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Chester Stanley MacDonald

Chester MacDonald

Chester Stanley MacDonald, a resident of Weatherby Lake, MO, passed away on Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City.  Chester was born to Matilda and Harold MacDonald in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada. He then moved to Summerside, PEI and eventually resided in Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada.

Chester received a Bachelor of Law degree and subsequently a Master of Law degree in Arbitration, both from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia. He practiced law and early in his legal career he was appointed as a Judge in Canada. He was President of the Canadian Judges Association and elected a fellow of the International Academy of Trial Judges by the Board of Regents.

He was active in the Rotary Club in Sackville, New Brunswick and was president for two years. He was a Paul Harris fellow.  He chaired the committee that organized the celebration for the 60th anniversary of the Club. In everything he did he embodied the Rotary principle of “service above self”.  He was also the District Governor of the Kinsmen Club.

After he retired as a Judge he was the Director of Planned giving with Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick. He also chaired a committee to raise funds for a new hospital in the Sackville community. 

Chester was a loyal member of the Presbyterian Church in Canada and served on the Board of Trustees. He participated in the fundraising and building of the Summerside Presbyterian Church and subsequently assisted in the fundraising and completion of the building expansion of the Sackville Presbyterian Church and the fundraising for a new pipe organ.  By word and example he urged upon the congregation the importance of Christian stewardship.  He also enjoyed being a member of the Pine Ridge Presbyterian Church in Kansas City. 

In recent years Chester was a property owner and co-owner of Piropos Grille in Parkville which became his new passion. He enjoyed time with guests, making everyone feel special giving many “piropos” (compliments) to the many wonderful people that touched his life.     

Chester was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Scott and first wife, Elaine.  He is survived by his loving wife of 17 years, Sheila; four children and their spouses, Marilyn (Glen), Norman (Linda), Sandy, and Margot (James); seven grandchildren, Meagan, Kate, Adam, David, Beth, Ellen and Melissa; and two sisters, Marion and Gail.

The Memorial Service celebrating Chester’s life will be held at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at Pine Ridge Presbyterian Church, 7600 NW Barry Rd. Kansas City, MO, with Rev. Jim Gordon officiating.  The family will receive friends from 2-4 p.m., Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are welcomed for the Weatherby Lake Entrance Fund or the American Cancer Society.

Michael "Mike" D. Rank

Michael D. Rank, 55, a resident of Holt, MO passed away unexpectedly Friday, February 22, 2013 at Liberty Hospital. Mike was born August 3, 1957 to Mary (Dejarnett) and Tony Rank in Kansas City, MO.

He was a veteran and proudly served in the United States Navy during 1976 ~ 1988 on the ship Ashtabula as a First Class Boiler Technician. Mike returned to the Kansas City area after serving in the Grenada Conflict and was employed at North Kansas City Hospital for 25+ years as an Operation Engineer.

Mike's love of life showed in his many interests which included: riding his Harley with family and friends, hunting and the outdoors, but his favorite past-time was relaxing in his pool.

Mike was preceded in death by a daughter, Elizabeth Rank; both parents, and a brother, Mitchell Rank. He is survived by his loving wife, Robin Rank and son, Taylor Ware of the home; a daughter, Briana Garton and husband, Joe of Kansas City (North), MO; six siblings: Brian Courter of Parkville, MO; Mark (Angie) Rank of Olathe, KS; Devin (Janie) Courter of Plattsburg, MO; Melissa (Robert) Huffman of Shawnee, KS; Melinda Rustici of Smithville, MO and Brian (Kelly) Rank of Omaha, NE; step-father, Larry Courter of Parkville, MO; numerous nieces and nephews and many friends.

The family will receive friends from 5:30 ~ 7 p.m., Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at Meyers Northland Chapel 401 Main St. Parkville, MO. The funeral service will be held at 7 p.m. with Chaplain Tim Brooks officiating. Cremation to follow. In lieu of flowers the family has suggested memorial contributions be made to Bikers for Babies 4400 College Boulevard, Suite 180 Overland Park, KS 66211.Memories of Mike and condolences to the family may be left at http://www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

 

Gene Seifert

Gene Ray Seifert, age 77, died at the Center for Advanced Heart Care at KUMed on December 19, 2011.

Born on April 5, 1934, in Pittsburg, KS, to Raymond and Pauline Reedy Seifert, he graduated from Pittsburg State University with a B.S. in Education in 1955 and an M.S. in Education in 1960.  He completed additional graduate studies at the University of Kansas.  On June 11, 1961, he married Judy Heller.  Gene and Judy celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary with family and friends this past June.

Following service in the U.S. Army from 1957 – 1960, Gene was a secondary teacher in the Shawnee Mission School District before serving as a counselor and principal in Parsons, KS, and an assistant superintendent in Emporia, KS.  He was an assistant superintendent in the Park Hill School District from 1973 until 1980.  He then had a successful second career in commercial and industrial sales, retiring from Culligan Water Conditioning in 1998.  He was a 38-year-resident of Kansas City.

Gene was a member and elder of the Parkville Presbyterian Church for 37 years.  He was an early member and president of the Platte County Business and Professional Association.  He served seven years on the Kansas City-mayoral-appointed Planned Industrial Expansion Authority.  Gene was also a member of Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity, the Pittsburg, KS, Masonic Lodge and the PSU Alumni Foundation.

He was an avid tennis player and enjoyed many outdoor activities, including fishing.  Gene and Judy shared a love for travel, and he had a lifelong appreciation for music, playing in several bands during his younger years.  Listening to all types of music, especially jazz, was a favorite pastime.

Gene will be remembered for his sense of humor, his dedication to family and his lifelong love of learning.

Survivors include his wife, Judy, of the home; daughter, Julie Robinson and her husband, Randy, of Shawnee, KS; daughter Sarah Reeves and her husband, Steve, of Kansas City; grandchildren, Lyndall and Griffin Robinson and sister, Kathleen Seifert Peacock, of Stillwater, OK.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, December 22, at Parkville Presbyterian Church, 819 Main St., Parkville, MO.  The family will receive friends on Wednesday, December 21, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 401 Main St. in Parkville.  Inurnment will take place Thursday afternoon at Mount Moriah Terrace Park Cemetery, 801 N.W. 108th Street, Kansas City, MO.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are welcome to Parkville Presbyterian Church, 819 Main St, Parkville, MO 64152 or The Center for Advanced Heart Care at KUMed, 3901 Rainbow Blvd., Kansas City, KS 66160.  Memories of Gene and condolences may be left for the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Barbara J. DeConink Ash

Barbara J. DeConink Ash, Kearney , MO, passed away Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at the NorthCare Hospice House.  Barbara was born in Parkville, MO to Virgie (Foster) and Morris DeConink.  She was a Christian by faith.

Barbara was preceded in death by both parents and a brother, Morris DeConink, Jr.  She is survived by sisters, Betty A. Hettinger of Springfield, MO, Donna K. Wassenaar and husband, Wayne of Smithville, MO, and Debra DeConink and Richard Buschel of Kansas City, MO; brother David J. DeConink and wife, Deeann of Holt, MO; numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.  She will be greatly missed by all.

Services will be 2:00 p.m., Monday, December 19, 2011 at Meyers Funeral Chapel 401 Main St. Parkville, MO with Rev. Lowell Swindler, Jr. officiating.  Visitation will be 1:00 p.m., one hour prior to the service.  Interment will follow at East Slope Cemetery.  In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to NorthCare Hospice House.  Memories of Barbara and condolences to the family may be sent to www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Donna Marie Hackl

Donna Marie Hackl, 77, Kansas City, MO (Northland) passed away December 18, 2011 at the NorthCare Hospice House.  She was born March 20, 1934 in New Kinsington, PA to Joseph and Anna (Slanicka) Hackl.  She graduated from Arnold High School in Arnold, PA.

Donna retired from TWA in 1996 following 28 years of service.  The majority of her time at TWA was spent working in the Group Control division.  She was a member of the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in the Northland and former member of the Calvary Lutheran Church in Arnold, PA.

Survivors include a brother, Joseph Hackl of Queen Creek, AZ; a niece, Karen Prohaska and family of Queen Creek, AZ; a nephew, Kevin Hackl of Lawrence, KS; an aunt, Mary Kengor of Creighton, PA and several cousins in Pennsylvania.  She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Marjorie Hackl.

A memorial service celebrating Donna’s life will be 11:00 a.m. on December 29, 2011 at the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church with Pastor Neil Vik and Pastor Dr. Sacia Vik presiding.  Visitation will be from 10-11:00 a.m. at the church.  Burial of the cremated remains will take place at the Greenwood Memorial Park Cemetery in Lower Burrell, PA.  Memorial contributions are suggested to the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church or Calvary Lutheran Church.  Condolences and memories of Donna may be shared with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Gilbert "Gil" J. Wilhelm Jr.

Gilbert J. Wilhelm Jr., 41, a resident of Kansas City (North), MO, passed away Sunday, December 18, 2011 at the St. Luke’s Northland Hospital.  Gilbert was born November 24, 1970 in Kansas City, MO, to Mary (Dalton) and Gilbert Wilhelm, Sr.

Gil enjoyed collecting Oriental treasures and show-casing them to his family and friends.  He will always be remembered as a very loving and caring father, brother and friend.  He will be greatly missed by all.  Gil spent his working career as a cook in the Kansas City Metro area.

Gil was preceded in death by his mother, Mary and two brothers, David Wilhelm and John Wilhelm.  He is survived by his two young children: son, Jol Bradley, and daughter, Cheyenne Wilhelm, both of Kansas City (North) MO; a brother, Cole and wife, Ida Wilhelm of Kansas City (North) MO; three sisters: Shirley Trent and husband, John, of AZ, Eileen Dempsey of Kansas City (North) MO, Sharon Larson and husband, Tom, of MN; numerous nieces and nephews and his lovely fiancé, Allyson Pike of Kansas City (North) MO.

There are no services scheduled. Memories of Gil and condolences to the family may be sent to www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.  Meyers Funeral Chapel Northland has been entrusted with final arrangements of cremation.

Donald Eugene Swanson

Donald “Don” E. Swanson, 75, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO, passed away on Friday, December 23, 2011 at his home.  Donald was born June 30, 1936, to Evelyn (Desart) and Jonny Swanson in Maryville, MO.  Don married Brenda J. Johnson on September 25, 1958 in Clarinda, Iowa.  Don and Brenda moved to the Kansas City area in 1960, where they raised their family.

Don was a truck driver for Community Wholesale Tire.  After working as a driver for over 35 years, he retired in 2001; only to continue working as a part-time employee.  Don was an avid race car fan; he enjoyed NASCAR racing and was known to attend the local race tracks on Friday evenings; especially Riverside Speedway and Lakeside Speedway.  Don also enjoyed farming and spending time with his family.

Don was preceded in death by his parents and step-mother, Mildred Swanson.  He is survived by his children, Randy E. Swanson of Plattsburg, MO; a daughter, Julie Sexton and her husband, Dan of Kansas City (North), MO; three wonderful grandchildren, Courtney Pike, Devin Pike and Cameron Sexton, and his good friend, Brenda (Swanson) Milz , all of Kansas City (North), MO.

The family will receive friends from 4 – 7 p.m., Thursday, December 29, 2011 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel Northland 401 Main St. Parkville, MO.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Kansas City.  Cremation arrangements have been entrusted with Meyers Northland.  Memories of Don and condolences to the family may be sent to www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

MGySgt Carl William Schoenrock Jr. USMC Ret.

Carl Schoenrock, Jr., 77, of Kansas City, MO, (Northland), passed away December 12, 2011 at his home.  He was born October 18, 1934 in New London, WI, to Carl William Schoenrock, Sr. and Pearl McGowen Schoenrock.  He attended schools in New London.

Carl was a 30 year veteran of the United States Marine Corps, entering the service on December 17, 1951 and was honorably discharged on October 5, 1971.  During this time he served in the Korean Conflict and Vietnam War.  Following retirement from the Marine Corps he worked in security for Truman Medical Center in Kansas City and spent 29 years with the Kansas City Star as operations manager in the computer room.  He resided in Kansas City, MO since 1986 and prior to that, he lived in Kansas City, KS for 30 years.

He married Judith A. Martin on June 18, 1960 at the Olathe Naval Air Station in Olathe, KS, she survives of the home.  Additional survivors include eight children: Carl W. Schoenrock, III of Kansas City, MO, Claudette Flynn (Ken) of Columbia, SC, David Mark Schoenrock (Tina), Michael Keith Schoenrock, Kurt Alan Schoenrock, Neal Andrew Schoenrock, Martin Philip Schoenrock and Abby Diane Schoenrock, all of Kansas City, MO; one brother, Gerald Schoenrock of New London, WI; one sister, Wanda Schoenrock of New London, WI; eight grandchildren: David, Jr., Steven, Julia, Jennifer, Zachary, Brittany, Shania, and Trevor.  He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Douglas; and one sister, Geraldine.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:30 a.m. Friday, December 16, 2011 at St. Therese Catholic Church with Rev. Joe Cisetti as celebrant.  A committal service with full military honors will follow at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Leavenworth National Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 5 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.  Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Therese Catholic Church.  Memories and condolences of Mr. Schoenrock may be left for the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Francis N. "Bud" Pitcher

Francis N. “Bud” Pitcher, 89 of Kansas City (North) MO passed away, Monday, December 12, 2011 in Warrensburg, MO. Bud was born January 4, 1922 to Bertha (Grisham) and Edwin Earl Pitcher in Platte County; he lived there his entire life.

Bud entered the Army October 29, 1942, and was discharged November 14, 1945. He served as a Radio Operator during World War II and stormed Omaha Beach on D-Day. He later received a Bronze Service Arrowhead and Good Conduct Medal for his service. He married Katharine Aikmus on October 25, 1947, in Parkville, MO, at the Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel located on the campus of Park College. They remained in the Parkville area to raise their two daughters Melinda and Penny. Bud spent his working career as a truck driver for Ralston Purina for 43 years.

Bud was preceded in death by his wife Katharine Pitcher in 2000; brother, James William Pitcher; sisters, Annabelle Campbell and Lela Niemann. He is survived by daughters Melinda Perry, Independence, MO and Penny Easterwood, Warrensburg, MO; grandchildren Emily Erisman, Adam Easterwood, and Chris Love; great-grandchildren Hannah Riddle, Nate Riddle, and Jackson Easterwood.

Services will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 17, 2011 at the Platte Woods United Methodist Church, 7310 NW Prairie View Road, Kansas City, MO 64151. Visitation at 10:00 a.m.,one hour prior to the service at the church with Rev. Steve Breon officiating. Interment with full military honors will follow at Mt. Moriah South. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Platte Woods United Methodist Church Music Department or the Warrensburg High School noted for Bud Pitcher Veterans’ Recognition Programs. Memories of Bud and condolences to the family may be sent to www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Judith "Judy" Sander

Judy Laughlin Sander, 67, a resident of Weatherby Lake, MO since 1975, passed away December 7, 2011 surrounded by her loving family.  She was born in Kansas City, MO on November 18, 1944.  Her family moved to Springfield, MO and later moved back to Kansas City where she attended Eastminster Presbyterian Church, Scarritt Grade School, Northeast High School, Kansas City Junior College and UMKC.

She married Jim Sander, whom she had known since second grade on April 1, 1967 in Independence, MO.   Judy taught in the Kansas City, MO School District for seven years; worked at the Plaza Library in the children’s dept., Graden Library and was a librarian at Winnetonka High School in the North Kansas City School District for 20 years before she retired in 2005.  She was a member of North Kansas City American Federation of Teachers, Missouri Association of School Librarians, and North Kansas City Librarians Association.  She loved her family, reading, animals, music, living at Weatherby Lake and walking the trails in Weston State Park.  Judy was active in the Race for the Cure and the Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation.

Survivors include her husband, Jim; daughters, Amy Sander, Lara Sander, Joy Gogan and her husband, Kevin Gogan; grandsons, Max and Connor Gogan; and her nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Larita and Ethan Laughlin; siblings, Wanda Byrd, Margaret Roberts and Johnny Dale Laughlin.  Judy will be greatly missed by her family, friends and beloved pets, Reggie and Pépe.  The family would like to thank the staff at: St. Luke’s North, especially, our dear friend Marsha, St. Luke’s Cancer Center and NorthCare Hospice House.

A memorial service celebrating Judy’s life will be held 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at the Pine Ridge Presbyterian Church with Rev. Jim Gordon officiating.  The family will receive friends from 5-6:30 p.m. prior to the service.  Memorial contributions are suggested to The Pet Connection Animal Shelter or the American Cancer Society and may be left in care of the Meyers Funeral Chapel Northland, 401 Main St. Parkville, MO 64152.  Memories of Judy and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

John Henry Rapp

John Henry Rapp, 80, a Northland resident in Kansas City, MO passed away Wednesday, December 7, 2011 surrounded by his wife, son John, and daughter LyDea at his home.  He was born November 3, 1931 in Milo, Mo to Elzie and Iva (Arbuckle) Rapp.  John attended school in Sheldon, MO and was a veteran of the United States Air Force.

He was retired from TWA in Kansas City, MO where he was employed for almost 40 years as an Aircraft Maintenance Instructor.  Following his retirement, he worked as a transport facilitator for the Platte County Board of Services.  In the late sixties and early seventies he served as the Fire Chief for the Parkville Volunteer Fire Department.  John was a member of the Elk’s Lodge in Gladstone, MO.  In his spare time he enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.  He also enjoyed gardening, singing, playing his guitar and telling jokes.  John was an avid story teller and enjoyed making people laugh.

He married Livia Dirck on January 8, 1971 in Miami, OK.  She survives of the home.  Additional survivors include four children, John Rapp (Janet), Gladstone, MO, LyDea Bishop (James), Gladstone, MO, Carla Hughes (Gary), Brookfield, MO and Cheryl Juilleratt, Breaux Bridge, LA; one sister, Sharon Albertson; four brothers, Donald, Robert, B.J. and David Rapp; seven grandchildren, Keagan, Jessica, Tanner, Lynsie, Rylan, Alex and Miranda; two great grandchildren, Skylar and Sadie.  He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister and four brothers.

A funeral service celebrating his life will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday December 12, 2011 at Tiffany Fellowship Church with Rev. Barry Clair officiating.  Burial will follow at Line Creek Cemetery, Platte Woods, MO with military honors.  The family will receive friends on Saturday, December 10, 2011 from 2-5:00 p.m. at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, MO.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Kansas City Hospice and may be left in care of the funeral home.  Memories of John and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Althea M. Judson

Althea M. Judson, 91, a Kansas City North, MO resident passed away on Wednesday November 30, 2011.  Althea was born on September 21, 1920 in Erieville, New York to Elise (Thompson) and John Marshall.

Althea was a Christian by faith.  She was a member of the Eastern Star Association.  Althea will forever be remembered as a loving mother and grandmother.

Althea was preceded in death by her parents, John and Elise Marshall; husband, Earl M. Judson; two brothers: Bernie Marshall, Jack Bray, and one sister, Dorothy Stephens.  She is survived by three sons, Bruce M. Judson and wife, Judy of Burlington, MA, John A. Judson and wife, Judy of Clearwater, FL; Michael R. Judson and wife, Kay of Kansas City North, MO; grandchildren: Laura (Judson) Cox and husband, Eddie of Clearwater, FL, Jennifer (Judson) Jankowski and husband, Bobby of Burlington, MA, Jerilyn (Judson) Palton and husband, John of Woburn, MA, Jill (Judson) Heafey and husband, David of Tewskbury, MA, William Judson and wife, Amy of Scheds, NY, Cathy Philips of Manilus, NY, Elizabeth Martini of Manilus, NY, Vicki Martini of Brewerton, NY, and David Cox of Cacenovia, NY.  There are numerous great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

Burial for Althea will be decided at a later date in New York.  Memories of Althea and condolences to the family may be sent to www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Donna Joan "Jo" Williams

Donna Joan “Jo” Williams, 74, resident of Parkville, MO passed away on Wednesday, November 23, 2011 at the NorthCare Hospice House.  Jo was born May 28, 1937 in Garden City, KS to Emma Capatola (McVay) and William Henry Bowers.  Donna Joan Bowers was united in marriage with Amos R. Williams, DDS on September 7, 1963 in Sterling, KS.

Jo was a Christian by faith; she was a member at the New Hope Nazarene Church.  Jo will forever be remembered as a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

Jo was preceded in death by her parents.  She is survived by her beloved husband, Amos R. Williams of the home; her loving daughter, Heather Lindquist and her husband, Wes of Kansas City, MO; and a beautiful granddaughter, Danielle Lindquist.

The family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m., Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at the New Hope Nazarene Church 4330 N. Oak Trafficway Kansas City, MO.  The Memorial service will follow at 2 p.m., at the church with Pastor David Williams and Sr. Pastor Chris Schroeder officiating.  Inurnment will be 2 p.m., Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at the Riverside Cemetery, Waterville, KS. Memorial contributions may be made to NorthCare Hospice House c/o Meyers Funeral Chapel 401 Main St. Parkville, MO 64152.  Memories of Jo and condolences to the family may be sent to www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Stella Emily Tluscik

Stella E. Tluscik, 88, passed away Sunday, November 20, 2011 at Select Specialty Hospital, surrounded by her family.

She was a loving and dedicated wife and mother, spending her years as a homemaker. Prior to her marriage in 1946, she worked for a time as a legal secretary, and then, during the war years, as a secretary at the North American Aviation plant in the Fairfax District. She enjoyed cooking and baking, polka dancing, and doing volunteer work for the Providence Medical Center Auxiliary, where she was the corresponding secretary.  She was a member of the Don Lipovac Booster Club, Christ the King Catholic Church and its Altar Society, and the National Polish Alliance.

Stella was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Edmund Tluscik; her parents, Rose (Schreatter) and Joseph Michalski; and her sister and brother-in-law, Clara and Joseph Peresko. She is survived by two daughters, Diana Houston (Ken) of St. Paul, MN, and Linda Knight (Jack) of Bonner Springs, KS; a son, Russell Tluscik (Elizabeth) of Gladstone, MO; eight grandchildren, Matthew Knight (Amy), Angela Sjostrom (Keith), Christopher Houston (Cathy), Carla Wheeler (Patrick), Timothy Knight, and Samuel, Emily, and Greg Tluscik; six great-grandchildren with two more expected soon; sister’s-in-law, Florence Hamilton and Janet Tluscik; and many nieces and nephews.

Stella was famous for her delicious cheesecake, as to which Walter Cronkite once remarked that it was the best he had even eaten, the world over. Rest assured that Ed & Stella are dancing the polka once again, and that there will be cheesecake in heaven for dessert this Thanksgiving.

Visitation will be at the Church and will begin at 10:00 a.m. Friday, November 25, 2011, preceding The Mass of Christian Burial which will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. at Christ the King Catholic Church, 3024 N. 53rd St., Kansas City, KS.  Memorial Contributions may be made to Christ the King School or to the KU Alzheimer’s Disease Center.   Memories of Stella and condolences to the family may be sent to www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.  Meyers Funeral Chapel Northland has been entrusted with final arrangements.

Liam Leroy Benton

Liam Leroy Benton, 3 month old infant son of Jim and Leigh (Sullivan) Benton of Parkville, MO passed away suddenly on Saturday, November 19, 2011 at his home.

Additional survivors include his paternal grandparents, William and Carolyn Benton of Plattsburg, MO; maternal grandparents, Martin and Vicki Sullivan of Lake in the Hills, IL; paternal great grandparents, Richard and Gloria Benton of Florida and Marion Riedle of Illinois; maternal great grandparents, Pat and Lee Hammerel of Tennessee and Jane Sullivan of Illinois.

A memorial service to celebrate Liam’s life here on earth will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, November 25, 2011 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.  Condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Jessica L. Laws

Jessica Lorraine Laws, 27, passed away suddenly on Sunday, November 13, 2011, in Kenosha, Wisconsin.  She is survived by her parents, Catherine (Cathie) Laws and Berry F. Laws III; her brother and sister, Spencer Laws and Tracy Lally; paternal grandparents, Patsey and Berry F. Laws, Jr.; aunts Sandy McDowell, Jacqui Thomas, Dana Dalton, Cathy Laws, and Denise Laws; uncles Denny Laws, Emmitt Thomas, and Jim Dalton; and numerous cousins and friends.

Jessica grew up in Kansas City, Missouri and attended Park Hill High School.  She was a free spirit and a gifted artist with a smile that would light up a room.  Jessica was quick-witted and had a sense of humor that kept everyone laughing.  Jessica will be forever in our hearts.

A gathering of family and friends to celebrate her life will be held on Tuesday, November 29, 2011, between the hours of 6:00 and 8:00 p.m., at the Meyers Northland Chapel, 401 Main Street, Parkville, Missouri 64152.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Jessica’s memory be made to The Healing House, 4400 St. John Avenue, Kansas City, Missouri 64123.  Memories of Jessica and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Katherine Caroline Tordsen

A wonderful daughter, sibling, wife, mother, grandmother and good friend to many, Katherine Caroline (Horstman) Tordsen, daughter of Philip Charles Horstman and Louise Marie (Antritter) Horstman, was born on March 14, 1913, at Round Lake, Minnesota.  She grew up in Round Lake, attending Shady Nook East School during her grade school years and graduating from Round Lake High School in 1929.  Her higher education included attending and graduating from a teacher’s training school in Worthington, Minnesota, and then teaching in Nobles County and Jackson County Schools.

Katherine was married to Harry Tordsen, of Lakefield, Minnesota, a St. Cloud Teachers College graduate, and also a school teacher, on January 23, 1937, in Parker, South Dakota.  Katherine and Harry continued teaching until Harry began working in law enforcement, after which they moved to Jackson, Minnesota, where they both worked in law enforcement from 1939 to 1969.

Following their retirement in 1969, they moved to a farm in the Okabena/Heron Lake area, in Jackson County.  After living there for eight years, they then moved to Lakefield, where they resided together until Harry’s death in March of 2000.

Katherine moved from Lakefield, Minnesota, in the summer of 2001, to Kansas City, Missouri, to live near her youngest daughter, Carol.  She resided there until she passed away on December 24, 2011, at a care center in Kansas City, Missouri.  She was 98 years old.

Katherine is survived by three daughters: Eugenia Nedry of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota; Patricia Moser of Shingletown, California; Carol Burch of Parkville, Missouri; eight grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.  Katherine and her husband also had one American Field Service student/daughter, who lived with their family in 1962, Airi Prusi of Finland.

Katherine, whose main hobbies were collecting antiques, baking bread, knitting Barbie doll clothes, and teaching sewing classes, was a past member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Jackson and now a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Lakefield.  She and her husband were past charter members of the Jackson Golf Club, and she was a past member and officer of Eastern Star.

Katherine was preceded in death by her parents Philip and Louise; by her husband Harry; and by three brothers and one sister.

No services will be held at this time.  Katherine will be honored later in Parkville, MO; in celebration of her life.

Memorial contributions may be made to Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 401 7th Avenue, Lakefield, MN, 56150 or Crossroads Hospice, Suite 150, 2900 N.E. 60th Terr; Gladstone, MO, 64119, in memory of Katherine C. Tordsen.

Wylene Brimmer

Wylene Brimmer was born on January 30, 1939 in Leary, Georgia to the late Lillie Mae (Holmes) and Willis Singleton.  She is the third of five children born to this union.

Wylene sought Christ early in life and was baptized in the family church, St. Maryland Baptist Church. She was a devoted member of Day Springs Baptist Church (GA); Greater Harvest Baptist Church (NJ); and Mount Washington Missionary Baptist Church (MO).

Wylene attended the public schools of Georgia and graduated from Pine Vale High School in Valdosta. She married her childhood friend and high school sweetheart Ira Brimmer Jr. on August 28, 1958. Added to their union of fifty years a son Jonathan E. and daughter Winifred E. (Edwards) were born.

Wylene lived her life for faith, family, and work.  A loving wife and mother, Wylene believed working was good for the soul.  The biblical and ethical belief that “You reap what you sow” was instilled in her during her youth. This was displayed through her praise and worship at the aforementioned churches, in her development of strong, loving relationships with family, friends and strangers; although they were not strangers for long. Her willingness to lend a listening ear, defend you to the end or share her opinion (like it or not) was, always readily available.  Always a dedicated and hard worker Wylene’s vast employment history included her family’s small diner Deuce’s Wild, Georgia Pecan Factory and Woodbridge State School.  She retired from Park University and North Kansas City Hospital.

Wylene departed this life on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 to move to her heavenly home.  She was preceded in death by her mother Lillie Mae, father Willis, husband Ira Brimmer, Jr., and brother RC (Pete) Singleton. Those left to cherish her memories are her sisters Willie Mae Alderman (Theo), Charlene Singleton, DeLois Young (Vernon) all of Detroit, MI, Lynette Laster (Kerry), Jacqueline Johnson (William), sister-in-law Minnie Kate Singleton, step-mother Kate Singleton, step-brother Tomas Moore, and step-sister Ann Herron of Valdosta, GA; her children Jonathan Brimmer and Winifred Edwards (Levester) of Kansas City, MO.  Her grandchildren Sabrina Taylor (Kenneth) of Omaha, NE; Daphne Rambo, Edsel Edwards, and Jasmine Pasley of Kansas City, MO; Jaris Kindred (Robert) of Overland Park, KS; Tasha Hayes of Kansas City, KS; Erika West of Manhattan, KS; Taj Brimmer of Kansas City, KS and twenty great-grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

A funeral service celebrating her life will be 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 23, 2011 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, where visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m.  Following the service family and friends will process to Leavenworth National Cemetery 150 Muncie Road Leavenworth, KS, where a committal service will be held at 2:30 p.m.   Memories of Wylene and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Darlene Eisler

Darlene Eisler, 78, a Northland resident in Kansas City, MO died Tuesday, November 2, 2011 at North Kansas City Hospital.  She was born May 11, 1933 in Montrose, MO to Henry J. and Viola (Rotert) Engelhart.  She was a graduate of Montrose High School.

Darlene had worked as the purchasing agent for the former Interstate Securities Corp. in Kansas City.  She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend.  Darlene was most proud of her two sons.  She had been a member of St. Therese Catholic Church since 1968 and was active in the church choir.  She was also a member of Holy Family Catholic Church choir and the Northland Community Choir.

She married William O’Neill Eisler on June 19, 1968 at Christ the King Catholic Church in Kansas City, MO.  Bill survives of the home.  Additional survivors include two sons, Sean O’Neill Eisler and wife, Haley of Parkville, MO and Patrick William Eisler and wife, Heather of Kansas City North, MO; three grandchildren, Jacob O’Neill Eisler, Jessica Eisler and Kathryn Eisler; niece, Gayle Magoon and nephew, Jim Lesmeister.  She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Laverne Lesmeister.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 5, 2011 at St. Therese Catholic Church with Rev. Michael Roach as celebrant.  Interment will follow at Resurrection North Cemetery in Kansas City, MO.  The family will receive friends at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, November 5, 2011 at the church.  Memorial contributions are suggested to NorthCare Hospice or the Alzheimer’s Association.  The Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville has been entrusted with the final arrangements.  Memories of Darlene and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Margaret E. "Peggy" Wagener

Margaret WagnerMargaret 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.

Cathy Heller

Cathy HellerCathy Jo Heller, 52, a  resident of Gladstone, MO passed away Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at the North  Kansas City Hospital.  She was born May  21, 1959 in Kansas City, MO to James F. and Virginia (Daly) Heller.

Cathy was a member of  the First Baptist Church of North Kansas City and worked for many years at VSI,  a sheltered workshop in North Kansas City.   Cathy was an avid sports fan and enjoyed participating in the Special  Olympics, dancing and cheering for the Royals and Chiefs.  She also enjoyed listening to Elvis and  drinking Dr. Pepper.  Cathy had a true  love for life and her family.

Survivors include her  siblings: James Steven Heller (Deborah) of Gladstone, MO, Robert “Bobby” Heller  of Newton, KS, Mark Heller (Karen) of Excelsior Springs, MO, Mary Ann Shaw  (John) of Beatrice, NE, Dennis Heller (Sandy) of Kansas City, MO, Kenny Heller  (Kay) of Kingsville, MO and Diane Heller of Kansas City, MO.  Her parents preceded her in death.

A memorial  service celebrating Cathy’s life will be held 2:00 p.m. Thursday, January 5,  2012 at the First Baptist Church of North Kansas City with Rev. Tiger  Pennington officiating.  Memories of  Cathy and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Charlie Crocker

Charlie CrockerCharles E. “Charlie” Crocker, 53, a resident of Nevada, MO, formerly of Parkville, MO, passed away on Saturday January 14, 2012. Charles was born September 30, 1958 to Gertrude (Geiselhart) and Charles S. Crocker in Kansas City, MO.

Charlie worked as a foreman for the Union Pacific Railroad, prior to starting his own business eight years ago; C&C Trucking. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Nevada, MO. He took pride in giving back to the community in which he lived in. The FOE motto is…we are the Eagles and we are “People Helping People.” Charlie also enjoyed fishing, watching NASCAR races and football, and riding his motorcycle.

Charlie was preceded in death by his mother. He is survived by a son, Charles Andrew “Andy” Crocker and wife, Crystal of North Little Rock, AR; one granddaughter, Londyn; his father, Charles S. Crocker of Parkville, MO; and four siblings, Doris Jean Claspill and husband, Darrel of Clinton, MO, Dennis Noble Day and wife, Bonnie Rob of Kansas City (North), MO, Liz Crocker of Parkville, MO and Steven Alfred Crocker and wife, Georgette of Kansas City (North), MO; many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 5 – 7 p.m., Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at Meyers Funeral Chapel Northland 401 Main St. Parkville, MO 64152. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m., Thursday, January 19, 2012 at the chapel. Burial will follow at Walnut Grove Cemetery in Parkville, MO.

Pete Tsakonas

Pete TsakonasPete Anastasios Tsakonas, 80, a Northland resident in Kansas City, MO (Parkville area) passed away Friday, February 17, 2012 at his residence.  He was born October 25, 1931 in Zevgolatio, Corinth Greece to Anastasious and Sophia (Karakouse) Tsakonas.  He attended schools in Greece and was a veteran of the Greek Air Force.

Pete moved to the United States in 1962 and became a U.S. citizen on June 30, 1967.  He received his AMP license and worked as a lead aircraft mechanic for TWA in Kansas City, MO.  He retired from there on November 1, 1993 following 26 years of service.  He was a member of the TWA Seniors, AHEPA, and Parkville American Legion Post #183.  He was a longtime member of the Platte County Community Center South YMCA in Parkville, where he recently was awarded the Silver Sneakers Award for having the most visits of any current member.  Pete was a proud member of AA and just recently received his five year coin.

He married Billie Konomos on August 16, 1963 in Kansas City, MO.  She preceded him in death.  Also preceding him in death were his parents and a brother, Harris Giokas. Survivors include three daughters, Stacie A. Miller of St. Louis, MO, Ginger T. Witthar and fiancé John Ragona of Kansas City, MO and Christie E. Breuax and husband Jeff of Kansas City, MO; three sisters, Giorgia Vardouniotes of Xylokastron, Carinth Greece, Toula Hassouras of Brisbane, old Australia and Maria Parthenopoulos of Kansas City, MO; four grandchildren, Alexandra, Nicole, Ava and Christopher.

The visitation will be 5:00-7:00 p.m. Monday, February 20, 2012 at St. Therese Catholic Church, 7207 NW 9 Highway, Kansas City, MO 64152, where a Trisagion service will be held at 6:00 p.m.  The funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at St. Dionysios Greek Orthodox Christian Church, 8100 W. 95th St., Overland Park, KS 66212 with Fr. Nicholas Papedo presiding.  The Committal service will follow at Calvary Cemetery, Kansas City, MO.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to St. Dionysios Greek Orthodox Christian Church and may be left in care of the Meyers Northland Chapel, 401 Main St. Parkville, MO 64152.  Memories of Pete and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Charles "Dean" Nuhn

Charles NuhnCharles “Dean” Nuhn, 65, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO, passed away on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 in Liberty, MO.  Dean was born June 17, 1946 to Claud and Helen (Jackson) Nuhn.  He married Marsha Sampson on June 15, 1966 in Mexico.

Dean received his BS in Geography from Northeast MO State Teachers College in Kirksville, MO; MA in Education from the University of Illinois in Urbana, IL.  He returned to school to receive a Masters in Divinity degree from Midwest Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, MO.

Dean was a woodworking teacher at Proviso West High School in Hillside, IL and a K-12 Principal in Bevier, MO. He was self-employed as a carpenter; remodeling homes and business spaces. He was the pastor of a small country church for a short time.  Dean was able to combine his passions of carpentry, evangelism and travel to pursue his international ministries.  He was blessed to travel to all 50 states and 35 countries with family and friends. Dean’s greatest enjoyment came from wrestling with his eight grandchildren.

Survivors include, wife Marsha of the home; son, Tony Nuhn and wife, Jonni of Kearney, MO, daughter, Deana (Nuhn) Meyer and husband, Kirk of Parkville, MO, and son, Steve Nuhn and wife, Molly of Moberly, MO; eight grandchildren, Ashley, Ryan, Daniel, Spencer, Frank, Emily, Caroline, and Ella; two brothers, Gary Nuhn and wife, Priscilla of Novinger, MO, and Stephen Nuhn and wife, Elaine of Anabel, MO; nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 5-7:00 p.m. Friday, January 13, 2012 at the Meyers Northland Chapel, 401 Main St. Parkville, MO 64152.  A funeral service celebrating Dean’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 14th at the funeral chapel.  Graveside services and burial will follow at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the LaPlata Cemetery (new addition, east of Highway 63), LaPlata, MO.  Following the graveside service, family will receive friends at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center in LaPlata.  Memorial contributions are welcomed to the Grace to You Radio Ministry c/o Meyers Funeral Chapel.

Mary M. Lloyd

 

Mary LloydMary M. Lloyd, 94, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO. passed away, Thursday, January 12, 2012 surrounded by her loving family.  Mary was born March 12, 1917 in Delavan, Illinois to  Alabama Crow  and Clyde Stephens. Mary spent her youth growing-up in Murphysboro and Chicago, Illinois.   She graduated from Woodstock High School in Illinois in 1935 and from Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, IA in 1968.  Mary was united in marriage to Edward (Ted) James Lloyd on March 21, 1940, in Raton, New Mexico.

Over the next 25 years, Mary and Ted lived in Florence, Colorado, North Platte, Nebraska, Greely, Colorado, Cedar Rapids, Iowa and El Paso, Texas.  Mary worked as a dental technician and a real estate agent.  Mary moved to Kansas City, MO in 2008, to live with her daughter.  She attended church at Platte Woods United Methodist Church.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, four siblings, and her husband.  She is survived by daughter, Phyllis “Jodi” Upright and her husband, J.W. of Kansas City North, MO; three grandchildren, Brad Bechtel (Dawna) of Wichita, KS, Brian Bechtel (Sheri) of Kansas City North, MO and Kelly Upright of Butte MT.

A funeral service celebrating Mary’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, January 16, 2012 at the Meyers Northland Chapel, 401 Main St. Parkville, MO 64152.  Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. Monday at the funeral chapel.  Graveside services and burial will take place at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 17th at Lincoln Memorial Cemetery, Lincoln, NE.  In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. Luke’s Hospital Hospice c/o Meyers Funeral Chapel.  Memories of Mary and condolences to the family may be sent to www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Virginia Gray

Virginia GrayVirginia Lee Gray, 79, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO (Platte Woods area) passed away at her home on Thursday, February 16, 2012 surrounded by her loving family.  Virginia was born, March 1, 1932 to Ray and Lela (Lacy) Camerer in Fairview, MO.  She graduated from Butler, MO High School.

On September 6, 1952 Virginia was united in marriage to Lawrence M. Gray.  Virginia had worked at various jobs; she worked at a lens factory in Butler, MO, TWA Overhaul base, Park College and volunterred at the Platte County Voting Polls for many years.  She enjoyed playing cards, participating in the neighborhood Pitch club and tending to her flowers.  She was a Christian in faith. Virginia will always be remembered as a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her parents and three sisters: Dorothy, Marjorie and Betts.  Virginia is survived by her loving husband, Larry Gray of the home; daughter, Vicki Porter of Parkville, MO and son, Gary Gray of Kansas City, MO; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; three sisters: Ava Nell Wix of Butler, MO, Wilma Jean Mize of Platte County, MO and Karen Calkins, of Overland Park, KS; three brothers, Floyd Camerer of Ada, OK, Don Camerer of Adrian, MO and Ronnie Camerer of Adrian, MO.

The family will receive friends from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, MO.  A committal service will follow at 2:30 p.m. at the Leavenworth National Cemetery 150 Muncie Road Leavenworth, Kansas with Chaplain Chuck Hallin of NorthCare Hospice officiating.  Memories of Virginia and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Adeline “Joann” Chaplin

Joann ChaplinAdeline “Joann” Chaplin, 60, a resident of Kansas City (North), MO, passed away Thursday, January 12, 2012 at North Kansas City Hospital. Joann was born April 25, 1951 to Adeline Joann (Guidici) and Ferdinand Richard DiiBon, in Kansas City, MO.

Joann worked for several railroad companies in the Kansas City area. She retired from Union Pacific Railroad after 20 years of dedicated service as a Crew Driver. Joann received awards and recognition from the railroad for her accident free driving; in excess of 2 million miles, transporting fellow employees from station-to-station.

Joann will be remembered a woman who would stop in her tracks to help a friend, neighbor or animal in need. She was always willing to drive her neighbors to the store or a Dr. appointment. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother. Survivors include her two children: son, Antonio “Mak” and wife, Kathleen Musiakiewicz of Kansas City (North), MO, daughter, Maria L. Musiakiewicz of Kansas City (North), MO; four beautiful grandchildren, Blake and Angel Mills, Desiree Mitchell and Aiden Musiakiewicz; one sister, Sandy Blundell; nieces and nephews; and many dear friends.

The family will receive friends from 3-4 p.m., Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at Meyers Funeral Chapel Northland, 401 Main St. Parkville, MO. No services are scheduled. Cremation. Memorial Contributions may be made to Animals in Need, 2520 N.W. Vivion Rd. Riverside, MO 64151.

Jim Dale Nichols

Jim NicholsJim Nichols, 64, a Northland resident in Kansas City, MO died at the North Kansas City Hospital on February 21, 2012.

Jim graduated from Park Hill High School and UMKC.  He was a veteran of the United States Coast Guard and served during the Vietnam era.  He married Dorothy Johnson in 1973, and they made their home in Kansas City.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy; son, Mark; daughter-in-law, Beth Correll; grandchildren, Jasmine, Angela and Jordan Nichols; brothers, Gary Hooker and Denton Nichols

A Memorial service will be held 9:00 a.m. Saturday, February 25, 2012 at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 900 NE Shady Lane Dr. Kansas City, MO 64118 with Deacon Jerry Williams officiating.  A private Committal service will be held at Leavenworth National Cemetery.  The Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville has been entrusted with the final arrangements.

Mary Ann (Disciacca) McCall

Mary Ann McCall, 83, a Northland resident in Kansas City, MO passed away Thursday evening, January 19, 2012 at the NorthCare Hospice House.  She was born May 17, 1928 in Kansas City to Frank and Mamie (Scola) Disciacca.  She graduated from Glennon High School in Kansas City.

Mary Ann had been a member of St. Therese Parish in Parkville since it was founded in 1951.  She worked in the Early Education Center at St. Therese for many years.  She was a constant contributor to the family business, Papa Franks and Frank’s Italian Restaurant in Parkville, MO.  Over the years Mary Ann made thousands of meatballs.  She made them for family, friends, former Governor’s and Congressman, her church and the restaurant.   She was very family oriented and had a great love for her God, family and friends.

She married James W. McCall on July 3, 1955 in Kansas City.  He preceded her in death.  In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Frank T. McCall; a brother, Joe and his wife, Marie; a sister, Angie Musso and her husband, Shano.

Survivors include three sons, James E. McCall and wife Patricia (Pie) of Parkville, MO, Donald W. McCall and wife Kelly of Phoenix, AZ, Mark T. McCall of Higginsville, MO; a daughter, Judith A. McCall of Higginsville, MO; five grandchildren, Sean Gray, Daniel McCall, Luke Gray, Brent McCall and Tyler McCall; two great grandchildren, McKenna and Mason Gray; brother-in-laws, Tom McCall and wife Barbara and John McCall and wife Marilyn; and a host of nieces, nephews and extended family members and friends.

The body will lie-in-state and friends may pay their respects on Monday, January 23, 2012 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville. The rosary will be recited at 3:00 p.m. and the family will receive friends from 4:00 -8:00 p.m.   The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:00 a.m. Tuesday at St. Therese Catholic Church with Rev. Joe Cisetti as celebrant.  Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Higginsville State School in care of Patriots Bank in Parkville.  Memories of Mary Ann and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Irma O. Mazariegos

Irma MazariegosIrma Mazariegos, 76, of Kansas City, MO passed away Wednesday, February 29, 2012 surrounded by her loving family.  She was born February 28, 1936 in Guatemala City, Guatemala.   Irma was raised by her parents, Jose and Maria Luisa (Zelada) Mejia and educated in Guatemala.  She became a citizen of the United States of America on February 21, 1995.

While in Guatemala, Irma worked as a secretary for a local newspaper prior to owning her own beauty salon.  She enjoyed spending time with her family and her God was very important to her.

She married Mauro Monterroso in Guatemala in 1964.  He preceded her in death.  Also preceding her in death were her parents and two siblings.  Survivors include a daughter, Astrid and husband Adolph of Kansas City, MO (North); a son, Juan Benjamin and wife Brenda of Guatemala; two sisters, Gloria and Maria Del Carmen of Guatemala; five grandchildren, Melanie, Stephen, Jonathan, Rodrigo and Maria Fernanda.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 3, 2012 at St. Therese Catholic Church with Rev. Joe Cisetti, celebrant.  Following the mass, the family will prepare for burial in Guatemala.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the family to assist with the burial in Guatemala.

Jorge Tapia, Sr.

Meyers Funeral ChapelsJorge Tapia, Sr., 89, a Northland resident in Kansas City, Mo passed away Sunday, February 5, 2012 at St. Luke’s Northland Hospital.  He was born April 23, 1922 in Mexico City, D.F. to Donato and Marie Lusia (Rivera) Tapia. 

Jorge was a member of St. Therese Catholic Church.  He spent the majority of his working years as a blacksmith and a butcher.  He had a great zest for life and a love for people.  He enjoyed dancing and spending time with family and friends.  Jorge was a friend to everyone who knew him.

He married Eugenia Campos on February 14, 1949 in Wyandotte County, KS.  They would have celebrated 63 years together this month.  She survives of the home.  Additional survivors include five children, Carlos Mario Tapia of Kansas City, KS; Jorge Tapia, Jr. (Marie) of Olathe, KS; Yolanda Tapia of Kansas City, MO; Rene Tapia of Kansas City, MO and Leticia Gutierrez (Rueben) of Olathe, KS; a sister, Maria Elena Tapia de Rodriguez, Mexico City, D.F. and seven grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, and a grandson.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, February 9, 2012 at St. Therese Catholic Church with Rev. Evan Harkins as celebrant.  Visitation from 10-11:00 a.m. prior to the mass.  Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Therese and may be left in care of the Meyers Northland Chapel.

Diane M. Shoop

Diane M. Shoop, 43, a Northland resident in Kansas City, MO passed away Tuesday, January 17, 2012 in Kansas City.  She was born June 26, 1968 in Leavenworth, KS to Linus Francis and Linda Jo (Witter) Conrad.  She graduated from Platte County High School and Colorado Technical University. 

Diane was currently employed by First Student, a bus transportation company employed by the Park Hill School District.  She was of the Lutheran faith.  She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

Survivors include her parents and two children, Aaron M. Shaffer and Jessica L. Shaffer, both of Kansas City; two brothers, David M. Conrad of North Kansas City, MO and Danny M. Conrad and wife, Christy of Parkville, MO; and one grandchild on the way.  She was preceded in death by a son, Michael S. Conrad.

A memorial service celebrating Diane’s life will be held 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.  The family will receive friends from 3-4:00 p.m. prior to the service.  Memorial contributions are suggested to the Midwest Transplant Network and may be left in care of the funeral home.  Memories of Diane and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Suzanne Evette Sapien

Suzanne Sapien, 43, a Northland resident, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, January 20, 2012 at St. luke's Northland Hospital.  She was born March 22, 1968 in Wichta Falls, TX.  Suzanne graduated high school in Hawaii and received a BS in Finance from Park University. 

She married Patrick A. Sapien on July 19, 2001 in Caro, MI.  He survives of the home.  Additional survivors include her children, Andrew Sapien of Licking, MO, CPL Chauncy Sapien USMC of San Diego, CA, Megan Allen and husband David of Hawaii, Dustin Tietjens of Kansas City, MO and Mary Jane Sapien of Kansas City, MO; one granddaughter, Evette Michelle Allen of Hawaii.  Her mother, Maureen E. Sullivan preceded her in death.

A gathering of family and friends to share memories and celebrate Suzanne's life will be held 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.  Cremation will follow the gathering.  Memories and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Michael W. Freeman

Mike Freeman, 61, a resident of Lake Waukomis, MO passed away late Monday evening, March 5, 2012 at his home.  He was born December 15, 1950 in Kansas City, KS to Charles and Ermalee (Gibson) Freeman.  Mike graduated from Wyandotte High School.  He received a BA from the University of Kansas and an MBA from Webster University.

 Mike was employed by the United States Department of Defense and worked at Ft. Leavenworth, KS since 1979.  He was awarded the Department of the Army’s Meritorious Civilian Service Award for his many years of service.  He was very patriotic and was proud to have a son and daughter-in-law serving in the US Air Force. 

 Mike had a great love for people, reggae, nature and KU basketball.  In the summer of 2011 he completed a life goal of following the Lewis and Clark Trail all the way to the ocean.  Above all, his greatest love was for his family who knew he gave hearty hugs and overly enthusiastic back slaps.

 His wife Sara E. Carney whom he married on April 19, 1975 in Rolla, MO survives him.  Additional survivors include a daughter, Julia Freeman and husband, Steven Miller of Seattle, WA; a son, Ryan Freeman and wife, Kristin of Enid, OK; his step-mother, Margaret “Boo” Freeman of St. Joseph, MO; a brother, Gary Freeman of Omaha, NE; and niece, Jessica Moritz-Humphrey, husband, Donnie, and great nieces Faith and Hope of Rolla, MO.

 Family and friends will gather to celebrate Mike’s life from 3-5:00 p.m. Saturday, March 10, 2012 at the Parkville American Legion in downtown Parkville, MO where he volunteered.  A private memorial service will be held at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.  Mike’s final resting place will be on the family farm in Rolla, M0, which has been in the family since the Civil War.  Memorial contributions are suggested to the Michael Freeman Scholarship Fund, to be established for family and friends to assist with higher education and may be left in care of the Meyers Funeral Chapel Northland, 401 Main St. Parkville, MO 64152.  Memories of Mike and condolences may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.  As Mike would say...ROCK CHALK!

Bruce Michael Edwards

Bruce Michael Edwards, 54, of Parkville, MO passed away Thursday, January 26, 2012 following a courageous battle against ALS.  He was born May 14, 1957 in Massillon, OH to Russell H. and Dorothy (Bremkamp) Edwards.  Bruce grew up in Massillon and graduated from Washington High School in 1976.

Bruce had a long career in the can packaging industry.  Prior to his retirement in December, 2010, he worked for Silgan Container Corporation as a technical service representative.  Bruce was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Leavenworth and a member of the masonic lodge in Massillon.  In his youth, Bruce was active in scouting, achieving the rank of Eagle Scout.  Bruce was an avid cycling fan, loved to travel, and spend time outdoors.  Since being diagnosed with ALS, Bruce was very involved with the Keith Worthington ALS Chapter, raising money and awareness for ALS research.

He married Mary Jane “Janie” Nass of Atchison, KS on October 15, 1988 in North Canton, OH.  She survives of the home in Parkville.  Additional survivors include two sons, Scott (Casey) of Augusta, GA and Alex of Parkville, MO; and his mother, Dorothy “Dottie” Edwards of Massillon, OH.  His father preceded him in death.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Monday, January 30, 2012 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.  A Burial service will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, at the corner of Seventh and Seneca streets in Leavenworth, KS, with (the Very Rev.) Michael Munro officiating.  Lunch follows in the Parish Hall.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to ALS Promise Fund - Bruce’s Battalion (www.alspromise.org), St. Paul’s Episcopal Church or Massillon Area Greenways, Inc. (MAGI) and may be left in care of the Meyers Northland Chapel, 401 Main St. Parkville, MO 64152.  Memories of Bruce and condolences may be left with the family by visiting www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Charles William Thorpe

Meyers Funeral ChapelsCharles W. Thorpe, 69, a resident of Kansas City, MO passed away on Thursday, January 26, 2012 at North Kansas City Hospital.  Charles was born March 24, 1942, to Willis Hensley and Edith Marie (Arnold) Thorpe in Boonville, MO.  Charles loved cars; at the age of 13 his father taught him how to turn his passion into a career and follow a dream.  His career was working as an auto mechanic; his dream was to build race cars.  He built many race cars along with watching the races. 

Charles was preceded in death by both parents.  He is survived by his children; Tracie (Michael) Troppito of Kansas City, MO, Charles William Thorpe, Jr. of Blue Springs, MO, and Donna (Michael) Siefkas of Kansas City, KS; five grandchildren: Brandon Flores, Britnity Thorpe, Nathaniel Troppito, Jordan Thorpe -Siefkas and Joseph Thorpe-Siefkas; and the arrival of his first great-grandchild, Xaiver Michael; a brother, Robert Thorpe; two sisters, Wonda Cain and Joyce Stamy. He also leaves behind his dear friends; Pauline and Kenny Conn, Barbara Edwards and his best friend, Don Edwards.

Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville. The family has not scheduled a memorial gathering at this time.

Shirley Ann Chambers

Shirley Chambers, 76, a Northland resident in Kansas City, MO (Platte Woods area) passed away Monday afternoon, March 12, 2012 at her home.  She was born March 6, 1936 in Norfolk, NE to Herbert and Emma (Prahl) Magdanz.  She had lived in Kansas City for nearly 40 years.

Shirley worked in bookkeeping for Lady Baltimore Food Company in Kansas City, MO for many years.  She was of the Lutheran faith and enjoyed spending time with her family, especially playing with her great grandchildren.

Survivors include her granddaughter and longtime caregiver, Dana Everts and husband Jeremy of the home; a daughter, Carol of Rapid City, SD; a sister, Garnet Kincaid of Liberty, MO; two grandchildren and seven great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

 A funeral service celebrating Shirley’s life will be held 3:30 p.m. Friday, March 16, 2012 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.  Cremation will follow the service.  The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the service.  Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Diabetes Association.  Memories of Shirley and condolences may be left with the family online at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Linda E. Addison

Linda Addison

Linda 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 enjoyed playing BINGO for many years at the Parkville American Legion Hall.  Linda also enjoyed playing the slots at the local casinos.  But most of all she always enjoyed spending time with her family.

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 Hospice Advantage in Linda’s name. The family would like to thank the staff at Hospice Advantage for their love and wonderful care they showed to Linda.

Martha (Reavis) DeWitt

Martha DeWittMartha Lou (Reavis) DeWitt, age 81, of Kansas City, died peacefully at NorthCare Hospice House on Friday, February 3, 2012, from respiratory failure and heart failure following a bout with pneumonia. Martha was born on October 2, 1930 in Sweet Springs, MO, to Howard and Pauline Reavis, who predeceased her. She attended William Woods College and the University of Missouri-Columbia, graduating from MU in 1952 with a degree in Elementary Education. Her teaching career began in the North Kansas City School District, teaching 2nd grade at Norclay and Crestview Schools for a total of 7 years.  During this time, she met Byron DeWitt, whom she married on November 21, 1954, enjoying 57 years of marriage.  After many years of raising her 3 children, Martha returned to teaching, concluding her career at Little Folks Preschool, later to become Oak Hill Day School. Raising her children to be respectful, responsible, well-educated, and happy was her priority. She was very involved in their activities, including Girl Scouts, PTA, Sunday School, and sports. Martha also remained a proud member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority.

Following Martha and Byron’s retirement, they were able to travel extensively, particularly enjoying several cruises. In recent years, Martha took particular delight in her seven granddaughters.

Martha is survived by her devoted husband, Byron, and her children Elizabeth (Doug) Fricke, Anne (Greg) Rothers, and Tom (Becky) DeWitt.  In addition, cherishing her memory are her granddaughters: Lauren and Lia Fricke, Audrey and Alex Rothers, and Makayla, Claire, and Sarah DeWitt.  Martha’s sister Caroline (Bill) Stuerke, niece Maria (Doug) Hedrick, and nephew John Stuerke also survive.

Martha’s family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to the wonderful, caring staff at the NorthCare Hospice House, as well as to the nurses and staff on 8 East Pavilion of North Kansas City Hospital. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the NorthCare Hospice House to help families in need will be appreciated and may be left in care of the funeral home.

The family will receive friends from 5-7: 00 p.m. Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.  A memorial service will follow at 7:00 p.m. with Rev. Steve Breon officiating.

Scott Eckard

Scott L. Eckard, 47, of Riverside, MO and former Alderman for the City of Riverside, passed away at 11:04 p.m. on Friday, February 3, 2012 at St. Luke’s Northland Hospital.  Scott was born July 29, 1964 to Dr. Leander Eckard and Brenda (Brenner) Teters in North Kansas City, MO.

Scott was a co-owner of the Dishonest Dons Fireworks in Riverside, MO.  He was an Operations manager for Carnival Times.  Scott was a member of the Communication Workers of America (CWA) and the Boy Scouts of America.  He was an Eagle Scout of Boy Scout Troop 290 and a Warrior Tribe of MIC- O-Say.   Scott attended the River of Life church in Kansas City, MO.

Scott was preceded in death by his father Dr. Leander Eckard and step-father Don Teters.  Survivors include his mother Brenda (Brenner) Teters; children Sierra Eckard of Kansas City, MO, Zarchary Eckard of Maricopa, AZ, Alexis Eckard of Maricopa, AZ; brothers Kurt Eckard (Linda) of Smithville, MO, Willie Glenn of Riverside, MO, Philip Teters of Laceyne, John Teters of Laceyne, KS, Kevin Stapelton (Karen) of San Antonio TX; sister Leeann McClain (Rodger) of Tulsa Oklahoma; along with many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

The family will receive friends from 4-6 p.m. with the service starting at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Scott Eckard Memorial Fund and may be left in care of the Blue Ridge Bank and Trust 4523 N.W. Gateway Riverside, MO, 64150.  Memories of Scott and condolences may be left with the family by visiting www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Michelle Roller

Michelle RollerMichelle Roller, 36, of Richmond, MO passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, February 4, 2012 at her home.  She was born September 5, 1975 in Excelsior Springs, MO to William and Mary Kay (Sickles) Roller.

Michelle was employed by Ideal Industries Workshop in Richmond.  She was a people person and enjoyed the time she shared with her co-workers.  She was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene in Richmond, and enjoyed singing at church.  In her spare time, she liked to play various games, bowing, dancing and taking weekly trips to Wal-Mart.

Survivors include her mother, Mary Roller of Richmond; father, William (Bill) Roller of Redfield, KS; sister, Heather Roller of Richmond.

A funeral service celebrating Michelle’s life will be held 2:00 p.m. Friday, February, 10, 2012 at the First Church of God in Richmond with Pastor Jim Gilbow officiating.  The family will receive friends from 1-2:00 p.m. prior to the service.  Memorial contributions are suggested to Ideal Industries Workshop and may be left in care of the Meyers Northland Chapel, 401 Main St. Parkville, MO 64152.  Memories of Michelle and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Todd Jordan

Todd JordanTodd Jeremy Jordan, 50, a Northland resident in KCMO passed away Friday, March 16, 2012 at his home, surrounded by his wife & daughters. He was born October 9, 1961 in Topeka, KS to Joe E. and Barbara S. (Keating) Jordan. Todd was a graduate of Park Hill High School.

Todd was born in Topeka, KS moving to Kansas City as a young boy. Todd often shared very fond memories of summers and extended time spent with both his paternal and maternal grandparents in Topeka & Blain, KS. Todd was old school with a work ethic taught him by spending time with an older generation.

He graduated from Park Hill High School in 1980 after which he attended trade school and learned welding. He was part owner/operator of CRT Automotive in Parkville, MO, named for the three owners Curtis, Rick & Todd. It would be of no surprise that he worked three (3) jobs to support his young family. Todd worked in many fields, airline freight, truck parts & equipment, machine mechanic, welder, lighting, maintenance, trenching, operating heavy equipment. When he decided to participate in the American Royal BBQ, he built his own smoker. He was a jack of all trades and could fix or build anything and had friends in all walks of life.

Todd loved the outdoors and enjoyed fishing. He taught all of his children, and many others, to fish sharing that if you kiss the first fish you catch and put it back, it will bring you luck to catch more fish. I'm not so sure he really believed this, but more so found joy in how many people he could get to kiss fish! He loved shooting guns and even taught a few hunter safety courses. Todd exercised his rights and obtained his Carry Concealed Weapon (CCW) permit and we often called him a gun savant. If he watched an old western or a cop show, he would always identify the type, brand, caliber of firearm and ALWAYS followed up with, "I'd like to have one of those."

As a young man, Todd raced dirt bikes and never lost his love for motorcycles. He always had some sort of motorcycle, often in pieces in the garage to tinker with and modify to make it cooler and better. As an adult he owned Harley's, bought his reluctant wife her own where they met some amazing people who shared the HD passion.

One of the most descriptive words used to describe Todd was that he was ORNERY. He could talk to anybody, fix anything and had a sense of humor that everyone could appreciate. He was never an outwardly affectionate man which is why we believe God gave him four daughters. If you told him "I Love You" he would always reply with "Thank You." With him it wasn't your words but your actions and we never doubted the love he showed for his family and friends every day. Todd was truly an old soul and saying he will be missed is a gross understatement.

Jennifer always told their girls that their father was Superman.

Survivors include his wife, Jennifer (Gates) Jordan of the home; his children, Tatum J. Epperson and husband Jeff, Alexandria Bean all of KCMO; Tess Jordan and Teddi Jordan of the home; two grandchildren, Van and Layla Epperson; his parents, Joe and Barbara Jordan of Parkville, MO; two brothers, Tim Jordan of California and Troy Jordan of Gladstone, and a generous extended family (you know who you are).

Todd always said that golf courses and cemeteries were the biggest waste of space and thought it more fitting to have a party & drink a beer. His girls are planning a Going Away party to truly celebrate his life and will share that information as soon as plans can be confirmed. We will keep you updated on an event page through Tatum's Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/events/333665646683363/ In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to NorthCare Hospice and may be left in care of the Meyers Northland Chapel, 401 Main St. Parkville, MO 64152.

Helen L. Smith

Helen Smith

Helen L. Smith, 95, a resident of Kansas City (North), MO, formerly of Taos, New Mexico, passed away Monday, April 09, 2012 at the New Mark Care Center. She was born October 14, 1916 to Stella B. (Rice) and Willard Pym Lawrence in Emporia, Kansas.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Charles E. Smith. Survivors include two daughters, Sue Lawrence of Taos, NM and Ann Rozzell and husband, John of Farley, MO; five beautiful granddaughters, Emily Stubbs, Katherine Stubbs, Elena Marshall, Amanda Bradley and Mary Bissell; and one brother, Warren Lawrence (Nancy Forbe Lawrence) of Denver, CO.

Her daughters remember her for her love of music and teaching them favorite songs from her younger years. She was an accomplished seamstress and made many a prom and homecoming dress as well as a wedding dress for Ann. She loved and faithfully prayed for her daughters and granddaughters daily. They will miss her "mama prayers".

The Memorial Service will be held at 3:00pm, Saturday April 14th at Park Hill Baptist Church, 7609 NW Highway 9, Kansas City with Pastor Dave Overman officiating. The family will receive friends half an hour prior to the service. Memories of Helen and condolences to the family may be sent to www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Mark Dennis Fulton

Mark D. Fulton, 56, a resident of Liberty, MO passed away on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at the North Kansas City Hospital.  Mark was born July 12, 1955, to Robert L. and Mary Lou (Spillman) Fulton in Peoria, IL.

Mark and Joan Fingerhut were united in marriage on June 10, 1977 in Peoria, IL.  Mark and Joan moved to the Liberty, MO area in 1995 where they raised their children. Mark was active in sports with his children, especially soccer. He coached and managed the soccer teams and later refereed the WMSL games. Mark loved to fish and was also an avid golfer; he made every effort to get out and play, even on the days he had his cancer treatments.

Mark was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Lou Fulton.  He is survived by his wife, Joan Fulton of the home; son, David Matthew Fulton of Kansas City (North), MO; and daughter, Jennifer Brooke Fulton of Joplin, MO; father, Robert L. Fulton of Rossville, IN.; sister, Cindy Treece of Lafayette, IN;  niece, Angela Treece Walters and nephew, Jason Treece, both of Rossville, IN.

The Memorial service will be 1:00 p.m., Saturday, February 11, 2012 at Desperation Church 940 Kent Street, Liberty, MO.  The family will receive friends 1 hour prior to the service.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Fulton family to assist with medical expenses.  Memories of Mark and condolences to the family may be sent to www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Robert "Bobby" Meade

Meyers Funeral ChapelsRobert Lee "Bobby" Meade, 73, of Gower, MO, formerly of St. Joseph, MO passed away Sunday, February 12, 2012 in Gower.  He was born June 7, 1938 in St. Joseph, MO to Vincent Paul and Doris Dorothy (Hoffman) Meade.  He graduated from Christian Brothers High School in St. Joseph.

Bobby spent the majority of his working years for the United States Postal Service in Kansas City, MO and he later owned and operated Meade Electronics in North Kansas City, MO.  He was of the Catholic faith.

A memorial graveside service and burial will be held at the Bethel Cemetery in DeKalb, MO in the spring. Local survivors include his brother, Larry Meade and wife Mona of St. Joseph, MO.  The Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville has been entrusted with the final arrangements.

Hilary A. Raby

Hilary RabyHilary A. Raby, 44, Overland Park, KS passed away Monday, February 20, 2012 at the Kansas City Hospice House. She graduated high school from Shawnee Mission East and spent the majority of her working years as a veterinarian technician.  Hilary had a zest for life she loved animals, traveling ard collecting roosters. Some of the things she loved was gardening, yardwork, boating and waterskiing. She had knack for making old things look new again. She was very involved in her childrens lives although she had a constant struggle with her diabetes. Her three children were the love of her life and she lived every day for them. She was extremely proud of her sons, Sgt Mark Orr of the United States Marine Corps, Camp Pendelton California and Michael Boolin Razminas of Ellsworth Kansas and her beautiful daughter Genevieve Boolin, who is a senior at Shawnee Mission Northwest and was very close to her. She also cared for her elderly ailing father Gary Raby who adored Hilary and was the light of his life.She will be missed very much by her sister, Rebbeca of Kansas City who also shares in the familys love of animals and life. In recent years Hilary was plagued with chronic pain from the complications of her diabetes and struggled with it on a daily basis. Although she struggled with this pain there wasn't a second that she wouldn't be there for her family, her animals, or her friends. She loved life and will be missed very much by her children. "You're no longer in pain momma, we love you so much, rest in peace."

Family and friends will gather from 2-3:00 p.m. Friday, February 24, 2012 at the Meyers Northland Chapel, 401 Main St. Parkville, MO 64152, where a memorial service celebrating Hliary's life will commence at 3:00 p.m.  Memories of Hilary and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Luisa Toledo-Espinosa

Luisa Toledo-Espinosa, 75, a resident in Kansas City, MO passed away Thursday, February 23, 2012 at the North Kansas City Hospital.  Luisa was born April 5, 1936 in Santa Clara, Cuba to Maria Luisa Espinosa and Rodolfo Toledo.  She was preceded in death by her parents and a son, Jorge Yero of New Jersey.  Cremation arrangements have been entrusted with the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.  There will be no formal service scheduled.

Grace Lillian Kreimer

Grace Lillian Kreimer, 92, a resident of Kansas City, MO passed away on Sunday, April 8, 2012 at the St. Joseph Medical Center. She was born October 11, 1919, to Grace O. (Smith) and Howard D. Jackson in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Grace received her Bachelor of Science Education degree while attending school at Arkansas State Teachers College. She was united in marriage to Edward Paul Kreimer on July 4, 1942 in Valdosta, Georgia. Grace was a longtime member of St. Therese Catholic Church parish in Parkville where she was active in the Altar Society and originator of the highly successful Ladies Craft Group. She alsospent many years as the lead cook in the school cafeteria.

Grace was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Edward, one brother, Howard Jackson, and one great grandchild, Julia Rose Horbelt. She is survived by her children; three sons, David P. Kreimer and wife, Jeanette of Blue Springs, MO, Daniel E. Kreimer and wife, Marilyn of Blue Springs, MO, Donald C. Kreimer and wife, Jane of Raleigh, NC; and one daughter, Kathryn Ann Colnar and husband, Ken of Overland Park, KS; thirteen grand-children and six great-grand-children.  Her Wit, humor and friendly demeanor will be missed by all who knew her.

Mass of Christian burial will be held, 10:30 a.m., Friday, April 13, 2012 at St. Therese Catholic Church, 7207 NW Highway 9, Kansas City, MO, with Rev. Joe Cisetti as celebrant. Memorial contributions may be sent to St. Therese Catholic Church. A private family burial will be held at Resurrection Cemetery. Memories of Grace and condolences to the family may be sent to www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Ashley Danielle Key

Ashley Danielle Key, 22, a resident of Edgerton, MO died unexpectedly on Friday, July 13, 2012.  She was born November 9, 1989 in San Antonio, TX.  Ashley was a graduate of Park Hill South High School.

Her beautiful smile and love for life will forever be in our hearts.  Her daughter, Nevaeh, will now have her true Guardian Angel watching over her.  Ashley's love and memory will always be with the many family and friends who she leaves behind.  She will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her mother, Tareasa (Key) Haarup of Gladstone, MO; her father, Paul A. Haarup of Smithville, MO; her daughter, Nevaeh Ray Baily; two brothers, Benjamin Arthur Haarup and Daniel Ace Haarup; a sister, Melissa Ann Smith; and numerous extended family and friends.

A memorial service celebrating the lives of Ashley Key and her sister, Britny Haarup will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 20, 2012 at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 5705 Hwy Z. Edgerton, MO.  The family requests that everyone in attendance wear bright colors and nothing with black on.  A memorial fund in their names has been established at the Platte Valley Bank in Dearborn, MO.  Please have all flowers delivered directly to the church.  Memories of Ashley and Britny may be left with the family online at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Anita G. “Dee” Sparr

Anita SparrAnita G. “Dee” Sparr, 62, a resident of Kansas City (North), MO, passed away unexpectedly, Thursday, March 1, 2012 at her home. Anita was born July 25, 1949 in Wichita, Kansas to Anita Lou (Hoefgen) and Archie Chester Pieplow, Jr.

Anita was united in marriage to Raymond J. "Ray" Sparr on December 21, 1994 in Parkville, MO. She spent her working career as a secretary, also referred to by her boss as “Chief Miracle Worker” for the Division of Family Services – IM Training Department for 27 years, retiring in 2007. She loved spending time reading good books but her true passion in life was spending time with her family and grandchildren.

Dee was preceded in death by her father and one sister, Ellen L. Lee. She is survived by her husband Raymond J. Sparr of the home; two daughters, Jaylyne Nadler and spouse, Kevin Witherspoon of Pleasant Hope, MO, and Meredith Barnes and husband, Barry, of Kansas City, MO; nine beautiful grandchildren: Jason T. McCollum, Shilazia A. Kennedy and Jon E. Hill, Dusti M. Nadler, Barry B. Barnes II, Robert C. Barnes, Jeremiah L. Barnes, Jessalyne R. Barnes and Lili J. Barnes; mother, Anita Lou Pieplow of Kansas City, MO; a sister, Sue Coyle and husband, D.J. of Parkville, MO; two brothers, Archie "Chester" Pieplow of Kansas City, MO and Albert " Wesley" Pieplow and wife, Christina of Kansas City, MO.

The Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, March 5, 2012 at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church 5409 NW 72 nd St. Kansas City, Missouri, with Pastor Neil Vik and Pastor Dr. Sacia Vik presiding. The family will receive friends at 9:00 a.m. at the church. Interment will follow at White Chapel Cemetery. The family has requested memorial contributions be made to KU Endowment 3901 Rainbow Blvd. Kansas City, Kansas or to SPCA. Memories of Dee and condolences to the family may be left on the Meyers Funeral Chapel Northland website.

Joan Ann Daniels

Joan Ann Daniels, 80, a Northland resident in Kansas City, MO passed away Monday, March 19, 2012 at the New Mark Care Center in Kansas City.  She was born July 27, 1931 in Kansas City to Jack and Elizabeth (Miller) Fellows. 

Joan was retired from Sprint where she spent 15 years in client services.  She spent the last 25 years of her career as a real-estate agent in the Northland.  Joan was of the Catholic faith and was a former member of St. Therese Parish.  She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.  Joan was a very social person and dining and attending a wide variety of events and gatherings.  In her younger years, she liked to travel and enjoyed dancing.  She had a passion for reading.

Survivors include her four children; Nancy, Michael, Billy and Jeff; and seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, William Fellows.

A prayer service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Friday, March 23, 2012 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.  Private burial of the cremated remains will take place at the family plot near Bolivar, MO.  The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the prayer service.  Memorial contributions are suggested to Crossroads Hospice and may be left in care of the funeral home.  Memories of Joan and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Danny Lee Hamer

Danny Lee Hamer, 51, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, March 20, 2012.  Danny was born October 6, 1960 in Smithville, MO to Jimmie L. and Sharon L. (Meyerkorth) Hamer.

Danny was active in church at an early age and worked in several youth groups.  He was saved and baptized at First Assembly of God Church in Gladstone, MO.

Danny is survived by his parents, Sharon and Jimmie Hamer of the home; a sister, Debra (Hamer) Rhoades and husband, Josh Rhoades of Kansas City (North), MO.  Danny is also survived by his niece, Amanda (Rhoades) Ryan and her husband, Josh Ryan of Kansas City (North), MO; a great-nephew Damian and two great-nieces, Raven and Sierra Ryan.

The family will receive friends at 1:00 p.m., with the funeral service held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, March 22, 2012, at Meyers Funeral Chapel Northland 401 Main Street Parkville, MO 64152, with Brother Ron Davis officiating.  Interment will follow at East Slope Cemetery in Riverside, MO.  Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church of Northern Heights.  Memories of Danny and condolences to the family may be sent to www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

 

Odus "Happy" Richeson

Odus L. “Happy” Richeson, 72, of Parkville, MO passed away Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at the North Kansas City Hospital.  He was born November 30, 1939 in Kansas City, KS to Charlie G. and Kate Louise (Bousman) Richeson.  Happy was a veteran of the United States Army and served during the Vietnam War.  He was a very patriotic person and had a great love for his country.  Happy was a former member of the American Legion Post #318 in Parkville.

 Happy spent the majority of his working years for General Motors in Kansas City, where he retired as a Team Leader in 2000.  In honor of his passion for GM, Happy will be transported from the funeral home to the cemetery in his red GMC Sierra truck.  He was an extremely hard worker and always kept busy.  Spending time with his family and friends were most important to him.  When his girls were younger, Happy always made sure the family was taking trips and enjoying the great outdoors.  Teaching the girls to snow ski at such an early age was one of the girl’s fondest memories.

 He married Dorothy Etta Kuone on November 18, 1962 in Kansas City, MO.  She survives of the home.  Additional survivors include his two daughters and their spouses (his sons), Penny Beeler and husband Todd and Kristien Lee Seton and husband Steve, both of Parkville; three sisters, Donna J. Freeman of Osawatomie, KS, Gay L. Cowick of Shawnee Mission, KS and Barbara Stain of Perry, AR; 10 grandchildren, Zach, Seth, Chase, Kira, Sierra, Savanna, Andrea, Alex, Alanna and Spencer; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and nephews that loved him dearly.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Ralph J. Richeson.

 A funeral service celebrating Happy’s life will be held 11:00 a.m. Monday, March 26, 2012 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville with Rev. Gary Babb officiating.  Burial will follow at the Walnut Grove Cemetery with military honors.  The family will receive friends from 10-11:00 a.m. prior to the service.  Memorial contributions are suggested to the Wounded Warrior Project and may be left in care of the funeral home.  Memories of Happy and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralcchapel.com.

 

 

Gertrude Fay Horvatin

Gertrude “Fay” Horvatin, 89, a resident of Weatherby Lake, MO, passed away Thursday, March 22, 2012 at NorthCare Hospice House.  Fay was born July 6, 1922 to Edna (Wisdom) and Alfred Pemberton in Columbus, Kansas.  Fay was united in marriage to Nicholas M. Horvatin, Sr. on April 25, 1942 in Kansas City, Kansas. 

Fay was preceded in death by her parents and husband, three brothers: Frank Pemberton, Gene Pemberton, and Robert Pemberton, two sisters, Elsie Tye and Marge Parker.  She is survived by her two sons, Nicholas M. “Mike” Horvatin and wife, Terry of St. James, MO and Fred M. Horvatin of Weatherby Lake, MO; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Audry Wilson of Kansas City, MO and Dorothy Scovill of Humboldt, Kansas. 

The Prayer Service will be at 1:00 p.m., Monday, March 26, 2012, Meyers Funeral Chapel Northland, with Rev. Justin Hoye officiating.  The family will receive friends 30 minutes prior to the service.  Entombment will follow at Mt. Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Kansas City, Kansas.  Memories of Fay and condolences to the family may be sent to www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

 

Robert "Bob" Von Behren

Robert “Bob” Von Behren, 71, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO, formerly of New York Mills, MN, passed away Friday, March 23, 2012 at the Research Medical Center in Kansas City, MO.  Bob was born January 23, 1941, to Dorothy (Clark) and Arthur Von Behren, in Fergus Falls, Minnesota.

Shortly after his high school graduation, Bob joined the U.S. Navy, to serve in the military from 1960 – 1964.  He was stationed aboard the USS Towers DDG9.  After serving his country, Bob settled down in Wadena, MN, where he raised his family.  In 2010, he retired from the New York Mills school district, where Bob drove his school bus for over fifteen years.  Bob will be remembered for reminiscing of the days-gone-by; especially of his days in the Navy, being very patriotic and driving the bus.

Bob was preceded in death by both parents, and a sister, Phyliss Armintrout.  He is survived by his children; Shane Von Behren and wife, Heather of Kansas City (North), MO, Robby Von Behren of Palm Bay, Fl, Amanda Von Behren and companion, Dee of Kansas City (North), MO, Bonnie Brown and husband, Russ of Wadena, MN and Ronald Lepinski and wife, Karen of Sebeka, MN; his best friend and loving companion, “married by heart” Judy Albaugh of Natick, MA; his nine grandchildren: with special recognition to Olivia, Raegan and Mark Von Behren all of Kansas City, MO, Travis, Scott, Darin, Lacena, Kayla and Jeannie; two sisters, June Wesloski and Marilyn McCaul of MN; and his beloved German shepherd, King.

A private gathering of family and friends to celebrate Bob’s life will take place this week at the Meyers Funeral Chapel in Parkville, MO.  Memories of Bob and condolences to the family may be sent to www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Stephen N. Corbin

Stephen N. Corbin, 51, of Parkville, MO passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, March 24, 2012 as a result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident at 152 Highway and Hampton Road in the Northland.  He was born August 7, 1960 in Kansas City, MO to Arthur and Nancy (Peltier) Corbin.  Stephen was a 1978 graduate of Hickman Mills High School and received a BA in Business Administration from the former Northeast Missouri State University in Kirksville, MO, where he was a member of Phi Sigma Epsilon fraternity.

Stephen was certified as a financial advisor in 2000 and was employed by Great American Investors, Inc. in Overland Park, KS.  Previously he was in the electrical wholesale business as a salesman in the Kansas City area for over 15 years.  He was an influential member in the Big Brother/Little Brother program, serving as a big brother to Roderick Moore for almost twenty years, along with being a foster parent for the State of Missouri. He was a member of several local service organizations, including Rotary Club No.13 of Kansas City, MO. While a member of the Rotary Club, he served as a member of the board, was chairman of the Shoes for Orphan Soles annual fundraising event, and he received the distinguished honor of being a Paul Harris Fellow.  Other organizations he participated in include the Waldo Optimist Club and the Parkville Chamber of Commerce. He was an avid Kansas City Chiefs and Missouri Tiger fan and a live music aficionado who enjoyed both classic rock and roll and the Blues.  Stephen developed a passion for basketball as a young boy, played on the Hickman Mills High School team, played intramural ball in college, and continued with his passion in his adult years on a team made up of the same men who played together from 1983 until 2001.

He married Angela Lynn Swan on November 4, 2000 in Eureka Springs, AR.   She survives of the home.  Additional survivors include his twin-daughters, Alexandria Laura and Kylee Danielle Corbin, of the home; brothers, Jeffrey M. Corbin (Tammy) of Slidell, LA and Michael V. Corbin of Overland Park, KS; sister, Jill E. Ariagno (Scott) of Leawood, KS; mother, Nancy Packard of Overland Park, KS; father, Arthur Corbin and wife Andrea of Kansas City, MO; father and mother-in-law, Drexall and Mary Swan of King City, MO; Roderick Moore (Little Brother); and several nieces, nephews, extended family, and many, many personal and professional friends.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Friday, March 30, 2012 at St. Therese Catholic Church, 7207 NW 9 Hwy, Kansas City, MO 64152 with Rev. Joe Cisetti, celebrant.  The body will be removed from the funeral home to arrive at St. Therese Catholic Church on Thursday, where the family will receive friends and a formal visitation will be held from 5-8:00 p.m. In lieu of going to the visitation, friends may call from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Thursday at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Stephen N. Corbin’s Children’s Education Fund and may be left in care of the Meyers Northland Chapel, 401 Main St. Parkville, MO 64152.  Memories of Stephen and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

 

Larry Hladek

Larry Dean Hladek, 60, of Parkville, MO passed away suddenly on April 9, 2012 at St. Luke’s Northland Hospital in Kansas City, MO.  He was born October 12, 1951 in WaKeeney, KS to Glenn R. and Cora V. (Michaelis) Hladek.  He graduated from WaKeeney High School and attended Fort Hayes State University in Hayes, KS.

Larry spent the majority of his working years as a meat cutter in the grocery business.  He was employed by Dillon’s Grocery for many years and was currently employed by Hy-Vee.  Being an avid hunter and fisherman, his dream job was the several years he spent at Cabella’s in Kansas City, KS.  Larry was a longtime member of the N.R.A. and was of the Presbyterian faith.

He married Irma Marie Noblitt on March 25, 1978 in WaKeeney.  She survives of the home.  Additional survivors include his daughters, Patricia Ann Hladek of Phoenix, AZ and Alicia Lynne Smith (Tyler) of Denver, CO; a brother, Glenn Allen Hladek (Jeanne) of Missoula, MT.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Janet Kay McEntarfer.

A memorial service celebrating his life will be held 10:00 a.m. Saturday, April 14, 2012 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Friends of Parkville Animal Shelter (FOPAS) and may be left in care of the Meyers Northland Chapel, 401 Main St. Parkville, MO 64152.  Memories of Larry and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Gary Patrick Caven

Gary Patrick Caven, 70, a resident of Platte County, MO, passed away on Monday, April 9, 2012 at the Leavenworth VA Hospice in Leavenworth, KS.  He was born December 28, 1941, to Myrtle (Clark) and Sherman Eugene Caven in Clinton, IA. 

Gary was a veteran of the United States Navy, USS Enterprise, during the Vietnam Conflict, 1961- 1965.  He graduated from Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg, MO with a Master’s degree in Industrial Safety.  Gary was a member of the VFW and American Legion Post in Smithville, MO.  He was also a member of the First Christian Church of Ferrelview.

Gary was preceded in death by both parents, a brother, Perry J. Caven, and three sisters, Vera J. Everetts, Romaine J. Bartels, and Jacqueline F. Miller.  He is survived by his wife, Beth Caven of the home; daughter, Ginger Caven (Greg Wilson) of Ferrelview, MO; and son, Renic Ray Caven of Florence, AL; two sisters, Sharon C. Martensen of Nokomis, FL and Jillene M. Streets of Maquokota, IA.

The family will receive friends from 5:30 ~ 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 12, 2012 at the First Christian Church of Ferrelview, 117 Ona Street, Ferrelview, MO.  Memorial contributions may be sent to First Christian Church of Ferrelview.  Memories of Gary and condolences to the family may be sent to www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Eugene H. Bush

Eugene H. Bush, 84, Kansas City, MO (Northland) passed away Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at the White Oak Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Kansas City.  He was born August 30, 1927 in DeKalb, MO.

Mr. Bush retired from KW Dart Trucking Company where he was a machinist.  He was a member of the Walnut Creek Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Parkville, MO. 

He married Betty J. Linville on October 18, 1947 in St. Joseph, MO.  She also resides at the White Oak Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.  Additional survivors include two sons, Jack Bush of St. joseph, MO and Larry Bush of Holt, MO; a sister, Ida Mae Schultz of Arizona; seven grandchildren, including Logan Baird of Liberty, MO.

Graveside services and burial will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, April 12, 2012 at the Westlawn Cemetery in DeKalb, MO.  A memorial service will then be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, April 15, 2012 at the Walnut Creek Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 12000 NW Crooked Rd. Parkville, MO 64152.  Memories of Mr. Bush and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

James Richard Huckstep "Jim" Owen

James Richard Huckstep Owen, 82, Kansas City, MO (Northland) passed away Saturday,May 19, 2012 at the Southbrook Healthcare Center in Ardmore, OK.  James was born April 28, 1930 to Nola (Slingsby) and Freeman Huckstep in Emporia, KS.

Jim proudly served in the United States Marine Corps. In 1954 he married Elva Mae Roberts in Kansas City, KS.  Jim retired in 1992 after working 28 years as a State Farm Insurance Agent in Gladstone, MO and Platte City, MO.

Jim was preceded in death by a son, Greg A. Owen; parents: Freeman Huckstep, Nola Owen and adopted father, George Owen, and a brother, Phillip H. Owen.  Survivors include his wife, Elva Owen of the home, two sons, Mark and wife, Linda Owen of Parkville, MO, Gib Owen of Washington, D.C; a daughter, Marcia and husband, Robert Ward of Ardmore, OK; seven grandchildren, Melissa Hagan, Athena Nagal, Jason Ward, Bobbi Armstrong, Richard Owen, Matthew Ward and Dirk Owen; and five great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 24, 2012 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, MO. The funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, May 25, 2012 at the funeral home. The burial will follow at the Maple Hill Cemetery in Kansas City, KS.  Memorial Contributions may be made to American Lung Cancer Association.  Memories of Jim and condolences to the family may be sent to www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Robert M. Thomson

Robert ThomsonRobert Milton Thomson, 72, of Gladstone, MO passed away on Friday, April 13, 2012 with his family by his side. He was born November 18, 1940 in Kansas City, MO to Frederick and Dorothy (Switzer) Thomson. 

The majority of Robert's life was spent driving trucks; he was around trucks his entire life. He worked for Roadway Express located in Kansas City, KS and retired from there in September of 2007. He was a proud member of the Teamster Union Local 41. Robert will be remembered most as a loving husband, father, and grandfather.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Frederick Thomson, Jr. He married his highschool sweetheart, Carolyn Sue (Payne) on March 16, 1963 in Parkville, MO. She survives of the home. Additional survivors include son, Robert Shane Thomson and wife, Debra of Lee's Summit, MO; daughter, Tanya Sue Thomson of Lee's Summit, MO; sister, Nancy Ebberts of Kansas City (North), MO; three grandchildren, Sloane, Keaton, and Kaelyn.

Visitation will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 19th, 2012 at Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, MO., with a Memorial service celebrating his life at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions are suggested to Harvesters and may be left in care of the Meyers Northland Chapel, 401 Main St., Parkville, MO 64152. Memories of Robert and condolences to the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Owen Gahagan, Jr.

Owen Gahagan, Jr. 67, a resident of Parkville, MO passed away Saturday, April 14, 2012 at St. Luke’s Hospital on the Plaza. He was born August 4, 1944 in New Orleans, LA to Owen, Sr. and Shirley Gahagan.   He graduated from Joplin High School and received his BS in Geology from UMKC. 

 Owen was an airline pilot for Ozark Airlines from 1974 to 1986, continuing with TWA until 1999, retiring as a Captain.  He was a longtime member of the Ozark Silver Swallows.  After retiring from the airlines, Owen continued to enjoy his love of flying in his Columbia 400 and most recently his Evolution.  In 1972 he co-founded Rockhill Manor, Inc., a residential care facility for persons with chronic mental illness.  Rockhill Academy for Independent Living was established as a non-profit in 1995. Owen became the sole owner of Rockhill Manor in 1996 and he established the Rockhill Pharmacy in 2002. Also, Owen was member of the Kansas City Board of Trade.

 Among the charitable organizations he supported, the most recent was a little league baseball team, the KC Rebels.

 Survivors include his wife, Judy Sanders Gahagan; two sons, Owen Bryce Gahagan and wife Katie and Brett Ward Gahagan and girlfriend Morgan, both of Kansas City, MO; a granddaughter, Lauren Paige Gahagan; a cousin, Kathleen Herrmann and husband Donald of New Orleans, LA. and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

 A funeral service celebrating Owen’s life will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, April 19, 2012 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.  Burial will follow at the Walnut Grove Cemetery in Parkville.  The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 pm Wednesday at the funeral home.  Memorial contributions are suggested to theRockhill Academy for Independent Living and may be left in care of the funeral home.  Memories of Owen and condolences may be left for the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Virginia Irene Coffman

Virginia Coffman, 98, formerly of Parkville, MO passed away Monday, April 23, 2012 in Smithville.  She was born February 20, 1914 in Union Star, MO to Herbert and Ada (Veale) Gregory.  She graduated high school from Maysville, MO.

Virginia was a member of the Avondale United Methodist Church.  She was a homemaker and loving wife and mother.She was united in marriage with Charles “Curley” Coffman.  Mr. Coffman preceded her in death.  Survivors include a daughter, Linda Sharp of Kansas City, MO; a son, Richard Poindexter of Amazonia, MO; 9 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren.

Cremation will take place under the direction of the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.  Burial of the cremated remains will be held at the Oak Lawn Cemetery in Maysville.  Memories of Virginia and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

O. "Duane" Hathcoat

Orben “Duane” Hathcoat, 74, a resident of Parkville, MO passed away on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at his home.  Duane was the oldest of five children born to, Maxine “Rose” (Keller) and Bill Hathcoat, on April 11, 1938 in Nowata, Oklahoma.  Duane entered into the United States Army in 1958.  During his military career he received the following decorations; Good Conduct Medal, Marksman Badge, Sharpshooter Badge and Expert Badge. On April 7, 1977, Duane was united in marriage to the love of his life, Sherrill “Sherri” McMahon in Parkville, MO at the Park Hill Christian Church.  Two days after they married they bought their first house, making Parkville, MO their home.

Duane enjoyed pheasant and quail hunting; especially with his brothers. He retired from AT&T Phone Company in 1990 after 29 years of employment, as a Supervisor. Duane will always be remembered as a loving and caring husband, father and brother.  The family would like to thank Three Rivers Hospice nurse Amy, and Nathan from Pacific Pulmonary Services for all of their loving care and dedication to Duane during his time of illness.

Duane was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law, Charlie Billingsley.  Survivors include his wife, Sherri of the home; daughter, Kelli Beck and her husband, Dan of Olathe, KS; sisters, Shirley Billingsley and Vicki Godbehere, brother, Jerry Hathcoat and wife, Joyce all of Oklahoma and brother James Hathcoat and wife, Barbara of Olathe, KS; and many caring friends and neighbors. 

The family will receive friends 5 ~ 7 p.m., Thursday, April 26, 2012 at Meyers Funeral Chapel 401 Main Street Parkville, MO.  The funeral service will be 2 p.m., Friday, April 27, 2012 at Benjamin Funeral Service 114 West Cherokee Nowata, OK. The visitation will be one hour prior.  Burial with military honors at Nowata Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions made to Three Rivers Hospice, c/o Meyers Funeral Chapel Northland. The family would appreciate friends and family sharing their memories of Duane and condolences at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Jerry Edward Ward

Jerry Edward Ward, 71, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO passed away early Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at the NorthCare Hospice House surrounded by his family.  Jerry was born January 27, 1941 to Dorothy (Riddell) and William B. Ward in Kansas City, MO.

He grew-up in Kansas City, MO and graduated from Raytown High School.  He entered the United States Navy in 1958 and was Honorably Discharged in 1962.  He spent all 4 years on the destroyer USS Walke DD 723.

Jerry married Marla S. Brumley on June 21, 1975 in Nashville, IN.  He made a lifelong career working with automobiles.  He became self-employed in 1975 at Ward Automotive; buying, selling and restoring cars.  He also owned Tiger Truck of Kansas City.  Jerry had a real passion for cars.

He was preceded in death by his parents.  Survivors include Marla Ward of the home; two sons, Jay E. Ward and wife, Trish of Moraga, CA and Ryan A. Ward of Poteau, OK; a daughter, Wendy A. Maurer and husband, John of Newport Beach, CA; four grandchildren, Jack and Jessa Maurer and Josie and Henry Ward; two brothers, William F. Ward and wife, Devera of Lakeville, MN and Michael S. Ward of Poteau, OK.

The Memorial Service will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 5, 2012 at Platte Woods United Methodist Church 7310 NW Prairie View Road Platte Woods, MO 64151 with Rev. Christine Tucker-Key officiating.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.  Memorial contributions may be made to Platte Woods United Methodist Church or NorthCare Hospice House.  The Ward family invites friends to share their memories of Jerry and condolences to the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Melissa D. "Missy" Lucero

Melissa D. Lucero, 33, Parkville, MO passed away Friday, May 4, 2012 at St. Mary’s Hospital, Rochester, MN.

Missy was born April 23, 1979 in Colorado Springs, CO the daughter of Richard "Rick" and Elizabeth "Liz" Baca Lucero. She graduated from Bishop Ward High School, Kansas City, KS.  Missy went on to attend Northern Illinois University.  Due to her illness, she returned back to Kansas City where she continued her education at Maple Woods Community College and received her Master’s in Education with an emphasis in Children with Special Needs from Park University.

Missy was a member of St. Therese Church and in the past she had taught religious education at St. Andrew’s Church.  She was an avid reader and teacher at heart drawing children to her like a magnet. Missy was truly born to be a teacher to all.

Survivors include her parents, Richard and Elizabeth Lucero, Parkville, MO; a son, Angel Lucero, Parkville, MO; a sister, Vanessa Trobough and husband Ryan, Tonganoxie, KS; her paternal grandparents, Valerio and Trinnie Lucero, Albuquerque, NM; and two nephews, Terrick and Tayden Trobough.  She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Fermin and Ninfa Baca.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, May 10, 2012 at St. Therese Catholic Church, 7207 NW 9 Highway, Kansas City, MO 64152 with Rev. Joe Cisetti as celebrant.  Burial will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Kansas City, KS. The family will receive friends from 5-8:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the Meyers Northland Chapel, 401 Main St. Parkville, MO 64152, where the rosary will be prayed at 8:00 p.m.  Memorial contributions are suggested to Pulmonary Hypertension Association and may be left in care of the funeral home.  Memories of Missy and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Raymond "Ray" Brudin

Raymond J. Brudin, 72, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO passed away on Monday, May 7, 2012 at the St. Luke’s Northland Hospital.  Ray was born September 19, 1939 to Catherine Margaret (Stevenson) and Frederick Jacob Brudin in Pittsburg, PA.

He was a veteran of the United States Air Force and served during the Vietnam era, 1957 - 1966. He married Sharon Powers on January 23, 1960 in Mulvane, KS. Ray and Sharon made their home in the Northland area, from this union three beautiful daughters were born.  Ray worked for TWA as a mechanic for 35 years and 10 years for American Airlines, retiring from American Airlines in 2010.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents.  Survivors include his wife, Sharon Brudin of the home.  Three daughters, Karen Melster and husband, Toby of CO, Dora Brudin of Ottawa, KS, and Carrie Boots and husband, Brent of Claycomo, MO; seven grandchildren: Preston, Gary, John, Clayton, Kaitlyn, Thomas and Jacob; and three sisters, Mary Lou Brown and husband, Bill, Grace Leo and husband, David and Janet Paulos and husband, Val all of Pittsburg, PA.

The Memorial Service will be held at 12:00 p.m., Thursday, May 10, 2012 at Meyers Funeral Chapel 401 Main Street Parkville, MO.  The family will receive friends two hours prior to the Memorial Service.   The Committal Service will be held at 2:30 p.m. at the Ft. Leavenworth Cemetery US Military Base Leavenworth, KS.  Cremation.  The Brudin family welcomes friends to share their memories of Ray and condolences to the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

 

Lainy Hill

Lainy L. Hill, 64, a resident of Kansas City (North), MO passed away Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at NorthCare Hospice House.  She was born February 13, 1948 in Chicago, IL to William and Loucille (Tertipes) Houghkirk.

 Lainy was united in marriage to Edward E. Hill on July 2, 1966 in Nowata, OK.  

She spent the majority of her life working at the table games at the Ameristar Casino in Kansas City, MO.  One of Lainy’s favorite pastimes was bowling.  She was a very caring woman who loved spending time with her family and friends.

 Survivors include son, Steven W. Hill of Kansas City, MO; daughter-in-law,Shannon of Kansas City, MO; two sisters, Billie Baldwin (Randy) of Bolivar, MO, and Rosi Meinershagen of Kansas City, MO; a brother Joseph Mazzeri of Independence, MO; grandchildren, Brittany and Hannah. Her parents, husband and son, Joseph Bruce Hill preceded her in death.

 A Visitation celebrating Lainy’s life will be held from 12-1:00 Monday, May 14, 2012 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, MO. A Graveside Service will follow at East Slope Cemetery, Riverside, MO with Chaplin Lowell Swindler Jr. officiating.  Memories of Lainy and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

J.R. Saunders

J. R. SaundersJ.R. Saunders, 45, a resident of Parkville, MO passed away unexpectedly Thursday, May 10, 2012 at his home.   He was born June 13, 1966 to Delores C. (Albrecht) and Richard L. Saunders in Austin, TX.  J.R. graduated from North Platte High School and spent the majority of his working years in the trucking industry.

J.R. will truly be missed by his family, friends and all who knew him.

Survivors include his parents of Parkville, MO; a son, Dalton Levi Saunders of Gladstone, MO; two sisters, Debra (Rick) McConville of Kansas City, MO, Sandra Kay (Dave) Wederquist of Lee’s Summit, MO; three brothers, Douglas (Patty) Bishop of Abeline, TX, Darryl (Sharon) Bishop of Maumelle, AK, and Michael (Tina) Saunders of Grain Valley, MO; and his girlfriend, Sherry Drake of Agency, MO.

A memorial service celebrating his life will be held 3:00 p.m., Monday, May 14, 2012 at the Meyers Northland Chapel, 401 Main Street Parkville, MO with Rev. Dr. James Scrivener officiating.   Memorial Contributions may be made to Spinal Cord Research and left in care of the funeral home.  Memories of J.R. and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Glendon Ashby

Glendon AshbyGlendon Eugene Ashby, 79, son of Louis and Virginia “Gallagher” Ashby was born January 4, 1933 in Sugar Tree, MO. Glendon graduated from Carrollton High School in 1951. After graduation he served four years in the United States Navy.

On June 21st, 1958 he married Rose Mayden of Carrollton, MO. To this union they have six children, Kathy Swoboda of Parkville, MO, Kevin Ashby and wife Hope of Fayette, MO, Curtis Ashby of Parkville, MO, Mark Ashby and wife Leanne of Parkville, MO, Amy Pelham and husband Rusty of Plattsburg, MO, and Andy Ashby and wife Tracy of Scranton, PA and 18 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Glendon was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and three sisters.

He retired from Ford Motor Company in February of 2000 after 34 and a half years. Glendon was a member of the Gilead Baptist Church in Carrollton, MO. He passed away on Saturday May 12th, 2012 with his family by his side.

Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, MO. Immediately following the visitation, graveside services will be held at the Walnut Grove Cemetery in Parkville, MO. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Three Rivers Hospice.  Memories of Glendon and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Elsie McReynolds

Elsie Marie Sorensen McReynolds was born February 28, 1921, on a farm near Clay Center, Nebraska.  She died May 13, 2012, at New Mark Care Center in Kansas City, Missouri.  Elsie graduated from Fairfield High School in 1939.  She attended Kearney State College on scholarship for one semester.  She married her high school sweetheart, Ray McReynolds, on July 9, 1942.  She worked at the Fairfield Auxiliary newspaper, the Fairfield, Nebraska Post Office, and the grocery store in Fairfield.  After moving to Kansas City, Missouri, in 1971, she worked at a card shop for several years.  She served one term on the Kansas City Northland Planning Commission.  She served as President of the Farmland Industries Women’s Guild and served three separate terms as President of the Little Village Women’s Association.  Elsie enjoyed making crafts of all kinds, especially sewing, crocheting and painting the woodworking that Ray created.  She always had a smile for everyone she knew and met. 

She is survived by the love of her life, her husband of almost 70 years, Ray McReynolds.  She is also survived by her son Carl McReynolds and wife Marilyn of Lincoln, Nebraska; her son-in-law, Leslie Christensen of Verdel, Nebraska; her daughter Christina McReynolds Danner and husband Eric, of Parkville, Missouri; three grandsons, Jeff McReynolds and wife Kim, Kevin McReynolds and wife Amy, and Andrew Danner; and three granddaughters, Becky Christensen Pitman and husband Tom, Dawn Christensen Crosley and husband J.R., and Bethany Danner.  Additionally, she is survived by nine great-grandchildren, a sister, Kathryn Sorensen Glass, a brother-in-law, Connie McCartney, a sister-in-law, Izola McReynolds Vodehnal, a brother-in-law, Cecil McReynolds (wife Virginia), and many nephews and nieces. 

She is preceded in death by her parents, Willard and Josephine (Barta) Sorensen, a sister Leona Sorensen Palmer, a sister Mary Sorensen McCartney, a brother Wesley Sorensen and a daughter, Deanna McReynolds Christensen. 

A funeral service will be conducted by Elsie’s grandson, Pastor Kevin McReynolds, on Thursday, May 17, 2012, 11:00 am at Meyers Funeral Chapel Northland, 401 Main Street, Parkville, Missouri.  Visitation will be Wednesday, May 16, 2012, 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Meyers.  Inurnment will be at the Fairfield, Nebraska, cemetery at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Elsie’s honor to the American Diabetes Association or to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

Linda C. Krattli

Linda Krattli, 62, of Independence, MO passed away Sunday, May 13, 2012 at the North Kansas City Hospital.  Per her wishes, cremation has been completed and there are no formal services scheduled.

Rex E. Clodfelter

Rex E. Clodfelter, 86, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO died peacefully Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at home surrounded by his family. Rex was born June 18, 1925 in Trenton, MO to Grace (Vaughn) and Frank Clodfelter.  At the age of five the family moved to Laredo, MO.  He attended school in Laredo.  Rex retired from Missouri Cities Water Company in 1979 after 28 years of employment.  He was also a volunteer for the Parkville Fire Department.

In 1953 he married Rogean Hill of Chillicothe, MO.  To this union three daughters were born; Leanne (Jim) Lowell of St. Peters, MO, Cindy Fisher of Pleasant Valley, MO, and Mary Clodfelter and companion, Kevin of Greenview, MO; four granddaughters, Daisy, Jaime, Laura, Holly; one grandson, Ben;  and one great-granddaughter, Lilyana Grace “Gracie”; one brother, Frank Clodfelter of Trenton, MO.  He was preceded in death by his parents; stepmother; sister, Helen Kilburn Woodall; three brothers: Lewis, William and Donal Clodfelter; and son-in-law, David Fisher.

In lieu of flowers, Rex would prefer people be an organ donor for a lifelong tribute.  A Memorial Service will be held 2 p.m., Saturday, May 26, 2012 at St. Matthews Evangelical (NALC), Riverside, MO.  Memories of Rex and condolences to the family may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Michael Joseph Malony

Michael J. Malony, 52, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO passed away unexpectedly Sunday, May 27, 2012. He was born January 8, 1960 to Angela J. (Caronia) and John L. Malony in Kansas City, MO.

Mike would help people with anything he could. He would give you the shirt off his back if he thought it would help someone.  He will be remembered as: funny, animated, engaging, very understanding, forgiving and non-judgmental of others in any way. People could not help but like him. Mike enjoyed the outdoors, fishing and hunting. He loved to talk with family and friends and didn’t know a stranger. He could fix anything.

He was an avid John Wayne fan, watched all of his movies, many times and passed those movies on to the younger kids in the family to watch so they would know about “The Duke” and the original True Grit.

In recent weeks Mike shared with his sister Susan that, “he was very happy with his life at this time except for his health issues. He was a proud member of the Malony Family. Proud of each and every member of our family from our parents, his son, his siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces; nephews; and great-nieces and great-nephews.  Mike was especially proud of his son, Talon and loved his family.”

Mike is survived by his son, Talon Michael Malony of Gladstone, MO; parents, John and Angela Malony of Kansas City, MO; a sister, Susan McMichael (Kevin) of Kansas City, MO; a brother, Mark Malony (Tracy) of Kansas City, MO; five nieces and nephews; and five great-nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 5 ~ 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at St. Therese Catholic 7207 Highway 9 Kansas City, MO.  The Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at the church.  Burial at Terrace Park Cemetery Kansas City, MO.  In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions are suggested to the Michael J. Malony Memorial Fund to be established by the family to benefit a local charity in memory of Mike.  Memories of Mike and condolences to the family may be sent to www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Heather Johnson

Heather Jean Johnson, 37, a Northland resident in Kansas City, MO (Parkville area) passed away Thursday, May 31, 2012 at the NorthCare Hospice House.  She was born February 23, 1975 in Kansas City, MO to Donald Lee and Penni Renee (Patterson) Wilson.  Heather was a 1994 graduate of Park Hill High School.

She married Gregory Wayne Johnson on October 28, 1994 in Platte City, MO.  He survives of the home.  Additional survivors include their three children, Shyan Jean Johnson, Parker Lee Johnson and Lilli Renee Johnson, all of the home; two sisters, Ruth Ann Thowe of Kansas City, MO and Jessica Rose Johnston of Gladstone, MO.

Heather had a zest for life and a deep love for her family and friends.  She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.  She was a member of the Vinyard Church in the Northland.

A funeral service celebrating her life will be held 3:00 p.m. Monday, June 4, 2012 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.  Burial will follow at the Walnut Grove Cemetery in Parkville.  The family will receive friends from 1-3:00 p.m. Monday prior to the service.  Memorial contributions are suggested to the Heather Johnson Memorial Fund and may be left in care of the Meyers Northland Chapel, 401 Main St. Parkville, MO 64152.  Memories of Heather and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Ivan Glen Aldridge

Ivan Glen Aldridge, 66, passed away peacefully at his home in Gladstone, MO on Friday, June 1, 2012.  He was born May 30, 1946 to Sophie (Crossland) and Carl E. Aldridge in Sunnyside, WA, but grew up in Mountain Grove, MO.

In 1964, Ivan joined the United States Navy and served during the Vietnam War.  He was decorated with the National Defense Service Medal and a Bronze star.  He received his Honorable Discharge in 1970.

Ivan started Ivan’s Tow Service in 1982, later known as Gladstone Tow Service.  He retired in 2008, after 26 years of business.

He leaves behind his wife, Beverly; a daughter, Kimberly; three grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.; a brother, Jerry; and two sisters, Virginia and Bonnie; numerous friends and business associates and his companion dog, Oreo. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister and brother.

A Committal Service will be held at Leavenworth National Cemetery 150 Muncie Road Leavenworth, KS with military honors 11:00 am, Thursday, June 7, 2012.  Memories of Ivan and condolences to the family may be sent to www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Jeff King

Jeffery S. King, 40, Liberty, MO formerly of Parkville, MO passed away on Sunday, June 3, 2012 in Camdenton, MO as a result of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident.  He was born January 27, 1972 in Kansas City, MO and attended Park Hill High School.  He had lived in the Parkville area most of his life.

Jeff spent the majority of his working years in the construction business.  He was a carpenter by trade and was very good at what he did.  He was the head framer on his crew.  Jeff was a handyman and could fix just about anything.  In his spare time he enjoyed reading, watching football, playing video games and computer games.  He was a kid at heart.

He married Michelle Rooney on April 13, 1996 in Kansas City, MO.  She survives of the home.  Additional survivors include their three children, Amberly, Krista and Russell King, all of the home; a sister, Heather Lawson of Kansas City, MO; a brother, Thomas Lawson of Kansas City, MO.

A gathering of family and friends to celebrate Jeff’s life will take place from 1-3:00 p.m. Friday, June 8, 2012 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.  Cremation will follow the gathering.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Jeff King Memorial Fund and may be left in care of Capitol Federal Savings, 5821 NW Barry Rd. Kansas City, MO 64154 or the Meyers Northland Chapel, 401 Main St. Parkville, MO 64152.  Memories of Jeff and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Marjorie Claire Turner

Marjorie Claire Turner, 90, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO, formerly of Plattsburg, MO passed away peacefully in Liberty, MO on Wednesday, June 6, 2012. 

Survivors include her loving daughter, Pam Courter and husband, Brian of Plattsburg, MO; and two grandsons.  Marjorie was preceded in death by her husband, John L. Turner in 1985; her parents; and four younger siblings.

There are no services scheduled.  Cremation. Memories of Marjorie and condolences to the family may be sent to www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Shirley Marie Wadley

Meyers Funeral ChapelsShirley Marie Wadley, 77, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO, formerly a long term resident of Pecos, TX, passed awayWednesday, June 6, 2012 at St. Luke’s Northland Hospital.  She was born August 15, 1934 to Melda (Cogley) and Alton Gleason in Morningsport, LA.

Shirley Gleason was united in marriage to Richard “Dicky” Wadley on March 30, 1953 in Pecos, TX.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Wadley on January 25, 1993 and both parents.  She is survived by her three daughters, Susan Morgan and husband, Bob of Kansas City, MO, Kathy Wadley of San Angelo, TX and Sharon McCracken and husband, Ronnie of Andrews, TX; three grandchildren, Travis McCracken, Garrett McCracken and Ryan Morgan and wife, Stacey; three great-grandchildren, Carter Morgan and Charlotte Morgan and Kynlee McCracken.

Graveside services will be held 10:30 a.m., Monday, June 11, 2012 at the Fairview Cemetery in Pecos, TX.  In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.  Local arrangements have been entrusted to the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.

William M. "Bill" O'Sullivan

   William “Bill” Monaghan O’Sullivan, 45, of Kansas City, MO formerly of St. Louis, MO passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, June 10, 2012 at his home.  He was born May 6, 1967 in Ft. Benning, GA to Dr. Daniel F. and June (Monaghan) O’Sullivan.  Bill was a graduate of St. Louis University High School.

      Bill spent his working years as an entrepreneur in the restaurant and home remodeling industries.   Bill treasured his years playing high school football for the SLUH Junior Billikens; he was an avid sports fan and a youth football coach.  He enjoyed the outdoors, camping, travelling, and water sports.  Bill was an exceptional cook.  He loved spending time with his children and with family and friends at the cabin in Ottertail, Minnesota.   

     Survivors include his mother, June O’Sullivan of St. Louis; the loving mother of his children, Stephanie Renshaw O’Sullivan; his daughter, Sarah O’Sullivan; his son, William “Liam” O’Sullivan; seven siblings, Daniel F. O’Sullivan, Jr. (Suzanne) of St. Louis, Dr. Joseph A. O’Sullivan of St. Louis, Salome O. Reynolds (Steven) of St. Louis, Marie O. Reynolds (David) of St. Louis, George M. O’Sullivan (Kris) of Parkville, MO, Laura E. O’Sullivan of Kansas City, MO and Timothy R. O’Sullivan of St. Louis; and many nieces and nephews.

     A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 16, 2012 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 7148 Forsyth Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63105 with Rev. Nicholas E. Kastenholz, celebrant.   The family will receive friends following the service at the church.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to:  Sarah and Liam O’Sullivan Education Fund, c/o Country Club Bank, 13451 Briar Street, Leawood, KS 66209.  Memories of Bill and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Terrance F. "Terry"Van Epps

Terrance F. “Terry” Van Epps, 68, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO passed away peacefully with his loving family at his side, Thursday, June 7, 2012 at the NorthCare Hospice House.  He was born March 12, 1944 to Lorraine (Pechan) and Marvin F. Van Epps in Yankton, S. D.

In 1965, Terry joined the United States Navy and served during the Vietnam War and was decorated with the National Defense Service Medal. He received his Honorable Discharge in 1969.  On April 27, 1968, he married Margaret Ann “Peggy” Hughes in Levittown, PA.  Terry moved to Kansas City in 1969.  In 2010 he retired from TWA and American Airlines where he worked as a mechanic.

Terry’s true passion was for his family and grandchildren.   He also enjoyed fishing, tinkering on cars and working with his hands.

He was preceded in death by both parents, a brother, Kelly Van Epps.  He is survived by his wife, Peggy Van Epps of the home; daughter, Lori Dense and husband, Jared of Kansas City, MO; two sons, Christopher Van Epps and wife, Amanda of Kansas City, MO and Mark Van Epps and wife, Jessica of Kansas City, MO; six grandchildren: Tyler, Benjamin, Jacob, Rebecca, Jackson and William; three sisters, Connie Fisher of Leawood, KS, Vicki Kincaid and Roxane Lyons of Kansas City, MO.

The Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 pm, Monday, June 11, 2012 with visitation one hour prior at Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, MO with Chaplain Lowell Swindler, Jr. as officiant.  The Committal Service will be private at Leavenworth National Cemetery 150 Muncie Rd. Leavenworth, KS.  Memories of Terry and condolences to the family may be sent to www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Marguerite Lucille Stevens

Marguerite Lucille Stevens, 97, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO passed away on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at her home.  She was born February 13, 1915 to Clara Jeneva “Jane” (Johnson) and Michael S. New in Bloomfield, IN.

Marguerite was united in marriage to Kenneth Bayard Stevens on November 28, 1942 in Lexington, KY.  She was the owner and operator of the Bedford Beauty Shop for 66 years, retiring in 1997.

She was preceded in death by her husband, both parents and her siblings: Curtis New, Mildred L. Hardin, Opal Reed, Goldie Christy, Ernest New, Elmer New, Gilbert New, Charles New and Dallas New.  Survivors include her daughter, Reita Mann of Kansas City (North), MO; and sons, Mark Stevens and wife, Darlene of Spencer, IN, Randy Stevens and wife, Jackie of Parkville, MO and step-son, Reese Stevens and wife, Janice of Marengo, IN; ten grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren.

The Graveside service will be held 11:00 am, Monday, June 18, 2012 at Green-Hill Cemetery, Bedford, IN with Pastor Raymond New officiating.  A Memorial service will be held at a later date at the Crossroads Methodist Church in Bloomington, IN.  Memories of Marguerite and condolences to the family may be sent to www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

John C. Hayes

John C. Hayes, 88, a Northland resident and member of St. Therese parish, passed away Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at his residence.  John was born June 5, 1924 to Harvey and Nellie (Wallace) Hayes in Independence, MO.

John was a graduate of Northeast High School (1938) and a proud veteran of the United States Army-Air Corps.  John served two tours during World War II (as a staff sergeant and B-17 aerial gunner) with the 301st Bomb Group (Squadron 352).  After the war he worked as a fireman and postal worker before starting a career at TWA.   John worked at TWA for 0ver 30 years starting as an electrician/mechanic.  In October of 1959, he married Carol E. Hurstel in Miami, Oklahoma.  TWA relocated John to Ethiopia in 1961 where he continued his aviation career as a flight engineer and instructor.  He retired from TWA in 1983.  John then went to work for Zambian Airways (five years) and finished his career in 1997 working for Hawaiian Airlines.

John was preceded in death by his parents and step-father, Floyd Pickles, wife, and a daughter, Karen.  He is survived by his children, Madeline Hayes of Kansas City, MO, John Hayes of Springfield, MO, Mike Hayes of Kansas City, MO and daughter, Lesley Harvin and husband, Gregory Harvin of New Orleans, LA; four grandsons: Mike and wife, Melissa, Colin, Matthew and Sean; two granddaughters Anna and Lily; and a sister, Julia Pickles of WI.

John was surrounded by many friends and family including daughter-in-law Elizabeth Seymour.  Other dear friends and family include Mary Paretta, Reid Flippin, Doris McChesney, Phyllis Schlotterbeck, and others too numerous to mention.  The family wishes to extend a special gratitude to Alanna Seymour who served as John’s caregiver the past year and a half.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m., Saturday, August 18, 2012 at St. Therese Catholic Church 7207 Highway 9 Kansas City, MO 64152 with Rev. Kevin Drew as celebrant.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.  Burial of the cremated remains will be held at Leavenworth National Cemetery.  Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Therese Church or NorthCare Hospice and may be left in care of the Meyers Funeral Chapel Northland, 401 Main St. Parkville, MO 64152.  Memories of John and condolences to the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Britny Marie Haarup

Britny Marie Haarup, 19, a resident of Edgerton, MO died unexpectedly on Friday, July 13, 2012.  She was born November 24, 1992 in St. Joseph, MO.  Britny graduated from Park Hill South High School and was currently attending college. 

Britny was an extremely bright young lady.  She was both strong willed and strong minded.  She embraced motherhood and every decision she made was based around what would be best for her children.  Britny had a true zest for life and will be missed but not forgotten by all who knew her. 

Survivors include her mother, Tareasa (Key) Haarup of Gladstone, MO; her father, Paul A. Haarup of Smithville, MO; her children, Aleah Lynn Haarup and Adilynn Marie Haarup;  two brothers, Benjamin Arthur Haarup and Daniel Ace Haarup; a sister, Melissa Ann Smith; and numerous extended family and friends.

A memorial service celebrating the lives of  Britny Haarup and her sister, Ashley Key will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 20, 2012 at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 5705 Hwy Z. Edgerton, MO. The family requests that everyone in attendance wear bright colors and nothing with black on. A memorial fund in their names has been established at the Platte Valley Bank in Dearborn, MO. Please have all flowers delivered directly to the church. Memories of Britny and Ashley may be left with the family online at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Aleta Alene Reynolds

Aleta A. Reynolds, 91, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO passed away peacefully on the morning of Saturday, June 16, 2012 at NorthCare Hospice House.  She was born November 21, 1920 to Mary A. (Morris) and Walton A. Greenwood in Waldron, MO.

Aleta was born and raised in Platte County.  She married Elwood D. Reynolds on November 9, 1940 in Platte City, MO.  Aleta will be remembered as a true Kansas City Royals fan; she never gave-up hope on her team and was always there to cheer them on whether she was at the stadium or at home watching the game on t.v.  She also enjoyed watching roller derby, rodeo’s, especially the bull riding and she looked forwarded to going out to eat with family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, both parents, siblings: Velma Greenwood, Hazel Shaw, Nona Melvin, Alberta Pike, W.A. Greenwood and Thomas Greenwood.  She is survived by her son, Elton “Leroy” and wife, Shirley Reynolds of Lawson, MO; two grandchildren Ricky (Karen) Reynolds of Eudora, KS and Debbie (Tim) Smith of Lawson, MO; four great-grandchildren: Cameron (Ashley) Reynolds, Jacob (Sharron) Smith, J.P. Reynolds and Nick Gately; two great-great-grandchildren, Auren and Logan; and a sister, Rosemary and husband, June Pierce of Waldron, MO

The family will receive friends from 5 – 7 p.m., Monday, June 18, 2012 at Meyers Funeral Chapel Northland 401 Main St Parkville, MO.  The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at the chapel with Darrold Petticord officiating. Interment will be at East Slope Cemetery.  Memorial Contributions may be made to NorthCare Hospice House.  Memories of Aleta and condolences to the family may be sent to www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Janice Kay Glaub

Janice K. Glaub, 65, of Kansas City, passed away Thursday, June 21, 2012 at North Kansas City Hospital.  She was born August 1, 1946 in Kansas City, KS.

Janice was an artist.  In her spare time she enjoyed going to the casino, chatting with family and friends on Facebook, watching horror movies, decorating, animals and loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband James H. Glaub.  They were married on December 29, 1979 in Las Vegas, NV.  Additional survivors include her father Ken Kroge; children, James P. Glaub (Dylan) of New York, NY, Jamie D. Glaub of Kansas City, MO, Sally L. Patafio of Kansas City, MO and Shawn Cox, Keith Cox and David Cox, all of the Los Angeles area; siblings, Darla Maher (Mike) of Lathrop, MO, Glenn Kroge of WI, Donna Mirczak of Reno, NV and Victoria Moseid (John) of Newberry Park, CA; grandchildren, Michelle, Stephanie, Christina, Alyssa, Stephanie, and Jared; great grandchild, Phoenix and two others on the way; Nephews, Chris, Ryan, Matt, and Bobby; Nieces, Erin, Tina, and Makenna.  She was preceded in death by her mother, Arlene Bandy and a grandmother, Lola Roberts.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, June 24, 2012 at Meyers Funeral Chapel Northland, 401 Main Street, Parkville, MO.  Memories of Janice and condolences may be left for the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

 

Olga Bifulco

Olga Bifulco, 81, a Northland resident in Kansas City, MO went home with the Lord Jesus on June 25, 2012.  She had resided in Kansas City, MO since 1971 and has many friends and neighbors who will cherish her memory.

She worked for Sperry Rand, Trans World Airlines, and Data Systems as a computer systems analyst. She was a member of Toastmaster of Kansas City, Gadabouts, Rummikub, and she was a former member of Beta Sigma Phi. She has been a member of St Therese Catholic Church for many years and often assisted at St Joseph’s Table. Olga recently lived at Garden Village Retirement Apartments in Kansas City where she made many friends. She emigrated from Italy as a very young child and lived in Erie, PA until she moved to Long Island, NY where she graduated from New York University.

She was proceeded in death by her mother, Rose (Foglia) Bifulco and father, Thomas Vito Bifulco; Theresa (Bifulco) Agresti, Michael Bifulco, Angelina (Bifulco) Zammit, Lucy (Bifulco) Salvo, and Gabriel Bifulco, and nephew, Thomas Bifulco, DPM.

She is survived by her beloved 19 nieces and nephews, children of Theresa: Ernest, Tina and Linda; child of Michael: Thomas; children of Angelina: Marianne, Ted, Rosalinda, Georgia, Robert, Geraldine; children of Lucy: Victor, Mary, John: children of Gabriel: Roseanne, Thomas, Catherine, Ciro, Lisa, and Maria; 20 great nieces and nephews; 1 great-great niece and 1 great-great nephew; her sister in law, Rose Bifulco; brother in law, Victor Salvo and many cousins.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11:00 a.m. Friday, June 29, 2012 at St. Therese Catholic Church, 7207 NW 9 Highway, Kansas City, MO 64152.  Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society.  Burial will be held in Long Island, NY.  The Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, MO has been entrusted with the final arrangements.  Memories of Olga and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Colin Clifton Campbell

Colin Clifton Campbell, 80, a Northland resident in Kansas City, MO and longtime member of the Parkville Rotary Club passed away Monday, July 2, 2012 at the home of his daughter and caregiver, Lorie.  He was born December 27, 1931 to Elmer Clifton and Olive Bernice Campbell in East St. Louis, IL.  Colin graduated from Parkville High School in 1951 and was drafted in the United States Army on February 22, 1952.  He served in Fort Knox, KY, Birmingham, GA, Fort Lee VA, and Fort Campbell, KY.   He received his Honorable Discharge in 1954.  Following high school he married his high school sweetheart Marilee Malott on December 28, 1952.  She passed away on May 11, 1994. 

Colin was first employed at 7-Up Co. from 1955 – 1962 and then worked at Miller-Campbell Auto Sales from 1962- 1967.  Colin went into the Insurance business at Prudential from 1967- 1968. He became his own agent with Farmers Insurance Group in 1968 and retired in 1995.

Colin and Marilee became very active in The Arc, an organization for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, to help with their twin daughters and other mentally handicapped citizens.  They started the group home so that those citizens could live as much of an independent life as possible. 

He was a member of Parkville Presbyterian Church where he also served as a Deacon and Elder.  Colin believed in serving his community.  He joined the Parkville Rotary Club in 1970 where he served a term as President and was District Governor in 1981-82. He had a perfect attendance record for over 41 years.  He was very proud to be a Paul Harris Fellow and had helped many others receive this honor.

Colin had a passion for antique cars and his farm in Edgerton, MO.  He purchased the farm in 1988, so that he would always have something to do.

Colin was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Marilee Campbell; his parents, Elmer Clifton and Olive B. Campbell; his son, Curtis Clifton Campbell.  Survivors include his daughters, Lorie B. Heavner of Kansas City, MO and Coleen V. Noble and husband, Donald R. Noble of Parkville, MO, twin daughters, Marcia J. Campbell of Parkville, MO and Marsha E. Campbell of Higginsville, MO; five grandchildren: Joshua A. Heavner, Amanda B. Heavner, Alexandra M. Heavner, Devin R. Noble and Jacob D. Noble; and a sister, Marney Miller of Parkville, MO.  The family would like to thank the staff at NorthCare Hospice for the loving care they showed Colin during his illness.

A funeral service celebrating Colin’s life will be held 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 6, 2012 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.  A graveside service and military honors will follow at East Slope Cemetery in Riverside, MO.  The family will receive friends from 6-8:00 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to The Arc of Clay and Platte Counties, Inc. and left in care of the funeral home.  Memories of Colin and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Mahlet Gerra

Mahlet Gerra, 26, Kansas City, MO passed away at 11:28 p.m. on Monday, July 2, 2012 under the care of Vitas Hospice.  She was born January 28, 1986 in Ethiopia to Gerra Girma and Yisha Hapte.  She was educated in Ethiopia and attended college in phoenix, AZ.  Mahlet moved to Kansas City from Pheonix in 2009.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by four brothers, Solomon, Emanual, Yoseph and Nebeu Gerra.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, July 5, 2012 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.  Burial will follow at Walnut Grove Cemetery in Parkville.  Memories of Mahlet and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Richard Stoudt

Richard R. Stoudt, 70, Parkville, MO passed away Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at the North Kansas City Hospital.  He was born December 10, 1941 in Emmaus, PA to Harrison and Anna (Kiriposki) Stoudt.  He had lived in Kansas City since 1976.

Richard spent the majority of his working years as a maintenance manager in the trucking industry.  He served as president of IAM Lodge # 1099 in Allentown, PA and as president of the Kansas City Maintenance Council.  In his spare time he enjoyed riding his motorcycle, fishing, gardening, watching his bird houses and tinkering in the garage.  He was a member of St. Therese Parish in Parkville.

Richard married Diane M. Labenberg on October 28, 1961 in Emmaus, PA.  She survives of the home.  Additional survivors include four children, Michael Stoudt (Laura) of St. Louis, MO, Lisa Barker of Ventura, CA, Denise Elton (Mark) of Parkville, MO and Lori Boucher (Tom) of Kansas City, MO; seven grandchildren, Harrison, Matthew, Tiffany, David, Michelle, Breanna and Johnathan; and a sister, Anna Schlaner of Coopersberg, PA.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 2:00 p.m. Friday, July 6, 2012 at St. Therese Catholic Church with Rev. Joe Cisetti as celebrant.  Burial will be private.  There is no scheduled visitation.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the St. Therese Church.  Memories of Richard and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Kim M. Loveless

Kim LovelessKim M. Loveless, 78, of Weatherby Lake, MO, passed away August 23, 2012 at St. Luke’s Northland Hospital with his family at his side.  Kim was born to Ernest and Edith (Prine) Loveless on October 20, 1933 in Abernathy, TX.  He was united in marriage to Nancy (Abbott) on June 25, 1954 in Lubbock, TX.

Kim graduated from Texas Technological College with a degree in Psychology in 1957.  He joined the Navy entering Flight Candidate School in Pensacola, FL and earned his wings as a Naval Aviator in 1958.  Kim served in the Navy for 8 years including two cruises to the eastern Pacific on the USS Bon Homme Richard (CV-31) in VF-191 and completed his active duty in VF-124.  During his Naval career he flew a number of aircraft including the T-34B (Mentor), T-28 (Trojan), T2V (Seastar), F9F-8 (Cougar), F8U (Crusader) and the Douglas F5D.

After the Navy, Kim began his career with Trans World Airlines as a line pilot flying the Lockheed Constellation, and as Captain he flew the Convair 880, Douglas DC-9, McDonnell Douglas MD-80, Boeing 707, Boeing 727 and Lockheed L-1011.  He served as a Flight Instructor, a Check Pilot and a Line Check Airman in addition to serving in Management.  He also found time to enjoy his passion in private life flying the Aeronco 7KCAB (Citabria) and Laister Kaufman LK-10 Glider and the Cessna 182.

Kim was a member of the ANA (Association of Naval Aviation), Sell Or Buy Investment Club, Weatherby Lake Sailing Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Around Thirties Sunday School Class.  He was on the organizing board for Wings over Mid America which later became known as Angel Flight Central.   He was also an organizing member of the Weatherby Lake Park Board, as well as the Heartland Walk to Emmaus.  Kim was a Lay Member to the Missouri United Methodist Conference, and served in various Administrative capacities at Platte Woods United Methodist Church.

Survivors include wife Nancy of the home; sons, W. Kurt Loveless, DDS and wife, Paula of Lubbock, TX, and Kris M. Loveless and wife, Dee of Liberty, MO, and Barbara Loveless, widow of son D. Keith Loveless; sisters Ernestine Dobbins and husband, Marvin of Lubbock, TX, and Geneva Tarkenton of Mineral Wells, TX; brother, Newell Loveless and wife, Joy of Lubbock, TX; grandchildren, Kolin Loveless and wife Hillary, Kelsea Loveless, Karleigh Loveless, Eric Dunn, Brandon Dunn and wife Amy, Keith Loveless; great-grandchild Channing Dunn.  Kim was preceded in death by his parents and son D. Keith Loveless.

Memorial Services will be held 11:00 am Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at the Platte Woods United Methodist Church 7310 New Prairie View Rd. Platte Woods, MO, 64151 with Pastor Steve Breon officiating.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the services at the church and Interment  will be at Leavenworth National Cemetery following. Memorial contributions are suggested to Platte Woods United Methodist Church or Angel Flight Central and may be left in care of the Meyers Funeral Chapel Northland, 401 Main St. Parkville, MO 64152. Memories of Kim and condolences to the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Rebecca Sue "Becky" Wilson

Becky was a graduate of William Jewel College, where she made life-long friends as a member of Delta Zeta Sorority.  After graduation, she began her career as a claim representative with State Farm Insurance, where she recently celebrated her 35 year anniversary.

Becky was a vibrant, energetic person with a kind and caring heart.  She was dedicated to her job and devoted to her family and friends.  She loved to laugh, read, write poetry and shop-especially for shoes and purses.  She read her Bible daily and had a strong faith in God.

Becky is survived by her loving husband of 28 years, Richard Wilson, of the home, and by their son, Andrew Wilson of Gladstone, MO, of whom she was so proud of; her beloved parents, Bill and Shirley Bailey; brother, Michael Bailey, of Sioux City, IA, where Becky was raised.  Also left to grieve her loss are her brothers and sisters-in-law: Marilyn Edlund, John & Nancy Gillman, Paula Wilson, John and Willa Shreve; her future daughter-in-law, Sara Beatty, several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews, as well as her extensive State Farm family and friends.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 7, 2012 at Meyers Funeral Chapel Northland, 401 Main Street, Parkville MO at 10:00am.  Entombment will follow at Mt. Moriah Terrace Park Cemetery.  Visitation will be held 5-7 p.m., Friday, July 6, 2012 at the funeral home.

Becky was a breast cancer survivor; the family suggests donations to the Susan G. Komen Foundation in her memory as an alternative to flowers.  Memories of Becky and condolences to the family may be sent to www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Verna Flockman

Verna Virginia Flockman, 91, died Sunday, July 8, 2012 at Riverside Nursing and Rehab Center under the care of Hospice Advantage, and surrounded by family members.

Verna was always meticulous about her appearance, and never turned down an opportunity to head out on a shopping adventure. She was always very active volunteering at her church, helping in various supportive roles throughout her years in Burlington. For many years, she loved taking bus tours with friends, as well as cruising with her family. She spoke of her travels many times. She loved collecting angels and crocheting.

Born on January 15, 1921, she was the daughter of Thomas and Jennie (Keys) Astelford Sr. She married Hubert S. Flockman on May 26, 1972 in Burlington. He died October 4, 1978.

Verna was a salesperson for Newton Manufacturing for 19 years. She was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church and Kings Daughters.

Survivors include her daughter; Shirley (Galen) Miller of Kansas City, MO; 3 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; 5 great-great-grandchildren; niece; Patty (Tim) Huth of Bettendorf, IA; 2 great nieces; 1 nephew; 2 great nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two sisters, Jane and Mary, and one half-brother.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at the Antioch Community Church, 4805 NE Antioch Rd., Kansas City, MO, 64119 with Rev. Harry Foockle officiating.  Inurnment will follow on Friday, July 27, 2012

According to her wishes, cremation has been accorded.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice Advantage and may be left in care of the Meyers Northland Chapel 401 Main St. Parkville, MO 64152.  Memories of Verna and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Verna was a very kind, generous woman, and will be greatly missed.

James L. Silbaugh

James L. Silbaugh, 62, a Northland resident of Kansas City, Missouri, formerly of Janesville, WI, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at his home.  James was born July 3, 1950 to Robert and Effie (Rinehart) Silbaugh in Janesville, Wisconsin.

James retired from working at GM after 30 years as an Assembly line worker.  He is survived by a daughter, Clorie D. Van Tuyl; and a brother, Thomas Silbaugh of Kansas City, MO.

A Memorial service will be held at a later date in Janesville, WI.  Cremation.  Memories of James and condolences to the family may be sent to www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

David Glen Wehrli

David G. Wehrli, 51, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO passed away Friday, July 13, 2012 at his home. David was born July 16, 1960 to Larry and Claudia (Thompson) Wehrli  in Omaha, Nebraska.

David married his best friend, Carol Anderson on October 7, 1989 in St. Louis, MO. He was employed at Kansas City Power & Light Company (KCP&L) as a Field Construction Supervisor for the past 24 years. David was a member of the Missouri Valley Arms Collectors Association for 15 years. He also enjoyed antiquing, hunting, and history.

David is survived by his wife, Carol Wehrli of the home; a son, Nicholas G. Wehrli of Virginia Beach, VA; mother, Claudia Sprengel of Hibbing, MN; father, Larry, and Liz Wehrli (stepmother) of Pearce, AZ; two sisters, Erin Haglund of Eveleth, MN and Dorene Dobberstein of Virginia, MN.

The family will receive friends at 5 p.m., Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at Meyers Funeral Chapel Northland at 401 Main Street Parkville, MO 64152. The Memorial Service will be held at 6 p.m. at the chapel with Chaplain Lowell Swindler, Jr. officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorial contributions be made to The Leukemia Foundation or to NorthCare Hospice.

 

Manuel Benavides

Manuel Benavides, 87, a Northland resident of Gladstone, MO passed away Monday, July 16, 2012 at the Riverside Nursing and Rehab Center, in Riverside, MO.  Manuel was born June 2, 1925 in Kansas City, MO to Manuel and Feliciana (Trevino) Benavides.

Manuel was united into marriage to Jessie (Ramirez) in Kansas City, MO in 1943.  He worked as a Warehouseman for Owens Corning Fiberglass Corp. for 34 years and was a proud member of the Teamsters Union.  Manuel was a WWII Navy Veteran aboard the USS Zellars.  He was a Kamikaze survivor of the battle of Okinawa of the Pacific Theater.  He was a parishioner at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church.  Manuel enjoyed playing pool, dancing, and spending time with his family especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Jessie; other survivors include sons, Manuel Benavides, Jr. of Riverside, MO, Michael Benavides of Kansas City, MO, Carlos Benavides of Kansas City, MO; daughter, Linda Barrera of Iselin, NJ; ten grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Jesse Camacho of Los Angeles CA, Benny Camacho of Springfield, MO.  Manuel was preceded in death by his parents, two sons, Robert and Steven Benavides and daughter-in-law, Sharron Benavides.

Visitation will be held Thursday, July 19, 2012 from 5-7:00 p.m., with the Rosary prayed at 7:00 p.m.at the Meyers Northland Chapel 401 Main, St., Parkville, MO.  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:00 a.m., Friday, July 20, 2012 at St. Charles Borromeo, 900 NE Shady Lane Dr., Gladstone, MO, with Rev. Joseph Totton as celebrant. Burial will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery 1150 N. 38th St. Kansas City, KS.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Foundation.  Memories of Manuel and condolences to the family may be sent to www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Larry Wisdom

Larry R WisdomLarry R. Wisdom, 61, passed away peacefully at the Riverside Nursing and Rehab Center in Riverside, MO, on July 17, 2012.  He was born to Manuel and Bluebell (Tate) Wisdom on June 7, 1951 in Kimmswick, MO.

Larry was a veteran of the United States Navy.  He worked as a painter the majority of his life and lived in St. James, MO, for many years.  He enjoyed being around family and friends.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Jerry Wisdom and Karrol Wisdom; survivors include daughters, Lisa Huey (James) of Pleasant Valley, MO, Kelli Wisdom of Brooklyn, NY; sons, Shawn Wisdom of Kansas City, MO, Jason Wisdom of Belton, MO; grandchildren, Scott, Matthew, Kaitlyn, Vincent, Aubrey, Karli, Shelby; sisters, Delores Vessell of Farmington, MO, Joyce Nuckolls of Farmington, MO; brother Gerald Wisdom (Suzie) of Farmington, MO.

Inurnment of Larry will take place at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, MO, at a date to be determined.  Memories of Larry and condolences to the family may be sent to www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Roc H. Biffinger

Roc Biffinger, age 63, of Atchison, Kansas died surrounded by his family at Heartland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph, MO on July 19, 2012. The cause was due to respiratory failure. Roc was born January 31, 1949, in Atchison to Bill and Barbara Biffinger.

He attended Oklahoma State University and graduated from Benedictine College in 1972. He married Jane Ann Minnis of Atchison, KS. He lived in Atchison most of his life. Roc was employed by the State of Kansas Human Resources Division of Employment for the past 38 years.

He was a sports enthusiast, running track and starring as half-back for the Atchison Redmen in the late 1960s. Roc was an avid golfer, fisherman and enjoyed watching all sports on tv and especially when his grandchildren were on the court or on the field. He had an easy, relaxed demeanor. Later in life Roc became an amazing inspirational speaker. He was tolerant, forgiving and patient. Roc was a proud, patient and loving father and husband. It was heartwarming to see the pure joy and love in his face when interacting both with his kids and later with his grandkids. Roc was a special man that was admired very much by his family, friends and coworkers. He was atruly good person and will be deeply missed by so many.

Survivors include his wife, Jane Ann Biffinger of the home; children, Roxanne R. Hug (Joe) of Olathe, KS, Brooke L. Kirby (Matt) of Overland Park, KS and Peter J. Biffinger of Atchison, KS; a brother, William Bing Biffinger (Bonnie) of Brownwood, TX; grandchildren, Alex, Johnny, Harrison and Mara Jane; and his best friend of 60 years, Richard Liebch.

The rosary will be prayed at 7:00 p.m. Friday, July 20, 2012 at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church in Atchison, where the family will receive friends until 8:30 p.m. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday at St. Benedict’s with Rev. Gerard Senecal, OSB presiding. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are suggested to Atchison Catholic Elementary School or Specs for Little Heroes and may be left in care of the Meyers Funeral Chapel Northland, 401 Main St., Parkville, MO 64152. Memories of Roc and condolences may be left for the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Lillian Degener

Lillian Marie Degener, 98, Parkville, Mo passed away Sunday, July 22, 2012 at the Garden Terrace at Overland Park.  She was born November 6, 1913 in Kansas City, MO to Charles Frank and Lena (Sparr) Kratky.  She graduated from Northeast High School in 1930.

Lillian was a longtime member of the Park Hill Christian Church where she served as Deacon.  In 1970 she was awarded the Platte County Church Woman of the Year.  She was Past President of the Church Women United of Platte County and of the University of Missouri Extension Division of Platte County.  Lillian served on the Parkville City Council and was Past Chairman of the Planning and Zoning Commission in Parkville.  In her earlier years she was very active with the Parkville area Chamber of commerce.  Some of her other clubs and organizations include: Past President of the Old Parkville Cemetery, Parkville Fine Arts Association, Platte County Council P.T.A. and Graden Elementary P.T.A., where she served as President, Girl Scout Leader, Brownie Leader and Cub Scout Leader, Historical Society Leader, Women’s Republican Club of Platte County, Past President of the Mothers Club-Sigma Kappa Sorority at the University of Kansas, Advisory Board of the Park College Gazette Newspaper. 

She married Arthur Donald Degener on September 11, 1949 at the Independence Boulevard Christian Church in Kansas City.  He preceded her in death in 1994.  In addition to her husband, she was also preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Charles Frank Kratley and Harold Robert Kratley; a sister, Helen Jean (Kratley) Heatherton. 

Survivors include five children, Donna Lea Drinkard of Raytown, MO, Charlene Elizabeth Degener of Portland, OR, Arthur Donald Degener of Subic Bay, Philippines, Denise Anne Degener of Parkville, MO and Gregory Alexander Degener of Parkville, MO; two grandchildren, Kiera Degener O’Brien and Charles Arthur Degener.

Funeral services will be conducted 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at the Meyers Northland Chapel with Rev. Dale Walling of the Park Hill Christian Church officiating.  Burial will follow at the Walnut Grove Cemetery in Parkville.  Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday morning at the funeral home.  Memorial contributions are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association and may be left in care of the Meyers Northland Chapel, 401 Main St. Parkville, MO 64152.  Memories of Lillian and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Maye Plank

Maye Plank, 92, a Northland resident formerly of Salem, MO passed away Friday, July 27, 2012 at the Garden Valley Manor in Kansas City, MO.  Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Sunday, July 29, 2012 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem.  Survivors include her daughter, Marilyn Dameron and husband John of Kansas City, MO and her son, Danny Plank and wife Elaine of Kirkwood, MO.  The Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville is in charge of the local arrangements.

Dulcie Chase (Boggess) Chapman

Dulcie entered this earth in her parents’ home in Hardin, MO on April 25, 1922 the 3rd born of 6 girls. She left with God on July 31, 2012 from her home in Kansas City, MO with her daughter at her side. She was a woman of many hats and many names. Those names were Dulcie, Butch, Doc, Mom and Grami.

When Pearl Harbor was bombed she and her sister, Evelyn were fixing the outhouse for winter. Dulcie felt she had to do something to help her country. She came to Kansas City and applied for a job with North American Aviation where she became Rosie the Riveter by riveting the wings of B25s. After the war she worked for Emery Bird Thayer and from there went to work at Southwestern Bell Telephone. Dulcie worked for “Ma Bell” for 36 years in different capacities. After retirement she and her husband, JR, drove to Hardin every day to tend the garden they had built on family ground, visit her mother, Duchess, in the nursing home and to fish.  She babysat her granddaughters, Samantha and Jaime, for the first 2 years of their lives.  Dulcie continued going to the farm every day until she broke her neck in 2005 at which time she could no longer drive. She moved to Kendallwood Hills Estates in 2006 making many friends until her pulmonary condition and dementia forced her to move back to her own home of 60 years with her daughter.

Dulcie was a most generous woman. Everyone loved her homemade bread and noodles which she learned from her mother. Family and neighbors benefitted greatly from the love of her garden by receiving gifts of corn, tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, onions and green beans. Dulcie loved to water ski even though she was scared to death of the water always wearing a ski belt and life jacket at the same time. She learned to slalom and said days before she left us, “I would love to ski again. That was so much fun.” She taught that fun to her daughter and many nieces and nephews. Each year her entire family consisting of her parents, sisters and their families would go to the lake for a week of fishing, swimming, boating and skiing having a Friday night fish fry to bring everyone together. Neighbors could set their watches by her daily walks with her little dog, Jewel. They knew they were late for work if they saw her walking. She made many friends on those daily walks and often commented, “I didn’t know that person knew me.” Dulcie was a very strong and strong-willed person. The day she broke her neck she thought she would be fine and refused paramedics taking her to the hospital. When she did relent to going her injuries were very serious, possibly fatal or, at minimum, paralyzing. The only incapacity after surgery was her neck being stiff. She had to move to Kendallwood Hills Estates where there were no steps because she could not afford to fall again. She always attended bingo to the surprise of her entire family. People would often stop at her home and ask “what happened to that lady that used to live here.”  Neighbors and people walking commented on how she was always outside from sun up to sun down working in her yard on her flowers, tomatoes and peppers she had planted there as well. They were amazed by how hard she worked especially doing things she shouldn’t like cleaning out the gutters of her home. She loved blowing snow in the winter and even blew off 2 other neighbors’ drives and then did her own.

Dulcie was predeceased by her husband of 28 years, Roy Chapman, Jr., her sisters Evelyn Jones and Mary Ellen Stevens. She continues to watch over her daughter, Cathy Chapman; granddaughters, Samantha and Jaime Weakley; sisters, Blanche Zorn, Betty Placke and Barbara Jolly; and Steven Weakley who “will always be my son-in-law,” along with many nieces and nephews.  A celebration of her life and spirit will be held 3:00 p.m., Thursday, September 6, 2012 at the north shelter house, Oak Grove Park in Gladstone, MO.  In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to Hardin United Methodist Church, Crossroads Hospice Charitable Foundation, Shepherds Center of the Northland or an organization of the donor’s choice. Cremation has been entrusted with Meyers Northland Chapel.  Memories of Dulcie and condolences to the family may be sent to www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

M. Elana Hoover

Elana Hoover, 63, a Northland resident, passed away Thursday, August 9, 2012 at the NorthCare Hospice House.  A Committal service will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, August 13, 2012 at Leavenworth National Cemetery 150 Muncie Rd. in Leavenworth with Rev. Skip Hessel, Pastor of the Northern Hills Baptist Church in Kearney, MO officiating.   The Meyers Funeral Chapel Northland in Parkville has been entrusted with the final arrangements.  Memories of Elana and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Survivors include her husband, Kenneth Hoover, of the home; daughter, Shannan Ashcroft and husband, Adam of Kearney, MO; a son, Kenneth, Jr. and wife, Amy of Kansas City, MO (Northland); her mother, Bonnie Burger of Lebanon, MO; two brothers, Harland Burger of Kansas City, MO and Doug Burger of Lebanon, MO; four grandchildren, Emma, Eli, Kenny and Jake.

Willie Whitener

Willis “Willie” Dean Whitener, 72, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO passed away on Friday, August 17, 2012 at North Kansas City Hospital with his family by his side.  Willie was born September 16, 1939 to Clarence and Kathryn Whitener in Eldon, MO.

He was a veteran of the United States Navy receiving his Honorable Discharge in July 1960. Willie ended his career in sales for EMJ Corp, prior to that he spent many of his working years with Raymond International.   He married his best friend, Linda Montgomery in Platte County, MO on February 14, 1984.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Leo F. Whitener.  He is survived by his wife, Linda Whitener of the home; a daughter, Terre Whitener of Oak Grove, MO; and three sons, Kevin M. Osbern and wife, Jami of Lake Waukomis, MO, Christopher S. Osbern of Kansas City, MO and David W. Osbern of Kansas City, MO; six grandchildren: Taylor Ann Marie Osbern, Jesse Whitener, Jurnee S. Whitener, Devin R. Osbern, Tyler A. Osbern and Avrie D. Osbern.

The Committal Service will be held 10:00 a.m., Thursday, August 23, 2012 at Leavenworth National Cemetery 150 Muncie Road, Leavenworth, KS with military honors under the auspices of the United States Navy Honor Guard.   In lieu of flowers the family has requested memorial contributions be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.  The Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville has been entrusted with the final arrangements.  Memories of Willie and condolences to the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Jo Ann Jensen

Jo Ann Jensen, 82, a former Northland resident residing in Desoto, TX since 1977  passed away August 20, 2012 in TX.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Reid Jon Jensen on July 29, 1995. 

Survivors include two sons, Jon and wife Vanessa Jensen of Olivia, TX and Jay Dean Jensen of North Kansas City, MO; a daughter, Jan Marie and husband Larry Potts of Kearney, MO; six grandchildren, Jon Jensen, Jr., Anitra Jordan, Heather Stoecklein, Amber Potts, Jessica David and Jennifer Jensen; 12 great grandchildren.

A Committal service will be held 9:00 a.m. Friday, August 24, 2012 at Leavenworth National Cemetery, 150 Muncie Rd. in Leavenworth, KS.  Memorial contributions are suggested to the New Life in Christ Lutheran Church, 311 Cockrell Hill Rd., Duncanville, TX 75116, where a funeral service for Mrs. Jensen will be conducted 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 22, 2012 under the direction of the West-Hurtt Funeral Home in Desoto, TX.  The local arrangements have been entrusted to the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, MO.  Memories of Mrs. Jensen and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

 

Edward Wilson

Edward Jess Wilson, 53, Richmond, MO passed away on Monday, August 20, 2012 at the North Kansas City Hospital.  He was born January 29, 1959 in Rome, NY to Enoch L. and Eva J. (Bravo) Wilson.  They preceded him in death. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, two daughters, one brother and one sister.  

 Ed spent the majority of his working years as a CNA and CMT.  He was of the Catholic faith. 

Per his wishes, cremation will be completed and no formal service will be held.  The Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville has been entrusted with the cremation arrangements.

Edward D. Sienes

Edward D. Sienes, 46, a Northland resident passed away Wednesday, August 22, 2012.  He was born to Frank and Angelina (Dakanno) Sienes on June 12, 1966 in Micronesia.  Edward was Baptist by faith and worked for the LSI Staffing Agency, in Kansas City, Missouri. 

Survivors include his companion Hellen Carius; sisters, Christina Sienes of Maryland, WA, Myrna Sienes of Micronesia, Lorna Sienes of Guam, Joyleen Sienes of Micronesia, Nora Sienes of Micronesia; brothers Fancis Sienes of Guam, Kojack Sienes of Micronesia.  Edward is preceded in death by his mother.

Services will be held 2:00 p.m., Wendesday, August 29, 2012 at Meyers Funeral Chapel Northland 401 Main St. Parkville, Missouri, 64152.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the Service. Memories of Edward and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Charles A. Saddler

Charles “Albert” Saddler, 87, a Northland resident in Kansas City, MO passed away Monday, October 8, 2012 at his residence.  He was born to Charles and Ella (Keene) Saddler on December 22, 1924 in Greene County, MO.

Albert served in the United States Army, and was a WWII Veteran.  He worked at General Motors for 30 years in department 17.  Albert was a member of the United Auto Workers (UAW) 31.  He really enjoyed raising cattle, and restoring tractors.

Albert is survived by his son Leslie K. Saddler of Kansas City, MO; brother Tom Saddler (Ermagene) of Rogersville, MO; sisters Josephine Perkins of Springfield, MO, Mary Murphy (Bill) of Crane, MO; grandchildren Tina Saddler of Holt, MO, Leslie Saddler Jr. (Kim) of Kearney, MO, Shelly Embley of Holt, MO, Michael Saddler of Blue Springs, MO, Randy Foster of Holt, MO, Stacey Foster of Independence, MO, Corey Foster (Chantel) of Independence, MO; great-grandchildren Dean Saddler (Jennifer), Jonathan Saddler, Anthony Roberds; and numerous nieces and nephews.  Albert is preceded in death by his parents; sisters Bessie, Grace, Opal, Dorthy; brothers Pete, Gene.

The family will receive friends from 5-7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 12, 2012 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville. Following the visitation, the body will be transported to the J.D. Lee & Sons Funeral Home in Rogersville, MO, where funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday. Graveside services and burial will be held at the Palmetto Cemetery in Rogersville following the service. Memories of Mr. Saddler and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Dorothy L. Kump

Dorothy L. Kump, 84, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO passed away on Friday, August 24, 2012 at Kindred Hospital Northland.  Dorothy was born April 1, 1928 to Pearl E. and George B. Bebout in Humansville, MO.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband of 65 years George Kump who passed away in 2010, a granddaughter and two brothers.  She is survived by her daughter, Charlene Denney of Kansas City (North), MO; and two sons, Larry Kump and wife, Judy of Kansas City (North), MO and Garry Kump and wife, Vickie of Kansas City (North), MO; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

The family will hold a private family gathering to celebrate the life of their loving mother and grandmother. Cremation.  A Tribute to Dorothy written by the family will follow later next week. Memories of Dorothy and condolences to the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Glyndalene "Joan" Cox

Glyndalene Joan Cox, 73, passed away on Friday, October 5, 2012.  She was born April 27, 1939 to Catherine Mable (Chesshier) and William Robert Pollard in Oklahoma City, OK.

Joan was united in marriage to Francis Eugene “Frank” Cox on February 14, 1964 in Bedford, IA.  There were two children born into this union, Deidre Rene and Jerad Kim.  Joan worked as a Laboratory Medical Technician for St. Luke’s Hospital. 

She was preceded in death by her husband Frank, both parents and three brothers Robert Pollard, Wayne Pollard and Frankie Pollard.  Survivors include her daughter, Deidre “Dee Dee” and husband, Mark Dreiling of Kansas City (North), MO and her son, Jerad “JC” and wife, Jennifer Cox of Kansas City (North), MO; one granddaughter, Jordan Cox, and three grandsons, Terry Cox, Luke Dreiling and Matt Dreiling; sisters: Helen Richmond of AR, Jeanette Scanlan of NM, and Sylvia Hawhee of IA.

The Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, October 8, 2012 at Meyers Funeral Chapel 401 Main Street Parkville, MO  with Pastor Troy McMahon officiating.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.  Burial will be 1:30 p.m. at East Slope Cemetery in Riverside, MO.  Memorial Contributions may be made to ALS, Keith Worthington Chapter.  Memories of Joan and condolences to the family may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

D. Janet Tatman (Nieman)

D. Janet Tatman (Nieman), 92, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO passed away on August 23, 2012 at the NorthCare Hospice House.  Janet was born April 9, 1920 to Dorothy (Goehner) and Henry J. Nieman in Kansas City, MO.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Bane Tatman, granddaughter, Emily Marie Messbarger, and son-in-law, Bill George.  She is survived by her three daughters: Nancy Janet Gaiser and husband, John of Houston, TX, Elizabeth Bane George of Roeland Park, KS and Alice Marie Marks and husband, Dan of Ft. Worth, TX: five grandchildren: Amy McFarlin, Bane Gaiser, Sydney George, Jordan Marks, and Kate Marks; five great-grandchildren: Gage Messbarger, Emma Gaiser, Otto Gaiser, Rachael McFarlin and Jack McFarlin; one brother, Ralph H. Nieman and Wife, Lois of Ft. Collins, CO; and a sister, Donna Jean Brown and husband, James of Oklahoma City, OK.

Janet and Bane Tatman were married 55 years before his death in 1995. They enjoyed church activities, traveling and especially square dancing. After Bane’s death; Janet continued to live an active lifestyle, driving through the age of 91.  She loved playing bridge and belonged to various clubs over the years. She was a Charter member of Christ Lutheran Church.  She worked for the Farley Bank and then for TWA until retirement. In 1951, she was the first woman to serve on a jury in Platte County circuit court.

The family would like to extend a special “thank you” to her dear friend, Chris Christianson, for his support and companionship through her later years.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 1, at Christ Lutheran Church, 6700 NW 72nd Street, Platte Woods, MO. Luncheon to follow.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to her beloved church, Christ Lutheran, or NorthCare Hospice, where she was so passionately cared for over the last couple of weeks.

James "Wendell" Graham

James Wendell Graham, 92, a 60 year resident of Parkville, MO, passed away on Tuesday, August 28, 2012, surrounded by his loving family at the North Kansas City Hospital.  Wendell was born June 14, 1920 to James and Mayme A. (Moore) Graham in Chula, MO.

Wendell married his soul mate, Lillian Vale in Marshall, MO on April 20, 1941.  They just celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary this year.  He was a veteran of the United States Navy, who proudly served his country in two wars; World War II and the Korean Conflict.  He was aboard the USS Pelias as a machinist.

Wendell was an active leader in the Kansas City Area Council Boy Scouts and was the District Advancement Chairman for the former North Star District where he oversaw the Eagle Scout Board of Review and Court of Honors.  Under his leadership, several hundred local Boy Scouts achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.  He was a warrior in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say.

He retired from Honeywell (Allied Signal/Bendix) after a distinguished career spanning over 25 years as an engineer of metrology.  During this time, he received several awards for creativity.  He was also a Professional Engineer.  He was a member of the Masonic Lodge AF&AM.

Wendell was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Maxine Morrison.  He is survived by his loving wife, Lillian of the home; two sons, Jerry and wife, Jenny Graham of Stillwater, MN, Ronnie and wife, Linda Graham of Platte City, MO; eight grandchildren: Jeffrey Graham, Jeremy Graham, Richard Sulzbach, Christopher Shane Graham, Katherine Giannopulos, Erika Sloan, Brian Graham, Eric Graham; step-granddaughter, Rebecca Wright; ten great-grandchildren, Jacob Graham, Brandon Graham Sulzbach, McKayla Sulzbach, Gianna Graham, Sofia Graham, Damian Larsen, Bradley Sloan, Dylan Sloan, Katelyn Chambeau, and Danielle Sloan.

The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, September 4, 2012 at Meyers Funeral Chapel 401 Main St. Parkville, MO, Pastor Jim Gordon will be officiating.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.  Burial will be held at 1:30 p.m., Fairhaven Cemetery, Norborne, MO with full military honors.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Boy Scouts of America.  Memories of Wendell and condolences to the family may be sent to www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Carmen St. Alma Craig

Carmen St. Alma Craig, 88, a resident of Kansas City, MO passed away on Friday, September 28, 2012 at the Garden Valley Manor in the Northland.  She was born April 28, 1924 in St. Philip, Barbados to Lionel and Millicent (Gittens) Hinds.  They preceded her in death.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Cuthbert Craig and four of her nine children: daughters, Jean Craig, Thelma Ann Vaughn, and sons, Tony Craig and David Craig.  Carmen’s surviving children are: Cecile and (Bob) Chiddenton, Peggy and (Tom) Calley, Colin and (Pat) Craig, Betty Mitchell, Geoffrey and Craig and (Rosita); son-in-law, Stephen Vaughn, her primary care-giver over the past 20 years; step-daughter, Sheila and (Bob) Smith; grandchildren: Craig, Sean, Trevor, Brian, Rachel, Daniel, Christopher, Ryan, Celeste, Basil, Colin and Robert; great-grandchildren: Sonja, Helen, Robert, Meghan, Brianna, Quinton, James, Cerra, Jayden, Jordan, Jonte, Evan and Ian. 

A Memorial Service celebrating Carmen’s life will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday October 06, 2012 at the Swope Parkway United Christian Church, 6140 Swope Parkway, Kansas City, MO 64130.  Burial of the cremated remains will take place in her birthplace of Barbados.  Memorial contributions are suggested to the church.  The Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville has been entrusted with the final arrangements.  Memories of Carmen and condolences may be left with the family www.meyersfuneralchapel.com. 

Maria Do Thi To Nu

 

Maria Do Thi To Nu, 85, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO passed away August 31, 2012 at her home.  She was born to Thuc Do and Tieu Huynh on March 27, 1927 in ThuaThien, Vietnam.  Maria married Xuan Truong in 1946 in Hoi An Vietnam.

Maria moved from Saigon, South Vietnam to Kansas City, MO in 1993.  She worked as a nurse and retired in 1975.  She was a member of St. Therese Parish in Kansas City, MO.  Maria was a wonderful mother who was faithful to her family, especially in raising 11 children.

Survivors include children, Thao Truong (Dong Nguyen) of Kansas City, MO, Hoang Truong of Saigon Vietnam, Hoa Truong (Cuoi Pham) of Kansas City, MO, Huy Truong of Kansas City, MO, Hung Truong (Lan Pham) of Houston, TX, Mai Truong (Liem Nguyen) of Kansas City, MO, LanTruong (Tien Nguyen) of Atlanta, GA, Hanna Truong Askren (Roy Askren) of Kansas City, MO, James Truong (Anna Truong) of Kansas City, MO.  Maria was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and two son’s Thanh Truong and Thành Truong.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, September 6, 2012 at St. Therese Catholic Church 7207 Highway 9 Kansas City, MO 64152 with Rev. Kevin Drew as celebrant.  The family will have a private family viewing Tuesday, September 4, 2012 at 5: p.m., at Meyers Funeral Chapel Northland 401 Main St., Parkville, MO, 64152.The family will receive friends 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 5, 2012 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel Northland, the rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m.  Memories of Maria and condolences to the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Ken Huffer

Kenneth Lee Huffer, 41, a Northland resident in Kansas City, MO passed away Saturday, September 1, 2012 at the NorthCare Hospice House following a courageous battle with cancer.  He was born October 3, 1970 in Harvey, IL to Douglas and Sharon (Brinkman) Huffer.  His father preceded him in death.

Ken was currently employed as a driver for Roberts Dairy in Kansas City.  He was of the Christian faith and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.  Ken always knew what was going on in the world and kept up on current events.  He was often found debating politics with friends.

He married Donna Lynn Hess on September 18, 1998 in Palos Hills, IL.  She survives of the home.  Additional survivors include a son, Mason Alexander Huffer of the home; two sisters, Karen Lynne Whitsel of Thomaston, GA and Kimberly Louise Buczek of La Porte, IN; one half-brother and three half-sisters.

A gathering of family and friends to celebrate Ken’s life will be held from 6-8:00 p.m. Thursday, September 6, 2012 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to NorthCare Hospice House or American Cancer Society and may be left in care of the Meyers Northland Chapel, 401 Main St. Parkville, MO 64152.  Memories of Ken and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Darrell Heiman

Darrell G. Heiman, 66, Parkville, MO passed away September 2, 2012.  He was born September 5, 1945 in Du Quoin, Il to Sherlin and Leona (Knapp) Heiman, who preceded him in death, as did his brother Andy.

He was retired from American Airlines where he served as a crew chief.  Darrell enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing, playing cards and spending time with his family. 

Darrell married Patricia Thurston Dec. 1986.  Patricia survives Darrell in death, as do two sisters Janet (Dennis) and Charlotte, his children Matthew, Dennis (Brenda), Karen (Bob), Steven (Kristy), Michael, Lorriel (Cade), and Michelle (Michael), 13 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 1-2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.  Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. with burial following at the Walnut Grove Cemetery in Parkville.  Memories of Darrell and condolences may be shared with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Robert Harold "Bob" Marsh

Robert H. Marsh, 71, a Northland resident in Kansas City, MO passed away Saturday, November 10, 2012 at his residence.  He was born February 1, 1941 in Oakland, NE to Harold C. and Katherine L. (Potter) Marsh.  Bob attended schools in Lincoln, NE and was a veteran of the United States Army.  Prior to his service in the Army he was active in the Naval Reserves.

Bob spent the majority of his working years as an aviation mechanic for TWA in Kansas City.  In his spare time he enjoyed sailing, flying, telling stories and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.  Bob was a member of the Quiet Birdmen, an international association for pilots and he was also a member of the Sons of the American Revolution.

He married Elaine Fae Loewe on June 9, 1963 in Wisner, NE, she survives.  Additional survivors include two daughters, Teresa Brown (William) and Michelle Gaw (Brandon), both of Kansas City; two brothers, James Marsh of Rock Springs, WY and Jay Marsh of Fremont, NE; five grandchildren, Nicholas, Sean, Spencer, Zachary and Dexter.  He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Gary Marsh and a sister, Kay Goebel.

A memorial service celebrating Bob’s life will be held 2:30 p.m. Friday, November 16, 2012 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.  The family will receive friends from 1-2:30 p.m. prior to the service.  Memories of Bob and condolences may be shared with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Joseph S. "Joe" Miller

Joseph S. Miller, 57, a resident of Kansas City, MO passed away on Wednesday, September 5, 2012 after a courageous 2 year battle with cancer.  Joe was born March 25, 1955 in St. Joseph, MO to Frieda Lawrence and Claude Madison.  He was adopted by Howard and Darlene Miller at the age of 5.

He graduated from Savannah High School in 1973.  He would later go on and receive his Bachelor’s degree from William Jewell College and his MBA from Rockhurst University.

Joe worked most of his adult life for KCPL, retiring after 32 years of service.  Throughout his career he worked in numerous departments and was a mentor to countless employees.

The greatest joy in Joe’s life was his two daughters, Angela Renee and Erin Michele.  He enjoyed many activities with them, such as travel, lake time and sharing his love of music.

Joe was a very unique and passionate person with a positive influence toward everyone he met.  He was a true entertainer at heart and will be greatly missed by so many.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents and adopted mother, Darlene Miller.  He is survived by his daughters, Angela Miller and Erin Miller, both of Kansas City (North), MO; father, Howard Miller of Bedford, IA; brother, Claude Attebury of Tonganoxie, KS; two sisters, Mary Haer and husband, Gary of Weston, MO and Kathy Giamonco and husband, Charlie of Kirkwood, MO; half-sister, Pat Taylor of Independence, MO; nieces and nephews; many dear friends and co-workers.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 6 p.m., Monday, September 10, 2012 at Meyers Funeral Chapel 401 Main St. Parkville, MO.  Visitation will be one hour prior to service.  The Kansas City Hospice House gave much comfort to Joe and his loved ones in their time of need.  The family requests in lieu of flowers memorial donations be made to KC Hospice House in Joe’s memory.  Memories of Joe and condolences to the family may be sent to www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Patricia A. Bartholmey

Patricia Bartholmey, 90, Merriam, KS passed away Friday, September 7, 2012.  She was born October 29, 1921 in Gary, IN to Marian L. and Julia A. (Dowling) Brown.  They precded her in death.  Patricia spent the majority of her working years as a railroad clerk.  She was very devoted to her Catholic faith and attended St. Therese Catholic Church in the Northland on a regular basis.

She married Robert J. Bartholmey on May 19, 1951 in Chicago, IL.  He preceded her in death.  In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by four sisters and an infant brother.  Survivors include two sisters, Helen Matthews of Birmingham, AL and Julia A. Brown of Norfolk, VA; and several nieces and nephews.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:00 a.m. Monday, September 10, 2012 at St. Therese Catholic Church with Rev. Joe Cisetti as celebrant.  No formal visitation will be held.  A graveside service and burial will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at the Holy Sepulchre Catholic Cemetery in Alsip, IL.  Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Therese Catholic Church, 7207 NW 9 Highway, Kansas City, MO 64152.  Memories of Patricia and condolences may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Robert Sterling Hardwick

Robert Sterling Hardwick, 79, Parkville, MO passed away Thursday, September 13, 2012 at his home surrounded by family.  He was born August 14, 1933 in Hardin, MO to Howard R. and Daisy Roberta (Smith) Hardwick.  He graduated from Richmond High School, Richmond, MO.

Robert was a veteran of the United States Army where he served during the Korean Conflict.  He was a hard worker and retired from General Motors following 54 years of service.  Robert was a Christian and attended the Northland Cathedral in Kansas City, MO.  In his spare time he enjoyed being with family and playing poker with friends.

He married Meredith Dawn Sorensen on January 20, 1968 in Gladstone, MO.  She survives of the home.  Additional survivors include their children, Glenda, Troy, Terry, Denise and seven grandchildren.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents; a step-mother, Hazel Hardwick; and siblings, Marguerite, Donald, Thomas, Howard, Jr. and William.

A funeral service celebrating Robert’s life will be held 11:00 a.m. Monday, September 17, 2012 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.  The family will receive friends from 12-1:00 p.m. following the service at the funeral home.  A graveside service and burial will be held at 3:00 p.m. Monday at the Richmond Memory Gardens in Richmond, MO with military honors under the auspices of the Ray County Veterans.  Memories of Robert and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Harry Callicotte

Harry H. Callicotte, 86, a Northland resident of Houston Lake, MO, passed away Monday, August 13, 2012 at NorthCare Hospice House.  Harry was born July 3, 1927 to Charity Rae (Murray) and Harry Callicotte in Kansas City, MO.

Harry was a veteran of the Unites States Marines who proudly served his country during World War II.  Returning from the war, Harry received his Associates of the Arts college degree.  Harry worked as a sheet metal worker for 40 years   

Harry was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and four sisters.  He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Deborah M. ( Borchers) Callicotte of the home.  Three children, Harry Donald Callicotte of KY, Harry H. Callicotte of Carrollton, MO and Lisa Callicotte of New York, NY; and one sister, Eileen Riley of North Kansas City, MO.

A Committal Service with military honors was held at Leavenworth National Cemetery 150 Muncie Rd, Leavenworth Kansas on September 12, 2012.  Cremation.  Memorial contributions may be made to NorthCare Hospice House or F.O.P.A.S in care of Meyers Funeral Chapel Northland 401 Main St.  Parkville, MO 64152.  Memories of Harry and condolences to the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Clarice E. Davidson

Clarice E. Davidson, 79, a resident of Parkville, MO passed away peacefully at her home on Saturday, September 22, 2012.  She was born June 11, 1933 in Rogers, KY to Dillard and Nannie (Spencer) Brewer.  They preceded her in death.  Also preceding her in death were two brothers and two sisters. 

Clarice was a devoted wife and homemaker.  In her spare time she enjoyed traveling and playing tennis.  She was of the Methodist faith.

She married Robert “Neil” Davidson on April 16, 1966 in Kansas City, MO.  He survives of the home.  Additional survivors include two brothers, George Kelly Brewer, Burgettstown, PA and Richard Wendal Brewer, Indianapolis, IN; two sisters, Thelma Ward, Richmond, VA and Betty Greenhouse, Overland Park, KS; 18 nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held from 5-7:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.  A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday at the United Methodist Church in Dearborn, MO, 106 S. June St. Dearborn, MO 64439.  A graveside service and burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday at the Dearborn Cemetery, prior to the memorial service. Memorial contributions are suggested to NorthCare Hospice or the Alzheimer’s Association and may be left in care of the Meyers Northland Chapel, 401 Main St. Parkville, MO 64152.  Memories of Clarice and condolences may be left online at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Marlene Garwood

Marlene Garwood, 66, of Gladstone, MO passed away Monday, September 24, 2012 at her residence.  She was born June 25, 1946 in Stuart, NE to Raymond Milton and Dorothy Mae (Smith) Garwood.  They preceded her in death. 

She graduated from Nebraska Christian High School in Central City, NE and recieved her BA in Political Science from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.  Marlene spent the majority of her working years in New York City for an advertising agency.  She was a Christian and member of the Parkville Presbyterian Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Dale and Charles and infant brother, Larry.  Survivors include two sisters, Faye Louise Ballagh of Independence, MO and Janet Jean Kliment of Atkinson, NE.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Parkville Presbyterian Church at 3 p.m., Wednesday, October 3, 2012.  Burial of the cremated remains will be held this Friday in Atkinson, NE.  Memorial contributions are suggested to the Parkville Presbyterian Church.  The Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville has been entrusted with the final arrangements.  Memories of Marlene and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com 

 

 

Charles G. Dawn, "Chuckie"

Charles G. Dawn, "Chuckie" 40, a resident of St. Joseph, MO passed away on Thursday, September 27, 2012 at the University of Kansas Hospital.  Chuckie was born July 24, 1972 to Janet (Newman) and Charles W. Dawn in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

Chuckie will be remembered as wild, hard headed and stubborn.  Chuckie enjoyed working on cars for family and friends.  The family would like to thank the staff at the Hope Lodge in Kansas City, MO for all of their support. 

He was preceded in death by his half-brother, Aaron Dawn.  He is survived by his 9 year old daughter, Chelsy Moore of Hiawatha, KS; mother, Janet Dawn of St. Joseph, MO; father, Charles W. Dawn of St. Joseph, MO; sister, Sharry Dawn of St. Joseph, MO; half-brother, William Dawn of Twin Falls, ID; immediate family, Colin Newberry, Isis Dawn-Newberry, Angela Dawn; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins; and his loving companion, Amber Rangel of Liberal, KS. 

Celebration of Life will be held 5 p.m., Saturday, October 13, 2012 at the Trinity Presbyterian Church 1108 S. 33rd St., St. Joseph, MO.  Memories of Chuckie and condolences to the family may be sent to www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Anna E. Gorman

Anna Elizabeth Gorman, 35, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 30, 2012.  Anna was born November 25, 1976 to Belle (Sanchez) and John Welk in Kansas City, MO.

 Anna graduated from Park Hill High School in 1995.  She received a full ride scholastic/athletic scholarship to Drury University, finishing her undergraduate degree in 1999, graduating number 1 in her Chemistry class.  She earned a full ride scholarship, into the doctorate program in chemistry at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington.  Anna decided to leave the program after receiving her Masters Degree to marry her sweetheart, Christopher F. Gorman and thus began her college teaching career.  She taught chemistry at Pierce Community College and Tacoma Community College for the last 10 years.

 Anna’s passions were playing and coaching VB, reading, spending time with her family, especially Alex, her first priority.  Secondly, Anna felt blessed and appreciated the Gorman family and her friends, who were steadfast and loyal through her long journey.  Lastly, Dr. Saul Rivkin, her Oncologist in Seattle, gave Anna hope, never let her feel sorry for herself, and helped with courage to fight the battle with cancer.  Dr. Peter VanValhuizen continued with Anna’s treatment the last 3 months.

 Anna met her husband, Chris while attending WSU when she joined the Club VB team that Chris coached.

 Chris took Anna home with him 5 years after his passing on the same day, September 30th.  They had a short 3 years together, but gifted to us their beautiful daughter, Alexandria Shae Gorman, who will join the family of her Aunt and Uncle, Dana and Chad Haines of the northland. 

 Survivors include her daughter, Alexandria Gorman of Kansas City (North), MO; parents, Belle and John Welk of Lake Waukomis, MO; a brother, David Welk of Jakarta, Indonesia; a sister, Dana Haines and husband, Chad of Kansas City (North), MO; her niece, Kayla Steadman; nephew, Colton C. Haines; the Gorman family; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

 A Celebration of Anna’s Life will be held from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m., Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at the home of Dana & Chad Haines.  The family has requested in lieu of flowers that memorial contributions may be made to the Anna E. Gorman Trust at 9127 N. Booth Ct., Kansas City, MO 64157.  Memories of Anna and condolences to the family may be sent to www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

 

Audrey Kersey

Audrey Jean Kersey, 59, of Parkville, MO formerly of Olathe, KS passed away Friday, October 5, 2012 at the NorthCare Hospice House, following a courageous battle with breast cancer.  She was born June 17, 1953 in Baxter Springs, KS to Nelson and June (Osborne) Weaver and later graduated from Baxter Springs High School.

Audrey spent the last 13 years working as a data operator for the Olathe School District.  Prior to that, she had spent 30 years as a legal secretary.  In her spare time she enjoyed spending time with family and friends, especially her twin granddaughters. She also enjoyed reading, watching television and playing board games.  She had a great love for dogs and most all animals.  She was a devoted Christian and was of the Episcopal faith.

She married Robert D. Kersey on May 7, 1971 in Baxter Springs, KS.  He survives of the home in Parkville.  Additional survivors include her mother, June Weaver of Baxter Springs, KS; a daughter, Nikki Morrow and husband Matt of Parkville, MO; her beloved twin granddaughters, Audrey and Madelyn; and a brother, Bob Weaver and wife Cassie of Baxter Springs, KS; a nephew, Bryce Cullers and wife Kayla of Hutchinson, KS; and a niece, Amber Weaver of Baxter Springs, KS.  She was preceded in death by her father and her poodle, Annie.

A Memorial service celebrating Audrey’s life will be held 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 13, 2012 at the Church of the Redeemer, 7110 N. Highway 9 Kansas City, MO 64152.  The family will receive friends from 10-11:00 a.m. prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to NorthCare Hospice House or Wayside Waifs and may be left in care of the Meyers Northland Chapel, 401 Main St. Parkville, MO 64152.  Memories of Audrey and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Kale Stine

Kale Stine, 39, Kansas City, KS died Oct. 10, 2012 at the University of Kansas Hospital following a courageous battle with cancer. He was born August 11, 1973 in Kansas City, KS to Kenneth E. Stine, Jr. and Melva (Taylor) Stine. They both survive in Kansas City, KS. Kale graduated from Bishop Ward High School in 1991. He was employed by the Parks and Recreation Department of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County, Kansas City, KS. His favorite job of all was working at Sunflower Hills Golf Course in Kansas City, KS.

 

Kale was an avid sports fan. He was a golf enthusiast, loved his beloved Kansas Jayhawks basketball team and was a die-hard Kansas City Chiefs fan. Kale had a passion for bar-b-ques and smoking various meats. When he wasn’t cooking the food, he enjoyed dining at his favorite place, Arthur Bryant’s. Kale was a kind hearted person who was a friend to everyone. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

 

In addition to his parents, he is survived by a brother, Kenneth E. Stine, III; grandmother, Leland Taylor of Kansas City, KS; and several aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends.

 

Per Kale’s request, family and friends will gather to have a party and celebrate his life at 4pm on Monday, October 15, 2012 at the George Meyn Community Center, 126th & State Avenue in Kansas City, KS. Prior to that, a memorial service will be held at 2pm at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, with inurnment following at the Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Kansas City, KS. Memories of Kale and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Lida Pike

Lida Pike, 79, a lifelong resident of Parkville, MO passed away on Thursday, October 11, 2012 at the North Kansas City Hospital, following a courageous battle with breast cancer.  She was born August 29, 1933 in Parkville to Eugene W. and Mamie Lee (Rentfrow) Colville.  They preceded her in death.

Lida was very devoted to her church, family and friends.  She was a longtime member of the Parkville Presbyterian Church, where she was very active in the Circle 3 club.  Lida   was also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), V. Region.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by four siblings.  She married Charles Pike on June 20, 1952.  He survives of the home.  Additional survivors include Julie McCollum (Gary) of Kansas City, MO (North), Diane Ambrette (Peter) of Parkville, MO and Christine Upp (Dennis) of Kansas City MO (North); a sister, Dorothy Jones of California; 7 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; 1 great – great grandchild; many nieces and nephews. 

A funeral service celebrating Lida’s life will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 16, 2012  at the Parkville Presbyterian Church with Rev. Jim Gordon officiating.  Burial will follow at the Walnut Grove Cemetery in Parkville.  The family will receive friends from 5-7:00 p.m. Monday at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.  Memorial contributions are suggested to Susan G. Komen Greater Kansas City Affiliate.  Memories of Lida and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

William "Bill" Edward Anson

William “Bill” Edward Anson passed away in his home in Kansas City, MO, Friday October 12, 2012 at the age of 62.

Bill is survived by his wife, Evelyn Anson.  They were married in Kansas City, MO.

Bill is remembered by his daughters, Shauna Miller and husband, Robert of Smithville, MO; Kerrie Morris and husband, Lamonte of Fort Myers, FL; and son, Alan Anson of Shawnee, KS; 5 grandchildren: Alexis, Breanna, Kennedy, Amani and Xavier; and four sisters: Mary, Patricia, Jeanne and Lynn.  He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Francis “Bob” Anson and a sister, Constance “Connie” Davidson.

Bill was born in West Virginia, graduated from Bishop Ward and worked at Hallmark Cards.  Bill joined the United States Army and served during the Vietnam Era, he was a Spec 4 in accounting and stock control.  He received his Honorable Discharge in 1971.  He enjoyed music, dancing, camping and traveling.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 4 p.m., Friday, October 19, 2012 at St. Therese Catholic Church 7202 NW Highway 9 Kansas City, MO 64152, with Rev. Joe Cisetti as celebrant.  In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society.  Memories of Bill and condolences to the family may be sent to www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Lucy Mae Waller

Lucy Mae Waller, 7 month old infant daughter of Kristin R. Waller of Parkville, MO became one of God's little Angels in Heaven on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at Childrens Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, MO.  She was born on March 17, 2012 at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, MO.  Lucy's smile and tender touch will forever be in our hearts. 

Survivors include her mother, Kristin R. Waller of Parkville, MO and her maternal grandparents, Jesse and Pam Waller of Parkville.

A memorial service celebrating baby Lucy and her short but precious time with us will be held 2:00 p.m. Sunday, October 21, 2012 at the Good Shepherd Methodist Church, 9555 N. Oak Trafficway, Kansas City, MO 64155 with Rev. Jamey Bentley officiating.  Memorial contributions are suggested to Happy Like This, % Mandy Harris, P.O. Box 6352, Siloam Springs, AR 72761 or online at www.happylikethis.com.  The Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, MO has been entrusted with the final arrangements.  Memories of baby Lucy and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Murl E. Bratcher

Murl E. Bratcher, 72, a resident of Independence, MO passed away Saturday, October 21, 2012 at Centerpoint Medical Center. Murl was born September 20, 1940 to Leatha and Howard K. Bratcher in Kansas City, MO.

He served in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. After the war he returned to the Kansas City area where is worked as a Kansas City police officer, a supervisor for Bank Midwest Security and he proudly served as the Kansas City VA Hospital police.

Murl was preceded in death by both parents, and a sister, Thelma Jean “Jeanie” Bratcher. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Carolyn (Brink) Bratcher of the home; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and good friends. Murl’s wishes were to be cremated. Memories of Murl and condolences to the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Mary Ann (Parr) Sutherland

Mary Ann (nee Parr) Sutherland, 59, a resident of Parkville, MO passed away on Monday, October 29, 2012 at The University of Kansas Hospital.  Mary Ann was born August 25, 1953 to Inge (Weckel) and Walter Parr in Leavenworth, Kansas.

Mary Ann will be remembered as a loving wife, mother and homemaker. She was employed by Bradken Inc. in Kansas City, MO as an Accounting Technician. She enjoyed the sunshine, traveling to tropical places, relaxing by the poolside, and her three cats.  Mary Ann married Thomas Sutherland January 31, 2004 in Kansas City, MO.

Mary Ann was preceded in death by her father, Walter Parr and Joseph Basydlo (Cameron’s father).  Survivors include her husband, Tom Sutherland of the home; two sons, Cameron Basydlo and wife, Kristin of Los Angeles, CA and Kyle Grant of Parkville, MO; mother, Inge Parr of Leavenworth, KS; sisters, Lillian Scott and husband, Gerald of Lansing, KS, Lisa Allen and husband, Tom of Leavenworth, KS; a brother, Walt Parr of Lansing, KS; step-children: Corey Sutherland, Jaime Sutherland, Gina Sutherland all of Kansas City, MO; six grandchildren; and numerous loving nieces and nephews. 

A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, November 2, 2012 at Meyers Funeral Chapel 401 Main St. Parkville, MO.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Cremation. Memorial Contributions may be made to American Cancer Society or to Multiple Sclerosis Society.  Memories of Mary Ann and condolences to the family may be sent to www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Mary Langston

Mary Langston, 86, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO, passed away on Friday, November 2, 2012 at the St. Luke’s Northland Hospital.  Mary was born September 19, 1926 to Ella Victoria (Donahoe) and Doss Davis in Denison, Texas.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Robert C. Langston, both parents and a brother, Vernon F. Davis.  She is survived by her son, Gary M. Noble and wife, Ruby of Kansas City (North), MO; and two grandsons, Aaron C. Noble and Andrew D. Noble also of Kansas City (North), MO.

Mary will return to her former home in Denison, TX and be buried in Fairview Cemetery with her husband, Robert Langston. A Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at the Fairview Cemetery Chapel in Denison, TX.    Memories of Mary and condolences to the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Frankie John Horn

Frankie John Horn, 69, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO passed away Monday, November 5, 2012. He was born October 4, 1943 to Naomi (Shumate) and Frankie Horn in Hunnewell, MO. They preceded him in death. He attended Monroe City High School and received a Master’s Degree from NE Missouri State Teachers College. He worked mostly in the food services industry and as an Insurance Adjuster for Craig Services. He retired to care for his beloved Jackie.

 

He married Jacklyn Lee (Peipmeier) Overstreet on July 7th, 1983 in North Kansas City. She preceded him in death on August 6th, 2009.

 

He is survived by his three daughters: Tracy Bryan of Princeton, MO, Stephany Horn of Glendale, AZ and Rebecca Horn of Phoenix, AZ; eleven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren, three nieces, and one nephew; a sister, Barbara Horn of New York City, NY; and brother, Terry Horn of Maricopa, AZ.

 

A Spring Memorial will be planned in Kansas City, MO as well as Hunnewell, MO. Please contact Stephany Horn 6889 W. Pontiac Dr. Glendale, AZ 85308 for further information. Cremation. Memories of Frankie and condolences to the family may be sent to www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

 

 

 

 

 

Thelma Louise Price

Thelma Louise Price, 86, a resident of Platte City, MO passed away Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at the Hillview Nursing and Rehabilitation.  Thelma was born May 25, 1926 to Minnie (Kline) and Harry Knight in Centerville, Kansas.

She is survived by her son, Terry L. Price of Kansas City (North), MO; four grand-children: Marla, Jennifer, Shauna and Kevin; three great-grandchildren, Matthew, Elizabeth and Aaron; siblings: Carolyn Kuder, Maurine Marker, Warren Knight, and Roger Knight.  She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, Sheila Gresham; six siblings: Willard Knight, Frances Knight Harold Knight, Enid Simpson and Wendell Knight and Kenneth Knight.

Visitation will be held at 6 p.m., Thursday, November 8, 2012 at Meyers Northland Chapel 401 Main St. Parkville, MO.  A Memorial Service will follow at 7 p.m. at the chapel with Rev. Dave Overman officiating.  Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.  Memories of Thelma and condolences to the family may be sent to www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Angel Burgard

Angel Marie Burgard, 46, a Northland resident in Kansas City, MO, formerly of Belton and Chillicothe, MO passed away at St. Luke’s Northland Hospital on Thursday, November 8, 2012.

She was born July 31st, 1966 to her father, Robert Lynch and her mother, Dorothy Rhea.  Angel lived her life with the company of her 2 children, Cassie and Caleb Burgard; along with her sister, Carrie Owens; and her brothers, Jim Letourneu and Russell Jones.

Angel loved being at the International House of Prayer, where her beliefs were strong.  Her hobbies included antiques and scarf collecting.  She was a loving and caring person to her children, family, friends and to any others in need.  She was a very special person and will be missed dearly.

A Memorial Service celebrating Angel’s life will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 10, 2012 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.  The family will receive friends beginning at 10:00 a.m.  Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society. Memories of Angel and condolences may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Nelson O. Slavens

Nelson O. Slavens, 91, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO passed away Thursday, November 8, 2012 at the NorthCare Hospice House.  Nelson was born January 19, 1921 to Clara E. (Campbell) and John Noah Slavens in Harrison, AR.

Nelson served in the United States Army.  He lived in Kansas City, KS for 25 years and 22 years in the Northland.  Nelson was a Brick Mason for Goeking Construction for the majority of his working career.  He was a member of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers; recently receiving an award for 60 years of service.  He served as President of Local # 18 for 10 years.  Nelson enjoyed listening to country music, fishing, fast cars and spending time with his cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents and four sisters.  He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Juanita C. (Jarman) Slavens of the home; children, Gary N. Slavens and wife, Cindy of Dallas, GA, Gayle C. Young of Kansas City, MO, and Pete L. Slavens and wife, Teresa of Parkville, MO; seven grandchildren: Richard, Steven, Dustin, Alex, Stacy, Kelli and Andrew: five great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Frances Alford of Alton, MO.

The family will receive friends from 10 – 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at the Meyers Northland Chapel, 401 Main St. Parkville, MO 64152.  Immediately following the visitation, the family will proceed to Walnut Grove Cemetery for Graveside Services.  Memorial contributions may be made to NorthCare Hospice and Palliative Care.  Memories of Nelson and condolences to the family may be made at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Dale Kutz

Dale L. Kutz, 60, a resident of Parkville, MO passed away peacefully Saturday, November 10, 2012 at his home.  Dale was born December 22, 1951 to Thelma M. (Lefler) and Melvin L. Kutz in West Plains, MO.

Dale graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Science in Education.  He was a very successful real estate agent for RE/MAX of Kansas City and owned Kansas City Mortgage Company.  Dale loved spending time with his family, friends and co-workers.  The game of Golf was his passion.  In 1974 he was named the top amateur golfer in the state of Missouri.      

Dale was preceded in death by his father, Melvin Kutz in 2010.  He is survived by his daughter, Savannah Kutz of the home; mother, Thelma Kutz of Kansas City (North), MO; brother, Charley Kutz of Parkville, MO; an uncle, Leon Kutz of Kansas City (North), MO; numerous friends and golfing buddies.

Family and friends will gather at the The National Golf Club of Kansas City, 6700 N. National Drive Parkville, MO 64152 between 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. on Monday, November 19, 2012 to celebrate Dale’s life, where a tribute will begin at 11:30 a.m.  In lieu of flowers the family asks that Memorial contributions be made to Northland CARE/MetroCARE of Kansas City.  The Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville has been entrusted with the final arrangements.  Memories of Dale and condolences to the family may be sent to www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Bernadine Debrick

Bernadine K. Debrick, 80, Parkville, Mo passed away November 14, 2012 at her home.  She was born November 22, 1931 in Kansas City, KS to Bernard and Anna (Bergman) Knoff and graduated from Bishop Ward High School.

Bernadine moved to Platte County in 1956 and had been a resident of Parkville since 1965.  She was a faithful member of St. Therese Parish since 1956 and often attended daily mass and was a former longtime member of the church choir.  In the 1960’s and 70’s, she co-owned a couple of businesses with her husband and spent the rest of her working years at the family business, Ann’s Laundry and Dry Cleaners, where she retired from in 2009.

She married S. Dean Debrick on September 5, 1953 in Kansas City, KS.  He preceded her in death in 1977.  In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and two siblings, Mary Ann Zugelder and Eugene Knoff.  Survivors include her children, Patricia Montgomery (James) of Kansas City, KS, Matt Debrick (Leslie) of Kansas City, North, Mitch Debrick of Parkville, MO and Mark Debrick (Tamela) of Kansas City, North; five grandchildren, Jake, Tyler, Marissa, Sydney and Deanna; and a brother, Robert Knoff of Wichita, KS.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at St. Therese Catholic Church with Rev. Joe Cisetti as celebrant.  Cremation will follow the mass with a private committal service at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Kansas City, KS.  The family will receive friends from 5-7:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, where the rosary will be prayed at 6:30 p.m.  Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Therese Church.  Memories of Bernadine and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Michael Lounsbery

Michael George “Mike” Lounsbery, 48, a resident of Gladstone, MO passed away on Thursday, November 15, 2012 at the NorthCare Hospice House.  Michael was born February 18, 1964 to Mary (Sindt) and Robert Lounsbery in Kansas City, MO.

Mike worked at UPS Freight as a trailer mechanic.  He was an active member and regularly attended services at Linden Baptist Church; he was also very active in Carpenters for Christ.

He was preceded in death by a son, Brad Michael Lounsbery.  He is survived by his wife, Kim (Nance) Lounsbery of the home; two daughters, Sarah Czajkoski and husband, Joshua of Kansas City (North), MO and Hannah Lounsbery of Gladstone, MO; parents, Robert and Mary Lounsbery of Gallatin, MO; a brother, James Lounsbery of Peculiar, MO; three sisters, Laura Habighorst and husband, Hans of Kansas City, KS, Lynn Bradberry and husband, Doug of Gladstone, MO and Karen Blankenship and husband, Robert of Liberty, MO; numerous nieces and nephews.

The body will lie-in-state and friends may call from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Saturday, November 17th, 2012 at Meyers Northland Chapel Northland in Parkville.  The Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, November 19, 2012 at Linden Baptist Church 611 NE 69th St. Gladstone, MO 64118, with Sr. Pastor, Terry Webster and Associate Pastor, Stephen Mattingly officiating.  Burial will follow at Resurrection North Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Michael Lounsbery Memorial Fund in care of the Linden Baptist Church.  Memories of Mike and condolences to the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Barbara Rudel-Sargent

Barbara A. Rudel-Sargent, 59, of Kansas City, MO (Northland) passed away peacefully on Friday, November 23, 2012 at her home.  She was born August 30, 1953 in Minneapolis, MN to Warren and Marie (Ingerson) Rudel.  They preceded her in death.  She graduated high school in California and had lived the past 30 years in Kansas City.

Barbara enjoyed spending time with her family, tending to her plants and was a lover of all animals.  She will be deeply missed.

She married Allen Reed Sargent on June 28, 1997 in Branson, MO.  He survives of the home.  Additional survivors include her three children, Cynthia A. Baxter (Shawn) of Raytown, MO, Johnny F. Bowen, Jr. of Raytown, MO and Brandy L. Harrington of Kansas City, MO; a brother, Brian Rudel (Pam) of Pocatello, ID; and four grandchildren, Jessica, Mathew, Michael and Kalei.  In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by a sister, Nancy Rudel.

Family and friends will gather to celebrate Barbara's life from 6-8:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 29, 2012 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Friends of Parkville Animal Shelter or Synergy Services and may be left in care of the funeral home.  Cremation arrangements have been entrusted with the Meyers Northland Chapel, 401 Main St. Parkville, MO 64152.  Memories of Barbara and condolences may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Carol A. Nenninger

Carol A. Nenninger, 66, a resident of Leavenworth, KS passed away peacefully Friday, December 7, 2012 at the Kansas City Hospice House.  She was born January 18, 1946 in St. Louis, MO to Melvin and Ann (Brown) Frentzel.  She graduated from Lutheran High South in St. Louis, received her BA in Secondary Education from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, MO and her Master’s degree from the University of Missouri at Columbia.  Carol spent the majority of her working years as a teacher and later spent several years as an assistant hotel manager at the Ft. Leavenworth Hotel.

She was a member of St. Therese Parish in Kansas City, MO.  Carol was a very devoted to her God and her family.  She enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.  She married Alan H. Nenninger on July 15, 1971 in Columbia, MO.  He survives of the couple’s home in Leavenworth.  Additional survivors include two sons, Brett A. Nenninger and wife Valerie of Seattle, WA and Chris L. Nenninger of Kansas City, MO; a brother, Danny Frentzel of Syracuse, NY; a sister, Nancy O’Shaughnessy of St. Louis, MO; two grandchildren, Madalynn and Reilly.  Her mother preceded her in death.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at St. Therese Catholic Church, 7207 NW 9 Highway, Kansas City, MO 64152, with Rev. Joe Cisetti as celebrant.  Following the mass, the body will be transported to the Ziegenhein and Sons Funeral Home in St. Louis where a family visitation and burial will be held.  The Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, MO has been entrusted with the local arrangements.  Memories of Carol and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Amy E. Nichols

Amy Elizabeth Nichols, 37, passed away Friday, December 7, 2012. Amy was born July 15, 1975 in Kansas City, KS; to Lester and Katherine (Gilbertson) Nichols. Amy leaves behind her parents, Lester and Katherine Nichols of Kansas City, MO; daughter, Lauren Nicole Manning of Kansas City, MO; sister Dana Nichols Shafar and brother-in-law Craig Shafar of Kansas City, MO; sister Kara Nichols Dunn and brother-in-law David Dunn of Kansas City, MO; aunts; uncles; cousins; nieces; nephews; best friend from childhood, Justin Taylor of Lake Ozark, MO; many friends and Lauren's father Philip Manning of Kansas City, MO.

Amy grew up in the Northland and graduated from Park Hill High School, class of 1993. She attended Maple Woods Community College and has worked for many years in child care. Amy loved her daughter, family and friends and will be missed by so many.

Like many of us, Amy had her struggles; she was overcome by the complications and hardships of this world. Amy is at peace now, looking over her precious daughter, Lauren, knowing she is in the loving care of grandparents, dad, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. "The ultimate lesson all of us has to learn is unconditional love, which include not only others, but ourselves as well" Elizabeth Kubler Ross.

 Family and friends will gather to celebrate Amy’s life from 1-2 p.m. on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 with the service starting at 2:00 p.m. at the Meyers Northland Chapel, 401 Main St. Parkville, MO 64152.  Interment will follow the services at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Kansas City, KS.  In lieu of flowers Memorial contributions may be made to City Union Mission, Synergy Services, or a charity of your choice.  Memories of Amy and condolences may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Tilly Jean Blydenburgh

Tilly Jean Blydenburgh, infant daughter of Jamey D. and Keejet (Gehrt) Blydenburgh of Kansas City, MO was stillborn on December 12, 2012 at St. Luke’s Northland Hospital. She was a beautiful baby weighing 8 lbs 1.6 oz and 21 1/2 inch long. Tilly brought much joy and happiness into many peoples lives and will continue to do so.Additional survivors include paternal grandparents, Kevin and Stephanie Blydenburgh and maternal grandparents, Pete and Diane Gehrt.

A private committal service will be held Saturday, December 15, 2012 at the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in Weston, MO with Fr. Joe Cisetti officiating. Memorial contributions are suggested to nowilaymedowntosleep.org. The Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville has been entrusted with the final arrangements.

Evelyn J. States

Evelyn J. States, 89, a resident of Parkville, MO passed away on Monday, December 10, 2012 at St. Luke’s Northland Hospital.  Evelyn was born December 31, 1922 to Roscoe and Ruth (Corey) Corn in Huntington, IN.

Evelyn was united in marriage to Don States on May 7, 1954 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Kansas City, MO.  Two children were born into this union, Barbara and Bryce.  Evelyn took pride in being a homemaker first, but also found time to write a newspaper column for the Parkville Gazette, making crafts with the Gloria Dei Craft’s group and volunteering at Parkville City Hall.  Evelyn was a longtime member of Christ Lutheran Church.  “Evelyn States lived her life full of Joy and Gods Love.”

Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband, Don States in 2003, her parents, and a brother, Norman Corn.  She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Vohs and husband, Robert J. Vohs of Alleyton, TX; son, Bryce States of Parkville, MO; grandson, David Michael Vohs who is currently serving in the US Navy in San Diego, CA; five sisters: Kathleen Reed of Baldwin, KS, Doris Guinn of Cleveland, OK, Hester Shivley of Osawatomie, KS, Marilyn Dillon of Derby, KS and Janice Allen of Cawker City, KS; and foster daughter, Debbie Herbert of Parkville, MO.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, December, 14, 2012 at Christ Lutheran Church   6700 NW 72nd St. Platte Woods, MO with Pastor T.C. Arnold officiating.  Inurnment will immediately follow in the Memorial Gardens at the church.  Memorial contributions may be made to Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch. The Meyers Funeral Chapel in Parkville has been entrusted with the final arrangements.  Memories of Evelyn and condolences to the family may be sent to www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Kenneth Wayne "Ken" Richcreek, Sr.

Kenneth W. Richcreek, Sr., 82, a resident of Lake Waukomis, MO passed away on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at the University of Kansas Hospital.  Kenneth was born June 26, 1930 to J. Leroy and Myrtle (Gerrich) Richcreek in Kentland, IN.

Ken worked for the Indiana State Police and retired in 1975. After retirement, he continued his career as a Private Investigator. 

He was a member of Platte Woods United Methodist Church and an active member of Seekers Sunday School Class; he was also a Lifetime Mason.  For over 25 years, Ken played his trumpet in: The Northstar Community Band, The Northland Symphony, The Shrine Dance Band and his church’s orchestra. 

Ken will be remembered fondly by his family and friends for his quips and jokester ways.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Barbara Richcreek, and brother-in-law, Dick Leeson.  He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Margie Richcreek; sons, “Creek” Richcreek (Sue), Bill Richcreek (Nancy), Keith Richcreek (Karen), and Kevin Richcreek (Pat); a daughter, Beth DeYoung (Roger); stepson, Keith Thompson (Julie); stepdaughter, Katie Bryant; sixteen grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; a sister, Jeanne Leeson.

Funeral Services will be held at 2 pm, Friday, December, 14, 2012 at the Platte Woods United Methodist Church 7310 NW Prairie View Road Platte Woods, MO. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Platte Woods General Endowment; the memo line needs to reflect Kenneth Richcreek, Sr. Memorial. Memorials may be sent in care of Platte Woods United Methodist Church address.  Memories of Ken and condolences to the family may be sent to www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Manuel Garcia

Manuel Garcia, 46, a resident of North Kansas City, MO passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, December 11, 2012.  Manuel was born on April 6, 1966 to Manuel and Raquel (Moreno) Garcia in Capulin,  Mexico.

 

Manuel worked in the Kansas City area as a Painter and Carpenter.  He was an active member of his bible study group with his church, Kansas City Church of Christ.  He loved his faith in God. 

Manuel and Joy Wright were united in marriage on February 13, 2000 in Arkansas she survives of the home.  Other survivors are his children: three sons, Andrew Garcia of Houston Lake, MO, Elijah Garcia of Kansas City, MO, and Dylan Wright of the home; two daughters, Amor Garcia and Juliana Garcia of the home; grandson, Alexander Garcia; parents, Raquel and Manuel Garcia of Mexico; sisters: Esmeralda Garcia, Gloria Garcia, Alicia Garcia, and Maria Salud Garcia; brothers: Miguel Angel Garcia, Pablo Garcia, Miguel Garcia, Jesus Garcia, and Geraldo Garcia.

The family will receive friends from 1~ 5 p.m., Friday, December 14, 2012 at Meyers Northland Chapel 401 Main St. Parkville, MO.  Funeral Services will be held 10 a.m., Saturday, December 15, 2012 at Meyers Northland Chapel.  Burial will immediately follow at the Deister Cemetery.  The family requests memorial contributions to the Garcia children or HOPE Worldwide Foundation.  Memories of Manuel and condolences to the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

 

Ted Beaudreau

Theodore “Ted” S. Beaudreau, 29, of Azle, TX passed away unexpectedly on January 12, 2013 in Burlington, KS.  He was born July 27, 1983 in Anchorage, AK to Arthur and Nancy (Davis) Beaudreau.  Ted graduated high school in Omaha, NE and received an IT degree from Hamilton College in Omaha.

Ted enjoyed traveling and sending pictures to his relatives of the various places he visited.  He was a quiet person with a charming personality.  He had a love for animals and classic cars.  Ted was dearly loved by his family and will be missed by all who knew him.

His father preceded him in death.  Survivors include his mother, Nancy Beaudreau of Azle, TX; a brother, Tommy Beaudreau and wife Carrie of Washington D.C.; sister, Denee Noble and husband Garth of Kansas City (North), MO; maternal grandmother, Opal Davis of Azle, TX; Uncles, Tom and Casey Davis of Azle, TX; aunt, Mary Ruggiero of Maryland; uncle, Dave Beaudreau of Pennsylvania; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family members.

Family and friends will gather to celebrate Ted’s life on Thursday, January 17, 2013 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.  The family will receive friends from 10-11:00 a.m. with the memorial service commencing at 11:00 a.m.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Friends of Parkville Animal Shelter (FOPAS) and may be left in care of the funeral home.  Memories of Ted and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Anna Klingenberg

Anna Louise Klingenberg, 74, Platte City, MO passed away Thursday, December 13, 2012 at the NorthCare Hospice House.  She was born on November 8, 1938 in Atchison, KS and graduated from Atchison High School.  Anna lived the majority of her adult life in Platte City.  She was retired from the United States Postal Service, where she carried mail in the Parkville and Platte Woods areas for over 30 years.  Anna was an avid reader, a hard worker, and enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Survivors include her son, Kenneth and wife Jamie Klingenberg and their children, Samuel and Jacob of Kansas City, MO; a sister, Dorothy Ellis and husband Norman of Atchison, KS. She was preceded in death by her parents, Cecil B. Spinner and Anna (Black) Renfro; and two brothers, Cecil E. and Melvin Spinner.

Jonathan Dudley

Jonathan G. Dudley, 31, a Northland resident in Kansas City, MO, formerly of Kearney, MO passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, December 13, 2012 from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident near Interstates I-70 and 635 in Kansas City, KS.  Jonathan was born February 18, 1981 to Jeffery G. Dudley, Sr. and Paula Clevenger in Temple, TX.

Jon worked at Sunflower Tow as a Tow truck driver.  He took pride in being a good father to his son, Dayton Horn-Dudley.  “Dudley” enjoyed riding his Harley with girlfriend, Heather, friends and family.  He had a heart-of-gold when it came to riding for a cause.  He rode in several annual runs for charities close to his heart; March of Dimes – Bikers for Babies Kansas City, Michael Bergan’s Hands to Heart, Night Train Run.  His favorite annual ride was with ED’s Posse for March of Dimes – Bikers for Babies, Kansas City.  ED’s Posse is the largest contributor in the United States for the March of Dimes.  “DLD” took a lot of pride in wearing his patch alongside brothers and sisters as the posse was his second family.

He is survived by his son, Dayton Horn-Dudley of the home; mother, Paula J. Clevenger and step-father, David Clevenger of Holt, MO; father, Jeff G. Dudley, Sr. of Arlington, TX; two brothers: Jeff Dudley, Jr. (Nina) of Cameron, MO, Michael Groom (Julie) of Lawson, MO; three nieces, three nephews; and loving companion, Heather Horn of the home.

The body will be removed from the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, MO to arrive at the Hidden Valley Funeral Home in Kearney, MO on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 where the family will receive friends from 5-7:00 p.m. The funeral service will be conducted 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at Hidden Valley with Pastor Roger Cook officiating. A Harley Drawn Motorcycle Hearse will lead the procession to the Antioch Cemetery in Holt, MO following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to a memorial fund that is currently being established for his son, Dayton. The Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville has been entrusted with the final arrangements. Memories of Jonathan and condolences may be left with the family by visiting www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Madge van der Meer

Madge E. van der Meer, 88, Parkville, MO passed away Dec. 12, 2012 at the NorthCare Hospice House.  She was born June 30, 1924 to Robert and Ester (Lackey) Erving in Chicago IL. 

Madge received her bachelors of Arts degree from American University in Washington D.C.  She was an artist, and enjoyed fine art painting.  Madge has a painting in the Smithsonian museum in Washington D.C.  She loved dogs and contributed to the Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah.

Madge is preceded in death by her husband, Wybe Jelles van der Meer.; and her parents.  Survivors include son Wybe J. “Jay” van der Meer and wife Valerie of Parkville, MO; daughter Karen Norman and husband Chris of Fort Collins, CO; grandchildren Anita Paulson and husband Tim of Boulder CO, Joey Mireles and wife Ginnie of Belton, MO, and Annalis Norman of Fort Collins, CO.

A private family graveside service and burial of the cremated remains will take place in Kerrville, TX.  The Meyers Funeral Chapel in Parkville has been entrusted with the final arrangements. Memories of Madge and condolences to the family may be sent to www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Marsha E. Campbell

 Marsha E. Campbell, 58, of Higginsville, MO passed away Monday, May 20, 2013.  She was born June 2, 1954 to Colin and Marilee (Malott) Campbell in Kansas City, MO.

Marsha lived at home most of her childhood, until she needed more care.  She then went to the Higginsville Habilitation Center, where she remained until she went to be with the Lord.

Marsha was a wonderful gift and a special child of God.  She and her sister, Marcia, were their mother and father’s whole world.  They never gave up on their daughters, always visiting every few weeks and on the holidays.  Marsha loved getting visits from her family.  She was so full of joy.

She is preceded in death by her parents, and brother, Curtis C. Campbell.

She is survived by three sisters, Lorie B. Heavner of Liberty, MO; Coleen V. Noble of Parkville, MO; and twin sister Marcia J. Campbell of Parkville, MO; five nieces and nephews: Joshua A. Heavner, Amanda B. Heavner, Alexandra M. Heavner, Devin R. Noble, and Jacob D. Noble.

A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, May 23, 2013 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, MO with visitation from 1-2:00 p.m. prior to the service.  Burial will follow at the East Slope Cemetery in Riverside, MO.

Marsha’s family would like to thank the Higginsville Habilitation Center and staff for their love and care for Marsha.

Memorial contributions are suggested to ARC and may be left in care of the funeral home.  Memories of Marsha and condolences to the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Charles E. Strubelt

Charles Edward Strubelt, 65, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO (formerly Houston, TX) passed away on Friday, December 14, 2012 at his home.  Charles was born June 9, 1947 in Brownsville, TX. 

Charles worked the majority of his career with Exxon as a chemist, after retirement he worked for Nalco as a Sales Consultant. 

Charles was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Robert John Strubelt.  He is survived by his loving daughter, Elizabeth Ann Strubelt-Beatty and husband, Douglas; and precious granddaughter, Lauren Elizabeth Beatty all of Kansas City North, MO; two sisters, Minerva Saenz, Ceclia Moody; four brothers, Arthur Strubelt, Jr., Hector Strubelt, Alfred Strubelt, and John Strublelt.

A private Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Cremation.  The family has requested in lieu of flowers memorial contributions be made to Houston Temple Alabanza, Inc. 2801 Hopper Road, Houston, TX  77093.  Memories of Charles and condolences to the family may be sent to www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Jerome "Jerry" Maag

Jerry Maag, 84, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO, passed away at his home on Friday, December 21, 2012, surrounded by his loving family.

Jerry was born June 8, 1928, in Richmond, IN, to Bernard Joseph and Leona (Kelagher) Maag. He attended high school at St. Meinrad Seminary in Indiana and continued his education at Donnelly College in Kansas City, KS. During the Korean War he served in Korea in the 24th Infantry Division of the US Army.

On November 29, 1952, he married Mary M. Hoffman in Leavenworth, KS. For 54 years, the couple has resided in the Northland, where they have been members of St. Therese Parish. For many years, Jerry took an active part in the liturgy at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, serving as a lector, cantor, and as an extraordinary minister.

During his career as an industrial photographer, Jerry’s professional accomplishments earned him wide recognition among his peers. He worked for Hallmark Cards for 13 years, focusing on artistic presentations of numerous subjects. He then spent 24 years with TWA, where he was a photographer in flight training and later worked as a videographer.

One project in which Jerry took particular pride in was TWA’s Alpha Project. An old mail plane (the Alpha) had been recovered and restored by TWA personnel. As the official photographer for the project, Jerry documented its reconstruction. Today, the Alpha can be found hanging in the Smithsonian Museum of Air and Space in Washington, D.C.

After retirement from TWA, Jerry enjoyed a third career as an actor and model, appearing in nationwide advertising campaigns in both print and video. He also appeared as an extra in several locally-produced films, including “Truman,” which starred Gary Sinese.

As a family man, he loved spending time traveling and camping with his wife and children. He enjoyed classical music and often engaged in happy discussions about the music that always accompanied family dinners. He was an avid reader and also kept busy working crossword puzzles. Jerry enjoyed the challenge of redesigning and remodeling his home. He loved nature, birds and squirrels in particular, and took great pleasure in photographing them. He took special interest in capturing the delicate colors of the flowers that Mary raised in their garden.

In addition to his wife Mary, he is survived by three children, Kathleen Cruden of Belton, MO; Chris Maag and wife Teresa of Kansas City North; M. Celeste Kuechler-Oster and Oster of Overland Park, KS; 10 grandchildren: Michael, Rebecca, Gina, Abigail, Allyssa, Elliott, Joseph, Brianna, Natalie, and Hannah and five great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Jerome B. Maag, Jr.; and two brothers, a sister, and two half siblings.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Wednesday, December 26, 2012, at St. Therese Catholic Church with Rev. Joe Cisetti as celebrant. The family will begin receiving friends at 10 a.m. and the rosary will be prayed at 10:40 a.m. Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Bonaventure Indian Mission in New Mexico. The Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, MO, has been entrusted with the final arrangements.

Theodore "Ted" Sharp

Theodore “Ted” Clyde Sharp, 89, a Northland resident in Kansas City, MO formerly of St. Joseph, MO passed away Friday, December 21, 2012 at Liberty Terrace, Liberty, MO.  He was born June 14, 1923 in St. Joseph to Clyde L. and Minnie M. (Hegerty) Sharp.  Ted graduated from Benton High School in St. Joseph and attended Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, MO.

Ted was an electrician by trade.  He spent the majority of his working years for Fairbanks Morse in Kansas City, KS, where he retired in 1984 after 32 years of service.  Ted was an avid outdoorsman.  He loved hunting, watching sports of all kinds and coaching baseball.  In his later years he enjoyed spending time with family, friends and he enjoyed following his grandchildren’s sports teams.  He will be dearly missed.

Ted married Marie M. Van Dusen on November 9, 1947 in St. Joseph, MO.  She survives of the home.  Additional survivors include a daughter, Lindell Campbell and husband James of Pinckneyville, IL; a son, Dennis Sharp and wife Bonnie of St. Joseph, MO; a sister, Lillian Kirkland of St. Joseph, MO; four grandchildren, Jeremy, Tia, Jamie, Jeff; and eight great grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 5-7:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, MO.  Following the visitation, the body will be transported to the Meierhoffer Funeral Home in St. Joseph, MO, where a second visitation will be held on Thursday from 12-1:00 p.m. with the funeral service following at 1:00 p.m.  Burial will be held at Memorial Park Cemetery in St. Joseph.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  Memories of Ted and condolences may be left with the family by visiting www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Rev. David Lee Alexander

David Lee Alexander, 70, passed away Friday, February 8, 2013 at his home in Kansas City, MO after a long illness.  He was born December 24, 1942 at Bethany Hospital in Kansas City, KS.  He was the only son of the late James H. Alexander and Eileen Robinson Alexander of Kansas City, KS.  His mother died when he was 13 months old from complications from gall bladder surgery.  He was raised by his father and stepmother, Nora.  He grew up in Bethel, KS and was a 1960 graduate of Washington High School.

 David met his wife of 44 years, Sheryl Walthall Alexander, in 1967 and they were married in August, 1968.  They made their home in the Parkville area until 2010 when they suffered a fire.  He is survived by his wife, Sheryl Alexander of the home; two children, Denise Redding and son-in-law, Michael of Parkville, MO; and Paul Alexander and daughter-in-law, Meggin of Kansas City, MO; five grandchildren: Noah and Sawyer Alexander and Chloe, Lauren and Audrey Redding.  He is also survived by a sister, Jean Ruth Alexander of Kansas City, KS.

 Mr. Alexander served in the U.S. Air Force from 1961-1965.  While in the Air Force he was trained and worked as a mechanic on C130 Military Transport airplanes at Loring Air Force Base in Maine as well as Korea, the Philippines and France.

 Mr. Alexander worked as an aircraft mechanic and then mechanic inspector for TWA at the Kansas City Overhaul Base from June 1965 to 1999 when he retired after 34 years of service.

 Mr. Alexander was Youth Pastor and Associate Pastor of Evangelistic Center Church of Kansas City for a number of years.  During that time he served as Pastor at ECC North in Gower, MO from 1987-1996.  He retired from ECC in Kansas City in 2009.

 Mr. Alexander was an organ donor.  A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 16, 2013 at Evangelistic Center Church, 1024 Truman Road, Kansas City, MO.  A Committal Service with military honors will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Walnut Grove Cemetery in Parkville, MO.  Memorial contributions may be made to Evangelistic Center Church.  Memories of David and condolences may be sent to the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.  The Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville has been entrusted with the final arrangements.

Howard E. "Gene" Mullens

Howard E. “Gene” Mullens, 85, passed away on Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at his home in Kansas City, MO after a long illness.  Some friends and old co-workers also referred to him as “Moon,” based upon a cartoon character known as Moon Mullins in the 1920’s.

Gene retired from General Motors, where he worked on the assembly line.  Shortly after retirement he returned to work, in Fairfax at Associated Wholesale Grocer.  He grew-up in Armourdale, KS; son of Clarence and Gertrude Mullens, brother to 7 siblings who have since all passed.  His wife, Veda L. Mullens passed away in 1996, just a few months short of their 40th wedding anniversary.  Gene and Veda, both graduated from Argentine High School prior to Gene joining the United States Army.

Gene is survived by his devoted granddaughter and caregiver, Emily A. Danner of the home; his daughter, Christie Barrett of Kansas City, MO; granddaughter, Erin Danner of Platte City, MO; and grandson, Kyle Danner of Riverside, MO.  His youngest survivor, and everyone’s pride and joy is his great-grandson, Camden J. Winkler who always wanted to aid in his care and never stopped keeping him amused.  He will be missed for his generosity, patience and sense of humor, not to mention his insight when things seemed complicated. A special thanks to the family’s support team, Jimmy Winkler, Ray Winkler, and David Schmidt.

The funeral service will be held at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel 401 Main Street Parkville, MO with David Overman officiating.  The family will receive friends thirty minutes prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Honor Flight Kansas City, Missouri.  Memories of Gene and condolences to the family may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Dolores Martin

Dolores Lee Martin, 84, a resident of Parkville, MO passed away on Friday, November 15, 2013 at the NorthCare Hospice House with her loving family by her side.  Dolores was born February 17, 1929 to Charles and Louise J. Bennett in Kansas City, KS.

Dolores retired after 23 years’ service from the North Kansas City School District where she spent her career as a secretary.  She was a member of the Retired NKC School District Secretaries. Dolores enjoyed watching “NASCAR” especially Jimmy Johnson.  She loved to shop and spend time with her family and grandchildren. Dolores was a Presbyterian by faith.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Charles W. Bennett.  She is survived by her husband, Abe S. Martin of 63 years, of Parkville, MO; two sons, Abe Steven Martin of Parkville, MO; James Stanley Martin and wife, Linda of Arlington, TX; a daughter, Sharon Jean Speichinger and husband, Rick of Basehor, KS; five grandchildren: Rita, Ross, Rex, Kyle and Sawyer; three great-grandchildren; and a sister, Norma Jean Honeycutt of Troy, MO.

The Funeral Service will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 401 Main St. Parkville, MO with Pastor Ky Weekley officiating.  The family will receive friends two hours prior for Visitation.  Burial will immediately follow at Walnut Grove Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to NorthCare Hospice.  Memories of Dolores and condolences to the family may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Willis "Willie" L. Franke

Willis ‘Willie’ Franke passed away in the early morning, Wednesday, January 9, 2013, at his home in Kansas City, in the arms of his “bride” of 46 years and surrounded by his precious family. For nearly two years he fought fiercely, without complaint, against metastatic prostate cancer. He was born on January 24, 1945, in Gaylord, Minnesota to Clella (Renneke) and Raymond Franke. He married Linda Frederick of Madison Lake, MN on December 17, 1966. He was blessed with two sons, Paul and Greg, who made him so proud every day to be their father.

 Simply stated, Willie celebrated life. He grew up on a farm and loved driving the tractor. Neighbors would occasionally hear him sing his spirited rendition of “The Cattle Call” while he was doing his outdoor chores. He played football, basketball and ran track for Gaylord High School. He was pleased to be part of the fun-loving graduating class of 1963. The 50th class reunion is planned for August. Willie wanted you to know that he will be there in spirit. While attending Minnesota State University, he ran track and was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. He graduated in 1967.

 Willie’s career path took him to many locations where he enjoyed his work and made numerous friends: Mankato, MN; Union Carbide in Red Oak, IA; Kenworth Truck in Kansas City, MO; Scherer Truck in Riverside, MO; and 17 years with Altec Industries in St. Joseph, MO traveling the U.S. and Canada as Director of Training. Over the years, he thought of Altec associates as his extended family and was honored to belong to the Altec team. He was a lifelong member of the International Fluid Power Society and served as Vice President and as a member of the Board of Directors. One of Willie’s colleagues said, “I always use Willie as my example for what a manager should be; love your area of responsibility, support your people, provide the tools they need to do their job, train them with enthusiasm, trust them, reward their hard work, and care about your people.”

 Willie had a joyful spirit, adventurous soul and a passion for travel. While raising his family, he took them on countless family trips, from one end of the country to the other. The zany stories from those trips will remain forever in the family folklore. Willie and Linda traveled together to all 50 states, a dozen countries, several continents and 60 islands. While Willie loved experiencing new places, he most enjoyed the detours of a trip to visit his large family and many friends. He lived life to the fullest and was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He enjoyed boating, woodworking, woodcarving, creating wooden Christmas ornaments, dancing, and teaching his grandkids how to use every tool ever produced. He was Linda’s anchor, and “Prince Charming.” Anyone who knew Willie would say he was a gentleman, quick to laugh, and exceedingly generous. He always saw the best in everyone and had an incredibly positive influence on his entire family and all who were privileged to be part of his life. One of the greatest treasures anyone could possess was to have Willie Franke as a friend.  

 Willie will be greatly missed by the love of his life Linda; his cherished sons and daughters-in-law, Paul (Lori) Franke, Overland Park, KS and Greg (Tricia) Franke, Kansas City, MO;  his enchanting grandchildren Grace, Gavin, Claire and Noelle who were the light of his world; mother Clella Franke, Gaylord, MN; brothers Gary (Linda) Franke, Lexington, VA and David (Sally) Franke, Little Canada, MN; sisters Jane (Larry) Westerbeck, Bloomington, MN, Jil (Kirk) Lytle, St. Paul, MN and Susan (Kevin) Sallstrom, Winthrop, MN;  mother-in-law Valeria Frederick, Madison Lake, MN; his wife’s 10 brothers, 6 sisters and their spouses; numerous amazing relatives and friends.

 Willie was greeted at heaven’s shore by his beloved father Raymond, baby brother James, infant sister Gail and revered father-in-law Cletus Frederick. Willie was a wonderful example of how we should all live here on earth – with unmitigated integrity, great compassion for others and a willingness to play the hand we are dealt in life with remarkable strength, grace and guts. 

The family will receive friends from 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, January 12, 2013 at the Meyers Northland Chapel, 401 Main Street, Parkville, MO, where the rosary will be prayed at 11:30 a.m. followed by a brief sharing of memories time. The body will then be transported to the Northview - North Mankato Mortuary, 2060 Commerce Drive, North Mankato, MN, where the family will receive friends from 4-7:00 p.m. on Monday, January 14, 2013. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at All Saints Catholic Church, 601 4th Street, Madison Lake, MN, with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Bishop Sullivan Center, 6435 Truman Road, Kansas City, MO 64126. Memories of Willie and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Zachary Dixon Moyer

Zachary Dixon Moyer, 23, of Parkville, MO passed away unexpectedly on December 29, 2012 at St. Luke’s Northland Hospital. He was born May 15, 1989 in Kansas City, MO to Stanley Allen and Karen Sue (Oxley) Moyer, Jr. He graduated from Park Hill South High School in 2007, where he lettered in baseball and medaled in cross country. Following high school, he was offered several scholarships to play baseball at area colleges. He chose to attend William Jewel College in Liberty, MO and later furthered his education at the University of Missouri at Columbia.

Zack’s competitive nature became evident during his youth, when he spent fifteen years on the ball diamond with his father and fellow teammates. Zack strived for excellence in everything he did and currently had goals of becoming a successful businessman. Zack was a beautiful person both inside and out. The love he had for his family and friends was evident on a daily basis. He valued friendships, loved being a brother and especially an uncle, talking baseball with his dad (Stan is a Red Sox fan and Zack loved the Yankee’s) and the relationship he had with his mother was so much more than a normal mother-son relationship, it was something very special. Zack was a great friend to all and only saw the good in people. He had a passion for music and became inspired by music of all kinds. His love for God was strong, as he had several spiritual scriptures in his tattoo artistry. Zack had a flare for fashion and was always well dressed. A few of his other passions were collecting limited edition Michael Jordan tennis shoes and spending time with his puppy dog, CoCo Chanel.

He was preceded in death by his best friend, Eric Luna; maternal grandparents, Ray and Earlene (Trent) Oxley; and paternal grandmother, Mary Lou (Lana) Moyer. Survivors include his parents, Stan and Karen Moyer of Parkville; brother, Scott Moyer and wife, Adra of Independence, MO and their children, Melodie, Natalie and Aiden; brother, Christopher Moyer and wife, Amy of Lee’s Summit, MO and his children, Peyton and Chandler; paternal grandfather, Stanley Allen Moyer, Sr. of Richmond, MO; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family members and close friends.   The family will receive friends from 6-8:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at the Vineyard Church, 12300 NW Arrowhead Trafficway, Kansas City, MO 64165, with Sr. Pastor Fred Herron officiating. A funeral service celebrating Zack’s life will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday at the church. Burial will follow at the Walnut Grove Cemetery in Parkville. Memorial contributions are suggested to Vineyard Church and flowers are also welcome. The Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville has been entrusted with the final arrangements. Memories of Zack and condolences may be shared with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Mary Wheeler

Mary E. Wheeler, 71, a resident of Parkville, MO passed away on Friday, December 28, 2012 at NorthCare Hospice with her loving family at her side.  Mary was born April 29, 1941 to Evelyn (Kauffman) and Wilbur Wilcox in Trenton, MO.

Mary will forever be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and a pillar of strength within the community of her church and school.  Mary was a Methodist by faith and lived her life to the fullest, especially inspiring her love of faith to her school children and friends. She was a nurse and clerical worker; along with many additional duties for the Park Hill School District for over 27 years. She also taught Sunday school at Platte Woods United Methodist Church. Mary enjoyed spending time with her husband, Ron and family. She will be greatly missed by all that knew her.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Peggy Wilcox.  She is survived by her husband, Ron Wheeler of the home; daughter, Linda Bryan of MO; son, Ronnie Wheeler of Parkville, MO; two grandsons, Alex Bryan and Tyler Wheeler; brother, William Wilcox, St. Joseph, MO; numerous nieces and nephews; and many loving friends.

The family will receive friends from 6 – 8 pm, Wednesday, January 2, 2012 at the Platte Woods United Methodist Church 7310 NW Prairie View Rd. Platte Woods, MO. A Celebration of Life will be held 10 am, Thursday, January 3, 2012 at the church with Sr. Pastor Steve Breon officiating.  In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Platte Woods United Methodist Church Children’s Ministries.  Cremation.  A private Committal Service will be held at a later date.

Mary Driggers

Mary Driggers, 79, of Ferrelview, MO, passed away Sunday, January 6, 2013 in Liberty, MO, following a 15 year battle with Parkinson's.  She was born January 8, 1933, one of 18 children to Iva and Ernie Shaw. 

She had a career with TWA in Kansas City, MO for 26 years.  During that time she worked in the punch room, security and as a forklift operator.  She enjoyed collecting jewelry, traveling, looking at family photos and spending time with her grandchildren.  Mary had a great sense of humor until the end.  She also enjoyed spending time with her extended family and will be missed by all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Russell Stokes; second husband, Frank Driggers; infant son, Russell Jeffery Stokes; three brothers, Harry, Jordan and Gary Shaw; grandson, Devin Leeper; and nephews, Jeffery Swanson and Shane Swartz.  Survivors include her four daughters and their families, Mary Fay, Rita and Tom Lewis, Carol Leeper and Dawn Hackett; Grandchildren, Keri, Katie andRita Fay, Elizabeth and Maggie Lewis, Denny Leeper, Derek Hamilton, Mikayla, Sierra and Elijah McKenney; brothers, Ernie, Leroy, Harold, Doyle, Lester and Merl Shaw; sisters, Iola Grieve, Doris Thompson, Sheila Roeseler, Betty Lindgren, Joyce Montanye, Katherine Swanson, Narbara Mason and Veronica Harris; 45 great nieces and nephews and hundres of great nieces and nephews.

A gathering of family and friends to celebrate Mary's life will be held from 3-6:00 p.m. Friday, January 11, 2013 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, where a formal funeral service will be held at 4:00 p.m.  Cremation will follow the service.  Memories of Mary and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Frances Gillette

On the Day of Our Lord, January 10, 2013, Frances Elinor (Blogin) Gillette, 90, passed in Billings MT from a long term illness with family present.  Frances was born to Petronella Rackles and John (Boleones) Blogin on December 17, 1922. She grew up in Riverside Missouri and graduated from North Kansas City High School. Frances married Jim Gillette of St. Joseph Missouri on June 10, 1944 , and shared 64 wonderful years together. They adopted two children, Brian and Jaqueline Gillette and devoted her life and love to her husband and family. She worked for the Federal Reserve Bank and then Kansas City Southern Railway.

 

Frances and Jim lived in Missouri, Illinois, and Montana while Jim worked for and then retired from Burlington Northern Railroad. She loved to travel, golf, ski, fish, and spend time with family and friends.  She was a member of Catholic Daughters of America, Lithuanian's of America, National Association of Retired and Veteran Railway Employees Unit 95, St. Thomas Catholic Church of Billings MT and St. Therese Parish of Kansas City MO.

 

She is survived by her sister, Irene Paulhe of Riverside MO; her extensive family of nieces, nephews and their descendants; her sister-in-law, Eleanor Stracenor and brother-in-law Woody Stracenor and famiily; Direct descendants are her son, Brian Gillette of St. Joseph, her daughter, Jaqueline Gillette Kuhlman of Billings Montana, her sister Irene Paulhe of Riverside Missouri, and grandsons Cary McIntosh Jr, Jeff Gillette, Josh Gillette, granddaughter Jennifer Gillette, 10 great grandchildren, Frances was surrounded and loved by her extensive family. She will be deeply missed.

 

The Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m., Friday, January 18, 2013 at St. Therese Catholic Church 7207 NW Highway 9 Kansas City, MO 64152.  The family will receive friends at 10 a.m., at the church. Burial will be at East Slope Cemetery in Riverside, MO.  Donations to Animals In Need Adoption Center, 2520 NW Vivion Rd, Riverside MO 64150.  Memories of Frances and condolences to the family may be sent to www.meyersfuneralchapel.com   

June E. Pierce

June Edward Pierce, 86, of Waldron, MO passed away Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at his daughters home in Cedar Park, TX. He was born April 5, 1926 in Waldron to Henry Edward and Doxie Ardenna (Babcock) Pierce. June attended schools in Waldron and Parkville and had extensive training in water and waste water management. He was a veteran of the United States Navy and served during WWII.

 June was an extremely hard worker. He held two full time jobs for the majority of his working years. He spent 41 years with Burlington Northern Railroad and 35 years as the head of the Public Water Consolidated District Number 1 in Platte County. June was a longtime member of the Farley Christian Church.

 He married Rosemary Greenwood on April 2, 1960 in Weston, MO. She survives. Additional survivors include his daughter, Nancy Vineyard and husband, Gerald of Cedar Park, TX. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and two sisters.

 Funeral services will be conducted 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 19, 2013 at the Farley Christian Church. Burial will follow at the East Slope Cemetery in Riverside, MO. The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorial contributions are suggested to the church and flowers are welcome. The Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville has been entrusted with the final arrangements. Memories of June and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Stanley R. "Stan" Bennett

Stan Bennett, 72, a resident of Weatherby Lake, MO passed away suddenly, Friday, January 11, 2013. He was born November 12, 1940 in Anthony, KS to William and Juanita (Tunnell) Bennett.

Stan was preceded in death by his parents, and three brothers. He is survived by his wife, Connie Bennett; six children: Mitchell Bennett, Ryan Bennett (Kellie), Amy Long (Kevin), Angela Bennett (Craig), Ralph Greener (Diana), and Clayton Greener; 10 grandchildren; one great grandchild; and a sister, Faye Miller.

In addition to being a loving husband, father, and grandfather, Stan had a passion for life.  He was a lifelong tennis player who played in national competitions.  His love of fishing led to many years of BASS club fishing trips enjoyed by many of his family members. In later years Stan was inspired to explore the world of cooking and bar-be-que.  Stan spent many years entertaining family and friends in the backyard with fantastic food.  Recently, Stan and Connie traveled to Europe to visit Germany, France, and Italy for the ultimate trip of a lifetime. Stan enjoyed the world of photography while traveling through Europe.

Stan started his adult life serving in the United States Marines Corps. Upon completion of his active duty, Stan was Honorably Discharged as a Corporal from Camp Pendleton, California. After his tour of duty as a Marine, Stan attended Wichita State University and became a Certified Public Accountant. Stan climbed the corporate ladder to eventually become the Chief Financial Officer of Capital Electric. After retiring from Capital Electric, Stan pursued a career with the Internal Revenue Service as a Fraud Investigator.

A Tribute for Stan will be held from 12 pm ~ 1:30 pm, Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel 401 Main St Parkville, MO. A Committal Service with Military Honors will immediately follow at 2:30 pm, Leavenworth National Cemetery 150 Muncie Road Leavenworth, KS. Memorial contributions may be made to Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in lieu of flowers. Memories of Stan and condolences may be sent to www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

 

Orla E. Burrichter

Orla E. Burrichter, 93, a Northland resident in Kansas City, MO passed away Friday, January 18, 2013 at the NorthCare Hospice House at North Kansas City Hospital.  Orla was born September 26, 1919 to Edward and Laura (Tanner) Deister in Melbourne, Kansas.

 Orla married Henry G. Burrichter in 1940.  He preceded her in death in 1990 after 50 years of marriage.  Orla and Henry made Kansas City their home where she enjoyed being a wife, mother and homemaker.  She loved to sew and cook, but she especially treasured spending time with her family.

 She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister, Erman Neiderman, a grandson and one great-granddaughter.  Survivors include her two sons, Larry Burrichter (Mary) of Kansas City, MO and Jim Burrichter (Sally) of Cimarron, CO; seven grandchildren: Andria Thomas, Jennifer, Amy, Rebecca, Erin, Cynthia and Daniel; and 11 great-grandchildren; and daughter-in-law, Kathie Burrichter.

 The family will receive friends from 4 – 6 p.m., Thursday, January 24, 2013 at St. Matthew's Evangelical (Lutheran-NALC) Church 5047 NW Gateway Ave. Riverside, MO 64150.  A Memorial Service will be held at 6 p.m. at the church with Rev. Bud Elliott officiating.  In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions to NorthCare Hospice House.  Memories of Orla and condolences to the family may be sent to www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

 

Oliver "Paul" Kimball, M.D. (US Army Lt. Col., ret.)

 

Oliver Paul Kimball, MD, 88, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO passed away Sunday, January 20, 2013 at Liberty Terrace Care Center. He was born May 15, 1924 to Oliver and Dorothy (McGinnis) Kimball in Cleveland, Ohio. Paul married Barbara Huffer on October 21, 1973.

 

Paul received his medical degree from Western Reserve University at the young age of 23. He proudly served in all branches of the U.S. Military as a Physician & Surgeon. He started his military service in the US Navy during WWII continuing until 1955, rising to the rank of Lt., while also being attached to the US Marines Corps. He then served with the US Air Force until 1982 as a Major before retiring from the US Army in 1984 as a Lt. Col.

 

Preceding him in death were his parents, wife and brother. He is survived by his four children: Debbie Jackson of Des Moines, IA; Greg Kimball; Peter Kimball; and Melissa and Millard Buckskin of Ft. Collins, CO; step-children, Daniel and Diane Huffer of Littleton, CO and Pamela Sue and Paul Houck of Kansas City, MO; twelve grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

 

A Memorial Service will be held, 2 p.m., Saturday, January 26, 2013 at the Barry Christian Church 1500 NW Barry Rd. Kansas City, MO with Rev. Robert George. Military Honors will immediately follow the service. Donations may be made to Honor Flight of KC or American Cancer Society. Memories of Paul and condolences to the family may be sent to www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Raymond Miller

Raymond Miller, 85, a resident of Parkville, MO passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at the St. Luke's Northland Hospital.

No service or visitation will be held. Raymond's loving family will honor his request.  Memories of Raymond and condolences to the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Ray Winfrey, Jr.

Ray Winfrey Jr., 87, of Parkville, Missouri passed away January 22, 2013, while in NorthCare Hospice House.  Ray was born in Wakenda, Missouri on June 18, 1925 to Ray and Gladys (Bandel) Winfrey.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Marceline of 60 years, parents and a sister, Hazel.  

Ray grew up in the Missouri river farm lands around Wakenda.  During the school year he attended school in Carrollton, Missouri while staying with family.  After finishing high school in 1943, he joined the U.S. Navy and proudly served in the Pacific Theater during World War II on the ATR 81.

 After his honorable discharge from the Navy, he returned to central Missouri for a while, but had little desire to stay on the farm. After an exploratory move to St Louis, he moved to Falls City, Nebraska at the suggestion of a family friend, where he was hired as a fireman for the Missouri Pacific Railroad. During his time in Falls City, he also worked as a carpenter and learned construction trades.  It was there he met and fell in love with Marceline Miller, a telegraph operator for the Burlington Railroad.  They were married on September 18, 1949. Through the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, he and Marceline raised five children, first in Falls City and then in Parkville, Missouri.

In 1965 Ray began construction on their new home in Parkville Missouri.  With the help of Marceline and five children ages 1 to 14 he built the home he and Marceline would live in for nearly 50 years.  Throughout his life Ray built several other homes for friends and worked part time building and installing kitchen cabinets, tiling, designing and crafting furniture, and creating many other small wood working items from games to memorial flag boxes. 

Ray also loved to travel with Marceline, his family, and friends in a camper he built himself. He and Marceline traveled to all of the states west of the Mississippi River and many of the states east.  They visited National Forests and Parks, historic sites and cultural centers.  After retirement from the Railroad in July 1985 he and Marceline continued their travels visiting their children and grandchildren. 

After his retirement, Ray joined the local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post # 7356.  He served at the post from 1989 and became a life member, and as the post commander 1997-1998. On Saturdays he could be found either in the post kitchen preparing breakfast or at the door greeting people as they arrived.    

In September 2009 Ray and Marceline celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary. 

He is survived by his five children; Catherine M. Winfrey of Austin, TX, Elizabeth Ann Winfrey of Parkville, MO, Paul G. Winfrey of Nantes, France, James V. Winfrey and wife, Koni of Reno, NV, and Mary Winfrey Brown and husband, Matt of Webster Groves, MO.  He was a proud grandfather of nine and great-grandfather of two. 

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, January 28, 2013 at St. Therese Catholic Church, 7207 NW Highway 9, Kansas City, MO 64152 with Rev. Joe Cisetti as celebrant. A Committal Service with military honors will follow at Resurrection North Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5-7:00 p.m. Sunday, January 27, 2013 at the Meyers Northland Chapel, 401 Main St. Parkville, MO 64152, where the rosary will be prayed at 7:00 p.m. Memories of Ray and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

John "Jack" Urie

John M. Urie, 91, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO passed away on Monday, January 28, 2013 at the Golden Living Center in Smithville, MO. John was born March 25, 1921 to John and Ruth (Gottfredson) Urie in Cedar City, Utah.

Jack attended Branch Agricultural College in Cedar City Utah, then received an appointment to the U. S. Military Academy, West Point. Due to an unexpected appendectomy during finals week he did not complete the year. At that point he decided to enlist in the Army Air Corps in September 1941, graduated from pilot training, received his wings and was commissioned a 2nd Lt. in 1945. He was a twin engine bomber pilot flying B-25s. After the war he attended the University of Denver in CO where he completed a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. in 1947 and a Master of Science with an emphasis on Government Management in 1948. This is also where he met his wife, Ollie. They were married in Bisbee, AZ at Covenant Presbyterian Church on September 5, 1946.

Jack was extremely active in pursuing his finance career. He was a Consultant, Public Administration Service in Chicago, IL; Research & Budget Officer, City of Phoenix, AZ; Account Representative, IBM Corp. in Los Angeles, CA; Director of Finance, Phoenix, AZ; Director of Finance, Kansas City, MO where he retired December 31, 1987.

Jack served on a plethora of boards -- Board of Directors of American Century Mutual Funds, Kansas City, MO for 18 years; President of Government Finance Officers Association of the U.S. and Canada 1973-74; he served a three year term on the Municipal Security Rulemaking Board where he served as Vice Chairman 1979-80; Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Public Administration Service for 17 years; Truman Medical Center Board; and Chairman of the Board of Directors of International City Managers Retirement Corporation which he helped organize.

In addition to working full-time, he taught Government Budgeting, Finance and Municipal Management at the University of Arizona, University of Missouri at Kansas City and NOVA University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers: Hurschell G. Urie, Thomas “Gene” Urie, and LaVon Urie and a sister, Katherine Urie. Survivors include his wife, Ollie of the home. His two children: a son, Michael Urie (Kathy) of Morrison, CO and daughter, Robyn Kay Barrett of Kansas City, MO; three grandchildren: Danyel Willems Pogue of Kansas City, MO; David Willems of Lee’s Summit, MO and Kaitlin (Katie) Urie of Denver, CO; one great-grandchild, Tyler Pogue.

A Memorial Service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, February 2, 2013 at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 1441 NE Englewood Rd. Kansas City, MO with Rev. Seth Wheeler officiating. Visitation will be 30 minutes prior to the service. Jack has requested that memorial gifts be made to the University of Denver, Daniels College of Business, Denver, CO. Memories of Jack and condolences to the family may be sent to wwww.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Michael Sigler

Michael Donald Sigler, 48, died Jan. 30, 2013.  Prayer service 5pm Friday, Feb. 1, at the Meyers Northland Chapel, 401 Main St., Parkville, MO.  The family will greet friends from 3-5pm prior to the service. The body will be transported to the Cutler-O’Neill Funeral Home, 545 Willow Ave, Council Bluffs, IA, where the rosary will be prayed and a visitation will be held at 6:30pm on Sun. Feb. 3.  Mass of Christian Burial 10:30 am Mon. Feb. 4, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 223 Harmony St., Council Bluffs, IA.  Burial to follow at Grange Cemetery, Honey Creek, IA.  In lieu of flowers, please contribute to Harvesters of Kansas City or to your favorite charity. 

Michael is survived by his parents, Donald and Gloria Sigler of Kansas City, MO; sisters, Jean and brother-in-law, Brian Neeson of Omaha, NE, Joan Lonsdale of Yukon, OK, and Jill Sigler of Overland Park, KS; 7 nieces and nephews. 

Michael was a 1986 graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  He spent the majority of his working years in the financial business, most recently as the Western Operations Manager-Western Region for Ameriprise Financial.

Hans Mueller

Hans T. Mueller, 78, passed away January 31, 2013.  He was born February 24, 1934 in Germany and immigrated to the United States as a teenager.  He was a veteran having served in the United States Army.  Hans was employed by the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department for 42 years, both as law enforcement officer and in a civilian capacity.

He was married to his beloved wife, Mary, for 53 years.  She preceded him in death.  He is survived by his three sisters, Ursula Orlich of Shawnee, KS, Anita Ruck of Branson, MO and Elizabeth Murray of Dayton, OH; two sons, John R. Mueller and wife, Pam and Dennis P. Mueller and wife, Shelli, all of Kansas City, MO; two grandchildren, Tyler and Miranda Mueller; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank NorthCare Hospice House for their assistance and suggests contributions to NorthCare in lieu of flowers.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, February 4, 2013 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.  Cremation will follow.  A committal service with military honors will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at Leavenworth National Cemetery.  Memories of Hans and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Marilyn Page

Marilyn Kay Page, 73, of Parkville, MO passed away peacefully on February 10, 2013 at St. Luke’s Northland Hospital. She was born to Neil and Edith (Claypole) Barnard on January 19, 1940 in Richmond, MO. Marilyn was united in marriage to Raymond W. Page on August 8, 1965 in Richmond, MO.

Marilyn spent the majority of her life as a house wife who enjoyed raising her children. Marilyn really enjoyed gardening.  She was a Christian by faith.

Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Marianna Clevenger and brother, Russell Neil Barnard.  She is survived by her husband, Raymond W. Page of Parkville, MO; son, Dwayne “Eddie” Page of Parkville, MO; daughter, Edith Marie Page of Parkville, MO; daughter, Audra Brown(Lyle) of Parkville, MO; brother, Norman Carl Barnard and wife, Rosemary of Orrick, MO; Grandchildren: Nichole (Kyle) Edlin, Baylee Brown, Averie Brown, and Shelbi Kissee all of Parkville, MO; nieces and nephews: Debbie Hoeppner, Christie (Tony) McGlothlin, Floyd Barnard, Janet Barnard, Becky (Caryn) Barnard; great nieces and nephews: Nicholas (Jessica) McGlothlin, Christopher (Shelby) McGlothlin, Todd Hoeppner, Evan Hoeppner, Elizabeth (Paul) Steele and Paci Barnard; five great-great nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held 7:00 p.m., Friday, February 15, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 401 Main St., Parkville, MO. The visitation will be one hour prior at the Meyers Funeral Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Memories of Marilyn and condolences to the family may be sent to www.meyersfuneralchapel.com. Final arrangements have been entrusted with Meyers Funeral Chapel in Parkville, MO.

 

Raymond Bevard

Raymond C. Bevard, 93, a Northland resident in Kansas City, MO passed away on Sunday, February 10, 2013 at NorthCare Hospice House. Raymond was born October 1, 1919 to Ray and Effa Berneice (Hall) Bevard in Scammon, KS.

He married Marjorie Staab on February 8, 1941 in Kansas City, MO. He later enlisted into the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1941. Raymond was decorated with a Victory Medal and the American Theater Service Medal. He was honorably discharged as a Corporal in 1945.

Raymond retired from A.B. Chance Company (Emerson Electric) in Centralia, MO where he worked as a commercial artist for 28 years. He was a founding member of the Lions Club in Centralia along with being a member of the American Legion Post # 1003.

Raymond was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie and both parents. He is survived by his three children: Julianne Bevard-Butler (Robert), Carole Rae Carter (Jerry) and Tom Bevard (Cindy); six grandchildren: Therese, Charles, Erin, Allison, Darren (Debra) and Dustin; two beautiful great-grandsons, Connor and Christian.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m., Friday, February 15, 2013 at St. Therese Catholic Church, 7207 NW Highway 9 Kansas City, MO with Rev. Joe Cisetti as celebrant. A private Committal Service will be held Saturday at the Centralia, MO Public Cemetery. There is no scheduled visitation. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to SmileTrain.org. The Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville has been entrusted with the final arrangements. Memories of Raymond and condolences to the family may be sent to www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

 

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Elizabeth C. Roche

Ms. Roche, 23, of Kansas City, MO (Northland) passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at the St. Luke's Northland Hospital in Kansas City.  A service celebrating Biz's life will be held 4 p.m., Sunday, February 17, 2013 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville. There is no scheduled visitation. Memorials are suggested to the KU Cancer Center-Breast Cancer Unit and may be left in care of the funeral home.

Reece "Jerry" Davis

Reece “Jerry” Davis was born on June 5, 1944 in Hot Springs, Arkansas , passed away on February 17, 2013 at 3:20 p.m. at the North Kansas City Hospital.  

He is survived by his wife Carol Davis, Kansas City, MO; one son Jeff Davis, Excelsior Springs, MO, two daughters Julie O’Hearne, Anthem, AZ, Cathy Davis,  Kansas City, MO., two sisters Connie Williams, Kansas City, MO.  and Debbie Weidler, Excelsior Springs.  He also leaves 4 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents Reece D. Davis and Glenda Davis, his sister Angela Culpepper and brother Richard Davis. 

Reece Davis worked at Intercontinental Engineering and Manufacturing Corporation in Parkville, MO for the past 48 years. 

Visitation will be at the Meyers Northland Chapel, 401 Main Street, Parkville, MO 64152 on Friday, February 22nd at 1:00 p.m. , Memorial Services will follow at 2:00 p.m. Contributions can be made to the Cancer Institute at m.cancer.org/donate.

Hazel Armilla Manly

Hazel Armilla Manly, 83, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO passed away Monday, April 22, 2013 at the NorthCare Hospice House.  Hazel was born on December 29, 1929 to Don and Renota Stuteville in Lineville, Iowa. 

Hazel was a homemaker, who enjoyed being a stay-at-home mother for her boys and numerous neighborhood children. She enjoyed working crossword puzzles, playing cards, especially Liverpool Rummy, fishing, gardening and canning, but her passion was her flower garden.  When her son, Dale was stationed in Vietnam, she would send homemade cookies in Tupperware containers for Dale and his military family to enjoy.   Hazel will be greatly missed by many, especially her family.

Hazel was united in marriage to her husband of 63 1/2 years, Kenneth Manly on September 24, 1949, in Liberty, MO.  They built their home on two acres in the Platte County area and raised their two sons.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, and two sisters.  She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Manly of the home; two sons, Dale Eugene Manly and Gary Lee Manly, both of Parkville, MO; two grandchildren, Angela (Travis), Leah; three great-grandchildren: Alysa, Joshua, and Jasmine; one great-great-grandchild, Caden and another great-great-grandchild is expected in May.

The family will receive friends from 1 - 2 p.m. Thursday, April 25, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel in Parkville, MO.  A funeral service celebrating Hazel’s life will follow at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, at the funeral home with Rev. Lowell Swindler, Jr. officiating.  Burial will be at the East Slope Cemetery in Riverside, MO.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the NorthCare Hospice House.  Memories of Hazel and condolences to the family may be sent to www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Bernice S. Smith

Bernice Irene Shier was born January 18, 1923 near the Village of Chapel Hill in Northwestern Johnson County, MO. She passed away on March 1, 2013 at The Garden Valley Manor in Kansas City, MO. She was the youngest of 5 children and the only girl born to Harry Charles Shier and Annie Sara Davidson Shier. She graduated from Central High School in Kansas City, MO and Sarachon Harley School of Secretarial Training. She worked as a secretary for 25 years; the last 17 years of which were with the Missouri Public Service Company in Raytown, MO.

 

 

She was united in marriage to Vernon D. Smith of Warrensburg, MO on October 11, 1946. He preceded her in death on August 7, 2000.

 

Bernice left office work in June 1964 to become a full time mother to Baby Gina, and in December 1965, Baby Joni joined the family. She was especially proud of her family, and her two girls whom brought great joy to their parents. Bea, as she was familiarly known, loved bowling and participated in bowling leagues in the KC area for many years, having been a member of two Women’s City Championship teams.

 

Her later years were devoted to caring for a brother and sister-in-law and being attentive to her husband who needed daily assistance. She was a member of the Park Hill Christian Church.

 

She is survived by two daughters and their husbands, Gina Cox (Michael) of Platte Woods, and Joni Huntington (Chris) of Kansas City, two granddaughters, Amanda and Claire Cox of Platte Woods, nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and 4 brothers.

 

Funeral services will be conducted 10:30 am. Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, MO. Graveside services will follow at 1:00 p.m. at the Sunset Hill Cemetery, Warrensburg, MO. The family will receive friends on Friday evening from 4-7:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Parkinson’s Foundation. Memories of Bernice and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Jack M. Ford

Jack M. Ford, 87, a longtime resident of Weatherby Lake in Parkville, MO passed away on Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at Foxwood Springs Health Care Center, Alzheimer’s Unit in Raymore, MO.  Jack was a WWII Navy veteran and served in the South Pacific.  He retired from Ford Motor Company, Claycomo, MO after 35 years of service in the Accounting Department. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, golfer and bowler and he was the consummate story teller bringing fun and laughter to everyone he met.

He is survived by his wife, Sally L. Ford of Raymore, MO.  Other survivors include two sons, John Ford and wife, Wanda of Raytown, MO and David Ford and wife, Mary of Lee’s Summit, MO; four grandchildren, Christina Marie Faris, Bradley Stephan Ford, Jennifer Alvarez, Susan Marie Hernandez; six great-grandchildren.

A Committal service will be held 10 a.m. Thursday, March 7, 2013 at Leavenworth National Cemetery, 150 Muncie Road in Leavenworth, KS.  Memorial contributions are suggested to be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.  Memories of Jack and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Virginia L. Cline

Virginia L. Cline, 40, a Northland resident in Kansas City, MO passed away Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at her home.  She was born April 22, 1972 at the North Kansas City Hospital to Terry and Diane (Pike) McCoy.  She was a 1990 graduate of Park Hill High School and lived her entire life in the Northland.

Virginia loved spending time with her family and friends and was an extremely caring person.  She always looked forward to her seasonal job at Worlds of Fun.  She spent the last few months caring for her grandfather and valued her time with him.  She had a heart of gold and will be missed by all who knew her.

Survivors include her parents, Diane and Peter Ambrette of Parkville, MO; a brother, Matthew Joseph Ambrette (Theresa) of Kansas City, MO; a sister, Kelli Ambrette (John) of Kansas City, MO; maternal grandfather, Charles Pike and paternal grandmother, Maxine McCoy; and dear friend, Lee Reyes.

A Funeral service celebrating Virginia’s life will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.  Graveside services and burial will be held at 3:00 p.m. Friday at the Koger Cemetery, Worth County, MO.  The family will receive friends from 5-7:00 p.m. Thursday at the chapel.  Contributions are suggested to the Juvenile Diabetic Research Foundation-Kansas City Chapter and may be left in care of the funeral home.  Memories of Virginia and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Linda Lee (Logan) McDevitt

Linda Lee (Logan) McDevitt, 74, a resident of Leawood, Kansas passed away Wednesday, March 6, 2013.  She was born to the late Wayne and Geraldine Logan, October 1, 1938 in Chicora Pennsylvania. 

Linda graduated from Chicora High School in 1956 and received a B.S. Degree in Early Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1960.  She married William L. McDevitt in 1960 and had two sons, Bill and Dan.  The family lived in Butler, PA; Reisterstown, MD; O’Fallon, MO; Salina, KS; and Leawood, KS.  Linda was an elementary school teacher at Oakdale School in Salina, KS until she retired in 2000. 

Linda was an active member of Sunrise Presbyterian Church in Salina, initially as an organist and then pianist.  She was a volunteer at the Salina Presbyterian Manor and an avid Jayhawk Basketball fan.

 Linda is survived by her husband, William L.McDevitt of the home; her son, Bill (Laci) of Overland Park, KS, and her grand-daughter, Norah; a sister, Susan Blythe of State College, PA. 

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be sent to Compassionate Friends of Salina, KS.  The body will be transported to Chicora, PA for burial on Saturday, March 9, 2013 in the Hemphill Cemetery.  Meyers Funeral Chapel in Parkville, MO has been entrusted with final arrangements in Kansas City.   A memorial service will be held at Sunrise Presbyterian Church in Salina, KS at a later date. Memories of Linda and condolences to the family may be sent to www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Lewis U. Hoffman

Lewis Urban Hoffman, 87, Kansas City, MO (Northland) passed away Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at his home.  Louie, as he was called by many, was born April 2, 1925 in Robbinsdale, MN to Kurt and Anna (Mester) Hoffman, Sr.  He attended schools in Robbinsdale and served in the United States Navy during World War II.

Louie spent the majority of his working years owning his own route sales distribution for Ambassador Sausage Corp in Minneapolis. His “gift of gab” and gregariousness suited him well as business turned to pleasure and clients turned into friends.  He was a member of St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church in Gladstone, MO and was very devoted to his faith.  He was a lifelong member of the National Rifle Association and possessed keen trap shooting ability, winning many trophies and medals.  He enjoyed travels to Alaska, New England and Germany. Louie enjoyed the company of family whether attending George Strait concerts, fishing & boating in Canada or Lake of the Ozarks, or just engaging in his good natured banter.  In his earlier days a Harley Davidson was his pride and joy, and like everything else he owned, he kept it pristine. Louie loved everything Western and Country, from John Wayne movies, Louis L’Amour novels, to Les Kouba and Terry Redlin art.  Louie was a certified dog-lover, particularly the large hunting breeds and bassett hounds.  He proudly shared his disgust of mushrooms with his granddaughter.

Louie married his lovely bride, Eleanor Rosen on July 26, 1954 in Holdingford, MN and shared a wonderful and loyal 58 year marriage.  She survives of their home in Kansas City.  Additional survivors include two daughters, Mary Wignes of Olathe, KS and Judy Scheidhauer and son-in-law Bob Scheidhauer of Parkville, MO, a brother, Kurt Hoffman II of Baxter, MN, and granddaughter, Jaclyn Scheidhauer of Parkville, MO.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:00 a.m. Monday, March 18, 2013 at St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church with Rev. Vince Rogers as celebrant. A committal service will follow at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Leavenworth National Cemetery, 150 Muncie Rd. in Leavenworth with military honors under the auspices of the United States Navy Honor Guard. The rosary will be prayed at 5:00 p.m. Sunday, March 17, at the Meyers Northland Chapel, 401 Main St. Parkville, MO, where the family will receive friends until 7:00 p.m. Memories of Louie and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Gerald Rinke

Gerald Rinke, 76, a Northland resident in Kansas City, MO and member of St. Therese Parish, passed away Thursday, March 14, 2013 at his home.  He was born February 20, 1937 in Hartman, AR to Otto A. and Louise M. (Koerdt) Rinke.  He graduated from Hartman High School and shortly after that moved to Kansas City. 

He retired from Roberts Dairy in Kansas City after several decades of work. He was a member of St. Therese Catholic Church and volunteered for many years at SPEA’s Pantry.  In his spare time he enjoyed woodworking, gardening and traveling. 

Survivors include his wife, Mary Jo (McCormick) Rinke, of the home; two daughters, Angie McComas and husband, Mike of Grandview, MO and Debra Wilson and husband, Gene of Independence, MO; a son, Ronnie Rinke and wife, Diane of Ozark, MO; a step-son, Norman Sutton and wife, Kristine of Kansas City, MO; a brother, Vincent Rinke of Independence, MO; a sister, Doris Oberste of Belton, MO; eight grandchildren, Kelly, Michelle, Erin, Gerald, John, Ruthanne, Shelby, Josiah and seven great grandchildren.

Gerald was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Betty Ruth (Hargrove) Rinke, who preceded him in death in 1978; and six siblings.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:00 a.m. Wednesday at St. Therese Catholic Church with Rev. Joe Cisetti as celebrant. Burial will follow at Resurrection North Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5-7:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, where the rosary will be prayed at 7:00 p.m. Memorial contributions are suggested to Crossroads Hospice and may be left in care of the funeral home. Memories of Gerald and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

James Thornton

James Albert Thornton, 83, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO passed away Sunday, April 28, 2013 at Pleasant Valley Manor.  James was born July 11, 1929 in Edmond, OK to Roy and Willie (Ellis) Thornton.

He graduated in 1950 from Sallisaw High School in Sallisaw, Oklahoma and later served in the United States Army during 1950 – 1952.  James was united in marriage to Shirley Deloris Breckenridge on November 17, 1962 in Sallisaw, OK.  He spent his working career as an Installer for Western Electric Company (AT&T).

He was preceded in death by his wife, a daughter-in-law Tina Thornton, parents, and two sisters: Mrs. Alleen Wooten and Mrs. Rosalee Joy. He is survived by his children: Dennis Thornton and wife, Lisa of Yelm, WA; Robert Thornton of Basehor, KS; Bill Thornton of Kansas City, KS, and Kenneth Thornton and wife, Jennifer of Liberty, MO; seven grandchildren: SPC. Josh Thornton and wife, Chassitie, Jamie Thornton, Marisa Thornton, Shelby Thornton, Michael Thornton, George Thornton and Brooke Thornton; and brother, Leroy Thornton of Tahlequah, OK.

The funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville with visitation beginning at 1:00 p.m.  Graveside services and burial will be held 1:00 p.m. Thursday at the Sallisaw City Cemetery in Sallisaw, OK.   Memorial contributions may be made to the Northmoor United Methodist Church and may be left in care of the funeral home.  Memories of James and condolences to the family may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Danny Fisk

Kenneth Daniel (Danny) Fisk (28) left this world for a better place on March 15, 2013.

Danny was born February 4, 1985 in Kansas City, Missouri. He was a gregarious child with a great sense of humor. Danny loved baseball, football and golf. He was a graduate of Park Hill High School and following in the footsteps of his Grandpa Hamilton, became a Kansas City firefighter, where he worked for six years. As much as he loved being a firefighter, Danny's most important job was being a father. His four year old daughter, Sophia, was the love of his life. Danny was surrounded by the love of his family and friends.

Danny is survived by his daughter, Sophia Lynn; Sophia's mother, Mallory Bishop Fisk of Kansas City; his mother Karen Montgomery and his father, Art Fisk; his step-father, Dr. Michael Montgomery and his step-mom, Becky Fisk, all of Parkville, MO; his sister, Christie DelCastillo (Matt) of Kansas City, and his sister Jeanette Davis (Brian) of West Lafayette, IN; his step-sister Sarah Belleau (Kevin) of Chicago, IL, his step-brothers, Mark Montgomery of Martha's Vineyard, MA and Sam Montgomery of Kansas City; his maternal grandparents, John and Helen Hamilton of Blue Springs, MO; his grandmother, Carmen Weber of Goddard, KS; seven nieces and nephews and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

A funeral service celebrating Danny’s life will be held 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.  Burial will follow at the Walnut Grove Cemetery in Parkville.  The family will receive friends from 5-7:00 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Sophia Fisk Trust Fund, Patriots Bank 12 E. First St. Parkville, MO 64152.  Memories of Danny and condolences may be shared with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Ken Craycraft

Ken Craycraft, 80, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO, died Sunday, March 17, 2013 at North Kansas City Hospital. He was born August 25, 1932 to Jessie Opal (Noyes) and Howard Everett Craycraft in Peculiar, MO. Ken served in the Army during the Korean Conflict. He married Mildred White on June 5, 1954 in Chicago, IL. Ken and his bride made their home and raised their children in the Northland of Kansas City, MO. He worked for Trans World Airlines for 41 years as an electrical engineer, retiring in 1998. Ken was a devoted member of the Sherwood Bible Church and an active supporter of the Gideons International North Kansas City Camp.

 Ken was raised on a farm in Cleveland, MO. He met & married Millie while stationed in Chicago. They moved back to Kansas City and Ken completed electrical engineering training at Central Technical Institute. He was hired by Trans World Airlines as an electrical engineer in 1956. World wide travel was enjoyed by Ken and his family. Ken served God’s Kingdom faithfully through the ministries of Sherwood Bible Church. Ken also devoted the best of his time and energy to his family. He was an avid fan at his children’s Park Hill School District activities. This devotion continued as grandchildren began their schooling in Park Hill. He continued to support Park Hill by running the clock at football games and by attending his daughters’ classrooms in their first years as teachers in the school system. He was considered a “Super Booster” at Park Hill and remained a faithful fan and supporter until his death. Ken’s loyal support of his family was not limited only to the Northland. He traveled to Oklahoma and Texas to cheer on his grandchildren in their activities and attended high school and college graduations in Oklahoma, Ohio, Colorado, and California. He was very proud to see his first grandson graduate from the Air Force Academy. His smiling face and quiet presence was a constant in the lives of his family, in both the big moments and at small family gatherings; and he will be sorely missed.

 Ken was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, and four brothers. He is survived by his wife, Mildred Craycraft of the home; four children: David (Jan) Craycraft of Edmond, OK, Debbie (Del) Anderson of Kansas City (North), MO, Diane (Travis) Bradburn of Kansas City (North), MO and Danny (Cheryl) Craycraft of Keller, TX; eleven grandchildren: Benjamin (Lindsey) Craycraft, Anna Craycraft, Abby (Chase) Hildenbrand, Adam Craycraft, Michaela Anderson, Raven Bradburn, Destiny Bradburn, McKenzie Craycraft, Ian Craycraft, Hana Craycraft and Paxton Craycraft; three great-grandchildren: Calvin Craycraft, Evie Craycraft and Cade Hildenbrand; one brother, Oliver Craycraft of Peculiar, MO.

 The funeral service will be held 10 a.m., Friday, March 29, 2013 at Sherwood Bible Church 4900 N. Norton Kansas City, MO with Rev. Leonard Hale officiating. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will follow at 2 p.m. at the Cleveland, MO Cemetery. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to City Union Mission or Gideons International. Arrangements by Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville. Condolences may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

 

Dwight Young, Jr. (Joe)

Dwight Young, Jr., also known as Joe Young, peacefully passed away Saturday, March 23, 2013 at the age of 62. He was born July 31, 1950 to Dwight Young, Sr. and Eileen May Beaber. He graduated from Northeast High School in Kansas City, MO and spent the majority of his working years as a plumber.

Joe enjoyed playing pool, playing cards, and caring for his horse, Tequila. He was a Christian and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

He married Billie Albertson in 1980. They later divorced. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Thomas Young. Survivors include a son, John Davisson (Ashley) of Smithville, MO; a sister, Roseanne Mitchell (Mitch) of Adrian, MO; a step-brother, Scott Young; a half-sister, Stephanie Young; a half-brother, Shawn Young; several nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, a great-great niece, and a great-great nephew; an uncle, Dwayne Young; and most recently, his granddaughter, Sophia Davisson.

A funeral service celebrating Joe’s life will be held 2:00 p.m. Thursday, March 28, 2013 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville. Burial will follow at the East Slope Cemetery in Riverside, MO. The family will receive friends from 5-7:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions are suggested to Asera Care Hospice and may be left in care of the funeral home. Memories of Joe and condolences may be left in care of the funeral home.

Bob van Haaren

Robert Joseph“Bob” van Haaren, 76, of Parkville, MO passed away Saturday, March 23, 2013 at the University of Kansas Hospital. He was born September 20, 1936 in Tjimahi, Indonesia to Johannes C. and Corrie (Julienne) van Haaren. He moved to the United States on November 18, 1959 where he later received a BA in Meteorology from St. Louis University and an MS in Meteorology from the University of Michigan. Bob lived in Kansas City since 1978.

Bob retired from the National Weather Service (NOAA) in 1998 after a 33 year career in forecasting, scientific services and AFOS. He was instrumental in setting up the Central Region’s communication systems, including computer technology interfaces. He was a member of St. Therese Parish in Kansas City and was an active member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Therese Parish. He volunteered at St. Therese helping to establish the parish’s computer system and the school’s computer labs. The school dedicated its computer labs to Bob in recognition of his outstanding contribution. Bob was an avid reader and lover of classical music.

 

He married Rosemary A. Hines on June 20, 1964 at St. Dominic Savio Catholic Church in St. Louis, MO. She survives of the home. Additional survivors include a daughter, Carolyn Johnson (Heath); three sons, Kevin van Haaren, Erik van Haaren (Laura) and Matthew van Haaren. He is also survived by two brothers, Wilhelmus van Haaren (Jane) and Jan van Haaren (Sian); two sisters Fien Muller (Rudy) and Dorith Preijde; three grandsons, Ryan, Tyler and Alex Johnson. He was preceded in death by his parents and six siblings.

 

The Mass of Christian Burial will be con-celebrated 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at St. Therese Catholic Church with Rev. Joe Cisetti, principal celebrant. The Family will begin receiving friends at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday at the church, where the rosary will be prayed at 11:00 a.m. Bob will be laid to rest at Resurrection Cemetery, St. Louis, MO. Memorial donations are suggested to St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Therese Parish and may be left in care of the Meyers Funeral Chapel Northland, 401 Main St. Parkville, MO 64152. Memories of Bob and condolences may be left with the family atwww.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

 

Beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend.

Verla Long

Verla Oehler Long, age 72, entered eternal peace after a long courageous battle with cancer and diabetes. Verla was born April 18, 1940 in Barnes, Kansas, Washington County.  She was the daughter of Wilbert and Eula (Wohler) Oehler.  She graduated from Barnes Rural High School in 1957.

She married Wilfried Hattesohl and they had two children.  They were divorced.  She later married Ralph A. Long III and they divorced.

Verla worked at Vio-Holda Mfg. Co. in Topeka and then moved to Clay Center, KS.  She worked at S. W. Bell Telephone in Clay Center and then at Manhattan, KS.  Verla also worked at R L Polk Publishing Co. until they closed.  Then she worked at KSU in the Dept. of Agricultural Economics.  She moved to Kansas City, MO in 1968 and went to work for American Hospital Supply – Baxter Healthcare and worked there for 27 years.  They closed the building in 1995 and she retired.  Verla then went to work for the Dept. of Labor as a contracted employee of CBSI/Titan and retired in 2005.

Her greatest pride and joy was being around her family, grandchildren and friends.  She liked spending time on the computer, reading and doing crossword puzzles.  She also liked to write poems for family and friends.  She liked to travel when she could.  Verla also enjoyed baking her famous banana bread for family and friends.  She did a lot of home canning for them too.  She learned how to be an excellent cook from her mother.

Verla was a member of the Platte Woods United Methodist Church, Moose Lodge #10 and The Women of the Moose, Chapter 1092 in Sugar Creek, MO.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Norma and her husband Wayne Bergin, two nephews, David Ballard and Aaron Bergin.  She is survived by her longtime companion, Harold “Sparky” Sparks; her children Jeffrey (Mary) Hattesohl, Jodi (Greg) Adams; four grandchildren; two step grandchildren; three great grandchildren; one step great grandchild.  She is also survived by two sisters, Orpha (Loy) Carlson, Marilyn (Virgil) Ballard; a brother Orlin (Sandra) Oehler; many nieces, nephews and wonderful friends. She will be missed by all.

A memorial service celebrating Verla’s life will be held 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 30, 2013 at the Platte Woods United Methodist Church with Sr. Pastor Steve Breon officiating.  The family will receive friends from 10:30-11:30 a.m. prior to the service.  A committal service will be held Saturday afternoon at Mt. Moriah Terrace Park Cemetery.  The Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville has been entrusted with the final arrangements.  Memories of Verla and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Fred Simmons

Fred Simmons, 73, a resident of Riverside, MO passed away Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at the Riverside Nursing & Rehab.  Fred was born August 25, 1939 in Marshall, MO to Burnis K. (Raines) and Fred M. Simmons.

Fred worked as a mechanic at the KC Auto Salvage, All Star Auto Salvage and Blue Valley Auto Salvage.  In his free time he enjoyed fishing and camping. 

Fred was preceded in death by his parents, three children: a daughter, Kathleen Simmons and two sons, Sonny Simmons and Lonnie Lakely.  He is survived by six children: three daughters, Karen Peoples, Patty Simmons and Barb Griggs; three sons, Billy Simmons, Kenny Simmons and Ronnie Lakely; 24 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; a sister, Ada M. Stevens and two brothers, Roy M. Simmons and Donald E. Simmons.

Funeral service will be held 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at Meyers Northland Funeral Chapel.  The family will receive friends one hour prior.  Graveside services will be held 2 p.m., Thursday, April 4, 2013 at the Bethel Cemetery in Edwards, MO.  Memories of Fred and condolences to the family may be sent to www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

John (Jack) Kalahurka

 

 

John Joseph “Jack” Kalahurka, 70, a resident of Kansas City North, MO, formerly of St. Joseph, MO passed away Friday, March 29, 2013 following a courageous battle with lung cancer. He was born April 29, 1942 in St. Joseph.

The early years of his life were spent in St. Joseph, where he attended Cathedral Catholic School and Christian Brothers High School. He then moved to Kansas City, where he graduated from De La Salle High School and attended Kansas City Junior College. In his early 20’s, he spent six years in the United States Army Civil Affairs Unit #469.

He married the love of his life, Linnea E. Johnson on August 29, 1964, at Visitation Catholic Church in Kansas City. They were blessed to have spent 48 wonderful years together.

In October 1961, he started working for Standard Oil (later Amoco) and worked there for 36 ½ years before retiring in 1998. During his career, he held many positions within the company which required several moves. While living in various places, he remained very active in the community and his church parish. Upon retirement, he and Linn spent the winters in Green Valley, AZ

Jack enjoyed all sports, especially Notre Dame Football, Royals, Chiefs and Missouri Tigers. He was a member of the Northland Elks Lodge, Moila Shrine in St. Joseph, American Legion Post #0359 and a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus Council #00571.

In addition to Linn his wife, survivors include his daughter, Jackie Lester and her husband, Chad, of Kansas City North; his grandchildren, Jack, Clare and Luke; and brother, Tom Kalahurka of Lake Forrest, CA. His parents preceded him in death. Jack deeply loved his family and friends, and was loved by them very much.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be con-celebrated 11:00 a.m. Monday, April 1, 2013, at St. Therese Catholic Church, 7207 NW 9 Highway, Kansas City, MO 64152. Cremation will follow the Mass. Visitation will be from 9:30-11:00 a.m. prior to the Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Therese or The Jimmy V Foundation for cancer research and may be left in care of the Meyers Northland Chapel, 401 Main St. Parkville, MO 64152. Memories of Jack and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

 

Patrick Fogarty

Pat D. Fogarty, 73, of Parkville, Missouri, passed away Monday, May 13, 2013 at his home after a sudden illness. He was born on September 28, 1939 to Philip Edmond and Margaret Helen (Sweeney) Fogarty in Worthington, Minnesota.

 

Patrick was united in marriage with Elizabeth Mae Thorman on August 1, 1958 in Spencer, Iowa. Pat and Betty moved to Parkville, MO in 1960, where they raised their family and built a life together.

 

Pat enjoyed coffee at HyVee, auctions, garage sales, and family gatherings. He spent summers gardening and mowing, and the last several winters in Arizona.

 

He worked for the airlines for over 40 years, employed by Braniff, Ozark, TWA, and American Airlines. In his lifetime he was also an Auctioneer, School Bus Driver, Farmer, and a Good Family Man.

 

He is survived by his wife, Betty, of the home; four children, Becky Cobb (Carl) of Neosho, MO; Renae J. Fogarty of Frisco, TX; Shelley Elbert (Chris) of Gallatain, MO; Michael Fogarty (Raquel) of Farmington, MN; six siblings, Teresa Stephas (Dale) of Dickens, IA; Donna Finneman of Rogers, MN; Jim Fogarty (Diane) of Pequot Lakes, MN; Tom Fogarty (Mimi) of Lake George, MN; Dan Fogarty (Collene) of Howard Lake, MN; Bernadette Nelson (John) of Watkins, MN; eight grandchildren, Heather Cobb, Molly Cobb, Erin Yost (Jonas), Sophia Douglas (Milton), Ian Arellano, Eric Arellano, Sydney Elbert, and Kailey Elbert; two great-grandchildren, Lorelai Yost and Desmond Douglas; two sisters-in-law, Jan Bryan (Mike), and Stella Fogarty; five brothers-in-law, John Thorman (Sue), Doug Thorman, Dwain Oviatt, Bob Speed, and Jim Martin; and many nieces and nephews.

 

He is preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Joe and Tim Fogarty; and three sisters, Colleen Speed, Phyllis Oviatt, and Alice Martin and one nephew, Philip Oviatt.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 16, 2013 at Platte Woods United Methodist Church, 7310 NW Prairie View Rd., Platte Woods, MO with Rev. Ginger Pudenz and Pastor Russ Hamilton officiating. The family will begin receiving friends at 12 p.m. at the church. Burial will follow at Hampton Cemetery.  Memorial contributions are suggested to Rochester, MN Mayo Clinic Cancer Research and may be left in care of the Meyers Northland Chapel, 401 Main St. Parkville, MO 64152.  Memories of Pat and condolences to the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

 

Jerry D. Piepmeier

Jerry D. Piepmeier, 73, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO, passed away Monday, May 6, 2013 at the NorthCare Hospice House.  Jerry was born June 22, 1939 to Peggy (Cantrell) Vallis and Jesse Damon Piepmeier in Kansas City, MO.

He was united in marriage with Donna Flahart on November 18, 1999 in Liberty, MO.

Jerry joined the U.S. Air Force where he served his country for 27 years before retiring as a Major.  During that time, Jerry also obtained his doctorate degree.  His most precious memories were traveling to all 50 states with his beloved wife, Donna.  He will be greatly missed by all that knew him.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Donna of the home; three children: Loredana Piepmeier of Fresno, CA; Jessica Holmstrom and husband, Mats of Seattle, WA; and Jerry Piepmeier Jr. of Sacramento, CA; a brother, John Piepmeier and wife, Kim of Grain Valley, MO; a sister, Jean Ann Frost and husband, J.C. of North Kansas City, MO; and three grandchildren: Alex, Nico, and Sophia.  He is preceded in death by his parents, and sister, Jackie Horn.

There are no funeral services scheduled. Cremation.  Memories of Jerry and condolences to the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Lou Kutz

Lou Kutz of Kansas City, MO, died on Monday, April 1, 2013 at the age of 80 with family by her side.

Beloved wife of Leon Kutz; devoted mother of Michaela (Steve) Nollau and Gregg (Judy) Kutz. Proud and loving grandmother of Courtney (Patrick) McAllister, Hilary (Matt) Mika, and Whitney Nollau.  Dear sister of Freddie Hopkins and Carl (Terri) Hopkins.

Lou was born on October 6, 1932 in Mountain Grove, MO to Fred and Opal Hopkins. She was a devoted parishioner of the Parkville Presbyterian Church and member of the Parkville Presbyterian Women’s Circle.  Along with her husband of 62 years, Lou loved spending her time with her friends at the Parkville YMCA as a member of the Silver Sneakers program.

 Services: Memorial service Thursday, April 4th, 12noon at Parkville Presbyterian Church ,  819  Main Street, Parkville.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Parkville Presbyterian Memorial Fund or the American Cancer Society (800-227-2345 or www.cancer.org).

Eual Edgar McFarland

Ed McFarland, 74, a lifelong resident of Parkville, MO passed away on Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013 at his home with his loving family at his side.  Ed was born July 12, 1938 in Parkville, MO to Hazel (Russell) and Eual McFarland.

Ed proudly served in the United States Army.  He was a carpenter in Union local # 1127.  He was a former member of St. Therese Catholic Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Elizabeth (Schoen) McFarland. Survivors include his four children: Kerrie Riley of Parkville, MO; Joe (Kelley) McFarland of Trimble, MO; Mike (Rhea) McFarland of Kansas City (North), MO; and Dan (Carissa) McFarland of Kansas City (North), MO; five grandchildren: Clay, Kori, Justin, Jake, and Ethan: five siblings: Pollie Soetaert, Louis Valenzueala, Kenny McFarland, Charles McFarland and Linda McFarland.

The family will receive friends from 5 ~ 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel 401 Main St. Parkville, MO.  A Committal Service with military honors will be held at 2:30 p.m., Thursday, April 4, 2013 at Leavenworth National Cemetery 150 Muncie Road Leavenworth, KS.  Memories of Ed and condolences to the family may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Reece Keyes

Reece P. Keyes, a resident of Parkville, MO passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. Reece was born August 26, 1988 to Kevin D. and Tracy (Cummins) Keyes in O'Neill, NE.

Reece enjoyed all sports, baseball and football being his favorites. He was an avid Huskers fan and had a large collection of memorabilia. Treasured memories of camping, music, singing, dancing, acting in theater and showing his artistic tattoos will hold many memories by all who knew him. He was also a craftsman who enjoyed working with reclaimed wood. Reece will be remembered as charming, outgoing and always the life of the party, and he loved spending time with his family.

He is survived by parents: mother, Tracy Hopkins and husband, Craige of Parkville, MO; his father, Kevin D. Keyes and wife, Jalayne of Pilger, NE; eight siblings: Tom Michener (Kelly) of Lincoln, NE: Rachel Michener (Dallas Zook) of Kansas City, MO; Jason Michener (Jessica) of Grand Island, NE; Shane Michener of Grand Island, NE; Cassidy and Kinsey Keyes of Pilger, NE; Ashley Pratt (Jamie) of Cameron, MO; Rachel Hopkins (Justin Nalle) of Pattonsburg, MO; maternal grandmother, Patricia Cummins of O'Neill, NE; paternal grandmother, Carol Keyes of Inman, NE; step-grandmother, Barbara Gregory of York, NE; numerous nieces and nephews: Kadence and Bradyn Stranske, Jocelyne, Lillyan, and Cimmaron Michener, of Grand Island, NE: Brittany and Jennifer Michener, Tristan, Dakota and Blake Broome of Lincoln, NE; Kaitlynne Towell and Bailey Pratt of Cameron, MO; the love of his life, Marlee Shaffer and her son, Zyler of Kansas City, MO. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Leon Cummins and paternal grandfather, Donald Keyes.

The family will receive friends from 2:30pm to 4:30pm, Friday, November 8, 2013 at Meyers Northland Chapel, 401 Main Street, Parkville, MO. A Celebration of Reece's life will immediately follow at 5:00pm, Thom Parkinson officiating. Memories of Reece and condolences to the family can be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

 

Eldon R. Hills

Eldon Ray Hills, 85, of Parkville, MO passed away peacefully in his sleep Saturday, April 6, 2013 at Rosewood Health and Rehabilitation Center in Independence.

Eldon was born October 26, 1927 in Mound Valley, KS to Lottie L. (Oneslager) and Jeremiah Carl Hills.  He was the next to the youngest of their nine children.  He grew up and attended school in Coffeyville, Kansas.

Eldon was a veteran in the United States Navy, beginning in December, 1945.  He was present for “Operation Crossroads” which was the atomic bomb tests at the Bikini Atoll in July, 1946.

On March 11, 1961 Eldon married Elizabeth Prost in Wichita, KS.  They were later divorced.

He was a sheet metal mechanic at Trans World Airlines, beginning in 1967 and retiring in 1986.

Eldon’s loves were antique cars, motorcycles, his kids and grandkids.  There was nothing that he couldn’t fix, whether it needed fixing or not.  That usually involved baling wire, duct tape, gasoline as a solvent and hand cleaner, and an acetylene welder.  He was known by his friends and family as “Weldin’ Eldon” because he enjoyed working on stuff so much.  The neighborhood kids always looked forward to Fourth of July because he made acetylene “bombs” to set off.

Eldon was preceded in death by his son Michael Steven Hills, parents, and seven siblings.

He is survived by his children:  Connie Lynne Cotton and her husband Donald of High Point, NC; Don Hills and his wife Vicki of Independence, MO; and Shelly Kay Gwartney and her husband Gabriel of Kansas City, MO.  He is also survived by his grandchildren:  Christopher Hills, Michael Zimmerman, Deanna Kobush, Julie Stamper, James R. Perry, Grant D. Gwartney, Emily A. Hills, Elizabeth R. Gwartney, E. Ryan Hills, and several great-grandchildren.  His sister, Loretta Sanchez of Austin, TX, and countless nieces and nephews; and the mother of his children, Elizabeth “Becky” Hills of Ozawkie, KS

The family will receive friends on Thursday, April 11, at 10:00 a.m. at Meyers Funeral Chapel in Parkville, MO, with services to follow at 11:00 a.m.  Committal Service with military honors at Leavenworth National Cemetery, 150 Muncie Rd., Leavenworth, KS at 1:30 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to The American Heart Association.  Memories of Eldon and condolences to the family may be sent to www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

 

Margaret Anne Henderson

Margaret Anne Henderson, 91, passed away on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at the NorthCare Hospice House.  Margaret Anne was born on December 27, 1921 to Johnnie (Neal) and Hubert Ward in Banks County, GA.

 Margaret Anne graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Education. She then taught for a year in Dalton, Georgia. She returned to teaching in Fairfax County, Virginia after her son left for college. Margaret Anne loved to travel. She loved animals. She was an accomplished gardener, providing vegetables to friends and family. She was an avid college sports fan; especially basketball and football.

 Margaret Anne was united in marriage with Peter L. Henderson on September 25, 1946 in Atlanta, GA at the Hapeville Methodist Church.

 She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and two brothers, James Brantley Ward and Ralph Neal Ward.  She is survived by her daughter, Peggy Mullins of Kansas City (North), MO and a son, Peter L. “Lou” Henderson of Gainesville, GA; four grandchildren: Anne (Ben) Hodges, Meg (Danny) Keen, Peter J. (Michelle) Henderson, and Mary Beth Henderson; two great-grandchildren, Scarlet Anne Henderson and Olivia Emerson Hodges; sister, Evelyn (Richard) Schwaemmle of Cumming, GA; and a sister-in-law, Mildred P. Ward of Riverdale, GA.

 The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Monday, April 15, 2013 at Platte Woods United Methodist Church 7310 NW Prairie View Road, Platte Woods, MO.  A Memorial service will be held at 7 p.m., at the church with Rev. Ginger Pudenz officiating.  Memorial contributions may be made to NorthCare Hospice or Platte Woods United Methodist Church.  Memories of Margaret and condolences to the family may be sent to www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

 

Robert "Bob" Butler

Robert J. “Bob” Butler, 70, a Northland resident in Kansas City, MO, passed away Thursday, April 11, 2013, at his home surrounded by family.  He is preceded in death by his parents Clarence and Opal (Lewis)Butler.  Bob was born in Albuquerque, NM on December 31, 1942, but lived most of his life inMissouri.  He was raised on a dairy farm and attended schools in Graham, MO and lived inKansas City, since 1977. 

 Bob was a Master at his trade and owned and operated “Bob’s Floor and Wall Coverings” for nearly fifty years.  He was known for his integrity and dedicated work ethic. He was a long time member of the Parkville BNI Chapter and attended theUnityChurchof the Northland.  Bob was a true cowboy and an avid outdoorsman.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing and all outdoor sports.  He loved and was known as an excellent dancer.  He was also known for his sense of humor and his love of practical jokes.  His greatest enjoyment was spending time with his family

 Bob is survived by his wife Julianne Bevard-Butler.  The couple married on March 11, 1986 and lived inParkville,MO for the majority of their marriage.  He is also survived by his children, Debbie Butler of Excelsior Springs,MO; Christie Pulse (Jim) ofKearney, MO; Stacy Baird (Chris) ofExcelsior Springs,MO; Robert S. Butler (Yadira) of Miami, FL; his step-children, Therese Inzerillo of Kansas City, MO; and Charles Inzerillo of Kansas City, MO; a brother, Jerry Butler (Mary) Hertford, NC; two half-brothers, Richard Hanson (Linda) of Maryville, MO; Kirby Hanson (Danelle) of Graham, MO; a half-sister, Peggy Blair (Paul) of Maryville, MO; nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

 A memorial service celebrating Bob’s life will be held at 7:00 p.m. Monday, April 15, 2013 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.  The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m. prior to the service.  Memorial contributions are suggested to Crossroads Hospice and may be left in care of the funeral home.  Memories of Bob and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Amanda Santoro

Amanda Santoro, 20, of Kansas City North, passed away unexpectedly Friday, April 12, 2013.  She was born to Stephen and Cassandra (Harlow) Santoro on April 26, 1992 in Shawnee Mission, KS.

Amanda loved having fun and being around her friends and family.  She enjoyed being outdoors and had a love for animals and music.  Amanda’s fondest memory was the trip to Hawaii she took with her parents.  She had a loving heart and sparkling smile.  Amanda had a way of making “you people” laugh.

Amanda is survived by her parents, Steve and Cass Santoro; grandparents, Steve and Naomi Harlow, Michael Santoro, Dean and Lila Harris; great uncle Charlie Bales; uncle and aunt’s Vince and Vickie Santoro, Chelley Harlow, Vince Guzowski, Wesley and Deb James, Mark and Jody deLinde; cousins, Katy Santoro, Nick Santoro, Scottie and Sarah Robertson, Mollie Crain, Les Adams, Jessica deLinde, Travis deLinde, Jacob deLinde, Brad James, Raeanna Robertson and Hunter Robertson; and many friends.  She was preceded in death by her grandmother Vonnie Santoro; great grandmothers Lucille Bales and Maxine Harlow and great aunt Nancy Bales.

A gathering of family and friends to celebrate Amanda’s life will be held from 5-7:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Children’s Mercy Hospital and may be left in care of the funeral home.

 

Barbara A. Schott-Teal

Barbara A. Schott-Teal, 51, a resident of Plattsburg, MO passed away unexpectedly Thursday, April 25, 2013. She was born February 24, 1962 in Kansas City, MO.

Barbara was an extraordinary woman.  She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. Barbara was a property manager for Investment Realty Services, a member of the Parkville Rotary Club and was proud to be a Paul Harris Fellow.  In her spare time she enjoyed tracing her family genealogy, reading, remodeling houses, traveling, shooting, taking apart her engine, and spending time with her friends and family.  Truly a woman of many talents.

 She was united in marriage with Ott Teal during the summer of 2012 in Kansas City, MO. He survives of the home. Additional survivors include her children: Christopher Schott and wife, Jennifer of North Carolina, John T. “J.T.” Schott III of Kansas City (North) MO,  A.J. Teal and wife, Ashley of Georgia;  three grandchildren: Nicholas Schott, Justin Schott and Tucker Teal; her father, John Floyd of Kansas City, MO; her siblings: John Jr., Luther, Shirley, Clyde, Ruth and Fred Floyd. She was preceded in death by her late husband, John “Jack” Schott II in 2009 and a sister, Wanda May Floyd.

 A memorial service celebrating Barbara’s life will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, May 4, 2013 at the Platte Woods United Methodist Church with Rev. Ginger Pudenz officiating. The family will receive friends from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the church. Memorials contributions are suggested to the John T. Schott II Scholarship Fund in care of the Parkville Rotary club. Condolences and memories of Barbara may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com. Final arrangements entrusted with Meyers Funeral Chapel Northland, 401 Main St. Parkville, MO 64152 (816) 741.0251.

 

Sandra "Sandi" Anderson

Sandra K. Anderson, 62, a resident of Houston Lake, MO passed away Tuesday, May 21, 2013.  She was born on March 9, 1951 to Maggie Leona Willey in Knox County, MO.

Sandi worked as a ward clerk for St. Luke’s North Hospital for 25 years. She enjoyed vintage shopping and collected record albums. Sandi loved to fish and had a passion for animals, especially dogs. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

She is preceded in death by her mother and grandparents, Charles and Lilly Anderson. She is survived by her companion, Charles “Chuck “ Stone of Houston Lake, MO; two children, Brian Foss of California, MO and Becki Restrepo of Platte City, MO; three sisters, Kathy Williams of Kirksville, MO; Cindy Schaefer of Macon, MO; Reta Sayre of Kirksville, MO; one brother, Harold Willey of Kirksville, MO; three grandchildren: Jesse Foss, Colton Foss, and Leona Grace Restrepo; one niece; four nephews; and her Aunt Mabel Curtis.

A funeral service celebrating Sandra’s life will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at the Vineyard Church North, 12300 NW Arrowhead Trafficway, Kansas City, Missouri with Pastor Brady Testorff officiating. Visitation will be 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 401 Main St. Parkville, MO.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Great Plains ASPCA of Independence, Missouri and may be left in care of the funeral home. Memories of Sandi and condolences to the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Oliver Downing

Oliver Richard Downing, 82, a lifelong resident of Parkville, MO passed away Thursday, May 23, 2013 at the Riverside Nursing and Rehab.  Oliver was born March 27, 1931 to James M. and Ruby E. (Russell) Downing in Parkville, MO.  He graduated from Parkville High School.

He was in the United States Marine Corps and served his country during the Korean Conflict. Oliver married Margy Lou Matlock in 1950; they were married for 46 years.  He was a member of the Parkville Presbyterian Church, American Legion, a former Jaycee, and belonged to the Parkville Masonic Lodge.  Oliver spent his working career working as grain miller for Ralston Purina and later Cargill.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Margy in 1997, his parents, two sisters, two brothers and a daughter, Ruby Sorrell in 2013.  He is survived by his five children: Susan Downing of Kansas City (North), MO; Hugh and Patti Downing of Parkville, MO; Holly Downing of Kansas City (North), MO; Larry Downing of Parkville, MO; and Lisa and Ron Gay of El Dorado Springs, MO.

A memorial service will be held 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 1, 2013 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.  Burial of the cremated remains will follow at the East Slope Cemetery in Riverside, MO. The family will receive friends from 5-7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 31, at the funeral home.  Memories of Oliver and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

 

Donald "Donnie" C. Hevalow

Donnie C. Hevalow, 69, a Parkville resident, passed away Thursday, May 23, 2013 at North Kansas City Hospital.  He was born June 30, 1943 to Lawrence G. and Lola G. (Hundley) Hevalow in Parkville, MO.

Donnie worked in the maintenance and heavy construction industry for most of his life. He enjoyed mushroom hunting and had a passion for playing country music.  He was a member of the Platte County Good Ol’ Boys. Donnie will be missed by all that knew and loved him.

He was preceded in death by a son, Jeffrey C. Hevalow; his parents; sisters: Nina E. Shanks; Layle M. Devling; and Norma L. Robbins; brothers: Lawrence E., Richard E., Merlin E. Hevalow; and Billy E. Hevalow. Survived by his son, Trevor Hevalow and wife, Stephani; grandchildren: Brittani Hevalow, Trey and Matt Campbell; great grandchildren, Addisyn and Dylan; five brothers: Tommy L. Hevalow and wife, Connie Faye; Galein L. Hevalow and wife, Jackie; Kenneth M. Hevalow and wife, Sylvia; Charles R. Hevalow,  Garry W. Hevalow and wife, Mary; three sisters: Faye I. Matthys and husband, Charles, Velma M. Donaldson, and Martha Genevieve Riddle; many nieces, nephews and friends.

A funeral service celebrating Donnie’s life will be held 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at Pine Ridge Presbyterian Church, 7600 NW Barry Rd, Kansas City, MO.  The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. prior to the service.  Burial will follow at White Chapel Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society.  Memories of Donnie and condolences to the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Steven Alexander

Steven Carl Alexander,53, Kansas City, North passed away on May 25, 2013 at the NorthCare Hospice House, following a courageous battle with cancer. Steve was born on June 16, 1959 in Pittsburg, KS to Robert and Donna (Radford) Alexander. He graduated from Windsor High School in 1977 and received a double major from Central Missouri State University in political science and business administration.

Steve married Khadija Erraji on July 12, 2003. Then came the family Steve had wanted for so long, with the birth of their two sons Amir and Ryan. He was an avid hunter, a passion he wanted to share with his sons. He enjoyed watching the boys play soccer and taking them fishing.

Steve worked in the lumber industry most of his life. He and his business partner, Tom Smith co-founded KC Deck Supply.

Steve was preceded in death by his mother Donna. He is survived by his wife Khadija and sons Amir and Ryan, ages 7 and 5, of the home; father Bob (Amy) Alexander of Kansas City; 2 sisters Pam (David) Kile of Greenwood, MO and Janet (Rodger) Hamilton of Kansas City, MO and many extended family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the children's college savings fund, payable to: MOST-Missouri's 529 College Savings Plan

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 from 5-6:00 p.m. at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville. A sharing of memories and celebration of Steve's life will follow at 6:00 p.m. Graveside services and burial will be held 2:00 p.m. Thursday at the Mulberry Cemetery in Mulberry, KS.   Memories of Steve and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Homer McKeehan

Homer R. McKeehan, 80, a resident of Riverside, MO passed away Sunday, May 26, 2013 with his family at his side at NorthCare Hospice. Homer was born December 14, 1932 to Loueva Janney and James Floyd McKeehan in LaMonte, Missouri.

Homer was a hardworking man who strived to provide for his family. He had a sense of humor that lit up a room. He loved spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren putting smiles on all our faces. God and Family always came first. He loved going to church, listening to music, working out, and wood working.

Homer spent many hours out in his garage creating amazing carpentry pieces for his family. They will be treasured forever. He was a Cub Scout leader for pack 333, a member of the Parkville VFW and a volunteer for the Dream Factory. Homer was an honest, fair, loving, kind, generous man who would help anyone he saw in need. His love for his family will forever be in their hearts.

He graduated from LaMonte High School. He entered into the United States Army and proudly served his country during the Korean Conflict.

Homer dated Mary Frances Brown for four months. He knew she was the one and only love of his life. Homer and Mary Frances were united in marriage on January 19, 1957. From this union four children were born and raised in the same home in Riverside, MO. He worked at Grainger but spent the majority of his working career at CertainTeed where he drove a hyster.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers: Wilson McKeehan, Leroy McKeehan, Gail McKeehan, infant brother Joseph McKeehan; sisters: Ode May Brown, Jesse Wolpers, and Sue Sole. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary Frances McKeehan of the home; four children: Diana Howery (Jack) of Kansas City, MO, Russell McKeehan (Jackie) of Merriam, KS, Amy Roller (Douglas) of Lenexa, KS, and Stacy McKeehan of Riverside, MO; 7 grandchildren: Lewis Howery, Jessica Howery, Janney Peterson, Savannah Mills, Rusty Mills, Cody McKeehan, and Conner McKeehan; 4 great-grandchildren: Emma-Kaye, Peyton, Mateo, and Brooklyn; brother, James McKeehan; nieces, nephews and many friends.

The family will receive friends from 5-7:00 p.m. Thursday, May 30, 2013 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.  Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Friday at the chapel.  Burial will follow at East Slope Cemetery with military honors under the auspices of the United States Army Honor Guard.   Memorial contributions may be made to Northmoor United Methodist Church, where he spent many hours volunteering. Memories of Homer and condolences to the family may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Christine Edmondson

Christine Edmondson, 56, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO passed away unexpectedly in her sleep Thursday, May 30, 2013 in South Bend, IN.  Christine was born December 15, 1956 in Evanston, IL.

Christine will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister.   She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her two year old twin grandchildren, Logan and Kinley.  She greatly enjoyed gardening, lawn care, and always listened to rock and country music.  Christine worked various jobs in her early life and later became a professional truck driver for more than 10 years, driving to 48 states.

Christine was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Margarita.  She is survived by her husband of 39 years, Phil Edmondson of the home; daughter, Rachael Edmondson and partner, Jennifer Roberts of Kansas City, MO; their two children, her precious grandchildren, Logan and Kinley; son, John Edmondson and wife Tiffany of Kansas City, MO; two brothers, David and Edward; five sisters: Teresa, Carmen, Linda, Rita and Mary.  She also leaves behind her beloved Yorkie, Chrissy.

Christine’s last text to Rachael from South Bend was “Mama is happy”.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 6 pm Friday, June 14, 2013 at Meyers Northland Chapel, Parkville, MO.  The family will start receiving friends at 4:30 pm. Condolences may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Spencer Steenrod

Spencer Hallam Steenrod, 21, Parkville, MO passed away Friday, June 7, 2013 from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident in Platte County, MO.

He was born February 8, 1992 at the North Kansas City Hospital, the son of James M. and Cindy A. (Stevenson) Steenrod.  Spencer was a 2010 graduate of Park Hill South High School, graduated from Northland Career Center in Platte City and worked for the family business, Steenrod Repair Service.

Spencer had a wonderful zest for life.  He was a very fun loving, outgoing, giving and very caring person.  He had a heart of gold.  Spencer enjoyed riding motocross and had a passion for fishing.  He had dreams of becoming a firefighter for the Kansas City Fire Department.

Survivors include his parents, James and Cindy of the home; a sister, Brittany Steenrod (Dylan Roy) of Kansas City, North; his maternal grandmother, Jean Myers of Kansas City, North; and the love of his life, Hailey Schmidt of Kansas City, North; two uncles, Ralph (Sherry) Steenrod and Jeff (Michelle) Steenrod, all of Gravois Mills, MO; and numerous extended family and friends.  Spencer was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Herbert D. Steenrod and Rose Ross.

A funeral service celebrating Spencer’s life will be held 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at St. Therese Church, 7207 NW 9 Highway, Kansas City, MO 64152 with Fr. Joe Cisetti presiding.  The family will receive friends from 5-7:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Church.  Spencer was an organ donor.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Midwest Transplant Network or the American Cancer Society.  The Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville has been entrusted with the final arrangements.  Memories of Spencer and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

 

Leonard "Leo" Sorrentino

Our very much loved Leonard "Leo" Michael Sorrentino was taken to his resting place on June 7, 2013.  Leo was born on October 6, 1993.  His elementary years were spent at St. Agnes Catholic School and Indian Creek Elementary and high school years at Blue Valley West.  He went on to Johnson County Community College where he was currently enrolled.

To Leo, the love for life was priceless, his passion for his brothers never went without notice and his true feelings of friendship was invaluable.

Leo is survived by his dedicated parents, Giovanna and Micah Dubinsky; his adorned brothers, Tom and Sam; and his dad, Robert "Bob" Sorrentino; grandparents, Tom and Mary Helen Sorrentino, Nannie Jeanie DiGiovanna and Great Grandma's Eva Marshall and Katie Mendoza; Leo's aunts, uncles and cousins who loved him with all their hearts, Anna (George) DeLisio, Angela (John) Cindrich and their children, all of the Kansas City Metropolitan area.  Leo has an enormous extended family of many aunts, uncle, and cousins.

The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12 at Church of the Resurrection, 13720 Roe Avenue, Leawood, KS.  A funeral service celebrating Leo's life will commence at 12:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorial contributions be made to the Leo Mike Sorrentino Fund at Community America Bank (Thomas Joseph Sorrentino, Trustee.) Arrangements by the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, MO.  Memories of Leo and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.  -

 Leo would say, "Quit hanging on to the handrails . . . Let go. Surrender. Go for the ride of your life. Do it every day."

George "Skip" Hanus

Skip Hanus, 83, a Northland resident in Kansas City, MO passed away Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at the Garden Terrace in Overland Park, KS. He was born September 11, 1929 in Chicago, IL to George and Libby (Maly) Hanus.

Skip graduated high school in the Chicago area and attended the Illinois Institute of Technology. He spent the majority of his working years as a chemical engineer for the Austin Company, where he retired in December of 1991. Skip truly enjoyed spending time with his family and friends from various congregations as he served as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses faithfully since his baptism in April 1960 until his passing.  Other hobbies he enjoyed were flying, diving, his accordion, making knives and making people laugh.

He married Diane Humberstone on September 19, 1953 in Oak Park, IL. She survives him and lives in their home. Additional survivors include two sons, Steve Hanus (Rose) of Kansas City, MO and Michael Hanus (Annette) of Chicago Ridge, IL; a daughter, Marilyn Saavedra (Jose) of Kansas City, KS; six grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

A service celebrating Skip's life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, 2013 at the Walnut Creek Kingdom Hall in Parkville.  The Meyers Northland Chapel has been entrusted with the final arrangements.  Memories of Skip and condolences may be left online at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Karen Kopp

Karen Louise Kopp, 59, of Parkville, MO, passed away on June 11, 2013 at the NorthCare Hospice House.  She was born on June 5, 1954 to Walter and Adeline (Palladino) Kaplonski in Staten Island, NY.

She was united in marriage with Robert J. Kopp on October 15, 1995.

Karen worked as a chairside dental assistant for 25 years, later becoming a nurse technician at the North Kansas City Hospital where she was known in the Cardiac ICU as

“Kardiac Karen.”  She was also an active participant and spokesperson for the Kansas City affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

Karen was an avid traveler.  She had a passion for music and was a member of the St. Therese Choir. Most of all, she enjoyed spending her time with her loving family, friends, and pets.

Karen was preceded in death by her parents.  She is survived by her husband Robert Kopp, of the home; two children, Christopher S. Leeman of Northvale, NJ and Erin E. Leeman of Ramsey, NJ; and one sister, Helen R. Kaplonski of Newtown Square, PA.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 15, 2013 at St. Therese Catholic Church, 7207 NW Hwy 9, Kansas City, MO with Rev. Joe Cisetti as celebrant.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.  Contributions are suggested to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 1500 Rosecrans Ave. Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 or www.pancan.org.  The Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, MO has been entrusted with final arrangements.  Memories of Karen and condolences to the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Gary Ned Fitzsimmons

Gary Ned Fitzsimmons, 71, a resident of Parkville, MO passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at the St. Luke’s Hospital on the Plaza.  Gary was born November 3, 1941 to Gerald and Jane (Thorn) Fitzsimmons in South Bend, IN.

Gary graduated from Mishawaka High School in Indiana.  He later enlisted and proudly served in the United States Marine Corp.

Gary was united in marriage with Marjorie A. Spencer on June 15, 1963 in Santa Ana, CA, and they recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.  Gary and Marjorie transferred to Kansas City, MO in February of 2006.  He was a member of the church of Jesus Christ of LDS.  Gary will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle. He enjoyed spending time with his family and especially spoiling his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include his wife, Marjorie Fitzsimmons of the home; two children, Kimberly Festag and husband, Sean of Discovery Bay, CA; Carrie Bouillon and husband, Stephen of Parkville, MO; seven grandchildren: K.C., Jeremy, Tyler, Brody, Connor, Nicholas and Brooke; a sister, Nan Self of Livermore, CA; and a brother, Robert Fitzsimmons of Fremont, CA.

A memorial service will be held 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.  The family will receive friends beginning at 6:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Kidney Foundation.  Memories of Gary and condolences to the family may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Wanda L. Croasdale

Wanda L. Croasdale, 78, longtime resident of Parkville, MO and active social member of Platte Count y, passed away Friday, June 21, 2013.   Wanda was born August 9, 1934 to Charles Jesse and Gladys Margaret (Cooper) King in Kansas City, MO.  She attended Southwest High School 1952, University of Kansas 1954, University of Michigan 1956 and completed her teaching degree at Park College in Parkville, MO.    On June 25, 1956 Wanda married George Frederick Croasdale at the Broadway Methodist Church in Kansas City, MO.  While residing out of state during her husband’s military commitment, she had two children, Debbie and Terry, and in 1960 the family made permanent residence in Platte County, Missouri.

Mrs. Croasdale was ambitious and talented.  Wanda was a Spanish and English teacher for the Maple Park Junior High School in Clay County.  She later became a travel agent and enjoyed world travel.   She was a founding member of the local ladies Patrician Club, member of the Weatherby Lake Sailing Club and she enjoyed a special interest and excitement as President of the Kansas City Symphony Guild. Wanda relished a special opportunity to be a guest conductor of the symphony in 1997.   Wanda’s enthusiasm for arts and crafts lead her to become a co-proprietor of the craft shop, “Reed and Slip”, in Parkville, Mo., where she taught beginning and advanced courses in pottery.    During her early college years, Wanda became a member of the Gamma Phi Beta Sorority and participated as an active alumni member for many years thereafter.   Wanda and George became members of the Parkville Presbyterian Church in 1960 and enjoyed the fellowship and support of the church throughout their lives.

Preceding Wanda in death were her parents , Charles and Gladys King; her husband ,George F. Croasdale; and her daughter ,Debbie L. Dahm.  Survivors include her son, Terry L. Croasdale and wife, LeeAnn of Oakdale, CA; five grandchildren: Katie (Dahm)Kemp and husband Kyle of Dallas, TX, Jacob Croasdale of Merced, CA, Cameron (Croasdale) Clay and husband Jeff of Davis, CA, Carson Croasdale of Oakdale, CA and Nolan Croasdale of Oakdale, CA; her sister, Beverly (King) Degen of Kansas City, MO; her brother, Charles King Jr. and his wife Sandy of Lake Forest, CA; and two great grandchildren:  Hadley Kemp and Rhyen Kemp of Dallas, TX.

A memorial service celebrating Wanda’s life and accomplishments will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, August 17, 2013 at the Parkville Presbyterian Church, 819 Main St., Parkville, MO, with Rev. Ky Weekley officiating.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.  Burial will immediately follow at Walnut Grove Cemetery in Parkville, MO.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Kansas City Symphony Guild or the Parkville Presbyterian Church.  Memories of Wanda and condolences to the family may be shared at www.meyersfuneral chapel.com.

 

Carolyn Bratcher

Carolyn Rae Bratcher, 67, a resident of Independence, MO passed away Friday, June 21, 2013 at the Rehab Center of Independence. Carolyn was born March 20, 1946 to Elmer and Mary A. (Schofield) Brink in Jackson County, MO.

Carolyn was united in marriage to Murl Ellis Bratcher in 1980. They enjoyed spending time with their four legged companions. Carolyn’s career outside of her home was working as an LPN nurse. She loved cooking and gardening.  Carolyn was a very kind hearted, generous, fun loving woman who will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Murl E. Bratcher in October 2012 and both parents. Survivors include her two brothers: Robert “Bob” Brink and wife, Paula of Shawnee, KS; Elmer J. Reynolds and wife, Janet of Independence, MO; two nephews, Robbie Brink and James Brink; a great-niece, Halie Brink; and cousin, Mary McCardie. 

A Committal Service for Carolyn and Murl Bratcher will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at the Leavenworth National Cemetery 150 Muncie Rd. Leavenworth, KS. Murl will receive military honors under the auspices of the US Marine Corps.  Cremation.  Memories of Carolyn and condolences to the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

 

Francisca Gonzalez

Francisca Gonzalez, 91, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO passed away Friday, June 28, 2013. Francisca was born September 10, 1921 to Ramon and Silvina (Torres) Gonzalez in Quebradillas, Puerto Rico.

Francisca was united in marriage to Manuel Cancel.  She spent her working career as a fashion seamstress and was a Catholic by faith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, two children: Julio Cancel and Angel Cancel; both parents; and three brothers: Ramon Gonzalez, Francisco Gonzalez and Alex Gonzalez.  She is survived by her daughter, Evelyn Mayorga and husband, Mario of Kansas City (North), MO; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a brother, Alex Gonzalez.  The family has honored Francisca’s wishes to be cremated. A private service was held for the family. Memories of Francisca and condolences to the family may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Betty Joan Hoeykens

Betty Joan Hoeykens, a resident of Platte Woods, MO passed away Sunday, June 30, 2013 at home with her family at her side. Betty was born to William and Clara (Liebenow) Henak in Lawrence, KS.

Betty was united in marriage with John Hoeykens in 1967.  She was a member of the Eastern Star, Ladies Oriental Shrine and a Past High Priestess of White Shrine of Jerusalem.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters: Barbara and Shirley. Survivors include her husband, John of the home; daughter, Rhonda Redford Buys of Independence, MO; two grandchildren: Kory Buys and wife, Genevieve of Raytown, MO and Lauren Buys of Independence, MO; a brother, Bill Henak, Jr. and wife, Carolyn of Kansas City, MO.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m., Friday, July 5, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel 401 Main St. Parkville, MO.  Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday, July 6, 2013 at the funeral home.  Burial will follow at East Slope Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospital or donor’s choice.  Memories of Betty and condolences to the family may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Terry Casner

Terry Casner, a Northland resident in Kansas City, MO passed away Sunday, June 30, 2013.  Cremation arrangements are pending and will be finalized Tuesday afternoon.

Rev. Vincent "Vince" Hill

Rev. Vincent E. Hill, 49, of Platte Woods, Missouri, passed away Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at St. Luke’s Northland Hospital. He was born November 5, 1963 to Edward and Gloria (Manning-Mangialomini) Hill in North Kansas City, Missouri.

Vince graduated from Park Hill High School in 1982. He then attended Missouri University before graduating from Culinary School in 1984. Vince became an ordained minister and served as an Elder at the Living Word Community Church in November 2012. He also founded the Kings Men Ministry.

Vince was born with Spina Bifida. Having his first of many surgeries at only two hours old, he was not expected to live past the age of three years. During his lifetime, he has endured more than 60 surgeries, consistently defying the odds. Vince’s smile, courage, and passion for life always outshined the obstacles he faced. Vince’s family best described him as a ‘warrior’. Despite his encumbrances, Vince embraced every aspect of life. He played wheel chair basketball while attending MU. Vince obtained his black belt in Tae Kwon Do in 1986. Vince has always been a leader and an inspiration to those that surrounded him. He will be missed dearly.

Vince is preceded in death by his infant brother, Brian Lee Hill. Survivors include his mother, Gloria Hill-Mangialomini, of Platte Woods, MO; father Edward Hill and wife, Sharon of Kansas City, MO; sister, Stephanie Phillips and husband, Christopher of Kansas City, MO; two nieces, Victoria and Katherine; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A service celebrating Vince’s life will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, July 13, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel Northland with Rev. Jerry Powell officiating. The family will begin receiving friends one hour prior to the service. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Spina Bifida Association or the Wounded Warriors Project. Memories of Vince and condolences to the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Luz Saladin

Luz Saladin, 81, a resident of Gladstone, MO passed away on Tuesday, July 9, 2013. She was born July 24, 1931 to Jose Maria and Altagracia (Fernandez) Clariot in Santiago, Dominican Republic.

She was united in marriage with Vinicio Saladin on June 30, 1951. Luz was a homemaker. She was a proud member of the Ices Cake Decorating Club and had a joy for gardening.

Luz was preceded in death by her husband Vinicio; parents; and seven siblings: Jose, Andres, Francia, Carmen, Lydia, Germania, Aida. She is survived by her three children: Pedro Saladin (Margaret), Hilaria Grigsby (Ralph), and Mercedes Nery Williams; three siblings: Filomena, Dimas, and Idalia; fifteen grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers include Pedro Saladin; Ralph, Kenny, Jamal, and Daniel Grigsby; Salomen Williams. Honorary pallbearers include Jonique, Dayman, Dayshine, Rahe, Cunesha, Safara, and Washita Williams; LeQuesha and Schenell Saladin; Raphine and Reyna Grigsby.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9 a.m., Friday, July 12, 2013 at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 900 NE Shady Lane Drive, Kansas City, MO with Rev. Joseph Totton as celebrant.  Visitation will be held at 8 a.m.  Burial will follow at Walnut Grove Cemetery in Parkville, MO. Memorial Contributions are suggested to the St. Charles Borromeo Parish.  Memories of Luz and condolences to the family may be sent to www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

 

 

Audrey McClure

Audrey Irene McClure, 93, was a resident of Parkville, MO.  She lived independently with her youngest of 5 daughters Vicki, along with her best buddy, Kodi puppy.  Audrey was born at home in Amarillo, TX to James Franklin “Frank” and Mae Ethel (Black) Dickerson. Her parents were born in 1865 and 1881 respectively.

She and her 4 older brothers lived through the 1929 depression and became a part of the “Greatest Generation” surviving WWII.  Audrey lived her adult life loving her children, and working hard!  Her family umbrella included all the people she met “along the way” in her life.  Where ever she went, in her personal life or at work, Audrey made strong lasting bonds with so many people.  Her career as a secretary and office manager was also her social life.  She did not retire until age 79 from the Unitog Company, in Kansas City, MO.

Audrey was preceded in death by her parents; four older brothers; Everett Franklin “Dick” Dickerson, William Henery “Bill” Dickerson, Roger Edkin Dickerson, and Lawrence “Mike Dickerson; 2nd daughter, Kathleen (Bosley) Ray in 2012; and grandson, Kevin.

She is survived by her four daughters: Patricia (Bosley) Vaught of Penrose, CO, Charlotte (McClure) Payne of Fredonia, KS, Barbara (McClure) Smith of Ft. Collins, CO, and Vicki (McClure) Furgerson of Parkville, MO; nine grandchildren: Ronald Daryl, Carolyn Irene, Bobby Joe, Glenn Scott, Kelli Anne, Natalie Sue, RaChelle Lynn and Jerrad Lee; 14 Great-grandchildren; 7 Great-great grandchildren and counting!

No services are currently scheduled.  Her ashes will be part of a private memorial service for family and friends, and will be announced at a later date.  Memories of Audrey and condolences to the family may be sent to meyersfuneralchapel.com.

 

“Good-Bye Sweeties!”

 

“Life is Good, Celebrate!!”

 

“I Love You So Much”

 

 

Peggy Johnson

Peggy Lee Johnson, 64, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO, passed away July 16, 2013 at St. Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City. She was born December 1, 1948 to James and Norma Ruth (Willmon) Clarrey in Kansas City, KS.

     Peggy was a cosmetologist for over 30 years and an instructor at Paris II Educational Center in Gladstone, MO. She was a member of the Trinity Christian Center Assembly.

     She was preceded in death by her husband, Stephen A. Johnson Sr. and her mother. Survivors include her three children, Tina Mitchell of Faucett, MO; Stephen Johnson of Kansas City (North), MO; Craig Raphael of Hermiston, OR; father, James Clarrey; three siblings, Roger Clarrey of Kansas City (North), MO; Connie King of Kansas City (North), MO; Barbara Prunty of Conyers, GA; and four grandchildren.

     Per her wishes, cremation will be completed and no formal service will be held.  Family and friends are invited to make a donation in her memory to a charity of their choice.  The Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville has been entrusted with the cremation arrangements.  Memories of Peggy and condolences may be left with the family online at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Carla Faye Cooper

Carla F. Cooper, 55, a lifelong resident of Parkville, MO passed away Sunday, July 28, 2013 at Truman Medical Center.  Carla was born July 11, 1958 to Jefferson Herschell and Della Irma (Raty) Cooper in Kansas City, MO.

Carla graduated from Park Hill High School.  She will be remembered as “one of God’s angels on earth” as she was a very loving and giving person.  She will be missed deeply by all who knew and loved her.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Melody Elaine Cooper, and two brothers: James Jefferson Cooper and Jefferson Herschell Cooper.  She is survived by two sons: Chad Cooper of Parkville, MO and John Cooper; one precious granddaughter, Victoria Marie Cooper, who was the joy in her life; three sisters: Vickie Lynn (Cooper) Hanlin and husband, Larry; Denise Renee (Cooper) Elder; Crystal Lee (Cooper) Osborn.

The family will hold a Celebration of Life Memorial at 2 p.m., Sunday, August 4, 2013 at the Argosy Park Shelter House located in Riverside, MO.  Memories of Carla and condolences to the family may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Adam Vandermillion

Adam Michael Vandermillion, 25, a resident of Parkville, MO passed away unexpectedly on Monday, August 5, 2013.  Adam was born September 18, 1987 to Rodney and Marjorie “Dawn” (Helms) Vandermillion in North Kansas City, MO.

Adam graduated from Park Hill South High School in 2006.  He continued his education at Rockhurst University completing his Bachelor degree in Biochemistry.  Adam was a member of the South Platte Baptist Church.

He played soccer for Park Hill South High School; he also played in the Drum line.  Adam loved Life.  He enjoyed spending time with family and friends at the lake fishing, and watching the Chief’s football games with his mother.

Survivors include his parents, Dawn and Rodney Vandermillion of Parkville, MO; a brother, Robert Louis Vandermillion and wife, Catherine Lacey of Ashland, MO; maternal grandparents, Christine and William Dale Helms of Ashland, MO; paternal grandparents, Ruth Ann and Jack Vandermillion of Parkville, MO; Great-grandmother, Beulah Artman of Springdale, AR; numerous Aunts, Uncles and cousins; and his beloved cat, Leo.

The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, August 9, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel Northland, 401 Main St. Parkville, MO.  The family will receive friends at 9 a.m., two hours prior to the service.  Burial will immediately follow at East Slope Cemetery. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Imani House of Kansas City, 3950 E. 51st Street Kansas City, MO 64130.  Memories of Adam and condolences to the family may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Laura Barton

Laura Barton, 29, a lifelong resident of Kansas City, KS, passed away Saturday, August 10, 2013 at the University of Kansas Hospital. She was born on January 22, 1984 to Clarence "Fred" & Diane (Strup) Reynolds.

She was united in marriage with Timothy Barton on June 26, 2004. Laura had a love for music and enjoyed collecting angels and dolphins. She had a strong passion for all things KU. Laura's family will remember her as KU's #1 fan. She will be sincerely missed by all who knew her. 

Laura is preceded in death by her mother. Survivors include her husband Tim and daughter Linda Barton, both of the home; father, Fred Reynolds of Kansas City, KS; two sisters, Jenny Baker, and Jennifer Kincaid, both of Kansas City, KS.

A funeral service celebrating Laura's life will be held 2 p.m. Friday, August 16, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel Northland in Parkville, MO. The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m., Thursday, August 15, 2013 at Meyers Northland Chapel. Cremation to follow. Contributions are suggested to the family and will be placed in a memorial fund for Laura's daughter and may be left in care of the funeral home. Memories of Laura and condolences to the family may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

 

Thomas Knighton

Thomas Knighton, 58, of Independence, MO, formerly of Platte County, passed away Monday, August 19, 2013. He was born January 31, 1955 to George and Wynema (Yates) Knighton in Smithville, MO.

Thomas was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by three cousins, Ed Hardesty of Weston, MO; Suzy Hardesty of Kansas City, MO; and Jennifer Yates of Tucson, AZ.

A graveside service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, August 22, 2013 at the Smithville Memorial Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Memories of Thomas and condolences to the family may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Donna R. Adams

Donna R. Adams, 71, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO passed away on Thursday, August 22, 2013 at North Kansas City Hospital.  Donna was born March 21, 1942 in Rahway, N.J. to Melvin and Mary (Yevincy) Higgins. At the young age of 5 years she was raised by a great man, who treated her as his own, William W. Gresham.

Donna was united in marriage to Stanley Neal Adams on March 21, 1989 at the Park Hill Christian Church in Kansas City, MO.  She spent her working career as a LPN for Dr. John Stanley at the Briarcliff Medical Center.  Donna will be remembered as a loving and caring person.  She was a very organized person who always enjoyed being prepared for all occasions; especially for sending cards of recognition or congratulations to her family and friends for their latest achievements in life. Donna was a Baptist by faith.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Stanley Adams in 2008; father, Melvin Higgins and step-father, William Gresham.  Survivors include her daughter, Teresa Brown of WA; two sons: Bill Klapper of MO; Jeff Brown and wife, Debbie of TX; seven grandchildren; mother, Mary Gresham of OK; two sisters: Ginny Galbraith of OK and Barbara Wallis of OK; and one brother, Bill Gresham of OH.

A Celebration of Life will be held in loving memory of Donna and Stanley Adams together.  The family will receive friends from 10 a.m.- 12:00 p.m., Saturday, September 14, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 401 Main St. Parkville, MO.  The family has fulfilled Donna’s last wishes by donating her body for medical research to The University of Kansas Hospital. Cremation.  Memories of Donna and Stanley may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Earl E. Horton

Earl E. Horton, 90, a Northland resident in Kansas City, MO passed away Friday, August 23, 2013 at the St. Luke’s Hospice House in Kansas City.  He was born September 3, 1922 in Neosho, MO to Emmett and Mary (Winchester) Horton.

Earl graduated high school in Sanger, California and received a BA in Business Administration from College of the Pacific in Stockton, CA.  He was a WWII veteran, serving in the United States Navy, where he ended his career as a Lieutenant JG.

Earl spent the majority of his working years as a hospital administrator at Sutter Memorial, Sacramento, CA; Washoe Medical Center, Reno, NV; French Consulate, San Francisco, CA; and Independence Sanitarium and Hospital, Independence, MO. Earl also served as the President of the Missouri Hospital Association, and American Hospital Association.  He spent many years lobbying congress for improved hospital care.

He was also a minister with the RLDS Church (Community of Christ) serving as a High Priest. During his life he served as pastor of the following congregations; the Arcade Congregation in Sacramento, CA; Reno, NV; San Francisco, CA; Novato, CA; and Grain Valley, MO.  Some of his ministry included fundraising efforts through the Idola lunch counter at the California State Fair, and serving on the Stake High Council for the former Santa Fe Stake in Independence, MO.

He married Nelda Von Bridges on January 15, 1949 in Sacramento, CA.  They are the proud parents of three married children which include Earlynn and John Reiff, Mary Jo and Evan Manuel, and Tom and Kelly Horton.  Earlynn’s family includes son Michael and Elsa Reiff and their three children Jon, Lily and Finn; daughter Stacy and Jeremy Bullcoming and their three children Audrey, Hadleigh, and Mason; and daughter Kelly and Brandon Yoder and their three daughters Peyton, Kamryn and Brooklyn.  Mary Jo’s family includes son Jeff and Karyn (Wingard) Manuel and their two sons Grayson and Brooks; son Ryan and Christine (Davidson) Manuel; and daughter Jamie and Geoff White.  Tom’s family includes daughter Dianne and Oley Denmark and their children Elijah and Makayla;  daughter Katelyn and Lance Milligan; and daughter Sydney Horton. Earl is survived by two sisters; Lela Mae Harper and Annie Key; sister-in-law Ethel Bridges; sister-in-law Lynda Bridges; and sister-in-law Helen Horton; along with numerous nieces and nephews.  Earl was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers Ken Horton and Windy Horton; and two sisters Irene Thatcher and Lucille Shervem; and two brothers-in-laws LeRoy Bridges and Don Bridges.

Family and friends will gather to celebrate Earl’s life at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at the Riverstone Retirement Community, 9000 N. Congress, Kansas City, MO 64153.    Memories of Earl and condolences may be shared with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.  The Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville has coordinated many of the arrangements including the donation of Earl’s body for medical research at The University of Kansas Hospital. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to either www.Healthedconnect.org or to Saint Luke’s Home Care and Hospice House at 3516 Summit St., Kansas City, MO 64111.

Sadie Patterson

Sadie Mae Myrtle Patterson, 75, a resident of Leavenworth, KS passed away on Thursday, August 22, 2013 at the St. Luke’s Northland Hospital.  Sadie was born November 21, 1937 to Charles and Octava (Rae) Golden in Potosi, MO.

She was united in marriage to Rodney Patterson on April 19, 1966 in Sweedburg, MO.  She lived the majority of her life in Waynesville, MO with the last year residing in Leavenworth, KS.   She was a member of the New Friendship Baptist Church in Waynesville, MO.

Sadie was preceded in death by her husband, parents, two brothers, George W. Golden and Nathaniel Golden; two sisters, Thelma Darlene Golden and Flora Erwin.  Survivors include her children: Vernon Jordon and wife, Patricia of Leavenworth, KS; DeNita Edge and husband, Pete of Lonedell, MO; Willia Durbin and husband, Les of Siletz, OR; Bambi Robbins and husband, Fred of Waynesville, MO; fourteen grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; two brothers, Paul Golden and wife, Phyllis of Sedalia, MO; Daniel Golden and wife, Norma of Branson, MO; two sisters, Roberta Butler of Waynesville, MO and Deborah West of Waynesville, MO.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at the New Friendship Baptist Church in Waynesville, MO.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Burial will immediately follow at the Centerpoint Cemetery in Waynesville. Cremation.  Memorial contributions may be made to the New Friendship Baptist Church.  Memories of Sadie and condolences to the family may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Shirley Rodecap

Shirley Irene. Rodecap, 75, a Northland resident in Kansas City, MO passed away Sunday, August 25, 2013 at home surrounded by her family.  She was born December 7, 1937 in Sparks, KS to Percival and Maude (French) Williams.

Shirley was employed by the Park Hill School District as a librarian aide for 25 years at Southeast Elementary School.  Shirley was a member of Community of Christ Church, where she served as an Elder.  She was very active in Church Women United and was named Woman of the Year.  Shirley volunteered her time generously at the Peace Pavilion at the Temple in Independence, MO and was very devoted to her church community.  She also volunteered at the Platte County Clothes Closet and often called on sick people in local nursing homes and hospitals.  In her spare time she enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.  She loved bird watching and tending to her flowers.

She married Duane A. Rodecap on April 6, 1956 in Fanning, KS.  Mr. Rodecap survives at the couple’s home in Kansas City.   Additional survivors include two sons, Terry Rodecap (Cindy) of Kansas City, MO and Berry Rodecap of Kansas City, MO; a brother, Sam Williams of Hiawatha, KS; a sister, Donna Trent of Troy, KS; four grandchildren, Jeremy, Matt, Nicole and Alicia; and five great grandchildren.

A memorial service celebrating Shirley’s life will be held 7:00 p.m. Thursday, August 29, 2013 at the Community of Christ Church, 7615 North Platte Purchase Drive, Kansas City, MO 64118, with Pastor Bob Gauper presiding.  The family will receive friends from 6-7:00 p.m. prior to the service.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the church.  The Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville has been entrusted with the final arrangements.  Memories of Shirley and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

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.

Jeanne Tapscott

Jeanne Tapscott, 89, a resident of Riverside, MO passed away on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at the North Kansas City Hospital.  She was born October 27, 1923 to Emmett Ray and J. Marie (Kendrick) Benner in Knox City, MO.

Jeanne was united in marriage to Willis Riley  "Tab" Tapscott on January 1, 1946 in Louisiana, MO.  She was a veteran of the United States Navy and served during WWII.  Jeanne and Tab moved from LaBelle, MO to Riverside, MO in 1950.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Willis.  Survivors include her three children, a son, Terry Ray Tapscott and wife, Teri of Independence, MO;  two daughters, Bab's Troutman and husband, Rick of Corinth, TX and Pamm Tapscott of Riverside, MO; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

The family requests in lieu of flowers that contributions be made to Jeanne's favorite charity, Boys & Girls Club of North Central Texas. Donations may be made by check and are payable to BGCNCT, 303 Almo Avenue, Lake Dallas, Texas 75065 or by calling 940-239-9309 to pay by credit card via phone. These tax exempt donations may also be made online through the club website BGCNCT.org. The family also asks you provide your name, address, donation amount, and specify the donation was made in memory of Jeanne Tapscott via e-mail to info@bgcnct.org in order to receive a tax deductible donation letter.

Meyers Funeral Chapel has been entrusted with fulfilling Jeanne’s final wishes for cremation. No services are scheduled. Memories of Jeanne and condolences to the family may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

 

Teresa "Micki" Tedder

Teresa Michelle Tedder, 37, a resident of Stanberry, MO (formerly of Kansas City, MO) passed away unexpectedly Thursday, September 5, 2013 at her home.  Teresa was born March 3, 1976 to Richard Thomas Campbell and Teresa Lynn Driggers (Eagerton) in Florence, S.C.

Micki enjoyed reading, communicating with friends, watching movies and spending time at home.  She spent her working career as a cashier at Becky's Grocery and various other employers.  Most recently she answered the telephone at McCarty Farm Loan Company.

She was preceded in death by both parents.  Survivors include her two children;  daughter, Chelsea  Carrie Tedder of Scranton, S.C.; and son, Mitchell “Ryan” Tedder of Scranton, S.C; one brother, Robbie Campbell and his wife, Jessica of Mars, PA; her companion, Larry McCarty of Stanberry, MO; and her niece and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held at 3 p.m., September 28, 2013 at New Covenant Pentecostal Holiness Church, 3300 Horse Branch Road, Turbevill, S. C.   Memories of Micki and condolences to the family may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Leroy Stark

Leroy E. Stark was born on September 24, 1927 in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota to Louis William Stark and Emma Marie Stark (Plath), the youngest of five children.  He passed away peacefully on the eighth of September, 2013 in the presence of family.

Leroy attended Trinity Lutheran grade school and graduated as class valedictorian from Sauk Rapids High School in 1945.  He was selected to play in the first North/South All Star football game won by his North team.

He was called to active duty in the U.S. Navy in October of 1945 to attend Aerology training.  Upon completion of his training as a naval Aerologist, he was stationed at the Naval Air Station in San Diego, California until August of 1946 when the Japanese surrendered ending WWII.  He received an honorable discharge and attended Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota on a football scholarship.

In October of 1948 Leroy was in a motorcycle accident where he suffered a severely broken leg.  He spent several months in the Swedish Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota where he met a young student nurse, Genevieve Reinertson.

Leroy returned to Hamline in September of 1949 and completed his degree, graduating in February of 1950 with a BA in Business Administration.  In October of that year the Korean War was raging and he was called to service in the U.S. Army.

On April 30, 1951, prior to completing basic training in Fort Polk, Louisiana, Leroy was married to his former student nurse, Genevieve (Reinertson) Stark.  Upon completion of basic training he was transferred to Germany where he was promoted to Supply Sgt. at the 97th General Hospital in Frankfurt.  He served there until October of 1952 when he was honorably discharged.

In 1959, Leroy added a son, Dana, and in 1962 added another son, Erik to the Stark family.

In December of 1952, Leroy joined a Minnesota based agricultural coop as Purchasing Agent in St. Paul.  He became a plant manager in Clarkfield, MN in 1960 and moved to Moorhead, MN in 1964 in the same capacity then he returned to St Paul as Assistant Headquarters Manager until 1968 when COOP merged with Farmland Industries of Kansas City, Missouri.  He served as controller at a facility in Denison, Iowa and later in Chicago, Illinois.  In 1979 Leroy and his family moved to Parkville, Missouri where he worked at Farmland Foods, retiring in 1990 as Director of Credit.

Throughout his life, Leroy was actively involved with his church and with community service.  He worked with the sheltered workshop and as an ombudsman for senior citizens assisting with their income tax preparation.  He was a member of the Parks and Recreation committee in Parkville for many years and helped to develop the riverfront park.  He served for many years as the treasurer at Christ Lutheran Church in Platte Woods, Missouri.

Leroy enjoyed outdoor activities and was particularly fond of hunting and fishing. He loved dogs and enjoyed traveling, taking several trips to Europe to visit relatives in Germany and Norway.

Leroy was a loving husband, father and grandfather.  He was generous to his family, his friends, his church and his community with his time and talents and he will be missed.

He was preceded in death by his father Louis Stark, his mother Emma Stark and his elder siblings, Myrtle Walk, Albert Stark, Harold Stark and Walter Stark.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Genevieve Stark (Reinertson), sons Dana L. Stark and Erik E. Stark, daughter-in-law Ann Marie Stark (Dattilo), and two granddaughters, Shannon Stark and Erika Stark.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m., Saturday, September 14, 2013 at Christ Lutheran Church, 6700 NW 72nd St, Kansas City, MO 64151 with Pastor T.C. Arnold officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will follow at the church with military honors. In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to the church or the Alzheimer’s Association. Memories of Leroy and condolences to the family may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

 

James Katajwa

James Katajwa, 26, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, September 5, 2013 in Shawnee, KS.

James graduated from Park University in 2009, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in International Business.  On the soccer field, there weren't many more decorated players than Katajwa to pass through the Park University men's soccer program.

A two-time All-American (second team as a junior and honorable mention as a senior), Katajwa scored 46 goals in his four seasons at Park, including 10 game-winning goals. He also had 21 career assists for 113 points, playing in 78 games during his Park career.  He led the Pirates to NAIA National Tournament appearances in all four seasons, and as a senior, he helped Park to a 10-match unbeaten streak, helping the Pirates finish 11-4-3 overall.

"James was a true All-American, on and off the field," said Park men's soccer coach Efrem Shimlis. "He was not only one of the best players to go through our program, but also one of the best people you could ever meet. We will miss his wonderful smile and positive attitude."

A memorial service for former Park University men's soccer standout James Katajwa is scheduled for Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 1 p.m. The service will take place at Julian Field on Park University's Parkville Campus, 8700 NW River Park Dr, Parkville, MO 64152. A memorial fund has been set up in James Katajwa's name at Platte Valley Bank. Memories of James may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

A full obituary will be posted at a later date.

Donna Fries

Donna D. Fries, 76, of Riverside, MO passed away Monday, September 9, 2013 at her home.  She was born October 22, 1936 to Benjamin and Ethel (Elder) Wilson.

Donna was united in marriage with Albert Fries, Jr. in October of 1956. Donna enjoyed listening to live music with her husband. She also had a passion for quilting.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and siblings. Survivors include her two sons, Dennis Fries and Bennie Fries, of Riverside, MO; two grandchildren, Benjamin Fries and Ashley Fries; one great-grandchild, Sophie Fries; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A visitation for Donna will be held 5 – 7 p.m., Thursday, September 12, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel in Parkville, MO. A funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m., Friday, September 13, 2013 at Chamberlain Funeral Home in Mound City, MO. Burial will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery in Mound City, MO. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Memories of Donna and condolences to the family may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

 

Linda M. Olson

Linda Marie Olson, 63, a resident of Parkville, MO passed away peacefully Thursday, September 19, 2013 at home, surrounded by family.  She was born September 28, 1949 in Niagara Falls, NY to Paul and Eleanor (McMahon) Dean. 

She married Marty Olson on March 29, 1986 in Parkville, MO.  He survives of the couple’s home.  Additional survivors include a daughter, Kelli Rapp and her husband Alex of Overland Park, KS; a step-son, Curtis Olson (Andrea) and their three children of Crossville, TN; three sisters, Jane Metzger (Martin) of Pine Valley, NY, Chris Scrivano (Joe) of Niagara Falls, NY and Dinah O’Brien of Scottsdale, AZ; Chris and Carolyn Tamborski of OH; and her precious nephews and niece, Joseph, Mathew, Jenna Scrivano, Geoff and Kyle Metzger, and Stephen Dean.  She will be welcomed in Heaven by her father Paul Dean, sister, Judi Murray, father-in-law Martin Olson and wife Helen, dear friend Raffy Olson and her doggies Cuddles and Sidney.

Linda was a very devoted wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend.  She had a great passion for life, contagious laugh, and also a tremendous love for dogs. She enjoyed traveling with her husband and cooking for friends and family. She was a loving and caring person who always put a smile on someone's face every day of her life and will continue to do so from Heaven.  She will truly be missed by all who knew her.

A funeral service celebrating her life will be held 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.  Cremation will follow the service.  The family will receive friends from 1-2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, prior to the service.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are appreciated in her memory to the Humane Society of Kansas City, Kansas.  Memories of Linda and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Gladys Lehman

Gladys R. Lehman, 93, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO passed away on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at the North Kansas City Hospital.  Gladys was born May 4, 1920 to Fenton and Nannie (Hurt) Rennison in La Jauta, CO.

She enjoyed shopping, decorating and making crafts with beads.  She was a member of the Park Hill Christian Church.  Gladys was seen daily by many young children when she lived in California as she was the School Crossing Guard.

Gladys was preceded in death by her parents, husbands: Mr. Wright, Mr. Osbern and Mr. Lehman and her siblings.  Survivors include her four children: Roy Wright and his wife, Twila; Judy Turpin and husband, Jim; Constance Wright; Daniel Osbern and his wife, Sandra.  Gladys will forever be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother.

A Memorial Service will be held at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at the Park Hill Christian Church, 6601 N.W. 72nd Street, Kansas City, MO with Rev. Robert Fugarino officiating.  Memorial contributions may be made to Park Hill Christian Church.  Memories of Gladys and condolences to the family may be sent to www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Warren "Scotty" Cartwright

Warren V. “Scotty” Cartwright, 84, Kansas City, MO (Northland) passed away Sunday, September 22, 2013 at his home, surrounded by his wife of 61 years and all seven of their children.  He was born March 8, 1929 in New York, NY to Henry G. and Mary C. (Scott) Cartwright. 

Scotty graduated high school in New York from the Manhattan High School of Aviation Trades.  He received his pilots training while stationed at the Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, NV.  Mr. Cartwright ended his career in The United States Air Force with a rank of Staff Sergeant and was awarded the Good Conduct Medal.

He was retired from TWA in Kansas City, where he worked as an aviation and engineering technician.  Scotty had a passion for flying and believe it or not, he received his pilot’s license before he received his driver’s license.

He married the love of his life, Patricia A. Thayer on July 5, 1952. Mrs. Cartwright survives of the couple’s home in Kansas City. They have been members of St. Therese Church since 1966.  Additional survivors include his seven children, Debbie Allison (Bob) of Heber Springs, AR, Steven Cartwright (Deborah) of Shawnee, KS, Rick Cartwright (Barbara) of Kansas City, MO, Laura Guldenpfenning (Steve) of Parkville, MO, Doug Cartwright of Kansas City, MO, Chris Cartwright (Missy) of Kansas City, MO and Kurt Cartwright (Jennifer) of Kansas City, MO; five siblings, Marilyn, Harry, Loraine, Martha and Bill; a sister-in-law, Mary Jo (Charles); brother-in-law, Michael (Jody); 14 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Bob.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11:00 a.m. Friday, September 27, 2013 at St. Therese Catholic Church with Rev. Joe Cisetti as celebrant.  The family will receive friends from 10-11:00 a.m. prior to mass.  Private family burial of the cremated remains will be held Monday, September 30, 2013 at Leavenworth National Cemetery with military honors.  Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Therese Church or NorthCare Hospice.  The Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville has been entrusted with the final arrangements.  Memories of Mr. Cartwright may be shared with the family online at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Mildred B. Craycraft

Mildred Bernice Craycraft, 87, passed away peacefully on October 2, 2013 at home, in Kansas City, Missouri.  She was born on October 17, 1925, in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada.  A deeply loved mother, who was passionate about her family and her Savior, Jesus Christ, she will be remembered for her loving kindness, gentle nature and quiet, bright smile.  Millie’s devotion to her husband Ken, as well as her children, grandchildren, and great- grandchildren leaves a lasting legacy.

Millie moved to Chicago from Ontario, Canada, in the early fifties, where she met her future husband Kenneth of Kansas City, Missouri, who was stationed there during the Korean War.  Millie was Ken’s “Princess” for 59 years, before his passing in March of 2013.  They made their home in the Northland after their marriage in June of 1954.  Millie was the quintessential “homemaker”, supporting her husband Ken in his job and being there for all the adventures having a family brings.  Millie loved to accompany Ken on his many travels across the globe, always ready to go!  Millie lived the words from one of her favorite passages of scripture, Philippians 4:4-9.

Millie will be remembered for her courage and spirit by her children: David (Jan) Craycraft, Deborah (Del) Anderson, Diane (Travis) Bradburn, and Daniel (Cheryl) Craycraft.  She also leaves behind eleven devoted and loving grandchildren: Benjamin (Lindsey) Craycraft, Anna Craycraft, Abby (Chase) Hildenbrand, Adam (Sarah) Craycraft, Michaela Anderson, Raven Bradburn, Destiny Bradburn, McKenzie Craycraft, Ian Craycraft, Hana Craycraft, and Paxton Craycraft.  Millie also dearly loved her three great-grandchildren: Calvin Craycraft, Evie Craycraft and Cade Hildenbrand.  She is also survived by a brother, William Scott, of Whitby, Ontario, Canada and numerous loving nieces and nephews.

The family wants to thank the many devoted caregivers who were a part of making Millie’s last weeks on this earth peaceful and pleasant as possible.  A special thanks to her primary caregiver, Dr. James McDonald, who had such a kind and gentle way about him and took special care of both Ken and Millie.

There will be a visitation at Meyers Funeral Chapel in Parkville, MO, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Friday, October 11, 2013, with the Graveside Service immediately following in Cleveland, MO.  Memorial gifts can be made to City Union Mission (1100 E 11th St; Kansas City, MO; 64106) or NorthCare Hospice (2800 Clay Edwards Dr.; North Kansas City, MO; 64116).  Memories of Millie and condolences to the family may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Susan Rene Downing

Susan Rene Downing, 58, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO passed away on Sunday, September 8, 2013 at Cherry Hill Nursing Home.  Susan was born November 16, 1954 to Oliver and Margy (Matlock) Downing in Kansas City, MO.

Susan graduated from Park Hill High School; Park College with her BS degree in Political Science, continuing her education to receive her MA in Political Science from Boston College.  She spent the majority of career as a City Council Aid for the city of Kansas City and an Aid to the mayor of Independence.

Susan was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Ruby Sorrell.  She is survived by a son, Mark Heese of Springfield, MO; two brothers, Hugh Downing (Patti) of Parkville, MO; Larry Downing of Parkville, MO; two sisters, Holly Downing of Kansas City, MO and Lisa Gay (Ron) of Eldorado Springs, MO.

A Memorial Service will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, October 19, 2013 at the First Presbyterian Church in North Kansas City, MO.  Memorial contributions may be made to Park University.  Memories of Susan and condolences to the family may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com  Final arrangements have been entrusted with Meyers Funeral Chapel located in Parkville, MO.

 

Justine M. Anchors

Justine M. Anchors, 90, a Kansas City Northland resident passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 10, 2013 at Garden Valley Nursing and Rehab in Kansas City, MO.  She was born to Charles and Zita (Westrick) Mercer on September 29, 1923 in Kansas City, KS.

Justine was united into marriage to Paul H. Anchors on Feb 13, 1944 in Hattiesburg, MS.  Justine was a long time member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Camdenton, MO and had attended St. Therese Catholic Church. She loved her children and family dearly and devoted her life to them.

Justine is survived by her sons, Michael J. Anchors (Leslie) of Polo, MO, Patrick H. Anchors (Joyce) of Scotts Dale, AZ, Timothy J. Anchors of Camdenton, MO, Casey P. Anchors (Robin) of Kansas City, MO; daughters Kathleen M. Anchors of Houston Lake, MO, Mary E. Anchors of Kansas City, MO; 6 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren.  She is preceded in death by her husband Paul H. Anchors; parents; brothers, Jack and George; sisters Betty and Delores.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11:00 a.m. Thursday, November 14, 2013 at St. Therese Catholic Church with Rev. Joe Cisetti as celebrant.  The family will receive friends from 5-7:00 p.m., Wednesday at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, MO where the Rosary will be prayed at 6:30 p.m.  Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Therese Church.  The Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville has been entrusted with the final arrangements.  Memories of Justine may be shared with the family online at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

 

Laura "Dee" Morris

Laura Dee Morris, 88, died October 7, 2013 at her home in Parkville, Mo following a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease.

Dee was born November 30, 1924 in Kidder, Mo to Charles & Ruth Stotler.  Dee and her younger sister, June, lived on the family farm until graduation from Hamilton High School.  In 1942 she moved to Kansas City where she found employment as a secretary.  In 1947 she married Walter H Morris.  They had two children, Steve and Connie.   Dee became an accomplished homemaker and took pride in caring for her family.  In later years she was an Avon representative, worked for the Wm. Volker & Co. in Kansas City, the Jas. Mathew & Co. in Pittsburgh, Pa, and the NBV Co. in St. Louis.

Following retirement in 1984 Dee and Walt moved to the Lake of the Ozarks where they lived for four years.  They then returned to the Parkville area to be closer to both mothers.   In retirement, Dee enjoyed her hobbies of oil painting and learning to play the organ.  She had been a member of the Park Hill Christian Church since 1956.

Dee was preceded in death by her parents, sister and brother-in-law, June and Bill Palmer and one granddaughter, Paige Morris.  She is survived by her husband, Walt of 65 years; son Steve Morris (Joan) of Fulton, Mo; daughter Connie Hey (Gary) of Kansas City; four grandsons, Chad Hey (Leah), Chris Hey (Tara), Tyler Hey, Sam Morris (Karen); one granddaughter, Claire, and three great grandchildren, Tucker, Kiernan and Carter Hey.

Our family wishes to thank St. Luke’s Hospice for their kindness and excellent care from their loving staff.

A memorial service will be held at the Park Hill Christian Church on Saturday, October 12th 2013 at 4 pm. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.  Private family inurnment will be held at the Gower MO Cemetery at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be set up in her name at Park Hill Christian Church, 6601 NW 72nd Street Kansas City, MO 64151.  The Meyers Funeral Chapel in Parkville has been entrusted with the final arrangements.  Memories of Dee and condolences may be left with the family by visiting www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

LaVerne Mae Smith

LaVerne Mae Smith, 89, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at the Garden Valley Manor.  She was born August 10, 1924 to Clarence and Florence (Unze) Spragg in St. Paul, MN.

LaVerne spent 35 years as a Real-estate Agent for Maddick, Re-Max and Reece & Nichols.  She was a member of St. Therese Catholic Church, Optimist Club and No Name Society.

She was preceded in death by her parents.  Survivors include her children: Constance Roberson (Nathan Burroughs, M.D.) of Kansas City, MO; Carol Ann Lindsay of West Palm Beach, FL; Linda Eldreth of Kansas City, MO; Richard Lee Laswell, Jr. (Sue) of Blue Springs, MO and Thomas Ray Laswell (Rhonda) of Lincoln, NE; 13 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11 a.m., Monday, October 14, 2013 at St. Therese Catholic Church 7207 NW Highway 9 Kansas City, MO with Rev. Joe Cisetti as celebrant.  The family will receive friends at 10 a.m.  Burial will follow at Resurrection North Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to St. Therese Catholic Church. Memories of LaVerne and condolences to the family may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

 

Kathy Ann Shaver

Kathy Ann Shaver, 64, longtime resident of Northmoor, MO passed away Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at the North Kansas City Hospital.  She was born January 3, 1949 in Joplin, MO to Tom and Martha (Burgess) Veith.  Kathy graduated from Oak Park High School and served on the Northmoor City Council for over 20 years.

She was a self-employed beautician and devoted housewife.  Kathy loved being a grandmother and will be dearly missed by her family.  She was a parishioner of the Bread of Life Christian Fellowship in Riverside, MO.

She married Harlan R. Shaver, Jr. on October 22, 1982.  He survives of the home.  Additional survivors include three children, Jeff Shaver (Bridget), Ray Shaver and Angela Smith, all of Northmoor; her mother, Martha Bryan of Riverside, MO; three siblings, Tom, Jerry and Tammy Veith; eight grandchildren and one great grandchild.  Her father, Tom Veith and step-father, Fred Bryan preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be conducted 2:00 p.m. Sunday, December 8, 2013 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.  Burial will follow at East Slope Cemetery in Riverside.  Visitation will be held 2-4:00 p.m. Saturday, December 7, 2013 at the funeral chapel.  Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  Memories of Kathy and condolences may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Jay T. Emory

Jay T. Emory, 59, Parkville, MO (Northland) passed away October 9, 2013 at St. Luke’s Hospital on Barry Rd.  He was born April 3, 1954 in Elmhurst, IL to Edgar T. and Ida L. Emory. Jay grew up in Illinois but lived a majority of his life in Minnesota and Missouri.  Following graduation from Addison Trail High School, Addison, IL he received his college degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Iowa. Jay enjoyed fishing, spending time boating and as most recent became a master craftsman in woodworking.

Jay is survived by his daughter, Sarah C. Prendergast and husband Jeremy of Naperville, IL; his son, Jay T. Emory, Jr. of Bolingbrook, IL; sister, Kim Kelly of Lake Geneva, WI; and his new granddaughter, Sienna Prendergast.

Cremation arrangements have been entrusted with the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.  There will be no formal visitation or service held in Kansas City. A memorial service in his honor will be held in Chicago with a private service at Lake Minnetonka, his favorite fishing lake, in Minnesota.  Memorial contributions in memory of Jay can be made to the American Cancer Society.  Online condolences may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

 

Shanna Toms

Shanna Toms, 41, of Parkville, MO passed away Sunday, October 13, 2013 at St. Luke’s Northland Hospital in Kansas City, MO.  Visitation will be Tuesday, October 15 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 401 Main Street, Parkville, MO.  Celebration of Life will be Wednesday, October 16 at 11:00 a.m. at Pine Ridge Presbyterian Church, 7600 NW Barry Rd., Kansas City, MO  64153 with Rev. Dr. Jim Gordon officiating.  Burial will follow at Onaga, Cemetery in Onaga, KS. 

Shanna was born on September 28, 1972 in Emporia, KS, a graduate of Kansas State University; she was a makeup artist with Giorgio Armani.  Shanna was a member of Pine Ridge Presbyterian Church.

She loved her family and friends with everything that she was. She never took a bad picture. She was a beautiful, vibrant spirit and we are grateful for having been blessed with the short time she was here. She was gone too soon.

She is survived by her husband Sean; mother, Sandra Brunkow, and father, Ward Brunkow; stepmother, Judy Brunkow; brother, Jameson Brunkow; and stepsisters, Lisa Showers and Laurie Jarman; many aunts and uncles including Connie Fairbanks and Kirk Twiss; two loving grandmothers, Ramona Mueting and Marcella Fairbanks; mother and father-in-law, Robin and Frank Toms; sister and brother-in-law, Krissy and Paul MacKinnon.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel Northland. In lieu of flowers the family asks for donations made to Young Survivorship Coalition.  Memories of Shanna and condolences to the family may be shared and viewed at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

 

Sue Robertson

Virginia “Sue” Robertson, 70, of Kansas City (North), MO, passed away Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at her residence. Sue was born January 15, 1943 to Harry Knorr and Mildred Maxine (Cardin) Vaughan in Mountain Grove, MO.

Sue married Norman J. Robertson on June 25, 1961 at Prior Church in Mountain Grove, MO. She was a past member of Zona Rosa BNI and Parkville Chamber of Commerce. Sue was passionate about educating herself and those around her. She greatly enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.  Sue never met a stranger.  She loved meeting new people and making new friends. Sue was undeniably a people person and will be remembered for being a true connector. She will be missed dearly.

She was preceded in death by her parents. Survivors include her husband, Norman Robertson, of the home; two children: Donnie Robertson and wife, Laurie of Kansas City (North), MO; and Russell Robertson of Kansas City (North), MO; five siblings, Margaret Ann Ayers of Kansas City (North), MO; Jerry Vaughan of Mountain Grove, MO; Betty Lue Schudy of Springfield, MO; Joe Bill Vaughan of Mountain Grove, MO; David Vaughan of Mountain Grove, MO; two grandchildren: Taylor and Haleigh Robertson.

I will be waiting

on the far side banks

of Jordan, drawing

pictures in the sand.

When I see you

coming, I will

run to meet you

with open hand.

 

A celebration of Sue’s life will be held at her home on a later date. Memorial contributions are suggested to a charity of the donor’s choice. Memories of Sue and condolences to the family may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

William A. Pavish

William A. Pavish, 92, of Parkville, MO passed away October 16, 2013 at Foxwood Springs in Raymore.

A committal service will be held 10:00 a.m. Monday, October 21, 2013 at the Leavenworth National Cemetery with military honors under the auspices of the United States Coast Guard.  Memorial contributions are suggested to a charity of the donor's choice.  The Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville has been entrusted with the final arrangements.  Memories of Mr. Pavish and condolences may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

He was born January 9, 1921 in Kansas City, KS to Nickolas and Anna (Schneller) Pavish.  Mr. Pavish had been a resident of Parkville, MO since the late 1950's.  He spent the majority of his working years as a rail car inspector for the Missouri Pacific Railroad.    He was preceded in death by his parents, and wife, Frances M. (Kappel) Pavish.

 

Thomas J. Devaney

Thomas J. Devaney, 71, a resident of Parkville, MO passed away Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at his home.  Thomas was born January 23, 1942 to Edward and Lorraine (Kirkandall) Devaney in Kansas City, MO.

He proudly served in the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict.  Thomas and Nida Alimpoos were united in marriage on September 27, 1988 in the Philippines.

Thomas was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers: Jack Devaney and Leon Devaney.  He is survived by his wife, Nida Devaney of the home; a daughter, Michelle “Shelley” Devaney Nunn of Prairie Village, KS; two sons: Anthony “Tony” Thomas Devaney of Kansas City, MO and Jad Estores Devaney of Kansas City, MO; granddaughter, Jacquelyne and great-granddaughter, Peyton.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Monday, October 21, 2013 at St. Therese Catholic Church with Rev. Joe Cisetti, celebrant.  The family will receive friends from 10-11:00 a.m. prior to Mass.  Cremation will follow the Mass with a private burial in Weston, Mo. Memorial contributions may be sent to Homeless Veterans  in Kansas City.  Memories of Thomas and condolences to the family may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Robert McQueen

Robert B. McQueen, 54, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO passed away on October 6, 2013 at NorthCare Hospice.  Robert was born on December 14, 1958 to Robert Louis and Eileen (Lackey) McQueen in Lebanon, MO.

He was preceded in death by his parents.  He is survived by a sister, Mary Kaye Webb of Louisburg, KS and a brother, Gary Lee McQueen.

The family will hold a private Celebration of Life at a later date. Cremation.  Memories of Robert and condolences to the family may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Ilse J. Patterson

Ilse Johanna Patterson, 92, Parkville, MO passed away Thursday, October 17, 2013 in Platte City, MO.  She was born June 15, 1921 in Breslau, Germany to Gustev and Emma Kolbe.  Ilse had lived in the United States since the late 1950’s.

She was united in marriage with Ralph Edwin Patterson.  She had met Ralph while working at the Muehlebach Hotel in Kansas City.  He preceded her in death in 1984.  In addition to working at the hotel, she also worked for Mr. Barney Allis and his family.

Ilse was a member of the Pine Ridge Presbyterian Church.  In her spare time she enjoyed dancing, shopping, cooking, baking, riding the OATS bus, playing Bunco and had a love for all animals.  The most important thing in Ilse’s life was her daughter, Robin.  They were best friends and enjoyed every moment together.

In addition to her parents and husband, Ilse was preceded in death by a sister, Ursula Goodell.  Survivors include her daughter, Robin Hevalow and husband Tommy of Parkville, MO and their two cats Lucy and Nemo; her extended Hevalow family and many of Robin’s dear friends.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Monday, October 21, 2013 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, with Rev. Dr. Jim Gordon officiating.  Visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m.  Burial will follow at East Slope Cemetery, Riverside, MO.  Memorial contributions are suggested to Kitty Cat Connection and may be left in care of the funeral home.  Memories of Ilse and condolences may be left with Robin by visiting www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Bob Morris, Jr.

Robert Morris, Jr., 85, a resident of Parkville, MO passed away on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at NorthCare Hospice House.  Bob was born April 1, 1928 to Robert O. and Mary Jane (Hann) Morris, Sr. in Topeka, KS.

He was a veteran in the United States Navy during WWII and the Korean Conflict.  Bob was united in marriage to Jo Ann Walton on May 10, 1969 in Kansas City, MO.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Lorraine E. “Toots” Jones.  Survivors include his wife, Jo Ann Morris of the home; a son, Daniel Paul Morris; a daughter, Julie Ann Morris; two grandchildren, Daniel Robert Dean Morris and April Danielle Morris; 2 great-grandchildren, Victoria and Denise; a brother, William “Bill” Morris; numerous nieces and nephews; and his beloved grand-dog, Jessie.

The family will receive friends from 6 – 8 p.m., Friday, October 25, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel 401 Main Street Parkville, MO.  Burial will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, October 26, 2013 at Walnut Grove Cemetery located in Parkville, MO.   The family wishes to express their appreciation for the love and care provided by the NorthCare Hospice nurses and staff. A Memorial Service will follow at 1 p.m., at the Walnut Creek Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses.  Memories of Bob and condolences to the family may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Gail Russell Poole

Gail Russell Poole, a resident of North Kansas City, MO (formerly of Mexico, MO) passed away at age 78 on October 20, 2013 at North Kansas City Hospital.

Betty Gail Russell was born on June 4, 1935 in St. Louis to John and Betty Russell.  The family moved to Mexico when Gail was a preschooler and she spent her entire childhood in Mexico.  The Russell’s owned Park and Shop Market for many years and Betty also worked as a teller at First National Bank.

Gail was always fun to be around and she had lots of friends.  She loved school and was an outstanding student.  In high school, one of her teachers discovered that she had a beautiful voice.  She was often chosen to sing solos in the school and church choirs.  She graduated from Mexico High School in 1953.  Many of her classmates remained lifelong friends.

After high school, Gail attended Columbia College and the University of Missouri.  She married George Poole in 1955 and they were later divorced.  Their son Bill was a wonderful addition to their family and Gail loved being a mother.  Later, when her two grandsons, Ben and Will, arrived, she enjoyed spending as much time as possible with them.

Gail spent most of her married life in Springfield, Missouri, which is where her memorial service will be held.  The service will be on Saturday, November 9 at 11:00 a.m. at St. James Episcopal Church, 2645 E. Southern Hills Blvd. Springfield, MO 65804.  A lunch will be served at the church following the service.

Both of her parents preceded her in death.  She is survived by one sister, Joy Sue Russell Lee who lives in Billings, Montana.  She is also survived by her son, William D. Poole and his wife, Alicia and their children Benjamin and William who live in North Kansas City.

Gail will be greatly missed by those who knew her and loved her.  During her later years, she was presented with many health challenges, to which she responded with courage and determination.  One of her last journal entries read “KEEP YOUR SENSE OF HUMOR!  NEVER DISPAIR!  DO NOT GET DISCOURAGED, THERE WILL BE SETBACKS... PERSERVERE!”

Her smile and laughter will be with us forever.  Memories of Gail and condolences to her family may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Steven Mynatt

Steven G. Mynatt, 56, a Northland resident in Kansas City, MO passed away Sunday, October 27, 2013 at St. Luke's Hospice House in Kansas City, MO.  He was born January 23, 1957 in Kansas City to Jack and Marsha Joy (Youngblood) Mynatt.  Steven graduated from Park Hill High School.  Prior to becoming ill, he spent the majority of his working career with AT&T.  He was a member of the Parkville Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include his children, Brandon and Emily Mynatt of Parkville, MO and their mother, Rebecca Mynatt;  his father, Jack Mynatt and wife, Judith Lee of Kansas City, MO (Northland);  three sisters, Shelley West of Kearney, MO, Susan Browning of Kearney, MO and Sharon Mynatt of Kansas City, MO (Northland); and dear friends, Bob Gobson and Jackie Boyle.  His mother preceded him in death.

The family will receive friends from 10-11:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.  Following the visitation, family and friends will process to the East Slope Cemetery in Riverside, MO for a graveside service.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to The Center for Transplantation at the University of Kansas Hospital.  Memories of Steven and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Dennis Johnson, Jr.

Dennis Ray Johnson, Jr., 47, of Parkville, MO passed away Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at St. Luke’s Northland Hospital. He was born November 1, 1966 to Dennis Ray and Shirley Sue (Johnston) Johnson, Sr. in Wichita, KS.

He was united in marriage with Audrey M. Ellis on December 7, 2000 in Olathe, KS. Dennis served in the U.S. Army National Guard. He has a great passion for the military and enjoyed Army history. He treasured his time spent in West Virginia, enjoying the nice views, lighthouses, and the smell of sea salt from the Atlantic Ocean. He took interest in movies, music, and computers. Dennis was a Baptist by faith. He will be dearly missed.

Dennis was preceded in death by his father. Survivors include his wife and best friend, Audrey Johnson, of the home; son, Kyle Willis, of Udal, KS; two step-children, Joshua Alcantra and Melissa Tebow (Devin), all of Ponca City, OK; granddaughter, Ilianna Tebow; mother, Shirley Andrews and step-father, Tom of Wichita, KS; step-mother, Linda Singleton, of Wichita, KS; three siblings: Stephanie Marazas, Kris Johnson, and Bryan Johnson all of OK; aunts and uncles: Clarence and Shirley Johnston, Sandra Johnston, and Rickie Johnston; cousins, Steven Johnston and Mike Gant; best friends, Ron Shannon, Chrystal Shannon and her children Mikki and Izzy Shannon who were Dennis’ favorite girls.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Donor's choice. Cremation. A private burial will be held at a later date in Newkirk, OK. Memories of Dennis and condolences to the family may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

James Mason

James Robert Mason, 84, Kansas City, MO (Northland) passed away Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at the St. Luke’s Northland Hospital.  He was born February 23, 1929 in Kirksville, MO to James A. and Hester (Harris) Mason.  Jim graduated from Kirksville Senior High School and was a veteran of the United States Air Force, where he was stationed in Alaska.

Jim was a longtime General Manager for Angle Motors in Kansas City and had a passion for his job.   He loved to sell cars.  His competitive spirit lent itself to his other favorite pastime – hunting.  For forty consecutive years Jim went to Western Kansas with his best friend Norm and his bird dogs to hunt pheasant and see good friends.

Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Carolyn( Bonanno) Mason; five daughters Cheryl (Litwin) Regenstein, Debbie Capell, Toni Byram, Angela Mason and Jennifer Mason; grandchildren Jill, Benjamin, Martin, Jeffrey, and Anthony; great-grandchildren Coltin, Mason, Allison, Brayden, and Ethan, and beloved cat Jackson.  James was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and two sisters.

A memorial service celebrating James’ life will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday, November 9, 2013 at the Meyers Northland Chapel, 401 Main St., Parkville, MO 64152.  The family will receive friends from 1-2:00 p.m. prior to the service.  Memorial contributions are suggested to the Missouri Conservation Department and may be left in care of the funeral home.  Memories of Jim and condolences may be left online at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

 

 

 

Joseph A. Lindquist, Jr.

Joseph Aloysius Lindquist, Jr., 70 years old, passed away at home on November 22, 2013 surrounded by his family.  He was born February 20, 1943 to Joseph and Sarahelen (Goodwin) Lindquist.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be Con-celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at St. Therese Catholic Church with Rev. Joe Cisetti as principal celebrant.  Entombment with military honors under the auspices of the United States Navy will follow at Resurrection North Cemetery.  The Rosary will be prayed at 4:30 p.m. Monday at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, where visitation will follow until 8:00 p.m.

Joseph grew up in Kansas City, KS attending St. Peter’s Grade School, and graduated from Bishop Ward High School in 1961.  He joined the U.S. Navy in 1962 and was honorably discharged in 1966, at which time he attended Donnelly College receiving a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry.  Joe was hired at TWA in December of 1966 as an airline mechanic.  Throughout his years at TWA and continuing his education with the airlines, he retired from TWA/American in November of 2004 as an airline inspector after 38 years.  He enjoyed gardening, fishing, boating, time at the lake house, and most importantly his six grandchildren.  He is survived by his wife, Kathleen of 44 years and three daughters Laura (Dan) Sanai, Kimberly (Will) Manis and Cheryl (Craig) Stone, and six grandchildren, Ella and Savannah Sanai, Samuel and Jacob Manis and Hannah and Ty Stone.  He is also survived by his sister Nancy (Barney) Carroll, Tim (Karen) Lindquist and Mark (Linda) Lindquist and many nieces and nephew.  He is preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Sarahelen Lindquist.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to St. Vincent de Paul Society, 7207 NW Highway 9, Kansas City, MO  64152.  The family also wishes to extend a warm and sincere thank you to the NorthCare Hospice West team and, in particular, Jan Jester, for your compassion and care given to Joe and his family.  Memories of Joe and condolences may be left online at www.meyersfunerachapel.com

 

Kathleen A. Espinoza

 

Kathleen Ann Espinoza (née Monaghan) of Kansas City, MO passed away November 22, 2013.  She was born February 11, 1946.

Survived by husband Charles and daughter Lara of Kansas City, MO and her brother Bob Monaghan and sister-in-law Marcia Mueller of Kirkswood, MO.

Kathy was a much loved wife, mother and sister.  She grew up in Gillispie, IL where she was the darling of her family.  She eventually worked at the Illinois Department of Public Health where she would meet and fall in love with her husband. They married on June 20, 1970. She supported her husband in his times of need and helped her daughter strive for academic excellence.

She had a strong spirit - surviving breast cancer, a major car accident and a stroke.  Her accepting nature allowed her to continue to enjoy life even while learning to walk again and teaching herself to write after her 2009 stroke.

Kathy will be remembered as a lover of birds and gardens, french silk pie, blue nail polish, weather forecasts, her pet shelties and Thanksgiving turkey.  Also, she instilled a love of soap operas in her husband and live music and cooking in her daughter.  Incidentally, her husband still does not enjoy decorating the mantel for seasonal changes.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at St. Therese Catholic Church with Rev. Joe Cisetti as celebrant.  Visitation will be from 9:30-10:30 a.m. prior to Mass.  Burial will follow at Resurrection North Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in her memory to Powell Gardens, 160 N.W.  U.S. Highway 50, Kingsville, MO 64061 or online at powellgardens.org.

 

Lucian Kaiser

Lucian Kaiser, 95, of Parkville, MO passed away Sunday, November 24, 2013 at the NorthCare Hospice House in North Kansas City, MO.  He was born November 23, 1918 in Holden, MO to Orville and Nellie (Shelton) Kaiser.

Mr. Kaiser was a veteran of the United States Air Force, where he served during World War II.  He was an engineer and spent the majority of his working years with the former Safeway Stores in Kansas City.

He married Louise Kaiser on April 25, 1941 in Holden.  She preceded him in death in September of 1992.  In addition to his wife, Lucian was preceded in death by his parents,  a son, James Kaiser and sister, Carol Angus.  Survivors include his children, Donald Kaiser (Julie) of St. Louis, MO, Francis Joan Kaiser of Liberty, MO, Jack Kaiser (Claudia) of Urich, MO, Bill Kaiser (Sherri) of Parkville, MO and Anita Cox (Bill) of Sara Vista, AZ; a brother, Allen Kaiser of Parkville, MO; several grandchildren and extended family members.

Funeral services will be conducted 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.  Burial with military honors will follow at East Slope Cemetery, Riverside, MO.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.  Memorial contributions are suggested to NorthCare Hospice.  Memories of Lucian and condolences may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

 

Daniel Wessling, Jr.

     Daniel R. Wessling, Jr., 94, formerly of Des Moines, IA passed away Sunday, November 24, 2013 at Pleasant Valley Manor, Liberty, MO.  He was born January 18, 1919 in Lytton, IA to Daniel R. and Cora E. (Thompson) Wessling, Sr.  Daniel graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School in Des Moines.  At the University of Pennsylvania he received a BS degree in Economics, participated in crew, and was a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity. 

Dan was a veteran of the United States Army Air Corps, where he served during World War II in Europe.  His career was dedicated to Wessling Services which he and his father founded.  They printed and sold advertising to banks all across the United States.  He was a longtime devoted member of Plymouth Congregational Church in Des Moines.

On October 10, 1948 he married Jane Pettengill in Greenfield, MA.  She preceded him in death.  In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Lois Henrikson.  Survivors include two sons, David Bruce Wessling (Liz) of Aurora, CO and Mark Raymond Wessling (Nan) of Oconomowoc, WI; his daughter, Nancy Eileen Quitmeier (Bill) of Weatherby Lake, MO; nine grandchildren, five great grandchildren and one on the way.

A memorial service celebrating Daniel’s life will be held later next spring at the Plymouth Congregational Church in Des Moines.  His cremated remains will be laid to rest next to his wife in the Junction Township Cemetery, Grand Junction, IA.  The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to Plymouth Congregational Church, 4126 Ingersoll Avenue, Des Moines, IA  50312-2792. The Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, MO has been entrusted with the final arrangements.  Memories of Daniel and condolences may be left with the family by visiting www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

John Lee Berkley, Jr.

John Lee Berkley, Jr., 81, a resident of Parkville, MO passed away peacefully in his home with his loving wife at his side.  John was born December 5, 1931 to John Lee and Anna Bernice (Hughes) Berkley, Sr. in Fayette, MO. 

Raised by his grandparents on the family farm with his brother Billy, he liked to tell the story of how they rode a horse together to a one-room schoolhouse.  John was a dedicated family man, who deeply cherished his wife, son, daughter, grandson, granddaughter, and all his much loved nieces and nephews.  An avid photographer of his family, he faithfully attended every little-league sporting event either coaching or videotaping.   A calm, constant, steady presence ~he was loved and admired by all who knew him for his wit and heart.  John was always ready to help anyone, anywhere and he always made room for one more, young or old, in his home and at his table.  They don’t make them like John Lee Berkley anymore, he will be greatly missed.

He was a loyal employee for Gordon Johnson/Baader Linco Co. with over 50 years of dedicated service to his work family.  He was united in marriage with June “Sally” Ann Scanlan and they had a son and daughter together.  He was a veteran of the United States Army and served in the Missouri National Guard for six years.

John was preceded in death by his parents; son, Brian Lee Berkley and a brother, William “Billy” Hughes Berkley.  He is survived by his wife, Sally Berkley of the home; a daughter, Lily Joleen Berkley of Parkville, MO; his only grandson and the “apple of his eye,” Quinn Rivers Bieberly; siblings, Ernie Floyd Walker (Brenda); Peggie Ruth Skinner (Ernie); Bettie Jane “Sherry” Pankey (Walt); Ivan Ray Berkley (Anna May); Dean Faye Berkley (Andi); Don Elza Berkley; a sister-in-law, Sarah Berkley; an aunt, Roxene McNeill; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, December 2, 2013 at Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, MO.  The funeral service will immediately follow at 7 p.m. at the chapel.  Burial will be held in Caledonia, MN, beside his son, Brian.  Memories of John and condolences to the family may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Gaye Lynn Grogg Amaro

Gaye Lynn Grogg Amaro, 54, of Gladstone, MO passed away Monday, December 2, 2013 at the NorthCare Hospice House.  She was born October 10, 1959 in Kansas City, MO to Samuel J. and Marguerite G. (Stoehr) Grogg.  Gaye graduated from Oak Park High School and lived her entire life in the Kansas City area.

She spent the majority of her working years for Events Direct, based out of St. Louis.  Gaye was of the Catholic faith and enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.  She was an exceptional cook and enjoyed entertaining.

Survivors  include her son, John Ross Amaro of Kansas City, MO; her daughter, Breiana A. Amaro of St. Louis, MO; granddaughter, Aubrey Petty of St. Louis, MO; a sister, Gensa Baker and husband Bruce of Florida; a brother, Scott Grogg and wife, Elizabeth of Gladstone, MO; and former husband, John C. Amaro of Kansas City, MO.  Her parents preceded her in death.

A prayer service will be held 2:00 p.m. Thursday, December 5, 2013 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, MO with Rev. Timothy Armbruster, C.PP.S. officiating.  The family will receive friends from 1-2:00 p.m. prior to the service.  Memorial contributions are suggested to the family for a memorial fund that will be established to assist with her granddaughters education.  Memories of Gaye and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Erma Lockart

Erma LockartErma Lockart, 89, of Parkville, MO, passed away on Friday, December 27, 2013 with her loving family at her side. Erma was born March 28, 1924 to Ira and Velva (Thorp) Emerick in Vandalia, Illinois.

Erma was united in marriage with Dale L. Lockart on December 20, 1940 in Vandalia, IL. She spent the majority of her working career as a CNA for Cherrywood Nursing Home.

Erma was preceded in death by her husband Dale L. Lockart; parents, and a daughter, Donna J. Myers; four brothers: Glen Emerick, Charles Emerick, Bob Emerick and Lee Emerick. Survivors include her son, Douglas D. Lockart of Parkville, MO; daughter, Frances Lynn Johnson and husband, Larry of Kansas City, MO; three grandchildren: Tami, Barry and Todd; a sister: Nell Gelsinger of Pana, IL; and brother, Frank Emerick of Vandalia, IL.

The family will receive friends at 1 p.m., Monday, December 30, 2013 at the Crown Point Church in Vandalia, IL. The funeral service will be 2 p.m. at the church with Rev. Pete LeDuc officiating. Burial will follow at McInturff Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimers Association. Memories of Erma and condolences to the family may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Barbara Schaefer

Barbara A. Schaefer, 79, a resident of Parkville, MO passed away on Sunday, December 8, 2013 at the University of Kansas Hospital.  She was born, November 21, 1934 to Leo and Goldie (Sestrich) Kallinger in Kansas City, MO.

Barbara was united in marriage to Richard P. Schaefer on August 3, 1953 in Kansas City, MO.  She spent the majority of her working career as a Licensed Practical Nurse at the former Casada Gardens Nursing Home.  She was of the Catholic faith and had attended Guardian Angel’s Parish and St. Therese Parish.  Barbara was a very loving and caring person and was very devoted to her family and friends.  In her spare time she enjoyed gardening, crocheting and being with those she loved.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard and both parents.  Survivors include her children: Joe Schaefer (Nancy) of Kansas City,  MO; Linda Reents (Steve) of Kansas City, MO; Luanda Schaefer of Parkville, MO; James Schaefer of Parkville, MO; and Justin Schaefer ( Paula) of Charlotte, N.C.; twelve grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and two sisters; Rita McBratney of Kansas City, MO and Loretta Kallinger of Parkville, MO.

The family will receive friends from 10-11:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, where the funeral service will follow at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Robert Hagan, S.J. officiating. Burial will immediately follow in the Platte City Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to University of Kansas Hospital to benefit the Intensive Care Unit and Pulmonary Nursing Department. Memories of Barbara and condolences to the family may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Carl O. Heston, Jr.

Carl HestonCarl O. Heston, Jr., 75, a resident of Parkville, MO passed away on Monday, December 16, 2013 at his home with his loving wife and family by his side.  Carl was born October 6, 1938 to Carl O. and Margaret L. (Failer) Heston, Sr. in Wamego, Kansas.

Carl was united in marriage to Betty J. Eells on August 31, 1957 in Kansas City, Kansas.  Carl spent his working career as a Supervisor for TWA, retiring after 43 years of service in May of 2003.  He was an avid craftsman, automotive enthusiast and outdoorsman.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Carl Robert Heston and grandson, Caleb Heston.  Survivors include his wife, Betty J. Heston of the home; daughter, Manette “Suzy” Gallup of Parkville, MO; son, James L. Heston and wife, Laura of Parkville, MO; five grandchildren: Cassandra, Nicole, Zachary, Eric, and Talia; two great-grandchildren, Ahban and Savanah; five siblings: Mary J. Hastings of Topeka, KS; Carol A. White of Meridan, KS; Norma J. Davidson of Felicity, OH; Janet S. Usher of Topeka, KS and Paul E. Heston of Topeka, KS.

The family will receive friends at 9:30 a.m., Thursday, December 19, 2013 at First Baptist Church of North Kansas City, 2205 Iron St., North Kansas City, MO. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, December 19, 2013 at the church with Rev. Tiger Pennington officiating.  Burial will immediately follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Kansas City, KS.  Memorial Contributions may be made to First Baptist Church of North Kansas City.  Memories of Carl and condolences to the family may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Max Lewis

Max C. Lewis, 72, of Platte Woods, MO passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at his home.  He was born May 29, 1941 to Elza Wayne and Bertha Alice (Clem) Lewis in Kirksville, MO.

Max was united in marriage with Linda Sue “Susie” Carpenter on June 4, 1967 in Taylor, MO.  He was a member of Roanridge Church of Christ.  Max worked 37 years for T.W.A. and 6 years for American Airlines, retiring after a total of 43 years of service. Max enjoyed having breakfast at Hy-Vee with his T.W.A. buddies many years after retirement.

Everybody loved Max.  He will be remembered as a loving, generous man.  Max spent his spare time working and enjoyed mowing yards alongside his wife and son, Jonathan.  He was very giving and did not hesitate to help anyone in need. To Max, there was no favor too big or small.  He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

Max was preceded in death by his parents.  Survivors include his wife, Susie Lewis of the home; son, Jonathan Lewis of Platte Woods, MO; sister, Vera Anne Nickell and her husband, Bud Nickel; two grandchildren: Eavin Breanna and Aidan Lewis; numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends at 9:30 a.m. Friday, December 27, 2013 at Meyers Funeral Chapel in Parkville, MO. The funeral service will begin at 11:00 a.m. with Evangelist Wayne Goff officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Roanridge Church of Christ.  Memories of Max and condolences to his family may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Delpha Hobbs

Delpha HobbsLoving wife, mother and grandmother entered into eternal peace on January 2, 2014. Born in an apartment above the local grocery store in Avondale, Missouri on September 28, 1924 to Ray and Nellie Haynes. After a couple years of grade school her family moved to a small farm several miles outside Eldorado Springs, Missouri. Her parents raised five kids: Wilma, Frank, Delpha, Calvin, and Delbert. Life was hard but she often spoke of all the good times she had with her brothers and sisters growing up on a farm. They always had fruit trees and a large garden where they could grow and can most of their food. Her dad Ray would butcher and smoke meat from their cows and pigs. There were always plenty of deer, rabbits, squirrels and fish to eat but on Sunday they always had fried chicken. For extra money they all worked on other farms and took what work they could find to make ends meet. Her mom Nellie and her would hoe corn rows for farms in the area. Her mom would get 50 cents and she would get 25 cents a day for eight hours work. Her parents taught her to take pride in working hard and to appreciate what she had. She always thought that the dust from this work is what caused her to have lung disease. She was raised in a Christian home, and greatly enjoyed going to church. She loved music but the old time hymns were by far her favorites. They moved into Eldorado Springs where Delpha finished the rest of her education to eighth grade. Her mother had remarried and she now had a half-brother, Ken to help raise. Times were difficult during the depression and their family got split up. Her mother took her and Ken to Kansas City to start a new life. They rented a spare room from a couple in North Kansas City, a common practice in those days. He worked for the TWA overhaul base at the downtown airport and gave her a job working with the men installing instruments in the planes. This was during the war and they also paid her the same wages as the men. Now she could help her family afford new clothes. Until this time, all her clothes were handmade or hand-me-downs from someone else. She ate her evening meals at the home of her boss. Once in a while he would bring home a friend, Howard Hughs, to eat with them. After supper they would go out and sometimes they would take her out dancing with them. She always spoke of Howard as a very well dressed gentleman and a very good dancer. She left TWA after the war, married, and had four children: Michael, Ricky, Judy, and Larry Chambers. Delpha and her husband adopted and raised her half-brother Ken. She was a long time member of the Park Hill Baptist Church. She enjoyed being with family, going out to eat, listening to music, and spending time with her friends. She touched the hearts of many people in her life and we were all blessed to know her. In her own words she said, I think back at all the good times I’ve had and believe it was more than one person could ever ask for. She was a wonderful mother, trusted friend, and someone that would always comfort you when you were in need. Her love will never be forgotten. God, keep her safe.

A funeral service celebrating Delpha’s life will be held 12:00 p.m. Saturday, January 4, 2014 at the Antioch Community Church, 4805 NE Antioch Rd., Kansas City, MO 64119 with Rev. Harry Foockle officiating. Visitation 1 hour prior to the service. Burial will follow in the Greenton Cemetery, Odessa, MO. The Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville has been entrusted with the final arrangements. Memories of Delpha and condolences may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Robert "Yogi" Barth

Robert George “Yogi” Barth, 89, Kansas City, MO, passed away Monday, December 30, 2013, at Ashton Court Care and Rehabilitation Center in Liberty. Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1400 W. Sheley Road, Independence, Missouri. 

In 1950, he married Nadine Joy (Johnson) Barth. She passed away in 2005. He was born October 6, 1924, in Kansas City, Missouri, to Alice (Durnil) and Julius Barth and spent his childhood in Healy, Kansas. His sister, Nona, died as a child. He graduated from East High School in Kansas City, Missouri. During World War II, he served in the 79th Division, M Company, 315 Infantry in France. After returning to the states, he earned a degree in architectural engineering from the University of Kansas. He had a forty-year career as a structural engineer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City office. Following his retirement, he worked for ten years at the Joe Herndon Vocational-Technical School with the Raytown School District. He also worked as an usher at Kauffman Stadium for his favorite baseball team, the Kansas City Royals.

He is survived by his daughter Karen Davis and husband Roger, Claycomo, Missouri; his daughter Kathy Barnicle and husband Sam, Olathe, Kansas; his daughter Kim Edwards and husband Ike, Brumley, Missouri; his daughter Kelly Barth and partner Lisa Grossman, Lawrence, Kansas; and by ten grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and two on the way. Memorial gifts can be given in his name to Trinity Presbyterian Church of Independence, Missouri.

Final arrangements have been entrusted with Meyers Northland Chapel. Cremation. Memories of Robert and condolences to the family may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Robert Pine

Robert Pine, 74 of Platte City, MO formerly of Camden Point, MO passed away January 1, 2014 at the Liberty Hospital.  He was born September 27, 1939 to Orvia Vernon and Willella Mae (Pepper) Pine.  Robert graduated from North Platte High School in Dearborn, MO and spent the majority of his working years as a truck driver.

Survivors include two brothers, Ronnie (Shirley) Pine of Platte City, MO and Don Pine of Weston, MO.  He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mary Swanstone Pine; and his twin brother, Richard Pine.

Mr. Pine will be laid to rest in the Platte City Cemetery.  No formal public service or visitation will be held.  Memorial contributions are suggested to a charity of the donor's choice.  The Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville has been entrusted with the final arrangements.  Memories of Robert and condolences may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Lorena Orr

Lorena M. Orr, 84, resident of Parkville, MO passed away Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at Pleasant Valley Manor. She was born September 16, 1929 to Harry and Stella (Kirkendoll) Milligan in Cameron, MO.

She married Floyd Linden Orr on May 2, 1947 in Cameron, MO. He precedes her death. Lorena was a hard worker and spent most of her career working for Sears and Roebuck where she later retired. She had a love for dogs and wildlife. Lorena had a lot of Harry Truman in her and definitely the Kirkendoll bloodline. She was known to always speak her mind. Lorena will be remembered as a caring and genuine person who always stood behind her family and friends, especially her children.

In addition to her husband, Lorena was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, and two grandsons. She is survived by her children, Linda L. Jurgeson of Independence, MO; Debbie J. Austin of Buckner, MO; Michael F. Orr and wife Patricia of Parkville, MO; LeAnne Graves of Trenton, MO; two brothers, Leonard Milligan of Iowa; Lloyd D. Milligan and wife Lalah of Liberty, MO; nine grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, and six great-great grandchildren.

A committal service will be held later this spring in Cameron Memory Gardens, Cameron, MO. Per her wishes, Mrs. Orr has been cremated under the direction of the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville. Memorial contributions are suggested to FOPAS (Friends of Parkville Animal Shelter), 1356 N. MO Highway 9, Parkville, MO 64152. Memories of Lorena and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Martha Martin

Martha Martin, 79, of Parkville, MO passed away Thursday, April 03, 2014 at home, with her loving family by her side.  She was born June 29, 1934 to Bruce and Katherine (Trautman) Bonsall in Clarinda, Iowa.

Martha was united in marriage with William Martin on November 17, 1957 in St. Joseph, MO.  She spent her working career as an R.N. for North Kansas City Hospital for over 30 years; she retired in 1989.  Martha was a former member of Platte Woods United Methodist Church. She enjoyed spending time with her family, growing flowers in her garden; painting, embroidery and spending time with her cats.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Allen Bonsall.  Survivors include her husband of 56 years, William “Happy” Martin of their home in Parkville, MO; a son, Brian K. Martin and wife, Charlotte E. of Camden Point, MO; a daughter, Tamera “Tammy” White and husband, Dale of Platte City, MO; six grandchildren: Jessica, C.C., William, JR., K.D., and Georgia; three great-grandchildren: Mara, Devin and Marissa; two sisters, Vera Herzburg of Colorado Springs, CO and Janice Wilson of Clarinda, IA.

A Memorial service celebrating Martha’s life will be held 2:00 p.m. Sunday, April 6, 2014 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.  Visitation 1-2:00 p.m. prior to the service. Memories of Martha and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Patricia Slichter

Patricia Louise Slichter, 83, of Overland Park, KS passed away January 2, 2014 at her home.  She was born August 11, 1930 in St. Joseph, MO to Thomas D. and Bertha C. (Walker) Monroe.  Pat graduated high school in Kansas City, MO retired from the IRS, where she spent the majority of her working years as an auditor.

Pat was a member of St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Mission, KS.  She was a great friend and neighbor to all who knew her.

Pat was preceded in death by her parents, 3 siblings, her first husband, Jackie Parsons, who died serving his country in the Korean Conflict and her late husband, John Slichter.

In accordance to her wishes, no formal service will be held.  The Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville has been entrusted with the final arrangements.

 

 

 

Nancy Jones

Nancy Jean Jones was promoted to her heavenly home on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 in Lawrence, Kansas at the age of 89 following a brief battle with pneumonia. 

She was born May 9, 1924 in Lawrence, the daughter of James and Cynthia Johnson.  She was a graduate of Lawrence High School. 

Nancy worked for the Lawrence Journal World in the Commercial Printing Department for many years, and later worked for Lawrence Printing Service. 

She was a member of Clinton Parkway Assembly of God (360° Church) for more than 70 years.  For over 40 years, she was involved in the Children’s Ministries of both Clinton Parkway A/G and Faith Chapel A/G in Overland Park, Kansas, where her son pastored. 

She has been a resident of Lawrence all of her life, except for three years spent in California. 

Nancy married Don Jones on September 8, 1946 in Lawrence.  Her husband preceded her in death in 2008.  She is survived by daughter Lurlyne Smith and husband Don, of Kansas City, Missouri; a son, Melvin Jones and wife Peggy, of Stilwell, Kansas; a sister, Rachel Keller, of Grants Pass, Oregon; five granddaughters; nine great-grandsons, and two great-granddaughters. 

The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m., Friday, January 10 at 360° Church in Lawrence, KS.  Funeral will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, January 11 at the church.  Burial in Lawrence Memorial Park.  Arrangements by Meyers Northland Chapel, Parkville, MO. The family suggests memorials to Assemblies of God World Missions, c/o Meyers Funeral Chapel, 401 Main Street, Parkville, MO 64152 (816-741-0251).  Condolences may be sent at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert L. Hinson

Robert L. Hinson, 76, a Northland resident in Kansas City, MO and formerly of Detroit, MI passed away Thursday, January 9, 2014 at his home.  He was born October 17, 1937 in Birmingham, AL to Roy and Anna Mae Hinson. Robert graduated High School in Akron, OH and retired from Ford Motor Company in 2001, following 25 years of service.  He had been a resident of Kansas City since 1984.

Survivors include his wife, Dorthy Jean Hinson, of the couple's home in Kansas City; a daughter, Kimberly Hinson, Akron, OH; three step-sons, Darius "Anthony "Reddick, Gardner, KS, Claude Duwayne Chapman, Nashville, TN and Desmond Ivan Chapman, Kansas City, MO; and several extended family members and close friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, George Hinson and an infant sister.

A visitation will be held at the Clora Funeral Home in River Rouge, MI (313-843-0100) at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 15, 2014.  At 12:00 noon family and friends will process to the Woodmere Cemetery in Detroit for a graveside service and burial.  The Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville has been entrusted with local arrangements.

Dale R. Vickrey

Dale Vickrey, 98, a resident of Gladstone, MO formerly of Harlingen, TX passed away Saturday, January 11, 2014 at his home.  He graduated high school in Princeton, Il and spent the majority of his working years as a salesman for Craft Tool and Burgess Battery.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Lou Vickrey of the home; a daughter, Rita Johnson and husband Howard of Le Claire, IA; five step-children, Tammy, Pam, Kenny, Sandy and Billy; three grandchildren, Kendall, Margo and Keith; several great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife, Doris and a sister, Marjorie.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 18, 2014 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, MO, with Rev. Phillip Stotts officiating.  The family will receive friends from 10-11:00 a.m. prior to the service.  Graveside services and burial will be held next week at the Elm Lawn Cemetery in Princeton, Il.  Memorial contributions are suggested to the Landmark Missionary Baptist Church, 1226 Grayson Dr. Orlando, FL 32828.  Memories of Dale and condolences may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Mary Lee Hoffman

Mary Lee Hoffman, a Northland resident in Kansas City, MO passed away January 12, 2014 at the age of 81.  She was born on August 18, 1932 in Perryville, MO the daughter of William J. and Lillian (Bey) Schweiss.  Mary Lee graduated from St. Vincent High School in Perryville and received her nursing degree from the DePaul School of Nursing in St. Louis, MO.  She spent her nursing career at the Jefferson Barracks Veteran’s Hospital in St. Louis and later at the West Orange Veteran’s Hospital in New Jersey.

Mary Lee was very devoted to her family and her church.  She was a longtime member of St. Therese Parish and was very active in the Altar & Rosary Society, Seniors Club, Hospital Ministry, the Mary, Martha, and Lazarus Prayer Group and other circles within the church. 

She married the love of her life, Virgil J. Hoffman, Jr. on June 4, 1955 in Perryville, MO.  They had a beautiful 58 year marriage.  Mr. Hoffman survives of the couple’s home in Kansas City.  Additional survivors include their six children, Mark Hoffman (Pam) of Camarillo, CA, Lynne Dyer (Kevin) of Glen Carbon, IL, Susan Christifano (Al) of Kansas City, MO, Denise Zeikle (Chuck) of Blue Springs, MO, David Hoffman (Christine) of Overland Park, KS and Stanley Hoffman (Jill) of Kansas City, MO; two brothers, Stanley Schweiss (Virginia) of St. Louis, MO and  Leland Schweiss (Marcia) of Holt Summit, MO; in-laws, Marion Layton, Paul Hoffman (Anita) and Norma Buerck (Earl); 13 grandchildren, Annesa, Genevieve, Bryant, Jonathan, Christine, Nancy (John), Joey (Danielle), Haley, Madison, Paul, Emily, Molly and Lilly.  Mary Lee was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Ann Layton and an infant son, John Francis Hoffman.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be Con-celebrated 10:30 a.m. on Friday, January 17 at St. Therese Catholic Church, 7207 NW 9 Highway, Kansas City, MO 64152 with Rev. Joe Cisetti as principal celebrant.  Lunch will follow the service. A private family committal service will be held at Resurrection North Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 5-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 16 at St. Therese, where the rosary will be prayed at 7:00 p.m.  Memorial contributions are suggested to the St. Vincent dePaul Society at St. Therese and may be left in care of the church at the address listed above.  Memories of Mary Lee and condolences may be left online at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com. 

Joy Elam

Joy Eileen Elam, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO passed from this life on January 15, 2014, after a pro-longed battle with COPD.

She was pre-deceased by her father, Earl Boaz and a brother.  She is survived by her husband, Larry Elam; two daughters, Lori Morgan and Emily Libla; her mother, Reva Boaz; a brother, Jerry Boaz (Kathy); a sister, Kathy Lewis; two grandchildren, Devin and Celeste; numerous nieces and nephews.

A private family memorial service will be held at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.  In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to Gentiva Hospice, c/o of Meyers Funeral Chapel 401 Main St., Parkville, MO 64152.  Memories of Joy and condolences to the family may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Tareasa Haarup

Tareasa (Key) Haarup, 48, of Weston, MO passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at her home. She was born April 3, 1965 in Ojai, CA to Gerald and Diane (Blevins) Key.  She graduated high school in Bakersfield, CA and had lived in the Parkville and Weston areas since the early 1990's.  Tareasa was a former licensed real estate agent and was currently employed by Maple Woods Community College.

She was preceded in death by her two daughters, Ashley Key and Britny Haarup in 2012; and a brother, Tony Key.  Survivors include her father, Gerald; her mother, Diane; her fiancé, Curt Hinderliter and his daughter, Jessica of the home; two brothers, Scott and Steven Key; a sister, Michelle Metts; a step-daughter, Melissa Haarup-Smith; and three grandchildren, Nevaeh, Aleah and Adilynn.

A memorial service celebrating Tareasa's life will be held 3:00 p.m. Sunday, January 19, 2014 at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Edgerton, MO.  Memorial contributions are suggested to the charity of the donors choice. Memories of Tareasa and condolences may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Reginald "Rick" Kopf

Reginald H. Kopf, Jr. 79, Kansas City (North), MO died Friday, January 17, 2014. Rick was born November 7, 1934 to Reginald and Vivian (Rymen) Kopf in Plainville, N.J.

He proudly served in the United States Air Force.  Rick was preceded in death by his parents.  Survivors include his son, Nicholas Kopf of Glencoe, MN; godson and good friend, George Barkley of Kansas City (North), MO; siblings, Don, Gary and Linda.

Rick will be cremated under the direction of Meyers Funeral Chapel with inurnment to be held at a later date in Mount Hope Cemetery located in Topeka, KS.  Memories of Rick and condolences to the family may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Jean Cazzell

Jean Cazzell, 89, a resident of Parkville, MO passed away Sunday, January 19, 2014 at her home.  She was born April 8, 1924 in Kansas City, MO to Roy and Lena (Swartz) Renner. She retired from The Gold Buffett in North Kansas City, where she was the kitchen manager.  Jean was a member of the St. Matthew's Evangelical Lutheran Church (NALC) in Riverside.

Survivors include her two sons, John and Faye Cazzell of Parkville, MO; Rod and Nancy Cazzell of Holt, MO; her sister, Loretta King of Kansas City, MO (North); two grandchildren: Brent and his wife, Mikaela Cazzell and Andrea; one great-granddaughter, Charlotte.

Private graveside services and burial will be held 2:00 p.m. Friday, January 24, 2014 at the East Slope Cemetery, Riverside, MO.  No formal visitation will be held.  Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Heart Association and may be left in care of the Meyers Northland Chapel, 401 Main St. Parkville, MO 64152.  Memories of Jean and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Maureen "Rene" Sebus

Maureen “Rene” Patricia Sebus, 62, of Parkville, MO passed away Sunday, January 26, 2014 with her family by her side, following a courageous two and a half year battle with cancer.  She was born on January 7, 1952 in Kansas City, MO to David and Dorothy (Cashman) Dwyer.  Rene graduated from Bishop Miege High School and received a Bachelor’s degree from Avila University.

She was employed by PB&J Restaurant Group for the past 25 years, where she worked as a manager in the corporate office.  Rene had a great faith in her God and was a longtime member St. Therese Parish in Parkville.  She was very devoted to her family, especially her husband, children and grandchildren.  Rene had a very strong work ethic and was passionate about everything in her life. 

She married Leo F. Sebus on July 7, 1979 at St. Therese.  He survives of the couple’s home in Parkville.  Additional survivors include two sons, Leo F. (Trey) Sebus, III and wife, Carrie of Parkville, MO and Kyle Sebus and wife, Joni of Kansas City, MO; her siblings, Michael Dwyer (Sally) of Olathe, KS, Janet Otis (Jim) of Chesterfield, MO, Terry Dwyer (Patty) of Leawood, KS, Kevin Dwyer (Julie) of Roswell, GA and Cheri Rhodes (Mike) of Kansas City, KS; two grandchildren, Ryland and Carson and a new grandbaby on the way; and several nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:00 a.m. Friday, January 31, 2014 at St. Therese Catholic Church with Rev. Joe Cisetti as celebrant.  Burial will follow at the Laurel Hill Cemetery, Weston, MO.  The Rosary will be prayed at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday at St. Therese, where the family will receive friends until 7:30 p.m.  Memorial contributions are suggested to the Breast Center Fund at St. Luke’s Foundation and may be left in care of the Meyers Northland Chapel, 401 Main St. Parkville, MO 64152.  Memories of Rene and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.   

Anna Deister-Middaugh

Anna R. Deister-Middaugh, 78, of Houston Lake, MO passed away Friday, January 31, 2014 at her home.  She was born March 16, 1935 in Ashtabula, OH to Joseph and Susie (Novak) Yudin.  Anna graduated high school in Colorado Springs, CO and spent 20 plus years as a nurse for Dr. Sawyer’s pediatrician office in Gladstone, MO.  Following that she was employed as the office manager for Home Cleaning Centers of America. 

Anna was of the Catholic faith and former member of St. Therese Parish.  In her spare time she enjoyed spending time with her family, fishing, tending to her flowers, family trips to Colorado and camping with her children.  She was always ready for a cold beer and giving her children and grandchildren a hard time.  She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Larry Middaugh; and a sister, Eleanor May.  Survivors include her children, Kim Deister-McMillian (Mike) of Parkville, MO, Teri Deister of Houston Lake, MO, and Bryan Deister of Kansas City, MO; seven grandchildren, Kirby, Cory, Andrew, Brittany, Kiya, Brandan and Jessica; two great grandchildren, Alex and Sydney; a niece, Donetta Harmon; and nephew, Dana Keith May.

The Rosary will be prayed at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, February 7, 2014 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel in Parkville, where the family will receive friends until 7:00 p.m.  Friends are also invited to continue celebrating Anna’s life with the family on Saturday, February 8, from 5-7:00 p.m. at the Jockey Club in Riverside, MO, where a pot luck dinner will be held.  Memorial contributions are suggested to Crossroads Hospice.  Memories of Anna and condolences may be left online at meyersfuneralchapel.com.  

Barbara Anquoe

Cremation arrangements for 75 year old Barbara Anquoe of Independence, MO have been entrusted with the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.  Per her request, No formal service will be held.

Betty Valla

Betty Marie Valla, 81, a resident of Kansas City North, passed away Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at North Kansas City Hospital. Betty was a life-long resident of Kansas City. She was born on May 30, 1932 and married Leo Bernard Valla in 1954; he preceded her in death. 

Betty was a committed mother and grandmother who enjoyed cooking and baking for her family and friends. Betty spent much of her time helping Animals in Need Thrift Store in Riverside, MO, where she enjoyed the company of many friends.

Survivors include their seven children and their spouses, Leo Bernard Jr. (St. Louis); Mary Valla (Parkville); John Valla (Kansas City North); Marty and Susan Hurst (Kansas City North); Nancy Valla; Cindy Valla (Parkville); Larry and Debbie Riffle (Kansas City North), and five grandchildren, Billy Crook, Emily Crook, Aaron Simpson, Savannah Riffle, Leo Riffle, and several siblings. Betty spent her life caring for others, from her husband, her children, her grandchildren, siblings, and her cat, Jake.

Visitation 1-2pm Friday, February, 7, 2014 at St. Therese Catholic Church, where the Rosary will be prayed just prior to the Mass of Christian Burial at 2pm, with Rev. Joe Cisetti, celebrant. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Animals in Need Thrift Store in Riverside, MO, and may be left in care of the Meyers Northland Chapel, 401 Main St., Parkville, MO 64152. Memories of Betty and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

"We will miss our mom very much, but are happy she and our dad are together again. We'll see you both someday."

Donald Dreis

Donald E. Dreis, 87, of Gladstone, MO passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at the St. Luke’s Hospital on the Plaza. He was born to Fred and Mary (Morris) Dreis on November 25, 1926. They preceded him in death. Don graduated from Northeast High School in Kansas City, MO and was a veteran of the United States Navy. 

He retired from Ford Motor Company where he worked in the management division. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and was proud to be a member of the Shriners. Don’s greatest enjoyment came from being around his family and friends. He was united in marriage to Wilma G. Magner on October 8, 1948 in Kansas City, MO. They made Gladstone their home for over 50 years.

In addition to his wife, Gerry, survivors include a daughter, Lin Dreis of Kansas City, MO; son, David B. and Tacea Dreis of Kansas City, MO; sister, Norma Bell of Denver, CO; granddaughter, Emily Kay Anderson of Seattle, WA. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Dorothy, Delores, and Juanita.

The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at St. Luke’s Hospital on the Plaza for the wonderful care provided to Don.

The family will receive friends from 10-11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, where the funeral service will begin at 11:00 a.m. A committal service with military honors will be held at 12:30 p.m. at the Leavenworth National Cemetery, 150 Muncie Rd. Leavenworth, KS. Memorial contributions are suggested to The Shriners Hospitals for Children, St. Louis and may be left in care of the funeral home. Memories of Don and condolences may be left with the family meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Thelma Hawkins

Thelma Hawkins, 80, of Parkville, MO passed away Sunday, February 9, 2014 in Lenexa, KS.  She was born June 23, 1933 in Cedar Bluffs, KS to Arthur and Elsie (Wesch) Berndt.  Thelma graduated high school in Oberlin, KS.  Her church, family and friends were most important to her.  She attended Lenexa Christian Center and was very devoted to her Lord Jesus Christ.  She will be dearly missed by those who loved her.

She married Thomas L. Hawkins in Cedar Bluffs, KS in 1955.  Mr. Hawkins preceded her in death.  In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Marjorie Mixner.  Survivors include her daughter, Rebecca R. Boldt and husband Dean of Parkville, MO; a brother, Arthur Berndt; three sisters, Lois Nelson, Bonnie Drews and Leona Nelson; two grandchildren, Brock Boldt and wife Hannah of North Kansas City, MO and Jeremiah Boldt and wife Catherine of Gladstone, MO; and a great granddaughter, Rose Boldt.

A funeral service celebrating Thelma’s life will be held 2:00 p.m. Thursday, February 13, 2014 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.  The family will receive friends from 1-2:00 p.m. prior to the service.  Thelma will be laid to rest next to her husband at the Second Creek Cemetery, Kansas City, MO.  Memories of Thelma and condolences may be left with the family at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Lewis Nelson

Lewis M. Nelson, 81, a resident of Smithville, MO and longtime Denver Broncos fan passed away on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at home, surrounded by his loving family. Lewis was born April 4, 1932 to Louis Marston and Genevieve (Smith) Nelson in Denver, Colorado. 

Lewis was united in marriage with Alice JoAnn Bazzell on May 28, 1953; she survives at their home in Smithville, MO., where they have lived since 1979.

Lewis proudly served in the United States Navy, on the USS Toledo and was a Korean Conflict veteran. Not only was Lewis a proud United States Veteran, he diligently fought an unforeseeable battle with cancer in which he fought with courage and dignity for 13 months. Lewis shared with his family the True meaning of strength, courage and honor. He spent the majority of his working career as a Station Agent for Frontier Airlines; retired from Builder’s Steel in 1994. He was also a longtime member of the American Legion Post 58.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother-in-law, Richard Shockley; two half-sisters; and two son-in-laws, Ben Eckersley and Jim Breckenridge. Survivors include his wife, Alice Nelson; five children: Sherry Breckenridge of Smithville, MO; Debbie Nelson (Danny Dady) of Kansas City, MO; John Nelson (Wilma) of Parkville, MO; Teresa Wilson (John) of Springfield, MO; Jennifer Baber (Howard) of Lathrop, MO;17 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; two sisters, Jan Gibson of Colorado Springs, CO and Lee Cubbison of Denver, CO; sister-in-laws: Dorothy Shockley, Sharon Swanson (Gary); brother-in-law, James Bazzell; several nieces and nephews, many friends; best friend & loyal companion Penny.

The family will receive friends from 12:00-2:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at the American Legion Hall Post 58, 2607 NE State Route 92, Smithville, MO, where the funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Burial will be follow at Mt. Moriah Terrace Park Cemetery. Memorial Contributions are suggested to the American Legion Post 58 or the Wounded Warrior Project and may be left in care of the Meyers Northland Chapel, 401 Main St. Parkville, MO 64152 (816) 741-0251. Memories of Lewis and condolences to the family may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Ann Hoefer

Virginia “Ann” Hoefer, 62, of Smithville, MO passed away February, 10, 2014, following a courageous battle with cancer. She was born December 17, 1951 in Joplin, MO to Lee and Clara Virginia (Stuppy) Lansaw. Ann graduated from Central High School, St. Joseph, MO and had lived in Smithville since 1995. During high school she worked for her family business, Stuppy Floral and Wholesale and most recently she worked as an x-ray technician for Primary Care North.

Ann was of the Catholic faith and attended Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Smithville. She married John Thomas Hoefer on February 26, 1971 in LaMesa, CA. He survives of the couple’s home in Smithville. Additional survivors include their two sons, Bryan L. and wife, Tammy of Liberty, MO and James A. and wife, Angela of Fair Grove, MO; seven grandchildren, Jonathan, Emily, Gage, Olivia, Ryan, Addison and Archer. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, William Lansaw.

The family will receive friends from 5-7:00 p.m. Monday, February 17, 2014 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, where the Rosary will be prayed at 7:00 p.m. A committal service will be held 10:00 a.m. Tuesday in the Horigan Chapel at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, St. Joseph, MO, with Rev. Ron Will C.PP.S., officiating. Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and may be left in care of the funeral home. Memories of Ann and condolences may be left at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Verna Mayo

Verna Jeannette Mayo, 99, passed from this life on February 14, 2014 at her residence.  She was born to the late Charles Otis & Levida Ann (Johns) Desper, April 27, 1914 in Floris, OK.  Verna graduated from Forgan High School in 1932, attended three years of college in Alva, OK and completed her teaching degree in Goodwell, OK.  Verna taught at New Hope School, a one room schoolhouse near Floris, OK for three years in 1939~1942, two years at the Greenough school in 1942~1944 and three years at the Forgan Grade School from 1944~1947.  At the end of World War II, Doyle Blynn Mayo returned home after being malnourished in a German, POW camp.  Verna gave Doyle extra portions of food at the Soda Shoppe, where she worked part-time.  Doyle courted Verna until he convinced her to marry him.  Verna and Doyle eloped and were married on May 23, 1947 in Wichita, KS and would later raise their baby boomer family in Forgan, OK.

Verna attended Roanridge Church of Christ in Kansas City, MO.   She loved to work crossword puzzles and play a variety of cards, dominoes and board games with family and friends.

Verna is survived by her three children and their spouses: Margy & Mike McReynolds of Eagle Rock, MO, Jimmy & Patt Mayo of Ratliff City, OK, and Jerry & Stacey Mayo of Albuquerque, NM.  She is also survived by six grandchildren, Marsha Johnson (Doug), Malayna Struckman (Larry), Mandy Shackelford (Richard), Matthew McReynolds (Trina), John Mayo (Autumn), Jordan Wittig (Michael); 14 great-grandchildren, Lauren Johnson, Kaelyn Johnson, Corinne Shackelford, McClane Johnson, Spencer Struckman, Aubrey Shackelford, Colton Struckman, Cort Johnson, Madeline McReynolds, Kinsley Shackelford, Presley Struckman, MacKenzie McReynolds, Luke Mayo and Kyle Mayo.

A celebration of Verna’s life will be held Sunday, February 16, 2014 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, where her family will receive friends from 2:00-3:00 p.m. followed by a sharing of memories at 3:00 p.m. Memories of Verna and condolences may be left with the family by visiting meyersfuneralchapel.com. A second service and burial will be held in Forgan, OK later this week.  Please visit alanclarkfuneralservices.com for service dates and times as they become available.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the following orphan homes:

Tipton Home P.O. Box 370, Tipton, OK  73570-0370

Westview Boys' Home P.O. Box 553, Hollis, OK  73550-0553

New Mexico Christian Children's Home 1356 New Mexico 236, Portales, NM  88130-9411

High Plains Children's Home 11461 S. Western, Amarillo, TX  79118-4119

Danny Dady

Dady DannyDanny E. Dady, 59, resident of Kansas City, MO passed away on Monday, February 17, 2014. Danny was born November 21, 1954 to Rex and Mary Dady in Kansas City, MO.

Danny was a self-employed over-the-road truck driver. As a young boy, Danny enjoyed riding motorcycles with his four brothers. He enjoyed car auctions and was an avid Chiefs fan. His real enjoyment was spending time with his grandchildren; especially taking them for ice-cream and for rides in the big truck.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Bill Dady; and a grandson, Tyler. Survivors include his son, Bobby Dady and wife, April of Kansas City, MO; three brothers: Jim Dady of Oklahoma City, OK; Marvin Dady (Kathy) of Oklahoma City, OK; Phillip Dady of Carrollton, MO; 10 grandchildren: Bobby, Colton, Dakota, Rosa, Alexis, Kayla, Samantha, Kristiphore, Tyler and Sabrina; two great-grandchildren, Selena and Kristina; loving companion, Debora Nelson.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, February 21, 2014 at Meyers Northland Chapel, 401 Main St., Parkville, MO. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the chapel. Burial will follow at 3:30 p.m., at Brooking Cemetery. Contributions may be made to Meyers Funeral Chapel to help defray funeral expenses. Memories of Danny and condolences to the family may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Gary L. Broyles, Sr. US NAVY RET.

Gary Broyles

Gary L. Broyles, Sr., US NAVY RET., age 71, of Parkville, MO passed away Thursday afternoon, February 20, 2014 at his home.  He was born December 18, 1942 in Kansas City, KS to Lester L. and Margaret L. (Fisher) Broyles.  He was a graduate of Wyandotte High School in Kansas City, KS.

Gary began his 20 year career in the United States Navy on May 29, 1961 and was honorably discharged on October 2, 1980.  During this time he earned the National Defense Service Medal; was awarded his fourth Good Conduct Award on May 28, 1977 and the Vietnam Service Medal with two Bronze Stars.  Gary was very proud of his country and his family.

He married Concepcion Torrejon on January 6, 1967.  She survives of the couple’s home in Parkville.  Additional survivors include their son, Gary L. Broyles, Jr. and his wife, Janae of Parkville; grandchildren, Megan and Payton Broyles of Parkville and Morgan Corten of Smithville, MO; his sister, Marsha Richardson of Platte County, MO; and a brother, Kevin Broyles of Overland Park, KS.  Gary was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Terry Broyles.

Visitation will be held from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. on Monday, February 24, 2014 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.  Following the visitation, family and friends will process to Leavenworth National Cemetery, 150 Muncie Rd., Leavenworth, KS where a committal service with full military honors will be held at 2:30 p.m.  Memorial contributions are suggested to Meyers Funeral Chapel to help defray the funeral expenses.  Memories of Gary and condolences may be left online at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Darla Reynolds

Darla Reynolds, 55, of Atchison, KS passed away unexpectedly on Friday, February 28, 2014 at her residence.  She was born February 13, 1959 in Kansas City, MO to Donald Leroy and Agnes (Grapes) Puckett.  She attended schools in Shelbina, MO and had lived in Atchison most of her life.

Darla loved her family and friends.  In her spare time she enjoyed playing bingo, fishing, mushroom hunting and watching her favorite tv show, Lockup.

Survivors include her daughter, Lindsay E. Cave of Atchison, KS; a son, Kenneth R. Hill, Jr. and wife Michelle of Springfield, MO; a brother, Donald Lee Puckett of Moran, KS; and six grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, Melissa Hill and a sister, Connie Green.

A funeral service celebrating her life will be held 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.  Burial will follow at the Round Prairie Cemetery, Easton, KS.  The family will receive friends from 1-2:00 p.m. prior to the service.  Memories of Darla and condolences may be left online at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Howard Fox

Howard L. Fox, 75, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO passed away on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.  Howard was born May 16, 1938 to William and Thelma (Ellington) Fox in Platte County, MO.

He spent the majority of his working career as a Master Production Planner for TWA; retiring in the year 2000 after 33 years of service. He was a Christian by faith and was a member of Platte Woods United Methodist Church.

Howard enjoyed fishing, hunting, classic car shows, and welcomed stray cats and made sure every bird and deer in the neighborhood was well fed.

He was preceded in death by his parents.  Survivors include his two sons: David M. Fox (Kathy) of Ft. Worth, TX and Jeffrey L. Fox (Jodi) of Parkville, MO; eight grandchildren: Bethany, Brianna, Faith, Hunter, Hannah, Kayla, Abby and Brynna; and twin brother, Harry Fox (Edith) of Kansas City (North), MO; and friend Vicki Fox.

The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Saturday, March 8, 2014 at Meyers Northland Chapel, 401 Main St. Parkville, MO, where a memorial service will follow at 12 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Friends of Parkville Animal Shelter (FOPAS). Memories of Howard and condolences to the family may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Terry Johnson

Terry JohnsonTerry L. Johnson, 57, a Northland resident in Kansas City, MO, formerly of Omaha, NE passed away Saturday, March 8, 2014 at his home.  He was born August 3, 1956 in Omaha, NE to Earl D. and Barbara L. (Nearness) Johnson.  Terry had lived in Kansas City since 1988.

He was retired from the United States Department of Transportation-Federal Aviation Division, where he was employed for 34 years.  Terry was a veteran of the United States Navy and was honorably discharged on December 26, 1981.  During his time in the service, he was stationed in San Diego, CA and served on the USS Horne.  Terry had a passion for his family and enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren grow up.  He was a very hard worker and enjoyed his free time as well.  He was an avid Husker and Chiefs fan, had a great sense of humor and loved to sing.

He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant son, Brian A. Johnson.  He married Dixie R. Scherzer on January 14, 2006 in Las Vegas, NV.  She survives of the couple’s home in Kansas City.  Additional survivors include a son, Jeremy Johnson of Gladstone, MO; two daughters, Brynn Donaldson of Liberty, MO and Megan Scherzer of the home; six siblings; and three grandchildren, Taylor Ava Donaldson, Destin Michael Johnson and Lucas Brian Johnson.

Family and friends will gather to celebrate Terry’s life from 10-11:00 a.m. Thursday, March 13, 2014 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, where military honors will be presented at 11:00 a.m. under the auspices of the Unites States Navy Honor Guard.  In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Children's Mercy Hospital - Department of Philanthropy, 2401 Gillham Road Kansas City, MO 64108.  Memories of Terry and condolences may be left with the family by visiting meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Arthur Gast, USARMY, RET.

Arthur Gast

Arthur H. “Bud” Gast, USARMY, RET., 81, 0f Kansas City, MO passed away Sunday, March 9, 2014 at his home.  He was born November 23, 1932 on the family farm in Fairmount, ND to Arthur J. and Carrie M. (Ehlers) Gast.  Arthur “Bud” graduated from Fairmount High School and earned a double major in Economics and Business from North Dakota State University. Following high school he enlisted in the United States Air Force and served four years before transferring to the United States Army and would retire after 37 years as a Master Sergeant.  The last 35 years of his working career were spent with AT&T as an Engineer Associate.

Art “Bud” was a member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church since 1970, AT&T Pioneer’s Club, member of the American Legion and life member of the VFW.  He had a passion for his work, family and friends.  Art ”Bud” was often quoted as saying “ I’ve been around the world three times and I’ve shook hands with everyone twice”  He never met a stranger and never hesitated to help a stranger.

Art “Bud” also had a passion for his farm/birthplace in North Dakota and was dedicated along with Bruce and Ryan Miller in preserving the farm, the land and his family’s heritage.

He married Annie Rooda on May 3, 1957 in Raymond, MN.  She survives of the couple’s home in Kansas City.  Additional survivors include their two sons, Scot Gast of Shawnee, KS and Todd Gast of Platte City, MO; five grandchildren, Nicole, Frank, Taylor, Aron and Kelsey; and 4 great granddaughters.  He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Elaine and a nephew, Brad.

A funeral service celebrating his life will be held 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.  A committal service with military honors will follow at Mt. Moriah Terrace Park Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 1-2:00 p.m. prior to the service.  Memorial contributions are suggested to the church.  The Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville has been entrusted with the final arrangements.   Memories of Art “Bud” may be left with the family online at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Howard Charles Breen

Howard Charles Breen, 83, of Kansas City passed away March 11, 2014.  He was a lifelong Platte County resident who had significant impact on shaping the Northland area.  Born in Parkville, MO, on July 7, 1930 to Howard M. Breen and Frances Renz Breen, Mr. Breen was a real estate developer who specialized in building quality homes, among them the residential subdivisions of Breen Hills, Weatherby Highlands and the Highlands of Weatherby.  But it was as a community leader that he made his greatest impact through his years of public service through an array of governmental and civic bodies.

Howard was appointed as the Platte County representative to the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority when it was created in 1965 and went on to serve 35 consecutive years on the commission.  During this time he also took an active role in the American Public Transit Association, serving as Chairman from 1998-99.  In 1991, the KCATA christened its newly opened administration building the Howard C. Breen Building to recognize his unprecedented service.  Howard also served as the first Chairman of the Spellman/St. Luke’s Hospital Board (now St. Luke’s Northland), Chairman of the Platte County Board of Adjustment, Director of the Sheltered Facilities Workshop, and a Director of the Platte County Industrial Development Authority.  He was a founding member of the Platte County Business and Professional Association and named “BPA Citizen of the Year” in 1990.  In further recognition of his contributions to the area, he was named the “2003 Northlander of the Year” by the Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Throughout his life, Howard honored the legacy of his forebears by working to keep their life’s work vital and relevant in a changing world.  To this end, he served as Trustee on the Board of Park College/Park University where his grandfather, a master stonemason, directed the construction of the original campus buildings with the help of student labor, and he also served on the Board of Directors at the Farmers Exchange Bank of Parkville, now a part of Bank Liberty, which was founded by his grandfather, father and uncles.

Despite his many achievements, Howard was a humble man who valued his family above all else.  He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Bethene, son Patrick (Jacki) Breen, daughters Sarah (Ric) Noreen of Vernon Hills, IL, Susan (Bob) Silvy of Kansas City, and Laura (Rob) Nevitt of Louisville, CO, and grandchildren Renz Breen, Keighty Noreen, Beth, Rachel and Christina Silvy, and Trey and Charlie Nevitt.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11:30 a.m. Friday, March 14, 2014 at St. Therese Catholic Church, Fr. Joe Cisetti presiding.  The Rosary will be prayed at 11:00 a.m. prior to Mass at the church.  The family will receive friends from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Thursday evening at St. Therese.  Memorial contributions are suggested to Park University, where an annual scholarship in Howard’s name will be established.  The Meyers Northland Chapel  in Parkville has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.  Memories of Howard and condolences may be left online at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Gwenda Looker

Gwenda LookerGwenda E. Looker, 80, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO passed away on Thursday, March 13, 2014.  Gwenda was born July 29, 1933 to Earl and Leola (Oyler) Barnes in Trenton, MO.

Gwenda graduated from Maryville Teachers College (NWMSU) with a teaching degree.  She continued her education to earn her Master’s in Education; she began teaching at Park Hill R5 School district in 1954 and retired in 1990. Gwenda took a break from her teaching career in 1961- 1966 to raise her family.  She went before the school board numerous times with determination to get girls sports established at Park Hill; success was finally achieved in 1974.  She had numerous Missouri State Champions. In 1978 she was named Missouri Coach of the Year for Park Hill Girls Cross Country.

Gwenda Barnes was united in marriage with William R. Looker on May 22, 1955 at the Wesley Methodist Church in Trenton, MO.

She was preceded in death by the love of her life, William R. Looker, Sr.; both parents; a sister, Delores Fullerton; a great-grandson, William Woody; and a great-step-granddaughter Harley Combs.  Gwenda leaves behind a daughter, Deidra Combs and husband, Randy of Kansas City, MO; a son, William “Bill” R. Looker, Jr. and wife, Shelly of Kansas City, MO;  four grandchildren: Jaclyn (Marco) Woody, Ryan Duncan (Priscilla), William “Billy” Looker III, Cydney M. Looker; six step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; 14 step-great-grandchildren; and one step-great-great-grandchild.

The family will receive friends from 5 – 7:00 p.m., Monday March 17, 2014 at Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.  A Memorial Service celebrating Gwenda’s life will be held at 11 a.m.,Tuesday March 18, 2014 at the Platte Woods United Methodist Church, with Rev. Ginger Pudenz officiating.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Park Hill Education Foundation and may be left in care of the funeral home.  Memories of Gwenda and condolences may be shared with the family by visiting meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Mary Krise

Mary KriseMary Krise, 73, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO passed away Friday, March 14, 2014.  Mary was born May 10, 1940 to Vern R. and Velma J. (Delong) Cummins in Pinkstaff, IL. 

Mary was a devoted wife and loving mother who enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.  She was proud of her children and grandchildren.  She enjoyed walking, sunrises, sunsets and sunbathing.  Mary loved life and made everything fun.  Mary was a member of St. Matthew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church.

She retired from Blackwell Sanders, et.al. as a Hospitality Manager; over 20 years of dedicated service.  During retirement Mary enjoyed antiquing with soul mate, Larry.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Wilbur Cummins; a step-son, Aaron Burrichter; a step-grandchild, Kelsey Thomas. Survived by husband, Larry Burrichter of Kansas City, MO; children: Susan J. Fahr (Bill) of Springhill, KS; Gary D. Hamilton (Karen) of Ft. Worth, TX; Becky J. Walker (Eric) of Kansas City, MO; step-daughter Andrea L. Thomas of Kansas City, MO; 11 grandchildren: Brandy, Brady, TJ, Brooke, Johnny, Matthew, Nina, Mary, Richard, Matt, Allyson; 18 great-grandchildren: Jacob, Ethan, Breeanna, Colton, Carson, Camryn,  Aubree, Quentin, MaLeah, Krysta, Rhian, Indie, Atlas, Jace, Reid, Cade, Trinity, Harley; siblings: Willard Cummins (Karen) of Lawrenceville, IL; Grace Calvert (Tom) of Lawrenceville, IL; Barney Cummins (Judy) of Abingdon, IL.

The family will receive friends from 5-6 p.m., Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at St. Matthew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Riverside, MO.  A Celebration of Mary’s life will immediately follow at 6 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Hospice and may be left in care of the funeral home.  Memories of Mary and condolences may be shared with the family by visiting meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Bettie Gillis

Bettie L. Gillis, 87, a 60 year resident of North Kansas City, MO passed away Saturday, March 22, 2014.  She was born December 15, 1926 to Oliver Patton “O.P.” and Ruby Etta (Trosper) Blakley in Rushville, MO.

Bettie spent the majority of her working career as a Wholesale Clothing Representative; traveling over four states, selling to clothing and specialty stores for Monarch Mills.  One of the brands she sold for many years is Jefferies Socks.

Bettie enjoyed traveling after she retired. Her worldwide explorations took her to New Zealand, Australia, Europe, and China.  China was her favorite, especially the food.

She was preceded in death by both parents and ex-husband, Curt Gillis.  Survived by a loving daughter, Teri Cartwright and husband, Richard of Blue Springs, MO; two grandchildren, Leanna Cartwright and Grant Cartwright both of Blue Springs, MO; a brother, Bill “W.O.” Blakley and wife, Nadine of St. Joseph, MO.

A Celebration of Life Gathering will be held from 6 – 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, MO.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to NorthCare Hospice and may be left in care of the funeral home. Memories of Bettie and condolences may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kay Noble

Kay NobleLois Catherine "Kay" Noble, 73, Kansas City, MO died March 25, 2014 at home, surrounded by her family. She was born January 21, 1941 in Bethany, MO to Truman R. and E. Nadine (Walker) Nickerson. They preceded her in death.

Kay graduated from Southwest Harrison High School in Bethany and earned her BS in Education from Northwest Missouri State in Maryville, MO. She retired from the North Kansas City School District in 2000, where she taught Home Economics at Maple Park, Eastgate and New Mark Middle Schools for 17 years. Kay was a longtime member of the Fairview Christian Church, where she served in numerous capacities. She had a great love for her God, family and friends.

She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Robert L. Noble. The couple was married January 19, 1963 at the First Christian Church in Bethany, MO. Additional survivors include their daughter, Kimberly Kay Noble, Glen Ellyn, IL; their son, Douglas Robert Noble, Kansas City, MO; a brother, T. Jack Nickerson and wife, Nita, Arlington, VA; and three grandchildren, Alex, Kate and Megan Pihlstrom.

A funeral service celebrating Kay’s life will be held 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 29, 2014 at the Fairview Christian Church, with Rev. Raymond Hankins officiating. Burial will follow at the Mt. Moriah Terrace Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-8:00 p.m. Friday evening at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the church. The Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville has been entrusted with the final arrangements. Memories of Kay and condolences may be shared with the family at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Matthew Tracy

Matthew Scott Tracy, 47, a resident of Carrollton, MO passed away on Wednesday, March 26, 2014.  Matthew was born June 25, 1966 to John Paul and Ann Louise (Watson) Tracy in Slidell, Louisiana.

He was preceded in death by his parents.  Survivors include a sister Kimberley Maier and a brother Steven Tracy both of New York; cousins and friends.

No services will be held. Cremation. Memories of Matthew and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Bill Woodside

Bill Woodside

     Bill was born on May 7, 1941 and became the adopted son to the most loving parents of William and Burnes Woodside.  The family lived in Mission, KS, where Bill attended St. Agnes Grade School.

     In the early 1950's they moved to Platte Woods, MO, where in 1959 Bill graduated from Park Hill High School.  He was an active student there, becoming Class President his sophomore and junior year.  Bill was very involved in Student Council, Varsity Club, and was an exceptional football player and track star. 

     After attending one year at the University of Missouri, he chose to establish his own Woodside Construction Co. in Riverside, MO, which he operated until 1986.  He then joined Damon Pursell Constr. Co., where he served as Vice President.  He was a past board member of the Heavy Contractors of K.C.  Bill was a member of the International Society of Explosives Engineers, being honored by receiving the President’s Award for outstanding service to the ISEE.  He was also a former president of the Heartland Chapter of ISEE.

     Bill Woodside has passed away.

     Husband, son, father, brother, uncle.

     Dozer hand, Blade hand, loader and hoe.

     Bossman, dirt man, tractor man, blaster.

     It’s not so much what we are, but who…

     As Bill would say, “What’s it boil down to?”

     If you worked with him he’d get in as deep and have as much dirt and grease and knuckles- busted as anyone.

     If you worked for him you would want to make him proud of you, and he would let you know when you did.

     If you made a mistake he would probably let it go quicker than you would.  If you broke something he would help you make it right.

     If he made a mistake, he was the first to admit it.  He could say “I was wrong”, and if he owed you an apology, you got paid.

     In fact, if he owed you anything, you’ve been paid.

     The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 3, 2014 at St. Therese Catholic Church, Rev. Joseph Cisetti as celebrant.  Visitation will be held 10:30-11:30 a.m. prior to Mass.  Memorial contributions are suggested to Mercedarian Missionaries of Berriz, 2115 Maturana Drive Liberty, MO 64068.  The final arrangements have been entrusted with the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.  Memories of Bill and condolences may be left online at meyersfuneralchapel.com

Letha Ray

Letha RayLetha Mae Ray, 83, of North Kansas City, MO passed away Saturday, March 29, 2014 at her home. She was born November 11, 1930 at her grandmother’s home in Kansas City, KS, the only child of Harry Charles and Lenora V. (Keyes) Kennedy.

Letha received her nursing degree in Trenton, MO and spent her entire working career as a LPN at the Trenton Hospital, then at the North Kansas City Hospital, where she retired after nearly 24 years of service. Letha was of the Baptist faith. She enjoyed family history and genealogy. She had a passion for quilting and loved spending time with her family. 

Survivors include her son, Mark Martin and wife, Kelly of Gardner, KS; Grandchildren, Sara, Jason, James, Justin, Nicholas, Steven and Colby; 10 great grandchildren and a dear cousin, Ray Brock. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Jack Ray and a son, Steven Martin.

A funeral service celebrating Letha’s life will be held 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville. Burial will follow at the Lathrop, MO Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 1-2:00 p.m., prior to the service. Memories of Letha and condolences may be left with the family by visiting meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Steven Combs

Steven L. Combs, 60, a resident of Independence, MO passed away on Sunday, March 30, 2014 at his home with his loving family by his side. Steven was born June 28, 1953 to Clyde and Jacoba (DeHoedt) Combs in Independence, MO. Steven was united in marriage with Connie Holmes on May 19, 2001 in Independence, MO. 

He was a man who enjoyed the simple pleasures in life: spending time with family and friends, camping, fishing, watching NASCAR and giving everyone a hard-time. Steven spent the majority of his working career as a cabinet maker. He was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles # 3717 in Sugar Creek, MO.

Steven was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Kenneth Combs. Survivors include his wife, Connie Combs of their home; children: Alana Tye of Lexington, MO, Alicia Adams of Lexington, MO; Steven Combs (Amber) of Boliver, MO; Justin Combs of Springfield, MO; Jacoba Combs (Matthew) of Independence, MO; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild; five brothers: Dennis Combs (Wanda) of Independence, MO; Ben Combs (Sharri) of MO; Ron Combs (Sheila) of Independence, MO; Terry Combs (Patty) of KS; and Gary Combs (Cindy) of TN; a sister, Rowveina Reid (Danny) of Liberty, MO; three step-children: Julie Curtin of Kansas City, MO; Travis Curtin (Tracy) of Independence, MO; and Niki Ferguson of Independence, MO; seven step-grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life Gathering will be held for Steven at 4 p.m., Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the Fraternal Order of Eagles #3717 in Sugar Creek, MO. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Memories of Steven and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.

Kenneth Manly

Kenneth A. Manly, 84, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO passed away Wednesday, April 3, 2014 at the New Mark Care Center. Kenneth was born July 27, 1929 to Elmer and Catherine (Ronbeck) Manly at home, on the family farm in Frankfort, Kansas. 

Kenneth spent his working career as a Utility man in the body shop at General Motors for 31 years; he has been retired for over 30 years. Prior to moving and working in the city; he was a farmer. Kenneth will be remembered as a man “there was nothing he couldn’t do.”

Kenneth was united in marriage with Hazel Stuteville on September 24, 1949 in Liberty, MO. Hazel and Kenneth built their home on two acres in the Platte County area and raised their two sons.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Hazel of 63 ½ years, and both parents. He is survived by two sons, Dale Eugene Manly and Gary Lee Manly, both of Parkville, MO; two grandchildren: Angela, Leah; three great-grandchildren, Allysa, Joshua and Jasmaine; two great-great-grandchildren, Caden and Maximus; and a brother, Paul Manly of Atchison, KS.

The family will receive friends from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Monday, April 7, 2014 at Meyers Funeral Chapel in Parkville, MO. A funeral service celebrating Kenneth’s life will follow at 2:00 p.m., Monday, at the funeral home with Rev. Lowell Swindler, Jr. officiating. Burial will be at East Slope Cemetery in Riverside, MO.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Crossroads Hospice. Memories of Kenneth and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Scott Ridgway

Meyers Funeral ChapelsScott Ridgway, 45, a resident of Blue Springs, MO (formerly of Parkville, MO), passed away Friday, April 11, 2014.  He was born February 3, 1969 in Clay County, MO to Kenneth W. and Sherrie D. (Spahr) Ridgway. 

Scott enjoyed watching westerns and listening to country music.  He enjoyed life and always had a smile.

Cremation arrangements have been entrusted with the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.  A private service will be held for close friends.  Memorial contributions are suggested to the Down Syndrome Guild and may be left in care of the funeral home.  Memories of Scott and condolences may be left with the family at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

John Crouthamel

John P. Crouthamel, 61, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO, passed away on Friday, April 4, 2014. John was an only child, born December 19, 1952 to Pierce John and Mary Crouthamel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

John spent the majority of his working career as a Flight Attendant for TWA, based out of Kansas City, MO. He loved flying as well as being a part of the TWA family; but especially loved what it (TWA) was!   He took pleasure in spending time with family, his cats and his trains.  John’s favorite hobby was trains, he was an avid train enthusiast; who enjoyed showing off the train sets that were show cased in his home. He was a friend of Bill W.

He was preceded in death by both parents.  Survivors include his Kansas City adoptive family and loving friends: Virginia “Gini” Cukar of Gladstone, MO; Nancy Cukar-Arnold and husband, Kevin of Kansas City (North), MO; Kris Cukar and his wife, Karen also of Kansas City (North), MO. He will truly be missed by all that knew him.

Private services will be held at a later date. Cremation has been entrusted with Meyers Northland Chapel located in Parkville, MO.  Memories of John and condolences may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Diane Weidenhaft

Diane Weidenhaft, 56, a resident of Olathe, Kansas (formerly Parkville, MO) passed away on Tuesday, April 08, 2014 at the Kansas City Hospice House.  Diane was born May 23, 1957 to Claude and Donna Jean (Byous) Randall in St. Joseph, MO.

She was preceded in death by her parents.  Survivors include her husband of twenty years, Mark Weidenhaft; three children: Christina Randall, Melinda Atkins-Rose and Derek Weidenhaft; two grandchildren, Ashley and Mariah; two great-grandchildren, Ay’Veanna and Armon’e and a sister, Patti Barr.

A Celebration of Diane’s life will be held at a later date. Memories of Diane and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Lee "LT" DuBois-Bailey

Lee “LT” William DuBois-Bailey, 37, of Chapin, S.C. (formerly of Parkville, MO) passed away on Saturday, April 5, 2014. He was born September 4, 1976 in Kansas City, MO. A Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 401 Main Street, Parkville, MO.  A Committal Service with military honors will be held at 12:30 p.m., Thursday, April 17, 2014 at Leavenworth National Cemetery, 150 Muncie Road, Leavenworth, Kansas. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested contributions to be made to Darby Conrad’s 529 Education Fund at Most Advisor Plan, 201 Main Street, Suite 4, Parkville, MO 64152, c/o Barry Bailey. Please make check payable to “Most Advisor Plan.”

Lee attended Park Hill High School where he was varsity kicker on the Trojan Football Team. He graduated from the University of Central Missouri. He was a punter and kicker on the UCM Mules Football Team and was selected for the 1st team as a punter for the Mid-America Inter-Collegiate Athletic Association. He graduated from the United States Army Ranger School in Fort Benning, GA, and did tours of duty in South Korea, Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay. He completed his service with the United States Army with the rank of Captain. He was currently employed with Carolina Inboard.

He leaves behind a daughter, Darby Conrad of Lexington, S.C.; parents, Barry and Sally Bailey of Parkville, MO; father, Delbert “Duke” DuBois of Blue Springs, MO; sisters, Kate DuBois Burke and fiancé, (Ashley Simcoe) of Kansas City, MO, and Kimberly DuBois Ertz (John) of Shaker Heights, OH; and a large and loving extended family. We have received condolences from friends all over the world, for that we are extremely grateful.

Bennie "Ben" Crain USAF Ret.

Bennie “Ben” Crain, 79, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO passed away Wednesday, April 9, 2014.  He was born June 7, 1934 to Loral and Ruth (Bruner) Crain in Skiatook, OK.

Ben was united in marriage with Mary Polhemus on October 6, 1956.  From this loving union two sons were born, Ben Jr. and Tom.   Ben was a retired United States Air Force Major, serving as a fighter pilot. After his military service Ben spent his working career as an airline Captain for TWA, based out of Kansas City.   He enjoyed spending time with his family, traveling with Mary, playing golf, and working on his farm.

Survivors include his loving wife of 57 years, Mary Crain; two sons, Ben Crain, Jr. and wife, Erika of Eureka, MO; Tom Crain and wife, Kim of Platte City, MO; three beautiful granddaughters: Sophie, Natalie and Olivia.  He was preceded in death by both parents and a sister, Mariella Crain.

The family will receive friends for Visitation from 5-7:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville. A Committal Service with full military honors will be held at 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Leavenworth National Cemetery, 150 Muncie Road, Leavenworth, Kansas. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Community Cancer Program Support Fund for KUCC North. Memories of Ben and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Ida McDaniel

Ida McDaniel

Ida McDaniel, 90, of Parkville, MO passed away Wednesday, April 9, 2014, surrounded by her family in prayer. She was born August, 25, 1923 in Froid, MT to Zeferian and Mary Ann (Parisian) Portra. She was a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians of North Dakota.  Ida graduated high school in Froid and had lived in the Parkville area since the 1950’s.

During World War II, Ida worked for Boeing Aircraft and the United States Department of Defense in Washington D.C. She married Joe H. McDaniel on May 21, 1947 in Portsmouth, VA. She was preceded in death by her husband on March 25, 2000, her parents and six siblings.

Survivors include five children, Joe H. McDaniel, Jr. of Platte City, MO, Jane Marquez (Ruben) of San Diego, CA, Jennifer Walker, and JoAnn Groenewold of Kansas City, MO, and Jerome McDaniel (Gail) of Parkville, MO; a brother, Richard Portra (Alice) of San Diego, CA; eight grandchildren, Michaela, Justin, Cristina, Ruben, Jr., Michelle, Tammy, Jim and Tara; and 15 great grandchildren.

Ida was a member of a local singing group, The Momettes, and various bowling leagues in the Northland area. Her adept math skills were utilized during national bowling tournaments in the Kansas City area. She loved baking, singing, watching Royals baseball games and bowling, but her first love was always her family.

The family will receive friends Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 2-3:00 p.m. at Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, followed by a memorial service at 3:00 p.m.  A  Committal service will take place at 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at Leavenworth National Cemetery, 150 Muncie Road, Leavenworth, KS. Memorial contributions are suggested to Christ Lutheran Church or St. Therese Catholic Church and may be left in care of the Meyers Northland Chapel, 401 Main St. Parkville, MO 64152. Memories if Ida and condolences may be left with the family by visiting meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Miranda Hale

Miranda-SassyMiranda Nicole Hale, 33, a Northland resident in Kansas City, MO passed away Friday, April 11, 2014 following a courageous five year battle with cancer.  She was born July 31, 1980 in Wichita, KS to Pam Ruebelmann and Tim Hale. 

Miranda graduated from Shawnee Mission North High School in 1998.  She attended Kansas State University and received a BA in English from the University of Kansas.  Miranda spent the last couple of years of her employment with Tyco ADT in technical support.

She possessed a kind heart, and a strong spirit.  She loved spending time with her family and friends, and watching movies (especially old movies with Riff Tracks) with her close friends Kelly, Ben, Chris and Alia.  Her dog, Sammie, was her constant companion and most treasured gift.  She was well traveled, having taken trips to England, Germany, Hawaii, Greece and her most favorite, Italy.  Some of her best times were spent visiting her dad in Washington, exploring the majestic mountains, forest and lakes in the Northwest with him while he shot his nature photography.  Miranda liked spending time cruising in her powder blue Mustang, which she fondly called her “pony”.  “Auntie M” always enjoyed hanging with and spending time with her “nephs”, KJ.

Survivors include her parents, Pam Ruebelmann and step-father, Steven Lyne of Kansas City, MO; her father, Tim Hale and step-mother, Ann of Concrete, WA; a brother, Zack Hale and nephew, KJ of Kansas City, KS.  She was preceded in death by her beloved sister, Annie Hale, in 2013.

The family would like to thank Dr. Sarah Taylor and the Staff at the University of Kansas Hospital, and the Cancer Center for their excellent care.  The family is also forever grateful for the loving care provided at St. Luke’s Hospice House during Miranda’s final days.

A celebration of Miranda’s life will be held on Monday, April 14, 2014 at the Meyers Northland Chapel, 401 Main St., Parkville, MO 64152. The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m. followed by a memorial service at 7:00 p.m.  Memorial contributions are suggested to Annabelle Buckner Allen Foundation https://gkccfonlinedonations.org/give/alle12.asp, St. Luke’s Foundation (specify the Hospice House) https://saintlukesgiving.org/sslpage.aspx?pid+794 or make a tribute at Caringbridge http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/mirandahale. Memories of Miranda and condolences may be shared with the family at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Ida Modrcin

Ida Antonia (Faessen) Modrcin, 77, of Kansas City, MO passed away peacefully on April 30, 2014.  She was born to Chretien and Maria (Breuers) Faessen on September 29, 1936 in Venlo, Holland.

For the last 19 years Ida worked for BCD Travel, as a Master File Specialist in Kansas City, MO. She previously worked for TWA in the accounting department for over 30 years. Ida was a parishioner of the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception in Kansas City, MO. She enjoyed the arts, traveling, gardening, walking, nature, and being around water. Ida especially enjoyed volunteering her time at Saint Luke’s Northland Hospital, KCPT and with the Kansas City Symphony. Her greatest love was spending time with her family.

Ida is survived by her daughters, Georgette Crocker and husband Steve of Kansas City, MO, Christel Shepard and husband David of Leawood, KS; sister, Josephine Schwerbrock-Faessen of Germany; grandchildren, Chanelle Dieckmann of Manhattan, KS, Lindsey Crocker of Kansas City, MO, Stephanie Crocker of Kansas City, MO. She is preceded in death by her parents.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m., Sunday, May 4, 2014 at Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, MO. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m., Monday, May 5, 2014 at St. Therese Catholic Church, Kansas City, MO.   In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to KCPT, Synergy House, or Friends of Parkville Animal Shelter (FOPAS). Memories of Ida and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Susan Davis

Susan (Kamphefner) Davis, 58, of Platte City, MO passed away Tuesday, April 15, 2014.  She was born October 31, 1955 in Kansas City, MO to Frank and Wilda M. (Walton) Kamphefner.

Susan was a graduate of Park Hill High School and had lived in Platte County her entire life.  She spent the majority of her working years as a veterinary technician.  Susan enjoyed being around people and loved to celebrate life.  She had a passion for animals of all types.

She was preceded in death by her parents.  Survivors include a brother, Frank "Mike" Kamphefner of Clay County, MO; a special aunt, JoAnn Morris of Parkville, MO and a host of cousins and extended family members.

Family and friends will gather to celebrate Susan’s life from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014 at the home of JoAnn Morris.  A private family committal service will be held at the Walnut Grove Cemetery in Parkville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Friends of Parkville Animal Shelter (FOPAS) and may be left in care of the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.  Memories of Susan and condolences may be left with the family by visiting meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Susan Crocker

Susan Ann Crocker, 59, of Riverside, MO passed away Wednesday, April 16, 2014. She was born October 14, 1954 in Reno, NV to Charles L. and Virginia L. (Paguegui) Hamrick. She graduated from Washington High School in Tacoma, WA. Following high school, Sue spent a short time in the United States Air Force. 

Among her many accomplishments, she provided Product Support at Microsoft in Redmond, WA for over 5 years. Sue spent the last several years as a freelance web designer in Kansas City. She was a very active member of the Cornerstone Wesleyan Church and loved her church family. She enjoyed traveling, photography and working on her web design. Her family was most important to her and she cherished her time with them. She will truly be missed by all who knew her.

She married Douglas Eugene Crocker on April 4, 1992 in Kent, WA. She is survived by her husband, Doug Crocker of Riverside, MO; four children, Matthew James Coleman of Tacoma, WA, Rebecca Lynn Peck (David) of Kent, WA, Andrew Douglas Coleman (Christina) of Lenexa, KS and TSgt. Luke Alexander Coleman, USAF (Melanie) of Spanaway, WA; her parents, Chuck and Virginia Hamrick of Bellevue, WA; four siblings, Ed Hamrick, Miami, FL, Tom Hamrick, El Paso, TX, Lily Lindquist, Berkeley, CA and Mike Hamrick, Bellevue, WA; 7 grandchildren.

A memorial service celebrating Sue’s life will be held 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 21, 2014 at the Cornerstone Wesleyan Church, 6609 N. Brighton Ave. Kansas City, MO 64119 with Pastor Densel Ball officiating. Memorial contributions are suggested to the church. The Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville has been entrusted with the final arrangements. Memories of Sue and condolences may be left with the family at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Larry Gray

Larry GrayLawrence “Larry” Gray, 84, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO (Platte Woods area) passed away Friday, April 18, 2014 surrounded by his loving family.  Larry was born September 30, 1929 to Edward M. and Lela (Duren) Gray in Kansas City, KS.

On September 6, 1952 Larry was united in marriage to Virginia Lee Camerer.  Larry worked as an Electrician at the TWA Overhaul base in Kansas City, MO. He retired in 1986 with over 34 years of dedicated service and was a 40 year card member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.   Larry was of the Christian faith.  He was a World War II Veteran, where he served in the United Sates Army.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and two brothers, Thomas and Howard and a sister, Viola.  Larry is survived by his two children: daughter, Vicki Porter of Parkville, MO and son, Gary Gray of Kansas City, MO; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and one on-the-way.

A committal service with military honors will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 25, 2014 at the Leavenworth National Cemetery, 150 Muncie Road Leavenworth, Kansas.  Family and friends will gather at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at the Pizza Shoppe in Platte Woods, MO to celebrate Larry's life. The Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville has been entrusted with the final arrangements. Memories of Larry and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Vince Reynolds

Vincent Eugene Reynolds, 42, of Kansas City, MO passed away April 21, 2014.  He was born December 17, 1971 in Kansas City, MO and graduated Park Hill High School.  Following high school, he earned a BA in Business Administration from Park College.  He was currently employed by SPEC Materials in Kansas City, KS, where he was in charge of purchasing and inventory control. Vince was a loving father and dear friend to all who knew him.

Survivors include his children, Emma Kathryn and Kyle Matthew Reynolds; his parents, Larry and Joyce Cossey; three sisters, Dawn Marie Huff (Rich), Lisa Cox and Redonna York (Devin); a brother, Wayne Russell; and 7 nieces and nephews.

A memorial service celebrating Vince's life will be held 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at the Vineyard Church, 12300 NW Arrowhead Trafficway, Kansas City, MO 64165.  Visitation begins at 11:00 a.m. prior to the service.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Vincent E. Reynolds Memorial Fund and may be left in care of the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, MO.  Memories of Vince and condolences may be left by visiting meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Charlotte Hopkins

Charlotte HopkinsCharlotte L. Hopkins, 60, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO passed away on Monday, April 21, 2014.  She was born October 20, 1953 to Fred E. and Joan D. (Theis) Miller in Wathena, KS.

Her hobbies were sewing, creating crafts, researching her family genealogy and history. She also enjoyed music, especially playing the piano.  Charlotte was a Christian by faith and loved spending time with her family.

She was preceded in death by her father’s, Fred Miller and Norman Stiverson.  Survivors include her husband, John R. Hopkins; a son, Sean Adair and wife (Marie) of Blue Springs, MO; two beautiful grandchildren: Morgen Adair and Harlie Adair of Blue Springs, MO; mother, Joan Stiverson; four sisters: Kathy Cox of Holden, MO; Jeanie Spears of Kansas City (North), MO; Julie Roche of Kansas City (North), MO; Jeri Tooley of Ft. Worth, TX; one brother, Jamie Stiverson of Kansas City (North), MO.

The family will receive friends from 3-4:00 p.m. Friday, April 25, 2014 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.  A memorial service celebrating Charlotte’s life will immediately follow.  Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Memories of Charlotte and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

John Holton

John S. Holton passed away April 25, 2014.  He was 64 years old.  John was born in Kansas City, Missouri, on July 28, 1949, the son of John and Dorothy (Stephenson) Holton. 

John graduated from St. Pius X High School in 1967.   He was a veteran of the US Navy and served three tours during the Vietnam War.   John married Betty Johnson on May 5, 1973.

John was Chief Executive Officer of a Service Disabled Veteran Corporation.  He spent his professional career in Corporate America serving in a variety of positions.  He began in the Full Service Truck Leasing Industry where he was one of the industry leaders, ultimately serving as President and CEO of a prominent leasing company.  His love of chocolate led him to World’s Finest Chocolate, where he worked with fundraisers for over 15 years.  Later John started and ran Mail Solutions, Inc., a mail service company, for 12 years.  At the time of his death, John was involved in another fledgling business in the changing lighting industry.

John earned the rank of Eagle Scout, with all the Palms.  He was a Hardway Warrior in the tribe of Mic-O-Say, and later an elevation made him Sachem Distant Falling Red Star.  John spent many years at H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation, teaching and helping boys.  He was a member of the Board of Directors at St. Pius X High School and was President of the COA Board at Point Royal in Branson, Missouri.  He was a Master Mason, 32nd Degree Scottish Rite, Noble of the Shrine, as well as a Life member of Navy League, American Legion, Vietnam Veterans of America and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.   As a member of VFW Post 7356, he served as Post and District Quartermaster and Commander. During his tenure he became the only person in Missouri VFW history to attain the coveted All American Status in both these positions.

John was known for many other things that could make us smile, laugh, and enjoy his company.  He enjoyed entertaining people with his beautiful voice and had a great many jokes in his repertoire.  He recorded a number of songs for his wife, daughter, and grandchildren.  John loved his cars and was constantly cleaning and polishing each Corvette he owned—which he always named.  He sold “Baby” to one of his best friends, Roger, who I know spends as much time with her (sorry, Carol) as John did. John’s last Corvette, “Beauty,” holds memories each of his family members will treasure.

Survivors include his wife, Betty of 44 years; daughter, Brandy (Jim) Honn; two grandchildren, Hannah and Brendan, all of Lee’s Summit, Missouri; son, Kevin Steverson of Alaska; and one sister, Maureen Holton of Kansas City, Missouri.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, MO. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m., Wednesday, April 30 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Kansas City, MO.   In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to St. Pius X High School or VFW Post 7356. Memories of John and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Barbra Burns

Barbra BurnsBarbra Carroll Burns, 71, of Kansas City, MO passed away Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at her home. She was born October 3, 1942 in Pryor, OK.

Barbra enjoyed quilting, cooking, plants and flowers. She spent time volunteering on the Election Board for Clay County. She loved spending time with friends and family. 

Barbra is survived by her sons, Gage Burns (Renee) of Chouteau, OK, Turk Burns of Richmond, MO; daughters, LeVeta Sharp of Tulsa, OK, Echo Burns of Kansas City, MO, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents.

The family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m.; Sunday, May 4, 2014 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, MO. Services for Barbra will start at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, May 4, 2014 at the Northland Chapel. Arrangements have been entrusted with Meyers funeral chapel Northland. Memories and condolences may be left for the family at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

 

Lowell G. "Tom" Harmon

Lowell Gene Harmon, who was known to family and many friends as “Po”, was born on December 14, 1928, in Bethany, Missouri to Tom and Nellie Harmon.

Lowell served in the Army in the Korean War, and upon his return, he married Sandra Gardner of Bethany on February 28, 1953, and they moved to Gladstone, Missouri and then to Kansas City. 

Lowell spent his career in the trucking industry as a sales representative and was involved in a number of professional organizations, including the Transportation Club and the Traffic Club.

Lowell was an active Mason with Alpha Lodge No. 659 and was involved for over 50 years as an Ararat Shriner, driving the hospital van and driving the concert band in numerous parades.He was a 50 year member of the Parkville Presbyterian Church and served as an elder. He was also an honorary Girl Scout.

Following retirement, Lowell and Sandra traveled extensively around the world and had such experiences as going through the Panama Canal, visiting the Holy Land and climbing the Great Wall of China.

Lowell is survived by his wife, his daughters Jennifer Gamble and husband, Brad of Lee’s Summit and Melissa Sickman and husband, Alan of Parkville; two granddaughters Amy and Laura Sickman and two step-grandsons, Austin and Colton Gamble.

Lowell passed away on May 4, 2014, at North Kansas City Hospital. A celebration of his life will be held at the Parkville Presbyterian Church, 819 Main Street, in Parkville, at 11:00 AM on Friday, May 9 and will be preceded by a visitation beginning at 10:00 AM. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Ararat Shrine Children’s Hospital or the Parkville Presbyterian Church and may be left in care of the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville. Memories of Lowell and condolences may be left at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Ruth Ann Connelly

Ruth Ann Connelly, 69, a resident of Independence, MO passed away on Thursday, May 8, 2014. The family wishes to honor Ruth Ann's request, there will not be any services.

Bruce Simon

Bruce Simon, 70, a resident of Kansas City, MO and a prominent Criminal Defense Attorney  died  Wednesday, May 7, 2014 after a long battle with diabetes.

He was a member of the Criminal Law Committee from 1984 - 1990 and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (President 1991 -1992).

He survived by his mother, Sunny Willis of Seattle, WA; his loving companion, Tracy Marriott of Kansas City, MO and his loving dog, Teddybear.

Cremation arrangements have been entrusted with the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.  There are no formal services scheduled.  Memories of Bruce and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com

Albert R. "Al" Vodopest

Albert “Al” Vodopest of Gladstone, MO passed away May 14, 2014 at the age of 91. He was born in 1923 in Kansas City, KS to Antone and Mary Vodopest. He was the fourth child in a family of seven children.  

Al graduated from Wyandotte High School and served our Nation in the Army Air Force during WWII, stationed in Europe. After the Service, he worked as a Stone Mason and Brick Layer before attending and graduating from Spartan in Tulsa, OK, earning his Airframe and Power-Plant license. He was employed by TWA in Kansas City, MO as an Aircraft Mechanic and an Inspector. He retired in 1984 after 33 years.

Al was active in the Catholic Church and was a member of St. Vincent DePaul for many years. He was an avid gardener and enjoyed the outdoors.

He leaves behind Kathryn Vodopest, his wife of 63 years; two sons, Christopher Vodopest and his wife, Barbara of Gladstone MO; Andrew Vodopest of St. Louis MO; his brother, Raymond Vodopest of Seattle WA; and five grandchildren.

Visitation will be held from 9 – 10 a.m., Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at Meyers Northland Chapel, 401 Main St., Parkville, MO. The Rosary will be prayed at 11 a.m. with the Mass of Christian Burial following at 11:30 a.m., St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church,  6415 NE Antioch Road, Gladstone, MO with Rev. Vincent Rogers as celebrant.Burial with military honors will follow at Resurrection North Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church. Memories of Al and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Ted Miller, Jr.

Ted W. Miller, Jr., age 84, died May 17, 2014 at Lakewood Care Center in Lee's Summit, MO.  Ted Miller was born in Chicago, IL on March 10, 1930, the son of Jule (Susco) Miller and Ted W. Miller, Sr.  

He graduated from Carl Schurz High School, Chicago, IL, then attended Northwestern University of Evanston, IL and Wright Jr. College of Chicago, IL.  He later graduated from the University of Illinois of Urbana-Champaign, IL with a BSME degree, Chrysler Institution of Engineering of Detroit, MI with an MAE degree and from St. Ambrose University of Davenport, IA with a BA in Theology.  

Ted served in the US Army from 1952 – 1953, attached to the 7th Reconnaissance Company, 7th Infantry Division and later with the 1st Marine Division during the Korean War.

He was married to M. Jean Penland on August 18, 1984, in Andalusia, IL.  Ted and Jean lived in Taylor Ridge, IL and Rock Island, IL before retirement in 1991.

In his early career, living in the Detroit area, Ted worked as a general engineer with the Dodge Truck Division of Chrysler Corp. and in the evenings was head of the Math Dept. at Chrysler Institute of Engineering Undergraduate School.   He then worked as a Master Design Engineer at the Advanced Engineering Dept. of Rockwell Standard Corp.   Ted was also Vice President of the Board of Education, Lamphere Schools of Madison Heights, MI and Treasurer of the Holy Name Society at St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church of Madison Heights.   During his early evening teaching career Ted taught calculus at Chrysler Institute of Engineering, descriptive geometry at the Lawrence Institute of Technology and physics at the Detroit Institute of Technology.  

Ted then moved his family to the Illinois Quad Cities area to work as a civilian for the US Army Weapons Command as Chief of the Improved Armor Branch, Production Engineering Support Directorate.   He also worked as a project manager for the M113 family of combat vehicles and for the M1/MIA Abrams Tank.  

While living the Quad Cities Ted was Chairperson of the local Vicariate Social Action Committee, served on the board of Directors for the Sacred Heart House of Prayer,  was Secretary of the Andalusia, IL Volunteer Fire Dept., the Aerospace Education Officer with the Civil Air Patrol, Davenport, IA Squadron and taught physics along with college algebra in the evenings at Black Hawk College, Moline, IL.  

Ted retired from the Army as a GS-14 in 1991.  He moved with his wife Jean to Murray, KY.   While living in Murray, Ted became involved with the Migrant Farm Workers Outreach at St. Leo Catholic Church organizing breakfasts, clothing donations and teaching ESL.  He was chairperson for Church Grounds Committee and managed a farmers market in the church parking lot.   Ted also became involved with the local Habitat for Humanity establishing a Heart & Hammers organization to repair homes for the needy.  He became involved with the Knights of Columbus, Council # 6897 and was Chairperson for the Allocations Committee of the United Way, Murray/Calloway County.  

After his oldest son's death, Ted and Jean moved to Jackson, TN.   There he was Vice President of the Parish Council of St. Mary's Catholic Church and director at the parish school to teach the ESL program.    Ted was also Vice President of the Northpoint Homeowners Association as well as Grand Knight and Recorder for the Knights of Columbus, Council # 1101.

Ted and Jean later moved to St. Joseph, MO to be closer to his daughter and son.  Ted become the Chancellor of the Knights of Columbus # 5067, member of the Knights of Columbus, Association # 569 (4th Degree) and eventually became District # 2 Deputy for the Knights.  Ted later became Secretary/Treasurer of the Ashland United Methodist Wesleyan Sunday School and a volunteer with the Habitat for Humanity ReStore.     In March 2009, Ted and Jean moved to Kansas City, Missouri.  

Ted is preceded in death by his wife Jean in August 2009, his oldest son, David C. Miller, his parents as well as his youngest sister, Jeanine L. Anders, his older sister, Carol Carlisle, six aunts and two uncles.

Ted is survived by his daughter Kathie Kundanani and her husband Mohan Kundanani of Las Vegas, NV; daughter Dianne Stivers and her husband Gary Stivers of Grain Valley, MO; son, Dan Miller and his wife Connie Miller of Council Bluffs, IA; and his daughter-in-law Cathie Miller, Charlotte, NC.   Ted also has twelve grandchildren: Christina Miller, Pam Miller, Edward Kundanani, Rita Kundanani, Anjali Blackburn, Krishen Kundanani, Jessica Cranford, David Stivers, Jordan Stivers, Grant Stivers, Jake Miller and Angela Miller.   Ted also has 18 great-grandchildren.

Worship Service will be Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 11:00 a.m., held at Platte Woods United Methodist Church, Platte Woods, MO with cremation after worship service.  Interment will be at the Rock Island Arsenal National Cemetery, Rock Island, IL.  

The family suggests memorial gifts to Platte Woods United Methodist Church, Platte Woods, MO or Pine Ridge Presbyterian Church, Kansas City, MO.  Memories of Ted and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com

Keith "Rusty" Rusk

Keith E. “Rusty” Rusk, 79, a Northland resident in Kansas City, MO passed away May 21, 2014.  He was born April 26, 1935 in Lee’s Summit, MO to John D. and Ardella G. (Sherer) Rusk. Rusty graduated from Lee’s Summit High School and was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.

He retired from Southwestern Bell Telephone Company on June 2, 1990, following a long and rewarding career.  In his spare time he enjoyed riding his BMW motorcycle, woodworking, playing cards, especially poker and UNO.  He was a great husband, father and grandfather.

He married Jane Lee on March 28, 1959 in Kansas City, MO.  He is survived by Jane and their children, Robyn Smith (David) of Liberty, MO, David Rusk of Kansas City, MO and Linda Moore of Kansas City, MO; a sister, Phyllis Sluder (Carl) of Quenemo, KS; three grandchildren, Sarah Sfamurri (Chris), Jennifer Rusk and Richard Moore (Kate); two great grandchildren, Olivia and Colin Moore.

The family will receive friends from 10-11:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at the Meyers Northland Chapel, 401 Main St. Parkville, MO 64152.  Graveside services and burial will follow at 12:00 p.m. at the Terrace Park Cemetery, 801 NW 108th St. Kansas City, MO 64155.  (Arrangements by Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville)

Charles S. "Charlie" Crocker

Charles S. Crocker, 84, of Parkville, MO passed away Friday, May 23, 2014.  He was born February 13, 1930 to Fred Harvey and Martha “Mattie” (Smith) Crocker in Owensboro, KY.  Charlie served in the Army Air Corp during WWII. 

In his younger years, Charlie belonged to the K.C. Boys Club and Golden Gloves. He enjoyed bowling on a league at NKC Pro Bowl and watching the Kansas City Athletic A’s play baseball.  His hobbies included: playing checkers, fishing, ping pong, cards, and watching the KC Chiefs play football.

Charlie was married to Gertrude Geiselhart for over 30 years, she preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his eldest son, Charlie Crocker, both parents, four sisters: Marie, Irene, Lois and Margie; and three brothers: Fred “Harvey” Jr., Johnny, and Harold “Pete” Crocker.

Survivors include his children: Doris Claspill (Darrel) of Clinton, MO; Dennis Day (Bonnie Robb) of Kansas City (North), MO; Elisabeth Crocker of Parkville, MO and Steven Crocker (Georgette) of Kansas City (North), MO; ten grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren; one brother, James “Jimmy” Crocker of Gladstone, MO.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, MO.  The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, May 29, 2014 at the chapel with Pastor Rand Millich as the Officiant. Burial will immediately follow at Walnut Grove Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Federation of the Blind or NorthCare Hospice.  Memories of Charlie and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com

Ronald K. Johnson

Ronald K. Johnson, 70, passed away on May 24, 2014 at his home in Lowry City, MO, surrounded by family. He was a former 27 year resident of Parkville, MO. He was born on June 24, 1943 in San Diego, CA to W. Orvis and Marjorie Johnson.

He leaves behind his loving wife Marilyn of 49 years and their sons Mark (Monica) Johnson of Marion, SD, Todd (Kelly) Johnson of Conway, AR, Chad (Stacy) Johnson of Kansas City, MO. He is also survived by a daughter Marie (Ben) Mullen of Ocean Springs, MS, brother Bill (Sharon) of Chandler, AZ, grandchildren Bridget, Bailey, Aaron, Lucy, and Alice, step grandsons Alex, Joshua, and Adam Jorgensen, and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Ron grew up in Enderlin, ND. Following four years of service in the U.S. Air force, he went to work for AT&T, retiring in 1998 after 33 years. After retirement, he devoted his time to his love of woodworking, carpentry, and cabinet making. He was an avid genealogist for over 40 years.

Ron was an active member of the Boy Scouts and was on staff at H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation near Osceola, MO in some capacity since 1987. He was a Medicine Man in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say. His tribal name is Medicine Man Talking Elk.

A visitation will be held at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 401 Main Street, Parkville, MO from 6:00- 7:30 pm on Monday, June 2nd. Mic-O-Say ceremony will take place at 7:30. A funeral service will be held at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 5409 NW 72nd St. Kansas City, MO 64151 at 10:30 am on Tuesday, June 3rd. A Committal Service with military honors will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, August 29, 2014 at Leavenworth National Cemetery 150 Muncie Road Leavenworth, KS.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to the Boy Scout Camp Staff Scholarship Fund, c/o Heart of America Council, 10210 Holmes Rd., Kansas City, MO 64131, the Heartland Hospice Memorial Fund, 1001 East 101st Terrace, Suite 180 Kansas City, MO 64131, or other charitable organization.

SSgt. Thaddeus H. Hudson USMC Ret.

Thaddeus H. Hudson, 82, a resident of Kansas City, MO passed away on Wednesday, September 10, 2014.  Thaddeus was born April 7, 1932 to Edward Taylor and Mary Elizabeth (Petitt) Hudson in Fairfax County, Alexandria, VA.

Thaddeus served his country during the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War in the United States Marine Corps as a SSgt. Thaddeus, he retired after 20 years in the USMC.  Following his military career he was a mechanic and owned two gas stations one in Fairway, KS and one in Gardner, KS.

He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, two sisters, Dorothy and Peggy, and a brother, Edward.  Survivors include a daughter, Lani Cameron (Ken) of Kansas City, MO; a son, David Hudson, of Lansing, KS; five grandchildren, Helena Hudson, Blaine Hudson, Brittani Hudson, Brandon Hudson and Brody Hudson; two sisters, Hilda Smith of Harrisburg, PA and Mary Elizabeth Hudson of Hillsborough, NC.  The family wishes to thank the staff and residents of the MO Veteran’s Home in Cameron, MO for their loving care.

A funeral service celebrating Thaddeus’ life will be held 2:00 p.m. Monday, September 15, 2014 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.  Visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m.  A private family Committal service with full military honors will be held at Leavenworth National Cemetery.  Memorial contributions are suggested to the Missouri Veteran’s Home in Cameron.

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Veronica "Ronnie" Gish

Veronica “Ronnie” Gish of Waldron, MO went to Heaven on May 28, 2014.  She was born in Lihue Kauai, Hawaii on February 8, 1944.

She leaves behind her husband, Dennis Gish; their two children, Rene Gish and Rusty Gish and his wife, Rasha Gish; three grandchildren, Adam, Maryam and Ameen Gish; three sisters; two brothers; numerous nieces and nephews, and many other family and friends.

Following high school on Kauai, Ronnie trained to be a nurse in the United States Navy.  Upon discharge, she worked as a Practical Nurse in San Diego for many years.  She then worked as a flight attendant for TWA before leaving to raise their children.  She then returned to school to become a Registered Nurse and worked at St. Luke’s Northland Hospital. Ronnie enjoyed cooking, gardening and traveling.  She was of the Catholic faith and attended Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Weston, MO. She will be missed by all.

The family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m. Sunday, June 1, 2014 at the Meyers Northland Chapel, 401 Main St., Parkville, MO 64152, where a memorial service celebrating Ronnie’s life will follow at 2:00 p.m.  Memories of Ronnie and condolences may be left online by visiting www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

James B. Huffman

James Boone Huffman, 100, a resident of Gladstone, MO passed away Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at the Missouri Veteran’s Home in Cameron, MO, where he had resided for several years.  He was born on March 13, 1914 in Wheatland, MO to Noel F. and Eura I. (Johnson) Huffman.  James was a veteran of the United States Army and served during WWII.  He spent the majority of his working years as a truck driver. James loved to travel with his family and his four legged companion, Ozzie.

He was united in marriage with Mary Lou Jordan on December 23, 1941 in Kansas City, MO.  She preceded him in death.  Survivors include his children: a daughter, Judy Beer and her husband, Wayne of Gladstone, MO;  a son, Van Huffman and his wife, Marilyn of Pinedale, WY; a brother, Noel C. Huffman and his wife, Mary Ann of Ash Grove, MO and their son, N.C. Huffman; four grandchildren: Van Beer and wife, Amy; Matt Beer; Ty Huffman and wife, Kiley; Molly Landers and husband, Coke; nine great-grandchildren: Tyler, Ella, Yates, Aringtyn, Hardty, Tympie, Matazi, Mesa, and Maddi.

The family wishes to acknowledge and thank Crossroads Hospice and the staff of the Missouri Veteran’s Home for the excellent care they provided James.

A private family committal service will be held Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at the Leavenworth National Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Missouri Veteran’s Home in Cameron, MO and may be left in care of the Meyers Northland Chapel, 401 Main St. Parkville, MO 64152.  Memories of James and condolences may be left online by visiting www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

 

Joseph E. Sutgrey II

Joseph Sutgrey, 45, KC (North), MO passed away Thurs. May 29, 2014. He was born Sept. 1, 1968 to Joseph Sutgrey Sr. and Mary Duran in Kansas City, MO. Eddie loved his family, work and playing poker.

He was preceded in death by his father. Survived by sons, Joseph E. “Jo Jo” Sutgrey III and Larry Johnson; mother, Mary Duran and husband, Avin Ostling; sisters: Alicia Sutgrey and companion, Wendi Pearce; and Wendy Jennings; nephews: Antonio and Alonzo Jennings, Javon Sutgrey; niece, Gabrielle Jennings; great nephew, Giovanni Jennings, a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, stepbrothers and sisters.

A memorial service will be held 3 pm, Tues. June 3, 2014 at Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, MO. Memorial contributions may be made to Jo Jo’s Fund. Memories of Eddie may be left at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Betty Carroll

Betty Carroll, 74, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO passed away Sunday, June 1, 2014.  She was born November 27, 1939 in Gloucester, England to Reginald W. and Elsie (Pearce) Fenemore.  Betty was educated in England, moved to the United States in 1964 and became a citizen of the United States in 1969.

Betty spent the majority of her working years as a secretary for civilian contractors.  She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.  In her spare time she enjoyed researching family history.  Betty was an active member of the Daughters of the British Empire since 2002 and served as the second vice-president of the Kansas Chapter the past four years. Betty also belonged to the Transatlantic Brides and Parents Association for many years.

While overseas in Saudi Arabia with her husband John “JC”, she served as the Women’s Cancer Society Treasurer from 1993-1999.

As most people know Betty followed JC overseas for approximately 20 years working for TWA with Saudia in Jeddah Saudi Arabia and Boeing in Riyadh.  JC always says, “Betty was the wind beneath his wings.”

When stationed in Jeddah, Betty never sat still. She made art and craft figurines and sold them at compound sales and birthday cakes of all types. She also worked for the Saudia Housing Dept. until western women could no longer work there. When this position ended she went to work for the Australian Embassy. One of her proudest moments was making the Marine 207 birthday cake for the embassy in Jeddah. It was three foot by four foot.

While in Riyadh, she worked with the Cancer Society and the United States Military Training Mission.

Betty received several awards in those few years.The one she was most proud of was, COMMANDER’S AWARD FOR CIVILIAN SERVICE. She was a secretary for General Marcello. Betty was also commended for superior performance by Major Gen. Riley, and received several other certificates of achievements.

She married John J. Carroll on February 20, 1964 in Kansas City, MO.  He survives of the couple's home.  Additional survivors include five children, Stephen Stewart (Aileen), Jill Simmons (Mark), Richard Stewart (Crystal), Kerry Petersen (Jeff) and Tammy Barbieri (Michael); a brother, Robert; four sisters, May, Joan, Sylvia and Carol; 11 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.  Betty was preceded in death by her parents, a son, James Stewart and three siblings.

The family will receive friends from 5-7:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.  A funeral service celebrating Betty's life will be held 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at the funeral chapel.  A committal service will follow at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to The Alliance Against Family Violence, % Sister Jane, PO Box 465 Leavenworth, KS 66048. Memories of Betty and condolences may be viewed at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Bob Garretson

Robert "Bob" Garretson, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO passed away June 3, 2014 following a lengthy illness.  He was born July 31, 1934 in Jasper County, MO the son of Henry G. and Mae (Thrasher) Garretson.  Bob was a veteran of the United States Navy and spent the majority of his working career as an electronic technician in the Navy and later a mechanic at TWA, Bethany Hospital and the United States Post Office, all in Kansas City, MO.

In his spare time he enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing and watching the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team.

He married Rosemary Smith on November 13, 1954 in Shawnee, KS.  She survives of the home.  Additional survivors include their children, Colleen Youmans (Mike) of Gladstone, MO, David Garretson of Kansas City, North, Beverly Garretson of Kansas City, North, Karen Garretson of Raytown, MO and Brian Garretson and his partner Joseph Dalton of Aztec, NM; a daughter-in-law, Joyce Garretson of Kansas City, North; five grandchildren, Tim, Robbie, Michael, Crystal and Autumn; two great grandchildren; and mother-in-law, Clara Smith.  Bob was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Anthony G. "Tony" Garretson, a sister, Mildred Lee Garretson and a granddaughter, Kathleen Camilletti.

The family will receive friends from 7-9:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.  A committal service with full military honors will be held 1:30 p.m. Thursday, June 5, 2014 at the Leavenworth National Cemetery, 150 Muncie RD. Leavenworth, KS.  Family and friends will gather at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home to process to the cemetery.  Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Lung Association or the American Cancer Association.  Memories of Bob and condolences may be left online by visiting www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Vicki Farmer

Vicki L. Farmer,66, a resident of Riverside, MO passed away on June 4, 2014. She was born on December 11, 1947 to Charles Temple and Ethel Cook in Senath, MO.

Vicki was a very loving mother, grandmother and sister. She enjoyed spending time with her family, friends, and especially her grandchildren. She always looked forward to her weekly trips to the Hometown Buffet with her sister.

Vicki was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, two sisters and an infant daughter. Survivors include her daughters, Stacey Harvey and her husband Allen of Kansas City, MO and Tracey Farmer of Kansas City, KS; five wonderful grandchildren, Paige, Trey, Tristan, Kimberly, Kailynn; and Sister Bonnie Mertz of Blue Springs, MO, along with many other friends and family.

A funeral service celebrating her life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at the Meyers Northland Chapel, 401 Main St. Parkville, MO. Visitation will be from 10-11:00 a.m., prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to NorthCare Hospice or American Lung Association. Memories of Vicki and condolences to the family may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Judy Riga

Judith G. “Judy” Riga, 69, a resident of Weatherby Lake, MO passed Monday, June 30, 2014 with her loving family at her side. Judy was born March 7, 1945 to Raymond and Dorothy (Maugh) Komer in St. Joseph, MO. 

Judy graduated from Faucett High School and was Class Valedictorian. After graduation, she was united in marriage with her soul mate, Joseph Charles Riga on June 15, 1963 in St. Francis Church in St. Joseph, MO.  Judy and Charlie just celebrated their 51st anniversary this month.

Judy was a very successful Realtor/Broker of residential properties in the Kansas City area.  She received many awards for her dedication and professionalism in being a realtor.  Judy will be remembered for helping anyone; family, friend, co-worker or customer in their time of need. She would drop everything to get the job done.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Jerald Komer.  She is survived by her husband, Charlie Riga of Weatherby Lake, MO; three children: Theresa Bentley and husband, Mark of Parkville, MO; Scott Riga of Kansas City, MO; Julie Rossi and husband, Gianluca of Weatherby Lake, MO; two step-children Chuck Riga and Rick Riga and wife, Cindy; five grandchildren: J. Elliott McCalley, Audrey McCalley, Andrew Riga, Hannah Riga and Alessandra Rossi; three siblings: Gene Komer, Susie Phipps and Mike Komer.

A Celebration of Judy’s life will be held 4 - 10 p.m., Saturday, July 12, 2014 at the family’s home. In memory of Judy Memorial Contributions may be made to the Diabetes Foundation, c/o Meyers Funeral Chapel 401 Main St. Parkville, MO 64152.  Memories of Judy and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com

 

Barbara Heide

Barbara Heide, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO and member of St. Therese Parish passed away Friday, June 6, 2014 at the age of 70.  The body has been cremated and a private family committal service will be held at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Kansas City, KS.

Jerry Fleming

Gerald "Jerry" Matthew Fleming, 49,  passed away unexpectedly on June 3, 2014, in Albuquerque. NM.  The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11:30 a.m. on Friday, June 13, 2014 at St. Therese Catholic Church, 7207 NW Highway 9, Kansas City, MO, with Rev. Joseph Cisetti as celebrant. The family will receive friends from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. prior to the Mass. A luncheon will be served at the church following the service.  Cremation will follow the Mass.  A  committal service and burial will occur on June 16 at Resurrection Cemetery, Lenexa, KS.

Jerry was born December 3, 1964 in Kansas City. Kansas  to Judy Johnson Fleming and Gerald Fleming.  Jerry grew up in Platte county and graduated from  Park Hill High School in 1983.  He attended Maple Woods Community College and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Professional Aeronautics from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in 2003.  As a youth, Jerry loved all sports and was involved in Platte County football, baseball and basketball.  He was also on the Coves Swim and Dive teams receiving many awards in competition.

Jerry grew up in a TWA family and traveled all over the world and later continued his interest in aviation by going to work for Delta Airlines in 1987.  Jerry made several moves with Delta starting in Kansas City then to New York, Cincinnati, Tallahassee and Atlanta where he was promoted to a management position. He chose to take an early retirement from Delta in July 2008. Jerry and Mashell recently moved to Albuquerque to pursue a new job opportunity.

Jerry met the love of his life, Mashell, while in Cincinnati.  They were married on April 21, 2001, and settled in Atlanta in 2002  Jerry was curious about life and lived it to the fullest.  He was loved by everyone for his sense of humor and his love of family including his cousin Chris Klamm who was like a brother, and his nieces and nephews as if his own.

Survivors include his wife, Mashell, mother and father Judy and John Raydo, grandmothers Frances Johnson and Theresa Raydo, sister Natalie Fleming, aunts Barbara Klamm and Paula Browne, uncles Mike Fleming and Mike Johnson plus numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and in-laws. Jerry was preceded in death by his grandmother Rose Thomas and grandfathers Paul Eugene Johnson and John Raydo.

Donations may be made to KU Endowment The University of Kansas in memory of Jerry at www.kuendowment.org or a charity of your choice.  Memories of Jerry and condolences may be left with the family by visiting www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Shirley Wasserburger

Shirley A. Wasserburger, 70, a resident of Weatherby Lake, MO passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, June 11, 2014. Shirley was born September 2, 1943 to Frankie and Mabel (Wegner) Carns in Crawford, NE.

She was united in marriage with Warren “Buzz” Wasserburger on January 16, 1965 in Edgemont, S.D.; from this loving union two children were born, Jennifer Elaine and Warren Henry Wasserburger, Jr.  Shirley always enjoyed surrounding herself with the company of family and close friends and their laughter.

She was preceded in death by both parents, a sister, Dolly Dodgin and a brother, John W. Carns.  She is survived by her husband, Buzz Wasserburger of the couple’s home in Weatherby Lake, MO; a daughter, Jennifer Higgins and husband (Mike) of Birmingham, AL; a son, Warren Wasserburger, Jr of Forsyth, MT; two grandchildren: Taylor Ann and Wyatt Daniel Wasserburger; a brother, Frank Carns and his wife, Doris of Charlotte, N.C.

Shirley’s wishes were for everyone to please “Celebrate her life” as they see fit. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to any animal rescue society of your choice.  The Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville has been entrusted with the cremation arrangements.  Memories of Shirley and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Willie Mae Riley

Willie Mae Riley, 91, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO and member of St. Therese Parish, passed away Tuesday, June 10, 2014.  The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 16, 2014 at St. Therese Catholic Church, 7207 NW Highway 9, Kansas City, MO with Rev. Joseph Cisetti as celebrant.  A Committal service will follow at Resurrection North Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 9:30-10:30 a.m. prior to Mass.  In lieu of Flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to St. Therese Catholic Church.

She was a secretary for General Adjustment Bureau.  She is survived by a step-child, nieces and nephews.  Memories of Willie Mae may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com

Lillian Shaver

Lillian Frances Shaver, 91, of Northmoor, MO passed away June 20, 2014.  She was born January 17, 1923 in Wyandotte County, KS to John H. and Pauline (Billington) Callahan, Sr.   Lillian graduated from Washington High School, Kansas City KS in 1941.

She was employed by Intercollegiate Press in Kansas City for over 25 years.  Prior to that she was one of the first two women hired during WWII at the North American Bomber Plant, where she produced the first sketches of the B-25 Bomber.  Lillian was an accomplished artist and her paintings are seen today in several churches in the Kansas City area.  Her passion for art was evident since she was eight years old.  She had a great faith in her Lord and loved her family very much.

She married Harlan R. Shaver, Sr. on December 23, 1943.  He preceded her in death.  She was also preceded in death by two sisters and a brother.  Survivors include 4 sons, Larry, Jerry, Harlan, Jr. and Michael; a brother, Leslie Callahan; 14 grandchildren, 41 great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.  Burial will follow at East Slope Cemetery, Riverside, MO.  Visitation 5-7:00 p.m. Tuesday at the chapel.  Memories of Lillian and condolences may be left with the family at meyersfuneralchapel.com.   

James Hutsler

James D. (JD) Hutsler, Jr was born June 19, 1932 in Kansas City, Missouri to James D. Hutsler, Sr and Ella (Shilling) Hutsler, who preceded him in death.  He lived his entire life in Kansas City.  On September 22, 1973, he married Sharon L. Eagleman Hutsler who survives him.  Mr. Hutsler graduated from Southeast High School in 1951.  He attended UMKC before pursuing a career in Accounting.  He worked many years for Joe Porter with Kansas City Southern Railroad and Mike Franke Accounting Firm before opening JD Hutsler Jr Accounting Firm in 1979.  He was an avid sports fan supporting KC Kings Basketball, KC Scouts Hockey, KC Athletics Baseball, KC Royals and his favorite, the Kansas City Chiefs.  He had Chiefs season tickets for approximately 25 years and only left one game early.  He attended many games at Municipal Stadium with a ticket for standing room only and took a barstool for Sharon to sit on, including the very sad Miami-Chiefs Christmas Day game.

JD loved swimming and spent his summer at the pool and winters swimming laps at the YMCA.  He and Sharon made many road trips to the beach in San Diego, the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and since 1990 their beloved Marco Island, Florida.  Their dear friends, Steve and Sue Dragoo introduced us to this beautiful island.

JD is survived by one brother, Charles (Lee) of Aurora, Colorado, nephews, Kerry Be and Kelby (Sherri), and niece, Kelly.  Also surviving are his sisters in law: Ann and Larry Owen, nieces Sheila Owen, Julie and Wade Osburn, (Ellis, Ivy, Owen, Oliver, and Esther); Jean and Jim Donahue, nieces Teri Lundblad and Michelle Chagolla.  His great nieces, who were his sunshine, Emily Lundblad and Kelsey (Seth) Isaacs, and the great greats, Zoey Burrows and Brennan Isaacs.  Also surviving is an “adopted” daughter, son and friend, Melissa and Gene Batson, Amanda and Mikaylyn as well as many other special friends.

Visitation will be Tuesday from 4:30-6:00 pm with Memorial Service following at Heartland Church of Christ, 6120 NE Prairie View Rd, Kansas City, MO.  In lieu of flowers memorial contribution are suggested to North Kansas City Hospice, 2800 Clay Edwards Dr, Kansas City, Mo 64116.

Iris Wonder

Memorial services for Iris (Jensen) Wonder, 85, of Gladstone, MO will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, June 26, 2014 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.  A committal service and burial will follow at 3:00 p.m. at Terrace Park Cemetery.  Iris passed away June 21, 2014 in Liberty, MO.  She was born August 4, 1928 in Kansas City, KS to George and Stella Jensen.  Iris was welcomed by siblings, Olive, Max, Lloyd, Grace, Rilla and Rosemary.

She was married for 60 years to Bill Wonder, with whom she lovingly raised their children, Bill, Danny, Alexis and Vanessa.

Iris was a Girl Scout leader and worked as a seamstress during the heyday of the Kansas City garment district, where she made Gay Gibson dresses.  She later used that talent to create beautiful gowns for weddings and pageants.  She will be missed by many, including Danny and Dana Wonder; Alexis, Kurt and Kari Preston; Vanessa and Bruce Smith; Lindsey and Ricky Leesmann; William Wonder, III; Jon Wonder; and many nieces and nephews.

Christiane Rash

Christiane Rash, 67, of Lake Waukomis, MO passed away June 23, 2014 at home, surrounded by her family.  She was born June 16, 1947 in Orleans, France to Kadour Hadje and Henriette (Boucher) Freeman.  She was lovingly raised by Junior and Henriette (Boucher) Freeman. Christiane was of the Catholic faith and loved her family very much.  She was loving, caring, merciful, passionate, a fantastic cook and always happy and the most generous person in the world.  She will truly be missed by all.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmie Rash; her parents; two sisters, Murielle Freeman and Marjorie La Due; and a brother, Glen Freeman.  Survivors include, her children, Paulette Conner, Osawatomie, KS, Lonna Utter, Gower, MO, Tonya Pierce, Lake Waukomis, MO, Robert Conner and Kersten, Parkville, MO, Brian Conner, Kings Bay, GA and Tatum Pierce, Lake Waukomis, MO; grandchildren, Ronald Utter, Jr., David James Utter, Ciera Utter, Jacob Daniel Drew, Trenton Hall and Conner Laztera.

A Visitation and viewing will be held 5-7:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.  A funeral service celebrating Christiane’s life will be held 10:00 a.m. Thursday at the chapel.  A committal service will follow at 1:30 p.m. at the Ft. Scott National Cemetery.  Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Lung Association.  Memories of Christiane and condolences may be left online by visiting meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Jim Sander

James (Jim) E. Sander, 70, of Weatherby Lake, MO passed away peacefully on Friday, June 27, 2014.  He was born to Max and Esther (Warner) Sander on October 3, 1943 in Kansas City, MO.  He attended Scarritt Grade School, Northeast High School and UMKC.  Jim was proud to be an Eagle Scout, and his scout name was “Rising Silver Cloud”. 

In 1967, Jim married the love of his life, Judith Laughlin, whom he had known since the 3rd grade.  They were married 44 years until Judy’s passing in 2011.  He worked as a Stationary Engineer for Rothchilds, Borden’s Dairy, Research Hospital, JC Nichols and UMB.  He worked for York International from 1980 until his retirement.  Jim served his country from 1967 to 1969 in the 101st Airborne in Viet Nam, earning the Army Commendation Medal and 2 Bronze Stars for Meritorious Achievement in Ground Operations.  He lived to play music (bass and guitar), had a sincere singing voice and a huge catalog of songs.  Jim was dubbed “CJ”, short for Country Jim by the late Mike O’Roark.  CJ played at Kansas City’s longest running open mic with O’Roark and many dear friends since 1987.  He played every Friday at Kenilworth Apartments since 1983 and cherished the many friends he made there.  He played with various bands and musicians throughout Kansas City.  Jim loved animals especially his dogs.  He enjoyed fishing at Weatherby Lake and Rockbridge, MO.  Jim was an extremely dedicated husband, father and grandfather.  Even after a hard day's work, Jim always made time for his family and friends.

Jim is survived by his daughters: Joy Gogan and husband Kevin, Amy Sander and fiancée Michael, and Lara Sander; brother, Jack Sander; grandchildren, Max and Connor; nephew John Edgerton.  Jim is preceded in death by his parents Max and Esther, wife Judy, and sister Sandra Kay Edgerton.

A memorial service celebrating Jim’s life will be held at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at the Pine Ridge Presbyterian Church with Pastor Jim Gordon officiating.  The family will receive friends from 4:30-6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, prior to the service.  In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to M'Shoogy's Emergency Animal Rescue.  The Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville has been entrusted with the final arrangements.  Memories of Jim and condolences may be left online at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

As Jim would say, “Tally-ho, catch ya’ on the flip-flop.”

 

 

 

 

 

John Wm. Royston

John Royston, 75, passed away Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at the Kansas City Hospice House.  He was born September 10, 1938 in McFall, MO to Byron and Emma (Reed) Royston.  John graduated high school in Melbourne, KS and attended the University of Kansas and Emporia State University.

John spent the majority of his working years in sales, most recently for mobile home and modular home sales.  He was a veteran of the United States Army Air Corps, where he served as a seaman journalist.

He married Janet Ruth Falk on October 19, 1968 in Alta Vista, KS.  She survives of the couples home.  Additional survivors include his daughter, Audra Francis; son, Chris Royston and wife, Rachel; three grandchildren, Reilley, Gabe and Riker.

Cremation arrangements have been entrusted with the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, MO.  In accordance to John's wishes, a private family gathering and committal service will be held.  Memorial contributions are suggested to the charity of the donor's choice.

Marjorie Mitchell

Marjorie Mitchell, 86, of Kansas City, MO (Northland) passed away July 3, 2014 at the New Mark Care Center.   She was born January 4, 1928 in Kansas City to Edwin and Thelma (Billings) Smith.   She graduated from William Chrisman High School and received her teaching degree from UMKC.

Marjorie spent the majority of her working years as a teacher.   She taught at Spring Valley Elementary in Raytown, MO; then for the Winona, MO School District and later helped inmates at an Iowa prison complete their GED work. 

Marjorie was a skilled and creative seamstress.  She often hand made clothes for her children as they grew up and was very proud to have made her daughters’ wedding dresses.  She enjoyed quilting, embroidery and reading as hobbies.

Marjorie had a lifelong concern for the well-being of the community and the people in it.  To that end she devoted many volunteer hours over the years and earned the Iowa Governor’s Volunteer Award in 1996.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Robert M. Mitchell, a brother, Larry Smith and a grandson, Kiley McDowell.   Survivors include her children, Randy Mitchell (Ann) of St. Louis, MO, Jeannine Kosman (Ron) of Lynnville, IA, Nancy McDowell (Tim) of Platte Woods, MO and Jane Hull (Dennis) of Belton, MO; 9 grandchildren, Kara, Emily, Rob, Marjie, Laurie, Tanner, Charles, Scott and Kate; and 11 great grand children.

Family and friends will gather to celebrate Marjorie’s life from 2-4:00 p.m. on July 19, 2014 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association or the American Cancer Society.

Nora Priest

Nora Elizabeth Priest, 92, a resident of Parkville, MO passed away on Friday July 4, 2014. Nora was born April 10, 1922 to Ezra and Anna (Welsh) Shick in Ridgeway, PA. Nora was united in marriage with Jaxon Priest on December 28, 1942 in Emporium, PA from this loving union two children were born, Jacalyn and Jon.

Nora and her family will cherish her many accomplishments and her loving spirit. Nora was a member of Eastern Star, receiving the Golden Star 50 year member and serving as Past Matron. She was also a Deacon of Parkville Presbyterian Church. But the most memorable is; in 1985, along with other WWII veterans, Nora and Jaxon traveled to Austria as guests of the Austrian government. It was to recognize those vets that had been involved with the liberation of Austria from Hitler's rule. During the official State dinner Nora and Jaxon met, and had their photo taken with, the Chancellor of Austria. It was definitely an emotional experience for both of them because of the deep respect that the Austrians showed to all of the vets to honor them for their service and sacrifice to free the country from Hitler and to help them reestablish a democratic government.

She was preceded in death by husband, Jaxon; parents; twin sister, Sara Close; sister, Ruth Decker, and two brothers, Harvey and John Shick. Survived by a daughter, Jacalyn Stevens (Randy) of Parkville, MO and a son, Jon Priest (Carol) of Gettysburg, PA; three grandchildren: Megan Markle, Irina Stevens and Yulia Groves; two great-grandchildren Alexandria and Nicholas Stevens.

A Memorial Service celebrating Nora’s life will be held at 4:00 p.m., Saturday, August 23, 2014 at Parkville Presbyterian Church, 819 Main St. Parkville, MO  64152 with Rev. Ky Weekley officiating. Nora loved spending time at English Landing Park. The family is placing a memorial bench in honor of Nora, at the park. Memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers may be made toward the Nora Priest Memorial Bench, c/o Meyers Funeral Chapel 401 Main St. Parkville, MO 64152. A Committal Service will be held at a later date at Ft. Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Annville, PA. Memories of Nora and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Jerry Goss

Gerald Joseph "Jerry" Goss, 73, a Northland resident in Kansas City, MO and member of St. Therese Parish, passed away Sunday, July 6, 2014.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, July 10, 2014 at St. Therese Catholic Church, Fr. Joe Cisetti presiding.  The family will receive friends from 10-11:00 a.m., prior to Mass.  A committal service with military honors will be held 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 11, at Leavenworth National Cemetery.  Memorial contributions are suggested to the St. Vincent de Paul Society or to the family and may be left in care of the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.

He was born June 17, 1941 in Kansas City, MO to Norman and Vinita (Thompson) Goss.  He graduated from Washington High School in Kansas City, KS and was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, where he served for over 11 years, including the Vietnam era.

Jerry lived most of his life in Oregon and was employed by the United States Postal Service.  He was an advocate for the POW movement and was a member of the American Legion.

He married Patricia Ann "Pat" Franklin on January 7, 1968 in Oklahoma.  She survives of the couple's home.  Additional survivors include his son, Kent Goss (Rose) of Louisburg, KS and daughter, Cheri Goss of Pacific City, OR; a sister, Norma Cicero of Kansas City, KS; five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Christopher Goss.

 

 

David Warner

David  Lee Warner, 75, a resident of Parkville, MO passed away Tuesday, July 15, 2014. He was born in 1939 to Edwin and Mildred (Williams) Warner.  David proudly served in the United States Marine Corps from 1957-1963. Fly fishing was a family tradition that was passed down from his parents. David made sure that he continued the tradition by teaching  his family how to fly fish. He loved spending time with his family at Roaring River State Park in Cassville, MO. He also enjoyed spending time outdoors doing activities like camping and softball. David participated in the annual Peter Marshall Golf Benefit Tournaments.

David was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Gary Warner; and a sister, Carole Jones. He leaves behind his loving wife, Linda Warner of Parkville, MO; two sons, Kevin Warner and Mark Warner; a daughter Kathryn Warner all of Austin, TX; a sister Nancy Garnett and her husband, Charlie of North Kansas City, MO; a brother, Stephen Warner of Salt Lake City, UT; numerous nieces and nephews; and his four legged companion, Abbie Lee.

The family will receive friends for Visitation from 2-4 p.m., Monday, July 21, 2014 at the Meyers Northland Chapel, 401 Main Street, Parkville, MO. A Committal Service with Military Honors will be held at a later date at Leavenworth National Cemetery 150 Muncie Road, Leavenworth, KS. Memories of David and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Kathryn (Bertoncin) Zelfer

Kathryn Louise (Bertoncin) Zelfer, 58, a resident of Lake Waukomis, MO passed away on Friday, July 18, 2014 with her loving family by her side. Kathy was born July 2, 1956 to Bert and Charlotte (Thomas) Bertoncin, Sr. in Kansas City, MO. She attended Park Hill High School where she met the love of her life. Kathy was united in marriage with Richard “Rick” Zelfer on September 28, 1973 in North Kansas City, MO. Rick and Kathy had one daughter, Stephanie.

Kathy was employed at VVF Kansas Services in Kansas City, Missouri. She was the Human Resource Manager. Kathy had a kind, loving, generous heart. She was very involved with her grandchildren, never missing any events. She loved to shop, especially on "Black Friday". Just the word "sale" got her to smile. Her favorite holiday was the Fourth of July. She went all out on decorations and loved to host huge gatherings celebrating. Kathy loved to travel. Rick and Kathy spent their blissful 40 years together traveling the world. They saw Paris, Greece, Italy, Niagria Falls, the Caribbean, Germany, just to name a few.

Kathy lived by this montra...

Laugh when you can, apologize when you should and let go of what you can't change. Life is short...live it well.

Kathy was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband, Rick Zelfer; daughter, Stephanie Riechers; two magnificent grandchildren, Dalton and Demi Riechers; three brothers: Bert Bertoncin, Jr.; Tom Bertoncin and partner, Todd Hesher; Robert Bertoncin and wife, Cindy; niece and goddaughter, Krystle Bertoncin.

A Celebration of Life Mass will be held honoring Kathryn at 6:00 pm on Friday, July 25, 2014 at St. Therese Catholic Church 7207 NW Highway 9, Kansas City, MO with Rev. Mike Roach as celebrant. A Visitation Reception will be held following mass in the Parish Hall. Please join us for food, laughter and fond memories.

In lieu of flowers, Nana Kathy wanted to make her last gift to her grandchildren the gift of an education. An Education Fund has been set up in her memory. Memorial contributions may be made to Riechers' Education Fund Merrill Lynch 3401 College Blvd. Leawood, KS 66211.

Additionally, Kathy's family would like to extend their gratitude to the employees, management staff, and owners of VVF Kansas Services, North Kansas City Hospital staff and doctors, KU Med Center staff and doctors, NorthCare Hospice House, and the KU Medical Research Department.

Memories of Kathryn and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Byron F. DeWitt Ph.D.

Byron F. DeWitt, Ph. D., age 90, of Kansas City, MO, passed away July 23, 2014 at St. Luke’s Northland Hospital following a sudden illness. He was born January 20, 1924 in Indianapolis, IN. In 1941, Byron graduated from Central High School in Oklahoma City, and then after serving in World War II, he earned a Bachelor’s degree from Penn State University (1948), a Master’s degree from Central Missouri State University (1950), and a Ph.D. in Administration/Educational Research from the University of Iowa (1961). Byron served as an administrator with the North Kansas City School District for 32 years, first as principal of Big Shoal Elementary School in 1953, and then at Briarcliff Elementary School, which he helped design and open in 1956. In 1967, he was appointed Director of Research and Development for the district, a position he held until his retirement in 1986.

Byron proudly served in the Army Air Force in the North Atlantic and in China/India/Burma during World War II. He was awarded 2 Bronze Stars for his service in the 14th Air Force, 322nd Squadron.

In 1954, Byron married Martha Lou Reavis, his “special lady”. They enjoyed 57 years of marriage until her death in 2012. They were members of Hillside Christian Church and Old Pike Country Club. Byron was a very devoted husband and father, cherishing his 3 children and his 7 granddaughters. After his retirement, he and Martha traveled extensively, enjoying Europe, Hawaii, Alaska, and Caribbean cruises. He remained very active, always stressing the value of exercise. Up until just 3 years ago, he remained dedicated to his exercise routine at the YMCA in Parkville, where he made many friends and had “quality time” walking with his daughter, Elizabeth.

His last 2 years, following Martha’s death were spent at Garden Valley Manor, where he again made new friends and entertained the staff with his stories. We are so grateful for the staff’s care and attention! The family would also like to extend our sincere gratitude to the medical and nursing staff at St. Luke’s Northland Hospital for their kindness and compassion during Byron’s last days.

In addition to his wife Martha, Byron was preceded in death by his mother and step-father, Eloise and Don King, and his father, Dwight DeWitt. Surviving are his children Elizabeth (Doug) Fricke, Anne (Greg) Rothers, and Tom (Becky) DeWitt, and 7 granddaughters: Lauren and Lia Fricke, Audrey and Alex Rothers, and Makayla, Claire, and Sarah DeWitt. His sister, Fran Mayes of St. Anthony, MN, and his sister-in-law, Caroline Stuerke of Higginsville, MO also survive.

A Celebration of Life memorial open house will be held on Friday, August 8, 2014 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm (short program at 11:30 am) at the Platte County Community Center South (Parkville YMCA), 8875 Clark Ave., Parkville, MO 64152. Memorial contributions in Byron’s memory may be made to the Platte County Community Center South. Memories of Byron and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Martha A. Bryan

Martha Ann Bryan, 82, a resident of Riverside, MO passed away on Thursday, July 24, 2014. Martha was born, December 9, 1931 to Arch and Emma (Holt) Burgess in Joplin, MO.

Martha was a stay-at-home wife and mother; she enjoyed spending time with her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Bryan; a daughter, Kathy Shaver; and both of her parents. Survivors include her son, Tom Veith and his wife, Barbara of Parkville, MO; five grandchildren: Jeff, Matt, Mark, Ray and Angie; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; three brothers: George Burgess of Neosho, MO; Jake Burgess of Joplin, MO and Mickey Burgess of Eagle Rock, MO; and son-in-law, Harlan Shaver of Riverside, MO.

Final cremation arrangements have been entrusted with Meyers Northland Chapel. Private family service will be held at a later date. Memories of Martha and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Catherine Ford

Catherine Barton Ford, 65, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO passed away Friday, July 25, 2014. Catherine was born November 14, 1948 to Hugh and Elizabeth (Stuart) Barton.

Catherine served her country during the Vietnam Era in the United States Army. She loved knitting and was an avid reader.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, James Barton and Richard Barton. Survived by her two loving daughters: Jody Craven and her husband, Craig of Kansas City (North), MO; Jennifer Ford of Kansas City, MO; one granddaughter, Danielle Craven; five siblings: Hugh Barton and his wife, Maureen; Elizabeth Roberts, George Barton; David Barton and his wife, Liz; and William J. Barton; and a host of nieces and nephews.

A private Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family has requested memorial contributions be made to Friends Of Parkville Animal Shelter (F.O.P.A.S.) http://parkvilleshelter.com/tribute-or-memorial-donation/ Memories of Catherine and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Jimmy Alan Nading

James “Jimmy Alan” Nading, 45, of Gower, MO passed away on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. He was born January 15, 1969 to James Franklin and Linda (Short) Nading, Jr. in Independence, MO.

Jimmy was a happy go lucky guy, who smiled all the time. He was full of joy. He enjoyed: country music, sports, getting in the water at the beach. He loved food, especially Ho-Ho’s and Ding Dongs.

He was preceded in death by his Grandparents: Ernest Short, Mary Louise Nading and James Nading, Sr. Survivors include his mother, Linda Newton of Kansas City (North), MO; father, James Nading, Jr. of St. Joseph, MO; three sisters: Lori Collins of Kansas City (North), MO; Rachelle Nading of Gladstone, MO and Lindsey Villigran of Kansas City (North), MO; a brother, Rodney (Trina) Nading of St Joseph, MO; grandma, Mary Lou Devoy of Kansas City (North), MO; two aunts: Debbie Newton, Kimberly Lewis, four uncles: Ernest R. Short, Carl L. Short, Ben Alcanter, and George Short; numerous nieces and nephews, and a host of great nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service celebrating Jimmy's life will be held at 7 p.m., Friday, August 8, 2014 at the Parkway Christian Fellowship, 3004 Pickett, St. Joseph, MO with Pastor Dave Hugger officiating. Memories of Jimmy and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Carol Flowers

Meyers Funeral ChapelsCaroline “Carol” Rose Flowers, 79, of Parkville, MO passed away Friday August 1, 2014.  She was born to Howard S. Wiltfong and Lillian E. Wiber on October 8, 1934 in Kansas City, KS.

Carol worked on the production line at the Sunshine Biscuit Company in Kansas City, KS.  She enjoyed her flowers and fishing.  Carol’s greatest enjoyment was being with her family and friends. 

Survivors include son, Michael E. Flowers (Shirley) of Mariam, KS; sister, Bonnie L. Coontz (Don) of Belton, MO; brother, Frank F. Wiltfong of Kansas City, KS; grandchildren, Jimmy of Parkville, MO, Marinda of Olathe, KS, Michelle of Prairie Village, KS, and Mandy of Kansas City, MO; 12 great-grandchildren.  Carol is preceded in death by her husband, Charles E. Flowers; son, Steven P. Wiltfong, and her parents.

There are no services scheduled at this time.

Mable Cole

Mabel M. Cole, 94, of Liberty, MO, passed away peacefully August 3, 2014, surrounded by her loving family.  Mabel is survived by Robert, her husband of 74 years; daughter Renae Cole of St. Louis, MO; daughter Risa Glinn and her husband Randy of Kansas City, MO; and two step-grandchildren, Randall Glinn and Stephanie Whitener; and one step-great-grandchild Addison.  Mabel is preceded in death by her parents, James and Bertha Pierce and by nine siblings.

Mabel and Robert had lived in Liberty since 1947 and she leaves behind many caring friends and neighbors.  She was a private person who wanted everyone around her to be happy.  Mabel lived a quiet life and loved her family.

A funeral service celebrating her life will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at the Souder Funeral Home 1333 NE Barry RD. Kansas City, MO 64155, under the direction of the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.  Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m.  A committal service will follow at 12:30 p.m. at Leavenworth National Cemetery.  The Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville has been entrusted with the final arrangements.  Memories of Mabel and condolences may be left online at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Alice Westlund

Alice M. Westlund, 81, a former resident of Lake Waukomis, MO passed away October 9, 2014 at her home in Peoria, AZ.  She was born to Halvor and Emma (Smeby) Nordgaarden on February 25, 1933 in Winger, MN.  Alice was united into marriage with LaDale E. Westlund on February 11, 1956 in Winger, MN.

Alice enjoyed participating on activities on the lake, dogs and the Kansas City Royals.  She is a former member of the Platte Woods United Methodist Church in Platte Woods, MO.  Alice’s greatest enjoyments came from being around her family and friends.

Alice is survived by her son Terry Westlund and his wife Debbie of Leawood, KS; daughter, Cheryl Gee and her huband Joe of Peoria, AZ; grandchildren: Jama Westlund of Roeland Park, KS: Tara Westlund of Roeland Park, KS; Julieanne Gee of Long Beach, CA; Jaclyn Gonzalez and her husband Randy of Rancho Cordova, CA.  She is preceded in death by her husband and her parents.

A funeral service celebrating Alice’s life will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, October 16, 2014 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.  The family will receive friends beginning at 10:00 a.m.  A committal service will follow at 12:30 p.m. at the Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memories of Alice and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

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Betty Vickrey

Betty Vickrey, 73, of Gladstone, MO passed away on Sunday, August 4, 2014. Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, August 10, 2014 at the First Baptist Church of Northern Heights.  The family will receive friends from 1-2:00 p.m. prior to the service.  Graveside services and burial will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, August 11, 2014 at the Ledbetter Cemetery, West Plains, MO.

Betty was born February 26, 1941 in Leavenworth, KS to Ray and Katherine P. (Fox) Ledbetter.  She married Dale R. Vickrey on July 15, 1998 in Mt. Home, AR.  Mr. Vickrey preceded her in death earlier this year.  Survivors include her children, Tammy Stotts (Phillip) of Orlando, FL, Pamela Masterson (Robert) of Kansas City, MO, Kenneth Pratt of Kansas City, MO, Sandra McCorkle (Doug) of Kansas City, MO and Billy Pratt of Kansas City, MO; three siblings, Melvin, Thelma and Phyllis; and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Racine Rens

Elizabeth Racine Rens passed away on August 3, 2014 at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland. Racine’s passing comes after a long and courageous fight with Chronic Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis, a progressive lung disease.

She was born on March 11, 1966 in Garden City, Kansas and adopted on March 18 by Ralph Williams Snider and Donna Louise Read Snider of Council Grove, Kansas.

Racine grew up in Council Grove where she was baptized at the Congregational Church on her 1st birthday. Racine participated in swimming, dance and cheerleading as a youth. She was also a member of the Bethel # 41 International Order of Job's Daughters for whom she served as Honor Queen and also held an office in the Grand Bethel.

Racine graduated from Council Grove High School in 1984. During high school Racine continued with dance and cheerleading but took special pleasure in singing as part of the Brave Voices.

After graduating Racine attended Emporia State University. Other priorities interrupted Racine’s college plans but she pursued her education until she was no longer physically able. Racine’s education ended at Park University where she was in her final semester of practicum working toward a degree in social work. As part of her course work Racine was working at Drumm Farm in Independence, Missouri.

Racine married James Timothy Rens on June 7, 1986 at the Congregational Church in Council Grove, Kansas. They were happily married for 28 years. Tim and Racine changed residences 17 times in there 28 years living in Missouri, Kansas, Florida, Trinidad West Indies and Pennsylvania. During this time Racine was involved in her children’s school and activities as a volunteer, was a member of the American Women’s Club in Trinidad, played competitive tennis, worked for her home associations and volunteered at Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA).

Racine was preceded in death by her grandparents Lloyd Read of Council Grove, Kansas; Cecil and Hazel Kendle of Council Grove, Kansas and Elmer and Elizabeth Snider of Council Grove, Kansas; her uncles Don Read, Steve Read a Tom Snider of Council Grove Kansas and her uncle Willard Foos of Webb City, Missouri.

She is survived by her spouse Tim Rens; her daughter Sidney Elizabeth Rens, 24, and her grandson Harrison Robert Kuhlmann, 2 years, of St. Louis, Missouri; her son James Derrick Rens, 21, of Columbia, Missouri; her daughters Emily Louise Rens, 14, and Abigail Racine Rens, 13, of Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania; her parents Ralph and Donna Snider of Council Grove, Kansas; her brother Ryan Tyrer Snider of Shawnee, Kansas. Racine is also survived by her father and mother in-law, Jim and Louise Rens of Clinton, MO, two brothers in law and their spouses, Troy and Jennifer Rens of Shawnee, Kansas and Tony and Karen Rens of Clinton, Missouri; and nine nieces and nephews.

A memorial service celebrating her life will be held 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at the Shoal Creek Community Church with Rev. Troy McMahon presiding.  The family will begin greeting friends and relatives at 2:00 p.m.  Following the service, Racine's family will be traveling to Florida to fulfill her wish of having her ashes scattered along the beach.  In lieu of Flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to "Racine for Life", 921 Mt. Pleasant Rd., Bryn Mawr, PA 19010.  Memories of Racine and condolences may be shared with the family online at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Sam Adams

Samuel K. Adams, 56, of Riverside, MO passed away unexpectedly on August 6, 2014.  He was born on that same day back in 1958 in Sumter, SC to Don and Leona (Bell) Adams.  He graduated high school in Orlando, FL and spent the majority of his working years as a manager in a medical supply laboratory.

Sam had a passion for acting and was well know for his different acts in the Renaissance Festival every year.  He had a great zest for life and loved people.  Sam never met a stranger.

Survivors include his children, Derrin Skorupan of Olathe, KS and Samantha Adams of Fairfield, IA; sisters, Donna Adams, Cynthia Hughes and Frances Ray; brothers, Robert and Donald Adams.

A wake service celebrating his life is pending and will be announced within the next couple of weeks.  Cremation arrangements are under the direction of the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.

 

Wanda Sims

Wanda Sims, 84, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO passed away Saturday, August 9, 2014.  She was born December 9, 1929 in Westlake, LA to Robert and Wanda (Cash) Sutherland.  She graduated from Northwestern University in Alexandria, LA and spent her entire working career teaching young adults English and Music.

In her spare time she enjoyed cooking, especially Cajun dishes.  Her love for music and teaching lead her to give private piano and voice lessons for several years.  This passion was passed on to her two sons, who are both accomplished musicians.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Harold Lewis Sims and two siblings.  Survivors include her two sons, Richard Sims (Vickie) of Parkville, MO and Charles Sims of Lenexa, KS; two grandchildren, Trey and Torri Sims; and several step-grandchildren.

A service celebrating Wanda's life will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, September 6, 2014 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, MO.

 

Molle Martin

Molle E. Martin, 85, of Gladstone, MO passed away Sunday, August 10, 2014.  She is survived by her husband, Warren Martin; son, Daniel Corum and wife, Karen; step-daughter, Cheryl Briggs and husband Bill; grandchildren, Travis Corum and wife,  Devon and Kyle Corum and wife, Anna Marie; great grandchildren, Brayden and Averi.

A memorial service celebrating Molle's life will be held 2:00 p.m. Friday, August 15, 2014 at the Antioch Community Church, 4805 NE Antioch Rd., Kansas City, MO 64119, with Rev. Harry Foockle officiating.  The family will begin receiving friends at 1:00 p.m.  A private burial will be held at the East Slope Cemetery, Riverside, MO.  Memorial contributions are suggested to the Alzheimer's Association.  The Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville has been entrusted with the final arrangements.

Julia Boltz

Julia Elizabeth Johnson Boltz passed away peacefully on August 12, 2014.  She was born October 27, 1924 in Des Moines, Iowa to Louis H. and Elizabeth Johnson.  Julia graduated from Newton High School and received her B.A. Degree from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Julia married Chadwick C. Boltz on October 28, 1949 in Newton, Iowa.  Julia and Chad lived in Des Moines, Iowa for many years raising their two daughters.  Julia was a homemaker and also worked in the business world.   Chad and Julia moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa where their daughters spent their High School years.  In 1974, they moved to Kansas City, Mo.

Julia enjoyed cooking and baking especially with her grandchildren.  Julia’s love of cooking and baking has proved to be a great influence to her daughters and grandchildren.  Julia was also excellent seamstress and spent many loving hours sewing for her family. She was active in several organizations including the Parkville Fine Arts Association and the Symphony Guild.  She was a long time active member of Parkville Presbyterian Church and American Association of University Women.  In their retirement years, Julia and Chad loved to travel and attend Elder Hostels.

Mr. Boltz preceded her in death on May 15, 1999.  Survivors include her daughters, Claire Bowers (Norman) of Kansas City, Mo and Jane Kutner (Mark) of Denver, CO; two grandchildren, Kimberly Gasper (Joshua) and Matthew Bowers (Amanda); and two great grandchildren.

A Memorial service celebrating Julia’s life will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday August 27, 2014 at the Parkville Presbyterian Church.  The family will begin receiving friends at 10:00 a.m. .  A Private family burial will be held at the Walnut Grove Cemetery in Parkville.  Memorial contributions are suggested to American Association of University Women (AAUW) Parkville MO Re-Entry program*.  The Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville has been entrusted with the final arrangements.  Memories of Julia and condolences may be shared with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

Don Wittmeyer

Donald C. Wittmeyer, 87, of Kansas City north, passed away on Aug. 19, 2014. He was born Sept. 21, 1926 to Urban and Lena (Hansen) Wittmeyer in Jackson County, MO.

Don married Lois Klamm on Sept. 7, 1948 at St. Matthews, Riverside, MO.  Don served in the Merchant Marines during WWII. He farmed in Farley, MO and later worked for Hayes truck line.   Don’s warmth and wit will be missed.

He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers Herbert Wittmeyer and Ralph Wittmeyer, son Denis.  Survivors include his wife, Lois Wittmeyer; two daughters, Greta Elomari (Saleh) of Fairfield, CA; Lisa Wittmeyer, Kansas City, MO (friend William Groll, Pleasant Hill); grandsons Adam and Noah.

A memorial service celebrating Don’s life will be held 3:00 p.m. Friday, August 29, 2014 at St. Matthew’s Evangelical Church (NALC), Riverside, MO, with Rev. Bud Elliott officiating.  Visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m.  A private family burial will be held at Old St. Matthew’s Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Prostate Cancer Foundation at www.pcf.org in memory of Don Wittmeyer or to St. Matthew's Church.  Arrangements by the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, MO.  Memories of Don and condolences may be expressed at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Mark Patrick Hogan

Meyers Funeral ChapelsMark Patrick Hogan, 51, of Sunrise Beach, MO died Thursday, August 21, 2014 at the home of his childhood in Kansas City, MO.

He was born September 18, 1962 in Kokomo, Indiana to James and Carolyn (Heil) Hogan, he was baptized into Christ on Oct. 8, 1962 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Lafayette, IN.  The family moved from Indiana to Kansas City, MO in 1963.  After grade school, he graduated from North Kansas City High School and then attended The University of Missouri Columbia. 

He eventually moved to the Lake of the Ozarks area.  Heating and air conditioning became his main source of employment.  He possessed a high degree of ingenuity - even as a child he built a work bench in his closet where he would disassemble broken items and sometimes restore them – he was a fixer and an “inventor.”  He worked with stained glass, loved fireworks, guns, old cars, convertibles – both factory or homemade.  He was very good to his parents and had many friends in all walks of life.

Mark is survived by his parents, Jim and Carolyn Hogan of Kansas City, MO; his sister, Gretchen (Tom) Hanson of Weston, MO; his brother, Chris Hogan of Santa Rosa, CA; his youngest sister, Elizabeth (Wayne) Johnson of Paducah, KY, their children Hayden of Louisville, KY and daughter Emma of Paducah, KY.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Norborne, MO.  Burial will follow at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. at the church.  Online condolences may be left at meyersfuneralchapel.com.  Memorial contributions can be made to Trinity Lutheran Cemetery or The American Cancer Society.

Marcia Simmons

With great sadness, we mourn the loss of wife, mother, and grandmother, Marcia M. Simmons, 70, an Alaskan for 31-years and resident of Kansas City, MO. Marcia entered Heaven’s Gates on Wednesday, August 20, 2014.  

Born April 30, 1944, Marcia devoted her life to her family and to teaching. After graduating from Univ of IL, Marcia worked with special needs children in IL and North Carolina. “Miss Marcia” was embraced by children across the US and Africa for the next 50 years. In Anchorage, she taught at New Horizons Preschool and was Director of Children’s Ministries at the First Presbyterian Church. She also taught at Pine Ridge Presbyterian Church in Kansas City. While in Alaska, Marcia created the Imaginarium’s Preschool Science Adventure Club and later established the program at the Kansas City Zoo. She volunteered to help families in crisis in every state she lived. We are so proud of the kindness she showed throughout her life.

Marcia was our loving Mom and Nanna. She created a home full of music and laughter. We enjoyed exploring, dancing and celebrating together for many years. Her commitment to her family was undeniable. We would not be the people we are today without her. While we can no longer feel her embrace, we are comforted to know she is safely home with Our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Those she loved with all her heart include her husband of 47 years, Gary Simmons; two children: son, Shawn Simmons and daughter, Jennifer (Simmons) Goldston and son-in-law, Chance Goldston; her two precious grandsons, Dash and Gavin Goldston; and her Weimaraner Princess Leah. She also leaves behind her sister, June Willhite of Walworth, WI; twin brother, Bruce Thorsen of Minneapolis, MN; mother-in-law Mamie Simmons of Mt. Vernon, IL; and many more family and friends.

Her family will receive friends from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at Pine Ridge Presbyterian Church 7600 NW Barry Rd. Kansas City, MO.  A Memorial service celebrating Marcia’s life will immediately follow at 6:30 p.m.  Memorial contributions may be made to Hillcrest Transitional Housing PO Box 901924, Kansas City MO 64190 or online at hillcresttransitionalhousing.org. Memories of Marcia and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

 

Roger Gresham

Roger Gresham, 77, a resident of Parkville, MO passed away Sunday, August 24, 2014. Roger was born April 15, 1937 to Arthur and Mabel "Marie" (Bennett) Gresham in Kansas City, MO.

Roger proudly served his country in the United States Navy.  He worked his entire life as a sheet metal worker, Local #2.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Donald and two sisters, Rose Mary and Lucy.  He leaves behind his loving wife, Shirley Gresham of Parkville, MO; two beautiful daughters, Rhonda Snow of Platte City, MO and Kim Gresham of Kansas City, MO; three grandchildren: Corey, Courtney and Alyssa; one great-granddaughter, Gabriella; three brothers: Phillip Gresham of Prescott, AZ; Harold Gresham of Gower, MO and Russell Gresham of Kansas City, MO.

A Gathering to celebrate the life of Roger will be held from 5 - 9 p.m., Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 10120 NE Chowning Dr. Kansas City, MO 64155. Oakbrook at Newmark  Apartments Clubhouse. Memories of Roger and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

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Tracey Farmer

Tracey Farmer, 42, a resident of Kansas City, KS passed away on Monday, August 25, 2014.  Tracey was born July 13, 1972 to Bobby and Vicki (Temple) Farmer in North Kansas City, MO.

A loving mother, sister and friend will truly be missed but not forgotten. Tracey will be remembered as the Domestic Goddess who enjoyed crafting, gardening, shopping and hanging-out with her friends; friends that provided support, positive energy and creating memories.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Vicki Farmer in June 2014 and an infant sister, Tammy.  Survivors include her son, Trey Cummings of Kansas City, KS; two daughters: Kimberly and Kailynn Cummings both of Peculiar, MO; father, Bobby Farmer and step-mother, Delores Farmer  of Lowry City, MO; sister, Stacey Harvey and her husband, Allen of Kansas City (North), MO; goddaughter, Ashleyn Gatson; a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends.

The family will receive friends at 6 p.m., Thursday, August 28, 2014 at Pine Ridge Presbyterian Church 7600 NW Barry Rd. Kansas City, MO.  Funeral service will follow at 7 p.m. at the church.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Diabetes Association.  Memories of Tracey and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

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Patrick Hegarty

Pat Hegarty, 66, of Atchison, KS passed away surrounded by family on Thursday, September 4, 2014 at the Heartland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph, MO.  Pat was born August 15, 1948 to Patrick L Hegarty and Lillian (Hampl) Hegarty in Atchison, Kansas. 

Pat attended Spring Grove Grade School in Doniphan County.  Pat attended Troy High School.  On February 17, 1973 Pat married Julie (Franken) Hegarty. She preceded him in death January 22, 2009.

Over the years, Pat enjoyed working on the family farm and developed a great sense of work ethic.  After high school, Pat went to work for Midwest Grain Products. In 1984, he began a 23 year career delivering newspapers for the St. Joesph Newspress and then later the Kansas City Star.  He prided himself in providing great customer service.

Pat was an avid sports enthusiast whether a participant or a spectator.  Pat had many hobbies such as watching KU Basketball and the Kansas City Royals.  He also enjoyed playing pitch with friends, coaching and playing softball, as well as shooting pool.  Pat attended several NAIA tournaments over the years.  Pat also enjoyed going to the casinos.  Pat never met a stranger.  Pat’s greatest gifts were being a storyteller and his quick wit.

Pat is survived by his three children  Kelli (Michael) of Topeka, Patrick of Atchison, and Katie Hegarty, of Topeka; three granddaughters Malia, Amiya, and Taylen Thurman of Topeka.  Pat is also survived by his siblings Mike (Terri) Hegarty, Vic Hegarty, Sheila (Larry) Boos, Mary (Joe) Perkins, and Tim (Teresa) Hegarty as well as a special friend Pat Hetz.  Pat is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife, Pat was preceded in death by his parents.

A Mass of Christian Burial celebrating Pat’s life will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, September 8, 2014 at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church, 1001 N 2nd St, Atchison, KS. Burial will follow at the Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Atchison.  The family will receive friends on Sunday, September 7, 2014 from 5 – 7 p.m. at the church. The Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville has been entrusted with the final arrangements. Memories of Pat and condolences may be left online at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

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Julio C. Camoriano

Julio C. Camoriano, 84, passed away on September 12, 2014.  Julio was born on February 19, 1930 to Guido and Josefina Camoriano in San Salvador, El Salvador. He graduated from high school in Logan, Iowa, where he met Carolyn Kelly, whom he married on August 1, 1954. He graduated from the University of Nebraska in Omaha and lived in Nebraska and California before moving to Kansas City in 1975. 

Julio enjoyed a very successful career in the food industry, leading sales teams throughout the United States before becoming self-employed as a gourmet food broker.  His greatest pride and joy was his family.

Julio is survived by his wife Carolyn of Parkville, Missouri; four sons: John Camoriano of Mesa, Arizona; Kirk Camoriano of Parkville, Missouri; Joe Camoriano of Columbus, Ohio; and Jim Camoriano of Columbia, Missouri; 11 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; sister, Giovanna Pfeiffer of Houston, Texas; and numerous nephews and nieces.  He was preceded in death by his parents, and his 2 brothers George Camoriano and Walter Camoriano.

The family will receive friends at 10 a.m., Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, MO.  Memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. at the chapel.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Crossroads Hospice.  Memories of Julio and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

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Velma Loncar

Velma M. Loncar, 99, of Parkville, Mo passed away on September 16, 2014 at her home, surrounded by family and friends.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Elsa Miller of Parkville, MO; her sisters, Berniece Vaughan of Lodi, CA and Marjorie Dudley of North Kansas City, MO; and her brother, Kenneth Miller of Frankenmuth, MI. She is survived by her husband of 79 years, Jack Loncar of Parkville, MO; her son, John Loncar (Nobuko) of Honolulu, HI and her daughter, Kate Loncar of Parkville, MO; two grandchildren, Shawn Loncar (Aga) of Chicago, IL and Shannon Loncar (Joel) of Long Island, NY.She is also survived by her sister, Bettie Noland of Winter Haven, FL and her brother, Bill Miller of Mesa, AZ; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Velma grew up on a farm in the Parkville area.  She met and married Jack Loncar in 1935 and began teaching grades one through four at Graden School in Parkville.  She taught in the Parkville schools for 35 years, and was a gifted and beloved teacher.  She taught generations of first graders and gave hundreds of children the gift of reading.  Her classroom was a safe and loving environment where learning was a joy.  She never forgot a student.  She cared for all of them and was proud of their accomplishments.

After retirement in 1976 Velma and Jack spent winters at their home in Mission, TX.  Velma enjoyed fishing and hunting, square dancing and clogging, quilting and crocheting, playing Mah-jongg, traveling with Jack in their Airstream trailer, and riding with him on his motorcycle.

A celebration of Velma’s life will be held on October 18, 2014 at 10 a.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer 7110 North State Route 9, Parkville, MO.  In lieu of flowers the family suggested donations to the Velma Loncar Memorial Library Fund at Graden Elementary School 8804 NW Highway 45 Parkville, MO  64152.  Memories of Velma and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

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Janet West

Janet H. Strahan West, 87, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO passed away Thursday, September 18, 2014 at home, surrounded by her family.  She was born October 6, 1926 in Camden, NJ to James and Mabel (Keiser) Strahan.  Janet graduated from Collingswood High School and attended Columbia Business College in Philadelphia, PA.

She was baptized at home by her Uncle, Roy N. Keiser, a Methodist clergyman.  Music, dancing and reading were her favorite pastimes.  She also enjoyed attending the Collingswood football games with friends.

Janet and William Alfred “Al” West were united in marriage on May 27, 1950 in West Collingswood, NJ.  The ceremony was performed by her uncle, the Rev. Dr. Roy N. Keiser, of Swarthmore, PA.

Janet was a member of numerous societies: The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, The National Society of the United States Daughters of the Eighteen Hundred Twelve, The National Society Daughters of the Union, 1861-1865 Inc., The Continental Society Daughters of Indian Wars, The Clan Strachan Society and is a lifetime member of Alpha Zeta Beta Sorority. Janet has been involved in genealogy for over the past 30 years.  She has enjoyed bowling and golf in the past, having received awards in both sports.  She has been a volunteer in many endeavors over the years.

She is survived by her husband, Al West of Kansas City, MO.  Additional survivors include a daughter, Nancy Klipowicz and husband Paul of Kansas City, MO; a sister, Edith Doerrmann of Haddon Heights, NJ; three step grandchildren, Kyle, Kelsey and Kaitlyn; 2 step great grandchildren, Stella and Oliver.  Janet was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, James Strahan, Jr.

A funeral service celebrating Janet’s life will be held 10:00 a.m. Monday, September 22, 2014 at the Antioch Community Church 4805 NE Antioch Road Kansas City, MO. with Rev. Harry Foockle officiating.  Burial will follow at Terrace Park Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 2-4:00 p.m. Sunday, September 21, 2014 at the Meyers Northland Chapel, 401 Main St. Parkville, MO 64152.  Memorial contributions are suggested to the Myasthenia Gravis Association, Kansas City Chapter, mgakc.org and may be left in care of the funeral home.  Memories of Janet and condolences may be left online at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

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Lisa Gaddy Boyd

Lisa G. Boyd, 53, a resident of Kansas City, MO passed away Tuesday, September 16, 2014.  Lisa was born October 19, 1960 to Betty Bolling and Charlie Edwards in Chicago, IL.

Lisa was preceded in death by a sister, Derona Chipman. She is survived by her three children: two daughters, Kimberly Gaddy and Enjoli Boyd; son, Timothy Boyd and his wife, Corie; seventeen grandchildren; mother, Betty Bolling; father, Charlie Edwards; two siblings: Lorenzo Bolling and  Kimberly Bolling.

A Memorial Service celebrating Lisa’s life will be held 11 a.m., Saturday, September 27, 2014 at the Glad Tidings Chapel 701 Prospect Kansas City, MO 64124 with Brother Tim McDaniel as Officiant.  Memories of Lisa and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com

Myrtle Dalke

 Myrtle G. Dalke, 92, a resident of Shawnee, KS (formerly of Kansas City, MO) passed away on Wednesday, September 24, 2014.  Myrtle was born June 1, 1922 to Alfred and Nora Lee (Coldiron) Forester in Koshkonong, MO.

Myrtle, while working as a cashier at Fred Harvey’s lunch counter, met her husband Elden M. Dalke in Union Station. They were wed on January 12, 1947 in Kansas City, MO.   From this loving union, three children were born: Patricia, Thomas and Richard. 

Myrtle lived a full life.  She took joy in the work that she did throughout her life as a sales clerk. She particularly had fun working at Dolgin’s.

Myrtle was known throughout her circle of family and friends as a wonderful cook.  She was famous for her fried chicken, macaroni & cheese, cookies, and pies.  She always allowed others to participate in her hobby of cooking; making her kitchen a place of great memories for all who were blessed to join her there.

Elden promised Myrtle that they would have a rose bush at every house they lived in.  This encouraged Myrtle’s hobby of gardening and her love of flowers particularly roses.

She was preceded in death by her son, Rick Dalke (January 13, 2014).  Myrtle is survived by her husband of 67 years, Elden Dalke of Shawnee, KS; daughter, Patty Bing (Jack) of Stanley, KS; son, Tom Dalke (Lori) of Parkville, MO; five grandchildren: Molly, Kyle, Becky, Joe, and Jackie; two great-grandchildren: Jack and Quinten; two siblings: Wayne Forester of Koskonong, MO and Sally Morris of Benbrook, TX; and many well-loved nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will receive friends at 1 p.m., Monday, September 29, 2014 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, MO.  A Memorial service celebrating Myrtle’s life will immediately follow at 2 p.m.   Memorial contributions may be made to Children’s Mercy Hospital or to the charity of your choosing pertaining to children.

The family would also like to thank the staff of Sweet Life at Rose Hill for their care and compassion to Myrtle.Memories of Myrtle and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com

 

 

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DJ Coyle

Richard "DJ"  Coyle, 64, of Parkville, Mo joined his heavenly Father and family Thursday, September 25, 2014.  He was born June 15, 1950 in Kansas City, Mo to Richard L. and Clara (Potts) Coyle.

DJ joined the United States Army serving in the 173rd Airborne Brigade.  He served two tours in Vietnam and earned the National Defense Service Medal, Parachute Badge, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal with 60 DVC, two Overseas Bars, Purple Heart Medal, Army Commendation Medal and the Marksman (Rifle M-14) and Sharpshooter (Rifle M-16).

He came home and married the love of his life, Sue Anne Pieplow.  DJ worked in sales for various companies from Sales Rep. to National Sales Manager.  He later owned and operated Custom Construction Company in Kansas City, MO.  DJ was dedicated to his family and friends.  Always there to lend a helping and caring hand.

He served on the Kansas City Crime Commission Board of Directors from 2001 - 2006,  wanting to make his community a better place to live.    Helping to start and serve on "Save-A-Child" a project to protect children.  He developed the Focus Liason Group  and Veteran 4 Veteran, Volunteer Navigator Group, to help and serve his fellow veterans,  at the Veterans Hospital in KCMO.  He was a fan of the KC Chiefs and of course the Arkansas Razorbacks with a little golf thrown in.

DJ is survived by his wife, Sue,  Daughter Heather,  and four grandchildren, Dakota, Seth Christian and Cheyenne.  Many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by both His parents,  two brothers and one sister.

The family will receive friends at the Visitation on Sunday, September 28 from 5 - 7 pm at Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.

A funeral service celebrating DJ's life will be held on Monday, September 29, at 10:30am at the Chapel.

Graveside services and burial will be in at the GAR Cemetery in Sulphur Springs, Arkansas, Wednesday, October 1, at 2 pm.  Memorials are suggested to the Wounded Warrior Project.

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Brenda Sanders Scaison

Brenda Sanders Scaison, 80, Lake Waukomis, MO, passed away October 1, 2014 at NorthCare Hospice, North Kansas City Hospital.  Brenda was born November 12, 1933, in New York City, NY.  She married Stanley Jerome Scaison in 1964.  Stan was a senior systems analyst for TWA/WorldSpan, and his employment caused the Scaisons to relocate from the East coast to Lake Waukomis in 1971, where Stan continued to work for the airline until retiring after 30 years of service.

Brenda became an avid Royals fan and Stan dutifully accompanied her to many Royals games over the years.  Brenda loved the theatre, having acted in her younger years in numerous musicals.  She enjoyed going to New Theatre, Starlight Theatre, Quality Hill, and the Music Hall.  Brenda was also very involved in the social life at Lake Waukomis.  She was an active member of the Lake Waukomis Women’s Club and Retiree’s Club and participated in a monthly dinner party group.

Brenda was preceded in death by her parents, Louis and Bessie Sanders; brother, Stephen Sanders; husband, Stan; and stepson Mark Scaison.  She is survived by her nieces Lauren Zichelli and Brett Sanders; a stepdaughter, Elizabeth Byers; two step-grandchildren, Megan and Molly Scaison; and her two ‘angels’, Chris Godfrey and Teddi Wolff.

Graveside services will be at Mount Hebron Cemetery in Flushing, NY.  A special thank you to the staff at NorthCare Hospice for their wonderful and caring support.  In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Brenda’s name to Wayside Waifs, 3901 Martha Truman Rd, Kansas City, MO 64137.

Lydia Gelker

Lydia Henrietta Gelker, 95, and a resident of Liberty, MO, passed away on Thursday Oct.2, 2014. Lydia was born January 29, 1919 to Henry William and Emilie Marie (Lebowsky) Gelker. Surviving is her only sibling, Esther VanDyck age 99, of Hart, MI.

Although Lydia was never married nor had any children, she enjoyed her early career days giving her the opportunity to travel. Lydia was Ships Cook for several years with the U.S. Coast Guard through April 1946.  She then worked for TWA which allowed her to live in New York, San Francisco, and Kansas City, MO. until her retirement. Lydia was co-owner of the Bookenders bookstore in both Weston, MO and Platte City, MO for many years thereafter with her dear friend Flora Crawford.

A Committal Service with military honors will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 21, 2014 Leavenworth National Cemetery in Leavenworth, KS. Memories and condolences of Lydia can be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com

 

John L. Black

John L. Black, 52, a resident of Gladstone, MO passed away Saturday, October 4, 2014. John was born March 9, 1962 to George L. and Virginia L. (McClain) Black in North Kansas City, MO. 

John was a 1980 graduate of Winnetonka High School, an Eagle Scout with troop #460, a member of Randolph Baptist Church, a volunteer fireman for two fire departments: Gladstone, MO and Claycomo, MO.  John was united in marriage with Janet Lee Casselman on June 4, 1982 in Gladstone, MO. From this loving union, a son, Stephen James Black was born.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Virginia Black and brother, George L. Black, Jr.  Survivors include his wife, Jan Black of the couple’s home in Gladstone, MO; a son, Stephen Black of Gladstone, MO; a grandson, George Logan Black; a brother, Donald “Donny” Black (Jana) of Gladstone, MO; a sister, Laura May Bayless (David) of Kansas City (North), MO; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Saturday, October 11, 2014 at Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, MO.  The funeral service will immediately follow at 12 p.m. with Rev. Ron Taylor officiating.  In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions may be made to North Oak AA, and may be left in care of the funeral home.  Memories of John and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com

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Miles Cashell

Miles Cashell, 19, a resident of Kansas City, MO was taken from us unexpectedly September 23, 2014.  Miles was born August 22, 1995 to William Y. Cashell and Joanna F. (Combs) Cashell in Kansas City, Kansas.  Miles spent his childhood in the Parkville, Missouri area.  He was homeschooled through the 5th grade, after which he attended Park Hill schools and, later, Independence and Belton schools.

Miles will be always remembered as an intelligent, enthusiastic, and outgoing young man who was very loving and generous to his family.   He enjoyed spending time with his brother and friends and listening to music.  He was known for his great sense of humor: when he came in, his smile brightened the room, and his laughter was contagious.  He was very creative and articulate, spoke his mind freely, and enjoyed a good debate over any issue.  He also loved cooking Asian cuisine, fishing, and the outdoors.

He is survived by his loving family:  mother, Joanna Cashell of Kansas City, MO; father, William Cashell of Belton, MO; younger brother, Dennis Cashell; little sister, Meghan Cashell; great-grandmother, Maudie Baker; grandparents, Byron and Virginia Combs; grandmother, Jackie Baker; as well as a large, close collection of aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A Gathering of Family and Friends will be held to celebrate Miles' life from 5-7 p.m., Monday, October 13, 2014 at Meyers Northland Chapel, 401 Main Street Parkville, MO. Memorial contributions may be made to Synergy Services in memory of Miles.  Fond memories of Miles and condolences to the family may also be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

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Clay Kimsey

Carroll “Clay” Kimsey, 81, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO passed away Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at the St. Luke’s Hospice House in Kansas City.  He was born June 15, 1933 in Kansas City to Ralph and Lorine (Brown) Kimsey. 

Clay was a veteran of the United States Navy, HAMM and retired from TWA following 35 years of service.  He was a multi-talented musician, playing guitar, mandolin, and keyboards.  One of his hobbies was fly fishing and hiking at the family cabin in Taylor Park, CO.  In addition, he was an avid Ham Radio operator and enjoyed  playing bridge with family and friends.

He married Carole Heisick on April 28, 1967.  She survives of the home.  Additional survivors include their children, Donna Winter, Cheri Wismer, Brian Kimsey and Craig Kimsey; a sister, Dianne Hendricks; and 7 grandchildren.

A funeral service celebrating his life will be held 3:00 p.m. Sunday, October 12, 2014 at the Fellowship of Grace Church, 8501 Tom Watson Parkway, Parkville, MO 64152, with Lead Pastor Michael Porter officiating.? The family will receive friends from 2-3:00 p.m., prior to the service.? A private committal service will be held 10:00 a.m. Monday at the White Chapel Cemetery, Gladstone, MO.? Memorial contributions are suggested to the church.? The Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville has been entrusted with the final arrangements.? Memories of Clay and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

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John L. "Jack" Loncar

John L. “Jack” Loncar, 101, of Parkville, MO passed away on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at his home, surrounded by his family and friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents, John L. Dotson and Katie Belle Raines Loncar of Kansas City, MO; his brother, Frank Loncar of Overland Park, KS; and his beloved wife of 79 years, Velma M. Loncar of Parkville, MO. He is survived by his two children: son, John L. Loncar Jr. of Honolulu, HI; his daughter, Kate Loncar of Parkville, MO; his grandson, Shawn M. Loncar (Aga) of Chicago, IL and his granddaughter, Shannon M. Loncar (Joel) of Long Island, New York as well as many nieces and nephews.

Jack grew up in Kansas City, MO and lived his adult life in the Parkville area.  He married Velma M. Miller in 1935 and worked as a carpenter and general contractor until his retirement in 1976.  He was a lifelong member of Carpenter’s Local 61 of Kansas City, MO.  Jack was a gentle and caring man who lived each day with a smile on his face.  He had a deep reverence for nature and an abiding love of his family.  Jack laughed often and well, and viewed each day as a gift.  After retirement, Jack and Velma spent their winters at their home in Mission, TX.  He enjoyed golfing, hiking, square dancing, growing roses, traveling with Velma in their Airstream and riding his motorcycle.

A celebration of Jack’s life will be held together with his wife’s celebration at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, October 18, 2014 at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer 7110 North State Route 9, Parkville, MO.  In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the Velma Loncar Memorial Library Fund at Graden Elementary School 8804 NW Highway 45 Parkville, MO 64152.  Memories of John and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

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Joe Downey

Joseph Harvey Downey, 80, of Parkville, MO passed away October 20, 2014.  He was born September 27, 1934 on a farm in Denver, MO to Willis V. and Etta Faye (Nichols) Downey.  Joe had lived in Parkville since October of 1970.

He retired from TWA in December of 1996, following 36 years of service.  In his spare time he enjoyed being a flight instructor and teaching others to fly.  Joe flew for the Shrine Hospital’s Wings of Mercy program and had a passion for helping others.  He was an avid hunter and also enjoyed being outdoors.  Joe was a longtime member of the Masonic Lodge #659 A.F. & A.M. of North Kansas City.

He married Julia J. Mark on June 22, 1963 in Independence, MO.  She preceded him in death in 2011.  In addition to Julia, he was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Roger Downey; and a sister, Betty Downey.  Survivors include his son, Mark Downey and wife, Tamara of Gilbert, AZ and their children, Megan, Sarah, Nicholas and Kyle; and his son, Mike Downey and wife, Heidie of Kearney, MO and their children, Garrett, Brandon and Jacob.

A gathering of family and friends to celebrate Joe’s life will be held from 1-3:00 p.m. Thursday, October 23, 2014 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.  A Masonic Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. at the chapel.  Memorial contributions are suggested to the St. Luke’s Hospice House and may be left in care of the funeral home.  Memories of Joe and condolences may be left online at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

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Paul Scharringhausen

Paul Scharringhausen joined the Lord and members of his family in heaven on October 11, 2014.  He was surrounded by his loving wife and family.  Born on October 12, 1950 to Arnold and Myrtle Scharringhausen in Arlington Heights, IL, Paul grew up in Arlington Heights with his twin brothers Larry and Carl.  He graduated from Concordia University in Seward, NE.  He moved to Kansas City in 1982 where he was President and CEO of Midwest Bolt and Supply.

He was an avid fisherman who enjoyed fishing at his summer retreat on the Pomme de Terre River and in Canada and Alaska.  He was active in Muskies Inc. and was an accomplished woodworker.  Paul was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Farley, MO.

Saddened by his passing are his wife, Dotty Gillaspie; his children, Laura Day (Gary Lewis) of Kansas City, KS; Renee Jauregui (Luis) of Independence, MO; Heather Day of Las Vegas, NV and Heidi Bische of Kansas City, MO; Terri Matthews (Brent) of Rushville, MO; a brother, Larry Scharringhausen (Sharon) of Arlington Heights, IL; grandchildren: Alexander, Aidan, Emily, Lyden, Brennan; nieces and nephews.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents Arnold and Myrtle Scharringhausen; his brother Carl and Diane, the mother of his daughters.

The family will receive friends from 5-7:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.  A memorial service celebrating Paul’s life will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday at the St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Farley, MO with Pastor Gregg Reiser officiating.  Memorial contributions are suggested to the church or the Wounded Warrior Project.  Memories of Paul and condolences may be left online at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

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John Sumpter

John Arnold Sumpter, 66, of Kansas City, MO, formerly of Leavenworth, KS passed away October 11, 2014.  He was born November 17, 1947 to Richard W. and Alice C. Sumpter.  John graduated from Immaculata High School in Leavenworth.

He spent the majority of his working career in the security industry and retired as Area General Manager of Siemen’s Building Technologies, and was very devoted to his work.  In his younger years, John helped with the family business, the former Sumpter Funeral Home in Leavenworth.  John enjoyed playing golf and was an active member of The Deuce at the National Golf Club in Parkville.

He married Donna Capshaw on March 12, 1983 in Leavenworth.  In addition to Donna, survivors include his daughters, Cari Ruge (Todd) of Shawnee, KS and Christi Sumpter of Leavenworth; four siblings, Richard Sumpter (Judy), Sharon Sumpter Schwinn (Larry), Mary Mouldenhauer (Mark Giesfeldt) and Micki Sumpter (Lauri Fernauld); his children’s mother, Mary Sumpter,  three grandchildren, Braden, Kellen and Cameron.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:00 a.m. Friday, October 17, 2014 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Leavenworth.  Burial will follow at the Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Leavenworth.  The family will receive friends from 5-7:00 p.m. Thursday at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.  Memorial contributions in John’s memory are suggested to Hillcrest Transitional Housing of Platte County or Collaboration Works.  Memories of John and condolences may be left online at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

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Ymaou Erwin

Meyers Funeral ChapelsYmauo E. Erwin, 41, a resident of Kansas City, MO passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, October 9, 2014.  Ymauo was born November 14, 1972 to Enis Timothy and Markita R. Erwin in Weno, Chuuk, Micronesia.

Ymauo enjoyed fishing; singing and watching the Kansas City Royals play baseball.  He spent his working career as a Porter at Enterprise Car Rental located at the KCI Airport.

He is survived by his wife, Sisilihna (Andrew) Erwin; Daughter, Esmyrrelda Erwin; mother, Markita Erwin; father, Enis Timothy both ofChuuk, Micronesia; numerous siblings; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be held 1 p.m., Saturday October 18, 2014 at St. Matthew’s Evangelical Church in Riverside, MO.  Memories of Ymauo and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Paul Bunnell

Paul Bunnell, 64, passed away on Tuesday, October 14, 2014.  In accordance with his wishes, all services will be private.

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Lillian Williams

Lillian W. Williams, 90, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO passed away Saturday, November 8, 2014.  Lillian was born July 28, 1924 to John and Pauline (Kotjon) Reichel in Reedsville, WI. 

Lillian was a 54 year parishioner of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church. She was also a member of the Friendly Club.  Lillian enjoyed: bowling on the women’s league at Antioch Bowling Alley; walking daily at Antioch Shopping Center; participating in water aerobics at the YMCA; and being a member of the Missouri River Boating Association.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Billie Lee Williams, parents and five siblings.  She leaves behind her loving family: a son, Jay Williams of Marceline, MO; a daughter, Kathy Butler and her husband, Mike of Grain Valley, MO; four grandchildren: Heather Jordan and husband, Dan; Joseph Ross Williams; Rhett Butler and Austin Butler.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, MO.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9 a.m., Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church 900 N.E. Shady Lane Drive, Oak View, MO with Rev. Gary Richmeier as celebrant. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to NorthCare Hospice and left with the funeral chapel.  Memories of Lillian and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

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Betsy Jane (Lemm) Lehr

Betsy Lehr, 90, a Northland resident in Kansas City, MO passed away October 23, 2014, at her home.  She was born November 27, 1923 in Milwaukee, WI to Almond C. and Verla (Hudson) Lemm.  Betsy was educated in Milwaukee.  She was a member of the Civil Air Patrol during the war.  She married Lawrence R. Lehr on May 11, 1946 in Milwaukee.  They moved to Washington, D.C. and she worked as a secretary at the Pentagon.  They returned to Milwaukee and lived there until the family moved to Kansas City in 1962. 

She was a longtime, very active member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, participated in bible study classes at the church and was a member of WELCA.  She enjoyed spending time with her family and church family.  She loved to travel.

Mr. Lehr preceded her in death on February 16, 1992.  In addition to Larry, she was preceded in death by her parents and a son, Glenn Lehr.  Survivors include two sons, Roger Lehr and wife, Kay of Kansas City, MO and David Lehr and wife, Deborah of Wichita, KS; a daughter-in-law Debra Lehr of Gypsum, CO; a brother, Jack Lemm of Oklahoma City, OK; 5 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 1-3:00 p.m. Sunday, October 26, 2014 at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, where a memorial service celebrating Betsy’s life will follow at 3:00 p.m.  A private family committal service will be held at the Walnut Grove Cemetery in Parkville.  Memorial contributions are suggested to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church or NorthCare Hospice and may be left in care of the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.  Memories of Betsy and condolences may be left online at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

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Paul McDonald

Paul McDonald, 76, a Northland resident in Kansas City, MO (Gladstone Area) passed away October 23, 2014. He was born August 21, 1938 in Kansas City, KS to Henry Lloyd and Avis Ruth (Mollenkauf) McDonald.

Paul was a member of the Teamsters Union Local #41 and spent the majority of his working years as a truck driver.  He was a member of the AKC Kennel Club and showed Corgies and Collies at area dog shows.  He enjoyed playing cards and often played poker at the casino.

Survivors include his daughters, Robin and Tammy McDonald; several nieces and nephews; including Carol Parker and Vicki Browning; and close friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Sonja, son, Michael and three brothers, George, Gerald and Lloyd.

Memorial services for Paul will be held on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. at the Argentine Assembly of God Church 1200 S. 42nd St. Kansas City, KS.

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Dennis Day

Dennis N. Day, 62, of Kansas City passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at his residence.  He was born to Noble T. and Gertrude (Geiselhart) Day on September 8, 1952 in Marshall, MO. Dennis proudly served his country in the United States Army.

Dennis was united in marriage to Laura “Bonnie” Robb on August 8, 2014 in Platte City, MO.  He worked as a warehouse supervisor for Safeway in Kansas City, MO.  Dennis was a member of the Salem Evangelical Church of Christ in Nelson, MO.  He enjoyed watching sports of any kind: from the University of Missouri, NASCAR, Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City Royals and fishing.  His greatest enjoyment came from being around his family and friends.

Dennis is survived by his wife Bonnie who survives of the home; sons, Michael L. Day of Kansas City, MO, Ryan T. Day (Ashley); sisters, Doris Claspill (Darrel) of Clinton, MO, Elizabeth Crocker of Parkville, MO; brother, Steven Crocker (Georgette) of Kansas City North, MO; brother-in-law, Roy Robb of Stockton, MO.  He is preceded in death by his parents: Nobel Day and Gertrude Day-Crocker; step-father, Charles Crocker; brother, Charlie Crocker.

The family will receive friends from 5-7:00 p.m., Monday, October 27, 2014 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, MO.  The family has requested that everyone wear their favorite sporting attire (except Jayhawks or Denver, Broncos) for the Visitation on Monday, in memory of Dennis. Graveside services will be held 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at the Salem Evangelical Cemetery in Saline County, MO.  In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Salem Evangelical Church of Christ Cemetery Fund.  Memories of Dennis and condolences to the family may be left at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Doris B. Level

Doris B. Level, 82, of Kansas City, MO (Northland) and formerly of Columbia, MO passed away October 24, 2014.  She was born July 16, 1932 in Harrisburg, MO to Robert and Cora (Rhodes) Bailey.

She married Richard G. Level on June 19, 1948 in Columbia, MO.  They enjoyed traveling and showing their Arabian horses at horse shows.  Doris had a great love for children and owned and operated the Jack and Jill Nursery School in Columbia for 33 years.  She was always placing the needs of others first and volunteered many years with Richard at Boone Hospital.

In addition to her husband, Richard, she is survived by a son, Michael Level (Betty) of Gladstone, MO; a daughter, Teresa Meder (Jerome) of Kansas City, MO; two sisters, Dixie Price and Pauline Williams; 2 grandchildren, Katlin Hawes and Elizabeth Straub; and a great granddaughter, Morgan Garrison.  She was preceded in death by her parents and nine siblings.

A funeral service celebrating Doris’ life will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 1, 2014 at the Memorial Funeral Home in Columbia, with visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m.  Entombment will follow at the Garden Mausoleum at Memorial Park Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the American Diabetes Association or the American Heart Association.  The Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, MO has been entrusted with all arrangements.  Memories of Doris and condolences may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

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Azeneth Rodriguez

Azeneth Rodriguez, 30, a Northland resident in Kansas City, MO passed away unexpectedly early Sunday, October 26, 2014 in Kansas City, due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11:30 a.m. Thursday, October 30, 2014 at St. Therese Catholic Church, 7207 NW 9 Highway, Kansas City, MO 64152.  The family will receive friends from 10:30-11:30 a.m. prior to the service.  A graveside service and burial will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday at White Chapel Cemetery.  Memorial contributions are suggested to the family or St. Therese and may be left in care of the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.

Azeneth was born September 19, 1984 in Eagle Pass, TX to Julian O. and Lucia G. (Sanchez) Rodriguez.  She graduated from Park Hill High School and attended St. Therese Catholic Church.  Azeneth had a wonderful zest for life and dearly loved her family and friends.  She was always cracking jokes and trying to make others smile.  She was definitely a girly girl.  She enjoyed getting her hair and nails done and loved to shop.

She is survived by her parents; siblings, Bonnie Newport (Nathan) of Gladstone, MO, and Julian Rodriguez, Jr., Sasha Rodriguez, Paulina Furnari (Jason), Ashley Rodriguez, Alexandra Rodriguez and Peter Rodriguez, all of Kansas City, MO; and several nieces and nephews.

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Derrek Buttron

Derrek Alan Buttron, 45, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO passed away Friday, February 20, 2015, with his family by his side.  He was born November 3, 1969, in Kansas City, KS to Jerry and Sonja (Gigstad) Buttron.  Derrek graduated from Park Hill High School in 1988 and earned his BA in Computer Information Systems from Southwest Missouri State University.

Derrek’s greatest love was his family.  He was a member of the Platte Woods United Methodist Church and was proud to be an Eagle Scout from Troop 314 and a member of the Tribe of Mic-O-Say.  Derrek held a private pilots license and enjoyed flying.  Computers were his passion, both at work and at home.    

He married Julie Ivanoff on September 28, 1996, at the Platte Woods United Methodist Church.  They have two beautiful children, Ashley Nicole and Braeden Thomas Buttron.  Julie and the children reside in their home in Kansas City.   Additional survivors include his parents and his brother, Brad Buttron and his wife, Nacy.

A funeral service celebrating Derrek’s life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, February 27, 2015 at the Platte Woods United Methodist Church.  A graveside service and burial will follow at Terrace Park Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 5-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at the Church.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the family, to be used for a future scholarship fund for Ashley and Braeden, and may be left in care of the Meyers Northland Chapel 401 Main St. Parkville, MO 64152.  Memories of Derrek and condolences may be left with the family or at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Ricky Fast

Meyers Funeral ChapelsRicky Fast, 54, a resident of North Kansas City, MO passed away on Tuesday, November 04, 2014.  Richard L. Fast was born November 3, 1960 to Jay and Velma (Hartshorn) Fast in Concordia, KS.

He may have been ornery, enjoyed a good party, however he was a very caring, loving person, a hard worker and always there or willing to help family or a friend. Wow, how we will miss that mischievous grin, his laughter and the spark in those wonderful blue eyes.

In his earlier years, Ricky also drove a dump truck, operated heavy equipment and was a trash hauler.  He ended his working career with Labor Union #264.

Ricky leaves behind a loving family, especially his parents Jay and Velma Fast of Kansas City, MO; two children: a daughter, Angel Dawn Sanfilippo and her husband, Angelo of Peoria, AZ; a son, Timothy Nicholas “Nick” Fast and wife, Candice of Kansas City, MO; two grandchildren: Jacklyn Lindsey Fast and Colton Jay Fast; two sisters: Susan Hale and her husband, Jim of Kansas City, MO and Rhonda Clopp and her husband, Mike of Kansas City, MO; a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and friends.

The family will receive friends from 5 – 7 p.m., Friday, November 7, 2014 at Meyers Northland Chapel, Parkville, MO.  Funeral Service will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, November 8, 2014 at the chapel.  Burial will immediately follow at East Slope Cemetery in Riverside, MO.  Memories of Ricky and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

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Sarah Jane Bolin

Sarah Jane Bolin, 98, a resident of Kansas City, KS passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 2, 2014.  Sarah was born March 15, 1916 in Calhan, CO; she was the oldest of nine children. 

She was an avid baker, enjoyed penning little notes and cards to send words of encouragement, she loved football but the Denver Broncos were her team.

Sarah was preceded in death by her husbands: Charles William Hudson and Michael W. Bolin; mother, Grace B. Moss; seven siblings: Melva Goin; Willard Goin; Merel Goin; Arthur Moss; Willis Goin; Merlin Goin; and Darlene McLain.  Sarah is survived by her five children: Ronald G. Hudson, Sr. of Kansas City, KS; Robert D. Hudson and wife, Cynthia of Bismarck, N.D.; Charles T. Hudson and wife, Anna Jean of Kansas City, KS; James F. Hudson of Osawatomie, KS and Dianna K. Masters of Kansas City, KS; seventeen grandchildren; thirty-seven great-grandchildren; thirteen great-great-grandchildren; and a brother, Kenneth “Shorty” Goin.

The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. ~ 12 p.m., Saturday, December 6, 2014 at Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, MO.  A Funeral Service celebrating Sarah’s life will be held at 12 p.m., Saturday, December 6, 2014 at the chapel with Rev. Robert Ganote officiating.  Memorial Contributions may be made to The Christian Jew Foundation and left in care of the funeral chapel.  Memories of Sarah and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

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Frank E. Lewis

Frank Lewis, 81, Kansas City, MO (North), passed away Sunday November 9, 2014.  Francis E. Lewis was born May 31, 1933 to John O. and Ann (Campbell) Lewis in Kansas City, MO.

He was Catholic by faith; attending Catholic grade school, high school and a year of seminary. Frank was a veteran of the US Navy and served during the Korean Conflict.  After the war, he spent his working career as an Electronic Technician for T.W.A. Airlines. He was very proud of working for T.W.A. he never complained about getting up and going to work and always came home with a new story to share. After 30 years of service he retired, but continued a relationship with his T.W.A. co-workers and joined the Radio Shop Breakfast Club.

Frank and wife Lela enjoyed traveling.  They lived in Greece for two years, where they traveled for the Army.  They also visited Turkey, Germany, Italy, Egypt, Portugal, England, France and Ireland. Ireland was his favorite, as his family was from there.

Daily enjoyment came from playing on his computer and working crossword puzzles. He loved to play Cribbage, Chess and Scrabble with anyone who would play a game with him.

Frank was a good friend to all who knew or met him. If you met him, you remembered him good or bad. Frank will be remembered as a wonderful husband to Lela, a wonderful father to his children and Lela’s sons.

Frank was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Karen Speer.  He is survived by his loving wife, Lela Lewis; three children: Janice Haynie, Gary Lewis, Mike Lewis; two step-children: Ira “Pete” Gibson and Robert “Bub” Gibson; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three siblings: Lester Lewis, “J.D.” Lewis, Pat Shrewsbury; three half-sisters: Grace Sheets, Mary Alice Campbell and Tommie Campbell. He leaves behind his family, lots of friends and animals who will miss him very much.

The Rosary will be prayed at 10 a.m., Thursday, November 13, 2014 at Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, MO.  A Visitation will immediately follow at the chapel, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  A Memorial Service will be held at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, November 13, 2014 with Rev. Joe Cisetti officiating.  A Committal Service with Military Honors will be held at 2:30 p.m., Thursday, November, 13, 2014 at Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery (on the military base), Leavenworth, KS.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Kansas City Hospice House and left in care of the funeral chapel. Memories of Frank and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

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Lee Bell

Lottie Lee Bell, 91, a proud resident of Southern Platte County for the last 65 years passed away Wednesday, November 12, 2014.  She was born April 20, 1923 in Osage County, OK to Mac and Lottie (Summers) Gardner.  Lee was born in Oklahoma and was always an Oklahoma gal.

She was a devoted homemaker and longtime member of the Platte Woods United Methodist Church.  She had three wonderful men in her life, Don Bell, Bill Tucker and Dean Smith.  She married Donald Bell on August 1, 1941.  Mr. Bell preceded her in death.  In addition to her husband, Lee was preceded in death by her parents and 11 siblings.

Survivors include her four children, Donald Lee Bell of Parkville, MO, Connie Bell-Gustafson of Kansas City, MO, Roy Gene Bell of Parkville, MO and Elizabeth Bell Mohler (Kent) of Kearney, MO; a step-daughter, Della Grantham (Tom) of Gladstone, MO; seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

A memorial service celebrating Lee’s life will be held 2:00 p.m. Monday, November 17, 2014 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, with Rev. Harry Foockle officiating.  Visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m.  A committal service will follow at the East Slope Cemetery in Riverside, MO.  Memories of Lee and condolences may be left online at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

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Roy Henderson, Jr.

Roy Henderson, Jr., 89, of Kansas City, North and formerly of Lawson, MO passed away November 13, 2014.  Junior, as he was known, was born in Carrollton, MO to Roy Sr. and Clara Leona who preceded him in death.  He was a proud World War II Marine Veteran and married the love of his life Dorothy Lybarger, who also preceded him in death in 1991.  Junior retired from Santa Fe Railroad, then worked for Swearingen Construction and started a lawn mowing business in Lawson, MO where he lived.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Mary Margaret and four brothers, Charles, Kenneth, Harold and Donald Henderson; a son, Jerry Wayne Henderson and three infant grandchildren.  Survivors include his daughters, Sherry (Glenn) Sanders and Brenda (Hubert) Lee; eight grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and one great great-granddaughter.

Funeral services will be held 7:00 p.m. Monday, November 17, 2014 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.  Visitation will be from 6-7:00 p.m., prior to the service.  A committal service will be held Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. in Carrollton, MO, Gilead Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Crossroads Hospice or Melanoma Cancer Research and may be left in care of the Meyers Northland Chapel, 401 Main St. Parkville, MO 64152.  Memories of Junior and condolences may be left for the family by visiting at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

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Leonard Louth

Leonard Louth, 68, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO passed away on Thursday, November 13, 2014.  Len was born June 26, 1946 to Charles O. and Ledora Mae (Bradford) Louth in Kansas City, KS.

He was united in marriage with Judy A. Ford on June 22, 1968 at St. Peters Cathedral in Kansas City, KS.  From this union two daughters were born, Jennifer and Amy.

Len retired from TWA Airlines after 39 years of service as a Senior Administrator of Spare Parts Allocation.  He enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Mary Jo Louth, a brother, Charles Louth and granddaughter, Lindsey Price.  Survivors include his loving wife, Judy Louth; two daughters: Jennifer Price and husband, Doug of Parkville, MO; and Amy Sprang and husband, Jason of Kirkwood, MO; four grandchildren: Madison, Emily, Tessa and Cassidy; a sister, Dottie Doering  and her husband, George of Independence, MO.

The family will receive friends from 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Monday, November 17, 2014 at St. Therese Catholic Church, 7207 NW 9 Highway, Kansas City, MO.  A Mass of Christian Burial will immediately follow at 11:00 a.m., with Rev. Michael Roach as celebrant.  Burial will be at Resurrection North Cemetery in Kansas City, MO.  Memorial Contributions may be made to Children’s Mercy Hospital and left in care of the Meyers Northland Chapel, 401 Main St. Parkville, MO 64152.  Memories of Len and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneral.com.

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Jean Goble

Jean M. Goble, 81, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO passed away on Friday, November 14, 2014.  Jean was born April 11, 1933 to Tom and Ethel (Thomas) Guess in Albany, MO.

Jean was united in marriage with James W. Goble on December 16, 1950 in New Hampton, MO. From this union three children were born, Rick, Debbie and Jeff Goble.

Jean enjoyed: showing horses, going to the lake house and traveling in the family motorhome.

She was preceded in death by a grandson, both parents, one brother, and three sisters.  Survived by her husband, Jim Goble; three children: Rick Goble of Grain Valley, MO; Debbie Goble of Kansas City, MO; Jeff Goble and wife, Janeen of Kansas City, MO; one granddaughter; four grandsons; and nine great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 5 - 7 p.m., Sunday, November 16, 2014 at the Meyers Northland Chapel, 401 Main St., Parkville, MO.  Funeral Service will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, November 17, 2014 at Meyers Northland Chapel with Rev. Vernon Armitage officiating. Burial will be held 1:00 p.m., Grandview Cemetery in Albany, MO.  Memories of Jean and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

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Livia Rapp

Livia Rapp, 65, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO passed away Monday, November 17, 2014.  Livia was born September 3, 1949 to John and Billie (Sweeney) Dirck in San Diego, CA.She was united in marriage with John Henry Rapp on January 8, 1971 in Miami, OK. From this loving union two children were born: John and LyDea.  John and Livia were both members of the Elk’s Lodge in Gladstone, MO. Livia most recently worked for the Food Service Department at the North Kansas City School District.  She enjoyed gardening, traveling to the beach, reading and being around all of her family including her grandchildren. She took pride in her garden and her home. Livia was a treasured sister, mother, aunt, grandmother and friend. Those who knew Livia will miss her deeply, especially her bright contagious smile, positive attitude and strong spirit.

 Summer time was Livia's season, she loved caring for and feeding the many humming birds that flocked to her patio and beautiful flower gardens every year.  She had a passion for nurturing and sharing the life cycle of Monarch Butterflies with her grandchildren. She would spend many hours floating in her pool, reading and soaking up the sun.   She had an everlasting love for Holiday traditions, especially Thanksgiving.  Her home was always warm and welcoming to all, as she meticulously decorated for every season.  Livia was young at heart and always had flair for looking beautiful, especially her make-up and bright red lipstick.  This passion was shared with many through her years as a Mary Kay consultant. The one thing that warmed her heart the most was being around her family.  She had an unbreakable bond individually with her sisters, brothers, son, daughter, grandchildren, nieces and nephews.  She was great friend to her neighbors, she enjoyed the driveway chats and over the fence visits, she was even called Grandma by some of the neighborhood kids.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, John Rapp in 2011; her parents and step-brother, Jay Huckabey. Survived by her son, John Rapp of Kansas City (North), MO; daughter, LyDea Bishop and her husband, James of Gladstone, MO; a step-daughter, Carla Hughes and her husband, Gary of Brookfield, MO; four siblings: Danny Dirck and wife, Bev of Kearney, MO; Terry Dirck and wife, Carol of Kansas City (North), MO; Marilyn Walston and  husband, Bill of Kansas City, MO; Carolyn Brown and husband, Fred of Kansas City (North), MO; seven grandchildren: Keagan, Jessica, Tanner, Lynsie, Rylan, Alex, and Miranda; three great-grandchildren: Skylar, Sadie and Lynkoln; step-father, Bud Huckabey: and three step-sisters: Renae, Marcia and Melissa; many loving nieces, nephews and friends. She is also survived by her beloved poodle, Jovie.

The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. - 12 p.m., Saturday, November 22, 2014 at Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, MO. A Funeral service celebrating Livia’s life will immediately follow at 12 p.m. at the chapel with Rev. Barry Clair officiating. Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children Hospital and left in care of the Funeral Chapel.  Memories of Livia and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

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Ray Sciolaro

Paul Ray Sciolaro, 63, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO passed away Saturday, November 22, 2014.  He was born November 15, 1951 to Paul Harold and Teresa (Gavin) Sciolaro in Kansas City, MO. 

Ray was a 1970 graduate of Oak Park High School.  He was united in marriage with Terre Horton on March 27, 1974. From this union three children were born: Frank, Andrea, and Nick Sciolaro. The entire Sciolaro family just helped Ray and Terre celebrate their 40th anniversary.

Ray had a passion for race cars; he especially enjoyed collecting NASCAR, Dale Earnhart memorabilia. He loved: listening to music, playing the drums, watching musicals/plays, visiting Branson, MO and Las Vegas, NV for vacation get-a-ways, Hostess cupcakes, chocolate pies, and chocolate donut gems.

Ray spent the majority of his working career in management positions for different local automotive dealerships; most recently at Midway Ford and Thoroughbred Ford.

Ray was a devoted husband, Dad, Papa. He was preceded in death by his parents.  Survived by his loving wife, Terre Sciolaro of Kansas City, MO; a beautiful daughter, Andrea Sciolaro (C.J.) of Kansas City, MO; two sons: Frank Sciolaro (Sabra) of Gladstone, MO; and Nick Sciolaro (Stefi) of Kansas City, KS; four precious granddaughters: Demi, Adriana, Elizabeth, Lila; two sisters: Christine Sciolaro (Mike) of Kansas City, KS; and Julie Sanchez (Paul) of Pleasant Valley, MO; and a host of friends.

The family will receive friends from 10 a.m – 12 p.m., Saturday, November 29, 2014 at Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, MO.  A Celebration of Life for Ray will immediately follow at 12 p.m. at the chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family. Memories of Ray and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

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Loretta Breckenridge

Loretta Breckenridge, age 94, died peacefully on November 23, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. Loretta was born as Loretta Pearl Lineberry in Madison, Missouri, on March 21, 1920. She was the youngest of six siblings and spent her early life in the small town of Mendon, Missouri. She attended College for two years in the late 1930s. In the 1940s and 1950s, she worked as a homemaker and primary caregiver to her three children. She worked in the 1960s at the Union Wire Rope division of Armco Steel in Kansas City, Missouri. When she retired, she moved to Sun City, Arizona.  In 2009, Loretta moved back to Kansas City to be close to her family.  She will be remembered as a fun-loving woman who enjoyed her family, her friends and playing golf and card games. 

She was preceded in death by her only son, John Kent Breckenridge.  Her daughter, Barbara Breckenridge Dunn, and her daughter, Ann Breckenridge McDonough and Ann’s husband, Parker McDonough, survive Loretta. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Jessica Brandmeyer and her husband, Matt Brandmeyer; Christian Dunn and his wife Ellie Dunn; Meghan McDonough and Breck Dunn and her great-grandchildren: Lucille Brandmeyer, Benjamin Brandmeyer, Pete Dunn and Jack Brandmeyer.  She is also survived by her long time companion Mal Iles.

A private family celebration of Loretta's life will be held. Memorial donations in lieu of flowers can be made to Second Chance Scholarship Fund at 2ndchancescholarship.com. Memories of Loretta and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

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Patrick J. Depping

My husband, my best friend, my leader of laughter, my instigator of fun with family and friends, my push to learn how to do new things, my backup when I needed to excel, my confidant to discuss friends, problems, relatives, solutions was always first to say let’s have a party.  Patrick passed away on November 25th of esophageal cancer.

Patrick J. Depping was born July 3, 1949 in Marshalltown, Iowa to Edna (Mahaffey) and Otto Depping.  He is preceded in death by his parents, his sister Robin and two brothers David and Tom.  He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Marsha (Miller), father-in-law Marshall Miller, sister-in-law Bette Guarino, brother-in-law James Miller and many nieces and nephews.

He graduated from Bishop Miege H.S. and then attended K-State on a swimming scholarship.  He was a member of the Kansas National Guard.  He was on the K.C. St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee for over 10 years.  During his 20 years living in Hyde Park, he restored two homes, served on the Board of Directors and was Homes Tour Manager for 11 homes.  He was employed at the IRS for 24 years, retiring at age 62.  Patrick’s dream of visiting Ireland became a reality in 2013 with 16 close friends and his wife.  Patrick’s motto was: “With good friends…every hour is happy hour!”

Visitation will be held from 3-5:00 p.m. on December 6, 2014 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the KC Pet Project or KC Irish Center at Union Station and may be left in care of the Meyers Northland Chapel 401 Main St. Parkville, MO 64152.  Memories of Patrick and condolences may be left at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

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David Colegrove

David Mark Colegrove, 51,  passed away, Saturday, November 29, 2014.

Dear husband of Kimberly Colegrove (nee Fette); loving father of Christine, Mallory, Sandi and Jana Colegrove; dear stepfather of Madison, Jacob and Grace Folsom; beloved son of Stephanie Rinaldi and Joseph Colegrove; dear brother of Shawn Johnson, Julie Hundelt and the late Joseph Hoffman; dear uncle, nephew, cousin, friend to many and leaves behind his dedicated dog, Rosie.

David retired from a 30 year law enforcement career as a special agent with the USDA Inspector General Office.

A Memorial service will be held at the SCHRADER Funeral Home, 14960 Manchester Road at Holloway, Ballwin, Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. Since David was an avid fly fisherman, in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Project Healing Waters. Memories of David and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

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Marjorie Rancudo

Marjorie C. Rancudo, 71, a resident of Weatherby Lake, MO passed away on Saturday, December 6, 2014. Marjorie was born April 17, 1943 to Wallace and Dorothy (Whittington) Mitten in Akron, OH.

Marjorie was united in marriage with Thomas J. Rancudo, Jr. on September 27, 1963 in Bakersfield, CA.  From this loving union two sons were born, Jeffrey and David.

Marjorie was a Christian by faith and a member of Vineyard Church. She will be remembered as a loving wife and great mother. Marjorie worked in various school districts as an interpreter for deaf students. She spent her life serving others and sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Barbara Heinrichs.  Survived by her husband, Thomas J. Rancudo, Jr. of Weatherby Lake, MO; sons: Jeffrey T. Rancudo and wife, Julie, of Cohutta, GA and David M. Rancudo and wife, Sabrina, of Parkville, MO; six grandchildren: Chelsea, Cameron, Ryan, Jonathan, Jordan, and Ashlyn.

The family will receive friends from 10-11am, Saturday, December 27, 2014 at Vineyard Church, 12300 NW Arrowhead Trafficway, Kansas City, MO.  A Memorial Service celebrating Marjorie’s life will immediately follow from 11am-Noon.  Memorial Contributions may be made to Hillcrest Baptist Church for funds to be donated to Casa Dorca Orphanage in Romania.  Memories of Marjorie and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

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William Eisler

William O’Neill Eisler, 76, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO passed away Tuesday, December 9, 2014.  He was born December 18, 1937 in Kansas City to Robert and Irene (O’Neill) Eisler.

Bill practiced law in Kansas City for forty-five years, with twenty years spent as a partner at the Whipple, Eisler & Kraft Law Firm, and twenty-five years as a labor arbitrator.  He was a member of St. Therese Parish, where he was active in the liturgical committee and church choir. He also served as a board member of the Northland Symphony Orchestra. In addition, Bill was a proud member of the Park Hill Alano Chapter of AA. He was thirty-three years sober and over that period helped hundreds of people find recovery. His legacy of service to the men and women of Kansas City AA will endure for years to come. As a third generation Kansas Citian and the grandson of Irish immigrants, Bill was always proud of his heritage and instilled that pride in his sons and extended family.

Bill married Darlene Engelhart on June 19, 1968 at Christ the King Catholic Church in Kansas City.  Mrs. Eisler preceded Bill in death in 2011.  In addition to his wife, Bill was preceded in death by his parents and four siblings.  Survivors include two sons, Sean (Haley) Eisler of Parkville, MO and Patrick (Heather) Eisler of Kansas City, North; three brothers, Robert, Jr., Richard and Kevin; grandchildren, Jacob, Jessica and Kathryn.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 13, 2014 at St. Therese Catholic Church, 7207 NW Highway 9, Kansas City, MO 64152, Rev. Joseph Cisetti, celebrant.  The family will receive friends from 9:30-10:30 a.m. prior to Mass.  Burial will follow at Resurrection North Cemetery. In addition, there will be a public viewing from 3:00-7:00 p.m. Friday, December 12, 2014 at the Meyers Northland Chapel, 401 Main St. Parkville, MO 64152, for those unable to attend Saturday to pay their respects and sign the guestbook.  Memorial contributions are suggested to NorthCare Hospice and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and may be left in care of the funeral home.  Memories of Bill and condolences may be left online at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

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Dorothy Opfer

Dorothy Bublitz Marolf Opfer, 96, of Kansas City (North), MO passed away on Saturday, December 13, 2014. Dorothy was born June 23, 1918 in Kansas City, MO.

She attended Southwest High School, earned her BA from KU (Phi Beta Kappa) and an MA from UMKC.  She was a member of Sigma Kappa Sorority.  For thirty years Dorothy taught science, math and home economics in the Park Hill School District and was a Guidance Counselor in the Liberty School District.  Her love was her family and church where she was an elder.  She played the organ, sewed for charity and enjoyed playing bridge with friends.  She shared her vitality, love, advice, acceptance and chocolates with all.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Mary Bublitz; brother, Walter Bublitz, Jr.; first husband, Jack L. Marolf; and son, Jim Marolf.  She is survived by husband, Arnold Opfer, Jr.; daughter, Mary Lou Conragan; son, Bob Marolf; brother, Karl Bublitz; sister, Genny Bratschie; grandchildren: Cathy Conragan, David Conragan (Nicole), Donald Marolf (Crystal); David Marolf; and four great-grandchildren.

Celebration of Life will be Thursday, December 18, 2014 at Park Hill Christian Church, 6601 NW 72Street, Kansas City, MO.  Visitation will be held at 12:30 - 1:30 p.m., with the funeral service held at 1:30 p.m.  Burial at Forest Hill Cemetery, 6901 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO 64131.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Park Hill Christian Church or charity of donors’ choice. Memories of Dorothy and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

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Constance "Connie" Russell

Constance Jane “Connie” Russell, 69, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO passed away on Sunday, December 14, 2014.  Connie was born June 30, 1945 in Key West, FL to Alfred and Jean (Ferson) Dana.

She graduated from Loretto Academy. Connie was united in marriage with Joseph B. “J.B.” Russell on October 10, 1970 in Kansas City, MO.  Connie was a talented homemaker, wife and loving mother who took pride in her family and sharing the family home with those who needed a place to call home.  During the 43 years she lived in the family home, there were a total of 32 people and six animals that called 204 N. 15th home.

She was preceded in death by her father and a brother, Ronnie Dana.  Survived by her husband, Joseph B. Russell of Kansas City, MO; her mother, Jean Dana of Kansas City, MO; six children: Ronda Russell (Donnie) of Shawnee, KS; Theresa Woolley (Donald) of Kansas City, KS; Brian Russell (Rose) of Bonner Springs, KS; Michael Russell, Sr. (Shannan) of Grain Valley, MO; Michael Russell, Jr. (Alexandra) of Shawnee, KS and Dana Moran (Bill) of Shawnee, KS; 13 grandchildren, J.W. Myers, III, Makenzie Perez, Mandy Woolley, Matt Woolley, Megan Woolley, Chris Russell, Alex Russell, Katie Russell, Amanda Coon, Chrissy Coon, Blake Russell, Jordan Russell, Bonnie Moran; four great grandchildren, Blair Russell, Michael Russell, III, Derek Russell and Lilly Ritchie.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at St. Therese Catholic Church, 7207 NW Highway 9, Kansas City, MO 64152, with Rev. Joseph Cisetti as celebrant.  Visitation 9:30 -10:30 a.m., prior to Mass.  Entombment will follow at Resurrection North Cemetery.  Memorial contributions are suggested to Hillcrest Transitional Housing and may be left in care of the Meyers Funeral Chapel Northland, 401 Main St. Parkville, MO 64152.

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Anida Galang

Anida Galang, 80, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO and member of St. Therese Parish, passed away Friday, December 19, 2014. She was born July 5, 1934 in Sta. Rita, Pampanga Philippines, the daughter of Bienvenido and Macaria, and was educated in Sta. Rita. She married Guillermo Galang on September 30, 1951 in Sta. Rita, and had lived in the United States since 1987. She is survived by her husband Guillermo and their seven children, including Alejandro, Elvie, Guillermo Jr., Rowena, Eloisa, Veronica and Michael. She also is survived by a sister, Maria Editha; a brother, Jesus; and several grandchildren and extended family members. She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Henry; and five siblings.

The love and devotion that Anida consistently displayed throughout her life for her children, husband, siblings, parents and friends were reflected in the way everyone loved her in return.   She was a superb cook and was happiest in the company of her family during holidays, informal gatherings and visits. In addition to her deep spirituality, she had a very strong work ethic as a homemaker and in the food service industry.   After moving to the U.S., she became an avid fan of the Kansas City Royals and Kansas City Chiefs and continued her life as a very proud and happy grandmother, a role she enthusiastically embraced and cherished.

The family will receive friends from 4:00-8:00p.m. Monday, December 22, 2014 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, where the Rosary will be prayed at 4:00 & 7:30 p.m. A Parish Rosary followed by the Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday at St. Therese Catholic Church, 7207 NW Highway 9, Kansas City, MO 64152, Fr. Joe Cisetti presiding.  Interment will follow at the East Slope/St. Matthew's Cemetery in Riverside, MO.

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C.R. Cunningham

Curtis Ray "C.R." Cunningham, 60, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO and very devoted husband, father, son, brother, pap and University of Kentucky basketball fan, passed away Friday, December 19, 2014 at his home.  He was born September 22, 1954 in Hopkinsville, KY to Curtis C. and Joy (Cathcart) Cunningham. 

C.R. was a true family man and was always looking out for his girls.  He had a great zest for life and never met a stranger.  Although a little “grumpy” sometimes, he had a heart of gold.

He married Tammy Cunningham on September 23, 1977 in Hopkinsville.  In addition to his wife, he is survived by his parents, Curtis and Joy of Hopkinsville; two daughters, Stacy Cunningham-Merrbach of Kansas City and Megan Keller (Michael) of Smithville; two granddaughters, Avery and Harlee; two brothers, Brian Cunningham of Buffalo, NY and Daron Cunningham of Hopkinsville.

Family and friends will gather from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Saturday, December 27, 2014 at the Meyers Northland Chapel, 401 Main Street in downtown Parkville, to celebrate C.R.'s life and watch the Kentucky vs. Louisville basketball game.   At halftime of the game, a memorial service will begin.  Casual attire and UK apparel is suggested.  Memorial contributions in his memory can be left at  http://www.nostomachforcancer.org/.   Memories of C.R. and condolences may be left online at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.  A second memorial service celebrating his life will be held at a later date in Hopkinsville, KY.

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Diane Lynn

Diane L. Lynn, 76, Parkville, MO passed away Sunday, December 21, 2014.  She was born October 20, 1938 in Duluth, MN to Lawrence and Orpha Kaye (Lee) Doucete.

Diane was one of the most caring and giving people you could ever meet.  The love she had for family and friends was truly infectious.  She enjoyed cooking, baking and had a passion for feeding people.  In her early years of marriage, she worked as a dental Hygienist and later for Blue Cross and Blue Shield.  Once her children were born, she became a stay at home mom during their childhood and into their high school years.  She then spent the majority of her working years as an account manager for DST Systems in Kansas City.

She married Walter C. Lynn “Corky” on July 6, 1956 in Kansas City, KS.  They were blessed with 49 years of marriage.  Mr. Lynn preceded her in death in 2005.  In addition to Corky, she was preceded in death by her parents and a brother.  Survivors include her two children, Guy L. Lynn of Parkville and Keenie Marie Reimer  and husband, Troy of Kansas City, MO; two sisters, Jackie Ziegenbien of Shawnee, KS and Linda McClain of Merriam, KS; and two grandchildren, Tate and Kolin.

Mass of Christian Burial 11:00 a.m. Friday, December 26, 2014 at St. Therese Catholic Church, Fr. Joe Cisetti as celebrant.  Visitation 10-11:00 a.m., prior to Mass.  Memorial contributions to Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas and may be left in care of the funeral home.

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Bill Jonas

William James Jonas, 69, a Northland resident of Platte County, MO passed away December 23, 2014.  He was born April 12, 1945 in Chicago, IL. He married Marie Helen Rieger on November 14, 1964 in Chicago, IL.

After retiring from a long career in human relations, Bill dedicated his time to several life-long passions. He loved spending time with family and friends.  Bill loved nurturing nature, feeding songbirds, growing flowers, taking pictures and traveling. Bill's favorite time of the year was always the Christmas season.

In addition to his wife, Bill is survived by three children, Michele Julie Williams (Frank) of Parkville, MO, Christine Marie Jonas of Olathe, KS, and William Scott Jonas (Jody) of Draper, UT; his mother, Mary Quinn-Gilgenbach; six siblings, Pam, George, Cindi, Patricia, John and Kathy; and four grandchildren, Joseph Keegan Jonas, Nicholas Kanyon Jonas, Seth Michael Williams and Brandon Grant Williams.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at St. Therese Catholic Church, 7207 NW Highway 9, Kansas City, MO 64152, with Rev. Joseph Cisetti as celebrant.  A committal service will follow at the Hampton Cemetery, rural Platte County, MO.  The family will host visitation from 5-7:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 30th at the Meyers Northland Chapel, 401 Main St. Parkville, MO 64152.

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Ray Cockrum

Ray D. Cockrum, 62, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO passed away with his family at his side on December 23rd at 11:11 pm.  Ray was born August 8, 1952 to Grover and Wilma (DePriest) Cockrum in Kansas City, MO.

Ray attended Park Hill High School and has lived in the Northland area his entire life.  He spent the last 46 years in the upholstery business, a trade he took pride in. He enjoyed spending time with friends, family, and his cat Winkie; restoring classic cars; riding motorcycles; mushroom hunting and blues music.

He was preceded in death by his father, Grover and a sister, Dianna. He is survived by his three children: Ryan Cockrum and wife, Amber of Gladstone, MO; Hayley Cockrum of Kansas City, MO; Chelsey Kelso and husband, Brian of Kansas City, KS; six grandchildren: Isaac, Eric, Nova, Jasper, Kinsley and Brogan; his mother, Wilma O. Cockrum of Warsaw, MO; a brother, Roger Cockrum of Glenaire,MO; and a sister, Lisa Rogers of Blue Springs, MO.

The family will receive friends from 10 – 11 a.m., Saturday, January 3, 2015 at Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, MO. A Memorial Service celebrating Ray’s life will be held at 11 a.m. at the chapel.  In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Cockrum family or Parkville Animal Shelter. Memories of Ray and condolences to the family may be shared online at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

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Marshall "Mac" McClure

Marshall Dickerson “Mac” McClure, 88, of Platte Woods, MO passed away December 24, 2014 at his home. He was born March 13, 1926 in Kearney, NE to Hugh Montgomery McClure II and Margaret (Dickerson) McClure.  He graduated high school in Chicago, IL. He was drafted into the United States Army at age 18 and after 21 years of service retired as a Lieutenant Colonel.  He earned a BS in Military Studies from the University of Maryland.

Mac served his community, city, state and country in various capacities throughout his life.  A few of those included the Kansas City Chapter of the American Red Cross, where he was made an honorary lifetime board member and in 1993 was awarded the State of Missouri Distinguished Volunteer Service Award. He was active in the Parkville Rotary Club serving as President in 1984-85. Mac was a member of the Military Affiliate Radio System and the Platte County Amateur Radio Emergency Service. He was mayor of Platte Woods from 1981-84. He served as a lay reader in his church for 53 years. Mac’s life goal was to give more than he took.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Barbara McClure Killebrew and a brother, Hugh M. McClure, III.  Survivors include his wife and best friend of 49 years, Charlotte M. Mathews McClure; son, Mark McClure; three grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

The family will receive friends on Monday January 12, 2015 from 3-7:00 p.m. at their home in Platte Woods.  A memorial service celebrating Mac’s life will be held at the Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday January 15, 2015.  A committal service will follow at the Forest Home Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa.  Memorial contributions are suggested to the KC Chapter of the American Red Cross or the Christ Church Anglican of Overland Park and may be left in care of the Meyers Northland Chapel, 401 Main St. Parkville, MO 64152.  Memories of Mac and condolences may be left online at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

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Jim Goble

James Goble, 82, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO passed away on Tuesday, January 6, 2015.  Jim was born April 16, 1932 to Olin and Gladys (Thompson) Goble in McFall, MO.

Jim served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.  He was united in marriage with Jean Guess on December 16, 1950 in New Hampton, MO.  From this union three children were born, Rick, Debbie and Jeff.  Jean preceded him in death in November of 2014.

Jim spent his working career as a truck driver and owner of his own business, Goble Trucking.  He was also a volunteer for over 20 years with the Platte County Sherriff’s Department as a Deputy. Jim was a member of the Masonic Lodge in New Hampton, MO.  He enjoyed playing the fiddle; Blue Grass music; going to the lake house; traveling in the family motorhome with his grandchildren; and family dinners. His pride and joy was a 1954 Super C Farmall Tractor.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean Goble, his parents, a grandson, Joseph Goble and a sister, Carolyn Gentry.  He is survived by his children: daughter, Debbie Goble of Kansas City, MO and two sons, Rick Goble of Grain Valley, MO and Jeff Goble and wife, Janeen of Kansas City, MO; five grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday, January 10, 2015 at Meyers Funeral Chapel in Parkville, MO.  The funeral service will immediately follow at 1 p.m. at the chapel.  Burial will follow at Grandview Cemetery in Albany, MO.  Memories of Jim and condolences may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

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Jesse Villanueva

Jesse Villanueva, 91, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO passed away Wednesday, January 7, 2015.  Jesse was born August 6, 1923 to Jesus and Rosario (Gonzales) Villanueva in Kansas City, KS.

Jesse has lived in the Northland since 2001.  He spent his working career as a Clerk for Santa Fe Railroad and retired in 1983. 

Survivors include his wife, Carmen (Martinez) Villanueva of Kansas City (North), MO; two daughters, Rosemary Duffy of Smithville, MO and Sarah Ann Fish of Kansas City, MO; 4 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, a sister and his first wife, Sarah  (Fernandez) Villanueva.

The family will receive friends from 5-7:00 p.m. Monday, January 12, 2015 at the Meyers Northland Chapel, 401 Main St. Parkville, MO 64152, where the Rosary will be prayed at 7:00 p.m.  The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:00 a.m. Tuesday at St. Therese Catholic Church, 7207 NW Highway 9, Kansas City, MO 64152. A committal service will follow at the Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Kansas City, KS.  Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Therese Catholic Church.  Memories of Jesse and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

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Angela Cameron

Angela Cameron, 29, a resident of Kansas City, MO passed away on Wednesday, January 7, 2015.  Angela was born October 31, 1985 to Raymond and Nancy (Fifer) Beard in Kansas City, MO.

She was a member of Northmoor United Methodist Church.  Angela graduated from Park Hill South High School in 2004.  She worked at Eagle Animal Hospital in Riverside, MO during her high school years; this is the job she enjoyed the most. After graduation, she spent the majority of her working career for Forrest T. Jones & Co. as a Financial Products Specialist. She just recently started working at Hague Quality Water.

Angela was united in marriage with Clyde “J.R.” Cameron, Jr., on November 6, 2010 in Blue Springs, MO.  From this union a beautiful little girl, Makayla was born. Angela enjoyed being outside, animals, scrapbooking, and bowling.  She will be remembered as a wonderful daughter, loving wife, nurturing mother and caring friend.

She was preceded in death by her father, Raymond Beard. Survived by her husband, J.R. Cameron and daughter, Makayla of the home; mother, Nancy Beard of Riverside, MO; Maternal Grandfather, Raymond Fifer of Higginsville, MO; several aunts, uncles and cousins; mother-in-law; father-in-law; several sister-in-laws and brother-in-laws.

The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m., Monday, January 12, 2015 at Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, MO.  Funeral Services will immediately follow at 2 p.m. at the chapel with Chaplain Fred McDaniel officiating. Memorial Contributions may be made to the ASPCA or donor’s choice in Angela’s name. Memories of Angela and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

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Georgiana "Georgie" Herring

Meyers Funeral ChapelsGeorgiana Meyers Herring, 76, a resident of Kansas City, MO passed away Friday, January 9, 2015.  Georgiana was born, August 6, 1938 to Dr. Robert and Elaine (Lynch) Powell in Omaha, NE.

Georgiana was born deaf.  Her parent’s main-streamed her into school at Central Institute for the Deaf in St. Louis, MO when she was five years of age. While never learning how to use sign language, she mastered the art of reading lips and how to speak.  She was the Helen Keller of her time.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Kathleen Biester; a brother, Robert Powell, Jr., and husband, Mr. Rodger Herring.  She is survived by her only daughter, Holly Meyers Bertken of Rochester, MN; a grandson, Michael Bertken and first husband, Mr. Daniel D. Meyers.

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date in Rochester, MN.  Memories of Georgie may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

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Ray McReynolds

Ray Amos McReynolds, 93, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO, passed away on Saturday, January 10, 2015.  Ray was born August 1, 1921, to Ira and Helen (Cook) McReynolds, in Fairfield, NE.  He was a 1939 graduate of Fairfield High School. Ray married his high school sweetheart, Elsie Marie Sorensen, on July 9, 1942.  From this loving union of 69 years, three children were born: Carl, Deanna, and Christina.

Ray worked for CO-OP and Farmland Industries his entire working career.  He first drove a fuel truck in Nebraska, and then operated the Fairfield, NE CO-OP Locker Plant as a butcher. Later he managed the building of the fertilizer plant there and managed the operation for many years.  Following that, he took a job as a field salesman for Farmland, moving the family to Norfolk and then Columbus, NE.  His last move involved a transfer to the Farmland Industries corporate offices located in Kansas City, MO, where he was Manager of the Fertilizer Equipment Department.  He retired in 1983 after many years of dedicated service. He loved to fish and hunt elk.  In retirement, Ray and Elsie spent many winters in Texas and enjoyed woodworking and crafting.  Ray was a member of Mid-West Masonic Lodge #317 in Hastings, NE, and a member of Gashland Presbyterian Church in Kansas City, MO.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Elsie McReynolds; daughter, Deanna Christensen; parents; infant twin sisters; and brother, Ralph McReynolds.  He is survived by his son, Carl McReynolds and wife, Marilyn, of Lincoln, NE; son-in-law, Leslie Christensen of Verdel, NE; daughter, Christina Danner and husband, Eric, of Parkville, MO; three grandsons, Jeff (Kim) McReynolds; Kevin (Amy) McReynolds; and Andrew Danner; three granddaughters, Becky (Tom) Pitman; Dawn (J.R.) Crosley; and Bethany Danner.  Additionally, he is survived by his nine great-grandchildren; sister, Izola Vodehnal, of Searcy, AR; brother, Cecil (Virginia) McReynolds, of Denver, CO; nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

A memorial service with inurnment will be held at a later date in Fairfield, NE, with his grandson, Rev. Kevin McReynolds, officiating. Memories of Ray and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com or mailed to the family in care of Meyers Funeral Chapel, 401 Main St., Parkville, MO  64152. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Lung Association.

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Hazel Chaney

Hazel Covington Chaney, 93, a Northland resident of Kansas City, Missouri (formerly of Meridian, Mississippi) passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 11, 2015.  The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, MO.  A Memorial Service will immediately follow at 6:30 p.m. with Rev. George McDowell officiating.  Burial and a Celebration of Life Service will be held a Robert Barham Family Funeral home in Meridian, Mississippi on Saturday, January 17, 2015.  Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 11:00a.m., followed by a celebration of Hazel’s life, Rev. Drew Dabbs officiating.

Hazel was born September 19, 1921 to Thomas L. and Ruby Mae (Gibson) Covington.  She was preceded in death by her cherished husband, Leland Chaney, her parents, brothers; Orville Covington, Willard Covington, sisters, Almeta Snowden, Bernice Walker, Claire Stephens and Dorothy Covington.

Survivors include her daughter, June Mitchell (Samuel) of Kansas City, MO; Grandchildren: Samuel P. Mitchell, III (Tonya); and Leland Scott Mitchell (Michelle); three great-grandchildren: Samuel P. Mitchell, IV; Tessa Mitchell and Gabriel Mitchell; numerous nieces and nephews; sisters: Mary Chaney of Ocean Springs, Mississippi; Clydine White of Monroe, Louisiana; Patsy Flowers of Philadelphia, Mississippi; brother, Tommy Covington of Natchitoches, Louisiana.

Hazel was a true Southern lady.  Whether she was assisting Leland, the proprietor of a very popular sandwich shop in Meridian, Mississippi, or working as an Administrative Assistant at Northland Junior High School, she approached each opportunity with her unlimited energy: exuding joy and blessings.  She left her family and friends with a legacy of unconditional love, strong faith, and a passionate desire of service to others.  Her life verse serves to challenge and inspire us.  Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”

Our family thanks all who lovingly cared for Hazel during her illness.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Gashland Baptist Church Lottie Moon Christmas offering or the charity of your choice. Memories of Hazel and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

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Marshall R. Miller

Marshall Reed Miller, 93, KCMO, passed away on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at NorthCare Hospice due to health complications.  He was born in Millersdale, Missouri on February 14, 1921, to Marshall and Lulu (Caldwell) Miller.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 70 years Elizabeth and son in law Patrick Depping.  He is survived by his son James (Janet) Miller, his daughters, Marsha Jane Depping and Bette (John) Guarino, grandchildren, Tracy (Dave) Thornburg, Matthew (Jennifer) Miller, Laura Guarino and great grandchildren Thomas and Brianna Miller.

He graduated from Helena High School in 1938 and was drafted by the Army in 1942 and served overseas landing day 10 of D-Day.  Once home opened a General Store in Cosby, MO, worked for John Deere and J.I. Case until his retirement in 1983.  He spent his retired life in many activities including Rotary International, Head of the Northland Christmas Store, a Silver Dollar City Art Guild artist with Elizabeth, Wally Byam Airstream Club traveling with Elizabeth to Canada and 48 states, golf with his buddies into his 90's, woodworking, reading western novels, grandchildren and Sam the Cat.

The family will receive friends to Celebrate the life of Marshall from 5 – 7 p.m., Monday, January 19, 2015 at Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, MO.  A Committal Service will be held Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 9 a.m., Leavenworth National Cemetery, 150 Muncie Road in Leavenworth, KS with Military Honors. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are suggested to NorthCare Hospice. Memories of Marshall and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

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Norma Rees

Norma E. Rees, 90, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO passed away on Saturday, January 17, 2015.   Norma was born January 25, 1924 to Marvin Earl and Callie Lee (Evans) Laughlin in Stanberry, MO.

Norma enjoyed sewing, working outside in her garden, dancing, singing and being around people.  She worked from her home-based hair salon as a hair-dresser.  Her sense of humor will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her.

She was preceded in death by her parents, first husband, Galen Sipes; son, Stephen Sipes, second husband, Charles Rees; a sister, Velda Laughlin and a brother, Earl Laughlin.  Survived by her daughter, Connie (Sipes) Tracy and her husband, Ken Zigmond; five grandchildren: Shawn Tracy, Kevin Tracy, Christopher Tracy; Chad Sipes and Cody Sipes; 10 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Maysel Lockhart and Betty Armstrong; and a brother, Kermit Laughlin.

The family will receive friends at 10 a.m., Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, MO.  The Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m., at the chapel with Pastor T.C. Arnold officiating.  Burial will immediately follow at the Stanberry Cemetery in Stanberry, MO.  Memories of Norma and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

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Scott Wessling

Scott Wessling, 48, of Kansas City, Missouri passed away unexpectedly January 20, 2015.  Scott graduated in 1984 from Park Hill High School and was employed by Broderson Manufacturing Company of Lenexa, Kansas.

Scott leaves to mourn his wife of 19 years, Pam and their son, Garret; his parents Dennis and LeAnn Wessling of Parkville; his siblings, Beth (David) Williams, Shelly (Vinny) Singhal, Brian (Dawn) Wessling and Jennifer (Ed) Baker; in-laws Gathyl and Colleen Hibbs , David (Susan) Hibbs of Stanberry, Missouri.  Scott also leaves his nieces and nephews, many good friends, neighbors, aunts, uncles and cousins.

He loved friends and family get-togethers, boating, riding his Harley and his dogs, Doberman Harley and Minpin Jack.

Scott would be so proud knowing that by being a donor, he was able to help save 2 lives and make better the lives of 50 other people.

The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. on Monday, January 26, 2015 at the Platte Woods United Methodist Church.  A Memorial service celebrating Scott’s life will follow at 12:00 p.m., with Rev. Ginger Pudenz officiating.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the family to help establish a scholarship fund for Garret, and may be left in care of the Meyers Northland Chapel, 401 Main St. Parkville, MO 64152.  Please make Checks payable to Pam Wessling and write Scholarship Fund in the memo of the check.  Memories of Scott and condolences may be left with the family at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

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Dorothy Sinsheimer, L.C.S.W.

Meyers Funeral ChapelsDorothy Sinsheimer, L.C.S.W., a resident of Gladstone, MO passed away suddenly on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at the age of 70.  She was born March 3, 1944 in Lexington, VA to Claude Houchins and Louise  Virginia (Slough) Lynn, Sr.  She received her Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Virginia at Richmond and retired from Comprehensive Mental Health in Independence, MO. 

Survivors include her husband of 23 years, Ed Lichti of the home; a daughter, Theresa Mueller and her husband, Jake of Gladstone, MO; three grandchildren, Victoria, Maya and James.

Per Dorothy's wishes, there are no formal services scheduled.  The private arrangements have been entrusted with the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.  Memorial contributions in memory of Dorothy are suggested to the charity of the donors choice.

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Prashuv Chapagain

Prashuv Chapagain, 23, a current student of Park University in Parkville, MO passed away unexpectedly on January 21, 2015. He was born October 21, 1991 to Pradeep and  Sunita (Lamsal) Chapagain in Nepal. 

A private Visitation was held Friday, January 23, 2015 at Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, MO.  The family will continue to mourn the loss of their loved one, Prashuv on Saturday, January 24, 2015.  Burial will be held at a later date in Nepal.

Memories of Prashuv and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

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Mrs. Frances Blackstock, D.C.

Mrs. Frances Blackstock, D.C., 83, a resident of Tonganoxie, KS went to her heavenly home on Thursday, January 22, 2015.  Frances was born August 24, 1931 to Albert and Louise (Cannon) Colyer in Tyler, TX.

Frances was united in marriage to Marion Patrice “Pat” Blackstock on November 11, 1959; from this loving union a daughter, Beverly was born.  She attended and graduated Cleveland Chiropractic School in Kansas City, MO earning her doctorate degree.  She enjoyed playing the piano, reading the Bible and other good books. Frances was a member of Roanridge Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her parents. Survived by her husband, Pat Blackstock of Tonganoxie, KS; daughter, Beverly Blackstock of Leavenworth, KS; three foster children: Doris Frazier Winchester, “Bubba” Frazier and Rickey Frazier; three foster-grandchildren: Shanna, Pat and Rick; two foster great-grandchildren: Atticus and Asher.

The family will receive friends at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, MO.  The Funeral Service will commence at 3:00 p.m. at the chapel with Rev. Wayne Goff officiating.  Memorial Contributions may be made to Florida College.     A Committal Service  will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, February 3, at Leavenworth National Cemetery, 150 Muncie Road Leavenworth, KS. Memories of Frances and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

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Malachi Piatt

Malachi James Piatt, entered the gates of Heaven on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 5:17 p.m.  Malachi was born Sunday, January 11, 2015 to John R. and Natalie Jean (Blackburn) Piatt in North Kansas City, Missouri.

Survived by his loving parents, John and Natalie Piatt; Maternal Grandparents, Tim and Connie Blackburn of Parkville, MO; Paternal Grandparents, Jeff and Dana Piatt of O’Fallon, IL; Maternal Great-grandmother, Jeanne Blackburn of Des Moines, IA; Paternal Great-grandmothers: Elizabeth Kunze of Swansea, IL and Josephine Zollner of O’Fallon, IL.  He was preceded in death by his great-grandfathers and a great-grandmother.

The family will receive friends from 10-11:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at St. Therese Catholic Church 7207 N.W. Highway 9 Kansas City, MO, where the Mass of Christian Burial will commence at 11:00 a.m.  Interment will follow at Resurrection North Cemetery in Kansas City, MO.  Memorial contributions are suggested to YMCA Challenger’s Program or to the family for assistance with services and giving back to Children’s Mercy Hospital, ICN.  The Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville has been entrusted with the final arrangements.  Condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com or caringbridge.org/visit/malachipiatt

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Mr. Marion "Pat" Blackstock

Mr. Marion “Pat” Blackstock, 84, a resident of Tonganoxie, KS joined his beloved wife, Frances Blackstock in their heavenly home on Saturday, January 24, 2015. Pat was born July 7, 1930 to Clarence D. and Avis (Rodgers) Blackstock in Columbia, S.C.

Pat was a veteran of the United States Army and served during the Korean Conflict. He spent the majority of his working career as an Engineer for Union Pacific Railroad. Pat was an active member of the Roanridge Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his wife and parents. Survived by a daughter, Beverly Blackstock of Leavenworth, KS; three foster children: Doris Frazier Winchester, “Bubba” Frazier and Rickey Frazier; three foster-grandchildren: Shanna, Pat and Rick; two foster great-grandchildren: Atticus and Asher.

The family will receive friends at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, MO.  The Funeral Service celebrating Pat and Frances’ lives will commence at 3:00 p.m. at the chapel with Rev. Wayne Goff officiating.  Memorial Contributions may be made to Florida College. A Committal Service with Military Honors will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at Leavenworth National Cemetery, 150 Muncie Road Leavenworth, KS. Memories of Pat and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

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Barbara Lance

Barbara June Lance passed away at her home in Kansas City North on January 25, 2015 after a long struggle with dementia.  She was born on April 18, 1927 to William Henry and Lavern Daisy (nee MacKenzie) Ketsdever.

Barbara graduated from Castlemont High School in Oakland, CA where she was the editor of the school newspaper.  After graduation, she worked for a Chinese newspaper in San Francisco during WWII.  She later worked for Transocean Airlines where she met the love of her life, Joseph “Skip” Lance.  They were married on November 3, 1946 in Oakland, CA and they remained blissfully happy until his passing in 1986.

In 1963, they moved to the San Fernando Valley where Barbara worked as the secretary for the United Methodist Church.  In 1972, Skip was transferred to Kansas City, MO and the couple moved to The Coves in Kansas City’s northland.  Barbara worked in the Development Department of Park College in Parkville, MO for many years before obtaining the job that ultimately became her passion and the pride of her life, City Clerk of Parkville.

Barbara held the title of City Clerk for 25 years and devoted her life to being a champion for Parkville.  She was a major influence in the creation of “Christmas on the River” where she served as “Mary Christmas” for many years.  Barbara worked tirelessly for the benefit of Parkville.  Lance Circle, a cul-de-sac in Riss Lake, was dedicated in her name to honor her many years of selfless service to Parkville.

Barbara also served on the boards of the Parkville Chamber of Commerce and the Bell Road Barn.  She was also a Lion and was a fixture at their Fourth of July Pancake Breakfast held in English Landing each year, along with her family in tow.

Barbara was also a published writer of poetry and short prose.  She would like to be remembered as a lover of words, a gift she passed on to all of her children.

Barbara outlived her siblings William Ketsdever, LaVerne Mack and Marilyn Antony and is survived by her four children:  Denise Marie Bassett, Curtis Alan Lance, Liane Adair Dillman and Trina Gay Lance.  She will be deeply missed by her 11 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.  She was the matriarch of her family both in Missouri and California and was affectionately known as “The Queen.”

A “Celebration of Life” for Barbara will be held at Platte Woods United Methodist Church on February 5, 2015 at 6:00pm.  There will be a light supper after the service at the church.  She will be buried next to her husband in Walnut Grove Cemetery in Parkville in a private family service the next day.  Flowers may be sent to the church and donations can be made in her name to one of her favorite places, the Parkville Nature Sanctuary (www.parkvillenaturesanctuary.net).  The Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville has been entrusted with the final arrangements.  Memories of Barbara and condolences may be left online at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

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Vicki Porter

Vicki Lynn Porter, 60, a resident of Parkville, MO passed away on Monday, February 2, 2015.  Vicki was born December 10, 1954 in Kansas City, MO to Lawrence and Virginia (Camerer) Gray.

Vicki was a 1973 graduate of Park Hill High School. She was briefly married to her high school sweetheart, which resulted in the birth of her first daughter.  Vicki was then united in marriage with her soulmate Douglas Eli Porter on May 4, 1980 at the Chapel of the Fountain in Las Vegas, NV.  She spent nearly 25 years in computer operations for the airline industry, both in Kansas City, MO and Winston-Salem, NC.  Vicki and Doug enjoyed spending time with friends and colleagues, traveling, and playing on a bowling and a dart league while in NC.  Vicki loved spending time with her family, especially taking her daughters on beach trips to the NC coast.  She was a devoted wife, mother and very proud grandmother.

Vicki was preceded in death by her husband, Douglas Eli Porter in December 2009, and both of her parents. She is survived by her four daughters: Jessie Schaffner and husband, Nathan of Manchester, PA; Amber Porter of Parkville, MO; Kristin Porter of Raleigh, N.C.; and Lauri Porter of Kearney, MO; six grandchildren; a brother, Gary Gray; maternal aunts and uncles; her brother and sisters-in-law; and many cousins.

A Committal Service for Vicki and Doug will be held 2:30 p.m., Thursday, March 19, 2015 at  Leavenworth National Cemetery, 150 Muncie Road, Leavenworth, KS. Those wishing to attend the Committal Service will need to meet at Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, MO at 1:30 p.m., the cortege will then process to  Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memories of Vicki and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

 

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Norman Shackelford

Norman Shackelford, 93, formerly of Platte County, MO passed away Tuesday, February 3, 2015 in Iola, KS.  He was born May 2, 1921 in Platte County to William and Barbara (Tull) Shackelford.

Norman was an electrician and retired from Kansas City Power and Light Company.  In his spare time he enjoyed hunting and fishing and was Past Grand Master of the Masonic Lodge in Farley, MO.  Norman was proud to be a veteran of the United States Army, and served during World War II.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Viola (Jantzen) Shackelford and nine siblings.  Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Ruby Stubbs-Shackelford; Norman’s children, John Shackelford (Ramon Medina) and Linda Shackelford, both of Kansas City, North; Ruby’s children, Catherine Farthing and Thomas Stubbs; two brothers, Ralph Shackelford and Donald Shackelford; a sister, Dorothy Miller; five grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

A funeral service celebrating Norman’s life will be held 1:00 p.m. Saturday, February 7, 2015 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.  Burial will follow at the East Slope Cemetery in Riverside, MO.  The family will receive friends from 12-1 p.m., prior to the service.  Memorial contributions are suggested to the Platte County Historical Society or Platte County Eleemosynary Society and may be left in care of the funeral home.  Memories of Norman and condolences may be left online at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

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Robert "Bob" Dillman

Robert "Bob" B. Dillman passed away February 4, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri where he moved in December, 2014.  He was born May 1, 1930 in Champaign, Illinois to Joe and Zaida Dillman. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Joe.  He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Jeanne Dillman; son, Steven Dillman and wife Liane of Kansas City, MO; daughter, Lori Swenson and husband Jim of Leawood, KS; grandchildren: Joseph and Emily Dillman of Kansas City, MO; and a sister-in-law, Betty Deaton of Lincoln, NE.

Bob graduated from the University of Illinois in 1955 after serving 4 years in the Air Force.  Prior to his retirement, he was a long time employee of Farmer’s Mutual Insurance Company.  He was a member of the American Legion in Lincoln, NE.  A Memorial Service will be held in Lincoln, Nebraska at a later date.  The family suggests memorial donations to either the Alzheimer’s Association or the National Kidney Foundation. Memories of Bob and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

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Florence Borden

Florence Borden, a resident of Parkville, Mo passed away on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at the age of 99.   She was born August 9, 1915 in Chanute, KS to Orlin and Mabel (Bochelman) Pruitt.  She grew up and attended school in the Argentine area of Kansas City, KS and lived most of her adult life in the Parkville area. 

Florence was a member of the Park Hill Christian Church and enjoyed spending time with her family and close friends.  She married George D. Borden, Jr. in May of 1948.  Mr. Borden preceded her in death on January 9, 1990.  In her earlier years she was employed by North American in the Fairfax Plant and spent the majority of her working years keeping the books for her husband's Borden's "66" Service Station, at the corner of highways 9 & 45 in Parkville.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, four sisters and a son, Danny Borden.  Survivors include her daughter, Janet McCormick and husband Robert of Parkville; and two grandsons, Scott and Jeffrey Watkins.

The family will receive friends from 1-2:00 p.m. Friday, February 13, 2015 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.  At 2:00 p.m. family and friends will process to the East Slope Cemetery in Riverside, where a graveside service will be held.  Memorial contributions are suggested to the Park Hill Christian Church.  Memories of Florence and condolences may be left online at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

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Fred Brink

Frederick C. "Fred" Brink, 91, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO and longtime member of St. Therese Parish, passed away February 14, 2015.  He was born on August 25, 1923 in Kansas City, MO to Frederick H. And Mabel E. (Williams) Brink.

Fred graduated from Rockhurst High School and was a veteran of the United States Army, where he served during WWII.  During the war he was an ambulance driver with the 62nd General Hospital, based out of Eaubonne, France.

Fred was very devoted to St. Therese Parish and served many years as a sacristan.  He spent the majority of his working years as a salesman of industrial laundry products.

Fred was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Margueritte A. "Margie" (Liebst) Brink. Survivors include his 12 children, Vince (Henri) Brink, John Brink, Phil Brink, Bern (Melanie) Brink, Charlene (Michael) Gill, Dan (Jeniene) Brink, Margie (Bob) Carder, Anita Coleman, Marty (Lisa) Brink, Grace (Jeff) Homan, Mike Brink and Steve (Deana) Brink; 24 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be con-celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Friday, February 20, 2015 at St. Therese Catholic Church, 7207 NW 9 Highway, with Rev. Joseph Cisetti as principal celebrant.  A committal service will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, with military honors. A Parish Rosary will be prayed at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at St. Therese, where the family will receive friends following until 7:00 p.m.  Memorial contributions are suggested to the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry at St. Therese and may be left in care of the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.  Memories of Fred and condolences may be left online by visiting www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

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William "Bill" Lewis

William Leroy Lewis, 81, of Parkville, MO, departed this life suddenly on February 15, 2015.  He was born to Leroy and Emma (McVay) Lewis on June 1, 1933 in Laclede County, MO.  Bill graduated from Leavenworth High School.  He was an Army 82nd Airborne Veteran of the Korean Conflict and recipient of the Purple Heart.

He owned and operated Lewis Controls, Inc., an electrical control panel design and manufacturing firm, until his retirement in 1998.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, brothers: James (in childhood) and Robert, whose passing was a devastating loss for Bill.  He is survived by Betty Lewis, his loving wife of 28 years of the home; sister, Darlene Shaffer (Bob) of Kearney, MO; daughter, Deborah Sears (Jacques) of Colorado Springs, CO; two grandchildren, Jessica Auld of Kansas City, MO and Andrea Clingan of Parkville, MO; three step-children: Shelly Boyle (Gere) of Plano, TX; Don Bachman (Tami) of Liberty, MO and Brad Bachman of North Kansas City, MO; six step-grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and numerous relatives and friends.

Bill was proud of his Native American heritage, and was an honest, hardworking man who loved and cared for his family.  He was a good friend who enjoyed a joke with his buddies at the bowling alley, and a fish on the line at his beloved Pomme de Terre Lake.  He was loved and will be sadly missed by his family and those privileged to have had him as a friend.

A committal service with military honors will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, February 19, 2015 at the Leavenworth National Cemetery, 150 Muncie Rd.  Those attending the committal service will meet at the funeral, where family and friends will leave in procession at 9:15 a.m.  Following the committal service, the family will receive friends back at the funeral home from 11:00 a.m-12:00 p.m.  Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Diabetes Association.

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Jerry Schleicher

Gerald L. Schleicher, 68, a resident of Parkville, MO passed away on Monday, February 16, 2015.  He was born September 16, 1946 to Eugene G. and Georgia A. (Meier) Schleicher in Scottsbluff, NE.

Jerry was united in marriage with Pamela Rose Koenig on August 22, 1965 in Gering, NE.  Jerry and Pam made their home in Parkville, MO.  He was known in his community as a published Cowboy Poet and you can find some of his poems at cowboypoetry.com.  He was a longtime member and Emcee of the Missouri Cowboy Poet Association.  Jerry’s poetry had that special knack for making a point, while making you laugh.  He also enjoyed playing poker, especially “Mississippi Stud” at the Argosy Casino.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents.  Survived by his loving wife, Pam Schleicher of Parkville, MO; two brothers: Jeff Schleicher and wife, Marti of Alliance, NE; Donald Schleicher and wife, Jeanne of Colorado Springs, CO; numerous brother-in-laws; sister-in-laws; nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, February 21, 2015 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 401 Main Street, Parkville, MO.  A Memorial Service celebrating Jerry’s life will immediately follow at 2:00 p.m., with Abe Reddekopp officiating.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Memories of Jerry and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

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Wilma G. Dreis

Wilma Geraldine Dreis, 85, of Gladstone, MO passed away Wednesday, February 18, 2015.  She was born June 7, 1929 in Kansas City, MO to Hubert J. and Frances (Woodruff) Magner.  Wilma graduated from Northeast High School and lived the majority of her life in Gladstone.

She married the late Donald E. Dreis on October 8, 1948 in Kansas City.  Mr. Dreis preceded her in death on February 6, 2014.  Survivors include a daughter, Linda “Lin” Dreis of Kansas City; a son, David Dreis and wife, Tacea of Kansas City; and a brother, James Magner of Arizona.

The family wishes to thank the staff at The Grove’s and The Grove’s Hospice for the wonderful care they provided.

Funeral services will be conducted 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 21, 2015 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.  The family will receive friends from 9:30-10:30 a.m., prior to the service.  A private committal service will be held Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorial contributions are suggested to The Grove’s Hospice.

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Jenna Wilkerson

Jenna Maurine Wilkerson, 23, a resident of Kansas City, MO earned her heavenly wings on Friday, April 10. 2015.  Jenna was born October 21, 1991 to John R. and Deborah (Cabbage) Wilkerson in Lawrence, KS.

She attended Maple Valley State School, Trails West State School and was also a resident of White Oaks Group Home in Kansas City, MO.  The family wishes to thank all of Jenna’s teachers for their outstanding love and support they provided.  A special thank you is extended to Esther Mercer for being Jenna’s special angel and teacher.

Jenna will always be remembered as being happy & joyous. She was a ray of sunshine that filled a room with love.

She was preceded in death by her father, John Wilkerson in 1996. She is survived by her mother, Deborah Wilkerson; a brother, Josh Wilkerson; a sister, Jolie Magdaleno; Aunt Sallie Stewart, Uncle Larry Stewart; Uncle Harlan Wilkerson; Aunt Kaycie Reasoner; and numerous cousins.

The family will hold a private graveside service at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lawrence, KS.  Memories of Jenna and condolences to the family can be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com

Catherine Grantham Bird

Catherine Grantham Bird passed away peacefully on February 20, 2015, surrounded by her family.  She lived 90 wonderful years, and will be missed by many.

Born July 26, 1924, in Itta Bena, Mississippi to John Thomas Grantham and Mary Lillian Ray, Catherine grew up on Ashland Plantation in Anguilla, Mississippi, with her sister, Mary Ray (Grantham) Mims, and her three brothers, Paul, Sam, and J.T., Jr. Grantham, all of whom predeceased her.

Catherine was quite the "rebel" for a Southern lady.  After attending Moorehead Jr. College, where she played on the basketball team, Catherine followed her brothers into military service, enlisting in the U.S Navy Waves in 1944, gaining notoriety as the 90,000th Wave to enlist.  During her nearly five years of military service, she served in Bronx, NY (playing on the training center basketball team), Stillwater, OK, New Orleans, LA, Gulfport, MS, and Memphis, TN.

While stationed New Orleans as a Navy Yeoman 1st Class in 1946, Catherine met the love of her life, Allen W. Bird, at a wedding in Gulfport, MS.  After her Navy service, Catherine returned to school at Delta State University as an English major, and she and Allen were married on May 4, 1948, at Ashland Plantation.

Allen's Navy service took them to various far-flung bases, including: Key West, FL, Millington, TN, Patuxent River, MD, Sunnyvale, CA, and Naha, Okinawa.  From 1961 to 1963, Catherine taught conversational English to high school students in Naha, Okinawa, as a member of the America Volunteer Teacher's Association.  While in California from 1963 to 1965, Catherine worked as an executive secretary for Lockheed Co. Missiles and Space Division, assigned to the top secret Polaris missile project.

In August 1965, after Allen had retired from the Navy, he was hired by TWA as a pilot instructor, and the family moved to Kansas City, MO.  They eventually built a lakeside home at Weatherby Lake.  Never to be idle, Catherine worked as an executive secretary for Herbert V. Jones, and later for Byron T. Shutz of the Byron Shutz Co. In Kansas City, MO.

From 1974 to 1976, Catherine and Allen lived in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, when Allen was assigned by TWA to train L-1011 pilots for Saudi Arabian Airlines.  Once again, Catherine taught English to the locals to keep busy.

In 1976, they returned to their Weatherby Lake home, enjoying fishing and boating.  Over the years, Catherine was an energetic volunteer with the KCI Ambassadors, St. Luke's Northland Hospital Auxiliary, the National Association for Uniformed Services, the USS Hoggatt Bay Association, and the Society of Military Widows.

Catherine had a "wonderlust" for travel from an early age, from long driving vacations across the U.S., to camping vacations in California, Oregon and Washington, and utilizing her TWA and Saudia flight privileges to explore the world.

Catherine lived a full and charmed life.  She was a loving person who will be sorely missed by her surviving family, daughter Sharon (Christopher) Bradford of Parkville, MO, son Paul "Rusty" (Renee) Bird of Parkville, MO, granddaughter Ann (Cameron) Kleier of Kansas City, MO, and great-grandson Graham Kleier of Kansas City, MO.

The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Thursday, February 26, 2015 at Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, MO.  A Committal Service with military honors will be held at 12:30 p.m., Thursday, February 26, 2015 at Leavenworth, National Cemetery, 150 Muncie Road, Leavenworth, KS. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the American Heart Association, or to the Wounded Warrior Project.

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Catherine Hardesty-Fagan

Catherine M. Hardesty-Fagan, 50, passed away on May 4th, 2015, in KC, MO. Cathy was born in Ann Arbor, MI, on October 30th, 1964. She is survived by Shaun Fagan, husband; Diane Harker, mother; Christa Hardesty, daughter; Nate Hardesty, grandson; Colin, Byron, and Bruno Fagan, step-sons; Steve, Garry, and Al Derendinger, brothers. Cathy was predeceased by her father, Jack Derendinger, and son, Trey Hardesty. 

A memorial service celebrating her life will be held 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 7, 2015 at the Church of the Resurrection Downtown, 1522 McGee St. Kansas City, MO 64108.

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Carl Peterson

Carl James Peterson, 63, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO passed away on Thursday, March 5, 2015.  Carl was born April 18, 1951 to James and Dorothy Peterson in Kansas City, MO. 

He retired from the United States Army as a Sgt. 1st Class where he proudly served his country during the Vietnam Era and the Persian Gulf War. Carl was decorated with the following medals, badges and ribbons during this period: Army Achievement Medal; Army Good Conduct Medal (4th Award); Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (2nd Award); Army of Occupation Medal-Germany; National Defense Service Medal with BSS Humanitarian Service Medal; NCO Professional Development Ribbon.   Carl also served in the Kansas Army National Guard for 18 years.

Carl spent the majority of his working career at Allied Barton Security, but was also the owner/resume writer of his home based small business, CJ’s Quality Resumes.

The family would like to thank everyone at Kansas City Hospice for all of their loving care and support during Carl’s illness.

Carl was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Karen S. Taylor.  He is survived by his loving wife of 16 years, Linda Marie (Niemeyer) Peterson of Kansas City (North), MO; numerous nieces and nephews and their spouses; and his cat, Boo.

The Visitation will be held at 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, MO.  A Celebration of Carl’s Life will immediately follow from 6:30 – 7:00 p.m. at the chapel.  A Committal Service will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, March 12, 2015 at Walnut Grove Cemetery. Please omit sending any flowers. The family has requested Memorial Contributions  be made to the Wounded Warrior Project and left in care of Meyers Funeral Chapel. Memories of Carl and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Pam Schleicher

Pamela Rose Schleicher, 68, of Parkville, MO passed away on Thursday, March 5, 2015. Pam was born January 4, 1947 to Earl and Eleanor (Scheer) Koenig in Scotts Bluff, NE.

Pam was united in marriage with Gerald “Jerry” Schleicher on August 22, 1965 in Gering, NE. Their adventures in life took them many places with lots to see and things to do. Jerry took a job in Albuquerque, New Mexico where Pam worked as a bookkeeper and payroll clerk. Jerry worked at the Sears warehouse and attended the University of New Mexico.  Jerry earned his college degree in 1971; they later moved to Denver, where Pam continued to work as a payroll clerk, and Jerry began his career as a photojournalist for farm and ranch magazines.  Over the next three years Jerry began receiving job offers from other magazines in Chicago, Milwaukee and Minneapolis.  In 1975, they moved to Minneapolis; Pam enrolled in the local Community College to earn her Associate Degree while Jerry worked for the magazine.  In 1977 they moved to Yakima, Washington where Pam took the opportunity to complete her four year degree in Accounting at Central Washington State University.  In August of 1979 they relocated to Kansas City where Jerry created a Public Relations Department for a large advertising agency.  Pam completed her CPA and went on to work as a Field Auditor and Credit Manager for Wausau Insurance Company.

Pam & Jerry continued to fulfill their dream of seeing the world.  They traveled to England, Mexico, and the Bahamas, owned a condo in the Cayman Islands for nearly 25 years. The past eight years they were avid poker players, especially at the Argosy Casino in Riverside, MO.

The love of Pam’s life, Jerry Schleicher departed this world on February 16, 2015.  The loss of Jerry left Pam with a broken heart. By the grace of god, he called Pam home.  She was also preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Karen Kelsey. Survivors include five siblings: Brad and Cheryl Koenig of Ft. Collins, CO; Lance and Bonnie Koenig of Omaha, NE; Gene and Karen Koenig of Gering, NE; Debbie and Steve Bills of Aurora, CO; Sharon and Dave Tarpley of Northland, CO; a brother-in-law, Tom Kelsey of Albuquerque, NM; numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will hold a private Memorial Service at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Memories of Pam and condolences to the family may be shared at meyerfuneralchapel.com.

Margaret Scott

Margaret A. Scott, 90, Parkville, MO (formerly of Nashville, TN) passed away on Monday, March 9, 2015.  Margaret was born February 4, 1925 to Clifford and Maude A. (Rayburn) Dixon) in Earlington, KY.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Scott and both parents.  Survivors include her daughter, Anne and Yankee son-in-law, Tom of Parkville, MO.

Private interment was held at Woodlawn - Roesch- Patton Cemetery in Nashville, TN. The family has requested to omit any flowers and cards.  Any memorial contributions may be made to Friends of Parkville Animal Shelter (F.O.P.A.S) P.O. Box 29121 Parkville, MO 64152. Memories of Margaret and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Richard White

Richard White, 65, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO passed away March 11, 2015.  Born in Chicago, IL, Richard lived in Stow, OH and moved to Kansas City in 1984.  He was employed by General Motors in Hudson, OH as a machinist for 13 years, Union Pacific Railroad as an engineer for five years and at Certainteed in Kansas City, KS as a product inspector for 25 years. 

He loved most all sports, including football, baseball and tennis.  Richard was a true loyal fan of THE Ohio State Buckeyes, and was able to experience another National Championship.  He was an avid traveler and had visited almost all 50 states, the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada (Nova Scotia) and traveled internationally to England, France and Italy.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Henrietta and Vernon; stepfather, Joseph Kelly; a son, Bryan and a sister, Elaine.  Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Karen; daughter, Shannon and her husband Ray, and a brother, Steve.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Monday, March 16, 2015 at St. Therese Catholic Church, with Rev. Joseph Cisetti, celebrant.  Burial will follow at Resurrection North Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 5-7:00 p.m. Sunday at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the YMCA Bitty Sports Program and may be left in care of the funeral home.  Memories of Richard and condolences may be left at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Jim Overy

James Overy, 86, a resident of Parkville, MO passed away on Friday, March 13, 2015.  James was born May 6, 1928 to Andy and Laura (Pierce) Overy in St. Louis, MO.

He was a veteran of the United States Army and served as a Radio Repairman from November 2, 1948 to June 18, 1952 during the Korean Conflict. 1965 he worked for Air National Guard as an Air Craft Technician.  Jim spent his working career as an aircraft mechanic for TWA in the Kansas City area; he retired on November 11, 1992.

Jim took pleasure in fishing at a quiet creek, river or lake.  He also enjoyed looking for morel mushrooms, hunting and spending time outdoors.

Jim will be remembered as a devoted husband, wonderful father and grandpa. He was a man with a BIG heart, and loved spending time with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents. Survived by his wife, Hisako (Nonaka) Overy of Parkville, MO; daughter, Suzan Kibbey of Kansas City (North), MO; son, Andy Overy of Parkville, MO; three grandchildren: James, Cory and Sarah; and two sisters, Jackie Bowen of Oklahoma and Gloria Woerheide of Connecticut.

The family would like to thank all of Jim’s friends for all their love and support they have shown  over the years and would like to express that, Jim loved  you dearly.

A Gathering will be held to celebrate Jim’s life from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m., Friday, March 20, 2015 at Meyers Northland Chapel, 401 Main St. Parkville, MO.  Jim would want you to in lieu of flowers if you would like to please make memorial contributions to the Overy family.  Memories of Jim and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.  A Service will be held at SGI Center at a later date.

Frank Budke

Francis John “Frank” Budke, 84, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO passed away on Tuesday, March 17, 2015.  Frank was born September 23, 1930 to Frank and Mary (Ottley) Budke in Beloit, Kansas.

He was a veteran of the United States Army and served during the Korean Conflict. Frank was united in marriage with Elaine A. Bachand on September 15, 1962 in St. Joseph, KS, from this union two daughters were born, Diane and Barbara.  He spent the majority of his working career as a Radio Mechanic for TWA.

Frank enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s sporting events and spending time with his daughters.  He was very devoted to his faith and attended daily Mass and Adoration.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Elaine in 2006 and seven siblings.  Survived by his two daughters, Diane Marie Budke of Kansas City, MO; Barbara Ann Deters and husband, Michael of Kansas City, MO; three grandchildren: Kyle, Teresa and David; two sisters: Mary Nelson of North Little Rock, AR; and Theresa Berndt of Minneapolis, MN; a brother, Bill Budke of Leavenworth, KS.

The family will receive friends from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 21, 2015 at St. Therese Catholic Church, 7207 NW Highway 9 Kansas City, MO.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the church with Rev. Joseph Cisetti as celebrant.  Entombment will immediately follow at Resurrection North Cemetery in Kansas City, MO.  Memorial contributions may be made to St. Therese Catholic Church or St. John’s High School of Beloit, KS.. Memories of Frank and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

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Carroll O'Neal

Wm. Carroll O’Neal, 73, passed away on Friday, March 20, 2015 at his home in Kansas City, MO., following a courageous battle with cancer.  Carroll was born August 29, 1941 to Lynn H. and Julia (Hawkins) O’Neal in Springfield, MO.

He graduated from Greenwood High School and Drury University in Springfield, MO; he also attended graduate school at Washington University.  In 1976 he married his high school sweetheart, Doris Crane.  They loved to travel in Europe and other beautiful places, including taking cruises in Mexico.  He also enjoyed fishing and boating.

He was employed with AT&T for 31 years, retiring as Director of State and Government Affairs.  He was a frequent volunteer at North Kansas City Early Childhood Development for children with special needs.

Carroll was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Suzanne O’Neal Thompson; brother-in-law, George Thompson and niece Lyn Thompson.  He is survived by his wife, Doris O’Neal; daughter, Julie Mills (Brian) of Gladstone, MO; sons: Sean A. O’Neal (Ambereen Sleemi) of Brooklyn, N.Y.; William Carroll O’Neal (Dawn) of Waynesville, MO; and nine grandchildren: Taylor, Lauren, Lane Mills; Ashley, Jonathan, Grace, Zain, Laila and Yasmina O’Neal; one great-grandchild, Tucker; two nephews: George Milam Thompson III of Springfield, MO and Lynn H. Thompson (Karen) of Springfield, MO.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, March 24, 2015 from 6-8 p.m. at Barry Christian Church, 1500 Barry Rd. K.C. MO.  Funeral Service will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at the church with Pastor Dennis Patience officiating.  Burial will follow at 3 p.m., Lee Cemetery in Verona, MO. In lieu of flowers please make memorial contributions to NorthCare Hospice.  Memories of Carroll and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Jim Williams

James “Jim” Lee Williams was born August 2, 1925 in Louisburg, KS to James and Thelma Williams.  Jim passed away Saturday, March 21, 2015, at his home with his family by his side.

Jim was a projectionist at the theatre in Louisburg during high school.  He attended college at Ft. Collins in Colorado, but returned to his love of the movie business.  He was a manager, projectionist, ran road shows and owned his own small theatre in Valley Falls, KS.  On October 26, 1957, he married Frieda Sue Ryan.  They lived most of their life at Lake Waukomis and in Holt, MO, while raising their two children.  James belonged to St. Therese Catholic Church, where he was a member of the Knights of Columbus, and past volunteer for St. Vincent dePaul, Lector and Eucharistic Minister.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Gerald; Survivors include his wife, Sue of 57 years; a daughter, Leannette Stephan and husband, Jeff; a son, Ryan Williams and his wife, Che’rie; a grandson, Chase Williams; and a brother, Gene Williams; and a sister-in-law, Frances Ennes.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 27, 2015 at St. Therese Catholic Church.  Visitation will be from 10-11:00 a.m., prior to Mass.  Burial will follow at the White Chapel Cemetery.  Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Vincent dePaul Society or Continua Hospice and may be left in care of the Meyers Northland Chapel, 401 Main St. Parkville, MO 64152.  Memories of Jim and condolences are encouraged to be left for the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

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Ray Reed

Ray L. Reed, 83, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO passed away Friday, March 27, 2015.  Ray was one of thirteen children born to Charles Grant and Goldie (Johnson) Reed in Casey, IL.

Ray was a veteran of the United States Army and served during the Korean Conflict.

He is survived by his three children: Judy Reed of Mattoon, IL; Dennis Reed of Baytown, TX; and April Steven of Kansas City, MO.

Inurnment will take place in Casey, IL at a later date.  You may share your memories of Ray and condolences to the family at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

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Ruthie Brennaman

Ruth Lee Brennaman (Ruthie), 64, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO passed away suddenly on Friday, March 27, 2015, at Saint Luke’s Hospital on the Plaza. Ruth was a sponsored programs coordinator at The University of Kansas Medical Center Research Institute, where she worked for more than eight years.

Ruth was born October 1, 1950 to  Joseph and Eleanor (Routh) Howe III. She graduated from Ruskin High School in Kansas City in 1968 and met her soon-to-be husband, Richard, in early 1970 when the two began working at the local IRS office. The couple was wed in 1971 and had three children over the next decade.

With the exception of a few years, Ruth was a lifelong Kansas City resident, and she was an avid Royals and Chiefs fan. A proud wife, momma and grandma — Ruth’s greatest joy was her family, and she loved to make memories for her kids and grandchildren. She also loved to travel, especially if it meant going to see family. Passionate about life and faith, Ruth drew strength from her love of Christ.

Ruth was preceded in death by her dad, Walter Phalp; brother, Terry Phalp; sister-in-law, Kim Phalp; granddaughter, Elizabeth Dayle Brennaman; and three nieces. She is survived by her husband, Richard Brennaman of Kansas City, MO; daughter, Jenni Brennaman of Kansas City, MO; sons: Richard Brennaman Jr. (Mary Beth) of Denton, MD; and Chris Brennaman (Meigan) of Atlanta, GA; grandchildren: Rachael Lewis, Jonathan Lewis and Anneliese Brennaman; mother, Eleanor Phalp of Parkville, MO; brothers: Don Phalp (Ruby) of Orrick, MO; Ken Phalp (Julie) of Excelsior Springs, MO; Richard Phalp (Toni) of Freeman, MO; Randy Phalp (Elaine) of Lenexa, KS; Russell Phalp (Sharon) of Parkville, MO; sisters: Gaylene Lowrey (Harley) of Kansas City, MO; Linda Bradley (Kenny) of Sedalia, MO; Kris Young (Jerry) of Sedalia, MO; sister-in-law, Susie Phalp of Meridian, MS; brother-in-law, Dennis Brennaman (Trish) of Raytown, MO; numerous nieces and nephews; several great nieces and nephews; and father, Joe Howe of Sedalia, MO.

Honorary pallbearers: Richard Brennaman Jr., Chris Brennaman, Jonathan Lewis, Randy Phalp, Russell Phalp, Richard Phalp, Dennis Brennaman and Jeff Fisher.

The family will receive friends from 10 – 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 4, 2015 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 401 Main St. Parkville, MO.  A Funeral Service celebrating Ruthie’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 4, 2015 at the chapel.  A private family committal service will be held at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Royals Charities in Ruth’s name. Memories of Ruth and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com

James Nacy, Sr.

James Alonzo Nacy, Sr. 81, a resident of Parkville, MO passed away on Saturday, March 28, 2015.  James was born April 15, 1933 to Alonzo and Margaret (Long) Nacy in Detroit, MI.

He was a veteran of the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.  James was united in marriage with Lynn Adams on September 1, 1973 in Rochester, MI.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lynn E. Nacy in 2009, parents, two sisters and a brother.  Survived by his children: James A. Nacy (Keyta) II; Rene A. Meyer; Dennis Nacy; Curtis Nacy; Chris Nacy; Denise Nacy and Alaine Nacy; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.  The family wishes to express a special thank you to Keyta Nacy for being Jim's care-giver during the past two years of his illness.

The family will hold a private gathering to celebrate James life. Memories of James and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

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Jodie King

Jodie Lynn (Offutt) King, 55, passed away on Friday April 3, 2015 at her home in Parkville, Missouri following a courageous battle with cancer.  Jodie was born July 1, 1959 to Bertha Mae (Windsor) and Samuel Offutt in Richmond, MO.

Jodie graduated from Orrick High School in 1977 and William Jewel College in 2001.  She worked at Hallmark Cards in Liberty, MO for 35 years.

Jodie enjoyed spending time with friends and family.  She especially loved spending time with her three granddaughters.  She was a devoted mother and very proud grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her parents and nephew, Ryan Bunch.  She is survived by her two children, a son, Nicholas Clevenger and wife, Katherine; a daughter, Jamie Marrant and husband, Aaron; her grandchildren, Natalie, Kaitlyn, and Haylee Marrant; sister, Jana Bunch; brother, Jason Offutt and wife, Kim; nieces and nephews; and stepfather, Mel Bowker.

A memorial service celebrating Jodie’s life will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at Liberty United Methodist Church, 1001 Sunset Ave., Liberty, MO with Reverend Jack DeWees officiating. The family will receive friends for visitation one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and may be left in care of the funeral chapel.  Memories of Jodie and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Warren Martin

Warren M. Martin, 86, of Gladstone, MO passed away April 13, 2015, at his home.  He was born November 16, 1928 in Clarinda, IA to Leonard Earl and Hazel (Casey) Martin.  Warren lived the majority of his life in the Northland and retired from ADM as a milling supervisor.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Molle E. (Seeber) Martin on August 10, 2014.  Warren was also preceded in death by his parents, five siblings: Robert, Edward, Lorene, Merrill and Shirley, and a grandson, Jeff Briggs.  Survivors include a daughter, Cheryl Briggs and husband, Bill; three grandchildren: Tod Briggs, Scott Briggs and wife, Bridgette and Jeremy Briggs and wife, Tiffany; twelve great-grandchildren: Heather, BreAnna, Brennon, Breshawna, Brodey, Brysun, Shadee, Asher, Raven, Michael, Ashley and Brandon; step-son, Daniel Corum and wife, Karen; two grandchildren: Travis Corum and wife, Devon and Kyle Corum and wife, Anna Marie; two great-grandchildren, Brayden and Averi Corum.

A memorial service celebrating his life will be held 1:00 p.m., Friday, April 17, 2015 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, with Rev. Harry Foockle officiating.  A committal service will follow at the East Slope Cemetery, Riverside, MO.  The family will receive friends from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., prior to the service.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the American Diabetes Association, and may be left in care of the funeral home.

Jim Farley

JAMES WALLACE (JIM) FARLEY died April 13, 2015 at home.  He was born July 31, 1928 to Wallace J. and Idabelle (Vanlandingham) Farley in Kansas City, MO and until 1991 was a resident of Farley, founded by his great-great grandfather in 1850.  He was predeceased by his parents and his two sons, James W. Farley, Jr. and John W. Farley.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Sue (Markwell), the love of his life; a daughter, Susan Farley, rural Platte County; daughter-in-law Terri Farley (J.W.), Allison Park, PA; daughter-in-law Wendy Farley (John), Olathe, KS; stepsons Michael Murphy (Z.K. Gordy), Kansas City and Mark Murphy, (O. Hall) Parkville; stepdaughter Kathy Murphy Show (Gregg), Kansas City; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and many friends in all walks of life.  He deeply appreciated the excellent care and concern his close friend Carl M. Myers, MD gave to him for many years and was very grateful to the Mayo Clinic for decades of care to him.  Jim highly valued his close friendship with his close friend and 2nd cousin, Wallace (Son) Hendrix, 101 and appreciated very much him sharing his amazing memories of Farley and Platte County in their many conversations.  Son’s contributions to the writing of Jim’s book Gone But Not Forgotten were invaluable and helped immensely to make the book possible.

A 1945 graduate of Parkville High School, he received a B.S. in business administration in 1949 and J.D. in 1952 from Missouri University in Columbia.  He began practicing in Farley (population then about 125) in 1952 and continued practicing in Platte County for over 61 years, retiring in January 2014.  Beginning in 1963 he incorporated 24 water supply districts that brought water to towns and rural area previously unserved by public water systems.  Upon his retirement, he still represented ten districts that he had incorporated 35 – 50 years previously.  He was a forming member of Missouri Rural Water Association in the 1960s and represented it for the last 13 years.  It awarded him its 2014 annual Outstanding Service Award for over 50 years of service to the water districts of Missouri and named two college scholarship funds for him.  He was a member of the Missouri Bar association and the Platte County Bar Associations, and served two terms as president of the latter; he was also a member of the Sixth Judicial District Disciplinary committee for two terms, and a Trustee of the Missouri Bar.  Upon retirement when asked what he missed most he replied, “the people I have represented, worked with and known over the years.”  Jim often stated that he had a passion for practicing law from the time he began and he never lost it, even after retirement.

Beginning in 1952 Jim was an officer of Farley State Bank, organized by his grandfather, J.W. Farley, in 1907, and was a board member from 1960 until 2009, serving as CEO from 1980 – 1992 and as board chairman from 1992 until 2009.

Active in Democratic politics all his life, he was treasurer and president of Missouri Young Democrats; served 19 terms as a member of the Platte County Democratic Central Committee, four terms as chairman, and one term as treasurer; four terms on the Missouri State Democratic Committee, and five terms on the 6th District Democratic District Committee.  He was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention five times; served an unexpired term in the Missouri House of Representatives in 1956 but did not seek reelection because of other responsibilities; was co-chairman of the Missouri Senatorial Redistricting Commission in 1961; received the Jerry Litton Memorial Award in 1991 and was a member of the Platte County Democratic Hall of Fame.  During the past 65 years he supported many candidates and actively participated in numerous campaigns.

One of his passions was Missouri Tiger athletics.  He saw his first Tiger football game in 1939 and held season football tickets for 56 years. Jim attended 60 consecutive MU-KU football games from 1952 until the series concluded in 2011.  He was a member of the MU Intercollegiate Athletic Committee from 1970 – 1974, of the Intercollegiate Athletic Fund for over 50 years, and of the Jefferson Club.

Another passion was his love for animals, particularly dogs and the 10 Brittanys he owned from 1973 to April, 2014 with the passing of Dixie.  While most of them were bird hunting dogs his primary reason for bird hunting was to work with his Brittanys.  For the last 14 years before he retired, on most days he was accompanied by one of them (and sometimes also by Lady, a mixed breed rescue) to his office where they greeted clients with their gentle dispositions.  He was especially grateful to his close friend Charles (Chuck) Meyer, DVM, who gave them excellent care for many years.

From 1964 to 1971 Jim helped start and participated in a baseball program in Farley for ages 9 through 18 and coached boys at various levels through such time.  Though the smallest town in the league the program produced many championship trophies and he was proud of a thank you plaque from former players.  He also served as a volunteer assistant coach for Platte County R-III the first year of its baseball program.

A Civil War buff, he wrote Forgotten Valor, a history of the First Missouri Confederate Calvary in which his great grandfather served for 41 months; With his son, John, they wrote Missouri Rebels Remembered – John Thrailkill and Silas M. Gordon.  He also was author of Gone But Not Forgotten, an account of the 1900 murder of his great-grandfather, James Wallace, and Platte County Sheriff John Dillingham.

A serious photographer, he published two books of his photographs, Platte County Places and Other Places.

Jim was a member of the First Christian Church, Platte City, Missouri and held many positions including board chairman, deacon, elder and trustee.  A Mason, he was a Knight Templar, member of the Scottish Rite, and a Shriner.

Other service organizations he served were Board of Services for Developmentally Disabled 1980- 2014; Mid-America Regional council 1972 – 1982: member of Platte County Industrial Authority; member Platte County Historical Society from the time of its formation in 1946; member of Cushing Memorial Hospital board 1980 – 1990; member and secretary of first Platte County Planning commission 1953 – 1954.

Jim’s idols were his father, Wallace, and grandfather, John Walter Farley, from whom he learned much and whose principles, values and wisdom he always tried to emulate.

Memorial services will be held at First Christian Church of Platte City at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 18, 2015. The family will receive friends from 5 – 8:00 p.m., Friday, April 17, 2015 at the church.  The Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville has been entrusted with the final arrangements.  Memories of Jim may be shared with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Memorials may be given to First Christian Church of Platte City, P.O. Box 2000, Platte City, MO 64079; Friends of Parkville Animal Shelter (FOPAS), P.O. Box 29121, Parkville, MO 64152; American Brittany Rescue, 731 Ridgehaven Drive, La Habra, CA 90631 or other charity of donor’s choice.

 

VISITATION

5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Friday, April 17, 2015

First Christian Church of Platte City

708 3rd Street

Platte City, Missouri

MEMORIAL SERVICE

10:00 a.m., Saturday, April 18, 2015

First Christian Church of Platte City

CLERGY

Reverend J. Kerry Presnell

SPEAKERS

Hon. Abe Shafer                   Hon. Lee Hull

Hon. James Van Amburg      Tammy Glick

 

HONORARY PALLBEARERS

John Higgins                             Bryant King

Larry Leachman                     Hon. Lee Hull

Carl Myers, MD                 Hon. Abe Shafer

Ray Miller            Hon. James Van Amburg

Jim Bowers                                   Rick Mos

Bob Kincaid                   Wm. Schmollinger

 

BURIAL

Platte City Cemetery

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Steven Mitchell

Steven Keith Mitchell was born in Denver, Co., December 25, 1966.  Thereafter, he not only kept to the highroads of life, but sailed the high seas.   As a youngster, he cruised on the Aegean Sea. He spent time on Mykonos and Tinos Islands, Greece. He visited the iconic landmarks in and around Athens which included The Acropolis and The Parthenon.  He picked olives in Glyfada,Greece at the home of family friends.  These friends were neighbors of the Onassis Family, the notable shipping tycoons.  

Steven enjoyed politics.  He was featured in a political ad, Toddler Talk, The Denver Chronical (Pg. 6, 10-25-68).   He was about six years old when he became known as a “kid” broadcaster.  He gave political and public service announcements on one of Denver’s hottest radio stations, KDKO, 1510.  These types of activities for youngsters were considered novel for the times.  He joined his parents as invitees to the Presidential Inauguration of Jimmy Carter, 1977.   He never failed to vote in a major election.  The time he spent in Kansas City, Mitchell served as an Election Judge.  The KC Board of Elections honored him with a certificate for his notable services. 

Steve was a fine designer – he not only dressed the display windows of a couple of high-end stores in Denver, but was a fashion trend setter.  He hit the front page of The Park Stylus, 1986, for his stylish design of rainwear.  And, the Parkville Medical Group used his image in their brochures.   

 

Steve loved music.  He was a kid composer.  He was a drummer in the first elementary jazz band in Denver at Montclair School.    

 

Steven studied at the Kansas City Art Institute and the University of Colorado, Denver. Steven went on to design branding logos for companies, and worked in sales.   He had a knack for customer-friendliness.  

 

Steven passed away April 12, 2015.  He is survived by his mother, Virginia Henderson, and Emery Henderson, Step-father, Parkville, Mo; Auntie Ardythe Bradshaw, Kansas City; “Uncle” Eugene Worthey and “Aunt” Monika Miles, Denver, and “Aunt” Ellen Turner, San Francisco.  

 

Private celebrations of Steven’s life will be held in Kansas City, Denver, and eastern coast locations.  The family suggests gifts in his name directed to Head Trauma Research, Childrens’ Hospital of Colorado, 13123 East 16th Avenue, Aurora, Co. 80045.   Steven sustained head trauma/stoke from a trampoline injury.  He was 10 years old.  He overcame paralysis of his left side after having received six months of physical therapy.  

 

Steven made a remarkable recovery.  He was a skier, hiker, mountain climber and avid swimmer.  He swam and snorkeled throughout his lifetime.  His favorite places for these activities were the waters in the Hawaiian Chain.  Steve was intellectually driven.  He was remarkably talented.  He respected humanity.  He loathed injustice.  He will be missed everyday by his Mom – especially on Christmas Day.  “Stevie” was her extra special gift - born on Christmas Day, 1966.  Memories of Steven and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com

 

 

Lillian Graham

 Lillian Graham, 96, a longtime resident of Parkville, MO passed away on Saturday, April 18, 2015, surrounded by her loving family.  Lillian was born November 3, 1918 to John and Mary Elizabeth (Sheible) Vale in Norborne, MO.

Lillian was united in marriage with James “Wendell” Graham on April 20, 1941 in Marshall, MO; from this union two sons were born, Jerry and Ron.  Lillian was very active with the school P.T.A. and Boy Scouts of America when her sons were young.  Her enjoyment was surrounding herself with family, friends and neighbors; especially to play a good game of Bridge.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and two sisters: Mary Mae Wade and Frances Burton.  Survived by her two sons: Jerry and wife, Jenny Graham of Stillwater, MN; Ronnie and wife, Linda Graham of Platte City, MO; 8 grandchildren: Jeffrey Graham, Jeremy Graham, Richard Sulzbach, Christopher Shane Graham, Katherine Giannopulos, Erika Sloan, Brian Graham, Eric Graham; step-granddaughter, Rebecca Wright; ten great-grandchildren: Jacob Graham, Brady Graham Sulzbach, McKayla Sulzbach, Gianna Graham, Sofia Graham, Damian Larsen, Bradley Sloan, Dylan Sloan, Katelyn Chambeau, and Danielle Sloan.

The family will receive friends at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at Meyers Funeral Chapel 401 Main Street, Parkville, MO. The funeral service will immediately follow at 11:00 a.m. at the chapel.  Burial will be held at the Fairhaven Cemetery, Norborne, MO.  Memorial contributions may be made to American Melanoma Foundation, 4150 Regents Park Row, Suite 300, La Jolla, CA 92037.  Memories of Lillian and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com

Hazel Earnest

Hazel I. Earnest, 91, of Kansas City, MO, formerly of Oak Harbor, WA passed away April 21, 2015.  She was born July 11, 1923 in Sapulpa, OK to George B. and Esta M. (Crossman) Doty.

She graduated from Sapulpa High School and received her degree as a registered nurse from the Queen of Angels School of Nursing in Los Angeles, CA.  Following nursing school, she met her future husband, Burt Earnest.  They were married in 1948 and later divorced in 1970.  Hazel spent the majority of her working years at the Whidbey General Hospital in Oak Harbor.

She was preceded in death by her parents and nine siblings.  Survivors include her two sons, Steven Earnest of Kansas City, MO and Ronald Earnest (Jeanne) of Sedro Wooley, WA; four grandchildren, Joshua, Daniel, John and Anna; and three great grandchildren.

Per Hazel’s request, cremation will take place and her ashes will be returned to Oak Harbor.  Memorial contributions are suggested to the favorite charity of the donor’s choice.  The Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville is in charge of Hazel’s final arrangements.  Memories of Hazel and condolences may be shared with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Vernon Meyer

Vernon L. Meyer, 85, of Kansas City, MO (Northland) passed away Wednesday, April 22, 2015, at his home.  He was born July 13, 1929 in Falls City, NE to William H. and Louise M. (Fischer) Meyer.

Vernon graduated from Northeast High School in Kansas City and was a veteran of the United States Navy.  He spent the majority of his working years in sales, most notably for Jack Miller and his dealerships.  Vernon was a member of St. Therese Catholic Church and was very devoted to his church and his family.

He married Carleen Y. La Clair in Kansas City, MO in 1969.  She survives of their home.  Additional survivors include a daughter, Cynthia Alfonso of Tampa, FL; a son, Vernon L. Meyer, Jr. of Lake City, FL; and a brother, Gary W. Meyer of Raymore, MO.

The Rosary will be prayed at 9:30 a.m. Monday, April 27, 2015 at St. Therese Catholic Church, 7207 NW Highway 9, Kansas City, MO 64152.  Following the Rosary, the family will receive friends until 11:00 a.m.  The Mass of Christian Burial will then begin at 11:00 a.m., with Rev. Joseph Cisetti as celebrant.  A private family committal service will be held at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.  Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Vincent dePaul Society at St. Therese.  The Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville has been entrusted with the final arrangements.  Memories of Vernon and condolences may be shared with the family online by visiting meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Priscilla Scott

Priscilla Scott, 81, a resident of Parkville, MO passed away on Sunday, April 26, 2015 surrounded with her loving family by her side.  Priscilla was born to Samuel and Evelyn (Davis) Hamilton on August 23, 1933 in Cincinnati, OH.

Her early years were at Rising Sun, Indiana home of the Hamilton family. Then it was on to Denver, Colorado; Pella, Iowa and Hays, Kansas, where she met Richard Scott, from whom she never parted for 61 years.

She received her Bachelor’s degree from Fort Hays State and a Master’s degree from K-state.  Priscilla taught high school for 22 years, the first 3 to put Richard thru law school.

Priscilla's seemingly blissful life was forever changed by the accidental (car crash) death of middle daughter, Silver Ann in 1982 (28 years old).

She loved to travel and in the years before Richard retired (1996) they made numerous international travels to Europe, Hawaii and Mexico. After retirement they lived mostly in Portugal, Mexico and Tucson, Arizona until 1998 when they settled in Kansas City, Missouri (Parkville), but continued to travel until health problems intervened.

Priscilla was preceded in death by both parents and daughter, Silver Ann.  She is survived by her loving husband, Richard Scott of Parkville, MO; two daughters: Michelle Hepburn and husband, Terry of Prairie Village, KS and Beverly Nichols and her husband, Randy of Tucson, AZ.

The family will hold a private Memorial Service at a later date to celebrate Priscilla’s life.  Memories of Priscilla and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Betty Bush

Betty Bush, 92, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO passed away on Wednesday, April 29, 2015.  Betty was born to T.B. and Pansy (Sampson) Linville on August 23, 1922 in DeKalb, MO.  She was a member of the Walnut Creek Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Parkville, MO.  Betty was united in marriage with Eugene H. Bush on October 18, 1947 in St. Joseph, MO.  Betty will be remembered as a loving wife, mother and grandmother, who enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Bush and both parents.  Survived by her two sons, Jack Bush of St. Joseph, MO and Larry Bush of Holt, MO; 7 grandchildren, including Logan Baird of Liberty, MO.

Graveside services and burial will be held 9:30 a.m., Saturday, May 2, 2015 at Westlawn Cemetery in DeKalb, MO.   A memorial service will then be held at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, May 2, 2015 at the Walnut Creek Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 12000 NW Crooked Rd. Parkville, MO 64152.  Memories of Betty and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

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David Hockensmith

David William Hockensmith
August 16, 1923 – April 29, 2015

Born August 16, 1923 at Gallatin Missouri to William and Mary Grace Rains Hockensmith, D.W. attended Gallatin schools, graduating in 1942. He was captain of the football team his senior year. He attended Northwest Missouri State (1942-43) on a football scholarship. While there he met Lois Charlene Carmichael. They married on March 23, 1943. He was called to active duty in the US Army on March 31, 1943. He served in Cannon Company, 164th Infantry, Americal Division, seeing combat on Guadalcanal, Bougainville, and other Islands in the Solomon’s.

He participated in the liberation of the Philippines and the Occupation of Japan. During his service he earned the Combat Infantry Badge, was awarded the Purple Heart medal, and numerous other decorations. Sergeant Hockensmith was discharged on December 7, 1945.

Dave was a longtime member and active lay leader of the Pickering Christian Church where he held at various times all positions on the official board. He was an adult leader in Troop 75, Boy Scouts of America, in the 1950s and 60s.

Always in partnership with Lois, Dave farmed for 25 years and operated Hockensmith & Sons Seed Cleaning from 1960 to 1968. In 1965 he became proprietor of Hockensmith Electric, Maryville. Whatever his work, “his word was his bond”. He retired in 1986 and moved to Kansas City in 1992. He was an active member of Park Hill Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

D.W. was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters: Charlotte Hockensmith, Lucille Evans, Mary Houghton, and Olive Noah; his brother, Harold; and grandson Philip Dana Hockensmith.  He is survived by Lois, his wife of 72 years; sons David, Jr., & wife Julie; Dana & wife Susan; Deon & wife Sheryl; his sister, Maxine Whitt.   Also surviving are 8 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, 5 great-great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be held Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 11 AM at Park Hill Christian Church, 6601 NW 72nd Street, Kansas City, Missouri, 64151, with visitation from 10–10:45.  Burial will be in White Oak Cemetery, near Pickering, Missouri at approximately 3:30 PM. Latitude 40.463045; Longitude -94.8099695

Memorial gifts may be made in honor of David W. Hockensmith to Park Hill Christian Church, or Pony Bird, Inc., PO Box 190, Mapaville, MO 63065.  The Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville has been entrusted with the final arrangements.  Memories of Dave may be shared with the family online at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

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Burt Canfield

Burton Clay “Burt” Canfield, 88, of Kansas City, MO passed away Thursday, April 30, 2015, at the Missouri Veteran’s Home in Cameron, MO.  He was born January 26, 1927 in Belleville, KS to Charlie and Ora Mae (Hillbrand) Canfield.  Burt graduated high school in Belleville, KS and then served in the Merchant Marines.

Following his time in the service, he received his BA in Engineering from the University of Kansas.  Burt went on to have a very successful career in the construction business, owning and operating Canfield Construction Company.  Burt was a very kind, intelligent and distinguished man.  He enjoyed family, traveling and was a man of great character.

Survivors include his wife, Donna Canfield; his sons, James, Brad, Alan and Clay Canfield; his daughter, Kay White; step-daughter, Lindsay Theobald; many grandchildren, great grandchildren and extended family members, and friends.

The Funeral Service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at the Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, 13th and Broadway in Kansas City, MO, with The Very Rev. Peter DeVeau presiding.  Visitation 2-:300 p.m., prior to the service.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Missouri Veteran’s Home in Cameron or to the Alzheimer’s Association and may be left in care of the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.  Memories of Burt and condolences may be left with the family by visiting www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Jerry Holder

Jerry Berl Holder, 66, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO passed away on Thursday, June 11, 2015.  Jerry was born March 22, 1949 to Cardinal Berl and Edna Pauline (Hayden) Holder in Braymer, MO.

Jerry was a veteran of the United States Air Force and proudly served his country during the Vietnam Era.

Jerry was united in marriage with Glenda Jane Wahl on July 14, 1972 in Reno, NV. From this union two children were born, Aaron and Megan. He enjoyed spending time with his family; was an avid Mizzou fan, and appreciated the classic muscle car.  He retired in 2009, after 36 years of working in the banking business.

He was preceded in death by both parents.  Survived by his loving wife, Glenda Holder; a son, Aaron Brett Holder (Jennifer) of Kansas City (North), MO; and a daughter, Megan Leigh Holder of Kansas City (North) MO; two grandsons: Benjamin and Joshua; a brother, Jimmie Ray Holder (Connie) of Largo, FL; a sister, June Kay O’Dell (Ray) of Liberty, MO.

The family will receive friends from 5 – 7 p.m., Monday, June 15, 2015 at Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, MO.  The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at the United Methodist Church in Braymer, MO, where the family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m., prior to the service. Burial with military honors will immediately follow at the Braymer Evergreen Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to City Union Mission or Vietnam Veteran Memorial Fund and left in care of Meyers Funeral Chapel. Memories of Jerry and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

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Doris "Bernice" Brown

Doris Bernice Brown, 80, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO passed away on Thursday, June 11, 2015.  Doris was born May 17, 1935 to Eugene and Nannie (Sinclair) Willis in Columbia, KY.

Bernice was united in marriage with her high school sweetheart, James I. Brown on September 17, 1955 in Pleasant Plains, Illinois.  From this union three children were born: James, Lisa and Michael.  Bernice took pride in being a homemaker. She loved spending time with her family, especially the grandchildren. She will be remembered for her home cooked meals and baking the best pies; watching sports, mainly KU Basketball.  She was an active member of the Park Hill Christian Church for 23 years; where she participated in many of the activities of the Women’s Circle and attending Sunday School Classes.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a grandson, Jacob; a great-grandson, Jayse; two brothers and two sisters.  Survivors include her loving husband, Jim Brown; a daughter, Lisa Robidoux and husband, Rich of Sun City, AZ; two sons, James Richard Brown and wife, Sandrina of Fayetteville, N.C. and Michael Brown and wife, Deborah of Owensboro, MO; two sisters, Jeany Darnell and Geneva both of Pleasant Plains, Il.

The family will receive friends at 10 a.m., Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at Park Hill Christian Church.  A Memorial service celebrating Bernice’s life will immediately follow at 11:00 a.m. at the church with Rev. Robert Fugarino officiating. Inurnment will be held in Pleasant Plains, Il. at a later date.  In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Park Hill Christian Church Youth Activities and Education Fund. Memories of Bernice and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

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Robert James Watson

Robert James Watson, 63, of Platte City, MO passed away Friday, May 1, 2015.He was born July 9, 1951 in Kansas City, MO to Robert and Lila (Stoner) Watson.  He grew up in Missouri City, MO and graduated from Excelsior Springs High School.  Following high school, Jim served in the United States Army. 

Jim was a business consultant and owned and operated Revenue Development in Kansas City.  He had a passion for his job and a great love for his family and friends.  In his spare time he enjoyed collecting classic cars and he was fascinated with science, and passed that love along to his two sons.

He married Barbara Jean Mastey on August 21, 1993 at St. Therese Catholic Church.  She survives of the couple’s home in Platte City.  Additional survivors include their two sons, Alexander James and Christopher Dalton Watson; two brothers, Bill Watson of Texas and Jerry Watson of Oklahoma; two sisters, Jan Davis of Oklahoma and Sharon Minquicci of Kansas City, MO.  Jim was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister, Mary Ann.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 8, 2015 at St. Therese Catholic Church, Rev. Joseph Cisetti presiding.  A committal service with military honors will follow at 2:30 p.m. on Friday at Leavenworth National Cemetery, 150 Muncie Rd, Leavenworth, KS.  The family will receive friends from 5-7:00 p.m. Thursday evening at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville.

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Esta Thrasher

Esta E. Thrasher, 88, of Parkville, MO passed away on Saturday, May 9, 2015.  Esta was born December 6, 1926 to Oliver William and Melva (Embree) Kincaid in Marceline, MO.

She spent the majority of her working career as a Registered Nurse at Research Hospital.

Esta was united in marriage with Clyde C. Thrasher on August 6, 1949 in Grant City, MO. From this loving union two daughters were born, Nancy and Barbara.

She was preceded in death by her parents and five siblings.  Survived by her husband of 65 years, Clyde C. Thrasher of Parkville, MO; daughters: Nancy L. Reckman of Kansas City, MO and Barbara A. Threlkeld of Kansas City, MO; two grandchildren: Tiffany Patterson and husband, Jason of Kearney, MO; Sara Threlkeld of Kansas City, MO; four great-grandchildren: Alex, Madeleine, Jason and Braxton.

The family will receive friends from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., Thursday, May 14, 2015 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 401 Main St. Parkville, MO.  The funeral service will immediately follow at 11 a.m., at the chapel. Burial at Hampton Cemetery in Kansas City, MO. Flowers are welcomed and Memorial contributions may be made to the Research College of Nursing. Memories of Esta and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

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Bob Goodwin

Charles R.”Bob” Goodwin, 87, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO passed away Monday, May 11, 2015. He was born November 27, 1927 to Clarence and Frances (Bowen) Goodwin in White Cloud, KS.  Bob graduated from high school in Hiawatha, KS and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Philippines. 

Bob studied at Kansas State for a brief period before beginning a long career in the airline industry. He spent the majority of his working years with Continental Airlines and became the Kansas City Station Manager in 1967. In 1972 he moved to Micronesia to train the management team of Air Micronesia; Bob and Katy enjoyed the experience of living on Ponape and Majaro for two years. Upon retiring from Continental in 1984, he moved to California to work for World Airways before returning to Kansas City where he coordinated charter trips with Continental.

Bob was an active, faithful member and Elder of Christ Lutheran Church in Platte Woods.  He had a passion for the airline industry and was proud to be a veteran. He loved traveling and being with his family and gave the warmest hugs and smiles to all.

He was united in marriage with Kathleen Miesner on December 7, 1968 in Perryville, MO. Additional survivors include two sons, Robert “Bob” Goodwin (Susan) of Firestone, CO and Matthew Goodwin (Amanda) of Kansas City, MO; two brothers, Raymond and Marvin Goodwin; seven grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents and daughter, Mary Chadwell.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Friday, May 15, 2015 at Christ Lutheran Church in Platte Woods, MO.  The family will receive friends from 5-7:00 p.m. Thursday at Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville and also from 12-1:00 p.m., prior to the service on Friday at the church.  A committal service with military honors will follow at 2:30 p.m. at Leavenworth National Cemetery, 150 Muncie Rd., Leavenworth, KS.  Memorial contributions are suggested to Christ Lutheran Church and Park Warrior Center (www.park.edu/military-and-veteran-student-services/warrior-center.html).  Memories of Charles and condolences may be left online at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com

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H.L. "Tom" Stregles

H.L. Tom Stregles born December 7, 1923 Sylvania, Georgia.  Grew up in Savannah, Georgia.  Enlisted in the US Navy May 15, 1941 – discharged June 3rd 1944.  Worked as a Signalman on USS McCawley.  The McCawley later began the flagship for Admiral R.K. Turner, the commander of all the amphibious forces in the South Pacific.  The McCawley was awarded 5 Battle Stars for World War II, participated in the entire Guadalcanal campaign beginning August 7, 1942.  The McCawley was sunk by the Japanese on June 30th 1943.  He survived the sinking and was wounded on July 4th 1943 during a bombing raid on Rendova Island.  He spent the next 11 months in 5 different hospitals.

He came to Kansas City in 1953 and met Wanda, his wife of 53 years.  He spent 10 years managing bars in downtown Kansas City.  In 1963, he and Wanda opened and ran the 707 Lounge at I-29 and Barry Road and for 8 years was the only business at what is now “Zona Rosa”.  In later years, he and Wanda owned and operated several businesses including the Weston One Stop in Weston and convenience store in Linkeville and a car rental business in Ferrelview.

Survivors include 2 brothers Lamar Stregles of Guyton, Georgia and Fred Stregles of Brunswick, Georgia.  Surviving children include Bill Hensley of Acworth, Georgia;  Pam Lang of Savannah, Georgia and Len Stregles of Chula Vista, Ca.

The family will receive friends to Celebrate Tom's Life from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m., Friday, October 16, 2015 at Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, MO.  A Committal Service with military honors will follow the visitation at 12:30 p.m., Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery, 395 Biddle Blvd, Leavenworth, KS.

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Donald Faudel

Donald William Faudel, 55, of Gladstone, MO passed away suddenly on May 10, 2015.  He was born January 2, 1960 in Davenport, IA to Donald C. and Betty (Wieck) Faudel.  Don graduated from Davenport West High School in 1978 and then from Vatterot College in Kansas City, MO in 1994.

Don worked in the heating and cooling business for many years and was  employed by Embassy Suites Hotels as a maintenance engineer.  Don was an avid NASCAR and KC Chiefs fan, enjoyed watching sports, flying remote control airplanes and was a member of the German Shepherd Dog Club of Greater Kansas City.

Survivors include his mother, Betty Meewes and husband Kenneth of Davenport; a brother, Greg Faudel and wife Ashley of Davenport; two nephews, Joshua and Joey; two nieces, Nicole and Karli; special companion, Willet George; and his beloved dogs, Ava and Cherokee.

Per Don’s wishes, cremation is planned.  A visitation and celebration of his life will be held at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to German Shepherd Rescue, 6128 College Ave. Kansas City, MO 64130.  The Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, MO has been entrusted with his final care.  Memories of Don and condolences may be shared with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Albert "Al" Dusing

Albert A. Dusing, 82, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO passed away on Tuesday, May 12, 2015, after a short illness.

Al grew up in Northern Kentucky. He was a 1955 graduate of University of Kentucky with a degree in Zoology; during college he was a member of the ROTC Honor Society Pershing Rifles.  He received his Masters in Biology from UMKC in 1968. Al taught Biology, Photography and Criminal Justice for Park University from 1957 to 1998; retired as Professor Emeritus.

Al was a volunteer for the Platte County Sherriff’s Department Tactical Squad for almost 20 years, and achieved the rank of Sergeant. Al started both the Photography and Criminal Justice programs at Park University. He loved woodworking as a hobby and he crafted many homemade furniture pieces. He was also a wedding photographer for many years.

Al is survived by his spouse of 60 years, Betty Phillips Dusing of the couple’s home. Additional survivors include his daughter, Patty Buckholz (Kirk) of Kansas City, MO; son Roger Dusing (Darla) of Liberty, MO; grandchildren: Tim Buckholz (Jenny) of Lee’s Summit, MO; Laura Buckholz-Cockrell (Nathan) of Del Norte, CO; Megan Bright (Allen) of Liberty, MO; Sam Buckholz (Kristin) of Peoria, IL; Ryan Dusing of Gladstone, MO; five great-grandchildren; and a brother, Larry Dusing (Marianne) of Foster, KY. He was preceded in death by a sibling, Ann and seven half siblings.

Family and friends will gather on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 for an “Attitude Adjustment Seminar” to celebrate Al’s life from 4:30-7:00 p.m. at the McCoy Meetin’ House, located on the campus of Park University.  Memorial contributions are suggested in his name to the Park University Scholarship Fund. The Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville has been entrusted with the final arrangements. Memories of Al may be shared with the family by visiting www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.

 

 

 

Doris Stuteville

Doris Stuteville, 92, of St. Joseph, MO (formerly of Kansas City North, MO), passed away on Thursday, May 14, 2015.  Doris was born August 31, 1922 to Luther Franklin and Novella F. (Johnston) Travis in Salina, KS.

Doris was divorced from her first husband, Raymond D. Scanlon.  She was later united in marriage with Roy E. Stuteville on September 16, 1950 in Kansas City, MO.  Mr. Stuteville preceded her in death on April 11, 1996.   She was a homemaker and mother.

In addition to her husband, Roy, she was preceded in death by; a son, Ronald Stuteville; both parents and four siblings.  Survivors include her three daughters: Sue Ann Kleist (Tom) of Baldwin City, KS; Dona Lee Kitchen (Don) of Kansas City, MO; Judith Carol Clarke of St. Joseph, MO; 19 grandchildren and 37 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Monday, May 18, 2015 at Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, MO.  A Committal Service will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at Leavenworth National Cemetery, 150 Muncie Road Leavenworth, KS.  Memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans (DAV). Memories of Doris and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com

Oscar Estrada

Oscar Ivan Estrada, 28, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO passed away suddenly on May 16, 2015.  He was born on April 9, 1987 in Chicago, IL to Abel Estrada and Atocha Chavez.  Oscar was a 2005 graduate of Park Hill High School and veteran of the United States Marines Corps.

He married Kayla Marie Charity on September 27, 2008 at St. Therese Catholic Church.  They were blessed with two children, Dominic Ivan and Izabella Jayde Estrada.  In addition to his wife and children, survivors include his parents; two brothers, Erick Estrada of Kansas City, MO and William Estrada of Albuquerque, NM; and several extended family members and close friends.

Oscar’s number one love was his wife and children.  In his spare time, he enjoyed grilling with family and friends, watching sports and movies, listening to Mexican music, and he was an avid fan of Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers.  Oscar had a zest for life and will be fondly remembered by all who knew him.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at St. Therese Catholic Church, 7207 NW Highway 9, Kansas City, MO 64152.  The committal service will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Leavenworth National Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 5-7:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Meyers Northland Chapel, where the Rosary will be prayed at 7:00 p.m.  Memorial contributions are suggested to the family, to assist with his children’s educational needs.

Leonard "David" Swob

Leonard “David” Swob, 66, of Parkville, MO passed away May 21, 2015, at home surrounded by his family.  He was born August 22, 1948 in Kanasas City, KS to Leonard Oliver and Rosemary (Janesko) Swob.  Dave graduated from Bishop Ward High School, where he excelled in sports and he then served in the United States Army during the Vietnam Era.

Dave was a 30 year member of Local #27 in Kansas City and was employed by Heat Frost Insulators.  Following retirement, he owned and operated a small home repair business.  Dave was a hard worker and enjoyed playing golf in his spare time.

He married Nadine Chleborad on July 25, 1995 in Las Vegas, NV.  She survives of the couple’s home in Parkville.  Additional survivors include, two children, David L. Swob (Kristi) and Annie E. (Swob) Lampe; five step-children, Thomas J. Chleborad (Adrienne), Michelle L. Anderson, Christopher L. Chleborad, Aaron A. Chleborad (Devree) and Jeremiah L. Chleborad (Kim); two brothers, Edward Wm. Swob and Timothy A. Swob; a sister, Debbie B. Martinson;  5 grandchildren, 11 step-grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.  Dave was preceded in death by his parents, an infant brother and an infant granddaughter.

The family will receive friends from 5-7:00 p.m. Thursday, May 28, 2015 at the Meyers Northland Chapel, 401 Main St. in Parkville.  A funeral service celebrating Dave’s life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, May 29, 2015 at the funeral home.  A committal service with military honors will be held at 12:30 p.m. Monday, June 1, 2015 at the Leavenworth National Cemetery, 150 Muncie Rd. Leavenworth, KS.  Memorial contributions are suggested to the Wounded Warrior Project woundedwarriorproject.org/donate.  Memories of Dave and condolences may be left online at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

Tom Pope

Thomas L. Pope, 66, a resident of Platte Woods, MO passed away on Thursday, May 28, 2015.  Tom was born on January 4, 1949 to Wallace R. and Mary Elizabeth (McKee) Pope in Indianapolis, IN.

Tom was united in marriage with Ruth Eilene Beedle on May 15, 1982 in Indianapolis, IN. He enjoyed spending time with his wife, family and friends; traveling; watching movies, baseball and birds; reading; listening to music; tinkering with tools; computers; he was a collector of many items. Tom also had a passion for attending and supporting functions at the theatre, symphony and opera.

Survived by his loving wife, Ruth Beedle; a daughter, Lauren Elizabeth Pope of Kansas City, MO; a son, David Michael Pope of King George, VA; and a brother, William McKee Pope of Carmel, IN. Tom was preceded in death by both parents.

The family will receive friends from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m., Monday, June 1, 2015 at Pine Ridge Presbyterian Church. A Memorial Service celebrating Tom’s life will follow at 3:00 p.m. with the Rev. Dr. Jim Gordon and Rev. Penny Ellwood as officiants.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Kansas City Symphony or The Kansas City Repertory Theatre and may be left in care of the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville. Memories of Tom and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.

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Thomas Fullerton

Thomas Earl Fullerton, 60, of Liberty, MO passed away June 1, 2015, at the NorthCare Hospice House at North Kansas City Hospital.  He was born July 15, 1954 in Princeton, MO to Thomas F. and Dolores (Barnes) Fullerton.

Tom graduated from Liberty High School and was a lifelong Liberty resident.  He spent the majority of his working years as an over-the-road truck driver.  Tom had a great faith and was very devoted to his church. He was very involved with the community outreach group at church.  Tom always put his family first and he cherished his time with them.  He loved working with horses and was an avid sports fan, especially football.

Survivors include his three children and their spouses, Thomas W. Fullerton (Rachel), Dustin Fullerton (Meredith) and Taryn Lankford (Ghaali); and two grandchildren, Thomas T. and Maddox Fullerton.

A visitation will be held at 6:00 p.m. Friday, June 19, 2015 at the Faith Ministries Community Church, 12222 Blue Ridge Blvd. Grandview, MO 64030.  A Celebration of Life service will follow at 7:00 p.m.

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James Nelson

James Marston Nelson, 33, of Smithville, MO passed away unexpectedly June 2, 2015, at his home.  He was born February 5, 1982 in Kansas City, MO.  Son of Jim and Sherry Breckenridge.  He attended schools in Excelsior Springs, MO and Smithville, MO.

James spent the majority of his working years as an over-the-road truck driver, working for Liberty Fruit Company and most recently, Martin Transportation Systems.  In his spare time he enjoyed being with his family and friends.  His children always came first and he treasured his time with them.  He also enjoyed landscaping, working on cars with his son JB, motorcycles, fishing and he had recently become an avid pool player.  James was a big fan of the Denver Broncos and during his funeral service he will be wearing a Broncos shirt, one last time.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Lewis Nelson; stepfather, Jim Breckenridge and a mother-in-law, Janice Baker.

He married Heather Nicole Baker on March 20, 2004 in Lee’s Summit, MO.  She survives of the couple’s home in Smithville.  Additional survivors include their three children, Noelle Leigh Nelson, James Brian Marston Nelson and Jonathan Michael Marston Nelson, all of the home; his grandmother, Alice Nelson, Smithville, MO; his mother, Sherry Breckenridge, Smithville, MO; five siblings, Jennifer Jackson, Kearney, MO, Sandy Barker, Platte City, MO, Nikki Hill, Kansas City, MO, Jesse Marquez, Smithville, MO and Adam Price, Independence, MO; and several nieces and nephews; and extended family members and close friends.

A funeral service celebrating James’ life will be held 2:00 p.m. Friday, June 5, 2015 at the American Legion Hall Post 58, 2607 NE State Route 92, Smithville, MO, where the family will receive friends following the service.  The Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville has been entrusted with James’ final care.  Memorial contributions may be left with the family at James’ Go Fund Me Page by clicking on the link below.

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Kenneth Davis

Kenneth James Davis, 85, of Parkville, Missouri passed away peacefully on June 6, 2015, with his daughter by his side.  He was born January 3, 1930 in Kansas City, Missouri to Flora and Harry Davis. He grew up in Archie, Missouri. His mother moved the family to Parsons, Kansas after his father died when Ken was 10-years-old.

Ken is a 1948 graduate of Parsons, Kansas high school. He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Missouri, Columbia in 1956. He was the first in his family to attend college.

He is preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Colleen; his son Matt; brothers Gene, Elmer, Donald and Glenn; sister Wanda and his parents. Survivors include his daughter, Laura Davis of Parkville, Missouri; brother, Allen Davis of Gig Harbor, Washington; several nieces and nephews, including Mike, David and Pat Abel, Charlotte Davis, Linda Anderson, Donna and Nancy Davis.

“Kenny” as he was known by his family, attended Boy’s State in Wichita, Kansas. He began working for K&T Railroad in Parsons when he was 15-years-old. He was a high school and college football player, playing for a short time for the MU Tigers.

He proudly served our country in the Korean War as a US Army Corporal in the 930th Ordinance Ammunitions Company, the same company in which he and his brothers Donald and Glenn gave 17 months of overseas service.

Ken spent most of his professional career as a credit manager and assistant controller, working for Phillips Petroleum Company, William C. Haas Real Estate Management Company and Select Brands Wholesale Distributing Company. He was a real estate agent for Eugene D. Brown Realtors, receiving distinction in the “Million Dollar Club.” He also worked as a security supervisor for the Jones Store Company in downtown Kansas City, and for the Internal Revenue Service in Kansas City, finally retiring at age 77.

He was elected to two terms on the Park Hill School Board in the 1970s, serving as president, vice-president and treasurer. He was a long-time member of Park Hill Christian Church, active for many years as head of the education and membership departments, and co-sponsor of the junior high youth group. He was a little league baseball coach for many years in the Kansas City Northland. Ken was a devoted husband and loving father. He was a family man who always put family first and always stepped to the plate to do the right thing.

A memorial service celebrating Ken's life will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, June 11, 2015 at the Park Hill Christian Church, 6601 N.W. 72nd St. Kansas City, MO 64151.  A committal service will follow at Terrace Park Cemetery.  The Meyers Northland Chapel has been entrusted with the final arrangements.  Donations may be made in his name to the Park Hill Education Foundation, 7703 NW Barry Rd. Kansas City, MO 64153.

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Ramon Schwerert Ferrer

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 9:50 p.m., our beautiful father, Ramon Arturo Schwerert Ferrer, passed away.  It was a peaceful death; he had his four daughters and wife, Blanca of 57 years at his bedside.

We cannot Thank God enough for giving us such a loving, caring husband, father and grandfather.  He sacrificed so much and worked so hard in order for us to have a better life.  He also adored his four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.  We can’t believe he is gone.  But know that he is in heaven because that is the only place such a man would be.  Te queremos mucho nuestro papi lindo.  Que Dios te bendiga.

Ramon was born February 11, 1923 to Ramon Tomas Schwerert Rodriguez and Rosa Aurora Ferrer in Camaguey, Cuba.  He graduated from the Universidad De La Habana earning his Master’s Degree in Chemistry. He was united in marriage with Blanca Perla Caso on October 5, 1957 in Camaguey, Cuba.   They moved from Oriente, Cuba to the United States in 1967.

Ramon retired from Cargill in 1991; over 25 years of dedicated service as a Lab Tech. He enjoyed reading anything and everything; he had a wealth of knowledge, especially in world history and politics.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and siblings: Arnaldo Schwerert, Adalbert “Nene” Schwerert, Omar Schwerert, Berta Schwerert and Elba Schwerert.  Survived by his loving wife, Blanca Schwerert of Kansas City, MO; four beautiful daughters: Moraima Alicia Schwerert of Kansas City, MO; Sonia Perla Schwerert of Kansas City, MO; Tania Brasilia Schwerert of Kansas City, MO; Xiomara Isabel Schwerert of Kansas City, MO; four grandchildren: Amanda Latier Grippi and husband, Tony; Phillip Andrew Latier and wife, Jennifer; Melvin Brown III “Trae” and Hunter Elicia Perla Brown; six great-grandchildren: Ethan Scott; Claire Elizabeth; Matthew Vincent; Ella Marie; Peyton Andrew and Logan Michael; two siblings: Aldo Schwerert of Florida and Hilda Schwerert Brice of Florida.

Ramon enjoyed singing this poem to his children and grandchildren at bedtime.

Bed in Summer

by Robert Louis Stevenson

 

In winter I get up at night

And dress by yellow candle-light.

In summer quite the other way,

I have to go to bed by day.

 

I have to go to bed and see

The birds still hopping on the tree,

Or hear the grown-up peoples’s feet

Still going past me in the street.

 

And does it not seem hard to you,

When all the sky is clear and blue,

And I should like so much to play,

To have to go to bed by day?

 

The family will hold a private memorial service at a later date.  In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to NorthCare Hospice and left in care of Meyers Funeral Chapel.  Memories of Ramon and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com

Norm Robertson

Norman “Norm” Robertson, 77, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO passed away on Saturday, June 27, 2015.  Norman was born October 22, 1937 to William I. and Ginoth (Tate) Robertson in Bendavis, MO.

Norm was a veteran of the United States Army and served from 1956 – 1959 in Germany.  He was united in marriage with Virginia “Sue” Vaughan on June 25, 1961 in Mt. Grove, MO.  From this union two sons were born, Donnie and Russell.

Norm retired after serving 33 years as an Electronics Engineer from Park University.  He will always be remembered for having a smile on his face, enjoying simple pleasures in life and never meeting a stranger. Everyone knew Norm and will affectionately remember his impressions of Donald Duck.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Sue Robertson in October of 2013; both parents; and five siblings: Earl, Bernice, Faye, Helen and Orville.  Survived by his two sons: Donnie Robertson and wife, Laurie of Kansas City (North), MO; and Russell Robertson of Kansas City (North), MO; two grandchildren: Taylor Robertson and Haleigh Robertson; six siblings: Don, Francis, Dale, Dean, Robert and Shirley.

A Celebration of Norm’s life will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 401 Main St. Parkville, MO.  Memorial contributions may be made to Crossroads Hospice or the charity of donor’s choice.  Memories of Norm and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com

Aubrey (Santhuff) Ludden