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

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

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

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

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