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R. Kenneth Alexander Sr.
Dec. 8, 1923 - April 26, 2000
R. Kenneth Alexander Sr., 76, Pleasant Hill, died Wednesday, April 26, at the Pleasant Hill Health and Rehabilitation Center.
He was born Dec. 8, 1923, near Strasburg, the son of Robert C. and Fannie Mae (Aldridge) Alexander.
Mr. Alexander spent most of his lifetime in the Pleasant Hill area.
On May 23, 1943, he married Pauline "Polly" McIntrye in Kansas City.
Mr. Alexander had been a member of the Pleasant Hill First Baptist Church for 44 years. He had been affiliated with the Calvary Community Church for the last several years.
He served in the Navy during World War II and the Korean War.
Mr. Alexander had served on the Pleasant Hill City Council in the early 1980s and was police commissioner at that time.
Mr. Alexander was a life member of the Pleasant Hill VFW Post # 3118.
He had worked for Fisher Body and Black-Syvalls & Bryson. He managed the Pleasant Hill Co-op station on Highway 7 for many years. He grew and sold garden produce in Pleasant Hill for 35 years.
Mr. Alexander was preceded in death by three brothers, Zack Alexander, Dean Alexander and Leo Alexander; and a sister, May Alexander.
Surviving are his wife, Pauline "Polly" Alexander, of the home; a son, Robert Kenneth Alexander Jr., Pleasant Hill; a daughter, Dolores "Dee" Ballard Sanders, Pleasant Hill; two brothers, Ray Alexander, Pleasant Hill, and Glen Alexander, Warsaw; a sister, Ruby Weiter, Topeka, Kan.; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Casketbearers were Ray Murray Alexander, Larry Alexander, Harold R. Alexander, Jim Alexander, Richard "Bud" Alexander and George Weiter.
Services were Saturday, April 29, at the Stanley & Son Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill, with Dr. James D. Butterfield Jr. officiating.
Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery under the direction of the Stanley & Son Funeral Home.

David W. Bird
June 20, 1959 - April 28, 2000
David W. Bird, 40, Peculiar, died Friday, April 28, at North Kansas City Hospital.
He was born June 20, 1959, in Kansas City.
Mr. Bird played and coached soccer and enjoyed hunting, fishing, whitewater canoeing, camping and boating.
Surviving are his wife, Dawn Bird; three daughters, Ashley Bird, Alyssa Bird and Angela Bird; his parents, James and Shirley Bird; and three brothers, James Bird, Robert Bird and Michael Bird.
Graveside services were Wednesday, May 3, at Wills Cemetery, Peculiar, under the direction of the Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Bird Children Education Fund in care of UMB Bank of Peculiar, Mo.

Bonnie Carol Brinkman
Jan. 27, 1939 - April 14, 2000
Bonnie Carol Brinkman, 61, Basking Ridge, N.J., died Friday, April 14, at her home after a battle with cancer.
She was born Jan. 27, 1939, in Harrisonville, the daughter of Loyd and Georgia Roll.
Mrs. Brinkman attended Harrisonville High School and the University of Missouri graduating in 1961 with a BA in education.
She was a member of Delta Gamma Sorority and the University of Missouri marching band.
In 1961, she married William Brinkman.
Mrs. Brinkman lived in Missouri, New Mexico, New Jersey, England and Denmark. She lived the last 12 years in Basking Ridge.
She was a secretary for the Child Study Team in the Berkeley Heights school system for nine years and a teacher at Our Lady of Peace, New Providence, N.J. She retired 16 years ago.
Mrs. Brinkman was preceded in death by her father, Loyd Roll.
Surviving are her husband, William Brinkman; two sons, David Brinkman, Basking Ridge, and Curtis Brinkman, Reston, Va.; her mother, Georgia Roll, Harrisonville; a brother, Gene Roll, Raleigh, N.C.; and two grandchildren.
Services were Monday, April 17, at Gallaway and Crane Funeral Home, Basking Ridge.

Glen Buster Jr.
July 17, 1935 - April 26, 2000
Glen Buster Jr., 64, Pleasant Hill, died Wednesday, April 26, at Lee's Summit Hospital.
He was born July 17, 1935, in Eugene, the son of Glen and Nettie (Nott) Buster.
Mr. Buster lived in Grandview before moving to Pleasant Hill seven years ago.
On March 7, 1956, he married Mary Burris in Eldon.
He graduated from Eldon High School and received a bachelor of science degree in business management from Park College.
Mr. Buster retired from the United States Air Force in August 1979 after serving 26 years. He worked for AlliedSignal in Kansas City for approximately 20 years, retiring in 1997.
Surviving are his wife, Mary Buster, of the home; a daughter, Sheila Lambkin, Lee's Summit; two sons, Jeffrey Glen Buster, Springfield, and Stephen C. Buster, Independence; a brother, Franklin Buster, Pleasant Hill; five sisters, Bonnie Kobel, Jean Rose Blankenship, Juanita Williams and Carolyn Hickey, all of Eldon, and Wilma Cook, Sayer, Okla.; and six grandchildren.
Casketbearers were John Neiderman, Steve Tolivar, Gary Spitzkeit, Jerry Lovins, Mike Beatty and James Stephenson.
Services were Saturday, April 29, at the Stanley & Son Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill, with the Rev. Jon C. Spalding officiating.
Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery with military honors under the auspices of the VFW Post # 3118.

Dana Louise Calvert
March 31, 1964 - April 27, 2000
Dana Louise Calvert, 36, Wellsville, Kan., died Thursday, April 27, at her home.
She was born March 31, 1964, in Butler, the daughter of Johnnie and Beverly (Walters) Mabary.
On Oct. 14, 1989, she married Edward William Calvert, in Freeman.
Mrs. Calvert graduated from Cass-Midway High School and attended Longview Community College for a year.
She had been employed as a customer service representative for Graphic Technology Inc. in Gardner, Kan., for the past 15 years.
Mrs. Calvert was a member of the Freeman Christian Church and was attending Maranatha Baptist Church in Wellsville.
Preceding her in death were her grandparents, Francis and Anna Mabary.
Surviving are her husband, Edward William Calvert, of the home; two daughters, Sara L. Calvert and Jennifer N. Calvert, both of the home; her parents, Johnnie and Beverly Mabary, Freeman; a sister, Deborah Thompson, Harrisonville; a brother, Donald Mabary, Freeman; grandparents, Harold and Anna Walters, Harrisonville.
Services were Monday, May 1, at the Wilson & Son Funeral Home, Wellsville.
Burial was in the Wellsville Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Dana Calvert's Childrens' Education Fund in care of Wilson & Son Funeral Home, Box 486, Wellsville, KS 66092.

Nellie M. Edwards
Nellie M. Edwards, 86, Harrisonville, died Tuesday, May 2, at Cass Medical Center, Harrisonville.
Funeral services were Thursday, May 4, at the United Methodist Church, Harrisonville.
Burial was in the Orient Cemetery under the direction of the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville.
The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Harrisonville United Methodist Church Memorial Fund.
A complete obituary will be published in next week's Democrat-Missourian.

Mary Ellen Ferguson
Nov. 10, 1910 - April 24, 2000
Mary Ellen Ferguson, 89, Harrisonville, died Monday, April 24, at Golden Years, Harrisonville.
She was born Nov. 10, 1910, in Cabin Creek, Ark., the daughter of Will and Genney (Davis) Crowden.
On Dec. 26, 1952, she married Thomas Luther Ferguson in Benton.
Mrs. Ferguson was a homemaker. She was a member of the Oak Grove Baptist Church, Oak Grove, Ark.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Ferguson; four brothers, Paul Crowden, Bob Crowden, Robert Crowden and L.W. Crowden; and two sisters, Ollie and Winnie.
Surviving are a daughter, Eleanor "Kay" Cox, Harrisonville; three sons, Carrol Crowden, Delta, Clayton Lee, Lutesville, and Thomas L. Ferguson Jr., Waldron, Ark.; two brothers, W.L. Crowden, Sikeston, and Edward Crowden, Jackson, Mich.; a sister, Mattie Cochran, Zelma; five grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson.
Casketbearers were Benjamin Cox, Brian Martin, James Martin, Brandon Speer, Kris Speer and Donald Speer.
Graveside services and burial were Friday, April 28, at Orient Cemetery, Harrisonville, with the Rev. Jeremy Vickers officiating.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville.

Micheal C. Harris
May 16, 1952 - April 23, 2000
Micheal Clay Harris, 47, Independence, formerly of Peculiar, died Sunday, April 23, at his home.
He was born May 16, 1952, in Kansas City, the son of Paul and Connie Harris.
Mr. Harris attended Raymore-Peculiar school and graduated from high school there.
He was a member of the First Christian Church of Belton.
On Oct. 19, 1970, he married Judy Karol Hammonds.
Mr. Harris joined the Air Force in 1970, and served four years in Oscoda, Mich.
He graduated from Park College in Parkville in June 1978 and earned his degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Law School and passed his bar exam in 1986.
In 1986, he married Sandy Fields.
Mr. Harris lived in Independence where he practiced law.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Mark Harris.
Surviving are his wife, Sandy Harris, of the home; a daughter, Paulette Rardon, Knob Noster; his father and step-mother, Paul C. and Ellie Harris, Wichita, Kan.; his mother, Connie L. Harris, Peculiar; paternal grandmother, Esther Harris, Paola, Kan.; maternal grandmother, Opal Groh, Peculiar; and a grandson, Logan Hunter Rardon.

Nellie Naomi Helt
Nellie Naomi Helt, 90, Harrisonville, formerly of Richmond, died Sunday, April 30, at Cass Medical Center.
She was a lifetime member of the Eastern Star. She had worked for Dunbrook Shirt Factory until she quit to be a caregiver for her husband.
Mrs. Helt was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse F. Helt; two sons, Robert L. Helt and Billy H. Helt; two brothers and a sister.
Surviving are two sons, Eddie Helt, Belton, and Jerry Helt, New Middletown, Ohio; a daughter, Nancy Ryland, Blue Springs; three brothers, R.J. Helt, Jack Helt and Leroy Helt; five sisters, Mary, Annie, Leona, Lucille and Louise; 14 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were Thursday, May 4, at Richmond Memorial Garden.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Beautiful Saviour Nursing Home or Camden Health Center.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore.

Eugene W. Henke
July 3, 1904- April 29, 2000
Eugene W. Henke, 95, Harrisonville, died Saturday, April 29, at Camden Health Center, Harrisonville.
He was born July 3, 1904, in Beloit.
Mr. Henke lived in Beloit, Kan., until 1928 when he moved to Topeka where he resided until March of 2000 when he moved to Harrisonville.
He was a retired shipping and receiving clerk from Montgomery Ward.
Mr. Henke was a member of the Church of the Assumption, Knights of Columbus and the Bowling Leagues of Topeka.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Leona (Heidrick) Henke, in 1992, and his daughter, Barbara Arrison, in 1994.
Surviving are two sons, Richard Henke, Runnings Springs, Calif., and Donald Henke, California; two daughters, Mary Utterback, Harrisonville, and Gloria Keith, Marietta, Ga.; 12 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
Services were Friday, May 5, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Beloit, with the Rev. Henry Baxa officiating.
Burial was in St. John's Cemetery, Beloit, under the direction of the Harrison Funeral Home, Beloit.

Haleigh LaRae Highfill
Haleigh LaRae Highfill, infant daughter of Michael Scott and Eron Rae (Price) Highfill, died Wednesday, April 26, at St. Mary's Hospital in Blue Springs.
Surviving are her parents, Michael Scott and Eron Rae Highfill; paternal grandfather, Roger Highfill; paternal grandparents, Al and Bonnie Renner.
Maternal grandfather, Ray Price; maternal grandmother, Carolyn "Susie" Gregg.
Paternal great-grandmother, Vesta Highfill; paternal great-grandparents, Victor and Beverly Brewer.
Maternal great-grandfather, Raymond Price; and maternal great-grandmother, Molly Lyness.
Services were Monday, May 1, at the Wallace Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill, with the Rev. John Crane officiating.
Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery under the direction of the Wallace Funeral Home.

Kenneth Kelly Loehr
Dec. 30, 1958 - May 1, 2000
Kenneth Kelly Loehr, 41, Raymore, formerly of Harrisonville, died Monday, May 1, at Research Medical Center, Kansas City.
He was born Dec. 20, 1958, in Wichita, Kan., the son of Kenneth Harold and Billie Jean (Lilley) Loehr.
Mr. Loehr was a 1977 graduate of Harrisonville High School. He lived in Harrisonville from 1961 until 1992 when he moved to Raymore.
He was a life insurance agent and worked for Waddell and Reed. He was a member of the Eagles Lodge in Raymore.
Surviving are a brother, Joe Wesley Loehr, Kansas City; and two sisters, Becky Cage and Leiann Faught, both of Harrisonville.
A memorial service was Wednesday, May 3, at the Atkinson Chapel, Harrisonville, with the Rev. Don Wiltfong of the First Christian Church, Harrisonville, officiating.
Cremation.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville

John Robert Poisal
Feb. 8, 1917 - May 2, 2000
John Robert Poisal, 83, Creighton, died Tuesday, May 2, at his home.
He was born Feb. 8, 1917, near Garden City, the son of James Alvin and Wally Emma (Ulbrich) Poisal.
On Oct. 22, 1937, he married Margaret Marie McVicker in Warsaw.
Mr. Poisal was a farmer and stockman. He lived in Idaho for eight years and had worked in an orchard before returning to Missouri in 1946.
He joined the South Methodist Church in Garden City. He attended Schyler rural school and Garden City High School.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Gordon Poisal and Donald Poisal; three half brothers, Dan, George and Alvin; and a half sister, Alice.
Surviving are his wife, Margaret Poisal, of the home; a son, Kenneth Poisal; a sister, Bettie Hampton, Garden City; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and two stepgreat-grandchildren.
Casketbearers were Dennis Hampton, Robert Mandl, Alvin Poisal, Kenneth L. Poisal Jr., Melvin Lee Poisal and Virgil Poisal.
Graveside services and burial were Wednesday, May 3, at the Garden City Cemetery with the Rev. John Kukovich officiating.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the America Heart Association.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Dickey Funeral Home, Garden City.

Eunice E. Hickam Schlotzhauer
March 18, 1910 - April 27, 2000
Eunice E. (Hickam) Schlotzhauer, 90, Kansas City, formerly a longtime resident of the Quick City and Holden area, died Thursday, April 27.
She was born March 18, 1910, in Gooch's Mill, the daughter of Joe T. and Ethel (Eager) Hickam.
Mrs. Schlotzhauer was raised in Boonville and graduated from Boonville High School in 1928.
In 1930, she married Virgil A. Schlotzhauer.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Raytown, was a founding member of the Raytown Garden Club and was active in Scouting.
Mrs. Schlotzhauer was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil Schlotzhauer; two brothers; four sisters; and a grandson.
Surviving are four sons, Lowell Schlotzhauer, Jerico Springs, Aubrey Schlotzhauer, Pilot Grove, Jim Schlotzhauer, Warsaw, and Barry Schlotzhauer, Kansas City; a brother, A. Wayne Hickam, Jefferson City; 14 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Honorary casketbearers were Donna Waterhouse, Diane Schlotzhauer, Sheryl Wood, Steven Schlotzhauer, Lori Schlotzhauer, C. Jane Vance, Chris Schlotzhauer, Joe Schlotzhauer and Jeff Schlotzhauer.
Casketbearers were Tom Wood, Bryan Schlotzhauer, Gary Schlotzhauer, Allen Schlotzhauer, Bo Schlotzhauer and James Schlotzhauer.
Services were Sunday, April 30, at the Pleasant Green Methodist Church with the Rev. Susan Hickam McHugh officiating. Mary Dillner was the pianist and Joy Dillner and Miles Wolf were the vocalists.
Burial was in the Pleasant Green Cemetery under the direction of CSKC Assured Care Funeral.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Pleasant Green Church or the Pleasant Green Cemetery.

Sandra D. Taylor
Oct. 3, 1943 - April 30, 2000
Sandra Dowell Taylor, 56, Creighton, died Sunday, April 30, at her home.
She was born Oct. 3, 1943, in Los Angeles, Calif., the daughter of Benjamin and Martha (Livengood) Hunt.
Mrs. Taylor was employed as a network control center coordinator for Sprint in Gardner, Kan., until her retirement in 1993.
She had lived in Belton and Harrisonville before moving to Creighton.
Mrs. Taylor was preceded in death by her father, Benjamin Hunt.
Surviving are two sons, Cary T. Brown and Tim J. Brown, both of Garden City; a daughter, Shellie A. Brown, Grandview; her mother, Martha Hunt, LeeÕs Summit; two brothers, Benjamin Hunt, Grand Island, Neb., and Terry Hunt, LeeÕs Summit; a sister, Judy Cornell, Overland Park, Kan., and nine grandchildren.
Cremation.
Memorial services were Thursday, May 4, at the First Baptist Church, Garden City, with Pastor Jeff Funderburk officiating. Amanda Brown and DeWayne Phillips were the soloists and Kristi Cunningham as pianist.
The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Garden City Memorial Fund.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Dickey Funeral Home, Garden City.

William C. Tolly
Nov. 27, 1928 - April 25, 2000
Sandra Dowell Taylor, 56, Creighton, died Sunday, April 30, at her home.
She was born Oct. 3, 1943, in Los Angeles, Calif., the daughter of Benjamin and Martha (Livengood) Hunt.
Mrs. Taylor was employed as a network control center coordinator for Sprint in Gardner, Kan., until her retirement in 1993.
She had lived in Belton and Harrisonville before moving to Creighton.
Mrs. Taylor was preceded in death by her father, Benjamin Hunt.
Surviving are two sons, Cary T. Brown and Tim J. Brown, both of Garden City; a daughter, Shellie A. Brown, Grandview; her mother, Martha Hunt, Lee's Summit; two brothers, Benjamin Hunt, Grand Island, Neb., and Terry Hunt, Lee's Summit; a sister, Judy Cornell, Overland Park, Kan., and nine grandchildren.
Cremation.
Memorial services were Thursday, May 4, at the First Baptist Church, Garden City, with Pastor Jeff Funderburk officiating. Amanda Brown and DeWayne Phillips were the soloists and Kristi Cunningham as pianist.
The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Garden City Memorial Fund.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Dickey Funeral Home, Garden City.

Grace E. Wagner
Oct. 28, 1909 - April 29, 2000
Grace Edna Wagner, 90, East Lynne, died Saturday, April 29, at Cass Medical Center, Harrisonville.
She was born Oct. 28, 1909, in Wheatland, the daughter of Hezekiah McPherson and Barbara (Mosser) Smith.
On Oct. 29, 1927, she married Charles Fern Wagner near Gunn City.
Mrs. Wagner was a switchboard operator for Clearfork Telephone Co. from 1950 until 1954, as a clerk for the East Lynne Country Store and in the cafeteria for the East Lynne Elementary School. She was also a homemaker.
She was a member of the East Lynne Assembly of God Church and a lifelong resident of the East Lynne area.
Mrs. Wagner was preceded in death by her husband, Fern Wagner, on Sept. 14, 1971; a daughter, Dorothy Wagner, in 1953; five brothers, Joe Wagner, Ed Wagner, Tom Wagner, Bill Wagner and Earl Wagner; and an infant sister, Christina Wagner.
Surviving are a son, Gene Wagner, El Dorado Springs; two daughters, Barbara M. Ball, Warrenton, Va., and Peggy Burton, Harrisonville; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.
Honorary casketbearers were Harold Burton and Ralph Hartzler.
Casketbearers were John Call, David Carnes, Ralph Carnes, Bob King, Frank Trainer and John Trainer.
Services were Tuesday, May 2, at East Lynne Assembly of God Church, East Lynne, with the Rev. Clifford Woolery officiating. Music was provided by Donna and Lyndsay Woolery.
Burial was in the Clearfork Cemetery near Garden City under the direction of the Dickey Funeral Home.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the church memorial fund.

Herman C. Wright
Feb. 8, 1921 - April 30, 2000
Herman C. Wright, 79, Braymer, formerly of Archie, died Sunday, April 30, at the V.A. Medical Center Kansas City.
He was born Feb. 8, 1921, in St. Clair County, Lowry City, the son of John Grover and Susie Anna (Parks) Wright.
On Dec. 20, 1941, he married Mildred L. Shipley.
Mr. Wright owned and operated a chicken hatchery and a clothing store in Archie. He was also a carpenter.
He was a World War II Army veteran and was awarded the purple heart and a bronze star.
Mr. Wright was a member of the United Methodist Church in Archie and the American Legion. He had served as mayor of Archie and was a member of the Archie School Board prior to his retirement in 1985.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and two sisters.
Surviving are his wife, Mildred Wright, of the home; two daughters, Kay Hayworth, Olathe, Kan., and Ronda Prewitt, Braymer; a sister, Jewell Harvey, Kansas City; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson.
Casketbearers were Brett Prewitt, Steve Osborn, Mike Swigart, David Shipley, Jim Shipley, John-Paul Hayworth and Spencer Prewitt.
Graveside services were Thursday, May 4, at the Crescent Hill Cemetery, Adrian, with the Rev. Travis James of the United Methodist Church, Archie, officiating.
Military honors were under the auspices of the Harrisonville Color Guard.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Atkinson Funeral Home, Archie.


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