Miscellaneous Carroll County, Missouri Obituaries

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LEVAN OBITUARY 

Rena Mae Levan, age 90, of Bogard, Missouri, died July 31, 1999, at the North Kansas City Hospital in North Kansas City, Missouri. 
She was born May 9, 1909, in Corning, Iowa, the daughter of Herman and Tura Bennett Williams.  She attended Van Horn Grade School. 
She was a member of the Pleasant Hill Christian Church and the Van Horn Extension Club. 
On October 11, 1933, she was married to Robert Kenneth Levan in Carrollton, Missouri, by Reverend G. L. Bush.  He preceded her in death on April 9, 1992. 
Survivors include one son, Donald Levan, Weatherby Lake, Missouri; one sister, Leona O'Neal, Overland Park, Kansas; and two granddaughters, Brenda and Jennifer. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother and two sisters. 
Funeral services will be 11:00 A..M., Tuesday, August 3, 1999, at the Gibson Funeral Home in Carrollton, conducted by Reverend Lanny Lybarger.  Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Carrollton. 
The family suggests contributions to the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in memory of Mrs. Levan. 

WARD OBITUARY 

Miss Mary Vivian Ward of Bogard, Missouri, passed away July 29, 1999 at the Carroll County Memorial Hospital in Carrollton. 
She was born near Bogard, on February 14, 1906, the daughter of William Winsor and Effie Lee Bingham Ward.  Mary spent her entire life in the Bogard community and was a graduate of Bogard High School in 1925. 
She was a member of the Bogard Methodist Church, and the Royal Neighbors of America where she was the Recorder of the Bogard Camp for a number of years. 
She wrote the Bogard news for the Daily Democrat starting in 1951. 
Survivors include a niece, Charlene Wiles, Overland Park, Kansas. 
She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Opal Naomi Wiles. 
Funeral services will be 10:30 A.M., Monday, August 2, 1999, at the Gibson Funeral Home in Carrollton.  Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Carrollton.  Visitation will be from 10:00 to 10:30 A.M., Monday, at the funeral home. 
The family will receive friends at her home in Bogard from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M., on Sunday. 
The family suggests contributions to the Bogard Methodist Church in memory of Miss Ward.  They may be left at or mailed to the Gibson Funeral Home in Carrollton. 

PETTY OBITUARY 

Billie Mae Petty, age 72, of Waverly, Missouri, died July 28, 1999, at her home. 
She was born May 25, 1927, in Carrollton, Missouri, the daughter of William Ernest and Maggie May Mitchell Simms.  She attended school in Carrollton and worked for Banquet Foods for 20 years before retiring. 
She was a member of the Methodist Church in Waverly. 
On June 8, 1946, she was married to William Henry Petty in Kansas City, Missouri.  He preceded her in death on March 12, 1998. 
Survivors include a brother, David Simms, Carrollton, and a sister, Frances Adaline Weaver, Kansas City, Missouri. 
She was preceded in death by four sisters, Bernice Simms, Martha Lorene Baker, Dorothy Proffitt, and Evelyn Weaver; and two brothers, Albert Lee Simms and Bobby James Simms. 
Graveside services were at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, July 31, 1999, at the Waverly Cemetery, Waverly, Missouri. 
Memorials contributions may be made to the Waverly Methodist Church in memory of Mrs. Petty.  They may be left at or mailed to the Gibson Funeral Home in Carrollton. 

LINHARDT OBITUARY 

Harold Otto Linhardt, age 78, of Concordia, Missouri, died July 22, 1999, at the Harry S. Truman 
Veteran's Hospital in Columbia, Missouri. 
He was born February 16, 1921, in Freedom, Missouri, the son of Fred John and Lydia S. Uthlaut Linhardt.  He attended school in Chamois, Missouri, Swenson's Automotive School and received on-the-farm training at Lexington, Missouri. 
He worked for 13 years at Meyer Motors in Concordia, and later owned and operated Harold's Body Shop for 25 years before retiring in 1990. 
He served in the US Army during World War II, and was a life member of the VFW in Concordia.  He was a member of the Concordia Baptist Church. 
On April 5, 1947, he was married to Florence Elizabeth Mauldin in Kansas City, Missouri.  She survives at the home. 
Other survivors include a daughter, Cheryl Kurtz, Independence, Missouri; a brother, Frank Linhardt, Kansas City, Missouri; a sister, Marjory Ashley, Raytown, Missouri; and two grandchildren, Melissa J. Kurtz and Justin A. Kurtz. 
He was preceded in death by a son, Christopher Paul, a brother, Edward B. Linhardt, and a sister, Marie Bartlett. 
Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M., Saturday, July 24, 1999, at the Gibson Funeral Home in Wavelry, Missouri.  Burial will be in Waverly Cemetery. 
Visitation will be from 1:00 to 2:00 P.M., before service time at the funeral home. 
The family suggests memorials to the Hunnington's Society in memory of Mr. Linhardt. 

CONAWAY OBITUARY 

Evelyn Conaway, age 80, of Carrollton, Missouri, died July 7, 1999, at the Carroll County Memorial Hospital in Carrollton. 
She was born September 6, 1918, in Lexington, Missouri, the daughter of Felix and Nellie Free Bardone.  She attended schools in Lexington. 
She was a member of the Vesta Chapter of the OES in Carrollton and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Lexington VFW. 
On June 13, 1939, she was married to William Stanley Conaway.  He preceded her in death on October 18, 1968. 
Survivors include two daughters, Loretta Bailey, Chesterfield, Missouri, and Sandra Sue Vivion, Mexico, Missouri; a half-sister, Amelia Goettling, Lexington; five grandchildren and three great- grandchildren. 
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Stana Cromley and one brother. 
Graveside services were 3:00 P.M., Saturday, July 10, 1999, at the Machpelah Cemetery, Lexington. 
The family suggests contributions to the American Lung Association in memory of Mrs. Conaway.  They may be left at or mailed to the Gibson Funeral Home, 201 South Main, Carrollton, MO 64633. 

HYATT OBITUARY 

Henry Clay Hyatt Jr., of Bogard, Missouri, a retired sales manager for Sinclair Oil Company, died Monday, July 5, 1999, at the Carroll County Memorial Hospital in Carrollton, Missouri.  He was 87. 
Mr. Hyatt was born on February 7, 1912, in Adrian, Missouri, the son of Henry Clay Hyatt Sr. and Leora Viola (Beeman) Hyatt.  He was the oldest of five children.  He was wedded to the former Callene Moore, also of Adrian, on January 1, 1932, in Nevada, Missouri.  They were married 66 years and had five children, two of whom did not survive infancy.  Mrs. Hyatt preceded her husband in death on August 4, 1998. 
Mr. Hyatt started his career in business as a milkman.  In 1944, he joined the engineering department at the federal ammunition factory in Lake City, Missouri.  From 1947 to 1975, he worked for the Sinclair Oil Co., first as a salesman and later as a district sales manager.  After leaving the oil company, Mr. Hyatt farmed and worked for the U.S. Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service in Carrollton, from which he retired in 1995. 
Mr. Hyatt was an active member of the Carrollton United Methodist Church and held many church offices on both the local and regional levels.  He was also an active member of the Republican Party. 
He is survived by three daughters, Dorothy A. Davis, of Platt Woods, Missouri, Deloris H. Graham, of Carrollton, and Kathlyn Fares, of Webster Groves, Missouri; four sisters, Elsie Gould, of Lawson, Missouri, Thelma Raider, of Bakersfield, California, Maurine Tucker, of Saloma Beach, California, and Nadine Sackrider, of Raytown; five grandchildren; and four great- grandchildren. 
Funeral services will be 1:30 P.M., Wednesday, July 7, 1999, at the Gibson Funeral Home in Carrollton.  Burial will be in Carroll Memory Gardens, Carrollton. 
Visitation will be from 7:00 to 8:00 P.M., Tuesday, at the funeral home. 
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Carrollton United Methodist Church in Mr. Hyatt's name. 

BITTIKER OBITUARY 

Mrs. Lyndall Bittiker, age 102, of formerly of Carrollton, Missouri, passed away Saturday, July 3, 1999, at the Lincoln Nursing Home. 
Lyndall was born April 18, 1897, in DeWitt, Missouri, the daughter of Thomas B. and Della M. Carson Owings.  She attended grade school and graduated from DeWitt High School. 
Lyndall was married to James B. Bittiker, Sr. on September 24, 1916, in DeWitt.  He preceded her in death on August 12, 1956. 
She was a homemaker and owned farmground between Carrollton and Brunswick.  She also assisted with the operation of Heisel-Koch Funeral Home in Brunswick, which was owned and operated by her daughter and son-in-law, Irma and Bill Koch.  Lyndall had also served a City Collector of Carrollton. 
She was a member of the Carrollton First Baptist Church, the Forum Club, and the V & S Extension Club.  Lyndall was a 50-year member and Past Worthy Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star, Carrollton.  She had also served as an advisor for the Rainbow Girls. 
Mrs. Bittiker raised two grandsons, Steven and Jim, after their parents and sister died in an automobile accident in 1952. 
Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Irma L. Koch, Sedalia, Missouri; one daughter-in-law, Mrs. Louise Bittiker, Sedalia; seven grandchildren, Jim and Cindy Bittiker, Pleasant Hill, Missouri, Steve and Caren Bittiker, Carrollton, Lynda and Bill Eades, Beckley, West Virginia, Michelle and Dana Thompson, Columbia, Missouri, Amy and Adam Fauss, Independence, Missouri, Mike and Joanne Koch, Waverly, Missouri, Jim and Sue Koch, Jefferson City, Missouri; 15 great-grand- children, Chad, Derek, & Melanie Stirling, Steven and Carissa Bittiker, Daniel and Erin Eades, Matt and Kelley Thompson, Abigail Fauss, Philip, Andrew, and Cammie Koch, and Jason and Ryan Koch; one great-great-granddaughter, Lauren Brooke Bittiker, and several nieces and nephews. 
Lyndall was preceded in death by two sons, James B. Bittiker, Jr. and H. G. (Gene) Bittiker; one daughter in law, Helen Moritz Bittiker, one granddaughter, Barbara Jeanne Bittiker, one brother, Stuart Owings, and one great-grandson, Jacob Koch. 
Funeral services will be 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, July 7, at the Gibson Funeral Home in Carrollton, with Reverend Ron Marsh and Reverend Lanny Lybarger officiating. 
The family will receive friends from 7:00 until 8:00 P.M., on Tuesday evening at the Gibson funeral Home in Carrollton. 
The family suggests contributions to the Lions Eye Tissue Bank or the First Baptist Church in memory of Mrs. Bittiker. 

KLEOPPEL OBITUARY 

Margaret H. Kleoppel, age 75, of Carrollton, Missouri, died July 4, 1999, at the Carroll County Memorial Hospital in Carrollton. 
She was born November 28, 1923, in Carrollton, the daughter of John H. and Catherine Gellespie Lowrance.  She attended school in Carrollton and was a graduate of Carrollton High School in 1941.  A lifelong Carrollton resident, she worked at Mattingly's as a clerk for many years. 
She was a member of the Presbyterian Church.  She did volunteer work at the Walnut Hills Clothing Center and at the Senior Center. 
On July 19, 1951, she was married to Wilfred Phillip Kleoppel in Corder, Missouri.  He preceded her in death on November 8, 1990. 
Survivors include two brothers, John G. Lowrance, San Antonio, Texas, and Robert Lowrance, Sedalia, Missouri; a sister, Lucy Elizabeth Beard, Bogard, Missouri; five nieces; two nephews; 
15 great nieces and nephews; and six great-great nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services were conducted by Fred Seba at 3:00 P.M., Wednesday, July 7, at the Gibson Funeral Home in Carrollton.  Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery, Carrollton. 
The family suggests contributions to the H.E.L.P. Services Cancer Fund or the Senior Center in memory of Mrs. Kleoppel. 

O'DELL  OBITUARY 

Nelson D. O'Dell, age 89, of Carrollton, Missouri, died July 2, 1999, at the Carrollton Nursing Center. 
He was born May 1, 1910, in Excelsior Springs, Missouri, the son of Luther and Myrtle Nelson O'Dell.  He graduated from Excelsior Springs High School and attended Kansas City Business School. 
He owned and operated O'Dell Chevrolet from 1944 to 1979.  He was a two-term Mayor of Carrollton. 
He was a member of the Carrollton First Baptist Church, where he served as deacon, the Garage Bible Class, the Wakanda Masonic Lodge #52 AF&AM, and the George Washington Chapter, R.A.M. 
On August 17, 1929, he was married to Dorothy Douglass.  She preceded him in death on October 19, 1992. 
Survivors include a daughter, Martha Taylor, Colorado Springs, Colorado, a son, Richard O'Dell, Houston, Texas, four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. 
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Myron Moore. 
Funeral services will be conducted by Reverend Ron Marsh at 1:30 P.M., Tuesday, at the Carrollton First Baptist Church.  Private burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery, Excelsior Springs, Missouri. 
The family suggests contributions to the First Baptist Church Home Missions in memory of Mr. O'Dell. 

HEINS OBITUARY 

Dorris D. Heins, age 94, of Carrollton, Missouri, passed away Friday, August 27, 1999, at the Carroll County Memorial Hospital in Carrollton. 
She was born April 13, 1905 in Carroll County, Missouri, the daughter of Oscar and Mary Dean Nowland.  She attended Liberty Grade School and graduated from Carrollton High School. 
She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Carrollton, the Mary Martha Sunday School Class, the U.D.C. Betty Shelby Chapter of Waverly, a charter member of the Liberty Extension Club, and a life member of the Carroll County Historical Society. 
On February 17, 1926, she was married to Walter Glen Heins at the home of her parents.  He preceded her in death on December 23, 1991. 
Survivors include two sons, Glen Paul Heins, Fort Madison, Iowa, and Gerald Lee Heins, Sr., Carrollton; one daughter, Mary Ann Zollman, Estes Park, Colorado; fourteen grandchildren; seventeen great-grand-children; two great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. 
She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Mary V. McCleary; four brothers, Eugene, J. Paul, Edward, and Frank; and two great-granddaughters, Amy Heins and Rebecca Steffen. 
Funeral services were conducted by Reverend Ron Marsh at 11:00 A.M., Monday, August 30, 1999, at the Gibson Funeral Home in Carrollton.  Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery. 
The family suggests contributions to the Carrollton Senior Center or the Baptist Childrens Home in memory of Mrs. Heins. 

OBITUARY 

Billy Lee Smith, age 54, of Waverly, Missouri, died August 28, 1999, at his home. 
He was born September 9, 1944, in Marshall, Missouri, the son of William Milton and Helen Marie Cole Smith.  He attended schools in Waverly and Grand Pass. 
He worked as a tree surgeon in Kansas City, Missouri. 
He was baptized in the Grand Pass Methodist Church. 
On September 6, 1963, he was married to Mary Lou Hostetter in Grand Pass, Missouri.  She survives at the home. 
Other survivors include one daughter, Mary Ellen Smith, Marshall; two sons, Tommy Lee Smith, Blackwater, Missouri, and Reverend Billy Lee Smith, Jr., Benson, North Carolina; his mother and step-father, of Marshall, Missouri; one son-in-law, Lloyd England, one sister, Joyce Ann Brown, Marshall; two half-sisters, Joan Smith and Eva Jane Womack, both of Waverly; two step-sisters, Kathy Hamblen and Rita Narron, both of Waverly; six grandchildren, Christina England, Jason England, Tommy Smith, Jr., Charles William Smith, Amber Nicole Smith, Payton Timothy Smith; one uncle and several nieces and nephews. 
He was preceded in death by his father. 
Funeral services will be 1:00 P.M., Tuesday, August 31, 1999, at the Waverly Baptist Church, conducted by Reverend Billy Lee Smith and Reverend Steve Mills.  Burial will be in Waverly Cemetery. 
The family suggests contributions to Family Choice in memory of Mr. Smith. 
He was preceded in death by his father. 

CUSINTZ OBITUARY 

William E. Cusintz, Sr., age 62, of Carrollton, Missouri, died August 18, 1999, at the Carroll County Memorial Hospital in Carrollton. 
He was born December 29, 1936, in Kansas City, Missouri, the son of William James and Nellie Pearl James Cusintz.  He attended school in Kansas City, Kansas. 
He had worked as a truck driver and also a meat cutter for Sambol Packing Company in Kansas City, Kansas, for a number of years. 
On September 15, 1953, he was married to Erma Louise             in Atchison, Kansas.  She survives at the home. 
Other survivors include one son, William Earl Cusintz, Jr., Carrolllton; a daughter, Paula Jean Morrison, Shawnee, Kansas; two sisters, Betty Dahlin and Shirley Bowers, both of Shawnee, Kansas; two grandchildren, Lacey and Bryan Morrison; and his father and step-mother, of Neosho Rapids, Kansas.. 
He was preceded in death by his mother and one brother, Lonnie James Cusintz. 
Cremation.  Graveside memorial services will be conducted by Reverend Bert Hughes at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, August 21, 1999, at the Evergreen Cemetery, DeWitt, Missouri. 
The family suggests contributions to family choice in memory of Mr. Cusintz.  They may be left at or mailed to the Gibson Funeral Home in Carrollton. 

BECKMAN OBITUARY 

A former Carrollton, Missouri, resident, Felicite Marie Beckman, age 101, died August 18, 1999, at the Trinity Lutheran Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. 
She was born March 7, 1898, in Naperville, Illinois, the daughter of Theodore J. and Julia Matilda Germann Ricksher.  She attended schools and graduated from Naperville High School.  She worked as a secretary for a railroad for a short time. 
She was a member of the St. Mary's Catholic Church in Carrollton and Guardian Angel Catholic Church, Kansas City, the Altar Society at each church,  Foresters, Keenagers, and had served as a volunteer at Carroll County Memorial Hospital. 
On May 25, 1920, she was married to Francis Herbert Beckman in Naperville.  He preceded her in death on April 9, 1968. 
Survivors include two daughters, Doris Beckman Thompson, Kansas City, and Mary Joan Beckman, Oshkosh, Wisconsin; nine grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great- grandchildren. 
She was preceded in death by two sons, John (Jack) Beckman and Robert in infancy. 
Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M., Friday, August 20, 1999, at the St. Mary's Catholic Church in Carrollton.  Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Carrollton. 
Visitation will be from 7:00 to 8:00 P.M., with the Rosary at 8:00 P.M., Thursday, at the Gibson Funeral Home, Carrollton. 
The family suggests contributions to the St. Mary's Cemetery or the Guardian Angel Parrish in memory of Mrs. Beckman. 

EISERER OBITUARY 

Alberta Louise Eiserer, age 81, of Carrollton, Missouri, died August 11, 1999, at the North Kansas City Hospital in North Kansas City, Missouri. 
She was born March 13, 1918, in Carroll County, Missouri, the daughter of Charles S. and Sarah Jane Key Lane.  She attended Carrollton Schools. 
She was a member of the Carrollton First Christian Church and several local clubs and organizations. 
On October 3, 1937, she was married to Henry F. Eiserer, Jr. in the Chillicothe Lutheran Church.  He preceded her in death on December 29, 1992. 
Survivors include a son, Allen Eiserer, and his wife, Sharon, Carrollton; a daughter, Connie Cunningham, and her husband, Malcolm, Hardin; two grandchildren, Justin Cunningham, and his fiancee, Pam Wilson, and Hank Eiserer, and his wife, Melissa; one great-grandson, Brant Eiserer; one brother, Marvin Lane, Carrollton; one sister, Mary Templeton, Corder, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews. 
She was preceded in death by four sisters and two brothers; and two brothers and one sister in infancy. 
Funeral services will be 1:30 P.M., Saturday, August 14, 1999, at the Gibson Funeral Home in Carrollton, conducted by Reverend Joe Barone.  Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Carrollton. 
There will be no set visitation; the body will lie in state after 2:00 P.M., Friday, at the Gibson Funeral Home. 
The family suggests contributions to the Carrollton Christian Church or the Garden Plus Club Flower Garden Fund in memory of Mrs. Eiserer. 

OBITUARY 

Garnet M. Musser, age 94, of Carrollton, Missouri, died August 9, 1999, at the Carrollton Nursing Center. 
She was born January 20, 1905, in Lewis County, Missouri, the daughter of James and Christine Colstadt Billups.  She attended Granger School and graduated from high school in 1923. 
She moved to the Bosworth/Bogard area of Carroll County, Missouri, in the 1940's and assisted in the operation of her husband's service station.  She also worked as a nurses aide at a nursing home. 
She was married to Russia (Guy) Musser.  He preceded her in death on August 16, 1982. 
Survivors include several nieces and nephews. 
She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Perry; three sisters, Grace Chancellor, Bernice Frary and Luticia Billups. 
Cremation.  Graveside memorial services will be conducted by Reverend Bert Hughes at 1:00 P.M., Thursday, August 12, 1999, at Coloma Cemetery, Coloma, Missouri. 
The family suggests contributions to the Carrollton Nursing Center in memory of Mrs. Musser.  They may be left at or mailed to the Gibson Funeral Home, Carrollton. 

OBITUARY 

Emma Lee Hill, age 83, of Carrollton, Missouri, died August 1, 1999, at the Carrollton Nursing Center. 
She was born September 21, 1915, in Wakenda Township, Carroll County, Missouri, the daughter of Lloyd and Tabatha Howard Jones. 
She owned grocery stores in Brunswick and Wakenda for a number of years.  She also drove the OATS bus. 
She was a former member of the Walnut Grove Baptist Church, the Brunswick Baptist Church and the Southside Baptist Church.  She was a member of the Eastern Star. 
On April 30, 1932, she was married to Glen Hill in Carrollton, Missouri.  He preceded her in death on April 11, 1980. 
Survivors include three sons, Glen Hill, Jr., Carrollton, Gordon Hill, Garden City, Missouri, and Charles Richard Hill, Liberty, Missouri; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. 
She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister. 
Funeral services will be 1:30 P.M., Wednesday, August 4, 1999, at the Gibson Funeral Home in Carrollton, conducted by Reverend Lanny Lybarger.  Burial will be in Carroll Memory Gardens, Carrollton. 
Visitation will be from 6:30 to 8:00 P.M., Tuesday, at the funeral home. 
The family suggests contributions to the Carrollton Senior Center, the American Cancer Society or the Carroll County Historical Society in memory of Mrs. Hill.  


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