Ross, John (J.D.)

September 17, 2013

John (J.D.) Ross, 78, of St. Joseph, Missouri passed away on Sunday, September 15, 2013 at his home.

J.D. was born on May 9, 1935 in Decatur, Illinois to John C. and LeGreta B. (Bowman) Ross. The family later moved to Independence, Missouri, where he graduated from high school. He married Sherry Eads in 1957. She preceded him in death in 2007. He served in the United States Air Force from 1957 to 1961.

J.D. was a electrical technician at Armco Steel, Kansas City Power and Light and then moved to Winnemucca, Nevada in 1984 where he worked for Sierra Pacific Power Company from which he retired. After his retirement he moved back to St. Joseph to be closer to his family.

He was of the Christian faith and enjoyed dancing, fishing, woodworking and spending time with his family and friends.

J.D. married Dorothy Evans in 2010, she survives of the home. Additional survivors include two sons,
J.R. Ross (Leslie), Curtis Ross (Diane), step-son, Dean A. Penn (Fatima); four grandchildren, Jonathan, Jessica, Cristine and Justin; one great-grandchild, Decklyn, all of St. Joseph; one sister, Phyllis Tittle, Independence.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 7:00pm on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 followed by a Celebration of Life at 7pm at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Mr. Ross has been cremated. Inurnment will be held at a later date in Ashland Cemetery.

The family suggests memorials to the American Cancer Society.

Mathews, William “Bill”

September 17, 2013

William “Bill” Mathews, 90, of Country Club, Missouri passed away on Sunday, September 15, 2013 at his home.

William was born on November 12, 1922, in St. Joseph, Missouri to McKinley and Lillian (Gronner) Mathews. He was a graduate of Central High School and a member of Green Valley Baptist Church.

William was owner and operator of Bill & Bobs Hitching Post for numerous years. He enjoyed fishing, mushroom hunting, playing cards and watching sports on tv.

He married Martha Carlson, She preceded him in death in 1994. He was also preceded by his parents, one brother, Bobby Mathews and one sister, Geraldine Bechtold and brother-in-law, Bob Bechtold.

Survivors include two daughters, Cindy (Edward) Justice, Pamela (Greg) Edmondson; five grandchildren, Brandi Koelzer (Stephen), Hailee justice, Jamie Justice, McKinley Edmondson and Wyatt Edmondson.

Services 1:30pm Thursday, September 19, 2013 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will begin after 12:00 noon Wednesday at our chapel where the family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00pm.

Taylor, Chris

September 12, 2013

Chris Taylor, 35, St. Joseph, MO, passed away Saturday, September 7, 2013, at his home.

Chris was born in Santa Ana, CA, on October 27, 1977, to William B. Taylor and Carol J. (Higgins) Helean. He was of the Baptist Faith and attended North Kitsap High School in Poulsbo, WA. He was employed as a machinist for Atchison Casting in St. Joseph.

He was multi-talented and took great pride in his work and hobbies. He was an avid stereo system enthusiast and loved to play the guitar and worked on cars.

Chris is survived by his children, Zachary and Elizebeth, of Savannah, MO; his mother, Carol J. Helean of St. Joseph; father, William B. Taylor of St. Joseph; sister, Regina Fulton and husband Peter and children Sean and Heather Fulton of Fairborn, OH; maternal grandmother, Susan Higgins of St. Joseph, MO; and by Buster the beagle. He was a beloved son, father and friend, who will be missed by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his step-father Terrance Helean and his grandfather Francis Higgins.

Chapel Service 1:00 p.m. Saturday, September 14, 2013 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.

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

The family request memorials to the American Heart Association.

Davis, Betty Ray (Breit)

September 12, 2013

Betty Ray (Breit) Davis, 67, St. Joseph, MO, passed away on Tuesday, September 10, 2013, surrounded by her loving family.

Betty was born on September 26, 1945 in St. Joseph, MO to the late Raymond and Velma (Jacobs) Breit. She is a graduate of Lafayette High School.

Betty was employed as a cook at Lafayette High School for 30 years, retiring 6 years ago. During the summers she also worked as a Supervisor for the Dairy Queen, in Savannah, MO.

Mrs. Davis was a devoted member of Copeland Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday School. She enjoyed gardening and was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She will be dearly missed.

Survivors include two sons, Melvin Thomas (Sheila) Ellis, Jr. and Marc Livingston Ellis; grandchildren, Bobbie Kay Henson, Nichole Richey, Chelsie, Drew, Paige, and Matthew “Chase” Ellis; great-grandchildren, Kaylee, Khloe, Fischer, Jack and Thomas; sisters; Gerry Ann Chambers, Judy Crawford and Wendy Sontheimer; brothers, Ray, Roy and Ricky Breit; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Betty was preceded in death by a son, Matthew Raymond Ellis, two sisters, Connie Joe King, Caren Ann and brother, David Breit.

Funeral Service 10:00 a.m. Friday, September 13, 2013 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery.

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

Memorial donations may be made to Copeland Baptist Church.

Lowrance, Byron K.

September 12, 2013

Cameron, MO – Byron K. Lowrance, 46, passed away September 10, 2013 at Heartland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph.

Byron was born on March 8, 1967 in Apple Valley, CA to Donald and Margaret (Andrews) Lowrance. They survive of the home.

He worked as an Accountant.

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

Keith, Piper Allyn

September 8, 2013

Piper Allyn Keith, infant daughter of Aaron and Andrea Keith, passed away on Friday, September 6, 2013, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri.

Heaven welcomed Piper as a tiny angel for God. She fought as hard as she could and we are so proud of her. We are blessed to have been able to love her.

Piper was born on September 4, 2013, in Kansas City, Missouri.

Piper was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Craig Combs and Paul Wade.

She is survived by her parents, two sisters, Olivia and Zoey Keith; maternal grandmother, Karen Combs; paternal grandmother, Stacy Hunt, paternal great-grandparents, David and Sharon Hunt; four aunts, Amy Cloud (Galen), Angie Losson (Brett), Danielle Keith, Ashley Wade-Johnson and one uncle, Justin Combs (Angela); two great-aunts, Carey Cox and Andrea Jacobs, one great- uncle, Carl Flanagan, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Services 11:00 AM Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.
Interment Memorial Park Cemetery.

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

In Memory of Piper, anyone who would like to donate a stuffed animal or children’s book in her memory to the St. Lukes NICU may deliver these items to the funeral home.

Daniels, Mary R.

September 7, 2013

Mary R.Daniels, 81, lifelong St. Joseph, MO resident passed away Thursday, September 5, 2013 at Carriage Square health care center.

Mary was born in St. Joseph on August 19, 1932, to Orian E. and Beatrice (Lee) Brown.

She was a graduate of Lafayette High School and was of the Baptist faith. She was a homemaker and retired from Sears. She enjoyed camping and fishing at Bennett Springs, MO.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her lifelong companion, Harold E. Mills; brothers, Walter (Sonny) and Charles Brown; son, Dennis and three grandsons, Jacob, David and Jeremy.

Survivors include children: Mike Daniels (Okie), Cathy Edwards (Steve), Steve Daniels (Cheryl), David F. Daniels (Cathy) and Verna Lyon; brothers, Dennis R. Brown; ten grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Mrs. Daniels has been cremated under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. There will be no services. The family will receive friends from
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Sunday, September 8, 2013 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.

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

Criss, Veda Mae

September 6, 2013

Veda Mae (Barr) Criss 82, Savannah, Missouri, passed away Thursday September 5, 2013 at Shady Lawn Living Center surrounded by her family.

Veda was born February 21, 1931 to Boyd and Naomi (Ware) Barr in Graham, Missouri. She graduated Valedictorian from Fillmore High School in 1949. She attended St. Joseph’s “Sisters” Hospital School of Nursing and graduated as a registered nurse in 1952.

In 1954, Veda married Bob Criss, who preceded her in death in 2001, and to this union were born three children, Kirby (Rita) Criss, St. Joseph, Mo., Kathy (Mike) Walter, Savannah, Mo. and Neil Criss, Stewartsville, Mo.

Additional survivors include two brothers, Bill Barr, Graham, Missouri, Bob (Janice) Barr, Austin, Texas; daughter-in-law, Carol Criss, Savannah, Missouri; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several cousins; nieces; nephews; and devoted friends.

Veda worked for doctors Kelly, Baker and Long and then she went to work for the Sisters of St. Francis at LaVerna Heights. In 1974, she became the director of nursing at LaVerna Village Nursing Home, retiring in 1991.

Veda was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend.

She was a member of the First Christian Church in Savannah, where she was a member of the Caryl Chimes in addition to serving as the Recorder for the Cradle Roll for many years.

Funeral Services 10 am, Monday at First Christian Church, Savannah Missouri. Public Visitation will begin after 12:00 pm Sunday at the Heaton-Bowman-Smith Savannah Chapel, where the family will receive friends from 6 to 8 pm. Interment Savannah Cemetery, Savannah, MO.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to First Christian Church, Savannah, Missouri or AseraCare Hospice, Savannah, Missouri.

Kneib, James “Jim” M.

September 4, 2013

James (“Jim”) M. Kneib, 56, St. Joseph, died surrounded by family and friends on Monday, September 2, 2013, at Heartland Regional Medical Center.
Jim was a loving and devoted son to his mother and father Ruth C. (Reardon) Kneib and Earl G. Kneib of St. Joseph, who survive. Survivors include, his sister Susan Kneib Hubbard, (Rick) Kansas City, MO; god-mother, Florita Allgaier, of St. Joseph; uncle, Wayne Reardon, of Easton, MO; and aunt, Geraldine Fisher, Gower, MO, and many cousins.
Jim was born on November 9, 1956 in Kansas City, MO. He graduated from Cathedral School establishing a friendship in 7th grade that would last a lifetime with his friend and collaborator in many projects, Phil Klawuhn.
Jim graduated from Bishop LeBlond High School in 1975 where he was Student Council President and excelled in speech and debate. He also attended Creighton University, Omaha, NE and Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
At an early age, Jim developed an interest in politics and government. He served as an intern on the staff of Congressman Jerry Litton who said of Jim that he was one of the brightest young men he had ever met.
Jim also served as assistant to Deputy Director Jim Sprake in the Missouri Dept. of Agriculture and to Director of Administration Paul Hurst. During that time, Jim also served as assistant director of the Missouri State Fair.
Upon returning from college, Jim became involved in real estate and investment in development properties with Earl and Ruth, particularly in the Frederick/Riverside corridor and in Eastern Buchanan County. In later years, he oversaw his family’s farming operation.
He was also involved in the family business that manufactured the Kneib “Pop-Up” hay bail loader. Jim played an instrumental part in the campaign for restoration of the Buchanan County Courthouse.
Jim served in finance roles for numerous political campaigns including Jim Russell for Congress and Ken Rothman for Governor, who remained close friends.
Jim enjoyed fishing, trapshooting and boating. He was an avid traveler taking many trips to Germany to visit Kneib family members located through his genealogy studies and to his favorite vacation spots in Costa Rica including with his fishing buddy and dear friend, Dr. Jay McMillen.

Jim was a devoted Catholic, a member of Cathedral parish and served on the Property Committee of the Diocese of Kansas City – St. Joseph. He and his family have also been significant contributors to Conception Abbey.
Jim was a dedicated friend to many during his lifetime. He will be fondly remembered and sadly missed by his family and friends but his spirit will live on in their lives and in the many endeavors in which he was involved.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Most Reverend Bishop Robert Finn, D.D. at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, September 7 at St. Joseph Cathedral, 519 N. 10th St., St. Joseph, MO. The Mass will be concelebrated by Abbott Gregory Polan, OSB, Fr. Matthew Rotert, and Fr. Benedict Neenan, OSB. A parish rosary led by Fr. Matthew Benjamin will be recited at 6:00 p.m. and the family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., Friday, September 6, at Heaton-Bowman-Smith and Sidenfaden Chapel, 3609 Frederick Ave., St. Joseph, MO.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to St. Joseph Cathedral School. Interment following service at Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Miller, Opal

September 3, 2013

Opal was born on September 11, 1925, her earthly journey ended on September 2, 2013. Opal retired in 2004 after a combined service of 60 years with Sister’s and Heartland Hospital.

Opal was a daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend.

She was loved and admired by her family. The family has planned a celebration of life service 3:00 PM Thursday, September 5, 2013 at Woodson Chapel Christian Church. They invite you to join them as they celebrate the life of a Christian woman who nurtured her family, gave more then she receive and thankfully enjoyed the life she was given.

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

Family Inurnment will be held at a later date.

Neely, Terry L.

September 3, 2013

Terry L. Neely, 59, Country Club Village, Missouri, passed away Monday, September 2, 2013 at his home.

Terry was born June 11, 1954 in Bellevue, Ohio to James Wilbur and Mary Magdalene (Howard) Neely. He graduated from North Andrew High School and served his country in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War.

Terry married Cindy Beattie on February 14, 1975, and together they raised two children.

Mr. Neely was a project manager/engineer for AGP. He was a devoted member of Saint Paul United Methodist Church.

Terry was an avid golfer at Duncan Hills. He also loved hunting and was an enthusiastic Mizzou fan. Terry was a kind hearted man and was always willing to lend a helping hand.

Terry was preceded in death by his parents; infant brother and sister, Carey and Diane Neely.

Survivors include wife, Cindy Neely, of the home; daughters, Ashley (Casey) Lance, and Kensey Neely, St. Joseph, Missouri; siblings, James R. (Lori) Neely, Durham, North Carolina, Johnney D. (Teresea) Neely, Cosby, Missouri, Tammy M. (Terry) Looney, Springfield, Missouri; numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial service 6 pm, Thursday at Saint Paul United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends from 3:30 to 6 pm Thursday afternoon at the Church. Inurnment Savannah Cemetery at a later date. Services under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith Savannah Chapel.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Saint Paul United Methodist Church.

Welter Fischer, Vila J. (Tisket)

September 3, 2013

Vila J. Welter Fischer (Tisket), 76, of St. Joseph, Mo went to be with her Lord on August 28, 2013 after an extended battle with cancer.

Vila was born on May 10, 1937 to Albert and Rose Logeais in Litchfield, Minnesota. She graduated from Eden Valley, Minnesota. She later moved to St. Joseph, Mo and married Dave Welter and who passed away on December 9, 1995. She also was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Rich Logeais and one special son, Daniel J. Gross in December, 2012.

Vila was an active member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. She moved to Belton, Mo for several years and then moved back to St. Joseph.

She worked various jobs, Whitaker Cable, Quaker Oats and St. Joseph School District, Lindbergh School, where she was a baker and cook for over thirteen years. Some of her favorite foods were pumpkin pie from scratch and bread pudding.

She will be mostly remembered for her magnificent sense of humor, her intelligence, strength of character, her unlimited generosity and her devotion to family and friends.
She loved her family, grandkids and great-grandkids.

In October, 2008, she met her best friend and husband. They became engaged in the same year. They traveled 41 states including Hawaii and Ireland as well. Most of all, she loved to winter in Laferio, Texas. On October 6, 2012, they were married at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church and had a reception at Knights of Columbus.

She is survived by her husband, Thomas L. Fischer, of the home; son, Lee “Joe” Gross (Yong) of Waynesville, Mo; daughter, Lisa Lynn Logeais, of Blue Springs, Mo; step-sons, Denny, John and Doyle Welter, Thomas J. Fischer, and Robert A. Fischer, all of St. Joseph; step-daughters, Terri Fitzwilson, Tulsa, OK, Vicky Durham, Killeen, TX; Sandy Boyles and Jennifer Humbert, of St. Joseph, Mo; two brothers, Bob Logeais, Eden Valley, MN and Don Logeais, Alexander, VA; three aunts, Vioka Lock, South Haven, MN, Josephine Bachinski, New Prague, MN and Violet Elliott, Beach Grove, IN. She also had 15 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren and 5 very special friends, Shirley Yunk of Eden Valley, MN, and Connie Norris, Shirley Grable, Nellie Idler and Penny George, of St. Joseph.

Funeral Liturgy 10:00 AM Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery.

Visitation will begin after 12:00 Noon Monday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, where a Rosary will be recited at 6:00 PM Monday, September 2, 2013. The family will receive friends following the Rosary until 9 PM.

The family suggests memorial contributions to American Cancer Society or Hands of Hope Hospice.

Millsap, Laura M. (Krumme)

August 30, 2013

Laura Marie (Krumme) Millsap, 38, of St. Joseph, passed away Thursday, August 29, 2013.

Laura was born October 26, 1974 to Rodney & Phyllis Krumme of Faucett, Missouri.

She was a graduate of Missouri Western State University. She was a member of the Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education. She taught school at New York Elementary near Hamilton, Missouri in 1999 to 2001.

She married Shawn R. Millsap on August 12, 1995. In 2003 she suffered a hemorrhage that left her a quadriplegic. She bravely managed her home and raised her children, Brooklyn, 17, and Rylan, 14 from a hospital bed in her home. Laura was an inspiration to all who knew her. She rarely ever complained and lived out her faith daily.

Laura was a member of Sparta United Methodist Church, where she developed and led the Children’s Church Program, before she became paralyzed. She loved children, holidays, especially Christmas, church and flowers.

Laura was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Lewis Testerman, and her paternal grandparents, Tom & Carolyn Krumme.

Survivors: parents, husband, children, her maternal grandmother, Virginia Testerman, sisters, Becky (Billy) Hafley, Shelly (Jim) Wolfram, Merri (David) Wolfram, and Dawn (Matt) Smith, mother and father-in-law, Dennis and Karen Steeby, brother-in-law, Cody (Rachael) Millsap, sister-in-law, Rachael Millsap, 20 nieces and nephews, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Services 11:00 AM Saturday, August 31, 2013 at Sparta United Methodist Church.
Interment Sparta Cemetery.

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

Lewis, Thomas Jay

August 29, 2013

Thomas Jay Lewis, 62, Savannah, Missouri, passed away Monday, August 26, 2013, after a battle with cancer, at his home, surrounded by his family.

Tom was born November 28, 1950, in South Bend, Indiana, to Fred H. and Anne D. (Deck) Lewis. He was a 1969 graduate of Southwest High School of Kansas City. Tom obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics in 1973, his Masters in Teaching in 1974 and a Masters in Counseling in 1975, all from Northwest Missouri State University.

Tom married Ramona R. Radley on May 19, 1973 in Excelsior Springs, Missouri, she survives of the home. He worked for Savannah R3 School District for 32 years, employed as a teacher, counselor, technical director and coach for girls and boys tennis.

Tom was honored as 1998-1999 Missouri State High School Activities Association 1A-3A Tennis Coach of the Year and 2000 National Federation Coaches Association Girls Tennis Coach of the Year Missouri.
He was also named 2002 Savannah R3 School District Teacher of the Year.

Tom was a devoted son, father, husband and papa. He enjoyed his family, Church, traveling and woodworking. Jigsaw puzzles, camping and painting were additional hobbies.

Tom belonged to First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Savannah for 30 years. He served as deacon, elder, Church board chairman, Sunday School teacher and youth group leader. He was also a member of the Sanctuary Choir and Handbell Choir (Caryl Chimers).

Tom was also a charter member of the River Bluffs Regional Library Board of Trustees.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents; and a set of stillborn twin brothers.

Additional survivors include daughters, Cindy (Andrew) Price, Excelsior Springs, Missouri, Kelly (Tim) Jones, Savannah, Beth (Justin) Malotte, St. Joseph, Missouri; one granddaughter, Jordin Price, Excelsior Springs; and brother, Fred (Linnea) Lewis, Portland, Oregon.

Celebration of Life 10 am, Friday at First Christian Church, Savannah. Visitation will begin after 12 noon, Thursday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith Savannah Chapel. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 pm Thursday evening at First Christian Church. Mr. Lewis has been cremated.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Aseracare Hospice, Savannah School District Foundation or First Christian Church of Savannah.

Elkins, Jean

August 29, 2013

Jean Elkins, 89, St. Joseph, MO, passed away Tuesday, August 27, 2013, surrounded by her family and loved ones at a local health care center.

Jean was born on August 12, 1924, in Maryville, MO to William F. and Maude (Bainum) Phares.

She married Wheaton Elkins on March 30, 1945, in Troy, KS. They were married 64 years. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband and son, Daniel Eugene Elkins; her parents and one brother William F. Phares, Jr.

Jean was co-owner of Elkins Abstract and later managed St. Joseph Title.

Survivors include her sons, Randy Elkins, Frederick, MD and Sam Elkins, St. Joseph, MO; daughter-in-law, Ann Elkins, St. Joseph, MO; grandchildren, Christene, Jesse, Wheat, Sean and Alexis; four great-grandchildren; one sister, Frances Aldrich, of AR and numerous nieces and nephews.

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

The family suggests Memorial contributions to Friends of the Free Clinic, 904 South 10th Street, St. Joseph, MO 64503.

Snapp, Jolinda “Jo” Kae

August 28, 2013

Jolinda Kae “Jo” Snapp, 65, of St. Joseph, passed away Monday August 26, 2013 at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

Jo was born to Charles J. and Rita (Feiden) Dwyer and was raised in St. Joseph; she graduated from Lafayette High School, Class of 1965.

She was married twice and found her true love of 20 years, Gary F. Kretzer, Sr., he survives of the home.

She worked at Mead for 31 years; after they closed she then worked as a tele-recruiter at the Community Blood Center.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and brother, Douglas Dwyer.

Additional surviving family includes son, Chris Gilmore and wife, Marilyn; daughter, Jody Snapp, both of St. Joseph; step-children, Kimberly Charfauros, and husband, Dennis; Gary Kretzer, Jr., and wife, Shannon; and Amy Kretzer, grandchildren, C.J. Snapp, David and Cameron Gilmore, Alec Fannon, Lilly Charfauros, Emma, Molly and Max Kretzer.

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

Celebration of Life 7:00 PM Thursday, August 29, 2013 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.

Visitation will begin after 5:00 PM Thursday at our chapel.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Foundation of Sarcoidosis Research or the American Cancer Society.

Foulk, Rosanna Kay

August 28, 2013

Rosanna Kay Foulk, 60, of St. Joseph, passed away Sunday, August 25, 2013 from complications after a lengthy battle with cancer.

A dedicated and loving mother, Rosanna is survived by son, Scott Foulk, daughter, Heather Foulk-Metcalf, and grandchildren, Tory Foulk, Remi Foulk, and Everleigh Foulk.

Rosanna was born on December 9, 1952 to Everett and Rose Hughes. Rosanna is also survived by her siblings, Mike Hughes, Paul Hughes, Julia Mann, Felicia Nickell, James Hughes and Angela Mikles. She was preceded in death by her mother, Rose Elizabeth Hughes and husband, Forrest E. Foulk.

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

Memorial Service 3:00 PM Friday, August 30, 2013 at Heaton Bowman Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel

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

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Susan G. Komen Foundation or the American Cancer Society.

Rogers, Gayle S.

August 28, 2013

Gayle S. Rogers, 93, of St. Joseph, passed away Sunday, August 25, 2013.

Gayle was born on May 22, 1920 to George and Susie Stallsworth in St. Joseph. Gayle married Paul J. Rogers, May 7, 1942. They were married for 60 years. Paul preceded her in death in 2002.

She worked for the Douglas Candy Co. and the St. Joseph School system in the cafeteria. She was a life long member of Savannah Avenue Baptist Church.

Gayle loved cooking, loved her church and loved being with her family and friends.

Survivors: one son, Jack and wife, Judy; grandchildren, Angie (Tim) Wilson, great-grandson, Hunter Wilson, Jennifer (Craig) Stanek; great-granddaughter, Sara, Brooke and (Colby Muff), and Jeff Rogers, Ryan Havener and Chris Havener; 6 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-granddaughter.

Services 10:00 AM Thursday, August 29, 2013 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.
Interment St. John’s Cemetery, Amazonia, Missouri.

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

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Savannah Avenue Baptist Church.

Ashley, Virgil M. “Pete”

August 25, 2013

Virgil M. “Pete” Ashley, 85, of St. Joseph, passed away Saturday, August 24, 2013 at his home.

Pete was born on August 26, 1927 in St. Joseph to Charles and Zolah (Lane) Ashley.
He graduated from Lafayette High School in St. Joseph, and served in the United States Navy and Army. He later worked for Wire Rope Co. for 30 years until his retirement in 1993.

He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating, and he was known as the “River Rat”. He was a charter member of the Missouri Big Buck Club and held the number 1 spot for the largest deer rack for 2 years in a row.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Martin Ashley, and nephew, Joe Miller.

Surviving family includes daughter, Kelly (Joe) Barber, of St. Joseph; companion and partner in crime, Mona Kurtz, of the home; grandson, Drew and granddaughter, Jillian “Papa’s Varmints”, sister, Charlene (Frank) Miller, Louisville, KY; and 3 nephews, Greg Ashley, Brad Ashley and Robert Miller.

Services 10:00 AM Tuesday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, in St. Joseph.
Interment Bennett-Lane Cemetery, Savannah, Missouri.

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

The family suggests memorial contributions to Kendallwood Hospice.

Gascoigne, Jerry

August 25, 2013

Cosby, MO-Jerry Gascoigne, 74, passed away on Thursday, August 22, 2013. at a St. Joseph health care center.

Jerry was born on July 26, 1939, in Ravenna, Nebraska, to George and Addie Rosalea (Duncan) Gascoigne.

He retired after 41 years as an Engineer for BNSF. He was a member and past commander of American Legion Post 359 and Eagles Lodge #49.

He was preceded in death by his parents; maternal grandparents who raised him, Ellsworth and Delpha Duncan; and paternal grandparents, Joseph (Amanda) Gascoigne.

Jerry married Carolyn Barton on May 29, 1959, at the Methodist Church in Ravenna, Nebraska. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include his sons, Kenny, Ravenna, NE, Roger and Brian Gascoigne of St. Joseph, MO, Greg (Karen), Callaway, NE; ten grandchildren; brother, Carl Olson; sister, Karlene Larson, sister-in-law, Connie McKeon and mother-in-law, Wilma Barton.

Visitation will begin after 9:00 a.m. Monday, August 26, 2013 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel where the family will receive friends 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday evening.

A Celebration of life will be held at a later date in Ravenna, Nebraska, with inurnment at Highland Cemetery in Ravenna.

Biggerstaff, Cyndie

August 25, 2013

Cyndie Biggerstaff, 55, lifelong resident of St. Joseph, MO, passed away on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at her home.

Cyndie was born on October 4, 1957 in St. Joseph, to John Lewis and Thelma Jane (Brown) Biggerstaff. She was a graduate of Central High School, Class of 1975. She attended Missouri Western State University. She worked at Shanin Pharmacy, Citi Bank and in 1993 she worked for what is now Triumph Foods.

Cyndie is survived by one brother Kevin Biggerstaff of St. Joseph, MO; one niece, Elizabeth Goudeau and nephew, C.J. Goudeau, both of Kansas City, MO.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister.

Services 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.
Interment Savannah Cemetery.

Visitation will begin at 12 noon on Monday at the chapel, where the family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

The family suggests memorials to the National Kidney Foundation.

Hockaday, Brian K.

August 25, 2013

Brian K. Hockaday, 47, of St. Joseph, passed away Wednesday, August 21, 2013 surrounded by family and great friends after a long hard battle with cancer.

He was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of Emory B. and Judy I. (Brown) Hockaday. He graduated from Central High School in St. Joseph in 1983. He was employed at Jamieson’s Machine & Supply Co. for 26 years.

He married Denise Norris on March 8, 1986 at McCarthy Baptist Church in St. Joseph.

He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Denise Hockaday, of 27 years of marriage, 2 sons, Cody and Aaron, and a daughter, Hailey Hockaday; his brother, Mike and his wife, Michelle, one grandson Elijah, 2 nieces Xaine & Melia, and nephew, Noah.

He was a devoted son, father, husband and papa. He is already greeting his family and fishing with his dad again even though they aren’t catching anything. He will be missed greatly by all.

Mr. Hockaday has been cremated under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.

Visitation will begin after 8:00 AM Saturday, August 24, 2013 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel., where the family will receive friends from 2:00 to 4:00 PM Saturday.

The family suggests memorial contributions to their Children’s College Fund c/o Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.

Deatherage, Jerry

August 22, 2013

Jerry Deatherage, 65, of St. Joseph, passed away, Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at his home.

Jerry was born on April 21, 1948 in St. Joseph to Donald and Elaine (Krumme) Deatherage. They preceded him in death.

Surviving: three sons: Jeff, Brian and Mark (Allison) and 3 grandchildren: Ronnie Phroper, Jayden and Carder Deatherage. Brother: Gene (Judy) Deatherage. Sister: Sue (Randy) Townsend and Friend: Judy Meade.

Visitation will begin after 5:00 PM Friday and Saturday at 9:00 AM. The family will receive friends from 1:00 to 3:00 PM Saturday at the Heaton-Bowman-Smith and Sidenfaden Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Davis, Bill

August 21, 2013

Bill Davis, 78, of St. Joseph, passed away Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at Gower Convalescent Center in Gower, Missouri.

Bill was born on March 24, 1935 in Tarkio, Missouri to Orville C. and Delpha (Hughes) Davis.

He graduated from Tarkio High School. He worked 38 years at the St. Joseph News-Press & Gazette. He was owner & operator of Carol Ann’s Café.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, son, Mark Davis, one brother, and five sisters.

Surviving family includes wife of 58 years of marriage, Carol Davis, of the home; son, Eddie Davis, of Smithville; daughters, Susan (Kevin) Davis Keller, St. Joseph; Penney (Richard) Adams, of Amazonia; and Vicki Davis, also of St. Joseph; grandchildren, Ryan, Sara, Cindy, Matthew, Ryan, Christopher, Blake and Bradley; 14 great-grandchildren, 2 sisters and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mr. Davis has been cremated under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.

Private Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the American Diabetes Association.

Valencia, Leo

August 21, 2013

Leo Valencia, 87, of St. Joseph, passed away Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at KU Medical Center.

Mr. Valencia was born October 22, 1925 in St. Joseph to Marcus and Cruz (Hernandez) Valencia. He attended Christian Brothers High School and St. Joseph Junior College. He served in the US Navy during WWII aboard the General E.T. Collins, later worked at Swift and Company, and retired as a Retail Meat Cutter in 1990. On October 30, 1948 he married Elizabeth J. Mejia in St. Joseph, she survives of the home.

Leo was a WWII Honoree, a charter member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, where he performed many volunteer services. He was also an active member of the Notre Dame Alumni Club, American Legion, VFW Post #1668, Retail Meat Cutters, UFCW and served on the St. Joseph Planning Commission from 1987 to 1992,

After his retirement in 1990, Leo enjoyed traveling with his family and treasured spending time with all his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was an avid Notre Dame fan making many trips to Notre Dame football games. He was very active in St. Joseph Boys Baseball and instrumental in the development of Hochman Field. He was very devoted to Our Lady of Guadalupe, making several trips to the Shrine in Mexico City.

Leo was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Louis Valencia; sister, Carmen Jefferson and three step-brothers Jesse, Manuel and Frank Valencia.

Mr. Valencia is also survived by his children; Gloria A. Nikes, Kathy J. Ziolkowski, and Lynn Valencia McMillian of St. Joseph and Richard M. Valencia of Melbourne, Florida; grandchildren; Amy Ray, Gary L. Ziolkowski, Jr., Steve Nikes, II, Darcy (Nikes) Brown, Lanie Nikes, Taylor McMillian, Cole McMillian, Erin Valencia, Mollie Valencia and Patrick Valencia; great-grandchildren; London Ray, Saylor Ray, Canyon Ray, Mclayne Ziolkowski and Cash Ziolkowski; sister Delores Moyer, St. Joseph nephews David and Danny Moyer, as well as numerous other nieces and nephews

Visitation will begin after 9:00AM Friday, August 23, 2013 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith and Sidenfaden Chapel. A Parish Rosary will be recited at 7:00PM Friday evening at the chapel where the family will receive friends until 8:30PM.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12:00 Noon Saturday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Interment will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

The family request memorial contributions be made to Bishop LeBlond High School.

Kirkpatrick, Dorothy H.

August 20, 2013

Dorothy H. Kirkpatrick, 97, of St. Joseph, MO, passed away Sunday, August 18, 2013, at a local health care facility.
Dorothy was born May 27, 1916, in Stanton, Nebraska, the daughter of William H. and Mary Jane (Wainscott) Buckendahl. She graduated from Stanton High School.
She married James E. Kirkpatrick on February 15, 1941 in West Point, NE. After spending the first few years of their marriage in Nebraska, they moved to Northwest Missouri, where she lived out her life. She was a farm wife for many years, and her skills at cooking led to her career, cooking. She cooked and retired from the D & G Restaurant.
She was a member of Zion Church. She enjoyed painting ceramics, gardening, bowling, traveling and cooking. Her cooking always led to a kitchen full of family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; infant son, James Emory, Jr.; brothers, Lloyd and William Buckendahl; sisters, Phyllis and Arlene Spath; grandchildren, Martin J. Barnes, Wendy Jo Denune and infant, Joshua Gawatz.
Survivors include her sister, Betty Molocek, Columbus, NE; sons, Kenneth, St. Joseph, Ron (Claudia), Casa Grande, AZ, Mike (Deanna) St. Joseph, MO; daughters, Arlyss Maze, Reynoldsburg, OH, Betty Morgan (Richard), St. Joseph, MO; 13 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services: 2:00 p.m. Friday, August 23, 2013 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, St. Joseph, MO. Entombment Memorial Park Cemetery.
Visitation will begin after 12:00 noon Thursday at the Chapel, where the family will receive friends 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday evening.
The family appreciates the special love of Kendallwood Hospice and requests memorials be directed to them.

Fields, J.K.

August 20, 2013

J.K.Fields, 77, St. Joseph, MO, passed away Sunday, August 18, 2013, at his home.

J.K. was born and raised in Scott County, Virginia. He worked at Tennessee Eastman Corp. He moved to Northwest Missouri, 35 years ago. He was known and respected for training hunting dogs.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Alvin and Paralee (Walden) Fields.

J.K. is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary Steadman, of the home;his children, Sherry Leachman, St. Joseph, MO, Mark Fields (Paula David), St. Joseph, MO, Tim Fields (Reniea) King City, MO, Jeffrey Fields, and Christopher (Marilyn) Fields, St. Joseph, MO; 8 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

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

Cook, Carrie Lynn

August 19, 2013

Carrie Lynn Cook, 45, Amazonia, Missouri, passed away peacefully Sunday, August 18, 2013 at her home.

Carrie was born October 28, 1967 in Saint Joseph, Missouri to Dwayne and Barbara (Childers) Cook, they survive of Amazonia.

Carrie loved her sons and grandchildren. She enjoyed fishing and jewelry making.

Survivors include; sons, Carl Jacob Cook, Austin Dwayne Cook, both of Saint Joseph; two grandchildren, Micah and Kiya Cook; brother, Brian (Eva) Cook, Amazonia; grandmother, Jennie Cook, Saint Joseph; nephew, Nathan Cook; niece, Emily Schmille; numerous cousins; special friends, Susie Fortune and Sharon Grey.

Ms. Cook has been cremated under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith Savannah Chapel. A private family gathering will be held at a later date. A register book will be available to sign at the Chapel.

Danvers, Jane Ann

August 19, 2013

Jane Ann Danvers, 63, Savannah, Missouri, passed away Saturday, August 17, 2013 at Heartland Regional Medical Center after a lengthy illness.

Jane was born June 21, 1950 to Kenneth and Helen (Saunders) Bowlin in Saint Joseph, Missouri. She was a 1968 Savannah High School graduate and a 1969 graduate of Gard Business University.

Jane had worked as an executive secretary in Savannah and Saint Joseph. In 1972, she moved to California and continued her employment as a typesetter. She later worked at Apple Computer Corporate Headquarters, until her retirement in 1990.

Jane enjoyed old movies, music, reading and later in life, gardening and rock landscaping.

Jane was preceded in death by her parents; and infant brother, Stephen.

Survivors include brother, Roger (Cindy) Bowlin, Savannah; nephew, Raymond Bowlin; niece, Tiffany (Nick) Crawford; and great-niece, Lyla,

Services 10 am, Wednesday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith Savannah Chapel, Savannah, Missouri. Visitation will begin after 9am, Tuesday at our Chapel, where the family will receive friends from 6 to 8 pm, Tuesday evening. Interment Savannah Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Heartland Hands of Hope Hospice.

Nix, Robert Dixon

August 15, 2013

Bob Nix, 74, St. Joseph MO passed away on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at Heartland Regional Medical Center.
Bob was born in Malvern Arkansas to Edgar R. and Sara Dixon Nix. He was a 1957 graduate of Pryor Oklahoma and earned a Bachelor’s degree at Northeast Oklahoma State University. He served in the US Air Force from 1962-1969.
Bob was employed at Texaco Inc. in Wichita and Salina Kansas, as a Sales Representative. He then was self-employed at Hi-Plains Oil Co. as a Texaco Distributor in Norton Kansas. Bob moved to Harrison Arkansas to become a salesman for E.A. Martin Machinery Company. He retired after 30 years working with Dean Machinery in St. Joseph, MO.
He was preceded in death by his parents and daughter, Janell Holt.
Bob was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church and was a 32nd degree mason.
He married Jeanie Dougherty on December 14, 1962. She survives of the home: also survived by son, Jay W Nix and wife Carmen, Kansas City MO, daughter Lori J Nix and Kathleen Gerber of Brooklyn, NY and son-in-law, Bruce E. Holt, Springfield, MO; and grandchildren Avery and Eli Nix, Kansas City, MO and Hudson and Harrison Holt, Springfield, MO.
Mr. Nix has been cremated under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. A Celebration of Life will be held at 6:00 p.m. Friday, August 23rd, 2013 at Wesley United Methodist Church-St. Joseph MO.
The family suggests memorials to Wesley United Methodist Church.

Wilcox, Charles Spencer

August 11, 2013

Charles Spencer Wilcox, 95, of St. Joseph, Missouri passed away on August 10, 2013 at his home.
Charles was born on October 10, 1917, in St. Joseph to Sam and Effie (Spencer) Wilcox.
Charles married Louise Marguerite Carder on January 31, 1948, who survives at the home.
Charles graduated from the University of Missouri receiving degrees in business and law. Charles was a member of the Missouri Bar Association for over 50 years. During this time, Charles was the first attorney to represent Missouri Western State College and served in that capacity for over 31 years.
In 1942, Charles was the first St. Joseph attorney drafted into World War II. Charles served his county in the army for five years in the South Pacific stationed in Australia. Charles was assigned to the Allied Intelligence Bureau which provided support to Pacific island Coastwatchers. Charles was discharged from the army as a Major in 1946.
Charles was a Mason, St. Joseph Lodge #78 and a 33rd Degree Scottish Rite Mason. Charles was a member of the Moila Shriners, Royal Order of Jesters, Order of the Eastern Star, American Trial Lawyers Association, St. Joseph Country Club, Benton Club, Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, and Lions Club. Charles also served on the Boards of United Way, Family Guidance Center, Red Cross and Y.M.C.A.
Charles was a Lifelong Elder at First Christian Church of St. Joseph.
Preceding him in death were his parents and his sister, Dorothy McGrail.
He is survived by his wife, Louise and three children; Jane (Wilcox) Hibler, Leawood, KS; Ellen (Wilcox) Cunat, Baltimore, MD; Todd Wilcox, Denver, CO; and five grandchildren; Spencer Hibler, Overland Park, KS; Jennifer Hibler, Chicago, IL; Kaitlin Cunat, Baltimore, MD; Kylie Wilcox, Denver, CO; Spencer Wilcox, Denver, CO.
Visitation will begin after 12:00 Noon Monday, August 12, 2013 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel in St. Joseph, where the family will receive friends 5:00 to 7:00 PM Monday evening.
A Private Family service will be held at a later date.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers that memorials are made to Heartland Hands of Hope Hospice, 137 N. Belt Hwy, Heartland Health Business Plaza, St. Joseph, MO, 64506, or First Christian Church, 927 Faraon St., St. Joseph, MO, 64501.

Fennewald, Dolores Agnes

August 10, 2013

Dolores Agnes Fennewald, 75, of St. Joseph, passed away Friday, August 9, 2013 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri.

Dolores was born on January 4, 1938 in St. Joseph, Missouri to Joseph J. and Anna J. (Stock) Sosinski. Dolores graduated from St. Francis Xavier Grade School and the Convent of the Sacred Heart. She also attended St. Joseph Junior College. She was employed at the Mechanic’s Bank and also worked at the Hereford Journal in Kansas City.

Dolores married John H. Fennewald on September 29, 1962. Following the birth of her first child, she became a devoted stay at home mom. As a strong supporter of catholic education, she guided her children through St. Francis Xavier Grade School and Bishop LeBlond High School.

Dolores was a lifelong member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church and was actively involved in many church and school activities including the Daughters of Isabella, Ladies of Charity, St. Francis Altar Society and Sacred Heart Alumni. She also served on the St. Francis Funeral Luncheon and Prayer List Committees.

During her lifetime, Dolores was an avid bowler, walker, bridge player and fan of Mizzou sports and Chiefs football. She also enjoyed traveling and was fortunate to travel abroad on a number of occasions. Everyone enjoyed her wonderful cooking. Most of all, she loved being a grandma and spending time with her family and friends.

Dolores was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband of 50 years, John, of the home; four children, Vicki Phillips and husband, Jim, of Urbandale, Iowa; Stacey Treu and husband, Bill, of Bellevue, Nebraska; Julie Fennewald, of Lenexa, Kansas; Mark Fennewald and wife, Amy, of Greenwood, Missouri; grandchildren, Ashley Phillips; Christopher, Jeffrey and Jessica Treu; and Afton and Zachary Fennewald.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:00 AM Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church with interment at Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Visitation will begin at Noon on Monday Daughters of Isabella / Ladies of Charity Rosary will be recited at 4:00 PM and a Parish Rosary will be recited at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel at 6:00 PM Monday with the family receiving friends until 8:00 PM.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Fennewald Family Academic Excellence Fund at Bishop LeBlond High School or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Clark, Marthe A.

August 8, 2013

Marthe A. Clark, 91, St. Joseph, MO, passed away August 7, 2013 at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

Marthe was born on December 1, 1921, in Kansas City, MO, to Melvin N. and Luna D. (Wickizer) Alexander.

Marthe was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Thomas Charles Clark; and one grandson, Jeffrey Koehly.

Survivors include her children, Michael Koehly (Ben), Judith Rittman (Eric), Pat Clark, (Sherri), Debbie Clark and Lisa Barnes, (Richard); ten grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren and her caregiver and dear friend, Darla Nitti.

Mrs. Clark has been cremated under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Memorial Services will be held at a later date.

Tolbert, Allie Lorene

August 6, 2013

Allie Lorene Tolbert, 90, formerly of St. Joseph, MO, passed away Friday, August 2, 2013, at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cameron, MO.

Allie was born on June 11, 1923, in St. Joseph to Charles M. and Inez E, (Moore) Brooner. She was a graduate of Benton High School. She then served as a Stenographer in the U.S. Navy Waves during WW II. Allie married Joseph E Tolbert on January 22, 1950 in St. Joseph.

Allie was a member of Community of Christ Church and the DAV. She enjoyed bowling, playing the accordion, gardening and planting. She was a homemaker and also was a bus driver for the St. Joseph School District.

Allie was preceded in death by parents; husband; sons, Joseph E. Tolbert, Jr. and David Tolbert and two brothers, Richard and Orman Brooner.

Survivors include two sisters, Jean Garreth, Easton, MO and Carolyn N. (Pat) Hedrick, Chicago, IL area; Bill (Bonnie) Brooner, St. Joseph, MO; children, Bonnie Clinton, Richard Tolbert and Charlotte Parker; and several grandchildren and geat-grandchildren.

Visitation begins after 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, St. Joseph, MO. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday evening.

A memorial service will be at a future date at The Abundant Life Center in St. Joseph, MO.

Gray, Leafhie Mae

August 3, 2013

Leafhie Mae Gray, 92, of Savannah, Missouri formerly of St. Joseph, Missouri, passed away Thursday, August 1, 2013, at LaVerna Village Nursing Home.

Leafhie was born September 10, 1920, in Melrose, Ohio, to Charles Allen and Nora Ellen (Cotterman) Gillette. She was a member of Hillcrest Bible Church and attended Hosanna Fellowship. She had been a homemaker, worked at Abersold Green House, and Noma Lites. She was an ordained minister and worked in Nursing Home Ministry.

In 1947, Leafhie and her husband started a radio program in Atchison, Kansas and also was involved in other various radio programs.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lon Whitfield Gray, parents; daughter, Rebekah Lou Simpson, son, Donald Lee Gray; one brother, Frank Gillette and one sister, Mary Waggoner.

Survivors include her daughters, Mical Parker (Ron), Linda Watkins (Weldon); sons, Larry Gray (Nancy) and Lonnie Gray (Vickie); sister, Helen Clear and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Service 1:00 p.m. Monday at Hosanna Fellowship, 17290 US Highway 71 North. Interment Mt. Auburn Cemetery.

Visitation will begin after 3:00 p.m. Sunday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, where the family will receive friends 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Sunday.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Leafhie Gray Memorial Fund in care of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, St. Joseph, MO.

Klever, Gretchen R.

August 2, 2013

Gretchen R. Klever, 68, of St. Joseph, passed away Thursday, August 1, 2013 at her home.

Gretchen was born on January 21, 1945 in Harlan, Iowa to Wallace Allan and Naomi May (Scott) Kinsinger. She graduated from Belle Plaine High School, Belle Plaine, Iowa, in 1963 and recently worked at Wal-Mart for 15 years as a cashier before her retirement in 2012. Gretchen was also a member of Central Christian Church in St. Joseph.

Gretchen was preceded in death by her parents, infant sister and nephew, Mark Goerke.

Surviving family includes children, David A. (Janet Kaye) Klever, St. Joseph; Teresa Grimm and Ricky Klever, both of Marengo, Iowa; sister Linda H. Goerke, of St. Joseph,; brothers, James Kinsinger, of St. Joseph, and Robert Kinsinger, of Manhattan, Kansas; step-grandchildren, Candyce Johnson, Jayla Bressman, Brittany Clark, Daren and Dustin Grimm, and Ashley Klever; 9 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services 11:00 AM Monday, August 5, 2013 at Heaton Bowman Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.

Ms. Klever will be cremated following the service.

Visitation will begin after 9:00 AM 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 the American Heart Association.

Hoover, Vernelle

August 1, 2013

Ruth Vernelle Hoover, 89, of Rea, Missouri, passed away, Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at Heartland Hospital, St. Joseph, Missouri.

Except for a short time in Oklahoma and Montana, she lived in Andrew and Buchanan counties her entire life. She attended Rosendale High School and Gard Business School, St. Joseph. She was a member of Rea Union Church where she was pianist for many years.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Hobert H. Hoover, parents, Claude and Alice Kent and a brother and sister-in-law, Caryl and Ruby Kent.

Survivors include nieces, Carolyn Taylor, Sue Meadows and Linda Slayden, several cousins in Missouri and Oklahoma.

Graveside Services 10:00 AM Saturday, August 3, 2013 at Bennett Lane Cemetery under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith Savannah Chapel.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the Rea Union Church or to Hands of Hope Hospice.

Pendleton, JoAnn

August 1, 2013

JoAnn Pendleton, 70, of Union Star, Missouri, passed away Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

JoAnn was born on August 19, 1942 in St. Joseph, Missouri.

She graduated from the Convent of the Sacred Heart in 1960 and from Missouri Western State University in 1983. She later worked and retired from Neighborhood Housing Services.

JoAnn was preceded in death by her husband, Verl L. Pendleton, Sr.

Surviving family includes daughters, Barbara (Ron) Steiner and Susan (Bob) Bennett-Ward, aunt, Jacqueline (Donnie) Scott-Michaels, uncle, Bill Russell and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and cousins.

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

A Celebration of Life will be held 7:00 PM Saturday, August 3, 2013 at JoAnn’s Home.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Trojanette’s Softball Team, P.O. Box 121, Maitland, Missouri 64465.

Miller, Wayne E.

July 30, 2013

Wayne Eugene Miller, 73, Savannah, Missouri, passed away Sunday, July 28, 2013 at a local health care facility.

Wayne was born January 11, 1940 in Andrew County, Missouri to Harold Edward and Estella May (Schweizer) Miller. He graduated from North Andrew High School and obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Missouri, Columbia. He also earned his CLU and ChFC certification.

Wayne married Evelyn Maxine Armagost on June 3, 1960 in Rea, Missouri; she survives of the home. He was a training manager for and retired from New York Life Insurance Company.

Wayne was a member of Savannah United Methodist Church, a lifetime member of Mizzou Alumni Association, Lion’s Club, Elks Club and Boy Scouts of America.

Wayne was preceded in death by his father; brothers, Dale Keith Miller and infant Jewell Aaron.

Additional survivors include mother, Estella Miller; daughter, Elizabeth (Mike) Jones, Saint Joseph, Missouri; sons, Michael (Ruth) Miller, Amazonia, Missouri, Brian (Sheila) Miller, Saint Joseph; daughter, Brenda (David) Howard, Amazonia; grandchildren, Aaron Jones, Sarah Mollus, Emily Greseth; Danielle Tenney, Gabriel and Maxwell Miller, Jordan and Taryn Miller, Marinda, Hannah, and Ethan Baker; step-grandchildren, Mercedez and Austin Howard; great-grandchildren, Callen and Everett Jones, Brady and Avery Mollus, Mason Greseth, Kylie and Collin Tenney; step-great-grandchild, Kaydence Holland.

Service 10:30 am, Wednesday at Savannah United Methodist Church, Savannah, Missouri. Visitation will begin after 12 noon Tuesday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith Savannah Chapel, where the family will receive friends from 6 to 8 pm Tuesday evening. Interment Savannah Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Wayne E. Miller Scholarship Fund c/o Heaton-Bowman-Smith Savannah Chapel, 307 South 6th Street, Savannah, Missouri 64485.

Babcock, Ernestine Sponcel

July 29, 2013

Ernestine Sponcel Babcock, 90, went to be with her heavenly family on Sunday, July 28, 2013. She was born Sept. 3, 1922 to Britain and Estella Richardson Sponcel. She grew up on a small farm just south of St. Joseph in the Oak Hill area.

She attended Agency High School where she met her true love, Virgil Lee Babcock.
They had three children; Lana Lee Babcock, Roy Don Babcock and Virgil Lee Babcock, II. She was preceded in death by her husband Virgil at the age of 47, her son Don in 1987, her sisters Winona Kemper Dillon, Oneta Walker and her parents Britain and Estella Sponcel. She is survived by her daughter Lana and son Virgil, and a sister, Virginia Hatfield in DeLand, Florida.

She is also survived by grandchildren and spouses, Tina (Nathan) Schottel, Virgil (Regina) Babcock, Tracy (Josh) Howery, Roy (Jennifer) Babcock and John Babcock.
Thirteen great grandchildren also survive.

She was a member of the Faucett Christian Church.

Besides her deep love of family, Ernestine loved to travel and enjoyed many trips to Europe and around the world with Lana, cruises with Virgil, trips to the east coast with Winona and friend Billie Pine, and to Canada with her dear sister-in-law, Minnie Lou Ray.

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

A graveside memorial service for family will be held at a later date.

Crockett Byrd, Joyce

July 29, 2013

Joyce Crockett Byrd, 67 of St. Joseph, passed away Friday, July 26, 2013 at her home.

Joyce was born on February 15, 1946 and raised in St. Joseph. She graduated from Benton High School and received her bachelor and master’s degree in psychology from Missouri Western State University.

She started her career as a Deputy Sheriff at Johnson County Corrections Facility in Olathe, Kansas. She retired in 1995 and returned to St. Joseph.

Joyce married Bradley Gene Byrd on November 9, 1990 in Olathe. He survives of the home.

Additional surviving family includes daughter, Cydney (Troy Rethemeyer) Wilson, son, Eric Michaels, grandchildren, Dakota, Gaige, Phoenix, Daegun, Jason, Bethany, Alisa and Caleb; 5 great-grandchildren, 2 sisters, Janis Wineinger and Susie Esprit, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter, Amber Michaels, and granddaughter, MaKenna.

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

Celebration of Life will be held Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at Faith United Baptist Church from 3:00 to 6:00 PM.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel to be used by the family.

Cordry, Berenice

July 28, 2013

Berenice Cordry, 82, of St. Joseph, passed away Friday, July 26, 2013 at her home.

Berenice was born on April 22, 1931 in Tarkio, Missouri to Harley and Ella Busby.

Berenice graduated from Lafayette High School, Class of 1949, and worked for Midwest Federal Savings & Loan for 32 years after retiring in 1993 at her position as Association Secretary at Midwest Federal.

She was a member of the A.B.W.A., former member of Savannah Avenue Baptist Church, where she was also a Sunday School Teacher, member of Lafayette Booster Club, a charter member of Green Valley Baptist Church and a loyal St. Louis Cardinals Fan.

She married Dale E. Cordry on April 29, 1949 in St. Joseph. He preceded her in death in 1990, after 41 years of marriage.

Berenice was also preceded in death by her parents, son, Rodger Elliott Cordry, and grandchildren, Amy and Jonathon Cordry.

Surviving family includes sons, Stanley D. and Kevin L. (Char-lane) Cordry, daughter-in-law, Mary E. Cordry, grandchildren, Ryan (Sheetal), Timothy (Teresa), Brandon and Tyler (Tiffany Neill) Cordry and Nicole (Chris) Shutts, 5 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services 1:00 PM Wednesday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.
Interment Mount Auburn Cemetery.

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

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to MS Society or to St. Jude’s Children Hospital.

Nelson, Dale R.

July 27, 2013

Dale Robert Nelson, 81, St. Joseph, Missouri, passed away Tuesday, July 16, 2013, at his home.

Dale was born on October 1, 1930 in Creston, Iowa to Charles and Lela (Putnam) Nelson.

He was a graduate of Creston High School and served in the Army during the Korean Conflict. Dale worked as a farmer and owned and operated Green Valley Butcher Shop. Dale was of the Baptist Faith.

He married Ingrid Louise Kruger on August 15, 1955 in Chicago, Illinois after meeting her in Germany. She survives of the home.

Dale was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers, Oral Dean and Harold Duane Nelson.

Additional surviving family includes sons, Terry Lee Nelson and companion Gun Evans, Kansas City, MO; Andreas Dale Nelson, Thayer, Iowa; grand-child, Teki Nelson, great-grandchildren, Andreas, Draven and Izzy; brothers, Charles Walter (Helga) Nelson, Port Orange, Florida; and Everett Eugene (Barbara) Nelson, Loveland, Colorado; sister, Dr. Phyllis Joan and (Dr. Kirpal) Singh; Daytona Beach, Florida; brother-in-law, John Priest, Afton, Iowa and sister-in-law, Violet Nelson, Tucson, Arizona.

Services 12:00 Noon Monday July 29, 2013 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Leavenworth National Cemetery.

Visitation will begin after 3:00 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 the Parkinson’s Foundation.

Briner, Larry E.

July 27, 2013

Larry E. Briner, 71, Rosendale, Missouri, passed away Thursday, July 25, 2013 at a local hospital.

Larry was born August 15, 1941 in Albany, Missouri to Gerald and Lavon (Scott) Briner.

On August 12, 1961, Larry married Louise Glidewell in St. Joseph, Missouri, she survives of the home. At 18 years of age, he began his career as a mechanic at Andrew County Implement. In 1990, he went to work at Wells Implement in Maysville, Missouri.

Larry enjoyed working on old John Deere tractors, and was an avid outdoorsman. He especially liked hunting and fishing.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Peggy Pray and Marilyn Collins.

Additional survivors include sons, Randy (Barbara) Briner, Richland, Missouri, Roy Briner, Sioux City, Iowa, Edward (Lori Estes), Bolckow, Missouri, Jeff Briner, Rosendale; grandchildren, Zachary (Nicole), Cameron (Moriah), Scottie (Jean), Angela, Jacob (Mindy), Austin, Johnathon (Lisa), Nathan, Cheyann, Destiny; four great-grandchildren; sister, Judy (Jim) Steeby; and brother, Bill (Susan) Briner.

Visitation will begin after 12 noon on Sunday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith Savannah Chapel, Savannah, Missouri, where the family will receive friends from 4 to 6 pm, Sunday afternoon. Private family services will be held at a later date.

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

Lehman, Dixie L. (Hicks)

July 23, 2013

Dixie L. (Hicks) Lehman, 70, St. Joseph, MO., was called home on July 22, 2013 after many years of pain and suffering. Per her wishes, she will be cremated with no visitation or funeral services. A celebration of Dixie’s life will take place at a future time.

Born November 11, 1942 in Detroit, Michigan to Ralph and Alberta Ward Hicks, Dixie was raised and spent her entire life in St. Joseph. She graduated from Lafayette High School in 1960 and married Jack D. Lehman in May 1961. Anyone who knew Dixie, loved her, especially the many friends she made in her years at St. Jo Frontier Casino, a job she enjoyed for 10 years until her heart attack in 2006. In her younger years, she also worked at Snow White Drive-In, Alley- Johnson Grain Co., and Lumberman’s Supply Co.

While her children were growing up, Dixie devoted her life to taking care of them and was a second mom to many of their friends. Whether she was driving to the skating rink, sporting events, or the swimming pool, she always had a station wagon full of kids. She spent years as a regular fixture on the bleachers at baseball games, keeping perfect score as the team’s official scorekeeper while chewing on her sunflower seeds. She enjoyed playing cards, bowling and golf and held many different offices in the Moila Ladies Golf Association and the St. Joseph Women’s Golf Association. Dixie loved to travel, whether on family vacations or accompanying her husband on business trips. She had been to 49 states and really wanted to get to #50, but her health just didn’t make it possible.

Dixie was preceded in death by her parents Ralph and Alberta Hicks, stepfather Fred R. Beattie Jr., brothers David Hicks, Fred Beattie III and Albert Beattie, and sister Ramona (Beattie) Corkins. She is survived by her best friend and beloved husband of 52 years, Jack; children David, Tom, Cindy and Robin; brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Sharon Hicks; 7 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Lehman will be cremated under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Moila Temple Transportation Fund in Dixie’s Honor.

Witt, Claudia

July 23, 2013

Claudia Witt, age 77, of Grain Valley, Missouri, passed away on July 20, 2013. Born one of seven children to Joseph and Lily Edwards on March 14, 1936, Claudia lived many years in St. Joseph, where as a teenager she met the love of her life, Bob Witt.
They were married on January 19, 1957.

Claudia served as Vice President of Commercial Bank of Liberty, and retired as Branch Manager.
She will be most remembered for her magnificent sense of humor, her intelligence, strength of character, unlimited generosity, and her devotion to family and friends.

Claudia is survived by her husband of 56 years, Robert Witt, their children Scott Witt, Julie Wertin, Linda Martin, and John Ricker, Linda’s husband, Andy Martin, Scott’s fiance Rhonda Speichinger, John’s wife, Delight Davis; 9 grandchildren: Michael Wertin, Claudia and Drew Martin, Brian Witt, Amber Wallace, Chris Wise, Davis and Roan Ricker, Riley Davis, brother Charles Edwards and sister-in-law June Edwards.

Services will be held Sat, July 27th at Heaton-Bowman Funeral Chapel in St. Joseph with 1:00 visitation and 2:00 service. Burial to follow at Mt. Auburn cemetery.

Derr, Timothy

July 23, 2013

Timothy Derr, 43, of St. Joseph, passed away Monday, July 22, 2013 at his home.
Tim was born on December 25, 1969 in St. Joseph to John R. and Linda K. (Blevins) Derr.
He graduated from Central High School in 1988 and worked for Boehringer-Ingelheim.
Tim was preceded in death by paternal grandparents, Lynn and Glendora Derr, and maternal grandparents, JoAnn and Kenny Blevins.
Surviving family includes wife, Ranae Derr; step-mom, Darlene Derr; daughter, Jessica (Michael) Whaley; sons, Kevin Matthew (Haley Watts) Derr and Joshua Derr; grandchild, Maddie Whaley; brother, Todd Eric (Nicole) Derr; sisters, Carrie (Josh) King and Sarah Derr; step-children, Bree Schrek, Ashley Schrek and Billy Schrek; nieces, Kaitlynn, Kylee, Madelynn, Michaela and Corena; uncles and aunts, Larry (Gwen) Blevins, Mike (Karen) Blevins, and Patti Derr; and cousins, Corey, Damien, Heather, Jill, Mickie and Cammie.
Services: 11 a.m. Friday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.
Interment: Memorial Park Cemetery.
Visitation will begin 9 a.m. Thursday at our chapel, where the family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday evening.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel to be used for the three surviving children.

O’Connell, Faye

July 23, 2013

Verietta Faye O’Connell went to be with her Lord on Monday, July 22, 2013. She was born on a farm southeast of Bosworth, Missouri on June 30, 1922. She was the third child of Carl Allen and Lydia Ella (Swiggett) Potter. Her parents were farmers and lived in several locations. In 1935, they moved to a ranch near Chula, Missouri, where Faye graduated from high school. In 1942, she married Max Hagerty, who preceded her in death. To this union two children were born, Edwin Dale Hagerty who also preceded his mother in death in 1967, and Linda Kaye (Hagerty) Wells.

Faye was a homemaker, bookkeeper, receptionist at a law office, Avon salesperson, and also held several more positions over the years. She enjoyed singing and sang at many funerals, Churches and different affairs. She worked with the Boy and Girl Scouts, was Rainbow Mother for the Order of Rainbow Girls, Past Worthy Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star, Laredo, Missouri, and President of the Ladies Organization of United Methodist Church. Faye also co-organized the Over 50 Singles Club which was sponsored by the Red Cross of Saint Joseph, Missouri. In addition, she was one of the key persons in securing the Old Depot in Barnard, Missouri, turning it into a museum, and the first President of the Barnard Historical Society. Faye was a member of the First Christian Church in Savannah, Missouri.

In 1973, she married James E. O’Connell, who was the postmaster at Barnard. They enjoyed lots of site-seeing and traveling. In 1987, they moved to Savannah, where James preceded her in death July 7, 2011.

In addition, Faye was predeceased by her parents; son, Edwin Dale Hagerty; one brother; two sisters; and one grandson.

Survivors include her daughter, Linda Kaye Wells and her husband, Steve, Saint Joseph, Missouri; granddaughter, Lacy Ann Shipley and her husband, Troy; great-grandchildren, Mason and Malie Shipley, all of Platte City, Missouri; several nieces and nephews; step-son, Jerry O’Connell and his wife Barb, Maryville, Missouri; step-daughter, Janet Hawley and her husband, Darrell, Barnard; several step-grandchildren and their spouses; and several step-great-grandchildren.

Services 10 am, Thursday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith Savannah Chapel, Savannah, Missouri. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service from 9 to 10 am at our Chapel. Interment Savannah Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial contributions to First Christian Church in Savannah or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Summers, Jr., Edward M.

July 23, 2013

Edward M. Summers, Jr. 87, of St. Joseph; passed away Saturday, July 20, 2013 at Golden Living Community Center in Maryville, MO.
Ed was born on November 6, 1925 to Edward and Mary (Meagher) Summers, Sr. in St. Joseph, MO. He was a lifelong resident and attended Christian Brothers High School.
Mr. Summers served his country in the U.S. Army as a Paratrooper in the Parachute Infantry 17th Airborne Division. During WWII, Ed was a Prisoner of War. He was captured on January 6, 1945 during the Battle of the Bulge. After 2 months, on his 5th escape attempt, he was 4 out of 17 that made it out. Ed received 3 Bronze Stars for Campaigns, a Good Conduct Medal, Purple Heart and a Prisoner of War Medal.
Before entering into real estate and real estate appraisal, Ed was Secretary/Treasurer of the St. Joseph Stockyards.
Ed was named Key Man of the Quarter by St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce. He served as local secretary of TPA for 16 years, and served on the National Board of Directors for TPA. He was a lifelong member and supporter of several veterans’ organizations. Ed enjoyed golf, mushroom hunting, fishing, farming and remodeling. He was of the Catholic faith.
Ed married Mary Arlene Kerns in 1946; and had 7children together; 6 of who survive them; Michael (Debbie) Summers, Jonell Adams, David (Debra) Summers, Rhonda Gardner, Cindy Summers; all of St. Joseph and John Summers, San Jose, CA; grandchildren, Blane Summers, Brad Summers, Brett Summers, Jim Adams, Tonya Pieper, Kristina Way, Amanda Coons, DJ Summers, Christopher Summers, Jennifer Summers, Steven Summers, Dustin Gardner, Heather Gardner and Dakota Summers; an additional 17 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.
Mr. Summers was preceded in death by his wife in 2007; an infant daughter, Sheila and his parents.
Services 10:00 AM Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at the Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Entombment Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be held after 9:00 AM Tuesday, where the family will receive friends 6:00 to 8:00PM Tuesday.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to the Disabled American Veterans, PO Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45290.

Klamert, LaVerna June

July 23, 2013

LaVerna June Klamert, 88, St. Joseph, Mo., passed away Saturday, July 20, 2013 at her home surrounded by her family. June was born in St. Louis County, Mo., on September 29, 1924, to the late Lewis and Grace (Lowry) Hizer. She was a graduate of Hancock High School in Lemay, Mo. She moved to St. Joseph in 1970. June was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, and was an active parish member and the Ladies Auxiliary of Eagles Lodge. She loved to read, work crossword puzzles, taking care of her roses, and traveling to see her grandchildren. She previously worked for Emerson Electric before becoming a homemaker and raising her eleven children. She married Kenneth A. Klamert on May 7, 1944. He passed away on July 20, 2003. June was also preceded in death by her daughter Susan Brosch and siblings Herbert Hizer, Alfred Hizer, Betty Meyer, Melba Van Dam and Eileen Lutton. She is survived by ten children, Linda Rodewald (Anthony Mabry) Sedalia, Mo., Betty Stone, St. Joseph, Mo., Robert Klamert, Cedar Park, Texas, William Klamert (Tracy), St. Joseph, Mo., Mary Rauth (Michael), St. Joseph, Mo., James Klamert, Junction City, Kan., Carol Kozak (Christopher) Springdale, Ark., Kenneth Klamert (Abigail) Manchoca, Texas, Janet Wiedmaier (Michael), Maysville, Mo. and John Klamert, Amazonia, Mo.; 25 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; siblings, Patricia Moss, San Diego, Cal., Lewis Hizer and Evelyn Matt, of St. Louis, MO. Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. Interment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will begin after 12:00 p.m. Monday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. The family will receive friends 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Monday with a Rosary at 7:00 p.m. The family suggests memorials to St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church or to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Clark, Jr., William Jackson

July 19, 2013

Easton, MO – William Jackson Clark, Jr., 94, passed away Wednesday, July 17, 2013.

William “Bill” was born on December 5, 1918 in Easton to William and Bertha (Gerding) Jackson Clark, Sr. he was one of four children, all who preceded him in death.

He was united in marriage to Dessa Faye Dreyer, who preceded him in death.
From this union, they had one son, William Dennis (Jeanine) Clark; grandson, Brian (Melissa) Clark; granddaughter, Denice (Andre) Hudson and several nieces and nephews.

A private service for Mr. Clark will be held at a later date.

Milliken, Kathryn “Katie” Guinn

July 19, 2013

Kathryn “Katie” Guinn Milliken, 91, of St. Joseph, passed away Thursday, July 18, 2013 at Abbey Woods Living and Rehab Center.

Katie was born on February 24, 1922 in Gentry, Missouri to Colonel Dave and Bertha Opal (Yadon) Gilland.

She was a nursing assistant for 22 years with Methodist Medical Center until her retirement.

She was preceded in death by her parents, 1st husband, Robert L. “Pete” Guinn, 2nd husband Andrew B. Milliken and brother, Laverne Gilland.

Surviving family includes daughter, Bobbi Moore, grandchildren, Rhonda (Claude) Sisk, Robert (Brandy) Elliott, Jennifer Moore and Jessica (Ricky) Moore-Keller, 8 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild and one on the way, sister, Inez Gilland and brother, Charles Gilland.

Graveside services 10:00 AM Monday at Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.

Visitation will begin after 12:00 Noon 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 the Friends of the Animal Shelter or to M’Shoogy’s Animal Rescue, Savannah, MO.

Timmer, Steven A.

July 19, 2013

Steven A. Timmer, 60, Country Club Village, MO, passed away Wed., July 17, 2013, at his home.

Steven was born on July 30, 1952, in North Platte, NE to Arthur Frederick and Hilda Matilda (Farrow) Timmer. He was a 1970 graduate of North Platte High School and North Platte Junior College. He was a member of Green Valley Baptist Church and also at Faith United Baptist Church.

Steven served over 20 years combined service in the US Marine Corp as a Corporal and as a Staff-Sgt. in the Kansas Army National Guard. He worked at Randy Reed Chevrolet until his brief battle with cancer

Steven married Monica Marie Shields on July 4, 1982, in Cody, Nebraska. She survives of the home. Additional survivors include his children, Samuel L. Timmer (Amanda) and Maggie E. Wright (Shannon); granddaughter, Elaina J. Wright; and one sister, Linda Sukrow (Herb).

Mr. Timmer has been cremated under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. There will be a Memorial Service at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at Green Valley Baptist Church. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the Church.

The family suggests Memorial contributions to St. Joseph Baptist Association.

Fritch, Vernon “Dick”

July 19, 2013

Vernon “Dick” Fritch, 84, St. Joseph, MO, passed away Tuesday, July 16, 2013, in Topeka, Kansas.

Vernon was born to Levi and Annabelle (Kolb) Fritch on February 18, 1929 at Centralia, Kansas. He was married to Clara Terry on August 22, 1964. Vernon was a Navy Veteran and was employed by the U.S. Postal Service. He is a member of American Legion Pony Express Post 359.

Vernon is survived by a sister, Betty (Chet) Bomaster of Indiana; two brothers Carol (Delores) of Topeka, KS and Robert (Sharon) of Meriden, KS; sisters-in-law, Bettie Fritch of Troy, Rose Fritch, Nebraska; brother-in-law Herb Mayer of Maple Hill, KS and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death are his wife; his parents; three brothers, Marvain, Francis (Bill) Eldon and three sisters, Mildred Mooney, Erma Stalcup and Wilma Mayer

Graveside Service 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 20, 2013 at Mount Olive Cemetery, Troy, KS.
under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.

Visitation will begin after 2:00 p.m. Friday at the Chapel. Memorial contributions are suggested to American Heart Association or American Cancer Society.

Hoskins, Julia Lee

July 17, 2013

Julia Lee (Cummings) Hoskins, 86, of St. Joseph, passed away Sunday, July 14, 2013 at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

Julia was born on May 25, 1927 to Worthy Hunter Cummings and Julia Elizabeth (Jeffries) Cummings. She resided in St. Joseph throughout her grade school years, where she attended Neely Elementary School. During her 7th grade year, she and her family moved to Washington, D.C. so her father could help in the war effort by working as a precision builder of Navy Battleships. While in Washington, Julia’s love of music of music and language flourished. Although she already knew how to play the piano, she began studying the harp with one of the city’s most demanding harp teachers. She loved to tell how her instructor did not trust the skills of any of the other area’s harpists, so he played at his own wedding and when finished, ran to the altar to be married. Julia Lee also excelled at languages. She won Washington, D.C.’s city wide French award for outstanding high school students. In addition, she became close friends with her Latin instructor, who even came to visit Julia after she returned to St. Joseph.

When Julia was a junior in high school her family returned to St. Joseph. She attended Central High School and assisted with the chemistry lab. Her study of science paid off. She was named as a Westinghouse Scholar in her senior year. She also received a scholarship to Purdue University. However, she turned it down and attended St. Joseph Junior College so she could remain in St. Joseph close to the love of her life, Raymond Hoskins. She met him while working at her family’s restaurant, The Drive-Inn, on King Hill Avenue. In 1947, they were married. 6 years later, they had their only daughter, Allison Hoskins-Thorne. Allison was the lucky recipient of her mother’s other skills and talents. Julia used her sewing skills to copy many of the fashions of the day for her daughter. In addition, Julia loved to decorate cakes and cookies and utilized this talent as room mother on numerous occasions.

Throughout her life, Julia remained interested in politics, auctions, antiques and anything that her grandchildren did. She was always her family’s staunchest supporter and greatest cheerleader. She never tired of hearing of their adventures and accomplishments. Her loss leaves an overwhelming void in the lives of those who knew and loved her.

Julia was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Raymond Hoskins and son-in-law, Graham Thorne.

Surviving family includes daughter, Allison Thorne, grandchildren, Blake Thorne and Devon Kariker (William Kariker), great-granddaughter, Sloane Kariker, all of St. Joseph; brother, Worthy Cummings, Jr., of Colorado; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services 1:00 PM Friday, July 19, 2013 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.
Interment Memorial Park Cemetery.

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

Ochoa, Carolyn Sue

July 10, 2013

Carolyn Sue Ochoa, 69, of Keller, Texas, formerly of St. Joseph, passed away Saturday, July 6, 2013 at Baylor Medical Center in Grapevine, Texas.

Carolyn was born on October 21, 1943 in Gentry County, Missouri to Elvis and Hazel (Judd) Sanders. She graduated from St. Joseph Junior College with an Associate’s Degree in Accounting. She then worked as a bookkeeper for the city of St. Joseph for 18 years.

She was a member of the Church of God Seventh Day, in St. Joseph, Missouri.

Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents, twin sister, Marilyn May and sister, Catherine Colburn.

Carolyn married Victor Ochoa on November 21, 1981 in St. Joseph. He survives of the home.

Additional surviving family includes nieces and nephews, Lani Chism, of St. Joseph; Darla May and Marla May, of Nebraska; Richard D. May, Jr., of California; and Tiffany May-Grayson, of Dallas, Texas.

Services 10:00 AM Saturday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.
Interment Memorial Park Cemetery, St. Joseph, 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 the Food Bank of Missouri.

Eckels, Bob R.

July 9, 2013

Bob R. Eckels, 80, St. Joseph, Missouri, passed away Sunday, July 7, 2013, at his home.

Bob was born in Albany, Missouri on March 1, 1933, to John S. and Martha Beatrice (Watts) Eckels. They preceded him in death. He was a member of Ashland United Methodist Church. Bob was a barber and operated Eckels Barber Shop for sixty years.

He married Joyanna “Joy” Severin on February 23, 1952 in Kansas City, MO. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include one son, Gregory Eckels, Platte City, MO; one daughter, Karen Eckels; St. Joseph, MO; two grandchildren, Brandi M. Morris and Morgan B. Kull and one great-granddaughter, Halle Norris.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Private family Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to American Cancer Society or to American Red Cross.

Hughes, Nancy C.

July 9, 2013

Nancy C. Hughes, 83, lifelong resident of St. Joseph, MO, passed away Saturday, July 6, 2013, at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

Nancy was born in St. Joseph on October 15, 1929, to Joseph M. and Elsie Murphy.
She was a graduate of Lafayette High School and worked for Sherwood Medical.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Lewis Ray Hughes, two sisters and four brothers.

Nancy is survived by two daughters, Debra K. Grace and April L. Wells, both of St. Joseph, MO; grandchildren, Blaine Wells and Erin (Charley) Cassity; two great-grandchildren, Jackson and Lainey; one sister, Mary Kobett and her beloved dog Patton.

Mrs. Hughes has been cremated under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel in St. Joseph. There will be no visitation or services at the Chapel.

Ketter, Clarence H. “Butch”

July 9, 2013

Clarence H. “Butch” Ketter, 90, of St. Joseph, Missouri passed away on Friday, July 5, 2013 at his home.

Clarence was born on October 26, 1922 in Kelly, Kansas to Andrew and Bernadine (Bokern) Ketter.

He served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. Clarence was self-employed, first starting a home improvement business, then building and managing insurance and temporary help agencies. He was a member of Cathedral of St. Joseph, Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus, Past Kiwanis, Lions and Past-President of Serra Club.

Clarence married Mary Thelma “Talley” McGrath on November 16, 1944 in St. Joseph, Missouri. She preceded him in death on April 24, 2008. He was also preceded by his parents, one son, Thomas Ketter, and two brothers and one sister.

Survivors who will deeply miss their loving Dad and Papa include five children, Joni Brown, Kansas City, Missouri, Janet Pankau (Mark), Sterling, Virginia, Richard Ketter (Cathy), St. Joseph, Missouri, Robert Ketter (Pam), Topeka, Kansas and Joyce Partin (Bill), Winston-Salem, North Carolina, daughter-in-law, Terry Ketter, Columbus, Nebraska; Eighteen grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren; one sister, Mary Landon, San Antonio, Texas; and one brother, Verness Ketter, Chillicothe, Missouri.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 AM Friday, July 12, 2013 at Cathedral of St. Joseph. Entombment will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery Mausoleum, St. Joseph. Visitation will begin after 12:00 noon on Thursday. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 8:00 pm Thursday, with a Parish Rosary at 7 pm in the Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.

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

Lois N. Rosenauer

June 29, 2013

Lois N. Rosenauer, 72, of St. Joseph, Missouri passed away on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

Lois was born on October 18, 1940 in Gower, Missouri to Robert and Reba (Musser) Patterson. She was a homemaker and member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one son, Mitchell Rosenauer, Jr.; grandson, David Painter, Jr. and one sister, Alice Fisher.

Survivors include her husband, Mitchell G. Rosenauer, Sr. they were united in marriage in 1957; two daughters, Kathy Hoffman and Rhonda Painter; two sisters, Helen Callahan, Mary Patterson; two brothers, Robert L. and William Patterson; one grandson, Frederick Hoffman; six great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services 12:00 noon Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the services on Tuesday.

Willis, Dorman “Willie” H.

June 29, 2013

Dorman “Willie” H. Willis, 85, St. Joseph, MO, passed away Thursday, June 27, 2013,
at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Willie was born and raised in Nortonville, Kansas. He joined the US Navy when he was just 17. Following his time in the military, he worked for the Santa Fe Railroad; He retired from Rockwell International in 1990 after 28 years of service. He was a member of Deer Park Grace United Methodist Church. He enjoyed bowling and fishing.

He married Roberta “Bert” Mitchell on June 11, 1966 and had celebrated their 47th Wedding Anniversary. She survives of the home.

Additional survivors include daughters, Peggy (Kevin) Cluck, Penny Willis and Pamela (Jim) Tapee, all of St. Joseph, MO, Julie (Allen Carter) Adams, Fargo, ND, Paula (John) Shelly, Conover, NC, seven grandchildren, Jaymi, Jayna, Chase, Kristyn, Andrea, Courtney and Mitchell; four great-grandchildren, Aubrey, Allie, Gabriella and Jhaze; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Willie was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.

Memorial Service 10:00 a.m. Monday, July 1, 2013 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.

Visitation will begin after 12 Noon Sunday at the Chapel where the family will receive friends 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Sunday evening.

The family suggests memorials to Deer Park Grace United Methodist Church.

Lovell, Cathy Ann

June 27, 2013

Cathy Ann Lovell of St. Joseph, MO, passed away June 27, 2013.

She is survived by husband Johnny R. Lovell; step-son Jeremy Lovell and wife Dina; and grandchildren, Jeremiah, Quenton, Katlee, Isaih and Thomas; step-daughter, Natalie Burgess and husband Brandon and grandson, Brodie, of Trenton, MO and sister, Hazel Atkinson of Long Island, New York.

Cathy was raised in Joplin, MO. She graduated high school and junior college in Grand Junction, Colorado. Cathy and Johnny have traveled 48 states by motorcycle the past thirteen years happily.

Cathy worked at Norty’s for thrirteen years and the past eight years at Hammerhead’s on Belt Highway.

She will be missed by all her friends and family.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to your favorite animal shelter and rescue in her name. Arrangements by Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.

McCallan, Alfred G.

June 26, 2013

Alfred G. McCallan, 73, of St. Joseph, passed away Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at his home.

Alfred was born on November 10, 1939 in Blair, Kansas to Alfred W. and Marie McCallan. Who preceded him in death also preceded in death by brother, Thomas Eugene McCallan and sister, Kathlyeen Webb.

On July 11, 1958 he married Hilah Judith “Judy” Dale. She survives of the home.

He is also survived by daughters, Teresa (Dave) Wilson, Lisa (Mike) Hanshaw, Melicia (Tommy Langley) Griffith and Felicia McCallan, of St. Joseph; one son, Alfred Joseph “Sonny” (Brenda) McCallan, III, of Le Mars, Iowa; brother, James Lee William (Gladys) McCallan, Tarkio, MO; 13 grandchilden, several great-grandchildren and extended family. Alfred served in the Army in Korea as a Radio Teletype Operator / Cryptologist.

Services 1:30 PM Friday, June 28, 2013 at Heaton Bowman Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Interment Mount Olivet Cemetery.

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

Noll, Trilby D.

June 26, 2013

Topeka, Kansas-Trilby Deanne Noll, 65, went home to be with her Lord on Monday, June 24, 2013 surrounded by family and friends.

Trilby was born on October 3, 1947 in Wichita, Kansas, the daughter of Dean Edward and Jeraldine (Johnson) Noll. She graduated from Southeast High School in 1965. She married Bud Spillman on July 3, 1968. They later divorced and remain close friends. She married Ronnie O’Rourke in 2000 thru 2009 and he preceded her in death in 2012.

Her daughter, Tressa Lynne Spillman, preceded her mother in death in 1995. She was also preceded in death by her step-son, Michael O’Rourke.

Trilby worked in Topeka as a Para-Professional for the Shawnee Heights School District. While in St. Joseph, she worked at Heaton-Bowman-Smith Chapel.

She attended Fellowship Bible Church. She was baptized in July, 2012, with family and friends celebrating.

Trilby is survived by her daughter, Erika (Matthew) Conard, three grandchildren, MacKinzie, Madisun and Max of St. Joseph, MO; a sister Elisa (Jerry) Baker; her niece, Heidi (Rob) Pitman and children; Ashlyn and Jarrett, a nephew, Tad (Andrea) Baker and children; Brock and Camden; her aunt Donna Noll and uncle Robert Bruce of Wichita, KS; eight step-children; many other relatives and a multitude of friends.

Visitation will be held Sunday, June 30, 2013 from 12 noon to 2:00 p.m. at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, St. Joseph, MO. A Memorial Service will be held one month later on Friday, July 26, 2013, 10:30 a.m. at Fellowship Bible Church, Topeka, KS.

The family requests, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be sent for her grandchildren’s college fund, in Trilby’s name. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Pettijohn, Brent

June 26, 2013

Brent Alan Pettijohn, 50, of St. Joseph, passed away Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

Brent was born on September 23, 1962 in St. Joseph, Missouri to Wesley and Dorothy (Castle) Pettijohn. He graduated from Missouri Western with a Bachelor’s degree, where he majored in Psychology and minored in Spanish.

He worked for Progressive Community services and United Cerebral Palsy as a case worker. He planned the “No More Stares” Conferences in St. Joseph.

Brent was a member of the Red Cross, United Cerebral Palsy, and was featured in “Who’s Who in America” because of his 4.0 grade point average in college.

Brent was preceded in death by his father, paternal grandparents, Orten and Bertha Pettijohn, and maternal grandparents, Forrest and Pansy Castle.

Surviving family includes mother, Dorothy Pettijohn, of St. Joseph; sisters, Nancy (Don) Arn, Pittsburg, Missouri; Karen (Larry) Sparks, Grain Valley; Janice (David) Wood, Nixa, Missouri; 6 nieces and nephews and 14 great-nieces and great-nephews.

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

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the United Cerebral Palsy Foundation of Northwest Missouri, 3303 Frederick Ave., St Joseph, MO 64506.

Howard, Ruth

June 24, 2013

Ruth Howard, 89, Savannah, Missouri, passed away Saturday, June 22, 2013 at her home.

Ruth was born August 18, 1923, in Craig Missouri, where she attended first grade at Kelso School. Their family moved to Forest City in 1929, where she attended Union School and later graduated from Oregon High School.

From 1942-1949 she worked for Meadow Gold Dairy, Woolworth’s food counter and later for Noma Lights. In 1999 she began working for MoKan and the Senior Center. Of all the jobs Ruth had done, the most enjoyable job to her was working at the Senior Center, because of the great people at the Center.

Ruth’s hobbies included quilting, crocheting, sewing, gardening and fishing. Ruth had made many quilts throughout her life, several of which were donated to the Senior Center.

Ruth was baptized at Union Church in Oregon, MO; and was a lady of great faith. She was everybody’s friend, who would do anything for anybody.

Survivors include a daughter, Carolyn (John) Hubach, Rea, Missouri; two sisters Esther Markt and Rosalee Pinson both of Savannah, Missouri; 5 grandchildren, J.B. Mullins, Chris Mullins, Jamie Raymo, Johnnie Hubach, Jr. and Angie Wheeler and 8 great grandchildren.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, Jonathon and Alberta (Fortner) Herr; her daughter, Jaloyce Weisz; brothers, Clayton and John Robert Herr; and a granddaughter, Teresa Hubach.

The family will receive friends 10:00-11:00 am Wednesday at Whitesville Baptist Church, Whitesville, MO, where a Memorial Service will follow at 11:00 am. A Private Family Interment at Whitesville Cemetery will be held prior to public visitation and services. Arrangements under the direction of the Heaton-Bowman-Smith Savannah Chapel.

A funeral luncheon will be served following the service.

Per Ruth’s requests, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Andrew County Senior Center.

Danbury, Jerry Richard

June 24, 2013

Jerry Richard Danbury, 78, died June 23 at a local hospital. He was born January 5, 1935 in St. Joseph, Mo. to George Ellis and Ina Nadine (Ballard) Danbury. He was baptized at Mitchell Park Christian Church in his youth. Jerry was employed at Danbury Service Station, Dugdale Packing Co., and retired from the St. Joseph News-Press in 1999. He was a 1953 graduate of Central High School and served two years in the Missouri Air National Guard. He married Charlotte Arleene Shaw in 1956 and they are the parents of four children. Jerry was a three-time cancer survivor. He was loved by his family and friends. Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother, Danny Lee. He is survived by his four children, Leslie (Bill) Kinkead, Highland, KS; Jerry M. (Gwenda), Kansas City, MO; James (Monica), St. Joseph and Lisa Danbury, Kansas City, MO; his long-time companion of 38 years, Maxine Moore; and nine grandchildren, one great-grandson and two nephews (Las Vegas, NV).
Funeral services 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Interment Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
Visitation after 12:00 noon Tuesday at our Chapel, where the family will receive friends 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday evening.
Donations may be made to Katty Shack Animal Rescue, Smithville, MO or the Humane Society of St. Joseph.

Arrasmith, Martin

June 21, 2013

Martin Arrasmith, 63, of St. Joseph, passed away Thursday, June 20, 2013 after a lengthy illness.

Martin was born on November 23, 1949 in North Bend, Oregon to Oscar and Doris (Chapin) Arrasmith.

He was a 1968 graduate of Lafayette High School and served in the United States Navy.

Martin was preceded in death by his father, Oscar and brother, Warren Arrasmith.

Surviving family includes, mother, Doris Jean Burchett, St. Joseph; son, Dennis (Rachel) Arrasmith, Salisbury, North Carolina; 3 granddaughters with 1 on the way, sister, Barbarah McClain, Texas; 2 nieces, 2 nephews, and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Mr. Arrasmith has been cremated under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.

Inurnment Armstrong Cemetery, in Rushville Missouri at a later date.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105.

Brant, Britt Edwin

June 20, 2013

Britt Edwin Brant infant son of Heather and Bryson Brant passed away on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at St. Lukes Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri.

Britt was born June 17, 2013 in Kansas City, Missouri. Additional survivors include his grandparents, Donna and John Swanson and Shelly and Dennis Daffron; two aunts, Sam and Dani; two uncles, Jay and Nate. Britt was preceded in death by his paternal grand-father Britt Edwin Brant.

Visitation will begin after 12:00 noon Sunday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, where the family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00pm. There will be no services held.

The family suggests memorial gifts to be made in memory of Britt for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in care of the funeral home.

(Springs) McQueen, Doris

June 15, 2013

Doris (Springs) McQueen, 88, St. Joseph, MO, passed away Thursday, June 13, 2013, at Saxton Riverside Care Center.

Doris was born on February 23, 1925, in Forbes, Missouri, to Walter and Della (Legg) Springs. She was a member of Patee Park Baptist Church. She enjoyed gardening and loved being with her family.

Doris was employed at Big Smith and later at Stetson Hats in St. Joseph.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Geneva Embrey and seven brothers, James, Charles, J.R., Alfred, Jerry, Carol and Ned Springs.

Survivors include a sister, Erma Peery, St. Joseph MO; a brother, Fred Springs, Mt. Prospect, IL; numerous nieces and nephews; great-nieces and great-nephews and great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.

Services 2:00 P.M. Monday, June 15, 2013 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Interment Mount Auburn Cemetery, St. Joseph, MO.

Visitation will begin after 12:00 noon Sunday at the Chapel, where the family will receive friends 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Sunday evening.

Hannah-Geha, Kathryn

June 12, 2013

Kathryn Hannah-Geha, 99, St. Joseph, passed away Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at her home.

She was born June 3, 1914 in Salem, Nebraska to Joseph and Elizabeth (Long) Lollmann, the youngest of eleven children whom have all preceded her in death. She married Clarence “Lefty” Hannah in 1937 and he passed away in 1987. She married Richard “Dick” E. Geha in 1991 and he passed away in 2002. She was also preceded in death by one grandchild and a son-in-law, Ron Sample in 2007.

Kathryn worked as a machine operator at Westab for 25 years. She was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, the St. Ann’s Altar Society and the 25 Year Club at Mead.

Mrs. Hannah-Geha is survived by three children, a son Ronald (Sandy) Hannah, of St. Joseph; two daughters, Janice Sample of St. Joseph and Marilyn (Dewey) Young of McAllen, TX; twelve grandchildren; nineteen great-children and four great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation will begin after 9:00 AM Friday at the Heaton-Bowman-Smith and Sidenfaden Chapel where a Rosary will be recited at 6:00PM Friday evening. The family will receive friends following the Rosary until 8:30 PM.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, June 15, 2013, at 10:30 AM at the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. Interment will be at Memorial Park Cemetery.

(Jagodzinski) Rowland, Mary V.

June 12, 2013

Mary V. (Jagodzinski) Rowland, 86, Saint Joseph, Missouri, passed away Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at a local hospital.

Mary was born September 9, 1926 to Peter and Theresa (Essman) Jagodzinski in
Saint Joseph and was a lifelong resident. She was a graduate of Benton High School.

Mary had worked as a hair stylist at the Atchison Hill Beauty Shop. After the arrival of her daughter, she became a full time homemaker.

Mrs. Rowland was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. She enjoyed playing bingo, was a member of a sewing circle and enjoyed flowers and gardening.

Mary was married to John Rowland, he preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her parents, a son-in-law, Floyd McConnell; 2 brothers, John and William Jagodzinski and a sister, Genevieve Fry.

Survivors include daughter, Lori McConnell, Saint Joseph; 5 grandchildren, Cassandra Vandever, Danielle, Dylan, Charmagne and Shawn McConnell; 1 great-grandchild, Blade Vandever; 2 sisters, Margaret (Louis) Stock, Kansas City, MO and Patricia Workman, Louisville, KY and numerous nieces and nephews.

Chapel Prayer Service 1:00 PM Friday, June 14, 2013 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Interment Mount Olivet Cemetery.

A Rosary will be held at 5:30 PM Thursday at our Chapel, where the family will receive friends 6:00 to 8:00 PM Thursday.

Smart, Dorothy Elizabeth

June 12, 2013

Dorothy Elizabeth Smart, 83, Cameron, Missouri, passed away Monday, June 10, 2013 at a local health care center.

Dorothy was born June 21, 1929 in Keystone, Missouri, to Dick and Mabel (Wilcox) Newell. She attended Central Missouri State and received her teaching certificate from Northwest Missouri State University.

Early in her teaching career, Dorothy taught at one room school houses in Lilly and Perrin, Missouri. She was a lifetime member of Smith Fork Baptist Church.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; son, Richard Kevin Smart; three brothers,
Jimmy, Virgil and Roy Newell.

Survivors include daughter, Carol Flury; grandsons, Dr. Christopher Neal, Bethesda, Maryland,
Robert Neal, Saint Joseph; great-granddaughters, Alisha Neal, Cameron, Clara Neal, Bethesda;
brother, Richard T. Newell, Turney, Missouri; sister, Jane Wiedmaier, Cameron; sister-in-law, Joan Newell-Hansen, Turlock, California; numerous nieces and nephews.

A private family celebration service will be held at a later date. Mrs. Smart has been cremated under the direction of Heaton Bowman Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Inurnment will be in Cameron Memory Gardens.

The family suggests memorial contributions to American Heart Association.

Kendel, Fannie Marie

June 10, 2013

Fannie Marie Kendel, 88, St. Joseph, Missouri, passed away Friday, June 7, 2013 at a local health care facility.

Fannie was born June 21, 1924 in Gallatin, Missouri to Clyde and Gladys Dannar. She graduated from Weatherby High School.

Fannie married Gilbert O. Kendel March 16, 1947 in St. Joseph; he preceded her in death June 5, 2008. She was also preceded in death by her parents.

Survivors include son, Jim Kendel; daughter, Nancy Oelke; brother, Jack (Gwen) Danner and one grandson, Kyle Kendel.

Celebration of Life 7:00 PM Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.

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

(Lawhon) Long, Beverly Jean

June 10, 2013

Beverly Jean (Lawhon) Long, 85, St. Joseph, Missouri, passed away Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at a local hospital.

Beverly was born September 28, 1927 in Union Star, Missouri to Millard S. and Mary E. (Harris) Jeffers. She graduated from Gower High School and Caster’s Beauty School.

Beverly married Roy Norman Lawhon, he preceded her death in December 1995 after 43 years of marriage. She married Milton “Gene” Long in 2000, he survives of the home.

Beverly retired from J. C. Penney, where she worked as a beautician. She was an avid member of Patee Park Baptist Church. She also belonged to the Gower Goodtimers Club.

Beverly loved her kids and grandkids. She enjoyed playing dominos and card games with them.
She also liked to travel, having made trips to Alaska and Colorado.

Beverly was also preceded in death by her parents; and brother, Logan H. Jeffers.

Additional survivors include daughter, Linda (Terry) Harter, St. Joseph; sons, Mike (Mary) Lawhon, Godfrey, Illinois, Jeff (Mary Beth) Lawhon, Blue Springs, Missouri; eight grandchildren ten great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Memorial service 11 AM, Saturday, June 15, 2013 at Frazier Cemetery, Frazier, Missouri with inurnment to follow.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Patee Park Food Pantry.

Armstrong, Stephen E.

June 8, 2013

Stephen E. Armstrong, 60, Oklahoma; passed away June 7, 2013.
Stephen was born on June 25, 1952 in Excelsior Springs, MO; to Thomas and Dorothy (Adkins) Armstrong. He had worked as a self-employed construction worker.
Stephen was a loving father, grandfather, son and brother to many. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and enjoyed the Colorado mountains. He cared for all people, even if it was a stranger; he would go out of his way to help those in need.
He was preceded in death by his father, a daughter, Rachel Marie Armstrong; aunt, Darlene Armstrong and uncles, Benny and Jimmy Armstrong.
Survivors include sons, Aaron (Toni) Armstrong, and their son, Derek, St. Joseph; Tommy E. Armstrong, Ft. Collins; CO; Jonathon and Michael Armstrong; his mother, Dorothy Armstrong; 2 sisters, Judy (Reuben) Reyez and Pinie Armstrong; 4 brothers, Darrel (Maridith); Terry (Beverly); Roger and Butch Armstrong.
Mr. Armstrong has been cremated under the direction of the Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. A private memorial service will be held in Minnesota on July 6 and in St. Joseph at a later date.

Stull, Doug

June 8, 2013

Doug Stull, 59, St. Joseph, Missouri, passed away Friday, June 7, 2013 at his home.

Doug was born on June 23, 1953 in St. Joseph, MO to Thomas and Dorothy (Hunziger) Stull. He was a lifelong resident and 1972 graduate of Lafayette High School.

Doug was employed as a truck driver for Ruan from 1995-2011. He was a race car enthusiast, enjoyed wood working and always enjoyed a good tool department as well as family get togethers.

Survivors include daughter, Nikki Stull; his significant other, Sherry Hawley and her children; Serena McQueen and Aileena Anderson; grandchildren, Andrew, Riley, Naomi, Dylen and Rachael; brother, Roger (Donnetta) Stull; sister, Eileen (Jim) Morton; numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

Doug was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Travis Stull and brother, Robert Stull.

Services 11:00 AM Tuesday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Mr. Stull will be cremated following the services. Visitation will be held after noon Monday, with the family to receive friends 5:00 to 8:00 PM Monday at our chapel

The family suggests memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society.

Michaels, Amber Forrest

June 7, 2013

Amber Forrest Michaels, 37, of St. Joseph, passed away, Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

Amber was born on December 3, 1975 in Olathe, Kansas to David Michaels and Joyce Crockett.

She worked for SST as an Escalations Supervisor. She loved arts and crafts, had a vivid imagination, was an avid reader and loved crossword puzzles.

Amber was preceded in death by her grandmother, Forrest Virginia Crockett.

Surviving family includes life partner, Derin McQuiston, son, Phoenix Ash, mother, Joyce (Brad) Byrd, sister, Cydney Wilson, brother, Eric Michaels and several aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Miss Michaels has been cremated under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.

Celebration of Life Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 1:00 PM at the Faith United Baptist Church, held in the reception hall, dinner will be provided, 8400 SW State Route V, St. Joseph, Missouri 64504.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Phoenix Ash Education Fund in care of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.

Sollars, Patricia “Pat”

June 5, 2013

Patricia “Pat” Sollars, 81, St. Joseph, MO; passed away on June 4, 2013 at a local health care facility, surrounded by her loving family.
Pat was born on September 4, 1931 in St. Joseph, Missouri to William and Nora (Curry) Roberts. She was a lifelong resident and graduate of Convent of the Sacred Heart.
Pat was a bar manager at the Pony Express Hotel for many years.
On May 26, 1978, she married Herbert Sollars in Las Vegas, Nevada, he survives of the home.
Additional survivors include a son, Michael Sollars and 3 sisters, Mary Williams, Margaret Ellsworth and Diane Wilson, all of St. Joseph; 3 grandchildren, Jackson and Cody Sollars and Amber Wray.
Patricia was preceded in death by her parents, a son, Richard William Wray and a brother, William Lee Roberts.
Mrs. Sollars has been cremated, with a private family Inurnment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. A register book will be available to sign at the Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, there is no visitation or services scheduled at this time.

Burris, Barbara J.

June 5, 2013

Barbara J. Burris, 79, of Country Club Village, Missouri passed away on Monday, June 3, 2013 at her home.

Barbara was born on March 4, 1934 in Saint Joseph, Missouri to Fred and Maude (Hughes) Pettis.

Survivors include daughter, Desiree Bowman; son, Robert J. Burris, Jr.; two granddaughters,
Aubrey Grviett, Amanda Earle; and seven great-granddaughters.

No services will be held. Memorial contributions may be made to Hands of Hope Hospice.
Arrangements under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.

Mollus, Barbara “Bobby”

June 5, 2013

Barbara “Bobby” Mollus, 85, St. Joseph, MO; passed away on Monday, June 3, 2013 at her home.
Bobby was born on October 15, 1927 in St. Joseph, MO to John and Catherine (Paepke) Mollus, Sr. She was a lifelong resident and graduate of Central High School.
Miss Mollus had worked for Westab for over 40 years and was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church.
Bobby is survived by a niece, Catherine (Kenny) Madsen, nephew, Mark (Becky) Mollus, all of St. Joseph and several great-nieces and nephews.
Bobby was preceded in death by her parents, brothers; Elmer, William, James and John Mollus, Jr. and beloved pet, Cari.
Prayers Service 3:00pm Friday at Horigan Chapel, the family will receive friends 1 hour prior to the service; under the direction of the Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Interment Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
The family requests memorial donations to Friends of the Animal Shelter.

Christ, Charles “Eugene”

June 5, 2013

Charles “Gene” Christ, 83, of St. Joseph, Missouri passed away on Monday, June 3, 2013 at Heartland Regional Medical Center.
Gene was born on August 2, 1929 in Horton, Kansas to Carl and Eva (Stone) Christ. He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of Charity Lodge 135. Gene worked for Swift & Co for 22 years, owned and operated Standard Oil Station at King Hill and Illinois and later worked for the St. Joseph Light & Power Company.
Gene married Alma Smith. She preceded him in death on October 19, 1990. He was also preceded by his parents, and one son, Dennis Krumme.
Survivors include his children, two daughters, Linda Gawlik, Kelly Hudgins; one son, Dave Christ; ten grandchildren and two great-grandchild.
Services 1:00pm Friday, June 7, 2013 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Mr. Christ will be cremated following the service. Visitation will begin after 12:00 noon Thursday, where the family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00pm.
The family requests memorial gifts to the Open Door Food Kitchen or the American Red Cross.

Weiland, John R.

June 5, 2013

John R. Weiland, 68, lifelong resident of St. Joseph, passed away Sunday, June 2, 2013 at home surrounded by his loving family.

John was born in St. Joseph on May 27, 1945. He was the youngest of four children born to George and Lena (Meers) Weiland. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Jim Weiland.

John was a 1963 graduate of Central High School. He had attended St. Joseph Junior College and Missouri Western State University. He was a member of Olive Street Methodist Church.

John worked for MeadWestVaco for over 35 years until their closing in 2003. Many Mead employees were his closest friends. He had a dry wit and was a great storyteller. He loved to re-live his early childhood memories as well as his early working days.

He was a proud American, who loved his family and enjoyed Holidays and family dinners. He loved watching old movies and John Wayne was his hero. He loved children (anyone’s) and had a gift for calming fussy babies. He loved nature and animals of any kind. He had a special love for his two dogs, Casper and Snickers.

John married Ramona Miller on July 4, 1992 in St. Joseph. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include 2 sisters, Patti Bennett, St. Joseph; and Georgia Clark, Atchison, Kansas; step-daughters, Kristie (Karl) Ploeger, Kandie (Paul) Stock, and Kelly (Steve) Plumb; five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Services 11:00 AM Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.
Interment Memorial Park Cemetery.

Visitation will begin after 2:00 PM Tuesday at our chapel, where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Wednesday.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Hands of Hope Hospice or to the St. Joseph Animal Shelter.

Hopkins, Jr., Dr. George Theodore

June 2, 2013

Dr. George Theodore Hopkins, Jr., 85, of St. Joseph, passed away Friday, May 31, 2013 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

George was born on January 31, 1928 in St. Joseph to George T. and Mary Alta (Giseburt) Hopkins, Sr. He served in the Army from 1946 to 1947 in occupied Japan where he exchanged salutes with General Douglas MacArthur on the steps of the Dai Ichi Building.

On June 10, 1956 George married Wanda F. Neely, the love of his life, in St. Joseph. They raised three children in St. Joseph, and worked together many years in his dental practice which spanned 47 years.

He was a member of Marvin McMurry United Methodist Church. He was also a long-time member of Host Lions Club, Missouri State Dental Association, Northwest Missouri Dental Association, and Eugene Field School PTA, and served as president of each organization. George was also on the board of the Lovers Lane Association.

George loved music, tennis and table tennis. He was table tennis regiment champion while in Japan, and doubles Champion in Dental school in 1948. He also loved miniature golf, coaching Little League Baseball and Indian Guides.

George was preceded in death by his parents, and brother, Walter M. Hopkins.

In addition to Wanda, he is survived by sons, George T. Hopkins, III “Tad” and wife, Annushka Theobold-Hopkins, Brian Ross Hopkins and wife Debbie (Barnes) Hopkins, all of St. Joseph; daughter Wanda Kay Hopkins and husband, Bill Frank of Leawood, Kansas; grandchildren, Chloe, Van, Anya, Kael, Hailey and Cole; brother Gordon E. Hopkins and wife, Beverly of St. Joseph; sister Mary A. Bixel and husband, John of New Jersey; sister-in-law Carole Hopkins of Ohio; and many nieces and nephews

A special thanks to Hands of Hope hospice for their tender care, and to the doctors, nurses, and staff of Heartland Health System.

Memorial Service 1:00 PM Thursday, June 6, 2013 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Inurnment Ashland Cemetery.

Visitation will begin after 11:00 AM Wednesday at our chapel, where the family will receive friends from 5:00 to 8:00 PM Wednesday evening.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Marvin McMurry United Methodist Church or Donor’s Choice.

(Dawaliby) Habeeb, Wydia “Dee”

May 28, 2013

Wydia “Dee” (Dawaliby) Habeeb, 96, of St. Joseph, passed away Sunday, May 26, 2013 at a Cameron, MO health care center.

Mrs. Habeeb was born July 4, 1916, in St. Joseph, MO to Henry and Sadie (Argabey) Dawaliby. She graduated from the Gard Business School and then served in the US Army during WWII. She had worked at Noma Lights and the United Department Store in St. Joseph. She was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church.

On October 3, 1949 she married Joseph J. Habeeb in St. Joseph and together they owned and operated the Habeeb Grocery Store.

She was preceded in death by her Husband; Parents; 2 brothers, James and Eddie Dawaliby and 2 sisters, Nezera Wilson and Susan Dawaliby.

Dee is survived by 3 sons, Joseph H. Habeeb, Dallas, TX; James J. (Nancy) Habeeb, Lawrence, KS and William J. (Colette) Habeeb, Los Angeles, CA; 4 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, May 31, 2013 at 2:00PM at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. Interment will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Family will receives friends following graveside service 4:00 to 6:00 PM at Wellington Point Apartments, 3811 Beck Road, St. Joseph.

The family request memorial contributions be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital Fund or St. Francis Xavier House of Bread.

Curran, Wilma Fern

May 28, 2013

Wilma Fern Curran, 89, St. Joseph, MO, passed away Monday, May 27, 2013, at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

Wilma was born May 6, 1924, near King City, Missouri to Robert and Lucille (Thompson) Colville. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Easton, MO.

She married Joseph Curran on February 3, 1951. He passed away on October 14, 1962.

Wilma is survived by son, Charles Curran, St. Joseph, MO; daughters, Donna and Linda Curran, Kansas City, MO; brothers, Cleo (Ruth) Colville, Helena, MO and Darrel (Joyce) Colville, O’Fallon, MO; sister, Avis (Gene) Evans, Stanberry, MO; in-laws, Gertrude and Robert Lindsay, Ida May Curran, Mary Curran, Ann Curran; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mass of Christian Burial 11:00 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Easton, MO. Interment Mt. Olivet Cemetery, St. Joseph, MO.

Visitation will begin after 12:00 noon Thursday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, St. Joseph, MO. Rosary 6:00 p.m.Thursday at our Chapel. Family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Warner, Lynda K.

May 28, 2013

Lynda K. Warner, 66, St. Joseph, Missouri, passed away, Sunday, May 26, 2013.

Lynda was born on June 21, 1946. She worked as a nurse and was a member of Seventh Day Adventist Church. She loved her dog, Buster, doing puzzles and watching Animal Planet.

Survivors include her children, Clinton Anderson, Candice Baynes, Kathy Sue Westover, Kirk Anderson and Kevin Anderson and numerous loving grandchildren.

Ms. Warner has been cremated under the direction of Heaton Bowman Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, where a register book will be available to sign.

Pummell, Jr. Donald E.

May 26, 2013

Donald E. Pummell, Jr. 65, St. Joseph, Missouri, passed away Saturday, May 25, 2013 at a local hospital.

Donald was born on August 25, 1947 in St. Joseph, Missouri to the late Donald and Charlotte (Ellis) Pummell, Sr. He was a graduate of Lafayette High School and Missouri Western State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education.

Mr. Pummell was a teacher at Robidoux Middle School for over 30 years. Donald was an athlete and enjoyed playing baseball and lettered in football, basketball and track.

Survivors include 2 brothers, Richard (Nori) Pummell, Kissimmee, FL and Jeff Pummell, St. Joseph; a sister, Kimberlee Jewell, St. Joseph; Nieces and Nephews, Nathaniel (Crystal) Nitti, Rikki Nitti, Holly Jones and Mandi (Rich) Chance; Great-Nieces, Hannah Nitti, Charlot Lowrance and Jaylin Nitti; former wife and close friend, Marilyn Bryant

Memorial Service 6:00 PM Friday Agape Love Lighthouse Church, 2500 S. 11th St. A register book will be available to sign at the Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.

Memorial Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Pfeffer, Marie “Bebe”

May 24, 2013

Marie “Bebe” Pfeffer, 86, Huntington Beach, Ca., formerly of St. Joseph ,MO passed away April 24,2013 at her residence.
Bebe was born Oct.20,1926 in Puerto Rico. In 1948, while living in NY City, Bebe met and married Dr. Robert Pfeffer, to whom she was married till his death in 2008, just shy of their 60 year Anniversary.
While living in St Joseph from 1955-1980, Bebe was homemaker, mother of three children, active in community services, enjoyed playing bridge, fishing, tennis or working in her home garden. Those who knew Bebe can certainly recall her outspoken, sharp witted humor and infectious laugh. All that met and spent time with her were left with a lasting impression. Bebe was truly one of a kind.
She is survived by her children Robert Pfeffer Jr., Anne Ferbert and Laura Dageford; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Bebe will be inurned at Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego,Ca. alongside her beloved Robert.
Arrangements were entrusted to Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, St Joseph.
A registry book is available at the Chapel for signing. In lieu of flowers, gifts in memory of Marie “Bebe” Pfeffer may be made to Alzheimer Association, Orange County Chapter, 17771 Cowan #200, Irvine, CA 92614 for phone donations call Mary @ 949-955-9000.

Hurst, Muriel C.

May 23, 2013

Muriel C. Hurst, 99, of St. Joseph, Missouri passed away on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at a local health care center.

Muriel was born on September 24, 1913 in Vandalia, Missouri to William and Lena (Barns) Callen. She was a member of Wyatt Park Christian Church and an accountant for Pettijohn Ford and owned and operated the Western Auto Store both of King City, Missouri.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her four husbands, Price Cummins, John Arango, William Wright and Frank Hurst; three sisters, Ora Lee Pike, Katherine South and Dorothy Bondurant.

She is survived by her nephew, David South and extended family members and friends.

Memorial Service 2:00pm Friday Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Inurnment will be held at a later date at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Craig, Missouri.

The family suggests Memorial Donations to Wyatt Park Christian Church.

Mollus, Frank

May 23, 2013

Frank Mollus, 79, of St. Joseph, passed away Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at his home.

Frank was born on January 2, 1934 in St. Joseph to the late Joseph and Goldie (Whitten) Mollus.
He worked for St. Joseph Structural Steel for 28 years and was a Former Insurance Agent for Reserve National and Independent.

Frank was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, was a 32nd Degree Mason, and a member of Eagles Lodge.

He married Geraldine Gillett. She survives of the home. Additional survivors, sons, Scott, Mark, Brian, Bradley (Rene) Mollus and Frank (Kelly) Jarrett; grandchildren, Jessie, Michael, Ashley, Tyler, Frankie, Brandon and Janette; 5 great-grandchildren; brothers, Joseph and Charles (Sue) Mollus; and sisters, Shirley Collings and JoAnn Teed.

Frank was preceded in death by a grandson.

Mr. Mollus has been cremated under the direction of Heaton Bowman Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.

Inurnment High Ridge Cemetery, Stanberry, Missouri.

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

The family suggests memorial contributions to Kendallwood Hospice or Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.

The family wishes to thank Kendallwood Hospice and Staff for their care and concern.

Van Meter, A. Warren

May 20, 2013

A. Warren Van Meter, 90, St. Joseph, passed away Saturday, May 18, 2013 at Vintage Gardens.

Warren was born August 24, 1922 in Oak, Missouri to Gerald and Dora (Miller) Van Meter. He spent the years of his young life in small area towns and the rest of his life in St. Joseph.

In 1943 he married Lorene (Miller) Van Meter who preceded him in death in 2010, and to this union five children were born. Warren joined the U.S. Navy September 10, 1940 and served six years during WWII. Following his Naval service, he attended lead wiping plumbing school in
Kansas City, MO and became a journeyman plumber. He worked as a journeyman plumber until
1953. In April, 1953 Warren became the Business Agent for the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local Union #45 and served in this role for seventeen years. Following this service, Warren worked as a journeyman plumber for Industrial Plumbing for three years. In 1973 Warren became the City
Plumbing Inspector and held this position for fourteen years. He retired on August 24, 1987. Warren became a member of the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local Union #45 of St. Joseph, MO, on March 22, 1950 and remained a member until his passing. He became a member of Patee Park Baptist Church in 1949. In 1966 Warren became a member of Calvary Baptist Church and continued as a member for the rest of his life.

Warren was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter, Barbara Ray on May 31, 1978, and his wife, Lorene (Miller) Van Meter on October 4, 2010.

Survivors include son, Art (Sharon) Van Meter, St. Joseph; daughters, DiAnn (Les) Wyrick, St. Joseph; Nancy (Russ) McCamy, St. Joseph; Pamela (Jeff) Young, Centennial, Colorado; grandchildren: Scot and Ryan Van Meter, Toni Svuba, Bill and Jeff Wyrick, Lori Cox and Steve Ray, Marty and Aubrey McCamy, Kelsey and Colin Young; nine great-grandchildren: Tyce Van Meter; Zachary and Chloe Van Meter; Avery Wyrick; G.C., Austin and Tyler Cox; Jack and Sam Ray; two great-great-grandchildren, Gage and Ava Cox; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services 1:00 PM Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.
Interment Memorial Park Cemetery.

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

The family suggests memorial contributions to Calvary Baptist Church.

Culver, Lavonne E.

May 16, 2013

Lavonne E. Culver, 88, passed away May 14, 2013, at a local health care facility. She was born on October 17, 1924, in Taylors Falls, MN, to Ted and Ruby Brown.

Lavonne attended the University of Missouri where she met and married her first husband Harold Hammer. Lavonne and Harold divorced, and she later married the love of her life, Harl Culver. Some of the happiest days of her life were spent on the farm with Harl just outside King City, Missouri.

Lavonne had many talents, including oil and water color painting, sewing, baking, creating stain glass pieces, knitting and gardening and even soloed in a Cessna 170. She loved flower gardening, particularly iris, and though she bred Australian shepherds, her cats were always her most cherished pets.

Surviving are sons John Hammer, Jim (Cathy) Hammer and daughter Karen (Rod) Quigley, all of St. Joseph. Also surviving are grandsons Jake Lindley (Frankie) of Lompoc, CA, and Grant Quigley of London, UK, and her beloved cat, Suki.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 16th at 1 pm at Wyatt Park Christian Church with visitation one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Wyatt Park Christian Church.

Fisher, Francis Joseph

May 16, 2013

Cameron, MO-Francis Joseph Fisher, 97, formerly of Clarksdale, MO, passed away Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at the Cameron VA Home.

Francis was born and raised in Clarksdale, MO. He joined the U.S. Coast Guard and served in the South Pacific during World War II, stationed aboard the U.S.S. Carroll.
He started the ship’s reunions that continued for 60 years.

Following the war, he lived in California where he met his wife, Whilamina Bolken, and his son, Mark was born. Later they divorced and he returned to Clarksdale to his family home where he farmed until retirement. He was a Catholic and enjoyed classical music, reading western novels and was very patriotic and loved his country.

He was a member of American Legion Post #359 and a life member of VFW #1668.

Francis was preceded in death by his parents, Paul J. and Anne G. (Pankau) Fisher, brothers, Bernard, William, Felix, Clemence, Vincent and James Fisher; sisters, Rose, Lucy, Gertrude, and Mary.

Survivors include his son Mark Fisher, Orange Park, FL; sister Genevieve Barker, San Diego, CA; nieces Florence (Earl) Sale, Marianne (Gary) Baptista, nephew, James (Marlene) Fisher and numerous other nieces and nephews.

Prayer Services 10:00 a.m. Thursday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Interment St. Mary Cemetery, Hurlingen, MO.

Visitation will begin after 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at our Chapel, where the family will receive friends 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday.

The family suggests memorial contributions to St. Mary’s Cemetery or to Missouri Veterans Home, Cameron, MO.

A special thank you to the Missouri Veterans Home staff and the staff of Comfort Care Hospice for their extreme acts of care and kindness.

The Eagle has landed.

Gregory, Robert “Rob” Michael

May 16, 2013

Robert “Rob” Michael Gregory, 57, St. Joseph, Missouri, passed away Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

Rob was born May 30, 1955 in St. Joseph to John D. and Genevieve (Reardon) Gregory. He was a graduate of Central High School.

Rob married Diana Sue Wilson on May 3, 1990 in St. Joseph, she survives of the home. He was an order filler for Ventura Foods and Mead Products.

Rob belonged to Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church and was a member of the Mead 25 year club.

Rob was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Wayne and Ricky Gregory.

Additional survivors include son, Mike (Keshia) Gregory; daughters, Heather (Milven)
Jenkins, Kasey (Joshua) Schmoe; six grandchildren, Kylee, Logan, Brookelyn, Clayton, Bryson, Dakota; brothers, Dan (Jean) Gregory, Mark Gregory, both of St. Joseph;
aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Memorial service 1 pm, Thursday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 pm Wednesday evening at our Chapel. Mr. Gregory has been cremated.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Our Lady of Guadalupe or American Cancer Society.

Swinchoski, Edwin F.

May 16, 2013

Edwin Francis Swinchoski, 86, St. Joseph, Missouri, passed away on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at his home.

Edwin was born in St. Joseph on September 30, 1926. He was a graduate of Christian Brothers High School and attended St. Joseph Junior College. He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Anthony and Margaret (Sloan) Swinchoski.; and brother, Albert Swinchoski.

His latest employment was at Nestle Company, from which he retired.

He married Dorothy L. McCurley on July 27, 1953, in St. Joseph and they were parents to five children. Dorothy survives of the home. Surviving children are Mike (Amanda) Swinchoski, Watertown, MA, Sharon (Glenn) Richey, St. Joseph, MO, Tim Swinchoski, St. Joseph, MO, Greg (Diana) Swinchoski, Plattsburgh, NY, Mark Swinchoski, Mountain View, CA; sister, Rosemary Hildebrand, Hilsdale, MI; numerous grandchildren, step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews..

Mass of Christian Burial 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 17, 2013 at Horigan Chapel. Interment Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Visitation will begin after 3:00 p.m. Thursday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, where the family will receive friends 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday evening.

The family suggests memorial donations to Hands of Hope Hospice or to St. Patrick Catholic Church.

Cole, Ed

May 13, 2013

Ed Cole, 82, Union Star, MO passed away Sunday, May 12, 2013 at a St. Joseph hospital.

Mr. Cole was born August 11, 1930 in Church Hill, Maryland. He worked as a mechanic for the railroad in California after serving in the Air Force during the Korean War.

He is survived by his companion Betty Muench and six children.

A private inurnment will be held at the Leavenworth National Cemetery, Leavenworth, Kansas
Heaton-Bowman-Smith and Sidenfaden Chapel are in charge of the services.

Myers, Vicky Lynn

May 12, 2013

Vicky Lynn Myers, 56, Savannah, Missouri passed away Saturday, May 11, 2013 at Kansas University Medical Center.

Vicky was born December 16, 1956 to Dale W. and Lola (Beck) Liechti, Sr. in St. Joseph, Missouri, where she was raised. She graduated from Lafayette High School and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Kansas University. Vicky also obtained a Masters degree in clinical social work from the University of Missouri.

Vicky married Rollin Myers on November 6, 1976, he survives of the home. They moved to Savannah in 2000.

Vicky was a Clinical Social Worker with Family Guidance Center and later worked at Northwest Health Services.

Vicky was a member of First Christian Church in Savannah and belonged to the National Association of Social Workers. She enjoyed working with people.

Vicky was preceded in death by her parents.

Additional survivors include daughter, Stacy, Savannah; son, Raleigh; granddaughter, Jami, both of the home; step-children, Cheryl Wolfe, Lansing, Kansas, Richard Myers,
Liberty, Missouri, Randy Myers, Galveston, Texas; brothers, Mark Liechti, Tonganoxie, Kansas, Dale W. Liechti, Jr., St. Joseph; aunts and uncles, Lee Liechti, Atchison, Kansas,
Julie Gerlien, Liberty; niece and nephew, Ashley Liechti and Brett Liechti.

Services 11am, Thursday at First Christian Church, Savannah, Missouri, under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith Savannah Chapel. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the Church. Inurnment will be in Savannah Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested for her children’s education fund.

Pickett, John David

May 11, 2013

John David Pickett, 55, St. Joseph, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, May 10, 2013, at Heartland Medical Center.

John was born on May 11, 1957 in St. Joseph, to Gilbert and Maxine Pickett.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Maxine Pickett, and by his grandparents, Richie and Mamie Pickett and John and Clara Eden.

Survivors: father, Gilbert Pickett, St. Joseph; brother, Steve Pickett, St. Joseph; sisters: Nancy (Mort) Nelson, St. Joseph; Ruth Anne (Carl) Cox, Ashburn, Virginia; nieces and nephews: Dan Nelson, Kansas City; Kate Nelson (fiancé, Jonathan Lu), Toronto, Ontario; Carla (Britton) Formisano, McLean, Virginia; and Andrew Cox, Ashburn, Virginia; special caregivers and many friends.

John graduated from Central High School in 1975. He studied Construction Management at Missouri Western State College. In December 1978, an automobile accident left him a quadriplegic. Although he spent the rest of his days in a wheelchair, he did not let his disability define him. He was an inspiration to all who knew him.

John was a member of St. Joseph Co-Cathedral Church. For many years, he worked part-time for Lawhon Construction Company, doing computer records.

John was the anchor of the Pickett family. He was the scheduler, finance manager, and record-keeper. He was cheerful and never complained. A man of many interests and talents, he enjoyed current events, history and investing. He used computers daily and helped others fix theirs. He had deep and lasting friendships with many people. He was especially close to his caregivers, including Ginnie Johnson and Arleen O’Banion, who were like members of his family.

Services: The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, May 14, at 10 a.m. at Heaton-Bowman-Smith Chapel in St. Joseph. Interment will be at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. on Monday, May 13, at Heaton-Bowman-Smith Chapel. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Patee House Museum, PO Box 1022, St. Joseph 64502; InterServ, PO Box 4038, St. Joseph 64504; or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Sipes, Betty Jean

May 10, 2013

Betty Jean Sipes, 61, of St. Joseph, passed away Thursday, May 9, 2013 at her home.

Betty was born on May 9, 1952 in Savannah, Missouri to Guy and Dolores (Brundige) Edwards.

Betty was an avid reader and loved spending time with her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and brother Guy Edwards, Jr.

Surviving family includes daughters, Misty Reynolds, Michelle (Richard) Cordonnier, Lalena (David) Simpson, and Francesca (Jeremy Holland) Lamorie, all of St. Joseph; and son, Michael Sipes, St. Louis, Missouri; 12 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

Ms. Sipes has been cremated under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.

Memorial Service 5:00 PM Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.

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

The family suggests memorial contributions to Hands of Hope Hospice.

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