2020 Obituaries

Dianne L Deskins
Dianne L Deskins, age 73, of Norfolk, Nebraska passed away on Sunday March 22, 2020.

Dianne was born October 7, 1946 in Fremont, Nebraska to Harold and LaVonne (Ahrens) Smith. She is lovingly remembered by her three daughters, Tami Lang of Lincoln, Nebraska, Kimberly (Brandon) Coyner of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, and Adina (Michael) Stephens of Norfolk, Nebraska; two stepsons, Billy Jr. (Becca) Deskins of Princeton, Missouri and Lee Deskins of Cassville, Missouri; one brother, Doug (Joyce) Smith; one sister, Terri O’Kelly; 12 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Billy Deskins; parents, Harold and LaVonne; brother, Dennis Smith and granddaughter, Emma Payne.

Memorials suggested to Heritage of Bel-Air 1203 N. 13th Street Norfolk NE 68701.  Condolences to lincolnfh.com


Lavoy M. Hart
Lavoy Marie Hart, 88, of Pleasant Hill, was born, April 23, 1931, in Pleasant Hill, the daughter of Bennie Luther and Frona Ann (Hilbrant) Lewis.  She departed this life, Friday, March 27, 2020, at her home surrounded with love and family.

Lavoy was a 1949 Pleasant Hill High school graduate.

On December 17, 1949, she was united in marriage to Vernon Breen Hart in Pleasant Hill. They enjoyed over 70 years of marriage.
Lavoy worked at Sears and Roebuck and Western Electric.  In 1968, she became a full time homemaker.  She and Vernon also worked a small farm together on a farm south of Strasburg.  She was a member of the Strasburg Union Church.  They were also members of the Good Sam Club RV traveling Club. She enjoyed working out on their farm and traveling.  She loved playing pool and for the past twenty-five years she was a member of the South Texas pool league.

Lavoy was preceded in death by her parents; one grandson Nick Rogers; one brother, Russell Lewis; and two sisters, Margaret Spiwak and Ann Fowler.

She is survived by her daughters, Pam (and Larry) Rosanbalm, and Greg (and Belva) Rogers both of Pleasant Hill; five grandchildren, Trenton (and Lindi) Rogers of Lone Jack , Logan Rogers of Pleasant Hill, Shane and (Katie) Rosanbalm of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Corey (and Sarut) Rosanbalm of Lee’s Summit, and Matthew Rosanbalm of Pleasant Hill; 16 great grandchildren; one sister, Louise Curtis of Pleasant Hill; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.

Private family graveside services were held in the Strasburg Cemetery on Monday, March 30, 2020.  Reverend John Clark officiated.  Casket bearers were Corey Rosanbalm, Matt Rosanbalm, Logan Rogers, Trent Rogers, Ethan Rogers, Gage Rogers, Kashton Rosanbalm, and Owen Rosanbalm.  Honorary casket bearers were Shane Rosanbalm and Landon Rosanbalm.

A celebration of life gathering will be held at a later date.  The location and date will be published here when that information becomes available.

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


Arlene Marie
(Heimburger) Gebaur
Arlene Gebaur, 88, of Kansas City, Kansas passed away March 14, 2020 at Garden Terrace of Overland Park, Overland Park, Kansas
She was the only child of John C. and Eleanor (Hueben) Heimburger.

Arlene was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn Edward Gebaur; her parents, John and Eleanor Heimburger; her son, Glenn “Skeeter” Gebaur, Jr. and her daughter-in-law, Terrie Lynn Gebaur.
She is survived by two daughters, Linda (Gebaur) Ashley of Topeka, Kansas and Ann (Gebaur) Wissman and husband Bob of Kansas City, Kansas; “daughter of the heart”, Stacey Guiheen-Wilson; five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends.
Cremation has been accorded. A Memorial Service will be held at the First Baptist Church of Kansas City, Kansas, date and time to be announced later.
Arrangements: Wallace Funeral Home. A complete obituary may be viewed at www.wallace-funeralhomes.com

Matthew Lane
“Matt” Sehorn

Matthew Lane “Matt” Sehorn, 59, of Raymore, MO passed away March 14, 2020 at his home.
He is survived by his wife, Brenda S. (Harbit) Sehorn of the home; his mother, Jo Ann Moles and husband Keith of Pleasant Hill; one son, Justin James Sehorn and wife Mila of Kansas City, Missouri; one daughter, Megan Sue (Sehorn) Morgan of Raymore, Missouri; two brothers, Randy Sehorn and Steve Sehorn both of Pleasant Hill; one sister, Sharri (Sehorn) Grimes and husband Craig of Warsaw, Missouri; one step-sister, Stephanie Moles of Liberty, Missouri; one granddaughter, Gwynevere Lane Morgan, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many, many friends.
Cremation has been accorded. A Celebration of Life to honor Matthew Lane “Matt” Sehorn is pending and will be announced when information becomes available.
Arrangements: Wallace Funeral Home

Detective Sgt.
John Lawrence King, Retired

John Lawrence King was born June 26, 1962 in Kansas City, Kansas and departed this life on March 13, 2020 at his home in Pleasant Hill, surrounded by the love of his family, at the age of 57 years, 8 months and 16 days.
He was the son of Everett D. and Laura Carolyn (Berger) King.
John grew up and attended school in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, graduating from Lee’s Summit High School in 1980. John went on to attend the Kansas City Regional Police Academy at Penn Valley Community College, graduating from the Academy in 1983. After graduation from the police academy, John joined the Lee’s Summit Police Department were he proudly served for 35 ½ years.
During his 35 ½ years, John served in many capacities, he was commander of the Swat Team, a hostage negotiator and a member of the Drug Task Force. John worked his way up through the ranks and was extremely proud when he became a Detective Sgt. Due to health reasons, John answered his “Last Call” on March 15, 2019. His knowledge, dedication and compassion will be sorely missed.
On May 6, 1995, John was united in marriage with Deedria Aleia Faulkner in Branson, Missouri. They lived in Lee’s Summit, Missouri until 2000 when they moved their family to Pleasant Hill, Missouri to make their home.
John was a loving son, husband and father. He took great pride in his children and their accomplishments. John was a consummate conservationist and a devoted steward of the land. He passed along his dedication to conservation and love of the land, to his children, as well as other important lessons in life.
John had been a member of the National Tactical Officers Association.
John was preceded in death by his father Everett D. King on April 2, 2005.
He is survived by his wife DeeDee King of the home; his mother, Laura Carolyn (Berger) King of Pleasant Hill; one son, Jeremie Ruth and wife Jamie of Oak Grove, Missouri; three daughters, Jordyn Tomlin and husband Allen of Independence, Missouri, Caitlin Stewart and husband Travis of Pleasant Hill, and Kasey King of Lee’s Summit, Missouri; two granddaughters, Ruby and Mabel; his “Brother’s in Blue” and many, many loving friends.
Cremation has been accorded. A Memorial Service and Tribute to Detective Sgt. John Lawrence King is pending and will be announced later. The family suggests contributions to Answering the Call, P.O. Box 6763, Lee’s Summit, Missouri 64064. Please note in memo line “In Memory of Det. Sgt. John L. King”.
Arrangements: Wallace Funeral Home

Thomas Earl “Tom” Stirling

Tom Stirling, 66, of Pleasant Hill, MO passed away March 11, 2020 at his home in Pleasant Hill.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents, James and Cecil Stirling and one brother, Jim Stirling.
He is survived by his wife, Laura Stirling of the home; three sons, Chad Stirling of Claycomo, Missouri, Darrick Stirling and wife Dana of Grain Valley, Missouri, and Austin Maxwell of Rolla, Missouri; five daughters, Melany Lane and husband Brandon of Republic, Missouri, Laury McCulloch and husband Corey of Columbia, Missouri, Davean Sowards and husband Tim of Carthage, Missouri, Cassie Deering and husband Andy of Lincolnton, North Carolina and Desirae Stirling of Grandview, Missouri; his mother-in-law, Laura Flores of Pleasant Hill; one sister, Linda Cathcart and husband Bill of Excelsior Springs, Missouri; brother-in-law, Jose Serrano and wife Sheryl of Blue Springs, Missouri; 18 grandchildren, two nieces, other relatives and many friends.
Cremation has been accorded. A Memorial Service date will be announced.
Arrangements entrusted to Wallace Funeral Home. A complete obituary may be viewed at www.wallace-funeralhomes.com

Larry Edward Givens

Larry Edward Givens, 66, of Pleasant Hill, passed away March 11, 2020 at Lee’s Summit Medical Center, Lee’s Summit, MO.
He is survived by his wife, Charlene Kay (Gulley) Givens of the home; two daughters, Cailin Tolbert and husband Clifford of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, and Cristin Walton and husband Chapin of Grain Valley, Missouri; one brother, Ron Emmett Givens and wife Sara of Indiana; two sisters, Frances Collison of West Plains, Missouri, and Johnna DeVeaux of Union, Missouri; one grandson, Dylan Givens, many other relatives and friends.
Cremation has been accorded. A Memorial Service will be held at Open Door Full Gospel Church in Pleasant Hill, MO, date and time to be announced later.
Cremation arrangements entrusted to Wallace Funeral Home. A complete obituary may be viewed at www.wallace-funeralhomes.com

Gene L. Faulkenberry
Gene Lee Faulkenberry, 92, of Lone Jack, was born October 21, 1927, in Lone Jack, the son of Elmer Albert and Pearl Irene (Fann) Faulkenberry.  He departed this life, Saturday, February 29, 2020.

Gene graduated from the Lone Jack High School in 1945.  He spent four years (1951-1955) in the US Air Force as a photographer – 18 months of which was spent in the Philippines.  He graduated from Indiana Technical College in Fort Wayne, Indiana, with a Bachelors of Science in Electronic Engineering in 1959.

On May 28, 1949, he was united in marriage to Mary Etta Ramsey in Lone Jack. She preceded him in death on December 9, 2012.

Gene spent his working years as a technical writer working on military manuals.  He retired from the Sperry Microwave Corporation in Clearwater, Florida, in 1985 after 21 years with the firm.  After retirement, Gene and Mary returned to Lone Jack where they were active in the Lone Jack Civic Club, the Lone Jack Battlefield Museum, the Lone Jack Cemetery, and the Lone Jack Baptist Church.  Gene spent his remaining years on his family farm.

Gene was also preceded in death by his parents and twin sisters, Wilma Murial Mallicoat and Wanda Pearl Cassidy.

He is  survived by his three children, Teresa Ann Faulkenberry and husband, Jim Tempesta, of Havana, Florida, retired Air Force Major General Barbara Jean Faulkenberry of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Russell Irwin Faulkenberry of the home; three grandchildren, Jesse Jay Faulkenberry and his wife Dachelle Malese (Sutton) of Tarsney Lakes, Missouri, Alicia Lee Faulkenberry of the home, and Curtis Andrew Faulkenberry of the home; four great grandchildren, Tristan Jay Faulkenberry, Isobella Paige Faulkenberry, Jacob Russell Faulkenberry, and Sadie Elizabeth Anne Davenport; two step great grandchildren, Makaleigh Loclyn Berry and Marvin Lee Sutton; other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 4, 2020, at the Lone Jack Baptist Church.  Burial was in the Lone Jack Cemetery with full military honors by the United States Air Force and the V.F.W. Post #3118 Honor guard.

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


Barbara J. Ross
Barbara Jean (Bennett) Schmidt Ross, 85, of Pleasant Hill, formerly of Burlington, Kansas, was born September 11, 1934, in Missoula, Montana, the daughter of George Alvin and Sarah Jane (Triplett) Bennett.  She departed this life, Monday, March 2, 2020, at Addington Place of Lee’s Summit.

Barbara was a 1953 Burlington High School graduate.

On June 6, 1953, she was united in marriage to Ralph Amos “Junior” Schmidt, Jr. in Burlington; he preceded her in death on February 10, 1981.  On June 24, 1988, she was united in Marriage to Troy Clyde Ross in Pleasant Hill; he preceded her in death on October 25, 2004.

Barbara had been employed as a secretary for the Methodist Church in Burlington, as a bank teller in Burlington and Kansas City, and as a secretary for the E.R.C. Insurance Company. She was an active member of the Big Creek Baptist Church. She enjoyed watching sports especially the KU Jayhawks, the Chiefs, and the Royals. She also enjoyed gardening, quilting, and tending to her bird feeders.

Barbara was also preceded in death by her parents; granddaughter, Pamela Fay Schmidt; one brother, George Bennett; and her sister, Maude “Goldie” Carter.

She is survived by two sons, Mike (and Debby) Schmidt of Burlington, and Terry (and LaDonna) Schmidt of Kansas City; six stepsons, Junior (and Carol) Ross, Lloyd (and Pat) Ross, Bob (and Becky) Ross, Dennis (and Mary) Ross, all of Pleasant Hill, Glen Ross of St. Louis, Missouri, and Jim Ross of Lee’s Summit; three step-daughters, Linda (and D.A.) Kramer of Graff, Missouri, Nancy (and Jim) Hull, and Brenda (and Preston) Sanders, both of Pleasant Hill; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Friday, March 6, 2020, at the funeral home.  Pastor Preston Sanders officiated.

Graveside services were held at the Graceland Cemetery in Burlington, Kansas.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Big Creek Baptist Church and may be sent in care of the funeral home.

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

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


Harry D. Faulkner
Harry Faulkner, 69, of Cedar Hill, Tennessee, departed this life, March 9, 2020, in Tennessee.

Harry was preceded in death by his parents Wayne M. and Catherine L. (Johnson) Faulkner; and one sister Carolyn S. Faulkner.
He is survived by two sons, Robert D. Faulkner and Harry D. Faulkner II; one brother, William Birk; one sister, Martha Coberly; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.

Graveside funeral services were held Thursday, March 12, 2020, at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

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


Patricia Ann (Lowry) Wheeldon
Patricia Ann (Lowry) Wheeldon, 73, of Pleasant Hill passed away at her home on March 7, 2020.
She was the daughter of Herbert Kyle and Willetta May (Garrison) Lowry.
Pat was preceded in death by her parents, Herbert and Willetta Lowry; one brother, Richard Ruby-Lowry; two sisters, Willa (Lowry) Noland and Amy (Lowry) King.
She is survived by two sons, David Brent Wheeldon of Kansas City, Missouri, and Nick Wheeldon and wife Julie of Pleasant Hill; three brothers, Roger Lowry and wife Neta, Timothy Lowry and wife Susan, and Curt Lowry, all of Pleasant Hill; one sister, Linda (Lowry) Slevin and husband Bill of Pleasant Hill; eight grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many, many friends.
Funeral services for Patricia Ann (Lowry) Wheeldon were held on Saturday, March 14, 2020, 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


Mary “Jean” (Green) Yarber-Young
Jean Young was born October 15, 1934 in Blue Springs, Missouri and departed this life on March 4, 2020, surrounded by the love of her family, at the Pleasant Hill Health and Rehabilitation Center in Pleasant Hill, Missouri, at the age of 85 years, 4 months and 18 days.

She was the daughter of Thomas Archie and Jessie M. (Sanders) Green.

Jean spent her early years in Blue Springs, Missouri. When she was nine years old, the Green family moved near Oak Grove, Missouri where Jean attended school and graduated from Oak Grove High School in 1952.

In 1954 Jean moved to Lee’s Summit, then to the Kansas City area to live. In 1964, she moved to Pleasant Hill where she lived until 1980 when she moved to Washington State. Jean returned to Missouri in 1982 and lived in St. Joseph, Missouri. While living in St. Joseph she attended Missouri Western College and obtained her Child Development Certification. After receiving her certification, Jean worked in the children’s ward at St. Joseph State Hospital. Jean moved back to Pleasant Hill in 1999 to make her home.

After returning to Pleasant Hill, Jean worked as a teacher for the Pleasant Hill Head Start Program, and a teacher at the First Baptist Church Daycare Center of Pleasant Hill before her retirement.

Jean had a deep and abiding faith in the Lord. She had formerly served as a Sunday School teacher at Pleasant Hill First Baptist Church, and was currently a member of Echo Church of Pleasant Hill.

Jean’s entire life revolved around her family. She was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother and sister, and a natural born caregiver.
Jean was preceded in death by her husband, Donald E. Young; her parents Thomas and Jessie Green; brother, Raymond Green and twin brother, Dean Green, and sister Dorothy Haase.

She is survived by one son, Bob Yarber and wife Terri of Pleasant Hill, Missouri; one daughter, Abby Webb and husband Garrick of Pleasant Hill, Missouri; two brothers, Floyd Green and wife Wanda of Springfield, Missouri, and Jesse Green and wife Irene of Oak Grove, Missouri; step-brother, Richard Pine; step-sister, Patricia Harris of Independence, Missouri; grandchildren, Dan Yarber of Pittsburg, Missouri, Heather Adams and husband David of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, Clint Yelton of Houston, Texas; two great grandchildren, Carlee Adams of Lee’s Summit and Macee Adams of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Services for Mary “Jean” (Green) Yarber- Young were held Saturday, March 7, 2020 at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill, with Pastor J. R. Brown officiating. Casket Bearers were Clint Yelton, Danny Yarber, Garrick Webb, Carlee Adams, David Adams and Mike Smith. Interment was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.


Tammy Jo (Flathers) Ponder
Tammy Jo Ponder, 62, of Blue Springs, MO., formerly of Pleasant Hill, MO., passed away March 2, 2020 at her home.

Tammy was preceded in death by her father and mother, Walter Wayne Flathers, Sr. and JoAnn Flathers.

She is survived by her husband Kenneth Scott Ponder of the home; one daughter, Rachel Ponder and husband Greg of Lee’s Summit, Missouri; mother-in-law, Dorothy Ponder of Pleasant Hill, Missouri; brother, Walter Wayne Flathers, Jr.; sisters, Gayleen Reneé Smith of Blue Springs, Missouri, Jackie Ann Rehkop of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, Shelli Lynn Corn of Lee’s Summit, Missouri and Bonnie Flathers of Kansas City, Missouri; aunt, Phyllis Moore of Pleasant Hill, Missouri; grandchildren, Skylar Manis, Isiah Manis, Bella Allen and A’layna Allen, other relatives and many friends.

Cremation has been accorded. The family of Tammy Jo (Flathers) Ponder will host a Celebration of Life Service at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 14, 2020 at

Lifegate Church, 2911 Blue Ridge Blvd., Independence, Missouri 64052, with Pastor Brian Gallardo officiating.

The family suggest contributions to the Wallace Funeral Home for final expenses.

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


Shenandoah Lee Myers
Shenandoah Lee Myers, 48, of Lee’s Summit Missouri passed away March 2, 2020 at Lee’s Summit Medical Center in Lee’s Summit Missouri.Shenandoah is survived by his daughter, Alice Myers of Shawnee, Kansas; his parents, Dennis Hugh and Margaret Jane (Berry) Myers of Lee’s Summit, Missouri; one brother, Nicholas Myers of Lee’s Summit, Missouri; two sisters, Michelle Myers-Roby and husband, Denton, and Emily Myers all of Lee’s Summit, Missouri; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many, many friends.Cremation has been accorded. A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, March 13, 2020 at the Wallace Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill, Missouri with Matt Sanning officiating.  Friends and family are encouraged to tell some of their favorite Shenandoah stories.A complete obituary may be viewed at www.wallace-funeralhomes.com


Judy S. (Leach) Miller
Judy S. (Leach) Miller was born November 11, 1941 in Bonner Springs, Kansas and departed this life on February 29, 2020 at Kansas City Hospice House in Kansas City, Missouri, surrounded by the love of her family, at the age of 78 years, 3 months and 18 days.

She was the daughter of Harry Dewey and Grace A. (Telfer) Leach.

Judy spent her younger years in Bonner Springs, Kansas before the Leach family moved to Lake Lotawana, Missouri to make their home. She attended school in Lee’s Summit, Missouri and graduated from Lee’s Summit High School in 1959.

On January 24, 1960, Judy was united in marriage with Howard Lee Miller at the Lake Lotawana Community Church. After their marriage, Judy and Howard made their home in Pleasant Hill, Missouri.

Judy and Howard owned and operated Miller Water Hauling for many years. Judy had also been a substitute mail carrier and was a school bus driver for the Pleasant Hill School District. Later, she was the first manager for the Dollar General Store when it opened in Pleasant Hill. Judy also worked as a bank teller at the Pleasant Hill Bank before her retirement.

Judy was a member of the Big Creek Baptist Church of Pleasant Hill. She had been a member of the Pleasant Hill Rural Voluntary Fire Department Women’s Auxiliary, and the Bit and Spur Club of Pleasant Hill.

Judy was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Lee Miller on August 29, 2019; her parents, Harry and Grace Leach; three brothers, Bill Leach, Bob Leach and Gary Leach and two sisters, Betty DeWyke and Maxine Watkins.

She is survived by two sons, Mark Lee Miller of Garden City, Missouri, and Jeff Miller and wife Carolyn of Pleasant Hill, Missouri; four grandchildren, Flint Miller, Rhonda Miller, Kyle Miller and wife Miranda, and Hanna Miller; 12 great grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many, many friends.
Services for Judy S. (Leach) Miller were held on Monday, March 9, 2020 at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill with Rev. Preston Sanders officiating. Casket Bearers were Flint Miller, Doug Miller, Kyle Miller, Dave Christensen, D. L. Crust and Chris North. Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Contributions, In Memory of Judy S. Miller, may be made to the American Diabetes Association and mailed to P.O. Box 15829, Arlington, VA 22215; or online at www.diabetes.org/LovingMemory, or may be sent  in care of the funeral home.


Tyler Colton Cooper
Tyler Colton Cooper was born December 9, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri and departed this life February 27, 2020 at his home in Kansas City, Missouri at the age of two months and 18 days.

Tyler was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Derek Shane Cooper.

He is survived by his loving parents, Cheyenne Lynn Burt and Derek Tyler Cooper of Kansas City, Missouri; paternal grandmother, Jennifer Ellis of Parkville, Missouri; maternal grandfather, Mike Burt of Pleasant Hill, Missouri; maternal grandmother, Katrina Williams of Gardner, Kansas; his Gigi, Twila Foley of Pleasant Hill, Missouri; one sister, Addison Nichole Burt of the home; maternal aunt, Alisha Ann Burt of Archie, Missouri; paternal uncle, Ethan Brown of Parkville, Missouri, and other relatives.

Funeral Services for Tyler Colton Cooper were held on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill, Missouri. Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

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


Zoe Rene Bishop

Zoe Rene Bishop, 89 of Kansas City, Missouri passed away Thursday, February 27, 2020 at New Mark Care Center in Kansas City, Missouri.  Visitations were held from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm Thursday, March 5, 2020 at Gashland United Methodist Church, 7715 North Oak Trafficway, Kansas City, Missouri 64118 and from 10:00 am to 11:00 am Friday, March 6, 2020, also at the church.  Funeral Services followed at 11:00 am Friday. Graveside services were 2:00 pm Friday, March 6, 2020 at Freeman Cemetery in Freeman, Missouri. Memorial contributions may be made to Old Pueblo Chapter DAR or Pleasant Hill Historical Society.  Messages of condolence may be left for the family at www.mullinaxfuneralhome.com

Zoe Rene Bishop was born January 21, 1931, the daughter of Robert Earl and Hazel Irene Warner Nicholls. Zoe grew up on her parents’ farm south of Pleasant Hill, MO. Her maternal grandparents were John Jefferson and Anna May Warner and her paternal grandparents were William Thomas and Lettie Ann Nicholls.

A retired teacher of 33 years in the Missouri school system. Zoe was a member of the Daughters of American Revolution and organizing member of the Old Pueblo Chapter in Tucson, AZ., where she spent 14 years after retirement. She was a member of the Gashland United Methodist Church in North Kansas City after relocating from Tucson, AZ. in 2014.  She enjoyed traveling, spending time with family, meeting new people, camping and was an avid reader.

Zoe was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers, William Earl and John Warner Nicholls, her sister Maeletta Erelene Smith, and her daughter Vera Lynn Hatch. She is survived by her children, Vickie L. Bishop, V. Lolita Whitworth, and Velma L. Butler and husband Steven.  She is also survived by her grandchildren, Renee D. Boley (Trey), William I. Stuecken (Kerri), Amanda Freidline (Louis), Allen Hatch (Shannon), Chris Whitworth (Jessica), and Taylor Whitworth, along with 16 great-grandchildren.


Larry L. Ore
Larry Lee Ore, 79, of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, was born, October 2, 1940, in Waverly, Kansas, the son of Watson Morefield and Lela M Merle (Shobe) Ore. He departed this life, Monday, February 24, 2020, at his home surrounded with love and family.

Larry was a 1959 graduate of Washington High School in Bethel, Kansas. He was a United States Navy and Air Force Reserve Veteran.
On February 18, 1967, he was united in marriage to Barbara Ernestine Rebmann in Kansas City, Kansas.

Larry was an Electrical Technician for Western Electric in Lee’s Summit until 1987. He and Barbara moved to California and bought a full service UniCal filling station and operated it for two years before returning to Missouri. He then went to work for Clay and Bailey Manufacturing in Kansas City until his retirement in 2003. He was a member of the Pleasant Hill Church of Christ and the Kansas City Fiero Owners Club.  He enjoyed tinkering and working on anything mechanical or electrical; he could fix anything. In recent years he would purchase antique clocks, fix them, and gift them as gifts to his family and friends.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Linda Hill.

He is survived by his wife Barbara of Pleasant Hill; his son and daughter-in-law, Lawrence and Rebecca Ore of Pleasant Hill; his daughter and son-in-law, Leann and William Brown of Flower Mound, Texas; four grandchildren, Joseph Ore and Maria Ore, both of Pleasant Hill, and Mandy Brown and Seth Brown, both of Flower Mound; one sister, Marcia Ore of Lenexa, Kansas; other relatives and friends.

Cremation has been accorded.

A Celebration of Life visitation was held 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 29, 2020, at the Pleasant Hill Church of Christ, 907 Cedar St., Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080.

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

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

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


Dawn Marie
(Cloud) Blevins
Dawn Marie (Cloud) Blevins, 46, of Pleasant Hill, Missouri passed away February 27, 2020 at her home surrounded by the love of family and friends.

Dawn is survived by her mother, Christie Mitchell and husband Ray of Pleasant Hill; three daughters, Makayla Blevins and Madison Blevins of the home, and Kristi Newton of Richmond, Indiana; one brother Todd Dannaldson of Lee’s Summit, Missouri; one sister, Joey Doering and husband Nathan of Oak Grove, Missouri; three grandchildren, Sophia Campbell, Hunter Newton and Gage Newton; her fur baby, Molly, other relatives and many friends.

The family of Dawn Marie Blevins will receive friends from 6 – 8 p.m. Thursday, March 5, 2020 at the Wallace Funeral Home. Funeral Service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 6, 2020 at the Wallace Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

The family suggests contributions to Hope Lodge (American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Program), or Dillon International (non-profit Hague-accredited adoption agency) please note “In Memory of Dawn Blevins” on any contributions to either organization. Contributions may be made online or sent to the funeral home.
A complete obituary may be viewed at www.wallace-funeralhomes.com


Sarah J. Miller
Sarah Jane Miller, 55, of Pleasant Hill, was born, March 2, 1964, in Kansas City, Missouri, the daughter of Robert Louis and Ruth Belle (Hunt) Miller.  She departed this life Wednesday, February 26, 2020, at her home.

Sarah was a 1983 Versailles High School graduate.  She was also a United States Naval Reserve Veteran from 1988-1992.

Sarah was a Realtor for Reece and Nichols. She was later employed as an inspector at the Lake City Army Ammunition plant. She enjoyed crafting, gardening, and keeping connected with people through Facebook and especially Messenger.  Her passion though was helping animals and was an avid supporter of pet adoption.  She also was her daughters’ number one fan; following the girls wherever they played in their band.

Sarah was preceded in death by her parents; her companion Marlene Beasley; and two brothers Robert “Buddy” Horton and Craig Horton.

She is survived by three daughters, Jessie (and Jason) Flesner, of Pleasant Hill, Virginia (and John) Hart of Belton, and Hallie Jo Miller of Pleasant Hill; grandson, Caleb Flesner of Blue Springs; two brothers, Brent (and Sherry) Miller of Tightwad, and Nick (and Terri) Miller of Washington Courthouse, Ohio; other relatives and friends as well as fur babies.

Cremation has been accorded.

A Celebration of life visitation will be held 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 7, 2020, at the funeral home.  Inurnment will follow in the Lone Jack Cemetery, where Marlene and Sarah will be put to rest together.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Furry Kids Refuge 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


Jenna A. Yates
Jenna Annalea (Jenna “bean”) Yates, 12, of Strasburg, Missouri, was born, September 10, 2007, in Independence, Missouri, the daughter of Ernest R. and Kara L. (Hale) Yates.  She departed this life, Tuesday, February 25, 2020, alongside her brother as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Jenna “bean” was a sixth grade student in the Strasburg  C-3 School district where she carried a 4.0 grade average, served as President of the Student Council, was a member of the S.T.E.M. Club, played Saxophone in the band, and was part of the Women’s Ensemble choir.  She loved singing and performing; most recently performing in the Strasburg Talent Show, Pleasant Hill Talent Show, and the Pleasant Hill Railroad Days.   She was an empathetic, kind, and caring, person and often running lemonade stands raising money for various causes close to her heart.  She was active, outgoing, and would light up the room when she walked in.

Jenna “bean” is survived by her parents, Ernie and Kara Yates of Strasburg; paternal grandparents, Thomas and Linda Yates of Pleasant Hill; maternal grandmother, Sharon Hale of Independence; paternal grandfather William Hale of Mound City, Missouri; paternal aunts, Stephanie (and George) Monahan, and Jennifer (and Bob) Bresnahan, both of Blue Springs; maternal aunt, Brea (and Joseph) Burks of Independence; paternal cousins, Alex Monahan, Evan Monahan, Ashlyn Bresnahan and Emma Bresnahan, all of Blue Springs; maternal cousin, Chanz Hale of Independence; her two canine companions, Porter and Memphis; other relatives and a host of many friends.

Visitation will be held 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, 2020, at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, 1300 Lexington Road, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, 2020, at the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church.  Burial will follow in the Lone Jack Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Strasburg School District 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


Thomas R. Yates
Thomas Russell Yates, 16, of Strasburg, Missouri, was born December 23, 2003, in Independence, Missouri, the son of Ernest R. and Kara L. (Hale) Yates.  He departed this life, Tuesday, February 25, 2020, alongside his sister as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Tommy was a sophomore at the Lone Jack C-6 School District.  He was active in Mule football, wrestling, baseball, and was a percussionist in the band.  Tommy never met a stranger and was an all around good friend to all; especially if you were the underdog.  He was fun loving and had a hilarious sense of humor.  He had just recently started his first job with Stever Towing.

Tommy is survived by his parents, Ernie and Kara Yates of Strasburg; paternal grandparents, Thomas and Linda Yates of Pleasant Hill; maternal grandmother, Sharon Hale of Independence; maternal grandfather, William Hale of Mound City, Missouri; paternal aunts, Stephanie (and George) Monahan, and Jennifer (and Bob) Bresnahan, both of Blue Springs; maternal aunt, Brea (and Joseph) Burks of Independence; paternal cousins, Alex Monahan, Evan Monahan, Ashlyn Bresnahan and Emma Bresnahan, all of Blue Springs; maternal cousin, Chanz Hale of Independence; his two canine buddies, Porter and Memphis; other relatives and a host of many friends.

Visitation will be held 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, 2020, at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, 1300 Lexington Road, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, 2020, at the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church.  Burial will follow in the Lone Jack Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Strasburg School District 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


Joan A. Adler
Joan Alberta Adler, 81, of Pleasant Hill, was born, January 14, 1939, in Kingsville, the daughter of John Albert and Anna Pearl (Keller) Gammon. She departed this life, Saturday, February 22, 2020, at the John Knox Village Hospice House surrounded with love and family.

Joan was a 1958 Pleasant Hill High School graduate.

She worked for Western Electric retiring in 1991. She was a member of the Pleasant Hill 1 st Presbyterian Church. Joan enjoyed crocheting, embroidery, reading, traveling, and going to garage sales and auctions. She loved animals especially dogs and had a large collection of dog figurines. She was also an Elvis fan and had quite the collection of Elvis memorabilia. She was an avid supporter of our veterans.

Joan was preceded in death by her parents and three sisters, Frances Draper, Mamie Miller, and Velma Brown.

She is survived by her daughter, Kathy P. Hoover of Pleasant Hill; five grandchildren; Amanda (and Zack) Allen of Mercer, Kelly Hoover of Knob Noster, Kevin (and Shannon) Hoover of Lee’s Summit, Debbie Hoover-Vires of Fallon, Nevada, and Holly Hoover of Kansas City; four great grandchildren, Morgan, Kaytlann, Curtis, and Dean; other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, February 27, 2020, at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m. Friday February 28, 2020, at the funeral home. Reverend D. Kent Deubner will officiate. Interment will be in the Lee’s Summit Historical Cemetery. Casket bearers are Gene Edward, Amanda Allen, Kelly Hoover, Kevin Hoover, Shannon Hoover, Debbie Hoover-Vires, and Holly Hoover.

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


Virginia Lee
(Bowers) Meeks
Virginia Lee (Bowers) Meeks of Pleasant Hill, formerly of Lee’s Summit, passed away February 22, 2020, at Pleasant Hill Health and Rehab Center, after a long illness. She was 85 years old.

Virginia was born in the family home in Lee’s Summit to Harry and Ella Lorene (Hunter) Bowers. She attended Lee’s Summit schools, with her fourth grade in Greenwood. Virginia loved school, excelling academically and in music. She played French horn and piano and won many awards for her singing.

In 1952 Virginia met and married Herbert Meeks from Anderson, South Carolina. They made their home in Lee’s Summit, raising their family of four children there.

Virginia worked at several jobs during her working years, including ticket taker at age 14 at the Vogue Theater, lunch cashier at Lee’s Summit High School, and teller at Farmer’s Trust Co. Bank. She loved working with the public and took pride that her ledger sheets were always “to the penny!” She loved reading, writing stories, sewing and crocheting, but her greatest love was her family and the time spent with them.

Virginia was a life-long member of First Christian Church of Lee’s Summit, and was an associate member of the Pleasant Hill First Christian Church for five years. She loved her Lord and Savior and it was her deepest heart’s desire that her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren would know and love Him as well.

Preceding Virginia in death were her parents, her husband, oldest brother Hillis (Alice) Bowers, Sister June (Richard) Smith, younger brother Howard “Butch” Bowers, and her infant brother James Douglas.

She is survived by her four children, Teresa (Steve) House of Holden, Herbert (Valerie) Meeks of Garland, TX, Henry (Conjetta) Meeks of Barnett, MO, Vickie (Tony) Haney of Pendergrass, GA; six grandchildren, Hank (Kara) Meeks of Pleasant Hill, MO, Amy Vandaveer of Warsaw, MO, Jennifer (Ryan) McElderry of Liberty, MO, Cindy (Dustin) Dirk of Lake Hills, TX, Christopher (Samantha) House of Overland Park, and Kristen (Thomas) Wright of RAF Lakenheath in England; 17 great-grandchildren, Shelby, Jenna, Hunter, Aiden, Addison, Grayson, Dylan, Audrey, Samuel, Vincent, Victor, Alex, Amory, Dawson, Declan, Kate, and Carter; former sister-in-laws Norma Bowers and Elaine (Wayne) Campbell, Jerrilee Meeks, mother of Hank Meeks, Amy Vandaveer, and Cindy Dirk, and many nephews, a niece, cousins, and dear friends.

A memorial service will be held February 26, 2020, at 11:00am at Lee’s Summit Christian Church in Lee’s Summit, with visitation at 10:30am prior to service. Internment will be at Lee’s Summit Historical Cemetery. Pastor’s Kent and Carla Duebner will officiate.

Memorial gifts may be made to the First Christian Church of Pleasant Hill, in care of Langsford Funeral Home.


Robert Starks
John Robert Starks, 26, of Greenwood, was born, May 27, 1993, in Kansas City.  He departed this life Sunday, February 9, 2020, at his home in Greenwood.

Robert attended the Pleasant Hill High School.  He was a landscaper for Kohler Lawn and Outdoor and had also worked for the Wilmoth Basement
Company. He had attended the Strasburg Baptist Church and later the Big Creek Baptist Church. He loved landscaping and working outdoors.  In his spare time he enjoyed going to Pick-n-pull auto salvage yards and fishing.  Most importantly was his family and his kids; he especially enjoyed time spent with all of them.

Robert is survived by his fiancé Paige Wilhelm of the home; two children, Landyn Starks and Macy Starks, both of the home; his mother Beverly and (Pete) Starks-Martin of Pleasant Hill; three brothers, Justin Starks, Steven Starks, and Luke Starks, all of Pleasant Hill; one sister, Sarah Starks of Independence; other relatives and a many friends.

Cremation has been accorded.

Visitation will be held 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, February 22, 2020, at the funeral home.

A memorial service will be held 10:00 a.m. Saturday, February 23, 2020, at the funeral home. Reverend Chris Williams will officiate.

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


Lorie Ann (Saling) Lankford
Lorie (Saling) Lankford was born November 30, 1959 in Kansas City, Missouri and departed this life on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at her home in Pleasant Hill.

She was the daughter of Luther Gene “Buster” Saling and Judith Ann Martin.Lorie is survived by her three sons, Brandon Dickerson, his wife Cassandra, Robert “Bob” Denney and Steven Huffman; her granddaughters Ava, Olivia and Skylar Dickerson; her three brothers Michael Saling, Jerry Saling, his wife Regina, Terry Saling and a multitude of extended family and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents and grandparents, and will be deeply missed by all those who knew and loved her.

Cremation was accorded. Celebration of Life Services were held on Monday,

February 17, 2020 at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill, Missouri, with Pastor Gary Kendall and Rev. Charles Cofield officiating.

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


James M. Clarke
James Matthew Clarke, 51, of Pleasant Hill, was born, January 5, 1969, in Kansas City, Missouri, the son of Gary E. and Barbara Jo (Roworth) Clarke. He departed this life Friday, January 31, 2020, at the KU Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas, surrounded with love and family.

Jim was a 1987 Truman High School graduate.

On November 2, 1991, he was united in marriage to Sherri K. Glentzer in Independence.

Jim was the Senior Vice-President of Temp-Con in Olathe. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Pleasant Hill and the Strasburg Baptist Church. He enjoyed working on cars, riding his Harley and ATV, deer and turkey hunting, trap shooting, and spending time on his uncle’s farm in Ava.

He is survived by his wife Sherri; two son’s Trenton Clarke and Mason Clarke; his parents, Gary (and Donna) Clarke, and Barbara (and Rick) Vest; his brother, John (and Melissa) Clarke; three nephews, Jake Dailey, Austin Clarke and Evan Clarke; one step-sister, Dawn (and John) Davis; two step-brother’s, Gary Paul (and Beth) Robinett and Ricky Vest Jr.; step-nieces, Anne Davis and Ella Davis; step-nephews, Owen Robinett and Eli Robinett; his in-laws, Bob and Jan Glentzer; sister and brother-in-law, Terri and Max McConnell; nieces Harlow McConnell and Wrenly McConnell; other relatives and friends.

Visitation was held Friday evening on February 7, 2020, at the funeral home.

Funeral services were held Saturday, February 8, 2020, at the funeral home. Pastor Wyatt Shanks officiated.  Interment was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Casket bearers were Shane Bradley, Austin Clarke, Evan Clarke, John Clarke, Mason Clarke, Trenton Clarke, Jacob Dailey, Max McConnell, and Vince Turley. Honorary casket bearers are Gary Clarke, Bob Glentzer, Roy Roworth, and Rick Vest, Sr.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Leukemia and Lymphoma 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


Glada S. Raffurty
Glada Sue (Bradley) Raffurty, 99, of Kansas City, was born, January 2, 1921, in La Tour, Missouri, the daughter of Jacob and Phila Jessie (Palmer) Bradley. She departed this life, Tuesday, February 4, 2020, at the St. Mary’s Manor in Blue Springs.

Glada was a 1938 Pleasant Hill High School graduate.

On June 10, 1939, she was united in marriage to Ora Joseph “June” Raffurty. He preceded her in death on November 14, 2010.

Glada worked for the McGonigle’s Market in Kansas City from 1957 to 1993. She was an active member of the Marlborough Baptist Church where she served as a Sunday School Teacher from 1951 to 1986 and never missed a Sunday. When her children were younger she was an active member and Past-President of the P.T.A. of the Center School district, served as a Den Mother for Cub Scouts and Mothers Council President for Boy Scouts.  The most important aspect of Glada’s life was family. From the time she was little, through the Great Depression, WWII, and throughout her entire life she gave her all in support of family.

Glada was also preceded in death by her parents; one son Richard O. Raffurty; and five siblings, Stella Gibson, Alta Franklin, Gail Clary, Mildred Hall, and John Bradley.

She is survived by one daughter, Glenda S. (and Robert) McMurry of Independence; one son, Donald J. (and Pamela) Raffurty of Odessa; daughter-in-law, Linda Raffurty of Overland Park, KS.; nine grandchildren, Richard (and Laura) Raffurty of Pleasant Hill, David (and Sherry) Raffurty of Kansas City, Jeff (and Tiffany Christopher) Raffurty of Holt, Cindy Engle of Prairie Village, KS., Robert McMurry of Independence, Molly (and Mark) Lang of Lee’s Summit, Theresa Kihn of Ellsworth, KS, Joseph (and Stefanie) Raffurty of Joplin, and Sarah Raffurty of Charleston, South Carolina; three step-grandchildren, Amy (and Greg) Russell of Signal Mountain, Tennessee, Ben (and Tami) Rold of Lee’s Summit, and Cristin (and Branon) Nicholson of Lee’s Summit; 14 great grandchildren, Telina, Megan, Matthew, Michael, Dillon, Holly, Justin, Eli, Emery, Caitlin, Leo, Linley, Peyton, and Nina; 12 step-great grandchildren, Brendan, Aliya, Zach, April, Kristen, Matthew, Tyler, Kale, Lakin, Gage, Preston, and Bailey; five great-great grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Kaden, Olivia, Owen, and Carter and one step great-great grandchild, Brody; many nieces and nephews and many other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 15, 2020 at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 15, 2020, at the funeral home. Reverend D. Kent Deubner will officiate.  Interment will follow in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.  Casket bearers are Cindy Engle, Theresa Kihn, Molly Lang, Robert McMurry, David Raffurty, Jeff Raffurty, Joseph Raffurty, Richard Raffurty, and Sarah Raffurty.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Pleasant Hill Education 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


Alice M. McCarty
Alice Marie McCarty, 88, lifelong resident of Pleasant Hill, was, born, April 3, 1931, in Pleasant Hill, the daughter of Norville E. and Opal M. (Evans) Neill. She departed this life, Friday, February 7, 2020, at the Lee’s Summit Medical Center surrounded with love and family.

Alice was a 1949 Pleasant Hill High School graduate.

On April 7, 1950, she was united in marriage to Louis Clifford McCarty in Pleasant Hill. He preceded her in death on April 15, 2019.

Alice was employed as a Clerk for the Unity School of Christianity and a homemaker. She was a member of the V.F.W. Post #3118 Auxiliary. She enjoyed quilting, crafting, cooking, baking, and collecting unicorns and owls. She was the sweetest and kindest mother and grandmother.

Alice was also preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Vickie McCarty of Pleasant Hill; her daughter and son-in-law, Tricia and Doug Lansdale of Independence; three grandchildren, Bryon Gillespie of Grain Valley, John (and Amy) Berry of Pleasant Hill; and Jeremy Berry of Pleasant Hill; eight great grandchildren; her brother and sister-in-law, Norville E. “Butch” and Barbara Neill, of Pleasant Hill; other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Thursday, February 13, 2020, at the funeral home. Reverend D. Kent Deubner will officiate. Interment will follow in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.  Casket bearers are Dylan Berry, Jeremy Berry, John Berry III, John Berry IV, Bryon Gillespie, and Gavin Neill.

Visitation will be held 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the V.F.W. Auxiliary 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.


Larry Robert Peirce

Larry Robert Peirce was born February 12, 1948 in Tacoma, Washington and departed this life on December 24, 2019 at his home in Pleasant Hill, Missouri, surrounded by the love of his family, at the age of 71 years, 10 months and 12 days.
He was the son of Harley Hiram and Wynona Marie (Copeland) Peirce.
The Peirce family moved to Archie, Missouri in 1951. Larry grew up on a ranch in the Archie area, where he many times said he got to be a cowboy.  He graduated from Archie High School in 1967. After graduation he went to barber school in Kansas City, Missouri.
In 1968, Larry joined the United States Marine Corp and proudly served his country during the Vietnam War. Larry sustained devastating injuries during his service time in Vietnam and was awarded a Purple Heart. Because of his injuries, he was granted a permanent retirement from the Marine Corp. After his retirement from the Marine Corp, Larry returned to Archie, Missouri.
He then moved to the Kansas City, Missouri metropolitan area where he worked in a variety of occupations; including in part security and law enforcement, engine repair, landscaping and building construction.  When asked, “what do you do?”, Larry would reply, “what do you want done?” as he could fix almost anything (from a leaky toilet to a truck engine) or construct almost anything (from an oak coffee table to a room addition).
On August 3, 1991, Larry was united in marriage with Wendy Magill in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Larry and Wendy lived in Lee’s Summit until 1993 when they moved to Pleasant Hill, Missouri to make their home.
Larry retired from the Missouri Department of Transportation in 2010 where he held a position in Facilities and Grounds Equipment Management. After his retirement he opened a small engine and lawnmower repair shop, mostly for something to do that would also help anyone who needed it, which he operated until declining health forced him to close his shop.
Larry was a consummate drummer in both rock and country; and was a member of the Second Chance Band. Larry also played with various other artists throughout the area.  He made many friends playing music; but he never really met a stranger no matter where he went because he was interested in everything and everybody.
Larry was preceded in death by his father, Harley H. Peirce; his mother, Wynona Marie (Copeland) Peirce-McDonnell; his stepfather, J. H. McDonnell, and one niece Mindy McDonnell.
He is survived by his wife Wendy (Magill) Peirce of the home; three sons, Russell Peirce and wife Amanda of Blue Springs, Missouri, Joseph Altschul and wife Bing of Kansas City, Missouri, and Benjamin Altschul  and wife Judy of Independence, Missouri; two daughters, Misty Rooks and husband Toby of Belton, Missouri, and Heidi Peirce of Raytown, Missouri; four brothers, Jim Peirce of Main City, Missouri, Dale Peirce and wife Barbara of Amarillo, Texas, Jim McDonnell and wife Nancy, and Dean McDonnell, and wife Randy all of Archie, Missouri; two sisters, Trisha Barnhard and husband Dennis of Raymore, Missouri, and Merrilee Honaker and husband Larry of Archie, Missouri; eight grandchildren, one great grandson, many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and a multitude of friends.
Per Larry’s wishes, cremation has been accorded. There will be an interment ceremony at the Virginia Cemetery outside of Butler, Missouri on February 15, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. Also, a celebration of his life will be held at the Pleasant Hill Pool Hall in Pleasant Hill, Missouri beginning at 6:00 p.m. on that day.

In lieu of flowers or donations, Larry would want for people to give of their time and talent or slip someone in need some ‘pictures of dead presidents’ (as he put it).  His wit, generosity and integrity will be missed.


M. Jean Teegarden
Mary Jean Teegarden, 93, of Pleasant Hill, was born, June 10, 1926, in Saline County, Missouri, the daughter of Isaac N. and Lilly M. (Dinges) Thomas.
She departed this life, Tuesday, January 28, 2020, at the John Knox Village Hospice House surrounded by love and family.
On October 26, 1952, she was united in marriage to Donald Dean Teegarden in Kansas City, Missouri. He preceded her in death on October 31, 2009.
Jean was employed as a Dental Assistant; later becoming a full time Homemaker. She was an active member of the Big Creek Baptist Church. She enjoyed playing cards, quilting, working crossword puzzles and going out to eat with family and friends.
Jean was also preceded in death by her parents and five siblings, Harold Thomas, Bessie Gulick, Lonnie Thomas, Elva Packard, and Jacob Thomas.
She is survived by three daughters, Denise (and Rick) White, and Linda (and David) Day both of Lee’s Summit, and Anita (and Michael) Bleich of Leawood; six grandchildren,  Jennifer (and Andrew) Truman, and  Alyson (and Jesse) James both of Leawood, Jeremy (and Robin) Beach of Shawnee, Michelle (and Gus) Volkmer of Blue Springs, Tamara (and Tim) Atwell of Lee’s Summit, and Jacob Bagby (and Abboud ) of Lenexa; eight great grandchildren, Jackson, Garrison, Grady, Timothy, Levi, Caiden, Samuel, and Lochlyn; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held Saturday, February 1, 2020, at the funeral home.  Her nephews Col. Michael Thomas and Mr. Ronnie Bush officiated.
Memories were shared by her grandchildren, Tamara Atwell, Jacob Bagby, and Jennifer Truman. Music was rendered by Mrs. Treena Wilt.  Interment was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.  Casket bearers were Tim Atwell, Jacob Bagby, Jeremy Beach, Jesse James, Andrew Truman, and Gus Volkmer.
Honorary casket bearers were Michael Bleich, David Day, Rick White, Caiden Atwell, Levi Atwell, Samuel Atwell, Timothy Atwell, Jackson Truman, Garrison Volkmer, and Grady Volkmer.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the 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

James M. Clarke
James M. Clarke, 50, of Pleasant Hill, departed this life, Friday, January 31, 2020, at the KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas.  Funeral services are pending.  Service times and a complete obituary will be published online at www.stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com when that information becomes available.  Arr: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home 203 N. Armstrong St., Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550.


Wayne Edward
McConnell II
Wayne Edward McConnell II, 57, born December 30, 1962, went to be with the Lord on January 11th, 2020. He was preceded in death by his parents, Wayne Edward and Karon Kay (Owens) McConnell.

Wayne is survived by his wife, Cherree McConnell, of the home, Pleasant Hill, MO;  three daughters, Ryan Cyphers and husband Dan of Belton, MO, Jaurie Wells and husband Adam of Urich, MO and Julea Abernathy of East Lynne, MO; two sons, Wayne McConnell III and wife Cassandra of East Lynne, MO and Shane McConnell and Karina of Kansas City, MO; three step-children, Shelley Riggertt and husband Chris of East Lynne, MO, Dwayne Holly II of Sarcoxie, MO and Nate Holly and wife Kaylee of Frontenac, KS; two sisters, Katrina JeuDevine and husband Craig of Garden City, MO and Lori Jones and husband Craig of Pleasant Hill, MO as well as many beloved grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Wayne had many passions in life, but the first was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Wayne’s favorite pastime outside of family was working with and restoring cars. He put a lot of love into each car he worked on and made many friends throughout his career. Wayne also loved to fish. He often would surprise his wife by stopping along the road and picking her wildflowers because he knew they were her favorite. He knew how to cheer her up when she was going through difficult times and he always knew how to make someone smile. Wayne had a very kind heart and loved everyone. Wayne had a habit of putting everyone else first and himself last which meant he made friends everywhere he went. Wayne also loved collecting trains and cars. Wayne will be greatly missed by everyone that knew him.

Please join his wife and family in celebrating his new journey at the VFW Post 3118, 1701 Country Club Dr., in Pleasant Hill, MO on Saturday, January 25th at 2:00 p.m. His wish, as he told his wife many times, was for everyone to dress comfortably at his celebration of life.  He wasn’t one for formal attire.


Huntley Baldwin Wilmoth
Huntley Baldwin Wilmoth (HB), 87, passed away January 5, 2020 in his Overland Park home.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lillard and Ora May Wilmoth; his step-father Link Wilmoth,  his siblings, Lillard Wilmoth, Bonnie Palmer, Delores Clark, and Marilyn Sharp; his son, Vaughn; and his grandson Zachary Magri. Huntley leaves behind his wife, Gwen Wilmoth; his children Lisa Rivera, Kelly Wilson (John), Lindsay Wilmoth, Nicki Moore, and Bill Moore (Jamie); his grandchildren Dustin Tanquary (Stacy), Ciara Kelton, Rodney Thurman, Valerie Lascon, Michelle Lascon (Jackson Cole), Vaughn Wilmoth, Jessica Magri, Noah Magri, Brittany Moore (Kelly Stufflebean), Anthony Hawkins (Ashley Danner), Jordan Williams (James), Blake Moore; and great-grandchildren Shay Lynne, Saveah, Sophia, Greyson, Braelynn, Levi, Haylee, Isabella, Austin, Emerson, and Cooper.

Huntley was a quiet consistent presence, insuring that all of those around him, especially his wife and children, had everything they needed.  He would help anyone in need without a second thought.  He leaves a hole in his family’s heart that will never be filled.

Huntley was an inspiration to all of those whose lives he touched.  He grew up in the small town of Pleasant Hill, Missouri on the farm with his parents. He was in the Army and served in the Korean War. After the war, he returned home to Pleasant Hill. At the Overland Park Philips 66 station he owned with his brothers, he mentored dozens of young men teaching them not only about auto mechanics but about life. In his early years, he enjoyed piloting his own plane. He was an avid angler. His favorite place was on the lake with his wife, Gwen, competing to see who would catch the most fish. She was frequently the champion. He loved to play the guitar and be involved in the making of music. Music was a bond that cemented many long-term friendships. On any given day, you could find Huntley loading up the boat or riding the lawnmower. He was a jokester at heart, always teasing and laughing with the grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:00am on January 18, 2020 at the Mt. Moriah, Newcomer & Freeman Funeral Home at 10507 Holmes Road, Kansas City, MO 64131.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society at 1120 Pennsylvania Ave, Kansas City, MO 64105 in memory of Huntley Wilmoth.


Charlene Nan “Char” (Foote) Kessler
Char Kessler, age 83 of Northfield, MN, passed away with her husband by her side, on Friday morning, January 3, 2020, at the Three Links Care Center.
Charlene Nan “Char” (Foote) Kessler was born December 21, 1936, in Pleasant Hill, Missouri, to Thomas and Georgia Mae (Blank) Foote. On February 19, 1955, she married James Kessler.  In 1967, the family moved to Northfield.  In 1975, she purchased Drew’s Fabrics and Needle Art which she operated until her retirement in 1990. After retirement she and Jim spent winters in South Lake Tahoe, CA, Myrtle Beach, SC and Surprise, AZ. She enjoyed golf, traveling and the pleasure of many cruises with Jim.

Survivors include her husband of 65 years, Jim; her sons, James M. (Lucia) of Republic, Michigan, Steven (Deborah) of Clayton, North Carolina; her grandchildren, Steven Alexander (Molly) Kessler and Annie Leigh Kessler; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Darlene Burris, and her brothers Ronald, Donald and Robert Foote.

Services will be 10:30AM, Thursday, January 9, 2020, at Emmaus Church in Northfield.  A reception will follow at the Northfield Golf Club.  Visitation will be 4-6PM, Wednesday, January 8, 2020, at the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home and will continue at the church on Thursday beginning at 9:30AM.   Interment will be in Oaklawn Cemetery, Northfield.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home. www.northfieldfuneral.com


Margie “Marie” (Coburn) Johnson
Marie (Coburn) Johnson, 85, of Kansas City, Missouri departed this life on December 28, 2019 at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri.
Graveside Services were held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, January 3, 2020 at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Pleasant Hill, Missouri.

She is survived by three sons; Danny Johnson and wife Maggie of Overland Park, Kansas, Dennis Johnson and wife Maria, and Gilbert Johnson all of Kansas City, Missouri; one brother, Frank Coburn and wife Bertha of Strasburg, Colorado; one granddaughter, Krystal Perez and husband Charlie of Lenexa, Kansas; two great grandchildren, Blake Perez and Savanna Perez; other relatives and many friends.

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


Terrie Lynn
(Hartig) Gebaur
Terrie Gebaur, 65, of Holt, Missouri formerly of Kansas City, Kansas passed away December 18, 2019 at Northcare Hospice House, after her long struggle with cancer.

Per Terrie’s wishes cremation has been accorded. The family will receive friends from 10:30 a.m. until Service time at 11:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Kansas City, Kansas on Saturday, January 11, 2020.

In Lieu of flowers contributions be made to the Terrie Gebaur Memorial Fund, Community America Credit Union, 6390 N. Cosby Ave., Kansas City, MO 64151 or to The Donna Foundation http:// support.thedonnafoundation.org/goto/terriegebaur

Arrangements entrusted to Wallace Funeral Home.

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


Patricia Ann

(Mispagel) Smith
Patricia Smith, 60, of Holden, Missouri formerly of Pleasant Hill passed away, unexpectedly, on December 6, 2019 at Lee’s Summit Medical Center.

She is survived by her husband, Bruce Carlton Smith of Pleasant Hill; one son, Eli Smith of Pensacola, Florida; two daughters, Kassidy Smith of Lee’s Summit and Maci Smith of the home; two brothers, Greg Mispagel of Overland Park, Kansas, and Jeff Mispagel and wife Karen also of Overland Park, Kansas; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many, many friends.

Cremation was accorded. Memorial services were held on Saturday, January 4, 2020 at the Wallace Funeral Home.

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

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