daughters, Lisa Thibault and husband Tom of Blue Springs, Missouri, and Kim Riesberg and husband Michael of Urbandale, Iowa; sister, Betty Lydick of Ponca City, Oklahoma; 6 grandchildren; 1 great grandchild; 2 nephews and 2 nieces.

A memorial Celebration of life will be held 3:00 pm Saturday, February 18th at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, Missouri, 816-229-3276.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family.

Mary Evelyn (Treuthart) Downing

Mary Evelyn (Treuthart) Downing 94 of Blue Springs, MO, formerly of North Kansas City, Pomme De Terre, and Table Rock Lake, passed away February 16, 2012 at Centerpoint Medical Center.  Evelyn was born on December 15, 1917 in Carthage, IL to John and Mabel (Diffendurfer) Treuthart.  She was a graduate at age 17 of Carthage College.  She was united in marriage to Melvin Downing on August 9, 1941 in Santa Barbara, CA.  She was an executive secretary at the Maytag, CO. retiring in 1980.  Evelyn was an accomplished seamstress and enjoyed having and entertaining the family at the lake.   She was devoted to her grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Mel Downing; brothers, Ed, John, and Hubert Treuthart; and sister, Betty Berard.

She is survived by her son David Downing and wife Tricia of Grain Valley, MO; granddaughters, Kimberly Meyers and Husband Marty of Blue Springs, MO, Kristen Reed and husband Chap of Kennesaw, GA; great grandchildren, Kourtney and Chad Meyers of Blue Springs, MO and C.J., Stephen, and Addison Reed of Kennesaw, GA.

Funeral Services for Evelyn will be 2:00 pm Sunday, February 19, 2012 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W Main St, Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Visitation one hour prior to the service at the chapel.  Burial will be with Mel at Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Higginsville, MO on Tuesday.   Contributions in memory of Evelyn may be made to the American Cancer Society.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

John R. Parker, Sr.

John R. Parker, Sr. 90 lifelong resident of Blue Springs, Mo. passed away February 15, 2012 on his birthday. Funeral Service will be 2:00 pm Monday, February 20, 2012 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel 1600 West Main Blue Springs, Mo. Visitation will be one hour prior to services.   Burial in Blue Springs Cemetery with full military honors by American Legion Post #499 Blue Springs. Memorial Contribution may be made the 1st United Methodist Church of Blue Springs or American Legion Post #499. Online condolences may be left in John’s memory at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

John was born February 15, 1922 on Valley View Road 2 miles west of Blue Springs.  He was number 9 of 10 children and the son of Stephen and Nina B. (Walker) Parker.  He graduated from Blue Springs High School in 1942.  He left for the US Army Air Corps on October 4, 1942 serving his country in the South Pacific.  He returned home after the war to build cabinets for Mobile Homes.  Later he worked for Buckner Propane Gas Company.  He was the Owner and Operator of A-1 Disposal service for many years.  He was building manager, and was an active member of the American Legion Post #499 for 27 years. He was a member of the 1st United Methodist Church of Blue Springs since 1947. He was preceded in death by his son John R. Parker, Jr., and brothers, George, Steve, Charles, Robert, and Vernon Parker, and sisters, Julia Hawes, Ruth McBride, Helen Butler and Mary Parker.

Survivors include his son James D. Parker of Blue Springs, Mo. 3 Grandchildren and 2 Great-grandchildren.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel Blue Springs, Mo.

Betty Jeane Blevins

Betty Jeane BlevinsBetty Jeane Blevins 86 of Humansville, Mo. passed away Wednesday February 15, 2012 at the Northwood Hills Care Center.  Graveside Service will be 2:00 pm Friday February 17, 2012 at the Lees Summit Cemetery.  Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel 1600 W. Main St. Blue Springs, MO.

Betty was born June 10, 1925 in Kansas City, Mo. the daughter of Everett and Viola (Weir) Watson, Sr.  She was Assembly of God by faith.  She spent most of her career as a home health care giver.  She was preceded in death by husband Charles Blevins, daughters Janie Hastings, Darlene Sue Roberts, Sarah Ridenour, Sharon Waite and son Everett Ridenour.

Survivors include her daughter Carol Cothern-Spidle of Clinton, Mo.  Son Andrew Ridenour of Independence, Mo.  Brother Everett Watson Jr. of Mountain Home, Ar.  Twenty grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.

James David Higinbotham

JAMES DAVID HIGINBOTHAMJames D. Higinbotham passed away peacefully on February 18, 2012 at the Olathe Medical Center in Olathe KS.  He was born on February 6, 1958 to John and Ruby (Koup) Higinbotham inKansas City,MO. 

James enjoyed playing baseball, shooting pool, camping, and following sports.  He enjoyed being around his family.

James was preceded in death by his parents.  Survivors include his five sisters, Debra K. Cole (Roger) ofOak Grove,MO, Denise S. Stawarz (Tom) of Lone Jack, MO, Diane L. Higinbotham ofDallas,TX, Donna L. Wylie (Jody) ofEnnisTX, Dawn T. Drake (Lewis) ofDallasTX; one brother Joseph G. Higinbotham (Pam) of Lansing, KS; as well as several nieces and nephews.

The Celebration of life will be held Tuesday, February 21, 2012 from 4-6:00 p.m. at the Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MOwith the memorial service starting at 6:00 p.m.  The inurnment for James at the SacredHeartCemeteryin Rowlett, TXthat will be set at a later date. Memorial contributions are suggested to OlatheMedicalCenterand may be left in care of the Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO64152.  Memories of James and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Glenn Lester Curtis

Glenn Lester Curtis, 70, of Blue Springs, MO passed away February 18, 2012 at the John Knox Village Care Center in Lee’s Summit, MO.

Survivors include his wife, Sharon Curtis of the home; four sons, Curt Curtis of Lee’s Summit, MO, Chris Curtis of Kansas City, MO, Josh Curtis of Blue Springs, MO and Jake Curtis of Kansas City, MO; a step-daughter, Nicki Franzen of Blue Springs, MO; a brother, Wayne Curtis of Tennessee; and his grandchildren, Zack, Lilly, Kash and Brycen.

Family and friends will gather to celebrate Glenn’s life at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, February 25, 2012 at the Elk’s Lodge in Blue Springs. The Meyers Funeral Chapel has been entrusted with the arrangements. Memories of Glenn and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Ronnie L. Clark

Ron ClarkRonnie L. Clark, 75, Blue Springs, MO passed away February 20, 2012 at his home.  He was born May 8, 1936 in Bridgeport, NE to Robert and Ioa (Underhill) Clark.  They preceded him in death.  He was educated inBell Gardens,CAand lived most of his life inCalifornia.

Ronnie was a veteran of the United States Navy and spent the majority of his working years as a diesel mechanic.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers.  He married Norma P. Brandt in 1955 inLos Angeles,CA.  She survives of the home.  Additional survivors include a son, Ron D. Clark and wife Terri ofCrestline,CA; a daughter, Cynthia L. Speck and husband, Dan of Fort Wayne, IN; a brother, Chester Clark of Anaheim, CA; grandchildren, Tiffany, Brian, Jillian and Andrew.

Per Ronnie’s wishes, cremation will take place.  There are no formal services scheduled.  Memories of Ronnie and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Paul D. Holman

Paul HolmanPaul D. Holman 83, of Blue Springs, MO passed away February 19, 2012.  Funeral Services for Paul will be 10:30 am Friday, February 24, 2012 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W Main St, Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3267.  Visitation will be 5-7:00 pm Thursday, with a Masonic service at 7:00 pm February 23, 2012 at the funeral chapel.  Burial to be at Blue Springs Cemetery.  Contributions in memory of Paul may be made to Blue Springs Church of the Nazarene or the charity of the sender’s choice. 

Paul was born February 10, 1929 to Clifford and Loraine (Asher) Holman in Kansas City, MO.  On August 3, 1953 he was united in marriage to Louise Kathleen Tennison.   He was a machinist for Honeywell Corp., and member of Blue Springs Church of the Nazarene.  He was also a member of Blue Springs Masonic Lodge, the Kansas City Shrine Temple where he was on the Directors staff and worked the circus.  Paul was a car enthusiast and loved his T-bird. His family always came first and he worked very hard to provide the best for them. He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers, David and Don Holman, and a sister Virginia Middaugh.

He is survived by his wife Kat Holman of the home; daughter Sandy Kauffman of Blue Springs, MO; granddaughter, Ronna Lutjen and husband Tim of Grain Valley, MO; great grandson, Nathan Paul Thresher of Grain Valley, MO; step great grandchildren, Taylor and Hannah Lutjen of Blue Springs, MO; brother, Harold Holman of Phoenix, AZ; sister-in-law Sadie Holman of Nevada, MO; The Shook family and a host of nieces and nephews.

Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

William B. Lowe

William LoweWilliam B. Lowe, 64, of Blue Springs, MO passed away on February 18, 2012 at his home.   Mass of Christian burial will be 5:30 pm Thursday February 23, 2012 at St. John LaLande Catholic Church, 801 NW R. D. Mize Rd, Blue Springs, MO.  Visitation will be 3:30- 5:30 at the church prior to the mass.  Burial will be Saturday February 25, 2012 Garland Brook Cemetery in Indiana.  Contributions in memory of William may be made to St. John LaLande School.

William was born July 5, 1947 in Florida to Earnest and Gwendolyn (Hartwell) Lowe.  He was an over the road truck driver and helped coach at St Mary’s and St John LaLande as well as substitute teaching at Fort Osage and St. Mary’s. He spent many years working for the Kansas City Royals.  He was a member of St. John LaLande Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus 3rd degree.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

William is survived by his daughters Leslie Lowe-McTamney and husband Joseph of Blue Springs, MO, and Ellen Campbell and Husband David of Blue Springs, MO; grandchildren, Gwendolyn Rose McTamney, Gunnar William McTamney, Emma Rose Campbell, and Maya Renee Campbell all of Blue Springs, MO.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Arthur William Frye

Arthur FryeArthur William Frye, 99, passed away peacefully Sunday, February 19, 2012.

He was born November 4, 1912 in Centerview, MO to Alvin and Cora Storms Frye and was the oldest of five children. He was home schooled until the eighth grade and then attended and graduated from Centerview High School in 1929 at the age of 16.  He continued farming the family farm until 1938 when he then worked as an office manager for Jackson County. He married his sweetheart Violet Adams House in 1942.  He served in the Naval Reserve during WW2 from 1942-1945 followed by an honorable discharge.  He then went into the dairy business until 1963.  He was in sales primarily in telecommunications until partial retirement at age 75.  He successfully led the development of the family property on Adams Dairy Parkway until the age of  95 when all property was sold.  For his 98th birthday he purchased a touch screen computer to allow him to keep up with communication, medical research and his investments.

He belonged to the First United Methodist Church in Blue Springs and was a long time Rotarian.

He was preceded in death by his father, mother, brothers Fred and Jim, sisters Marcella and Mary Lee, daughter Patricia House Hollinger Rose and beloved wife Violet Adams House Frye.

He is survived by his children Bill (Sally) House and “Tahn” Lyle Frye,  7 Grandchildren: Dee (Rick) Harmon, Debby (Steve) Spencer, Donna (Rich) Dakich, Denise House, Jeff Hollinger, Travis Frye, Tuanna (Daniel) Mays and 11 Great-Grandchildren who will miss him and his wisdom.

Visitation will be Friday, February 24, 2012 from 1:00-2:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Blue Springs with Services at 2:30 p.m.  Interment will follow at the Blue Springs Cemetery.  Remembrances may be given in lieu of flowers to the First United Methodist Church of Blue Springs.  The Meyers Funeral Chapel in Blue Springs has been entrusted with the final arrangements.  Online condolences in Art’s memory may be left at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Tresa Colleen Wallace

Tresa ColleenTresa Colleen Wallace 75, of Kansas City Kansas passed away February 20, 2012 at her home.  She was born April 14, 1936 in Wyandotte County Kansas to John and Marie (Reynolds) Bell.  Worked for the Salvation Army and was a Daycare Provider.  Tresa was a Baptist by faith.  She enjoyed family, traveling, reading and crocheting.  She was preceded in death by her husband Herman Wallace; daughters, Barbara Perkins and Pamela Dyche; siblings, Leona, Margie, Paul and Chuck.

She is survived by her daughters, Becky Kirk of Topeka, KS, Sarah Cartwright of Grandview, MO and Bonnie Caviness of Rosedale, KS; sons, James Dyche of Galena, MO and Joseph Dyche of Wichita KS; 16 grandchildren, 35 great grandchildren, and 2 great great grandchildren.

Memorial services for Tresa will be 10:00 am Thursday, February 23, 2012 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St, Blue Springs, MO.  Visitation will be 9-10:00 am, one hour prior to the service.  Memorial Contributions may be made to the family to defray expenses.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Brenda Kathleen Flathers

Brenda FlathersBrenda Kathleen Flathers, 54, of Independence, MO, Daughter – Mother – Grandmother – Aunt – Friend died in her home on 2-25-2012 after a courageous battle with cancer.

She will be remembered as one who loved her family, faith, music and life.  An independent woman who personified self-determination.  “If your ship hasn’t come-in, swim out to it “and” don’t wait for life to happen to you, make it happen for you.”  would be the messages her living would give us.  She would surely add, “Each day is a blessing, move away from the negative in it and love without reservation.”

She leaves her beloved daughters; Julie Long and Tara (Jason) Crownover, her grandchildren, Michela Fox, Nicholas and Isabella Long and Brooke Crownover, her siblings Cynthia (Phil) Grosse, Donna (Michael) Martin, Donnie Flathers, Rhonda (John) Green, Kimberly Nguyen, John (Kim) Flathers, Joan (Bruce) Jones, Christopher (Amanda) Flathers, and many beloved nephews and nieces.  She is survived by her Father, Donald Flathers and Mother Laura Virginia Flathers of Independence, MO.  With much affection she leaves her loving partner of 18 years, Rick Danner, who provided selfless care and companionship especially in her time of greatest need.

The family wishes to express deep appreciation for the patience and generosity of her employer of many years, Billup Snyder Insurance Co., of Blue Springs, MO., and her close friend and co-worker Sandy Taylor.

Visitation will be 5-8pm Wednesday February 29, 2012 at Meyers Funeral Chapel 1600 W. Main St, Blue Springs, MO.  Funeral Mass will be 11:00 am Thursday, March 1, 2012, at St Mark’s Catholic Church 3736 S. Lee’s Summit Rd, Independence, MO. with Father James Taranto celebrating.  Interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery Independence, Mo. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Salvation Army or St. Mark’s Food Pantry.  Online condolences may be left in Brenda’s memory to www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Richard Laverne Spears

Richard SpearsRichard Laverne Spears, 65 of Blue Springs, Mo. passed away Sunday February 26, 2012 at the Golden Living Nursing Center in Independence.  A Celebration of Richard’s life will be 7:00 pm Friday March 2, 2012 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel 1600 W. Main St. Blue Springs, Mo. with the Rev. Cliff Caton officiating.  Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 pm prior to service.  Graveside Service will be at 10:30 am Saturday in Pilot Grove Cemetery # 1 near Jamesport, Mo., with full military honors.  Memorial Contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Blue Springs Building Fund. 

Richard was born July 29, 1946 in Trenton, Mo., the son of Delbert Laverne and Deloris Elizabeth (Payne) Spears. He was a US Army Vietnam Veteran and a Baptist by faith.  He worked for Cargill and Bartlett Grain companies as an accountant.

On December 29, 1969 he married the love of his life Eilene Kay (Langford) Spears, who survives of the home. He is also survived by two sons Eric Spears of Blue Springs, Mo. and Christopher Spears, and wife Nicky, of Buckner, Mo., a brother Michael Spears of Chillicothe, Mo, and sister Margaret Lovell and husband Neil of Jamesport, Mo.  Five Grandchildren Ashley, Colin, Chandler, Dylan, and Chase, and one great-grandson Gavin.

Mary Jo Hesterberg

Mary Jo hesterbergMary Jo Hesterberg 77, of Blue Springs, MO passed away peacefully at home February 27, 2012 surrounded by her family.  She was born August 19, 1934 in Redland, OK to Oscar and Susie (Jordan) Brunk.  On September 24, 1951 she was united in marriage to Gene H. Hesterberg in Van Buren, AR, and they enjoyed 60 years of marriage.  She worked at Lanard Toys, and was a member of First United Methodist Church of Blue Springs.  She was an active and long time member of Blue Springs Country Club, Country Club of Blue Springs Women’s Golf Association, Blue Springs, First United Methodist Church Women’s Circle, Country Club Bridge Club, Bunco Group, and Young Matrons Society of Independence, MO.  She was preceded in death by her parents; a, grandson, Timothy Ridpath, and other brothers and sisters.

Mary is survived by her husband, Gene Hesterberg; daughters, Twila Fleming of Blue Springs, MO, Paula Stuck and husband Mike of Lake Ozark, MO, Tammy Hesterberg of Independence, MO; grandchildren, Nicole Ball and husband Chuck of Blue Springs, MO, Eric Hesterberg and wife Elishia of Pleasant Hill, MO, Amy Armstrong and husband Billy of Dallas, TX, Abby Stuck of Lake Ozark, MO; great grandchildren, Lauren and Emily Ball, Ethan and Emry Hesterberg, and Caleb Armstrong.

Funeral services for Mary  will be held 1:30 pm Thursday, March 1, 2012 at First United Methodist Church of Blue Springs, 301 SW Woods Chapel Rd., Blue Springs, MO with Pastor Choog-Ho Kwon officiating. Visitation will be 12:00-1:30 at the church prior to the service.  Burial will follow at Brooking Cemetery.  A celebration of life luncheon will be held after the burial at Lanard Hall, 106 South Sterling, Sugar Creek, MO Contributions in memory of Mary’s may be made Crossroads Hospice and MS Society or American Diabetes Association.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel Blue Springs, MO.

Doris “Jean” Curley

Doris "Jean" CurleyDoris “Jean” Curley of Independence, Mo passed away March 1, 2012 at Manor Care of Overland Park, KS.  Visitation will be 10 – 11:00 am , Tuesday, March 6, 2012  followed by funeral services at 11:00 am, at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.

Jean was born June 24, 1924 to Marion and Elvena (Jones) Zimmerman.  She grew up in Kingfisher, OK.  She attended Kingfisher High School where she played and excelled on the basketball team.  She moved to Kansas City, MO where she was employed by Southwestern Bell.  In 1951 she married Frank C. Curley.  Jean was a homemaker and a stay at home mom.  In her later years she enjoyed working at Smith and Company Home Décor and Antiques until retiring.  Jean loved cats and dogs, reading, playing cards, and Scrabble, going to the casino, and dancing.  She loved to dance!  She was a very special lady a kind, loving and thoughtful person.  She was a devoted mother (best mom ever) grandmother, and great grandmother, and she loved spending time with her family.  She is preceded in death by her parents, Marion and Elvena Zimmerman, Her husband of 44 years, Frank C. Curley, her sister Melba Whitson, and brother-in-law Bruce Whitson.

She is survived by her daughter Debbie Mullikin and son-in-law Wayne of Olathe, KS, her granddaughter, Alisa Freeberg,  and great granddaughters Velissa and Sierra Robinson of Kansas City, MO.

She will be deeply missed by her family and friends.  Thank you to close friends who supported her, and Manor Care of Overland Park, KS for giving such great care during these last three months.  In lieu of flowers the family request donations to Wayside Waifs, Inc., 3901 Martha Truman Road, Kansas City, MO 64137.

Norma Sallee

Norma SalleeNorma J. Sallee, 83, Grain Valley, MO passed away March 2, 2012. She was born November 13, 1928 to Wayne and Lucy Viola (Berry) Kiser in Avant, OK.  She was united in marriage to Harold Leroy Sallee on June 19, 1946 in Independence, KS, and he preceded her in death in 2002.  She was a driver trainer for the Blue Springs School District and a Methodist by faith.  She enjoyed cooking and puzzles.  In addition to her husband, Harold, she was preceded in death by her parents and 6 siblings.

She is survived by her sons, John Sallee of Kansas City, MO, Harold G. Sallee and his wife Lois of Independence, MO, and Bill Sallee and wife Karen of Lee’s Summit , MO; daughter Michelle Menning of Oak Grove, MO: 7 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

Visitation will be 1-2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 10, 2012 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W Main St, Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Cremation will take place prior to the visitation with a private family burial.

Wendela Louise Meyer

Wendela MeyerWendela Louise Meyer, 70 of Blue Springs, MO passed away March 4, 2012.  Funeral Services for Wendy will be 11:00am, Friday March 9, 2012 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St, Blue Springs, MO,  816-229-3276, with visitation one  hour preceding the service.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church Impact Ministries, 15th and Main St, Blue Springs, MO 64015. 

Wendy was born on September 11, 1941 in Kansas City, MO and lived most of her life in Blue Springs.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert F. Meyer and her father, Charles W. Parker.

She was the beloved mother of Charles Herbert Meyer and William Thomas Meyer, daughter of Virginia M. Parker, and sister of Helen Parker and Nina Sears.

Wendy loved her family and church friends.  She enjoyed crafts, traveling, shopping, following the KC Royals and attending bible study and church activities.  In recent years she was a devoted caregiver and companion to her mother.  Her quiet helpful spirit will be missed by all who knew her.

Juanita Lynn Saddler

Juanita Lynn SaddlerJuanita Lynn Saddler 59 of Blue Springs, MO passed away March 5, 2012 at her home.  She was born August 31, 1952 in Kansas City, Ks to Charles Warren and Rosalie (Button) Noland.  Juanita was united in marriage to Leslie Kent Saddler on November 8, 1975 in Springfield, MO and he survives of the home.  She was a Catholic by faith and was a homemaker.  Juanita was a member of the MS Society.  She preceded in death by her parents and a brother David Eugene Noland.

In addition to her husband she is survived by a daughter, Cassie Lynn Fletcher and husband Shane of Liberty, MO; son, Michael Stephen Saddler of Blue Springs, MO; step- son, Leslie Kent Saddler, Jr. and wife Kim of Kearney, MO; step-daughter, Tina Louise Saddler of Holt, MO; brothers, Robert Michael Noland and wife Lorri of Kansas City, MO and Charles Warren Noland of Independence, MO: 6 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, and several nieces and nephews.

Services for Juanita will be 5:00 pm Friday , March 9, 2012 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W Main St, Blue springs, MO, 816-229-3276.,  Visitation will begin at 4:00 pm, one hour prior to the service.  Contributions in memory of Juanita may be made to the KU Burnett Burn Center in the name of Megan Blackburn.

Nero Alexander Green

Nero Alexander GreenNero Alexander Green, age 2 months, of Carrollton, MO, passed away Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at Carroll County Memorial Hospital, Carrollton, MO. He was born January 10, 2012.

Nero is survived by his parents Sheldon Green and Ciara Aldrich and two brothers, Julius Green of Kansas City, MO and Maddox Moylan of Carrollton; his paternal grandparents, Larry Green and Sherrie Albert both of Carrollton, MO; maternal grandparents, Troy Aldrich and Jennifer White of Carrollton, MO and Stephanie and Bob Yancey of Kansas City, MO; paternal great-grandparents, Jim and Barbara Rutherford, Larry and Sally Albert and Sharon Corf all of Carrollton, MO; maternal great-grandparents, Kenny Aldrich of Carrollton, MO and Darlyn and Dave Wadsworth of Orland, California; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by maternal great-grandmother, Louise Aldrich and paternal great-grandfather, Donnie Bob Green, great-great-grandmother, Geraldin Albert and cousins, Colby Albert and Nikki Albert.

Visitation for Nero will be 3 – 5:00 pm, Sunday, March 11, 2012 at First Baptist Church, Carrollton, MO.  Funeral service will be 11:00 am, Monday, March 12, 2012 at the church.  Contributions in memory of Nero may be made to Scholarship fund for Julius Green and Maddox Moylan.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO.

John LeRoy Bunton

John LeRoy BuntonJohn LeRoy Bunton, Blue Springs Missouri, loving husband, father, grandfather, and great friend to many, lost his 18 day battle with Acute Myeloid Blast Leukemia on March 17, 2012.  John, an avid Missouri Tigers and Royals fan, will be remembered as a great man who loved spending time with his family especially at his lake house where he enjoyed boating and laughing.  His boat name “It’s all good” was a true attribute to his outlook on life.

He was born August 19, 1947 in Kansas City, Mo to John L. and Josephine Bunton.  He married the love of his life, Donna Nadine Hutchinson on December 23rd 1966.  He graduated from Southeast High School in 1965 and then joined the United States Air Force.  He served his country from 1965 to 1968 during the Vietnam War.  After his service, he was employed by Graphics Arts for 40 years until his retirement in 2009.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Donna N. Bunton of the home, 2 sons, Chad and wife Kim of Denton, Texas, Christopher and wife Julie of Grain Valley Missouri, 3 granddaughters, Megan, Madyson and Ava Grace, his brother Roger Bunton of Peculiar, Mo, his sister Barbara Moe of Kansas City, Mo, 1 brother-in-law Ronnie Lilly of Blue Springs, Mo and numerous, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister Betty Lilly.

All services will be at Meyer Funeral Chapel in Blue Springs.  Visitation will be held Tuesday from 6-8 and the funeral will be at 9 am on Wednesday followed by graveside services at Blue Springs Cemetery.

Glenna Lois Harkness

Meyers Funeral ChapelsGlenna Lois Harkness 62, of Odessa, MO passed away March 17, 2012 at the Golden Living Center.  Glenna was born April 30, 1949 in Warrensburg, MO to Russell Lee and Hazel Lois (Higgins) Westerhold.  She was united in marriage to James M. Harkness on November 5, 1994 in Independence, MO and he survives of the home.  She was the owner of Advantage Tax, and was affiliated with Mt. Tabor Church. She was a lifetime member of VFW Post 5675.  She was preceded in death by a brother, Ralph Bradbury.

In addition to her husband, Glenna is survived by her parents, Russell Lee Westerhold of Warrensburg, MO and Hazel Lois Westerhold of Odessa, MO; daughters, Desira Ann Edwards and husband Scott of Blue Springs, MO, Denise Lynn Glover and husband Todd of Greenwood, MO; son, Donald Lee Barker of Grain Valley, MO; step-sons, Joseph Blaine Harkness and wife Keri of Blue Springs, MO, James Michael Harkness, Jr. of Grain Valley, MO, and Jerry Lee Harkness of Liberty, MO; step-daughter Heather Lynn Harkness of Centerview, MO; sisters, Betty Lee Watson of Higginsville, MO, and Linda Mae Bradbury of Raytown, MO; 18 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, and 18 nieces and nephews.

Services for Glenna will be 2:00 pm Saturday March 24, 2012 at Mt. Tabor Church, Highway M and Mt. Tabor Rd, Odessa, MO, with visitation at 1:00 pm, one hour prior to the service.  Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO.

Henry (Hank) A. Luchtel

Meyers Funeral ChapelsHenry (Hank) A. Luchtel, 76 of Grain Valley, MO passed away March 16, 2012 in Kansas City, MO.  He was born September 1, 1935 in Breda, IA to Albert and Harmina (Auen) Luchtel.  He was united in marriage to Goldie Naber who preceded him in death.  Henry lived most of his life in Lincoln, NE where he was a heavy equipment operator.  Upon retirement he moved to Grain Valley, MO.  In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents & siblings; Betty Jane Halbur, and Robert Luchtel.

He is survived by his brother, Duane Luchtel and wife Janet of Grain Valley.  No Services are planned, burial at Lincoln Memorial Cemetery, Lincoln, NE.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO.

Irene Barton Farrar Bartow

Irene BartowIrene Barton Farrar Bartow 88, of Lee’s Summit, MO passed peacefully Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at Kansas City Hospice House in Kansas City, MO after a battle with cancer.

Visitation will be 5:00-7:00 pm, Thursday, March 22, 2012 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Funeral services will be 10:00 am Friday, March 23, 2012 at the First United Methodist Church of Blue Springs, 301 SW Woods Chapel Rd., Blue Springs, MO.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society and Kansas City Hospice House.

Irene was born August 6, 1923 to J. A. Mack and Anna Farrar in Brookfield, MO.  She graduated from Brookfield High School and was a member of the Brookfield Presbyterian Church.  On Christmas Day, 1946 she married Gale T. Bartow.  They were married 58 years and blessed with two sons, five grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren.  She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt, and friend.  Her family and friends were the pride of her life. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gale T. Bartow.

She is survived by her two sons, Thomas M. and Debi Bartow of Henderson, NV, Richard G. and Nancy Bartow of Village of Loch Lloyd, MO; five grandchildren, Tonya and John Murray of San Diego, CA, Trent and YuFang Bartow of Austin, TX, Richard T. and Kara Bartow of Raymore, MO, Kevin and Nicole Bartow of Columbia, MO, Cara and Jeff Anger of Independence, MO.  She was also blessed with seven great grandchildren: Scott, Alicia, and Amelie Murray; Adam, Christian, and Isaac Bartow: and Ava Bartow, and nieces and nephews.

Irene had many friends and was involved in many civic and service organizations in the community.  She was an active member of the Blue Springs United Methodist Church, P.E.O., and Art Club.  She served as president of the St. Mary’s Auxiliary and in 1983 was named Blue Springs Citizen of the year.  She made friends wherever she went and enjoyed golf, bridge, many social activities, and traveling.  He family and friends will miss her greatly.

Betty Louise Herman

Betty Louise HermanBetty Louise Herman, 77 of Blue Springs, MO passed away March 25, 2012 at St. Mary’s Hospital.  Funeral services for Betty will be 11:00 am. Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W Main St, Blue springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Visitation will begin at 10:00 am, one hour prior to the service.  Burial will be at Blue Springs, Cemetery.  Contributions in memory of Betty may be made to the Easter Seals Good Will Northern Rockies Region, Billings, Montana.

Betty was born September 7, 1934 in Jackson County, MO to James Marshall and Glendola (Sandridge) Hall.  She was united in marriage with Darrow Herman on June 16, 1955 who preceded her in death.  She and Darrow spent much of their lives farming.  She was a Christian by faith, and a member of UDC, DAR, Magna Carta, Jamestown Society, and 1812.  In addition to her husband, Darrow, she was preceded in death by her parents, and her brother, Bill Hall,

She is survived by her sons; Stephen Herman and wife Rose of Lee’s Summit, MO, and Kurt Herman of Brunswick, MO; daughter, Karla B. Herman of Billings, MT, 6 grandchildren, and 1 great grandchild.

Thelma J. Parker

Meyers Funeral ChapelsThelma J. Parker, 90, of Blue Springs, MO passed away March 24, 2012.  Services for Thelma will be 11:00 am Thursday, March 29, 2012 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W Main Street, Blue Springs, MO.  Visitation will begin at 10:00 am, one hour before the service.  Burial will follow at Lobb Cemetery.  Contributions in memory of Thelma may be made to RBBC-Haiti (which is the Haiti Home of Hope orphanage).

Thelma was born March 18, 1922 in Whitesburg, KY to William and Bertha (Beard) Cates.  She was married to Tim Richards in 1939 and was a devoted homemaker and a founding member of Heartland Church.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, and a brother, R. T. Penley.

She is survived by her son Ronald Richards of Winter Springs, FL; daughters Sandra Gale Richards of Blue Springs, MO, and Donna Lynn Richards Buzan of Blue Springs, MO; sister, Ruby Huff of Everts, KY; daughter-in-law Pat Richards and son-in-law Tim Buzan; seven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

Thelma loved the Lord Jesus Christ and her family who will sadly miss her until their heavenly reunion.

Maria E. Rodriguez

Maria RodriguezMaria E. Rodriguez, 69, of Blue Springs, MO passed away March 29, 2011 in Kansas City, MO.  Services for Maria will be 6:00 pm, Monday, April 2, 2012 at First Bible Baptist Church, 1441 SE Adams Dairy parkway, Blue Springs, MO.  Visitation will be at 5:00 pm, one hour prior to the service.  Burial will be at Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery, Corpus Christi, TX. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Maria may be made to defray funeral expenses.

Maria was born August 9, 1942 in Corpus Christ, TX to Felipe G. and Maria B. (Benavidez) Rodriguez.  She was a U. S. Navy veteran and served during the Viet Nam Conflict.  She worked for Wal-Mart in Blue Springs, for 15 years.  She was raised a Catholic and attended St. John LaLand in Blue Springs and accepted Christ as her Savior while attending First Bible Baptist Church with her daughter and family.  She was member of the VFW.  She love spending time with her grandchildren, shopping, Mexican food, music, traveling, and she loved life.  She was very giving, made jewelry and crafts and gave them to others.  Saying no to her 2 grandsons was not a part of her vocabulary.  She spent the last years of her life at Truman Medical Center Lakewood Long Term Care.  She was preceded in death by her father Felipe, and sister, Mary Alice Rodriguez.

She is survived by her Mother, Maria B. Rodriguez of Corpus Christi, TX; daughter, Jennifer Sexton and husband Greg of Blue Springs, MO; grandchildren, Collins B H Sexton of Blue Springs, MO, and Parker F G Sexton of Blue Springs, MO; sisters, Tencha Heimlich of Houston, TX, Elizabeth Rodriguez of Corpus Christi, TX, and Grace Uribe of Corpus Christi, TX; brother Felipe B. Rodriguez of Corpus Christi, TX, and lots of nephew and nieces in Texas.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO.

Raymond E. Murray

Raymond MurrayRaymond E. Murray, 68 of Independence MO passed away March 30, 2012 at Centerpoint Medical Center.  Services for Raymond will be 10.00 am Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at Meyers funeral Chapel, 1600 West Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Visitation will be 5 – 7:00 pm, Monday, April 2, at the funeral Chapel.  Burial will be at Blue Springs, Cemetery.  Contributions in memory of Raymond may be made to Rainbow Center. 

Raymond was born May 19, 1943 in Carrollton, MO to Thomas and Evelyn (Cochenhour) Murray.  He was united in marriage to Nelda Sue Molder- Murray who preceded him in death in 2002.  He worked for the High Life Sales Co., and he was a Baptist by faith.  He enjoyed fishing and hunting.  In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents and a step-daughter, Lisa R. Muzingo.

He is survived by his sons, Dale Murray and wife Sompit of Stover, MO, Alan Murray of Excelsior Springs, MO; daughters Carrie Murray of Placerville, CA, Dawn Leehy and husband Steve of Kansas City, MO; Step-son, William Molder of Independence, MO; brother, Harold Lee Murray of Phoenix, AZ; sister Mary Ann  Murray of Kansas City, MO; brother-in-law, James Collins of Independence, MO; grandchildren, Kassandra and Justin Murray, Paige Hibbs, Logan, Jacob, and Abigail Leehy; great grandchildren,  Jay Cee Murray, Step-grandchildren, Veronica Molder, Maccee Molder, and Austin Muzingo.

Kitty C. Carl

Kitty CarlKitty C. Carl 90, formerly of Blue Springs, MO passed away March 30, 2021 in Pleasant Hill, MO.  Graveside services for Kitty will be 12:30 pm, Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at Leavenworth National Cemetery, Leavenworth, KS.  Contributions in memory of Kitty may be made to American Legion Post #499 of Blue Springs, MO.

She was born May 12, 1921 in Ft. Scott, KS to Asa Clyde and Kitty Ida (Severy) Wheeler. She was united in marriage to Albert Lee Carl on August 4, 1946, and he preceded her in death.  Kitty was a secretary and Armour and Co., and was a Baptist by faith.  In addition to her husband Albert, she was preceded in death by her parents, and grandson Aaron Nelson.

She is survived by sons, Cameron L. Carl of Blue Springs, MO, Robert M. Carl of Blue Springs, MO; daughter Sharon C. Cook of Lake Arrowhead, CA; sister Margie L. Piper of San Jose, CA; grandchildren, Christnia Nelson, Chara Carl, China Carl, Cammie Carl, Cydney Carl, Cody Carl, Shelby Day, and  Daniell Carl; great grandchildren: Tate Nelson, Courtney Nelson, Ashlee Guier, Cashius Howell, Cameron Day, Logan Day, Mason Masterson, and Madison Masterson.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO.

 

Deborah S. Colley

Deborah S. Colley 45 of Grain Valley, Mo. passed away Friday, April 6, 2012 surrounded in love by her family.  A Celebration of Deborah’s life will be 11:00 Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at Blue Ridge Boulevard United Methodist Church 5055 Blue Ridge Boulevard, Kansas City, Mo. 64133.  Interment will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Monday April 9, 2012 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel 1600 W. Main St. Blue Springs, Mo. 816-229-3276.  Online condolences may be left in Deborah’s memory at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Deborah was born August 7, 1966 in Kansas City, Mo. the daughter of Roger Owen and Sandra Sue (Truman) McConnell.  She attended Blue Ridge Boulevard United Methodist Church.  She was a 1984 graduate of Raytown High School, and a 1988 graduate of accounting from the University of Central Missouri Warrensburg.  She worked for the Bank of America.  Deborah loved her children, and her pets.  She enjoyed scrapbooking, sewing, playing bunko with friends, and spending time at the lake.  She was preceded in death by her father Roger McConnell in 2004.

Survivors include her children of the home Scott and Sarah Colley, her mother Sandy McConnell of Blue Springs, MO., and brother Mark Owen McConnell of Olathe, KS.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel Blue Springs, Mo. Memorial contribution to the Susan G. Koman Foundation PO Box 650309 Dallas TX 75265-0309.

Joseph D. Hensley

Joseph HensleyJoseph D. Hensley (Little Joe), 48, of Grain valley and Independence passed away Saturday, April 14, 2012 at Centerpoint Medical Center in Independence, MO.  He was born October 11, 1963 in Kansas City, MO to Joseph Frederick Hensley and Alberta Louise Baker Hensley who both preceded him in death.  He graduated from Grain Valley High School in 1982.  He moved to Las Vegas NV and lived there for several years before moving back home.  While there he attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

He is survived by his brother, Michael Hensley and wife Susan of Oak Grove, MO.  Three nephews; G. Morgan Parks and wife Fallon of Alma AR, Joshua A. Hensley and wife Robin of Oak Grove, MO, Jason M. Hensley and wife Tiffini of Overland Park, KS; a niece, Melanie K. Hensley of Springfield, MO; and five great nieces and nephews, Niah and Wisely Parks of Alma, AR; Kaylin and Kiley Hensley of Oak Grove, MO; and Ethen Hensley of Overland Park, KS.

He will be greatly missed by his many friends, aunts, uncles and cousins.  He had an extreme love for animals and wanted to shelter every one he found.  His cats will miss him dearly.

Memorial Services will be 7:00 PM. Thursday April 19, 2012 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the chapel.  Inurnment will be at Perdee Cemetery in Grain Valley, MO.  Contributions in memory of Joseph may be made to Wayside Waifs.

Elmer E. Baker

Elmer Baker Elmer E. Baker 91, Blue Springs, MO passed away April 13, 2012 at his residence.  Elmer was born June 29, 1920 in Hanover, NH to Rev. Weltie E. and Annabel (Barnes) Baker.  He was united in marriage September 12, 1943 to Winifred Timmons in her home in Champaign, IL by Elmer’s Dad; and Wini’s Pastor Rev. Melville T. Kennedy.

He graduated from Alma College in Alma MI, Magna Cum laude, in June 1942 with an AB Degree.  He received his Bachelor of Divinity Degree in June 1947 from Chicago Theological Seminary which changed to Master of Divinity.  He was ordained June 8, 1947 at First Congregational Church of Highland. IL. Elmer received his Master of Sacred Theology Degree from Dubuque Theological Seminary in Dubuque, IA Summa cum Laude on May 15, 1970.  He Pastored the First Congregational Church of Elkhart, Indiana from 1953 until 1964.  From 1964 until 1976 he was Pastor of First Congregational Church of Christ in Dubuque, IA.  From 1977 until 1985 he was Pastor of Church of Christ United in Bennett, IA.  He retired from Installed Ministry August 1, 1985 and continued to serve thru the Interim Ministry Program.  In June of 2000 he retired completely after many years of service.  While in Dubuque, IA Elmer was Chairman of the Mental Health Board.  He enjoyed gardening, Music, reading, and board games.  In addition to his parents Elmer was preceded in death by Brother, Velorous Weltie Baker, and sister Beryl Winifred Baker.

Elmer is survived by his wife, Winifred Baker of the home; daughters, Carol Jean Baker of Montague, MA and companion Douglas Hayes, Linda J Wren of McKinleyville, CA; son, Douglas Finley Baker and wife Kathy Cole of Kenosha WI; grandchildren, Maia Christine Hansen of Jamaica Plain, MA, Jyesha I. Wren of Eureka, CA, Gretchen Jane Moreland and Husband Steve of Kenosha, WI, Richard Benjamin Baker of Amherst, MA, Charles Weltie Baker and wife Monica of Eau Claire, WI; great grandchildren Landon James and Nona Jane Moreland of Kenosha WI; brother, Dr. Ralph Hillis Baker age 101 of St. Petersburg, FL; and a host of nephews, nieces, and cousins.  He will be missed by the other residents of Blue Springs, Terrace as well as the many friends and members of St. Luke’s United Church of Christ in Independence, MO.

Memorial services for Elmer will be held at 10:30 am, Monday April 23, 2012 at St. Luke’s United Church of Christ, 727 Main Street, Independence, MO.  Contributions in memory of Elmer may be made to Blue Springs Terrace, 312 SW 19th Terr., Blue Springs, MO 64015, or St. Luke’s United Church of Christ Memorial, or Odessey Hospice, 4911 S. Arrowhead Dr., Suite 310, Independence, MO 64055.  Condolences and memories to share with the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO.

David P. Corbin

David CorbinDavid P. Corbin 58, of Grain Valley, MO passed away Sunday, April 15, 2012 at St. Mary’s Medical Center.  David was born February 15, 1954 in Kansas City, Mo to Earl and Marilyn (Talley) Corbin.  He graduated from Raytown South High School and Central Missouri State University with a degree in Education.   He taught in various area high schools and coached football and baseball at Raytown, Lexington, and St. Mary’s.  He was united in marriage to Claudia Campbell on April 28, 1984 and she survives of the home.  David was a member of St. John LaLande Catholic Church in Blue Springs, MO.  David was preceded in death by his parents.

In addition to his wife, Claudia, David is survived by his son, Travis Corbin and wife Virginia of Grain Valley, MO; brothers, Lance Corbin of Overland Park, KS, and John Corbin of Raytown, MO; sister, Kelly Corbin of Raytown, MO.

A Celebration of Life and Mass for David will be held 1:00 pm, Friday, April 20, 2012 at St. John LaLande Catholic Church, 805 NW R.D. Mize Rd., Blue Springs, MO.  Contributions in memory of David may be made to St. John LaLande School or Wayside Waifs.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO.

Shirley F. Crenshaw

Shirley CrenshawShirley F. Crenshaw, 80 of Blue Springs, MO passed away Sunday, April 15, 2012. She was born October 30, 1931 in Blue Springs, MO to Joel and Helen (Burrus) Wyatt.  She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Robert R. Crenshaw.

She is survived by her daughter Diana Carol Crenshaw of the home.

Graveside services will be 2:00 pm Wednesday April 18, 2012 at Blue Springs Cemetery.  Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO.

Andrew R. Heller

Andrew HellerAndrew R. Heller, 76, of Independence, MO passed away April 15, 2012 at Centerpoint Medical Center.  He was born October 1, 1935 to Peter and Ada (La Duke) Heller in Oregon.  He was home schooled.  He worked at the shelter workshop in Raytown, MO.  He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, George.  He is survived by several siblings.

Graveside services will be held for Andrew at 2:00, Friday, April 20, 2012 at Payne Cemetery, Clinton, MO.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO.

Thomas R. “Tom” Holstrom

Thomas HolstromThomas R. “Tom” Holstrom, aged 63, of Blue Springs, Missouri, passed away on April 19, 2012. A loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, Tom will be remembered for his success as a chemist and executive in the manufacturing industry as well as for his passion for auto racing.

Tom was born May 11, 1948, in Lawrence, Kansas, son of Ralph and Margaret (House) Holstrom. He graduated with a BS in Chemistry from the University of Kansas in May 1970. On June 6, 1970, he married Gloria Schneider, formerly of rural Albert, Kansas. He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Gloria, of Blue Springs; their son, Aaron; daughter-in-law, Melissa; three grandchildren, Makenna, Leila and Aaron Thomas Holstrom, all of Lee’s Summit, Missouri; and his brother, Randy, of Pompano Beach, Florida.

Tom began his professional career in 1970 as a research chemist for C.J. Patterson Company and was promoted to the position of process engineer at the Patco Products division of C.J. Patterson. In 1979, he moved to the Sealright Company, where he worked for 17 years in a variety of management roles including quality-control manager, process manager and chief process engineer. For the past 14 years, he worked for PBI/Gordon Corporation, where he served as the vice-president of operations from 1999 until his death.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 24, from 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 West Main Street, Blue Springs, MO 64015. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Tom’s memory are suggested to www.CaringBridge.org

Wanetta M. Hough-Smith

Wanetta SmithWanetta M. Hough-Smith, 91, of Blue Springs, MO passed away at her home on April 19, 2012.

She was born on October 22, 1920 in Richmond, MO to John S. and Lottie May (Blaine) Burke.    Wanetta was a small business owner and also worked in retail.  She was a member of First Baptist Church in Blue Springs. She was preceded in death by her husbands Wilson Hough and Alfred Smith, her parents and three brothers and one sister.

She is survived by her son, Kenneth Hough of  Ocala, FL; granddaughters,  Ginger Hough-Leroux of Blue Springs, MO, and Kendra Hough of Knoxville, MO; great grandsons, Joshua Leroux of Blue Springs, MO, and Michael Hough of Kansas City, MO.

Funeral services for Wanetta will be 10:00 am Saturday, April 21, 2012 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Visitation will begin at 9:00 am, one hour prior to the service.  Contributions in memory of Wanetta may be made to Grace Hospice.

John Mordecai Hannaman

John Mordecai Hannaman, 82, a resident of Blue Springs, MO, passed away Saturday, April 21, 2012 at the Village of Jackson Creek Nursing Home. John was born October 23, 1929 to George and Rose (Wiley) Hannaman in Indiana, Pennsylvania. John was the youngest child of 18 children.

John was a loyal and active member of the Shriners and was a member of the Shrine Q, and the Jesters during his 40 years in Hawaii. He was also on the Board of Directors of the Yorkshire Terrier Club of Hawaii and the proud owner of his loving Champion Yorkie, Mopsy.

 John was preceded in death by his parents, all of his older siblings and two wives, Betty Jean (Lee) Hannaman and Patricia (Hepler) Hannaman. Survivors include his son, Keith Hannaman and wife, Elizabeth of Blue Springs, MO; his daughter, Shelly Lucjack and companion, John Conto of Leechburg, PA; four grandchildren: Jessica Hannaman of Blue Springs, MO, Jason Hannaman of Kansas City, MO, Kaci Bollinger and Tyler Lucjack of PA; and five great-grandchildren.

 John’s wishes were to be cremated. No service. The family of John Hannaman invites friends and family to share their memories of John and condolences at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Laura Jeree Maliwat

Laura MaliwatLaura Jeree Maliwat, 48, of Lee's Summit, MO, passed away Wednesday, April 18, 2012. Laura was born in Portsmouth, VA, October 25, 1963, to Bob Prater of Tulsa, OK, and Jeree Smith of Sedalia, MO. Survivors include her husband, Ben P. Maliwat, and her beloved children:  her daughters Danielle and Bailee and her son Maxwell.  Laura is also survived by her brother Robert, her sisters Deanne and Heidi, her mother Jeree Gibson Smith, and Bob and Monte Prater.

Laura was a 1981 graduate of Smith Cotton High School, Sedalia, MO, and a 2002 graduate of Penn Valley Community College, Kansas City, MO.  She was a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps Reserves.

Laura loved her role as mother.  She was very influential in encouraging Danielle to achieve membership with the Kansas City Youth Ballet and in supporting Bailee's successful violin career and membership with the Kansas City Youth Symphony. Ever the loving mom, she also was very supportive of Maxwell's martial arts achievements.

Visitation is at 5:00 to 8:00 PM Monday April 23 and Celebration of Life is at 10:00 AM on Tuesday April 24th at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 West Main Street, Blue Springs, Missouri 64015; phone 816-229-3276.  The family would appreciate friends emailing comments to Meyers' on-line guestbook:   www.meyersfuneralchapel.com   Memorial contributions may be made to an education fund for Danielle, Bailee, and Max.

Carol S. Altis

Meyers Funeral ChapelsCarol S. Altis, 79 of Independence, MO passed away April 18, 2012. She was born May 7, 1932 in Kansas City, MO to Edwin and Dorothy (Hale) Doudrick. She held a clerical position at Social Security Administration as well as 11 years at Wal-Mart. Carol was Christian by faith. She was Past-President of American Business Women’s Association. She loved flowers, bird watching, animal watching, and really enjoyed watching all sports especially baseball. She has a special passion for traveling. She was preceded in death by her parents, sons, Steven and Kenneth Altis, one brother Jack, and sisters, Dorothy and Joanne.

She is survived by her daughters, Judy Altis and Brenda Altis, sister, Nancy Gutchenritter, grandson Jordan Altis and wife Kristen, and great grandchildren, Kaden Altis, Jasmine Altis, and Bryce Monroe.

Graveside services for Carol will be held 10:00 am, Monday, April 23, 2012 at Blue Springs Cemetery, 2800 W. Walnut, Blue Springs, MO.  Contributions in memory of Carol may be made to Salvation Army or North Shore Animal League. Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.  Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO.

Emily Marie Lynn Pavey

Meyers Funeral ChapelsEmily Marie Lynn Pavey, infant daughter of Christopher D. L. and Andrea (Couch) Pavey passed April 19, 2012.  Emily is also survived by her paternal grandmother Lenore Pavey, of Ohio.  Paternal great-grandmother Ethyl and husband Allen of Ohio.  Paternal Great-grandfather David Pavey of Florida.  Maternal Grandparents Carl and Kristine Engelhardt, of Blue Springs, Mo.  Maternal grandfather Allen DeVor, of Peculiar, Mo.  Maternal Great-grandparents Daniel and Marilee Couch, of Blue Springs, Mo.  Maternal Great-grandparents Pat and Peggy Engelhardt, of Osceola, Mo. and Maternal Great-grandmother Jeannie DeVor of Lees Summit, Mo.  She was preceded in death by her Maternal Great-grandfather Allen DeVor.

Graveside Service for Emily will be 11:30 Monday at Blue Springs Cemetery with the Rev. Cliff Caton officiating.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel Blue Springs, Mo.

Jasper “Jay” M. Gimmarro

Jasper GimmarroJasper “Jay” M. Gimmarro, 75 of Blue Springs, Missouri passed away Sunday, April 22, 2012 at the St. Luke’s Hospital Kansas City.  A funeral mass with the celebration of Jay’s life will be 11:00 am  Wednesday April 25, 2012 at  St. Mark’s Catholic Church 3736 Lees Summit Rd. Independence, Mo. 64055.  Visitation will be two hour prior to mass.   Interment in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Father James Taranto will be the celebrant. Memorial Contribution may be made to the church. Online condolences in memory of Jay may be left at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Jay was born June 7, 1936 in Kansas City, Missouri the son of Paul and Pauline (Palermo) Gimmarro. He was a member of St. Mark’s Catholic Church, and a US Navy Veteran.  He was preceded in death by a son Joe Gimmarro and three sisters Virginia Roberts, Margaret DeGrado and Nancy LaBella.

Survivors include his wife of fifty three years Vesta (Crumm) Gimmarro of the home. A son Steven Gimmarro.  Two daughters Patricia Schollmeyer and Staci Hayes all of Blue Springs, Mo. Three brothers, Paul Gimmaro of Blue Springs, Mo, and Carl Gimmaro of Grain Valley Mo., and Joseph Gimmarro of Ann Arbor, MI.  Nine Grandchildren and One great-grandchild.

The family wishes to thank the nursing staff and doctors of the St. Lukes Heart Institute and Bishop Spencer Place for their loving care of Jay.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel 1600 W. Main St.; Blue Springs, Mo. 64015  816-229-3276.

Donald E. Hecht

Donald Hecht

Donald E. Hecht, 77, of Blue Springs, MO passed away April 24, 2012 at his home.  He was born April 21, 1935 in Rochester, NY to Lawrence and Isabelle (Fischer) Hecht.  His wife, Joan preceded him in death in 2009.  He was a US Army veteran and was a meat cutter for area grocery stores.  He loved reading, movies, history, and playing cards with his friends.

Donald is survived by his sons, David Hecht and wife Lisa of Blue Springs, MO and Brian Hecht and wife Sherri of Houston, TX; daughters, Laura Morrison of Farmer Branch, TX, Kim Wade and husband Phil of Kansas City, MO, and Diana Hoard and husband Elvis of Miami, OK; brother Bob Hecht of Rochester, NY; sister Gloria Piotrowski of Rochester, NY; and grandchildren, Jessica, Jade, Josh, Nick and Brandon Hecht, Aedome, Eowyn, and Elijah Hoard.

Donald is being cremated according to his wishes with a private inurnment at Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville, MO.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Arrangements entrusted Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO.

 

Valerie M. Potter

Valerie M. Potter, 53, of Blue Springs, MO passed away April 25, 2011 in Independence, MO at Centerpoint Medical Center.  She was born March 27, 1959 to Robert and Betty (Pierce) Owings.  She was CEO of Delta Sweeping Company, a street sweeping company.  Valerie had attended Cornerstone Church and was a Christian by faith.  She was a member of the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce.  She enjoyed bird watching and going to the lake.  She loved her dogs, Beretta and Spencer.  She was preceded in death by her parents. 

She is survived by her daughter, Suzanne “Nickie” Weigel of Blue Springs, MO and her children, Alyssa Weigel, Delaney Francis, and Dylan Weigel; son, Bobby Nichols of Grain Valley, MO and his children, Daelyn Skidmore, and Isabella Nichols; brothers, Keith Owings of Cameron, MO, Robert Clifton of Kansas City, MO; sister, Brenda Howerton and husband Dan of Bloomington, IL; sister-in-law, Jeanette Lloyd of Overland Park, KS; and best friend, Carla Jones of Independence, MO.

Visitation for Valerie will be 9:00-10:30 am, Saturday, April 28, 2012 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St, Blue Springs, MO.  Celebration of Valerie’s life will begin at 10:30 am following visitation at the Chapel.  Contributions in memory of Valerie may be made to Wayside Waifs.  Memories and condolences for the family may be made at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Edward Allen Norgren, Jr.

Edward NorgrenEdward A. Norgren, Jr., 58, of Blue Springs, Missouri passed away April 28, 2012 at Kansas City Hospice House after a courageous fight with cancer.  A celebration of Ed’s life will be held at 4:00 pm, Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at the First United Methodist Church of Blue Springs, 302 SW Woods Chapel Rd, Blue Springs, MO.  Visitation will be 2:30– 4:00 pm, prior to the celebration of life at the church.  Contributions in Memory of Ed may be made to Kansas City Hospice House. 

He was born September 28, 1953 to Edward and Mary Ann (Skoglund) Norgren in Kansas City, MO.  He was untied in Marriage to Jerolyn Hofstetter on May 29, 1976 in Polk, MO.  In 1977 he graduated from Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science in Geography.  He had a minor in History and was an avid history enthusiast.  He enjoyed Hunting, Motorcycling, and Airplanes.  He spent many vacations at the Experimental Airplane Association fly in at Oshkosh, WI.  He loved to shoot trap or skeet.  He was a good dancer, and he loved music especially classic rock of the 60’s and 70’s. He assisted coaching little league baseball when his son was growing up.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife, Jerolyn of the home; son, Peter Norgren and wife Stephanie of Belton, MO: grandson, Theo Norgren of Belton, MO; brothers, Jim Norgren and wife Michelle of Springfield, MO, Daniel Norgren and wife Kim of Kansas City; sisters, Linda Walker of Kansas City, MO, and Sharon Newman and Bruce husband of Prairie Village, KS, and a host of nieces and nephews.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO.

Louie M. Morrey

Louie M. Morrey, 92 of Blue Springs, MO passed away early in the morning on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at her home.  Arrangements are pending and will be final later today.

Sharon Anne Thomas

Sharon Anne Thomas, 70, of Blue Springs, MO passed away at her home May 3, 2012.  She was born September 22, 1941 in Burbank, CA to Paul and Melba (Houk) Weiss.  She was united in marriage to Gerald Lee Thomas on December 2, 1961 in Adrian, MO and he survives of the home.  Sharon was employed at Hallmark Cards and a dedicated member of St. John LaLande Catholic Church.  Sharon was a very devoted wife, mother and grandmother.  She was preceded in death by her parents, and 1 sister, Marilyn Brandolese.

In addition to her husband Gerald, she is survived by her daughters, Stephanie Anne Klenklen and husband John of Lee’s Summit, MO, and Stacey Lynn Vose of Independence, MO; a son, Russell lee Thomas of Blue Springs, MO; nine grandchildren, Ashley, Kyle, Taylor, Michael, Chandler, Kaitlin, Cody, Gabriella and Tanner;  one great grandchild, Lillianne Grace.

Funeral Services for Sharon will be 10:30 am, Monday, May 7, 2012 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Visitation will be at the funeral chapel, one hour prior to the service.  Contributions in memory of Sharon may be made to St. John LaLande Catholic Church.

Consuelo Ballesteros

Consuelo BallesterosConsuelo Ballesteros, 75 of Blue Springs, MO passed away May 3, 2012 at home.  She was born January 5, 1937 at Malasique, Philippines to Eusebio and Marcela (Bulatao) Ballesteros.  She attended school in the Philippines and had lived in Blue Springs since 1992.  She was a member of St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Lee’s Summit, MO.  Consuelo was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her children, Francisco Ballesteros of Vancouver, Canada, Josephine Lopez of Blue Springs, MO, Anastacio Ballesteros of the Philippines, and Maria Consuelo Ballesteros of the Philippines; 10 grandchildren, and 7 great grandchildren.

Funeral Services for Consuelo will be held  2:30 pm, Sunday, May 6, 2012, at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Visitation will be 1:00 to 2:30 pm prior to the service at the Funeral Chapel.

Leo “Fred” Underwood

Leo “Fred” Underwood, 84, of Florence, CO, previously of Blue Springs, MO, passed away March 31, 2012 in Canyon City, CO.  Fred was born August 11, 1927 to Jesse P. and Mamie A. Underwood of Blue Springs, MO.  He farmed with his Dad for several years.  He was married to Orcelia Jane Newland in 1951 and moved to Kansas City, MO.  At that time he began truck driving and drove for 24 years.  Fred was a “country singer” and started at 17 years old.  He joined the Knights of Pythias in Kansas City, MO, and was Grand Chancellor for MO in 1993-94.  In 2000 he moved to Colorado.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and a son.

Fred is survived by two children, Norman Newland of Lee’s Summit, MO, and Bonnie Camby of Grovespring, MO, 11 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren, and 11 great great grandchildren.  He has lots of friends in MO and CO, Ex-brother-in-law, Roger Weddle, who has been a great friend for years, and a log-time very special lady, Fran Wiesner who he loved very much.

A celebration of Fred’s life will be held 2:00 pm, Saturday, May 5, 2012 at Meyers funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO 816-229-3276.  Fred was cremated and will be inurned at Blue Springs Cemetery, Blue springs, MO.

Rhonda Lu Kilgore

Rhonda KilgoreRhonda Lu Kilgore 56 of Blue Springs, Missouri passed away Sunday May 6, 2012 at home. A memorial  service will be held 7:00 pm Friday, May 11, 2012 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral chapel.  Inurnment will be at a later date at Missouri Veterans Cemetery Higginsville, Mo.  Memorial Contributions may be sent to the be Susan G. Komen Foundation for breast cancer research.  Online condolences may be left in Rhonda’s name to meyersfuneralchapel.com

Rhonda was born April 24, 1956 in Kansas City, Missouri the daughter of Arthur and Wanda (Fitzgerald) Romine.  She was employed by AT&T.  She married Ron Kilgore June 2, 1980 who survives of the home.

Other survivors include her son, Jacob Michael Kilgore and Hallie Faye Kilgore.  Brother Duane Romine.

Patricia A. Fischer

Patricia FischerPatricia A. Fischer, 70, of Grain Valley, MO passed away May 9, 2012 at St. Joseph Medical Center.  A Celebration of Life will be held 3:00pm, Saturday, May 12, 2012 at Timothy Lutheran Church, 425 NW R.D. Mize Road, Blue Springs, MO, Pastor Ted Shubkegel officiating.  Contributions in memory of Patricia may be made to the Diabetes Foundation.

Patricia was born August 19, 1941 in Detroit, MI to Ernest and Helen Richards.  She was united in marriage to Warren A. Fischer on November 1, 1963 in Adrian, MI.  She graduated from Adrian College with a BA in Secondary Education.  Most of her life was devoted to making a good home for her husband and children. She was a member of Timothy Lutheran Church.  Patricia was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her husband Warren of the home; daughter, Andrea Fischer of Marshall, MO; son, Warren (Jeff) Fischer of Parker, CO; brother, Charles Richards; sister, Madelyn Beck; 5 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO.

Theo L. Morain

Theo L. Morain, 81, of Independence, Mo passed away May 9, 2012 at the Golden Living Center in Independence, MO.  He was born January 20, 1931 in Joplin, MO to Theo S. and Dorothy (Boyer) Morain.  He was a US Army veteran of the Korean Conflict.  In 1955 he married Reba Edwards who preceded him in death.  He earned his living as a carpenter.  Theo was in addition to his wife, preceded in death by his parents and several siblings.

He is survived by his daughter, Raona Bass; sons, Ron Morain and Randy Morain; 6 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St, Blue springs, MO.

Velma Noreen (Clawson) Vogel

Velma Noreen (Clawson) VogelVelma Noreen (Clawson) Vogel, 95, Overland Park, passed away Saturday, May 12 at Manor Care of Overland Park, surrounded by family. A celebration of Velma’s life will be Wednesday, May 16, 2012, 11:00 AM at the Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will follow at the Blue Springs Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association 10580 Barkley, Suite 400, Lenexa, KS 66215 or Odyssey Hospice, 8735 Rosehill Road, Overland Park, KS 66212.

Velma was born June 26, 1916, the youngest child of William and Cate (Ballard) Clawson, in Opolis, KS. She graduated from Carl Junction High School in 1935. She and Charles Vogel were married September 1, 1939, and made their home in Kansas City, Kansas. Eventually, they retired to their home at Lake Tapawingo, where she was a member of the Old Blue Springs Club, Lake Tapawingo Women’s Club, Lake Tapawingo Yacht Club, and the Frisco Railroad Old Timers Club. Velma was known for the suits, coats, and dresses she made for herself and others. She moved to Overland Park in 2002, and has been a resident at Manor Care Assisted Living for 10 years where she enjoyed great friendships and received loving care. Velma was preceded in death by her husband Charles, sister Ada Clawson Roy, brother Harold Clawson, twin brothers Mearl and Earl Clawson, and twin sister Thelma Clawson Adams.

She is survived by niece Wilma Jean (Clawson) Cicero, and her children Larry (Norma), and Joy, and niece Shirley Anne (Roy) McKain, and her daughter Nancy (Frank) Clifford. Many Vogel nieces and nephews survive Velma as well. Velma’s life story was as entertaining as it was interesting and she will be missed by all who knew and loved her. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to all caregivers at Manor Care Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing facilities, as well as Odyssey Hospice.

Martha G. Bixler

Martha BixlerMartha G. Bixler, 90, of Blue Springs, Missouri passed away May 11, 2012 at Carondelet Manor.  Funeral services for Martha will be 10:00, Friday, May 18, 2012 at St. John LaLande Catholic Church, 508 NW RD Mize Rd, Blue Springs, MO.  Visitation one hour prior to the service at the church.  In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to St. John LaLande Catholic Church.

Martha was born December 11, 1921 in Kansas City, MO to John Michael and Pearl Bell (Silvey) Bleier.  She was united in marriage to Fred Bixler on September 7, 1940 in Liberty, MO, and he preceded her in death.  She was a department manager for W.T. Grant Co.  Martha enjoyed fishing and crocheting.  In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by her parents.

Martha is survived by her son, Fred Bixler of Lee’s Summit, MO, daughter, Martha Donahue of Kansas City, MO, 7 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO.

Ann York

Ann YorkMartha “Ann” York, 88, a lifelong Blue Springs resident, passed away Monday May 14, 2012.  A Celebration of Ann’s life will be held at 2:00 pm Friday May 18, 2012 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel 1600 West Main St. Blue Springs, Mo. with the Reverend Choong-Ho Kwon officiating.  Visitation will be one hour prior to service.  Burial will be in Blue Springs Cemetery.  Memorial Contributions may be made to 1st United Methodist Church of Blue Springs, or the Blue Springs Historical Society.  Online Condolences may be sent in Ann’s memory to meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Ann was born November 27, 1923 in Blue Springs, Mo. the daughter of Arthur and Georgia (Smith) Adams.  She was married to J. Arnold York who preceded her in death.  She was a homemaker and had worked with her uncle at Adams Dairy.  Ann and Arnold owned and operated York Lumber Yard for many years in Blue Springs and were charter members of Blue Springs Historical Society.  She was also a member of 1st United Methodist Church of Blue Springs and the Sunnyside Urbanettes.  She was also preceded in death by her parents, a brother George Adams and a sister Jane Waits.

Ann is survived by her nieces Martha Waits, and Sandy Murray and husband Mike; a nephew, Chuck Adams; great-nephew Kyle Murray and wife Sarah; and two great-nieces Kathleen Murray and Elizabeth Adams.

The family would like to thank the Waterford’s Ladies home and staff for the love and care they gave Ann for the last five years.

Arrangement entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel Blue Springs, Mo. 816-229-3276

Odine H. Wolff

Odine H. Wolff, 82, of Blue Springs, MO closed his eyes here on this earth on Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 11:30 pm and opened them again a second later in heaven.  He was born in Lemmon, SD on September 27, 1930 and devoted his life to the Ministry for most of those years. He ministered in the US, Canada, and the Caribbean.  He was pre-deceased by his Mother, Father, Sister, Brother, Step Sister, First wife, Evie; Infant daughter, Faith Ann; Mother-in-law, Mary Vietti; and Father-in-law, Roy Vietti.

Odine leaves his wife, Charlene; Mother-in-law, Pauline Vietti; 3 Daughters, Terry (Jim Byrd), Sharon, Sandra (Art Nelson); 1 Son, Jack (Tonya); 1 Step-daughter, Rachel (Kent Williams); 1 Sister, Verna Mae Gummin; 4 Brothers-in-law, James Gummin, Doyle Kloehn, Larry Vietti, Dave Wilson; 1 Sister-in-law, Beverly Wilson; 9 beautiful Grandchildren and 7 Great Grandchildren to cherish his memory, along with a host of relatives and friends.

A private graveside service at East Slope Cemetery is scheduled for Saturday, May 19, 2012, and a Celebration of Life memorial is scheduled for Saturday, June 2, 2012 at 2:30 pm at New Vision Christian Church, 9101 Blue Ridge Blvd, Kansas City, MO.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care.  Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO.

Harriett W. Kelly

Harriett KellyHarriett W. Kelly, 96, of Lone Jack, Mo passed away peacefully May 16, 2012 at Kansas City Hospice House.  A Celebration of Life will be held at 7:00 pm, Monday, May 21, 2012 at Meyers Funeral chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Visitation will begin at 6:00pm, one hour prior to the service.  Contributions in memory of Harriett may be made to Kansas City hospice House or Wayside Waifs.

Harriett is survived by son, Perry Allen Kelly, Jr. of Green River, WY; Daughter, Carole Kelly Plattner of Lone Jack, MO; 6 grandsons, Troy, Todd, Tim, Trent, and Tyler Kelly, and Chris Plattner and wife Colleen Lathrom Plattner.  9 great grand children, 2 great great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Perry A. Kelly, Sr., 3 sisters, and 1 granddaughter.  She was blessed with an extended family, and always looked forward to spending simple, elegant, and honored events with them.  She filled our lives with wonderful memories.  She will be greatly missed, but will always be with us in our hearts.

Dorothy Evelyn Scarborough

Dorthy ScarboroughDorothy Evelyn Scarborough 91, Blue Springs, Mo. passed away Thursday May 17, 2012 at her home.  A Celebration of Dorothy’s life will be at 4:00 pm Sunday May 20, 2012   at the First Baptist Church of Blue Springs, Mo.   Visitation will be from 1:30 to service time. Burial will follow in Blue Springs Cemetery.  Memorial Contributions may be made to the church. Online condolences may be sent in her memory to meyersfuneralchapel.com. 

Dorothy was born September 17, 1920 in Mt. Leonard, Mo. the daughter of Charles H. and Maude E. (Jones) Lemen.  On November 6, 1940 she married James Clyde Scarborough who preceded her in death.  She was a seventy-five year member of First Baptist Church of Blue Springs, Mo., a homemaker, and bus driver for the Blue Springs School District and a jack of all trades. She was also a member of VFW Post 6603 ladies auxiliary and the Rebecca Lodge of Blue Springs.   She enjoyed gardening, cooking and canning her produce that she shared with neighbors, friends and family. She was a volunteer for many activities.  In addition to her parents and her husband she was preceded in death by her son and daughter in law Emmett and Jean Scarborough. Brothers Dean, Charles, Roy and Maurice Lemen. Sisters Eunice Choplin and Viola White.

Survivors include her children Steve and wife Amy, Roy and wife Linda, and daughter Rosie Scarborough.  A sister Lola Ehlers.  Many Grandchildren and Great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.

Marvin R. Pigg

Marvin PiggMarvin R. Pigg, 78, of Blue Springs, MO passed away May 17, 2012 in Independence, MO.  Marvin was born February 1, 1934 in St. Louis, MO to Joseph Pigg and Johanna Sophie Baclesse.  He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant son, Martin.

Graduate of Central High School, St. Louis and Harris-Stowe State Teachers’ College, St. Louis, MO with a degree in Elementary Education.  Marvin taught at St Catherine LaBoure in Cahokia, IL and in several St. Louis public schools including Blair, Stevens and Webster schools.  He also taught in the Chapter One reading program for Blue Hills Grant Foundation at Holy Trinity and the Lutheran School on Market Street.

During his life he also worked for Famous-Barr, the St. Louis Browns and Cardinals baseball teams and at the St. Louis Arena.  He was also a distribution supervisor for the St. Louis Globe Democrat and the Belleville News Democrat newspapers.

Marvin served his country in the Navy and was the co-founder, with Anthony DeFilio, of the St. Louis and Cahokia, IL, Naval Sea Cadet programs shepherding many young men and women in preparation for life and, often a career in the Armed Forces.  He was a dedicated Boy Scout leader, sports coach, roller skater, and square/round dancer for many years.

He married Marianne Schumacher in 1962 and blessed the world with 7 children.  He married Julie Durkin in 1995 and blessed her with 6 wonderful step-children.

Marvin was a beloved member of Good Shepherd Christian Church in Blue Springs, MO where he loved ringing bells in the Hand Bell Choir.

Surviving are wife, Julie; children, Michael (Shirley), Mark (Vicki), Marina Clements (Mark), Matt, Minnette Ceriotti (Gary), and Marvin (Tina); step-children, Vicki McClellan, Christine Ream (Joe), Steve Kaminski, and Ross McClellen; “adopted daughter” Christine Adams (Steve); 19 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be given to the Good Shepherd Christian Church Music Program or to Odyssey Hospice, 4911 S. Arrowhead Dr., Suite 310, Independence, MO 64055.

Memorial Services will be held at Good Shepherd Christian Church, 111 S. Woods Chapel Rd, Blue Springs, MO 64015 on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 11:00 am and at the Perry-St. Isadore Cemetery, Linn, MO on Sunday, June 10, 2012 at 3:00 pm.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Margaret A. Boyce

Margaret BoyceMargaret A. Boyce, 74 of Independence, Mo. passed away May 17, 2012 at her home. Visitation will be 4:00 to 6:00 pm Tuesday May 22, 2012 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel 1600 W. Main St. Blue Springs, Mo. A rosary will be said following at 6:00 pm.  Online condolences in Margaret’s name may be left at meyersfuneralchapel.com. 

Margaret was born March 26, 1938 in Kansas City, MO the daughter of Walter R. and Madeline Ann (Gallagher) McQuillen, Sr.  On June 11, 1955 she married William J. Boyce Sr. who precedes her in death.  She was a catholic by faith, a switchboard operator for AT&T.  She was also preceded in death by her sister Mary Brookshire and brother John (Butch) McQuillen.

She is survived by her daughters Delia LeVota and husband Jim and Christina Stansbury.  Sons William Boyce and wife Paula , Francis and James Boyce.  Brother Walter R. McQuillen and Mary Frances.  Sister Patricia and Bill Mortallaro.  Sister in law Judy McQuillen and brother in law Jerry Brookshire.  Twelve Grandchildren and Sixteen Great-grandchildren.

Arrangements Meyers Funeral Chapel 1600 W. Main Blue Springs, Mo. 816-229-3276.

Sharron L. Duckworth

Sharron DuckworthSharron L. Duckworth, 76, of Raytown, MO passed away May, 20, 2012 at the West ridge Gardens nursing home in Raytown, MO.  Funeral services for Sharron will be held 10:00 am Saturday, June 16, 2012 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 409 N. Liberty St, Independence, MO.  In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Continua Hospice.

Sharron was born March 18, 1936 in Evansville, IN to Frank and Eldora (Chapman) Loeffler.  She graduated in 1953 from Central high school in Evansville, IN.   Sharron was united into marriage to Jack Duckworth on January 9, 1954 in Corinth, MS.  Sharron worked as a secretary for Sunbeam Appliance the majority of her working life.  She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother.

Survivors include Sharron’s husband Jack Duckworth of Raytown, MO; children, Vickie Bogue of Independence, MO, Jack Jr. Duckworth and wife Carol of Ketchican, AK, Frank C. Duckworth (Roxy) of Ketchican, AK, and John T. Duckworth of Raytown, MO; one brother John Loeffler (Karen) of Robertsdale, AL; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO.

Kevin Wayne West

Kevin WestKevin Wayne West was born on March 23, 1974. He passed away May 21st, 2012 at his home surrounded by his family.

The traditional definition of “family” is a group of persons sharing common ancestry; however, Kevin knows that true “family” isn’t an exclusive club for those who share relatives, but it defines those with whom you share unconditional love and respect.

Kevin has never considered himself extraordinary, brave, courageous, or heroic, yet these are the characteristics his family associates with him. As a kid Kevin was called Peanut by his bigger friends, which he out grew all of them, but it became a lifelong nickname. Kevin has taught us all what these things mean, and demonstrated how to live courageously, how to be brave, how to be a hero.

When Kevin was faced with the news that his life would be far shorter than anyone wanted, he didn’t stop living, in fact it was just the opposite; he embraced life and continued on as if all of his tomorrows were certain. Kevin went out and he lived life on his terms, he demonstrated to all of us that he was still in the game and that he would never stop; never give in, never, not until his illness took his choice away.

Kevin’s passing leaves many people with heavy hearts and a profound feeling of loss. Losing Kevin has left us with an aching heart, a deep sorrow and an overwhelming sense of sadness. But we know, from Kevin’s example, and from his words, that he not only wants our lives to go on, but he expects us to carry on, do the things he loved. Kevin wants to be remembered for his life, not for his death. He won’t mind being remembered as brave, courageous, and heroic.

Kevin held various jobs throughout his life; he was a very talented artist whose tile work truly expressed his artistic flair. He worked for Westland Landscape, Crystal Trenching, and Quick Auto Recovery. Kevin and his wife Julie also worked together with their 5linx business. Kevin was a true handy man who could do nearly any task set before him.

Kevin married Julie Rusk on November 28th, 2009. Pastor Shawn Apking of Cornerstone Church in Blue Springs, Mo. performed the ceremony. This union provided Kevin the opportunity to become a father to Ryan, his stepson. Kevin loved having Ryan in his life, to love, mentor and care for. There were many bonding times between the two of them. Kevin loved children and he easily became a loving step-parent to Ryan.

Kevin was very social and liked nothing better than events that involved family and friends. Kevin loved being outside, planting gardens, taking float trips, hosting bar-be-ques. He loved playing poker, and he cherished the camaraderie between his friends. There wasn’t anything he enjoyed more than hitting the open road on his motorcycle with his wife and his friends.

Kevin is survived by his wife, the love of his life, Julie West; a stepson, Ryan Peschel; his mother and stepfather Patty and Jeff Colvin; his father and stepmother Buddy and Julie West; three sisters, Sherrie Rader, Stacy Roberts, and Courtney West; two step brothers Scott Turnbow, Klayton and his wife Kirsten Turnbow, and a step sister, Kallie and her husband David Keil; his maternal grandmother Lou Ellen Scroggins; many aunts and uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and many lifelong friends whom he considered his brothers and sisters.

Kevin was preceded in death by an infant brother, Matthew, whom he never got to know, this is one little guy Kevin will be eager to find as he enters Heaven’s gate.

Kevin was also preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Howard Kenneth Barnes, his paternal grandparents Roy and Irene West, and a beloved cousin Jeffrey Brian Dunham.

Visitation with body present 5-7 pm Thursday, May 24, 2012 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO 816-229-3276.  Memorial service 2 pm Friday at Faith United Methodist Church,1950 SW Eagles Parkway, Grain Valley, MO.  Graveside service 3:30pm Friday at Old Salem Cemetery.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

 

Daniel W. Sipp

Daniel SippDaniel W. Sipp, 32, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on May 22, 2012.  He passed away peacefully at his home.  Daniel W. Sipp was born September 12, 1979 to James and Suzanne (Gartner) Sipp.

Daniel was a very kind hearted young man who loved his family.  He was an avid hunter and fisherman.  Daniel really enjoyed working with computers.  He was very close to his grandfather Wendell T. Sipp, and enjoyed collecting coins with him.

Daniel is survived by his parents; brother, David Sipp of Lee’s Summit, MO; sisters, Sandra Kay Sipp, and Kristina Sipp both of Lee’s Summit; grandfather, Wendell T. Sipp.  He was preceded in death by his grandmother Ermal Sipp, grandfather, Harry Gartner and grandmother Lucille Gartner.

Graveside services will be held Thursday May 31, 2012 at the Blue Springs cemetery, 2800 W. Walnut St.  Blue Springs, MO. Pastor Rick Johnson will be officiating the Graveside services.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO.

B. Vincent Sciara

Vincent SciaraB. Vincent Sciara, 65, of Blue Springs, MO passed away May 25, 2012.  Vince was born in Kansas City and spent most of his life here.  He was in the Coast Guard for four years.  After trying his hand at several jobs, he went to work at the main post office and became an electronic technician. He retired in January 2007, one of the happiest days of his life!  He and Lorraine just celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary on May 16th.  He has a son, Vincent Joseph Sciara, who lives in Raytown, MO.  Vince loved his wife, his family, the dogs, photography, football, KU basketball, music, cars, Buzz Time Trivia, and a good dark beer, but not necessarily in this order.  Lorraine learned early that if she wanted to be around him she’d have to endure all the sports on t.v.  He was a tender hearted man full of fun and laughter and a great person with whom to travel.  He was also the main cook and grocery shopper in the family.  He loved to read and learn new things and his mind was sharp until the end.  He endured his cancer with dignity and humor and appreciated all the things that people did for him.  He was taken to Hospice House Tuesday afternoon and died Friday morning, May 25th, at 6:24 a.m. while Lorraine had her arms around him.  He would want his memory to be a happy one and would encourage you to have laughter in your life. If you’d like to do something in his memory please adopt an animal or make a donation to your favorite animal shelter.  Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W Main, Blue Springs, MO.

Harold Glen Basey

Meyers Funeral ChapelsHarold Glen Basey, 92, passed away May 26, 2012 in Blue Springs, MO.  He was born in New Augusta Indiana August 10, 1919 to Carrie ( Campbell ) and Glen Basey. 

Harold graduated in 1938 from Riley High School in South Bend Indiana then acquired a one year certificate in Accounting from the College of Commerce in South Bend Indiana.  He worked as a General Clerk at Drummey Cartage Co, from 1938-1941 before serving in the Army.  He was inducted April 9, 1941 at Fort Wayne Indiana with an Honorable Discharge November 7, 1945 from the Separation Center, Camp Atterbury, Indiana.

Harold was in the T-SGT 38 Division Headquarters Battery 150th Field Artillery Battalion  Communications’ Chief, supervised 49 Radio Men, Switch Board Operators, Lineman, Message Center Personal and Radio Mechanics.  He served on campaigns in the Southern Philippines, Luzon, and New Guinea.  Harold received many decorations and citations including a  Good Conduct Ribbon, American Defense Service Medal, Victory Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon With 3 Bronze stars, American Theater Ribbon, and Philippine Liberation Ribbon with 1 bronze Star.

After separating from the Army Harold entered an Electrician Apprenticeship Program at Studebaker Corp. located in South Bend Indiana. He worked at Studebaker until they closed in 1963.  Harold married Esther H. Lizenby June 19, 1950 at the Little Brown Church, Nashua Iowa.  Harold and Esther had a girl, Karen on 25 October 1951 and a son, William on  October  8, 1954.

In 1963 Studebaker closed, Harold took a job with Fisher Body in Kansas City Missouri. He remained at GM until his retirement in 1980.  After retirement Harold spent a lot of his time researching genealogy which he really enjoyed.

Harold was preceded in death by His Loving Wife Esther (Lizenby); Parents Carrie (Campbell), and Glen Basey ; two Brothers Ronald Basey, and Robert Basey; Sister Mary.  Harold is survived by his daughter Karen Hobbs and her husband Larry of Lawrence, KS; his son William “Bill” Basey of Blue Springs MO;  nephew James Basey of New Brunfels TX; Niece Jill Basey of Van Nuys CA.

A visitation will begin 1:00 p.m. Thursday May 31, 2012 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W.  Main Street, Blue Springs, Missouri.  A Graveside service will be conducted on Thursday, May 31, 2012, 2:00 p.m., by minister Bob Martin, at the Blue Springs Cemetery, 2800 W. Walnut St. Blue Springs, Missouri.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Legion post 499, Blue Springs, Missouri.

John O. Kenyan

John O. Kenyan Jr., 87, a resident of Blue Springs, MO died Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at St. Lukes Hospital, Kansas City. John was born March 14, 1925 in Chillicothe, MO to Gladys (Dean) and John Kenyan.  After serving in the Army during WWII John entered the field of law enforcement with the Overland Park, KS Police Department retiring as Chief of Police. He was a member of American Legion Post 499.   In 1986 he married Estaline Noltonimeyer, followed by a move to Blue Springs in 1991.

John was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Estaline; and brothers Gaylen and Donald .  He is survived by two daughters, Barbara James of Alaska and Connie Kenyan-Fink of Washington State.

In lieu of flowers, John would prefer memorial donations to the Independence Animal Shelter or Timothy Lutheran Church of Blue Springs.  Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, June 4, 2012 with visitation from 12-2 p.m. at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main Blue Springs, MO.  followed with burial at Buckner Hill Cemetery.  Memories of John and condolences to the family may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Gary R. Silvernail

Gary SilvernailGary R. Silvernail, 74, a Blue Springs, MO, resident passed away May 31, 2012 at the University of Kansas Medical Center.  He was born November 3, 1937 to Theodore and Vesta (Heath) Silvernail-Ellis in Aberdeen, SD.  Gary was united into marriage with Patricia Kay Engelhart on September 10, 1963 in Aberdeen, SD.

Gary is a graduate of the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD.  He went on to obtain his masters degree from Northern State Teachers College in Aberdeen, SD.  Gary worked as a consulting systems engineer for IBM; retiring in 1993 He is a past member of the Elks lodge in Blue Springs, MO.  Gary was also a Veteran of the United States Army.  He enjoyed playing cards, golfing, bowling, traveling, hunting, fishing, and coin collecting.  Gary loved spending time with his family and friends especially his grandchildren.

Gary is preceded in death by his parents; and step-father Willard Ellis whom Gary was very close to.  Survivors include wife, Patricia; son; David and wife Carol Silvernail of Olathe, KS;; grandchildren Blake and Lauren Silvernail of Olathe, KS, and their mother Barbara Silvernail; half- brother Brooke Silvernail of Minnesota.

A funeral service celebrating Gary’s life will be held at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel in Blue Springs, MO.  A private Burial will follow at the Blue Springs Cemetery in Blue Springs, MO.  The family will receive friends from 1:00 to 3:00 pm Wednesday at the funeral home.  Memorial contributions are suggested to St. John Lalande Catholic Church food pantry and may be left in care of the funeral home.  Memories of Gary and condolences may be left for the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

James Nelson Latta

James LattaJames Nelson Latta, 88, formerly of  Independence, MO, passed away June 2, 2012 at the Missouri Veterans Home in Warrensburg, MO.  He was born August 26, 1923 to William and Esther (Nelson) Latta in Independence, MO.  James was united in marriage to Emily Rheaume on September 14, 1947 in Waltham, Ma.

James was a graduate of Northeast High School in Kansas City, Missouri.  After serving in the Naval Air Corps, James worked at Allied Signal (Honeywell) as a tool and die maker, happily retiring after 40 years of service.  He was a Cub Master for Cub Scout Troop 234 and enjoyed many years of coaching Queen City League Baseball.

James is preceded in death by his parents and loving wife Emily.  Survivors include his sons; Tom (Carol) Latta of Corder, MO, Alan (Dianna) Latta of Wylie, TX, Gary (Beth) Latta of Raytown, MO, David (Cindy) Latta of Blue Springs, MO, Jamie Latta of Independence, MO, and Jeremy Latta of Liberty, MO; daughters; Mary Kay (Mike) Williams of Blue Springs, MO, Kristine (Orlando) Cachiguango-Latta of Lawrence, KS, and Patti (Frank) Latta of Harrisonville, MO; brother, Robert Latta of Loveland, OH; sisters, Wilma Chambers of Independence, MO and Kathleen Birt of Independence, MO;  23 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, 2012 with the Rosary following at 8:00 p.m. at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main, Blue Springs, MO.  Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, June 7, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at St. John LaLande Church in Blue Springs, MO., followed by interment at Mt. Washington Forever Cemetery with full military honors.   Memorial contributions are suggested to the Veterans Assistance League, and may be left in care of the funeral home.  Memories of James and condolences may be left for the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Diana C. Crenshaw

Diana Crenshaw-Diana C. Crenshaw, 61, of Blue Springs, MO passed away June 2, 2012 at the Lakewood Care Center in Kansas City, MO. She was born November 6, 1950 in Kansas City, MO to Robert and Shirley (Wyatt) Crenshaw.  She was preceded in death by her parents.

Graveside services for Diana will be held 11:00 am, Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at Blue Springs Cemetery, Blue Springs, MO.  Contributions in memory of Diana may be made to Southern Care Hospice.  Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

William C. Morton

William MortonWilliam C. Morton, of Blue Springs, MO  passed away Monday June 4, 2012 at his home.  Visitation will be from 1:00 to 2:00 pm Friday June 8, 2012 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel 1600 W. Main St. Blue Springs, MO.  A sharing of memories will follow at 2:00 pm.  Interment will be in the Blue Springs Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Dept of Criminal Justice at University of Central Missouri.  Checks will be made to UCM Foundation Criminal Justice Department Dr. Betsy Kreisel 300 Humphrey’s Building, Warrensburg, MO 64093.

William was born in Lansing, Kansas the son of William C. and Carrie (Green) Morton. He was married to Stella A. Morton for 48 years who preceded him in death on May 22, 1991. He grew up in Lexington, Missouri and graduated from Lexington High School and Wentworth Military Academy. He was a veteran, serving as a shore patrolman in the U.S. Coast Guard.  Returning from the military, he became a Conservation Agent for the State of Missouri, and then became a Missouri State Highway Patrolman. He later attained the rank of Colonel when he became the superintendent for the Jackson County Sheriff’s Patrol. He attained four educational degrees; Associate, Bachelor of Science, Masters and Specialist all in the fields of Criminal Justice, Public Safety and Traffic Administration. He became a professor at the University of Central Missouri and taught Criminal Justice and related fields for 19 years. He was also certified as an expert witness for legal cases requiring the reconstruction of an accident. He was also a certified Forensic Examiner. He was a member of the American Academy of Criminology as a registered criminologist; Heart of America Law Enforcement Officers Association (Life); International Association of Chiefs of Police; International Association of Police Professors; Missouri Police Chiefs Association, Police Traffic Services Advisory Council of the Missouri Division of Highway Safety.  He was Arresting officer of the Sharon Kinne murder case as featured on “Unsolved Mysteries”.  After retirement he owned and operated   Midwest Auto Sales in Kansas City, Missouri until his death. Among the many things he accomplished in life one that made him proud was to start a semi-professional football team, the K.C. Bigger Jiggers, which later became the Kansas City Rivals. This team remained in existence until the arrival of the Kansas City Chiefs. Also preceding him in death was a brother Jack C. Morton.

Survivors include his daughter Carol St. Louis and husband Guy of Independence, MO,  Grandson Ryan St. Louis and wife Kari of Blue Springs, MO,  Great-grandchildren Taryn, William and Victoria St. Louis.  Nephew Robert J. Morton and wife Susie of Blue Springs, MO,   Niece Kari Walker and husband Johnny of La Place, LA,  Longtime friend and companion Janelle Wisner of Olathe, KS.

Charles E. Wallace

Charles WallaceCharles E. Wallace 77 of Grain Valley, Mo. passed away Monday June 4, 2012 at his home.  Memorial Services will be 11:00 am Thursday June 7, 2012 at the Elks Lodge # 2509 of Blue Springs 100 NE Brizendine Rd. Blue Springs, Mo. 64015.  Memorial Contributions may be made to the lodge or Crossroads Hospice 9237 Ward Pkwy # 300 Kansas City, MO 64114.  Online condolences in Charley’s memory may be sent to meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Charley was born January 22, 1935 in Kansas City, Mo. the son of Oscar and Jennie (Moulder) Wallace.  He was a member of the 1st United Methodist Church of Blue Springs, Mo.  He owned and operated Charley’s Auto Service in Blue Springs for many years, and later in life he drove the OATS bus.  A very active member of the Elks Lodge #2509 of Blue Springs Charley was elected the 2011-2012 officer of the year. Charter member of the Blue Springs Historical Society, and a member of KC Coupes Club.  He was preceded in death by his first wife Nancy Wallace in 1985 and a son Craig E. Wallace.

Survivors include his wife Barbara Wallace of the home.  Son Mark Wallace of Blue Springs, Mo.  Daughter Cindy Aten of Oak Grove, Mo. Step-son Kevin Harrill of Blue Springs, Mo.  Brother Keith Wallace of Signal Mountain, TN and John Wallace of Phoenix, AZ.  Four grandchildren, Darci, Derek, Kaela, and Katrina; and two great-grandchildren, Mackenzie, and Carter.

David E. Althoff

Dave AlthoffDavid E. Althoff, 68, a Warsaw, MO, resident passed away June 8, 2012 at the Research Medical Center in Kansas City, MO.  He was born February 25, 1944 in McGirk-Monteau County, MO, to Glenn and Mavin (McGranhan) Althoff.  David was united into marriage to Donna G. Poe on May 15, 1971 in Midway, MO.

David graduated from the University of Missouri with an Industrial Engineering degree, and later received his master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Missouri Kansas City.  David worked as Senior Process Engineer at Honeywell.  In his spare time David enjoyed restoring corvettes, and other classic cars.  David also enjoyed fishing and listening to country music.  He loved spending time with family and friends especially his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Carol Sue Parr, and step-father Clayton Pickerill.  He is survived by his wife, Donna of the home; daughter, Kara Ashley-Chai and husband, Malcolm of Omaha, NE; son, Kyle Althoff and wife, Leslie of Lincoln, MO; two sisters, Donna Glenn and husband Ernest of Warsaw, MO, and Mary Rogers of Rolla, MO; brother, Gary L. Althoff and wife Judy of Liberty, MO; three grandchildren, Tyler and Kaylee Ashley, and Ruby Althoff; two step-grandchildren, Kahealani, and Kekoa Chai.

A celebration of life will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, June 18, 2012 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel in Blue Springs, MO.  Memories and stories of David will be shared from 3:00 to 4:00 pm Monday at the funeral home.  Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Jude’s Hospital and may be left in care of the funeral home.  Memories of David and condolences may be left for the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Harold F. Kalicak

Harold F. Kalicak, a resident of Blue Springs, MO, was born August 6, 1922 in Wilsonville, IL, and died Thursday, June 7, 2012 after complications due to a brain injury suffered in Oct 2011.

Harold was raised in St. Louis, MO, the second of three children, and grew up working in the family construction business.

As a young man out of high school, he joined the Coast Guard during World War II.  In the early 1970’s he formed his own construction company, H. Kalicak Construction, Conducting business in Missouri and later as H. Kalicak International in several countries in Africa during the 1970’s and 1980’s.

Harold was an avid Cardinal baseball fan and a proud supporter of Ol’ Mizzou.  In his retirement years he enjoyed his life in the company of friends and surviving wife, Lena LaRose Kalicak.

Among the survivors are his wife, Lena of the home, his sister and brother-in-law Leona (Kalicak) and Joe Leonardelli, and younger sister Rose Kalicak, his son and daughter-in-law, Ron and Suzy, and younger son, Steve, four granddaughters and on step-grandson.

Harold was truly One-of –a-Kind, man’s man, and loving and caring husband and human being who will be missed by many.

Rest in Peace Harold.

Harold has been cremated, nor services are planned.  Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO.

Mary Lou Koch

Mary KochMary Lou (Peyton) Koch, long time resident of Blue Springs, Missouri passed from this life on June 7th, 2012 at the age of 85.  She had been fighting a valiant battle against colon cancer and had just recovered from a broken pelvis when she died suddenly of a heart attack at her home in Grain Valley, Missouri.

She was born on February 4th, 1927 in Wichita, Kansas the daughter of Orville and Hazel Peyton.  She graduated from Hastings High School in Hastings, Nebraska and attended college at the University of Nebraska, where she was affiliated with the Tri- Delta, sorority.  Most recently she was a charter member of the Blue Springs Art Committee and a member of Blue Springs Country Club.

She leaves behind a husband, Kenneth Koch and two daughters, Kellee Koch Jameson, her husband Drew Jameson and Linda Koch Marshall and her husband Hugh Marshall.  She is also survived by five grandchildren, Connor and Stella Jameson and Kevin, Grace and Keith Marshall.

A visitation will be held at Meyer’s Funeral home in Blue Springs, Missouri beginning at 9:00  A.M. on June 18th with a memorial service to follow immediately thereafter.  There will be an additional grave side service at the burial at the Veteran’s Cemetery at Higginsville, Mo.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that financial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society.

Myra Mae Beanland

Myra BeanlandMyra Mae Beanland, 92, of Blue Springs, MO passed away June 14, 2012 at the Villages of Jackson Creek, Memory Care Unit in Independence, MO. Myra was born November 15, 1919 to Roy and Jennie (McNichols) Stroud in Omaha, NE. She was married to Wilfred “Beanie” Beanland for 55 years and he preceded her in death. She worked for Northern Natural Gas in Omaha, NE and retired from Montgomery Ward in Kansas City, MO in 1968. She was a member of the first Christian Church of Blue Springs, MO.

Myra is survived by her only son, James and wife Susan Beanland of Blue Springs, MO; brother, Roy C. Stroud of Omaha, NE; sister, June M. Barnes of Kenosha, WI.

Funeral services for Myra will be 11:00 am, Tuesday, June 19, 2012 Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W Main St, Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276 with visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Omaha, NE on June 21, 2012. Contributions in memory of Myra may be made to Winners Offering Wonderful Care/ Program, Memory Care Unit, The Villages of Jackson Creek, 19400 E. 40th Ct., Independence, MO 64057 or Crossroads Hospice, 9237 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, MO 64114.

Louise Kathryn White

Louise K. White of Blue Springs, MO passed away June 14, 2012 in Blue Springs, MO.  She was born August 26, 1926 in Mayview, MO to Fredrick and Mary Louise (Withers) McQuerry.  She worked for many years for the Bank of Jacomo.  She was a member of the Grain Valley Christian Church.  She was preceded in death by her parents, and 3 husbands, Carl Foster, Leonard Beerman, and Gene White.

Louise is survived by her son Fred foster of Oak Grove, Mo; and sister, Mary Blackman of Blue Springs, MO; grandchildren, Rick, Scott, Chad and Tamara Foster; and great grandchildren Jacob, Jayden, Nathan, Rylan and Zackary Forster; and Chris and Brice Millican.

Funeral services for Louise will be 3:00 pm, Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St, Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Visitation will begin at 2:00 pm, one hour prior to the service.  Burial will be at Blue Springs Cemetery.  Contributions in memory of Louise may be made to Crossroads Hospice.

James Junior McGonigle

James Junior McGonigle 74 of Independence, MO passed away Sunday June 17, 2012 at Centerpoint Hospital.  Memorial Services will be 7:00 pm Thursday June 21, 2012 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel 1600 West Main; Blue Springs, MO.  Visitation will be from 5:00 to service time. In lieu of flower the family request donations to defray funeral expenses of Meyers Funeral Chapel. 

James was born August 12, 1937 in Sugar Creek, MO the son of Joseph and Christine (Cates) McGonigle. Jim worked for KW Dart Company for 14 years prior to opening Jim’s Family Restaurant.  He also enjoyed going to the casinos.

He is survived by his wife of 28 years Wilma of the home, 7 children and their mother Sue, also 5 step-children, many grandchildren and extended family.

Michael Anthony Joseph Niccoli, Jr.

Michael NiccoliMichael Anthony Joseph Niccoli, Jr., infant son of Michael Niccoli Sr. and Danielle Johnson.  Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 am Tuesday June 26, 2012 at St. John Lalande Catholic Church Blue Springs, Missouri.  Visitation will be one hour prior to service.

Michael was born March 7, 2012 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Blue Springs Missouri.  He and his family attend St. John Lalande Catholic Church. Along with his parent he is survived by sisters Alyssa and Savannah Johnson of the home. Maternal grandmother Sheryl Penniman of Blue Springs, Missouri.  Paternal grandmother Denise Hickman of Kansas City, Missouri.  Maternal grandfather Daniel Penniman of Springfield, Missouri.  Maternal great-grandmother Marilyn Meints of Raytown, Missouri  Maternal great-grandfather Allen Penniman of Jefferson, Oregon.  Maternal great-grandmother Kathryn Roberts of Cape Fair, Missouri.

Michael was preceded in death by a Paternal grandfather Danny Niccoli.

John E. Brice Jr.

John Edward Brice Jr., 57, of Independence, MO passed away peacefully at his home on June 23, 2012.  He was born November 30, 1954 to John E. and Marilyn H. (Bender) Brice in St. Louis, MO.

John attended high school in St. Louis and in Blue Springs, MO.  He later attended Penn Valley Community College.  He worked as a Customer Service Agent at AT&T for many years.   John was a member of the Knights of Columbus.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and especially being with friends and family.

John is survived by his brother Michael P. Brice and wife Karen of Independence, MO; nephew Jonathan M. Brice and soon to be wife Leslie Baker of Blue Springs, MO; niece Kelly Jordan and husband Cody of Pleasant Hill, MO; step-niece Crystal Snelling and daughter Kylie of Independence, MO.  John was preceded in death by his parents and brother Kevin J. Brice.

The Visitation will be held, Wednesday, June 27, 2012 2:00-3:00 p.m. with Memorial Service immediately following at 3:00 p.m. at Meyers Funeral Chapel in Blue Springs, MO.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in John’s name may be made to the American Diabetes Association.   Memories of John and condolences to the family may be sent to www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Steven Jay “Steve” Lowe

Steve LoweSteven Jay “Steve” Lowe 61, passed away June 23, 2012 at his home in Grain Valley, MO.  Steve was born April 24, 1951 in Independence, MO to Buford and Edna “Frances” Lowe.  He graduated from Blue Springs High School in 1969, and worked as a Management Assistant with the IRS.  He was a member of the Sons of American Legion Post #499 where he served as SLA Squadron Commander and helped with Funeral Honors for many years.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his brother Roger Lowe of Holden, MO and significant other, Jane Robertson of the home.

Memorial services for Steve will be 11:00am Friday, June 30, 2012 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 West Main St, Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the chapel.  Contributions in memory of Steve may be made to the Post #499 American Legion Honor Guard.   Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Eileen G. “Chip” Van Kirk

Eileen KirkEileen G. Van Kirk, 62, of Blue Springs, MO passed away June 25, 2012 peacefully at her home.  She was born to James E. and Mary E. (Daily) Heath on November 23, 1949 in Baltimore, MD.  Eileen was united into marriage to Bruce Van Kirk on February 25, 1995 in Blue Springs, MO.

Eileen received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Kansas.  She spent many years as a computer programmer for American Century.  Eileen attended Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church in Blue Springs, MO.  She was a member of the Marine Corps Dispersing Association.  Eileen enjoyed working cross word puzzles, and golfing.  She loved spending time with family and friends.

Eileen is survived by her husband Bruce Van Kirk of Blue Springs, MO; son Kyle M. Buckles of Anchorage AK; brother Doug and wife Janet of Edmond, OK; nephew Dustin and wife Linda of Nashville, TN.  Eileen’s parents preceded her in death.

A memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m. Monday, July 2, 2012 at Meyers Funeral Chapel 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO. Contributions in memory of Eileen may be made to Vitas Hospice, in lieu of flowers.  Memories of Eileen and condolences may be left for the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

David W. Troxel

David W. Troxel 54, of Moran, KS passed away June 29, 2012 at Shawnee Mission Medical Center.  David was born April 24, 1958 in Iola, KS to Wendell and Willa Troxel.  He graduated from Shawnee Mission North High School.  David was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing.

David is survived by his parents of Moran, KS; daughter, Jamie Quigley and husband Kyle of Shawnee, KS; brother, Dean Troxel and wife Patty of Shawnee, KS, Darin Troxel and wife Misty of Carl Junction, MO, and Doug Troxel of Moran, KS.

Graveside services for David will be 10:00 am, Saturday, July 7, 2012 at Elsmore Cemetery, Elsmore, KS officiated by Lloyd Houk.  In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in David’s memory to Stand Up to Cancer, or National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance.  Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Jace Aiden Lee Hamilton-Williams

Meyers Funeral ChapelsJace Aiden Lee Hamilton-Williams infant son of Jacob Williams and Taylor Hamilton of Blue Springs, MO.  Graveside service 10:00 am Tuesday July 3, 2012 at the Blue Springs Cemetery.  

In addition to his parents Jace is survived by his maternal grandmother, Shauna Hamilton; maternal great great grandmother, Ann Courtney; maternal aunt, Karissa Huckins; maternal great uncle, Richard Hamilton; paternal grandmother, Tonya Wilkey Williams; paternal grandfather, Bradford Williams; paternal great grandmother, Joanne Wilkey; paternal great grandfather, Billy Wilkey; paternal great great grandfather, Jim Vielbig; paternal aunt, Savannah Williams; paternal uncle Christian Williams.

Emma Lorraine Leighty

Meyers Funeral ChapelsEmma Lorraine Leighty, infant daughter of Michael Leighty and Skylar Ham passed away at CenterpointMedicalCenter.  Graveside service will be 9:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at theBlue SpringsCemetery.  Memorial Contributions may be made to Children’s Mercy Hospital East in the memory of Emma Leighty. 

In addition to the parents she is survived by grandmother Cheri Ham (Rick) of Blue Springs, MO; grandfather Roland Ham of Blue Springs, MO; grandmother Stacy Raynes (Bruce) of Odessa, MO; grandfather Mike Leighty (Danielle) of Odessa, MO; aunts, Shellie Riling of Grain Valley, MO, Sammie Davis of Shell City, MO, Megan Stowell of Independence, MO, Mikala Leighty of Independence, MO, Hailee Raynes of Odessa, MO, and Mikinze Leighty of Odessa; uncle Seth Ham of Blue Springs, MO; cousins Cayden, Chole, Caleb, Cadyn, Tre, and Tayven.

Brett Michael Rodman

Brett Michael Rodman was born on July 15, 1973. He passed away Saturday, June 30th at the age of 38.

Brett was recently preceded in death by his friend and cousin Kevin West. Brett and Kevin were the best of friends and fought like brothers, but they loved each other. Kevin paved the way and has welcomed Brett to his new home in heaven.

Losing someone you love unexpectedly brings a different kind of sorrow; family and friends are filled with regrets over things left unsaid and undone; but regrets are not something Brett would want everyone to have. He is finally at peace, finally in no more pain, and has received a new peace and joy that surpasses all understanding. With promises from God we can know and be assured that Brett is in heaven walking with Jesus himself.

As Brett’s family reminiscences about him, there is a theme that abounds; Brett was kind, loving and had a big heart. Brett will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Brett, loved books and news and loved to discuss current events, he was politically minded and was very interested in the state of our country. He held strong political opinions, but was never pushy with his beliefs. Brett had many talents, one being his ability to transform a home with his excellent painting skills. Brett would look at a room, and then get to the task of making it over to the specifications he’d been given. He was proud of his work and perfection was his goal. Brett loved his Harley and enjoyed long rides with his brothers and friends.

Brett was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Mr. And Mrs. Rodman, his uncles, Lester Rodman, Howard Rodman, Hayden Rodman, and Harell Rodman, his maternal grandfathers, Howard Barnes and Floyd Woods, cousins Kevin West, Jeffrey Dunham, Robin Rodman and David Rodman.

Brett is survived and loved by grandmothers, Lou Ellen Scroggins and Lucille Woods, Mother, Judy Bland, Father and Stepmother Darrell and Mari Rodman, brothers, Stephen Rodman and wife Nicole, Darren Rodman and wife Rebecca, a sister, Heather Stinnett and significant other, Joe Pascavage.

Brett was also a cherished uncle to many nieces and nephews and is survived by Tiffany McManama, Chassity Rodman, Desi Rodman, Ashley Rodman, Jessie Rodman, Siera Rodman, Josh Stinnett, Megan Stinnett, and six great nieces and nephews.

Brett was also a much loved nephew and is survived by his aunts and uncles, Tom Woods and wife Ruth, Dick Woods, Patty Colvin and husband Jeff, Debbie Henderson and husband Ray, Sharon Stiles and husband Adam, Jenny Overman and husband Rodney, Laurie Snyder and husband Dick, and Hazel Hendrick.

Brett was also loved by Tonya Knight and left behind many more cousins, and family members who will miss him.

All services will be Thursday, July 5th, 2012 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 West Main St, Blue Springs, Mo. Visitation will be at 1:00 p.m. followed by a memorial service at 2:00 p.m. Burial will be at New Salem Cemetery, immediately following the memorial service.

Bruce Wayne Elliott

Bruce Wayne Elliott, 58, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Saturday, June 30, 2012 at his home.  Bruce was born December 4, 1953, in Independence, MO, to Joe and Beverly (O’Brien) Elliott.  Bruce was preceded in death by his father, Joe, his paternal grand-parents, Sanford and Glapha Elliott and maternal grand-parents, Charles “Leo” and Beatrice O’Brien.

He was a graduate of Blue Springs High School and attended Central Missouri State University.  Bruce worked and was a Supervisor at golf courses, Lakewood Oaks Golf Club, Lees Summit; Tri-City Country Club, Emma, MO; and Teetering Rocks, Raytown.  Most recently he worked part time/on call maintenance for the Blue Springs School District.

Bruce was Missouri State Heavyweight State Champ two years in high school.  He played full-back on the high school football team.  Bruce loved watching the K.C. Chiefs and Missouri Tigers basketball.  He played softball and coached girls slow pitch softball for 20 years.  He has bowled with a team of great friends for 15 years.  He helped coach his nephew’s little league football team.  He loved sports!  He played Santa Claus on Christmas Eve for the Blue Springs Jay-Cees for 29 years.

Bruce was loved not only by his immediate family but by his huge ‘family of friends’.  Bruce had such a big heart and would do anything to help another person, but shied away from any one reaching out a helping hand to him.  He was a proud and spirited man who loved his family and friends dearly. Bruce was one of a kind and will be deeply missed but never forgotten!

He leaves his mother, Beverly Elliott; three sisters and their husbands, Vickie and Roger Meyer, Debbie and Chris Love, Tammie and Bob Glasgow; three nephews, Kellen Glasgow, Riley Glasgow, Brendan Love and his wife Nicole; one niece and her husband, Ashley and Marc Brooker; and one great-niece Macie Brooker.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, July 5, at the First Christian Church, 701 NW 15th Street, Blue Springs; followed by a service at 11 a.m.  Cremation.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Blue Springs Athletic Association Football, PO Box 921, Blue Springs, MO 64013, to help hardship kids be able to play football.  Fond memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Arrangements: Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main Street, Blue Springs, MO  64015; 816.229.3276

Wanda A. Ulibarri

Meyers Funeral ChapelsWanda A. Ulibarri, 65, of Blue Springs, MO passed away July 2, 2012 at KC Hospice House in Kansas City, MO.  Wanda was born July 14, 1946 in Kansas City, MO to Claude and Margaret (Cole) Nelson.  She was a data validation associate at Waddell and Reed.  Wanda was a member of the Blue Springs Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Steven Hall, and a brother, Calvin Nelson.

She is survived by her mother, Margaret Nelson; brother, Michael Nelson; sister-in-law, Nora Z. Nelson; and many nephews and nieces.

Funeral services for Wanda will be 10:00 am, Saturday, July 7, 2012 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO 816-229-3276.  Visitation will one hour prior to the service.  Burial will  be in Lobb Cemetery, Independence, MO.  Contributions in memory of Wanda may be made to Wayside Waifs.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Melba N. “Nadine” Jester

Melba N. “Nadine” JesterMelba N. “Nadine” Jester 64, of Blue Springs, MO passed away July 4, 2012 in Independence, MO.  Memorial services for Nadine will be held at 10:30 am, Saturday, July 14, 2012 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St, Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276 with visitation one hour prior to the service.  Contributions in memory of Nadine may be made to Wayside Waifs.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com. 

Nadine was born March 10, 1948 in Rea Valley, AR to Herbert and Reola (Tilley) Arms. She graduated from college with a degree in Earth Science and Geology.   She did product analysis for the market research industry.  She enjoyed nature, painting, drawing, photography, and reading.  She found joy in the simple things in life.

Nadine is survived by her parents of Blue Springs, MO; daughter, Michelle Hook of Blue Springs, MO; son, Ronald Jester, Jr. and wife Sheila of Blue Springs, MO;  sisters, Darlene Woods of Wellington, MO, Marlene Tipton of Neosho, MO, Patsy Dresselhaus of Jefferson City, MO, and Patricia Spurgeon of Sallisaw, OK; 2 grandchildren and 1 great granddaughter.

Jerry D. Baker

Jeyy BakerJerry D. Baker 58 of Buckner, MO. a broken up old Cowboy.  A sharing of memories service will be 2:00 pm Monday July 9, 2012 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel Blue Springs, MO.  Memorial Contribution may be made for the Jerry Baker Memorial Ride to be held August 25, 2012 at Blue and Gray Park.  We’re leaving at 10:00 if you are riding with me.

Jerry was born August 24, 1953 in Plad, MO the son of Ralph C. Baker and Marion C. (Rhodelander) Cooley.  He was a mechanic and operator for Local union 101 Operating Engineers.  He enjoyed horseback riding at the Blue and Gray Park and all over the country.  He Rodeo’ed for many years leaving him what he said was a broken up old cowboy.  He enjoyed many hours on the trail with his family and friends and will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him. He was preceded in death by his mother Marion C. Cooley and sister Marion Reno.

Survivors include his wife Pamela Baker of the home.  Son Christopher Lee Baker and wife Christine of Moscow, PA.  Daughters: Dawn Marie Baker of Moscow, PA and Nicole Higgins and husband Heath of Parkville, MO.  Father Ralph Baker and wife Shirley of McEwen, TN.  Brothers Rick Baker of Harrisonville, MO. and Cody Cooley of Lane, KS.  Sisters Shelly Carver of Freeman, MO and Kelly Harrelson of Clinton, MO.  Also five grandchildren, and a host of nieces and nephews.

David A. Blair

David Blair-David A. Blair, Sr., 58, of Blue Springs, MO. passed away July 6, 2012 in Kansas City, MO.  A Celebration of Dave’s life will be at 10:30 am Wednesday July 11, 2012 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel 1600 W. Main St. Blue Springs, MO. with the Pastor Ted Schubkegel celebrating.  Memorial contributions may be sent to the Northland Animal Welfare Society, 3400 NW Vivion Rd., Riverside, MO 64150.

David or Dave as friends called him gave his heart and soul to his family and friends.  He will forever be remembered as a loving and devoted husband (soul mate), father, and grandpa, his granddaughters were the love of his life.  David was the owner of Midwest Microsurgical in partnership with his wife and son Dane, as well as a silent partner with his son David and his real-estate team “Team Edge”.  He loved to travel especially to the Dominican Republic; and shared his love of golf, lake activities, and Chiefs games with his family and close friends.

David was born in Brownsburg, Indiana on 12-23-1953; he attended Avon High School and graduated with honors as a member of the National Honor Society, President of Student Council and Salutatorian of his class in 1972.  He married the love of his life Debra Joanne Hren on June 20, 1973, they moved to Chicago, IL where he graduated from DeVry University Chicago in 1974.  Upon graduation he worked for a German Optic company Carl Zeiss who transferred him to Missouri in 1978 where he and Deb started their family.  Everyone that knew our father knows how much he loved our mom and how much he will be forever missed by his family and friends.

Survivors include his wife of the home Debra Blair.  Sons David A Blair and partner Kris Walker of Independence, MO, Dane E. Blair and wife Aimee of Lee’s Summit, MO.  Brother Edward Blair and wife Vi of Washington. Sisters Helen Scotten and husband John of Brownsburg, IN, Pam Armstrong of Lady Lake, FL, and Mary Jo Vickery and husband Mark of Avon IN. Grandchildren Genevieve and Temprance Blair of Lee’s Summit, MO.

 

Derrell Jones

Derrell JonesDerrell Jones, of Blue Springs, MO passed away July 7, 2012 in Independence, MO.  Derrell was 72 years old.  His Celebration of Life service will be held at 2:00 pm, Saturday, July 21, 2012 at Meyers Funeral Chapel. 1600 West Main Street, Blue Springs, MO 816-229-3276.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in memory of Derrell to Focus on the Family, 8655 Explorer Drive in Colorado Springs, CO, 80995, phone 800-232-6459  (www.focusonthefamily.com). 

Derrell was born November 12, 1939 in Reyno, AR to Charles and Gladys (Barclift) Jones.  He graduated from Shawnee Mission North High School in Merriam, KS, and he was a Salesman with White Tractor Parts for over 33 years.   He was preceded in death by his parents.

Derrell is survived by his daughters, Debbie Walker of Sammamish, WA, and Cindy Glennon of Columbia, MO; sons, Mike Jones of Jefferson City, MO and Chris Jones of Pleasanton, KS; brothers, Rick Jones of Batesville, AR, George Jones of Lincoln, MO, and Jim Jones of Warsaw, MO; and 9 grandchildren, Amanda Glennon, Jennifer Glennon, Eric Glennon, Megan Jones, Bryan Jones, Lola Jones, Macila Jones, Rhiannon Jones and Ian Jones.

 

William G. Basey

William BaseyWilliam G. Basey, 57 of Blue Springs, MO. passed away Monday July 9, 2012.  He was born October 8, 1954 in South Bend, IN the son of Harold G. and Esther (Lizenby) Basey. He was a 1973 graduate of Blue Springs High School, a computer technician  for Hewlett-Packard, and a member of The Sons of the American Legion Post #499 where he held numerous offices in the local and state levels. 

He is survived by his sister Karen and brother-in-law Larry Hobbs as well as his cousins James Basey of New Brunfels, TX and Jill Basey of Van Nuys, CA.

Graveside service will be held at 11:00 am Friday July 13, 2012 at Blue Springs Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 10:00 to 10:55 am prior to the graveside at the Meyers Funeral Chapel 1600 W. Main St. Blue Springs, MO 64015.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the University of Kansas Cancer Center 3901 Rainbow Blvd. Kansas City, KS 66160-7220  or to the American Legion Post #499 Blue Springs, MO.

James Hardy Goodman

James GoodmanJames Hardy Goodman, 49, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Tuesday July 17, 2012. Memorial Services will be 6:00 pm, Monday, July 23, 2012 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St. Blue Springs, MO. Visitation will be one hour prior to services. Memorial Contributions may be made in James memory to the American Diabetes or Heart Associations.

James was born November 3, 1962 in Ft. Worth, TX the son of Lewis E. (Gene) and Peggy W. (Hardy) Goodman. He was in data processing for Commerce Bank. In 1990 he married Crystal Lee (Crabb) Goodman who survives of the home. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Along with his wife Crystal he is survived by a step-son, Michael T. Helphinstine of Blue Springs, MO; sister, Jennifer Ross Goodman of Blue Springs, MO, and brother, Eric M. Goodman of Independence, MO.

Hugh H. Buenemann

Hugh BuenemannHugh H. Buenemann 85, of Independence, MO passed away July 17, 2012 at the Centerpoint Hospital.  Funeral service will be at 10:00 am Friday July 20, 2012 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel 1600 W. Main St. Blue Springs, MO with the Rev. Bob Atkinson officiating.  Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 Thursday at the chapel.   Burial in Floral Hills Cemetery Kansas City, MO.  Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Lukes United Church of Christ 727 N. Main St. Independence, MO 64050 or the Wounded Warriors 4899 Belfort Road Suite 300 Jacksonville, FL 32256.   

Hugh was born August 18, 1926 in Jackson County, MO the son of Harry and Mina (Washburn) Buenemann.  He was a member of the St. Lukes Church of Christ in Independence.  He worked for the Skelly-Getty Oil Company and retired as Director of Petroleum Sales after 43 years of service.  A world war two Navy veteran, and member of the Mt. Washington Masonic Lodge.  He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Norma in 1998; sisters Katherine Buenemann and Lona Francis Buenemann.

Survivors include his daughters Janet Long of Independence, MO, and Linda Stewart and husband Richard of Laurie, MO.  Sister Monetta Fry and husband Robert of Independence, MO.  Two grandchildren Marty Long of Kansas City, MO and Cara Long of Philadelphia, PA, and loving companion and friend Mary Jo Todd of Independence, MO., also many friends and extended family.

William L. Riepenkroger

William RiepenkrogerWilliam L. Riepenkroger, 78, of Blue Springs, MO., passed away July 18, 2012 at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, MO.  Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 21, 2012 at St. John Lalande Catholic Church, 704 NW Range Blue Springs, MO 64015, visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:30 prior to Mass.  A rosary will be said at 9:15 a.m.  Graveside service will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday at Leavenworth National Cemetery.   William was born in Leavenworth Kansas on February 4, 1934 to Henry and Ruth (Parr) Riepenkroger.  Prior to retiring William was a Purchasing Agent for Miller Sash and Door.  Always the outdoorsman he enjoyed fishing and hunting.  He was preceded in death by his parents.  Survivors include his wife Karen Riepenkroger of the home; sister Barbara Shipman of Overland Park, KS, and a host of nieces and nephews. Memorial Contributions may be sent to the church or the Disabled American Veterans.

Donald James Schiebrel

Donald James Schiebrel, 82, of Blue Springs, MO passed away July 22, 2012 at St. Mary’s Hospital Blue Springs, MO.  Memorial Service will be 10:00 am Friday July 27, 2012 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel 1600 West Main St. Blue Springs, MO. Visitation will be one hour prior to service.  In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, ALZ.org/kc. 

Donald was born December 28, 1929 in Dayton, Ohio the son of Emery D. and Helen L. (McCord) Schiebrel.  He was a charter member of Good Shepherd Christian Church of Blue Springs.  He was an Army veteran, a member of American Legion Post 21, a fifty year member of the Blue Valley Masonic Lodge and past Patron of the Eastern Star.  He worked for Sampson Floor Covering and was a member of the Carpet Layer Union Local 1179.  He was preceded in death by his wife Alice Joyce Schiebrel in 2003, also three sisters and three brothers.

Survivors included his daughters Penny Kay Ward and husband Russell of Blue Springs, MO., and Marsha Lynn Mooney and husband Dennis of Independence, MO.;  grandchildren Amanda McCafferty, Alison White, and Adam Ward; great-grandchildren Madelyn McCafferty and Morgan White.

Thelma Stout

Thelma StoutThelma Stout, 87, of Lees Summit, MO passed away July 21, 2012. Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m. July 26, 2012 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel 1600 W. Main St. Blue Springs, MO 64015. Visitation will be one hour prior to services.  Burial will be in Mt. Washington Cemetery.  Memorial Contribution may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association ALZ.org/kc.

Thelma was born August 22, 1924 the daughter of Pearl and Della E. (Henry) Feagan.  She was preceded in death by her husband George Milton Stout, and three brothers Floyd, Bill, Gene and her granddaughter Kellie.

Survivors include her daughters Bonnie Marie Spellerberg and husband Don of Blue Springs, MO and Patricia Elaine Cleveland and husband Don of Lees Summit, MO. Three grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and two great-greatgrandsons.

Gloria Jean Fowler

Gloria FowlerGloria Jean Fowler, 65, of Blue Springs, MO, passed away July 25, 2012 surrounded by family at her home.  Visitation will be 2-4 p.m., Sunday, July 29, 2012 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main Blue Springs, MO, 64015. Services are 10 a.m., Monday, July 30, 2012 at Meyers Funeral Chapel.  Gloria was born in Marion, Indiana to Wilbur and Pearl (Smith) Sommers.  Gloria was co-owner and operator of Dob’s Tire in Blue Springs.  In 1970 she was united in marriage to Theodore (Ted) Fowler.  In addition to her loving husband Ted, Gloria is survived by her daughters Kristin Gilgour of Kansas City, MO, Elizabeth Sonnenberg of Blue Springs, MO; sons Tim Fowler of Raytown, MO, Michael Fowler of Blue Springs, MO; grandchildren Gage, Braden, Brennan, Colt, Grant; and brother Bill Sommers of McKinney, TX.  In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to The Kansas City Hospice Green Team and left in care of the funeral home.

John A. Watzlawick III

John WatzlawickJohn A. Watzlawick III, 57, of Blue Springs, MO, passed away in Independence, MO, on July 24, 2012.  He was born to John A. and Rosaline (Cawood) Watzlawick on August 1, 1954 in Elgin IL.  John was united into marriage to Kay (Riegle) on April 14, 1979 in South Elgin IL.

John worked as a mail carrier in Independence, MO.  He was a member of the Moose Lodge of Elgin, IL.  John was a member of the Assembly of God in Blue Springs, MO.  He loved spending time with friends and family.

John is survived by his wife Kay; son’s Ryan J. Watzlawick (Andrea) of Blue Springs, MO, Shawn M. Watzlawick (LeAnn) of Misawa, Japan, Jason L. Watzlawick (Michelle) of Grain Valley, MO, David E. Watzlawick (Sheila) of Blue Springs, MO; brothers, James L. Watzlawick, Joseph E. Watzlawick, Jerold D. Watzlawick; sister, Josephine L. Watzlawick; grandchildren, Ryan, Addisynn, Connor, Riley, and AnnaLee; three step-grandchildren, Excene, Brittney, Gabriel.  John is preceeded in death by his parents; son, Scott M. Watzlawick; sister, Elsie C. Watzlawick.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7:00 p.m., Friday, July 27, 2012 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel at 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 64015. The service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 28, 2012 at the chapel with Brian Hetzel officiating. Burial will be held at Lobb Cemetery in Independence, MO.  In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorial contributions be made to the donor’s choice.

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Daniel Eric Parker

Daniel ParkerDaniel Eric Parker, 57, passed away Friday morning, July 27, 2012, surrounded by loving family.  It was fitting that his final days were spent side-by-side with his wife, Jana, and his three daughters, Janet, Mallory, and McKenna. Dan wanted nothing more than to be defined by his family. In Jana, he had the partner and friend he needed to raise the three daughters who brought him so much joy and pride.

Dan really couldn't understand how anyone could walk by any of his three daughters without stopping to admire them.  Among his proudest moments were watching Janet walk across the stage to receive her college diploma, walking Mallory down the aisle, being the first to pick McKenna out of the 270-person marching band, and sharing his 20th wedding anniversary at a surprise party with family and friends.

Dan was a teacher, mentor and friend to many, including his nephews and nieces. Lessons in life for that group began at a young age with his patented "physics lessons" at family gatherings, and stretched into adulthood through personal parables and jokes over golf, cards, or a simple lunch.

His humor, wit and sense of timing gave him a unique ability to relate to people of all backgrounds. An avid student of history, politics and religion, he enjoyed every opportunity to enter into spirited conversation and debate with open-minded people. He had an insatiable competitive spirit best seen at a card table or on a golf course. His biting humor never left him, whether he was gloating over a win or desperately downplaying an unforeseen loss.

His love of family, which he extended to include his many friends, was exemplified by the stream of visitors and caregivers who never left his side in the hours, days and months following his diagnosis.

He is survived by his wife Jana; his daughter Janet Parker and grandson Ashton of Miami, Oklahoma; his daughter Mallory and Dane Montgomery of Lee's Summit; daughter McKenna of the home; brother Gil and Mary Parker of Independence; sister Allison and Gary Bagley of Blue Springs; nephews Jonathan, Tim, Nick and Brian Parker; and nieces Katy and Erica Parker, and Ashley and Rachel Hawkins. He was preceded in death by his parents Harris and Hazel Parker and his brother Fred Parker.

His final days were spent in peace at Kansas City Hospice House. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to this facility - http://www.kansascityhospice.org/HospiceHouse-HHOverview/.

Visitation will be from 7 pm to 9 pm on Saturday, August 4 at First United Methodist Church in Blue Springs, MO.   A Celebration of Life service will be held at 2 pm on  Sunday, August 5, also at the church.  For more insight into the journey Dan and his family have travelled for the past 7 months, please visit

http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/danparker/guestbook and feel free to leave a message in the guest book.

Angeline M. Phillips

Heaven welcomed a very special angel this week.  Angeline M. Phillips, born July 12, 1929, joined the choir of angels on the morning of August 7, 2012. Angie’s kind and loving heart touched very many lives.   Her childhood was spent in southern Missouri and in Chicago and she was the oldest of the 5 siblings in her family.  She married Bobby Phillips in 1951 and became a military wife, moving every few years around the country.  After Bob retired from the service they made their life in Warrensburg, Missouri, where Angie owned a beauty shop and was a dedicated parishioner of Christ Episcopal Church. They moved to the Kansas City area to be closer to services for Bob’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis.  In 2004, she joined Bob as a resident of Shangri-La Care Center in Blue Springs, Missouri. Angie is survived by her sister Marie Tackett and husband Earl of Las Vegas, by her children, Denise Phillips of Kansas City, John Phillips and his wife Jeanette of Blue Springs, Kathleen Phillips of Warrensburg and Renate Phillips also of Blue Springs;  her grandchildren Michelle and Michael Freeman of Blue Springs, Jason and Ashley Phillips of Lee’s Summit, Ryan and Shaun Heroux of Blue Springs, and Jaya and Darius Phillips of Kansas City; her great-grandchildren, Gretchen and Emma Freeman, and Charlotte Phillips; and her nieces Dee and Kaitlyn Tuqan and other numerous nieces and nephews from around the country.

The family is deeply grateful to the love, care and support offered to them from the staff and residents of Shangri-La Care Center and Crossroads Hospice Services. Thanks also for the many prayers of support from friends and also from the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection of Blue Springs.

Visitation will be from 10:00 – 11:00 and a memorial service will be held at 11:00 am, Friday, August 10 at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection in Blue Springs, 1433 RD. Mize Rd. Blue Springs, Missouri. Arrangements are under the direction of the Meyers Funeral Chapels of Blue Springs, Missouri.

Virginia Lee Allen

Virginia AllenVirginia Lee Allen, 81, of Independence, MO, passed away August 8, 2012 in Kansas City, MO.  Virginia was born June 29, 1931 in Muskogee, OK to Robert and Dorothy (Swartzel) Balch.  On November 23, 1951 she was united in marriage to Charles D. Allen in Kansas City, MO.  Virginia worked at the Independence, MO Water Department in the Service Department.  Virginia enjoyed family, fishing and trips to the lake.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Chuck Allen, and a sister Suellen Stucker.

Virginia is survived by her sons, Robert Allen and wife Anne of Overland Park, KS and David Allen and wife Lisa of Falmouth, MA; sister Shari (Bob) Foley of Blue Springs, MO; grandchildren, Dustin (Ashley) Allen, Corie (Ryan) Black, Ed Freese, Christy (Paul Ballance) Freiley and Amelia Allen; great grandchildren, Jocelyn and Alex Black and Carter Ballance; nieces, Beth (John) Walker, Sara Bellanti and Jill Myers.

The family will receive friends from 2-3:00 pm, Saturday, August 11, 2012 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St. Blue Springs, MO.  Funeral Service will follow at 3:00 pm.  In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to The Kansas City Hospice House and left in care of the funeral home.

William David Crim

William CrimWilliam David “Bill” Crim, 90, of Kansas City, MO passed away August 7, 2012 at his home.  Services will be held 11:00 am, Saturday, August 11, 2012 at Sterling Acres Baptist Church, 11200 East 47th Street,  Kansas City, MO with visitation one hour prior to the service.  Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery, Oak Grove, MO. 

Bill was born July 26, 1922 in Slick, OK to Ocie Pearl and Russell Bryant Crim.  He started school early and graduated at the age of 16 in 1939 from Grandview High School where he taught math as a student.  He received a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering as well as a Masters from the University of Missouri.  Bill attended Central Seminary, and then received a Masters in Mathematics from New Mexico Highlands University. He worked on the early Cyclone computer at Iowa State University.

Bill served in WWII in the Army Corps of Engineers from January 1943 to February 1946 in both the European and Pacific theatres.

Bill taught at Finley Engineering College, University of Missouri, and Metropolitan Community Colleges.  He also pastored several rural churches in northern Missouri.

He was married to LaVerna Jean Simpson for 60 years. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Robert Crim, sisters Russleen Mallory, Lonnie Brown, and Joyce Baker.

He is survived by his wife, LaVerna Crim of the home; his sister, Fern Marshall (Bruce) of Ozark, MO; son Charlie David Crim (Sonia) of Olathe, KS; daughters, Paula Jo Frazee (Richard) of Independence, MO, and Melinda Sue Johns (Jerry) of Blue Springs, MO.  He is also survived by grandsons, Aaron Crim (Heather) of Lawrence, KS, Matthew Crim (Wendy) of Astoria, OR, Andrea O’Bryan of Shawnee, KS, Meghan Evans of Olathe, KS, Caitlin Crim of Tucson, AZ, David Frazee of Independence, MO, Daniel Frazee of Independence, MO, Byron Sparks of Denver, CO, Brad Sparks of Blue Springs, MO, Bonnie Rubin ( Nick) of Austin TX, Benton Johns of Blue Springs, MO, Tim Johns (Alissa) of Odessa, MO, and Chris Johns (Andi) of Odessa, MO, and 16 great grandchildren.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO.

Dorothy Ruth Landes

Dorothy LandesDorothy Ruth Landes, 85, of Independence, MO passed away August 13, 2012 at St. Mary’s Medical Center.  She was born August 1, 1927 in California, MO to William and Rose Mae (Cunningham) Cook. Dorothy attended Stephens College.  She was united in marriage to James Max Landes in Columbia, MO on February 20, 1949.  She was a secretary at the First Baptist Church of Blue Springs. Dorothy was a member of TOPS and was Secretary of the club.  She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Cleo Inglish, and a brother Richard L. Cook.

She is survived by her husband, James Max Landes of the home; daughter, Kathleen Dunson and husband Dalan of Lone Jack, MO; sons, James R. Landes and wife Sheila of Independence, MO, and Roger Landes of Taos, NM; brothers Robert R. Cook of Sedalia, MO, and Merlin W. Cook and wife Gracie of Pleasant Hill, MO; sister, Betty Rose Wade and husband Dale of Kansas City, MO, 4 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

Funeral Services for Dorothy will be 10:00 am, Thursday, August 16, 2012 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Visitation will be 5-7:00 pm Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at Meyers Funeral Chapel.  Burial to be at Coffey Cemetery, Coffey, MO.  Contributions in memory of Dorothy may be made to the Salvation Army.

Joyce Evelyn Hay

Joyce HayJoyce Evelyn Hay went to meet her Savior on Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at the age of 73.  She is preceded in death by her husband Pat, a sister Norma Ellis, and a brother Ed Queen.  She leaves behind her four sons, Mike and his wife Jane, Rusty and his wife Cindee, Doug and his wife Gayla, and Willy and his wife Dee, along with eleven grand children and five great grandchildren.  She is also survived by her sisters Sue and Becky and their husbands and families, and her brothers Gary, Bob, Dennis, and Tom and their wives and families. 

Joyce was born February 4, 1939 to Edward Everett and Mary Elizabeth Queen and was the second of nine children.

Joyce’s life was full of adversity but she was always the type that felt there were others worse off than she was and opened her house and life to anyone in need.

Even in her later years she was an inspiration to those around her with her cheerful smile and concern for others.

Joyce was a devoted member of First Bible Baptist Church in Blue Springs and enjoyed supporting the Missions ministry since her health prevented her from going.  A celebration of Joyce’s life will be held in the coming weeks.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the FBBC Missions Team.  She was greatly loved and will be missed by all who knew her.

The family would like to thank the wonderful and caring staff at Truman Medical Center-Hospital Hill for the outstanding care that they have provided our mother over the years.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO.

Ellery Lyman Hammond

Ellery HammondEllery (El) Lyman Hammond passed away, at the age of 76, on August 17, 2012 from Alzheimer Disease at The Groves Retirement Community in Independence, MO.  Ellery was born in Providence, Rhode Island on May 9, 1936.  He is preceded in death by his parents Ellery A. and Albelia M. Hammond.  He grew up in Cranston, RI with a love for New England and a passion for life.  Following high school graduation, Ellery pursued his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering at Northeastern University in Boston.  He met Antoinette Eve Majewski at a church picnic in Detroit, Michigan while working at Chrysler Corporation as a Co-op college student.  Ellery and Antoinette married on August 8, 1959 and they settled in Massachusetts where they had four daughters over the next five years.

Ellery began working on his Master degree in Mechanical Engineering at Northeastern University while raising his family.  In 1964, Ellery began his life-long career in nuclear power plant management when he began working for Yankee Atomic Electric Company at the first nuclear power plant ever built in the United States.  Ellery’s career took him to nuclear power plants in Iowa, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.  The hallmark of Ellery’s career was being requested to work on the team responsible for restarting the Three Mile Island Nuclear Power reactor in Middletown, PA, following its shutdown in 1979.

Ellery’s competencies in diverse areas of interests were endless and he avidly applied his abilities to hobbies like antique car and Indian motorcycle restoration, which he drove in parades.  He loved traveling across America with his family and then internationally with his wife.  He built model train sets and participated in school activities with his children. He could literally fix just about anything and even raised a garden.  Whatever he decided to do, he did with great passion and enthusiasm.  Ellery was committed to professional and civic activities earning many outstanding awards and recognition.  He was just as committed to his family earning their love and respect.

Ellery faithfully attended church with his family and was committed to his Catholic faith.  He served as a Eucharistic Minister and as Parish Council President.  He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Antoinette of Raytown, Missouri, daughters, Frances M. Williams of Charles City, Iowa, Michele A. Hammond of Hudsonville, Michigan, Patrice E. Hatfield of Grain Valley, Missouri, Margaret A. Nye of Wichita, Kansas, 18 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, a brother, Robert A. Hammond of Warwick, Rhode Island, a sister, Margaret J. DeTommaso of Tamiment, PA and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws.

Father James Healy will preside over the funeral Mass to be held at St. Robert Bellarmine in Blue Springs, MO on Saturday August 25th at 10am.  Visitation will begin at 9am.  The church is located at 4313 SW State Hwy 7, Blue Springs, MO  64014

The family suggests in lieu of flowers, remembrances be made to St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital online at www.stjude.org or by mail to 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN  38105 or The Alzheimer’s Association online at www.alz.org or by mail to PO Box 96011, Washington, DC  20090-6011.

The family would like to thank the caregivers at Hidden Lake Care Center, The Groves Retirement Community and the staff of Groves Community Hospice for their compassion and excellence in care and commitment to Ellery’s end of life.  Ellery’s memory will live on in the hearts of many.

Mary Lou Reddell

Mary ReddellMary Lou Reddell, 61, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Friday, August 17, 2012 at her home surrounded in love by her family.  A celebration of Mary’s life will begin at 10:00 am, Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 West Main St. Blue Springs, MO.  Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:30 pm, Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at the chapel.  Interment will be in Blue Springs Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to her family to defray funeral expenses.

Mary was born August 3, 1951 in Kansas City, MO, the daughter of Howard and Alberta (Hazen) Gilmore.  She worked for the AMC theatres for 45 years, retiring June 15, 2012.  This was the only job that Mary ever had or wanted, she loved working for them.  In 1980 she was promoted to Director of Film Information.  This title was created for Mary in recognition of her efficient service to the company.  Mary rose through AMC’s corporate ranks, beginning at a young age as a theatre concession cashier.  Her favorite interests were spending time with her kids and grandkids, going to the park, fishing, going to movies, and eating out.  She also enjoyed shopping.  She was preceded in death by her loving husband Billy on January 11, 2005, a son Brian J. Reddell, a brother Arthur Gilmore, and sisters Beverly Doughit and Betty Rivas.

Survivors include her son Frank Reddell of Blue Springs, MO.  Daughter Pam Metts and husband Chris of Blue Springs, MO.  Brothers Wayne Gilmore of Harrisonville, MO and Roger Gilmore of Independence, MO.  Grandchildren Tyler Reddell, and Austin, Marissa and Gavin Metts.

Gordon Lee Schultz

Gordon Lee Schultz, 60, of Blue Springs, MO passed away August 8, 2012 at his home.  Gordon was born November 21, 2012in Kansas City, MO to Edward and Inez (Ingham) Shultz.  He graduated from Blue Springs High School and worked in the Security Alarms business.  He was a Lutheran by faith.  He was preceded in death by his father, brother, John Edward Schultz, and sister, Susan Schultz. 

He is survived by his mother, Inez Schultz; brother, Gerald Schultz and wife Patty of Oak Grove, MO.

Memorial services for Gordon will be 11:30 am, Thursday, August 23, 2012 at Meyers funeral Chapel, 1600 West Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Visitation will be 30 minutes before the service. The service will be conducted by Pastor Francis Leib of Timothy Lutheran Church, Blue Springs, MO.

Paul E. Rust

Paul RustPaul E. Rust, 87, of Blue Springs, MO, passed away August 23, 2012 at his home. Funeral Services will be at 10:00 am Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO.  Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 pm Monday at the chapel.  Interment in Blue Springs Cemetery.  Contributions in memory of Paul may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Paul was born May 18, 1925 in Albany, MO the son of Orville and Frances (Roberson) Rust.  He married Grace (Runyan) Rust March 28, 1948 who survives of the home.  He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Grain Valley, MO. and VFW Post 6603 Blue Springs, MO.  Paul retired from Allied Signal after 30 years.  He enjoyed traveling, camping, and most of all spending time with his family. He also enjoyed sports to include bowling, the Kansas City Royals and MU Basketball.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

In addition to his wife he is survived by three daughters, Susie Winsor and husband Gary of Olathe, KS, Peggy Tuter and husband Danny of Blue Springs, MO., Patty Dinges and husband Ted of Blue Springs, MO; two sisters Irene Cox of Independence, MO. and Mary Parks of Blue Springs, MO; grandchildren, Jennifer Jimerson and husband Chris, Jeff Tuter, Mike Dinges, Nick Dinges, Mark Winsor, Amanda Winsor; great grandchildren, Lauren Jimerson and Ian Winsor.

Adrienne Lee Wagener

Adrienne Lee Wagener, 61, of Blue Springs, MO passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of Sunday, August 26, 2012 at home surrounded by her family. She was born October 31, 1950 in Minneapolis, MN to Gerald J. and Betty Jane (Clark) Franksen. They preceded her in death.

Adrienne graduated from White Bear Lake High School in St. Paul, MN in 1968. She then graduated from Penn Valley Community College in Kansas City, MO where she became a Certified Dental Assistant. Adrienne spent 32 years as a dental assistant, working the majority of that time for Dr. Jack Cox's office, Independence Dental Center and Dental Excellence of Independence. Adrienne had a passion for life and lived everyday as if it were going to be her last. She enjoyed traveling worldwide, scuba diving and making new friends. Adrienne loved spending time at Roaring River State Park and was an accomplished fly-fisherman. Her greatest love of all was being with family and close friends. 

She married David Michael Wagener of Independence, MO on March 18, 1972.  They celebrated their 40th anniversary earlier this year. He survives of the home. Additional survivors include her daughter, Nikki DeMint and husband Todd of Parkville, MO; her son, Shane Wagener and wife Suzanne of Grain Valley, MO; her brother, Dr. Scott Franksen of Kearney, MO; four grandchildren, Kiley, Kole, Evan and Avery; and many extended family members and dear friends.

The family would like to thank Dr. Qamar Kahn and his staff at the KU Cancer Center for the loving care and support they gave to Aid over the last several years. May God bless each of you.

 A memorial service celebrating Adrienne’s life will be held 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main Street, Blue Springs , MO 64015. The family will receive friends from 3-7:00 p.m. Wednesday prior to the service. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Susan G. Komen Foundation Greater Kansas City Affiliate or KU Cancer Center-Breast Cancer Unit and may be left in care of the funeral home. Memories of Adrienne and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

John Stanley Hickman

John Stanley Hickman, 70, of Grain Valley, MO passed away August 25, 2012 at St. Mary’s Hospital.  Funeral Service will be at 12:00 Noon Tuesday August 28, 2012 at the Cross Creek Baptist Mission 1050 SW 15th St. Oak Grove, Mo. 64075.  Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 pm Monday, August 27, 2012 at the church.  Interment will be in Greenton Cemetery Odessa, MO.  Memorial Contribution may be made to the church.  

John was born June 18, 1942 in Eldon, MO the son of John Sherman and Betty (Hoskins) Hickman.  On October 7, 1972 He married Alice S. (Hewitt) Hickman who survives of the home.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a son Lee Monroe Mathis in 1994.

Other survivors include his daughters Amanda Shiloh Dawson and husband Richard.  Molly Ann DiConstanzo and husband Richard.  Susan L. Mathis.  Sisters Marian Mayes, Margaret Carter, and Alice Richardson.  Brothers Donald and Robert Hickman.  Four grandchildren  Ryan, Brandon, Shane, and Erik.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel 1600 W. Main Blue Springs, Mo. 64015 816-229-3276.

 

Frank Joseph Pistone Sr

Frank PistoneFrank Joseph Pistone Sr., 88, Independence, Mo passed away Saturday, August 25, 2012 at The Villages of Jackson Creek.  He was born July 23, 1924 in New York, NY to Vincenzo and Vincenza (Barone) Pistone.

Frank was a longtime member of St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Independence, MO.  He proudly served in the Army during WWII and was awarded the Bronze Star and the French Legion of Honor.  He married Ida Cirincione on February 22, 1948 in New York City.  Frank continued his service to others as Commissioner of Community Services for the town of New Hempstead, NY.  He expressed a deep passion for history and politics and was always willing to engage in such conversation.

Frank was preceded in death by his parents; son, Michael Pistone and sister Gesualda Grillo.  Survivors include his wife Ida Pistone of the home; son Frank Pistone Jr. and wife Cheryl of Blue Springs, MO; grandchildren, Victoria (Jonathan) Midgorden of Raytown, MO, Veronica (Scott) Risinger of Waco, TX and Vincent Pistone of Blue Springs, MO.

Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:30 am, Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Independence, MO.  Celebrant for the Mass with be Father James Taranto.  Burial will follow at The Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville, MO.  Memorial contributions are suggested to the Bishop Sullivan Center, bishopsullivan.org.  Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W.  Main St. Blue Springs, MO 64015.

Helen Ruth Harris

Helen HarrisHelen Ruth Harris 91 of Blue Springs, MO passed away Monday August 27, 2012 at Centerpoint Medical Center.  Funeral Services will be at 12:00 noon Thursday August 30, 2012 at the Timothy Lutheran Church.  Visitation will be one hour prior to service.  Interment will be in Blue Springs Cemetery.  Memorial Contributions may be made to the church.   Online condolences in Helen’s name may be sent to meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Helen was born September 19, 1920 in Trenton, MO the daughter of Jesse V. and Hazel L. (Blattner) Sawyer.  She was a Christian by faith, and was a branch manager for Home Savings and Loan Company.  She was preceded in death by her husband William A. Harris Jr. and brothers Vernon Dale and Gene Leon Sawyer.

Survivors include her sons Billy J. Harris and wife Barbara of Blue Springs, Mo., and Larry D. Harris and wife Kelley of Independence, MO.   Sister Louise Lloyd and husband Edwin of Arkansas. Grandchildren Vicky J. Harris-Myres  of Grain Valley, MO, Katherine L. Desnoyer of Chesterfield, MO, Theresa L. Gaston of Pacific, MO, Shelley R. Bernardelli of Lindale, TX, Sherri L. Daugherty, of Grain Valley, MO, and Alexandra E. Harris of Independence, Mo.  Also eight great-grandchildren.

Atha Irene Keele

Atha Irene Keele 82, of Odessa, MO formally  of Blue Springs, MO passed away Saturday August 25, 2012 at the New Haven Golden Living Center in Odessa, MO. Visitation will be 9:00 to 11:00 am with  Memorial Services at 11:00 am Saturday September 1, 2012 at the Parkview Community of Christ 801 SW 19th St. Blue Springs, MO. 64015.

Atha was born October 20, 1929 in Independence, MO the daughter of Hollis and Elaine (Blystone) Andes.  On August 12, 1948 she married Clarence Keele who preceded her in death January 3, 2001 She was also preceded in death by her son Donnie Keele 1954.

Survivors include daughters Kay Lindemann and husband Carl of Edmonton Alberta, Canada. Sharon Olson of Blue Springs, MO.  Son  J. D. Keele and wife Francy of Odessa, MO  Sisters Wanetta Payne, Dorothy Carriker , Brothers Leroy Andes, Earl Andes. 6 Grandchilren and 6 great-grandchildren.

Etta Marie Clark

Etta ClarkEtta Marie Clark, 84, of Blue Springs, MO, passed away at the Kansas City Hospice House on September 2, 2012.  She was born to Rudolph William and Mabel Delora (Bryant) Hohman on October 15, 1927 in Moniteau County, MO.  Etta was united into marriage to Eugene F. Clark on June 25, 1949 in Clarksburg, MO.  Etta was a lifelong resident of Missouri and had been in Blue Springs since 1968.  She worked as a bookkeeper for K-Mart, and was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Blue Springs.  She enjoyed gardening, trips to Colorado, and most of all time with her family. She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Mary Burlingame; and brother, James Hohman. 

Etta is survived by her husband Eugene of the home; daughter, Debra Buck and husband Robert of Lenexa, KS; son, Allen Clark and wife Kimberly of Maricopa, AZ; brothers, Clarence Hohman and Freddie Hohman; sisters, Margaret Hall and Frieda Hoback; and grandchildren, Kathryn Hjetland, Matthew Clark, and Madison Clark.

The family will receive friends from 11 to 12:00 p.m., Thursday, September 6, 2012 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel at 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 64015. Funeral service will be held at 12:00 p.m. following the visitation. Burial will be at Blue Springs Cemetery.   Memorial contributions may be made to Kansas City Hospice House. Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, memories and online condolences may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Phyllis Ethel Jones

Phyllis Ethel Jones 91, of Lake Tapawingo, MO passed away September 4, 2012 at her home.  She was born August 5, 1921 in Marine City, MI to Harold and Hazel (Dickensen) Wagner.  She was a housewife, and enjoyed sewing and Bible study.  She was a member of Grand Avenue Baptist Church in Fort Smith, AR.   She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, George Jones; brothers, James and Thomas Wagner; and sister, Joyce Allen.

Phyllis is survived by her daughters; Patricia Moquett of Dora, AR, Vicki Swafford of Fort Smith, AR, and Della Horton of Lake Tapawingo, MO; son, Delbert Wayne Jackson, Jr.; sister Janice Mullenix of Pontiac, MI; 6 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

Memorial services for Phyllis will be held at a later date in Fort Smith, AR.  Contributions in memory of Phyllis may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Dioscoro H. Colina

Dioscoro H. Colina 82, of Blue Springs, MO passed away at his home September 4, 2012.  A visitation will be held 3:00 - 5:00 pm Saturday, September 8, 2012 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 West Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Dioscoro was born May 9, 1930 in Mandave City, ebu, Philippines to Gregorio and Emeteria Colina.  He was in the Philippine Army for 30 years.  He worked in Housekeeping at St. Mary’s Medical Center, and was a member of St. John LaLande Catholic Church.  He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife.

He is survived by his sons, Gary Colina of Sydney AUS, Greg Colina of Blue springs, MO; daughter, Cynthia Fojas of Blue Springs, MO, Lorna Ramos of Wayne, NJ, Helen Crisosmoto of Makati City, PH, and Joy Serrano of Toronto, CAN; sister, Marina Blanco of Davao City, PH.

He will be laid to rest at Garden of Memories, Memorial Park and Chapel, Pateros, PH.

Elnora Schonfeldt Sevier

Elnora Schonfeldt SevierElnora Schonfeldt Sevier, 97, of Blue Springs, MO, passed away at the Monterey Park Nursing Center on September 4, 2012.  She was born to Fredrick William and Minnie (Westphahl) Schonfeldt on July 18, 1915 in Jefferson County, KS.  Elnora was united into marriage to Cecil Sevier and worked as a secretary for Skelly Oil.  She was preceded in death by her parents; loving husband Cecil; and is survived by her brother Leroy and wife Anna Schonfeldt and a host of nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 1-2:00 pm Friday, September 7, 2012 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 64015. Funeral service conducted by Pastor Tim Buzan will be held at 2:00 pm following the visitation. Burial will be in Blue Springs Cemetery.   Memorial contributions suggested to Continua Hospice or Childrens Mercy Hospital and may be left in care of the funeral home. Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, memories of Elnora and online condolences may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Martha E. Case

Martha E. Case, 81, of Grain Valley, MO, passed away at St. Mary’s Hospital on September 4, 2012.  She was born to Henry and Madolen Turner on July 4, 1931 in Napoleon, MO.  Martha was united into marriage to James Marvin Case in 1951 in Independence, MO.  After graduating from Grain Valley High School in 1949 she worked in the family business, Structural Inspections.  Martha loved playing cards and the outdoors, especially feeding and watching birds.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband James; son Jerry Allen Case; and sisters Renee Turner and Francis Turner.

Martha is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Neal and Tracy Case of Grain Valley, MO; brother, Ren Turner; sister, Bertie Elliston; 4 grandchildren, Deborah, Michael, Jaclyn, Taylor; and 6 great grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 9 to 10:00 a.m., Friday, September 7, 2012 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel at 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 64015. Funeral service will begin at 10:00 p.m. following the visitation. Burial will be at Blue Springs Cemetery.   Memorial contributions are suggested to First Christian Church for Children and may be left in care of the funeral home. Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, memories and online condolences may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

David R. Brownfield

David BrownfieldDavid R. Brownfield, Sr., 89 of Blue Springs, MO passed away September 13, 2012.  He was born December 18, 1922 in Blue Springs, MO to Wade and Margaret (Dillingham) Brownfield. David was raised in the “Brownfield House” which is a historical landmark in the Blue Springs area.  His grandparents lived in the house that became Dillingham Museum.  He was a US Navy veteran of World War II, and he worked as a Switchman for AT&T.  David was a very social individual and loved spending time with friends and family.  He was a big story teller especially about Alaska in the 1950’s.  He enjoyed bowling, fishing, and motorcycle riding.  He was preceded in death by his parents and two wives.

David is survived by his daughters, Marla Lovinggood of Lee’s Summit, MO, Mary  Schultz of Grain Valley, MO, Martha Walls of Grain Valley, MO; sons Richard Brownfield of Leavenworth, KS, and David Brownfield Jr. of Grain Valley, MO; sister Margaret “Peggy” Morris (Bill) of Grain Valley, MO; grandchildren, Charles Hirst, Adam Arnold, Joshua Hodge, Jake Hodge, Benjamin Brownfield, and Kristen Walls; great grandchildren, Dylan Hirst, Cash Arnold, and Callum Arnold.

Services for David will be 10:00 am, Monday, September 17, 2012 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the chapel.  Burial will follow at Blue Springs Cemetery.  Contributions in memory of David may be made to Crossroads Hospice.

David Keith Taylor

David Keith Taylor, 85, of Blue Springs, MO passed away September12, 2012 at his home.   He was born August 22, 1927 in Cainsville, MO to Robert and Lois (Hunt) Taylor.  He was united in marriage to Elizabeth Stanturf on November 13, 1946 in Ottawa, KS, and she preceded him in death. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his son Ted Taylor, a brother, Robert Taylor, and a sister, Evelyn Claire Kirkpatrick. He is survived by his daughter, Patricia Anne Taylor of Independence, MO.

Keith was employed with Union Pacific Railroad as a Switchman for 40 years, retiring in 1988.  After retirement Keith became active with the American Legion Post #499 in Blue Springs, MO and served as their business manager form 1994 thru 2007.  Keith was a lifetime member of the American Legion Post #499, and VFW Post #6603.  He also belonged to the Masonic Lodge #337 in Blue Springs, The Scottish Rite of Kansas City, MO., the Ararat Shrine of Kansas City, MO., and the IOOF 497 Odd Fellows of Blue Springs, MO.

Memorial Services will be held 12:30 pm Friday September 21, 2012 at the American Legion Post #499 on 7 Hiway in Blue Springs, MO. A luncheon will be served at 11:00 am for family and invited friends.  Military honors Inurnment services will be held at Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville, MO following the services. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the Shriners Crippled Children’s Hospital or the POW/MIA. Online condolences may be left in Keith’s memory at meyersfuneralchapel.com.  Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO.

Alyce Loretta Cummins

Alyce CumminsAlyce Loretta Cummins, 96, of Grandview, MO passed away September 15, 2012 at her home.  She was born October 16, 1915 in Muskogee, OK to Edgar and Mary (Lee) Williams.  She was a school teacher for many years and taught at Attucks Elementary School in the Kansas City, MO school district.  She was united in marriage to Claude B. Cummins who preceded her in death.  She was a member of the Pleasant Green Baptist Church, and The Association of Retired Teachers (ART).  In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; son, Alan Bernarde; sisters, Delores Faye Perryman and Doris Mae Perryman; brothers, James Williams and Fentress Williams.

Alyce is survived by her daughters, Claudean Daniel and Mary Cooper; son, William Cummins; 8 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren, and 14 great great grandchildren.

Funeral services for Alyce will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, September 20, 2012 at Pleasant Green Baptist Church, 2910 E. 30th Street, Kansas City, MO.  Visitation will be 2 hours prior to the service at the church.  Burial to be at the Floral Hills Cemetery.  Contributions in memory of Alyce may be made to Pleasant Green Baptist Church.  Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO.

Tyler Andrew Danner

Tyler Danner-Tyler Andrew Danner, 19, of Grain Valley, MO passed away at his home on September 18, 2012.  Visitation for Tyler will be 9:30 – 11:00 am, Saturday, September 22, 2012 at First Baptist Church of Oak Grove, 400 E. 14th St, Oak Grove, MO with funeral service following at 11:00am.  Burial will be in Blue Springs Cemetery, Blue Springs, MO.  Contributions in memory of Tyler may be made to First Baptist Church of Oak Grove.

Tyler was born October 20, 1992 in Independence, MO to Richard and Melissa (Lane) Danner.  He was a 2011 graduate of Grain Valley High School, and worked in construction laying telephone cable.  Tyler enjoyed fishing, hunting, weight lifting, and hanging with friends.  He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, E.C. and Janet Lane.

Tyler is survived by his parents Richard Danner of Independence, MO, Melissa Danner of Grain Valley, MO; sisters, Whitney Danner and Ashley Danner of Grain Valley, MO; nephew Brody Tyler Danner of Grain Valley, MO; paternal grandparents Richard and Coral Danner of Grain Valley, MO; paternal great grandmother, Elsie Applegate of Sibley, MO; maternal great grandmother, Alletta Lane of Blue Springs, MO; maternal great grandparents, Bill and Leota Keeton of Eldorado Springs, MO; a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and many cherished friends.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO.

 

Jack R. Myrick

Jack MyrickJack R. Myrick, 65, of Blue Springs, MO passed away September 19, 2012 at his home.  He was born June 2, 1947 in King City, MO to Jack and Margaret (Whitman) Myrick.  He was a graduate of Central Missouri State University.  Jack was a veteran of the US Army.  He was united in marriage to Debi King, she survives of the home.  For 33 years he was an Industrial Engineer for Wilcox Electric and after retiring, for fun, began working at Swim Things as a Pool Tech. Jack was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Merideth Shaw.

In addition to his wife, Debi, he is survived by; daughter Heather Camp and husband Greg of Grain Valley, MO; sons, Jason Myrick and wife Shannon of Grain Valley, MO, Dale Remagen and wife Katie of Kansas City, MO, Tim Remagen and wife Charlotte of Kansas City, MO, Daniel Balagna and wife Diane of Kansas City, MO; grandchildren, Courtney Camp, Katie Camp, Myah Myrick, Cole Remagen, Dee Dee Remagen, Brian Remagen, Timmy Remagen, Mason Remagen, Ashley Remagen, and Ray Remagen; niece, Lori Blomquist,; nephew, Brian Buchanan.

Visitation and sharing of memories will be 5:00 – 7:00 pm, Monday, September 24, 2012 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 West Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Contributions in memory of Jack may be made to charity of the givers choice.

Charles F. Brammer

Charles BrammerCharles F. Brammer, 83, of Raytown, MO passed away September 20, 2012 in Lee’s Summit.  Graveside services for Charles will be 2:00 pm Tuesday at Mound Grove Cemetery, 1818 N. River Blvd., Independence, MO.  In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions in memory of Charles to Grace Hospice or Wayside Waifs.

He was born March 15, 1929 in Pattonsburg, MO to Floyd and Alley (Lindsey) Brammer.  He was a Korean War US Army veteran, and he worked 42 years as a Clerk for Frisco and Burlington Northern Rail Road.  He was a model train hobbyist with KC Live Steamers.  Charles was a member of American Legion Post 499 in Blue Springs, MO.  He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Marian Brammer; step-son, Robert Vaughn; and step-daughter, Sandra Watson.

He is survived by daughters Michelle Liddle and husband, Kirk of Oak Grove, MO, and Sheila Ancona and husband, Frank of Kansas City, MO; grandchildren, Melodie, Michael, Jeffrey, Drew, Kara, and Debra; great grandchildren, Emily, Catherine, Heather, Jeffrey Jr., Whitney, and Leah.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO.

Lorna M. Crane

Lorna CraneLorna M. Crane, 89, of Blue Springs, MO passed away September 22, 2012 at KC Hospice House.  Service for Lorna will be 11:00 am Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at Timothy Lutheran Church, 425 NW R.D. Mize Rd, Blue Springs, MO, with visitation beginning one hour prior to the service.  Burial will follow at Blue Springs Cemetery.  Contributions in memory of Lorna may be made to Timothy Lutheran Church.

Lorna was born November 16, 1922 in Creighton, MO to H. L. “Bill” and Dora (Meuller) Polzin.  On June 12, 1946 she was united in marriage to Arthur Crane who preceded her in death.  She worked at the Lake City Ammunition Plant.  Lorna was a member of Timothy Lutheran Church, and LWML.  She enjoyed playing cards and gardening.  In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Leroy Polzin and his wife Kathleen; and brother-in-law, Gilbert McKee.

She is survived by her son Larry Crane and his wife Martha of Blue Springs, MO; sisters, Dana Smith of Kansas City, MO, June McKee of Harrisonville, MO, and Roberta Keltner of North Kansas City, MO; grand children, Stephen Crane and wife Julie of Grain Valley, MO, Leslie Aldred and husband Kevin of Grain Valley, MO; great grandchildren, Charlie Aldred, Mallory and Macy Crane.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO.

Alfred Perry Bourne, Jr

Alfred BourneAlfred Perry Bourne, Jr., 71, of Blue Springs passed away Sunday, September 23.  He was born March 17, 1941 in Independence to Alfred Sr. and Thelma Bourne.  He graduated from William Chrisman High School in 1959 and then joined the Navy.  In 1964 he went to work for Trans World Airlines as an avionics mechanic and worked there until retirement in 2001.  Al loved his fast cars and even faster boats.  He always enjoyed time at the lake with his family and friends.  It was their little piece of heaven on Earth. 

Al was preceded in death by his wife of 44 years, Norma Kidwell Bourne and his father, Alfred Bourne, Sr. He is survived by his mother, Thelma Bourne; daughters Carrie McCartney and Renee (Ric) Brownfield; and son Darin (Erin) Bourne; grandchildren Mitchell, Danielle, Megan, Sabrina, Sydney, Daryn, Taylor and Victoria; brothers Carl (Cathie) Bourne and Don (Terri) Bourne; sister Cindy (Kenny) Walby; nieces, nephews and friends.

The visitation will be on September 26, 2012 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Meyers Funeral Chapel in Blue Springs.  The funeral service will be at 11:00 am September 27, 2012 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel.  Interment will follow in Blue Springs Cemetery.   In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a contribution in his name to the American Cancer Society.

Alice M. Railsback

Alice RailsbackAlice M. Railsback, 57, of Blue Springs, MO passed away September 19, 2012 in Kansas City, MO.  Private services for Alice were held.  Memories of Alice and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.  Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO.

Alice Marie Railsback was born May 13, 1955 in Kingsley, KS the daughter of Jake and Darlene (Davis) Negrete.  She married Ben Railsback August 18, 1990 who survives of the home.  Alice worked in customer service for the Home Depot in Blue Springs, MO.

Other survivors include her children Tessa Marie Fry of Olathe, KS, Jacob Noah Fry of Topeka, KS, Jessica Ann Fry of Independence, MO, Brook Swaney of Cody, WY, Kaleena Porter of Forsythe, MO, brothers Willie Negrete of Olathe, KS, Troy Negrete, of Grain Valley, MO, Lance Negrete of Lewis, KS, grandchildren Jayvan Fry, Kastyn Porter, Dana Swaney, and Shelby Swaney.

Miriam B. Chatelain

Miriam ChatelainMiriam B. Chatelain, 87, of Blue Springs, MO passed away September 23, 2012 at St. Mary’s Medical Center.  Funeral services for Miriam will be 10:00 am, Friday, September 28, 2012 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 West Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Visitation will be 5-7:00 pm, Thursday, September 27, 2012 at the funeral chapel.  Contributions in memory of Miriam may be made to the American Cancer Society.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Miriam was born November 17, 1924 in Brownington, MO the daughter of Charles L. and Vera E. (Callahan) Parks.  She married Darrel W. Chatelain April 22, 1960, who preceded him in death in 2003.  Miriam retired as a machine operator from Coors in 1982.  She was a Baptist by faith and enjoyed gardening, and puzzles.  In addition to her husband she was also preceded in death by her parents, sisters, Ruby Parks, and Enid A. Gardner.

Survivors include her children Edwina S. Detweiler, of Huntington Beach, CA, Cheryl L. Calvert, of Harper, KS, Steven E. Snyder, of Stockton, KS, J. Keith Snyder of Westminster, CO, Connie J. Wallace of Blue Springs, MO, and a brother Lauren Parks of Columbia, MO.

Delos Dean Denton

Delos DentonDelos Dean Denton, 74 of Lee’s Summit, MO passed away September 18, 2012 at his home.  He was born October 2, 1937 in Montebello, CA to Earl and Merle (Lewis) Denton.  He was CEO of Creative Blow Mold Tooling, Inc., a company making molds for plastic bottles.  He liked fixing things, and enjoyed golf, biking and exploring.  He was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister, Darlene Brammer.

He is survived daughter, Dena Counts of Blue Springs, MO; twins, Morgan and Stephanie Denton of Leawood, KS.

No Services are planned at this time.  Contributions in memory of Dean may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.  Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO.

Richard J. Prather

Richard PratherRichard J. Prather, 84, of Blue Springs, MO passed away September 27, 2012 at St. Mary’s Medical Center.  Services for Richard will be 11:00 am, Saturday, September 29, 2012 at Meyers funeral chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276 with visitation one hour prior to the service.  Contributions in memory of Richard may be made to St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

He was born September 10, 1928 in Salem, IL to Joseph and Irene (Deadmond) Prather. Richard was united in marriage to Florence Zielinski and she survives of the home.  He was a US Army veteran of the Korean War, and worked as a procurement agent for the Department of Defense. He was a member of the Elks Lodge in Blue Springs, and he enjoyed golfing and the Chicago Cubs. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Doris Madden.

In addition to his wife, Florence he is survived by sons, Joseph Prather and wife Carla of Spring, TX, Mark Prather and wife Kelly of Blue Springs, MO; daughters, Deborah Heifner and husband Michael of Chalfont, PA, Donna Becker and husband Chris of Blue Springs, MO, and Denise Giffen of Blue Springs, MO, eleven grandchildren, and one great granddaughter.

Judy A. Hoffman

Judy A. Hoffman, 59, of Blue Springs, MO passed away September 26, 2012 at her home.  Visitation for Judy will be 9 – 10 am, Monday, October 1, 2012 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Services will be 11:00 am at Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Higginsville, MO.  Contributions in memory of Judy may be made to Disabled American Veterans. 

Judy was born August 7, 1953 to Raymond and Pauline (Kirk) Rider in Kansas City, MO.  She was united in marriage to Charles Hoffman who preceded her in death.  She was a homemaker, and a Catholic by faith.  She enjoyed cooking.  In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents.

Judy is survived by her sister, Paulette Hamblin of the home; brother, Raymond Rider of Olathe, KS; nieces, Heather Thomas of Grain Valley, MO and Sarah Gacutan of Blue Springs, MO.

Herschel LeRoy Kirk

Herschel KirkHerschel LeRoy Kirk, 72 of Independence, MO, passed away September 27, 2012 at North Kansas City Hospital.  Funeral services for Herschel will be 10:00 am, Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Visitation will be 5-7:00 pm, Monday, October 1, 2012 at the funeral chapel. Burial to be at Oakland Cemetery. Contributions in memory of Herschel may be made to the American Diabetes Foundation or American Cancer Society. 

He was born January 16, 1940 in Bethany, MO to William and Violet (Beaver) Kirk.  He was united in marriage to Karen Emerson who preceded him in death.  He was the owner and operator of Downtown Conoco at 6th and Oak in Kansas City, MO.  He was a loyal K C Royals and KC Chiefs fan.  Herschel enjoyed playing pool, the outdoors, and being with his dog, Sassy.  In addition to his wife Karen, he was preceded in death by his parents, and sister, Kathryn Craig.

Herschel is survived by sons, Kelly Kirk and wife Rhonda of Kansas City, MO, Kendall Kirk and wife Tera of Haslett, TX, Kasey Kirk of Kansas City, MO; sister, Mary Davis and husband Donnie of Chillicothe, MO; and six grandchildren.

Bettie Nelson

Bettie NelsonBettie Nelson, 81, of Grain Valley, MO passed away September 30, 2012 in Oak Grove MO. Funeral Services for Bettie will be 2:00 pm Thursday, October 4, 2012 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the chapel.  Burial to follow at Blue Springs Cemetery.  Contributions in memory of Bettie may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Kansas State School for the Deaf 450 E. Park St. Olathe, KS 66061.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.  

She was born July 9, 1931 in Huntingdon, TN to Hugh and Sophie (Crews) Williams.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Grain Valley, and The Eastern Star of Blue Springs.  She was also a member of the Shrinettes.  She was preceded in death by her parents, and two husbands, Troy Cunningham and James Gribble.

Bettie is survived by her husband, James Nelson of Grain Valley, MO; sons, Steve Cunningham of Oberlin, OH, Steve Edward Gribble of Olathe, KS; daughters, Barbara Alpaugh of Vermillion, OH, Judy Cunningham of Fayetteville, GA, Shirley McGuire of Fayetteville, GA; brothers, Charles Williams of Chicago, IL, Weldon Williams of Milan, TN, Ray Williams of Lafayette, TN; sister Geneva Mullins of Winter Park, FL; Step-daughters, Sara Ann Lemons of Blue Springs, MO, Karin Martinez of Omaha, NE; step-son Terry Nelson of Independence, MO; and many grandchildren.

Richard L. Hollembeak

Richard HollembeakRichard L. Hollembeak, 64, of Blue springs, MO passed away September 30, 2012 at Centerpoint Hospital.  Memorial services for Richard will be 2:30 pm, Sunday, October 7, 2012 at Timothy Lutheran Church, 425 NW R.D. Mize Rd., Blue Springs, MO with visitation one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers contributions in memory of Richard may be made to Timothy Lutheran Church or the National Parkinson Foundation. 

He was born December 28, 1947 in Mexico, MO to Bernard and Eloise (Wagner) Hollembeak.  He was a graduate of the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, MO and a veteran of the US Coast Guard.  He was united in marriage to Kathleen Eckhoff on July 27, 1974, she survives of the home. Richard was an IT specialist with the IRS retiring in 2011.  He was a member of Timothy Lutheran Church.  He was a Cardinals Baseball fan, A Missouri basketball fan, and a pet lover.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

In addition to his wife, Kathleen, he is survived by his daughter, Heather Henning and Husband Joel of Kansas City, MO; brothers, John L. Hollembeak of Newark, DE, and Harry Hollembeak of Safety Harbor, FL; step-brother John C. Hollembeak of Columbia, MO.

Jarol D. Zabel

Jarol ZabelJarol D. Zabel, 65, passed away September 30, 2012 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Blue Springs, MO.  He was born on May 12, 1947 to Herman and Helen (Banks) Zabel in Atchison, KS.

Jarol was a veteran of the United States Army.  He was wounded in Vietnam in 1968, and was awarded a purple heart.  Jarol is Lutheran by faith.  The Majority of Jarol’s working life was spent as a Business agent for Bakery Confectionery Tobacco (BCT) located in Kansas City, MO.  He enjoyed photography, flying kites, NASCAR, and playing pool.  Jarol loved spending time with family and friends.

Jarol is survived by his son, Jason and wife Nicole Zabel of Blue Springs, MO; daughter, Jackleen and husband Shawn Klein of Blue Springs, MO; brother, Herman Zabel III; brother-in-law, Terry Hollingsworth of Harker Heights, TX; ex-wife, Marlena Baldwin of Blue Springs, MO and 7 grandchildren.  His parents and 5 siblings preceded him in death.

A gathering of friends and family will be held 7- 9:00 Thursday, October 11, 2012 at Meyers Funeral Chapel 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.

William H. Hamm

William HammWilliam H. Hamm, Jr., 77, of Blue Springs, MO passed away October 2, 2012 at the Jefferson Health Care Center.  A Visitation will be held 9 – 10:30 am Friday, October 5, 2012 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 West Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Contributions in memory of William may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. 

William was born October 20, 1934 to William and Sarah (Kelley) Hamm in Kansas City.  He was a tool maker for R & D Tool and Engineering, and a member of Duncan Road Baptist Church.  He enjoyed Fishing, Photography, shooting and reading.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Tom Hamm.

He is survived by daughters, Beverly Hoffman and husband Steve of Lee’s Summit, MO, and Nancy Lynn Miller and husband Chris of Lee’s Summit, MO; son, William Allen Hamm and wife Lori of Shawnee, KS; 7 grandchildren and 10 great grandchild.

Frank Salvatore Giamalva

Frank Salvatore Giamalva, 60, of Blue Springs, MO passed away October 1, 2012 at his home.  Memorial services for Frank will be 1:00 pm, Saturday, October 6, 2012 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 West Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276. Visitation will be 2 hours prior to the service at the funeral chapel. 

Frank was born April 21, 1952 to Steve and Angela Ann (Girard) Giamalva in Kansas City, MO.  He was a car inspector for the Union Pacific Rail Road.  Frank was a Catholic by faith.  He enjoyed deer and turkey hunting, and was a member of the Railroad Car Association as well as the lodge.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Steve and Angela Giamalva.

He is survived by his sister, Virginia Micek and husband Michael of Blue springs, MO; nieces, Stephanie Lupercio and husband Howard of Lee’s Summit, MO, and Marianne McCandless and husband Michael of Clinton, MO.

Francis “Frank” J. Szutenbach, Jr.

Frank SzutenbachFrancis “Frank” J. Szutenbach, Jr., 67 of Blue Springs, MO passed away October 4, 2012 at his home.  Services for Frank will be 10:30 am, Monday, October 8, 2012 at St. John Lalande Catholic Church, 801 NW R.D. Mize Rd., Blue Springs, MO.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.  Contributions in memory of Frank may be made to Meyers Funeral Chapel to help defray funeral expenses.

He was born June 17, 1945 in Chicago, IL to Ida (Alberico) and Francis J. Szutenbach, Sr. On June 12, 1962 he was united in marriage to Leslie Hall, she survives of the home.  He was in retail sales for Sears, and attended St. John LaLande Catholic Church.  He was a football fan, and enjoyed spending time with his family.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

In addition to his wife Leslie, he is survived by; son, Michael Szutenbach and wife Angela of Woodland, TX; daughter, Kimberly White and husband Gary of Blue Springs, MO, and Pamela Dillard and husband Steve of El Cajon, CA; brothers, Lawrence Szutenbach of VA, Steven Szutenbach of CO; sisters, Vivian Rosini of TX, Elizabeth Abrasart of FL, Rita Fasson of FL, Virginia Douglas of FL, Rebecca Claridy of IL, Doreen McBride of FL; 6 grandchildren and 1 great granddaughter.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO.

Thomas "Tom" Watson

Thomas WatsonThomas “Tom” Morgan Watson, 82, of Blue Springs, MO passed away October 8, 2012 peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family.  He was born August 3, 1930 in Fairview, OK to Claude and Francis (Carpenter) Watson.  He was a graduate of UMKC Law School, and was an attorney for many years.  Tom was a US Navy veteran, serving during the Korean War.  On April 29, 1981 he was united in marriage to Toni Agers Powell who survives of the home.  Tom was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Claude (Rick) Watson Jr.; sister, Delores Watson; step-son, Greg Powell; and granddaughter Stella Powell.

Tom loved all things to do with the American West, and served as Sheriff of the Posse of the Westerners of Kansas City.  One of the highlights of his life was his 36 year association with the Cowboy Artists of America where he served as Business Manager, Historian, and was an Honorary Member.  He was also a member of Sigma Chi and held the positions of President and Vice President.  Tom was an original member of the Blue Springs Historical Preservation Commission.  He authored the book “Make Your Mark” (Branding Irons) and edited a cookbook for the Cowboy Artists of America.  One of his greatest assets was his sense of humor, with his jokes and stories being known world-wide.  The family refers to those stories as “Grandpa Toms”.  His humor, wisdom, and knowledge will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

In addition to his wife Toni; Tom is survived by his son, Christopher Jay Watson and wife, Jan of Fairway, KS; daughter Stephanie Watson McCurdy and husband Ed of Overland Park, KS; step-son, William Christopher Powell and wife Jennifer of Lake Tapawingo, MO; sister Cathy Blaise of Central City, NE; grandchildren, Julia Watson Skidmore, Thomas Montgomery Watson, Adrian Torres, Matthew Torres, Megan Merrill, Casey May, Tori May, Connor Dennis, and Katrina Powell; great grandsons, Evan Skidmore, Will Skidmore, and David May.

The family will receive friends from 1-2:00 pm, Saturday, October 13, 2012 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Memorial Service will begin at 2:00 pm at the chapel.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Tom may be made to St. Luke’s Homecare and Hospice and left in care of the funeral home.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

John Robert “Bob” Pence

John Robert “Bob” Pence, 84, of Raytown, Mo passed away and went to be with his Lord and Savior October 9, 2012 in Overland Park, KS.  He was born August 17, 1928 in Kansas City.  John was united in marriage to Ruby May Heerwald on March 8, 1951 in Kansas City, MO, and she survives of the home.  He was a US Army veteran of the Korean War.  He spent 20 years working in the parts department of Kenworth, and also worked for Jack Cooper Transport, and for Owen Lumber in Excelsior Springs, MO.  Bob was a member of the Raytown Masonic Lodge #391, and the First Baptist Church of Raytown. Bob was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, known for his sweet smile and gentle spirit.  He was preceded in death by his mother, Ellen R. Pence; brothers, Joe Pence, Jim Pence, and Jerry Pence.

In addition to his wife, Ruby, he is survived by his daughters, Cindy Hamilton and husband Chip of Blue Springs, MO, and Cathy Chafin and husband Claude of Independence, MO; sisters, Margaret Church of Hermiston, OR, Ellen Nelson and husband Mel of Warsaw, MO, Mary Richardson of Harrisonville, MO; grandchildren, Megan Hamilton, Rachel Hamilton, and Derek Chafin; great granddaughter, Kaylee Garcia, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be held on Saturday, October 27, 2012 at First Baptist Church of Raytown, 10500 MO 350 Hwy, Raytown, MO, with visitation at 1:00 pm, followed by the memorial service at 2:00 pm.  Contributions in memory of Bob may be made to First Baptist Church Raytown Children’s Ministry. Please note “Pence Memorial” on the memo line.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Jack Crooks

Jack CrooksJackie Dale “Jack” Crooks, 55, of Lee’s Summit, Mo passed away October 11, 2012 at his home. He was born December 11, 1956 in Clinton, MO to Denny and Betty (McFarland) Crooks. He was a graduate of DeVry University with a BA in business, and was a Systems Analyst in the Computer industry. He was a Christian by faith. Jack coached baseball and soccer, and was devoted to kids and his friends. He was preceded in death by his mother, and brother, Mark Crooks.

Jack is survived by his father, Denny Crooks and wife Shirley of Gladstone, MO; sons, Joshua Dylan Crooks and Jesse Dean Crooks of Lake Lotawana, MO; step-sister, Leslie Rottinghaus of Overland Park, KS; ex-wife, Jenell Crooks; and his dog, Maggie.

Visitation will be held from 1-2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 West Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276. A funeral service celebrating Jack’s life will follow at 2:00p.m. Burial will be at Lee’s Summit Historical Cemetery. Contributions in memory of Jack may be made to Animal Rescue Shelter, P.O. Box 101, Holden, MO 64040. Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Irene Foster

Irene B. Foster, 85, of Blue Springs, MO passed away October 12, 2012 at St. Mary’s Medical Center.  She was born July 16, 1927 in Kansas City, MO to John and Bethene (Kelly) Bopp. She attended North Kansas City High School, and was employed by Sutherland Lumber, Montgomery Wards, Woolworths, and Luce Luggage.  On June 5, 1956, she was united  in marriage Carl Foster who preceded her in death. She was a Christian by faith. She loved garage sales and as a result had an impressive collection of dolls, perfume bottles, and most recently stuffed animals that she bought to give to anyone she thought needed a smile. She also enjoyed gardening. In addition to her husband, Carl, she was preceded in death by her parents and 3 siblings, David Bopp, Mary Cook and Paul Bopp.

Irene is survived by her daughter Lisa Lewis and husband Chuck of Lee’s Summit, MO; step-son Fred Foster and wife Karen of Oak Grove, MO; brother Joseph Bopp of Kansas City, MO and sisters, Paula Capehart, Maxine Bopp, Naomi Bopp, Joanna Ingram and Lois Nash all of Kansas City, MO; seven grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.

Visitation will be 1:00-2:30, Wednesday, October 17th, 2012 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W Main St Blue Springs, MO. A graveside service will follow at 3:00 pm at Floral Hills East Cemetery, 25201 E 50 Hwy, Lee’s Summit MO. Contributions in memory of Irene may be sent to Waterford Ladies Home, 500 NW Vesper St., Blue Springs, MO 64014. Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Inez “Irene” Schultz

Inez SchultzInez “Irene” Schultz, 86, of Blue Springs, MO passed away October 14, 2012 in Blue Springs.  She was born October 31, 1925 in Bates County, MO to John and Goldena (Woirhaye) Ingham.  On February 5, 1949 she was united in marriage to Edward “Wes” Schultz who preceded her in death.  She worked for the Internal Revenue Service.  She was a longtime member of Timothy Lutheran Church in Blue Springs, and was involved in the Ladies Circle at the church.  In addition to her husband, Wes, she was preceded in death by her parents, 2 siblings, and 3 children, Gordon, John, and Suzanne.

Irene is survived by her son, Gerald Schultz and wife Patty of Oak Grove, MO; sister, Maxine Brown of Urich, MO; brother, Herbert Ingham and wife Nora Jean of Blue Springs, MO; granddaughters, Amanda Chrisman and husband Jeff of Blue Springs, MO, Beth Still and husband J. R. of Odessa, MO; and two great grandchildren, Ryan and Will.

Funeral services for Irene will be 11:00am, Monday, October 22, 2012 at Timothy Lutheran Church, 425 Northwest R. D. Mize Rd., Blue Springs, MO.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.  Burial will be at Floral Hills Cemetery.  Contributions in memory of Irene may be made to the church.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Dolores “Juanita” Meyers

Delores MeyersDolores “Juanita” Meyers, 78, of Carrollton MO passed away Tuesday October 16, 2012 at the Carroll House.  Funeral Mass and celebration of her life will be 10:00 a.m. Friday October 19, 2012 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 211 Shanklin St. Carrollton, MO with Father Ken Criqui, as celebrant. Burial in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:30 pm Thursday at the church.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Jimmy Meyers American Legion Baseball Scholarship 1600 W. Main St. Blue Springs, MO.  NO FLOWERS PLEASE. Online Condolences may be left in Juanita’s memory to meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Juanita was born May 21, 1934 in White Rock, MO the daughter of Ernest and Dorothy (Bowling) Mann.  She graduated from Wakenda High School in 1952, where she was on the 1952 State Championship basketball team.  She married DA Meyers on June 24, 1952, they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this year.  DA survives of the home. She was Co-Owner and Operator along with her husband of the Sears Catalog Store in Carrollton for many years.  Following retirement, she loved spending time cooking for all who visited, many times for over a 100 people or more at the drop of a hat.  She loved to have people over partying and dancing listening to her son Dan, Ronnie Nolke, and Eddie Davidson play their music.  She enjoyed her Lake of the Ozarks home, entertaining and going out for a boat ride with all who came to visit. She and DA loved to travel the country, visiting where ever her kids and grandkids were living. She was an avid bowler and won many state titles. She quilted and made quilts for all of her children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews and many friends.  She cooked the best fried chicken in the world. She will be missed by all who knew her. She was preceded in death by her parents, a grandson Jimmy Meyers and daughter in law, Barbara Meyers.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children Dan Meyers of Jacksonville, TX,  Cindy Hanavan and husband Terry of Chillicothe, MO,  Marty Meyers and wife Kim of Blue Springs, MO and Dennis Meyers and wife Julie of Blue Springs, MO; grandchildren, Cody and Erin Hanavan, Cory and Laura Hanavan, Kourtney Meyers, Chad Meyers, Adriana Meyers, Chase Meyers; great-grandson Brett Hanavan;  brother, Travis Mann and wife Rose;  a host of nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.  A special thanks to her niece and husband Vicki and Ron Nolke for all they did for her and DA thru the years.

Winnie M. Alexander

Alexander WinnieWinnie M. Alexander, 92, of Lee’s Summit , Missouri , Passed away on October 20, 2012 at The Villages of Jackson Creek in Independence, Missouri.  Winnie was born on September 20, 1920 in Upshur  County, Texas the daughter of John C and Clara Williams. She married Lawrence R. Alexander on November 27, 1940. They were married for nearly 61 years. They spent 41 years in pastoral ministry in the Church of the Nazarene. Lawrence preceded her in death on October 26, 2001. She was also preceded in death by her parents and six of her siblings.

She is survived by her daughter Charlotte MacPherson and her husband Neil of Lee’s Summit, MO; her son Keith Alexander and his wife Ramonda of Blue Springs, MO.; one granddaughter, Katie Alexander Cox and her husband Justin ; one great-granddaughter , Shiloh Cox; two sisters: Wilma Dee Sharp of Tyler, Texas; Audie Gaston of Tyler, Texas plus numerous nieces and nephews.

Service 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at the Blue Springs First Church of the Nazarene.  Visitation will be from 1-2:00 p.m. prior to the service.  The Meyers Funeral Chapel in Blue Springs has been entrusted with the final arrangements.

Roger Leslie Fulton

Roger FultonRoger Leslie Fulton, age 69 of Blue Springs, Missouri, passed away peacefully on October 22, 2012, with family at his side.  Funeral services for Roger will be 2:00 pm Thursday, October 25, 2012 at First Christian Church of Blue Springs, 701 NW 15th St., Blue Springs, MO.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.  Burial to be at Brooking Cemetery in Raytown, MO.  Contributions in memory of Roger may be made to Parkinson’s disease Foundation or to First Christian Church.

Roger was born on February 19, 1943 in Kansas City, Missouri to Clarence and Catherine Fulton.  He was a 1961 graduate of East High School in Kansas City.  His education continued at CMSU, where he earned a B.S in Education in 1965.   He was an active member and Elder Emeritus of Blue Springs First Christian Church.

His greatest accomplishments were being a loving husband, brother, father, grandfather, uncle, nephew, cousin, and friend.  He is survived by his wife Ruby, daughter Dayna Ruskin (Brian Ruskin), daughter Becky Gorden (Jason Gorden), son James Fulton (Missy Fulton), son Damon Renzulli (Jill Renzulli), daughter Kara Renzulli, brother Raymond Fulton (Cosby Fulton), grandchildren  Thomas Gorden, Sarah Gorden, Sylvie Fulton, Ava Renzulli and Veda Renzulli.

Roger was a lifelong Royals fan; win or lose.  He passed his love of baseball on to his children and grandchildren.  Roger was a dog lover and eventually even learned to love cats.  Roger brought music, love, and most of all laughter and humor to his family and friends.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO.

Robert (Bob) Kirk Stover

Robert (Bob) Kirk Stover 66 years of age passed away Sunday, October 21, 2012 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, MO.   He was born January 18, 1946 in Independence, MO.    His parents, Clyde Walter Stover and Muriel (Kirk) Stover, and sister, Betty Jeanne Stover preceded him in death.  He is survived by his sister, Shirley Louise (Stover) Winkinhofer, niece, Sherry Winkinhofer, and numerous cousins.

He graduated from Van Horn High School in 1964, and attended the University of Michigan. He worked with his father in the cabinet building and electrical businesses prior to moving to the Lake of the Ozarks.  After moving he worked as a carpenter before gaining employment with the Postal Service where he worked as a mail carrier until he retired.

Bob loved watching the wildlife around his property and carried dog biscuits on his mail route for all of the dogs that would meet him at the mail box.  Bob was a member of the MOM Black Powder Club, and members held the monthly target practices at his shooting range.  He also allowed members to engage in bow hunting on his property.

Memorial services for Bob will be held at 2:00 pm, Saturday, November 3, 2012 at Corner Stone Community of Christ Church, 1316 S. Osage, Independence, MO.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Bob may be made to the American Heart Association, or the Diabetic Foundation, or charity of choice.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO.

John Anthony “Tony” Guerra

John Anthony “Tony” Guerra 43, of Blue Springs, MO passed away October 24, 2012 in Grain Valley, MO. Visitation for Tony will 5 – 7:00 pm, Monday, October 29, 2012 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main Street, Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276. Funeral services will be 10:00 am, Tuesday October 30, 2012 at the funeral chapel. Contributions in memory of Tony may be made to the family to assist in his children’s education.

Tony was born July 2, 1969 in Kansas City MO to John L. and Betty (Wetzel) Guerra. He graduated from Fort Osage High School. On October 24 1988 he was united in marriage to Dawn Caskey in Seoul, Korea, and she survives of the home. He was a US Army veteran, serving in “Desert Storm”. Tony was Shop Foreman for the Blue Springs Bus Barn, and was a member of First United Methodist Church of Blue Springs, MO. He loved his children, and helping others.  He enjoyed riding his motorcycle, and spending time with family and friends.

In addition to his wife, Dawn, Tony is survived by his mother, Betty Wetzel Boyd and husband David of Buckner, MO; father, John L. Guerra of Sibley, MO; daughters, Kaylee D’Ann Funnell and Husband Joshua of Grain Valley, MO, Krista Lyn Guerra of Blue Springs, MO, and Caroline Louise Guerra of Blue Springs, MO; sister, Nicky Spears and husband Chris of Buckner, MO.

Michelle Eads-Shelley

Michelle ShelleyMichelle Kay Eads-Shelley, 60, of Blue Springs, MO passed away October 27, 2012 at the Kansas City Hospice House.  She was born to Raymond and Lavinia (Conrow) Eads on January 8, 1952 in Lexington, MO.  They preceded her in death.

Michelle was united into marriage on August 26, 2006 to William “Clyde” Shelley in Las Vegas, NV.  She received her nursing degree at the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO.  Michelle spent the majority of her working years at St. Mary’s Hospital as an Operating Room nurse.  She is Methodist by faith.

Michelle is survived by her husband William “Clyde” Shelley of Blue Springs, MO; daughter Brianna Hilker of Grain Valley; son Derek Hilker of Independence, MO; step-children Todd Shelley (Emily Robb) of Leawood, KS; Marc Shelley (Kirstin McCudden) of Geneva Switzerland; Meagan Berry of St., Louis, MO; brother Brian Eads of Lexington, MO; grandchildren MyKayla Rose and Aleena.

The family will receive friends at the Meyers Funeral Chapel 1600 W. Main Street, Blue Springs, MO from 1-3:00 p.m. on October 31, 2012.  A second visitation will be held from 10-12:00 p.m. Thursday, November 1, 2012 at the Walker-Nadler-Fuller Funeral Home in Lexington, MO.  Graveside service and burial will take place 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the Clarks Chapel Cemetery, Boone County, MO.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.  The Meyers Funeral Chapel in Blue Springs has been entrusted with the final arrangements.

Olive Marie Street

Olive StreetOlive Marie Street passed away peacefully October 25, 2012.  Olive lived a blessed 92 years devoting her life to God and family.  She was born August 20, 1920 to Clarence and Hazel Myres.

Olive was a member of Eastgate Christian Church, Independence, MO.  She was preceded in death in 1996 by her husband of 56 years, Benton F. Street.  She and her husband lived most of their lives in Independence, MO area and worked together in a family business Queen City Feed, Gas and Grocery before an early retirement.  Also preceding her in death were her two beloved sisters, Orah Elizabeth Ebling, Mary Katherine Lemen and three brothers, Kenneth Myres, Donald Myres, and Roger Myres

Olive and Ben had two daughters, Frances Marie Ostertag (Jerry) of Port Charlotte, FL and Alice Ellen Averill (George) of Blue Springs, MO.  Three granddaughters Erika Ostertag Schefter (Andy) of Miami, FL;  Amy Johnson (Carl) of Lee’s Summit, MO; Laura Reyes (Steven) of Blue Springs, MO.  Nine great-grandchildren, Alexandra Schefter; Karley, Katelyn, Kelly and Kristen Johnson; Paige, Joseph, Cory and Isabelle Reyes.  First and foremost Olive was a mother, grandmother and great grandmother, and will always be cherished as such.  Olive’s devotion to her family and friends effected many lives and she leaves a legacy of love to all her large family of cousins, nieces, and nephews.

After her husband’s death, Olive spent 12 years at the Fountains in Independence, MO enjoying many valued friendships.  The family wishes to express the deepest appreciation to the staff of St. Mary’s Manor, Blue Springs, for love and devoted care of Olive during the past four years and to Crossroads Hospice for their comforting care.  In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial to Crossroads Hospice.

Visitation for Olive will be 5 – 7:00 pm Thursday, November 1, 2012 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 West Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Funeral Services will be 10:00am Friday, November 2, 2012 at Meyers Funeral Chapel.  Burial will be at Blue Springs Cemetery.

James E. “Eddie” Edmondson

James E. “Eddie” Edmondson, 93, of Blue Springs, MO passed away October 29, 20012 at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Blue Springs.  He was born July 16, 1919 in Blue Mountain, AR to Edward Jackson and Lula M. (Hood) Edmondson.  On April 21, 1946 he was united in marriage to Wanda Hargrove in Fort Scott, KS, and she preceded him in death.  During WW II he served his country in the Army Air Corp.  He worked for the railroad as a yard master and a claims agent for the Frisco Line which became Burlington Northern.  Eddie was a Baptist by faith.  He enjoyed fishing and golf, and when he was younger, hunting.  In addition to his wife, Wanda, he was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Wilma Boyd, Vera Hampton; brother, Harold Edmondson; half brothers, Nathan Horn and Robert Horn.

Eddie is survived by his sons, James E. Edmondson Jr. (Linda) of Cabot, AR, Kent Edmondson (Sue Ann) of Blue Springs, MO; grandchildren, Christopher Edmondson (Jennifer), Timothy Edmondson (Kristy), Andrew Edmondson ( Doll Jilleo), Joelle Donoho (Jason), Jenny Pace (Daniel); great-grandchildren, Eliana Edmondson, Riley Edmondson, Tyler Edmondson, Lane Donoho, Luke Donoho, Lily Pace, and Jack Pace.

Funeral services for Eddie will be 2:00 pm, Saturday, November 3, 2012 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO 816-229-3276.  Visitation will be at the chapel one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, near Dedrick, MO.

Darlene K. Burke

Darlene BurkeDarlene K. Burke, 60 of Blue Springs, MO passed away Friday November 2, 2012.  Funeral Service will be at 10:00 am Wednesday November 7, 2012 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel Blue Springs, MO.  Visitation will be one hour prior to service. Burial will be in Missouri Veterans Cemetery Higginsville, Mo. Memorial Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. 

Darlene was born March 5, 1952 in Kansas City, MO the daughter of Clarence and Mabel Lowry.  She was an assistant manager for Arby’s at 40 & 7 Hiway in Blue Springs, MO.  She loved to dance, have parties and spending time with her grandchildren.  She also loved going fishing and camping with her husband Bob. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister’s Dorothy Stout, and Irene Slaughter, also one step-grandchild.

Survivors include her husband Bob of the home, daughter Melinda Danner of Blue Springs, MO, a son Jeff Brown of Warrensburg, MO., Stepchildren Kimberley Jackson of Independence, MO., Robert Burke, Jr., and Shaun Burke, both of Raytown, MO., brothers Bill Lowery of Golden City, MO., Charles Lowry of Arcola, MO., and Norman Lowry of Cole Camp, MO.  Five Grandchildren and Eight Step-grandchildren.

Arrangements entrusted to  Meyers Funeral Chapel 1600 West Main St. Blue Springs, MO. 816-229-3276.

Anna F. Habermehl

Anna F. Habermehl, 53, of Independence, MO passed away Wednesday October 31, 2012 at St. Lukes Hospital.  Memorial Service will be at 3:00 pm Tuesday November 6, 2012 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel 1600 West Main St. Blue Springs, MO. In lieu of flowers the family asks for donations to help defray funeral expenses.

Anna was born December 17, 1958 in Kansas City Missouri the daughter of Warren and Martha Hartman.  She married Kenneth R. Habermehl on May 16, 1974 who survives of the home.  She was a homemaker and enjoyed sewing, crafts, reading, watching TV, Bingo and the internet.  She was a Christian by faith.

Along with her husband Ken, she is survived by sons Kenny Habermehl of Kansas City, MO, Michael Habermehl of Honolulu, Hawaii, Don Habermehl and wife Tifnie of Grain Valley, MO, a daughter Crystal and wife Heidi Maurice of Independence, MO.  Anna is also survived by two loving grandchildren.

Lillian Isabelle Guthland

Lillian GuthlandLillian Isabelle Guthland, 81, departed for her heavenly homecoming on November 2, 2012 in Independence, MO at her home.  She was born December 28, 1930 in Athelstan, IA to Rex and Mildred (Wehrle) Sickels.  On February 2, 1951 she was united in marriage to Lt. Col. Robert E. Guthland (USAF, Ret.) of the home.  Belle, as she was called by her family and friends, served her country as a military wife for 25 years.

After their military service ended, she taught school as a special education teacher at Northwest Missouri Vocational Educational Learning Center.  Belle was a member of the First Christian Church of Blue Springs, MO.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Rex and Mildred, her son, David Edward Guthland, her sister, Dorothy Mosier, and brothers, Sam and Leland Sickels.

In addition to her husband Robert,  Belle is survived by her sons, Rex  Guthland and wife Gayle of Waconia, MN;  Major Scott Guthland (USAF, Ret.) and wife Tammy of Sykesville, MD; daughter, Christine Johnson and David Scott Johnson of Blue Springs, MO; brother, John K. Sickels; sisters, Shirley Karr, Kay Mosier and Martha Palmer; 12 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

Visitation Services will be 1:30 – 3:30 pm, Sunday, November 4, 2012 at First Christian Church of Blue Springs, 701 Northwest 15th Street, Blue Springs, MO.  Funeral services will be 10:00 am, Monday, November 5, 2012 at same church.  Burial to be at Miriam Cemetery in Maryville, MO. Contributions in memory of Belle may be made to first Christian Church of Blue Springs.  Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO. Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Seferino H. Delgado

Seferino DelgadoSeferino H. Delgado, 79 of Grain Valley, MO passed away November 2, 2012 at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Blue Springs, MO.  He was born August 26, 1933 in Kansas City, MO.  In 1978 he moved to Grain Valley, MO.  He worked at St. Mary’s Hospital in Kansas City, the Muehlebach Hotel as a waiter, and also worked in the construction industry.  He was a member of St. John LaLande Catholic Church where he was very active, and the Knights of Columbus.  He enjoyed community service, and took food to the poor, and he enjoyed spending time with his family.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his son Joseph Delgado, an infant son, one brother, and 2 sisters.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Katherine Delgado of the home; sons, Michael Delgado of Grain Valley, MO, Arthur Delgado and wife Christie of Blue Springs, MO, James Delgado of Grain Valley, MO; grandsons Quentin and Keegan Delgado; and many nieces and nephews, friends, and family members.

Visitation will be 5:00 – 7:30 pm, Monday, November 5, 2012 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276, with Rosary at 7:30.  Funeral mass will be 10:00 am, Tuesday, October 6, 2012 at St. John LaLande Catholic Church, 805 NW  R.D. Mize Rd., Blue Springs, MO.  Burial to be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Kansas City, MO.  Contributions in memory of Seferino may be made to St. John LaLande Catholic Church.

Gladys R. “Peggy” Kaiser

Gladys R. “Peggy” Kaiser, 105, of Grain Valley, MO passed away November 2, 2012 at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Blue Springs, MO.  Peggy was born October 6, 1907 in Carthage, MO to James and Daisie Herron.  Peggy was one of five children, all deceased.

Peggy was married to Luke E. Kaiser, now deceased.  They had two children, Dolores L. McCurley of Grain Valley, MO and James E. Kaiser of Southern, CA.

Peggy is survived by her grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren.  She had many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to Niemann-Pick Disease Foundation, PO Box 310, Ft. Atkinson, WI 53538, in honor of her great grandson, Luke Hoffman are suggested.  Burial will be at Missouri Veterans Cemetery with private family services.  Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO.

Ed Grove

Ed Grove, 60, of Blue Springs, Missouri passed away on November 3, 2012 at his home.

He was born on June 24, 1952 in Kansas City, Missouri, the son of the late Harry O. and Annabelle (Hibbs) Grove. For many years, Ed worked at Missouri Sewing Machine Company in the Service Department. On July 17, 1976, he was united in marriage to his soulmate, Terri (Poel). They enjoyed 36 wonderful years. He was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church in Blue Springs. In his spare time, he enjoyed going out on the boat with his family and working with computers.

He leaves behind his devoted wife, Terri of the home; daughters, Olivia J. Autry & husband, Timothy of Gladstone, MO and Jessica L. Grove of Kansas City, Missouri; and a goddaughter, Georgiana Poel of St. Charles, MO.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 pm, Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at Meyers Funeral Chapel. The funeral will be held at 2:00 pm, Wednesday, November 7th at the First Baptist Church of Blue Springs. He will be laid to rest at Blue Springs Cemetery. The family suggests memorial contributions to the church.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W Main, Blue Springs, MO  64015   816-229-3276

Lois J. Pennington

Lois J. Pennington, 78, of Kansas City, MO passed away November 4, 2012 at Truman Medical Center Lakewood. She was born April 2, 1934 to Omar and Lillian (Gehring) Carey in Lathrop, MO.

Lois was Christian by faith. She spent the majority of her life as a homemaker.  She was a very giving person and loved the holidays, especially Christmas. Throughout many years, Lois was supportive of her husband and son's Boy Scout activities.

Lois is survived by her son Butch E. Pennington and wife Darla of Blue Springs, MO; nine grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband Paul Patrick Pennington; children Shirley Morris, Nancy Sumner, Raymond Pennington; and her parents.

Grave Side Service will be held 9:00 a.m. Wednesday November 7, 2012 at Floral Hills Cemetery in Kansas City, MO. Memories of Lois and condolences to the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Deborah L. Sheppard

Deborah SheppardDeborah L. Sheppard, 62, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Monday, November 5, 2012 at her home.  Visiting hours will from 1:00 to 2:00 pm Friday, November 9, 2012 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel 1600 W. Main St. Blue Springs, MO 816-229-3276.  Memorial Contributions may be made to the Deborah Sheppard Memorial Fund of the Mid America Chapter of the MS Society at www.nationalmssociety.org.  Online condolences may be left in Deborah’s memory to meyersfuneralchapel.com. 

Deborah was born April 13, 1950 in Oak Park, IL the daughter of Leonard and Barbara (Bratt) Tooke of Lakeland, FL.  She married her husband, Larry Sheppard on August 10, 1974 who survives of the home.  She was a homemaker.  Deborah was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother, and enjoyed spending time with her family especially during the holidays. She was preceded in death by a sister, Linda Tooke.

Also surviving are her children: Christine Michelle Barnard and husband, Brian of Fenton, MO, Kathleen Lynn McDonald and husband, Danny of Rolla, MO, Michael Lawrence Sheppard and wife, Angela of Lee’s Summit, MO; grandchildren Quinn Cox, Annabelle Sheppard, and Lauren Barnard; a sister, Pamela Tooke of Eustis, FL.

Vincent P. Heegn Jr.

Vincent HeegnVincent P. Heegn Jr., 75, of Independence, Mo., passed away November 6, 2012.  He was born in Kansas City and attended St .Michael’s Church and school.  He graduated from Lillis High School, Class of 1955. Vincent served in the Missouri National Guard for eight years. He was a Master Journeyman Electrician and a proud member of IBEW #124 since 1958,  and completed the four years apprenticeship. He worked for many of the electrical contractors in the area until he retired in 1999. In 1959 he married his wife of 53 years, Catherine (Allen).

They moved to Independence in 1960. He was a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus with Council #3430. He was a member of St. Ann’s Men’s Club and helped to start the “Famous Fish Dinners” that thousands have enjoyed over the years. Vincent enjoyed dressing as Dracula and hosting a haunted house at the home every Halloween. Vincent enjoyed fishing, WWE wrestling, and all motorsports especially NASCAR. He was founding member of the Independence Hot Rod and Custom Association. He loved planting and working in his yard.  His father and mother Vincent Sr. and Leona, his sister, Leona Lux, and one granddaughter, Britney McBride, preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife Catherine and his children:  Christopher Heegn, Anna (Heegn) and Jim Daugherty, Donna (Heegn) and Dennis Robson, John Paul Heegn, Angela (Heegn) and Marc Miller and Vincent and Kelly. Heegn III.  He loved and enjoyed seeing his grandchildren; Christopher Heegn II, Aaron and wife, Serena, Debra and husband, Brandon Leslie and Kara Daugherty, Lauren and Cayman Robson, McKenna and Landon Heegn, Weston and Montana Miller and Connor Heegn , Aric Lauck

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 am Saturday, November 10, 2012 St. Ann’s Catholic Church 10109 E. Lexington Ave. Independence, MO with Father Bernard Branson as celebrant. Interment in Mt. Olivet Cemetery Kansas City, MO. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 pm Friday November 9, 2012 at the church. Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Ann’s Men’s Club or the Knight of Columbus #3430. Online condolences in Vincent’s memory may be sent to meyersfuneralchapel.com

Charles Lynwood Booker

Charles BookerCharles Lynwood Booker, 68, of Grain Valley, MO passed away November 8, 2012 at Centerpoint Medical Center.  He was born August 25, 1944 in Cairo, IL to Charles and Eva Booker.  On July 23, 1977 he was united in marriage to Roberta (Bobby) Heckemeyer and she survives of the home.  Charles served his country in US Air Force during the Viet Nam conflict.  He worked as a material and utilities manager for the Lake City Ammunition Plant.  He was a member of St. John LaLande Catholic Church.  Charles enjoyed fishing, hunting, church, and he loved airplanes and spending time with family especially his grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, and a sister.

In addition to his wife Bobby, he is survived by his daughter, Cathy Halliday and husband, Paul of Blue Springs, MO; son, Tom Crowson of Clinton, MO; grandsons, Adam Halliday, Jack Halliday, and Thomas Halliday; great granddaughter, Ava Ann Halliday; mother-in-law, Norma Heckemeyer; and many nephews and nieces.

Funeral Mass for Charles will be 4:00 Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at St. John LaLande Catholic Church, 805 NW R.D. Mize Rd, Blue Springs, MO. A gathering of friends and family will follow after mass. Inurnment will take place at Floral Hills Cemetery East at a later date.  Online condolences in Charles memory may be sent to meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Deon L. Habben

Deon L. Habben, 80, of Independence, MO passed away Friday, November 9, 2012 at Villages of Jackson Creek in Independence, MO.  She was born January 29, 1932 in Council Bluffs, IA to Ike Habben and Gladys (Bowen).

Deon worked as a Long Distance Operator of AT&T for many years.  She was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America.  Deon was Episcopalian by faith.  She enjoyed reading.

Deon is survived by her brothers Stanley Habben of Independence, MO, Lester Habben of California; nephew Ralph Habben; niece Sally Dingle.  She is preceded in death by her parents.

John M. Hilderbrand

John HilderbrandJohn M. Hilderbrand was 82 when he passed away November 10, 2012.

He was one of eight children, born November 11, 1929 in Wadesboro, North Carolina to Forrest and Corrine Hilderbrand.  As a young man John followed work to southern Missouri where he met Margaret Roberts.  John and Margaret married in July of 1949. He worked in “line work” and progressed to Journeyman Lineman when he moved his family to Blue Springs in 1953 and became a member of IBEW Local 53.  John was well respected in the region as a Lineman, Foreman and Superintendant. He was very active in Local 53 and apprenticed many men through the years.  He was very proud of Local 53, its members, and IBEW.  John’s passion was his vegetable garden which was always plentiful.  He enjoyed sharing both fresh and canned bounty with friends and neighbors.

John is survived by his brother Adolphus, and his sister Ann.  He is also survived by his four sons, Dan, David, Doug, and Dennis, and their families with eight grand children, and four great grand children.

Visitation for John will be 5-7:00 pm, Thursday, November 15, 2012 at Meyers Funeral Chapel. 1600 West Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Funeral services will be 10:00 am, Friday, November 16, 2012 at the funeral chapel.  Burial will follow at Blue Springs Cemetery.  Contributions in memory of John may be made to Plaza Heights Baptist Church.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

A special thank you KU Medical Center for their extraordinary care these last few months.

Many will miss him.

Lowell E. Pauli

Lowell PauliLowell E. Pauli, 80, of Blue Springs, MO passed away November 13, 2012 at his home.  He was born April 17, 1932 in Thayer, MO to Ernest and Mary (Drier) Pauli.  On August 16, 1958 he was united in marriage to his wife Joan and she survives of the home.  Lowell was a US Air Force veteran serving during the Korean Conflict.  He was the South Area Administrative Librarian for the Mid- Continent Public Library system for 29 years, retiring in 1995.  Lowell was a member of Plaza Heights Baptist Church and sang in the choir.  He also sang in the quartet at Vesper Hall in Blue Springs.  Lowell enjoyed gardening, especially growing strawberries, and visitation ministries at the church. He especially loved helping people.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

Along with his wife Joan, he is survived by his daughter, Susan Pauli of Blue Springs, MO; sons, Dennis Pauli of Blue Springs, MO, and Mark Pauli of Grain valley, MO; brother, Arland Pauli of Moline, IL, and a host of nieces and nephews.

Visitation for Lowell will be 1:00-1:30 pm Friday, November 16, 2012 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Funeral service will follow at 1:30 pm at the chapel.  A graveside service will be held at 3:00 pm, Friday at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Higginsville, MO.  Contributions in memory of Lowell may be made to Plaza Heights Baptist Church.

Shane Mackay

Shane MackayShane A. Mackay, 50, of Blue Springs, MO passed away November 13, 2012 at his home.  He was born April 16, 1962 to Neville and Margaret (Cox) Mackay in Parramatta, NSW Australia.

Shane moved to the United States when he was 11, in 1973.  He graduated from Blue Springs High School in 1981.  He was a state qualifying wrestler in high school, and he played trumpet in the marching band.  Shane was a great athlete and excelled at every sport he played. Shane was an electrician and he and his brother owned Electrico.  He was a real outdoorsman.  Shane married Wendy Jacobs on September 30, 1989 in Independence, MO.  He was devoted to his children and grandchildren, and his animals.  He was preceded in death by his father, Neville Mackay, and brother, Mark Mackay.

Shane is survived by his wife Wendy (Jacobs) Mackay; daughters, Shanna Mackay of Kansas City, MO, Samantha Mackay of Blue Springs, MO; mother, Margaret Mackay of Blue Springs, MO; sister, Naomi Mackay and fiancé Tommy Flood of Kansas City, MO; brother, Michael Mackay of Blue Springs, MO; grandchildren, Dayton and Nevaeh Binkley of Kansas City, MO; in-laws, Leonard Jacobs Jr. and Alice (Brenner) Jacobs.

Visitation for Shane will be 10:00 am, Monday, November 19, 2012 at Meyers Funeral Chapel. 1600 West Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Funeral services will be 11:00 am, Monday, November 19, 2012 at the funeral chapel.  Burial will follow at Blue Springs Cemetery.  Contributions in memory of Shane may be made to the family.

Archie Odell Hudgens

Archie HudgensArchie Odell Hudgens, 77 of Grain Valley, MO passed away Saturday November 17, 2012 at Research Hospital Kansas City, MO.  A memorial service celebrating Archie’s life will be at 12:00 noon Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel Blue Springs, MO.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to service.  Memorial contributions may be sent to the sender’s favorite charity.

Archie was born February 28, 1935 the son of Clarence E. and Ruth O. (Mosher) Hudgens.  He was a member of the Operating Engineers Local 101, and the Blue Springs Odd fellows Lodge.  On October 22, 1953 he married Patricia (Patterson) Hudgens who survives of the home.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Mckinley Hudgens.

Other survivors include his children, Steven Dale Hudgens and wife Francine of Independence, MO., Randy Lee Hudgens of Grain Valley, MO., Vickie Kay Souder and husband Bennett of Grandview, MO., Melinda Sue Hudgens of Independence, MO., siblings, Edward Glen Hudgens of Glendale, AZ., Louie Gene Hudgens of Overland Park, KS., Alletta Beaver of Grandby, MO., Billy Joe Hudgens of Flordia, and Aubry Lynn Hudgens of Lamar, AR., grandchildren Lorie Brooks and husband Tom, Kelly Hudgens and companion Nate James, Brian Hudgens, Sabrina Souder, and Lindsay Solomon and husband Cliff, great-grandchildren Peyton Brooks, Emerson Brooks, Jack James,Garrin Soloman, and Cruz Soloman.

Verla Jean Lewallen-Been

Verla BeenVerla Jean Lewallen-Been 82 of Blue Springs, MO passed away Sunday November 18, 2012 at St. Mary’s Hospital.  Funeral Service will be 11:00 am Saturday November 24, 2012 with the Rev. Jerry Craig officiating at the Meyers Funeral Chapel 1600 West Main St. Blue Springs, MO.  Interment will take place in Blue Springs Cemetery.  Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the chapel.  Memorial Contributions may be made to the Scott County Kansas Historical Society.  Online condolences may be left in Verla’s memory at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Verla was born June 28, 1930 in Quinter, KS the daughter of Lester and Lula (Fink) Blickenstaff.  She was preceded in death by her husbands Jim Lewallen in 2003 and Gerold Been in 2012.  Verla was owner and operator of the Lewallen Flower Shop in Blue Springs, MO for many years.  She was a past member of the First Baptist Church of Blue Springs, MO.  She was also active in the Scott County Historical Society and a bible study group in Scott City, KS.  Also preceding her in death were her parents, three brothers, two sisters, and a step-daughter Connie Scott.

Survivors include her children Judi Werner of Independence, MO., Jaque Hildebrand and husband David of Blue Springs, MO., Jim Lewallen and wife Lynn of Blue Springs, MO., and Jeff Lewallen of Oak Grove, MO.  Step-children Jodi Jones and husband Danny of Aurora, CO., Maryanne Heberlee-Thompson and husband John of Clay Center, KS., and Emily Chapman and husband Peter of Soquel, CA., also eighteen grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.

Thomas O. Tanton Jr.

Thomas TantonThomas O. Tanton Jr., 80 of Blue Springs, MO passed away Tuesday November 20, 2012 at his home. Graveside Service 11:00 am, Monday November 26, 2012 in Missouri Veterans Cemetery Higginsville, MO. Memorial contributions to Crossroads Hospice. Condolences may be sent in Thomas’s name to meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Thomas was born April 29, 1932 in Overland, MO the son of Thomas O. and Helen (Barr) Tanton, Sr.  On July 3, 1954 he married Reva Seltrecht who survives of the home. He was an Episcopalian by faith, a member of the Masonic Lodge, a Shriner, and member of American Legion Post 21. Thomas enjoyed being a private pilot, hunting and fishing. He worked as a Quality Assurance officer for the Department of Defense and was a US Air Force veteran.

He is also survived by his daughters Karen Floyd and husband Stormy of Oak Grove, MO, and Tammy Weeks of Blue Springs, MO, a brother John Tanton and sister Helen Gross both of Overland, MO, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Gerald Ward

Gerald Duane Ward “Scarecrow”, 56, of Independence, MO passed away Sunday, November 25, 2012 at the Kansas City Hospice House.  He was born July 15, 1956 inBoone County, MO to Samuel and Beverly (Davis) Ward. He was reared by his father and step-mother, Sophie Ward in Independence, where he graduated from Truman High School.

Scarecrow’s passion was farming and wrenching. He worked for Vogt Farms inIndependence for the majority of his working years and was also an accomplished mechanic.

Survivors include his fiancée, Pam Evans of the home; two sons, Brandon and Ryan Evans, both of Independence, MO; six siblings and four grandchildren.

Family and friends will gather to celebrate Scarecrow’s life form 1-3:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel in Blue Springs, where a Sharing of Memories will be held at 2:30 p.m.

Colleen J. Richards

Colleen RichardsColleen Joan Richards, 74, of Lee’s Summit, MO passed away November 24, 2012.  She was born June 9, 1938 in Los Angeles, CA to Cecil and Geraldine (Griffith) Cline.  She was united in marriage to Robert L. Richards who preceded her in death. She was a stocker at Wal-Mart. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents. 

She is survived by son, Edward Fulps (Karen) of Kansas City, MO; daughters, Brenda Schafer (Stephen) of Lee’s Summit, MO, Victoria Cromwell (Bill) of Independence, MO, Eva Marez of Anaheim, CA, Kathie Carleton (Scott) of Lee’s Summit, MO, Liza Hurst (Brian) of Lee’s Summit, MO; brothers, Robert Cline of Joplin, MO, Jack Cline of Malibu, CA; grandchildren, Davey Rogers, Courtney Elder, Daniel Nelson, James Nelson, Edward Fulps Jr., Melissa Fulps, Jim Bob Holman, Jake Fulps, Jamie Petrecceli, Robert Marez Jr., Ashley Carlton, Emily Cesonis, Bailey Jo Carlton, Joshua Von Hurst, Jeremy Hurst, Zack Hurst, and Zoey Hurst.

Memorial services for Colleen will be 11:00 am, Thursday, November 29, 2012 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Visitation will be one hour following the service.  Contributions in memory of Colleen may be made to Unity Village.

Martha Anderson

Martha E. O’Hern-Anderson, 71, of Blue Springs, MO passed away November 23, 2012 at St. Mary’s Hospital.  Memorial services for Martha will be 2:00 pm Friday, November 30, 2012 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral chapel.  Contributions in memory of Martha may be made to the YMCA. 

She was born September 20, 1941 in St. Louis, MO to Alfred and Thelma (Preston) O’Hern.  She was married to John Anderson who preceded her in death.  Martha worked for the Missouri State Mental Health Department as a nurse.  She was a Baptist by faith. Martha was a member of the YMCA and she loved to go swimming, and Tai Chi.  She liked to shop and loved spending time with her grandchildren.  In addition to her husband, John, she was preceded in death by her parents.

Martha is survived by her son, Shane Anderson and wife Jennifer of Blue springs, MO; daughter, Heather Hedges and husband Joseph of Lee’s Summit, MO; grandchildren, Austin and Ayden Hedges, and Avery Anderson.

Brian R. Stickler

Brian SticklerBrian R. Stickler, 37, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Monday, November 26, 2012.  Brian was born February 5, 1975 to James and Bonnie Stickler in Quincy, IL.  He was part owner of Sticks in Blue Springs. MO.   Brian loved cars and motorcycles, watching sports and movies, and spending time with his niece, Mikayla.  He was preceded in death by his father, James Stickler; grandparents, John and Ruthie Stickler and Cecil and Dorothy Kiekel; aunt, Evelyn Stickler.

Survivors include his mother, Bonnie Stickler; brother and sister-in-law, Mark and Rachelle Stickler; special niece, Mikayla Rae Stickler; aunts and uncles, Alan and Barb Swearingen, Ron and Sandy Kiekel, Jay and Ruthie Stickler, Richard Stickler; cousins, Shawn, Travis, Britany, Shiloh, Jay and Stacy, Linda and Tammy.

Visitation for Brian will be 5 – 7:00 pm Friday, November 30, 2012 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St; Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Memorial service will follow at 7:00 pm at the funeral chapel with Rev. Randy Messer of 1st Baptist Church of Oak Grove officiating.  Inurnment will be at Blue Springs Cemetery at a later date.  Contributions in memory of Brian may be made to his niece, Mikayla’s education fund.

Gary Lee Carnahan

Gary Lee Carnahan, 69, a resident of Napoleon, MO passed away on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cameron, MO.  Gary was born May 26, 1943 to Eunice (Nations) and Ethan Carnahan in Windsor, MO.

Gary worked as a carpet layer and was a member of the Resilient Floor and Decorative Covering Workers Local Union 1179.  He was a member of Buckner United Methodist Church in Buckner, MO.  Gary spent his retirement years “doing whatever I want” which included hunting, fishing, reading about history, watching western movies and traveling with his wife Clydith.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Roger Parks; and sister, Frances Neuman.  Gary is survived by his wife, Clydith (Noe) Carnahan of the home; two daughters, Robbin Holicek and husband, Matt of Pearland, TX and Chressa Carnahan of Houston, TX; sons, Heith Carnahan of Blue Springs, MO and Neil Carnahan and wife Suener of Los Angeles, CA; brothers, Larry Carnahan (Gina) of Oak Grove, MO, J.D. Parks (Connie) of Montreal, MO, and Chester Parks of Mack’s Creek, MO; sisters, Sandra Kincaid of Excelsior Springs, MO, Kim Carnahan (Sandi) of Independence, MO, and Cheri (Richard) Hicks of Mack’s Creek, MO; one grandson, Tristan Bowman of Houston, TX; and many nieces and nephews.

Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Sunday, December 2nd, 2012 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main, Blue Springs, MO 64015.  The Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, December 3rd, 2012 at the funeral home.  Burial will follow at Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville, MO.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association and left in care of Meyers Funeral Chapel.  Memories of Gary and condolences to the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Dana E. Newell, Jr.

Dana NewellDana E. Newell, Jr., 81 of Blue Springs, MO passed away Thursday November 29, 2012 at the Seasons Care Center in Kansas City, MO.  Funeral Service will be at 10:00 am Tuesday December 4, 2012 at the 1st Christian Church of Blue Springs 701 NW 15th St. Blue Springs, MO with the Rev. Cliff Caton officiating. Interment will be in Missouri Veteran Cemetery Higginsville, MO. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 pm Monday December 3, 2012 at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Crossroads Hospice or the Alzheimer’s Association.  Online condolences may be sent in Dana’s memory to meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Dana was born November 27, 1931 in Perry, MO the son of Dana E. and Nana (Utterback) Newell, Sr.  On June 30, 1951 he married Bonnie (Sutton) Newell who survives of the home.  He was a member of 1st Christian Church of Blue Springs, and was a US Army and National Guard veteran.  Dana worked for IGA grocery as a supervisor in transport dispatch, loved playing golf, pool, and especially spending time with his family. He was preceded in death by his parents, and four sisters.

Other survivors include his son Darrell W. Newell and wife Linda of Lees Summit, MO, daughters Debra McClure of Blue Springs, MO, and Lynn Newell and husband Chuck Keeter of Independence, MO, brother William Newell of Lincoln, NE, and sister Frances Thayer of Hannibal, MO.  Four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel 1600 W. Main St. Blue Springs, MO.

Ryan M. Smith

Ryan SmithRyan M. “Switch” Smith, 24, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Monday, December 3, 2012 in Kansas City, MO.  A memorial service celebrating Ryan’s life will be held 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 6, 2012 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Visitation will be from 5-7:00 p.m. prior to the service.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the family for a college fund to be established for his daughter, Annabell Rose. 

Ryan was born April 24, 1988 in Lawrence, KS.  He was a 2006 graduate of Blue Springs South High School and veteran of the United States Army.  Ryan entered the service in June of 2008 and was honorably discharged in November of 2011.  During that time he served tours of duty in both Iraq and Afghanistan and he was awarded the Commendation Medal.  He was currently studying to become a certified EMT at the Central Jackson County Fire and Protection District.  Ryan was a very hard worker, unselfish and had a huge heart.  He enjoyed spending time with family and friends and had a passion for life.  Ryan was quick to smile, dance and make people laugh. He was also a master of many voices and could do a perfect George W. Bush imitation.

Survivors include his daughter, Annabell Rose; his father, Shane Smith of Blue Springs; his mother, Diana (Reynolds) Luppens and step-father, Darren Luppens of Blue Springs; two sisters, Lindsay Smith (EJ Merlo) and their son, Easton of Blue Springs and Alyssa Luppens, of Blue Springs; paternal grandparents, John and Vivian Smith of Tonganoxie, KS; maternal grandparents, Gerald and Rosemary Reynolds of Vinita, OK; maternal great grandparents, T.W. and Alena Gardner of Miami, OK; step-grandparents Joe and Carol Luppens of Holden, MO; step-grandparents, Damon and Theresa Bowers of Independence, MO.

Ralph E. Payne

Ralph PayneRalph E. Payne, 88, of Independence, MO passed away Monday, December 3, 2012 at his home.  Ralph was born February 10, 1924 in Independence, MO to Sterling and Bessie (Conwell) Payne.  On October 15, 1943 he was united in marriage to Wanetta Rose Andes and she survives of the home.  He was a farmer on his own farm and believed strongly in “An honest days work for an honest days pay”.  He was a member of Remnant Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Rex Payne, and Paul Payne; sister, Faye Mayfield; son, Larry E. Payne; daughter, Roszetta E. Flynn.

In addition to his wife Wanetta Rose, he is survived by son, John Keith Payne (Tina) of Independence, MO, William Ralph Payne ( Darlene) of Independence, MO; daughters, Sandra Joan Perez (Luis) of Independence, MO, Lila Faye Read (Elmer) of Blue Springs, MO, Lorene Lucille Enzmann (Michael) of Cook, MN; brothers, Arthur Payne of Independence, MO, Lester Newell of Cassville, MO; 11 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, and 6 great-great grandchildren.

A memorial service for Ralph will be held 11:00 AM, Saturday, December 8, 2012 at Remnant Church of Jesus Christ, Blue Springs Congregation, 5555 NW Valley View Rd, Blue Springs, MO 64015.  Visitation will be 9:30 – 11:00 am at the church prior to the service. Private family burial will be held Friday at Blue Springs Cemetery.  Contributions in memory of Ralph may be made to Omega Health Care hospice or to the church.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyers funeralchapel.com.

Marian Juanita Strohecker Duvall

Marian DuvallMarian Juanita Strohecker Duvall, 91, of Blue Springs, MO passed away December 5, 2012 in Lee’s Summit, MO.  She was born August 18, 1921 in Meeker, CO to John and Zelpha (Fields) Strohecker.  On August 18, 1941 she was united in marriage to Dr. William H. Duvall D.O. who preceded her in death.  Marian worked as a medical assistant in her husband’s medical office. She was a Methodist by faith.

She is survived by her son, Hunter Duvall and wife Barbara of Blue Springs, MO; brother, Bruce Huntington of Jasper, GA; 2 grandsons, Jason Duvall and wife Ashley, and Geoffrey Duvall; and 2 great grandsons, Cooper and Carter Duvall.

Graveside funeral services for Marian will be 10:30 am, Friday, December 7, 2012 at Floral Hills East Cemetery, Lee’s Summit, MO.  Visitation will be 9:00-10:00 am, Friday, December 7, 2012 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.

Mae Wells

Mae Wells, 73 of Stover, MO passed away Monday, December 3, 2012 at her home.  Graveside services will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday December 8, 2012 at the Mecklin Cemetery north of Oak Grove, MO.  In addition, there will also be a  remembrance service held at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, December 9, 2012 at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Versailles, MO.  In lieu of flowers, Mae requested memorial donations to the Westminster Presbyterian Church Love Fund.

Mae was born March 11, 1939 in Kansas City, MO the daughter of Paul and Thelma (Houston) Johnson.  She was a graduate of Northeast High School in 1957. She was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Versailles, MO, where she was the secretary of the church.  Mae was also employed by GEM Realty, and retired from AT&T as a long distance operator.  She had previously worked for Kansas City Missouri Board of Education, and Western Electric.  On July 10, 2000 she married Wayne Wells.  He joined her in death on December 3, 2012.  The joy of her life was having her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren come to the lake to visit. She was also preceded in death by her parents, and a sister JoAnne Oakes.

Survivors include her daughters, Elizabeth Miller of Kansas City, MO; Kathy Hibdon and (Ron) of Lees Summit, MO, and Diana Rodriquez and Tom Otke of Sunrise Beach, MO; brother Paul (Jerry) Johnson of Grain Valley, MO; grandchildren Jason Miller, Megan Hokanson, Brandon Slocum, Jason Hibdon, Jamie Hibdon, Tyler Hibdon, Trent Hibdon and Nick Shortino, Fifteen Great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces and nephews.

Wayne Wells

Wayne Wells 82, of Stover, MO passed away Monday, December 3, 2012 at his home Graveside services will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 8, 2012 at the Mecklin Cemetery north of Oak Grove, MO.  In addition, there will also be a time of remembrance service held at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, December 9, 2012 at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Versailles, MO.  In lieu of flowers, the family of Wayne requests memorial donations to the Westminster Presbyterian Church Love Fund.   

Wayne was born March 5, 1930 the son of Russell and Edith (LaRue) Wells in North Platte, NE. On July 10, 2000 he married Mae Wells.  He joined her in death on December 3, 2012.  He was an auto mechanic for many years, and retired from Vanguard Security.  Wayne was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Versailles, MO, were he had been a past deacon of the church.  He loved to go fishing, boating, being outdoors, and especially loved his cats.  He was also preceded in death by a brother Walter Wells.

Survivors include his sons Todd Wells and wife Torri of Lenexa, KS, Emery Wells and wife Debbie of Independence, MO, Clayton Wells and wife Sherry of Hopkinsville, KY, daughter Maurica Fitzpatrick and husband Chris of Clinton, MO, sister’s Shirley and Darlene, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Eva M. Markey

Eva MarkeyEva (Eve) Mitchell Markey of Blue Springs, MO passed away on December 11, 2012 at her home.  Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. John LaLande Catholic Church, 805 NW R.D. Mize Road, Blue Springs, MO at 10:00 am Saturday, December 15, 2012.  Visitation will be 5:00 - 7:00 pm on Friday, December 14, 2012 at St. John LaLande with Rosary prayer service at 7:00pm.  Memorial contributions may be made to St. John LaLande Catholic Church.  Private Internment.

Eve was born on February 9, 1923 in Mansfield, LA.  She received her education in schools in Louisiana where she received her degree as a Registered Nurse in 1943.  After her graduation, she volunteered and was accepted to serve in the US Army Nurse Corps during World War II.  She was a graduate of the School of Aviation medicine, San Antonio, TX where she received her training as a Flight Nurse in the Army Air Corps attaining the rank of First Lieutenant.  She was honorably discharged when the war ended.  She remained active in the Nursing Profession until her marriage in May 1953.  Her devotion then was to her family, church, and various Civic Organizations.  She was especially happy to serve as Secretary of the first Board of Associates for St. Mary’s Hospital when it opened in Blue Springs.

She is survived by her husband, Robert, of 59 years; four children: Robert, Jr. (Cyndi), Patricia Lemaster, Jean Markey (Karl Sigler), Teresa Bryant (Ronald): eight grandchildren, Corinne Baker, Mitchell Markey, Robert Markey III, Breanne Sigler, Shayla Sigler, Keriann Lemaster, Adam Bryant, Samuel Bryant, and several beloved great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Vivian Mitchell; brother-in-law, William R. Markey; sister-in-law, Betty Markey; and sister-in-law, Evelyn Markey; and many loving nieces, nephews, and devoted friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Isaac and Annie Mitchell, and siblings, Alfred Mitchell, Mack Mitchell, Julia Robinette, George Mitchell, Edward Mitchell, John Mitchell and grandson, Matthew Elias Markey.

Arrangements are under the direction of Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO.

Lena Margaret Robertson

Lena RobertsonLena Margaret Robertson, 71, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Friday, December 14, 2012 at the Centerpoint Medical Center in Independence, MO.  A prayer service will be held at 7:00 PM, Thursday December 20, 2012 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel 1600 W. Main St. Blue Springs, MO.  The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 prior to services.  Memorial contributions may be sent to the sender’s favorite charity in Lena’s memory.  Online condolences may be sent in Lena’s memory to meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Lena was born April 12, 1941 in Kansas City, MO the daughter of Nunzio and Icle Lipari.  She was a medical secretary for many years.  She was a catholic by faith.  Lena loved spending time with her grandchildren.  She also enjoyed time at the boats. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Sam Lipari, and sister Pat Lipari.

Survivors include her son Rick Robertson and wife DeeAnn of Blue Springs, MO., and grandchildren Sean and Lauren Robertson.

Georgia LaRene Graves

Georgia GravesGeorgia LaRene “Rennie” Graves, 66, of Buckner, MO passed away December 13, 2012.  Services will be set at a later date. Online condolences may be left in Rennie’s memory at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Rennie was born December 26, 1945 in Highland, KS the daughter of Willis and Virginia (Jeschke) Kuhnert.  She was preceded in death by her husband Jack Graves in November of 2004.  She was also preceded in death by her parents and twin brother and sister.  After retiring from GMAC, she became an organic farmer owning Troque Farms north of Grain Valley.  She enjoyed gardening and farming.  She was a member and secretary/treasurer of the game breeders association and attended the RLDS Remnant Church.

Survivors include her sisters Ruth Weiland, and Virginia Montgomery of Kansas, and Sherri Brown of Missouri.  Brothers Bill Long of Oklahoma, Frank Kuhnert of Missouri, Larry Kuhnert of Kansas.

Arrangement entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel 1600 W. Main St. Blue Springs, MO. 64015  816-229-3276.

Beverly Evans

Beverly EvansBeverly D. Evans, 83 of Blue Springs, MO passed away Monday, December 17, 2012.  Graveside Service will be 10:00 am Friday, December 21, 2012 at the Blue Springs Cemetery with the Pastor Choong-Ho-Kwon officiating.  Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 pm Thursday December 20, 2012 at the 1st United Methodist Church 301 SW Woods Chapel Road Blue Springs, MO.  Memorial Contribution may be made to the church and the Pleasant Green Cemetery near Glasgow, MO. 

Beverly was born May 18, 1929 in Glasgow, MO the daughter of Thomas E. and Leah Ruth (Duren) Gibbs.  She worked for the Blue Springs R1V School district in food service for 30 years.  She was a member of 1st United Methodist Church where she was a babysitter for many years.  The most important thing to Beverly was her family. She loved to work and volunteer. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Emil Evans in 1977, and a twin sister Barbara Gibbs.

Survivors include her son Barry Evans and wife Diane; brother, Barry Gibbs and wife June; sister, Marjorie Schroeder, all of Blue Springs, MO; grandchildren, Justin and Scott Evans, and Andrea Heator; Great-grandchildren Logan, Layne, Allison, Emma, Mariah, and Brad.  Her dog PeeWee.

William Landers

William LandersWilliam “Bill” L. Landers, 65, Blue Springs MO passed away at the Kindred Northland Hospital on December 17, 2012 in Kansas City, MO.  He was born to William D. and Retha L. (Greenlee) Landers on March 29, 1947 in Kansas City, MO.

Bill was a warehouse manager for Hunt Midwest Underground (classic cars and RV’s).  He was a veteran of the United States Army.  Bill was a member of the Church of Christ in Blue Springs, MO.  He enjoyed working on home projects and doing yard work.  Bill loved spending time with his family and working on Classic Cars.

Bill is survived by his sons Brian Landers of Independence, MO, Scott Landers (Jacque) of Blue Springs, MO, and Steve Landers (Megan) of Blue Springs, MO; companion Nancy Lindsey of Grain Valley, MO; grandchildren Eliza, Taylor, William, Bryce, and Kelsi.  He is preceded in death by his wife of nearly 44 years Linda Sue (Kennedy) Landers and his parents.

Services will be held Friday December 21, 2012 at 11:00 a.m., at the Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO 64015.  Visitation will start at 9:30 a.m., at the Meyers Funeral Chapel.  Burial will be at Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville with Full Military Honors Friday following the service.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to American Diabetes Association.  Memories of Bill and condolences to the family may be sent to www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Zelpha Cunningham

Zelpha Mae Cunningham, 90, a Pleasant Hill resident passed away December 21, 2012 at her residence. She was born on September 22, 1922 to Thelbert A. and Mabel (Markle) Lynn in Grove OK.

Zelpha worked as a switchboard operator, at the Locke Stove Company in Kansas City, MO the majority of her working life. She was a member of the Coleman Baptist Church in Peculiar, MO. Zelpha was a PBX member as well as in the United Commercial Travelers (UCT) Club. She enjoyed bowling and making quilts. Zelpha was a wonderful mother who enjoyed spending time with her family.

Zelpha is Survived by her daughters Carol Willis (Harry) of Pleasant Hill, MO; Virginia Mae Hamer of Pleasant Hill, MO; 11 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; 27 great-great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband Everett Cunningham; sister Marie Wilkerson; brothers Charles Lynn, James Lynn, Gerald Lynn; grandson David Bookout.

Graveside Service will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, December 27, 2012 at the Southwest City Cemetery in Southwest City, MO with the Pastor Bud McCleskey officiating. Final arrangements have been entrusted with the Meyers Funeral Chapel 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO.  In lieu of flowers the family would like contributions to help defray funeral expenses.  Memories of Zelpha and condolences to the family may be sent to www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Joseph M. Hoffman

Joseph HoffmanJoseph M. Hoffman, 56 of Blue Springs, MO passed away December 25, 2012.  Funeral Mass will be 10:30 am Friday, December 28, 2012 at St. John LaLande Catholic Church Blue Springs, MO.  Interment in Missouri Veterans Cemetery Higginsville, MO.  Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 pm Thursday at the Meyers Funeral Chapel Blue Springs, MO with a rosary to be said at 4:45 pm.  Memorial contributions may be made to Missouri Right to Life or the Equestrians with Disabilities Horse Show Dreams.  Online condolences in Joseph’s memory may be sent to meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Joseph was born May 6, 1956 in St. Louis, MO the son of Richard R. and Catherine (Michaelree) Hoffman.  On May 27, 1981 he married Kim (Willoughby) Hoffman who survives of the home.  He was a Data network security consultant with IBM.  He was a member of St. John LaLande Catholic Church, a fourth degree Knight of Columbus, the Secular Franciscan of the third order, a Pro Life advocate, and past Boy Scout Leader.  He was preceded in death by his parents, and brother Rev. Patrick Hoffman.

Other survivors include a daughter Stephanie Hoffman of Kansas City, KS, son Joseph R.W. Hoffman and wife Brea of Blue Springs, MO, grandchildren Alyrika, and Mateo Hoffman of Blue Springs, MO, brothers Richard Hoffman of St. Louis, MO, Thomas Hoffman of San Antonio, TX, sisters Mary Ann Hoffman of Pagosa Springs, CO, and Mary Francis Hoffman of St. Charles, MO.

Richard Trundle

Richard Trundle, 66, of Independence, MO passed away December 26, 2012 at his home.  . He was born April 15, 1946 in Independence, MO to Eddie and Reva (Reed) Trundle.  In 1965 he was united in marriage to Carolyn Kelsey who survives of the home.  He was a foreman at Lake Jacomo, and a Baptist by faith.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Larry Trundle.

In addition to his wife Carolyn, he is survived by daughters, April Haas of Liberty, MO, and Kimberly Traynor (John) of Austin, TX; son, Scott Trundle of Norcross GA;  grandchildren, Jason, Nathan, Spencer, Callie, Tristan, and Kira.

Richard has been cremated according to his wishes and no services are planned at this time.

Daniel G. Bates

Daniel BatesDaniel G. Bates, 39, of Lees Summit, MO formally of Blue Springs, MO passed away Monday, December 24, 2012 at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Lees Summit.  Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:00 Monday December 31, 2012 at St. John LaLande Catholic Church Blue Springs, MO with Father Adam Johnson as the celebrant. Visitation will be from 1:00 to 3:00 pm Sunday, December 30, 2012 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel 1600 W. Main St. Blue Springs, MO.  Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery Kansas City, MO.  Memorial contributions may be sent in Daniel’s honor to the Brittney Rescue 822 Wild Ginger Rd., Sugar Grove, IL 60554. Online condolences may be left in Daniel’s memory at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Daniel was born October 1, 1973 in LaGrange, IL the son of Bob and Gerri (Tomera) Bates who survive of Blue Springs, MO.  He was catholic by faith.  Daniel was a 1992 graduate of St. Mary’s High School in Independence, MO, received his Bachelors in English Communication from Marquette University in 1996, he went on to receive his Masters in Information Technology from the University of Missouri Kansas City.  Daniel was an Eagle Scout and enjoyed High Adventure canoeing and camping in the Boundary waters of the US and Canada. He was an avid deer, turkey and quail hunter who loved his Brittney Spaniel Zimmy.  He was loved by all who knew him.  He was preceded in death by his grandparents and a cousin Jessica Bates.

Other survivors include his brother Aaron Charles Bates and wife Elizabeth of Las Vegas, NV, niece and nephew Sara Anne and Nickolas Aaron Bates of Las Vegas, NV, a host of uncles, aunts, and cousins.

Gerarda Cushing

Gerarda “Carrie” J. Cushing, 73, Blue Springs, MO passed away December 25, 2012.  Funeral Service will be at 10:00 am Monday December 31, 2012 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel Blue Springs, MO. Burial in Missouri Veterans Cemetery Higginsville, MO. Visitation will be one hour prior to service. Memorial Contribution may be made to Coronation of Our Lady Catholic Church Grandview, MO or American Diabetes Association. Online condolences may be made in Carrie’s name to meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Carrie was born May 20, 1939 in Zeist, Holland the daughter of Gerardus and Willemijntje (Hendriks) Poulich. She was a member of Coronation of Our Lady Catholic Church in Grandview, MO.  She was preceded in death by her husband John Cushing March 23, 2008, a daughter Diana Hoover, and a son James Swain III.

Survivors include daughters Renee Pingel and husband Les of Blue Springs, MO, Linda Jones and husband Phil of Oak Grove, MO, brothers Jan and Ruud Poulich, sisters Willie VanOlderan and Nel Poulich all of Holland, thirteen grandchildren, and sixteen great-grandchildren.

Joyce Direnzo

Joyce A. Direnzo 70, of Blue Springs, MO. passed away December 27, 2012 at St. Mary’s Hospital.  Graveside service will be 12:00 Noon Monday, December 31, 2012 at the Blue Springs Cemetery.  Memorial Contributions may be sent to Wayside Waifs in Joyce’s memory. Online condolences in Joyce’s memory may be sent to meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Joyce was born October 27, 1942 the daughter of Claude and Ruth (Woods) Brown. She was a clerk at the Wal-Mart Independence Store on 39th St.  She had attended 1st Baptist Church in Blue Springs, MO.  She loved reading.  Joyce was preceded in death by her parents and a brother Dennis Brown.

Survivors include her son Max Alexander of the home, daughter Michele Nehez of Kyle, TX, grandson Julian Nehez of Kyle, TX, Brother Danny Brown of Grain Valley, MO.

Elizabeth Claudine Goza

On December 27, 2012 Elizabeth Claudine Goza, 88, of Blue Springs, MO departed this world to be with her heavenly Father and husband.  She was born September 26, 1924 in Blue Springs, MO to Minor L. and Ethel Marie (Keck) Cooper.  Elizabeth graduated from Grain Valley High School.  In 1944 she married Robert F. Goza.  They lived in Independence for 30 years before moving to Blue Springs in 1975.  She spent the majority of her working years in sales for Sears. Elizabeth was a member of Colonial Hills Community of Christ Church.  She loved spending time with her family and visiting with friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.  Survivors include a son, Robert D. Goza and wife Linda of Oak Grove, MO; a daughter, Cheryl Baldwin and husband Kenneth of Palmetto, FL; sister, Mary Pauline Tilley of Odessa, MO; grandchildren, Robert W. Goza, Katherine E. Goza, Nathan D. Goza, Jonathan D. Goza, Charity A. Goza, Bradley N. Baldwin, Joseph N. Baldwin, Wesley N. Baldwin and 9 great grandchildren.

A memorial service celebrating Elizabeth’s life will be held 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel in Blue Springs.  A joint burial of the cremated remains of both Elizabeth and Robert will follow at the Lobb Cemetery.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.   Memories of Elizabeth and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Judy Howell

Judy Howell, 67, Blue Springs , MO passed away December 27, 2012 in Independence , MO.  She was born and raised in Kansas City , KS .  She attended Argentine High School , graduating in 1963.  She spent the majority of her working years for Associated Wholesale Grocers in Kansas City , KS .  She had been a resident of Blue Springs since 1975.  She had been married to Bernard Howell for the past 25 years.  He survives of the home.

Judy loved to travel, especially to the mountains, with her favorite place being Estes Park , CO .  There she loved watching the elk and deer.  She loved the outdoors.  Some of her greatest joys were fishing, deer hunting and turkey hunting.  She loved spending time with family recounting stories of those vacations and hunting trips, many of which were with her husband Bernie.  She will be missed by all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Dale and Frances Sparks, and her first husband, Dean Hull.  In addition to her husband, Bernie, she is survived by a daughter, Kimberley Diane James (Edward) of Blue Springs , MO ; three step-daughters; a sister, Rebecca Leath; a niece, Kelly Ritz; great-nephew, Grant; great-niece, Hailey; and many other extended family and friends.

A funeral service celebrating Judy’s life will be held 2:30 p.m. Monday, December 31, 2012 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel in Blue Springs .  Cremation will follow then service.  Visitation will begin at 1:30 p.m.  prior to the service.

Peggy Rick

Peggy L. Rick, 76 of Blue Springs, MO. passed away January 6, 2013 at her home.  Graveside services will be at 11:00, Friday January 11, 2013 at Mt. Washington Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 pm Thursday January 10, 2013 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel Blue Springs, MO with a VFW Ladies Auxiliary service at 7:00 and a rosary to be said at 7:15 pm.  Contributions to the American Cancer Society or VFW Post 6603 Blue Springs, MO.  Online condolences may be left in Peggy’s name at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Peggy was born June 15, 1936 in Kansas City, MO the daughter of Robert and Lucille (Krieger) Cox.  She was a homemaker, a member of St. John LaLande Catholic Church, the Elks Lodge of Blue Springs, MO, VFW Ladies Auxiliary 6603, and the Cooties Club.  She along with her husband Frank volunteered at the VA Hospital and many other service activities.  She was preceded in death by her husband Frank, and a son Mark.

Survivors include Robert Rick and wife Patricia of Blue Springs, MO., son Frank J Rick and wife Ruth A. of Blue Springs, MO., daughter Kathleen Clements and husband Donald Ray of Blue Springs, MO., son Galen F. and wife Angela of Anchorage, AK., nine grandchildren and nineteen great-grandchildren.

Regina Weight

Regina Claire "Genie" (Wallace) Weight passed from this life on January 7, 2013.  She had been in poor health for some time before her death.  Genie was born August 27, 1927 in the Edgemont Hospital, Fall River County, South Dakota to Claire Regina Mastrude and Bedford Freeman Wallace.  She lived in Edgemont and Deadwood until 1942 when the family moved to Ravenna, Buffalo County, Nebraska.  It was there that Genie finished high school in 1945 and enrolled in Nebraska Wesleyan University at Lincoln, graduating in 1949 with majors in Music and English.  After graduation Genie taught music in Kansas and California public schools.  She also served as Choir Director for the Napa Valley, California, First Baptist Church. In addition, Genie taught private piano lessons for over forty years.

On June 18, 1953 at Ravenna, Genie married Wilbur John Weight. They moved to California where “John” was employed at Vallejo.  Genie worked hard to help put “hubby” through college. To that union were born 4 children.  Timothy Jon Weight (Pat), Georgetown, Texas; Lori Jean Weight (Bret), Blue Springs, Missouri; Rebecca Sue Groenwald (Kevin), Lime Springs, Iowa; and Gregory Lee Weight (Judy), Liberty, Missouri.

Genie was a member of United Methodist Women, Martha Circle. She helped form GFWC Green-Lee Study Club, Lee’s Summit, Missouri in 1974.  She served as President a number of times and remained active in that organization until her death.  She was also very active as a leader in Girl Scouts of America and helped her daughters achieve the coveted award of First Class Scout.   Genie is survived by her husband of the home, her children, seven Grandchildren and two Great Grandchildren.  Her parents, two brothers and one sister preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be held 12:00 noon, Friday, January 11, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 Main Street, Blue Springs, Missouri, with the Rev. Lee Soxman officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the chapel. Memorials may be sent to Girls Town of Missouri, in care of Reba Enke, 14113 Smart Rd. Greenwood, MO 64034.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

No better friend; no better wife; no better mother could ever have been than Genie Claire Weight. Farewell, sweet Genie.

William Scott Hiatt

William Scott Hiatt, 41, of Blue Springs, MO passed away January 8, 2013 at Centerpoint Medical Center.  He was born March 8, 1971 in Jacksonville, FL to Robert L. and Karen S. (Pillsbury) Hiatt.  Bill was District Manager for Panera Bread Co.  He was a Christian by faith and an organ donor.  He was a soccer coach and member of Bass Masters.  Bill enjoyed fishing, hunting, going to the lake, his dog Max and spending time with family.  He was preceded in death by his cousin, Ronnie Lowry.

He is survived by his wife, Michele Saindon of  the home; daughters, Micaela Saindon of the home, and Madison Hiatt of the home; father, Bob Hiatt of Olathe, KS; mother, Karen Hiatt of Nickerson, KS; brothers, Bob Hiatt of Nickerson, KS, Jared Hiatt of Salina, KS, and Jason Buck of Lawrence, KS; and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Services for Bill will be 11:00 am, Saturday, January 12, 2012 at First Christian Church, 701 NW 15th St., Blue Springs, MO with Bill’s cousin, Rev. Jim Lowry officiating.  A celebration of life will follow at the Elks Club #2509, 100 NE Brizendine Rd., Blue Springs, MO.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the education fund for Bill’s daughters, Micaela and Madison.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs. MO.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Dixie Young

Dixie Jean Fizer Young went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013. She was born on March 26, 1925, to Earl Clay Fizer and Stella Daggs Fizer at home in Odessa, MO.  As her father was employed by a road construction company, the family frequently moved as work demanded, and in 1942, they settled in Grandview, MO.  There she met her future husband Walter Hugh Young and by 1953, they, too, made their home in Grandview. Dixie was a member of the DAR, the Research Hospital Alumni, the Grandview Historical Society, and the Grandview United Methodist Church.

During WW II, Dixie attended nursing school at Research Hospital and joined the Cadet Nurse Corps. After earning her nursing degree, she worked at Research, eventually becoming Supervisor of the Recovery Room. In 1984, Dixie earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from College of St. Francis. Very much admired for her no-nonsense work ethic and excellent patient care, Dixie finally retired in 1987 after 25 years of employment.

Dixie is preceded in death by her parents, sister Margie Fizer Cochran, great-grandson Brock N. Moran, and dear friend Jack Kelly. Survivors include daughters Kathy Jean (Jim) Moran of Blue Springs, MO, and Judith Ann Castricone of Ingleside, IL; five grandchildren, Jeff (Krista) Moran, Patrick Moran, Beth Castricone (Brian) Bell, Kristin (Heath) Tepovich and Sara Castricone; great-grandchildren Kara, Anna, Lydia and Julia Moran and Jackson Bell.

Services for Dixie will be 11:00 am. Monday, January 14, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, M0, 816-229-3276, conducted by Rev. Jeff Long.  Visitation one hour prior to the service at the chapel.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Kansas City Hospice.  Memories and condolences for the family may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Ernie Carrico

Ernie E. Carrico, 74, of Blue Springs, MO passed away January 10, 2013 at Centerpoint Medical Center.  Ernie was born August 28, 1938 in Kansas City, KS to Oscar G. and Antonia F. (Viso) Carrico.  On May 16, 1964 he was united in marriage to Phyllis Marie Jones, who survives of the home.  Ernie served his country in the US Navy.  He worked for AT&T, and was a member of St. John LaLande Catholic Church.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Josephine Pumphrey.

In addition to his wife, Phyllis, he is survived by his sons, Gregory E. Carrico and wife Brenda of Blue Springs, MO, Stephen M. Carrico and wife Jennifer of Blue Springs, MO; daughters, Martha N. Carrico of Blue Springs, MO, Valerie E. Blake and husband, Barcilio of North Kansas City, MO, and Brenda M. Carrico and Sharique Shaikh of Overland Park, KS; sister, Delores J. Tyler of Wichita, KS; 14 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

Visitation will be 5–7:00 pm, Monday, January 14, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main Street, Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276 with Rosary at 7:00 pm.   Funeral Mass will be 10:00 am Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at St. John LaLande Catholic Church, 801 NW R.D. Mize Road, Blue Springs, MO celebrated by Father Ron Elliott.  Burial to follow at Blue Springs Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society or St. John LaLande Catholic Church.  Memories and condolences may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Robert Alan Wright

Robert Alan Wright 56, of Blue Springs, MO passed away January 11, 2013.  He was born June 12, 1956 in Independence, MO to Roy and Ruth (Steinmetz) Wright.  He was a graduate of Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg, MO.  Bob was owner of Wright-Way Pest Control.  He enjoyed watching his son play sports.  He was preceded in death by his father, Roy Wright.

He is survived by his son Aaron Wright and wife Traci of Gardner, KS; mother, Ruth Wright of Independence, MO; sisters, Connie Butcher of Independence, MO, and Teresa Gunderson of Wildwood, MO; granddaughter Taylor Huffman.

Visitation will be 12 – 1:00 pm, Sunday, January 13, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main Street, Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  A graveside service will follow at Blue Springs Cemetery.  Contributions in memory of Robert may be made to KC Hospice House.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Ed Beekman

Edward “Ed” George Beekman, 93, died peacefully on January 4, 2013 at the Missouri Veteran?s Home in Warrensburg, MO.

Mr. Beekman was born on May 7, 1919 in Ziegler, Illinois, to John and Georgine (Welsch) Beekman.

Ed graduated from Brentwood High School, in Brentwood, Missouri in 1938.

He served in the U.S. army from March 18, 1941 to May 7, 1945, He was stationed at the Aleutian Islands in Alaska. He achieved the rank of Sergeant and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Good Conduct Medal.

He was married to Rosalind Westfall Beekman from 1942 until her death in 2002.

Ed was a self-employed photographer for most of his life. He built successful photography studios in Brentwood and in Prescott, Arizona, where he and Rosie moved in 1974.

From 2007 until his death he lived in Warrensburg, at the Missouri Veteran?s Home.

He is survived by his two sons, George and Larry, and by three grandchildren, Ben, Johanna, and Laurel.

Ed often told his sons “It doesn?t matter what kind of work you do, but you should enjoy it because you?ll be doing it a long time.” He also said “You should find a place you love and live there.” Larry focused on the first piece of advice and became a professional musician; George fell in love with Oregon and moved there immediately after he graduated from college.

The day after Ed died, George wrote on Facebook: “He was a good man and he lived a good life.”

There will be a private graveside service in Arizona. The family suggests memorial gifts be made to:

Missouri Veteran's Home - Warrensburg ATTN: Assistance League Donations 1300 Veterans Road Warrensburg, MO 64093

Alice Liddle

Alice M. Liddle, 88, of Blue Springs, Missouri passed away Saturday, January 13, 2013.  Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 am Wednesday January 16, 2013 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel 1600 West Main St. Blue Springs, MO. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 pm Tuesday January 15, 2013 at the chapel.  Memorial contributions may be made to Blue Ridge Boulevard Christian Church 3625 Blue Ridge Boulevard, Independence, MO 64052.  Online condolences may be left in Alice’s memory at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Alice was born May 11, 1924 in Grainfield, Kansas, the daughter of Curry and Rosa (White) Worthy. She graduated valedictorian of her high school class and went on to attend business school in Topeka, Kansas.  After business school Alice worked as a comptometer operator for the Santa Fe Railroad in Topeka and Swift in Kansas City before retiring from the Internal Revenue Service.

On July 3, 1948 Alice married the love of her life Victor Liddle in Independence, Missouri. They were members of Blue Ridge Boulevard Christian Church for 60 years, with Alice being a member of the CFW women’s group.

Alice was preceded in death by her parents and husband of 63 years Vic, in January 2012. She is survived by her daughter Janet and husband Joe of Blue Springs, son Larry and wife Mary of Lee’s Summit, son Kirk and wife Michelle of Oak Grove, brothers and sisters Lyle Worthy of Colby, Kansas, Bessie Jean Mannoni of Topeka, Kansas, Shirley Crowdis of Atwood, Kansas, and Gary Worthy of Atwood, Kansas. She also leaves behind her beloved grandchildren Eric, Brad, Chad, Kristin, Casey, Kara and Drew and great-grandchildren Ally, Chase, Lauren, Jake, Ty, Victor, and a new baby girl expected in April.

Marcy Esposit

Marcy Esposit, 47, of Blue Springs, MO passed away January 10, 2013 at her home.  Visitation will be 4 – 5:00 pm Monday, January 14, 2103 at Plaza Heights Baptist Church, 1500 SW Clark Road, Blue Springs, MO.  Service will follow at 5:00 pm.  Contributions may be made to the family to defray funeral expenses.  Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO.  Memories and condolences may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

She was born April 5, 1965 to Larry and Diana (Stoneking) Zumwalt in Windsor, MO.  On July 21, 1996 she was united in marriage to Anthony Esposit, Jr. who survives of the home.  She was a clerk at the Post office and went to Cornerstone Church in Blue Springs.

In addition to her husband, Anthony, she is survived by her children, Brandon and Anthony Esposit of Blue Springs, MO; stepchildren, Adam Esposit of Wynona, MN, and Nicholas Esposit of Bonita Springs, FL; Father, Larry Zumalt of Kansas City, MO; and brother, Larry Zumalt, Jr.

Clarence Conwell

Clarence R. Conwell, 85 of Blue Springs, MO passed away Sunday, January 13, 2013 at his home.  Funeral Service will be at 11:00 am Saturday, January 19, 2013 at the First Christian Church of Blue Springs with the Rev. Cliff Caton officiating. 

Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 pm Friday, January 18, 2013 at the church.  Burial will be in Blue Springs Cemetery.  Memorial contribution may be made to the First Christian Church of Blue Springs, MO.  Online condolences in Clarence’s memory may be sent to meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Clarence was born November 16, 1927 in Long Beach, CA the son of George R. and Margaret (Green) Conwell.  He was a member of the First Christian Church of Blue Springs, MO.  He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Guy, Bud, and Joseph Conwell. Clarence worked at the Bendix Corporation for 35 years.  He enjoyed fishing, gardening, racing go carts, and was a past Little League coach.

Survivors include his wife Bonnie R. Conwell of the home, son Ronald Conwell (Cindy)         of Surprise AZ., daughters Barbara Dugger (Danny) of Lees Summit, MO., Tammy Prater (Mike) of Lees Summit, MO., and daughter Kathy Coy (Jim) of Lone Jack, MO, brother Wayne Conwell of Milo, MO, sisters Bonnie Papetti of Lake Lotawana, MO, Verna Tipper of Eldorado Springs, MO, Joy Allen of Lake Lotawana, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Borden Taylor Jr.

Borden Taylor Jr., 79, of Independence, MO passed away January 12, 2013 at his home.  A celebration of his life will be held at 7:00 pm Thursday, January 17, 2013 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel 1600 W. Main St. Blue Springs, MO.  Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 pm prior to services. 

Inurnment will 10:00 am Friday, January 18, 2012 at Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Higginsville, MO.  Online condolences may be sent in Borden’s memory to meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Borden was born June 2, 1933 in Guymon, OK to Borden and Ester Taylor.  He attended school in Oklahoma then moved to St. Joseph, MO and attended Central High School.  He was a great basketball player, and an all state 2A recipient.  He joined the US Marine Corp. from 1953 to 1956, and became a corporal.  After serving his country he became an electrician for the IBEW for fifty years retiring in 2002.  Borden was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Duane, Kenneth, and Bill Taylor, sister Betty, a grandson Jake Lewis, and his best friend Bill Fox.

Survivors include his wife Pat Taylor of the home, sons Sam Taylor (Loni), Larry Taylor all of Texas, Eddie Pruitt of Independence, MO, daughter Debbie Waterfield (Bob) of Buckner, MO, grandchildren Doneta Taylor, Nickie Eads, Shyanne Standiford, Sam Taylor, and Wade Taylor, great-grandchildren Kelcie Eads, Danika Eads, and Westin Lewis.

Jerry Lynn Walker

Jerry Lynn Walker, 78, of Raytown, MO passed away Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at Lee’s Summit Hospital.  A funeral mass celebrating his life will be at 12:00 Noon Saturday, January 19, 2013 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1800 Missouri Highway 150, Lees Summit, MO 64082.  Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to services. 

Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association honoring Jerry’s beloved wife Mildred. Online condolences may be left in Jerry’s memory at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Jerry was born October 31, 1934 in Creek County, OK the son of Thomas and Josephine (Ragsdale) Walker.  On August 8, 1964 he married Mildred “Mackie” (Francka) Walker his loving wife of 49 years who survives of the home. He was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, and US Air Force veteran. He had a career in the lumber business that culminated and ended as the CEO of R L Sweet Lumber Company.  Jerry enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time at Pomme de Terre Lake with his family.  He was preceded in death by his parents, and three sisters.

Other survivors include his son Vincent Walker, of Lee’s Summit, MO; daughter Jennifer Walker of Independence, MO; brothers Perry Walker of Dunlap, IL and Tommy Walker of Springfield, MO; sister Maxine Gosinell of Springfield, MO; and four grandchildren Andrew, Austin, Abigail, and Adam Walker.

Robert Anderson

Robert C. Anderson, 74, formerly of Grain Valley, MO passed away January 17, 2013 in Independence, MO.  Funeral Services for Bob will be 10:00 am, Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Visitation will be at the chapel one hour prior to the service.  Burial will follow services in Floral Hills East Cemetery, Lee’s Summit, MO.  Contributions in memory of Bob may be made to NRA or the Huntington’s Foundation 3286 Ivannoe Ave. St. Louis, MO 63139.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Bob was born December 4, 1938 in Kansas City, MO to Charles G. and Pauline (Bartelt) Anderson.  He was a driver for Yellow Freight, and attended Plaza Heights Baptist Church.  He enjoyed riding his motorcycle, hunting, fishing, camping, water skiing, and going to the lake.  He was preceded in death by his parents, and brother, Marvin Anderson.

Bob is survived by his son, Tim Anderson and wife Susan of Lee’s Summit, MO; daughter, Lisa Vogel and husband Bruce of Independence, MO; grandchildren, Amanda and Melissa Anderson, and Dustin and Shane Vogel; brother, Mike Brooks; sisters Ruth Miller, Beverly Anderson, and Norma Anderson.

Robert McMullen

Robert E. McMullen, 67, of Camdenton, MO, formerly of Lee’s Summit and Blue Springs, passed away January 21, 2012 at Osage Beach, MO.  Funeral services will be 10:00 am Saturday, January 26, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Visitation will 6 – 8:00 Friday, January 25, 2013 at the funeral chapel.   Burial will be at Blue Springs Cemetery.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Robert was born August 22, 1945 in Odessa. TX to William and Beatrice (Davis) McMullen.  He was a veteran of the US Navy. In 1965 he was united in marriage to Gloria Ragon and she survives of the home.  Robert received this MBA from Baker University and was President of Scope Industries of Santa Monica, CA.  He was a Mason, and a member of the Shriners.  He was Baptist by faith.  He enjoyed golf and boating.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Scott McMullen in 2001.

In addition to his wife, Gloria, he is survived by his sons, Doug McMullen and wife Becky of Oak Grove, MO , and Jason McMullen of Blue Springs, MO; daughter, Leesa Baldwin and husband Scott of Mesa, AZ; 10 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.

John Wallace

John W. Wallace, 53, born May 29, 1959, passed from this life on January 10, 2013.

The rock and roll party boy graduated from Blue Springs High School and Central Missouri State University. He was an avid reader with an intelligent and crazy sense of humor who would help anyone.  He enjoyed the outdoors tremendously, sailing and was a member of the Paradise Pointe Yacht Club.  John followed the Kansas City Chief’s, loved and was loved by many football friends.  While saddened at his loss, which came way too early, find comfort in remembering that John could use the star lit night to find his way home.  He has found that home now in calmer waters and a peaceful sea.

Mother, Betty Schupp and Father, L. Warren Wallace of Kansas City, MO preceded John in death.  Survivors include his sister, Mary Ann Wallace, Independence, MO and Step-Father, Vincent Richfield, Blue Springs, MO, dearest friend, Kent Roscher, Blue Springs, MO and more loving friends then he ever realized. . . . Oh, and that stupid cat.  His intelligence, compassion and humor will be greatly missed, until we meet again.

Friends are invited to gather for a Celebration of Life on Saturday, February 2nd from 6-9 PM at Clancy’s Café & Pub, 800 NW South Outer Road, Blue Springs, MO 64015. Donations to cover his final expenses will be accepted

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue springs, MO.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Ruby Pence

Ruby Mae Pence, 80, of Raytown, MO passed away and went to be with her Lord and Savior January 24, 2013 in Lee’s Summit.  Funeral services for Ruby will be 3:00 pm, Monday, January 28, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 West Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Visitation will be at the chapel one hour prior to the service.  Burial will be at Blue Springs Cemetery.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Ruby was born May 1, 1932 in Higginsville, MO to Otto and Ruth (Laborne) Heerwald.  On March 8, 1951 she was united in marriage to John Pence who preceded her in death this past October.  She worked for Skelly Oil, in food service at the Raytown School District, and Ruby was a homemaker and babysat in the home.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Raytown for 52 years.  In addition to her husband John, she was preceded in death by her parents.

Ruby is survived by her daughters, Cindy Hamilton and husband Chip of Blue Springs, MO, and Cathy Chafin and husband Claude of Independence, MO; sisters, Jean Leonard of Hanford, CA, Doris Green of Basehor, KS, and Joyce McHenry of Raymore, MO; grandchildren, Megan Hamilton, Rachel Hamilton, and Derek Chafin; and great granddaughter, Kaylee Garcia.

Memorial contributions can be made to Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

Anthony Burdick

Anthony L. “Tony” Burdick, 41, of Blue Springs, MO passed away suddenly January 25, 2013 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, MO.  The family will receive friends from 5-7pm Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Funeral Services for Tony will be 10am, Thursday, January 31, 2013 at the funeral home.  Burial will follow services in Lobb Cemetery, Independence, MO.   

Contributions in memory of Tony may be made to his children’s college fund and left in care of the funeral home.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Tony was born May 14, 1971 in Mexico, MO to Chester and Gaylia (Luckaman) Burdick.  After graduating from Mexico Senior High School, Tony obtained his Associates Degree in Electronics from Devry University.  He was employed by Dow Kokam as a Lead Test Engineer.  He enjoyed all things outdoors, Pittsburgh Steelers Football, BBQ, and was known for his ability to fix anything.  Tony attended of Blue Springs Christian Church.  He was preceded in death by his mother, Gaylia.

Tony is survived by his wife, Joyce; sons, Kyle and Matthew Burdick of the home and Marcus Burdick of Palm Bay FL; father, Chester Burdick (Diana) of Versailles, MO; sister, Michelle Johnston (Brian) of Jonesburg, MO; brother, Brad Burdick of Enid OK; nephew, Lucas Folta and grandmother, Patsy Luckaman of Mexico, MO.

Michael Greim

Michael Taylor Greim, 68, of Blue Springs, MO, passed away January 25, 2013 in Kansas City, MO.  Michael was born August 1, 1944 in Warrensburg, MO to Otto and Mildred (Taylor) Greim.  After graduating from Blue Springs High School he served in the Navy from 1964-1968.  Michael was a painter by trade and a member of the VFW, Elks Lodge, and First Baptist Church of Blue Springs. A longtime coach, he was the founding coach of the Fike Metal Football Program.

Michael was preceded in death by his parents and wife Vicki.  He is survived by his son, Ron (Ginger) Walters of Blue Springs, MO; nieces, Amanda Dayton and Jessica Greim; nephew Adam Greim; and brother, Nick (Debra) Greim.  Visitation will be 4 – 6:00 pm, Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main Street, Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Contributions in memory of Michael may be made to the Disabled American Veterans.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Dustin Wardlow

Dustin Allen Wardlow, 29, of Blue Springs, MO passed away January 27, 2013 in Blue Springs, MO in a car accident.  Dustin was born October 28, 1983 in Kansas City, MO.  He graduated from Lee’s Summit North High School.  He was a driver for Metro Wide Moving Company.  He enjoyed BMX biking, collecting cactus, water skiing, hiking, and his dog, Canei.  He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Arnold Wardlow.

He is survived by his father, Bruce Allen and wife Sharri of Lee’s Summit, MO; mother, Nancy Bowman of Blue Springs, MO; son, Samuel Allen Wardlow of Lee’s Summit, MO; sister, Lilly Bahr of Blue Springs, MO; maternal grandparents, Dr. Leslie and Mary Ellen Page of Blue Springs, MO; paternal grandmother, Alice Wardlow of Grandview, MO.

Funeral services for Dustin will be 6:00 pm Friday, February 1, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Service, 1600 West Main Street, Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the chapel.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

William Hedges

Bill (Wm.) F. Hedges, 59, of Blue springs, MO passed away January 29, 2013 at his home.  He was born November16, 1953 in Ballard, MO to Loyed and Wilma (Finklang) Hedges.  On May 11, 1990 he was united in marriage to Tammie Wilson in Quapaw, OK and she survives of the home.

Bill attended and graduated from Ballard High School in 1971.  He served his country in the US Army.  Bill attended Electronics Institute, and joined Harmon Industries in 1977.  The company later became GE Transportation System Global.  Bill worked as a Product Solutions Engineer-Train Control for 35 years.   GE was his second home.  Bill was a Baptist by faith.  He was an avid hunter and fisherman.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

In addition to his wife, Tammie, he is survived by his son, William E.  Hedges of Blue Springs, MO; sisters, Arneta Marshall of Grandby, MO, Evelyn Peak (Frank E.) of Girard, KS, Marcile Addington (Dennis) of Higginsville, MO; brother, Darrell Hedges of Wisconsin, Loyed Hedges (Norma) of Des Moines, IA.

Bill has been cremated according to his wishes, and his wishes are for his ashes to be spread in Peter Creek on the old homestead of his parents, now Hedge Hollow Ranch, Ballard, MO.  No services are planned at this time.  Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Mary Cooper

Mary E. Cooper, 76, of Blue Springs, MO passed away January 29, 2013 at St. Mary’s Medical Center.  Services for Mary will be 3:00 pm, Saturday, February 9, 2013 at Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church, 3108 Westbound Hiway 40, Blue Springs, MO.  In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Hope House, PO Box 577, Lee’s Summit, MO 64063.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Mary was born December 11, 1936 in Springfield, MO to Marion J. and Ida L. (Sells) Jennings.  She was a Christian by faith, and worked for the US Census Bureau in Computer Records.  She enjoyed the riverboat casinos, garage saleing, and going shopping.  Mary was preceded in death by her parents; son, Kenneth Pierce, and companion, George Thomas.

She is survived by her children, Janet Lewis of Independence, MO, Barbara Reed of Blue Springs, MO, Harry Cooper (Zipper) of Blue Springs, MO, Lynn Beatty of Grain Valley, MO; brother, James “Junior” Jennings of Springfield, MO; sisters, Virginia Brady of Lee’s Summit, MO, Roberta Rider of Willard, MO and Debbie Tuck of Springfield, MO.; 13 grandchildren, Michael, Serena, Joshua, Kenneth Eugene, Rachel, Stephen, Audrey, Mary, Jenisen, Jada, Jaren, Jon, and Maeghan; 23 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO.

Raymond Phipps

Raymond V. Phipps, 92, of Blue Springs, MO passed away January 29, 2013 at St. Mary’s Manor in Blue Springs.  Services will be 11:00 am. Monday, February 4, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 West Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Raymond was born February 1, 1920 in Dover MO to Andrew and Lottie (Harrington) Phipps..  He was a veteran of WWII in the US Army.  Raymond worked as a Lead Stores Clerk for TWA. He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen, his parents, and 12 brothers and sisters.

He is survived by his great nephew, Stephen J. Phipps of Kearney, MO and a host of other nephews and nieces.

John Cation

John A. Cation, 83, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on January 31, 2013.  Visitation will be from 10:00 to 11:00 am, Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 4205 Tracy Ave, Kansas City, MO, Followed by a funeral service.  Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery.

John, an only child, was born during the Depression as Joseph Lee Cort to Lila Griffith and Joseph Franklin Cort in rural Lone Star, Douglas County, Kansas.  After his father died, when John was 10 years old, his mother remarried.  He was legally adopted and his name changed to John Alexander Cation III.

After his graduation from North Kansas City High School, John entered the United States Air Force and served in Goose Bay Labrador for a year.  He and Marjorie Wuebbold were married after he left the Air force, and he became an apprenticed cabinet-maker.  He remained in that trade for forty years retiring in 1991.

John was confirmed at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, KCMO in 1960.  He and Marjorie transferred and he remained a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church for 42 years, until the time of his death.  John and Marjorie bowled for over twenty years in several leagues, including Redeemer’s and Immanuel’s and they were members of Immanuel’s Parent Teacher League.

From early childhood, John’s big passion in life was fishing (he could tell some whoppers!).  He collected coins for many years and had a big fascination for trains.

Survivors include his wife of fifty-seven years, Marjorie Wuebbold Cation; two daughters, Janice Cation Reynolds and husband David of Springfield, MO; Mary Cation Williams and husband Keith of KCMO; two granddaughters, Megan Reynolds Kilmer and husband Marcus of Springfield, MO; Julie Reynolds Dickey and husband Jason of Liberty, MO; great grandson, Evan Marcus Kilmer; and brother-in-law, Donald Wuebbold of Cole Camp, MO.

In lieu of flower, memorial tributes in Johns name may be directed to Immanuel Lutheran Church or Wayside Waifs.  Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue springs, MO.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Beth Thompson

Beth Teeter Potter Thompson, 91, of Independence, MO passed away February 1, 2013 at the Groves in Independence.  She was born October 1, 1921 in Fairfield, NE to Charles and Blanche (Gronquist) Teeter.  She was a legal secretary at the RLDS Auditorium in Independence, MO.  She was a member of Creighton Baptist Church.  Beth was preceded in death by her parents and husband, and son, Gerald McLean.

Beth is survived by her sons, Bruce Thompson of Odessa, MO, and Steven Thompson of Independence, Mo; daughters Patricia M. Schultz of Yuma, AZ, and Ellen E. Inqwerson of Creighton, MO; brothers Paul, Willis and David Teeter; sister Mary Hahn.

Services will be held at a later date.  Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Nadine Moulder

Nadine L. Moulder, 87, of Blue Springs, MO passed away February 4, 2013 in Independence, MO.  Graveside services will be 2:30 pm Friday, February 8, 2013 at Oak Ridge Memory Gardens, Independence, MO.  Visitation will be 1:00 – 2:00 pm. Friday, February 8, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel. 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Contributions in memory of Nadine may be made to the American Diabetes Association.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Nadine was born October 27, 1925 to Lewis and Gladys (Nichols) Pratt in Kansas City, MO.  She was a homemaker, and a Christian by faith.  Nadine enjoyed shopping, singing, and dancing.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband; son, Cyrus E. Moulder; sister, Marie Shepard; and brother, Edward Pratt.

She is survived by her daughter, Terry Logeman and husband, David of Blue Springs, MO; brothers, Robert Pratt of Simi Valley, CA, and Richard Pratt of Tujunga, CA; sister, Charlene Moran of Independence, MO; 4 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren.

Estelle Killian

Estelle J. Killian, 94 of Blue Springs, MO passed away February 4, 2013 at her home.  Services for Estelle will be 2:00 pm Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at Blue Springs Church of Christ, 1000 SW Clark Rd, Blue Springs, MO.  Visitation will be 5 – 7:00 pm, Monday, February 11, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Burial will follow service at Floral Hill East Cemetery, Lee’s Summit, MO.

Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Estelle was born June 20, 1918 in Mt. Vernon, AR to William and Laura (Sublette) Starr.  On June 4, 1946 she was united in marriage to Hayden D. Killian in Kansas City, MO, who preceded her in death.  She was very hard working and was a beautician in Kansas City and in the Blue Springs area for 66 years.  Estelle was a member of Blue Springs Church of Christ. Estelle worked in the clothing room of the church for 25 years.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, 3 brothers.

She is survived by her son, Jerry D. Killian and wife Lynn of Lee’s Summit, MO; daughter, Sherry L. Lee of Lee’s Summit, MO; brother, Sammy J. Starr of Warrior, AL; sisters, Mickey McGinty of Conway, AR, Mazelle Moffitt of Conway AR, and Fay Smith of McClouth, KS; 4 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.

William Ridder

William Albert Ridder 91, of Blue Springs, MO, formerly of Kearney, MO passed away February 5, 2013 at Research Hospital.  Graveside Service will be at 10:00 am, Friday February 8, 2013 at Missouri Veterans Cemetery Higginsville, MO.  Friends may call from 5:30 to 6:30 pm Thursday, February 7, 2013 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel 1600 W. Main St. Blue Springs, MO.  Memorial Contributions may be made to the Wounded Warriors PO Box 758517 Topeka, KS 66675.  Online condolences in William’s memory may be sent to meyersfuneralchapel.com.

William was born July 22, 1921 near Higginsville, MO.  He served in the Civilian Conservation Corp before serving in the US Navy, April, 1941 and was honorably discharged October, 1946.  He was stationed at Pearl Harbor when it was bombed, but was at sea on maneuvers at the time.  After discharge, he was employed by Butler Mfg. 37 years before retirement. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Mildred Bartel Ehlert, and brother Orion Ridder.

He is survived by his wife and best friend of 66 years,  Laverne Bartel Ridder of the home, daughter Lavonne Ridder of Blue Springs, MO,  sons Richard Ridder (Sandra) of Richmond, MO, Michael Ridder (Sheryl) of Libertyville, IL, and Patrick Ridder (Sherry) of Blue Springs, MO; nine grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and three step-greatgrandchildren, also surviving are a host of nieces and nephews.

Betty Davis

Betty Lou Davis 73 of Climax Springs, MO passed away Wednesday February 6, 2013 at the Hospice House in Kansas City, MO.  Memorial service will be 9:30 am Friday, February 8, 2013 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel Blue Springs, MO. Memorial Contribution may be made to the Catholic Charities.  Online condolences may be left in Betty’s memory to meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Betty was born January 3, 1940 in Kansas City, MO the daughter of Helen Clark.  She married Richard “Dick” Davis March 1, 1956 who survives of the home.  Betty attended St. Marks Catholic Church, and loved Disney World and going to Las Vegas.  She also enjoyed gardening, working in her yard, and espically spending time with her children, and grandchildren.  She was employed for many years as an assistant manager for the Venture stores, and spent many years running the bakery there.  Preceding her in death are a son Dickie Davis, brothers Rudolf and Tommy Clark, sisters Eunice Norman and Marjie Luper.

Other survivors include her daughters Elizabeth Hightower and husband Jeff of Blue Springs, MO, Deborah Shores and husband Rex of Blue Springs, MO, son Phillip Davis and wife Luemma of Alexandria, VA, brothers Frank Clark of Blue Springs, MO, Bob Clark of Overland Park, KS, Ronnie Clark of Kansas City, KS, sisters Judi Burns and Sharon Clark both of Kansas City, MO, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Michelle O’Guin

In loving memory of our mother, grandmother, dear sister and friend Michelle Renee (Fitzwater) O’Guin. Michelle R. (Fitzwater) O’Guin 50, of Independence, MO passed away February 4, 2013 at North Kansas City Hospital. Michelle was born in Independence, MO on November 21, 1962 to Helen (VanArtsdalen) and Marvin Fitzwater, Sr.  She graduated from Van Horn High School in 1981. She was preceded in death by her parents, Helen and Marvin Fitzwater, and brother, Marvin E. Fitzwater, Jr. (Ed) and the children’s father James L. O’Guin, Sr.

Michelle is survived by her children: Erica R. Maldonado of Independence, MO; James L. O’Guin, Jr. of Kansas City, MO, Edward D. O’Guin and Kristen M. O’Guin of Independence , MO; sisters, Frances Grubb and husband, Lee of Independence, MO, Cheryl Garringer and husband, Gerry of Independence, MO, Denise Pace and husband, Matthew Pace of Independence, MO; brother, Gary Fitzwater of Independence, MO; and her grandchildren, Addison and James Maldenado, Damion O’Guin and Abel O’Guin, and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

A memorial service celebrating Michelle’s life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Independence, MO.In Lieu of flowers, family request contributions made out to James O'Guin to help fray funeral expenses. Memories of Michelle and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Jane Henricksen

Jane Henricksen age 85 (a 56 year resident of Lake Tapawingo, MO) a current 1 year resident of Henderson, NV passed away on Wednesday February 6, 2013.  Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 am Friday, February 15, 2013 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel 1600 West Main St. Blue Springs, MO. Visitation will be one hour prior to service. Burial will in Swan Lake Memorial Gardens. Online Condolences may be left in Jane’s memory at meyersfuneralchapel.com

Jane was born in Indianapolis, Indiana to David and Chloe Polachek.  She met and married the love of her life, Robert Henricksen in 1946 when they both worked as artists for the Blocks Department Store.  They settled in Kansas City, Missouri where their daughter Connie was born.  In 1956 they moved to Lake Tapawingo, MO where Robert was an architect and builder.  Jane worked in cosmetics sales for 30 years at the Jones Store Company and won many awards and invented the use of the perfume bars.  Jane and Robert were both talented artists and have left many pieces with which the family can remember them. Jane was a member of the 1st Baptist Church of Blue Springs, MO.  Jane was preceded in death by Robert in 1998, her parents and sister, Olga Ray.

She is survived by her daughter Connie (Russell) Askland of Henderson, NV; Grandson Robert (Jennifer) Morris of Lenexa, KS with Great Grandchildren Cassandra Morris, Adam Morris, Grace Morris; Brother David (Martha) Polachek of North Hills, CA; three nieces and one nephew, and many cousins.  .

Vickie Bear

Vickie C. Bear, 58, of Independence, MO passed away February 10, 2013 at her home.  No services are planned at this time.  Contributions in memory Vickie may be made to the Leukemia Foundation.  Vickie was born December 4, 1954 in Independence, MO to Kenneth and Eleanor (Sutton) Flowers.  She worked for many years as Distribution Center Supervisor for Mid-Continent Public Library System.  She made quilts for “Project Linus”, and was an avid teddy bear collector.  She loved helping, especially children, and lived for her children and grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents.

Vickie is survived by her sons, Shawn Jones of Thornton, CO, and Jason Dye of Gardner, KS ; sisters, Melody Gant of Independence, MO, and Connie Wellman of Lee’s Summit, MO; brother Gary Flowers of Carrollton, TX; grandchildren, Austin, Tucker, Wesley, Haley, Kale, Mya, Tyler, and Carson.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Diane Kays

Diane Kays, 55, Blue Springs, MO died Wednesday February. 13, 2013 at her home.  Family and friends will gather to celebrate her life at 3 pm, Friday, February 15, 2012 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel in Blue Springs, MO.  Diane was born February 27, 1957 in Kansas City, Mo to Stanley and Dorothy (Schreiber) Newby.  She lived in Eastern Jackson County Missouri all of her life.

Diane is survived by her son, Barry Hudnall and wife Rachel of Blue Springs, MO; her parents; her siblings, Terry Rehms of Blue Springs, MO, Dennis Newby and wife Mimi of Independence, MO, Brenda Dorsey and husband Steve of Blue Springs, MO; and 3 grandchildren, Tanner, Jackson, and Harper.

Contributions in memory of Diane may be made to the Humane Society.

Richard Holler

Richard William "Bill" Holler, 72, of Blue Springs, MO passed away February 8, 2013 at his home.  A celebration of Bill's life will be held at a later date.  Contributions in memory of him may be made to Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care.  He was born February 6, 1941 in Girard, KS to Richard E. "Dick" and Dolly M. (Crutcher) Holler.  He was united in marriage to Annie Snider and she survives of the home.  He worked for General Motors in Light Electrical Repair.   He was a member of UAW #93, and Northeast High School Alumni.  He enjoyed playing golf and worked for Bent Oak Golf Club from 1993 until 2009.  Bill was preceded in death by his father, Dick; brother, Dudley Holler; sister, Jo-Anne Stalker; and step-father, Bill Wilson.

In addition to his wife Annie he is survived by his mother, Dolly M. Wilson of Blue Springs, MO; daughter, Jane Hay and husband Mike of Blue Springs, MO; sons, Richard William “Pete” Holler, Jr. and wife Brenda of Blue Springs, MO, and Steven Eric Holler and wife Tracie of Lee’s Summit, MO; sisters, Paula Sue Cosentino of Lee’s Summit, MO, Kristi L’Ecuyer of Mission, KS, and Keitha Schieb of Butler, MO; 6 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Mary Lou Carpenter

Mary Lou Carpenter, 86, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Blue Springs.  Visitation for Mary Lou will be 1-2:00 pm Monday, February 18, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Memorial services will be at 2:00 pm following visitation at the chapel.  Contributions in memory of May Lou may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or to Wayside Waifs.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Mary Lou was born November 15, 1926 in Denver, CO.  She attended Church of the Resurrection in Blue Springs, MO.  She was a homemaker and she loved music and dancing, especially ball room dancing and line dancing.  She loved living by the gulf, her cats, her friends and spending time with grandchildren.  An accomplished vocalist in her youth, she enjoyed singing for wounded soldiers in the hospital during WWII.  She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband, Charles Bert Carpenter in 2005.

Survivors include her two sons, Randy Tede and wife Lynn of Murfreesboro, TN and Keith Tede and wife Cathy of Blue Springs, MO; and daughter, Leslie Brumagin and husband Dave of Lake Tapawingo, MO; 6 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

Bertha Barragan-Lindhorst

Bertha Alicia Barragan-Lindhorst, 55, of Blue Springs, MO passed away February 13, 2013 at her home.  Visitation will be 9:30 – 10:00 am Monday, February 18, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO followed by funeral services at 10:00 am.  Contributions in memory of Alicia may be made to Gift of Life, www.giftdonor.org.

She was born January 4, 1958 in Chihuahua, Mexico, and was raised in El Paso, TX.  She was united in marriage to Mark Lindhorst who survives of the home.  Alicia was a home maker and a Christian by faith.

In addition to her husband Mark, she is survived by her mother, Sofia Julia Barragan of El Paso, TX; and a step-brother, Kevin Young of Houston, TX.

Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Kim Deveney

Kim Diane Deveney, age 56, of Kansas City, MO passed away Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013.  She was born to Gayle K. Anderson and Donald J. Deveney on Aug. 12, 1956.  She attended Raytown High School and graduated in 1974.

Kim was a very generous and giving person.  She is now in the loving arms of her Heavenly Father.

She is survived by three sons, Michael P. McAtee, 38, Shawnee, KS, Austin M. Wittman, 30, Kansas City, MO, Nicholas J. Clayton, 27, Kansas City, KS; one grandchild, Gage Mayhew, 12, Versailles, MO; her parents, Gayle K. Anderson (Gene) and Donald J. Deveney (Marilyn); her siblings, Patrick M. Deveney, Kelley D. Long (Dave), Kerrey D. Hamilton (Ryan), Timothy M. Deveney (Kim), Amy K. Hotelling (Jay); and numerous nephews, nieces, aunts, uncles and cousins.  We love and miss you.  See you in heaven.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:00 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 at St. John LaLande Catholic Church in Blue Springs, MO with Rev. Adam Johnson as celebrant.  The family will receive friends from 5-7:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Meyers Funeral Chapel in Blue Springs, where the rosary will be prayed at 7:00 p.m.  Memories of Kim and condolences may be shared with the family online at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Richard Rafferty

Richard Rafferty, 84, of Blue Springs, MO passed away February 17, 2013 in Lee’s Summit, MO.  He was born September 27, 1928 in Otego, KS to Peter and Mattie (Clemmons) Rafferty.  On October 23, 1953 he was united in marriage to Evelyn Hoard who survives of the home.  He served his country in the US Army.  Richard attended First Baptist Church of Raytown and was a Barber at the Blue Ridge Mall for 30 years, before practicing in Blue Springs.  He enjoyed fishing and golf.  He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.

In addition to his wife, Evelyn he is survived his daughter, Pat Coffel (Phil) of Blue Springs, MO; son, Steven Rafferty (Danita) of Springfield, MO; brother, Milton Rafferty (Emma Jean) of Springfield, MO; grandchildren, Jeremy McLaughlin (Sheri), Brian Coffel, Carey Turner (Tyler), and one great grandson Andrew Turner.

Visitation for Richard will be 10-11:00 am, Friday, February 22, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3267.  Funeral service will be at 11:00 am at the chapel with burial to follow at 1:00 pm at Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville, MO Contributions in memory of Richard may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 3846 W 75th St, Prairie Village, KS 66208, or the American Diabetes Society, 10580 Barkley #400, Overland Park, KS 66212.  Memories and condolences in Richard’s memory may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Nellie Miller

Nellie Capps Miller, 95, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Friday, February 15, 2013 at the Wilshire at Lakewood.  Funeral services will be 10:30 am Thursday February 21, 2013 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel 1600 W. Main St. Blue Springs, MO.  Visitation will be one hour prior to services.  Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery Kansas City, MO.  Memorial contribution may be sent to Beta Sigma Phi 1800 W. 91st Place, Kansas City, MO 64114.  Online condolences may be sent in Nellie’s memory to meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Nellie was born May 14, 1917 in Adrian, MO the daughter of Thomas and Anna (Carpenter) Johnston.  She was a member of the Bethel Baptist Church Beta Sigma Phi, and the Rebekah Lodge of Blue Springs, MO. She had work as an executive secretary for the DeMoly Fraternity.  She was preceded in death by her husbands Duke Capps and Ray Miller, and Step-daughter, Pat Kindred.

Survivors include her son John Whitford (Debbie) of Lee’s Summit, MO, daughter Shirley Boone (Bill) of Tomball, TX; stepchildren, Cheryl (Jim) Martin, Russell (Nancy) Miller, Donald Miller, Debera Neihoff, Barbara Turner; 28 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, and 5 great great grandchildren.

Vincent Simpson

Vincent L. Simpson, 68, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Thursday, February 21, 2013 at his home.  He was born May 5, 1944 in Independence, MO.  On July 17, 1976 he was united in marriage to Anne Steele and she survives of the home. Vincent was a Civil Engineer for Lockheed Martin.  He was a member of Tri-City Ministries.  He enjoyed golf, making and fixing things, and spending time with his family.  Vincent was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Grover Simpson.

In addition to his wife, Anne he is survived by his son, Ethan Simpson of Blue Springs, MO, and daughter, Erin Simpson of Blue Springs, MO.

Visitation for Vincent will be 5 – 7:00 pm, Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at Tri-City Ministries, 4500 Little Blue Pkwy, Independence, MO 64057.  A celebration of Vincent’s life will follow at 7:00 pm at the church conducted by Pastor Jerry Wass.  Contributions in memory of Vincent may be made to Tri-City Ministries.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Alan Rathgeber

Alan R. Rathgeber, 56, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Sunday, February 24, 2013 in Kansas City, MO.  Funeral services for Alan will be 11:00 am, Thursday, February 28, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the chapel.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Alan was born October 11, 1956 in St. Louis, MO to Roy and Alice (Sohn) Rathgeber.  On August 9, 1997 he was united in marriage to Linda K. Griffin and she survives of the home.  He was preceded in death by his father.

In addition to his wife, Linda, He is survived by son, Steve Brewer of Grain Valley, MO; daughter, Tiffany Brewer of Blue springs, MO; son, Michael Matreci of Blue Springs, MO; mother, Alice Rathgeber of Highridge, MO; sisters, Diane (Wayne) Barton of Washington, MO, and Brenda (Ron) Gainey of  Houston, TX; granddaughter, Khloie Garrison.

Jeannie Marie Madsen

Jeannie Marie Madsen, 57, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Sunday, February 24 at Omaha, NE.  Visitation will be 5 – 7:00 pm, Thursday, February 28, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 West main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276, with Rosary to follow at 7:00 pm.  Funeral Mass will be 10:30 am, Friday, March 1, 2013 at The Church of the Santa Fe, 231 S. Sibley, Buckner, MO.  Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery. 

Contributions in memory of Jeannie may be made to Nebraska Medical Center, Patient Assistance Fund, Office of Development, 987421 Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE 68198-7421.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

She was born July 22, 1955 in Kansas City, MO to William H. and Margaret C. (DiiBon) Madsen. Jeannie was a security guard for Adessa Auction Service.  She was a member of Church of Santa Fe in Buckner, MO.  She enjoyed croquet, riding motorcycles, reading, and crossword puzzles.  She loved cooking especially barbequing.  She was preceded in death by her father, and a brother, William Madsen, Jr.

She is survived by her mother, Margaret “:Mitzie” Madsen of Blue Springs, MO; brothers, David Madsen of Nebraska City, NE, Mark Madsen of Sibley, MO, and Michael Madsen of Cameron, MO; sister, Joy Schulte of Blue Springs, MO; and a host of nephew and nieces, Stephanie, Jennifer, David and Daniel Madsen; Margaret, Anna, Joymarie, Brian and William Schulte; John, Russell, Philip, Gracie, Mahayla, Maria, and Dakota Powell; and Christopher Fletcher.

Dr. Donald E. Winckler

Dr. Donald E. Winckler, 90, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Monday, February 25 at St. Mary’s Medical Center.  Funeral services for Donald will be 10:30 am, Saturday, March 2, 2013 at Timothy Lutheran Church, 425 NW R. D. Mize Rd, Blue Springs, MO with visitation one hour prior to the service at the church.  Burial will be at Floral Hills Cemetery in Raytown, MO.  Contributions in memory of Donald may be made to Timothy Lutheran Church.

Donald was born September 4, 1922 in Harrold, SD to Jacob and Magdelina (Stiefel) Winckler.  He served his country in the US Army during WWII.  On October 13, 1944 he was united in marriage to Arlene Lohr and she survives of the home.  He was a Chiropractor and owned Winckler Chiropractic.  Donald was a member of Timothy Lutheran Church and at one time had attended Peace Lutheran Church where he held several offices in the church.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling, and spending time with his family.  He was preceded in death by his parents, 9 brothers and 6 sisters.

In addition to his wife, Arlene, he is survived by a sister, Naomi Meyer of Harrold, SD, his son Gary Winckler and his wife Marianne of Blue Springs, MO; daughter, Judy Walton and husband Ron of Johnson City, TN; 5 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Joyce Gilbreath

Joyce E. Gilbreath, 86, of Raymore, MO passed away Sunday, February 24, 2013 at her home.  Funeral services for Joyce will be 3:00 pm, Saturday, March 2, 2013 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 1111 W. Foxwood Drive, Raymore, MO.  Visitation will 1 – 2:30 at the Church prior to the service.  Contributions in memory of Joyce in lieu of flowers may be made to the Church, c/o Foxwood Springs Fellowship of John (a charitable fund for the benefit of Foxwood Springs residents) P.O. Box 701, Raymore, MO 64083 or K. C. Hospice, 12200 Wornall Rd ., Kansas City, MO 64114.

Joyce was born January 7, 1927 in Houston, TX to Dorus Trew and Elsie Rhea (Boggs) Macy.  On September 10, 1950 she was united in marriage to Byron Gilbreath and he survives of the home.  She was the Church secretary and also secretary to Chamber of Commerce.  She was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church where she was quite active, and also in the churches that her husband pastored over the years.  She developed a program for the Chamber of Commerce of Belton in 1974.  Joyce was a Conference officer and Chairman of the Spiritual Life Committee for four years.  She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Marvin Macy, and a sister, Marian Fields.

In addition to her husband, Byron, she is survived by her son, Dale Gilbreath and wife Robin of Lee’s Summit, MO; daughter Carol Watts and husband Gary of San Diego, CA; and 5 grandchildren, McKenzie, Macy, and Nathan Gilbreath; Aaron Aikin and wife Danielle, and Joy Aikin.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Violet Lorraine Goulden

Violet Lorraine Goulden, 87, of Independence, MO passed away March 3, 2012 in Kansas City, MO.  Service for Lorraine will be 10:00 am, Friday, March 8, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Visitation will be 5 – 7:00 pm, Thursday, March 7, 2013at the funeral chapel.  Contributions in memory of Lorraine may be made to Plaza Heights Baptist Church, Blue Springs, MO or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

She was born November 5, 1925 to Perry and Ona (Kimble) Sims in Springfield, MO.  She was united in marriage to Charles Goulden who preceded her in death in 1978.  She worked in the nut and bolt division of Armco Steel, and was a member of Plaza Heights Baptist Church. She was Past Lady President of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles in Independence, a lifetime member of the Eastern Star, Blue Springs, MO, and she was a volunteer librarian for Blue Springs School District as well as a member of the PTA.  In addition to her husband, Charles, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Sherman, Harold, and Gene Sims.

Violet is survived by her son, Garry Goulden and wife Monica of Blue Springs, Mo; sister, Wilma Hodges of Gerster, MO; grandson, Nicholas Goulden of Blue Springs, MO; and granddaughter, Kendra Goulden of Blue Springs, MO.

Elizabeth Ann (Maddison) Dietrich

Elizabeth Ann (Maddison) Dietrich, 86, passed away peacefully on March 3, 2013. Betty, as she was known to her friends and family, was born in Brunswick, GA on July 5, 1926. She graduated in 1945 from Glynn Academy High School, Brunswick, GA. She is the daughter of Richardson Maddison and Agnes Howey Maddison, both deceased, who emigrated from England in 1919.

She was one of nine children. Pansy Cross, Edith Maddison, Beatrice Mills, Jimmy Maddison, and Minnie Clemons are deceased. Currently living in Brunswick, GA are sisters, Agnes Floyd, and Estelle Miller; and brother, Anthony Maddison.

During high school she worked for a short time for the Ration Board established during World War II and was then transferred to civil service working at the Naval Air Station on St. Simons Island. There she met and married Walter Coffman Dietrich (deceased 1995) on November 10, 1945 and together they raised four children.  Betty never met a stranger, and has many friends through her travels as a military wife, her work, and numerous volunteer activities.  She was a passionate bridge player, sometimes playing six times a week with her many bridge groups around Lee’s Summit.  Betty loved bowling, gardening, and swimming, and read more books than she could keep track of, especially mystery novels.

After raising her children, Betty decided to use her talents in working outside the home.  She was a clerk and lecturer for Weight Watchers for some time, and in March 1977 she went to work as a clerk, GS-3, at the Publications Distribution center at Richards Gebaur AFB. She later transferred to the Department of Agriculture in Kansas City and in September 1978 moved to the Marine Corps Finance Center as an accountant for Marine separation pay. She retired in August of 1986.

Throughout her life, Betty dedicated much of her time to volunteer work and service to community and church organizations.  She was a Girl Scout leader, held various PTA positions, and was involved in the League of Women Voters. As a member of the Lee Summit Methodist church for many years, she participated in various Women’s Circles and was past Vice President of United Methodist Women for the local district. She was a long time member and past Secretary for the GreenLea Federated Club, and a member of the Missouri Conservation Extension from 1970 to 1977.   She was a tireless volunteer at the Lee’s Summit Hospital and Medical Center until she relocated to Sacramento to be closer to her family.

Her surviving children are Walter Daniel Dietrich (Barbara) of Fayetteville, NC; Andrew Richard Dietrich (Pat) of Pearland, TX; Patricia Ann Rouen (Larry) of Sacramento, CA and Beverly Lynn Carey (John) of Mercer Island, WA.  She cherished her eight grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

A viewing will be held at the Grace United Methodist Church in Lee’s Summit on Monday 3/11 at 9:30am, followed by a memorial service at 10:30.  Following the service the interment will be at the Floral Hills East Memorial Cemetery on Highway 350 in Lee’s Summit.  In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions in her name to the March of Dimes or to Lee’s Summit United Methodist Church – Thanksgiving Dinner.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, Mo, 816-229-3276.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Brenda K. Patridge

Brenda K. Patridge 57 of Oak Grove, MO passed away Monday March 4, 2013 at the KU Medical Center.  Funeral service will be at 1:00 pm Friday March 8, 2013 at the First Bible Baptist Church 1441 SE Adams Dairy Parkway, Blue Springs, MO.  Visitation will be at the church Thursday March 7, 2013 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.  Burial will be in Greenton Cemetery Odessa, MO.  Memorial Contributions may be sent in Brenda’s memory to the church or the American Leukemia and Lymphoma Society 6811 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Mission KS 66202.  Online condolences in Brenda’s memory may be sent to meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Brenda was born April 16, 1955 in Leavenworth, KS the daughter of William R. and Betty C. (Glebe) Durbin.  She was a member of the First Bible Baptist Church Blue Springs, enjoyed watching John Hagee, traveling, crafting, and painting.  Her number one hobby was traveling and cruising.  When she went after something she was all in to the end.  Her family was the most important thing in her life.  She was preceded in death by her parents.

Survivors include her husband Kimball Patridge of the home, son Jeff Patridge and wife Sarah of Oak Grove, MO, daughters Melissa Hodges and husband Eddie of Grain Valley, MO, Kimberly Patridge of Oak Grove, MO, Billie Jo Johnson and husband Stephen of Blue Springs, MO, brother Davis W. Durbin of Blue Springs, MO, sister Pamela Montgomery of Independence, MO, also Twelve grandchildren.

Kristee M. (Hearn) Burchfield

Kristee M. (Hearn) Burchfield, 40 of Blue Springs, MO passed away March 4, 2013.  Funeral Service will be at 11:00 am Saturday March 9, 2013 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel Blue Springs.  Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11:00 prior to services. Online condolences may be sent in Kristee’s memory to meyersfuneralchapel.com. 

Kristee was born January 16, 1973 in Kansas City, MO the daughter of Gary Hearn and Linda (Kraft) Morgan.  She was a 1993 graduate of Blue Springs High School, and graduated from UMKC with a BS in communications.  She loved cooking, baking, and especially helping others.

Survivors include her husband Eric Burchfield of the home, father Gary Hearn of Grain Valley, MO, mother Linda Morgan and husband Paul of Blue Springs, MO, brother Darren Hearn of Oak Grove, MO, and sister Andrea Hearn of Blue Springs, MO.

Kathryn Wood

Kathryn M. Wood, 62, of Independence, MO, passed away Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at the Kansas City Hospice House.  Funeral service will be at 11:30 am Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the St. John La Lande Catholic Church, 805 NW RD Mize Road, Blue Springs, MO. Visitation will be from 9:00 am to service time. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Kansas City Hospice House, 12000 Wornall Road, Kansas City, MO 64145.

Kathy was born March 21, 1950 in St. Louis, MO and is the daughter of Nick and Mary (Brockmeyer) Mucci. She was employed by the Girl Scouts of NE Kansas and NW Missouri for 28 years as a membership manager in the area. Since 2009, Kathy has been a peer coach for six of her colleagues. Kathy also received the highest Girl Scouts award, the Thanks Badge, in 1991. The Thanks Badge is awarded for outstanding service benefiting the entire Girl Scout organization. In 2009, Kathy was awarded the Camp for Kids: Sharing the Wonder of Camp Award for her 25 years as staff advisor for her steadfast dedication to children with special needs and her glowing example in managing the Juliette Low Camp for girls with disabilities. She was a member of St. John La Lande Catholic Church and loved spending time with her family and friends and baking a variety of delicious desserts and cookies.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Mucci. Survivors include her husband of 43 years, Gary Wood; son Bryan Wood and wife Katie of Blue Springs, MO; daughter Kim McIntyre and husband Jack of Blue Springs, MO; father Nick Mucci of St. Louis, MO; brother John Mucci of Collinsville, IL; sister Barbara Fiebiger of Weston, CT; grandchildren Amelia and Rosalie Wood and Ashton Cockerell; Brittany, Austyn, Bradyn, and Jacksyn McIntyre.

Shannon Memorie (Dobbs) Anaya

Shannon Memorie (Dobbs) Anaya, 36, of Blue Springs, MO passed away peacefully in her parents arms after a courageous three year battle with cancer on Tuesday March 5, 2013 at the Kanas City Hospice House.  She was born to Louis and Noma (Lockard) Dobbs on December 14, 1976 in Kansas City, MO.

Shannon graduated from Blue Springs South High School in 1995.  She worked at Children’s Mercy Hospital as an Urgent Care Supervisor.  She was catholic by faith.   She enjoyed working, dancing, and watching movies.  Shannon’s greatest love was spending time with her son Julio.

Shannon is survived by her son Julio Anaya of Blue Springs, MO; Parents Louis and Noma (Lockard) Dobbs of Blue Springs, MO; Brother Michael Dobbs of Blue Springs, MO; Sister Katie Barbosa of Independence, MO; fiancé Manny Mejia of Blue Springs, MO; as well as a host of Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, and Friends.

Visitation will be held 5-8 p.m. Friday March 8, 2013 at the First Christian Church of Blue Springs, 701 NW 15th St., Blue Springs, MO.  Service will be held 1:30 p.m. Saturday March 9, 2013 at the Church. Burial will immediately follow the service at the Blue Springs CemeteryIn lieu of flowers the family suggest memorial contributions to the trust fund set up for her son, Julio, at Community of American Credit Union in the name of Shannon Anaya Memorial Fund. Memories of Shannon and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Dr. Richard V. Hatley

Dr. Richard V. Hatley, 76, of Blue Springs, MO passed away March 6, 2013, in Blue Springs.  Visitation for Richard will be 1:00-3:00 p.m., Sunday, March 10, 2013, at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO (816-229-3276).    The funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m., Monday, March 11, 2013, at First United Methodist Church of Blue Springs, 301 SW Woods Chapel Road, Blue Springs.  Interment to follow at Blue Springs Cemetery.

Richard was born October 19, 1936, in Goodnight, TX to RV and Rula Belle (Evans) Hatley.   He earned his Doctorate of Education degree at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque,  in 1970, and began his longtime career as a university professor at the University of Kansas.   In 1976 he left KU to accept the position of Professor and Department Chair for Educational Administration in the College of Education at the University of Missouri – Columbia.  He retired from that position in 1998, but stayed at MU till 2000 serving as the Executive Director of the University Council for Educational Administration, an international organization of the top research universities in the world.   Richard previously had served for many years as an Executive Committee Member for UCEA, and was honored to serve as its international president during 1987-88.

During his years as a professor and dissertation advisor, he was proud to hood 99 students as new Doctors of Education.   He was a fine mentor and guide to aspiring administrators, and always commented that “they always make me look better than I really am.”   Many went on to serve as principals, superintendents, college professors, and leaders in professional organizations at the state and national levels.   As a colleague wrote, “we knew Rich as a committed leader and teacher.  Many today don’t realize that Rich, almost singularly through his leadership, turned the MU Ed. Admin. Dept. around in the late seventies.  When he retired,  the department was a well-balanced, energetic, and nationally recognized program, whose professors and graduates impacted education across Missouri and the Nation.”

Richard was united in marriage in 1985 to Patricia Henks-Wilde, who survives at the home.  In addition to his wife Pat, Rich is survived by his daughters, Christy Hatley Johnson and her husband Blair of Columbia, MO, and Angie Hatley Garms and her husband Matt of Overland Park, KS;  his stepsons, Tim Wilde of  Raytown, MO and Kent Wilde and wife Sandra of Raytown;  and grandchildren Ashtyn and Alaina Garms,  Michaela, Sophia, Isaac, and Esther Wilde,  and Kaid Alan Wilde.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel of Blue Springs.   Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.   Donations in honor of Rich may be sent to the Richard V. Hatley Scholarship Fund at the University of Missouri, 114 Hill Hall, UMC, Columbia, MO 65211 (please note Hatley fund in the memo),   or to the American Heart Association.

Elizabeth A. Negus

Elizabeth A. Negus, 51, of Blue Springs, MO passed away March 8, 2013 at Kansas City Hospice House.  Visitation for Elizabeth will be 6 – 8:00 pm, March 12, 2013 at CrossWay Bible Church, 701 NW Woods Chapel Rd., Blue Springs, MO.  Memorial service will be 5:30 pm, Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the church.  Contributions in memory of Elizabeth may be made to the church.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Elizabeth was born April 4, 1961 in Binghamton, NY to John and Alice (Maslin) Vargo.  She was a Billing Specialist at Cockerell and McIntosh Pediatrics.  She was the accompanist of Crossway Bible Church, and enjoyed gardening, various crafts, and spending time with her friends and family.  Elizabeth was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Thomas Negus, and sister, Shirley Vargo.

She is survived by her son, Ben Negus of Blue Springs, MO; daughter, Kristen Angarita of Raytown, MO; brother Thomas Vargo of Greenville, SC; sisters, Carol Sammann of Pittsford, NY, and Mary Johnston of Wheaton, IL; and grandson, John Mark Angarita.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.

Evelyn Louise Hopkins

Evelyn Louise Hopkins, 69, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Sunday, March 10, 2013 at her home.  She was born October 31, 1943 in Macon, MO to Robert K. and Margaret E. (Chadwell) Schempp.  She was united in marriage to Larry W. Hopkins who preceded her in death.  She was a Methodist by faith. Evelyn was a cook at Betty’s Restaurant and retired from ATK in 2009.  She was a member of American Legion Post 499 Ladies Auxiliary.  She enjoyed reading, computer, and spending time with her family.  In addition to her husband, Larry, she was preceded in death by her father, and great grandson, Jacob Coyne.

Evelyn is survived by her sons, Larry Hopkins and wife Shirley of Oak Grove, MO, and Jeffery Hopkins of Blue Springs, MO; daughter, Christina Hopkins of Independence, MO; mother, Margaret Schempp of LaPlata, MO; sisters, Marjorie Montague of Columbia, MO, Shirley Stokes of Quincy, IL; brother Jimmy Schempp of Brashear, MO; grandchildren, Lauren, Sammie, Nikki and husband Jeremy, Trisha, and Whitney; great grandchildren, Tommy, Ali, Austin, Conner, Ian, Maddy, Noah, and expecting another great grandson.

Visitation for Evelyn will be 5 – 7:00 pm, Wednesday, March13, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 West Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Funeral services will be 10:00 am, Thursday, March 14, 2013 at the funeral chapel with burial to follow at Swan Lake Memorial Gardens.  Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

William Monday

William C. Monday, 83, of Blue Springs left for heaven on March 9, 2013. “Bill” is survived by his wife of 60 years, Norma Monday; sister, Darlene Fenwick, of Lyons, KS; beloved in laws who were a wonderful support family, Harold Griffin (Muskogee OK), Willis and Martha Griffin (Blue Springs, MO), Pat and Dan Haskell (Blue Springs, MO), Wanda O’Neill (Tyler, TX), Elaine Hayden (Blue Springs, MO), Jim and Carolyn Griffin (Independence, MO) and Nancy and Bruce Spain, Lexington, MO). Numerous nieces and nephews have benefited from his life and will greatly miss him.

As an air force officer for 20 years, he served in the Nation’s nuclear defense delivery systems engineering program and retired as Lieutenant Colonel.

After obtaining his Doctorate of Engineering from Oklahoma State University, his career was vast and successful. He taught engineering at Kansas State. He had positions at Texas Instruments (Dallas), Recognition Equipment (Dallas), Xerox (Dallas), Venture Engineering (Dallas) and Vertex Corp (Longview, TX); and many more projects too long to list. He had been issued many patents by the US patent office.

His love was being a private pilot and he restored airplanes as a licensed airplane mechanic. Many family members and friends loved his ability to repair or restore anything that once worked. Many young girls benefited from his years backing his wife, Norma, as a foster parent to very young teen girls from Dallas Detention Center. Before they quit, they had 27 foster teens. Bill’s education began there. Bill also had a passion for animals. He loved his animal children: Kitty, Happy and Lucky.

This world will have a tremendous void without his presence. God called for him peacefully after a two-month battle, but he had an unbendable faith. He had a passion for life and love brought him through.

Funeral services for Bill will be 10:00 am Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at Good Shepherd Christian Church, 111 SW Woods Chapel Rd., Blue Springs, MO, with visitation one hour prior to the service.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Good Shepherd Christian Church, Salvation Army or the church of your choice.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Janice L. Welch

Janice L. Welch, 67, of Blue Springs, MO passed away March 11, 2013 at her home.  Visitation for Janice will be 5 – 7:00 pm Friday, March15, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Funeral services will be 6:30 pm Sunday, March 17, 2013 at Church of Christ - Temple Lot, 200 S. River Rd., Independence, MO.  Burial will be at Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Higginsville, MO.  Contributions in memory of Janice may be made to the Susan G. Komen Cancer Foundation.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Janice was born July 24, 1945 to Rolland and Marion (Denham) Sprague in Independence, MO.  She was united in marriage to Gary Welch on December 1, 1968 and he survives at the home.  Janice taught Drama in Blue Springs schools and in Fort Osage Schools.  She was a member of Church of Christ – Temple Lot. She was active in Blue Springs City Theater, and volunteered for Right to Life.  She loved music and theater, and was Choir Director at church.  She was preceded in death by her parents.

In addition to her husband, Gary, she is survived by her sons, David Welch and wife Stephanie of Independence, MO, an Seth Welch of Kansas City, MO; daughters, Jennifer Wiley and husband Luke of Chilhowee, MO, and Meghann Welch of Lee’s Summit, MO; brother, John “Jack” Sprague of White Fish, MT; sisters Joyce Harris of Independence, MO, and Dana Rider of Bates City, MO; and eight grandchildren, Westley Parker, Abigail Wiley, Amanda Wiley, Gabrielle Welch, Suzannah Wiley, Quentin Welch, Cora Wiley, and Adelaide Welch.

Barbara K. Boyce

Barbara K. Boyce, 65, of Blue Springs, MO passed away March 12, 2013 at St. Joseph Medical Center.  She was born January 28, 1948 in Lincoln, NE to John and Kathryn (Williams) Ball.  She retired after 32 years in 2008 as a Systems Analyst for the US Marine Corp.  Barbara was Episcopalian by faith.  She was with the Highway Patrol at the weight station for 10 years.  She was a member of American Legion Post #499 Ladies Auxiliary and enjoyed playing bingo.  She was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her daughter, Angela Davidson of Lee’s Summit, MO; granddaughter, Siara Hampton and husband Robert of Blue Springs, MO, grandson, Bradley Dennis, and great granddaughter, Dawsyn Hampton.

Visitation for Barbara will be 5 – 7:00 pm., Monday, March 18, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 West Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276, with memorial service to follow at 7:00.  Contributions in memory of Barbara may be made to American Legion Post #499.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Henrietta H. Westerheid

Henrietta H. Westerheid, 92, of Independence, MO passed away March 12, 2013 at Centerpoint Medical Center.  She was born April 8, 1920 in Washington, DC to Henry and Henrietta (Dyer) Howard.  She was united in marriage to Robert Westerheid who preceded her in death.

Henrietta was a homemaker, and a Catholic by faith attending St. Marks Catholic Church in Independence, MO.  In addition to her husband, Robert, she was preceded in death by her parents, and brother, Peyton, and an infant daughter, Ann Marie.

She is survived by her sons, Jim Westerheid and wife Ellen of McKinney, TX, Bob Westerheid and wife Marilyn of Seabrook, TX, John Westerheid and wife Kati of Katy, TX, Mike Westerheid and wife Ronda of Blue Springs, MO, Richard Westerheid and wife Nancy of Parker, CO, Paul Westerheid of Albuquerque, NM; 6 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.

Burial at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington VA.

Sarah H. Milne

Sarah MilneSarah H. Milne, 95, of Blue Springs, MO passed away peacefully on March 14, 2013. She was born to William and Mary Etta (Perdue) Ziefle on February 11, 1918 in Lee’s Summit, MO. Sarah was united into marriage with James A. Milne on February 1, 1942 in Blue Springs, MO.

Sarah worked as a school teacher in the Lee’s Summit School District for many years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Blue Springs, MO. Sarah’s greatest love was spending time with her family and friends.

Sarah was preceded in death by her husband James A. Milne; parents William and Mary Etta Ziefle; brothers Dan and George Ziefle; sisters, Mary Martha Paul, and Stella Mae Ziefle. Survivors include son, Jim (Patrica) Milne of Grain Valley, MO; daughter, Jane (Gary) Bradberry of Kearney, MO; grandchildren, Doug Bradberry, Dale Bradberry, Chris Milne, and Stacey Holzwarth; great-grandchildren, LindseeNarron, Kathi Kennedy, Amanda Bradberry, Seth Bradberry, Abby Bradberry, Addison Milne, and Emily Holzwarth; great-great-grandchildren Carlee Narron, Liam Kennedy, Rylee Narron, Reese Narron, and Owen Kennedy.

Visitation will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 16, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276. Funeral services will follow at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be at Blue Springs Cemetery in Blue Springs, MO.

Vera M. Burns

Vera BurnsVera M. Burns, 88, of Sibley, MO passed away peacefully at Centerpoint Hospital in Independence, MO on March 14, 2013.  She was born on October 8, 1924 in Sherwood, IA to Alvin and Susan (Akers) Burns. Vera was united into marriage to Carol J. Burns on April 16, 1944 in Buckner, MO. 

Vera worked as a home maker raising her three children Carol, Cathy, and Duane.  She was a Baptist by faith.  Vera enjoyed gardening, but her true love was spending time with her family.

Vera is preceded in death by her parents; brothers; and sisters.  She is survived by her daughters, Carol (Mervin) Cary of Independence, MO, and Cathy (Larry) Stapleton of Buckner, MO; son, Duane (Sarah) Burns of Independence, MO; sister Violet of Springfield, MO.

Inurnment will take place at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville, MO.  Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Edith M. Cole

Edith ColeEdith M. Cole, 80, of Oak Grove, MO passed away peacefully on March 16, 2013. She was born to Hollis and Hazel (Young) Barnett on June 19, 1932 in Odessa, MO. Edith was united in marriage to Aubrey Lee Cole on April 29, 1950 in Eureka Springs, AR.

Edith worked as a retail clerk for WalMart for many years before retiring in 2002. She was a City Clerk, and City Treasurer of the town of Tarsney Lakes, MO, and Vice President of the Homeowners Association in Tarsney Lakes, MO. Edith was a member of the New Liberty Baptist Church in Oak Grove, MO. She was also a member of the Tarsney Garden Club, Extension Club and wrote for the Jackson County Sentinel Newspaper.

Edith is preceded in death by her husband, Aubrey Lee Cole; parents, Hollis and Hazel Barnett; brothers, Charles Barnett, Elvin Barnett, and Harry Barnett; sister, Phaona Webb. She is survived by her two sons Roger (Debra) Cole, of Oak Grove, MO, and Leslie Cole of Stockton, MO; brother Philip (Becky) Barnett of Hot Springs, AR; sisters, Clara Jane (Lan) Crump of Arnold, MO, Margaret Ann (Don) Glover of Hot Springs, AR; Sharon (Don) Payne of Lee’s Summit, MO; grandchildren, Brenda Cole, Kyle VanHoecke, Nathan Frazee, Matthew Cole, Kaylee Cole; great-grandchildren, Edie Cole, Charles Cole, Robert Cole, Alexis Cole, Joshua Cole; and one great-great- grandchild.

Visitation will be 5-7 pm Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276. Funeral services will be 2 pm Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at the funeral home. Burial will be held at the McKendree Cemetery in Odessa, MO. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be sent to Crossroads Hospice Care. Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs , MO. Memories and condolences for the family may be left atwww.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Weston Thomas Rehfeldt

Weston RehfeldtWeston Thomas Rehfeldt, 66, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Monday March 18, 2013 at his home. Funeral service will be at 12:00 Noon Friday March 22, 2013 at the Church of the Resurrection Blue Springs. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 Thursday March 21, 2013 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel Blue Springs, MO.  Burial in Missouri Veterans Cemetery Higginsville, MO.  Memorial Contribution may be made to Operation Breakthrough of St. Vincent’s Family Service Center 3039 Troost Ave. Kansas City, MO. 64109. Online condolences in Weston’s memory may be sent to meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Weston was born September 23, 1946 in Dubuque, IA the son of Alfred and Marie (Grunner) Rehfeldt.  He married Karla (Kopnick) Rehfeldt February 17, 1970 who survives of the home.  He was a member of the Church of the Resurrection Blue Springs, and the Heartland Coursing Association.  Weston proudly served his country in the US Army in Vietnam, was active in the VFW Post 6603 Blue Springs, MO, and American Legion Post 407 Lenexa, KS. He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and two sisters.

In addition to his wife Karla he is survived by four daughters Martina Rehfeldt, Tanya Winkler, Shelley Barnett, Renee Rehfeldt all of Blue Springs, MO and a son Richard Rehfeldt of Grain Valley, MO, two sisters Iantha Hart and Darlene Rehfeldt, and seven grandchildren.

Dianne M. Duncan

Dianne DuncanMonday at 5:00 Am, Dianne, age 66, lost her courageous battle with cancer; she fought until the end with dignity and grace. She was surrounded by loved ones and friends, she had such a strong belief in our Lord that she understood that this was his plan and she was at peace.  

Dianne was very much a leader in her Church and Community; she served and took care of the “Adopt-a-family” for Blue Springs Christian Church. She traveled to a Church in California for training to be a leader in “Celebrate Recovery” at her Blue Springs Church, which she served for eight years. She spent her days volunteering in many ways for our Community. She was happiest doing for others and serving the Lord.

Dianne and her husband Ray, were happily married for 48 years, she was a devoted Wife and Mother to her only daughter Carol. She was so proud of her three Grandchildren and she showered them with her unconditional love. She had many pets that she adored and the biggest heart and love for all animals, so much so that her friends and family held a donation drive in her name and presented it in her honor to Wayside Waifs Animal Shelter. Everyone’s generosity in giving to animals gave her strength in her final days.

Dianne will be remembered for many things, but especially for her giving and serving heart for others.

She is survived by her husband, Raymond Duncan of Blue Springs, daughter, Carol Keener of Blue Springs, and her fiancé Mitchell Canseco of Lee’s Summit, three Grandchildren, Alyssa, Brenna, and Caden Keener of Blue Springs, brother and his wife, Jimmy and Susie Vinson of Lawson, MO, their three children and their families, brother and sister in law, James and Dixie Duncan of Kansas City, sister-in-law Betty Ross of Joplin, Missouri.

Funeral Services will be at 11:00 Saturday March 23, 2013 at the Blue Springs Christian Church 7920 S. 7 Hwy Blue Springs, MO. Visitation will be from 9:00 to 11:00 prior to service. Burial in Mt. Washington Cemetery. Online condolences may be left in Dianne’s memory to meyersfuneralchapel.com

Mary C. “Corky” Pack

Mary C. “Corky” Pack, 85, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Wednesday March 20, 2013 at the St. Mary’s Manor in Blue Springs, MO.  Funeral Services will be 11:00 am Monday at the Meyers Funeral Chapel 1600 W. Main St. Blue Springs, MO.  Visitation will be one hour prior to service.  Interment will be in Blue Springs Cemetery.   Memorial contributions may be made to Catholic Charities or St. Mary’s Manor.  Online condolences may be left in Mary’s memory to meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Mary was born March 24, 1927 in Grain Valley, MO the daughter of Noah L. and Ruby (Lehman) Moore. She was a member of St. John LaLande Catholic Church of Blue Springs, and worked for Western Electric as an auditor.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Ernest Pack, daughter Dana Ray Pack, brother George Moore, sisters Evelyn Morris, and Shirley Decker.

Survivors include her son Richard Pack of Lee’s Summit, MO, daughter Constance Pack-Deering of Blue Springs, MO, sister Bonnie Knight of Lee’s Summit, MO, 3 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces and nephews.

Ruth Ola Graves

Ruth Ola Graves, 97, of Blue Springs, MO passed away March 19, 2013, at John Knox Village in Lee’s Summit, MO.  Graveside service will be 12:00 noon, Monday, March 25, 2013, at Memorial Park Cemetery in Columbia, MO.  Memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm Sunday, April 7, 2013 at the Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church Woods Chapel and 40 Hwy Blue Springs, MO.  Online condolences in Ruth’s memory may be sent to meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Ruth was born March 16, 1916, in Lamar, MO the daughter of Sanford P. and Ruth (Finks) Smith.  She was a member of Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church of Blue Springs, MO., the Tuesday club, Beta Sigma Phi, Church Women’s Circle, Daughter’s of the Confederacy.  She was a graduate of Lamar High School.  She worked for MFA Insurance Company and the Women’s Center of UMC.  She was preceded in death by her husband John E. Graves Jr.

Survivors include her daughter Ruth Ann Hafner of Lake Tapawingo, MO; grandchildren, Christopher Walker-Hafner and wife Laken, Morgan and Madison Hafner; great grandson, Emmett Christopher Walker-Hafner.

LTC William F. Dixon

William DixonLTC William F. Dixon (Ret.) 89 of Blue Springs, MO passed away March 23, 2013.  He retired after over 30 years of distinguished service including the Marine Corp during WWII and the Pacific Campaigns, then Korea, Lebanon, and Viet Nam as an officer in the US Army.  He is survived by a loving family.

A memorial service will be held 3:00 pm, Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276, with visitation one hour prior to the service at the chapel.  Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to Wounded Warriors. Memorials and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Mary M. Johnson

Mary M. Johnson, 67, Blue Springs, MO passed away Saturday March 23, 2013 at Centerpoint Hospital in Independence, MO.   Memorial services will be at 11:00 am Friday, March 29, 2013 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel Blue Springs, MO.  Visitation will be one hour prior to service. Memorial Contributions to the American Cancer Society Hope House or the sender’s choice of charities.  Online condolences may be left in Mary’s memory to meyersfuneralchapel.com

Mary was born May 30, 1945 in Calhoun, GA the daughter of Elisha and Ruby (Green) Hall.  She was a Christian by faith and a homemaker.  She enjoyed shopping, spending time with grandchildren, and helping others in need.

Survivors include her husband, Lyndell Johnson of the home; sons, Bill McBrayer of Jonesboro, GA, , Randy McBrayer of Oak Grove, MO, Ronnie Johnson of North Kansas City, MO, Brian Johnson of Waycross, GA; daughters, Debra Treiber of Columbia, SC, and Jo Dube of Homeland, GA; also nine grandchildren.  She was not only our mother, but our best friend.

Frederick Jones

Frederick Dale Jones, 76, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Saturday March 30, 2013.  Funeral services will be at 11:00 am Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel 1600 W. Main St. Blue Springs, MO.  Visitation will be one hour prior to service.  Burial with full military honors at the Blue Springs Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be sent to the sender’s favorite charity.  Online condolences in Fredrick’s memory may be sent to meyersfuneralchapel.com

Frederick was born May 12, 1936 in Kansas City, MO the son of Harold and Alice (O’Deniel) Jones.  He was a Christian by faith, very active in the Boy Scouts of America as a scout and a leader.  He worked at the Bendix plant in quality control.  He was a US Marine veteran.

Survivors include his wife Vicki Jones of the home, daughter Lisa Arnold and husband Tom, sons Mike Jones of Blue Springs, MO, Mark Wilkinson and wife Michelle of Blue Springs, MO, and Mitchell Jones and wife Cheryl of Dallas, TX, grandchildren Felicia Lovely, Michelle, Jimmy and Amanda Wilkinson, Melissa, Liz, and Kenny Jones, Audrey Cisler, great-grandchildren Skyler Wilkinson, Lincoln Lovely, and Kaden Smith

Jack Howery

Jack L. Howery, 64, of Blue Springs, MO passed away March 30, 2013 at his home. He was born January 3, 1949 in Kansas City, MO to Acie and Merle (Goddard) Howery.  On January 24, 1970 Jack was united in marriage to Cindy Casey and she survives at the home.  Jack spent his working career at Armco Steel.  He was preceded in death by his parents. 

In addition to his wife, Cindy, he is survived by his sons, Jason L. Howery of the home, Adam A. Howery and wife Lana of Blue Springs, MO; father-in-law, Civie D. Casey and wife Lana; brother-in-law, Neville Lloyd and wife Sheila; grandchildren, Gage and Addison Howery. And a host of cousins.

Jack has been cremated according to his wishes.  No services are planned at this time.  Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO. Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Mary Schieszer

Mary SchieszerMary Schieszer, 88, of Blue Springs, MO passed away surrounded by her loving family at home.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Leo Lawrence and Katherine (Pfister) Thiel, and brothers, Leo, George, and Louis Thiel.  Mary attended Mercy Academy High School in Marshall, MO.  After graduation, Mary entered St. Mary’s School of Nursing and was a member of the Cadet Corp, graduating in 1946.  Mary worked in several hospitals before becoming a Community Health Nurse for the Jackson County Health Department.  She worked in that capacity for 36 years, retiring in 1991.  Mary was presented the Harry S. Truman Award in recognition of her service at Truman Medical Center East.  Mary was also recognized by the Missouri Board of Nursing for 50 years of nursing.  Mary was very active in her parish church at St. John LaLande Catholic Church in Blue Springs, MO, serving in the Altar Society Legion of Mary, and leading the Rosary at the early Sunday Mass.  Mary volunteered her time and efforts with the Red Cross, Cancer Society, and as an election official.  Mary enjoyed tending her flowers and shrubs, going to garage sales, watching “Jeopardy”, “Wheel of Fortune”, and Notre Dame Football.

Mary was a loving, kind, and generous, wife and mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend.  She was always there for family and friends.  She will be deeply missed and cherished by everyone who knew her.  Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Charles (Pete) Schieszer; sons. Steve, Larry and wife Carol, Lonnie, David and wife Kerrie; brother, Don Thiel and wife Barbara, John Thiel and wife Catherine; grandchildren, Kurt, Amanda, Alex, Daniel, and Cole Schieszer; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation for Mary will be 5-7:00 pm, Monday, April 8, 2013, with Rosary at 7:00 pm, at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Funeral Mass will be 10:00 am Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at St John LaLande Catholic Church, 805 NW R.D. Mize Rd, Blue Springs, MO.  Burial at Missouri Veteran Cemetery, Higginsville, MO.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Joyce E. Warner

Joyce Warner

Joyce E. Warner “Grammie”. 79, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Tuesday, April2, 2013 at Centerpoint Medical Center in Independence, MO.  She was born July 19, 1933 in Portland, ME to Paul and Sadie Smith, who preceded her in death.  She was also preceded in death by her husband, George E. Warner, and her partner, Winston K. Flye. 

She is survived by her daughter, Laura Jo Warner; two brothers and 3 sisters; many nieces and nephews; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law; and two very special “grandkids”, Taylor Houle and Michael Oliphant, who she thought the world of.

Joyce served in the Marine Corp as a supply clerk in San Diego.  She worked at Western Electric, Marlin Lures as an insurance clerk, and a waitress.  She loved to bowl, play bingo, and watch sports especially the Royals and the Chiefs.  She will be deeply missed.

The family would like to express their appreciation for the care given by St. Mary’s Manor and Centerpoint Medical Center.  Cremation, no services planned.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Harry Dexheimer

Harry DexheimerHarry Dexheimer, 91, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Thursday, April 04, 2013, at St. Mary’s Manor Blue Springs, MO.  Funeral Service will be at 12:00 Noon Saturday April 6, 2013 at First United Methodist Church of Blue Springs 301 SW Woods Chapel Road, Blue Springs, MO 64015.  Visitation will be one hour prior to service.  Burial in Blue Springs Cemetery.  Memorial Contributions may be made to the church or Crossroads Hospice 9237 Ward Parkway Suite 300 KCMO 64114.  Online condolences may be sent in Harry’s memory to meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Harry was born March 15, 1922 in Springfield, IL the son of Harry M. and Sierra Nevada (Collins) Dexheimer.  He was a member of the First United Methodist Church Blue Springs.  He was an Army Air Corps and Air Force Veteran of the World War II, Korean, and Viet Nam Wars, and served in the 345th Bombers Group and the 17th Bomb Wing in Korea.  Harry was also a member of the Sons of the American Revolution.  He was preceded in death by his wife Inez Dexheimer August 30, 2009, a brother Ramon Dexheimer, and sister Grace Brest.

Survivors include son Gregory Roy Dexheimer and wife, Kathy of Blue Springs, MO, daughter Valerie J. Harrison and husband Roger Kim, sister Gloria L. Louis of Springfield, IL, four grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

Irene Sommers

Irene SommersIrene Sommers, 90, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Saturday, April 06, 2013 at St. Mary’s Manor in Blue Springs, MO.  A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 am Wednesday April 10, 2013 at the St. John LaLande Catholic Church 805 NW RD Mize Rd. Blue Springs, MO. Visitation will be one hour prior to mass.  Burial will be in Blue Springs Cemetery. Memorial Contributions may be sent to the church.  Online condolences in Irene’s memory may be sent to meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Irene was born May 15, 1922 in Chicago, IL.  She was a member of St. John LaLande Catholic Church, the Cosmetology Association, VFW Ladies Auxiliary, John F. Kennedy Council Auxiliary, and the Ararat Legion of honor.  She owned and operated the Sommers Hair Color and Styling Salon, and was also CEO of Sommers’ Sales and Service.  She enjoyed bowling, the riverboats, and traveling.  She was preceded in death by a brother, and four sisters.

Survivors include her husband of sixty-seven years Melvin Sommers of the home, sons Rodney Sommers and wife Donna of Lake Lotawana, MO, Mark Sommers of Blue Springs, MO, and Keith Sommers and wife Lori of Lake Lotawana, MO, sister Florence Marmin of Miami Beach, FL,  six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Gerald Percival

Gerald PercivalGerald R. “Johnny” Percival, 75, of Blue Springs, MO passed away April 6, 2013 at His home.  He was born September 28, 1937 in Linn Creek, MO to Edgar and Lera (Jones) Percival.  Gerald was a US Navy veteran.  January 3, 1978 he was united in marriage to Jo Reynolds and she survives of the home.  He was a Deputy Sheriff with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Kenneth Percival.

In addition to his wife, Jo, he is survived by his daughters, Cheryl Alley of Kansas City, MO, Sandy Diechmann and her husband Matt of Wentzville, MO; son, Stacy Percival and his wife Sheila of Kansas City, MO; sister, Cleo Holder and husband Lester of Camdenton, MO.  He is also survived by his granddaughters, Sarah and Rachel Alley; and his grandsons, Justin, Brayden and Trenton Percival, and Cole and Clay Miller.

A celebration of Johnny’s life will be 2:00 pm, Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276, with visitation one hour prior to the service.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Gary L. Brewington

Gary BrewingtonGary L. Brewington, 58, of Lone Jack, MO passed away April 7, 2013 at the Kindred Hospital in Kansas City, MO.  Graveside services will be at 10:30 am Thursday April 11, 2013 at Lone Jack Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 pm Wednesday April 10, 2013 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel 1600 W. Main St. Blue Springs, MO.  Memorial Contributions may be sent to the Lone Jack Fire Dept. or the American Heart Association.  Online condolences may be left in Gary’s memory to meyersfuneralchapel.com

Gary was born April 27, 1954 in Independence, MO the son of Denver and Ruth (Sanders) Brewington.  He was a heavy equipment mechanic for Independence Power and Light Company.  Gary was also a past fire chief for many years at the Lone Jack Fire Dept.  He loved spending time with his grandchildren and riding his motorcycle. He was preceded in death by his father Denver Brewington.

Survivors include his wife Debra of the home, sons Shawn Brewington and wife Mendy of Kingsville, MO, Scott Brewington and wife Dana of Warrensburg, MO, mother Ruth Hearn of Venice, FL, brothers Steve Brewington of Raymore, MO, and Russ Brewington of Olathe, KS, grandchildren Malea, Sawyer and Cy.

Robert D. Orndorff

Robert D. Orndorff, 80, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Monday, April 08, 2013 at his home.  Funeral service will be 11:00 am Friday, April 12, 2013 at the First United Methodist Church of Blue Springs, MO.  Visitation will be one hour prior to service.  Burial in Blue Springs Cemetery.  Memorial contribution in care of the church to the Handicap Van Fund.  Online condolences may be left in Robert’s memory to meyersfuneralchapel.com

Robert was born February 22, 1933 the son of Eldon and Frances (Glore) Orndorff.  On April 11, 1959 he married Carol (Sigmund) Orndorff who survives of the home.  He was a receiving clerk for the Sears and Roebuck Company for forty and one half years.  A member of the First United Methodist Church of Blue Springs, MO, was an active greeter on Saturday evenings, served in the US Army, enjoyed watching westerns on tv, yardwork, traveling, and most of all spending time with his grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, five sisters and one brother.

In addition to his wife Carol he is survived by his son Jeffrey Orndorff of Shawnee, KS, daughter Beth Sanders and husband Todd of Lone Jack, MO, brother Jim Orndorff and wife Pat of St. Charles, MO, Martha Ames of Ewing, MO, grandchildren Alexander Orndorff, Logan, Garrett, and Elizabeth Sanders.

William Bunce

William BunceWilliam H. “Bill” Bunce, 70, of Grain Valley, MO passed away April 6, 2013.  Bill was preceded in death by his loving wife of 46 years, Mary Lea Bunce. 

He is survived by a daughter, Cindy Jantti of North Kansas City, MO; 2 sons, Mike Bunce of Independence, MO and Jeff Bunce of Bullard, TX.  Eleven grandchildren and six great grandchildren who brought him great joy.  Two brothers, Jerry and Tom, and a dearly devoted Aunt Mary Krummel.

Bill was very well known in the Kansas-Missouri areas a self-employed owner of Bill’s Floor Machine Service for over 35 years.  Bill loved fishing and his two beloved boxers, Max and Molly.  He will be sadly missed by many.

Memorial services for Bill will be 1:30 pm, Saturday, April 13, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the chapel.  Contributions in memory of Bill may be made to the American lung Association.

Sharon Sommers

sharon sommersSharon K. Sommers, 66, of Blue Springs, MO passed away April 7, 2013.  A visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 Thursday April 11, 2013 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel Blue Springs, MO.  A private family inurnment will follow at a later date at Missouri Veterans Cemetery Higginsville, MO. Memorial contributions may be made to Crossroads Hospice 9237 Ward Parkway, KCMO 64114. Online condolences in Sharon’s memory may be sent to meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Sharon was born May 1, 1946 in Kansas City, MO the daughter of Otha and Mary Opal (Sinclair) McKee.  She was a 1964 graduate of Northeast High School, and was a clerical worker for Employers Reinsurance Company.  She was a Baptist by faith, enjoyed shopping traveling and especially spending time with her grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, and a brother Landis McKee.

Survivors include her husband of forty-one years Tony Sommers of the home, daughters Stacy Fisher and husband Jonathan of Grain Valley, MO, Toni Marie Henson and husband Shane of Blue Springs, MO, brother Gary McKee of Warrensburg, MO, grandchildren Tyler, Brandi, and Chole Fisher, Gia Henson.

Albert Huff

Albert HuffAlbert M. Huff, 89, Independence, MO passed away April 7, 2013 at the Centerpoint Hospital in Independence.  Graveside service will be at 1:00 pm Thursday, April 11, 2013 at Blue Springs Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 12:00 to 1:00 at Meyers Funeral Chapel 1600 W. Main St.  Blue Springs MO prior to the graveside.  Memorial contributions to the American Heart Association.  Online condolences may be left in Albert’s memory to meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Albert was born June 4, 1923 in Oil City, Pennsylvania.  He was the Executive Director of Sales and Marketing for the Leo Burnett Company in Chicago, IL.  He enjoyed model train building, playing cards, photography and working with computers.  He won the philanthropist award at the Fountains Care Center. He was preceded in death by his wife Frances in 1997.

Survivors include his daughter Martha Crane and husband Larry of Blue Springs, MO, grandchildren Stephen Crane and Leslie Aldred both of Grain Valley, MO, great-grandchildren Mallory, and Macy Crane, Charles and Henry Aldred.

Hazel Maurer

Hazel F. Maurer, 96, of Grain Valley, MO passed away Monday, April 8, 2013 at the St. Mary’s Manor in Blue Springs, MO.  There are no services planned. 

Hazel was born December 25, 1916 in Grain Valley, MO the daughter of Clyde T. and Lela M. (Dodson) Webb.  She was a homemaker and a catholic by faith.  She was preceded in death by her husband Frances J. Maurer.

Lois Fay Storms

Lois StormsLois Fay Storms, 87, of Independence, MO passed away Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at her home.  Lois was born September 6, 1925 in Hardin, MO to William and Anna Mae (Rosewarren) Ferguson.  On May 11, 1946 she was united in marriage to Kenneth Storms who survives at the home. She was a member of Colbern Road Restoration Church, she was active in the church women’s clubs at various posts around the world.  She was also a Red Cross Volunteer.  She enjoyed traveling, bowling, music, and spending time with her family.  She was preceded in death by her parents, and two sisters, Carolyn Lane and Wilma Eslinger.

In addition to her husband Kenneth she is survived by her daughter, Angela Howard and husband Roy of Blue Springs, Mo; son, David Storms and wife Ruth of Independence, MO; sister, June Shirky of Blue Springs, MO; brother, William D. Ferguson and wife Twila of Liberty, MO; 7 grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren

Visitation will be 6 – 8:00 pm Thursday, April 11, 2013 at Colbern Road Restoration Church, 9525 Lake Lotawana Road, Gate 2, Lee’s Summit, MO.    Funeral services will be 11:00 am, Friday, April 12, 2013 at the church.   Burial to follow at Richmond Memorial Gardens.  Memorial contributions may be made to St. Luke’s Hospice.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Violet Lentz

Violet LentzViolet Lentz, 105 of Blue Springs, MO passed away April 9, 2013 at Monterey Park Nursing Center in Independence, MO.  Her parents were Harry and Pearl (Adams) Tatum.  She lived her entire life in Blue Springs.  She taught school at the Williams one room school house until she married Ted Lentz July 13, 1927, and retired from teaching but was active in all the schools activities.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Ted; daughter, Jeannine  and her husband Dell Woten; son-in-law James Maness; two brothers Herbert and Harold Tatum and wives.

She is survived by her daughter, Wilma Maness; grandson Richard Woten and wife; nieces, Sue Miche and Mary Damrell.  She loved her pets and many friends.  Memorial contributions may be made to First Christian Church of Blue Springs where she was a lifetime member.

Funeral Services for Violet will be 2:00 pm, Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the chapel.  Burial to follow at Blue Springs Cemetery.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Joseph Kilanoski

Joseph S. Kilanoski, Jr., 70, of Blue Springs, Missouri, passed away April 11, 2013, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Blue Springs.  Funeral Mass will be celebrated 10:00 a.m., Monday, April 15, 2013, at St. John LaLande Catholic Church, 810 NW R.D. Mize Road, Blue Springs, Missouri.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the Mass at the church with Rosary at 9:45 a.m.  Burial will follow at Mt. Moriah Cemetery.

Contributions in memory of Joseph may be made to St. Vincent De Paul Society, 805 NW R.D. Mize Road, Blue Springs, MO, 64015.

He was born July 27, 1942, in Kansas City, Kansas to Joseph and Ettamae (Kenyon) Kilanoski, Sr.  He graduated from the University of Kansas and received his Masters from the University of Missouri at Kansas City.  On November 6, 1965, he was united in marriage to Carol Kenton, who survives him.  He was a sales consultant in the computer industry.  Joseph was a member of St. John LaLande Catholic Church.  He was a huge KU fan.  He will be missed by family and friends.  Joseph was preceded in death by his parents.

In addition to his wife, Carol, he is survived by his sons, Joseph S. Kilanoski and wife Catherine of Denver, Colorado, and Jonathan Kilanoski, of Blue Springs; daughter, Katherine Wurzer, and husband Mitch of Parkville, Missouri; sisters Mary Ann Kozikowski of Leawood, Kansas, and Claudia Nichols of Phoenix, Arizona; and grandchildren, Rachel, Reece and Derek Wurzer.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Eleanora Margaret (Hemmer) Snow

Eleanora Margaret (Hemmer) Snow, 95, passed away on April 13, 2013 at Saint Mary’s Manor in Blue Springs, MO. She was born to Nickolas and Katherine (Schmit) Hemmer on July 10, 1917 in Lismore, MN. Eleanora was raised on a farm near Kenneth, MN. She moved to Kansas City, MO in 1939.

Eleanora married Clyde Ramond Snow in 1941 in Kansas City, MO. They had two children, Marvin Dale Snow and Katherine Lynn (Snow) Harper. They lived on a farm near Lone Jack, MO and moved to Blue Springs, MO in 1956. Eleanora worked at the Lake City Ammunition Plant packing ammunition, farmed, helped Clyde with the construction business and sold real state, but her true passion was being a house wife. She was a parishioner at St. John LaLande Catholic Church in Blue Springs, MO.

Eleanora was preceded death by her husband Clyde R. Snow; two children, Marvin D. Snow and Kathy Lynn (Snow) Harper; parents, Nickolas and Katherine (Schmit) Hemmer; 3 brothers; and 4 sisters. She is survived by a sister, Caroline Sibson of Graceville, MN; grandchildren, Jeremy Lee Harper (Deanna) of Lathrop, MO; Valerie Lynn Harper of Lee’s Summit, MO; Jacob Harper (Natalie) of Lee’s Summit, MO; Margaret JoAnn Snow of St. Charles, MO; and 5 great-grandchildren

Mass of Christian burial will be held 11:00 am, Wednesday April 17, 2013 at St. John La Lande Catholic Church in Blue Springs, MO. Visitation will be held one hour prior to service. Burial will be held following the Mass at Lone Jack Cemetery in Lone Jack, MO. Arrangements are entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO. www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Mary Jones

Mary Beth Jones, 74, of Independence, MO formerly of Blue Springs, MO passed away Saturday, April 13, 2013 at home with her family by her side.  She was born February 7, 1939 in St. Louis, Mo to Paul Joseph and Mary (Geisel) Lehnard.  Mary had lived in the Kansas City area since she was 17 years old. 

Mary was employed by the Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas City for nearly 33 years, where she spent the majority of that time as an elevator operator.  Her favorite time of year was springtime.  She enjoyed working in the yard, which she made sure was beautiful every year.  Mary loved animals, especially her dogs.  She was a championship Ping-Pong player, very good bowler and enjoyed playing volleyball.  Her greatest love was her family.  She enjoyed traveling with Jonesy and cherished being “Mimi” for her grandchildren, always there with a hug and a smile.  She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.

She married the love of her life and best friend, William L. “Bill” Jones on November 22, 1974 in Miami, OK.  Jonesy, as she always called him, survives of the couple’s home in Independence.  Additional survivors include her daughter, Cyndi Ann Markey and husband Rob; two grandchildren, Mitch and Bobby Markey; great grandson, Ryder Markey; and a half brother, Paul J. Lehnard.  Mary was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Earl “Rusty” Lowe, Jr.; grandson, Matty Markey; and her father and mother-in-law, Lee and Geneva Jones.

A memorial service will be held 7:00 p.m. Thursday, April 18, 2013 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel in Blue Springs.  The family will receive friends from 5-7:00 p.m. prior to the service.  Memorial contributions are suggested to the Down Syndrome Guild, American Heart Association or American Cancer Society.  Memories of Mary and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Ila J. Barnes

Ila BarnesIla J. Barnes, 87, of Lake Lotawana, MO passed away April 9, 2013 at the Monterey Park Nursing Center.  Funeral service will be at 10:00 am Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel 1600 W. Main St. Blue Springs, MO.  Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 pm Monday April 15, 2013 at the chapel.  Burial will be in Blue Springs Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Lake Lotawana Community United Methodist Church or American Legion Post #499 of Blue Springs, MO.  Online condolences in Ila’s memory may be sent to meyersfuneralchapel.com

Ila was born May 29, 1925 in Georgetown, IL the daughter of Ivan and Anna (Sheppard) Sherer. She married her high school sweetheart, Kenneth D. Huffman.  He was killed in action a year later during the D-Day invasion of Normandy.  She remarried to Charles P. Barnes who preceded her in death.  Moving to the Kansas City area in 1951 she was a homemaker and also worked for Western Auto in the accounting department until 1961 and when she Charles went into business for themselves owning two coin-operated laundry’s and an apartment house.  Also preceding her in death were sisters Louise and Jo, brothers Dwight and Ivan.

Survivors include sons, Gene A. Barnes and wife Carol of Grain Valley, Charles Barnes of Lake Lotawana, MO; grandchildren, Katie Barnes of Grain Valley, MO and David Barnes of Kansas City, MO; brother-in-law, Jim Barnes; sisters-in-law, Carmen Nelson, Opal Sherer,  and Lita Shanahan.

Harold Massey

Harold Massey was born on August 7, 1927 in Competition, MO. His family moved to Kansas City in 1931 and Harold has been a lifelong resident. He graduated from the Missouri School for the Blind in 1948 and married Ernie Cooper Massey on October 10, 1957. 

Harold came to know Jesus Christ as his personal Savior in April, 1952, and served Him faithfully until his death. He has been an associate pastor at the Kansas City Baptist Temple (Graceway) since April 1, 1964. Harold had the oversight of the Hospital Ministry, the Shut-In Ministry, Visitation Ministry, Follow-Up Ministry and Premarriage Counseling. Harold’s ministry spanned the tenure of all three of the church’s pastors: Wendell Zimmerman, Truman Dollar and Jeff Adams.

Harold was an accomplished musician since his teenage years. He became a fan of Mother Maybelle Carter and developed a passion for Bluegrass music. He performed on radio, television and in many churches and shows. There were three things that Harold loved in this world: his Lord Jesus Christ, his wife, Ernie and his guitar!

Harold passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 16, 2013. He was preceded in death by his father, Everett Massey, his mother, Gladys Massey and his wife, Ernestine “Ernie” Massey.

Funeral service for Harold will be 10:00 am, Saturday, April 20, 2013 at Graceway Church, 5460 Blue Ridge Cutoff, Kansas City, MO.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.  Burial will follow at Brooking Cemetery in Raytown, MO.  Contributions in memory of Harold may be made to Graceway Church.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Edwin Goodrich

Edwin GoodrichEdwin Lee Goodrich, 98, of Grain Valley, MO passed away Saturday, April 20, 2013 at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cameron, MO.  He was born November 30, 1914 in Kansas City, MO to George and Ona (Morrison) Goodrich.  In 1940 in Oklahoma he was united in marriage to Dorothy who preceded him in death in 2008.  He was raised in Kansas City and then lived for a long time in rural Grain Valley.  He was Postmaster at the Grain Valley Post Office.  He was very active in the United Methodist Church of Lake Lotawana and was a member of American Legion post # 499 in Blue Springs, MO.  He enjoyed fishing, farming, and he raised registered Herford cattle, often treating them as pets.  In addition to his wife, Dorothy, he was preceded in death by his parents and 2 sisters.

He is survived by his son John Goodrich and his wife Diane of Drumheller, Canada; daughter Sharon Slama and husband Rand of Bethany, MO; 3 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren and 6 step-great grandchildren.

Funeral services for Edwin will be 1:00 pm, Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the chapel.  Burial to follow at Floral Hills East Cemetery, Lee’s Summit, MO.  Contributions in memory of Edwin may be made to the Missouri Veterans Home in Cameron, MO.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Wayne Wallace

Wayne E. Wallace, 86, of Blue Springs, MO passed away April 22, 2013 at St. Luke’s South in Overland Park, KS.  He was born May 16, 1926 in Maple, OK to Lester and Mae (Torbet) Wallace.  He was a US Army veteran of WWII. On March 19, 1949 he was united in marriage to Hazel Lee Howard who survives of the home.  Wayne retired from General Motors.  He was preceded in death by his parents, 4 brothers, and his son, Dennis Wayne Wallace.

In addition to his wife, Hazel, Wayne is survived by his daughter, Denise Lee Fregosa and husband Steve of Blue Springs, MO; sisters, Bernice Osburn of Independence, MO, Mildred Sarett of Tahlequah, OK, and Joanne Thompson of Locust Grove, OK; brothers, Herbert Wallace of Bakersfield,, CA, Lester Wallace, Jr. of Wagoner, OK; 4 grandchildren, Kyle, Brad, Amy, and Jennifer; and 7 great grandchildren, Kameryn, Ella, Sophia, Ryann, Brooklyn, Avery, and Mia.

Visitation for Wayne will be 10 – 11:00 am, Thursday, April 25, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel. 1600 W. main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276 with funeral service following at 11:00am.  Burial will be at 1:00 pm at Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville, MO.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Larry Hunt

Larry L. Hunt, 70, of Grain Valley, MO passed away April 21, 2013 at St. Luke’s East Medical Center.  Visitation for Larry will be 5 – 7:00 pm, Thursday, April 25, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 West Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Funeral services will be at 11:00 am. Friday, April 26, 2013 at Blue Springs Cemetery, Blue Springs, MO.  Contributions in memory of Larry may be made to the family to defray funeral expenses.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Larry was born July 25, 1942 in Fulton, MO to Othie and Ruth (Kemp) Hunt.  He was the owner/operator of Larry Hunt Trucking.  He got a great deal of enjoyment from his work.  He was preceded in death by his parents, a grandson, Kamiko Mamaeula, and granddaughter, Rebecca Hunt.

Larry is survived by his wife, Patricia Hunt of the home; sons, Jeffrey Hunt and wife Jamie,  Othie Lee Hunt, Scott Alan Hunt and wife, Lauren, Troy Hunt and wife, Kelly all of Bowling Green, MO and Bryan Hunt and wife, Jennifer of Blue Springs, MO; daughters, Michelle Himmelberg and husband Ray of Phoenix, AZ, Melissa Reed and Shone of Grain Valley, MO, Krista Reed and husband, Isaako of Grain Valley, MO; sister Carole Kane of Denver, CO; in-laws, Kenneth and Shirley Coy of Shullsburg, WI; and 21 grandchildren.

Maria J. Wright

Maria J. Wright, 36, of Lee’s Summit, MO passed away April 23, 2013 at the University of Kansas Medical Center.  She was born to Kenneth and Janice (Kirby) Wright on February 27, 1977 in Kansas City, MO.  Maria is survived by her daughter, Kora J. Wright of Lee’s Summit; mother, Janice (Kirby) Wright of Lee’s Summit, MO; sisters, Michelle Navarro of Kansas City, MO, Marcella Wright-Smith (George) of Garden City, MO, and Melinda M. Stoermann (Justin) of Raytown, MO; brothers Michael Wright (Karen) of Blue Springs, MO,  Mitchell J. Wright (Jamie) of Blue Springs, MO.  She is preceded in death by her father Kenneth Wright Jr.

Services for Maria were held 1:00 p.m., Friday April 26, 2013 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel 1600 W. Main St. Blue Springs, MO.  Burial followed at the Blue Springs Cemetery in Blue Springs, MO.  Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, Missouri.  Memories and condolences to the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Margaret Hugill

Margaret E. Hugill, 89, of Buckner, MO passed away peacefully at her home on April 27, 2013.  She was born on December 14, 1923 to H.G. Smith and Edna M. (Chapman) in Ravenwood, MO.  Margaret was united into marriage to Richard Hugill on July 16, 1946 in Kansas City, MO. 

Margaret was a 45 year resident of Buckner, MO.  She was Pentecostal by faith.  Margaret and Richard were married for 66 years.  She enjoyed being a homemaker and spending time with her children.  Margaret loved to sing, play guitar, and played blue grass music.

Margaret is survived by her husband Richard “Dick” Hugill Sr.; children, Patricia McAdams, Trudie Parker, Dixie Kirkham, Beverly Cooney, and Lisa Mansfield; 18 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.  She is preceded in death by a son Richard R. Hugill Jr.; her parents; and 9 siblings.

Visitation will be held 5-7 p.m., on Tuesday April 30, 2013 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel.  Services for Margaret will be held Wednesday May 1, 2013 at 10:00 a.m., at the Meyers Funeral Chapel in Blue Springs, MO, 1600 W.  Main St.  Burial will follow at the Blue Springs Cemetery.   Funeral arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, Missouri.  Memories and condolences to the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Elena Zukauskas

Elena M. Zukauskas, 89, of Blue Springs, MO passed away April 28, 2013 at her home.   Elena was born August 3, 1923 in Prienai, Lithuania to Ignas and Teodora (Pavlovna) Jasinskas.  On February 15, 1946 she was united in marriage to John P, Zukauskas who preceded her in death. She was a Lab Technologist at Cook County Hospital in Chicago.  She loved gardening, knitting and reading. Her universe centered around her children and grandchildren, her garden and her pets.  She imbued her generous spirit and boundless love to all who knew her.  In addition to her husband, John, she was preceded in death by her parents, and a grandson, Adam Merkys.

She is survived by her son, Edward E. Zukauskas and wife Yum Im of El Paso, TX; daughters, Laima Schamel and husband Tony of Blue Springs, MO, Dana Zukauskas of Olathe, KS; brother, Eugene Jasin and wife Regina of Dundas, Ontario, CAN; grandchildren, John Zukauskas and wife Jenny of El Paso, TX, Michael Zukauskas and wife Jennifer of Austin, Texas, Ingrid Berg of Blue Spring, MO, Lauren Coltman of Blue Springs, MO, Ben Schamel of Blue Springs, MO, Justin Merkys and wife Victoria of Chicago, IL, and Stephen Merkys and wife Melissa of Kansas City, MO; great grandchildren, Ryan Zukauskas, Emily Zukauskas, Lilli Berg, Katrina Berg, Ava Berg, and Jack Merkys.

Funeral Mass for Elena will be 10:00 am, Thursday, May 2, 2013 at St. John LaLande Catholic Church, 801 NW R.D. Mize Rd., Blue Springs, MO.  Visitation will be 30 minutes prior to the service at the church.  Contributions in memory of Elena may be made to Susan G. Komen Brest Cancer Foundation.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Michael Gammill

Michael “Ed” E. Gammill, Jr., 73, of Lake Lotawana, MO passed away Tuesday, April 30, 2013.  Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:00 am, Saturday, May 4, 2013 at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church 4313 State Route 7, Blue Springs, MO.  Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 pm Friday, May 3, 2013 at the church.  A Rosary will be said at 4:45.  Memorial Contributions may be sent to the church or The Memorial Rose Garden at Lake Lotawana. Online condolences in Ed’s memory may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Ed was born February 1, 1940 in Little Rock, AR the son of Michael E. Gammil, Sr. and Mary Jane (Toon) Gammill.  He was a Computer Analyst for the Hallmark Card Company for 30 Years, a member of St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church, Stockton Lake Yacht Club, Missouri Yacht Club, and a board member of the Lake Lotawana Association.  He also served his country in the Marine Reserves.

Survivors include his wife of fifty years Jackie Gammill of the home, sons Michael E. Gammill III, and wife Shelly of Overland Park, KS, Christopher M. Gammill and wife Debbie of Shawnee, KS, Terrence J. Gammill and wife April of Blue Springs, MO, daughters Deborah Weber and husband Phil of Lake Lotawana, MO, Michele Rook and husband Andrew of Chantilly, VA, Patricia Sicat and husband Hans of Silverthorn, CO, sister Mary Ann Connelly and husband Terry, of Broomfield, CO, also twenty-one grandchildren.

Amelia G. Guevara

Amelia G. Guevara, 82, of Blue Springs, MO passed away April 22, 2013 at Independence Manor Care Center.  She was born July 31, 1930 in Victoria, TX to Atanasio Garcia and Amada Ramirez.  She was a restaurant owner, and a Christian by faith.  She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband Daniel. 

She is survived by her daughter, Melissa Wood of Blue springs, MO; brother, Lorenzo Garcia of Victoria, TX; and 2 grandchildren.  Memorial services for Amelia will be 6:00 pm, Thursday, May 2, 2013 at Cornerstone Church, 301 SE County Rd. AA, Blue Springs, MO.  Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

M.Elise Singleton

M. Elise Singleton, 83, a resident of Independence, Missouri passed away Saturday, May 4, 2013 at Menorah Medical Center.  She was born January 14, 1930 to Doris M. (Brown) and Clarence W. Coates in McCamey, Texas.

Elise graduated from William Chrisman High School and lived in Independence, Missouri nearly fifty years.  She was a Christian by faith.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and sister, Mary Jordan.  Survivors include her two daughters: Debbie Bollmeyer and husband, Larry of Lexington, Missouri, Lisa Rodgers and husband, Clay of Blue Springs, Missouri; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother John Coates of Topeka, Kansas; and a sister, Janice Monroe of Raymore, Missouri.

Graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 11, 2013 at the New Hope Cemetery, Liberty, MO. Cremation arrangements by Meyers Funeral Chapel in Blue Springs, MO. Memories of Elise and condolences to the family may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Athelia Davis

Athelia Mae Davis, 90, of Grain Valley, MO passed away May 5, 2013 at St. Mary’s Manor in Blue Springs, MO.  Graveside services and burial will be held 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at the Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Marceline, MO.  The family will receive friends from 9-10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Meyers Funeral Chapel in Blue Springs.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Manor.  Memories of Athelia and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com. meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Athelia was born March 18, 1923 in Rothville, MO the daughter of William P and Georgia L. (Garrow) Noah.  They preceded her in death.

Survivors include her husband, Paul of Grain Valley; two sons, Donald D. Davis (Pam) of Mankato, MN, and David W. Davis of Independence, MO; grandsons, Patrick and Brian  Davis and great-granddaughter Georgia Davis, all of Columbia, MO.

Matthew Young

Matthew L. Young, 27, of Pleasant Hill, Mo passed away May 3, 2013.  He was born December 30, 1985 to Terry and Joy (Hart) Young in Kansas City, MO.  On April 21, 2012 he was united in marriage to Claire Markey and she survives of the home.  Matthew was a fire fighter for the Central Jackson County Fire Protection District and the Pleasant Hill Fire Department.  He was a Baptist by faith.  He was a member of International Fire Fighter’s Union # 3133, and a founder of Paul M. Busch Foundation for the Outdoors.  He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Ralph Young, and maternal grandparents, James and Joyce Hart.

In addition to his wife, Claire, he is survived by his parents, Terry and Joy Young of Pleasant Hill, MO; paternal grandmother, Nona Young of Raytown, MO; sisters, Jacki Scott and Husband Ryan of Savannah, MO, Rachel Wall and husband Bryan of Rosendale, MO, and Sarah Buchanan and husband Andrew of Republic, MO; nieces and nephews, Rylee, Seth and Adryan Scott, Jayden and Ashtyn Wall, and Zachary Buchanan.

Visitation for Matthew will be 5 – 8:00 pm, Thursday, May 9, 2013 at Abundant Life Baptist Church, 414 SW Persels Rd, Lee’s Summit, MO.  Funeral service will be1:00 pm, Friday, May 10, 2013 at the church. Burial will be at Pleasant Hill Cemetery.  Contributions in memory of Matthew may be made to Paul M. Busch Foundation for the Outdoors.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Laureana S. DeOcampo

Laureana S. DeOcampo, 93, of Liberty, MO passed away at her residence on Monday May 6, 2013.  She was born to Felipe and Florentina (Morales) Sagguilig on July 4, 1919 in the Philippines. 

Laureana was united into marriage with Sotero DeOcampo Sr. on December 6, 1945 in the Philippines.  They moved to the United States in 1978 and Laureana worked as a homemaker.  She was a parishioner of St. John Lalande Catholic Church in Blue Springs, MO since moving in 1978.

Laureana is survived by her children, Antonio (Emelda) of Blue Springs, MO, Wilhelmina (Romulo) of Edmund, OK, Bonifacio (Susan) of Gilberts, Il, Sotero Jr. (Analyn) of Wentzville, MO, Digna of Blue Springs, MO, Josephine (Benedict) of Blue Springs, MO, Maria Nila (Danilo) of Northridge, CA, Maria Florence (Larry) of Liberty, MO, 16 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.  She is preceded in death by her parents; husband Sotero; and several siblings.

Visitation will be held 6-8:00 p.m., Monday May 13, 2013 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel in Blue Springs, MO with Rosary prayed at 7:30 p.m.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday May 14, 2013 St. Marks Catholic Church in Independence, MO.  Burial will follow at the Blue Springs Cemetery in Blue Springs, MOCondolences and memories of Laureana may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com. Final arrangements entrusted with Meyers Funeral Chapel , 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, Mo 64015.

Geraldine L. Prater

Geraldine Louise (Wegener) Prater of Odessa died Friday, May 10, 2013, at Golden Living Center in Odessa.

Jerry Lou was born Nov. 2, 1937, in Higginsville, Mo, to John Herman and Ruby Fern (Vest) Wegener.

She spent her life caring for others – her four children, her stepson, her parents and step mother. Before retiring, Jerry Lou provided in-home hospice care for the elderly.

She loved being outdoors. Whether it was hunting, fishing or gardening, she loved any part of being outside. She loved cooking and spent many hours cooking for her family. She enjoyed traveling with her loved ones – particularly a cruise to Hawaii with her children.

Jerry Lou was preceded in death by her parents John Wegener and Ruby Clark and step mother Bea Wegener; her husband Norbert “Sonny” Kueck; her son Norbert Michael Kueck; and daughter Teresa “Terry” (Kueck) Howard.

Survivors include two sons John Paul “Petey” and Becky Kueck of Odessa and Nathan “Jay” and Lisa Kueck of Vandalia, Mo.; son-in-law Don Howard of Hiawatha, Kan.; eight grandchildren Patrick and Robert Howard, Stephanie Boothe, Shasta Sanders, Nikki Kueck, Samantha Wade, Cody and Ciera Kueck; 14 great grandchildren; a brother William “Bucky” and Diana Wegener of  Kissimmee, Fla.; two sisters Nyla and Keith Wallace of Signal Mountain, Tenn., and Becky and John Conner of  Summerfield, Fla.;  stepson Phillip Prater of  Maryland Heights, Mo.; numerous nieces and nephews and many friends who were like family.

To honor Jerry Lou’s wishes, the family has not scheduled a formal memorial service at this time.  They will hold a private family service at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks contributions be made to the American Diabetes Association in memory of Jerry Lou Prater.

 

Constance Pickett

Constance (Connie) Lorraine Pickett died Wednesday, May 8, 2013, in Blue Springs, MO.  Cremation. Visitation will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, 1433 NW R.D. Mize Road, Blue Springs, MO. A service and inurnment will follow at 7:30 p.m. Memorials may be made to the church. Services are under the direction of Meyer Funeral Chapel of Blue Springs, MO.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

She was born on Nov. 28, 1954, in Kansas City to David R. Pickett of Blue Springs and the late Maxine J. Pickett. She was a 1973 graduate of Raytown South High School and a 1977 graduate of the University of  Missouri School of Journalism. She was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta and Marching Mizzou’s Golden Girls.

She was a journalist, and had worked as a copy editor, reporter and editor at The Wichita Eagle-Beacon, The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Portland Tribune. Most recently she worked at Career Advisor in Lenexa, Kan.

Connie was a member of The Episcopal Church of the Resurrection in Blue Springs. She served as a lector and was a member of the Daughters of the King. She enjoyed landscaping, sewing, reading, traveling, being an aunt, as well as meeting and talking with people.

Besides her father, and his wife, Dixie, she is survived by a sister, Marcia Gorrell and her husband, Keith, of Marshall, MO; a brother, David H. Pickett and his wife, Mary, of Portland, OR.; one niece, Beatrice Pickett, and four nephews, Bill Gorrell and his fiancé Jamie Hartman, Rob Gorrell, Casey Pickett and Cole Pickett; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her mother and a brother, Robert Pickett, who died in infancy.

Gary Horn

Gary R. Horn, 80, of Independence, MO, passed away on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at Centerpoint Hospital in Independence, MO.  He was born to George N. and Irene M. (Davis) Horn on April 7, 1933 in Kansas City, KS. 

Gary married the love of his life Mary Ann (Manis) Horn on September 25, 1954 in Kansas City, KS.  He was in the United States Marine Corps and served in the Korean War.  Gary retired from Puritan Bennett Corp in 1995.  He enjoyed woodworking, fishing, golfing, playing poker, and his dog Oreo.  Gary loved being around friends and family.

Gary is survived by his wife Mary Ann; daughter, Cheryl (Gary) Spry of Lee’s Summit, MO; son, Mark (Angela) of Lakeland, FL; 4 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren.  He is preceded in death by his parents George and Irene.

The celebration of life will be held 5-7:00 p.m., Thursday, May 16, 2013 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO.   In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials contributions to the Wounded Warrior Project.  Condolences and memories of Gary may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Queenia Renee Swartz

Queenia Renee Swartz, 58, Blue Springs, MO passed away May 12, 2013 at her home. She was born April 23, 1955 in Kansas City, Mo to Edward W. and Inez B. (Goodwin) Frazier. Queenia graduated from Southeast High School in Kansas City.

She had lived in Blue Springs for the last 25 years and was of the Christian faith. Queenia spent the majority of her working years in the billing department for Labconco in Kansas City. She was married to Tom Swartz. They later divorced and remained close friends.

Survivors include her children, Staci Harrison-Brewer (Donald) of Long Beach, CA, Myesha Brown (Ben) of Blue Springs, Mo and Nathan Swartz (Lynn) of Blue Springs, MO; five siblings, Joseph Frazier of Elk Grove, CA, Steven Frazier of Holden, MO, Julie Frazier of Clinton, MO, April Frazier-Stout of Kingsville, MO and Merita Stevens of Warrensburg, MO; nine grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, George Frazier.

A funeral service celebrating Queenia’s life will be held 12:00 p.m. Saturday, May 18, 2013 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel in Blue Springs. Burial will follow at the Knob Noster Cemetery. Visitation will be 10:00 a.m. until time of service. Memories of Queenia and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Betty Rush

Betty M. Rush, 91, of Lake Tapawingo, MO passed away May 13, 2013 at the Villages of Jackson Creek Independence, MO.  Funeral service will be 11:00 am, Friday, May 17, 2013 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO.  Visitation will be one hour prior to service.  Burial in Floral Hills Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society.  Online condolences in Betty’s memory may be sent to www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Betty was born May 1, 1922 in Appleton, MN the daughter of O.W. and Nellie (Seeker) Spencer.  She was a homemaker, attended 1st United Methodist Church of Blue Springs, the Lake Tapawingo Women’s Club, Job’s Daughters and the Moose Club.  She was preceded in death by her daughter Betsy Waldren, brother Wendal Spencer, sister Edith Anderson and three husbands Gordon (Bud) Ackley, William Foley and Leo Rush.

Betty began raising their four B's family in Brainerd, MN until they moved to KC , Mo until the loss of her first husband, when she moved her four B's to Raytown where she met her second husband. When they became empty nesters, they moved to Lake Tapawingo, where they created a wonderful home and gathering environment for so many family and friends, until the loss of her second husband. She later married a friend and neighbor at the lake, who took wonderful care of her when she had a stroke only about a year later. Although unable to walk for  several years, she still has been surrounded by so many family, extended family and friends who have stayed so active in her life. Good-bye Betty Mae.  You will long be remembered and loved.

Survivors include her brother Charles Spencer of Brainerd, MN; sons Gordon Ackley of Jefferson City, MO.; Bernard Ackley of Minneapolis, MN; Scott Foley of Springfield, MO, Joe Rush of Lake Tapawingo; daughters Bunny Drummond of Blue Springs, MO; Jeanne Rush of Lake Tapawingo, Nancy Fry of Blue Springs, MO; nineteen grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.  Good-bye Betty Mae.  You will long be remembered and loved.

James R. Kern

 James R. Kern, 72, of Independence, MO passed away Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Blue Springs, MO. He was born to Everett and Thelma (Bennett) Kern on February 8, 1941 in Blue Springs, MO.

James graduated from Blue Springs high school in 1959. He was a veteran of the United States Army. James worked as a Truck Driver the majority of his life and ended his career with Dart Transit. He liked working on cars and motorcycles. In his younger years he enjoyed country line dancing with his late wife Cleda Mae.

James is survived by his children, Mary (Jim) Sewell of Marysville, WA, Carol (Tim) Brown of Independence, MO, Wayne (Dawn) Shipman of Raleigh, NC, Keith (Tracie) Shipman of Frisco, TX; brother Bill Kern; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife, Cleda Mae Kern; parents, Everett and Thelma; and one brother, Bud Kern.

Funeral Services will be held 2:00 p.m., Friday, May 17, 2013 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO. The family will begin receiving friends at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Blue Springs Cemetery. Memories of James and condolences to the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Joseph Venturina

Joseph Venturina, 51, of Kansas City, MO passed away Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at the Vitas Hospice Unit at Research Medical Center.  Funeral arrangements are pending.

Myrtle Ford

Myrtle M. Greathouse Wheeler Ford of Blue Springs, Missouri, passed away May 16, 2013 at the Villages of Jackson Creek in Independence, MO following a short illness.  She was 94 years and 22 days old.  Myrtle was born in Brookshire, Texas, April 24, 1919, the daughter of William Hayes Greathouse & Alice Menetta Stewart.  Myrtle grew up near Collins, MO and graduated from Weaubleau Missouri High School.  She accepted the Lord at an early age and grew up a Baptist.  She married Ray E. Wheeler of Osceola, MO in 1940.  Two children were born in this union: Mary Alice and William Ray.

Myrtle lived on a farm many years in St. Clair County, MO, worked at a shoe factory, and was a secretary for a country school for several years.  Myrtle helped Ray with their sawmill business.  In 1957 her husband died from a car accident.  She and the children remained a few years at the farm.  Later she married Robert Ford of Blue Springs, MO.  The family moved to the Blue Springs area in 1961.  Myrtle and Robert were employed at Lake City Arsenal, where she later retired.  She and Robert were happily married for 23 years when he died in 1982.  Myrtle has lived on her own with assistance from her son, until her recent illness.  She has experienced remarkable health thru the years and enjoyed her family close by.

Myrtle enjoyed: gardening, making quilts, sewing, cooking, canning, oil painting, drawing, reading, animals, travel and feeding her pet squirrels.  She loved the state of Washington.

Myrtle was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Harold Greathouse, sister-in-law Ozelma Greathouse, son-in-law Bobbie L. Pearson, grandson Bart Allen Pearson and niece Phillys Hensley.

She is survived by daughter, Mary A. Pearson Miller (Gene) of Oak Grove, MO; son, William Ray Wheeler (Wanda) of Grain Valley, MO; six Grandchildren: John Matthew Pearson (Colleen) of Dublin, CA; Mary Melissa Shinoski (William) of Grain Valley, MO; Jennifer Marie Prather (Reese) of Savannah, MO; Ray Eric Wheeler (Christina) of Savannah, MO; James William Wheeler (Melinda) of Kansas City, MO; and Julie Beth Wheeler of Montgomery City, MO; six Great-Grandchildren: Brandon, Addyson, Carston, Kerrigan, Lauren Kate, and Heidi Elizabeth.  She is survived by one niece, Iris De Shazo (Don) of Collins, MO.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m., Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel Blue Springs.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Burial at Blue Springs Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Vitas Hospice.  Memories of Myrtle and condolences to the family may be sent to meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Roberta Radford

Roberta Radford, 67, of Independence, MO passed away May 18, 2013.  Funeral mass will be 10:30 am, Wednesday May 22, 2013 at St. John LaLande Catholic Church.  Visitation will be from 5:45 to 7:30 pm Tuesday May 21, 2013 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel Blue Springs with the rosary prayed at 5:30 pm. Burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.  Memorial Contributions may be made to Catholic Charities Kansas City-St. Joseph Adoption Services.  Online condolences may be sent in Roberta’s memory to meyersfuneralchapel.com

Roberta was born March 3, 1946 in Kansas City, MO the daughter of John M and Mary E. (Kramer) Raynor.  Roberta was in insurance sales and attended St. John LaLande Catholic Church. She was preceded in death by her parents and sisters Karen Hayes and Linda Speer.

Survivors include her sons John M. Radford and wife Kim of Lee’s Summit, MO, Jason Radford of Kansas City, MO, Jeremy Radford and wife Jennifer of Blue Springs, MO, brother Rick Hayes of Springfield, MO, sisters Cathy Speer-Ortiz of Ft. Collins, CO, and Coni Stewart of Independence, MO, grandchildren Jansynn, Alec, Noah, Orion, Phoenix, Griffin, Azure and Zuri.

Joseph R. Davenport

Joseph R. Davenport, 72, of Blue Springs, MO, passed away Monday May 20, 2013 at Vitas Hospice Care in Kansas City, MO.  He was born to Joseph and Naomi (Maines) Davenport on June 23, 1940 in Philadelphia, PA.

Joseph worked as a mail man for the United States Postal Service for 32 years.  He was Baptist by faith.  Joseph truly loved animals, and would do anything for them.  He enjoyed being around family and friends.

Survivors include Carolyn of the home; daughters, Kimberly (Stephen) Zalusky of Pittsburgh, PA, Sherry (Joseph) Sobansky of Pittsburgh, PA, step-son, Greg (Sherry) Elkins of Raymore, MO; brother, Ronnie (Denise) Davenport of Ormond Beach, FL; 8 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren.  He is preceded in death by his parents; son, Craig Davenport; step-daughter Angela Elkins.

Celebration of Life will be held 5-7 p.m. Thursday, May 23, 2013 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO. In Lieu of flowers the family asks that Memorial Contributions be made to Help Humane Society, 507 Main St., Belton MO, 64012 and may be left in care of the funeral home.  Memories of Joseph and condolences to the family may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Linus Garland Aucutt

Linus Garland Aucutt, 85, of Oak Grove, MO passed away May 21, 2013 at the Veterans Administration hospital in Kansas City, MO.  He was born September 22, 1927 in Atlanta, GA to Ellis and Catherine (Lynch) Aucutt.  He graduated from Central High School in Kansas City, and served in the US Navy.  He was a driver for Automotive Distributors Inc.  Garland was a member of the Teamsters Union, and was a Catholic by faith.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and watching baseball.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Ina, and 2 sisters.

Garland is survived by his son, Linn Aucutt of the home; granddaughters, Shelly Tomlinson of Knob Noster, MO, and Cheri Wood of Auburn, CA.

A service to celebrate Garland’s life will be held at a later date.  Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Eva Duncan

Eva Lee Duncan, 85, of Independence, MO passed away Sunday, May 26, 2013 at the Payton Place Care Home in Blue Springs, MO.  Funeral services will be at 12:00 Noon, Friday, May 31, 2013 at the Glenwood Park Methodist 10000 E. 23rd St. South Independence, MO.  Visitation will be one hour prior to service.  Interment will follow at the Mt. Washington Cemetery Independence, MO.  Memorial contributions may be made to the church.  Online condolences may be sent in Eva’s memory to meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Eva was born March 24, 1928 in Kansas City, MO the daughter of Roy D. and Eithel (Thomas) Rudd.  On December 1, 1946 she married Ramon D. Duncan who survives of the home.  She was a member of the Glenwood Park United Methodist Church where she enjoyed participating in all the church functions, the UMC Womens Club, and going to the Palmer Senior Citizens for activity’s.  She retired from the Independence School District as a secretary for many years. She was preceded in death by her parents and a son in law Bob Schenck.

In addition to her husband she is survived by her daughter Linda Schenck of Gladstone, MO, son Dale Duncan and wife Laura of Blue Springs, MO, grandchildren Scott Smiley and wife Lori, LeAnn Cruce and husband Scott, Stacy Schenck, Nicole Snider, Natalie Duncan, Natasha Thompson and husband Shawn, step-grandchildren Courtney, Whitney and Brittney Tapp, great-grandchildren Landon and Kellen Cruce, Austin, Blake and Carson Smiley.

Danny Lee Watkins Sr

Danny Lee Watkins Sr., 68, of Blue Springs, MO passed May 29, 2013 at his home.  Funeral service will be at 10:00 am, Monday, June 3, 2013 at the Timothy Lutheran Church 425 NW RD Mize Rd. Blue Springs, MO.  Visitation will be one hour prior to service. Interment will be in Missouri Veteran’s Cemetery Higginsville, MO.  Online condolences may be left in Danny’s memory at meyersfuneralchapel.com.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Veteran’s Home in Warrensburg, MO or the family.

Danny was born September 9, 1944 in Holton, KS the son of Robert and Lahoma (Brannom) Watkins, Sr.  He was a member of Timothy Lutheran Church, a US Air Force Veteran and enjoyed hunting and helping others.  He was preceded in death by his parents and son, Danny Lee Watkins, Jr.

Survivors include his wife Donna Watkins of the home; son, David E. Watkins of Rayville, MO; step-sons, Randy Kochanowicz and Ron Kochanowicz; brothers, Bobby Watkins, Ronnie Hall, Dicky Watkins, Ron Watkins; sisters, Sandy Watkins and Karen Harper; 14 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

Dr. Carl Jelley

Dr. V. Carl Jelley, Jr., M.D. was born on July 15, 1943 and died on May 29, 2013 at the age of 69. He is survived by his daughter, Cantrell Wenzel, of Blue Springs, MO. He is preceded in death by his brother, Lee Jelley, his father, Vernon Carl Jelley, Sr., and his mother, Bernice Jelley.  Dr. Jelley graduated from Shawnee Mission High School in Prairie Village, KS in 1961. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland in 1965. Dr. Jelley received his Medical Degree from Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois in 1969. He completed his internship in straight surgery at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, Illinois in 1970. Dr. Jelley completed his residency program in Orthopedic Surgery with the Dickson-Dively Clinic UMKC, in Kansas City, MO in 1977. He received his Massage Therapy degree from Heritage College, Kansas City, MO in 2004. Dr. Jelley was Board Certified by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery and the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.

Dr. Jelley began his private practice in Orthopedic Surgery in Independence, MO and Blue Springs, MO in 1978. He retired from private practice in 1999. He began teaching adult swim aerobics in 2006. Dr. Jelley began substitute teaching in the Independence School District in 2008. He enjoyed serving the community in these positions up until the time of his death.

Dr. Jelley believed that hard work, responsibility, honesty, and integrity were the building blocks to a meaningful and purposeful life. He was fully committed to all he pursued in life. He believed in contributing to the greater good of the community, and giving of your time and talents to improve the quality of life of those in need. At the time of his death, Dr. Jelley was serving on the Board of Trustees for the Drumm Farm for Children in Independence, MO, on the Board of Directors of the Heritage Philharmonic Orchestra in Independence, MO, and on the Board of Directors for the Multiple Sclerosis Achievement Center with the Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City. He actively volunteered as a tutor for the Boys and Girls Club in Independence, MO, as a mentor for Big Brothers and Sisters of Kansas City, as a member of the Missouri Sports Massage Team, and as a massage therapist for Kansas City Hospice.

Dr. Jelley pursued his interests and hobbies with the same commitment as he did his career and community service. He enjoyed travel, all genres of music and the performing arts, reading current research in Massage Therapy and Orthopedic Surgery, the study of World History and American History, and the study of the natural sciences, anatomy/biology, and astronomy. He also enjoyed collecting model trains, art, books, and music. Dr. Jelley strongly believed that “Education is the cure to all that ails us”. He was passionate about educating himself, and others, on all that he pursued. He will be dearly missed by those he left to carry on his legacy.

A Memorial Service for Dr. Jelley will be held at the First Christian Church of Blue Springs, MO on Friday, June 21,2013 at 7:00 PM. His graveside service and burial will be at Walnut Grove Cemetery in Paris, MO on Saturday, June 22 at 1:00 PM.

Memorial contributions can be made to Drumm Farm for Children in Independence, MO, Big Brothers and Sisters of Kansas City, and the Boys and Girls Club of Independence, MO.

Edward Carl Gentsch

Edward Carl Gentsch, 54, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Saturday, June 1, 2013 at his home.  He lived his entire life in Blue Springs, MO and Lee’s Summit, MO.

He was a professional painter most of his life and he took great pride in his work.  Ed was a happy, friendly person.  He spoke to everyone he ran into, never meeting a stranger.  He was preceded in death by his mother, Jackie Gentsch; his father, Herman Gentsch; and infant son, Karl Edward Gentsch.

He is survived by his son, Aaron Carl Gentsch; and his sister, Stephanie Gentsch.  He also leaves behind his significant other, Kim Kelehan, and her son, Brendan, who Ed loved like a son.  Also he leaves two step-daughters, Sarah White and Amanda Kendrick.

Visitation for Ed will be 2 – 3:00, Friday, June 7, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St, Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276, followed by a memorial service at 3:00 at the chapel.  Contributions in memory of Ed may be made to Sons of the American Legion Post 499, Blue Springs, MO.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Immediately following the service, everyone is invited to the American Legion Post 499 in Blue Springs for a celebration of life.

Robert L. Sole

Robert L. Sole, 52, of Blue Springs, MO passed away June 4, 2013 at his home.  A celebration of his life will be 4:00 – 6:00 pm, Monday, June 10, 2013 at Meyers Funeral chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO 816-229-3276. 

Robert was born in Independence, MO on April 30, 1961 to Bob Sole and Irene Livengood.  He served his country in the US Army.  Robert was an Owner / Operator in the trucking industry.  He enjoyed grilling, hiking, bicycle riding, hot rods and babes.

He is survived by his father and step mother, Bob and Esther Sole of Independence, MO; mother, Irene Livengood of Kansas City, KS; daughters; Tracey Sole of Imperial, MO, and Christina Sole of Blue Springs, MO; son, Kyle Sole of Hickam AFB, HI; brother, Brian Sole and wife Ginger of San Jose, CA; half sisters, Linda Suder of Kansas City, KS, Sherry Herman of Kansas City, KS; step-siblings, Steven Keller of Joplin, MO, Kathy McCulloch of Butler, MO; and grandchildren, Hailey Sole and Samuel Jarvis

Flovell McKinney

Flovell A. McKinney, 90, a Blue Springs, MO resident passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, June 7, 2013.  She was born on February 1, 1923 to Floyd and Velma (Doyel) Goodson in Holdenville, OK.

Flovell was united into marriage on January 2, 1947 to Raymond McKinney.  She was a hair dresser and owned her own shop for many years.  Flovell was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.  She loved to read, quilt, work crosswords, and listen to waltz music.  She loved being around friends and family. 

Flovell is survived by her daughter Linda (Edward) James of Blue Springs, MO; grandchildren, Nicole Snell of Blue Springs, MO, Tracey Snell and Samuel Long of Blue Springs, MO, Seth Bentley of Blue Springs, MO; grandchildren, Sophia Bentley of Blue Springs, MO.  Her parents and husband Raymond preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Monday June 10, 2013 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO.  Burial will be held Tuesday June 11, 2013 at the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Waldron, AR.  Memories of Flovell and condolences to the family may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Curtis Schuette

Curtis Neal Schuette, 75, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Saturday, June 8, 2013.  He was born in Kansas City, MO on October 20, 1937 to Evelyn and Elmer “Colonel” Schuette. Curtis grew up in Alma, MO where he graduated from Alma high school in 1955. 

Curtis served in the United States Army for 2 years in Ft. Bliss, TX where he attained rank of SGT- E5.  He worked for Associated Grocers for 25 years.  Curtis co-owned and operated Schuette and Bell Brokerage for over a decade.  In 1998 he went to work for Cosentino Food Stores as a Food Diverter until his death.  He loved hunting, fishing, and sports.  Curtis was a member of Timothy Lutheran Church in Blue Springs, MO.

He is survived by his wife Sharon of 51 years; sons, Darin Schuette of Holden, MO, Kevin Schuette of Houston, TX; daughter, Stefanie Baldwin of Blue Springs, MO; sisters, Judy Remis of Denver, CO, Martha (Michael) Parsons of Highlands Ranch CO; brother John (Phyllis) Schuette of Austin, TX; grandchildren, Mackenzie and Morgan of Holden, MO, Macy, Chase, and Devin of Blue Springs, MO, many nieces and nephews.  He is preceded in death by his parents Evelyn and Elmer “Colonel”; daughter-in-law Phleta Schuette; and grandson Dylan Schuette.

Visitation will be held 5-7:00 pm, Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at Timothy Lutheran Church, 425 NW RD Mize Rd., Blue Springs, MO.  Service will be 10:00 am, Thursday, June 13, 2013 at the Church.  Contributions in memory of Curtis may be made to Timothy Lutheran Church.  Memories of Curtis and condolences to the family may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Brian Wallace

Brian WallaceBrian C. Wallace, 44, of Holden, MO passed away June 7, 2013 in St. Louis, MO.  Visitation for Brian will be 2:00 - 4:00, Thursday, June 13, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Memorial Service will follow at 4:00 pm.  Contributions in memory of Brian may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Brian was born December 1, 1968 in Eldorado Springs, MO to Clyde and Judy (Roberts) Wallace.  On March 16, 1996 he was united in marriage to Amanda McHenry, and she survives of the home.  Brian was an Iron Worker with Kansas City, MO local 10.  He was a Christian by faith and enjoyed gardening, playing poker, video games, hunting, and spending time with his family.  He was preceded in death by mother, Judy Wallace; and brother, Larry Wallace.

In addition to his wife, Amanda he is survived by his sons, John and Mac Wallace of the home; father and stepmother, Clyde and Angela Wallace of Blue Springs, MO; step-sister, Sunny Bell and husband Stuart of Roeland Park, KS; Mother-in-law, Charlene and John Potee of Thayne, WY; and a host of nephews and nieces.

Bobadel Polk

Bobadel (Bobbie) Polk 77 of Blue Springs, MO died June 15, 2013.  Bobbie was born March 4, 1936 in Emporia, KS to Ralph and Catherine Hill, She met the love of her life Virgil Polk 63 years ago in Augusta, KS.  They would have celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary September 5, 2013. She co-owned the Typesetter and was co-owner and publisher of the Buckner Villager.  She enjoyed tennis, traveling, fishing, and bridge playing.

She is survived by her husband, Virgil of the home;  sons,  Robin (Tonya), Stillwell, KS, Jeff (Brenda), Plano, TX and Todd (Jennifer), Blue Springs, MO; grandchildren, Nicolas, Brandon, Danielle, Katelyn, Morgan, Dustin, Jackson, Logan, Dalton, Drew and Rylee.  She was preceded in death by her parents, and a grandson, Zachery.

A celebration of Bobbie’s life will be held 2:00 to 4:00 pm, Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Contributions in memory of Bobbie may be made to the Community Service League or Salvation Army.  Memories of Bobbie and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Betty Howell

Betty HowellBetty J. Howell, 65, of Kansas City, MO passed away Sunday, June 16, 2013 at NorthCare Hospice.  She was born December 27, 1947 in Kansas City, MO to Eugene and Lucille Haase. Betty was united in marriage to Paul Howell and he survives of the home.  She was a homemaker, and enjoyed sewing, photography, drawing, gardening, and going to the boats.  She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Barbara Hoover; son, Jerry Howell; grandchildren, Cassie and Michael Phillips.

In addition to her husband, Paul, she is survived by her son, Paul W. Howell of Independence, MO; daughter, Rebecca Pifer and husband Don of Liberty, MO; son, Shane Howell of Kansas City, MO; daughter, Christina Carter and husband Steve of Kansas City, MO; brother, Tom Haase; sisters, Dorothy Taylor, Margaret Fitzmaurice, and Cecilia Owens; 14 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

Memorial services for Betty will be 2:00 pm, Saturday, June 22, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Contributions in memory of Betty may be made to NorthCare Hospice House.  Memories of Betty and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Mya Callaghan-Witcher

Mya Olivia Callaghan-Witcher, 5 months, of Blue Springs, MO passed away June 14, 2013.  She was born January 4, 2013 to Shelby Callaghan and Michael Witcher, Jr. in Kansas City, MO. 

In addition to her parents she is survived by her sister, Ava Callaghan-Witcher of the home; brothers, Delrico Ousley and Antonio Smith of Kansas City, MO; paternal grandfather, Michael Witcher, Sr. of Kansas City, MO; paternal grandmother, Tamera Howard of Kansas City, MO; maternal grandfather, Jim Callaghan of Blue Springs, MO; maternal grandmother, Terry Benne of Lee’s Summit, MO.

Graveside services for Mya will be 11:00 am, Friday, June 21, 2013 at Blue Springs Cemetery, 2800 W. Walnut St., Blue Springs, MO.  Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO. Condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Bruce Turner

Bruce R. Turner, 62, of Lake Tapawingo, MO passed away June 17, 2013.  Bruce was born November 25, 1950 in Kansas City, MO to Elza and Ola Turner.  On November 29, 1982 he was united in marriage to Jeanne Turner and she survives of the home.  He was a US Navy veteran and was a self-employed excavator.  He was a member of the Elks Lodge 2509 in Blue Springs, MO, Ducks Unlimited, Mo Water Ski Federation., Tourna-Mo and Mo-Kan Water Ski Clubs, He enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating, and BBQ.  Bruce was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Robert Turner.

In addition to his wife, Jeanne, he is survived by his son, Daniel Turner; stepsons, Ryan Hefley, and Grant Hefley and wife Sara; and 4 grandchildren.

Visitation for Bruce will be 10:00 – 11:00 am, Friday, June 21, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel. 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Funeral service will follow at 11:00 am at the chapel.  Burial will be at Blue Springs Cemetery, Blue Springs, MO.  Contributions in memory of Bruce may be made to the Miami Project to cure Paralysis, P.O. Box 016960 (R-48), Miami, FL 33101-6960 or KSDS, Inc., Assistance Dogs, 124 W. 7th St., Washington, KS 66968.  Memories of Bruce and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.  The family wishes to extend a special thanks to all of the doctors and the staff who cared for Bruce in this past year.  We couldn’t have asked for better care.

Rosella Swift

 Rosella Swift, 86, of Lee’s Summit, MO passed away June 19, 2013 in Lee’s Summit.  She was born March 19, 1927 in Jefferson City, MO to Martin and Violet Rose (Lairmore) Spellerberg.  She was united in marriage to Merwin Swift who preceded her in death.  Rosella was a homemaker and enjoyed painting, crafts, and spending time with her family.  In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, August and Art; sister, Loretta Winans. 

She is survived by her sons, Dean Swift and wife Edie of Orangeburg, SC, and Gary Swift and wife Norma of Grain Valley, MO; daughter, Tandie Van Maele and husband Kevin of Lee’s Summit, MO; sisters, Carol Hostetter of Pembroke, GA, and Shirley Livings and husband Roy of Bull Head City AZ; brother, Donald Spellerberg and wife Bonnie of Blue Springs, MO; sister-in-law, Shirley Prater of Lee’s Summit, MO; grandchildren, Gary Swift of Pelion, SC, Russell Swift and wife Amy of Huntsville, AL, Michael Swift and wife Janine of Oak Grove, MO, Mary Swift of Independence, MO, Ryan Van Maele and wife Brittany of Lee’s Summit, MO, Emily Van Maele of Lee’s Summit, MO; great grandchildren, Jessica, Jack, Conner, Scott, Aden, Deagen, Owen, Griffen, and many nephews and nieces. 

Memorial services for Rosella will be 11:00 am, Monday, June 24, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 West Main St., Blue Springs, MO 816-229-3276.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the chapel.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Maxine Thomas

Maxine Thomas, 93, a resident of Independence, MO, passed away on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at The Groves in Independence, MO.  Maxine was born May 25, 1920 to Elizabeth and Thomas Clark Blodgett in Flint, MI.

She spent the majority of her working years in the restaurant business as a kitchen aid.  She was a member of the RLDS Church most of her life, but recently started attending the Assembly of God Church in Independence, MO.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a grandson, Christopher Case.  Survivors include Hazel Colvin, who was Maxine’s very best friend for many years; son, Jack Albert Friend of Independence, MO; daughter, Sandra Marie Case and husband, Leslie of Lee’s Summit, MO; five grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at Mt. Washington Cemetery.  The Meyers Funeral Chapel in Blue Springs has been entrusted with the final arrangements.  Memories of Maxine and condolences to the family may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

 

Raymond Foster

Raymond Foster was born at Sparks Hill, Hardin County, Illinois on September 22, 1918 just as veterans of World War I were returning home from France.  He went to meet his Maker on June 23, 2013.

In youth at Rock Creek General Baptist Church he gave his heart to Jesus of Nazareth as Savior and Lord of his life.

After completing eighth grade, he worked for room and board as he attended high school at Elizabethtown and Rosieclare.

After completing requirements for the Baccalaureate degree at Southern Illinois University, he taught his first school at Taylorville, Illinois about thirty miles southeast of the state capital, Springfield, Illinois.

With smothered grief we recall that tragic December 7, 1941 when our ships and sailors went down at Pearl Harbor.  Raymond closed his school on a Friday.  The following Monday in Peoria, Illinois, Raymond put on his country’s uniform ready to do his best at whatever was asked of him.

What was asked of him was forty months of uniformed service in the U.S. Air Force where he served both as Administrative Specialist and as cryptographer.  Thirty months of this service was overseas in the African colony of Nigeria, French North Africa.

After discharge in late October, 1945, Raymond gave five years of teaching and administering elementary schools in Hardin County.

On August 11, 1951 Raymond married Itasca Taber.  The wedding was solemnized by the Methodist ministers at the Rosieclare Methodist Church. This marriage was blessed by the birth of twin boys on November 8, 1955.

After marriage came twelve years of service as County Superintendent of Schools in Hardin County.  During these years many one-room one-teacher schools became part of larger community consolidated schools theoretically capable of offering a richer more excellent educational program for children and youth.

In the fall of 1962 the voting public of Hardin County decreed that Raymond be on his way.  He went to be Reading Specialist at the Bloom Township High School in Cook and Will Counties, Illinois. In this post Raymond gave his best efforts for sixteen years until retirement in 1979.

Some retirement time was spent in Chicago Heights, IL; Joplin, MO; Blue Springs, MO and eventually Overland Park, KS where he made his home with his son Charles Clayton Foster at the time of his passing.

While at Blue Springs, he was an active member in regular and loyal attendance at the North Spring United Methodist Church.

His wife, Tassie, predeceased him. Surviving are two sons and five grandchildren, Rollan W. Foster, wife Susan, Andrew, Jordan, and Tyler of Steger, IL; C. Clayton Foster, wife Donna, Christopher and Tanner   of Overland Park, KS.

Raymond was the son of Charles L. and Cora Clanton Foster.

In life Raymond was often heard to say “I’ve gone many places and done many things, and the finest people I’ve ever known lived in Hardin County”.

If you’ve known me in life, you will likewise know me when we reach the other side, and bless your dear heart, I will know you. Hand in hand we’ll stroll gold-paved streets without potholes. Beside the River of life grows the Tree of Life which will blossom and bear food forever for all who believe on the name of the Savior.

There is no death! The stars go down.

To rise up on some other shore;

And bright in Heaven’s jeweled crown,

They shine forevermore!

And ever near us, thought unseen,

The dear immortal spirits tread,

For all the boundless universe

Is Life – there are no dead.

~McCreery

Raymond’s final prayer: “Oh God of all creation, I earnestly pray your finest blessings will rest upon all the gracious good people I knew and loved in Hardin County, Illinois and also on all the gracious good people I knew and loved at the North Spring United Methodist Church in Blue Springs, Missouri!

Amen”.

The above was written by Raymond himself before his passing.


 

Tracy Connelly

Tracy “Tra” Connelly, 49. Of Independence, Mo passed away Saturday, June 22, 2013.  Tra was born August 24, 1963 in Fairfax, VA  He was preceded in death by his mother Beverly (Orr) Connelly and his grandparents Wayne and Mary Orr. 

He is survived by his sister, Tiffany Cox and husband Travis of Harrisonville, MO; sister, Cheri Garrison and husband B.J. of Buckeye, AZ; brother, Christian Wujcikowski of Sun city, AZ. Nieces Alyssa Cox, Ellie and Shalie Garrison, and Arianna Wujcikowski. Nephew Bradley Cox. Step-father Ed Wijcikowski of Sun City, AZ.

Cremation.  No services are planned at this time.  Condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

John Goodridge

John Wayne Goodridge, 63, of Oak Grove, MO passed away July 2, 2013 at his home. Graveside services for John will be 11:30 am, Monday, July 8, 2013 at Blue Springs Cemetery, 2800 W. Walnut St., Blue Springs, MO. Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

John was born April 16, 1950 in Independence, MO to Jack and Bettie (Nickles) Goodridge. He graduated from Truman High School and was a US Army veteran. He was a machinist for Miller’s Block Company and handles electrical work and all maintenance for KOA in Oak Grove, MO. He was preceded in death by his parents.

John is survived by his brothers, Kevin Goodridge and wife Irma of Bates City, MO, Paul Goodridge of Independence and Phillip Goodridge of Yankton, SD; nephews, Ryan Goodridge, Trevor Goodridge, Kelsea Goodridge, Collin Goodridge; great nephews, Gunnar Goodridge and Dayton House.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.

Steven Bryan

Steven B. Bryan, 52, of Blue Springs, MO passed away July 1, 2013.  Visitation for Steve will be 5 -7:00 pm Friday, July 5, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO.  Funeral services will be 10:00 am Saturday, July 6, 2013.  Burial in Canaan, AR. Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the American Cancer Society.   Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Steve was born April 14, 1961 to Kenneth and Erma Jo Bryan in Kansas City, MO.  He was united in marriage to Shannon Rymer on March 28, 2009 and she survives of the home.  He attended Abundant Life Baptist Church.  He was a warehouse man for Space Center Distribution for 27 years, and a member of the Teamsters Union Local 955.  Steve enjoyed going to the gym, rock music, and spending time with his children and grandchildren.  He loved sports and his car, a 2006 GTO.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

In addition to his wife, Shannon, he is survived by his daughter, Kristen Bryan and fiancé, Bobby Larkin of Grain Valley, MO; son, Chace Bryan of Grain Valley, MO; grandchildren, Bobby M, Braylin, and Kamryn Larkin.

Steve, you will be missed by all of your family and friends.  We love you “to the moon and back”.

Vieva M. Manlove

Vieva M. Manlove, 90, of Blue springs, MO passed away July 5, 2013 in Independence, MO.  Funeral service for Vieva will be 2:00 pm, Saturday, July 13, 2013 at First United Methodist Church of Blue Springs, 301 SW Woods Chapel Road, Blue Springs, MO.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.

Contributions in memory of Vieva may be made to Crossroads Hospice.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

She was born January 26, 1923 in Mendon, MO to Willis and Mollie (Atterbury) Manlove.  She was Payroll Manager for Business Men’s Assurance Co.  She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Blue Springs.  Vieva enjoyed theater, crafts, painting, playing bridge, cruises, and church activities.  She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Ralph.

She is survived by her nieces, Leanne Evans and husband Dennis of Sibley, MO and Lynette Liebhart and husband Roger of New Boston, MO; nephew Dwayne Manlove of Keytesville, MO; sister-in-law, Lorrayne Manlove of Keytesville, Mo; great nephew, Brad Evans and wife Chelsea of Buckner, MO; Great nieces, Kristen Jackson of Buckner, MO, Ashlee Liebhart of Gower, MO, and Amber Liebhart of New Boston, MO; great great nieces, Amanda Jackson, Megan Jackson, and Addison Evans; great great nephew, Wyatt Evans.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue springs, MO.

Kenneth Campbell

Kenneth Milton Campbell, 69, of Buckner, MO passed away Thursday, July 4, 2013 at St. Mary’s Hospital Blue Springs, MO.  Funeral service will be at 11:30 am, Monday, July 8, 2013 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel Blue Springs, MO.  Visitation will be two hours prior to service.  Burial in Oakland Cemetery, Independence, MO. Contributions may be made to the Oakland Methodist Church.  Online condolences in his memory may be sent to meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Kenneth Milton was born May 7, 1944 in Independence, MO the son of Kenneth E. and Ruby R. (Robinson) Campbell.  He married Sharon (Farmer) Campbell on May 21, 1983 who survives of the home.  He graduated from Ft. Osage High School in 1963, was a US Army Veteran, and attended Oakland Methodist Church.  He was a farmer and had lived and farmed his family farm that has been in his family for generations.  He enjoyed silhouette shooting, hunting, fishing, flying airplanes, and spending time with family and friends.  He also worked in construction each year in Alaska. He was preceded in death by his father Kenneth E. Campbell; brother, Joseph D. Campbell; and sister, Lisa Denise Campbell.

In addition to his wife Sharron he is survived by his son, Joseph F. Campbell of Buckner, MO; daughters, Kenna D. Campbell of Eldon, MO, Carolynn Campbell-Burkett and husband Matthew Burkett of Holy Cross, Alaska; mother, Ruby R. Campbell of Buckner, MO; brother, Tim Campbell and wife Penny of Oak Grove, MO; sister, Linda Ronsley and husband Kenneth of Buckner, MO; grandchildren, Brody C Campbell-Wegener, Ollie M.B. Campbell, September A. R. Campbell-Burkett, and Leelou W. A. Burkett.

LeRoy Schonfeldt

LeRoy F. “Rick” Schonfeldt, 91, a longtime resident of Independence, MO passed away July 8, 2013.  He was born January 13, 1922 to Frederick and Anna (Meyers) Schonfeldt in Valley Falls, KS where he lived until entering the service at age 18.  He proudly served as a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne Division in the Invasion of Normandy, and the battle of the Bulge.  LeRoy served form 1940 until 1945. In 1947 he was united in marriage to Anna (Kornbrust) Schonfeldt.    LeRoy worked for Brinks, Inc., retiring after 33 years in 1983.  He was a member of St. Marks Catholic Church, and Knights of Columbus.  He enjoyed baseball, football, a Chiefs fan, and gardening.  He was preceded in death by his parents, 8 sisters, and 4 brothers.

In addition to his wife , Anna Lou, he is survived by his son, John Schonfeldt and wife Debbie of Blue Springs, MO; daughter, Diane Graham and husband Ronald of Blue Springs, MO; 4 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

Funeral Mass for LeRoy will be 11:00 am, Thursday, July 11, 2013 at St. Mark’s Catholic Church, 3726 S. Lee’s Summit Rd., Independence with visitation at the church beginning at 9:30 am.  Burial will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.  Contributions in memory of LeRoy may be made to St. Mark’s Catholic Church, building fund.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO.

Wilma Murdock

Wilma Jean Murdock, 74, of Independence, MO passed away July 9, 2013 at her home.  She was born December 30, 1938 in Sugar Creek, MO to Emmert and Alice (Ashcraft) Lewis.  On October 25, 1958 she was united in marriage to Clarence Murdock who preceded her in death.  She was a supervisor for Osco Drugs, retiring in 1999.  She was a member of First Church of God in Independence, MO.  Wilma enjoyed gardening, reading, crafts, and spending time with her grandchildren.  In addition to her husband, Clarence, she was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Carl Lewis and Butch Lewis; sisters, Anna Hazelrigg, and Mary Keck.  She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother/gee, and sister.

Her remaining family is her daughters, Tracy Carty of Springfield, MO, Carol Sims and husband, Archie of Fayetteville, NC, and Jennifer Murdock of the home; sister, Dorothy Wilkinson; brother, William Lewis and wife Margie of Kingsville, MO; grandchildren, Rachel Dagley and husband, Rob of Pleasant Hill, MO, Butch Carty of Springfield, MO, Arron Sims and wife Tara of Fort Jackson, SC, Nicole Dulin and husband, Stephen of Chester, VA, Bradley Sims of Ft. Hood, TX, Shelby Murdock of Independence, MO; great grandchildren, John Dagley of Pleasant Hill, MO, Riley Dagley of Pleasant Hill, MO, and Chase Dulin of Chester, VA.

Memorial service for Wilma will be 11:00 am, Monday, July 15, 2013 at First Church of God, 220 East Elm St., Independence, MO.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the family to help offset funeral expenses.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Thomas Bone

Thomas Lynn Bone, 53, of Lee’s Summit, MO passed away July 10, 2013 at St. Luke’s East in Lee’s Summit.  Visitation for Tom will be 5:00 – 7:00 pm, Monday, July 15, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Memorial services will be 10:00 am, Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel.  Private burial at a later date at Lobb Cemetery, Independence, MO.  Contributions in memory of Tom may be made to Mid-America Chapter of Leukemia and Lymphoma.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

He was born July 4, 1960 in Tucson, AZ to Marlon and JoAnn (Legate) Bone.  He graduated from Blue Springs High School in 1978.  He attended Central Missouri State University. On June 21, 1986 he was united in marriage to Catherine (Smith) Bone and she survives of the home.  He owned and operated Tom Bone and Associates, real estate appraisers.  He was a Baptist by faith.  He loved to fish, play the guitar, writing music, movies, float trips, mushroom hunting, and he enjoyed family staycations.

In addition to his wife, Cathy he is survived by his daughters, Brooklynne Bone and Jessica Bone of the home; Parents, Marlon and JoAnn Bone of Odessa, MO; brothers, Steve Bone of Kansas City, MO and Monte Bone of Lee’s Summit MO.

Nadine Tate

Bertha Nadine Tate, 86, of Blue Springs, MO entered into eternal rest July 11, 2013 with her family by her side. Visitation will be on Monday at 12 o'clock, services following at 1pm with internment at 3pm In Missouri Veteran's Cemetery in Higginsville, MO.

Nadine was born September 2, 1926 to Ed & Mary Alta Drouillard in Amarillo, TX. She was married to Warren R. Tate of Kinsley, KS on March 11, 1943, who also preceded her in death.  She was the sister to Gale Drouillard, Glen Drouillard, Venice Horn, Robert Ohmart & Fred Ohmart. And these all preceded her in death.

Nadine was a homemaker & mother her entire life to her 3 daughters, Barbara Kennedy, (LeRoy) of Blue Springs, MO, Sandy Sisney, (John) of Blue Springs, MO, Debi Guhl, (Brian) of Denver, CO.  Nadine's interest's & hobbies were shopping, embroidery, reading, her love of music, traveling & meeting new people. Her greatest passion were her 10 grandchildren, Randy Kennedy, Tammy Empson, Warren Kennedy, Misty Harper, Serina Maring, John Sisney, Crista Sisney, Justin Guhl, Aaron Guhl & Melanie Yawn, her 22 great grandchildren, Joshua Kennedy, Andy Kennedy, Laura Empson, Logan Empson, Hannah Kennedy, Garrett Kennedy, Miranda Conner, Roger Conner, Sam Harper, Libby Harper, Annie Harper, Kai Harper, Eli Harper, Rose Harper, Lexi Maring, Addie Maring, Cheyanne Sisney, Stella Sisney, Gracie Mahurin, Noah Guhl, Maddie Guhl, (Madelyn "NADINE") & Emma Guhl, and 8 great great grandchildren, Luke Kennedy, Lane Kennedy, Levi Kennedy, Lila Kennedy, Elijah Blevins, Caleb Kennedy, Tyler Kennedy & Branson Durham, and she was looking forward to the birth of 3 additional grandchildren.

She will be dearly missed by her family & friends & all those who met her. The family has requested in lieu of flowers for memorial contributions to be made to Victory Baptist Church, 7808 Beulah Church Road, Louisville, KY 40228

James Crowder

James H. Crowder, 87, of Blue Springs, MO passed away July 11, 2013 at Shangri-La Care Center in Blue Springs surrounded by his loving family.  Visitation will be 5:00 – 7:00 pm, Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Funeral services will be 9:00 am Wednesday July17, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel with burial to follow at Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville, MO. Contributions in memory of James may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

James was born December 11, 1925 in Kansas City to James and Katherine (Hansen) Crowder.  He was united in marriage to Opal Keeton on September 27, 1945 and she preceded him in death in 2008.  James was a US Navy veteran, and he owned and operated Crowder Septic Service for many years.  He was a member of the Ararat Shrine and Masons.  In addition to his wife, Opal, he was preceded in death by his parents, and a daughter.

He is survived by his sons, Lonnie and Julie Crowder of Blue Springs, MO, Ronnie Crowder and Wade Koistinen of Independence, MO, Michael and Susan Crowder of Roscoe, MO, James and Tisha Crowder of Holden, MO; daughters, Kay and David Chapman of Oak Grove, MO, Misty Jimenez and husband Marco of Kansas City, MO; sister, Mary Coe and husband Jim of Independence, MO; 14 grandchildren, 50 great grandchildren and 5 great great grandchildren, and many friends and relatives

Leland McNew

Leland McNew, 75, of Odessa, MO passed away July 12, 2013 in Blue Springs, MO at St. Mary’s Medical Center.  Visitation for Leland will be 6:00-8:00 pm, Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Funeral services will be 10:00 am, Thursday, July 18, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel.  Burial will be at Blue Springs Cemetery, Blue Springs, MO.  Contributions in memory of Leland may be made to American Diabetes Association.  Memories and condolences for the family may be made at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Leland was born February 13, 1938 in Solo MO to Abe and Gladys (Cunningham) McNew.  He was owner and operator of OK Tire Co. in Blue Springs, MO.  He was a Shriner, Mason and member of Kansas City Temple.  He enjoyed going to the lake and cooking.  He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Steve McNew; 2 brothers, and 2 sisters.

He is survived by his daughter, Sharon Sloan of Oak Grove, MO; sons, Walt McNew of Odessa, MO, Jeff McNew of Blue Springs, MO, companion, Dixie Smith of Odessa, MO; the mother of his children, Ruby Annabell McNew; 9 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

Ramon Duncan

Ramon D. Duncan, 86, of Independence, MO passed away July 12, 2013 at Blue Springs, MO.  Visitation will be 12:00 – 1:00 pm Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at Glenwood Park Methodist Church, 10000 E 23rd St. So., Independence, MO.  Funeral service will be 1:00 pm at the Church.  Burial at Mt. Washington Cemetery, Independence, MO.  Contributions in memory of Ramon may be made to Crossroads Hospice.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Ramon was born June 6, 1927 in Tampa, FL to Robert and Georgia (McLaughnon) Duncan.  He was a WWII US Army veteran.  On December 1, 1946 he was united in marriage to Eva Lee who preceded him in death on May 26, 2013.  He was retired as store manager for Safeway Grocery Stores.  His grandchildren were his life and he loved dogs.  In addition to his wife, Eva, he was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Robert “Ticky” and Richard Duncan; sister, Helen, and son-in-law, Bob Schenck.

Ramon is survived by his son, Dale Duncan and wife Laura of Blue Springs, MO; daughter, Linda Schenck of Gladstone, MO; brother , Jack Duncan of Sarasota, FL; sister, Carolyn Ann Carden of GA; grandchildren, Scott Smiley and wife Lori, LeAnn Cruce and husband Scott, Stacy Schenck, Nicole Snider, Natalie Duncan, Natasha Thompson and husband Shawn; step-grandchildren, Courtney, Whitney, and Brittney Tapp; great grandchildren, Landon and Kellen Cruce, Austin, Blake and Carson Smiley.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.

Gene Holt

Wadie E. “Gene” Holt, 71, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Monday, July 15, 2013 at his home.  Funeral service will be at 12:00 noon, Friday, July 19, 2013 at the Abundant Life Baptist Church 414 SW Persels Road, Lees Summit, MO.  Burial will be in Walnut Ridge Cemetery Fayette, MO.  Visitation will be from 10:00 to 12:00 noon prior to service. Memorial contributions may be made to the cemetery.  Online condolences in Gene’s memory may be sent to meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Gene was born January 6, 1942 in Kansas City, MO the son of James H. and Fannie (Wiswall) Holt.  He married Norma (Miller) Holt October 23, 1960 who survives of the home.  He attended Abundant Life Baptist Church, and was a truck driver for Allied Systems.  He had previously worked for Automatique Vending Company and had attended Barber College.  Gene was a people person who never met a stranger.  He loved talking to everyone and sharing stories.  Everyone who met Gene loved him. He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers and three sisters

In addition to his wife Norma, he is survived by his sons Jim Holt and wife Donica, Bill Holt and wife Eileen both of Lees Summit, MO, grandchildren Danielle Hoglen, Ashley Holt, Jennifer Vennart, Rebecca Holt, and Michelle Holt, great=grandchildren Connor, Caleb, and Carter Hoglen, Jackson Vennart.

Charles Chouteau

Charles Gilbert Chouteau, 64, of Blue Springs, MO passed away July 22, 2103 at Centerpoint Medical Center.  Memorial services for Charlie will be 11:00 am Friday, July 26, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs. MO, 816-229-3276, with visitation at the chapel one hour prior to the service.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

He was born July 27, 1948 in Kansas City, MO to William and Helen (Odette) Chouteau.  He was a US Army veteran.  Charlie was owner of Chouteau Enterprises, handling siding and windows in the construction industry.  On July 2, 1991 he was united in marriage to Linda Sue Bishop and she survives of the home.  He enjoyed golf, cards and dice, and his grandchildren.  Charlie was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Larry Chouteau.

In addition to his wife Linda he is survived by his daughter, Vicki Lang of Denton, TX; stepdaughter, Nikki Renee Leone and husband David of Blue Springs, MO; step-son, David Allen Grater and wife Denise of Maynard, MA; brothers, Don Chouteau and wife Vicki of Bates City, MO, Kenny Chouteau of Chandler, AZ, and Jim Chouteau and wife Betty of Blue Springs, MO; grandchildren, DJ, Emily, Alana, Lexi, Lauren, and Mia; great grandchildren, Carson and Bentley.

Jack Paris

Jack Wayne Paris, 54, of Independence MO. passed away July 26, 2013 at his home. Celebration of Life for Jack will be on Wednesday July 31, 2013 from 5-7 p.m. at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 West Main, Blue Springs, Missouri.

Jack is survived by his wife Kim Paris. Donations for funeral expenses are greatly appreciated in lieu of flowers. Any donations can be given to Meyers Funeral Chapel.

He was born February 10, 1959 in Independence, MO. to Floyd and Margie Paris. Jack was a hard working man, he had a big heart, and a lot of happiness to give. All of his kids, grandkids, family and friends got a special part of his life, his joy, his laughter, his enormous smile and his love to make others happy. He loved fishing, camping, barbecuing and being with family and friends especially his grandkids.

He is preceded in death by his daughter Brooke Paris. He is survived by his daughters Christy Paris-Ackerman 36 and husband Scott of Oak Grove, MO. Nickie Paris-Eads 31 of Independence, MO. Ashley Paris 25 of Buckner, MO. Step daughter Crystal Katzer 29 of Independence, MO. His Sons Micheal O'Connell 29 of Kingsville, MO. Justin (Bubba) Paris 23 and wife Brittany of Independence, MO. Kyle Rice 15 of Independence, MO. Step son Patrick Katzer 31 of Independence, MO. Grandchildren: Braxton, Danika, Kelcie, Camden, Paisley, Madesyn, Seth, Jace, Gage, Miley, Paige, Damien, Dayton, Daylan.

In addition to his children Jack was survived by his sisters Janice McCleary and husband Ron of Independence, MO. Annette Kruse of Odessa, MO.

Lauranna Roach of Kansas City, MO. Brothers Gary Paris and wife Ginny of Blue Springs, MO. Dennis Paris and wife Michelle of Lee's Summit, MO.

Albert Gard

Albert L. Gard, 67, of Grain Valley, MO passed away July 29, 2013 at his home.  He has been cremated according to his wishes.  No services are planned at this time.  Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Timothy Berry

Timothy E. Berry, 49, formerly of Blue Springs, MO passed away July 25, 2013 at his home in Surprise, AZ.  A Celebration of Life will be held beginning at 4:00 pm, Sunday, August 11, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Funeral services will be 10:00 am, Monday, August 12, 2013 at the funeral chapel, followed by burial at Lobb Cemetery, Independence, MO.   

Contributions in memory of Tim may be made to the family.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Tim was born November 18, 1963 in Independence, MO to Tom and Wynelle (Tompkins) Berry.  He was a graduate of Blue Springs High School and attended Washburn University in Topeka, KS.  He was in the car business for over 20 years.

Tim is survived by his parents of Sun City AZ; daughter, Amanda Berry of Oak Grove, MO; brother, Tom Berry and wife, Melia of Houston, TX; sister, Tamara Berry of  Phoenix, AZ;  grandchild, Tristen Weaver; niece , Morgan Jones; and nephew, Jonathan Jones.

Brad Goodrich

Brad Spencer Goodrich, 46, of Blue Springs, MO passed away July 31, 2013 at Centerpoint Medical Center.  Visitation for Brad will be 5:00 - 7:00 pm, Monday, August 5, 2103 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.   Contributions in memory of Brad may be made to Midwest Foster Care and Adoption Association.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Brad was born November 4, 1966 in Ames, IA to Larry and Darlene (Spencer) Goodrich.  He graduated from Drake University and was an executive for DST Systems.  He was united in marriage to Carol Vogel on November 4, 1995.  He enjoyed hunting, golfing, boating, and fishing at the lake house.

In addition to his wife Carol, he is survived by his parents of Gravois Mills, MO; daughters, Courtney and Hailey; son, Cameron; grandfather, Lotus Goodrich; brothers, Nate Goodrich and wife Kristen of Columbia, MO and Todd Goodrich and wife Cindy of St. Louis, MO.

Norma June Shirky

Norma June Shirky, 85, of Independence, MO passed away August 7, 2013 at her home.  She was born May 31, 1928 in Hardin, MO to William and Anna (Rosewarren) Ferguson.  She was united in marriage to Virgil G. Shirky who preceded her in death.  She attended the University of Central Missouri, earning an Associate’s Degree.  She worked as a school secretary in the Independence School District.  June was a member of the Community of Christ Church in Independence, MO.  She enjoyed cooking and sewing.  In addition to her husband Virgil, She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Gale Hutchins; sisters, Dortha Ferguson, Wilma Eslinger, Carolyn Lane, and Faye Storms.

Funeral services for June will be 2:00 pm, Friday, August 9, 2013 at Community of Christ Church, 15006 E. 39th St., Independence, MO.  Visitation will be at the church one hour prior to the service.  Burial to follow at Richmond Memory Gardens, Richmond, MO.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com. Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO.

Josephine Vantrees

Josephine M. Vantrees, 79, of Oak Grove, MO passed away August 9, 2013 at Oak Grove Nursing and Rehab Center.  She was born May 22, 1934 in Des Moines, IA to Lawrence and Helen (Hubbard) Lane.  In 1956 she graduated from Iowa Methodist Nursing School.  On October 12, 1957 she was united in marriage to Jewel Leland Vantrees who preceded her in death.  She was a nurse at Los Alamitos Medical Center in Los Alamitos, CA and was a devout Christian by faith.  In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and daughter, Donna Siems.

Josephine is survived by her sons, Tom Vantrees and wife Lori of Lee’s Summit, MO, and Donald Vantrees and wife Pinky of MO; daughters, Martha Davis and husband Alan of Independence, MO, Linda Vantrees of Kansas City, MO; sisters, Nelda and Grace; 7 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

Josephine has be cremated according to her wishes.  Burial at a later date at Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Higginsville, MO with her husband.  No services are planned.  Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

William Shelley

William Clyde Shelley, 64, of Blue Springs, MO passed away August 11, 2013 at his home.  He was born June 29, 1949 to William and June (Merrell) Shelley in Batesville, AR.  He was a US Navy veteran and he was a Physician at Truman Medical Center.  On August 26, 2006 he was united in marriage to Michelle Eads who preceded him in death.  In addition to his wife he was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his sons, Todd J. Shelley of Leawood, KS, and Marc E. Shelley of Geneva. Switzerland; daughter, Meagan June Berry of St. Louis, MO; brothers, Jeff Shelley of Blue Springs, MO, and Dale Shelley of Atlanta, GA; grandchildren, Emma, Violet, and Sophia; step-grandchildren, Mykayla Rose and Aleena.

Visitation for Clyde will be 5:00 – 7:00 pm Thursday, August 15, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Funeral services will be 10:00 am, Friday, August 16, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel.  Burial will be in Clarks Chapel Cemetery, New Franklin, MO.  Contributions in memory of Clyde may be made to the Truman Medical Center Charitable Foundation.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Sarah Talley

Sarah Elaine Talley, 78, of Blue Springs, MO passed away August 12, 2013 at St. Mary’s Manor in Blue Springs. She was born January 30, 1935 in Blue Springs, MO to George and Rosa (Whitwell) Scarborough. She lived in Blue Springs her entire life. On January 1, 1957 she was united in marriage to Thomas Gerald Talley and he survives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Marshall, George, and Clyde Scarborough; great granddaughter, Samera Eve Bush; beloved sister-in-law, Dorothy Scarborough; beloved nephew, Emmett Scarborough, numerous other nieces, nephews and cousins and her beloved friend and travel companion, Sugar.

Sarah worked as a Nursing Assistant at Jackson County Public Hospital and a Bookkeeper for the Baptist Bookstore in Kansas City, Missouri. She returned to school to become a Accredited Records Technician and worked in Medical Records as a Coder at Truman Medical Center East, St. Joseph Hospital and then at St. Mary’s Hospital in Blue Springs until her retirement in 1998.

She was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church in Blue Springs where she served many years as a leader for the Girl’s Auxiliary and Young Women’s Auxiliary. She was also a lifetime member of the Blue Springs Historical Society.

In addition to her husband, Tom, she is survived by her daughter, Sherry Evelyn Choplin of Blue Springs, MO; granddaughter, Stephanie Ellen Bush of Independence, MO; great grandsons, Shane Alexander Bush, Scott Anthony Bush, and Samuel Alan Wade Bush of Independence, MO.

Visitation for Sarah will be 1:00 – 2:30 pm, Friday, August 16, 2013 at First Baptist Church of Blue Springs, 14th and Main, Blue Springs, MO with funeral services following at 2:30 pm.  Burial will be in Blue Springs Cemetery, Blue Springs, MO.  Contributions in memory.  Contributions in memory of Sarah may be made to First Baptist Church Youth Ministry, Blue Springs Historical Society, or St. Luke’s Hospice in Kansas City, MO..

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO. Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Linda McKarnin

Linda “Elaine” McKarnin, 71, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Sunday, August 18, 2013 at St. Mary’s Medical Center.  She was born January 15, 1942 in Independence, MO to Ernest and Pauline (Botts) Herrington.  She retired in 2001 after 40 years with the Social Security Administration.  Elaine was a member of Blue Springs Christian Church.  She was a former Secretary/Treasurer of the Blue Springs Historical Society, a member of Santa Fe Trails, and the High Noon Republican Club.  She enjoyed Civil War history, political campaigns, and genealogy.  She was preceded in death by her parents.

Elaine is survived by her brother, Ron Herrington and wife Dixie Lee of Blue Springs, MO; Dixie’s sisters, Karen Gross of Independence, MO, Vickie Lynn Hicks of Independence, MO; nephew David Lee Herrington of Blue Springs, MO; great nieces, Jessica Lee Herrington, Katie E. Herrington, and Ashley Marie Herrington, all of Blue Springs, MO; and was a “Special Aunt” to Kile, Nathan, and Samantha.

Memorial services for Elaine will be 11:00 am Saturday, August 24, 2013, at Blue Springs Christian Church, 7920 S. Highway 7, Blue Springs, MO with visitation one hour prior to the service.  Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to Hillcrest Ministries, 401 N Spring St, Independence, MO 64050.  Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel 1600 W., Main St., Blue Springs, MO.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Joan Poitras

Joan C. Poitras, 73, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Monday, August 19, 2013 at Lee’s Summit Medical Center.  Visitation for Joan will be 5:00 – 7:00 pm Thursday, August 22, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 am, Friday, August 23, 2013 at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church, 4313 SW 7 Highway, Blue Springs, MO.  Contributions in memory of Joan may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Joan was born July 18, 1940 in Kankakee, IL to Leo and Loretta (Hayes) Schlenz.  She worked in various industries throughout her life in the accounting area.  She was a member of St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church.  Joan enjoyed reading, puzzles, board games and game shows.  She was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her daughters, Teresa Westerfield and husband Robert of Blue Springs, MO, Christine Logsdon and husband Floyd of Lee’s Summit, MO; sons, Scott Poitras and wife Rose of Bosque Farms, NM, Mark Poitras of Los Lunas, NM, Brian Poitras and wife Lauren of Idaho Falls ID; brothers, Gene Schlenz and wife Linda of McRae, GA, Don Schlenz and wife Mary of Bourbonnais, IL, Gerald Schlenz and wife Karen of Spring Valley, IL; sister, Mary Lynn Bridgewater and husband James of Bourbonnais, IL; grandchildren, Desiree, Yvonne, Angelique, John Luke, Adrian, Robert, Forrest, Blake, Lee, Shelby, Caitlin, and Crystal; and 12 great grandchildren.

Leanne Calhoon

Leanne McGuire Calhoon passed away August 20, 2013 at NorthCare Hospice.  Leanne was born to Glenn Vernon and Belva Dean (Keck) McGuire on July 18, 1958 in Kansas City, MO.  She was preceded in death by her mother. 

Leanne was a lifelong resident of Blue Springs, MO and graduated from Blue Springs High School.  She studied Architecture at the University of Kansas and graduated summa cum laude from Park University with a Bachelor of Science in Management.  She worked for Meyer Brothers Building Company, the City of Blue Springs, Fleishman Hillard, and ended her career as the Vice President of Finance at the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA).  She was a past member of the Pilot Club of Blue Springs and past Treasurer of Design Industries Foundation Fighting Aids (DIFFA).

She leaves behind her son, Cory Dean Calhoon of Blue Springs, MO; her father, Vernon of Lake Tapawingo, MO; her sister Stephanie Leven and husband John of Grain Valley, MO; Nieces, Kim Cook and husband Curt of Lee’s Summit, MO, Tobey Stosberg of Raymore, MO; two great nieces and one great nephew in addition to many other family and friends.

Leanne loved her flower gardens, scrapbooking, playing in the lake, and most of all, her family, friends, and pets.

Visitation for Leanne will be 5:00 to 7:00 pm Friday August 23, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Casual Attire.  Services will be 10:00 am, Saturday, August 24, 2013 at the funeral chapel.  Burial to follow in Blue Springs Cemetery.  Contributions in memory of Leanne may be made to MOCSA.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

The family would like to thank the staff at NorthCare Hospice for the wonderful love and care for Leanne during her last days.

Ruth Masters

Ruth Evelyn Shrout Masters, 94, Blue Springs, passed away on August 21, 2013, at Golden Years Care Center, Harrisonville, MO.

Evelyn was born on November 16, 1918 in Blue Springs, the daughter of John David and Marie (Stayton) Shrout. In 1936, she graduated from Blue Springs High School. She is preceded in death by her parents, Dave and Marie and her son, Jack W. Masters, all of Blue Springs. 

In 1985, after 24 years, Evelyn retired from Western Electric, Lee’s Summit, were she worked with gold plating as a process checker. Also, she farmed alongside her father as a young girl, was a farmer’s wife, but, her ultimate glory was farming with her son, Jack, where she spent many hours with him in the fields, planting or harvesting crops; checking cows or moving equipment from farm to farm.

Evelyn had many interests, especially traveling. She was always planning a trip to somewhere as soon as she got off the plane from her last one. If she wasn’t traveling, you could find her at Starlight Theatre taking in a musical or she was outside tending to her flower gardens.

Evelyn is survived by her brothers, Ben and Martin Shrout and their families, her daughter-in-law, Janet Masters, all of Blue Springs; her granddaughter and husband, Stephanie K. and Danny Barker of Lone Jack; her grandson and wife, Steve and Stephanie R. Masters, her two wonderful great-granddaughters, Ashley and Emily Masters whom she called her “kiddos”, all of Lee’s Summit and many relatives and dear friends.

A celebration of Evelyn’s life will include a visitation on Monday, August 26, from 5-7 p.m. and funeral services on Tuesday, August 27, at 10 a.m. Both services will be held at the Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 West Main St., Blue Springs, MO. Graveside services will be held at Blue Springs Cemetery. Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

We will miss you, Grandma (Gi Gi)!

Dot Smith

Dot F. Smith, 95, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Saturday, August 24, 2013 in Odessa, MO.  Funeral services for her will be 12:00 pm Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral chapel.  Burial will be in Blue Springs Cemetery.  Contributions in memory of Dot may be made to Asercare Hospice.   Memories and Condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Dot was born April 18, 1918 in Cedar Springs, MO to Ora and Pearl (Green) Fields.  On August 28, 1936 she was united in marriage to Harold E. Smith who preceded her in death.  She worked in sales at Lowes Drug Store, and was a Baptist by faith.  Dot enjoyed quilting and refinishing antiques.  In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, and her son Harold Wayne Smith.

She is survived by her son Richard Smith of Odessa, MO; daughter-in-law, Angie Rievley of Odessa, MO; sister, Fern Cruise of Blue Springs, MO; brother, R. G. Fields of Braymer, MO; grandchildren, Matthew E. Smith and wife Leah of Buckner, MO, Desmond W. Smith of OR, Donna Smith of San Diego, CA, Denise Smith of OR, Crystal Smith of MO; great grandchild, Dakota Smith.

Ethel Bliss

Ethel M. Bliss, 91, of Blue Springs, MO passed away peacefully on Sunday August 25, 2013 at St. Mary’s Manor.  Visitation will be held at 9:00 am on Saturday August 31, 2013 at the Church of the Santa Fe, 231 S. Sibley St., Buckner, MO, with Mass of Christian Burial starting at 10:00 am.  Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, 1150 N. 38th St., Kansas City, KS.  The family requests no flowers and suggests contributions to the Sisters Servants of Mary, 800 N. 18th St., Kansas City, KS 66102.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Ethel was born August 3, 1922 to Adam W. and Elizabeth A. (Schnieders) Pinkelmann in Kansas City, Kansas and lived there until moving to Blue Springs in 1979.  She retired from Kansas City Southern Railway.  Ethel was a member of the Church of the Santa Fe in Buckner, MO. She was also a lifetime member of St. Mary’s Hospital Auxiliary.  As a former member of the Retired Seniors Volunteer Program, she performed volunteer work at St. Mary’s Hospital, St. Mary’s Manor, Blue Springs Care Center, Oak Grove Health Care Center, and Bristol Manor of Oak Grove, MO.

Ethel is preceded in death by her husband John J. Bliss Jr.; daughter, Lynda Daily; Parents, Adam W. and Elizabeth A. (Schnieders) Pinkelmann; and 10 siblings.  She is survived by her son, John J. Bliss III of Wheatland, WY; son-in-law Fred Daily of Blue Springs, MO; grandchildren, Timothy M. Daily and wife Linda of Blue Springs, MO, Julie A. Chan and husband James of Parker, CO, and John J. Bliss IV of North Augusta, SC; great-grandsons Stephen M. Daily of Blue Springs, MO, Carter Chan and Tyler Chan of Parker, CO.

Ann Faith Spilman

Ann Faith Spilman, 62, a Northland resident in Kansas City, MO, formerly of Norfolk, NE passed away Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at her residence.  She was born April 9, 1951 in St. Charles, IL to John and Muriel (Nickless) Swearingin.

Ann graduated high school in Freemont, NE and received her BS in Education, MA in Education and MA in Counseling, all from the University of Nebraska at Kearney.  She spent the majority of her working years for Oasis International, a Christian counseling agency in Norfolk, NE.  Ann had a love for her Lord and her church.  She was a member of the Norfolk Presbyterian Church, where she served as an Elder. 

Ann was a former firefighter and EMT.  In her spare time she enjoyed gardening, landscaping and spending time with her family.  She always looked forward to visiting with her grandchildren.

She married David Darrell Spilman on February 14, 1993 in Columbus, NE.  Mr. Spilman survives of the couple’s home.  Additional survivors include a son, Jacob John (Jennifer) of Lee’s Summit, MO; a daughter, Sandra Ann (Josh) of Colorado Springs, CO; a step-son, Kyle Spilman of Lincoln, NE; a step-daughter, Kassie Bartow (Grant) of Burlington, IA; two sisters, Martha Moseman (Gary) of Nebraska and Susan Anderson (Mike) of Iowa; three grandchildren, Lydia, August and Heath.

A funeral service honoring Ann’s life will be held 2:00 p.m. Friday, August 30, 2013 at the Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church, 3108 SW US Highway 40, Blue Springs, MO 64015 with Rev. Andrew Florio officiating.  Cremation will follow the service.  The family will receive friends from 12:30-2:00 p.m. prior to the service.  Memorial contributions are suggested to The MS Society or the American Cancer Society.  The Meyers Funeral Chapels in Parkville and Blue Springs have been entrusted with the final arrangements.  Memories of Ann and condolences may be shared with the family online at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Brenda Stewart

Brenda C. Stewart, 56, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Sunday, August 25, 2013 in Blue Springs, MO.  She was born to Carl and Gwenzella (Tart) Smith on October 26, 1956 in Tulsa OK.

Brenda is survived by her sons, Dannie R. Stewart Jr. of Blue Springs, Davon T. Stewart of Lee’s Summit; sisters, Deborah A. Clark and husband Dana, of Blue Springs, MO, Shelia R. Sanders and husband Anthony of Riverside, CA; mother, Gwenzella Smith of Las Vegas, NV; grandchildren, Miles and Willow Stewart of Lee’s Summit, MO.  Her father Carl Smith preceded her in death.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 11:30 a.m.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO.

Lea Hoffman

Lea A. Hoffman, 52, of Independence, MO passed away Thursday, August 29, 2013 at her home. She was born January 7, 1961 in Kansas City, MO to Charles M. and Joanne M. (Mayer) Williams. Her father preceded her in death on June 19, 2011. 

Lea was a graduate of Blue Springs High School and received a BA in Communications from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Lea had a very special zest for life and a true love for people. Growing up at Lake Tapawingo, Mo, she developed a love for water skiing at an early age. She packed a full life in her short 52 years here with us and she will be dearly missed. She married Jeffrey D. Hoffman on October 12, 1991 in Blue Springs, MO. He survives of the couple’s home. Additional survivors include her mother, Joanne of Overland Park, KS; a brother, C. Mark Williams, MD of Kansas City, MO; and a sister, Lori Williams Dougherty of Tampa, FL.

A memorial service celebrating Lea’s life will be held at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at the Cornerstone Church in Blue Springs. Memorial contributions are suggested to Cornerstone Church. The Meyers Funeral Chapel in Blue Springs has been entrusted with the cremation arrangements. Memories of Lea and condolences may be shared with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Dee M. Smith

Dee M. Smith, 88, of Blue Springs, MO passed away at his residence on August 28, 2013.  He was born on April 6, 1925 to Thomas and Rosetta (Mitchell) Smith in Morris, Kansas.

On June 23, 1967 he was united into marriage with Lula Johnson.  Dee served in the United States Navy from March 1943 to February 1946.  He was a member of the American Legion Post 499 in Blue Springs, MO.  He was a member of Mount Washington Baptist Church in Independence, MO.  Dee worked as a Machine Operator for Grasis Corporation in Kansas City, MO for many years.  One of Dee’s favorite activities was reading books.  He was a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and great-great grandfather.

Survivors include step-sons, Donald Johnson and wife Jo Ann of Odessa, MO, Lyndall Johnson and wife Linda of Cameron, MO; step-daughter, Frances Chowning of Houston, TX; sisters, Mildred H. Oldham of Marceline, MO, Rose Marie McGown and husband Mitchell of Marceline, MO; 13 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great great-grandchildren.  His wife Lula; son, William Smith; parents, Thomas and Rosetta Smith; brother, Kay Smith; sister, Ruth McMillan; and step-daughter Joyce Smith all preceded him in death.

Services will be held 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 4, 2013 with visitation one hour prior at Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO.  Burial will immediately follow at Floral Hills East Cemetery.  The Meyers Funeral Chapel of Blue Springs have been entrusted with the final arrangements.  Memories of Dee and condolences may be shared with the family online at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Doris Martin

Doris Martin, 72, of Pleasant Hill, MO passed away Thursday, August 29, 2013 at the NorthCare Hospice House at North Kansas City Hospital. 

Survivors include her husband, Walter Martin; and a daughter, Debbie (Martin) Erikson, of the home; two grandchildren, Shelli Majors of Kansas City, MO, and Pvt. Kevin Killmurray, Jr. of Fort Lewis, WA; three sisters, Marilyn DeVooght of Kanab, UT; Kay Ernst of Kansas City, MO; Ann Harris of Branson, MO; many nieces, nephews, cousins, dear friends and her beloved little dog, Teddy.

Doris was born in Lucern, MO, February 7, 1941 to Edwin and Alline (Parsons) Butler.  They farmed for many years before moving to the town of Lucern, where her parents owned and operated the town Mercantile.  They moved to St. Joseph, MO in 1956. Doris is a graduate of Central High School in 1958.  During that time, she met Walter Martin and they married February 22, 1958.  Doris and Walt lived in St. Joseph for a few years. During that time, she gave birth to three children before moving to Valley Falls, KS, and then Kansas City, KS where they lived for 20 years.  Doris was a devoted wife and stay at home mom; she took great pride in that.  After her children were grown, she began working outside the home.

The family moved to Pleasant Hill, MO in 1982, then Lee's Summit, MO in 1984 where they lived for several years. In 1989, Doris and Walt decided to pursue a dream and moved to Branson where they lived and worked for many years.  They worked together at The Americana Theater in Branson for 13 years.  They traveled south to Texas during the winter months before relocating to Harlingen, TX in 2002.  After Doris' health began to fail, they came back to Pleasant Hill to live with their daughter in 2007.

Doris lived a full and happy life with her devoted and loving husband, Walt.  She was strong and graceful through her pain and illness.  She will be deeply missed and forever cherished.

A memorial service celebrating Doris’ life will be held 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St. Blue Springs, MO 64015 with Rev. Hubert Neth officiating.  The family will receive friends from 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. prior to the service.  Memorial contributions are suggested to the family for a fund to be established in her memory.  Condolences to the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

 

Winifred Strahan

Winifred Ethel Strahan, 101 passed away Saturday, August 31, 2013 in Parker, KS. She was born March 21, 1912 in Lee’s Summit, MO to Lewis and Nellie (Parson) Perdue.  She was united in marriage to Clyde Strahan who preceded her in death.  She taught school, 5th grade, in Raytown and Blue Springs schools.  She was a member of First Christian Church of Blue Springs, and Eastern Star.  She enjoyed quilting, planting flowers, watching birds and the Kansas City Royals. In addition to her husband Clyde, she was preceded in death by her parents; nephew, Billy Ray Sims; and five siblings.

Winifred is survived by her nieces, Sandra Harmon of Centerville, KS, Patty Middleton and husband Stan of Ardmore, OK, Donna Curry and husband Winford of Ardmore, OK, Wanda Allen and husband Jerell of Butler, MO; great nieces, Laronda Warrick and husband Jason of Parker, KS, Tara Miller and husband Kenny of Grain Valley, MO; great nephews, Troy Sims of Kansas City, MO, Wade Middleton of San Antonio, TX; great great nephews and nieces: McKinley Warrick, Larson Warrick, Logan Middleton, Austin Sims, Dalton Miller, Reese Miller, and Brody Miller.

Funeral Services for Winifred will be 3:00 pm Friday, September 6, 2013 at First Christian Church of Blue Springs, 701 NW 15th St., Blue Springs, MO with visitation one hour prior to the service at the church.  Burial to be in Blue Springs Cemetery.  Contributions in memory of Winifred may be made to First Christian Church of Blue Springs.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.  Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276

Jennie E. Ball

 Jennie E. Ball, 86, of Lake Lotawana, MO passed away Friday August 30, 2013 at John Knox Village in Lee’s Summit, MO.

 Jennie was born to Fred and Mary (McCammack) Robinson on January 13, 1927 in Centerton, IN.  She was united into marriage with Lee I. Ball on February 22, 1946 in Martinsville, IN.  Jennie worked as an Administrative Assistant for the Independence Sanitarium and Hospital, located in Independence MO.  She was a member of the Professional Secretary Association.  Jennie loved to travel, play golf, fish, and work on jigsaw and crossword puzzles.

Survivors include sons, Danny R. Ball and wife Cheryl of Branson, MO; Michael D. Ball and wife Deborah of Lee’s Summit, MO; daughter Sandra L. Simms of Scottsdale, AZ; brothers, Fred Jr. Robinson and wife Sarah of Mooresville, IN; William Robinson and wife Shirley of Mooresville, IN; Jon Robinson and wife Charlotte of Prescott, AZ; Pete Robinson and wife Sylvia of Palm Harbor, FL; grandchildren, Sean, Gregory, Denise, Rebecca, Douglas; great-grandchildren, Tyler, Logan, Timberlie, Kyla, Aubrey.

Visitation will be held 10:30 a.m., Thursday September 5, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel in Blue Springs, MO 1600 W. Main St. Graveside Services will immediately follow the visitation and will be held at Blue Springs Cemetery, Blue Springs, MO.  In Lieu of flowers the family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.  The Meyers Funeral Chapel in Blue Springs has been entrusted with the arrangements. Memories of Jennie and condolences may be shared with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Ruby Campbell

Ruby Rose Campbell, 87, of Buckner, MO passed away Monday, September 2, 2013 at her home, surrounded by her family.  She was born August 20, 1926 in Independence, MO to Joseph H. and Nellie G. (Dickinson) Robinson. 

 

Ruby was a faithful member of the Oakland United Methodist Church.  She had a great love for her church and her family.  In her spare time, she enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.  She also enjoyed tending to her garden, going to garage sales, hunting seashells on the beach and quilting with the ladies from her church.  She was very active in the VFW Ladies Auxillary.  Ruby was always looking to help those in need and less fortunate. 

 

She married Kenneth E. Campbell on July 19, 1943 in Olathe, KS.  Mr. Campbell preceded her in death on Christmas day, 1994.  Prior to his death, they spent their winters at their home in Texas.  Additional survivors include a daughter, Linda Ronsley (Kenneth) of Buckner, MO; a son, Tim Campbell (Penny) of Oak Grove, MO; a daughter in law, Sharon Campbell; seven grandchildren, Jody Wells (Dave), Kelly Ronsley, John Campbell (Heather), Todd Campbell, Kenna Campbell, Carolynn Campbell-Burkett (Matthew) and Joe Campbell; eight great grandchildren.  In addition to her husband, Ruby was preceded in death by her parents, two sons, Joseph Campbell and Milton Campbell; and an infant daughter, Lisa Campbell.

 

A funeral service celebrating Ruby’s life will be held 2:30 p.m. Thursday, September 5, 2013 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel in Blue Springs.  Visitation will be held from 12:30-2:30 p.m. prior to the service.  Burial will follow at the Oakland Cemetery.  Memorial contributions are suggested to the Oakland United Methodist Church or Crossroads Hospice.  Memories of Ruby and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

 

Geraldine Butts

Geraldine Lillian Butts, 76, Blue Springs, Mo passed away September 3, 2013 at her home.  She was born May 13, 1937 in Cleveland, OH to Edgar T. and Eleanor (Putnat) Osborn.  Geraldine had been a resident of Blue Springs for the past 35 years. 

Survivors include two daughters, Gerri Reimers of Blue Springs and Eleanor Ahrens of Ohio; a son, Samuel R. Butts, Jr. of Blue Springs; two brothers, Norman and Dennis Osborn; a sister, Linda Dietrich; nine grandchildren and one great grandson.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Samuel R. Butts, Sr. and a brother, Donald Osborn.

Graveside services and burial will be held 10:00 a.m. Friday, September 6, 2013 at the Blue Springs Cemetery.  The Meyers Funeral Chapel in Blue Springs has been entrusted with the final arrangements.  Memories of Geraldine and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Archie Welborn III

Archie “Bo” Welborn III, 47, of Blue Springs, MO passed away September 3, 2013 in Grain Valley, MO.  He was born July 21, 1966 in Kansas City, MO to Arch and Juanita (May) Welborn, Jr.  He was united in marriage on May 25, 1991 to Tracy Brooks and she survives of the home.  He was a garage door installer for Delden Manufacturing Co. for 17 years.  Bo was a member of Blue Springs Christian Church, Elks Lodge 2509, Blue Springs Baseball, and the Fraternal Order of Police.  He enjoyed baseball and spending time with his family.  He was preceded in death by his mother; grandparents, James and Helen May, and Archie and Bessie Welborn.

In addition to his wife Tracy, he is survived by his sons, Jeramie Welborn and wife Lindsey of Independence, MO, Christopher Welborn of Blue Springs, MO; daughter Jennifer Welborn of Blue Springs, MO; father, Arch Welborn, Jr. of Raytown, MO; sisters, Michelle Simpson and husband James of Grain Valley, MO, and Tammy Barnes and husband Geoff of FL; brothers, Patrick Welborn of Blue Springs, MO, and Scott Welborn and his wife Ashley of Liberty, MO.

Funeral services for Bo will be 4:00 pm Monday, September 9, 2013 at the Elks Lodge, 100 NE Brizendine Rd, Blue Springs, MO with visitation one hour prior to the service at the lodge.  Contributions in memory of Bo may be made to the family.  Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com. 

Tony Modrell

Anthony Lee "Tony" Modrell, 64, Blue Springs, MO and retired Captain of the Blue Springs Police Department, passed away Tuesday, September 3, 2013.  He was born May 24, 1949 in Long Beach, CA to Louis Edward and Maggie M. (Luker) Modrell.  He was a 1967 graduate of Northeast High School in Kansas City, MO, and received his BA and MA in Criminal Justice from Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg, MO.  

Tony was a veteran in the United States Army, where he served from 1967-1973 during the Vietnam War.  During that time he worked for the Military Police.  Tony was a retired Deputy United States Marshall.  He spent over 38 years with the Blue Springs Police Department, where he retired in 2011 as a Captain.    In his spare time, Tony enjoyed spending time with his family.  In recent years he spent countless hours researching family history and Genealogy.  He also enjoyed watching baseball with his wife and playing with his dogs.

He married Brenda Irene Kellogg on March 8, 1980 at the Plaza Heights Baptist Church in Blue Springs.  She survives of their home.  Additional survivors include a daughter, Missy Darrah (Josh) of Independence, MO; a son, Nick Modrell (Hana) of Fayetteville, NC; two brothers, Phillip Modrell (Dianne) of St. Louis, MO and Neal Modrell (Terri) of Newport News, VA; and his mother and father-in-laws, Irene and Ron Kellogg of Blue Springs, MO.  His parents preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be conducted 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at the Plaza Heights Baptist Church in Blue Springs. Burial will follow at Blue Springs Cemetery, with honors under the direction of the Blue Springs Police Department.  Visitation will be held from 4-7:00 p.m. Monday at the church.  Memorial contributions are suggested to the Community and Youth Outreach Unit (CYOU) at the Blue Springs Police Department or to the Pulmonary Hypertension Association and may be left in care of the funeral home. The Meyers Funeral Chapel in Blue Springs has been entrusted with the final arrangements.  Memories of Tony and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Loretta Rice

Loretta Mae Rice, 93, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Saturday, September 7, 2013 at her home.  Funeral Services will be 2:00 pm, Thursday September 12, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the chapel.  Burial will be at Blue Springs Cemetery.  Contributions in memory of Loretta may be made to Kansas City Hospice House.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Loretta was born February 17, 1920 in Wymer County Oklahoma to Willie and Cora (Sexton) Nettleton.  In 1946 she was united in marriage to James W. Rice who preceded her in death.  Loretta retired from Safeway Grocery Stores after 23 years.  She was a member of the Church of Christ of Sugar Creek and Odd Fellows of Blue Springs.  She enjoyed flowers, Bingo and animals.  In addition to her husband James, she was preceded in death by her parents; daughters, Wanda Peterson, and Shirley Jean Rodgers; sister, Goldie Hayes; brother, Charles Nettleton.

She is survived by her daughter, Ava Overstreet and husband Donald of Blue Springs, MO; son, Delmar L. Clason and wife Carol of Lee’s Summit, MO; 12 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild.

Dr. Steven Soper

Dr. Steven John Soper, MD, 71, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Sunday, September 8, 2013 at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cameron, MO.  He was born December 7, 1941 in Independence, MO to Lloyd and Martha (Drigalla) Soper.  They preceded him in death.

Dr. Soper was a 1959 graduate of William Chrisman High School.  Following high school, he attended Graceland College, Lamoni, IA, the University of Missouri at Kansas City, the University of Kansas Medical School. While at KU he received his Doctor of Medicine.  He then was drafted in the United States Army, where he served as a medical doctor during the Vietnam War.  While in the service, he was awarded the Vietnam Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.  Following the service, he served his residency in Psychiatry in Rochester, NY.  Steve was a member at the Hill Cumorah Restoration Church where he was an Elder.

He married Dorothy M. Sinclair on September 8, 2007 in Blue Springs, Mo.  She survives of the couple’s home.  Additional survivors include his children, Phillip, Sharon, Naomi and Timothy Soper, all of the Portland, OR area; a sister, Marcia White of Independence, MO; and a brother, Kimberly Soper of Point Oak Victorla, Australia.

A committal service with military honors will be held 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at the Missouri State Veteran’s Cemetery in Higginsville, MO.  There is no scheduled visitation.  The Meyers Funeral Chapel in Blue Springs has been entrusted with the final arrangements.  Memories of Dr. Soper and condolences may be left with the family online at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Vivian Pechefsky

Vivian C Pechefsky, 72, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Tuesday, September 10, 2013.  Vivian was born January 18, 1941 in Falls church, VA to Walter and Vivian (Dotterer) Rogge. She was united in marriage to John J. Pechefsky who preceded her in death.  She worked for Control Data.  She was a Catholic by faith.  Vivian enjoyed cross stitching.  In addition to her husband John, she was preceded in death by her parents. 

She is survived by her daughters, Theresa L. Straw of Blue Springs, MO, Margaret A. Berndt of Blue Springs, MO, Mary E. Green and husband Robert of North Kansas City, MO; sister, Carolyn Papevies of Brookville, PA; brother, David G. Rogge and wife Frieda of Stanford, KY; grandchildren, Jennifer Warren, Kaleb V. Branum, Kelea A. Branum, Ethan P. Straw, Russell Schmidt, Katelyn Steinhurst, Richard Green; and 6 great grandchildren.

Vivian has been cremated according to her wishes and no services are planned at this time.  Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Doris Hicks

Doris C. Hicks, 95, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Thursday, September 12, 2013 at St. Mary’s Medical Center.  She was born July 16, 1918 in Tarkio, MO to Harry and Lillie Mae (Harris) Clement.  She was united in marriage to Floyd B. Hicks who preceded her in death.  She and her husband owned a Dairy Farm in Mountain Grove, MO.  Doris was a Baptist by faith.  She enjoyed crossword puzzles, sports, the Royals, and politics. 

In addition to her husband Floyd, she was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Evelyn Kemerlying; brother, Harold Clement; infant brother, Wendell Clement.  Doris is survived by her daughters, Sharon Greuter and husband Gary of Blue Springs, MO; Karon Van Valkenburg of Blue Springs, MO; grandchildren: Scott Van Valkenburg of Denver, Co; Angela Van Valkenburg and Chuck Cadena of St Louis, MO; Vickie Jenkins and her husband Robert of Overland Park; KS, Misty Moore and husband Shaun of Seattle, WA; great grandchildren: Cameron Cadena, Morgan Jenkins, Lauren Jenkins, Kennedy Moore, and Beckham Moore.

Graveside services for Doris will be 11:00 am Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at Blue Springs Cemetery, Blue Springs, MO. Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com. Arrangements entrusted to Meyers funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.

Stephanie Turner

Stephanie L. Turner, 66, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Friday, September 13, 2013.  She was born November 16, 1946 in Kansas City, MO to John and Opal (Cornett) Bell.  She retired as Office Manager at Blue Springs Podiatry.  She enjoyed reading, cooking, and spending time with her family.  Stephanie was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents.  

She is survived by her son Richard Turner and wife Tracy of Blue Springs, MO, Jeffery Turner of Lee’s Summit, MO; sisters, Johnetta Frisbie of Overland Park, KS, and Charlene Thornburg of Ballard, MO; grandchildren, Korine Turner, Richard Turner II, Caitlyn Turner, Brayden Turner, and Caleb Turner.

A celebration of Stephanie’s life will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday, September 21, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the chapel.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Paul Hoehn

Paul Hoehn, 89, of Blue Springs, MO passed away on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at his home.  He was born July 11, 1924 in Lenexa, KS to Michael and Bertha (Renn) Hoehn.  Paul graduated high school in Lenexa and retired from TWA as an inspector, following 40 years of service.  He was of the Catholic faith and a longtime member of St. John LaLande Church in Blue Springs.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Anna K. (Ernst) Hoehn; and a sister.  Survivors include a step-son, Bill Hale (Lisa) of San Angelo, TX; a step-daughter, Carolyn Burkhart (Kenneth) of Big Spring, TX; and four grandchildren.

A committal service will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday at the St. Johns Cemetery, Lenexa, KS.  The family will receive friends at the family home, 1405 SW 13th St., Blue Springs, MO on Thursday from 6:30-8:00 p.m.  Memorial contributions are suggested to Crossroads Hospice or Blue Springs Elk’s Lodge.  The Meyers Funeral Chapel in Blue Springs has been entrusted with the final arrangements.  Memories of Paul and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Michael Ard

Michael W. Ard, 49, of Independence, MO passed away Saturday, September 14, 2013 in Kansas City, MO.  He was born June 26, 1964 in Kansas City, MO.

Michael worked as a Carpenter the majority of his life. He loved being around his family and friends.

Michael is survived by his wife, Vicky (Leonard) Ard of the home; children, Ashley LeBlanc (Matthew) of Aurora, CO, and Kevin Ard (Crystal) of Kansas City, MO; step-children, Heather Hamilton, Garrett Hamilton, Samantha Hamilton all of the home; brothers, Timothy Rudd of Kansas City, MO, Robert Ard (Donna) of Independence, MO; sisters, Sherry Martin of Kansas City, MO, Jackie Ard of Corning, CA; grandchild, Levi Ard of Kansas City, MO; parents, Gilbert and Judith Ard of Kansas City, MO; grandmothers, Alma Faye Bradbury of Kansas City, MO, and Fannie Mae Bernard of Pueblo, CO.

Visitation will be held 10:00 a.m., Friday, September 20, 2013 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St. Blue Springs, MO. Graveside Services will be held 11:00 a.m. at the Blue Springs Cemetery in Blue Springs, MO. In Lieu of flowers the family would like memorial contributions made to the Great Plains SPCA Adoption Center, 21001 E. Missouri 78 Hwy, Independence, MO 64057. Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Twila Scurlock

Twila Marie Scurlock, 90, of Hamilton, MO passed away Tuesday, September 10, 2013 in North Kansas City, MO.  Graveside services for Twila will be 10:00 am, Friday, September 20, 2013 at Cameron Cemetery in Cameron, MO.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Twila was born May 11, 1923 in Maysville, MO to Clifford and Luella (Krull) Scurlock.  She worked at Boeing Aircraft in Columbus, OH.  She belonged to the Federated Church in Hamilton, MO.  She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Dortha Fern Adkinson.

She is survived by 7 nieces and nephews, 20 great nieces and nephews, 29 great great nephew and nieces, and 6 great great great nieces and nephews.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.

Darlyne Bailey

Violet “Darlyne" Bailey, 90, of Holden, MO passed away Wednesday, September, 18, 2013 at her residence.  Funeral Services for Darlyne will be 11:00 am Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276, with visitation one hour prior to the service at the chapel.  Burial will follow at Blue Springs Cemetery.  Contributions in memory of Darlyne may be made to Wayside Waifs.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Darlyne was born February 18, 1923 in Taylor County, OK to Leslie and Gloe (McCollaugh).    She was united in marriage to William Bailey who preceded her in death. She was an RN in Blue Springs for Dr. Via, and she was a Baptist by faith.  She enjoyed drawing, painting and quilting.  In addition to her husband William, she was preceded in death by her parents, and sister, Dorothy Willets and Hazel Roberts.

She is survived by her daughter Glenda Gloe Deyloff and husband John of Santa Fe, NM; grandchildren, Christopher, Michelle and Andrea Deyloff; great grandchildren, Kendric and Cambria Freymuth, Collin McCool,: niece, Imogene Johnson and husband Frank of Holden, MO.

Virginia Agers

Virginia E. Agers, 97, died Tuesday, September 17, 2013 of natural causes at her residence at Bickford of Overland Park Kansas.

Helen Virginia Elliott was born December 17, 1915 in Gypsum Kansas to Joe and Hazel (Hodges) Elliott.  She graduated third in her class of 500 from Wyandotte High School in Kansas City, Kansas.  She entered the real estate profession in the late 1940's and became the first woman in the State of Missouri to earn a GRI designation from the Realtor's Institute.  Virginia owned and operated Blue Springs Realty for over 30 years and was awarded Outstanding Realtor of The Year in 1970.  She also served on the Blue Springs Board of Education from 1970-1973.

Virginia was an avid reader and loved art, classical music and needlework. She was a whiz at Scrabble and crossword puzzles.  She was a strong, independent woman with a wonderful sense of humor - a great role model for her three loving daughters.

Virginia was pre-deceased by her parents, husband Lawrence, brother Gordon (Margaret), grandson Gregory Powell (Carol), great granddaughter Stella Powell and son-in-law Tom Watson.

She is survived by daughters, Toni Watson of Blue Springs, Missouri, Patrick Agers of Overland Park, Kansas, and Jan Gallagher of Jacksonville, Florida.  Also grandson, Chris Powell (Jennifer); granddaughter, Charlotte Gallagher; great granddaughters, Megan Powell, Casey Powell May, Tori May, Katrina Powell and great-great grandson, David May.

Cremation.  A Memorial Service will be held Monday, September 30 at 4:00 PM at the Meyer Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, Missouri.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Virginia's memory to Care Alternative Hospice, 783 NE Anderson Lane, Lee's Summit, MO 64064 or the Alzheimer's Association (alz.org).  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Amber Duarte

Amber L. (Kennedy) Duarte, 40, Blue Springs, MO passed away September 22, 2013 at her home.  She was born September 17, 1973 in Kansas City, MO to Orville and Linda (Smith) Kennedy.  She was a graduate of Lee’s Summit High School, attended Pittsburg State University and was currently employed by MetLife Financial as an underwriter.

Amber had a great zest for life and was a very strong woman.  Her greatest love was her husband and best friend, Chuck and their son, Thomas.  Family was everything to her.  Amber never met a stranger and will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

She married Christopher (Chuck) Duarte on October 28, 2000 in Blue Springs.  He survives of the home.  Additional survivors include, her son she loved so much, Thomas Henry Duarte; her mother, Linda McKnight of Surprise, AZ; step-siblings, David McKnight of Lee’s summit, Mo, Jana Loge of Nixa, MO, Scott McKnight of Nixa, MO and Jeff Peaslee of Blue Springs, MO; her much loved nieces and nephews, Travis, Dallas, Natalie, Vincent, Jaci, Kennison, Wyatt, Abbie, and Allie.  She was preceded in death by her father and step-father, George T. McKnight.

The family wishes to especially thank her co-workers at MetLife and dear friends, Phil and Raginn, Scott and Rehanne, Jen and Mel, Steve and Janet, Joey and Alana, Brian and Sarah, Brian and Angela, Emily, Jacque, Jason, and numerous friends and extended family members.

Family and friends will gather to celebrate Amber’s life at 1:00 p.m. Friday, September 27, 2013 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel in Blue Springs.  Visitation will be held from 1-2:00 p.m. with a service and sharing of memories starting at 2:00 p.m.  Memorial contributions are suggested to the family for a fund to be established for her son, Thomas.  Memories of Amber and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Robert Guthland

Robert Edward Guthland, Lieutenant Colonel, USAF, Retired, departed to join his wife, Lillian Isabelle Guthland, and his son, David Edward Guthland  in a heavenly home coming on September 23rd, 2013 in Independence, MO at his home.   Bob, as he was known to family and friends, was born October 19th, 1927 in St. Louis, Missouri was adopted by Elizabeth Bernadine Guthland, and Edward Guthland at 18 months of age from the Children’s Home of St. Louis, MO.    In 1945, he joined the US Navy, was posted to the USS Columbus out of Long Beach, California.  In 1947, he was honorably discharged from the Navy and began his university studies at Northwest Missouri State Teacher’s College.  On February 2, 1951 he was united in marriage to Lillian Isabelle Sickels of Mount Ayr, Iowa.  Upon receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Math, he was commissioned into the Air Force in August of 1952 and attended Meteorology Officer training at Florida State University.  His military career highlights included flying 27 missions through the eye of typhoons when stationed at Anderson Field, Guam, US Pacific Territories. In July of 1973, Lt. Colonel Guthland retired from active duty service after numerous duty assignments at the squadron, wing and command level. His decorations include the; Meritorious Service Medical, Air Force Commendation Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Medal, and the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal.  After moving his family to Maryville, Missouri and receiving a Masters in Education, he became the Director, Horace Mann Laboratory School which is part of and on the Northwest Missouri State University campus. He served in that role for 8 years. During his tenure at Northwest Missouri State University, he also was nominated by Maryville City Council, and served his as Municipal Court Judge, Maryville, Missouri.  Bob was a member of Municipal and Associate Circuit Judges Association, and served as its Director for over 16 years.  Bob was a member of the First Christian Church of Blue Springs, MO.  He was preceded in death by his wife Lillian Isabelle, son David Guthland and his parents, Edward and Elizabeth Guthland.

In addition, he is survived by his sons, Rex Guthland and wife Gayle of Waconia, MN; Scott Guthland and wife Tammy of Sykesville, MD; daughter, Christine Johnson and husband David Scott Johnson of Blue Springs, 12 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

Visitation will be 9:00 am September 28th, 2013 at First Christian Church of Blue Springs, 701 Northwest 15th Street, Blue Springs, MO.  Funeral services will follow visitation at 10:30 am at the church.  Burial with military honors will be at Miriam Cemetery in Maryville, MO at 3:00 pm on the 28th of September. Contributions in memory of Bob may be made to First Christian Church of Blue Springs.  Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO. Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Ethan Young

Ethan Matthew Young, age 14, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at his home.  He was born June 5, 1999 in North Kansas City, MO and was currently a freshman in high school at the Freshman Center in Blue Springs.  

Ethan had a great love for life, family and friends. He was very protective of his family and friends. Ethan had a passion for cooking, listening to various types of music, was an avid reader and enjoyed writing poetry.  Ethan loved to learn and was often found spending time with his parents or grandparents trying to learn how they did things.  He truly enjoyed making people laugh, and always brought out the best in everyone.  He will be dearly missed by all.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Leonard Witte, Dale Huffman, Marvin Fortel, Don and Fran Montgomery, Tony and Gene Auld; and a great uncle, Donald Fortel.

He is survived by his parents, Braden and Donna Young of the home and Crystal Gordon and Shain Huffman of Kansas City North, MO; five siblings, William Streker, Jordan Smith, Jordan Phillips, Kaitlyn Bulman and Noah Young; Grandparents, Valerie Fortel and Roscoe Righter, William and Mary Young, Darilyn and Steve Herron, Chuck Gordon, Bob and Dee Hammons, Romeo and Nita Hayner and Jason and Carmen Bulman; great grandparents, Harriet Fortel, Gloria Witte, Ruth Huffman and Clem and Virginia Bulman; and several aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family members.

A funeral service celebrating Ethan’s life will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 28, 2013 at the First United Methodist Church of Blue Springs with Rev. Dr. Sally Haynes officiating.  Burial will follow at the Blue Springs Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 9:30 -11:00 a.m. prior to the service.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the family for a fund to be established in Ethan’s memory.  The Meyers Funeral Chapel in Blue Springs has been entrusted with the final arrangements.  Memories of Ethan and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Curtis Grumke

Curtis R. Grumke, 52, Blue Springs, MO passed away Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at his home.  He was born December 6, 1960 in Independence, MO to Floyd and Naomi (Gillespie) Grumke. 

Curtis graduated from Wellington-Napoleon High School, received a BS in Agricultural Economics from The University of Missouri at Columbia and a MA in Accounting from the University of Central Missouri.  Curtis was also a Master Electrician.  He was formerly employed by Boatman’s Bank as a trust officer, supervisor for Paragon Electric Company and most recently was employed by SERCO as a task manager for the Department of Homeland security.

Curtis had a great love for God and family.  He was known for a strong work ethic and his devotion to helping others.  He was a member of Blue Springs Assembly and served on the prayer team.

He married Pamela S. Workman on May 16, 1987 in Kansas City, MO.  She survives of the home along with their four children, Adam, Andrew, Ethan and Sarah.  Additional survivors include two brothers, Ross and Lowell.

A memorial service celebrating Curtis’ life will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Blue Springs Assembly with Pastor John Martz officiating.  Visitation will be held from 6-8:00 p.m. Sunday at the church.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the family to offset expenses.  The Meyers Funeral Chapel in Blue Springs has been entrusted with the final arrangements.  Memories of Curtis and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Thomas Shackleton

Thomas L. Shackleton, 67, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Monday, September 24, 2013 at his home.  Memorial services for Tom will be 7:00 pm, Thursday, October 3, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276, with visitation 2 hours prior at the Funeral Chapel.  Contributions in memory of Tom may be made to a fund for college for his grandchildren.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.

Tom was born April 9, 1946 in Roanoke, VA and adopted by Loren and Lois (Fagen) Shackleton.  On November 2, 1974 he was united in marriage to Teresa Ann Giudici who preceded him in death.  He was an auto mechanic for 43 years.  He was a Christian by faith.  Tom enjoyed hunting, boating, spending time at the lake, and spending time with his grandchildren.  In addition to his wife, Teresa, he was preceded in death by his parents.

Tom is survived by his son Bradley Shackleton and wife Heather of Oak Grove, MO; sister, Mary Lou Coe and husband Joe of Tempe, AZ; brother, Phillip Shackleton and wife Karen of Azusa, CA; brother-in-law Mark Giudici and wife Karen Giudici and Lee’s Summit, MO; father-in-law, Ralph Giudici of Blue Springs, MO; grandchildren, Jakob Bradley Shackleton and Matthew Michael Shackleton of Oak Grove, MO.

John Rodriguez

John A. Rodriguez, 72, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Sunday, October 6, 2013 at Research Medical Center.  Visitation for John will be 10:00 am, Friday, October 11, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276, with Rosary following at 11:00 am at the chapel.  Funeral Mass at a later date in Dodge City, KS. Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

John was born May 6, 1941 in Dodge City, KS to Samuel and Anita (Sandoval) Rodriguez.  He was a US Air Force veteran and received his Masters Degree in education.  He worked as a teacher and a councilor on the collegiate level.  He was Director of Spanish Speaking People Commission for the State of Iowa and a School Board member for the City of Kansas City, MO.  He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Samuel Rodriguez, and David Rodriguez; sister, Rosie Briseno.

John is survived by his son, Jason Rodriguez and wife Carolyn of Blue Springs, MO; sister, Martha Olivarez and husband Richard of Dodge City, KS; brother, Louis Rodriguez and wife Juanita of Newton, KS; and grandchildren, Devin, Zachary, and Alexander Rodriguez.

Emmert Stanley Hansen

Born June 13, 1944.  Emmert graduated from Exira High School and then completed his studies at College of Automation in Des Moines, Iowa.  An exceptional student, Emmert enjoyed his years of study at his one room country school under the leadership of Helen Daume.  Emmert earned the American Legion award as a high school Senior and was actively involved in the local chapter of Future Farmers of America. 

Baptized in Exira Lutheran Church, Emmert was a dedicated member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Slater, Iowa and First United Methodist Church of Blue Springs.  Emmert actively supported the mission of his church through his generous commitment of time and resources.  He was involved in Kiwanis while living in Slater, Iowa and later in the faith supporting organization, Heart of America Cursillo.  Emmert also enjoyed his time as a Boy Scout leader and was an honorary warrior in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say.

Early in his career, Emmert was awarded a patent for a circuit he designed while working at Bournes Incorporated in Ames, Iowa.  He continued to work in the technology industry, eventually becoming a high-skilled and competent technician and manager for Unisys.  The last eighteen years were spent at Electronic Contracting Incorporated where he was an experienced and valued member of their team.

He enjoyed many activities and was especially proficient in construction, wood working, mechanical repairs, and gardening.  Always enjoying being outdoors, he instilled a love of hiking and camping in his family.  Emmert was a lifelong learner and a natural and gifted teacher.

Throughout his adult life, Emmert was a loyal and loving husband and a dedicated and supportive father.  Always enjoying children, he was patient and generous with his grandchildren.

Emmert is survived by his loving wife of nearly 49 years, Carol Jo Ann (Ruhs), his children Darci McCracken of Wildwood, Missouri, Colonel Richard Hansen, of Mandeville, Louisiana and Andrew Hansen, of Columbia, Missouri.  His grandchildren are Dallas McCracken, John Hansen, Lucille Warren, Matthew Hansen, Kerry Dean Warren, Margaret Hansen and Lydia Hansen.  Emmert is preceded in death by his parents Stanley and Amanda Hansen and his daughter, Ruth Ann Hansen.

Memorial services for Emmert will be 3:00 pm, Saturday, October 12, 2013 at First United Methodist Church, 301 SW Woods Chapel Rd., Blue Springs, MO with visitation beginning at 1:30 pm at the church.  In lieu of flowers contributions in memory of Emmert may be made to Vitas Hospice, 4041 S. Lynn Court Dr., Suite 300, Independence, MO 64055 or First United Methodist Church of Blue Springs.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.  Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO.

Benjamin Mason

Benjamin G. Mason, 43, of Blue Springs, MO, passed away at his home on Sunday October 13, 2013.  He was born on October 2, 1970 to Richard A. and Margaret A. (Mayo) Mason in San Antonio, TX.

Benjamin attended Cornerstone Church in Blue Springs, MO.  He enjoyed weight lifting and being around his friends and family.

Survivors include mother, Margaret A. Mason of Blue Springs, MO; brother, Matthew R. Mason of Omaha, NE; sister, Jennifer B. Degener of Manitowoc, WI.  He is preceded in death by his father, Richard Mason; sister, Carla Fry; and his grandparents.

A memorial service for Benjamin will be held 11:00 am Thursday, October 17, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276, with visitation starting at 10:00 am at the chapel.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Wayside Waifs 3901 Martha Truman Rd., Kansas City, MO 64137. Memories of Benjamin and condolences to the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Curtis Jennings

Curtis Jennings, 90, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at St. Mary’s Medical Center.  He was born November 24, 1922 to Charles and Sadie (Looney) Jennings in Eldridge, MO.  He worked as an Aluminum Molder at Naylor Aluminum Co. and retired after 36 years.  He enjoyed gardening.  He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Danny Jennings; daughter, Terri Jennings.

He is survived by his sons, Phillip Jennings of Blue Springs, MO, Bob Jennings and wife Trish of Raymore, MO; daughters Janet Keeton of Oak Grove, MO, Debra McKee of Independence, MO, Treva Spelazza and husband Mike of Andover, KS, Paulette Sell of Clinton, MO, Brandi Fockler and husband Calvin of Blue Springs, MO; grandchildren, Jessica George, Karena Jennings, Curtis (Kyle) Jennings, Christopher Davis, Jacob Keeton, Zachary Keeton, Ashley Cowick, Courtney McKee, Miranda McKee, Brian Martin, Allen Martin, Renee Beckerle, Angela Allen, Bobbie Clabough, William Dunn, Tammy Humphrey, Vickie Dykes, Hayden Fockler, and Logan Fockler; and Ex-wife, Karen D. Jennings.

Funeral Services for Curtis will be 11:00 am, Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276 with visitation one hour prior to the service at the chapel.  Burial will be at Blue Springs, Cemetery.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

George Cotten

George W. Cotten, 64, of Buda, TX passed away at his home on October 16, 2013 with his wife at his side.  He was born on May 17, 1949 to Mohler L. and Doris E. (Cotton) Cotten in Hutchison, KS.  George was united into marriage with Patricia Gail Simmons on August 6, 1983 in Lee’s Summit, MO. 

George is a Veteran of the United States Army.  He worked as a computer specialist for the United States Department of Veteran Affairs, in Austin, TX.  George retired from that position in 2005.  He enjoyed horse racing, Vegas, music and music festivals, and spending time in the mountains.  George loved to spend time with his friends and family. George loved life; he was always happy and never met a stranger.

George is survived by his wife, Gail Cotten of the home; sister, Patricia K. Alley and husband Willard K. of Blue Springs, MO; brothers, Forrest L. Cotten and wife Debbie of Wichita, KS, Larry D. Cotten and wife Val of Derby, KS, Richard D. Cotten and wife Tria of Wichita, KS, and a multitude of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.

Graveside services will be held Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at the Blue Springs Cemetery, following a visitation for family and friends from 9:30-11:30 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO.  A celebration of George's life will be held in Austin, TX at a later date. Memorial Contributions may be sent to Compassionate Care Hospice, 3601 Kyle Crossing, Suite D, Kyle, TX 78640, or online at hhcnet.net/hospice.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St. Blue Springs, MO, (816) 229-3276.  Memories of George and condolences to the family may be shared and viewed at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Amy Rae Phillips

Amy Phillips, 33, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at home on Saturday, October 19, 2013 in Lee’s Summit, MO.  Amy was born August 29, 1980 in Kansas City, MO.  She lived in Blue Springs and graduated from Blue Springs South in 1999.  She was a 2004 graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute with a Bachelor in Fine Arts.  She was employed at Pinot Palette in Leawood, KS where she was able to express her artistic talent through teaching others the beauty and expression of art. 

She leaves a son, Orion Antonio Phillips-Gomez age 4 of the home; her parents, Ron and Jill Phillips of Blue Springs; brother and sister-in-law, Jay and Lyndsey Phillips of Greenwood, and nephew, Jace; and her twin sister, Alisa Phillips of Chicago, IL.  She also leaves many loving uncles, aunts, cousins, nephews and nieces.  She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Carl and Maxcine Phillips, and Estaline and John Kenyan, as well as nephew, Greg Phillips.

Orion, her son, was the love of her life.   She was a very loving, caring, and wonderful mother.  She loved her son, family, and friends with all of her heart.   Her life was an inspiring journey that she lived to the fullest.

Visitation for Amy will be 5:00 – 7:00 pm, Thursday, October 24, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  A celebration of Amy’s life will be 10:00 am, Friday, October 25, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel.  A private family graveside service will be held at Blue Springs, Cemetery. The family requests in lieu of flowers; memorial donations to an educational fund that will be established for her son, Orion Phillips-Gomez.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Wilma Spartz

Wilma Ann Spartz, 77, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Wednesday October 23, 2013 at her home.  She was born August 7, 1936 in Blue Mound, KS to Edwin and Leona (Rogers) Thyer.  Wilma was a graduate of A & M Tech in Okmulgee, OK.  On August 25, 1956 she was united in marriage to Gregory L. Spartz who survives of the home.  Wilma built a family of 4 children within 7 years.  She spent her time raising the children and volunteering countless hours at the church and school, St. John LaLande.  In her “free” time she would read romance novels.  She also took over the research of our family genealogy when her sister, Kathryn passed away.  Wilma was a great cook and loved to bake.  Wilma was a lifelong member of St. John LaLande Catholic Church and briefly served with the Epsilon Sigma Phi sorority.  She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Bruce Spartz; brother, Bob Thyer; sister, Kathryn Sims.

In addition to her husband, Greg, she is survived by her daughter, Sharon Comstock and husband Riley of Independence, MO; sons, Mark Spartz and wife Debbie of Blue Springs, MO, Kevin Spartz and wife Tammy of Grain Valley, MO; daughter-in-law, Christy Spartz of Pleasant Hill, MO; sister, Mary Smith of Bonner Springs, KS; brother Jay Thyer and wife Sharon of Iola, KS; sister-in-law, Judy Thyer of Iola, KS; grandchildren, Barry Carnal and wife Gloria, Debra Atkinson, Taylor Comstock, Angela Spartz-Darby, James Kinney and wife Julie, Casey Spartz and fiancé Lauren Acord, Brandon Roberts and wife Tessa, Brooke Spartz, Briese Spartz, Nick Spartz and wife Danielle, Gregory Paul Spartz and fiancé Britaney King; and 11 great grandchildren.

Visitation for Wilma will be 9:00 – 11:00 am Saturday, October 26, 2013 at St. John LaLande Catholic Church, 805 NW RD Mize Road, Blue Springs, MO, with Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 11:00 am by Father Ron Elliott. Rosary will be at 9:00 am. Burial will be at Blue Springs Cemetery.  Contributions in memory of Wilma may be made to Catholic Community Hospice, 9740 W. 87th St, Overland Park KS 66212.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Howard Scarborough

Howard W. Scarborough, 65, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at his home.  He was born July 7, 1948 in Blue Springs, MO to Woodrow and Roberta (Hawkins) Scarborough.  He was a US Army veteran, and retired in 1997 from Ford Motor Co.  He was a member of Open Range Fellowship of Lone Jack, MO.  Howard was a Mason, and he enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Barbara Shirley; brother, Ralph Lee Scarborough.

He is survived by his daughters, Amanda Scarborough and husband Gary Clark of Blue Springs, MO, and Wendy Hawkins and husband Greg of Blue Springs, MO; sisters, Florinda McEntire and husband Larry of Black Hawk, CO, and Naomi Thomlinson of Independence, MO; brothers, Raymond Scarborough of Blue Springs, MO, Bobby Scarborough and wife Debbie of Blue Springs, MO, and John Henry Scarborough and wife Barbara of Warsaw, MO; grandchildren, Jesse Hawkins, Brianna Hawkins, CJ Hawkins, Ashley Hawkins, Skyler Scarborough, and Kylee Clark.

Visitation for Howard will be 12:00 – 2:00 pm, Monday, October 28, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276 followed by a 3 pm graveside service at Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville, MO.  Contributions in memory of Howard may be made to NRA.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Patricia Garnett

Patricia Jane Garnett, 88, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Friday, October 25, 2013 at St. Mary’s Medical Center.  She was born April 3, 1925 in Charleston, WV to Thomas and Margaret (Myer) Meek. She attended Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, and Memphis State.  Patricia worked as a commercial artist.  On October 21, 1978 she was united in marriage to Edward Garnett who preceded her in death.  In addition to her husband Edward, she was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Helen Meek Prentiss; and brother, Thomas H. Meek, Jr; grandson, Derek Triplett.

She is survived by her son, Robert F. Triplett, Jr. and wife Debbie of Indian Trail, NC; daughter, Diana Jane Richards and husband Tom of Jasper, MO; grandsons, Jeff Triplett and wife Billie Jo; Brade DeBriere and wife Anna; great grandchildren, Logan and Elizabeth Triplett, and Patrick, Dylan and Megan DeBriere.

Visitation for Patricia will be 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main Street, Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Funeral services will be 10:30 am, Thursday, October 31, 2013 at Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, 1433 NW R D Mize Rd, Blue Springs, MO.  Graveside services will be held 1:30 pm, at Sunset Hill Cemetery in Warrensburg, MO. In Lieu of Flowers Family suggests memorial contributions be made to the church Capital Campaign Fund.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Eugene Mantzey

Eugene R. Mantzey, 59, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Sunday, October 27, 2013 at KC Hospice House.  He was born May 30, 1954 in Chillicothe, MO to Raymond and Donna Jean (Bush) Mantzey.  He was in the US Navy for 21 years and was a Senior Chief Gunners Mate.  He retired in 2012 as a Postal Clerk from Lee’s Summit Post Office.  On April 6, 1973 he was united in marriage to Susan Dunn and she survives of the home.  Eugene was a member of St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church in Blue Springs, MO, and was a member of Knights of Columbus.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and woodworking. And he was a fan of Nascar, and the Chiefs.  Eugene was proud of his children, and proud of his service in the military. He was preceded in death by his parents.

In addition to his wife Susan he is survived by his daughters, Charidy Chancey and husband Gabriel of Houston, TX, Klo Ball and husband Chris of Grain Valley, MO; son, Erik Mantzey and wife Tabby of Grain Valley, MO; brothers, Barney Mantzey and wife Linda of Lone Jack, MO, Ron Mantzey and wife Peggy of San Bernardino, CA; sister, Sharon Ann Finklea of Montgomery, AL; grandchildren, Noah Chancey and Jordyn Ball.

Visitation for Eugene will be 5:00 – 7:00 pm, Friday, November 1, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Funeral Mass will be 10:00 am, Saturday, November, 2, 2013 at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church, 4313 SW State Route 7, Blue Springs, MO 64014.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Kansas City Hospice House, 9221 Ward Parkway, Suite 100, Kansas City, MO 64114.  Burial is to be at Blue Springs, Cemetery.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Dorothy Poppe

Dorothy E. Poppe, 96, of North Bend, OR, formerly of Blue Springs, MO, passed away November 4, 2013.  She was born May 3, 1917 in White Lake, SD to Bert and Dora (DeJong) VanDenBrand.  Dorothy was united in marriage to Louis G. Poppe on September 3, 1940 in Yankton, SD, and he preceded her in death.  She graduated from Sacred Heart School of Nursing in Yankton, SD and was Director of Nursing at Indian Hills Manor in Ogallala, NE.  After retiring, she and Louis moved to Blue Springs Terrace, a community for retired UCC Ministers and spouses.  In addition to her husband Louis, she was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Harry VanDenBrand, Louis VanDenBrand, and Bert VanDenBrand; sister, Marie VanDenBrand; and grandson, Jason Poppe.

Dorothy is survived by her sons, Roger Poppe and wife Lolly Smith of Tucson, AZ, and Bill Poppe and wife Jolene of North Bend, OR; daughters, Donna Poppe of Tacoma, WA, and Debi Poppe and husband Tim Dahl of Oregon City, OR; grandchildren, Eric and wife Kathy Poppe of Klamath Falls, OR, Hannah and Emma Dahl of Oregon City, OR; great grandchildren, Jordan and Kennedy Poppe of Klamath Falls, OR.

Visitation for Dorothy will be 5:00 to 7:00 pm Friday, November 8, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Funeral services will be 11:00 am, Saturday, November 9, 2013 at All Saints Lutheran Church, 421 SW 19th St., Blue Springs, MO.  Burial will follow at Blue Springs Cemetery.  Contributions in memory of Dorothy may be made to Blue Springs Terrace.  Memories of Dorothy and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Ruth Patten

Ruth M. Patten, 90, of Independence, MO passed away October 25, 2013 at Monterey Park Nursing Center. Graveside services for Ruth will be 10:00 am, Thursday, November 7, 2013 at Blue Springs Cemetery, Blue Springs, MO. Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO. 

Virginia Vaccaro

Virginia M. Vaccaro, 89, of Blue Springs, MO passed away peacefully November 7, 2013.  She was born April 2, 1924 to Vito and Josephine (Rizzuto) Vaccaro in Kansas City, MO.  During the war she worked at Lake City Ammunition Plant.  Virginia retired from the Credit Bureau of Kansas City after 40 years.  She volunteered at Trinity Lutheran Hospital for 10 years, and St. Mary’s Hospital for 10 years.  She enjoyed having her family over for Italian dinners and desserts, everyone especially loved her olive salad.  Virginia enjoyed playing the organ, and playing cards at Vesper Hall.  She was a member of St. John LaLande Catholic Church.

She is survived by her nieces, Gail Ratty (Richard), Vicki Sleyster (J. B.); nephews, Steve Vaccaro (Janet), Vinnie Vaccaro (Kedra); and many great nieces and nephews.  She was dearly loved and will be missed by all.

Visitation will be 9:00 – 10:00 am, Monday, November 11, 2013 followed by a funeral mass at 10:00 at St. John LaLande Catholic Church, 805 NW R.D. Mize Rd, Blue Springs, MO.  Burial will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.  Contributions in memory of Virginia may be made to St. John LaLande Catholic Church.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.

Martha DeNise

Martha Adele DeNise, 92, of Blue Springs, MO passed away November 11, 2013 at St. Mary’s Medical Center.  She was born July 16, 1921 in Dayton, OH to Earl H. and Francis (Walls) McClintock Sr.  In 1938 she was united in marriage to John R. DeNise who preceded her in death.  Martha worked as a secretary at Adams Dairy.  She and her husband John owned and operated Blue Springs Hardware in the late 1970’s.  She was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church of Blue Springs, where she taught Sunday School. Martha was a founding member of the Blue Springs Historical Society.  She was an enthusiastic gardener who loved to share her garden.  She loved spending time with her family and friends and her faithful canine companion Callie.  In addition to her husband John, she was preceded in death by her parents, and a brother Earl McClintock, Jr.

She is survived by her daughter Linda Faeth and husband Lawrence of Blue Springs, MO; grandsons, Steven Faeth and wife Christine of San Clemente, CA, Mike Faeth and wife Jill of Kansas City, MO; granddaughter, Laura Billings of Blue Springs, MO; great grandchildren, Benjamin Billings, Madison Billings, Elizabeth Billings, Katherine Billings, Laura Faeth, and Megan Faeth.

Visitation for Martha will be 10:00 - 11:00 am, Thursday, November 14, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St, Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276, with the funeral service following at 11:00 am.  Burial to follow at Blue Springs Cemetery.  Contributions in memory of Martha may be made to the Blue Springs Historical Society.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Robert Evans

Robert W. Evans, 51, of Higginsville, MO passed away Thursday, November 14, 2013 at North Kansas City Hospital.  He was born December 29, 1961 in Kansas City, MO to Josephine (Tonnar) Evans.  He was preceded in death by his mother and grandparents. 

Robert is survived by his sisters, Luci Smith of Carrollton, MO and Jennifer Mertes and husband Corey of North Kansas City, MO; nephews and nieces, Cydney Smith, Jessica Smith, Betsy Smith, Zachary Mertes, and Julia Mertes.

Funeral Mass for Robert will be 2:00 pm, Saturday, November 16, 2013 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Carrollton, MO.  Contributions in memory of Robert may be made to Higginsville Habilitation Center (Parents Association).  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-32676.

Shaun Carnal

Shaun M. Carnal, 39, of Blue Springs, MO passed away November 15, 2013.  A memorial service will be held Wednesday November 20, 2013 at 11:00 am at the Meyers Funeral Chapel Blue Springs, MO.  Visitation will be one-half hour prior to service.  In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.  Online condolences in Shaun’s memory may be sent to meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Shaun was born December 23, 1973 in Kansas City, MO the son of Richard L and Mary R. (Harkins) Carnal, Jr. He graduated from Ellicot City Maryland High School in 1992.  He was a graduate of American Motor Institute (AMI) in Daytona, FL, February 2006.  Shaun worked at the Mobile Alabama Harley Davidson, and Blue Springs Harley Davidson.  He was preceded in death by his father.  Shaun always had a helping hand to work on a motorcycle with a fellow enthusiast.  He had a passion for all types of music, concerts, films, playing his guitar and trips on his motorcycle.  His most cherished moments in life were the time spent with his son Caleb.  He was loved and will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his son, Caleb Carnal; mother, Mary Carnal; brother, Tracy Carnal and wife, Connie; nephew, Brandon Carnal.  A host of aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel Blue Springs, MO 816-229-3276.

Joey Butler

Joseph A. “Joey” Butler, 51, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Sunday, November 17, 2013 at the Kansas City Hospice House.  He was born August 14, 1962 in Laurel, MS to Jasper and Alice Faye (Cox) Butler. On August 5, 1989 Joey was united in marriage to Dawn Boseman who survives of the home. He was Pastor of Gateway Church in Blue Springs, and was the beloved chaplain of the Blue Springs High School Football Team.  Joey also loved his Mississippi State Bulldogs, sweet tea, fried chicken, BBQ, and God’s favorite sport baseball. He especially loved seeing his wife in a jersey. 

In addition to his wife, Dawn, he is survived by his sons, Joey Tyler “Ty” Butler, Zacchaeus Jon  “Zac” Butler, daughter Josy Dawn Butler all of the home; brothers, Kenneth Wayne Butler of Mobile,AL, and James David Butler of Laurel, MS., step-brother Tim Mott of Atlanta, GA, step-sister Nancy Savage of Lucedale, MS, nephews, Clay Savage of Winder, GA., Ben Little of Brandon, MS, Austin Butler of Laurel, MS, Alan Hinton of Mobile, AL, Craig Hinton of Oxford, MS, niece Alexis Butler of Laurel, MS.

A celebration of Joey’s life will be at 7:00 pm Tuesday November 19, 2013 at the Performing Arts Center at Blue Springs High School 2000 NW Ashton, Dr. Blue Springs, MO.  Memorial

Contributions may be made to Gateway Church in care of Top Button Foundation 5600 SW Woods Chapel Rd. Blue Springs,  MO 64015.  Online condolences in Joey’s memory may be sent to meyersfuneralchapel.com.

David Carspecken

David L. Carspecken, 74, of Blue Springs, MO passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, November 17, 2013. He was born to George Carspecken and Vivian (Cox) Carpecken on December 21, 1938 in Burlington, IA. 

Our father was a quiet man. One who had great compassion for anyone who touched his life. He worried about strangers and shared his Santa like smile with everyone. His daily whistle gave clue to his mischievous side. He was a prankster who laughed till he cried when he Got You! Joke and riddle books were always scattered about his home. His laugh was contagious. He marveled at the outdoors and respected animals and nature with a deep responsibility to care for both. Everything was an adventure. He never stayed in one place long, allowing him to see much and experience more. He lived his life reaching for his dreams, but being happiest when his four children captured their own. It was in their tender care that he left them for his biggest adventure yet.

He leaves behind his four children, Lori Worman and husband Craig of Blue Springs, MO, Lisa Strange and husband Michael of Overland Park, KS, Chris Carspecken and wife Tracy of Leesburg, VA, Wendy Baumhoefener and husband Jamie of Winchester, VA; brother, Jack Carspecken and wife Sharon of Burlington, IA. Twelve grandchildren will carry on his legacy; Alex & Chad Worman, Carly and Hannah Strange, Colton & Haley Carspecken, Jessie, Sierra, Isaac, Levi, Laura , and Micha Baumhoefener. He was preceded in death by his Mother Vivian Cox Carspecken and father George Carspecken.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel 1600 W. Main St. Blue Springs, MO. Memories of David and condolences to the family may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Jack Hardman

A Celebration of Life will be held for Jack Henry Hardman on Monday, November 25, 2013, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St, Blue Springs, MO  64015, 816) 229-3276.   Reverend Jack Daniels will be officiating the Celebration.

Jack Henry Hardman of Blue Springs, MO, formerly of El Dorado Springs, MO, joined his heavenly father on November 20, 2013.  Jack joined the First Christian Church at a very young age.  Jack was born in Cedar County, MO on June 8, 1927, and was the son of Henry Floyd Hardman and Lena Marie Bybee Hardman.

He was proceeded in death by his parents and their spouses, Floyd & Kate Hardman and Vivian V. (Beans) & Marie Shoemaker of El Dorado Springs, MO, One sister, Betty Marie Fields of Seattle, WA, and two very small heavenly grandchildren.

He is survived by his loving wife, Waneta Roby Hardman of the Home.  Three children:  Jacque & Bob Brisco of Independence, MO,  Terry & Vicki Hardman of Blue Springs, MO, and Jana (D) Hardman of Blue Springs, MO. Four Grandchildren: Eric Brisco of Sacramento, CA, Tiffany & Jim Murnan of Orlando, FL, Lorna Brisco & Jason Chamizo of Lincoln,  CA, Troy Hardman & Laura Lake of Kansas City, MO.  Four Great Grandchildren: Nicholas Brisco of Independence, MO, Niah Murnan of Orlando, FL, Cruz & Dominic, and  (Zach & Brandon) Chamizo of Lincoln, CA., along with many nieces & nephews; and  Faithful Best Friend and Scooterdog, Snuggles, his Grand Dog.

Jack served his country in the U. S. Navy in World War II.  He retired as Superintendent from Canfield Construction Company.  Jack was a Boy Scout Leader for Troop 381 for 14 years, as a Warrior in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say. He loved being outdoors, camping and he was an avid fisherman.

Jack was a great family man, he adored his wife, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and others.  Jack would do anything to help anyone in need.  He was a great friend to many and loved to laugh and make others laugh, also.

Charitable Contributions can be made to find a cure for COPD and other respiratory conditions.

Michael Dominick

Michael Joseph Dominick, 54, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Monday, November 18, 2013.  Michael was born in Kansas City, MO to Mike and Della (King) Dominick.

Michael loved life and especially every aspect of nature.  He studied and always continued to increase his knowledge of God’s creation.  He was very friendly with everyone.  His physical strength and abilities won him a football letter from Northeast High School in Kansas City, MO.  He graduated from De LaSalle at age 17.  Shortly afterwards he joined the Army and was stationed in Germany.  He greatly enjoyed touring that country.

During his military service he met and married Camey Diane Hobson, and they lived in Marietta, GA where their son Michael James was born.

In 1979 he moved back to Kansas City, MO where he met and married his best friend’s sister, Blenda Miller.  They moved to Independence, Mo where their son, Michael Lucas and daughter, Alicia Marie were born.

He worked for the City of Independence MO Health Department until he sustained a back injury.  He continued to be as active as he could regardless of his disability.  His humor and quick wit and knowledge were strengths he shared with others.

He is survived by his parents; his son, Michael James of Georgia; son, Michael Lucas of Blue Springs, MO; daughter, Alicia Dominick of Raytown, MO with grandchildren, Anthony, Auztyn, and Mattyi; brothers, Mark Dominick of Kansas City, MO, Paul Dominick of Overland Park, KS; sisters, Tina Alvaro of Lenexa, KS and Anna Dominick of Overland Park, KS; and six nephews and one niece, many cousins, and aunts and uncles.  He loved the Lord and is “home” now in peace.

Visitation for Michael will be 1:00 – 2:30 pm Sunday, November 24, 2013 at Cross Roads Church, 900 NW Jefferson St., Grain Valley, MO, with memorial service beginning at 2:30.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.  Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO.

Marjorie Binder

Marjorie E. Binder, 72, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Saturday, November 23, 2013 at her home.  She was born July 14, 1941 in Callao, MO to Howard and Marjorie (Allen) Wright.  On May 31, 1959 she was united in marriage to Eugene Binder and he survives of the home.

She owned R and K Properties of Blue Springs. Liz was a member of First Christian Church.  She enjoyed quilting, gardening, and spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her father.

In addition to her husband Gene, she is survived by her son, Rick Binder and wife Rochelle of Blue Springs, MO; daughter, Kim Andrae and husband James of Excelsior Springs, MO; mother, Marjorie (Allen) Wright of Macon, MO; sister, Zola Edwards and husband Jerry of Macon, MO; grandchildren, Dusty Binder, Josh Leroux, Derek Johnson, Ashley Harvey; great grandchildren, Rostin Binder and Camden Binder.

Services for Liz will be 1:00 pm Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276, with visitation one hour prior to the service at the chapel.  Contributions in memory of Liz may be made to Grace Hospice.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Gregory Spartz

Gregory L. Spartz, 81, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Saturday, November 23, 2013 at St. Joseph Medical Center. He was born March 3, 1932 in Watertown SD to Nicholas and Agnes (Staudacher) Spartz. Greg was united in marriage to Wilma Ann Thyer who preceded him in death. He was a veteran of the US Army, and attended A & M Tech in Okmulgee, OK. He was a civilian supervisor for the U.S. Army in quality control at Lake City Army Ammunition Plant at the time of his retirement. Greg was a member of St. John LaLande Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, VFW, and the Catholic Order of Foresters. He enjoyed leather work, taking photos and spending time with his family. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Wilma; son, Bruce Spartz; sister, Loretta Zaug; brothers, Vernon Spartz and Joseph Spartz.

Greg is survived by his daughter, Sharon Comstock and husband Riley of Independence, MO; sons, Mark Spartz and wife Debbie of Blue Springs, MO, Kevin Spartz and wife Tammy of Grain Valley, MO; daughter-in-law, Christy Spartz of Pleasant Hill, MO; sisters, Bernice Mack of Sioux Falls, SD, and Sr. Muriel Spartz of Watertown, SD; sisters-in-law, Jeanette Spartz of Kranzburg, SD, Wilma Spartz of Huron SD, Judy Thyer of Iola, KS, Mary Smith of Bonner Springs, KS; brother-in-law Jay Thyer and wife Sharon of Iola, KS; grandchildren, Barry Carnal and wife Gloria, Debra Atkinson, Taylor Comstock, Angela Spartz-Darby, James Kinney and wife Julie, Casey Spartz and fiancé Lauren Acord, Brandon Roberts and wife Tessa, Brooke Spartz, Briese Spartz, Nick Spartz and wife Danielle, Gregory Paul Spartz and fiancé Britaney King; and 11 great grandchildren.

Visitation for Gregory will be 12:30 – 2:00 pm Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at St. John LaLande Catholic Church, 805 NW RD Mize Road, Blue Springs, MO, with Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 2:00 pm by Father Ron Elliott. Rosary will be at 12:00 pm. Burial will be at Blue Springs Cemetery. Contributions in memory of Gregory may be made to Catholic Community Hospice, 9740 W. 87th St, Overland Park KS 66212.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO. Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Diana Arbisi

Diana Madelyn Arbisi, 70, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at Kansas City Hospice House.  She has been cremated according to her wishes.  No services are planned at this time.  Condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.  Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO.  

Gene Martin

Melvin Eugene “Gene” Martin, 82, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Friday, November 29, 2013 at Centerpoint Medical Center.  He has been cremated according to his wishes.  No services are planned at this time.  Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blues, MO.  Condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com. 

Alice Dean Redford

Alice RedfordAlice Dean Redford, 66, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Sunday, December 1, 2013 at Centerpoint Medical Center. She was born February 15, 1947 in Kansas City, MO to Tommie and Rachel (Keck) Beal. On August 23, 1975 she was united in marriage to Grover C. Redford III and he survives of the home. She was a homemaker, and a catholic by faith. Alice was a member of the Pilot Club and enjoyed gardening, cooking, traveling and spending time with her family and children. She was preceded in death by her parents.

In addition to her husband, Grover, Alice is survived by her son, Tom Redford and wife Kelly of Ashland, MO; daughter, Beth Shrout and husband Kenny of Kansas City, MO; sister, Trudy Beal of Blue Springs, MO; granddaughter, Ella Redford.

Services for Alice will be 11:00 am, Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, with visitation 1 hour prior to the service at the chapel. Burial will be in Blue Springs Cemetery. Contributions in memory of Alice may be made to Southern Boone Learning Garden, PO Box 541, Ashland, MO. Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Gail Eckhardt

Gail EckhardtGail Ann Eckhardt, 59, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Tuesday December 3, 2013 at her home. She was born May 29, 1954 in Orange, NJ to William and Elisabeth Martin. She was united in marriage on May 1, 1976 to Timothy Eckhardt. Gail was a Federal Civil Servant for the FDIC. She enjoyed arts and crafts, loved her collection of angels and butterflies. She loved the Bible and the Lord, and enjoyed gardening, baking and decorating cookies. She was preceded in death by her parents.

In addition to her husband, Timothy, she is survived by her daughters, Heather Renee MacConnell of Sydney Australia, Kimberly Dawn Eckhardt of Blue Springs, MO; step-children, Jason Eckhardt of Houston, TX, Steffan Eckhardt of Austin, TX, and Aimee Eckhardt of Kansas City, MO; brothers, Lonnie Martin of Forest Hills, CA, Dennis Martin of Munich, Germany, Chris Martin of Orlando, FL; sisters, Colleen Carey of Brunswick, MD, Tracy Carspecken of Leesburg, VA; grandchildren, Alex Marie Eckhardt of Blue Springs, MO, Nathanael MacConnell of Sydney, Australia; step-grandchildren, Colin Eckhardt, Preston Eckhardt, Pricilla Eckhardt, Mia Eckhardt, Willow Shipps.

A celebration of Gail’s life will be 5:00 pm, Friday, December 6, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Contributions in memory of Gail may be made to the Lupus Foundation. Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Chase Engelhardt

Chase EngelhardtChase Engelhardt, 26, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Sunday, December 1, 2013 at his home. He was born October 23, 1987 in Kansas City, MO to Billy and Gina (Gillespie) Engelhardt. Chase graduated from Blue Springs High School and worked at the Conoco convenience store in Blue Springs. He enjoyed the lake, sports, and video games. 

Chase is survived by his parents, Billy and Gina Engelhardt; sisters, Meghan Goodwin and husband Donte of Independence, MO, and Madelyn Engelhardt of Blue Springs, MO; grandparents, Bill and Tish Engelhardt of Lexington, MO, Delma and Jim Giger of Higginsville, MO, and Bill and Janet Gillespie of Bucklin, MO; nieces and nephews, Zahniah Goodwin, Mesyah Goodwin, Josiah Goodwin, Mercy Goodwin, Azalea Goodwin, Donte Goodwin, Jr.

Funeral Services for Chase will be at 1:00 pm Friday, December 6, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276, with visitation beginning at 11:30 am at the funeral chapel. Contributions in memory of Chase may be made to the family to defray expenses. Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Ernest Gieseke

Ernest GiesekeErnest J. Gieseke, 85, of Blue Springs, Missouri passed away Thursday, December 5, 2013. He was born March 23, 1928 in Concordia, Missouri to Ernest and Ella Stumpenhaus Gieseke. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Marjorie Czar Gieseke and their five children, Cynthia Johnson and husband Clint of Independence, MO, Suzan Ramsey and husband David of Lee’s Summit, MO, Michael Gieseke and wife Nancy of Overland Park, KS, Janelle Brower and husband Bill of Overland Park, KS, Linda Gieseke of Blue Springs, MO, brother, Harvey Gieseke and wife Lenice of San Clemente, CA as well as eight grandchildren, two great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Ernie was a four year veteran of the United States Navy, serving as a medic during the Korean War. He was a partner in the H. Thies and Sons Livestock Commission Company at the Kansas City Stockyards where he was in charge of hog sales. When the KC Stockyards closed he continued in this line of work at the Kingsville Auction and independently throughout his life. He was a member of Timothy Lutheran Church. Ernie was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Omar, Elmer, Raymond, and Norvin Gieseke and sisters, Esther Pragman, Opal Wiebe, Verna Kueck, and Ruth Nichols.

He was a man who always put his family and others first. He was from the generation that showed his caring through action, not merely words. He was a diamond in the rough. His country sayings and stories will live on in those who knew and loved him.

Visitation for Ernie will be 12:00 – 2:00 pm, Monday, December 9, 2013 at Timothy Lutheran Church, 425 NW R.D. Mize Road, Blue Springs, MO. Funeral service will follow at 2:00 pm at the church. Burial to be in Lobb Cemetery, Independence, MO. Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Betty Lasswell

Betty LasswellBetty M. Lasswell, 84, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Sunday, December 8, 2013 at St. Mary’s Hospital. Funeral services for Betty will be 11:00 am, Thursday, December 12, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue springs, MO, 816-229-3276, with visitation one hour prior to the service at the funeral chapel. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Kansas City, MO. Contributions in memory of Betty may be made to Regional Animal Shelter, Independence, MO. Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Betty was born February 2, 1929 in Kansas City, MO to Oliver and Margaret Coltharp. She graduated from St Theresa of Avilla and was Head Teller at Southeast Bank in Kansas City. On December 26, 1967 she was united in marriage to Robert Lasswell who survives of the home. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary. She enjoyed reading and especially showing dogs. She was preceded in death by her parents. And her brother, Robert O. Coltharp.

In addition to her husband, Robert, she is survived by her sister-in-law Shirley Coltharp of Raytown MO, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Donald Thompson

Meyers Funeral ChapelsDonald G. Thompson, Jr., 41, of Sibley, MO passed away December 5, 2013 in Independence, MO. He was born August 15, 1972 to Donald G. and Joann (Wilson) Thompson, Sr. He spent the majority of his working years for Nationwide RV in Grain Valley, MO. 

Survivors include his wife, Angela Thompson of the home; a daughter, Cheyenne Thompson of the home; a son, William Thompson of the home; his mother, Joann Thompson of Buckner, MO; two brothers, Tommy Thompson of Buckner, MO and Michael Thompson of Oak Grove, MO; a sister, Angela Dunn of Oak Grove, MO. His father preceded him in death.

A memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel in Blue Springs, MO. There is no scheduled visitation. Memories of Donald and condolences may be shared with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Beatrice Freeman

Beatrice FreemanBeatrice R. Freeman, 86, passed away on December 9, 2013 at the Presbyterian Manor in Parsons, Kansas where she has been a resident since 1999.

Beatrice was born in Grain Valley, Missouri to Charles O. and Ruby M. Johnson.  She lived in Kansas City and Independence, Missouri all of her life before moving to Parsons in 1999.  She was married to John O. Freeman in 1945.  Beatrice was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, her husband and son (John O. Freeman, Jr).

Beatrice was employed by Sears, Roebuck and Company for many years.  She loved to quilt, read, embroidery, and especially spend time with her family.

Beatrice is survived by a brother (Everett Johnson) and a daughter (Sandra K. Bowman and her husband Ralph of Erie, KS).  She is also survived by a daughter-in-law (Jean Freeman), six grandsons (John Freeman III, Jeff Freeman, Chris Bowman, Jason Freeman, Travis Freeman and Chaz Harper), 11 great grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren.

A visitation will be at Meyers Funeral Chapel (1600 W. Main, Blue Springs) on Saturday, December 14 from 9:30 to 11:00 with burial immediately following at Purdee Chapel Cemetery in Grain Valley, Missouri. Beatrice Freeman has requested that memorial donations be sent to the Grain Valley Baptist Church in lieu of flowers.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Curtis Quinn

Curtis QuinnCurtis Lee Quinn, 62, of Independence, MO passed away Monday, December 8, 2013 in Warrensburg, MO. Graveside services for Curtis will be 10:00 am, Thursday, December 12, 2013 at Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville, MO. Visitation will be 4:00 – 6:00 pm Thursday, December 12, 2013 At Meyers funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Curtis was born June 1, 1951 in Independence, MO to Jack and Doris (Allison) Quinn. Curtis served in the US Army. He was a courier for package delivery companies. He enjoyed muzzle loading with black powder shoots. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Curtis is survived by his children, Curtis Wesley Quinn and his wife Martha of Grain Valley, Mo, and Amy Marie Adams and her husband Brian of Blue Springs, MO; brother William Craig Quinn and his wife Beverly of Oak Grove, MO; grandchildren, Gavin Quinn, Tyler Adams and Collin Quinn.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St, Blue Springs, MO.

Larry Stapleton

Larry A. Stapleton, 65, of Buckner, MO passed away Sunday, December 8, 2013 at Centerpoint Medical Center. Funeral services for Larry will be 12:00 pm, Friday, December 13, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276 with visitation two hours prior to the service at the chapel. Burial will be at Buckner Cemetery. Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Larry was born September 12, 1948 in Buckner, MO to William and Mildred (Harra) Stapleton. He was a US Army veteran of the Vietnam War. On June 6, 1970 he was united in marriage to Kathy Burns and she survives of the home. Larry was a construction worker and for many years was a Councilman in Buckner. He belonged to the VFW in Buckner. Larry enjoyed hunting, Fishing, and spending time with his family. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Jamie William Stapleton; in-laws, Carl and Vera Burns.

In addition to his wife, Kathy, he is survived by his son, Jody Reed Stapleton of Buckner, MO; brother, John William Stapleton and wife Debbie of Odessa, MO; sisters, Barbara Jo Nelson of Rayville, MO, Carol J. Denney and husband Bob of Blue Springs, MO; brother-in-law, Duane Burns and wife Sarah of Independence MO; sister-in-law, Carol Cary and husband Merv of Independence, MO.

Bessie Brittain

Bessie L. Brittain, 80, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at Centerpoint Medical Center. She was born April 27, 1933 at Kansas City, MO to Orville and Dorothy (Kirby) Baker. In 1953 she was united in marriage to Warren Brittain who preceded her in death. She did day care in her home, and was a member of Antioch Baptist Church. Bessie enjoyed working at Evangel Food Pantry, reading, and loved children. In addition to her husband, Warren, she was preceded in death by her parents, and brothers, George Baker and Leonard Baker.

She is survived by her son, William Brittain and wife Pamela of Kansas City, MO; daughter, Mary Mesecher and husband Timothy of Blue Springs, MO; sister, Mary Evans of Blue Springs, MO; brother, Charles Baker of Kansas City, MO; grandchildren, Christie Polley and husband Mike, Missie Wolfe and husband Mike, Amanda Lawhon and husband Darren, Matt Mesecher, Becca Mesecher; great grandchildren, Brittain, Miranda, Neriah, Reiker Polley, and Mackynzie Lawhon.

Funeral Services for Bessie will be 3:00 pm, Saturday, December 14, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276, with visitation one hour prior to the service at the chapel. Burial will be Monday, December 16, 2013 at Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville, MO with Warren. Contributions in memory of Bessie may be made to Harvesters Food Bank. Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Robert Williams

Robert H. ”Red” Williams, 89, of Lake Tapawingo, MO passed away Thursday, December 12, 2013 at Oak Grove Nursing and Rehab Center. He was born September 24, 1924 in Independence, MO to Howard and Mary (Gross) Williams. He was a US Army veteran. Robert was united in marriage to Joan Schroer on December 20, 1958 and she survives of the home. He was a welder for General Motors for 33 years. He was a member of UAW Local #93, and American Legion Post #499. He was an avid sailor. He was preceded in death by his parents; sons, Michael and Roger Williams; brother, Thomas Williams.

In addition to his wife, Joan, he is survived by daughters, Pamela “P.J.” Petrillo and husband Joseph of Odessa, FL, Susan Shearer and husband James of Kearney, MO; sons, Patrick Williams and wife Jenny of Kansas City, MO, Robert Williams and wife Kelly of Oak Grove, MO; and his beloved grandchildren.

Memorial services for Robert will be 6:00 pm, Sunday, December 15, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main Street, Blue springs, MO, 816-229-3276, with visitation one hour prior to the service at the funeral chapel. Services will be officiated by Rev. Thomas Rodenberg. Contributions in memory of Robert may be made to the Salvation Army. Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Brandon Fisher

Michael Brandon Fisher, 24, of Blue Springs, MO passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, December 12, 2013 doing what he loved. He was born July 3, 1989 in Blue Springs to Mike and Robin (Seddon) Fisher. Brandon was a 2008 graduate of Blue Springs South High School and earned an AA in Diesel Mechanics from Lincoln Technologies in Indianapolis, IN. He was employed as a foreman for his family’s business, Fisher Construction in Blue Springs.

Brandon had a wonderful zest for life. He loved spending time with family, his fiance and friends and enjoyed making people laugh. He had a passion for his work and was very creative when it came to fixing things and tinkering around the shop. Brandon had no fears in life and enjoyed fast trucks, cars, boats and anything else that’s fast.

Survivors include his parents, Mike and Robin Fisher of Blue Springs; his sister, Rachelle Fisher of Blue Springs; maternal grandmother, Eleanor Seddon of Raytown, MO; the love of his life, Samantha “Sam” Stone, of Blue Springs; and several extended family members, close friends and his beloved dog, Zeus. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, LD and Estella Fisher and his maternal grandfather, Robert Seddon.

A funeral service celebrating Brandon’s life will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at the First Christian Church of Blue Springs, 701 NW 15th St., with Rev. Cliff Caton officiating. The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the family for a scholarship fund to be set up in his memory and may be left in care of the Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St. Blue Springs, MO 64105. Memories of Brandon and condolences may be left online at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Russell Brauner

Russell Brauner ObituaryRussell E. Brauner, 44, of Arlington, TX, formerly of Blue Springs, MO passed away December 16, 2013 in Arlington, TX. He was born December 12, 1969 in Kansas City, MO to Robert and Gale (Butler) Brauner. On December 3, 1988 he was united in marriage to Carol J. Ozburn and she survives of the home. Russell was a supervisor for Republic Services. He was a member of the Praise and Worship Chapel in Independence, MO. He enjoyed church activities, movies, music, football, baseball, fishing, and his family. He was preceded in death by his father.

In addition to his wife Carol, he is survived by his son, Caleb M. Brauner of Blue Springs, MO; mother, Gale (Butler) Brauner of Kansas City, MO; brothers, Rex Brauner of Kansas City, MO, Robert Brauner of Kansas City, MO; sister, Patricia Malson and husband Jeff of Kansas City, MO.

Funeral service will be 1:30 pm, Friday, December 20, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276 with visitation beginning at 12:00 pm, at the chapel.  Burial will be in Blue Springs Cemetery.  Contributions in memory of Russell may be made to the American Heart Association. Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

William Cotten

William Cotten ObituaryWilliam D. Cotten, 84, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Friday, December 20, 2013 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born, April 23, 1929 in Eldon, Mo to Charles and Edna (Bush) Cotten. On September 13, 1965 he was united in marriage to Betty Reeder and she survives of the home. He was plant manager for Rosse Lithographing Co. and a member of St Peter United Methodist Church. William enjoyed good food, football, sports, and especially his family and grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.

In addition to his wife, Betty, he is survived by his daughters, Pamela Winkler of Parkville, MO, Laurie Mathes and husband Daryl of Wichita, KS, Stephanie Ladd and husband David of Blue Springs, MO, and Sherri Matchell and husband Dr. Darren of Colby, KS; brother-in-law, Kenneth Reeder of Oak Grove, MO; sisters-in law, Annie Wedding of Sun City, AZ, and Margaret Reeder of Grain Valley, MO; grandchildren, Jennifer Winkler, Patrick Winkler, Hannah Matchell, Joshua Matchell, Rachel Ladd, Benjamin Matchell, Rebecca Ladd, and Noah Matchell; and numerous nieces nephews, and beloved friends.

Funeral services will be 11:30 am, Monday, December 23, 2013 at St. Peter United Methodist Church, 3609 SW State Route 7, Blue Springs, MO. Visitation from 10:00 -11:30 am at the church prior to the service. Burial will be at Blue Springs Cemetery. Contributions in memory of William may be made to KC Hospice and Palliative Care. Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO.

Richard Langdon

Richard LangdonRichard Langdon, 83, of Blue Springs, MO formerly of Raytown, MO passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at St. Mary’s Manor. He was born July 11, 1930 to Daniel J. and Helen E. (Shea) Langdon in Lincoln, NE. Richard was united into marriage to Jean L. Stevens in Lincoln, NE on September 7, 1963. 

Richard worked as a Claims Authorizer for the United States Government in the Social Security Administration, where he worked for 22 years and retired in 1988. He served his country during the Korean War as an Airman of the United States Air Force. Richard loved spending time with his friends and family.

Richard is survived by his son, Steven Henderson of Polo, MO; daughter, Nicolette (Jim) Branham of Blue Springs, MO; sister, Patricia Langdon of Cypress, CA; grandchildren, Shaun R. Branham of Overland Park, KS, Jeremy S. Branham of Ellsworth, KS, Jason L. Branham of Springfield, MO, Dawn Ball of Peru, New York; 3 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife, Jean; daughter, Jere Langdon; sister, Dorothy E. Hall; and parents, Daniel and Helen Langdon.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:00 am, Friday, December 27, 2013 at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church, 4313 SW State Route 7 Blue Springs, MO, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial will be held at Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery in Lincoln, NE. Contributions in memory of Richard may be made to Crossroads Hospice or Catholic Charities. Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com. Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO.

Steve Moore

Steve MooreSteve Albert Moore, 35, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Monday, December 23, 2013 at his home. He was born July 28, 1978 in Glendale, AZ to Larry and Linda (Kramps) Moore. Steve graduated from Blue Springs High School in 1997 and spent the majority of his working years remodeling homes in the Blue Springs area. 

Steve enjoyed spending time with his family. In his spare time you could find him bowling and fishing. He was a member of the Sons of the American Legion Post #499 in Blue Springs.

He married Andrea Lester on December 30, 2000. They were later divorced. Survivors include his two children, Caitlyn and Steve A.M. Moore of Blue Springs; his mother, Linda Nuoffer and husband, Tom of Blue Springs; a brother, Larry Moore of Douglas, AZ. Steve was preceded in death by his father, Larry W. Moore.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Friday, December 27, 2013 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel in Blue Springs. Burial will follow in the Lobb Cemetery, Independence, MO. Visitation will be held from 1-2:00 p.m. prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the family to help defray funeral expenses. Memories of Steve and condolences may be left with the family online at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Rosemary Gordon

Rosemary GordonRosemary Gordon, 88, of Lee’s Summit, MO, formerly of Blue Springs, MO passed away peacefully Friday, December 27, 2013 surrounded by her family. Visitation will be 9:30-11:00 am, Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at St. John LaLande Catholic Church, 805 NW R.D. Mize Rd., Blue Springs, MO 64015. Mass of Christian burial will follow at 11:00 am. Burial will be in Blue Springs Cemetery after a brief gathering and lunch.

Rosemary graduated from Glennon High School. She worked at TWA for several years before marrying the love of her life, Raymond Gordon, in 1946. She raised 8 very independent children, all of whom, like her, treasure thinking for themselves. She raised her kids to take responsibility for their actions but was not afraid to stand up for them when they were the victims of injustice. She cared deeply about people and always wanted to help those in need.

Rosemary had a natural talent for math which she used to become a tax consultant after all of her children were in school. She was very proud when she had earned enough to have central air installed in her house. She loved games, especially Scrabble. She loved to win, which she usually did even when her health failed. Before her husband died in 2003, they had a very active social life. During their 56 years of marriage, they enjoyed square dancing, cards and world travel.

Rosemary spent the last 8 years of her life at John Knox Village where she made many friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond and her son John.  In her last days she was impatient to join them in eternal life. She is survived by her children, Christine Mansour (Jim); Mary Beth Gordon; Larry Gordon (Mary Joy); Michael Gordon (Kim); David Gordon (Joanne); Therese Roseburrough (John); Tim Gordon (Lorrie) and daughter-in-law Theresa A. Gordon. She is also survived by 18 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers Rosemary would have preferred memorial donations to DeLaSalle Education Center. Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, fond memories and condolences may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

William L. Carr

William L. Carr, 93, of Gravois Mills, MO passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Friday, December 27, 2013 in Springfield, MO. He was born to John W. Carr and Mary A. (Masters) Carr on November 23, 1920 in Jackson County, MO. William was united into marriage with Dorothy L. Watts on August 30, 1942 in Jackson County, MO. 

William was self-employed as a dump truck driver in Gravois Mills, MO for many years. He served as the Road Commissioner in Gravois Mills, MO. William served in the United States Army as well as in the United States Air Force. He was a member of the Mason lodge in the Buckner, MO, VFW post 1000 in Independence, MO, American Legion in Versailles, MO and the Disabled American Veterans in Springfield, MO. William loved being around his family and friends.

William is survived by his son, Ron (Deborah) Carr of Springfield, MO; sisters, Ann (Frank) Friend of Creighton, MO, Diane Krause of Independence, MO; brother, Danny Carr of Grain Valley, MO; 7 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife, “Louise” Carr; son, John D. Carr; daughter, Patricia E. Truman; parents, John W. and Mary A. Carr.

Visitation will be held 1 p.m., Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel 1600 W. Main St. Blue Springs, MO. The funeral service will be 2 p.m. at the chapel. Burial will follow with military honors at the Blue Springs Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donation may be made to Reviving Hope. Memories of William and condolences to the family may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Jason Hornbuckle

Jason HornbuckleJason Hornbuckle, 42, of Independence, Mo passed away Sunday, January 5, 2013 at St. Luke’s Hospital of congestive heart failure. He was born January 20, 1971 in Independence, Mo to Guy and Keet (Kelliker) Hornbuckle. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Blue Springs, and the Kansas City Wheelchair Athletic Association. He enjoyed playing Texas Holdem, Poker, and fishing.

He is survived by his parents, Guy and Keet Hornbuckle of North Port, FL; sisters, Keri Lynn Duff and Husband Scott Michael of Englewood, FL, and Kala Rae Norman and husband Mikee of Lake Lotawana, MO; nephews Todd Christian Duff and Nicholas Layne Duff.

Memorial Services for Jason will be 6:00 pm Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue springs, MO, 816-229-3276. Contributions in memory of Jason may be made to the family to defray funeral expenses. Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Jeffery Foster

Jeffery FosterJeffery T. Foster, 53, of Independence, MO passed away Sunday, January 5, 2014 at Centerpoint Medical Center. He was born February 4, 1960 in Crestview, FL to Jeff and Celeste (Barber) Foster. Jeffery was a truck driver for Snyder Truck Lines in Kansas City. He enjoyed fishing, playing pool, camping, canoeing, and spending time with his granddaughter, Marlee Jean Moloy, the spark of his life.

He is survived by his daughter, Cherice Lee Moloy and her husband Michael of Marshalltown, IA; son, William Cyrus Foster of Independence, MO; mother and stepfather, Carl and Celeste Kinney of Independence, MO; brothers, Markham Hugh Foster of St. Joseph, MO and John Paul Vance and wife Jonna of Blue Springs, MO; nieces, Jessica Lee and Hanna Lee Vance.

Memorial services will be held at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue springs, MO, 816-229-3276. Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Joe McDaniel, Jr.

Joe A. McDaniel, Jr., 61, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at the St. Luke’s Hospital on the Plaza. He was born March 1, 1952 in Paducah, KY to Joe A. and Judith M. McDaniel, Sr. He graduated high school in Council Bluffs, IA and received his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Bellevue University, Bellevue, NE. Joe retired from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska after 27 years of service. 

Joe was a member of the Plaza Heights Baptist Church in Blue Springs, MO. He had a passion for his faith in Christ and lived his life for others. He enjoyed spending time with his family and tinkered with model trains in his spare time. Joe required no admiration for his generosity.

He married Kathryn Shubert on June 5, 2010 in Blue Springs. In addition to his wife, survivors include four children, Michael McDaniel (Amanda) of Mt. Vernon, WA, Lisa van Dongen (Jules) of Kansas City, MO, Christine Spooner (Michael) of Orlando, FL, Laura McDaniel of Chandler, AZ; a step daughter, Elizabeth Shubert of Blue Springs, MO; his father, Joe A. McDaniel, Sr. and wife, Patricia of Mesa, AZ; two brothers, Dwain McDaniel (Collette) of Urbana, IL and Preston McDaniel (Lynne) of Gilbert, AZ; two sisters, Tamara Meenahan (Kevin) of Overland Park, KS and Patricia Smith of Yankton, SD; four grandchildren, Paulina, Suzanna, Annasophia and Peter. He was preceded in death by his mother and an infant son, David.

A funeral service celebrating Joe’s life will be held 3:00 p.m. Saturday, January 11, 2014 at the Plaza Heights Baptist Church with Rev. Jim Toliver officiating. The family will receive friends from 1:30-3:00 p.m. prior to the service. Memorial contributions are suggested to Child Evangelism Fellowship KC and may be left in care of the Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St. Blue Springs, MO 64015. Memories of Joe and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

John Hackley

John HackleyJohn L. Hackley, Jr. of Grain Valley, Mo. age 86 passed away 1-8-14. He grew up in Grain Valley on a farm. He attended Grain Valley High School until drafted into the US Army, where he served during WWII in Okinawa as an MP, guarding Japanese prisoners, and Honorable Discharge in Jan. 1947. He returned to Blue Springs and worked briefly at Adams Dairy. He joined General Motors Leeds Plant where he completed 33 years on the assembly line.

John met Donna Alley and they married Aug. 20, 1948. He learned carpentry during his Army service and built their first home in Blue Springs. They celebrated 65 years of marriage Aug. 2013.

He loved to fish and purchased property at the Lake of the Ozarks, Sunrise Beach, MO. Family enjoyed weekends and vacation time there – fishing, boating, & water skiing. Retiring in 1984 he built a home on the lake.

Member of UAW Local 93, VFW and First Baptist Church of Sunrise Beach, MO.

Wonderful 29 years of retirement at the Lake of the Ozarks with Donna. Visits from family and friends were always welcomed. Kamp Kookamonga was special to all the grandchildren.

June 2013, he and Donna moved to 215 Amanda Ln., Grain Valley, MO 64029 to be closer to family.

Four Children: Daughters, Carolyn Pittsenbarger (Larry) of Blue Springs; Debra Liles (David) of Surprise, AZ.; Tamara Hubbard (Ray) of Raymore, Son, John Timothy Hackley (Denise) of Vicksburg, MI.

Seven grand-children & eight great grand-children complete his loving family.

Brother: Robert E. Hackley (Mildred) of Republic, MO. Half-Sister: Sharon McBee of Buckner, MO. Half-Brother: Phillip Hackley of Buckner, MO.

He is preceded in death by his parents, John Loren Hackley (father); Hester M. (Hawthorne) Hackley (mother); and Harold Hackley (brother).

His body has been donated for research.

Family request donations to Kansas City Hospice, 12000 Wornall Rd., KC, MO.64145 Celebration of Life will be announced & held later in Feb.

The Bible says, "As God's chosen people ... clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience... And over all these virtues give & show love" (Colossians 3:12,14).

Neta Maxon

Neta MaxonNeta Jean Maxon, 71, of Independence, MO went to celebrate with Jesus on January 11, 2014. She was better known as Grandma Mimi. She was a long time member of First Baptist Church of Grain Valley and First Baptist Church of Blue Springs. She is survived by five children, fourteen grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and many friends. Neta was very ornery, had a heart of gold, inspirational, very honest, and a beautiful woman. She enjoyed playing cards, and bingo.

Funeral services for Neta will be 11:00 am Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276, with visitation one hour prior to the service at the chapel. Burial will be in Lobb Cemetery, Independence, MO. Contributions in memory of Neta may be made to the family to defray expenses. Memories and condolences for the family may left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Andrew Moszczynski

Andrew Moszczynski, 67, of Grain Valley, MO passed away Sunday, January 12, 2014 at St. Joseph Medical Center in Kansas City, MO.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m., Thursday, January16, 2014 at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church, 4313 SW Highway 7, Blue Springs, MO.  Visitation will be 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., with Rosary prayed at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church.  Interment will be at Blue Springs Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions in memory of Andy, may be made to Special Olympic Missouri, SOMO KC Metro, 9001 W. 67th St., Merriam, KS 66202.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com 

Andrew was born March 6, 1946 in Bad Segeberg, Germany to Zbigniew and Leokadia, Moszczynski.  He was a US Air Force veteran; when he was called to serve, he joined the Air Force as he felt it was his duty to his new country.  In his 4 years of service 1 year was served in Vietnam.  On September 17, 1975 he was united in marriage to Sandra Irene Moore and she survives of the home.  He was a machinist for nearly 50 years starting at the family business with his father at Modern Machine Works before and after his time in the service, and most recently JCI Industries in Lee’s Summit.  Andrew was a member of St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church, and the East High Breakfast Club. 

Andrew put his family above all else.  His wife, daughters and grandsons were his world.  In addition to his loyalty, his sense of humor and zest for life were contagious.  Not only was he an amazing athlete himself, he coached his daughters in their sports throughout their lives.  One of his greatest joys was coaching and attending the athletic events of his beloved grandsons. 

In addition to his wife Sandy, he is survived by his daughters, Leakadia Irene Mosczcynski-Rivas and her husband Michael of Grain Valley, MO, and Corinne Nicole Arens and her husband Jeremy of Blue Springs, MO; grandchildren, Colin Andrew, Corbin Alexander,  and Caden Abbott Moszczynski-Rivas; Jude Larison Arens, Calista Nicole Arens.  He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Janusz “Johnny” Moszczynski; and an infant child.

Christopher West

Christopher WestChristopher Lee West, 35, of Kansas City, MO passed away Friday, January 10, 2014. Funeral services will be 7:00 pm Thursday, January 16, 2014 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276. Visitation 2 hours prior to the service at the funeral chapel. Contributions in memory of Christopher may be made to the family to defray funeral expenses, Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Christopher was born November 23, 1978 in Dallas, TX to Gary and Sherri (Tharp) West. He graduated from Park Hill High School. On April 13, 2001 he was united in marriage to Rachel Wiggins and she survives of the home. He was a fork lift driver subcontracted to Harley Davidson. He was a member of Glenwood Baptist Church in Kansas City. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Harry and Arlene Tharp, and Martha West.

In addition to his wife, Rachel, he is survived by his parents, Gary and Sherri West of Claycomo, MO; sons, Gavin and Sabastian West of the home; brother, Brandon West and wife Cassie of Kansas City, MO, Gary Lee Ramono of Independence, MO; sister Angela Wolgamott and husband David of Independence.

Thomas Uptegrove

Thomas UptegroveThomas F. Uptegrove, 78, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at his home. He was born July 4, 1935 in Independence, MO to Thomas and Fernie (Butler) Uptegrove. On November 29, 1953 he was united in marriage to Bonnie McKay who preceded him in death. Tom was a farmer for most of his life and then a supervisor at Sexton Metal Craft in Raytown, MO. He was a private pilot, and enjoyed camping, gun collecting, and motorcycles. In addition to his wife, Bonnie, he was preceded in death by his parents, and sister, Bonnie Alumbaugh.

He is survived by his sons, Slade Uptegrove and wife Dana of Sibley, MO, Thad Uptegrove and wife Denise of Richmond, Mo, and Clint Uptegrove and wife Jana of Oak Grove, MO; daughters, Myrna Pearson and husband Mark of Pleasant Hill, MO, and Annie Hertel of Blue Springs, MO; grandchildren, Andrea Carver and husband Jason of Holden, MO, Tamie Crutchfield and husband Andy of Shawnee, KS, Cassie Uptegrove of Sibley, MO, J. T. Uptegrove and wife Joni of Springfield, MO, Ashlee Baker and Husband David of Kansas City, MO, Hannah Uptegrove of Oak Grove, MO, Brooke Kramer and husband Sasha of Forsyth, MO, Courtnie Pearson of Pleasant Hill, MO, Leya Stillman and husband Brett of St. Louis , MO; and 5 great granddaughters0 and 3 great grandsons.

A celebration of Tom’s life will be 1:00 – 3:00 pm, Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276. Contributions in memory of Tom may be made to Kansas City Hospice House. Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Gerald Barnhart

 

Gerald BarnhartGerald E. Barnhart, 66, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Friday, January 17, 2014 in Blue Springs, MO.  He was born to Eugene Barnhart and Jeanne (Williams) Barnhart on November 26, 1947 in Independence, MO.  Gerald was united into marriage to Karen S. Hammond on March 31, 1967 in Independence, MO. 

Gerald was self-employed and worked as a General Contractor in the Kansas City area for several years.  He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Blue Springs, MO.  Gerald was a member of Home Builders Association.  He liked to work with his hands and was mechanically inclined.  Gerald enjoyed working on cars and watching car auctions on television, he also appreciated working outside.  He loved being around his family and friends.

Gerald is survived by his daughter, Jill Holloway and husband Kenny of Blue Springs, MO; sons, Jay Barnhart of Independence, MO, and Jason Barnhart and wife Becky of Oak Grove, MO; mother, Jeanne (Williams) Barnhart; sister, Janet Cahill of Kansas City, MO; grandchildren, Abby Byrd and husband Chance of Blue Springs, MO, Jordan Barnhart of Nevada, MO, Jonas Barnhart of Oak Grove, MO, Eli Barnhart of Oak Grove, MO.  Gerald is preceded in death by his wife, Karen S. (Hammond) Barnhart; father, Eugene Barnhart.

Services will be held 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel in Blue Springs, MO.  Burial will follow at Blue Springs Cemetery in Blue Springs, MO  Visitation will be held 5-7:00 p.m., on Monday, January 20, 2014 at the First Baptist Church in Blue Springs, MO.

Noel A. White

Noel Annette White, 59, a resident of Lee’s Summit, MO, died Saturday, January 18, 2014. Noel was born August 6, 1954 to Richard “Rick” and Betty (Johnson) Temple in Kansas City, MO.

She graduated from Ruskin High School in 1972, after high school Noel worked for the I.R.S. and Bendix. Noel spent the majority of her working career as a nurse at John Knox Village in Lee’s Summit, MO.

Noel was united in marriage with William “Bill” White on September 26, 1987, from this loving union two children were born, Nicholas and Kelly White.

Noel put her family including her pet cats and dog before her needs, they were her world. She was a devoted mother to her children, making sure to attend all sporting events, modeling shoots, and school functions. She always made time for family gatherings; friends and watching the KC Chiefs play football. Noel had strong convictions, she was a straight shooter with her political beliefs, had an unbelievable sense of humor; you never knew what would come out of her mouth next.

She was preceded in death by both parents, Rick and Betty Temple in 1989. Survivors include her husband, Bill White of the home; three children: Nick White and Kelly White also of the home; Tim Davis of Kansas City, MO; three grandchildren; a loving brother, Richard “Cade” Temple II and wife, Loretta of Kansas City (North), MO; three nephews: Richard Temple III, Nigel Bayless, and Ian Bayless; nurse and life-long friend, Michelle Grouse; and a plethora of friends.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO. Funeral services will immediately follow at 7 p.m. at the chapel with Rev. Cliff Caton officiating. A private burial will be held at Lee’s Summit Cemetery. In lieu of flowers Memorial contributions may be made to Kansas City Hospice House. The family would especially like to thank all of the doctors, nurses and staff at KC Hospice for their loving care they provided to Noel. Memories of Noel and condolences to the family may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Carl A. Rehkow

Carl A. Rehkow, 72 of Blue Springs, MO passed away January 18, 2014 in Blue Springs.  He was born June 11, 1941 in Melrose, MA to August Karl and Barbara Ann (Sihler) Rehkow.  He graduated high school in Denver, CO and graduated college at Longview College in Kansas City.  Carl was a veteran of the United States Navy and served during the Vietnam War.

He spent the majority of his working years as a credit manager for Armco Steel, Puritan Bennett and Butler Manufacturing (Blue Scope).  Carl also taught at Longview College and served on the Jackson County Election Board.  He was a member of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Kansas City, MO.

He married Clella Lou Swanson on December 16, 1969 in Lakewood, CO.  They were blessed to have had 44 wonderful years together.  She survives of the couple’s home in Blue Springs.  Additional survivors include his five children, Mary Rutledge and husband, Randy of Omaha, NE, David Rehkow of Blue Springs, MO, Greg Rehkow and wife, Glenna of Blue Springs, MO, Gary Rehkow of Blue Springs, MO and Paul Rehkow and wife, Maggie of Rock Hill, SC; two sisters, Phyllis Staumbaugh and husband Bob and Barbara Henderson; one brother, Fred Rehkow and wife, Shirley; 10 grandchildren and two step-grandchildren, Sarah, Kellie, Bethany, Brent, Julia, Jordan, Jackson, Jacob, Ben, Caroline, Kaylee and Blake.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother-in-law, Ed Henderson.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, January 23, 2014 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, with Reverend Monsignor Robert Gregory as celebrant.  The family will receive friends from 9-10:00 a.m. prior to Mass.  The Burial will be private.  Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Heart association or the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and may be left in care of the Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St. Blue Springs, MO 64105.  Memories of Carl and condolences may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Roy Thomas

Roy ThomasRoy Eldon Thomas was born July 23rd, 1921 in Kansas City MO to Walter and Lillian Thomas.  They soon moved to St. Joseph MO where Roy attended elementary school, moving back to Kansas City when he was 11 years old.  He attended Milton Moore Grade School, Central Jr. and Central Sr. High School, graduating in 1938.  After high school he attended one year of Findley Engineering College and held several jobs until World War II started.  He enlisted in the Navy in February of 1942 and was discharged September, 1945 as a Chief Petty Officer.  During WWII he served as a radar repairman at the Naval Air Station in Atlantic City, New Jersey and an aviation radio technician at the Marine Corps Air Station in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, repairing radio and radar sets for mostly Navy fighter planes.

After the war Roy held various jobs until serving 5 years in training as a boilermaker, then working as a boilermaker-welder for 15 years at Woodley Boiler Shop.  He went to work at the Chevrolet Plant in Leeds as a Maintenance Welder and retired from there after 21 years.

He became a Christian in 1933 and was a member of the Linwood-Oakwood Baptist Church for over 50 years.  Then he became a member of First Baptist Church Independence.  During his time as a Baptist he taught Bible classes for adults until he was 90 years old.  He also served as an ordained Deacon ministering in numerous ways.

Roy loved music and sang bass in high school choirs, church choirs and men’s quartets – even singing in the Navy Choir when stationed at the Great Lakes Naval Air Station.

He enjoyed several hobbies including becoming an Amateur Radio Operator in 1957. His call letters were K0OSI.  He communicated with other ham radio operators around the world and had lasting friendships with many of them.

He always said the greatest thing that ever happened to him was when the good Lord gave Helen LaRhue Goe to him for his great and gracious and lovable wife in August 1943.  They celebrated their 70 wedding anniversary in 2013.

Along with wife Helen who survives of the home, other survivors include daughter, Deanna K. Price (Bill) of Blue Springs, MO; son, David M. Thomas (Cathy) of Blue Springs, MO; sister, Ruth Armstrong of St. Louis, MO; grandchildren: Kelly Price of Lee’s Summit, MO, Christy Blaney (Erik) of Blue Springs, MO, Carrie Baker (Jay) of Blue Springs, MO, Joshua Thomas (Wendy) of Kansas City, MO, Ashley Batson (Lonnie) of Blue Springs, MO, Emily Jones (Allen) of Overland Park, KS; great-grandchildren: Tyler Blaney, Kimberly Blaney, Jackson Baker, Mason Baker, Colby Baker, Taylor Lindsey, Kaylee Thomas, Levi Batson.  Roy is preceded in death by his parents and sister, Lila Baker.  He will be deeply missed by his family and many friends.

Memorial Service for Roy will be held 12:00 p.m., Saturday, January 25, 2014 at the First Baptist Church Independence in Independence, MO.  The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., at the church.  Memorial Contributions are suggested to the Kansas City Hospice House or the First Baptist Church Independence of Independence.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel of Blue Springs, MO.  Memories of Roy and Condolences may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

James Russell

James RussellJames A. Russell, 71, of Independence, MO passed away on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 in Independence, MO. He was born to Don and Ora (Gove) Russell on August 12, 1942 in Watsonville, CA.

James was united into marriage to Berta Enga on November 8, 1964 in Inglewood; CA. James worked as an assembler at General Motors for 39 years and retired from there in 2001. He was a member of the United Auto Workers Association local 31. He attended San Jose, CA Bible College. James was a member of Blue Springs Assembly. He enjoyed gospel music, church, and his bible. His greatest love was his family and friends.

Along with wife Berta Russell who survives of the home, other surviors include daughters, Jeannette Stecker (Richard) of Odessa, MO, Deborah Ickes of Independence, MO, Naomi LaRusch Moreland of Independence, MO; brother Glenn Russell (Linda) of Turner, Oregon; 12 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be held 2-4 p.m., Saturday, January 25, 2014 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel in Blue Springs, MO. Funeral Services for James will be 3:00 p.m., Sunday January 26, 2014 at the Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow immediately at the Brookings Cemetery in Raytown, MO. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Meyers Funeral Chapel of Blue Springs, MO. Memories of James and condolences may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Lois Best

Lois A. Best, 80, of Tyler, TX formerly of Blue Springs, MO passed away January 24, 2014 in Tyler, TX. She was born to Lester and Alice (Martin) Phelps on January 16, 1934 in Independence, MO. 

Lois was united into marriage to Daniel Best on October 19, 1952 in Holden, MO. She was a member of the Friendly Baptist Church in Tyler, TX and was a former member of the Plaza Heights Baptist Church in Blue Springs, MO. She Worked as a Book Keeper for Western Auto in Kansas City, MO.

Lois is survived by her two sons, Michael (Vicki) Best of Tyler, TX and Alan (Denise) Best of Odessa, MO; brother, Ronald (Shirley) Phelps of Springfield, MO; grandchildren, Mistie (Jason) Soward of Cooper, TX, Shanna Best of Tyler, TX, Andrea (Austin) Mallott of Blue Springs, MO, Jarrod Best of Odessa, MO; great-grandchild, Charlotte Soward of Cooper, TX.

Visitation will be held 5-7:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at Meyers Funeral Chapel in Blue Springs, MO. Services for Lois will be 10:00 a.m., Thursday, January 30, 2014 at the Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow immediately at the Blue Springs Cemetery, Blue Springs, MO. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Hospice of East Texas 4111 University Blvd, Tyler, TX, 75701 and may be left in care of the Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 West Main St, Blue Springs, MO. Memories of Lois and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Spencer "Rube" Walcott, Jr.

Spencer "Rube" Walcott, Jr., 82, passed away January 29, 2014. Preceded in death by his parents, Spencer Sr. and Lily, of Fayette, Missouri; brothers: Charlie, George and Gene; sisters: Isella Hilburn, Pauline Holst and Joanne Story; son, Shon Derrick Walcott. He is survived by his wife Earline (Story); sisters, Irene Walker, and Ada Lutz; brother, Joe Walcott; daughter, Rita (Chris) Robles; two sons, Reuben (Sharon) Walcott and  Aubry (Peggy) Walcott, Sr.; 11 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; many cousins, nieces, nephews and in-laws.

As a young man Rube worked hard with his siblings to survive on the farm;  hauling hay, and  trimming trees. He also worked as a paperboy and a waiter. Rube played one year of college football until drafted in 1953. Rube was a Korean Veteran in the Army Corp of Engineers. Rube and Earline married on June 3, 1956 in Independence, Missouri. They later became Kansas residents where he worked as a diesel mechanic, supervisor and branch manager for International Harvester and Deffenbaugh Industries, where he retired in 2001.

There will be a memorial gathering for family and friends at the American Legion, post 499, Southwest Route 7, Blue Springs, Missouri, on Sunday, February 2, 2014 from 1-3:30 pm, followed by a modest gravesite salute at the Blue Springs Cemetery. Flowers can be sent to the American Legion on Sunday February 2, 2014 from 12-3:30 pm. Contributions may be sent to Rubes church, First Church of Christ Scientist, 9224 West 57th Merriam, KS 66203, or the Wounded Warrior Project.  Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO.   Memories of Rube and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Richard L. Johnston

Richard L. Johnston, 80, of Blue Springs, MO, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Sunday, February 2, 2014. He was born to Kenneth and Nola Johnston on February 2, 1934 in Wichita, KS. Richard was united in marriage to Karen Keehler on August 10, 1957 in Blue Springs, MO. 

Richard worked as a Service Station Manager in the Kansas City area for Koch Marketing, retiring in 1983 after 30 years of service. He then worked as a Custodian for the Raytown School District and retired in 1992. Richard was a member of the Parkview Congregation of the Community of Christ Church in Blue Springs, MO, where he was a Deacon. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6603 in Blue Springs, MO.

Along with wife Karen who survives of the home, additional survivors include sons, Ron Johnston (Sheri) of Blue Springs, MO and Richard Allen Johnston of Lincoln, MO; 6 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; and many siblings. He was preceded in death by his parents; one son Roger Dale Johnston; and several siblings.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at the Parkview Congregation of the Community of Christ Church, 801 S.W. 19th St. Blue Springs, MO. Memorial contributions may be made to Parkview Congregation Aid. A private burial will be held at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted with Meyers Funeral Chapel Blue Springs, MO. Memories of Richard and condolences to the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Mary Lou Zimmerman

Mary L. Zimmerman, 85, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Wednesday, February 5, 2014.  She was born to Orvil and Jewel (Thacker) Barnes on November 15, 1928 in Independence, MO.  Mary Lou was united in marriage to Keith Zimmerman on June 21, 1946 in Independence, MO.

Mary Lou worked as an office manager for a Doctor’s office in Independence for many years.  She was a member of the Independence Pioneers chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution.  Mary Lou was a member of the Gudgell Park Community of Christ Church.  She expressed her creativity through needlework, painting and antiquing.  She also enjoyed genealogy and traveling but spending time with family was what she cherished most.

Along with husband Keith, who survives, of the home, additional survivors include daughters, Nancy Weber and significant other John Holmes of Highlands Ranch, CO, Becky (George) Queener of Independence, MO; sisters Barbara Dyke of Liberty, MO, Patricia (Orville) Pratt of Kansas City North; brother Timothy J. (Diana) Barnes of Texas; grandchildren, Jamie (Mike) Butler, Jill (Walter) Mountain, Jacob (Kim) Queener, Jenae Goodman, Geoffrey (Jennifer) Zimmerman, Jennifer (Ben) Jewell; great-grandchildren, Paige Butler, Bryce Zimmerman, Raegan Mountain, Cade Butler, Cole Mountain, Connor Zimmerman, Sawyer Jewell, Carlie Butler and another on the way.  She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Gloria Barnes; son, Keith Alan Zimmerman; great-grandson, Carson Butler.

A celebration of Mary Lou’s life will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at the Community of Christ Church, 500 E Gudgell Ave Independence, MO 64055.  In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Outreach International.  Arrangements have been entrusted with Meyers Funeral Chapel Blue Springs, MO.  Memories of Mary Lou and condolences to the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Dorothy Sanders

Dorothy Helen Sanders, age 91, of Blue Springs, MO, passed away Saturday, February 8, 2014, at St. Mary’s Manor. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, February 12, 2014. Funeral services will follow at 10:30 a.m., at the Meyers Funeral Chapel in Blue Springs, MO. Burial will follow at the Slater City Cemetery in Slater, MO. 

Born June 7, 1922 in Slater, Dorothy was the youngest of the seven children of Cordelia and George Epperson. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and siblings. She is survived by two sons, Robert (Janie) Sanders of Lee’s Summit and Ernest Lee Sanders, Jr. of Blue Springs; Grandson, Craig (Ashley) Sanders, and great-granddaughter, Ella Glenn of Kansas City.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel 1600 W. Main St. Blue Springs, MO, 64015. Memories of Dorothy and condolences may be left with the family at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Donald Basinger

Donald R. Basinger, 60, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Sunday, February 9, 2014 peacefully surrounded by his loving family.  He was born to Billy R. and Betty L. (Fulgham) Basinger on December 15, 1953 in Ft. Smith, AR.  He was united in marriage to Cathy L. Greene on April 16, 2004 in Blue Springs, MO.

Donald worked as a welder for Allis Chalmers AGCO in Independence, MO and retired after 28 years of service.  He was a member of Faith United Methodist Church in Grain Valley, MO.  Donald was a former member of the Blue Springs Elks lodge and JC’s club.  Donny is the 1972 Missouri state wrestling champion at 126 pounds.  He really enjoyed riding motorcycles, fishing, cooking, and welding.  Donald loved being around his family and friends.

In addition to his wife Cathy who survives of the home, additional survivors daughter, Jennifer (Trent) Olsen of Sturgeon Bay, WI; children by marriage, Jarrett (Maryanne) Affolter of Statesville, NC, Jennifer (Derek) Bell of Grain Valley, MO, Nick (Beth) Affolter of Grain Valley, MO, Lori (Cody) Affolter of Oak Grove, MO; brothers, Rob Basinger of Overland Park, KS, Terry (Terri) Basinger of Grain Valley, MO, Steve (Marcia) Basinger of Pleasant Hill, MO; 6 grandchildren.  Donald was preceded in death by his father.

Funeral services for Donald will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 15, 2014 at Faith United Methodist Church in Grain Valley, MO.  Visitation will start one hour prior to service at the church.  Burial will follow at the Blue Springs Cemetery in Blue Springs, MO.  Memorial contributions are suggested to Faith United Methodist Church.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel in Blue Springs, MO.  Memories of Donald and condolences may be left with the family at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Gerald E. Roberts Jr.

Gerald E. “Jerry” “Buddy” “Archie” Roberts Jr., 68, of Grain Valley, MO passed away suddenly on Sunday, February 9, 2014.  He was born to Gerald E. and Gladys (Larson) Roberts on November 7, 1945 in Kansas City, MO.  Gerald was united in marriage to his wife Sandra on February 3, 1990.

Gerald was a retired teacher, serving schools in Kansas for 34 years, most notably in the science and computer departments of Sumner Academy of Arts and Sciences in Kansas City, KS. Gerald was a member of the Timothy Lutheran Church in Blue Springs, MO.  He was a Boy Scout leader for Troop 205 out of Blue Springs, served 25 years as a Ski Patroller at Snow Creek Ski Resort in Weston, MO, and in his spare time volunteered as a blacksmith for Missouri Town in Lee’s Summit.  Jerry’s greatest joy came from being around his family, frugal shopping, and recounting his many life adventures.

Along with wife, Sandy, who survives of the home, additional survivors include son Barrek A. Roberts of Columbia, MO; stepdaughter Bryn Boice and husband Michael Poignand of Medford, MA; and stepson Braden Boice of Blue Springs, MO; brother, Claude Roberts of Chanute, KS; sisters, Joyce Wilhite of Emporia, KS, Lillian Naylor and husband Bud of Topeka, KS, Florence Metz of Lenexa, KS.  Gerald was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services for Jerry will be held 11:00 a.m., Thursday, February 13, 2014 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel in Blue Springs, MO. Visitation will start one hour prior to the service at the funeral chapel.  Interment will immediately follow the service at the Blue Springs Cemetery in Blue Springs, MO.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel Blue Springs, MO.  Memories of Jerry and condolences may be left to the family at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Craig Lewis

Craig LewisCraig R. Lewis, 61, of Lawrence, KS Passed away Tuesday, February 11, 2014 in Baldwin City, KS.  He was born July 26, 1952 in Wichita, KS to Frank R. and Joann (Van Houton) Lewis.  He was a US Army veteran and attended Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, KS.

He was an insurance agent for John Hancock Ins. Co.  Craig enjoyed attending auctions.  He was preceded in death by his father.

Craig is survived by his son, Colin Lewis of North Dakota; daughter, Amber Dyjak and husband Justin of Bensalem, PA; mother, JoAnn Lewis of Lawrence, KS; brother, Dr. Frank H. Lewis and wife Daryl of Lone Jack, MO, Vance C. Lewis and wife Alison of Carl Junction, MO; 4 nephews and 1 niece.

Craig has been cremated according to his wishes and no services are planned at this time.  Inurnment will take place at a later date.  Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO.

Ronald Draper

Ronald C. Draper, 64, of Corder, MO passed away Wednesday, February 12, 2014 in Kansas City, MO.  He was born November 7, 1949 in Higginsville, MO to Benjamin and Betty (Gilkey) Draper.  On June 27, 2010 he was united in marriage to Glenda Jones and she survives of the home.  Ronald worked for Bayer Corporation as a truck driver and B operator, and was a Baptist by faith.  He loved music, attending concerts, and he enjoyed old cars.  He collected bells, angels, crosses, and loved antiques.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

In addition to his wife, Glenda he is survived by his sons, Michael Kerr and wife Christie of Lexington, MO, Patrick Draper and wife Kimberly of Lathrop, MO, Bryan Angle and wife Alissa of Blue Springs, MO; daughter, Jennifer Terrell and husband Tyler of Richmond, MO; brothers, Benjamin Draper, Gary Draper of Odessa, MO; sisters, Barbara Walters of Blue springs, MO, Linda Cahill and husband David of Higginsville, MO, Sweetie Lunn of Lawson, MO, Angie Draper of Odessa, MO; and 11 grandchildren.

A celebration of Ronald’s life will be 6:00 – 8:00, Friday, February 21, 2014 at the Community Center in Higginsville, MO.  Memories of Ronald and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.  Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO.

Shirley Harrington-Deshong

Shirley L. Harrington-Deshong, 87, of Blue Springs, Mo passed away Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at St. Luke’s Hospice House in Kansas City, MO. A celebration of Shirley’s life will be 10:00am – 12:00 pm Monday, February 24, 2014 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276. Burial will be in Floral Hills Cemetery, Kansas City, MO. Contributions in memory of Shirley may be made to Jackson County Animal Shelter, 629 E. 23rd St., Independence, MO 64055 or Hope House Inc., 405 SW 13th St., Blue springs, MO 64015. Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Shirley was born June 25, 1926 in Independence, Mo to Harold and Myra (Snodgrass) Harrington. She attended NE High School and KC Business School. She worked as an Office Manager in dental and medical offices. She was a Christian by faith. Shirley was an excellent seamstress, and enjoyed oil painting, knitting and crocheting and making teddy bears. She loved gardening and flowers. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Harold Harrington.

She is survived by her son, Bill Chapman of Blue Springs, MO; daughter, Susan Smith of Wildwood, MO; 4 children gained through marriage, 12 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.

Robert "Bob" Foley

Robert Allen Foley, 69, of Blue Springs, Missouri passed away Thursday, February 20, 2014.  Bob was born March 29, 1944 to Floyd and Georgene (Nelson) Foley in Borger, Texas.

He spent the majority of his career as a teacher.  He was an avid golfer, a shop-a-holic, and an O.S.U. fan.  He loved spending time with his family and friends.

Bob married the love of his life, Shari (Balch) on May 1, 1999.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents.  He is survived by his wife, Shari Foley of the home; two step-daughters: Sara Bellanti of Minneapolis, Minnesota and Beth Bellanti of Austin, Texas; a step-son, Dan Prangler (Lisa) of New Jersey; three brothers, Tom Foley of Tallahassee, FL; John Foley (Connie) of Polo, MO; Jim Foley (Teri) of Shawnee, KS; along with many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, February 26, 2014 from 5 to 7 p.m.  The memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main Street, Blue Springs, Missouri.  Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association or D.E.C.A. Memories of Bob and condolences may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Donations for DECA can be left at www.DECA.org/donations

 

Margaret Hankins

Margaret “Sue” Hankins, 70, of Blue springs, MO passed away Thursday, February 27, 2014 at her home. She was born February 21, 1944 in Calico Rock, AR to Henry and Gussie (Powell) Marchant. As a child she lived at the local phone office in Calico Rock where her mother was the switch board operator. On March 27, 1961 Sue was united in marriage to William A. Hankins and he survives of the home. She was a retired sales associate at the Jones Store Co. at Independence Center. She was a member and attended both Heartland Church of Blue springs and First Baptist Church of Calico Rock. Sue enjoyed watching wildlife and loved spending time with grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Martha Marchant; and sister-in-law, Ann Webster.

In addition to her husband Bill, She is survived by her daughters, Tammy Phillips and husband Mark of Friendwood, TX, and Michelle Miller and husband Kevin of Lake Tapawingo, MO; brother, Paul Marchant and wife Carol of Eagle Rock, AK; grandchildren, Ashley Miller, Jessika Miller, Sarah Miller, Alexandria Duehren, Taylor Duehren; great grandchild, Milani Enriquez.

Funeral Services will be 11:00 am, Monday, March 3, 2014 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276, with visitation one hour prior to the service at the chapel. Burial will be at Pineville Cemetery in Pineville, AR. Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Eugene Fannon

Eugene E. Fannon, 78, of Independence, MO passed away Thursday, February 27, 2014 at NorthCare Hospice.  He was born June 13, 1935 to Henry and Lillian Fannon in Washington Courthouse, OH.  On September 15, 1979 he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Johnston and she survives of the home.  He was a veteran of the Army National Guard.  He was a food service broker and owned Advance Marketing in Phoenix, AZ.  Eugene was a member of Blue Springs Assembly.  He loved spending time with friends, family, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.

In addition to his wife Elizabeth, he is survived by his daughter, Stephanie Colleen Riker and husband Brandon of Phoenix, AZ; step-daughter, Marianne Thomas and husband Larry of Independence, MO; step-son, Archibald Campbell and wife Kate of Freemont, CA; grandchildren, Zachary and Patrick Downing, Heather McNeal, Stephen Thomas, Daniel Thomas, Elizabeth Campbell, Louisa Campbell, Charlotte Campbell; great grandchildren, Peyton McNeal and Jace McNeal.

A memorial service for Eugene will be held 7:00 pm, Monday, March 3, 2014 at the Blue Springs Assembly, 2501 NE Duncan Road Blue Springs, MO conducted by Pastor John Martz.  Contributions in memory of Eugene may be made to NorthCare Hospice.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.  Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO.

Rodney Pitts

Rodney Joseph Pitts, 65, of Lake Tapawingo passed away Thursday, February 27, 2014 at his home.  A celebration of his life will be held 1:00 – 3:00 pm, Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Family will greet friends and neighbors at the Lake Tapawingo Clubhouse from 3:30-5:00 pm.  Contributions in memory of Rodney may be made to the charity of sender’s choice.  Memories and condolences in memory of Rodney may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

He was born May 15, 1948 in Litchfield, Il to Bill and Lola (Fensterman) Pitts.  Rodney was a graduate of St. Louis University with a Juris Doctorate.  He was an Attorney at Law in the Law Office of Rodney J. Pitts in Wood River, IL.  He was an Assistant State Attorney in Madison County from (1973-1982). State of Illinois Special Attorney General (1976-1982), attorney for the St. Louis Regional Airport, Bethalto, IL, City Attorney for Village of East Alton, IL (1976-2004), Wood River Township Attorney (1991-2004), Adjunct Professor, Criminal Law, Lewis and Clark Community College, Godfrey, IL (1974-1977).  He served as an Alderman in the City of Lake Tapawingo. On December 1, 1982 he was united in marriage to Nicole Kileen.  Rodney was a Presbyterian by faith.  He enjoyed fishing, guns, target shooting, and spending time with family and friends.  Rodney was a tissue donor and encourages others to do likewise. He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant sister, Mary Gaye Pitts.

In addition to his wife Nicole, he is survived by his son, Jason Walter Pitts of Maryland Heights MO; daughter, Alaina Marie Pitts of Wood River IL; grandchild, Haley Marie Monroe, brother, Gregory William Pitts of Lake Tapawingo, MO; sister, Barbara Ann Smith and husband Craig of Brighton, IL; one nephew Craig Smith II, his wife Michelle, and great niece Addyson.

Donald Rowland

Donald RowlandDonald Dean Rowland, 65 of, Blue Springs, MO passed away Friday, February 28, 2014 at Centerpoint Hospital.  A Celebration of Donald’s life will be held from 10:00 to 12:00, Saturday, March 8, 2014 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel 1600 W. Main St. Blue Springs, MO. Online condolences may be left in Donald’s memory at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Donald was born August 21, 1948 in Marysville, KS the son of Francis and Maxine (Baker) Rowland.  On October 20 1979 he married Terrie Lynn (Zehnder) who survives of the home.  He received his Associates degree in aviation from Maplewood Community College.  He worked for TWA as an airline mechanic retiring in 2008.  He volunteered for the Blue Springs Police Department in helping with various tasks.  He especially like doing search and rescue.  He was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers Stephen and Dennis Rowland.

In addition to his wife, other survivors include his daughters Angela Reed (Chris) of St. Louis, MO, Kelly Milner (Jared) of Independence, MO, sons, Kyle Rowland of Independence, MO, and Kody Rowland and fiancé Stephanie Jackson of Blue Springs, MO; sister, Deanna (Roger) Burris of Lee’s Summit, MO; grandchildren, Caleb Reed, Madison Reed, Sophia Milner, Azryel Rowland.  Donald was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Stephen Rowland and Dennis Rowland.

Laura Block

Laura BlockLaura I. Block, 57, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at her home after a long illness. She was born February 24, 1957 in Centerville, IA to Victor and Pauline Zintz. She graduated from Moravia High School and received her Associates degree from Indian Hills Community College. On October 26, 1990 Laura was united in marriage to Dan Block in Kansas City, MO. She was preceded in death by her father, brother, Mark Zintz, and her Grandmother Gladys Frost.

She is survived by her husband, Dan, her mother, Pauline Siddall and her husband Dan of Ottumwa, IA; sisters, Kathleen and husband Randy Geivett of Lee’s Summit, MO, Teresa and husband C.W. Roby of Ottumwa, IA, Jane and her husband Mike Kelley ofcPhoenix, AZ, sister, Linda and husband of Phoenix, AZ, and brother, Roger Zintz of Centerville, IA. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Laura loved gardening, cats, international travel, comedy, laughing and was a lifelong learner of cultures. She also loved children and entertaining.

Laura has been cremated according to her wishes, and a celebratory gathering will be held on March 8, 3:00 PM at Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO. Memories of Laura. Condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com. In lieu of flowers, contributions are welcome at Wayside Waifs, Laura’s favorite kitty cat shelter.

Shannon Kafrouni

Shannon KafrouniOn May 25th 1982 Shannon Attigliato- Kafrouni was born and so began a beautiful life. Shannon relished in a childhood surrounded by the love of her siblings Kim and Michael; her mother, Joanne; and father, John. Shannon enjoyed dance at an early age which transcended into her love of cheerleading in high school, and later became a foundation of friendship between her and her husband. John and Shannon wed May 16th 2004 and shared a beautiful marriage. Shannon loved to make things pretty, glitter was her favorite and had a unique way of making the best of any situation. Most of all Shannon enjoyed her children; Samantha, 13; Isabella, 9; Brayden, 6; Sophia, 4. Shannon lived for her children and loved them unconditionally. Certificates from Bella and Brayden’s school hang in her kitchen showing the proud mother that she was. Shannon was an unbelievable wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend. Her smile, laugh, and dedication will never be forgotten.

“Energy like you has no beginning and no end. It can never be destroyed. It is only ever shifting states.”

A memorial service celebrating her life will be held 2:00 p.m. Friday, March 7, 2014 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel in Blue Springs. The family will receive friends from 1-2:00 p.m. prior to the service.

Louise Butler

Louise ButlerLouise Butler, 95, of Lee’s Summit, MO passed away Thursday, March 6, 2014 at her home. Louise was born October 18, 1918 in Clay County, MO. She was a dress designer in the pattern making industry. She was united in marriage to Clarence Butler, Jr. who preceded her in death. She was a member of Lake Lotawana Methodist Church and the Lake Lotawana Community Club. She enjoyed sewing in her spare time, and she taught quilting classes to many people. In addition to her husband, Clarence, she was preceded in death by a son, Jeffery Butler.

Louise is survived by her sons, Mike Butler and wife Kathy of Oak Grove, MO, David Butler of Blue Springs, MO; grandchildren, Rhett Butler and Austin Butler of Grain Valley, MO, Whitney Butler and Chad Butler of Lee’s Summit, MO.

Louise has donated her body to science. Services for Louise will be 5:00 pm, Thursday, March 13, 2014 at Lake Lotawana Community United Methodist Church, 28901 E. Colbern Rd., Lake Lotawana, MO. Contributions in memory of Louise may be made to Macular Degeneration Support, MD Support, 3100 Blue Ridge Blvd., 3600 Blue Ridge Blvd • Grandview, MO 64030. Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com. Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO.

Jane Lacy

Jane LacyJane S. Lacy, 65, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Thursday, March 6, 2014 at St. Mary’s Medical Center. Jane was born December 1, 1948 in Matador, TX to William and Rosalyn (Coker) Acheson. On January 25, 1969 she was united in marriage to John Lacy and he survives of the home. Jane was a published author having written “Mystery at Eagle Mountain Lodge”. She was a strong Christian and bible student. She made regular missionary ministry trips to Alaska, and she was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Blue Springs, MO. She was preceded in death by her parents and a son, John Timothy Lacy.

In addition to her husband, John, she is survived by her brothers, James Acheson and wife Lorraine of Camp Verde, AZ, and William Acheson of Flagstaff, AZ.

Funeral Services for Jane will be held in Flagstaff, AZ. Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO. Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Linda Martin

Linda MartinLinda Sue Martin, 66, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Thursday, March 6, 2014 in Independence, MO. She was born January 1, 1948 in Harrison, AR to Garrett and Florene (Eddings) Martin. She worked in medical billing. Linda was Catholic by faith. She enjoyed crafts, sewing, gardening, antiquing, repurposed things, and spending time with family and grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father.

She is survived by her sons, Danny Mata and wife Melissa of Blue Springs, MO, Alejandro Mata and wife Angela of Kansas City, MO; daughter, Cecilia Mata of Blue Springs, MO; mother, Florene Miele and husband Anthony of Overland Park, KS; sisters, Shirley Smith of Parkville, MO, Kathey Atkinson and husband Jim of Lone Jack, MO; grandchildren, Ashley Mata, Heather Mata, Cecilia G. Mata, Alexandra D. Mata, Lyndsey Turley; great grandchild Isabel Milligan.

Services will be held at 1:00 p.m., on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at the Piercetown Holiness Church in Piercetown, AR. Visitation will start one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will follow the service at the Smith Cemetery in Vender, AR. Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO. Condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Luster Williams

Luster WilliamsLuster C. Williams, 82, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Thursday, March 6, 2014 at his residence. He was born to Clarence and Opal (Goans) Williams on August 3, 1931 in Wright County, MO. Luster was united in marriage to Bonnie Pearce. 

Luster was a 21 year United States Air Force Veteran. He was a Trainer and Supervisor for the Air Force and retired in 1972. Luster was Baptist by faith. He enjoyed bowling, Kansas City Royals, country and blue grass music. Luster loved being around his family and friends.

Luster is survived by his wife Bonnie who survives of the home, additional survivors include son, Travis (Lori) Williams of Independence, MO; daughters, Rhonda Jones of Fair Play, MO, Karla (Randy) Giminez of Blue Springs, MO; grandchildren, Johnna Jones, Jennifer Fox, Rachael Collins, Taylor Williams, Keaton Williams; 7 great-grandchildren; brothers, Berville (Mary) Williams of Blue Springs, MO, Melvin (Bobbi) of Illinois; sisters, Gloria Vestal of Jefferson City, MO, Harlene Langdon of Camdenton, MO, Karen Chaffin of Lebanon, MO. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Ulysses Williams; sister, Beulah Lowman.

Services for Luster will be held 2:00 p.m., on Sunday, March 9, 2014 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO. Visitation will start one hour prior to service at the Funeral Chapel. Burial will be held at Swan Lake Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Grain Valley, MO. In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorial contributions be made to Kansas City Hospice Palliative Care. Arrangements have been entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO. Memories of Luster and condolences for the family may be left at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Roberta Ring

Roberta RingRoberta M. Ring, 91, of Blue Springs, MO passed away peacefully on Friday, March 7, 2014 at St. Mary’s Manor.  She was born to Robert E. and Tootsie M. (Stewart) McGain on November 1, 1922 in Kansas City, MO.  She was raised by William and Lillian McGain.  Roberta was united in marriage to Virgil L. Ring on August 10, 1968 in Nowata, OK.

Roberta worked at the Lake City Arsenal plant in the receiving division.  She enjoyed cats and collecting glassware especially depression and carnival glass.  Roberta was a member of the American Legion post 499 in Blue Springs, MO.  Roberta was a member of St John LaLande Catholic Church in Blue Springs, MO.

Roberta is survived by three sons, John N. Crenshaw of Hutchinson, KS, Jay (Pamela) Ring of Lee’s Summit, MO, Gregory (Shelly) Ring of Lee’s Summit, MO; grandchildren, Danny Roark, Brandy Stone, Jason Crenshaw, Mary Lucero, Alan Ring, Melissa Pessen; longtime companion Jack Smith.  She is preceded in death by her husband; son, William Crenshaw; sisters, Dorothy Troub, Mildred Burroughs.

Mass of Christian Burial will celebrated 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at St. John LaLande Catholic Church in Blue Springs, MO.  Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Raytown, MO.  The family receive friends from 5-7:00 p.m., Monday, March 10, 2014 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO.  Memorial contributions are suggested to American Legion Post 499 and may be left in care of the Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St. Blue Springs, MO.  Memories of Roberta and condolences to the family may be left at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Frank Madewell

Frank MadewellCharles Franklin “Frank” Madewell, Jr., 52 of Independence, MO succumbed to cancer, surrounded by his family on March 6, 2014, at the Kansas City Hospice House.

Frank was born on March 17, 1961 to Charles and Imogene (Smith) Madewell in Kansas City, Missouri.  He graduated from Harrison High School in 1979 and attended college at the University of Arkansas in Fayettville, Arkansas. Frank later attended Arkansas Tech University, graduating in 1986 with his degree in Business Admin.  He was retired from Ford Motor Company.

Frank was married to Haley Miller and were married for three years. From this union, their son, Franklin Alexander “Alex” was a gift from god.  He was then married to Michelle McCulley for several years and from this union, their son, Joshua Wade Madewell was a gift from god.

Frank above all, loved his family. His sons were his everything. He absolutely loved football, played all through high school and college. Frank loved the sunshine and mowing his yard. He had a smile like no other.

Frank is survived by his mother, Imogene (Smith) Madewell, Haley Miller and their son, Franklin Alexander “Alex” Madewell, daughter in-law, Montana Madewell and a granddaughter, Brooklyn Michelle Madewell, Michelle Booth and their son Joshua Wade Madewell. Frank also leaves behind a lot of loving friends and relatives.  Frank was proceeded in death by his father Charles Madewell.

The family wishes to thank the many doctors and nurses that helped him during his journey, with special thanks to the staff at the Kansas City Hospice House.

Family and friends will gather to celebrate Frank’s life from 5-7:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel in Blue Springs.  Memorial contributions are suggested to the Kansas City Hospice House and may be left in care of the funeral home.  Memories of Frank and condolences may be left online at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Douglas Latendresse

Douglas LatendresseDouglas C. Latendresse, 43, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Saturday, March 8, 2014 at the St. Mary’s Hospital in Blue Springs.  He was born November 1, 1970 in Denver, CO to Jules A. and Cecilia L. (Gies) Latendresse. 

Doug graduated from Shawnee Mission West High School and spent the majority of his working years as a salesman.  He was a member of St. John LaLande Parish in Blue Springs and was very devoted to his faith.  He had a great love for his family and friends.  Doug was a very caring person and truly lived his life for others.  In his spare time, he enjoyed cooking.

He married Andrea L. Seabolt on August 13, 1994 in Broken Arrow, OK.  She survives of the couple’s home in Blue Springs.  Additional survivors include his children, Lauren Elaine, Caleb Christopher, Zoe Marie and Zachary Thomas Latendresse, All of the home; his mother, Cecilia Latendresse of Topeka, KS; seven siblings, Debora Jilka (Ben), Kenneth Latendresse (Deborah), Ronald Latendresse (Jenny), Thomas Latendresse (Janet), Denise Mead (Kyle), George Latendresse (Janet) and Matthew Latendresse (Kelly); and many nieces and nephews.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:00 a.m. Thursday, March 13, 2014 at St. John LaLande Catholic Church in Blue Springs.  The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 5-7:00 p.m. at the church, where the Rosary will be prayed at 7:00 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the family to assist with his children’s future educational needs.  The Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs has been entrusted with the arrangements.  Memories of Doug and condolences may be left with the family by visiting meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Sally Jo Schmidt

Sally SchmidtSally Jo Schmidt, 82, of Independence, MO passed away Monday, March 10, 2014 at Research Medical Center.  She was born July 22, 1931 in Blue Springs, MO to Wallace and Sallie Adams.  On May 31, 1953 she was united in marriage to William Edward Schmidt and he survives of the home.  She was an Elementary School Teacher in the Raytown School District at Laurel Hills Elementary School.  Sally enjoyed sewing and spending time with her family.  She was preceded in death by her parents.

In addition to her husband Bill, she is survived by her son, Ed Schmidt and wife Glenda of Lee’s Summit, MO; daughter, Martha Jo Berger and husband Carey of Lawrence, KS; sisters, Pauline Golden, Norma Richardson; sister-in-law, Laverne Greive; brother-in-law, Louis Schmidt; grandchildren, Kristin  Shimel and husband Chad of Pleasant Hill, MO, Allen Schmidt and wife Christie of Lee’s Summit, MO, Jeffrey Malone of Ely, NV, Christopher, Joseph and Katherine Berger of Lawrence, KS; great grandchildren, Andrew and Claire Shimel, Leah, Ethan and Taylor Schmidt.

Funeral Services for Sally will be 11:00 am, Friday, March 14, 2014 at Ascension Lutheran Church, 4900 Blue Ridge Blvd, Kansas City, MO, with visitation one hour prior to the service at 10:00 am at the church.  Burial will be at Blue Springs Cemetery, Blue Springs, MO.  Contributions in memory of Sally may be made to Ascension Lutheran Church.  Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Larry Kimball

Larry Ray KimballLarry Ray Kimball, 73, of Independence passed away Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at Liberty Hospital.  He was born November 14, 1940 to Frank and Blanch Kimball.  In 1960 he was united in marriage to Kathryn Lou Toney and she preceded him in death in 2009.  Larry was a UAW member at the GM Assembly Plant, and a member of Sycamore Hills Baptist Church.

Larry is survived by his son, Chris Kimball of Independence, MO; daughter, LeeAnn Teter of Mesa, AZ; grandson, Jacob Teter of Independence, MO; granddaughter, Hannah Teter of Mesa, AZ.

A celebration of Larry’s life will be 6:00-8:00 pm Saturday, March 15, 2014 at Sycamore Hills Baptist Church, 15200 E 39th St S, Independence, Missouri.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO.  Memories of Larry and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Danny M. Oswald

Meyers Funeral ChapelsDanny M. Oswald, 54, Of Independence, MO passed away Thursday, March 13, 2014.  A celebration of Danny’s life will be 1:00 pm Saturday, March 22, 2014 at New Covenant Ministries, 532 S. Main St., Independence, MO.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the church.  Memories of Danny and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.  Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO.

Homer C. Jamison

Homer JamisonHomer C. Jamison

April 14, 1921 - March 13, 2014

Theodore Schubkegel

Theodore SchubkegelTheodore V. Schubkegel, 65, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Sunday, March 16, 2014 at his home surrounded by his loving family.  He was born June 6, 1948 in Austin, TX to Theodore and Quinta (Schlecht) Schubkegel.  On July 20, 1975 he was united in marriage to Ruth Manns in Meridian, CT.  Pastor Ted was the much loved Associate Pastor at Timothy Lutheran Church for 25 years.  Pastor Ted enjoyed working in his yard, playing tennis, motorcycle riding, and his 1967 Austin Healy.

In addition to his wife Ruth, Ted is survived by his daughters, Sarah Peter and husband Kyle of Kansas City, MO, Becky Schubkegel of Kansas City, MO, and Rachel Schubkegel of Blue Springs, MO; parents, Theodore and Quinta Schubkegel of Oklahoma City, OK; sister, Dorothy Shaw and husband Ron of Oklahoma City, OK; brothers, Jonathan Schubkegel and wife Donna of Round Rock, TX, Gerald Schubkegel and wife Marie of Round Rock, TX, Preston Schubkegel and wife Julie of Eatonville, WA, Kevin Schubkegel and wife Beth of Mt. Vernon, WA.

Visitation for Pastor Ted will be 4:30 – 8:30 pm, Thursday, March 20, 2014 at Timothy Lutheran Church North Campus, 425 NW RD Mize Road, Blue Springs, MO.  The memorial service will be 11:00 am, Friday, March 21, 2014 at Timothy Lutheran Church North Campus with Pastor Fran Lieb officiating.  Contributions in memory of Pastor Ted may be made to the Down Syndrome Guild of Kansas City, MO or Timothy Lutheran Church Elementary School Scholarship Fund in Pastor Ted’s name.  Memories of Pastor Ted, condolences for the family, and pictures, may be left at the Facebook page of Pastor Ted Schubkegel.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO.

Edwina Lohuis

Edwina LohuisEdwina Kay Lohuis, 73, of Oak Grove, MO passed away Saturday, March 15, 2014 in Independence, MO.  Funeral Services for Edwina will be 3:00 pm. Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral chapel.  Burial will be 2:00 pm, Saturday, March 22, 2014 at Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Brazilton, KS. Contributions in memory of Kay may be made to the American Cancer Society.  Memories of Kay and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

She was born May 14, 1940 in Walnut, KS to Edward and Georgetta (Tobaben) Thiesing.  She graduated from Walnut High School, and worked in retail sales.  Kay was a Lutheran by faith.  Edwina was preceded in death by her parents, and sisters, Karen Reed, Margaret Mangett, and Janice Wood.

She is survived by her daughter, Susan Clark of Blue Springs, MO; sons, Daniel Lohuis of Overland Park, KS, and David Lohuis of Spring Hill, KS; sister, Claudette Espinosa of Clairmore, OK and Beverly Gorman of Prescott, KS; four grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, and 5 great step-grandchildren.

Floyd Pounds

floyd poundsFloyd Hilburn Pounds, born February 21, 1921 in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, spent most of his life in the Midwest and Great Plains before passing away on March 17, 2014 surrounded by family, supportive friends, and staff at the Wilshire in Lakewood in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. His passing came after completing 93 years of life instilled by a dry sense of humor. During his life, Reverend Pounds was closely affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene as a pastor, first in Wausau and Menomonie, Wisconsin and then in Galesburg, Illinois. After pastoring for 24 years, he was elected to serve as District Superintendent for Nazarene churches in northwest Illinois, a position he held until retirement in 1987. He received an honorary doctorate from Olivet Nazarene University in 1983. After retiring to Blue Springs, Missouri, near the Church of the Nazarene international headquarters and to their daughter, Beth, Floyd and Carol discovered that he was not so content with retirement and he continued to serve as interim pastor in area churches and as visitation pastor for the Blue Springs Church of the Nazarene.

Floyd’s faith and commitment brought him opportunities to travel as a working representative of the church. He and Carol traveled to Africa, Guam and Dominica in support of Church of Nazarene missions. Few of us can imagine what it would mean to grow up on a farm without electricity and later enjoy innumerable connections to friends and family around the world. Floyd knew what that meant, because Carol could do the emails.

Floyd Pounds met the love of his life, Carol Hempel, at Northwest Nazarene College in Nampa, Idaho while studying to become a pastor. They married in 1945 and moved to Wausau where they lived in a small apartment over a garage while starting a church and beginning to raise their family of three children.

Floyd is survived by their children, Joel (Suzi) of Richland WA, Jon (Olivia Gude) of Chicago IL, and Beth (Larry Legler) of Independence MO, eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren all of whom have also survived Floyd’s sense of humor. Carol Pounds passed away in 2010.

Floyd Pounds had one brother, Lloyd, and three sisters, Mildred (Dillehay), Eleanore (Poe) and Nina (Hess), each of whom passed away before Floyd. Rev. Floyd Pounds will be buried next to his wife in Blue Springs, but not erased from the memory of those who loved him.

Services will be 2:00 pm Friday, March 21, 2014 at Blue Springs Church of the Nazarene, 2801 SW Walnut St., Blue Springs, MO.  Visitation will be 5:00 – 7:00 pm, Thursday, March 20, 2014 at the church.  The family requests that in lieu of flowers you honor the memory of Floyd by sending contributions to the Carol C. Pounds Memorial Mission Fund (care of Blue Springs Church of the Nazarene, 2801 Walnut St, Blue Springs MO 64015) or to the charity of your choice.

Connie Becker

Connie Becker

Connie Sue (Tarter) Becker, 63, went to be with the Lord on Monday March 17, 2014 at St. Luke’s East Hospital from medical complications. Connie was born on August 30, 1950 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Connie spent her youth helping her parents run a local business in Missouri.   She loved to cook and spend time with her friends.

She married her late husband Terry Tarter in 1975. Throughout their lives together they were avid musicians and began their own band.  They toured the US as well as Canada.  One summer session they were the main show on a passenger cruise. They shared their love of music with all who knew them.

After Terry’s death in 1994, she became an avid pet lover. She loved her family and took great pride in her grandchildren.

She met Steve Becker in 2001 and they married in the spring of 2011.

She will be missed by all who knew her.

She leaves behind husband Steve Becker of the home, Daughter and Son-in-law Tammy and Bud Tarter of Blue Springs, MO, Son and Daughter-in-law Tony and Autum Benedict of Olathe, KS.  Four Step Daughters, Lisa Ann Hayden, Samantha Lynn Becker, Michelle Mullis, and Leigh Ann Richardson. Five grandchildren.  Two sisters Janet Lennon of Phoenix, AZ, Debra Perron of Mena, AK, one  Brother David Gillihan of Texas, two brother-in-laws Ray Wheeler and Charlie Tarter of Harrisonville, MO, two  Sister-in-Laws Anita Wheeler of Harrisonville, MO and Anita Tarter of Norfolk, AK, 14 nieces and nephews, 36 great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her late husband Terry Tarter, parents Delores Lannan and Alfred Gillihan, Grandparents Daisy and Alonzo Case, Sister-In-Law Mary Tarter, Brother-in-law Gerald “Buddy” Tarter, Mother-in-law and Father-in-law Oleta and Bud Emick.

Visitation is Monday March 24, 2014 at 10 a.m., Funeral Service 11 a.m. at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs MO, 816-229-3276.   Burial to follow at Raymore Cemetery in Raymore MO at 1:00 p.m.  Condolences and memories may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Charles Schieszer

Charles SchieszerCharles Wilbur “Pete” Schieszer, 92, of Blue Springs, MO passed away March 19 surrounded by his loving family and friends. He was born to Roy and Frankie (LaRue) Schieszer on January 21, 1922 in Marshall, MO.  Charles married the love of his life Mary Thiel in January of 1951. 

Pete Graduated from Marshall High School in 1939. He attended Chillicothe College and entered the Navy in 1942. He proudly served his country as a Radio Operator aboard a P.T. Boat in the Pacific Rim during  World War II and was called back to serve his country during the Korean Conflict.  Pete worked for the U.S. Postal Service as a mail carrier and later worked at the Lake City Ammunitions plant.

Pete and Mary moved to Blue Springs, MO in 1960 and was an active member and volunteer of St. John Lalande Catholic church and the American Legion. Pete loved to garden, fish, hunt, and attend sporting events. Pete and good friend Louis Swaim bought a cabin in Park Rapids, MN and both families spent many years fishing and boating at their vacation home. Pete and Mary met most mornings with their friends for breakfast. Pete was generous husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. He will be greatly missed by those who knew him.

Survivors include his four sons: Steve Schieszer of Blue Springs, MO, Larry Schieszer and wife Carol of Mission KS, Lonnie Schieszer of Belton, MO, David Schieszer of Flower Mound, TX; brother, John Roy Schieszer of Independence, MO; grandchildren, Kurt, Amanda, Daniel, Alex and Cole.  Pete was preceded in death by his loving wife of 62 years, Mary Lorretta (Thiel) Schieszer, his parents Frankie (LaRue) Schieszer and Roy Schieszer and sister, Joan Schieszer.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Monday, March 24, 2014 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel 1600 W. Main St, Blue Springs, MO.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at St. John Lalande Catholic Church 805 NW R D Mize Rd, Blue Springs, MO.  Burial will follow immediately at the Missouri Veteran Cemetery in Higginsville, MO.  The family asks that memorial contributions be made to Kansas City Hospice House 12000 Wornall Rd. Kansas City, MO.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Don Horton

Don H. Horton, 62, of Independence, MO, passed away Monday, March 17, 2014.  Memorial services will be held at Myrtle Springs Baptist Church in Quitman, TX.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO.  Memories and condolences may be left for the family at meyersfuneralchapel.com. 

Sandra Kay (Lane) Collins

Sandra CollinsSandra (Sandi) Collins passed away on Thursday, March 20, 2014 at the Baptist Home in Chillicothe, MO.  Sandi was born on July 10, 1945 to Giles and Helen (Spacht) Lane of Independence, MO.  She was a 1963 graduate of William Chrisman High School, Independence, and a 1966 graduate of Central Missouri State College of Warrensburg (now University of Central Missouri), where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Education.  On March 6, 1965 she married Larry Collins of Warrensburg, at Maywood Baptist Church, Independence. 

Sandi was very active in band and choir throughout high school and revived this hobby during her adult life while participating in her church choir and orchestra.  She enjoyed sewing for her family and there was hardly a handicraft that she would not try.  Though she taught public school for only two years, she enjoyed serving as a substitute teacher in the elementary grades and helping coordinate programs such as Vacation Bible School and Mother’s Day Out at First Baptist Church of Blue Springs.

Sandi is survived by her sons, Craig and Jeffery, and one daughter-in-law, Cindy, all of Chillicothe, MO.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her spouse, and an infant sister.

Funeral services will be 2:00 pm, Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO with Pastor Jerry Craig officiating.  Visitation will be 12:00 – 2:00 prior to the service at the funeral chapel.  Burial will be in Blue Springs Cemetery.  Contributions in memory of Sandi may be made to Mother’s Day Out of Blue Springs Baptist Church or the Baptist Home in Chillicothe.  Memories of Sandi and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Jeanette Richeson

Jeanette RichesonJeanette E. “Peggy” Richeson, 85, of Independence, MO passed away Tuesday, March 18, 2014 in Independence.  She was born March 28, 1928 in Germantown, MO to Benedict and Irene (Swaters) Goth. On February 26, 1949 she was united in marriage to Edward A. Richeson.  Peggy was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Woman’s Auxiliary through St. Mary’s in Independence.  She enjoyed quilting, embroidery, cooking, gardening and fishing. 

She was preceded in death by her parents and her twin sister, Patsy Williamson.

Peggy is survived by her husband, Edward of the home; daughters, Cathy J. Hartford and husband Mike of Grain Valley, MO, Mary E. Harvison of Grain Valley, MO; sons, Gary E. Richeson and wife Celina of Cole Camp, MO, John D. Richeson of Shawnee, KS, Michael B. Richeson and wife Janie of Bates City, MO; brother, Richard Goth and wife Sue of Montrose, MO; 7 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at the St. Mary Parish 600 N. Liberty St. Independence, MO, 11:00.  Visitation will start at one hour prior in the Fitzgerald Hall in the basement of the church.  In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made to The Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Eucharist, 2100 N. Noland Rd, Independence, MO 64050.  Burial will be 1:00 p.m., Saturday, March 29, 2014 at the Maple Wood Cemetery in Brownington, MO.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO.  Memories and condolences may be left for the family at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Gail R. Arn

gail arn-Gail R. Arn, 53, of Independence, MO passed away Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at her home.  She was born November 29, 1960 to Roger and Mary (Hanes) Hill.  Gail was a graphic artist, and she in her spare time she enjoyed boating, skiing, and movies.  She was preceded in death by her parents. 

Gail is survived by her sons, Chad Coons of Kansas City, Landon Coons of Independence, MO, Kaleb Arn of Independence, MO; stepson, Jerritt Arn of Kansas City, MO; step-daughter Lyndsi Arn of Kansas City, MO; step-father, Dennis Blumenshine of Blue Springs, MO; brother, John Kozloff of Blue Springs, MO; sister, Ginny Trzcinski of Spring Hill, KS; grandchildren, Harper Coons, Jakub Coons, Kayla Shey, Erin Rose, Rylie Arn, Amarie Arm.

Funeral services for Gail will be 2:00 pm Friday, March 28, 2014 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Memories of Gail and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Vicki Bankus

Vicki BankusVicki Lynn Bankus, loving wife, mother and Nana, of Armada, Michigan died on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor at the age of 67.

Vicki was born in Kansas City, Missouri, the daughter of Robert Taylor and Easter Lily (nee Bailey) Srader. On April 10, 1966, Vicki married John D. Bankus in Independence, Missouri. Vicki retired in 2003, after 14 years with Blue Care Network where she was a claim processor. She was a member of the Eastern Star. Her hobbies included reading and music and she especially enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

Vicki will be remembered for her loving spirit and generosity, her infectious smile and definitely for her well-known laugh. She had an amazing ability to know exactly what to say to comfort someone. Her love for her family and friends was reflected in her love of animals. Memorial tributes in her honor to a local animal shelter would be greatly appreciated.

Vicki is survived by her husband, John; daughters, Shauna (Rob) Bankus Bagin of Allendale, Michigan and Tonya Bankus Ward of Decatur, Michigan; grandchildren, Austin and Alex Bagin; and brother, Charlie (Beth) Wolfenbarger of Belton, Missouri. Vicki was predeceased by her parents.

Visitation is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, March 28, 2014 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St, Blue Springs, MO. Funeral services will be 2:00 pm, Saturday, March 29, 2014 at First Christian Church, 701 NW 15th ST., Blue Springs, MO. Burial will be in Blue Springs Cemetery. Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Betty Stumbo

Betty StumboBetty Jean Stumbo, 86, of Grain Valley, MO passed away Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at her home.  She was born January 7, 1928 in Kansas City, MO to Louis and Ina (Geer) Garber.  Betty was united in marriage to Glen Stumbo and he preceded her in death. 

Betty was a fierce business woman building and running her own restaurant by age 21.  She continued to expand her business by opening B&G Liquor which stood for Betty and Glen.  Betty continued her business venture by expanding the shopping center to the iconic 7 and Main strip in Blue Springs, MO which she operated until her death.

Survivors include granddaughter, Kimberly Compton and husband Jason of Grain Valley, MO; great-grandson, Ryan Compton; longtime best friend, Mary Beck of Blue Springs, MO; another longtime friend, Ed Brown of Kingville, MO.  In addition to her husband Glen, she was preceded in death by her son, Michael Glen Stumbo, and sister, Ruth Deering as well as her parents.

Services will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 29, 2014 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel in Blue Springs, MO.  Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral chapel.  Burial will follow at the Blue Springs Cemetery.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO.  Memories and condolences may be left for the family at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Martha McNeely

Martha McNeelyMartha D. McNeely, 96, of Independence, Mo passed away Wednesday, April 2, 2014.  She was born July 23, 1917 in Independence, MO to John and Ethel (Taylor) Fox.  She was united in marriage to Dee L. McNeely who preceded her in death.  Martha was an Avon Rep for 50 years in Independence, and was a member of Fairmont Christian Church.

She enjoyed crafts, Writing poems, and oil painting.  In addition to her husband, Dee, she was preceded in death by her parents; granddaughter, Jill Elaine Heath; 2 sisters; and 2 brothers.

Martha is survived by her daughters, Elaine Heath and husband Wayne of Independence, MO, and Monica Christensen and husband Kenneth of Independence, MO; sister, Lucille Willoughby of Independence, MO; 4 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, and 4 great great grandchildren.

Funeral Service for Martha will be 11:00 am, Monday, April 7, 2014 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276, with visitation one hour prior to the service at 10:00 am.  Burial will be at Blue Springs Cemetery, Blue Springs, MO.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made the Salvation Army.  Memories of Martha and condolences for the family may be made at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Robert Williams

Robert WilliamsRobert D. “Bobby” Williams, 48, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Friday, April 04, 2014 at Centerpoint Medical Center. Bobby was born February 3, 1966 in Quantico, VA. to Samuel and Patricia (Blakemore) Williams. The Williams family became residence of Blue Springs in 1973. On March 10, 1990 he was united in marriage to Danelle J. McEntee who survives of the home. He worked for the City of Blue Springs for 30 years, most recently as the Parks Maintenance Supervisor.

He coached soccer, football, and basketball for his children and he was a great influence on many young people who played on his teams. Bobby took great pride in making his yard look the best and he was always willing to help others with theirs. His family enjoyed many memorable times at the Lake of the Ozarks, one of Bobby’s favorite places.

In addition to his wife Danelle, he is survived by his son, Austin Shane Williams of Blue Springs, MO; daughter, Alexis Jordan Williams of Blue Springs, MO; parents Samuel and Patricia Williams of Gravois Mills, MO; brother Jeffery Alan Williams and sister-in-law Debbie of Kansas City, MO.

Visitation for Bobby will be 10:00 am, Saturday April, 12, 2014 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St. Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276, with memorial service at 11:00am. Memories of Bobby and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Gladys Washburn

Meyers Funeral ChapelsGladys Louia Augusta (Haase) Washburn, 95, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Tuesday April 1, 2014 at St. Mary’s Manor.  She was born February 19, 1919 in San Antonio, TX to Henry and Rosa (Sundermeyer) Haase.  She graduated from Breckenridge High School in San Antonio and attended St. Louis College of Music for 2 years.  Gladys was united in marriage to Jost Brainard Washburn on December 29, 1942 in San Antonio, TX, and he preceded her in death.  She was church organist, and choir director as well as a piano and organ teacher.  Gladys played for her first service at age 8 and could play a few hymns from the hymnal.  One year later she could play all of them.  She started playing regularly for the church at age 13. At Age 14 she started organ lessons, and at age 17 she gave her first organ recital.  She said “I am very thankful for my rich heritage of the gift of music from both sides of the family.”  She moved to Blue Springs Terrace in 1980.  In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents.

Gladys is survived by her daughters, Yvonne Washburn of New Franklin, MO, Diane Washburn of Springfield, MO; son, Henry Washburn and wife Sonja of Big Rock, Ill; grandchildren, Linda Hurry of OK, Mark Washburn of NC, Tanja Washburn of AZ; great grandchildren, Ryan, Aaron, and Jordyn Hurry.  Also nephew, nieces and many friends.

Visitation was, Friday, April 4, 2014 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main Street, Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Funeral services were, Saturday, April 5, 2014 at Meyers Funeral Chapel.  Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in New Franklin, MO.  Contributions in memory of Gladys may be made to Blue Springs Terrace.  Memories of Gladys and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Robert Allen Combs, Jr.

Robert Allen Combs, Jr.

1947 - 2014

Betty Peeples

Betty PeeplesBetty Dean Hale Peeples, 82, formerly of Blue Springs, MO passed away Friday, April 11, 2014 at Austin, TX, She was born May 3, 1931 in Independence, MO to Homer and Velma Ruth (Stayton) Parr.  She worked at Southwestern Bell, Commerce Bank, and Mutual Benefit Life Insurance Co.  She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Blue Springs.  In recent years she had moved to Austin, TX to be near her children  She was preceded in death by her first husband, Harry R. Hale; second husband, Lewis Peeples; brothers, Stayton Parr, and Russell Parr.

She is survived by daughter, Vicki McCullough of Austin, TX; son, Alan Dean Hale of Austin, TX; sister, Sharon Morgan of Demotte, IN.

Visitation will be 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Graveside services will follow at 12:30 pm, at Mt. Washington Cemetery, Independence, MO.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church of Blue Springs.  Memories of Betty and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Darrell John Hein

Darrell HeinDarrell John Hein, 60, of Lake Lotawana, MO passed away Monday, April 14, 2014 at his home.  He was born January 30, 1954 in Chillicothe, MO to Charles and Ruth (Cook) Hein.  He graduated from N. E. Missouri State University in Kirksville, MO.  On September 14, 1985 he was united in marriage to Kimberly Guthrie and she survives of the home.   Darrell was a Financial Analyst for the Community Blood Center of Greater Kansas City.  He worked to help develop young men through Boy Scouts and Soccer. He was Scoutmaster of Lake Lotawana Boy Scout Troop 251 and was a youth soccer coach in the Lee’s Summit Soccer Association for many years.  He was a member of St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church.  He enjoyed camping and fishing, and generally being outdoors.  He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Charles Hein, Jr.; sister-in-law, Katherine Kuzila.

In addition to his wife Kimberly, he is survived by his sons, Logan G. Hein and Tyler C. Hein of Lake Lotawana, MO; sister, Diane Cleary ( Randy) of Odessa, MO;  mother and father-in-law, Michael and Anna Guthrie of Sugar Creek, MO; sisters-in-law, Debra Nichols (Tubb) of Lake Lotawana, MO, Karen Morris ( Randy) of Blue Springs, MO, Denise Guthrie and Mike Stewart of Kansas City, MO; nieces and nephews, Chris Hein, Brianna Moore ( Mike), Angela Zaladin, Kyle Morris, Heather Cleary, Jaclyn Morris; great nieces and nephews, Maxwell Bradshaw, Adrian and Aniyah Zaladin, Harper and Weston Moore.

Visitation for Darrell will be 5-7:00 pm, Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276. A tribe of Mic-O-Say service will be held  at 7:00 pm, Wednesday evening.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 am, Thursday, April 17, 2014 at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church 4313 SW State Route 7, Blue Springs, MO.  Burial will follow at Mt Olivet Cemetery, Kansas City, MO.  Contributions in memory of Darrell may be made to Truman Heartland Community Foundation for the benefit of Darrell Hein Memorial Eagle Scout Project Fund, 4200 Little Blue Parkway, Suite 340, Independence, MO 64057.   Memories of Darrell and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Ralph Robinson

Ralph R. Robinson, 81, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Monday, April 14, 2014 in Lee’s Summit, MO.  He was born February 8, 1933 in Tampa, FL to Vaughn and Luella (Reid) Robinson.  He was a veteran of the US Army during the Korean War where he was the Western Division light middle weight boxing champion.  He earned a Masters Degree in Public Administration.  Ralph was Large Case Manager for the Treasury Department.  On March 3, 1966 he was united in marriage to Marie (McAuly) Robinson and she preceded him in death on April 12, 2011.  Ralph was a member of Calvary Baptist Church where he was an usher and a treasurer.  He was also a member of the Moose Lodge.  He volunteered at Truman Medical Center, and enjoyed woodworking, leather working, running, and deck and house construction. He loved spending time with his family and grandchildren.  In addition to his wife, Marie, he was preceded in death by his parents.

Ralph is survived by his children, Vana Davis (David) of Blue Springs, MO, Vaughn Robinson (Stephanie) of Independence, MO, Mark Robinson (Susan) of Lee’s Summit, MO, Gregory Robinson (Shelly) of Lee’s Summit, MO, Terry Lynn Sexton (Scott) of Independence, MO; brother-in-law, Ted McAuly ( Pat) of Birnamwood WI; sisters-in law, Carole Knowles (Harold) of Birnamwood, WI, Melodye Jones (Bill) of Mauston, WI.; Brother in law, Carl Kitchin of Birnamwood, WI.; 28 grandchildren, 33  great grandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren in the oven.

Visitation for Ralph will be 5:00-7:00 pm, Friday, April 18, 2014 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Private graveside services will be at Blue Springs Cemetery, 2800 W. Walnut, Blue Springs, MO.  Contributions in memory of Ralph may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, Blue Springs, MO.  Memories of Ralph and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Carmen Rodriguez

Carmen Rodriguez, 87, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at St. Mary’s Manor in Blue Springs, MO.  She was born June 6, 1926 in Fort Worth, TX to Mario and Beatrice (Jimenez) Guereca.  She was a homemaker, and a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Independence.  She enjoyed music, dancing, conversation, and was a devoted Catholic.  She was preceded in death by her parents and a son, Gerard Rodriguez.  

She is survived by her children, Kathleen Swan of Blue Springs, MO, Gerry Peter Rodriguez of Blue Springs, MO, Lisa Ann and Mick Straight of Grain Valley, MO; sister, Fermina Hernandez of Overland Park, KS; grandchildren, Lori Rene Swan, Melanie Ann Swan, Mark Christopher Rodriguez, Valerie Ann Metzger, Nicholas Michael Reek, Drake Christopher Pickett; great grandchildren, Lucas Swan Zogrotzki, Julian Swan Zogrotzki, Marcus Rodriguez, Nytalia Jordan Reek.

Funeral services for Carmen will be 11:00 am, Friday, April 18, 2014 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral chapel.  Contributions in memory of Carmen may be made to Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation or St. Mary’s Manor, or Crossroads Hospice.  Memories of Carmen and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Karen Maggard

Meyers Funeral ChapelsKaren Diane Maggard, 50, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at her home.  She was born April 3, 1964 in St. Louis, MO to Donald and Doris (Anderson) Holt.  On May 18, 1985 she was united in marriage to Steven Maggard and he survives of the home.  She was a homemaker and a Lutheran Missouri Synod by faith.  Karen enjoyed playing “Pitch”, and was an ASPCA supporter.  She was preceded in death by her son, Alexander Louis Maggard; mother, and brother, Steven Lindner.

In addition to her husband, Steven, she is survived by her brother Ken Lindner of Alton, IL; father, Donald Holt of Eldon, MO.

Memorial services for Karen will be 1:00 pm Saturday, April 19, 2014 at Red Bridge United Methodist Church, 636 E 117th St, Kansas City, MO.  Contributions in memory of Karen may be made to ASPCA.  Memories of Karen and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W Main St., Blue Springs, MO.

Nancy Jarvis-Vogel

Nancy Carol McMichael Jarvis-Vogel, 71, of Bates City, MO passed away Thursday, April 17, 2014, in Kansas City MO.  She was born August 28, 1942, in South Haven, MI to Elbert and Ruth (Welch) McMichael.   She began her elementary schoolteaching career in Titusville, FL in 1967, subsequently moving to Bowling Green KY, and from 1973 until 1978 she taught 6th grade at Franklin Smith Elementary in Blue Springs.  In 1978-1979 she earned her Specialist Degree in Library Science.  From1979 to 1994 she taught 3rd and 5th grades at James Lewis Elementary.  From 1994 to 1999 she taught vocal music at William Bryant Elementary. After retirement she founded Nowand Forever, LLC a wedding venue at Meadow View Gardens,858 NW Hwy Z, Bates City, MO.  On April 20, 1996, she was united in marriage to Henry Vogel and he survives of the home.  Nancy was a member of Parkview Community of Christ Church in Blue Springs.  She was also a member and past president of The Drama Club at Blue Springs South High School.  She was preceded in death by parents; son, Scott Alan Jarvis; grandson, P. J. Jarvis; sister, Nadine Stice; brother, Merle Smith.

In addition to her husband, Henry, she is survived by her sons, Paul Donald Jarvis of Butler, PA, and John Michael Jarvis and wife Andrea Welch of Sugar Creek, MO; sister, Ruth “Sugar” Baumgart and brother-in-law Lynn Baumgart of Blue Springs, MO; brother-in-law, George Stice of Bates City, MO; grandchildren, Mindy, Jessica, Casey, Emma, Jacob; great grandchildren, Ginny, Chase, Marilyn, Lilly; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation for Nancy will be 5:00-7:00 pm, Monday, April 21, 2014 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Funeral services will be 10:00 am, Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at Parkview Community of Christ Church, 801 SW 19th St, Blue Springs, MO.  Contributions in memory of Nancy may be made to Kansas City Hospice House or to the Nazarene Well House, Rochester, MN, where she spent so many months.  Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Velma Tyson

Velma Jeanette Tyson, 62, of Independence, MO, went home to be with the Lord Thursday, April 17, 2014. Visitation will be 5:00-8:00pm Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 at Graceway(formerly the KC Baptist Temple) 5460 Blue Ridge Cutoff, Kansas City, MO 64133. Funeral service will be 10:00am, Wednesday at the same location. Burial will be at Floral Hills East Memorial Gardens in Lee’s Summit. Memorial contributions may be made to the family to defray expenses. Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com. Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO.Velma was born June 11, 1951 in Fowler, Kansas to Daniel E. and Martha J. (Loewen)Reimer. She attended school in Meade, Kansas where she graduated high school with honors. She earned her bachelors degree at Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kansas. After moving to Kansas City, she continued her education at the UMKC conservatory and received her masters in piano performance. Velma instructed piano at a private studio in her home. She has countless current and former students. She was the rehearsal accompanist for the Independence Messiah Choir and the Jacomo Chorale. She was a member of the Kansas City Music Teachers Association, as well as many other music arts related organizations. She and her husband, John, are members of Eastside Baptist Church in Independence, MO. Velma is preceded in death by her father, Daniel E. Reimer. She is survived by her husband John Tyson of the home, son Justin Tyson and his wife Breanna Tyson of Grain Valley, MO, her mother, Martha J. Reimer, sister Julia Warkentin of Wichita, KS, sister Laura Pearce of Wichita, sister Sylvia Kuhlmeier of West Plains, MO, brother Ivan Reimer of Meade, KS, brother Carl Reimer of Meade, KS, two precious grandchildren, Sierra Nicole Tyson and Alyssa Grace Tyson, as well as many nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts and cousins who loved her dearly. On behalf of the Tyson/Reimer/Beaver families, we would like to thank everyone from the bottom of ours hearts for all the prayers through our time of loss.

Peggy Sue White

Meyers Funeral ChapelsPeggy Sue White, 58 of Independence, MO passed away Friday April 18, 2014 at the St. Mary’s Hospital in Blue Springs, MO. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 am Tuesday April 22, 2014 at the First Christian Church of Blue Springs. Visitation will be held 5:00 to 7:00 pm Monday April 21, 2014 at the church.  Memorial contributions may be made to the sender’s choice. Condolences in Peggy’s name may be sent to meyersfuneralchapel.com.   Arrangements under the direction of Meyers Funeral Chapel Blue Springs, MO.

Peggy was born August 22, 1955 in Joplin, MO the daughter of William E. “Bill” and Faye E. (Coy) Freer who preceded her in death.  She was a member of First Christian Church of Blue Springs, MO, was a 1973 graduate of Blue Springs High School and received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology  from Northwest Missouri State University Maryville, MO.  Peggy was a homemaker and enjoyed being with family, her animals, and doing family genealogy.

Survivors include her husband of the home John White, son Randall White of the home, daughters Kellie Box of Blue Springs, MO, Dr. Samantha White of Maryville, MO, Jill White attending Biola University Los Angeles, CA, Jessie White attending Illinois College Jacksonville, IL, sister Carol Freer Green Bay, WI, grandchildren Ethan and William Box.

Joe Tinker

Joe TinkerJoe Tinker, 54, of Grain Valley, MO passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at his home surrounded by his loving family.  Memorial services will be 11:00 am, Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral chapel.  Contributions in memory of Joe may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Memories of Joe and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Joe was born August 14, 1959 in Amarillo, TX to Jesse and Margie (Coats) Tinker.  He spent 6 years in the US Army.  On December 10, 2004 he was united in marriage to Terri Thurn and she survives of the home. He was a driver for Arkansas Best Freight Lines for 24 years.  He was a member of Odd Fellows Lodge in Independence, and Harley Owners Group (HOG) local group in Blue Springs, MO.   He enjoyed motorcycling, traveling, and most of all spending time with his family.  He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Bruce Risberg and David (Mack) Baldwin.

In addition to his wife Terri, he is survived by his children, Jesse Tinker of ND, Erica Maycock (Nick) of Grain Valley, MO, Carter Miller of Grain Valley, MO; sisters, Peggi Ulibarri of Irving, TX, Mary Papa of Blackwood, NJ, Connie Mitchell (Steve) of Independence, MO, and Debi Forrest of Independence, MO; brother, J. R. Baldwin (Phyllis) of Mt. Pleasant, TX, Michael Hess (Rebecca) of Bethlehem, PA, and Alex Risberg (Kitty) of Bald Knob, AR; grandchildren, Brandy, Jaden, Ashton, and Lilly; step-mother, Pauline Tinker of Independence, MO; and numerous nephews, nieces, and friends.

Robert Chambers

Robert ChambersRobert William “Bill” Chambers, 65, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Monday April 28, 2014 at North Kansas City Hospital. He was born April 22, 1949 in El Paso, TX to Willard and Molly (Salcido) Chambers. He was raised in the Catholic Church. As a young man Bill was drafted into the US Army. He fought in the Vietnam War and earned a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star for his service. After returning from the war, Bill worked for the U.S. Postal Service and made a home in Southern California. In 2005, he retired from the U.S. Postal Service and relocated to Blue Springs, Missouri to start a life with his true love and best friend, Kelly. They were united in marriage on August 9, 2009. He began working as a clerk at The National Record Center for Homeland Security. In his free time Bill enjoyed attending Estate Sales, hunting for treasures and antiques to display in his booth at the Brass Armadillo in Grain Valley. He loved listening to music, dancing, playing practical jokes and holding hands with his wife.

Bill is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Kelly J. Chambers, his sons Nolan W. Chambers of Santa Barbara, CA and Ross D. Chambers of Santa Cruz, CA; stepdaughters, Kaylee N. Samuels of Independence, MO, Miranda E. Samuels of Blue Springs, MO, Tara M. Samuels of Independence, MO;  and his brother, Edward Chambers of Southern California.

A celebration of Bill's life will be held at Meyers Funeral Chapel with full military honors on Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 3:30PM. Immediately following there will be a light dinner served for Bill's friends and family at the Clancy's Cafe and Pub Banquet Room in Blue Springs, MO.

Bill always had a quick smile and a contagious laugh. He never turned anyone down that needed help. He was much loved and will be very much missed.

Charles Vietti

Charles ViettiCharles N. Vietti, 85, of Independence, MO passed away Thursday, May 1, 2014 in Kansas City, MO.  Visitation will be 5:00-7:00 pm, Monday, May 5, 2014 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Funeral services will be 11:00 am, Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at Meyers Funeral chapel.  Burial to be at Floral Hill East in Lee’s Summit, MO. Condolences may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com. 

Cathy D. Paxton-White

Cathy WhiteCathy D. Paxton-White, 55, of Independence, MO passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, May 3, 2014.  Funeral mass will be celebrated 10:30 am, Friday, May 9, 2014 at St. John LaLande Catholic Church, 801 NW R.D. Mize Road, Blue Springs, MO by Father Ron Elliott.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the mass at the church.  Memories of Cathy and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Cathy was born August 6, 1958 in St. Louis, MO.  She was one of four children to Cy and Betty (Eatherton) Leible. A lifelong Independence resident She attended nativity grade School and St. Mary’s High School. She was a receptionist for Meiklejohn Stone Clinic and later became a caregiver for homebound elderly patients.  She was always happy spending time with friends and neighbors.  Most of all, she was a devoted mother, and grandmother, she had so much love in her heart for her for all of them. They were her greatest joy.   She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Kevin Paxton; 2nd husband, Ron White; and Dorothy and Jay Paxton.

She has touched each of us deeply our lives will not be the same, but we are forever blessed to have known and loved her.

She is survived by her son, Eric Paxton of Holden, MO; daughter, Shelly Renee Goble and husband Patrick of Colorado Springs, CO; brothers, Chris Leible and wife Sherri of Lee’s Summit, MO, Craig Leible of Overland Park, KS; sister, Cheryl Mansker and husband Sam of Overland Park, KS; grandchildren, Spencer, Serena, Soren, Sutton, and Stiles Goble.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO.

Louis R. ”Lou” Giltner

Louis R. ”Lou” GiltnerLouis R. ”Lou” Giltner, 64, of Blue Springs passed away Saturday, May 3, 2014 in Kansas City, MO.  Visitation for Lou will be 6:00-8:00 pm, Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at Good Shepherd Christian Church,111 SW Woods Chapel Rd, Blue Springs, MO. Funeral Services will be 10:00 am, Thursday, May 8, 2014 at the Good Shepherd Christian Church.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Lou are suggested to Good Shepherd Christian Church. Memories of Lou and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Lou was born April 16, 1950 in Pueblo, CO to Elmer Giltner and Anna Furzi.  On December 20, 1983 he was united in marriage to Karen Bedford and she survives of the home.  He was a claims adjuster for Veri-Claims, Inc. He was a member of Good Shepherd Christian Church of Blue Springs, and the Blue Springs Elks Club.  Lou enjoyed music, NASCAR, dirt track racing, and sports.  He enjoyed talking, and never met a stranger.  He collected cars, railroad items and sports items.  He especially loved his family, his friends, and his God.  He read the bible every night.  Lou was affectionately known as “Pops”, “Papa”, and “Peepaw”.  He was preceded in death by his mother.

In addition to his wife, Karen, he is survived his children, Jacque Giltner and her fiancé, Mark Spires of Tucson, AZ, Duane Giltner and wife Tiffany of Tucson, AZ, and Danielle “Peanut” Hague and husband Jeremy of Holt, MO; father, Elmer Giltner and wife Mary Lou of La Junta, CO; brother, Vern Giltner and La Junta, CO; sisters Elanna Harger of Stockton, KS, and Margie Kirk of Colorado City, CO; grandchildren, Shealynn Giltner and Rylee Giltner of Tucson, AZ, Karsin Hague of Holt, MO, Baby Spires due in October, and Jimmy Maiden of Blue Springs, MO; mother-in-law, Marie Bollinger of Pueblo, CO; sister-in-law, Pam “Buck’ Burns of Pueblo, CO; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO.

James Donald Browns

James BrownsJames Donald Browns, 60, of Blue Springs, MO passes away peacefully on Friday, May 2, 2014 surrounded by his loving family. He was born April 21, 1954 in Independence, MO to Chester and Helen (Honn) Browns. James graduated from William Chrisman High School. He retired from the Coke Cola Company. He was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection in Blue Springs, MO. In his spare time he loved playing volleyball, baseball and golfing. He was also a very devoted Chiefs fan.

He married the love of his life Celeste (Bauer) Browns February 8, 1974 in Independence, MO. She survives the couple’s home in Blue Springs, MO. Additional survivors include his daughter Tiffany Browns of Blue Springs, MO; mother Helen L. (Honn) Browns of Independence, MO; sister Shirley (Browns) Morain and husband Jerry Morain of Grain Valley, MO; brother Allen Browns and wife Julie Browns of Blue Springs, MO; And three loving grandchildren Xander Lewis, Chloe Lewis and Grayson Jones. James was proceeded in death by his father Chester Dale Browns and his grandparents.

A funeral service celebrating James life will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 10, 2014 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St. Blue Springs, MO 64015, with Father Ron Keel officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at Meyers Funeral Chapel in Blue Springs. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to The Lymphoma Society.

Kristin Oxendine Evans

Kristin EvansKRISTIN OXENDINE EVANS, age 34, of Kansas City, Missouri, formerly of Fayetteville, NC, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, May 4. 

She is survived by her husband, Bernard Evans, of the home; her mother, Karen Gore, of Rockfish, NC; her father and stepmother, Jeffery and Patty Oxendine of Atwater, Ohio; her brother, Travis Oxendine, of Clayton, NC; sisters Sierra-Kay Oxendine of Atwater, Ohio, and Ladena Priest of Hope Mills, NC.

A memorial service celebrating Kris’s life will be conducted in North Carolina.

Jane F. Herman

Jane F. Herman

1952 – 2014 

Deborah M. Myrick

Deborah MyrickDeborah M. Myrick, 61, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Friday, May 9, 2014 at her home surrounded by her family. Debi was born January 15, 1953 in Liberty, MO to Allen and Elise (Morgan) King.  She was united in marriage to Jack Myrick who preceded her in death.  She was a bank teller United Missouri Bank.  Debi loved blues music, working in her yard, and flowers.  In addition to her husband Jack, she was preceded in death by her parents, and sister, Sherry Morrison.

Debi is survived by her children, Tim Remagen and wife Charlotte of Kansas City, MO, Dale Remagen and wife Katie of Hermitage, TN, Jason Myrick and wife, Shannon of Grain Valley, MO, Heather Camp of Grain Valley, MO, Daniel Balagna and wife Diane of Kansas City, MO; brother, Allen King and wife Wanda of Edwards, MO; sisters, Melissa King of Higginsville, MO, Patricia King of Odessa, MO; grandchildren, Courtney Camp, Katie Camp, Myah Myrick, Cole Remagen, Dee Dee Remagen, Brian Remagen, Timmy Remagen, Mason Remagen, Ashley Remagen, Ray Remagen, Alexander Balagna, Riley Remagen.

Visitation for Debi will be 5:30 – 7:30 pm, Monday, May 12, 2014 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society or Crossroads Hospice.  Private graveside services will be held at a later date.  Memories of Debi and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Jack G. Althoff

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Jack Althoff, 89, of Blue Springs, MO passed away peacefully on Friday, May 9, 2014.  He was born February 24, 1925 to Charles and Amelia (Miller) Althoff in Passaic, N.J.  Jack was united in marriage to Peggy Ryan on October 28, 1950, at St. Mary’s Church, in Nutley, N.J.

Jack worked 33 years as a Lab Technician for Hoffmann-La Roche in Nutley, N.J., and retired from there in 1986.  He volunteered as an EMT for 10 years on the rescue squad in Toms River, N.J.  Jack was a parishioner at St. John LaLande Catholic Church in Blue Springs, MO.  He was a former parishioner of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Nutley, N.J.  Jack was in the United States Navy and served his country during WWII.  He attended Yale University where he studied drama for 2 years. He also attended Fairleigh-Dickenson University in Rutherford, N.J.  Jack loved being around his family and friends and enjoyed performing in local theatre groups and in classic Broadway musical comedies with “The Roche Players.”

Survivors include wife Peggy of Blue Springs, MO; son, John Althoff and wife Wende of Blue Springs, MO; daughters, Judith  Casper and husband Ron of Orem, UT, Laura Althoff of Nutley, N.J.; grandchildren, Laura, Kathryn, Nicole, Michael, Michelle, Allan, Christopher, and Emily; 11 great-grandchildren and 2 more on the way.  He is preceded in death by his parents; his son, Thomas Althoff; grandson, Ryan Casper; brother, Charles Althoff; and sister, Marjorie Munzell.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:00 a.m., Saturday, May 17, 2014 at St. John LaLande Catholic Church, Blue Springs, MO.  The family will receive friends from 6-8:00 p.m., Friday, May 16, 2014 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO.  Memorial contributions are suggested to the National Kidney Foundation in loving memory of Jack’s grandson Ryan Casper.  The Meyers Funeral Chapel has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.  Memories of Jack and condolences may be left online at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Elmer Q. Read

Meyers Funeral ChapelsElmer Q. Read, 68, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Friday, May 9, 2014.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO.  

Beverly Louise Weigel

Beverly Louise Weigel, 83, of Blue Springs, MO., passed away peacefully Saturday, May 10, 2014 at Oak Grove Nursing Center. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at St. John LaLande Catholic Church. Visitation will be from 6 – 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main Street in Blue Springs, with the Rosary being prayed at 7:30 p.m. The family suggests memorial contributions to either St. John LaLande Catholic Church or Crossroads Hospice.

Beverly was born August 19, 1930, in Atchison, Kansas to John and Emma (Hostetter) Wohletz. She married Donald Weigel on February 9, 1952. Beverly was employed by Benedix/Allied Signal for 33 years, retiring in 1991. Beverly was a member of St. John LaLande Catholic Church and American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post 499.

Beverly was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Donald Weigel, her parents John and Emma Wohletz and brother James. Beverly is survived by her 3 sons: Jim Weigel and wife, Tina of Blue Springs, MO; John Weigel and wife, Cheryl of Blue Springs, MO: Joe Weigel and wife, Cindy of Oak Grove, MO; seven grandchildren: Shawn and wife Jennifer, Brandon, Justin and wife Megan, Angela, Austin, Eric and Kalyn Weigel; six great grandchildren: Preston, Donald, Alyssa, Dylan, Max and Monte Weigel; sister Ruth Beckman of Novato, California; numerous nieces and nephews.

Beverly loved baking pies, cooking for her family, flowers on her patio, playing bingo with friends, meeting the ladies for lunch and crafts at church, making cross-stitch quilts for her loved ones, eating breakfast at Bob Evans, President Bill Clinton, and having her hair done every Friday at the beauty shop. Her love for family and friends will be greatly missed; Bev was a blessing to all who knew her. She will be in our hearts forever. Arrangements have been entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO. 816-229-3276.  Memories of Beverly and condolences may be left at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Edna “Jeanne” J. Hodges

Edna “Jeanne” J. Hodges, 86, of Independence, MO passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, May 11, 2014 at her home.  She was born to Arthur and Edna (Hickam) Pool on April 11, 1928 in Independence, MO.

Jeanne was united in marriage to Earl “Cliff” Hodges on January 1, 1949 in Independence, MO.  She was a homemaker and loved raising her 4 children.  Jeanne was very interested in genealogy and also enjoyed knitting, playing bridge, cooking, watching birds of all kinds, but above all she loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include husband Earl “Cliff” Hodges who survives of the home; daughters, Wendy K. Klamp of Seattle, WA, Earlene L. Roberts of Independence, MO, Beth Reed (Kent) of Independence, MO; son, Arthur C. Hodges of Independence, MO; grandchildren, David Park (Kiersten) of East Kingston, N.H., Amanda Kocsis (Chuck) of Denver, CO, Sara Baker (Daniel) of Sugar Creek, MO, Ryan Reed (Linsey) of Chicago, Ill, Kyle Reed (Jenni) of Kansas City, MO, Steve Moore of Columbia, MO, Nune Choompalee of Bangkok Thailand; step-grandchildren, Christopher Klamp (Teresa) of Sacramento, CA, Nicole Klamp and significant other Rick Hernandez of Greenbush, MN; 10 great-grandchildren with 2 on the way.  Jeanne was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, May 15, 2014 at Meyers Funeral Chapel in Blue Springs, MO.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at 1:00 p.m.  Burial will follow the service at Blue Springs Cemetery.  Memories of Jeanne and condolences may be left at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Betty Jane Donovan

Betty Jane Donovan, 83, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Monday, May 12, 2014.  She was born to John Frederick and Ane Christine (Christensen) Reimers on December 22, 1930 in Omaha, NE.

Betty was united in marriage to Raymond Donovan on September 13, 1952 in Omaha, NE at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.  She worked as an Insurance Clerk for Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance.  Betty enjoyed playing card games especially poker.  Her greatest enjoyment was her family.

Survivors include son, Daniel Donovan (Jona) of Higginsville, MO; daughter, Michelle Novak (Michael) of Blue Springs, MO; son-in-law Michael Rexroat of Lincoln, NE; sister, Gretchen Arnold of Sun City, AZ; grandchildren, Jacob Novak (Lauren) of Columbia, MO, Joshua Novak of Blue Springs, MO, Wayne Thornton of Lincoln, NE, Dale Thornton of Plattsmouth, NE, Sheila Poppe (Adam) of Lincoln, NE; 6 great-grandchildren.  She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, and a daughter, Roseann Rexroat.

The family will receive friends from 5-7:00 p.m., Thursday, May 15, 2014 at Meyers Funeral Chapel in Blue Springs, MO.  The funeral service will be held 10:00 a.m., Friday, May 16, 2014 at Timothy Lutheran Church in Blue Springs, MO.  Burial will held 1:00 p.m., at West lawn-Hillcrest Cemetery in Omaha, NE on Saturday, May 17, 2014.  Memorial contributions are suggested to American Diabetes Association.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO. Memories and condolences may be left at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Carol Ann Stahl

Carol Ann Stahl, 74, of Raytown, MO passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 surrounded by her loving family.  She was born to William and Jean (Podelnyk) Kendall on June 18, 1939 in Evansville, IN.

Carol was united in marriage to James Stahl on January 19, 1963 in Warren, MI.  She worked at Hallmark in the merchandising department.  Carol enjoyed gardening, dogs, horses, and making crafts.  Her greatest enjoyment in life was her family.

Survivors include her husband James Stahl of Raytown, MO; son, Michael Stahl and wife Terri of Lone Jack, MO; grandson, Connor Stahl; a host of step children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren that she loved deeply.  She was preceded in death by her parents.

Memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m., Friday, May 23, 2014 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel in Blue Springs, MO.  Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service starting at 10:00 a.m.  In Lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the University of Kansas Cancer Center or the Kansas City Hospice House.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel. Memories of Carol and condolences may be left at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Tabitha Colleen Lappin

Tabitha Colleen Lappin, 32, of Kansas City MO passed away suddenly May 14, 2014 as the result of an automobile accident.  She was born November 5, 1981 in Independence, MO to Thomas and Sandra (Hedrick) Lappin.  She attended Park University studying Psychology. She worked in Catering Service.   Tabitha enjoyed talking, going to the park, reading, movies, taking pictures, taking her kids swimming, and family.  She was preceded in death by her father and her grandparents.

Tabitha is survived by her three beautiful children, Jessica Paddock(13), Adam Paddock(8), and Alyssa Paddock (4) of Kansas City, MO; ex-significant other, Donald Paddock of Independence, MO; mother, Sandra Hedrick of Kansas City, MO; sisters, Tina K Towner and her husband Bruce of Lake Charles, LA, and Timberly Lappin of Blue Springs, MO.

A celebration of Tabitha’s life will be at 10:00 am, Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  In lieu of flowers the family is asking that donations be made to the American Cancer Society in honor of her father and nephew, to Autism Speak in honor of her son Adam, or the Tabitha Lappin Memorial Fund at US Bank. Memories of Tabitha and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Richard Denise

Richard Denise died in his sleep of heart failure in the early hours of May 16th.

Richard, a longtime resident of Lake Tapawingo, was born in La Grange, Illinois June 18, 1928 to Garet and Elsie Denise.  He graduated from high school in Webster Groves, MO.  He served in the Army Corps of Engineers in Korea as an officer responsible for maintaining heavy equipment.  He earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the Rolla School of Mines (now the Missouri University of Science and Technology), and a Master’s Degree from Purdue University.  He was a metallurgist, a machinist, a welder, a carpenter, an architect, a salesman, an engineer, a construction supervisor, a tinkerer, and a solver of problems.  He was a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association, and Toastmasters International.  He enjoyed flying, canoeing, camping, and volunteering through his church.  Many are the Church Camps that are better off from his efforts.  He was an active member of Chapel Hill Presbyterian community.

He loved life, and was loved by those around him.  He is survived by his wife, Sally; his companion for nearly 65 years, along with two sisters, five children, ten grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.

His Memorial Service will be held at Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church, Blue Springs, MO on May 24, 2014.  Visitation at 10:00 am, Service at 11:00 am.  Cremation.  In lieu of flowers the family suggest contributions in Richards name to the Memorial Fund at Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church.  Memories of Richard and condolences for the family may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO.

Carol Fields

Meyers Funeral ChapelsCarol L. Fields, 84, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Sunday, May 18, 2014 at her home.   Carol was born January 16, 1930 in Clarks, NE to Rudy and Beulah (Clark) Hensen.  She was united in marriage to Floyd W. Fields and he preceded her in death.  She was a home maker and a Baptist by faith.  She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary.  Carol enjoyed sewing, puzzles, and quilting.  She loved spending time with her family.  In addition to her husband, Floyd, she was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Keith Hensen; sister, Mayetta Harrington; granddaughter, Karrie Williams.

Carol is survived by her daughters, Karen Lee Williams and husband Harold of Blue Springs, MO, Tina Kay LaClair and husband Darrall of Pleasant Hill, MO; grandsons, Lonnie Williams of Oak Grove, MO, Kermit Williams of Center View, MO; great-grandchildren, Brett Williams, Eric Williams, Ricki Williams, and Chelsea Williams; great-great- grand daughter, Riley Williams.

Funeral services for Carol will be 2:00 pm Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral chapel.  Contributions in memory of Carol may be made to VFW Auxiliary.  Memories of Carol and condolences for the family may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Ryker William Lewis

Ryker William Lewis, 15, a Blue Springs, MO resident passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, May 21, 2014. He was born to Elbert and Rebecca (Lewis) Lewis on November 21, 1998 in North Kansas City, MO.

Ryker attended the freshman center in Blue Springs, MO. He was a tae kwon do recommended black belt. Ryker enjoyed playing on-line gaming mainly Dungeons and Dragons and League of Legends with his friends. He and friends also played Dungeons and Dragons as a board game. He enjoyed spending time with his family watching t.v. shows like Dr. Who, Torchwood, and various Anime. He like to cook for his family making pepperoni pizza, hot sandwiches, and making muffins from scratch. He liked going to the Renaissance festival dressed up as a Nobel Man. He loved seeing his relatives. He enjoyed various Herbal Teas and incense. He had a big heart and enjoyed helping people. He had a special bond with his dog “Keeper” a boxer Sheppard mix that he rescued. Ryker was very interested in ancient cultures and mythological lore. His dream was to design and operate hotels worldwide that were vacation themed. He wanted to travel the world to visit different cultures. See the Cherry blossom festival in Japan, the towers of London, Rome, and other places. He was a remarkable son, brother, cousin, nephew, grandson, and friend.

Survivors include his parents, Elbert and Rebecca Lewis of Blue Springs, MO; sister, Debra Jean Lewis of Blue Springs, MO. He is preceded in death by his grandfather, John R. Lewis; grandmother, Dorothy M. Lewis; step-grandfather, Kermit Jones.

Graveside services for Ryker will be held 5:00 p.m., Thursday, May 29, 2014 at the Blue Springs Cemetery, Blue Springs, MO. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Blue Springs Education Foundation for Franklin Smith Elementary School, Blue Springs, MO where Ryker was the happiest. Memorial contributions may be in left in care of Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO. Arrangements have been entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO. Memories and condolences may be left at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Robert “Bob” Wayne Kammerich

Meyers Funeral ChapelsRobert “Bob” Wayne Kammerich, 62, of Blue Springs, MO passed away un-expectantly on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at his home.  He was born to William and Loretta Kammerich on November 3, 1951 in Independence, MO.

Bob graduated from Blue Springs high school and played baseball, football, and basketball.  He enjoyed concerts, shows in Las Vegas, going to Bennett Springs, MO.  He worked as a car salesman at Hendrick Nissan in Merriam, KS.  Bob attended First Christian Church in Blue Springs, MO.  He was a former member of the Elks Lodge in Blue Springs, MO.  Bob had a special love for his dog Gidget.  His greatest enjoyment came from being around his family and friends.

Survivors include sisters, Linda Michael (John) of Blue Springs, MO, Cindy Hankins (James) of Blue Springs, MO; nephews, Nathan Michael (Michele) of Blue Springs, MO, Rob Michael (Kim) of Blue Springs, MO, Jimmy Hankins (Ashley) of Blue Springs, MO; nieces, Brandi Fetters (Pat) of Strasburg, MO; great-nieces and great-nephews, Zachary Michael, Samantha Michael, Tyler Michael, Corbin Michael, Dalton Michael, Emmory Michael, Kagen Fetters, Nick Voss, Kailee Voss Gunner Hankins.

Visitation will be held 5-7:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO.  Services will be 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at the First Christian Church, Blue Springs, MO.  Burial will follow the service at the Blue Springs Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to American Cancer Society or American Heart Association.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel.  Memories and condolences may be left at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Dana M. Zukauskas

Zukauskas, Dana Maria, 60, a resident of Olathe, KS and formerly of Chicago, IL passed away on Thursday, May 22, 2014. Loving mother of Justin (Victoria) Merkys, Stephen (Melissa) Merkys, and the late Adam Merkys; proud  grandmother of Adam “Jack” Merkys and Grey Merkys; beloved aunt to John (Jenny) Zukauskas, Ingrid Coltman, Michael (Jennifer) Zukauskas, Lauren Coltman, and Ben Schamel; devoted great aunt to Lillianna, Katerina, and Ava Berg, Ryan and Emily Zukauskas; caring sister to Edward (Yun Im) Zukauskas and Laima (Tony) Schamel; survived by her first husband, Vito Merkys. She grew up in the Lithuanian neighborhood of Marquette Park in Chicago, IL and was known as an avid animal lover. Dana found her calling as a nurse working at WestGlen Endoscopy in Shawnee, KS for over nine years. A memorial service will be held on, Thursday, May 29 10 a.m. - noon at Meyers Funeral Chapels 1600 Main St., Blue Springs, Missouri. In lieu of flowers donations to Great Plains SPCA  5428 Antioch Drive, Merriam, Kansas, 66202 or call (913) 831-SPCA (7722).

Ronald E. Noland

Meyers Funeral ChapelsRonald E. Noland, 60, of Oak Grove, MO passed away on Friday May, 23, 2014 at St Joseph Medical Center after many years if Dialysis.  He was born and raised in Oak Grove, MO.  He served many years as a volunteer fireman for Sni-Valley Fire Department. 

He leaves a son, Cody Noland of the home; his mother, Frances Noland of the home; a sister, Mrs. Myrna VanEck of Oak Grove; and a brother, Richard Noland of Blue Springs.  Ron also had 2 nephews and 3 nieces, 4 great nephews and 3 great nieces.  He was preceded in death by his father, Harold (Gene) Noland; a sister, Crystal Groseclose, and I great-niece.

Ronald has be cremated according to his wishes.  No services are planned at this time.

Ralph L. Giudici

Ralph L. Giudici, 89 of Blue Springs, MO passed away on Saturday, May 24 surrounded by his loving family. Ralph was born March 20, 1925 in Kansas City, the Son of Louis and Adelaide (Sheahan) Giudici. He married Anna Mae (Bradley) Giudici on December 28, 1943. Anna and Ralph spent over 67 years together, enjoying their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, fishing and spending time on the Lake of the Ozarks with friends and family.  Ralph graduated East High School in 1942. He served with the Army Air Corp, 9th Bomb Group on the Island of Tinian. Upon returning from Military Service, Ralph continued working for and eventually took over the family business of Kansas City Monument Company, retiring in 1989.  Ralph was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Anna Mae Bradley Giudici, his daughter Teresa Giudici Shackleton and son-in-law Thomas Shackleton.

Survivors include his son, Marc Giudici and wife, Karen and grandson Brant Giudici of Lee’s Summit, MO; Grandson Bradley and wife, Heather Shackleton of Grain Valley, MO and great-grandchildren, Matthew and Jake Shackleton, his sister Gloria Giudici Floyd and brother-in-law Norman Floyd of Higginsville, MO; Sister-in-law Betty Ogrizovich of Kansas City as well as many nieces and nephews that he loved very much.

Funeral services for Ralph will be 7:00 pm, Friday, May 30, 2014 at Meyers Funeral chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO 816-229-3276.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral chapel.  Memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas.  Memories of Ralph and condolences for the family may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Grace I. Cindrich

Grace I. Cindrich, 90, of Lee’s Summit, MO passed away Monday, June 2, 2014 in Lee’s Summit.  She was born February 23, 1924 to Orville and Ruth (Huddleston) Stanley in Kansas City, MO.  In 1939 she was united in marriage to Peter Cindrich who preceded her in death.  She was a member of Rosie the Riveter at the GM Fairfax Bomber Plant.  Grace belonged to the Church of the Resurrection in Blue Springs.  She enjoyed crossword puzzles, crocheting, cooking, and the lake life, fishing.  In addition to her husband Peter, she was preceded in death by her parents, 3 brothers, and 2 sisters.

Grace is survived by her children; daughters, Brenda Mathews and husband Thomas of Colleyville, TX, and Judy Myers and husband Michael of Lawrenceville, GA; son, Fred Cindrich and wife Mary Kay of Climax Springs, MO; brother, Guy Stanley of Higginsville, MO; sister, Joan Goodloe of Lexington, MO; grandchildren, Jennifer Rivera, Steven Cindrich, Ryan Platt, Mindy Cindrich; great grandchildren, Ramon Rivera, Shelby Cindrich, Britney Cindrich, and Elizabeth Rivera.

Visitation for Grace will be 10:00 am – 12:00 noon, Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Burial to follow at Blue Springs Cemetery. Contributions in memory of Grace may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Memories of Grace and condolences for the family may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

James M. Landes

James M. Landes, 92, of Independence, MO passed away Friday, June 6, 2014 in Independence, MO.  He was born June 20. 1921 in Coffey, MO to Omer and Hattie (Harbord) Landes.  James served in country during WWII in the Army Air Force.  On February 20, 1949 he was united in marriage to Dorothy Ruth (Cook) Landes and she preceded him in death in 2012.  He worked as a postal machine mechanic for the US Postal Service.  In addition to his wife Dorothy, he was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his children; sons, James R. Landes and wife Sheila of Independence, MO, Roger Landes of Taos, NM; daughter Kathleen Dunson and husband Dalan of Lone Jack, MO; 4 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

Visitation will be 5:00 – 7:00 pm, Monday, June 9, 2014 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Graveside services will be Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at Coffey Cemetery, Coffey, MO.  Contributions in memory of James may be made to the Salvation Army or Crossroads Hospice.  Memories of James and condolences for the family may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Dayona L. Rathke

Dayona L. Rathke, age 8, of Blue Springs MO passed away peacefully on June 8, 2014 at Children’s Mercy Hospital, surrounded by her loving family.  She was born February 11, 2006 and attended James Walker Elementary School in Blue Springs. Dayona had a great zest for life and her memory will live in our hearts forever. 

Dayona is survived by her parents, Dereck and Daya; brothers, Davian and Jaylen; sisters, Aleyaha, Maryaah, and Airana; paternal grandmother, Renita Rathke; maternal grandmother, Vickie Miller.

A funeral service celebrating Dayona’s life will be held 2:00 pm, Friday, June 13, 2014 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, conducted by Dr. Royce Miller (Uncle Tiny).  Contributions in memory of Dayona may be made to Children’s Mercy Hospital, Department of Hematology and Oncology.  Memories of Dayona and condolences for the family may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Thayle “Dayle” J. Vani

Thayle “Dayle” J. Vani, 75, of Lone Jack, MO passed away peacefully on June 8, 2014.  She was born to Leonard and Delva Moritz on August 27, 1938 in Waterloo, IA.  The family moved to Chicago, Ill in 1945.

Dayle graduated from Gage Park high school in 1956.  Dayle was united into marriage with Richard Vani on April 21, 1973 in Wheaton, Ill.  They moved to Jameson, MO in 1975 where they farmed for a number of years and had two daughters.  They moved to Blue Springs, MO in 1985 and later to Lone Jack, MO in 1999 where they have a small farm with goats and cattle.  Dayle was a member of St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Lee’s Summit, MO.  She enjoyed pickle ball, aerobics, Red Hat Society, playing cards and especially bowling.  Dayle loved spending time with her family and friends.  Her greatest enjoyment came from spending time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include husband Richard Vani of Lone Jack, MO; daughters, Donna Schuster (Bryan) of Kansas City, MO, Lynn Zimmerman (Marc) of Chandler, AZ; son, Jeffery Clark of San Francisco, CA; grandchildren, Jamie Schuster, Grant Schuster, Trenton Zimmerman, Nick Clark; sister, Connie Antonowicz of Chicago, Ill.  Dayle was preceded in death by her parents.

Visitation will be held from 4-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday June 11, 2014 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel in Blue Springs, MO.  Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Thursday, June 12, 2014 at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Lee’s Summit, MO.  The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Kansas City Hospice House 12000 Wornall Rd. Kansas City, MO.  Memories of Dayle and condolences may be left at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Mildred Helen Vietti

Mildred Helen Vietti, 77, of Independence, MO passed away Friday, June 6, 2014 at Truman Lakewood Medical Center.  She was born June 11, 1936 in Anniston, AL to Walter and Audrey (Gilchrist) Smith.  On February 15, 1956 she was united in marriage to Charles N. Vietti who preceded her in death on May 1, 2014.  She was a member of the Church of Christ, and worked as Manager of a Convenience Store in Blue Springs, MO.  She loved dogs.  In addition to her husband, Charles, she was preceded in death by her parents, and 2 sons.

She is survived by her daughters, Michele Vietti of Blue Springs, MO, Brenda Hart of New York, and Diane Reyes of Marshall, MO; brother, Walter Smith, Jr. of AL; sisters-in-law, Pauline Vietti of Leavenworth, KS, Aloha Vietti of Salt Lake City, UT, and Marie Vietti of Marceline, MO.

Funeral Services of for Mildred will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, June 13, 2014 at Meyers Funeral Chapel in Blue Springs, MO.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the chapel.  Burial will follow at Floral Hill East Cemetery.

Virginia P. Webb

Virginia P. Webb, 71 of Blue Springs, MO. died Saturday, June 7, 2014 at Centerpoint Hospital in Independence, MO. Virginia was born October 18, 1942 in Montier, MO. She was the daughter of Andrew J. Robinson and Opal I. (Eagan) Robinson. Her sister Shirley Maxine has already been called home to the Lord. She was preceded in death by her husband Warren G. Webb on July 31, 1998 after nearly 30 years of marriage.

Virginia was a member of the Women’s Auxiliary of VFW Post 6838 in Linn Creek, MO. And she also served as Alderwomen for the city of Linn Creek from August 2000 to June 2009. Virginia retired from the Camdenton MO. Walmart in 2009 with 29 years of service.

Virginia is survived by her daughter, Tammy Gramlich of Blue Springs, MO., and her husband Philip and their children, Christopher, and Nicole. Her stepdaughter Denise and her children: Douglas, Gregory, Jessica, and Alexanderia. Her stepson Anthony and his daughter, Amy. Virginia was a great wife, mother, stepmother, grandmother, and friend to all who knew her. And she will be greatly missed.

The family will receive friends for Visitation, from 6-8 p.m., Thursday, June 12, 2014 at Meyers Funeral Chapel 1600 W. Main St. Blue Springs, MO.  Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 14, 2014 at Blue Springs Cemetery. Memories of Virginia and condolences may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

David Brian Duvall

David Brian Duvall, 40, of Raytown, MO passed away unexpectedly on June 5, 2014 in Raytown, MO.  He was born August 23, 1973 in Kansas City, MO to David and Pamela (Snodgrass) Duvall. He attended Lee’s Summit High School and owned and operated Hometown Lawn Service.  He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

He is survived by his parents, David F. Duvall of Kansas City, MO, and Pamela L. Nix of Tucson, AZ, and his children, Steven and Samantha.

Funeral services will be 1:00 pm, Thursday, June 12, 2014 at Graceway Church, 5460 Blue Ridge Cut Off, Raytown, MO with visitation one hour prior to the service at the church.  Memories of David and condolences for the family may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Sherry Renee Stiers

Sherry Renee Stiers, 51, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Monday, June 9, 2014.  Sherry was born July 10, 1962 in Kansas City, MO to James Lockhart and Lois Shier- Heiple.  She was a homemaker.  Sherry enjoyed gardening, fishing, and photography.  

She is survived by her children; daughter, Tiffany Jane Stiers of San Diego, CA; son, Chance Jordan Stiers of Grain Valley, MO; mother, Lois Heiple and husband Harry of Independence, MO; father, James Lockhart and wife Carolyn of Independence, MO; sister, Teresa Lynn Martin-Goebel and husband William of Blue Springs, MO; brother, Dennis James Lockhart of Independence, MO.

Funeral services for Sherry will be 12:00 noon, Saturday, June 21, 2014 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 West Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276 with visitation one hour prior to the service at the chapel.  Memories of Sherry and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Gelletta Jane Pack

Gelletta Jane Pack, 94, formerly of Blue Springs, MO passed away Thursday, June 12, 2014 in Wylie, TX.  Gelletta was born June 11, 1920 in Kansas City, MO to Grover and Lena Rose Smith.  On April 10, 1959 she was united in marriage to William Preston Pack who preceded her in death.  She worked in accounting and bookkeeping, first for Adams Dairy and for many years at Complete Building Center (Blue Springs Lumber).  Gelletta was a Catholic by faith.  She enjoyed the Ozarks, crappie fishing, mushroom hunting, and her beer.  She also enjoyed lawn, crafts, making Christmas ornaments, playing the organ, and board games.  In addition to her husband, Bill, she was preceded in death by her parents.

Gelletta is survived by her children; daughter, Mary Johanna Wilson of Denison, TX; son, Robert Bowlin and his wife Margaret of Blue Springs, MO; grandson, Steve Bowlin and wife Alicia of Grain Valley, MO; granddaughter, Valerie Jo Wilson-Gomer of Denison, TX; great grandchildren, Rachael Laymen and husband Connor of Denison, TX, Kaitlyn Bowlin of Grain Valley, MO, Derek Bowlin of Blue Springs, MO, Hailey Bowlin of Grain Valley, MO; great great grandson, Hunter Bowlin of Grain Valley, MO.

Funeral services for Gelletta will be 2:00 pm, Friday, June 20, 2014 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276, with visitation one hour prior to the service at the funeral chapel.  Burial to follow at Blue Springs Cemetery.  Contributions in memory of Gelletta may be made to Missouri Council of the Blind.  Memories of  Gelletta and condolences for the family may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Luella Jane Diecidue

Luella Jane Diecidue, 84, of Blue Springs MO passed away Sunday, June 15, 2014 at her home.  She was born August 15, 1929 in Kansas City, MO to Gene and Barbara (Rosa) Burger.  On January 15, 1949 she was united in marriage to Frank Diecidue, and he survives of the home.   She was a homemaker, and a member of St. John LaLande Catholic Church.  She enjoyed ceramics and taught some classes on ceramics.  She also enjoyed oil painting, square dancing, and was an accomplished seamstress.  She was preceded in death by her parents.

In addition to her husband Frank, she is survived by her children; sons, Frank Diecidue III of Blue Springs, MO, Llew Diecidue and wife Joan of Camdenton, MO; daughter, Barbara Gardener and husband Rus of Tampa, FL; grandchildren, Frank Diecidue IV, Sean Diecidue, Kelly Drake and husband Scott, Sara Henggeler and husband Leonard, Jane Gardener, Cole Diecidue, great grandchildren, Ciera Drake, Joshua Diecidue, Wesley Drake, Gracie Drake, Harley Henggeler, Wyatt Drake, Jaxson Henggeler.

Visitation will be 5:00-7:00 pm Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Funeral Mass will be celebrated 10:00 am, Thursday, June 19, 2014 at St. John LaLande Catholic Church, 801 NW R. D. Mize Road, Blue Springs, MO.  Contributions in memory of Luella may be made to Gentiva Hospice specify Dee Dee Smith, or St. John LaLande Catholic Church.  Memories of Luella and condolences for the family may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Ludvina “Pat” K. Busse

Meyers Funeral ChapelsLudvina “Pat” K. Busse, 89, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Sunday, June 15, 2014 at her home.  She was born March 9, 1925 in Jefferson City, Mo to John Bernard and Gertrude (Mertins) Krummen.  On February 16, 1974 she was united in marriage to Garfield “Buzz” Busse and he survives of the home.  She was a loan closer for banks in the real estate business.  Pat was a Catholic by faith.  She was a member of the Meeker County Horticulture Club in Litchfield, MN.  She enjoyed crafts, sewing, crossword puzzles, playing cards, and the KC Star Jumble.  She was preceded in death by her parents, 4 sisters, and 1 brother.

In addition to her husband Buzz, she is survived by her step-children, Lynn Salinas and husband Alex of CO, Susan St. Peter of Watsonville, CA, Michael Busse and wife Carol of Granbury, TX, Thomas Busse and wife Toni of Arvada, CO; 6 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren.

Visitation will be 5:00-7:00 pm, Friday June 20, 2014 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:00 am, Monday, June 23, 2014, at St. Justin the Martyr Church, 11910 Eddie and Park Road, St. Louis MO celebrated by Father Joe Weber.  Burial to follow at Resurrection Cemetery in St. Louis.  Contributions in memory of Pat may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.  Memories of Pat and condolences for the family may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

David Franklin Conley

David Franklin Conley, 62, of Blue Springs, MO passed away on Monday, June 16, 2014 at his home.  He was born December 17, 1951 in Paintsville, KY to Winford and Edna Conley.  David served in the National Guard for seven years.  He had a long and successful career in the wholesale tire industry which began when he was 16 years old working for his Uncle Woodford (Wood) Conley.  David was a member of Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral in Kansas City.  He enjoyed biking, boating, golfing, and spending time with friends and family.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

David is survived by his children; daughters Jennifer Williams and husband Stuart of Murfreesboro, TN, Morgan Parker and Husband Jason of Olathe, KS, Courtney Hawkins and husband Timothy of Raymore, MO; ex-wife, but friend forever, Janet Conley of Blue Springs, MO;  sisters, Donna Meador and Husband Marion of Bowling Green, KY, Brenda King and husband James of Hopkinsville, KY, Paula Tucker of Lexington, KY; grandchildren, Larkin Williams, Riley and Vivienne Parker; significant other, Tammy Hodges of Grain Valley, MO and her children, Chastity Hodges of Grain Valley, MO and Dustin Hodges of Brighton, CO; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

David was a man with a gentle heart and a contagious smile and laugh.  He lived his life with honor and integrity and was well respected by his colleagues, friends and family.  A simple man who enjoyed the simple pleasures in life, David loved to have fun and to be with the ones he loved.  He was a good father and a good friend.  He had faith in God and believed in the power of prayer.  He will be most remembered for the deep love he had for his children, grand children, family and friends.  He will be greatly missed.

Funeral services for David will be 10:00 am, Saturday, June 21, 2014 at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, 415 W. 13th Street, Kansas City, MO.  In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions to Alzheimer’s Association in honor of David’s dear friend, Mike Vanderlinden.  Memories of David and condolences to the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Violet May Adkins

Meyers Funeral ChapelsViolet May Adkins, 84, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Sunday, June 15, 2014 in Blue Springs.  She was born March 29, 1930 in Jackson County, MO to Fred and Bessie (Porter) Graham.  Violet was a greeter at Walmart.  Violet was a member of Lobb Church, and was a past Noble Grand with the Rebecca’s, and was member of LEA and Busy Bees.  She enjoyed reading.  Violet was preceded in death by her parents, and her sisters Maude and Mary.

Violet is survived by her children; sons, Lawrence Arms and wife Christine of El Paso, TX, Jesse Arms and wife Gale of Columbia, MO; daughter, Von Drummonds and husband Bill of St. Louis, MO; 5 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

Services for Violet will be 12:00 pm, Saturday, June 21, 2014 at Lobb Cumberland Church, North 7 Highway and Flynn Road, Independence, MO.  Memories of Violet and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Karen E. Wilkinson

Karen E. Wilkinson, 76, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Sunday, June 22, 2014 in Kansas City, MO.  Karen was born January 17, 1938 in Waterman, IL to Henry and Grace (Fuller) Cleaver.  She was united in marriage to John Wilkinson and he survives of the home.  She was a sales associate at Walmart and a member of Blue Springs Christian Church.  She loved to quilt and travel.  She was preceded in death by her parents and a son, John Wilkinson, Jr.  

In addition to her husband John, she is survived by her children; daughters, Diane Willis of Dothan, AL, and Barbara Lalla of Kansas City, MO; son, Gene Coleman of Cebu City, Philippines; sisters, Shirley Signorella of Maple Park, IL, Betty Brown of Sycamore, IL,  Doris Ellison of Willard, WI; 4 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.

She has been cremated according to her wishes.  No services are planned at this time.  Memories and condolences for the family may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.  Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO.

James Henry Carmean

James Henry Carmean, 57, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Monday, June 23, 2014 at Research Medical Center.  He was born September 8, 1956 in Corpus Christi, TX to Mack and Lena (Hargrove) Carmean.  He attended Southwest High School and served his country in the Army and Kansas National Guard.   On November 1, 1986 he was united in marriage to Mary Ann Masse and she survives of the home.  Jim was a car salesman for over 30 years.  He enjoyed golfing, fishing and cooking.  Jim was preceded in death by his parents Mack Carmean and Lena Hargrove Carmean, and grandparents, James H. and Lucille Carmean.

In addition to his wife Mary, he is survived by his children, Erin Carmean Collins of Raymore, MO, and Benjamin Myers and wife Rachael of Toledo, OH; mom, Ann Carmean of Kansas City, MO;  sisters, Susan Mansur of Kansas City, MO, and Alison McCallum of Kansas City, MO; brother, Scott Carmean and wife Nathalie of Kansas City, MO; grandchildren, Deven  Collins, Aubree Collins, Christian Bogner, Paige Bogner, Noel Myers, and one on the way; several nieces and nephews; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Michele and Larry Albrecht of Cotopaxi, CO, Nancy and Bill Merkle of Linthicum Heights, MD, Ann and John Kingsolver of Grain Valley, MO; and other loved ones, Sandy Burns, Becky Henfling, Larry Collins, Beth Carmean, and John Carmean.

Visitation will be 6:00-8:00 pm, Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 West Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions in Jim’s memory to Grossman Burn Center at Research Medical Center.  Memories of Jim and condolences for the family may be shared at ww.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Thomas Jefferson Booth

Thomas Jefferson Booth, 90, of Blue Springs, MO went home to be with the Lord on Thursday July 3, 2014 at Monterey Park, Independence, MO.  He was born February 11, 1924 to T. O. and Leta (Lessenger) Booth in Oklahoma City. OK.  During WWII he served his country in the U.S. Navy Air Force as a First Class Aviation Machinist Mate.  On November 9, 1963 he was united in marriage to Imogene Carter and she preceded him in death.  Tom retired from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  Tom was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Blue Springs volunteering for the Impact Ministry.  He was also a volunteer at St. Mary’s Medical Center for over 20 years.  Tom enjoyed traveling, the outdoors, and woodworking-building bird houses.  He loved spending time with family and friends especially his prayer group.  In addition to his wife Imogene, he was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Charles (Bobbie) Booth; two brothers, John Martin Booth and Richard Booth.

Tom is survived by his children, Jim Booth and wife Mary of Blue Springs, MO, Mary Chessor and companion Larry Bedford of Willard, MO, Carol Replogle and husband Tom of Marshfield, MO, David Booth of Seymore, MO, Teena Marie Booth of Marshfield, MO; sister, Roseann Rice of Little Rock, AR; 14 grandchildren, many great grandchildren, countless friends.

Visitation for Tom will be 6:00-8:00 pm, Monday, July 7, 2014 at First Baptist Church of Blue Springs, 15th and Main St., Blue Springs, MO.  Funeral services will be 10:00 am, Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at the First Baptist Church of Blue Springs.  Burial to follow at Blue springs Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions to Impact Ministries at First Baptist Church of Blue Springs.  Memories of Tom and condolences for the family may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO.

Frances Lyons

Frances Lyons, 97, of Strasburg, MO passed away Saturday, July 5, 2014 at her home.  She was born June 13, 1917 in Mondamin, IA to Henry and Flossie (Gamet) Spurlin.  She graduated from William Chrisman High School.  She lived in CO, CA, MO and OR.  She was a homemaker until her 50’s, then she was an assistant librarian for Portland State University. 

In her spare time she enjoyed reading, traveling and in her younger years, riding horses.  She cherished her time with family and friends.

Survivors include her children, Gary Baumgart (Margaret) of Pittsburgh, PA, Lynn Baumgart (Sugar) of Blue Springs, MO and Sharon Baumgart of Strasburg, MO; five grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and a brother, Daniel of Lavonia, MI.  She was preceded in death by her parents, first husband, Kenneth Baumgart, second husband, Fred Lyons, and four siblings.

The family will receive friends from 5-7:00 p.m. Monday, July 7, 2014 at the Parkview Community of Christ Church, where the funeral service will be held 10:00 a.m. Tuesday.  Burial will follow at Blue Springs Cemetery.  Memorial contributions are suggested to the Book of Mormon Internship Program.  The Meyers Funeral Chapel in Blue Springs has been entrusted with the final arrangements.  Memories of Frances and condolences may be left online by visiting www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Candace D. Keeling

Candace D. Keeling, 53, of Blue Springs, passed away Monday, July 7, 2014 at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Kansas City, MO.  Candy was born March 12, 1961 in Estherville, IA to Kenneth and Stella (Kooker) Birkland.  On October 12, 1996 she was united in marriage to Ronald C. Keeling and he survives of the home.  She worked as a Business Analyst for Sprint.  She was a member of Timothy Lutheran Church.  Candy enjoyed singing, sewing, and singing in the church choir.

In addition to her husband Ronald, she is survived by her children, Rachel K. Keeling of Blue Springs, MO, Elizabeth D. Tostenson of Spring Hill, KS, Carissa N. Melvin and husband Phil of Gardener, KS; parents, Kenneth and Stella Birkland of Estherville, IA; sister, Charlene Yates and husband Doug of Buffalo, MN; brother, Charles Birkland and wife Lori of Spirit Lake, IA; grandchildren, Kaylee Melvin and Bailey Melvin.; several nieces and nephews and many friends.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8:00 pm, Thursday, July 10, 2014 at Timothy Lutheran Church, 425 NW R. D. Mize Rd, Blue Springs, MO.  Funeral services for Candy will be 10:00 am, Friday, July 11, at the church.  Contributions in memory of Candy may be made to

Timothy Lutheran Church.  Memories of Candy and condolences for the family may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral chapel, Blue Springs, MO.

Elois D. Holmes

Elois D. Holmes, 87, of Blue Springs, MO passed away July 8, 2014 in Blue Springs.  She was born November 22, 1926 in Mayfield, KY to Raymond and Ina (Webster) Day.  She was united in marriage to William Holmes who preceded her in death.  Elois was an assembler in a pottery manufacturing plant.  She was a member of Blue Springs Church of Christ.  She enjoyed fishing and bowling and she loved spending time with family and grandchildren.  In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, and one sister.

Elois is survived by her daughter, Barbara Taylor and Husband Fred of Blue Springs, MO; sister, Treva Carter of Mayfield, KY; 3 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

The family will receive friends 6:30 to 7:30 pm, Thursday, July 10, 2014 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Graveside services will be 2:00 pm, Friday, July 11, 2014 at Marshall County Memorial Gardens, Mayfield, KY.  Memories of Elois and condolences for the family may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Larry E. Wiebusch

Meyers Funeral ChapelsLarry E. Wiebusch, 78, of Independence, MO passed away July 7, 2014 at Centerpoint Medical Center. He was born February 26, 1936in Blue Springs, MO to Herbert and Eula (Quinn) Wiebusch. On September 23, 1961 he was united in marriage to Patricia Pfunder and she survives of the home. Larry owned Town and Country Clothing in Blue Springs. He was Lutheran by faith, and was an avid antique dealer. He was preceded in death by his parents. 

In addition to his wife, Patricia he is survived by his children, Camilla Wilson and her husband Matthew of Eureka, KS, and Marana Keith and her husband Brian of Raytown, MO; along with 5 grandchildren.

Larry has been cremated according to his wishes. No services are planned at this time. Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO. Memories of Larry and condolences for the family may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Steven D. Osborne

Steven D. Osborne, 67, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Thursday, July 10, 2014 at his home.  Steven was born March 27, 1947 in Calistoga CA to Billy and Nadine (Winkler) Osborne. He served his country in the US Army during the Vietnam War.  On August 7, 1978 he was united in marriage to Lynda Friedly and she survives of the home.  Steve was an Installed Sales Technician for Timber Roots UBC.  He enjoyed playing computer games, napping, hunting, fishing, camping, muscle cars, and he loved spending time with family and friends.  He was preceded in death by his father and numerous aunts and uncles.

In addition to his wife Lynda, he is survived by his daughters, Julie Wuenschel and husband Jason of Independence, MO, and Michaela Osborne of Blue Springs, MO; mother, Nadine Osborne of Independence, MO; brothers, Kenneth Osborne of Independence, MO, and Terry Osborne of Independence, MO; grandchildren, Ryan Osborne, Andrew Wuenschel, and Emily Wuenschel.

The family will receive friends 5 to 7 pm, Thursday, July 17, 2014 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Funeral services will be 10:00 am, Friday, July 18, 2014 at the funeral chapel.  Contributions in memory of Steven may be made to the American Lung Association or the American Heart Association.  Memories of Steven and condolences for the family may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Richard F. Hempenius

Meyers Funeral ChapelsRichard F. Hempenius, 87, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at St. Mary’s Manor in Blue Springs.  Richard was born May 27, 1927 in Lafayette, IN to Walter and Leona (Schelle) Hempenius.  During WWII he served his country in the US Army.  On December 27, 1953 he was united in marriage to Deloda Vanderwalt in Lafayette, IN and she survives of the home.  He served for many years as an ordained minister with the United Church of Christ.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

In addition to his wife, Deloda, he is survived by his children; son, Craig R. Hempenius and wife Diane of West Branch, IA; daughter, Michelle (Marc) Hjerpe of Phoenix, AZ; brother, Walter Hempenius of Cary, IL; sister, Carolyn Niccum of Lafayette, IN.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 to 3:00 pm, Saturday, July 12, 2014 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St, Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276.  Funeral services will be 11:00 am, Monday, July 14, 2014 at Immanuel United Church of Christ, 1526 S. 18th St., Lafayette, IN with visitation one hour prior to the service.  Contributions in memory of Richard may be made to Blue Springs Terrace.  Memories of Richard and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Marcella E. Hillerman

Marcella E. Hillerman, 96, of Independence, Mo passed away Friday, July 11, 2014.  She was born October 1, 1917 in Urich, Mo to Fred and Mary (Geiselman) Boehler.  On May 10, 1944 she was united in marriage to Clarence Hillerman who preceded her in death.  She devoted her life to being a home maker.  Marcella was a member of St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Independence.   She was very active in the Nativity of Mary Parish in the Ladies Quilting Club and Altar Society. In addition to her husband Clarence, she was preceded in death by her parents,  7 siblings, an infant son, and a great grandson.

Marcella is survived by her children, JoAnn E. Lacy of Lee’s Summit, MO, Jean M. Kliebert of Blue Springs, MO, Clarence J. Hillerman, Jr. of Brasilia, Brazil, Ronald J. Hillerman of Raymore, MO, Carolyn R. Mitchell of Shawnee, KS, David J. Hillerman of Blue Springs, MO, Gerald J. Hillerman of Independence, MO; brother, John F. Boehler of Albuquerque, NM; sisters, Rosanna L. Greufe of Montrose, MO, Clara L. Koch of Montrose, MO; 19 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 10:00 to 11:00 am Monday, July 14, 2014 at St. Mark’s Catholic Church, 3736 S. Lee’s Summit Rd., Independence, MO, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 am celebrated by Father James Taranto.  Interment to be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.  Contributions in memory of Marcella may be made to Sisters of St. Francis, Independence, MO or to Catholic Community Hospice. Memories of Marcella and condolences to the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.  Arrangements entrusted to Meyers funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO.

June Marie Wellner

June Marie Wellner, 75, of Blue Springs, MO passed away July 14, 2014 in Independence, MO.  She was born June 28, 1939 in Clay Center, KS to Carl and Ethel (Spark) Anderson.  On March 25, 1961, she was united in marriage to Garner Paul Wellner who preceded her in death.  June was a homemaker and a long-time member of Timothy Lutheran Church in Blue Springs.  In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents.

June is survived by her children; son, Gary Wellner and wife Cherri of Blue Springs, MO; son Greg Wellner of Norfolk, NE; daughter, Janet Dunkerley and husband Scott of Dallas, TX; son Jason Wellner and wife Ann of Lee’s Summit, MO; sister, Mary North of Topeka, KS; sister-in-law, Mary Lou Brown of Deepwater, MO; grandchildren, Jacob, Mindi, Amanda, McKenna, John, William, Samuel, Steven, and Brady.

Funeral services for June will be 11:00 am, Thursday, July 17, 2014 at Timothy Lutheran Church, 425 NW R. D. Mize Rd, Blue Springs, MO.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.  Burial in Blue Springs Cemetery.  Contributions in memory of June may be made to Timothy Lutheran Church or to the charity of your choice.  Memories of June and condolences for the family may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.  Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO.

Deborah S. Schmidt

Deborah S. Schmidt, 61, of Grain Valley, MO passed away following a long battle with cancer, Thursday, July 17, 2014 in North Kansas City, MO. Deborah was born May 21, 1953, the daughter of Gorden and Bonnie Dryden. In 1977 she was united in marriage to Ronald Schmidt and he survives of the home. Debbie was a Registered Nurse for 38 years. She enjoyed nursing and caring for people. She also enjoyed following her youngest daughters softball years, and she liked watching soap operas. She loved spending her spare time with her grandchildren and their activities. She was preceded in death by her parents, and mother-in-law, Louise.

In addition to her husband, Ronald, she is survived by her children; daughter Kelli Barker of Grain Valley, MO; son, Ron Schmidt, Jr. of Independence, MO; daughter, Sarah Schmidt of Independence, Mo; brother, Gorden Dryden of Omaha, NE; grandchildren, Tyler, Paige, Sierra, and Miyah.

The family will receive friends from 10 to 11:00 am Friday, July 25, 2014 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W, Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3276 with funeral service following at 11:00 am at the chapel. Memories of Debbie and condolences for the family may be shared at www.mwywesfuneralchapel.com.

Gary H. Priddy

Gary H. Priddy, 80, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Monday, July 21, 2014 at his home.  Gary was born May 31, 1934 in Kansas City, MO, the son of Gilford and Roberta (Steffee) Priddy.  He was a graduate of Wyandotte High School. On October 24, 1981 he was united in marriage to Marcia Marion-Ford and she survives of the home. Gary was the owner of Happy’s Meat Market and was a Baptist by faith.  He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Robert Priddy; sister-in-law, Bobbye Kay Priddy.

In addition to his wife, Marcia, he is survived by his children; daughter, Cheri Edwards and husband Dee of Leawood, KS; daughter, Kathy Kephart and husband Bill of Albuquerque, NM; daughter, Jamie Logan and husband Mike of Belton, MO; son, Dave Priddy and wife Lisa of Belton, MO; son, Robert Priddy of Belton, MO; daughter, Jodi Epperson and husband Dave of Blue Springs, MO; daughter Lori Klein and husband Robert of Independence, MO; daughter, Jill Tilden of Blue Springs, MO; 25 grandchildren, and 20 great grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held honoring Gary at 11:00 a.m., on Friday, August 1, 2014 at St. John LaLande Catholic Church, Blue Springs, MO.  In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue springs, MO.  Memories of Gary and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Norman Albert Estep

Meyers Funeral ChapelsNorman Albert Estep, 76, of Blue Springs, MO passed away July 26, 2014 at St. Mary’s Medical Center.

Norman was born September 4, 1937 in Everett, MO to Albert and Lilly Mae (Parker) Estep.  He served his country in the US Air Force as a Loadmaster on the C130 and then as boom operator on KC 10.  On September 29, 1990 he was united in marriage to Marylan Franke and she survives at the home.  He was a telephone installer for AT&T.  Norman was a member of Faith United Methodist Church in Grain Valley, American Legion Post 499, and Elks Lodge 2509.  He enjoyed fishing, boating, shooting range, flying, and anything about the military.  He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Pauline Chandler, and Glenna Estep; brother, Larry Estep.

In addition to his wife Marylan, he is survived by his brother, Roger Estep of Independence, MO.

Funeral services for Norman will be 11:00 am, Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO, 816-229-3265, with visitation one hour prior to the service.  Burial will be at Missouri Veteran Cemetery, Higginsville, MO.  Contributions in memory of Norman may be made to The American Heart Association or the American Lung Association.  Memories of Norman and condolences for the family may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Charles Anthony Joseph Cross

Meyers Funeral ChapelsCharles Anthony Joseph Cross, 37, of Grain Valley, MO passed away Saturday, July 26, 2014 at his home.

He was born January 28, 1977 in Independence, MO to Charles and Leslie (McDonough) Cross.  On August 8, 2008 he was united in marriage to Vonda Yates and she survives of the home.  Charles was a heavy equipment operator in the construction industry, and was a member of City Church in Blue Springs, MO.  He enjoyed fishing and music.  He was preceded in death by his father; and aunt, Mary Fitchett.

In addition to his wife Vonda, he is survived by his children; Charles Anthony Joseph Cross, Jr of Independence, MO, Zachary Alexander Joseph Cross of Independence, MO, Katelynn Michele Deylane of Independence, MO, Ashley Rene Ledesma and husband Phillip of Kansas City, MO; siblings, Edward Cross, Michael McIntyre, Will McIntyre, Jason McIntyre, Ian McIntyre, Chuck Cross, Angela Cross, Dawn and Darin; grandchildren, Christopher Powers, Brayden Anderson, Philip Ledesma.

Memorial services for Charles will be 6:00 pm, Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at City Church, 1600 SW Smith St., Blue Springs, MO.  Memories of Charles and condolences for the family may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com  Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO.

Donald Edwin Bassett

Donald Edwin Bassett, 85, of Blue Springs MO passed away on July 30, 2014. Visitation will be held on August 4th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 West Main St. Blue Springs MO, 64015. Rosary will be said at 7:00 p.m., also at Meyers. Funeral mass will be held on August 5th at 10 a.m. at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church, 4313 SW State Route 7, Blue Springs MO. In lieu of flowers contributions in memory of Donald may be made to Grace Hospice.

Donald Bassett was born on November 28, 1928 in Muncie Indiana. He was a graduate of Ball State University, Muncie Indiana in 1951 receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in business with a major in Accounting. He served in the United States Air Force from 1951-1955. He was employed in the trucking industry his entire life. He worked for Consolidated Freightways in Indianapolis Ind., Akron OH, and Portland OR from 1956-1965. In 1965 he accepted a position as manager of the Accounting Department for Tri-State Motor Transit in Joplin MO. In 1979 he was appointed Treasure of Tri-State Motor Transit and held this position until retirement in 1990.

He was a member of St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church in Blue Springs, MO.  He was a 4th Degree life member of the Joplin Knights of Columbus #979. He was also a life member of the Joplin Elks Lodge #501.

He married Rita Ann Sahm on May 20th, 1961. They were married for 42 years. His wife Rita preceded him in death in 2003. He is survived by three daughters, Joan E. Bassett of Kansas City MO, Nanette M. Huser of Lee’s Summit MO, and Julie A. Johnson of Independence MO; sons-in-law, Joseph Huser, and Ryan Johnson; and 7 grandchildren, Rachel Huser Seura, Megan Huser, Tyler Huser, Colby Huser, Lauren Huser, Elias Johnson, and Samantha Johnson; and two great grandchildren, Colin Seura and Jackson Seura. Memories of Donald and condolences for the family may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Edward Scheetz

Edward L. Scheetz, Jr., 58, of Blue Springs, MO passed away Sunday, August 3, 2014 at KU Medical Center.  The family will receive friends 4 to 6 pm, Thursday, August 7, 2014 at Meyers Funeral Chapel. 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO. 816-229-3276.  Funeral service will follow at 6:00 pm at the funeral chapel. 

Ed was born July 6, 1956 in Campbell, KY to Mickey and Carole (Christopher) Scheetz.  He served his country in the US Army.  On January 28, 1984 he was united in marriage to Sue Jinkerson, and she survives at the home in Blue Springs.  He actively worked in the construction business.  Ed was a Lutheran by faith.  He was a soccer enthusiast who enjoyed spending time with his boys, going to Royals games with his family, and traveling.  He was preceded in death by his brother, Rick Scheetz.

In addition to his wife Sue, he is survived by his sons; Christopher A. Scheetz of Columbia, MO, and Nathan C. Scheetz and wife Lauren of Kansas City, MO; mother, Carole Christopher of Las Vegas, NV; father, Mickey Scheetz of Happy Valley, OR; brother, Mike Scheetz.

Memories of Ed and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Dennis V. Kile

Dennis V. Kile passed away August 1, 2014 at the Warrensburg VA Home.  He was born April 16, 1924, in Mountain Grove, MO.  Dennis later moved to Cabool, MO, where he attended grade school and 3 years of high school.  For his senior year, he attended high school in Holden, MO, where he graduated in 1942. In 1944 he began working as a ground man on the line crew for Missouri Public Service.  On December 23, 1944, he married Maxine Weide.

In February of 1946, he was inducted into the Army after the end of WWII and stationed at Fort Lewis, WA.  Upon his discharge from the Army in May, 1947, Dennis went back to work for Missouri Public Service.  He worked as an apprentice and journeyman lineman before being named local maintenance man in Blue Springs, MO, in 1951.  During