(Marsee) Schmutzler, Neva Louise

February 11, 2013

Neva Louise (Marsee) Schmutzler, 76, St. Joseph, MO, passed away Sunday, February 10, 2013 at her home.

Neva was born December 13, 1936 in Savannah, MO to William and Helen (Fisher) Marsee. She was a homemaker and had worked for the ASCS Office in Savannah and then later for the Golden Tax Service. On December 15, 1957 she married Jerry Schmutzler in Savannah, MO, he survives of the home. She was a member of the Church of Christ.

Mrs. Schmutzler is preceded in the death by her parents, a daughter, Diane L. Schmutzler, and a brother, Dearle Marsee

She is also survived by a son, Glen R. Schmutzler (Nancy) of Savannah, MO; a daughter, Janet L. Kelley (Dennis) of St. Joseph, MO; 3 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held 11:00AM Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at the Heaton-Bowman-Smith and Sidenfaden Chapel. Interment will be at the Savannah Cemetery. Visitation will begin after 12:00 Noon Tuesday at the chapel where the family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00PM.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society.

Reil, James L.

February 11, 2013

James L. Reil, 67, of Easton, passed away Sunday, February 10, 2013 at his home.

James was born and raised in St. Joseph to Lee and Mildred (Bridges) Reil. He graduated from Lafayette High School. He married Penny Francis on February 26, 1967 in St. Joseph. She survives of the home.

He began his career at St. Joseph Light & Power, where he worked for 39 years before retiring in 2006. He was most proud of serving in the 139th Airlift Wing Missouri Air National Guard at Rosecrans Memorial Airport. He retired after 27 years of service. He enjoyed carpentry, building houses, flying airplanes, and spending time with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and son, Aaron Reil.

Additional surviving family includes son, Eric (Molly) Reil, of Easton; daughter-in-law, Tricia Reil, of Agency; granddaughters, Maggie and Erin Reil, and brothers, Mark and Scott Reil.

Services 2:00 PM Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.
Interment Blakely Cemetery, Easton, Missouri.

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

Holcomb, Derrall W.

February 11, 2013

Derrall Wayne Holcomb, 90, of St. Joseph, passed away Sunday, February 10, 2013 at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

Derrall was born and raised in Osborne County, Kansas, the youngest son of Bertha (Langley) and Leotus Holcomb. He graduated from Luray Kansas High School. As a young man he worked with his dad in carpentry, wheat harvesting and mechanics prior to working as a Dental Lab Technician at Bridwell & Fricke Dental Lab for over 35 years.

He married Willena B. Brandt on April 25, 1953 at First Baptist Church in Troy, Kansas. She survives of the home, after almost 60 years of marriage.

Derrall was a member of the Frederick Boulevard Baptist Church and served as music director for a number of churches in the northwest Missouri area.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and siblings, Wilbur Holcomb, Junia Noyes, Leora Trant, Lois Smith, and 4 siblings that preceded him in their childhood.

Additional surviving family includes daughter, Debra (Robert) Martinez, Grand Island, Nebraska, sons, Ronald (Julie) Holcomb, Fort Myers, Florida; Brian Holcomb, St. Joseph; and Bruce (Cindy) Holcomb, Willard, Missouri; grandchildren, Cynthia Salas-Saldana, Amelia Martinez, Amanda Aguirre, Emily Holcomb, Jacob, Molly, Isaac & Marissa Holcomb, brother, Elmer Holcomb, sister, Bernita Benitz and numerous nieces and nephews.
Derrall will always be remembered as a loving husband and father.

Services 10:00 AM Thursday, February 14, 2013 at Frederick Boulevard Baptist Church, Interment will be at St. John’s Cemetery, Amazonia, Missouri.

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

Seals, Louise E.

February 11, 2013

Louise E. Seals, 82, of St. Joseph, Missouri passed away on Sunday, February 10, 2013 at a local health care center.

Louise was born on May 23, 1930 in Sharon, Massachusetts to Percy and Lena Staples. She was a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church. Louise was a secretary for the First Presbyterian Church and co-owner of Custom Cables.

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

She married John E. Seals on June 9, 1951 in St. Joseph. He survives of the home. She is also survived by three sons, John, Dennis and Brian Seals; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren and one sister, Pauline.

Graveside Memorial Services 1:30pm Saturday, February 16, 2013 at Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Mrs. Seals has been cremated, there will be no visitation held at our chapel.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Northwest Missouri Alzheimer’s Association or Hands of Hope Hospice.

Miller, Marilyn

February 11, 2013

Marilyn Steele Miller, 87, passed away February 7, 2013 , in St. Petersburg, Florida. Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents, Gus and Kitty Trent Steele, infant son, John Edward, siblings, Helen Meyer, Marjorie Smith, Marvin, Milton and Walter Steele.
Survivors: daughters, Carolyn McGinnis (Mark Johnsson), Susan Carter (Dennis), grandchildren, Heather McReynolds, Ryan Carter (Courtney), Brent Carter (Krissy), great-grandchildren, Caleb, Joshua, Barrett, Emily; sisters, Betty Cave, Eleanor Alt.
Per Marilyn’s request, there will be no visitation. The family will hold a private graveside service.

Codr, Edmund F.

February 9, 2013

Edmund F. Codr, 81, of St. Joseph, went to be with his Lord, surrounded by his loving family at his home after a lengthy illness Friday, February 8, 2013.

Edmund was born on November 12, 1931 in Hemingford, Nebraska to Frank P. and Mary Margaret (Foltyn) Codr.

In 1951 he joined the U.S. Army. He was with the 969th Engineers Construction Battalion in Salzburg, Austria. He married Lee M. Gibilisco on February 14, 1954 in Omaha, Nebraska. She survives of the home. Additional Surviving family includes daughter, Mary Margaret Codr, St. Joseph; sister, Dorothy Dufek, Hemingford, Nebraska and numerous nieces and nephews.

Edmund was preceded in death by his parents.

In 1990, he retired from Reliable Life Insurance Company after 32 years of service.

Edmund was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church and was a member of the American Legion. Edmund enjoyed being outside, working in the yard, and landscaping. He loved photography, traveling and spending time with his family.

Memorial Prayer Service 11:00 AM Thursday, February 14, 2013 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Inurnment to follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Visitation will begin after 12:00 Noon Wednesday at our chapel, where the family will receive friends from 7:00 to 8:00 PM Wednesday evening.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions to St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church or Hands of Hope Hospice.

Ellis, Norma Juni

February 9, 2013

Hiawatha, Ks -Norma Juni Allen-Ellis, 80, formerly of St. Joseph, MO, died on
Thursday, February 7, 2013 at a Hiawatha health care center’

Juni was born on June 28, 1932 in St. Joseph, MO to Charles Marcel and Norma Olene (Biser) Jeffers.

Survivors: daughter, Cynthia Lynnette McDaniel, Seattle, WA; sons, Stephen Douglas Allen, Stewartsville, MO and Jeffrey Lee Allen (Emma), St. Joseph, MO; granddaughter: Amber Banks (Norman), Savannah, MO; grandson: S. Dustin Allen, Beaumont, TX; great-grandchildren: Tyler, Kaylee and Bryson, Savannah, MO.

Preceded in death by parents; brother, Roger Lee Jeffers and sister, Barbara Ann Stover

Juni has been cremated under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. No visitation/service. Private family inurnment at a later date.

Tolbert, Sr., Joseph E.

February 9, 2013

Joseph Edward Tolbert, Sr., 95, St. Joseph, MO, passed away February 5, 2013, at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cameron, MO.

Joseph was born in Skidmore, MO to Albert and Blanche Tolbert. He joined the Army in 1940 to serve in WW II. He was stationed in both Africa and Italy, laying down communication lines on the front lines and received the Purple Heart and Silver Star for his actions. Joseph was a long time member of the Disabled American Veterans. After the war, Joseph attended Northwest Missouri State University where he received a degree in Business Administration. He also joined the reserves and flew with a crew in search of illegal alcohol stills.

Joseph met his loving wife Allie, while selling Guardian Service Cookware. They were married in 1950 and shortly after purchased their one and only home in south side
St. Joseph, MO where they resided for more than 50 years and raised their five children: Charlotte, Joseph Jr., Richard, David Sr., and Bonnie.

Joseph worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 30 years before retiring, after which he worked for the Saint Joseph School District for seven years while also selling Saladmaster and Amway.

Joseph was a member, and an ordained minister in the office of teacher, of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, also known as the Community of Christ. Joseph and Allie also loved to bowl at Olympia Lanes among friends of the Sunday Keepers League.

Joseph was loved by many and had a kind and pure soul. He held a love for history, bird watching, and maintaining his home. He loved to road-trip with his wife across the country and enjoyed spending time with his family.

Joseph is preceded in death by his mother and father, sister Edith; brother-in-law, Richard; sister-in-law, Juanita and sons Joseph, Jr. and David Sr.

He is survived by his wife, Allie, brother, Frederick “Fritz”, sister, Artie; children, Charlotte, Richard and Bonnie, as well as numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

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

Memorial Service 3:00 p.m. Sunday, February 24, 2013 at Community of Christ Church, 5124 Faraon Street. Elder Kirby Brooner officiating. Friends and relatives are welcome.

DeHart, Lillian M.

February 6, 2013

Lillian Mildred (Purk) DeHart, age 89, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, February 5, 2013. Lillian passed away peacefully at home in St. Joseph, MO, surrounded and lovingly cared for by her devoted family. From her birth in Tama, Iowa, on February 1, 1924 to her passing on Tuesday, she nourished those around her with unconditional love, steadfast faith, and abundant laughter. She was born to Frank and Mildred (Loft) Purk, was the third born of four children and grew up in Nevada, Iowa.
As an energetic and spunky young girl, she loved sports and playing outdoors. She enjoyed the challenge of keeping up with “the boys” and always proved successful in her efforts. Later in life, she was able to pass her wisdom on to her great-granddaughters, often telling them, “If you want to play with the boys, there’s NO crying!”
On August 21, 1943 Lillian was married and together they had two precious daughters whom she greatly cherished, Annette and Rosemary DeHart.
Lil, as her friends called her, loved being a homemaker and cared with great passion for her home and family. She enjoyed music and dancing, collecting, having lunch with friends, working in her yard and playing cards. She had an insatiable sweet tooth and loved to find a good sale. Her love of animals began at a young age. Lillian had a very special place in her heart for dogs and cats and could always tell you what they were “saying.” She was forever joking, forever smiling and brought great joy to those blessed to be in her presence. Her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and closest friends all hold her in the highest regard for her undying loyalty, gracious generosity, and spirited love of life.
Left to honor Lillian and remember her legacy are her daughter, Annette (Rick) Lott Starks; four grandchildren: Heather Dunham, Steve Lott, Kevin (Kathy) Lott; four great-grandchildren: Allison, Andrew, Adalyn and Anna Lott; Tim Dunham, and sister, Patricia Jensen-Dodds; and her nephews: Wayne Purk, and S. Lars Jensen. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Frank and Harry Purk and her beloved daughter, Rosemary Dunham Yocam.
Lil will be remembered as a Christian, a good and faithful servant, and as a Patriot who loved the Lord, her family and her friends with absolute unconditional love.
The family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to all the staff of Heartland Hands of Hope for their thoughtfulness, attentiveness and loving care.
At Lillian’s request, there will be no visitation. The family will hold a private graveside service to celebrate, honor and share their fondest memories of a long life well-lived. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly asks that you please consider making a donation to Heartland Hands of Hope, Ashland United Methodist Church or First Baptist Church.
“I will be your God throughout your lifetime – until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will carry you, and I will care for you. I will carry you along and save you.” Isaiah 46:4

Ward, Vincent Frank

February 6, 2013

Vincent Frank Ward, 48, son of Virgil Frank Ward and Elna Isabelle (Doyle) Graves, died peacefully at his home, with his wife and son at his side on Tuesday, February 5, 2013.
He was born on November 20, 1964 in St. Joseph, Missouri. Frank was a kind, generous man with a quick wit and a great sense of humor.
Frank was a 1983 graduate of Lafayette High School.
He was married to Patricia Ann (Farley) Ward on June 30, 1984 and their union spanned 28 glorious years. Together they raised their son, Adam, who has exceeded their every expectation.
Frank and Pat proudly owned and operated Ward’s Printing for 25 years. During those years they met many wonderful people and made several lifelong friends.
Frank was a member of GCC/IBT Union Local #235-M and the St. Joseph Evening Garden Club. He was on the board of Stationery Credit Union for 11 years and Board Chairman for 6 years.
Gardening was one of Frank’s passions. He was an extraordinary gardener and enjoyed being in God’s garden.
He is survived by his loving wife, Patricia; devoted son, Adam Michael (Sara) Ward of Smithville, MO; two precious grandsons, Scott Michael and Seth Matthew; his mother Elna Isabelle (Billie) Graves of St. Joseph; sisters, Brenda (Kem) Hines and Ginger Humphrey, both of St. Joseph, Mary (Terry) Moody of Dothan, AL,; brother, William Toombs of St. Joseph; numerous nieces and nephews; and his beloved dog, Jozie.
He was preceded in death by his father, Virgil Frank, and brothers, Robert Doyle Toombs and Kenneth Lewis Ward; paternal grandparents Frank Joseph and Flora Etta (Robison) Ward of Savannah, MO; and maternal grandparents James Ernest and Clara Gertrude(Stoner) Doyle of Cainesville, MO.
Visitation will be after noon on Friday, February 8 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Family will receive friends from 6-8 pm.
Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, February 9 at 10 am at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.
The family suggests donations to Second Harvest Food Bank, United Way of Greater St. Joseph and Northwest Missouri Community Services.

Jezak, Joseph J.

February 6, 2013

Joseph J. Jezak, 86, of St. Joseph, passed away Monday, February 4, 2013 at home surrounded by his loving family.

Joseph was born on February 12, 1926 in St. Joseph to Andrew and Agnes (Hruby) Jezak. He graduated from Central High School in 1944.

Joseph was employed at Beaty Grocery Company and its successor, Affiliated Foods, serving in various capacities including Bakery Manager, Treasurer and Benefits Manager. He retired in 1991 after 40 years of service.

Mr. Jezak served his country in the Army Air Corps during WWII and later as part of the Occupation Forces stationed in Japan. He proudly served in the Air National Guard, 180th Bombardment Squadron at Rosecrans Field achieving rank of Master Sergeant. He was later deployed to Bordeaux, France with the 180th during the Korean Conflict.

Joseph was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, having served in various pastoral ministries. He was an Honorary Life Member of Knights of Columbus Council 571, having held the position of Grand Knight and organized the Pallbearers’ Club. His membership in the 4th Degree St. Joseph General Assembly # 569 included serving as Faithful Navigator and Honor Guard participant.

Joseph married Rose Marie Kalinowski on June 23, 1951 at SS Peter and Paul Church. She survives of the home.

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

Additional surviving family includes daughters, Mary (Steve) Kobett, of Kansas City, MO; Patty (Glenn) Voltmer, of St. Joseph; son, Joseph A. (Anne) Jezak, Roeland Park, Kansas; grandchildren, Stephanie (Fred) Hildreth, Ben (Corbie) Kobett, Leah (Josh) Swindler, Sam Jezak, Andrew Jezak, great-grandchildren, Jordan Hamilton, Zachary Hildreth, Jersie Kobett and Luke Kobett; sisters Mary Ann Jezak, of St. Joseph; Frances Kessler, of Savannah; Rose Kehs, of Platte City; brother, Bernard Jezak, of Kansas City, and several nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial 10:30 AM Thursday, February 7, 2013 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church.
Entombment Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Rosary 6:30 PM Wednesday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.

Visitation will begin after 12:00 Noon Wednesday at our chapel, where the family will receive friends from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM Wednesday evening.

The family suggests memorial contributions to St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, the Endowment Trust Fund for Catholic Education at St. Francis Xavier School or Hands of Hope Hospice.

Deatherage, Eunice Faye

February 5, 2013

Eunice Faye (Findley) Deatherage, 82, St. Joseph, MO, passed away Sunday, February 3, 2013, at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

Eunice was born on April 1, 1930, the seventh child of Rev. John A. Findley and Tuleta (Williams) Findley. Her early years were spent on the family farm. In 1944, the family relocated to New Hampton, MO and she graduated high school from there in 1948.

She was united in marriage to William J. Barber on June 20, 1948. Three children were born to them, Cynthia, Janice and Mary Ann.

Eunice was Fashion Manager at Montgomery Ward at East Hills for many years. Later, while in her sixties and seventies, she worked at Jackson Furniture Gallery. Work was fun for Eunice as was life. She approached everything with joy, humor and zest. She wrote poetry, played piano hymns, fed and sheltered birds, stray cats and any animal or person that needed care.

She married Leo D. Deatherage on June 9, 1980. They made their home in St. Joseph. During her failing health, he was her faithful companion and caregiver. They raised a granddaughter, Jessica Faun Bidding, who calls them Mother and Father.

Eunice was a member of the First Baptist Church in St. Joseph and loved her church family deeply.

Surviving are husband, Leo D. Deatherage; daughters, Cynthia Barber, Janice Lipira and Mary Ann Barber; one brother, Max Findley; six grandchildren, Jennifer (Todd) Yarnell, Jeffrey Hartschen, Angelo Lipira, M.D., Emily Lipira, Jessica (Steve) Mann and Gabriel Bidding and seven great-grandchildren.

Services 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church, St. Joseph, MO. Interment Mt. Olivet Cemetery, in St. Joseph.

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

The family suggests memorial donations to First Baptist Church.

Steck, Martha “Lela”

February 5, 2013

Martha Lela (Miller) Steck, age 101, of St. Joseph, MO, died Friday, February 1, 2013,
at Saxton Riverside Care Center.

Lela was born on August 1, 1911, in McCook, Nebraska, the daughter of Clara and Alva Miller. She lived in Corning, Kansas from 1912 to 1934 and graduated from Corning High School in 1930. During her lifetime, she also lived in Centralia, Kansas, Sabetha, Kansas, Axtell, Kansas, San Diego, California and St. Joseph, Missouri. She was a member of the Methodist Church and the Order of Eastern Star in Axtell, Kansas. Lela was also involved in other various civic activities during her life.

Lela was married to Lyle Arthur Steck on March 31, 1934. He died July 10, 1996.

Survivors include her daughter, Ms. Vicki Steck of St. Joseph, MO and sons, Richard Steck of Bella Vista, Arkansas and Vance Steck of Tehachapi, California, 8 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren,

Mrs. Steck was preceded in death by her daughter, Mrs. Gary VanDorn.

Graveside services and burial for Mrs. Steck will be held at the Corning, Kansas cemetery at a later date.

Canchola, Anna

February 5, 2013

Anna Canchola, 78, St. Joseph, MO, passed away Saturday, February 2, 2013 at Carriage Square Health Care Center.

Anna was born in Savannah, Missouri, on April 1, 1934. She attended Lafayette High School and was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church.

Anna was a homemaker and loved her family and enjoyed spending time with her children, grand-children and great-grandchildren.

Anna married Greg Canchola in 1950, and they celebrated 62 years of marriage. He survives of the home.

She is also survived by 2 sons, Gregory Anthony (Bonnie) Canchola, Englewood, FL; and Christopher Joseph Canchola, St. Joseph, MO; a daughter, Bridgett (Greg) Diederich, St. Joseph, MO; grandchildren, Adrian Peacock, Lt. Col. Patrick James Canchola, Gabby Diederich and Blaire Diederich, 7 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, five sisters and three brothers.

Mass of Christian Burial 1:30 p.m.Tuesday at St. Mary Catholic Church. Interment Mt. Olivet Cemetery in St. Joseph.

Visitation will begin after 9:00 a.m. Monday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. The family will receive friends after 6:00 p.m. Monday at our chapel, with a Rosary to follow at 7:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to St. Mary Catholic Church.

Fisher, Orlan Gene

January 31, 2013

Orlan Gene Fisher passed peacefully on Tuesday January 29, 2013 surrounded by friends and family at his home. Everyone present enjoyed songs, stories, and laughs about a life well lived. Nephew Jack Fisher sang him off in fine fashion with the song, “That Blessed Home,” written by his father John William Fisher. Gene was born, like most of the Fisher clan, at a family farm west and south of Sheridan, MO on February 11, 1932. He was the last boy child of Gracie Fern and John Fisher. Dad had special memories of that home: memories of the round barn his father had built, memories of eating green apples until he was sick, memories of “throwin hay.” As a small boy, he suffered a deadly bout of pneumonia and influenza. The Lord let him remain on this earth through that illness, his mother never leaving his side. He recovered at Frank and Gladys’s farm, where he had to learn to walk all over again…but was allowed to eat all of the oranges he wanted! A short time later the family moved to “Fisher Corner” just west of Sheridan, MO. Gene went to Lone Star Elementary School and graduated from Sheridan High School and Platte Business College.
“Olie’s” first job at age 12 was cutting burrs out of the bean fields for fifty cents a day. The best part of that job was when the neighbor gave him a beautiful Sheppard pup he named Skip. They were rarely seen apart, other than when Gene shipped off to Korea in the U.S. Army. Even after his deployment, Dad talked about how Skip remembered him and ran to him when he returned home from Korea. While in the Service, he was awarded the Korean Service Medal, The Bronze Star, The United Nations Service Medal, The ROK Presidential Unit Citation, and a Good Conduct Medal. He was a member of the VFW Post and the American Legion in Maryville, MO and the National Rifle Association. Mr. Fisher had a deep and tremendous sense of loyalty and respect for the United States Armed Forces. He loved his country and shared that love with his friends and family. Several children and grandchildren picked up this responsibility to country by serving in the military, making Gene very proud.
Gene had a long and rewarding career with George H. Weyer Inc. For 35 years, he served his clients with loyalty and pride. He instilled within his children, nephews, nieces and grandchildren a strong work ethic and family pride. Dad always said, “Do it right the first time…work smart!” After retirement from Weyer’s, he worked for his good friend at Jack Venneman Construction. He also owned several businesses and dabbled in real estate.
Dad maintained a close and personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. He was a beloved provider, protector, teacher and friend.
Gene was preceeded in death by his father John William Fisher and mother Gracie Fern New Fisher. Also by brothers Howard Fisher, Chauncy Fisher, Earnest Fisher, Raymond Fisher, Art Fisher, John Fisher and sisters LaVeda Fisher, Janice Girard, Florella Johnson, and Gracie Shanks. The Lord called his great grandson Storm Huey home in 2003 at age 15 months. Gene also loved many nieces and nephews who went before him.
Gene is survived by his wife Wanda Louise Zimmerman Fisher, children Brenda and Chris Polachek, Mike and Susan Fisher, Greg and Betty Ann Fisher, Brett Fisher, Gina and Kevin Holland. He left behind thirteen “terrific” grandchildren Shawn, Steven, Sarah, Florella, Fallyn, Brian, Tyler, Aubrey, Wayne, Daniel, Juliana, Walter, and a namesake due in March. Thirteen great-grandchildren, sisters Gladys Flora and Alice Rowland and a “whole raft” of nieces and nephews will also miss his loving presence.
Services are 1:00 p.m. Saturday, February 2, 2013 at Calvary Chapel with interment at Memorial Park Cemetery with Military Honors.
Visitation will begin after 3:00 p.m. Friday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, where the family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Dad’s beloved Calvary Chapel in St. Joseph.

Dryer, Jr., Arthur James

January 31, 2013

An old navy man made his final voyage home to be reunited with his loving. Arthur J. Dryer, Jr. passed away January 28, 2013, surrounded by his loving family. For 90 years, Arthur carried himself with a gentle strength exhibited by his love of family, faith and country.

Born September 22, 1922, the fourth of five children to Arthur and Clara (Schlagman), Arthur grew up on the south end of St. Joseph. Arthur’s father purchased livestock for the Henry Clay Company and travelled west for months at a time. This left Arthur as the man of the house, where he learned responsibility and duty at a young age. Arthur, along with his brother Henry, developed a reputation as athletes, excelling in baseball and basketball. Ever smooth on his feet, his athleticism carried over to the dance floor, were he became an instructor at the Frog Hop Dance Hall, in St. Joseph.

The infamous year of 1941 proved pivotal in Arthur’s life. He graduated from Benton High School and witnessed the US’s entry into a World War II.

Arthur enlisted in the US Navy in 1942, trained in Hutchison, Kansas before sailing from New York through the Panama Canal and on to the Pacific. His ships followed General Mac Arthur’s Island push toward Japan. Experiencing different cultures and witnessing acts of war solidified his view that all life is precious and every person should be treated with dignity and respect. The Navy also provided enough stories to keep his future grandchildren entertained for countless hours.

Upon his return home, he asked Pauline Slibowski to be his bride. The love affair began when the quiet sailor summoned the courage to ask the pretty girl from “Goosetown” to roller skate. His courage was rewarded handsomely with 65 years of marriage. Together with his “Paulette” they raised 4 children, 12 grandchildren and 10 great grand children.

Exact and detailed by nature, Arthur excelled as a carpet and linoleum installer for Virgil Abbot and Jim Gorman Carpet and Linoleum Co. He also served the US Postal Service for 20 years before retiring in 1987. He was a member of Cathedral of St. Joseph and the St. Joseph Labor Council. He also served as Secretary of the Painters and Decorators Union.

Dogs were drawn to Arthur’s steady temperament and gentle nature—and he reciprocated their love. The many trails surrounding Corby Pond were, in part, created by Arthur and the four-legs of his beloved Chief and Bandit.

To his grandchildren he was simply “Gramps,” a lighthearted joke teller. More engaging than his quips, was his breathy, contagious laugh. It was this laughter served the centerpiece of “Mimi and Gramp’s kitchen.” Arthur, an avid reader on topics of health, and local history—enjoyed sharing the tales of Jesse James, Harry Truman and Mark Twain. And, while always trim and athletic, Arthur never shied away from a strawberry malt, a piece of fresh baked pie, or the Barbosa’s taco.

Survivors include his children Paul (Elvita) Dryer, David (Joyce) Dryer, Mary (Mark) Christopher, Mark (Andi) Dryer; grandchildren, Doug, Marc, Nathan, Sara, Paula, Edward, Danielle, Nicole, Laura, Jacob, Madison and Josh; 10 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arthur was proceeded in death by his wife, Pauline Rose Slibowski; parents, Clara (Schlagman) and Arthur Dryer, Sr.; brother, Henry Dryer; and sisters, Evelyn Tyliski, Erma Schraufek.

Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 a.m. Friday, February 1, 2013 at Cathedral of St. Joseph. Interment at Mount Olivet Cemetery, St. Joseph, MO.

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

The family suggests memorials to Cathedral of St. Joseph.

Jones, Verlin

January 31, 2013

Verlin Jones, 61, Saint Joseph, Missouri, passed away Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at a local hospital.

Verlin was born October 23, 1951, in Hollister, Missouri to Luther and Verna (Hunt) Jones. He graduated from Hollister High School and was a self employed logger. Verlin moved to Saint Joseph 26 years ago.

Verlin enjoyed gardening, growing and picking blackberries. His hobbies included horse trading, hunting, fishing and gambling.

Survivors include, partner, Linda Paxton, St. Joseph; sons, Rick Jones, Conroe, Texas, Jackson (Jeannie) Jones, Savannah, Missouri; daughter, Jennifer (David) Steele, Helena, Missouri; five grandchildren, Patrick, Keira, Maesyn, Rylee and Dawson.

Services 11 am, Saturday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith Savannah Chapel. Visitation 6 to 8 pm, Friday at our Chapel. Interment Primitive Baptist Hackberry Ridge Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the funeral home to help defray funeral expenses.

Hines, Laura Frances

January 29, 2013

Laura Frances Hines, 98, of St. Joseph, passed away Sunday, January 27, 2013 at her home.

Laura was born on July 9, 1914 in Forest City, Missouri to Frank Crawford and Louise (Holtgrave) Cook; she moved to St. Joseph and attended Lafayette High School. She married Floyd Franklin Hines, Jr. on April 3, 1933. She was a homemaker and helped raise her 7 children.

She was a life long member of Patee Park Baptist Church. She enjoyed her Senior Citizens singing group and loved playing her player piano.

Laura was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Floyd Franklin Hines, Jr., daughter, Betty Sell, 3 sons, Floyd Franklin, III, Frank Lee, and Ronnie Lee Hines; 5 brothers, 4 sisters, and two grandchildren.

Surviving family includes daughters, Sherry Wells, of Parkville; Merrie (Dennis) Donahue and Claudine (Arlance) Clark, both of St. Joseph; brothers, Dick Cook, sister, Darlene Ousley; 10 grandchildren and numerous great, great-great, great-great-great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services 11:00 AM Thursday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.
Inurnment will be held at a later date at Mount Auburn Cemetery.

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

Martin, Lura Verzene (Blair)

January 28, 2013

Lura Verzene (Blair) Martin, 91, of St. Joseph, passed away Friday, January 25, 2013 at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

Verzene was born in Fillmore, Missouri on June 22, 1921 and spent most of her life in the Savannah and St. Joseph area.

She was a graduate of Savannah High School and a member of the Christian Church. In 1940 she married Clifford Davison of Savannah, who was killed during the “Battle of the Bulge” in World War II. In 1948 she married John F. Martin of St. Joseph, who preceded her in death September 27, 2000.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, David and Hattie Elizabeth (Wachtel) Blair, two sisters, Florice Kinder and Laurel Bertram, and two brothers, Carl and Jay Breit.

She is survived by several nieces and nephews and cousins.

Services 11:00 AM Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at Central Christian Church.
Interment Memorial Park Cemetery.

Mrs. Martin will be removed from our chapel to arrive at the Church One Hour Prior to the Service.

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

The family suggests memorial contributions to Central Christian Church.

Foster, Patricia A.

January 26, 2013

Patricia A. Foster, 78, of Maryville, Missouri, passed away Friday, January 25, 2013 at St Francis Hospital in Maryville.

Patricia was born on March 17, 1934 in St. Joseph to Emilio and Violet (Dunbar) Pinzino.

She married William N. Foster on June 4, 1954. He preceded her in death.

Patricia was also preceded in death by her parents, one brother and two sisters.

Surviving family includes sons, Jeff (Pam) Foster, of Maryville; Perry (Terry) Foster, Florence, South Carolina; daughter, Teresa (J.D.) Kelly; grandchildren, Danielle Kelly, Carly Kelly, Kassie Grout, Alec Foster and Olivia Foster; two great-grandchildren, Bradlee Arthur and Paxton Grout.

Mass of Christian Burial 2:00 PM Monday, January 28, 2013 at Cathedral of St. Joseph.
Mrs. Foster will be cremated following the service. Inurnment Mount Olivet Cemetery at a later date.

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

Visitation will begin after 12:00 Noon Sunday at our chapel, where the family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8:30 PM Sunday evening.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel to help with Funeral Expenses.

Dattilo, Lena

January 26, 2013

Lena Dattilo, St. Joseph, MO, passed away Thursday, January 24, 2013, at Carriage Square Health Care Center.

Lena was born on December 18, 1922, in Van Buren, Arkansas, to Clarence and Ruby (Hayden) Stone.

She married Philip J. Dattilo, Jr. on May 2, 1944. He passed away on November 2, 2006.
She was also preceded in death by her parents and two brothers.

Lena was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and Domestic Goddess. She adored spending time with her grandchildren. Her favorite color was blue. She was an avid cat lover. She took pride in gardening, loved to travel and was a fabulous cook. She had a kind and loving spirit.

Lena is survived by her children, Nancy Wilson (Mike), Mary Ann Podrasky (Gary), Robin Lau (Doug), Mike Dattilo and Phil Dattilo; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Service 11:00 a.m. Monday, January 28, 2013 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.
Interment Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Visitation will begin after 9:00 a.m. Sunday at the Chapel, where the family will receive friends 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Sunday evening.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Northwest Missouri Alzheimers Association (for research) or to Hands of Hope Hospice.

Moore, Herbert “Herbie” D.

January 25, 2013

Herbert “Herbie” D. Moore, 77, Savannah, Missouri, passed away Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at a local nursing home.

Herbie was born December 25, 1935 in Hoquim, Washington to William and Frances (Gabriel) Moore. He married Ruby Spangler on November 23, 1957 in Clarinda, Iowa, she survives of the home.

Herbie worked as an automobile mechanic for 41 years. He owned and operated Moore’s Auto Service Garage. He had worked as a mechanic for Beatty’s Grocery, Schmitt Carriage and Norris & Sons.

He was a loving husband, father and grandfather with a great sense of humor. He loved antique classic cars, fishing, hunting and horseback riding.

Herbie was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Jimmy Moore.

Additional survivors include daughters; Jenny (Layth) Swenson and Jackie (Dan) Morris of St. Joseph, Missouri; Gail Landers and Janell Hughes of Savannah; son, Doyle Moore of St. Joseph; ten grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; Honorary adopted children; Russell Leslie, Jr., Susan Davidson and Terry Comacho. His surviving siblings are: Billy Moore, Merliene Maudlin, Verna Mae Reed, Joanne Pierson and Mervin Moore.

Memorial services: 2:00 pm, Saturday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith Savannah Chapel, Savannah, Missouri. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to American Cancer Society or National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Sollars, Norma Jean

January 24, 2013

Norma Jean Sollars, 70, of Savannah, Missouri, passed away Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at her home.

Norma was born on July 4, 1942 in Trenton, Missouri to Robert and Lorraine (Vandevender) Jones. She graduated from Trenton Junior College for Nursing in Trenton, Missouri and received her bachelor’s degree from University of Maine and her master’s degree from the University of Phoenix. Norma was also a member of the Missouri Nursing Association.

Norma married Robert Ray Sollars on November 6, 1988 in St. Joseph. He survives of the home.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and former husband, Ronald Dale McClure.

Additional surviving family includes children, Constance Jean (Eric) Christy, of Trenton; Ronald Robert McClure and significant other, Donna Stevens, Gilman City; Billy Ray (Carla) Sollars and Marvin Wayne (Ashley) Sollars, both of St. Joseph; Patty Jo McMahon, Savannah; sister, Carolyn Henry, Climax Springs, Missouri; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Services 12:00 Noon Saturday, January 26, 2013 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery.

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

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Central Christian Church or the American Cancer Society.

Koch, Stanley W.

January 24, 2013

Stanley William Koch, 89, of St. Joseph, passed away Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at his home.

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

Per Mr. Koch’s wishes, there will be no Visitation or Services. A register book will be available at our chapel.

Straub, Josephine Rosemary

January 22, 2013

Josephine Rosemary Straub, 86, of St. Joseph, passed away Monday, January 21, 2013 at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

Rosemary was born on May 5, 1926 in St. Joseph to Harry and Jesse (Bullimore) Gravette. She graduated from the Convent of the Sacred Heart.

She married William “Bill” Straub in 1957 at St. Patrick’s Church in North Kansas City. He survives of the home. She retired from the St. Joseph Light and Power Company and was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church and the Altar Society. She enjoyed keeping up with her friends at the Convent of the Sacred Heart.

Rosemary was preceded in death by her parents.

Additional surviving family includes son, William C. Straub, of Indian Rock Beach, Florida; daughter, Mary Beth (John) Ruhnke, Kansas City, Missouri; grandchildren, Jason Ruhnke, Gladstone; JeNelle (Joe) Cobb, Orrick, Missouri; Jacob Ruhnke, Kansas City, Missouri; six great-grandchildren, Taylor, Jordyn, Lauren, Peyton, Austin and Allyssa; and one great-great-grandchild, Jonathan.

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

Mass of Memorialization 11:00 AM Saturday, January 26, 2013 at St. Mary Catholic Church.

Rosary 10:30 AM Saturday at the church.

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

Schmitt, Norman “Boomer”

January 22, 2013

Norman “Boomer” Schmitt, 70, St. Joseph, MO, died on Saturday, January 19, 2013, at Heartland Regional Medical Center, after a 7-month bout against Leukemia.

Boomer was a lifelong resident of St. Joseph and graduate of Lafayette High School.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Norman and Ruth (Maxwell) Schmitt.

He is survived by his sister Sara and her husband Mack Mitchell, Albuquerque, New Mexico; his nephew, Cory Mitchell and his wife Robin and their children Avery and Preston, of Albuquerque; his niece, Marcy Kennedy and her husband Brian and their children Finn and Max, Denver, CO; and many, many friends including Pat Poloski, a longtime companion and special friend.

Memorial service 6:00 p.m. Friday, January 25, 2013 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Private inurnment at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hands of Hope Hospice, 105 N. Far West Drive, Suite 100, St. Joseph, Missouri 64506.

Lance, Stephen

January 22, 2013

Stephen Lance, 20, Savannah, Missouri, passed away as a result of a brain aneurysm Sunday, January 20, 2013 at a local hospital.

Stephen was born August 22, 1992 in Saint Joseph, Missouri to Ernest and Shelly (Decker) Lance. He graduated from Ruth Houston Learning Center and obtained a welding degree certification from Hillyard Technical School.

Stephen was a welder for Carter’s Welding. He was a loving son, brother, grandson, nephew and friend. Stephen enjoyed playing pool, bowling, golf and frisbee golf. He also loved hanging out with his friends and sister, as well as helping anyone and everyone that he could.

Stephen was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Gary Decker, Sr.; paternal grandfather, Ernest Lance, Sr.; uncle, Gary Decker, Jr.; maternal great-grandmother, Virginia Steidel; and
paternal great-grandfather, Conrad Davison.

Survivors include his parents, Ernest and Shelly Lance, of the home; sister, Brittany Lance; maternal grandmother, Marilyn Decker; paternal grandparents, Kathy Lance and Ken Fisher; paternal great-grandmother, Grace Davison; all of Savannah; maternal great-grandfather, Carl Steidel, Rockwood Beach, Missouri; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Services 1 pm, Friday at First Baptist Church in Savannah. Visitation will be held from 1 to 3 pm, Thursday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith Savannah Chapel. Mr. Lance will then be removed from our Chapel to the First Baptist Church, where the family will receive friends from 6 to 8 pm, Thursday evening. Interment Savannah Cemetery. There will be a luncheon following the services at Savage Lanes Bowling Alley in Savannah.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to HNB Bank in Savannah to help defray funeral expenses.

Lear, Pearl C.

January 18, 2013

Pearl Lear, 82, of St. Joseph, passed away Friday, January 18, 2013 at her home.

Pearl was born March 30, 1930 in Kansas City, Missouri to John W. and Madeline Thompson.

She married Robert Lee Lear on July 1, 1949 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Pearl was a member of Frederick Boulevard Baptist Church and especially loved being part of, “The Go-Go Girls”, her Sunday School Class. As debilitating a disease as Rheumatoid Arthritis can be, she stayed strong and kept her sweet spirit until the very end.

Pearl was preceded in death by her parents, husband Robert and sister, Georgie.

She is survived by her sisters, Margie Garner, Joni Ruderman and Lucy Boegner, and an honorary sister, Norma Cobb, three daughters, Gloria (Bob) Wade, Nancy Lear and Brenda (Craig) Moore, her three grandchildren, Joseph, Cameron and Joanne Moore, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pearl and her husband moved to St. Joseph in 1976 from Kansas City. She was an active volunteer with the Heartland Gift Shop and Pregnancy Resource Center.

For someone as petite as Pearl, it is hard to imagine but it is true that going out to eat with family and friends was one of her favorite things to do. But above all, Pearl loved being with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Memorial service 11:00 AM Monday, January 21, 2013 at Frederick Boulevard Baptist Church.

The family will receive visitors at a reception to follow at the church.

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

The family suggests memorial contributions to JDRF or the Arthritis Foundation.

Hamrick, Robert Douglas

January 18, 2013

Robert Douglas Hamrick, 62, passed away, January 8, 2013 at his residence in St. Joseph.

Robert is survived by siblings, Diane H. Edwards, Donna Harless, Debbie, Donald, Derrick and David Hamrick; children, Jennifer, Heather and Kyle.

He retired from the Army as a behavioral scientist. He loved writing and music.

Military services will be held in North Carolina at a later date.

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

Minnis, MaryAnn (Wisneski)

January 17, 2013

MaryAnn (Wisneski) Minnis, 77, a lifelong resident of St. Joseph, MO, passed away Wednesday, January 16, 2013, at her home.

MaryAnn was born on June 8, 1935, in St. Joseph, MO to Lawrence J. and Dorothy A. (Dubowsky) Wisneski, who preceded her in death. She was a 1953 graduate of Convent of the Sacred Heart and a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. She was a member of St. Anne’s Altar Society where she was a member of the sewing and quilting group. MaryAnn was a seamstress, artist and gifted crafter

MaryAnn wed Orville J. Minnis in 1955. He survives of the home.

Other survivors include her son, Lawrence M. Minnis, Mission Viejo, CA; daughters, June M. Stancliff, St. Joseph, MO, Barbara K. Wolff, Newton, Iowa, five grandchildren, Nathan & Rachel Stancliff, Andrew Minnis and Chris and Laura Wolff.

Mass of Christian Burial 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 19, 2013 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. Interment Mt. Olivet Cemetery, St. Joseph, MO.

Visitation will begin after 12:00 noon Friday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Rosary 6:00 p.m. Friday at the Chapel. The family will receive friends following the Rosary until 8:00 p.m.

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

Uehlin, Jr., A. G. “Bud”

January 16, 2013

A. G. “Bud” Uehlin, Jr., 83, Amazonia, Missouri, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, January 15, 2013, at his home.

Bud was born on September 11, 1929 to Alonzo Gilbert, Sr. and Edna (Spicer) Uehlin in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.

Bud was a self-employed farmer. He married Viola Mae Graves on January 26, 1956 in Oregon, Missouri, she survives of the home. He was a member of Three Angels Seventh Day Adventist Church of St. Joseph, Missouri.

Bud was a loving husband and father that loved his family and the Lord. He was a hard worker that loved to farm, until the day he passed away unexpectedly, doing what he loved.

Bud was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Charles Uehlin; sisters, Lucille Hufford, Eda Narans; son-in-law, David Davis; and daughter-in-law, Debra Uehlin.

Additional survivors include, son, Dwight Uehlin; daughters, Brenda (Mike) Aspey, Patty Uehlin, all of Amazonia, Amy (Jamie) Demelt, Albany, Missouri; grandchildren, Travis (Tamika) Davis, Tasha Davis, Austin Demelt; brother, Otis Uehlin; numerous nieces and nephews.

Services 10:30 Friday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith Savannah Chapel, Savannah, Missouri. Visitation will begin after 12 noon, Thursday, at our Chapel where the family will receive friends from 5 to 7 pm Thursday evening. Interment Bennett Lane Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Three Angels Seventh Day Adventist Church of St. Joseph, Missouri.

Dienstbier, Doris

January 14, 2013

Doris Dienstbier, 77, of Gower, Missouri, passed away, Sunday, January 13, 2013 at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

Doris was born on August 31, 1935 in St. Joseph to Franz August and Elizabeth Ann (McEnaney) Dienstbier. Deceased.

She married Paul Atha on June 22, 1954. They were later divorced on January 28, 1978.
Doris was of the Catholic Faith.

Doris was also preceded in death by her son, Thomas Joseph Atha, daughter, Joan Elaine Campbell, and 3 sisters, Rosemary, Anna and Frannie.

Surviving family includes daughters, Carol (Gary Mayse) Roach, of Hemple, Missouri; and Nancy (Tim) Fisher, of Union Star; 7 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, 4 step-grandchildren, and 1 great-step grandchild.

Doris has been cremated under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. There will be a register book available at our chapel.

Graveside Service and inurnment 10:00 a.m. Saturday, January 19, 2013 at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

A register book will be available for signing at our Chapel. Any memorial contributions may be made to the Gower Convalescent Center, Gower, MO.

Zacklene, Mary

January 14, 2013

Mary Ella Zacklene, 66, of Savannah, passed away Sunday, January 13, 2013 at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

Mary was born on March 3, 1946 in St. Joseph to Paul W. and Margaret Frances (Hamlet) Gero. She married David Zacklene, Sr. on June 12, 1970 in St. Joseph. He preceded her in death, October, 23, 2009.

She was a member of St. Mary Church and also attended St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Savannah, and helped at St. Mary Open Door Food Kitchen and Pantry.

Mary was also preceded in death by her parents.

Surviving family includes son, David Zacklene, Jr., (Linda Rose), of the home, granddaughters, Sara and Jamy, siblings, Paula Gero, of Flint, Michigan; Susan Gero, St. Louis, Missouri; Richard Gero, Fayetteville, North Carolina; Joan Hoffman, Kansas City, Missouri; Judith John, Springfield, Missouri; Bill Gero, St. Joseph; Bernadette Gero, of Kansas City, Missouri; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts and cousins.

Mass of Memorialization 11:00 AM Saturday, January 19, 2013 at St. Mary Catholic Church.
Inurnment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Rosary will be recited at 10:30 AM Saturday at the church.

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

The family requests memorial contributions be made to the Food Pantry at St. Mary Church or the Open Door Food Kitchen.

Waters, Linda

January 12, 2013

Linda J. (Thomas) Waters, 64 of St. Joseph, former long-time resident of Albany, Missouri, passed away Saturday, January 12, 2013 at her home.

Linda was employed by SSM Homehealth in Maryville, Missouri for many years before retiring.

Linda was born on December 14, 1948 in Bethany, Missouri to Delbert and Betty (Eisenbarger) Thomas. Linda was preceded in death by her mother, daughter, Sherry Osborn, and grandson, Anthony Welton.

Surviving family includes her father, Delbert Thomas, of the home, sons, Thomas Waters, St. Joseph, Travis (Kezia) Osborn, of Stanberry, Missouri; Gerald (Stacey) Osborn, of Marshall, Missouri; daughter, Rhonda (Steven) Swires, Gans, Oklahoma; three grandsons, three granddaughters and three great-grandchildren.

Services 1:00 PM Wednesday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.
Interment Kidwell Cemetery, Martinsville, Missouri.

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

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Juvenile Diabetes Association.

Wyland, William “Bill”

January 10, 2013

William Carl Dean Wyland, 54, of Clarksdale, Missouri, passed away Wednesday, January 9 ,2013, at his home.

Bill was born on May 25, 1958, in St. Joseph, MO to the late Leo and Lois (Leap) Wyland. He was a graduate of Central High School. He loved music, and was an avid reader, enjoyed fishing and entertaining friends, and watching the Kansas City Chiefs.

He worked for Carpenters Union Local 110, joining on July 10,1992.

Bill married and is lovingly survived by Kimberly (Clark) Wyland. They wed on September 27, 2003 at St. Francis Xavier Parish Center in St. Joseph.

Other survivors include his siblings, Ellen (Dennis) Riggs, St. Louis, MO, Daniel (Rhonda) Wyland, Clarksdale, Christine (Marc) Evans, Kansas City, MO and Amy (Ron) Parks, Dayton, OH; mother-in-law and father-in-law, John and Pattie Clark; two brothers-in-law, Brent (Michael) Clark and John Jason (Hannah) Clark, all of St. Joseph, MO; twelve nieces and nephews; six great-nieces and great-nephews and one great-great-niece; and his constant canine companions, Curly and Nellie.

The family wishes to thank many friends for their support, love and prayers during Bill’s brave fight with cancer.

Memorial Service 3:00 p.m. Sunday, January 13, 2013 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.

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

Memorial donations may be made to Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel and will be designated to a charity at a later date.

With love and faith we commend him to God’s care.

Elifrits, Mildred M.

January 9, 2013

Mildred (Blackford) Spangler Wilson Elifrits, 92, of St. Joseph, passed away Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at Carriage Square Health Care Center.

Mildred was born on December 27, 1920 in Maryville, Missouri to Lloyd and Helen (Weddle) Blackford; moving to St. Joseph in 1956.

She was one of the pioneers of Woman’s Long Haul Semi-Trailer Drivers, driving solo in trucks for seventeen years.

She then was manager treasurer of “Pony Express Credit Union” at Swift and Company for thirteen and a half years; then worked as bookkeeper for “Motors Finance” and “R&Z” leasing for ten years.

She married Milford “Newt” Spangler in 1938. They later divorced. She married Harvey Wilson in 1956; he preceded her in death in 1983. She married Raleigh Fay Elifrits in 1984; he preceded her in death in 2005.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, Bill, Paul and Lloyd, Jr., one sister, Grace, and three nephews.

She is survived by her five nephews, Richard Blackford, Graham, Missouri; Billy Gene, Francis Mike and Jim; five nieces, Joyce Morris, of St. Joseph; Sharon, Jackie, Ginger and Sharon.

Services 10:30 AM Saturday, January 13, 2013 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Interment Braddyville Cemetery, Braddyville, Iowa.

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

Mills, Dana C.

January 8, 2013

Dana C. Mills, 88, St. Joseph, Missouri, passed away Sunday, January 6, 2013, at Saxton Riverside Country Villa.

Dana was born on November 1, 1924, in Westerville, Nebraska, to the late Frank and S. Bertha Mills. He was a graduate of Westerville High School. He served in the U.S. Navy 1943-1946 in the South Pacific during World War II. He received the Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal (one silver, eight bronze stars), Navy Occupation Service Medal/Asia Combat Action Ribbon, and the Philippine Liberation.

After the war, Dana farmed on his folk’s farm in Westerville, Nebraska while Glenis taught at Copsey School for one year in 1948, they then traveled with Diamond Engineer’s for one year. They traveled across Kansas and Missouri and settled in St. Joseph, to raise their children. He worked for Land Construction and Guy Johnston Furnace Company before going into business with Billy Korrell and Virgil Grossman in 1952.

Dana was co-owner-operator of Quality Sheet Metal and Heating in St. Joseph until the sale of the company, and he continued working there. After his retirement, he was self-employed in the heating and cooling repair service.

He married Glenis Shafer in March, 1946. She passed away in 1982. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Harry Mills and a grandson, Matthew.

Dana was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church; a past-member of Deer Park United Methodist Church, where he had been a Sunday School and Bible School Teacher and American Legion Post #359. He was a volunteer at Open Door Food Kitchen and Meals on Wheels. He loved his grandkids and was an avid basketball, softball player and bowler.

Survivors include his daughter, Cindy O’Dell (Kevin Klein); son, Alan (Jane) Mills and three grandchildren, Carly Teater, Jennifer Butterfield and Justin Mills, great-grandson, Riley Teater, all of St. Joseph; brothers, Wayne (Marvel) Mills, Broken Bow, NE, Ted (Elaine) Mills, Broken Bow, NE and Paul (Donna) Mills, Berwyn, NE; one sister, Sylvia Happold, Grand Island, NE; sister-in-laws, Ardyth Mills, Wakefield, NE; Delma (Tom) Ledbetter, Lake Jackson, Texas; and several nieces and nephews.

Services 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 10, 2013 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery, St. Joseph.

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

Memorial donations are requested to St. Francis Xavier House of Bread or Kendallwood Hospice.

Sisk, Lorraine Elizabeth (Gould)

January 8, 2013

Lorraine Elizabeth (Gould) Sisk, 69, St. Joseph, died January 6, 2013, at her home

Lorraine was born November 24, 1943, in St. Joseph to the late George and Maxine (Malotte) Gould. She married Edwin Sisk in 1961 and together they celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary in May.

Lorraine attended Hosea Elementary School and was graduated from Benton High School. She was a summa cum laude graduate of Missouri Western State University with a bachelor of science degree in education. She served as a teacher in the St. Joseph School District.

Among others, Lorraine had been a member of Hyde Valley Methodist Church; Missouri State Teachers Association; Classroom Teachers Association; and the Northwest Missouri Genealogical Society.

An ardent amateur genealogist, Lorraine was the family historian and “keeper of all things old.” Together she and Ed traveled throughout the country collecting family history information, often providing assistance to other family members and researchers who sought her help. She carried on an active correspondence with friends, family and fellow genealogists in the United States and other countries as well.

Lorraine loved traveling, researching, her family, a good book, mountains, autumn trees, snow and her cats. Many canine and feline friends discovered the comforts of couch and carpet in her home.

In addition to her husband, her son Bryan and daughter-in-law Shirley, beloved granddaughters Abigail and Allison, brother and best buddy Jack, all of St. Joseph, survive her. She also leaves one sister Patricia Frost of Agency, Missouri; brother Curtis Gould and sister-in-law Barbara of Faucett, Missouri; sister-in-law Jacqueline Sutera of Holman, Wisconsin; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews including special nephew Justin and her cherished cat, Susie.

The family would like to thank Dr. Gita Sprague and staff at Internal Medicine Associates, Dr. Raj Rangineni and the staff of Heartland Clinic Cancer Center and the caregivers from Hands of Hope Hospice.

Lorraine has been cremated under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith and Sidenfaden Chapel of St. Joseph. In keeping with her wishes, there will be no visitation or funeral service. A private burial service will be held at a later date at Mount Auburn Cemetery in St. Joseph.

Memorial contributions may be made to Friends of the Animal Shelter, St. Joseph, or M’Shoogy’s Animal Rescue, Savannah, Missouri.

Pike, Steven P. “Pat”

January 8, 2013

Steven P. “Pat” Pike, 58, of St. Joseph, passed away Monday, January 7, 2013 at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

Pat was born on March 17, 1954 in St. Joseph to Walter Lee and Vera Josephine (Bascue) Pike.

He married Debra Diann Skeen on September 19, 1974 in St. Joseph. She survives of the home.

Pat worked for Prime Tanning and loved his grandchildren, golfing and cooking.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Leroy and David Pike, and father-in-law David Skeen, Sr.

Additional Surviving family includes daughter, Megan (Sam) Cloud, of Elwood; son, Nathan (Stephany) Pike, of Savannah, grandchildren, Josh and Ashley Hartman, James Pike, Tate and Thaddeus Cloud; brothers, Donnie (Patty), Kevin (Angela), Rodney and Curt Pike, sisters, Shirley (Leo) Hoefer and Ruth (Ronnie) Newberry, all of St. Joseph; and several nieces and nephews.

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

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

Wyckoff, Phyllis J.

January 8, 2013

Phyllis J. Wyckoff, 82, St. Joseph, MO, passed away Friday, January 4, 2013, at Carriage Square Health Care Center.

Phyllis was born in Cameron, Missouri, on May 12, 1930, to David Richard and Letta Viola (Sackman) Fleming.

She married George William Wyckoff on July 29, 1950 and they moved to St. Joseph, Mo.
She was a homemaker and worked at J.C. Penney. She was a member of Clair United Methodist Church. George passed away on May 8, 1994. Also preceding her is death, were her parents and one sister, Eileen.

Survivors include her daughter, Cheryl (Terry) Smith, Atchison, KS; son, Michael (Zhanna) Wyckoff, San Diego, CA; granddaughter, Whitney (Joseph) Filley, Kansas City, MO; brother, John (Bonnie ) Fleming, Cameron, MO; and numerous nieces, nephews and in-laws.

Services 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 12, 2013, at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery.

Visitation will begin after 12:00 noon Saturday at the Chapel, where the family will receive friends until 2:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to St. Joseph Humane Society, American Diabetes Association or to Hands of Hope Hospice.

Kneale, James Franklin

January 7, 2013

James Franklin Kneale, 94, St. Joseph, MO, passed away Saturday, January 5, 2013, at Saxton Riverside Care Center.

James was born on May 17, 1918, in Fillmore, Missouri, to James Mathew and Vernie May (Praiswater) Kneale. He graduated from Fillmore High School in 1936. He married Vivian Irene Lance on July 14, 1940 at Stewartsville, MO. He worked for Andrew County, farmed and drove a school bus at Bolckow, Missouri, until they moved to St. Joseph in 1952. He worked for the St. Joseph News-Press for over 30 years before retiring. After retiring from the newspaper, he worked part-time at Sunflower Village.

James was a member of Maxwell Heights Presbyterian Church where he was an Elder. He was a member of Bolckow School Board while they resided there. He was a longtime member of the St. Joseph News-Press 25-Year Club.

He was preceded in death by his parents; infant brother, Otha Lee and his wife, Vivian on March 14, 1990.

Survivors include his son, Michael (Jane) Kneale, St. Joseph, MO; daughter, Cheryl (Larry) Manville, Dearborn, MO; grandchildren, Lisa (Ron) Olson, Kevin (Jackie) Kneale, Amy (Joe) Conant, Scott (Mary Ann) Kneale, Mark (Kathy) Manville, Steven (Tamara) Manville, Gary (Angela) Manville, Natalie (Steve) Mummert, Jennifer Schulze and Charles (Telena) Manville; great-grandchildren, Ethan, Hannah and Jason Olson, Emilee, Paige, Kaylee and Amber Kneale, Jovonna (Mike) Mollus, Olivia and Sophia Conant, Ryan Kneale, Colton and Tyler Hoffman, Cody, Erin, Janell, Alexandra, Abigail, Hailey, Eric, Dalton, Logan and Darren Manville, Christopher, Thomas and Matthew Mummert; and great-great-grandchildren, Lilly and Amara Mollus and Karma Kneale.

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

Visitation will begin at 12:00 noon Tuesday at the Chapel, where family will receive friends 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday evening.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Maxwell Heights Presbyterian Church or Hands of Hope Hospice.

Coats, Carol J.

January 5, 2013

Carol Jeanne (Heerlein) Coats passed away in her Andrew County home January 3, 2013 after valiantly facing the enemy, cancer. She allowed no pity from herself or those around her.

The youngest of 8 born to Charles and Philomena (Bernstine) Heerlein March 7, 1942 in Saint Joseph, Missouri, Carol was married to Lee Coats August 6, 1960, he survives of the home.

A loving wife, mother and grandmother, Carol contributed to the family budget through the years by raising chickens and gardening; carefully preserving the harvests of her labors. Her entrepreneurial spirit was shown in many endeavors, such as home party sales and managing the Starlight Cafe. After retiring from Carnation Pet Food, she obtained her cosmetology license and opened the Clip and Curl beauty salon and later co-owned and operated the Sterling Plus Pickle Works. Her last position was that of a nanny where she lovingly became known as Grandma Carol.

Never one to be idle, she had many hobbies over the years, such as knitting, crocheting, ceramics, sewing, painting and others that helped her to use her artistic ability and skills. She credited having many projects to complete for keeping her going through her lengthy illness.

Known for being strong and outspoken, Carol also had a very loving and tender side. She will be sadly missed by many.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Regina Philomena Heerlein, Helen Virginia Calvert, Mary Margaret DeShon; two brothers, Maurice Edward and John Joseph Heerlein.

Additional survivors include sons, Charles Howard (Annette) Coats, Jearold Lee (Cathy) Coats, John Andrew (Posie) Coats; daughter, Rebecca Sue (Rick) Steiner; as well as her adopted family, Quint and Helen Lewis and children. She is also survived by her brother, Charles Heerlein; sister, Betty Stunz; her friend of 55 years, Kay Limle; 12 grandchildren; 6 1/2 great-grandchildren;numerous brothers and sisters-in-law; nieces; nephews and friends.

Services 10 am, Monday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith Savannah Chapel, Savannah, Missouri. Visitation will began after 11 am, Sunday at our Chapel, where the family will receive friends beginning at 5:00 pm, Sunday evening. Interment Benton Cemetery, Forest City, Missouri.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Thrasher, Keith L.

January 4, 2013

Keith L. Thrasher, 85, of St. Joseph, passed away Thursday, January 3, 2013 at Carriage Square Health Care Center.

Keith was born on December 8, 1927 in Maryville, Missouri to Jimmie E. and Myrtle Leah (Messick) Thrasher. He graduated from Bolckow High School and received his Bachelor’s Degree from Missouri University.

He married Wanda Praiswater on July 31, 1949 Fillmore Baptist Church in Fillmore, Missouri. She survives of the home.

Keith was a member of the Andrew County Mutual Insurance Board, Shady Lawn Nursing Home Board, and the R-4 and Fillmore School Boards. He retired from farming after forty-two years, and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Savannah, Missouri where he served as a Deacon.

Keith had many hobbies and especially enjoyed traveling, golfing and fishing.

He was preceded in death by his parents and son, Steven Thrasher.

Additional surviving family includes daughter, Pam (Bill) Hurley, granddaughter, Missy (Ryan) McClurg, both of St. Joseph; great-grandchildren, Rylan and Maggie McClurg, and numerous nieces and nephews. The family would like to give a very special thanks to Keith’s caregiver, Joanie Wright, for her exceptional care.

Services 10:00 AM Monday, January 7, 2013 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, St. Joseph, Missouri. Interment Fillmore Cemetery, Fillmore, Missouri.

Visitation will begin after 12:00 Noon Sunday at our chapel, where the family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 PM Sunday evening.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Hands of Hope Hospice.

Lancey, Juanita

January 4, 2013

Juanita Lancey, 91, of St. Joseph, passed away Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

Juanita was born on June 16, 1921 in St. Joseph to Clifford and Carrie (Armstrong) Akins.

She married George William Lancey on March 25, 1939 in Platte City, Missouri. He preceded her in death in 1967.

Juanita was a previous member of Savannah Avenue Baptist Church and loved gardening.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, brother, Clarence, sisters, Marie, Hattie, Mildred, Emma and Blanche.

Surviving family includes son, Larry (Linda) Lancey, daughter, Marilyn (Wayne) Taylor, all of St. Joseph; grandchildren, Robert Taylor, Kim Brady, Jennifer (John) Perkins and Jeremy Lancey, great-grandchildren, Ashley, Megan, Joey, Anna, Zachary and Rachel; four great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

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

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

The family suggests memorial contributions to the KU Parkinson’s Center, Disease & Movement Disorder Center, 3901 Rainbow Blvd., Kansas City, Kansas 66160 or the Joyce Raye Patterson Senior Center, 100 South 10th Street, St. Joseph, Missouri 64501.

Poage, Ruth A.

January 4, 2013

Ruth A. Poage, 66, of St. Joseph, passed away Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

Ruth was born November 25, 1946 to Martha Alice (Rose) and Lester Carl Wolf.

She retired from Commerce Bank in March, 2002, and previously worked at First National Bank from 1969 to 1985.

Prior to her retirement, Ruth was active in the United Way, Chamber of Commerce Diplomats and served as treasurer for Neighborhood Partnership. She has also served on the board of St. Joseph Preservation as treasurer.

She was preceded in death by brothers Bill Wolf, Sr. and Ted Wolf, infant granddaughter, Anna Donaldson and her parents.

She is survived by her beloved family, husband, Larry Poage and three sons, Mark (Jean) Donaldson, Mike (Laura) Donaldson and David (LeighAnne) Poage; six grandchildren, Lorelei Donaldson, Andrew, Emma and Joshua Donaldson, and Riley and Caleb Poage; her mother-in-law Zilla Mary Poage-Benton; aunt, Cecelia Rose-White, cousins, Elva Hoegh, Bill Rose and Bob Rose; sister and brother-in-laws, Zellma and Dale Spencer, Don, Terry, Roger and Jayne Poage; several nieces, nephews and many much loved friends.

Memorial Service 2:00 PM Saturday, January 5, 2013 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Inurnment Mount Zion Cemetery, Gower, Missouri at a later date.

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

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

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the American Heart Association or to the charity of the Donor’s Choice.

Dilley, Edward Lee

December 29, 2012

Edward Lee Dilley, 69, of Lathrop, Missouri, passed away, Friday, December 28, 2012 at Liberty Hospital in Liberty, Missouri.

Edward was born on March 26, 1943 in Richwood, West Virginia to Arnold and Helen (Gillispie) Dilley.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Surviving family includes his children, Craig (M’lissa) Dilley, of Houston, Texas; and Erin Dilley, of Gastonia, NC; grandchildren, Adam, Max, Reagan, Quinn and Teague Dilley, brother, John (Lila) Dilley, of El Cajon, California; and sister, Kay (Bill) Nichols, of Cape Coral, Florida.

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

Celebration of Life 3:00 PM Saturday January 5, 2012 at the Chip-Shot Bar & Grill, North Kansas City, Missouri.

Croft, April Mae

December 29, 2012

April Mae Croft, 61, of St. Joseph, passed away, Saturday, December 29, 2012 at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

April was born on February 20, 1951 in Elmira, New York to William and Frances Errett.

Survivors include husband, James Croft, of the home; daughter, Heather Hollingshead, two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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

There will be no visitation or services.

Miller, Mary Edith

December 29, 2012

Mary Edith Miller, 89, St. Joseph, Missouri, went to be with our Lord Thursday, December 27, 2012.

Mary was born on November 23, 1923, in Neely, Nebraska, to Austin and Edith (Linerman) McDonell.

Mary was united in marriage to James H. Miller in August 1939. She was a homemaker and loved her family dearly. Mary put everyone’s needs before her own.
She had a great love for animals which she instilled in all her children.

Mary took great pleasure in watching birds feed outside her window. Red birds were her favorite. Cats were her real passion with Siamese being her true love.

Mary was a Christian and loved attending Church when she was able. Her faith was important to her and she taught all her children to pray.

Her grandchildren will always remember her for being the fun grandma, she always had time for them. Mary was loved by all her family, but especially her granddaughter Brandi Shaw who was her angel on earth. Anything her grandma needed, she was there.

She was mother, grandma, sister and friend to many. She was the meaning of love and will be greatly missed.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband, James Miller, on May 23, 1989; her parents; brothers, Jack and Loran McDonell and Holland Dean; three sisters, Marjorie Crouch, Rena McDonell and Violet Henry.

Survivors include daughters, Jan (Kirby) Wagner, Arlington, TX, Debbie (Harry) De
Spain and Tammy (Steve) Berry all of St. Joseph; sons, James (Connie) Miller, Easton, and Dick Miller, St. Joseph; brother, Bud McDonell; St. Joseph; 16 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services 1:00 p.m. Thursday, January 3, 2013, at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Interment Ashland Cemetery.

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

Patrick, Cole

December 29, 2012

Cole Nathaniel Patrick, 18, of St. Joseph, passed away Friday, December 28, 2012 in St. Joseph.

Cole was born on March 16, 1994 in St. Joseph to Wally and Jeanie (Morin) Patrick. Cole graduated from St. Joseph Cathedral School in 2008, LeBlond High School in 2012 and was pursuing a BS of Science at the University of Missouri, Columbia in preparation for Medical School.

He was recently initiated into the Delta Upsilon Fraternity at MU. He was a member of the National Honor Society and an active member of the Pep Band at LeBlond High School. He was also a member of the Cathedral of St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Cole was preceded in death by his Maternal-Grandmother, Rosemary Morin, Maternal-Grandfather, James Morin, Paternal-Grandfathers, Earnest Patrick and Thomas A Earhart.

He is survived by his parents, two brothers, Conar and Cort Patrick all of the home; Fernalee E. Earhart, Paternal-Grandmother, Dorothy Morin, Step Grandmother; Aunts and Uncles, John and Marian Morin of St. Joseph, Sue and Marion Gallatin of Blue Springs, MO, Cherry Jolliff and Jerri and Joseph Robins all of Fairland, OK, Danny and Eve Earhart of Lathrop, MO; ten cousins and several Great Aunts and Uncles.

Cole loved to laugh and hang out with his friends, play guitar and tease his mother.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00am Monday, December 31, 2012 at the Cathedral of St. Joseph Catholic Church. Interment Mount Olivet Cemetery.

The visitation will begin at 12:00 noon Sunday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith and Sidenfaden Chapel. A Rosary will be recited at 5:00pm and the family will receive friends following the rosary until 8:30pm.

The family request in lieu of flowers that contributions be made to the Cole Patrick Memorial Scholarship Memorial Fund at LeBlond High School.

Clark, Lisa Anne

December 29, 2012

Lisa Anne Vaughn Clark, 49, St. Joseph, Missouri, passed away Thursday, December 27, 2012 at her home.

She was the daughter of Barbara Ryan and Tom Alley, St. Joseph, MO, and Ed Vaughn and Carolyn of Savannah, MO; grandmother, Vera Denny of St. Joseph; three brothers, Bryan Vaughn (Ashley), Ryan Vaughn (Annette), Richard Vaughn and sister, Jennifer Briner (Daniel) and several nieces and nephews.

Lisa married Keith L. Clark on July 2, 1994. He passed away in September 2002.

Lisa was a graduate of Central High School and attended MO Western State University.
Lisa was a very kind and caring person. She was always helping someone. She loved antiques and decorating. She worked at Commerce Bank for fifteen years. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

Services 1:00 p.m. Monday, December 31, 2012 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery.

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

Memorial contributions are suggested to American Heart Association.

Sipe, Donald Lee

December 26, 2012

Donald Lee Sipe, 66, of St. Joseph, passed away, Friday, December 21st at a local hospital.

Donald was born in St. Joseph to Homer and Josephine (Felker) Sipe on August 1, 1946.

He graduated from Lafayette High School in 1964 and was employed as a machine adjuster for Mead for 38 years and then for five years for Sara Lee before retiring. He was a member of the Savannah Avenue Baptist Church. Earlier in his life he played and coached Baseball.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Barbara Jo Wallace, Maternal Grandparents, Anna and Harley Felker and Paternal Grandparents Hazel (Loder) and William Sipe.

He married the love of his life, Carolyn E. Shanks, in St. Joseph on December 17, 1965. They had just celebrated their 47th wedding anniversary.

They were blessed with twin daughters Julie A.(George)Boudreaux, of Lee’s Summit, MO, Joanie L. Wright (Matt Schraufek), of St. Joseph, MO, a son, Matthew L. (Becca) Sipe of Clever, MO. He was most proud of his four Granddaughters, Holli D. and Carli M. Wright of St. Joseph, MO, Lauryn Boudreaux of Lee’s Summit, MO and Alaina J. Sipe of Clever, MO. Donald was also survived by his brother, William “Bill” Sipe of St. Joseph, MO, a sister-in-law Carolyn Pearl of St. Joseph, MO, three brother-in-laws, Ronald L. (Marilyn) Shanks and Robert Kiefer both of St. Joseph, MO and Larry D. Shanks of Sacramento, CA. He is also survived by an ex-son-in-law Chris Wright and several nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held Thursday, December 27th at 6:00PM at the Heaton-Bowman-Smith and Sidenfaden Chapel where the family will receive friends following the service until 8:30PM.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society

Shanbour, Mary

December 26, 2012

Mary Della (Fleming) Shanbour, 94, passed away on December 20, 2012 at Heartland Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph, Missouri.

Mary was born in Kelly, Kansas to Joseph and Mary Chrisdanna (McGrath) Fleming on October 25, 1918. She graduated from St. Bede’s in Kelly and then from St. Peter and Paul High School in Seneca, Kansas. In 1940, Mary graduated from nursing school in Sabetha, Kansas. During her nursing career, she worked at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Leadville, CO, Wichita Hospital and County Hospital in Wichita, KS and the Beechcraft factory in Wichita. In 1954, Mary settled in St. Joseph, MO and was employed by the Sisters of Charity at Sisters Hospital. Upon her retirement in 1981, she was the nurse in charge of the Emergency Room. For many years she volunteered at the Red Cross and also worked at the Missouri State Hospital. She was a member of the Cathedral parish since 1954 and she devoted many hours to the Muir House.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents and four brothers, William, George, Cyril and Robert Fleming and sister Anne (Fleming) Ice.

She is survived by son, John Shanbour and wife Beverly of Highland, CA; daughters Cynthia Laursen and husband Ron of Orange, CA, Linda Slocombe and husband Robert of Smithville, MO; granddaughters Rebecca Wion and husband Jim of St. Joseph, MO and Jennifer Anderson of Lake Forest, CA; niece Christy DeMarco and husband Drew of Forest Hill, MD and great-grandsons Bobby Pearl and Brody Wion of St. Joseph, MO

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

There will be a private graveside service at St. Bede’s Cemetery in Kelly, KS.

McNeely, Laurine H.

December 26, 2012

Laurine Elizabeth (Hauber) McNeely, 92, of St. Joseph, passed away Thursday, December 20, 2012 at LaVerna Village.

Laurine was a life-long resident of St. Joseph and graduated from the Convent of the Sacred Heart in 1937 and was a member of the Children of Mary. She was on the Honor Role for all four years. Laurine graduated from St. Joseph Junior College and also Platt’s School of Accounting with honors.

Laurine held various positions in Accounting Management throughout her career in St. Joseph: Quaker Oats Co, Grain Accounting Manager; Russell-Miller (Pillsbury), Office Manager; Carruther Realty, Accounting Manager; Keith Marsh Chevrolet, Accounting Manager.

She retired in 1983 as an Accountant at Watson Chevrolet Dealership due to her husband William’s illness.

Laurine was a life long member of the Queen of the Apostle Church (formerly Immaculate Conception Church). She was a member of the social clubs, St. Ann’s Altar Society and the sewing circle of the Church.

Laurine was instrumental in preserving the Church of the Immaculate Conception (Twin Spires) as a landmark museum. She was a woman of many talents and interests.

In 1998, Laurine was awarded “The 20 Who Counts” Honor of the year by the St. Joseph News Press for Outstanding Service of the Community that she did for the preservation of a historical church as a landmark museum (Twin Spires), thus reviving the downtown area.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, William Anthony McNeely in 1985, her brother, Charles A. Hauber, of Winfield, Kansas; her sisters, Lucille Koch of Prairie Village, Kansas in 1991; and Dorothy Barnes of Bellevue, Washington in 2007.

Surviving family includes son, Gregg H. McNeely and daughter, Janet L. McNeely, both of Overland Park, Kansas.

Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 AM Thursday, December 27, 2012 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Interment Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Parish Rosary 7:00 PM Wednesday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.

Visitation will begin after 1:00 PM 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 Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, or contributions to the Boy Scout Troop #80, H.O.A.C.

Sutton, Roger Harry

December 21, 2012

Roger Harry Sutton, 73, of St. Joseph, passed away Friday, December 21, 2012 at his home.

Roger was born on March 3, 1939 in Lomax, Illinois to Harry and Elva (Woods) Sutton.

He joined the Army after school he worked at J.I. Case in Burlington, Iowa. He began and ended his own business in the states of Missouri and Illinois in the disposable services industry called Sutton & Sons, Inc. as well as a hardware store.

Roger married Elladean Ann Rickel in Bowling Green, Missouri on November 1, 1987. She survives of the home.

He also traveled as a Christian Pastor as an Evangelist and worked for the Underground Evangelism and Jimmy Swaggart Ministries. He lived in Bowling Green, Missouri before moving to St. Joseph.

Roger was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Dale, Arthur, Donnie & Clarence Sutton.

Additional surviving family includes sons, Jerry Sutton, of Dallas City, Illinois; Gregory (Anna) Sutton, Hannibal, Missouri; Phillip Sutton, of Italy; Edward Sutton, of St. Louis; and daughter, Susan Kreiger, Dallas City, Illinois, step-daughters, Debra Crumb, of Maryville, Missouri; and Sharon Cummins, of St. Joseph; step son, Mac McCallon, of St. Joseph; sisters, Phyllis Judd, of South Carolina, Leota Rusher, of Lomax, Illinois; Janice Myers, of Dallas City, Illinois and numerous grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and a wealth of friends.

Services 10:00 AM Monday, December 24, 2012 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Entombment Memorial Park Mausoleum.

Visitation will begin after 2:00 PM Sunday at our chapel, where the family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 PM Sunday evening.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Jimmy Swaggart Ministries.

McConnell, Floyd

December 20, 2012

Floyd ”Feathers” McConnell, 55, of St. Joseph, passed away Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at his home.

Floyd was born on October 21, 1957 in St. Joseph to Herald and Annabel (Steeby) McConnell.

He worked at Crossroads Correctional Center for sixteen and a half years.

Floyd was preceded in death by his father, and paternal grandparents.

Surviving family includes, wife, Lori (Rowland) McConnell, of the home; daughters, Charmagne McConnell, of St. Joseph; Cassandra Vandever and Danielle McConnell; sons, Shawn (Courtney) McConnell, of Savannah; and Dylan McConnell, grandsons, Blade Vandever, of the home; Jimmy Collier and Josiah Collier, and granddaughter, Jayda Collier, brother, Terry McConnell, sisters, Luella Reilly and Evelyn Jungk.

Services 1:00 PM Thursday, December 27, 2012 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Interment Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Committal service at Horigan Chapel following the service.

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

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Biker’s for Babie’s.

Degginger, Kay

December 20, 2012

Kay Degginger, 95, of Kansas City, Missouri, passed away Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at St. Luke’s North Hospital.

Kay was born July 22, 1917 in California, MO. She Lived in St. Joseph most of her life, moving to Smithville in 1991, then to Kansas City in 2008. She Married Charles A. (Chick) Degginger in Kansas City, MO on July 29, 1942. Chick preceded her in death, February 2004.
Kay Graduated from Lafayette High School, in St. Joseph.

In her early years she attended Marvin McMurray United Methodist Church and was active in many North St. Joseph sports activities. She played baseball with the North St. Joseph “Goetz Girls”.

Along with her husband, she owned and operated Chic Art Shop in St. Joseph where they taught ceramics and China painting. They also owned and operated Kay’s Laundromat in North St. Joseph. Kay was an active member and sponsor of the St. Joseph Hobby Club. She was a member of the St. Luke’s Northland Hospital Auxiliary. Kay was devoted to her family and enjoyed cooking, playing cards and pool. Her grandchildren were her inspiration.

She was preceded in death by her parents: David P. and Pearl F. (Gregory) Sullivan. She was also preceded by three Brothers: Clancy, Lester & Chester and three Sisters: Josephine Hurley, Mary Johnson Laipple and Ina Mae Reinke.

Kay is survived by, 2 Sons: Charles F. Degginger and wife Karla, Kansas City, MO; Dennis S. Johnson, Apache Junction, AZ; 4 Grandchildren: Katie & Connor Degginger, Kansas City Wendi Johnson, Broomfield, CO; Sami Johnson, Chicago, IL, and several nieces & Nephews.

Services 1:00 PM Saturday, December 22, 2012 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, St. Joseph, Missouri. Entombment Memorial Park Mausoleum.

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

McQuinn, Donny

December 20, 2012

Stanberry, MO -Donny McQuinn, 61, passed away Tuesday, December 18, 2012, at his home.

Donny was born on April 15, 1951. He worked as a crew leader for Missouri State Highway Department for 33 years. He enjoyed hunting and was a drummer.

He is survived by his wife, Linda (Mohr) McQuinn, of the home; two daughters, Angela McQuinn and Natalie McQuinn and one brother, Tim McQuinn.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Cleta (Wharton) McQuinn.

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

Memorial Service 2:00 PM Saturday, December 22, 2012 at Church of God, Stanberry, Missouri.

Robertson, Orville L.

December 17, 2012

Orville Robertson, 97, of St. Joseph, Missouri passed away Monday, December 17, 2012 at Carriage Square Health Care Center.

Orville was born on November 14, 1915 in Troy, Kansas to John and Mamie (Duncan) Robertson.

He was employed with Pearl Brewery until its closing in 1972. He also worked for Rau Floral for many years and always enjoyed gardening and flowers.

Orville lived an active life and loved the Mustangs Baseball, attending nearly every home game. He was a member of the Diamond Club, Wesley United Methodist Church and American Legion Post #359. He served in the United States Army during World War II and he was very proud to have served his country.

Orville was preceded in death by his first wife Frances in 1983 and his second wife, Anna in 2005. He was also preceded by two brothers, Ernest and Jesse Robertson and two sisters, Mabel Bacon and Leila GaMach.

Survivors include three sons, Charles Paden (Jessie), Clint Robertson (Sharon) and Mark Robertson (Cheryl); one brother, Vernon; two sisters, Bonnie Smith and Betty Morris; eight grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, numerous great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services 11:00 AM Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will begin after 12:00 noon Tuesday, where the family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. The family will also receive friends one hour prior to the service.

The family suggests memorials to Wesley United Methodist Church.

Hessemyer, Howard Lee

December 13, 2012

Howard Lee Hessemyer, 90, St. Joseph, MO, passed away Friday, December 7, 2012 at his home.

Howard was born January 11, 1922, to John H. and Ida (Switzer) Hessemyer near Easton, MO, the ninth of twelve children. He was a graduate of Easton High School and a member of Wyatt Park Baptist Church, St. Joseph, MO.

During World War II, he spent two and one-half years in the South Pacific in the Army and retired from Quaker Oats Co. after forty-three and one-half years.

On November 29, 1947, he and Helen Hawkins of Gower, MO, were united in marriage. She survives of the home.

He was preceded in death by a son, Robert; his parents; five brothers, Floyd, Donald, Jewell, Edwin and Lester; six sisters, Wanda Gawatz, Faye Moore, Eva Paulhus, Lila Gregory, Edna Fiddler, and Maxine Strahan.

Survivors include his wife, Helen; daughter, Linda Poage(Larry), Kearney, MO; two sons, Gary (Theresa), Troy, KS, Larry (Elizabeth), St. Joseph, MO; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Services 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery.

Visitation will begin after 9:00 a.m. Monday at the Chapel, where the family will receive friends 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Monday evening.

The family suggests memorials to AseraCare Hospice.

Vogel-Cruser, Inez M. (Knorr)

December 13, 2012

Inez M. (Knorr) Vogel-Cruser, 91, of St. Joseph, Missouri passed away on Thursday, December 6, 2012 at the local hospital.

Inez was born on August 15, 1921 to Simon and Claudia “Dolly” Mae (Marker) Knorr. She had worked for Stampers, Noma Lites, Sammy’s Drug Store, K-Mart and Wiedmaier Truck Stop. She also had operated a private day care out of her home.

She was a member Wyatt Park Christian Church. Inez leaves many who will miss her friendly disposition and sense of humor. She enjoyed crossword and jigsaw puzzles. She loved bingo. Most of all she loved her family. She always said “We never lose our good Memories” and we have so many good memories of her.

She married Earl Vogel in March 18, 1941. They owned a paint and wallpaper store in Osborn, Missouri. He preceded her in death in October 1961. She later married Vernon Cruser, He preceded her in death in 1986. She was also preceded by four sisters, Nellie, Melvina, Dorothy and Bessie; three brothers, Croval, Chester and Woodrow.

Survivors include her daughter Janice Gramer and husband Joe; step-daughter, Lois Anna Seipel; three grandsons, Joey, Justin and (Mollie) and Josh; great-grandchildren, Brianna, Lily and Justin, Jr., step-granddaughters, Sally and Robin

Services 1pm Wednesday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Interment Union Chapel Cemetery, Union Star, Missouri. Visitation will begin after 12:00 noon Tuesday at our chapel, where the family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00pm.

The family has requested memorials to Second Harvest Food Bank.

Bullmaster, Buddy

December 13, 2012

Edward “Buddy” Joseph Bullmaster, 87, Saint Joseph, Missouri, passed away Monday, December 10, 2012 at a local hospital.

Edward was born February 21, 1925 in Saint Joseph to Edward Julius and Mary Catherine (Tracy) Bullmaster.

Edward was a painter for GA Thompson, retiring after 37 years. He married Beverley Sutton on May 14, 1949, she survives of the home.

Edward was a member of Saint Patrick Catholic Church and belonged to Local #98 Painters Union.

Edward was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Maxine Baldwin; and grandson, Brian Crouse.

Additional survivors include daughters, DiAnne (Art) Crouse, Easton, Missouri, Debbie (Gary) Smith; and son, Edward (Kip) Bullmaster, both of Saint Joseph; five grandchildren, Christi, Eddie, Bethany, Kim, Brandon; eight great-grandchildren, Bailey, Emily, Reece, Katelyn, Eddie, Oliver, Macy and Tyler.

Prayer Service 1 pm Thursday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Visitation will begin after 1 pm Wednesday at our Chapel, where the family will receive friends from 6 to 8 pm Wednesday evening. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Meals on Wheels at Inter-Serve.

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.

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