2019 Obituaries

Bill Reed
William Thomas “Bill” Reed, 78, of Pleasant Hill,, passed away Saturday, October 12, 2019, at the Good Samaritan Care Center in Cole Camp, Missouri.  Bill was born April 1, 1941, in Rich Hill, Missouri, the son of Noah B. and Maude Belle (Ledbetter) Reed.

He was married to Sharon Schenk, who passed away in 2002.

Bill was a 1959 graduate of Smith-Cotton High School in Sedalia. He was a veteran, serving seven years in the Missouri National Guard. He was employed with the Panhandle Eastern Pipeline Company, followed by a thirty-five year career with General Motors in Kansas City. He retired from GM in 1999 and was a member of United Auto Workers Local #31.

Bill was a “muscle” car enthusiast and owned several over the years. He enjoyed all of them but said his favorite was a 1969 Pontiac GTO. He was also a railroad buff and could often be found alone with his dog Junior, at the Pleasant Hill depot, watching the arrival and departure of Amtrak trains.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Sharon, his son, William J. “Big Willie” Reed, and one sister, Audrey May Smith.

He is survived by two brothers, Dan (and Jeannie) Reed, Jefferson City, and Joe (and Jean) Reed, Schell City; his sister-in-law, Sondra (and Jerry) Stapey of Sedalia and other relatives and friends.

Per Bill’s wishes a private burial service with military honors was held in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Bill’s memory may be made to the Pleasant Hill Animal Shelter 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


Dorothy D. Miller
Dorothy Dee Miller, of Pleasant Hill, was born, December 9, 1924, in rural Thayer, Missouri, the daughter of Henry Jacob and Mary Maud (Switzer) Trobaugh. She departed this life, Monday, October 14, 2019, at the St. Luke’s East Hospital, Lee’s Summit at the age 94 years, 10 months, and 24 days.

On September 21, 1945, she was united in marriage to Billy Lee Miller in Independence, Missouri. He had just returned from a three year tour of duty with Army Medical Corps during World War II and Dorothy at that time was employed at the Sears Mail Order Company in Kansas City. To this union two son’s Randall Lee Miller and Paul Ray Miller were born.  The family lived in Kansas City until moving to their farm near Pleasant Hill in June 1960.

Dorothy was devoted to her family and enjoyed the hobbies of landscaping, cake decorating, photography, genealogy, antiques collecting, and interior decorating. Other joys of bygone years were family, music fests with siblings, a bit of writing, and in later year’s association with her grandchildren, while passing along stories of long ago.

She was a member of the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church; Dorothy was a devout Christian always believing in the healing power of prayer. She was a longtime member of the State Historical Society, a life member (along with Bill) of the Heart of America Model “A” Ford Club, a long time volunteer with the Pleasant Hill Meals-On-Wheels, and a former member of the Pleasant Hill Downtown Association.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Bill; four brothers, Vivian Trobaugh, Earl Trobaugh, Ernest Trobaugh, Walter (and Pauline) Trobaugh; three sisters, Elsie (and Al) Braden, Delsie (and Clarence) Grooms, and Hazel (and Roy) Brazeal.

She is survived by two sons Randall (and Bettie) Miller, and Paul (and Carla) Miller, both of Pleasant Hill; five grandchildren, Jason Paul (and Dancy) Miller, Aaron Lee (and Nancy) Miller, Nathan Randall (and Breanna) Miller, Kara Marie Miller, all of Pleasant Hill, and Kyle Ray Miller of Kansas City; nine great grandchildren, Kelsey, Nolan, Zachary, Evan, Brett, Leah, Dylan, Grant, and Alex; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, October 17, 2019, at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Friday, October 18, 2019, at the funeral home. Reverend Mark Conway will officiate. Burial will follow in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Casket bearers are Aaron Miller, Evan Miller, Jason Miller, Kyle Miller, Nathan Miller, and Nolan Miller. Honorary casket bearers are Kara Miller, Kelsey Miller, Zachary Miller, Brett Miller, Leah Miller, Dylan Miller, Grant Miller, and Alex Miller.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Pleasant Hill Historical Society, the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, or the Meals on Wheels and may be sent in care of the funeral home.

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

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


Donald M. Graham
Donald M. Graham, of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, was born November 4, 1925 in Gunn City, Missouri and departed this life on September 28, 2019 at Missouri Veterans Home in Warrensburg, Missouri, at the age of 93 years, 10 months and 24 days.

He was the son of Arthur Lee Graham, Sr. and Ludie Belle (Wagoner) Graham.

The Graham family moved to Pleasant Hill in the early 1930’s and Donald attended school in Pleasant Hill. He went on to proudly serve his country in the United States Army. After his honorable discharge from the Army, Donald returned to Pleasant Hill.

On June 24, 1966, Donald was united in marriage with Hazel Maurene Diehl in Miami, Oklahoma. After their marriage, they made their home in Pleasant Hill.

Donald was a construction worker for Tri-City Construction Company in Kansas City, Missouri for many years. He also raised cattle on his farm in Pleasant Hill.

Donald was a member of V.F.W. Post #3118 of Pleasant Hill, Missouri and a member of the Teamsters Union of Kansas City, Missouri.

Donald was completely devoted to his family. His greatest joy in life was having family gatherings where the entire family would play cards and enjoy time together.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur Lee Graham, Sr. and Ludie Belle Graham; five brothers, Jay Graham, Bill Graham, Lawrence Graham, Arthur Lee Graham, Jr. and Robert Graham; four sister, Frances Liddle,  Kathryn Miller, Viola Hamilton and Lorene Hunt.

He is survived by his wife, Hazel M. Graham of the home; one step-daughter, Jeannie Trammell of Pleasant Hill Missouri; two granddaughters, Johnna Flahive of Boston, Massachusetts and Jana Flahive of Seattle, Washington; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

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

Arrangements entrusted to Wallace Funeral Home.


Donald “Don”
Wayne Hoglen
Donald “Don” Wayne Hoglen, 87, of Springfield, MO. departed this life on September 27, 2019.

Don is survived by his wife, Eva Jewell Hoglen; his daughter Rhonda Kearby and son-in-law Glenn; his daughter-in-law Betty Hoglen; grandchildren Chad Hoglen and wife Danielle, Austin Hoglen and wife Sammie, Cole Kearby, Christian Kearby; his great grandchildren Connor Hoglen, Caleb Hoglen, Carter Hoglen and Parker Hoglen; his brothers Richard Hoglen and Orville Hoglen. He is preceded in death by his brothers Alfred Hoglen, Carl Hoglen, Paul Hoglen and John Hoglen; his sister, Opal McFarland; his parents; and his beloved son, Paul Wayne Hoglen.

Services for Donald Wayne Hoglen were held on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at the Abundant Life Church in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Wallace Funeral Home.

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


Russell Carl Parris
Russell Carl Parris, 97, departed this life at his home surrounded by his loving family on September 29, 2019. He was a life-long resident of Pleasant Hill except during his service in World War II.

The funeral service was held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, October 3, 2019 at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill with Pastor Mark Conway officiating. Casket Bearers were Brian Parris, Russell Wayne Parris, Ryan Parris, Jake Lanier, Keith Higgs and Logan Rapp. Honorary Bearers were Glover Springer, Harry Lee Yoder, Russell Joe Martin, Rex Riggs, John Goodwin and Steve Yoder. The family received friends from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home. Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Contributions in memory of Russell may be made to Pleasant Hill High School for the Pleasant Hill FFA program. Please note FFA Program in memory of Russell Parris in the memo line.

Russell was born to Lester and Elizabeth (Kelly) Parris on May 27, 1922 in Pleasant Hill, Missouri on the family farm. Russell attended the Wingate School for grades 1-8. His commute to high school was five miles each way and sometimes he was lucky enough to take a horse part way but usually he just walked. He was a charter member of the FFA and graduated from Pleasant Hill High School in 1940.

After high school Russell moved to California where he worked at a steel supply company then as a welder in a shipyard. In October, 1942, he joined the Merchant Marines to serve in World War II. Russell served first in the Atlantic, sailing many times from the east coast to Venezuela and on to the Middle East. From 1944 -1948 he was sailing the Pacific from the west coast to Australia and Japan. He sailed around the world twice and was in Hiroshima two weeks after the atomic bomb was dropped.

After leaving the Merchant Marines he came home to Pleasant Hill and started working with his two brothers-in-law hauling freight in the midwest. In 1951 he started farming full-time with his dad on the family farm.

On October 25, 1953 he married Juanita Bowers whom he had met 8 years before on a blind date. He thought she was too young at the time, but after the war they reunited. Following their honeymoon they moved into the home where they lived and farmed for the rest of their lives. During his farming career Russell was an active member and leader of various agricultural organizations.

Juanita preceded him in death in 2005. He is survived by Ronnie (Jackie), Mike (Cindy), David (Jeanie) of Pleasant Hill, and Gayle Lanier (Tim) of Colorado. Also surviving are 11 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.


Fern Mayfield
Lois Fern Mayfield, 97, of Lake Forest, California, formerly of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, was born Wednesday, December 21, 1921, in Amsterdam, Missouri, the daughter of Harry and Etta (Frances) Coffel. She departed this life Thursday, August 1, 2019 at her home surrounded the love of friends and family.

Fern was united in marriage to Benny Earl Mayfield on October 15, 1949, at the First Baptist in Drexel, Missouri. He preceded her in death on November 22, 2008.

Before marriage, Fern was a telephone operator in Butler, Missouri. She started this job around 1941 and served in this capacity all during World War II. In her job, she had a front-row seat to world events, as well as the loss and suffering experienced by members of the Butler community.

After marriage, Ben and Fern moved to Pleasant Hill, where they eventually purchased a home in 1949 at 909 Washington Street. They resided in this home for almost 60 years, which was the site of Ben’s memorable vegetable garden, and the famous haunted houses excursions that they made available annually in their decorated house.

In 1964, Fern took up selling Avon Products in Pleasant Hill, a job which she continued until after Ben’s death. She won many awards, trophies, and mementos from the Avon company to recognize her outstanding service as an Avon representative.

Following Ben’s passing Fern moved to California in 2010 to live with her daughter, Connie. Although she mourned Ben’s passing and her loss of contact with her Midwestern roots, she soon came to love living in California, with the beaches and palm trees and always-sunny weather. She soon became a sandal-wearing California hippy, as she described herself, stating that she did not want to return to the cold weather until God called her home.

In her final years, she was adopted as a surrogate mother by most of Connie’s friends, who themselves had already lost their mothers. She often laughed that although she had moved away from her roots in the Midwest, she had gained more adopted daughters than she could count.

Unknown to most people, during her final years Fern fought a long battle with dementia, but although she had little short-term memory, she never lost her personality, her love of people, and her sense of humor.

Fern was also preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Connie on May 20, 2019 and all her siblings, Margaret Evelyn Davidson, Ruby Edith Erickson, Harry Lee Coffel, Howard Dean Coffel, and Donald Ray Coffel.

She is survived by many nieces and nephews, cousins, other relatives, and dear friends.

Graveside services for both Connie and Fern will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 12th, 2019 at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Reverend James Wilkins will officiate. A reception will immediately follow the service at the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church so that friends and families from both the Midwest and West Coast could share in their loving memories of Fern.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society or the Alzheimer’s Organization 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


Patricia A. Ruth
Patricia Ann “Patty” Ruth, 75, of Greenwood, Missouri, was born, August 13, 1944, in Kansas City, Missouri, the daughter of Charles E. and Marguerite D. (Higgins) O’Malley.  She departed this life, Monday, September 30, 2019, at the Lee’s Summit Medical Center.

Patty was a 1962 St. Pius X High School graduate.

In June 1966 she was first united in marriage to Robert Gampper in Kansas City.  To this union two sons, Brett and Brad, were born. They later divorced.  On October 31, 1980, she was united in marriage to William “Bill” Ruth, Sr., in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. To this union he brought with him three children, William, Jr., David, and Gretchen into their family.

Patty and her siblings forged extraordinarily strong bonds as children.  Patty’s desire to be surrounded by family continued throughout her life, and especially extended to her grandchildren.  She always went above and beyond to create special memories for birthdays and other events.  Patty’s quick wit made for lively conversations, and also made her a natural at sales.  She worked with her brother at Lamcraft in Lee’s Summit for many years, where she sold laminating products.  She was a member of the St. Bridget Catholic Church where she was active with the Altar and Rosary Society and cleaning crew.   She also volunteered regularly with the Lay Clergy Food Pantry in Pleasant Hill.  She was an avid reader and enjoyed quilting and sewing.

Patty was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Michael Joseph O’Malley.

She is survived by her husband Bill of Pleasant Hill; five children, Brett Gampper (and Jami) of Plainsboro, New Jersey, Brad Gampper (and Gina Riekhof) of Kansas City, William “Bill” Ruth, Jr. (and Patricia) of Clarkesville, Tennessee, David Ruth of Denver, Colorado, and Gretchen Ware (and Danny) of Pleasant Hill; eight grandchildren, Derek Ruth, Cody Ruth, Emma Gampper, Hanna Gampper, Kylie Sullivan, Ella Gampper, Cameron Ware, and Alexander Gampper; step-mother, Ruby O’Malley of Lee’s Summit; two sisters, Sharon Zang (and Fred) of Kansas City and Mary Vargo (and Jan) of Santee, California; sister-in-law, Mary Jo O’Malley of Pleasant Hill; several nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, October 4, 2019, at the St. Bridget Catholic Church.  Reverend Curt Vogel officiated.  Private inurnment was in the Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Kansas City.  The Recitation of the Rosary and visitation was held prior the service at the church.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Pleasant Hill Lay Clergy Council or Catholic Charities and may be sent in care of Stanley-Dickey 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


Sandra Lee
(Graham) Otis
Sandra Lee (Graham) Otis was born June 1, 1943 in Liberty, Missouri and departed this life on September 23, 2019 at Belton Regional Medical Center in Belton, Missouri, surrounded by the love of her family, at the age of 76 years, 3 months and 22 days.

She was the daughter of Arthur Lee Graham, Jr. and Artense (Frisbey) Rachel.

Sandra lived with her grandparents, Arthur Lee Graham, Sr. and Ludie Belle (Wagoner) Graham, during her younger years and attended grade school in Pleasant Hill. She always had fond memories of those years spent with her grandparents. Sandra later attended school in California and then in Grandview, Missouri. Sandra lived several places throughout her lifetime, but returned to Pleasant Hill in 2014 to make her home.

Sandra worked as a district manager for Total Oil Company for 18 years. She then accepted a position in the same capacity with Maher Oil Company, where she worked for 13½ years.

Sandra liked to bowl, and in her younger years had bowled on several leagues. She also liked to go to the boats, play bingo, but her favorite entertainment was having her immediate and extended family together for “family card games”.

Sandra was a devoted, loving and supportive daughter, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister. Her family was the most important part of her life.

Sandra was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur Lee Graham, Jr. and Artense (Frisbey) Rachel; one daughter, Brandy Otis and eight grandchildren.

She is survived by three sons, Donald McCauley and wife Becky of Liberty, Missouri, Farron Otis and wife Theresa of Greenwood, Missouri and Flinten Otis of Rolla, Missouri; one daughter, Candy Koehler and husband Kagan of Pleasant Hill, Missouri; three brothers, Arthur Graham, III and Sparkie Graham both of Grandview, Missouri, and Bill Graham of Lee’s Summit, Missouri; twelve grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.

Graveside services for Sandra Lee (Graham) Otis will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, September 26, 2019 at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, with Rev. Tim Casteel officiating. Casket Bearers are Don McCauley, Farron Otis, Arthur Lee Graham IV, Kagan Koehler, Sparkie Graham and Bill Graham.

Arrangements: Wallace Funeral Home.


Harriet Rose Stone
Harriet Rose Stone, 90, of Lee’s Summit, Mo., passed away on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at John Knox Village Care Center. Services were held at Langsford Funeral Home on Saturday, September 28, 2019. Visitation was at 10:00 AM with Funeral following at 11:00 AM. Burial at Lee’s Summit Historical Cemetery.

Harriet was born on April 23, 1929 in Drexel, Mo.

She was preceded in death by her husband Howard L. Stone Sr. in 2006 and her 1st born son John Wayne Stone in May of 1952.
Survivors include her son Howard L. Stone Jr. (Vickie); daughter Sharon R. Leonard; two grandsons Scott R. Stone (Rachel), and Matheu T. Stone (Andrea), two great grandsons Brayden and Cason Stone and two great-granddaughters Brooke and Haven Stone.


Curley “Jack” Bowen
Curley “Jack” Bowen, 79 of Pleasant Hill, Missouri; formerly of Holden passed away Thursday, September 26, 2019 at his home.  Funeral Services will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 30th at Williams Funeral Chapel in Holden, with interment to follow at Wesley Chapel Cemetery.  The family will receive friends, one hour prior to service, Monday at the funeral home.


Bill White
William Allen “Bill” White, Jr., 68, of Kingsville, was born, January 5, 1951, in Kansas City, the son of William A., Sr. and Delores Mae (Bauman) White. He departed this life, Monday, September 23, 2019, at the St. Luke’s Hospital, Kansas City.

Bill was a 1969 Pleasant Hill High School graduate. He furthered his career through the Kansas City Plumbers Apprentice School.
On July 5, 1973, he was united in marriage to Zoe Janelle Sharp in Pleasant Hill and to this union their daughter Amara was born.

Bill was a union plumber spending his entire career with the Schick Plumbing Company and was a member of the Plumbers Union Local #8. He was an avid pool player and was a member of the BCA, APA, and Outlaw pool leagues. He enjoyed working outside, mowing and gardening, going to movies, and watching and attending all sporting events, especially his granddaughter Samara’s.

Bill’s main priority was his family. He was a devoted husband of 46 years to Zoe and was tremendously proud of his daughter and granddaughter and cherished all time spent with them.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife, Zoe of Kingsville; his daughter, Amara Bruno of Pleasant Hill; his granddaughter, Samara Bruno of Pleasant Hill; one brother Mike (and Sandy) White of Pleasant Hill; one sister, JoAnne (and Dave) McDaniel of Pleasant Hill; other relatives and friends.

Cremation has been accorded.

Visitation will be held 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Saturday, October 5, 2019, at the funeral home.

A memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday, October 5, 2019, at the funeral home. Reverend D. Kent Deubner will officiate. Inurnment will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery at a later date.

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


Dorothy L.
(Parks) Elkins
Dorothy L. Elkins, 91, formerly of Lee’s Summit, MO. passed away Sept. 18, 2019 at Adrian Manor in Adrian, MO.

She is survived by her daughter, Judy Sprouse and Gene Sloan of Adrian, Missouri; one granddaughter, Melissa Cotter of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; one grandson, Clifford Sprouse and wife Kristin of Lee’s Summit, Missouri; four great grandchildren, Brandon Bradshaw of Glenpool, Oklahoma, Derek Bradshaw of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Weston and Sapphire Sprouse.

Graveside Service and Inurnment for Dorothy L. Elkins will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 5, 2019 at the Lee’s Summit Historical Cemetery, 806 SE 3rd Street, Lee’s Summit, Missouri 64063, with Dr. Alan Gatewood officiating. Granddaughter, Melissa Cotter, will deliver “Personal Memories”.

In Loving Memory of Dorothy L. Elkins, contributions may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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

Arrangements entrusted to Wallace Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill, MO.


John David Adams
John David Adams, 67, of Holden, Missouri passed away Friday, September 20, 2019 at Research Medical Center in Kansas City.
John was born March 2, 1952 at Ponca City, Oklahoma, the son of John Nelson Adams and Alice Daisy (Smoot) Adams.  He graduated from Chilhowee High School, Class of 1970. He married Cecelia “Marie” Dewey on July 17, 1970 at Chilhowee. The couple resided in Chilhowee, Leeton, Salt Lake City, Utah; Chalis, Idaho; Holden and later, Warrensburg. John married Jennifer Carol Nixon on May 17, 1986 in Holden.  John loved going motorcycle riding and having breakfast with Booker. He also enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s activities.

Survivors include his wife, Jennifer; daughter: Jennifer Kreisel (Brad) of Pleasant Hill; three sons: David Adams (Heather) of Pleasant Hill; Jeremy Flaspohler (Karley) of Holden and Jason Flaspohler of Holden; eight grandchildren: Taylor Kreisel, Tanna Kreisel, Carlee Adams, Macee Adams, Tyler Flaspohler, Jesse Flaspohler, Kamdyn Whenham and Kooper Whenham; and one great grandson: Dayton Russell Flaspohler.  He was preceded in death by his parents and his stepfather: Ernest Greene.

Funeral Services: will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 25th at Williams Funeral Chapel in Holden with Rev. Pat Kelley officiating.

Interment will follow at the Medford Cemetery south of Holden.

Pallbearers will be David Adams, Jeremy Flaspohler, Jason Flaspohler, Tyler Flaspohler, Brad Kreisel and Kyle Hanna.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the John David Adams Memorial Fund in care of the funeral home.
Online condolences may be left at www.williamsfuneralchapel.net


Myrtle Jane
(Christian) Freitas
Myrtle Jane Freitas of N. Highlands, CA. age 80, passed away July 20, 2019. Jane was born January 21, 1939 in Pleasant Hill, Mo.

She married Joe in May 1961. It was love at first sight. They had two children Innie and Joy. Jane worked as a printer for over 30 years. She was devoted to her family and friends and will be greatly missed.

Jane was preceded in death by her parents Lawrence and Olive Christian, brothers James and Jerry Christian and son Inu “Innie” Freitas.

Jane leaves behind her loving husband of 58 years Joseph Freitas, daughters Joy Gilmore (Daniel), and Toni Freitas, brother Garland Christian (Sherri), sister-in-law Linda Christian, six grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren & numerous other family members and friends.

The Memorial Service will be held at Holden United Methodist Church, 605 E. 10th Street, Holden Mo. on Sunday September 22, 2019 at 2pm. Graveside services at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery 1501 N. State Route 7 Pleasant Hill Mo. on Monday September 23, 2019 at 11am.

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


Larry Allen Smith
Larry Allen Smith, 76, of Lee’s Summit, MO passed away September 7, 2019 in his home. Larry was born February 3, 1943 at the family home in Johnson County, MO to Price and Neva Smith. He grew up on a farm in Bates City, MO, attended Liberty, a one-room school house on the farm and graduated from Holden High School in 1961. Larry was a tool and dye maker, working at various machine shops before settling at Honeywell where he retired in August 2013 after 25 years. He had a life-long love of farming, raising crops and cattle, and animals. Larry was also a volunteer EMT. His passions were fishing and hunting, but his greatest joy in life was spending time with his family, especially watching his grandkids grow up. He was a fun-loving man who never met a stranger and will be missed by many.

Larry is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Robert Milton Smith; and grandson, Patrick Joseph Lawn. Survivors include his loving wife of 43 years, Kathy; children, Kimberly (John) Bradshaw, Todd (Julie) Smith, Justin (Cindy) Smith, Angie (Patrick) Lawn, and Tess (Bobby) Montgomery; 11 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; brother, Ernie (Ginger) Smith; sister in-law, Irlene Smith; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation and services were Wednesday and Thursday. Burial at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Pleasant Hill, MO. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Children’s Oncology Group Foundation c/o Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, 3501 Civic Center Blvd, CTRB10060, Philadelphia, PA 19104, www.childrensoncologygroup.org

Arrangements by Langsford Funeral Home, Lee’s Summit, MO.


Roger K.
Breckenridge
Roger K. Breckenridge, 61, Kansas City, formerly of Pleasant Hill, passed away September 11, 2019. Memorial services will be 2:00pm Wednesday, September 18 at Charter Funerals, 5000 Blue Ridge Cutoff. Interment will take place at Springfield National Cemetery at a later date.

Roger was born September 30, 1957 in Harrisonville, Missouri to Vernon and Sharon (Foote) Breckenridge. He was a 1976 graduate of Pleasant Hill High School. Roger worked at Unity Village before joining the US Air Force and after his return from service he resumed his work at Unity. He married Beverly Davidson in 1983. Roger enjoyed spending time at the Lake of the Ozarks, writing (including songs), tinkering with tools, and was known for his sense of humor.

Roger was preceded in death by his father, Vernon; he is survived by two children, Emily Alvarez and Brian Breckenridge; grandchildren: Braxton, Aleena, and Gabriella; mother, Sharon Breckenridge; siblings: Gary Breckenridge, Gayle Wenich, and John Breckenridge; many nieces, nephews, cousins, other family and friends.


Gary Russell Collins
Gary Russell Collins, 73, passed away suddenly and quite unexpectedly at home late in the evening of Sunday, September 1st after spending an evening with his family.

Gary was born September 11, 1945 and grew up in the farming community of Siam, Iowa. He graduated from New Market High School in 1963.

After high school, Gary joined the U.S. Air Force and spent much of his service at San Vito airbase near Brindisi, Italy where his duties included intercepting Morse code transmission from the Soviet Bloc as part of Communications Intelligence.

In 1967, he was honorably discharged, married Nancy K. Bix, and studied at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, where he graduated with a B.S. in Business Management in 1970.

After graduation, they moved to the Kansas City area when he was hired by Hallmark Cards. Gary was eventually hired by Pfizer and worked the remainder of his career at the Animal Health division in Lee’s Summit, MO until his retirement in 2007.

Thoughout his life, Gary was active in his church and community and forged many valued friendships in the process.

He loved travel and seeing the world. Nancy and Gary visited many locations stretching from Alaska to Israel and were always looking for a new place to visit.

Gary is suvived by his wife of 52 years, Nancy; his three children, Michael, Kelly, and Darin; his son-in-law, Tom; his daughter-in-law, Kelly; and five grandchildren; Marissa, Colin, Maddy, Knox, and Ryder.

Those who were fortunate enough to know and love him are deeply pained by his sudden passing but grateful for the time they had with him and the part he played in their lives.


James E. Lotspeich
James Elvin “Jim” Lotspeich, 87, of Pleasant Hill, was born, February 25, 1932, in the Dayton community near Garden City, the son of James W. and Gladys (Garrett) Lotspeich.  He departed this life, Saturday, September 7, 2019, at the Crown Care Center, Harrisonville.

Jim was a 1950 Garden City High School graduate.

On January 3, 1986, he was united in marriage to Betty L. Shewmaker in Harrisonville.

In the mid 1950’s Jim co-owned and operated Jim’s Skelly Station in Pleasant Hill.  In 1960 he worked for Bendix for a short time and then went to work as a machinist for Western Electric/AT&T in Lee’s Summit. He retired in 1990.

Jim was an active member of the Pleasant Hill Community.  He had served on both the Pleasant Hill City Council and the Pleasant Hill R-III school board.  He was a charter member of the Quarter Back Club; timekeeper for the Varsity Football Team for over 40 years; a life member and past commander of the Veteran’s of Foreign Wars Post #3118, Pleasant Hill; an active member of the Jewel Lodge #480 A.F. & A.M., Wyoming Chapter #43 R.A.M. and the Shrine; and was past-president of the USS Iowa Ship Association.   He enjoyed crappie fishing, playing golf, and wood working.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Bob Lotspeich; four sisters, Naoma Hawn, Juanita Meyers, Ioma Allen, and June Leslie; one great grandson, Clayton Roberts; one stepson Robert Pridgen; and one step-daughter, Connie Green.

He is survived by his wife, Betty of Pleasant Hill; his daughter, Lori Stiffler of Lee’s Summit; stepdaughter, Kathy (and Rick) Warner of Buffalo, Missouri; 6 grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren; two sisters, Helen Kenny of Clinton, and Wilma Sisk of Garden City; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and a host of many friends.

Visitation will be held 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 10, 2019, at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 11, 2019, at the funeral home.  Reverend Butch Shewmaker will officiate.   Masonic services will be conducted by Mr. Jim Williams and the Final Salute Ceremony will be rendered by Mr. Chris Hummel.  Casket bearers at the funeral home are Mike Bush, Trent Gustin, Troy Gustin, Brian Warner, Chris Warner, and Jeremy Warner.  Honorary casket bearers are Ron Beatty, Bob Dustman, Chris Hummel, and Dave Zang.

Burial will follow in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery with full military honors by the United States Navy and the V.F.W. Post #3118 Honor Guard and they will also serve as casket bearers at the cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the V.F.W. Post #3118 Veteran’s 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 St., Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550


Mary Ann (Reilly) Farrell
Mary Ann (Reilly) Farrell, 74, of Belton, Missouri departed this life September 4, 2019 in Belton, Missouri surrounded by the love of her family.

Mary Ann was preceded in death by her husband, James J. Farrell, Sr. on May 18, 2014; one daughter, Deborah Ann Farrell on January 19, 2011; her parents, Milo and Josephine Reilly; two brothers, John Reilly and Milo “Butch” Reilly, and one sister, Carol Novak.

She is survived by two sons, James J. Farrell, Jr. and wife Missy, and Lee Farrell all of Belton, Missouri; two brothers, Anthony Reilly and wife Teri of Belton, Missouri, and Joe Reilly of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania; two sisters, Kathy Carr and husband Mike, and Barbara Walko all of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania; three grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.

Funeral Services for Mary Ann (Reilly) Farrell were held on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill, Missouri, with Pastor Chet Rutledge officiating. The eulogy was given by her daughter-in-law, Missy Farrell.
Graveside Service and Interment will be held at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Carverton, Pennsylvania on Wednesday, September 11, 2019.

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


Punkie Neill
Martha Ann “Punkie” Neill, 72, of Pleasant Hill was born August 31, 1947 in Pleasant Hill. The daughter of the late Edgar Marion and Dorothy Irene (King) Hatton.  She quietly departed this life, Thursday, September 5, 2019 with her husband by her side.  She was also preceded in death by three siblings, Ray Hatton, Joyce Wilmoth, and Gary Hatton.

Punkie was a lifelong Pleasant Hill Resident and a 1965 Pleasant Hill High School graduate.  At an early age she professed her faith in Jesus Christ at Hickory Grove Baptist Church.  She was a current member of Abundant Life Church of Lee’s Summit.

She was united in marriage to Donald Lee Neill in Pleasant Hill on October 21, 1966.  This union was blessed with two children.
Punkie was a Bank Teller for the Pleasant Hill Bank for a number of years, and later went to work across the sidewalk for the city of Pleasant Hill at City Hall as City Clerk. She enjoyed seeing and visiting with the residents of Pleasant Hill.  She had a generous spirit and pleasant personality. She also enjoyed her part-time job as receptionist for John Knox Village Care Center. As a result of her spirit and personality, she was loved by many.

Her interest early in life included spending her summers coaching girl’s softball.  She loved “all day” shopping trips with her children and grandchildren.

She later, at retirement, devoted much of her time to reading and became an avid reader of her bible.

Punkie was an active member of Beta Sigma Phi-Preceptor Epsilon Phi where she developed a wonderful set of “sisters” she loved.  Her influence will forever remain in the lives of all who knew her.

Her beautiful life will forever be cherished in the lives of her husband, Donnie of the home; two daughters, Stephanie (and Rick) Pryor of Pleasant Hill, and Angela (and Michael Kear) Neill of Lee’s Summit; one brother, Charles (and Cheryl) Hatton of Pleasant Hill; three grandchildren, Kendra Pryor of Hugoton, Kansas, and Tyler Kear and Tori Kear, both of Lee’s Summit; other relatives and friends.

Visitation was held Monday, September 9, 2019 at the funeral home.

Funeral Services were held Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at the funeral home.  Reverend D. Kent Deubner officiated.  Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.  Casket Bearers were Jordan Boynton, Kenny Fidler, Scott Grant, Lee Hicks, Bob Kee, and Terry Wilson.  Honorary casket bearers were Dean Gray, Tyler Kear, and Harold Neill.

Memorial Contributions are suggested to the Pleasant Hill Lay Clergy or the  Preceptor Epsilon Phi Pleasant Hill Beta Sigma Phi scholarship fund both of which 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


Alma Jean (Barnes) Murphy
Alma Murphy, 88, of Drexel, Missouri passed away Sunday, August 25, 2019 at Kansas City Hospice House in Kansas City, Missouri.

Services were held on Thursday, August 29, 2019 at the Louisburg Baptist Temple in Louisburg, Kansas. Burial was in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Louisburg, Kansas.

She is survived by two daughters, Kelly Smith and husband Jack of Spring Hill, Kansas, and Terry Ann Harrison and husband Todd of Cleveland, Missouri; one brother, Kenny Barnes and wife Sherry of Louisburg, Kansas; six grandchildren; Jessica York (Ben), Alissa Smith, Megan Amborn (Jonathan), Karla Weh-mueller (Eric), Kirsti Parsons, and Trent Harrison (Katie); ten great grandchildren, Gavin, Sydney, John Patrick, Josephine Grace, Faith, Ephraim Lee, Donna Joy, James, Jesse Paul and Abram Harvey; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

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


Howard Lee Miller
Howard Lee Miller, 84, lifelong resident of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, passed away August 29, 2019 at Kansas City Hospice House in Kansas City, Missouri.

Howard was preceded in death by his parents, C. W. and Marie Miller; two brothers, Kenneth Miller and Donnie Miller and one sister, Eunice Hedger.

He is survived by his wife, Judy S. Miller of the home; two sons, Mark Miller of Garden City, Missouri, and Jeff Miller and wife Carolyn of Pleasant Hill; one sister, Flo Myers and husband J. B. of Gladstone, Missouri; four grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

The family of Howard L. Miller will receive friends from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Thursday, September 5, 2019 at the Wallace Funeral Home. Funeral Service will immediately follow at 2:00 pm. at the funeral home, with Rev. Preston Sanders officiating. Casket Bearers will be Flint Miller, Doug Miller, Kyle Miller, Dave Christensen, D. L. Crust and Chris North. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery with Full Military Honors provided by the United States Navy and VFW. Post #3118 Honor Guard of Pleasant Hill, Missouri.

Contributions In Memory of Howard Lee Miller may be made to the family to help with final expenses.

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


Patrick A. Dinges
Patrick Allan Dinges, 66, of Kingsville, was born May 14, 1953, in Harrisonville, the son of Eugene and Irene (Spiwak) Dinges.

He unexpectedly departed this life Friday, August 23, 2019, at his home.
Pat was a 1971 Pleasant Hill High School graduate.
On February 29, 2012, he was united in marriage to Michele M. (Connell) Freed in Warrensburg.
Pat was a valued and respected bridge superintendent in the construction industry for 48 years. He was known state-wide for his excellence and meticulous standards while working for W.A. Ellis Construction and Radmacher Brothers Excavating Company.  He was a member of the Operating Engineers Local #101. Pat was the definition of loyalty and integrity. He made life easier for any one lucky enough to be a part of his life. Pat’s hobbies and interests included the outdoors, wildlife, traveling, and was most happy when with his many grandchildren. He leaves a legacy of hard work, generosity, and unmeasurable love.
Pat was preceded in death by his father, Gene, and his son, Troy.
He is survived by his wife Michele of the home; his mother Irene, of Pleasant Hill; one daughter, Jennifer (and Phillip) Fleming of Kingsville; three step children, Jennifer (and Austin) Hodson of Pleasant Hill, Devin (and Lauren) Freed of Pleasant Hill, and Brandy (and Daniel) Wiggins of McAlester, Oklahoma; ten grandchildren, James Fleming, Sophie Fleming, Harper Fleming, Carter Hodson, Addley Hodson, Tracker Hodson, Macklynn Hodson, Beau Freed, Huntley Freed, Hank Freed; two brothers, Larry and Mike Dinges, both of Pleasant Hill; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, August 27, 2019, at the funeral home. Father Curt Vogel officiated. Interment was in the Kingsville Cemetery. Casket bearers were Kenny Adams, Brian Dinges, Clint Dinges, Todd Dinges, Dave Dodson, and Dennis Snyder.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Pleasant Hill Animal Shelter 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

Patricia L. Livingston
Patricia Loretta “Trisha” Livingston, 71, of Pleasant Hill, was born, November 3, 1947, in Youngstown, Ohio, the daughter of Paul and Regina (Baker) Torrey.  She departed this life, Friday, August 23, 2019, at her home surrounded with love and family.
Trisha was a 1966 Kansas City, Hogan High School graduate.
On April 26, 1969, she was united in marriage to Maurice Thomas Livingston in Grandview.
Trisha was employed as a seamstress for Wedding Expressions by Geri in Lee’s Summit, and Amore’s in Independence.  She had also been a bookkeeper for several True-Value Hardware Stores in Kansas City.  She was a parishioner at the St. Bridget Catholic Church in Pleasant Hill and a member of the Hogan Girls, a group of lifelong friends who had attended Hogan High School.  She enjoyed sewing and had earned “Best of Show” at the Missouri State Fair for her wedding dresses. She also shared her love of sewing with the Pleasant Hill Show Choirs sewing numerous costumes over the past several years. She truly enjoyed spending time with her family especially her grandchildren.
Trisha was an avid Chiefs fan and had been a season ticket holder for 47 years.  Sitting near the 50 yard line and being only a few rows from the sideline she, along with the group of lady friends in that section, (in admiration of the view) established the highly prestigious “Best Buns” award. Any other award, including MVP, given to a Chiefs player fell well short of their award!!
Trisha was preceded in death by parents; and three sisters, Cece Lawless, Elizabeth Laffoon, and Rita Goodwin.
She is survived by her husband, Tom of the home; two sons, Chris (and Shelley) Livingston of Pleasant Hill, and Dr. Sean (and Jamy) Livingston of Springdale, Arkansas; six grandchildren, Taylor Livingston and Eryn Livingston, both of Pleasant Hill, and Derek Livingston, Noah Livingston, Abby Livingston, and Emma Livingston, all of Springdale; one brother, Richard Torrey of Sarasota, Florida; one sister, Paula Nichol of North, Kansas City; other relatives and a host of many friends.
Cremation has been accorded.
The recitation of the rosary will be held 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 27, 2019, at the St. Bridget Catholic Church.  Visitation will follow the rosary until 8:00 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 28, 2019, at the church.  Reverend Curt Vogel will officiate. Honorary casket bearers are Paul Baker, John Lawless, Pat Lawless, Tom Lawless, Noah Livingston, Taylor Livingston, Steve McCauley, Fred Shipman, Rick Torrey, and Dick Wagner.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Pleasant Hill High School Choirs 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

Martha Jane Taylor
On Friday, August 16, 2019, Martha Jane Taylor was lost to us before her time, after a very full but unfinished life. She will be greatly missed by family and a multitude of friends in the Pleasant Hill community and around the country.

Born in Nevada, Missouri in 1944 to Salem and Jane Wood (both deceased), Martha, older brother, Tom, and younger brother, Marshall, were raised in a close family who devotedly attended the Church of Christ, went to school with close-aged cousins Byron Wood and Phyllis (Wood) Clayton (all surviving). Their home was north of town where she developed a love for horses. Upon graduation from high school she began to study art at SMSU, but left to marry Michael (Mick) Cagle and bore a daughter, Heidi, who died in infancy in an automobile accident. She then gave birth to a son, Pat, not long before moving to Pleasant Hill, where daughter, Bonnie, and second son, Guy, were born. The family settled on a rural property south of town which Mick and Martha spent years improving.
Martha had a formative ten-year year employment at the local wholesale greenhouse, A.D. Mohr, and took horticulture classes at Longview College in Lee’s Summit. Along with neighbor, Dennis Kugler, an avid arboriculturist, Martha began growing and selling plants from greenhouses Mick had built on their adjoined properties, calling it Big Creek Valley Farms. The business grew and the family grew for a year to include Dario Blanco, foreign exchange student from Colombia. A few years later Mick passed away suddenly from a heart condition. Pat married, and Martha unofficially adopted daughter-in-law, Christine.
In 1990 Martha married Dennis Taylor and their grown families merged with the addition of children Dennis Jr., Chris, Stacey, (now deceased) and Jennifer, in-laws, and what would become 11 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Martha really enjoyed being part of the lives of her growing grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Dennis and Martha worked as a team, eventually buying the old Ferguson Greenhouse in town, moving the business into it, and themselves into an apartment above the historic stone house next door.
Martha, her long time friend and salesperson Marcele McCommon, Dennis, and hard working associates made a beautiful place to buy plants every spring/summer at this new location, renamed Big Creek Garden Center. In the off-season, she and Dennis would winter for a few months in either Florida or Arizona and found new friendships there. After 30 years between the two businesses, the couple retired it in 2015, but Martha had been planning and working to open a coffee shop on the ground floor of the stone house using the specialized construction skills of her friend, the late Bruce Spartz and her own skills at decorating.  Painting and vintage design brought her own good memories of early 20th century family childhood to life in Miz Martha’s, and the shop served a community that sought comfort food and a homey atmosphere for two seasons. Martha ran it with the help of Brenda Wilson, Vicky Newport, Laura Long, Karen Tarpenning, Judy Taylor, and Dennis, among others, and that hard work forged some very strong friendships.
Martha and Brenda couldn’t stay away from the flowers, so they filled the garden center with them for a twelve week Spring season for the last two years. Martha also maintained an interest in art throughout her life.  She took a community college course in pottery while in Arizona, and immersed herself in that hobby. She loved spending time with Dennis, travel, and caring for her special dog Sailor. She loved to collect family together for events and to be a part of their lives at ordinary times.
The family wishes to thank the community for every moment of friendship that each person has offered toward Martha while she lived. Your response to her passing has been a testament to her beautiful heart and the beauty in this life. A Celebration of Life was held at Big Iron Town on August 25.

Luke Alex Williams
Luke Alex Williams, nearly one year old son of Jenifer Kay Williams and John James Small, III passed away unexpectedly Sunday, August 11, 2019 at his home.  Funeral Service will be held 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17th at Williams Funeral Chapel in Holden. Interment will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery, located S.W. of Holden.  Visitation will be one hour prior to service, Saturday at the funeral home.


Logan D. Ruckman
Logan Dale Ruckman, 25, of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, was born, December 4, 1993, in Norfolk, Virginia, the son of Daron Dale and Kelly Jo (Peters) Ruckman.  He departed this life Friday, August 9, 2019, in Kansas City.
Logan was a 2014 Pleasant Hill High School graduate. He enjoyed playing soccer for the Roosters.
He was employed at ICF Industries in Pleasant Hill as a Brake Operator working alongside his younger brothers Connor and occasionally Paden.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing and all sports, but most of all he loved spending time with his family.   He attended Grace Family Fellowship in Pleasant Hill.
Logan was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Konrad Peters, and his maternal step-grandfather, Doyle Schuler.
He is survived by his mother, Kelly Ruckman of Pleasant Hill; his father Daron Ruckman of Scottsdale, Arizona; brothers, Connor Ruckman, Keegan Ruckman, and Paden Ruckman, all of Pleasant Hill; his sister, Shannon Ruckman of Pleasant Hill; maternal grandmother, Carolyn Schuler of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; paternal grandparents, Walter and Deanna Ruckman of Holyrood, Kansas; many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Saturday, August 17, 2019, at the Grace Family Fellowship church. Reverend Dan Cogan officiated. Cremation was accorded following services. Inurnment will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery at a later date.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Cass County Psychological services which helped Logan through troubled times or the American Heart Association as a gift for their assistance in helping his youngest sister when she was young.  Contributions 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

Evelyn E. Hitt

Evelyn Elizabeth (Stalnaker) Hitt, 91, of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, was born August 14, 1928, in Pleasant Hill, the daughter of Dillard V. and Elsie May (Franklin) Stalnaker. She departed this life Sunday, August 18, 2019, Autumn Leaves of Lee’s Summit.
Evelyn was a 1946 graduate of Pleasant Hill High School and a lifelong member of the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church.
On January 1, 1947, she was united in marriage to Leo Harley Hitt in Paola, Kansas.
Evelyn was an enthusiastic supporter of the Pleasant Hill Historical Society and an active participant in fund raising events.
During 1979 and ’80 Evelyn was an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) and a member of the Pleasant Hill Ambulance crew. She participated in sixty three runs and drove the ambulance thirty one times. Evelyn kept a journal of every ambulance run logging the date, the patient’s name, their condition, and the EMTs involved in the run.
In her own words:  “I have enjoyed being a mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. I have a great family and love every one of you.”
Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents; husband Leo; brother, Edward J. Stalnaker; sisters Mary O. “Dolly” Macrae and Eileen M.  Mitchell.
She is survived by three children; John Allen Hitt of Lee’s Summit, MO; Linda Marie (son-in-law Dan) Wilson of Kansas City, MO; and Timothy Gilbert (daughter-in-law Daphne) Hitt of Pleasant Hill, MO; three grandchildren, Jeff (wife Lynne) Wilson of Kansas City, MO, Kimberly Wilson of Kansas City, Kansas, and Savannah (husband Chris) Webber of Pleasant Hill, MO; six great grandchildren, Taylor, Haley, Nick, Joe, Remi, and Esme; brother-in-law, Douglas T. Hitt of Lee’s Summit, MO; other relatives; and a host of many friends.
Visitation will be held 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Thursday, August 22, 2019, at the funeral home.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, August 22, 2019 at the funeral home. Pastor James
Stanfield-Myers will officiate. Interment will be the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Pleasant Hill Meals on Wheels and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com
Arrangements: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong St., Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550

Donna Stroud

Donna (Gallo) Stroud was born November 27, 1925 in the outskirts of Chicago.  Being the 1st child of a large Italian family, caring for others was second nature to her. She married the love of her life, Roney Stroud and together they had four sons. Her life was not always easy, as she buried 3 sons, her husband and both of her parents.
When Donna moved to Pleasant Hill, MO, she opened up child care in her home. Not only did she open her doors to any children who needed watching, she opened her heart to them too.  Everybody who walked in her doors called her Grandma Donna whether they were related by blood or by heart.
Her laugh was contagious and she always had a twinkle in those ice-blue eyes. She was a wonderful spirit;  kind, patient and full of forgiveness. She was willing to help others any way she could; crocheting them afghans or with a homemade italian meal.
While at Crown Care Center, she crocheted over 106 lap throws for other residents and 10 full sized afghans for staff there. Even those who worked at the home came to call her and love her as Grandma Donna.
Diagnosed with ALZ, she refused to let it beat her; she did her best to cheer others up by example and spread her own brand of happiness.
Her Heavenly Father finally took her home in the early hours of August 12, 2019. She leaves one son, numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. Rest in peace, Grandma Donna. We miss you and will love you always.

Jack A. Hennessey 
Jack A. Hennessey, 81, of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, passed from this life to be with the Lord on August 6, 2019 at Lee’s Summit Medical Center, Lee’s Summit, Missouri.

Mr. Hennessey is survived by his loving companion and life partner, Brianne Hampton of the home; his daughter, Kristine Hennessey Bryan and husband Charles of Jacksonville, Florida; his twin grandsons, Justin and Jeremy Bryan; one brother, Richard Dohrman and wife Linda of Delia, Kansas; one sister, Janice Dohrman of St. Mary’s, Kansas; his maternal aunt, Phyllis Hirst and husband Darold of Overland Park, Kansas; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. Funeral Services for Mr. Jack A. Hennessey were held Monday, August 12, 2019 at the Wallace Funeral Home.

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


Clarence A. French
Clarence, 85, of Pleasant Hill, MO, passed away August 4, 2019. Visitation was Thursday, August 8 from 12:00 – 2:00 pm with 2:00 Funeral Service at Floral Hills Funeral Home 7000 Blue Ridge Blvd., Kansas City, MO. Arrangements: D.W. Newcomer’s Floral Hills Funeral Home & Cemetery.


Gary J. Fuhr
Gary J. Fuhr, 75, of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, formerly of Oak Grove, Missouri, was born, January 5, 1944, in Braymer, Missouri, the son of Marvin J. and Ruby C. (Shaffer) Fuhr. He departed this life, Friday, August 9, 2019, at his home surrounded with love and family.

Gary was a 1962 Braymer High School graduate. He proudly served in the Missouri National Guard from 1964 to 1970.

On May 12, 1967, he was united in marriage to Patricia A. Dillon in Strasburg.

Gary had been employed as a truck driver for the United Parcel Service (UPS) retiring in January 2007. He was a member of the Teamsters Local #41 and was a self-proclaimed member of the “Red Neck Yacht Club”. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, working his cattle, and working his farm cutting wood and clearing fence rows; basically anything that included working outdoors.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents and one infant son, Matthew Fuhr.

He is survived by his wife, Pat of the home; his daughter and son-in-law, Stacy (and Scott) Long of Pleasant Hill; his son, Gary Jeffery Fuhr of Grain Valley; two grandchildren, Baylee Long and Megan Long, both of Pleasant Hill; three brothers, Kenneth D. Fuhr of Sun City, Arizona, Leo (and Jeanette) Fuhr of Raymore, Missouri, and Larry (and Tricia) Fuhr of Hamilton, Missouri; one sister, Karen (and Duane) Hartley of Kingston, Missouri; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends.

Cremation has been accorded.

Visitation will be held 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 14, 2019, at the funeral home.

A celebration of Gary’s life will be held 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 14, 2019, at the funeral home. Reverend D. Kent Deubner will officiate with the eulogy by his niece, Lisa Frogg.

Graveside military services and interment will be held 10:00 a.m. Thursday, August 15, 2019, at the Strasburg Cemetery with full military honors by the Missouri Army National Guard and the V.F.W. Post #3118 Honor Guard, Pleasant Hill.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Crossroads Hospice and may be sent in care of the funeral home.

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

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


Wyatt B. Bramwell
Wyatt Byron Bramwell, 18, of Pleasant Hill, was born, August 19, 2000, in Blue Springs, the son of William Joseph and Christina Robin (Wiskur) Bramwell.  He departed this life Tuesday, July 30, 2019, at the Research Medical Center, Kansas City.

Wyatt was a 2019 Pleasant Hill High School Suma Cum Laude graduate and was scheduled to attend the University of Missouri at Columbia this fall for Mechanical Engineering and Business.

Wyatt’s life-long passion for football led him to earn a Varsity Letter all four years, was named 2018 All-Cass County Wide Receiver, 2018 MFCA All-District Wide Receiver, 2018 Academic MRVC All-Conference Wide Receiver, and 2018 MRVC Conference First Team Wide Receiver.  He had also earned an Academic Letter all four years of high school as well as being on the honor roll all four years.  He earned membership in the National Honor Society his senior year.

He was kind, caring, compassionate and steadfast in his love for family and friends.   He was also passionate about his physical health and fitness.

Wyatt is survived by his parents, Bill and Christie of Pleasant Hill; his sister, Kaylene Bramwell of Pleasant Hill; his paternal grandfather, Byron Bramwell of Centerview; paternal grandmother, Jeanne Bramwell of Lee’s Summit; paternal aunts and uncles, Bob and Heather Bramwell of Centerview, and Brian and Katie Hertzog of Lee’s Summit; maternal uncle, Cody Hodges of Clinton; paternal great grandparents, Dennie and Joann Bramwell of Windyville; maternal great grandmother, Mary Wiskur of Warrensburg; several cousins; other relatives and a host of many friends.

Visitation was held Sunday, August 4, 2019 at Funeral Home.

A celebration of Wyatt’s life was held Monday, August 5, 2019, at the Pleasant Hill First Christian Church.  Reverend’s D. Kent and Carla Deubner officiated.  Casket bearers were Blake Atkins, Randy Burkhart, Wesley Burkhart, Trey Clevenger, Jaeden Grego, Tyler Hagan, Cameron Parker, and Garrett Schick.  Cremation was to accorded following services.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Wyatt Bramwell Scholarship Fund. Contributions may be sent to the Pleasant Hill Education Foundation in care of Jackie Emo, 319 Cedar Street, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 or may be left at the funeral home.

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

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


John W. Holmes
John Holmes, 60, Pleasant Hill, MO died Aug. 1, 2019.  Visit. 1-2 pm, Serv. 2 pm, Fri, Aug. 9, 2019 at the Dickey FH, Harrisonville, MO 816-884-6244; burial in Pleasant Hill Cem.


Joretta Lea
(Crane) Adams
Joretta Adams, 76, of Lone Jack, MO., passed away August 1, 2019 at St. Luke’s East Hospital in Lee’s Summit Missouri.

The family of Joretta Lea (Crane) Adams will receive family and friends from 10:00 a.m. until 12 Noon, Saturday, August 10, 2019 at the Lone Jack Civic Center, 509 S. Bynum Rd., Lone Jack, Missouri 64070. A Celebration of Life Service will immediately follow a 12 Noon.  In Lieu of flowers you may make a donation “In Memory of Joretta Adams” to “Research” at the K.U. Cancer Center. http://www.kucancercenter.org

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

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


David Anthony Grimm
David Grimm, 49, of Pleasant Hill, passed away July 21, 2019 at Lee’s Summit Medical Center in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.

He was the son of John Anthony and Mary Alice (Jurgensmeyer) Grimm, both preceded him in death.

He is survived by one brother, Michael Grimm and wife Sharon of Loveland Colorado; four sisters, 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; Sixteen nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Services were held on Monday, July 29, 2019 at the Wallace Funeral Home. Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

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


Margaret Ann
McFee Spangler
Margaret Ann McFee Spangler, 78, went to home to be with Jesus on June 12, 2019 in Tracy, California.

A memorial service will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 451 MO-150, Lee’s Summit, MO 64082 at 11 am on August 3, 2019.

Margaret was born on September 23, 1940 in Tolleson, AZ.  She had a love for all animals, but her favorite were horses. Margaret was a loving mother to her 10 children. She encouraged them to always do their best and always be kind to others. Margaret never met a stranger and always would help whoever was in need. She set a true example of Jesus Christ’s love for us. Her spirit was always full of love for others.

Margaret is survived by her twin sister Barbara Joan Matthews Watts of Archie, MO, her 10 children; John Spangler of Pleasant Hill, MO, Mona Lee Stevens of, Gilbert, AZ, Bruce Spangler of Blue Springs, MO, Earon Spangler Stafford, VA, James “Buzzy” Spangler of Harrisonville, MO, Stuart Spangler of Portland, Oregon, Charles Spangler and of San Jose, CA, Anne Hansen of Manteca, CA, Barbara Ellen Southards of Tracy, CA and Micki Arwood of Templeton, MA and her 34 grandchildren and 38 great-grandchildren and counting.


Eddie L. Yuille
Eddie Lee “Ed” Yuille, 76, of Belton, Missouri, was born, May 7, 1943, in Braymer, Missouri, the son of Gene and Wanda (Floyd) Yuille.

He departed this life, Thursday, June 6, 2019, at the Kansas City Hospice House surrounded with love and family.

Ed was a 1961 Braymer High School graduate.

Ed was first united in marriage to Marilyn Ann Copple and to this union two sons, David Warren Yuille and Daniel Wayne Yuille were born; they later divorced. On June 9, 1974, he was united in marriage to Patricia A. Henderson in Topeka, Kansas and to this union one son, Douglas Ward Yuille was born; she survives.

Ed was first employed as a Horse Jockey and Horse Trainer. After retiring from horse racing he worked as a car salesman in Norborne and for Woods Ford in Chillicothe.  In the late 1970’s he moved to Pleasant Hill where he managed the Pryor Downs Horse Farm for 10 years.  During his free time he truly enjoyed spending time with his children in all their numerous sporting activities; he also enjoyed a good game of Pitch.

Ed was preceded in death by his parents; Gene in 2009, and his mother Wanda in 2014; two sons, Daniel Yuille in 1984, and Douglas Yuille in 1988.

He is survived by his wife Pat of Belton; one son, David (and Naomi) Yuille of Braymer; four grandchildren, Zachary Yuille, of Norborne, Heather Spry and Bryan Spry, both of Polo, Missouri, and Nathan Heddricks of Braymer; two great grandchildren, Jaxon Spry and Emerson Spry; two brothers, Jim (and Penny) Yuille of Braymer, and Sid (and Betty) Yuille of Kearney, Missouri; other relatives and a host of many friends.

The family would like to express their thanks for the wonderful help and care given by Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care.

Cremation has been accorded.

A Celebration of Ed’s life will be held 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Sunday August 4, 2019, at Big Iron Town, 29608 E. 179th St. (Country Club Dr.), Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080.

Light refreshments and gathering of friends and family will be held from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.  A celebration of life will follow; Reverend Bill Meier and Mr. Jerry Tapee will officiate. Please RSVP at (816) 589-2896.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Kansas City 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, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080


Randy D. Cox
Randy Devon Cox, 65, of Greenwood, formerly of Pleasant Hill, was born May 12, 1954, in Fort Scott, Kansas, the son of John Devon and Irene Sally (Purviance) Cox. He departed this life, Friday, July 19, 2019, at his home.

Randy was a 1973 Oak Grove High School graduate.

On May 25, 1973, he was united in marriage to Carol Kay Chaffee in Oak Grove.  She preceded him in death on June 13, 2018.
Randy was employed as a welder for Armco Steel.  He also rehabbed properties, sold real estate as well as automobiles. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Randy was also preceded in death by his father and one sister, Connie Cox.

He is survived by two sons, Jim (and Leah) Cox of Pleasant Hill, and Joseph (and Jennifer) Cox of Shawnee, Kansas; one granddaughter, Poppy Cox of Shawnee; his mother, Irene Cox of Warsaw, Missouri; his brother, Gary (and Barbara) Cox of Warsaw; other relatives and friends.

Per Randy’s wishes cremation has been accorded. No services are scheduled

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

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


Geneva McClaskey
Geneva McClaskey, 95, of Pleasant Hill, MO. passed away July 1, 2019 at her home.

She is survived by her two daughters, Gracie Cook of Pleasant Hill, and Brenda Dunbar of Stuttgart, AR., six grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, seven great-great grandchildren, and extended family.

The family of Geneva McClaskey will host a Memorial Service at 12:00 Noon, Saturday, July 27, 2019 at the Lone Jack Baptist Church, Lone Jack, Missouri, with Pastor Jerry Tharpe, officiating.

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

Cremation arrangements entrusted to Wallace Funeral Home.

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


Wesley “Frank” Slaughter, Jr.
Frank Slaughter, Jr., 64, of Lee’s Summit, MO. passed away July 15, 2019 at his home, surrounded by the love of his family.

Frank’s love of the Lord, and his compassionate nature, led him to become the pastor of the Open Range Fellowship in Lone Jack, Missouri. He led his brothers and sisters in Christ, not only with his spiritual messages and music, but also by example of the way he lived his life.

The family hosted a Celebration of Life Service on Monday, July 22, 2019, at the L.S.C.C. in Lee’s Summit, MO., with Pastor Tony Nunn officiating.

In Memory of Frank Slaughter, Jr. contributions may be made to Open Range Fellowship Missionary Fund and sent in care of Open Range Fellowship, 509 W. Lone Jack Lee’s Summit Rd., Lone Jack, Missouri 64070.

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

Arr: Wallace Funeral Home


 

Faye M. Porter
Faye Mildred Porter, 94, of Pleasant Hill, was born, August 31, 1924, in Spencer, Nebraska, the daughter of William Henry and Frieda Anna Bertha (Soathoff) Maynard. She departed this life, Saturday, July 20, 2019, at the Pleasant Hill Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Faye was a 1941 Pleasant Hill High School graduate.

On January 28, 1942, she was united in marriage to John Louis Porter in Harrisonville.

Faye was employed first as a secretary for the Colonial Poultry Farms and later as a cook at the Pleasant Hill Primary School. She was a member of the former Pleasant Hill Lioness Club and more recently the Red Hatters in Pleasant Hill. She had also been a very active member of the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church for many years. She enjoyed traveling, oil painting, fishing, gardening and canning.

Faye was preceded in death by her parents; her husband John on January 26, 2002; and three sisters, Esther Porter, Gladys Bell, and Maxine Hershberger.

She is survived by three children, John H. (and Cynthia) Porter of Jacksonville, Alabama, Nina Faye Miles of Republic, Missouri, and Jacqueline Marie (and Tracy) Walker of Ft. Worth, Texas; seven grandchildren, six great grandchildren; one sister, Margaret Vaughn of Harrisonville; other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, July 25, 2019, at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 26, 2019, at the funeral home.  Reverend James Stanfield-Myers will officiate.Music will be rendered by Mrs. Jean Pinkston and Mr. Chuck Fulton. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.  Casket bearers are Nolan Bohon, Bill Bunnell, Kelsie Clark, Otho Forest, Darrin Miller, and Clint Springer; honorary casket bearer Glover Springer.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church Building 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 St., Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550.


Janet Lucile
(Shelton) Carrigan
Janet Lucile (Shelton) Carrigan, 91, of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, born 10/19/1927 in Hartford, Connecticut, deceased 7/7/2019 at St. Luke’s East Hospital. Janet was preceded in death by her parents Carolyn (Klinefelter) Shelton and Elbert Shelton, and her sister Lois Catherine Shelton.

Janet is survived by sons James Lawrence Carrigan and Bruce Shelton Carrigan, and daughter Cheryl Catherine (Carrigan) Schifferdecker (husband, Kevin Schifferdecker); grandchildren Lance Shelton Carrigan, Travis Cameron Carrigan, and Kyra Nicole (McNeal) Borgman (husband Chris Borgman); and a great granddaughter Bella Cielo Carrigan.

Janet was married for 41 years to Rev. Robert Lawrence Carrigan who taught at St. Paul School of Theology, deceased in 1983 of  leukemia. The couple enjoyed working with champion foxtrotters, training and showing in the Mo. Foxtrotter’s Association.

Janet was an active member of the First Baptist Church of KCMO and helped with Habitat for Humanity and other projects.

Burial will take place in Wakeman, Ohio. The family appreciates flowers and donations to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Arrangements: Langsford Funeral Home 115 SW 3rd St. Lee’s Summit, MO 64063 (816)524-3700


Jose C. Denham
Jose Carlos Denham, 54, of Kingsville, Missouri passed away July 1, 2019. Funeral services were held at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 7th at Royer Funeral Home, Grain Valley, MO. The family received friends from 10:30 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Jose was born in Independence, MO on June 28, 1965, son of Daniel and Maria Denham. He married Cyndi Denham on October 8, 1999.  He was a master carpenter, master tile installer and beloved part owner of Brick’s Pub and Grub in Lee’s Summit, MO.   Jose loved life and lived it unconditionally with love and smiles for anyone that crossed his path.  He will be missed but leaves a legacy of kindness and godliness next to none.

He is survived by wife, Cyndi; daughter, Shelbi Slater; son, Joseph Denham; mother, Maria Denham; siblings, Daniel Denham (Julie), Mark Denham (Elaine), Rebecca Renzi, Samuel Denham (Catherine), Sarah Moore (Mike), Michael Denham (Angela) and Gabriel Denham (Cynthia); and many loved nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins, as well as friends that to Joe were family. He was preceded in death by father, Daniel W. Denham; and mother-in-law, Sharon A. Bolds.

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


L. Dean Linthicum
Dean Linthicum, 70, Pleasant Hill, died, June 26, 2019.

Dean was a 1968 Pleasant Hill High School graduate and a U.S. Army Vietnam Veteran.

He is survived by his wife, Lynn; son, D.J. Linthicum; daughter, Mindy Linthicum; four grandchildren, Kayla Crider; Bronco Green; Nicholas Linthicum and Allison Linthicum; one great-granddaughter, Maliyah Jones; one brother, Jim Linthicum; other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Monday, July 1. Graveside military services followed at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery with full military honors by the U.S. Army and the V.F.W. Post #3118 Honor Guard.

Online condolences www.stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com

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


Lillian L. Smith
Lillian Lou Smith, 75, of Pleasant Hill, was born, August 26, 1943, in Pleasant Hill, the daughter of Robert C. and Cynthia A. (Aldridge) Kelly.  She departed this life, Tuesday, June 25, 2019, at her home surrounded with love and family.

On June 25, 1962, she was united in marriage to Dale Allen Smith in Pleasant Hill.

Lillian was gifted in working all aspects of food service and was employed in the cafeteria at the I.R.S. building, Kansas City retiring in 2003.  She enjoyed watching dirt track racing, John Wayne movies and wrestling.  When she was younger she had also enjoyed dancing.   Most of all she loved spending time with her family and friends.

Lillian was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Dale; one brother, Alex Kelly; and one sister, Rosemary Chase.  She is survived by one son, Allen Dale Smith; two daughters, Mary Ann (and Harvey) Cumpton of Mt. Vernon, Missouri, and Linda Ann Johnson of Bates City; eight great grandchildren, Kim (and James) Dexter, Overland Park, Crystal (and Keith) Pankey of Bates City, Jennifer (and Scott) Duncan of Vernadean, Florida, Anthony Johnson of Warrensburg, Joshua Venovich of Nevada, Steve Smith of Nevada, Alicia Smith of Springfield, and Robbie Bedford of Pleasant Hill; 14 great grandchildren, Lauren, Austin, Jake, Garrett, Junior, Dillon, Hailey, Jared, Brandon, Dalton, Addison, Lilly, Desirae, and Lilly; three brothers, Billy Joe Kelly of Arkansas, Sam Kelly of Kansas City, and Andy Kelley of Belton; other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 2, 2019, at the funeral home. Reverend D. Kent Deubner officiated. Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.  Casket bearers were Robbie Bedford, Andy Kelly, Junior Pankey, John Pelcher, Steve Smith, and Josh Venovich.

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


Steve Boston
William Stephen “Steve” Boston, 68, of Pleasant Hill, was born, May 20, 1951, in Kansas City, the son of Homer J. and Helen I. (Mehuron) Boston.  He departed this life, Sunday, June 23, 2019, at his home surrounded with love and family.

Steve was a 1969 Kingsville High School graduate and was a United States Army Vietnam War veteran.

On March 3, 1973, he was united in marriage to Mona K. Boston in Independence.

Steve was employed as an Independent Insurance Salesman owning and operating the Boston Insurance offices in Lee’s Summit and Raytown.  He had also worked for United Parcel Service and along with his brother at Boston Trucking.  He was very active in Pleasant Hill and the surrounding areas having served on the Pleasant Hill Ambulance Board, the Planning & Zoning Boards, and the Pleasant Hill R-III Board of Education. He was a Life Member and Past Master of Jewel Lodge #480 A.F. & A.M. – Pleasant Hill, Ivy Leaf Chapter #415 – Pleasant Hill, a Scottish Rite Freemason in the Valley of Kansas City – Orient of Missouri, a Noble of the Mystic Shrine Ararat Shrine Temple – Kansas City, a 32 degree Freemason, and served as chairman of the building committee which oversaw the building of the current lodge.  He was also a member of the V.F.W. Post #3118, Pleasant Hill, and served on both the Pittsville and Gilbert Cemetery Associations. He was also a Life-Member of the National Rifle Association.  He enjoyed working in his metal shop, shooting guns, and was an avid reader.

Steve was preceded in death by his parents; one brother Sam Boston, and one infant sister, Homeretta Boston.

He is survived by his wife Mona of the home; his son, Hannibal Boston of Pleasant Hill; his daughter and son-in-law Sara and Dave Maguire of Lee’s Summit; his grandson Kayson Boston of Pleasant Hill; his granddaughter, Caroline Grace Maguire of Lee’s Summit; three brothers, James (and) Mary Boston of Pleasant Hill, Mike (and Janet) Boston of Greenwood, and Danny Boston of Lee’s Summit; other relatives and a host of many friends.

Funeral services were held Thursday, June 27, 2019, at the funeral home. Reverend D. Kent Deubner officiated with the eulogy rendered by Mr. Fred Dimmel. Masonic services were conducted by Mr. Jim Williams, and other members of the Masonic Order, and the Final Salute ceremony was conducted by Mr. Ron Beattie and members of V.F.W. Post #3118.   Visitation was held prior to the service.

Graveside military services and interment followed in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery with full military honors by the U.S. Army and the V.F.W. Post #3118 Honor Guard.  Casket bearers were Hannibal Boston, Dave Maguire, Dakota Boston, Fred Dimmel, Ron Ponder, and Donnie Bohannon.

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

 


Raymond D. Martin
Raymond Delano Martin, 86, of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, was born, November 26, 1932, in Neosho, Missouri, the son of Cleveland H. and Sarah A. (Burdick) Martin. He departed this life peacefully, on Saturday, June 15, 2019, at Addington Place in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.

Ray attended Neosho High School but left early to join the Air Force and proudly served our country through both the Korean and Vietnam Wars; retiring from the Air Force in 1970.
Following his service to our country he became a security guard at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City retiring in 1994. He was an expert marksman.

On February 23, 1979, he was united in marriage to Roberta (George) Patterson in Miami, Oklahoma.

Raymond enjoyed photography, both still and video, music, trains, and was a WWII history buff. He was a kidder and ornery as the day is long. He attended the Pleasant Hill First Christian Church and recently made his peace with God.

Raymond was preceded in death by his parents; two half-brothers, Cecil, and Paul; one half-sister, Augusta; seven brothers, Robert, James, Lewis “Toots”, Thomas “Tom”, Jerry, Donald “Dick”, and Wayne; and three sisters, Betty, Bessie, and Dorothy.

He is survived by his wife, Roberta of Addington Place; his step-son, Bruce A. (and Dawnn) Patterson of Lee’s Summit; his step-daughter, Julia Patterson-Johnson of Pleasant Hill; three grandchildren, Dr. Zachary A. (and Melissa) Patterson of Pleasant Hill; Sarah R. (and Brady) Lundeen of Topeka, Kansas, and Chase B. Johnson of Pleasant Hill; four great grandchildren, Aliceyn M. Patterson, Benson A. Patterson, Cade D. Patterson, and Elijah J. Lundeen; a sister Mary Sherman of San Antonio, Texas; other relatives and friends.

Graveside services with full military funeral honors by the United States Air Force were held Thursday, June 20, 2019, at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.  Reverend D. Kent Deubner officiated.  Casket bearers were Zachary Patterson, Bruce Patterson, Chase Johnson, Julia Johnson, Brady Lundeen, Melissa Patterson, Benson Patterson, and Brandon Hooser.  Visitation was held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Meals on Wheels, Pleasant Hill, 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


Erma (Joiner)
Landrum
Erma Landrum, 94, of Belton, MO formerly of Kansas City, MO, died June 18, 2019 at Beautiful Savior Home in Belton.

All services were held on Friday, June 21, 2019 at the Wallace Funeral Home. Family received friends from 10 – 11:30 a.m.; Order of the Eastern Star Service was conducted by the Elizabeth Chapter #142 of Belton, MO at 11:30 a.m.; Funeral Service was at 12 Noon, with Rev. Tim Casteel, officiating. Casket Bearers were J. D. Landrum, Aaron Foster, Mike Mariner, Luis Leon, Kevin Livingston and Brandon Wallgren. Interment was in the Belton Cemetery.

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


Eddie Lee Yuille

Eddie Lee Yuille, “Ed,” age of 76, of Braymer Missouri passed away Thursday, June 6, 2019. He graduated Braymer C-4 High School. He enjoyed racing and training horses for many years.

Upon retirement from being a horse jockey, he held many other jobs such as car sales, advertisement, and manufacturing. During his free time, he spent time with many different sports activities with his children.

He was preceded in death by his two sons, Daniel Warren Yuille (1984), Douglas Ward Yuille (1988), his mother Wanda Yuille (2004), his father Gene Yuille (2009).

He was survived by his spouse Patricia Ann Yuille of Belton Missouri, his two brothers Jim and his wife Penny Yuille of Braymer, Sid and his wife Betty Yuille of Kearney, his son David and his wife Naomi Yuille of Braymer, his grandchildren Zachary Yuille of Norborne Missouri, Heather and Bryan Spry of Polo Missouri, and Nathan Heddricks of Braymer, his great grandchildren Jackson and Emerson Spry and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

The family would like to express our thanks for the wonderful help and care given by Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care. A celebration of life service will be August 4, 2019. Time and location of celebration will be announced at a later date.

If desired, friends and family may make memorial contributions to the Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care, 1500 Meadow Lake Parkway, Suite 200, Kansas City, MO 64114. Condolences may be sent to Pyuille13@gmail.com.


LaVeta P. (Preator) Hasenyager Gillespie
LaVeta P. (Preator) Hasenyager Gillespie, 90, of Independence, Missouri, passed away June 7, 2019 at Northland Rehabilitation and Health Care in Kansas City, Missouri.

Mrs. Gillespie was a former resident of Strasburg, Missouri.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George E. Gillespie; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Preator; four sons, Johnny Hasenyager, Jerry Hasenyager, Larry D. Haseyager and Gary Vochatzer.

LaVeta is survived by one son, Scott Gillespie of Independence, Missouri; two daughters, Jeannece Hasenyager of Claycomo, Missouri, and Cynthia Campbell of Kansas City, Missouri; one brother, Leon Preator of Warsaw, Missouri; beloved friend, James Hawkins; 22 Grandchildren and one Great-Grandchild, other relatives and many friends.

Funeral Services were held on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill, MO. Interment was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.


Jeanna Lynn Snow
Jeanna Snow, 56, lifelong resident of Pleasant Hill, MO, passed away June 10, 2019 at St. Luke’s Hospital, Kansas City, MO.

Jeanna was preceded in death by her twin great nephews, Kody and Conor Peterson.

She is survived by her parents, Jerry and Alice Snow; one sister, Jerrie LeAnn Snow; two nephews, David Teaney and Nancy, and Devin Snow and wife Jessica; one niece, Alana all of Pleasant Hill, Missouri; great nieces and nephews, Skye, Hunter, Lilly, Donovyan, Angel, Xaviar and Jayne, other relative and many, many friends.

Graveside Services were held Sunday, June 16, 2019 at the Adams Cemetery, 11600 S. Buckner Tarsney Rd., Lone Jack, Missouri 64029, with Rev. Kyle Peterson officiating. Casket Bearers were David Teaney, Devin Snow, Jake Alig, Kevin Hopper, Greg Smith and Kyle Peterson.

Arrangements: Wallace Funeral Home

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


James P. Brown
James, 84, of Pleasant Hill, MO, passed away May 31, 2019. Celebration of life was on Thursday, June 6 at 1:00pm Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church 1300 Lexington Drive, Pleasant Hill, MO 64080.

Arr. Floral Hills Funeral Home and Cemetery, Kansas City, MO.


John W. Rook
John W. Rook was born August 20, 1948 in Butler, Missouri and departed this life on June 1, 2019 at Village House Hospice in Lee’s Summit, Missouri at the age of 70 years, 9 months and 12 days.

He was the son of Leslie Eugene and Goldie Ann (Sloan) Rook.

John’s younger years were spent on a farm in Peculiar, Missouri. In 1959, the Rook family moved to Pleasant Hill, Missouri to make their home. John attended school in Pleasant Hill and graduated from Pleasant Hill High School in 1966. After graduation, John attended CMSU where he majored in art. After college, he traveled the country before settling into his career as an accomplished ink technician. John retired from Polytainers, Inc in 2014 with 20 years of service.

John enjoyed spending time with his long-time companion, Kay. They loved to go on day trips, try new restaurants, find good coffee, take pictures and just spend time together. He also cherished spending time with his grandson, Mason, especially their annual trips to Planet Comicon.

John was preceded in death by his parents, Leslie and Goldie Rook.

John is survived by his daughter, Anna Good of Lee’s Summit, Missouri; his long-time companion, Kay Crayton of Kansas City, Missouri; one step-son, Rick Luce of Kansas City, Kansas; one step-daughter, Melissa Hausback and husband Ryan of Lansing, Kansas; two sisters, Jean Ann Young of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, and Carol S. Jones of Greenwood, Missouri; one grandson, Mason Good; four step-grandchildren; three step great-grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.

As John wished, cremation has been accorded. The family of John W. Rook will host a Celebration of Life at a later date.

Cremation arrangements entrusted to Wallace Funeral Home.


Audrey Claire (Rogers) Shewmaker
Audrey Claire (Rogers) Shewmaker was born January 27, 1939 in Glasgow, Montana and departed this life on May 27, 2019 at her daughter’s home in Odessa, Missouri, surrounded by the love of her family.

She was the daughter of Earl and Melba (St. Clair) Rogers.

The Rogers family moved from Montana to Pleasant Hill, Missouri while Audrey was still a small child. Audrey attended school in Pleasant Hill and graduated from Pleasant Hill High School in 1957. After graduation, she went on to obtain an Associates Degree.

On July 3, 1968, Audrey was united in marriage with Donald Eugene Shewmaker and they made their home in Pleasant Hill.

Audrey was employed at Western Electric/AT&T/ Lucent for 36 years. During that time she held the positions of executive secretary, placement coordinator in personnel, and as a technical clerk in the shipping department.

Audrey was an active member of the Pleasant Grove Primitive Baptist Church in Independence, Missouri.

Audrey enjoyed flower gardening. She was also an avid animal lover, who loved feeding the wildlife surrounding her home, and often rescued animals in need.

Audrey was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Eugene Shewmaker on October 6, 2018; her parents, Earl and Melba Rogers, and one brother, Leonard Rogers.

She is survived by her two daughters, Jill St. Clair Ginavan and husband Patrick of Gasport, New York, and Sarah Beth Watson and husband Bruce of Odessa, Missouri; one step-daughter, Kelli Cook and husband Randy of Michigan; one brother, Duane Rogers and wife Gail of Pleasant Hill, Missouri; one sister, Sharon Birch and husband Mike of Pleasant Hill, Missouri; one sister-in-law, Arlene Rogers; 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; three great grandchildren, Grant Ginavan, Cooper Watson, Harper Watson, and one great grandbaby pending; many brothers and sisters-in-law, who she loved dearly. She also leaves special friends, the BB’s; her school chums; and many other precious friends. Audrey will be greatly missed by her little rescue dog, Millie, and her cat, Tater.

Funeral Services for Audrey Claire (Rogers) Shewmaker were held Thursday, May 30, 2019 at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill, with Elder Phil Jones officiating, and her brother, Duane Rogers assisting. Casket Bearers were Lucas Watson, Terry Rogers, Greg Rogers, David Rogers, Darby Cook, Caleb Rogers, Austin Snyder and Bruce Watson. Interment was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. The family of Audrey Shewmaker received friends prior to the funeral service. Contributions are suggested to HELP Humane, 17122 Bel-Ray Pl., Belton, Missouri 64012, or may be left at the funeral home.


Gerald Kent Adkins
Gerald Kent Adkins, 82, of Pleasant Hill, MO entered into eternal rest on Monday, May 20, 2019 at St. Luke’s East Hospital in Lee’s Summit, MO surrounded by family. Funeral services were held at Breshears Memorial Chapel in Brunswick, MO on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 2:00 P.M.

He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Kathy; four sons, Ron (wife Pascale) Edwards of Daytona Beach, FL, Jerry (wife Jennifer) Adkins of Warsaw, MO, Jason Adkins of Greenwood, MO, and Michael (wife Brenda) Adkins of Pleasant Hill, MO; one sister, Wanda Wages of Denver, CO; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Kent is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

For the full obituary see the Breshears Memorial Chapels, LLC Facebook page or you can visit www.breshearsmemorialchapels.com/wordpress/.


Connie Elaine Mayfield
This obituary was written by Connie a few days before her death:
“In my final days, I want my life to be a testament to how wonderful ‘death’ can be when you put yourself in God’s hands.”

Connie Elaine Mayfield, age 61, of Lake Forest, Calif., departed this life May 20, 2019, at home surrounded by friends and loved ones. She was born August 21, 1957, at St. Luke’s Hospital, Kansas City, Mo, the daughter of Benny Earl and Lois Fern (Coffel) Mayfield. She was a graduate of Pleasant Hill High School.

Connie was preceded in death by her father, who died November 22, 2008, at St. Luke’s Hospital-East, in Lee’s Summit. Connie honored her father’s last request to take care of her mother to the best of her ability, until her own passing.

Connie was an only child. Her life was focused on education. She never married, but chose to pursue a life in academia. She earned a Bachelor of Music Degree in piano performance from Southwest Baptist University in 1979; a Master of Music Degree in piano performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1981, and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in music theory from the University of Kansas in 1993.

She received a Fulbright scholarship in 1984-85 to study in London, England. She remained in London for two years and began work on her Ph.D. When she transferred to the University of Kansas, she was awarded the “Honors Fellowship,” the highest graduate student fellowship, which paid her tuition and books, as well as, a monthly stipend for her to finish the degree.

After completing her Ph.D. degree, she was a full-time professor of music at Kansas City Kansas Community College for 13 years. While there, she published “Theory Essentials,” a textbook which is still being used.

From 2005 until early 2019 when her health forced her into hospice care, Connie served as Dean of Fine Arts and full-professor of music theory at Cerritos College in Los Angeles County.
Cerritos College awarded her an Outstanding Faculty Award. After moving to the West Coast, Connie became a golfer. Her “golf friends” adopted Fern as their own mother. Connie and Fern had acquired a family, related not by blood, but by true collegiality and love.

In December, 2015, Connie was diagnosed with a rare cancer with no treatment to be found. Connie struggled through many surgeries to clear cancerous tumors and to remove fluid from her lungs. She had biopsies, radiation treatments, and many cycles of chemotherapy, After surgery in February 2019, she learned that none of the treatments had been effective. She went into
hospice care and remained at home with her mother, her beloved toy poodles and her friends.

Connie and Fern felt blessed by the loving friendship of the golf girls, Saddleback Baptist Church friends, devoted caregivers, Cerritos College students and colleagues. Connie is survived by aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives, caregivers and many caring friends, who “were a shining light for their final days.”

A graveside service for Connie and her mother, Lois Fern Mayfield, will be held at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, after her mother’s passing. A reception will follow the service, to allow friends and families from the Midwest and West Coast the opportunity to share loving memories of Connie and Fern.


Inez Charlene Haile
Inez Charlene Haile of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, was born July 8, 1945 to Ernie William Bartlett and Inez Christene (Armer) Bartlett in Harrison, Arkansas. She passed away May 17, 2019 at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri, surrounded by love and family.

Charlene went to school in Kansas City, Missouri.

She retired from GE Global Railroad Technology, where she was a certified solderer for circuit boards. Her most important and loved job was being a wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend.

Charlene was united in marriage with Raymond Haile in May of 1982. They made their home south of Pleasant Hill.

Charlene was preceded in death by her parents; an infant sister; an infant brother; brother, Dewayne Bartlett; sister, Doris Jewett; brother-in-law, Fred Jewett; sister-in-law, Connie Kilgore; niece, Peggy Eddings, and step-daughter, Tracey Dallas.

She is survived by her husband, Raymond of the home; sons, David (Desi) Collins of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, and Doug Collins of Greenwood, Missouri; step-son, Greg Haile of Pleasant Hill, Missouri; sister, Kathy (Gene) McCauley of Pleasant Hill, Missouri; brother, Devoe (Linda) Woodworth of Harrison, Arkansas; grandchildren, Tim (Andrea) Collins, Corey (Sarah) Collins, Chelsea Collins, and Lexi Collins; great-grandchildren, Alivia, Colton, Cooper, Kali, and was looking forward to welcoming great grandson, Avery, in July. She also leaves behind many more relatives and friends.

The family of Inez Charlene Haile received friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at the Wallace Funeral Home. Funeral Services were held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at the Wallace Funeral Home with Rev. Kent Deubner officiating. Casket Bearers were David Collins, Doug Collins, Tim Collins, Corey Collins, Christian Peuster and Tyler Wilhite. Honorary Bearers were Raymond Haile and Gene McCauley. Interment was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.


Helen M. Clevenger
Helen Marie Clevenger, 97, of Harrisonville, formerly of Pleasant Hill, was born February 8, 1922, in Hatfield, Missouri. She departed this life, Sunday, May 12, 2019, at her home in Harrisonville, surrounded with love and family.

Helen was born the first child of Elvie Cecil and Edna Mae (Wooden) Lovitt. The family quickly grew as her brothers and sister were born: Carlyle Leroy, Hannah Francine, Ashford Jack and finally Loren Doyle. When Helen was nine years old, their mother sadly died of typhoid fever, leaving the five children.

Helen received her Public School Diploma to show that she had completed the required course of study, and was entitled to enter high school on May 15th, 1937, which was 82 years ago this week. By the time Helen was 14 her dad had remarried, and added a half-sister, Virginia, to the family. Her dad later married Martha, and another sister, Sharon, joined the family.

Helen married Claton Clevenger, Sr. To this union were born three children: Beverly Ann, Claton “CF” Franklin, and Mary Lou. Helen was a devoted mother, who worked hard throughout her life, on the farm and on assembly lines. She grew up in Northern Missouri, and moved to the Pleasant Hill area in 1958. She was a member of the (Shuttleworth) First Baptist Church of Pleasant Hill.

Helen enjoyed cooking, quilting, gardening, and spending time with family and friends. Until her vision faded, she enjoyed playing cards with her neighbors. Her porch was a popular place, where friends would gather to visit. She was well-known for her colorful flower boxes, her sharp mind and welcoming spirit.

Helen particularly enjoyed feeding her family. Every Monday night, right up until she passed, her adult children gathered with her for a weekly meal. Helen kept her family close. She made each family member feel valued and special, and they never left her home empty-handed. She made quilts with all her grandchildren, and taught them to make homemade pies, cookies and baked goods. On one occasion, she famously made 80 apple pies in an afternoon, and stocked a beloved family member’s freezer with homemade goodness to last through the year. Throughout her life, Helen canned all her own vegetables to sustain her and others year-round. In her later years, from her little garden behind her home, Helen harvested a plethora of vegetables, which she generously shared with others. From this little garden, her only grandson would receive 100 quarts of canned tomatoes, to enjoy all the year through. In many marvelous ways, Helen knew how to cultivate abundance out of very little. She faced each new day with a positive outlook, as she spoke to and encouraged her children every morning. Adversity did not limit her; instead, Helen embraced every opportunity to live and love with generosity.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents Elvie and Edna; her siblings, Carlyle, Jack, Loren, and Francine; her grandson, Richard Murphy; and her great nephew Brian Young.
She is survived, loved and cherished by three children Beverly Ann (and Don) Byrd, Cla (and Eloise) Clevenger, Mary Lou (and Barry) Murphy; her step-son, William D. Clevenger; five grandchildren: Kevin (and Brenda)Byrd, Kim (and Larry) Spiess, Suzan(and Jay)  Newland, Shara (and Jonathan) Brice  & Alisa Quest; 17 great grandchildren: Eric Byrd, Ashley (and Dustin)Young, Ryan Byrd, Briar Byrd, Caleb Byrd, Wyatt Byrd, Tiffani (and Josh) Crawford, Donny (and Gretchen) Spiess, Josh (and Erica) Spiess, Crichelle Brice, Joel Brice, Kaydrin Quest, Matthew Quest, Russ Newland, Nate(Halie) Newland, Cal Newland, Will Newland; and nine great-great grandchildren: Kimberli, Kayli and Kenzli Crawford; Alexa, Elly and Isaiah Spiess; Addy and Lincoln Spiess and Brooks Young. Helen is also survived by a sister-in-law, Wilma Lovitt, her sister Sharon, and her beloved nieces and nephew.

Helen’s generous heart adopted many more as honorary children, grandchildren and family members.  The family is grateful for Helen’s kind neighbors and for her helper Laura, who all worked together to help her live independently into her 97th year of life. The ICU team at Cass Regional Medical Center and the Ascend Hospice team made her final days forever meaningful for the family.

A Celebration of Helen’s Life was held at Thursday, May 16th at the funeral home. Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Helen’s great grandchildren served as casket bearers.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Helen’s honor are to be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research 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 St., Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550.


Richard F. Dimon
Richard Falls Dimon, 82, of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, was born, June 19, 1936, in Northome, Minnesota, the son of Lee and Harriett (Falls) Dimon. He departed this life, Saturday, May 11, 2019, at the Lee’s Summit Medical Center, Lee’s Summit, Missouri, surrounded by love and family.

On September 2, 1984, he was united in marriage to Mary Darlene (Holder) Farrell in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Richard attended the University of Louisville, Kentucky until joining the United States Marine Corps in 1955. He served three tours of duty in Vietnam. He retired in El Toro, California, from the USMC in 1975. He then went on to work for the Federal Aviation Agency in 1983.  While serving with the FAA he went to Kuwait. He retired in Sierra Vista, Arizona, from the civil service in 2001. He enjoyed hiking, fishing, singing karaoke, and golfing.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents; one son Donald Dimon; one grandson, Nathaniel “Nate” Mainprize Cripps; one great grandchild, Waylon Albert Farrell; and two brothers, James Dimon and Patrick Dimon.

He is survived by his wife Mary; his children, Melinda Rubio, Sherri (and Steve) Hopwood, Deanna Jarrett, and Ron (and Renee Mainprize) Farrell; eight grandchildren, Briana Rubio, Daniel Rubio, Amanda Hopwood, Joe Jarrett, Vince Jarrett, Tyler Farrell, Raina Farrell, and Jacquelyn Livingston; three great grandchildren, Addy Jarrett, Henry Jarrett, and Steven Livingston; one brother Gerald  (and Kit) Dimon; one sister, Debbie Dimon; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.

Cremation has been accorded. Private inurnment was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery with full military honors by the United States Marine Corps and the V.F.W. Post #3118 Honor Guard.

Memorial contributions in memory of Richard maybe made 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.com

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


Walter Johnson
Walter Johnson, 95, of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, was born January 16th, 1924 in Greenwood, Missouri, the son of James Cloud and Carrie (Hale) Johnson. He departed this life on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019, at the Village House Hospice at John Knox Village.

Walter served his country during World War II in the U.S. Army’s 7th Calvary of the 1st Infantry, fighting in the Pacific theatre, including the Philippines and Occupied Japan. After WW II ended, he returned to Pleasant Hill, where he was a machinist at several companies in the Kansas City area.

On October 14, 1951 Walter was united in marriage to Georgia Fields in Pattonsburg, Missouri. She preceded him in death on December 28, 2015.

Walter wanted to be remembered as a farmer, having farmed most of his life around Pleasant Hill. He was a lifelong beekeeper and avid sportsman, enjoying hunting and fishing.

Walter was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 64 years, Georgia; one daughter, Mary Louise Johnson-Elves; his brothers, James Thomas (and Rosa) Johnson, Charles Edward (and Marie) Johnson, Terry (and Delores) Johnson;  and his sister Mary Jane Holtzclaw.

He is survived by two sons, James W. (and Helen) Johnson of Perry Michigan, and John R. Johnson of Grandview, Missouri; five grandchildren, Meagan Johnson of Indianapolis, Indiana, Kate (and Thomas) Johnson Niemisto of Hopkins, Minnesota, Karri Johnson and Reilly Johnson of Grandview, Missouri, and Hillary Johnson of Des Moines, Iowa; one great grandson, Rowan Cloud Johnson Smith of Indianapolis; other relatives and many friends.

Visitation will be held 9:30 a.m. Friday, May 31, 2019, at the funeral home.

Services will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 31, 2019, at the funeral home.  Graveside military services and Interment will follow in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, with full military honors by the U.S Army and the V.F.W. Post #3118 Honor Guard. Casket bearers are Jim Johnson, John Johnson, David Kosfeld, Larry Kosfeld, H.A.Todd, & Paul Whaley.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the VFW Post #3118 Veteran’s Relief Fund or Village House 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 (8160 540-5550.


Daniel James Nichols
Daniel James Nichols, 73, of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, passed away at Kansas City Hospice House on Friday, May 24, 2019.

He was born on January 4, 1946 in Fulton, Missouri, the son of the late James B. Nichols and the late Mary Ellen (Yake) Nichols.

Danny was united in marriage to June A. (Jeffrey) Nichols who survives his passing.

Danny attended Rankin Technical College.  He worked as a machinist and tool and die maker for many years prior to becoming an FAA certified Airframe and Powerplant mechanic for American Airlines.  In his spare time, Danny loved to golf, bowl and fish, especially for bass and trout.  He was an avid bicyclist and participated in the MS 150 twice.  He also was a fan of wingless sprint car racing.  More than anything, he enjoyed time spent with his grandchildren.

Along with his wife, June, Danny is survived  by daughter Christine Spencer and her husband Brian; daughter Jennifer Gladden and her husband Charles; son Scott Nichols and his wife Ana;  sister Roberta  Moore  and her husband Harvey; grandchildren, Jordan Woodford, Christopher  Woodford, Garrett Gladden, Derek Spencer, Rachel Spencer, Savannah  Nichols, and Isabella Nichols; great-grandchild, Persephone Woodford, nieces, Michelle Robbins and Melissa Fischer; great nephew Ryan Oberlag, and great niece Brooke Fischer.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 31, 2019 at Dry Fork Baptist Church in New Bloomfield with Dr. Lewis Curtis officiating.  Interment will be in Dry Fork Cemetery.
Condolences may be left for the family at www.maupinfuneralhome.com.


Jerry Wayne Richcreek
Born 5/25/62. Departed 2/17/2019.
There will be a graveside service on May 25th at 11:00 am, at Pleasant Green Cemetery, Cooper County.


Larry Marvin Ford
Larry Marvin Ford was born at home on April 27, 1939, to Noble and Lucille Keithley Ford in Pleasant Hill.

Larry, known by many as “Butch” or “Coach”, passed away suddenly at home on April 29, 2019. He leaves behind his wife, Vicki, of 52 years and their three children; Tracy Ford of Lee’s Summit, Danielle (Jerrod) Dolsky of Ketchikan, Alaska, and Stephen (Mendy) Ford of Gladstone and 13 grandchildren.

Larry attended Pleasant Hill School District grades 1 through 12. Then he attended the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree and Masters Degree. He taught for 30 years in the Center School District and coached for 47 years. He was inducted into Center High School’s Athletic Hall of Fame in October 2012.

Services were May 4th, 2019 at Blue Ridge United Methodist Church.

Interment was at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.


Anita R. Barrow-Parris
Anita Rae Parris, 76, of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, was born, January 22, 1943, in Toledo, Ohio, the daughter of Owen C. “Buck” and Lilly T. (Small) Barrow. She departed this life, Thursday, May 2, 2019, at the John Knox Village Hospice House, surrounded with love and family.

Anita was a 1960 Pleasant Hill High School graduate.

In 1960, she was first united in marriage to Joe Bradford in Pleasant Hill and to this union one child, Tina Rae Bradford was born; they later divorced.  On April 2, 1971, she was united in marriage to Samuel Dee Parris in Pleasant Hill; he survives.

Anita owned and operated Barrow Sister Estate Sales; prior to that she had worked for the Pleasant Hill Bank, the Farmers Trust Bank in Lee’s Summit, and at Lake City. She was a member of the O.E.S. Ivy Leaf Chapter #215, Pleasant Hill, the Antique Dealers of Kansas City, and the Hickory Grove Baptist Church, and she was currently attending the Abundant Life Church in Lee’s Summit. Anita enjoyed making jewelry, reading extensively, and most importantly spending time with her family; especially her grandchildren.

Anita was preceded in death by her parents Buck and Lilly.

She is survived by her husband Sam of the home; one daughter and son-in-law, Tina Rae Bradford-Carlile and Don of Waxahachie, Texas; three grandchildren, Jacob Tyler Carlile of Honolulu, Hawaii, Donald Bradford “Brad” Carlile, and Caleb Samuel Carlile both of Waxahachie; two sisters, Carol (and Sam) Harvkey of Belton, Missouri, and Vicki Lawrence of Lee’s Summit; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.

Per Anita’s wish, cremation has been accorded.

A celebration of Anita’s life will be held 7:00 p.m. Friday, May 17, 2019, at the funeral home

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

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Abundant Life Church or the American Lung Association and may be sent in care of the funeral home.

Online condolences 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


Judith A. Ford
Judith Ann Ford, 77, of Independence, Missouri, formerly of Pleasant Hill, was born, July 12, 1941, in Harrisonville, the daughter of James and Bonnie (Reed) Pilant. She departed this life, Thursday, April 18, 2019, at the Centerpoint Medical Center, Independence.

Judy was a 1959, Pleasant Hill High School graduate.

On August 9, 1976, she was united in marriage to Dennis Larry Ford in Strasburg.

Judy had been employed at Western Electric/AT&T in Lee’s Summit.  She was a charter and former member of the Beta Sigma Phi, Pleasant Hill and a member of the Strasburg Baptist Church.

Judy was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her husband, Dennis of Independence; one son, James Dearing; and one step-son Dennis Ford II; other relatives and friends.
Per Judy’s wishes cremation has been accorded. A graveside memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m. Thursday, May 16, 2019, at the Strasburg Cemetery.  Reverend D. Kent Deubner will officiate.

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

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


Vernon Eugene “Gene” Foley
Gene Foley, 89, of Raymore, Missouri, passed away May 5, 2019 at his home, surrounded by the love of his family.

Funeral Services for Gene Foley were held on Friday, May 10, 2019 at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill, with Rev. Tim Casteel officiating. Casket Bearers were William Smith, Brandon Foley, Grant Knopp, Gary Nichols, Lahri Powell and Kaleb Powell. Interment was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. The family of Gene Foley received friends on Thursday evening at the funeral home.

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


Helen M. Clevenger
Helen M. Clevenger, 97, of Harrisonville, formerly of Pleasant Hill, departed this life, Sunday, May 12, 2019, at her home.

Funeral services will be held 3:00 p.m. Thursday, May 16, 2019, at the funeral home where visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. until service time.

Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Jude’s Children Hospital and may be sent in care of the funeral home.  A complete obituary will be published online at www.stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com and in next week’s edition of the Pleasant Hill Times.  Arrangements: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong St., Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550


Dee Sanders

Dolores Jane “Dee” Sanders, 74, lifelong resident of Pleasant Hill, was born, March 19, 1945, in Pleasant Hill, the daughter of Robert Kenneth and Mildred Pauline “Polly” (McIntyre) Alexander.  She departed this life, Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at the John Knox Village Hospice House, surrounded with love and family.

Dee was a 1963 Pleasant Hill High School graduate.

On November 28, 1964, she was united in marriage to Donald Wayne Ballard in Pleasant Hill; he preceded her in death on November 6, 1992.  On February 14, 1995, she was united in marriage to Billy Gene Sanders in Lee’s Summit.

Dee was a Homemaker most of her life. She had also worked at Western Electric in Lee’s Summit, as a waitress for the B&M Café, Pleasant Hill, and as the activities director at the John Knox Village Care Center in Lee’s Summit.  She was a member of the Big Creek Baptist Church.  She enjoyed watching sports; especially the Royals and Chiefs, crocheting, and animals.

Dee was also preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her husband Bill of the home; her son, Mike Ballard of Kansas City; three grandchildren; Adina Ballard of Rocky Comfort, Missouri, Alisha (and Tim) Dollins of Springfield, Missouri; and Austin Ballard of Marshall; one great grandson, Nolan Dollins; her brother Robert K. (and Beverly) Alexander of Pleasant Hill; other relatives and many friends.

Visitation was held 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday, May 13, 2019, at the funeral home.

Funeral services were held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at the funeral home.  Reverend James Butter field officiated.  Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.  Casket bearers were Jim Alexander, Ray Murray Alexander, Butch Ballard, Tim Dollins, Wallace O’Brien, and Zack Stokes.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the 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.


Kristina M. Brenton

Kristina Marie “Krissy” Brenton, 28, of Raytown, Missouri, formerly of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, was born, December 21, 1990, in Shawnee Mission, Kansas, the daughter of Anthony Wayne and Maureen Annette (McNamara) Brenton.  She departed this life Saturday, April 27, 2019, at her home.

Kristina grew up in Pleasant Hill and attended Pleasant Hill High School.

On August 15, 2015, she was united in marriage to Michael Leach in Blue Springs, Missouri; they later divorced but remained close friends.
Krissy was employed as a dental assistant for Foster Dental in Blue Springs, Missouri, and on weekends also tended bar at the Dirty Bird Bar & Grill in Raytown. Krissy was a kind, compassionate free spirit who defined herself as a “defender of animals”. She was always the first person to be there in a time of need. She could often be found taking her two dogs (her kids) on hiking adventures to many places. She was accepting of all people; always finding the good in them and enjoyed any opportunity to spend time with family and friends. She was a spontaneous person who loved unexpected adventures. She enjoyed crafting, biking, and long-boarding.

Krissy is survived by her parents, Anthony and Maureen of Pleasant Hill; two brothers, Dustin J. McNamara of Blue Springs, and William A. (and Suzanne) Brenton of Marysville, Kansas; two sisters, Sara G. (and Ben) York of Truesdale, Missouri, and Katie L.  (and Samantha) Brenton of Holden, Missouri; her nieces and nephews, Naudia, Dylan, Isabelle, Isaiah, Fred, Laci, Aimé, and Reid.  She is also survived by her canine companions Annie and Munkie as well as Panda, her pet parrot.

Visitation will be held 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, May 3, 2019, at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 4, 2019, at the funeral home.  Reverend D. Kent Deubner will officiate.  Cremation will be accorded following the services.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the KC Pet Project 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


Joey Wayne King
Joey Wayne King, 59, of Pleasant Hill, MO. formerly of Lowell, Kansas, passed away April 29, 2019 at Lee’s Summit Medical Center in Lee’s Summit, MO.

The family of Joey Wayne King received friends from 12:00 noon until service time at 2:00 p.m. Monday, May 6, 2019 at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill, Missouri. Funeral Service immediately followed at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home, with Rev. Kent Deubner officiating.

Casket Bearers were Charles King, Richard King, Ken Purdy, Jon Perkins, Rusty H. King, and Juan Paulo Zaragoza. Honorary Bearers were Bill King, Ray Dean King, Wesley King and Radgie King. Interment was in the Lone Jack Cemetery.


Betty M. Reynolds
Betty Marie Reynolds, 87, of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, was born, September 7, 1931, in Kansas City, Missouri. She was the daughter of Russell Raymond Reynolds and Marie Genevieve (Wimmer) Reynolds. Betty passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 30, 2019, at St. Luke’s East Hospital, Lee’s Summit, Missouri with family at her bedside.

Betty graduated from Lee’s Summit High School in 1949. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska, 1954. She continued her education earning a Masters in Public Health from Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, California.

On June 1, 1954, Betty married her college sweetheart, Martin Wayne Reynolds, in Kansas City, Missouri. As newlyweds they moved to Loma Linda, California to begin their new life together, where Betty worked as a nurse. Her first child, Martin, was born while they were living in California. After Wayne completed medical school, they relocated to Arkansas. Betty enjoyed helping Wayne with his medical practice as his office manager, nurse, and bookkeeper while further adding to their family, with the birth of their daughter, Lynne. Next they moved to Columbia, Missouri where Wayne completed an ophthalmology residency. While in Columbia, Lowell was born.

In 1970 Betty moved with her young family to Pleasant Hill, Missouri, where she lived in the same house until her passing. Wayne preceded her in death on October 20, 1981.

Betty worked as a registered nurse and homemaker.  After raising her children, she was employed as Charge Nurse for the Kansas City Internal Revenue Service Health Clinic where she worked until her retirement in 1999. She was a deeply spiritual woman and an active member of the Kingsville Seventh-day Adventist Church. She enjoyed traveling, reading, bird watching, word puzzles, painting, and keeping a diary. Her diary includes a list of countries she visited: Canada, Mexico, China, Egypt, England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, France, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Austria, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Portugal, Spain, Gibraltar, Switzerland, Italy, and Israel. Above all, though, Betty enjoyed reading her Bible and spending time with family and friends.

Betty is survived by her children, Martin, Lynne (Darrel), and Lowell (Rose); her grandchildren, Hailey, Madison, Sydney, Samantha, Coleman, Carson (Sarah), Chandler (Ben), and Cade; her great-grandchild, Remington; her brother, Robert (Janice); her niece, Laurie (Larry); her nephew Harvey (Crystal); other relatives and a host of friends.

Visitation will be held 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, May 6, 2019, at the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill, Missouri.
Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at the Lee’s Summit Seventh-day Adventist Church, 12501 S. Missouri Highway 7, Lee’s Summit, Missouri, 64086. Pastor Eddie Cabrera will officiate. Interment will be in the Strasburg Cemetery. Casket bearers are Robert Reynolds, Martin Reynolds, Lowell Reynolds, Harvey Reynolds, Darrell Lake, and Larry Pope.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Betty Reynolds’ Memorial Fund at the Kingsville Seventh-day Adventist Church and may be sent incare of Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong St., Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080.

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


James Keith Swofford
James Keith Swofford, 51 of Kansas City, Missouri, formerly of Pleasant Hill, passed away, unexpectedly, April 19, 2019 at North Kansas City Hospital.

Jim was the son of Ronald Martin Swofford and Kathryn (Hooper) Swofford. He was a 1986 graduate of Pleasant Hill High School.

Jim was preceded in death by one brother, Robbie Swofford.

He is survived by his son, James Read Swofford of Kansas City, Missouri; his father, Ronald Martin Swofford of Fayetteville, Arkansas; his mother, Kathryn (Hooper) Fleener of Pleasant Hill, Missouri; two brothers, Chris Swofford and wife Kristine of Raymore, Missouri and Andrew Swofford of Missouri; five sisters, Rhonda Jackson and husband David, Angela Lees and husband Scott, all of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, Crystal Fleener of Harrisonville, Missouri, Debra Elkins and husband Ryan of Gravette, Arkansas, and Jennifer Swofford of Green Forest, Arkansas; step-brothers, step-sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many, many friends.

A Celebration of Life Service was held on Friday, April 26 at the Wallace Funeral Home. Inurnment was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. The family received friends on Thursday, April 25 at the funeral home.

For a complete obituary and suggested contributions please go to www.wallace-funeralhomes.com


Wilma J. (Campbell) Gamblin
Sunrise of life began for Wilma J. (Campbell) Gamblin on February 14, 1936 in Athelstan, Iowa and the sunset of her life came on April 13, 2019 at the Pleasant Hill Health and Rehabilitation Center in Pleasant Hill, Missouri at the age of 83 years, 1 month and 30 days.

The family of Wilma Gamblin received friends Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill. Funeral Services were held on Thursday, April 18, 2019 at Lee’s Summit First Church of the Nazarene in Lee’s Summit, MO. Burial was in the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery, Pomona, Missouri.
A complete obituary may be viewed at www.wallace-funeralhomes.com


Louis C. McCarty
Louis Clifford McCarty, 92, of Pleasant Hill, was born, May 11, 1926, in Kansas City, the son of Gus F. and Beulah I. (Rich) McCarty.  He departed this life, Monday, April 15, 2019, at the Missouri Veterans Home, Warrensburg.

Louis attended school in Pleasant Hill.  He left school early to join the war effort proudly serving in the United States Navy during World War II.  Dr. Eklund, in Pleasant Hill, later helped him earn his high school diploma.

On April 7, 1950, he was united in marriage to Alice Marie Neill in Pleasant Hill
Louis was employed as a Chemical Blender for DuPont at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant.  He was a Life Member of the Veteran’s of Foreign Wars Post #3118, Pleasant Hill. He had also been a Boy Scout Leader in Pleasant Hill.

Louis was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Eugene McCarty; and one sister Eloise Bradley.

He is survived by his wife Alice of Pleasant Hill; his son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Vickie McCarty of Pleasant Hill; his daughter and son-in-law, Tricia and Doug Lansdale of Independence; three grandchildren, Bryon Gillespie of Grain Valley, John (and Amy) Berry and Jeremy Berry, both of Pleasant Hill; 8 great grandchildren; one sister, Willadene Kinnaman of Apple Valley, Minnesota; other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Thursday April, 18, 2019, at the funeral home.  Reverend D. Kent Deubner officiated.  A Final Salute ceremony was conducted by Mr. Chris Hummel.   Graveside military services and interment were held in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery with full military honors by the United States Navy and the V.F.W. Post #3118 Honor Guard.  The V.F.W. Post members served as casket bearers.

Visitation was held one hour prior to the service.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Veteran’s Service Officers 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 St., Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550


Lyndon “Lenny” Cantwell
Lyndon “Lenny” Cantwell, longtime Pleasant Hill resident, was born on Feb. 5, 1962, and passed away on Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at the age of 57 years and 28 days at his home in Clinton. He was born in Missouri to James R. Cantwell and Bernice (Durham) Cantwell, who preceded him in death.

Lenny went to work in the construction field after high school, then became a proficient painter throughout most of his career.
A lover of the great outdoors, Lenny was an avid fisherman, camper and hunter. While he enjoyed being out there in solitude, Lenny’s greatest love was reserved for his family and friends.

Lenny left his mark in this world in many facets, including his artistry of hand-carved walking sticks and wolf creations. But Lenny’s never-ending gusto for life and endless free spirit was eclipsed only by his refusal to tolerate “dumbasses”!

He is survived by: his children, Brandon (and Michele) Cantwell; Tiffany Jackson, Bailey Jackson and Dakota Jackson; his grandchildren, Kendall Cantwell, Kaci Cantwell, Lily Shaw, Khaleesi Jackson; his brothers, Rick (and Penny) Cantwell, Douglas (and Vicki) Cantwell and Christopher (and Angel) Cantwell; several nieces, nephews, other family and countless friends.
Cremation has been accorded.

Memorial contributions may be made for the Lenny Cantwell family at the Pleasant Hill Pool Hall, 119 First St., Pleasant Hill, MO, 64080, or to the Lyndon Cantwell Memorial Fund, care of the Consalus Funeral Home, 209 S. 2nd St., Clinton, MO, 64735.

A Celebration of Lenny’s Life will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019, beginning at 4 p.m. at the Pleasant Hill Pool Hall.


Inez Christene Bartlett
Inez Christene Bartlett, age 96, of Harrisonville, Missouri, passed away Friday, April 5, 2019, in Harrisonville. Inez was born September 16, 1922, in Kingston, Arkansas to Merion and Sally (Norris) Armer.

Inez was joined in marriage with Ernie William Bartlett on September 5, 1941, and six children were born to this union. Inez enjoyed reading her bible, gardening, and most of all, being with her family. She was a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; an infant daughter; an infant son; her son, Dewayne Bartlett; her daughter-in-law, Connie Bartlett Kilgore; her daughter, Doris Jewett; her son-in-law, Fred Jewett; her granddaughter, Peggy Bartlett Eddings; an infant sister; an infant brother; and her brothers, Newell Armer and Frankie Armer.

She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Charlene Haile and Raymond and Kathy McCauley and Gene, all of Pleasant Hill Missouri; one brother and sister-in-law, Vernon Armer and Mary, of Harrison, one brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jasper Bartlett and Barbara, of Compton Arkansas; one step-son and his wife, Devoe Woodworth and Linda, of Harrison; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was deeply loved by many and will be missed.

Visitation was 6:00 to 8:00 PM, Tuesday, April 9, 2019, at Roller-Christeson Funeral Home.

Funeral service was 2:00 PM, Wednesday, April 10, 2019, at Roller-Christeson Funeral Home.

Interment was in Plumlee Cemetery.

Pallbearers were David Collins, Doug Collins, Tim Collins, Corey Collins, Jacob Burch and German Filorio.

Honorary pallbearers were Raymond Haile and Gene McCauley.

Online Guestbook:  www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/harrison


Herbert C. “Pete” Hoover
Herbert C. “Pete” Hoover was born August 18, 1929 in Kingsville, Missouri and departed this life on March 31, 2019 at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri, surrounded by the love of his family, at the age of 89 years, 7 months and 13 days.

He was the youngest son of Ernest Lee Hoover, Sr. and Mabel (Patterson) Hoover.

As a small child, Herbert’s favorite book was The Tale of Peter Rabbit, he asked it be read to him so many times that his family started calling him Pete.

Pete was very close to his maternal grandfather V.T. Patterson who owned the grocery store in Kingsville. Pete’s first job was delivering groceries for his grandfather’s store. One day, while on a delivery, Pete saw a runt pig and asked the farmer if he could buy it. The farmer and Pete came to an agreement on price, and Pete purchased the pig. He raised the pig and the money he made from the sale of the hog after it was full grown, allowed him to purchase a bicycle, which he used in his grocery delivery business. His Grandfather Patterson not only taught his grandson responsibility and a good work ethic, but was instrumental in guiding his grandson to a close and loving relationship with his Savior, Jesus Christ.

Pete was a 1947 graduate of Kingsville High School. After graduation, Pete took his savings and started buying and raising hogs. He built quite a hog operation before he was drafted during the Korean War. In 1951, before he left for Korea, he had to give up his livestock operation, so he took the money from the sale of his livestock and purchased a farm, never giving up on his dream that someday he would become a stockman. After proudly serving his country in Korea, Pete came back to Kingsville.

On December 27, 1956, after a brief courtship, Pete was united in marriage with Mary Lou Snow in Gunn City, Missouri. After their marriage, they made their home on the farm Pete had purchased before the war and set about to make their dream of raising hogs and cattle come true. During this time, Pete also worked as a machinist for Allis Chalmers, then Bendix, and eventually ARMCO Steel, retiring in 1992. Mary Lou Hoover preceded Pete in death on December 20, 2009 and Pete continued to live on the family farm. Even in his later years, Pete was often seen at the Kingsville Livestock Auction where he not only enjoyed the sale, but loved visiting with friends and other stockmen.

Pete enjoyed listening to Billy Graham and attended his revivals when he came to Kansas City. He also had the opportunity to tour the Holy Lands, Cypress and Rome. Pete became very knowledgeable on the history of the Holy Land, and, after he returned from his trip, he put together a slide show which he presented at various meetings along with expert commentary.
Pete was an active and devoted member of the Forest Grove Baptist Church.

In addition to his wife Mary Lou, Pete was preceded in death by his father, Ernest Lee Hoover, Sr.: his mother, Mabel (Patterson) Hoover; two brothers, Ernest Lee Hoover, Jr. and Norman C. Hoover and one sister, Patricia Bunch.

He is survived by his daughter, Jeana Ruth Mayfield of El Dorado, Kansas; three sons, Kim Hoover of Kingsville, Missouri, Tim Hoover and wife Gerilynn of Holden, Missouri and Hal Hoover and wife Sandy of Kingsville, Missouri; one sister-in-law, Rena Hoover of Sacramento, California; nine grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.

The family of Herbert “Pete” Hoover received friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Friday, April 5, 2019 at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill, Missouri. Graveside Service with Military Honors was held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, April 6, 2019 at the Strasburg Cemetery, Strasburg, Missouri, with Pastor Todd Morris officiating. Full Military Honors were provided by the United States Army and V.F.W. Post #3118 Honor Guard of Pleasant Hill, Missouri. The family suggests contributions to the charity of your choice in Memory of Herbert “Pete” Hoover.


Joseph W. Klotz
Joseph William “Joe, Jay, or J.W.” Klotz, 76, of Pleasant Hill, was born, January 2, 1943, in Lone Jack, the son of Joseph W. and Opal E. (Fann) Klotz.  He departed this life, Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at the Pleasant Hill Health and Rehabilitation Center.
Joe first attended the Lone Jack schools; later attending Diamond High School in Diamond, Missouri.

He was a proud United States Air Force veteran as well as member of the Missouri National Guard.

On October 23, 1965, he was united in marriage to Sharon Lea Hensley in Lone Jack.

Joe was employed at Pfizer for 30 years retiring in 2003. He was a member of the Lone Jack Baptist Church, Jewell Lodge #480 A.F. & A.M. and the Ivy Leaf Chapter O.E.S. both of Pleasant Hill, the American Legion Post #499, Blue Springs, and the National Rifle Association.

Joe was greeted at heaven’s gates by his parents; his in-laws; his brother, Orville Klotz; his sister, Janice Hutton; and one infant granddaughter.

Left to mourn his passing are his wife of 53 ½ years, Sharon of the home; two daughters, Patsy Nash and Claudia (and Matt) Campbell, both of Lee’s Summit; four granddaughters, Rachel Nash, Rebekah Nash, Chloe Campbell, and Morgen Campbell, all of Lee’s Summit; his baby sister, Leta (and Dave) Shaffer of Joplin; four nephews; three nieces; many great-nieces and nephews; and host of many friends.

Graveside funeral services were held Friday, April 5, 2019, at the Floral Hills East Cemetery, Lee’s Summit.  Reverend Jerry Tharp officiated. Full military honors were conducted by the United States Air Force and the Pleasant Hill V.F.W. Post #3118 Honor guard. Casket bearers were Clint Beasley, Kevin Bennett, Allen Davis, Randy Davis, Russell Klotz, and Tony Klotz. Honorary casket bearers were Jim Berryman, Voyn Breshears, Mike Hatfield, Dave Shaffer, Bill Taylor, and Jimmy Winburn.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Hensley Hall Lone Jack Civic Center or the National Rifle Association 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 694080 (816) 540-5550.


Dale V. McClintock
Dale Vertoe McClintock, Sr., 88, lifelong resident of Pleasant Hill, was born, July 31, 1930, in Lone Jack, the son of Guy and Frances (Clark) McClintock. He departed this life, Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at the Crown Care Center in Harrisonville surrounded with love and family.

Dale was a 1948 Pleasant Hill High School graduate and proudly served in the United States Air Force from 1948 to 1952.
On May 6, 1953, Dale was united in marriage to Alice Bates in Harrisonville. To this union four children, Cheryl, Dale Jr., Cathy, and Carrie were born. They later divorced.

Dale owned and operated Dale’s New and Used Cars in Pleasant Hill for over 50 years retiring in 2009. He was past member of the Pleasant Hill Lions Club and active in the Annual Howdy Neighbor Music Show. He was also past president of the Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce, past president of the Pleasant Hill Booster Club, a member of Jewel Lodge #480 A.F. & A.M., Pleasant Hill, and the Cass County Shrine. Beyond the civic clubs he sponsored many youth sports in Pleasant Hill.
Dale was preceded in death by his parents; and his two brothers, Ray McClintock and Clark McClintock.

He is survived by his four children, Cheryl Parris of Raymore, Dale (and Debi) McClintock, Jr. of Blue Springs, Cathy McClintock of Lee’s Summit, and Carrie Barker of Pleasant Hill; five grandchildren, Jill “Jillbee” (and Kelly) Keister of Osceola, Shayna (and Gary) Mansell of Blue Springs, Jason (and Kay) McClintock of Blue Springs, Madison Barker of Lee’s Summit, and Macey Barker of Pleasant Hill; two great grandchildren, Chase and Austin; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and a host of many friends.

Visitation was held Sunday, April 7, 2019, at the funeral home.

Funeral services were held Monday, April 8, 2019, at the funeral home.  Reverend D. Kent Deubner officiated. Military services and interment were held  in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery with full military honors by the United States Air Force and V.F.W. Post #3118 Honor Guard.  Casket bearers were George Clark, Sam Davenport, Gene Hamilton, Kelly Keister, Jason McClintock, and Clark Stanley. Honorary casket bearers were Chase Goodwin, Tom Hale, Austin Mansell, Jerry McClintock, Jay Ware, and Ben Woodrome.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Meals on Wheels or the Pleasant Hill Historical Society and may be sent in care of the funeral home.

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

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


C. Eileen Kircher
Catherine Eileen Kircher, 95, of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, was born, April 29, 1923, in Preston, England, the daughter of James and Sarah (Nickson) Draycott. She departed this life, Friday, March 29, 2019, at her home surrounded with love and family after a long illness.

Eileen was the youngest of 8 siblings, Connie, Agnes, Maggie, Tom, Jim, Harry and Fred. At the height of WWII in August 1944, she married an American Airforce Sergeant and farmer, Raymond Kircher from Pleasant Hill. At the end of the war in Europe, her husband Raymond was reassigned to the Pacific theater leaving Eileen and their first son Charles, born June, 1945, in England. In the spring of 1946, Eileen and Charles began the long journey to join their husband and father in Missouri. The trip began in Liverpool traveling to New York City on the ocean liner Queen Mary and was completed by train to Pleasant Hill. The boarding of the Queen Mary was arduous and the first and second sailings were cancelled at the last minute. The third scheduled departure was successful but she often said that a third delay would have been intolerable and would have meant cancellation of the trip entirely. Eileen was always very thankful for the people along the way that provided aid during the trek, especially the women that provided assistance along the train passage.

There were several striking memories of her first few months in Pleasant Hill, the kindness of Raymond’s parents Goldie and Godfrey and the overwhelming abundance of food. Soon, two additional sons joined her family, Timothy in March, 1947 and Michael in August, 1950. Eileen gradually became accustomed to life on the farm coming to love it but she was never able to tolerate the heat and humidity. Her first trip back to England occurred in 1955 when she was accompanied by her youngest, Mike. Several more trips “home” were taken over the years and there were several visits by her sisters Agnes and Connie and nephew Jack taken to Pleasant Hill.

Eileen found great joy in the Twenty-Friends study club, an honorary member of the former Beta Sigma Phi-Eta Omicron Sorority in Pleasant Hill, and was a very active member in the Town and Country Art League of Pleasant Hill. Involved in arts and crafts her entire life, she became an avid collector of British and American antiques and her home came to be filled with such items.  She delighted in traveling to art conventions with her friend and colleague Pat Clark.

She was preceded in death by both parents who died when she was a teenager; by all of her siblings; and by her husband Raymond in 1989.

Eileen was the loving mother of three sons, Chuck (and Andrea) Kircher of Doylestown, Pennsylvania, Tim (and Debra Jo) Kircher of Carmi, Illinois, and Mike (and Beverly) Kircher of Pleasant Hill. She was a caring and supportive grandmother to nine grandchildren, Jonathon (and Angela) Kircher of Flagstaff, Arizona, Sarah (and Kip) Dent of Cave Creek, Arizona; Jamie (and Rhonda) Kircher of Beaver Dam, Kentucky, Greg Kircher of Pineville, Louisiana, Patrick (and Jeanne) Kircher of Rogers, New Mexico, Rachael (and Cliff) Randolph of Pleasant Hill, Scott (and Paige) Bird of Manchester, Tennessee, Brandi (and George) Taylor of Louisville, Kentucky, and Patrick (and Sandy) Yates of Louisville, Kentucky; and to numerous great grandchildren; many nephews and nieces in England; other relatives and friends.

Eileen’s family wishes to extend many thanks to Crossroads Hospice and to Senior Helpers Home Health Care who provided wonderful care and companionship for Eileen in her home over the past several years.

Visitation will be held 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 3, 2019, at the funeral home. Reverend D. Kent Deubner will officiate.

Interment will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Town and Country Art League 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


Wesley Dean Anderson
Wesley Dean Anderson, 84 of Pleasant Hill, Missouri passed away March 1, 2019 surrounded by family at Lee’s Summit Medical Hospital.

He was a former resident of Marshfield and Springfield, Missouri. He also lived in Jones, Oklahoma for 19 years. Mr. Anderson graduated from Marshfield High in 1953 and from Southwest Missouri State College in 1958.

He retired from a career of teaching and coaching.

He also played banjo, guitar, harmonica, and sang at restaurants and events during the summer months when not teaching.

Wesley was the son of Wesley E. Anderson and Helen E. (Atwell) Anderson now deceased. He is survived by his brother: Gary Anderson (Deborah); sons: Eric Anderson (Helen Mary), Steve Anderson (Kathy) and Jason Anderson (April), daughters: Erin Kelly (Brendan) and Melinda Stirling (Darrick). He was the grandfather to 18 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Memorial services will be held at the Day Funeral Home in Marshfield, Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 11:30AM. His ashes will be interred at the Marshfield Cemetery.


Loren Eugene Golitz
Loren Eugene Golitz, MD passed away on March 8, 2019 in Denver.  Born  at home on April 7, 1941 in Pleasant Hill, Missouri, Loren was the eldest of three children; all deceased. His parents, Ross Winston Golitz, a carpenter, and Helen Francis Golitz, a homemaker, were born and raised in Pleasant Hill. An excellent student and enthusiastic athlete, Loren lettered in three sports each year at Pleasant Hill HS. The first in his extended family to attend college, Loren graduated from the School of Medicine at the University of Missouri in 1966 as an MD.

On June 18, 1966 Loren married Deborah Frazier, from Sturbridge MA.   Deb was a teacher who later in life earned a Doctoral Degree in Psychology and practiced as a Psychologist at Denver Health Medical Center. Last June they celebrated 52 years of marriage.

Loren did a residency in Internal Medicine at the Public Health Service Hospital in San Francisco from 1966-1969. He and Deb then moved to New York City where he completed a residency in Dermatology.  In 1973, he accepted a fellowship in Dermatopathology at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Washington, DC. Dermatopathology became his passion and area of expertise.

As a Professor of Dermatology and Pathology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and as Chief of Dermatology at Denver Health Medical Center, Loren mentored thousands of medical students and residents. He was especially treasured by the 69 Dermatopathology Fellows who spent a year or more under his kind, intelligent and thoughtful guidance. He loved his fellows and he loved teaching. His excellent training of others is a lasting legacy. Loren retired at age 77 in March 2018 as a Professor Emeritus at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.

Throughout his career, Loren took on many leadership roles in national medical associations. He served as Secretary-Treasurer and President of The American Academy of Dermatopathology; President of the American Society of Pediatric Dermatology; Member of the Board of the American Academy of Dermatology; and Member and Director of the American Board of Dermatology (the national test committee) to name just a few.  He lectured worldwide and directed countless nationwide training courses for Dermatologic meetings. All the while he was writing and studying; he published over 80 academic articles and abstracts and contrib-uted to 33 books.
Among his many honors and awards, Loren received the Founders Award from the American Society of Dermatopathology.

As a college student, Loren had learned to fly. His father’s tiny Taylorcraft air-plane was housed in a barn and he took off from a farmers field. In the Colorado mountains, he climbed fourteeners, skied, hiked and backpacked with Deb and their children. Later in life Loren loved spending time on the deck of their cabin, or anywhere comfortable and congenial, in conversation with friends, trainees and family.  He was a devoted fan of the Denver Broncos and the Missouri Tigers.

Survivors include Loren’s wife Deb and his treasured children, Carrie Golitz of Cusco, Peru, and Matthew Golitz (stage name Matthew Moon) of Nashville TN, brother in law Stuart Frazier (wife Diane) of Livermore CA, niece Lynne Sudduth Sandor (husband Dani) of Parker, their son Oliver (Loren’s honorary grandchild), nephew Darren Sudduth (wife Kelly) of Dallas, Texas and their children, niece Rebekah Storman (husband Russell) of Hawaii, and step nephews Robert Golitz and Steven Ferguson and their families. And his beloved pup Charlie!

A celebration of life will be held at the Denver Botanic Gardens in Mitchell Hall on Friday April 12 from 11am-2pm.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his name to Denver Hospice thedenverhospice.org or to Habitat for Humanity International habitat.org


James Daniel Way
James Daniel Way, 72, of Lone Jack, MO transitioned to our Lord on March 11, 2019 after heroically battling cancer for the past few years.  A Celebration of Life was held March 20, 2019 at the Wallace Funeral Home. Interment was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery with Full Military Honors provided by the US Marine Corp and V.F.W. Post #3118 of Pleasant Hill, MO.

James is survived by his wife, Sandra L. Hay (Way); stepdaughter and husband, Pamela and Doug Fromson (Lee’s Summit, MO); step-grandsons, Tyler Fromson (New York City, NY), and Jacob Fromson (Springfield, MO); his sister, Nancy Jones (Bartlett, TN); and his brother and his wife, Clifford and LaDonna Way (Excelsior Springs, MO).  He also leaves aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and many friends as well as his horse, Sage, and his cat, Toby.

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


Marsha Lynn
(Millard) Atchley
Marsha Lynn Atchley, 60, of Lake Annette, MO. passed away March 16, 2019 at her daughter’s home in Raymore, MO.
She was the daughter of Albert S. and Delcie Bernice (Enloe) Millard.
Marsha attended Hickman Mills High School and later obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Longview College.

On March 22, 1975, Marsha was united in marriage with Eric Craig Atchley in Kansas City, Missouri.

Cremation has been accorded. A Memorial Service will be scheduled at a later date. The family suggests contributions to the World Wildlife Fund.

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


Austin D. Yount
Austin David Yount, 24, of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, was born, March 20, 1995, in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of David A. and Michele M. (Hickey) Yount. He departed this life, Wednesday, March 20, 2019.

Austin graduated from Pleasant Hill High School in 2014. While in high school Austin excelled in football, basketball and track which earned him a scholarship at Central Christian College of Kansas. He was extremely gifted with an ability to pick up difficult tasks quickly. Austin worked as an electrician, lifeguard and construction worker, among other jobs. He loved studying Greek and Roman history and had a desire to travel and see the world. In his free time loved playing Xbox, especially Fornite and Rome Total War. Austin was gifted in working with dogs and spent many hours training his own faithful companion, Shadow. He had a zest for life and was always up for an adventure with friends. He enjoyed spending time outdoors and discovering the beauty of Colorado. He was creative in nature and as a young boy would make his way into the woods behind his home where he would emerge with items he found. Austin enjoyed spending time with his family, especially teasing his siblings. He particularly loved beating his family in games of Hearts and Scrabble, which he did often.

Austin was a tender soul with a desire to help those in need. He spoke of one day traveling overseas to do mission work for Christ. Austin had faith in the Lord and a strong longing to help others. He had a compassionate heart and children often flocked to him for attention, which he gladly gave. He was never one to back down from a bully and would come to the defense of family, friends, and those who could not defend themselves. He was a beloved son, brother, and uncle and will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

Austin was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Robert and Jayne (Fuller) Hickey.

He is survived by his parents David and Michele Yount of Pleasant Hill; his brother, Christopher Camp; three sisters, Alycia Yount, Melissa (and David) Lyday and Jessica Yount; three nieces, Anielia, Sophia, and Eloise; paternal grandparents, David A. and Janice (Osterwise) Yount of Knob Noster, Missouri; other relatives and a host of many, many friends.

Visitation will be held 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, March 29, 2019, at the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill, Missouri.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 AM Saturday, March 30, 2019, at the Grace Family Fellowship Church, 125 N. Armstrong St. Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080. Reverend Wyatt Shanks will officiate. Interment will be in the IOOF Cemetery, in Craig Missouri.

Pallbearers are John Brookshire, Christopher Camp, Sutton Crabtree, David Lyday, Josh Hastings, and Chase Dyer.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Teen Challenge of the Hawaiian Islands 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


Phyllis Carol (Nugen) Hopkins
Phyllis Hopkins, 70, of Pleasant Hill, formerly of Peculiar, MO, departed this life, surrounded by the love of her family, on March 8, 2019 at her home.

Phyllis was a 1966 graduate of Marshall, Missouri High School. After graduation, Phyllis moved to Kansas City and embarked on a career at Fitz’s where she worked on some of the earliest computers.

On September 4, 1971, Phyllis was united in marriage with John William Hopkins, Jr. in Kansas City, Missouri. Phyllis and John lived in Kansas City until 1980 when they moved to Peculiar, Missouri to make their home. After her husband’s death Phyllis continued to live in Peculiar until 4 years ago when she moved to Pleasant Hill to be closer to her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John William Hopkins, Jr., and her parents, Rodger and Dixie Nugen.

Phyllis is lovingly survived by two daughters, Kimberly Franklin and husband Richard of Flowery Branch, Georgia, and Lisa Messinger and husband Ryan of Pleasant Hill, Missouri; two sisters, Sharon Hagedorn and husband Danny of Camdenton, Missouri and Norma Kolwes and husband Bill of Missouri City, Texas; two grandchildren, Evan and Felicity; nieces, nephews, other relatives  and many friends. She is also survived by her loving feline companion, Laverne.

The family of Phyllis Carol (Nugen) Hopkins hosted a Celebration of Life on Saturday, March 16, 2019, at her daughter’s home in Pleasant Hill, Missouri. In Loving Memory of Phyllis Hopkins the family suggests contributions to the American Lung Association and may be mailed to 8400 W. 110TH Street, Suite 130, Overland Park, KS. 66210 or made online at www.lung.org

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


Margaret A. Seaton
Margaret Ann Seaton, 99, of Pleasant Hill, was born, January 12, 1920, in Pleasant Hill, the daughter of Walter and Hilda (Fredrickson) Matthes.

She departed this life, Monday, March 18, 2019, at the Crown Care Center in Harrisonville surrounded with love and family.

On January 5, 1944, she was united in marriage to Charley F. Seaton in Springfield, Missouri.  They spent the next 40 years devoted to each other raising three daughters and dairy farming.

Margaret worked at the Pleasant Hill Bank and enjoyed many activities.  She was past treasurer of the Pleasant Hill Lioness Club, past treasurer of the Pleasant Hill Senior Citizens, and a long time member the Pleasant Hill Cemetery Board.  She loved spending time with family, gardening, cooking, playing cards and traveling.  She was a faithful member of the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church.

Margaret was preceded in death by her husband Charley on December 1, 1984; one brother Walter Matthes, Jr.; and one sister, Elizabeth Hanicke.

She is survived by three daughters, Ann Tribble of Pleasant Hill, Nancy (and Paul) Spoon of Springfield, Missouri, and Janet (and Bill) Ott of Houston, Texas; six grandchildren; one sister, Pauline Shull of Mesa, Arizona; sister-in-law, Adabel Matthes of Harrisonville; other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 23, 2019, at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

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

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Shiner’s Hospital in St. Louis, 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


Phyllis Carol (Nugen) Hopkins
Phyllis Hopkins, 70, of Pleasant Hill, MO., departed this life March 8, 2019 at her home in Pleasant Hill.

Cremation has been accorded. The family of Phyllis Hopkins will host a Celebration of Life on Saturday, March 16, 2019 starting at 1:00 p.m. at her daughter’s home in Pleasant Hill.

Family suggests contributions to American Lung Association.

An obituary will be published in next week’s Pleasant Hill Times. A complete obituary may be viewed at www.wallace-funeralhomes.com.

Cremation Arrangements entrusted to Wallace Funeral Home.


Margarette Findley
Margarette Findley, 76, of Centerview, Missouri, was born July 27, 1942, in Camdenton, Missouri, the daughter of Robert “Freddie” and Mildred Rose (Wilson) Kincaid.  She departed this life, Wednesday, March 6, 2019, at the Research Medical Center, Kansas City, surrounded with love and family.

Margarette was a 1961 Camdenton High School graduate.

On July 22, 1962, she was united in marriage to Lonnie Findley in Camdenton; they later divorced.

Margarette was first employed by AT&T in Lee’s Summit.  In the mid 1980’s following a layoff from AT&T she opened and operated a beauty salon in her home in Pleasant Hill.  She loved playing domino’s, playing cards, shopping at antique stores, collecting Princess House crystal, and watching hummingbirds.  She most enjoyed visiting and spending time with family and friends.

Margarette was preceded in death by her parents; one son Wayne Findley; her brother Arville Kincaid; and one sister, Carolyn Thurn.

She is survived by one son, Rod (and Kim) Findley of Pleasant Hill; one daughter, Karen (and Vince) Cummings of Centerview; five grandchildren, Rachel (and Brad) Mitchell of Kingsville, Tony (and Tori) Findley of Gladstone, Kayla (and K.J.) Robling of Pleasant Hill, Dillon Findley of Pleasant Hill, and Keara Griffith of Warrensburg; six great grandchildren, Brent, Morgan, Deegan, Reed, Gracyn, and Easton; one sister, Donna Rose Collins of Raytown; other relatives and friends.

A celebration of life dinner was held Saturday, March 9, 2019, at Brinkoetters Big Iron Town, Pleasant Hill.

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


Anita Maria “Nita” (Sanderson) Routon
Anita “Nita” Routon was born September 17, 1960 in Kansas City, Missouri and departed this life on March 7, 2019, at her home in Pleasant Hill.

Anita spent most of her life in Pleasant Hill, graduating from Pleasant Hill High School in 1978.

On December 17, 1999, she was united in marriage with Larry L. Routon, in Jackson County, Missouri, and they made their home in Pleasant Hill.

Until declining health forced her retirement, Anita ran a daycare in her home for nearly 40 years, where she cared for and loved many children in the Pleasant Hill area.

Anita enjoyed playing bingo and shopping, but her true passion in life was getting to watch her “Babies” dance and being involved with Eva Moore’s Performing Arts Center. She dedicated much time and attention to the studio and the Bright Futures program.

Anita is survived by her husband, Larry L. Routon of the home; one son, Michael Richardson of Pleasant Hill, Missouri; two daughters, Toni Manford and husband Matt of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, and Lacy Richardson of Harrisonville, Missouri; four sisters, Vali Hanson and husband Nels of Adrian, Missouri, Mona Foster of Linn Valley, Kansas, Sandra Ratzlaff and husband Lanny of Burlington, Kansas, and Peggy Wiseman and husband Chris of Joplin, Missouri; twelve grandchildren, Jack, Jenna, Jude, Matti Jo, Tripp, Dawson, Mason, Keidyn, Madalynne, Chevy, Miles, and Hunter, many loved nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews, and her dearest friends Becky and Jay Walker.

Per Anita’s wishes, cremation has been accorded and family and friends are invited to visit her home on Sunday, March 24th, from 2-5pm, to celebrate her life.

In Memory of Anita Routon, the family suggests contributions to: Bright Futures c/o Pleasant Hill School District, 318 Cedar Street, Pleasant Hill, MO 64080.


Chad R. Whetstone
Chad Robert Whetstone, 35, of Pleasant Hill, was born, December 27, 1983, in Independence.  He departed this life Wednesday, March 6, 2019, at his home in Pleasant Hill surrounded with love and family.

He was a 2002 Pleasant Hill High School graduate.

Chad was employed as IT Technician and Electrician for Service Electric, Time Warner Cable, and Envision Technology. He had also worked for Hayes Drilling.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, working on old cars, and hanging out in the barn and on the boat with family and friends.  He attended the Eagle Creek Church in Lee’s Summit.

Chad is survived by his parents, Janice and Ron Ledbetter of Pleasant Hill; Terry Whetstone of Odessa; daughter and co-pilot, Katelynn Whetstone of Lee’s Summit; fiancé, Sarah McNally and her children, Luke, Izzy, Collin and Hazel “Bug”, all of Prairie Village; 4 sisters, Michelle (and Terry) Ellis of Brunswick Georgia, Dawn (and Michael) Trenolone of Blue Springs, Elizabeth Murrell of Lee’s Summit, and Nichole (and Michael) Karr of Pleasant Hill; 4 nieces; other relatives and a host of many friends.  Chad leaves behind his beloved dog Bailey Rae and turtles Hulk and Lucy.

Cremation has been accorded.

A celebration of Chad’s life will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, March 16, 2019, at the Eagle Creek Church, 125 SE Stuart Rd., Lee’s Summit, Missouri 64082.

Inurnment will be in the Round Prairie Cemetery, Appleton City at a later date.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the V.F.W. Post #3118 Veteran’s Relief fund or to Kindred Hospice Foundation 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


Jeremiah Denson
Jeremiah Tobias George Christopher Michael Denson, 29, of Pleasant Hill, was born, February 13, 1990, in Kansas City, the son of Scotty Ian and Karen Ann (Wendel) Denson.  He departed this life, Monday, February 25, 2019, in Harrisonville.

He was a 2008 Pleasant Hill High School graduate.

Jeremiah was a professional MMA fighter.  He enjoyed playing disc golf and skate boarding.

Jeremiah was preceded in death by his father, Scotty in 1991.

He is survived by his mother Karen of Pleasant Hill: his brothers Jeremy S. (and Dorothy Padilla) Denson of Pleasant Hill, Ian Denson (and Medea) of Chicago, Illinois, and Sean (and Laura) Denson of Peebles, Scotland.

Cremation has been accorded.

A celebration of life dinner will be held 12:00 p.m. Saturday, March 16, 2019, at Brinkoetter’s Big Iron Town, 29608 E 179th St, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the family 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


Catherine “Cathie” (Long) Roby
Cathie (Long) Roby was born August 23, 1957 in Kansas City, Missouri and departed this life on February 25, 2019 at her home in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, surrounded by the love of her family, at the age of 61 years, 6 months and 2 days.

She was the daughter of George T. “Corky” and Dorothy Jean (Mills) Long.

Cathie spent her younger years in Pleasant Hill, graduating from Pleasant Hill High School in 1975. She went on to study Elementary Education at Metropolitan Community College-Longview.

On September 9, 1989 she was united in marriage with Johnnie E. Roby in Archie, Missouri. After their marriage, Cathie and Johnnie lived in Archie for about a year before moving to Lee’s Summit to make their home.

Cathie had worked at Unity Village as a secretary/receptionist. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Pleasant Hill, Missouri.
Cathie’s entire life revolved around her family. She truly enjoyed being a loving wife, mother and grandmother, as well as a devoted daughter, sister and aunt. She went out of her way to make all those around her feel special and know they were loved.

In her spare time, Cathie enjoyed collecting anything that had to do with the Royal Family, adding to her collection of carousel horses, and sewing.

Cathie was preceded in death by her mother, Dorothy Jean (Mills) Long; one son, John Matthew “Matt” Roby, and one great grandchild, Ryleigh Ramae Oakman.

She is survived by her husband, Johnnie Roby of the home; her father, George “Corky” Long of Pleasant Hill, Missouri; one son, Denton “Keith” Roby and wife Michelle of Lee’s Summit, Missouri; two daughters, Reva Oakman of Crain, Missouri, and Tabitha Horton of Independence, Missouri; one brother, Stephen Long and wife Donna of Pleasant Hill, Missouri; grandchildren, C. J. Oakman and wife Michella of Mt. Vernon, Missouri, Jonetta Dean of Holden, Missouri, Amber Rector and Shawn Morris, Jr. both of Independence, Missouri, Madison Sommers and husband Patrick Thomas of Ontario, Canada, Jewels Myers and Shaneley Myers-Roby both of Lee’s Summit, Missouri and Shiloh Roby of Harrisonville, Missouri; 8 great-grandchildren; one niece, Jennifer LeeAnn Long and husband Jimmy of Olathe, Kansas; one nephew, Joshua Dean Long of Pleasant Hill, Missouri; one great nephew, Oliver James Long; other relatives and many, many friends.

The family of Cathie Roby received friends from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 1, 2019 at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill. Funeral Services were immediately following at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Kent Deubner officiating. Casket Bearers were Joshua Long, Jimmy Long, Keith Roby, C. J. Oakman, Shawn Morris, Jr., Amber Rector, Jewels Myers and Mike Dains. Interment was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. The family suggests contributions to the American Cancer Society and may be left at the funeral home or mailed directly to: American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.


Dennis W. Garrett
Dennis W. “Bud” Garrett, 50, of Kingsville, died February 8, 2019.

Dennis is survived by his mother, Patsy; brothers John Garrett (and Mary Lou), and Jamie Garrett (and Heather Mathis); sisters, Linda Cupp (and Tommy Poindexter), Donna Parton (and Randy), Kim Phillips (and John Clark), Melissa Garrett, and RaeLynn Cottrell (and Jason Mathis); other relatives and friends.

A memorial service was held Sunday, February 17, at the funeral home.

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

Arrangements: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home (816) 540-5550  www.stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com


James A. Garrett
James A. Garrett, 78, of Kingsville, died, February 8, 2019.

Jim is survived by his wife Patsy; sons John Garrett (and Mary Lou), and Jamie Garrett (and Heather Mathis); daughters Linda Cupp (and Tommy Poindexter), Donna Parton (and Randy), Kim Phillips (and John Clark), Melissa Garrett, and RaeLynn Cottrell (and Jason Mathis); 19 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

A memorial service for was held Sunday, February 17, at the funeral home.

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

Arrangements: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, (816) 540-5550 www.stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com


Edward E. “Bud” Alexander, Sr.
Edward “Bud” Alexander departed this life on February 13, 2019 at the age of 99. Ed was born on June 1, 1919 to William Hobart Alexander and Florence Marie (Czeschin) Alexander on the Jerry Hon farm northeast of Pleasant Hill in an area that is now Route VV. He graduated from Pleasant Hill High School in 1937. Ed spent all but three years of his life in Pleasant Hill. He married Lois Aliene Berry on September 29, 1939 in Odessa, MO. They were married for over 57 years and had one son, Ellis Alexander.

Ed was active in the local farming community. He and Aliene farmed several acres northwest of town for 54 years. Ed was the first president of Central Co-Op and a board member for several years. He served on the Pleasant Hill school board for twelve years, six as secretary. Ed was active in the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church most of his life and was a Sunday school teacher for several years as well as serving on several different committees and boards. He was a certified lay speaker in the United Methodist Church for 26 years, and a member of the Gideons International for many years.

Ed was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Aliene; one brother, Clyde of Raytown, MO. and two sisters, Oleda Holder of Cole Camp, MO., and Verda Mueller of Raytown, MO.

He is survived by his son, Ellis Alexander and wife Jean of Pleasant Hill; two grandsons, Brian Alexander and Daryl Alexander and wife Dena, all of Pleasant Hill; two great grandchildren, Tyler Alexander and wife Emilee of Belton, MO., and Mikaella Woodall and husband Logan of Greenwood, MO, other relatives and many friends.

The family of Edward E. “Bud” Alexander will receive friends from 1:00 – 2:00 Saturday, February 16, 2019, at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill. Funeral Service will immediately follow at 2:00 p.m., at the funeral home, with Rev. David Owsley officiating. Casket Bearers will be Brian Alexander, Daryl Alexander, Tyler Alexander, Sonny Czeschin, Allen Osborn, Mikaella Woodall and Logan Woodall. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

The family suggests contributions to Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church Building Fund or the American Cancer Society and may be left at the funeral home.


Russell Joseph Brooks
Russell Brooks, 72, of Pleasant Hill, MO passed away February 13, 2019 at Research Hospital.  A memorial service will be held at 6:00 p.m. followed by a visitation to last until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 21, at the Speaks Suburban Chapel, 18020 E. 39th St., Independence, MO.  Contributions may be made to the MO Department of Conservation or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Russell was born May 8, 1946 in Swain County, NC to Joseph M. and Ethyl Parris Brooks.  In 1964, he graduated from Swain County High School.  After graduating high school, Russell moved from Bryson City, NC to Independence, MO, and worked for Lipton Tea for 34 years, before retiring in 2001.  In 2003, Russell decided retirement didn’t keep him busy enough so he began working for Service Master DSI of KC.  He was very active, and enjoyed bowling on the Lipton Men’s Bowling League and a mixed league, which he accomplished bowling a 300 game.  He also played men’s slow pitch softball, and enjoyed fishing.

Russell is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Debi Brooks; children, Tammy Martinez (Vince) of Orrick, MO, Michelle Forbes of Atchison, KS, Danielle Brooks of Blue Springs, MO, Amber Chisesi (Matt) of Lee’s Summit, MO and April Davis of Pleasant Hill, MO; brothers, Raymond Brooks (Julie) of Pleasant Hill, MO, Gerald Brooks (Donna) of Kansas City, MO, Kim Brooks (Mindy) of Shawnee, KS and Wayne Brooks (Lisa) of Holden, MO; and grandchildren, Makenzie Brooks, Mitchell Martinez, Tyler Chisesi, Tierney Brooks and Braylee Davis; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and lifelong friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents; and infant brother, Roger.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.speakschapel.com (Arrangements: Speaks Suburban Chapel 816-373-3600)


William F. Flood
William F. “Bill” Flood, Jr., 74, of Gardner, Kansas, died February 17, 2019.  Bill is survived locally by two daughters Kathy (and Don) Brundage of Pleasant Hill, and Kerry Schaub of Raymore. He is also survived by a daughter, Kelly (and the late Walt) Coady of Madison, Connecticut.

Visitation will be held 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, February 21, 2019, at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, February 22, 2019, at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

A complete obituary will be published online at www.stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com as that information becomes available.

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


Eric J. Bishop
Eric James Bishop, 28, of Lee’s Summit, was born, March 6, 1990, in Kansas City, the son of Donald Eric and Elizabeth Ann (Renfrow) Bishop.

He departed this life Saturday, February 2, 2019, in Kansas City.

Eric was a 2008 Lee’s Summit North High School graduate.

As a teenager Eric started in the concrete industry working for Beacon Contracting, LLC. He most recently worked for the Lime Green Masonry & Concrete Company.  He was a member of the New Beginnings Church of the Nazarene in Lee’s Summit.  He loved the game of baseball. From grades one through twelve Eric participated in recreational, competitive and high school baseball at Lee’s Summit North.  He was also an avid Royals and Chiefs fan. He enjoyed shooting, hunting and was a member of the National Rifle Association.  He also loved mountain biking, hiking, camping, traveling, dining out, and especially music. He had a kind, tender spirit and was always encouraging others.

Eric was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, James P. and Hazel M. (Francy) Renfrow.

He is survived by his parents Don and Elizabeth Bishop of Lee’s Summit; his sister, Becca Bishop of Kansas City; paternal grandparents, Kieth E. and Helen Joyce (Clark) Bishop of Kansas City; other relatives and many friends.

Cremation has been accorded.

Memorial services were held Friday, February 8, 2019, at the New Generation Christian Center.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Welcome House or the Kansas City Rescue Mission 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 S. VanSickle
Marie Sarah (Seward) VanSickle, 88, of Pleasant Hill, Missouri went to be with the Lord on February 8, 2019.

She was born April 7, 1930 in Jordan, Montana as the oldest of six children born to Carl Noah Seward and Mary Sarah (Vogt) Seward.  Shortly after Marie was born they moved to Missouri to be close to family and settled in the Camden-Richmond area.

Marie graduated from Camden High School where she was involved in every activity and spent four years playing basketball.  After graduation she worked as a waitress at the Elms Hotel in Excelsior Springs.  Later she moved to Kansas City where she met her future husband, Bill, who had returned from serving in the Navy during WWII.  They were married Christmas Day 1949 in Lexington, Missouri during a blizzard.

Jobs were abundant in California so the family moved to Los Angeles and spent the next 14 years raising their three children.  They returned to Missouri to be close to family and purchased 40 acres in Pleasant Hill in 1968.  Her love for children prompted her to start Pleasant Acres Preschool in her home.  For many years she provided a preschool education for the children in the area.  Her reputation as a loving and kind teacher was well known and respected in the community.

Marie was an active and faithful member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Lee’s Summit.  She loved her church and served in many capacities, often helping with funeral dinners and regularly assisting on the Altar Guild with flower arrangements.  The cards she would send always included a Bible verse, usually Numbers 6:24-26, “The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.”

She was a great cook and skillful seamstress though in later years she was not able to enjoy these hobbies as she once did.  She loved spending time with friends playing in several bridge clubs or going out to eat.  She loved people and never met a stranger.

She was very active in the Pleasant Hill community.  She was a member of the V.F.W. Post #3118 Auxiliary, the Preceptor Epsilon Phi Sorority, and the Business and Professional Women’s Association.

Marie looked forward to family reunions in the summer and at holidays.  Since her husband’s death in 2015, her children and grandchildren would celebrate her birthday with a family workday where cleanup at her house would take place inside and out accompanied by much laughter.  Mostly she just enjoyed having all her family around.

Marie was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Marles Ann, her daughter, Rhonda, in 2014 and her husband, Bill, in 2015.  She is survived by a daughter, Debbie Deatrick (and Scott) of Rogersville Missouri, a son, Dan VanSickle (and Becky) of Greenwood, Missouri; grandchildren, Staci Kelley (and Scott) of Seattle, Abbie Durr (and Caleb) of Joplin, Jessica Novotoney (and Nick) of Lone Jack, Danae Grace (and Evan) of Oklahoma City, Dana Yingling (and Jason) of St. Charles, Alex Burau (and Emily) of Lee’s Summit, Austin and Blake Burau of Lee’s Summit; 8 great-grandchildren plus another to be born in May; one brother, Billy Seward (and Bonnie) of Richmond; 3 sisters, Jeanne Adams of Richmond, Arlene Williams of Camden, and Marian Berning (and Jerry) of Richmond; and a multitude of nieces and nephews, neighbors and friends.
She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Visitation will be held 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 12, 2019, at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 700 NE Chipman Rd, Lee’s Summit, Missouri 64063.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 13, 2019, at the church.  Reverend’s Craig Otto and Steve Andrews, Jr., will officiate.  Music will be rendered by Cheryl Enke, Phronsie Fiest, and Marsha Redmond.  Interment will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.   Casket bearers are Alex Burau, Austin Burau, Blake Burau, Caleb Durr, Evan Grace, Nick Novotney, Roger Wendel, Jason Yingling and Scott Kelley (honorary).

Memorial contributions are suggested to the St. Matthew Lutheran Church 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


Norman Lee Good
Norman Lee Good, 66 of Pleasant Hill, MO passed away, unexpectedly, January 20, 2019.

Norman was preceded in death by his parents, Lee and Lilly Good-Love, and one daughter, Brandi L. Good on December 19, 1995.

He is survived by one son, Terry Essary and wife Joy of Erlanger, Kentucky; two daughters, Penny I. Essary and husband Bif Bunch, and Angie Good and husband Robert Fields all of Pleasant Hill, Missouri; two brothers, David A Good and wife Donna L. of Chillicothe, Missouri, and Chris E. Good and wife Becky of Malta Bend, Missouri; one sister, Susie R. Clayton and husband Robert of Douglasville, Georgia; grandchildren, Tiffany L. Essary of Charleston, South Carolina, Emily M. Essary of Japan, Parker L. Lawson, Alex J. Good, James Fields, Joyce Ketchum and husband Joel all of Pleasant Hill, Missouri and Joe Gomez and wife Bailey of Charleston, South Carolina; great-grandchildren, Alaya L. and Ethan Myers, other relatives and many, many friends.

Funeral Services for Norman Lee Good were held on Monday, January 28, 2019 at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill. Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

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


Charles L. Smith
Charles Leroy “Charlie” Smith, 80, of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, was born, December 15, 1938, in El Dorado Springs, Missouri, the son of Arthur L. and Geraldine G. (Grubbs) Smith.  He departed this life, Sunday, January 20, 2019, at the Kansas City V.A. Medical Center.

Charlie was a 1956 Rich Hill High School graduate. Post-graduation, Charlie enlisted in the US Army where he entered service under the Army’s Technical Schooling Program for high school graduates and under this program attended airplane mechanics school in which he became a helicopter crew chief.

On April 15, 1962, he was united in marriage with Sharlene E. Bartley in Rich Hill, Missouri.

Charlie was first employed by Hallmark Cards (throughout his tenure he touched almost every aspect of the greeting card).  He then went to work for Snap-On Tools where he used that opportunity to build up his tool collection. After acquiring his collection he opened Raytown Repair Auto Shop.  He and Sharlene owned and operated it for over 30 years until his retirement in September 2006. He enjoyed participating as a driver in Solo II and Club Auto racing and traveled the country enjoying his love of cars.  He was a member of the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) and would have received his 45-year membership pin this year.  He was also a member of the Pleasant Hill First Christian Church.

Charlie was preceded in death by his parents and one niece and two nephews.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Sharlene Smith of Pleasant Hill; his son and daughter-in-law, Matthew and Irene Smith of Paul’s Valley, Oklahoma; two grandchildren, Hayden G. Smith of Marshall, Texas, and Hunter M. Smith of Nacogdoches, Texas; two step-brothers, Wayne and Debra Smith of Round Rock, Texas, and Allan Smith of Rich Hill; his mother-in-law Allene Duzan of Nevada, Missouri; his niece Courtney Toussaint of Minneapolis Minnesota; other relatives and host of many friends.

Cremation has been accorded.

A celebration of Charlie’s life was held Friday, January 25, 2019, at the funeral home.  Reverend D. Kent Deubner officiated.  Inurnment was in the Balltown Cemetery, Horton, Missouri.

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

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.stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com

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


Mary A. Baker
Mary Arabell Baker, 96, of Pleasant Hill, was born on, July 18, 1922, on the family farm, in the Wingate Community near, Pleasant Hill.  She was the daughter of Amber and Nellie C. (Bell) Steele.  She departed this life, Tuesday, January 22, 2019, at the Pleasant Hill Health and Rehabilitation Center.

On February 14, 1953, she was united in marriage to Cleatus R. Baker.  They lived in Kansas City for 7 years before moving back to the family farm in 1960. He preceded her in death on October 6, 1986.

Mary was first employed by the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant. Following WWII She entered Templeton Beauty College in Kansas City. After graduating she worked for Kline’s Beauty Salon for 7 ½ years, Hal’s Beauty Salon on the Plaza for 27 years, and then 25 years with Stabiles Beauty Salon in Overland Park where she retired at the age of 78.

She enjoyed flower gardening and her extensive collection of frogs.  Mary loved life and people but most enjoyed the neighborhood children who called her Cookie Mary as she always had a cookie for them.

Mary was also preceded in death by her parents and her brother James Steele.

She is survived by her good friends and caregivers Sylvia and Bill Babylon; several nieces and nephews; and all of her Wingate Community neighbors.

Funeral services were held Thursday, January 24, 2019, at the funeral home.  Reverend Mark Conway officiated.  Interment was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.  Casket bearers were Jeff Gilbert, Trenton Gilbert, David Parris, Travis Ross, Rody Taylor, and Nathan VanMeter.   Honorary Casket bearers were Ronald Parris, Russell Parris, Trevor Ross, Max Schmoll, Jaxon VanMeter, and Lucas VanMeter.
Visitation was held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Pleasant Hill Historical Society 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


Dorothy Lee (Rosenbalm) Vaughn
Dorothy Lee Rosenbalm Vaughn, age 93, of Pleasant Hill completed her earthly journey on Monday, January 14, 2019 returning
to her Lord from her home, surrounded by family.

Dorothy was born June 25, 1925 in Pleasant Hill to Myrtle Lucille Foote Rosenbalm and Robert Harvey Rosenbalm. As a youth Dorothy excelled in both track and basketball. She twice represented Pleasant Hill in the All Cass County Track Day winning the blue ribbon one year and the second place red ribbon the next year. She was a 3 year letter winner and captain of her high school basketball team, graduating in 1943. Dorothy continued playing basketball for the Pleasant Hill town team “The Jolly Green Giants” until she was 48 years old.

On August 14, 1943 she was united in marriage to Harold Edwin Vaughn, also of Pleasant Hill. They spent their entire married life in the Pleasant Hill community.

Harold and Dorothy raised four children: David Edwin Vaughn of the home, Sharon Lee Clark (Bill) of Versailles, Mo, Harold Dean Vaughn (Chris) of Marshalltown, Iowa and Robert Layne Vaughn (Teri) also of Pleasant Hill.

In 1960 Dorothy went to work outside the home. She worked at O’Hotta’s Ben Franklin store “for Christmas money”, became a friendly face at Charlie’s Dairy Cup during its heyday of the 1960s and was elected for two terms as property tax collector for the City of Pleasant Hill. She retired
in 1988 after working 12 years for the Pleasant Hill School District.

Dorothy was member of the American Business Women Association, BPW, the Pleasant Hill Lioness Club, First Baptist Church and past treasurer of the Pleasant Hill Historical Society. She was a volunteer at the Pleasant Hill Health Care Center and served as chairperson of the VFW Poppy Sales effort for many years. Dorothy was a charter member of VFW Auxiliary 3118 and in 1972 was instrumental in the founding of the CASCO Area Workshop for the Handicapped. Dorothy served on its board of directors for 45 years.

Dorothy is known to all as a devoted wife, loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was a dedicated care-giver and a wonderful cook. She was a marvelous example of living life the right way for all who knew her. She always gave freely of her time, talents and heart making the best out of what this world gave her, always believing God would show her the way.

She spent a lifetime of giving and forgiving.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Harold in 1987, her younger sister Lilyun (Mrs. Charles “Bud” Gray) and her life-long friend, Minnie Mae Crawford McGee.

Dorothy is survived by her four children, seven grandchildren Ryan Vaughn (companion Kendra Rathje), Angie Shibe (Tim), Katie Deike (Ben),
Aron Vaughn (companion Kathleen McCann), Robbie Vaughn (fiancé Kelly Wilson), Christina Benware (Patrick) and Leeanna Meador (Donald Wayne). She was blessed with 10 great-grandchildren Shalynn Meador, Grayson Benware, Brooks Benware , Brynn Deike, Luke Deike, John Deike, Kamryn Deike, Ava Shibe, Dean Shibe and Jake Shibe.

Visitation will be held Friday evening, 5-7 pm, January 25, 2019 at Wallace Funeral Home. A V.F.W. Auxiliary Memorial Service will follow at 7:00 p.m., conducted by V.F.W. Auxiliary Post #3118.

Memorial services will be at Wallace Funeral Home on Saturday January 26th at 11:00am. Burial will follow at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

The family is deeply grateful for the outpouring of love, prayers and support in many heart-felt forms from too many people to name individually in this space, but including Village Hospice, Ann Cotter, Ruthie Redford, Donna Callaghan and Kim “Twyla” Murphy. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the CASCO Area Workshop in Dorothy’s memory.
Well done, Dorothy Lee Vaughn, My good and faithful servant. A good daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and always a friend.
Rest in peace.


Rickie Lee Bales
Rickie Lee Bales was born October 16, 1954 in Independence, Missouri and departed this life on January 14, 2019 at his home in Harrisonville, Missouri at the age of 64 years, 2 months and 29 days.

He was the son of Donald Lee and Dorothea A. (Mayabb) Bales.

Cremation has been accorded. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill, Missouri.

Inurnment will be at a later date.

He is survived by two sons, Tyrel Bales and Talon Bales both of Odessa, Missouri; one daughter, Trisha Smith of Holden, Missouri; his mother, Dorothea (Mayabb) Stephens and husband Louis of Harrisonville, Missouri; one brother, Terry Don Bales and wife Judy of Springfield, Missouri; and four grandchildren.

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


Charles L. Smith
Charles L. Smith, 80, of Pleasant Hill, departed this life, Sunday, January 20, 2019.

Arrangements are pending.

Service times and a complete obituary will be published online at www.stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com as that information becomes available. Arrangements: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong St., Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550


John D. Sears

John D. Sears, 65, of Harrisonville, formerly of Kingsville, Missouri passed way Thursday, January 3, 2019 at Cass County Medical Center in Harrisonville.

John was born July 28, 1953 at Ft. Riley, Kansas; son of James H. and Donna Jean (Pfeiffer) Sears. He lived at Green City, Missouri prior to moving to Renick where he started school.  Next, he lived with his family at Cairo, Missouri. John lived in Kingsville, since 1967, having graduated from Kingsville High School.  He had lived in Harrisonville for the past several years.  John was employed with Casco Area Workshop at the time of his passing.

Survivors include his parents: James and Donna Sears of Kingsville, MO; two sisters: Jamey (Mickey) Fleeman of Pleasant Hill, MO and Debbie Fleeman of Kingsville, MO; brother: Jeff (Bernadette) Sears of Louisburg, KS; and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his
maternal grandparents: Mr. & Mrs. G. G. Pfeiffer; paternal grandparents: Emmett and Dollie Sears; and his brother-in-law: Danny Fleeman.

Funeral Services were held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, January 7th at Williams Funeral Chapel in Holden with Pastor John McRoy of Kingsville Baptist Church officiating. Interment followed at the Kingsville Cemetery. Pallbearers were  Jeff Sears, Mickey Fleeman, Jason Brown, Larry Weir, Beau Fleeman, Joey Fleeman and Vinnie Sears. Honorary Pallbearers was Larry & Sharon Weir and Dino & Debbie Phelps.

The family received friends from 1:00 p.m. until service time, Monday at the funeral home.

Contributions are suggested to Casco Area Workshop in care of Williams Funeral Chapel – Holden.

Online condolences may be left at www.williamsfuneralchapel.net


June R. Francy
June R. Francy, 88, of Centerview, Missouri passed away Monday, January 7, 2019 at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

June was born May 22, 1930 on the family farm near Strasburg, Missouri; daughter of William Elmer Rosanbalm and Lucy Kate (Breeding) Rosanbalm.  She graduated from Pleasant Hill High School, Class of 48.  She was united in marriage to Clifford Merle Francy on October 21, 1955 at Pleasant Hill.  During this time, they made their home in Pleasant Hill and June worked at Continental Grain in Kansas City.  Next, the couple lived in Lawrence, Kansas for six months where she was a stay-at-home mom.  Later, she held a 4-H Youth Extension position for Jackson County. More recently, June went into the real estate business, starting with Villa Realty in Independence.  On March 18, 1972, the family moved
to Centerview, where she worked for Key Realty.  She eventually was employed at Bartlett Grain Company in Kansas City until retiring.  June was an expert seamstress, at one point, operating a small sewing business out of the couple’s garage. She also started Francy’s Fancies, doing custom sewing. June created a beautiful braided egg bread recipe, which she equaled to a bakery that they purchased bread from in Lawrence, Kansas. That bread sold at many fundraisers for $50 a loaf! She was so proud of the fact it could help countless activities or fundraisers.  June was very active with the Hugs Program, which shipped care packages to soldiers in Iraq. June and Clifford were chair members of the first Johnson County Fair, and she was a member of the Centerview Senior citizens.  She was baptized in the First Baptist church in Centerview.

Survivors include her husband, Clifford; four children: Llewellyn (Randy) VanWey, Centerview; Sheldon Francy, Sedalia, MO; Kelvin (Cheryl) Francy, Centerview, MO and Luciann  (Dale) Smith, Warrensburg, MO; 10 Grandchildren: Jeremy (Rebecca) VanWey, Warrensburg, MO; Jennifer (Jay) Nellesen, Warrensburg, MO; Darryl (Rowena) Francy, Hawley, TX; Clifford Austin Francy, Early, TX; Candice (Trey) Wyatt, Stratford, TX; Nathan (Hanna) Francy, Blue Springs, MO; Kaitlyn (Dalton) Hutcherson, Centerview, MO; Lauren (Josh) Vesecky, Warrensburg, MO; Clint (Kelsey) Smith, Centerview, MO and Kara Smith, Warrensburg, MO; and 19 great grandchildren: Brady VanWey, Gracyn VanWey, Bryce VanWey, LauraBeth VanWey, Jarrett Terry, Jaron Terry, Joewellyn Terry, Frankie Nellesen, Dakota Francy, Devyn Francy, Guy Francy,  Jackson Wyatt and Matti Wyatt, Gabriel Francy, Lily Francy,  Serena Smith, Easton Smith, Rhett Vesecky and Blakely Hutcherson. She was
preceded in death by two sisters and their husbands: Ruby (Winifred) Lyon and Evelyn (Adair) Maloney; and great granddaughter: Madison Faith VanWey.

Funeral Services were held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 12th at Williams Funeral Chapel in Warrensburg with John Phillips, Chaplain at Preferred Hospice officiating. Interment followed at the Centerview Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Grandchildren: Jeremy VanWey (Rebecca), Darryl Francy, Clifford Francy, Nathan Francy (Hanna), Clint Smith (Kelsey), Jay Nellesen (Jennifer), Trey Wyatt (Candice), Josh Vesecky (Lauren), Dalton Hutcherson (Kaitlyn) and Kara Smith.

The family received friends from 9:30 a.m. until service time, Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorial: Contributions are suggested to Preferred Hospice in care of the funeral home.

Online condolences may be left at www.williamsfuneralchapel.net


Ada Lee King
Ada Lee King, 85, lifelong resident of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, was born, September 15, 1933, in Pleasant Hill, the daughter of George and Annie (Fincher) Stafford. She departed this life, Monday, January 7, 2019, at her home surrounded with love and family.

Ada Lee was a 1951 Pleasant Hill High School graduate later earning an Associate Degree from the Central Missouri State University.
On August 2, 1954, she was united in marriage to Alfred Lewis King, Sr. in Pleasant Hill.  He preceded her in death 9 months earlier on April 23, 2018.

Ada Lee was a co-owner, along with her husband, of Stafford Hardware in Pleasant Hill for several years. She was employed as the Cass County Auditor from 1981 to 1989, first appointed to fill the remaining term by then Governor “Walking” Joe Teasdale. She was the Cass County Circuit Clerk from 1995 until 2001.  She was a member and former head of the Cass County Women’s Democratic Association, the Lioness and Lions Club, the V.F.W. Post #3118 Women’s Auxiliary, and the Business and Professional Women’s Association of Cass County.  She enjoyed swimming, being outdoors, walks, oil painting, playing piano, and singing with different vocal groups.

Ada Lee was also preceded in death by her parents; one grandson, Craig Poole; one brother Corporal Jack Stafford, and one sister, Marie Coates.
She is survived by one son Al King, Jr. of Pleasant Hill; one daughter, Anne Poole of Harrisonville; seven grandchildren, Colin King, Riley King, T.J. Poole, Courtney Poole, Kyle Poole, Nathan Poole, and Jonathan Poole; 10 great grandchildren; one sister, Virginia Thurman of Holden,  Missouri; other relatives and friends.

Cremation has been accorded.

Visitation will be held 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 16, 2018, at the funeral home.

A Celebration of Ada Lee’s Life will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, January 17, 2018, at the funeral home. Reverend Wyatt Shanks will officiate.

Interment will follow in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the V.F.W. Post #3118 Veteran’s 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


Larry R. Seelinger
Larry Ross Seelinger, 83, of Raymore, formerly of Pleasant Hill, was born, November 23, 1935, in Butler, the son of Lyle R. and Mildred C. (Verguson) Seelinger.  He departed this life, Saturday, January 12, 2019, at his home surrounded with love and family.

Larry became a Christian at the age of 16 and was a 1954 Butler High School graduate. He went on to study Theology at William Jewell College.

On May 9, 1954, he was united in marriage to Elzora Arlene Myers in Butler.Larry was employed as Master Electrician, carpenter and mason. He had also worked for J.C. Penney, Sprouce Reitz, and Vendo.  He was very heavily involved with the Boy Scouts of America for over 15 years, including scout master, and held many other various district positions. He was a tribal council member of the Tribe of Mic-O-Say, an honorary camping association of the B.SA. He took many boys to the high adventure camp in Philmont. He was Deacon Emeritus of the Big Creek Baptist Church, Pleasant Hill.  He had also traveled across country with the New Faith Baptist Builders as their Master Electrician, helping in the building of numerous church-es over the past 14 years.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents; two brother’s Charles Seelinger and Lyle Seelinger; and one sister, Myrna Smith.

He is survived by his wife Elzora of the home; two sons, Shelby (and Susan) Seelinger of Warrensburg, and Alan (and Ada) Seelinger of Raymore; one daughter, Glenda (and Guy) Lenox of Raymore; four grandchildren, Shelby (and Bonnie) Seelinger, II of Warrensburg, Kathryn Lenox of Nixa, Shauna (and Dylan) Crews of North Kansas City, and Karalyn (and Brandon) Gibbs of Lee’s Summit; six great grandchildren; one brother, Gerald (and Becky) Seelinger of Sedalia; one sister, Roma (and LaVerne) Welch of Adrian; several nieces and nephews; other relatives
and friends.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at the funeral home.  Reverend Preston Sanders officiated.  Graveside services were held Tuesday afternoon in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler.  Casket bearers were Jim Alexander, Greg Anderson, Larry Colvin, Bob Glentzer Mark Gray, David Marshall, Dennis Ross, and Lloyd Ross.  Honorary casket bearers were Glen Adams, Barney Barnhart, Bob Benware, Gary Farnsworth, Fred Lewis, Paul Miller, Arlen Mitchell, Gib Sudduth, and Kenny Swofford.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Deacons Fund, Big Creek Baptist 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 St., Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550


Nancy Grace (Hand) Michael
Nancy Michael was born September 21, 1943 in Pleasant Hill, Missouri and departed this life on January 10, 2019 at her home in Pleasant Hill, surrounded by the love of her family, at the age of 75 years, 3 months and 20 days.

She was the daughter of Kenneth Louis and Tommie Juanita (Wass) Hand.

Nancy spent most of her life in Pleasant Hill and attended Pleasant Hill Schools.

On March 20, 1970, Nancy was united in marriage with Richard Tilman “Dick” Michael in Miami, Oklahoma and they made their home in Pleasant Hill.

In her early years, Nancy worked as manager/waitress at the Greenhorn Restaurant in Pleasant Hill. After her marriage, she became the office manager for Michael’s Basement Company, the family owned business. She served in this capacity until her retirement in 2008.

In her spare time, Nancy loved to knit, crochet, make ceramics, and most of all, quilt. She was a member of the International Machine Quilters Association, Inc. Nancy was also a very active member of the Red Hot Mamas Chapter of the Red Hat Society of Pleasant Hill.

Nancy was preceded in death by her husband, Richard T. “Dick” Michael on June 25, 2012; her father, Kenneth Louis Hand on March 11, 1986; her mother, Tommie Juanita Hand on September 23, 2003, and two infant siblings.

She is survived by three sons, Scott Lees and wife Angie, Rusty Lees and wife Frankie, Brent Michael and wife Jan; one step-daughter, Karen Wilmoth and husband Ben; one step-son, John Michael and wife Julie, all of Pleasant Hill; two sisters, Joyce Mayabb and husband Jim of Pleasant Hill and Carol Neilson of Harrison, Arkansas; 13 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren, other relatives and many, many friends.

Funeral Services for Nancy G. (Hand) Michael were held on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at the Wallace Funeral Home. Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Contributions are suggested to Pleasant Hill Meals On Wheels.

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


William A. Fleener
William “Bill” Fleener, 73, of Pleasant Hill, Missouri passed away December 4, 2018, surrounded by the love of his family, at Pleasant Hill Health and Rehabilitation Center.

He is survived by his wife, Kathryn “Kathy” (Hooper) Fleener of the home; two sons, William “Bill” Fleener, and James Swofford both of Kansas City, Missouri; four daughters, Melinda Stodgell of Kansas City, Missouri, Crystal Fleener of Harrisonville, Missouri, Rhonda Jackson and husband David, and Angela Lees and husband Scott, all of Pleasant Hill, Missouri; two sisters, Linda Lee Fleener of Centerview, Missouri, and Sharon Kay Fleener of Arkansas; 18 grandchildren,  and 12 great grandchildren.

Cremation was accorded. A Memorial Service for William A. “Bill” Fleener will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, January 12, 2019 at the Wallace

Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill, MO, with Pastor Shawn Gray officiating.

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


 

Linda K. Whittle
Linda K. Whittle, 72, of Russellville, MO, passed away December 30, 2018. She was born January 29, 1946, in Pleasant Hill, MO, to Royal Jack and Kathryn (Hand) Blake. Linda attended Pleasant Hill High School. Linda was united in marriage to October 1, 1965 to Ronald Ray Whittle.

Survivors include: one son, Lyndel Whittle of Dixon, MO; one daughter, Ronda (James) Higginbotham, Russellville, MO; one brother, Larry (Barbara) Blake, Joplin, MO; eight grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, and six great great grandchildren. Linda was preceded in death by her husband, parents, brothers, Glen Blake and Harold (Bob) Pennington, and sister, Helen Pearce.

Visitation was held at 11:00 AM Friday January 4, 2019 at Weber Funeral Home, Russellville, MO. The funeral service follows at 12:00 PM. Burial will be in the Enloe Cemetery in Russellville, MO.

Memorials are suggested to Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8517.

Arrangements are under the direction of Weber Funeral Home, Russellville, MO. WeberFuneralHome.net


Howard Allen Raffurty
Howard Allen Raffurty of Pleasant Hill was born November 22, 1945 in Pleasant Hill the son of James Robert and Dorothy Mae (Moore) Raffurty. He departed this life on Thursday, December 27, 2018 at Lee’s Summit Medical Center, Lee’s Summit at the age of 73 years, 1 month and 5 days.

On, May 21, 1971 Howard was united in marriage to Valerie Louise Ferguson in Harrisonville, Missouri.

Howard owned and operated Howard Raffurty Construction Co. doing remodeling work for the past 37 years. He started being a carpenter at the age of 17 building houses with his Uncle Bob Moore. He later worked at KCI Airport during freezing weather and Bannister Mall doing work on the fountains. Later, he owned Raffurty Mowing and mowed boulevards of the City of Kansas City before going back to remodeling work. He was a charter member of Cass County Elks Lodge #2791 and was instrumental in overseeing the remodeling on the current building. A 30+ year member and served on the board for the East Lynne – Gunn City Fire Department. Howard enjoyed going to Canada to hunt bear and elk in Colorado, supporting the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, guns, reloading, hunting and was a lifelong member of the NRA. He believed in conservation, planting trees, shrubs and food plots for the deer. He was a lifelong area resident.

Besides his parents, Howard was preceded in death by his two brothers, John and Bill, and an infant sister, Ruth Ann.

Howard is survived by his wife, Valerie Raffurty of the home; a son, Clinton Allen Raffurty (Amanda), Overland Park, Kansas; his daughter, Andrea Leigh Engel (Tyler), Mission, Kansas; four grandchildren, Autumn, Ari, Carly and Kipton; two sisters, Jean Hudson, Phoenix, Arizona, Mary Roberts (Terry), Pleasant Hill, Missouri; other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral services were held Friday, January 4, 2019 at the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, Missouri with burial in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Pleasant Hill, Missouri.

The family suggest that in lieu of flowers that memorial contributions may be made to the East Lynne – Gunn City Fire Department.


 

C. Harvey Sprinkles
Charles Harvey Sprinkles, 88, of Pleasant Hill was born, July 11, 1930, in Washburn, Missouri, the son of Jake and Lucy Fay (Gallyon) Sprinkles.  He departed this life, Thursday, January 3, 2019, at his home.

On January 4, 1949, he was united in marriage to Mildred Geraldine Beck in Cassville, Missouri. She preceded him in death in 2004.

Harvey and Mildred moved to Kansas City in 1953 where he was employed as a Foreman in the Kansas City Stockyards for over 36 years.  They moved to Pleasant Hill in 1964.  He was a member of the Big Creek Baptist Church, Pleasant Hill.  He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Harvey was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Mildred; one son Harvey D. Sprinkles, Sr.; one grandson, Harvey D. Sprinkles, Jr.; and one brother, Billy John Sprinkles.

He is survived by two sons, John (and Debbie) Sprinkles of Kingsville, Missouri, and Robert “Bob” Sprinkles of Pleasant Hill; four grandchildren, Johnny D. Sprinkles of Pocatello, Idaho, Michael (and Dawnye) Sprinkles of Gardner, Kansas, Michelle Jones of Holden, Missouri, Lacy (and Kevin) Wisdom of Buffalo, Missouri; seven great-grandchildren, David, Dalton, Charlene, Dakota, Faith, Zak, and Austin; one brother, Clarence (and Betty) Sprinkles of Aurora, Missouri; one foster daughter, Brenda K. Robinson of New Bern, North Carolina; other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Thursday, January 10, 2018, at the funeral home.  Interment will be in the Strasburg Cemetery.  Casket bearers are Ronnie Burri, Dave Miller, Al Montgomery, Dakota Neill, Austin Sprinkles, and Zak Sprinkles.

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

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Strasburg 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.


James Wesley “Jim” Browning
James Wesley “Jim” Browning, 68, lifelong resident of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, passed away December 22, 2018 at St. Luke’s East Hospital, Lee’s Summit, Missouri.

He was the son of Dean Warren and Freda Lee (Farmer) Browning, both preceded him in death.

Services for James Wesley “Jim” Browning were held Friday, December 28, 2018, under the direction of the Wallace Funeral Home. Contributions are suggested to the Pleasant Hill Cemetery Association.

He is survived by one sister, Judy (Browning) Long, and one niece, Lana Long and husband, Brett Coldiron, all of Cincinnati, Ohio; one great niece, Catherine and one great nephew, Conrad; one uncle, Willis Browning of Lee’s Summit, Missouri; one cousin,

Chuck Browning of Cass County, Missouri, other relatives and many friends.

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


Dorothy L. Rosanbalm
Dorothy Louise Rosanbalm, 94, of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, was born, September 29, 1924, in Logan, Iowa, the daughter of Joshua Walter and Vernie Elizabeth (Killpack) Carlile. She departed this life peacefully, Friday, December 21, 2018, at the Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas.

Dorothy was a 1942 Blue Springs High School graduate. Dorothy worked for the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant during WWII.
On April 21, 1946, she was united in marriage to John L. Rosanbalm in Pleasant Hill.  They were happily married for 62 years and lived on a farm outside of Pleasant Hill for almost all their married life. He preceded her in death on September 2, 2008.

Dorothy was a homemaker.  She had also been employed as a Tax Examiner for the Internal Revenue Service in the early 1980’s.  She was an active member of the Pleasant Hill Community of Christ Church where she had served as an Elder since 1991, the Church Women’s Leader and with the Skylarks and Orioles. She was also very active in her children’s lives. She had also served as President of the PTA inboth Pleasant Hill and Cass County, the Ore Club, the Senior Citizens Club, Meals on Wheels, and was an active member of the Pleasant Hill Lions Club. She was an active member of the Excelsior Homemakers Club for 25 years.  She enjoyed gardening and canning.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents;one brother Virgil Carlile Sr.; and three sisters, Violet Stowell, Mildred Talcott, and Jean Hoover; one granddaughter, Melissa Allen.

She is survived by 6 children Janice Louise (and Keith) Tuttle of Pleasant Hill, Lawrence Eugene (and Pamela) Rosanbalm of Pleasant Hill, Elizabeth Maureen Rosanbalm of Pleasant Hill, Jo Anne Ilene (and Steven) Stroot of New Baden, Illinois, Nancy Wanjean (and Mark) Allen of Pleasant Hill, and Carl Lyle (and Jill) Rosanbalm of Pleasant Hill; 11 grandchildren Glenda Repp, Mark (and Danna) Palmer, Lisa (and Michael) Layton, Shane (and Katie) Rosanbalm, Corey (and Sarut) Rosanbalm, Matthew Rosanbalm, Jesse Stroot, Stephanie (and Joshua) Weight, Jeffrey (and Kelly) Stroot, Michelle (and Dan)Ream, and John (and Jodi) Rosanbalm; 19 great-grandchildren Tyler Repp, Savanna(and Nico) Pike, Daniel Palmer, Layla Palmer, Makenzie Layton, Gracie Layton, Emily Layton, Miley Layton, Michael Layton, Brinley Layton, Landon Rosanbalm, Norah Rosanbalm, Madison Dial, Kashton Rosanbalm, Kalliyan Rosanbalm, Kendrys Rosanbalm, Owen Rosanbalm, Jeni Rosanbalm, Parker Rosanbalm, Michael Weight, Adilene Weight, Violet Weight, and Stanley Stroot; Kingston Ream, Ariann Ream and one great-great grandchild; Kinsley Pike; two brothers, Don Carlile and Marion “Shorty” (and Yvonne) Carlile, both of Pleasant Hill; one sister, June Tygart of Kansas City; other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services will be held 10:00 A.M., Friday, December 28, 2018, at the Pleasant Hill Community of Christ church. High Priest Claude Rains officiate.  Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.  Casket bearers are Shane Rosanbalm, Corey Rosanbalm, Matthew Rosanbalm, John Rosanbalm, Mark Palmer, Jeffrey Stroot, and Jesse Stroot. Honorary Casket bearers are Marion “Shorty” Carlile and Don Carlile.

Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Thursday, December 27, 2018, at the funeral home where the Pleasant Hill Lions Club will hold a Rose Ceremony at 8:00 P.M.

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

Online condolences may be sent to the family and the video tribute may be viewed at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com


Donald W. Gray
Donald William Gray, 77, of Pleasant Hill, was born, June 20, 1941, in the Wingate community near Pleasant Hill, the son of Homer O. and Rose E. (Collings) Gray.  He departed this life, Monday, December 24, 2018, at the Research Medical Center, in Kansas City.

Don was a 1959 Pleasant Hill High School graduate.  He was a United States Army veteran.

On May 1, 1965, he was united in marriage to Linda Lucille Wingate in Metz, Missouri.
Don was employed as a Machinist for Western Electric retiring in 1991. He also owned and operated his farm near Wingate.  He had been active with the 4-H and the FFA.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, working on tractors as well as working out on his farm, and he was an avid reader.

Don was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife Linda of the home; three children, Melissa Sebree of Blue Springs, Missouri, Danny (and Tracy) Gray and Josh (and Erica) Gray, both of Pleasant Hill; one brother, Ralph Gray of Jackson, Tennessee; one sister Kathy (and Elgin) Brandes of Pleasant Hill; five grandchildren, Amanda (and Jay) English, Zach (and Mickaela Moore) Sebree, Matthew Gray, Chase Gray, and Hunter Gray; one great grandson, Owen English; other relatives and a host of many friends.

Visitation will be held 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, December 28, 2018, at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 29, 2018, at the funeral home.  Mr. Bill Cotton will officiate.

Graveside military services and interment will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery with full military honors by the United States Army and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3118 Honor Guard.  Casket bearers are Chris Cleveland, Anthony Frazier, Mike Long, Jeff Miller, Tyler Miller, Travis Ross, Jimmy Sebree, & Clint Springer. Honorary casket bearers are Gary Carter, Raymond Haile, and Glove Springer.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the 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 St., Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550

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