MICHAEL JOHN GNEFKOW, SR.
Mike Gnefkow, Sr., age 69, of Raymore, Missouri, passed away on March 26, 2018 at the Kansas City Hospice House, from complications sustained in a fall back in December.
Mike is survived by his devoted wife of 51 years, Susie Gnefkow; his children, Christine Hime (husband, Phil), Michelle Van Trump (husband, Kevin), and Michael Gnefkow, Jr. (wife, Blanca); five grandchildren, Jordan, Skyler, Kennedy, Nick, and Quinn; his mother, Elizabeth Joyce Gnefkow; his brother, Jim Gnefkow (wife, Vicki); sister, Susan Sexton (husband, Tom), mother-in-law, Kathryn Douglas; and Godmother Mary Sparling.
He was preceded in death by his father, William J. Gnefkow; two brothers, Robert Gnefkow, and William Gnefkow, Jr.
Mike was born on April 2, 1948, in Kansas City, Missouri. He was the son of William J. Gnefkow and Elizabeth Joyce (Grant) Gnefkow. Mike was a proud graduate of Rockhurst High School in 1966.
He claims his biggest stroke of luck came when he met an amazing girl from St. Teresa Academy named Susan “Susie” Douglas. They were married in North Carolina, in January of 1967, and have been happily married for 51 wonderful years. Together, as best friends and soul mates, the couple was able to overcome all odds and obstacles to accomplish what many can only dream about.
Having to provide for his family, Mike began a blue collar career joining the Asbestos Workers Local Union #27. Working many long hard hours, he was able to claw his way to the top of his profession, all while being an amazing husband and father to three wonderful children. He also found time to hold several positions with Local Union #27, offices of Financial Secretary, Executive Board, and Pension Board. Mike also served as Chairman of the Board for the South Metro Fire Protection District for 19 years and on the TIF Committee for Raymore, MO.
Mike had an uncanny knack and passion for staying ahead of the curve and understanding economic trends and cycles. This helped fuel his passion for investing. Through the years he was able to amass an extensive real estate portfolio, large stock portfolio and even became the owner a company called “The Mutual Fund Store” in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Mike had obtained a private pilot’s license, he was never afraid of change, risk or hard work.
Much more important however than Mike’s career or financial accomplishments, was the amazing role-model and “rock” he became to his entire family. He coached his children in little league and always tried to attend all of his grandchildren’s events. To say his family meant the world to him would be huge understatement. His unwavering loyalty, contagious smile, famous one-liners, beautiful blue eyes, and worldly wisdom will be forever missed.
Mike’s family would like to extend a special thank you to “Team Mike” for showing such loving care and support to Mike and his family throughout this difficult time. A special thank you to sister-in-law, Dianne Gormly, for all the help.
Visitation will be held from 5:00-8:00 p.m., on Monday, April 2, 2018, at St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Kansas City, Missouri. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 3, 2018, at the Parish. A reception will take place after the service at More Hall- St. Thomas More Church, 11822 Holmes Rd. KCMO, 64131.
Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, Missouri 816.322.5278
ABRAHAM RAYMOND HAGERTY
Abraham Raymond Hagerty was stillborn November 11, 2015 at Centerpoint Medical Center.
He is survived by his parents, Patrick and Jessica (Palmer) Hagerty of Lee’s Summit; Grandparents: Matthew and Pam Hagerty of Blue Springs, Edward and Robin Palmer, III of Raymore; Great Grandparents: Dorothy Hagerty of Blue Springs and Lucille Knutson of Sioux City, IA
He is preceded in death by Great Grandparents: Don and Patricia Wiegers, David Hagerty, Jr., Edward and Penny Palmer, Jr., Quentin Anderson, Raymond Knutson.
Private family services were held at the Lee’s Summit Cemetery. Condolences may be emailed to the family at: Kaiser-Wiegers@ctcis.net
TWILA L. SUTHERLAND
Twila L. (Kruse) Sutherland was born Fredrick, Kansas on November 22, 1922 and went to be with the Lord on September 19, 2015. Twila and Douglas Sutherland were married on May 23, 1946, and had two daughters, Ann and Carole. She is survived by her loving husband Douglas of 69 years; two daughters, Ann Sisson and husband Otis of Blue Springs, MO and Carole Bailey and fiancé, Rob Sutherland of Flippin, AR; brother, Calvin D. Kruse of Scott City, KS; 3 grandchildren, Caleb Sisson, Elizabeth Dennis (Ron) and Nicholas Bailey (Monica); and 3 great-grandchildren, Corbin, Alexis and Hunter.Twila graduated from Ottawa University, Ottawa, Kansas, in 1944 and enjoyed teaching business education and did substitute teaching while their daughters were growing up. Twila enjoyed being the wife of a YMCA Director for 25 years and then enjoyed a new challenging avocation as her husband changed into ministry as an ordained United Methodist pastor in 1979.Since retirement in 1987, Doug and Twila moved to Foxwood Springs Living Center Retirement Village, in Raymore, MO and enjoyed retired life along with varied interim pastoring assignments and home & hospital visitations.Visitation will be 6-8 PM Friday, September 25, 2015 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 1111 Foxwood Dr., Raymore, MO. Funeral services will be 11 AM Saturday, September 26, 2015 at the church. Burial will follow at the Raymore Cemetery.Memorial contributions may be made to either St. Paul’s UMC or Fellowship of John (at the Foxwood Springs Retirement Community) or Crossroad Hospice 14310 E 42nd St. South Unit 600, Marketplace Shopping Center Independence, MO 64055.Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO (816)322-5278
FRANCES ANNE HOOVER
Frances Anne Hoover, 78, Raymore, Missouri, died Sunday, September 13, 2015 at Foxwood Springs Living Center in Raymore. Funeral services were held Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville with burial in Wills Cemetery in Peculiar, Missouri. Frances was born March 30, 1937 in Raytown, Missouri, the oldest daughter of Edward Earl and Annabelle (Blue) Oldham. She was a 1955 graduate of Peculiar High School and had lived in Peculiar for most of her life. She had lived in Alabama for 13 years before returning to Peculiar in 2013. Frances was a member of the Rockford, Alabama Baptist Church. She was a homemaker and a master gardener. Frances was preceded in death by her parents and a daughter, Cindy Ann Lane. She is survived by two sons, Rob Hoover (Diana), Lee’s Summit, Missouri and Ron Hoover (Tracy), Harrisonville, Missouri; one daughter, Sue Duck, Peculiar, Missouri; two brothers, Robert Earl Oldham, McKinney, Texas and Edward Dean Oldham (Kay Jean), Peculiar, Missouri; one sister, Cheryl Janssen (Ben), Peculiar, Missouri; 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
(Arrangements under the direction of Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville, MO. Online condolences may be made to atkinsonfuneralhome.com).
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.
WALTER STANLEY KOWALEWICH
Walter Stanley Kowalewich, 87, of Raymore, MO passed away June 28, 2015. Graveside will be 10 AM Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville, MO. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care 9221 Ward Pkwy Ste. 100 Kansas City, MO 64114-9808. Walter was born October 24, 1927 in Granite City, Illinois, the son of Kazmer and Stasha (Sebolesky) Kowalewich. Walter was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Arlene Haldeman and brother, Stanley Kowalewich. He is survived by his wife Betty of 67 years; son, Stephen Kowalewich and wife Caroline; daughter, Barbara Jean Songer and husband Vernon; sister, Wanda Hiestand; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Walter is a present member of the Lee’s Summit American Legion Post 189 and a past member of the American Legion Honor Guard of Kimberling City, MO. Walter was the President of the Painters Local 203 for 15 years.
Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO (816)322-5278
WYTHE WAYNE FOLTZ
Wythe Wayne Foltz 74, of Raymore, MO passed away Saturday, June 27, 2015, at the Olathe Hospice House surrounded by his family. Funeral services will be 11 AM Thursday, July 2, 2015 at Cullen Funeral Home with visitation 6-8 PM Wednesday, July 1, 2015. Family wishes of cremation. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Olathe Medical Center 20333 W. 151st St TDB2, Suite 301, Olathe, KS 66061. Wayne was born June 6, 1941 in Bosworth, MO, the son of Chester A. and Audrey G (Simmons) Foltz. Wayne graduated high school at Hale, MO. He worked for RL Sweet Lumber Co./Standard Homes, Merriam, KS and then Morgan Distribution , Lenexa, KS. He retired from Anderson Doors and Windows, Lenexa, KS in 2004 due to his health. His hobby was wood working, which he enjoyed and was very good at. Wayne was preceded in death by his parents and brother, James L. Foltz. He is survived by his wife Patricia K. of 52 years, daughter Brenda K. Foltz and her husband Joseph V. Walker, and several nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank the nurses, staff and volunteers for their compassion and excellent care. Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO (816)322-5278
BETTY J. JOHNSTON
Betty Jean (Arnold) Johnston, lifelong resident of Raymore, MO, died Friday, June 19, 2015. Betty Jean was born May 31, 1927 to Willis A. Arnold and Myrtle E. (Stultz) Arnold. Growing up in Raymore, her family owned a dairy farm and Betty would help deliver the milk to customers around town. Betty attended Raymore High School where in 1940 she met her future husband, R. G. Johnston. Betty was a good student, especially with numbers. She graduated in May of 1945. When R. G. returned home after his discharge from the Army, they were married on June 21, 1947. They had $50 when they got married and lived in an apartment over a church in Raymore. He worked at Montgomery Ward in Kansas City and Betty found a job at an auto parts distributor in Kansas City. She did the bookkeeping, helped customers, answered the phone, and anything else that needed to be done. So in the early 1970’s when the owner one day decided to sell the business Betty told R.G. on the ride home that night, that “after supper they needed to talk”. That talk resulted in her buying the business, but not running it from its original location. She decided to run it from her home. So every morning she loaded merchandise into a van and drove to various automotive places around Cass and adjoining counties. She basically went door-to-door providing parts and other supplies to stations and auto repair businesses. Her idea was a success. Years later when R.G. retired from Montgomery Ward, they bought a second van. The business flourished until about 2001 when they decided to sell out and retire.
Betty was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years and her sister Louise S. (Arnold) Hoback. She is survived by a niece Barbara J. Hoback Leblank and her partner John Miele of Woodland Hills, CA, a niece Arnetta K. Johnston, of Belton, MO, and three nephews, Michael W. Johnston and his wife Colleen of Belton, Philip D. Johnston and his wife Carol of Harrisonville, and Richard G. Johnston and his wife Natalie Johnston of Belton, along with six great nieces and nephews and twelve great-great nieces and nephews.
Visitation and remembrance will be Monday, June 29th from 6 – 8 pm at Cullen Funeral Home 612 W. Foxwood Dr., Raymore, Missouri 64083.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to: The American Lung Association 1118 Hampton Ave., St. Louis, Missouri 63139-3196 or The Raymore Historical Society PO Box 1483 Raymore, Missouri 64083.
Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO (816)322-5278
JAY DEE OVERSTREET
Jay Dee Overstreet, 63, of Raymore, MO passed June 17, 2015. Funeral services will be 11 AM Saturday, June 20, 2015 at Cullen Funeral Home with visitation 10-11 AM. Burial will be in Raymore Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contribution may be made to Kansas City Hospice 1500 Meadow Lake Pkwy #200, Kansas City, MO 64114 or American Cancer Society 1100 Pennsylvania Ave, Kansas City, MO 64105. Jay was born September 8, 1951 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the son of Jearald and Verna (Faulkner) Overstreet. Jay was preceded in death by his father, Jearald Overstreet. He is survived by his wife, Clorecia of 38 years; children, Jayme and Justin Overstreet; mother, Verna Overstreet; brothers, Jerry Overstreet (Rosemary) and Jeff Overstreet (Vicki); sister, Traci Overstreet (Hobie Crane) and many nieces and nephews. Jay was an avid outdoorsman; he loved hunting, fishing, and all of his dogs. Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO (816)322-5278
ERMA I. BATES
Erma Irene (Carter) Bates, 88, passed away June 11, 2015 at Foxwood Springs Living Center, Raymore, Missouri.
Memorial services are 1:30 pm Sunday, June 14, 2015 at Bromwell Lounge in Foxwood Springs Living Center. Graveside services are 10:00 am Monday, June 15, 2015 in the Prairie Ridge Christian Union Church Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Brookdale Hospice 1500 W Foxwood Dr, Raymore, MO 64083 or Meadowbrook United Methodist Church 2800 NE 64th St, Gladstone, MO 64119.
Erma Irene was born January 30, 1927 at the family home in Dockery, Missouri. She was the eleventh child of eleven children born to Joseph Howard Carter and Volena Belle (Rippy) Carter. Erma grew up northeast of Kansas City, Missouri living in several small Ray County communities calling Polo her hometown and Prairie Ridge Church her community. She graduated from Polo High School in 1945. Following graduation, she moved to Kansas City. She signed on with Kansas City Life Insurance early in her career and worked her way up becoming a respected underwriter for the company, retiring in the early 1980’s.
Erma’s life in the city began when she and her sister, Fern, moved in with friends and found jobs. She enjoyed the city and was involved in many activities. She was a member of the Linwood Methodist Church where she and Fern became members of the Criterion Group keeping close ties with many after leaving Linwood Methodist. Erma also liked to square dance. That is where she met Jack Bates whom she later married on March 24, 1973. She and Jack were active members of Meadowbrook United Methodist Church where she sang in the choir and helped with many church functions. They also enjoyed traveling. They pulled their camper throughout the United States and Canada wintering for many years in south Texas. After Jack passed away in 2007, Erma soon moved to Foxwood Springs. She again became involved in her community becoming good friends with many of the residents and staff. She loved her family and was the catalyst of many family gatherings–especially if out of town family members were visiting.
Those preceding her in death were: her husband; her parents; brothers, James, Melvin, Maurice and Wallace Carter; sisters, Helen Karr, Vera Dooley, Virginia Schmidt, Willa Belle Coffman and Fern Charlesworth.
Survivors include her brother Doris Carter (Imogene) of Polo; many nieces and nephews, their families, which include many great and great-great nieces and nephews. Erma especially loved the little ones.
Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO (816)322-5278
Mary Kathryn “Kay” Little of Raymore, Missouri departed this life early Sunday Morning on June 7, 2015 from natural causes. She passed peacefully in her sleep.
Kay was born of Claire Lewis Glenn and Coley Lee Glenn Jr. on October 5, 1946. She was born in LaGrange Georgia, but spent most of her youth in Tampa, Florida where she enjoyed the warm weather and learned her appreciation for being close to the water. Kay’s family moved to Overland Park, Kansas when she was entering college. She attended Baker University before meeting her husband George Little. She and George married in July, 1966, and lived in Independence Missouri for several years before finding a beautiful 2 acre property in Raymore, Missouri. They built their family home on that property, raised their son Joel Little, and owned it until 2014. Kay and George started a business, Midwest Fire and Safety, in 1984 where she was the office manager. To get away from the long hours of owning a business, they purchased a place at the Lake of the Ozarks which became a cherished family retreat and reunited her once again with the water.
Kay was known for her spunky personality, and always having an opinion to share. She loved the small town environment, especially being involved in the Raymore Community. Kay enjoyed listening and visiting with friends, as she always had a fun story to share. She was known to be the happiest at the Lake of the Ozarks, surrounded by her friends and family, especially her 2 grandkids Aaron and Kinley.
She is survived by her brother Coley “Lee” Glenn of Shawnee, Kansas and her sister Ida Ward of St Joseph, Missouri, son Joel Little, daughter in law Kimberly Little, grandson Aaron Little and granddaughter Kinley Little of Lee’s Summit, Missouri along with other relatives and many friends.
Family is hosting a Celebration of Life on Sunday, June 14th, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm in the home of her son, Joel Little, 2509 NE Spring Creek Dr, Lees Summit, Missouri 64086.
Fay Clark, 93, of Raymore passed away on May 22, 2015. She is now reunited with her God. She prepared herself for passing to her next life by studying, praying, being faithful and committing to be of service to others. She was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church of Raymore. Fay was born April 16, 1922 near Garden City, Missouri. She was the daughter of John V. Miller and Letha Mae Helmuth Miller. She graduated from Garden City High School in 1939. She married J.C. Clark on June 14, 1941 in Yuma, AZ. She devoted her life to her family. She and Jay established Clark’s Fabrics of Versailles and Higginsville. She was predeceased by her parents, her husband J. C. (Jay), a sister, Helen Plank Horney and a brother, Morris G. Miller. She is survived by her children, Larry A. Clark of Versailles (Donna), Ronda Kent (Carl) of Raymore and Donna G. Chapman (Kirk) of Versailles. Also surviving is a brother George C. Miller, Raymore, MO; seven grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren, and many nephews and nieces. Visitation at 10:00, Wed., May 27 followed by service at 11:00 at Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, Missouri. Burial to follow in Versailles, Missouri. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society and American Heart Association. Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO (816)322-5278
VIOLA B. HETRICK
Viola B. Hetrick, 88, of Raymore, MO passed away May 30, 2015. Visitation will be 3-5 PM Sunday, June 7, 2015 at Cullen Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to National Parkinson Foundation Heartland 8900 State Line Rd. #320, Leawood, KS 66206. Viola was born February 12, 1927 in Limestone, Pennsylvania, the daughter of James and Bessie Smith Johnson. Viola was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Harold and John Johnson. She is survived by her children, Calvin Hetrick (Patricia), Rosalind Martz (Wayne), Shirley Rabjohn and Darlene Kocher (Dennis); two sisters, Jane Sthalman and Joanne Doverspike; six grandchildren, Jeremy, Jeff, Angela, Chris, Scott and Lillian; and 6 great-grandchildren, Joshua, Vivian, Victoria, Ricki, Devyn and Ashley. Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO (816)322-5278
WILLI FRITZ RICHARD SENST
Willi Fritz Richard Senst, 80, of Raymore, MO passed away May 27, 2015 with his family by his side.
Memorial Mass will be 10 AM Thursday, June 4, 2015 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Lee’s Summit, MO with visitation 9-10 AM. Memorial contributions may be made to the Church or Olathe Hospice House – online: https://www.olathehealth.org/Donations#.VWcAa3J_nop.
Willi was born to Charlotte and Captain Fritz Senst on February 16, 1935 in Werder, Germany. He is preceded in death by his parents and sister, Gerda (Senst) Morton. Willi immigrated to the US in 1951. After later joining the US Army and being stationed in Germany, be met his wife, marrying in December 1959. Willi leaves behind his wife of 55 years, Rita (Baumann), brother, Gunther Senst (Rosemary), children, Richard Senst (Donna), and Karen Senst Simmons (Michael), two grandchildren, Jennifer Clary and Christopher Senst and two great-grandchildren, Jacob and Colten. Willi’s love of all things trains, cars and food is well known to those who knew him. No one was a stranger to him and he will be missed by all who knew and loved him. Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO (816)322-5278
ELIZABETH LOUISE LATENSER
Elizabeth Louise (Clark) Latenser died peacefully at home in Overland Park, Kansas on Friday, May 29, 2015.
Bette was an adventurous, accomplished, generous, creative, and vivacious woman.
She enthusiastically embraced travel and the opportunity to immerse herself and her family in each new posting to which Russell’s military assignments brought them: Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; Heidelberg, Germany; Fort McClellan, Alabama; Hanau, Germany; Redstone Arsenal, Alabama; Fort Hood, Texas; settling in Albuquerque, New Mexico for eventual retirement; and then returning to Overland Park, Kansas in her last years.
She began her career as a clerk for the Missouri Pacific Railroad, and concluded as executive secretary to the Navy admirals and Army and Air Force generals who commanded the Defense Nuclear Agency at Kirtland Air Force Base, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her powerful persona, liberally laced with humor, was a driving force in the completion of many complex and time-sensitive agency programs. Her accomplishments were wide and varied. Bette won New Mexico State Fair blue ribbons for her hand-sewn christening gowns, a beaded wedding dress and clothing she created on her knitting machines.
Bette danced her way through life to big band music and square dance calls. She traveled with gusto, welcomed new friends of many nationalities with a beaming smile, and opened her home to world travelers. She and Russell folded many young people into their hearts, making them a part of the family. Bette’s eclectic life led her to learn to truly appreciate wine in Germany, and to travel independently to Paris, France and Berlin, Germany. She, builder of community, rallied friends and neighbors to come together to joyfully celebrate small or large occasions, or to celebrate for no occasion, at all.
Bette maintained her life-long love of high-heeled shoes, which she wore beyond her 90th birthday. For her 1959 voyage home to the United States from Heidelberg, Germany, Bette was set to pack 28 pairs of high-heeled shoes for a 7-day passage. Shocked at the mounds of shoe boxes, Russell suggested she pack fewer, so she packed only 14 pairs!
High-heeled shoes: emblem of her unique self.
Bette was a devout Catholic her entire life. Every week, for years, she baked bread and delivered it, warm and fragrant, to the waiting butter knives of the retired nuns of Saint Bernadette’s Church.
Bette is survived by her loving children, Mary Jean Brown (John), Petie Walker, Rusty Latenser (Tina), Philip Latenser (Davene); her granddaughters Stephanie Crane (Bob), Mary Beth Brown (Matt), Lauri Quigley (Michael), Summer Baxter, Misty Reece, and Summer Smith (David); 11 great-grandchildren Luke, Avery and Hannah Crane, Justin and Will Quigley, Bryson Baxter, Johah, Lydia and Elijah Reece; and Delilah and Kaine Smith. Also surviving is her cherished sister, Janice DeGisi (Sabino); many nieces and nephews; her first cousins Toots Celano, Mary Arensberg, Larry Clark, Pat Boos, Judy Miller, Mary Ann Weaver, Clark Morin, Dixie Barnhart, Ken Whipple, Julia Clem and Kathy Tyson; and other family members. She leaves behind many friends, whom she held close in her heart. Bette is preceded in death by Laurie Elizabeth, daughter; Martha and Joseph Clark, Bette’s parents; and by Joseph, Michael, Thomas and Richard, Bette’s brothers; and, recently, John E. Latenser, Bette’s brother-in-law.
Bette will be buried in Santa Fe National Cemetery in Sante Fe, New Mexico, with her beloved husband, Russell, who died July 10, 1995.
There will be a visitation at Porter Funeral Home, 8535 Monrovia, Lenexa, KS 66215, on Friday, June 5, 2015 from 5 to 7 p.m., with Rosary at 5 p.m. Her funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 11300 W 103rd St., Overland Park, KS 66214 on Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 10 a.m. Interment will be at the Santa Fe National Cemetery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Online condolences may be made at www.CullenFuneralHome.com.
In lieu of flowers, Bette asks that you perform an act of kindness, hug someone you love or call a long-missed friend.
Bette’s family offers our deep and warmest gratitude to the kind and loving caregivers at SeniorCare Homes who added joy to our mother’s life, and who enriched her life and ours. Thank you to Grace Hospice and Interim HealthCare.
Bette’s laughter echoes on!
Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO (816)322-5278
Helen Mae Roberts
After a noble struggle with cancer, the matriarch of our family, Helen Mae “Mimi” Roberts passed away on the morning of May 25th, 2015. She is remembered and respected for raising three children on her own at the age of 28 (without even knowing how to drive), on a secretary’s salary and eventually working her way up to the role of a manager. No matter how her day went, she never seemed to be in a bad mood which she displayed through her immense love for her family. She spoiled her grandchildren whenever possible, surprising them with snacks, candy, books and other gifts. In her free time, she watched John Wayne movies, read Danielle Steele books, and listened to Elvis Presley records; she loved The King nearly as much as she loved her family. Her love of family and friends extended across the ocean to her pen pal, Pat Richardson of 64 years. After a writing assignment in elementary school, they remained friends and visited each other several times. Her family will miss her excessive decorations for any and all holidays, her unique ability to unsuccessfully grow any plants, shopping with her at garage sales every weekend, and her collection of shoes that would rival that of Imelda Marcos.
She was the daughter of Charlotte Taylor who preceded her in death along with her older brother Richard Taylor. She is survived by husband Harry P. Roberts, daughters Lynn Schmidt (Phil), Lori Samazin (Steve), and son Brad Jackson (Susan). She is also survived by her sister Judy Dixon (Phil), brothers Robert Taylor and Ron Taylor (Sarah). She leaves behind spoiled grandchildren Dustin Schmidt (Juliana), Jordan Schmidt (Crystal), Aaron Schmidt (Sarah), Sarah Schmidt, Alexandra Samazin, Adam Samazin, Haley Jackson, and Emily Jackson. Not to be forgotten and just as spoiled are her five great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the University of Kansas Cancer Center, 3901 Rainbow Blvd., Kansas City, Kansas 66160.
A celebration of life will take place on Friday, May 29th from 4:00 – 6:00 pm at the Cullen Funeral home located at 612 W. Foxwood Drive in Raymore, Mo.
We love you Mimi. A bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck.
Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO (816)322-5278
LLOYD R. HOLLOWAY
Lloyd R. Holloway, 61, of Raymore, MO passed away May 15, 2015. Funeral service will be 11 AM Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at Cullen Funeral Home with visitation 10-11 AM. Burial will be in Peculiar Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be left for the family to help with expenses. Lloyd was born March 25, 1954 in Kansas City, Missouri, the son of Lloyd E. and Mary (Barbour) Holloway. Lloyd was preceded in death by his father; wife, Kathryrn; and sister, Linda Bray. He is survived by his daughter, Stephanie Holloway; mother, Mary Holloway; brothers, Floyd Holloway (Dianne), Andrew Holloway (Becky) and Ronald Holloway (Nicole); and sister, Barb Snider (Robert). Lloyd was a retired United States Army Veteran serving more than 20 years. He was a member of the Army National Guard and the Eagle’s 47 of Raytown. Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO (816)322-5278
BRIAN P. MULICH
Brian P. Mulich, 35, of Raymore, MO passed away May 10, 2015. Funeral service will be Noon Friday, May 15, 2015 at Cullen Funeral Home, with visitation 10-Noon. Cremation. Memorial contributions may be made to Brian’s wife, Lori Mulich, for the cost of arrangements, C/O Mazuma Credit Union P.O. Box 1573 Raymore, MO 64083. Brian was born December 11, 1979 in New Orleans, Louisiana, the son of Jim and Teresa (Abernathy) Mulich. He was preceded in death by his sister, Nicole Mulich. Brian is survived by his loving wife Lori L. (Rathman) Mulich of 16 years; parents, Jim and Teresa Mulich; sister, Ashley Stacer (Aaron); half-brother, James Mulich; step-brother, Shawn Mulich; and paternal grandmother, Del Rae Mulich. Brian was a United States Veteran. He served two terms in the Navy. He was and EO (Equipment Operator) and switched to MA (Master At Arms) for his second enlistment. After the military he moved with his wife back to Missouri where he worked as a car salesman. He went to night school and earned his Associates Degree and continued to work towards his Bachelor’s Degree. He then went on to work as a Landman in the Oil and Gas business. It was his dream job. He got to travel across the country and his wife, Lori had the opportunity to travel with him. They spent 16 wonderful years together and had an 11 year old cat named Meows and a 6 year old dog named Sailor Moon. His favorite things to do were hiking, taking photos and gardening. But most of all he loved helping others. Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO (816)322-5278
MARVIN L. MCWILLIAMS
Marvin L. McWilliams, 81, of Raymore, MO passed away May 4, 2015 at Foxwood Springs Living Center. Memorial service will be 7 PM Thursday, May 7, 2015 at Cullen Funeral Home with visitation 6-7 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association 3846 W 75th St, Prairie Village, KS 66208.
Marvin was born September 27, 1933 in Stevens, Arkansas. The son of Ples and Evelyn (Primm) McWilliams. Marvin was preceded in death by his parents. Marvin is survived by his loving wife Shirley A. (Ward) McWilliams of 61 years; 3 sons, Jerry McWilliams and wife Dawn, Bruce McWilliams and wife Debi and Bert McWilliams; sister, Mary Sue Hyman and husband Kenneth; 8 grandchildren, Tyler, Taylor, Corey, Kristin, Nicholas, Nathaniel, Andrew and Daniel; 3 great grandchildren, Elise, Layne and Jake
Marvin served his country in the United Stated Army. He retired from Amoco and was a member of the Pipefitters union. The final years of his career he enjoyed being a welder and became the manager of the welding shop. His life was guided by his faith as member and deacon minister of East Main Baptist Church in El Dorado Arkansas, Noland Road Baptist Church in Independence, Mo and First Baptist Church in Texas City TX.
Marvin loved God and his family. He spent his spare time working at the church and fixing anything and everything. I’m sure he’s already asked God for something to do. He has served God, his family, friends and his journey here has ended. God has prepared a grand room for him in heaven and called him home. We will all miss him but know that he will be waiting to welcome us with open arms. Online condolences may be left at www.cullenfuneralhome.com. Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO (816)322-5278
TERRY L. CHAMBERLAIN
Terry L. Chamberlain, 43, of Raymore, MO passed away May 3, 2015. Visitation will be 5-7 PM with service at 7 PM Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at Cullen Funeral Home. Inurnment will be 12:30 PM Friday, May 8, 2015 at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Kansas City, MO. Memorial contributions may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Terry was born July 3, 1971 in Kansas City, Missouri, the son of Lonnie and Linda Mueller Chamberlain. Terry was from Leavenworth, KS and graduated from Leavenworth High School. Terry was preceded in death by his devoted father, Lonnie Chamberlain. He is survived by his loving wife Brenda L. (Rellihan) Chamberlain; son, Stephen Chamberlain; mother, Linda Chamberlain; grandparents, Donald and Shirley Mueller; brother, Clint Chamberlain; sister, Tracy Barton; step-sons, Eric Ohlman (Courtney), Nathan Ohlman (Lauren) and Colin Ohlman; step-daughter, Sara Ohlman; two energetic grandchildren, Emma Ellington and Jaxon Ohlman; and two nephews, Eddie and Lewis Barton. Terry was the owner of The Master’s Company where he worked as a piano technician. Terry was a lover of fishing, playing the guitar, woodworking, gardening, his loving wife Brenda and their awesome family. Brenda and Terry spent every weekend they could at “the Camper” at Bucksaw, Truman Lake where they spent countless hours fishing and enjoying each other’s company. Terry had a passion for cooking for others. He was known for his large appetite and love of food. Terry touched the lives of many people with his smile and generosity. He was a great advisor, counselor and listener to many. His lived his like selflessly and always with others in mind. Arrangement: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO (816)322-5278
JOE B. VINYARD
Joe B. Vinyard, 74, of Raymore, MO passed away May 8, 2015. Funeral service will be 11 AM Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at Cullen Funeral Home with visitation 10-11 AM. Burial will be in Raymore Cemetery. Joe was born March 26, 1941 in Greenway, Arkansas, the son of Chesley E. and Lois L. Jackson Vinyard. Joe was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife Ann J. (Donovan) Vinyard of 49 years; son, Allen Vinyard and wife Gina; daughter, Julie Miller and husband Rick; two sisters, Florence Wiggins and Sandra Still and husband George; and four grandchildren, Jesse, Rex, Madeline and Gavin. Joe served in the United States Air Force and was a member of the Air Force Sgt. Association. Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO (816)322-5278
BETTY WISE HERRICK
Betty Wise Herrick was born on July 25, 1925 in Kansas City MO and passed away on May 3, 2015 from pneumonia after a fall in the home. She married Verne Herrick on Sept. 2, 1949. She was a member of the Belton United Methodist Church for many years, and was choir director for 25 years. She was a member of the Raymore Historical Society, Sigma Alpha Iota Sorority, MO Retired Teachers Assoc. and Lions Club Ladies Auxiliary, Raymore. After graduating from UMKC, she taught English, history and elementary music in Peculiar, Raymore, and Belton, MO. She wrote the Gladden Elementary school song, and led a group of students called the “G Strings” that performed in the Belton area for nursing homes and others. She received a Masters Degree in Elementary Education from Central Missouri State. While at the Conservatory of Music she sang operettas and performed many times, including for the Russell Stover’s. Preceded in death by her husband, Verne A. Herrick, parents Jesse J. Wise and Adela Knecht Wise; brothers, Jesse, James, Stanley Wise. She is survived by daughter, Jean Herrick, Kansas City; son, Doug (Jane), CO; grandson, Wyn (Esme), Australia; sister, Dorothy Looney, FL; in-laws, Eunice Burger, Dave Lang, Irma Herrick, cousins, nieces and nephews. Visitation at 12 PM; services at 1 PM at Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, Saturday May 9, internment at Mt. Moriah following. Donations to the Raymore Historical Society. She will be missed by her friends at Foxwood Springs, where she live for many years. Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO (816)322-5278
RICKEY “RIC” D. DECKER
Rickey “Ric” D. Decker, 69, of Raymore, MO passed April 25, 2015. A Celebration of his Life will be from 2-3 PM Saturday, May 2, 2015 at Cullen Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Kansas City Hospice 1500 Meadow Lake Pkwy #200, Kansas City, MO 64114 or United Cerebral Palsy Fund 3100 Broadway St # 330, Kansas City, MO 64111. Rickey was born June 21, 1945 in Hammond, Indiana, the son of Vernon and Marie Diehl Decker. Rickey was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife Sharon Decker of 31 years; daughter, Morgan Decker; mother in-law, Rosamond Banfield; and uncle, Donald Diehl and wife Marilyn. Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO (816)322-5278
BARBARA J. SHAFER
Barbara J. Shafer, 62, of Oak Grove, MO passed away April 28, 2015. Visitation will be 6-8 PM Thursday, April 30, 2015 at Cullen Funeral Home. Graveside service will be 2:30 PM Friday, May 1, 2015 in Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens, 13901 Blackbob Road, Olathe, KS 66062. Barb was born December 14, 1952 in Kansas City, Missouri, the daughter of William and Betty Thompson Misner. Barb was preceded in death by her father; husband, Richard L. Shafer in July 2003; and son, Michael Shafer. She is survived by her mother, Betty Hemmer; two sons, Jacob Shafer and wife Jamie, and John Shafer; two daughters, Kim and Kelli Shafer; and nine siblings; ten grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO (816)322-5278
ALICE RUTH ANGELL
Alice R. Angell, of Raymore, MO, entered into her final rest in Christ on April 13, 2015. She was born December 18, 1917 in Burns, Kansas to Henry Fallon and Almeda Francis Broyles. Alice graduated from Burns High School in 1936. During WWII she worked at Beachcraft in Wichita, KS, where she met Allen “Bud” Angell. They were married in 1944. After the war, Bud and Alice returned to the farm in Barber County KS. Here they raised two children, Jeanne Angell and Larry Angell. In 1956 they moved to KCMO. Alice worked at Barstow School for 20 years, retiring in 1980. After Bud passed away she moved to Raymore, MO, in 1995. While living at Morningview she enjoyed many afternoons playing cards and games with friends. She did volunteer work at Belton Research Hospital for 10 years. Alice was a member of the First Baptist Church of Raymore and was active in WMU, the prayer room and Joy club. Alice was preceded in death by her husband, parents and three brothers and one sister. She is survived by her daughter Jeanne, of Raymore, son Larry and wife Sherry, of Overland Park, KS. Two grandsons, Troy Angell (Dara), of Prairie Village, KS, Scott Angell (Kristy) of Overland Park, KS, and three great grandchildren, Nick, Megan and Maddy, brother in law, Ken Angell (Eva) and many nieces, nephews and loving friends including her feline companion Patty Lynn. Visitation will be from 6:00 – 8:00 pm Thursday, April 16, at Park Lawn Funeral Home 8251 Hillcrest Road, KCMO. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 pm on Friday, April 17 at 1st Baptist Church of Raymore, MO. 58 Highway & Washington. Raymore, MO. In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions to the church. Arr: Park Lawn Funeral Home 816-523-1234
IONE B. SCHNELL
Ione Barbara Schnell, 82, of Raymore, MO entered into heaven on April 10, 2015. Memorial service will be 2 PM Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at Lord of Love Lutheran Church 8306 E 171st St, Belton, MO 64012 with visitation 1:30-2 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lord of Love Lutheran Church. Ione was born December 15, 1932 in Stoughton, Wisconsin, the daughter of Tillman and Bernice H. Roum Dahl.
Ione was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Margaret Hammond. She was dearly loved by family and friends. She is survived by her loving husband Dennis N. Schnell of 63 years, (the two of them were the perfect example of love and respect). She also is survived by her son, Dennis T. Schnell and wife Mari; daughter, Melinda S. Cetto and husband Jeff; sister, Susan Balthazor and husband Michael; 2 grandchildren, Nathan C. Schnell and wife Kasi and Audrey L. Cetto; and many very dear friends.
Ione (Mom) was special in so many ways, and loved so many things that made her life whole. She had a deep religious faith that was the foundation for her life. Family and close friends will miss her so much, but take peace in knowing that she is in heaven watching down on them.
Her love for music was strong. She was the organist at Lord of Love Lutheran church for 38 years, and found great joy in taking part in providing such an important part of the worship service. She also had a deep love for classical music.
She had an extremely tender heart when it came to any living creature (except worms). She is legendary in her efforts to save spiders. She would gently scoop them up and put them in a safe spot. Another notable effort was one fall that she saw a wasp slowing down due to the cold weather. She took the wasp in for the winter, took care of it, and released it in spring. She was truly a tender heart that could not stand to see anything suffer. Her love for dogs and cats was enormous. She always had dogs and cats. She would love them like they were her children, and spoil them as only she could do. It gave her much joy. She was a very talented seamstress, and made countless pieces of clothing and outfits that were exceptional, and she was also very talented in designing and making stuffed animals. She loved to bake and always had a wide variety of cookies, cakes, cupcakes, and pie readily available at all times. She also loved her flowers and trees very much. She would work tirelessly planting and watering. She truly appreciated the beauty God’s creation of nature.
For her family and friends, she was always concerned, always available to listen, and always there to pass on kindly advice. She will be deeply and fondly missed every day. Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO (816)322-5278
MARY ANN RULE
Mary Ann Rule, 71, of Raymore, MO passed away April 8, 2015. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 AM Monday, April 13, 2015 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church 1800 SW State Rte. 150 Lee’s Summit, MO 64082 with visitation 10-11 AM. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association 6900 College Blvd #250, Leawood, KS 66211 or Wayside Waifs 3901 Martha Truman Rd, Kansas City, MO 64137. Mary Ann was born February 26, 1944 in Kansas City, Missouri, the daughter of Albert and Marie Kesel Frey, Sr. Mary Ann was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her loving husband Cecil of 41 years; daughter, Annie Judy and husband Damian; son, John Rule and wife Kyra; brothers, James Frey and wife Carol and Albert Frey, Jr. and wife Delores; sister, Ramona Meyers and husband Steve; and grandson, Colt. She was a member of the Holy Spirit Catholic Church. Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO (816)322-5278
JOSEPH W. CRABTREE
Joseph (Joe) W. Crabtree, 47, of Raymore, MO passed away April 7, 2015. Joe was born July 6, 1967 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He is survived by his four children, Josh, Chris, Courtney and Sarah; parents, Jerry and Nancy Crabtree; sister, Whitney Jeffries and one nephew and one niece. Family wishes of Cremation. A “Remembering Joe” memorial service will be held at the home of his parents 6:00-8:00 PM Friday, April 10, 2015. Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO (816)322-5278
JOHNNIE LEE WOLFE
Johnnie Lee Wolfe, 66, of Raymore, MO passed away April 3, 2015. Funeral service will be 11 AM Thursday, April 9, 2015 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 451 SW 150 Hwy, Lee’s Summit, MO 64082 with visitation 6-8 PM Wednesday at Cullen Funeral Home. Inurnment will be in Nevada, MO at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association 6800 93rd St, Overland Park, KS 66212 or Salvation Army 101 W Linwood Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64111. John was born May 5, 1948 in Nevada, Missouri, the son of Earl (Bud) and Virginia L. Garfield Wolfe. John was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Michael Earl Wolfe. He is survived by his wife Barbara J. Wolfe of 35 years; children, Sherry Domah (Alexander), Chad Wolfe (Sarah) and Jamie Castle (Doug); seven grandchildren, Garrett (Trista), Hayden, Gillian, Lane, Cameron, Milania and Doug III; and four great grandchildren, Michael, Bryson, Keagan and Evan. John was a member The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Veteran of the United States Air Force, Southside Amateur Ham Radio Club, Honorary Warrior in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say, Cass County ARES, and on the Community Emergency Response Team. Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO (816)322-5278
VERNA DEANE ELLEMAN
Verna Deane (Park) Elleman, 75, of Raymore, MO passed away March 25, 2015, at KU Medical Center, with her family by her side. Verna was a beloved wife, mother and grandmother. Her sense of humor and caring way endeared everyone to her. Her hugs were powerful and her words of wisdom empowering. Verna enjoyed music concerts, sharing new food experiences with Don and watching/hearing about the accomplishments of her kids and grandkids. She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Don Elleman of Raymore, MO; her children Chris Elleman and wife Bridget of Raymore, MO; Curt Elleman and wife Tamara of Overland Park, KS; Erika Clark and husband Patrick of Raymore, MO and five adored grandchildren; Anthony (Tony), MacKinley, Alexandra Jo(AJ), Wagner and Charleston (Charli). She was preceded in death by her parents; and one brother, Garry Park.
A memorial service were held at 1:00pm on April 4th, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 1201 Paradise Lane, Butler, MO 64730. Arrangments Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) Butler, MO. Online condolences www.schowengerdtchapel.com
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MARY A. HUSK
Mary A. Husk, 83, of Raymore, MO passed away March 12, 2015. Funeral services will be 2 PM Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Raymore, MO with visitation 1-2 PM. A private family burial will at Mt. Moriah Cemetery, Kansas City, MO. Memorials may be made to Kansas City Hospice 1500 Meadow Lake Parkway, Suite 200 Kansas City, MO 64114. Mary was born December 23, 1931 in Poseyville, Indiana, the daughter of Wayne and Laura Almon Powers. Mary was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Ralph O. Husk; second husband, Harry Smalley; and four brothers, Dwayne, Carson, Leland and Elwood Powers. She is survived by her children, Vicki Hergert and husband David, Steven Husk and wife Pamela, and Michael Husk and Mary; four grandchildren, Christopher, Mitchell, James and Kelsey; four great grandchildren, Aidan, Dylan, Alexander and Penelope; and numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO (816)322-5278
WILLARD LESTER CORLEW
Willard Lester Corlew, 73, of Raymore, MO died March 9, 2015. Visitation 1-2 pm, memorial service 2:00 pm Friday, March 13 at McGilley & George Funeral Home 611 Chestnut in Belton. Burial in Raymore Cemetery. Contributions are suggested to the Willard Corlew Memorial Fund, PO Box 182, Belton MO 64012.
Willard was born October 22, 1941 in Blue Springs, MO to Willard and Olive Bullard Corlew. He was a lifelong area resident and a member of The Sabbath Keepers. Willard ran a Lawn Care service. He loved gardening, canning foods and enjoyed family and friends.
Preceded in death by his parents and son, Bobby Corlew in 2011. Survived by wife of 44 years, Veronica Corlew of the home; son, Richard and wife, Meagan Corlew, Belton MO; twin brother, William Chester and wife Lenora Corlew, Wheatland MO and brother Edward Corlew, Grain Valley MO; nephew, Eddie and wife, Melissa Corlew, Wheatland MO; grandchildren, Christopher, Tyler, Bradley and Jasmine and Robert. Condolences may be left at www.mcgilleygeorgebelton.com Arrangements: McGilley & George Funeral Home 611 Chestnut, Belton MO 64012 (816-322-2996)
SHARON L. LIGHT
Sharon L. Light, 70, of Raymore, MO passed away March 13, 2015. Graveside service will be 11 AM Monday, March 16, 2015 at Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Walker, MO. Memorials may be made to Kansas City Hospice 1500 Meadow Lake Parkway, Suite 200 Kansas City, MO 64114. Sharon was born May 29, 1944 in Kansas City, Missouri, the daughter of George and Neoma Watson Weatherly. Sharon was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Patty Sullivan. She is survived by her loving husband, Gordon L. Light of 52 years; son, Gordon L. Light, Jr.; daughter, Donna Massey and husband, Mark; two brothers, Tim Weatherly (Shaunna) and George Weatherly, Jr. (Sharon); two grandchildren, Hannah and Matthew. Arrangement: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO (816)322-5278
DEBORAH M. KELLY
Deborah M. Kelly, 62, of Raymore, MO passed away March 9, 2015. Funeral service will be 2 PM Saturday, March 14, 2015 at Cullen Funeral Home with visitation 1-2 PM. Graveside service will be 2 PM Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at MO State Veterans Cemetery. Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society 1100 Pennsylvania Ave, Kansas City, MO 64105. Deborah was born August 23, 1952 in Moline, Illinois, the daughter of John A. and Mae J. Herring Kelly. She is survived by her parents; brother, Wyatt Kelly and wife Stacy; aunts, Rachael Kelly and Beverly Lewis; and nieces, Crystal Taylor and husband Eric, Kaylin Kelly; and great nephew, Wyatt Taylor. Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO (816)322-5278
EVELYN ELIZABETH BATEMAN
Evelyn Elizabeth Bateman was born in Los Angeles California on February 21st 1914 the first child of Eugene and Elizabeth Devine. Three years later a brother, Everett was born to complete the family. When she was about six years of age the family moved to Shafter California. Her Mother was a school teacher so education was important to her from a very young age. She excelled in her school work throughout high school and college. She was a gifted musician playing the saxophone, cello, violin, mandolin, ukulele and she strived to master the piano. She received her Associate of Arts degree from Bakersfield Junior College in 1935 and went on to earn her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1939 from Fresno State College. She achieved her Master’s of Science in Education from Central Missouri State College. As a child and through her teen years her jobs included picking cotton, gathering potatoes, snack food server and youth minister. She received ministerial ordination from the Pentecostal Church of God in 1942. She, along with Morene Holloman, were lady evangelists for several years and then pastored a church in Findlay Ohio. In 1953 she became Director of Christian Education for the Pentecostal Church of God and served that position until 1956. From 1958 until retirement in 1978 she taught special needs students in the Hickman Mills School District. She received a national honor as “Teacher of the Year” in 1972. She met an evangelist, Wayne Bateman in 1955 and they married in 1960. They later pastored Faith Tabernacle Church in Martin City Missouri and Word of Life Church in Louisburg Kansas. Although both of them retired they continued to preach, teach, pastor and extend Christ’s love to whomever they encountered. They moved to Foxwood Springs about 24 years ago. Wayne preceded her in death five years ago and she went into the presence of the Lord on March 6th 2015 at the age of 101. Her mother, father and brother Everett have also previously gone to their rewards in heaven. One daughter, Sharon has also preceded her and she is survived by two sons: Jimmie (Jake) Bateman of Selah Washington, Gaylen Bateman and wife Margaret of Benton City Washington and two daughters: Waynette Cubberly and husband James of Naches Washington and Sue Smith of Battleground Washington. She also has twelve grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. She is adored by three nephews: Patrick Devine, Steven Devine and Mark Devine. A memorial service will be held at Foxwood Springs on Thursday March 12th at 11:00 AM followed by graveside services at Raymore Cemetery at 1:00 PM. The Rev Don Ogden will be officiating and the Cullen Funeral Home is making arrangements. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions will be received for Prisoner’s Web Ministry.
Proverbs 3:16 Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honor. Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO (816)322-5278
MARVIN E. FAITH
Marvin E. Faith, 89, of Raymore, MO passed away February 25, 2015. Funeral service will be 11 AM Monday, March 2, 2015 at Cullen Funeral Home with visitation 10-11 AM. Burial will be in Mt. Moriah Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association 3846 W 75th St, Prairie Village, KS 66208. Marvin was born August 31, 1925 in Independence, Missouri, the son of Robert and Lola Cooper Faith. Marvin was preceded in death by his parents; wife, J. Carroll Faith; 3 brothers and 1 sister. He is survived by his son Thomas F. Nelson; daughter, Carol Ann Johnson (Jerry) and brother, Jim Faith (Ruth). Marvin was a Navy veteran and served in WWII. He was a member of the Ararat Shrines and the Belton Masonic Lodge. Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO (816)322-5278
IRIS E. GRAHAM
Iris E. Graham, 82, of Raymore, MO passed away February 26, 2015. Memorial service to be held 11:00 AM, Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at Raymore Christian Church, Raymore, MO. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to the Raymore Christian Church. Iris was born December 12, 1932 in Elberta, Michigan, the daughter of James B. and Gladys Putney Evans. Iris was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers, Kenneth, Harry, Sidney, Duane (Bug) and James; and sister, Shirley Robbins. She is survived by her husband Harry H. Graham of 59 years; sons, Jon Graham (Suzi) and Jim Graham (Toni); daughters, Tracy Fox (Bob) and Lisa Ball (Lyle); eight grandchildren, Jayme, Steven, Andrea, Matthew, Dalton, Audrey, Lindsay and Nicholas. Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO (816)322-5278
Alice Gabrielle Walsh
Alice Gabrielle Walsh, daughter of Francis Menard and Eliane (Roy) Menard, was born on July 10, 1941 in Ottawa, Ontario Canada. It was here that she met and married her first husband, Charles Johnston and began their family. In 1962, they moved to Belton, Mo. She spent most of the next 18 years residing in Peculiar, Mo., before their family was transferred to Little Rock Air Force Base in Arkansas. Shortly after in 1981, the family retired back to Seligman, Mo. Alice was truly a loving Mother, wonderful friend and caring wife. She enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, spending time with her family and spoiling everyone.
She entered into rest on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at her home in Branson, Mo. She was 73 years young.
Alice was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Maurice Menard and her sister, Denise Martel.
She is survived by her son Robert Johnston and wife Debra of Branson: two daughters; Catherine German and husband Randy of Raymore, Mo., and Susan Fletcher and husband Allen of Jericho Springs, Mo.; six grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
A celebration of life will be held March 8 in Branson. Please contact the family for details. Arrangements were under the direction of Snapp-Bearden Funderal Home Branson, Mo.
CHARLES ROBERT JOHNSTON
Charles Robert Johnston was born July 9, 1936 in Iowa City, Iowa. He was the son of Charles R. Johnston and Virginia (Repp) Johnston. He attended Southwest High School in Washburn, Missouri. Charles served in the United States Air Force from 1954 to 1980. He retired as a Master Sergeant from the Little Rock Air Force Base.
After retirement, Charles lived in Seligman, MO. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Seligman. He was an outdoorsman and enjoyed golf and fishing. He was also a coin collector.
Charles had moved to Branson to be closer to his family. He entered into rest on Monday, January 26 at Pt. Lookout Nursing & Rehab. He was 78 years old.
Charles was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Russell.
He is survived by his son, Robert Johnston and wife Debra of Branson; two daughters, Catherine German and husband Randy of Raymore, MO, Susan Fletcher and husband Allen of Jericho Springs, MO; one brother, Richard Larimer and wife Kathy of Kansas City, MO; six grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
A celebration of life will be held March 8 in Branson, MO. Please contact the family for details. Graveside services will be March 9, 2015 at 10:00 A.M. in the Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Springfield. Arrangements were under the direction of Snapp-Bearden Funeral Home, Branson.
Memorials in Charles’ memory may be made to Hope for the Warriors, 5101 C Backlick Rd., Annandale, VA 22003.