Nolf, Donna L.

June 30, 2014

Donna L. Nolf died early Saturday morning, June 28, 2014. Born in Knox County, Missouri to Elizabeth and Paul McCullough on April 2, 1937. She is survived by her husband Rich, three children and their spouses, and seven grand children: Gretchen Hutson (Fred), Emily, Allison and Phil; Hans Nolf (Lanell), Joseph and Lewis; Rachel Cunningham (Jamie), Dever and Evan; and a sister Mary Sue Rayman (Ron).

Her parents moved to Iowa in 1949. The daughter of a teacher and a hard-working man, Donna was always taught to value education. In 1955 Donna graduated Valedictorian from Clutier High School. She attended the University of Iowa and graduated in 1960 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a member of the honorary society for scholastic achievement.

While at college, Donna accepted the offer of a canoe ride one evening and later a motorcycle ride from a charming young man named Rich Nolf. Following a yearlong courtship, they were married on August 18, 1961 at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Iowa City.

Donna was a dedicated professional. Early in her career she worked for the Visiting Nurses Association of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In 1962 she moved to Norwalk, Connecticut for Rich’s job in Westport. Their first child, Gretchen was born in 1963. Wanting to return to the Midwest, Donna and Rich moved to St. Joseph, Missouri in 1965, following a job offer for Rich at the St. Joseph and Pony Express Museums. Their second child, Hans, was born in 1965, and Rachel in 1969.

Donna returned to nursing at St. Joseph Hospital on the Medical-Surgical floor in 1967 until 1973. In 1973 she was hired by the Methodist Medical Center School of Nursing to teach Medical-Surgical classes. Donna was one of the first nurses with a Bachelor’s degree to be hired at the School of Nursing. While at the School of Nursing, Donna felt the need to increase her knowledge in the field and in 1978 sought a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Missouri, Kansas City. This meant teaching full-time and going to school in Kansas City at night. She graduated in 1983 as a Medical-Surgical Clinical Nurse Specialist. She was certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. During her years of work there, she helped bring an understanding of modern medical practices and professional accreditation to the school. The school closed in 1987 and she started work as an Advanced Practice Nurse at the Welfare Board. She was the first nurse with those credentials to be hired. She worked at diagnosing and treating patients until she retired in 2004.

Donna was a devout Christian disciple and a loyal Presbyterian for over 50 years. She was heavily involved in her church, Second Presbyterian Church, and then Trinity Presbyterian when they merged with Westminster Presbyterian Church. At Second Presbyterian she served on the diaconate and Session several times. She took her two daughters to the Women’s Triennium several times. She was very active in Presbyterian Women and Church Women United, often as an officer and/or leading Bible Studies.

Donna was a nurse and caretaker by profession, but an artist at heart. Her home showcases artwork from her children and grandchildren as well as prints and poems from her favorite artists. Every surface in her house is covered with postcards, pieces of nature, and photographs, laid out with the greatest care, affection, and sense of aesthetic. She loved to garden, meditate, and write poetry. She had a keen eye for the nature around her and would often sit and marvel at the colors and intricate shapes of flowers or lichens.

Her family was incredibly important to her, and after retirement she and Rich spent a great deal of time traveling across the states to visit them. She and Rich also traveled quite a bit, following their adventurous spirit. This included motorcycle , bicycling, canoeing, one of which was retracing a portion of the Lewis & Clark route on the Upper Missouri River. Her favorite camping areas were the mountains of Wyoming and the Oregon coast.
When she was only 12, Donna battled rheumatic fever. Though she survived, it left her heart weakened and was told she would not be strong enough to do most physical activities or live very long. In response to that prediction, Donna lived a full and vibrant life filled with love, adventure, and art. Each morning she would start the day with:
‘This is the day the Lord has made,
Let us rejoice and be glad in it!’
She taught her family members to live in the moment and to push themselves outside of their comfort zone. She was a constant source of support, love, and unquestioning faith for those who knew her. She often said:
‘There are no wastebasket experiences with God.’
She was sad to leave her friends, family, and community members, but she was excited to meet her God and His love flowed through her until the very end.

Throughout her life in St. Joseph, several organizations, besides her church, were near and dear to her heart. She volunteered her time, money, and prayers for several divisions of InterServ: the Food Pantry at Calvin Center, the homeless at The Haven and Juda House, the Food Kitchen, and Immigrant Services. The family requests that those wishing to celebrate Donna’s life, make donations to InterServ-Immigrant Services, 200 Cherokee, St. Joseph, Missouri 64504.

Visitation will take place at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, St. Joseph, Missouri on Wednesday July 2 beginning at noon. Family will be present from 6 – 8 PM. A funeral service will be held at Trinity Presbyterian Church Thursday, July 3 at 11am. Visitation one-hour prior. Family requests memorials be made to InterServ Immigrant Services.

Lack, Carolyn Kay

June 28, 2014

Carolyn K. Lack left this earth on June 25th, 2014 to rejoice over us in Heaven.

Carol was born on May 25, 1940 in Fort Dodge, Iowa and lived there until she wed Tommy DeMaranville on October 19th, 1959. They started their lives in Des Moines, Iowa and were married for 16 years.

After their separation, she remained in Des Moines and remarried F. Craig Lack on November 25th , 1976. In February 1977, she moved to St. Joseph, Missouri, where she lived the remainder of her life.

Carol owned and operated the gift shop “Carol’s Corner” in the Holiday Inn for 15 years. Many
loved her unique jewelry and clothes that she carried and because of her charismatic zest for life.
She was often referred to as the “Mayor of St. Joe” by customers who returned to the shop just to see her.

She never knew a stranger and touched so many peoples’ lives. After the death of her husband, she closed the shop and worked for Dillards for three years, where she was one of the top pacesetters with the store.

When she fell ill, she retired and spent the rest of her life battling heart disease and dementia, till her death.

The Heavens received a beautiful angel in Carolyn.

She leaves behind three daughters, Debra DeMaranville, St. Joseph, Jacqueline (Glen) Allmendinger, Boulder, Colorado, Tammy (Rick) Roberts, Agency, Missouri; a step-son; Chris Lack, St. Joseph; three brothers, Larry Kopp, Lakeville, Minnesota, Kalcie Kopp, Dick Kopp, both of Fort Dodge, Iowa; three sisters, Mayre Manard, Lincoln, Nebraska, Pat Koch, DeForest, Wisconsin, Teresa Wolfe, Fort Dodge; ten grandchildren; and twelve great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband; father; mother; 2 sisters; many aunts; uncles; cousins; and other family.

Services 11:00 AM Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Visitation will begin after 9 am, Monday at our Chapel. Rosary 6 pm at our Chapel, where the family will receive friends following the rosary until 8 pm Monday evening. Interment Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the American Heart Association.

Hilliard, Brenda Sue

June 28, 2014

Brenda Sue Hilliard, 56, of St. Joseph, left this earth for her heavenly home on Wednesday, June 25, 2014.

Brenda was born September 10, 1957 to Farrell and Doris Harding. She leaves her loving husband of 39 years, George Hilliard, two sons, Joshua (Jenn) Hilliard, of St. Joseph; and Jarod (Stephanie) Hilliard, of Independence, Missouri; and two precious grandchildren, Preston and Layla Hilliard, three siblings, Carolyn (Tom) Whisenand, San Diego, California; Robert (Debi) Harding, Lee’s Summit, Missouri; Gale Harding, San Diego, California and four adored nieces, Kellie (Joe) Martinez, San Diego, California; Jessica (Aaron) Stewart, Lee’s Summit, Missouri; Galea Albano, San Diego, California and Melanie Harding, Lee’s Summit, Missouri.

Brenda will be cherished and sadly missed by many friends and family. Her life was one of generosity, kindness and joy to all those she met. Brenda never met a stranger and could talk to everyone. She held a special place in her heart for seniors, whom she served in her many years as a waitress at local restaurants. She loved animals, especially her furry cat friends. Brenda was a true friend to many, who will greatly miss her smile and big heart. Brenda was a member of Wyatt Park Christian Church.

Celebration of Life Service will be held Saturday, July 5, 2014 from 1:00 to 4:00 PM at Wyatt Park Christian Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Wyatt Park Christian Church or the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements, Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, St. Joseph, Missouri.

Grant, James E., Jr.

June 27, 2014

James E. Grant, Jr., 63, Saint Joseph, Missouri passed away Thursday, June 26, 2014 at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

James was born on October 30, 1950 and raised in Clinton, Missouri to James Edward and Loraine (Cole) Grant, Sr.

He served in the United States Air Force in Vietnam and was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church and St. Francis Xavier Council # 15126, Knights of Columbus.

James was preceded in death by his father.

James married Vickie Deen on July 11, 1981 in St. Joseph. She survives of the home.

Additional surviving family includes, son, Jeffery Grant, of St. Joseph; daughter, Nicole Grant, Ozark, Missouri; mother, Loraine Grant, sisters, Carolyn (Gene) Kalwei, Patty St. Louis, Kathy (Gary) Jones and Joan Grant, brother, Ron Grant, and numerous in-laws, nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 AM Monday at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. Interment Quitman Cemetery, Quitman, Missouri.

Visitation will begin after 12:00 Noon Sunday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, where a Rosary will be recited at 6:00 PM Sunday. The family will receive friends following the Rosary until 8:30 PM Sunday evening.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions Scleroderma foundation, 300 Rosewood Drive, Suite 105, Danvers, Massachusetts 01923 or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Yager, Julia M.

June 27, 2014

Julia M. Yager, 88, of St. Joseph, passed away Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at Abbey Woods Nursing Home.

Julia was born on August 22, 1925 in St. Joseph to Felisiano and Maria Antonia (Espinoza) Vera.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters, Lucia Vega, Frances Rivera, Josephine Larrison and Lena Kilkenny; brothers, Matilde, Emidio and Victor Vera; and son, Mark Seever.

She married Monte Yager on February 16, 1991. He survives of the home.

Additional surviving family includes step-sons, Monte (Becky) Yager, Jr. Gower, MO; and Wesley Yager, St. Joseph, MO; sisters, Trinidad Ackmann, Roeland Park, KS; Dolores Canon, Topeka, KS; and Patty Vega, Mesa, AZ; 4 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

Mass of Christian Burial 1:00 PM Monday, June 30, 2014 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church.
Interment Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Visitation will begin after 1:00 PM Sunday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Rosary 6:00 PM Sunday at our Chapel, where the family will receive friends following the Rosary until 8:00 PM .

The family suggests memorial contributions to Three Rivers Hospice.

Fish, Dr. Richard W.

June 27, 2014

On the morning of June 26, 2014 Doctor Richard W. Fish peacefully went home to the Lord in his home in Cosby, MO at age 83.
Richard Wilmot Fish was born to William and Elinor Fish on October 18, 1930 in Jamaica, New York. He graduated from Dwight L. Moody’s Mount Herman Preparatory School in New York at age 16. Richard hitchhiked from there to Kansas State University where he pursued a degree in Veterinary Medicine. It was there that he met his wife Sally, of Minneapolis, KS, and was married on May 25, 1954.
His career began in Marinette, WI as a veterinarian for the State of Wisconsin. He also briefly practiced private Veterinary Medicine there before serving as the first staff veterinarian for the Wisconsin Feeder Pig Cooperative in Francis Creek, WI. The Fishes and their four sons settled in Cedarburg, WI where Richard worked for Fromm Laboratories. In 1980, the Fishes moved to Granton, WI and established the Grassland Veterinary Clinic. All the while, Sally taught school and the family raised sheep and cattle. In Richard’s “retirement”, they sold the practice and moved to Rice Lake, WI where he served once again as a veterinarian for the State of Wisconsin. Since 2007, Richard and Sally have resided in Cosby, MO.
Throughout his earthly life, Doc’s love of the Lord, family, livestock, hunting, fishing, and sports was instilled in his sons and their families. A proud Kansas State Alum, a passionate harness horseman, and an active member of their church, Doc would share his words of wisdom to all he encountered.
Richard is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Steve. He is survived by his wife Sally Ann Fish (Brown), sons Peter, Bill (Cathy), Douglas (Bonnie), JC (Patti), grandchildren Ashlee, Nathan (Andrea), Jared (Amanda), Jacob, Sarah Whitley (Tristian), Kyle, Holly, Jay, Ellie, Willie, Maggie, Charlie and great grandchildren Annah and Mya.
A celebration of Richard’s life will be at 3:00 pm Sunday June 29, 2014 at Frederick Boulevard Baptist Church, 5502 Frederick Boulevard St. Joseph, MO 64507. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Salvation Army or Heartland Health Hands of Hope Hospice.

Vanfossan, Ella June

June 26, 2014

Ella June Vanfossan, 88, of St. Joseph, passed away, Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at Living Community of St. Joseph.

Born June 28, 1925 in Kimball, South Dakota, daughter of Gertrude (Smith) and Thomas J. Mizar, Sr.

She was preceded in death by her parents, first husband, Donald J. Naberhaus, 2 sisters, Madeline Witt and Marcella Estes, 1 brother, Thomas Mizar, 2nd Husband, Kermit Vanfossan and step-daughter, Mavis Sharp.

She graduated from Benton High School, worked at Quaker Oats for 3 years and Naberhaus Grocery for 6 years. She was a homemaker who loved bowling, her daily crossword puzzles, but most of all, being outdoors working in her yard. She was a member of Wyatt Park Christian Church.

She is survived by daughter, Janice (Jerry) Hurst, grandchildren, C.J. (Lynette) Hurst and Craig Hurst, great-granddaughter, Wynter Hurst, step-daughter, Connie (Bruce) Taylor, 8 step-grandchildren and numerous step-great-grandchildren. She will be dearly missed by all who loved her.

Services 10:30 AM Saturday, June 28, 2014 at Horigan Chapel at Mount Olivet Cemetery under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Interment Mount Olivet Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Noyes Home or the charity of the donor’s choice.

Baby Zent

June 25, 2014

Baby Zent passed away on June 19, 2014 at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

Survivors include the father and mother, James Scott Zent, Jr. and Laura Ann (Cauthon) Zent, brothers, Owyn Scott Zent, Kohl James Zent and Tristan Mykaler Zent, maternal grandparents, Anthony and Melody Cauthon, of St. Joseph; paternal grandparents, Jamie Zent, Sr. and Angelia Zent, of St. Joseph; maternal great-grandmother, Nancy Tull and uncle, Tony Cauthon.

Baby Zent has been cremated under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.

Memorial service will be held at a later date.

Moore, Robert “Bob” L.

June 23, 2014

Bob Moore, 77, Saint Joseph, Missouri, passed away Sunday, June 22, 2014 at his home.

Bob was born July 28, 1936 in Saint Joseph to Wilbur and Frances (Fouts) Moore. He joined the United States Marines in 1953, where he served his country for 10 years. Bob was a member of American Legion Post # 359.

Bob worked at Heartland Hospital in the surgery department for 10 years. He then worked in security for numerous businesses until the year 2000. At that time, Bob became a driver for Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, retiring in 2010.

Bob married Pam Blosser on July 24, 1993, she survives of the home.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Bill Moore; sisters, Pat Carter and Mary Ann McDaniel.

Additional survivors include daughter, Teri Swopes, Stewartsville, Missouri; son, Don Harden, Tonganoxie, Kansas; daughter, Sharon Hurst, Effingham, Kansas; step-daughter, Tonja (Randy) Palmer; step-son, Jason (Frankie) Catron; numerous grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Services 2 pm, Thursday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Visitation will begin after
12 noon Wednesday at our Chapel, where the family will receive friends from 7 to 9 pm Wednesday evening. Interment Sparta Cemetery, Faucett, Missouri.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the American Heart Association.

Consodine, Monica F.

June 23, 2014

Monica F. Consodine, 83, St. Joseph, Missouri, passed away Sunday, June 22, 2014 at a local health care facility.

Monica was born on November 15, 1930 in St. Joseph to Thomas and Lena (Arthur) Consodine.

Monica was a graduate of the Convent of the Sacred Heart in St. Joseph and was a lifelong member of Saint Patrick Catholic Church, where she was honored as an Outstanding Catholic in 1983. Monica was also a lifetime member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and Saint Ann’s Altar Society, holding offices in both.

Monica was formerly employed at Swift and Company, First Stockyards Bank, First National Bank and retired from Commerce Bank.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Carolyn M. Consodine; and brother, Major Thomas J. Consodine, USMC Ret.

Survivors include numerous cousins, including the Grove Family; special friends, Art and Julia Rocha, David Penny, Corky and Keith Marquart, Jerry, Nita and Staci Thornton.

Mass of Christian Burial 10 am, Thursday at Saint Patrick Catholic Church. Visitation will begin after 12 noon, Wednesday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Rosary will be held at 6:30 pm, Wednesday evening at our Chapel. The family will receive friends following the Rosary until 8 pm. Interment Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Saint Patrick Catholic Church.

Van Cleave, Rosann

June 14, 2014

Rosann Van Cleave, 58, of St. Charles, Missouri formerly of St. Joseph, Missouri passed away on Friday, June 13, 2014 at St. Joseph Health Center in St. Charles, Missouri.

Rosann was born on April 29, 1956 in St. Joseph, Missouri to Earl L. and Helen A. (Kneib) Van Cleave. She was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church and had worked for St. Joseph Specialty Industries. She was a member of the Helen Davis Recreation Club and the TOUCH Program. In St Charles, Rosann participated in activities through Community Living Inc.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Survivors include two sisters, Mary Jo Camp and Barbara McKinnon; two brothers, Robert and Richard Van Cleave and several nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial 10am Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. Interment Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will begin after 12:00 noon Monday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Rosary 6pm Monday at our chapel. The family will receive friends following the rosary until 8pm.

In memory of Rosann, her family suggests memorials to Special Olympics Missouri.

McCleave, John H.

June 12, 2014

John H. McCleave, 76, of St. Joseph, passed away Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at Abbey Woods Living and Rehab Center, where loving care was given for three years.

He was born on January 25, 1938 to Hewett and Anna (Sommer) McCleave. He married Barbara Wilson on January 31, 1959.

John worked for Safeway Stores ten years and retired from Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company after 35 years. He held his Missouri Real Estate license for 40 years.

John was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Joseph, James and George, and sisters, Frances Evelyn and Joanne, and daughters, Mary Lou and Kelly Marie.

Survivors: his wife, Barbara; daughters, Tammy (Randy) Milbourn, Kathleen (Don) Lee and Michele (Mike) Thomas; grandchildren, Ben Milbourn, Tim (Brandi) Milbourn, Taylor Lee and Donnie Lee, Makena, Lauren and Henry Thomas; great-grandson, Joshua Blake Milbourn and step-great-grandchildren, Sydney Eddins and Ty Becker; brother, Earl (Ethlyn) McCleave, sister, Virginia Woehr, nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

He loved his family and will be greatly missed.

Mass of Christian Burial 10:30 AM Saturday, June 14, 2014 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.
Interment Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Visitation will begin after 5:00 PM Friday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, where a Rosary will be recited at 6:00 PM Friday at our chapel. The family will receive friends from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM Friday evening.

The family suggests memorial contributions to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or Camp Quality.

Taylor, Joyce Lynn

June 9, 2014

Joyce Lynn (Smith) Taylor, 61, of St. Joseph, Missouri went home to the Lord on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at Heartland Regional Medical Center surrounded by her family.

Joyce was born on March 18, 1953 in St. Joseph, Missouri. She was a homemaker and member of Patee Park Baptist Church.

Joyce was preceded in death by her mother, Deana R. (Harvey) Trant, maternal grandparents, Fred and Violet Harvey, paternal grandparents, Ray and Ethel Canaday.

She married Mark A. Taylor on December 11, 1992 in Savannah, Missouri, He survives of the home. Additional survivors include, son, Ray Benedict, II (Dawn), daughter, DeeAnna Benedict, son, Jonathan Benedict; three brothers, Robert Smith, (Donna), Rick Smith (Cindy) and Terry Smith (Valerie); eight grandchildren including Jacob Akins of the home.

Mrs. Taylor has been cremated under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. There will be no visitation or services held. The family suggests memorial contributions be made in care of funeral home.

Weston, Dale H.

June 8, 2014

Dale H. Weston, 90, of St. Joseph, passed away Thursday, June 5, 2014 at Carriage Square Health Care Center surrounded by his family.

Dale was born and raised in Graham, Missouri and graduated from Graham High School. He began farming in the Mound City, Missouri area then started his career at Beaty’s which is now Affiliated Foods, Inc. He moved to St. Joseph in 1958 and became a foreman and city driver at Affiliated Foods, Inc. He retired after 31 years then drove for Helen Davis School as a bus driver for 13 years.

Dale loved to sing and golf, and 2 times, he got a hole in one. He lived for his family and loved each one of them. He was a member of Woodson Chapel Christian Church, where he served as a Deacon and sang in the choir.

He was preceded in death by his parents, son, Anthony “Tony” Weston, grandson, Larry Williams, Jr., great-grandson, Allen Kerns, his first wife, who passed in 1980, Mildred Miller-Weston, his 2nd wife, Forrest Crockett-Weston, 5 brothers and 2 sisters.

Dale married Doris Eyman on September 13, 1992 in Branson, Missouri. She survives of the home.

Additional surviving family includes sons, Richard (Connie) Weston, Larry (Wanda) Weston and Billy (Connie) Weston, daughters, Linda (Larry) Williams, Donna (Ralph) Kerns, all of St. Joseph; Cheri (Carl) Chenoweth, Amazonia, MO; and Robynn (Mike) Atkison, also of St. Joseph; step-son, Stephen Guthery, Kansas City, MO; step-daughter, Cheryl Whicker, St. Joseph; 25 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren sisters, Wanda (Robert) Davis, Marcine (Gilbert) Blume and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services 10:00 AM Tuesday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Interment Graham Cemetery, Graham, Missouri.

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 Woodson Chapel Christian Church.

The family would also like to express their gratitude to Carriage Square Health Care Center for all their care and kindness.

Knapp, Fred

June 6, 2014

Fred passed away Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at the Missouri Veterans’ Home in Cameron, Missouri at the age of 65.

He was born in Ironton, Missouri to Frank G. Knapp and Ruth (Bryant) Knapp.

He spent his life in the United States Air Force where his journeys took him to: Texas, Oklahoma, Thailand, Vietnam, Whiteman AFB, Missouri, Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado, Washington, D.C., Taiwan, Offutt AFB, Nebraska, Sunnyvale, California, Las Cruces, New Mexico, and then military retirement.

After that, he returned to Sunnyvale working for Lockheed Martin, which he retired from, then moved back to the state of Missouri. he was a member of Huffman United Methodist Church.

After Vietnam, he met Glenna Springs and they were married in 1970 at the Patee Park Baptist Church.

He is preceded in death by his father, step-mother and several aunts and uncles.

Fred is survived by his wife, and daughter, Tabitha, and husband, Rodney Peterson, of Northmoor, Missouri; his mother Ruth and step-father, Bill Lynch, St. Joseph; siblings, Mike (Zulima) Knapp, Cheryl (David) Stewart and David (Temie) Lehman with several nieces and nephews and 4 step-sisters. He will be missed by many friends and family.

Services 10:00 AM Monday, June 9, 2014 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.
Interment Leavenworth National Cemetery, Leavenworth, Kansas.

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

The family suggests memorial contributions to Carriage Square Health Care Center, Missouri Veterans’ Home or Huffman United Methodist Church.

O’Meara, Marcian J. “Marci”

June 6, 2014

Marcian J. “Marci” O’Meara, 81, St. Joseph, Missouri; passed away Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She is now with the Lord.

Marci was born on February 7, 1933 in St. Joseph, Missouri to Franklin and Mary (Jilge) Fisher. She attended Convent of the Sacred Heart and graduated from Central High School in 1951.

Marci was a unit secretary with St. Joseph Hospital (Sisters) and transferred with the move to Heartland Regional Medical Center from where she retired.

On August 28, 1954, Marci married Gerald James “Jim” O’Meara. This union was graced with three loving children. Marci and Jim were married for 20 years.

Marci enjoyed gardening, camping, fishing and watching movies. She enjoyed nature and all animals, but especially her dogs. Mostly, she loved spending time with her beloved family.

She was sustained in life by her love of the Lord and was a lifelong member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. She will live in the hearts of her family through her legacy of love and faith.

Marci was preceded in death by her parents, one sister, Maxine Sonnenberg, three brothers, Leonard and George Fisher and an infant brother.

Survivors include her three children, Susanne (Gregg) Mrkvicka; Joseph (Sheila) O’Meara; Lorie (Danny) Butterfield; sister, Charlotte Koenig; eight grandchildren, Nicole (O’Meara) McWilliams, Ryan O’Meara, Melissa Barr, Kristin (Pashik) Ash, Tiffany (Pashik) Harman, Samantha Pashik, Matthan Mrkvicka, Tanner Butterfield, and eleven great-grandchildren.

Marci will remain in our hearts forever as one who loved us all, regardless of our short comings and misdirections, and the love of her family has gone with her to heaven.

Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 AM Monday, June 9, 2014 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. Interment Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Open visitation will be held after 12:00 noon Sunday at the Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, and a Rosary will be held 6:00pm that evening. The family will receive friends following the rosary until 8pm.

Memorial donations may be made to the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church Building Fund.

Hutchison, Linda (Davis)

June 3, 2014

Linda (Davis) Hutchison, 67, of Independence, formerly of St. Joseph, passed away Saturday, May 31, 2014 at her home.

Her parents were Orville and Delphia Davis. She had 9 siblings.

She married Jim Hutchison, Sr. had 5 loving children Jimmie, Kathy, Karen, Tracy and Steve followed by 9 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

He preceded her in death in 2008. The last 10 years she was with her companion Larry Martin and family in Independence. She passed away as Linda Lee Driskell.

Celebration of Life 11:00 AM Thursday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Inurnment at a later date.

Mejia, Henrietta

May 31, 2014

Henrietta Mejia, formerly of St. Joseph, passed away Thursday, May 29, 2014 at the home of her son in Broken Arrow, OK.
Henrietta was born on August 7, 1923 in Wathena, Kansas to Harvey L. and Myrtle (Mead) Parker.

She graduated from Wathena High School in 1941 and worked at North American Aircraft during WW II assembling B-25 parts. She later worked for Jersey Cereal.

She married Rudy Mejia on January 31, 1948. He preceded her in death on February 10, 2005.

Henrietta was the ultimate stay-at-home Mother in 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, always making sure that her five children were well-fed, their clothes were clean and pressed and they attended church and Sunday school.

She was a member of Marvin McMurry United Methodist Church where she was a Sunday school teacher, Lindbergh PTA member, home room mother and a lifetime member of the Lafayette Booster Club along with her husband Rudy. She and Rudy and the family ran the concession stand at Krug Pool from 1966 until 1982.

Henrietta was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, four sisters, three brothers, daughter-in-law, Gywnnie Mejia, grandsons, Matt Mejia and Jayden Underwood.

Surviving family members include sons, David Mejia, St. Joseph, MO.; Rudy Mejia, Oklahoma City, OK.; Stanley (Barbara) Mejia, Broken Arrow, OK.; Mark (Patti) Mejia, Kansas City, MO; daughter, Luanne (David) Myers, St. Joseph, MO;16 grandchildren,16 great grandchildren, brother, Harvey L. Parker and several nieces and nephews.

Services 1:00 PM Monday, June 2, 2014 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery.

Visitation will begin after 9:00 AM Sunday at our chapel, where the family will receive friends from 5:00 to 8:00 PM Sunday evening.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the National Stroke Association, 9707 E. Easter Lane, Suite B., Centennial, CO 80112.

Black, George Lester

May 31, 2014

George Lester Black, 59, of Oregon, Missouri passed away, Thursday, May 29, 2014 at Cameron Regional Medical Center following a gallant battle with ALS.

George grew up in Oregon, Missouri; where he attended school at South Holt and then went on to earn his Bachelor’s degree of Social Psychology from Midwest Christian College in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and his Master’s from Midwest Baptist Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri.

George was a youth Minister in Texas before starting to work for HUD as a Grant Management Specialist in Texas and Arizona.

George enjoyed traveling, living on a houseboat in Arizona, water skiing, visiting with people, spending time with his brother, and being with family.

George is preceded in death by his parents, Wilbert Wayne Black and Georgia Wianonia Black and grandparents, George and Cleta Pullen, all of Oregon, Missouri.

Survivors: brother, Stephen (Julia) Black, of Agency, Missouri; sister, Carolyn Sue Corwin and partner, Bruce Gillette, of Council Bluffs, Iowa; nieces and nephews, Abraham (Heather) Black and sons, Aiden and Garrett, Faucett, Missouri; Caleb Black and Kati Reys, Agency, Missouri; Jennifer Black, Overland Park, Kansas; Erica Corwin and Corey Roal, Lincoln, Nebraska; Melissa (Tim) Toberer, Omaha, Nebraska; Uncle, Mack (Margaret Ann) Pullen, Arvada, Colorado; aunt, Evelyn (Jerry) Kurtz, Forest City, Missouri; aunt, Neva Davis, St. Joseph, Missouri; aunt, Ruby Stahl, St. Louis, Missouri and several cousins.

George has been cremated under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. A register book will be available for signing at our chapel.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the ALS Society or Hospice Care.

Farmer, Cecilia Agnes

May 31, 2014

Cecilia Agnes Farmer, was born September 26, 1920 to Scottish parentage and entered into the presence of her precious Lord April 17, 2014. She married Harold Farmer on May 14, 1960. He preceded her in death in 1985. Cecilia had a full life, serving as a missionary in Nigeria West Africa for 25 years, and after Harold’s death served in Alaska for 21 years. Cecilia is survived by her two daughters Heather Farmer, Heidi Gerdes (Daniel) and granddaughters Anastasia and Moriah all from Springfield, Virginia. Memorial service on Friday, May 30, 2014 at 7:00 pm at Frederick Boulevard Baptist Church, St. Joseph, Missouri. Pastor Jim Hardwicke officiating. There will be a private family inurnment at a later date.

Rockwood, Morris “Rocky”

May 28, 2014

Morris “Rocky” Rockwood, 78, Savannah, MO, passed away Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at LaVerna Village.

Rocky was born March 20, 1936 in Cathage, NY to William and Iva (Peebles) Rockwood. He was in the United States Air Force for 10 years. Rocky then graduated from Central Missouri State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in social work.

Rocky worked as a civil servant.

Rocky married Nancy Beattie on December 15, 1992 in Eureka Springs, AR, she survives of the home. He was a member of the Baptist Church.

Rocky liked to work with his hands. He enjoyed woodworking and was very mechanically inclined. He loved being outdoors and gardening, especially his roses, tulips and mugo pines.

Rocky was preceded in death by his parents; former wives, Isabelle Rockwood and Peggy Rockwood; and 2 sisters.

Additional survivors include son, Kenneth Rockwood, Texas; daughters, Connie (Ken) Kangas, Karrie (Jim) Rooley, all of Tennessee; Stacy (Eddie) Bollmeyer, Savannah; 8 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Services 11:00 am, Friday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith Savannah Chapel, Savannah, MO with a visitation one hour prior to the service at 10 am, Friday. The family will also receive friends from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, Thursday evening at First Baptist Church in Savannah. Interment Savannah Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Aviano Baptist Church in Aviano, Italy. c/o IBCM P. O. Box 833276, Richardson, TX 75083-3276 or www.IBCMworld.org

Conrad, Douglas LeRoy

May 28, 2014

Douglas LeRoy Conrad, 77, of Country Club Village, MO, passed away Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at his home.

LeRoy was born on February 7, 1937 in Skidmore, MO to Joseph E. and Viola M. (Coats) Conrad. The family moved to Bolckow, MO where he graduated from Bolckow High School.

He served in the U.S. Navy and later worked for Altec Industries for over 22 years. Douglas was a member of Ashland United Methodist Church, American Legion 359, the Eagle’s Lodge, Mason Charity and Zeredatha Lodge and the Scottish Rite.

LeRoy was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Melvin Burrier.

He married Kay L. Leedy on October 23, 1959 in Barnard, MO. She survives of the home.

Additional surviving family includes son, Douglas Lee Conrad, Raytown, MO; daughter, Kathy (John) Blea, Castle Rock, CO; grandchildren, Leah Conrad, Michael and Gabrielle Blea; brother, Joseph (Winona) Conrad, Clarksdale, MO; mother-in-law, Garnet Leedy and sisters-in-law, Melba Mier and Marlyn McGeorge.

Services 2:00 PM Friday, May 30, 2014 at Ashland United Methodist Church, St. Joseph.
Interment Memorial Park Cemetery.

Visitation will begin after 11:30 AM Thursday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, where the family will receive friends from 7:00 to 8:30 PM Thursday evening.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Ashland United Methodist Church.

Lyle, Joe M.

May 27, 2014

Joe M. Lyle, 78, Savannah, MO, passed away Sunday, May 25, 2014 at K. U. Medical Center.

Joe was born February 16, 1936 on a farm outside of Barnard, MO to William and Ermil (Rasnic) Lyle. He graduated from Graham High School and obtained an Associate Degree from Platt Gard Business College.

After high school, Joe went to work for John Clay & Company as office manager. He also supplemented his income by working in the livestock yard.

Joe married Ruby L. Schenkel on August 30, 1957, they were later divorced.

In 1962, Joe was given the opportunity to purchase John Clay & Company . He and a partner operated the business together until 1972. In 1973, when Joe bought the business, he sold the commission firm and it became John Clay & Company Order Buying, which he continued to operate.

Joe was married to Mary Kay (Roderick) Hughes at their home in Kansas City, MO on July 14, 1973, she survives of the home.

Joe purchased cattle all over the United States and Mexico and became one of the largest and most respected order buyers in the United States. He bought cattle for commercial feed lots, for ranchers and farmers, specializing in farm fresh cattle, from the east coast to the west coast.

Joe was a member and past deacon of the First Christian Church in Savannah. He was a lifetime member of Savannah Masonic Blue Lodge #71 and belonged to Scottish Rite Temple, and Moila Shrine Temple. Joe was a member of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association, National Cattlemen’s Association and served many years as Missouri’s Cattleman Foundation director. He was also involved in numerous other organizations.

Joe was instrumental in the formation of the Savannah Rural Fire District, where he served as chairman of the board for several terms.

Joe hosted and organized the Missouri Cattlemen’s Roundup for 19 years. The Roundup raises funds for agricultural scholarships, farm safety programs, and disabled children’s programs in conjunction with the Heartland Foundation.

Amongst his many awards, Joe was the 2009 Savannah Person of the Year. He received the Sertoma Club’s Service to Mankind award, and the Sam Walton Business Leader award as well as the Missouri Cattlemen’s Pioneer Award. Joe was also a great “networker”

Joe was proud to be a part of his community, serving it in many ways. He was interested in everyone and made a special point of asking people how they were doing. He spent much of his time taking great satisfaction in helping those in need, never asking for anything in return.

Joe was the “rock” of his family, guiding them in many matters through life’s challenges. He was a proud grandfather and a most generous person who never looked back and always looked forward.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents; infant brother, Raymond Lyle; brothers, Forrest and Jim Lyle; and sister, Jean Livingston.

Additional survivors include sons, Gerald, Glade (Sheelah), Charlie (Susie), Marty (Kaitlin), all of Savannah; daughter, Kenna (Joe) McCracken, Bentonville, AR; grandchildren, Amanda Lyle of TX, Chaz (fiance; Katie Hrenchir), Aaryn, Amanda (fiance; Justin Arnold), Kody, Sydney and Paizley Lyle, all of MO, Kylie, Noah and Averi McCracken, Bentonville, AR; great-grandchild, Maddan; brothers, Jack (Stella) Lyle, Barnard, Wayne (Katherine) Lyle, Brandon, MS; sister, Clarice (Russell) Hemphill, Excelsior Springs, MO; brother-in-law, Paul Livingston, Albany, GA; sister-in-law, Carol Lyle, Saint Louis, MO; numerous nieces and nephews.

Services 10 am, Friday at First Christian Church in Savannah. Visitation will begin after 11 am, Thursday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith Savannah Chapel. The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 pm, Thursday evening at the Church. Interment Savannah Cemetery in Savannah.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Missouri Cattlemen’s Foundation Scholarship Fund, or First Christian Church in Savannah.

Ward, Paul W.

May 26, 2014

Paul W. Ward, 68, passed away May 25, 2014 at his home after a four year battle with cancer and paraneoplastic syndrome.

Paul was born in Yankton, South Dakota October 16, 1945.

Paul was a 1963 graduate of Benton High School and worked for Pepsi-Cola for forty two years before his retirement.

Paul enjoyed hunting, going junkin’ with his daughter, and fishing with his grandsons.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Harry Vavra, sisters, Iva Bronkhorst and Karen Ann Vavra, Aunt and Uncle who raised him from the age of two years, Jim and Vivian Ward.

Surviviors include his wife and best friend of forty six years, Anita Graves Ward, daughter, Leigh Ann (Kyle) Milligan, precious grandsons, Quinn and Porter Milligan, Mother-in-Law, Gouelda Tuey, sister, Carol (George) Kurtz, Oregon, MO; brothers, James (Gisela) Vavra, Florida; Don (Mary Jo) Vinquist, Florida; and Doug Davis, South Dakota; and many nieces and nephews.

Paul will be missed so very much by all and especially his two pound dogs, Scruffy and Bug.

Paul has chosen cremation; there will be no visitation or services. However, if you would like to remember Paul with a donation to the St. Joseph Animal Shelter or by adopting a dog that needs a home. I’m sure he would smile down from above.

Bowman, Margaret Arden

May 26, 2014

Margaret Arden Bowman, 64, Savannah, MO; passed away on Sunday, May 25, 2014 at a local hospital.

Margie was born on February 8, 1950 in St. Joseph, MO to the late James and Mildred (Swartz) Boatright. She was a graduate of Savannah R-III High School.

Margie was employed as a crop adjuster for Federal Crop and at the former Walter Brothers. She was also a homemaker and babysitter.

Margie was a member of First Baptist Church and the Pink Ladies Club. She enjoyed cooking, baking and decorating wedding cakes, scrapbooking but most of all spending time with her family and friends.

Margie married Ernest M. Bowman on March 21, 1970 in Savannah, Missouri and together raised their three children. He survives of the home.

Additional survivors include 2 daughters, Jane and Jerry Caskey, St. Joseph, MO; Billie and Darin Bergmann, Urbandale, IA; a son, Ernest James and Beverly Bowman, Akron, IA; grandchildren, Chris and Tiffany Svoboda; Andy and Jack Bowman; Trevin, Calvin and Kylie Bergmann, great-grandchildren, Lauren and Samantha Mackey; Emily Kinney, Preston Provience; Eaven, Landon, Lex, Braydne and Zaron Svoboda; sister, Adrianne and Ron Clark, Savannah, MO; mother-in-law, Catherine Bowman; sister-in-law, Margaret and Jim Black; brother-in-law, Walt and Cathy Bowman; an uncle, Joe Boatright; an aunt, Betty Swartz and numerous nieces and nephews, cousins and friends. Margie is also survived by her family dog, Happy.

Margie was also preceded in death by her father-in-law, Ernest L. Bowman, 2 infant siblings and her niece, Cara Clark.

Memorial Service 2:00 PM Friday at First Baptist Church, 500 E. Pawnee, Savannah, MO. Inurnment Savannah Cemetery. Family Visitation 5:00 to 8:00 PM Thursday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith Savannah Chapel, 307 S. 6th St, Savannah, MO. A Celebration of Life with a fish fry will be held at the home of Ernie and Margie, 801 W. Duncan Drive, Savannah, MO; following the services.

The family suggests memorial donations to the Lupus Foundation of America or Donor’s Choice.

Thomas, Nita S.

May 25, 2014

Nita S. Thomas, 69, Saint Joseph, Missouri, passed away Saturday, May 24, 2014 at her home.

Nita was born October 11, 1944 in Saint Joseph to William and Mildred (George) Johnson. She graduated from Central High School and was a member of Green Valley Baptist Church. Nita worked at Avco Financial Company and later as an optical technician for Dr. Harold Childress.

Nita was preceded in death by her parents.

Nita married Andrew I. Thomas, Jr. January 17, 1970 in Saint Joseph, he survives of the home.

Additional survivors include sons, Marty (Kim) Thomas, Bill (Lori) Thomas, Derek (Kelly) Thomas;
sister, Rita (Dick) Tiffany, brother, Larry (Barbara) Johnson; cousin, Terri (Paul) Young; 8 grandchildren,
Jordan Thomas, Amanda (J.R.) Graham, Scott Thomas, Ryan (Megan) Thomas, Megan Thomas, Josh Thomas, Grace Thomas, Hannah Thomas; and great-granddaughter, Keira.

Services 2 pm, Wednesday 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.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to American Cancer Society, Crossroads Hospice or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Keefer, Ken

May 25, 2014

Ken Keefer, 61, St. Joseph, MO; passed away Saturday, May 24, 2014. Ken was born on December 2, 1952 in Kansas City, Kansas to the late, George and Shirley Keefer. He was a graduate of Central High School.

Mr. Keefer was an over-the-road truck driver with Butler Transport.

Survivors include 3 daughters, Laura Massey, Cara Bahr (Damian) and Cinda Edwards (Jim); 9 grandchildren; a brother, Richard Keck (Marilyn); 2 sisters, Teresa Thomas and Carol Keefer; aunt and uncle, Robert and Lila Keefer; the family of Doris and Farrell Harding and numerous nieces and nephews

Ken was also preceded in death by a sister, Mary Ann Keefer; uncle, Hugh Keefer and step-mother, Doris Keefer

Celebration of Life 3:00 PM Thursday, May 29 at the home of Laura Massey. A register book will be available at the Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel to sign.

Phillips, Byrl E. “Gene”

May 24, 2014

Byrl Eugene “Gene” Phillips, of St. Joseph, passed from this world Thursday, May 22, 2014 at the age of 70.

Gene was the second of five, born to Byrl and Gertrude (Palmer) Phillips. He was born on August 30, 1943.

Gene married Patricia Bransfield on June 22, 1963. She survives of their home. Other survivors include sons, Douglas, Craig (Lisa), Todd and extra son, Jim Bransfield (Lisa), grandchildren, Sean, Alex, “A.J.”, Hillary, Zach, Caitlyn, Tristin, Reagan and McKenna; great-grandchild, Boston; brother, Lanny (Sandy); sisters, Judy Arnold (Jim) and Sarah Moser (John).

Gene was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Victor, in-laws, Joseph and Josephine Bransfield and brother-in-law, Billy Joe Bransfield.

Gene graduated from Lafayette High School in 1961. He was employed by Beaty #39 Market, WRCA, Inc. and retired from American Family Insurance in April 2010. He was also an advisor for Junior Achievement and a supporter of Specialty Industries and Adopt-A-Family Program.

Mr. Phillips enjoyed the exercise classes, antique malls, working in the yard and sitting on the porch whenever weather permitted, also spending Saturdays and vacations with friends Stephen and Joyce Jackson.

For those that was a part of his life from the beginning, during and through the end, thank you and thanks for allowing me to be a part of your life. So, so many happy and good times.

Prayer Service 1:00 PM Tuesday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.
Interment Mount Olivet Cemetery.

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 Food Bank or Specialty Industries.

Miller, Karen Kay

May 23, 2014

Karen K. Miller, 72, Bolckow, Missouri, passed away Thursday, May 22, 2014, walking near her home.

Karen was born November 13, 1941 to Valdon and Emma (Potts) Cox in Pueblo, Colorado. She lived in and around Bolckow most of her adult life.

Karen was a cook at the North Andrew School District for thirteen years. She had a love for the outdoors and for her squirrels and birds. She also hunted arrowheads and enjoyed walks with her brother.

Karen married Dan Miller on January 16, 1965. He survives of the home.

Additional survivors include one daughter Lenora K. Miller; a sister; Lana Long; nephews, Wayne Cox and Jeremy Long; nieces, Sharon Peek and Laurie Thomas.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers; Jim and Valdean Cox.

Mrs. Miller has been cremated. The family will receive friends 6:00 to 8:00 pm Sunday at the Heaton-Bowman-Smith Savannah Chapel. A private family inurnment will be held at Bolckow Cemetery at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to the Maryville Animal Shelter.

Davison, Maxine M.

May 21, 2014

Maxine M. Davison, 92, Fillmore, Missouri, passed away on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at Shady Lawn Nursing Home.

She was born February 3, 1922 in Andrew County Missouri, to Charles Brewer and Mary (Schieb) Brewer.

Maxine was a cook at the Hughes Cafe in Fillmore and worked as a cook at LaVerna Village for many years until her retirement.

Maxine enjoyed gardening, canning, having Sunday dinners with her family, sitting on the front porch, and visiting with her neighbors.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Davison in 1971, her parents, two sisters; Thelma Chandler, Evelyn Atkins and one grandson; Shane Davison.

Survivors include two sons; Larry (Hilda) Davison Fillmore, Keith (Diane) Davison Bolckow, two daughters; Connie Davison and Carolyn Davison both of Savannah. Eight grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren, one great great grandchild and nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be held on Friday, May 23, 2014 from 9:00 am to 10:30 am at Heaton-Bowman-Smith Savannah Chapel followed by a graveside service and interment at Fillmore Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to AseraCare.

McMullen, William M.

May 21, 2014

William Monroe McMullen, 72, of St. Joseph, Missouri passed away on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at his home.

William was born on April 25, 1942 in Waukegan, Illinois to William Monroe, and Lulu McMullen.

He is survived by his two sons, Paul and Jason McMullen; brother, Warren McMullen; sister, Gloria Henning.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00pm on Friday, May 23, 2014 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.
Mr. McMullen will be cremated following the Visitation.

Peters, Ruth Ann

May 21, 2014

Ruth Ann Peters, 67, St. Joseph, MO, passed away Saturday, May 17, 2014 at her home.

Ruth was born October 28, 1946 in Youngstown, OH to Michael and Olge “OK” (Kalinka) Winovich. She graduated from Chaney High School and married Ronald Lee Peters October 20, 1968 in Youngstown.

Ruth Ann is survived by her husband, a son Robert Peters and his wife, Kim and three grandchildren, Jasmine, Lance and Karina.

Services are pending at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone, Michigan. She was cremated at the Heaton-Bowman-Smith and Sidenfaden Chapel.

Reinert, Mary Ann

May 20, 2014

Mary Ann Reinert, 88, St. Joseph, Missouri, passed away Monday, May 19, 2014 at a local health care center.

Miss Reinert was born December 28, 1925 in Ford County, Kansas in Dodge City, the daughter of George and Catherine (Hurley) Reinert. She was educated in southwest Kansas and graduated from St. Anthony’s School of Nursing as a registered nurse.

Miss Reinert moved to Saint Joseph in 1949, where she was employed at St. Joseph’s Hospital. She later worked for Heartland Hospital for 38 years and was a supervisor in surgery for over 30 years. Miss Reinert retired in 1988.

Miss Reinert was a member of St. Joseph’s Cathedral Catholic Church. She was also a member of St. Anne’s Altar Society, Daughters of Isabella, Ladies of Charity, Heartland Hospital Guild and the Nurse’s Quarter of Century Club. She was an active volunteer in the Cathedral Food Pantry and drove a bus to take people to Church.

Miss Reinert was preceded in death by her parents; and brothers, Floyd, Forest and Cecil; sisters-in-law, Mary Reinert, Neva Langloir; nephew, Cash Reinert and friend, Esther Tarter.

Mass of Christian Burial 10 am, Thursday at Horigan Chapel at Mount Olivet Cemetery. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Inurnment Maple Grove Cemetery, Dodge City, Kansas.

Memorials are suggested to the Mary Ann Reinert Nursing Scholarship Fund at Heartland Foundation, 3620 Frederick Avenue, Saint Joseph, Missouri 64506.

Hollenbach, Vernon E.

May 20, 2014

Vernon E. Hollenbach, 93, Saint Joseph, Missouri, passed away Monday, May 19, 2014 at a local health care center.

Vernon was born December 18, 1920 at the farm of his grandparents, Frank and Josephine (Sayles) Monahan. He lived in Andrew County until his graduation from Savannah High School in 1939. At that time, he went to San Diego, living there until his return to Missouri in 1979.

Vernon was an elementary school teacher in California for about 25 years. During World War II, he was in the army, serving in North Africa and Italy.

Vernon was a member of Saint Mary Catholic Church and the National Teachers Association.

Vernon was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Mary (Monahan) Hollenbach; brother, Francis; and an infant sister.

Survivors include several cousins, Steve (Cheryl) Elliott, Jane O’Connor, Ned Hollenbach, Polly Willis, Eileen Willis; nieces, Francine Hollenbach, Margaret Ann Rios; and a great-nephew, Matthew Rios.

Memorial Mass 10 am, Friday at Saint Mary Catholic Church in Saint Joseph. Parish Rosary 9:30 am, Friday at the Church. Mr. Hollenbach has been cremated under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Private family inurnment will be held at Mount Olivet Cemetery.

The family suggests memorials be made to Saint Mary Catholic Church.

Jezak, Mary Ann

May 12, 2014

Mary Ann Jezak, 86, St. Joseph, Missouri, passed away Monday, May 12, 2014 at a local health care center.

Mary Ann was born August 3, 1927 in St. Joseph to Andrew and Agnes (Hruby) Jezak. She graduated from Central High School Class of 1944.

Mary Ann was a member of Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Saint Anne’s Altar Society and American Institute of Banking.

Mary Ann began her banking career with the Empire Trust Company in 1944. After a series of mergers, she worked for the American National Bank from 1963 through 1982, when she first retired due to the illness of her mother. She came out of retirement in 1983 and joined the United Missouri Bank where she retired after 50 years in banking.

Mary Ann was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Joseph and Vincent Jezak; and sister, Rose Kehs.

Survivors include sister, Frances (Curtis) Kessler, Savannah, Missouri; brother, Bernard (Sally) Jezak, Kansas City, Missouri; sisters-in-law, Rose Marie Jezak, St. Joseph, Elizabeth Jezak, Temple, Texas; numerous nieces and nephews; and adopted family, Mike and Karen Barnes and family.

Mass of Christian Burial 10:30 am, Thursday at Horigan Chapel at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Father Ron Will C.PP.S. Celebrant. Interment Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Parish Rosary at 6:15 pm, Wednesday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.

Visitation will begin after 12 noon, Tuesday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, where the family will receive friends from 6 to 8 pm, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church or Hands of Hope Hospice.

Jordan, Sarah V. (Shuck)

May 11, 2014

Sarah V. (Shuck) Jordan, 96, St. Joseph, MO; passed away Friday, May 9, 2014 at a local health care facility. Sarah was born on December 14, 1917 in Wakenda, MO to the late John and Lucy (Neet) Burkhart.

Mrs. Jordan was employed with Big Smith Manufacturing for 14 years and the Social Security Office for 6 years.

Sarah married Raymond Jordan in 1972, he preceded her in death in 1994. She was also preceded in death by her son, Laurence Harrison Shuck, Jr.

Survivors include a son, Jerry Shuck (Mindy Mitchell), Lawrence, KS and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services 10:00 AM Monday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends 5:00 to 7:00 PM Sunday at our chapel.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Savannah Avenue Baptist Church.

Starke, Paul

May 8, 2014

Paul Starke, 57, DeKalb, MO; passed away Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at his home.
Paul was born on July 14, 1956 in St. Joseph to Donald Gene and Beverly Ann (Hoyt) Starke.

He worked for Proffer & Erivez Concrete Construction. Paul loved hunting and fishing and enjoyed the outdoors.

Paul married Tammy Lynn Sisk on May 14, 2004. She preceded him in death January 14, 2006. He was also preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include daughter, Cammie (Tony) Hill, son, Kip (Keri) Traster, step-children, Mike (Leah) Richardson, Scott Richardson and Hollie (Matt) Biggs; 14 grandchildren, brothers, Calvin and Darrin (Shelly) Starke, sister, Lisa (Mike) Warren, and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Services 2:00 PM Saturday, May 10, 2014 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.
Interment Ashland Cemetery.

Visitation will be held 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 memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society.

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.

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