Findley, Dorothy M.

November 26, 2014

Dorothy M. Findley, of St. Joseph, passed away Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at a local healthcare facility after a brief battle with cancer. She was 78 years old.

Dorothy was born to George and Louisa Snider on March 20, 1936 in Holt County Missouri and spent most of her life in Northwest Missouri.   She graduated from the Oregon High School, Oregon Missouri. She worked at Sears in Kansas City Missouri just out of high school. She returned to Holt County and babysat four children of Dr. Isaac and Iris Sweaney. She then spent a few years in Philadelphia Pennsylvania.  She returned to Missouri in 1969 where she met and married   Emmett Glen Findley in 1971. She worked with him and their children and many young people in the local sports complexes running the concession stands for many years.  She also helped her husband with Findley Construction Company and more recently became a very active Realtor in the St. Joseph area. She remained active and involved in the community until the last few months of her life. She was a member of the Lighthouse Fellowship Church here in St.  Joseph.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her step-sons, Rick Findley and Glen Allen Findley, her parents, several brothers and sisters, as well as a few of her nieces and nephews.

She is survived by her sister, Edna Buckles, of St. Joseph; grandchildren, Kelli (Jeff) Deming, St. Joseph, Missouri; Kyle (Tasha) Findley, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Bruce Findley, St. Joseph; several nephews, nieces and others she and her husband took under their wings through the years.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Lighthouse Fellowship Church, 2:00 PM Saturday, November 29, 2014. A visitation with the family will begin one hour prior to the commemoration of life. Mrs. Findley has been cremated under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.

In lieu of flowers and cards, the family wishes memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society.

Bowman, M. Don “Squeak”

November 25, 2014

M. Don “Squeak” Bowman, 79, of St. Joseph, passed away Sunday, November 23, 2014 at his home.  He fought a courageous battle of 4 ½ years of pancreatic cancer.

He was born on October 12, 1935 in Gentryville, Missouri to the late Marion and Mildred (Weese) Bowman where he was baptized in the Grand River.

His family moved to St. Joseph in 1941.  Squeak attended Lindberg School and graduated from Lafayette High School in 1954.  He joined the Air Force then returned to the Air National Guard, where he served eight years.  He was a fireman with the St. Joseph Fire Department.  He was the owner of the Belt Supermarket and for 33 years he owned and operated the Triple B Mobile Home Park.  He was a food salesman for Ward Marketing and Waldon Food Brokerage.  He was a former member of the Eagles Lodge and a life member of the American Legion Post 359.

Squeak married Carlene Williams, on October 27, 1956 in St. Joseph.  Together, they enjoyed celebrating their 58th wedding anniversary and spending their winters in Texas.

Squeak was preceded in death by his parents.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughter Tammy (Gary) Miller, grandson Todd (Jackie) Miller, granddaughters Tracee (Kuofeng) Chu, and step-granddaughter, Geana Miller Bush great-grandchildren Carla Miller, Allison Miller, Kaiser Chu and Tucker Chu, step-great-grandchildren, Cydney and Collin Bush, niece, Janet Cline and numerous cousins.

Visitation will begin after 10:00 a.m. on Saturday at the Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel in St. Joseph, Missouri, where family will receive friends from 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Services 3:00 p.m. Saturday, November 29, 2014, at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel in St. Joseph, Missouri.  Burial at Memorial Park Cemetery, St. Joseph, Missouri.

The family suggests memorial gifts to Grace Evangelical Church ,Green Valley Baptist Church, or St. Joseph Humane Society.

Lehman, Shirley A. (Roeder)

November 25, 2014

Shirley A. (Roeder) Lehman, 78, of St. Joseph, passed away Sunday, November 23, 2014 at her home, surrounded by her loving family

Shirley was born on June 3, 1936 in St. Joseph, Missouri to the late Emil and Irene (Grimes) Roeder.

Shirley graduated from Central High School and was a bookkeeper at Reliable Life Insurance Company and Walker’s Pallet Service.  She was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, St. Francis Altar Society.  She was an active member of Queen of Apostle until its closing where she taught Sunday School and was a past member of Legion of Mary.

On October 28, 1966, she married William “Skip” Lehman at St. Mary Catholic Church in St. Joseph, Missouri.  He preceded her in death in 1988.   She was also preceded by her brother-in-law, Bill Smith and two nephews.

Surviving family includes daughter Crissie (Joe) Trapp; four grandchildren, Abby, Patrick, Mary and William; three sisters, Carol (Jerry) Strong, Sandy Smith, Sharon Roeder and several nieces and nephews.

Shirley was always on the go.  She loved to be with friends and family especially doing fun things with her grandchildren.

Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 a.m. Friday, November 28, 2014 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church.  Interment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Visitation will begin after 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, St. Joseph, Missouri.  The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. Wednesday at the chapel.  Rosary at 6:00 p.m.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the St. Francis Xavier Catholic School Scholarship Fund or the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.

Walters, Jr., James F. “Jimmy”

November 25, 2014

James F. “Jimmy” Walters Jr., 67, of St. Joseph, passed away Sunday, November 23, 2014, at his home, following a courageous two year battle with cancer.

Jim was born on February 5, 1947 in St. Joseph, Missouri to the late James F. Walters Sr. and Genevive (Dougall) Walters.

He retired from Quaker Oats after 28 years.  He was a kind hearted and loving person who enjoyed life, family, friends, animals and riding motorcycles.  Jim loved to ride!

Surviving family includes three siblings, Fran (John) Grable, Joyce Bullimore, Fred (Kelly) Walters and several nieces and nephews.

Celebration of Life 2:00pm to 6:30pm Sunday, November 30, 2014 at the Castle Bridge Event Center, 8403 US Highway 59 South, St Joseph, MO 64504. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society. There is registry book to sign at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, St. Joseph, Missouri.

Brandt, Tyler Scott

November 25, 2014

Tyler Scott Brandt, 17, Savannah, MO; passed away Saturday, November 22, 2014 near Savannah, MO.

Tyler was born on October 9, 1997 in St. Joseph, Missouri to Scott Adam and Maria Ellen (Reno) Brandt.

Tyler was a Junior at Savannah High School.  He was a member of Frederick  Boulevard Baptist Church and FFA.  He attended Hillyard Technical Center and Young Life Youth Group in Savannah.  Tyler loved the Chiefs, Royals, MU Tigers and Nascar.

Tyler was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather Charles A. Brandt, paternal uncle Mark Brandt and great-grandparents on both sides of his family.

In addition to his parents, Tyler is survived by his brother, Alexander Reno, St. Joseph, sister, Jolene Brandt of the home in Savannah, paternal grandmother, M. Ilene Brandt, Cosby, Missouri, maternal grandparents, Eldon & Leatha Reno, St. Joseph, paternal aunt, Sharon (Vern) Tobey, Agency, Missouri, maternal uncle, Michael Reno, St. Joseph, maternal uncle, Mark (Denise) Reno, Gutherie Center, Iowa, cousins, Stephanie (Trey) Cowder, Tulsa, Oklahoma, Hanna & Elijah Reno, St. Joseph, Seth Reno, Iowa and numerous great aunts, great uncles, cousins and many friends.

Services 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at Frederick Boulevard Baptist Church in St. Joseph Missouri.  Burial at Savannah Cemetery in Savannah, Missouri.

Visitation will begin after 12:00 noon at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, St. Joseph, Missouri, where the family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday evening, November 25, 2014.

Lance, Andre D.

November 24, 2014

Andre Dean “Dre” Lance, 17, Savannah, Missouri, passed away Saturday, November 22, 2014 near Savannah, Mo.

Andre was born in Russia February 27, 1997 and was adopted January 15, 1999 by Paige Lance.

He was a student at Savannah High School and served as the Savannah Savage Mascot at sports events. Andre was also very active in Young Life and was interested in broadcasting and journalism which he had planned to pursue after high school. He was an avid fan of the Kansas City Chiefs and Missouri Western Griffons. Andre was a member of the First Christian Church in Savannah, the church Youth Group and a member of Natural Helpers. He enjoyed deer hunting.

Andre was preceded in death by great-aunts and uncles; Helen Christine Lance, Fred Garton, Cameron and Christine Lance, and great-grandparents; Otis and Mabel Lance, and Herbert and Neola Garton.

Survivors include his mother; Paige Lance; sister; Allie Lance; grandparents; Caryl and Betty Lance; God-parents; Ralph and Lisa Schank, God-sister; Jacey Schank, great-aunts and uncles; Donna Lance, Nancy Garton, Richard and Barbara Garton, Jerry and Susan Bauman and their families; Andre’s furry friend, Kalvin and numerous friends and extended family.

Services 1:00 PM Wednesday, at First Christian Church, Savannah, Missouri. Interment; Bennett Lane Cemetery.

Visitation will begin after 4:00 to 6:00 pm, Tuesday at  the First Christian Church in Savannah, where the family will receive friends from 6:00 to 9:00 pm Tuesday evening.

Memorial contributions may be made to Young Life.

Becerra, Thomas

November 20, 2014

Thomas Becerra, 64, St. Joseph, MO; passed away Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

Thomas was born on September 3, 1950 in St. Joseph, MO; to the late Pablo and Marcelina (Gutierres) Becerra. He was a lifelong St. Joseph resident and graduate of Lafayette High School.

Mr. Becerra served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Era, from 1970-1972, where he was stationed in Germany. Thomas worked at Altec Industries for 15 years and had previously worked at Mead for 19 years.

Thomas was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church.  He enjoyed working on cars and in his garage, gardening, trips to the casino, deer and turkey watching and most of all his grandchildren.

Thomas married Judy Grossman on August 7, 1970, she survives him of the home.

Additional survivors include a son, Patrick Becerra(Amy); daughter, Julie Becerra (Michael Mejia); grandchildren, Brodee and Brenzlee Becerra ; Addison and Jacob Mejia; sisters, Lola Sprague (Mike) and Mary Wright; brothers, Charles (Kay); Stephen (Gerry); Paul (Linda) Becerra; 2 aunts; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mr. Becerra was preceded in death by brothers; Leo, Raymond and Robert Becerra, Octaviano Delgado and Leopoldo Lopez and sisters; Benita Peters and Lena Gilkey.

Mass of Christian Burial 11:00 AM Saturday St. Mary Catholic Church. Interment Mt. Olivet Cemetery.  Visitation will be held after 9:00 AM Friday at the Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.  A Rosary will be held at 6:00 PM Friday at our chapel, where the family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8:30 PM.

Memorial donations may be made to the Bobby Rocha Memorial Fund.

Wood, Rose Marie

November 19, 2014

Rose Marie Wood, 84, of St. Joseph, passed away Tuesday, November 18, 2014.

Rose was born on January 28, 1930  in Lincoln, Nebraska to Charles and Rosa (Quisenberry) Sullivan.

She married Clarence Wood on January 11, 1950 in St. Joseph, Missouri.

She was a member of Wyatt Park Baptist Church and attended Central High School.

Rose was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Jerome Sullivan, Charles Sullivan George Kiner and sister, Florence Sullivan.

In addition to her husband, Rose Marie is survived by three children, Rosanne Hendrix, Robert Wood, Randall Wood, all of St. Joseph, grandchildren Sherri Burnett, Spencer Wood, Robert Wood II, Joshua Wood, Rosa Michelle Metzinger, Rachael Calvert, Fallon Hendrix, numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Services 1:00 p.m., Friday, November 21, 2014, Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel in St. Joseph, Missouri.   Burial at Memorial Park Cemetery, St. Joseph, Missouri.

The family will receive friends at the chapel from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday,  November 20, 2014.

Thompson, Katherine E.

November 18, 2014

Katherine Elizabeth (Siekmann) Thompson, 90, Savannah, Missouri; died at her home on Monday, November 17, 2014. She had been surrounded by her family for much of the past two days.

Katherine was the longtime owner and operator of Thompson’s Garden Center in Savannah.

She was born in Conception Junction, to the late Martin & Maude Siekmann.

The family moved to Fairfax, Mo., where they lived for several years until they bought a farm just north of Mound City, Mo.

She married Lynn Kinney Thompson on Christmas Day in 1944. He preceded her in death in 1982.

She graduated from Bellvue School.  During World War II she studied at Northwest Missouri State Teacher’s College and then taught at Squaw Creek, a one-room country school in Holt County. The family moved to a farm between Savannah and Fillmore, Mo., in 1950, where they lived until moving to Savannah in 1957. They opened the garden center in 1970.

Katherine was a member for more than 50 years at the Savannah United Methodist Church where she served as Sunday School superintendent, taught Sunday school and vacation Bible school classes, worked with United Methodist Youth Fellowship and held various church positions. She was recently honored by the church for her significant service.

She was an active Democrat and served as the chair of the Andrew County Democrat Committee for many years, retiring just two years ago.

She was also preceded in death by brothers; Loyd and Willard; sister, Fahla Blair; son, David; grandson, Scott Thompson; and great-granddaughter Madison Klepees.

Survivors include a brother, Franklin (Lois); sister, Maude (Herbert) Lawson; sons, Dennis (Peggy), Randy (Vicky), Rick; daughters, Mary (Leonard) Herman, Janet (Kenneth) Rosenauer, Leasa (Steven) Godding, Joy Thompson (Jerry Brunk); 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM Wednesday at the Heaton-Bowman-Smith Savannah Chapel. The family will receive visitors from 5:00 to 8:00 PM Wednesday at the Savannah United Methodist Church.

Services will be at 10:30 AM Thursday at the Savannah United Methodist Church

Interment will be in the Savannah Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Children’s Sunday School program at Savannah United Methodist Church.

Magoon-Smith, Penney

November 17, 2014

Penney Magoon-Smith, 68, of St. Joseph, passed away Saturday, November 15, 2014 at Mosaic Life Care.

Penney was born on November 10, 1946 in St. Joseph to Vernon and Helen (Wright) Marqui.

She graduated from Lafayette High School, Class of 1965. She also graduated from Methodist Medical Center School of Nursing and was a Registered Nurse.

Penney was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, Larry Moore and Bob Magoon and brother, Bud Marqui.

Surviving family includes husband, Jack Smith, of the home; sons, Marc Moore, St. Joseph; Trevor Moore, Kansas City, Missouri; five grandchildren, sisters, Phyllis Marqui, St. Joseph; Kim Reser of Parkville; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Penney will be sadly missed by her lifelong group of friends.

Per Penney’s wishes, there will be no visitation or services, a register book will be available for signing at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, St. Joseph, Missouri.

Witt, Bob

November 16, 2014

Bob Witt, 79, of Blue Springs, Missouri passed away November 11, 2014.

Born one of four children on October 9, 1935, Bob lived many years in St. Joseph, where as a teenager he met the love of his life, Claudia Edwards Witt. They were married on January 19, 1957. She preceded him in death on July 20, 2013.

Bob served as Regional Manager for Guy’s Foods and was in the Air National Guard, Airman 2nd Class. He will be most remembered for his brilliant sense of humor, his intelligence, his carpentry and construction skills, and his devotion to family.

Bob is survived by children, Scott Witt, Julie Wertin, Linda Martin, and John Ricker, Linda’s husband, Andy Martin, Scott’s fiancé Rhonda Speichinger, John’s wife, Delight Davis;  9 grandchildren: Michael Wertin and wife, Claire, Claudia Martin and fiancé, Dalton Brewer,  Drew Martin, Brian Witt and wife, Valerie, Amber Wallace, Chris Wise, Davis Ricker, Roan Ricker and Riley Davis;  great-granddaughter, Baylor Brewer, brother, Thomas Witt and sister, Ruth Witt-Hudson.

Bob was also preceded in death by his parents, Maxwell and Hazel Witt, and his brother, Norman Witt.

Services will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, November 15, 2014 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, St. Joseph, Missouri, with a visitation at 10:00 AM Saturday at our chapel, prior to the service.

Burial to follow at Mount Auburn Cemetery.

Foster, Mary Ann

November 16, 2014

Mary Ann Foster passed away on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at a local hospital.

She was born October 2, 1946 to Charles and Opal (Morris) McDaniel in St. Joseph, Missouri.  Mary Ann married Neal Foster, he preceded her in death.

Mary Ann enjoyed camping and traveling, she liked bingo, collecting lighthouses and Boyd Bears. She loved her dogs Susie and Lela.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, and her brother Richard McDaniel Sr.

She is survived by sons; Walter L. Cunningham Jr. St. Joseph, Mo., Todd E.  (Julie) Cunningham Rea, Mo., daughter; Tammy (John Sr.) O’Callaghan St. Joseph, Mo., and son Bradley W (Michelle) Cunningham St. Joseph, Mo., brothers; Charles Jr., Albert, Kenny, Ronnie and Jimmy McDaniel, sister; Aline Hawkins, 7 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visitation will begin after 2:00 p.m. Monday, November 17, 2014, at our chapel, where the family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Monday evening.

Services 1:00 PM, Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, St. Joseph, Missouri. Interment Bennett Lane Cemetery, Savannah, Missouri

Keller, Dr. Robert S.

November 13, 2014

Dr. Robert S. Keller, 92, a long time optometrist of St. Joseph, passed away Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at a local care facility, having retired in 1992.

Robert was born on December 12, 1921 in St. Louis, Missouri to Lucien Earl and Elfrieda (Telle) Keller. His family moved to Chicago soon thereafter. He attended public schools in Chicago and graduated from the Illinois College of Optometry in 1943. After entering the United States Army he got his medical basic training at Camp Barkley, Texas. He was assigned to the Eye Clinics at Camp Barkley, Fort Lewis, Washington, and overseas at Okinawa in the 6th Station Hospital. At the end of the war, the hospital moved to Seoul, Korea where he served until his discharge.

He married the love of his life, Jane Muir, on October 26, 1946.  She survives of the home.

Robert was active in the First Lutheran Church, American Optometric Association, Missouri Optometric Association, Northwest Missouri Optometric Association, Optimist Club of St. Joseph since 1947, St. Joseph Boat Club, founding member of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, United States Power Squadrons, Charity Lodge #331, The York Rite, Moila Temple Shrine, Hi-Twelve Club, Legion of Honor, American Legion Post # 11, VFW #6760, honorary member of Tribe of Mic-O-Say, and a long time member of the Chamber of Commerce.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

In addition to his wife, Robert is survived by his son, Bruce A. Keller, and wife, Terry, Kissimmee, Florida and daughter, Dr. Joyce Ann Stroud and husband Miles, St. Joseph, Missouri, three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Memorial Service 11:00 AM Friday, November 14, 2014 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, St. Joseph, Missouri.

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

The family suggests memorial contributions to First Lutheran Church, St. Joseph, Missouri.

Young, Judith K.

November 12, 2014

Judy earned her wings November 9, 2014 as she joined Jesus in Heaven.

She was born October 6, 1952 to Raymond and Barbara (Cours) Hensley in Des Moines, Iowa.  Judy worked in retail until she became disabled.

Judy’s love of life was her sons, grandchildren and her dog.  Judy can best be described as joyful, understanding, determined, interesting, truthful, and helpful.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Jackie Marano, and nephews Daniel Cofman and Criscam Morano.

She is survived by her care giver, mentor and best friend Norm Alley, Norm’s daughter Susan Alley , who is her adopted daughter, her Yorkie, Gospel, sons Robert (Mindy) Young and Joseph Young of Salinas, California, grandchildren Piper, Logan and Kloie Young of Salinas, California, sisters Joni (Jim) David, Santa Anna, California, Jerri (Glen) Holton, Garden Grove, California, and Julia Hensley, aunts, nieces, nephews and friends.

Services 11:00 a.m., Thursday, November 13, 2014 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, St. Joseph, Missouri.

Visitation will begin after 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 12, 2014, at our chapel, where the family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Judy requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to Friends of the Animal Shelter in St. Joseph, Missouri.

Reynolds, Maxwell L.

November 11, 2014

Maxwell L. Reynolds, 94, of St. Joseph, November 10, 2014.

Maxwell was born on September 30, 1920 in Agency, Missouri to Mr. & Mrs. Ray Reynolds.

He grew up in Agency and graduated from Agency High School.

He was preceded in death by his brother Ellis Reynolds and his parents.

He was inducted in the Army October 22, 1942.

Private services at Leavenworth National Cemetery.  Arrangements Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.

Claywell, Verna

November 8, 2014

Verna Claywell, 93, of St. Joseph, passed away Friday, November 7, 2014 at her home.

Verna was born on February 12, 1921 in Tarkio, Missouri to Archie and Bessie (Adams) Hogue.  She graduated from Tarkio High School.

She was married to Boyd S. Claywell, he passed away on October 23, 2005.  Verna Lee was a member of the Copeland Baptist Church.

Verna was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Mildred Logsdon and Vivian Waters, brothers Bill, Archie Jr. & Larry Hogue.

Surviving family includes daughters Connie Claywell, St. Joseph, Rosalie Augustine, Ojai, CA, son Barry (Cynthia) Claywell, St. Joseph, three grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at 11:00AM Monday at the Heaton-Bowman-Smith and Sidenfaden Chapel.  The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 4:00PM on Sunday afternoon.  The family will have a private interment.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Copeland Baptist Church.

Roach, Doris A.

November 8, 2014

Doris Audrey (Alkire) Roach, 91, of Savannah, Missouri, passed away on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at a local health care center.

Doris was born on September 17, 1923 in Barnard, Missouri to the late Timothy and Linnie (McBride) Alkire. She graduated from Horace Mann High School in Maryville, Missouri.

On February 28, 1944 she married Criss W. Roach in Jefferson City, Missouri. He preceded her in death on April 1, 2005.

Doris was a homemaker, and a member of the Bolckow Christian Church and The American Legion Post Auxiliary, Unit 102 in Barnard, Missouri.

Mrs. Roach was also preceded in death by three brothers; Arnold, Virgil and Tim Alkire, two sisters; Goldie Lance and Bessie Neil and a great-grandchild; Gracie Fries.

Doris was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother. Those left to remember her are: daughters; Phyllis (Joe) Weller, Ottumwa, Iowa, and Priscilla (Ron) Stuart, Camdenton, Missouri, sons; Charlie (Cindy) Roach, Maryville, Missouri, and Jerry Roach (Anna Taylor), Savannah, Missouri, brother; Gerald Alkire, Hiawatha, Kansas, sisters in law; Leota Alkire, Savannah, Missouri, Deane Alkire, St. Joseph, Missouri,  grandchildren; Andrea (Robert) Fries, Angela McKitrick, John (Kelly) Hendricks, Rhonda (Rusty) Pence, Erica (Brad) Hodge, Brent Roach (Tara Finley), Dakota and Justin Roach, 13 great-grandchildren and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Services 11:00 AM Saturday, November 8, 2014 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith Savannah Chapel Savannah, Missouri. Interment; Savannah Cemetery. The family will receive friends at our chapel one hour prior to the service beginning at 10:00 AM.

Memorial contributions may be made to: American Heart Association or American Legion Post 102, Barnard, Missouri.

Eggers, Mildred L.

November 4, 2014

Mildred L. Eggers, 91, of St. Joseph, Missouri passed away on Monday, November 3, 2014 at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

Mildred was born on October 8, 1923 in Wathena, Kansas to Peter and Mary Ann (Deeken) Studer, Sr.  She was a homemaker and member of Cathedral of St. Joseph.

She married Ira H. Eggers on November 23, 1944. He preceded her in death on April 15, 1998. She was also preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Peter J. Studer, Jr., two sisters, Frances Studer, Marie Harlow.

Survivors include one daughter, Jeannie Kerner (Jay), son, Ron Eggers (Mary Kaye); four grandchildren, Cassie Bond (Shannon), Abby Kerner (Doug Howard), Dan Eggers and John Eggers (Suzanne); four great-grandchildren, Nicholas, Elise, Ella and Adeline and several nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial 10am Thursday at Cathedral of St. Joseph. A luncheon for family and friends will immediately follow the funeral mass at the Cathedral. Graveside service and interment 1:30pm Thursday afternoon at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Wathena, Kansas. Visitation will begin after 2pm Wednesday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Rosary 7:30 p.m. Wednesday evening at our chapel with the family receiving friends from 6:00-7:30 p.m.

The family suggests memorials to the Cathedral of St. Joseph Food Pantry.

Veale, C. Juanita (Muff)

November 4, 2014

C. Juanita (Muff) Veale, 85, of St. Joseph, passed away Sunday, November 2, 2014 at her home.

Juanita was born in St. Joseph, Missouri on March 29, 1929 to Albert W. Muff and Ada M. (Brinser) Muff.

She graduated from King City High School in 1946.  On April 6, 1947 she married Ralph W. Veale at Carrolton, Missouri by Rev. W.C. Whitehouse.  She was a stay at home mom raising their six children.  They farmed all their lives around King City, Missouri.  They shared 67 years together.

Juanita was preceded in death by her parents, sons, Ralph Dean 1969, Rodney Dale 2010, sister Helen Loubey.

Survived by her husband and their children Roger (Rollann) Veale of Clarksdale, Missouri, Ray (Robin) Veale of King City, Missouri, Rita (Bob) Sumy of Country Club, Missouri, Ruth (Lee) Brandt of Wathena, Kansas, three brothers, Albert Jr. Muff, Burlington Jct, Missouri, LeeRoy Muff, St. Joseph, Missouri, Robert Muff, King City, Missouri, seven grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren.

Gathering of Remembrance will be held at the First Baptist Church in King City, Missouri on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 from 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.   Inurnment at King City Cemetery in King City, Missouri at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Star Chapel Church in King City, Missouri.

Neff, Fretta Ellen

November 1, 2014

Fretta Ellen Neff, 97, of St. Joseph, passed away Friday, October 31, 2014 at a local health care facility.

Fretta was born on September 2, 1917 in Bigelow, Missouri to Earl Allen and Virginia Mable (Flowers) Gresham.

She worked for Jones Store for over ten years and retired in 1972.

Fretta married Robert W. Neff on June 4, 1955. He preceded her in death November 3, 1989. Fretta was also preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Ferrell, Brooks and Rex Gresham; and sister, Phyllis Henderson.

Surviving family includes sister, Joan Elms and eight nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Neff has been cremated under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, St. Joseph, Missouri.

A Private Family Service will be held at a later date.

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

Brumback, Edwin “Ed”

November 1, 2014

Edwin “Ed” Brumback, 86, of St. Joseph, died Friday, October 31, 2014 at a local health care facility.

Ed was born on January 17, 1928 in St. Joseph, Missouri to Frank and Theresa (Muehlebach) Brumback.  He married the love of his life, Marjorie Anne Shuske, on September 14, 1950 in St. Joseph.

He was a cadet colonel in ROTC at Lafayette High School where he graduated.  He served in the United States Army as a Sgt First Class in WWII and the Korean War.

Ed was a member of the Faith United Church and past Commander of VFW Post #1668.

He was a member of Local #2 Sheet Metal Workers working for Seaman & Schuske, Geiske, and retired from Standard Sheet Metal.

Ed was preceded in death by his parents and half-brother Clarence Black.

In addition to his wife of 64 years, Ed is survived by his daughter, Rebecca (Robert) Robison, two sons, Paul (Melba) Brumback, Eric (Kristi) Brumback; two grandchildren, Brandon Brumback and Lauren Brumback.

He always entertained family and friends with his stories and unique sense of humor.

Mr. Brumback has been cremated under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.  A private family service will be held at a later date.

The family suggests memorial contributions to donor’s choice.

Huffman, Mildred June

October 28, 2014

Mildred June Huffman, 84, of St. Joseph, passed away Monday, October 27, 2014.

Mildred was born on July 31, 1930 to Harry and Ruth (Shrewsbury) Currell in Hamilton, Missouri.  She married Milton Huffman at the Methodist Church in Cameron, Missouri in 1948.  After marriage, they lived in Wyoming a year and a half before moving back to Missouri to farm in Winston.  Milton passed away on May 30, 2007.

Mildred was secretary at Winston School for nine years prior to retiring and moving to St. Joseph.

Mildred was preceded in death by her parents; husband; foster son James; five sisters Gretchen Currell, Pauline Whitaker, Hazel Hall, Dorotha Porter and Faye Clayton; and one brother Earl Currell.

She was a graduate of Cameron High School.  She was a member of the Winston Baptist Church and in recent years attended Lighthouse Fellowship Church in St. Joseph.

She had a great love for music and enjoyed playing the piano.  Mildred was a dedicated volunteer at the Joyce Raye Patterson Senior Center for 26 years where she was Director of the Sing-A-Ling Rhythm Band; Leader of the Dance Committee, and organized the center’s Pitch Club.

Survivors:  foster daughter, Jessica Critten, Liberty; two foster grandsons, Garret Critten and Paul Critten, Liberty; many nieces and nephews; and her dear friend Dick Lee.

Memorial Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel in St. Joseph, Missouri.  A reception for friends, hosted by the family, will be held at the funeral home following the Memorial Service.

Inurnment at Winston Cemetery in Winston, Missouri will be completed at a later date.  Ms. Huffman has been cremated under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Lighthouse Fellowship Church in St. Joseph, Missouri.

Aldridge, Beatrice

October 28, 2014

Beatrice Aldridge, 86, formerly of St. Joseph, Missouri passed away Sunday, October 26, 2014 in Topeka, Kansas where she had been a resident since 2010.

Beatrice was born on August 20, 1928 in Barnard, Missouri to Melvin and Mabel Leona (Davidson) Wooten.  She married James Henry Aldridge on May 3, 1947 in Troy, Kansas.  He passed away on April 12, 2014.

She worked as a machine operator at H.D. Lee and was a homemaker.  Beatrice was a member of the South Park United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents and infant son, Brian Keith Aldridge, two brothers, Gene Wooten, Curtis Wooten and daughter-in-law, Debora Aldridge.

Surviving family include sons, Larry (Nancy) Aldridge and Bruce (Randy) Aldridge, seven grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren, two sisters, Beverly Alford and Barbara Duncan, one brother, Lester Wooten.

Celebration of Life 11:00 a.m., Thursday, October 30, 2014, at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, St. Joseph, Missouri.  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.

Landis, Virginia J.

October 28, 2014

Virginia J. Landis, 94, of St. Joseph, passed away Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at Carriage Square Health Care Center.

Virginia was born on April 26, 1920 in St. Joseph to Irving and Elizabeth Eva (Joe) McMindes.  She graduated from Central High School in 1938.

She married Charles William Landis on December 9, 1939 in St. Joseph. He preceded her in death in May, 1980. Virginia was also preceded in death by her parents and one sister.

Virginia was a lifetime member of Wyatt Park Baptist Church, where she also sang in the choir; a member of the “Just Us Gals” at Wyatt Park Baptist Church, a member of the Pleasant Ridge Homemakers Club, 4-H Leader, where she taught sewing.

Virginia worked and retired at Kovac’s Grocery Store as a meat wrapper. She enjoyed watching birds feed, especially cardinals and loved sweets, especially chocolate.

Surviving family includes daughters, Linda (Jim) Perry and Patricia (Jack) Osteen, both of St. Joseph; five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and one niece.

Services 12:00 Noon Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at Wyatt Park Baptist Church under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, St. Joseph, Missouri.

Interment Memorial Park Cemetery.

The family will receive friends one hour prior at the church.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Wyatt Park Baptist Church.

Gaa-Barry, Dorothy F.

October 24, 2014

Dorothy F. Gaa Barry, 79, of St. Joseph, passed away Friday, October 24, 2014 at her home surrounded by her children.

Dorothy was born on March 30, 1935 to Walter G. and Lottie Faye Ishmeal Searcy

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, 1st husband, Donald Gaa and 2nd Husband, Francis Barry, four brothers and two sisters.

Surviving family includes daughters, Mary, Sandra, Patty, Beth, Donna, Rose and Emma; nineteen grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, two brothers and four sisters.

Services 12:00 Noon Monday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.

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

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

Schermerhorn, Dennis L.

October 24, 2014

Dennis L. Schermerhorn, 58, of St. Joseph, died October 23, 2014.

He was born to Hallie and Janice Schermerhorn in Moberly, Missouri.

Preceded in death by his parents and sister, Judith Johnson.

Survivors include brothers, Robert and Gary Schermerhorn and Kevin Larkin, all of St. Joseph; sister, Glenda March, of California, former wife, Linda Williams, step-daughters, Jackie and Beth, several grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Inurnment Sunday, October 26, 2014 at Bear Creek Cemetery, Kirksville, Missouri.

Mr. Schermerhorn has been cremated under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, St. Joseph, Missouri.

Bledsoe, Donald L.

October 24, 2014

Donald L. Bledsoe, 84, of St. Joseph, Missouri passed away on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at Carriage Square Health Care Center.

Donald was born on July 13, 1930 in St. Joseph, Missouri to Jay and Mildred (Tarwater) Bledsoe. He graduated from Central High School and served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War in the 3rd Division. Donald was the owner and operator of Bledsoe Carpet and Linoleum Company.

Donald was a member of Charity Lodge # 331 and 1965 Past Master-Secretary and 50 year life member.

He married Beverly J. Bridgeford in 1975 in St. Joseph, Missouri; she preceded him in death on September 22, 2009. He was also preceded by his parents, son, Bret Bledsoe and sister, Nancy Donelson.

Survivors include grandson, Brandon Bledsoe (Bessie); granddaughter, Amy Cleveland; step-daughter, Sherese; niece, Lorie and three great-grandchildren, Breanne, Deven and Kolton.

Memorial Service 5:00 pm Monday, October 27, 2014 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at our chapel.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society.

Franklin, Perry Clell

October 22, 2014

Perry Clell Franklin, 88, of St. Joseph, formerly of Savannah, Missouri passed away on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at his home at Vintage Gardens.

Perry was born June 20, 1926, at the farm home of George and Viola (Chance) Franklin of Sevierville, Tennessee, the 10th of 12 children and the last one to survive. His twin sister, Mary Dell, passed away at 19 months. He attended rural Middle Creek School, then Sevier County High School, joining the Navy at age 17. He served 16 and a half months in the South Pacific during World War II, including landing Marines on Okinawa, and was there when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. Upon returning home, he re-entered SCHS and acquired his GED, he worked as a warehouseman for Tennessee Valley Authority, then moved to Savannah, Missouri in 1949 to be there when his mother would return from time to time for treatments at the Dr. Nichols Cancer Sanatorium. He obtained a job at Crane Lumber, which was to be his occupation for his working years. On January 11, 1953, he was married to Doris Hurst by Rev. Thomas D. Hall; they enjoyed 60 plus years together.

In 1955, they moved to Washington State for 2 years and returned to Missouri until they became co-owners of Kurz-Franklin Lumber at Sabetha, Kansas for 12 years. He eventually returned to Crane Lumber as manager for the remainder of his working years, having enjoyed 29 years with Cranes.

He was active in the church and service organizations in the communities, where he resided, having been a lifelong Methodist and a 37 year member of Savannah Lions Club, member and past Master of Savannah Masonic Lodge # 71 and held lifetime memberships in the American Legion and VFW. In 2009, Perry and his wife, Doris, moved to Vintage Gardens Assisted Living in St. Joseph.

After his retirement, he and Doris enjoyed several automobile trips before they started bus tours with Neihart out of Braddyville, Iowa. It was like one big happy family seeing new sights together. Through the years, Perry and Doris were blessed with great friends and neighbors. God surely blessed them.

Memorial Service 2pm Saturday, October 25, 2014 at the Savannah United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorials to the Savannah United Methodist Church or Asera Care Hospice.

Fisher, Geraldine

October 22, 2014

Geraldine R. Fisher, 92, passed away Monday, October 20, 2014 at the Gower Convalescent Center .

Geraldine was born to Paul W. and Rosa (Siela) Kneib on February 15, 1922 in St. Joseph, Missouri.  She attended Sacred Heart Convent.  She married Herman A. Fisher on September 14, 1943.   He passed away in 2003.

She was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, a 4-H Leader, So-Dance Club and Extension Club.

Surviving family includes Rosann Stagg (Charles) Ames, IA, Jeanette Toms (Mick) Kearney, MO, Ron Fisher (Patricia) Easton, MO, Jerry Fisher (Linda) Roger Fisher (Patsy), Easton, MO and Diane Hendrix (Jimmy), Bentonville, AR; Brother, Earl Kneib (Ruth), St. Joseph.  Sister-In-Law, Ernestine Elrod (Lloyd), St. Joseph, MO.  Brother-In-Law, Dean Garrahan (Charlotte), Eagle, ID.  Numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Geraldine was preceded in death by son Francis and brothers Vincent and Alphonse Kneib.

Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 a.m. Saturday, October 25, 2014, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.   Interment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Rosary 6:00 p.m. at Heaton-Bowman Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel in St. Joseph on Friday, October 24, 2014.   Visitation following the Rosary until 8:30 p.m.  Friends may call at the chapel after 9:00 a.m. on Friday.

Pettyjohn, Arthur Wayne (Slim)

October 20, 2014

Arthur Wayne (Slim) Pettyjohn, 65, of St. Joseph, Missouri went home to meet his Savior, “The Lord Jesus Christ” on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at a local health care center.

Wayne was born on August 28, 1949 in DeKalb, County, Missouri to Emery and Maxine (Duncan) Pettyjohn. He was an over the road truck driver.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Norman.

He is survived by five children, Carla, Wayne, Jr., Jeff, Kelly and Tony; three sisters, Sherline, Phyllis and Willie; three brothers, Gilbert, Bill and Brian. Arthur loved everyone and never met a stranger that he wouldn’t help.

Service 6:30pm Thursday, October 23, 2014 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 6:30 PM prior to the service. Mr. Pettyjohn will be cremated following the service.

Vette, Kenneth H.

October 19, 2014

Kenneth H. Vette, 83, of Cosby, passed away Friday, October 17, 2014 at his home.

Kenneth was born on February 19, 1931 at Westboro, MO to Fred W. and Ella (Rosenthal) Vette.  He graduated from Clarksdale High School and served 12 years in the Naval Reserves in St. Joseph.

Kenneth married the love of his life, Marilyn (Waller) Vette, on August 29, 1953 in Hurlingen, Missouri.

He and his wife made their home and raised their family on the dairy farm.   In addition to the farm life, he loved playing fast pitch softball as he would pitch left handed and bat right.  He enjoyed horseback riding; specifically palominos.  He was an avid Royals fan and enjoyed listening to their games as well as MWSC games.  He was a handyman to all of his neighbors and never met a stranger.  Kenneth was a member of the Hope United Church of Christ, the Masonic Lodge #600 in Cosby and the Cosby Lions Club.

In addition to his wife, survivors include daughter Diane Anselmo (Mark) of Katy, TX; daughter Sharon Smith (Glenn); son, Duane Vette (Mary), and son-in-law John Cox all of Cosby, MO.  Three sisters:  Dorothy Trail, St. Joseph, MO; Darlene Hines (Lonnie) St. Joseph, MO; Lois Turner (Ed), Chillicothe, MO.  Kenneth leaves five grandchildren, Marissa Anselmo-Hill, Cassandra Smith, Kiersten Vette-Whitsell, Austin Vette and Evan Vette and numerous nieces and nephews.

Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents, Daughter, Carla Cox, sister, Margaret Linville, Violet Mae Vette.

Services 2:00 pm Monday, October 20, 2014 at Hope United Church of Christ, Cosby, Missouri. Interment Oakridge Cemetery, Cosby, Missouri. Visitation will begin after 9am Sunday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, where the family will receive friends from 4:00 to 6:00pm.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Hope United Church of Christ or the American Heart Association.

Gleaves, John

October 16, 2014

John Gleaves, 80, of St. Joseph, passed away Thursday, October 16, 2014 at a local healthcare facility.

John was born in Guilford, Missouri to John Matthew and Nellie Mae (Crutchelow) Gleaves.  He graduated from King City High School. John was a member of Frederick Boulevard Baptist Church, fifty two year member of the Brotherhood Lodge # 269, and the St. Joseph Wood Workers Guild. John served in the United States Army. He returned home and married Frances Marie Walker on August 16, 1959. She preceded him in death in 2013.

John was also preceded in death by his parents, infant daughter, Karen Marie, an infant son,  and brother, James Sherman Gleaves.

Surviving family includes son, Roger and wife, Tammy Gleaves, grandson, Matthew Gleaves, all of St. Joseph; and sister, Crystal Heinrichs, of Easton, Missouri.

Services 11:00 AM Saturday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.

Interment Mount Auburn Cemetery.

Visitation will begin after 1:00 PM 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 Brotherhood Lodge # 269 or St. Joseph Wood Workers Guild.

Adams, Barbara J.

October 16, 2014

Barbara J. Adams, 89, of St. Joseph, Missouri passed away on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at a local health care center.

Barbara was born on April 18, 1925 in Antwerp, Belgium to Aloysius J. and Joanna (Verdyke) Cornet. She owned and operated Barbara’s Beauty Salon for 23 years. She was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Ladies of Charity and St. Ann’s Altar Society.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her son, Jim Adams and three sisters.

Survivors include her daughter, Joan Adams, (Don), St. Joseph, Missouri; four grandchildren, Brett Adams (Amanda), Kansas City, Missouri, Scott Adams, St. Joseph, Missouri, Jeffery Adams (Brittany Davis), Platte City, Missouri and Jessica Adams, Savannah, Missouri; one great-grandchild, Zander Guy, Savannah, Missouri; brother, Jean Cornet, Antwerp, Belgium; daughter-in-law, Terri Koehler (Dwayne)and numerous nieces and nephews.

Barbara has been cremated under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Per Barb’s wishes, there will be no visitation or services held.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church.

Cochran, Carma Jean

October 15, 2014

Carma Jean Cochran, 85, of St. Joseph, passed away Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at LaVerna Village of St. Joseph.

Carma Jean was born on July 5, 1929 in Gentry County, Missouri to Albert Dale and Elma (Summa) McLeod.

Surviving family includes, husband, Leonard Cochran, thirteen children, numerous grandchildren and two sisters.

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

Prashak, Jr., Joseph “Joe” B.

October 14, 2014

Joseph “Joe” B. Prashak, Jr., 63, of St. Joseph, passed away Monday at a local hospital.

Joe was born to Joseph Bernard Prashak, Sr. and Virginia Frances (Lisenbee) Prashak on August 31, 1951 in St. Joseph, Missouri.

He graduated from Central High School in 1970 and worked most of his life in the auto sales industry until becoming disabled in 1994.  Joe was a lifetime member of Wyatt Park Christian Church and past president of St. Joseph Pony Expressmen.  Joe enjoyed traveling, loved spending time with his family and filled his life with music and laughter.

He married the love of his life Patricia “Pat” Miller on July 30, 1971 at Wyatt Park Christian Church.  Together they have one daughter, Angela Prashak (Bob Neville) of St. Joseph and one son, Brian Prashak (Amy) of Lenexa, KS.

In addition to his wife and two children, Joe leaves behind granddaughter Rachel Neville, sister, Carole Danback (Chuck) of St. Joseph, mother-in-law Minnie Lou Ray, sisters-in-law Connie Heard (Roger) and Michelle Miller-Vandevort (Ted) and numerous nieces and nephews.

Joe is preceded in death by his parents and sister, Linda “Chris” Prashak.

The body was cremated, Memorial Services at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 19, 2014 at Wyatt Park Christian Church, 27th and Mitchell.  The family will receive friends 1 hour prior to the service.  In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions to Joseph B. Prashak Jr. Memorial Fund in care of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.

Verssue, Madeleine Clare

October 14, 2014

Madeleine Clare Verssue, 75, of St. Joseph, Missouri passed away on Saturday October 11, 2014. She was born April 3, 1939 in St. Joseph, Mo. Madeleine attended St. Patrick’s School, the Convent of the Sacred Heart, St. Joseph Junior College and received a Bachelor of Philosophy from DePaul University in Chicago.

Madeleine entered the order of the Daughters of Charity in 1958 and was Director of the Early Childhood Center at Marillac House in Chicago, Ill.  She returned to St. Joseph, Mo. 1976 and was employed at the Commerce Bank until her retirement in 2008.

She was a member of the Cathedral of St. Joseph where she belonged to the Legion of Mary and the Adult Choir.

She was preceded in death by her parents Bernard and Clara Verssue, grandparents Bernard and Clare McLaughlin and Alphonse and Mary Verssue.

Survivors include: her sister Jeanne Tiedt, Willard, Missouri; brother Bernard Verssue (Jeanne) St. Joseph, Missouri and nieces and nephews.

Memorial Mass 11am, Friday, October 17, 2014 at Cathedral of St. Joseph. Private inurnment will be held at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Parish Rosary 6pm Thursday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. The family will receive friends following the rosary until 8pm at our chapel.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Cathedral of St. Joseph or Hands of Hope Hospice.

Allgaier, Florita

October 14, 2014

Florita Allgaier, 90, Saint Joseph, Missouri, passed away surrounded by family on Friday, October 10, 2014 at Heartland Hospital.  She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, neighbor and friend to everyone she met.  She was fiercely independent and remained living in her home where she was doted over by her family, neighbors and caregiver Linda Barker, with who she got into all sorts of mischief!

Florita was born June 3, 1924 in Clarksdale, Missouri to Daniel and Elva (Kessler) Reardon.

Florita married Howard Allgaier on February 26, 1946 in Hurlingen, Missouri. He preceded her in death in 2009.

Mrs. Allgaier worked in retail clothing sales for many years in St. Joseph.

Florita was also preceded in death by her parents; sisters; Mildred Reardon, Mary Ellen Gach and Genevive Gregory, brothers; Charles and Clarence Reardon.

Survivors include sons; Craig and Scott (Alisa) Allgaier, sister; Ruth Kneib, brother; Wayne Reardon, Grandchildren Nathaniel, Anne and Zachary Allgaier and numerous nieces and nephews.

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Mass of Christian Burial at noon, Friday, October 17, 2014 at Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church. Interment Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m.Thursday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel in St. Joseph, Missouri.  Rosary will be at 6:00 p.m. Thursday at our Chapel.  The family will receive friends following the Rosary until 8:00 p.m.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church.

Christman, Frank L.

October 13, 2014

Frank L. Christman, 67, of St. Joseph, passed away Thursday, October 9, 2014 at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

Frank was born on March 28, 1947 in St. Joseph to Leo Joseph and Emma Elizabeth (Thompson) Christman. He graduated from Christian Brothers High School and received his Bachelor’s Degree from University of Missouri School of Journalism.

He worked as an advertising account executive for Fletcher-Mayo and Associates, where he first worked as an intern and then rose to a Vice President position. He also worked for Wesreco of Wathena, Kansas and Charter Marketing Group, Kansas City, Missouri. After his retirement, he worked at Dillard’s where he managed the men’s shoes department.

Frank served in the United States Army in the Adjutant General’s Office in Washington, D.C.

Frank was preceded in death by his parents and son, Glenn Scott Christman.

Surviving family includes siblings, Patty (Jim) Ankrom, Smithville; Nancy (Dave) Farrow, John (Jo Ann) Christman and Joan (Bill) Giles, all of St. Joseph; step-daughter, Kelly Wiegant Mangan (Danny), Bowling Green, Ohio; and their children, Katie, Zachary and Justin.

Mr. Christman has been cremated under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, St. Joseph, Missouri.

Visitation will be held at the Heaton-Bowman-Smith and Sidenfaden Chapel, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Monday evening.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Wooten, Leatta Irene

October 9, 2014

Leatta Irene Wooten, 43, of St. Joseph, Missouri passed away on Monday, October 6, 2014 at her home. She was born to Lonnie K. Wooten, Sr. and Nancy C. Garbe Wooten. She was of the Christian faith.

She was preceded in death by her father, one brother, Lonnie K. Wooten, Jr., sister, Lillie Wooten, grandparents, Ralph and Elva Garbe, grandfather, William Turner.

Survivors include her mother; one sister, Theresa Wooten; grandmother, Irene F. Turner; daughters, Grace Habrock and Elizabeth (Richard) Montgomery; two nephews, three nieces and three great nieces, two aunts and uncles.

Arrangements Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.

Thompson, Hattie M.

October 8, 2014

Hattie M. Thompson, 96, of St. Joseph, passed away Monday, October 6, 2014 surrounded by her family.

Hattie was born in St. Joseph, Missouri on September 28, 1918 to James and Hattie (Harris) McDermed.  Hattie was married to the love of her life, Donald L. Thompson, for 68 years prior to his passing in 2007.   She worked as a Quality Control Manager at HD Lee.

Mrs. Thompson was preceded in death by her parents, husband and brother James “Sonny” McDermed.

Surviving family includes two daughters Patricia McCart (Robert) of St. Joseph, Dianne Welsh (Kevin) of Blue Springs, MO; two grandchildren:  Lisa McClellan and Heather (Scott) Thompson; four great-grandchildren, Darian, Baylee, Dylan and Wyatt.

Per Hattie’s wishes Private Graveside Services will be held at St.  Joseph Memorial Park.

Ross, Rosella (Boner)

October 6, 2014

Rosella (Boner) Ross, 79, of St. Joseph, MO passed away Sunday, October 5, 2014 at a local health care center.

Rosella was born on December 30, 1934 in Stanberry, Missouri to John Virgil and Anna Leora (Lint) Boner.

She worked as a sewing machine operator at the Stanberry Cap Factory and retired from the Bethany Cap Factory. She attended First Baptist Church in Stanberry and loved her family and attending family events.

Rosella was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Clifford, Hobert and Bill Boner; sisters, Gertrude Shaffer Messner, Mary E. Scott and Ola Williams.

Surviving family includes sons, Larry Collings and Albert (Gidge) Ross, daughters, Rose Anna (Gary) Hughes and Lora Lea Ross, all of St. Joseph; and Sandra (Richard) Parham, of Rushville; nine grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Services 10:00 AM Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.

Interment High Ridge Cemetery, Stanberry, Missouri.

Visitation will begin after 11:00 Tuesday at our chapel, where the family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Tuesday evening.

Brychta, Erma “Sally”

October 4, 2014

Erma “Sally” Brychta, 100, of St. Joseph, Missouri passed away on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at her home.

Erma was born on February 6, 1914 in St. Joseph, Missouri to Benjamin and Della (Bermond) Cornelius. She was raised in San Antonio, Missouri and graduated from Easton High School. She worked with her parents in farming. She later worked for Wing Printing, Fogarty Hardware, Whitaker Cable Company and K Mart. She also volunteered with for the Pioneer Telephone Company and St. Francis Xavier Church Bizarre. Erma loved cars and her cat “Pookey”.

She married Paul John Brychta on June 14, 1937 in St. Joseph, He preceded her in death on August 6, 1996. She was also preceded by her parents, granddaughter, Jody Pisano, sister, Doris Hord and a brother, Ben Cornelius.

Survivors include two daughters, Joe Ann Mitchell (Richard), Judy Chambers (Jerry), one son, Jim Brychta (Mary); eight grandchildren, Marcia, Tracy, Bret, Michael, Christopher, Matthew, Jennifer and Amy; 23 great-grandchildren and one sister, Cleta Donaldson (Lester).

Mrs. Brychta has been cremated under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Inurnment will be held at a later date at the Blakley Cemetery, Easton, Missouri.

The family has requested memorial contributions to the Blakley Cemetery Association.

Toombs, Joseph L.

October 2, 2014

Joseph L. Toombs, 93, of St. Joseph, passed away Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at Carriage Square Health Care Center.

J.L. was born on November 17, 1920 in Darlington, Missouri, son of Loren and Lucy (Thompson) Toombs.

J.L. graduated from Darlington High School. He then served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He worked as an Appliance Repairman for Sears. After his retirement, he continued to work in the appliance repair business. He was a member of the Sears’ Retiree’s Club and Strong Tower Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Marja Roberts and Lily Lane.

J.L. married Joy Elizabeth Weatherd on March 31, 1944 in Troy, Kansas. She survives of the home.

Additional surviving family includes daughter, Linda (Dean) Fleshman, sons, Ronald (Kathy) and Randy (Sharon) Toombs, seven grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, and brothers, Billy and Marvin Toombs.

Services 10:00 AM Saturday, October 4, 2014 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, St. Joseph, Missouri.

Interment Ford City Cemetery, Ford City, Missouri.

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 memorial contributions to Carriage Square Health Care Center.

Ripper, Evelyn (Steiner)

September 30, 2014

Evelyn (Steiner) Ripper, 88, of St. Joseph, MO passed away Thursday, September 25, 2014 at her home.

Evelyn was born October 19, 1925 in Amity, MO to Ernest and Jennie (Hlavac) Steiner.  In 1947 she married Richard M. Ripper.  She was a member of McCarthy Baptist Church.  She enjoyed flower gardening and needlework.

Mrs. Ripper was preceded in death by her parents, husband, 3 sisters and 4 brothers.

She is survived by a daughter, Sharon K. (Marvin) Atkins, St. Joseph, MO, 5 step-grandchildren, 10 step-great-grandchildren, numerous step-great-great-grandchildren; 3 brothers Wayne (Shirley) Steiner, St. Joseph, MO, Bill Steiner, Carson, CA and Franklin (Lois) Steiner, Forsythe, MO; best friend Audrey Hulser and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Ripper has been cremated under the direction of the Heaton-Bowman-Smith and Sidenfaden Chapel.  A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

Widener, Carolyn “GayE”

September 28, 2014

Carolyn “GayE” Widener, 76, St. Joseph; passed away Saturday, September 27, 2014 at a local hospital.

GayE was born on December 31, 1937 in Gentry, Missouri to the late John and Grace (Blanton) Colvin. She was a graduate of Albany R-III High School, and lived most of her life in Stanberry, MO; before moving to St. Joseph in 2003.

Mrs. Widener had most recently worked and enjoyed her job as a pharmacy tech at Wal-Mart.  GayE was of the Methodist faith and enjoyed reading, bowling, visiting with her neighbors and always loved spending time with her family and grandchildren.

GayE married William Clinton Widener on May 2, 1959 in Reno, Nevada.  He preceded her in death on March 1, 2000.  She was also preceded in death by her sisters, Rose, Levon, Jackie and Betty.

Survivors include a daughter, Becky (Mike) Brennan, St. Joseph; 3 sons, Steve (Sue) Widener, Des Moines, IA; Randy (Jennifer) Widener and Ronny Widener; all of St, Joseph; grandchildren, Aaron (Melodie), Justin (Jenny), Andrew (Danielle), Kaelin, Stephanie, Steven, Kaylee, Jemeca, Landon, Nicholas and Kendall; 6 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Celebration of Life 6:00 PM Friday at the Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel; where the family will receive friends 4:00-6:00 PM Friday.

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

Galbraith, Valerie I.

September 28, 2014

Valerie “The Cake Lady” Galbraith, 77, of Rea, Missouri went to be with the Lord on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at her home.

Valerie was born on August 1, 1937 in French Bottoms, Missouri to the late James and Geraldene (West) Castle.

She graduated from Clarksdale High School and Platt  Business College.

On April 15, 1956 she married Jack Lee Galbraith of Savannah at 3rd Street Presbyterian Church in St. Joseph, Missouri, He preceded her in death on April 5, 2014.

Commonly referred to as “The Cake Lady”, Valerie was a cake decorator, caterer, floral designer, bridal consultant and artist for over 50 years.

She worked as a floral designer for a number of the florists in the St. Joseph and Savannah areas.

Valerie was a member of the Rea Union Church, in Rea, Missouri.

Mrs. Galbraith was also preceded in death by two sisters; Charlotte Crumb and Joyce Tribble.

Survivors include a son; James Lee (Sarah) Galbraith, daughters; Lori Riley and Jeanne (Shawn) Bonham all of Rea, Missouri, grandchildren; Jason and Cody Puckett, Tiffany and Jillian Galbraith and Hayden Bonham, sisters; Rita Russell and Becky Darr, 3 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services 10:00 AM Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith Savannah Chapel Savannah Missouri. Interment; Walnut Grove Cemetery, Bolckow, Missouri. Visitation will begin after 1:00 PM Tuesday at our chapel, where the family will receive friends from 5:00 to 8:00 PM Tuesday evening.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hands of Hope Hospice.

Valerie loved flowers !

Tanner, Melvin “Bud”

September 24, 2014

Melvin “Bud” Tanner, 71, St. Joseph, MO; passed away Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at a local health care center.

Bud was born on April 17, 1943 in St. Joseph, MO to the late John and Almeda (Van Cleave) Tanner.  He was a graduate of Lafayette High School.

Bud was employed at Mead Products as a forklift operator for over 41 years.

Survivors include a dauther, Christine Logston; grandchildren, Hunter and Chase Logston; brothers, William and Robert Tanner; nieces and nephew, Kenny, Kelley and Stacie.

Mr. Tanner has been cremated under the direction of the Heaton-Bowman-Smith and Sidenfaden Chapel.  There are no services or visitation scheduled at this time.

Wright, Cheryl Roxann

September 24, 2014

Cheryl Roxann Wright, 52, of Denver, CO, formerly of St. Joseph, passed from this life on September 19, 2014 at Rose Medical Center in Denver, CO.  Cheryl is survived by her father, Henry Boeh and stepmother, Barbara Boeh of London, AR, her children, Brandon(Tayler) Miller, St. Joseph, MO, Kaila (Zachary) Meeks, The Colony, TX, sisters Twyla (Nick) Major, Denver, CO, Kim (Chuck) Boeken,  St. Joseph, MO, Susan (Michael) Justus,  Lincoln, NE, brothers, Stephen (Lisa) Boeh, Woodbury, MN, John (Julie) Glaves, Easton, KS, and her grandchildren, Gauge, Kayden, Karter, Kooper, Drake, Lyric & Krymzen.  She is also survived by her nieces and nephews that she adored, along with uncles, aunts, cousins and many special friends.

Cheryl is predeceased by her mother Barbara Wisdom Smith and step-father Fred Smith, husbands Anthony Miller & Roger Wright, daughter Shiley Perry, sisters Brenda Hinkle, Deborah Smith, Cindy Driscoll and Pam Claycomb.

Cheryl was born in St. Joseph, Missouri to Barbara Wisdom and Henry Boeh. She attended Central High School and graduated from East Buchanan High School in 1980.  She attended Northwest Missouri State University and Hillyard Technical Center where she studied bookkeeping and accounting.  Cheryl was part owner of Sadie Girl’s Jewelry Box in Denver, CO.  She was a former waitress in St. Joseph and also worked as a dealer in the casino industry in Missouri.

Cheryl had many loving and caring friends that she adored.  Cheryl had a great sense of humor and often made us all laugh until we cried.   Cheryl was extremely creative and found her passion in painting, writing, and jewelry making.  She loved to garden and spending time with her close friend Jim Sena and her beloved dog Sadie.  Cheryl also loved spending time in the beautiful Rocky Mountains.   She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

Services 2:00 PM Saturday, September 27, 2014 at Heaton Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, 3609 Frederick Blvd., St. Joseph, Missouri. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at our chapel.

Those who desire may make memorial donations in memory of Cheryl to M’Shoogy’s Emergency Animal Rescue, 11519 State Route C, Savannah, MO 64485.

Curtis, Nancy L.

September 23, 2014

Nancy L. Curtis, 69, Savannah Missouri passed away on Monday, September 22, 2014 at her residence.
Nancy was born on August 19, 1945 in St. Joseph, MO; to the late William and Verna (Stevenson) Woods.  She was a graduate of North Nodaway High School.

Mrs. Curtis was employed as a cook at the Andrew County Jail and previously as a machine operator for Scott Young Resources.

Nancy married Harry J. Curtis Jr. on December 12. 1964 in Cherokee, Iowa. He survives her of the home.

Additional survivors include sons; Kenneth, Danny and Michael Curtis; daughters: Rebecca Davis-Ronnebaum and Melinda Hansen; 10 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, sister, Ethel Glidden; brothers, Russell, Larry, Gary, Charles and Earl Woods.

Mrs. Curtis was preceded in death by 2 brothers and a sister.

The family will receive friends at the Savannah Fire Department 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM Saturday, September 27, 2014.

Arrangements entrusted to Heaton-Bowman-Smith Savannah Chapel.

Grimes, Jerry R.

September 22, 2014

Jerry R. Grimes, 80, of Stewartsville, Missouri; passed away Sunday, September 21, 2014 at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

Jerry was born on October 11, 1933 in Oregon, Missouri to Andrew and Beulah (Morton) Grimes.

He worked for Herzog and later for North Belt McDonald’s. He was a member of Clarksdale Christian Church and also Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Cameron, Missouri. Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, sons, Ronald Lee and Dale Andrew Grimes; daughters, Darla Keiser and Kerrie Jo Kincaid.

He married Sheryl Ann Poese-Stafford on May 25, 2013. She survives of the home.

Additional surviving family includes sons, Jerry Alan and Tony Grimes; daughters, Tina Crites and Kim Affinito; twelve grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Services 2:00 PM Thursday, September 25, 2014 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, St. Joseph, Missouri. Interment Oak Lawn Cemetery, Maysville, Missouri.

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

The family suggests memorial contributions to Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, to assist with funeral expenses.

Starr, Eugene K.

September 20, 2014

Eugene King Starr lost his battle with cancer at Heartland Medical Friday Sept. 19th, surrounded by his family.

Born June 20th 1943 in Wichita KS, to LaVon (Maude) and Basil (Jerry) Starr Jr. Gene, his sister Garnett and his mother moved to St. Joseph where he grew up in the South End and attended Benton High School. As an adult he lived in several states including California and New York, where he eventually settled down. He lived in N.Y. many years until moving back to St. Joseph 15years ago to create some ”Rocking Chair” memories. Gene was a lifelong Salesman and worked in many areas of sales. He worked as a Salesman at different car dealerships in St. Joe and he also owned and operated ”Buddies Bargain Shop.” for several years. Gene was a Christian and attended Word Of Life Church for 15 years. He loved to study God’s word and was full of knowledge. He truly loved the Lord and would take every opportunity he could to share the Gospel with everyone and anyone.

Gene loved his family and took such pride in being a Grandpa. He considered his children and grandchildren his greatest accomplishments and was so blessed to make those “Rocking Chair Memories.”

Survivors are his daughter Christy Conroy, her husband Mike, their children Sean, Blayne, Aaron & Devan of St. Joseph; Daughter Dory Hall, husband Jason, their children Ciara, Fiona, Liam and Eli.

Daughter Sarah Starr and Fiance David Carr. And son Matthew Starr, all of Kansas City.

Gene has been cremated and a private ceremony will be held by his family but there will be a Memorial to receive family and friends Tuesday, September 23, 2014 from 6:00-8:00 P.M. at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, St. Joseph, Missouri.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been set up in Gene’s name at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.

Arment, Victoria L.

September 18, 2014

Victoria L. Arment, 61, of St. Joseph, passed away Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

Victoria was born on August 14, 1953 in Joplin, Missouri to Roscoe Clayton and Margie Eilene (Bowling) Arment.

She graduated from Lafayette High School in 1972, was a member of ROTC and was a member of the Eagles Lodge Auxiliary # 49.

Victoria was preceded in death by her parents, and nephew, Jason Williams.

Surviving family includes sister, Carolyn Arment and numerous aunts and uncles and a niece and nephew.

Prayer Service 3:00 PM Sunday, September 21, 2014 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, St. Joseph, Missouri.  Private family inurnment at a later date at Carl Junction Cemetery, Carl Junction, Missouri.

The family suggests memorial contributions to The Eagles Lodge in care of their Cancer Fund.

Bachman, Thomas A.

September 15, 2014

Thomas A. Bachman, 87, St. Joseph, Missouri, passed away Saturday, September 13, 2014 at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

Thomas was born on September 13, 1927 in St. Joseph, Missouri to the late, George and Emma (Gerstner) Bachman, Sr. He graduated from the Alexian Brothers Nursing School in St. Louis and received his certified registered nurse anesthetist degree from Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska. He retired from anesthesia after 35 years of service.

Mr. Bachman served his country in US Navy and the Marines.  Thomas was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church

Thomas married Barbara R. Cook on May 29, 1952 in Oceanside, California.  She survives him of the home.

Additional survivors include his 7 children, Tom (Francie) Bachman, Barbara (Craig) Whitacre, Richard, Mike, Steve, John, Bill (Jamie) Bachman; 8 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

Mr. Bachman was preceded in death by his siblings, George, Harold, Louis, Richard, Emma Jean, Darlene and Vincent.

Mass of Christian Burial10:00am Wednesday at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church . Interment Mt. Olivet Cemetery.  Visitation will be held after 12:00pm Tuesday at the Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, where a Rosary will be held at 6:00pm Tuesday. The family will receive friends following the Rosary until 8:30pm.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church or Donor’s Choice.

Miller, Bradley Albert

September 12, 2014

SAVANNAH, Mo. – Bradley Albert Miller, 24, passed away peacefully at a local health care facility on Wednesday, September 11, 2014, after battling Leukemia.

Born on June 23, 1990 to Melanie (Carmichael) and Dennis Miller in St Joseph, he moved to Savannah in 2000.

Bradley graduated from Savannah High School in 2008 and served briefly in the Army. He met and married Dorian Baerg on March 2, 2013.

He is survived by his wife, Dorian; parents, Melanie and Dennis Miller; brother, Matt; sisters, Sarah, Danielle (Brett) Capps; maternal grandparents, Gordon and Magdalyn Carmichael; paternal grandfather, Melvin Miller; mother-in-law, Debra Baerg; father-in-law, Dale Baerg; brother-in-laws, Dustin (Ginger) and Denton (Jodi) Baerg; sister-in-law, Dera (Brandon) Wishard ; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Shirley Miller; uncle, Walter James Herring; and aunt, Debra Bottorff.

Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 AM Monday, September 15, 2014 at St Francis Xavier Catholic Church, St. Joseph, Missouri. Interment: Savannah Cemetery, Savannah, Missouri.

Visitation will begin after 11:00 AM Sunday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, St. Joseph, Missouri.

Rosary 6:00 PM Sunday at our chapel, where the family will receive friends following the Rosary until 8:30 PM Sunday evening.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel to defray funeral expenses.

Moran, Charlotte

September 10, 2014

Charlotte Moran, 70, of Savannah, passed away Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at Heartland Regional Medical Center, surrounded by her family and friends.

Charlotte was born on November 20, 1943 in St. Joseph, MO.

Mrs. Moran worked as a secretary for the St. Joseph School District and formerly for New York Life Insurance Co.  She was a member of the Catholic faith, she enjoyed flowers, gardening and spending time with her friends at Norty’s.

Charlotte was preceded in death by her father, Albert Pritchett and brother, Ken Milbourn.

Survivors include son, Mike Moran; grandson, Sean Moran; mother, Cela (Schuch) Milbourn; sister, Marilyn Wentworth and brother, Steve Milbourn.

Celebration of Life 1:00-5:00 PM Saturday at Norty’s.  Mrs. Moran has been cremated under the direction of the Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, where a register book will be available to sign.

Prawitz, Sr., Ronald J.

September 8, 2014

Ronald J. Prawitz, Sr., 77, of St. Joseph, passed away Saturday, September 6, 2014 at his home surrounded by family.

Ronald was born on November 27, 1936 in St. Joseph to Louis A. and Sylvia (Smith) Prawitz, Sr. Ronald attended Christian Brothers High School in St. Joseph. He worked as an Auto Body Technician for Prawitz-Bayer and later for DH Schmidt Carriage for over 47 years.

Ronald served in the Air National Guard for nine years. He was an active scout leader for Pack and Troop 47 and a member of Tribe of Mic-O-Say; Ronald was also a member of Knights of Columbus #5067, where he was past deputy grand knight, a member of St. Joseph General Assembly #569, a member of Cathedral of St. Joseph Catholic Church and was awarded the Bishop’s Recognition Medal for Volunteerism. Ronald enjoyed being with his family and wood working.

Ronald was preceded in death by his parents.

He married Sue Schott in St. Joseph at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in 1962. She survives of the home.

Additional surviving family includes sons, Ronald J. Prawitz, Jr. (Melody), of St. Joseph; Tim (Jan) Prawitz, of Kansas City, Missouri; Steve (Christine) Prawitz, of St. Joseph; daughters, Judie (Kent) Townsend and Kathie (Mike) Stroud, both of St. Joseph; brother, Louis A. Prawitz, Jr., sisters Marilue Absher and Patricia Stock; grandchildren, Lindsay, Aaron, Joshua, Ashley, Rachael, Amanda, Courtney, Austin, Lauren, Brandon, Chelsea, Andrew and Allison; and  numerous nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 AM Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at Cathedral of St. Joseph Catholic Church. Interment Mount Olivet Cemetery.

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

Visitation will begin after 9:00 AM Tuesday at our chapel, where the family will receive friends following the Rosary until 8:30 PM Tuesday evening.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Cathedral of St. Joseph School, Food Pantry or Bishop-LeBlond High School.

McDonald, Kenneth M.

September 6, 2014

Kenneth M. McDonald, 92, of St. Joseph, passed away Monday, September 1, 2014 at Living Community of St. Joseph.

Kenneth was born on August 10, 1922 in Clarksdale, Missouri to Richard M. and Mary M. (Bell) McDonald.  Kenneth served in the United States Army during World War II after graduating high school. Upon returning, He graduated from Pharmacy School and went to work for Herman Drug Store for over 40 years.

He married Rita C. Bender on September 19, 1959 in New Point, Missouri. She preceded him in death June 12, 1989.

Kenneth was also preceded in death by his parents, brother, Ralph L. McDonald, sisters, Wilma L. McDonald and Evelyn Weymer.

Surviving family includes son, David (Meredith) McDonald, of Savannah; daughter, Denise Price, St. Joseph; grandchildren, Matthew and Michelle, sister, Nadine Arasmith, numerous nieces and nephews and family friend, Erma Bathgate.

Mr. McDonald has been cremated under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, St. Joseph, Missouri. There will be no visitation or services.

Jones, Pamela S.

September 5, 2014

Pamela S. Jones, 54, Savannah, Missouri; passed away Thursday, September 4, 2014 at a local hospital.

She was born on February 1, 1960 in St. Joseph, MO., to Joseph and Rosella (James) Palones.  She was a 1978 graduate of  Benton High School and attended Missouri Western State University.

Pamela married Dick Jones on February 6, 1982 in St. Joseph, He survives her of the home.

Mrs. Jones was employed as an office manager for Pat Cargill, LLC for 13 years.

Pamela enjoyed cooking and shopping, going to LasVegas and to the casinos, spending time with friends and with her grandson Wyatt.

She ran the concession stands for youth baseball games and helped with the After Prom Extravaganza (APE) for 4 years.

Additional survivors include son, Jarrett (Alyssa) Jones; daughter, Ashley Jones (fiancé` Ron Dickerson) of Savannah; mother, Rosella Palones, St. Joseph; father and mother in-law Harry and Fern Jones; grandson Wyatt and numerous nieces, nephews and in-laws.

Mrs. Jones was preceded in death by her father, Joseph Palones; grandparents, George and Margaret James; and sister in-law, Terrie Peck.

Celebration of Life 3:00 PM Sunday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith-Savannah Chapel, Savannah, Missouri. The family will receive friends at our chapel 6:00 to 8:00 PM. on Saturday evening.

A private family inurnment will be held at the Savannah Cemetery at a later date.

The family suggests memorial donations to Susan G. Komen For The Cure.

O’Conor, Irene Rose

September 5, 2014

Irene Rose O’Conor, 87, Savannah, Missouri; passed away Thursday, September 4, 2014 in St. Joseph, Missouri.

She was born on February 14, 1927 in Kansas City, MO., to Lester and Myrtle Peck.

Irene married Lawrence O’Conor on March 6, 1944. He preceded her in death on May 20, 1977.

Mrs. O’Conor was employed with Dillard’s for over 20 years.

Survivors include son, Patrick (Connie) O’Conor; grandchildren Christopher and Sean; six great-grandchildren; brother, Keith Peck; sisters, Melba Updgrove, and Shirley Atwell; and numerous nieces, nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Garth and Dean Peck and sister Ruth Harring.

Mrs. O’Conor has been cremated under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith-Savannah Chapel, Savannah, Missouri.

A private family inurnment will be held at Leavenworth National Cemetery at a later date.

Hixson, Sr., Dennis L.

September 4, 2014

Dennis L. Hixson, Sr., 68, of St. Joseph, passed away Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at his home.

Dennis was born on September 12, 1945 in St. Joseph to Harold and Gladys (Blakley) Hixson. He graduated from Fulton, Missouri’s School for the Deaf. Dennis worked at American Electric and was an avid bowler.

Dennis was preceded in death by his parents, and three brothers.

He married Nancy Sue Leidy on June 5, 1970 in St. Joseph.  She survives of the home.

Additional surviving family includes son, Dennis L. Hixson, Jr. (Chastity), sister, Phyllis Ross, brothers, Larry and Richard Hixson, numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

The family will receive friends Saturday, September 6, 2014 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, St. Joseph. Private graveside inurnment at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Northwest Missouri Alzheimer’s Association.

Faulkner-Heston, Doris

September 2, 2014

Doris Faulkner-Heston, 67, of St. Joseph, passed away Sunday, August 31, 2014 at Abbey Woods nursing Home.

Doris was born on June 25, 1947 in Holton, Kansas to Glen and Ruby (Manis) Heston.

She was a CNA and was of the Baptist Faith.

Doris was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Everett and Gene Heston.

Surviving family includes daughter, Rebecca Heaton (Mike Knapp), sons, Phillip Heston, Robert (Virginia) Sandeffer and George Sandeffer; 12 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild on the way, brother, Glen Heston, sisters, Gertie, Rose Ann and Darlene.

Services 1:00 PM Friday, September 5, 2014 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, St. Joseph, Missouri.

Interment Savannah Cemetery, Savannah, Missouri.

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

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

Brosi, Linda M

August 30, 2014

Linda M. Brosi, 59, Savannah, MO; passed away unexpectedly, Friday, August 29, 2014 in Fargo, North Dakota.

Linda was born on February 10, 1955 in Moorhead, Minnesota to James “Marvin” and Vera (Possehl) Nodsle.  She was a 1973 graduate of West Fargo High School.

Mrs. Brosi was employed as a dental assistant and office manager in Savannah for over 30 years, where she took great pride in her patient care skills. Linda was a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Unit 287.  In 1983, she became a member of the Beta Sigma Phi, Chapter Xi Zeta Epsilon.  She also devoted much of her time and talent to the (JDRF) Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Linda was an avid reader and loved spending time and taking care of her family and grandchildren.

Linda married Norman “Norm” Brosi on September 12, 1975 in Harwood, North Dakota. During their 39 years of marriage, she was very proud and supportive of her husband’s military career. Mr. Brosi survives his wife of the home.

Additional survivors include daughters, Sarah (Carson) Spegal, Janelle (Kyle) Gray; grandchildren, Brady and Ellie Spegal, Payton and Averi Gray; father, James “Marvin” Nodsle; mother-in-law, Lucile Carpenter; sisters, Cinda Haugen, Jamie Krebs; brothers, Steve Nodsle and Chad Carr; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mrs. Brosi was preceded in death by her mother, Vera Nodsle; father-in-law, Ivan Brosi; grandmother, Clara Possehl.

Services 10:00 AM Wednesday First Christian Church, Savannah, MO. Interment Savannah Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM Tuesday at the Heaton-Bowman-Smith Savannah Chapel.  Mrs. Brosi will then be removed from our chapel where the family will receive friends 5:00 to 8:00 PM Tuesday at the First Christian Church, Savannah, MO.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to “Team Tater” in care of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Guy-Watson, Alma “Gerry”

August 28, 2014

Alma “Gerry” Guy-Watson, 90, of St. Joseph, passed away Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at Living Community of St. Joseph.

Gerry was born on April 14, 1924 in Fairfax, Missouri to Crofford E. and Mary Elizabeth (Judd) Poe.

She was owner and operator of Stonie’s Cleaners and worked at College Hill Cleaners.  Gerry was a member since the age of six at Woodson Chapel Christian Church, Midwest Artist Association and Sigma Phi Gamma Sorority.  She was an avid fisherman.

Gerry was preceded in death by her parents, first Husband, Wayne Guy, daughter, Jody Bonham, sisters, Evalee Zembles and Laveta Brown, and nephew, Larry Brown.

She married Charley Watson on March 5, 2000. He survives of the home.

Additional surviving family includes nephews, William “Billy Wayne” (Eileen) Neely and Lee (Cathleen) Brown and several nieces, nephews,  great-nieces and great-nephews.

Services 11:00 am Friday, August 28, 2014 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.

Interment Memorial Park Cemetery.

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

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

Steele-McClain, Delores June (Kennedy)

August 26, 2014

Delores June (Kennedy) Steele-McClain, 85, of St. Joseph, MO, passed away Saturday, August 23, 2014 at her home.

Delores was born June 28, 1929 in Sabetha, Kansas to Joseph Timothy and LaVada C. (Leffler) Kennedy.  She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church.

Mrs. McClain was preceded in death by her parents, first husband, Otis Albert Steele and second husband, Ernest F. McClain; daughter, Jacqueline K. Steele; four brothers, William, Joseph, Lawrence and Edward Kennedy.

She is survived by a daughter, Joyce McNett, St. Joseph, MO, son Michael (Peggy) Steele, Surprise, AZ; six grandchildren, Lisa and Kim Hernandez, Larry McNett, Jr., Theresa Wollenzien, Brian Steele and Staci Vergger; eight great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, five step-children including Ernest Lee McClain; brother, John J. (Patrine) Kennedy and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many great friends.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:00am Wednesday at St. Patrick Catholic Church. Interment  Memorial Park Cemetery.  Visitation will begin after 1:00pm Tuesday at the Heaton-Bowman-Smith and Sidenfaden Chapel.  A Rosary will be recited at 6:00pm at the chapel where the family will receive friends after the Rosary until 8:00pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials be made to St. Patrick Catholic Church.

Silcott, George Richard

August 26, 2014

George Richard Silcott, 82, of St. Joseph, MO, passed away Saturday, August 23, 2014 at a local medical center.

George was born November 3, 1931 in St. Joseph, MO to James and Leota (Newland) Silcott.  On November 4, 1950 he married Etta Jane Mason, she passed away January 5, 2014.  He worked as an electrician, Auto Salesman, Insurance Salesman and was an owner operator of a residential care center.  He was a member of the Maxwell Heights Presbyterian Church as well as the Eagles and Elks Clubs.         George enjoyed auctions, playing cards, bowling, golf and playing Fast Pitch Softball.  He and his wife were also a host family for the St. Joe Saints baseball team.

Mr. Silcott was also preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Lee Ann Silcott; brothers Floyd, James and Norman Silcott; sisters, Mildred Taylor and Naomi Dotson; granddaughter, Jennifer Pistole.

He is survived by his children, Maribeth (Tom) McKee, Callahan, FL, Ross (Carol) Silcott, Chris (Diana) Silcott and Dawn Hickman (Rob Campbell), of St. Joseph, MO; sisters Lorene Rainez and Joan Butler of St. Joseph, MO; 12 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, a great-grandchild on the way and several nieces and nephews.  He truly loved to play with and tease grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11:00am Thursday at the Heaton-Bowman-Smith and Sidenfaden Chapel in St. Joseph, MO.  Interment Memorial Park Cemetery.  Visitation will begin after 9:00am Wednesday at the chapel where the family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00pm Wednesday evening

Ringgold, Marvin Curtis “Curt”

August 26, 2014

Marvin Curtis Ringgold, 64, of Kansas City formally of St. Joseph, went to be with God.  Sunday, August 24, 2014 at KU Medical Center, in Kansas City, Kansas.

Curt was born 20 August 1950 in Maryville, Missouri the son of the late Marvin Clair and Annie Lauretta (McDowell) Ringgold.

Curt attended Lafayette High School.

January 23, 1971 Marvin was united in marriage to Rebecca Lynn Dean at Calvary Baptist Church in St. Joseph.  To this union two children were born, Elizabeth “Beth” Marie Ringgold of Kansas City, Missouri and Marvin Curtis “Curt” Ringgold II, of Springfield, Missouri and his wife, Suzie Ringgold.

Marvin served 20 years in the US Army.  He served as a combat medic in Viet Nam where he was awarded numerous awards, he was most proud of his 2 Bronze Stars with a V device for Valor.  He was also awarded the Purple Heart while in Viet Nam.

He served 5 years in Germany as well as various other stateside duties.  One of Marvin’s soldiers sent us this message, “It Is With A Heavy Heart That I Say On Behalf Of Bravo Co. 3rd Med. That “SFC Ringgold” Will Never Be Forgotten By Us. We Are Grateful To Have Known Him. For Those Of Us In Clearing Platoon That Had The Honor To Have Served Under His Leadership. He Was The Soldier’s Sergeant. Again, It Was An Honor To Have Known Him In This Life.”

He devoted a great deal of time to his children and community.  He coached baseball and football in various military communities.

After retirement from the Army, Marvin worked 25 year at Munson Army Hospital and Clinic.  He was proud of our flag and country.  As a friend said.” He was a good man who loved his country and the staff at Munson. He retired in August, 2013.

He loved photography, traveling and most importantly his grandchildren.  Hannah Rae Moore, Kenna Marie Moore, Tanner James Durham, Trey Curtis Ringgold and Lexi Shae Ringgold.

Preceding him in death were his parents Marvin and Annie (McDowell) Ringgold.

Services 10am Wednesday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Interment 1:30pm Wednesday at Leavenworth National Cemetery, Leavenworth, Kansas. Friends may call after 2pm Tuesday, where the family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00pm Tuesday evening.

The family suggests memorials to the American Red Cross.

Nurski, Carl G.

August 22, 2014

Carl G. Nurski, 93, of St. Joseph, Missouri passed away on Friday, August 22, 2014 at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cameron, Missouri.

Carl was born on December 6, 1920 in St. Joseph, Missouri to George and Mary (Proc) Nurski.

Carl graduated from Benton High School and Northwest Missouri State University receiving his Masters from the University of Missouri Columbia. He served in the United State Army during World War II. He was an educator working at Myrtle Miller, Pershing and Central High School. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and was a trumpet player during his youth playing in big bands, a member of Cathedral of St. Joseph, he volunteered at the Open Door Food Kitchen, Cathedral Food Pantry, Hands of Hope Hospice and enjoyed visiting nursing home residents.

He married Mary Tucker, She preceded him in death on July 12, 1993. He was also preceded by his parents, two brothers, Louis and Andy Nurski and two sisters, Margaret Zbierski and Valeria Schuele and his dear friend Mary Murawski.

He is survived by numerous nieces and nephews including his special friends Kenny and Sheila Wilkinson.

Mass of Christian Burial 10am Monday at the Cathedral of St. Joseph.  Interment Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call after 2pm Sunday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00pm Sunday. Rosary 6:30pm Sunday at our chapel.

In memory of Carl, Memorials can be made to the Cathedral School Endowment Fund or the Cathedral Food Pantry.

Smith, Connie J.

August 20, 2014

Connie J. Smith, 87, of St. Joseph, passed peacefully into eternal life on Tuesday, August 19, 2014.

Connie was born in Silver Springs, Maryland on December 9, 1926 and had resided in Rushville, Missouri for many years before moving to St. Joseph.

Connie retired from Rockwell International in 1992 having worked as an industrial Nurse for almost 20 years. She had a strong Christian faith that was evident in her generosity and willingness to help others.

She is survived by four sons and daughter-in-laws, fourteen grandchildren, twenty great-Grandchildren, and two great-great-Grandchildren.

Celebration of Life Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Thursday, August 21, 2014 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, St. Joseph, Missouri.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Hospice Advantage, 117 North Main, Gallatin, Missouri 64640.

Russell, Mary Angeline

August 19, 2014

Mary Angeline Russell, 81, of St. Joseph, MO passed away Monday August 18, 2014 at her home.

Mary was born January 26, 1933 in Seneca, MO to Dow A. and May Bell (Pickett) Canady. On February 14, 1987, she married Loyd E. Russell, he survives of the home.  She was a homemaker, an Avon Representative, sold Comtempo Fashion Jewelry, worked at Hatfields, was a caretaker for the elderly, worked for seven years as a cashier at Cub Foods and had volunteered at Heartland Regional Medical Center.  She was a past member of the American Legion Post #11 Auxiliary.

Mrs. Russell was preceded in death by her parents; first husband Austin Merritt, second husband, Clyde Farlow; two sons, Timothy Merritt and Stephen Farlow; a daughter, Katherine L. Batson; two brothers, Allen Canady and Lee Roy Canady; two sisters, Virginia Smith and Betty Wethey; Great-Granddaughter, Daphani Miller.

Along with her husband she is survived by a son, Michael A. Merritt of Van Meter, IA; stepson, Loyd Dale Russell of Forest City, MO; sister, Minnie Sumner, Independence, KS; 9 grandchildren, 11 great-grand-children and 1 great-great-granddaughter.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 2:30pm at the Heaton-Bowman-Smith and Sidenfaden Chapel.  Interment Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will begin after 9:00am Saturday at the chapel where the family will receive friends from 12:30 to 2:30pm Saturday afternoon.

Memorials are requested to be given to the Lighthouse Fellowship Church or the American Cancer Society.

Thornton, Walter W.

August 19, 2014

Walter W. Thornton, 74, Independence, MO; formerly of St. Joseph, MO; passed away Friday, August 15, 2014 at Centerpoint Medical Center.

Walter was born on August 20, 1939 in Elwood, KS.

Mr. Thornton served in the U.S. Army as a Pvt 1st Class from 1962-1963. He was employed as a truck driver for over 35 years and was a member of St. Mark’s Catholic Church, Independence, MO.

Walter married Helen Rivera, she survives of the home.

Additional survivors include children, Vicki (Dave) Shewmaker, Tim (Joyce) Thornton and Heather Thornton (Randy Adams); Stepchildren, Randy (Debbie) Bennett, Kelley (Todd) Dull, Mike Bennett (Tiffany Brayboy) and Karen (Andy) Talley; 13 grandchildren and 1 great-grandson; half-brother, Randy Thornton; half-sisters; Brenda Walsh and Rhonda Studer ; brothers-in-law, Lollie, Patrick and Joe Rivera and sister-in-law, Carmen Palma.

Mr. Thornton was preceded in death by his parents; Woodrow Thornton and Maxine Conroy; step- father, Harold Conroy and great-granddaughter, Kennedy Hope Butrum.

Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 a.m. Wednesday at St Patrick’s Catholic Church.   Interment Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be held after 1:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Rosary 7:00 p.m. Tuesday with family to receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Atkins, Mary Lynne

August 17, 2014

Mary Lynne Atkins, 55, Rea, passed away Saturday, August 16, 2014, at Heartland Regional Medical Center, with her loving family by her side.

Mary was born on January 17, 1959, in St. Joseph, to Jewell and Dolores (Ward) Carpenter Sr. She was a graduate of Lafayette High School and Research Medical Center SCHOOL OF RADIOLOGICTechnology.

Mrs. Atkins was employed as an X-RAY TECHNICIAN at Northwest Health Services for over 14 years, and previously for Heartland Regional Medical Center and the MedClinic.

Mary was baptized in the Presbyterian faith. She loved flowers and cats, and enjoyed traveling, especially to Hawaii.

Mary married Kent Atkins on September 3, 1994. He survives her of the home.

Additional survivors include her mother, Dolores Carpenter, Savannah, Mo.; brothers, Jewell (Gail) Carpenter, Overland Park, Kan.; Mark (Kim) Carpenter, St. Joseph; father-in-law, Larry Atkins, Rea; brothers-in-law, Bryan (Glenna) Atkins, Rea; Darryl Atkins, Rea; and Monty (Wendy) Atkins, Bolckow, Mo.; several nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Atkins was preceded in death by her father, Jewell Carpenter; and mother-in-law, Barbara Atkins.

Service: 2 p.m. Tuesday, at Heaton-Bowman-Smith Savannah Chapel.

Interment: Whitesville Cemetery, Whitesville, Mo.

Visitation will be held after 9 a.m. Monday, at our chapel, where the family will receive friends 5-8 p.m. Monday.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

McAfee, Lawrence

August 16, 2014

Lawrence McAfee, 86 of Amazonia, Missouri died Saturday August 16, 2014 at a local hospital.

He was born January 16, 1928 to John and Sophia McAfee in Forbes, Missouri.

Lawrence attended Savannah High School, entered the U.S. Navy in 1945 serving  2 years. He spent his career at Swift and Company, McCarty Motors, He later worked  part time at Bill’s Camper Sales.

He was a member of the American Legion Post 287. Charter member of the Lion’s Club in Amazonia, served on the Amazonia City Council and the Savannah Rural Fire Protection District.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He married Bernardine Greub on June 26, 1948 in St. Joseph, Missouri she survives of the home.

Additional survivors include two sons; Ronald (Diana), and Kenneth (Marsha); three grandsons; John (Jenny), Nathan (Lauren), Nick (Sadara); five great-grandchildren; brother Leonard “Gene” McAfee and nieces and nephews.

Prayer Service 11:00 a.m. Tuesday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel Interment  Mount Olivet Cemetery  Visitation  will begin after 12 noon Monday, where the family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday evening.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Amazonia Lions Club or Andrew County Food Pantry.

Burton, Jr., Robert H.

August 14, 2014

Robert H. Burton, Jr., 80 of Easton, died Wednesday August 13. He was born January 6, 1934 to Robert and Delma Burton. He was a lifelong resident of Easton where he farmed and raised his family.

He enlisted in the Air Force in 1951 and joined the Air National Guard in 1956. He was a graduate of McGhee Tyson NCO Academy.  In 1987 he retired with the rank of Chief Master Sergeant.

He married Ann Carmichael April 10, 1953. He was preceded in death by his daughter Mary Ellen Burton. Survivors include his wife Ann, sister Norma Strombom, daughters Martha Burton, Colstrip, Montana;  Katherine(Tim)  Morris, Kansas City.  Grandchildren include Bridget (Austin) Findley, Tom Morris, John (Alicia) Morris, Brian Morris and Mike Morris.  Great Grandchildren are Caroline and Colin Findley.

Robert was an active member of the Knights of Columbus Council 5067 and former Grand Knight.

Visitation will begin after 1PM Friday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, St. Joseph, Missouri.

A Rosary will be held Friday at 7PM at our Chapel.  Funeral Mass will be Saturday August 16th 10 AM at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Easton, Missouri.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to Bishop LeBlond High School, St. Joseph, Missouri.

Herring, Joseph R.

August 13, 2014

Joseph R. Herring, 71, Savannah Missouri, passed away at a local health care facility on Tuesday, August 12, 2014.

Joseph was born July 11, 1943 to Leeman and Oral Herring in Nodaway County, Missouri.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Leonard, Forrest, Andrew David, sister Virginia and infant sisters Ima June and Bernice.

Survivors include his brothers Homer (Pauline), Howard, James (Karen) Herring and sister Orpha (Dan) Morrell and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services 10:00 AM Friday, August 15, 2014 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith Savannah Chapel in Savannah, Missouri. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at 9:00 AM.

Interment at Bolckow Cemetery, Bolckow, Missouri.

The family suggests memorial contributions to American Diabetes Association.

Fox, Margaret Ruth

August 13, 2014

Margaret Ruth Fox, 77, of St. Joseph, Missouri passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at her home surrounded by her husband and five children.

Margaret was born on February 8, 1937 in Black Wolf, Kansas to Thomas F. and Barbara D. (Janousek) Foote. She was a pre-school teacher and Director of the Early Childhood Education Center at  St. Francis Xavier Catholic School in St. Joseph, Missouri for 23 years, retiring in 2002. She was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, St. Francis Xavier Adult Choir, the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocesan Choir, St. Anne’s Altar Society, Catholic Committee on Scouting, National Catholic Educational Association and the National Association for the Education of Young Children. She earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Marymount College in Salina, Kansas, as well as  bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Early Childhood Education from Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Sr. Marilyn Foote, CSJ.

Margaret married Keith A. Fox on August 12, 1959 in Ellsworth, Kansas. He survives of the home. Additional survivors include one daughter, Marilyn (Dennis) Hector; four sons, Tim (Ellen Reed-Fox), Paul (Kelly), David (Lisa) and Chris (Tammy) Fox; one brother, Thomas (Sharon) Foote; two sisters, Barbara Jean Steiner and Kathy (John) Triplett; grandchildren, Brian (Leslie), Adam and Erin Hector, Maggie, Kate, Matt, Josie, Emma, Luke, Mason, Cole and Tori Fox, and Charles Bollmeyer; great-grandchildren, Aiden and Bennett Hector. She was a loving and adoring mother and grandmother.

She will be missed by scores of friends and students.

Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 am Saturday, August 16, 2014 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church and interment Mount Olivet Cemetery in St. Joseph, Missouri. Visitation will begin after 9:00 am Friday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Rosary 6:00 pm Friday. The family will receive friends following the rosary until 8:30 pm.

The family suggests memorials to the St. Francis Xavier School Endowment Fund or the St. Francis Xavier House of Bread.

Leffler, Carol S.

August 8, 2014

Carol Sue Leffler, 63, of St. Joseph, passed away Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at a local healthcare facility.

Carol was born on September 24, 1950 in St. Joseph to Martin John and Dorothy Rose (Shell) Leffler.

She worked at Sherwood Medical and was a licensed beautician for over ten years.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Thurman, Kenneth and Henry Leffler and sister, Bonnie Jean.

Surviving family includes companion, Danny Blakley, of the home; daughters, Tarria Hines and Cher (Brett) Duke; sister, Myrtle Skeen and Dixie Lee Wilkinson; brother, Rick Leffler, grandchildren, Kary Leffler, Bethany Bennington and Gordon Bennington, II; and great-granddaughter, Kieara Leffler.

Memorial Service 10:00 AM Tuesday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, St. Joseph, Missouri.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Monday evening at our chapel.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the American Lung Association.

Powers, Clarence James “Jim”

August 7, 2014

Clarence James (Jim) Powers, 92, Saint Joseph, Missouri, passed away Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at his home.
Clarence was born November 25, 1921 to Clarence and Clara (Roesler) Powers, Sr., in Saint Joseph. He graduated from Christian Brothers High School with the Class of 1939. He also attended Saint Joseph Junior College. Clarence served his country in the Army during World War II.
Clarence returned to Saint Joseph, where he started his family. Clarence married Mathilda Weber, who preceded him in death in 1956. He later married Rose Godleski, who preceded him in death 2005.
Clarence worked for Swifts Packing until they closed and retired from Nestle Purina.
Clarence was a member of Cathedral of Saint Joseph, was a member of Knights of Columbus #571, 4th Degree St. Joseph General Assembly #569, he also belonged to the Sierra Club and American Legion Post # 359.
Clarence enjoyed golfing, vegetable gardening, and watching Royals baseball.
Clarence was also preceded in death by parents; brothers, John “Jack” Powers and Robert Powers.
Survivors include daughter, Lorraine (Jim) Bredahl, Tonganoxie, Kansas; grandchildren, Jessica (Ryan) Speers, of Waconia, Minnesota; , Jamie (Steve) Hrinuk, Fair Lawn, New Jersey; great-grandchildren, Mason, Mitchell , Keenan; and nieces, Terry, Sue, and Janet.
Mass of Christian Burial 10 am, Saturday, August 9, 2014 at Cathedral of Saint Joseph. Rosary at 6 pm Friday evening. Visitation will begin after 9 am, Friday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, where the family will receive friends following the rosary until 8 pm. Interment Mount Olivet Cemetery.
The family suggests memorial contributions to Hands of Hope Hospice or The Cathedral Cornerstone Project.

June, Ola O.

August 7, 2014

Ola O. June, 95, Savannah, Missouri, passed away Thursday, August 7, 2014 at a local nursing home.

Ola was born January 24, 1919 in Fillmore, Missouri to Floyd and Lillian (Hilton) Sybert. She married Donald June on March 11, 1939, he preceded her in death in May 2003.

Ola was a proud farm wife and loved cooking, gardening, and fishing. She also enjoyed embroidering, sewing, playing cards and attending her kids and grandkids events. Ola was happiest when she was with her family. She was a Baptist.

Ola was also preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Opal Burkert, Oma Miller, Ora Rhoads, Mary Alsup, Nancy Fitzpatrick; brothers, Manely, Olen and Oba Sybert.

Survivors include children, Ruth (Manny) VanSchoiack, Sandy Wilson, Nila (Don) Wageman; grandchildren, Kelly (John) Uehlin, Doug VanSchoiack, Travis (Jane) VanSchoiack, Jodi (Tim) Mazur, Gara (Sarah) Howard, Tiffany (Joe) Ferguson; great-grandchildren, Kasey and Kylee Uehlin, Kyler VanSchoiack, Blake Burson, Kody and Kaden Mazur, Berkley and Brinley Ferguson; sister-in-law, Margaret June; and many, many nieces and nephews.

Visitation 12:30 to 2:30 pm, Saturday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith Savannah Chapel, Savannah, Missouri. Private graveside services for immediate family to follow.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Smith, Richard D.

August 6, 2014

Richard D. Smith, 83, of St. Joseph, passed away Monday, August 4, 2014 at his home.

Richard was born on January 13, 1931 in Langdon, Missouri to John Frederick and Bessie (White) Smith.

He graduated from Rock Port High School. He started his career in auto sales at Boulware Chevy, then moving to St. Joseph, he worked at Keith Marsh Chevy, Greg Buick, Vic Olds.

He was a member of Wyatt Park Christian Church, American Legion Post 359 and belonged to the Big Lake Association, where he was 20 year member and past president.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents, first wife, Irma (Kohler) Smith and sister, Betty Howard.

Surviving family includes son, Allan D. Smith, Golden, Colorado; daughter, Gail Ann (Ted) Propher, Courtland, Nebraska; 6 grandchildren plus one adopted, 2 great-grandchildren; brother, Jack Smith, Kearney, Nebraska and former wife, Mary E. Atkins, but were still good friends.

Services 12:00 Noon Saturday, August 9, 2014 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, St. Joseph, Missouri. Interment Hunter Cemetery, Rock Port, Missouri.

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 memorial contributions to Wyatt Park Christian Church.

Starling, Bill

August 6, 2014

Bill Starling, 61, Saint Joseph, Missouri, passed away Monday, August 4, 2014 at a local hospital.

Bill was born on March 5, 1953 in St. Joseph, Missouri to the late Calvin and Elsie (Dilley) Starling. He was a 1972 graduate of Benton High School.

Bill was employed at Wire Rope Corp for 41 years.

Survivors include brothers and sisters, Vernon Starling, Calvin (Margaret) Starling, Jimmie Starling, Rosa Hutchens, Shelia Boon, Linda Starling, Wendell Starling and Randy (Cristi) Starling; numerous aunts and uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mr. Starling has been cremated under the direction of the Heaton-Bowman-Smith and Sidenfaden Chapel. A register book will be available to sign at our chapel; there are no services or visitation scheduled at this time.

The family asks in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska.

Garrison, James W.

August 6, 2014

James W. Garrison, 92, Saint Joseph, Missouri, passed away Monday, August 04, 2014, at a local hospital.

Jim was born May 30, 1922, near Faucett, Missouri, to William and Marie (Parker) Garrison and was reared in Saint Joseph from an early age. He attended Saint Joseph public schools and graduated from Central High School in 1940.

Jim served in World War II. He trained in the x-ray school at the Army Medical Center of O’Reilly General Hospital, Springfield, Missouri. He saw duty as a field x-ray and first aid technician. He completed his last sixteen months of service as an x-ray technician at the Air Force Base Hospital in Warner Robins, Georgia. Jimmy received an honorable discharge in March 1946, leaving that hospital without an x-ray technician for some time.

After military service, he attended Saint Joseph Junior College, graduating in 1948. He completed his studies at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. While attending Drake, he worked as a dance instructor at the Arthur Murray Dance Studio
in Des Moines and, for a brief period after graduation, at their Kansas City, Missouri, studio.

After college, he was an investigator and adjuster for Liberty Mutual Insurance at their Chicago office for several years. From 1953 to 1960, he was in the claims department of the Rock Island R.R. Company, residing and headquartering in Topeka, Kansas. He was an inspector and adjuster, handling claims against the railroad that occurred on the main line from Topeka through Kansas City, Trenton and on to Lineville, Iowa, as well as the line from Kansas City to St. Louis and also their operations in Saint Joseph.

Leaving the railroad, he worked two years as an adjuster with The Commercial Union, North British Insurance Company. Jimmy completed further college study to update his teaching certificate. He then taught social studies and Spanish at high schools for a year in Pleasant Hill, Missouri and two years in Northeast Missouri in the mid-sixties.

After teaching, he received training in Insurance Sales and was a Life, Health and Casualty Sales Agent for a General Insurance Agency in Kansas City, MO, for eight years. In 1974 he applied for and received appointment as a European Representative for Boston Mutual Life Insurance Company and received clearance by U.S. Armed Forces Europe Headquarters, to sell Life Insurance to American Service personnel first at Fulda, Germany and then at the Air Force Bases near Bitburg and Spangdalem, Germany, over a period of three and a half years.

He returned from Europe in 1978 making his home in St. Joseph. He continued work as an Insurance Broker, and in 1986 he completed study and passed examination to become a Registered Securities Broker. He worked as a Stock Broker for a firm in Long Island, NY, and later at their Brokerage office in Overland Park, KS, though residing in St. Joseph. Since 1995 he had been a Securities Broker affiliated with General Corp. of N. Kansas City, MO.

James was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Wilma I. Wegenek.

Survivors include cousins, Susie (Frank) Mitchell, Charlene (Bill) Keck, Bill Garrison, Gloria (Arnold) Davenport, Paul E. (Mary) Garrison, Joe Garrison, Paul D. (Susan) Garrison, and many other cousins.

Services 11:00 AM Thursday, August 7, 2014 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Interment Ashland Cemetery. The family will receive friends 1 hour prior to the service at our chapel.

Fanning, Jack L.

August 3, 2014

Jack L. Fanning, 60, St. Joseph; passed away Saturday, August 2, 2014 at Heartland Hospital with his loving wife and family by his side, following a battle with cancer.
Jack was born on November 6, 1953 to Norman and Janice Fanning, in St. Joseph, Missouri and was a lifelong resident. He was a 1972 graduate of Central High School.
Jack was employed with Altec for over 33 years. He loved sports, camping and traveling with his wife. He loved and was a lifelong Cardinals fan.
Jack married Susan on January 1, 1989 in St. Joseph, celebrating 25 years of marriage. She survives him of the home.
Additional survivors include, 3 sons, Kyle, Salt Lake City, Utah; Aaron and Colin, both of St. Louis, MO; mother, Janice Fanning, sisters, Cathie (Ric) Nocks, Linda (Ron) Tyler, Terry Kearnes; brothers, Mike (Stacie) Fanning and Tom Fanning; aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.
Jack was preceded in death by his father, Norman.
Memorial Service 7:00 PM Wednesday at the Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. The family will receive friends following the service until 8:30 PM.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Heartland Clinic Cancer Center, 902 N. Riverside Rd. Suite 200, St. Joseph, MO 64507.

Byrne, Patrick M.

August 2, 2014

Patrick M. Byrne, 61, Saint Joseph, Missouri, passed away Thursday, July 31, 2014 at his home.

Pat was born December 12, 1952 in Saint Joseph, Missouri to Lawrence and Marguerite (Maxey) Byrne.
He graduated from Bishop LeBlond High School in 1971 and went on to earn his Bachelor of Science degree in education from Missouri Western State College. He also received a Master’s degree in education from Northwest Missouri State University.

Pat married Pati Nurski on August 10, 1974. They had two children, Nathan and Hilary.

Pat worked as a teacher and coach. His career spanned four decades, included three schools — East Buchanan High School, Benton High School and West Platte High School — and it influenced hundreds of lives, if not more.

After that, Pat enjoyed retirement and did not shy away from letting people know about it. In retirement, he often said he only knew what day it was when he saw a bigger newspaper. He always looked forward to fishing, hunting, friends and his next grandson fix.

He lived life.

Pat answered to many names, including Coach, Skel, El Gato, Pa Pat and probably several others.

Pat belonged to the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Knights of Columbus 571, and the Missouri Retired Teachers Association. He played on several state-champion softball teams and was named to an all-American team. Pat refereed high school basketball for nearly 20 years. He was a member of Saint James Catholic Church.

Pat was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Pati Byrne; daughter, Hilary Byrne; sisters, Mary Jo and Katie Byrne.

Survivors include son, Nathan Byrne and wife, Danielle, Columbia, Missouri; grandchildren, Jacob, Conor, Grant Byrne; brothers, John (Judy) Byrne, Saint Joseph, Missouri; Tom Byrne, Savannah, Missouri; and many nieces and nephews, as well as great-nieces and great-nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial 10 am, Tuesday at Saint James Catholic Church. Viewing after 12 noon, Sunday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Visitation will begin at 9 am, Monday at our Chapel. Rosary will be at 6 pm Monday at our Chapel. The family will receive friends following the rosary till 9 pm Monday evening. Interment Mount Olivet Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Pat Byrne Memorial Scholarship Fund for Aspiring Coaches in care of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. They encourage everyone who knew Pat to share their favorite memories online at www.coachbyrne.com/memories.

Bode, Hilda A.

August 2, 2014

Hilda A. Bode, 91, Saint Joseph, Missouri, passed away Thursday, July 31, 2014 at a local healthcare center.

Hilda was born August 10, 1922 to Albert and Clara (Fisher) Kneib in Easton, Missouri. She
married Martin Bode on October 14, 1944 in St. Joseph, he preceded her in death on July 11, 2004.

Hilda was a homemaker and a member of Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church.

Hilda was also preceded in death by son, Larry Bode; sisters, Norene Brown, Christine Johnson, Cecelia Rose, Fern Lunneen, Alma Borghoff, Stella Nelson; and brother, Irving Kneib.

Survivors include son, Dennis Bode, Parkville, Missouri; daughter, Carol Arnold, Saint Joseph; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and brother, Elden Kneib.

Mass of Christian Burial 10 am, Monday at Saint Frances Xavier Catholic Church. Visitation will begin after 9 am, Sunday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, Rosary at 6 pm, Sunday at our Chapel, where the family will receive friends following the Rosary until 8 pm. Interment Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Carpenter, David I.

July 30, 2014

David I. Carpenter, 74, Savannah Missouri, passed away at his home surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday, July 29, 2014.

David was born May 14, 1940 to Martin and Luanne Carpenter. He served 4 years in the U. S. Army. On June 15, 1963 he married Bonnie Kissick in Atchison, Kansas, she survives of the home.

David spent his career as a Teamsters Union truck driver with Lehr Construction and IHP.

He loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and he always had the television turned on to channel 5.

David was preceded in death by his parents; brother; Jack Carpenter, and granddaughter Jennifer.

Additional survivors include daughters, Penny (Rick) Davis, Savannah, Tammy (Herb) Wandfluh, Savannah, Cheryl Carpenter Richardson, Saint Joseph, Carol Ann (Mike) Curtis, Savannah; brothers, Martin Carpenter and Bob Carpenter; sister, Doris Leeson; grandchildren, David M, Tarah, Trista, Dylan, Courtney, Shelby, Stephanie, Jordan, Amanda, Bubba, Jeremy, Chelsea; 15 great- grandchildren; numerous nieces & nephews.

Services 1:30 p.m., Friday, August 1, 2014 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith Savannah Chapel where the family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday evening. Interment at Bennett Lane Cemetery, Savannah.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Big Lake State Park.

Conroy, Maxine

July 29, 2014

Maxine Conroy, 92, of Independence, Missouri formerly of St. Joseph, Missouri passed away at a health care center in Independence, Missouri on Sunday, July 27, 2014.

Maxine was born on December 15, 1921 in Platte City, Missouri to Walter and Nellie (Cluck) Seever. She was a homemaker and had worked for Whitaker Cable. She was a member of St. Mark Catholic Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband Harold P. Conroy in 2011. She was also preceded by her parents; brother, Hayden Seever; and great-great-granddaughter, Kennedy Hope Butrum.

Maxine is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Walter and Helen Thornton; step-son, Danny (Sandra) Conroy; three randchildren, Vicki (David) Shewmaker, Tim (Joyce) Thornton, Heather Thornton (Randy Adams); and four great-grandchildren.

Mass of Christian Burial 10am Friday at the Horigan Chapel at Mount Olivet Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8pm at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Parish Rosary 7pm Thursday. Interment Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

The family would like to thank Carmel Hill Health Care and Catholic Community Hospice for your loving care of Maxine.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Northwest Missouri Alzheimer’s Association.

Graham, Russell

July 29, 2014

Russell Graham, 31, of St. Joseph, passed away Friday, July 25, 2014 at Abbey Woods Nursing Home.

Russell was born on June 7, 1983 in Scappoose, Oregon to John and Rebecca (Penland) Graham. He was raised in Seattle, Washington until moving to Missouri at the age of 16.

Russell was preceded in death by his grandparents.

Surviving family includes his life companion, Jennifer Jacobs, of the home; daughters, Alexis and Jessica Graham, son, Russell Graham, Jr.; parents, John (Sherry) Graham and Rebecca Penland; sisters, Christy Peters, Resylvia and Renita Santana, and numerous nieces and nephews.

His family and his children were his world.

Services 11:00 am Saturday at Faith Baptist Church.

Services under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, St. Joseph, Missouri.

The family suggests memorial contributions to an Education Fund for his Children.

Knapp, Joseph “Joe” M.

July 23, 2014

Joseph “Joe” M. Knapp, 98, St. Joseph, Missouri, passed away Monday, July 21, 2014.

Joe was born September 9, 1915 in St. Joseph to Joseph and Hazel Knapp.

Joe worked for Kirwans Furniture Store and Pabst Blue Ribbon. He was married to Betty Phillippe.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents; wife; brother, George ; and two sisters, Frances Punzo and Katherine Casteel.

Private family graveside service will be held under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.

Hazelwood, Mary Elizabeth (Willis)

July 21, 2014

Mary Elizabeth (Willis) Hazelwood, 97, of St. Joseph, Missouri, passed away in her home Sunday, July 20, 2014, surrounded by her children.

Mary was born April 2, 1917, in St. Joseph, Missouri to Charles and Rosa Lena (Blankenship) Willis. She attended Pickett High School until the family needed her to help on the farm. Family was her priority, and she loved them dearly.

Nicknamed Sunny by her father, she was always cheerful and full of life. Even at 97, Mary was spunky and had a wonderful sense of humor. She was a diehard Royals fan and was fueled by Pepsi and Hershey’s and Russell Stover chocolates.

On November 2, 1933, Mary married William Oscar Hazelwood, who preceded her in death on November 9, 2000, after 67 wonderful years of marriage. They were the perfect picture of what marriage should be. Her love for him was strong even after his death.

Mary made many friends whose lives she touched along the way. She was a member of McCarthy Baptist Church, where she sang in the choir with her brother, Robert. She later became a member of Woodbine Baptist Church, then Frederick Boulevard Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School for many years. She later returned to McCarthy.

After getting married, she went to work at Big Smith Manufacturing for several years. She then went to Westab, where she worked for three months until she found out she was pregnant with her first child. After her children were older, Mary and her husband, Oscar, enjoyed working together at Hazelwood Sewing Services, the business they started in their basement in the 1960’s. Mary kept working until she was in her 90’s, always finding projects to keep her busy. More often than not, those projects included setting something on fire or painting.

While not busy working, Mary and Oscar loved spending time at their campgrounds in Polo and Warsaw, Missouri, where they created a home away from home. They worked hard in everything they did, and they had fun in the process. Many wonderful memories were made while camping or traveling with friends and family. Affectionately called Grandma Doll by her younger grandchildren, Mary held a very special place in the hearts of those who knew her.

Along with her parents and husband, Mary was preceded in death by her son, Gary Hazelwood; son-in-law, Jim Poirier; brothers, Ben, Robert, Jack, Joe and Bill; sister, Lillian Delores (Dee) and two infant sisters.

Mary is survived by her daughter, JoAnn Poirier of Savannah; her son, Chuck (Angie) Hazelwood of St. Joseph; daughter-in-law, Linda Hazelwood of St. Joseph; 11 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and others whom she loved dearly.

Services 1 P.M. Wednesday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will begin after 12 Noon, Tuesday at our Chapel, where the family will receive friends from 6 to 8 P.M. Tuesday evening.

The family suggests memorials to the McCarthy Baptist Church or the American Cancer Society.

Ralston, Mareatha Charlene (Lewis)

July 19, 2014

Mareatha Charlene (Lewis) Ralston, 90, of St. Joseph, Missouri continued on her Journey Friday, July 18, 2014.

Mareatha was surrounded by those she lived for, laughed with and loved most.

Mareatha was born February 26, 1924 to Blanche and Ralph Lewis in Parnell, Missouri.

She graduated from Ravenwood High School in 1943.

Mareatha married her high school sweetheart Harry Burton Ralston upon his return from service in 1945. He preceded her in death.

She was also preceded in death by her parents and sister, Marjorie Maxwell. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and a skilled artist and seamstress.

Mareatha is survived by four daughters, Emily (Don) McLain, Maryville, Missouri, Char-lane (Kevin) Cordry, Debbie (Pat) Montgomery, of St. Joseph; Anita (E.L) Burch, Parkville, Missouri; nine grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, one niece,

Visitation 1:00 PM Monday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.

Celebration of Life 2:00 PM Monday at our chapel.

In lieu of flowers, her family suggests memorial contributions to Epilepsy Foundation or Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Buhman, Ermit C.

July 19, 2014

Ermit C. Buhman, 90, St. Joseph, MO; passed away Saturday, July 19, 2014 at Living Community of St. Joseph.
Ermit was born on March 4, 1924 in Clarksdale, MO to the late Oscar and Emma (Fisher) Buhman. He was a graduate of Clarksdale High School.
Mr. Buhman served his country in the U.S. Navy during WWII from 1944-1946.
Ermit farmed in Clarksdale and worked at Swifts Packing and as a rural postal carrier. He was a member of Seven Dolors Catholic Church and St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church of St. Joseph, MO, as well as a member of the American Legion Post #508 and the Clarksdale Lions Club.
Ermit married Catherine Karl on April 21, 1947; she preceded him in death in 1976. Mr. Buhman was also preceded in death by his siblings, Verda McManus, Vincent, Melvin, Kenneth and Fr. Leo Buhman.
Survivors include children, Margaret Mallen, Columbia, MO ; Kenneth (Carol) Buhman, St. Joseph, MO; Larry (Marcia) Buhman, Stewartsville, MO; Jeanette (David) Brown, Columbia, MO; Gayle (Michele) Buhman, Amity, MO and Chris (Charlotte) Buhman, Savannah, MO; 15 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren; siblings, Irmalee Schieber, Rita McQuinn, Johnnie, Harold, Gilbert, Earl “Bud” and Jim Buhman.
Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 AM Tuesday Seven Dolors Catholic Church. Interment St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hurlingen, MO. Visitation will be held after 12:00 PM Monday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith and Sidenfaden Chapel. Rosary 6:00 PM Monday at our chapel, where the family will receive friends following the Rosary until 8:30 PM.
Memorial donations may be made to Missouri Veterans Home of Cameron or St. Francis Xavier Catholic School of St. Joseph, MO.

Henman, Roger Lee

July 19, 2014

Roger Lee Henman, 76, St. Joseph, MO; passed away Friday, July 18, 2014 at Shepherd’s House.
Roger was born on June 24, 1938 in St. Joseph, MO; to the late Chester and Betty (Negozio) Henman. He was a graduate of Benton High School, class of 1956.
Roger was a salesman for 30 years and an Oats Driver for his last 10 years of employment. He was a member of Francis Street First United Methodist Church, and delivered Meals on Wheels for the Andrew County Senior Center.
Roger married Rilla Burnett on May 29, 1958 at Second Evangelical Church. She survives, along with their 3 children; daughter, Kelly Garrett, St. Joseph, MO; 2 sons, Scott and Lezli Henman, Wilmington, OH and Ryan and Donna Henman, St. Joseph, MO; grandchildren, Christine Garrett, Andrea Garrett, Lindsey Henman, Jacob Henman, Mackenzie Henman; great-grandchildren, Cierra Garrett and Daniel Bridges.
Memorial Service 2:00 PM Saturday, July 26 at Francis Street First United Methodist Church, where the family will receive friends following the service. Mr. Henman has been cremated under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith and Sidenfaden Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Francis Street First United Methodist Church- Pastors’s Discretionary Fund or the Andrew County Senior Center.

Vare, Ann F.

July 18, 2014

Ann Flanigan Vare was called to serve our Lord on July 13, 2014 after a lengthy illness.

She was born in November, 1949 to John J. & Mary F. Flanigan in Philadelphia, PA. Annie was preceded in death by her father. She was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe in St. Joseph.

Annie loved life and traveled extensively visiting many countries and making many friends. Left to celebrate her life are her husband, Victor J. of 39 years and three children, Sarah Juhl (Chris) St. Joseph, Victor V. Vare (Nettie) Charlotte, NC and Catherine E. Vare (and fiancée, Nathan Gourley) Kansas City.

Left to also celebrate her life are her mother, Mary S. Flanigan, brothers Michael (Barbara) and David (Margaret) and sisters, Maureen (Gerard), Patricia, Susan (Geary), Kathleen and Margaret all from the Philadelphia, PA area.

A graduate of Cardinal Dougherty in Philadelphia, Annie attended with honors Penn State University, Williamsport, PA. She was active in many social endeavors including the Junior League, Scouting organizations and as a camp counselor for children with special needs. She was very learned and gained much experience working in many business fields including banking, brokerage, employment centers and tax financing.

Mrs. Vare has been cremated under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, St. Joseph, Missouri.

Both memorial service and inurnment will be private and held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made in her memory to either the St Joseph United Way or Downtown Rotary Club 32 Local Foundation for scholarships.

Rhoads, Barbara J.

July 17, 2014

Barbara J. Rhoads, 64, Bolckow, Missouri, passed away Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at her home.

Barbara was born February 1, 1950 in Saint Joseph, Missouri to Norman and Anna Lee (Summers) Boswell. She attended New Point grade school and Savannah high school.

Barbara married Jerry Rhoads on May 13th, 1973 in Savannah, Missouri, he survives of the home.

Barbara was a press operator at Deluxe Manufacturing Corporation for 17 years. She loved horses, especially “Shorty” and delighted in showing them. Most of all, Barbara loved and was devoted to her children and grandchildren.

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents.

Additional survivors include sons, Mike (Dawn) Blackney, Maryville, Missouri, Jared Rhoads, Bolckow, Clay Stanton, St. Joseph; daughter, Dawn Chambers, Bolckow; 7 grandchildren; brothers, Russell (Stephanie) Boswell; Gary (Staci) Boswell, all of Savannah; numerous nieces and nephews.

Services 1 pm, Saturday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith Savannah Chapel, Savannah, Missouri. The family will receive friends from 11 am to 1 pm, Saturday at our Chapel. Interment Bolckow Cemetery, Bolckow, Missouri.

The family suggests memorial contributions to American Cancer Society.

Gant, Ralph D.

July 16, 2014

Ralph D. Gant, 95, formerly of North Kansas City and Warsaw, Missouri, passed away Friday, July 11, 2014 at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

Ralph was born on December 12, 1918 in Tarkio, Missouri to Orvie and Gladys (Mathes) Gant

He served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II and was a supervisor at the Social Security Administration Payment Center.

He married Virginia Ellen Gant on June 28, 1944 in Maryville, Missouri, she preceded him in death on February 10, 2014. He was also preceded by his parents, son, Henry Lee Gant, brother, Edgar Gant and one sister, Charlotte Stevens.

Surviving family includes daughter, Kay Wright; son, Denis (Marcia) Gant; sister, Lucile Shaw and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren.

Services 2pm Friday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, St. Joseph, Missouri. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at our chapel. Graveside services 2pm Saturday at Shawnee Cemetery, Warsaw, Missouri.

Hessemyer, Helen M. (Hawkins)

July 14, 2014

Helen M. (Hawkins) Hessemyer, 89, of Gower, formerly of St. Joseph, Missouri, passed away Monday, July 14, 2014 at Gower Convalescent Center.

She was born on December 13, 1924 near Gower to W. Jewel and Olga (Walkup) Hawkins.

She was a graduate of Gower High School, Platt Business School and was a member of Wyatt Park Baptist Church, St. Joseph, MO.

Helen married Howard Lee Hessemyer on November 29, 1947. He preceded her in death December 7, 2012.

Helen was also preceded in death by her parents, sons, Robert in 1991, and Gary in 2014, her step-mother, Doris Hawkins and brother, Ray Hawkins.

Surviving family includes daughter, Linda (Larry) Poage, Kearney, MO; son, Larry (Elizabeth) Hessemyer, St. Joseph; daughter-in-law, Theresa Hessemyer, Troy, KS; 4 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, brother, Lowell (Pauline) Hawkins, Gower, MO; and several nieces and nephews.

Services 11:00 AM Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, St. Joseph, Missouri. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM Wednesday at our chapel.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Ascera Care.

Buhr, Marion E.

July 13, 2014

Marion E. Buhr, 95, of St. Joseph, passed away Saturday, July 12, 2014 at Vintage Gardens.

Marion was born on May 12, 1919 in Carrollton, Missouri to Curtis and Dora (Burkhart) Utterback.

She married Raymond Buhr in 1946 in Atchison, Kansas. He preceded her in death in 1974.

Marion was also preceded in death by her parents, daughter, Sharon Laipple, grandson, Kevin Laipple, brothers, Walter and Edgar Utterback and sister, Nancy Hannah.

Surviving family includes son, Ted (Karen) Wheeler, Ozark, MO; daughters, Cathy (Ed) Grove, Agency, MO; and Gina (Russell) Hansen-McClain, St. Joseph; son-in-law, Carl Laipple, Wathena, Kansas; 10 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Marion enjoyed flower gardening, spending time with her family and friends, cooking, fishing and crossword puzzles.

The family wishes to express a special thanks to Hands of Hope Hospice and especially Joni and Mary and the staff of Vintage Gardens North for their love, care and friendship to their mother.

Celebration of Life 1:00 PM Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.
Interment Memorial Park Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Tuesday prior to the service at our chapel.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Hands of Hope Hospice.

Sager, Melissa Zingery

July 10, 2014

On July 9th, 2014 Melissa went home to be with her Savior after an 11 year battle with cancer. She was 53 years old. She was surrounded with love from family and close friends, including her husband Roger, and two daughters.

She was born and raised in Texas, a fact she made loud and clear. She left Texas and her dear twin Melinda in 1984 to be with the love of her life in Missouri , where they raised two daughters Hannah and Calah.

She was an excellent seamstress, she made dozens of outfits for her girls, including her daughter Hannah ’s wedding dress. Singing was another love. She had a voice and demeanor that welcomed people. In the summer she could be found on the front porch drinking Irish tea and talking with whomever stopped by, guitar at the ready. She lived her life to the fullest, every single day was a great adventure. She lived everyday for Jesus, shining light and joy on everyone she knew. Even to the end of her life, she knew that she was in Jesus’ hands. Every new person she met learned a lesson in faith.

Melissa and her husband rode with the Tribe of Judah for 24 years, ministering to bikers. She also took part in several missions trips to her favorite place in the world; Northern Ireland. She was active in many facets of her church, using her many talents to praise her Savior.

The visitation will be held Sunday, July 13th at Grace Evangelical Church, 5103 SE State Hwy FF, Saint Joseph MO 64507 from 2-5pm. The Celebration of Life will be at the same location at 1:30 PM on Monday, July 14th. Donations can be made to the family to help with medical costs, or to a scholarship fund for children of gastrinoma cancer patients.

Chambers, Richard “Dick” D.

July 9, 2014

Richard “Dick” D. Chambers, 84, Savannah, MO; passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday, July 8, 2014.
Dick was born on June 25, 1930 in Andrew County, MO to Early and Katherine (McDowell) Chambers. Mr. Chambers served in the U.S. Army from 1948 to 1950 and in The Korean Conflict in 1950. He also served in the Army Reserve until 1954.
Dick worked at Dugdale Packing Co. for 21 years. He also worked as a skilled carpenter and was a delivery driver for Miller-Murphy Casket Co., retiring in 1986.
He was a member of Community Presbyterian Church, since 1956, where he served as Deacon and Elder. Dick was a former member of Swiss Pairs and Squares Square Dance Club.
Dick married Beverly (Scotty) Scott on September 15, 1954 in Troy, KS, she survives of the home.
Additional survivors include a son Mike (Rita) Chambers, Eldon, MO; and three daughters, Tina DeHart, Savannah, MO; Michele Marcum, Boise, ID and Dana (John) Ceglenski, Savannah, MO; 7 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, sister, Norma Trites, St. Joseph, MO and numerous nieces and nephews.
Dick was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Edward Chambers.
Mr. Chambers has been cremated under the direction of the Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. A Memorial Service for family and friends will be held at 4:00 PM on Saturday, July 12, 2014 at Community Presbyterian Church, 5409 St. Joseph Ave. All those attending are invited to stay for fellowship and dinner as part of the celebration. There will be no formal funeral service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Community Presbyterian Church, 5409 St. Joseph, Ave. St. Joseph, MO 64505.

Rogers, Jan

July 9, 2014

Jan Rogers, 63, of Faucett, Missouri passed away Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at St. Luke’s Hospice House in Kansas City, Missouri.

Janice was born on May 22, 1951 in Kansas City, Kansas to W. J. and Joan (Eisenhower) Richardson.

Jan owned for ”Over The Rainbow” Daycare Center in Faucett for 7 years before working at the Community Blood Center, where she retired as a Phlebotomist.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Jan married David Rogers on April 14, 1973 in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. He survives of the home.

Additional surviving family includes son, Scott (Angela) Rogers, Faucett, MO; daughters, Amy (Bradley) Green and Ashley (Jamie) Glass, both of Kansas City, MO; grandchildren, Taylor Cockriel and Jessica Green, Evan and Logan Green and Liam Glass; brothers, Michael Richardson, Houston, TX; and James Richardson, Eagle Rock, MO; brother-in-laws, Rick (Barb) Rogers, Greenwood, MO; Jesse (Frankie) Rogers, Spring, TX; Ted (Rhonda) Rogers and Jim (Regina) Rogers, of Faucett, MO; sister-in-law, Ellen (George) Wallis, and numerous nieces & nephews.

Jan dearly loved her grandchildren. She enjoyed traveling, spending time on Truman Lake and being with Molly.

The family would like to thank all the doctors and nurses at St. Luke’s and a special thanks to the staff at St. Luke’s Hospice House for their wonderful care.

Graveside Services 12:30 PM Friday, July 11, 2014 at Leavenworth National Cemetery, Leavenworth, Kansas.

Visitation will begin after 12:00 Noon Thursday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, St. Joseph, Missouri; where the family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Thursday evening.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to St. Luke’s Hospice House or the P.K.D. Foundation.

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