Griffith, Mary E. “Beth”

January 2, 2015

Beth Griffith, 93, of St. Joseph, MO, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her  family, on December 31, 2014 at a local healthcare facility. She was born September, 19,1921 in  Virden, Illinois to Paul and Marie Neighbors.

Beth is a 1939 graduate of Virden High School. After high school she became a member of the Signal Corps and worked at the Pentagon in Washington, DC. While in DC she met her husband, Howard Griffith, who was serving in the United States Marine Corps. He preceded her in death in 2003.  They were married at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in DC on May 16, 1944. In 1947 they moved to Kansas City, MO before moving to St. Joseph, MO in 1960.

Beth was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Daughters of Isabella. She was a regular volunteer at the Open Door Food Kitchen. Beth was also a member of the Marine Corps League Auxiliary, St. Joseph, Mo., serving as secretary in the 1980s and 1990s.

She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers (William, George, Leo, and Charles Neighbors); her husband, Howard Griffith; infant grandson, Chad Griffith; and numerous friends and relatives.

Survivors include: three children, Joy (Ted Sr.) Heater of Kansas City, MO); Gaye (Greg) Letts and Philip Griffith, both of St. Joseph, MO. Four grandchildren: Keri Simcoe of Kansas City, MO; Lisa (David) Gall of St. Joseph, MO; Ted (Jen) Heater Jr. of Kansas City. MO; and Dr. Kelly (Jeremy) Griffith-Bauer of Portland, Oregon. Seven great grandchildren: Braxton Griffith, Noah and Elizabeth Simcoe, Grace and Evan Heater, and Jack and Francis Gall. Her lifelong friend of 66 years, Dorothy Fuller of Kansas City, KS; numerous loving nieces and nephews; and countless loving friends.

Services 11:00 AM Monday, January 5, 2015 at Horigan Chapel located in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Interment will follow.

Visitation will begin at 2:00 PM Sunday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, St. Joseph, Missouri; where the family will receive friends from 2:00 to 4:00 PM Sunday. Rosary will be held 4:00 PM Sunday at our chapel.

Memorials may be made to Mosaic Life Care Hospice or Living Community of St. Joseph Foundation.

Saxton, Kenneth “Tiny”

December 31, 2014

Kenneth “Tiny” Saxton, 85, of St. Joseph, passed away Sunday, December 28, 2014.

Kenneth was born on February 14, 1929 in Easton, Missouri to Cyrus and Esther (Farris) Saxton.

He served in the United States Army and was stationed on Okinawa Island.  He was a truck driver for Peachtree Doors.

He loved telling stories, Oreo cookies and potato chips.  “Tiny” enjoyed building model airplanes.

Kenneth was an only child and preceded in death by his parents.

Surviving family members include son Darrell Saxton, Florida, son Dennis (Angela) Saxton, Easton, Missouri, son Earl (Anna) Saxton, St. Joseph, Missouri, daughter Nolene (Del) Young, Marshfield, Missouri, son Kenny (Barb) Saxton, Lebanon, Missouri, daughter Jackie Wigley, St. Joseph, Missouri, son Kevin Saxton, Springfield, Missouri, son Kent (Jenny) Saxton, Savannah, Missouri, 22 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

Private Memorial Services will be held for family.  Cremation under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.

Flanagan, Betty Lou

December 31, 2014

Betty Lou Flanagan, 82, of St. Joseph, Missouri passed away on Friday, December 26, 2014 at a local health care center.

Betty Lou was born on May 12, 1932 in Clarksdale, Missouri to Edward T. and Lucy M. (Fobair) Flanagan. She was of the Christian faith and enjoyed playing bingo.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, John E. Flanagan.

Betty Lou is survived by one sister, Karen Combs, St. Joseph, one brother, Carl Flanagan (Christine), DeFuniak Springs; Florida, sister-in-law, Dorothy F. Flanagan, St. Joseph and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Betty Lou’s family would like to thank the staff of Diversicare for their wonderful care and support.

Miss Flanagan has been cremated. A private service will be held at a later date.

Norris, Peggy Ann

December 28, 2014

Peggy Ann Milbourn Norris was born May 22, 1940 to Agnes Taube Milbourn and Stanley Milbourn in St. Joseph, Missouri.

She graduated from high school there and on June 9, 1963 was united in marriage to Myron Norris.

She resided in Winterset Iowa before returning to St. Joseph, Missouri where they owned some rental properties.  After a few years, they sold their rental properties and bought their farm in rural Union Star, Missouri.  Peggy worked for awhile at Stetson Hats in St. Joseph and then went to being a full time farmer and homemaker where she enjoyed raising Belgian and Quarter horses.  She was a member of the American Quarter Horse Association.

Peggy struggled with cancer since 1988 showing great strength and fight with the disease.  She became ill with a reoccurrence of the cancer in 2012 and had to make a change by moving to Mt. Ayr, Iowa, to be closer to family for care.  Peggy passed away peacefully December 25, 2014 at the Mt. Ayr Health Care Center.

Preceding her in death were her parents, a brother, her husband, Myron in 2005.

Those left to cherish her memory include her sister Sharon (Chester) Jones of Oxford, Alabama, Sandra (Bill) Lanning of Broken Bow, Oklahoma and Lorraine (Gary) Forsee, Millington, Tennessee, sister-in-law, Nellie Norris, Kellerton, Iowa, Patty Ney, Blackfoot, Idaho, and brother-in-law Leroy Norris, Culbertson, Montana, an aunt, JoAnn Evans, St. Joseph and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Graveside Service 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel in St. Joseph, Missouri.  Visitation one hour prior to the service at our chapel.

Jones, Oscar S.

December 28, 2014

Oscar S. Jones, 88, of Huntsville, Alabama formerly of St. Joseph passed away on Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at a Huntsville Hospital.

Oscar was born on September 17, 1926 in Hoyt, Colorado to Oscar and Frances Jones. He was a buyer for Missouri Water & Steam Supply.

He was preceded in death by his parents, son, Ricky Jones, grandson, Cory Jones, two sisters, Pauline Fraley and Darlene Miller and three brothers, Carl, Morgan and Donald Jones.

He is survived by his wife Ruby of 66 years, son, Curtis Jones; sister, Patty Terry; granddaughter, Melissa Carpenter, grandson, Jeff Jones; four great-grandchildren, Robbie and Gabby Ximenez and Nicholas and Cameron Carpenter.

Services 1pm Tuesday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, St. Joseph. Interment Ashland Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Tuesday.

Chunn, Phillip M.

December 24, 2014

Phillip M. Chunn, 78, of St. Joseph passed away Monday, December 22, 2014 at Mosaic Life Care.

Phillip was born on July 27, 1936 in St. Joseph to Claude and Jeannette Chunn. He was raised by Elise Rutschman, who boarded with his parents. He graduated from Christian Brothers High School and received his Associate’s Degree from Missouri Western University. In his junior year, he joined the Naval Reserve and after completing high school, he joined the United States Marine Corps.

After retiring from the Marine Corps, in 1976, the family returned to St. Joseph. Phillip worked at Hall Implement and St. Joseph Light & Power before moving to Savannah, Missouri. He retired from Light & Power in 2000. Post retirement jobs included Northwest Missouri Psychiatric Hospital and St. Joseph Water Treatment Plant. Phillip retired from farming in 2012 and returned to St. Joseph.

Phillip was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, the Northwest Missouri Marine Corps League, Knights of Columbus 571 and St. Joseph General Assembly 569, Andrew County Fair Board, Andrew County Pork Production, and Andrew County 4-H Group.

He was preceded in death by his parents and Elise Rutschman.

He married Charlotte Atha June 9, 1967 in St. Joseph. She survives of the home.

Additional surviving family includes daughter, Diana (Steve) Barnes, of St. Joseph; sons, Major Kevin (Jessica) Chunn, O’Fallon, Illinois; and David Chunn, St. Joseph; grandson, Andrew Chunn, granddaughter, Erin Chunn;  and his cousins, the Kaelin and Walters families.

Mass of Christian Burial 11:00 AM Monday, December 29, 2014 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church.

Interment Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Visitation will begin after 9:00 AM Sunday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, St. Joseph, Missouri, where the family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Sunday evening. Rosary 6:00 PM Sunday at our chapel.

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

O’Konski, Richard Joseph

December 23, 2014

Richard was the elder of four children born to Clemence and Berniece (Mollus) O’Konski in St. Joseph. He attended Saints Peter and Paul Elementary school and graduated from Christian Brothers High School in 1956, where he was a member of the National Honor Society. He earned an Associate in Science degree from St. Joseph Junior College.

After serving in the U.S. Army, Richard was hired by Land Construction Company of St. Joseph. He was superintendent of an asphalt crew, traveling throughout Missouri and Iowa. In 1970, Richard moved to Omaha, NE, where he was general manager of two land-paving companies and vice president of a third.

An avid sports fan, hunter, fisherman, gardener, Richard enjoyed classical music, fellowship of loved ones and friends, and company of his hunting dogs.

In 1990, he joined Western Engineering Company as project coordinator and engineer. Richard retired in 2008 and moved to Stockton, MO, to pursue his love of fishing.

He became active in both church and local communities. Richard served as chair of the parish council at St. Peter the Apostle Church where he was a Eucharistic minister, lector, usher, and sacristan. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus and Secretary/Treasurer of the Mt. Carmel Estates Homeowners Association.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Joseph.

Richard is survived by his sister, Mary (Fritz) Gall of St. Joseph, MO nieces, nephews: Monica (Mickey) Smith, Tom (Taira), Bill (Becky), David (Lisa), and Chris; brother James (Marjorie) of Topeka, KS; nieces, nephews Mary Collins, Katherine, Robert (Sara), Brian, Richard (Jennifer ); cousins Paul (Sharon), Phillip, and David Mollus (Janet), and many great-nieces and nephews; ex-wife June Hayes, 4 step-grandchildren and their families.

Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 a.m. Saturday, December 27th at Cathedral of St. Joseph.  Internment Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Family will receive friends following the Rosary at 5:00 p.m. Friday, December 26th, at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel in St. Joseph.

In lieu of flower, donations may be made to Catholic Charities.

Bledsoe, Lisa Marie

December 23, 2014

Lisa Marie Bledsoe, 53, Independence, formerly of St. Joseph, Missouri, passed away Saturday, December 20, 2014 at her home.

She graduated from Central High School.  She married Bret Bledsoe.  They owned and operated Immaculate Image Car Cleaning and Detailing for several years.  Lisa later went to school and received her B.S. Degree in Social Work.

Lisa loved with everything she had.  She did not know a stranger.  She adored her family and friends.  She was an amazing person with a huge heart.  She was kind, loving and a great friend.  She touched so many lives in the short time she was here.  Lisa will be missed greatly.

Lisa is survived by companion Margaret Kay, son Brandon (Bessie) Bledsoe, Grandchildren Trenton and Breanne, Brothers Junior (Teri) Nolan, Jerry Zembles, Sisters Jody (Rob) Sarno, Lori Hallman, Best Friend Debbie Comstock.

Preceded in death by husband Bret Bledsoe, mother Vida Nolan, Shirley McGuire, Aunts Phyllis and Johnni.

Memorial Service 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel in St. Joseph.  Private inurnment at a later date.

Visitation one hour prior to the service.

Schneider, Joan

December 23, 2014

Joan Schneider, 81, St. Joseph, passed away, December 21, 2014, at place of residence, Country Squire.

Joan was born to the late Frank and Jerome (Wienczkowski) Byorick on December 5, 1933 in Nanticoke, PA.

She married Glen F. Schneider on October 24, 1964 in St. Joseph.  Together, they made their life on the family farm.  He passed away in 2006.

Joan worked for S. W. Bell and as a Dillards sales associate.  She was member of the Cathedral of St. Joseph.

In addition to her parents and husband, Joan was preceded in death by an infant son.

Survivors include son, Douglas Schneider and granddaughter, Cydnee Schneider of Elkhorn, NE, brother Frank Byorick, St. Joseph, sister, Janet Anderson, New Mexico.

Services 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel in St. Joseph.  Private burial following the service.

Visitation one hour prior to the service.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Cathedral of St. Joseph or Conception Abby.

Carrillo, Ila (Tyler)

December 23, 2014

Ila (Tyler) Carrillo, 95, Agency, Missouri, passed away Sunday, December 21, 2014 at Diversacare Riverside Care Center.

She was born on April 30, 1919, to Hazel and Fred Barth at Lamoni, Iowa.  She attended Benton High School until her marriage to Wilbur W. Tyler on April 12, 1936.  She lived in Agency, Missouri from that time forward and enjoyed the country life until recent years when she moved to Saxton Care Center.

Ila worked on the farm, at Noma Lites, Bode Truck Stop and as a care giver.  She completed her G.E.D. in 1978 at age 58.  She enjoyed dancing, card games, gardening and cooking for her family.  She was a member of the Agency Christian Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, siblings Ray Barth, Mae Barnes, Richard Barth, first husband Wilbur W. Tyler and subsequent husbands Robert Dymond, Norman Reital, Robert Lynch and Nicholas Carrillo.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Edwin and Gail Tyler, Faucett, Missouri, grandson, Andrew Tyler (Laura), great-granddaughter Madison Hoyt, all of Agency, Missouri.  She also leaves behind a sister, Bonnie Houtz, Broken Arrow, OK, sister-in-law, Myrleen Barnes, Tulsa, OK, nephews Michael Barth and Robert Barth, both of Tulsa, OK, as well as additional extended family.

Funeral Services 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 24, 2014, at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel in St. Joseph.  Interment Agency Cemetery, Agency, Missouri.

Visitation will begin after 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday  at our chapel, where the family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Agency Christian Church.

Morris, Linda Diane

December 23, 2014

Linda Diane Morris, 51, St. Joseph, MO, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, December 18, 2014 at her home.

Linda was born July 22, 1963, in St. Joseph, MO to Charles and Bonnie (Owens) Hillebrand.  She graduated from Central High School in St. Joseph and was attending Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, MO enrolled in the nursing program.  She was a LPN and worked at the Buchanan County Sherriff’s Office.  She was of the Catholic faith and had a smile that would brighten your day.

Ms. Morris was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, David Hillebrand and a sister, Kathy Hillebrand.

Linda is survived by two sons James “Ryan” Wiedmaier and Mark Steven Attebury of St. Joseph, grand-children Damon and Kierstyn Attebury; two brothers, Mark B. Hillebrand of St. Joseph and Charles “Steve” Hillebrand of Rogersville, MO and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral Services will be at 1:00 PM Saturday, December 27, 2014 at the Heaton-Bowman-Smith and Sidenfaden Chapel.  Interment will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.  Visitation will begin at 12:00 noon Friday and the family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Friday evening at the chapel.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the St. Joseph Humane Society.

Madden, Jacob Allen

December 17, 2014

Jacob Allen Madden, 22, of St. Joseph, Missouri, passed away Friday, December 12, 2014.

Jacob was born on January 25, 1992.   Jacob was a 2011 graduate of LeBlond High School where he was a member of the varsity soccer team.  Jacob was employed by Hy-Vee in St. Joseph.   Jacob was well known for his contagious smile, artistic talents, love for all people and animals, and being a strong friend.

Jacob is survived by his parents, Brian and Julie Madden, his sister, Nicole Madden, Grandmothers Connie Madden and MaryAnn Flugrad, several aunts, uncles and cousins.  Jacob was preceded in death by his Grandfathers, Jim Madden and Richard Flugrad.

Mass of Christian Burial 1:30 p.m. Friday, December 19, 2014 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church.  Interment Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Visitation from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel in St. Joseph.  The family will receive friends at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church Thursday evening from 6:00-8:00 p.m., with a Celebration Of Life from 8:00 to 9:00 PM.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donations to the Jacob Madden Memorial c/o the funeral home.

Dotson, Lloyd B.

December 16, 2014

Lloyd B. Dotson, 67, passed away Sunday, December 14, 2014 at his home in Savannah, MO.

He was born April 26, 1947 to Edward and Betty (Wilson) Dotson in Whitesville, MO.

As a young man, he moved to Houston, Texas and worked in construction for several years. Moving back to Missouri, he worked for Iowa Beef Packers in Rock Port, Missouri for several years and then he moved to Savannah, Missouri and started working for Carnation Pet Food which later became Friskies Pet Food retiring after 32 years of service.

Mr. Dotson was preceded in death by his parents, and a nephew Jay Dotson.

He is survived by a brother; Allan (Beth) Dotson, St. Joseph, nephew; Steve and niece Ali Jo Dotson (R.C. Ziolkowski) both of St. Joseph and niece, Brook (Jim) Lanham, Colorado Springs, Colorado, several great nieces & nephews including Barney Gage Dotson and Jaycee Ziolkowski and numerous cousins including Debbie Edwards, Savannah, Mo.

Services 2:00 PM Friday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith Savannah Chapel, Savannah, MO. Interment Savannah Cemetery.  Visitation will be held after 9:00 AM Thursday at our chapel, where the family will receive friends 6:00 to 8:00 PM Thursday evening.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

McDowell, Donna (Timmons)

December 15, 2014

Donna (Timmons) McDowell, 51, of St. Joseph, passed away Saturday, December 13, 2014 at her home.

Donna was born on April 14, 1963 in St. Joseph to Charles and Bessie (Davis) Timmons.

She graduated from Lafayette High School, Class of 1981; attended Missouri Western State University and worked at Stroud Trucking as a Secretary.

Donna was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Michael Timmons.

She married Robert Michael McDowell on August 13, 1994 in St. Joseph. He survives of the home.

Additional surviving family includes sons, Anthony Charles Timmons, of St. Joseph; and Robert McDowell, II, of Kansas City, Missouri; daughter, Michelle Dawn McDowell, of the home; brothers, Doug (Robin)and Steve (Stephanie) Timmons; both of St. Joseph; and Rick (Debbie) Timmons, of Clarksdale, Missouri; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services 1:00 PM Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, St. Joseph, Missouri. Interment Bethel Cemetery, Cosby, Missouri.

Visitation will begin after 1:00 PM Tuesday at our chapel, where the family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:30 PM Tuesday evening.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Shriner’s Hospital for Children.

Mosser, Charlie E.

December 15, 2014

Charlie Eugene Mosser, 71, of St. Joseph, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, December 13, 2014, surrounded by his loving family.

Charlie was born August 28, 1943, son of Lawrence and Inez Mosser, they preceded him in death.

He married Betty Jo (Harris) Mosser, June 1, 1963 at Wesley Methodist Church.

Charlie was an Army Veteran.  He retired as maintenance director for the St. Joseph City Transit after 25 years.

Charlie loved fishing, hunting and playing cards with his family and friends, but his greatest love was for his family; wife, Betty Jo; daughter, Julie Strong and granddaughter, Chelsie Strong.

He was quite the prankster and loved to make people laugh. All who knew him truly loved him. May he rest in peace and he will always live in the hearts of those who loved him forever.

Mr. Mosser has been cremated under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.  There will be no visitation or services. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Carpenter, Delores “Dee”

December 14, 2014

Dolores “Dee” Carpenter, 81, of Savannah, Missouri passed away on Thursday, December 11, 2014 at LaVerna Village of St. Joseph.

Dee was born on August 31, 1933 in Buchanan County, Missouri to Virgil and Katharine (Nelson) Ward.

She was married to Jewell Carpenter, Sr. who preceded her in death on August 7, 2005. She was also preceded by her parents, one daughter, Mary Atkins and one brother.

Survivors include two sons, Jewell Carpenter, Jr. (Gail) and Mark Carpenter (Kim); four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, sister, Rhonda Sturm and son-in-law, Kent Atkins.

Mrs. Carpenter has been cremated under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, St. Joseph. Inurnment will be held at a later date at Mt. Auburn Cemetery. There will be no visitation or services held. A register book is available at our chapel to sign.

Strayer, Lois A.

December 14, 2014

Lois A.  Strayer, 83, St. Joseph, passed away Sunday, December 14, 2014 at a local health care facility surrounded by her loving family.

Lois was born on June 20, 1931 to Leo and Doris Yore in Granada, Minnesota.  She was one of six children.

Mrs. Strayer worked as a teller at First Federal Bank.  She also worked in real estate in Bella Vista, Arkansas and at Rod’s Hallmark.  She was a member of Brookdale Presbyterian Church.

Lois married Richard James Strayer on November 25, 1949 in Algona, Iowa.  He preceded her in death on October 19, 2005.  They shared 55 years of marriage together and together raised their four children.

She always said her one great accomplishment in life was her four children.  They brought her much happiness and were always there for her.  Her main words to them were “I Love You”

Mrs. Strayer is survived by her children; Pati (Owen) Jones, Rex (Lisa) Strayer, Wilma (Dick) Stanton and Lori (Gary) Dye; seven grandsons, two step- grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; three brothers, Jack, Richard and Larry and their wives and families.

She was preceded in death by her parents, mother and father in law; a brother, Wayne; sister, Ramona and a nephew, Tom.

Mrs. Strayer has been cremated under the direction of the Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidefaden Chapel.  A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00 PM Monday, April 13, 2015 at the Brookdale Presbyterian Church.  Inurnment of Mr. & Mrs. Strayer will be held at Walnut Grove Cemetery following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Brookdale Presbyterian Church, Abbey Woods or Kendallwood Hospice.

Nichols, Orpha J.

December 11, 2014

Orpha J. Nichols, 100, St. Joseph, Missouri, passed away Wednesday December 10, 2014 at LaVerna Village in Savannah, MO.

She was born October 23, 1914 to Willis G. and Ethel (Garrett) Taylor in Wilton, MO.

She graduated from Ashland High School. She married Loren A. Nichols on May 25, 1936. He has preceded her in death.

Also preceding her in death were her parents, son, Eugene Nichols; sister, Gladys Taylor Hinshaw;  and brothers, Emery and Mortie Taylor

Survivors include daughters, Glenda Kay Barton, Marshalltown, IA., Janet Barnes, Savannah, MO., Patty Nichols, Gladstone, MO; grandchildren, Scott Barton, Jennifer Shackelford, and Jill Weaver; and 5  great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held from 1:00 to 2:00 PM Sunday at Robinson Funeral Home at 601 North Henry Clay Blvd., Ashland, MO followed by a graveside service at Liberty Church Cemetery, Ashland, MO.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Cemetery Fund at Liberty Church.

Local arrangements are under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith Savannah, Chapel, Savannah, MO.

Peden, Agnes H.

December 10, 2014

Agnes H. Peden, 92, of St. Joseph, passed away Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at a local healthcare facility.

Agnes was born and raised in St. Joseph. She graduated from Convent of the Sacred Heart in 1939 and attended business school. She worked in the office at Quaker Oats, Keyes-Lowe and Woolco.

She married Ronald Lee Peden, Sr. in 1948. He preceded her in death February 8, 2003.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, son, Richard Peden, sister, Frances Gero and brothers, Leonard, Richard & Robert Hamlet

Surviving family includes sons, Ronald L. (Rita) Peden, Jr. and Lynn E. (Linda) Peden, all of St. Joseph; nine grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was a NASCAR fan and enjoyed boating at the Lake of the Ozarks. She was an avid reader.

Prayer Service 10:00 AM Saturday, December 13, 2014 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, St. Joseph, Missouri.

Interment Memorial Park 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 St. James Catholic Church.

Soper, Lavada M.

December 9, 2014

Lavada M. Soper, 87, of St. Joseph, passed away on Monday, December 8, 2014 at her home.

Lavada was born February 22, 1927 in St. Joseph to Walter and Letha (Browning) Roberts.

Lavada was a homemaker; she loved to knit and make Afghans for her children and enjoyed providing fudge to her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Surviving family includes Bobbie (Ralph) Walker, Savannah, Missouri; Bernice Goodlet, Atchison, Kansas; Alberta (Richard) McDaniel, of the home; Brenda (Don) Willming, Rushville, Missouri; Walter (Liz) Soper, Nevada; Vickie (Kevin) Whiting, St. Joseph; Steven (Carol) Soper, Arizona and Doug (Anita) Soper, Stanberry, Missouri; twenty four grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Ms. Soper has been cremated under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, St. Joseph, Missouri. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

Grossman, Eugene “Brother”

December 9, 2014

Eugene “Brother” Grossman, 60, of St. Joseph, passed away Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at his home.

Eugene was born on March 6, 1954 to Virgil and Lula Mae (Salsberry) Grossman in St. Joseph.

He married Debora Hoffman in 2001.

He was the owner/operator of Grossman Service Company and later started Home Inspection Services and was joined by Jim Korell.

Eugene was preceded in death by his brother, Virgil Lee Grossman and brother-in-law Tom Becerra.

In addition to his parents and wife, survivors include children, Michael Grossman, St. Joseph, Christopher (Heather) Grossman, Kansas City, Missouri, Kelly (Steve) Smith, Kingston, MO, Eva (Jason) Williams, St. Joseph, Brandon Behymer, St. Joseph, Crystal (David) Heckman, St. Joseph, Laura (Stan) Rauh, Conway, AR, Jennifer Behymer, St. Joseph, Allison (Chistopher) Evans, St. Joseph, Grandchildren, Morgan, Landon, Cole, Damian, Brianna, Sydne, Isabella, Lily, Kenna, Caden, Xander, Maliyah, Aubrey, Emilia, Mila, sister, Judy Becerra.

Mr. Grossman has been cremated under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, St. Joseph, Missouri.  A register book will be available to sign at our chapel.

The family suggests memorial contributions in care of the funeral home.

Hughes, Leo Francis

December 9, 2014

Leo Francis Hughes, age 97, Faucett, Missouri, passed away Monday, December 8, 2014.

Leo was born on February 6, 1917, in Sioux City, Iowa to Richard and Anna (Swantz) Hughes .   Leo moved  to this area after joining the service in 1941, where he was stationed at Rosecrans Field. He met and married Jessie Stanton in 1942.

He started his college career at Dakota Wesleyan, then entered the service.  He served in the Army during WWII, and was honorably discharged in 1948.  He subsequently graduated from NWMSU at Maryville, and taught all grades at Oak Hill and the old Woodbine School before settling in Agency.  He taught there from 1950 until his retirement in 1982.  At one time, he had the distinction of being the only male first grade teacher in Missouri.

Leo was a long time member of the Agency Christian Church, Buchanan County Democratic Club,  and several professional teacher organizations including Missouri Retired Teachers Association.  He was a member of the St. Joseph Council #9, and the Agency Lodge #10, Lions Club, the “74”s, the American Legion #359, and the International Association Legion of Honor, Hugh DePayne Community #4, Mitchell Chapter #13.  For many years he was a Shriner, a member of High Twelve #49, and a Knight Templar High Priest.

Leo was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Jessie, and a sister, Marie Hammond.

He is survived by his son Leo Stanton (Stan) Hughes, wife Joan, of Faucett, granddaughter Chelsea (Jide) Obinegbo, great-granddaughter Riha, all of Frisco, TX, granddaughter Dr. Ashley Curry of Chicago, Illinois, and several nieces and nephews, all of whom he was very fond.

Services 10:00 a.m. Friday, December 12, 2014, at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.  Interment Agency Cemetery, Agency, MO.

Visitation will begin after 1:00 p.m. Thursday at our Chapel, where the family will receive friends 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations are appreciated to the Leo Hughes Memorial Teacher Scholarship Fund c/o Mid-Buchanan School, 3221 SE State Rt. H, Faucett, MO, 64448, or online at http://gofundme.com/ib0o3w.

Bird, Jr., Gaylen

December 9, 2014

Gaylen Bird Jr., 66, of St. Joseph, passed away Monday, December 8, 2014.

Gaylen was born on July 1, 1948 in Battle Creek, MI to Gaylen Sr. and Alberta (Sands) Bird.

He was employed at Land O’Lakes Purina, retiring in July 2014.

Gaylen married Joyce Ann Bowland on October 6, 1973 in St. Joseph.

Gaylen was preceded in death by his parents and daughter, Judy Bird.

In addition to his wife, surviving family include children Kim Workman (Ray), Tammy Ellis (Jim Stafford), Lori Price (Rodney), Julie Loyd (Gunnar), Greg Bird (Carolyn), Nicole Chambers (Shannon), brother, Wesley Bird, 18 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and his dogs Myia and Izzy.

Services 2:00 p.m. Thursday, December 11, 2014 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, St. Joseph.  Interment Savannah Cemetery, Savannah, Missouri.

Visitation will begin after noon on Wednesday at our chapel, where the family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday evening.

The family suggests memorial contributions in care of the funeral home.

Cellarius, Linda Sue

December 9, 2014

Linda Sue Cellarius, 70, St. Joseph, passed away Sunday, December 7, 2014.

Linda was born on July 19, 1944 in St. Joseph, to the late Willard and Luella (Woosley) Mattox.

She was a driver for Barlow Trucking.  She married Richard Cellarius on June 20, 1970.  He passed away in 2008.

In addition to her parents and husband, Linda was preceded in death by two children, Vickie Berlin and Robert Boling , sister Marilyn Morris.

Surviving family includes two children, Tawny Boling and Bruce Cellarius, two sisters, Laura Silvey and Janella Sandberg, ten grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and numerous adopted family members.

Services 2:00 p.m. Friday, December 12, 2014 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, St. Joseph.  Interment Fillmore Cemetery, Fillmore, Missouri.

Visitation will begin after 1:00 p.m. Wednesday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, St. Joseph, where family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Thursday.

The family suggests memorial contributions to AFLCIO Adopt A Family, in Memory of Linda Sue Cellarius.

Cross, Sally L.

December 9, 2014

Sally L. Cross, 62, St. Joseph, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, December 6, 2014.

She had moved from California in August with her daughter Alma Pennel (Jeremy) of St. Joseph.  Additional survivors, all in the San Diego, California area include her mother Alma Sue (Roth) Stults (husband Max), sons, Charles (Jessica) Cross, Henry Cross, sister, Jennifer Hoffman Blocker, brothers, Steve, Joe, and Jay Hoffman.  Sally also leaves four grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. 

She is preceded in death by her father, Charles Hoffman and sister, Marsha Cushing. 

Cremation under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel in St. Joseph.  There will be a register book available to sign at our chapel.  

Erickson, Saundra (Wiskoski)

December 6, 2014

Saundra (Wiskoski) Erickson, 67, of St. Joseph, passed away Friday, December 5, 2014 at the home of her sister, surrounded by family and friends.

Saundra was born and raised St. Joseph to Francis and Virginia (Cooper) Wiskoski. She moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 1984 and lived there until 2006, where she returned to St. Joseph.

Saundra married Sonny Erickson; he preceded her in death January of 2006.

She was also preceded in death by her parents.

Surviving family includes sons, Stephen (Jennifer) and Shannon (Nicki) Erickson, step-daughter, Jennifer (Jack) Townsend, five grandchildren, Kyle, Charlie, Luke, Baely and Sydney; two step-grandchildren, Michael and Jaycee, sister, Raunda (Tom) Long and brother, Ed Wiskoski.

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

Celebration of Life 2:00 PM Monday, December 8, 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 the American Cancer Society.

Peppard, Patricia J.

December 5, 2014

Patricia J. Peppard, 76, of St. Joseph, passed away Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at LaVerna Village of St. Joseph.

Pat was born on March 27, 1938 in Detroit, Michigan to Joseph L. and Carmella (Dennis) Peppard.  She graduated from Central High School and worked as a secretary and in child care before retirement.  A devout Catholic, Pat enjoyed her faith and shared a polite, positive demeanor with all she met.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, J. Dennis Peppard.

Surviving family includes brothers, William T. (Jean) Peppard, of Ocean City, Maryland; Arthur David Peppard, of St. Joseph; sister-in-law, Debra Peppard, of Cumming, Georgia; nephews, William T. Peppard, Jr., of Dover, Delaware; and Brian Peppard, of Cumming, Georgia; nieces, Heather Peppard, Charlottesville, Virginia; and Melissa Peppard, Cumming, Georgia; and numerous cousins.

Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 a.m. Monday, December 8, 2014 at St. Mary Catholic Church.  Interment at Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Visitation will begin after 1:00 p.m. Sunday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, where the family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Sunday.  The Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. Sunday at our chapel.

Wilson, Kenneth Dale Sr.

December 5, 2014

Kenneth Dale Wilson, Sr. 71, St. Joseph, MO; passed away Thursday, December 4, 2014 at his home.

Kenneth was born on March 4, 1943 in Bigelow, MO to Dale and Roxie (Steeby) Wilson.  He attended Savannah High School.

Mr. Wilson served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War from 1964-1966.

Kenneth worked as a meat cutter for Sara Lee, formerly Seitz Foods, for over 43 years.  He was an avid fisherman.

Mr. Wilson is survived by his mother, Roxie Wilson, St. Joseph; daughter, Sherri (Matt) Kinsella, Ravenwood, MO; son, Kevin Wilson, St. Joseph; grandchildren, Marie Coffelt, Kahner Wilson, Trevor Wilson and Carrie Wilson; Brother, Carol Wilson and Sister, Joetta Walter.

Kenneth was preceded in death by his father, Dale Wilson and son, Kenny Wilson.

Services 10:00 AM Monday at the Heaton-Bowman-Smith Savannah Chapel, where the family will receive friends 1 hour prior to the service.  Interment Fillmore Cemetery, Fillmore, Missouri.

Kerby, Margaret L.

December 5, 2014

Margaret L. Kerby, 76, of St. Joseph, Missouri passed away on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at Mosaic Life Care.

Margaret was born on February 5, 1938 in Kansas City, Missouri to Henry E. and Thelma D. (Morriss) Edmunds. She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and an infant son, Kevin.

Survivors include four children, Regina Overman (Michael), John Steinmetz (Janet), Karen Steinmetz, Jodi Elder (William); two brothers, Leon and Charles Edmunds; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Kerby has been cremated under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, St. Joseph, Missouri. A private family memorial service will be held at a later date. The family has requested memorials to Second Harvest Community Food Bank.

Morgan, Bettie J.

December 4, 2014

Bettie J. Morgan, 70, Avenue City, Missouri, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at Mosaic Life Care in St. Joseph, MO.

She was born September 5, 1944 in Bardwell, Kentucky to James Arthur and Easline (Beshears) Sutton.

She attended Cosmetology School in 1984 and then owned and operated The Finishing Touch Nail Salon as a manicurist.

Bettie was married to H. Wayne Morgan on May 22, 1961 . He preceded her in death.

She was a member of Grace Evangelical Church and she enjoyed spending time with her family.

Preceding her in death were her parents, daughter Faith; great-granddaughter Moriah; sisters; Dathel and Ethel.

Survivors include daughter; Michelle (David) Gibbons Avenue City, sisters; Ann and Martha, brothers; Donnie and Ronnie, grandchildren; Tiffany (Robbie), Morgan, Rachelle, Taylor, Kaleigh, 9 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services 10:30 am, Saturday at Grace Evangelical Church, St. Joseph.

Interment Savannah Cemetery, Savannah, Missouri.

Visitation will be held from 12:00 to 4:00 pm Friday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, St. Joseph. Mrs. Morgan will be removed from our chapel to arrive at Grace Evangelical Church in St. Joseph, where the family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 pm Friday evening.

Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Missions.

Arrangements entrusted to the Heaton-Bowman-Smith Savannah Chapel where a register book will be available to sign.

(DeVall) Hovenga, Billie June

December 3, 2014

Billie June (DeVall) Hovenga, 91, passed away Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at the home of her daughter in Kansas City, Missouri.

Billie June was born on June 5, 1923 to Frank and Mary DeVall in Agency, Missouri.  She graduated from Stewartsville High School in 1941.

She married John E. Hovenga on November 11, 1941.  They were blessed with four children; Mary Lou, Steve, Byron and Carolyn.  She was a mother and homemaker while her children were young.  She also worked with her husband in his used car business.

Surivors include her children, Mary Lou Piepergerdes (Dennis), Excelsior Springs, Missouri; Byron Hovenga (Juanita), Stewartsville,  Missouri; Carolyn Pajor (John); Kansas City, Missouri; 12 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and many friends.

Mrs. Hovenga was preceded in death by her parents, sister, brother, son, Steve and grandson, Chris.

Memorial Service 2:00 PM Sunday, December 7, 2014 at Maple Grove Community of Christ, Stewartsville, Missouri. Arrangements: Heaton-Bowman-Smith and Sidenfaden Chapel.

Memorial donations may be made to Maple Grove Community of Christ.

Wooten, Ruth Beverly

December 3, 2014

Ruth Beverly Wooten, 75, of Savannah, Mo went to be with her Lord on December 1, 2014 at the home of James and Kathy Hellerich.

Beverly was born in St. Joseph, Mo to James Pete an Oma Esther Meininger. Beverly was married to Curtis A Wooten on November 12, 1961 in St Joseph, Mo.

To all who knew her, she was amazing gifted in sewing, crafts, drawing, painting. Her talents will surely be missed.

Beverly was preceded in death by mother Oma Esther Meininger, father James Pete Meininger, sister Bonnie Marie Meininger, husband Curtis A Wooten, son David Duane James, daughter Karen Sue Wooten, grandson Stephen Wayne Maag.

Additional survivors include sisters Mary Hess, Janet Swarphout, son Frank (Sheila) James, Cosby, Mo, daughter Kathy (James) Hellerich, Savannah, Mo son Darrell Wooten, St Joseph, Mo, son Roger Wooten, Farmington, Mo. Grandchildren, Adam (Courtnie) Maag, Cody Maag, Todd Frink, Jacob Maag, Joshua Hellerich, Becky (Justin) Karguth, David (Chrissy) James, Darren Wooten, Danny Wooten. Eight Great Grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Wooten has been cremated under the direction of Heaton -Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. There will be no visitation or service. Inurnment will be at a later date.

The family would like to acknowledge the wonderful care from Hands of Hope Hospice.

Condolences may be sent to the home of James & Kathy Hellerich, 601 West Elk, Savannah, Mo 64485. in lieu of flowers, Beverly’s wishes were for donations to be made to the Stephen Maag Memorial Cross Country Scholarship Fund in care of Postal Community Credit Union, PO Box 242, Savannah, Mo 64485.

Thompson, Samuel Eugene

November 29, 2014

Samuel Eugene Thompson, Sam to his family and friends, 77, passed away on November 28, 2014 at his home at Corby Senior Living surrounded by his loving family.  In his words, “He wasn’t, he was, he isn’t”.

Sam was born to Garland and Myrtle Thompson on March 18, 1937, and grew up in the Industrial City area of St. Joseph.  He married Donna (Buckles) on December 7, 1957.  Their union was blessed by three children: Sam (Angie) Thompson, of Gower, MO; Kelly (Marsha) Thompson of Olathe, KS; and Dawn (Kevin) Berryman of St. Joseph.

Sam leaves behind grandchildren: Chrystal Huston, Nathan Berryman, Anna Thompson, Rachel Thompson, Summer Berryman, Jaycee Roe, Danae Berryman and Kiley Roe.  Great grandchildren: Izzy Huston and Adele Johnson.  In addition, he had several honorary grandchildren including: Gage White and Austin Day.  Sam is also survived by siblings: Everett (Kay) Thompson and Sheryl (Larry) Blevins. Brother in Law, Larry (Nora) Buckles, and sisters in law: Darlene Overholt and Connie (Ken) Mayfield.  In addition, he will be missed by several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Garland Thompson, Jr.

Sam was a veteran, serving in both the Air Force and, later the Naval Reserves.  He graciously served as the Public Administrator in Andrew County for 8 years and was a diligent Court Appointed Special Advocate for the 5th Judicial Circuit.  He was active in local and state politics and worked several years in the trucking industry.

Sam was a compassionate, generous man who, along with Donna, instilled a love of service to others in their children’s hearts.  He was most happy surrounded by people celebrating life.  He enjoyed fishing with his brother(s), playing cards with family and dancing.  He was                                                       inquisitive and intelligent and never abandoned his quest for knowledge.

Sam was most proud of his grandchildren and spent a great deal of his retirement spending time with them.  He always said he enjoyed being around young people and he was the first to jump in and do something silly with them.  Until recently, he insisted that he was not old and didn’t like being around “old” people.  As late as age 70 he played kickball with the kids, jumped on the trampoline and went down a three story slide with one of his granddaughters.

The stories and memories of Sam’s shenanigans are unlimited.  They all portray a kind, fun loving man who always made the effort to include everyone.  His absence will have a profound impact on the lives of those who love him.

Services 1:30 PM Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, St. Joseph, Missouri. Entombment Mount Olivet Cemetery.

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

Merritt, Mary Leese

November 29, 2014

Mary Lucile (Leese) Merritt, 100, of St. Joseph, passed away Friday, November 28, 2014, at Carriage Square Health Care Center.

Mary was born April 15, 1914, near Rea, MO to James and Dollie (Baker) Lease.  She attended elementary school in Rea and graduated from Rosendale Missouri High School in 1933.

Mary attended Maryville Teachers College for two years and taught at Lincoln Rural School near Guilford, Missouri for two years.

Ralph R. Merritt and Mary were married April 25, 1937, celebrating nearly 72 years together until Ralph’s death in March, 2009.  They farmed near Bolckow, Missouri moving to Van Nuys, CA in 1946, where Mary worked several years in department stores.  In 1965, they moved to Savannah, Missouri.  Mary was employed with Swanson’s Market, retiring in 1976.

Mary enjoyed many crafts, especially crocheting, sewing, flowers, and gardening.  A trademark was her delicious homemade cookies served to family and friends, as well as little crocheted doilies many received as gifts.

Mary was a member of the Central Christian Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Baker Leese, sisters, Helen Raines, Jennie Eychaner, Nannie Leese, Elizabeth Baum and nephew, Ray Eychaner.

Surviving family includes sister-in-law, Ernestine Merritt, Savannah, three nephews, James (Linda) Leese, Overland Park, KS, Michael Baum, Simi Valley, CA, Glen (Cyndee) Merritt, Jr., Savannah, six nieces, Ruth Ann (LeRoy) Eychaner Bush, St. Joseph, Betty Freeman Eychaner, St. Joseph, Almeda Eychaner Hoffman, Chattanooga, TN, Donna (Jerry)Merritt McDonald, Cosby, Diane (Jim) Merritt Oliver, Lenexa, KS, and her caregiver Twyla (John) Leese Hutson, St. Joseph, great and great-great nieces and nephews and friends.

Services 2:00 p.m. Monday, December 1, 2014, at Heaton-Bowman Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, St. Joseph, Missouri.  Interment Savannah Cemetery, Savannah, Missouri.

Visitation will begin after 9:00 a.m. Monday, December 1, 2014, at our chapel.  Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Hands of Hope Hospice of St. Joseph, Missouri.

Hanceross Downing, Linda

November 29, 2014

Linda Hanceross Downing, 59, of St. Joseph, went to her heavenly home on Wednesday, November 26, 2014.

Linda was born in St. Joseph, MO on December 2, 1954 to Betty (Brigman) and Raymond Hanecross, who proceeded her in death.  She was also preceeded in death by a brother, Kenneth Evans.

Linda lived most of her life in St. Joseph.  She loved to do crafts, sew and spoil her 6 grandchildren.

Linda married Michael Downing in 1994, and remained very close friends.

She is survived by a daughter, Michelle Hoyt Sharp Kirby (Dennis Kirby), of the home; son, Mark Steven Hoyt, Jr. (Jennifer), of St. Joseph, MO; brothers, Jim Brigman (Anna)  of Spring, TX; Mike Evans (Debbie) of Harrisonville, MO and Johnny Hanceross of Bonner Springs, MO; sister, Bridgett Hanceross Kissick (Larry) of Belton, MO; 6 grandchildren, Matthew and Noah Sharp, Scott Patrylak, Cyrus Socia-surritt, all of St. Joseph and Trent and Hailey Hoyt of Leadville, CO.

The family will receive friends 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Saturday at the Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel in care of the family.

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

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