Raymore

LOUISE McCRARY HORNER
Louise McCrary Horner, 86, of Foxwood Springs Senior Living Center, Raymore, MO, died July 3, 2014. She was born July 9, 1927 in Glasgow, MO to Spear and Allie Colvin McCrary.
Louise was active in Hickman Mills Community Christian Church, her children’s school activities, and enjoyed being a nursing assistant at Lakeside Hospital for many years.  After moving to Foxwood Springs Senior Living Center from Grandview, MO, she and her husband became very involved in volunteer work there.
She is preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Jess L. Horner, and her sister Kathleen Johnson.  She leaves her children Teresa Rene Copenhaver and her husband Stan, Peculiar, MO; Myra Young and her husband, Stephen, Olathe, KS; and Bart Horner, Plentywood, MT; grandchildren Emily (Tono) Lippy, Jessica (Isaac) Katambayi, Malea (Trever) Parton, Traci Copenhaver, and Caleb Horner; great grandchildren Madelynn, John, and Nolan Lippy, and Nilah and Xander Katambayi.
Visitation and parayer services were at Cullen Funeral Home.  Memorial services were in Holmes Hall at Foxwood Springs Senior Living Center, Raymore.  Graveside services were at Washington Cemetery, Glasgow, MO.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hickman Mills Community Christian Church, 5809 Red Bridge Rd., KCMO 64134, or Fellowship of John c/o Foxwood Springs­­­­­, P.O. Box 1400, Raymore, MO 64083.  Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO 816-322-5278
CHARLES E. COSSINS
Charles E. (Charley) Cossins, 84, of Raymore, MO passed away June 25, 2014 at the KC Hospice House. Memorial service was at the First Baptist Church of Raymore. Memorial contribution may be made to KC Hospice House 1500 Meadow Lake Parkway #200, Kansas City, MO 64114 or First Baptist Church of Raymore 58 Hwy & Washington, Raymore, MO 64083.
Charles was born December 5, 1929 in Mulberry, Arkansas, the son of Harry Cossins and Grace Homan. Charles was an Army veteran serving during the Korean Conflict. He was the past president twice for the Raymore Lion’s Club, member of the Belton American Legion Post #0488 and VFW Post #8228. Charles worked at Shawnee Mission Hospital as the Director of Pharmacy for 32 years. Charles was preceded in death by his parents; daughters, Julie Willoughby, Becky Wiegers and son in-law, Donald Cain. He is survived by his wife Sharon of 35 years; sons, Patrick and Michael Cossins and Richard Willoughby; daughters, Kerry Cain and Brenda Fernandes (Jim); brother, Ross Cossins (Lovell); 9 grandchildren, Rusty, Nita, Lisa, Jacob, Whitney, Brian, Heather, Jacque and Rehanne; 11 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. We would like to extend a sincere and heartfelt thank-you to all of those who supported Charles and his family during his final days with us.
Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO (816)322-5278
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Susanna “Sue” D’Ercole Reaka, 43, of Raymore, MO passed away June 27, 2014 at KU Medical Center.  Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Thursday, July 3, 2014 at Cullen Funeral Home with visitation 9:30-10:30 AM.  Burial will be in Raymore Cemetery.  Sue was born October 27, 1970 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Silvio and Felicia Giacomucci D’Ercole.  Sue was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Mario D’Ercole.  She is survived by her husband Todd Reaka of 12 years; daughters, Julianna and Lillianna Reaka; brother, Alfonso D’Ercole (Mariann); sister, Patricia D’Ercole; sister in-law, Sandy D’Ercole; 5 nephews; 2 great nephews and one great niece.  Arrangement: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO (816)322-5278.
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LISA JEAN REEVES
Lisa Jean Reeves, 59, of Raymore, Missouri, passed away Saturday, June 28, 2014, in Kansas City, Missouri. Lisa was born June 14, 1955 in Columbus, Kansas, the daughter of Howard and Ethel (Garrett) Scott. Graveside services were held Princeton Cemetery, Princeton, Kansas. Family met with friends at Dengel & Son Mortuary. The family suggests memorial contributions to Operation Break Through or Power of the Past c/o Dengel & Son Mortuary, 235 S. Hickory, Ottawa, Kansas 66067. An online Guest Book and full obituary is available at http://www.dengelmortuary.com.
 REV. GERALD LEROY LAMB
 
Rev. Gerald LeRoy Lamb passed away on June 22, 2014 at Foxwood Springs Raymore, MO.  Jerry was born Feb. 12, 1928 in Regina Sask, Canada.  He was ordained a minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) June 2, 1948.  He served churches from W. Virginia to Nebraska, including 3 in Kansas City, MO.  He married Mary Lamb June 27, 1959 in Paris Ont, Canada.  He is survived by his loving wife of Foxwood Springs; daughter, Sheri (Tim) Murphy; brother, Ronald (Shirley) Lamb of Moose Jaw Sask, Canada; two grandchildren, Nathan (Jenna) Murphy and Christa Murphy.  Memorial service 10 AM Thursday, June 26, 2014 in Bromwell Lounge at Foxwood Springs Living Center.  Memorial donations may be made to the Fellowship of John 1500 W. Foxwood Dr. Raymore, MO 64083.
Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO (816)322-5278
HAROLD DWANE HOUSTON
Harold Dwane Houston, 77, of Raymore, MO died June 21, 2014. Graveside service will be 11:00 am Tuesday, June 24 in the Belton Cemetery.
Harold was born February 14, 1937 in Bradford, TN to Horace and Naomi Walker Houston. He was a Vietnam Veteran and retired from the United States Air Force. He was manager for the Civil Postal Service for many years. Harold and Kiyoko were united in marriage on February 3, 1964.
Survived by wife of 51 years, Kiyoko Takashi Houston; siblings, Billy Houston, Vernal Houston, Sarah Houston Tackett, Joann Houston, Brenda Houston Lovaas and Betty Houston Stafford.
Preceded in death by brothers, Gene Houston and Stanley Houston, sisters, Judy Houston Moore, Sandra Houston Townes and Patricia Houston.
Condolences may be left at http://www.mcgilleygeorgebelton.com Arr: McGilley & George Funeral Home 611 Chestnut, Belton MO 64012 (815-322-2995)
EVA (EVE) E. SCHMIDT
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Eva (Eve) E. Schmidt, 94, Raymore, passed away June 9, 2014 peacefully surrounded by her family at the KC Hospice House. Visitation 10-11 am, the funeral service will follow at 11:00 am Saturday, June 14 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 1111 Foxwood Dr. in Raymore. Burial in Raymore Cemetery. The family requests no flowers and suggests contributions to the church or KC Hospice.
Eve was born November 19, 1919 on a farm near Pekin, Iowa, to George and Mamie (Dickens) Denny. She was graduated from Hedrick High School in 1937 and attended Iowa State Teachers College.
On November 2, 1940, she married John Harold Schmidt at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. In 1941, the couple moved to Kansas City. They had two daughters, Denny and Carlene, before he left to serve in the Navy in 1944. A son, Jack, was born in 1948, and a daughter, Barbara, in 1950. The family moved to a farm in Raymore in 1951.
Together, the couple renovated the farmhouse and later designed and built three homes. Eve enjoyed woodworking, quilting, making rugs, and playing the organ and piano.
Eve was an active member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church and played the organ at church services for many years.
She is survived by her children, Denny (Pete) Lorenz, Overland Park, KS, Charlene (Harold) Dickerson, Cleveland, MO, Jack (Cory) Schmidt, Riverton Wyoming, and Barbara Massey, Belton, MO; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. Condolences may be made at http://www.mcgilleygeorgebelton.com Arr: McGilley & George Funeral Home 611 Chestnut, Belton MO. (816-322-2995)

 

MARY EVELYN HODGES

June 2, 1928 – June 3, 2014

Mary Evelyn Hodges, 86, Raymore, Missouri, died Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at Foxwood Springs Living Center in Raymore.  Funeral services were held Friday, June 6, 2014 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville, Missouri with burial in Crescent Hill Cemetery, Adrian, Missouri. Mary was born June 2, 1928 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the daughter of Evan N. and Ruby Vandiver (Larkin) Morgan.  She grew up and went to school in Emporia, Kansas, while living with her aunt.  She married Arden Ralph Hodges on January 12, 1967 in Archie, Missouri.  She was a collector for Watkins Product and Sears in Kansas City, Missouri for a number of years.  She had lived in Independence and Lee’s Summit, Missouri before moving to Carrollton, Texas where she worked for her brother.  She also worked for Associated Finance in Dallas, Texas.  She later moved to Raymore where she lived until her death.  Mary enjoyed painting with watercolors.  She was preceded in death by her mother and stepfather, Ruby M. Green and Clay Green and one brother, Evan S. Morgan.  She is survived by her husband, Arden, of the home; and one brother-in-law, Hilton Hodges, Lee’s Summit, Missouri.

 

 

VIOLET L. LONG

 

Violet L. Long, 87, of East Lynne, MO passed June 4, 2014.  Memorial service will be 6 PM Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at Cullen Funeral Home.  Violet was born October 22, 1926 in Acme, New Mexico, the daughter of Thomas and Irenna Stephens Cothern.  She worked as a certified nurse’s aid for home health care for many years.  Violet was preceded in death by her parents; husband, William H. Long and son, Russell H. Long.  She is survived by her daughter, Sharon G. Walsh (Dean); sons, Vern E. Long (Linda), Timothy R. Long and Rick W. Long; brother, Henry Dalton Cothern; 11 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren.

NEWTON KENNETH BAXTER, SR.
 
Newton Kenneth Baxter, Sr., 86, of Raymore, MO passed away June 6, 2014.  Funeral service will be 11 AM Monday, June 9, 2014 at Blue River Bible Church 15608 Fairchild Dr., Kansas City, MO 64147 with visitation 10-11 AM.  Burial will be in Peculiar Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Heart Association 6800 W 93rd St, Overland Park, KS 66212.  Newton was born January 17, 1928 in Tupelo, Oklahoma, the son of Newton and Lottie Harmon Baxter.  After graduation, Newton joined the Air Force, and then married the late Naida Ruth McNiel.  Newton proudly served as a veteran of WWII, Korean, and Vietnam Wars with a total service time of 28 years and 14 days.  After his military career, he retired a second career from KU Medical Center.  His passion for detail and artistic abilities were shown in his painting, wood crafting, jewelry making, gunsmithing, and gardening and also enjoyed reading.   Newton was preceded in death by his parents; son, Newton Kenneth Baxter, Jr. and three siblings, Bobby, Delana and Loretta Baxter.  He is survived by his wife Tina Strey Baxter of 12 years; daughter, Beth Prettyman; step-daughters, Terrie Harmon and Katrina Moore (Joe); brother, Donnie L. Baxter; sister, Joyce F. Baxter; 4 grandchildren; 4 step-grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren and a host of family and friends.
MATTIE ELIZABETH STIMPFEL
Mattie Stimpfel 72 of Belton, MO passed away May 24, 2014 at home surrounded by her Loving Family. Services will be 10:30 AM Wednesday, May 28 at McGilley & George Funeral Home 611 Chestnut, Belton. Visitation 6 to 7:30 PM Tuesday, May 27 at the funeral home. Contributions are suggested to the American Heart Assn.
Mattie was born March 27, 1942 in Merwin, MO to Willaim C. and Sarah Fink Judd. She was a member of El-Bethel Baptist Church in Belton. Mattie owned and operated a Child Care business and worked in the Deli at Walmart retiring in 2008.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Edward Larned, sisters Fern Miller, Faye Allen and Evelyn Fink and granddaughter Amber Cannon.
Mattie is survived by her husband of 51 years, Henry B. Stimpfel; sons Henry D. and Victoria, Horn Lake, MS and Daniel F. and Beth, Oklahoma City; 4 daughters Sarah and Tim Horn, Grandview, Sonya and Pete Strawn, Belton, Debra and Jim Paris, Paris, TX, Pamela and Mike Wilgus, Palm Harbor, FL.; brother William and Linda Judd, Peculiar, MO; sister Elsie Gunter, Knob Noster, MO. 14 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren. Condolences may be left at http://www.mcgilleygeorgebelton.com Arr: McGilley & George Funeral Home 611 Chestnut, Belton MO 64012.
JESSICA R. WHITE
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Jessica R. White, 32, a beloved mother, wife, daughter, sister and friend passed away suddenly May 29, 2014.  Funeral services will be held at Noon Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO. Visitation will be 10:00-Noon at the funeral home.  Burial will be in Raymore Cemetery. Memorial contributions are requested for Jessica’s children education c/o: Jessica White Memorial Fund P.O. Box 1223 Raymore, MO 64083-1223.  Jessica was born May 26, 1982 in Kansas City, Missouri, the daughter of Larry W. and Jean E. Gordon Furr.  Jessica was preceded in death by her sister, Dixie J. Furr.  She is survived by her husband Daniel of 13 years; sons, Austin, Christian and Hunter; parents, Larry and Jean Furr; in-laws, Daniel and Connie White; sisters, Kelly J. Meadow (Keith) and Christine L. Graves (Mark) and remember by her aunts, uncles and many nieces, nephews and cousins.  Jessica graduated May 29, 2014 as a Registered Nurse from the National American University nursing program.  She was a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts Troop # 1177 and an organ donor.  Her dream was to achieve a nursing degree to support her family and help others as she did everyday of her life.  Jessica will be truly missed by all who knew and loved her.  Her love lives on forever…

 

ERVIN ALLEN BAUER

Ervin Allen Bauer age 76, of Raymore, Missouri and the Kansas City area, recently of Rantoul, Kansas died suddenly Monday, April 14, 2014 at the Ransom Memorial Hospital in Ottawa, Kansas.
Ervin was born September29, 1937 in Buffalo County, Nebraska the oldest of five children to Elmer Johan and Minnie Dorothy (Lammers) Bauer.
Ervin grew up around the Pleasanton area and attended a one (1) room school house, where he finished the eighth grade. From the time he was very young he drove his dad’s teams and rode horses. His great love was horses and rodeos. He attended every rodeo he could get to.
Ervin was in a trail drive in Wyoming, he brought cattle out of the Tetons down over the salt flats in Utah.
On May 17, 1958 he married Ilene Renee Bridges in Hyannis, Nebraska. The couple made their home on a farm near Litchfield, Nebraska and became the parents of three girls: Peggy, Dianna and Connie.
Ervin and Ilene operated several stables in Missouri, Arkansas, Iowa and Colorado and to Missouri where they started their last stable, built a rodeo arena, restaurant and bar. Ervin was so proud when Rawhide Arena won the MRCA Rodeo of the year in 2006.
Ervin traveled all the time to horse sales to buy horses and tack. He brought longhorn steers out of Texas to use in his rodeos. He put on his last rodeo in Greeley, Kansas.
Beginning in 1975 at Old Missouri Town, Ervin opened the town for business with the ponies at the entrance. He also ran the pony ring at all the county fairs in Missouri, Kansas and Arkansas. He did over 1000 private pony birthday parties, he loved those.
Ervin liked to see what came next. In Colorado he was filmed to be the Marlboro Man which go cancelled (fast) when the pictures came back with a Winston cigarette pack in his pocket.
Ervin was preceded in death by his parents and an infant brother Burtis.
He is survived by his wife Ilene of the home, his three daughters: Peggy JoAnn Craig of Rantoul,k KS Dianna Marie Cracraft of Raymore, MO and Connie Jo (Bill) Thompson of Springhill, KS. One brother Alfred (Freida) Bauer of Pleasanton, Neb. Two sisters: Dorothy (Kim) Phillips of Pleasanton, Neb. And Marily(David) Cyborn of Boelus, Neb. Seven grandchildren: Brandon (Lori) Cracraft, Jeremy (Jenna) Cracraft, Tabitha (Jesse) Hayes, Ricky Craig, Alex Craig, Jesse (Amanda) Baker and Bailey Baker. Eight great- grandchildren: Gracie Lorin Ratterree, Thomas Colten Edward Ratterree, Ricky Ray Craig III, Laney Marie Cracraft, Wyatt Lane Cracraft, Henry Ervin Cracraft, Sophia Marie Hayes, Chance Baker and future great grandchildren: Chet Woodrow Cracraft – May 2014, Paisley Jo Baker-July 2014 and Baby Brandon Cracraft-November 2014, along with many other family members and an arena full of friends.
Visitation will be from 6-8pm Friday, April 18, 2014 at the Eddy-Birchard Funeral Home 203 Main, Osawatomie, KS. Services will be at 1:30pm at the Eddy-Birchard Chapel with burial to follow at the Ruhamah Cemetery, Rantoul, KS.

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RICHARD J. BRAYTON

Richard (Dick) Joseph Brayton, of Belton Missouri, born February 5, 1940, passed away April 15, 2014, in Belton, Missouri. He was preceded in death by his parents, Russell and Evelyn (Huntimer) Brayton, and sister, Mary (Brayton) Harsma. He is survived by cousins, nieces, nephews and many friends and extended family.
Dick grew up in Alexandria, South Dakota, graduating from Hanson High School in 1958. He took over his Dad’s Mobil Service Station in Alexandria, South Dakota, pumping gas, cleaning windshields and changing oil until he decided being a Black Jack dealer in Las Vegas may be more fun. After leaving Las Vegas, Dick returned to South Dakota and became a bartender at the Moonlight Lounge in Mitchell, South Dakota. Dick then became a claims adjuster for Federal Crop Insurance Corporation spending the next 20 years enjoying his career as a claims supervisor and crop insurance specialist in Kansas City, Missouri until he retired on April 3, 2000 (career of which he was very proud.) He thoroughly enjoyed the next 14 years harassing his family, friends, neighbors and anyone else who stopped by to visit. Although people lose touch throughout life, Dick often spoke fondly of those he met on his journey. Anyone who knew Dick new that he lived life exactly the way that he wanted! While gruff and opinionated at times, he had a heart of gold and would do anything for the people he cared about and who cared about him. According to his wishes, there will be no services; however, in his honor many family and friends will lift a glass of their favorite spirits to toast his life. We will miss you Dick! Condolences may be left at http://www.mcgilleygeorgebelton.com Arr: McGilley & George Funeral Home 611 Chestnut, Belton MO 64012.

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JAMES ANTHONY (TONY) LAWRENCE

James Anthony (Tony) Lawrence, 53, of Raymore, MO passed away April 21, 2014. Funeral services were 2 PM Sunday, April 27, 2014 at Cullen Funeral Home with visitation 1-2 PM. Tony was born July 18, 1960 in Mobile, Alabama, the son of Alton and Judith Boutwell Lawrence. Tony was preceded in death by his father, Alton. Tony is survived by his wife, Laurie of 31 years; son, Phillip Lawrence; daughter, Stephanie Sullivan (Tom); mother, Judith B Manning and step-father Wayne Manning; brothers, Rick Lawrence and Matt Manning (Andrea); sisters, Paige Lawrence Ashmore and Sandy Lee Lawrence; one niece and five nephews.
Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO (816)322-5278

 

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ELEANOR A. DUNSWORTH MOORE

Eleanor A. Dunsworth Moore, 89, of Raymore, MO passed away April 21, 2014 at the Rehabilitation Center of Raymore. There will be a private family service. Memorials may be made to the VFW. Eleanor was born May 1, 1924 in Appleton, Minnesota, the daughter of Fred and Martha (Burhn) Emde. She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Melvin L. Dunsworth, Sr. and Robert A. Moore; brothers, Willard, Fred and Lester Emde and sister, Lorraine Smith. Eleanor is survived by her son Melvin Dunsworth, Jr.; brother, Ervin Emde; sisters, Harriett Nygard (Phillip) and Verna Kojetin; three grandchildren, Melvin III, Jason and Clinton; two great grandchildren, Clark and HW.
Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO (816)322-5278

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ETHEL L. ROGERS

Ethel L. Rogers, 74, of Gardner, KS passed away April 25, 2014. Funeral services were 10:00 AM Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at Cullen Funeral Home with visitation 6-8 PM Tuesday, April 29, 2014. Burial was in Raymore Cemetery, Raymore, Missouri. Memorial contributions may be made to the Kansas City Hospice House 12000 Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO 64145. Ethel was born November 6, 1939 in Olathe, Kansas, the daughter of Raymond and Charlotte. Ethel was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Rex Mark Rogers. She is survived by her daughter, Stephanie Gustafson and husband Norman of Gardner, KS; son, Brian Rogers and wife Tiffany of Gardner, KS; two grandchildren, Janae and Ramsie.
Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO (816)322-5278

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CECIL B. CLARK

Cecil B. Clark, 71, of Raymore, MO passed away April 28, 2014. Memorial services were 2:00 PM Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Cullen Funeral Home with visitation 1-2. Cremation. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association 6900 College Blvd #250, Leawood, KS 66211. Cecil was born March 12, 1943 in Osage Beach, Missouri, the son of John and Wilma Parsons Clark. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Conley Clark. He is survived by his wife Dorothy of 50 years, two sons Rick Clark (Dawn) and Rob Clark (Sherri); two brothers, Leonard Clark and Nyle Clark, three sisters, Lois Meinrath, Patsy Hurtubise and Marcia Cunningham (Curt); and four granddaughters, Lindsay, Mackenzie, Emma and Phoebe.
Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO (816)322-5278

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BETTY JOE MORGAN

Betty Joe Morgan, 76, of Belton, MO passed away May 5, 2014.  A private family service will be at a later date.  Memorials may be made to Crossroads Hospice 9237 Ward Pkwy, Kansas City, MO 64114.  Betty was born June 28, 2014 in Lexington, Missouri, the daughter of Ernest and Elsie Branson Simmermon.  Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Jones.  She is survived by her seven children; one brother; five sisters; 19 grandchildren and many great grandchildren. Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO (816)322-5278 M

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PEGGY ANN RENFROW

Peggy Ann Renfrow, 72, Adrian, Missouri, died Monday, May 5, 2014 at Menorah Medical Center in Overland Park, Kansas.  Memorial services were held Saturday, May 10 at the Archie United Methodist Church in Archie, Missouri, under the direction of Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville, Missouri.  Inurnment was held Graceland Cemetery in Weston, Missouri.
Peggy was born December 1, 1941 in Kansas City, Missouri, the daughter of Robert Neil and Barbara Jean (Frazer) Bruce.  Peggy was raised in Kansas City, Missouri by her grandmother, Ella Frazer.  She moved to Archie in 1957 and was a 1959 graduate of Archie High School.
Peggy owned and operated The Vinery flower shop in Adrian for 10 years.  She was a member of the Archie United Methodist Church and also played the organ for church services and the piano for the choir for most of her adult life.  She had just played for the choir Easter cantata last month and had finally retired from that position.
Peggy was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, Carla Ann Reed on March 5, 2010 and a granddaughter, Ashley Michelle Tabor on December 15, 2010.  She is survived by one daughter, Kim Reed (Charley), Adrian, Missouri; one half-sister, Nancy Mangas (Jim), Lee’s Summit, Missouri; 5 grandchildren, Elizabeth Davis, Joshua Reed, Sarah Yoder, Alyssa Tabor and Dalton Osborn and 11 great-grandchildren.
Arrangements under the direction of Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville, MO.  Online condolences may be made to atkinsonfuneralhome.com.

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LISA JO (TRUE) BUASRI

Lisa Jo (True) Buasri, 42, of Belton, MO passed away May 3, 2014.  A Celebration of her Life will be 6-7 PM Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at Cullen Funeral Home.  Cremation.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a fund for Faith Suddarth for her education.  Lisa was born June 30, 1971 in Kansas City, Missouri, the daughter of Darold True and Joyce Hughs.  Lisa grew up and lived in Independence, MO until she moved the Peculiar, MO and graduated from Ray-Pec High School.  Lisa had three beautiful daughters, Jherica, Jhesica and Faith and one grandson Elijah Jordan that she loved so much.  Lisa’s passing ended many years of constant struggles of pain from migraine headaches and other physical disorders.  She will be remembered for all her willingness to help who she could, to make friends and to extend herself to others while battling through her own struggles and pain.  Lisa was preceded in death by her step-father, Cliff Hughs.  Lisa is survived by her three daughters, Jherica, Jhesica Buasri and Faith Suddarth; most adored grandson, Elijah Jordan; mother, Joyce Hughs; father, Darold True and step-mother, Mickey; brothers, Troy True, Darold True, Jr. and Tyler True; grandmother, Roberta Cain and many nieces and nephews. Arrangement: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO (816)322-5278

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MARY HELEN DICKERSON

Mary Helen (Adams) Dickerson of Raymore, was born September 5, 1916, in Milan, MO, the daughter of Moses and Adeline (Sheldon) Adams. She died May 6, 2014 at Raymore Rehab, having been under the care of Crossroads Hospice for several weeks.
Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Lea; siblings, Emily Duncan, Queen Ethridge, Noyes Adams, and Levi Adams. She is survived by her children, Don (LeeEtta) Dickerson of Chandler, AZ; Larry (Darlene of Pleasant Hill) Dickerson of Meza, AZ; Karen (Ron) Hillson of Raymore; two sisters, Margaret Ware of Kenai, AK, and Ines King of Milan, MO; grandchildren, Kristi and Brittni Kilton of Belton, Sandi (Kent) Freidhof of Blue Springs, Renee (Greg) Ingram of Liberty, Dave (Jana) Zappola of Mesa, AZ; Paige Freidhof of West Des Moines, IA; and Rian Freidhof of Irvine, CA; Niece Martha Gragg and great nephew Tanner Gragg of Milan, MO.
Swervices were held May 12, at Floral Hills Funeral Home with Pastor Curt Fieleke of South Haven Baptist Church, where Mary Helen was a member, conducting services. Pall bearers were: Kevin Adams, Dave Dickerson, Matt Dickerson, Jim Ducan, Kent Freidhof, Tanner Gragg, Jason Harris, and Greg Ingram. The songs Mary Helen picked out earlier to be sung at her funeral were: “Sweet Hour of Prayer,” “Old Rugged Cross,” and “Good Night Here, Good Morning Up There.”

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GLENN L. “RED” SLAUGHTER

Glenn L. “Red” Slaughter, 74, of Belton, MO passed May 8, 2014.  Memorial services will be 11 AM Monday, May 12, 2014 at Cullen Funeral Home with visitation 10-11 AM.  Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society 1100 Pennsylvania Ave, Kansas City, MO 64105.  Glenn was born April 4, 1940 in Chariton, Missouri, the son of Glenn and Winfred Enyeart Slaughter.  He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Ryan Slaughter.  He is survived by his wife Penny of 46 years; son, James F. Slaughter and wife Sue; daughter, Amy L. Mathes and husband Timothy McDaniel; sister, Sharon Stella (Donald); two grandchildren, Ethan and Riley. Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO (816)322-5278

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JOHN MAX FELLER, JR.

John Max Feller, Jr., 87, of Raymore, MO passed away April 6, 2014.  Memorial service will be 10:30 AM Friday, April 11, 2014 in Bromwell Lounge at Foxwood Springs Living Center, Raymore, Missouri.  Memorial contributions may be made to Crossroads Hospice 9237 Ward Pkwy, Kansas City, MO 64114.  John was born January 3, 1927 in Leavenworth, Kansas, the son of John Max Feller, Sr. and Ruth Howard Feller.  John was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Virginia Sutton.  He is survived by his wife Eileen E. Feller; sons, David J. Feller (Pat), Steven M. Feller (Kerry) and Jeffrey B. Feller; daughter, Gloria A. Yeager (Dennis); nine grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.  John was a member of the Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Lee’s Summit and an Army veteran serving during WWII.

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

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HELEN M. ROACH

Helen M. Roach, 94, passed away Monday, March 31, 2014. Born Helen Maurine McDonnell on October 30, 1919 to Henry G. and Ida Belle (Siler) McDonnell in the family’s home on the Locust Grove Farm near Weston, Missouri. She grew up there, graduating as valedictorian of the Class of 1937. She graduated with a teaching certificate from Northwest Missouri University in Maryville. She later graduated cum laude with a BS in elementary education from the University of Kansas where she also earned a Masters of Education as a remedial reading specialist.

Helen was a lifelong teacher. Beginning with her first job teaching eight grades in one room in Farley, Missouri, she taught wherever life presented the opportunity. The last 25 years of her more than 40 year professional teaching career were spent at Salt Valley Creek School.

Helen married Elmer M. Roach on January 9, 1944. They spent the next 47 years as the fourth generation on the Leavenworth, Kansas farm that remained in the Roach family for more than 100 years. They retired to Foxwood Springs in Raymore, Missouri in 1991. There they continued to be energetic volunteers, devoted members of Raymore Christian Church, and caring examples of Jesus’ love.

She was a former member of the First Christian Church of Leavenworth, a current member of Raymore Christian Church, Raymore, MO, past president of The Leavenworth County Extension Council, Platte County Teachers Association, Leavenworth Area Retired Teachers Association and their past president, member of the Leavenworth County Historical Society, Leavenworth County Organ Club, organist and piano player at the Round Prairie Community Church,

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Dwight S. McDonnell, and her husband, Elmer Roach. She is survived by a nephew, Eric, and niece, Sara McDonnell, a great-niece, Madison, two great-nephews Grant and Walker. Moreover, she is lovingly remembered by her many, many students and friends.

Visitation will be held from 9:30 to 11:00 A.M. Saturday, April 5, 2014 at the First Christian Church, 6th and Seneca St, Leavenworth, KS follow by an 11:00 A. M funeral service.
Burial will follow in the Mt. Muncie Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be given to the First Christian Church of Leavenworth or the Raymore Christian Church of Raymore, Mo.

A memorial service will also be held at Raymore Christian Church, Raymore, Missouri on Saturday, April 12 at 10:00 a.m.

Condolences may be made at http://www.davisfuneralchapelinc.com.

 

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JAMES EDWARD HAMBURG

James Edward Hamburg, 89, of Raymore, MO passed away March 30, 2014.  A visitation will be 5-7 PM Thursday, April 3, 2014 at St. Sabina Catholic Church with rosary at 6:30 PM.  Mass will be 10 AM Friday, April 4, 2014 at the church.  Graveside will be 2 PM at Missouri State Veterans Cemetery, Higginsville, Missouri.  Memorial contributions may be made to St. Sabina Catholic Church 700 Trevis Ave. Belton, MO 64012 or Catholic Community Hospice 9740 W 87th St, Overland Park, KS 66212.  James was born April 24, 1924 in Kansas City, Missouri, the son of John and Mary Castel Hamburg, Sr.  James was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Vera Hamburg.  He is survived by eight children, MaryJoan Johnston and husband Ken of Independence, MO, Jim Hamburg, Jr. of Overland Park, KS, Ann Falasiri and husband Ala of Tampa, FL, Karen Mozafari and husband Hossein of Leawood, KS, Tom Hamburg and wife Carrie of Raymore, MO, Veronica Brassart and husband Donald of Wesley Chapel, FL, Rita Hamburg of Raymore, MO and Peggy Smith and husband Glenn of Centerview, MO; 22 grandchildren, Cari, Cameron, Amy, Travis, Jennifer, Shireen, Yasi, Moji, Alaina, Michael, Katie, Christa, Maryanne, Nichole, Casey, Donnie, Terry, Frank, Sara, Vince, Tommy and Todd; 17 great grandchildren, Cheyenne, Lyndsey, Lachlan, Lindsey, Billy, Madison, Alyssa, Nila, Ollie, Audrey, Johnathan, Skyler, Emma, Autumn, Dustin, Alerah and Ethan.  James was a helicopter pilot for the US Navy and retiring after 20 years of service.

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

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JASON CURTIS HARDY

Jason Curtis Hardy, 36, of Raymore, MO passed away March 29, 2014.  Funeral service will be 1 PM Saturday, April 5, 2014 at Cullen Funeral Home with visitation noon-1 PM.  Burial will be in Raymore Cemetery.  Jason was born August 20, 1977 in Gardner, Kansas.  Jason was preceded in death by his mother, Rosemary A. DeShazer and sister, Melissa White.  He is survived by his wife Elisa of 17 years; children, Dylan Curtis and Briannah Nicole; brother, John Patterson; sister, Ginger Stark and Kim Craven; mother in-law, Carolyn George; grandfather in-law, Herbert Butt; nephew, Eric Hardy and many more nieces and nephews.

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

 

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CATHERINE I. WEATHERMAN

Catherine I. Weatherman, 70, of Raymore, MO passed away March 29, 2014.  Funeral services will be Noon, April 1, 2014 at Cullen Funeral Home with visitation 10-Noon.  Burial will be in Raymore Cemetery.  Catherine was born August 21, 1943 in Kansas City, Missouri, the daughter of Raymond and Catherine Potts.  Catherine was preceded in death by her parents and brother, William Potts.  She is survived by her husband Edward of 24 years; sons, Rick and Gary Eidson; daughters, Brenda Iseman (Tony), Deanna Heidrich, Shalene Grassie (Dean) and Lisa Gyette; 18 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

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

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NETA M. THRAILKILL

Our loving mother and grandmother Neta M. Thrailkill went to see our Lord on March 20, 2014. Neta was 84 and a resident of Foxwood Springs Living Center in Raymore, MO. She was born November 12, 1929 in Louisburg, Kansas, the daughter of Albert and Evelyn Turner Palmer. Neta was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Gene Thrailkill and ten siblings. She is survived by her daughters, Brenda Prouty (Larry), Carol White (Chris) and Pam Potter; 6 grandchildren, Mistie, Andrea (Matt), Meagan, Ryan (Jill), Amanda (Brendan) and Chris; 11 great grandchildren, Nick, Taylor, Riley, Franceska, Cayden, Jadan, Hunter, Cooper, Sean, Abigail, and Harper. Funeral services will be 11 AM Monday, March 24, 2014 at Cullen Funeral Home with visitation 10-11 AM. Burial will be in Mt. Washington Cemetery, Independence, MO. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association 3846 W 75th St. Prairie Village, KS 66208 or American Cancer Society 1100 Pennsylvania Ave, Kansas City, MO 64105.

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

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LELAND N. KEITH

Leland N. Keith, 94, died at Foxwood Springs Care Center, Raymore, MO on March 10, 2014. He is survived by his sister Wilma McDaniel of Sun City, AZ; his daughter Judith A. McMichael (Gene) of Kansas City, MO; and his son John C. Keith (Jeannette) of Loveland, CO; 6 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

Leland was born January 5, 1920 in Audubon, IA, the only son of Clyde Keith and Rose Nelson. He married Thelma Farrell in Washington, DC during WWII in 1944. Leland was in the Navy and was working for the Division of Naval Intelligence. After the war they moved to Des Moines, IA then Kansas City, MO where he worked for GSA. Retirement was spent at Laurie, MO, then Belton and Raymore, MO. They celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary in 2012.

A memorial service will be held at Foxwood Springs Senior Living – Holmes Hall, 500 Mott Drive, Raymore, MO on Wednesday, March 12th 7 pm.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Fellowship of John, Foxwood Springs Residents’ Council, Box 701, Raymore, MO 64083 or to Grace Hospice, 9233 Ward Parkway, Suite 201, Kansas City, MO 64114.

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

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RUSSELL MILBURN

Russell Milburn, 87, of Raymore, MO passed away March 4, 2014.  Graveside services will be 1 PM Thursday, March 6, 2014 at Raymore Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to Harden Hospice 4731 S Cochise Dr. Independence, MO 64055.  Russell was born August 3, 1926 in Kansas City, Missouri, the son of Haywood Henry and Jessie Mae Waddell Milburn.  He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Robert, Haywood Jr., Kenneth and William Milburn and sister, Alice Potter.  Russell is survived by his wife Thelma I. Milburn of 61 years.  Russell was an Army veteran serving during the Korean war. Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO (816)322-5278
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CAROL KAY FINLAY
Carol Kay Finlay, 70, of Raymore, MO passed away February 22, 2014.  Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at Cullen Funeral Home with visitation 6-8pm Tuesday, February 25, 2014.  Burial will be in Raymore Cemetery.  Memorial contribution may be made to Crossroads Hospice 9237 Ward Pkwy, Kansas City, MO 64114.  Kay was born December 8, 1943 in Topeka, Kansas, the daughter of Edward and Loretha Matney Clark.  She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Jerry Finlay.  She is survived by her son, Jeff Finlay (Barry Werner); daughter, Debbie Clark; brother, Rick Clark; sisters Janie Kuermaier (LeRoy) and Susan Thompson; two grandchildren, Lindsay and Mackenzie.
Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO (816)322-5278

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LUCILLE H. SCHUTTER

Lucille H. Schutter, 92, of Raymore, MO passed away February 19, 2014.  A visitation will be Noon-1 PM Monday, February 24, 2014 at Cullen Funeral Home with a prayer service at 1 PM.  Burial will be in Chapel Hill Cemetery, Des Moines, IA.  Memorial contributions may be made to Continua Hospice 7611 State Line Rd. Kansas City, MO 64114.  Lucille was born August 21, 1921 in Harlingen, Texas, the daughter of Norman and Alberta Mitchell Fessler.  She was preceded in death by her parents and several brothers and sisters.  Lucille is survived by her daughters, Mary Rickert (Robert), and Kelli Garley-Smith (Stephen); brothers, Jack Fessler and Paul Walkup (Pat); two grandchildren and great grandchild.  Lucille was member of the St. Sabina Catholic Church.

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

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RICHARD E. LAGLE

Richard E. Lagle, 78, of Raymore, MO passed away February 18, 2014.  A visitation will be 6-8 PM Thursday, February 20, 2014 at Cullen Funeral Home.  Graveside will be 11 AM Friday at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery, Higginsville, MO.  Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society 1100 Pennsylvania Ave, Kansas City, MO 64105.  Dick was born October 21, 1935 in Washington, Indiana, the son of Alonzo and Bertha Webber Lagle.  Dick was in the US Marine Corp serving in Vietnam and retiring with 20 years of service.  He also worked for 22 years for RG Credit Union.  He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Clara Jane Canida.  Dick is survived by his wife Janet of 57 years; daughters, Debra Jackson (Lonnie) and Mary Jane Landwehr (Raymond); brother, Lonnie Lagle; six grandchildren, Mindy, Tracey, Lindsey, Charlie, Elizabeth and Hannah; six great grandchildren, Mikailee, Mariah, Masyn, Aubrey, Ella and Olivia.

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

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HELEN G. BELLAS

Helen G. Bellas, 94, of Raymore, MO passed away February 13, 2014.  Visitation will be 9-10 AM Monday, February 17, 2014 at the Raymore Christian Church with services 10:30 AM in Holmes Hall at Foxwood Springs Living Center.  Graveside services 3 PM Monday in Rosehill Cemetery, Breckenridge, MO.  Helen was born July 29, 1919 in Grundy Co., Missouri, the daughter of Edward and Grace Murry Autenrieth.  Helen was preceded in death by her parents; first husband Glen Ewens; second husband Hugh Bellas; 2 brothers; 2 sisters and great grandson, Christopher Ewens.  She is survived by her son, Gary Ewens (Karen) of St. Charles, MO; daughter, Joy Ewens Thompson (Dave) of Oak Harbor, WA; foster daughter, Mary Draper (Dale) of Florissant, MO; sister, Mary Rawlings; 2 grandchildren, Michael Ewens (Kathleen) and Stacy Smith; 2 great grandchildren, Patrick Miyat and Kaleb Smith.  Helen grew up on farms in Northern Missouri and Eastern Kansas.  She rode a horse to elementary school.  She graduated from high school in Chillicothe, MO, and then earned a degree from Chillicothe Business College.  Helen moved to St. Louis where she began her career as an office worker, eventually becoming a civil service employee.  She married Glen Ewens in 1946.  They raised their family in Florissant, MO.  After Helen’s retirement she moved to Raymore, MO, living at Foxwood Springs.  At the age of 83, after being a widow for 18 years, she married Hugh Bellas and embarked on new adventures.  Helen was a woman of great faith and served as a deacon, an elder, and Stephens Minister at Christian churches (Disciples of Christ) in Florissant and Raymore.  She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.  In lieu of flowers donations would be welcomed by The Fellowship of John at Foxwood Springs Living Center.  http://www.foxwoodsprings.org/fojtrifl.pdf
Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO (816)322-5278

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GAYLAND BURKE

Gayland Burke was born in Norwood, MO, on November 27th, 1930 to Thomas and Myrtle Burke. He was the youngest of four children and recalled a happy childhood where he was nurtured and loved.

Gayland attended Norwood School from first grade through high school graduation. When he wasn’t studying, he was polishing his art skills sketching airplanes and cars. He also enjoyed the outdoors and loved the life of a country boy. Gayland was no stranger to hard work and spent some summers following the wheat harvest to earn his way in the world.  One of his fondest memories was of a special trip through the Western United States with his parents. Desiring to serve his country, he enlisted in the Air Force following high school and served for four years, attaining the rank of staff sergeant. He has always had much pride in his military service. Two of his grandsons have followed in his footsteps serving in the Air Force.

On August 28th, 1954, Gayland married his bride, Evelyn Gay Thomas in Norwood, MO. Soon after their marriage they moved to the Bahama Islands were Gayland worked as a weather observer for the Air Force and later for Pan Am.  In 1956 Gayland and Gay moved to Kansas City, MO, so that Gayland could pursue his love of art at the Kansas City Art Institute where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree. Following his graduation, Gayland began a 32-year-long career at the Kansas City Star as an editorial artist. He was a perfectionist in his art work.

Gayland and Gay were blessed with 59 years of marriage and created a loving home. To this union two daughters were born, Denise Jeanne and Dawn Annette. Gayland was very proud of his daughters, and they were tremendously blessed to have him as their father. Gayland was a devoted family man who worked hard all of his life to provide for his family. He instilled in his children the qualities of honesty and integrity. He was the epitome of a true gentleman and his keen sense of humor will be greatly missed. The family has many warm memories of tent camping vacations, from Florida to Washington. DC., Canada, and many places in between. Gay and Gayland even traveled to La Paz, Bolivia, on two occasions to visit Denise’s family when they were there doing mission work.

Gayland put on his Lord in baptism at the age of 30 and always strove to serve God faithfully. His walk with his Lord was deep and committed. He served as an elder in the church of Christ for 32 years in several congregations. His life of quiet service and faithfulness was an inspiration to many.

Gayland was a resident for the past 6 months at the Rehabilitation Center of Raymore where he received great care and attention and for that his family is eternally thankful.

Gayland departed this life and entered an even closer walk with his Lord on February 8, 2014 due to complications of Alzheimer’s disease. He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Myrtle Burke, sisters, Birdella Findley and Beryl Cale.

He is survived by his devoted wife, Evelyn Gay Burke of Raymore, MO, daughters: Denise and husband, Earl  Fultz, of Pleasant Hill, MO, Dawn and husband, Bradly Hemphill, of Forgan, OK, grandchildren: Jordan and wife, Lydia Fultz, of Kansas City, MO, Bethany and husband, Jacob Spillman, of Little Rock, AR, Shannon Fultz of Pleasant Hill, MO, Adam Hemphill of Pyeongtaek, South Korea, Matthew Hemphill of Yukon, OK, great grandchildren: Emelyn Hope and Asher Lewis Spillman of Little Rock, AR. Gayland delighted in each grandchild as if it were his first. He is also survived by a brother, Leon, and wife, Alyene, of San Clemente, CA, as well as a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Gayland will be held 11:00 AM Friday, February 14, 2014 at Red Bridge Church of Christ 101 W. Red Bridge Rd. SW Corner Red Bridge & Wornall Kansas City, MO 64114. Visitation will be 6-8 PM Thursday, February 13, 2014 at Cullen Funeral Home 612 W. Foxwood Dr. Raymore, MO 64083. Burial with military honors will be held at Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Kansas City, MO.

In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association 3846 W 75th St, Prairie Village, KS 66208. Online condolences may be left at https://www.cullenfuneralhome.com.

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

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R.G. JOHNSTON

R.G. Johnston, 87, of Raymore, MO passed away January 30, 2014.  Private family services.  Memorials may be made to Serenity Care Hospice 1626 Elm Street Harrisonville, MO 64701.  R.G. was born April 13, 1926 in Ethel, Missouri, the son of Noah E. and Ruby Surber Johnston.  R.G. was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Billy Johnston.  He is survived by his wife Betty of 66 years; one niece, Arnetta K. Johnston and three nephews, Mike, Phil and Richard Johnston.  R.G. was an Army veteran served during WWII in the 304th Infantry.  He worked for Montgomery Ward for 31 years and retired in 1981.

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

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ALAN A. MALINOWSKI

Alan A. Malinowski, 70 of Raymore, MO passed away January 14, 2014.  There will be private family services.  Alan was born January 1, 1944 in Watertown, South Dakota, the son of George and Luella Kaipinski Malinowski.  He is survived by his wife Donna of 29 years.

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

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JACQUALINE “JOAN” ROSCOE

Jacqualine “Joan” Roscoe, 81, of Raymore, MO passed January 4, 2014.  Funeral service will be Noon, Thursday, January 9, 2014 at South Haven Baptist Church with visitation 11-noon.  Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Kansas City, MO.  Memorials may be made to South Haven Baptist Church 16800 Bel Ray Blvd., Belton, MO 64012.  Joan was born September 6, 1932 in Independence, Missouri, the daughter of Charles Virgil Crider and Dorothy I. Ransone.  Joan was preceded in death by her parents and son, Charles M. Roscoe.  She is survived by her children, Karl R. Roscoe (Kathy), Pamela K. McQueen and Theresa L. Russell (Rick); nine grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren.  Joan was a member of the Purple Pansies and South Haven Baptist Church.

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

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KIMBERLY L. WALTON

Kimberly L. Walton, 44, of Raymore, MO passed away January 5, 2014.  Kimberly was born September 24, 1969 in Hannibal, Missouri, the daughter of Roy and Teresa Borden Epperson.  She is survived by her loving husband, Michael of 25 years; daughter, Alysa Walton; sisters, Hope Marie Walton (Ray) and Amber Nicole Jenkins (James) and many nieces and nephews.  Visitation and Memorial service are Friday, January 10, 2014, at the God’s Garden Church in Brookfield, MO.  Visitation is at 1 to 3 pm with services immediately following.  Memorial contributions may be made to FirstBook.org, a Nonprofit organization connecting book publishers and community organizations to provide access to new books for children in need.

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

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LOUIE W. ROBINETT

Louie W. Robinett, 74, of Raymore, Missouri, passed away Friday, January 3, 2014 at The Missouri Veterans Home in Warrensburg, MO.  He was born December 30, 1939, in Pettis County, to Faye Allen and Louie W. Robinett, Sr., the second of four children.  He grew up in the Warsaw, MO area enjoying fishing, hunting and spending time with his neighborhood friends.  He is survived by his siblings; his sister, Louise Swanson of Independence, MO, his two brothers, George Robinett (Lorna) of Bates City, MO and Larry Joe Robinett (Mildred) of Lincoln, MO.

He graduated from Warsaw High School in the Class of 1957 eventually settling in Kansas City, MO, where he met his wife, Etheldred Yount, and they wed in February, 1962.  In 1963, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served two years in Colorado Springs, CO.  They were blessed with a son Vincin W. Robinett and a daughter, Yvonne Etheldred.  They made their home in Blue Spring, MO.  Beginning in 1963, he worked for Pepsi Cola General Bottlers driving a delivery truck.  He retired after 34 years of service, in 1997, as a vending supervisor.

After the death of his first wife, he married Phyllis Chalmers in December, 1982 and they made their home in Raymore, MO.

His parents and his wife, Etheldred, preceded him in death as well as his son, Vincin.  He is survived by his wife, Phyllis, of 31 years, at their home; a daughter, Yvonne Clifford (Jimmy) of Oklahoma City, OK, a step-daughter, Kristal Malone (Joe) of Raymore, MO and step-son, Darren Chalmers (Kim) of Peculiar, MO; grandchildren, Erica Little, Steven Tiedman, Joshua Tiedman (Katie), Jessica Clifford, Bailey Cole, and Blake, Kamren and Jaxson Chalmers; plus eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 7:00 PM Monday, January 6, 2014 at Cullen Funeral Home with visitation 5-7 PM.  Graveside service will be 11:00 AM Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at Fairview Cemetery in Sweet Spring, MO

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Missouri Veterans Home, 1300 Veterans Rd., Warrensburg, MO 64093.  A special thanks to all the wonderful staff at the home for the  outstanding comfort, love and care you showed Louie for two plus years.

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

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WAYNE F. DAVIS

Wayne F. Davis, 77, Raymore, MO, was called home by our Lord on December 8, 2013. Visitation will be held 2:00, Sunday, December 15, and funeral services to follow at 3:00 p.m. at Mount Moriah & Freeman Funeral Home, 10507 Holmes Road, Kansas City, MO. Interment in Mt. Moriah Cemetery.

He is survived by a loving wife of 56 years, Virginia R. (Chamberlin) Davis and three daughters; Anne Davis, Jennifer Davis, and Amy Crunk (and husband, Jim). He is also survived by seven grandchildren; Ben, Daniel, Jeremiah, Kasidy, Amber, Shawn, and Austin. Wayne is also survived by seven energetic great-grandchildren.

Wayne grew up in Sedalia, MO and was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Hazel Davis, and sister Wilma Mosby. He is survived by two additional sisters, Deloris Jean Morton and Betty Holman. He was a 1954 graduate of Smith-Cotton High School, 1961 graduate of Central Technical Institute and a 1974 graduate of UMKC.

Wayne served our country in the Air Force serving during the Korean War. He served from 1955-1959 and was stationed in Alaska and Africa. He retired after 35 years of work for Western Electric (Lucent Technologies) in Lee’s Summit as an electronic technician. He was a long-time member of Grace Point Baptist Church. Charitable donations may be sent directly to the church, 10415 Chestnut Dr., Kansas City, MO 64137 or Crossroads Hospice, 11150 Thompson, Lenexa, KS 66219.

He enjoyed book reading, watching westerns, and travel with his wife throughout the United States including Hawaii and Alaska as well as to Barbados, Switzerland, France, the Caribbean Islands, and England. He and his wife traveled as well with the Free Spirits RV club. Wayne was filled with humor and wit, and is remembered as a compassionate family man who lightened the load of others.

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HELEN GRACE GARDNER

Helen Grace Gardner, 103, died on December 6, 2013, at Foxwood Springs Health Care Center in Raymore, Mo.   Helen was born on September 11, 1910, to Charles A. and Lora Bishop, in Ludlow, Mo., where she lived until moving to the Kansas City area at age fourteen.

She graduated from William Chrisman High School in Independence, Mo., in 1928 and later attended Kansas City Junior College, Kansas City Teachers College, and the University of Kansas.  She taught fifth grade at Rock Creek Elementary School in Independence and after that worked for over eight years at KMBC Radio, where she played the role of a personal shopper on “The Joanne Taylor Show”.  In 1934 she married James E. Gardner, who at that time worked as an engineer at KMBC.  In 1938 they built a home in Independence, where they lived for 54 years before moving to Foxwood Springs retirement community in Raymore in 1992.  During her husband’s career as executive vice-president of Wilcox Electric Co., Helen traveled extensively with him to Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean. Later on, even well into her nineties, Helen took trips abroad to visit family in Italy.

Helen will be remembered by those who knew her as sociable, caring, engaging, and gracious.   She loved people and seldom failed to find a common bond, a connection, or a mutual interest with whomever she met.  She was a competitive and accomplished bridge player throughout her life.  True to her farming roots, Helen grew a victory garden during WWII, a generous vegetable garden at home in Independence, as well as a community garden at Foxwood, and she liked nothing more than sharing what she grew.  In addition to bridge and gardening, her interests and activities included reading, sewing, community theater, computers, investments, Royals baseball (she could always tell you the score), painting, weaving, antiques, genealogy, to name a few, and if a club were formed around any of these, chances are she would have been a charter member.

She was an active member of First Christian Church of Independence, and later Raymore Christian Church, past president of the Junior Service League of Independence, a member of the Kansas City Young Matrons, and the DAR.   Helen served two terms as a Commissioner of the Housing Authority of the City of Independence, and she helped organize and was later president of the Family Planning Board of Eastern Jackson County.  She was also involved in several study clubs under the auspices of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs.

Born in the early 20th century, Helen was remarkable in her ability to accept and adapt to the dramatic changes of the 21st.  Characteristically ahead of her generation, she was already e-mailing in the early 1990s. Her granddaughters lovingly referred to her as “Mission Control” because no matter how widespread the family was, she always knew their whereabouts and latest news.  Her granddaughters also fondly remember Helen as a wonderful cook, whose her never-fail fudge was a favorite during summer evenings at the Lake of the Ozarks.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband James, who died in 1995.  Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Janet G. and Tom A. Smith, Jr., of Greenwood, Mo., a son, James E. Gardner, Jr., of Ithaca, N.Y., four granddaughters, Laura (Benjamin) Fillmore of Gardnerville, Nev., Melissa (Aldo) Rigamonti of Milan, Italy, Julia Gardner Smith of Kansas City, Mo., and Jennifer (Tim) Fortier of Lee’s Summit, Mo., and nine great-grandchildren.

Donations in Helen’s memory may be made to The Fellowship of John, Foxwood Springs Residents’ Council, P.O. Box 701, Raymore, MO 64083, or to the charity of one’s choice.  A memorial service will be held at 2:30pm on Monday, December 9, 2013, at Bromwell Lounge in Foxwood Springs Living Center.

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

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LOLA M. (CALHOUN) HAMBY

Lola M. (Calhoun) Hamby, 81, of Raymore, MO passed away December 6, 2013 at Foxwood Springs Living Center.  She was born March 8, 1932 in Jamesport, Missouri, the daughter of Everett and Lena Beaman Saltzman. Visitation 1-2 PM Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at Cullen Funeral Home with graveside services to follow at Floral Hills East Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to Crossroads Hospice.  Lola was preceded in death by her parents; husbands James Calhoun and Robert Hamby; five brothers and sisters.  She is survived by her sons, Steven Calhoun (Carol), Patrick Calhoun (Lisa); daughter, Gayle Moore (Don); brother, Donald Saltzman (Judy); sisters, Alice Jenkins (Robert); Carol Sue Chase; Nancy Tober; 8 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

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

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J FIRTH CHARLESWORTH, JR.

J Firth Charlesworth, Jr., 97, of Raymore, MO passed away November 25, 2013.  Memorial service will be 2 PM Monday, December 2, 2013 in Bromwell Lounge at Foxwood Springs Living Center.   Memorials may be made to Serenity Care Hospice 2000 E Mechanic St, Harrisonville, MO 64701.  J F. was born November 24, 1916 in Kansas City, MO, the son of J Firth Charlesworth, Sr. and Ida Walker.  He was preceded in death by his wife Eva Fern Charlesworth; parents and brother, Thomas Edwin Charlesworth.  He is survived by his nephew, Thomas F. Charlesworth.  He was an Army Veteran and served during WWII.

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

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BETTY M. PERKINS

Betty M. Perkins, 77, of Raymore, MO passed away November 27, 2013.  Funeral service 1 PM Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at Cullen Funeral Home with visitation Noon-1 PM.  Burial in Floral Hills Cemetery.  Memorials to the Kathy Perkins Memorial Fund c/o First Baptist Church of Raymore.  Betty was born May 10, 1936 in Fitchburg, MA, the daughter of Darwin and Doris Fitzsimmons Bennett.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Larry; son, Michael and daughter, Katherine.  Betty is survived by her daughter in law, Leah Perkins; brother, Bill Bennett (Linda); 3 granddaughter, Allegra, Whitney and Claire; 1 great grandson, Ryan.  Betty was a member of the First Baptist Church of Raymore and worked as the secretary for 13 years.  Betty and Larry enjoyed working at Yellowstone National Park for 14 years.

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

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PAUL EDWARD CHAFIN

Paul Edward Chafin, 70, of Raymore, MO passed away peacefully November 14, 2013 at Wilshire at Lakewood with his children by his side.  Paul was born July 19, 1943 in Mingo Co., West Virginia, the son of Albert and Gladys Perry Chafin.  Paul was preceded in death by his loving wife, Carol; father, Albert; son, Paul Chafin; daughter, Paula Chafin; grandson, Alan Lawing and sister, Fawn Aravanis.  Paul is survived by his children, Anthony Chafin (Caroline), Gregory Chafin (Kerry), Regina Buckley, Teri Lawing (Kerry), Erica Demack and Cynthia Rickard (Mark); mother, Gladys Chafin; brothers, Albert, John and Bill Chafin; sisters, Francis McClarnon and Brenda Mara; 16 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.  The family and close friends plan to celebrate his life privately together.  The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Belton Young Life 911 S. Westover Rd., Belton, MO 64012.

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

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CHARLES EARL BYBEE

Charles Earl Bybee, 87, of Raymore, MO passed away November 4, 2013 at the home.  Memorial Mass will be 11AM at St. Sabina Catholic Church, Belton, MO 10-11 AM visitation at the church.   Inurnment will be 3 PM at Orient Cemetery, Harrisonville, MO.  Memorial contributions may be made to St. Sabina Catholic Church.  Charles was born August 28, 1926 in Harrisonville, Missouri, the son of Charles and Bertha Temple Bybee.  Charles was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Alice Hawley and Kathleen George.  He is survived by his wife Leona of 54 years; sons, Craig Bybee (Dorothy) of Wichita, KS and Charles Bybee of Belton, MO; daughters, Karen Herring (Joe) of Apple Valley, CA and Pamela Crosby (Monte) of Peculiar, MO; sister, VirginiaTepesch of Paola, KS; 7 grandchildren and 8great grandchildren.  Charles was a Navy veteran and served during WWII; a retired Millwright worker for Local Union #1529; member of the VFW in Harrisonville, MO.  Charles was a bus driver for the Belton School District and was still devoted to this job after retirement.

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

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SHIRLEY JOAN SPALDING

Shirley Joan Spalding, 78, of Raymore, MO passed away October 17, 2013.  Funeral service will be Noon, Saturday, October 19, 2013 at South Haven Baptist Church with visitation 10-Noon.  Burial will be in Raymore Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to Young at Heart at South Haven Baptist Church.  Joan was born September 24, 1935 in Deepwater, MO, the daughter of Hazel and Naomi Bennett Sanders.  She is survived by her husband, James of 56 years; children, Randy and Laurie Spalding and Todd and Amy Spalding of Raymore, MO and Cindy Zornes of Belton, MO; brother, Jimmie Sanders (Judy); sisters, Loraine Gibson (Art), Ruby Bell and Carol Briggs (Jim); 7 grandchildren, Maggie, Kellsi, Dustin, Brooke, Anna, Madeline and Grace; great grandson, Isaac.

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

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DELMA A. PARKS

Delma A. Parks, 90, of Raymore, MO passed away September 30, 2013 at Foxwood Spring Living Center.  Delma was born July 24, 19 23 in rural Douglas County, Kansas, the daughter of William Elmer Nichols and Sophia Breicheisen Nichols.  She graduated from Lawrence High School and the University of Kansas.  In Lawrence she was employed by the Lawrence School District and The University of Kansas.  In 1952 she moved to Kansas City and was employed for twenty-six years by AT&T.  In 1960 she married Noel Parks.  They lived 42 years in Kansas City prior to their move to Foxwood Springs Living Center, Raymore, MO in 2002.  Survivors include a twin sister, Doris Danley of Colorado City, Texas and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband in 2006 and a brother, Raymond Nichols in 1994.  Cremation.  In according with her wishes there will be no memorial services.  Memorials may be made to Children’s Mercy Hospital.

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

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RUBY L. (BARR) BEENEY

Ruby L. Beeney, 101, died Sept. 21, 2013. Visitation 10:00 am and the funeral service following  at 11:00 am at McGilley & George Funeral Home 611 Chestnut in Belton, MO. Burial in Mt. Washington Cemetery in Independence, MO. In lieu of flowers donations suggested to Raymore Christian Church or Beautiful Savior Home in Belton, MO.

Ruby was born Feb. 29, 1912 in Holt, MO to Fred and Opal Barr. She lived in Kansas City until after she married J. Wayne Beeney in 1934 and then moved to Independence, MO. Robert W. Beeney, son and Nancy G. Bishoff, daughter were both born in Independence, MO. Ruby was active in Scouts and PTA during their school years. She was an “at home” mother but later went to work as a secretary, retiring in 1975. She and Wayne moved to Foxwood Springs, Raymore in 1978 where Wayne passed away. Ruby later moved to Beautiful Savior in 2006. She was a charter member of Eastgate Christian Church in Independence and was the choir accompanist for 33 years. On her move to Raymore she transferred her membership to Raymore Christian Church and was a charter member there also. She liked cooking, sewing, making quilts, knitting, music and reading.

Survived by son, Robert and wife, Giovanna Beeney; daughter, Nancy and husband, Al Bishoff; niece, Robbie and husband, David LaFountain; 5 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Condolences may be left at www.mcgilleygeorgebelton.com  Arr: McGilley & George Funeral Home 611 Chestnut, Belton MO 64012 (816-322-2996)

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MARGUERITE M. WILLIAMSON

Marguerite Marie Jeffers Williamson passed away peacefully surrounded by her children on September 20, 2013, at Foxwood Springs, Raymore, Missouri. She was born October 20th, 1923 in Kansas City, Missouri. Mom was married 54 years to the love of her life, Wiley T. Williamson Jr., who preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her son, Richard Jeffers Williamson. She is survived by her children, Wiley “Bud” (Becky) Williamson, Marilee (Bill) Lasley, Susie (Steve) Butler, Lisa Farr, and Kathy (Kenny) Carter. She also leaves 13 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and 3 great, great-grandchildren. Visitation was September 22, 2013 at 3:00 PM, followed by a memorial service at 4:00 PM at Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, Missouri. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to Crossroads Hospice, 9237 Ward Parkway, Suite 300, Kansas City, Mo 64114 or the Fellowship of John 1500 W. Foxwood Dr., Raymore, Mo 64083.

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

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Robert Nicholas Sullivan Jr.

Robert N. “Bob” Sullivan passed away September 16, 2013.  Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. Thursday, September 19, 2013; Rosary at 9:45 followed by Mass of Christian burial at 10:00 a.m., St. Sabina Catholic Church, 700 Trevis Ave, Belton, MO 64012.  The burial will be held at Mount Olivet Cemetery, KCMO.  Robert was born Dec. 3, 1927, to Robert N. Sullivan Sr. and Mary Cecelia (Lafferty) in Tucson, AZ.  He grew up in Kansas City, MO attending St. Peter’s Catholic Grade School and later Bishop Hogan High School.   After serving in the US Navy as a Corpsman at the Naval Hospital in San Diego, CA, Robert returned to Kansas City earning a degree in Economics from Rockhurst College.  Bob married Shirley Ann Hohenschild in 1950 and together they raised seven children.  He worked for the Santa Fe Railroad for 35 years, retiring in 1986.  He was a life time member of the Knights of Columbus.  And, he was a member of BSA Troop 30, Trail Blazers and Tribe of Mic-o-say of Christ the King parish KCMO.  He enjoyed trapshooting, and cheering on the Kansas City Chiefs.  Robert will always be remembered for his strong faith in God, love of family and love for country.  Robert is survived by Shirley, his wife of 63 years and their seven children: Mary Schmidt (Glen), Patricia Fontenot (Warren), Jim Sullivan (Marsha) deceased, Marjorie Winner (Dick), Teresa Glano (Jim), Cecelia Sullivan, and Kathleen Newman (Troy), 22 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.  The family thanks the staff of Rehabilitation Center of Raymore for their care and support for Robert.  The family also thanks the staff of Continua Hospice for their care, support and friendship during this time.  In Lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Bishop Sullivan Center, 6435 Truman Rd, Kansas City, MO  64126.

Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO (816)322-5278
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BOB D. MILLER

Bob Miller passed away on September 17, 2013 at the age of 88 while residing at the Rehabilitation Center of Raymore.  Bob was born on May 22, 1925 in Weston, Missouri, the son of Ethel Marie and Dan J. Miller who preceded him in death.  Bob was also preceded in death by his loving wife of 52 years, Norma Miller, brothers Wallace Miller and Raymond Miller, and sisters Nancy Brushwood and Virginia Brushwood.  Bob attended E.F. Swinney Elementary and Westport High School in Kansas City.

Bob is survived by children Phil Miller and wife Billie of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Vicki McGraw and husband Bob of Grandview, Missouri, and Dave Miller and wife Janet of Dallas, Texas; six grandchildren (and their spouses): Jeff (Erin) Miller, John Miller, Shaun (Anna) McGraw, Brian McGraw, Matt (Erin) Miller, and Brett (Michelle) Miller; five great-grandchildren and one on the way;  sisters Lydia Miller and Metta George; and brother-in-law Don Meints and wife Sharon.

Bob was a World War II veteran.  He proudly served as a tank driver in the US Army’s 20th Armored Division which participated in the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp in Germany.  He was awarded the Bronze Star.  Bob met Norma while he was serving in WWII and Norma married the young, handsome veteran in 1946.  They had their first child, Phil, in 1949.  In 1950 Bob, along with Norma’s father, built a one-bedroom house in Grandview.  Vicki was born in 1951 and Dave in 1954.  The house grew as the kids grew.

Bob was very proud of his children and his grandchildren and loved to attend their games and activities whenever possible.  Bob proudly wore his “Liberators” WWII hat and his OKC Yard Dawgz shirts that he received when he performed the season-opening coin flip for the Oklahoma City Arena Football League team that was owned by Phil.

Bob worked for Southwestern Bell for 35½ years until his retirement in 1982.  Bob was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America, Masonic Lodge 618, the Scottish Rite, and was an Ararat Shriner.  After retirement Bob served on the Board of Directors of the Jackson County Water District #1 in Grandview from 1982-1992 and volunteered with the Meals on Wheels organization.

Services for Bob were held at the McGilley and George Funeral Home in Grandview, Missouri on Sunday, September 22.  Following the service, he was buried with military honors at Mulberry Cemetery, near Amoret, Missouri.  The family would like to thank the Rehabilitation Center of Raymore and the Catholic Community Hospice for the loving care they provided to Bob.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Catholic Community Hospice at 9740 W. 87th Street, Overland Park, Kansas, 66212. Condolences may be left at www.mcgilleygeorgegrandview.com  Arr: McGilley & George Funeral Home 12913 Grandview Rd., Grandview, MO 64030 (816-966-0250)

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MGySgt Walter R. Herman, Jr. (Retired)

Walter “Ray” Herman, Jr. of Raymore, MO passed away peacefully on Thursday, Sept. 5th.  Ray was born in Bentleyville, PA, Dec. 22, 1939 to Walter, Sr. and Stella Herman. He graduated from Charleroi, PA Senior High School in 1958. In 1959, Ray began his 20 year career with the U.S. Marine Corps which included serving in the Vietnam War and two tours of duty as a drill instructor in Parris Island, SC. He then worked 15 years as a civil service employee for the Federal Government.

Ray is preceded in death by his parents and his brother Ted. He is survived by his wife Carolyn of 52 years, daughters Debra and Barbara, five grandchildren and two great grandsons, four brothers, and a sister.

Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9th and 9:30 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10th at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, 11901 Pflumm Rd. OPKS with funeral service on Tuesday, Sept. 10th at 10 a.m. Graveside services will be at Resurrection Cemetery, 8300 Quivira, Rd., Lenexa, KS.

Family suggests contributions to the Holy Trinity Orthodox Church Icon Fund or to the Missouri Young Marine Regiment and mail to: Lester Miller, P.O. Box 5, Louisburg, KS  66053-0005.  Arrangements by McGilley & George Funeral Home 12913 Grandview Rd. Grandview, MO 64030  816-966-0250

Condolences may be left http://www.mcgilleygeorgegrandview.com

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LLOYD RAY TAYLOR

Lloyd Ray Taylor, 74 of Raymore, Missouri passed away August 30, 2013 at his home. He was born August 27, 1939 in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, the son of Millard and Ollie Ivy Taylor. He was a Sargent in the US Army with tours of duty in Germany during the Cold War. After discharge from the military he worked for the Frisco & Burlington Northern Railroads until his retirement.  Celebration of his life will be celebrated 2-4 PM Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, Missouri.  Memorials may be made to United Service Organization.  He is survived by his sons, Mark Taylor and wife Andrea and Roger Taylor; brother, Jerry Taylor and grandchildren, Mason, Alexa, and Devin.

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

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JEAN CAROL ELLINGER

Jean Carol Ellinger, 62, of Raymore, Missouri passed away August 30, 2013.  She was born July 20, 1951 in Cleveland, Ohio, the daughter of Ernest and Regina Kralick Mitan.  Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society.  She is survived by her daughter, Kim Towne and husband Jason; brother, Rick Mitan and wife Debbie; four grandchildren, Ben, David, Zack, Christina and three great grandchildren, Shyann, Dameon and Sam.

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

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GEORGIA MARIE TALKEN RUDROFF

Georgia Marie Talken Rudroff, 83, of Raymore, Missouri, passed away August 22, 2013 at Foxwood Springs, Raymore.  Visitation was 2-4 PM Sunday, August 25th at Cullen Funeral Home.  Funeral Mass was held 10 AM Monday, August 26th at St. Sabina Catholic Church in Belton and she was entombed next to her husband Leonard Rudroff at 11 AM with visitation 10-11 AM Tuesday, August 27th at Resurrection Cemetery in Jefferson City.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Sabina Catholic Church, Crossroads Hospice or the charity of your choice.

Mrs. Rudroff was born in Taos, MO to Henry and Leona Talken.  Graduating from St. Francis Xavier High school in 1948, she went on to Business School in St. Louis.  She married Leonard Rudroff on January 28, 1953 at the St. Francis Xavier Church in Taos, MO.  Georgia and her young family moved to Belton in 1954 where they founded Rudroff Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. in 1959.  Georgia worked at the company until she became ill.

She is survived by her son Rick and wife Carlene Rudroff of Belton, daughter Renee and husband Peter Kerckhoff of Raymore, grandchildren Derek Rudroff of Raytown, Danielle Kerckhoff of Omaha, Brittany Kerckhoff of Phoenix, Brian Bishop (Tracy) Sedalia, Brandon Bishop (Robin) Malta Bend and 10 great-grandchildren.  She is also survived by brothers Gilbert Talken of Jefferson City, Stanley Talken and wife Vicki of Lake Zurich, IL, Bernard Talken and wife Bert of Raymore, and sisters Carrie Landtiser of Lee’s Summit, Maxelinda Cleveland of New Bloomfield, Frances Talken and Husband Ralph of Troy, Barbara Poetker and husband Larry of Jefferson City, Catherine Andres and husband Gene of Palatine, IL, and sister-in-law Vivian Talken of Centralia.

She was preceded in death by her husband Leonard Rudroff, brothers Omar Talken and Jerome Talken, brothers-in-law Vincent Holzer, Richard Landtiser, Sylvester Reinkenmeyer, Guy Cleveland, sisters-in-law Rita Rudroff, Alma Rudroff Forck, Margaret Talken, Romajean Talken, and parents Henry Talken and Leona Heimericks Talken.

Georgia was devoted to her family, church, and business.  She will be fondly remembered and missed by all.

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

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JACK LEVI SHELLHORN

Jack Levi Shellhorn, stillborn, August 9, 2013. Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 17, 2013 at Raymore Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Alexandra’s House. Survivors include his parents, Jon and Megan Shellhorn; brother, Owen; sister, Emma; maternal grandparents, Clark and Dana Wiemeyer; paternal grandparents, Bob and Sue Shellhorn; aunts, Mandi Eichacker and husband Andrew, Mattie Turner and husband Bret; uncle, Todd Shellhorn and wife Andrea; and additional cousins and family. Jack was preceded in death by his older sister, Giana Faith Shellhorn in 2012. Online condolences may be expressed at www.speakschapel.com (Arrangements: Speaks Suburban Chapel (816) 373-3600)

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PATRICIA JANE CLARK

Patricia Jane Clark, 78, of Raymore, MO passed away August 8, 2013.  Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Sunday, August 11, 2013 at Cullen Funeral Home with visitation 1-2 PM.  Burial will be in Raymore Cemetery, Raymore, MO.  Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Hospice or Disabled American Veterans.  Patricia was born September 14, 1934 in Stillwater, Oklahoma, the daughter of Roscoe and Marjie Lorine Riddle Fagan.  Patricia was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Bruce Fagan.  She is survived by her sons, Richard Miller (Phyllis), Delbert Miller (Jennifer) and Scott Miller; daughters, Pennie Brown (Rod), Cynthia Bevis (Mike) and Heather Buchanan; sisters, Shirley Buckner and Kay McMurray; many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

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

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MICHAEL G. HORNBECK

Michael G. Hornbeck, 69, of Raymore, MO passed away August 6, 2013. A celebration of Mike’s life will be held at Cullen Funeral Home on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 from 10 am until noon. Memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society or Wayside Waifs. Mike was born June 22, 1944 in Madison, Wisconsin, the son of Glen F. and Henrietta Stumpf Hornbeck. Mike was preceded in death by his parents, sister Beatrice Hornbeck and brother Glen F. Hornbeck Jr. Mike is survived by Pam, his wife of 43 years, sons Sean and Brandon Hornbeck, husband and sister-in-law Scott and Gale Clark, sister-in-law Shelly Hardy, brother-in-law and wife Jim and Lisa Hardy and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Mike owned the University Barber Shop on the UMKC campus for 35 years while serving as their NCAA Rifle Coach and student mentor for over 20 years. He founded the annual UBS camping/canoe/fishing tournament on the Niagua River that celebrated its 30th year in 2013. As an avid hunter he was able to bag his largest turkey in 2013, thank you Darwin.

Mike never knew a stranger, his friends were family, and we would like to thank all of this family for supporting him and Pam in his battles and triumphs. He was never one for formality and when you join in remembering him please come casual so your memories are comfortable and bright.

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

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GEORGIA LEONE HURST

Georgia Leone Hurst, 96, of Foxwood Springs, Raymore, Missouri passed away on July 30, 2013. Georgia was born to William Curtis and Alma Kiesling Hurst in Leon, Iowa on December 19, 1916.

Memorial services will be held Saturday August 10, 2013 at 11:00 AM in the Bromwell Lounge in Foxwood Springs. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to KC Hospice.

Georgia grew up in Leon, Iowa and graduated valedictorian of her high school class of 1935. She was editor-in-chief of the high school paper and sang in the honors’ choir.

Georgia served her country in the Navy Waves from 1944-1946 and trained soldiers in aerial gunnery. Georgia graduated from George Washington University in 1951. She began her career in government service at the Naval Research Laboratory and retired from the Department of the Interior in 1973.

After retiring, she moved to Foxwood Springs to be near family members. Georgia was very active in church activities and volunteered for many years at the local hospital. She was a devout Christian and member of Raymore Christian Church.

Georgia loved to travel and visited 35 foreign countries and many places of interest in U.S.

Georgia will be remembered by family and friends for her faith, humility and generosity of her time, talents and resources. She will be greatly missed by all.

Georgia was preceded in death by her parents, sister Sada Belle Hurst Miller, brother-in-law Russell Miller, brother Wilbur Hurst, brother Wright Hurst and nephews, Charles Hurst and Tom Hurst. She is survived by nephews, Art Miller, Don Miller, David Hurst and nieces, Marilyn Hurst Quiter and Jennifer Hurst Riley.

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

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