We are pleased to provide this Memorial Page in honor of all Sheet Metal Workers from Local 2 who have passed away since 1942, including the death benefit number of the member for the purpose of making benefit payments to the union.
Theodore Dujakovich, 87, passed away on September 25, 2021, in Kansas City, Missouri, surrounded by family. Theodore was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Mary Agnes, and their son, Timothy. Survivors include his children, Lauretta Coit, Teresa Bryon, Phyllis Prouty, Susan Rutherford, Ted Dujakovich III, Tom Dujakovich, Andy Dujakovich, and their spouses, 22 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Ted was a lifetime member of the Sheet Metal Workers Local Union No 2.
Roy G. Keithley
Roy G. Keithley, 82, of Independence, Missouri, passed away Friday, October 8, 2021. Visitation will be held 6-8pm Thursday, October 14, 2021. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 am, Friday, October 15, 2021; both to take place at Speaks Suburban Chapel, 18020 E. 39th St., Independence, Missouri 64055. Interment to follow service at Oak Ridge Memory Gardens in Independence, Missouri. Roy was born in Kansas City, Missouri to Roy Joseph and Lucy (Wise) Keithley. He was one of five children. He was a graduate of the class of 1957 from Northeast High School, then went on to complete a four-year trade school. He was a proud member of Sheet Metal Worker Union #2 for 64 years. On June 11, 1960, Roy married the love of his life and his best friend, Patricia “Pat” Thomsen. To this union 2 children were born, Sherrie (Keithley) Bell and Tony Keithley and their lives were complete. He was a member of Coventry Estates Baptist Church in Independence. Roy enjoyed spending time at the lake, where he was able to enjoy the beautiful outdoors and make special memories with his family and friends. Roy was a true outdoorsman, he loved hunting and fishing and was able to make special fishing trips to Canada with friends. He also enjoyed catching a game on tv or watching and re-watching his favorite westerns. He loved listening to old country and gospel and in the later years could be heard saying, “Google, play this song.” Roy was an excellent son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather; he will be forever missed by his family and friends. Roy is survived by his children, Sherrie (Martin) Bell, Tony (Beth) Keithley; grandchildren, Stefanie (Victor) Speers, Amanda (Toby) Weir, Brian Keithley and Emily (Matt) Reynolds; 9 great grandchildren; sister, Juantia Leone; and his beloved Australian Shepherd side kick, Reba; as well as nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Lucy Keithley; beautiful wife of 58 years, Patricia Keithley; and siblings,
Kenneth (Kenny) Lepper
Kenneth (Kenny) Lepper, 76, of Mary's Home, passed away Wednesday, September 22, 2021, at his residence in Mary's Home, Missouri. He was born August 23, 1945, in Mary's Home, Mo., the son of Leonard and Norma (Schulte) Lepper. On August 27, 1966, in Mary's Home, Mo., he was united in marriage to Janet (Andres) Lepper, who survives of the home. Kenny served in the Army National Guard. He was a member of Sheet Metal #2 in Kansas City, MO, for 52 years. He worked in architectural sheet metal and took pride in having been twice awarded the American lnstitute of Architects, Allied Arts and Craftmanship Award by the Kansas City Chapter for his outstanding workmanship. He was proud of his many projects in the Kansas City area and throughout the United States. One of his jobs that is recognizable was his work at the Kansas City Royals Stadium, specifically the scoreboard. He was pictured with that job on the front page of the Kansas City Star. Kenny loved to hunt. His favorite was pheasant hunting, which provided many stories long after he was no longer able to hunt. Throughout his life, he maintained a close relationship with hunting buddies, coworkers, and classmates from Helias Catholic High School, class of 1953. He was very proud of his family and visits with all his children and grandchildren were cherished, loving the exuberance and antics of each. He enjoyed the many trips and vacations with his family. Kenny was a member and attended Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church of Mary's Home, Mo., along with the Knights of Columbus Council #3257. Other survivors include: His children: Jason Lepper, Kristen Phillips (Tim);, Jared Lepper (Brandy), all of Mary's Home, Mo., and Kyle Lepper (Michelle) of Washington, Mo.; siblings: Allan Lepper and Terri Lepper, all of Eldon, Mo., Doris Schulte (Fred) of Barnett, Mo., and Becky Schulte (John) of Columbia, Mo.; brothers and sisters-in-law: Kathy Lepper of Eldon, Mo., Raymond Kliethermes of Jefferson City, Mo., Gene Andres (Cathy) of Portland, Ore., Diane Spieker (Dave) of Jefferson City, Mo., Gerry Andres (Glenda) of Brazito, Mo., and Richard Andres (Debra MacVittie) of Fulton, Mo.; grandchildren: Chayse Phillips, Payton Phillips; step-granddaughter, Zoee Phillips, twins - Nora and Jolie Lepper, Molly Lepper, and twins - Lily and Asher Lepper. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his father- and mother-in- law, Gene and Donna Andres; his brother, Ralph Lepper; and two sisters-in-law, Myrna Lepper and Betty Kliethermes. Visitation will be at Our Lady of the Snows Church, Mary's Home starting at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 2, 2021, followed by a memorial Mass in Celebration of Life at 11:00 a.m. Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers are suggested to Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Phillips Funeral Home of Eldon.
Bob Vose was born April 26, 1925, he received his 60 yr service pin April 2013, and passed away September 14, 2021.
Larry Scheib, 67 of Lincoln, Missouri passed away Friday, September 3, 2021 at his home. Funeral services will be held 11:00 am Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at Mullinax Funeral Home, Drexel Chapel (816-657-4400). A visitation will be held Wednesday prior to the service from 10:00 am to 11:00 am, also at the chapel. Burial will follow in Freeman Cemetery, Freeman, Missouri. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cole Camp Senior Center. Messages of condolences may be left for the family at www.mullinaxfuneralhome.com Larry Edward Scheib was born April 30, 1954 in Harrisonville, Missouri to Merlin and Julia Pruett Scheib. The loss of a family member is never easy. We shed our tears and our hearts are breaking but the memories you made will not be forgotten. The many weekends at the lake, the fish fries, and the general love you gave to us and our children are unforgettable. You defied all odds having beaten cancer multiple times, though the road thereafter wasn’t forgiving. I know you were ready and were at peace. You lived a full life with no regrets. So as our hearts will start to mend, and your children remember their dad and all the grandchildren their grandpa, and your brother and sister grieve, may you sit in peace (maybe in a pair of overhauls and a flannel shirt) and with much happiness catching that biggest crappie ever. Larry was preceded in death by his parents and dear friend and father figure Catfish Charlie. He is survived by his children, Christina Volpe and husband Brian, Angela Maloney and husband Tom, Jason Scheib and wife Alison, Bryan Scheib and wife MaKayla, Amy Huber and husband Stephen, Matthew Keeth, and Jessica Keeth. He also leaves behind 22 grandchildren whom he cherished and was very proud of each and every one, siblings, Marie Rogers and Michael Scheib and wife Pam, along with nieces, nephews, and extended family members.
Ralph Milton Kasper, of Harrisonville, Missouri was born June 11, 1943 in Rapid City, South Dakota the son of Gordon George and Marcella E. (Martin) Kasper. He departed this life on Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at his home at the age of 78 years and 25 days. Ralph was united in marriage to Patti Jo Grossman in Kansas City, Missouri on March 7, 1964 until her death on October 1, 1991. On February 10, 1999 he was united in marriage to Janis Kay Bitney Clawson in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ralph was employed as a sheet metal worker through the Sheet Metal Workers Local Union #2, Kansas City, Missouri. He enjoyed gardening, quilting, watching the birds and squirrels, traveling and spending time with his family and grandchildren. Ralph loved woodworking, was very talented and could make anything. He loved to help others. In addition to his first wife Patti, he was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Rudy Kasper and a sister, Roberta Bess. Ralph is survived by his wife, Jan Kasper of the home; 6 children, David Kasper and wife Rhonda, Pleasant Hill, Missouri, Robert Kasper and wife Melissa, Belton, Missouri, Debbie Hille and husband Matt, Raymore, Missouri, Kathy DeVore and husband Gene, Blue Springs, Missouri, Pamela Andersen and husband Kent, Pleasant Hill, Missouri, Zeke Clawson and wife Tisha, Bolivar, Missouri; 11 grandchildren, Becca, Andy, Kylie, Danny, Bailey, Amber, Alex, Kara, Evan, Zachary and Taylor; a great-grandson, Landon; a brother, Gordon Kasper and wife Karen and a sister, Waunda Magness all of Harrisonville, Missouri; other relatives and many friends. Cremation. A Celebration of Life Service will be 5:00 p.m., Friday, July 16, 2021 at the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, Missouri.
John Anthony Vogrin, III, 77, of Lenexa, KS, passed away Thursday, June 17, 2021. He was born on March 20, 1944, in Kansas City, KS, to John and Josephine Vogrin. John served in the US Army Special Forces as a Green Beret. After his military service he began his career as a sheet metal tradesman with the local union #2. While he worked long hours every week, he always made time for family and friends. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting, fishing, and boating. John was highly creative, always tinkering with old broken motors and parts, turning them into new inventions. He was the original MacGyver and he could fix just about anything with anything. If you spent any amount of time with him then you likely shared some of his homemade wine or moonshine and listened to some of the most unbelievable stories of when he was young and dumb, as he would say. But young and dumb he was never. The man was one of the smartest there was. His brain did not work like most. He had the uncanny ability to think outside the box and solve problems in the most obscure way. If you knew him, you have learned from him. He loved to teach and share his knowledge and skills. He spent his last years living his dream on Table Rock Lake with his best friend and love Patricia McKinney. Together they cast many lures and caught many sunsets. John is preceded in death by his wife, Margaret. He is survived by his sons, John (Kristen) Vogrin IV, Greg (Marsha) Vogrin; his beloved partner, Patricia C. McKinney; grandsons, Tanner Vogrin, Grant Vogrin; and sister, Jeanette O’Connor. Visitation will be held on Thursday, June 24, at Good Shepherd Catholic Church from 9:30-10:30 a.m. with a funeral mass to immediately follow.
Phillip Lee Willoughby
Phillip Lee Willoughby 70, died peacefully in the presence of family on Wednesday April 28th.Phil was born on February 19, 1951 in Kansas City, Missouri to Harold and Mildred Willoughby. Phil graduated from Oak Park Highschool in 1968, after graduation he joined the US Navy Reserves. Serving in the Navy was a family tradition he chose to follow. Phil also followed in his father’s footsteps by becoming an apprentice with the Sheet Metal Local No.2 Union, he was a journeyman and retired from the field decades later. Phil was also proud of his time spent as a Mason and Shriner, he was a member of the Orient Lodge #546 and the Mounted Guard. Phil had a huge heart and loved spending time with friends and family, especially his children and grandchildren. Phil is preceded in death by his parents: Harold and Mildred, his siblings: Harold Jr, William, Charles, Gara, Ann, and David. Phil is survived by his brothers: John and Andy, his children: Ty, Chris, Ann and Rachel and 7 beloved grandchildren. Phil’s daughters want him to be remembered by his patience and sense of humor. The last several years they spent managing his care and no matter how exhausting and debilitating his disease was he always managed to find a way to laugh and smile. He carried the burdens of his disease with grace, patience, and an unwavering sense of joy. His girls describe it as humbling to witness and are grateful for the years they spent with their dad through his most difficult times. His daughters will host a Celebration of Life per his wishes on Monday, June 7th at Frank James Saloon 10919 MO-45 Parkville, MO 64152 from 4:00 - 8:00 pm. A buffet dinner will be served from 5:00 -7:00 pm. Again, Phil loved spending time with family and friends and that is how the family intends to honor him.
Dale Cannell, 80, of De Soto, KS passed away April 2, 2021. Funeral services will be April 10, 2021 at 11:00 AM with visitation from 10-11:00 AM at De Soto Baptist Church, 8655 Copeland Way, De Soto, KS. Masonic services will be at 10:45 AM. Private graveside at De Soto Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to De Soto Baptist Church or the Salvation Army. B. Dale ("Pop") Cannell was born February 6, 1941 in Moberly, Missouri to Merle and Edward Cannell. Gifted with
Dennis W. Klein passed away on March 10th, 2021 at the age of 63 years old. He was born and raised in Shawnee, Kansas to Harold and Bernice Klein, the third of four children. He graduated from St. Joseph’s high school and started attending trade school to learn the art of welding. He worked as a welder for the majority of his life. Dennis enjoyed learning many new skills and talents, such as learning how to pilot a plane, scuba diving, photography, and became a skilled horticulturist. In retirement, he enjoyed making art with his welding skills, and was fortunate enough to be able to take care of his parents in their older years. Dennis was known as the quirky neighbor in the neighborhood, but was willing to help anyone who needed a hand. He is preceded in death by his father, Harold. Dennis is survived by his mother, Bernice; son, Marcus; siblings Cindy (Bill) Dunham, Larry (Mary) Klein, and Sandy Biggs and many nieces, nephews and friends who will miss him dearly.
Leslie Case, a resident of Lee’s Summit, MO passed away Saturday, February 20, 2021, at the St. Luke’s East Hospital. He was born August 10, 1949 in Independence, MO to Clyde and Mary Louise (Eckinger) Case. Les graduated from William Chrisman High School and lived the majority of his life in Independence and Lee’s Summit.He married Sandra Marie Thomas on August 16, 1968 in Independence. Sandy preceded him in death on December 25, 2019. In addition to Sandy, he was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Christopher Case; and two brothers, Dennis and Randall. Survivors include his two sons: Cary Michael Case and wife, Jennifer and Colby Andrew Case and wife, Alyssa, all of Blue Springs, MO; brother, Michael D. Case; seven grandchildren: Conner, Carter, Shelby, Tayler, Christopher, Allie and Ava; and a great grandson, Noah. Les was known for his hard work. He owned and operated L.A. Case Construction, Inc. and worked alongside his sons for many years building custom homes. In his spare time, he enjoyed trout fishing and attending car shows. A man of faith, he was very devoted to both his Lord and his family. He was a member of East Side Baptist Church in Independence. A service celebrating Les’ remarkable life will be held 3:00 p.m. Thursday, February 25, 2020, at the Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St. in Blue Springs. The service will be streamed live for those who wish to join us virtually. Visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m., prior to the service. A graveside service and burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, February 26, 2020, at the Elk Fork Baptist Cemetery, near Green Ridge, MO for immediate family. Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Kidney Foundation.
Jimmie W. Crouch, 91, of Topeka, passed away on Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at Midland Hospice House in Topeka. He was born January 14, 1930 in Garnett, Kansas, the son of Oliver L. and Lucy J. (Wyman) "Buck" Crouch. Jimmie graduated from Garnett High School in 1948. He was an Air Force Veteran and stationed in Alaska for four years and then Leesville, Louisiana where he met the love of his life, Louise. Jimmie had resided in Topeka since 1952 and was employed by Stevenson Company, Inc. for 42 years prior to retiring in 1992.
Ralph Milton Kasper, of Harrisonville, Missouri was born June 11, 1943 in Rapid City, South Dakota the son of Gordon George and Marcella E. (Martin) Kasper. He departed this life on Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at his home at the age of 78 years and 25 days. Ralph was united in marriage to Patti Jo Grossman in Kansas City, Missouri on March 7, 1964 until her death on October 1, 1991. On February 10, 1999 he was united in marriage to Janis Kay Bitney Clawson in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ralph was employed as a sheet metal worker through the Sheet Metal Workers Local Union #2, Kansas City, Missouri. He enjoyed gardening, quilting, watching the birds and squirrels, traveling and spending time with his family and grandchildren. Ralph loved woodworking, was very talented and could make anything. He loved to help others. In addition to his first wife Patti, he was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Rudy Kasper and a sister, Roberta Bess. Ralph is survived by his wife, Jan Kasper of the home; 6 children, David Kasper and wife Rhonda, Pleasant Hill, Missouri, Robert Kasper and wife Melissa, Belton, Missouri, Debbie Hille and husband Matt, Raymore, Missouri, Kathy DeVore and husband Gene, Blue Springs, Missouri, Pamela Andersen and husband Kent, Pleasant Hill, Missouri, Zeke Clawson and wife Tisha, Bolivar, Missouri; 11 grandchildren, Becca, Andy, Kylie, Danny, Bailey, Amber, Alex, Kara, Evan, Zachary and Taylor; a great-grandson, Landon; a brother, Gordon Kasper and wife Karen and a sister, Waunda Magness all of Harrisonville, Missouri; other relatives and many friends. Cremation. A Celebration of Life Service will be 5:00 p.m., Friday, July 16, 2021 at the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, Missouri. Family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., Friday, July 16, 2021 at the funeral home. Family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society and may be left at the funeral home.
Larry D. Laird
Larry was born March 23, 1941, he recieved his 50 yr service pin April 2013, and passed away January 20, 2021.
Larry D. Israel
Nov 08,1947—Dec 23,2020 Larry D. Israel of Shawnee, Kansas passed away after a courageous battle against esophageal cancer with his family by is side on Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at the age of 73. Larry was born the son of Robert and Pearl Israel on November 8, 1947 in St. Paul, Minnesota. He went to Oak Grove Grade school, Turner High School, Kansas City Kansas Jr. College, Kansas University, Kansas State University. He finally became a member of Sheet Metal Local #2 and became a Journeyman, detailer, retiring at the age of 62 from VHC Heating and Cooling. He met the love of his life Ann and they were married almost 53 years. They had two sons Shawn Christopher and Ryan Dean. They lived most of their married life in Shawnee, Kansas. Larry loved to play golf, avid fisherman, and spent a lot of quality time with family and friends at Hillsdale Lake in Hillsdale, Kansas. He adored his 3 grandchildren Nathan, 13, Olivia 12, and Nolan 10. Anything that included the kids he always wanted to be a part of included escorting Olivia to dances, playing baseball with the boys or teaching them how to fish. Larry was a member of VFW post #370 and always supportive of anything to do with veterans. He was a Vietnam veteran having served in the Army from 1969-1971 and was a proud member of the Charlie Company 1st Battalion 7th US Cavalry Regiment. Amazing band of Brothers!! Survivors include his wife Anna Marie; sons, Shawn Christopher Israel, Ryan Dean Israel and wife Jenni; brother, Robert Scott Israel and son John Israel, also nephews Adam Israel and Frank Waterman. He was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Pearl Israel, brothers Richard Israel and Steven Israel. Larry loved life and had a little mischievous side to him, he liked to photo bomb wedding pictures on the many trips we went on and I am sure many a bride a groom will wonder who that crazy man was that was smiling in the back of their pictures. He will be dearly missed! Funeral services will be a private service on Tuesday, December 29, 2020. Burial will be a private service at Leavenworth National Cemetery on December 31, 2020. Memorial donations can be made on honor of Larry Israel at the veteranscommunityprojects.org or by check to Veterans Community Projects at 8900 Troost Avenue, Kansas City, Mo. 64131
Lawrence “David” Daugherty
Lawrence “David” Daugherty, 65, of Independence, Missouri, passed away on Monday, December 21, 2020. Memorial services with Military Honors will be held at a later date.
Jerry “Mike” Krasovec
September 5, 1947 — November 29, 2020 Mike Krasovec, 73, of Lake Tapawingo, passed away Nov. 29, 2020 from pancreatic cancer. His wishes were to be buried at Memorial Park Cemetery with no formal service. A memorial reception will be held at the Sheet Metal Workers Local 2 hall post-Covid. Mike was preceded by his sister Judy, and parents Art Krasovec and Martha Goodwin. Mike’s children are Mimi Krasovec, Paige Hansen (Adam) and Josh Krasovec (Ilinca Rusnac). Grandchildren are Jade, Garrett, Michael, Maximus, Holland and Willa. Mike was married to Mary Ellen Miller for 41 years. They met in 1978 while campaigning against so-called Right-To-Work legislation. Mike followed in the footsteps of his father becoming a union sheet metal worker and union official. Initiated into Local 475 in 1969, he later transferred to Local 2. He was elected Business Agent from 1976-1990, playing a major role in securing construction funding for the current union hall. In 1990, Mike was selected by the Sheet Metal Workers’ Intl Assoc to be an Intl Organizer, soon being promoted to Intl Regional Director of Organizing. Mike loved his work, fighting for the rights of people to gain better working conditions, decent pay and improved benefits. Knowing there was nothing he could negotiate that could not be legislated away, he became involved in politics. Mike was elected Democratic County Committeeman (SE KS, later Jackson Co), and was co-founder of Democrats 21st Century. Mike believed there were two things that benefited him during his 42 chemo sessions; he was able to keep his sense of humor, and he could beat the odds because he had done so before: 7 yrs ago he suffered Sudden Cardiac Death beating the odds thanks to immediate CPR administered by his wife. He then beat a rare cancer (GIST). Told he had one year to live with a stage 4 pancreatic cancer diagnosis, he defied the odds again and lived for 2.3 years.In spite of chemo, Mike even kept his mustache for nearly two years. We would like to thank St Luke’s Hospice, Dr Smeltzer and the Oncology nurses at St Luke’s East who cared for him most often: Andi, Lindsey, Angie, Janet & Julie. Mike was a larger-than-life personality, always with a story to tell. If you met him, you never forgot him. He loved his ‘65 Corvette Stingray and annual trips to Eureka Springs with his ‘Vette buddies. Mike was a good man, full of integrity and fiercely loyal. His legend lives on. Contributions to honor Mike: PANcan.org or TheBattleWithin.org
Stanley Walter Kendall passed away on November 23, 2020 in Dallas, Texas. He was born on September 20, 1943 in Mitchell, South Dakota to Ruth Phillips Kendall and Roland Stanley Kendall. He married Rita Whetstine Kendall on July 30, 1965 in Mitchell, South Dakota. Stanley Is survived by his wife Rita Kendall of Farmersville, Texas, his daughters; Renee Sydney and husband Jeff of Farmersville, Texas, and Becky Clemens and husband Kent of Howe, Texas. His 5 surviving grandchildren, Sam Fletcher, Kyle Clemens, Tyler Clemens, Zac Sydney and Luke Sydney and 6 great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents and 1 brother
Roger was born September 9, 1935, he received his 60 yr service award November 2019, and passed away October 27, 2020. There was no obituary.
Brinnin L. Bolinger
Brinnin was born February 5, 1993, indentured November 26, 2019 and passed away October 25, 2020. He was an apprentice in St. Joseph, Mo. There was no obituary.
Glenn Morris Beers
A visitation for Glenn M. Beers, 91, Lawrence, will be from 6:30-7:30 pm Friday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Mr. Beers died Friday, October 9, 2020, at his home, surrounded by family. He was born October 18, 1928, the son of James William and Mary Elizabeth Canderia Beers. Mr. Beers was a sheet metal worker for many years and retired as shop foreman at Norris Brothers after 35 years in the industry. He was a member of Southside Church of Christ. In his spare time he enjoyed hunting duck, geese, and turkey. Glenn married Rosella Frances House on April 20, 1947, in Lawrence. She preceded him in death on March 28, 2018. He was also preceded in death by five siblings, Opal Marshall, Hazel Beers, Betty Burchett, Clyde Beers, and John Jack Beers. Survivors include two daughters, Linda Stanwix and husband Gary, Lawrence, and Marsha Farrier and husband Dan, Georgetown, Tex.; four grandchildren, Shelley Tindel, Emily McGhee, Kyle Stanwix, and Jennifer Hamon; seven great grandchildren, and three great great grandchildren.
A private family Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
Russell Derstien Fowler Sr. (84), of Raytown, MO, passed away at his home on Tuesday October 6, 2020. Russell was born on December 27, 1935 in Kansas City, MO to D.B. and Eunice (Wilson) Fowler. He was united in marriage to Wanda L. Vermillion on May 3, 1957. Russell is proceeded in death by his parents and sisters, Dona and Shirley. Survivors include Russell’s wife Wanda, of the home, daughter Kim (Lewis) King, son Russ (Nola) Fowler Jr., grandchildren, Shawn (Cassie) King, Krystal (Nick) Davis, Holly (Yuri) Van Dierendonck, Pete Fowler, Suzy Fowler, and 7 great-grandchildren along with many other family members and loved ones. Russell served in the Navy Reserves from 1954-1962. He was a member of Local Sheet Metal Union #2 from 1957 until he retired in 1995. Russell was also a proud member of the Mid-America Chapter of the Buick Club of America and loved to spend time working on his models and cars as long as he could. Russell was loved and will be missed by many. Visitation will be held on Tuesday October 13, 2020 from 5-7 PM at Newcomer’s Floral Hills in Kansas City, MO. Burial will be held with family at a later date. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the Mid-America Chapter Buick Club, Attn: Don Allen Holdmeyer, 13820 S. Harris Road, Greenwood, MO 64034 or the Charity of your choice in his honor.
Kenneth Livengood passed away on October 3, 2020 in Salina, Kansas. He was born on August 17, 1928 in Thomas, Oklahoma to Mabel and Andrew Livengood. During the Depression, Kenneth and his parents drove Route 66 to California for his father to find work. They later moved to Kansas City where Kenneth graduated from Wyandotte High School and worked in sheet metal for over 40 years. Kenneth also served two years in the Army including one year stationed in Germany. He was also a talented stained-glass artist. Kenneth married the love of his life, Evelyn Ford on June 14, 1950 and to this union were born three children: Dale (Barbara) Livengood, Denise (Gary) Stambaugh, and Deanna (Matt) Skaff. Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Deanna, and his brother Don. He is survived by his wife of 70 years; his son and daughter; eight grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren; his two sisters, Margaret (Harold) Beardsley and Loriene (Leon Hirt) Roberts; his brother-in-law Bernard (Joan) Ford, and two sister-in-laws Cynthia Ford (Don) Francis and Marilyn Ford VanWaters. as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Kenneth chose cremation. A memorial service will be held on October 17, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Break Point church in Overland Park, Kansas. Participants are asked to wear face masks.
Memorials to the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child in care of Ryan Mortuary.
Robert J. Zahner
Here is Robert J. Zahner’s obituary. Please accept Echovita’s sincere condolences. It is with deep sorrow that we announce the death of Robert J. Zahner of Lenexa, Kansas, who passed away on October 2, 2020, leaving to mourn family and friends. Family and friends can light a candle as a loving gesture for their loved one. Leave a sympathy message to the family in the guestbook on this memorial page of Robert J. Zahner to show support. He was loved and cherished by many people including : his parents, Frank Zahner and Charlotte Zahner; his siblings, Linda, Frank Jr., Christine, Steve, Norma, Paul and Rose; his wife Debra; his children, Leigh Weisbender (Sib) and Joe Zahner (Maggie); and his step-children, John Saul (Jana), Julie Saul, Jim Johnson and Lauren Johnson (Ryan). He was also cherished by nine grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to Paralyzed Vets
William “Bruce” Morelock
William Bruce Morelock
Joseph G. Van Hoecke
Joseph George Van Hoecke, Joe, was called to his heavenly home early in the morning on Wednesday, September 16th. On June 8th, 1932, Joe was born to Jean-Baptiste, John, and Augusta Landuyt Van Hoecke. John and Augusta were both immigrants from Belgium that met, married and lived in the East Bottoms of Kansas City. Joe’s childhood was filled with Catholic faith, hard work, strong family values, and old school never-talked-about unconditional love. Joe joined the Army, and he served with distinction from December 8th, 1952 thru November 24th, 1954. Serving in the Army Reserve for the following 6 years. During his time in the service, Joe was stationed in Europe and took the opportunity to visit family members in Belgium. Joe married Bette Jean McPheeters of Ft. Scott, KS, on October 8th, 1955. They had six sons. Throughout his life Joe had love and the upmost respect for the outdoors. The boys grew up with him teaching them how to fish and hunt in the Ft. Scott area of southeastern Kansas. A pastime that most of the sons still enjoy and have passed down to their own sons and daughters. With six boys in the house, there was never a dull or quiet moment. Joe and Bette were members of the KC Turners club, where they enjoyed socializing while the older boys trained and competed in gymnastics, swimming and diving. Joe also enjoyed being a member of the KC Turners bowling league. Joe and Bette managed to raise six wonderful Christian men who are great spouses and fathers. Joe’s Catholic faith was very important to him throughout his life. He joined the Knights of Columbus Council # 4387, in December of 1955. On April 1st of 1958 he achieved the rank of 4th Degree and was on the 4th Degree Team, assembly #566. During his lifetime, starting in the 50’s, Joe was a member of Sheet Metal Local #2, (indentured March 2nd of 1955), along with his brothers Henry, Albert and Remy. Joe worked at many companies, but he mainly worked at Troug-Nichols/Environmental Mechanical Contractors. Joe was a hardworking and dedicated detailer, estimator and project manager during his tenure. Throughout the years, he was blessed to have been able to work with not only his brothers but additional family members; nephews Jim, Cyril, Robbie and Ritchie, and his son, Tom. He worked with Tom, for 11 years until his retirement on September 1st of 1994, on many projects in OP, KC and including many buildings in Executive Hills. In 2013, he received his 60 year pin. Joe was also a partner with his wife, Bette, in a very successful Shaklee business for many years. After Bette’s passing, Joe married Linda Stevenin Weisner, and was off on more adventures. Along with Linda came 5 additional wonderful children. The role of ornery, cookie stealing, loving Grandfather was never played better. Joe enjoyed traveling and in his lifetime had the opportunity to travel to Europe, Japan, Mexico, and throughout the United States and Hawaii. In the later years, his sons were able to take him on several family fishing trips to Canada. Joe is survived by his wife Linda, his brother Albert, and his children: Michael and Kumiko, (Japan), Thomas and Linda, Christopher and Theresa, Timothy and Cheryl, Patrick and Valerie, Philip and Diane, Mary Ellis, Lisa Weisner, Richard and Kimberlee Weisner, Dennis Weisner, and John and Beth Milam. His grandchildren: Kenneth, Lindsay, Anthony, Kaitlyn, Joseph, Stacy, Isaac, Elijah, Silas, Levi, Josiah, Magnus, Samantha, Jacob, Brandon, Aaron, Kaylie and Sara. His great grandchildren: Avery, Brooklyn, Annalise, Wesley and Weston. He is also survived by many other dear friends and family members. Joe is preceded in death by his parents, brothers Henry, Cyril and Remy, and sisters Mary and Elsie.
Visitation: Sunday, Sept 20th 4-6 PM, Rosary 4:00, Overland Park Funeral Chapel, 8201 Metcalf Ave, OP, KS. A Catholic Mass will be held 10:00 AM on Monday, September 21st, at Queen of the Holy Rosary, 7023 West 71st St, OP, KS. Burial with Honor Guard to follow at Evergreen Cemetery at 1:30 PM, Ft Scott, KS.
Richard “Neil” Campbell
Richard Neil Campbell, age 77, Centerville, Kansas passed away on Tuesday, July 14, 2020. Neil was born on January 11, 1943 in Borger, Texas the son of Maxwell Richard and Irene May Frakes Campbell. He graduated from Edgerton High School. Neil was a 25 year sheet metal worker and belonged to the Sheet Metal Worker’s Local #2. Neil and Michele have been married 40 years. In 2004, they moved from Edgerton Kansas and made their home in Linn County. Neil enjoyed everything outdoors and had a passion for gardening. Upon arrival in Linn County he immediately opened a greenhouse to share his love of plants. That grew into the business he and his wife started, Campbell Gardens. For many years he grew the many jalapenos needed for their business. He also planted a 650 tree walnut grove and enjoyed maintaining his property’s park-like appearance. Neil took great pleasure in hunting, fishing, arrowhead hunting, attending Friday Office meetings, and most of all his family and friends. He was a proud member of the local Rusty Zipper Club. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Raymond Keith and a stepmother, Eula Secrest. Neil is survived by his wife, Michele, two sons, Kent Campbell, and Greg Mealman (Krista), a daughter, Dana Caruthers (Russ), two sisters, Maxine Klamm and Carolyn Hammon, five grandchildren, Keaton, Kara, Gracen, Katie and Jacob, three great grandchildren, Carter, Jersie and Knox, many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Graveside Celebration of Life will be in Centerville, Ks at the Centerville Cemetery on August 1st, 10am. The family would love to have memories shared at that time. The family asks that we respect each other by maintaining social distancing and using a face mask. In Lieu of flowers and to acknowledge Neil’s love of the outdoors the family suggests planting a tree in Neil’s memory. Go to www.schneiderfunerals.com and click on floral store to have a tree planted in a national forest.
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Bobby D. Ginnings
Bobby Dean “Bob” Ginnings, 76, Raymore MO passed away peacefully July 10th, 2020. He was born November 17, 1943 to Curtis and Christine in Eldridge MO. He was a retired Sign Installer and a member of the Sheet Metal Union Workers Association. He was a veteran of the United States Navy.
He was proceeded in death by his parents; sister, Terri; brother, Danny; sons, Ted and Steve.
He is survived by his wife Patricia of 52 years, daughter’s Renee Beckerle (Tim), Angie Allen (Chris), Bobbie Ann Clabough (Benny Clabough), grandson’s Kurtis Beckerle (Brandi), Corey Allen, Brett Clabough, Bradly Clabough, grand daughters, Amber Hester (Brady), Courtney Allen; great grandson Gabe Beckerle; great grand daughter Stevi Renee Beckerle. Sisters Paulette, Treva (Mike), Janet and Brandi. Brother, Phillip. And several cousins, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 12Noon, Wednesday, July 15, 2020, at Rock Brook Church, 1715 E 173rd St., Belton, MO, 64012. Family will receive friends prior to services, beginning at 11:00 a.m. at church. Burial will follow at Green Lawn Cemetery.
Dennis R. Coxe
Dennis R. Coxe Dennis R. Coxe, 66, of Kansas City, Missouri passed away on Friday, July 10, 2020. Private Disposition. Arrangements Golden Gate Funeral & Cremation Services, LLC.
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Dennis Earl Price of Independence, Missouri, passed away quietly on June 26, 2020.
Ricky “Rick” Albert Biegel, 65, of Callao, MO, died Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at his home. Rick was born November 10, 1954 in Brookfield, MO the son of Albert Wilburn and Charlene Marie (Milliron) Biegel. He married Nancy Roe on June 22, 1974 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Salisbury, MO.
Rick was a graduate of Salisbury High School. He worked for SEMCO as a sheet metal worker. He was a member of the Sheet Metal Workers Union Local #2, and a member of the Concord Christian Church in Callao. Rick enjoyed bowling, farming, traveling, going on cruises, theme parks, and spending time with his family.
Rick is survived by his wife of 46 years Nancy, a son Benjamin Biegel (fiancé Anna) of Moberly, MO, three daughters Carrie (Troy) Hayward of Salisbury, MO, Julia (Christopher) Quinn of Kansas City, MO, Hayley Biegel of Callao, MO, sister Cindi (Bill) Serfass of Callao, MO, seven grandchildren Ashton Biegel, Zach Biegel, Zoey Biegel, Elliott Hayward, Rylie Hayward, Chase Quinn, Adelynn Quinn, several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and one niece Brandi Smith.
Visitation is 5-7:00 p.m., Friday, June 26, 2020 at the Summerville Funeral Home in Salisbury. Funeral Services are 11:00 a.m., Saturday, June 27, 2020 at the Summerville Funeral Home in Salisbury with burial at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Macon, MO. Memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson Association.
Larry L. Snow
Pastor Larry L. Snow, age 77, of Warsaw, passed away Sunday, May 31, 2020 at the St. Luke’s Hospice House in Kansas City, Missouri. He was born on June 3, 1942 in Albany, Missouri the son of Herbert and Mildred (Steinman) Snow. He grew up in Albany and later graduated from Albany High School. Larry served his country as a member of the National Guard. He was a member of the Sheetmetal Workers Local #2 in Kansas City and was employed by the Waldinger Corporation for over twenty-five years. On June 18, 1976 he was united in marriage to Barbara Lindsey. They made their home in Lake Lotawana, Blue Springs and later Odessa before moving to Warsaw in 2005.Larry loved the outdoors. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved to be on the boat or out camping. He spent many hours riding his tractor around his property, but the most important time he spent was his time sharing his faith and his love of Christ. He served as Pastor of the Harmony Baptist Church in Appleton City, retiring in 2018. He currently served as Elder at the Poplar Baptist Church in Warsaw. He is preceded in death by his parents, one brother Eddie Snow and a daughter Susan Janean McMurray. He is survived by his wife Barbara Snow, of the home, two sons; Steven Snow, of Compton, Arkansas and Larry Snow II, of Warsaw, two stepsons; Bruce Hack and Chris Hack, both of Kannapolis, North Carolina, a brother Gary Snow, and his wife Eileen, of Princeton, Missouri, six grandchildren; Jessica, Alan, Tiffany, Megan, Carly and Olivia and three great-grandchildren. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:30 A.M. Saturday, July 25, 2020 at the Poplar Baptist Church, 25819 Poplar Church Avenue, Warsaw, Missouri. Arrangements for his cremation were under the direction of the Reser Funeral Home, Warsaw, Missouri.
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Dale Israel Dale was born in DeSoto, Kansas on May 12, 1941; he lost his battle with cancer on May 25, 2020. He is survived by his son, Robert Samuel Israel, of Olathe, Kansas and a number of nephews, nieces and cousins. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Samuel and Mildred (Carr) Israel, his sister, Helen (Israel) Morgan and his brothers Samuel, Robert, and Donald Israel. He entered the sheet metal trade in 1963 and was a proud member of Sheet Metal Workers Local # 2 for over 50 years; he maintained his membership in the Local #2 until he passed away. He followed in his grandfather’s footsteps, who was the Business Manager for Hoisting Engineers Local #101, and became an officer of Local #2. He started in the position of Business Agent in 1976 and worked in that position continuously until 1991 when he because Business Manager. Dale was re-elected as a Business Agent in 1994 and served until 1997. He thanks the sheet metal workers who supported him during his years in office. In addition, he was a Trustee on the Sheet Metal Workers Apprenticeship Committee and the Sheet Metal Workers Health and Welfare Fund. He enjoyed working with the apprentices and helped to ensure their education was complete and productive. Service came naturally to Dale. He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at the age of 16. He enjoyed working with his son on scouting projects during Rob’s time in the Scouts. As a member of both the Shriners for 25 years and the Masons for 25 years he upheld the principles of those organizations by helping others whenever he could. Dale’s hobby’s included remodeling his home, hunting and horse racing. At 70 years old he roofed his house and built a shed in back of his house when he was 75. When he helped his friends on remodeling projects, no matter how difficult the project was, when the home owner asked if he would help he would reply “we can do that; it’s no big deal”. His smile and quick wit will be missed by his family and friends. A Celebration of Life will be held for his family and friends later in the Summer when we can gather to remember Dale.
Benjamin “Joe” Buffon
Benjamin Joseph “Joe” Buffon, age 74 of Adrian, Missouri died Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at his home in Adrian. He was born April 22, 1946 to George Elmer and Carrie Wittmeyer Buffon in Mexico, Missouri.
Joe is survived by his wife, Mary Buffon of Adrian, Missouri; one son, Clint Buffon and wife Francie of Shawnee, Kansas; two brothers, Robert Duncan and wife Vicki of Columbia, Missouri and Gene Buffon and wife Dianne of Clark, Missouri; and two grandchildren, Connor and Marissa. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Charles Irwin Duncan; and two sisters, Pauline Phillips and Dada Lee O’Rourke.
Mark Shughart, 52, of Topeka, passed away Saturday, May 2, 2020. He was born June 15, 1967, in Topeka, Kansas, the son of Marlin and Margaret (Lee) Shughart. He served his Apprenticeship with Local 77 in April of 1987 and became a Journeyman in August of 1991. Throughout his career, Mark was a Business Manager of Local 77 (July 2004 – August 2005), Business Agent of Local 2 (September 2005 – 2016), Certified Welding Instructor / Inspector for Local 2 and Local 77, Apprenticeship Committee Member for Local 2 and Local 77, and 401k Local 2 Trustee. Mark worked at Stevenson’s, and was currently employed by the P-1 Group in Lawrence as a Sheet Metal Worker. He was looking forward to his retirement and anyone who knew him could tell you that he had 789 days to go. Mark loved riding on his Harley, being around his friends, family, and dog Bruiser, and especially enjoyed time with his grandkids. Mark didn’t know a stranger and will be missed by many. Mark is survived by his partner, Carla Buschjost; daughter, Kylie Shughart; son, Dustin (Audra) Shughart; grandchildren, Aiden, Grayson, Brynley and Deacon; siblings, Michelle Moore, Michael Shughart and Manuel Shughart. Mark’s beloved companion Bruiser passed away shortly after Mark’s passing and will be reunited with him when he is laid to rest. A memorial service will be at 11:00AM Saturday, May 9, 2020 at Parker-Price Funeral Home, with a visitation the hour prior.
Denver Lee Sublette
Denver Lee Sublette, 78, of Kansas City, Missouri, died Monday, April 27, 2020 at the University of Kansas Hospital. Funeral Mass will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday, May 1 and can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/c/guardianangelskc A Memorial Mass and luncheon for family and friends will be held at a later date at Guardian Angels Catholic Church, 1310 Westport Rd., Kansas City, MO. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions to Guardian Angels Catholic Church. Denver was born April 12, 1942, in Kansas City, Missouri the son of William Lewis and Cora Ann (McMullen) Sublette. He was a graduate of De La Salle High School and then entered the Sheet Metal Apprentice program. Denver then became a member of Sheet Metal Workers Local #2 for 40 years, retiring in 2003. Denver was married to Shirley A. Long on July 14, 1962 at Guardian Angel Catholic Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Jack Ronald Sublette and 2 infant sons, Joseph and David. Denver is survived by his wife of 58 years, Shirley, 5 sons and their wives, William Joseph and Gina, John David and Michelle, Michael Patrick and Janet, Stephen Daniel and Tara, Brian Matthew and Jennifer, 3 brothers and their wives, William Thomas and Zita, Daniel Joseph and Jan, Timothy and Jean, 20 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.
Donald E. Wattenbarger, 82, of Blue Springs, MO passed away peacefully on April 19, 2020, at the Kansas City Hospice House. He was born March 2, 1938 in Milan, MO to Earl and Dorothy (Williams) Wattenbarger. Don was a member of Sheetmetal Union Local #2 in Kansas City, MO. A long-time business owner, he owned and operated Aries Instillation in Kansas City. Don was very active and enjoyed spending time with family and friends. Some of his hobbies included boating, fishing, traveling, driving and listening to country music. An avid sports fan, he was very excited last February, when he was able to witness the Chiefs win another Super Bowl. He was very devoted to both his Lord and his family. A founding member of the Blue Springs Christian Church, he was one of several parishioners who helped build the current church. Spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren was always important to Don. He will be missed by many. He married Bonnie Irene Spencer on August 5, 1956 in Brookfield, MO. She preceded him in death on December 21, 2009. In addition to Bonnie, he was preceded in death by his parents, six siblings and son-in-law, Jason R. Cline. Survivors include two daughters, Charmene Elaine Hughes and husband, Rick of Blue Springs, MO and Janene Cline of Lexington, MO; a brother, Fred Max Wattenbarger; three sisters: Nancy Webster, Judy Hanley and Kathy McCollum; four grandchildren: Jessica Wallace (Justin), Donald “Aaron” Hughes, Jaclyn Smith (Travis) and Jason “Jake” Cline (Megan); and nine great grandchildren. Mr. Wattenbarger will lie-in-state and friends May call from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 23, 2020 at the Meyers Funeral Chapel in Blue Springs. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, no more then 10 people will be allowed in the facility at a time. Graveside services and burial will be held 2:00 p.m. Thursday at the Blue Springs Cemetery. Social distancing and Covid-19 restrictions are requested. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Blue Springs Christian Church. Memories of Don and condolences may be shared at Meyersfuneralchapel.com.
Sam was born February 25, 2020. He was indentured February 17, 1969 and retired January 1, 2004. He passed away April 13, 2020.
Carl Lee Collins, 88, passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, April 17, 2020. He is the 6th of 7 children born to Ira and Violet Collins in Clinton, Missouri on July 20, 1931. He married Peggy Cordell on February 8, 1951 and together they had 4 daughters, Sue, Shirley, Janice, and Carla. His family members describe him as the rock of the entire family and how he consistently made a path around town to make sure they were safe. Carl was a true craftsman with his hands and gave with his heart. He was willing to help anyone who needed it, family or not. He enjoyed coffee and conversations with friends at local places. He spent free time outdoors gardening, sitting on the porch, fishing, and mushroom hunting. He faithfully watched the Royals, Chiefs, and Nascar. He is preceded in death by his parents Ira and Violet Collins, his daughter Sandra ‘Sue’ Collins Mangum, brother Harvey Collins, sisters Eva Mae Barnhart, Montez Dady, Doris Green, and great-grandson Dillon Walrath. He is survived by his wife Peggy Collins, 3 daughters Shirley (Bruce) Wilkins, Janice Eversole and Carla Bramell all of Clinton, seven grandchildren Stephanie Nichols, Sara Heistand, Kim Dalton, Lindy Bramell, Justin and Jonathan Eversole and Katie Bramell, 2 step-grandchildren, Kenneth and Michelle Wilkins, 2 sisters, Eula Moreland and Annabell Matson, 11 great-grandchildren and many neices and nephews. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Vansant-Mills Funeral home, Clinton, Missouri.
Brad was born March 9, 1960, he was indentured in October 1983, and retired March 1, 2015. He passed away April 8, 2020
James Flach jr
James Dean Flach Jr., 61, of Savannah, Missouri, passed away Thursday, February 20, 2020 at his home. He was born July 4, 1958 in St. Joseph, MO, to the late Josephine (Velazquez) and James Flach Sr. Jim attended St. James Catholic School for 5 years then Spring Garden. He graduated from Benton High School, class of 1976, and he served on his class reunion committee for over 40 years. Following graduation, he worked for Far-Mar-Co. (AGP) until 1981. Jim decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and serve a four year apprenticeship in the Sheet Metal Workers International Association Local #81, now merged as Local #2 in St. Joseph.
After turning out to Journeyman status as a Sheet Metal Worker, Jim became a foreman, and then an outside field superintendent on numerous projects over a span of 20 years in Northwest Missouri and surrounding areas, mainly working for Hausman Metal Works and Roofing Inc. for many years.
Giving back to his trade, Jim served as a trustee on the St. Joseph area Sheet Metal Workers Local #2 Apprenticeship Program for over 20 years, mentoring the future Journeymen of his trade. In the year 2000, Jim was elected by the membership as a Business Representative for Local #2, and he served in that capacity until his retirement in October, 2014. Jim also served as a Union trustee on the MO-Kan Sheet Metal Workers Health and Welfare Fund.
Jim was a delegate to the St. Joseph Building and Construction Trades Council, holding the positions of Financial and Recording Secretary and Vice President. Jim was also a delegate of Northwest Missouri Central Labor Council. Upon retirement Jim was appointed President of the St. Joseph area Sheet Metal Workers Retirees Club.
Jim loved all outdoor activities, mainly camping, hunting, fishing, watching dirt track racing, sport shooting, hanging out in his shop with friends and family and drinking lots of barley and hops.
Jim had 2 children by his first marriage, Ashley Dawn (Flach) Smith and her husband Jay, and Brandon James Dean Flach and his wife Deneise, which he loved equally. Jim also had two step daughters, Erinn (Durrie) Gemmell and her husband Jay, and Melissa Durrie, which he loved equally as his own. On March 28, 1996, Jim married Rhonda (Buller) Flach, and they recently celebrated their 23rd wedding anniversary, and she survives of the home. He is also survied by his sisters, Susan (Robert) Edwards, Julie (Randy) Cluck, and June (Carl) Williams, 4 grandchildren, Jaben Flach, Addie Gemmell, Haleigh Smith, and Miah Gemmell.
Jim has been cremated under the care of Rupp Funeral Home. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at Rupp Funeral Home. Pastor Bob Flach, officiating. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Monday at the Rupp Funeral Home. Inurnment will follow the service at the Mt. Olivet Cemetery. To help carry on Jims love for the trade, Memorials are requested to the St. Joseph Sheet Metal Workers JATC, P.O. Box 895, St. Joseph, MO 64502.
Edmund Gerald Titus, Sr., age 80, of Basehor, KS went home to be with his Lord peacefully on Monday, Mar. 2, 2020 at his home. Visitation 10 to 11 and Funeral at 11 am, Thur., Mar. 5th, at the Elm Grove Baptist Church near Bonner Springs, KS., with burial to follow in Elm Grove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family suggests Harbor Hospice or the Elm Grove Baptist Church.
Richard Faustlin, 72 of Archie, Missouri passed away Sunday, December 8, 2019 at Butler Center in Butler, Missouri. A Celebration of Life service will be held 7:00 pm Friday, December 13, 2019 at Mullinax Funeral Home, Butler (660-679-0009). There will be no visitation. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at www.mullinaxfuneralhome.com.
Richard John Faustlin was born May 14, 1947 in Kansas City, Missouri to Oscar and Evelyn Rief Faustlin. He was a long time member of the Sheet Metal Workers Union and for several years he worked with McDonald County Sheriff’s Department.
Jason M. Vannaman
Jason Vannaman 46, of Saint Joseph, Missouri, passed away Sunday, January 12, 2020 in Saint Joseph, MO. He was born May 5, 1973 in St. Joseph, MO, son of Linda and John Vannaman. He graduated from Benton High School, class of 1991, and retired from the Air Force – Air National Guard. He was working at Seamon Shuske, and he was the owner operator of the First and Last Chance Tavern. He loved Harley Davidson motorcycles and fishing. Survivors include, his parents, daughters, Haley Vannaman and Kathryn Vannaman, grandson, Levi, and sister, Georgia (Michael) Roades of St. Joseph, MO.
Darrell G. Utley
Darrell Gene Utley, age 80, of Edwards, Missouri, passed away Monday, January 6, 2020 at his home. He was born on July 19, 1939, the son of Clifford and Lorene Utley in Brookfield, Missouri.
He was a graduate of Raytown High School Class of 1957. Following high school he began working as a sheet metal worker with the Sheet Metal Union Local #2 of Kansas City until he retired after 43 years. He also was a past member of the Moose Lodge in Kansas City.
He was united in marriage to Donna Jean Mason on May 6, 1966. She preceded him in death on July 26, 2009. He is also preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Carol Puhl and one brother, Don Utley.
He is survived by three daughters, Deborah White (Tracy) of Shawnee, Kansas, Tammy Shields and Terri Sweeney of Parkville, Missouri, two sons, Steven Utley (Chris) and Rick Utley (Janet) of Independence, Missouri, 10 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, one brother, Dennis Utley, of Texas, other relatives and friends.
Services will be held at a later date with interment to take place at the Cable Ridge Cemetery near Edwards, Missouri. Memorial contributions may be made to the Junior Diabetes Research Foundation c/o Reser Funeral Home, P.O. Box 910, Warsaw, Missouri 65355.
David F. Couch
David F. Couch David F. Couch, 80, Bonner Springs, Kansas, passed away Wednesday Dec 25, 2019. Celebration of life Monday, December 30, 2019 from 6:30 to 8:00 P.M., Elm Grove Baptist Church, Bonner Springs, Kansas.
Harold “Bud” Barkley
Harold “Bud” Barkley, 73 of Blue Springs, MO passed away early Saturday, December 21, 2019 at Research Hospital in Kansas City.
James “Jim” Shy
James L. (Jim) Shy, 84, passed away on December 13, 2019 in Springfield, MO.Jim was born in Otterville, MO on March 23, 1935. He graduated from Smith Cotton High School in Sedalia, MO. He moved to Independence, MO, where he raised his two daughters and was a long-time and very active member of The Sheet Metal Workers Union Local #2. Jim retired as Vice President of Schwenk, Inc. of Kansas City, MO.Jim’s life-long passion was the Lake of the Ozarks, where he personally built a weekend home for his family. At his retirement, he moved there full time. Later he moved to Florida and then lived in Springfield the last few years. During his retirement, he was a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity.
Joseph B. Wichman
Joseph (Joe) Brett Wichman, 41, passed away on November 6, 2019
Joe is survived by his parents, Jim and Janie Seymour, Dennis and Marilyn Wichman and his brother Jeff Wichman. Visitation services will be held at White Chapel Funeral Home on November 12, 2019 from 5-8 pm. In lieu of flowers, please send money to North Kansas City Baseball at PO Box 34727 North Kansas City, MO 64116
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DOB-December 13, 1937
DOD-August 9, 2019
Dewey Roberts, Jr., left this world on his 95th birthday, July 6. He was born in Kansas City, Kansas, to Edith Miller Roberts and Dewey Roberts, Sr. He had a deprived and tumultuous early childhood, until his mother had the good fortune to marry Henry Ackerman, a gentleman with six children of his own. Dad inherited brothers and sisters, and was treated by Papa Ackerman as one of his own. Dad had great respect and love for his stepfather, who taught him several trades and gave him the start he needed. Dad enlisted in the Army in 1943 and served in Europe until the end of the war. He was awarded two Purple Hearts. He never talked much about the war, but he proudly wore his WWII Veteran’s hat during his later years. Dad met and married Martha Lambert in 1946. She was the love of his life, and he was devastated when she died after 67 ½ years of marriage. In true fashion, he tried to make the best of it, but he never went through a day without mentioning her name. They had seven children, including two sets of twins. With such a large brood to support, Dad settled on the heating and air conditioning business, a new and burgeoning field. He was an entrepreneur who started McDowell and Roberts in the early 50’s, then moved on to Modern-Aire, and finally Midwest Heating and Cooling. He was an innovator in designing new systems to handle larger homes. In fact, Lennox, Carrier and other companies sought his design advice in new products, although they sometimes didn’t expect to get his truthful opinions – which almost always proved to be correct. He conducted himself with honesty and integrity, and instilled those values in us from an early age. Although he chose to retire at 62, he never quit working. He went on to a second career remodeling houses, a job he thoroughly enjoyed. He built barns, finished basements, built bathrooms, and tiled floors for all seven of us. He built a new deck on his house when he was 88 years old. Dad was a true Renaissance Man. There was literally nothing he couldn’t do. He was a problem solver and inventor. Dad loved music, and particularly loved to sing. He never lost interest in politics or current events. He was generous and giving, and was always the first to volunteer to help someone in need. He was a loyal sports fan, too, of the A’s, Royals and Chiefs, although he was baffled with how someone playing a game could earn millions a year. He was a recreational pilot which he greatly enjoyed. And he loved our years at the Lake of the Ozarks. Once he had the great idea of putting watermelons at the bottom of the lake to chill. That was a great idea until it was time to retrieve them! Dad loved his wife and family more than life itself. He was Provider and Protector to all of us. He had lots of advice for us (some wanted and some not so wanted). He told every single one of our teachers at teacher’s conferences that “vocabulary is money in the bank.” Much to our embarrassment, he also told all the teachers that they were our favorite. Then he would tell us later, “Well, I got you an A.” Some of his advice included, “do something even if it is wrong, “hack it out” (meaning don’t take a sick day), and “walk with a purpose” (no dawdling allowed). He was also quite unhappy if we put too much syrup on our pancakes or left lights on. Dad was inordinately proud of every single one of us. He tried not to brag on us to others, but he really couldn’t help it. Dad loved people and loved to talk. He had an opinion about everything, and didn’t hesitate to share it, but he was willing to listen to the other side. He also loved playing gin rummy, and had a running game for over 50 years. When his morning coffee group disbanded two years ago, he took himself to Jerry’s Café and joined into an existing group, where he proceeded to try to convert them to his political and religious beliefs. These kind people accepted a 93-year-old man and made him feel loved, respected, and a valued member of the group. We want to thank Rhonda, Marian, Charlie, Charlie, John, Dennis, Lisa, and Jim for including him and making him welcome. They brightened his life, and he wanted to go to Jerry’s every morning, even when he had to expend great effort just to get in the car. Dewey leaves behind two daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Jean-Pierre Roueche and Kimberly and Mike Southard. He leaves five sons and daughters-in-law, Dennis Roberts, Dan and Nancy Roberts, Mike and Robin Roberts, Mark and Jennifer Roberts, and Kirk and Dottie Roberts. He leaves 20 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren, 2 nieces, 6 nephews, and many friends. Goodbye Dad, Protector and Provider, Leader of the Band, and our biggest fan. We will never forget you. Arrangements: Floral Hills, 7000 Blue Ridge Boulevard, Kansas City. Visitation Thursday, July 11, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Services Friday, July 12, at 10:00 a.m.
Ralph L. Housman Jr., 68, of Gravois Mills, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at his home surrounded by his family overlooking his lake. He is survived by his wife, Shari; children, Lisa Doble (Chris), Trisha Lamley (Brian) and Greg Housman (Carlos); five grandchildren; and best friend, Wayne Barnhill and his children.
His Celebration of Life will be Saturday, June 29 at the Local 2 Sheet Metal Union Hall, 2902 Blue Ridge Blvd., Kansas City, MO, 64129, from 2-4 p.m., followed by a memorial service at 4 p.m.
A Celebration of Life at the lake will be held Saturday, July 6, 2019, from 4-6 p.m. at the Housman home. www.kidwellgarber.com
Richard “Jerry” Dorsel
Richard “Jerry” Dorsel Richard “Jerry” Dorsel, age 85, a resident of Kansas City, Missouri, passed away on Thursday, May 9, 2019, at Linden Woods Village, Gladstone, Missouri. Jerry was born the son of Frank L. Dorsel, Sr. and Lillian B. (Binnicker) Dorsel on October 22, 1933, in St. Joseph, Missouri. He was a 1951 graduate of Central High School, St. Joseph, Missouri. He attended Kansas City Junior College. Jerry served in the United States Army from 1956 until1958. He was united in marriage to Marcia Seidt on August 18, 1962, in Miami, Oklahoma. She survives of the home. Jerry worked as a sheet metal worker beginning his career in 1959. He worked for Carl Weise, Gieske, and Standard Sheet Metal Companies. He was also a member of the Sheet Metal Local #2 of Kansas City. Survivors include his wife, Marcia Dorsel, of the home; two sons, Brett Richard Dorsel and wife Michelle of Kansas City, Missouri, and Christopher Allen Dorsel and wife Krislyn of Kansas City, Missouri; and five grandchildren, Clay Dorsel, Troy Dorsel, Zach Dorsel, Alex Dorsel, and Gabe Dorsel. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Frank L. Dorsel, Jr. and Robert E. Dorsel; and one sister, Arline M. White. Funeral services will be held at Newcomer’s White Chapel Funeral Home, 6600 NE Antioch Road, Gladstone, Missouri 64119, on Monday, May 13, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. A scheduled visitation will be held at Newcomer’s White Chapel Funeral Home, Gladstone, Missouri, on Monday, May 13, 2019, one hour prior to the service at 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. Burial will be held on Monday, May 13, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. at Utica Cemetery, Utica, Missouri. Memorial contributions may be made to Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care and may be left at or mailed to Lindley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 47, Chillicothe, Missouri 64601. Online condolences may be made at www.lindleyfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Lindley Funeral Home, Chillicothe, Missouri.
Laurence L. Scaletty
Laurence L. Scaletty Laurence L. Scaletty, 96, passed away on Friday, July 12, 2019. Visitation will be held from 10-11:00 am Wednesday at Church of the Nativity, 3800 W. 119th St., Leawood, KS 66209 followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11 am. Interment will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph. Larry was born December 15, 1922 in Parsons, KS to Frank & Emma Scaletty. He owned Central States Sheet Metal Co. Larry was preceded in death by his wife, Estelle, his brothers John and Bill, his sister, Bernita, and his parents Frank and Emma Scaletty. He was dearly loved and will be missed by all.
Graveside Services for Harold “Eddie” Edward Hudson, Jr, 76, Perry will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at Memorial Park Cemetery in Lawrence, Kansas. He passed away Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at his home. Eddie was born on November 8, 1942 in Lawrence, KS, the son of Harold Edward Hudson, Sr. and Margaret Elizabeth (Carr) Hudson. He married Linda May Bowen on January 18, 1953 in Lecompton, Kansas and they were married for 48 years. She preceded him in death on October 13, 2018. Eddie graduated from Lecompton High School in 1961 and was a Sheet Metal Worker for Local No.2 for over 25 years before retiring in early 1990. After retiring he became a driver for the car dealerships around Lawrence. He had a passion for scuba diving, fishing and traveling. He spent the last 8 years as a snowbird living summers in Kansas and winters at his home in Arizona. Survivors include his daughter, Michelle Williams, (Gary) Perry, son, Harold Hudson III (Christy), Kansas City, Missouri and a sister, Linda May (Frye) Skinner (David) of Vacaville, CA. He had four grandsons, Cole Fowler (Crystal), Tyler Williams, Bowen and Dylan Hudson; and one great-granddaughter, Lilly Fowler. He was preceded in death by his sister, Nancy Marie (Hudson) Foster in 2007 and Marge Elizabeth (Hudson) Gish in 2016. The family will greet friends from 6:00 ~ 8:00 p.m. on Monday, February 4, 2019 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.
Alford Endlsey Jr.
Alford Raymond Endsley Jr., 64, of Basehor, died,Thursday, April 11, 2019, at Medicalodge. He was born November 13, 1954, in Kansas City, Mo., the son of Alfred and Rosalie (Albright) Endsley. On Nov. 23, 1973, he married his loving wife of 45 years, Holly A. Passler in Craven County, N.C. She survives at the home. He is also survived by two daughters, Jennifer (Shawn) Marvel and Patricia McCann both of Basehor, Kan.; two sons, Alford (Katie) Endsley III of Bonner Springs, Kan., and Andrew (Amanda) Endsley of Edwardsville, Kan.; four sisters, Patricia (Joel) Weiner, Linda “Katie” (Gilbert) Moore, Ruby Wyatt, Rebecca (Richard) Ariaga; four brothers, August “Gus” (Jane) Endsley, Richard (Teresa)Endlsley, Randy (Lisa) Endsley, and Albert Endsley; and ten grandchildren. He served in the United States Marine Core from 1971-1977. He also worked at a sheet metal worker for the Local 2 where he retired in 2004. Alford loved riding his Harleys. He always had more than one! He was a member of the Masonic Lodge where he was a Master Mason 32nd degree and served as worshipful Master in 1996.
A visitation will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Monday, April 22, 2019, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 11:30 a.m. Monday, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorial donations are suggested to the funeral home for funeral expenses.
Ron Gulley, 75, of Oak Grove, Missouri passed away April 9, 2019. His wishes to be cremated with no services scheduled at this time. A celebration of life may be held at a future date.
Mr. Gulley was born June 3, 1943 in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Ron had a lifetime career in the HVAC Field. He was a previous business owner. Ron was a retired member of the sheet metal local #2. He also was an instructor for apprenticeship and a continuing education member of 1st Baptist Church in Blue Springs, Missouri. He was a previous member of Sycamore Hills Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by parents, Kenneth (1985) and Jean (1994); and brother, William “Bill” (2004).
Survivors include: wife, Marsha Gulley; sister, Randie (Denny) Bowen; children, Ronda (Tim) James, Ryan (Suzanne) Gulley, Pam (Steve) Bailey, Scott (Val) Webb, and Angy (John) Hill; seventeen grandchildren; and four great grandchildren; and his beloved dogs, Tink and Harley.
Memorial contributions are suggested to: Independence Animal Hospital for his love of animals and in particular service and staff, 300 S Noland Rd Independence, MO 64050, 816-254-4282.
John E. Gannon
John E Gannon, age 76, of Independence, passed away March 27, 2019.
John was born September 7, 1942 to Harold and Anna Gannon of Hillsboro, Illinois. After high school, he enlisted in the US Air Force from 1960 to 1965. He returned to Decatur, Illinois where he married Diane Larson. They had one son Michael.
John worked at Firestone, then joined the Sheet Metal Union and moved to Independence. He retired from Sheet Metal Union Local #2.
Surviving John is his son Michael and wife Laura Gannon of Bloomington, Illinois. Granddaughter Breanna of Oreana, Illinois. Grandsons; Eric of Chicago and Ryan of Bloomington. One very special great grandaughter, Emma.
His family would like to recognize his very special friends; Bob & Jan Rich, Bill Mc Fall, Ken & Debbie Canada, and Tony Jones. He will be missed by is faithful dog, Snooker.
Daniel Lee Rocco
Daniel Lee Rocco, of Nevada, Missouri, passed suddenly from this life at Cox South in Springfield, MO, surrounded by his family on Sunday, January 20th, 2019. Dan was born in Raytown, MO on October 3rd, 1947 to Ralph (Deke) and Marie (Cotton) Rocco. He attended Raytown South High School, graduating in 1965.
Dan served our country in The United States Navy from 1966 to 1972. After he was discharged from the Navy, Dan completed training and apprenticeship in Sheet Metal with A. Zahner Sheet Metal of Kansas City. He was a proud member of Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association Local Union No. 2 for 45 years. Dan excelled in his work and was well respected by his co-workers. He quickly became a foreman for the company and led his crews on some amazing projects all over the world; including the AT&T Tower, the Kauffman Center, the EMP (Experience Music Project) in Seattle, the Pulitzer Museum, Cottey College in Nevada, and Hong Kong International Airport. Dan was a loyal, dependable and hard-working man, devoting his life to his work in architectural construction..
Dan married his wife Judy Ann Gilman, of Nevada, MO, in the summer of 1981. He loved his family with passion and was extremely proud of his children and grandchildren. He is survived by his wife, Judy Rocco of Nevada, MO; four children – Ashley Rocco of Bronaugh, MO, Miranda Pucci (and her husband Nick) of Ballwin, MO, Amy Kent (and her husband Jamie) of Wentzville, MO and Michael Rocco (and his wife Michelle) of Fayetteville, AR; eleven grandchildren, Thomas (T.D.) McBeth, Lauren Seybold (and husband Ryan), Braxton Rocco, Aricka Pryor, Austin (Oswald) Kent, George Rocco, Andrew Kent, Ava Pucci, Eliza Pucci, Ashley Kristine Rocco and Alyssa (Ally) Rocco; one brother, Michael Rocco of Bella Vista, AR; and “Pup” his beloved cat. He was preceded in death by his parents Ralph and Marie Rocco.
Dan was an avid fisherman. Family and friends will cherish memories of Dan, with his fly fishing pole, standing on the banks of Roaring River waiting for the sirens. He loved being outdoors most of all, whether it was fishing, camping, or being at deer camp. He loved listening to the oldies, and was known to cut a rug from time to time. After retirement, Dan lived a more private life where he enjoyed tending to his landscaping at his home (aka growing his own forest), building model airplanes, watching TV (History, SciFi and cooking shows), and spending time with his family. Whether you knew him as Daniel, Dan, Danny, Danno, Rocco, Rock or Rocky, if you knew him, you know that he didn’t hold back. He will be missed by many. Here is to you old man… the man, the myth, the legend… our ROCK!
The family will receive friends and family at a “Celebration of Life” on Saturday, January 26th, 2019, from 6 pm to 8 pm in the basement area at the Elks Lodge, 510 N. Centennial Blvd, Nevada, MO. The family asks that you please stop by during this time to share a memory in his honor.
Ernest Wilson Fisher
Ernest Wilson Fisher Ernest Fisher, 76, of Roeland Park, KS, passed away Saturday, February 23, 2019 at Morning Side Place. A visitation will be held at 1 PM with services beginning at 2 PM at the Maple Hill Funeral Home Feb. 26.
James L. Fredricks
James was born on December 5, 1928 and passed away on Tuesday, January 15, 2019. James was a resident of Kansas at the time of passing.
Robert David “Dave” Speake
Robert David “Dave” Speake, 80, of Boynton Beach, Florida, formerly of Sugar Creek, Missouri, passed away Thursday, January 3, 2019 due to Lewy Body Dementia.
Sterling Roy Cornelius
Sterling Roy Cornelius, 83, of Kansas City, MO, went to his heavenly home on Sunday, December 9, 2018. He was born August 10, 1935, in Fresno County, CA to Lester “Ted” and Genevieve (Harrison) Cornelius. On October 17, 1953, he married Shirley Stamper in Ava, MO. They were married 65 years and blessed with three daughters.
Sterling was active in FFA, played football, was a featherweight golden glove winner and raised ribbon winning sheep. He joined the Sheet Metal Workers’ Local #2 in 1953 and went through its apprenticeship program. After becoming a journeyman, he was a foreman and superintendent on several jobs. He had to retire in 1993 after being hurt on the job. Sterling loved family gatherings, playing games, hunting, fishing, stock car races and in his early years he hill climbed with his motorcycle. He was always busy with his hands, gardening, fixing and building things.
Sterling was preceded in death by his parents, Lester “Ted” and Genevieve Cornelius; and his sister, Emma Clinkingbeard. He is survived by his wife, Shirley (Stamper) Cornelius; daughters and their husbands, Carey and Roger Martin, Deland, FL, Jeanie and Barry Gibson, Platte Woods, MO, and Sandy and Dan Hultgren, Oakview, MO; grandchildren and spouses, Stacy and Kelly Sutherland-Hodge, Sanford, FL, Karin Hodge, Hudson, FL, Miranda Hodge, Hudson, FL, Melissa and Ace Gabauer, Shawnee, KS, Marie Godley, Kansas City, MO, Sarah and Allen Reed, Oakview, MO, and Jenifer and Brant Campbell, Kansas City, MO; great grandchildren, Kaity Hodge, Isabelle Hodge, Candice Sutherland-Hodge, Riley Sutherland-Hodge, Parker King, Trenton Reed, Spencer Reed and Kaelyn Campbell; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation will begin at 12 noon, followed by a service celebrating Sterling’s life at 1:00 pm, on Friday, December 14, at Park Lawn Northland Chapel, I-35 at State Route 291, Liberty. Burial will follow in Glenridge Cemetery. Memorial donations are suggested to the Heart of America Alzheimer’s Association, American Heart Association or American Diabetes Foundation.
James Eugene “Gene” Kunzler
James Eugene “Gene” Kunzler, 94, of Lenexa, KS, formerly of Gardner Lake, passed away Sept. 22, 2018 at Health Care Resort of Olathe, KS. Funeral service will be held 12:00 noon Fri., Sept. 28, 2018 at Bruce Funeral Home, 106 S. Center, Gardner, KS (913) 856-7111. Burial follows at Johnson County Memorial Gardens, Overland Park, KS with military honors. Visitation will be held 6:00-8:00 pm Thur., Sept. 27, 2018 at the funeral home with a Masonic service at 6:00 pm. Memorial contributions may be made to Grace United Methodist Church, Olathe, KS. Condolences may be left at www.brucefuneralhome.com Gene was born Dec. 5, 1923 in Springfield, MO to George Allison and Ava (Mayfield) Kunzler. He grew up in Springfield, MO. Gene graduated from Willard High School in Willard, MO. He served in the US Marine Corps for three years during WWII. Gene married Diana (Ferguson) Kunzler in Prairie Village, KS on Dec. 31, 1955. After marriage they lived in Overland Park for many years, moving to Gardner Lake in 1969. He was a Local Union #2 sheet metal worker who spent many years at Bendix Corp. in KCMO. Gene was an active member of Grace United Methodist Church, Olathe, KS and Masonic Lodge #436 of Overland Park, KS. He enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing and hunting. Gene will be dearly missed by family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Diana, in 2006 and sisters: Wanda Reynolds and Vivian Sloan. Gene is survived by sons: Gary and wife Anna Kunzler, Oklahoma City, OK and Keith and wife Glynnis Kunzler, MO; daughter, Leslie Kunzler and husband Peter Katolick, Guatay, CA; seven grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and brother, Duane and wife Charlotte Kunzler, Adel, IA.
Harry L. Royse, 68, passed away Sept. 8, 2018. Memorial services will be held 2:00pm 9/20 at Christ Chapel, 15275 92 Hwy, Platte City, MO 64079.
Richard A. Rankin
Richard “Dick” Rankin passed away on September 8th, 2018 at home in Edwards, MO with his family at his side. Richard was a beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather, uncle and friend to many people. Born on October 4th, 1943 in San Diego, CA at Hillside Hospital. Richard was the second son of Howard and Mary Ann Rankin coming along 2 years after older brother Bob. Howard and Mary Ann took their boys and moved to Kansas City, KS in 1944 moving to a townhouse in Quindaro Homes on North Allis St. Bob and Richard were close brothers who years later were joined by siblings Don and Barb. Richard graduated from Wyandotte High School in 1961. Not long after he began his career becoming an apprentice sheet metal worker in 1963. Around that same time Richard was set up on a blind date by a close friend with the lovely Nina Erickson, who despite living less than half a mile away from each other in Quindaro Homes and also going to Wyandotte, although a year behind, they had never met. That date began a relationship that resulted in their marriage on August 16th, 1964. Theirs was a truly deep and caring love that continued 54 years until his passing. His love for Nina was always present and shown right up until the end, worrying more about her than himself. They were just as much in love at the end as they were in the beginning. Richard began work at A. Zahner Sheetmetal in 1964 and became a journeyman sheet metal worker in 1967. Richard was a proud union member of Sheet Metal Workers Local #2 all of his life. Sheet metal work would provide an income for 37 years that supported his wife and children and their educations. Richard was devoted to his chosen craft and worked as an instructor at the apprentice school for the local for many years teaching rigging and safety. His finger prints can be found on many structures throughout Kansas City and the surrounding area, often high above the ground where only a few special people dared to work. Richard and Nina had two children, Bob and Lori who were born in 1965 and 1968. The family lived just “down the hill” their families in Quindaro Homes until the late 70’s when they bought their first home on 33rd St in KCK near their church and children’s school. There they raised their children, teaching them life’s lessons and setting an example of helping others. Richard was a scout leader for his son’s Cub and Boy Scout Troops and helped teach many young men the art of tying knots and starting a fire with a couple of sticks or flint and steel among many things. Most of all he taught them the importance of helping others and being a good member of society. Richard eventually left Zahner’s after 22 years and moved to Metro Air where his brother Bob worked. He spent the remaining 15 years of his career there and retired in 2000. Richard and Nina built, their retirement home on Lake of the Ozarks in Edwards, MO doing a great deal of the work themselves and resided their the remaining 18 years making many new friends and being a committed part of the community by helping with the Deer Creek Volunteer Fire Department and was on their governing board. Richard was an avid outdoors man, enjoying fishing and hunting with his brothers and son over the years. Summers for the family were spent camping nearly every weekend at Pomona, Perry or Douglas County State Lake. Summer evenings often meant hours of fishing on Wyandotte County Lake for Richard and his son. Richard was also a self taught wood craftsman and made all sorts of furniture for friends and family over the years. You were fortunate if you got a hand crafted piece of furniture from him and probably still have it to this day. All you needed to do was show him a picture of what you wanted and he would be off to his wood shop and soon an amazing piece of furniture was being delivered to your home. The number of lives touched over the years is large and he will be remembered for never saying no when anyone asked for help with a project, problem or predicament. Richard was proceeded in death by his father Howard and mother Mary Ann. Richard is survived by his wife Nina, brothers Bob Rankin (Kathy), Don Rankin and sister Barbara Rankin, son Bob Rankin (Amy), daughter Lori Kirkendoll, grandchildren Riley (Hali), Sarah (Jared), Emma and Ella, and great grandson Jace. As well as his niece Debbie Leonard (Jim), nephew Allen Rankin and grand nieces Randi, Natalie, Jamie and Lila. His uncle Homer Rankin (Pat) and many cousins in the Gardner, KS area. He loved them all and they will all miss him. Richard was a tremendous man who lived a good life and left us all too soon. He will be greatly missed, fondly remembered and always present in the lives of family and friends. Richard will be cremated in accordance with his wishes. There will be a celebration of life that will take place on Oct. 6th at the Deer Creek Fire Station, 30209 Hwy M, Edwards, MO 65326 at 11:00 with the assistance of Philip Orick. A reception will follow with food provided by the Busy Bees. In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to either the Deer Creek Fire Protection District, 30209 Hwy M, Edwards, MO 65326 or to Benton County Mo Hospice Services, 1238 Commercial St, Warsaw, MO 65355.
Joseph F. Brown
Joseph Franklin Brown, 89, of Cole Camp, died Sunday, August 19, 2018, at his home. He was born on April 5, 1929, in Gardner, Kansas, a son of Richard F. and Alice G. (King) Brown.
Orville Lesslie, 89, of Topeka, passed away Sunday, August 12, 2018. He was born December 11, 1928, in Marshall County, Kansas, the son of Glenn and Maisie (Kniesteadt) Lesslie. Orville graduated from Vermillion Kansas High School in 1946. He served in the Army during the Korean War. Orville married Marcene Romig on August 5, 1950 in Topeka, KS. Orville was employed by McElroy’s as a sheet metal supervisor, retiring in December 31, 1993. Mr. Lesslie was a member of the Faith Lutheran Church, of Topeka. Orville was a craftsman. He worked with stained glass, metal, and woodworking. He knew how to fix anything. He enjoyed camping, fishing and traveling with his trailer. Survivors include his wife, Marcene Lesslie, Topeka; daughter, Deb Lesslie and her husband Randy Miller, Woodbury, MN; son, Steven Lesslie, Topeka; grandchildren, Rob (Ryan) Lawrence, Erik (Mara) Schilling, Katelyn (Trevor) Peterson, Kyle (Dalten) Lesslie; step grandson, Jesse Miller, great-grandchildren, Evelyn Peterson, Lillian Lesslie; step great-grandchildren, Astrid and Joey Miller; a sister, Dorothy Tilley, Centralia; sister in law, Janice Robison and his faithful dog, Abby. He was preceded in death by his parents, and sisters, Delores Matson and Arvillamae Henderson. Visitation will be Friday, August 17, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, 1716 SW Gage Blvd. Memorial service will follow at 11:00 a.m. Graveside service will be at 1:30 at Mount Hope Cemetery & Funeral Chapel in Topeka, Kansas.
Roger Allen Hale passed away August 25, 2018. Memorial visitation will be held from 10:00 – 12:00 on Saturday, September 1 at Floral Hills Funeral Home. He was born August 11, 1944 in Kansas City, MO.. Roger was a member of the International Sheet Metal Workers Local #2 for over 50 years. He retired in 1998. Roger loved to travel. He enjoyed working on cars and other projects around the home. Roger was generous with his skills and knowledge. He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife Mary; sons Mike, Robert, and Mark; step-daughters Mary Christine, Kathleen, and Rebecca. Together, Roger and Mary have 7 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Joshua Center for Neurological Disorders for Impaired Children, 400 Bannister Rd., KCMO 64131, or KVC Health Systems Foster Care Adoptions, 21350 W. 153rd St, Olathe, KS 66061.
Houston, Garland D.
Garland D. Sam Houston, 80, St. Joseph, passed away Monday, August 6, 2018. He was born November 18, 1937, in St. Joseph, to Charles and Letha (Cook) Houston. Garland married Marie Loretta Daly, November 18, 1972. She survives of the home. He was a graduate of Benton High School, class of 1957. Garland worked at Goetz Brewery for 14 years, and then later worked at Silgan Containers for 27 years. Garland was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, F.O.E. member since 1957 and a loyal member of Local #2, Sheet Metal Workers, Kansas City, Missouri. He enjoyed classic cars, fishing, the outdoors, as well as family gatherings, holidays and meals. Garland volunteered at St. Marys Catholic Church doing landscaping for many years. He was preceded in death by: his parents; grandparents, Verna and Hank Trammell; and uncle, Christopher Garland Cook. Additional survivors include: daughter, Michelle Woods (Greg); son, Christopher Houston; grandchildren, Kathleen Woods, Shannon Redmond (Clayton), Claire and Craig Houston; and numerous cousins.
George Brice Vaughn, Jr., 72 years young, was born July 26, 1945, in Kansas City, MO., to George B. and Minnie C. Vaughn. He was the third of six children and the only son. Both parents and two sisters (Doris Jean Dickey and Brenda Davis Hines) preceded him in death.
Robert “Bob” Palmer
Robert (Bob) Palmer died July 7, 2018 in North Kansas City, MO. Graveside services with military honors will be held at 11:00 AM Thursday July 12, Linden Cemetery, rural Rock Port, MO. There will be viewing and visitation at 10:00 AM at the Linden Christian Church.
Larry E. Wertz was called home to be with our Lord on July 3, 2018. A memorial service will be held at 6pm on Monday, July 9th at Penwell- Gabel Funeral Home, Olathe, KS, with visitation available from 4-5pm the same day. The family suggests contributions to The American Legion Post 153 of Olathe or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Larry was born to Pearl Nora Davis and Ernest H. Wertz on October 5, 1934 in Warren, PA. At 17 years of age, he joined the Air Force and served for four years. He is a Korean War veteran. After his service he briefly attended Central Missouri State University where he met his loving wife, Diane. They were married for just over 58 years, and they had four children.
Larry spent his career working for the sheet metal union in Kansas City. Larry was active in the American Legion Post 153 and served in the honor guard. Larry and Diane both belonged to the 58th Fighter Association Air Force Reunion. Between the American Legion and Air Force Reunion, Larry met some truly amazing friends that he cherished. Many good memories were made and they warmed his heart, forever more. Our father was preceded in death by his wife, Diane, his daughter, Cheryl, and his son, Martin. He leaves behind his daughter Susan Wertz-Friend and her husband, Scott, and their three children, Blake, Evan, and Ryan, all of Olathe, and another daughter, Shelley Wertz-Schmidt and her son, Davis Schmidt, both of Olathe. Also surviving are his two brothers, John Currie and Gerald Currie and a step sister, Charlene Cole. Dad was gruff on the exterior but filled full on the inside of love, generosity, kindness, laughter, integrity, and held an honor and respect for America that was so admirable. He always made sure his daughters and families were safe and provided for. One thing for sure, his grand-boys love him with all their hearts! This great man has touched many lives in a variety of ways and he was deeply loved by all who knew him. Dad, we love you and can’t wait to hold your hand again soon.
Donald D. Baldwin
Donald D. Baldwin, 79, of St. Joseph, passed away Tuesday, July 3, 2018, at his home. Don was born on October 18, 1938, in Kansas City, Kansas, to the late Roscoe “Dean” Baldwin and El Marie (McDonald) Brooner. He graduated from Central High School. Don married Cheryl Wilson on October 4, 1985. He was enlisted in the United States Air Force. Don owned his own body shop, The Body Works, he was a Harley Davidson dealer in Iowa and later retired as a welder from Seaman & Schuske Metal Works Company. Don was a member of Sheet Metal Local 2, NSRA, Good Guys Car Club and 7 State Motorcross Champion. Dons greatest love was family and friends and particularly his grandchildren. His shop was his passion and he enjoyed working on his classic cars with his many friends. Don is preceded in death by: his parents; grandson, Drew Bodenhausen; and his two loving Goldens, Buffy and Bailey. Surviving family includes: his wife, Cheryl; daughters, Lisa (Brian) Bodenhausen, of Edwardsville, Kansas, Sherrie Baldwin, of St. Joseph; sons, Tommy Baldwin, of St. Joseph, Ryan Wilson, of Kansas City, Missouri, and Brady (Amy) Wilson, of St. Joseph; grandchildren, Luke, Seth (Gina) and Arielle Bodenhausen, Danielle Richardson, Tanner Baldwin, Lukas, Cooper and Charlie Wilson, Luchiano, Giovanni and Marcelino Coleman; and great-granddaughter, Aspen Wilson. Don has been cremated per his wishes. The family will receive friends at 10 a.m. Saturday with a memorial service at 11 a.m. at Heaton-Bowman-Smith Chapel in St. Joseph.
MICHAEL C. SENNER
Michael C. Senner of Kansas City, KS passed away on May 22, 2018. Michael was a longtime resident of the area having owned the Blue Roses Bar in KCK. Visitation is at Amos Funeral Home, 10901 Johnson Dr., Shawnee, KS 66203 on Saturday, June 2 nd from 10-11 AM. A graveside service will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery. Michael was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Jennie Senner in August of 2016, and by his son Michael Senner in June of 1992. He is survived by his daughter, Christyl Senner, his son, Greg Senner, his sister, Paula Thoennes and by his 3 grandchildren. Online condolences may be expressed at www.amosfamily.com.
Brandon Wayne Casey, 28, of Olathe, Kansas, formerly of Pleasant Hill, was born, December 28, 1989, in Springfield, Missouri, the son of Gary W. and Rhonda M. (Yarbrough) Casey. He departed this life, Saturday, May 19, 2018, at his parents’ home in Olathe.
William K. Leicher
William (Bill) Kenneth Leicher, 87, of Sedalia, MO, passed peacefully to his heavenly home, Friday, January 26, 2018, at the University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia.He was born April 16, 1930, in Hughesville, MO. The son of Otto William Leicher and Clara Kraft Leicher.He attended Smelser grade school and graduated from Hughesville High School in 1948. He served honorably in the US Army during the Korean conflict.On July 3, 1955, at Camp Branch Church in Sedalia, he was united in marriage to Grace Anne Lane. Together they shared 62 years of marriage.He faithfully attended Bethany Baptist Church, where he loved singing.Bill worked as a sheet metal worker with Local #2 in Kansas City for 38 years. He was a hard worker and took good care of his family.He enjoyed being outside and working on the farm. His hobbies included working on motors, going to steam engine shows, and making things from wood. You could always count on him to fix just about anything.Surviving is his wife, Grace; a daughter, Pamela Schultz (Scot) of Sedalia; a son, Lyndon Leicher (Kim) of Texas; five grandchildren, Bryan, Brent, Jaime, Kyle, and Rachel; four great-grandchildren; a sister, Marge Hirst of Oregon; and a brother, Melvin Leicher of Hughesville.He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Wayne Leicher; a daughter, Sharon Deuel; and a sister, Norma Jean Chapp.Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 1st, at Heckart Funeral Home in Sedalia, MO, with Pastor Craig Bowen officiating.The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until service time Thursday at the funeral home.Burial will be in the Memorial Park Cemetery with military honors by the US Army and VFW Post 2591.Pall bearers will be Brent Farris, Rachel Leicher, David Leicher, Daren Leicher, Greg Chapp, Grandin Lane, David Warren and Danny Lane.Memorials may be made to Show-Me Christian Youth Home or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Lowell “Jack” Norman Austinson
Lowell “Jack” Norman Austinson, 85, Belton, Missouri passed away May 13, 2018 at home surrounded by his daughters, son-in-law and his dog Oscar. A visitation will be held 9:00 – 10:00 AM, Saturday, May 19, 2018 at Heartland Cremation & Burial Society, 6113 Blue Ridge Blvd, Raytown, Missouri. Funeral services will follow at 10:00 AM. Burial in Green Lawn Cemetery, Kansas City, Missouri. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Jack was born September 27, 1932 in Kansas City, Missouri. He attended Southwest High School where he played football. He married Dolores (Brown) on May 10, 1952 and they were blessed with three wonderful children. Jack was a Navy Airman who served during the Korean War and then in the Navy Reserves. After his discharge, he worked at various jobs including selling insurance and working as a firefighter. He became a sheet metal worker in 1956 and remained in that profession until he retired in 1988. He was a member of Sheet Metal Local No 2. He received his 60 year pin in July 2016. He worked for Hennessey Sheet Metal for many years and used some of his creativity on the Hennessey family’s St Patrick’s Parade floats. He will be remembered for his love of golf, Mizzou Tiger sports, Chiefs football and Royals baseball. He had a great sense of humor and a kind heart. Jack and Dolores enjoyed traveling, dancing and spending time as Kansas City Jazz Ambassadors. They won a few dance contests together. He was an artist who created many beautiful oil paintings and had a natural talent at landscaping. Jack was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Dolores in 2007 and son Rick Austinson in 1997. Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law Julie Thomas and Mark Mayeux of Lee’s Summit, Missouri and Jana and Fred Wisner of Independence, Missouri; brother Dennis and wife Lolly; two grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and his faithful companion, Oscar.
Dewayne Edwin Everly
DEWAYNE EDWIN EVERLY Dewayne E. Everly, 81, died April 8, 2018. Visit. 10-11 a.m., service 11 a.m. Sat., April 14, Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, MO. Burial Sheldon Cemetery. Visitation also 6-7 p.m. Fri., at the funeral home.
Funeral services for Michael McManness, 64, Lawrence, will be at 2 pm Saturday at Cornerstone Southern Baptist Church, with the Revs. Gary O’Flannigan and Don Cunningham officiating. A visitation will follow the service. Michael died unexpectedly on Saturday, Mar. 24, 2018, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Michael Gale McManness was born October 28, 1953 in Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri to Soney Anthon and Erma Glea Cobb McManness. He is survived by his wife, Brenda Rene Page McManness and children Rebecca Glea McManness, David Anthon and Sarah Elizabeth McManness all of Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas, and Matthew Buler McManness of Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas, and one granddaughter, Gracelynn Dawn McManness of Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas. He was proceeded in death by his parents and brother Darrell Anthon McManness. Michael graduated from Lawrence High School in 1971. He worked for Francis Sporting Goods as a teenager, then as a commercial and industrial Sheet Metal Worker for Sheet Metal Workers, Local No. 2 for 44 years. He retained his license to sell Real Estate for 35 years. He was a partner in McManness Brothers Real Estate Management for 20 years, continuing to own and manage Real Estate until his death. Michael was a Southern Baptist, attending First Southern Baptist, Grace Baptist, Cornerstone Southern Baptist, and Antioch Baptist Church during his lifetime. He loved his God, his family, and his country. He was a life-long Kansas University Basketball and Football fan, and spent many happy hours watching them play and following the recruiting. As a young adult, he became fascinated by Geneaology, eventually tracing his family line back to Daniel Boone and the early settlers. Friends may call Friday from 8 am to 8 pm at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Diabetes Association, in honor of the struggle of his mother and other family members with diabetes, in care of the funeral home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044.
Wayne Baker, 93, of Grandview, Missouri, passed away February 16, 2018 at home. He was born January 30, 1925 in North Salem, Missouri to Floyd and Melissa (Stufflebean) Baker. Wayne was a Sheet Metal worker for many years with Local #2 in Kansas City, Missouri and was awarded his 40 year pin. Wayne was preceded in death by his parents; eight brothers; two sisters and two sons in law, Bill Carr and Steve Highfill. He is survived by his wife of over 75 years, Opal (Harris) Baker; children Rita Bubien and her husband Wally, Cheryl Highfill, Kathie Carr, Linda Amick and her husband Joe; grandchildren, Jon Orick and his wife Stacey, Lori Yates and her husband Ron, Ted Bubien and his wife Julie, RaShel Johnson and her husband Chris, Mickey Pitts, Debby Valdiviez and her husband Vince, Steve Carr and his wife Deanna, Kristen Steele and her husband Mark; step-grandchildren Sidney Johnson, Brian Amick and his wife Patsy, Kristen Amick, and Lauren Amick; great grandchildren, Alex Bybee, Sydnie Bubien, Mason Bubien, Dominic Bubien, Elle Bybee, Jack Valdiviez, Allison Valdiviez, Kristen Valdiviez, Haley Valdiviez, Luke Valdiviez, Nathan Adams, Katie Carr; step grandson, Chase Jarvis, and many nieces nephews, relatives and friends. He will be loved and missed dearly by his family including his beloved dog Dolly. Memorial Services will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday, February 24, 2018 at Blue Springs Church of the Resurrection, 601 NE Jefferson Street, Blue Springs, Missouri, 64014. In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions to Blue Springs Church of the Resurrection or to St. Luke’s Hospice.
Frank B. Barnett, age 80, of Bonner Springs, KS., passed away on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at his home. Visitation will be 6 to 7pm, Funeral Service at 7pm, both Friday, Feb. 2nd, at the Alden-Harrington Funeral Home. Private burial will be at a later date. Francis Bryan Barnett was born May 18th, 1937 in Brumley, Missouri. Frank, as we all knew him, was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was an active member of Sheet Metal Local #2 for 41 years. Frank served as Apprentice Coordinator and retired as Business Manager of Local #2 in 2000. He loved the outdoors, hunting and tinkering with new hobbies. He touched many lives in his years with the sheet metal trade. Frank is preceded in death by his grandson, Brian Farris, and his parents, J.C. & Pauline Barnett. He is survived by his wife, Coni, daughters, Stacey Smyly and Kim Harris and his son Don Barnett as well as 3 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. His quick wit and ready smile will be missed by all. His family will have a Celebration of Frank’s Life at the Sheet Metal Local #2 Union Hall on March 3rd, 2-5 pm. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Working Families’ Friend in Frank’s honor. This is an organization that helps union families in need. You may donate directly to them online, via the mail, leave a check at Frank’s services or at his Celebration on March 3rd. Note: online credit card donations will not be able to designate that they are in memory of Frank, however check donations can designate. Working Families’ Friend 1021 Pennsylvania Kansas City, MO 64105 www.wffriend.org
Raymond Vernon Smith, 89, of Smithville, passed away, Thursday, December 21, 2017, at his home. Ray is survived by: his children, Randy Smith and wife Connie, and Kelly Brown and husband Terry; grandchildren, Randa and Lexus Brown and Cheyenne Smith; several nephews and nieces; other relatives and many friends. Private services will be held.A register book will be available January 5, 2018, at Hixon-Klein Funeral Home, in Smithville for friends to sign. As published in the St. Joseph News-Press.
Jack Sublette, 74, of Blue Springs, died Nov. 22, 2017. Family visit. 5-7 pm, rosary 7 pm Mon, Nov. 27, Mass 10 a.m. Tues, all St. Robert Bellarmine Parish, Blue Springs. Burial Sunset Hill Cem., Warrensburg, MO.
Jerry D. Armstrong
Jerry Donald Armstrong Sr., 76, a resident of Blue Springs, MO passed away Wednesday, November 8, 2017. He was born September 29, 1941 in Kansas City, MO to Albert D. and Gertrude (Orlann) Armstrong. Jerry was united in marriage to Bonnie Horton in Independence, MO. He worked as a foreman for Sheet Metal Local #2 for 35 years in Kansas City, MO. Jerry was Presbyterian by faith and was a member of the American Legion Post 499 and Sheet Metal Union. He enjoyed playing poker, bowling, fishing, and golfing. Jerry was instrumental in developing one of the best youth baseball leagues in the metro, he also coached American Legion Baseball in Blue Springs from 1975 to 2005. Survivors include daughters, Corinne and husband Curtis Troxel of Blue Springs, MO, Edwina Long and Ronald Phillips of Independence, MO; son, Jerry D. Armstrong Jr., of Blue Springs, MO; sister, Sonia Hughes of Kansas City, MO; grandchildren, Bo, Alex, James, Erika, Tyler, Tim, Ronnie, Tiffany; great-grandchildren, Brody, Kristina, Zane and Serenity. He is preceded in death by his wife, Bonnie Armstrong; parents, Albert and Gertrude Armstrong. Memorial service will be held 6:00 p.m., Monday, November 13, 2017 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St, Blue Springs, MO. The family suggests that memorial contributions be made the American Heart Association. Memories of Jerry and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.
Elmer D. Nichols
Elmer Dean Nichols, born in Kansas City, MO, on August 21, 1952, to Claude A. and Nellie V. Nichols, passed away on August 20, 2017. Elmer was drafted into the Army in 1972 at the age of 19 years old. He was honorably discharged, as AIR CAV in 1974. Two years later, in 1976, he became a Sheet Metal Worker, Local Union 2, eventually retiring in 2006. Being clean and sober since 1988, he believed in the AA program and became a sponsor to many, including close friends. Besides spending time with his wife and best friend, Mary, of 47 years, whom he married on August 7, 1971, Elmer enjoyed working on cars with his son and spending time with his daughter and playing with his granddaughters. He loved motorcycles, cars and music, as well as baseball and football. He spent much of his time watching the Royals and Chiefs with his wife, Mary. Elmer was the father of two wonderful children, Matt and Angie, whom he dedicated most of his time to. He was the patriarch of his family, had a huge and giving heart, and will be missed dearly. Elmer is survived and will be remembered by his beloved wife, Mary, his son Matt, his daughter Angela, and 3 beautiful granddaughters; Ellie Nichols, Olivia Cox, and Genevieve Nichols; sister Catherine Neitch of Ft. Worth, TX; and brother Garry Nichols of Kansas City, KS. He was surpassed in death by his parents Claude and Nellie Nichols and his brother Joe Nichols. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 3:00 p.m., for all friends and family at Park Lawn Funeral Home located at 8251 Hillcrest Road, Kansas City, Missouri 64138. On Friday September 1st, Elmer will be buried at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville, Missouri with full Military Honors
Patrick Michael Hennessey, 88, passed away on August 19, 2017. He was born on April 18, 1929 at the family home in Kansas City, MO. He was one of five children of John and Amanda Hennessey. He is a Catholic and a member of Cure of Ars Church and Our Lady of Perpetual Help Redemptorist Church. He graduated from Lillis High School and attended Findley Engineering College. He was an Eagle Scout in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say. He served in the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S.S. Kidd for approximately four years during the Korean conflict. He was the founder of Hennessey Sheet Metal, Inc. in 1976 and continued as owner until 2009. Preceding him death were his wife, Ann; his parents, John and Amanda; two brothers, John and Eugene; and his sister, Mary Janice Hennessey. Survivors include his sister, Josephine; his dog, Rosy; many nieces and nephews; and many loving friends. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10AM on Saturday, August 26, at Cure of Ars Church, 9401 Mission Rd, Leawood, KS 66206, with burial to follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Raytown, MO. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Cure of Ars Church or Crossroads Hospice, 11150 Thompson Ave, Lenexa, KS 66219. In honor of Pat, “Kick Butt!”
Gerald L. “Jerry” Norton
Jerry Norton, 74, of Kearney, MO., passed away July 30, 2017. A visitation will be held Saturday, August 12, 2017 from 10-11:00 at Fry Bross & Spidle Funeral Home in Kearney, Missouri with a memorial service to follow directly after at 11:00. Jerry was born in Kansas City, Missouri on March 3, 1943. He was a graduate of the class of ’61 from North Kansas City High School. He was a member of the Sheet Metal Local #2 and worked in sheet metal for forty years. Jerry was preceded in death by his parents and grandson, Grant. He is survived by his wife, Pat; daughters, Kelly, Sherry, Cindy, and their spouses; son, Troy and stepson, Patrick; seven grandchildren, and six great grandchildren. He is also survived by four sisters, two brothers, and many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the donor’s choice.
Quentin E. Straker, 96, died June 23, 2017 at the Illinois Veterans Home. Vis Thursday, June 29, 1-2 PM Service 2 PM Resthaven Mortuary, Trenton MO, burial with Military Honors in Martin Cemetery, Tindall MO.
RONALD P. NEUMER
Ronald P. Neumer a lifelong resident of KC,K, Merriam, KS, and Baldwin City, KS, passed in his sleep on June 13, 2017, surrounded by family. Graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 15, at Resurrection Cemetery, Lenexa, KS. Ron retired in 2003 from Sheet Metal Workers Local No. 2 after 53 years of proud service. He was preceded in death by father, Paul L. Neumer, mother, Helen Marie Morgan Neumer and his granddaughter, Lauren M. Neumer. Those who will miss him dearly are his wife, Brenda L. Neumer; son, Brett L. Neumer; daughter, Tamara M. Neumer (Tony Angel); sister, Constance Neumer Lovsky (Marvin Lovsky), grandchildren, Brett L. Neumer II (Jacqueline Neumer) Joshua R. Neumer, Aaron J. Neumer and Haili L. Neumer, great granddaughters, Ava R., Abby M. and Aleah G. Neumer. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the Douglas County Visiting Nurses Association Hospice, 200 Maine, Suite C, Lawrence, KS 66044 www.kansasvna.org Condolences may be left at: www.porterfuneralhome.com Arr.: Porter Funeral Homes & Crematory, 8535 Monrovia, Lenexa, KS (913) 438-6444. Porter Funeral Homes and Crematory
Jack Gerald Christian
March 3, 1925 – June 5, 2017 Jack G. Christian, 92, of Independence, MO passed away June 5, 2017. Graveside service held at 10am on Monday, June 12th at Lee’s Summit Cemetery.
Kenneth Howerton, 92, of Independence, MO passed away April 26, 2017 with his loving family by his side. Visitation will be from 12-1pm, May 2, 2017 at Speaks Suburban Chapel. Funeral services will follow at 1pm in the chapel. Burial with full Military Honors will take place in Mound Grove Cemetery. Kenneth was born on September 24, 1924in Kansas City, Mo to Charles and Clara (Sharp) Howerton. He was a proud Veteran, serving in the navy during WWII. Kenneth worked for many years as a sheet metal worker for Performance Contractors. He enjoyed fishing in Minnesota and traveling to Florida. Survivors include; son Steve Howerton and his wife Diana; 2 grandchildren; and 3 great grandchildren. Kenneth is preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife who passed away in March 2017, daughter Cathy Howerton; 1 great granddaughter and 2 great great grandsons.
Lawrence George Edmondson
Lawrence George Edmondson, 91, of Independence, Missouri passed away April 13, 2017. Visitation will be held from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Carson-Speaks Chapel, 1501 W Lexington Ave., Independence, MO. Graveside services will follow at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Woodlawn Cemetery in Independence, Missouri. Lawrence was born on February 6, 1926 in Independence, Missouri to Samuel Russell and Goldie Mae (Campbell) Edmondson. Lawrence was an Army Veteran and a member of the VFW. He was also a member of the Sheet Metal Workers’ Local #2 since 1947, and retired from Barnes and Dodge in 1987. After retirement Lawrence loved traveling with family and friends, especially as a winter Texan for several years. Lawrence was preceded in death by his parents, wife Helen L. Edmondson (Pine), wife Lanora V. Edmondson (Moon), son Dr. L. Vincent Edmondson, son-in-law George H. Crawford, great grandson Christopher Farnsworth, brothers, Clarence O. Riddle and Earl V. Edmondson and sisters Alma Hicks and Hazel E. Smith. Survivors include daughter Judith A. Calvin and her husband Craig, daughter Nancy J. Crawford, daughter-in-law Kelly Edmondson, grandchildren: Karen Howell and her husband Billie, Brian Craig, Daniel Crawford and his wife Amanda, and Kimberly Crawford, great grandchildren: James Craig, Truman Farnsworth, Aaron Crawford, Mercedes Crawford, and Cameron Crawford; and great great granddaughter Jozelyn Behee-Craig. In lieu of flowers memorial donations are suggested to The Salvation Army, PO Box 803319, Kansas City, MO 64180
Pete Madrid, 83, of Independence, MO passed away April 1, 2017 with his loving family by his side. Visitation will begin at 10:30am, Thursday, April 6, 2017 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Rosary will be prayed at 11:40 am and Mass of Christian Burial will be 12pm. Burial will take place in Mound Grove Cemetery. Pete was born into a large family on February 27, 1934 in Kansas City, MO to Joseph and Pricilla (Armijo) Madrid. He graduated from De La Salle High School in 1951. He was a member of Sheet Metal Local #2 for over 60 years, retiring after 45 years of service. Survivors include: sons Joe Madrid and wife Sue; Louis Madrid and wife Christine; grandchildren Paul Madrid and wife Danielle, Dominic Madrid, Michelle and husband Caleb Freeman, Tony Madrid and wife Lisa, Danny Madrid and wife Cathy; and Shannon Nicodemus; great grandchildren Sam Madrid and Nora Madrid; seven step- grandchildren, eight sisters, and a large extended family. Pete is preceded in death by his parents, loving wife of over 47 years, Elena Madrid, 3 brothers and 2 sisters. Memorial may be made to St. Mary’s Church in Pete’s memory.
Clemente Raya, Sr., 87, Kansas City, Mo., passed away peacefully among his family February 24, 2017. Visitation from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, March 2, at McGilley Midtown, 20 W. Linwood Blvd., KCMO. Rosary at 7 p.m. Funeral will be at 9:30 a.m. Friday, March 3, at Redemptorist Church, 3333 Broadway, KCMO. Burial at Forest Hill Calvary Cemetery, 6901 Troost. He was born Aug. 22, 1929, in Kansas City, to Joseph & Julia Raya. He was a US Navy veteran and lifelong resident of the West Side community where he dedicated his life to helping others and often volunteered or led several community projects. He was an active member of the Shriners, Scottish Right, Freemasons, and Knights of Columbus. He worked out of Sheet Metal Local 2 for over 50 years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ramona Raya, daughter, Catalina Raya, son, Joseph Raya, granddaughter, Olivia Raya, great granddaughter, Ramona Jones. He leaves behind five sons, Clemente Raya, Jr., Louis Raya, Porfirio Raya, Mark Raya, Roman Raya, many grandchildren and great grandchildren, and many great friends. Condolences may be given to mcgilleymidtownchapel.com McGilley Midtown Chapel, Dignity Memorial, Life Well Celebrated
While out mowing late in the evening on August 10, 2016, John Hidy of Plattsburg, Mo., was attacked by an unknown number of wasps. Thus began the fight for his life, which ultimately led to his death on November 25, 2016. He was in and out of hospitals from that night on, even losing the lower part of his leg. John always said, in spite of heart problems, etc., it would be something stupid that killed him – that proved to be true. Those who knew him, saw John for the generous, loving, hard working and talented man he was.
John was born September 3, 1940, in Seneca, Kansas. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Pat, of Plattsburg; one sister, Mildred Green of Lathrop; four children – Shauna Stackhouse (Gary) of Gladstone, Mo.; Kevin Hidy (Michele) of Kansas City, Mo.; Scott Hidy (Debbie) of Liberty, Mo.; and Mark Hidy of Kearney, Mo. Also 13 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
Per John’s wishes, there will be no services. The family asks that everyone remember him with good thoughts and extend their hand to help others whenever possible, in his memory
John Daniels McMinn, 82 of Blue Springs, MO passed away, Sunday, January 22, 2017 at St. Mary’s Medical Center. Services will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 27, 2017 at the Speaks Suburban Chapel, 18020 E. 39th, Independence, MO 64055. Burial will follow in Oak Ridge Memory Gardens. The family will greet friends from 1:00 p.m., until service time Saturday at the chapel. John was born May 24, 1934 in Buckner, MO to John and Xantha (Daniels) McMinn. He graduated from Buckner High School and has been a lifelong area resident. He worked for the Sheet Metal Workers Local #2 for over 40 years before he retired. He was an avid Chiefs and Royals fan and enjoyed spending time with his family. Survivors include; his loving wife of 55 years, Christa of the home; 2 sons, Kevin McMinn of Torrance, CA and Kirk McMinn of Blue Springs, MO; a brother, Larry McMinn; 3 sisters, Sue Montgomery, Audrey Weis and JoAnn McNaul; 4 grandchildren, Jennifer, John, Joseph and Jessica and 2 great grandchildren, Jazmine and Christopher. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.speakschapel.com (Arrangements: Speaks Suburban Chapel (816) 373-3600)
Howard E. VanTuyl Jr
Howard E. VanTuyl Jr, 70, of Leavenworth Ks passed away on Friday, December 30, 2016 at the Olathe Hospice House, Olathe KS. Visitation with the family present will be Saturday from 10:00 A.M. Until 1:00 PM at Belden Larkin Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be at 1:00 PM Saturday following the visitation at the funeral home with Pastor Jeff Isaacs of Riverland Christian Church of Valley Center, Kansas officiating. Burial will be in Mount Muncie Cemetery, Lansing, Kansas.
JOSEPH W. PATTI
Joseph Patti, 73, of Westwood, KS passed away December 26, 2016. Visitation will be held from 5-7pm on Thursday, December 29, 2016 at Maple Hill Funeral Home. Service will begin at 7pm.
James L. (Jim) Davis
James L. (Jim) Davis, 81, of Louisburg, Kansas passed away on December 23, 2016 at his home. Jim was born November 24, 1935 in Chillicothe, MO to Archie and Juanita Seifert Davis. He was united in marriage to Dettie Lou McChesney on December 13, 1959. Jim served in the United States Navy aboard the U.S.S. Frontier from 1954 to 1959. He was a 50 year member of Sheet Metal International Association Local No. 2. His Navy and Construction career allowed him to travel the world to places including: Japan, Hong Kong, Australia, Saudi Arabia, and Venezuela. He retired in 2002 to enjoy spending time at Lake of the Ozarks in their summer home with family and friends. He had a passion for gardening and sharing his blackberries, tomatoes, and pumpkins. He also enjoyed riding his horse in the American Royal Parade, farming, and taking his grandchildren on rides in the golf cart. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Sue Fletcher; and his beloved Sheltie, Heidi. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Dettie; son, Bill (Tammy) Davis; daughters, Jan (Augie) Hurst, and Traci (Pat) Storey; grandchildren, Chelsea and Dettie Lou Davis, Brian (Casey) Vohs, Kaitlyn Giesch, and Jack Niebaum, Patrick, Ashley, and Libby Storey; and great-grandsons, Brayden and Garrett Vohs.
No Arrangements at this time.
Patrick Jay McDowell
Patrick Jay McDowell, 56, Belton, Mo., passed away December 14, 2016, after suffering a stroke. Pat was born Nov. 3, 1960, in Kansas City, Mo. He was a lifelong member of Sheet Metal Workers Local #2, following the lead of his father, Robert McDowell, who preceded him in death. Pat was dedicated to his trade, taking great pride in all of the work that he did. He worked hard and played harder, enjoying many years and many friends at Lake of the Ozarks. Pat was a very caring man, who loved his family very much. He was a loving son, the ornery little brother, the fun uncle, and a good friend to all. Pat is survived by his mother, Donna McDowell of the home; three sisters, Karen Messerli of Lee’s Summit, Mo., Deborah Broockerd (Larry) of Waldorf, Md., and Robin James (Charles) of Overland Park, Kan.; four nieces, Krissy Lund (Chris) of Lone Jack, Mo., Courtney James of Edwards, Colo., Ashley Esau (Jordan) of Lenexa, Kan., and Jessica Broockerd of Frederick, Md.; nephew, Blake Messerli (Hannah) of Lake Lotawana, Mo.; three great-nieces and three great-nephews. A celebration of Pat’s life will be planned for a later date. Arr.: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, Mo., (816) 322-5278. Cullen Funeral
Darrel D. Butcher Sr
SAVANNAH, Mo. Darrel D. Butcher Sr., 76, Savannah, passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday, December 6, 2016. He was born July 21, 1940, to Bonnie and Fannie (Wilson) Butcher, they precede him in death. Darrel was a sheet metal worker for Seaman-Schuske Metal Works for over 35 years, retiring in 1993. He was a member of Green Valley Baptist Church and loved living on the farm and raising cattle. Darrel bought several rental properties in which he and his son Butch would remodel together. He also constructed many farm buildings. Darrel loved to have fun, joke around and spend time with his grandson, Landon. Darrel was also preceded in death by: his wife of 54 years, Marsha (Goodwin) Butcher; brothers, Elwyn Junior Butcher, William Bill Butcher, Leroy Butcher and Forrest Butcher; sister, Muriel Marie Sis Roberts. Survivors include: son, Darrel Butch Butcher Jr. (Jennifer); grandson, Landon C. Butcher; daughter, Tracy Stroud (Jim), all of Savannah; brothers, Eddie Butcher, Bob Butcher; sister, Donna Schneider.
WILLIAM E. “BILL” FRITTS JR.
70, Topeka, passed away on November 28, 2016 at St. Francis Hospital, from complications of a blood disorder that was acquired due to chemical exposure during his service in the United States Army in Vietnam in 1967. Bill was born August 9, 1946 in Topeka, KS to William E. Fritts and Laura Dillard. He graduated from Highland Park High School in 1964, and went on to serve as an E6 in the United States Army in Vietnam during 1967. He married Karen Irwin on April 24, 1965 in Topeka. She survives. Bill worked as Sheet Metal Worker Local #77 for McElroy’s in Topeka for 35 years. He is also survived by one son, Timothy, and his wife Jodi Fritts, two grandsons, Tyler and Trevor, and a granddaughter, Hayden, all of Basehor, KS; a brother, Mark of Auburn, KS; a sister, Joyce Stuckey of Topeka, KS and many nieces and nephews whom he adored. His grandchildren were the lights of Bill’s life, coming just ahead of a “Big Bird Yellow” 1977 Chevy Monza that most have seen or heard in the Topeka area. Bill will lie in state, and the family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, December 2, 2016 at Penwell-Gabel Southwest Chapel. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at Penwell-Gabel Southwest Chapel, 3700 SW Wanamaker Road, Topeka, KS 66610. Burial will follow in the Lawrence Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Bill’s honor may be made to the MDS Foundation, 4573 South Broad Street, Ste. 150, Yardville, NJ 08620 or online at www.mds-foundation.org.
DONALD J. KEATON Jr.
60, Kansas City, Mo., went to be with the Lord Friday, August 12, 2016 from injuries sustained from a motorcycle accident. A celebration of life will be held at C-Point, 9707 NW 77th Terrace, Weatherby Lake, Mo. Sunday, August 28th from 4-7 p.m. Don worked as a journeyman sheet metal worker through Sheet Metal Workers Union Local #2 in Kansas City, Mo. Don enjoyed riding his motorcycle and hanging out on the lake with his wife, friends and family. He was a beloved husband, father, step-father, grandfather, and step-grandfather who enjoyed traveling with his wife where they enjoyed zip-lining, snorkeling and most of all spending time with their family. Survivors include his loving wife, Patty, his parents Donald J. Keaton Sr. and Marjorie Keaton; daughters, Kelly McCollester (Reed), Erin Watterson (Brett) Anna Buerky (Travis); step-daughter, Rebecca Gabriel (Ben); step-son Justin Wilkerson (Gina); brothers, Steve, Mike, Mark; sisters Missy, Lynnette; grandchildren, Lane, Kale, Reagan; step-grandchildren, Gracie, Kai, Hayden, Emery
STEVE C. KEYS
46, Lake Winnebago, passed away July 31, 2016. Graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 6, at Floral Hills Cemetery on Blue Ridge Blvd
BUFORD “RAY” DUNCAN JR.
passed away July 12, 2016. Services: 10 AM Friday July 15, 2016; Burial: Mt Washington Cemetery (Arr. White Chapel, 816-452-8419
JERALD “JERRY JOE” JOSEPH O’DONNELL
76, passed away June 14, 2016, at his home. He is preceded in death by his parents and an his older brother, Jim. He is survieved by two children, Jarrod O’Donnell, and Kelly Segrist (David), three grandchildren, Brittany Tucker, Colton Tucker (Annette), and Jacob O’Donnell, one great grandson, Brady Tucker, many family members and friends. Memorial service will be held at 10a.m. Saturday, June 18, in Kansas City Kan.
JAMES WAYNE SHULL
77, of Stover, died Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at University Hospital in Columbia. He was born Aug. 31, 1938 in Sedalia, the son of George and Edna Paxton Shull, who preceded him in death. He married Jeanetta Buckley Nov. 19, 1963 in Sedalia. She preceded him in death Jan. 26, 2004. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and boating. He is survived by sons Vernon Shull of Stover and Jim Shull of Columbia; daughters Tami Brooks and husband Keith of Sedalia, and Sherri Ashby of Biloxi, Miss.; brothers Tommy Shull and wife Chris of Sedalia, Jerry Shull and wife Mary Alice of Hughesville, Dennis Shull and wife Kay of Sedalia, and Donnie Brownfield and wife Sue of Sedalia; eight grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren. Besides his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by stepfather Vernon Brownfield; and brother Ronnie Brownfield. Memorial services were Friday, June 10, at Rea Funeral Chapel with the Rev. David Owens officiating. Memorial contributions were suggested to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements were under the direction of Rea Funeral Chapel in Sedalia.
80, Kansas City, Mo., passed away June 4, 2016. Visitation 6 to 8 p.m. Mon., June 13, service 10 a.m. Tues., June 14, both at White Chapel Funeral Home. Burial at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in Princeton, Mo. Newcomer’s White Chapel Funeral Home & Cemetery, Dignity Memorial. Published in Kansas City Star on June 8, 2016
KENNETH E. DARK
of Kansas City KS, born September 24, 1939 passed away on 05/23
JOHN LEROY BEEMER
84, of Blue Springs, MO passed away April 29, 2016 at his home. John was born on January 5, 1932 to Roy Burton and Mary Margaret (Phillips) Beemer in Kansas City, MO. He was a lifelong area resident. He attended William Chrisman High School. After high school he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served his country honorably during the Korean Conflict. On September 27, 1952 he was united in marriage to Bobbie Jo Reno in Nevada. After his discharge from the U.S. Navy, he started a long career in the HVAC industry retiring with over 30 years of service. He was a member of Rockwood Baptist Church and The Sheet Metal Workers Union No. 2. He is survived by his two sons, Craig Beemer of Grain Valley, MO and Mark Beemer of Kansas City, MO, a granddaughter, Ashley Beemer, grandsons, John, Justin, Kyle, and Robert and a cousin, Charlene Keller of Oak Grove MO. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 63 years Bobbie Jo in 2015, his sister, Irene Remington in 1981 and his brother Bill Beemer in 2001. Visitation will be Thursday, May 5, 2016 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Carson-Speaks Chapel, 1501 W. Lexington Ave., Independence, Mo 64052. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. at the chapel. He will be laid to rest in Mount Washington Cemetery with Military Honors. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to The Alzheimer’s Association
JOHN R. HUTCHINGS
78, KCMO, passed away April 7, 2016. Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 16, at Park Lawn Funeral Home, 8251 Hillcrest Road, KCMO. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. John was born Nov. 21, 1937, in KCK to Frank and Ruth Hutchings. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and also enjoyed woodworking, fishing, boating and R.V. traveling. John is survived by his wife, Pat Hutchings; son, Mark Hutchings; grandson, Jacob Hutchings and sister, Mary Stadler. Arr.: Park Lawn Funeral Home, (816) 523-1234
ZDENKO “JOHN” BERGL
died April 15, 2016. Service at 2:30 p.m. Monday, April 18, at Louis Memorial Chapel, 6830 Troost Ave., Kansas City, Mo. Burial at Rose Hill Cemetery. Arr.: Louis Memorial Chapel, (816) 361-5211.
GLEN J. BILHIMER
96, of Shawnee, Kansas, passed away on April 17, 2016. He was born on November 18, 1919, in Kansas City, Kansas, to Harold and Lena (Lynn) Bilhimer. Glen was a member of Overland Park Assembly of God for many years. He served his country in the US Navy in WWII and served as a Pharmacist’s Mate 2nd Class. Glen later became a chiropractor and eventually worked for Sheet Metal Local #2 for over 50 years. He was known as a quiet, gentle man who loved his family and served in many capacities, including ministering to prisoners at Leavenworth Penitentiary. Glen is preceded in death by his wife, Lola (Weatherhead) Bilhimer, and son, Darrell Bilhimer. Glen is survived by his children, Gary Bilhimer of Belleville, Kansas, and Cheryl Farkas (Rob) of Olathe, Kansas; grandchildren, Greg Bilhimer (Farrelee), Mark Bilhimer (Allison), Todd Bilhimer, Mandy Farkas, and Mallory Pearson (Scott); and 4 great grandchildren.
76, Gilman City, died Tuesday, March 22, 2016, at his home. Survivors: son, Bruce (Belinda) Arnold, Pleasant Hill, Missouri; daughter, Lisa (Chris) Christen, Hastings, Nebraska; sister, Erma Daniel, Bethany, Missouri; five grandchildren, one great-grandchild. Memorial graveside and inurnment with military honors: 1 p.m. Saturday, April 16, 2016, at Springer Chapel Cemetery, Gilman City. Tributes maybe left at www.bethanymemorialchapel.com. As published in the St. Joseph News-Press.
JAMES H. AULD
age 74, of Manhattan, Kansas, died Saturday, February 20, 2016, at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan.He was born on May 17, 1941, in Junction City, Kansas, the son of James Erichsen and Leota Delores (Harrell) Auld. Jim attended school through the 8th grade in Alida, Kansas where he lettered in basketball. He then attended Chapman High School, graduating in 1959. Following his high school graduation he served with the Army National Guard. Jim was a skilled metal craftsman, long time sheet metal worker and member of the Sheet Metal Workers Union. He was self-employed but also worked for a number of companies, including Powell Brothers Heating and Cooling during his working career. His skill with working with metals was put to good use philanthropically as well, whether it be by designing and building vehicle wheel chair lifts for the disabled or building metal playground equipment for children. He also put his talent to work in his hobbies including automotive restoration. An avid hunter and outdoorsman he also enjoyed fishing and camping. Jim was a life member of the NRA, a skilled gunsmith and member of the Kaw Valley Muzzleloaders. He had a passion for all animals, and was often found nursing one back to health whether it be a kitten, dog, squirrel, or other. His love for animals was especially reflected in his riding, training and breeding of horses. He enjoyed team roping and at one time had his own arena complete with chutes where rodeos were held. On September 25, 1964, at the Welcome Presbyterian Church in Alta Vista, Kansas, he was united in marriage to Jeanette A. Conwell. She survives of their home. Also surviving is one son: James L. Auld (Kari), Olathe, KS; and two daughters: Shelly P. Colvin (Steven), Springfield, MO; and Stephanie L. Torres (Enrique), St. George, KS. One sister: Doris L. Darnell (Thomas), Lawrence, KS and a brother: Glenn A. Auld (Donna) of Springfield, MO. Nine grandchildren: James, Tyler, Chloe, Leea and Bailey Auld, Samuel and Savanna Colvin, and Melanie and Olivia Torres-Auld and one great granddaughter: Addison Auld. Jim was preceded in death by his parents. The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 23rd, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home. Memorial services will be held 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 24th, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel with Reverend Amy Bowers officiating. Cremation has taken place and private disposition will be held later. To leave an on-line condolence for the family, please click on “Send Condolences” on this webpage.Memorial contributions may be left to a charity of the donor’s choice. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.
LEONARD R. HERSH SR.
89, of Merriam, KS passed away Wednesday March 9, 2016 at Sunrise of Leawood. Leonard was born January 2, 1927 to the late Jerre Franklin and Miriam Caroline (Rial) Hersh in Kansas City, MO. He graduated from Shawnee Mission Rural High School in 1944 and went on to earn a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Kansas in 1950. Leonard was a member of Scout Troop 194 and earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Later he served as Scout Master of Troop 293 for many years. Leonard served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and the Korean conflict. On September 20, 1952 he married Greydon Laaser in Rock Away Beach, MO. Leonard was a lifelong member of Shawnee United Methodist Church, as well as a life-member of the National Rifle Association, Sheet Metal Union Local No. 2 for over 40 years, and was a former member of the Winnebago International Travelers, Winnie Motor R.V. club, Good Sam Travel Club, Family Motor Coach Association and Freightliner Chassis Owners Club. He enjoyed camping and traveling to all 50 states. He traveled by motorhome in 10 foreign countries and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and outdoor activities. Leonard is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Greydon Hersh; four sons, Leonard Hersh, Jr. and wife Joyce; David Hersh and wife Barbara; James Hersh and wife Michelle; Karl Hersh; seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by a sister Caroline Brock and a brother, Jerre F. Hersh, Jr
ROBET G. TODD
February 21. 2016 – Wife Cherly Todd
ADAM J. NIXSON
29, of Pleasant Hill, Mo. formerly of Johnston, Ia, departed this life, Monday, December 28, 2015. He is survived by his wife, Lauren Nixson of Pleasant Hill; his sons, James Nixson (age 3) and Miles Nixson (age 1) of Pleasant Hill; his parents, Jim and Tami Nixson of Johnston, Iowa; his sister, Kristina Nixson of Waukee, Iowa; maternal grandmother, Lou Love of Overland Park, KS; brother-in-law, Nick Eaton of Overland Park, KS; sister-in-law, Maddie Eaton of Overland Park, KS; several aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws and many close friends. Cremation has been accorded. Visitation will be held 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, January 22, 2016, at the funeral home. A Celebration of Life service will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 23, 2016, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Adam may be made to the Adam Nixson’s Family Memorial or the Missouri Department of Conservation, c/o Donations Coordinator, PO Box 180, Jefferson City, Missouri, 65102. Donations may also be left at the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550. – See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/desmoinesregister/obituary.aspx?pid=177373817#sthash.UuB89cAY.dpuf
MICHAEL PATRICK LEE
61, of Effingham, KS passed away Friday, November 20, 2015 at his home. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM Tuesday, November 24, 2015, at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Effingham, KS with Fr. Benjamin Tremmel, OSB as Celebrant. Burial will follow at St. Ann’s Catholic Cemetery. Parish Rosary will be recited at 6:00 PM with visitation following until 8:00 PM Monday, November 23, 2015 at the church. Memorials are suggested to American Cancer Society or American Heart Association and may be sent in care of the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at www.beckerdyer.com. Mike was born February 16, 1954 in Atchison, KS, the son of Henry and Helen (Weber) Lee. He worked for Kastens and ConAgra before retiring as a sheet metal worker for Seaman & Schuske Metal Works in St. Joseph, MO. Mike was a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus of St. Pats, and Lion’s Club in Effingham, KS. He enjoyed farming, gardening, fishing, barbequing and going to auctions. Mike also enjoyed spending time with family and friends, especially his grandkids. Mike married Alvera Rose Weishaar on May 8, 1976 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, she survives of the home. Additional survivors include a son; Arthur and Erin Lee, Topeka, KS, a daughter; Brandi and Bill Falk, Atchison, KS, a brother; Steve Lee, Atchison, KS, four sisters; Alice Domann, Nortonville, KS, Catherine Wilburn, Horton, KS, Donna (Bob) Clemons, Kansas City, MO, Nancy (Ralph) Brownfield, Elk Grove Village, Ill, five grandchildren, Ashley, Emily, Andrew Lee, Anna and Zachary Falk. He was preceded in death by his parents.
RAINER ‘RAY” KOCSIS
69, of Sedalia, died Tuesday, November 17, 2015, at Sylvia G. Thompson Residence Center. He was born April 24, 1946, in Tuttlingen, Germany, a son of the late Frank and Rose (Gossner) Kocsis. On January 13, 1969, in Lewistown, Mt., he was married to Linda Blue, who preceded him in death on August 12, 2015. Ray immigrated to the United States in 1951 and became a naturalized citizen. He was raised in Montana and moved to Sedalia when he was in his early 20s. Ray was a Union sheet metal worker and was proud to have worked on projects such as the Callaway Nuclear Power Plant, the UCM Library and Bartle Hall. He also helped with the construction the Friends of the Covered Bridge replica of the Flat Creek Covered Bridge at Centennial Park. He was a long-time member of the Sedalia Elks Lodge 125 and enjoyed helping with the Christmas basket campaign. He recently became a Christian. He is survived by three children, Pamela Vaught, Kenny Vaught and Chris Kocsis, all of Sedalia; three siblings, Veronika Boggess, Frank Kocsis, both of Billings, Mt., and Alice Diamond, of Kauai, Hi.; and three grandchildren, Heather Weeks, Rachel Morris and Sydny Kocsis. Memorial service will be 7 pm, Friday, November 20, 2015, at McLaughlin Funeral Chapel with Pastor Gary Smith officiating. Visitation will be 6 pm until time of service. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Ray and Linda Kocsis Memorial Fund to benefit Sydny Kocsis’ higher education, in care of McLaughlin Funeral Chapel. Condolences may be offered online at www.mclaughlinfuneralchapel.com.
SAMMY L. ASHLEY
89, of Denison, passed away Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at Midland Care Hospice House in Topeka. He was born August 3, 1926 in Topeka the son of Moorman and Myrtle (Orrick) Ashley. He attended Topeka High School and received an honorary diploma in 2004 as he ran away at the age of 16 to join the United States Navy where he served in WWII. He proudly served his country with the Navy for 3 years then joined the United States Air Force and served from 1948-1952. Sammy was an Atomic Veteran, who was exposed to ionizing radiation at the Nevada Test Site during operation Tumbler-Snapper in May of 1952. On June 27, 1953 Sammy married E. June Herring in Tucumcari, NM. She survives of the home. He was a sheet metal worker with McElroy’s in Topeka for 35 years and after retiring mowed for USD 336 for 21 years. He was a member of Sheet Metal Union Local #2 and a member of Holton VFW Post #1367. In addition to his wife, he is also survived by: his sons, Randall Ashley and his wife Jennisse of Poway, CA, Sammy K. Ashley and his wife Fe of Denison, KS and Tim Ashley and his wife Leslie of Apple Valley, CA; his daughter, Jana Harrison and her husband Roger of Leavenworth, KS; his sister, Norma Tsukamoto of San Jose, CA; and his 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sister, Helen Parks and his brothers, L.D., Glen and Joe Ashley. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, November 16, 2015 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Burial with full military honors will follow in Valley Falls Cemetery. The family will greet friends one hour prior to funeral services beginning at 9:30 a.m. Memorials are suggested to the Salvation Army or Heart of Jackson Humane Society c/o Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, 66436.
JOSEPH E. SCROGGS
77, passed away Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Mary Gene Scroggs, Son, Terry Scroggs and Grandson Derek Medlock. He leaves his wife of 59 years, Ginny Scroggs of the home, 2 sons Jesse (Lynn) Scroggs of Lee’s Summit, MO, Joe Scroggs, of Arlington, WA. 2 Daughters, Jeanne (Matt) Snell of Holt, MO, Sharon (Gary) Eikel of Warsaw, MO, one brother, Doug (Marilyn) Scroggs of Lee’s Summit, MO, 7 Grandchildren and 10 Great Grandchildren. Joe loved the outdoors, he was an avid hunter, fisherman, and motorcycle enthusiast. He also spent many years involved with Bluegrass music either picking or enjoying a good festival. He retired from A. Zahner as a member of Sheet Metal Workers Local #2 in 1995. Celebration of life will be held Tuesday, November 10. 2015, 6-8 pm at Gamber Community Center 4 SE Independence Ave. Lee’s Summit, MO 64063. Flowers may be delivered to 1100 SE 5th Terrace, Lee’s Summit, MO.
JAMES L. HENDERSON
82, of Independence,, MO passed away October 23, 2015. Visitation will be from 6:00-8:00 pm Sunday October 25, 2015 at Carson-Speaks Chapel. Services will be 10:00 am Monday, October 26, 2015 at the chapel. Burial will take place in Mt. Moriah Cemetery Kansas City, Missouri. Jim was born on March 6, 1933 in Kansas City, MO to Roxie and Lena (Sayles) Henderson. It was during grade school that Jim met the love of his life, Creta Jackson, with whom he shared 63 wonderful years. Jim was an Army Veteran of the Korean War. For over 30 years, Jim was a member of Northern Blvd United Methodist Church. He was a member of Local #2 of the Sheet Metal Workers Union specializing in commercial kitchens. Jim was well known throughout the area as an Umpire for Queen City Athletic Association for over 30 years. He also enjoyed bowling until his health started to fail. Survivors include; wife Creta, daughters Joi Hazelrigg (Jeff), and Lisa Barrett (Andrew); grandchildren Daniel Hazelrigg (Erica), Andrew Hazelrigg (Kristen), and Emily Barrett; great grandson Liam Hazelrigg., and a host of nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers, and 1 sister. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Northern Blvd. United Methodist Church in his memory. Online condolences may be expressed at www.speakschapel.com
RICHARD PAUL BIDACK
79, passed away suddenly on October 21, 2015. Richard was born in Brockport, N.Y., and spent his childhood in New York and Pennsylvania. He spent his early adult life in Chandler, Okla. He lived outside of Kearney, Mo., and died in Smithville, Mo. Richard was an avid golfer who was forever proud of his hole-in-one on hole number 5 of the Outlaw Coarse. He was a part time marshal at Paradise Pointe Golf Complex and provided maintenance at the North 291 McDonalds, Liberty location. He was a retired member of Local 2 Sheet Metal Workers. Richard was a proud former Marine, who served in many overseas posts, a former Golden Gloves boxer, and former professional hockey player. Richard was a deeply devout Christian man.Richard was very loved by all who met him. He was a wonderful husband, loved father, and the best playmate and companion a grandchild could ever ask for. He is survived by his wife, Elinor Joan Bidack of the home; his sisters, Kathy Kirk and Deann Bidack, both of Oklahoma City, Okla.; his children, Jimmy and Cindy Bidack of McCloud, Okla., Gina and Ron Blair of Clairmore, Okla., and Larry and Jennifer Gouldsmith of Kearney, Mo. He had many grandchildren including Alyshia Schamp, Anna Gouldsmith, William Gouldsmith, Olivia Gouldsmith, Lauren Manrey, Logan Bidack, Allyson Davis, Drew Davis, Jeff and Lori Sinsley, Jason Sinsley, Kyle and Megan Honeycutt, Brian and Kristen Tate, and Adam Honeycutt. His great grandchildren include Briana Sinsley, Macala Sinsley, Victoria Sinsley, Hazel Sinsley, Jax Honeycutt, Madison Honeycutt, and Brynley Tate. Richard’s visitation will be held at Fry-Bross & Spidle Funeral Home, Kearney, on Friday, October 30, 2015, with the visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. and service directly after. He will be dearly missed by all.
ROBERT (BOB) DEAN GASTON SR
1944 – 2015 , 71, of Olathe, KS passed away September 11, 2015 surrounded by his family in his Olathe home. Bob was born February 27th, 1944 in Junction City, KS to Russell Maurice Gaston Sr. and Opal Jane Gaston. Bob was a retired member of the Sheet Metal Local 2 Union where he worked as a sheet metal worker and estimator/project manager for more than 40+ years. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, coworker and friend. He was a fun loving, outgoing, caring man who loved being silly all of the time. He was known at Olathe Hospital as “Mr. Wonderful” as that is the name he would give to the nurses no matter how bad he was feeling. He will be greatly missed by many. He was survived by his wife Alice Beatrice Gaston who was the love of his life. October 29th 2015 will mark their 50th wedding anniversary. Although Bob will not be physically with Alice on their anniversary he will be with her in spirit and in her heart on this date always and forever. He was also survived by his brother Russell Gaston Jr. and his wife Carolyn Gaston, 3 children, and their spouses, Bob and Lisa Gaston, Bruce and Kim Gaston and Mindy and Mike Sears. As well as 8 grandchildren: Bobby and Megan Gaston, Chelsea and Brooke Ricketts, Nathaniel Horton, Jessica Block, Ryan and Allie Sears. He is also survived by 3 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father Russell Maurice Gaston Sr. and mother Opal Jane Gaston, as well as his brother George Gaston. Visitation: Tuesday, September 15, 2015 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM, Penwell-Gabel – Olathe Chapel, 14275 Blackbob Rd, Olathe, KS 66062, 913-768-6777 Directions & Map Service: Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 1:00 PM, Penwell-Gabel – Olathe Chapel, 14275 Blackbob Rd, Olathe, KS 66062, 913-768-6777 Directions & Map Interment: Shawnee Mission Memory Gardens
DONALD Z MCFARLAND
at the age of 101 and a half, died July 9, 2015, He was born on January 21, 1914 on a farm near Beaman, Missouri to Harry McFarland and Edyth (Richards) McFarland, the third of three sons. He graduated the eighth grade and went to work on the farm. In his teenage years, Don was proud to present the reserve grand champion black Angus bull at the American Royal. Don loved cars and he loved driving them. Before meeting his wife, his most talked about trip was taking two friends to the 1933 World’s Fair in Chicago in his Model A Ford. If you know Donald you have heard this story. On November 2, 1940 he married his wife of 63 years, Gertrude (Tavenner) McFarland in the parsonage of the East Sedalia Baptist Church. He was drafted into World War II where he once again enjoyed driving, this time in a Sherman tank with Company A of the 20th Armored Division. After the end of the war Don parked his tank with the engine running and returned to Sedalia to meet his new son, William Donald McFarland, born July 4, 1945. Don spent his working career with Blue Young Heating and Air-conditioning of Sedalia, retiring in 1976. He and Gertrude then spent many enjoyable years towing a travel trailer and “seeing the USA”. Eventually they found a winter home in Mission, Texas. After Gertrude passed away in 2004, Don became passionate about making “things” out of wood. Many friends and acquaintances have received his mosquito houses, wood boxes, and turned candlesticks. With his small lathe Don produced and gave away more than 200 wooden pens. Most recently, he enjoyed meeting people, telling stories, and playing cards. Don is survived by his son’s family: Bill and Susan McFarland of Columbia; his 3 grandsons and their families: Mike McFarland and his daughters Ashton and Hadleigh of Columbia, Tom and Maria McFarland and their children Owen, Molly, Trevor and Patrick of O’Fallon, and Ryan and Jenn McFarland of Kansas City. He is also survived by 6 nieces and nephews including Margie Griffin of Sedalia and Jeannie Davis of Kansas City. Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m., Monday, July 13, 2015, at Heckart Funeral Home with Matthew Herren officiating. Casket bearers will be Mike McFarland, Tom McFarland, Ryan McFarland, Loy Holman, Don Morton, and C.H. Williams. Family will receive friends at 12:30 p.m. until time of service at the funeral home. Burial will be at Crown Hill Cemetery with full military honors being presented by the U.S. Army and VFW Post 2591. In lieu of flowers the family suggests you follow Don’s example and give away something unexpected to someone you meet this week.
BILLY MACK CRABTREE
(1934 – 2015) Billy M. Crabtree, 81, of Indep., passed away Sept. 3, 2015 with his loving family by his side. Visitation will be Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, from 6-8 pm with Rosary from 7:30-8:00 pm, at St. Mark’s Catholic Church, 3736 Lee’s Summit Rd, Indep., MO. Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, at 10 am. Entombment will be in Mt. Olivet Mausoleum. Billy was born on August 14, 1934 to Charles Mack and Esther (Beaver) Crabtree. Shortly after he married the love of his life in 1957, Billy joined the Army. After his service he returned to the area and joined the Sheet Metal Workers Local #2. During his tenor with the Union he served as President and Business Agent. In 1967 he became a member of St. Mark’s Catholic Church where he was an active member. He was also a 4th Degree Knights of Columbus. Billy enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling, but most of all time with his family. He dearly enjoyed the time spent with his granddaughters, attending all activities that they were involved with. Survivors include; wife of 59 years, Charlene Crabtree, daughter Karen Crabtree; son Tim Crabtree (Cari); adoptive daughter Missie Condit; granddaughters Kyra and Nina Crabtree. Billy is preceded in death by his parents and siblings Glen, Charles Jr., Beverly, Marie, and Esther. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Catholic Community Hospice or the American Cancer Society . Special thanks to his friend and nurse Cheryl Perkins. Online condolences may be expressed at www.speakschapel.com (Arrangements: Speaks Suburban Chapel 816-373-3600. Speaks Suburban Funeral Home, 18020 E 39th St, Independence, MO 64051, 816-373-3600
KAYE RICHARD KIBLING
78, Belton, MO, passed away August 29, 2015. Celebration of Life Service will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, at Crossroads UMC, 515 Markey Way, Belton, MO. Dick was born Dec. 4, 1936, in Port Chester, NY, to Charles A. Kibling Jr. and Katherine (Kerner) Kibling. They preceded him in death as well as his brother, Charles A. Kibling III. He was a Technical Representative for Performance Contracting for many years. Survivors include his wife, Alice Kibling; children, Jeffrey Richard Kibling (Tricia), Lori Owens (Ted), Todd Richard Kibling of VA; grandchildren, Mitch Kibling and Corey Kibling. Arr.: Park Lawn Funeral Home, (816) 523-1234
RICKY KENT BELEW
53, of Blue Springs, MO, passed away August 28, 2015. Visitation is 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Monday, August 31st at Royer Funeral Home, Grain Valley, MO. Funeral services are at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 1st at the funeral home; burial in Blue Springs Cemetery. Rick was born February 2, 1962, in Vernon, Texas, the son of Bobby and Sue Belew. He was a member of Sheet Metal Workers Union Local #2 and worked for A Zahner Company. Rick was also a member of the United States Practical Shooters Assoc. (USPSA). His survivors include his wife, LeAnn Belew; daughter, Christina Belew; son, Joshua (Brittany) Belew; parents, Bobby & Sue Belew; father- in-law, Johnie Sliger; brother, Randy (Patti) Belew; sister-in-law, Melanie Carnahan; niece, Kate (Bryan) Andrews; nephew, Aaron Carnahan; one great-nephew, Elijah Baker Andrews; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. Arrangements: Royer Funeral Home, Grain Valley, MO 816-847- 4441
LARRY E. MEYER
65, Lawrence, will be 11 am Wednesday, August 19, 2015, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. A visitation with family will take place one hour before the service. He died Sunday, August 16, 2015, at his home. Larry was born February 24, 1950, in Lawrence, KS, the son of Herman Eugene and Juanita Maxine Hartman Meyer. He graduated from Lawrence High School, in 1968. He was a lifetime member of the Sheet Metal Union Local #2, and worked as a Sheet Metal Journeyman. During his career he worked for Huxtable and Associates, Rhodes Heating and Air, and Beach Heating and Air. Larry was a car enthusiast, and traveled to many car shows around the area. He kept his 1973 Corvette close to his heart. If he could he would have kept all the cars he has ever owned. He married Connie I. Gerant on October 17, 1975, at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church in Topeka, Kansas, she survives of the home. Other survivors include his mother Juanita Hodges, Eudora; stepfather Donald Hodges, Lawrence; mother and father in law Kathleen and Robert Gerant, Topeka, KS; brothers Gary and wife Mary Meyer, Dennis and wife Shari Meyer, stepbrother Eric Hodges, all of Lawrence; brother in law Robert and wife Stephanie Gerant, Topeka, KS; sister in laws, Patty and husband Al Meyers, Topeka, KS, Mary Gerant and spouse Penny Steelman, Omaha, NE; nieces and nephews, Jennifer Meyer, Dustin Meyer, Aaron Meyer, Katie Gerant, Rose Cantrell, Joe Gerant, and Jackie Gerant; great nieces and nephews Steven Cantrell, Ancel Meyer, Arlo Meyer, Jocelyn Cantrell; aunts Laura Mae Mason, Colorado Springs, CO, Joyce Meyer, Shawnee, KS, Ona Hartman, Halls, MO, Joanne Powell, Lawrence, KS; and many cousins. He is preceded in death by his father Herman. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, sent in care of the funeral home.
LINDA C. FINCH
October 31st, 1950 – August 11th, 2015. Visitation, Monday, August 17th, 2015 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Charter Funerals, 5000 Blue Ridge Cutoff, Kansas City Missouri 64133 Funeral, Monday, August 17th, 2015 at 12:30 PM, Brooking Cemetery, 10004 E. 53rd Street, Raytown MO 64133
DONALD C. LAWRENCE
73 Born: August 20, 1942 Death: July 25, 2015 Occupation: Sheet Metal Worker Survived By: Grace Lawrence, Spouse Dottie Wright Mitchell; W. Erika “Billie” San Juan; Mary-Jennifer Quinley; Michelle Dittmer; Russell Lawrence; Tim Lawrence, Children James Lawrence, Brother Madelyn Mitchell; Kase San Juan; Kohl San Juan; Karson San Juan; Bryson Quinley; Jaydon San Juan; Mason Mitchell; Reagan Quinley; Heather, Zachary & Christopher Lemon, Grandchildren >Preceded By: James Floyd and Velma Pauline (Self) Lawrence, Parents Memorial Service 2:00 PM, Monday, August 3, 2015 at the Roberson-Polley Chapel, Albany, Missouri Visitation 1:00 – 2:00 PM, Monday, August 3, 2015 at the Roberson-Polley Chapel, Albany, Missouri
OLIVER WENDELL TOWNSEND
was born Dec. 22, 1918, in Manhattan, Montana, the eldest son of Charles and Leeta (Scow) Townsend who preceded him in death. He spent his early years in the Gallatin Valley, graduating from Manhattan High School in 1938. He trained in heating and air conditioning in Chicago. However, his career was interrupted by serving in the U.S. Army from March 14, 1941, until Dec. 3, 1945, where he served in the South Pacific. He married Elsie (Andes) Doig and her five children Aug. 17, 1946. Wendell worked for several years at Montana Air Conditioning. In 1955 he joined Andes & Roberts Construction Company in Independence, Missouri, as Manager for heating and air conditioning and later as Purchasing Agent. In 1982 he and Elsie moved back to the Gallatin Valley to their retirement home on Yadon Road. Since 2012 he has been a resident of Parkhaven Retirement Community. Wendell has been active in the Presbyterian Church, in VFW and American Legion, and Masons. He was honored to be chosen the Grand Marshall of the Manhattan Potato Festival in August 2012. Besides his parents Wendell is preceded in death by his wife, Elsie, and his two younger brothers, Wilbur and Phil. Two of his five stepchildren, James Doig and Margie Worthington, also preceded him in death. He is survived by his stepchildren: Beverly Doig, Marilyn Doig and Joan (Doig) Green; and his son-in-law, Donald Worthington, all from Fort Collins, Colorado; as well as his grandchildren: Beth (Bill) McFarlin, Bruce (Janet) Worthington, Vicki (Kevin) Green, and Scott (Kate) Green; and his great-grandchildren: Katie McFarlin, Sam McFarlin, Sierra Green and Spencer Green. From the Townsend family there are two sisters-in-law, Margaret Chaney of Manhattan and Eleanor Townsend of Billings and four nieces and one nephew. Services are planned for Wednesday, June 24 at 1 p.m. at the Manhattan Presbyterian Church, 214 North Broadway, Manhattan, MT. For further information call (406) 284-6961
JOHN W. GOUCHER
September 1, 2011 Age 67 Beloved husband of Carol (nee Marino). Loving father of Charly Marie, Christine (Todd) Burk and Jeff Heidisch. Loving grandfather of Camden, Hope, Jacob, Abbey and Jessica. Visitation Sat. 3-9 pm. Funeral Sun. 1:00 pm at Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons Inc. 36900 Schoenherr Rd. at Metro Parkway (16 Mile). Share memories with the family at their “On-Line Guest Book” @ WujekCalcaterra.com
82, and Jesse Kitchen 84 of Peculiar, Mo., passed away June 11, 2015. Visitation 7-8 p.m., Mon., June 15, Bethlehem Lutheran, 310 Johnston Pkwy., Raymore, Mo. 64083. Graveside 10 a.m., Tuesday, June 16, Floral Hills East, Lee’s Summit. Funeral to follow at 11:30 a.m. at church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bethlehem Lutheran
JESSE W. KITCHEN
84, and LaVerne Kitchen, 82, of Peculiar, Mo., passed away June 11, 2015. Visitation 7-8 p.m., Mon., June 15, Bethlehem Lutheran, 310 Johnston Pkwy., Raymore, Mo. 64083. Graveside 10 a.m., Tuesday, June 16, Floral Hills East, Lee’s Summit. Funeral to follow at 11:30 a.m. at church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bethlehem Lutheran.
RAYMOND LYLE WILLIS
79, Overland Park, Kan., passed away at home on Thursday, June 4, 2015. He was a 60-year member of Sheet Metal Workers’ Local Union No. 2. He leaves his wife, Nancy; daughters, Elizabeth Warren and Carla (Barry) Lyon; step-daughter, Lynne Field; stepson, James (Julia) Stark; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 10, at Village Church, 6641 Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS 66208. A reception and visitation will follow at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Village Church Memorial Fund, the American Cancer Society, or to a charity of your choice. Please offer condolences at www.overlandparkchapel.com Overland Park Chapel, 913-648-6224. Published in Kansas City Star on June 7, 2015
WILLIAM “BILL” COFFMAN
71, of Lee’s Summit, Mo., passed away May 25, 2015, at his home. He was born October 1, 1943, in Kansas City, Mo., to Robert and Catherine Coffman. He was preceded in death by his parents. Bill is survived by his beloved wife, Susan of 37 years; his daughter Kimberly Marcos and husband Scott, his son Bill Coffman Jr. and wife, LaWanda; four grandchildren, Derek, Lacey, Allen and Megan; two brothers, Robert M Coffman Jr. and Stanley C. Coffman. Bill served in the U.S. Army Reserves and during his service completed his GED. He graduated in 2004 from MCC Longview with an Associate Degree. He was employed by Barnes and Dodge and retired as a sheet metal foreman in 2004. Bill was an excellent metal craftsman and in his spare time he generously made gifts for others. Bill was a devoted son to his mother Catherine who he visited and played Scrabble with daily and his father Robert with whom he swapped stories weekly until their demise. He also enjoyed a great afternoon of bowling and an evening of cards with friends. To know Bill was to know joy. He always had a joke to share or a leg to pull. He never met a stranger and would willingly lend a hand to those in need. Bill was a giver. He believed his life calling was to make others smile and he succeeded daily. We will miss his gregarious nature and his warm heart. His favorite Billism was “Ain’t nothin’ beats saditude like an attitude of gratitude.” His family and friends are grateful for the generous spirit he shared with them. Visitation and the Service will be held May 30, 2015, at the Lee’s Summit Christian Church, 800 NE Tudor Rd, 84086. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m., and the service will follow at noon. All are welcome to the reception which will be held in the Lee’s Summit Christian Church Social Hall. Graveside services will be for the immediate family. In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation in Bill’s name to Lee’s Summit Christian Church or Lee’s Summit Social Services.
MILES FRANKLIN TURNER
59, of Belton, Mo., died May 22, 2015. Inurnment in Centerview Cemetery at a later date. Contributions suggested to Children’s Mercy Hospital. Miles was born Jan. 5, 1956, in Harrisonville, Mo. He was fabricator/foreman. Survived by mother, Doris Cobb, Belton and sister, Cathy Tibbetts, Massachusetts Condolences may be left at www.mcgilleygeorgebelton.com Arr.: McGilley & George Funeral Home, 611 Chestnut, Belton MO 64012 (816) 322-2995. McGilley & George Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Dignity Memorial. Published in Kansas City Star on May 27, 2015
FRED ARNOLD DICK, JR.
73, Liberty, Mo., went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, May 20, 2015. Fred was born Feb. 7, 1942, in Marceline, Mo., to Fred A. Dick, Sr. and Beulah K. (Smith) Dick, who both precede him in death. Fred was a loving husband and father. He was married for 51 years to the love of his life, Carolyn, who passed away in 2011. He is survived by his daughters, Sherryl (Kent) Gerke; Sharlene (Gary) Wells; Deanna (Brent) Majors; and son Fred Aaron Dick (Sara), 12 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren with one on the way, numerous cousins and countless friends. Fred was a well-respected member of Sheet Metal Workers’ Local Union No. 2, and retired from A. Zahner Company in 2001, with 43 years in the trade. He was a Boy Scout leader in Troop 374, and an Honorary Warrior in the Tribe of Mic-o-Say. Fred was a devoted member of Liberty United Methodist Church and made many lasting friendships. He had a compassionate soul, always thinking of others through volunteering and donations. He was especially proud to be an active member of the Fellowship of the Concerned, serving as past President and Secretary. Visitation will be 2 – 4 p.m., service at 4 p.m., Sunday, May 24, at Liberty United Methodist Church Rush Creek Campus, 100 Rush Creek Pkwy., Liberty, Mo. Burial will be Tuesday, May 26, in Laclede, Mo. Arr.: Church-Archer-Pasley Funeral Home, Liberty, (816) 781-2000. Condolences may be left at churcharcherpasley.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Liberty United Methodist Church, Fellowship of the Concerned, or a charity of your choice. Newcomer’s Church-Archer-Pasley Funeral Home, Dignity Memorial
WAYNE L. WUENSCHEL
88, of Oak Grove, Mo., passed away Friday, May 8, 2015, at Centerpoint Medical Center, Independence, Mo. A visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, May 11, at Royer Funeral Home, Oak Grove, followed by funeral services at noon at Missouri State Veterans Cemetery, Higginsville, Mo. Arrangements: Royer Funeral Home, Oak Grove, Mo.; 816-690-4441
HARRY JEWEL SPARKS
of Independence, Mo., passed away early Sunday morning April 19, 2015. at the age of 89. Known to many as “Sparky,” he was born, raised and graduated from La Monte H. S. in central Missouri. Harry served his country proudly in W.W. II, in Mobile Communications on Okinawa and Ie Shima. He earned the Bronze Star for “actions being in the highest standards of naval service,” when his unit was the first wave onto the beaches of Ie Shima 70 years ago. After his service, he joined Sheet Metal Worker’s Local Union No. 2. He worked as a skilled craftsman, then shared his skills teaching welding classes for 25 years. Harry was a Mason and proudly served his union as an officer for several years. Harry is preceded in death by his parents Harry and Minnie Sparks, brother Charles Sparks of La Monte; and sister Nellie Riddle of Tulsa, OK. He is survived by his wife of nearly 63 years, Lil Sparks, daughter Tammy Sparks Walker of Tulsa, OK (grandsons Brian and Eric Walker); son Alan Sparks, wife Jeab (granddaughter Amanda) of Raytown, Mo.; granddaughters Sonja Phillips of Lee’s Summit and Alex Phillips of Kansas City, Mo. Harry also had six great-grandchildren. He was a loving husband, father, grand and great-grandfather. He was respected by many and loved by all who knew him. Services will be Saturday April 25, 2015. Visitation at 10 a.m., Service at 11:00 a.m., D. W. Newcomer’s & Sons Noland Road Chapel, 509 S. Noland Rd., Independence, Mo. Graveside service 2 p.m., at La Monte Cemetery. Family requests donations to Show Me Christian Youth Home, 24302 Mahin Rd., P.O. Box 6, La Monte, Mo. 65337-0006, in lieu of flowers.
DAVID EUGENE WOODS
67, St. Joseph, Missouri, passed away Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at Mosaic Life Care. He was born November 23, 1947, in Kansas City, Kansas. David proudly served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. He attended Southwest Missouri State University in Warrensburg and worked at Silgan Containers for over 40 years as a member of Sheet Metal Workers’ Local Union No. 2. He earned his 40-year service pin from Local 2 in 2013. David was also a member of Word of Life Church. He enjoyed fishing, auto shows and go-kart racing. He also loved to travel and dance with his wife. David was a kind-hearted and honest man who loved people and will be greatly missed. Mr. Woods was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Naomi (Bell) Woods Survivors include wife, Cecilia Iboaya Woods; children–Christopher Woods, Samantha Woods, Dr. Benahili Iboaya, Ailende Walker, Itua Iboaya, Erums Iboaya, Dr. Ehis Iboaya and Dr. Aiwane Iboaya; twenty grandchildren with four on the way; and several cousins including–Judy Sullivan, Jerry Legg, Marvin Legg, Glenda Shamen, Danny Goold, Clarence Goold and Rick Haney. Farewell Services 1:00 P.M., Saturday, Word of Life Church. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will gather with friends 6:00 to 9:00 P.M., Friday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Flowers are appreciated and for those wishing to make a contribution, the family requests they be made to Word of Life Church. Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com.
LOYDE C. WESSLEY
Loyde Cleveland Wessley, 81, of Raytown, Mo., passed away March 12, 2015. Funeral at 10 a.m. Monday, March 23, at Southview Baptist Church, Raytown. Visitation 4-6 p.m., Sunday, March 22, at church. Burial at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to Southview Baptist Church, 8105 Sterling, Raytown, MO 64138, or to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for Loyde’s great-granddaughter who has Cystic Fibrosis to Stacy Wessley, 3027 N Den Hollow Ct, Wichita, KS 67205, in person or by mail. Loyde was born May 24, 1933 in Kansas City, MO. He was married Delores “Dee” Weld Wessley for 61 years. They resided in Raytown. He was a sheet metal worker, until he retired, and a charter member of Southview Baptist Church in Raytown. He loved to fish and hunt. Most of all, he loved his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Loyde was preceded in death by his parents Loyde B. and Leona P. Skaggs Wessley. He is survived by his wife Delores “Dee” Weld Wessley; brother Herb Wessley (Larry Hurley) of Shawnee, KS; sons Doug (Rhonda), Mike, both of Wichita, KS, Scott (Debbie) of Raytown, MO; 6 grandchildren Jill Hampton (John), Adam Wessley (Stacy), Matt Wessley, Andrew Wessley (Brianna), Chris Wessley (Jenni), Nate Wessley (Kim); 17 great grandchildren. Fond memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.floralhillsfuneralhome.com. Arr.: D.W. Newcomer’s Sons Floral Hills Funeral Home, 7000 Blue Ridge Blvd., KCMO 64133 Newcomer’s Floral Hills Funeral Home & Cemetery, Dignity Memorial Published in Kansas City Star Mar. 18, 2015
JAMES B. JOHNSON
James “Jim” Beverly Johnson, 85, of Stockton, Mo., passed away peacefully in his sleep surrounded by his children and beloved grandchildren February 12, 2015. Visitation will begin at 6 p.m., followed by funeral services at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 19, at Park Lawn Funeral Home, 8251 Hillcrest Rd., Kansas City, Mo. Graveside service with military honors will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 20, at Memorial Park Cemetery, 8251 Hillcrest Rd., Kansas City, Mo. Jim was born Dec. 31, 1929, to Joel and Alice (Matthews) Johnson in Kansas City, Mo. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force serving with the Air Police during the Korean War. He was a Union sheet metal worker with Sheet Metal Workers Local Union No. 2, and a member for over 50 years retiring in 1987. Jim was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Wanda J. Johnson; great grandson, Avery James Shaw; sisters, Jackie Miller and Lois Kanan; brothers, Bud, Kenny, Perry and Jerry Johnson. Survivors include children, Jamie L. Johnson, James P. Johnson (Allison); grandchildren, Brandon Gray (Elisa), Brooke Eugenio, Beth Shaw (Kris), Michael Johnson (Trish), Bridget Johnson (Barry Brandt); great grandchildren, Mikayla, Mariah, and Ryan Eugenio, Jaden Murillo, Nahni, Lochlan, Harlie and CeCe Shaw, Michael, Matthew and Ashlynn Johnson and Bowen James Brandt; brothers, Norman Johnson (Janice), Bob Johnson (Wanda); sister, Alice Jo Solomon (George) and many other nieces, nephews relatives and friends. Arr.: Park Lawn Funeral Home, (816) 523-1234
THEODORE F. MCBEE
Theodore “Ted” F. McBee, 75, of Raytown, Mo., passed away December 26, 2014. Funeral to be held at 2 p.m., Friday, Jan. 2, with visitation at 1 p.m., at Floral Hills. Burial at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.Ted worked as a sheet metal worker starting in July 1962, retiring from Metro Air Conditioning Company in 1999. He received his 50-year service pin from SMART Local Union No. 2 in 2013. Ted is survived by his wife of 57 years Sandy; two sons, Stephen McBee of Kansas City, and Mark McBee of Raytown; five grand-children and five great grandchildren; three brothers, Larry, John and Bill McBee; one sister, Peggy Hicks; and many nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions may be made to Kansas City Hospice House.
Douglas E. “Doug” Commino, 80, passed away December 16, 2014. Visitation 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, at Floral Hills Funeral Home. Funeral service at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens. Doug was born in Hannibal, Ohio, and had lived in this area most of his life. He worked as a sheet metal worker for Local #2 for 31 years before his retirement. He then worked for the Missouri Highway Department for several years before ultimately retiring in the late 1990s. Doug was deeply devoted to his daughters and grandchildren who were the light of his life. He was preceded in death by wife, Esther Irene in 1997. Survivors include his children, Liz Commino and Shay Anders, Steve and Shawna Rottinghaus; grandchildren, Haleigh Rottinghaus, Kyle Feeler, Brooke Rottinghaus, Jordan Rottinghaus, Jerod Rottinghaus, Jade Feeler; sister, Freda Robson; sister-in-law, Donna Commino; and his furry kids, Prince, RJ, Sally, Dexter and Morgan. D. W. Newcomer’s Sons Funeral Homes, Cemeteries, Crematories 816-353-1218 www.floralhillsfuneralhome.com Published in Kansas City Star on Dec. 17, 2014
JOHNSON U. GOUCHER
Johnson Underwood Goucher, 79, Kansas City, Mo., passed away December 2, 2014. Visitation at 10 a.m., Wednesday, December 10, at Park Lawn F.H., 8251 Hillcrest Road, Kansas City, Mo. Graveside service at 11 a.m., Dec. 10., Memorial Park Cemetery. Goucher was the recognized for 40 years of service to the sheet metal industry in 2013.
C. F. KING, JR.
C. F. “Junior” King, Jr., 94, of Saint Joseph, Mo., passed away Monday, December 1, 2014, in the Missouri Veterans Home, Cameron, Mo. He was born September 3, 1920, in Elwood, Kan., son of Josephine and Clarence King. He is an Army veteran of World War II, serving both in the European and South Pacific. He was a member in good standing with the Sheet Metal Workers Local Union No. 2 working over 41 years as a sheet metal worker. He was a fast-pitch softball pitcher, playing into his 40s, he also enjoyed bowling, and was a member of McCarthy Baptist Church serving as Deacon. Junior was preceded in death by wife, Nellie Mae King, his parents, son-in-law, Bruce Mitchell, two sisters, Virginia Seeley, and Venita Yarbrough. Survivors include, son, Lynn (Debbie) King of Saint Joseph, Mo., daughter, Vicki Mitchell of Elwood, Kan., three grandsons, Brett and Brad King, and David Mitchell, two granddaughters, Becky Boyles, and Jennifer Griffin, seven great grandchildren, two brothers, Dale (Peggy) King and Gary (Retha) King all of St. Joseph, Mo. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m., Friday, December 5, 2014, at Rupp Funeral Home, with Rev. Clyde Elder officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday at the Rupp Funeral Home. The Interment will be at the Kerns-Freeman Cemetery. Memorials are requested to the McCarthy Baptist Church
DAVID E. STEVENS
David E. “Bud” Stevens, 78, Centerview, Mo., passed away Sept. 24, 2014. Services will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, Sept. 29, at Carson-Speaks Chapel, 1501 W. Lexington Ave., Independence, Mo.; interment at Mt. Washington Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m., before the service at the chapel. The family requests contributions to Crossroads Hospice, 9237 Ward Pkwy., Kansas City, Mo. David was born Aug. 13, 1936, in Kansas City, Mo. He was a member of Sheet Metal Workers’ Local Union No. 2 for over 30 years before his retirement. He retired to farming near Centerview, Mo. He enjoyed fishing, horses and vegetable gardening. David was preceded in death by his wife Nancy Stevens and brother, Carl Stevens. He is survived by daughter Cindy Kenepaske and husband John, Independence, Mo.; son Dave Stevens, Odessa, Mo.; sisters Marilyn Current, El Dorado Springs, Mo.; Ginny Woodridge and husband Fred, Grain Valley, Mo.; Carol Gumm and husband Earl, Calhoun, Mo.; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
JOHNNY RAY THOMAS
Johnny Ray Thomas, age 67, of Edwards, Missouri, passed away Friday, November 21, 2014, at his home. He was born on March 29, 1947, in Warsaw, Mo., the son of Harold and Earlean (Hazel) Thomas. He served his country in the United States Army during Vietnam and was honorably discharged on April 12, 1968. After his discharge he worked as a welder for the sheet workers union in Kansas City. He was united in marriage to Barbara (Villers) Conwell on August 9, 2008, at their home in Edwards. He enjoyed hunting, riding 4-wheelers, collecting guns and Indian artifacts and singing karaoke. He is preceded in death by his father, Harold Thomas and one brother, James William Thomas. He is survived by his wife Barbara Thomas, of the home, his mother Earlean Henderson and her husband Murl, of Edwards, Missouri, five daughters; Shannon Marie Thomas, of Independence, Missouri, Tina Topper, of Jefferson City, Missouri, Della Conwell, of Bates City, Missouri, Linda Conwell of Odessa and Esther Conwell, of Humansville, Missouri, four sons; Chad Ray Thomas, of Independence, Missouri, Davy Conwell, of Windsor, Missouri, Maurice “Billy” Conwell, of Windsor, Missouri and Darrell Conwell, of Warsaw, twenty grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and a sister, Judy Kay Farmer, of Colonial Heights, Virginia, nieces and nephews other relatives and many friends. Memorial Services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, November 26, 2014, at the Reser Funeral Home in Warsaw, with Rev. Francis Cline, officiating.
ROBERT J. DYE
“Bob” Dye, 91, passed Nov. 14, 2014. Visitation will be held 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, November 18, at Overland Park Chapel, with a service at 10 a.m., Wednesday, November 19, at Overland Park Chapel. Graveside service will be at 2 p.m., November 20, at Waldensian Cemetery in Monett, Mo., 913-648-6224. Published in Kansas City Star on Nov. 17, 2014
Edwin “Ed” Brumback, 86, of St. Joseph, Mo., died Friday, October 31, 2014, at a local health care facility. Ed was born on January 17, 1928 in St. Joseph, Mo., to Frank and Theresa (Muehlebach) Brumback. He married the love of his life, Marjorie Anne Shuske, on September 14, 1950 in St. Joseph. He was a cadet colonel in ROTC at Lafayette High School where he graduated. He served in the United States Army as a Sgt First Class in WWII and the Korean War. Ed was a member of the Faith United Church and past Commander of VFW Post #1668. He was a member of Local #2 Sheet Metal Workers working for Seaman & Schuske, Geiske and retired from Standard Sheet Metal. Ed was preceded in death by his parents and half-brother Clarence Black. In addition to his wife of 64 years, Ed is survived by his daughter, Rebecca (Robert) Robison, two sons, Paul (Melba) Brumback, Eric (Kristi) Brumback; two grandchildren, Brandon Brumback and Lauren Brumback. He always entertained family and friends with his stories and unique sense of humor. Mr. Brumback has been cremated under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. A private family service will be held at a later date. The family suggests memorial contributions to donor’s choice
LAWRENCE J. “LARRY” GARVEY, JR.
Lawrence J. “Larry” Garvey, Jr., 81, St. Joseph, Mo,. died Thursday, October 30, 2014, at a local healthcare facility.He was born December 13, 1932 to Lawrence and Julia (Kamler) Garvey, Sr. in St. Joseph, Missouri. He was a graduate of Lafayette High School and proudly served in the United States Army. He worked in the Sheet Metal industry for over thirty-four years as a journeyman, business manager of Sheet Metal Workers Local #81 and business agent of Local #2. He also served on the Board of the Sheet Metal Workers International Association. Larry was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Local #2 Sheet Metal Workers and American Legion Post #359. He enjoyed traveling, hunting, fishing and loved his Royals. He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Shirley Garvey; parents; sisters, Geraldine Fisher and Patricia Claycomb; and brother, John J. Garvey. Survivors: daughters, Dianne Leonard (Tom Clarey), and Mary Beth Schaff (Mike); grandchildren, Lance Leonard (Jennifer), Tyler Leonard, Brenna and Connor Clarey and Aaron, Sara Beth and Tracey Schaff; great-grandchildren, Julius Thompson, Irelyn and Piper Leonard; sister-in-law, Margaret Garvey; brother-in-law, Mike Fisher; numerous nieces and nephews; and lifelong friends, Charles and Joan Kempf. Mass of Christian Burial: 10 a.m., Tuesday, St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery. Parish Rosary at 5 p.m., Monday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Flowers are appreciated and for those wishing to make a contribution, the family requests they be made to Living Community. Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com
WILLIAM LEE PLUMMER
William Lee “Bill” Plummer, 84, of De Soto, Kan., passed away October 15, 2014, at his home. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 25, 2014, at the De Soto United Methodist Church, 8760 Kill Creek Rd. Arrangements: Bruce Funeral Home (913) 856-7111. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Douglas County Hospice or the De Soto United Methodist Church. Condolences may be left at www.brucefuneralhome.com William was born November 10, 1929, in rural De Soto to Charlotte (Oshel) and Joseph Reginald Plummer. He was a 1947 graduate of De Soto High School. William was a sheet metal worker for 62 years in Local Union No. 2 in Kansas City. He also was a farmer and raised cattle. William served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict. William married Mary Margaret Jewett on June 24, 1950, in De Soto. They lived in San Diego and Kansas City, Kan., before moving back to De Soto in 1960. He was a member of the De Soto United Methodist Church and the De Soto VFW. William never knew a stranger and was a kind and gentle man. He will be dearly missed by family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, infant son William Joseph, daughter Patricia Ann Ryan, and sisters Roma June Rogers and Viola Jean Plummer. William is survived by his children David Wesley Plummer and wife Susan, William Jonathan Plummer and wife Patricia, James Joseph Plummer and wife Pamela and Mary Lyn “Lyndie” Willhite, all of De Soto; son-in-law David Ryan of Kansas City, Kan.; half-brother Luke Acuff of Oregon; eleven grandchildren; and 14 great grandchildren.
WILBURN LEROY O’NEAL
88, Independence, Mo., passed away Sunday, October 19, 2014. Wilburn was born October 4, 1926 in Yocum, Ark., the son of Fred and Iva Pearl (Callen) O’Neal. He entered the military as a Merchant Marine and was later discharged from the U.S. Army. Wilburn was a sheet metal worker with the Local Union No. 2 for over 35 years. Wilburn was assistant Scout Leader for over 17 years where his three sons obtained Eagle Scout. He was a member of the Missouri Gem and Mineral Association the Missouri Bee Keepers Association and Good Sams Club (KC Wagoneers). Wilburn enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping. Survivors include his loving wife Helen O’Neal of 67 years; children and their spouses, Fred O’Neal (Sandra), Gale O’Neal (Amy), Abbie Rennison (Robert) and Doyle O’Neal (Marlene); 12 grandchildren, Tina, Jeff, Josh, Stacy, Jennifer, Matt, Michael, Pattie, Luke, Maggie, Tim and Mary; 15 great grandchildren, Kaylea, Allison, Emily, Nicolas, Kristopher, Austin, Owen, Alexus, Madison, Hannah, Stephen, Chloe, Lydia, Caleb, and Levi; and numerous nieces, nephews, and family. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Clifton O’Neal; sisters, Lorene Leonard and Freda Ashburn. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, October 23, 2014, at Carson-Speaks Chapel; 1501 W. Lexington Ave., Independence, Mo. 64052. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Mt. Washington Cemetery with Military Honors. Memorial contributions may be made to the College of the Ozarks Alumni Association. Online condolences may be expressed at www.speakschapel.com (Arrangements: Carson-Speaks Chapel (816) 252-7900)
THOMAS LEROY LEMING
Thomas Leroy Leming, 92, of Indep., Mo., passed away, Oct. 20, 2014. Service will be held at 6 p.m., Fri., Oct. 24, Eastside Baptist Church, located at 19901 E. State Rte. 78, Indep. Contributions may be made to the American Legion Riders, Post 21.
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