Robert (Bob) Douglas Bozeman passed away peacefully Friday August 29, 2014 at the Missouri Veterans Home in Warrensburg, Missouri. He was 80.
Robert was born October 22, 1933 in the small Florida Panhandle town of Milton. Born to Thomas and Lillie Mae Bozeman, Robert was the 4th of 5 children. He was preceded in death by his parents, his eldest brother Luther John Bozeman and his younger sister Dorothy McGuire. Robert is survived by his loving wife of 57 years Dorothy (Dot) Bozeman, his daughter Marilyn Myers and her husband Chris of Peculiar, MO, his granddaughter Niki Myers of Peculiar, MO, and his grandson Shawn Myers, his wife Betsy and his three great-grandchildren Jace, Jack and Taytum all of Garden City, KS.
After graduation from the Escambia Farms School, Robert joined the United States Air Force. He served from 1951-1971 and retired as a Master Sargent. During his time in the service Robert was stationed in Iceland, Japan, Alaska, Turkey and England. Upon retirement from the Air Force, he went on to spend 18 years as a United States Postal Carrier in Lee’s Summit, MO and Belton, MO.
In retirement Robert enjoyed many pastimes, he enjoyed playing golf at the Harrisonville Golf Club in Harrisonville, MO. He also enjoyed “pickin” on his guitar and playing music with the guys. Most important of all was spending time with his family. Sunday dinners were something that he took great joy in hosting, occasionally followed by a spirited game of baseball or a family gathering around the TV to cheer on the Chiefs.
Robert leaves behind a legacy of strength, humility, generosity and love. He will truly be missed by all of those who knew him.
Celebration of Life was at Cullen Funeral Home with Military Honors to following the service. Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO (816)322-5278


Vivian Mae Hendrickson, 75, of Peculiar, MO passed away August 26, 2014 at Kansas City Hospice House. Visitation and services were in Person Hall, Belton Christian Church, 409 Airway Lane. Burial in the Belton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations in Vivian’s memory may be made to Kansas City Hospice or Belton Christian Church.
Vivian was born November 27, 1938 in Kansas City, MO. She was a lifelong Cass county resident. Preceded in death by her mother, Helen VanAken; beloved aunt, Virginia Miller; father, John VanAken. Survived by husband, William Ivan Hendrickson of the home; daughters, Brenda Kay Thornton (Pat), Karen Kay Rosemann (Craig), Kimberly Kay Bays; grandchildren, Garett, Alex, Kellan Thornton, Allie and Olivia Rosemann, Zachary and Isaiah Bays; beloved cousins, Duane Miller and Diane McKee; siblings, Joan Poffenbarger and John VanAken, Jr. and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends. Condolences may be left at Arr: McGilley & George Funeral Home 611 Chestnut, Belton MO. (816-966-0250)


Nicholas “Nicky” Ryan Young (age 25) of Hollister, MO, passed away July 19, 2014.  Nicky was born December 24, 1988, in Overland Park, KS. He is a 2007 graduate of Ray-Pec high school in Peculiar, MO.  A Celebration of His Life will be held 2:00 pm on Saturday, August 2, 2014, at Cullen Funeral Home in Raymore, MO.  Memorials may be made to the Jackson County Special Population Service Special Olympics Ongie Douglas Power Bunch.
“I got this” was one of Nick’s favorite sayings. Nick’s family and friends believe he did “get” this. He understood life better than most. Nick was an awesome young man that loved his family, his friends, and life. When you were his friend, he had your back. He was a defender of anyone in need. Nick knew no stranger. He was a gentle soul. He loved in a loyal, faithful, and unconditional way.
Nick, thank you for teaching us about life and what was important.  You demonstrated life like a champion. Will Rogers once said, “Not everyone can be a hero, someone has to stand on the curb and cheer as a hero goes by.” Nick, we are cheering for you. You may not know you were a hero, but you were … “You got this”.
Nicky was preceded in death by his great grandfather, William Ayres of Phillipsburg, KS.  He is survived by his mother, Tracy Young, her fiancé, Barrett DuMond, and his brother Robie Sample of Hollister, MO.  His nana and papa, Marie Foster-Ayres and Robert Ayres of Branson, MO.  His great grandmother, Eva Ayres of Phillipsburg, KS.  His uncle and aunt, Michael and Linda Ayres, and his cousins Connor and Xander Ayres of Springfield, MO.  As well as his step-uncles Jesus Trejo of Olathe, KS, and Cliff Ruffin and family of Forsyth, MO.
Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO (816)322-5278

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John L. Boden, Jr., 39, of Peculiar, MO passed July 28, 2014.  Funeral services will be 11 AM Saturday, August 2, 2014 at Peculiar United Methodist Church with visitation 6-8 PM Friday, August 1, 2014 at the church.  Burial will be in Peculiar Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to Jamie’s Education Fund.  John was born April 27, 1975 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the son of John and Janice Golden Boden, Sr.  John was member of the Bass Masters Club in Pleasant Hill, MO.  He enjoyed the outdoors, like fishing, hunting and riding his Harley.  He was a huge Nebraska Cornhusker fan and dedicated every Saturday in the fall to watching college football.  He served his country in the U.S. Navy Reserves 2003-2009.  He graduated from DeVry University with bachelors in Networking and Communications Management in 2006 and from Keller Graduate School of Management with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration in June 2009.  He loved spending time with his family- his wife Amy, daughter, Jamie and his sister, brother in-law and nephews.  John was preceded in death by his grandparents.  He is survived by his wife, Amy of 8 years; daughter, Jamie Renee Boden; parents; sister, Renee Youngs (Mark); three nephews, Bryce, Evan and Jason Youngs; and many more nieces and nephews. Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO (816)322-5278

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Henry M. Monk, 61, of Peculiar, MO passed away July 22, 2014.  Funeral service will be 11 AM Monday, July 28, 2014 at New Hope Christian Church 18809 State Route Y Hwy., Belton, MO 64012 with visitation 10-11 AM.  Graveside service will be at 3 PM at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville, MO.  Henry was born February 26, 1953 in Coushatta, Louisiana, the son of John Henry and Fannie Luller Todd Monk.  Henry was preceded in death by his father; brother, Billy Wayne Monk and nephew, Jason Winegeart.  He is survived by his wife, Jeannie of 22 years; children, Julie Madsen (Matt), Krystina Erichsen (Steve), Micheala Driskell (Craig) and Rachel Monk; mother, Fannie Monk; brothers, James Earl Monk and Troy Keith Monk; sisters, Julia Ellen Winegeart (Charles), Judy Elaine Wells (Clyde), Patricia Gail Greene and Peggy Ruth Godley (Milton); five grandchildren, Mackenzie, Joshua, Mason, Kyerstin and Talya and many nieces and nephews.  Henry retired as a Master Sergeant in the US Marine Corps after 20 years of service. He enlisted December 03, 1978 and retired December 31, 1992. In lieu of flowers please make monetary donations to the semperfi fund. Please print out a copy of the Check Donation Form, fill it out, and send it with your check to: Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund 825 College Blvd, Suite 102 PMB 609 Oceanside, CA 92057.  Perhaps they are not the stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy. We will miss you and love you always. Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO (816)322-5278


                                               August 3, 1945 – July 17, 2014 spanglereddie

Donald “Eddie” Edward Spangler, Sr., 68, Peculiar, Missouri, died Thursday, July 17, 2014 at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri.  Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville, Missouri with burial in Orient Cemetery in Harrisonville.  Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Monday at the Atkinson Funeral Home.  Memorial contributions may be made to Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Fund. Eddie was born August 3, 1945 in Pleasant Hill, Missouri, the son of Donald L. and Rita “Bonnie” L. (Redwine) Spangler.  He was a 1963 graduate of Kingsville High School and was a lifelong Cass County, Missouri resident.  Eddie married Kathy Trent on December 12, 1972 in Miami, Oklahoma.  He worked in residential and commercial construction as a carpenter. Eddie was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Norman.  He is survived by his wife, Kathy, of the home; sons, Donald E. Spangler, Jr. (Melinda), Harrisonville, Missouri, Jeff Spangler, Harrisonville, Missouri, Tony Spangler (Shannon), Grain Valley, Missouri and Jason Spangler (Annie), Peculiar, Missouri; one daughter, Kellie Waters (Jay), Butler, Missouri; one brother, Bill Spangler (Ellen), Joplin, Missouri; two sisters, Donna Lear, Junction City, Kansas and Linda Sewell (Sonny), Nevada, Missouri; 12 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. (Arrangements under the direction of Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville, MO.  Online condolences may be made to



Martha Louise Lee, 85, of Peculiar, MO passed away July 17, 2014.  Private family services.  Cremation.  Memorials may be made to Humane Society or Alzheimer’s Association.  Martha was born December 26, 1928 in Fort Worth, Texas, daughter of Robert and Edna Johns Butler.  She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Robert Butler.  Martha is survived by her daughter, Betty L. Welch (Michael); son, Alan Lee (Julia); sister, Edna Mae Binford (Jack); 3 grandchildren, Michael, Tessa and Colin. Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO (816)322-5278


Carl Mitchell Urton, 71, Rich Hill, Missouri, died Thursday, June 26, 2014 at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri.  Funeral services were held at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville with burial in Wills Cemetery, Peculiar, Missouri.  Memorial contributions may be made to charity of choice.
Carl was born June 24, 1943 in Peculiar, Missouri, the son of Carl J. and Callie Lulu (Hoenschell) Urton.  He was a U.S. Air Force veteran.  He had worked for the GSA for 35 years before retiring.  Carl loved to farm and quail hunt.  He was a quiet man with a gift of storytelling.  He loved history and enjoyed traveling, and had been many places all over the United States.  He especially enjoyed traveling with his grandchildren.   Carl was baptized before his death.
Carl was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Kathryn Whited.  He is survived by one son, Troy Urton and his wife, Deanne, Amsterdam, Missouri; one daughter, Tammy Thieme and her husband, Mike, Harrisonville, Missouri; two sisters, Violet Evans, Independence, Missouri and Dorothy Loyd, Peculiar, Missouri and 5 grandchildren, Megan Roach, Erika Roach, Amy Roach, Clayton Urton and Cauy Urton.
(Arrangements under the direction of Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville, MO.  Online condolences may be made to

October 8, 1936 – June 16, 2014

Harrel Speer, 77, Peculiar, Missouri, died Monday, June 16, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, June 20, 2014 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville with burial in Peculiar Cemetery in Peculiar, Missouri. Visitation will be from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday, June 19 at the Atkinson Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, contributions to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Mid-America Chapter, 6811 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Suite 202, Cloverleaf Building. 1, Shawnee Mission, KS 66202 (
Harrel was born October 8, 1936 in Booneville, Arkansas, the son of Sam Lee and Lillian (Cole) Speer. He was a 1956 graduate of Peculiar High School. He married Beverly Ann Pihl on June 2, 1958 at the United Methodist Church in Peculiar, where he was a member. Harrel owned Speer Backhoe Service in Peculiar. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, being outdoors, playing cards and spending time with his family.
Harrel was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Shannon Speer, and his wife, Beverly (February 20, 2007). He is survived by one son, Rick Speer and wife, Tina, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; two daughters, Debbie Shillings and Brenda Speer, both of Peculiar, Missouri; two brothers, Donald W. Speer and wife, Pat Shanks, Harrisonville, Missouri and Dennis Speer and wife, Peggy, Belton, Missouri; two sisters, Coleene DeBrot, Peculiar, Missouri and JoEtta Fraser and husband, Don, Richardson, Texas; and 4 grandchildren, Kyle Shillings, Kanyon Speer, Paige Speer and Cal Shillings.


Mary Madgeline Main, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, passed away April 9, 2014. She was born July 29, 1935 in Kirksville, MO. Mary leaves behind her devoted husband Roy Lee Main; 6 children, Bobby, Jimmy, Johnny, Ricky, Jerry, and Vicki; 9 grandchildren; and 7 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jennings and Leona Conner, and two sisters Betty and Jane. Funeral services will be 11:30 AM Saturday, April 12th at Southview Christian Church, 13604Norby Rd, Grandview, MO with burial to follow in Peculiar Cemetery.

Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO (816)322-5278



Michael C. Moore, 51, of Peculiar, MO passed away April 9, 2014. Visitation will be 2-4 PM Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Cullen Funeral Home. Graveside services will be 2 PM Sunday, April 13, 2014 in Roscoe Cemetery, Roscoe, MO. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Cancer Society1100 Pennsylvania Ave, Kansas City, MO 64105. Michael was born July18, 1962 in Kansas City, Missouri. He is survived by his parents Charles and Dee Moore; sister, Kimberly S. Wasko(Steven); his significant other, Susan Hagedorn; niece, Katie and many cousins, family and friends. Michael had a passion for his Harley and loved to ride.

Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO (816)322-5278


Dr Stanley K Andrews

Peculiar/formerly of Stanberry MO

Stan passed away at KU Med Ctr on April 2, 2014.  His loving wife was by his side, and his family near by.  He was born August 13, 1950 to Stanley D & Betty (Leisestie) Andrews in Austin TX.  His father was a in the Lt Col in the Air Force, moving the family around the country, and preceded him in death October of 2012.  His mother, always the loving homemaker, survives him at her home in Colorado Springs CO .

Stan was a graduate of University of Evansville IN, after which he moved to Kansas City Mo and graduated from University of MO Dental School in May of 1977.  He started practicing dentistry in Bethany Mo.

In 1978 he moved to Stanberry Mo to open his own practice.  He and his wife worked together to build a successful and very much needed Dental office for the N W MO Community.  Most folks around the area knew Stan for his clever quotes on the sign in front of his office.  No matter a patient or not, he brought a smile to many faces with his wittiness!

He loved living his life to the fullest in his own unique way.  Highlights were camping with his family and friends, hunting with his sons and friends. Riding his 1976 Goldwing motorcycle was a great stress release for him.  In later years, he became a certified scuba diver.  He loved to Sky Dive. Piloting his own plane was a favorite, allowing him to visit family and friends in a short amount of time.  Sunday mornings he could be found flying a few hours landing for breakfast and a good visit with other pilots before flying back home.

After having sold the home and practice in Stanberry, he & his wife bought a lake home at Peculiar MO.  This lake house became his latest playground.

June 24, 1972 he married his best friend Donna Jean Brashears, who survives him of the home.  He is also survived by his sons: Chad (Jamie) Andrews of Archie MO; Adam (Sierra) Andrews of Peculiar; 8 grandchildren; 2 sisters of CO; several nieces and nephew; and many, many friends.

There will be a Celebration of His Life Ceremony on April 13, 2014 2-5pm at the lake house.   All family and friends please join us with “Stan Stories” in hand.

The family is requesting no flowers; memorials may be made in his honor to: Cancer Society, Kidney Foundation or Diabetes Foundation.

Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO (816)322-5278



Angela J. Skivers, 45, of Peculiar, MO passed away February 23, 2014. Angela was born November 21, 1968 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the daughter of James and Patricia LawrenceMcNelis. Angela was a very special person, loved by all who knew her. She loved her family very much and the time spent together celebrating birthdays, holidays, and trips to Grand Lake. Angela would always be there to help family, friends, or strangers. Her love of animals began when she was young and she would bring home any stray animal she found. As a child she had so much fun helping with her little sister and eleven sheepdog puppies. Angela graduated from Jenks High School in Jenks, Oklahoma and attended cosmetology school. Her flair for fashion was unique and she was always the picture of beauty. She enjoyed water sports, motorcycles, rearranging furniture, and her many cars which she washed and waxed frequently. She was a dedicated and hardworking employee while at Quik N’ Tasty and then the United States Postal Service. We will all miss her so much and she will shine in our hearts and our lives forever. She is survived by Hank Skivers; her parents; sons,Korey and Zachary Skivers; daughter, Kelsey Charlton; and sister, Lauren Bartelson (Scott). Private family services.

Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO (816)322-5278



Virgil L. Medlin, 71, of Peculiar, MO passed away December 28, 2013. Funeral services will be 2 PM Friday, January 3, 2014 at Cullen Funeral Home with visitation noon-2pm. Burial will be in Wills Cemetery. Virgil was born March 23, 1942 in Unionville, Missouri, the son of Robert and Wyanna Barns Medlin.

Virgil was a hardworking man who loved to do things for others. He was always willing to jump in to lend a hand to anyone that need it especially his family and friends. If he wasn’t on his tractor, lawn mower or in his garden you’d find him in his shop doing any project to keep him busy.  Virgil loved his wood working and coming up with creative gifts for family and friends.

Virgil loved spending time with his family especially with his grandchildren and his great-grandchildren inspiring them with all his knowledge about anything and everything you can think of.  Virgil was always the first to give his family words of encouragement, acknowledgment of accomplishments or just to tell you how proud he is of you, which he was best known for by putting it down in a card or on a note.

Virgil was a US Army Veteran.  He was very proud of his time working for Boeing with NASA. He took part and was recognized in his help with the launch of Apollo 8, Apollo/Saturn 5, Apollo 11 which was the launch of the man on the moon, Apollo 14 and Apollo 15.

After his time with Boeing he worked for General Motors until retirement in 2003. He was very active and proud of his work in the local UAW95 as their committeeman and the chairman of the veterans committee which he was recognized and awarded for all his hard work and dedication. 

On January 3rd he would have celebrated 26 years of marriage with the love of his life.

Virgil was preceded in by his parents; grandson, Bobby Boyle; great granddaughter, Lilly Passler; brothers, Donald, Dee, Wayne and Larry. He is survived by his wife Emmagene; son, Jeffery Medlin; daughters, Michele Billey (Michael), Gyelene Estes (Kevin) and Rita Miller; sisters, Kathy Smith (Joe), Joyce Parker (Howard) and Linda Clear (Charlie Burden); 4 grandchildren, Corrie, Ty, Michael and Michael Jr.; 7 great grandchildren, Bobbi, Colt, Emma, Amber, Fallyn, Harlee and Ryland;nieces, nephews, and loving family and friends.

The family would like to thank all of Virgil’s doctors, caregivers, and friends over the last few months that have given us so much love and support.  Memorials may be made to the or Veterans Charity of your choice.

Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO (816)322-5278


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Gregory James Cullen, 57, of Peculiar, Missouri passed away December 29, 2013 at KU Medical Center surrounded by his loving family and friends.  A Mass of Christian burial will be 11:00 AM Thursday, January 2, 2014 at St. Sabina Catholic Church 700 Trevis Ave. Belton, MO with burial in Wills Cemetery, Peculiar, MO.  A Visitation will be 4-8 PM Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at Cullen Funeral Home 612 W. Foxwood Dr., Raymore, MO.

Greg was born June 3, 1956 in Corning, Iowa, the son of James and Nancy Mills Cullen.  He graduated from Cumberland-Massena High School in May of 1974.  He was united in marriage to Irene Olson on February 22, 1976 in Massena, Iowa.  He graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science, Chicago, IL in March of 1981.  He moved his family to the Kansas City area in 1981 where he was employed as a funeral director/embalmer until he was able to fulfill his lifelong dream of building Cullen Funeral Home in Raymore, MO in 1991.  Greg took great pride in serving the Raymore, Belton and Peculiar areas.  Greg was a member of St. Sabina Catholic Church, Missouri Funeral Directors Association, Raymore Homecoming Committee, Ray-Pec Booster Club, Raymore Historical Society, Cass County Coalition of Chambers, F. O. E. Peculiar, KC Mounted Patrol, AQHA and MQHA, President of Raymore Chamber of Commerce 1994-1995, Recorder for Knights of Columbus Council 5586 Belton, MO, Board of Directors of Raymore Historical Society.  One of his proudest accomplishments was being a member of the Emergency Responder Team for the Joplin tornado disaster of 2011.

Greg’s true loves were Irene, his children and grandchildren. He loved traveling with his family, coaching and watching his children and grandchildren’s sports and activities, owning Cullen Quarter Horses and World Champion Stallion, “The Cool Cause”, supporting his wife’s love of animals, and the Kansas City Chiefs.

Greg was preceded in death by his father, James Cullen and father-in-law Delbert “Bob” Olson.  Greg is survived by his wife Irene Cullen of 37 years of the home; children, Kyli Harmon (Andy), Aleisha Kintner (Kirk), and Seth Cullen (Callie); mother, Nancy Cullen; sister, Sheila Symonds (Butch); brother, Jeff Cullen (Teresa); grandchildren, Alexis, Austin Harmon, Cullen Kintner, Chloe, Claire Cullen, nieces, nephews, and loving family and friends.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the wonderful care and support of Dr. Mancuso, the Burns Family, Jim Soendker, Sister Lucille Buhl and many friends and family.  Greg and the family would like all donations to be made to the Epilepsy Foundation of Missouri & Kansas (

Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO (816)322-5278



William R. Park, 67, of Peculiar, MO passed away December 17, 2013.  Funeral service will be 2 PM Monday, December 23, 2013 at Cullen Funeral Home with visitation 2-4 PM Sunday, December 22, 2013 at the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association 3846 W 75th St, Prairie Village, KS 66208.  William was born November 18, 1946 in Kansas City, Kansas, the son of Frank N. and Evelyn P. Roberts Park.  William was an ordained minister and loved doing His work and a member of the Belton Assembly of God.  William is survived by his wife Roberta A. Park of 13 years; step-children, Benton Fritz, Dale Schoor, Dirk Fritzpatrick, Karen Schoor, Norma Gallatin and Norberta Lull; brother, Robert Park; sister, Linda White and Bonnie Hallier; 12 step grandchildren and 17 step great grandchildren.

Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO (816)322-5278



Barbara F. Pound, age 79, of Peculiar, MO (formally of Belton, MO) passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Sunday, December 1, 2013, at Cass Regional Medical Center. She was born August 15, 1934 in Memphis, Tennessee to Harry and Virgie Robinson. On December 25, 1951 she married Robert E. Pound. Barbara dedicated her life to raising their four boys while traveling the world as a devoted Air Force military wife to Robert. She was a lifetime member of the Air Force Sergeants Association and enjoyed doing crafts and puzzles. She is survived by a brother, Ralph Robinson (Charlotte) of Bartlett, TN and sister, Martha Wilson of Bartlett, TN, her four sons; Rick (Cheryl) of Belton, MO; Steve (Patty) of Overland Park, KS; Ken (Lana) of Peculiar, MO and Joe (Natalie) of St. Johns, FL. Barbara also leaves behind nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, nieces Stacy Bartley (Jackson, TN) and Samantha Taverna (Memphis, TN). At a later date, private services will be conducted at Ft. Leavenworth Military Cemetery in Kansas. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Barbara’s name to Patient Assistant Fund at Cass Regional Medical Center in Harrisonville, MO.

Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, Missouri (816)322-5278



Russell Lee Bailey, 53, of Peculiar, MO died Oct 17, 2013. Memorial Visit.  1-2 pm and service at 2:00 pm Sat. Nov. 30 at McGilley & George Funeral Home in Belton.

Russell was born Apr. 8, 1960 in Kansas City, MO. He is survived by 2 sons, Wayne and Bobby; mother, Maxine Wright; 10 grandchildren; 3 brothers, Robert, Richard and Ronnie. Condolences may be left at Arrangements: McGilley & George Funeral Home 611 Chestnut, Belton MO 64012 (816-322-2995)


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Bill A. Crouse, 68, of Peculiar, MO passed away November 7, 2013.  A Celebration of his life will be Noon Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at Cullen Funeral Home with visitation 10-Noon.  Burial will be in Shawnee Mission Memory Gardens, Shawnee, KS.  Bill was born July 22, 1945 in Osage Co., Kansas, the son of Donald and Wilma Maine Crouse.  He is survived by his wife Debbie of 20 years; daughters, Tammy Curtis (Billy), Teresa Johnson (David), Robin Krause (Danny) and Christie Shehan (Greg); step-son, Vincent Thomey (Cathy); parents, Donald an Wilma Crouse; sisters, Judy McCormick and Betty Turner (Cecil); nine grandchildren; one great granddaughter and one on the way.  Bill and his wife Deb owned and operated Bill and Deb’s Café in Belton, MO for 21 years.  Bill loved spending his free time at the casinos all over the country.
Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO (816)322-5278




July 26, 1928   – October 7,  2013

Janette Jean  Johnston, 85, Peculiar, Missouri, died Monday, October 7, 2013 at Belton  Regional Medical Center in Belton, Missouri, surrounded by her loving  family.  Funeral services will be  held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, October 11, 2013 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in  Harrisonville, Missouri.  Burial  will be in Wills Cemetery in Peculiar.   Visitation 6:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.  Contributions to American Cancer  Association.

Janette was born  July 26, 1928 in St. Aubert, Missouri, the daughter of Everett Allen and Betty  E. (Harrison) Quick.  She was a long  time resident, 38 years, of Belton, Missouri.  Janette married Wayne Nelson Johnston on  April 13, (Friday the 13th), 1946 in Jefferson City, Missouri.  Janette had worked for the Visiting  Nurse Association and Nursing Care, Inc.   She loved to garden, crochet, read, cook and play cards and other  games.   She enjoyed growing  flowers and working in her garden.

She was preceded  in death by her parents, one son, Wayne Johnston, Jr. and 9 brothers and  sisters.  She is survived by her  husband of 67 years, Wayne Johnston, of the home; children, Linda Kihn, Belton,  Missouri, Alverda McReynolds, Grove, Oklahoma, Richard Johnston, Cleveland,  Missouri, Diana Boos, Peculiar, Missouri; 14 grandchildren and 21  great-grandchildren.

(Arrangements  under the direction of Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville, MO.  Online condolences may be made to



Constance Ruth Owens died September 22, 2013 near Rantoul Ks. Connie was the eldest of 8 children born to Gilbert W. Lytle and Eula E [Harbison] Lytle on March 6,1921 in Salina, Ks. She was raised in the north central region of Ks. going to schools in Salina and Beloit and graduated from Bavaria High school in 1939. She married Walter J Habiger in 1940. They had 4 children. The marriage ended in divorce.  She married Glenn E Owens in 1951. They moved the family to Nevada Mo then to KCMO in 1954. In 1957 she achieved a lifelong dream of becoming a Practical Nurse and graduated Class Valedictorian from the School of Practical Nursing, KCMO. She and Glenn had one son.  She was a resident of Peculiar, Mo. since 1992. Connie was like a second mother to her siblings. She survived the great depression and was a single mom to 3 young daughters. She re-roofed her house, made bread for a living was a phone operator, housekeeper clothing factory worker, wrapped presents in a department store before becoming a nurse. She worked at Menorah Medical Center, Garment Workers Union Clinic and for Drs Kent, Baum, Levey, Liu and Kauffman before retirement. She enjoyed crocheting, embroidering, quilting and making prom dresses and wedding gowns for her daughter and granddaughters. She enjoyed cooking and trying new recipes. She constantly struggled to make a better life for herself and her children and encouraged them to participate in activities and to do their best. People who would meet her said how nice a person she was. She taught her children to respect other people regardless of color, politics or religious beliefs. She loved her dogs and cats and cared for little birds that fell from their nests. She loved her garden and especially her flowers. She was a Christian and a member of United Methodist Church of Peculiar, UMW, The Get Together Club and Peculiar Senior Citizens. Connie was preceded in death by her husband Glenn; her parents and son Leslie; sisters: Betty, Arlette and Iona. She is survived by daughters: Sylvia [Raymond] Roeser, Sally Habiger, Louise [Titus] Hatcher and son John [Melody] Owens; brothers: Orville, Jesse and Robert Lytle and sister Susan Humphrey.  She is also survived by grandchildren: Jeff, Becky, Leslie, Tim, Christina, Lisa, Kathy, Amy, Megan, Sarah, and Randi. Great grandchildren include: Kyle Lee, Lori, Brennan, Kyle Paul, Jacoby, Brent, Madelyne, Josh, Morgyn Julia, Libby, Caitlyn, Brooklynn, Elizabeth and Danielle. Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at Cullen Funeral Home with visitation 9:30-10:30 AM.  Graveside will be 2:30 PM at Swan Lake Memorial Gardens, Grain Valley, Mo. The family would like to thank all Connie’s faithful friends for their calls and cards sent during her illness. A special thank you to the staff of Midland Care Ottawa/ Topeka Ks for instructions, care and support during her illness. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the United Methodist Church of Peculiar or charity of choice.

Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO (816)322-5278



Thomas E. Walter, 72, of Peculiar, MO went home to be with his Lord on September 1, 2013.  Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Saturday, September 7, 2013 at Blue River Bible Church with visitation 6-8 PM Friday at Cullen Funeral Home.  He was born March 29, 1941 in Kincardine, Ontario, Canada, son of Chester E. & Melba C. (Davenport) Walter.  He married Sharon E. White of Tulsa, Oklahoma on July 20, 1962.  As a young boy he accepted Christ as his personal Savior & from then on he loved to tell people of his Lord.  After 25 years with the Kansas City Police Department he retired in 1991, afterwards he worked as Chief of Security for Raymore-Peculiar School Distract & Mid-America Nazarene University.  He is survived by his wife of 51 years Sharon; sons, Timothy & wife Keineth, of Carl Junction, MO, Mark & wife Julia of Farmington Hills, MI; eight grandchildren, Nicholas, Katelyn, Brianna, Keri, Zachary, Brett, Allison & Jessica.  Tom will be remembered for his joyful spirit, being a stickler for details, his ability to teach the word of God, & for the lives he has touched.  Tom loved the Lord with all his heart so in lieu of flowers please send a gift to a mission organization or missionary of your choice.

Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO (816)322-5278


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Helmuth R. Schlenkrich, 91, of Peculiar, MO passed away August 31, 2013.  Funeral services will be 11 AM Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at Cullen Funeral Home with visitation 10-11 AM.  Burial will be in Peculiar Cemetery.  Helmuth lived a long, healthy and fulfilling life alongside his bride Susanne.  He was born May 26, 1922 in Pirna, Germany, the

son of Richard H. and Hulda C. Hofmann Schlenkrich.  Helmuth was preceded in death by his wife, Susanne; parents; two brothers and two sisters.  He is survived by his son, Manfred G. Schlenkrich (Donna) of Norfork, AR; two granddaughters, Christine Meuten (Steven) of Leawood, KS and Lisa Rasmussen also of Leawood; and four great-grandchildren, Jack and Henry Meuten and Kate and Jane Rasmussen.  Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association 3846 W. 75th St. Prairie Village, KS 66208.

Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO (816)322-5278



DeAnn R. Wehmeyer, 46, of Peculiar, MO passed away August 28, 2013 at KU Medical Center surrounded by her family.  Funeral services will be 9:30 AM Saturday, August 31, 2013 at First Baptist Church of Raymore with visitation 4-7 PM Friday, August 30, 2013 at Cullen Funeral Home.  Burial will be in the Urich Cemetery, Urich, MO.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Kidney Cancer Association P.O. Box 803338 #38269 Chicago, IL 60680-3338.  DeAnn was born June 19, 1967 in Clinton, Missouri, the daughter of Gary and Marilyn Campbell Sloan.  She is survived by her husband Brent of 23 years; sons, Turner, Dawson and Easton; parents, Gary and Marilyn Sloan; sisters, Kimberly Wiedenmann (Jim) and Jana Ferris (Mark); father and mother in law, Ronnie and Dixie Wehmeyer and many friends.  DeAnn was a Senior Designer for Lee Jeans for 10 years and spent the last 13 years as a full time stay at home mom.

Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO (816)322-5278



March 10, 1932 – August 20, 2013

Ruby Lucille Knight, 81, Peculiar, Missouri, died Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at her home.  Funeral services were held Saturday at the First Church of Peculiar with burial in Wills Cemetery, Peculiar.  Contributions may be made to Kansas City Hospice.

Ruby was born March 10, 1932, in Oak, Dekalb County, Missouri, the daughter of Charles Franklin and Nellie Lucille (Justice) McConnaughey.  She was raised in Clinton, Missouri and was a member of the class of 1949, Clinton High School.  On December 29, 1948, she was married to Jack Everett Knight in Macon, Missouri.  They were married for 59 years, he preceding her in death on May 17, 2008.  They and Jack’s parents and brothers-in-law moved from Clinton to Peculiar in February, 1949.

Ruby was a member of the United Methodist Church for many years.  She was a driving force in the creation of the non-denominational 1st Church of Peculiar.  She was a member of the Get Together Club and a 50-year member of the Elizabeth Chapter #142,  Order of Eastern Star, Belton, Missouri.  Ruby was an Avon saleslady for many years in the Peculiar area.  She worked 32 years for Cotter & Company in Kansas City, and retired in 2004.  She was a mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend to a vast number of people in the community.  She had a sincere interest in helping other people and maintained a positive attitude and spirit.  She will be missed by many.

Ruby was preceded by her husband, Jack on May 17, 2008.  She is survived by her children, Dale Knight and partner, Julie Hughes, Winston-Salem, NC and grandchildren, Xhan-Xaesar, Xong-Ae-Uy, Will Jack, and Davy Divine (Brown)-great- grandchildren, Ma Lia Knight and Tab Sabre Brown; Don Knight and wife, Gloria, recently of Schaumburg Illinois and grandchildren, Angela Domville (Tom), Lees Summit, Christina Volpe (Brian) Pingree, Grove Illinois, Christian (Allison), Oak Park, Illinois, Angie Maloney (Tom), San Diego, California, Meghan Benscoter (Jeff), Lees Summit, and Jason Scheib Huntley, Illinois-great-grandchildren, Zachary and Riley Domville, Caitlyn, Juliana, Britany and Anthony Volpe, Keegan, Rivers and Jude Knight, Ashley, Mike and Lily Maloney, Gavin and Isabella Benscoter; siblings, Charles McConnaughey (Kazue), San Diego-children, Kathy Medina, Tina McConnaughey, Douglas McConnaughey and Bill McConnaughey (Karen), Lake Chapala, Ijiciz, Mexico-children, Mike, Patrick, Diana, Joshua, and Judy Berry, Montserrat, Missouri-children, Scott Thompson, Tammy Ross and Casey Berry.

(Arrangements under the direction of Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville, MO.  Online condolences may be made to



Dale Elmo Jones, 84, of Peculiar, Missouri passed away August 10, 2013 at Research Belton Hospital. Dale was born September 19, 1928 in St. Claire County, Missouri, the son of Jon and Nellie Ray Jones. Graveside services will be 10:00 AM Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at Appleton City Cemetery, Appleton City, Missouri. Visitation will be 6-8 PM Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, Missouri. Memorials may be made to Appleton City Cemetery. Dale was a Korean Army Veteran and worked at Crimsco for 40 years and enjoyed golfing, horses and football. Dale was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Don, Darwin, Robert and J.W. He is survived by his wife, Eva; son, Larry; sister, Nadine Bartimus and many nieces and nephews.

Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO (816)322-5278



June 23, 1980 – August 3, 2013

Kimberly Ann George, 33, Peculiar, Missouri, passed away Saturday, August 3, 2013 at Belton Regional Medical Center in Belton, Missouri.  Funeral services were held Friday, August 9 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville, Missouri, with burial in Orient Cemetery, Harrisonville. Memorial contributions may be made to the Kimberly A. George Memorial Fund, c/o Hawthorn Bank, P.O. Box 489, Harrisonville, MO 64701.

Kimberly was born June 23, 1980, in Kingston, Pennsylvania, the daughter of William David and Ann (Fulton) George.  She was raised in Harrisonville, Missouri, and was a member of the class of 1998, Harrisonville High School.  She was a loving daughter, granddaughter, sister, aunt, and friend with a beautiful smile and contagious laugh. Everyone who knew Kim knew her love for animals, willingness to always help, and most of all her huge heart and fun-loving spirit.  She will most definitely be missed by many.

Kimberly was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Charles M. George, maternal grandmother, Peggy A. Fulton and maternal grandfather, Charles D. Fulton.  She is survived by her father and stepmother, William David and Kristi George, Warsaw, Missouri; mother, Ann George, Harrisonville; fiancé, Mark Young, Peculiar, Missouri; brother, Charles George, Harrisonville; sister, Mary Cage and husband Nathan and two nephews, Dalton and Cole, all of Archie, Missouri; paternal grandmother, Carol George, Harrisonville; as well as many other loving family members.

(Arrangements under the direction of Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville, MO.  Online condolences may be made to



Jack T. Waldo, 81, of Peculiar, Missouri passed away June 4, 2013 at home.  There will be private family services at a later date.  Jack was born January 3, 1932 in Joplin, Missouri, the son of Chet and Beatrice Daniels Waldo.  He is preceded in death by his parents and daughter, Jacquelyn Sue Waldo.  He is survived by his wife, Sue of 48 yrs.; brother, Bob Waldo and sisters, Linda Lisater (Perry), Vera Cleaver and Delores Qualls and granddaughter, Tiffany.  Jack was an Army and Marine veteran, serving during the Korean War and lifelong member of the Belton VFW #8220.




Elsie Dee Frazier, 94, passed away in her sleep May 27, 2013 at her home in Peculiar, MO with her daughter by her side. Visitation will be 1-2 pm and the funeral service at 2:00 pm at McGilley & George Funeral Home in Belton. Burial in Longview Cemetery, Kansas City, MO. Contributions to Heartland Hospice.

Elsie was born October 11, 1918 in Fouke, Arkansas to Jurel and Allie Koonce. She retired from Luzier Cosmetics in KCMO. Elsie loved to crochet, her specialty was crocheted pot scrubbers that she loved to give away to family and friends. Elsie is preceded in death by her husband, Robert Frazer; 2 sisters, Audry Morgan and Arizona Coates, 4 brothers, Kenneth, Alvin, Jurel and Grover Koonce. She is survived by her daughter, Patricia Crumley and Stepson, Robert Frazier, Jr. and his wife, Debbie; 3 grandchildren, Shawn Crumley and wife, Kristy, Megan Scott and husband, Sant, Lauren Zabaneh and husband, Sammy; 5 great grandchildren, Alex Crumley, Jaxon Scott, Isiaha, Lily and Wil Zabaneh. Condolences may be left at

Arrangements: McGilley & George Funeral Home 611 Chestnut, Belton, MO  64012 (816-322-2995)



June 15, 1930 – May 24, 2013

Jack Fitzmorris Curtis, 82, Peculiar, Missouri, died Friday, May 24, 2013 at Belton Regional Medical Center in Belton, Missouri.  Graveside services were held Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at the Climax Springs Cemetery in Climax Springs, Missouri, under the direction of Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville, Missouri.  Military honors were under the auspices of the National Guard Bravo Team of Springfield, Missouri and the American Legion #217 of Warsaw, Missouri.

Jack was born June 15, 1930 in Independence, Missouri, the son of Orville L. and Margaret Ann (Fitzmorris) Curtis.  He had lived in the Kansas City, Missouri area most of his life.  He lived in Laurie, Missouri before moving to Peculiar in 1987.  Jack married W. Christine Curtis on August 31, 1951.  He worked as an electrical engineer for a heating and cooling company.  He was a 2nd Lt. in the U. S. Army Reserves, serving from 1955-1959.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Christine on December 24, 1993.  He is survived by two sons, Kelly Curtis and his wife, Kathy, Peculiar, Missouri and Rev. Isreal Curtis, Plantersville, Texas; one daughter, Teri Downey and her husband, Jerry, Peculiar, Missouri; 9 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

(Arrangements under the direction of Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville, MO.  Online condolences may be made to

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