2018 Obituaries

Ralph Leonard “Butch” Wright
Ralph Leonard “Butch” Wright, 80, of Adrian, MO. formerly of Pleasant Hill MO., passed away December 7, 2018 at St. Luke’s East Hospital in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.

Butch was preceded in death by his wife, Mary E. (Hoen) Wright on April 20, 2016; his parents, Herbert Wright and Mildred (Prewitt) Wright; five brothers, Jerry Wright, Dale Wright, Lloyd Wright, Robert Wright and Michael Wright; two sisters, Jean Green and Hazel Quinn, and one grandson, Corey Gibbons.

He is survived by two daughters, Mellissa (Wright) Gibbons and husband Ron of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, and Rhonda (Wright) Walley and husband Jay of Adrian, Missouri; three sisters, Barbara Clawson and husband Bill of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, Mary Samantha Johnson of Banning, California, and Judy Todd and husband Mike of Harrisonville, Missouri; three grandchildren, Trever Wilson of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, Conrad and Anna Walley both of Adrian, Missouri; two step-grandchildren, Crystal Hunter and Kyle Gibbons both of Pleasant Hill, Missouri; numerous great grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.

Funeral Services for Butch Wright were held on Friday, December 14, 2018 at the Wallace Funeral Home. Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery with Full Military Honors provided by the US Army and V.F.W. Post #3118 Honor Guard of Pleasant Hill. Contributions are suggested to Alzheimer’s Association.

A complete obituary may be viewed at www.wallace-funeralhomes.com


Margaret E. “Peggy” Tucker
Margaret Elaine “Peggy” Tucker, 98, of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, was born June 20, 1920, in Independence, Missouri, the daughter of Walter and Emma (Pooler) Bullard.  She departed this life, Saturday, December 15, 2018, at her daughter’s home in Belton, Missouri, surrounded with love and family.

Margaret was baptized at the age of eight in the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and was a lifelong member of that church.

In 1933, when she was 13, the family moved to the Missouri Ozarks and lived near Ava. She graduated from Ava High School in 1937 and attended Graceland College in Lamoni, Iowa.

On July 2, 1939 Margaret was united in marriage to Keith Douglas Tucker in Ava; they made their home in Pleasant Hill. Their household included Keith’s 2½ year old twin boys and his mother, Nina, who had moved in to care for the babies.  Keith and Margaret’s marriage produced 5 more children. Keith worked at the American Scale and Vise Company and became the superintendent; Margaret was the homemaker. They were members of the Pleasant Hill Congregation of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.   Their children attended Prairie Dell Country School and all graduated from Pleasant Hill High School.

Margaret was an avid gardener and raised much of what the family ate.  From an early age she was interested in photography and preserved many memories that her family now enjoys.  Another special interest was identifying and harvesting wild mushrooms.  At church over the years she served in many areas, including local women’s leader, stake women’s leader, and as teacher of classes for both children and adults.  She had a talent for writing poems, short stories, family histories, and published three books; To Everything There Is a Season, a Natural Food Guide; Trek of Faith; and Biography of Richard Bullard.

With the untimely death of her husband Keith on February 5, 1975, and one son still at home, she needed a source of income.  After working a couple of jobs, she opened The Little Red Hen Shop, the first wholegrain bakery in the Kansas City area.  The shop opened in 1981 in her home and later moved to Pleasant Hill and expanded to include a lunch room.

This gave her an opportunity to use her passion for promoting healthy eating.  She sold the business in 1993 at the age of 73.  Pleasant Hill was her home from 1939 to 2014 when she moved to her daughter and son-in-law’s home in Belton.
Perhaps her greatest legacy is being the loving matriarch of her big family.  She has gathered them over the years, fed them, taught them, sometimes prodded them, and always encouraged them to follow Jesus Christ.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Keith; one son Robert Eugene Tucker; one grandson, Brandon Tucker; and her 4 siblings, Walter Enoch Bullard, Joseph Truman Bullard, Mary Elizabeth Melton, and Eleanor Frances Walters.

She is survived by her 6 children, Keith Darrel (and Marveen Mahon) Tucker of Spring Branch, Texas, Kenneth Douglas (and Edna Smith) Tucker of Independence, Margaret (and Jim) Feagins of Belton, Leonard Walter (and Betty Dehn) Tucker of Independence, William Orison Tucker of Mission, Kansas, and Winfield Richard Tucker of Pleasant Hill; daughter-in-law Ida Tucker of Osceola, Missouri;  19 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren, 15 great-great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; other relatives and a wealth of friends.

Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m. Thursday, December 20, 2018, at the Pleasant Hill Community of Christ Church, 1007 Timber St. & 7 Hwy.  Interment will be in the Mound Grove Cemetery, Independence.

Visitation will be held 12:00 p.m. until service time at the church on Thursday.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Pleasant Hill Community of Christ Church and may be sent in care of the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com

Arrangements: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong St., Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550


Helen I. (Czeschin) Norman
Helen Irene (Czeschin) Norman, 78, of Peculiar, Missouri, formerly of Pleasant Hill, MO. passed away Friday, December 7, 2018 at Redwood of Raymore, Raymore, Missouri.

She was the daughter of Alfred and Nellie (Paul) Czeschin.

Funeral Services for Helen (Czeschin) Norman will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, December 13, 2018 at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill, Missouri.
The family will receive friends from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

A complete obituary may be viewed at www.wallace-funeral homes.com


Ralph L. “Butch” Wright
Ralph L. “Butch” Wright, 80, of Adrian, MO, formerly of Pleasant Hill, MO died December 7, 2018 at St. Luke’s East Hospital in Lee’s Summit, MO.

Funeral Service for Ralph L. “Butch” Wright will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, December 14, 2018 at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill, MO. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Thursday, December 13, 2018 at the funeral home.

A complete obituary will appear in next week’s edition of the Pleasant Hill Times.

A complete obituary may be viewed at www.wallace-funeralhomes.com


Sheila M. Dostal
Sheila M. Dostal, 68, of Pleasant Hill, died December 2, 2018 at her home.

Funeral Mass will be held 2:00 p.m. Thursday, December 6, 2018, at the St. Bridget Catholic Church, Pleasant Hill, where visitation will be held 1:00 p.m. until service time. Interment will follow in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Kansas City.

Memorial contributions are suggested to be made to the St. Bridget Altar Society and may be sent in care of the funeral home.

Arrangements: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong St., Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550


James C. Harrald, Jr.
James Curtis “Jimmie” Harrald, Jr., 53, of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, was born, June 26, 1965, in Harrisonville, Missouri, the son of James C., Sr. and Mabel M. (Ott) Harrald.  He was called home on Friday, November 30, 2018, at his home.

Jimmie was a 1983 Pleasant Hill High School graduate.

Jimmie was a United States Navy Veteran proudly serving from June 1983 to July 2003. He had been stationed at NAS Glenview, Illinois, VP-64 NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, VP-92 NAS South Weymouth, Massachusetts, RAIMD and VP-66, both of NASJRB Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, and the Naval Reserve Center, Kansas City. He earned the following awards: Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2), Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Navy Good Conduct medal (5), National Defense Service Medal (2), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Naval Reserve Medal, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, and Expert Pistol Marksmanship.

On October 26, 1991, he was united in marriage to Georgette Ann Dietrich in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania.

Jimmie enjoyed watching the Chiefs and spending time with his family. He also enjoyed following Bigfoot, Alien, and conspiracy stories. He was an avid reader and enjoyed listening to podcasts regarding those 3 topics. He could talk about Bigfoot all day long if you let him and would tell stories to anyone who would listen. He was a member of the Bigfoot Research Organization and was an active member of Team MoKan with the Transplant Games of America.

Jimmie was preceded in death by his parents and 2 half-sisters, Connie Hopkins and Martha Jane Calhoun.

He is survived by his wife Georgette of the home; 3 sons that he was very proud of Kevin (and Lindsay) Harrald of Suffolk, Virginia, Joshua Harrald of  Overland Park, Kansas, and Tyler Harrald of Pleasant Hill; 1 brother, Phillip (and Jean) Mann of Huntersville, North Carolina; 4 sisters, Lynn (and Dean) Linthicum, Elizabeth (and Ray) Hall, Cheryl (and Sam) Younce, and Debra Nicholls, all of Pleasant Hill; numerous nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 5, 2018, at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Thursday, December 6, 2018, at the funeral home. Reverend David Owsley will officiate. Graveside Military services and interment will follow at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, with full military honors by the United States Navy.  Casket bearers are Steve Curtis, Amanda Fisk, Kevin Fisk, Pat Guyer, Ray Hall, Keri Harms, D. J. Linthicum, and A. J. Nicholls.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Team MO-KAN at teammokan.org or Cancer Action at www.canceractionkc.org. Contributions may also be left in care of the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com

Arrangements: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550.


Betty J. Crowell
Betty J. Crowell, 90, passed away Nov. 26, 2018. Visitation 12-1pm, Funeral Service at 1pm on Thurs. Nov. 29 at Mt. Moriah, 10507 Holmes Rd. KCMO. Burial at Mt. Moriah Cemetery.


Buford Cotton
Buford H. Cotton, Jr., 87, of Rantoul, IL passed away at 6:10 p.m. Saturday, November 3, 2018 at VA Illiana Health Care System.

He was born July 31, 1931, in Pleasant Hill, MO., a son of Bufford and Rachel (Hamilton) Cotton. He was united in marriage to Lois Lammers on May 16, 1954.  She survives.

He will be dearly missed by his sons, James (Diane) Cotton and Martin Cotton; daughters, Donna Lopez and Debra Marshall; brothers, Bill and Don (Diedra) Cotton; sister, Bonnie Smith; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Buford was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Pansy and Mary Jane Tilkens.
Buford was proud to serve his country in the U.S. Air Force, serving for 24 years in South Korea, Vietnam and Holland. He then became a cab driver for 25 years in the Rantoul area. He enjoyed bowling and playing cards. Buford loved spending time with his family.

A celebration of Buford’s life was held at 11 a.m. Friday, November 9, 2018, at Sunset Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 3940 N. Vermillion St., Danville, IL. Visitation was held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. He was laid to rest in Danville National Cemetery.


Jeffery Allen
Partridge
Jeffery Allen Partridge, 54, of Maryville, Missouri passed away unexpectedly on November 19, 2018.

Jeffery was born on November 9, 1964 in Maryville, to Jack L. and Jo Ann (Copeland) Partridge. He worked for Kawasaki and did drywall work on the side.

He loved collecting Hot Wheels, visiting with friends, and he didn’t know a stranger.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jack L. Partridge, Sr.

Jeffery married Jennifer A. Conley on April 3, 1997 in Maryville. She survives of the home. Additional survivors include his children, Alisha Partridge, Pleasant Hill, Missouri, Richard (Megan) Partridge, Marshfield, Missouri; Josh, Jacob, Jillian and Jarrett Partridge, all of the home; his mother, Jo Ann Partridge; two brothers, Jack Lee Partridge, Jr. (Teresa Wiederholt) and Joe (Megan) Partridge, all of Maryville; two grandchildren Joseph Jinks and Annibell Partridge, also of Marshfield, Missouri. He also leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends.

Funeral services were held November 24, at Price Funeral Home, Maryville. Interment at Oak Hill Cemetery, Maryville.


Ladonna (Taylor) Weisbach
Ladonna (Taylor) Weisbach, 56, of Pleasant Hill, MO, was born August 18, 1962 in Harrisonville, Missouri and passed away November 10, 2018 at St. Mary’s Manor in Blue Springs, Missouri, surrounded by the love of her family and friends, after a hard fought and courageous battle with cancer.

Ladonna is survived by one son, Brandon L. Weisbach and wife Kristina of Overland Park, Kansas; two daughters, Amber M. Taylor of Pleasant Hill, Missouri and Lisa Weisbach of Blue Springs, Missouri; one brother, Mark Taylor of Knappa, Oregon; three sisters, Dicksie L. Harris and husband Glenn of Holden, Missouri, Linda  S. Oldberg of Lee’s Summit, Missouri and Cindy Harris and husband Greg of Independence, Missouri; three grandchildren, Michelle, Conner  and Taylor Uselton, other relatives and many, many friends.

Funeral Services for Ladonna (Taylor) Weisbach were held Saturday, November 17, 2018 at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill.

Cremation was accorded after service.

A complete obituary may be viewed at www.wallace-funeralhomes.com


Murtes William Crain
Murtes Crain, 89 of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, former longtime resident of Pleasant Hill, Missouri passed away November 8, 2018.
Cremation has been accorded. No services are scheduled.
Murtes was preceded in death by his wife Rosetta Elizabeth (Mayabb) Crain on August 19, 2016, and his parents, William Nelson and Margaret May (Taylor) Crain.
He is survived by two daughters, Debbie Crain of Lee’s Summit, and Beth (Crain) Phillips and husband Marvin of Henderson, Nevada; one sister, Lucille; one grandson, Max James McGrath, other relatives and many friends.
A complete obituary may be viewed at www.wallace-funeralhomes.com


Robert (Bob) Harvey
Robert (Bob) Harvey, 90, of Blue Springs, MO passed away peacefully on October 31, 2018. Harvey was born to Johnny and Doris Harvey in Kansas City, MO. He married Pauline Hammontree in 1945 in Kansas City, Missouri. Pauline and Harvey were married 52 years until Pauline’s death in 1997. In 2000 he married Florence Houk and they enjoyed life together until his passing.

Harvey worked for KCP&L and retired after more than 30 years of service. While enjoying his retirement he loved spending time with this grandkids, traveling and making memories. Working with automobiles, fixing things around the house and tinkering with his hands were just a few of Harvey’s favorite pastimes. He was a very sweet loving husband, father and grandfather who always had a joke or pun to brighten your day.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Doris and Johnny Harvey; First Wife, Pauline Harvey; Son, Robert Harvey Jr.
Survivors include his wife Florence Harvey; Daughter, Sharyn Wehmueller (Jeff); Son, Johnnie Harvey (Elaine); Daughter, Kellie Ginther (Bruce); Grandchildren and their families, Doyle, Amanda, Ryan and Eric; and 9 Great-grandchildren.

Visitation was held at 9:00 AM on Saturday, November 10th until service time at 10:00 AM with a graveside service at Floral Hills Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens 7000 Blue Ridge Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64133.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to The Aneurysm AVM Foundation at http://www.taafonline.org/


Jerry Dean Barbarick
Jerry Barbarick, 75, of Pleasant Hill and Clinton, MO. passed away suddenly November 5, 2018 at Lee’s Summit Medical Center in Lee’s Summit.
He was the son of Henry H. and Mabel “Louise” (Cook) Barbarick.

Jerry was a 1960 graduate of Pleasant Hill High School and served as Superintendent of Utilities for the City of Pleasant Hill for many years before his retirement in 1999.

A Memorial Service for Jerry Barbarick was held on Thursday, November 8, 2018 at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill with Rev. Todd MacLean officiating.

He is survived by his wife, Diana Barbarick of Pleasant Hill; daughters, Debbie Kay Barbarick of North Port, Florida and Joanna Sharalie Black of Lee’s Summit; brothers, Darrell Barbarick and wife Lola, Dale Barbarick and wife Donna, and Dennis Barbarick all of Pleasant Hill; sister, Judith Eisenbeisz and husband David of Hosmer, South Dakota; grandchildren, Kurt Powell, Larry Hibner, Kodey Brent and Kayleigh Brent, other relatives and many, many friends.

A complete obituary may be viewed at www.wallace-funeralhomes.com


Louise Cain
Louise Cain, 92, of Blue Springs, Missouri, passed away October 25, 2018 at Pleasant Hill Health and Rehabilitation Center.

She is survived by two sons, Mike Wimmer and wife Leona of Blue Springs, Missouri, and Mark Cain; four brothers, G. L. Terry, Donald Terry, Larry Terry and Day Terry; one sister Shirley Fockler; two Grandchildren and three Great- Grandchildren, other relatives and friends.

Cremation was accorded and private family services were held at the Wallace Funeral Home on Friday, November 9, 2018.

A complete obituary may be viewed at www.wallace-funeralhomes.com


Ladonna (Taylor) Weisbach
Ladonna (Taylor) Weisbach, 56, of Pleasant Hill, MO. passed away November 10, 2018 at St. Mary’s Manor in Blue Springs, Missouri.

Funeral Service for Ladonna (Taylor) Weisbach will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, November 17, 2018 at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill, MO. The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until service time at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Cremation will be accorded following services.

A complete obituary will appear in the next edition of the Pleasant Hill Times.


Jesse Morton Clemons
Jesse Clemons, 85 of Shelton, CT., formerly of Pleasant Hill, passed away Nov. 3, 2018 surrounded by the love of his family.

Jesse was the son of John Ancel and Ruby Fern (Metheny) Clemons. He was the devoted husband of 46 years to the late Katherine Joene (Cotter) Clemons.

Jesse was the beloved father of Lorina Kay Alterio and her companion Robert Albert, and the late Brian Douglas Clemons.  He was the cherished grandfather of Michael Alterio and his wife Erica, and Mark Alterio. He also leaves many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his two brothers, John Thomas Clemons and Joe William Clemons and his two sisters, Mary Luella Alonzo and Dora Ruth Freyermuth.

Funeral Services for Jesse Morton Clemons were held on Monday, November 12, 2018 at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill, with Rev. Kent Deubner officiating. Casket Bearers were Craig Cotter, Bruce Purtle, Dennis Cotter, Bill McConville, Daniel Purtle and Joe Clemons. Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery with Full Military Honors provided by the United States Coast Guard and V.F.W. Post #3118 Honor Guard of Pleasant Hill, Missouri.

The family of Jesse Morton Clemons received friends Sunday, November 11, 2018 at the Wallace Funeral Home.

A complete obituary may be viewed at www.wallace-funeralhomes.com


Doris Ann (Ethridge) Smith McClasky
Doris Ann, 85, of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, passed away on Wednesday, October 24, 2018. A visitation is scheduled for 10:00 – 11:00 AM on Friday, November 2, 2018 at Langsford Funeral Home in Lee’s Summit. A funeral service will begin at 11:00 AM at the funeral home. Burial will follow at the Greenwood Cemetery in Greenwood, Missouri. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association.

Doris Ann was born on August 26, 1933 in Greenwood, Missouri. She was the daughter of Wessley and Anna Ethridge. She was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Clifford Wade Smith; four brothers, Floyd, Clifton, Cleautis, and Lloyd; and her husbands, William Warren Smith and Charles R. “Shorty” McClasky. She is survived by her nieces, nephews, and other family and friends.

Doris Ann was a member of the Strasburg Baptist Church and V.F.W. Post 3118 in Pleasant Hill, Missouri. She also worked at Unity School for 42 years.
Arrangements: Langsford Funeral Home 115 SW 3rd St. Lee’s Summit, MO 64063 (816)524-3700 www.langsfordfuneralhome.com


Lorene Hoff
Lorene Hoff, 90, of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, was promoted to her heavenly home on Sunday, October 21, 2018, at Miller County Care and Rehabilitation Center in Tuscumbia, Missouri.

She is survived by her husband of 72 years, Orris W. Hoff, Jr., their five children: Karen (Jerry) Titus, Richmond, VA; Sherry (Dan) Jenkins, Allen, TX; Suzanne (Phil) Mathes, Whitewright, TX; Dale (Kay) Hoff, Raymore, MO; and Christopher (Faith) Hoff, Pleasant Hill, MO; 14 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and one brand spanking new great-great-granddaughter.


Barbara L. Marshall
Barbara Lynn Marshall, 62, of Pleasant Hill, MO, passed away Oct. 9, 2018 in Kansas City, MO. Barbara was born May 31st, 1956 to Murray and Norma Young in Kansas City, MO. Survived by daughter Jennifer; sons Joshua and Jacob; step mother Joyce, brother Eric, sister Susan and grandchildren Ellison, Cooper, Karter, Ember and Wyatt.

Donations may be made in honor of her to the Kansas City Hospice House on Wornall Road in Kansas City, MO.


Mary O. “Dolly” Macrae
Mary Oletha “Dolly” Macrae, 92, formerly of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, was born, March 8, 1926, in Pleasant Hill, the daughter of Dillard V. and Elsie M. (Franklin) Stalnaker. She departed this life Monday, October 1, 2018, at Autumn Terrace Health and Rehabilitation, Raytown, Missouri.

Dolly attended Pleasant Hill Schools and was a member of the Pleasant Hill High School Class of 1944.

On August 28, 1944, she was united in marriage to Robert A. “Bob” Macrae in Olathe, Kansas.

Dolly was a lifelong entrepreneur having co-owned Bob & Dolly’s Café in downtown Pleasant Hill, Missouri, and the Starliner Hotel in Carrolton, Missouri, along with her husband Bob. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Cottonwood, Arizona. She was an accomplished artist and enjoyed painting with oils on canvas.  She also enjoyed making quilts and donating them to the Ronald McDonald House.

Dolly was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Bob; one brother, Edward J.  Stalnaker;  and one sister, Eileen M.  Mitchell.

She is survived by her daughter, Janet Macrae of Cottonwood, Arizona; her grandchildren, Jason Wyatt and Emily Sanchez, both of Cottonwood; and Janna Wyatt Rico-Silver of Salida, Colorado.; great grandchildren, Haley McCoy, Madison Sanchez, and Bianca Sanchez; one sister, Evelyn Hitt of Pleasant Hill; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.

Cremation has been accorded.

Inurnment will be in the Santa Fe National Veteran’s Cemetery, Santa Fe, New Mexico at a later date.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com

Arrangements: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550


Judith L. DeLong
Judith LeAnne DeLong, 67, of Pleasant Hill, formerly of Blue Springs, Missouri, was born December 13, 1950 in Kansas City; the daughter of Joseph L. and Merna L. (Eckhardt) Mansell.  She departed this life, Monday, October 8, 2018, at the Lee’s Summit Medical Center.

Judy was a 1968 Blue Springs High School graduate.

On September 14, 1968, she was united in marriage to James J. DeLong in Blue Springs.  They had just celebrated their 50th anniversary.

Judy was a homemaker.  She had also been a Cosmetologist and Hair Dresser.  She owned Judy’s Courtesy Beauty Salon in Pleasant Hill.  After selling her salon she worked as a Cosmetologist for the Jones Store in Independence. Later she be- came the Director of Activities for the Pleasant Hill Health and Rehabilitation Center.  She was a member of the Pleasant Hill First Christian Church and a former member of the BPWA.  She enjoyed gardening, crafting, sewing, shopping, and bowling. She especially loved spending time with her family; especially her grandchildren.

Judy was preceded in death by her father.

She is survived by her mother, Merna of Oak Grove; her husband, Jim of the home;  three children, Diane (and Isaac) Snow of Pleasant Hill; David (and Caprice) DeLong of Kingsville; and Donna DeLong-Guffey of Windsor; 9 grandchildren, Andrew (and Paige) Snow of Lee’s Summit, Amanda Snow of Pleasant Hill; J.R. DeLong, Alyssa DeLong, and Mercedes DeLong, all of Kingsville; Billy Kennedy of Sedalia, and Jesse DeLong, Jodi DeLong, and Dani Guffey all of Windsor; three great grandchildren, Bentley, Carter, and Paisley; one brother, Bill (and Betsy) Mansell of Blue Springs; two sisters, Sheryl White of Brookfield, and Jowain Wayman of Pleasant Hill; other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, October 11, 2018, at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Friday, October 12, 2018, at the funeral home. Reverend D. Kent Deubner will officiate.  Interment will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. All her grandchildren will serve as casket bearers.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Pleasant Hill First Christian Church and may be sent in care of the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com

Arrangements: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550


Alta Mae “Penny” Kampe
Penny Kampe, 77, of Cleveland, MO departed this life on October 6, 2018 at her home.

Penny was preceded in death by her husband Walter (Pete) Kampe Sr. after 49 years of marriage, also her parents, James and Maggie Drury along with two sisters, Mary Barker and Peggy Simmons and four brothers, Boyd Drury, Charles Drury, Floyd Drury and James Drury Jr.

Penny is survived by her two sons, John Kampe and wife Rachelle Steele of Independence, Missouri, and Walter Kampe and wife Karen of Olathe, Kansas; three grandchildren, John, (twins) Chloe and Clarissa; one sister, Linda Hayes, other relatives and friends.

Cremation arrangements entrusted to Wallace Funeral Home. No services are scheduled.

A complete obituary may be viewed at www.wallace-funeralhomes.com


Donald E. Shewmaker
Donald Eugene Shewmaker was born September 1, 1941 in Lee’s Summit, Missouri and departed this life on October 6, 2018 at his home, surrounded by the love of his family.

He was the son of Hubert Riley and Molly Lee (Rayl) Shewmaker, both of whom preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by one sister, Wilma Payne.

Donald attended school in Strasburg and Kingsville, Missouri.

On July 3, 1968 Donald was united in marriage with Audrey Claire Rogers at the Pleasant Hill R.L.D.S church.

Donald was a kind man, always ready to help anyone who was in need. He also was an avid animal lover, he loved feeding the wildlife surrounding his home, and often rescued animals that were in need.

Donald loved to make people laugh and shared funny stories with his family and friends. He could always quote a scripture for any situation for his family. But above all else, Donald’s life revolved around his family and his church. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandpa, brother and uncle. He was greatly loved by his family, and was always there for them.

Before his retirement, Donald was an iron worker and member of the Iron Workers Union Local #10. He was also a longtime and active member of the Primitive Baptist Church of Independence, Missouri where he served as a deacon.

After retirement, he became the family cook and grocery shopper and loved to try new recipes.

Donald is survived by his wife, Audrey Shewmaker of the home; three daughters, Jill St. Clair Ginavan and husband Patrick of Gasport, New York, Sarah Beth Watson and husband Bruce of Odessa, Missouri, and Kelli Cook and husband Randy of Michigan; three brothers, Joe Shewmaker, Richard Shewmaker and wife Karon, and Sam Shewmaker and wife Karon, all of Pleasant Hill; three sisters, Betty Lotspeich and husband Jim, Darlene Baston and Susie Gregg, all of Pleasant Hill; seven grandchildren, Lucas Watson and wife Heather, Elizabeth Snyder and husband Austin, Charley Ginavan, Sam Ginavan and wife Taylor, Shelby Cook, Darby Cook and James Cook; two great-grandchildren, Grant Ginavan and Cooper Watson, other relatives and many, many friends.

Funeral Services for Donald Eugene Shewmaker were held Friday, October 12, 2018 at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill with Elder Phil Jones officiating. Interment was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. The family received friends Thursday, October 11, 2018 at the funeral home. Contributions are suggested to Help Humane animal shelter, 17122 Bel-Ray Place, Belton, Missouri 64012 or may be left at the funeral home.


Kimberly A. Voorhees
Kimberly Ann Voorhees, 57, of Climax Springs, Missouri, was born, August 4, 1961, in Harrisonville, Missouri, the daughter of James R. and Alice J. (Walker) Voorhees. She departed this life Thursday, September 20, 2018, at the Lake Regional Hospital, Osage Beach.

Kim was a 1979, Pleasant Hill High School graduate. She furthered her education at the Central Missouri University in Warrensburg.

Kim was employed as a Massage Therapist owning and operating Intentional Transformations Massage Therapy. She and her companion Michelle also owned K & M Home Solutions in Climax Springs, where they had rehabbed several homes in that area.  She enjoyed reading, playing cards, and listening to disco music. She especially loved spending time on her farm with her horses and animals.

Kim was preceded in death by her father James Voorhees on December 26, 2013.

She is survived by her companion Michelle Graviett of the home; her mother, Alice Voorhees of Pleasant Hill; one brother, Russell (and Kelli) Voorhees of Pleasant Hill; one sister, Barbara Sue  (and Steve) Willetts of Blue Springs; six nieces and nephews, Brook Graviett, Clay Graviett, Jessica Willetts, Shelby Willetts, Makenzie Voorhees, and Madison Voorhees; other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Saturday, October 13, 2018, at the funeral home.

A Celebration of Kim’s Life will be held 3:00 p.m. Saturday, October 13, 2018, at the funeral home.

Reverend D. Kent Deubner will officiate.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Wayside Waifs and may be sent in care of the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com

Arrangements: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home,
203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080
(816) 540-5550.


Fletcher A. Reeves
Fletcher Alexander Reeves, 20, of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, was born, March 11, 1998, in Shawnee, Kansas, the son of Clinton William and Anita (Alexander) Reeves. He departed this life, Friday, September 28, 2018, as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident near Warrensburg, Missouri.

Fletcher attended the Strasburg, Missouri, elementary school from Kindergarten through 8th grade graduating in 2012. He then chose to attend the Lone Jack, Missouri, High School graduating in 2016. In high school he was active in choir, band, and track, as well as qualifying for the State Cross Country meet all four years.   He was currently a Junior at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg studying Public Relations and Finance.

Fletcher was an active member of the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church and was strong in his faith. He enjoyed running, snow skiing, water skiing, and cars.  He especially loved spending time with family and friends.

Fletcher was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, James and Lois (Dixon) Alexander.

He is survived by his parents, Clint and Anita of Pleasant Hill; paternal grandparents, Willis (and Ann) Reeves, and Fern (and Ken) Salmen, all of Madison, Nebraska; other relatives and a host of many friends.

Cremation has been accorded.

Visitation was held Saturday, October 6, 2018, at the funeral home.

A celebration of Fletcher’s life was held Sunday, October 6, 2018, at the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church.  Reverend Dave Owsley officiated.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Fletcher Reeves Memorial Fund which has been established with F&C Bank in Lone Jack and may also be sent in care of the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com

Arrangements: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home,
203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080
(816) 540-5550


Nicki Su Overton Richter
Nicki Su Overton Richter joined the saints in heaven on Thursday, October 4, 2018.

She was born to James Prater Overton and Patricia Joyce Owen Overton on June 7, 1956, in Clinton County, Missouri.  Nicki graduated of Raytown South High School in 1974.

On June 7, 1974, Nicki married Frederick Arthur Richter at the First Baptist Church of Raytown. He served as a police officer for the City of Pleasant Hill.

A tragic automobile accident claimed his life in September 1992, leaving her with two children to raise.

Love of family and caring for animals became the primary focus of Nicki’s life.  Because of her desire to help others, Nicki volunteered as an Emergency Medical Technician in Pleasant Hill while obtaining Paramedic certification from Penn Valley Community College.  Once certified, she served the Harrisonville community for many years.  In this role, Nicki was the first full-time female Paramedic in Harrisonville’s history. In later years she volunteered many hours at the HELP Animal Shelter, and the Missouri Puppy Mill Rescue, both in Belton.

Nicki was preceded in death by her mother, Patricia Owen Overton; father, James Overton; and her beloved husband, Frederick Richter.

To mourn her loss she leaves her daughter and son-in-law, Michelle Nicole and Christian Dengel of Raymore; and son and daughter-in-law, William James (B.J) and Courtney Richter of Kansas City; and three grandchildren, Frederick and Grant Richter, and Serenity Dengel.  She also leaves behind a brother, Al Overton of Kansas City; a sister, Lynne Lampson of Humansville. Nicki will also be missed by her extended family that includes a foreign exchange “daughter,” Tone Nygard Engemoen of Norway, many friends, and all the furry creatures that benefitted from her love and care.

A Memorial Service was held at the Harvest Baptist Church in Blue Springs on October 9, 2018.  In lieu of flowers and because of her concern for animals, the family requests donations in Nicki Richter’s name to the Missouri Puppy Mill Rescue, Belton, through the website: https://www.mopuppymillrescue.org    The following address may also be used: Missouri Puppy Mill Rescue, P. O. Box 1492, Belton, Missouri  64012.


Keith Beasley
Donald Keith Beasley, 82, of Urich, formerly of Lone Jack, was born, January 26, 1936, in Kingsville, MO, the son of Ralph Edwin and Dora Elizabeth (Yates) Beasley.  He departed this life, Friday, September 28, 2018, at his home surrounded with love and family.

Keith was a 1954 Lone Jack High School graduate and a United States Army Veteran.

On June 24, 1989, he was united in marriage to Marjorie Lea Carnine in Independence.

Keith was employed in maintenance at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant and farmed his entire life. He worked all aspects of farming including swine, cattle, and row crops. He was an active member of the Masonic Lodge and held dual memberships with Jewel Lodge #480, Pleasant Hill, and Index Lodge #54, Garden City. He has served as Worshipful Master in both Lodges, as the Masonic Home Representative four times, and twice served as the District Deputy Grandmaster. He was also a member of the Shrine. He had been active in 4-H, the Lone Jack Civic Club, and Western Missouri Antique Tractor and Machinery Assoc. He was a former member of the Forest Grove Baptist Church, and a current member of the Lucas United Methodist Church.  Keith had a gift to gab and enjoyed just visiting with people.

Keith was preceded in death by his parents Edwin and Dora; one son, John Russell Beasley; one daughter, Marlene Beasley; and his brother, Kenneth Beasley.

He is survived by his wife, Marge Beasley of the home; son and daughter-in-law, Clint and Hayden Beasley of Urich; his sister and brother-in-law, Karen and Charles Young of Kansas City; and his sister-in-law, Erma Beasley of Bolivar.

He was “Papa” to Wyatt Beasley, Nash Clark, and Mahlon Osborn and “Gramps” to Hallie Jo Schley, Jessie Miller, and Virginia Hart. He is also
survived by other relatives and many friends.

Visitation was held 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, October 5, 2018, at the funeral home where Masonic funeral services were held at 8:00 p.m.

Funeral services were held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 6, 2018, at the funeral home. Reverends Marilyn Niemeyer and Todd Young officiated.

Interment was held at the Lone Jack Cemetery with full military honors by the U.S. Army and the V.F.W. Post #3118 Honor Guard.  Casket bearers were Clint Beasley, Michael Beasley, Philip Beasley, Steven Beasley, Joseph Dennis, Jim Fuller, Curt Houdyschell, and Todd Young.  Honorary casket bearers were Bobby McCubbin, Seth McCubbin, Ron Setzer, Tom Wilson, and all his Masonic Brethren.

It was Keith’s wish that everyone wear overalls to his funeral.  The family requested overalls be worn, if possible.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Jewel Lodge #480, Pleasant Hill, or Index Lodge #54, Garden City, and may be sent in care of the
funeral home.  The family requests you to wear overalls if possible.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com

Arrangements: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home,
203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080
(816) 540-5550.


Farrell D. Sexson
Farrell Dean Sexson, 79, of Pleasant Hill, was born June 19, 1939, in Creighton, the son of Willis D. and Flora E. (Ewing) Sexson.

He departed this life Wednesday, October 3, 2018, at his home surrounded with love and family.

Farrell was a 1957 Ballard High School Graduate.

On August 1, 1966, he was united in marriage to Elaine (McAninch) Sexson in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.

Farrell was employed as a General Foreman for General Motors for 16 years.  In 1980, he and Jim Waggoner opened and operated Diamond
Muffler Shop in Lee’s Summit. In 1984, Farrell opened Pleasant Hill Muffler.  Several years later he also opened Sexson Economy Muffler on 40 Highway, and Sexson Muffler at 3030 Troost in Kansas City.

Farrell was an active member of the Masonic Lodge, holding memberships at Jewel Lodge #480, Lodge of Research #9998, and Summit Lodge #263. He had served as Worshipful Master, Masonic Home Representative and was District Deputy Grand Master of the 34th Masonic District of Missouri.  He and Elaine were active members of the Ivy Leaf Chapter #215 Order of the Eastern Star, Pleasant Hill where he had served as Worthy Patron. He was also a member of the Scottish Rite and Past Commander of Council of Kadosh, Scottish Rite Masons, Past District Deputy Grand High Priest of York Rite, and a member of Royal Arch, Wyoming Chapter, #43, Pleasant Hill.

Beyond his passion for Masonry, Farrell loved deer hunting, woodcarving, canoeing and boating. He had navigated the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers logging over a thousand miles on his boats, named Bungee Queen   and Miss Elaine.  Farrell was also a member of the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church.

Farrell was preceded in death by his parents; one son, James Allan Sexson; and one brother, Jimmy Sexson.

He is survived by his wife Elaine of the home; one son, Randy (and Shawn) Sexson of Sapulpa, Oklahoma; one daughter, Chris (and Shane) Purnell of Pleasant Hill; Grandchildren Aubrey (and fiancé Tommy Moore) Purnell of Greenwood, Mallory (and Alex) Niner of Dallas, Texas, Kimberly (and Blaine) Blackburn, of Kiefer, Oklahoma, Joe (and Tracie) Sexson, of Mounds, Oklahoma, Sallie (and James) McCoy, of Glenpool, Oklahoma, Nichole Sexson of Sapulpa, Oklahoma, Debra (and James) Pruitt, Trisha Sexson, and Mark Sexson, all of Tulsa, Oklahoma; 13 great grandchildren; two sisters, Lillian (and Don) Hill of Butler, Missouri, and Carolyn Morrow of Adrian, Missouri;  foreign exchange student/son, Stefan Luecke (and Claudia) of Koln, Germany.

Visitation will be held 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, October 7, at the funeral home where Masonic services will be held at 7:00 p.m.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Monday, October 8, at the funeral home.  Reverend Dave Owsley will officiate.

Interment will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Jewel Lodge #480 and may be sent in care of the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com

Arrangements: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home,
203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080
(816) 540-5550.


Richard Oran Raffurty

Richard Oran Raffurty, 77, of Kansas City, MO passed away on September 21, 2018. Visitation will be held at Noon with the funeral service directly following at 1pm on Saturday September 29, 2018 at Park Lawn Funeral Home 8251 Hillcrest Rd. Kansas City, MO.


Phillip Ray Birchfield
Phillip Birchfield, 84, of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, passed away September 25, 2018 at Meadow View Health & Rehabilitation Center in Harrisonville, Missouri.

Cremation has been accorded. A Memorial Service for Phillip Ray Birchfield will be held at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, October 4, 2018 at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill with Rev. Kent Deubner officiating. A private inurnment with Full Military Honors provided by the United States Army and V.F.W. Post #3118 Honor Guard of Pleasant Hill will be held at a later date.

In Memory of Phillip Ray Birchfield, contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, Heart of America Chapter, NE Kansas Regional Office, 3625 SW 29th St, Suite 102, Topeka, Kansas 66614 and may be mailed directly or left at the funeral home.

A complete obituary may be viewed at www.wallace-funeralhomes.com


Doris “June” Shubert
Doris “June” Shubert, 94, formerly of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, (most recently Hopkins, Minnesota) died Tuesday, September 18. She was born June 10, 1924 in Kansas City, Missouri; the daughter of Charles and Annabelle (Sexson) Poole.

On December 6, 1942, she married Everett Walton Shubert in Kansas City, Kansas.

June was a devoted mother and homemaker her entire life.

June was an active member of First Baptist Church, Lee’s Summit, Missouri, an avid reader and volunteer librarian at John Knox Village, Lee’s Summit, Missouri.

June and Everett moved to Pleasant Hill in June, 1982 and made their home together until Everett’s death in 1998.

Following the death of Everett, June moved to John Knox Village until she moved to Hopkins, Minnesota in 2016 to be near her oldest daughter. She lived happily at The Glenn in Hopkins until her recent death.

Besides her parents and her husband, Everett, she was preceded in death by her eldest child, David, two brothers, Ivon Poole and Mervin Poole and two sisters, Viola Hamilton and Millie Palmer.

June and her sister Millie were the best of friends and loved traveling, going on cruises and enjoying lots of friend.

Surviving June are her two daughters, Debra Lake of Minnetonka, Minnesota and Denise Hardy of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, three grandchildren, Courtney Gordanier (Cody), Jordan Berg (Tara), and Elizabeth Shubert along with six great-grandchildren, Tucker, Lucy Mae, Adeline, Witten, Luke, and Ryder Everett.

Casket bearers will be Debra Lake, Denise Hardy, Cody Gordanier, Courtney Gordanier, Jordan Berg and Elizabeth Shubert.

Private Family Service will be held at Dickey Funeral Home with burial in Dayton Cemetery near Garden City, Missouri.

June (Mom) is in her forever home – Heaven. (Arr. Dickey FH, Harrisonville, MO 816-884-6244)


Kinley Marie Pinkley
Kinley Marie Pinkley, 8, of Blue Springs, was born, September 7, 2010, in Blue Springs, the daughter of Kyle Pinkley and Christie Ruth.  She departed this life Saturday, September 22, 2018, at her home surrounded with love and family after a three year battle with Metachromatic  Leukodystrophy.

Kinley was a happy, outgoing little girl who treated everyone as a friend and knew no strangers.  Her blue eyes and beautiful eye lashes drew compliments from all who met her.  She loved swimming, roller coaster rides, taking walks, swinging and most of all, playing with her friends and family. She had such a joyous and bubbly personality that all who met her quickly fell in love with her.

Kinley was preceded in death by her maternal great grandparents, George W. and Mary M.  Ruth and Birdie Crathers and Paternal great grandfather Ray Pinkley.

She is survived by her mother Christie Ruth of the home; father Kyle Pinkley of Blue Springs; one brother, Kyland Pinkley of Sedalia; maternal grandfather, Lance (and Linda) Ruth of Greenwood, and maternal grandmother, Penny Ruth of Blue Springs; paternal grandmother, Kim “Gramoo” Brecht of Raytown; paternal great grandma, June “Nana” Pinkley of Harrison, Arkansas; paternal great grandfather, Walter “Poppy” Brecht of Lowry City; other relatives and friends.

Visitation was held Friday, September 28, 2018, at the funeral home.

Funeral services were held Saturday, September 29, 2018, at the First United Methodist Church, Pleasant Hill.  Reverend J.R. Brown officiated.  Interment was in the Greenwood Cemetery.  Casket bearers were James Campbell, Chris Briggs, Bill Glass, Mike Belman, Josh Ruth, Matt Wright, Jason Dillon, and Danny Ware.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Make-A-Wish Foundation or the Ronald McDonald Room at Children’s Mercy.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com

Arrangements: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550


Dorothy Jane Vaughn
Dorothy Jane Vaughn, 73, of Pleasant Hill, was born, October 11, 1944, in Kansas City, the daughter of Auda and Stella (McCalpin) Slagle. She departed this life, Monday, September 24, 2018, at the Lee’s Summit Medical Center Surrounded with love and family.

On August 28, 1960, she was united in marriage to Richard Danny Vaughn in Greenwood.

Dorothy was a homemaker and wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother.  She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, quilting, crafting and cooking.  She also enjoyed working on her I Pad.

Dorothy was preceded in death by one brother Bobby Slagle, and two sisters, Joyce Hitchcock and Anne Frieben.

She is survived by her husband Danny of Pleasant Hill; three sons Rick (and Holly) Vaughn of Pleasant Hill, Chris (and Robin) Vaughn of Amoret, and Kelly Vaughn of Burleson, Texas; five grandchildren, Loren Faldz of Peculiar, Chad (and Sarah) Vaughn of East Lynn, Mitchell Vaughn of Pleasant Hill, Korie Vaughn and Collin Vaughn , both of Burleson; 5 great grandchildren, Aaron, Lydia, Nona, Jimi, and Zoey; one brother, John (and Kathy) Slagle of Holden; one sister, Jackie (and Scott)  Patterson of Concordia; other relatives and friends.

Visitation was held Thursday, September 27, 2018, at the funeral home.

Funeral services were held Friday, September 28, 2018, at the funeral home.  Reverend Rob Vaughn officiated.  Interment was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.  Casket bearers were Ian Patterson, Scott Patterson, Bruce Sloan, Bill Vaughn, Chad Vaughn, and Collin Vaughn.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Children’s Mercy Hospital and may be sent in care of the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com

Arrangements: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550


Lula M. French

Lula M. French, a long-time resident of St. Joseph; Kansas City; Scottsdale, Arizona; and lastly Pleasant Hill, Missouri, passed away on Friday, September 21, 2018, at the home of her daughter in Pleasant Hill. She was 93 years of age.

Born March 20, 1925, Lula grew up in Andrew County, attending Hickory Creek Elementary and Guilford High School, where she graduated in 1942. She married Lewis W. French of Union Star, Missouri, on August 14, 1943. They shared 57 years of marriage before his passing on October 30, 2000.

Lula May worked 38 years in the insurance industry. She was an active member of the American Business Women’s Association, serving as president of the Kansas City chapter at one point. She was also a former member of Woodson Chapel Christian Church in St. Joseph, subsequently transferring her membership to the United Methodist Church of Pleasant Hill. She was a previous active member of the Women’s Church Group, Senior Church Group, and the V.F.W. Auxiliary of Pleasant Hill. She loved to play cards, as well as travel and spend time with her friends and extensive family.

Lula is survived by three children, William “Bill” French (Kathleen) of Jacksonville, Florida, Ruth Helton (Gary) of Pleasant Hill, and Russell “Russ” French (Rosie) of Lawrence, Kansas; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.

Farewell Services 1:00 P.M. Saturday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will gather with friends one hour prior to the service, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions be made to the Interim Hospice, 10977 Granada Lane, Ste 105, Overland Park, KS 66211 or the church or charity of the donorís choice. Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com.


Dorothy J. “Dottie” Miller

Dorothy Jean “Dottie” Miller, 75, of Pleasant Hill, was born, December 10, 1942, in Pleasant Hill, the daughter of Pete and Pauline (Smith) McMurphy. She departed this life, Saturday, September 22, 2018, at St. Luke’s Hospice House, Kansas City, surrounded with love and family.

Dottie attended grade school in Pleasant Hill. The family moved to Butler in 1950 and graduated from Butler High School in 1960.

Following graduation she moved to Kansas City where she worked for the Division of Family Services.  Later she moved back to Pleasant Hill and went to work for Western Electric.  Most recently she had worked Estate Sales for the Barrow Sisters.

On June 8, 1963, she was united in marriage to Donald Wesley Miller in Pleasant Hill. He preceded her in death on February 7, 2009.
Dottie was also preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Vernon McMurphy; an infant sister, Kathryn “Scrappy” Marie Miller; two infant children, Debra Jean Miller and Danny W.  Miller; and one grandson, Denton Miller.

She is survived by one son Doug (and Julie) Miller of Gladstone; one daughter, Dana Doyle of Lake Ozark; nine grandchildren, April, Adam, Anthony, Alec, Ashlynn, Gustavo, Truman, Jack, and Jasmyn; two sisters, Patsy Zellmer of Lexington, Nebraska, and Sandi (and Ron) Beatty of Pleasant Hill; her sister in law, Christine McMurphy of Pleasant Hill; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.

Dottie was an active member of the Pleasant Hill First Christian Church and a charter member of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority of Pleasant Hill.  She was a former member of the Pleasant Hill Optimist Club, the Modern Matrons, and the Bit & Spur Club.  She enjoyed shopping and collecting cookie jars, salt & pepper shakers, and antiques.
Visitation will be held 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 23, 2018, at the funeral home followed by the Beta Sigma Phi Memorial service at 8:00 p.m.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 24, 2018, at the funeral home. Reverend’s Kent and Carla Deubner will officiate.  Interment will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.  Casket bearers are Jason Beatty, Adam Doyle, Alec Doyle, Anthony Doyle, Jeff Miller, and Rick Zellmer.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the First Christian Church or to the St. Luke’s Hospice House and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com

Arrangements: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550


Judy Ann Odom
Judy Ann Odom, 78, of Cleveland, Missouri, passed away September 10, 2018 at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri.

She was the daughter of Wendell C. and Hazel L. Cravens.

Judy was a lifelong resident of Cleveland, Missouri, graduating from Cleveland High School in 1958.

On October 10, 1958, Judy was united in marriage with Benny C. Odom.

The Odom family received friends Friday, September 14, 2018 at the First Baptist Church of Cleveland, Missouri. Funeral Services were held on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at the church. Interment was in the Glenwild Cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to Wallace Funeral Home.

A complete obituary may be viewed at www.wallace-funeralhomes.com


Russell Warren Sevy
Russell Warren Sevy, 90, of Pleasant Hill passed away on September 13th at the Western Missouri Medical Center in Warrensburg. He had currently been residing at the Missouri Veterans Home in Warrensburg. Russell was born on a snowy December 22, 1927 to Guy Houston and Anna Viola (Miller) Sevy in Herrick, SD.

The family later moved to Missouri where Russell graduated from William Chrisman High School. After graduation, he joined the Navy as a Seabee during World War II.

On August 5, 1950, he was united in marriage to Carol Jean Windsor at his mother’s home in Independence, MO. Two daughters were born to this union.

Russell retired from the Leeds General Motors plant in 1982.  After his retirement, they moved to the Lake of the Ozarks, where they became very active with VFW Post 3600 in Climax Springs. Russell not only helped to build the post home but served in various capacities including Commander. Russell never met a stranger, which probably attributes to his success in recruiting new members and collecting for Buddy Poppy drives.

As they aged and health problems prevailed, they moved back to Pleasant Hill where they became active with VFW Post 3118.

Russell was proceeded in death  by his wife of 67 years, Carol, his parents and his brother, Marvin.

Russell is survived by his daughters, Vickie and Charles McCarty of Pleasant Hill and Sue White of Modesto, CA.  His pride and joy were his grandsons, John and Amy Berry and Jeremy Berry of Pleasant Hill. He enjoyed watching the sports of his great grandsons, John, Dylan, Hunter, and Turner. He also leaves his brother, Gordon and Dorothy Sevy of Climax Springs. He was loved and will be missed by his family and many friends.

Military Services will be held September 23rd at 2:00 PM at VFW Post 3118, 1701 Country Club Dr. in Pleasant Hill. Burial will be at the Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, Russell would prefer donations be made to the VFW Service Officers fund to continue assistance to veterans.


Carol A. Cassity
Carol Ann Cassity, 76, of Pleasant Hill, formerly of Knob Noster, was born October 17, 1941, in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Harry and Opal (O’Neal) Heerman.  She departed this life, Tuesday, September 11, 2018, at her son’s home in Pleasant Hill.

On August 26, 1961, she was united in marriage to David Harris Cassity in Elko, Nevada.  He preceded her in death on July 16, 2004.

Carol was also preceded in death by her parents, and one brother, Bill O’Neal.

She is survived by one son, Allen (and Dawn) Cassity of Pleasant Hill; one daughter, A.J. (and Billy) Sowers of Knob Noster; five grandchildren, Eric A. Cassity of Knob Noster, Shelby (and Nick) Audo of Harrisonville, Brandon Cassity of Pleasant Hill, Jaden Sowers and David Sowers, both of Knob Noster; other relatives and friends.

Carol worked at the Dining Facility at Whiteman AFB for several years and was an active volunteer with the Thrift Shop at Whiteman.

Carol loved playing Bingo and going to the casino.  The greatest joy Carol had was her grandchildren.  She was there when they came into this world and there for everything afterwards whether it be birthday, football, softball, wrestling, a recital or making a special delivery of donuts hundreds of miles away.

A Celebration of Carol’s life was held Saturday, September 15, 2018, at the funeral home.  Reverend D. Kent Deubner officiated.
Visitation was held one hour prior to the service.

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.stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com

Arrangements: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080.


Freddie L. King
Freddie L. King, 77, of Lexington, Missouri, died September 13, 2018.

Funeral services were held September 16, 2018. Burial with Military Honors were in the Green Castle, Missouri, Cemetery.

Fred is survived locally by his daughter and son-In-law Dana and Jeff Scott of Pleasant Hill.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.nadlerfullerfh.com

Arrangements: Walker-Nadler-Fuller Funeral Home, 1720 South St., Lexington, Missouri 64067 (660) 259-2245.


Janet S. Gaston
Janet S. Gaston, 73, of Garden City, Missouri, was born, July 19, 1945, in Coffeyville, Kansas, the daughter of Robert C. and Mina L. (Niswonger) Moore.  She departed this life, Sunday, September 16, 2018, at her home surrounded with love and family.

Janet was a 1963 Pleasant Hill High School graduate.

On June 10, 1978, she was united in marriage to Charles D. Gaston in Pleasant Hill.

Janet was employed as the Lead Data Specialist for Unity Village in Lee’s Summit.  She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandkids.

Janet was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her husband Charles Gaston of Garden City; 5 children, Stella Marr of Raymore, Michael (and Kristina) Hoover of Harker Heights, Texas,  Shelli (and Kevin) Ray of Archie, Shea (and Duane) Beddo of Harrisonville, and Tami (and Jerry) Foley of Pleasant Hill; one brother, Robert (and Marilyn) Moore of Harrisonville; one sister, Vickie (and Dennis) Chappell of Monroe, Louisiana; 8 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

Cremation has been accorded.

Private family services will be held at a later date. Inurnment will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com

Arrangements: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong St., Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550.


Ernestine P. Rector
Ernestine Phyllis “Ernie” Rector, 84, of Pleasant Hill,  was born, February 23, 1934, in Hastings, Nebraska, the daughter of Ernest H. and Enola P. (Haynes) Erxleben.  She departed this life, Friday, August 31, 2018, at Meadow View Health & Rehab of Harrisonville, Missouri.

Ernestine was a 1952 Hastings High School graduate later graduating from Hastings College.

On July 3, 1959, she was united in marriage to John T. Rector, III, in Hastings.  He preceded her in death on December 8, 2016.

Ernestine was also preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Ernest P. Erxleben; and 2 half-sisters.

She is survived by two sons, Colonel Russell (and Mary) Rector of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and Michael Rector of Cross City, Florida; one daughter, Susan (and Darrell) Goodwin of Tallahassee, Florida; three grandchildren, Sammy Rector of Murfreesboro, Phoebe (and Kieryn) Parsons of Clarksville, Tennessee, and Hunter Goodwin of Tallahassee; one great grandchild, Chloe Parsons of Clarksville; two nieces; one nephew; other relatives and friends.

Following college Ernestine entered the Nebraska Beauty Pageant and was First Runner-Up to Miss Nebraska.  She went on to become a high school teacher in rural Nebraska.  Later she was Stewardess with TWA where she traveled the world extensively.  She was an active member of the TWA Museum in Kansas City and the Save-A-Connie foundation.

A private interment will be held in the Parkview Cemetery, Hastings, Nebraska.

A graveside memorial service will be held at a later date at the Parkview Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com

Arrangements: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550


Sarah Lea Elliott
Sarah Lea Elliott, 36, of Pleasant Hill, passed away August 7, 2018 in Osceola, Missouri.

Sarah is survived by her daughter, Laura Elliott of Pleasant Hill, her parents, Tom and Jo Lea Elliott of Pleasant Hill; her maternal grandmother, Viola Clements of San Antonio, Texas; her Uncle Kenny; one sister, T. J. Booker and husband Robert of Blue Springs, Missouri; two brothers, Chris Elliott and wife Sissy of Russellville, Arkansas, and Jason Elliott and wife Kathy of Des Moines, Iowa; “sister of the heart”, Jessica Elliott of Pleasant Hill; aunts, uncles, nephews, and numerous cousins; her fiancé, Stephen Wilson of Holden, Missouri, other relatives and many friends.

The family of Sarah Lea Elliott will host a Celebration of Life Service, 4:00 p.m. Saturday, September 15, 2018 at the Pleasant Hill City Lake in Pleasant Hill, Missouri.

A complete obituary may be viewed at www.wallace-funeralhomes.com


Joli Ann (Pollard) Brandt
Joli Ann (Pollard) Brandt, 61 of Lee’s Summit, Missouri passed away suddenly, on September 5, 2018.

Visitation was held at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill on Monday, September 10, 2018. A private burial was held separately.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to the Willie Pollard Memorial Scholarship Fund. Please make checks payable to Summit Lanes with “Willie Pollard Scholarship Fund” in the memo field.  If there are any questions regarding the scholarship fund, please feel free to contact Summit Lanes at (816) 524-3322.

A complete obituary may be viewed at www.wallace-funeralhomes.com


Patricia Ann (Sloan) Alexander
Patricia Ann “Patty” Alexander, 79, lifelong resident of Pleasant Hill, passed away August 31, 2018 at Lee’s Summit Medical Center, Lee’s Summit, Missouri.

The family of Patricia A. (Sloan) Alexander received friends Friday, September 7, 2018 at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill. Funeral Services were held Saturday, September 8, 2018 at the funeral home with Rev. Carla S. Deubner and Rev. Kent Deubner officiating. Casketbearers were Richard Preston Alexander, Kevin Michael Alexander, Joshua Dean Alexander, Sawyer Marriott Fuller, Lillian Adele Fuller and Talis Xavier Walton. Interment was in the Sloan Cemetery.

Contributions are suggested to the First Christian Church (DOC) of Pleasant Hill, Missouri.

A complete obituary may be viewed at www.wallace-funeralhomes.com


Katherine Regan
Katherine V. (Katie) Regan, 91, went to heaven August 18, 2018, in the care of Crossroads Hospice. Pleasant Hill folks will remember her by the custom kittycat paint job on her little white Chevy, compliments of her grandson Kyle. Memorial Mass at St. Bridget Catholic Church, 2103 Lexington Road, Pleasant Hill, at noon, Tuesday, September 18th. See website www.charterfunerals.com for full obituary.


Tena Anna Doehla
Tena Anna Doehla, 107, of rural Concordia, MO, passed away on Friday, August 31, 2018, peacefully at home one day after her birthday.

Tena was born August 30, 1911, near Lohman, MO, to Otto Strobel and Johanna Rockelmann Strobel. She attended grade school locally and German Lutheran School at her church. She served as a nanny for various families in the Jefferson City and Lohman communities as well as being a devoted Sunday school teacher at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Lohman. In 1946, she moved to Kansas City and served as a room mother at the Spofford Home, an orphanage for boys.

Tena had known Gilbert Doehla through his sister and her friend, Lenora, for many years. After dating for 13 years, they married on Easter Sunday, April 6, 1947…..after Gilbert drove to Kansas City to get her. Their two children were born before they moved to the rural Concordia farm in early 1957 where they lived until his death and hers on August 31.

The Concordia community provided the best possible, loving neighbors and friends for the rest of her life. She loved the neighborhood children and they loved to visit and play “in the attic”. She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Concordia.

Tena was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and faithful to all who knew her. She loved children, gardening, her flowers, cooking and animals. But, first and foremost, she loved her Lord Jesus. She had been ready to be with Him for years and is now overjoyed to be in His presence with family and friends.

Tena was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Gilbert; daughter, Shirley Cleveland; a daughter in infancy; sister, Laura Gasau; brother, Leo Strobel; and many friends.

She is survived by her son, Jim Doehla (Myra) of Pleasant Hill, MO; son-in-law, Greg Cleveland of Warrensburg, MO; five grandchildren: Joy Hawkins (Andrew) of Pleasant Hill, Jamie Heck of Overland Park, KS, Joel Doehla (Sandra) of Shawnee, KS, Ashley Howard (Zac) of Lee’s Summit, MO, and Ross Cleveland (Taylor) of Russellville, MO; and six great-grandchildren: Riley, Parker and Reagan Hawkins, and Harper, Weston and Ellisyn Howard.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, September 6, 2018, at Campbell-Lewis Chapel in Concordia, with Rev. Marc Jackson officiating. Visitation will be held from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be in St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery in Concordia. Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Grade School. Friends may sign the online register book at www.campbell-lewis.com


Donald Dean Fenton
Don Fenton, 78, Harrisonville, MO, died Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at his home.  A celebration gathering was held Sunday, September 2, 2018 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville.  Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association.

(Arrangements-Atkinson Funeral Home, 816-380-3268, atkinsonfuneralhome.com).


S. Gail Creason
S. Gail Creason, 82, of Greenwood was born March 11, 1936, in Hallsville, Missouri, the daughter of Seldon Tolson and Myrtle May (Ott) Shern.  She departed this life, Wednesday, August 15, 2018, at the Lee’s Summit Medical Center.

Gail was a 1954 Hallsville High School graduate. On September 1, 1956, she was united in marriage to Bobby Dean Creason in Hallsville.  They later divorced.

Gail had been employed as a house keeper for the ABC nursing home in Harrisonville, at the Lee’s Summit Hospital, and Unity Village. She was a member of the Pleasant Hill First Christian Church and the Single Promenaders square dancing group. She enjoyed square dancing, cooking, gardening, going out to eat and was especially fond of the Royals and Salvador Perez.

Gail was preceded in death by her ex-husband Bobby; two brothers, S.T. Shern and Denver Shern; and two sisters, Jan Newton and Betty Blumer.

She is survived by two sons, Greg Creason of Greenwood, and Denver (and Wanda) Creason of Pleasant Hill; one daughter Pamela (and Jim Beebe) of Pleasant Hill; two granddaughters, Miranda Pearson of Los Angeles, California, and JoAnn Burrage of Del City, Oklahoma; two great-grandchildren, Kylie Burrage and J.D. Burrage of Del City; other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 21, 2018, at the funeral home. Reverend D. Kent Deubner will officiate. Interment will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Casket bearers are Mike Blumer, Richard Blumer, Steve Blumer, Peter Breeze, Lou Clark, and Robin Sharp.

Visitation will be held 10:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Lay Clergy Council of Pleasant Hill and may be sent in care of the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com


Majorie Grace (Stayton) Coleman
Marjorie Coleman, 91, of Peculiar passed away August 13, 2018 at Foxwood Springs Living Center in Raymore.

Marjorie was a 1945 graduate of Pleasant Hill High School. On April 6, 1947 she was united in marriage with Harley Coleman.

Cremation was accorded. A Memorial Service was held on Tuesday, August 21 at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill. The family received friends Monday evening, August 20 at the funeral home.

The family suggests contributions to the Missouri 4-H Foundation, 109 Whitten Hall, Columbia, MO. 65211

A complete obituary may be viewed at www.wallace-funeralhomes.com


Cletis D. Snyder
Cletis Dee Snyder, 91, of Pleasant Hill, was born, July 14, 1927, on a farm southeast of Latour, the daughter of John W. and Vangy (Shelten) Murphy.  She departed this life, Wednesday, August 8, 2018, at the Foxwood Springs Rehabilitation Center in Raymore, Missouri.

Cletis was a 1944 Latour High School Graduate.

On July 23, 1948, she was united in marriage to Bill J. Snyder in Kansas City.  He preceded her in death on August 4, 2011.

Cletis was also preceded in death by one son, Larry Snyder on May 21, 2016; a grandson, Christopher Snyder; one brother, Jimmy Murphy; and one sister, Freda Shipley.

She is survived by three children, Billy (and Sherrie) Snyder, Dennis (and Melinda) Snyder, and Darlene (and Clifford) Eslick, all of Pleasant Hill; nine grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; one brother, Bill (and Bonnie) Murphy of Kingsville; two sisters, Stella Whiteman of Kingsville, and Mary McKay of Holden; many other relatives and friends.

Cletis was a homemaker and enjoyed working alongside Bill on their family farm of 67 years.  Prior to her marriage she had been employed as a waitress in Holden (where she first met Bill), and also at Sears & Roebuck in Kansas City.  She enjoyed spending time with family, gardening, sewing, quilting, crocheting, painting and watching the Royals. She was an active member of the East Lynne Baptist Church.

Visitation was held August 12, 2018, at the funeral home.

Funeral services were held Monday, August 13, 2018, at the funeral home.  Reverend Matt Peery officiated. Interment was in the Staley-Mound Cemetery. Casket bearers were Clint Eslick, Justin Eslick, B.J. Snyder, Chase Snyder, Matt Snyder, and Tim Taylor.  Honorary casket bearers were Max Schmoll and Don Sousley.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Staley-Mound Cemetery and may be sent in care of the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanelydickeyfuneralhome.com

Arrangements: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550


Martha Grace “Marti” Wright
Martha Grace (Marti) Wright, 83, of Pleasant Hill, Missouri passed away on August 3, 2018 in Harrisonville.

Marti was born in Wichita, Kansas to Adrian Morris Wright and Martha Beatrice Atkeson Wright on November 20, 1934.  She attended Gem Elementary, Valley Center (Ks) High School and Johnson County Community College. She worked as an executive administrative assistant for several corporations in Kansas City.  She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star and Village Presbyterian Church, Prairie Village, Kansas. Marti loved being outdoors and a highlight of her life was watching the 2017 solar eclipse with her granddaughter and great-grandchildren. She was an avid bird and weather watcher, painter, and prolific writer.

Marti is preceded in death by her parents; a son, Robert James Warfield; two grandchildren, Nichole Warfield and Zellus Dean Thompson; a great-grandchild, Logan Alexander Engle; a sister, Roseann Porter; a niece, Leesa Stout Fitzgerel; a nephew, Reid Porter; and three former spouses, Lloyd Lee Tracy, Kay Dean Warfield, and Dean L. Barber.

Marti is survived by her children, Linda Tracy Warfield Thompson and husband, John, Pleasant Hill; Dena Kay Royal, Coupeville, Washington; and Shamay Warfield and wife, Rabkah, Jacksonville, Texas; her sister, Ruth Elma Stout, Muskogee, Oklahoma; her brother, Allen Wright and wife, Mary, Downieville, California; grandchildren, Sararose Thompson Althauser and husband, Nick, Pleasant Hill; Daniel Aaron Jones, Richmond, Virginia; Andrew George Royal and fiancée, Holly Born, Lynden, Washington; Jonathan Adrian Peter Royal and wife, Alyssa, Seattle, Washington; Adrianna Grace Royal, San Diego, California; Elizabeth Saunders, Michigan; Rheachel Warfield-Scholl and husband, John, Texas; great-grandchildren, Brayden and Isaiah McMillan; Mason, Porter, Lyla, and Walker Althauser; Rayden Shipman and Rhea Scholl; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be given to Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art or Pleasant Hill Parks and Recreation Department.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.   Inurnment will take place at Old Mission Mausoleum, Wichita, Kansas. Funeral arrangements provided by Wallace Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.


Neal Eugene Cline
Neal Eugene Cline was born March 19, 1931 in Minneapolis, Kansas and departed this life on August 2, 2018 at his home in Pleasant Hill, Missouri surrounded by the love of his family, at the age of 87 years, 4 months and 14 days.

Neal is survived by his wife, Janet Cline of the home; one son, Clifford Cline and wife Jane of Kansas City, Missouri; three brothers, John Cline, Evan Cline and wife Shirley all of Seattle, Washington, and Dan Cline and wife Toni of Liberty, Missouri; one sister, Janet Ferrett of Kansas City, Missouri; one daughter-in-law, Diane Cline Dotson of Kansas City, Missouri; seven grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.

A Graveside Service was held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery with Chaplain Jim Tolliver officiating. Music by Matt Valois. Full Military Honors were provided by the United States Navy and V.F.W. Post #3118 Honor Guard of Pleasant Hill.

A complete obituary may be viewed at www.wallace-funeralhomes.com


Lawrence L. Loney
Lawrence L. Loney, age 77, of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, passed away at John Knox Village House  in Lee’s Summit, Missouri on August 1st, 2018.

A Visitation Service will be held at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church on Monday, August 8th located at 1111 W. Foxwood Dr, Raymore, MO 64083 at 1:00 p.m. with a Funeral Service to follow at 2:00 p.m.  Burial will take place at the Raymore Cemetery located in Raymore, Missouri following the Funeral Service.

Memorial Contributions in lieu of flowers can be made to the Lions Park Horseshoe Club (Peculiar), 16206 E. 307th St. Harrisonville, MO 64701.

Lawrence was born on October 31st, 1940, in Amboy, Illinois. He was the son of Adron Loney and Pearl Reeter Loney.

The Loney Family moved to Chillicothe in 1947, where they purchased the farm on which Lawrence grew up.  He attended Chillicothe High School and enlisted in the United States Air Force after graduation.  After 4 years of active duty, he was employed as an aircraft mechanic in the civil service at Richards Gebauer AFB in Belton, Missouri.  On November 12th, 1961, Lawrence and Mary Ellen Street were united in marriage. They settled on an acreage East of Raymore, enjoyed 56 years of marriage, and had three children: Dale, David, and Carol.

Lawrence was able to visit Germany, Panama, Iceland, and Hawaii as a reservist, but his greatest love was working on his farm, baling hay, and gardening.  He restored his father’s 1937 John Deere Tractor and loved showing it off in local parades. His favorite hobby was pitching horseshoes with the Lions Park Horseshoe Club in Peculiar, Missouri. He was quite committed to pitching and competed in the World Horseshoe Tournament in Topeka.

Lawrence is preceded in death by his parents, Adron and Pearl Loney.

He is survived by his wife Mary Loney; two sons, Dale Loney and David Loney (wife, Debbie); daughter Carol Petrini (husband, Marco); sister, Joyce Perry (husband, Ron); five granddaughters, Courtney, Caitlynn, Cortney (husband, Brian), Erica, and Eva; and four great-grandchildren.


Donald Lee Askren
Donald Lee Askren, 80, formerly of Charlestown, IN passed away on Tuesday July 31, 2018 at the home of his daughter in Pleasant Hill, MO.

Don was born on October 9, 1937 in Woodlawn, OH to Edward and Evelyn McFarland Askren. He was a former business owner, a member of the Masonic Lodge #407 in LaGrange, KY, Scottish Rite Valley of Louisville, the Kosair Shrine and an attendee of the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church.

Don was a devoted father and grandfather and a generous, humorous person that touched the lives of many people. Survivors include his son Ben Askren; daughter, Angela Askren; brothers, Howard, Paul, Alan and Timothy Askren; and beloved grandchildren, Aislee Gonzalez, Walter Askren, Emma Askren and Lawson Gonzalez.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations be made in his honor to KosairCharities.org


Patricia A. “Pat” Hensel
Patricia A. “Pat” Hensel, 80, of Independence, MO., formerly of Lone Jack, MO. passed away July 25, 2018 at her home.

Cremation has been accorded.  The family of Patricia A. “Pat” Hensel will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. Thursday, August 9, 2018 at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill, MO. A Memorial Service will immediately follow at 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home, with Pastor Bradford Bray officiating.

In lieu of flowers the family is asking that donations be made to the SPCA or your local animal shelter.

A complete obituary may be viewed at www.wallace-funeralhomes.com


Rickey Lee Kuhns
Rickey Lee Kuhns was born December 13, 1960 in Ancon, Panama Canal Zone and departed this life on July 22, 2018 at Belton Regional Medical Center in Belton, Missouri at the age of 57 years, 7 months and 9 days.

He was the son of MSgt. James Harold Kuhns and Angelene Mae (Carson) Kuhns.

The family of Rickey Lee Kuhns will host a Celebration of Life Memorial Service, 4:00 p.m., August 4, 2018  at Saved By Grace Fellowship, 519 S. Prairie Lane,
Raymore, Missouri 64083, with Pastor Kevin Coffman and Pastor Shauna Coffman officiating.

Cremation arrangements entrusted to Wallace Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill, MO.

A complete obituary may be viewed at www.wallace-funeralhomes.com


Raymond Gilbert “Sonny” Price
Ray Price, 80, of Blue Springs, Missouri passed away July 27, 2018 in Pleasant Hill, at the home of his daughter, Eron West, surrounded by the love of
his family.

Ray is survived by one son, Randy Price and wife Gail of Independence, Missouri; one daughter, Eron West and husband Josh of Pleasant Hill, Missouri; one sister, Beverly Waddell of Lexington, Missouri; grandchildren, Jeremy Price and wife Leah of Blue Springs, Missouri, Rachelle Price of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, and Rileigh, Emileigh, Aiden, and Brinleigh West; one nephew, Steve Waddell and wife Liz of Lexington, Missouri, other relatives and many, many friends.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 from 5-7 p.m. at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill. Funeral Service will immediately
follow at 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Wyatt Shanks officiating. Cremation will be accorded following services.


Donna Karel Welborn-Farrar
Donna Karel (Welborn) Farrar, 62, of Bucyrus, KS passed away July 25th at her home. Donna was born March 23, 1956 at Cass County Hospital, Harrisonville, MO to John W. (Jack) Welborn and Carol (Decker) Welborn. On July 24, 1988, Donna was united in marriage to Brant Farrar at the Longview Farm Chapel. Three children were joined to this union, Natasha, Lane and Seth Farrar.

Donna graduated from Pleasant Hill High School in 1974 and served as a cheerleader for 6 years. She received her Associates Degree from Metropolitan Junior College in Kansas City, MO with a degree in merchandising.

She was a Chiefette with the Kansas City Chiefs and led the line for several years. She also owned and operated a Levi store in Lee’s Summit, MO for several years. She was also a big help to her father in the start up of his electrical company, ECA.

In addition, she owned and managed several investment properties.

Donna loved to travel and enjoyed trips to France, Rome, Greece, Italy, and Hawaii. She had taken ballet lessons in London.

Her children were her pride and joy and she wholeheartedly took part in the Barstow School, Kansas City, MO where all three children were “lifers”.

Donna was a member of the Community of Christ Church in Pleasant Hill, MO.

She was preceded in death by her father, Jack Welborn and her grandparents.

Donna is survived by her daughter, Natasha Leanne Stock (Chris), Loch Lloyd, MO; sons, Lane Welborn Farrar (Vanessa), New York, NY, and Seth Andrew Farrar, Kansas City, MO; former spouse, Brant Farrar, Overland Park, KS; step-son, Jason Farrar of Olathe, KS; her mother, Carol Welborn, Loch Lloyd, MO; her sister, Debbie Kolwyck, McAlpin, FL; grandchildren, Ciel and Miller Stock, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends.

Donna’s wishes were to be cremated with her ashes being spread in two of her favorite spots – Jackson Hole, WY, and Maui, HI. Her memorial plaque will be in the Welborn family plot in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Pleasant Hill, MO.

The family of Donna Karel (Welborn) Farrar will receive friends at a Celebration of Life Visitation from 2 – 4:00 p.m. Saturday, August 4, 2018 at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill, MO.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Pleasant Hill Education Foundation/ Welborn Family Scholarship, and may be mailed to, Jackie Emo, Pleasant Hill School District, 318 Cedar, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080, and/or Alzheimer’s Association, Heartland Chapter, 3846 W. 75th Street, Prairie Village, Kansas 66208-0076.


Candy Jean(Gentry) Greenwood
Candy Jean (Gentry) Greenwood was born April 7, 1964 in Harrisonville, Missouri and departed this life, surrounded by the love of her family, on June 27, 2018 at her home in Pleasant Hill, Missouri.

She was the daughter of Clifford B. and Rosie Darlene (Clements) Gentry.

Candy spent her entire life in Pleasant Hill and attended Pleasant Hill Schools.

Graveside Service and inurnment will be held 10 a.m. Friday, August 3, 2018 at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

A complete obituary may be viewed at www.wallace-funeralhomes.com

Arrangements: Wallace Funeral Home.


Darla Rae Neal
Darla Rae Neal, 72, Pleasant Hill, MO, died July 11, 2018 at her home in Pleasant Hill that she shared with her daughter, Shelly Fulwider and her grandson, Aidan Amor.  A Celebration of Life was held July 18 at Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville, MO.

Darla was born January 13, 1946 in Kansas City, KS, the daughter of William H. and Lois E. (Crisp) Hoppe.  She had lived in Harrisonville and Lowry City, MO before moving to Pleasant Hill 13 years ago.  Darla had worked for Western Electric and AT&T.  She was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary in Pleasant Hill.  She also was a volunteer at the Pleasant Hill Clothes Closet.

Darla was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Charles Anderson, a sister, Robin Marlett,and a granddaughter, Crystal Totten.  She is survived by one son, Michael Totten, Greenwood, MO; one daughter, Shelly Fulwider, Pleasant Hill, MO; one brother, Robert Anderson, Bethany, MO; one sister, Jan Anderson Wainwright, Raymore, MO; 4 grandchildren, Branden Streit, Jessica McConville, Christopher Totten, and Aiden Amor, and 5 great-grandchildren.

(Arr-Atkinson Funeral Home, 816-380-3268; atkinsonfuneralhome.com).


David Wilhite
David Wilhite, 39, of Pleasant Hill,  passed away July 12, 2018 at Lee’s Summit Medical Center in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.

David was a 1997 graduate of Pleasant Hill High School. After graduation, David worked in the construction industry until declining health forced his retirement.

Funeral Services were held on Monday, July 16 at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill with Pastor Kevin Coffman officiating. Casket Bearers were Michael Whitehead,

Josh Marshall, Rusty Foley, Austin Seleman, Joshua Kuhns, Jake Greer, Travis Hodges and Charlie Greer. Interment was in Johnson County Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

A complete obituary may be viewed at www.wallace-funeralhomes.com


Glenda Laralee Jensen
Glenda Laralee Jensen, 77, born August 13th, 1940 passed away at home, July 10th, 2018. She was born in Garden City,
Missouri and resided in Pleasant Hill, Missouri.

Glenda is survived by her two children, her daughter Teresa Vaughan and her husband, Randy Vaughan; her son Justin Ray Jensen and his partner, Christopher Dudley; her sister Janet Fenton; two grandsons; Steven and David Vaughan; and she had three grand fur babies, Sheldon and Sarge Jendud and Daisy Vaughan; as well as her own beloved fur baby,  Rex.

Glenda was preceded in death by her mother, Sarah Ritter Breeden and her Father, Glenn Breeden, as well as a infant brother, Charles Breeden.

In her retirement, Glenda enjoyed maintaining her flower gardens, observing wildlife, roughhousing with her beloved Rex, spending time with both her human and canine grandchildren. Glenda was fond of puzzles and online games. Glenda was also a keen observer of human behavior from her living room window. Glenda also took joy in following all the recent political events.

Glenda’s career was spent mostly in the customer service industry. She was often sought for assistance by many of the senior citizens served by the store. She knew them by name and they knew her by name. They were her little extended family.

Funeral services were held Sunday, July 15, 2018 at the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill, Missouri.


Yoshiko Knope
On Monday, July 9, 2018, Yoshiko Knope passed away at the age of 81 years.

Yoshiko was born in Okinawa, Japan to Soko and Uto Machida. It was there she attended high school and was later employed at the United States Marine Corps base where she met her husband James. They were married for 47 years.

Yoshiko’s legacy lives on through her daughter, Alice Martin and her husband Tony, and through her grandchildren Kelcey Clapp and her husband Jordan, Noah and Jonah, and great-grandchildren Emmy, Ollie, and Hazel. They all lovingly called her “Obaa.”

She is preceded in death by her parents Soko and Uto Machida, and her brother Minoru. She is survived by her sisters Sadako, Chiyoko, and Sumiko, and her brother Kunio.
Yoshiko loved to garden extensively and go bowling. She also loved to spoil her grandkids and great-grandkids rotten. She was a faithful supporter of Kansas City baseball and football and Indiana basketball. She will be sorely missed.

Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill, Missouri. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Pleasant Hill, Missouri.

The family suggest in lieu of flowers that memorial contributions may be made to Pearl S. Buck International.


Linda Zeiler
A Celebration of Life will be held on July 14, 2018 at 2:00 pm at the Harrisonville Community Center for Linda Zeiler.


Robert Phelps Connell, Jr.
Robert Phelps Connell, Jr. was born on September 18, 1949 in Los Angeles, California and departed this life, surrounded by the love of his family, on June 28, 2018 at his home in Pleasant Hill, Missouri, at the age of 68.

The family of Robert Phelps Connell, Jr. received friends on Monday, July 2, 2018 at the Wallace Funeral Home.  Funeral Service immediately followed with Pastor Todd MacLean officiating. Full Military Honors were provided by the United States Marine Corp and V.F.W. Post #3118 Honor Guard of Pleasant Hill, Missouri.

A complete obituary may be viewed at www.wallace-funeralhomes.com


Beverly Jo (Dinges) Clark
Beverly Jo Clark, 81, lifelong resident of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, was born September 9, 1936 in Pleasant Hill, the daughter of Floyd “Bo” and Beatrice P. (Roupe) Dinges.  She departed this life on Friday, June 29, 2018 at St. Luke’s East Hospital, Lee’s Summit, Missouri.

Beverly was a 1954 graduate of Pleasant Hill High School.

On December 30, 1961, she was united in marriage to Charles W. Clark in Lee’s Summit. He preceded her in death on September 23, 2006.

Beverly was a homemaker, very devoted and loving wife, mother, and grandmother. Prior to her marriage, she had been employed as an administrative assistant for Mobil Oil and the Panhandle Eastern Pipeline Co.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church, now Grace Family Fellowship, Pleasant Hill.  Growing up she enjoyed riding horses, playing the piano and was a Pleasant Hill High School Drum Majorette.  She enjoyed spending time with friends and family, especially her grandchildren, flower gardening, bird watching, playing the piano, and her beloved dogs.

She was also preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Donald Floyd Dinges.

She is survived by her daughter, Julie (and Doug) Duffield of Lee’s Summit; two sons, Greg (and Sally) Clark of Raymore, Missouri, and Tim (and Linda) Clark of Greenwood, Missouri; three grandsons, Kevin Clark, Christopher (and Lacey) Clark, and Nickolas Clark, all of Lee’s Summit; two great grandchildren, twins Maeve and Nolan Clark, both of Lee’s Summit; sister-in law Paula Dinges of Pleasant Hill; many other relatives and cherished friends.  Also surviving are her beloved dogs, Skippy and Bandit, and grand-dogs Lacey and Beau.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 5, 2018, at the funeral home.  Interment will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.  Casket bearers are Greg Clark, Kevin Clark, Christopher Clark, Nickolas Clark, Doug Duffield and Lance Dinges.

Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until service time.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Wayside Waifs and may be sent in care of the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com

Arrangements: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550


Irene Ledom
Elizabeth Irene Ledom, 94, of Pleasant Hill, was born August 25, 1924, in Ottawa, Kanas, the daughter of Wesley Miles and Georgia Lee (Bunyan) Striplin.  She departed this life Sunday, July 1, 2018, at the Westwood Living Center in Clinton.

On August 6, 1941, she was united in marriage to Golde Max Ledom in Ottawa, Kansas.  He preceded her in death on January 17, 2006.

Irene was a homemaker. She loved shopping on QVC, redecorating and arranging furniture, knitting (she made an afghan for all her grandchildren), and teaching ceramic painting.  She especially enjoyed fussing over her grandchildren. One of her traits, which many will fondly remember, is that she always wore earrings; as soon as she woke up she put them on.

She was also preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her son Dr. Wesley M. (and Barbara) Ledom Prairie Village, Kansas; her daughter, Brenda Davis of Raytown; special daughter Judy Ledom of Prairie Village; 5 grandchildren, Devin (and Arika) Ledom of Overland Park, Heather (and Robert) Meyer of Prairie Village, Patrice (and Kenny) Adams and Todd (and Samantha) Dinges, all of Pleasant Hill, and Jake Ledom of Prairie Village; 10 great grandchildren, Landry Ledom, Lawson Ledom,  Brianna Ledom, and Alexis Ledom, all of Prairie Village;  Stephen (and Sara) Adams of Birmingham, Alabama, Spencer Adams of Springfield, Missouri, Trisha (and Taylor) Scrivner, of Peculiar, Johnnie Berry, Macee Adams, and Hayden Dinges, all of Pleasant Hill; 2 great great grandchildren, Einsley Scrivner, Brayden Adams; other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 6, 2018, at the funeral home.  Family and friends will officiate.  Interment will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.  Casket bearers are Kenny Adams, Spencer Adams, Johnnie Berry, Todd Dinges, Devin Ledom, and Jake Ledom.

Visitation will be held 9:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.

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: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550


Gretta Kay Isabell Bisby-Lacy
Gretta  Kay Isabell Bisby-Lacy was born on September 19, 1941 in St Joseph, Missouri to Edwin and Verna Bisby. She passed away June 23rd at Truman Medical Center after complications from surgery.

Gretta is survived by three children; Judy Smith, Cheryl Taylor, and John Lacy; one brother, Jack Bisby; her son-in-law, Bill Smith; her sister-in-law, Vicky Bisby; three grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.

Gretta lived in Holden Mo. for twenty-four years and enjoyed playing bingo and spending time with her family.

We will forever miss her and will never forget her infectious optimism and love.

Rest in peace Mama.


Louis Albert Sack
Louis Albert Sack, 88, of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, passed away June 16, 2018 at the Pleasant Hill Health and Rehabilitation Center. Louis was born March 8, 1930 in Madison Township, Johnson County, Missouri.

The family of Louis Albert Sack received friends Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at the Wallace Funeral Home. A Memorial Prayer Service immediately followed, with Monsignor Robert Murphy, officiating. Casket Bearers were Alan Sack, Ricky Sack, Josh Milburn, Jesse Sack, Tyler Ellis and Forrest “B. J.” Allen. Burial was in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Holden, Missouri. Family suggests contributions to Shriners Hospitals for Children.

A complete obituary may be viewed at www.wallace-funeralhomes.com


CMSgt. Harry Herman Willis, USAF Retired
CMSgt. Harry Herman Willis, USAF Retired, 86, of Pleasant Hill passed away June 15, 2018 at his home, surrounded by the love of his family.

A Graveside Service was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at the Wills Cemetery, Peculiar, MO, with Pastor Keith Swartz officiating. Full military honors were provided by the United States Air Force and VFW Post #3118 Honor Guard of Pleasant Hill. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Carol Willis.

A complete obituary may be viewed at www.wallace-funeralhomes.com


Carol K. Cox
Carol Kay Cox, age 62, of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, was born to the late Joseph Charles and Beverly Ann (Denton) Chaffee on July 13, 1955. She departed this life, Monday, June 13, 2018, at the Kansas City Hospice House surrounded with love and family.

Carol grew up in Oak Grove, Missouri, spending her childhood summers with her horses, and entertaining rodeo crowds throughout the region with her trick riding skills. She spent her falls and winters visiting her G’pa Ted and G’ma Ethel’s barbershop in Raytown, Missouri, sweeping up the hair and talking with customers. She graduated Oak Grove High School in 1973, a two-time homecoming queen, and was married that same year to the love of her life, Randy Cox.

Carol is survived by her loving husband and best friend, Randy Devon Cox of the home; two sons, James (and Leah) Cox of Pleasant Hill and Joseph (and Jennifer) Cox of Shawnee, Kansas; her one granddaughter and favorite of them all, Poppy Cox of Shawnee; one brother, Phillip Chaffee of Oak Grove; one uncle, Jack Chaffee of Oak Grove; many more close family and friends too numerous to mention.

She would tell you that she enjoyed the “simple life”; a music filled home in the country, with her dogs and cats, surrounded by wildlife, and her hummingbirds, was Carol’s definition. There she raised her sons and made her home a sanctuary for friends and family. The “simple life” was occasionally interrupted with sparks of stardom, like that time she met her idol, Reba McEntire in the Wal-Mart bathroom, where they hummed a duet of “Fancy” together while they washed their hands.

Being simply a housewife was not her only calling. In her thirties, while raising two brilliant and handsome sons and learning to play the guitar, she put herself through college and graduated with honors from Longview University in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.  Soon after she became a teacher’s aide for the special education department of Pleasant Hill Middle School retiring in 2001. She impacted hundreds of student’s hearts and minds with her relentless kindness and her lenient, but firm, approach to discipline.

Cremation has been accorded.

Private services will be held at a later date with inurnment in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the ASPCA and may be sent in care of funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent in care of the funeral home at www.stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com

Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550


Raymond “Tag” Ford

Raymond Leroy “Tag” Ford, 85, of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, was born, November 4, 1932, in Pittsburg, Kansas, the son of Charles Henry and Daisy Dixie (Miller) Ford.  He departed this life, Sunday, June 3, 2018, at the St. Luke’s East Medical center surrounded with love and family.

Tag was a 1950 Pittsburg High School graduate.

On December 30, 1950, he was united in marriage to Geraldine “Gerry” Williamson in Pittsburg; she preceded him in death on September 12, 2012.  On May 13, 2013, was united in marriage to Eva Christine (Vancil) Bell in Harrisonville; she survives.

Tag was employed as a Lineman for KCP&L retiring in 1993.  He had been an active member of the First Baptist Church in Pleasant Hill.  He enjoyed coaching kid’s baseball, collecting unique and different items, and a good auction.  Most importantly he enjoyed spending time with his family.

Tag was also preceded in death by one son Chris Ford on May 15, 2009; one brother, George “Bud” Ford; and one sister, Charlene Thompson.

He is survived by his wife Eva of Pleasant Hill; one son, Clayton (and Linda) Ford of St. Augustine, Florida; daughter-in-law, Rhonda Ford of Pleasant Hill; one stepson Tim (and Eileen) Soldner; one step daughter, Janette (and Mark) Pruitt of Overland Park;  grandchildren Toby (and Katie) Ford of Austin, Texas, Nick (and Genie) Ford of Augusta, Kansas, Kelli (and Andrew) Winemiller of Pittsburg, Kansas, Cody Ford of Pleasant Hill, and Travis (and Oliccia) Ford of Pleasant Hill; ten great grandchildren Serenity Ford, Jack Ford, Addie Ford , Christopher Ford, Lily Winemiller, Hudson Ford, Jaxon Ford, Taylor Ford, Harper Ford, and Triton Ford; one sister, Sharon (and Dan) Sisk of McCune, Kansas; other relatives and friends
Cremation has been accorded.

A memorial service was held Thursday, June 7, 2018, at the funeral home. Reverend Wyatt Shanks officiated.  Inurnment was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Visitation was held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions are suggested to 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: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550


Robert “ Lee” Schindorff
Robert L. “Lee” Schindorff, 93, of Warrensburg formerly of Raytown and Pleasant Hill, was born, January 15, 1925, in Pleasant Hill, the son of Thomas and Goldie (Burden) Schindorff.  He departed this life, Sunday, May 20, 2018, at the Harmony Gardens Assisted Living Center, Warrensburg.
Lee was a 1942 Pleasant Hill High School graduate and a WWII Army Veteran.

On October 25, 1948, he was united in marriage to Mabel L. Fanning in Kansas City.  She preceded him in death on November 16, 1997.
Lee was also preceded in death by his parents; one sister, June Mackie.

He is survived by two sisters, Kathleen Hunter of Mesa, Arizona, and Pauline Hibdon of Warrensburg; friend and companion Mary “Dolly” Macrae; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.

For 35 years, Lee was a Fireman and Arson Investigator for the North Kansas City Fire Department.  Lee was also a professional Magician. Lee entertained many audiences in the Kansas City and Chicago areas. In the 1950’s, Lee wowed guests at The Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, Colorado, doing 5 Magic shows daily, for one month. He was a member of the American Legion.  He loved hunting and fishing.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 29, 2018, at the funeral home.  Graveside military services and interment followed in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery with full military honors by the United States Army and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3118 Honor Guard.

Memorial contributions are suggested to American Heart Association and may be sent in care of the funeral home.

A complete obituary will be published in next week’s edition of the Pleasant Hill Times and online at www.stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550


Linda Darlene Zeiler
Linda Zeiler passed away on May 18, 2018 unexpectedly from a presumed heart attack in her home.  She was born in Harrisonville, Missouri on September 4, 1965.

Linda was preceeded in death by her parents Larry and Darlene Zeiler, her brother Curtis Zeiler, and all of her grandparents.  She is survived by her sister Tammy Zeiler of Creighton, her aunt Eleanore Bohannon of Harrisonville, her niece and nephew, Kirsten and David Zeiler of Butler, and many cousins.  Linda had been employed by Pfizer for over 20 years.  She started there as a warehouse worker and left as shipping/receiving manager.

There are no words to describe the loss to her family and friends.  She was so kind, caring and compassionate.  She loved animals and rescued many.  A celebration of life service will be planned in the near future.


John Richard “Dick” Buckner
John Richard “Dick” Buckner passed peacefully at home in Estes Park, CO on May 13, 2018 at age 87. He was born Jan. 15th, 1931 in Pleasant Hill, MO and was the only child of John “Jack” Thornton Buckner and Marjorie Ellen Pearce. He married Edith Mary Essex in 1951 and had 3 sons (John “Jack” Leslie Buckner, Michael Richard Buckner, and David Arthur Buckner) who were born between 1955 & 1961. In 1995, he married Sue Anna McDuffie Daghestani and they moved to Estes Park to be close to nature and enjoy living in the mountains that they both grew up sharing a great love for.

Dick grew up in Pleasant Hill and after high school he attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering and later his M.S. in the same field. He served in the U.S. Army Signal Corp during the Korean War. After his service, he worked for Continental Electronics for the next 10 years in the Commercial Broadcasting Department where he specialized in Very Low Frequency (VLF) and High Frequency (HF) communications related equipment.

For more than 5 decades, Dick was engaged in engineering, evaluating, and improving vital national defense communications programs. Working with Collins Radio, later Rockwell-Collins, Dick was a key developer of successful long-range, very-low and high-frequency, (VLF and HF) communications systems that were the centerpieces of America’s strategic nuclear deterrence command and control systems. With customers in the Space and Naval Warfare command and Navy Electronics Command, later Naval Air Systems Command, Dick contributed significant work to the development of the second, third, and fourth generation of the airborne Very Low Frequency EC-130 and E-6 airborne communications systems that linked national leadership with our strategic nuclear defense systems comprised of submarines, missile silos and long-range bomber forces. He worked daily with defense contractors, Navy operational leaders, Navy engineers, testers, and logisticians, as well as senior Navy headquarters, and senior Secretary of Defense communications systems policy makers. Later in life he developed a family of communications propagation tools used by the military and private HF “Ham” operators to improve their success in long-range communications.

Among the many projects he helped develop and support were US Navy shore-based VLF and HF systems and airborne VLF and HF systems known as TACAMO, Take Charge And Move Out, a powerful 200,000 watt Very Low Frequency transmitter. He continued to support improvements in long-range communications effectiveness well into his retirement years, providing advice and technical assistance to today’s generation of communications engineers and program managers.

As a result of his work with the Navy, he developed the ACE (Animated Communications Effectiveness) concept — a method for allowing our submarines to communicate in a given situation. He most recently designed the ACE-HF system simulation software for use in military, commercial, and amateur radio applications that are used worldwide. This software allows radio operators to know when, where, and how they can communicate with others.

Dick also loved the outdoors and often used to hike into the backcountry and camp with his sons when they were younger. He still enjoyed hiking even in his later years and enjoying exploring off the trails and taking pictures of wildlife and scenery. Since he was a boy, he was also a railroad enthusiast and enjoyed traveling to historical railroad sites and taking pictures of old trestles and locomotives. He was an avid reader and could often be found with a book (or Kindle) in hand. He had a great love for Native American History, as well as Egyptology, gothic cathedrals, and pipe organs.

Since 1970, his future wife Sue worked right alongside Dick and they were recognized as “the” experts in their field. Their skills complemented each other so well that after 25 years, it truly grew into a great love story. At the time of his passing, they knew each other for 48 years and each put the other’s best interests ahead of their own.
Dick was extremely dedicated and driven to serve our country and had a pivotal role in ensuring the freedom and security that we enjoy today. He was passionate about his work and continued working until the age of 83 because he had enjoyed doing what he loved for so long.

The success of the programs that Dick developed and their longevity throughout and past the Cold War era is an accomplishment that Dick shared with a strong and supportive team, as well as the multitude of people that he mentored throughout his career. The communications systems developed during Dick’s working years continues to take to the air every day and assure the President and the Nation that our most powerful strategic forces are ready to defend us at that moment when they are needed most.

His legacy will not only be his work, but also his generosity and impact on those around him, as well as those who never knew him. He is predeceased by his 1st wife, Edith Mary Essex, his parents, Jack and Marjorie, his maternal grandparents, Dr. Gilbert Dorset Pearce and Minnie Huestes Shaw, and his paternal grandparents, John Armstrong Buckner and Mary Barrett Thornton. He is survived by his wife Sue Buckner, his three sons (John, Michael, & David), and his stepson Mel Daghestani.

Memorial contributions may be made to the following links or addresses of organizations that he strongly supported over the years:
• One Spirit Inc., which supports the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota at http://www.nativeprogress.org/en/
• Pleasant Hill Historical Society Museum by mail at P.O. Box 31  Pleasant Hill, MO 64080 http://www.orgsites.com/mo/pleasanthillhistoricalsociety/
• Rocky Mountain Nature Conservancy at https://rmconservancy.org/product/donation/
• Donations may also be made to these by mail c/o Allnutt Funeral Home  1302 Graves Ave. Estes Park, CO 80517.


David W. Turner
David W. Turner, 59, of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, died May 17, 2018.

He is survived by his parents, George and Virginia Turner; daughter Mindi Coday; sister Janice Turner; niece Ammie (and Jake) Swearingen; 6 great nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.

A memorial service was held Sunday, May 20, 2018.

Inurnment was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Kansas City Hospice House.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com

Arrangements: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill, Missouri (816) 540-5550


Robert Amos “Bob” Bruce
Robert A. “Bob” Bruce, 78, of Pleasant Hill, Missouri passed May 19, 2018 at his home in Pleasant Hill, surrounded by the love of his family.

Funeral Service for Bob Bruce will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill, MO. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at the funeral home. A complete obituary may be viewed at www.wallace-funeralhomes.com


Brandon W. Casey
Brandon Wayne Casey, 28, of Olathe, Kansas, formerly of Pleasant Hill, was born, December 28, 1989, in Springfield, Missouri, the son of Gary W. and Rhonda M. (Yarbrough) Casey.  He departed this life, Saturday, May 19, 2018, at his parents’ home in Olathe.

Brandon was a 2008 Pleasant Hill High School graduate.

He was employed as a Sheetmetal Fabricator for Union Local #2, Kansas City, and had been working for Wesco/Hercules in Topeka.  He enjoyed fishing, watching T.V., listening to music, and spending time with friends & family.  He was always upbeat and positive and loved living life to its fullest.

Brandon was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather Leon Casey.

He is survived by his parents, Gary and Rhonda of Olathe; two sons, Liam Joseph Gilliam of Belton, and Carter Wayne Casey of Olathe; one brother, Josh (and Keely) Casey of Lee’s Summit; paternal grandmother, Vickie Casey of Harrisonville; maternal grandfather, Alan (and Judy) Yarbrough of Urbana; maternal grandmother, Becky Emert of Kearney, Missouri; two nephews, a niece, other relatives and many friends.

Cremation has been accorded.

A memorial service will be held 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at the funeral home where visitation will be held from 5: 30 p.m. until service time.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com

Arrangements: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong St., Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550


Sheila M. Pemberton
Sheila Marie Pemberton, 52, of Jacksonville, Florida, formerly of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, was born, April 14, 1966, in Harrisonville, Missouri, the daughter of Harold Russell and Sharon Marie (Atkinson) Neill.  She departed this life, Saturday, May 19, 2018, at her parent’s home in Pleasant Hill, surrounded with love and family.

Sheila was a 1984 Pleasant Hill High School graduate.

In 1984 she was united in marriage to Fred Mitchell; they later divorced.  On October 21, 1995, she was united in marriage to Virgil Le Roy Pemberton in Holden, Missouri.  He survives.

She is also survived by her parents Harold and Sharon of Pleasant Hill; three sons, Phillip (and Amanda) Pemberton of Holden, Jacob Mitchell of Pleasant Hill, Morgan Pemberton of Holden; one daughter, Amber (and Travis) Goth of Blue Springs, Missouri; two brothers, Russ (and Kim) Neill of Boynton Beach, Florida, and Jamie (and Mandy) Neill of Holden; 4 grandchildren, Alex Hall, Wyatt Pemberton, Peyton Pemberton, and Jared Pemberton; other relatives and many friends.

Sheila most recently worked for Walgreens in Florida. She had formerly been employed as a special needs driver for the Pleasant Hill R-III School district, operated an in-home daycare in Holden, and had worked for the Holden Image Newspaper as well as the Raymore, Missouri Newspaper.  She was an active member of the Rise Up Mission Outreach church in Jacksonville.  She enjoyed watching baseball and basketball, volunteering on church missions.

Along with working with Rise Up Mission Outreach, Sheila often took under her care elderly and in-need customers she would meet while working at Walgreens.  She often took them grocery shopping, to doctor’s appointments, drive them home, or lend to them her listening ear.  Her kind, giving, and tender spirit will be missed by all who knew her.
Cremation has been accorded.

A memorial service will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at the funeral home.  Reverend Gary Miller will officiate.  Visitation will be held 9:00 a.m. until service time.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Rise Up Mission Outreach and maybe sent in care of the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com

Arrangements: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550


Juanita J. King
Juanita Jean King, 86, of Raymore, formerly of Pleasant Hill, was born, February 7, 1932, in Weston, Missouri, the daughter of Norman and Ruby (Turpin) Goble.  She departed this life, Thursday, May 17, 2018, at the Research Medical Center surrounded with love and family.

Juanita was a 1950 Weston, Missouri, high school graduate.

On May 23, 1953, she was united in marriage to J.W. King in Iatan, Missouri. He preceded her in death on May 14, 2012.

Juanita was also preceded in death by her Daughter, Rochelle Gray in January 2017, and two sisters, Dorothy Lemmon and Lorene Goodpasture.

She is survived by two sons, Tim (and Julie) King of Belton, and Kerry (and Sarah) King of Raymore; son in law, Mark Gray of Pleasant Hill; seven grandchildren, Jason (and Lisa) Gray of Holden, Leanne Gray of Pleasant Hill, Ryan (and Carolyn) Gray of Pleasant Hill, Stacy (and George) Billings of Harrisonville, Scott (and Kim) King of Godley, Texas, Kevin King of Olathe, and Suzanne (and Nate) Richardson of Arnold; 12 great grandchildren; son other relatives and many friends.

Juanita was employed as an auditor for the Internal Revenue Service retiring in 1994.  She was a member of the South Haven Baptist Church in Raymore and a former member of the Big Creek Baptist Church and the First Baptist Church both of Pleasant Hill.  She enjoyed volunteering at church, flower arranging, camping, scrap booking, gardening, and just enjoying time visiting with people.

Visitation will be held 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, May 24, 2018, at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Friday, May 25, 2018, at the funeral home.  Reverend Todd MacLean will officiate.  Cremation will be accorded following services with inurnment in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery at a later date.

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: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550


E.C. Schmoll, Jr.
Ernest Charles “E.C.” Schmoll, Jr. 71, of Pleasant Hill, was born, July 28, 1946, in Harrisonville, the son of Ernest Charles, Sr. and Edna Althea (Rice) Schmoll.  He departed this life Monday, May 14, 2018, at his home, surrounded with love and family.

E.C. was a 1964 Pleasant Hill High School graduate.  While in high school he excelled in football and track. He was voted as having the “Best Physique” his senior year.

On August 29, 1964, he was united in marriage to Vicki Ferguson at the First Baptist Church in Pleasant Hill; they later divorced.

E.C. had been employed by Western Electric, Lee’s Summit. He was a gifted flat worker working for himself, Lloyd Roll Construction, and D.L. Webster Construction.  He enjoyed gardening, working horses, watching the Dallas Cowboys and the Kentucky Derby.  He especially loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.

E.C. was preceded in death by his father Ernest in 1997, his mother Althea in 2016, one sister, Joyce Kirk in 2017, and brothers-in-law, Carl Epps in 2006 and Jim Kirk in 2015.

He is survived by his son Mutt (and Candy) Schmoll of Greenwood; two daughters, Shelli (and Logan) Cornell of Greenwood, and Debbi (and John) Sparks of Raymore; nine grandchildren, Dakota Schmoll, Levi Schmoll, Dalton Cornell, Dylan Cornell, Derek Cornell, Delaney Cornell, Landry Sparks, Jenna Sparks, and Lucy Sparks; one sister, Bonnie Epps of Grandview; other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday, May 21, 2018, at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at the funeral home. Reverend David Hackett will officiate.  Interment will be in the Staley Mound Cemetery.  Casket bearers are Dalton Cornell, Dylan Cornell, Derek Cornell, Dakota Schmoll, Levi Schmoll, and Randy Russell.  Honorary casket bearers are Bill Babylon, Dusty Beattie, Jim Beattie, Gary Carter, and Ron Cartmill.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Staley Mound Cemetery and may be sent in care of the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com

Arrangements: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550


Franklin D. Buster
Franklin Delano Buster, 80, of Raymore, Missouri, formerly of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, was born June 25, 1937, in Mary’s Home, Missouri, the son of Glen and Nettie Maye (Nott) Buster. He departed this life, Saturday, May 12, 2018, at the Overland Park Regional Medical Center.

Frank was a 1955 Eldon High School graduate.  He was a United States Air Force veteran.

In May 1959, he was united in marriage to Beverly Ann Burris in Lake Ozark, Missouri.  She preceded him in death September 6, 2011.

Frank was also preceded in death by his parents; one grandson, Jacob Stephenson; two brothers and five sisters.

He is survived by one son, Michael and Candie Buster of Raytown, Missouri; three daughters, Sherry and Bob Courtney of Pleasant Hill, Debbie and John Ivanuska of Raymore, and Michelle and James Stephenson of Belton, Missouri; 10 grandchildren, Byron Buster, Alyson Buster, Lucas Kinder, Kaci Kinder, Faith Stephenson, Katie Stephenson, Mike Ivanuska, Brian Ivanuska, Corie Ivanuska, and Alex Ivanuska; one sister, Carol and Lloyd Hickey of Eldon; and other relatives and friends.

Frank was employed as pipefitter for the Gas Service Company retiring in 1994.  He was a member of the Pipefitters Local #781.  He was a former member of the Big Creek Baptist Church, Pleasant Hill, and a current member of the South Haven Baptist Church, Raymore.  He enjoyed coaching and watching sports, reading, studying the bible and spending time with family, especially with his grandchildren.

Cremation has been accorded.

Memorial services were held Thursday, May 17, 2018 at the funeral home.  Reverend Dr. Richard Young officiated. Graveside military services and inurnment followed at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery with full military honors by the United States Air Force and the V.F.W. Post #3118 Honor Guard.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Village Hospice and may be sent in care of the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com

Arrangements: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550


Robert L. Schindorff
Robert L. Schindorff, 93, of Warrensburg, departed this life, Sunday, May 20, 2018, at the Harmony Gardens Assisted Living Center, Warrensburg.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 29, 2018, at the funeral home, where visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until service time.

A complete obituary will be published in next week’s edition of the Pleasant Hill Times and online at www.stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550


Frank D. Buster
Frank D. Buster, 80, of Raymore, died May 12, 2018.  Services are pending. A complete obituary will be published in next weeks edition of the Pleasant Hill Times.  Service times will be published online at www.stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com as that information becomes available.

Arrangements: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550.


L. Pauline Wallace
Lula Pauline Wallace, 83, of Raytown, Missouri was born, July 5, 1934 in Ozark County, Missouri, the daughter of Doin Vernie and Lela Uldena (Scott) Watson.  She departed this life, Friday, May 11, 2018 at her daughter’s home in Pleasant Hill.

Pauline was a 1952 Gainesville, Missouri high school graduate.

In December 1952, she was united in marriage to Lexie Sterlin Wallace in Mountain Home, Arkansas; they later divorced.

Pauline was employed as an Assembly Line Worker for Western Electric in Lee’s Summit. She had also co-owned and operated Club 82 in Osceola, Missouri, and was a hostess at the Copper Kettle in Raytown. She enjoyed square dancing, browsing antique shops, collecting antique glassware, and lots and lots of Longaberger baskets. She liked to read, enjoyed her home, and loved spending time with family.

Pauline was preceded in death by her parents and two siblings, Alice and Maggie Lou.

She is survived by her son, Lexie (and Elizabeth) Wallace of Raytown; two daughters, Pamela (and Ralph) Smith of Overland Park, Kansas, and Nelita (and Steve) Greufe of Pleasant Hill; eight grandchildren, David (and Jennifer) Jones of Overland Park, Bethany (and Bill) Smith of Platte City, Missouri, Daniel (and Katherine) Webster of Alexandria, Virginia, Blake Greufe and Brett Greufe, both of Pleasant Hill, Clint Wallace of Kansas City, Missouri, Candyss (and Ross) Camarda of Grain Valley, Missouri, and John (and Kate) Smith of Kansas City, Missouri; 10 great grandchildren, Christian Jones, Elyse Jones, Annabelle Jones, Hudson Jones, Liberty Smith, Justice Smith, Emily Camarda, Jane Camarda, Celia Camarda, and Ian Smith; three brothers, Delmas Watson of Noble, Missouri, Darrel (and Gina) Watson of Nottinghill, Missouri, and H.B. (and Carol) Watson of Lee’s Summit, Missouri; three sisters, Lorine Huitt of Leavenworth, Evelyn Evans of Squires, Missouri, and Jenice (and Johnny) Pollock of Blum, Texas; other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at the funeral home where visitation will be held 1:00 p.m. until service time.  Interment will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Casket bearers are Blake Greufe, Brett Greufe, Christian Jones, David Jones, Clint Wallace, and Daniel Webster.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Crossroads Hospice and may be sent in care of the funeral home.

Online condolences maybe sent to the family at www.stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com

Arrangements: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080  (816) 540-5550


Lillian C. Eslick
Lillian Catherine Eslick, 84, of Pleasant Hill, was born, January 10, 1934, in Aullville, Missouri, the daughter of William H. and Lucy C. (Peel) Howe. She departed this life, Thursday, May 10, 2018, at the Bothwell Regional Hospital, Sedalia.

Lillian attended the Prairie View School in Green Ridge, Missouri.

On March 30, 1956, she was united in marriage to Clifford Vernon Eslick in Aullville. He preceded her in death on July 17, 2010.

Lillian was also preceded in death by her parents; one son, Raymond Eslick; one daughter, Della (Schatz) Hircock; four brothers, Earl Howe, James Howe, Mike Howe, and William Howe; and six sisters, Nellie Frerking, Dixie Lucille Goodall, Fairy Goodall, Leona Maye, Mary Johnson, and Daisy Schlobohm.

She is survived by two sons, William (and Donna) Schatz of Milford, Utah, and Clifford (and Darlene) Eslick, Jr. of Pleasant Hill; one daughter, Catherine (and Daniel) Schotte of St. Charles, Missouri; fifteen grandchildren, many great grandchildren and numerous other relatives and friends.

Lillian was employed as a process checker for Western Electric in Lee’s Summit.  She retired in 1984, after 20 years of employment.

She was also a wonderful homemaker who enjoyed sewing, quilting, crocheting, and was an avid reader, sometimes reading two to three books daily. Most important to Lillian though was spending time with her family.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, May 14, 2018, at the funeral home. Pastor Todd MacLean of the Big Creek Baptist Church officiated.

Interment will be the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Casket bearers are Canton Elliott, Chris Elliott, Clint Eslick, Derek Eslick, Doug Eslick, Justin Eslick, Allison Schotte, and Brian Schotte.

Visitation was held at 1:00 p.m. until service time.

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


Robert Dewayne Vassar
Robert Dewayne Vassar, 74, Garden City, MO, died Friday, May 4, 2018 in Lee’s Summit. Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville with burial in Garden City Cemetery.

Robert was born August 27, 1943 to Kenneth and Lela (Sanders) Vassar in Mountain Grove, MO. He and his family later moved to Kansas City, KS where he graduated from Wyandotte High School in 1962.  Robert worked for the Rock Island Railroad.  He married Linda Marie Jones in 1967 and later had four sons Tracy, Timothy, Ted, and Travis.   He was a U. S. Air Force veteran.  Robert later worked for NOAA, retiring in 1997, while running his farming operation, Big Creek Produce.  One of Robert’s proudest moments was the installation of all computer systems for the Pleasant Hill Weather service office.

Robert is survived by his loving wife, Linda; children, Tracy and Kristina, Tim and Kristi, Ted and Shawna, and Travis and Joshalynn with 11 grandchildren, Preston, Justin, Mollee, Jacob, Meadow, Tucker, Kimber, Gunner, Jax, Tallon, and Kip.

(Arrangements-Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville, 816-380-3268; atkinsonfuneralhome.com).


Charles E. Kilgore, Sr.
Charles Edward “Charlie” Kilgore, Sr, 82, of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, formerly of Harrison, Arkansas, was born, October 5, 1935 in Newton County, Arkansas (near Jasper), the son of Austin Arble and Stella Madine (Arbaugh) Kilgore. He departed this life, Thursday, May 3, 2018, at the Pleasant Hill Health & Rehabilitation Center.

Charlie was employed at the General Motors Leads Plant in Kansas City retiring in 1986.  He was a member of the U.A.W. Local #31 Union and former president of the Harrison, Arkansas Famers Market Association.  He loved hunting, fishing, and gardening and was especially known for his tomatoes and large watermelons.

Charlie was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Charlene Dufresne; and one grandson, Chris Vernon.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Charles, Jr. and Liana Kilgore of Pleasant Hill; two grandchildren, Jenna (and Jordan) Williamson of Pleasant Hill, and Amanda (and Ryan) Walker of Berthoud, Colorado; seven great grandchildren, Eli, Paige, Brendan, Jordan, Zoey, Willow, and Luna; three brothers, Orlan Kilgore, Ronnie Kilgore, and Eddie (and Meshelle) Kilgore, all of Jasper, Arkansas; three sisters, Onieda (and Steve) DesJarden of Harrison, Lisa (and Randy) Spencer of Jasper, and Peggy (and Leroy) Edwards of Omaha, Arkansas; and many relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, May 10, 2018, at the Coffman Funeral Home, Jasper, Arkansas.

Graveside funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Friday, May 11, 2018, at the Low Gap Cemetery, Low Gap, Arkansas.

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

Local Arrangements: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong St., Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550


Fernando R. Cortinas
Fernando Rafael Cortinas, 45, of Pleasant Hill, was born, April 25, 1973, in Bellflower, California, the son of Rafael and Ana (Cardona) Cortinas. He departed this life, Wednesday, May 2, 2018, at the Kansas City Hospice House surrounded by love and family.

Fernando was a 1991 Buena Park, California, High School graduate and a United States Army Veteran.

On June 20, 1998, he was united in marriage to Rosana M. Vandeventer in Stanton, California; she preceded him in death on February 18, 2007. On February 14, 2009, he was united in marriage to Amie K. Harvkey in Pleasant Hill.

Fernando was employed as a Law Enforcement officer for various agency’s around the country. Fernando received the Knight of Justice Michael the Archangel Knight Chevalier Medal and was inducted into the Police Officer Hall of Fame in August 1997. He enjoyed sports, especially baseball, and was a gun enthusiast.  He especially loved spending time with his family.

Fernando is survived by his wife Amie, two children, Harrison Cortinas and Katie Cortinas, his parents Rafael and Ana Cortinas, all of Pleasant Hill; other relatives and a host of many friends.

Recitation of the Rosary and visitation was held Friday, May 4, 2018 at the funeral home.

Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, May 5, 2018, at the St. Bridget Catholic Church, Pleasant Hill. Monsignor Robert Murphy officiated. Interment was in the Lone Jack Cemetery. Casket bearers were Darin Carr, Greg Dustman, Zak Harvkey, Brian Lawrence, Tim Long, and Chris Thornsberry.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Kansas City Hospice House and may be sent in care of the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com

Arrangements: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong St., Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550.


Nadine Driskill
Alberta Nadine Driskill, 95, of Pleasant Hill, was born, May 16, 1922, in Yates Center, Kansas, the daughter of Allen and Pearl (McKinney) Dill. She departed this life, peacefully, on Wednesday, May 2, 2018, at her daughter’s home in Lake Winnebago.

On September 25, 1938, she was united in marriage to Howard Mac Driskill in Yates Center. He preceded her in death on October 22, 2009.

Nadine was also preceded in death by her parents; her son Michael D. Driskill; one brother, Virgil Dill; two sisters, Wilma Jones and Helen Leonard.

She is survived by her daughter, Carol (and Chet) Johnson of Lake Winnebago; two sons, Milford (and Shirley) Driskill of Neodesha, Kansas, and Galen (and Joy) Driskill of Disney, Oklahoma; 8 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; 8 great-great grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

Nadine was a homemaker and wonderful mother.

She enjoyed eating out, gardening, working crossword puzzles and word searches, and watching her favorite TV program, Dancing with the Stars.  She was a member of the Crossroads Baptist Church, Kingsville.

Cremation has been accorded.

A celebration of Nadine’s life was held Sunday, May 6, 2018, at the funeral home. Pastor Dave Driskell officiated.

Inurnment will be in the Strasburg Cemetery at a later date.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Village Hospice and may be sent in care of the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com

Arrangements: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong St., Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550


Marie Bunch
Loretta Marie Bunch, 92, of Belton, was born October 25, 1925 in Stockton, Kansas, the daughter of Arthur (Artie) and America (Williamson) Sudduth. She departed this life, Monday, April 30, 2018, at the Carnegie VillageSenior Living Community.

Marie was a 1943 Raymore High School graduate.

On December 19, 1947, she was united in marriage to James Jarrott Bunch, Jr. He preceded her in death on September 26, 2014.

Marie was a homemaker.  She was a member of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Belton. She loved cooking, crocheting, and sewing. She especially loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Marie was also preceded in death by her parents; eight brothers, Arnold Sudduth, Calvin Sudduth, Dewey Sudduth, Ellis Sudduth, Lawrence Sudduth, Lavern Sudduth, Leo Sudduth, and Norman Sudduth; and two sisters, Anna Alvine and Lottie Young.

She is survived by one son James Jarrott (and Shirley) Bunch, III of Spiro, Oklahoma; two daughters, Dian Marie (and Lawrence) Neugebauer of Belton, and Vicki Lynne (and Greg) Lueck of Grandview; eight grandchildren James D. (and Michelle) Neugebauer of Belton, Bryan L. (and Trisha) Lueck of Belton, Jacquelyn D. (and Andy) Phillips of Lone Jack, Brandon J. (and Olivia) Lueck of Olathe, Jimmy D. Bunch of Bokoshe, Oklahoma; Michael W. (and Brenda) Bunch of Pocola, Oklahoma, Rhonda J. Wieche of St. Louis, and Charles (and Angela) Bunch of Spiro, Oklahoma; 16 great grandchildren; 8 great-great grandchildren; 4 sister-in-law’s, Christeen Kleitz of Blue Springs, Evelyn Bunch of Reed Springs, Ethel Bunch of Grandview, and Sara Sudduth of Raymore; and several nieces and nephews whom she dearly loved.

Graveside funeral services and interment were held Monday, May 7, 2018, at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Pastor Mike Bunch officiated. Casket bearers were Brandon Lueck, Bryan Lueck, Greg Lueck, Larry Neugebauer, James Neugebauer, and Andrew Phillips.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Kansas City Alzheimer’s Association and may be sent in care of the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.

Arrangements: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550.


Alfred L. King, Sr.
Alfred Lewis King, Sr., 87, of Pleasant Hill, was born, September 15, 1930, in Indianapolis, Indiana, the son of Eliga S. and Margaret (Metcalf) King. He departed this life, Monday, April 23, 2018, at his home surrounded with love and family.

Al was a 1948 Southwest High School graduate. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri at Columbia. While at MU he joined the ROTC later enlisting as First Lieutenant in Army 111th Airborne serving as a Jumpmaster instructor during the Korean War.

On August 2, 1954, he was united in marriage to Ada Lee Stafford in Pleasant Hill.  She survives of the home.

Al is also survived by his son Al King, Jr. of Pleasant Hill; his daughter, Anne Poole of Harrisonville; seven grandchildren, Colin King, Riley King, TJ Poole,
Courtney Poole, Kyle Poole, Nathan Poole, and Jonathan Poole; 10 great grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one grandchild, Craig Poole; one brother, Bob King; and one sister, June King.

Al owned and operated the Stafford Hardware Store in downtown Pleasant Hill. He had also owned Stafford Construction and a NAPA auto parts store. He was the Police commissioner and former councilman in Pleasant Hill.   He was a member of the Church of Christ and former member of the Pleasant Hill Lions Club. He enjoyed golfing and watching football, especially the Chiefs.

Cremation has been accorded.

A memorial service was held Saturday, April 28, 2018, at the funeral home. Reverend Wyatt Shanks officiated.  Inurnment was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery with full military honors by the United States Army and the V.F.W. Post #3118 Honor Guard.

Visitation was held prior to the service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the V.F.W Post #3118 Veterans Relief Fund.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com

Arrangements: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080
(816) 540-5550.


James R. “Bob” Foote
James Robert “Bob” Foote, 75, lifelong resident of Pleasant Hill, was born August 20, 1942, in Pleasant Hill, the son of Thomas Lee and Georgia Mae (Blank) Foote.  He departed this life Thursday, April 12, 2018, at his home surrounded with love and family.

On December 15, 1967, he was united in marriage to Sue Smith at the First Baptist Church in Pleasant Hill. She survives.

Bob is also survived by two daughters, Misty Morain of Windsor and Shelly Foote of Pleasant Hill; two granddaughters, Dani Gerken and Allie Gerken, both of Pleasant Hill; one sister Charlene (and James) Kessler of Northfield, Minnesota; several nieces, nephews, cousins and many many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Ronald Foote and Donald Foote; and one sister, Darlene Burris.

Bob owned and operated J.R. Foote Trucking in Pleasant Hill.  Prior to owning is own company he had driven for Graves Truck Line, ANR Freight, Yellow Freight, and JeffCo.  He was a proud member of the Teamsters Local #41.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and coffee and breakfast with his friends. He was especially proud of his daughter Shelly and granddaughters, Dani & Allie. They were the light of his life.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Friday, April 20, 2018, at the funeral home.  Reverend Mark Conway will officiate.  Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.  Casket bearers are Ray Alexander, Jeff Jones, Cody Lee, Kent Lee, Gary Smith, and Mark Smith. Honorary Casket bearers are John Stout and Larry Quint.

Visitation will be held 1:00 p.m. until service time at the funeral home on Friday.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association Heart of America Chapter and may be sent in care of the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com

Arrangements: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong St., Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550.


W. Sean McManus
William Sean McManus, 48, Lee’s Summit, died March 31, 2018.

He is survived by his children, James McManus and Brittany McManus; two grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

A Celebration of Sean’s life will be held 6:30 p.m., Friday, April 20, 2018 at the Abundant Life Church, 414 SW Persels Rd., Lee’s Summit.

Visitation will be held 5:30 p.m. until service time.

Memorial contributions are suggested to ReDiscover.

Online condolences www.stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com

Arrangements: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550


Darold W. Deterding
Darold W. Deterding, 82, of Sulphur Springs, Texas, died April 9, 2018.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, 2018, and from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at the funeral home.

Graveside service will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 25, at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Funeral services will be held 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 25 at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Raymore, Missouri.

Memorials contributions are suggested for Lutheran Hour Ministries.

Arrangements: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550 www.stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com


Frederic Kirkland Powell, III
Frederic Kirkland Powell, III, publisher of the Pleasant Hill Times from 1989 to 2015, passed away Tuesday, April 3, 2013, after a cardiac attack caused him to have a car accident in downtown Pleasant Hill. He was 74.

Powell was born October 23, 1943, in Schenectady, New York, the son of Frederic Kirkland and Barbara Ann (Griffith) Powell, II.  He was a 1961 Harrisonville High School graduate and he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri at Columbia in 1966.

On January 21, 1965, he married Jan S. Heusi in Columbia, Missouri. She preceded him in death on July 29, 2015. Powell also was preceded in death by his parents.

Powell is survived by two daughters, Stacey (and Jon) Soble of San Luis Obispo, California, and Victoria (and Pete) Johnson of Santa Rita, Guam; four grandchildren, Rachel Soble, Charlie Soble, Michael Ryan Johnson, and Matthew Johnson; other relatives and friends.

Following their marriage, Kirk and Jan Powell lived in Rochester, New York, where he worked for the Rochester Times-Union. They returned to Missouri in 1968, when Powell accepted the position of news editor at the Cass County Democrat-Missourian in Harrisonville, Missouri.

In 1975, the Powell family moved to Holden, Missouri, when Kirk and Jan purchased The Holden Progress in Holden, Missouri. In 1989, they purchased the Pleasant Hill Times, managing both newspapers for two years until they sold The Holden Progress to devote all their energy to The Times. At this time, the Powells moved permanently to Pleasant Hill, Missouri.

After purchasing two Apple computers and a laserwriter in the mid-1980s, Powell helped pioneer the use of desktop publishing in the production of a weekly newspaper. He shared their experience with the new technology with many of their newspaper colleagues. Powell also was a syndicated columnist and political cartoonist.

Powell served as president of the Central Missouri Press Association from 1980-81, president of the Missouri Association of Newspaper Editors from 1995-96 and president of the Missouri Press Association in 1994. He also served on the Missouri Press Foundation’s Board of Directors and the Missouri Press Association’s nominating committee. In 2004, he was inducted into the Missouri Newspaper Hall of Fame.

Powell also served on the Pleasant Hill Community Betterment Board, the Pleasant Hill Downtown Association, the Pleasant Hill Planning and Zoning Commission, the Pleasant Hill Community United Way and the Optimist Club in Pleasant Hill and Holden. He is a past president of the Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce, past president of the Pleasant Hill Optimist Club and past chairman of the Pleasant Hill Planning and Zoning Commission. In 2013, Kirk and Jan Powell were the Grand Marshals of the Cass County Fair.

In his spare time, Powell enjoyed sailing his boat on Lake Jacomo and traveling to Europe or the Caribbean with Jan and friends. He was an enthusiastic historian and a former Civil War re-enactor. He also enjoyed bantering at Coffee Club, telling a good joke and debating politics. His dry sense of humor will be missed by all who knew him.

Cremation has been accorded.

Visitation will be held 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, April 13, 2018, at Stanley Dickey Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill.

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 14, 2018, at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Harrisonville. Reverend Avelino Baguyos will officiate. Inurnment will follow in the church’s columbarium.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Missouri Press Foundation Scholarship Fund and may be sent in care of the funeral home or at mopress.com.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com

Arrangements: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home,
203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080
(816) 540-5550


Travis A. Kanies
Travis Allen Kanies, 27, of Lee’s Summit, was born, October 16, 1990, in Independence, the son of Robert Kanies and Renea Matthes Mitra.  He departed this life, Sunday, April 1, 2018, at his home in Lee’s Summit, MO.

He was a 2009 Lee’s Summit High School graduate and a 2013 University of Central Missouri graduate.

Travis was employed as a supervisor for A. Zerega’s Sons, Inc. in Lee’s Summit.  He had also worked as a parking attendant for the Kansas City Royals for several years.

Travis was a huge fan of the Royals as well as the Chiefs.  He loved Nascar and Indy car racing, especially going to the Indy 500 with family and friends. He loved listening to music, hanging out with friends and good barbeque.

Travis was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Jerry Kanies, maternal great-grandfather, Walter Matthes, maternal great-grandparents Perry and Leona Riddle.

He is survived by his father Bobby Kanies and Simone Fort, of Lee’s Summit; his mother Renea Matthes Mitra and Raj Mitra of Lee’s Summit, Missouri; sister Teri Kanies of Lee’s Summit; step siblings, Samantha Fort, Michael Fort, and Sophia Mitra; maternal grandparents, Allen and Sharon Matthes of Pleasant Hill; paternal grandmother, Pat Kanies of Pleasant Hill; maternal great grandmother, Adabel Matthes of Harrisonville; his girlfriend Anya Bowers of Lee’s Summit; other relatives and a host of many friends.
Cremation has been accorded.

A Celebration of Travis’s Life was held Saturday, April 7, 2018, at the funeral home.  Reverend Ralph Sytkowski officiated. Inurnment was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Kansas City Pet Project, kcpetproject.org or to the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALFS), alexslemonade.org , and may be sent in care of the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com

Arrangements: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home,
203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080
(816) 540-5550.


Leslie Ray Elkins
Leslie Ray Elkins, 70, of Kingsville, Mo passed away, unexpectedly, April 1, 2018.

Leslie is survived by two sons, Jeff Elkins and wife Tassie of Purdin, Missouri, and Joel Elkins of Gladstone, Missouri; two daughters, Leonora Smith and husband Mike of Chillicothe, Missouri and Amber Justus and husband Jeff of Pleasant Hill; two sisters, Martha Ganfield of Osceola, Missouri and Carol Julian of Clinton,
Missouri; six grandchildren, four great grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.

Cremation services entrusted to Wallace Funeral Home.

No services are scheduled at this time.

A complete obituary may be viewed at www.wallace-funeral homes.com


Wilma  “Jean” (Carlile) Hoover
Wilma Jean (Carlile) Hoover was born June 27, 1936 in Independence, Missouri and departed this life, unexpectedly, on March 24, 2018 at her home in Pleasant Hill, Missouri.

She was the daughter of Joshua Walter and Vernie Elizabeth (Killpack) Carlile.

Jean spent her younger years in Harrisonville, Missouri and graduated from Harrisonville High School in 1954.

On August 2, 1954, Jean was united in marriage with Harry Allan Hoover, Sr. in Harrisonville, Missouri and they made their home in Pleasant Hill, Missouri.

Before her retirement, Jean was a bookkeeper and accountant for several banks in the Kansas City area.

Jean was a High Priest with the Community of Christ Church. She was a member of the Pleasant Hill Ministerial Alliance and the Pleasant Hill Lay Clergy Council. Jean was the leader of Adult Group B and the Children’s Youth Leader of the Community of Christ Church of Pleasant Hill. She was also a former member of the Green Giant Women’s Basketball Team of Pleasant Hill.

Jean was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Allan Hoover, Sr. on February 21, 2007; her parents, Joshua and Vernie Carlile; one son, Harry Allan Hoover, Jr.; one daughter, Connie Jo Hoover; one brother, Virgil Carlile, Sr. and two sisters, Violet Stowell and Mildred Talcott.

She is survived by one daughter, Twila (Hoover) Foley of Pleasant Hill, Missouri; two brothers, Donald Carlile, and Marion “Shorty” Carlile and wife Yvonne, all of Pleasant Hill, Missouri; two sisters, Dorothy Rosanbalm of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, and her twin sister, June Tygart of Kansas City, Missouri; one daughter-in-law, Karen Hoover of Pleasant Hill, Missouri; seven grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, other relatives and many, many friends.

Funeral services for Wilma Jean (Carlile) Hoover were held Friday, March 30, 2018 at the Community of Christ Church, Pleasant Hill, Missouri, with Pastor Steven La Rue officiating. Casket Bearers were Travis Hoover, Rick Hoover, Brent Hoover, Derek Foley, Christopher Foley, Joshua Foley and Stacie Hubler. Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. The family received friends Thursday, March 29, 2018 at the Church. In Memory of Wilma Jean (Carlile) Hoover, the family suggests contributions to the Pleasant Hill Lay Clergy Council.

Arrangements: Wallace Funeral Home


Linda Lee Althouse-Judd
Linda Lee (Hedger) Althouse-Judd was born February 4, 1942 in Bates County, Missouri and departed this life on March 25, 2018 at Kansas City Hospice House, surrounded by the love of her family, at the age of 76 years, 1 month and 21 days.

She is survived by her husband Stanley Judd of the home; one son Billy Mathews and wife Teresa of Cleveland, Missouri; one daughter Janet Eaton and husband Raymond of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; five grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, other relatives and many, many friends.

Funeral Services for Linda Althouse-Judd were held on Saturday, March 31, 2018 at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill, with Rev. Kent Deubner officiating. Cremation was accorded following the service.

A complete obituary may be viewed at www.wallace-funeralhomes.com


Robert R. Hook, Jr.
Robert Ross Hook, Jr., 80, of Pleasant Hill, was born, September 18, 1937, in Pleasant Hill, the son of Robert R. and Myrtle N. (Burge) Hook, Sr.  He departed this life, Friday, March 30, 2018, at his home.

Bob was a 1955 Pleasant Hill High School graduate. Following high school he proudly served in the United States Army Reserve.

On February 23, 1957, he was united in marriage to Phyllis Jean Reid, at the old Episcopal Church in Pleasant Hill.  She survives.

Bob was also survived by three children, Michael Ross Hook of Peculiar, Melissa Jeanne Hook-Coburn of Pleasant Hill, and Paul Franklin (and Kimberly) Hook of Pleasant Hill; five grandchildren Amanda (and Tony) Ledington of Harrisonville; Ariel Coburn and Austin Coburn, both of North Kansas City, Angeleena Hook and Arwen Hook, both of Pleasant Hill; two great grandchildren, Brody Ledington and Benny Ledington; other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Judy Hook.

Bob was a gifted auto body repairman. He owned and operated Hook’s Auto Body Shop in Pleasant Hill for several years.  He has also been employed at Western Electric, Dale’s Used Car Lot, and O’Reilly’s.  He was meticulous in all his work. He was an avid golfer and had met both Tom Watson and Arnold Palmer while golfing.  He also enjoyed racing and met Paul Newman and Tom cruise while at the Indy 500.  He loved to travel, go to car shows and he was a great story teller.

Funeral services will be held 7:00 p.m. Thursday, April 5, 2018, at the funeral home.  Reverend D. Kent Deubner will officiate.  Fully military honors will be conducted by the United States Army and the V.F.W. Post #3118 Honor Guard.  Cremation will be accorded following the service.
Visitation will be held 6:00 p.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions are suggested to First Presbyterian Church and may be sent in care of the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com

Arrangements: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550


Edith  E. Purvis
Edith Elizabeth Purvis, 98, of Danville, Illinois, formerly of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, went to be with the Lord on March 20, 2018 in Danville, where she had resided at the Hawthorne Retirement Home for the last few years.

Edith was born November 1, 1919, in Kansas City, Missouri, the daughter of Swedish immigrants, John and Anna (Lindblom) Johnson.
She was a Kansas City East High School graduate.

On June 16, 1943, she was united in marriage to Harold Purvis in Kansas City. He preceded her in death on July 13, 1988.

Harold and Edith moved to Pleasant Hill, Missouri in 1943 where they operated a dairy farm for many years. Edith loved music and served as volunteer pianist/organist for forty years at First Baptist Church in Pleasant Hill where she and Harold were active members. She relocated to Danville, Illinois in 1998 to be nearer her daughter. She was an accomplished seamstress and quilter and made sure each grandchild had one of her beautiful quilts. She also loved working in her flowers and received many awards for her beautiful yard in Danville.

Edith was also preceded in death by her parents; a brother Algot Johnson and an infant brother.

She is survived by her son, Stan (and Karen) Purvis of Lake Tapps, Washington; her daughter, Jeanne Burke of Danville; seven grandchildren: Jeanne’s children, Ron (and Pamela) Burke of Oak Park, Illinois, and Donna (and Tony) Coleman of Covington, Indiana; Stan’s children Kris (and Jeff) Noland of Sweet Home, Oregon, and Vance Purvis of Bend, Oregon;  Stan’s step-children Teague McKamey of Ellensburg, Washington, Megan Barrett of Boston, Massachusetts, and Ian McKamey of Westminster, California; ten great grandchildren; four nephews and four nieces.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 7, 2018, at the funeral home.  Mr. Will Purvis will officiate. Interment will follow in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be 9:30 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Missouri Baptist Children’s home and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com

Arrangements: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550.


Arlene Leslie

Arlene Leslie age 87 of Pleasant Hill departed this life Saturday, March 24, 2018 at her home in Pleasant Hill, surrounded by family and love. In this same home she was born on September 26, 1930 to Cloyd Harold Baldwin and Laura Heloise (Bell) Baldwin.

She graduated Salutatorian from Pleasant Hill High School in 1948 and began teaching that fall at Hickory Grove School. She remained there for two years and then taught one year at East Lynne School. Her teacher training included several summer school sessions at Central Missouri Teacher College in Warrens burg. Arlene married Robert Leslie on June 24, 1951 at East Lynne Baptist Church. When Robert returned from a stint in the military, they moved to Kansas City North in 1955, where they raised their family and resided for the next 60 years.

She was a member of Hillside Christian Church in Kansas City, Missouri but attended East Lynne Baptist Church in recent years. She enjoyed reading, working in her iris beds, canning, cooking, and spending time with her family. Evident by the many pictures displayed in her home, she adored her grandchildren and great grandchildren and was able to spend much time with all of them throughout the years.

Besides her parents, Arlene was preceded in death by her sister, Helen Baldwin, and her brother, Robert Baldwin.

She is survived by her husband, Robert O. Leslie of the home; a son, Steve Leslie and wife Mary, Pleasant Hill, Missouri; a daughter, Cindy Thornton and husband Brad, Bates City, Missouri; six grandchildren, Kelli Carlson (Michael) of Olathe, Kansas, Sean Leslie (Brandi) of Odessa, Missouri, Katie Wingard (Keith) of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, Drew Thornton (Abbey) of Gladstone, Missouri, Cole Thornton (Brittany) of Independence, Kansas, and Kyle Thornton of Chillicothe, Missouri; 10 great-grandchildren, Olivia, Caleb, Ames, Cael, Ethan, Emma, Reid, Cade, Grace, and Collins; a sister, Mary Lou Triplett, Pleasant Hill, Missouri; other relatives and many friends.

Funeral services were held Friday, March 30, 2018 at the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, Missouri with burial in the Orient Cemetery, Harrisonville.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the ALS Foundation. (Arr. Dickey FH, Harrisonville, MO 816-884-6244)


George Algozzini
George Algozzini, 91, of Grain Valley, formerly of Pleasant Hill, and Urich, was born, February 26, 1927, in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Paul and Frances (Alongi) Algozzini. He departed this life Monday, March 19, 2018, at the North Kansas City Hospice House surrounded with love and family.

George was a 1946 East Chicago Roosevelt High School graduate. He was a World War II Army Air Corps Veteran.

On May 28, 1949, he was united in marriage to Marilyn J. (Schaller) in East Chicago, Indiana; she preceded him in death on February 22, 1992.  On March 19, 2001, he was united in marriage to Glena (Gooden) Perkins in Miami, Oklahoma; she survives.

He is also survived by two sons Paul (and Linda) Algozzini of Kansas City, Missouri, and Frank (and Glenda) Algozzini of North Charleston, South Carolina; one daughter, Georgette (and Doug) Elder of Grain Valley; 10 grandchildren Paula (and Randy) Johnson, George (and Carrie) Algozzini, John Algozzini, Anthony (Saffron) Algozzini, Kristen (and Ryan) Kethman, Matthew Timmons, Samuel Timmons, Angela (and Charles) Key, Amanda (Nick) Chitwood, Alexandra Elder; 19 great grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

George was also preceded in death by two daughters, Janette Algozzini and Marilyn Sue Timmons; three brothers, Joe Algozzini, John Algozzini, and Sam Algozzini; two sisters, Mary Lombardo and Josephine Chaffer; and two infant brothers.

George owned and operated G&M Produce. He had also operated bull dozers, farmed and trained thoroughbreds. He was a member of the St. Bridget Catholic Church, Pleasant Hill, and attended Holy Trinity Parish, Urich.  He enjoyed watching old westerns, classical music, horse racing, watching the Chicago Bears, Cubs, and the Blackhawks; he especially enjoyed playing cards.

Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, March 24, 2018, at the St. Bridget Catholic Church, Pleasant Hill. Monsignor Robert Murphy officiated.  Following mass full military honors were conducted by the United States Army and the V.F.W. Post #3118 Honor Guard. Casket bearers were, Paul Algozzini, II, Tony Algozzini, Nick Chitwood, Dalton Johnson, Randy Johnson, and Charles Key.

Graveside services and interment were held Monday, March 19, 2018, at the Lutie Cemetery, Theodosia, Missouri.

Memorial contributions are suggested to 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.comArrangements: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550


Joyce Darlene Francy
Joyce Darlene Francy, 79, Pleasant Hill, MO, died Sunday, March 18, 2018 at Cass Regional Medical Center in Harrisonville, MO.  Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, March 22, 2018 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville with burial in Orient Cemetery, Harrisonville.  Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 21 at the Atkinson Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.Joyce was born July 22, 1938 in Harrisonville, MO, the daughter of Archie L.
and Martha Jane (Napton) Schmoll. She attended Germantown #43 Rural School, north of East Lynne, MO, and was a 1956 graduate of Harrisonville High
School.  Joyce received an Associate’s Degree in Accounting from Lindenwood College in 1988.

Joyce married Freddie Francy on October 23, 1959 in Independence, MO.  They had lived in Pleasant Hill, MO before moving to St. Peters, MO in 1979, moving back to Pleasant Hill in 1995.  She loved any kind of crafts and painting, flowers and gardening, and spending time with family and friends. Joyce had worked as an accountant for Missouri Gas Energy before retiring.

Joyce is survived by her husband, Freddie, of the home; one daughter, Marcia Byers and her husband, Richard, O’Fallon, MO; one brother, Max Schmoll and his wife, Gayle, Pleasant Hill; two grand-children, Jason Byers (Meghan) and Justin Byers (Brittany); two great-granddaughters, Alana Byers and Madison Prine, and several nieces and nephews.

(Arr-Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville, MO; atkinsonfuneralhome.com).


Michael Eugene “Mike” Hawkins
Mike Hawkins, 61, of Cleveland, Missouri passed away March 17, 2018, surrounded by the love of his family.

Mike leaves behind his loving wife, Theresa Hawkins of the home; two sisters, Donna Hendrix of Dos Palos, California and Hurshella (Shelly) Faye Jones of Noble, Oklahoma; one son, Michael Eugene Hawkins, II, and wife Jessica of Cleveland, Missouri; three daughters, Miranda Jo Bowens of Las Vegas, Nevada, Mary Louise Martin and husband Chris of Peculiar, Missouri and Johnna Lee Hawkins of Cleveland, Missouri; grandchildren, Anthony, Mikayla, Skylar, Sadie,
Justus, Jace, Lynkoln and Jozlinn.

Cremation was accorded. Services were held Thursday, March 22, 2018 at the First Baptist Church of Cleveland, Missouri with Brother Henry Green officiating.
Arrangements entrusted to Wallace Funeral Home. A complete obituary may be viewed at www.wallace-funeralhomes.com


William O. Pearce
William O. “Bill” Pearce, 72 of Pleasant Hill died, January 17, 2018.

Cremation has been accorded. A memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 24, 2018, at the Pleasant Hill V.F.W. Post #3118, with full military honors by the Pleasant Hill V.F.W. Honor Guard. Following the service the family invites you to stay for food and fellowship.

Memorial contributions are suggested to be made to the family and may be sent in care of the funeral home.

Arrangements: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong St., Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550. Condolences www. Stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com


Mary Ellen (Brown) Marshall
Mary Ellen (Brown) Marshall was born September 13, 1931 in Jerico Springs, Missouri and departed this life on March 13, 2018 at her home in Strasburg, Missouri at the age of 86 years and 6 months.

She was the daughter of Theodore Chester and Beulah Ellen (Lewellen) Brown.

Mary started grade school in Boggy Springs, Missouri and later attended Rowland Grade School in Stockton, Missouri. The Brown family moved to Eldorado Springs, Missouri where Mary graduated from Eldorado Springs High School in 1950.

On December 18, 1970 Mary was united in marriage with John W. “Jay” Marshall in Lamar, Missouri and they made their home in St. Clair County, Missouri. In 1981, Mary and John moved to Strasburg, Missouri.

Mary went to work for the City of Pleasant Hill as caretaker of the city lake and ground keeper of the city ball parks. In 1982, she became a dispatcher for the
Pleasant Hill Police and Fire Departments. She served in that capacity for 9 years before retiring in 1991.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Theodore and Beulah Brown; her husband, John W. “Jay” Marshall on July 29, 2005; one daughter, Nixie Nicholas on September 11, 2004; one infant son, Jr. Nicholas; one brother, Francis Brown; one brother-in-law, Paul Green, and one sister-in-law, Nina Brown.

Mary is survived by one brother, Charlie Brown and wife Susan of Cookeville, Tennessee; one sister, Edna Jo Green of Eldorado Springs, Missouri; several nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Cremation has been accorded. Graveside Service and Inurnment will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 24, 2018 at the Strasburg Cemetery with Rev. Tony Reynolds officiating. Arrangement: Wallace Funeral Home


Margaret V. Griffith
Margaret V. Griffith, 98, of Raymore, was born, July 13, 1919, in Greenwood, the daughter of Claude W. and Alice R. (Johnson) Long.  She departed this life, Wednesday, March 7, 2018, at the Foxwood Springs Living Center, Raymore, surrounded with love and family.

Margaret was a 1937, Pleasant Hill High School graduate.

On March 28, 1948, she was united in marriage to Lawrence Allen Griffith, Sr., in Greenwood. He preceded her in death one day earlier on March 6, 2018,
culminating an end of nearly 70 years of marriage.

Margaret had been employed for Pratt & Whitney and Wolfermans Bakery; later she became a full time homemaker. She was a former member of
the Lee’s Summit Christian Church where she had been active in the CWF. She was currently a member of the Raymore Christian Church.  She enjoyed fishing with Lawrence, crocheting, needlepoint, quilting, and cooking. She especially loved music and was an accomplished organist and pianist.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents; her son Allen Griffith, Jr.; two grandsons, Travis Giaccetti and Joshua Griffith; her twin brother Marvin Long; and one sister Louise Cox.

She is survived by her daughter, Joyce Giaccetti of Raymore; four grandchildren, Tracie (and Nick) Biggerstaff of Overland Park, Kansas; Joseph Griffith of Buffalo, New York, Angela (and Jason) Scarborough of Odessa, and Christina (and Gareth) Stevenson of Ruckersville, Virginia; 10 great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

Visitation for both Lawrence and Margaret will be held 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Friday, March 9, 2018, at the funeral home.

Graveside funeral services for both will be held 2:30 p.m. Friday, March 9, 2018, at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Reverend Edwin Peoples will officiate.

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.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.

Arrangements: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550


Lawrence A. Griffith, Sr.
Lawrence Allen “Bud” Griffith, Sr., 93, of Raymore, was born, July 26, 1924, in Pleasant Hill, the son of Syranus S. and Clara Z. (Bunnell) Griffith, Sr.  He
departed this life, Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at the Foxwood Springs Living Center, Raymore, surrounded with love and family.

Lawrence was a 1942, Pleasant Hill High School graduate.

On March 28, 1948, he was united in marriage to Margaret V. Long in Greenwood. She died one day after him on March 7, 2018, culminating an end of a nearly 70-year marriage.

Lawrence had been employed as an over the road truck driver for TIME-DC and was a member of the Teamsters; later he drove a tour bus for Continental Trailways. He had also farmed. He was a former member of the Bethany Christian Church, Pleasant Hill, and the Lee’s Summit Christian Church. He was currently a member of the Raymore Christian Church. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, and watching the Royals play on T.V.

Lawrence was preceded in death by his parents; his son Allen Griffith, Jr.; two grandsons, Travis Giaccetti and Joshua Griffith; three brothers, John Griffith, Lloyd Griffith, and Syranus Griffith, Jr.; and five sisters, Estella Robinett, Josephine Johnson, Margaret Johnson, Anna Munninger, and Clara Rose Browning.

He is survived by his daughter, Joyce Giaccetti of Raymore; four grandchildren, Tracie (and Nick) Biggerstaff of Overland Park, Kansas; Joseph Griffith of Buffalo, New York, Angela (and Jason) Scarborough of Odessa, and Christina (and Gareth) Stevenson of Ruckersville, Virginia; 10 great grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

Visitation for both Lawrence and Margaret will be held 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Friday, March 9, 2018, at the funeral home.

Graveside funeral services for both will be held 2:30 p.m. Friday, March 9, 2018, at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Reverend Edwin Peoples will officiate.

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.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.

Arrangements: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550


Brian E. Badger
Brian Edward Badger, 60, of Pleasant Hill, was born, September 23, 1957, in Pontiac, Illinois, the son of Chester Robert Sr. and Helen Marie (Wassenberg) Badger.  He departed this life Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at his home surrounded with love and family.

Brian attended Warrensburg High School until 1975 (Class of 1976).  He furthered his education earning the degree, Bachelor of Science in Electricity and Electronics, at Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg now UCM.

On May 22, 1976, he was united in marriage to Sujamanas Kalayanamitra in Warrensburg until divorced in 1992.  On January 1, 2005, he was united in marriage to Teresa Lee (Wainscott) Yost, and resided at their home in rural Pleasant Hill where he loved to work outside in the yard and pester his dog Mercy and his grandchildren.

Brian most recently was a professor of Information Technology, for the Johnson County Community College, retiring for health reasons in March of 2013. Previous to that he taught Electronics at Joe Herndon High School in Raytown, MO. He was owner of Computer Services Group, servicing customers’ computer needs in the Kansas City area; he co-owned Truman Broadcasting which built a wireless tower in Warsaw just south and east of Osceola, MO.  Brian worked for Apple Computer carrying the Apple Medallion, selling computers, software and computer supplies to school districts in Missouri.  While at Missouri Typewriter, it was his job to install some of the first desktop computers (PCs) in the Kansas City area.

He attended the Big Creek Baptist Church and was an active member of Gideon’s International. He enjoyed mushroom hunting, searching for arrowheads, float trips and camping with friends and family, and keeping up with the latest in electronics.Brian was preceded in death by his parents and one brother-in-law, Gary Reed.

He is survived by his wife Teresa of Pleasant Hill; 4 sons, Anotai (and Rachel) Badger and Panumas (and Lydia) Badger, both of Harrisonville; Jesse Yost and (Andrea Stark) and Lonnie (and Haylee) Yost, both of Pleasant Hill; 1 daughter, Amber (and Aaron) Cram of Aurora, Colorado; 4 brothers, Scott (and Terry) Badger of Warrensburg; Bob (and Betsy) Badger of Dubuque, Iowa; Bruce (and Linda) Badger of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee;  Jim (and Paula) Badger of Chesterfield, Missouri; 2 sisters, Karen Reed of Wilmington, Ohio, and Brenda (and Mark) Brooks of Warrensburg; 27 grandchildren, Taylor, Rylee, Sydney, Alexis, Levi, Issac, Seth, Luke, Daniel,  Kalayana, Ayden, Titus, Corban, Logan, Adara, Ezra, Matthew, Alexander, and Eleanor, Josiah, Zephaniah, Eliah, Selah, Kaylah, Judah, and  expecting two more arrivals this year; a host of nieces and nephews and friends both old and new.

Visitation will be held 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, March 11, 2018, at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Monday, March 12, 2018, at the funeral home. Pastor Greg Cranston will officiate.  Interment will be in the
Staley Mound Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Gideons International and may be sent in care of the funeral home.Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com

Arrangements: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550


Donald Dean Dugan, Jr.
Donald Dean Dugan, Jr., 61, of Belton, Missouri passed away, unexpectedly, on February 25, 2018.

He is survived by his wife Diane of the home; one daughter, Rachel Dugan-Campbell and husband Chance of Tulsa, Oklahoma; two grandchildren, Ava
Winter Campbell and Hudson Oliver Campbell; one brother, Jim Dugan and wife Glenda; four sisters, Brenda Jolley, Janice Gray and husband Rick, Paula
Edwards and husband Greg, and Debbie Scroggins and husband Danny, other relatives and many, many friends.

Cremation was accorded. The family received friends at a Celebration of Life
Visitation on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at the
Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill. A complete obituary may be viewed at www.wallace-funeralhomes.com.


Carrie Sue Hendrix
Carrie Sue Hendrix was born June 22, 1939 in Callao, Missouri and departed on February 23,  2018 at Lee’s Summit Medical Center.

She is survived by her Sister, Son, Grandson, and 3 Great-Grandchildren.

Cremation has been accorded and no services are scheduled at this time.


Merlin Wayne Cook
Merlin Wayne Cook, of Pleasant Hill, MO, went to be with the Lord, on Monday, February 26, 2018.

He was born on August 26, 1935, in California, MO to William Bryan (Dick) and Rose (Cunningham) Cook.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Gracie Cook, of the home;  one son, Alan Cook and wife, Deborah Cook of Pleasant Hill;  two grandchildren, Alexandra and William Cook;  a sister, Betty Wade (Dale) of Kansas City, MO;  mother-in-law, Geneva McClaskey of Pleasant Hill, and numerous nieces and nephews, extended family & friends.

Services were held Friday, March 2nd, 2018 at Lone Jack Baptist Church in Lone Jack, MO. Burial  Lone Jack Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Haiti Home of Hope Children’s Orphanage or Lone Jack Baptist Church.

Arrangements entrusted to Wallace Funeral Home. A complete obituary may be viewed at www.wallace-funeralhomes.com


Carol G. Terry
Carol G. Terry, 86, of Kansas City, Missouri, passed away peacefully surrounded by her children on February 20, 2018 at Shawnee Mission Medical Center.

Born April 19, 1931 in St. Louis, Missouri, she was the daughter of Marvin and Edna Tatge. While living in Detroit, where she grew up and graduated high school, Carol met her husband Robert Terry, marrying in 1953.

In 1969, Carol and her family moved to Pleasant Hill, where she worked for the Pleasant Hill Times, as well as being very active in Scouts, Sweet Adelines and her church. In 1979 Carol and her family moved into the Kansas City area, where she embarked on a new career, running the office of the family business. Though, she always kept family first and brought her young grandson to the office with her.  When she finally retired in 2007, she continued to help raise her two grandchildren, Jackson and Alexandra.

Carol was preceded in death by Robert Terry, her husband of 52 years. She is survived by her brother Roy Tatge, her two children Patrick (and spouse Vada Terry) and Paul Terry,
her grandchildren Sarah Terry-Henks (and spouse Daniel Henks), Jennifer Terry, Jackson Terry and Alexandra Terry, and great-grandchildren Mackenzie Henks, Ellie Henks, and Trace Henks.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, March 3rd, from 12:00 – 2:00 pm with a time for sharing at Longview Funeral Home, 12700 S Raytown Rd, Kansas City, MO 64149.
Inurnment will follow in Longview Cemetery.


John Albert Wallace
John Albert Wallace was born August 13, 1964 in Kansas City, Missouri and departed this life, unexpectedly, on February 14, 2018 at his home in Cleveland, Missouri.

The family of John Albert Wallace received friends from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon Monday, February 19, 2018, at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill, Missouri. Graveside Service and Interment were held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, February 19, 2018 at the Glenwild Cemetery, Cleveland, Missouri with Pastor Charlie Paine, officiating. Casket Bearers were J. C. Wallace, Matthew Wallace, Tyler Wallace, Martin Keeton, Mark Wallace and Aaron Attebury. A complete obituary may be viewed at www.wallace-funeralhomes.com


Betty Sue “Susie” Mack
Susie Mack, 61 of Cleveland, MO. passed away February 9, 2018 at her home surrounded by the love of her family.

Celebration of Life and Funeral Service for Susie Mack were held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 17, 2018 at the First Baptist Church of Cleveland, Missouri with Pastor Linda Sturdevant officiating. Casket Bearers were Matt High, Tony Ray, Kirby High, Charlie Terry, Bill Terry, and Donny Terry. Burial was in West Union Cemetery. Arrangements: Wallace Funeral Home. A complete obituary may be viewed at www.wallace-funeralhomes.com


Roy Tilghman Cloud
Roy T. Cloud died Thursday, Feb. 8, in a hospital in Chicago. He was 79.

He was the son of  Tilghman R. Cloud, editor of The Times when the family sold the paper in 1961, and Riva Heslar Cloud, who taught Spanish and American history at Pleasant Hill High School. He was the grandson and namesake of the founder of The Pleasant Hill Times.

Roy grew up in Pleasant Hill and was especially active in Scouting, rising to the rank of Eagle Scout. He was a 1956 graduate of Pleasant Hill High School, where he played cornet in the marching band. During high school, he worked in the “back shop” of The Times, mainly working on commercial printing.

He attended the University of Missouri and then moved to Chicago, where he lived for more than 50 years, working in record stores and specializing in the sale of classical albums. He enjoyed listening to classical music and reading science fiction.

His survivors include his only brother, George William “Bill” Cloud and Bill’s wife, Margaret, of Chapel Hill, NC; his niece, Amy E. Cloud of Bogotá, Colombia; and his nephew, Daniel W. Cloud, of Walnut Creek, Calif., and by his first cousin, Judi Ellis of Bloomington, Ind.

His body is to be cremated, and he has requested that his ashes be returned to Pleasant Hill. Condolences may be sent to Bill Cloud, 14 Timberlyne Road, Chapel Hill, NC, 27514. If friends wish to make a memorial gift, the family suggests the Riva E. Cloud Fund of the Pleasant Hill Education Foundation, c/o Jackie Emo, District Liaison, 318 Cedar St., Pleasant Hill, MO 64080.


Louetta Kay Bunnell Elwell
Louetta Kay Elwell, age 73, of Montrose, died on Tuesday, January 30, 2018, at her home.

Louetta was born July 7, 1944 to Everett William Bunnell and Verda Bell “King” Bunnell of Pleasant Hill. After graduating from high school, Louetta’s life experience was full, marriage, motherhood, employment, mixed with many wonderful adventures. In her last employment opportunity, she worked for Stahl Specialty Company in Kingsville in maintenance.

Survivors include her daughter, Kimberly Nichols (Steven) of Harrisonville; son, Robert Elwell (Jennifer) of Harrisonville, five grandchildren, Blake Nichols, Bethany Nichols, Zane
Elwell, Manny Henriquez, and Julian Henriquez; brother, Bill Bunnell (Shirley) of Pleasant Hill; sister, Connie VanLou (Doug) of Stockton; special friend, Donald Goth; nieces, nephews, other family and several friends.

Proceeding her in death were her parents; sister, Darlena Bunnell; and husband, Walter Elwell.

The family will receive visitors at 1:00 PM on Friday, February 9, 2018 at Consalus Funeral Home, Clinton. A memorial service will follow at 2:00 PM. An inurnment will follow at a later date.

The family has requested that memorial contributions be made to the Louetta Elwell Memorial Fund and left in care of Consalus Funeral Home, 209 S. 2nd St., Clinton, MO 64735.


Viola J. Timberlake
Viola Jane Timberlake, 92, of Lee’s Summit, was born, March 20, 1925, in Pleasant Hill, the daughter of James P. and Ida M. (Wolfe) Bunch. She departed this life, Wednesday, January 31, 2018, at the John Knox Village Care Center.

Viola “Vi” was the youngest child of eight and a 1942 Pleasant Hill High School graduate.

On September 5, 1942, she was united in marriage to Gerald D. Timberlake in Belton, Missouri. He preceded her in death on December 17, 2004.

Before retirement, Viola worked as a secretary for Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California and Allied-Signal (Bendix/Honeywell) in Kansas City, Missouri. She enjoyed crocheting, embroidery, country music, visiting with friends and family, and gardening.

Viola was also preceded in death by her son, Gerald Timberlake II; one grandson, Brent Hansell; and seven brothers, Jarrott, Harold, Earl, Francis, Charley, Pryor, and Albert.

She is survived by two daughters, Shirley (and Joe) Hansell of Murrieta, California, and Carolyn Passeneau of Chula Vista, California; five grandchildren, Todd, Tammy, Marla, Mark, and Chad; eleven great-grandchildren; multiple nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends.

Visitation will be held 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. Monday February 19, 2018, at the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home.

Graveside funeral services and interment will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, February 19, 2018, in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Pancreatric Cancer Action Network and may be made online at https://secure.pancan.org or sent in care of the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com

Arrangements: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080(816) 540-5550


Francis “Frank” J. Russell III
Francis “Frank” Joseph Russell III, 57, of Grain Valley, Missouri, formerly of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, passed away Sunday, February 4, 2018. A visitation will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at Royer Funeral Home, Grain Valley with a memorial service following at 11:00 a.m.

Frank was born on March 20, 1960 in Morristown, NJ, son of Francis II and Nancy (Hubbard) Russell. Frank worked at General Motors for 32 years. He enjoyed dirt bike racing, playing
ping-pong and tennis. He loved spending time with his kids and future son-in-law, Ryan Paxton.

Franks survivors include his daughter, Breann Russell of Grain Valley; son, Eric Russell of Grain Valley; father, Francis J. Russell II (Loretta) of Little River, SC; mother, Nancy Russell of New Hope, PA; 3 siblings, Dana Moscow of New Town, PA, Jean Paul Russell of Durham, PA and Susan Harry of Canton, GA; ex-wife, Diane (Ray) Lindner of Grain Valley; brother-in-law, Bob Hansen; and mother-in-law and father-in-law, Arne and Francis Hansen.

Arrangements:  Royer Funeral Home, Grain Valley, MO   816-847-4441


John R. Baker
John R. Baker, 82, of Pleasant Hill, formerly of Independence, passed away January 24, 2018 at the Pleasant Hill Health and Rehabilitation Center.

He is survived by his wife Dorothy (Kraus) Baker of the home; one son, Rick Baker and wife Kellie of Leeton, Missouri; four daughters, Linda Ilgenfritz and husband Tom of Leeton, Missouri; Debra Bradley and husband Gary of Sarasota, Florida; Teresa Rathbun and husband Thad of Zachary, Louisiana and Susan Baker of Pinellas Park, Florida; one brother, Walter Baker of Independence, five grandchildren, Danny Ilgenfritz, Taylor Burford, Dana Browder, Justin Baker and Jessica Law; three great grandchildren, Abbey and Madlynn Browder and
Emmaleigh Ilgenfritz.

Cremation has been accorded and no services are scheduled. A complete obituary may be viewed at www.wallace-funeralhomes.com.

Arrangements by Wallace Funeral Home.


Bobby R. Lees
Bobby R. Lees was born February 24, 1931, in Versailles, Missouri, and departed this life on January 19, 2018 at Golden Years Nursing Home in Harrisonville,  at the age of 86 years, 10 months and 26 days.

He is survived by one daughter, Patricia V. (Lees) Adams and husband Keith of Pleasant Hill; one brother, Richard Lees of Portage, Michigan; granddaughter, Brandy Whitten and husband Brent of Eudora, Kansas, great grandchildren, Kevin and Kayle Whitten, as well as several other grandchildren and great grandchildren; other relatives and many friends.

Cremation has been accorded and no services are scheduled at this time.

Arrangements by Wallace Funeral Home. A complete obituary may be viewed at www.wallace-funeralhomes.com.


William Pearce
William O. “Bill” Pearce, 72 of Pleasant Hill, was born July 15, 1945. He departed this life, Wednesday, January 17, 2018, at the Lee’s Summit Medical Center.

On March 4, 1972, he was united in marriage to Cecil A. Baldwin in Pleasant Hill. She preceded him in death on August 4, 2005. Bill was also preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by three children, Tonya Pearce, Weslee Pearce, and Mysti-Ane´ Pearce, all of Pleasant Hill; other relatives and friends.

Cremation has been accorded.  The family will host a memorial gathering at a later date.

Memorial contributions are suggested to be made to the family and may be sent in care of Stanley Dickey funeral home. http:// www.stanley-dickeyfuneral home.com/


Joan Gillam Manda
Virginia Joan Gillam Manda, 94, of Pleasant Hill, MO died Saturday, January 20, 2018 at home, surrounded by her four children.

Joan was born and raised in Maryville, MO on October 19, 1923, to Amelia Catherine Palmer and Forrest Trueblood Gillam.  She attended Wells College in Aurora, New York, and graduated from the University of Missouri in 1945, where she was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.

Joan was married to Edward Arnold Manda, Jr. of West Orange, NJ in 1947, and they raised their children in Pleasant Hill, MO.

Joan was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ed Manda in 1976; and son-in-law, Jim Danbury.  She leaves children Amelia Danbury, Edward A Manda lll (Kathy), Forrest G Manda (Kathie), and Mary Melissa Manda (Ted); 11 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

The family suggests donations to the University of Missouri-Columbia (Joan Gillam Manda Memorial Fund) or the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation, (Theta Chapter Campaign).

Memorial services will be at 11:00 am, Saturday, February 3, 2018, at the First Presbyterian Church of Pleasant Hill, MO.  For a full obituary go to www.wallace-funeralhomes.com.


Roy Gene Roberson
Roy Gene Roberson, age 85, of Lake Village, AR died Thursday, January 4, 2018 at home in Lake Village. Roy was born July 25, 1932 in Liberal, KS.  He is the son of C.E. Roberson and Helen Ragsdale Roberson, who died in childbirth. He attended the Chicot Missionary Baptist Church in Lake Village. Mr. Roberson retired from ATT, having worked as a machinist for over 20 years.

Roy was preceded in death by his parents, C.E. and Dora Fern Rogers Roberson; a brother, Charles Roberson; and sister, Marilyn Berry.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Dean Sorrells Roberson of Lake Village; son, Dan Curtis Roberson of Lake Village; daughter, Cathy Lynn Humber and husband Peter of Antigua, Guatamala; and brother, Gary Roberson of Colorado Springs, CO.

Services were held on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at Bishop-King Funeral Home chapel in Lake Village, AR.

Victoria Lynn “Vicki” Ridge
Victoria Lynn “Vicki” Ridge, a remarkable, courageous, and inspirational young woman, was born June 17, 1983 in Scottsdale, Arizona and departed this life on January 15, 2018 at Lee’s Summit Medical Center in Lee’s Summit, Missouri at the age of 34 years, 6 months and 29 days. She was the daughter of Micheal and Maggie Ridge.

Funeral Services for Vicki Lynn Ridge were held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, January 20, 2018 at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill, Missouri with Margaret D’Huyvetter, officiating. Cremation followed service. The family received friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Friday, January 19, 2018 at the funeral home.

The family suggests contributions to Variety the Children’s Charity at varietykc.org or a donation box will be available at the funeral home.

A complete obituary may be viewed at www.wallace-funeralhomes.com


Lucille (Corlew) West
Lucille (Corlew) West was born November 19, 1921 in Lone Jack, Missouri and departed this life on January 5, 2018 at Lee’s Summit Medical Center in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, at the age of 96 years, 1 month and 17 days.

She was the daughter of Luke and Bessie (Howard) Corlew.

Lucille is survived by two sons, William “Bill” West and partner, Nancy Vancil of Raymore, Missouri, and Larry W. West of Warsaw, Missouri.Graveside Service for Lucille West will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at the Lone Jack Cemetery with Reverend Dr. Ann Kircher, of Lone Jack Christian Church, officiating.

Cont: Children’s Mercy Hospital

Arr: Wallace Funeral Home.

A complete obituary may be viewed at www.wallace-funeralhomes.com


E. Marie Westerfield
Estella Marie Westerfield, 89, of Kansas City, Missouri, formerly of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, was born December 13, 1928, in Pleasant Hill, the daughter of Louis Martin and May Etta (Hamilton) Bunnell.  She departed this life and entered into glory on December 31, 2017, at the Newmark Care Center, Kansas City, surrounded with love and family.

Marie was a 1946 Pleasant Hill High School graduate.

On May 17, 1953, she was united in marriage to Ralph W. Westerfield in Pleasant Hill.  He preceded her in death on July 30, 2002.

Marie was first employed as a secretary for Unity Village; later becoming a homemaker. She was a former member of the Pleasant Hill First Christian Church. She was an active member of Living Word Community Church, of Gladstone where she was dearly loved.  She was an avid reader and collected anything related to butterflies.

She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

Marie was also preceded in death by her parents Louis and May; her sisters Ruth Powell and Alice Bunnell; her brother-in-law Jim Powell; and two nephews, Jimmie Powell and Stanley Powell.

She is survived by daughter Renee Hinrich of Marysville, Missouri; her nephew Jerry Powell of Gladstone; three grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Friday, January 5, 2017, at the funeral home.  Reverends Jerry Powell and Burt Comstock officiated.  Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.  Casket bearers were Rev. Burt Comstock, Rev. Dee Gilbert, Louie Lyons, Bob Mesias, Rev. Larry Parrish, and Adam Powell.

Marie requested that, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent Living Word Community Church, 7600 N. Park Ave. Gladstone, Missouri 64118.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com

Arrangements: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550


Connie L. Greene
Connie Louise Greene, 64, of Pleasant Hill, was born, June 18, 1953, Kansas City.  She departed this life Thursday, January 11, 2018, at her parents’ home in Pleasant Hill.

Connie was a 1971 Pleasant Hill High School graduate.

In 1974 she was united in marriage to Sonny Czeschin; they later divorced but remained good friends. She was then united in marriage to Mike Green; they later divorced.

Connie was employed as an Inspector for Bakan Plastics and Bendex. She later became a CNA and provided home health care for the homebound. She enjoyed arranging flowers and shopping.  She also had a gift of writing.  She loved animals and was especially fond of her dog Bubba.

Connie was preceded in death by her brother Robert Pridgen in 1983.

She is survived by her mother and step-father Betty and Jim Lotspeich of Pleasant Hill; her father and step-mother Charles (and Laura) Cox of New Mexico;  one sister, Kathy (and Rick) Warner of Buffalo, Missouri; one step-sister Lori Lotspeich Stiffler; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends.

Funeral services were held Monday, January 15, 2018 at the funeral home.  Elder Butch Shewmaker officiated.  Interment was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.  Casket bearers were Mike Bush, Dennis Gregg, Gary Gregg, Brian Warner, Chris Warner, and Jeremy Warner.

Visitation was held one hour prior to the service.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Pleasant Hill 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.stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com

Arrangements: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550


Audrey Jean (Groom) Kessler
Audrey Jean (Groom) Kessler was born February 7, 1929 in Smithton Township, Illinois and departed this life on January 8, 2018 at her home in Pleasant Hill, Missouri, surrounded by her loving family, at the age of 88 years, 11 months and 1 day.

She is survived by her husband, Richard Phillip Kessler of the home; one son, Richard Dean Kessler and wife Nancy of Ft. Worth, Texas; two daughters, Laura Marie (Kessler) Langston of Goddard, Kansas, and Sally Sue (Kessler) Secchio and husband Troy of Lee’s Summit, Missouri; five grandchildren, Emily Beth Kessler, Erin Rachel Kessler, Karl Eric Wolf, Christian Troy Secchio and Rachel Faith Secchio; three great-grandchildren, Christian Wolf, Collen Wolf and Madyson Wolf, other relatives and many, many friends.

Funeral Services for Audrey Jean (Groom) Kessler were held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 13, 2018 at the Lee’s Summit Bible Church with Pastor Jim King officiating. Interment followed at 2:00 p.m. at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Arrangements: Wallace Funeral Home. A complete obituary may be viewed at www.wallace-funeralhomes.com


Mary Alice (Jurgensmeyer) Grimm
Mary Alice (Jurgensmeyer) Grimm was born December 15, 1934 in Montrose, Missouri and departed this life on January 8, 2018 at her home in Pleasant Hill, Missouri, surrounded by the love of her family, at the age of 83 years and 24 days.

She was the daughter of John and Agatha (Walther) Jurgensmeyer.

Mary Alice spent her younger years in Montrose, MO. She was a 1952 graduate of St. Francis Academy in Nevada, Missouri. On September 3, 1955 Mary Alice was united in marriage with John Anthony Grimm in Montrose. In conjunction with John’s work in the aircraft business, Mary Alice and John made their home in several places during the early years of their marriage, including Marietta Georgia, Wichita Kansas, Neosho and Raytown Missouri. In 1970 the Grimm family moved to Pleasant Hill to make their home.

Mary Alice was a devoted and loving wife, mother and grandmother. She liked gardening and thoroughly enjoyed “the fruits of her labor.” Mary Alice was an accomplished seamstress and quilter, and liked anything to do with antiques. She and John enjoyed traveling, and wintering in Arizona.

Mary Alice was an active member of St. Bridget Catholic Church where she was a member and past president of the Alter and Rosary Society. She also was a Lector and a Eucharist Minister. Mary Alice was a member of the Pleasant Hill Piecemakers Quilting Club.

Mary Alice was preceded in death by her husband, John Anthony Grimm on August 8, 2015; her parents, John and Agatha Jurgensmeyer, and her oldest brother, Alvin Jurgensmeyer.

She is survived by two sons, Michael Grimm and wife Sharon of Loveland, Colorado, and David Grimm of Pleasant Hill, Missouri; four daughters, Karen Stigura of Milner, Georgia, Teresa Schaefer and husband Jim, and Nancy Bouchard and husband Rick all of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, and Beth Willis and husband Brad of Greentown, Indiana; two brothers, Willard Jurgensmeyer of Lee’s Summit, Missouri and Roger Jurgensmeyer of Greenwood, Missouri; 16 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, other relatives and many, many friends.

Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, January 15, 2018 at St. Bridget Catholic Church. Interment was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Arrangements: Wallace Funeral Home


Dorothy A. Springer

Dorothy Anne Springer, 92, of Pleasant Hill, was born June 16, 1925, in Greenwood, the daughter of John and Catherine (Bunnell) Porter. She departed this life Sunday, January 7, 2018, at Crown Care Center, Harrisonville.

Dorothy grew up on a small farm near Greenwood. She shared many interesting stories about growing up, and hunting and fishing stories with her older brothers. She started working when she was 12 years old to help pay for school clothes and school supplies. She finished 3 years of high school and later earned her GED the same day her youngest child graduated from high school.

On February 22, 1942, she was united in marriage to Amos Glover Springer in Archie, Missouri. They were married 61 years until his death on June 5, 2003.

Together they operated a grain and dairy farm in the Wingate community southeast of Pleasant Hill, for most of their married life. They lived a short time in San Diego, California.

Dorothy was baptized into Christ in 1965 and was a member of the Pleasant Hill Church of Christ. She enjoyed being a 4-H leader in the Plum Grove 4-H Club. She was a member of the Wingate Community Club and the Pleasant Hill Peacemakers quilt guild.

She liked to draw, paint, do ceramics, and especially piece quilts. She pieced an estimated 300 quilts over her lifetime, with family and friends receiving many of them as gifts. She collected antiques of all kinds and enjoyed displaying them in her home. She was an avid gardener raising a very large vegetable garden when her family was young. She canned hundreds of quarts of fruits and vegetables every summer. In later life her garden and yard were always overflowing with flowers, as well as her home.

The Springer family, including all the grandchildren at that time, was in many local parades for many years, starting in the Bicentennial year 1976. They were known as the “Pioneer Family” starting with a covered wagon and team of draft horses the first year; later using different themes always involving a team and wagon. Dorothy was the inspiration and came up with all the ideas for decorating the wagon and the costumes. The first year was based on an actual journey Dorothy’s mother made in 1878.

Dorothy was preceded in death by 4 brothers, John Porter, James Porter, Bill Porter, and Jesse Porter; one sister Catherine Freeland; son-in-law Steve Lees; and 2 grandchildren.

She is survived by 4 children, Donna (and Leland) Reed, Amos Glover (and Linda) Springer, and Nancy Lees, all of Pleasant Hill, and Peggie Springer of Kansas City; 7 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; 7 great-great grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 10, 2018, at the funeral home. Preacher Dudley Morton officiated. Interment was in the Staley Mound Cemetery. Casket bearers were Harry Lee Freeland, Nevin Lees, Dave Parris, Kent Reed, Darren Reed, and Clint Springer. Honorary casket bearers were Russell Parris, Walker Reed, and Woodrow Springer.

Visitation was held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Staley-Mound Cemetery and may be sent in care of the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com Arrangements: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550


Lorna Ulmer

Lorna (Ernst) Ulmer was born July 8, 1929 in Roscoe, South Dakota and departed this life on January 4, 2018, surrounded by the love of family, at her daughter’s home in Pleasant Hill, Missouri at the age of 88 years, 5 months and 27 days.

She is survived by two daughters, Sandy Anderson and husband Rick of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, and Shelly Miller of Lee’s Summit, Missouri; one daughter-in-law, Carol Ulmer of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; five grandchildren, Marlin Stoebner, Melissa Terry, Kristi Wanner, Shannon Ulmer and Reece Ulmer; six great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Funeral Services for Lorna Ulmer were held at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill, Missouri with Pastor Matt Harris, officiating. Interment will be in Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery near Hosmer, South Dakota.

The family suggests contributions, In Memory of Lorna Ulmer, to American Cancer Society.

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Dorothy Ann “Dolly” (Harris) Capps

Dorothy Ann “Dolly” (Harris) Capps was born July 2, 1946 in Kansas City, Kansas and departed this life on January 3, 2018 at Pleasant Hill Health and Rehabilitation Center in Pleasant Hill at the age of 71 years, 6 months and 1 day.

She was the daughter of John Early and Dorothy Evangeline (Norris) Harris.

Dolly spent her younger years in Kansas City, Kansas where she attended Wyandotte High School. In 1962, Dolly was united in marriage with Royce Gerald Wilson. After their marriage, they lived in Kansas City, Kansas for a few years before moving to Palestine, Texas to make their home. Mr. Wilson passed away in 1972. After Mr. Wilson’s death, Dolly moved her family back to Shawnee, Kansas.

In 1978, after Dolly’s marriage to Thomas Delmar Capps, she moved to Pleasant Hill to make her home. Mr. Capps preceded Dolly in death in 1996.

Dolly worked as a cashier at EZ Stop in Pleasant Hill until the store permanently closed, she then took a position with Casey’s General Store in Pleasant Hill, where her outgoing and caring personality made her a favorite with the clientele. She intuitively knew when someone was having a bad day and would ask if she could give them a hug, trying her best to make their day brighter.

Dolly was the matriarch of her family. She was a caring and loving wife, mother and grandmother and always went out of her way to do what was best for her family.

Dolly was a devoted and active member of the Open Door Full Gospel Church of Pleasant Hill.

In addition to her first husband, Royce Gerald Wilson and her second husband, Thomas Delmar Capps, Dolly was preceded in death by her parents, John and Dorothy Harris; four brothers, Jerry, Jack, Chuck and Earl Harris and two sisters, Susie Boggs and Laura Gochenhour.

She is survived by one son, William (Bill) Wilson and wife Kathy of Pleasant Hill; one step-son, Mitchell Capps and wife Sara of Mobile, Alabama; three daughters, Jerri Harp and husband Max, and Wendy Wilson all of Pleasant Hill, and Angela Slayden of Kingsville; three step-daughters, Janice Jarrett and husband Mike of Raytown, Patricia Grandfield and husband Steven of Warrensburg and Cheryl Knapp and husband Robin of St. Joseph; one sister, Helen Pearl Millican of Belton; 7 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren, other relatives and many, many friends.

Funeral Services for Dorothy Ann “Dolly” Capps will be held 12:00 noon Friday, January 12, 2018 at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill with Pastor Dennis Gulley officiating. Casket Bearers will be Christopher (Ryan) Wilson, Brandon Wilson, Steven J. Wilson, Christopher McCabe, Robbie Harp and Joey Russell. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Thursday, January 11, 2018 at the funeral home.­


Martin C. “Sandy” Hendrickson

Martin C. Hendrickson, 88, lifelong resident of Lone Jack, passed away December 19, 2017, at Lee’s Summit Medical Center. Cremation. Memorial service; 10 a.m., Friday, January 5, 2018; Lone Jack Christian Church. Full military honors following service at the church.

Visitation, 6-8 p.m. Masonic service, 8 p.m. Thursday January 4 at the Wallace

Funeral, Pleasant Hill. Cont: Lone Jack Christian Church.

Martin was preceded in death by his wife, Audrey Marie (Cupp) Hendrickson.

He is survived by one son, Martin Clifton Hendrickson II, of Blue Springs; one daughter, Pamela Marie Parmalee and husband Donald of Lone Jack; three grandchildren, Richard Beard of Blue Springs, Nicola Livengood of Raymore and Logan Hendrickson of Blue Springs; five great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.


Laura Hill

On December 2, 2017, Laura Hill passed away peacefully. Battling cancer for 20+ years, she refused to stop fighting. She was never in pain, nor was she suffering. Her positive spirits, sparkling eyes and gentle touch carried her through every moment.

Laura was born on September 27, 1951, to Jack Filson Hill and Mary Jane Hill (Johnson) in Des Moines, Iowa. Shortly after, her parents moved to Trumansburg, NY; where she spent her childhood years. This is when her love for baking began, as well as, her passion for flowers. She started her own baking business and custom bouquets to give to her neighbors on May Day. She spent her summers waterskiing on Cayuga Lake, enjoying a donut from Home Dairy and an ice cream cone at Purity.

She attended Iowa State for her undergraduate degree and New York Universityfor her Master’s in Early Childhood Education. She fell in love with traveling as she took many cross country trips with college friends and explored what Europe has to offer.

She finally planted roots in Princeton, NJ, where she opened her own daycare.

She quickly became known in town, as she would walk up and down Nassau Street with her triple stroller. Her friendly hello, true love for teaching, nurturing ability, delicious baked goods and her longing to document everything through photographs simply set her apart from any other caregiver. The strength of love and family was so important to her and it didn’t matter if there was a blood relation or not.

She is the second of six beautiful children. Margaret Hill-Daniels,Patricia Schiphof- Hill, Gregory Hill, Gordon Hill and Gary Hill. She surrounded herself with the love of five nephews, eight nieces and two great nephews and two great nieces.

Her greatest pride and joy was that of her one and only child, Jennifer Michelle Hill. Jennifer inherited her mom’s genuine passion for travel, sewing ability and love for helping others. Laura knew how important it was to instill these qualities on her daughter at a young age.

As the years went by, their love for each other and the special bond they created became envious to others. Photography, elaborate quilting and baking were just a few of Laura’s creative outlets, many of which have touched the lives of people all over the world.

Laura will be greatly missed, but more importantly remembered and celebrated by her strength, courage, unconditional love and warmth. Cherish every moment, because it will always be in your heart. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or make mistakes. Find your silver lining, because everyday holds the possibility of a miracle.

A spring ceremony will be held among the beautiful blooming flowers and graceful butterflies to honor, Laura Hill, a remarkable woman, supportive friend, nurturing caregiver, loving sister and daughter, and the best role model her daughter could ever ask for in a Mom. (To continue on Laura’s love for children and giving back, there has been a legacy fund created in her name. Www.gofundme.com/laurahillslegacyfund.

Thank you for helping us continue to celebrate Laura.

 

 

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