2017 Obituaries

James Albert White
James Albert White, 77, of Pleasant Hill, died peacefully on December 12, 2017 at home with his family and friends by his side. Funeral services was scheduled for 11:00 AM on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at Langsford Funeral Home in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Burial will follow at the Pleasant Prairie Cemetery in Napoleon, Missouri.
Visitation was on Saturday prior to the service.
Memorials are suggested to the Crossroads Hospice or the donor’s choice.
James was born on May 5, 1940 in Odessa, Missouri and grew up in the rural areas of Wellington and Napoleon. He graduated from Wellington High School in 1958. He lived in Blue Springs for many years before moving to Pleasant Hill in June 1994. He was married to the love of his life, Geneva Smith, for 41 years before her death in 2006. To this union was born one son, Clayton White. He retired from Musselman-Hall in 2002. He then bought and sold beef cattle on his farm near Pleasant Hill.
James was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Geneva; an infant son; and his brother, Richard. He is survived by his son, Clayton White and wife Cindy of Lee’s Summit; his grandson, Michael White of Lee’s Summit; brother, Cameron White of Kansas City; sisters, Sarah Edwards of Blue Springs, Carol Ray of Independence, and Lilas Gibson of Harrisonville.
Arrangements: Langsford Funeral Home 115 SW 3rd St. Lee’s Summit, MO 64063 (816)524-3700

Marie A. Coates
Marie A. (Stafford) Coates, 85, of Raytown, formerly of Pleasant Hill, died December 12, 2017, at the John Knox Village Hospice House.
She is survived by her sisters Ada Lee (and Al) King and Virginia Thurman. She is also survived by two sons, Jack A. (Diana) Morasch, and George E. Morasch II; two step-sons; three step-daughters; 23 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; and other relatives.
Funeral services were Friday, December 15, 2017. Interment was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, (816) 540-5550

Mary Louise Yotz
Mary Louise Yotz, 85, of Pleasant Hill, was born, August 8, 1932, in Humansville, Missouri, the daughter of John F. and Pearl E. (Farris) Hurley. She departed this life Wednesday, December 6, 2017, at her home, surrounded with love and family.
Louise attended grade school in Freedom, Missouri; later attending East High School in Kansas City.
On January 28, 1950, she was united in marriage to Joseph Paul Yotz, II, in Kansas City. He preceded her in death on October 25, 2006. Louise was also preceded in death by her parents and four of her siblings, infant Charles, Floyd, Ruth and Sallie.
Louise was a homemaker. She also co-owned, alongside her husband, Legal Radio shop, Pizza on Wheels restaurant and Landlord’s Helper cleaning service, all in Independence.
She was a member of the Big Creek Baptist Church, Pleasant Hill. She enjoyed spending time at Vesper Hall in Blue Springs, dancing and playing cards. She also enjoyed painting, jewelry making, traveling and spending time with family.
She is survived by three sons, Joseph P. Yotz III of Pleasant Hill, Gregory A. Yotz and wife Laurie of Gridley, Kansas; Christopher S. Yotz and wife Paige of Kansas City; three daughters, Sally M. Yotz of Oak Grove; Bonnie S. Adams and husband Dennis of Lone Jack; Jennifer L. Yotz-Moore and husband Paul of Carnation, Washington; her sister, Bonnie Kunkle of Sugar Creek, Missouri; 13 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; other relatives and friends.
Visitation was December 8, 2017, at the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home.
Funeral services were December 9, 2017, at the funeral home. Reverend Todd MacLean officiated.
Interment was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
Casket bearers were her grandsons: Bryan Adams, Damon Adams, Archie Bradshaw, Billy Griffith, Greg Yotz, Jr. and Seth Yotz.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Crossroads Hospice and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080, (816) 540-5550.

Carol Jean (Windsor) Sevy
Carol was born September 12, 1931 on a farm north of Kingsville to Ivan Clifford and Hazel Loubell (Hobbs) Windsor. She departed this life on December 4, 2017 at the Pleasant Hill Health and Rehab surrounded by her family.
Carol attended schools in the Kingsville area until the family relocated to Strasburg where she graduated from high school in 1949.
On August 5, 1950, she was united in marriage to Russell Warren Sevy at his mother’s home in Independence. They resided in Independence until they purchased a farm in Kingsville in 1955. They resided on their farm until they relocated to Pleasant Hill in 1969.
After retirement, they moved to Climax Springs. While living there, they became very active in the VFW, where she joined as a life member. She became president of the VFW Auxiliary Post 3600 and later was Missouri District 2 president for 3 years. She was also a member of Climax Springs Community League and the local craft club.
Carol enjoyed doing all kinds of crafts.
Due to health reasons, they returned to Pleasant Hill where Carol became an active member of VFW Auxiliary Post 3118.
Carol was preceded in death by her parents Clifford and Hazel Windsor and one nephew, Donald Duncan.
Carol is survived by her husband of 67 years, Russell, and her two daughters, Vickie McCarty and husband Charles of Pleasant Hill, and Sue White of Modesto, CA. She is also survived by two grandsons, John Berry and wife Amy and Jeremy Berry, all of Pleasant Hill; four great-grandsons, John IV, Dylan, Hunter and Turner Berry. Carol is also survived by her sisters, Lois Carson and husband Harlen and Norma Duncan and husband John all of Pleasant Hill, and many other family members and friends.
Services will be held on December 23, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at VFW Post 3118 in Pleasant Hill.

Donald Brandes
Donald Brandes, 66, of Pleasant Hill, died, December 8, 2017. He is survived locally by his wife, Jerri.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 13, 2017, at the First Christian Church, Pleasant Hill. Visitation will be at 10:00 a.m. until service time at the church.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the First Christian Church, Pleasant Hill or the American Cancer Society and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill.

Robert Daniel McCormick
Robert Daniel McCormick, 18, of Pleasant Hill, passed away November 25, 2017. Services will be private.
Memorial contributions are suggested to March of Dimes, Midwest Transplant Network, American Diabetes Association or You Matter, c/o Fox4 Kansas City.
Robert was born on July 14, 1999, in Kansas City. He was a 2017 graduate of Pleasant Hill High School, where he was a member of the marching band. Robert was currently a student at Longview Community College with plans to transfer to S and T University to study mechanical engineering.
He was employed at O’Reilly Auto Parts, was passionate about working on vehicles and was always ready to lend a hand to those in need.
Robert is survived by his loving parents, Robert and Lisa; sisters, Angela and Alexis; grandparents, Carol and Bill McCormick, Mary and Stan; uncles: Bill (Maryanne), John (Judy), Tim (Tina), Tom (Misty), and Dennis (Lisa) McCormick, Norman, and David; aunt, Sarah; great grandmother, Ruth Eaton; great uncle, Chuck Eaton; great aunt, Pam; and many beloved cousins.

Sandra D. Anderson
Sandra Dee “Sandi” Anderson, 58, of Pleasant Hill, was born, March 14, 1959, in Kansas City, the daughter of Floyd N. and Jo Ann (Yates) Harris.
She departed this life, Friday, December 1, 2017, at the Lee’s Summit Medical Center.
Sandi was a 1977 Pleasant Hill High School graduate. She attended Longview and University of Missouri-Kansas City, receiving her Bachelor’s degree from UMKC.
On January 25, 1986, she was united in marriage to Gregory P. Anderson, in Pleasant Hill.
Sandi was employed as a dental hygienist; last working for Dr. Mary K. Mitchell. She was an active member and past president of the UMKC Dental Hygienist’s Alumni Association. She was also an active member of the Big Creek Baptist Church, Pleasant Hill.
Sandi was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her husband Greg of the home; two sons, Zachary T. (and Cheyenne) Anderson and Hunter P. Anderson, both of Pleasant Hill; her sister, Beth (and Carl) Bennett of Lee’s Summit; other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be at 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, December 7, 2017, at the funeral home.
Funeral services will be Friday, December 8, 2017, at the funeral home. Reverend Todd MacLean will officiate. Cremation will be accorded following services.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Big Creek Baptist Church Building Fund and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanley-Dickeyfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550.

MSgt (Ret.) Warren Ray Grogan
Master Sergeant (Ret.) Warren Ray Grogan, 66, of Beebe, Ark. went to be with the Lord November 14, 2017. Warren Ray proudly served in the U.S. Air Force twenty-four years. As a military training instructor, he led the way for new recruits; however, the majority of Warren Ray’s service was as a combat arms instructor. He mentored his students and his CATM teams, and showed them what real leadership was. The entire career field is diminished by his passing.
He was a member of the Beebe Church of Christ where he served as a song leader and was currently the middle school Sunday school teacher. Warren Ray also served as song leader at Beebe Retirement Center. He was active in the Disabled American Veterans, and he worked part time for the Clinton Presidential Library as a security guard.
Warren Ray is survived by his wife, Susan Grogan of Beebe; four children, James Davis Beasley of Orlando, Florida, Diana Grogan (Jason) Riddle of Southaven, Mississippi, Julie Beasley (Andy) Jones of Lompoc, California and Annie Beasley (Ron) Ginn of St. Augustine, Florida; seven grandchildren, Rachel Elizabeth Wisdom, Rebekah Anne Wisdom, Jackson Dean Wisdom, Joslyn Kaelani Riddle, Jason Lloyd Riddle, Jr., Aidan Robert Jones and Asher Ray Jones; his mother, Mary Ruth Grogan of Beebe; two sisters, Ruth Ann Dawson of Searcy and Bonnie Jean Grogan of Beebe; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, James Warren Grogan, and a sister, Wilma Lou Grogan.
Family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, December 1, 2017 at Smith-Westbrook Funeral Home, Beebe. Funeral service arrangements will be announced at a later date.
Arrangements by Smith-Westbrook Funeral Home, Beebe, Ark. www.smithfamilycares.com.

Steven Ray Blair
Steven Ray Blair passed away November 21, 2017, at his home in Lee’s Summit.
Steve was born in Iowa City, Iowa, March 30, 1949. He was preceded in death by his parents, Austin and Madelene Yadon, one infant brother, James; a sister, Jean Talbert, one nephew, Scott Bradshaw.
Steve lived in Pleasant Hill for nearly 20 years and was a 1968 graduate of Pleasant Hill High School.
He was a member of the Teamsters Local 41 for 39 years, working as a driver for ABF Freight Haulers for 27 years.
Steve loved his hunting property where he spent hours cutting new trails for deer season. He was known for working hard and helping anyone who needed hia help. Steve was the Guy!
He is survived by his wife Robin of 36 years; daughter Stephanie Baldridge and husband Wade of Pleasant Hill; stepson Scott Blair and fiance Dora of Lee’s Summit; granddaughters, Haley Baldridge of Kansas City, and Jessie Baldridge of Pleasant Hill and step granddaughters, Mackenzie and Cali Blair of Lee’s Summit and Hanah Brown of Lee’s Summit; step grandson Tyler Long and wife Stephanie of Lee’s Summit; four step great grandchildren; on brother, Dean Bradshaw and wife Vicky, Pleasant Hill; two nieces, Dina Murphy of Ville Park, Illinois; Tami Caldwell and husband Mike and their three children of Harrisonville; one nephew Dan Talbert and his wife Mia and their two children.
Steve was a loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle and brother. He will be sorely missed by family and friends.
A celebration of his life will be Saturday December 9, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Big Iron Town, 29608 E. 179th Street, Pleasant Hill.

Barbara Jean (McBee) Bauer
Barbara Bauer, 81, of Pleasant Hill passed away Nov. 19, 2017, at Kansas City Hospice House, surrounded by the love of her family.
Private services were held November 22 at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery Shelter House. Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
Barbara is survived by one son, Mike Bauer of Loch Lloyd; three daughters, Doris Taylor of Pleasant Hill; Debrah Bauer of Blue Springs; and Rebecca Bauer of Lee’s Summit.
In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to K C Hospice & Palliative Care.
A complete obituary may be viewed at www.wallace-funeralhomes.com.
Arrangements by Wallace Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

Kathryn Louise Kohler
Kathryn Louise Kohler, 93, Harrisonville, died November 23, 2017 at Lee’s Summit Medical Center, with family and love around her. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m.,
Saturday, December 2 at the United Methodist Church in Harrisonville with visitation from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Burial in Orient Cemetery, Harrisonville.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made in Louise’s name to American Cancer Society or American Heart Association.
Louise was born February 17, 1924 in Moundridge, KS, the daughter of Phillip and Rose (Morelock) Ritthaler. She married John Harold Kohler, Jr. on June 22, 1947, in Pleasant Hill. Louise was a graduate of Moundridge High School. She worked at Lake City Ammunition plant during the war. She worked as a secretary for Pleasant Hill High School for 25 years where she touched many young lives with her wit and dynamic personality.
Louise was a member of the Harrisonville United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women’s Group. She was also a member of a local Red Hat group and the Pleasant Hill extension club. She was an avid Chiefs and Royals fan, enjoyed reading, knitting and spending time with her grandchildren.
Louise was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, John, two brothers, Dick and Carl Ritthaler and one sister, Ruby Armstrong.
She is survived by three sons, Phil Kohler and wife, Nikki, Daryl Kohler and wife, Paula, all of Pleasant Hill; Kevin Kohler and wife, Cheryl, Chanhassen, MN; one daughter, Lynn McCaleb and husband, Jackie, Charlotte, NC; nine grandchildren, Clay Kohler and wife, Rebecca; Cliff Kohler and spouse, Carter Vanosek; Tami Wilson and husband, Josh, Bryan Kohler, Spencer Kohler and wife, Kathy, Leslie Christofel and husband, Tom, Brooke McCaleb and wife, Alexis, Brett Kohler, and Lauren Kohler; 15 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and other extended family.
Arrangements by Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville, 816-380-3268; atkinsonfuneralhome.com.

Charles H. “Eli” Elias, Sr.
Charles H. “Eli” Elias, Sr., 84, of Pleasant Hill, departed this life, Sunday, November 17, 2017, at the Carnegie Village Healthcare Center, Belton. Services are pending. Service times and a complete obituary will be published online at www.stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com when that information becomes available.
Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550.

James Richard “Rick” Schmoll, Sr.
Rick Schmoll, lifelong Pleasant Hill resident, was born June 25, 1955 in Harrisonville, and departed this life, November 5, 2017 at his home in Pleasant Hill, at the age of 62 years, four months and 11 days.
He was the son of Clarence E. and Lillian (Larson) Schmoll.
Rick spent his entire life in the Pleasant Hill area, graduating from Pleasant Hill High School in 1973.
On May 22, 1982, Rick was united in marriage with Linda Marie Foley at the Pleasant Hill Christian Church and to this union two children, Dana Marie and James Richard “Bub”, Jr. were born. Linda preceded Rick in death on February 4, 2003.
On November 25, 2006, Rick was united in marriage with Theresa Meador at their home in Pleasant Hill.
Rick worked as a truck driver until declining health forced his retirement.
Rick was a member of both Jewel Lodge #480 A.F. & A.M. and O.E.S. Ivy Leaf Chapter #215, both of Pleasant Hill. He also served as a board member of the Pitts Chapel Cemetery.
Rick enjoyed farming and working with his cattle. When his health permitted, he also enjoyed hunting and fishing with family and friends. Rick organized and presided over many family and friend gatherings where he went out of his way to visit with everyone and make them feel “at home.”
In addition to his first wife, Linda, Rick was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Lillian Schmoll.
He is survived by his wife, Theresa (Meador) Schmoll, of the home; one son, James Richard “Bub” Schmoll, Jr. and Amanda Smith of Kingsville, one daughter, Dana Marie (Schmoll) Raymond and husband Robert of Osceola, Missouri; two step-sons, Chris Webber and wife Savannah of Pleasant Hill, and Joe Webber and wife Shelia of Belton; two brothers, Jon J. Schmoll and wife Ruth of Urich, Missouri and George H. Schmoll of Harrisonville; two sisters, Rebecca H. “Becky” Carlile and husband Wally, and Jaclyn “Jackie” Parris and husband Ronnie all of Pleasant Hill; and the joy of his life, his seven grandchildren, twins Esme and Remi Webber, Skyla Webber, Jeff Raymond, Adriana and Alex Smith and Elijah Fritz; other relatives and many friends.
Funeral service for Rick Schmoll was held November 10, 2017, at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill with Rev. Kent Deubner officiating. Casket bearers were Ricky “Bub” Schmoll, Jr., Chris Webber, Jeremiah Carlile, Jason Carlile, Nathan Carlile, Robert Raymond, Jimmie Dean Ross and Charlie Robertson. Honorary bearers were Robert “Bob” Meador, Walt Borer, Roger Hubler, Jim Beattie, Danny Gray, Terry Faulkenberry, Tommie Faulkenberry, Glover Springer, Clint Springer and Mark Kirk.
Interment was in the Pitts Chapel Cemetery. The family received friends, November 9, 2017 at the funeral home, where a Masonic Service was held with Mr. Jim Williams officiating. The family suggests contributions to the American Diabetes Association.

Barbara Lee McClinton
Barbara Lee McClinton, formerly of Pleasant Hill, of Coolidge, TX passed away November 7, 2017, at the age of 75. Memorial services were held November 11, 2017 at the First Baptist Church in Coolidge.
Barbara was born November 7, 1942, in Kansas City, Kansas, to Glenn C. and Dorothy Lucille Clark Bledsoe. She retired from Pleasant Hill Police Department, after 20 years of service as a dispatcher.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Coolidge, and was previously a member of the Strasburg Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Glen and Dorothy Bledsoe; step-mother, Laura Bledsoe Riehart; sister, Glenda Mapes; twin sister and brother-in-law, Beverly and Carroll Peters; and brother, Glenn Gary Bledsoe.
Barbara is survived by her loving husband of 44 years, Johnnie W. McClinton of Coolidge; son, Jay McClinton of Coolidge; daughter, Lee McClinton of Independence; nephews, Craig Peters and wife, Carla and son, Cameron of Cleveland, OH and Garin Bledsoe and wife, Anne and children of Blue Springs; niece, Robin Peters of Gladstone, MO; brother-in-law, Ron and wife, Sue Mapes of Cleveland, MO and sister-in-law, Phyllis Bledsoe of Blue Springs, and
extended McClinton family.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the local chapter Heart
Association, local chapter Lung Association or Baylor Scott & White Hospice.

John David Raffurty
John David Raffurty was born on July 10, 1942 at Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. He departed this life on November 4, 2017, at Pleasant Hill Health Care and Rehabilitation Center at 75. He was the eldest son of six children of James A and Dorothy M (Moore) Raffurty.
He was preceded in death by his parents, baby sister Ruth Ann, and brother William “Bill” Raffurty. He is survived by one brother, Howard “Butch” (Valerie) Raffurty of Harrisonville; two sisters, Jean Hudson, of Phoenix, Ariz.; Mary (Terry) Roberts of Pleasant Hill; one sister-in-law, Bonnie Raffurty, also of Pleasant Hill; three nephews and two nieces, Rodney Matlock of Casa Grande, Ariz.; Clint (Amanda) Raffurty of Overland Park; Sam Roberts of Overland Park; Sherri Matlock of Miami Gardens, Fla.; Andrea (Tyler) Engel of Mission; three great nieces, one great nephew, one great great nephew and many other relatives and friends.
People remember John for his devotion to his mother and riding his bike around town waving to everyone. He had a passion for trains, learned much about their history, was fascinated with Amtrak and Union Pacific trains that passed through town. He was considered an expert on local train history. He was invited to take part in the Pleasant Hill Railroad Days Parade.
Memorial service will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 18, 2017 at the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church. Visitation will be from 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Franceline M. Parris
Franceline M. Parris was born August 11, 1918 in Lee’s Summit, and went home, to live with Jesus, on Monday, October 30, 2017, at the age of 99 years, two months and 19 days. She is the daughter of John T. and Emma (Lacy) Clifford.
Franceline spent her early years in Lee’s Summit, graduating from Lee’s Summit High School in 1936.
On April 25, 1937, Franceline was united in marriage with Floyd Austin Parris in Lee’s Summit. They made their home in rural Pleasant Hill, where Franceline was a full time homemaker and worked alongside Floyd to establish the “Parris Farm.” Franceline and Floyd had been married for 56 years before his passing on June 22, 1993.
Franceline was a former member of the Lee’s Summit Christian Church and the Pleasant Hill First Christian Church where she served as Deaconess and also Sunday School teacher for the Homebuilders Sunday School Class.
After moving to Harrisonville in 1993, she became a member of the First Christian Church of Harrisonville.
Franceline was a devoted and tireless volunteer for the Ladies Auxiliary of Cass Medical Center for many years. She also belonged to the Deborah Group, the Friendly Homemakers Club, Eight Friends Pitch Club and the Women’s Circle Club. Franceline loved to entertain and often hosted luncheons and card games for the members of these organizations. In her spare time, she enjoyed gardening and reading.
In addition to her husband Floyd, Franceline was preceded in death by her parents, John T. and Emma Clifford; two sisters, Nellie Vada Smart and May Cooper Sivils and numerous nieces and nephews. She is survived by several nieces, nephews, and many friends.
Funeral service for Franceline M. Parris was November 6, 2017 at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill, with Rev. Paul Porter officiating.
Casket bearers were David Parris, Tony Livingston, Russell Richmond, Jake Richmond, Butch Beeman and Rich Smither. Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
Contributions are suggested to the American Heart Association may be left at the funeral home.
Arrangeaments by Wallace Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill. website: www.wallace-funeralhomes.com.

Curtis C. Goble
Curtis Cole Goble was born into this world on June 20, 1988, in Kansas City, Missouri.
He was smiling from day one. He was instilled with one of the biggest hearts you could have ever known in a person, with rare sincerity beyond his years. His laugh was infectious and you couldn’t help but smile when you heard it. He was a friend to all and was willing to go the extra mile for those friends and family. He had an incredible love for animals, especially dogs. He quickly became a video game connoisseur at a young age and mastered all games he played. He had a way with the written word and enjoyed playing the guitar.
Cole was a genuine soul, someone you would be proud to know.
He left the world on November 1, 2017, but will never be forgotten.
Cole is survived by his parents, Jim and Lisa (Kinnison) Goble of Greenwood; sister, Jesse Goble of Lee’s Summit; paternal grandparents, Lou and Sarah Goble of Greenwood; maternal grandfather Carson (and Merial) Kinnison of Pleasant Hill; maternal grandmother Betty Richardson of Camden, Missouri.
A Celebration of Cole’s life was held Sunday, November 5, 2017, at the Unity Village, Fillmore Chapel. Memorial contributions are suggested to ReDiscover or Wayside Waifs and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill.

G. Leroy Bower
George Leroy Bower, 79, of Pleasant Hill, was born, September 6, 1938, in Lakin, Kansas, the son of Jesse S. and June K. (Dunbar) Bower. He departed this life, Friday, November 3, 2017, at the Centerpoint Medical Center, Independence.
Leroy was a 1957 Uniontown, Kansas High School graduate.
He was first united in marriage to Phyllis I. Whitcomb; they later divorced. On January 30, 1971, he was united in marriage to Karyn S. Townsley in Ft. Scott, Kansas. She survives.
Leroy was employed as a Union Carpenter retiring in 2000. He was a member of the Carpenters Union Local #777. He enjoyed tinkering in his garage, working on cars and lawn mower engines, gardening, and smoking various meats.
Leroy was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Tracy L. Michael; two brothers, Floyd Bower and Jay Bower; and one sister, Margaret Rhodes.
He is survived by his wife Karyn of Pleasant Hill; two sons, Darren (and Billie) Stewart of Pleasant Hill, and Steven (and Robin) Bower of Winfield, Kansas; one daughter, Lori (and Jon) Evans of Moran, Kansas; three brothers, John (and Amelia) Bower of Deerfield, Missouri, Perry (and Helen) Bower and Chester (and Linda) Bower, both of Ft. Scott, Kansas; two sisters, Roberta Rickman of Girard, Kansas, and Mable Green of Peyton, Colorado; 12 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren (with another one on the way); other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held 7:00 p.m. Thursday, November 9, 2017, at the funeral home. Reverend D. Kent Deubner will officiate. Inurnment will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery at a later date.
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Donate Life and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanley-Dickeyfuneralhome.com
Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, (816) 540-5550.

Johnny Wayne Ayers, Sr.
Johnny Ayers, 66, of Hermitage, passed away October 4, 2017. Cremation was accorded. A Memorial Service was held Saturday, Oct. 21 at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill. The family received friends immediately following the service.
Johnny is survived by his wife Kimberly Ayers of the home; two sons, Jay Kenneth Ayers and wife Crystal of Raymore, and Johnny Wayne Ayers, Jr. of La Cygne, Kansas; two daughters, Molly Ayers-Parker and husband Tim of Kansas City, and Brittany Rohr of Maryville; five brothers, James Ayers of Gladstone; Cecil Ayers and wife Linda of Springfield; Robert Ayers and wife Rosalea of Cortez, Colorado; Dennis Ayers of Gladstone, and Danny Ayers and wife, Linda of Olathe, Kansas; one sister, Linda Russell of Omega, Kansas; 13 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
A complete obituary may be viewed at www.wallace-funeralhomes.com. Arrangements by Wallace Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

Peter J. Garrison
Peter James Garrison, 58, of Independence, formerly of Pleasant Hill, was born, September 3, 1959, Kansas City, Kansas, the son of the late William W. “Bill” and Alice (Marsh) Garrison. He departed this life, October 18, 2017, at the KU Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas.
Pete attained the rank of Eagle Scout at the age of 13; continuing in scouts, he achieved the rank of Tom Tom Beater in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say. He was also proud that he had attended the Philmont Scout Ranch.
Pete was a 1977 Pleasant Hill High School graduate. He earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education from the Central Missouri State University, graduating in May, 1983.
On August 14, 1982, he was united in marriage to Kathryn Ruth Woodrum in Neosho, Missouri; they later divorced. On June 4, 2010, he was united in marriage to Estelle Marie Rodriquez in Eureka Springs, Ark.; she survives.
Pete was first employed as a music teacher; later working for the Lee’s Summit Journal as a carrier. Declining health forced him into early retirement.
He enjoyed traveling and visiting about the past with old friends; he was passionate, especially for Christ and sports. He discussed and attended events.
Pete was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife Estelle of Independence; son, Phillip (and Brittany) Garrison of Harrisonville; daughter, Rachel Garrison of Lee’s Summit; grandchildren, Cora Garrison and Adelynn of Harrisonville; step-daughters, Kim Kelley of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Irene Neilon of Odessa; sister, Sara (and Joe) Revelle of Fulton; other relatives
and friends.
Cremation has been accorded.
Graveside services will be Friday, October 27, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill, (816) 540-5550.

Janice Lea Harriman
Janice Lea Harriman, 77, Harrisonville, went home to be with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Wednesday, October 18, 2017. Funeral services were held Sunday, October 22, 2017 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville with burial in Orient Cemetery, Harrisonville. Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Family Fellowship, 125 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, MO 64080.
Janice was born February 2, 1940 in Kansas City, the daughter of Clarence William and Lucille Ruby (Benefield) Hartzog. She was a 1958 graduate of Harrisonville High School and lived several years in St. Louis where she was employed with the VA Hospital.
Janice was united in marriage to Darell Harriman on August 9, 1975.
Janice was a member of Grace Family Fellowship in Pleasant Hill, where she formed and led the Prayer Ministry team for many years. She was also a gifted Sunday school teacher and was loved by all.
Janice had the spirit of mercy for anyone she met and always prayed for the needs of others. She loved most of all being with her family and her church family, traveling and oil landscape painting. She will be missed by all who knew her as a wonderful, compassionate and caring person.
Janice was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband, Darell; two daughters, Leslie McMillin and husband, Greg, and grandsons, Peyton and Devin, all of Blue Springs; and Lauren Myler and husband, Michael, and granddaughters, Mallory and Mikayla, all of Harrisonville; and one sister, Beverly (Hartzog) Alexander and husband, Kenny, and niece, Krystal, all of Pleasant Hill.
Arrangements under the direction of Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville, MO, 816-380-3268. Online condolences may be made to atkinsonfuneralhome.com.

John C. Graham, Sr
John C. Graham, Sr, 89, longtime businessman and civic leader in Lee’s Summit, died peacefully in his sleep at the John Knox Village Care Center, October 1, 2017. John was born July 29, 1928, in Philadelphia, PA to Lily and John Graham, who both immigrated from Ireland to become proud U.S. citizens. John married the love of his life, Sally Gay Lewis on September 17, 1955, in Richmond. She survives him in Lee’s Summit at John Knox Village. John and Sally have nine sons, 18 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren; son Scott (Edie) and their son Matt; John, Jr. and children Ryan and Megan; Andy (Nancy) and children Jack, Michael and Katherine; Bruce (Joy) and children Brandon, John and Joseph; Brian (Brenda) and children Claire, Lucy and Henry; Doug and children Tiffany and Sarah; Don (Jennifer) and children Austin and Thomas; David; Michael and children James and Lily.
In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by two brothers he never had the opportunity to know as both died in childbirth. John enlisted in the U.S. Army at age 16 and proudly served his country during World War II in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operations. He appreciated Harry Truman for ending the war that took the lives of so many of his generation. After his military service, he enrolled at Penn State University graduating from the College of Agriculture in 1953.
John moved to Kansas City upon graduation from Penn State to accept his first job with Swift and Co. During his 17 years at Swift, he rose to being Head Cattle Buyer at the Kansas City Stockyards. John then joined IBP to embark on another 17 years as their cattle buyer in rural Missouri. During his 34+ years in the cattle business, he made many dear friends.
On October 31, 1984, John and four other friends filed the application to found the First National Bank of Lee’s Summit where he continued to serve on the Board of Directors until 2004. John was passionately committed to Lee’s Summit civic causes, where he served in leadership positions for more than a quarter century, including Chair of the 21st Century Strategic Plan, Chair of the Railroad Depot Restoration committee, Chair of the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce, Chair of the Optimist Club, Lee’s Summit Housing Authority board, Jackson County legislator representing Lee’s Summit and Metropolitan Community College board. John was often recognized for his exemplary career including the Truman Heartland Citizen of the Year Award in 1998, the Distinguished Animal Science Alumnus Award from Penn State in 2003 and the Penn State University, College of Agricultural Science, Outstanding Alumni Award for 2011.
John and Sally have worshiped at the First Presbyterian Church in Lee’s Summit for 52 years.
The family thanks John’s doctors, especially Dr. Stanley, Dr. McGhie, Dr. Alm and Dr. Ausmus who provided years of care. Special thanks to Dr. Muehlebach who performed his cardiac bypass surgery nearly 20 years ago. Also, Dr. Capling and the wonderful staff at DaVita who provided life extending dialysis hold a special place in our hearts.
The family greatly appreciates the John Knox Village Care Center during his final months.
The comfort provided by Rev. Michael McCall during the last months of John’s life was truly a gift and blessing from God.
Funeral services were October 10 at First Presbyterian Church in Lee’s Summit. Interment was at the Lee’s Summit Cemetery where military honors will be provided by the Lee’s Summit VFW Post where John was a member for many years. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice in the name of John C. Graham Sr.

Kenneth Lee Swadley
Kenneth Lee Swadley, 86, of Pleasant Hill, was born, July 2, 1931, in Grove Spring, Missouri, the son of Onis and Viola (Williams) Swadley. He departed this life, Friday, October 6, 2017, at home surrounded with love and family.
Ken attended school in Leann, Missouri. In 1951, he was united in marriage to Betty Anne Fleener in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. She preceded him in death on January 10, 2013. Ken was also preceded in death by his parents and three brothers.
Ken had been employed as a butcher for R.B. Rice for 27 years. Following his time with R.B. Rice, he was employed as a warehouseman for Jones/Comcast Intercable and later for R&R Construction.
He enjoyed coon hunting, woodworking and working on small engines.
He is survived by two sons, Mike (and Debbie) Swadley of Pleasant Hill and Rick Swadley of Greenwood; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; seven brothers; two sisters; other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Thursday, October 12, 2017, at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Casket bearers are Don Emo, Paul Miller, Charles Postel, Dale Seaboldt, Randy Sims, Chad Swadley, Karter Swadley and Rick Swadley.
Visitation will be held 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Pleasant Hill Meals on Wheels and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements by StanleyDickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550.

Ronald I. Carter
 Ronald Ira Carter, 75, of Pleasant Hill, was born, June 9, 1942, in Fryatt, Arkansas, the son of Ira and Thelma Ruth (McDonald) Carter. He departed this life Wednesday, October 3, 2017, at the Research Hospital, Kansas City.
 Ron was a 1960 Mammoth Spring Arkansas High School graduate. He furthered his education at the Conway Teachers School, Conway, Arkansas.
 On September 23, 1962, he was united in marriage to Sharon Kay Williams in Kansas City, Missouri.
 Ron was employed as an expeditor for the United States Postal Service, in downtown Kansas City, for over 30 years retiring in 1999, and was a member of the American Postal Workers Union.
 At a young age Ron attended several St. Louis Cardinal Baseball Camps and was sought after by their organization as a left-handed pitcher. He was offered a minor league contract, but turned them down to start a family. He was an avid sports enthusiast and loved all sports, especially the Cardinals. He also loved hunting and fishing.
 Ron was preceded in death by his parents; a half-brother Gerald Carter; and one daughter, Shelly Carter.
 He is survived by his wife, Sharon Carter of the home; one daughter, Denise Carter, of the home; one half-brother, Joe T. Carter of North Kansas City; one sister, Marilyn (and Chuck) Firquain of Olathe, Kansas; four nieces and nephews, Jeffrey Firquain, Alisa (and Eric) Young, Daryn Firquain, and Kayla (and Aaron) Sloop, all of Olathe; several great nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.
 Visitation will be held 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 11, 2017, at the funeral home.
 Private burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
 Memorial contributions are suggested to the Big Creek Baptist Church and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
 Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com.
 Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550.

Joseph “Ray” Embrey
 Joseph “Ray” Embrey, 80, of Kingsville, passed away October 4, 2017 at his home.
 Ray was born January 20, 1937 in Pilot, Grove, MO, the son of Joseph Eugene Embrey and Martha Elenora (Woolledge) Embrey.
 He graduated from Pilot Grove High School and served in the United States Army.
 Ray was united in marriage to Lavond Hobbs on November 21, 195, in Blackwater, Missouri. The couple resided in Blackwater for several years. Then they moved to LaMonte. Ray was a heavy equipment operator for several companies throughout this time. The couple eventually moved to Pleasant Hill.
 During this time, he started Kingsville Redimix Plant and also, Ray Embrey Excavating. In 1973, they moved to an acreage south of Kingsville.
 Ray enjoyed horseback trail riding in years past, fishing, riding his Harley, and more recently, his Honda Gold Wing Trike.
 He is survived by his wife, Lavond; four children: Ralyne Fleeman and husband, Clayton of Pleasant Hill; Dorsey Embrey and wife, Dawn of Lone Jack; Kelly Embrey and Kimberly Embrey, both of Kingsville; sister, Joann Fenical of Booneville; brother, Rex Embrey and wife, Terri of Stantonville, TN; seven grandchildren: Ashlin Owensby and husband, Toby of Pleasant Hill; Zach Fleeman and wife, Courtney of Broomfield, CO; Coleman Embrey and wife, Ernestina of Albuquerque, NM; Barak Embrey of East Troy, WI; Macey Embrey of Monett; Cindy Embrey and fiancé, Dalton Odneal of Lone Jack, and Cat Embrey, also of Lone Jack, and two great grandchildren: Mae Owensby and Cora Joe Owensby. He was preceded in death by his parents.
 Funeral services were October 9, 2017, at Kingsville Baptist Church with Rev. Phil Hopper of Abundant Life Church in Lee’s Summit officiating.
 Interment was at the Holden Cemetery with Military Graveside Honors provided by Holden Veterans of Foreign Wars, Memorial Post #5844; Munday-Hancock Post #90, American Legion; and United States Army Honor Guard.
 In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Serenity Care Hospice.
 Arrangements were entrusted to Williams Funeral Chapel in Holden.
 Online condolences may be left at www.williamsfuneralchapel.net.

L. Frances Wolfe
 Laura Frances Wolfe, 96, of Pleasant Hill, departed this life, Friday, October 6, 2017.
 Visitation will be held 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 10, 2017, at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 11, 2017, at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
 Memorial contributions are suggested to Compassus Hospice and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
 Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com
 Arrangements by StanleyDickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550.

Sharon I. Parker
Sharon I. Parker, 74, of Richmond, Missouri, departed this life Wednesday, September 27, 2017, at the Shirkey Health & Rehabilitation Center, Richmond, surrounded with love and family.
She is survived locally by her son and daughter –in-law, Chuck and Jill Parker, of Pleasant Hill.
Graveside funeral services were held Tuesday, October 3, 2017, at the Richmond Memory Gardens Cemetery.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Shirkey Hospice and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanleydickeyfuneral home.com
Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550.

John D. Gustin
John Dennis Gustin, 72, lifelong resident of Pleasant Hill, was born March 17, 1945, in Pleasant Hill, the son of William C. and Monelle A. (Armstrong) Gustin.
He departed this life, Monday, September 25, 2017, at his home surrounded with love and family. John was a 1963 Pleasant Hill High School graduate.
He proudly served in the Missouri Army National Guard.
On January 8, 1965, he was united to Patricia Ann Johnson in Lee’s Summit. To this union four children, Troy, Travis, Trent and Tricia were born. They later divorced. On September 26, 1992, he was united in
marriage to Patricia Delatorre Villanueva in Pleasant Hill. She survives of the home.
John was employed as a computer programmer for TWA/American Airlines retiring in 2002 after 41 years of service to the company. He served on the Pleasant Hill City Council from October 1972 to October 1976.
He was a proud member of the National Rifle Association and was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing. He was especially fond of his grandchildren and loved spending time with them.
John was preceded in death by his parents; one son Troy Gustin; two sisters, infant Martha Ann Gustin and Betty Gustin-Land.
He is survived by his wife Patty of the home; two sons, Travis Gustin and Trent (and Bobbie) Gustin, both of Pleasant Hill; one daughter Tricia Gustin, of Lee’s Summit; one brother, William (and Sherry) Gustin of Oak Grove; his twin sister, Joan Mitchell of Pleasant Hill; six grandchildren, Jake, Hannah, Troy, Drake, Taylor and Pearl; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.
Visitation was September 29, 2017, at the funeral home. Funeral services were September 30, 2017, at the funeral home. Reverend D. Kent Deubner officiated. Graveside military services and interment followed at Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
Casket bearers were Jeff Cartner, Mark Gustin, Matt Gustin, Travis Gustin, Trent Gustin, Troy Gustin, Doug Homan and Drake Wehmeyer.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the V.F.W. Post #3118 Veterans Relief Fund and may be sent in care of the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanley dickeyfuneralhome.com
Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

Sharon “Kay”(Hatfield) Byrd-Thomas
Kay Byrd-Thomas, 70, longtime resident of Pleasant Hill, passed away September 7, 2017 at Centerpoint Medical Center in Independence.
Kay is survived by one son, Lonnie Byrd and wife Candi of Pleasant Hill; two daughters, Sharon McKinzie of Independence, and Christina Fillmore and Kimberly of Independence; one brother, Junior Busick and wife Judy of Pleasant Hill; two sisters, Cleo Redfern of Mattoon, Illinois, and Dorothy Ponder of Pleasant Hill; seven grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Cremation was accorded and the family hosted a Memorial Service on September 23, at the Family Worship Center in Pleasant Hill.
Cremation arrangements entrusted to the Wallace Funeral home. A complete obituary may be viewed at www.wallace-funeralhomes.com.

Carl Robert “PeeWee” Murry
Carl Robert “PeeWee” Murry 58, of El Dorado Springs. MO passed away Monday, September 18, 2017, at his home surrounded by family and friends.
Carl was born January 2, 1959, in Harrisonville, the son of Eugene and Bonnie (Rector) Murry.
He graduated from Pleasant Hill High School in 1977 and worked as a welder in the area for many years. PeeWee will be remembered by his family, his friends and especially his dog “Hershey,” as one who loved spending time with them in the outdoors, hunting, fishing and camping.
Carl was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Rusty Murry. He is survived by his companion of the home, Cherine Brewer; daughter, Briane Fisher, Adrian;grandchildren, Hunter, Briar and Gauge; two sisters, Brenda Yack, Drexel, and Karen Richardson, Harrisonville; cousin, Carl Ray Murry, Fair Play, MO; and a host of extended family and special friends.
Private family services will be held at a later time.
Friends my view the obituary and send condolences online at www.ferryfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements by Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, MO.

Margaret J. Bricker
 Margaret Jean Bricker, 75, of Pleasant Hill, was born, January 8, 1942, in Belton, the daughter of Charles Franklin “Frank” and Christine (Thompson) Dobson. She departed this life, September 8, 2017, at the Pleasant Hill Health & Rehabilitation Center, surrounded with love and family.
 Margaret started school in Pleasant Hill, later transferring to Harrisonville, where she graduated in 1959.
 On June 3, 1961, she was united in marriage with Larry George Bricker in Pleasant Hill. He preceded her in death on November 25, 1995.
 Margaret was employed as a clerk or Missouri Gas Energy, retiring in 2001 after 29 years of service with the company.
 In high school, she was a gifted athlete, especially basket ball. She loved garage sales and watching just about any sport on T.V.
 Margaret was also preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Teresa “Teri” Bricker; and her brother, Buddie Dobson.
 She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Tina Bricker of Pleasant Hill; her sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy (and Thay) Homan of Pleasant Hill; six grandchildren; one great grandchild; her dog Meika; other relatives and friends.
 Cremation has been accorded.
 Visitation will be held 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, October 1, 2017 at the funeral home.
 Graveside services will be held 10:00 a.m., Monday, October 2, 2017, at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
 Mr. Bill Cotton will officiate.
 Memorial contributions are suggested to the Pleasant Hill Meals on Wheels or the United Way of Pleasant Hill.
 Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com.
 Arrangements by Stanley- Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

Shelly Sue (Freeman) Garten
 Shelly Sue Garten, 48, of Pleasant Hill, passed away September 17, 2017 in Lee’s Summit.
 Shelly is survived by her husband, Paul Michael “Mike” Garten, one son, Brett Michael Lance Garten and one daughter, Kailey Michelle Garten, all of the home; her father, Hollis Wayne Freeman of Lowry City, Missouri; her mother, Ruth Ann Bradley of Springfield; two brothers, Clarence “Buck” Freeman of Lowry City, and Cory Bradley and wife Angela of Springfield. She is also survived by a very loving extended family, as well as, many friends.
 Services for Shelly Sue Garten were held September 21, 2017 at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill. Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Contributions may be made to John Knox Village Hospice or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
 Arrangements entrusted to the Wallace Funeral home, Pleasant Hill. A complete obituary may be viewed at www.wallace-funeralhomes.com.

William C. “Billy” Driskill, Jr.
 William Cecil “Billy” Driskill, Jr., 59, of Pleasant Hill, was born, September 1, 1958, in Buffalo, Missouri, the son of William C. and Arminta A. (Dobson) Driskill. He departed this life, Tuesday, September 19, 2017, at St. Luke’s-East Hospital in Lee’s Summit, surrounded with love and family.
 Billy was a 1977 Pleasant Hill High School graduate.
 On December 17, 1977, he was united in marriage to Belinda Lea James in Pleasant Hill. She survives, although they are no longer married.
 Billy had been employed at AT&T and had also worked for Tasco Construction. At the age of 27, he suffered a spinal injury that left him paralyzed. His disability didn’t deter him from his love of working on old cars, dune buggies and motorcycles. Just recently, he built a bike for his grandchildren.
 Billy was preceded in death by his mother Arminta in 2012, and his brother, Richard in 1990.
 He is survived by his father Bill Driskill, Sr., his son, William Chad Driskill, and his daughter, Misty Driskill, all of Pleasant Hill; his sister, Judith Ann (and Nick) Driskill-Brunstein of Fairview Heights, Illinois; four grandchildren, Travis Roy Ebeck, Jr.; Julia Ann Ebeck, Johnny Driskill and Arminta “Annie” Driskill; one great-grandchild, Bentley Taylor; other relatives and friends.
 Cremation has been accorded. Graveside services and interment were held September 25, 2017 at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
 Reverend Todd MacLean officiated.
 Memorial contributions are suggested to the Pleasant Hill Lay Clergy Council and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
 Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com.
 Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550.

Wesley E. Weland
Wesley E. Weland, 80, of Belton, passed away September 9, 2017, at Kansas City Hospice House in Kansas City.
Funeral services for Wesley E. Weland were – September 14, 2017,
at the Belton Christian Church, with Dr. Jim Bottrell officiating.
Burial was in the Belton, Missouri Cemetery with full military honors provided by the United States Army and V.F.W. Post #3118 Honor Guard.
Arrangements by Wallace Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

Marty (Martha Jane Davis) Erb
Marty Erb (Martha Jane Davis), 62, of Pleasant Hill, and formerly of Aberdeen, South Dakota, left this world on September 2, 2017, while resting peacefully in her own home.
Cremation has been accorded. A private family gathering has been planned.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Raymond Patrick Davis and her nephew, Brian Davis.
She is survived by her four children and their spouses and eight grandchildren: daughters, Stephani Bordner (Nicholas) of Pleasant Hill; Shawn Sklenar (Hans) of Lee’s Summit; sons, Charles and Christopher Erb (Michelle), both of Aberdeen, SD, and her cat, Snickers. Her eight precious grandchildren are Kaitlin, Brett, Jake, Carver, Jane, Eden, McKinley and Charlie.
She is also survived by her sisters, Susan Davis (Judy Ficek), Margaret Stelzer (Richard); her brother, Charles Davis (Sylvia) of Groton, SD, as well as, nieces and nephews.
Leah, Geoffrey, Brandon and Sheryl.
Arrangements entrusted to Wallace Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill. A complete obituary may be viewed at www.wallace-funeralhomes.com.

Margaret Jean Bricker
 Margaret Jean Bricker, 75, of Pleasant Hill, was born, January 8, 1942, in Belton, the daughter of Charles Franklin “Frank” and Christine (Thompson) Dobson. She departed this life, Friday, September 8, 2017, at the Pleasant Hill Health & Rehabilitation Center, surrounded with love and family.
 Margaret started school in Pleasant Hill; later transferring to Harrisonville where she graduated in 1959.
 On June 3, 1961, she was united with Larry George Bricker in Pleasant Hill. He preceded her in death on November 25, 1995.
 Margaret was employed as a clerk for Missouri Gas Energy, retiring in 2001 after 29 years of service with the company.
 In high school, she was a gifted athlete, especially basket ball. She loved garage sales and watching just about any sport on T.V.
 Margaret was also preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Teresa “Teri” Bricker; and her brother, Buddie Dobson.
 She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Tina Bricker of Pleasant Hill; her sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy (and Thay) Homan of Pleasant Hill; six grandchildren; one great grandchild; her dog, Meika; other relatives and friends.
 Cremation has been accorded.
 Visitation will be held 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, October 1, 2017 at the funeral home.
 Graveside services will be held 10:00 a.m. Monday, October 2, 2017, at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
 Mr. Bill Cotton will officiate.
 Memorial contributions are suggested to the Pleasant Hill Meals on Wheels or the United Way of Pleasant Hill.
 Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com
 Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550

Gladys Faye (Kennedy) McDonald-Gillogly
 Gladys Faye (Kennedy) McDonald-Gillogly was born Tuesday, July 27, 1926, in Pleasant Hill, and departed this life, surrounded by the love of her family on September 8, 2017, in Paola, Kansas, at the age of 91 years, one month and 12 days. She was the daughter of Wayne and Ruth (Lancaster) Kennedy.
 Faye was a longtime resident of Pleasant Hill, graduating from Pleasant Hill High School in 1944. On January 9, 1946, she was united in marriage with Robert Wayne McDonald in Sedalia, Missouri.
After their marriage Faye and Robert lived in Raytown for about 15 years before moving back to Pleasant Hill. Mr. Robert McDonald preceded Faye in death on November 24, 1986.
 Faye worked at Lake City and Bendix before taking a position with Western Electric as a layout operator. She worked for Western Electric for 20 years before her retirement.
 On January 28, 1991, Faye was united in marriage with Floyd Russell Gillogly in Miami, Okla., and they made their home in Kansas. Mr. Gillogly passed away on June 26, 2005, and Faye continued to live in Kansas until her death.
 In addition to both of her husbands, Faye was preceded in death by her parents, Wayne and Ruth Kennedy; her brother, Roy Kennedy, and her sister, Elizabeth Garry.
 She is survived by two daughters, Teresa Rogers of Pleasant Hill, and Diane Karna and husband Rick of Azle, Texas; one step-son, Don Gillogly of Drexel; three step-daughters, Anna Abney of Kansas, Alice Houston of Wisconsin and Karen Gillogly also of Kansas; five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, 11 step-grandchildren, 21 step great-grandchildren, 12 step great-great-grandchildren, other relatives and a host of friends.
 Funeral service for Faye McDonald-Gillogly will be at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 13, 2017. at Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill with Elder Duane Rogers, officiating.
 Casket bearers will be Daniel Karna, Kyle Karna, Caleb Rogers, Cameron Rogers, Pat Garry and Mike Kennedy. Honorary Bearers are Emily Mallinson, Cambria Rogers, Elijah and Willow Karna. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends prior to service time from 12:30 p.m. until service time at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
 The family suggests contributions “In Memory of Faye McDonald-Gillogly” to Vintage Park of Paola/Activity Fund, 601 N. East Street, Paola, Kansas 66071, or may be left at the funeral home.
 Arrangements by Wallace Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill. A complete obituary may be viewed at www.wallace-funeralhomes.com.

Tina K. LaClair
Tina Kay LaClair, 59, of Pleasant Hill, was born August 28, 1958, the daughter of Floyd and Carol Fields. She departed this life Monday, August 28, 2017, at her home.
Tina was a 1976 Blue Springs High School graduate. She later earned her Certified Nursing Assistants degree from Longview Community College.
On December 22, 1983, she was united in marriage to Darrell Ray LaClair in Raytown.
She was employed as a nurse at the Belton Regional Medical Center. She and her husband Darrell also owned and operated the Texas Twister and Bloomin Onion concession trailer, attending numerous fairs and events throughout the state. She enjoyed working with stained glass, making jewelry, hunting and fishing.
Tina was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her husband Darrell, of the home; several nephews and great niece, she thought of as her own children; nephews, Lonnie Williams and Kermit Williams; great nephews, Brett Wayne Williams and Eric Williams; her great-niece, Riley Williams; other relatives and friends.
Per Tina’s wishes cremation has been accorded. No services are scheduled.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Belton Regional Medical Center and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550.

Monroe “Clark” Gilbert
 Monroe “Clark” Gilbert, age 80 of Adrian, Missouri died August 29, 2017, at his home. He was born October 11, 1936, to Ervin Franklin Gilbert and Addie Pauline Rutherford Gilbert in Breen, Colorado.
 Clark was one of 10 children and grew up near Bayfield, Colo., although they did some moving around. He graduated from Bayfield High School in 1954. On June 18, 1960, he was united in marriage to Vera Ann Prior in Durango, Colo. and to this union three children were born.
 Clark served in the United States Army from June, 1956, until he was honorably discharged in March, 1962. He also worked for Otis
Elevator Co from June, 1960, until he retired May, 1994.
 Clark was dedicated to his family and children. He has resided in Adrian since 1990. Clark attended Echo Church in Pleasant Hill. Clark enjoyed fishing, gardening, wine making, playing cards and the Royals and Chiefs. His grandchildren and great-grandchildren were an important part of his life; he loved spending time with his family.
 Clark is survived by two daughters, Traci DePeralta and husband Stephen of Adrian, and Heidi Gilbert of Adrian; a brother, Millard Gilbert and wife Shirley of California; a sister, Sally Powell and husband Butch of New Mexico; a sister, Judy Beaten and husband Tommy of Colorado; a sister, Salina Church and husband Jim of Oregon; a brother, Paul Gilbert of Colorado; a brother, Albert Gilbert of Colorado; a brother, Terry Gilbert and wife Lynn of Colorado; two grandchildren, Ebony Shaffer and husband Curtis of Pleasant Hill, and Stephen Michael DePeralta and wife Elizabeth of Porter, Texas; and four great-grandchildren. Ella and Evelyn Shaffer and Xander and Michael DePeralta. He was preceded in death by his wife, mother and father, a son, Mitchell Gilbert; a brother, Gene Gilbert and a sister, Patsy Lou Gilbert; many nieces and nephews.
 Memorial services were September 2, 2017, at the Echo Church in Pleasant Hill. Reverend Shawn Gray officiated. Inurnment in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
 Contributions in lieu of flowers to Echo Church.
 Arrangements by Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555)
Butler, Missouri.

Lawrence F. Christese
 Lawrence Floyd Christesen, 82, of rural Harrisonville, was born October 16, 1934, on the family farm, established in 1912, north of Harrisonville, the son of Albert and Nora Bell (Kagarice) Christesen.  He departed this life, Monday, August 28, 2017, at his home surrounded with love and family.
 Lawrence was united in marriage to Florence Neveda “Veda” Wussow in December, 1955. To this union, three children were born: Rodney, Kirby and Lawrence Leslie; they divorced in 1978.
 In 1983, he was united in marriage to Sandra “Sandy” (Anderson) Clark. They have enjoyed 34 years of marriage together.
 He started working at the age of 15, following the death of his father in an automobile accident. He worked on farms milking cows,
mending fence and putting up hay.
 He went on to work in the foundry at the American Scale and Vise Company; later he drove a delivery truck for Coca-Cola. He later worked for Central Co-Op, Pleasant Hill, as a petroleum salesman. He retired in 1997. He was a member of the Hickory Grove Baptist Church.
 Lawrence enjoyed working on things. He was very particular; if it was going to get fixed; it would be right, no matter how long it took. He always said he needed to get paid by the job, not the hour!
 He enjoyed car magazines, especially explaining things to the middle great grandson. He was never idle, always finding something to be done.
 Lawrence was preceded in death by his parents, an infant brother Marion; a half brother, Gene Anderson; his son, Kirby; and one grandson, Jeramiah Christesen.
 He is survived by his wife Sandy, of the home; two sons, Rodney (and Jeanie) Christesen of Harrisonville, and Leslie Christesen of Gravois Mills; step-son Kenny (and Trisha) Clark of Apopka, Florida; five grandchildren, Aubrey Clark of Apopka, Florida; Samantha Clark of Apopka; Alicia (and Damon) Sasyk of Harrisonville; Sara (and Chuck) Littrell of Grain Valley; Krista (and Chris) Kemerling of Harrisonville; six great grandchildren: Hunter and Carter Kemerling, Amelia, Sawyer and Almina Sasyk, and Evelyn Littrell; one brother, Marvin Christesen of Harrisonville; other relatives and friends.
 Funeral services were September 2, 2017, at the funeral home. Reverends Mark Conway and Darryl Jones officiated. Interment in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
 Casket bearers were Leslie Christesen, Kenny Clark, William Jones, Chris Kemerling, Chuck Littrell and Damon Sasyk. Honorary casket bearers were Rodney Christesen, Marvin Christesen, Franklin Foster and Wayne Springer.
 Memorial contributions are suggested to ASANA Hospice and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
 Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com.
 Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550.

Barbara K. Trott
Barbara K. Trott, of Mexico, Mo.; formerly of Pleasant Hill, died at
her home in Mexico, Mo., July 11, 2017.
Barbara was born July 15, 1951, the daughter of Lawrence E. and Margaret C. Trott, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City.
Barbara was a graduate of Pleasant Hill High School. She was retired from U. S. Corps of Engineers and Sprint.
Barbara was a fan of Paul Revere and the Raiders and was president of their fan club through the 70s. She was also an animal lover.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Lawrence E. and Margaret C. Trott.
She is survived by her son, Douglas P. Trott and his wife Amy; her daughter, Jessica Trott and her son-in-law, Brian Clardy; and 10 grandchildren, KayLee Hawley, Aaron Hawley, Bryan Hawley, Wesley Trott, MarLee Trott, Abel Trott, Samantha Clardy, Allen Wright, Jade Clardy and Logan Clardy.
The family will have a memorial service for Barbara, August 26, 2017, and will bury her urn with her parents at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Doug and Amy will host a Celebration of Barbara’s life at their home, following the memorial service.

Barbara J. Sims
 Barbara Jean Sims, 81, of Pleasant Hill, was born, March 20, 1936, in Kansas City, the daughter of Walter Rush and Edna Vern (Lyons) Ewing. She departed this life, Wednesday, August 23, 2017, at her daughter’s home surrounded with love and family.
 Barbara was a 1956 Southeast High School graduate. On September 21, 1957, she was united in marriage to James Dickson Sims, Jr. in Henrietta, Oklahoma; he preceded her in death on April 4, 1985.
 She spent most of her life in Kansas City and the Grandview area, before moving to Pleasant Hill in 2003.
 She was employed as a hostess and waitress for several Kansas City restaurants. She was a former member of the Heartland Tabernacle in Belton and a current and active member of the Grace Family Fellowship in Pleasant Hill. She enjoyed road trips, dining out, going to church, especially Bible study, and spending time with her family.
 Barbara was also preceded in death by her parents and one daughter, Sharon Ross in 1999; five brothers, Roy, Lloyd, Gene, Ronnie and Lee; and one sister, Edna Vern Smith.
 She is survived by two daughters, Loretta Butricks and Janet Zumwalt, both of Pleasant Hill; six grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; other relatives and friends.
 Funeral services were August 28, 2017, at the funeral home. Rev. Wyatt Shanks officiated. Graveside services were Monday, August 28, 2017, at the Leavenworth National Cemetery. Casket bearers
were Brandon Cantwell, Jeremiah Hall, Joshua Hall, William Ross, Jr. and Michael Zumwalt.
 Memorial contributions are suggested to the Pleasant Hill Meals on Wheels and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
 Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com.
 Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, Missouri. 64080 (816) 540-5550.

Kevin M. Zaner
 Kevin Michael Zaner, 53, of Raytown, was born September 26, 1963, in Kansas City, the son of Dan and Susan (Hutto) Zaner. He departed this life Wednesday, August 23, 2017, at his home.
 Kevin was a 1981 Raytown South High School graduate. He went on to earn his Bachelor’s degree from DeVry University.
 He was employed at CNTRIQ University as a technical instructor for many years.
 He was an avid golfer and was currently working for the Heart of America Golf Course. He also enjoyed reading and watching the Royals and Chiefs. He had been active in the Boy Scouts and was an Eagle Scout and a warrior in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say.
 He is survived by his parents Dan and Susan Zaner, of Pleasant Hill; two daughters, Emily Zaner of Ft. Worth, Texas, and Sophia Zaner, of Corpus Christi, Texas; siblings John (and Julie) Zaner of Boerne, Texas; Julie (and Dennis) Bird of Kansas City, and Laura Zaner of Raytown; several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles; other relatives and friends.
 Recitation of the Rosary will be held 8:30 a.m. Saturday, September 2, at the St. Bridget Catholic Church, Pleasant Hill, where
visitation will be held 9:00 a.m. until service time.
 Mass of Christian burial will be held 10:00 a.m. at the church. Monsignor Robert Murphy will officiate. Burial will be in the Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
 Casket bearers are Dennis Byrd, Chris Duncan, Tim Duncan, Greg Gratton, Tom Gratton, Mike Stockman and Steve Stockman.
 In lieu of flowers the family suggests contribution in Kevin’s name be made to Catholic Charities or St. Bridget Parish.
 Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com.
 Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550.

Alice (Roach) LaHue
 Alice (Roach) LaHue was born February 3, 1923, in rural Holden, and departed this life on August 25, 2017, at her home in Pleasant Hill, at the age of 94 years, six months and 22 days.
 She was the daughter of George W. and Evangeline Gertrude (Meador) Roach.
 Alice spent most of her life in the Holden area, graduating from Holden High School in 1940.
 On May 21, 1954, Alice was united in marriage with Albert W. LaHue in Holden. After their marriage, they made their home in Holden. Mr. LaHue passed away on November 20, 2008, and Alice continued to live in the family home until 2011 when she moved to Pleasant Hill to make her home with her daughter and son-in-law, Sue and David Hancock.
 During the early years of her marriage, Alice was a full time homemaker, later she worked at Holden Sundries for ten years.
 Alice was a member of the United Methodist Church of Holden, Missouri.
 Alice enjoyed doing crossword and jigsaw puzzles. She also liked to quilt and sew. But, above all else, Alice was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother.
 In addition to her husband, Alice was preceded in death by her parents, George and Evangeline Roach; one brother, George A. Roach; one sister, Mary Anna Corkran and one granddaughter, Christy Lynn (Hancock) Braccino on August 13th of this year.
 She is survived by four daughters, Sue Hancock and husband David of Pleasant Hill, Linda Hayes of Holden, Mary Howe of Knob Noster, and Sandy Howard and husband Thurl of Leeton, MO; six grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.
 Cremation has been accorded. Graveside service for Alice LaHue will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, September 1, 2017 at the Holden Cemetery, Holden, with Chaplain Robert Ernsting, of Three Rivers Hospice, officiating.
 The family of Alice LaHue suggests contributions to Three Rivers Hospice, 1604 NW Mock Ave., Unit C, Blue Springs, Missouri 64015
 Arrangements by Wallace Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

Jane Ingels Daniel
Jane Ingels Daniel, 90, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, passed away on August 10, 2017. Formerly of Pleasant Hill, she was born on July 25, 1927, the fourth child of Boone Ingels Sr. and Dorothy Buckner Ingels.
She graduated from Pleasant Hill High School with the class of 1944. She studied at the University of Kansas City, graduating with a Bachelors in Music in 1948. She continued her education at the Kansas State College of Pittsburg, KS, receiving a Masters in Music in 1966.
Ms. Daniel was an accomplished musician, particularly gifted on the viola. She worked as a music instructor at the New School of Music in Cambridge for over 40 years. She gave private lessons in her Authentic Artists Studio and performed in the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and other musical venues throughout her musical career.
Ms. Daniel was married to Thomas Bruce Daniel from 1954-1971. They had two sons, Kermit Erik Daniel of New York and Grant Wolfe Daniel. She is also survived by a sister-in-law, Nadine T. Ingles of Pleasant Hill; one niece, Mary Katherine Jenkins of Mauldin, SC; one great niece, Erin Jenkins Hart of Greenville, SC; one nephew, Richard Boone Ingels of Pleasant Hill, one great nephew, Justin Boone Ingels of Athens, GA; and one great niece, Danielle Gail Ingels of Athens, GA. She was preceded in death by her parents, Boone Ingels Sr. and Dorothy Buckner Ingels, a sister Rose Mary, who lived for only a few hoursm a brother Boone Inels Jr., and a sister Mary Margaret Ingels.
Interment will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Christy Lynn (Hancock) Braccino
 Christy L. (Hancock) Braccino, 44, of Pleasant Hill, passed away August 13, 2017, at her home, after a courageous life-long battle with several debilitating illnesses. As always, she was surrounded by the strength and love of her family.
 Memorial services for Christy Braccino were held August 18, 2017, at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill with Rev. Harold Johnson officiating.
 Christy was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Marion and Virginia Hancock and her maternal grandfather, Albert LaHue.
 She is survived by her parents, David and Sue Hancock, her husband, Joe Braccino and her maternal grandmother, Alice LaHue, all of Pleasant Hill. She is also survived by aunts, uncles, cousins, other
relatives and many friends.
 Arrangements by Wallace Funeral home. A complete obituary may be viewed at www.wallace-funeralhomes.com.

Karen K. (Franse) Nannen
 Karen K. Nannen, 75 of Cleveland, MO passed away August 13, 2017, at Kansas City Hospice House.
 Funeral services for Karen K. Nannen, were held at August 17, 2017, at the First Baptist Church of Cleveland, with Rev. Brad Meredith officiating.
 The family received friends on Wednesday evening at the church. She is survived by her husband, Carl Nannen; son, Derek Hunter; sister, Sandra Sue Zumwlt; seven granddaughters, Nichole McIntire, Asia Murray, Jami Hunter, Burgandy Thomas, Shelby Hunter, Ashley Hampton and Madison Hunter.
 Arrangements by Wallace Funeral home. A complete obituary may be view at www.wallace-funeralhomes.com.

Esther Niemeyer
 Esther Niemeyer, 92, of Concordia, formerly of Pleasant Hill, died Sunday, August 13, 2017 at Western Missouri Medical Center in Warrensburg.
 Esther Ida Regina Bollmeyer was born September 21, 1924 in Corder, the daughter of the late Henry and Meta (Hartwig) Bollmeyer. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith.
 After graduation from Corder High School, she moved to Kansas City and later married Ray Niemeyer on January 1, 1947. She worked for Morton Salt for 17 years, retiring in 1975.
 She and Ray were founding members of Amazing Grace Lutheran Church in Pleasant Hill, close to the Greenwood farm home they built in 1975.
 Survivors include nieces and nephews.
 She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, parents, and sisters, Elsie Flandermeyer, Olinda Knight, Wilma Agnew, Irene Dittmer, Anna Serzynski and Helen Salyer.
 Memorial graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 26, 2017 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery in Concordia. There will be no visitation.
 In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to The Lutheran Hour Ministries, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, or Amazing Grace Lutheran Church in care of Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home. An online guestbook is available at www.campbell-lewis.com.

Rockford A. “Rock” Sims
 Rockford A. “Rock” Sims, age 84, passed away on August 16, 2017, at his home in Exeter, Missouri. Mr. Sims, son of Willy and Velma (Swadley) Sims, was born on May 18, 1933, in Stone County, Missouri.
 Mr. Sims was a U.S. Army veteran. He lived in Pleasant Hill and worked as a butcher for R.B. Rice Sausage Company in Lee’s Summit for 30 years prior to his retiring and moving to Exeter.
 He married Sue Floyd on December 15, 1995, in Miami, Oklahoma.
 Subsequent to his move to Barry County, he worked for the City of Purdy.
 He enjoyed hunting, especially coyote hunting.
 Survivors include his wife, Sue Sims, of Exeter; one son, Randy Sims and his wife Debbie, of Pleasant Hill; one daughter, Rhonda Stone and her husband Stan, of Independence; two step-sons, Jeff Russell and his wife Tracie, of Republic, and Ben Russell, of Springfield; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
 Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Pleasant Hill, at a later date.
 Memorials may be made to Oxford Hospice and entrusted to the White Funeral Home and Crematory in Cassville. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of White Funeral Home and Crematory, Cassville, Missouri.

Paula Sue Boothe
 Paula Sue Boothe, of Pleasant Hill, formerly of Lexington, passed away on August 18, 2017, at the Lee’s Summit Pointe Health and Rehabilitation Center.
 Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, August 26, 2017 at the Walker- Nadler-Fuller Funeral Home, 1720 S. St., Lexington, MO, 64067, 660-259-2245.
 Visitation will be held one hour prior from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., August 26, 2017 at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Memorial Park Cemetery in Lexington.
 In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Shriners Hospitals
for Children or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
 Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.nadlerfullerfh.com or on our Facebook Page.
 Paula was born on September 9, 1958, in Lexington, to Joe Henry and Rose Mary (Schwermer) Boothe. She attended the First Baptist Church in Kansas City.
 In addition to spending time with family, Paula enjoyed music and all of the special meals prepared by her mother.
 Paula is survived by her mother, Rose Mary Duffett of Pleasant Hill; her father, Joe Henry Boothe of Liberty; a brother, Robert “Bob” Duffett and wife Pam of Edmonds, Washington; and two nephews. Paula was preceded in death by her step-father, Charles M. Duffett.

June M. Schmoll
 June Marcella Schmoll, 87, Pleasant Hill, departed this life on Monday, August 21, 2017, at Golden Years in Harrisonville.
 She was born September 19, 1929, in Johnson County, Missouri, the first of four children born to Lee Willet and Thelma (Crabtree) Phelps.
 June’s parents farmed in the Holden area for more than 30 years, then operated Western Auto stores in Holden and Pleasant Hill, from 1958 to 1969, before moving to Blue Springs, where Lee served on the board of the Blue Springs Bank.
 June attended school in the Leeton area and graduated in 1947 from College High School at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. She attended Graceland College, Lamoni, Iowa, for one year before continuing her nursing education at the former Independence Sanitarium & Hospital. She met her future husband on a blind date and suspended her education when they decided to marry.
 Ernie and June exchanged vows October 23, 1949, at the Holden RLDS (Community of Christ) Church. With the help of a GI loan, they began farming in 1956 with 240 acres, a house, two old barns and nine Holstein heifers.
 Over the years, their farming operation known as Pine-Crest Farms, located southeast of Pleasant Hill, grew to more than 1,600 acres of row crops as well as livestock and registered Holstein dairy cattle. They were the owners of a number of prize dairy cows, which they enjoyed showing throughout the Midwest.
 They received the District Balanced Farming Award in 1962 and were named Outstanding Farm Family by the University of Missouri Agricultural Economics Club in 1982.
 June served for many years on the Cass County Extension Council. She was active in the Merry Matrons community club and the Pleasant Hill Community of Christ Church, where her husband served as an elder and pastor for many years.
 She enjoyed gardening and flower arranging, often helping decorate the church for services and special occasions. She was a loving, hard-working and kind wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and an anchor for her family and friends.
 In addition to their three daughters, Ernie and June provided a home for his nephews, Terry and David Betts, after the death of Ernie’s sister, Mary Catherine Betts, in 1971.
 Before Ernie’s death on December 25, 2007, they enjoyed traveling, spending time with family, and wintering at their second home in south Texas.
 She leaves three daughters, Donna (Larry) Pfautsch of Harrisonville, Sheryl (Bob) Young of Des Moines, Iowa, and Janet (Terry) Meyer of Pleasant Hill; two sisters, Lois (Les) Shaw of Toronto, Canada, and Pebble (Ed) Murray of Blue Springs; a brother, Adrian (Carolyn) Phelps of Holden; eight grandchildren, Tobias (Katie) Ford, Emily (Rodney) Boyd, Jesse (Jennie) Young, Hanna (Matt) Piepel, Nellie (Justin) Simon, Jubil Young, Tanner (McKenzie) Meyer and Jake (Alexis) Meyer; ten great-grandchildren, Zachary and Alexander Boyd, June, Faye and Leon Piepel, Wilha and Fern Simon, Elsie and Sloan Young, and Emma Meyer; and many friends and other relatives.
 The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., Thursday, August 24, at the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.
 Services will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, August 25, at the Pleasant Hill Community of Christ Church. Burial will be in Staley Mound Cemetery, southeast of Pleasant Hill.
 The family suggests memorials to the Staley Mound Cemetery or the Pleasant Hill Community of Christ Church in care of the funeral home.
 Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550.

John Eugene Hempfling
John Eugene Hempfling of Pleasant Hill, died suddenly August 5, 2017, at the age of 64. Born on August 28, 1952 in Kansas City, John was a Vietnam Navy veteran and business owner.
He was a creative problem solver and a lover of Chinese food with a great sense of humor. He spent his time answering HVAC calls and gardening and will be dearly missed.
He was preceded in death by his father, Harvey B. Hempfling; grandmother, Bertha D. Bouyear; and brother, Michael B. Hempfling.
He is survived by his children, Holly Hempfling, Elizabeth Hempfling, Amanda Hempfling and Joseph Hempfling; his children’s mother, Kathy Hempfling; mother, Lura Hempfling; sisters, Patricia Harvey and Leslie Cobb; three grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.
Memorial service will be held at Strasburg Cemetery in Strasburg, on August 19 at noon, followed by lunch at the Pleasant Hill VFW Post 3118.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Call (Firstcallkc.org), a not-for-profit resource specializing in helping and educating families and individuals affected by the disease of addiction.
Cremation services were provided by Cremation Society of Kansas City.

Jeremy Hansen, Jr.
 Jeremy Robert Hansen, Jr., 20, of Pleasant Hill, was born, December 16, 1996, in Ft. Riley, Kansas, the son of Jeremy R. and Jennifer L. (Barela) Hansen, Sr. He departed this life August 5, 2017, in Stockton, Missouri.
 Jeremy had attended the Pleasant Hill High School. He was currently employed as sawmill operator for Universal Forest Products in Harrisonville. He was a member of the Crossroads Church, Harrisonville. He was quiet and reserved, but loved music.
 He is survived by his father, Jeremy Hansen, Sr. of Bates City; mother and step-father, Jennifer and Randall Bowen of Pleasant Hill; his brother, Ethan Hansen of Pleasant Hill; paternal grandparents, Herbert and Emelyn Hansen of Bates City; maternal grandparents, Steve and Juanita Horton of Blue Springs; other relatives and friends.
 Cremation has been accorded. A memorial service was held, August 12, 2017, at the funeral home. Rev. Garrett Widner officiated. The family received friends following the service at a luncheon at the V.F.W. Post #3118, Pleasant Hill.
 Memorial contributions are suggested to the Joshua House and may be sent in care of the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com.
 Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill.

Robert William Dierking
 Robert William Dierking, 89, of Pleasant Hill, formerly of Concordia, was born December 30, 1927, in Concordia, the son of Theodore and Clara (Oetting) Dierking. He departed this life, August 8, 2017, at the Missouri Veteran’s Home, Warrensburg.
 Robert was a Concordia High School graduate. He was a United States Navy Veteran, serving on the U.S.S. New Jersey. Following his time in the service, he returned home to his parent’s dairy farm.
 On October 15, 1955, he was united in marriage to Amary Jean Flandermeyer at the St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Ernestville, Missouri. To this union, one son Kent Dierking, was born.
 They sold the family farm in 1959 and moved to Kansas City where he worked for the W.C. Tingle Company, a wholesale distributing company for Armstrong Linoleum. He worked for W. C. Tingle for over 30 years, retiring in 1995.
 He was a gifted organist and served the Lord for over 65 years, playing at the St. John Lutheran Church, Emma, Missouri, the Peace Lutheran Church, Kansas City, and the St. Matthew Church, Lee’s Summit.
 Robert was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Dolores Jenkins; and an infant brother.
 He is survived by his wife, Jean of Pleasant Hill; his son and daughter-in-law Kent and Susanne Dierking, of Pleasant Hill; three grandchildren, Cody Dierking of Macon; Jacob Dierking and Kaitlin Dierking, both of Pleasant Hill; one brother, Lester Dierking of Concordia; one sister, Eunice Wilkens of Concordia; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.
 Visitation was held August 11, 2017, at the St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Lee’s Summit. Funeral services were held at the church. Rev. Otto Craig officiated.
 Graveside military services and interment were held at the St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery, Concordia.
 Casket bearers were Cody Dierking, Jacob Dierking, Danny Vaughn, Erik Wilkens, Kurt Wilkens and Kyle Wilkens.
 Honorary casket bearers were Donald Dedeke, Keith Dierking, Danny Jenkins, Richard Jenkins, Ron Jenkins and Larry Jenkins.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the St. Matthew Church Building Fund and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com.
 Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill.

Jerry Kanies
Jerry Kanies, 79 of Pleasant Hill, passed away August 1, 2017, at his home. Cremation has been accorded.
The family of Jerry Kanies will host a Celebration of Life on Saturday, August 26, 2017, at the Pleasant Hill City Lake.
Jerry was preceded in death by one son, Mike Kanies; his parents, August and Mary Kanies; one brother, Joe, and six sisters, Mary Magdalen, Gertie, Monica, Rita, Madonna and Lavonne.
He is survived by his wife, Pat Kanies of the home; two sons, Tony Kanies of Blue Springs, and Bobby Kanies and Simone Fort of Lee’s Summit; two daughters, Vicky VanLue and husband Brad of Rayville, and Nancy Laning and husband Clifford of Pleasant Hill; one brother, Bernard Kanies and wife Lee of Independence; 10 grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.
Cremation arrangements entrusted to Wallace Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.
A complete obituary may be viewed at www.wallace-funeralhomes.com.

Jeremy Hansen, Jr.
 Jeremy Hansen, Jr., 20, of Pleasant Hill, died August 5, 2017. Arrangements are pending. Service times and a complete obituary will be published online at www.stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com as that information becomes available.
 A complete obituary will be published in next week’s edition of the
Pleasant Hill Times.
 Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550.

Juanita G. (Gustin) Nickols
Juanita Nickols was born February 15, 1938. She, along with her twin sister, Anita, were the first set of twins born at Freeman Hospital in Joplin. Juanita departed this life on July 27, 2017, at John Knox Village Hospice House at the age of 79 years, five months and 12 days.
She was the daughter of Lemuel Lewis and Lillian Louise (Schultz) Gustin.
Juanita spent her younger years in Pierce City, Missouri and graduated Pierce City High School. After graduation, she moved to St. Louis where she worked for an insurance agency.
On August 27, 1960, she was united in marriage with Everette Paul Nickols in Pierce City, and shortly after their marriage, they moved to Pleasant Hill.
Before her retirement in 1994, Juanita was a Quality Assurance Specialist for the I.R.S.
Juanita was a member of the First Baptist Church of Pleasant Hill, and was also a member of The National Association of Federal Workers. She was a tireless and faithful volunteer for several organizations, including Meals on Wheels, American Cancer Society, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the American Diabetes Association. Juanita was also a member of the original Lone Jack Housewives Bowling League, which later became the Senior League.
Juanita was preceded in death by her husband, Everette Paul Nickols on September 29, 2002, and her parents, Lemuel Lewis and Lillian Louise Gustin.
She is survived by two sons, Lewis Paul Nickols and wife, Becky, and Rob Nickols and wife, Maria, all of Pleasant Hill; her twin sister, Anita Rhea and husband Bill of Lone Jack; two sisters-in-law, Edna Wood of Downey, Calif., and Juanita Langford of Monet, Missouri; five grandchildren, Victoria and Anastatia Nickols and Levi Gilmore, all of Pleasant Hill; Justin Gilmore, of Kettering, Ohio, and Matthew Gilmore, of Appleton City; nine great-grandchildren; two nieces, Lisa Wilson of Lone Jack and Cindi Meyer of Kansas City Kansas; other relatives and many friends.
Cremation was accorded. The family of Juanita Nickols received friends from 6 – 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill.
Contributions “In Memory of Juanita Nickols” may be made to Village Hospice, 1001 NW Chipman Road, Lee’s Summit, Missouri 64081, or may be left at the funeral home.
Arrangements by Park Lawn Funeral Home 816-523-1234

Nelta K. Brock
 Nelta K. Brock, 61, of East Lynne, died July 28, 2017.
 Nelta graduated from Pleasant Hill High School in 1974. She worked for Crabtree and Harmon Bus Company and also Apple Bus Company. She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Michael L. Brock; children James Brock and Micheal Roth; and grandchildren Aaron Flanagan and Aiden Roth.
 Visitation will be 12 p.m., service at 1 p.m., Thursday, August 3, at Park Lawn, 8251 Hillcrest Rd.; burial in Green Lawn Cemetery.
 Arrangements by Wallace Funeral Homee in Pleasant Hill.

Alexander J. “A. J.” Hayes
Alexander J. “A.J.”, “Pete” Hayes, 90, of Columbia, formerly of Pleasant Hill, was born August 12, 1926, in Pleasant Hill, the son of Jesse Cleveland and Lola Alta (Small) Hayes.
He departed this life, July 16, 2017, at his home in Columbia.
A.J. was a 1944 Pleasant Hill High School graduate. He was a U.S. Army WWII Veteran serving in the Pacific Theatre.
On January 1, 1947, he was united in marriage to Maxine Hitt in Greenwood. She preceded him in death on July 23, 1979. On Jan. 23, 1981, he was united in marriage to Marilyn (Henry) (Chambers) in Branson.
A.J. was employed as a paint department supervisor for General Motors Leads Plant for 31 years and as a greeter at Sam’s Club for 20 years.
He was a Life Member and Past Commander of the Veteran’s of Foreign Wars Post #3118; a former member of the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church; a member of the Calvary Baptist and the Centerpoint Churches in Columbia. He had also served on the Pleasant Hill R-3 School Board for 18 years.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, cards, dominos, reading, watching the Royals, Chiefs and Mizzou football and basketball and was a talented woodcarver. He especially loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A.J. was also preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Jesse Hayes and Jay Hayes; and three sisters, Audrey Hayes, Evalyn Hale and Ruth Kingsolver; and one step-son, James Chambers.
He is survived by his wife Marilyn of Columbia; two children, Carole (and Darrell) Gunn of Ankeny, Iowa, and Jim (and Rita) Hayes of Blue Springs; two step-children, Russell (and Tina) Chambers of Columbia, and Lindell (and Catherine) Chambers of Cleveland, Ohio; seven grandchildren, Sarah (and Kevin) Armstrong of San Antonio, Texas; Kelly (and Mitchell) Butler of Ankeny, Iowa; Laura Hayes of Kansas City, Katie Hayes of Chicago, Chelsie (and Seth) Miller of Columbia; Russell (and Addy) Chambers of Columbia, and Lindsey Chambers of Cleveland, Ohio; four great-grandchildren Tinley Armstrong, Brody Butler, Hannah Butler and Gunnar Chambers; two brothers, Jerry (and Josie) Hayes, and Jerrall (and Nancy) Hayes, both of Pleasant Hill; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.
Visitation was July 19, 2017, at Stanley-Dickey funeral home. Funeral services were July 20, 2017, at the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church. Pastor Doug Phillips of the Centerpoint Church, Columbia, officiated.
The Final Salute Ceremony was conducted by the V.F.W. Post #3118. Graveside military services and interment followed in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery with full military honors by the U.S Army and the V.F.W. Post #3118 Honor Guard. Taps were rendered by Eagle Scout Bugler George Montag.
Casket bearers were Allen Hayes, Greg Hayes, Terry Hayes, Clay Hocker, Chuck Kingsolver and Don See.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the National Kidney Foundation and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

Vickie L. (Carter) Bush
 Vickie L. (Carter) Bush was born December 6, 1948, in Independence, and departed this life on July 20, 2017, at her home in Pleasant Hill, surrounded by the love of her family.
 She was the daughter of W.E. Carter, Jr. and Ida Lee (Hartwig) Carter.
 Vickie spent her younger years in Wellington, Missouri, where she attended school. On July 6, 1966, she was united in marriage with Clifford Bush and to this union one daughter, Cindy was born. After their marriage, Vickie and Clifford moved to Pleasant Hill.
 Vickie worked for many years as a cashier at Casey’s in Pleasant Hill, where her smile and outgoing personality made her a favorite with the customers.
 She was a member of St. Luke Evangelical Free Church of Wellington.
 Vickie loved spending time with her family, whether it be hosting family get-togethers at home, or spending time at Pomme de Terre with family and friends; it was what she looked forward to and enjoyed.
 Vickie was preceded in death by her father, W.E. Carter, Jr.; her mother, Ida Lee Carter and one sister, Rickie Lynn Hough.
 She is survived by her husband, Clifford Bush of the home; one daughter, Cindy Fox and husband Steven of Lee’s Summit; two brothers, Ritchie Carter and wife Sue of Pleasant Hill, and Bruce Carter and wife Paula of Wellington; numerous nieces, nephews, other
relatives and many friends.
 Cremation has been accorded and, at Vickie’s request, no services
are scheduled.
 Contributions “In Memory of Vickie Bush” may be made to the family and sent in care of the Wallace Funeral Home, 422 N. Lake Street, Pleasant Hill, MO 64080.
 Arrangements by Wallace Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

A. J. Hayes
Alexander J. (A.J.) Hayes, 90, of Columbia, Missouri, formerly of Pleasant Hill, died July 16, 2017. Visitation will be held 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at the funeral home.
Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m., Thursday, July 20, 2017, at the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church. Interment will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
A complete obituary will be published in next week’s edition of the Pleasant Hill Times and online at www.stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550.

Robert J. Smith
 Robert James Smith, 47, of Pleasant Hill, formerly of Mansfield, Ohio, was born, November 15, 1969, in Mansfield, the son of James Adkins and Belinda Bennett. He departed this life, Saturday, July 15, 2017, at the Lee’s Summit Medical Center.
 Rob was a 1988 Madison High School graduate, Mansfield. He proudly served in the United States Navy.
 Rob was employed as a tow truck operator for
Showtime Tow Co., Miller Towing and Independence Tow, as well as, several other tow companies. He had also worked as a mechanic for Busy Bee in Harrisonville. He proudly volunteered on the Madison Township Volunteer Fire Department.
 He enjoyed fishing, building model cars, cooking (especially BBQ) and working on trucks, car shows, mudding and making jokes at everyone. Above all, Rob most enjoyed spending time with his family. He was loved by many and touched everyone who knew him.
 Rob was preceded in death by his mother, Belinda.
 He is survived by his wife, Tami of Pleasant Hill; six children, Justin Stephens and Amber Stephens, of Mansfield, Ohio, Cearra Smith of Archie; Dacota Smith, Andrea Powell and Siera Powell, of Pleasant Hill; adopted son, Justin “Pookie” Gallegas of Pleasant Hill; his father and step-mother, Jim and Patricia Adkins of Mansfield; one brother, Jamison Adkins of Lucas, Ohio; one sister, Jessica Adkins of Mansfield; paternal grandmother, Helen Adkins of Lucas; 19 grandchildren; other relatives and many friends.
 Cremation has been accorded.
 Rob’s family will host a memorial gathering and Bar-B-Que beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 22, 2017, at their home, 418 Locust St, Pleasant Hill.
 Memorial contributions are suggested to the girls’ education fund and may be sent in care of the funeral home or in care f the Hawthorne Bank, Harrisonville, Missouri.
 Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com.
 Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550.

Raymond P. Kerley
Raymond P. Kerley, formerly of Pleasant Hill, passed away peacefully at his home on May 23, 2017.
He was 72 years of age.
A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, July 22, in Pleasant Hill at the First Christian Church at 11:00 a.m., with visitation at 10:00 a.m.
He is survived by his wife, Sue, of the home, his two daughters, Emily Presnell and husband, Kerry; Evelyn Goes and husband Andy; one grandson, Korey Presnell; and two granddaughters, Katie Lynne Goes and Karly Rae Goes; two sisters, two brothers and many nieces and nephews. K. Kerry Presnell will officiate.

Steven C. Crantz
Steven Crantz, 61, formerly of Pleasant Hill, died June 16, 2017.
He is survived by his wife, Julie Crantz; sons, David Snyder-Crantz and Shawn (and Jessie) Watkins; brother, Todd Crantz; sisters, Miriam Smith, and Susan Howe; granddaughter, Jolene Watkins; nieces, Heidi Webber, Hannah Webber, Jamie Howe Doughty, Nichole Howe Harding; aunt and uncles, Mike and Carol Clark, Sam Clark, Mike Clark and Phil Clark; other relatives and friends.
The family will host a memorial service 2:00 p.m., Saturday, July 15 at the Unity Village-Philmore Chapel, Lee’s Summit.
Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill, (816) 540-5550 www.stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com.

Gilbert L. LeClaire
Gilbert L. LeClaire, 66, Independence, passed away July 9, 2017. Gilbert was born Nov. 20, 1950, in Sedalia. He was a dispatcher for B & H Freight Lines, where he worked for 36 years until his recent illness.
He was a U.S. Army veteran. He enjoyed riding and working on motorcycles and loved spending time with his family.
Gilbert was preceded in death by his wife, Angela LeClaire. He is survived by daughters, Christie Maddux and husband Mike, Pleasant Hill; Amanda Manus and husband, Travis, son Andrew LeClaire and wife, Lindsey, all of Independence; sisters, Edie Schrill and husband, Harold; Linda Winfrey, all of Warsaw; half-brother, Danny; half-sisters, Julie, Terry and Michelle; step-brother, Ernie and grandchildren, Viola, Lexi, Michael, Kaitlynn, Tailynn, Shailynn, Steven and many other family members.
Memorial services will be Saturday, July 15, at 3 p.m, at Carson-Speaks Chapel. Cremation. Visitation will begin at 1:30 p.m. before the service at the chapel.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to Crossroads Hospice, 14310 East 42nd Street South, Unit 600, Independence, Missouri 64055.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.speakschapel.com. Arrangements by Carson-Speaks Chapel, 1501 W. Lexington Ave., Independence, 816-252-7900.

George Patrick (Saki) Gress
George Patrick (Saki) Gress, 83, of Kansas City, passed away on July 4, 2017, at the Missouri Veterans Home in Warrensburg, from pneumonia as a complication from Lewy Body Dementia.
George was born on November 23, 1933, in Sabetha, KS to Rose Becker Gress and George F. Gress. He graduated from Saints Peter and Paul High School in Seneca, KS on May 18, 1951.
He married K’Lynne Clements on June 11, 1960, at the Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Seneca. They resided in Kansas City their entire married life where they raised their three children and celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary.
George enlisted in the US Army and served (1956-58) most of his tour in Germany. He was a carpenter and retired from Walter L. Monroe Construction Company in 1991. He was a member of the Saint Catherine of Siena Catholic Church of Kansas City for 56 years.
He is survived by his wife K’Lynne Clements Gress and their children, Debby Huffman (Randy) of Beaumont, TX; Dean Gress (Karla) of Melissa, TX; Scott Gress (Sheri) of Pleasant Hill; brothers, Omer Gress and Melvin (Red) Gress (Florence), both of Yakima, WA; grandchildren: Adam, Dave, Austen, Abbye and Ayden Gress; great grandson: Maxwell Gress; step grandchildren: Megan Chambers (Jason), Justin Myrick (Danielle), Patience Huffman, step greatgranddaughter: Julieta Chambers and many nieces and nephews.
George was preceded in death by his parents George and Rose Gress, and sisters Mildred McCaffrey and Rosemary Olberding.
Rosary, visitation and Mass were held, July 10, 2017 at the St. Catherine Siena Catholic Church, Kansas City.
Inurnment at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery, Seneca.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the Lauer Funeral Home 212 S. 4th Street, Seneca, KS 66538 for the Missouri Veterans Home at Warrensburg or Crossroads Hospice Care, Kansas City MO.
Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

Tracy Lynn Michael
Tracy Lynn Michael of Pleasant Hill, was born November 25, 1965, in Chanute, Kansas, the daughter of George Leroy and Karyn Sue (Townsley) Bower. She departed this life on July 1, 2017 at Lee’s Summit Medical Center, surrounded by love and family, at the age of 51 years.
Tracy was employed as an account representative for American Family Insurance at the Tim Ramer Agency in Harrisonville, until 2009.
She was baptized at an early age at the First Baptist Church in Pleasant Hill and was a lifelong resident. She enjoyed going to the lake, shopping, spoiling her grandchildren, doing crafts and drinking diet Dr. Pepper.
Tracy was preceded in death by her daughter, Meranda Trull. She is
survived by her son, Joshua Ira Trull and wife, Jill, Lee’s Summit; her daughter, Karyn A. Trull, Pleasant Hill; two grandchildren, Paisley and Emmylou; her mother and father, Karyn S. and Leroy Bower, Pleasant Hill; three brothers, Darren Stewart, Pleasant Hill; Steve Bower, Winfield, Kansas; Phil Sears, Grove, Okla.; her sister, Lori Evans, Moran, Kansas; other relatives and a host of friends.
Funeral services were held July 5, 2017 at Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill. Cremation.
The family suggest in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Donate Life.

Arthur Richard Goodell
Arthur Richard Goodell, age 89, of Pleasant Hill, formerly of Kansas City, passed away July 6, 2017, at Ridge Crest Nursing Center, Warrensburg, after an extended illness.
Art was born December 26, 1927, in Kansas City to Arthur E. and Anna Strattan Goodell.
He graduated from William Chrisman High School and attended University of Missouri-Kansas City. Art assisted his parents with their dairy operation until he enlisted in the Navy.
He served on the U.S.S. Quapaw AFT110 during the occupation of Japan. Upon returning home, Art married Mary Ann Herman in 1950. In 1952 he began his photographic career with Calvin Productions which lasted close to 30 years with assignments in 25 countries worldwide.
Art and Mary Ann worked alongside her parents and uncles in the development of Crackerneck Country Club on the Herman family farm in Independence, where Eastland Center presently exists.
Soon after retirement, he and Mary Ann moved to the family farm in Pleasant Hill.
During high school, Arthur had become a DeMolay member which later inspired him to petition the Masonic Jewell Lodge #480 in Pleasant Hill. Known for his patriotism, he was an active member of V.F.W. Post 3118, serving as Post Commander from 1988 to 1990. As a member of the honor guard, he was known as “Hot Lips” Goodell—a responsibility he took very seriously! He was also a lifetime member of the Pleasant Hill Historical Society.
Arthur was preceded in death by his parents, sister Mary C. Lile, nephew David Lile and brother-in-law, Harold Herman.
He is survived by Mary Ann, his wife of 66 years, 11 months; five daughters: Carol Rogers (Ken) of Springfield, MO; Pat Branwen of Albuquerque, NM; Laura Hugill, Richmond, MO; Anna Goodell and Monica Hoenshell (Warren) of Pleasant Hill, MO; 10 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, sister-in-law, Nancy Herman of Grain Valley; four nieces, two nephews and many other relatives and friends.
The family will receive friends Thursday, July 13, 2017, from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. at the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.
Masonic services will be held Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill, with funeral services to follow.
A Final Salute ceremony will be performed by members of the V.F.W. Post #3118. Graveside military services and interment will follow in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery with full military honors by U.S. Navy and the V.F.W. Post #3118 Honor Guard.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Art’s memory to Disabled American Veterans or Shriners Children’s Hospital.
Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill, (816) 540-5550 www.stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com.

Donna Ruth Noland
Donna Ruth Noland was born to Raymond W. and Mary K. Noland on February 5, 1943, in Lone Jack, where Mama and Daddy operated the local grocery store. They later moved to a farm on Cass County Line Road, where I, John Noland, was born in a snow storm.
Donna’s passions were horses and her art. As kids on the farm, we each had a horse and our family was members of the “Bit & Spur Club.”
She had a beautiful Palomino, and I had a shorter version. We were the flag bearers at the American Royal Parade one year.
She pursued those passions vigorously. I have had the pleasure of viewing pencil drawings of the 10 grandchildren of a friend. They were so happy that they must have had 100 of their closest friends attend the showing.
About 15 years ago, during a particularly frigid winter, Susie and I borrowed a friend’s horse trailer to go to Missouri to pick up Mom and Donna. We moved the lot of their belongings, including horses, dogs and cats to Colorado.
Donna is survived by me, her brother John, my wife Susie, a nephew Chuck and his wife Cat Noland, a nephew Terry Minnick and wife Dianne, a niece Cynthia and her husband Jarred Finkenbinder, as well as nephews, Scott and Dusty Knock; great nieces: Scott’s daughters: Genesee and Estes, and nephew, Terry’s son, Jeromy Minnick.
Donna succumbed from the ravages of leukemia, like our mother, Mary Noland; her father, Clyde Rhodes and her brother, John Rhodes.
In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the Colorado Blood Cancer Institute, 1721 East 19th Ave, Suite 300, Denver, CO 80218.
*Message from Donna’s brother, John: “Colorado Blood Cancer Institute has a dedicated group of international Blood Cancer specialists working together to provide better care for today and tomorrow. You may want to look into your friends and family’s history.”

Brenda May Ailshire
Brenda May Ailshire, 64 of Pleasant Hill, passed away June 22, 2017. Private family interment will be held in Mt. Washington Cemetery.
Brenda was born October 18, 1952 in Kansas City, to Glenn Sterling and Pearl Elizabeth (Coen) Hall.
She had worked in retail sales, most recently as a store manager.
She was a member of the Evangelical Christian Center. Survivors include two daughters, Michelle Davis and Deanna Mace; three sons, Kenny Ailshire, Mark Ailshire and Paul Ailshire; two brothers, Wayne Hall and Richard Hall and 11 grandchildren.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.speakschapel.com Arrangements by Speaks Suburban Chapel, (816) 373-3600).

Robert “Neal” Wissman
Neal Wissman, 42 of Shawnee, KS, passed away unexpectedly on
June 24, 2017.
He is survived by his wife, Amanda Diane (Vera) Wissman and his two daughters, Camryn and Reese, all of the home; his father, Bob Wissman and wife Annie of Kansas City, Kans.; his mother, Beth Ann Wissman of Olathe, Kans.; two sisters, Erica Wissman of Olathe, and Laura Wissman of Kansas City, Mo.; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Tom and Phyllis Vera of Wamego, Kansas; other relatives and many friends.
Cremation arrangements were entrusted to the Wallace Funeral Home.
A complete obituary may be viewed at www.wallace-funeralhomes.com.

James E. Zimmerman
James Zimmerman, 77 of Cleveland, MO passed away June 27, 2017. Funeral services were held July 1, at the Cleveland First Baptist Church. Burial was in Glenwild Cemetery with full military honors provided by the United States Army and V.F.W. Post #3118 Honor Guard of Pleasant Hill.
James is survived by his wife, Ruthie (Odom) Zimmerman of the home; one daughter, Lori Evans and husband Richard of Freeman, MO; one sister, Bonnie June Sanders and husband James of Carthage; three granddaughters, Lauren, Hannah and Kathryn Evans; other relatives and many friends.
Arrangements by Wallace Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill. A complete obituary may be viewed at www.wallace-funeralhomes.com.

Barbara J. (Kretz) Arnold
Barbara J. (Kretz) Arnold was born November 4, 1938, in Clay Center, Kansas, and departed this life on June 22, 2017, at her home in Clinton, surrounded by the love of her family, at the age of 78 years, seven months and 18 days.
She was the daughter of Thomas Kretz and Inez Cecilia (Swenson) Kretz.
Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Cecilia Kretz; one son, Mark Gates on July 13, 2009; three brothers, Earl, Foster and Dale Kretz; and her twin sister, Beverly Jean Newtsman.
She is survived by her husband, Dwight M. Arnold of the home; one son, Michael Gates and Barbara Coe of Strasburg; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.
The family of Barbara J. Arnold will receive friends on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, from 6-8 p.m. at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill. Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, June 28 at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery, Higginsville, Missouri.
A complete obituary may be viewed at www.wallace-funeralhomes.com.

Gail Franklin Springer
Gail Springer was born February 14, 1929, in Raymore, and departed this life on June 21, 2017, at his home in Gunn City, at the age of 88 years, four months and seven days.
He was the son of Roy Franklin and Edna Lucille (Kavanaugh) Springer and a lifelong Cass County, Missouri resident.
Cremation has been accorded.
The family of Gail Springer will receive friends at a “Celebration of Life Visitation” on Friday, June 30, 2017, from 7-9 p.m. at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill.
A complete obituary may be viewed at www.wallace-funeralhomes.com.

Rebecca L. Murphy
Rebecca Leigh “Reba” Murphy, 29, of Kansas City, was born, July 31, 1987, in Kansas City, Kansas, the daughter of Timothy L. and Ginger R. (Curtin) Murphy. She departed this life, Friday, June 9, 2017, in rural Lee’s Summit, near Lone Jack.
Reba was a 2005 Pleasant Hill High School graduate. While in high school, she enjoyed singing and attending sporting events. Later she went on to earn her degree as an X-Ray Technician.
Reba was preceded in death by her brother, Richard William Chad Murphy; her paternal grandfather, William “Bill” Curtin; and maternal grandparents, Charles Murphy and Loyce Davis.
She is survived by three children, Dalton Murphy, Ryleigh Murphy-Curtin and Kenneth Earl Cornwell; her father Timothy (and Stephanie) Murphy of Belton; her mother, Ginger R. Curtin of Pleasant Hill; her sister, Melesa Ann Murphy of Pleasant Hill; her maternal grandmother, Becky Curtin of Pleasant Hill; other relatives and friends.
Private family services were held. Interment was in the Parklawn Cemetery, Kansas City.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Reba Murphy Memorial Fund, which has been established at the Goppert Financial Bank, 2100 N. Highway 7, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 or may be sent in care of the funeral home.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong.

Steven C. Crantz
Steven C. Crantz, 61, of Lee’s Summit, formerly of Pleasant Hill, died June 16, 2017. Services are pending. Service times and a complete obituary will be published online at www.stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com as that information becomes available.
A complete obituary will be published in next week’s edition of the Pleasant Hill Times.
Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hil

Deborah L. Dains
Deborah Lynn Dains, 65, of Pleasant Hill, was born, December 11, 1951, in Kansas City, the daughter of Richard A. and Laura P. “Penny” (Carpenter) McManis. She departed this life, June 11, 2017, at her home. Debi was raised in Alaska while her family was stationed there, and she later moved home to Kansas City, where she attended Grandview High School.
In 1968, she was united in marriage to Ronald Youngblood and to this union two children, Dawn and Richard Youngblood were born.
On November 1, 1979, she was united in marriage to Mike Dains and to this union three children, Michael, Jeremy and Matt Dains were born.
In 1991, Debi started her own business “New Image Janitorial,” which she ran successfully while also being a homemaker until 2008. She was currently employed as the Activities Director for the Pleasant Hill Health & Rehabilitation Center, a job she had a passion for. Debi truly cared for the residents and absolutely enjoyed bringing smiles to their faces. Debi recently started attending Grace Family Fellowship in Pleasant Hill and was very excited to strengthen her bond with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
She enjoyed fishing, connecting with friends and family on Facebook, and interacting with the residents at PHHRC; above all she enjoyed spending time with all of her grandchildren.
Debi was preceded in death by her father, Richard McManis on October 24, 1968; her mother, Penny Brown on March 14, 2016; and one great grandchild, Bentley Michael Nelson.
She is survived by her step father Sherman Brown of Pleasant Hill and one daughter, Dawn (and Jim) Starr of Holiday Island, Ark.; four sons, Richard (and Hollie) Youngblood, Michael (and Jayme) Dains, Jeremy (and Heather) Dains and Matthew Dains, all of Pleasant Hill; one brother, John Friel of Kansas City, and one sister, Sherry (Jamie) Ray of Pleasant Hill; 15 grandchildren, Ashley (Michael) Bailey of Freeman; Samantha Reynolds of Holiday Island, Ark.; Ashton (Kelsey) Youngblood of Salt Lake City, Utah; Heather Woodall of Shell Knob, Bryce and Kelsey Youngblood of Harrisonville, Chad Woodall of Archie and Montana Volland of Pleasant Hill; Natsuki Taira Dains of Okinawa Japan; Morgan Anspaugh, Cooper Youngblood, Reece Dains, Gavin Youngblood, Korban Dains and Braxton Dains, all of Pleasant Hill and 10 great grandchildren; three nieces and three nephews; and many relatives and friends.
Visitation was held June 14, 2017, at the funeral home. Funeral services were held June 15, 2017, at the funeral home. Rev. Dave Gass officiated.
Interment was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
Casket bearers were Jeremy Dains, Matthew Dains, Michael Dains, John Friel, Jamie Ray, Jim Starr and Richard Youngblood. Honorary casket bearers were Ashton Youngblood, Bryce Youngblood and Chad Woodall.
Memorial contributions are suggested the Pleasant Hill Lay Clergy Food Pantry and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill.

Ruth Kingsolver
Alta Ruth Kingsolver, 95, a lifelong resident of Pleasant Hill, was born, September 4, 1921, in the Hickory Grove community near Pleasant Hill, the daughter of Jesse Cleveland and Lola Alta (Small) Hayes. She departed this life Sunday, June 4, 2017, at her home surrounded with love and family.
Ruth attended grade school at the Lone Star and Hickory Grove Schools; later graduating from Pleasant Hill High school in 1938.
On July 4, 1941, she was united in marriage to Wilmer Clay Hamilton in Harrisonville. To this union one child, Donna, was born. He preceded her in death on October 16, 1944, while serving overseas during WWII. On November 27, 1948, she was united in marriage to Clarence Garnett Kingsolver in Pleasant Hill; to this union, two children, Chuck and Karen were born. He preceded her in death on November 20, 2001.
Ruth was employed as a storeroom manager for Western Electric, retiring in 1979. She had also been employed by Prewitt Manufacturing and Lake City.
She was a member of the Pleasant Hill United Methodist church where she had been active in the Women’s Circle. She loved painting china, needlework, quilting and shopping.
Ruth was also preceded in death by her parents; one stepson, Fred “Dennis” Kingsolver; one stepdaughter, Vicki O’Rouke; two brothers, Jesse Hayes and Jay Hayes; and two sisters, Evalyn Hale and Audrey Hayes.
She is survived by one son, Chuck (and Alice) Kingsolver of Pleasant Hill; two daughters, Donna (and Robert “Bob”) Crawford and Karen (and Steve) Yoder, both of Pleasant Hill; daughter-in-law, Donna Kingsolver of Lee’s Summit; step-daughter, Carol Crawley of Pinehurst, South Carolina; 13 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; three brothers, A.J. (and Marilyn) Hayes of Columbia, Jerry (and Josie) Hayes and Jerrall (and Nancy) Hayes, both of Pleasant Hill; other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held, June 7, 2017, at the funeral home. Funeral services were held June 8, 2017, at the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church. Rev. Dave Owsley officiated.
Interment was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Casket bearers were Allen Hayes, Greg Hayes, Jimmy Hayes, Kent Hayes, Kevin Hayes, Michael Hayes, Terry Hayes and Mark Redford.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

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