Lagerman, Edwin E.

December 13, 2012

Edwin E. Lagerman, 84, St. Joseph, Missouri, passed away Sunday, December 9, 2012 at a St. Joseph health care center.

Edwin was born August 24, 1928 to Riley and Agatha (Betts) Lagerman in Salina, Kansas. He later moved to St. Joseph where he worked for Buchanan County for over twenty years. Edwin was married to Janetta (Green) Steele.

Edwin was preceded in death by his wife, a son, Edwin Eugene Lagerman, Jr., his parents, 2 sisters, Norma and Genieve; and 1 brother Bob.

Survivors include a sister, Lorraine Pierce and brother Melvin Ray Lagerman, Salina, KS; step-daughter, Jane Scherer, Basehor, KS; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Memorial Service 11:00 a.m. Saturday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, St. Joseph, MO, where the family will receive friends after 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Inurnment in Gypsum Hill Cemetery, Salina, Kansas at a later date.

Curtis, Mitzi G.

December 13, 2012

Mitzi G. Curtis, 82, Saint Joseph, Missouri, passed away Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at a local hospital.

Mitzi was born July 18, 1930 in Globe, Arizona to Orrell Winsby and Maxine Gene (Bowen) Kempton.

Mitzi was preceded in death by her parents.

Mrs. Curtis has been cremated under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. There will be no visitation or service at our Chapel, however a register book will be available to sign.

Pointer, Cleta May (Hall)

December 7, 2012

Cleta May (Hall) Pointer, 76, of St. Joseph, passed away, Friday, December 7, 2012 at Carriage Square Health Care Center. She had been ill for 12 years.

Cleta was born on March 15, 1936 in St. Joseph to George and Edith (Spencer) Hall. Her parents have preceded her in death as well as her sister, Georgia Faye Sontheimer, and granddaughter Robin Pointer.

Cleta is survived by her husband, Donald of 52 years together, also three wonderful caring sons, John W. (Cindy), J. Chris (Kristi) and Steven H. (Kristin) Pointer, four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, brother, John (Shirley) Hall, of Raleigh, North Carolina; and her beloved cat, Sara.

Cleta graduated from Central High School, Class of 1954. Prior to marriage she worked at Wyeth Hardware, Dannen Mills, and Nelly Don Clothing Store.

She married Donald on October 7, 1960 and became a stay-at-home mom and was an active mother and was president of the PTA at Sherwood School.

After the boys were finished with school, she went back to work for American Family Insurance and retired from Butler Sales Association due to her illness.

Cleta was the rock of the family and will be dearly missed. Cleta was a member of the First Baptist Church. Cleta had a zest for life and we will always treasure her laughter.

Services 10:00 AM Monday, December 10, 2012 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Interment Ashland Cemetery.

Visitation will begin one hour prior to the service at our chapel.

Reeder, Harold S.

December 7, 2012

Harold S. Reeder, 82, formerly of St. Joseph, passed away Thursday, December 6, 2012 at Missouri Veteran’s Home in Cameron, Missouri.

Harold was born on November 28, 1930 in Auburn, Indiana to Clarence and Inez (Jones) Reeder.

He served in the U.S. Marine Corps. for over eight years. He then married Aline N. Coder. She preceded him in death November 28, 2008. Harold was also an active member of Christ Episcopal Church and a Mason.

Harold was also preceded in death by his parents, brother, William Reeder, brother-in-laws, Roy Coder and Gary Coder, sister-in-laws Peggy Coder and Rosemary (John) Klamm.

Surviving family include sons, Harold L. (Pat) Reeder, of Parkville, Missouri; Dwayne (Jeanette) Reeder, Glenn Heights, Texas; daughters, Nancy (David) Ford, of St. Joseph; Tammy (Tom) Meyer, Jefferson City, Missouri; ten grandchildren, Gregory (Dawn) Ford, Amy (Ron) DeClue, Ashley (John) Miles, Danielle Reeder, Timothy (Abbey) Meyer, Marissa (Steven) Mahl, Phillip and Heather Reeder, Keely and Krystin King; eight great-grandchildren, Luba DeClue, Ava DeClue, Caroline Ford, Cameron DeClue, Coleman Miles, Roman Ford, Jaxton Mahl and Baby Miles; brother, Richard (Evelyn) Reeder, Seattle, Washington; brother-in-laws, Bill (Joyce), Richard (Ruth) and Ronald (Gail) Coder; sister-in-laws, Sandra and Renate Coder, and Madalyn (Ralph) Church; and numerous nieces and cousins.

Services 1:00 PM Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery.

Visitation will begin after 9:00 AM Monday at our chapel, where the family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:30 PM Monday evening.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Missouri Veteran’s Home in Cameron, Missouri.

Greene, Francis Joseph

December 3, 2012

Francis Joseph Greene, 87, of St. Joseph, passed away December 2, 2012 at Saxton Healthcare Inn.

Francis was born on March 27, 1925 in St. Joseph to Harry and Ocie (Griffey) Greene.

He owned and operated his own Lawn Care Service and was a member of St. Joseph Cathedral.

He loved his cats and enjoyed playing his guitar.

Francis was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Paul Greene, sister, Virginia Bettis and nieces, Marie Schussler and Christine Graham.

Surviving family includes nieces, Paulita Sharp, of St. Joseph, and Patti Wood, of Kansas City, Missouri; and numerous great-nieces and nephews.

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

Private family inurnment Mount Olivet Cemetery.

McDonald, Raleigh Ray

December 3, 2012

Raleigh Ray McDonald, 85, of St. Joseph, Missouri passed away on Sunday, December 2, 2012.

Raleigh was born on March 5, 1927 to Harry and Dora Ellen (DeSpain) McDonald.
He worked for Walker manufacturing for 25 years, he then worked for 30 years for Dayton/Richman.

Raleigh was a devoted minister of Jehovah’s Witness. He loved the people that were helpful to him and he was helpful to all people.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Wanda June Coy, daughter, Debbie Herbert and son, David McDonald.

Surviving family includes two sons, Robert Eugene McDonald and Edward Ray McDonald, daughter, Brenda McDonald, as well as three granddaughters; Melissa Joyce McDonald, Jennifer Taylor, Julia Herbert and great-granddaughter Jillian.

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

Kieber, Madeline Isabel

December 2, 2012

Madeline Isabel Kieber, 89 of St. Joseph, passed away Sunday, December 2, 2012 at Heartland Hospital.

Madeline was born January 10, 1923 in Kansas City, Missouri to Edward Benjamin and Irene Marie (Purcell) Tobin. Due to her father’s career Madeline moved to St. Joseph when she was eleven. Madeline graduated from Central High School.

Madeline married Dr. Robert W. Kieber, M.D. on March 28, 1946 after he graduated from Creighton Medical School.

Madeline was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a volunteer at Methodist Hospital and Heartland Hospital for 25 years.

Madeline is survived by her daughters, Susan Coyne, Omaha, Nebraska; Patricia (Frank) Becker, Rio Rancho, New Mexico; Pamela (Lester) Jones, St. Joseph, Missouri; sons, Robert (Dot) Kieber, Silverthorne, Colorado; and William (Cindy) Kieber, St. Joseph, Missouri; thirteen grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Madeline was preceded in death by her husband, infant son, Robert Kipp Kieber, son, Daniel C. Kieber, sister, Rosemary Webert, brothers, Thomas and Edward Tobin, and grandson Billy Kieber.

Services 11:00 AM Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at Horigan Chapel.
Entombment Mount Olivet Mausoleum.

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

The family suggests memorial contributions to Camp Quality or the Leukemia Society.

Goldizen, Jr., William “Bud”

December 2, 2012

William “Bud” Goldizen, Jr. 61, of St. Joseph, passed away Saturday, December 1, 2012 at his home.

Bud was born on August 7, 1951 in St. Joseph to William E. Sr. & Esther M Goldizen they preceded him in death. Bud was also preceded by brothers; Frank & Terry Goldizen, sister; Mary E. McKnight, and an infant son; Brian E. Goldizen.

Bud dearly loved his family and his cats. He was our “Big Brother” and will be missed so much.

Surviving family includes daughters; Teresa Goldizen, St. Joseph and Kelly (Tom) Lacey, Leon, Iowa, son; Chuck (Kim) Harman, Savannah, MO, sisters; Bessie Wilson, Billie (Phil) Krull, Toni Holcomb (Leon Andrews) all of St. Joseph and Angela Goldizen, Savannah, MO; brothers; Nick (Karla) Goldizen, Agency, MO and Clif Goldizen, who was also his wonderful caregiver, 7 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren. Several nieces and nephews, Gene and Jack Holcomb, who where his special buddies.

Mr. Goldizen has been cremated under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. There will be no Visitation or Services.

The family suggests memorial donations to Heaton-Bowman-Smith for expenses.

Roach, Patricia “Patty”

November 30, 2012

Patricia “Patty” Roach, 63, of St. Joseph, passed away Thursday, November 29, 2012, surrounded by her loving family.

Patty was born on March 17, 1949 in St. Joseph to Harold and Marie (Sipes) Bolin. She was a lifelong resident and graduated from Central High School and Northwest Missouri State University, where she obtained her Master’s Degree in Education.

Mrs. Roach taught Third Grade at Coleman Elementary School in St. Joseph for 30 years. She attended the First Baptist Church and was a member of the M.S.T.A., Delta Kappa Gamma (Kappa Chapter), P.E.O. (Chapter BP), Alpha Sigma Alpha, NWMSU Alumni Association Board (founder), Pony Express Museum Board Member and Volunteer.

Patty was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed teaching and touched the lives of many children, she especially enjoyed being a nana, helping others and loved life.

Patty married Jim Roach and celebrated 39 years of marriage, he survives of the home.

Additional survivors include a daughter, Megan Roach, St. Joseph, MO; 2 grandchildren, Jhamel “J.J.” Hart and Janece Roach; 2 brothers, Jim (Marge) Bolin, of Macon, MO; and Bob (Jane) Bolin, of St. Joseph.

Patty was preceded in death by her parents.

Services 1:00 PM Monday, December 3, 2012 at the Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Interment Faucett Cemetery.

Visitation will be held after 9:00 AM Sunday at our chapel, where the family will receive friends 6:00-8:00 PM Sunday.

In lieu of flowers, please consider Patty was a lover of children, especially her grandchildren, the family has requested donations be made to Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel for her grandchildren’s education fund in honor of Patty’s legacy.

Pettijohn, Robert “Bob”

November 30, 2012

Robert “Bob” Pettijohn, 77, of Stewartsville, Missouri, passed away Thursday, November 29, 2012, at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

Bob was born in St. Joseph on February 11, 1935, to Frank and Geneva (Botts) Pettijohn.

He married Bessie B. Wagers in 1952. Eight children were born to that union.

He was preceded in death by his father, Frank Pettijohn; mother and step-father, Geneva and Marion Ganote; son Billy Pettijohn and first wife, Bessie Pettijohn-Stone.

On January 1, 1957, he began his career as a firefighter for the City of St. Joseph. He retired as Chief Training Officer in 1990. He was a member of Firefighters Local #77, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and NRA.

Bob is survived by his wife, Carolyn (Wineinger) Pettijohn, of the home; children, Frank (Helena) Pettijohn, Maysville, MO, Ginie Randall, St. Joseph, MO, Jesse Stone, Avenue City, MO, Matt Pettijohn, St. Joseph, MO, Teresa Wright, Bloomfield, New Mexico, Pat (Randy) Sweiger, Pattonsburg, MO, Bessie (Raymond) Pettijohn-Holt, Maysville, MO and Cara Green (Chuck Beaty), St. Joseph, MO; 19 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; 3 half-brothers; 3 half-sisters; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services 10:00 a.m. Monday, December 3, 2012 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Interment Old School Presbyterian Cemetery, Stewartsville, 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.

The family suggests memorial donations to M’Shoogys Animal Rescue, Savannah, MO.

Dobson, Mona M.

November 30, 2012

Mona Williams Dobson, 84, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother passed away Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at a local health care facility.

Mona was born November 17, 1928 to Rupert and Grace (Hawk) Kern in Hill City, Kansas.

She was the fourth of seven children. Mona talked about going to school in a one room school house while growing up. She graduated high school in 1946.

Mona retired from H.D. Lee in May, 1992 after thirty-six years of service. There she made many wonderful friends and worked beside her sisters, Nelda and Wanda. She was active in the Union while working at Lee’s and was an officer in the Union. She was also a member of the Ladies’ Auxiliary VFW Post 6760. She was a talented seamstress and made beautiful clothes, dance costumes and Prom dresses for family and friends. Mona was an avid reader and enjoyed all types of books. She also loved spending time with friends and family.

After many decades of friendship, Mona was married to Arthur M. Dobson on September 4, 1998 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. He survives of the home.

Mona is also survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Sandy and Danny Kukuc. She leaves behind her grandchildren, Hailley, Riley, Maraya, and Jacob. She especially enjoyed sitting at the holiday table and listening to the great-grandchildren’s conversations. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother and leaves a legacy of love and many wonderful memories. She will be missed by all her family.

Mona was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Kenneth, Vivian, Eldon, Nelda, Wanda, and Sharon; niece, Carlene and great-nephew, Travis. Special thanks to Arbor View and Hands of Hope Hospice for their kindness during our loved one’s final days.

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

Graveside services 2:00 PM Saturday, December 1, 2012 at Ashland Cemetery.

Bennett, Robert “Bob”

November 28, 2012

Robert “Bob” Bennett, 81, of St. Joseph, passed away Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at Liberty Hospital in Liberty, Missouri.

Bob was born on April 5, 1931 in St. Joseph to Clyde and Lilly (Stocking) Bennett.

He married Mattie Friend. They celebrated 46 years of marriage. She preceded him in death, July 7, 2000.

Bob was also preceded in death by his parents, one brother and two sisters.

He worked at Methodist Medical Center and retired in 1993.

Bob was a member of St. James Catholic Church.

Surviving family includes sons, Victor (Kym) Bennett, Kansas City; Andrew (Candy) Bennett, Platte City, MO; granddaughters, Thera, Emily and Lauren, brothers, Levi and Richard Bennett, and Emmitt Teatsworth.

Mass of Christian Burial 11:00 AM Saturday, December 1, 2012 at St. James Catholic Church.

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 evening.

Rosary 6:00 PM Friday at our chapel.

Inurnment at a later date at Mount Zion Cemetery, Gower, Missouri.

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

Felling, Jeraldine “Rose”

November 28, 2012

Jeraldine “Rose” Felling, 79, of St. Joseph, passed away Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at her home.

Jeraldine was born on August 18, 1933 in St. Joseph to Arthur and Katie (Calhoun) Whitmore.

She attended St. Patrick’s School and Sacred Heart Convent. She owned and operated Felling Boarding Home for 25 years.

Jeraldine was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, Missouri Western State University Art Society, St. Joseph Preservation Society, Friends of the Symphony, the legion of Mary and St. Ann’s Altar Society.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Phillip J. Felling, son, Nicholas Felling, six brothers and sisters, and parents.

Surviving family includes son, Matthew (Cathy) Felling, Pensacola, Florida; daughter, Angelia Foster, Overland Park, Kansas; grandchildren, Kathleen (Benjamin) Edwards, Nicolette and Bryce Foster, Jared and Jacob Felling.

Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 AM Friday, November 30, 2012 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.
Interment Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Visitation will begin after 12:00 Noon Thursday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, where the family will receive friends following the Rosary until 8:00 PM Thursday evening.

Rosary 6:30 PM Thursday at our chapel.

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

Perkins, Charles B.

November 27, 2012

Charles Beaty Perkins, 76, of St. Joseph, Missouri passed away on Friday, November 23, 2012 at his residence.

Charles was born on March 13, 1936 in St. Joseph to Homer and Josephine (Mollus) Perkins.

He graduated from Central High School and served in the Army during the Korean War.

Charles also owned and operated a bar and restaurant and a Jewelry Business in the Pacifica, California area.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Kenneth Perkins.

Surviving family includes, brothers, Doyle (Nancy) Perkins, John R. Perkins, and sister, Jo Ann Perkins, all of St. Joseph; sister-in-law, Sandra Perkins, Mount Vernon, MO; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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

There will be no visitation or services.

Burton, Elizabeth “Liz” (Warner)

November 26, 2012

Elizabeth “Liz” Elaine (Warner) Burton, 56, Saint Joseph, Missouri, passed away at her home on Saturday, November 24, 2012 after a lengthy illness.

Liz was born September 18, 1956 in St. Joseph to Alice Ruth (Dawes) and Gilbert L. Warner.

Liz graduated from Savannah High School in 1974. She had worked as a C.N.A.

As a child she loved going to Grandpa Dawes farm with her sisters.

She married the love of her life, Kevin Burton on March 9, 1984. They lived in Saint Joseph before moving to Oregon, Missouri.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Kevin on November 29, 2007; and her parents.

Survivors include their three daughters, Kristy Christian, Saint Joseph, Kelly Burton, Prompton, Pennsylvania, Amy Burton of the home, who cared for her; sisters, Carol Weipert, Saint Joseph, Evelyn (Dennis) Cornelius, Hensley, Arkansas, Sharon (Larry) Easter, Dearborn, Missouri; seven grandchildren; an aunt; nieces, nephews and her beloved dog, Oreo.

Memorial service 11 am, Wednesday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith Savannah Chapel. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Inurnment Savannah Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in care of the funeral home to help with final expenses.

Steinman, Garnet June

November 24, 2012

Garnet June Steinman, 78, Savannah, Missouri passed away Friday, November 23, 2012 at a local hospital.

June was born February 20, 1934 in Savannah to Roy and Bertha Beulah Bell (Garner) Steeby. She graduated from Savannah High School in 1951.

June was married to Eldon “Ed” Steinman on July 23, 1956. They were wed for 51 years when he preceded her in death on February 8, 2008.

June was a press operator for Whitaker Cable for over 20 years. She worked at the U. S. Census Bureau, and was a surveyor for the Missouri Department of Conservation.

June was a very active member of Ora Rebekah Lodge, Missouri Quilters Guild and United Methodist Church of Savannah. She enjoyed quilting and playing cards.

June was also preceded in death by her parents; two great-grandsons, Joshua Edward Tucker, Trinity Ward Tucker; nine siblings, Iola Lewis, Octavia Ricker, Raymond Steeby, Dillen Steeby, Louise LaCroix, Esther Wilson, Herbert Hoover Steeby, Willard “Bill” Steeby and Faye Lawrie.

Survivors include daughters, Bertha “B.J.” Tucker and her husband, John of Valley Center, Kansas, Brenda Moppin and her husband, Bill of Savannah, Linda Sourk of Haven, Kansas; seven grandchildren, Jason Tucker and wife, Christina, Jeremy Tucker and wife, Jenny, Melinda Hill and husband, Tony, Matthew Moppin, Megan Rall and husband, Clayton, Meredith and Robby Sourk; four great-granddaughters, Amber, Holly and Grace Tucker, Brandon Scarlett Rall; and sole surviving sister, Mary Catherine Bowman

Services 11 am, Monday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith Savannah Chapel. Visitation will begin after 9am, Sunday, where the family will receive friends from 6 to 8 pm, Sunday evening. Interment Savannah Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Ora Rebekah Lodge or United Methodist Church.

Ross, Charles Henry

November 23, 2012

Charles Henry Ross, 64, St. Joseph, Missouri, passed away Monday, November 19, 2012, at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

Charles was born in Los Angeles, California on January 9, 1948, to James and Maxine (Leonard) Ross.

Charles worked for AGP for 24 years, retiring in 1996. He then worked as a bus driver for The Parking Spot, an airport parking service at KCI.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Amy Luanne Ross and one brother, James A. Ross, who passed away in 2011.

He married Connie L. Tyler on July 15, 1972, in St. Joseph. She survives of the home. He is also survived by his children, James A. Ross, Angela C. Harris and William S. Harris; three sisters, Vi, Bert and Phylis; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and his loving dog, Benji.

He was a loving husband and father, who will be missed very much.

Visitation will begin after 1:00 p.m. Friday, November 23, 2012 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, where the family will receive friends 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Friday evening.

In memory of Charles, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.

Weidenaar, Virginia May

November 20, 2012

Virginia May Weidenaar, 90, St. Joseph, Missouri, passed away Thursday, November 15, 2012, at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

Virginia was born on December 19, 1921, in Skidmore, MO, to Ralph and Rachel (Morse) Michaelis.

She is survived by her son, Don Breazile and wife, Rhonda of Peyton, CO; granddaughter, and two great-grandchildren from Colorado; also a foster daughter, Mary Glassburn of Jackson, Wyoming.

A memorial Service will be held 3:00 PM Sunday, November 25, 2012 at Frederick Boulevard Baptist Church, St. Joseph, Missouri.

Flach Asbell, Josephine

November 17, 2012

Josephine Flach Asbell, 78, of St. Joseph, passed away unexpectedly Friday, November 16, 2012 at Heartland Regional Medical Center surrounded by her family.

Josephine was born on February 22, 1934 in St. Joseph to Damaso and Goldie (Knowles) Velazquez. She was a lifelong resident of St. Joseph.

She graduated from the Convent of the Sacred Heart, Class of 1952. She was a past member of St. James Catholic Church, recently a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. She was a past president of St. James PTA, and also past president of the Women’s Division of the Chamber of Commerce, in St. Joseph, Missouri. She retired from US Bank after 20 years of employment.

Josephine married James D. Flach, Sr. on February 7, 1953 at St. James Catholic Church in St. Joseph. He preceded her in death on December 7, 1992.

Josephine is also preceded in death by her parents, brother, Frank Velazquez, sister, Mary Barrett, and two grandchildren, Richard Marlin Kirschner, III; CJ Austin Williams.

She married William Asbell on April 16, 1996 in St. Joseph. He survives of the home.

Additional Surviving family includes children, Susan (Bob) Edwards, James D. (Rhonda) Flach, Jr., Julie (Randy) Cluck, June (Carl) Williams, Mark Asbell, Michelle (Louis) Schultz, Sixteen Grandchildren, Fourteen Great-Grandchildren, brother, David Velazquez, two sisters, Virginia Sandgren and Delores Betts, numerous nieces and nephews.

She enjoyed traveling and spending precious time with her family.

Mass of Christian Burial 1:00 PM, Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at St. James Catholic Church.
Interment Mount Olivet Cemetery.

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

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

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Catholic Charities or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

McKnight, David R.

November 17, 2012

David R. McKnight, 56 of St. Joseph, passed away Saturday, November 17, 2012 at his home.

David was born on November 12, 1956 in Highland, Kansas to Leonard and Dorothy (Wycoff) McKnight.

He worked at Wire Rope Corp. for 34 years.

David married Susan Hyder on November 20, 1990 in Savannah, Missouri. She survives of the home.

David was an avid Chiefs Football fan and loved John Wayne. He enjoyed spending time with his children and family.

David was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Tommy, Wayne, Walter, and Ronnie McKnight, twin-brother Danny, whom passed away at birth, and sister, Ilene Mitchell.

Surviving family also includes daughters, Bobbi Colhour, of St. Joseph; Ladonna (Dan) Braidlow, of Columbia, Tenn.; grandchildren, Erika Smith, Joshua Colhour, Jessika Punzo, Alexandria Colhour, Daniel Braidlow and Micah Braidlow; one great-granddaughter, Jennika Bacon, sister, Dorris Morgan, of St. Joseph; and brothers, Standley McKnight, Overland Park, Kansas; Michael McKnight, Grass Valley, Cali.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services 3:00 PM Tuesday, November 20, 2012 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.

Mr. McKnight will be cremated following the service.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel for Cemetery Expenses.

Dattilo, Imogene Hope

November 17, 2012

Imogene Hope Dattilo, beloved mother and grandmother, 77, St. Joseph, MO, went to be with the Lord Friday, November 16, 2012, in the presence of her family.

Imogene was born in St. Joseph on December 3, 1934, to Jacob and Dorothy (Pennington) Fisher. She attended Convent of the Sacred Heart and was a graduate of Maysville High School. She also attended St. Joseph Junior College and MO Western State College. She was a member of St. Joseph Cathedral and St. Ann’s Altar Society.

Imogene worked as an office assistant for Swift & Co. She had also been a substitute teacher for the St. Joseph School District and worked for Pacesetter Credit Union.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband William A. Dattilo on August 7, 2008; infant brother, Harold W. Fisher and sister, Elinor Trump.

Survivors include her two daughters, Ann Marie Stark (Dana), Parkville, MO and Therese Blakley (Mark), Platte City, MO; sisters, Gloria Swett (Gene), Colorado Springs, CO and Deborah Wright, St. Joseph, MO; grandchildren, Shannon and Erika Stark, Kelsie, Scott and Kirk Blakley; and fourteen nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at St. Joseph Cathedral. Interment Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Viewing will begin after 4:00 p.m. Sunday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Rosary 6:00 p.m. Monday at the Chapel. The family visitation will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday evening.

The family suggests memorials to Cathedral School Endowment Fund.

Gupton, Jr., Robert A.

November 17, 2012

Robert A. Gupton, Jr, 93, St. Joseph, passed away Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at Shepherd’s House.

Dad was born in Agency, Mo, to Robert and Beulah Gupton. He was the youngest of three children, including his sisters, Gladys Redden and Marguerite Gupton.

His early years were spent on the apple orchard where his father worked and in the surrounding area. He graduated from Central High School.

He was employed at St. Joseph Light and Power in the Customer Accounts department and retired with 45 years of loyal service.

Dad was an avid bowler, participating in many leagues throughout the years. He also liked playing handball with his good friend, Loy Loomis, as well as others. Dad enjoyed hunting and fishing and this time of year was spent on a quest for the best deer he could find.

On June 17th, 1939 in Platte City, Mo he married Blanche L. Stephens. They were married 70 years at the time of her passing.

Surviving are his three daughters, Connie Kurz, West Jordan, UT; Vicki White-Kost, Independence, Mo; and Robyn Smith, St. Joseph. Grandchildren include, Mike Kurz, Kelli Vallejos, Tiffani Davidson, Michelle Kaminski, Hilary Smith, and Natalie Euler. With the next generation, there are also eight great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

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

The family suggest contributions in memory of Mr.Gupton to the Friends of Squaw Creek, Mound City, Mo. or the Midland Empire Audubon Society.

Davis, Carlos

November 14, 2012

Carlos Davis, 86, of St. Joseph, formerly of Liberty, MO, passed away Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

Carlos was born on June 21, 1926 to A.D. and Lily (Holland) Davis and raised in Erick, Oklahoma.

He joined the U.S. Army and served during World War II as a scout, liberating the Philippines, was awarded a Bronze star, an American Theater Ribbon and participated in the battles of the Philippines Liberation and Luzon Campaign.

After returning home, he graduated from Oklahoma State University. Carlos married Myrtle “Marie” Karr of Oregon, Missouri on October 10, 1946. She precedes him in death.

He is also preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Kenneth and Art Davis, and four sisters, Levella, Mary Lee, Vaneva, and Kathleen.

Surviving family includes son, Glenn Davis, Liberty, Missouri; grandsons, Jordan and Jacob Davis, and waiting for his first great-grandchild in January; brother, Bobby (Lily) Davis, Oklahoma; sister, Naomi (Sonny) Dillard, Texas; and sister-in-law Avonell, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services 11:00 AM Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, St. Joseph, Missouri.
Interment Highland Cemetery, Oregon, Missouri.

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

Ferguson, Ida Nina

November 13, 2012

Ida Nina (Hamblen) Ferguson, age 95, passed away Monday, November 12, 2012, at Saxton Health Care Inn.

Ida was born on May 29, 1917, in Worth County, Missouri, to Samuel and Sarah (Barnett) Hamblen. She was a member of Hillcrest Bible Church.

She married Ellis Wayne Ferguson. He passed away on July 23, 1993. She was also preceded in death by her parents; daughter Priscilla Ann Clary and numerous brothers and sisters.

Survivors include her nephew, Sammy Hamblen, Ft. Collins, Colorado and her close friends, Alice and Lowell “Sonny” Brashears of St. Joseph, MO.

Services 10:00 am. Thursday, November 15, 2012 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Interment at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Visitation will begin after 9:00 a.m. Wednesday our Chapel.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Hillcrest Bible Church.

Powell, Ralph Eugene

November 13, 2012

Ralph Eugene Powell, 87, of St. Joseph, Missouri, passed away on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at his home.

Ralph was born on November 27, 1924 in St. Joseph, Missouri to Raymond and Ruth Powell.

Ralph served in the United States Army in the South Pacific, during World War II. He was awarded the Victory medal, Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon with one Bronze Battle Star; Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one Bronze Battle and an additional Bronze Battle Star; two Overseas Bars; three Army of Occupation Medal (Japan) and a Good Conduct Medal. He was awarded two Purple Hearts for injuries suffered in Japan. He retired from Mead Products on March 31, 1987 after 44 years of service. He was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. He was a post service officer for Pony Express American Legion Post #359. He received the Missouri Distinguished Legionnaire Award in 2010 for providing assistance for several hundred Veterans who were in need of transportation to the Veterans Administration Health Care system. He organized and carried out monthly VA Bingo parties. He also served the Post as a member of the Honor Guard, providing graveside honors for hundreds of Veterans and their families. He was a member of Disabled American Veterans; and a long-time volunteer for the Mayor’s Christmas Party. Ralph appeared in the St. Joseph News-Press with his celebrated holly tree which has adorned his home for decades.

He married Marjorie A. Powell on January 26, 1952 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. She preceded him in death on October 1, 2009. He was also preceded by his parents, two sons, Kevin and Craig Powell; brother, Don Powell and sister, Lorene (McDowell) Fitzpatrick.

He is survived by his son, Randy of the home; sisters-in-law, Jo Ann Powell and Emeritia Lory; brother-in-law, Venis McDowell; nieces and nephews, Venny Pruitt, Terri Dixon, Brian, Bradley, Mitch, Michelle, Angie, David, Michael, Chris and Jennifer.

Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at Horigan Chapel. Interment Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Visitation will be held after 2:00 p.m. Monday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Rosary 6:30 p.m. Monday at our chapel. The family will receive friends following the Rosary until 8:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to American Legion Post #359.

Wagner, Wiley Claude (Frank)

November 8, 2012

Wiley Claude (Frank) Wagner, 61, of Barnard, Missouri, passed away, Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at his home.

Wiley was born on April 7, 1951 in Cambridge, Nebraska to Wiley and Evelyn (Brown) Frank.

He was a graduate of Wilsonville High School and McCook Community College.

He married Jo Ann Nixon on December 18, 1970 in Cambridge, Nebraska. She survives of the home.

He was involved in A.A. of McCook, Nebraska and loved fishing and hunting.

Wiley was preceded in death by his parents, step-father, Boyd Wagner, brothers, Ronald Frank, Larry Wagner, sister, Virginia Wagner-Hanes.

Additional surviving family includes children, Dawn Wagner, Shawna (Shamus) O’Brien, Boyd Wagner, Valerie Wagner; grandchildren, Shaina Wagner, Caden Wagner, Stephanie O’Brien, and Adrianna Wagner; siblings, Donna (Don) McCully, Ed Hanes, Diana (Kevin) Kraning, Don (Margaret) Evans, David (Cindy) Frank, Danny Frank, Donna (Billy) Edmundson, and Debbie McKinny.

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

Memorial Service 11:00 AM Saturday at Community of Christ Church, Guilford, Missouri.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society.

Basta, Jr., Ronnie

November 8, 2012

Ronnie Basta, Jr., 40, of St. Joseph, passed away, Tuesday, November 6, 2012 in Quincy, Illinois.

Ronnie was born in Wichita, Kansas on June 14, 1972. His family moved to St. Joseph later in 1972. He graduated from Central High School.

Ronnie joined the Marine Corps. and returned to St. Joseph where he began his career in construction. He enjoyed fishing and hunting and will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

Ronnie was preceded in death by brother, Joey Basta, maternal grandparents, Mickey and Liz Duke, and paternal grandparents, Willard and Mary Basta.

Surviving family includes parents, Ron and Patty Basta, brother, Tim Basta, Nieces, Seine and Libertie Basta, numerous Aunts, Uncles and Cousins.

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

Memorial Service 2:00 PM Saturday, November 17, 2012 at our chapel.

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

Leslie, Ruth Elaine (Osborn)

November 8, 2012

Ruth Elaine (Osborn) Leslie, 78, St. Joseph, Missouri, passed away Wednesday, November 7, 2012, at her residence.

Ruth was born on November 3, 1934, in St. Joseph to Jess and Anna (Flannigan) Osborn. She was a graduate of Savannah High School. Mrs. Leslie was a homemaker and worked at Sherwood Medical from 1976 until its closing in 1993. She enjoyed auctions , traveling and spending time with her family.

Ruth married Bob Leslie on May 2, 1953. He passed away in 1981. She was also preceded in death by son, Roger Leslie; daughter, Karen Gibson; parents; brother Jim Osborn; twin brother, Russell Osborn and sister, Virginia Grable.

Ruth is survived by eight children, Bob (Denise) Leslie; Barbara (Steve) Sherrill; Ron (Kim) Leslie; Russell (Gwen) Leslie; Jack Leslie; Jess Leslie; Glen (Carrie)Leslie; Beth (Dave) Carr; sister, Maxine Johnson; eighteen grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

Services 10:00 a.m. Saturday, November 10, 2012 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, St. Joseph. Interment Savannah Cemetery.

Visitation will begin after 12:00 noon Friday at the chapel, where the family will receive friends 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday evening.

The family suggests memorials to American Cancer Society.

Slibowski, James F.

November 8, 2012

James F. Slibowski, 78, St. Joseph, Missouri, passed away November 5, 2012, at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

James was born in St. Joseph, on February 7, 1934, to Frank J. and Helen (Kowalski) Slibowski. He was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, and had served in the Army. Following that, he worked for Swift & Co. in St. Joseph.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Kevin Slibowski; four brothers, Edward, Frank, Billy and Teddy; and two sisters, Dorothy Gardner and Pauline Dryer.

Survivors include his children, Greg and Jeff Slibowski, Lynette Wright; sisters, Agnes Mollus, and Mary Ann Fee, all of St. Joseph, MO; and several grandchildren.

Services 1:00 p.m. Friday, November 9, 2012 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith and Sidenfaden Chapel. Father Bill Walter, C.PP.S. officiating. Interment Mt. Olivet Cemetery, St. Joseph.

Visitation will begin after 9:00 a.m. Thursday at the Chapel with a Rosary at 6:00 p.m. Thursday. Family will receive friends following the Rosary until 7:30 p.m.

The family suggests memorials to St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church.

Sparks, Jeffery Allen

November 5, 2012

Jeffery Allen Sparks, 44, of St. Joseph passed away at his home on November 4, 2012.

Jeff was born on June 14, 1968 in St. Joseph to Allen D. and Linda K. Sparks.

Jeff, a lifelong resident of St, Joseph, graduated from Benton High School in 1986. A year later he joined the United States Marine Reserves in Kansas City and completed his basic training in San Diego then advanced training in Ground Radio Repair at Twentynine Palms, California. Jeff’s Marine unit was activated in 1991 for duty in Operation Desert Storm.

Upon returning home, Jeff earned a Bachelor of Science degree at Missouri Western St. College going on to earn his Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University. He had been employed at Heartland Hospital in St. Joseph for the past 18 years.

He is survived by his companion Ann Clayton and their son Preston Sparks of the home, parents Allen and Linda of St. Joseph, sisters, Jennifer (Chris) Hudgins, Mooresville, Mo. and Kimberly Sparks of St. Joseph, his maternal grandmother Uva Milbourne and aunt Dianne (Richard) Scott, cousins and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his maternal great grandmother Edna Karrasch, grandfather, Charles Milbourne and Uncle, Gary Milbourne, paternal grandparents, Allen R. Sparks and Bernice Sparks.

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

Graveside Services and inurnment 1:00 PM Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at Memorial Park Cemetery.

A register book will be available to sign at our chapel.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions for Preston Sparks future care and education may be made to Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.

Payne, Lila M.

November 5, 2012

Lila L. Payne, 82, of St. Joseph, passed away November 3, 2012 at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

Lila was born on March 8, 1930 in Kansas City, Missouri to Edward and Marie (Vernon) James.

Lila moved to St. Joseph, where she attended grade school and graduated from Benton High School in 1948.

Mrs. Payne retired from Southwestern Bell, now known as AT&T, as Chief Operator / Manager Operator Services.

After her retirement she worked as social reporter at the St. Joseph Telegraph. She also had received her real estate license and worked at Jim Summer’s Realty. She owned and operated Elegant-U Boutique.

She married Alvah “Bill” Payne on May 30, 1953 in St. Joseph.

Bill preceded her in death in 1983.

Lila was also preceded in death by her parents, and sister, Maxine James.

Surviving family includes brother, Edward James, nephew Jeffrey James and niece, Joni Ellis, all of Tulsa, Oklahoma; close friends, Sue Bayless and Susan Elizabeth Sollars, both of St. Joseph.

Services 11:00 AM Thursday, November 8, 2012 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery.

Visitation will begin after 9:00 AM Wednesday at our chapel, where friends will gather from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Wednesday evening.

The family suggests memorial contributions to M’Shoogy’s Animal Rescue, Savannah, Missouri.

Beck, M.D., Paul M.

November 3, 2012

Paul M. Beck, M.D., 95, St. Joseph, MO, passed away Sunday, October 28, 2012, at his home.

Dr. Beck was born on April 14, 1917, in St. Louis, Missouri, to Paul H and Anna (Martin) Beck. He was raised in Oak Park, Il. He graduated from Grinnell College, B.A.’39 and Northwestern University Medical School, M.D. ’43. He served in Europe in WWII as a Medical Officer in the Army obtaining the rank of Captain. He received the EAME Theatre Ribbon with three Bronze Battle Stars and two Oversea Service Bars. He started a general practice in Springfield, Il. He went on to pursue a specialty in Ophthalmology at the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary in Chicago. He moved to St. Joseph in 1955 and practiced there until he retired in 1994.

Dr. Beck was a member of the American Medical Association, MO State Medical Association, Buchanan County Medical Society and St. Joseph Rotary Club. He was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He was on the Founding Board of Directors of the Missouri Ophthalmological Society, Inc. (now MoSEPS.)

He was married to Margaret Knowlton on February 14, 1941 at Euclid United Methodist Church, Oak Park, Ill. She died April 20, 1970.

He married Gertrude Barton on October 8, 1971 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Easton, MO. She survives of the home.

He is survived by his children: Elizabeth Beck (Kenneth Hulse) St. Louis, MO, James Beck (Susanne McHale), St. Louis, MO, Paul Beck (Christine Stallings), Bethany, MO, John Beck (Sarah Moses), Portland, OR, Ann Miller (Brandon), Clarksdale, MO, Robert Beck (Judy Blizzard), St. Joseph, MO and Joan Combs (Matt), St. Joseph, MO;
grandchildren: Charlene and Meg Hogenson, Elizabeth and Peg Hulse, Andrew, Christian and Michael Stallings, Sarah Beck, Knowlton Beck, Sage and Dylan Miller, Maeby Beck, Truman and Cobain Blizzard; and great-grandchildren, Margo and Madeline Male.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and daughter, Margaret Jeanne Hogenson.

Dr. Beck has been cremated. A Memorial Service to celebrate Dr. Beck’s life will be held at 10:00 a.m. Sunday, November 4, 2012 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.

Visitation will begin after 9:00 a.m. Saturday at the Chapel, where family will receive friends 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Saturday.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Hands of Hope Hospice or to American Red Cross.

Hernandez, Donald Paul

October 31, 2012

Donald Paul Hernandez, 68, of St. Joseph, Mo passed away at home on October 29, 2012. Don was born on February 7, 1944 to Natividad “John” and Edna Mae (Ferguson) Hernandez. Don was a life-long resident of St Joseph. Don was the youngest of nine children. He attended Holy Rosary School and graduated in 1962 from Christian Brothers High School. Don attended St. Patrick’s Church and liked to spend time at the Mir House of Prayer.

Don married Mary Margaret Schafer on July 20, 1974 in Maryville, MO.
Don was a gifted athlete in his youth as a basketball and softball player earning Pepsi’s Golden Glove Award in 1970. Don’s passion for sports in his youth lead to his coaching of many sports.

Don inspired and coached many youth of the St Joseph area in little league baseball, youth basketball, bantam league football, and soccer. During that time he was proud of the many titles and championships that were earned by his teams. He loved playing horseshoes and fishing. He enjoyed watching his grandchildren play sports. Don was an avid Missouri Tiger fan and Notre Dame Fan. He was proud of his heritage and never missed the St Patrick’s Mexican Fiesta. Don served in the Army, and during that time he served in Vietnam.

Don was a production worker at Rhoune Poulenc for 33 years where he retired in 1997.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father, his sisters Mary Mesa and Margaret Guy, and his brothers, David, John and Raymond Hernandez and Joe Gomez.

Don is survived by his wife Mary, of the home and Vincent and (Lori Bussell), Christina (Ed) Crouse, Mark (Valorie), and Brian. Grandchildren are Jessica (David) Tedrow, Leigh Ann Hernandez, Tyler Lown, Rachal, Laurel, Averyl and Gable Crouse, and Izabelle Hernandez. Great-grandchildren are Caitlyn and Jackson Tedrow. Don’s brothers and lifelong friends, Nate (Pauline) Hernandez, Jr. and Frank (Wanda) Hernandez and sister-in-law, Wanda Hernandez Stewart and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 AM Saturday, November 3, 2012 at St. Patrick Catholic Church. Interment Mount Olivet Cemetery.

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

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

The family suggests memorial contributions to St. Patrick Catholic Church or Donor’s Choice.

Johnston, Carol J.

October 30, 2012

Carol J. Johnston, 70, of St. Joseph, passed away Monday, October 29, 2012 at her home.

Carol was born on October 1, 1942 in Clay Center, Kansas to Lawrence and Alice (Stoudnour) Morgan.

She graduated from St. Francis Grade School, Convent of The Sacred Heart in 1960, and attended St. Joseph Junior College.

She married Reginald Johnston at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church on June 20, 1964. He survives of the home.

She was a lifelong member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. She was instrumental in helping to start the Kindergarten class at the grade school in 1974/75 and she was secretary of the school board and a strong volunteer.

Carol was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Surviving family includes husband and children, Matthew (Jane), Margaret, Reggie, and brothers, David and Michael (Paula) Morgan, six grandchildren, and three nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 AM Friday, November 2, 2012 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church.
Interment Mount Olivet Cemetery.

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

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

The family suggests memorial contributions to St. Francis Xavier Catholic School.

Heavin, Faye

October 25, 2012

Faye Ella Heavin, 90, a resident of St. Joseph, passed away peacefully on October 21, 2012 after a lengthy illness surrounded by her family.

Faye was born on February 2, 1922, to Lora and Delbert Underwood in Greenfield, Missouri. They later moved to Carthage, Missouri.

Being the oldest child, Faye had to leave school when she was in the 8th grade to help out on the family farm and help care for her siblings. She loved school and never lost her interest, enthusiasm or passion for knowledge. She was an avid reader.

Faye was chosen to play with the “Carthage Comets” a semi-professional female traveling baseball team, as a catcher. She was an excellent speed skater.

During WWII, she worked in an airplane factory in Chicago, IL to help the war effort.

In 1946, she met the love of her life, Ernest C. Heavin. They married in 1946 and moved to Baxter Springs, Kansas. Faye became a homemaker and together they raised three children.

She and her husband moved to Lawrence, Kansas in the 50s. At the age of 38, she decided to go back to school and complete her G.E.D. After that, she took several courses at the University of Kansas. This was an accomplishment that made Faye and her family very proud. Faye shared her love and enthusiasm of fine arts with her children.

She moved to St. Joseph in 1986 to be near her family.

Faye loved and was very proud of each and everyone of her children and grandchildren. Her love was unconditional and she never took anything for granted.

Proceeded in death by her parents, husband, daughter, Sondra and two brothers, Edward and Harold Underwood.

Survived by: daughter, Carole Silcott (Jay) of St. Joseph; son, Hadley Heavin (Connie), Omaha, NE; six grandchildren, Chad Silcott (Jill), St. Joseph, Lindsay Silcott, St. Joseph,
Kaitlin Hollibaugh (Cole). Omaha, NE, Jani Heavin-Brewster (Steve), Olathe, KS, Duane Davidson and Denise Matthews of Kansas City; six great-grandchildren, Kylie Silcott, Jayden Silcott and Crozzley Silcott of St. Joseph, Noah Fletcher, Michael Fletcher and Jesse Koch of Olathe, KS; many nieces and nephews.

Faye will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

Mrs. Heavin has been cremated under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. A Memorial Service will be held at Baxter Springs Memorial Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Children’s Mercy Hospital.

Thomas, Bessie R.

October 25, 2012

Bessie R. Thomas, 88, of St. Joseph, ascended into Heaven on Thursday, October 25, 2012. “I Can Only Imagine” the gate opened and I met my Lord.

Bessie was born on April 19, 1924 in Gordon, Kansas to Roy and Laura (Barnhill) Keck.

She married Kenneth H. Thomas in Troy, Kansas in 1940.

Her family includes daughters, Judy Jones and Carol Baker, and son, Dean Thomas.

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

A Tribute of Bessie’s Life will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Eagles Lodge, 2004 N Belt Highway, St. Joseph, MO 64506, in care of Alzheimer’s disease.

Wilson, Wanda Maxine (Bateman)

October 25, 2012

Wanda Maxine (Bateman) Wilson, 94 of St. Joseph, Missouri passed away October 25th, 2012. She was a resident of Carriage Square nursing home for the past three years. Wanda was born on December 1st, 1917.

Wanda also known as “Mac” was married to Stanley A. Wilson for 58 years. He preceded her in death in January, 21st 1994. Wanda was preceded by her parents Walter and Ona Bateman. Her brothers and sisters that preceded her in death are Lester Bateman, Garland Bateman, Woodrow Bateman, and Juanita Bateman Teaney.

Wanda is survived by her brother Drexel D. “Buzz” Bateman and sister in law Rosalee “Rosie” Bateman of Gladstone, MO and sister Martha Thompson of St. Joseph, MO. Wanda and Stanley raised three children, Stanley Max Wilson (Sandy) of St. Joseph, MO, Susan Lee Wilson (Robbie) of St. Joseph, MO, and Debie Ann Littrell (Mark) of Hurst, TX. Wanda was the grandmother of five grandchildren, Matt Wilson, Angie Wilson, Travis Wilson, Josh Littrell, and Krystal Littrell Webb and eleven great grandchildren.

Wanda helped her husband who was a school administrator by coaching girls’ sports and working at Montgomery Wards in her early years. Wanda then went on to sell real estate. She and her daughter, Susan ran their own consignment clothing business for over 30 years. Wanda was greatly loved and will be missed by all of her family and friends.

Wanda was a generous caring person who enjoyed playing the organ and watching sporting events. She had a passion for helping others and a great zest for life. Family suggest donations in honor of Wanda to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17 Chicago, IL 60601-7633.

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

There will be no services held to respect her wishes.

Redden, Michael William

October 25, 2012

Michael William Redden, 64, of St. Joseph, passed away peacefully and went to be with his heavenly Father, surrounded by his family after a short illness of brain cancer.

He was born on July, 2, 1948 to “Dub” and Lois (Osburn) Redden and was a life long resident of St. Joseph.

He was a graduate of the Class of 1966 at Lafayette High School. He joined the U.S. Navy and served during the Vietnam War. He worked at Wonder and Rainbow Bakery until their closings, and then worked for 16 years at St. Joseph Transit.

He was a member of First Baptist Church, Savannah and Amalgamated Transit Union.

Michael was preceded in death by his parents.

Surviving family includes wife, Diane Redden, special family, Aaronn, Lauren and Lillian-Rose Blohm, all of the home; son, Aaron Blohm, daughter, Kaila (John) Thompson, granddaughter, Mya Blohm, siblings, Gary (Linda) Redden, Randy (Lana) Redden, Lori (Pat) Shelter, Kathy Brown, all of St. Joseph; and Tina (Chuck) Kennedy, of White Cloud, Kansas; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews.

Michael enjoyed camping, hunting and fishing with his friends, and will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

Services 10:00 AM Monday, October 29, 2012 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.
Interment Frazier Cemetery; Frazier, Missouri.

Visitation will begin after 10:00 AM Sunday at our chapel, where the family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Sunday evening.

Walker, Patrick

October 25, 2012

Patrick S. Walker, 53, Anacortes, WA; passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at a St. Joseph, MO hospital.

Patrick was born on February 11, 1959 in Kansas City, Missouri to John and Juanita (Keener) Walker. They preceded him in death.

Survivors include 2 brothers; Michael A. Walker and Daniel K. Walker.

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

Helean, Terry

October 25, 2012

Terry Helean, 52, St. Joseph, MO, passed away Tuesday, October 23, 2012, at Heartland Regional Medical Center surrounded by his loving family.

Terry was born on December 19, 1959 in Long Beach, CA to Daniel and Loretta (Fee) Helean. He was a graduate of Sam Barlow High School in Gresham, Oregon. He moved to St. Joseph in February 1996.

Terry was very proud of serving his country, serving in the US Navy from July 1979 to November 1995. He retired as a First Class Machinist Mate and served from the beginning of Desert Shield until the end of Operation Desert Storm. Following his retirement, he worked as a Stationary Engineer with the Maryville Treatment Center for the State of Missouri from August 1996 to October 2003.

Terry was an avid car enthusiast and loved NFL & NASCAR. He was of the Catholic faith and was proud of his Irish heritage He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather and will be dearly missed.

Terry was preceded in death by his parents.

Terry married Carol Higgins on November 23, 1984 in Jacksonville, Florida in an optical shop and made a spectacle of it. She survives of the home.

Additional survivors include his son, Christopher Taylor, Savannah, MO; daughter, Regina Fulton, wife of Peter Fulton, Dayton, Ohio; grandchildren, Sean & Heather Fulton, Dayton, Ohio, Zachary Long-Taylor and Elizebeth Long-Taylor, Savannah, MO; his faithful pet companion, Buster the Beagle; sisters: Carol Lange, Sutter, IL; Danielle Helean, Phoenix, AZ, Loreen DerMatoaian, Skokie, IL, Kathleen Helean, Chicago, IL; Robin Thomas, Chicago, IL; Teri McGovern, Skokie, IL; Jennifer Helean, Gresham, OR; step-mother, Marge Helean, Gresham, OR and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services 1:00 p.m. Friday, October 26, 2012 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Interment Mount Olivet Cemetery.

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

The family suggests memorials to The Hope Lodge, 1120 Pennsylvania Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64105.

Barber, Carolyn R.

October 25, 2012

Carolyn R. Barber, 87, St. Joseph, MO, passed away Tuesday, October 23, 2012, at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

Carolyn was born in St. Joseph, on December 30, 1924. She was a member of St. Joseph Cathedral. She was a homemaker and co-owner of Barber Auto Sales. She was also a volunteer at Heartland Hospital Gift Shop for over 25 years.

She married William Woodson Barber on April 14, 1948, at St. Joseph Co-Cathedral in St. Joseph. He passed away on December 9, 1991. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Tony Guitano and Rosa (Punzo) Lipira; and brother, Marion Lipira.

Survivors include her children, William “Bill” Barber, Jr., Diana Crawford (Rob), Tom Barber (Kathy), Joe Barber (Kelly), John Barber (Ruth); seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 AM Saturday, October 27, 2012 at St. Joseph Cathedral.
Entombment in Mt. Olivet Cemetery Mausoleum.

Visitation will begin after 9:00 AM Friday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Rosary 6:00 PM Friday at the Chapel. The family will receive friends following the Rosary until 8:00 PM.

The family suggests memorials to Leukemia Society.

Coats, Ron

October 25, 2012

Ron Coats, 52, St. Joseph, MO, passed away on October 22, 2012 at his home.

Ron was born on October 27, 1959, in St. Joseph to Ronald Lee Coats, Sr. and Margaret Jean McKee Coats. They preceded him in death.

Ron worked at Varco-Prudden and then Triumph Foods in St. Joseph.

Survivors include three daughters, Christina Martinez, Jennifer Socia and Reane Gibson, St. Joseph, MO; companion, Rose Sprake, St. Joseph; caregiver, Frankie Stout and five grandchildren.

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

Family Services will be held at a later date with inurnment in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Matt, Sharon L.

October 22, 2012

Sharon L. Matt, 68, passed away surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, October 21, 2012 at her home. She was born on February 22, 1944 to Louise E. and F.L. Wyrick in Saint Joseph, Mo. She has been a resident of St. Joseph, Mo all of her life. She was a homemaker. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grand-mother. She worked as a caregiver for Bender’s Home Health Care and really enjoyed taking care of the clients. She was a Catholic. She was married for 14 years to Donald Hanson.

She married Charles W. Matt who was “the love of her life” on May 14, 1977. She is survived by 5 children: Leanne (Ron) Hallowell, Donna (John) Fischer, Donald (Christy) Hanson, Jim (Sarah) Hanson, and a step-daughter, Lisa Matt. She has 15 grandchildren: Michelle, Michael, Derek, Kyle, Jeremy, Mandy, Ashleigh, Jeremy, Nicole, Brittany, Cameron, Sydney, Mark, Shante’, and Amber. She has 14 great-grandchildren: Warren, Taylor, Riley, Christian, Paris, Bradley, Zachary, Matthew, D’Andre, Brayden, Connor, Emily, Bella, and Emmy. She has a beloved dog, Harley.

She is also survived by her brothers: Leslie (Diann) Wyrick, Saint Joseph, Mo, Robert (Mae) Wyrick, Crowley, Tx., and sisters, Patricia Gilley, Kansas City, Ks., and Janice (James) Aldridge, Saint Joseph, Mo, 12 nieces and nephews. She has a cousin, Mark (Sarah) Bartonek of Blue Springs, Mo, with whom she had a special relationship. She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Maree Ann Sollars, and a nephew, Dywane Sollars.

She loved her family and had many lifelong friendships. She was a wonderful cook and made the best pies with a pie crust that would melt in your mouth. She enjoyed celebrating milestones in her family’s lives and enjoyed having celebrations for her families and friends. She recently attended her 50th Benton High School Class Reunion. She and her husband would often take items to needy families, sometimes they were complete strangers to them, but they had heard about their need through the news or a friend. She was an Elvis Presley and IL Divo fan and loved listening to their music.

The celebration of her life will be at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Pastor Robert Warren will be the minister. Visitation will begin after 12 p.m. Tuesday, at the chapel, where the family will receive friends from 6 to 8 pm. Tuesday and one hour prior to the service on Wednesday. Entombment will be at Mt. Olivet Mausoleum.
The family would like to express their thanks to the Three Rivers Hospice staff for their excellent care.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the YWCA Women’s Abuse Shelter or the Open Door Food Kitchen.

Newell, Charles J.

October 22, 2012

Charles J. Newell, 85, Saint Joseph, Missouri passed away Saturday, October 20, 2012 at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

Charlie was born September 7, 1927 in Stanberry, Missouri to Charles Alva and Rosetta (Findley) Newell. He was a graduate of Central High School and attended Platt’s Business College. Charlie also lived in the Kansas City area before returning to St. Joseph in 1978.

Charlie joined the United States Navy at age 17 to serve his country during World War II. He was stationed in Samar, Philippines. He was the President and primary agent for the Newell Insurance Agencies, in Kansas City and St. Joseph.

Charlie was a member of St. Joseph Masonic Lodge #78, Moila Shrine Temple and a past President of Berkshire Parks Town Homes. He was an avid traveler and enjoyed 17 cruises throughout his life.

Charlie had a charismatic personality and possessed a keen wit. He always greeted you with a smile and a joke, even in his final days. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

Charlie married Bonnie Williams in 1959, she preceded him in death on April 4, 2003 after 44 years of marriage. Although they did not share children together, they opened their hearts and lives to their nieces and nephew and their families, and loved them as their own.

In addition to his wife, Charlie was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his companion of the last 7 years, Norma Cobb; two nieces, Sharon (Jim) Dunn , Mt. Vernon, TX; Judy M. Smith, St. Joseph, MO; David (Anne) Ferbert, Huntington Beach, CA; 3 great-nieces, Kristi (Brett) Stephens, Kacee (Todd) Butcher, and Amy (Preston) Suggs; 2 great-nephews, Andrew (Heather) Ferbert and Jay (Ashley) Smith and 13 great-great nieces and nephews.

Memorial Service 11:00 AM Saturday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith Savannah Chapel, 307 S. 6th St., Savannah, MO, where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Inurnment to follow at the Memorial Park Cemetery. A register book will be available to sign at both Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel and Heaton-Bowman-Smith Savannah Chapel.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Norma Cobb for her devoted love and companionship to Charlie. We also appreciate the exceptional care provided by Pam, Heidi and Krystle with TLC Services. The family suggests memorial contributions to the National Kidney Foundation.

Lancaster, Jr., Len L.

October 21, 2012

Len Lloyd Lancaster, Jr., 68, of Savannah, passed away Sunday, October 21, 2012 at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

Len was born and raised in Fort Scott, Kansas to Len and Helen (Douglas) Lancaster, Sr. He joined the Navy in 1962 and served during the Vietnam War. He worked at Frisco Lines as a Conductor, then as a Welder at McNally in Kansas.

Len was preceded in death by his parents.

Surviving family includes, wife Roberta Lancaster, of the home; sons, Len L. Lancaster, III, of Dover, Delaware and John R. Lancaster, of Buna, Texas; daughter, Melissa Zieammermann, of Marion, Kansas; step-children, Richard Wallace, Jr., of Weston, MO; Susan Steidel, of St. Joseph; Randall Eldredge, of Savannah, MO; and ten grandchildren.

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

Aebersold, Jaunita L.

October 19, 2012

Jaunita L. Aebersold, 94, St. Joseph, Missouri, passed away Thursday, October 18, 2012 at a local health care center.

Jaunita was born February 16, 1918 in Savannah, Missouri to Frank and Rosa Lee (Harman) Harrington. She graduated from Savannah High School in 1935, after which she attended Gard Business College.

Jaunita married Walter Faires Aebersold August 15, 1936, he preceded her in death February 24. 1990.

Jaunita was employed as a special deputy and stenographer for the Missouri Department of Finance, where she assisted in the liquidation of several defunct banks throughout Northwest Missouri. She had also been a secretary at Dr. Nichol’s Sanitarium as well as a clerk at Ben Franklin’s Variety Store in Savannah. In 1957, she received an appointment from the Merit System with the State Welfare Department and began work as a clerk-stenographer for Andrew County Family Services, retiring in 1970.

Jaunita had been a member of the First Christian Church in Savannah since October of 1930. She enjoyed entertaining people with her music. She participated in all activities, such as concerts at Senior Citizens Centers, East Hills Mall and especially at Country Squire where she resided for three years. In addition to her husband, Jaunita was also preceded in death by her parents; and two sisters, Thelma Fuller and Marilyn Gibbins.

Survivors include sons, Gary D. (LaDonna) Aebersold, Agency, Missouri, Ronald L. (Bonnie) Aebersold, St. Joseph; five grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Private family service at Heaton-Bowman-Smith Savannah Chapel. A register book will be available to sign at our Chapel. Interment Savannah Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the American Diabetes Association, P. O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312 or the Wounded Warrior Project, P. O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.

McKinney, Jeannett

October 17, 2012

Jeannett McKinney, 63, of St. Joseph, passed away, Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at her son’s home.

Jeannett was born on August 18, 1949 in Maryville, Missouri to Lewis and Sally Wermelskrichen.

She is preceded in death by her parents.

Surviving family includes, husband, Lewis McKinney, of the home; and son, Burke Stephens, of Amazonia, MO.

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

Barton, William “Bill” R.

October 17, 2012

Ruth (Sahlin) Barton, 85, passed away Saturday, October 13, 2012, and her husband, William “Bill” R. Barton, 86, passed away Sunday, October 14, 2012; both at Saxton Health Care Inn.

Bill was born on July 22, 1926, in Farragut, Iowa to Merle and Opal (Martin) Barton. He was a graduate of Tarkio College. He worked as a communication tech for St. Joseph Light and Power.

Ruth was born on August 17, 1927, in Forbes, Missouri to George and Gladys (Sipes) Sahlin. She was a graduate of Northwest Missouri State Teachers College. She had been a school teacher for thirty years.

Bill and Ruth were married in 1956 in St. Joseph, Missouri. Both were HAM Radio Operators, members of Deer Park Grace United Methodist Church, St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce and Missouri Valley Radio Club, where Bill was past president. Bill was also a member of Gideon’s and the IBEW.

Ruth preceded him in death by one day.
They are also preceded in death by their parents, and nephew, Michael Fudge.

Survivors include Ruth’s sister, Meredith Fudge, Lawton, OK; Bill’s siblings, Blaine Barton, of Shenandoah, IA; and Beverly Slemp, of Fairfax, MO; nieces and nephews, Debbie Rhodes, Douglas Slemp, Cynthia Webster, Chris Barton, Sharon Currey and George Fudge.

Joint Services 1:00 PM Friday, October 19, 2012 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.
Interment Memorial Park Cemetery.

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

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

Barton, Ruth (Sahlin)

October 17, 2012

Ruth (Sahlin) Barton, 85, passed away Saturday, October 13, 2012, and her husband, William “Bill” R. Barton, 86, passed away Sunday, October 14, 2012; both at Saxton Health Care Inn.

Bill was born on July 22, 1926, in Farragut, Iowa to Merle and Opal (Martin) Barton. He was a graduate of Tarkio College. He worked as a communication tech for St. Joseph Light and Power.

Ruth was born on August 17, 1927, in Forbes, Missouri to George and Gladys (Sipes) Sahlin. She was a graduate of Northwest Missouri State Teachers College. She had been a school teacher for thirty years.

Bill and Ruth were married in 1956 in St. Joseph, Missouri. Both were HAM Radio Operators, members of Deer Park Grace United Methodist Church, St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce and Missouri Valley Radio Club, where Bill was past president. Bill was also a member of Gideon’s and the IBEW.

Ruth preceded him in death by one day.
They are also preceded in death by their parents, and nephew, Michael Fudge.

Survivors include Ruth’s sister, Meredith Fudge, Lawton, OK; Bill’s siblings, Blaine Barton, of Shenandoah, IA; and Beverly Slemp, of Fairfax, MO; nieces and nephews, Debbie Rhodes, Douglas Slemp, Cynthia Webster, Chris Barton, Sharon Currey and George Fudge.

Joint Services 1:00 PM Friday, October 19, 2012 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.
Interment Memorial Park Cemetery.

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

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

Imlay, Sharon Ann (Pritchett)

October 15, 2012

Sheron Ann (Pritchett) Imlay, 66, St. Joseph, Missouri, passed away
Monday, October 15, 2012 at a local health care facility.

Sheron was born February 23, 1946 in St. Joseph. She attended Lafayette High School.

Sheron married Forrest Imlay, they were later divorced. She was a cook at Methodist Medical Center.

Sheron was a member of the Restoration Branch of RLDS Church and a volunteer at the Calvin Center, where she helped with meal preparation. She loved to go to garage sales and work word puzzles.

Preceding Sheron in death were her mother, Beverly Smith; step-father, Bert Smith, Sr.; brother-in-law, Craig W. Hensley; and her beloved dog, Lucky Bear.

Survivors include sisters, Mary Hensley, Gower, Missouri, Margaret Pritchett; St. Joseph; step-brother, Bert Smith, Jr., Apple Valley, California; and several nephews.

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

Miller, Ruby

October 12, 2012

Ruby Miller, 82, of King City, MO, passed away peacefully Wednesday October 10, 2012, at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

Survived by her children, Roberta Taylor (John), Sherry Rainier (Jim), Keith Friedrichsen (Robin), Brenda Spiking, (Paul), Eleven Grandchildren and Twenty Great-Grandchildren.

Ruby was born on August 28, 1930 in Iowa to Robert and Mable (Holtz) Swenehart, and moved to St. Joseph in 1973.

She worked in food service in St. Joseph until her retirement, where she moved to King City, MO in 2001, and resided at King City Manor until her passing.

Ruby was preceded in death by her parents, and sister, Lavone Peterson.

Mrs. Miller has been cremated under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.
A Family Memorial Service will be held at a later date.
There will be no visitation or services at our chapel, where a register book will be available.

Lawhon, Mary Margaret

October 12, 2012

Mary Margaret Lawhon, 90, of St. Joseph, MO passed away Wednesday October 10, 2012 at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

Mary was born on September 3, 1922 to Ray C. and Margaret (George) Anderson; she was a lifelong resident of St. Joseph. Mary married Clyde “Steele” Lawhon on May 10, 1941 within that union they had one son, Gary Dean Lawhon who survives.

Mary worked at Boehringer-Ingelheim, retiring in 1995 after 29 years of employment. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, sister and husband of forty years.

Visitation will begin Noon Saturday, October 13, 2012, at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, where the family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 PM Saturday evening.

Cremation will follow with a memorial service and inurnment 3:00 PM Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Knorr, Irene

October 8, 2012

Irene Knorr, 95, of St. Joseph, passed away of natural causes, Saturday, October 6, 2012 at a local healthcare facility.

Irene was born September 8, 1917 in Cowgill, Missouri to Ezra and Verna (Bliss) Conner. She graduated from Savannah High School in 1936.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred Knorr in 1972, by her parents, brothers, J.D. and Bill Conner, and sister, Grace Gass.

Surviving family includes son, Gary (Marci) Hazelrigg, of St. Joseph; step-sons, Donald Knorr, Savannah, MO; James Knorr, Texas; and Robert Knorr, St. Joseph; grandson, Mark Hazelrigg, of St. Joseph; granddaughters, Becky Puett, Liberty, MO; Tracie Reents (Jeff), of Branson, MO; Loree Hazelrigg and Conner Hazelrigg, both of St. Joseph; five great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandsons and several step-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Irene was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and loyal friend, who will be sadly missed by all who loved her.

Services 1:00 PM Thursday, October 11, 2012 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.
Interment Memorial Park Cemetery.

Visitation will begin after 9:00 AM 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 the American Foundation for the Blind.

Weymer, Evelyn

October 6, 2012

Evelyn McDonald-Weymer, 101, of St. Joseph, passed away Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at LaVerna Village.

Evelyn was born on June 25, 1911 in DeKalb County, Missouri to Richard and Mary Bell McDonald.

She worked as a clerical secretary for over thirty years at Missouri Gas Energy and was a member of the First Baptist Church

Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Robert Weymer, brother, Ralph McDonald, and sister, Wilma McDonald.

Surviving family includes sister, Nadine (Lester) Arasmith, brother, Kenneth McDonald, nephew, David McDonald, niece, Denise Price, and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Weymer has been cremated under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.
Private family inurnment Union Chapel Cemetery at a later date.

The family suggests memorial contributions to AseraCare Hospice.

Grable, Melia Jade

October 6, 2012

Melia Jade Grable, infant daughter of Lesley & Tim Grable, passed away October 3, 2012 at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

She is survived by her parents, sister, Madelyn and brother, Hayven Grable; maternal grandparents, Donna and “Doc” Louis Decker, paternal grandparents, Alice and Robert Grable.

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

Mitchell, Jr., Daniel A.

October 2, 2012

Daniel A. Mitchell, Jr., 63, St. Joseph, passed away Monday, October 1, 2012 at his home.

Daniel was born on March 23, 1949 in Merced, California to Daniel and Ester (Schnelle) Mitchell, Sr.

He served in the United States Army in Vietnam, and later worked for Armour & Company, St. Luke’s Hotpital, and Western Regional Diagnostic Correctional Center.
He was a past commander for the VFW Post # 6760.

Daniel was preceded in death by his mother and brother, Rainer Schnelle.

Surviving family includes father, Daniel Mitchell, Sr., of St. Joseph; daughters, Danielle Stewart (Bryan), Troy, KS; Angela Mitchell, St. Joseph; Grandson, Zayden Wegenka, St. Joseph; sister, Carol Ann Hindera (Gary), King City, MO; uncle, Ted Mitchell, Carmichael, CA; niece, Chastity Chambers (Larry), nephew, Michael Townsend; Great-nephews, Sebastian Townsend and Kaliff Kirkendoll, all of St. Joseph.

Services 1:00 PM Thursday, October 4, 2012 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.
Interment Memorial Park Cemetery.

Visitation will begin after 1:00 PM Wednesday, at our chapel, where the family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 PM Wednesday Evening.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the VFW Post # 6760.

Colhour, Frank “Deannie”

September 26, 2012

Frank “Deannie” Colhour, 50, Savannah, Missouri, passed away Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at a local hospital.

Frank was born April 19, 1962 in Sacramento, California. He belonged to the LIUNA-Laborers Local #579.

Frank married Cindy Jimenez on September 7, 2012 after 17 years of companionship. She survives of the home.

Preceding Frank in death were his father, Otis Colhour; and his grandmother and mom, Sarah White.

Additional survivors include children, Hunter Cardwell, Kara Colhour, Amanda Colhour (Jerad) Hevalow, Cristina Colhour, Jaime Cardwell and Billy Kidd; 9 grandchildren; 1 great-grandson; brothers, Otis White, Phoenix, Arizona, Roy White, St. Joseph, Missouri; sister, Donna Munsterman, Agency, Missouri; numerous aunts; uncles; cousins; and friends.

Services 10 am, Saturday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith Savannah Chapel, Savannah, Missouri. Visitation will begin after 12 noon, Friday at our Chapel, where the family will receive friends from 6 to 8 pm Friday evening.

The family suggests memorial contributions to help defray funeral expenses.

Lehman, Melinda

September 26, 2012

Melinda Lehman, 64 of St. Joseph, Missouri passed away on Monday, September 24, 2012 at the local hospital.

Melinda was born on December 4, 1947 in Columbus, Ohio to Darald W. and Geraldine E. ( Hembree) Dreier. She married Richard E. “Dick” Lehman on February 18, 1967 in San Jose, California. Melinda was a homemaker, an avid crafter and excellent artist.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Additional survivors include two daughters, Tamara “Tammy” Schoonover and Tonya Zackus: three grandchildren, Deanna, Andrew and Tiffany; two brothers, Michael Dreier and Leroy Schofield; one sister, Terry Smith.

Mrs. Lehman has been cremated under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. In lieu of flowers, her family suggests memorials to the American Heart Association.

Kolega, Harold

September 26, 2012

Harold “Richie” Kolega, 93, of Castle Rock, Colorado, formerly of St. Joseph, passed away Friday, September 21, 2012.

Harold was born on December 25, 1918 in St. Joseph to Dmytro and Frances (Zienkewitz) Kolega.

He married Leona Marie Barnoski on June 26, 1943 in St. Joseph. She preceded him in death on February 14, 2011.

Harold was a long time member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. He worked at Big Smith, Donnelly Garment Company, and retired as a filterman at the Saint Joseph Water Company in 1980.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Father Richard Kolega, brothers, Mike and Bill Kolega, and sisters, Mary Rucker and Anna Kolega.

Surviving family includes three sons, Daniel (Kathy) Kolega, Castle Rock, Colorado; Robert Kolega, Independence, Missouri; Kevin (Patty) Kolega, Omaha, Nebraska; 10 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren, and a brother, John Kolega, and sister, Katie Housh, both of St. Joseph.

Mass of Christian Burial 10am Thursday at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. Interment Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will begin after 1pm Wednesday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Rosary 6pm Wednesday at the chapel where the family will receive friends following the rosary until 8 p.m.

The family suggests memorials to the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church or Dravet Syndrome (www.dravetfoundation.org) in support of his great-granddaughter (Macy Craner).

O’Rourke, Ronald C.

September 26, 2012

Ronald Charles O’Rourke, 80, died Tuesday, September 25, 2012, at his home, surrounded by members of his family.

Ronnie was born September 16, 1932, to John and Clara O’Rourke. He spent his entire life in St. Joseph, except for two years serving in the army during the Korean conflict.

Ronnie was a graduate of St. Francis Xavier Grade School and Christian Brothers High School, class of 1950.

Following military service, he worked as an assistant manager for Safeway, then became an agent with Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. He later worked for Hausman Metal Works and Roofing, from where he retired in 1987. After his retirement, Ronnie worked for Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, who loved and adored him.

Ronnie married Christine Bagby in 1956, and they became parents of nine children: Kathy (Mark) Olvera; Michael (deceased); Kelly (Jay) Jarrett; Danny (Molly), Independence, MO; Rosie (Myron) Holder; Bridget (George) Sandow, Prairie Village, KS; Ryan (Genni); Maureen (Heath) Dudley and Kenny (Lori), Parkville, MO; 17 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Additional survivors include 4 step-children; Julie Waris-Douglas, Bobby, Greg and Douglas Waris; sister-in-law, Anna Bell O’Rourke; several nieces, nephews, cousins; best bud, Bob Slater and many close friends.

After a divorce, Ronnie married Jocile Waris. She died in 1999, he then married Trilby Spillman and they later divorced. He was also preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Helen Ozburn, and a brother, Jack.

Ronnie was a lifelong member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, a member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 571, and the Ancient Order of Hibernians.

A man who never met a stranger, Ronnie was an outgoing type who loved to be around people, especially his family members. He was a man of strong faith and firm convictions.

Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 a.m. Friday at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. Interment Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00p.m. Thursday at the Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. The family will receive friends 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, where a Rosary will be held at 7:00 p.m..

Ronnie was especially proud of his Irish heritage, always wearing green. His last wish is that everyone wear green when they come to pay their respects.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, National Association of the Blind or to Bishop LeBlond High School.

Knapp, Frank G.

September 24, 2012

Frank G. Knapp, 91, of St. Joseph, passed away September 23, 2012 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Frank was born on May 28, 1921 in St. Joseph, Missouri to James and Wilda (Courtin) Knapp, who preceded him in death.

Mr. Knapp served his country honorably in the United States Army and Air Force retiring after 22 years of service, serving in WWII. He was the last surviving member of his unit from the Bataan Death March (194th Tank Battalion) and was a POW from 1942-1945 in Japan. Mr. Knapp was regional manager for AAA, retiring after 25 years.

Frank was a lifetime member of the Scottish Rite, Hi-Twelve, Legion of Honor, American Legion Post 11 and the Air Force Sgt. Association.

Frank married Doris Ward on August 28, 1965 at Huffman United Methodist Church. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, and will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his wife, Doris, of the home; 7 children, Mike and Fred Knapp, both of St. Joseph, MO; Cheryl Stewart, Leesville, LA; Debbie Constock, Fillmore, MO; Sharon Joswick, St. Joseph, MO; Sandy Polsky, Savannah, MO and Cindy Whitlock, Jefferson City, MO; 4 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren; 3 brothers, Jay Knapp, St. Joseph, MO; Ned Knapp, Little Rock, AR and Bill Knapp, Walnut Grove, CA, several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Graveside Service and Interment 1:00 PM Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be held after 1:00 PM Tuesday at the Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel; where the family will receive friends 6:00-7:00 PM Tuesday.

Memorial donation may be made to Kendallwod Hospice, Shriners Hospitals for Children or Donor’s Choice.

Arrow, Douglas “Doug”

September 24, 2012

Douglas “Doug” Brian Arrow, passed away, Saturday, September 22, 2012.

Doug was born on August 17, 1981 to Carol Pritchett and Alan Arrow, step-son to Susan Arrow, and Jerry Pritchett.

He is survived by his sister, Rachel O’Neal and her children, Kaidyn and Isaac.

Doug was gifted in art, writing, and music.

Celebration of Life 3:00 PM Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.
Interment Oak Ridge Cemetery.

Visitation will begin after 3:00 PM Tuesday, at our chapel, where the family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Tuesday evening.

Memorial contributions may be made to Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel for expenses.

Roberts, Gerri Ann

September 24, 2012

Gerri Ann Roberts, 49, Savannah, Missouri, passed away Saturday, September 22, 2012 at her home.

Gerri was born January 27, 1963 in Saint Joseph, Missouri to Harvey and
Sharon Elaine (Presnell) Penland. She was a home care provider with
Meril, where she had worked for 10 years.

Gerri married Daniel Roberts May 29, 2010 in St. Joseph, he survives of the home.

Gerri loved helping people.

Preceding Gerri in death were her parents.

Additional survivors include daughter, Stephanie Claycomb, son, Jason Claycomb, sister, Genia Nichols; aunt and uncle, Ruth and Dean Branaman,
all of Savannah; seven grandchildren, Ryana, Hailey, Evan, Klaire, Jacey,
Jailyn, Trinady; and numerous cousins.

Services 11:00 AM, Thursday, September 27, 2012 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Visitation will begin after 12:00 pm, Wednesday at our Chapel, where the family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 pm Wednesday evening. Interment Ashland Cemetery.

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

Kerns, Sr., Ralph O.

September 22, 2012

Ralph O. Kerns, Sr. 96, St. Joseph, Missouri, passed away Thursday, September 20, 2012, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

Ralph was born on May 25, 1916, in Hemple, Missouri, to Urb and Bessie (Boyer) Kerns. He served in the Army during World War II. He later worked for Western Weighing Inspection Bureau, retiring as a Railroad Inspector in 1979.

Ralph was a founding member of Calvary Baptist Church and Green Valley Baptist Church where he served as a deacon.

Ralph was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, four sisters and great-grandson, Allen Dale.

Ralph married Frances Fraser on September 30, 1941 in St. Joseph. She survives of the home. He is also survived by their six children, Lois Punzo (Dennis), Sharon Townsend (Michael Higbee), Ralph Kerns, Jr. (Donna), Gary “Doc” Kerns (Cindi Nicks), Vickie Morgan (Mike) and Rocky Kerns (Ann). Additional survivors include 19 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; sister, Esther Kerns and his beloved dog, Max.

Services 10:00 a.m. Monday, September 24, 2012 at Green Valley Baptist Church, St. Joseph, Missouri. Interment Kerns-Freeman Cemetery, Hemple, MO.

Visitation will begin after 12:00 Noon Sunday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Mr. Kerns will be removed from our Chapel at 3:00 p.m. Sunday to arrive at the Church where family will receive friends 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Sunday evening.

The family suggests memorials to Green Valley Baptist Church.

Evans, Barbara D.

September 19, 2012

Barbara Dean Evans, 90, St. Joseph, passed away Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at a local hospital.

Barbara was born on May 27, 1922 in Pittsburg, Kansas.

She graduated from the St. Joseph Junior College and Northwest Missouri State College with Honors, and later became a teacher at Skaith Elementary School, where she was best known by her students for making and performing with puppets.

She was a member of the First Lutheran Church, and loved collecting and restoring antiques, collecting dolls, and was an avid gardener, canning her vegetables and loved her flowers.

Barbara married Shannon Estes Evans on October 15, 1949 in Joplin, MO. He preceded her in death on January 9, 1998.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, daughter, Connie Sue, twin sister, Betty Jean Clark, and beloved dog, Buffy.

Surviving family includes son, Robert “Bob” Evans (Linda), of St. Joseph; grandsons, Chad Robert, Trent Tyler, and Christopher Ryan Evans; and sister, Bonnie Long.

Services 11:00 AM Friday, September 21, 2012 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.
Interment Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Visitation will begin One Hour Prior to the service, Friday, at our chapel.

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

Coker, Marilyn

September 14, 2012

Marilyn Coker, 82, of St. Joseph, passed away Thursday, September 13, 2012 at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

Marilyn was born on April 29, 1930 to Merrill and Ethel Woodruff.

She was raised in St. Joseph her whole life, and graduated from Central High School. She married William “Bill” Coker on October 30, 1948 in St. Joseph. He survives of the home.

She worked at Chase and Westab before becoming a homemaker.

Marilyn was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend and will be greatly missed by all.

Marilyn is preceded in death by her parents, and daughter, Vicky Coker.

Additional surviving family includes daughter, Linda (Dennis) Pendleton, Union Star, MO; three grandchildren, William Pike, D.J. Pendleton, and Jeff Pendleton; five great-grandchildren, brother, Merrill “Woody” Woodruff, of California; sister, Alice Berry, Osage Beach, MO; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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

There will be no visitation or services, but a register book will be available to sign at our chapel.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Camp Quality Northwest Missouri, P.O. Box 9044, St. Joseph, MO 64508 or American Cancer Society.

McGhee, Larry L.

September 13, 2012

Larry L. McGhee, 77, St. Joseph, MO, passed away Monday, September 10, 2012, at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

Larry was born on June 19, 1935 in Centralia, Kansas to Charles F. and “Minnie” (Wissler) McGhee. Larry graduated from Centralia High School and Kansas State University with a degree in Agricultural Journalism.

Larry was self-employed in advertising and public relations, and worked for several companies. Mr. McGhee served his country in the Air National Guard for 8 years. He was a member of Ashland United Methodist Church, Master Mason Lodge #78, High Twelve Club #49 and Eastern Star Areme #461.

Larry was an avid outdoorsman. He lived many years in Colorado, enjoying the beauty of the Rocky Mountains. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, guns, reading and barbershop singing.

Larry married Sarah Hautzenroeder on April 15, 1961 at Ashland United Methodist Church in St. Joseph. Mr. McGhee was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.

Survivors include his wife, Sarah, of the home; a son, Jeff (Shannon) McGhee, Littleton, CO; daughter, Kathy (Scott) Kimminau, Arvada, CO; son, Brendan (Lisa) McGhee, Napili, HI; 8 grandchildren, Kelsey, Ciara, Lexie, Tanner, Delanie, Dezi, Braeden and Kaen; brother, Allan McGhee, Overland Park, KS; sister, Betty Fyke, Littleton, CO;

Mr. McGhee was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Eileen (McGhee) Young, brother, Charles McGhee.

Memorial Service 11:00 AM, Saturday, September 15, 2012 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. The family will receive friends immediately following the service in our Reception Facility.

Memorial donations may be made to High Twelve or Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Bales, Pat

September 13, 2012

Pat Bales, 77, lifelong resident of St. Joseph, MO, passed away Sunday, September 9, 2012, at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

Pat was born in St. Joseph on January 14, 1935, to Henry and Gladys (Hargis) Meyers. She was assistant manager at East Ridge Manor. She loved animals and wild life.

Pat was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Donald Meyers; sister, Dorothy Lopez; son, Randy Bales and granddaughter, Jana Lee Hunter.

Survivors include her daughter, Catherine A. Bales, St. Joseph, MO; brother Bill (Carolyn) Meyers, Garfield, Arkansas; grandchildren, Ryan Bales and Sean Farley and several nieces and nephews.

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

Sowell, Bill G

September 10, 2012

Bill G Sowell, 65, Reeds Spring, Missouri, formerly of St. Joseph, Missouri, passed away Friday, September 7, 2012 at his home.

Bill was born February 21, 1947 in St. Joseph to Arthur Lloyd and Rose Evelyn (Doty) Sowell. He served his country for 3 tours in the United States Marines during the Vietnam war and was honorably discharged as a Gunnery Sergeant.

Bill married Pamela Wenzel in June, 1984 and she survives of the home.

Bill was a pipefitter at Quaker Oats for 31 years. He enjoyed landscaping, home improvement projects and spending time with his family and friends

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Tina Sowell; and sister, Caroline Schussler.

Additional survivors include his brother, Arthur “Dean” Sowell and wife, Rolinda, Amazonia, Missouri; son, Billy G. Sowell, Jr.; daughters, Tracy James and husband, Rick, Tonya Butler and husband, Dusty, all of St. Joseph; step-son, Sean Fitzmaurice and wife, Janet, Arizona; step-daughter, Kelly Fitzmaurice, Kansas City, Missouri; several grandchildren; great-grandchildren, many friends and extended family.

Services 1 pm, Tuesday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith Savannah Chapel, Savannah, Missouri. Visitation will begin after 12 noon, Monday at our Chapel, where the family will receive friends from 6 to 8 pm Monday evening. Inurnment Fillmore Cemetery, Fillmore, Missouri at a later date.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Disabled American Veterans.

Laderoute, Christina (Seibel)

September 9, 2012

Christina (Seibel) Laderoute, passed away Saturday, September 8, 2012 at her home.

Mrs. Laderoute was born January 1, 1916 in St. Joseph, Missouri to George and Elizabeth (Kerbel) Seibel. She married Fay J. Laderoute on April 14, 1936, he passed away October 2, 1987.

She was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, Daughters of Isabella, the Altar Society and the Oakgrove Homemakers Club.

Along with her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, 6 sisters, 2 brothers and great-grandson Cole Laderoute.

She is survived by a son, James F. Laderoute (Norma), St. Joseph, MO; Barbara D. Punzo (John), Basehor, KS, 6 Grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildern

Visitation will begin after 9:00AM Tuesday at the Heaton-Bowman-Smith and Sidenfaden Chapel. The Daughters of Isabella will recite a Rosary at 4:00PM and the family will receive friends from 6:00PM to 8:00PM at our chapel.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:00AM, Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.
Interment will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

The family request in Lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the Children’s Mercy Hospital, St. Jude’s Children Hospital or to the Donor’s Choice.

Davis, Greg

September 9, 2012

Greg Davis, life long resident of St. Joseph, passed away, September 7, 2012 after a sudden illness.

Greg, 60, was preceded in death by his father, Jack G. Davis.

He is survived by his wife, Deborah Davis, of the home; mother, Adriana T. Davis, St. Joseph, MO; sister, Monica E. Davis, and Niece, Ursula Chapman, both of Kansas City, MO: and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins, whom he loved dearly.

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

Rosary 6:00 PM Friday, September 14, 2012 at Heaton Bowman Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.

The family will receive friends following the rosary until 9:00 PM, Friday evening.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the St. Joseph Chapter of the American Cancer Society.

Switzer, John E. “Jack”

September 9, 2012

Lt. Col. John E. “Jack’ Switzer, 92, St. Joseph, Missouri, passed away Friday, September 7, 2012 at a local health care center.

Jack was born March 31, 1920 in St. Joseph, MO to Lester “Ralph” and Doretha (Haight) Switzer. He graduated from Christian Brothers High School.

Jack was employed at the U.S. Postal Service for 37 years, retiring as a motor pool supervisor. Mr. Switzer served his country in the United States Army and the United States Air Force, serving during WWII, Korean Conflict and Vietnam Wars. Jack was the last surviving original member of the180th Bombardment Squadron at Rosecrans Memorial Airport, retiring from the 139th Tactical Airlift Wing.

Jack was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, and was co-coordinator for the House of Bread for over 25 years and was a member of Knights of Columbus 5067. He volunteered his time at Camp Quality and was an avid bowler.

Jack married Mary V. Schranck on October 7, 1944 in Austin, TX, who survives of the home.

Additional survivors include daughters, Anne (Doug) Frank and Kathy (Mike) Lindley; both of St. Joseph, MO; grandchildren, Tracy (Richard) Zook, Michael Frank, Leslie (Brandon) Hovenga, Jeff (Sarah) Miller and Mary Switzer; great-grandchildren, Kayla & Michael Zook, Bella Frank, Sarah & Madison Hovenga & Baby Miller; a sister, Mary Kay Hayes, Seattle, WA; a brother, Lester R. “Les” Switzer, Jr., Newberry Park, CA and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mr. Switzer was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Susan Marie; a son, John Switzer, Jr. and his parents.

Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 AM Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. Interment Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will begin after 9:00 AM Sunday at the Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, where a Rosary will be held at 5:30 PM Monday, with the family to receive friends 6:00-8:00 PM.

The family suggests memorial contributions to St. Francis Xavier House of Bread.

Grieshaber, Gilbert J.

September 7, 2012

Gilbert Joseph Grieshaber, 88, St. Joseph, MO, passed away September 5th, 2012, peacefully at home, surrounded by his family.

Gill was born March 18th, 1924, and lived his entire life in St. Joseph. He was a 1942 graduate of Christian Brothers High School. He worked for the Missouri Pacific Railroad as a rate clerk for twenty years and then opened his own business, “Gill’s TV” which was in business for 57 years. He was part of the NESDA, NESA, KEA and other Electronic Service Dealers associations around the Midwest. He was also involved in Square Dancing and was part of the Greater Kansas City Square Dance Association. He was known for going to several nursing homes in the St. Joseph area and playing the accordion with his daughter Ellen, to entertain the seniors.

He attended the St. Francis parish throughout the years his children were in grade school and then moved to the “Our Lady of Guadalupe” parish when it was established on the east side of St. Joseph.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Myrt Grieshaber, the “Voice with the Smile”, his father, Peter Grieshaber, his mother, Theresa Grieshaber, his brother, Felix Grieshaber and one grandson, Jason McCoy.

He leaves behind seven children, Phillip Grieshaber, St. Joseph, MO, Mark Grieshaber, St. Joseph, MO, Gilda Grieshaber, Shawnee, KS, Faye Palmer, St. Joseph, MO, Glenn Grieshaber, Wichita, KS, Scott Grieshaber, St. Joseph, MO, Ellen Christopher, Lee’s Summit, MO and all their significant others, along with twenty grandchildren, twenty-four great-grandchildren, four nephews and three nieces.

Mass of Christian Burial 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 8, 2012 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Interment Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Visitation will begin after 6:00 p.m. Friday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, followed by a Rosary at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

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

Ellis, Dorothy E.

September 7, 2012

Dorothy Elizabeth Ellis, 97, St. Joseph, MO, passed away Wednesday, September 5, 2012 at Saxton Riverside Care Center.

Dorothy was born April 23, 1915 in Framlingham, England to Charles and Olive (Dowsing) Shuttle.

On October 12, 1943, she married Barat F. Ellis, great-grandson of Joseph Robidoux, in England. They were blessed with four sons. Barat preceded her in death in 1968. Mrs. Ellis was also preceded in death by two sons, Barat F. Ellis Jr. and John F. Ellis and two older sisters.

She had worked as a seamstress for Big Smith sewing factory, and as a part-time nurse’s aide at Sisters Hospital. She also drew pattens for Hirsch’s Department Store. Prior to coming to the U.S. in 1946, she had her own beauty shop in England.

She was a member of St. Joseph Cathedral for 65 years, St. Ann’s Altar Society and enjoyed singing in the choir.

Mrs. Ellis is survived by her sons, Daniel Ellis, St. Joseph, MO and Franklin (Carmen) Ellis, Kansas City, MO; grandchildren, Brian (Deanna) Ellis, David Ellis, Kristy (Greg) Unruh and Sarah Ellis; eight great-grandchildren; and step-sister, Margaret Vest, West Virginia.

The family wishes to extend our most sincere thanks to the nurses and staff at Saxton Riverside Care Center. We are forever grateful for their help and support.

Visitation will begin at noon Friday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. with a Rosary at 7:00 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 8, 2012 at Horigan Chapel. Interment Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

The family requests Memorial Contributions to St. Joseph Co-Cathedral.

Anderson, Elizabeth J.

September 7, 2012

Elizabeth Jean Anderson, 88, passed away Tuesday, September 4, 2012 at a local health care center.

Jean was born May 10, 1924 in St. Joseph to William P. and Catherine F. (O’Connor) Delaney. She attended St. Patrick School and the Plat-Grad Business School and was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church. On May 10, 1946 she married Lewis Anderson in St. Joseph and they raised 15 children. Lewis preceded her in death on June 27, 2002. She had worked at the St. Joseph Livestock Exchange and retired from the Heaton-Bowman-Smith and Sidenfaden Chapel after 20 years.

Mrs. Anderson was also preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Bill Delaney and a son-in-law, Stephen McElduff.

Mrs. Anderson is survived by her children, Mary Anderson, Evelyn Bangerter (Bob), Peggy McElduff, Connie Anderson, Ed Anderson (Mary Kathryn), Pat Anderson, and Carol Anderson, all of St. Joseph; Steve Anderson (Lisa), Las Vegas, NV; Bob Anderson, Georgetown, TX, John Anderson (Michele), Rosemont, MN; Jim Anderson (Diane), St. Louis, MO; Mike Anderson, Shreveport, LA; Mark Anderson (Sherry), Osborn, MO; Bill Anderson (Joan), Dallas, TX; Janet Morrison (Kevin), Platte City, MO; 26 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren and 2 sisters-in-law, Dorothy Delaney and Ruth Anderson both of St. Joseph.

Visitation will begin at 9:00 AM Thursday at the Heaton-Bowman-Smith and Sidenfaden Chapel. A Rosary will be recited at 6:30 PM Thursday and the family will receive friends following the rosary until 8:30 PM at St. Mary Catholic Church. The body will be removed from our chapel at 4:30 PM to arrive at the church for the Rosary.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 1:00 PM Friday, September 7, 2012 at St. Mary Catholic Church and the interment will follow at the Blakely Cemetery, Easton, MO.

The family request memorial contributions to the Blakely Cemetery Association, Saxton Riverside Care Center or Kendallwood Hospice.

Brown, Ed “Stub”

September 7, 2012

Ed “Stub” Brown, 84, of St. Joseph, passed away, Tuesday, September 4, 2012 at a local assisted living facility.

Stub was born on January 31, 1928 in Saddle Brook, New Jersey, to Edward and Jenny (Paul) Brown.

He became a professional baseball player in the St. Louis Cardinals Farm Baseball Team. He pitched for the Cardinals and Giants Baseball Teams. He met the love of his life at the Phil Welch Stadium he married Agnes Gartland on February 11, 1950 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church.

Stub worked at Quaker Oats retiring after 40 years of dedication and service.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and two sisters.

He is survived by his wife, Agnes Brown, of the home; daughter, Kathy (Doug) Matthias, of St. Joseph; Charlotte Brewka, Kansas City, MO; Bob (Mary Jane) Brown, Centralia, MO; David “Opie” (Kay) Brown, St. Joseph; grandchildren, Patty, Eddie, Matthew, Vincent, Heather, Jason, Sarah, Garrett, Cinnamon, Billy, Davie, and Ryan; 9 Great-grandchildren, and sister, Violett Centore, Westfield, Massachusetts.

Graveside services 10:30 AM Friday, September 7, 2012 at Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Parish Rosary 6:00 PM Thursday.

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

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

Burnett, Fern K.

September 3, 2012

Fern Katherine Burnett, 94, St. Joseph, MO; passed away Sunday, September 2, 2012 at a local health care facility.

Fern was born on September 25, 1917 in Muscotah, Kansas to Alfred and Estella (Hahn) Guy. She was a graduate of Horton High School in Horton, Kansas.

Over the years, Fern was employed at Westab, Noma-Lites and Magee-Kirby.

She married Max Burnett in September of 1967 in Las Vegas, Nevada.He preceded her in death on September 3, 1995. She was of the Christian Faith.

She is also preceded in death by her parents, daughter, Diana Lee May, and brothers, Harold, Bennie, Fay, Wayne and Floyd Guy.

Surviving family includes, Son, William “Bill” (Eileen) Neely, grandchildren, Katherine (Curtis) Townsend, John, David, and Billy Johnson, Jim Neely, Mike (Laura) Neely, sister-in-law, Gerry Guy-Watson, all of St. Joseph; 25 Great-Grandchildren and several great-great grandchildren.

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

Visitation will begin after 1:00 PM Tuesday, at our chapel, where the family will receive friends from 6:00 to 7:30 PM Tuesday evening.

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

Moutray, Larry A.

September 3, 2012

Larry A. Moutray, 73, St. Joseph, MO; passed away Sunday, September 2, 2012 at a local hospital, surrounded by his loving family.

Larry was born on July 1, 1939 to Thomas and Mabel (Welden) Moutray in St. Joseph, MO; where he was a lifelong resident.

Larry was retired from Seitz Food. Larry’s greatest joy was his great-grandkids. He enjoyed spending time on his deck and walking the parkway with Tazz. Larry loved the peacefulness and beauty of the Lake of the Ozarks; he enjoyed boating and was an avid skier in his earlier years.

Larry married Saundra Todd and celebrated over 56 years of marriage together. She survives of the home.

Additional survivors include daughter, Charisse Moutray (Mike), California, MO; son, Darren Moutray (Laurie), Savannah, MO; grandson, Randy Gourdine (Ashley); granddaughter, Kelsee Seek-Moutray (Josh); great-grandkids, Azealynn Hogan “Miss Precious” and Conner Gourdine “The Little Guy”; brother, Ron Moutray (Sharon), St. Joseph, MO; sister, Reva Cottey, Liberty, MO and several nieces and nephews.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents, infant daughter, Vickie Moutray, brothers, Bob, Roger, Tommy and Elmer Moutray and sister, Donna Henderson.

At Larry’s request, Mr. Moutray has been cremated under the direction of the Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, with no services scheduled. A register book will be available to sign at the chapel.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association or American Heart Association.

Nattier, Chantel K.

September 3, 2012

Chantel K. Nattier, 40, St. Joseph, Missouri, passed away Saturday, September 1, 2012, at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

Chantel was born in St. Joseph on March 30, 1972. She was a graduate of North Andrew R-6 High School and was a devout Christian. Chantel was a devoted wife and mother. She enjoyed arts and crafts, jewelry making and loved collecting angels.

Chantel married John Nattier on June 6, 2000 in St. Joseph. He survives of the home. Also surviving, are her children, Spencer Riddle, Dakota Nattier and Mackenzie Nattier, all of the home; parents, James and Charolette (Tye) Riddle, St. Joseph, MO; siblings, Brenda Houston, Olathe, KS, Melody Prawitz and Victor Riddle, St. Joseph, MO, Sharolyn Robinson, Lawrence, KS and Pamela Hess, Amazonia, MO; aunt, Connie Firmin, Kansas City, MO; eleven nieces and nephews; and four great-nieces and great-nephews.

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

Memorial Service 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 8, 2012, at Ebenezer Methodist Church, St. Joseph, MO. The family will receive friends thirty minutes prior to the Service.

Any donations to help with Chantel’s medical expenses would be appreciated.

Brown, Norene F. “Ennie”

August 30, 2012

Norene F. “Ennie” Brown, 94, St. Joseph, Missouri, passed away on Tuesday, August 28, 2012, at a St. Joseph health care center.

Ennie was born on October 28, 1917, at Easton, MO. She was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church

Her last two jobs were at Jerre Ann’s Cafeteria and retiring from the E. And M. Clothing Store located at 33rd and Mitchell.

On November 10, 1939, Norene married Louis F. Brown. He passed away July 9, 1971.
She also was preceded in death by her parents Albert and Clara (Fisher) Kneib; a brother, Irving Kneib; and sisters, Alma Borghoff, Cecelia Rose, Christina Johnson, Stella Nelson and Fern Lunneen.

Survivors include one sister, Hilda Bode; one brother, Elden Kneib; three god-children, Janet Hausman, Karen Schultz and Kathy Holmquist and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial 9:30 a.m. Saturday, August 31, 2012 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, St. Joseph, MO. Interment Mount Olivet Cemetery, St. Joseph.

Visitation begins after 12:00 noon Friday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, St. Joseph, where a Rosary will be at 6:00 p.m. Friday. Family will receive friends following the Rosary until 8:00 p.m.

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

Loy, George C.

August 21, 2012

George C. Loy, 96, St. Joseph, MO, passed away on Sunday, August 19, 2012, at his home surrounded by his family.

George was born in St. Joseph on May 26, 1916, to George C. and Molly B. (Clemens) Loy.

He served in the US Army Air Force during World War II. After leaving the Service, he returned to St. Joseph and worked for the St. Joseph Railway Transit System for ten years, In 1983, he retired from the U.S. Postal Service in Kansas City, MO after 32 years.

George was an avid golfer, and continued to play golf well into his 80s. He had a terrific sense of humor and was a loving, gentle man.

He married Margaret J. Johnston in 1933. To this union, three children were born. One daughter, Margaret “Peggy” Lehman survives of the home. They later divorced and he married Edna Mae Hoskins on December 18, 1950. They were married for 57 years until her passing on April 25, 2007.

George was also preceded in death by his parents; son, George Loy; daughter, Helen Joan Fergison; sisters, Hazel Pickett, Mildred Gall, Helen Peek and Mabel A. Barnett and brothers Gerald and Leonard Loy

Additional survivors include twelve grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery, St. Joseph.

Friends may call after 12:00 noon Tuesday at the Chapel, where the family will receive friends 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday evening.

The family suggests memorials to Hands of Hope Hospice.

Arguello, Michele

August 20, 2012

Michele Arguello, 48, Savannah, Missouri, passed away Saturday, August 18, 2012 at a local hospital surrounded by her loving family.

Michele was born July 29, 1964 in Saint Joseph, Missouri to Mack M. Carter I, and Sharon Charelene (Myers) Peck. She was a graduate of Lafayette High School.

Michele married Michael Edward Arguello in 1991, and to that union one daughter was born. She worked for Help At Home as a Certified Nursing Assistant and was a member of Ladies Auxiliary of the V. F. W. Post #12053.

Michele was preceded in death by her husband and father.

Survivors include; daughter, Heather Arguello, Saint Joseph; mother, Sharon Peck, Long Lane, Missouri; brothers, Kenneth R. Carter and Mack M. Carter II, both of Savannah; sister, MaryEdith Carter, Bakersfield, California; step-sister, Carrie Stevenson and step-brother, Oscar Fletcher, both of Port Hueneme, California; half-sister, Ashley R. Black, Grandview, Missouri; one grand-daughter;
numerous nieces and nephews.

Private Graveside Service and Inurnment will be held at the Savannah Cemetery, Savannah, MO. under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith Savannah Chapel.

Smock, Donette (Silcott)

August 17, 2012

Donette Sue Smock, 55, a lifetime resident of St. Joseph, Mo, passed away August 10th 2012 at Heartland Regional Medical Center with her family by her side.
A visitation will be held at Heaton Bowman Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, Sunday, August 19th from 6pm- 830pm with a Memorial Service following Monday, August 20th at 12:30 pm. The burial will take place immediately after at Memorial Park.
She was born March 1st, 1957 to Don and Dorothy Silcott in St. Joseph, Mo.
Donette was, above all, a humanitarian who dedicated her life to helping others. After graduating from Lafayette High School in 1975, her desire to be of service led her to pursue a degree in Psychology from Missouri Western State College in 1980, which she followed up by graduating from Kansas University with a master’s degree in Clinical Social work in 1989.
Throughout her career, Donette enriched the community with her service. In the early 80s she worked as a Juvenile Officer, helping countless youths. During the mid-late 80’s, she designed and developed a sexual abuse prevention program in the state of Missouri for the education of preschool and young children. The program was awarded a grant from the State of Missouri Governor’s Children Trust Fund from 1986-1989. In 1991, she built a very successful private practice in counseling and psychotherapy, specializing in severe dissociative disorders and dissociative-identity disorders. She worked closely with the Division of Family Services.
Donette was also an active entrepreneur throughout her life. She co-owned Video World a successful video store chain, as well as Heaven and Earth, a spiritual bookstore. Later in life, Donette would go on to co-own a small publishing company, Sun Rising Publishing Press and a graphic design business, Innerself Inspirations.
Donette was very interested in spirituality and metaphysics. She was a Master Hynotherpist and was a published author. Her book, Understanding Your Sun Sign, was published in March of 2005
Ms. Smock is survived by her twin sons, Morgan and Levi Smock; brother, Jay Silcott (Carole); niece, Lindsay Silcott; nephew, Chad Silcott (Jill); great nieces Kylie Silcott and Jayden Silcott; great nephew Crozzley Silcott; and Aunt Sherry Seward (Jim).
She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Don and Dorothy Silcott.
She was loved and will be dearly missed by her family and good friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to St. Jude’s Children Hospital.

Combs, Craig A.

August 15, 2012

Craig A. Combs, 55, St. Joseph, Missouri, passed away Monday, August 13, 2012, at Heartland Regional Medical Center due to injuries sustained in an ultralite aircraft accident.

Craig was born on March 18, 1957, in St. Joseph, MO, to Charles L. “Chuck” and Carole Ann (Buis) Combs. He was a 1975 graduate of Central High School, President of St. Joe Barnstormers R\C Flying Club, and member of Experimental Aircraft Association.

Craig was most recently employed at Heartland Regional Medical Center in facility maintenance and worked part-time for Tron’s Goshen Auto Repair. Through the years, Craig has been an auto mechanics instructor at Hillyard Technical School, an ambulance mechanic, Emergency Medical Technician, and mechanic at McCarty Motors, Savannah, MO.

Craig was preceded in death by his parents.

Craig is survived by his children, Amy Combs (Galen Cloud), Angie Losson (Brett), Justin Combs (Angela) and Andrea Keith (Aaron); two brothers, Curt and Chad Combs; sister, Cara Bergman; five grandchildren, Camden, Olivia, Drake, Nathan and Zoey; and fiancé, Frances White.

Services 2:00 p.m. Saturday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery.

Visitation will begin after 9:00 a.m. Friday at the Chapel, where the family will receive friends 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday evening.

Craig had a lifelong love for aviation, and recently achieved his dream of being a pilot. Because of this love for flying, memorial contributions are suggested to the funeral home for creation of the Craig A. Combs Scholarship for aviation mechanics.

Moran, Floyd “Squeak”

August 11, 2012

Floyd “Squeak” Moran, 92, passed away Saturday, August 11, 2012 at a local health care facility.

“Squeak” was born on March 6, 1920 in Amazonia, MO to Willie and Florence (Bauman) Moran.

He Married Dora Dick in St. Joseph, MO in 1938

He served in the 46th Armored Infantry and fought during the Battle of the Bulge during World War II and served from 1943 to 1946. He was employed at Wire Rope for 30 years and retired in 1985.

“Squeak” was preceded in death by his parents, son, Michael Moran, and brother, Kenneth Moran

Survivors include his wife; Dora Moran, of the home; daughter, Gloria (Robert McMullen) Sullivan, St. Joseph; daughter-in-law, Judy Hill, St. Joseph; daughter, Linda (Norman) Vogel, Kansas City, KS; son, William (Carlene) Moran, St. Joseph; seven grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

Services 11:00 AM Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.
Interment Memorial Park Cemetery.

Visitation will begin after 12:00 Noon Monday, 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.

Leslie, Joyce Lee

August 11, 2012

Joyce Leslie, 69, St. Joseph, MO, formerly of Savannah, passed away Thursday, August 9, 2012.

Joyce was born April 17, 1943, in Cheyenne, WY. She was a 1961 graduate of Barnard High School, Barnard, Missouri. She was a homemaker and was married to Russell L. Leslie. To this union, there were six children born. They later divorced.

She was preceded in death by parents, Charles and Florence (Reeser) Morriss.

Survivors include children, Shayna (Rusty) Hall, Russell, Jr., Michael (Kim) and Jason (Laura) Leslie, all of St. Joseph, Larry (Jane) Leslie, Savannah, MO and Judy (John) Drowns, Joplin, MO; and 14 very special grandchildren.

Mrs. Leslie has been cremated under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. There will be a private service held at a later date.

Irwin, Michael A.

August 11, 2012

Michael A. Irwin, 73, St. Joseph, Missouri, passed away Thursday, August 9, 2012, at his home.

Michael was born on December 3, 1938, in St. Joseph, to William and Zelma (Frye) Irwin.
He was a graduate of Central High School and served in the US Navy 1956-1960. He was a member of Moila Shrine Temple.

Michael worked as an optician for Irwin Optical, retiring in 1999 after twenty years of service.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers, Dean and Bill Irwin.

He married Elizabeth Oglesby on September 7, 1962, in St. Joseph. She survives of the home. Other survivors include his daughter, Lori Irwin, St. Joseph, MO; son, Steven (Angie) Irwin, Gardner, KS; granddaughters, Haley, Hannah and Emme Irwin; three sisters, Shirley (Glen) Snyder, Mary (Dennis) Knowles and Bitsy Hatten and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Irwin has been cremated under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. There will be a Celebration of life at Eagles Lodge on Saturday, August 18, 2012 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

The family suggests memorials to the Lions Club.

Speer, Leroy

August 8, 2012

Leroy Speer, 63, passed away peacefully Monday, August 6, 2012 at the VA Hospital in Kansas City surrounded by family and friends.

He was born on February 3, 1949 in St. Joseph, Missouri, one of ten children of Frank and Dorothy Speer.

Upon graduating from Central High School he joined the Army, where he served with Honors in Vietnam and was a Purple Heart Recipient. He enjoyed riding his electric wheelchair all around the town of Savannah, MO and never met a stranger.

Survivors include, his wife, Anne, of the home, three step children, Elinor, Colin and Edward Watts, and his six children, Denny, Melanie, and Bridget Speer, all of St. Joseph; Shane and Kayla Speer, of Savannah; Jennifer Speer, of Florida; Jenny Smith, of Cameron; Michelle and Jeff Speer and seventeen grandchildren, and his much loved dog, Albert, the dachshund who was his constant companion.

Leroy is also survived by four sisters, Pat (Vern) Still, of St. Joseph; Joyce Richardson, of Ridgeway, MO; Bonnie (Rick) Rose, of Lawrence, KS; Marilyn (George) Larson, of Amazonia, MO; brothers, Rodney (Ronda) Speer, of St. Joseph; Melvin (Jana) Speer, Kansas City, KS; and one special aunt, Margaret Hamilton.

Leroy was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers, Ronald and Jack Speer, and sister, Margaret Cole.

Celebration of Life 11:00 AM Friday, August 10, 2012 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel in St. Joseph, Missouri.

Maurin, Nellie Jean

August 5, 2012

Nellie Jean Maurin, 78, passed away Saturday, August 4, 2012. Nellie was married to Charles Maurin for 60 years and together they raised 5 children. Nellie was an active member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, known throughout the KC area as “Redemptorist Church”. After retiring from Natkin Mechanical Contractors, Nellie along with her husband, Charlie formed the Nelly Bells BBQ team, winning many BBQ contests throughout the Midwest. Other qualifying contests included the American Royal BBQ and Jack Daniels in Lynchburg, TN, only ending her competition due to her struggles with cancer.

Nellie is preceeded in death by her parents, George B. Gardner and Pearl I. Gardner, and her brother, George B. Gardner Jr. Survivors include: husband, Charles E. Maurin, of the home; children, Susan (Darl) Stuvick, Vancouver, WA; Charlene (John) O’Rourke, Parkville, MO; Ed (Kathy) Maurin, Kansas City, MO; John (Liz) Maurin, Kansas City, MO; Rebecca (Mark) Smith, Gladstone, MO; 11 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held after 12:30 pm Tuesday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Redemptorist Church, where a Rosary will be held at 1:30 pm and Mass of Christian Burial at 2:00 pm. Interment Ressurection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to: Redemptorist Church, 3333 Broadway, Kansas City, MO 64111.

Nellie’s family would like to thank Dr. Mark DeWolfe and Dr. Nicholas Szilagye and their staffs and Northcare Hospice for providing exceptional care.

Kretzer, Sr. John J.

August 5, 2012

John J. Kretzer, Sr., 68, St. Joseph, MO, passed away Saturday, August 4, 2012, at Heartland Regional Medical Center, surrounded by his loving family.

John was born in St. Joseph, on May 25, 1944, to Emerson and Lillian (Rehm) Kretzer. He was a lifelong St. Joseph resident and a 1962 graduate of Christian Brothers High School.

John’s career was carpentry and millwright at many local area companies, including Quaker Oats, Kawasaki, Trenton Foods, Johnson Controls and Mead Products. Mr. Kretzer retired in 2002, during his last years he worked at the former Friskies plant for Lehr Construction.

John was a member of: Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, the Carpenter’s Local No.110 for over 40 years and was a founding member of the Retiree’s Club; the Pony Express Pistol League; a Lifetime Member of the NRA and the St. Joseph Rifle and Pistol Club.

John was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He also had many hobbies including fishing, hunting, golfing, gardening, model railroading, playing pool and cards. John was very talented in painting, sketching and leatherwork.

He married Ruth Keeney on May 2, 1964 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, celebrating 48 years of marriage.

She survives of the home. Additional survivors include his children, Sandy and John Jr., St. Joseph; Lisa Adams, Lebanon, MO.; a brother, Gary (Jolinda) Kretzer, Sr., St. Joseph; 3 grandchildren, Drew, Paige and Matthew “Chase” Ellis, numerous nieces, nephews and faithful dog, Tiger.

John was preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers, Emerson, Charles and Richard Kretzer and a son-in-law, Matthew R. Ellis.

Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 a.m. Wednesday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Interment Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will begin after 9:00 AM Tuesday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Rosary 6:00 p.m. Tuesday evening at the Chapel, where the family will receive friends 6:30-9:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church or outdoor potted plants or bushes would be appreciated.

Neve, Eunice

August 5, 2012

Eunice Neve, 85, died on August 4, 2012, in St. Joseph, Missouri. She was born in Hardy, Nebraska on May 2, 1927, the second child of Anker and Lydia Petersen. She was raised on the family farm in Hardy and attended Nuckolls County Schools, graduating from Ruskin High School in 1945. She attended Dana College in Blair, Nebraska for two years where she met Ried Neve. They were married in Ruskin on June 2, 1948. She was a loving wife and mother, sharing her faith and values with her children.

Eunice was a secretary and bookkeeper in her life as an employee. She was a pastor’s spouse, and accompanied Ried to parishes in Kennard, Nebraska; Storm Lake, Allison, Council Bluffs and Perry, Iowa; and Auburn, Nebraska, as well as to Greeley, Colorado, where he was the chaplain for the Good Samaritan Home. Eunice was actively involved in each of the parishes and in the communities in which they lived. She and Ried were active in the Cursillo movement. Eunice and Ried retired in 1990 and moved to Omaha, where Eunice worked as both an employee and a volunteer at Lord of Love Lutheran Church. She was also active as a volunteer at the Danish-American Archives in Blair. In 2009 they moved to St. Joseph, Missouri. Ried died in 2010.

Her survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law, Juel and Jim Pierce of St. Joseph; Deborah and David McWhirter of Allison, Iowa; Patricia and Jack Tinnel of Kansas City, Missouri; and Susan and Charles Hettinger of Westminster, Colorado; her grandchildren, Sarah Pierce; Matt and Jenny Tinnel; Elizabeth Pierce and Christian Bohnenstengel; Nick and Sarina Tinnel; Ross and Jenny McWhirter; Dana Hettinger and Jeremy Hall; and Lisa and Matthew Willard; her great-grandchildren, Nicholas Pierce, Madelyn and Lily McWhirter, John Jack Tinnel, Jacob Tinnel, and Riley Hall; her sisters, Jane Lubkeman of Ankeny, Iowa, Marietta Stenson of Superior, Nebraska, Marilyn Meyer of Omaha, Nebraska and her brother, Lyle Petersen of Blue Hill, Nebraska. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, two brothers and three infant grandsons.

Services 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at First Lutheran Church in St. Joseph, with burial at a later date in Ruskin, Nebraska. Visitation will begin after 12:00 noon Tuesday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, where the family will receive friends 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday evening. Memorials are requested to be sent to the Danish-American Archives in Blair, Nebraska and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.

Brinton, Debra L.

August 3, 2012

Debra L. Brinton, 50, passed away on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 after a long illness.

She was preceded in death by son, Terry Lee Brinton, parents, William Brinton, Sr. and Ellen L. Pearson.

She is survived by son, Travis Brinton; step-mother, Doris Brinton; brother, Bill Brinton, Jr. (Kathy); two sisters, Nancie Hayes (Norman), Shirley Golden (Roger), sister-in-law Margo Lisenbee and many family and friends.

Services 10:00 am Monday Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will begin after 1:00 pm Sunday at our chapel, where the family will receive friends from 2:00 to 4:00pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial gifts be made in care of the funeral home for the Travis Brinton Education Fund.

Skaggs, Lillian “Lovene”

August 2, 2012

Lillian “Lovene” Skaggs, 92, went to be with her Heavenly Lord and Saviour on August 2, 2012.

Lovene was born on April 10, 1920 at Willow Springs, MO to Jake and Nora Skaggs.
During World War II she worked at McDonnell Douglas in St. Louis, MO. After the war, she worked for 36 years at United Van Lines in Fenton, MO as a telephone operator.

After her retirement, Lovene moved to southern Missouri, where her childhood years had been spent.
While there, she spent many hours volunteering her services wherever they were needed, whether it was at the Red Cross, the United Methodist Church, or the Willow Care Nursing Home.
She moved to St. Joseph in 2000 to be closer to her family. She became a member of the Huffman Memorial United Methodist Church and especially enjoyed the times spent in the Guy Harden class and with the women in the UMW.

Survivors are her sister, Jewel Harms, St. Joseph, MO, nephews, Bruce (Cheri) Harms of Turlock, CA and Ken (Karen) Harms, Arcadia, CA, and her niece, Joy (Jerry) Archdekin, Agency, MO and much loved great nephews and nieces, great-great nephews and niece.

Graveside Services 1:30 PM Saturday, August 4, 2012 at Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, per Lovene’s Request.

The family extends their heart-filled thanks for the care and attention Lovene has received both at Meadowview Residential Care and at Saxton Riverside Care Center. The loving kindnesses shown at both places made Lovene’s final years so very satisfying.

Memorial contributions may be made to Meadowview Residential care, Saxton Riverside Care Center, or Huffman Memorial United Methodist Church.

Neel, Thomas L.

July 29, 2012

Thomas “Tommy” L. Neel, 94, of St. Joseph, passed away Friday, July 27, 2012 at Vintage Gardens.

Tommy was born on June 18, 1918 in Pierce City, Missouri to William Jackson and Florence Louvina (Pottorff) Neel.

He and his family moved to St. Joseph, and graduated from Lafayette High School, where he met and married Elizabeth L. “Betty” Hardy on November 1, 1939.

Tommy was employed in the package department at Quaker Oats before entering the Army Air Corp. He then served in the Army Air Force during World War II, working on P-38’s and P-51’s. Then he began his career that lasted thirty three years, retiring in 1985 from the St. Joseph News-Press/ Gazette as manager of sales in advertising.

He belonged to Wyatt Park Christian Church. His main organizational activities were St. Joseph Lodge No. 78, A.F and A.M. (Past Master 1962); 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason, Knight Commander Court of Honour (KCCH) 33rd Degree, Moila Shrine, Moila Legion of Honor (Commander, 1963), High-Twelve Club 49 (Past President), In 1995, Tommy was president of Missouri State of High-Twelve Associations; also was editor of monthly High-Twelvian Bulletin, appointed Moila Divan, past captain of The Guard, Pleiades Chapter No. 489 Order of Eastern Star, 1st Lieutenant Commander of Council of Kadosh (32nd Degree), manager of News-Press Softball Team, Adult Program Committee of the YMCA, General Chairman and Master of Ceremonies at First Missouri State Round Dance Festival.

Betty and Tommy were active participants with square dancing, especially the Kaliko Kickers, where Tommy served as past President.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Florence Neel, wife, Elizabeth L. “Betty” (Hardy) Neel, on September 30, 2000; brother, Leamon Neel, and sister, Dorothy L. Iske.

Surviving family includes Dr. S.D. Allen Iske, Jr., (and wife, Mary Margaret) who Tommy considered his son, great-niece Anne E. Iske, great-nephews, Justin A, Matthew A, Michael C Iske, and three other nephews, one niece, and several cousins and numerous friends.

Service 10:00 AM Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.
Interment Memorial Park Cemetery.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude.

Sherer, Raymond A.

July 29, 2012

Raymond A. Sherer, 90, St. Joseph, MO, passed away Friday, July 27, 2012, at Carriage Square Health Care Center.

Raymond was born on February 13, 1922, in Gorgas, Alabama, to Earskine and Grace (Morgan) Sherer.

He was a member of Wyatt Park Christian Church. He worked as a used car Sales Manager for numerous dealerships in St. Joseph.

Survivors include his daughter, Linda Starks (Ron); sister, Marie Burgett and her family; grandchildren, Jason (Tracy) Starks, Ellen Starks; and great-grandchildren, Alexis and Katressa Starks.

Mr. Sherer has been cremated. The family will receive friends 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Monday evening, July 30, 2012 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, St. Joseph, MO.

Holtsclaw, Renee

July 27, 2012

Renee Holtsclaw, 54, St. Joseph, MO, passed away peacefully with family on Wednesday, July 25, 2012, at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

Renee was born on June 29, 1958, in St. Joseph, MO. She was a member of Community of Christ Church.

She was preceded in death by her father, Gary Holtsclaw.

Survivors include her mother, Retha (Rush) Jensen and step-father Donald; sister, Rebecca Holtsclaw; brother, Rick Holtsclaw (Elena Franco); step-mother, Sharon Holtsclaw and step-sister, Angie Moeck (Tony).

Services 2:00 p.m. Saturday, at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Interment
Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Camp Courage Missouri or Community of Christ Church Abundant Life Center.

Gero, M. Frances

July 26, 2012

Margaret “Frances” Gero, 94, of St. Joseph, passed away, Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at Northcare Hospice in Kansas City.

Frances was born on October 26, 1917 in St. Joseph, Missouri to Lynn and Alice (Dolan) Hamlet.

She was an elementary school teacher at Floyd, St. Mary, and St. Francis in St. Joseph. Frances also worked at the Department of Family Services for the State of Missouri, was a director of Religious Education and Parish Secretary for St. Mary Parish, where the Frances Gero Volunteer Award is given to outstanding volunteers at St. Mary.

Frances was also a member of the Daughters of Isabella, the Altar Society, and was a life long Girl-Scout and leader. She received the “Golden Eaglet” award in her teens, the “Thanks Badge” as an adult and even had a local Girl Scout award named after her.

She also was a Red Cross Volunteer and was a water safety and first aid instructor.

Frances was preceded in death by her parents, husband Paul William Gero, and brothers, Richard, Robert, and Leonard Hamlet.

Surviving family includes, daughters, Sister Paula Gero, Mary Zacklene, Susie Gero, Joan Hoffman, Judith John, Bernadette Gero; sons, Richard (Pat) Gero and Bill (Pam) Gero;
Grandchildren, David Zacklene, Jr., Tabatha Powell, Juanita Lizotte; Paul, Rick, Chris and Ben John; Jennifer, Ryan and Kirk Gero, Mark and Dylan Hoffman, Phil Mouch, Greg Fodrea, and many great-grandchildren.

Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 AM Saturday, July 28, 2012 at St. Mary Catholic Church.
Interment Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Daughters of Isabella Rosary 4:00 PM Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.

Parish Rosary 7:00 PM at at our chapel.

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

Habrock, Brett Earl

July 24, 2012

Brett Earl Habrock, 21, of St. Joseph, passed away on Sunday, July 22, 2012 unexpectedly in Florida.

Brett was born on December 17, 1990 in Tucson, Arizona to Brian and Paula (Fimple) Habrock, they survive of the home.

He was a member of the Word of Life Church in St. Joseph, Missouri.

Surviving family includes his parents, three sisters and three brothers; paternal grandparents, Dean and Karen Habrock; maternal grandparents, Larry and Jean Fimple, biological grandmother Sue Johnson; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

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

Memorial Service 11:00 AM Saturday, at Word of Life Church, St. Joseph, Missouri.

Inurnment will be held at a later date.

Combs, Charles L. “Chuck”

July 23, 2012

Charles L.”Chuck” Combs, 80, St. Joseph, MO, passed away Friday, July 20, 2012 at a local health care facility.

Chuck was born on July 13, 1932 in St. Joseph, MO to Raymond and Nina
Blanche (Cline) Combs, Sr. He was a lifelong St. Joseph resident, a 1950 graduate of Central High School and a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church, formerly Second Presbyterian Church. Chuck served in the Navy, in the Atlantic, during the Korean Conflict. He owned and operated East End Hardware for ten years. He later worked for American Electric Company for over twenty years, retiring on March 28, 1997.

Chuck spent a lot of time with his 1949-50 class; and Pony Express Kickers and Tangle Foot Squares Dance Clubs.

On July 22, 1954, Chuck married Carole A. Buis at Second Presbyterian Church in St. Joseph. She passed away on March 19, 2002. He was also preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Robert L. Combs.

Chuck is survived by Jeanie Newton, his closest companion for the last nine years; three sons, Curt Combs, Craig Combs, St. Joseph, MO and Chad Combs, Kansas City, MO; daughter, Cara Bergman, St. Joseph, MO; one brother, Raymond Combs, Jr., St. Joseph, MO; ten grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Services 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery.

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

The family suggests Memorials to Trinity Presbyterian Church or American Cancer Society.

Liles, Mary Teresa

July 23, 2012

Mary Teresa Liles, 66, St. Joseph, MO, passed away Saturday, July 21, 2012, peacefully after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Mary was surrounded by family and friends who loved her very much as a wife, mother, grandmother, sister and as a teacher.

Mary was born on September 29, 1945 to Roland Brown “R.B.” and Lorraine (Reardon) Plummer in Plattsburg, Missouri. She was raised in Plattsburg, Missouri and graduated from Plattsburg High School and Northwest Missouri State University with a bachelor’s degree in Education.

Mrs. Liles began a long and rewarding teaching career at Hickman Mills School District in Kansas City, Missouri. In 1974 she moved to St. Joseph and taught at Hosea Elementary and St. Francis Xavier Elementary School for nearly 24 years, retiring in May 2012. The number of children she impacted is too numerous to mention and Mary was proud and loved each of them.

In addition to her teaching career, Mrs. Liles was employed with Dillard’s for over 10 years.

Mary was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She was also a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church and Junior League of St. Joseph.

Mary married Gary Liles on June 28, 1969 in Plattsburg, Missouri, to that union 5 children were born.

Mrs. Liles is survived by her husband, Gary, of the home; a daughter, Megan (Matthew) Cobb, St. Joseph, MO; 4 sons; Matthew, Andrew (Clara), and Peter Liles, of St. Joseph and Benjamin Liles, Austin, TX.; 5 grandchildren; Henry D., Lucy L and Mary K. Liles and Samuel W. and Margaret R. Cobb; 4 sisters, Kathleen (Ray) Clarke, Kansas City, MO; Patricia Downey, Lathrop, MO; Margaret (Wayne) Miller, St. Joseph, MO; Helen (Jay) Pipes, Plattsburg, MO; a brother, Charles Plummer, Liberty, MO and aunt, Pauline Reardon, St. Joseph, MO.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents and sister-in-law, Judy Plummer.

Mass of Christian Burial 10:00am Thursday at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. Interment Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be held 9:00am-3:00pm Wednesday at the Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Mrs. Liles will be removed from our chapel to arrive at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, where a Prayer Service will be held at 6:00 pm Wednesday. The family will receive friends following the prayer service at the church until 8:00pm.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Francis Xavier Catholic School.

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