Bell, Shirley A.

May 8, 2014

Shirley A. Bell, 76, St. Joseph, MO; passed away Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at her home.
Shirley was born on March 14, 1938 in Alton, Illinois. She worked as a CNA at Beverly Manor Senior Housing for many years.
She was preceded in death by her son, Jimmy Lowrance and companion of 17 years, Cecil Buckler.
Survivors include 2 daughters, Tina (Donald) Boydston and Rebecca Mitchell, 7 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Bell has been cremated under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, where a register book will be available to sign. There are no services or visitation scheduled at this time.

Round, Scott E.

May 7, 2014

Scott E. Round, 50, Amity, Missouri passed away Thursday, May 1, 2014 at a local hospital.

Scott was born June 19, 1963 to Donald and Diana (Lockhart) Round in St. Joseph, Missouri.
He graduated from Lafayette High School class of 1981.

Scott joined the army in 1987 and returned to St. Joseph in 1989.

Scott enjoyed the outdoors and the companionship of his many friends.

Scott was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Gaylord Round; and maternal grandparents, Andrew and Dorothy Lockhart.

Survivors include his parents; grandmother, Nadine Round; brothers, Todd (Jennifer) Round; Chris (Dana) Round, all of Branson, Missouri; life partner, Fonda K. Haynes; two nephews; and two nieces.

Graveside service and inurnment 11 am, Saturday, May 10th at Amity Cemetery, Amity, Missouri followed by a Celebration of Life at Stoney Creek Inn from 1 to 4 pm, Saturday afternoon.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Oats Transportation, 1306 South 58th Street, Saint Joseph, Missouri 64507.

Wilkinson, Gregory Macklin

May 4, 2014

Gregory Macklin Wilkinson, 55, of St. Joseph, passed away Friday, May 2, 2014 in his sleep at his home.

Gregory was born on July 19, 1958 in St. Joseph. Gregg was a member of the Operators Local 101 for over thirty years. He is survived by his parents, Macklin and Sharon Wilkinson, of St. Joseph; children, Jason, of Kansas City, Ashlee (Jeff) Helmick, of St. Joseph; Kyle (Brittany Badua) of Clarksdale; brother, Chris Wilkinson, of Stewartsville; grandchildren, Jakob, of St. Joseph; Brynlee, of Clarksdale; and nieces and nephews.

Gregg loved his kids and grandkids, also his dogs, Kat and Kieser.

Services 2:00 PM Monday, May 5, 2014 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.
Interment Blakely Cemetery, Easton, Missouri.

Visitation will begin after 12 Noon Sunday at our chapel, where the family will receive friends from 4:00 to 6:00 PM Sunday.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Canine Health Foundation, P.O. Box 900061 Raleigh, NC 27675-9061, or online at www.akcchf.org.

Halamar, Emma

May 1, 2014

Emma Halamar, 90, of St. Joseph, passed away Thursday, May 1, 2014 at her home.

Emma was born on December 16, 1923 in Poppenweiler, Germany to Ludwig and Maria Hausmann.

She enjoyed her garden and being outdoors, crocheting and knitting for her family.

Emma was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Anton Halamar, daughter, Linda Halamar, son, Louie Halamar, grandson, Chance Phillips, 11 brothers and 3 sisters.

Surviving family includes daughter, Heide (Richard) Phillips, of St. Joseph; sons, Frank (DeeAnna Barnes) Halamar, Gower, Missouri; Andy (partner, Larry Matt) Halamar, of St. Joseph; Tony (Vicki) Halamar, Earlham, Iowa; and Pete (Jodi) Halamar, of St. Joseph; 14 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, sister, Elizabeth Hering, of Germany, and numerous Nieces, Nephews and cousins.

Services 10:00 AM Monday, May 5, 2014 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.
Interment Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Visitation will begin after 10:00 AM Sunday at our chapel, where the family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 PM Sunday.

Goldizen Watson Krull, Billie “Girl” J.

May 1, 2014

Billie “Girl” J. Goldizen Watson Krull, 63, of St. Joseph, passed away Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at her home.

Billie “Girl” was born on July 14, 1950 in St. Joseph to William Edward and Esther May (Clark) Goldizen.

She was a member of the ASPCA, she loved her animals, fishing, mushroom hunting, gardening and road trips, but most of all she loved spending time with her friends and family. She worked at Quaker Oats for 14 years and was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her parents, son, Charles Edward Bales, brothers, Frank, Bud and Terry Goldizen, and sister, Mary McKnight.

Billie married Phil Krull on March 17, 2006 in Savannah, Missouri. He survives of the home

Additional surviving family includes siblings, Besie Wilson, Toni (Leon) Holcomb, Clif Goldizen, all of St. Joseph; Angela Goldizen, Savannah, MO; and Nicholas (Karla) Goldizen, of Agency, MO; step-sons, Jr. Krull, Chad Krull and Craig Dale Krull and 7 grandchildren.

Visitation will begin after 12:00 Noon Friday, May 2, 2014 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, where the family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.

Mrs. Goldizen-Watson-Krull will be cremated following the visitation.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the ASPCA and St. Joseph Animal Shelter.

Harvey, Delbert L. “Delbo”

May 1, 2014

Delbert L. “Delbo” Harvey, 76, of St. Joseph, MO, passed away Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 at a local hospital.

Delbert was born September 3rd, 1937 in St. Joseph to Lyle and Josephine Harvey. He graduated from Christian Brothers High School and attended St. Joseph Junior College. On August 11th, 1962 he married Patricia Jean Voltz in St. Joseph. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus and St. Joseph Bowling Hall of Fame.

Mr. Harvey retired as the President and Owner of Midland Bottling Company and Harvey Enterprises. As a passionate football fan he was a longtime season ticket holder to the Kansas City Chiefs. He was very involved in the community services and activities.

“Delbo” enjoyed being surrounded by his family and friends in the community, from the lake and the casino.

Delbert is survived by his wife Patty of the home; a daughter and son-in-law, Jodie and Greg Manahan of Platte City, MO; a brother, Mike Harvey of Seal Beach, CA; a sister, Patty Culver of Easton, MO and numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; a Sister-In-Law, Dorothy Wertin; Brother-In-Law, Leo Harnett and a nephew Brian Voltz.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 am Friday, May 2nd, 2014 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Inurnment will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Memorial contributions are suggested to the St. Mary’s Food Pantry.

Kirkpatrick, P. K.

April 30, 2014

Paul “P.K.” Kirkpatrick, 90, Country Club Village, Missouri, passed away Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at a local health care center.

P.K. was born March 30, 1924 in Carrolltown, Pennsylvania to Elmer and Margaret (McNulty) Kirkpatrick.

He married Dorothy Grace Bishop on April 10, 1947, she preceded him in death on August 30, 2007.

P.K. started in the construction industry in the 1940’s. He worked for Land Construction from 1953 to 1980. He started as Vice President for Herzog Construction in 1982, where he worked until his retirement in 1988.

P.K. also owned and operated Dog & Suds from 1966 to 1971.

P.K. was a member of First Lutheran Church, American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

P.K. was also preceded in death by his parents; son, Bill Kirkpatrick; and grandson, Chad Utterback.

Survivors include sons, Tom Kirkpatrick, Simi Valley, California, Gary (Zena) Kirkpatrick, Lake Havasu City, Arizona; daughter, Pamela Kirkpatrick, St. Joseph, Missouri; St. Joseph grandsons, Taylor Utterback, G. P. Kirkpatrick; 11 other grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Services 1:30 pm, Saturday at First Lutheran Church, 10th & Charles. Visitation will began after 12 noon, Friday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, where the family will receive friends from 6 to 8 pm Friday evening. Entombment Memorial Park Mausoleum.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association, Brain Trauma Foundation or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Kilgore, Lewis “Louie”

April 29, 2014

Lewis “Louie” Kilgore, 82, of St. Joseph, passed away Thursday, April 24, 2014 at Choices of St. Joseph Group Home.

Lewis was born on June 15, 1931 in Kansas City, Missouri.

He was a jokester who enjoyed planting flowers and gardening, playing cards and loved going to the casino.

He was preceded in death by his best friend “Goldie”.

Survivors include his Choices family and his long time roommate.

He will be dearly missed by all of his family and friends.

Mr. Kilgore has been cremated under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. A memorial service will be held. Anyone wanting further information regarding the service, please contact Emily at Choices of St. Joseph, Inc.

George, Gene “Geno”

April 28, 2014

Gene “Geno” George, 77, Savannah, Missouri, died Sunday, April 27, 2014 at Heartland Regional Medical Center, surrounded by his family.

Gene was born July 30, 1936, the son of Edward and Myrtle Bell George. He attended the Savannah School District.

Gene was a member of the First Baptist Church in Savannah. He was also member of the Pony Express Racing Association and the Andrew County Lake Club.

Gene worked for Burns Implement for 35 years and retired from the Andrew County Highway Department in 2001 after 18 years of service.

Gene married Connie Faye Newgent Steeby on June 1, 1957, she survives of the home. Together they raised their 4 children, who also survive him, Cogie (Larry) Lowry, Savannah, Toni (Ronnie) Myer, Lancaster, Kansas, Jeff (Angie) George and Shawn (Sandra) George, all of Savannah, Additional survivors include 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren, his sister, Suzy (Don) Joslin, Hallcenter, Texas; and his Georgia Peach

Gene was preceded in death by his parents; five sisters; and eight brothers.

Gene loved spending time with his family. He enjoyed dirt track racing, camping, fishing and tinkering in his garage.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 pm, Thursday evening at First Baptist Church in Savannah. Mr. George has been cremated under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith Savannah Chapel, where there will be a register book available to sign. Private family inurnment at a later date.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Andrew County Lake Club or the Center for Healing Generosity.

White, USMC; Major Vernis R. “Dick”

April 28, 2014

Major Vernis R. “Dick” White, USMC (Retired) 89, Saint Joseph, Missouri, passed away Sunday, April 27, 2014 at his residence.
Dick was born December 22, 1924 in Clarksdale, Missouri to Gilbert and Flora May (Bartlett) White. He attended Cameron High School and graduated from University of Southern California.
Dick served his country for 42 years, first in the United State Marine Corp from 1942-1958 and then the United States Army from 1958 -1984.
Dick was a lead officer with the Los Angeles Police Department and later served as a detective until his retirement. After his retirement, he was the Director of Public Safety and Emergency Management Coordinator for the city of Commerce.
On September 11, 2013, Dick was selected for the honor flight to Washington D.C.
Dick married Cecelia Ida Rose on June 20, 1999, she survives of the home.
Dick belonged to the Ashland United Methodist Church, where he was a member of the United Methodist Men’s Group. He was also a member of Sertoma Club of St. Joseph, Moila Shrine Temple 32 degree, American Legion Post #359, Military Officers Association of America and Charity Lodge .
Dick was preceded in death by his parents.
Additional survivors include son, Nick (Sian) Robertson; stepsons, Bill Rose, Bob (Kim) Rose; sister, Meredith Winningham; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and two nephews.
Services 11 am, Thursday, May 1, 2014 at Ashland United Methodist Church. Visitation will begin after 12 noon, Wednesday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, St. Joseph, Missouri, where the family will receive friends from 5 to 7 pm Wednesday evening. Interment Amity Cemetery, Amity, Missouri.
The family suggests memorial contributions to Ashland United Methodist Church Building Fund.

Kilkenny, Pat

April 28, 2014

Pat Kilkenny, 45, of St. Joseph, passed away Saturday, April 26, 2014 at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri.

Patrick was born on November 30, 1968 in St. Joseph to James Frederick and Betty Carol (Endsley) Kilkenny.

He was preceded in death by his father, brother, Dennis Merritt and sister, Lana Kilkenny Mars.

Surviving family includes mother, Betty Jacobs, step-father, Delmar Jacobs, son, Kyle Hall, daughter, Katie Hall, three grandchildren, brothers, Edward (Karen) Merritt, Jr., Roger Merritt, Steve (Mary) Merritt, Mike Kilkenny; all of St. Joseph; and Jim Kilkenny; Kansas City, Missouri, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mr. Kilkenny has been cremated under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.
There will be no visitation or services.

Galbraith, William Knoll

April 28, 2014

William Knoll Galbraith, 86, Wathena, Kansas passed away Friday, April 25, 2014 at The Wathena Healthcare Center.
Bill was born on February 25, 1928 in Algona, Iowa to Bert and Nellie Knoll Galbraith. He graduated from Algona High School and enlisted in the U. S. Marine Corp from 1946-1948. After discharge, he attended and graduated from Drake University School of Pharmacy. He was part owner of Sollars Pharmacy in St. Joseph, Missouri.
He married Margaret Brooks. Additional survivors include children, Christine (Mike) Vertin, Sue (Chuck) Robinson and Joel Galbraith; grandchildren, Brooke (Rich) Vertin-Majerus, Natalie (Dennis) Martin, Grant Vertin, Danielle (Tony) Short, Courtney (Brian) Kuhn and Garrett Robinson; great- grandchildren, Abigail Short and Gus Martin; sisters, Janet (Mack) Jones and Janice (Willard) Kelley; numerous nieces, and nephews.
Mr. Galbraith has been cremated under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.
Graveside services with interment at Bellemont Cemetery in Wathena will be held at a later date.
The family suggests memorial donations to The Wathena Healthcare Center Residents Fund, 2112 Highway 36, Wathena, Kansas 66090 or the charity of your preference.

Ferguson, Clifford Eugene “Gene”

April 26, 2014

Clifford Eugene “Gene” Ferguson, 80, Rosendale, Missouri, born on Mother’s Day May 14, 1933 to Clifford and Marie (Curley) Ferguson northeast of Rosendale. He passed from this life into God’s Hands on Friday April 25, 2014 at Heartland Hospital.

Gene graduated from Rosendale High School in 1951. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in January 1952 and was a veteran of the Korean War as a Corporal. After discharge he attended NWMSU as a member of the Bearcat football team.

He married Phyllis Taylor December 31, 1955, they were married 58 years. Phyllis survives of the home.

His forty year trucking career began with Crouch Brothers, retiring from Brandt Trucking.

He attended the Barnard Christian Church and was a member of the American Legion Post 287. He was a board member of Rosendale Christian Church, and North Andrew School.

For many years he coached young men and girls softball in the Rosendale community. He enjoyed playing in the St. Joseph city basketball and softball leagues and currently bowled at Savage Lanes.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents, sisters; Marilyn Brewer and Carolyn Schrupp.

Gene is survived by children, Pam (Steve) Rudkin, Wendy (Monty) Atkins, Clay (Delores) Ferguson, and Deanna (Rodney) Cain.
Grandchildren; Jamie (Matt) Monson, Nathan Rudkin, Lacy (Brian) Gladman, Dustin Atkins, Ariel Atkins, (fiance’ Payden Bauman), Colby Atkins , Colton, Brooks, and Brock Ferguson. Great grandchildren; Jackson, Madalyn, Whitney Monson, and Barrick and Cage Gladman. Other survivors include sister; Laura Jackson, aunt; Marjorie Curley, brother in law; Charlie Schrupp, and nieces and nephews.

Gene always treated everyone with Christian kindness, had a smile on his face, and never knew a stranger. He was a wonderful dad and grandpa who enjoyed being with family and friends, loved to bowl, proudly served his country as a Marine. He was most proud of his loving family

Funeral services 11:00 am Tuesday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith Savannah Chapel. Public Visitation will begin after 12:00 pm Monday at our chapel, where the family will receive friends 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Interment Bennett Lane Cemetery, Savannah, Missouri.

Meyer, Ernest “Ernie” A.

April 23, 2014

Ernest “Ernie” A. Meyer, 95, St. Joseph; passed away Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at a local hospital.

Ernie was born on March 7, 1919 in Clyde, MO to the late Peter and Agatha (Wolfer) Meyer.

Mr. Meyer served in the US Army during WWII from 1941-1945. He worked as a carpenter and was a member of Carpenter’s Local #110 for 40 years.

Ernie was a member St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, American Legion #359 and Eagles Lodge. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.

Ernie married the former Florence Wilson on June 6, 1949 in Maryville, MO. She survives of the home.

Additional Survivors; 6 daughters, Norma (Ralph) Wilson, Maitland, MO; Carol Ousley, Douglas, WY; Jane Meyer, Linda Meyer, Diana (Wes) Johnson and Janet Davis all of St. Joseph; 12 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters, Mildred Meyer, Maryville, MO and Dorothy Wilmes, Bolckow, MO.

He was preceded in death by 3 sisters, Marie Funderburk, Frances Nielson and Catherine Nielson; brother, Paul Meyer; grandson, Dominic Ousley and great-granddaughter, Sydney Siepel

Mass of Memorialization 1:30 PM Saturday, April 26, 2014 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. Inurnment Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation after 9:00 AM Friday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Rosary 7:00 PM Friday; the family will receive friends following the Rosary until 8:30 PM.

Memorial donations may be made to VA Hospital of Leavenworth, KS.

Bush, Russell L. “Colonel”

April 23, 2014

Child of our heavenly Father, beloved husband , cherished father and so much loved by grand and great-grand children was Russell L. “Colonel” Bush, 92, of St. Joseph, who completed his journey, Saturday, April 12, 2014 to enter into the loving promises of our heavenly Father through the gracious gift of our dear Savior, Christ Jesus.

Russell was born on October 31, 1921 in Medora, Indiana to William A. and Nellie P. (Booker) Bush.

He married Isabel Charles Paulman on August 18, 1957 in St. Joseph, She survives of the home.

Russell served in the United States Army Air Corps as a sergeant during World War II.

Russ was with Swift until they closed. He then worked with his dear friend Ralph Dougherty and three sons (Curtie, Dougie and Scotty B) at St. Joseph Waterproofing. The family became involved in real estate and Russ was in high demand by St. Joseph realtors as a contractor for inspections and repairs of their listings. His long-term tenants of his own rentals could attest the excellent care he gave to their needs and to the properties .
He graduated from Kansas City Auction School and that was probably the most fun job of all. The entire family was involved and we had such fun.

Russell was a member of Woodson Chapel Christian Church and the Wednesday bible study group, Missouri Valley Gem and Mineral Club, Hiawatha, Kansas Gem and Mineral Club, former very active member of Marvin McMurray Church, Scoutmaster Troop 29 for four and one half years, Explorer Advisor for three years, District Explorer Advisor for two years, Institutional Representative, and member Tribe of Mic-O-Say, Honorary Warrior (Big Spotted Butterfly).

So many gifts given …was part owner of Beverly Speedway; built stock cars with friends; managed Whitson Realty ’s apartments; remodeled his own home; loved woodworking; helped many learn to ski behind “The Randolph “; became a “rock hound “; did beautiful lapidary and silversmith work selling it through Gem Jewels by Bush and then there was the travel on blue-line highways, mountains , oceans, deserts and little-known places with family and friends camping and realizing the beauty our Father had given us.

Our Father touched the life of Russ and gave him the gift of leadership for the scouting program. Russ had Troop 29 and lead them from Scouts through the Explorer program. He simply loved working with and teaching them leadership, responsibility , personal self-esteem, survival skills in the out-of-doors, working to attain goals, making their costumes from leather and feathers and giving back to the community by giving first-aid demonstrations and not to be forgotten the Mic-O-Say dance team. One of the highlights was when the scouts had to pass all swimming and first-aid requirements; learn how to build a very large raft and manage it on the river; provide shelter and food on it. The raft entered the Missouri River at Rulo, Nebraska, creating never-to-be forgotten memories for the leaders and scouts, and docked at The St. Joseph Yacht Club two days later. After Vietnam War ended one night around mid-night there was such a commotion outside (they were running around the house wrapping it in toilet paper) and then loud laughter and heavy knocks on the front door. Carefully opening the door, we saw on our porch Troop 29 scouts/war veterans asking, “Mr. Bush, may we come in?” They expressed such gratitude for scouting memories that helped them withstand the misery of the war and how much Troop 29 meant to them. For years and years when these men came to town they came to see “Mr. Bush”. Russ lived to see his son Kirby and both of Kirby’s sons become Eagles and Mic-O-Say members. Kirby became very involved as a leader, camp director and member of the Council. Russ could not have been more pleased.

The many friends Russ made with his favorite servers for “Black Mountain” (coffee) and a tap on his cup asking for a refill made him feel special and always put a grin on his face and a sparkle in his eyes. Thank you girls!

With profound thanks we recognize Angels in Home Care, Shepherd’s House and Hands of Hope Hospice-Angels for getting him “back on his feet” many times since August 2012, Deanna Shepherd who gave such comfort the last week and one-half and Hands of Hope Hospice for their compassion during the transition.

He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, two sisters and first wife, Lucille Wells-Bush in 1956.

Additional surviving family includes daughter, Suellen (Jim) Louden, son Kirby I. (Janice) Paulman, six grandchildren, Kemberly (Chris) Mills, Bruce Paulman, Will (Rachel) Paulman, Lisa (Kevin) Myers, Kristie Louden and Sherri (Joe) Eldred, nine great-grand children, Ethan, Riley, Leah, Ella, Julia, Noah, Emma, Lisa and Joel, two sisters, one sister-in-law, special niece and nephew, Jim and Diana Maag and loved nieces and nephews of his brothers and sisters.

Memorial service 2:00 PM Friday, April 25, 2014 at Woodson Chapel Christian Church under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Inurnment Oak Hill Cemetery, Maryville, Missouri.

The family will receive one hour prior to the service on Friday at Woodson Chapel Christian Church.

In lieu of flowers, Russell requested memorial contribution be to the Woodson Chapel Christian Church, 2525 St. Joseph Avenue, St. Joseph, MO 64505 or Boy Scouts of America, Mic-0-Say, Dog Soldier Fund, 1704 Buckingham, St. Joseph, MO, 64506.

George, Martha Ellen

April 21, 2014

Martha Ellen George, 76, of St. Joseph, Missouri passed away on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

Martha was born on November 6, 1937 in St. Joseph, Missouri to Marcus L. and Liberty George. She was a graduate of Lafayette High School

She retired from the St. Joseph School District and was of the Catholic Faith.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Marcus George, Jr.

Survivors include her son, Daniel Brown and wife, Nancy; 2 grandchildren, Terrance Brown and Phillip Hoyt, and numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Prayer Service 1:00 PM Thursday, April 24, 2014 at Horigan Chapel.
Interment Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Visitation will begin after 1:00 PM Wednesday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden chapel, where the family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Wednesday at our chapel.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel to help defray funeral expenses.

Edwards, Yvonne “Vi” (Boyd)

April 19, 2014

Yvonne “Vi” (Boyd) Edwards, 91, of St. Joseph, passed away Friday, April 18, 2014 at her home.
Mrs. Edwards was born March 18, 1923 in Pattonsburg, Missouri to Erskine and Alice Assel Boyd. She was a Christian and a member of Wesley United Methodist Church. She attended Maysville High School and Platt-Gard Business University.

On September 1, 1973, she married Duane Earl Edwards. He passed away July 1, 2005. She was also preceded by her parents and one brother, Raymond M. Boyd.

Yvonne and Duane loved camping and fishing and spent many hours on the lakes of Missouri, Kansas and Texas after his retirement.

Yvonne is survived by one son, Lonnie R. (Kathy) Moore, Warrensburg, Missouri; step-son, Terry (Dana) Edwards, Mound City, Missouri; 2 step-daughters, Debi (Dan) Pickman, Lancaster, Kansas; and Brenda (Mike) Rehagan, Freeburg, Missouri; 3 grandchildren, Paul Moore, of North Carolina; Cindy Moore, of Arkansas; and Dr. Dan (Molly) Moore, of Alabama; 10 step-grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, and 5 step-great-great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Edwards has been cremated under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.

At her request, there will be no visitation or services. Inurnment Fairport Cemetery, Fairport, Missouri.

Milbourn, Norma Marie

April 19, 2014

Norma Marie Milbourn, 95, of Andrew County, passed away Friday, April 18, 2014 at her home.

Norma was born on November 22, 1918 in Andrew County, Missouri to Charles Lyman and Edith (Kiezer) Broce.

She married Clifford S. Milbourn. He preceded her in death in 2001.

Norma was also preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Irene Lakin and her grandchild, Christina.

Surviving family includes sons, Virgil (Shirley) and Gary (Beverly) Milbourn, daughters, Loretta (Bill) Evans, Trudy Neal and Linda (Ernest) Huber, all of St. Joseph; 11 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Norma was always hard-working and enjoyed farming, gardening and cooking. She was always kind to everyone and never met a stranger.

Services 10:00 AM Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.
Interment Savannah Cemetery, Savannah, Missouri.

Visitation will begin after 1:00 PM Monday at our chapel, where the family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Monday evening.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the American Heart Association.

Boucher, Donald L

April 19, 2014

Donald L. Boucher, 79, of St. Joseph passed away April 17, 2014 in the family home.
Donald was born September 30, 1934 in Belmond, Iowa to Orville and Ann Boucher. After serving in the Air force during the Korean War from 1952 to 1956, he married Sondra Sue Barnett, his wife of 56 years. They raised three children while living in St. Joseph. Don enjoyed hunting, fishing, and the outdoors. He loved his work as a conductor with Burlington Northern Railroad for 38 years. After retiring, Don and Sondra enjoyed traveling, including a trip to California where he was the winner of the Showcase Showdown the Price is Right. He will be greatly missed by his loving family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Beverly.
Don is survived by his wife Sondra, daughter Deborah Messa (Rick), daughter Mardell Barber(Albert), and son Douglas Boucher (Sarah); 8 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; sister June Elrick and brother Kay Boucher.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Hands of Hope Hospice or the St. Joseph Animal Shelter.
There will be no open service but the family will welcome visitors at the family home on Monday, April 21st from 6:00 pm to 8:00 located at 3548 Penn Street, St. Joseph, MO.
A registry book will be available at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.

Beattie, Carol Sue (Stanley)

April 19, 2014

Carol Beattie, 68, of St. Joseph, passed away Thursday, April 17, 2014, at Shepherd’s Residential.

Carol was born on October 19, 1945, in Maloy, Iowa to James E. and Norma Lee (Higdon) Stanley. She graduated from Mid-Buchanan High School in 1963 and attended Missouri Western State College. Carol worked at Nestle-Purina, drove a school bus, was a Sergeant with Buchanan County Sheriff’s Department, had her pilot’s license and was an emergency medical technician. She enjoyed riding mules, photography and working in her dark room, but best of all, she was our mother.

Carol was preceded in death by her father and sister, Joyce Kreb.

Surviving family includes her mother, Norma (Bill) Luther, sons, Paul (Susan) and Eric (Kristie) Garrison, six grandchildren, Brett, Bridgett, Erica (Aaron), Beth Anne, Kaylee, and Schuyler; two great-grandchildren, MaKenzie and Kaden, and brothers, Don (Carolyn) Stanley and Donald (Susan) Smith and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial service 6:00 PM Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at First Baptist Church, Savannah, Missouri.

The family will receive guests from 5:00 to 6:00 PM prior the to service at the church.

The family suggests memorial contributions to a local food pantry or Noyes Home.

Patrick, Katherine L.

April 17, 2014

Katherine L. Patrick, 92, of St. Joseph, went to her Heavenly Father on Thursday, April 17, 2014.

She was born on November 18, 1921 to Dewey and Alma Heath. She married Louis Paul Nold, Jr. in 1941 and he preceded her in death in 1948. She married Calvin Patrick in 1955 and he is deceased.

Survivors include a son Paul (Deanna) Nold; daughter, Linda Graff; son Charles (Robin) Patrick all of St. Joseph, Missouri; son Curtis Nold of Sedalia, Missouri; her sister, Janice (Jack) Humphrey and brother, Dewey Heath. Other survivors include twelve grandchildren, twenty-two great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by sister, Marion Price and grandson, Paul Nold, Jr. and sister-in-law, Della Heath.

Katherine worked at Green Hills on south 22nd street for 29 years. She loved to travel and visited many countries. She was a wonderful cook, loved to garden and bowl. Her favorite thing was to be anywhere her family was. Katherine was a wonderful mother and loving grandmother. She was a member of Patee Park Baptist Church.

Services 11:00 am Monday, April 21, 2014 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will begin after 10am Saturday, where the family will receive friends from 4:00 to 6:00pm Saturday.

The family suggests memorial contributions to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Schlitzer, Sondra Sue

April 17, 2014

Sondra Sue Schlitzer, 76, of Cameron, passed away Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Liberty Hospital in Liberty, Missouri.

Sondra was born on November 27, 1937 in St. Joseph, to John William and Juanita Margaret (Williams) Linder. She was of the Catholic faith. She worked as a teenager at the Old Katz Drugstore.

On July 16, 1955, she married Martin William Schlitzer in St. Joseph, Missouri. In September of 1956, they moved to Absecon, New Jersey, where they lived for 42 years. She and her husband were inseparable during their 50 years of marriage. He preceded her in death on May 20, 2005.

Sondra was also preceded in death by her parents, and paternal grandparents, Leslie and Ethel Linder, and 2 brothers, John and William and 2 sisters, Barbara and Linda.

Sondra found great joy in watching her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren participate in sports and activities.

Sondra is survived by her two sons, Martin (Susan) Schlitzer, Jr., of Scullville, NJ; and Steven (Michele) Schlitzer, of Galloway Township, NJ; daughters, Karen Sugden, of Maysville, and Sharon (Eric) Nied, of Cameron; 12 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, 4 brothers, Bud, Roger, Danny and Perry, and one sister, Kitty.

Mrs. Schlitzer has been cremated under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.

There will be no visitation or services. A register book will be available at our chapel.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Susan G. Komen “For the Cure” Foundation.

Laffoon, William “Bill” E.

April 15, 2014

William “Bill” E. Laffoon, 84, passed away peacefully April 8th in Oklahoma after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.
He leaves behind his wife, Edith Laffoon; children, Ken Laffoon, Regina (Ken) Hull, Linda (Mike) Minear, Rita (Tim) Eaton; grandchildren, Justin (Leah) Laffoon, Amber Hull, Ceara (Tyler) Barrett, Candice, Kelsie and Chris Minear, Addi & Eli Eaton; 2 great-grandchildren, Cash & Liam; sister, Patricia (Joe) Breland; and extended family members.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents; Hubert and Elma Laffoon; brothers; Louis and Robert Laffoon.
Bill loved our Lord Jesus, his family, & enjoyed photography.
Memorial Services 3 pm, Friday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel in St. Joseph, Missouri. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.
Donations to the Alzheimer’s Foundation would be appreciated.

Aldridge, James H.

April 15, 2014

James Henry Aldridge, 88, of St. Joseph, Missouri passed away Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Stormont-Vail Regional Health Center in Topeka, Kansas.

Jim was born on November 27, 1925 in Elmo, Missouri to Sam and Mildred (Neff) Aldridge. He joined the United States Navy during World War II. When he returned, he married Beatrice Wooten on May 3, 1947 in Troy, Kansas before moving to St. Joseph in 1955. He later retired from Mead Products. Jim was a member of South Park United Methodist Church and a former Boy Scout leader.

He was preceded in death by his parents, step-mother, Cecil L. Blackburn, and infant son, Brian Keith Aldridge.

Surviving family includes wife, Beatrice Aldridge, sons, Larry (Nancy) Aldridge and Bruce (Randy) Aldridge, seven grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.

Celebration of Life 12:00 Noon Saturday, April 19th at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, St. Joseph. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at our chapel.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the American Diabetes Association or Alzheimer’s Association.

Bryson, Mary Jo

April 12, 2014

Mary Jo Bryson, 76, St. Joseph, Missouri, passed away Saturday, April 12, 2014 at her home.

Mary Jo was born January 29, 1938 to Roy and Mary Elizabeth (Glazebrook) Bryson in Sedalia, Missouri. She graduated from Missouri Methodist Hospital of Nursing in 1959.

Mary Jo began her career in nursing at St. Joseph State Hospital, where she later became Director of Nursing, retiring after 41 years.

Mary Jo served her country in the Air National Guard, achieving the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

Mary Jo was a Christian and was preceded in death by her parents; and brother, Robert Bryson.

Survivors include brothers, Roy (Elaine) Bryson, John Bryson, all of Sedalia; numerous nieces and nephews.

Graveside services 11:30 am, Tuesday at Crown Hill Cemetery, Sedalia, Missouri, under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Rev. Ted Francis officiating. There will be no visitation or services at our Chapel.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Hands of Hope Hospice or State Fair Community College to go to the nursing program.

Gerstner, Betty Lou

April 9, 2014

Betty Lou Wiedmaier was born in Lincoln Nebraska on the twenty-first day of September 1927 to Albert and Edna Wiedmaier.
On October 9, 1948 she became the bride of Bernard Eugene Gerstner, Sr. at St. Patrick’s Church St. Joseph, Missouri.
Betty graduated from the Sacred Heart Convent in 1945.
Betty and Bernard had a life full of travel while Bernard served his country in the US Navy. The couple lived in Memphis, Tennessee, Jacksonville, Florida, San Diego, California and Honolulu, Hawaii before retiring in Missouri in 1998.
Betty was a devout Catholic and praying the rosary every day
Betty was preceded in death by husband, Bernard E. Gerstner, Sr. and Son, John W. Gerstner.
Survivors include children, Linda (Max) VanDyke and Bernard (Robyne) Gerstner, Jr, Daughter-in-Law, Mary Gerstner, of St. Joseph, MO.
Betty leaves five grandchildren and six great grandchildren who will miss her sweet smile and loving touch.
Prayer Service 10:00 AM Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Interment Mount Olivet Cemetery.
Visitation will begin after 12:00 Noon Friday at our chapel, where the family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Friday evening. Parish Rosary 6:30 PM Friday at our chapel.
The family suggests memorial contributions to M’Shoogy’s Animal Rescue.

Aldridge, Drinda V. (Curl)

April 7, 2014

Drinda V. (Curl) Aldridge, 89, of St. Joseph, MO passed away Sunday, April 6, 2014 at a local health care facility.

Drinda was born March 21, 1925 in Stockton, MO to William and Opal (Underwood) Curl. She attended Plattsburg, MO high school. She was a member of the Wyatt Park Baptist Church and the Pentecostal’s of St. Joseph.

She married Forrest E. Aldridge. Her husband preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Annalee Fowler and a brother Robert Curl.

Mrs. Aldridge is survived by a son John Aldridge and grandsons Darryl and Dustin and grand-daughter C.J. Masoner, all of St. Joseph; sisters and brothers Billie Delaney of Kansas City, KS, Nancy Coleman of Bridgeport, WV, Leona Morlan of Paola, KS, Paul Curl of Olathe, KS and Norman Curl of Kansas City, MO.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 1:00pm at the Heaton-Bowman-Smith and Sidenfaden Chapel. Interment will be at the Hillcrest Cemetery in Skidmore, MO.

Visitation will begin after 9:00am Wednesday at the Heaton-Bowman-Smith and Sidenfaden Chapel where the family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00pm that evening.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the funeral home to help with the expenses.

Stephens, Alma L.

April 6, 2014

Alma L. Stephens, 92, of St. Joseph, passed away Friday, April 4, 2014 at Carriage Square Healthcare Center.

Alma was born on February 16, 1922 in Hemple, Missouri to Lucian and Beulah (Lewis) Frans.

She graduated from Gower High School and she worked for several fabric stores, retiring from Jo Ann Fabrics. Alma was a member of Faith United Church, Dorcas Women’s Fellowship Group, the O.W.L.S. Group, Koinonia Sunday School Class. She also was a member of the Oats Transportation Board and the Pony Express Association for the Blind.

Alma married Melvin E Stephens on April 25, 1942. He preceded her in death in 1999. She was also preceded in death by her parents, brother, Kenneth Frans, sister, Virginia Morris and son-in-law, Rob Murphy.

Surviving family includes daughters, Linda (Roger) Antle, of Trenton, MO; and Deborah Sherard, of St. Joseph; six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, sister, Datha Roberts, of Savannah; sister-in-law, Mary Stephens, of Hemple, MO and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Services 2:30 PM Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.
Interment Keller Cemetery, Hemple, Missouri.

Visitation will begin after 12:00 Noon Tuesday at the funeral chapel, where the family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Tuesday evening.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Hands of Hope Hospice, Faith United Church, the Pony Express Association for the Blind or the Dream Factory.

Wareham, Edward “Mike”

April 5, 2014

Edward “Mike” Wareham, 66, Savannah, Missouri, passed away Friday, April 4, 2014 at a local hospital.

Mike was born January 31, 1948 to Gerald and Phyllis (Snyder) Wareham in Seneca, Kansas. He graduated from Hiawatha High School and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from Kansas State University.

Mike married Terry Chaney on May 23, 1974 in Hiawatha, she survives of the home. He was a manager for Country Squire and had previously worked at the Saint Joseph News-Press/Gazette and the Topeka Capital Journal.

Mike loved the outdoors. He enjoyed fishing, gardening and camping. Most of all, he loved his son and grandchildren.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents.

Additional survivors include son, Brian and wife, Natalie, Savannah; grandchildren, Corbin and Lane; great-grandchildren, Gracelynn and Samuel; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Memorial service 2 pm, Tuesday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith Savannah Chapel, Savannah, Missouri. Mr. Wareham has been cremated.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society.

Galbraith, Jack L.

April 5, 2014

Jack L. Galbraith, 79, Rea, Missouri, passed away Saturday, April 5, 2014 at a local hospital.

Jack was born September 26, 1934 to Elbert and Lillian (Irwin) Galbraith in Skidmore, Missouri. He graduated from Savannah High School.

Jack served his country for two years in the Army Reserves. He was a printer for the Savannah Reporter for 35 years and always worked in Andrew County.

Jack married Valerie Irene Castle on April 15, 1956 in St. Joseph, Missouri, she survives of the home. He was a member of the Rea Union Church and the Whitesville Masonic Lodge.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Edward E. Galbraith.

Additional survivors include daughter, Lori Riley; son, James Lee (Sarah) Galbraith; daughter, Jeanne (Shawn) Bonham, all of Rea; grandchildren, Jason Puckett, Cody Puckett, Tiffany Galbraith, Hayden Bonham, Jillian Galbraith; 4 great-grandchildren; brother, William D. Galbraith, Crete, Nebraska; sister, Norma Fulton, Kansas City, Missouri; numerous nieces and nephews.

Services 11 am Monday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith Savannah Chapel, Savannah, Missouri. Visitation will begin after 1 pm, Sunday at our Chapel, where the family will receive friends from 5 to 7 pm. Interment Walnut Grove Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial contributions to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Brelsford, Darrell E. “Bud”

April 2, 2014

Darrell E. “Bud” Brelsford, 69, St. Joseph, Missouri, passed away Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at his residence.

Bud was born August 17, 1944, in St. Joseph, Missouri to Darrell and Helen (Round) Brelsford. He graduated from Lafayette High School in 1962. Bud served his country in the Army during the Vietnam War.

Bud married Carol J. Henley on February 22, 1969 in Atchison, Kansas, she survives of the home. He was a member of the Green Valley Baptist Church.

Bud was a millwright and maintenance worker for Quaker Oats, retiring in 1993.

Bud was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Jack Brelsford.

Additional survivors include children, Laura Moore, Tracy (Jaime) Brelsford, both of St. Joseph, Lee (Monica) Brelsford, Kansas City, Kansas, Melanie Brelsford, St. Joseph, Vic (Heather) Brelsford, Atchison, Kansas; dear family friend, Margie Brush, St. Joseph; sisters, Pat (Bob) Reed, St. Joseph, Janet (Marvin) Willis, Des Moines, IA; nine grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; numerous nieces
and nephews.

Celebration of Life 7 pm, Wednesday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Mr. Brelsford has been cremated.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to American Heart Association.

Perry, John

April 1, 2014

John Perry, 61, St. Joseph, Missouri, passed away Monday, March 31, 2014 at a local hospital.

John was born March 3, 1953 in Memphis, Tennessee to John David, Sr. and Peggy Ann (Pauly) Perry. He moved to St. Joseph and graduated from Central High School and then joined the Army National Guard.

John married Mary Ann Sims on April 23, 1974 in Arkansas, she survives of the home.
John was preceded in death by his father; and paternal grandmother.

Additional survivors include sons, John E., Bobby Joe, Brian, Brandon Perry; daughter, Amanda Perry; mother, Peggy Love; brother, Michael Steven Perry; all of St. Joseph; 15 grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

Mr. Perry will be cremated under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. There will be no services or visitation at this time.

Byrne, Mary Jo

March 31, 2014

Mary Jo Byrne passed away Sunday, March 30, 2014 at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

Mary Jo was born November 23, 1946 to “Jack” and “Peg” Byrne.

Born with Cerebral Palsy, her 1st five years kept her confined to a leg brace, which she learned to endure.

Through her grade school days at Co-Cathedral, she looked forward to going to the “Convent”.
After learning of the “Convent” closing, Mary Jo, of course, chose the new Bishop LeBlond, she endured.

Mary Jo earned a B.S. in elementary education from Mount St. Scholastica and an M.S. from Avila.

To give back to other handicapped, she majored in Speech Therapy. She endured.

She began her teaching career at Humboldt Elementary in St. Joseph. A calling by a higher voice took her to Limon, Colorado and Mission, South Dakota. Returning to St. Joseph, she taught at Union Star until her retirement. She then went to work for UCP of St. Joseph, where she was equally loved by all staff and patrons. She endured.

Mary Jo was preceded in death by her parents, and sister, Katie, and is survived by three loving
brothers, Tom, Pat and John. Also three nephews,Tim, Nathan and Kellen. There are two nieces, Michelle and Jacy.

Memorial services 11 am, Saturday, April 5, 2014 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, Mary Jo has requested memorial contributions be made to Grace Evangelical Church. Online condolences may be sent to ppn@ponyexpress.net.

Muse, Louise J.

March 31, 2014

Louise J. Muse, 84, St. Joseph, Missouri, passed away Sunday, March 30, 2014 at her daughter’s home.

Louise was born June 28, 1929 to Don and Thelma (Lester) Randall in St. Joseph, where she graduated from Benton High School.

She married George Muse in 1947, he preceded her in death in 1998. Along with her spouse, she owned and operated Big Moose in Elwood, Kansas and Ace Pawn in St. Joseph.

She was a member of Church of God 7th Day.

She was also preceded in death by daughter, Terry Muse; parents; two brothers and a granddaughter.

Survivors include daughter, Judy (Jerrie) Smith; son, Rick Muse; granddaughter, Kelly (J.D.) Hay, all of St. Joseph; three great-grandsons; one great-granddaughter; and one sister, Margaret Bringus, Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Services 10 am, Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Visitation will begin after 12 noon, Tuesday at our Chapel, where the family will receive friends from 6 to 8 pm, Tuesday evening. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Hands of Hope Hospice.

Yarnell, Worldia Irene

March 31, 2014

Worldia Irene Yarnell, 98, passed away March 29 at Valley Park Residential Center, Holts Summit, Missouri.
Worldia was born March 2, 1916,to John and Pearl Fobair on a farm near Clarksdale, Missouri. She married William R. (Ralph) Yarnell on September 28, 1935,living most of their life together in St. Joseph,Missouri.
Predeceasing her, in addition to her parents, were her husband,Ralph,one sister, Lucy Flanagan,and two brothers, Curtis and J. D. Fobair.
She is survived by three sons and one daughter: son,Bill (Ann) Yarnell of Jefferson City, Missouri; daughter, Ruth (Charles) Thompson of Leavenworth, Kansas; son, John T. (Susie) Yarnell of Jefferson City; and son, Jim (Barb) Yarnell of Lincoln, Nebraska; ten grandchildren,21great grandchildren, and four great­ great grandchildren. Also surviving is a sister, Emolyn Thompson of the State of Florida, sister-in-law, Betty Yarnell,of St. Joseph, and many nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Yarnell was a member of Hillcrest Bible Church in St. Joseph, for many years, and a member of New Hope Assembly of God Church during her later years in Leavenworth.
Services 1:00 PM Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery.
Visitation will begin after 12:00 Noon Tuesday at our chapel, where the family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Tuesday evening.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contribution to Hospice Compasses of Jefferson City or Hillcrest Bible Church of St. Joseph.

Irvin, Keith A.

March 31, 2014

Keith A. Irvin, 55, St. Joseph, Missouri, passed away Friday, March 28, 2014 at his home.

Keith was born June 19, 1958 in Hiawatha, Kansas to the late, Walter and Dorothy (Stillman) Irvin.
He lived most of his life in St. Joseph and attended Central High School.

Keith retired from Johnson Controls, after 20 years. He was a member of
Church of God In Christ in White Cloud, Kansas.

Keith was an avid Chiefs fan. He was a car enthusiast who loved racing and NASCAR. Keith was a great musician and keyboardist.

Keith was also preceded in death by his sister, Esther Ginn; and brother, Richard Leon.

Survivors include siblings, Cheryl Hopkins, Hayward, California; Doyle Irvin, St. Joseph; Marvin Irvin, Jefferson City, Missouri; Linda Dydell, St. Joseph; Mary (Irvin) Patterson, Wichita, Kansas; Roger Irvin, Platte City, Missouri; numerous nieces and nephews.

Services 11:00 AM Thursday, April 3, 2014 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Interment Olive Branch Cemetery, White Cloud, KS. Visitation will be held after 9:00 AM Wednesday at our chapel, where the family will receive friends 6:00 to 8:00 PM Wednesday.

Memorial donations may be made to the funeral home on behalf of the family.

DuCoing, George D.

March 29, 2014

George David DuCoing, 89, of St. Joseph, passed away Friday, March 28, 2014 at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

George was born on January 4, 1925 in St. Joseph to George D. and Rosa DuCoing. He graduated from Central High School and then joined the United States Army.

George became a member of the Operating Engineer Local 101. George was also a member of the Moila Shrine Temple, the Legion of Honor, Brotherhood 269 AM and FM, 32nd Degreee Mason of the Scottish Rite, Wyatt Park Christian Church, American Legion # 359, Eagles and a former member of the Heart of America Model A. Club. George also loved to collect old and vintage cars.

George was preceded in death by his parents.

George married Alyce Arn on May 1, 1965.in St. Joseph. She survives of the home.

Additional surviving family includes son, Jeff (Tiffany) DuCoing, Kansas City, Missouri.

Services 10:00 AM Tuesday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery.

Visitation will begin after 12:00 Noon Monday at our chapel, where the family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Monday evening.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Shriner’s Hospital in care of the Moila Shrine Temple in St. Joseph.

Gilley, Maxine Beatrice

March 28, 2014

Maxine Beatrice Gilley, 94, of St. Joseph, passed away Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at a local health care facility.

She was born March 1, 1920 in St. Joseph to Lorene Belle (Brown) and Isaac Brott.

On September 24, 1938, she married Fred Alfred Gilley. He preceded her in death in 1997.

Maxine worked at Whitaker Cable and retired from Quaker Oats. She had attended Wesley United Methodist Church and was a Christian.

Maxine was also preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Charles Brott and Carroll “Babe” Brott; and sister, Marcelle Brott, and infant grandson, Michael Joseph Gilley.

Maxine is survived by sons, Freddie L. Gilley (Helen Jo) of St. Joseph; Steven D. Gilley of Overland Park, Kansas; and Dennis W. Gilley of Phoenix, Arizona; daughter, Beverly “Susie” A. Hirter (JR./Louis) of St. Joseph; ten grandchildren, seventeen great-grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Wanda Weddington and Lorene Brott of St. Joseph; brothers, Dallas Brott of St. Joseph; and Ralph Brott of Phoenix, Arizona and several nieces and nephews.

Services 11:00 AM Monday, March 31, 2014 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.
Interment Memorial Park Cemetery.

Visitation will begin after 12:00 Noon Sunday at our chapel, where the family will receive friends from 3:00 to 5:00 PM Sunday.

The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Hands of Hope Hospice or Donor’s Choice.

Weiland, Ramona K. (Miller)

March 28, 2014

Ramona K. (Miller) Weiland, 69, of St. Joseph passed away Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

Ramona was born on July 1, 1944 in Emporia, Kansas. She graduated from Union Star High School, Class of 1962, and attended Platt College. Ramona was a resident of St. Joseph since 1985.

She was a secretary with Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel for over twenty years.

Ramona married John R. Weiland on July 4, 1992 in St. Joseph. He preceded her in death on June 2, 2013. Ramona was also preceded in death by her brother, Ronald Miller.

Surviving family includes daughters, Kristie (Karl) Ploeger, Kandie (Paul) Stock and Kelly (Steve) Plumb; grandchildren, Michelle, Emily, Alexandra, Taylor and Abby; great-grandchildren, Ryvre, Willow and Ember; mother, Lorene Miller, sister, Roberta Long, brother, Rick Miller (Lori); two sisters-in-laws, Patti Bennett, Georgia Clark and her beloved dog, Casper.

Ramona loved helping families with Genealogy and enjoyed gardening, scrapbooking for her family, cooking, canning and loved bargain hunting.

Services 2:00 PM Saturday, March 29, 2014 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.
Interment Memorial Park Cemetery.

Visitation will begin after 12:00 Noon Friday at our chapel, where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Saturday at our chapel.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Humane Society.

Pederson, Charlene F.

March 26, 2014

Charlene F. Pederson, 76, of St. Joseph, MO passed away Tuesday, March 25, 2014.

Charlene was born on January 3, 1938 to Mr. & Mrs. Seth Halpin. She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister. She was of the Baptist faith.

She married Ronnie Pederson in June, 1955. She attended Benton High School, worked at Bill Kenney Pharmacy and Ronnie’s HyWay Market

Charlene is survived by her husband Ronnie, of the home; three sons, Tony, James and Danny; a sister Mary Jane Fisher (Gerald); grandsons, Joseph (Sara), Shonn and five other grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.

Services 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 29, 2014 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Interment Sugar Creek Cemetery, Rushville, MO.

Visitation will begin after 12:00 noon Friday at the Chapel, where the family will receive friends
6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday evening.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Camp Farwesta.

Dunning, Audrey Ellen

March 22, 2014

Audrey Ellen Dunning, 74, St. Joseph, Missouri passed away on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at her home.

Audrey was born April 12, 1939 in Buffalo, New York to Richard and Muriel (Zobrest) Quider.
She married John M. Dunning May 4, 1957. She has been a resident of St. Joseph for 21 years. She was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John M. Dunning, her parents; three sisters, Nancy, Lee and Diane; and one brother, Ricky.

Audrey is survived by her three sons, William Dunning and his wife, Joyce; John Dunning, Jr. and Jeffrey Dunning, and his wife, Delia; Daughter, Cynthia Smith, and her husband, Rick Smith; nineteen grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren, and five brothers, Burt, John, Bobby, Timmy and Danny Quider.

Her family always came first in her life and dinner was always ready by 5:00 pm. She always saw the good in everyone.

Mass of Christian Burial 2:30 PM Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at Horigan Chapel.
Interment Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Parish Rosary 6:00 PM at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.

Visitation will begin after 12:00 Noon Tuesday at our chapel, where the family will receive friends following the Rosary until 8:00 PM Tuesday Evening.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church.

Leeson, Robert W.

March 22, 2014

Robert W. Leeson, 75, of Agency, passed away Friday, March 21, 2014 at his home with his family at his side.

Robert was born on September 17, 1938 in St. Joseph, MO to Carl and Anna Ruth (Gill) Leeson. He was a retired Meat Cutter in St. Joseph.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Betty Mollus.

Robert married Connie Insco, she survives of the home. Additional surviving family includes his children, Debra Creal and Dennis Leeson of St. Joseph and Rob Leeson of Arizona; stepsons, Jason and Justin Insco, of Agency, MO; two brothers, Lloyd Leeson of St. Joseph and Danny Leeson of New Mexico; six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Robert loved his family and his dogs and enjoyed hunting, fishing and coaching sports.

Care has been provided by Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the American Heart Association.

Hindery, Jenifer Louise (Elo)

March 21, 2014

Jenifer Louise (Elo) Hindery went to everlasting peace, after a nearly six year battle with breast cancer, on Friday, March 21, 2014. She was born in St. Joseph on August 16, 1961 and was the oldest daughter of the late Mr. Pete Elo, Sr. and Mrs. Janet Louise Elo, and was, predeceased by sister, Katrina Elo.

Jenifer was an accomplished cook, a superb softball pitcher in her younger days, an accomplished pianist, organist and vocalist. Jenifer graduated from Bishop LeBlond High School in 1979. She attended MWSC. Her employment included Sherwood Medical, Ross-Frasier Hardware, Bliss-Mize Hardware, with her last full time employment, Trexcon Inc. After her onset of cancer she worked part time at First Baptist Church, First United Methodist Church and First Presbyterian Church.

Jenifer enjoyed watching her three children grow up, Tylor Hindery of Springfield, Missouri, Jelena Louise Hindery and her son, Quintin Louis, and Austin Peter Hindery, of the home. They will miss her for her ability to amazingly maintain grace, dignity and strength found through her devotional trust in God, not only during her battle with cancer, but in LIFE. As Elvis Presley once said in song, “There’s another meeting place somewhere in Heaven, by the side of the river of life”.
Jenifer and her beloved and caring husband William Patrick (Pat) Hindery were married on July 5, 1997 he, also, survives of the home. Additional survivors are Pete Elo (Miachelle) Lawrenceville, Georgia, Ted Elo St. Joseph, Gerald ”Butch” Elo (Carmen) and Richard Elo (Amy) Orlando, Florida, and Glorianna Black (Allan) Indiantown, Florida.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Fr. Richard Rocha at St. Joseph Cathedral 11:00 AM Monday, March 24, 2014. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 8:00 PM Sunday evening at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, with a parish prayer service held at 6:00 PM Sunday. There will be a private family inurnment at a later date. Jenifer requests in lieu of flowers donations to Hands of Hope Hospice or KU Endowment for Breast Cancer Research.

Ross, Jeremy W.

March 19, 2014

Jeremy W. Ross, 38, of St. Joseph, passed away Monday, March 17, 2014 at his home.

Jeremy was born on April 14, 1975 in St. Joseph to Stephen and Betty (Holland) Ross.

He graduated from Benton High School in 1994. He worked for Triumph Foods for over two years.

Jeremy was preceded in death by his father, maternal grandparents, Gordon and Norma Holland and paternal grandparents, Norman and Charlotte Koch.

Surviving family includes mother, Betty J. Ross, of the home; sister, Jennifer Murphy, nephew, Trevor Sell and niece, Katelyn Murphy, aunts, Mary (Greg) Roberts, Ann (Baron) Yama and Chris Galindo, all of St. Joseph; uncles, Jim (Cathy) Holland, of St. Joseph and Kenny (Barb) Ross, of Des Moines, Iowa and numerous cousins.

Visitation will begin after 9:00 AM Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, where the family will hold a Celebration of Life from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at our chapel.

The family will also receive friends at their residence from 1:00 to 4:00 PM Wednesday.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the charity of the Donor’s Choice

Moeck, Vera V.

March 17, 2014

Vera V. Moeck, 94, of St. Joseph, Missouri passed away on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at LaVerna Village of St. Joseph.

Vera was born on May 23, 1919 in Parnell, Missouri to Paul and Mertie (Harris) Winkler. She was a graduate of Harmony Heights High School in Ravenwood, Missouri. Vera was a bookkeeper for Rainbow Bakery, a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church and the Legion of Mary Auxiliary.

She was preceded in death by her husband, David C. Moeck one sister, Winford Spencer and one brother, Richard Winkler.

She is survived by a niece, Betty Buress, foster son, Raymond Stern and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial 11am Thursday at the Horigan Chapel. Interment Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the Horigan Chapel.

McLaughlin, Dan

March 16, 2014

Dan McLaughlin, 56, St. Joseph, MO, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, March 15, 2014.

Dan was born on April 4, 1957 in South Boston, Virginia. He graduated summa cum laude from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, MO, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in music education. He taught music in public schools for two years, and later earned a master’s degree in music theory from the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO.

Dan served as Minister of Music and Missions at McCarthy Baptist Church in St. Joseph. He enjoyed singing with and occasionally directing the Missouri Music Men, a men’s choir composed of music ministers from around the state. He served as a Regional Worship Consultant for the Missouri Baptist Convention and the Music Development Director for the St. Joseph Baptist Association. In 2005 he received the Geneva Casebolt Award for Excellence in Music Ministry. Dan led frequent mission trips overseas.

Dan married Martha Lively on June 4, 1983. They served as missionaries in Latin America from 1988-1998.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Birdena (Barnes) McLaughlin.

Dan is survived by his wife Martha, of the home; two sons, Caleb McLaughlin of Nashville, TN and Lucas McLaughlin, St. Joseph, MO; father, Glen McLaughlin, Winchester, VA; three siblings, April Kierstead, Nampa, ID, Paul McLaughlin, Essex Junction, VT and Penny Moran, Reston, VA; and numerous nieces, nephews and in-laws.

The family will receive friends 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Heaton-Bowman Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.

Graveside services and interment will be Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, St. Joseph, MO.

Memorials are suggested to the International Mission Board.

The family requests attendees come to the service fragrance free.

Weipert, John L.

March 12, 2014

John L. Weipert, 47, of St. Joseph passed away Monday, March 10, 2014.

John was born on March 13, 1966 in St. Joseph to Lloyd Lawrence and Mary Etta (Kempa) Weipert.

He graduated from Central High School in 1984 and Northwest Missouri State University in 1992. John was a farmer and owned and operated John Weipert Backhoe Services. He was also a member of Seven Dolors Catholic Church and “The Geezer Gang”.

John was preceded in death by his parents.

Surviving family includes daughters, Jennifer (Christopher) Gatrel and Mary Weipert, sisters, Rosemary (Kevin) Schieber and Julie Weipert, grandchildren, Elivia Gatrel and ShayLynn Gatrel, his girlfriend, Lesley Kearnes, nieces and nephews, Nathan, Anne, Kenneth and Kaitlynn, and his buddy, Duke.

Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 AM Saturday, March 15, 2014 at Seven Dolors Catholic Church, Hurlingen, Missouri.
Interment St. Mary Cemetery.

Parish Rosary 5:30 PM Friday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.

Visitation will begin after 12:00 Noon Friday at our chapel, where the family will receive friends following the rosary until 8:00 PM Friday evening.

Memorial contributions may be made in care of the family.

Townsend, Carl

March 9, 2014

Carl E. Townsend, 79, passed away surrounded by his family on March 8, 2014.
He was born August 8, 1934, to Wilma (Kowitz) and Charles Townsend. He was a lifelong residence of St. Joseph. Carl graduated from Lafayette High School and attended college in Maryville before becoming a medic in the Army. He was a retired master plumber and taught plumbing school for many years for Plumbers Union Local 45.
After retirement he enjoyed activities at Fairview Golf Course, golfing, marshalling and playing cards, riding his bike on the boulevard, doing hobbies and planning high school reunions. He looked forward to reuniting with his old classmates. He also was an avid MU Tiger, Chiefs and Royals fan.
He was a member of Ashland Avenue United Methodist Church.
Carl was preceded in death by his wife of 44 years Nancy (Bonham), his mother and father, three sisters, Velma, Doris and Wilma Mae and one brother Charles. He is survived by two sons Mark (Meg) and Mitch (Roxann) and daughter Lara (Kent) Billups; grandchildren Joe, Rachel, Maggie, Ryan, Clarissa, Casey, Nick and Charlie; great grandchildren Koder and Maverick; brother, John and sister, Betty.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Ashland United Methodist Church.
Visitation will begin 11 AM on Tuesday, where the family will receive friends from 6-8 PM Tuesday followed by Services at 11 AM on Wednesday at the funeral home. Internment: Ashland Cemetery. Arrangements: Heaton-Bowman-Smith and Sidenfaden Chapel.

Dunn, John Wesley

March 9, 2014

SAVANNAH, Mo. – John Wesley Dunn, 78, Savannah, passed away Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at a local hospital. John was born on January 16, 1936 to Charles and Lena (DeLong) Dunn in Fortescue, Mo. He was a graduate of Bolckow High School. John was a farmer in Andrew County, Mo. He married Ruth Nelson on August 16, 1963. She survives of the home. John served two years in the U.S. Army.He was a member and elder of the Community of Christ in Guilford, Mo. He served as youth leader, financial officer and pastor. He enjoyed woodworking, traveling, camping and flying. John was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Cynthia Michelle; brothers, Clarence and Danny Dunn; sister, Alice Cothern; and grandson, Aric Dunn. Additional survivors include son, Wesley Wayne (Leigh Ann) Dunn; grandchildren, Zackary, Monica and Josie Dunn; sisters, Janice (Lester) Manship, Geraldine (Bob) Dodd; and nieces and nephews. Services: 1 p.m. Friday at Community of Christ, Guilford. Interment: Bolckow Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Heaton-Bowman-Smith Savannah Chapel. Public viewing will begin after 11 a.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Camp Farwesta or Andrew County Senior Center.

Kelley, Jack Ryan

March 8, 2014

Jack Ryan Kelley, 29, of St. Joseph, left this world to be with his Lord and Savior Saturday, March 8, 2014.

Jack was born on May 30, 1984 in Omaha, Nebraska to Jack and Patricia Krimmel.

Jack was preceded in death by his siblings, Christopher Kelley and Melissa Tompkins, uncle, Victor Krimmel, aunt, Frankie Luth, grandmothers, Ruth Krimmel and Lorraine Keefer.

Surviving family includes mother, Patricia Krimmel, father, Jack Krimmel and step-mother, Mary J. Krimmel, his children, Dylon and Lauren Kelley, wife, Jessica Kelley, step-brother, Jerry Pitthan, step-sisters, Rachel Masterson, Megan Schneeflock and Rebecca Amayo, cousin, Nicholas Kleckner, uncles, Ron Trader, David Pierson, Tyrone, Joseph, Larry, Vern and Frank Krimmel, aunts, Wanita McNabb, Jo Hurt, Juanita Kopp-Noble, Viola Danner and Terry Pausley, and many cousins, family and friends.

Prayer Service 3:00 PM Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.
Cremation to follow prayer service. Inurnment Ashland Cemetery at a later date.

Parish Rosary will be recited 6:00 PM Tuesday at our chapel.

Visitation will begin after 12:00 Noon Tuesday at our chapel, where the family will receive friends from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM following the Rosary.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel for a Fund for his Children.

Cowart, June

March 7, 2014

Gloria June (Neff) Cowart, 79, of St. Joseph, passed away, Thursday, March 6, 2014 after a lengthy illness with Alzheimer’s Disease.

June was born on March 31, 1934 in St. Joseph, Missouri to Paul and Ethel (Overman) Neff.
She attended Lafayette High School.

She worked as a beautician for 40 years and owned and operated June’s Beauty Shop for 20 years until retirement.

June was preceded in death by her mother, Ethel (Overman) Quigley and step-father, Kenneth Quigley.

She was previously married to Kenneth Eugene Cowart from 1950 to 1970. He preceded her in death in 1988.

Surviving family includes sons, Kenny (Patti) Cowart, Burton, South Carolina; and Kevin (Shana) Cowart, Olathe, KS; daughters, Cyndi Dewey, Faucett, MO; and Glenda Alexander, St. Joseph, MO; 9 grandchildren, Dean, Kelli, Brad, Trent, Cristie, Craig, K.C., Kortni and Kirstin, 14 great-grandchildren and sister, Beverly Hellerich, St. Joseph, MO.

June was a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and loved to spend time with family. She enjoyed baking pies and her days out with her sister Bev. June loved to tend to her garden, especially her red roses and loved caring for her pets.

June received excellent care from her second family at Saxton’s Health Care Inn and Hands of Hope Hospice.

Celebration of Life 7:00 PM Monday, March 10, 2014 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.

Visitation will begin after 9:00 AM Monday at our chapel, where the family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 PM prior to the service.

Miller, Mary Ann (Beaufort)

March 6, 2014

Mary Ann (Beaufort) Miller, 88, of St. Joseph, passed away Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at a local health care center.

Mary Ann was born April 15, 1925 in St. Joseph, Missouri to William and Catherine (Seifert) Beaufort. She graduated from the Convent of the Sacred Heart in 1943. She worked for Joe Optican Jewelry and retired as the Office Manager after 40 plus years.

She married George C. Miller July 5, 1974 at St. Patrick’s Church in St. Joseph; he passed away in 1998. She is also preceded in death by her parents and brother William Beaufort.

Mary Ann was a kind, optimistic, fun person who will be missed by all who knew her. She was particularity close to her nieces and nephews. When they were small she took them to the movies, swimming, and on occasional “toy buying trips” to Kansas City or Omaha by bus or train. As the nieces and nephews had their own children and grandchildren, they too enjoyed Mary Ann’s kindness and attention, seldom leaving her home without a dollar to spend.

Mary Ann and George were devoted Catholics and members of St. Patrick’s Church. They assisted with the Mexican Fiesta, and were generous with donations for church or school updates. Mary Ann was particularly kind to the priests who served the parish, and became a close and supportive friend to several.

Mrs. Miller is survived by her sister C. Berenice Clisbee, St. Joseph, MO, and nieces and nephews, Charles, John and Bill Clisbee, Ann LaFollette, Carol Black, Theresa Wood, Mary Beaufort and Danny Beaufort.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, March 7, 2014 at 1:00PM at St. Patrick Catholic Church. A Rosary will be recited at 6:00PM Thursday at the Heaton-Bowman-Smith and Sidenfaden Chapel. The family will receive friends from 5:00-8:00pm at the chapel.

The family suggests memorial contributions to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Holland, Loy Pearl

March 3, 2014

Loy Pearl Holland, 92, St. Joseph, MO, passed away Saturday, March 1, 2014, at Shepherd’s Residential Care Facility.
Loy was born in Ness County, Kansas, on January 28, 1922, to Walter Harry and Nellie (McCubbin) Schamaun.
She married Edwin Burns Holland on May 16, 1943 in Fort Scott, Kansas. He passed away on April 28, 2002. She was also preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Thelma Spence, Mayme Amstutz and Duane Schamaun; one niece, Patricia Cooper Jacobs and one nephew, Robert Spence.

Loy was a homemaker and active in her Church, Trinity Presbyterian Church where she served as a deacon, church historian and sang in the choir.

Survivors include children, Cheryll (Al) Dawson and Margie Holland, St. Joseph, MO; Thomas (Edie) Holland , Kansas City, MO and David (Jeannette) Holland, St. Joseph, MO; sisters, Mary Lou Cooper, Oak Harbor, WA, Ceola Tischler, Inman, KS, Nellie Moore, Aurora, CO and Lela McQuinn, Kansas City, MO; numerous nieces and great-nieces; nephews and great-nephews; four step-grandchildren, Elorie (Charles) Boeh, Kolyn Pritchett, Heidi Vandawalker, Brian (Sarah) Dillard and ten step-great-grandchildren.

Services 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 7, 2014 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, St. Joseph. Interment Mt. Auburn Cemetery.
Visitation will begin after 12:00 noon Thursday at the Chapel. The family will receive friends 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday evening.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the Salvation Army, American Red Cross or Open Door Food Kitchen.

Cole, Doris

February 26, 2014

Doris Cole, 87, of St. Joseph, passed away Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at her home.

She was born on October 26, 1926 in Gower, MO to Henry and Ora (Frans) Tyler. She graduated Gower High School and attended Gard Business College.
Doris was a secretary for Guy Foods for 25 years.

Doris was a member of Central Christian Church where she led Bible studies. She also was a Girl Scout leader.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Don and daughter, Cheryl Burgess.

Doris is survived by her son, Rick (Dana), St. Joseph; granddaughter, Whitney Burgess,
St. Joseph; grandsons, Ian (Amy) Cole of Lee’s Summit and Conner (Maggie) Cole of Omaha; great-granddaughters, Kiya Cook and Winifred Cole; family friend, Vailla Dittemore, sister, Winnie Barton and brother, Gene Tyler, both of Gower, Missouri, her family at Central Christian Church, and several nieces and nephews.

Services 10:00 AM Friday, February 28, 2014 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.
Interment Memorial Park Cemetery.

The family will receive friends 6:00 to 8:00 PM Thursday at our chapel.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Central Christian Church.

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” (II Tim 4:7)

Widner, Timothy S.

February 25, 2014

Timothy Scott Widner, 54, St. Joseph, Missouri, passed away Monday, February 24, 2014, at his home.

Timothy was born in St. Joseph on August 19, 1959, to J. Dee and Beverly Widner. He was a graduate of Central High School and attended MO Western State University.

Tim was a man of many talents working for Ming Corporation in High School and transferred as store operations manager to Tacoma, Washington. He later returned to St. Joseph where he was employed by Pasco and Harshmans as a machinist. He retired in 2002 due to disability from Harshmans.

Tim loved life and his zest for it made him try it all. He loved people, and never met a stranger. He had a kind nature making children drawn to him. He was fondly called “Father Hubbard” in his neighborhood at Truman Lake where he lived for ten years. He loved the outdoors and all wildlife. He enjoyed fishing, boating and skiing. He was a great sports enthusiast and played football and baseball as a child, coaching baseball as an adult. He was a great NASCAR fan, and liked supporting the KC Royals and KC Chiefs.

Tim was a musician and played guitar and drums. He was a Lynyrd Skynyrd fan, but enjoyed all music. Tim was a Baptist, but believed the earth was God’s Church.

He was preceded in death by his father, J. Dee Widner, a son, Matthew Widner and an infant brother, Benjamin.

Tim is survived by his mother, Beverly Widner, of the home; two sisters, Candise Lauer (Kevin) and Allison Lewis (Marc); two sons, Quadyn Carlyle of the home, Jason Widner of San Antonio, TX and one daughter, Amanda Poggiol (David); two grandchildren, Sierra and James; three beloved nephews, Adam Lauer, Shawn and Ryan Rider; aunt, uncles and cousins.

Services 1:00 p.m. Friday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, in St. Joseph. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery.

Visitation will begin after 12:00 noon Thursday at the Chapel, where the family will receive friends 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday evening.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Salvation Army.

Hessemyer, Gary Lee

February 23, 2014

Gary Lee Hessemyer, 60, of Troy, Kansas passed away Saturday, February 22, 2014 at Stormont-Vail Regional Health Center in Topeka, Kansas.

Gary was born on April 26, 1953 in St. Joseph, MO to Howard Lee and Helen (Hawkins) Hessemyer. He graduated from Central High School and Hillyard Technical School and was a member of the Green Valley Baptist Church.

He worked as a laborer at Friskies Pet Foods. Snorkel Equipment, and most recently Ring Container.

He was preceded in death by his father, a brother Robert Hessemyer and several aunts and uncles.

Gary married Theresa Ann Rhyne on April 22, 1994 in Troy, KS, she survives of the home. Additional surviving family includes a son, Shannon Lee Hessemyer, of Fayetteville, AR; Stepchildren Billy Whetstine, of Kansas City, MO; Travis Whetstine, of St. Joseph, MO and Misty Whetstine, of Wathena, KS; his mother, Helen Hessemyer, of Gower; brother, Larry (Elizabeth) Hessemyer, St. Joseph; and sister, Linda (Larry) Poage, of Kearney, Missouri; nine grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services 10:00 AM Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.
Interment Memorial Park Cemetery.

Visitation will begin after 9:00 AM Tuesday at our chapel, where the family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Tuesday evening.

Harlow, Marie Agnes

February 20, 2014

Marie Agnes Harlow, 94, longtime St. Joseph resident, passed away at her Overland Park, Kansas home on Wednesday, February 19, 2014.

Marie was born on April 25, 1919 in Wathena, Kansas to Pete and Marie (Deeken) Studer. She was educated at Catholic School in Wathena, Kansas. She was a homemaker and loving wife and was a member of Cathedral of St. Joseph.

She married Marshall D. Harlow on September 5, 1942. He preceded her in death on November 4, 2006. She was also preceded by her parents, sister, Frances Studer and brother, Peter Studer.

Survivors include two sons, Kenny (Patty) Harlow and Clifford (Kathy) Harlow; beloved sister, Mildred Eggers. She was a dedicated and beloved grandmother to her eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren.

Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 AM Saturday, February 22, 2014 at Cathedral of St. Joseph.
Interment Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Visitation will begin after 2:00 PM Friday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Parish rosary 6:00 PM Friday at our chapel. The family will receive friends following the rosary until 8:00 PM.

The family has requested memorial to Mount Calvary Cemetery Association.

Frantz, Robert C.

February 19, 2014

Robert C. Frantz, 68, Saint Joseph, Missouri passed away Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at a local hospital.

Robert was born April 5, 1945 to Edward and Ruth (Raybourn) Frantz in Wichita, Kansas. He was a construction laborer.

Survivors include sister, Kathleen Frantz-Loewen, Batavia, Illinois and brother, Floyd Frantz, Romania.

Mr. Frantz has been cremated under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. There will be no visitation or services.

Marcum, June

February 19, 2014

June Marcum, 82, Saint Joseph, Missouri, passed away Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at a local health care center.

June was born June 21, 1931 to Rolla and Pearl (Kagay) Goodman in Cameron, Missouri.

June married Bill Marcum, he survives of the home.

June was preceded in death by her parents;

Additional survivors include daughters, Marlene (Jim) Poppa, Linda Hamm, both of Saint Joseph; four grandchildren, Tanner, Jennifer, Megan, Greg; six great-grandchildren; sister, Marcie (Leo) Murphy; numerous nieces; nephews; and close friends.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 pm, Friday, February 21, 2014 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Saint Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

Bullock, Avis M.

February 19, 2014

Avis M. Bullock, 92, of St. Joseph, Missouri passed away on Monday, February 17, 2014 at Saxton Health Care Inn.

Avis was born on February 4, 1922 in Lockwood, Missouri to Thomas and Carrie (Swartz) McCluey. She was a member of Savannah Avenue Baptist Church, where she was also a children’s Sunday school teacher.

As a young woman, she taught in one room school houses at Callen and Barr near Amazonia. In her 40’s she was a substitute teacher for the St. Joseph Public School system.

She married Richard H. Bullock on October 5, 1946 in St. Joseph, Missouri. He preceded her in death on March 11, 2012. She was also preceded by her parents, one son, Larry Bullock and three sisters, Gwendolyn O’Brien, Winifred McCluey and Iris Sweaney.

Survivors include son, David Bullock, Amazonia, Missouri; daughter, Marilyn Snider, Holton, Kansas; two grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren.

Services 1:00 PM Saturday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery.

Visitation will begin after 12:00 Noon Friday at our chapel, where the family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Friday evening.

The family suggests memorials to the Savannah Avenue Baptist Church.

Lopez, Martha Jane (Calhoun)

February 14, 2014

Martha Jane (Calhoun) Lopez, 78, passed away Thursday, February 13, 2014 at LaVerna Village of St. Joseph.

Mrs. Lopez was born May 18, 1935 in Osceola, Iowa. She had lived most of her life in St. Joseph. She was a graduate of Benton High School.

A homemaker, she was also employed by Eshelman ’s Music House, the original Peoples Furniture Company and Missouri Western State College for 10 and a half years in the Records Office.

She was of the Christian Faith.

On May 15, 1954, she married Joseph “Pete” Lopez in St. Joseph. He survives of the home.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Mayme Calhoun, a brother, John Rodney Calhoun and an infant grandson Anthony Craig Starr.

She is also survived by her daughter, Juana, 2 grandsons, Michael and Corey and 3 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Lopez has been cremated under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. There will be no visitation or services.

Ruoff, Marjorie A.

February 12, 2014

Marjorie A. Ruoff, 90, St. Joseph, passed away Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

Marjorie was born on December 9, 1923 in St. Joseph, to Albert and Bertha (Dittemore) Denton. She was a 1941 graduate of Central High School.

Mrs. Ruoff worked as an administrative assistant to the principal at Coleman School for over 30 years, retiring in 1998.

Marjorie was an active member of Community of Christ Abundant Life Center and volunteered within the community.

Marjorie married Vernon John Ruoff on September 23, 1943 and together raised their 3 children. He preceded her in death on October 4, 2005. She was also preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Mary Moore, Louis Denton and Eugene Denton.

Survivors include; 2 sons, Brent (Kimberly) Ruoff, St. Louis; Bruce Ruoff, Fairfax Station, VA and a daughter, Nancy (Butch) Eskridge, Rowlett, TX; 5 grandchildren, Tara, Cassie, Zack and Shay Eskridge and Alex Ruoff; 2 sisters, Grace McVicker and Norma Brooner and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Ruoff has been cremated under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, February 15 at Community of Christ Church Abundant Life Center, with a luncheon to follow, 5130 Faraon St; St. Joseph, MO.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to Peace Unlimited through Community of Christ Church.

Gant, Virginia “Ginny”

February 12, 2014

Warsaw, MO- Virginia ”Ginny” Gant, 89, passed away Monday, February 10, 2014, at her daughter’s home in Rosendale, MO.
Ginny was born on January 8, 1925 in Rock Port, MO to Frederick Henry and Nora (Mount) Traub
She was a homemaker
Ginny was preceded in death by her parents and one son, Henry Lee Gant.
She married Ralph Deecader Gant on June 28, 1944, in Maryville, MO. He survives of the home.
Also surviving is one daughter, Kay Wright; son, Denis (Marcia) Gant; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren.
Services: 2:00 p.m. Friday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Graveside service and interment 2:00 p.m. Saturday at Shawnee Cemetery, Warsaw, Missouri.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the Service.

Jungk, Norman Knight

February 10, 2014

Norman Knight Jungk, 88, of St. Joseph, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed away Sunday, February 9th, 2014. Norman was born April 25, 1925 in Topeka, KS. He married Leslie Louise Grubb May 27th, 1944 who survives the home.

He served with the Navy for 3 years on the battleship Pennsylvania and the converted assault ship LCI 1056 in the Pacific theatre during WWII. Following his service he studied and graduated from the University of Kansas with Bachelor and Master Degrees in microbiology and chemistry & attended the University of Minnesota for further post graduate studies. He was employed in the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry from 1953 until 1992. He joined Phillips Roxane, Inc . in 1970 where he served successfully as Director of Quality Control, Pharmaceutical Research , and Regulatory Affairs . While there he assisted the development of two vaccines for measles

Norman served as chairmen of the Committee on Biologicals of the Animal Health Institute in 1974. In 1977 he received an Award for Special Assistance on the National Symposium on Rabies held at Guadalajara, Mexico. He was cited by the United State Department of Agriculture for outstanding and distinguished leadership in the development of standard test requirements for veterinary medicine. He retired from Philips Roxane ’s successor company Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica , Inc. in December 1992.

Following retirement, along with his wife Leslie Louise, he was active 3 days a week for 12 years as a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, Kansas City in the construction of low cost affordabl.e housing for the working poor in the inner city of Kansas City, MO. During his 12 years with Habitat he assisted in the construction of over 95 homes. He also served to provide counselling, encouragement and support when needed and was given the unofficial title as advocate for Habitat home owners. In December 2002 Norman was given an honorary dinner and the first Kansas City Habitat annual award as Volunteer of the Year.

Norman was an Eagle Scout and was given the honor of placing the eagle sash on his great-grandson Keifer in 2012.

He was preceded in death by his parents Harry and Emma Jungk. Surviving are his wife Leslie Louise of the home, five sons and their spouses: David H. Jungk, Ocala, FL; Donald N. Jungk and wife Patricia, Oaxaca, Mexico; Dale W. Jungk and wife Mary Babbs, St. Joseph; Dana Allen Jungk and wife Lola, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; Mark L. Jungk and wife Mary Beth, Platte City, MO ; one brother Warren Jungk and wife Barbara , Bluffton , SC; brother in law Max Gerald Grubb and wife Roda, McAllen , TX; five grandchildren and spouses : Erica Jungk Martin, St. Joseph ; Misti Heide and husband Brian, Mountain Home, AR; Adam Jungk, Brooklyn , NY ; Amanda Jungk, St. Joseph; Brian Jungk, St. Joseph, and six great grandchildren : Keifer, Conner & Mattie Martin ; Emily & Macie Heide, and Cadence Buckler.

Memorial Service 7:00 PM Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

The family suggests in lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Hands of Hope Hospice, St, Joseph, MO, Habitat for Humanity, Kansas City, MO or to Benedictine College, Atchison, KS.

Ross, Louise H.

February 8, 2014

Louise H. Ross passed away January 10, 2014 at age 93 at Heartland Hospital in St. Joseph, Missouri.
She was born Helen Louise Harris on October 21, 1920 on a dairy farm on Sparta Road outside of ST. Joseph to John W. and Helen P. Harris. Louise graduated from Benton High School in 1938 and attended St. Joseph Junior College. Shortly after, her interest in theater took Louise to Los Angeles, chaperoned by her Aunt Julia, where she won a role in a Pasadena Playhouse production and built life long memories. Louise returned to St. Joseph where she was active in Little Theater and Community Theater from the late l930’s through the late l940’s.
She married Francis R. Ross of St. Joseph at Westminster Presbyterian Church in April 1942. He died in 1992.
Louise was a member of the former Westminster Presbyterian Church; the St. Joseph Historical Society; the Albrecht Kemper Museum of Art; a 50 year member of the Runcie Club; and a Life Member and former board member of the Pony Express Historical Association.
She was predeceased by her parents, her husband and her brother, J.W. Harris,Jr.
Louise is survived by her son William F. Ross of Fairway; her daughter Julie Frisbie (Charles) of Kansas City; and her son David H. Ross (Linda) of Blue Springs. She leaves six grandchildren: Chandler Ross (Michelle) of Shawnee , KS; Lt. John Ross (Asako) USN; Ross Frisbie of New York City; Andrew Frisbie of New York City; Katie Murphy (Sam) of Lee’s Summit; and Brian Ross of Los Angeles and five great grandchildren Adriana, Emma, Nicholas, Reece and Zachary. Additionally, Louise is survived by a niece, Rene Harris, of Santa Fe,NM.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 2:00 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 6401 Wornall Terrace, Kansas City, MO. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Pony Express Historical Association, 12th and Penn, Box 1022, St. Joseph, MO 64502 or to the charity of your choice.

Reed, Clarice “Grandma Peggy”

February 8, 2014

Clarice “Grandma Peggy” Reed, 86, of St. Joseph, MO, passed away Thursday, February 6, 2014 at her home.

Clarice was born July 25, 1927 in Bedford, IA to Walter and Hannah (Geagley) Cochran. She was raised and attended school in Bedford. She married LeRoy Jay Reed and he passed away August 11, 1994.

She was also preceded in death by her parents and three brothers Walter, Henry and Harold Cochran.

“Grandma Peggy” is survived by a daughter, Sue Morelock of St. Joseph, MO; 3 grandchildren, Sheila K. Fones (Samuel), Elwood, KS, Harold L. Garner (Angie), Donald F. Morelock (Kristina Wooley), both of St. Joseph; great-grandchildren Christy Crater, Stephany Spaeth, Skyler (Kourtnee) and Dylan Garner, Michael Fattig, Jr., Donald F. Morelock, III, Anastaisha Morelock; great-great-grandchildren, Makenzie, Makenna and Chanler Fattig, Kylin Hughes, Maleigha, Konner and Nataleigh Garner and Tanner Garner; 3 sisters, Lilly Clamon, Anna Wetuski and Fay Faraons.

Services will 1:00pm Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at the Heaton-Bowman-Smith and Sidenfaden Chapel. Visitation will begin after 9:00am Monday where the family will receive friends from 6:00 to 7:30pm at the chapel. Interment will be at the King Hill Cemetery.

Morin, Thomas E. “Tom”

February 8, 2014

Thomas E. “Tom” Morin, 77, of St. Joseph passed away on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

Tom was born on June 21, 1936 in St. Joseph, Missouri to Eugene and Catherine (Clark) Morin. Tom worked in sales and delivery in the food distribution industry including the family business Norton Ice Cream. He was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, MIR House and delivered Meals on Wheels.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents.

He married Rosalie A. Wagy on March 4, 2000, she survives of the home. Additional survivors include two sons, Tim Morin (Brenda) and Jeff Morin; step-daughter, Julie Dawson (Aaron); sister, Mary Ann Weaver; brother, Clark Morin; three grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial 10am Monday, February 10, 2014 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. Interment Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will begin after 12:00 noon Sunday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to8:00pm Sunday with the parish rosary at 7pm.

The family has suggested memorials to the MIR House or St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church or to the school.

Bell, Micah Stanley

February 8, 2014

Micah Stanley Bell infant son of Kendall and Amber Bell was born still on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri.

He was preceded in death by his great-grandparents.

He is survived by his parents, his maternal and paternal grandparents; great grandfather; three aunts and four uncles.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Care provided by Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.

Bentrup, Charmaine

February 3, 2014

Charmaine Bentrup, 83, Savannah, MO; passed away Saturday, February 1, 2014 at her home.
Charmaine was born on August 18, 1930. She had previously worked at Las Palmas and 36th Street and enjoyed crossword puzzles.
Survivors include a grandson, Brandon (Brittani) Hatley and great-granddaughters, Hailey and Savannah. She was preceded in death by her son, Stephen Hatley.
Mrs. Bentrup has been cremated under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.

Bliley, Joseph L.

February 3, 2014

Kansas City, MO -Joseph L. Bliley, 67, passed away Saturday, February 1, 2014, at a Kansas City, MO hospital.

Joseph was born on January 29, 1947, in St. Joseph, MO to Edmund J. and Doris J (Wisniewski) Bliley. He was a graduate of Christian Brothers High School, class of 65 and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a Theatre minor at Missouri Western State University. He served as a decorated Sgt. in the Marines during the Vietnam War.

Joseph moved to California for twenty years. Joe worked many years in the entertainment industry where he was known as “Disco Joe” and later for the U.S. Postal Service. He then relocated to Kansas City, MO seven years ago. He was of the Catholic faith. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle, fine arts and lectures. He also loved all kinds of music.

Joseph was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Patricia Bliley and one brother, Frederick Michael Bliley.

Survivors include his three brothers, Raymond Bliley, St. Joseph, MO, Jim (Wilhelmine) Bliley, Cedar Rapids, IA and Larry (Valerie) Bliley, St. Joseph, MO; one sister, Jeana (Bob) Amos, Gladstone, MO; nine nieces and nephews; ten great-nieces and great-nephews; numerous cousins and friends.

Joseph has been cremated . The family will receive friends 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, April 11, 2014 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, St. Joseph, MO.

Memorials may be made to KCPT or Bishop LeBlond High School

Palmer, Barb

January 31, 2014

Barb Palmer, 67, of St. Joseph, passed away Friday, January 31, 2014 at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

Barb was born on November 4, 1946 in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota to Robert and Blanche (Philippi) Bestick. She was raised in St. Joseph, where she worked at Quaker Oats for over 30 years.

She loved her family, especially spending time with her grandsons. She was very artistic and created beautiful stained glass lamps. She enjoyed gardening, caring for her pets and an avid animal lover. She was very loving to all.

Barb was preceded in death by her father, Bob Bestick.

Additional surviving family includes sons, Tommy Gentry and Chris Gentry, daughter, Tracy (Keith) Brazeale, two grandchildren, Chavis and Noah, mother, Blanche Bestick, two sisters, Patsy Simerly and Randi Pickerel, companion, Tom Palmer and numerous nieces and nephews.

Due to the weather conditions, the Celebration of Life with Visitation has been rescheduled to be held from 3:00 to 5:00 PM Sunday, February 16, 2014 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.

Turner, Margie A.

January 30, 2014

Margie A. Turner, 77, of St. Joseph, passed away Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at Carriage Square Health Care Center.

Margie was born on March 7, 1936 in Council Bluffs, Iowa to Homer Patrick and Dorothy (Kettring) Keairnes.

Margie was a graduate of NWMSU and received her Master’s Degree from University of SEMO. She later worked for the Buchanan County and Maryville R-2 School Districts as a school teacher.

She was a member of Wyatt Park Christian Church and MSTA.

Margie was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Robert Patrick Keairnes.

Surviving family includes daughter, Beth Sue (Mark) Wharton, Blue Springs, MO; sons, Thomas Scott (Kimberly) Turner, of Liberty, MO; and Mike (Janet) Turner, Parkville, MO; and seven grandchildren.

Services 11:30 AM Saturday, February 1, 2014 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.
Interment Memorial Park Cemetery.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at our chapel.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Hands of Hope Hospice or to Wyatt Park Christian Church.

Soltys, Ronnie

January 28, 2014

Ronnie Soltys, 73, St. Joseph, MO, passed away Monday, January 27, 2014, at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

Ronnie was born in St. Joseph on April 2, 1940, to Frank Lawrence and Virginia (Murawski) Soltys. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Clarence Soltys and sister, Mary Ostrowski.

Ronnie retired from American Family Insurance Regional Office after 38 years of service. He also worked part-time as a bartender at D & G.

He married Addie Kaye Barber on June 9, 1979. She survives of the home. He is also survived by daughters, Shelly Grooms and Tracy Clark; son, Tim Weatherd; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and three sisters, Frances Cotter, Shirley Lawyer and Pat Murphy.

Services 11:00 a.m. Thursday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, in St. Joseph, MO. The family will receive friends at the Chapel one hour prior to the service.

The family suggests memorial contributions to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Stahlin, Bob

January 26, 2014

Bob Stahlin, 78, St. Joseph, MO, passed away peacefully, Friday, January 24, 2014, with his children at his side.

Bob was born on March 9, 1935 in St. Joseph, MO, to James and Theresa (Nichols) Stahlin. He was a graduate of Christian Brothers High School and also attended University of Missouri and St. Joseph Junior College.

Mr. Stahlin served in the US Army from 1956 to 1958. He was involved in the restaurant industry, owning and operating Bun-O-Bef and Bun-O-Bef Plus, JB’s on the Mall, Loblolly’s, and many other endeavors.

Bob was a member of the American Legion #359. He was an avid bowler, sportsman and loved watching NASCAR.

Survivors include a daughter, Debbie Osborn (Mike McCormick), Denver, CO; son, Bob (Amy) Stahlin, Marshalltown, IA and daughter, Kelley Stahlin, St. Joseph, MO; six grandchildren, Kali (Jason Paulman) Osborn, Riley Osborn, Tyler (Josie) Stahlin, Zachary Stahlin, Leah Stahlin, Austen Lawrence and great-granddaughter, Aubrie Osborn.

Mass of Memorialization 10:00 AM Friday, January 31, 2014 at Horigan Chapel. Inurnment Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be held after 9:00 AM Thursday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, where the family will receive friends 7:00-8:30 PM Thursday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Bishop LeBlond High School, 3529 Frederick Ave, St. Joseph, MO 64506. As a graduate of Christian Brothers High School, he was an avid supporter of Catholic Education.

Seymour, Ronald Y.

January 22, 2014

Ronald Y. Seymour, 72, St. Joseph, passed away Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at his home.

Ronald was born on July 3, 1941 in Grant City, Missouri to Donald H. and Vonceile (Yetter). He served in the Air Force and retired from the St. Joseph School District as a Building Engineer. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Savannah, MO. He enjoyed fishing, woodworking and playing pool.

Ronald was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Shirley Nance

He married Saundra K. Adams June 19, 1960 in Worth, MO, she survives of the home. Additional surviving family includes daughters Rhonda K. Archer (Dan) of Omaha, NE and Sherri Seymour Beckett of St. Joseph: grandchildren, Blair, Ashlee and Courtney Archer of Omaha, NE and Jared Busichio of St. Joseph, MO; and a brother, Larry Seymour of Bella Vista, AR.

Services will be held Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 10:00 AM at the Heaton-Bowman-Smith and Sidenfaden Chapel

Visitation will begin after 12:00 Noon Friday where the family will receive friends from 6-8 PM at our chapel.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Special Olympics of Elkhorn, NE.

Steele, Rhonda

January 22, 2014

Rhonda Steele, 47, of St. Joseph passed away Monday, January 20, 2014 at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

Rhonda was born on August 16, 1966 in St. Joseph to Robert E. and Patricia A. (Madel) Steele.

She was a graduate of Bishop-LeBlond High School and received her Associate’s Degree from North Central Missouri College. She worked for Northwest Medical Services Southside Clinic as an LPN. She was of the Catholic Faith.

Rhonda was preceded in death by Paternal grandparents, Margaret and Frank Steele, Sr., maternal grandmother, Opal Madel, uncles, Bernard and Robert Madel as well as other aunts and uncles.

Surviving family includes her parents, Robert and Patricia Steele, sister, Stacia Steele, lifelong friend, Leah King-Watts, all of St. Joseph; extended family, John and Joyce King and family; uncle, Joseph “Joe” Madel, Excelsior Springs, MO; numerous cousins and man, many friends and her beloved Cats.

Mass of Memorialization 10:30 AM Saturday, January 25, 2014 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church.
Inurnment Mount Olivet Cemetery at a later date.

Visitation will begin after 9:00 AM Friday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, where the family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Friday Evening.

Rhonda has donated her body to science and in lieu of flowers; the family suggests memorial contributions to the A.S.P.C.A.

Bundy, Pvt. Elliott John LeRoy

January 21, 2014

Pvt. Elliott John LeRoy Bundy, 24, St. Joseph, Missouri, passed away Saturday, January 18, 2014.

Elliott was born on October 24, 1989, in St. Joseph, Missouri. He attended Central High School in St. Joseph as well as Savannah High School. He had been a member of the National Guard since October, 2013.

He was preceded in death by two grandfathers, Jerry and Bobby; grandmothers, Nadine and Wanda and uncle, Rick.

Survivors include his grandmother Lois; parents, Gerald and Cynthia ( Lee ) Bundy, St. Joseph, MO; son, Corey S. Bundy; brothers: Josh (Tawnya), Ronnie (Kristy) and Nicholas (Jessie) all of St. Joseph; sister, Na-Ann Mendoza-Kleppe (Brandon), Kansas City, MO; nephews, Dallas , Houston , Reeceton, Josiah, Ezra and Keegan; nieces, Whisper , Breanna, Isa-Bella, Belleza, and Trinity.

Services 1:00 p.m. Friday, January 24, 2014, at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Interment Ashland Cemetery.

Visitation will begin after 12:00 p.m. Thursday at our Chapel, where the family will receive friends 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Memorials are suggested to Green Valley Baptist Church.

Harding, Glen K.

January 21, 2014

Glen K. Harding, 98, St. Joseph, Missouri, passed away Saturday, January 18, 2014, at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

Glen was born November 22, 1915, in High Hill, Missouri. After graduating High School, he joined the Army in 1941 and served in WW II. He married Mary Helm in Montgomery City, MO on October 6, 1946. They celebrated 67 years together.

Glen was employed by Missouri Farm Bureau for 32 years. After retirement, they moved to St. Joseph and opened Harding House Bed and Breakfast. He was a former member of Knights of Columbus and Serra Club.

He was preceded in death by his son, Dwight Harding; and seven brothers and sisters.

Survivors include his wife Mary H. Harding, of the home; two daughters, Marian (Don) Collins and Edie (Richard) Teubner; five grandchildren, Brieanna Shay, Philip Knight, Daniel Teubner, Sarah Kennedy and Virginia Decker and four great-grandchildren.

Mass of Memorialization 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at Cathedral of St. Joseph. Inurnment at a later date.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to Smile Train or Cathedral School.

Kunz, Ruth

January 21, 2014

Ruth Magdalene (Gross) Kunz, 81, St. Joseph, died Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, at Saxton Riverside Nursing Home.

She was born Oct. 20, 1932, in St. Louis, MO, to the Rev. Paul Gross and Anna (Steinman) Gross.

She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Robert T. Kunz, in 2011. Bob and Ruth raised their family in St. Joseph when Bob was serving as pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church from 1965-84. Ruth graduated from Missouri Western in 1971, then taught at Horace Mann Middle School and Lindbergh Elementary.

Ruth graduated as valedictorian from Lutheran High School in St. Louis in 1950. Bob and Ruth married in St. Louis on Oct. 24, 1952. They served Lutheran congregations in Palestine, TX and Knoxville, TN, before moving to St. Joseph in 1965. Later they served in Kent, WA, and La Junta, CO, until 2001. After Bob retired, they lived in Redwood Falls, MN, Cedar Falls, IA, and Park Ridge, IL. Ruth returned to St. Joseph in 2011.

Besides Ruth’s love of God and the church, she also loved music, particularly classical and barbershop. She served as president of the St. Joseph Sweet Adelines and also sang in a quartet. She played piano and the church organ.

She and Bob visited all 50 states, and enjoyed camping, hiking, backpacking, bridge, bowling, and St. Louis Cardinals Baseball.

Ruth was also preceded in death by her parents, her step-father the Rev. O. H. Schmidt and her sisters Gertrude Gross, Dorothy Spitz and Anna Roschke.

Surviving: brother the Rev. Richard (Edith) Gross, Hillsboro, OR; brother Paul Gross, St. Charles, MO; brother-in-law the Rev. Francis Roschke, Colorado Springs, CO,: brothers-in-law Reynold (Ann) Kunz and Gerald Kunz, Houston, TX; son the Rev. Dr. Marcus (the Rev. Martha Halls) Kunz, Park Ridge, IL; son Michael (Deborah Bohlmann) Kunz, Maplewood, MO; son Paul (Debbie) Kunz, St. Joseph; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Memorial Service: 2 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 22, First Lutheran Church, 10th and Charles, St. Joseph. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, at First Lutheran Church, 10th and Charles, St. Joseph. Arrangements are under the direction of the Heaton-Bowman-Smith and Sidenfaden Chapel.

Memorial donations to The Center—A Samaritan Center in St. Joseph or an organization of the donor’s choice.

Meeks, Robert R. “Bob”

January 21, 2014

Robert R. “Bob” Meeks, 68, St. Joseph, MO, passed away Saturday, January 18, 2014, at his home following a lengthy illness.

Bob was born in St. Joseph on July 27, 1945. Bob was a Catholic and attended Christian Brothers High School. He married Pamela Shanks on November 19, 1971 at Wyatt Park Christian Church in St. Joseph.
She survives of the home. He was a social and political activist, a musician and fisherman. He loved playing Texas Hold’em and visiting the casino. He was a salesman for many companies throughout the years and made many friends and acquaintances.

He was preceded in death by his father, Raymond Meeks and mother, Cloie (Dancer) Meeks-Klusman.

He is also survived by brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Mark and Barbara Munsell and nephew, Aaron Munsell .

Celebration of Life 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery.

Visitation will begin after 2:00 p.m. Monday at the Chapel, where the family will receive friends 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday evening.

Memorials may be made to a charity of your choice.

Livingston, James

January 21, 2014

Jim moved to a better home in the sky on January 17th, 2014 as a result of Alzheimer’s

Jim is the son of Carl D. and Lila Livingston, born in San Saba, Texas on October 25, 1921. Jim grew up on a cattle and sheep ranch in West Texas. Lila taught him the Bible while Carl D. made sure the kids were
In church.

Jim graduated from San Angelo High School. He served in the US Marine Corp four and one half years, After the military service, he graduated from San Angelo Junior college and later finished up with a degree in radio-speech education from West Texas State College in Canyon, Texas.

In the final year of college, he met Avis Osborn and they were married on September 1, 1953, in St. Joseph.

Jim’s employment spans waiter, cashier, cook, night manager of a café, floral designer, oil field worker, auto mechanic, welder and refinery mechanic. He was also an aircraft maintenance instructor for USAF School at Amarillo, Texas AFB. In 1956 he relocated to St. Louis, MO to work for McDonnell Aircraft writing maintenance handbooks and performing maintainability engineering on a variety of military products. Jim retired from McDonnell in January, 1984.

Jim was a member of Northwest MO Republican Club and in December, 1979, Jim became a member of Full Gospel Businessmen’s Fellowship International and migrated to the Assembly of God Church where he sang tenor and baritone in the choir. After forty-one years in St. Louis, he and Avis relocated to St. Joseph in 1997 to Caring First Assembly to continue his calling as a helper and servant. He is currently a member of Grace Evangelical Church.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Carl D. and Lila Livingston and sister, June Sportssman.

Survivors include a brother, Carl Glenn, Vancouver, WA, sister, Elizabeth Moore, Eugene, OR, and numerous cousins.

Services 10:30 a.m. Thursday, January 23, 2014 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Interment Savannah Cemetery.

Visitation will begin after 12 Noon Wed., where the family will receive friends 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday evening.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Grace Evangelical Church or to
Shepherd’s Residential Care, 5702 Amazonia Road, St. Joseph, MO 64505

Vigneri, Joseph J.

January 18, 2014

Joseph J. Vigneri, 96, died on January 13, 2014, of heart failure. Joseph was born in St. Joseph, MO on November 30, 1917; He graduated from Christian Brothers High School. He worked at Safeway and attended business school. During WW II, he joined the Army, stationed in Seward, Alaska, where he managed a medical clinic on the base. After he returned home, he began a 32-year career as manager of Manning’s Drive-In Grocery.

Joseph met Angelene Dumitrov. They married in 1947 and had three children: Mary (Gary) Boles), Pella Iowa, Phillip, New York City and Thomas (Goldie) Harrodsburg, KY. He has six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, with another on the way.

Joseph was a life-long member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. He was very involved in the parish. He was the “sound man” in charge of the audio equipment.

Joseph enjoyed wood working and gardening. He built an S-Gauge model railroad lay out, and all of his children enjoyed running the trains with him. He loved music, dancing and going to dances at the Senior Center with his wife.

Due to health issues in 2008, Joseph and Angelene moved to Pella, Iowa, to be closer to their daughter, Mary. Angelene died in 2009, and Joseph was devoted to her care. They were married for 63 years, she was truly the love of his life. Upon moving to Pella, Joseph became a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, where he will be missed.

Joseph was preceded in death by his wife, his parents and an infant sister. He is survived by his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 20th, 2014 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. A prayer service will be held prior to the Mass. Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Visitation will begin after 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, 3609 Frederick Boulevard, where family will receive friends 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, January 19th, 2014. The Rosary will be recited at 4:00 p.m. Sunday.

Memorial donations can be made to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in St. Joseph, MO.

Groce, Bernice L. (Hurt)

January 17, 2014

Bernice L. (Hurt) Groce, 85, St. Joseph, Missouri; left this world for her heavenly home to be reunited with her husband on Wednesday, January 15, 2014. She was surrounded by her loving family.
Bernice was born on October 4, 1928 to Frank and Violet (Merritt) Hurt, Sr. in St. Joseph, MO and was a lifelong resident.
Bernice worked at Mead for over 17 years. She was a member of Faith Valley Church of God, formerly West Valley Church of God, where she taught Sunday School and always gave to the Church of God Orphan Fund in Tennessee.
Mrs. Groce was a prayer warrior, every morning she sat in her recliner with a cup of coffee and lifted every member of her family up in prayer. Bernice enjoyed baking, gardening, fishing, arts and crafts and sewing.
Bernice married Calvin Stewart, and to that union 2 daughters were born, he preceded her in death. She then married William Groce on June 19, 1954; he also preceded her in death. Also preceded in death were her parents and 3 brothers, Lawrence, Freddie and Wilbur Hurt.
Survivors include her daughters, Rose Anna (Doug) Heimbaugh, Elwood, KS; Beverly (Steven) Rasmussen and Joyce (Frank) Hurt; a brother, Frank Hurt and sister, Kay Gill; all of St. Joseph, MO; 12 grandchildren, Frank Hurt III, Debora Reese, Rhonda Yager, Paula McClain, Chris Booher, Toby Yager, Wendy Bennett, Larry Rice, Chad Higgins, Candy Hankins, Jeremy Higgins, Rebekah Higgins and numerous great, great-great and great-great-great grandchildren.
Services 1:00 PM Monday, January 20, 2014 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Interment Mt. Auburn Cemetery. Visitation will be held after 2:00 PM Sunday at our chapel, where the family will receive friends 5:00 to 8:00 PM Sunday.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Kendallwood Hospice.

McManus, Verda E.

January 16, 2014

Clarksdale, MO- Verda E. McManus, 102, passed away January 14, 2014.

Verda was born January 4th, 1912 to Oscar and Emma Fisher Buhman. She was preceded in death by her parents and four brothers, Melvin, Vincent, Kenneth and Rev. Leo. She was a member of Seven Dolors Catholic Church and the Altar Society.

On November 19, 1935, she and Clarence McManus were married. They farmed near Clarksdale all their lives. He passed away February 27, 2000. She is survived by son, Andrew (Glenda); grandson Thomas, and a great –granddaughter Ali, all of Clarksdale; two sisters, Irmalee Schieber of Maryville, MO, Rita McQuinn of Stanberry, MO,; a sister-in-law Amelia Buhman of Council Bluffs, Iowa; six brothers John (Nellie), Harold (Lue), Ermit, Earl (Bernetta), James (Carol), all of St. Joseph, Gilbert of Stanberry, MO; many loving nieces and nephews; many friends, special friends, Rose Ann, Kathy and Three Rivers Hospice, Cameron.

The family will receive friends after Noon Thursday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel
Rosary at 5:00 p.m. Thursday at the Chapel with visitation to follow.

Mass of Christian Burial 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 17, 2014 at Seven Dolors Church (Hurlinger) . The body will arrive at the Church one hour prior to the Service. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Cemetery or Three Rivers Hospice, Cameron, MO.

Bachman, III, George Martin “Marty”

January 16, 2014

George Martin “Marty” Bachman, III, 56, Easton, MO; passed away Saturday, January 11, 2014 after an extended battle with cancer.
Marty was born on November 20, 1957 to the late George and Mary (Curran) Bachman, Jr. He was a 1977 graduate of Benton High School.
Mr. Bachman worked in grounds maintenance at Missouri Western State University for over 33 years. Marty took such pride in the upkeep and beautification of the campus flower beds. He thought of Missouri Western as his family and loved his job.
Marty was of the Catholic faith.
Survivors include his sisters, Williamina “Mina” Cox, St. Joseph, MO and Diane (John) Schnabel, Royse City, Texas.
Mr. Bachman was also preceded in death by an infant brother, John Edward Bachman.
Service 12:00 PM Saturday, January 18, 2014 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Interment Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be held after 9:00AM Friday at our Chapel, where a Rosary will be held at 6:00 PM Friday. The family will receive friends following the Rosary until 9:00 PM.
Memorial donations may be made to the St. Joseph Animal Shelter.

Young, Beverly A.

January 16, 2014

Beverly Ann Young, 72, formerly of Albany, Missouri, passed away Thursday, January 9, 2014 at Saxton Care Chateau in St. Joseph.

Beverly was born on October 18, 1941 in Savannah, Missouri.

She married Elbert Young. He preceded her in death March of 1995. She was a housewife and homemaker.

Beverly was also preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Katherine Lee

Surviving family includes daughter, Shelly Schwantz, Bates City, MO; sons, Matthew Young, Pleasant Hill, MO; and Marlin Young, St. Joseph; daughters Serina and Sabrina Young; grandchildren, Suzanna and Savanna Young, and sister, Tina Lundsen, of Gabbs, Nevada.

Services 10:00 AM Saturday, January 18, 2014 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.
Interment Memorial Park Cemetery.

Visitation will begin after 9:00 AM Friday at our chapel, where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Saturday.

Riley, George Thomas

January 15, 2014

George Thomas Riley, 71, of Saint Joseph passed away Tuesday, January 14, 2014, at Heartland Hospital after many, many years of fighting the good fight, running the good race of physical challenges and faith witness through years of medical issues.

George was born in Maryville and raised in Ravenwood, MO. Following construction work and Pearl Brewery, he worked for MNX truck lines and H & R Block and other accounting businesses. He was a longtime active member of Cathedral of St. Joseph, particularly as a reader and food pantry volunteer.

With his many hospital, dialysis, 3 transplants, and the help of many medical personnel, they each beautifully contributed to his care and quality of life.

George lived a lifetime of never knowing a stranger. He would be one of the first to help a stranded motorist or lend a hand to anyone. He lived his faith by example and lived the “Golden Rule.”

Annual family vacations explored the states, always traveling top notch, staying at luxurious campgrounds (which were known as having bathroom facilities) in our pop up camper. He truly had a gift of fixing anything, or at least giving it up to 2 weeks of trying. It amazed us all what could be done with a roll of duct tape and plastic.

For a man with decades of equilibrium challenges, it truly excited his wife’s blood pressure each time upon a ladder for this or that…and he appeared to do it quite often. Amid all these health and life challenges, their marital unity blessed us all with inspiration of a true marriage.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Thomas and Vivian Riley. His survivors include his beloved wife, Mary, and mother-in-law, Mary Walter, of the home; son Fr Ken Riley, KCMO, daughter Lisa (Kim) Phoenix, AZ, daughter Denise, KCMO, and son Tom (Krista) and granddaughter McKena, KCMO; his brothers John (Barb), Ravenwood, MO, Bernard (Sharon), Ravenwood, MO, Leo (Linda) Riley, Liberal, KS, and many extended nephews and nieces.

Family will receive visitors from 5-6 pm on Thursday, January 16, at Heaton-Bowman, followed by a prayer service from 6-6:30 pm with visitation until 8 pm. A Funeral Mass at Cathedral of St. Joseph, will be 10 am, Friday, January 17. Cremation and inurnment will follow in private family service in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, St. Joseph, at a later date.

Memorials may be sent to Cathedral food pantry or DaVita Dialysis. He was an advocate of organ and tissue donation, too: “Don’t take your organs to heaven; heaven knows we need them here.”

Online condolences: www.heatonbowmansmith.com

Andrews, Norman E.

January 13, 2014

Norman E. Andrews, 81, of St. Joseph, Missouri passed away on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

Norman was born on March 6, 1932 in Hopkins, Missouri to George and Jennie Andrews. He was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church and was a truck driver for Crouch Brothers and Yellow Freight Lines, retiring in 1991. He also was a driver for the Road to Recovery and a charter member of our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Ronald and James Andrews.

He married Louise C. Walk on August 4, 1956 in Maryville, Missouri. She survives of the home. Additional survivors include their children, Steven (Bonnie) Andrews, Patricia (Chuck) Holley and Cynthia (Monty) Stanton; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two sisters, Dolores Lewis and Elaine Hale.

Mass of Christian Burial 10:30am Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Interment 1:30 PM Wednesday St. Mary Cemetery, Maryville, Missouri.

Visitation will begin after 12:00 noon Tuesday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Parish Rosary 6:00pm Tuesday. The family will receive friends following the rosary until 8:00pm.

The family suggests memorials to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.

Kolega, John H.

January 12, 2014

John H. Kolega, 93, of St. Joseph, passed away Saturday, January 11, 2014 at his residence.

John was born on August 1, 1920 in St. Joseph to Dmytro and Frances Kolega. John graduated from Benton High School, class of 1939; he then served in the United States Army Air Corp. during WWII. He worked for Swift & Co. and retired from the St. Joseph School District as a carpenter.

John was a member of the American Legion Post # 359, VFW, and St. James Catholic Church. He was an avid golfer and softball player.

He married Dorothy Darlene on April 4, 1948. She preceded him in death on May 14, 2006.

John was also preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Mike, Bill, and Harold Kolega, and sisters, Mary Rucker and Annie Kolega.

Surviving family includes sister, Kathryn (Kolega) Housh and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial Graveside Service 10:00 AM Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at Horigan Chapel.
Inurnment Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Services under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.

Word, Teresa A. “Teri”

January 11, 2014

Teresa A. “Teri” Word, 55, St. Joseph, Missouri, passed away Wednesday, January 8, 2014, at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

Teri was born on October 11, 1958, in St. Joseph, to Billie Lee and Barbara Mae (Courter) Ray. She was a graduate of Parkwood High School in Joplin, Missouri, and a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church. She was the owner of Olive Street Manor

Teri was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, William Lee and James C. Ray.

Teri will be sadly missed by her son, Ryan Word, grandson, Brandon Word and sister, Hollie Smith, all of St. Joseph; nieces and nephews, Jammie R. Laster, Jessica R Galloway, Joshua Ray, Beth Ann Agner, Darrell Jennings, Brandy Jennings and sister-in-law, Rosanna Ray.

Services 3:00 p.m. Monday, January 13, 2014 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Burial in Agency Cemetery.

Open visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday at the Chapel. Family will receive friends 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Sunday.

Memorial contributions may be made to the funeral home to help with funeral expenses.

Wandfluh, Curtis Eugene

January 9, 2014

Curtis Eugene Wandfluh, 82, Savannah Missouri, passed away at his home surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday, January 8, 2014.

Curtis was born December 1, 1931 in Andrew County, Missouri to Thomas J. and Pearl (Millholen) Wandfluh. He graduated from Savannah High School in 1951. Curtis obtained the rank of Eagle Scout.

In October, 1952, Curtis was accepted into the Armed Forces. He was trained in aviation electronics at the naval base in Norman, Oklahoma. Curtis served in the Navy, during the Korean War, aboard the USS Kearsarge CVA-33 Air Group Eleven, where he was a navigator and flew in a AD-5N Skyraider.

Curtis married Phyllis Jane Gibson March 22, 1957 in Smithville, Missouri, she survives of the home.

After returning from the Navy, he worked for Light and Power as district manager for six years. He then started P & W electric where he worked for three years. Curtis joined I.B.E.W. Local 545, where he worked as an electrician for the next 30 years, retiring in 1994.

Curtis was a lifetime member of the American Legion Dick Munkres Post #287 and belonged to the Masonic Lodge. He was a city council member.
Curtis was a talented craftsman, who built his own home. He also enjoyed car racing and built his own stock and sprint cars.

Curtis was preceded in death by his parents; and one son, Curtis Eugene Wandfluh, Jr.

Additional survivors include children, Patricia (P.J.) Phelps, Kansas City, Missouri, Catina (Matt) Dudley, Saint Joseph, Missouri, Terri Edwards, Blue Springs, Missouri, Cindy (Todd) Benson, Savannah; grandchildren, Erien (Kerri) Knechtenhofer, Heather (Michael) Mathews, , Ethan Edwards, Brice Benson and (Katie Sybert), Corrin Wright, Brooke (Shane) Deering, Curtis Ryan Wandfluh and Kibby Benson; and eight great-grandchildren.

Celebration of Life 11:30 am, Saturday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith Savannah Chapel. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service from 10:30 to 11:30 am, at our Chapel. Mr. Wandfluh has been cremated.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Andrew County Senior Center or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Griffin, Dennis C.

January 8, 2014

Dennis Carl Griffin, 55, of St. Joseph, passed away peacefully Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at his home.

Dennis was born in Kansas City, Kansas and served in the United States Navy.

Cremation under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.

Powers, Beverly “Bev” Elaine

January 7, 2014

Beverly “Bev” Elaine Powers, 84, passed away from this life on Monday, January 6, 2014 at her home to be with her heavenly father and Jesus.

Beverly was born on November 15, 1929 to Arthur and Angeline Wilson in Wolfpoint, Montana. The family moved to the farming area of King City, Missouri when Beverly was 7 years old. She attended country schools and King City High School. She was active in school activities. She graduated from King City in 1947. After high school, she attended the St. Joseph Cosmetology School, after graduation, she purchased Gladys’ Beauty Shop in King City, Missouri.

On November 12, 1950 she married George T. Powers at the King City Methodist Church. What a blessed union, they loved each other very much. They loved to travel together with family trips to all 50 states. In later years, they began cruising with family and very dear friends.

Beverly was very active in Stonecraft Ministries, travelling throughout Missouri and Kansas speaking to groups of ladies and winning them to the Lord.

She was an active member of Brookdale Presbyterian Church, serving as Deacon and Sunday School Teacher. She volunteered at Mark Twain Grade School as a mentor and tutor. She was a devoted caring, loving, wife, mother and grandmother. To know Beverly was to love her.

She had the gift of hospitality and loved to cook and entertain. She was known for her Cream Puffs. She always had a smile and encouragement for everyone she met, was always willing to share her time and talents to help others, but the trend that most stands out in the minds of those who knew Beverly was her love for prayer. She was a prayer warrior.

Preceding Beverly in death were her parents Arthur and Angeline Wilson and brother-in-law, Walter Miller, of Stanberry and George’s six brothers and five sisters.

Beverly is survived by husband, George, son, G. Brent Powers and wife, Susan Cornelius Powers, and daughter, Susan G. Fisher and husband, Edd Fisher.

Grandchildren, Max Powers, Boyd Powers, Andrew Fisher, Caleb Fisher, Nathan Fisher and Anna Fisher, great-granddaughter, Roslynn Fisher, sister, La Nelle Miller of Stanberry, Missouri and several nieces and nephews.

The family is very grateful to the staff of Comfort of Home and Hands of Hope Hospice for their loving care and support of Beverly and George in the months prior to her death.

Services 2:00 PM Thursday, January 9, 2014 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.
Interment Mount Calvary Cemetery, Stanberry, Missouri.

Visitation will begin after 12:00 Noon Wednesday at our chapel, where the family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Wednesday evening.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Brookdale Presbyterian Church Deacon Fund or Young Life.

Silcott, Etta Jane

January 7, 2014

Etta Jane Silcott, 80, St. Joseph, Missouri, passed away Sunday, January 5, 2014 at Heartland Regional Medical Center.
Etta Jane was born on December 22, 1933, in St. Joseph to Reasor Eldon and Mary Jane (Burch) Mason.
She was a 1951 graduate of Lafayette High School and a member of Maxwell Heights Presbyterian Church. She served as editor of the school newspaper “Light” and the school yearbook “Oak”. She was also chairman for the Lafayette High School class reunions.
Etta Jane was self-employed as administrator/owner of a residential care facility. She enjoyed bowling and playing cards with family. She participated as a St. Joe Saints host family, enjoyed traveling, trips to the Casino and also watching Royals Baseball.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Donald Mason; daughter, Lee Ann Silcott and granddaughter, Jennifer Pistole.
She married George Richard Silcott on November 4, 1950. He survives of the home.
Additional survivors include her children, Maribeth (Tom) McKee, Callahan, FL, Ross (Carol) Silcott, Chris (Diana) Silcott, Dawn Hickman and her fiancé Rob Campbell, all of St. Joseph; brother, Robert E. Mason, Leawood, KS; sister, Dorothy Simonson, NC; twelve grandchildren; eighteen great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Services 12:00 noon Thursday, January 9, 2014 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery.
Visitation will begin after 12:00 noon Wed. at our Chapel, where the family will receive friends 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and also one hour prior to the service on Thursday.

Courtwright, William S. “Bill”

January 7, 2014

William S. “Bill” Courtwright, 89, of St. Joseph, Missouri passed away on Friday, January 3, 2014 at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

Bill was born on May 22, 1924 in La Junta, Colorado to William and Orva (Solt) Courtwright. He served in the United States Navy during World War II. Bill was a barber and member of New Life Bible Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Betty Courtwright.

He married Charlotte A. Jones on May 3, 1968 in St. Joseph, Missouri. She survives of the home. Additional survivors include; three nephews, David, Michael and Chris Courtwright; one great-niece; three great-nephews; four sister-in-laws, Janice McCabe, Cindy Webb, Nancy Renfrow, Peggy Jones; two brother-in-laws, Jerome and Larry Jones.

Mr. Courtwright has been cremated under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. There will be no visitation held. Services will be held at a later date.

The family suggests memorials to the New Life Bible Church.

Burdick, Phillip “Phil”

January 7, 2014

Phillip “Phil” Burdick, 59, St. Joseph, MO, passed away Friday, January 3, 2014 at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

Phillip was born on January 28, 1954 to Norbert H. and Mildred L. (Banks) Burdick. Phil attended Highland Community College where he played football and was then recruited to play football for the University of Arkansas. From there he went on to Washburn University and graduated magna cum laude in 1976. Phil entered the University of Kansas Law School and graduated in August of 1979. Phil went on to practice Law at Gernon Law in Hiawatha, then served two terms as District Attorney for the State of Kansas. He became a member of the Missouri Bar in 1994 and began his practice in St. Joseph, MO, as Burdick Law Offices, P.C., where he continued to practice up until a few days before his death.

In December of 2009 Phil married the love of his life and best friend, Katherine “Katie” Elizabeth Stokes. She then began working with Phil as Office Administrator. Phil and
Katie enjoyed working together, traveling and following the KU Jayhawks Basketball team.

Phil loved life and lived it to the fullest. His hobbies were riding his beloved Suzuki Hayabusa and owned many various motorcycles throughout his life. Phil also loved practicing law and always said he would never retire because of his love for it .

Katie will fulfill Phil’s wishes by continuing his law office with associates Doug Haynes and paralegal Jillee Keith.

Additional surviving family includes daughters, Jessica Burdick and Jenneath (Adam) Burdick-Flora; both of Kansas City, Missouri; son, James Burdick, Platte City, Missouri; daughter, Raven Searcy and son, Barkley Herner, both of St. Joseph; grandchildren, Taelynn and Reece, step-son, Taylor, brothers, Bill, Larry, Alan and John Burdick; sister, Patty Detrixhe. and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mr. Burdick’s wishes were to be cremated and that his law practice remains open through this difficult time.

Visitation will begin at 9:00 AM Tuesday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, where the family will receive friends 6:00 to 8:00 PM Tuesday evening.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 12:00 noon Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at Hosanna Fellowship Church, 17290 US Highway 71, St. Joseph, Missouri.

Athen, Mendell

January 6, 2014

Mendell Athen, 93, Savannah, Missouri, passed away Saturday, January 4, 2014 at a local hospital.

Mendell was born August 16, 1920 in Atchison County, MO to the late Alfred Carl and Nellie (Zuck) Athen. He was a graduate of Hamburg High School.

Mendell married Wilda Goings on February 15, 1942 in Julian, Nebraska, sharing over 72 years together.

In 1951, they purchased a farm in Columbia, MO and lived there for over 30 years. After selling the farm, he worked in Sales for Northrup, then for Asgrow Seed Corn Company.

In 1966, they moved to Maryville for 3 years before returning to Columbia, where Mendell was named Regional Sales Associate.

After his retirement they moved to Tucson, Arizona, where they owned and operated a woodcraft business. For over 30 years, they traveled to craft shows throughout the Western United States.

In 1994 they moved to Mound City before making their home in Savannah 2 years ago.

Mendell was an avid Royals, Chiefs and MU fan. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, hunting , boating and landscaping.

Mendell formerly attended the Mound City Christian Church and was a firm believer in God. He was a family man and was dearly loved by his grandkids.

Mendell was proceeded in death by a son, Larry Athen.

Survivors include; his wife, of the home; 3 children, Dennis (Nancy) Athen, Buffalo, MO; Gaylene McCart, Humble, TX and Kent Athen, St. Joseph, MO; 6 Grandsons, 2 Granddaughters and 5 Great-Grandchildren.

Visitation will be held after 12:00 PM Wednesday at the Heaton-Bowman-Smith Savannah Chapel, where the family will receive friends 6:00-8:00 PM Wednesday. Services 11:00AM Thursday at our Chapel. Mr. Athen will be cremated following the service.

In lieu of flowers his family has requested memorial donations to the American Diabetes Association.

Mitchell, Sr., Daniel A.

January 1, 2014

Daniel A. Mitchell, Sr., 86, St. Joseph passed away Sunday, December 29, 2013 at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

He was born on May 12, 1927 and worked for Quaker Oats until his retirement and was a member of the Retiree’s Club. Daniel was also an active member of the VFW Post 6760, where he was assistant Quarter Master for VFW for 27 years and the Cereal Workers’ Union. The city of St. Joseph declared May 19, 2012 as Daniel A. Mitchell, Sr. day in his honor.

Daniel married Elizabeth Ester Schnelle. She preceded him in death in 2004. He was also preceded in death by his parents and sons, Daniel A. Mitchell, Jr. and Rainer Schnelle; brothers, Ted, Cecil and Griff Mitchell; and sisters, Rose, Ida and Eleanor.

Surviving family includes daughter, Carol Ann Hindera (Gary), King City, MO; granddaughters, Danielle Stewart (Bryan), Troy, KS; Angela Mitchell, St. Joseph; and Chastity Chambers, St. Joseph, MO; Grandson, Michael Townsend, St. Joseph; great-grandsons, Sebastian Townsend, Kaliff Kirkendoll, and Zayden Wegenka; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Services 2:00 PM Saturday, January 4, 2014 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.
Interment Memorial Park Cemetery.

Visitation will begin after 9:00 AM Friday at our chapel, where the family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Friday evening.

Crotty Graham, Patricia Josephine

January 1, 2014

Patricia J Graham, 90, surrounded by her children, left these earthly bounds on December 28, 2013 to be with her Lord. A life-long resident of St Joseph, she was born in Atchison KS on March 13, 1923 to Mina (Gampper) and John T. Crotty. She attended Cathedral School and graduated from The Convent of the Sacred Heart.
“PJG”, as she was affectionately called by her children and grandchildren married Robert A Graham in 1950. He preceded her in death in 1981. She was preceded in death by three brothers, John T, Paul V, and Francis X (FX) Crotty and sisters Mary Delores Keenan and Teresa Ann Pangle. She is survived by a brother Charles F Crotty of St Joseph and sisters Elrie Myers and Carol Jean Kilgore. Deeply devoted to her children and grandchildren, they are: Robert C of St Joseph, Genise M of Mesa AZ and Kent A of Weatherby, MO. Her grandchildren include Chelsea Radosevich, Robert H, Brady A and Gampper A Graham. Numerous nieces and nephews survive.
A devout catholic and member of St Joseph Cathedral, she was involved in many church activities and organizations. Among them were St Ann’s Altar Society, Daughters of Isabella, Ladies of Charity and especially her beloved “Environmental” Decorating team. She was honored by Bishop Sullivan for her dedicated efforts in the church. As the first St Joseph director of Women in Community Service, she also served the people of St Joseph. She was instrumental in the founding of the Open Door Food Kitchen and the Cathedral Food Pantry.
Family visitation at Heaton-Bowman Smith will be Thursday, Jan 2nd at 5-7 and Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Cathedral on Friday, Jan 3rd at 1:00pm. Inurnment at Mount Olivet will be a private ceremony. The family suggests donations to the Open Door Food Kitchen.

Early, Abram “Abe” Lee

January 1, 2014

Abram “Abe” Lee Early, 95, of Easton, passed away Thursday, December 19, 2013 at his home.

Abe was born on January 19, 1918 in Norborne, Missouri to William Franklin and Lelia (Garber) Early.

He was a veteran of World War II, served as a county extension agent in Andrew and Livingston Counties, Missouri, and retired from Farmland Industries.

Abe was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Arline Early; and brothers, Milton, Leonard and J. Early.

Surviving family includes daughter, Marcia and son-in-law, Richard Greig, Overland Park, Kansas; son, Gerald Lee Early and daughter-in-law, Shauna Roberts, Kansas City, Missouri; grandchildren, Allison Reeve and Jennifer Davis; great-grandchildren, Cassandra Davis and Samuel Davis-Early.

Memorial Service 11:00 AM Saturday, January 4, 2014 at Ebenezer United Methodist Church under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Inurnment will be immediately following at Ebenezer Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Ebenezer United Methodist Church.

« Previous PageNext Page »

Heaton-Bowman-Smith
& Sidenfaden Chapel

3609 Frederick Blvd.
St. Joseph, MO 64506
816-232-3355

Heaton-Bowman-Smith Savannah Chapel

307 S. 6th St.
Savannah, MO 64485
816-324-3355