Mary D. Robinson, 84, Belton, MO. passed away August 29, 2016. Visitation is from 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Wednesday, August 31 at Park Lawn Funeral Home 8251 Hillcrest Road, KCMO. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am, Thursday, September 1 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 310 Johnston Parkway, Raymore, MO. Interment will follow in Green Lawn Cemetery. Mary was born April 11, 1932 in Creelsboro, KY to Leo R. and Mary Ethyl (Summers) Mann; they preceded her in death as well as her husband Elton W. Robinson and son, Steven Robinson. Survivors include her children, Jimmy Robinson, Deborah Catron, Pamela King (Paul), Dee-Dee Stokes (Greg); 15 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; 1 great great-grandson; brother, Glynn Mann; sisters, Wanda Stonecipher, Norma Crockett and other family members and friends. Arrangements: Park Lawn Funeral Home 816-523-1234
MARY LOU BAIRD
Mary Lou Baird, 73, a Blue Springs, MO resident passed away Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at St, Mary’s Manor. She is the daughter of Wayne and Rose Tarbutton, and was born June 22, 1943.
Mary Lou lived most of her life in Belton, Mo. and raised her children there. She was a devoted housewife for many years dedicating most of that time to her 3 girls. She was very active with the Jaycees and and all the activities it entailed . She loved singing and dancing and enjoying life. Her greatest enjoyment came from being around her family and friends.
She worked for the department of Aging for several years. She was Methodist by faith. Mary Lou enjoyed painting and was VERY creative. She always had something new she was working on.
Survivors include daughters, Mary Jackson and husband Philip of Blue Springs, MO, Cindy Van Horn and husband Patrick of Raymore, MO, Robin Brouse and husband Rob of Lee’s Summit, MO; sisters, Joyce Dennis and husband Larry of Mansfield, MO, Jean Baldwin of Independence, MO, Bonnie Light and husband Roy of Rockport, MO; grandchildren, James, Beth, Heather, Tonya, Kelly, Eric, Kayla; great-grandchildren, Christina, Zachary, Lexi, Kimberly, Gavin and Monroe. She was preceded in death by her parents and great-grandchild, Grayson.
A memorial service celebrating Mary’s life was held Saturday September 3, 2016 at the Meyers Blue Springs Chapel 1600 W. Main St, Blue Springs, MO. Memories of Mary Lou and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.
LEROY LEE GARMAN
LeRoy Lee Garman, age 67 of Belton, MO passed away peacefully on October 17, 2015 surrounded by members of his loving family. Visitation 5-7 pm Wednesday, October 21 at McGilley & George Funeral Home 611 Chestnut, Belton MO. Mass 10:00 am Thursday, October 22 at St. Sabina Catholic Church 700 Trevis, Belton MO. Contributions are suggested to Alzheimer’s Assoc. or Wayside Waifs.
He was born April 26, 1948, in Devils Lake, ND, to Joe & Hildegarde (Marthe) Garman where he was raised and attended school. He moved to Harlan, Iowa with his then wife, Becky to raise his sons and started his career as a Lineman with the IBEW local 55 out of Des Moines, IA. There he spent time as the assistant business manager for the western half of Iowa. He then moved to the Kansas City area and became a member of the IBEW local 1464 working for Kansas City Power & Light for the next 35 years before retiring. He loved spending time with his wife, Yvonne (toots). He lived life to the fullest. They enjoyed cooking, gardening, fishing in Minnesota while on vacation and going to Guatemala to give a helping hand. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, family and friends. He and Yvonne were both quite the pranksters, all that knew them needed to be on their toes at all times.
Preceded in death by his mother Hildegarde Garman, father Joe Garman, sister Geraldine Wilcox, 2nd wife Lynda, father in-law Frank Davidge.
Survived by his adoring wife and soulmate, Yvonne Garman; sons, LeRoy Jr (Sheryl), Doug (Caren); stepsons, Briston Davidge (Nicole), Daniel McCarty; brothers, Maynard (Jean), Stanley (Marlis), Daniel (Joyce), Eugene (Maggie), Pat (Jan); sisters, Donna (Al) Alfredson, Debra (Jack) Steinle; special nephew, Allan (Patti) Willcox; brother in-law, Duane Wilcox; mother in-law, Eva Gausselin; sister in-law, Joyce Hisey; mother of his sons, Rebecca McPhail Garman; uncle, James (Bob) Brown; 9 grandchildren; 1 great grandchild; many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends. Condolences may be left at http://www.mcgilleygeorgebelton.com Arr: McGilley & George Funeral Home Belton MO (816-¬322-¬2995)
JAMES D PIRIE
James D. (Jim) Pirie, US Air Force Lt. Col Retired, died peacefully surrounded by family in his Belton, MO home on Tuesday, September 15, 2015. Jim was born May 5, 1933 to George L. Pirie and Mabel Pirie and grew up on a farm in Plover, IA. After graduating from Plover High School and working as a school bus driver, for a telephone company and in miscellaneous other jobs, Jim joined the US Air Force as an aviation cadet in 1954 where he received his commission. This program later developed into the Air Force Academy. He proudly served his country during a 20 year career, during which he flew multiple aircraft with the most flying hours logged in various versions of the C-130. He was recognized with numerous distinctions, including multiple air medals and four Distinguished Flying Crosses awarded while flying AC-130 aircraft in Southeast Asia. His second career in the field of education began at Raymore Peculiar Middle School as an industrial arts teacher where he retired 14 years later. During and after his tenure at Ray-Pec, he was instrumental in launching the Lee’s Summit Christian School, now known as the Summit Christian Academy. While there he served as a board member, teacher, principal and advisor to the school board. Jim was a generous man with his time and resources and had an abundance of love for his Lord and Savior, his family, friends and country. He had a genuine influence on those who knew him well and those who knew him briefly. He served his Lord until the very end in various capacities in churches, missions around the world and through his kindness to anyone he met. He was selfless with his time and resources, and obtained limitless energy from helping others. His entire life was spent receiving orders, from both his country and his Lord, and then working diligently to fulfil the mission. Mission accomplished. He was preceded in death by both his parents and eldest sister. He is survived by five siblings, his loving and devoted wife of 58 years, Dorothy, his four children, Charles (Kathleen), David (Liza), Arletta (Gary) and Jon (Michelle), 13 grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Visitation will be Monday evening, September 21, 2015 at Langsford Funeral Home in Lee’s Summit, MO, from 6:00-8:00 P.M. The” Graduation to Glory” celebration will be held at Belton Assembly of God Church in Belton, MO, Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 10:00 A.M., followed by burial in the Belton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to: Belton Assembly of God Missions Fund, Gospel Literature International, Serenity Hospice or Summit Christian Academy.
Arrangements by Langsford Funeral Home, Lee’s Summit, MO.
CHARLES E. YOUNG
Charles E. Young, Jr., 65, of Belton passed away in his sleep on Thursday, July 9. He will be greatly missed by his wife Sue, three children, and nine grandchildren. Private services will be held.
ALICE V. GIBSON
Alice V. (Myers) Gibson, 98, of Belton, MO passed June 30, 2015 at Carnegie Village. Funeral service will be 11 AM Monday, July 6, 2015 at Crossroads United Methodist Church in Belton, MO. Graveside will be 1 PM Tuesday, July 7, 2015 in Milo Cemetery, Beloit, Kansas. There will be a gathering at Carnegie Village 3:30 PM Sunday, July 5, 2015. Memorial contributions may be made to Crossroads United Methodist Church 515 E. Markey Parkway, Belton, MO 64012. Alice was born May 6, 1917 in Centralia, Kansas, the daughter of Vivian and Etta (Flentie) Vautravers. Alice was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Thaine Myers; second husband, Ralph Gibson; two brothers, Marvin and Eldon Vautravers. She is survived by her sons, Dwain I. Myers, Dennis E. Myers and wife Linda, and Kim E. Myers and wife Deborah; brother, Ralph Vautravers; sister, Mabel Mase; ten grandchildren, Kelli, Robin, Michael, Chi, Shara, Dieter, Kaden, Justin, Travis and Ashley; 11 great-grandchildren. Alice lived a complete life during her 98 years on this earth. She was a dedicated and loving wife, a great teacher of life to her children, and a proud grandmother and great grandmother. The lessons she learned during the Great Depression served her well later in life as she developed a strong determination to make the world a better place than before she came into it. Her never ending desire to teach and inspire never ceased, even after she retired from many years of school teaching. Her love of the written word was evidenced in the many writings she authored during her life span. Alice’s relentless and regimented drive to accomplish served her well to the end of her life. Her strong belief in God and his teachings was inspirational to all whom she associated. Towards the end of her life, you could see in her eyes the eagerness she expressed to tackle the next great challenge that heaven has to offer.
Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO (816)322-5278
ETHEL ELIZABETH GROVER
Ethel Grover, 81, of Belton, MO, formerly of Topeka, KS, passed away June 25, 2015 at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, MO. Memorial Service 2:00 pm, Thursday July 2, Visitation 1-2 pm at McGilley & George Funeral Home 611 Chestnut in Belton. Contributions are suggested to Beautiful Savior Nursing Home.
Ethel was born June 6, 1934, in Topeka, KS, to Harrison and Ethel Wilson. Ethel had a twin sister that died as an infant, 4 sisters and 5 brothers. Ethel received her B.A from Washburn University and her M.A. in Elementary Education from Western State College. She spent 2 years teaching in Denver before beginning a 32 year teaching career at the Colorado Springs Air Force Academy Pine Valley Elementary School. Ethel was a talented woman who could play the piano by ear. In her later years, Ethel moved to Belton, to be near her sister and other family members, where she enjoyed many happy times. She loved to play her piano, do crossword puzzles and play cards and board games. She is survived by her sisters, Beverly (Dick) Bell, Belton MO, Beatrice Leach, Villages FL, Susan Wiget, Valparaiso IN; sister In-law, Patsy Wilson, Arlington TX; several cousins and many loving nieces and nephews that she considered her children. Ethel was a great lady that will be greatly missed.
Condolences may be left at www.mcgilleygeorgebelton.com Arr. McGilley & George Funeral Home 611 Chestnut, Belton MO 64012 (816-322-2995)
DEBRA L. ISHUM
Debra L. Ishum, 55, of Belton, MO passed away June 26, 2015. Funeral service will be 11 AM Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at First Baptist of Raytown with visitation 10-11 AM. Burial will be in Peculiar Cemetery. Debra was born April 25, 1960 in Topeka, Kansas, the daughter of Larry and Twilla (Henderson) Winn. Debra was preceded in death by her mother Twilla Winn. She is survived by her loving husband, Mike of 36 years; two sons, Sean Ishum and wife Rebecca, Nathan Ishum and wife Jennifer; daughter, Ruby Kelly and husband Todd; brother, Brandon Winn and wife Brenna; two sisters, Denise Woolf and Natalie Winn; six grandchildren, Marissa, Caleb, Abigail, Elijah, Elizabeth and Tobias. Debra was a member of the First Baptist Church of Raytown. Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO (816)322-5278
ROBERT (BOB) L. THOMAS
Robert (Bob) L. Thomas, 61, of Belton, Missouri passed away June 22, 2015. Memorial Mass will be 11 AM Friday, June 26, 2015 at St. Sabina Catholic Church 700 Trevis Ave. Belton, MO 64012 with visitation 10-11 AM. Memorials may be made to the church. Bob was born April 10, 1954 in Warsaw, Missouri, the son of Garland and Margaret (Jones) Thomas. Bob was preceded in by his father, Garland. He is survived by his sons, Brian Thomas and his wife, Brandi and David Thomas; mother, Margaret Thomas; brothers, Dean Thomas and Larry Thomas (Judy); sisters, Ruth Barnsteitter (Bob) and Loyce Ihrig (Mike); three grandchildren, Lexie, Trisan and Kyndal. Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO (816)322-5278
VIRGINIA (GINNY) L. THOMAS
Virginia (Ginny) L. Thomas, 60, of Belton, Missouri passed away June 22, 2015. Memorial Mass will be 11 AM Friday, June 26, 2015 at St. Sabina Catholic Church 700 Trevis Ave. Belton, MO 64012 with visitation 10-11 AM. Memorials may be made to the church. Ginny was born January 5, 1955 in Kansas City, Kansas, the daughter of Thomas T. and Dorothy I. (Ladd) Butler. Ginny was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her sons, Brian Thomas and his wife, Brandi and David Thomas; brother, Mike Butler (Shari); three grandchildren, Lexie, Trisan and Kyndal. Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO (816)322-5278
LEE ROY HUTTON
Lee Roy Hutton, 80, of Belton, MO passed away June 22, 2015. Visitation 10-11 am, funeral service 11:00 am Saturday, June 27 at McGilley & George Funeral Home 611 Chestnut, Belton. Burial in Belton Cemetery. Contributions are suggested to Lee Hutton Memorial Fund, PO Box 182, Belton MO 64012.
Lee was born June 13, 1935 in Eugene, OR to Vernon and Pansy Perkins Hutton. He was a machinist at Parmalee-US Safety Manufacturing Company in Lenexa, KS.
Preceded in death by his wife, Barbara in 2006 and sister Anna Souther. Survived by two sons, Robert Hutton, Wichita KS and Thomas Hutton, Kansas City MO; three daughters, Susan Lucus, Belton MO, Donna Hale, Oak Grove MO and Clarissa Olson, Belton MO; two brothers, Larry Hutton, Gardner KS and Roger Hutton, Belton MO; 13 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.
Condolences may be left at www.mcgilleygeorgebelton.com Arrs: McGilley & George Funeral Home 611 Chestnut, Belton MO 64012 (816-322-2995)
KATHERINE ANN GROH CHAPMAN
Katherine Ann Groh Chapman, 45, of Kansas City, MO passed away June 1, 2015. Visit. 1-2 pm, celebration of life at 2:00 pm Sat. June 13 at McGilley & George Funeral Home 611 Chestnut in Belton. Contributions are suggested to Freedom Service Dogs for Vets, 2000 W. Union Ave. Englewood, CO 80110.
Katherine was born July 24, 1969 in Smithville, TX to Larry and Mary Ann Phillips Groh. She was a retired RN with research oncology. She enjoyed playing the guitar and banjo. Katherine was a loving wife, mother, daughter, grandmother and sister.
Preceded in death by her husband, Douglas Chapman in 2011. Survived by son, William (Sonja) Marple, Belton MO; father, Larry (Melanie) Odom-Groh, Bellemeade KY; mother, Mary Ann (William) Porcher, Austin TX; sister, Laura (Mike) Groh-Grey and Benjamin; half-brother, Matthew (Kate) Porcher and daughters, Molly and Alice, Austin TX; granddaughter, Riley-Joy Marple; her dog, North Dakota Smokey Roscoe Goofy Chapman. Condolences may be left at www.mcgilleygeorgegrandview.com Arr: McGilley & George Funeral Home 816-966-0250
TERRY RAY FRAZIER
Terry Ray Frazier, 73, Belton, Mo, passed away June 7, 2015 in Belton, MO of natural causes. Visitation 10-11 am, funeral service 11:00 am Friday, June 12 at McGilley & George Funeral Home 611 Chestnut in Belton. Burial at 3:00 pm in Evergreen Cemetery, DeWitt, MO.
Terry was born March 31, 1942 in DeWitt, Mo to Charles Orville and Ellen Marguerite Frazier. He lived on the farm in DeWitt until he was 7, and then moved with his family to Belton, Mo where he was a lifelong resident. He married Linda Boatwright, they later divorced. Terry attended Belton grade school, Junior High and High School, where he made many lifelong friends. Although Terry did not go on to higher formal education, he was a voracious reader and his knowledge of world events was remarkable. Those close to him called him “The Book of Knowledge”. His employment was always related to tractors, cars and truck. He never lost his enthusiasm for driving or running heavy equipment.
Terry is survived by his two daughters Brandy Mackay (Alan), Peculiar, Mo, and Michelle Gaddie (Scott), Archie, Mo; grandchildren Taylor Mackay and Morgan Mackay, Peculiar, Mo, Jordan Gaddie and Josh Gaddie, Archie, Mo; sister Laura Ansley, Carmel, CA; niece Sandra Gunter (Joe), Mill Valley, CA; nephew, Brad Ansley (Jami), Fairway, Ks; great nephew, Gus Gunter, Mill Valley, Ca, great niece, Ramey Grace Ansley, Fairway, Ks; his longtime companion and neighbor, Pat Morgan and two loving dogs, Pippa and Kate. Condolences may be left at www.mcgilleygeorgebelton.com Arrangements: McGilley & George Funeral Home 611 Chestnut, Belton MO 64012 (816-322-2995)
WILLARD M ROSSER, JR
RITA H. MILLER
Rita H. Miller, 80, Belton, MO passed away June 5, 2015 at Foxwood Springs Living Center. Mass of Christian burial will be 11 AM Wednesday at St. Sabina Catholic Church with visitation 10-11 AM and burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Operation Breakthrough 3039 Troost KCMO 640109 or St. Sabina Catholic Church 700 Trevis Belton, MO 64012. Rita was born February 7, 1935 in Kansas City, Missouri, the daughter of Paul V. and Helen (Clatanoff) Stoltz. Rita was preceded in death by her parents and first husband, Gary Nolen. She is survived by her husband Don H. Miller of 40 years; daughter, Glenda J. Cone (Walter); two sisters, Carol Carter and Lois Ellis (Roger); two grandchildren, Christina Spies (Brian) and Matthew Cone (Stacy); and three great-grandchildren, Sophia, Alex and Austin. Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO (816)322-5278
Wanda Lee (Lemmon) Burt
A celebration of life reception will be held in honor of Wanda Burt on June 10, 2015 from 6 to 7:30 pm in the meeting room at Carnegie Village, 103 Bernard Drive, Belton, Missouri 64012. Funeral services will be at the First Baptist Church in Queen City, Missouri on June 20, 2015 at 11 am.
Wanda was the daughter of Murray and Lucile (Frank) Lemmon, born May 29, 1927 in Kansas City, MO. She graduated from Central High School in Kansas City, MO in the class of 1944. Wanda married Albert (Kayo) Wesley Burt on October 12, 1946 in Kansas City. To this union, five children were born. As a Navy wife, Wanda was on the move with her young family, living on naval air bases in Florida and California. After Kayo died in 1971, Wanda settled in Queen City, MO with the children and remained there until just before her death. Wanda, a child of God, loved her church family and was an active, revered member of the congregation. She spent time as an ombudsman at the Schuyler County Nursing Home, visiting and assisting the residents there. She enjoyed delivering Meals on Wheels for several years. Wanda loved to spend her free time reading and was a well-known patron at two locral libraries. She loved to travel and was always up for an adventure.
Preceding her in death are her parents, Murray and Lucile Lemmon; her husband, Albert W Burt and her brother, Murray Dean Lemmon. She is survived by: Betty and husband Mark Reed, Barbara and husband Rick Church, Beverly Stanley, Albert and wife Karmen Burt, Doug and wife Deborah Burt; eleven grandchildren, Todd and Nathan Reed, Jennifer Waterfield, Pamela Stanley, Trista Hale, Alison Burt, Chris Dunfee, Scott, Jeremy and Gregory Buckalew and Alyssa Elder; thirteen great-grandchildren, Kaci, Kyle, Kaden, Dylan, Baylee, Kendrick and Mark Reed, Ethan and Lucas Hale, Brooklyn Waterfield, Branson and Grayson Buckalew and Braelyn Elder; sister-in-law, Dolly Lemmon; niece, Debra Konko; great-niece, Brittney; great-nephew Zachary Konko; and many, many friends.
In lieu of flowers Wanda asked that contributions be made to the First Baptist Church, Queen City, MO 63561 or to Kansas City Hospice. Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO (816)322-5278
CARROL T. WEAVER
Carrol T. Weaver, 87, of Belton, MO, passed away June 2, 2015 at KU Medical Center. Visitation will be 1-3 PM Saturday, June 6, 2015 at Cullen Funeral Home in Raymore, MO. On Sunday June 7, 2015 from 5-7 PM there will be a visitation at Memorial Park Funeral Home (1217 Business Loop 70 W, Columbia, MO). Funeral Services will be held at Memorial Park Funeral Home on Monday, June 8, 2015 at 10 AM with burial to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made payable to KU Endowment, 3901 Rainbow Boulevard, Mail Stop 3012, Kansas City, KS 66160, to benefit Acute Myeloid Leukemia Research. Online contributions may be made at www.kuendowment.org/give. Please indicate that donations are for the Carrol Weaver memorial.
Carrol was born on March 28, 1928 in Murry MO, the son of John and Willie Weaver. Carrol worked for State Farm Insurance Company in the Claims Department for 35 years. He enjoyed Square Dancing and was a member of the Livewire Square Dancers Club and the Crossroads United Methodist Church.
Carrol was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Nelda E. Weaver and son, Thomas W. Weaver. He is survived by his current wife, Ruth Weaver; two daughters, Linda C. Williams and her husband George, and Cindy L. Baker and her husband Rick; one daughter in-law, Allison Weaver; and four grandchildren, Chris, Jason, Nicole and Valerie. Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO (816) 322-5278
ANNA LEE (GORMAN) MCMAHON
Anna Lee (Gorman) McMahon died on May 26, 2015, quietly and with her family around her. She was born November 26, 1924 in Dallas County, Missouri to Ruby and Harold Gorman.
Ann grew up in Dallas and Webster Counties in Missouri and graduated from Conway High School where she participated in every activity from cheer leading to the music department; all while working part time and caring for her younger brother Jay. She moved to Kansas City and worked at airplane plants with a lot of other women during WWII. Later, she worked at the Vendo Company where she met her future husband Harry; and at the IRS from which she eventually retired.
Throughout life, Ann was active with the United Methodist Church; most recently holding active positions at the Crossroads United Methodist Church in Belton, MO.
She was an extremely social person, never met a stranger, would do anything to help someone in need, had many friends and enjoyed a rich and full life with her love and husband of 64 years, Harry Lee McMahon.
Ann also leaves her sister Nadine Donohue; sister-in-law Nettie Gorman; 3 daughters, Vicki Gates, Cinda Garrett and Melanie Payne; son-in-law Ron Payne; 5 grandchildren, David Garrett, Bryan McMahon, Jon Payne (with Dan Parker), James Payne (with Nicole) and Jacob Payne; 7 great grandchildren and many other extended family members including nieces and nephews who adored her. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother James W. Gorman, grandson Michael Darren Aue and great grandson Potter James Payne.
Family and friends can join for her visitation at McGilley and George Funeral Home, 611 Chestnut, Belton Missouri from 1:00 to 2:30 pm on Sunday, May 31, 2015, followed by her graveside funeral service in the Belton Cemetery, South Scott and Cambridge, Belton, Missouri.
Condolences may be left at www.mcgilleygeorgebelton.com Arrangements: McGilley & George Funeral Home 611 Chestnut, Belton MO 64012 (816-322-2995)
MILES FRANKLIN TURNER
Miles Franklin Turner, 59, of Belton, MO died May 22, 2015. Inurnment in Centerview Cemetery at a later date. Contributions suggested to Children’s Mercy Hospital. Miles was born Jan. 5, 1956 in Harrisonville, MO. He was fabricator/Forman. Survived by mother, Doris Cobb, Belton MO and sister, Cathy Tibbetts, MA. Condolences may be left at www.mcgilleygeorgebelton.com Arrangements: McGilley & George Funeral Home 611 Chestnut, Belton MO 64012 (816-322-2995)
Donald Clayton Webber
Donald Clayton Webber, 64, also known by “Donnie, Pops, Warden, Old Man Webber” by his close friends and relatives passed away Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at Belton Regional Medical Center.
He was born in Harrisonville Missouri on November 30, 1950 to Ruth and Kenneth Webber. He graduated from Belton High School in 1970. He retired from Missouri Department of Transportation after working there for twenty-eight years. He was a volunteer firefighter for the Belton Fire Department. He enjoyed being outside, fishing, spending time with family (especially his twin granddaughters), working with his hands, and visiting with friends in his free time.
Donnie was preceded in death by his parents: Ruth and Kenneth Webber. Donnie is survived by his son and daughter-in-law: Joseph Webber and Sheila Beckwith; son and daughter in law: Christopher and Savannah Webber; two beautiful granddaughters: Remi and Esme Webber; as well as several nephews, nieces, and cousins.
A Visitation will be held Saturday May 16, 2015 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at McGilley and George Funeral Home located at 611 Chestnut in Belton. The family asks that contributions to Crossroads Hospice be made in lieu of flowers. Crossroads Hospice Charitable Foundation, 10810 E. 45th Street, Suite 300, Tulsa, OK 74146, https://crhcf.org/Donate/
LOUIS COLTER WILCKENS
Louis Colter Wilckens, age 75, of Belton, Missouri was called home on May 8, 2015. Funeral Service, Wed., May, 13, 2015 at 11am, at The Belton Christian Church (on the corner of Airway & Westover); Visitation, Tuesday, May, 12, 6-8pm, at the church. Contributions may be made to the The Belton Christian Church or The Belton Education Foundation. Lou was born in Warrensburg, MO, to Willis and Ethel Wilckens. He was a Belton resident since 1961, and had a 39 year career teaching Science in the Belton School District. He also served as an Official at countless sporting events. Lou was very involved in his church and his community. He was a member of the Belton Sunrise Lions Club, The Belton Education Foundation, Missouri NEA, National NEA, National Science Teachers Association, Missouri High School Athletic Association Official and CMSC’s Alpha Kappa Lambda Fraternity. He was preceded in death by his parents. Lou leaves behind his wife of 50 years, Linda; 2 daughters, Laura Brown and Lisa Desjardins; 6 grandchildren; 1 great grandson; a brother, James Wilckens. Lou was loved by many, and will be missed by all. Condolences may be left at www.mcgilleygeorgebelton.com
DENISE R. BICHEL
Denise R. Bichel, 51, of Belton, MO passed away May 5, 2015. A private family Graveside will be Monday, May 11, 2015 in McDonald Cemetery, Van Meter, IA. A memorial service will be 5 PM Sunday, May 17, 2015 at Crossroads United Methodist Church, Belton, MO. Memorial contributions may be made to Kansas City Hospice 1500 Meadow Lake Parkway Suite 200 Kansas City, MO 64114. Denise was born September 15, 1963 in Winterset, Iowa, the daughter of Dennis and Sheenie Mapes McDonald. She is survived by her loving husband Jeff Bichel of 32 years; son, Curtis Bichel (Renee); daughters, Emily Bichel (Eric Tomboli) and Jenny Bichel; brothers, Darin McDonald (Elisabeth) and Matt McDonald (Tina); sister, Terri Miller (Terry); three grandchildren, Joshua, Addison and Havilah. Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO (816)322-5278
PHYLLIS R. RIPPETO
Phyllis R. Rippeto, 72, Belton, Missouri, formerly of Lake Annette, Missouri, died Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at Beautiful Savior Home in Belton. Funeral services were held Saturday, May 9, 2015 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville, Missouri, with burial in Orient Cemetery, Harrisonville.
Phyllis was born November 28, 1942 in Kansas City, Missouri, the daughter of Albert James and Mabel Evelyn (Jackson) Tripp. She lived in Northeast Kansas City until moving to Lake Annette in 1976. She married Donald F. Rippeto on May 26, 1973 in Kansas City. They moved to Lake Annette, Missouri in 1976. Phyllis had been a family church member at The Worship Center in Harrisonville for almost 35 years. She had worked as an in-home care giver from 1987-1998 and was also a volunteer for Hope Haven of Cass County.
Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, Sandy Rippeto, her husband, Donald on November 22, 1997, a brother, Jack Tripp, and a great-niece, Korri Anne Johnson. She is survived by one son, Tom Rippeto, Howenwald, Tennessee; one daughter, Donetta Pointer, Sibley, Missouri; one sister-in-law, Barbara Tripp, Freeman, Missouri; 10 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; two nieces and a nephew; other relatives and friends. (Arrangements under the direction of Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville, MO. Online condolences may be made to atkinsonfuneralhome.com).
Teresa Link, 87, Belton, MO, died peacefully May 2, 2015, surrounded by her loving family. Born May 9, 1928 in Hanks, North Dakota, and Teresa became a school teacher and had many happy memories of her students and experiences as a teacher. Teresa and her beloved husband of 46 years, Elwood (Al), moved their large family to Peculiar and later, to Belton, Missouri. Faith, family and friends were always the most important. Teresa loved her family and spent her lifetime, alongside her beloved Al, now deceased, raising their 9 children. Teresa and Al were very active in their church, St. Sabina’s, Belton. They were among the first students in the newly formed Adult Faith Formation classes at St. Sabina at one point being the only two students in an early Bible Study. Teresa was an inaugural member of the Legion of Mary, a ministry of prayer and service at St. Sabina. Holding the positions of President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer, Teresa was a lifelong member attending her last meeting the week before her death. Teresa loved her church and remained active in her faith community until her death, always ready and willing to help out when and where she was needed.
Teresa is survived by and blessed in this life by her nine children, Robert Link, Belton, Timothy Link, Belton, Teresa Carter, Belton, Mary Winkert (Bill) Belton, Michael Link (Mary), St. Paul, MN, Jeanne Tolle (Don) Greenwood, MO, Fr. Matthew Link, San Francisco, CA, Patrick Link (Shelly), Peculiar, MO and Paul Link (Shelly) Pleasant Hill, MO. Teresa is also survived by her sister, Louella, Jamestown, ND, 19 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, and 2 great, great children, a large extended family and many good and faithful friends. She loved us dearly. Teresa was always grateful for her loving caregivers/companions, Liz, Lois, Judy, Terri, Marilyn and Mollie. They became like family to Teresa. No one loves us quite like a good Mom and Teresa was that. No matter what, Teresa never stopped loving. Never an unkind word, Teresa lived these words found written on a scrap of paper in her prayer book, “It is not within everyone’s power to be beautiful, but all of us can make sure the words that come out of our mouths are.” Strong, faithful and loving until the very end, Teresa will be greatly missed.
Funeral Mass will be 10 AM Friday, May 8, 2015 at St. Sabina Catholic Church with burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Rosary will be 6 PM Thursday, May 7th at the Church with visitation to follow 6:30-8 PM. Memorials may be made to the St. Sabina 700 Trevis Ave. Belton, MO 64012. Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO (816)322-5278
JOHN E. DEERE
John E. Deere, 68, of Belton, passed away Saturday, April 18, 2015 at Kansas City Hospice after a valiant battle with cancer.
John was born June 7, 1946 in Grandview, MO. He was a classic car enthusiast and loved to travel. He retired from Bill’s Auto Supply/NAPA Auto Parts in Belton in 2008 after a 42 year career. John was known by many as the “parts man” and never met a stranger. His sense of humor and smile were contagious.
John was preceded in death by his father, George Deere, and mother, Johnnie Deere, both of Belton. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Rita Deere; daughter Stacey Deere Brown (and spouse Jeff Brown) of Kansas City; son Steven Deere (and spouse Kenbra Deere) of Belton; brother J.T. McArthur of Harrisonville; sister Vickie Forbes of Harrisonville; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins, and many devoted friends.
Visitation will be Tuesday, April 21, 2015 from 6:00-8:00 PM at Cullen Funeral Home in Raymore, MO. A traditional service will be Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 11:00 AM with a graveside service immediately following at Belton Cemetery. Classic car enthusiasts are encouraged to celebrate John’s love of cars with a procession/cruise from the funeral home to the cemetery (weather permitting).
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care, The University of Kansas Cancer Center, or Free Wheels for Kids – because what child doesn’t want a bicycle to ride (www.freewheelskc.org). Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO (816)322-5278
CAROL JEAN HENRY
Carol Jean Henry, 71, of Belton, MO passed away April 11, 2015, at Research Medical Center. Memorial Service will be 2 pm; Visit. 12:30-2pm, on April 18 at McGilley & George Funeral Home in Belton. Contributions are suggested to Vitas Hospice.
Carol is survived by husband, Charles Todd Henry; 3 daughters, Barbara Jean Smitson, Jacqueline Henry, Toni Koetting; a sisiter Barbara Rhoad of Warsaw, MO; 6 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Arr: McGilley & George Funeral Home, 611 Chestnut , Belton, MO. 816-322-2995.
BERTHA LEE RUDDICK
Bertha Lee Ruddick, 89, of Belton, MO passed away April 12, 2015. Born in Kansas City, Kansas, to Robert L. and Mary E. (Albin) Richardson, she was a homemaker, a traveler, and a teacher of Transcendental Meditation.
She is survived by her sons, Hugh P. Ruddick, Jr. of Belton, Missouri, and Darrell Weaver of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and by her sister, Virginia English of Belton, Missouri. Cremation and private inurnment will be followed by a life celebration at a later date. Condolences may be left at www.mcgilleygeorgebelton.com Arr: McGilley & George Funeral Home 611 Chestnut, Belton MO 64012 (816-322-2995)
Gladys Mohart, 87, of Belton, MO formerly of Raytown, MO passed away March 29, 2015. Memorial visitation 11-12 noon, Celebration of life 12:00 pm Saturday, April 4 at McGilley & George Funeral Home 12913 Grandview Rd in Grandview. Inurnment in the Columbarium in the Belton Cemetery. Contributions are suggested to Alzheimer’s Association.
Gladys was born September 20, 1927 in East Providence, RI to Jesse and Mary Perry. She was a homemaker and very active in the Eastern Star. Gladys was with Orient, Swope Park and East Gate Masonic Lodges. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star of the Grand Chapter of Missouri. Gladys received Grand Presentation of Virginia in Missouri 1996-1997. She was a member of Independence Assembly of Beauiceant. She served as Worthy Matron 3 different terms in Eastern Star.
Preceded in death by husband William Mohart in 1998, brothers Joe, Jesse, Eddie and sister Dorothy. Survived by son Tim and wife Esther Mohart, Blue Springs MO; daughter Mary and husband Tim Tarpley, Belton MO; sister Delores Colantonio, Warrick RI; grandchildren Darren and wife Kristen, Anthony, Andrew, and Savannah Mohart, Hope and husband Charles Carter, Taylor and Tiffany Tarpley; 3 great grandchildren Emma, Kayla and Brody Mohart and many loving niece and nephews. Condolences may be left at www.mcgilleygeorgegrandview.com Arr: McGilley & George Funeral Home 12913 Grandview Rd. Grandview, MO 64030 (816-966-0250)
BAILEY MARIE WAGES
Bailey Marie Wages, 15, of Belton, MO passed away March 22, 2015. Visitation will be 11 AM to 1 PM Saturday, March 28, 2015 at Peculiar United Methodist Church with service to follow at 1 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to her brother Brennen for his education fund. Bailey was born December 3, 1999 in Kansas City, Missouri, the daughter of Jason L. Wages and Lisa Benton. Bailey is survived by her mother, Lisa Benton; father, Jason Wages and fiancé, Rachael; brother, Brennen Wages; paternal grandparents, Kenneth Wages and Nora Wages; maternal grandparents, Craig and Sherri Benton; paternal great grandfather, James Wages; maternal great grandmother Mary Griffith; maternal great grandparents, Josephine and Ron Calegari; aunts and uncles, Justin and Hollie Wages, Joshua Wages, Nick and Stacy Benton, and Jeffrey Kander; 8 cousins, Jessi, Jenni, James, Jeffrey, Aidan, Avery, Adelyn and Ella. Bailey loved music and dancing, especially singing. Assistance by Funeral Advocates, LLC. Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO (816)322-5278
HELEN ELIZBETH BEARY
Helen Elizabeth Beary, 84, of Branson West, MO went to be with our Lord on Saturday, March 21, 2015. Visitation 12:00 – 2:00pm, funeral service will follow at 2:00 pm Saturday, March 28 at McGilley & George Funeral Home in Belton. Burial at the Belton Cemetery.
Helen was born on the family farm in Belton, MO. She was the daughter of Marion and Alice Walton. Helen was united in marriage to Jack Ronald Beary in 1959 in a Christian church in Hickman Mills, MO. She enjoyed fishing and loved camping with Jack and her family, and had a passion for painting. She also enjoyed boating and spending time with family and friends.
Preceded in death by Jack Beary, her parents, two sisters Harriett and Genevine Folk of Arizona, brother Elmer Walton, and son Curtis Hitzelberger. Helen is survived by her son Steven Beary and wife Tira; granddaughter Holly Beary Cahoon and great granddaughter Kaylee Cahoon.
Condolences may be left at www.mcgilleygeorgebelton.com Arr: McGilley & George Funeral Home 611 Chestnut, Belton MO 64012 (816-322-2995)
George Merle Sowell, 92, of Belton, MO died March 18, 2015. He was born December 25, 1922 to Herman and Mable Sowell in Mountain Home, AR. Merle was a veteran of WWII and served in the submarine service of the US Navy. After he was discharged, he married Pearlene Johnson of Cave City, AR in 1946 and they remained married for almost 57 years until her death in August of 2003. He was a long time member of South Haven Baptist church in Belton. Merle worked several jobs over time but spent many years at Wayne Paper Company where he was one of their top sales reps for many years.
Merle was a great sports enthusiast who enjoyed coaching and watching his sons numerous sports activities. He enjoyed writing, was an avid reader, card player and enjoyed visiting with friends. On a personal note, Merle was a true gentleman always willing to lend a hand if you were in need. He was a man of his word and will be missed greatly by his family and friends.
Survived by 3 sons, James Allen Sowell, Raytown MO, David Lynn Sowell, Ramstein Germany and Gary Steven Sowell, Lenexa KS; 4 grandchildren, Kristin Sowell, Brett Sowell, Kelly Sowell and Kari Sowell and 12 great grand kids.
Visitation 9:30-11 am, funeral service 11:00 am on Saturday, March 21 at South Haven Baptist Church 16800 Bel Ray Blvd. in Belton. Burial in the Belton Cemetery. Condolences may be left at www.mcgilleygeorgebelton.com Arrangements: McGilley & George Funeral Home 611 Chestnut, Belton MO 64012 (816-322-2996)
GAYLE ANNE MOORE
Gayle Anne (Calhoun) Moore, 59, of Belton, MO passed away March 12, 2015. Funeral service will be 11 AM Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at Cullen Funeral Home. Burial will be in Floral Hills East Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Vitas Hospice 6601 Winchester Ave, Kansas City, MO 64133. Gayle was born July 4, 1955 in North Kansas City, Missouri, the daughter of James L. and Lola M. Saltzman Calhoun. Gayle was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband, Donald of 15 years; daughters, Billie Adams (Brent), Jodell Almond (Scott) and Deedee Campbell (Tim); step-son, Kevin Moore; brothers, Steven Calhoun (Carol) and Pat Calhoun (Lisa); three grandchildren, Daisy, Ty and Tanner. Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO (816)322-5278
LORENE M. HOWARD
Lorene M. Howard, 66, of Belton, MO passed away March 4, 2015. Memorial service will be 4 PM Monday, March 9, 2015 at Cullen Funeral Home with visitation 3-4 PM. Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society 1100 Pennsylvania Ave, Kansas City, MO 64105 or Wayside Waifs 3901 Martha Truman Rd, Kansas City, MO 64137. Lorene was born April 24, 1948 in Kansas City, Missouri, the daughter of Raymond and Thelma Stutteville De Meulenaere. Lorene was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Jules Don De Meulenaere. Lorene was a member of the DAV and the Patriot Guard Riders. She is survived by her son, Jimmy R. Jones; daughter, Lorinda R. Didier and husband Jeff; three grandchildren, Terry, Garrett and Mackenzie. Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO (816)322-5278