Miscellaneous Cedar County, Missouri Obituaries

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August 2, 2001


Jane Wilbanks, 75, El Dorado Springs, passed away on Monday, Aug. 6. 

She is survived by one son, Joe Wilbanks-Rolla; one daughter, Susan Priegel-Auora; one brother, Beason Moore-Harrison, AR; one sister, Maxine Witty-Duncan, OK; and five grandchildren. 

Services will be Thursday at 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, El Dorado Springs. Interment will be in the National Cemetery in Springfield. 


Ruth M. Gentry, 83, Independence, MO, passed away Tuesday, July 32, 2001, peacefully at her home. 

Services were Friday, Aug. 3, at the Langsford Funeral Home in Lee's Summit with burial in Buckner Cemetery, Buckner, under the direction of Langsford Funeral Home. 

Mrs. Gentry was born on Nov. 17, 1917 in Decatur, AL. Ruth's greatest ambitions in life were to be a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and a pillar of strength to all those around her. She succeeded in these goals beyond her wildest dreams. She was independent, full of spunk and she put family first above all else. Her passion in life was to write poems and short stories. She loved gardening and hunting for antique books. She was a person of deep faith and we now have an angel we know by name. 

She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Homer Gentry, in 1991, and by two sisters and one brother. 

She is survived by two daughters, Diane (Orestie) Tucker of the home and Cynthia and Stephen Schwalm of Houston, TX; two brothers, C.W. Martin of Willard and John Martin of Springfield; one sister-Katherine Boeding, Springfield; grandchildren-Candi Smith, Tish and Brian Bennett of Blue Springs, John Schwalm of New York City; great-grandchildren, Adam and Stephanie Bennett, Nathan and Logan Smith all of Blue Springs. 

She is also survived by her beloved 17 year old cat, Bootsie, of the home. After the death of her husband in 1991, Bootsie was a great comfort to her. 


Renee Blystone Hoagenson, a residence of Odessa, died on July 29, 2001 at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City. She was 43 years old. 

Renee was born on Nov. 24, 1957 in Kansas City. She grew up in Raytown, graduating from the Raytown High School in 1976. Renee was a devoted wife and mother. She had a long time career as a legal secretary and was currently employed by the law firm of Bryan Cave. Renee loved animals. Her pets included dogs, cats, birds, ducks and horses. 

Renee is survived by her husband, Darrin Hoagenson, of the home; her daughters, Athena and Jessica, both of the home; her mother, Guelda Fern (Reeves) Blystone of El Dorado Springs; her father, Wallace Blystone and step mother, Sue Blystone of Kingsville; three brothers, Jeffrey Blystone, Randy Blystone and Wallace Blystone, Jr.; two sisters, Lila Carriker and Melba Boyd. Also surviving are numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and friends. 

Renee was loved and will be missed by all. 

Services were held on Thursday morning, Aug. 2, at the Hackleman Chapel with Rev. Doug Houdyshell officiating. Musical selections were provided by Vera Bourland. Interment was in the El Dorado Springs Cemetery under the direction of the Hackleman and Sons Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Dale Hoagenson, Corbett Martin, Mike Mogan, Steve Bailey, Buddy Reeves and Nick Reeves. Honorary pallbearers were Dick Mogan, Floyd Root and Gary Dobbs. 


Allen Ray McCullick, 82, El Dorado Springs, passed away Monday, July 30, 2001, at the Cedar County Memorial Hospital. He was born in Roscoe on Jan. 2, 1919 to Matt and Wilma Allen McCullick. 

Ray graduated from El Dorado Springs High School in 1937. On Sept. 25, 1938 he was united in marriage to Ruth Noyes. To this union were born four daughters, Donna Rae, Jeannie, Ruth Allene and Myrna. 

Ray served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He saw active duty as a Gunner's Mate aboard the S.S. Rogue River, a Merchant Marine tanker, in the Atlantic Theater of Operations and later aboard a landing craft, Infantry (LCI) in the Pacific Theater of Operations. 

After his discharge from the Navy, he and his family lived in Oregon where Ray worked in the logging industry, returning to El Dorado Springs in 1947. He worked for Thatch's Grocery, El Dorado Springs Wholesale Company, City of El Dorado Springs as police chief from January 1971 to August 1973, and Sibley and Thatch, retiring in 1981. 

Mr. McCullick served his community as a city councilman, being elected to that office in April, 1959 and September, 1964. He was appointed to fill a one year term in April, 1984. 

Ray was a 50 year plus member of American Legion Koca-Reeder-Giddens Post #233, serving as Commander in 1950; VFW Post #257; Clintonville Lodge #482 A.F. & A.M. and El Dorado Springs Chapter #148 O.E.S. He was a member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, serving as a deacon for several years. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Jewell Fern Wood; brother, Roy Dee McCullick Sr.; infant daughter, Ruth Allene and infant grandson, James Dean Ogle. 

Survivors include his wife, Ruth; three daughers and their spouses, Donna Rae and Kenneth Neely, Jeannie and Jim Ogle, Myrna and Dean Parks, all of El Dorado Sprigns; seven grandchildren-Kyle and Debbie Neely, Harrisonville; Les and Cyndi Neely, Blue Springs; Suzan and Hoon Kim, Glen Corban, IL; Michael Ogle, Liberty; Sheila and Jeff Cline, Port Orchard, WA; Jeff and Beth Parks, Ft. Meade, MD; Kerri and Ron Baker, Neosho. Sixteen great-grandchildren, Michael Neely, Kirsten and Nick Allen; Brian, Ben and Jessica Neely, Madison and Molly Kim; Devan and Jayde Ogle, Kiera and Kinsey Cline; Zachary Parks; Lauren Parks, Ryan Pixler, Jordan and Ashlan Ramey; one great-great grandduahger, Kylie Allen; and three step great-grandchildren, Melissa Gosnell, Korey Wegner and Ryan Baker; sister-in-law, Ruth Lee McCullick, Milford, NE; nieces, Patty McCownn and Betty Fugate of El Dorado Springs and nephew, Roy Dee McCullick Jr. of Oxford, Ca. Ray leaves a host of family and firends to mourn his passing. 

Services for Allen Ray McCullick were held on Saturday mroning, Aug. 4, at the Hackleman Chapel with Elder Gina Green officiating. Musical selections were provided by Terry Hubbard and Allene Allinson. Interment was in the El Dorado Springs Cemetery under the direction of the Hackleman and Sons Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Kyle Neely, Les Neely, Michael Ogle, Jeff Parks, Hoon Kim and Ron Baker, Honorary pallbearers were John Barclay, Frank Doty, Ray Headley, Glen Koca, Carl McCallister, L.A. Morlan, Louis Osborne and Cliff Short. 


Mabel Ara Updike, 88, the daughter of George Washington and Cora (Dodson) Goodman, was born Jan. 30, 1913, near Schell City and passed from this life on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2001, at Christian Health Care of Nevada. 

After graduating from Schell City High School in 1931, Mabel attended the State Teachers College in Warrensburg, then later graduated from the Pittsburg, KS, State Teachers College. 

On Jan. 22, 1939, Mabel was united in marriage to Cecil B. Updike. After their marriage, Cecil farmed and Mabel taught school, teaching for twenty-four years before retiring in 1977. She was a very dedicated teacher who loved all children. Mabel was converted at a young age and became a member of the Schell City Christian Church. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, two infant sisters, and her husband, Cecil, who passed away on March 15, 1998. 

Survivors include cousins, nieces, nephews and many friends. 

Services were held on Saturday, Aug. 4, at the Schell City Christian Church with Pastor Marvin Jamison officiating. Musical selections were provided by Sharon Goodman and Julie Wilson. Pallbearers were Jim Goodman, Ervin Goodman, Sam Vantellman, Grady Davis, Harvey Gerster and Roger Prough. Interment was in the Green Lawn Cemetery, Schell City under the direction of the Lewis-Hoagland Funeral Home, Schell City. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Schell City Christian Church in care of the funeral home. 


Rosa Lee `Bobby” Mosley, 79, the only child born to James and Australia Mosley, was born in Memphis, TN, on Jan. 5, 1922. She went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2001, at the Christian Health Care Nursing Facility in Nevada after a long illness. 

Preceded in death by her parents and grandson, Kevin Woods, Bobby is survived by her daughter, Connie (Art) Woods, El Dorado Springs; grandchildren, Lynette Hooper-Glendale Heights, IL and Ardis Woods-Macomb, IL; great-grandchildren-Tecole, Necola and Otis Hooper, and her precious great-great-grandson, Tyler Jordan Hooper, all of Glendale Heights, IL; and devoted cousins, Juanita Mosley-Stroud-Chicago, IL and Ernestine Kimball-Dixmoor, IL. 

Bobby made many friendships along her life journey. A host of friends in Illinois, South Carolina, Alabama and El Dorado Springs will miss her dearly especially Rose Woods, Cecile Smith, Marcelia Taylor, Bob and Cleo Benson, Willia Mae Pruitt, Mabel Foreman, Virgil Caldwell, “Aunt Jiffy”, Barbara Spencer and Joe and Wanda Decker. 

Services were held Sunday, Aug. 5, at the United Methodist Church with James Smith, Pastor, officiating. Patty Smith and Nedra Perry were vocalist, Virginia Prescott was organist. 

August 9, 2001


Julia Mae Bough Adams, 87, El Dorado Springs, the daughter of Claud and Lula Bough, was born on Nov. 13, 1913, in Greenfield. She passed away on Sunday morning, Aug. 19, 2001, at the Cedar County Memorial Hospital in El Dorado Springs. 

Julia was united in marriage to Roy Adams on Jan. 6, 1934, in St. Joseph. She was a life long resident of Cedar County. 

Julia was preceded in death by her husband, Roy; four sons-Donald Thomas, Darrell Edward, Harold Fredick and infant son, Kenneth. Also preceding her in death were two brothers, Pete and Clyde Bough, and two sisters, Juanita Showman and Georgia Kauffman. 

Survivors include her son, Claud Adams, and his wife, Florene, El Dorado Springs, with whom she lived for many years; daughter-in-law-Joan Adams of Texas, Carol Adams of El Dorado Springs and Jerri Adams of Kansas City; one brother, Fred Bough, and his wife, Martha, of Stockton; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends. 

Services will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, at the Hackleman Chapel with Rev. Joe Trussell officiating. Musical selections will be provided by Julie Williams. Interment will be in the Stockton Cemetery under the direction of the Hackleman and Sons Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be Donald Wayne Adams, Kevin Adams, Jimmy Keith, Lavern Keith, J.R. Smith and Clifford Keith. 

August 16, 2001


Lena Juanita Younger Gilpin, 85, was born Nov. 11, 1915, in Cedar County, to Perry Franklin and Linnie Leota Jones Younger. 

She died on Aug. 16, 2001, at the Cedar County Memorial Hospital after a long illness. She lived at Community Springs Nursing Home since April 1999. 

She attended schools in the Stockton area where she was raised. 

Juanita as the was usually known, married H.O. (Shorty) Gilpin on May 21, 1940, in Osceola. They had four daughters-LeAnnis Fox, Donnita Vogel, Juva Dobbs and Nancy Campbell. 

She loved flowers and crocheting. Many relatives and friends have items she made. 

Those preceding her in death are her husband, Shorty, on Feb. 5, 1979; a daughter, Donita, on April 14, 1987; a grandson, Jeffrey Gilpin, on Aug. 15, 1997; her parents in 1940 and 1944; and her sisters-E. Christine Dack on June 4, 1999, and Martha Pankey on Aug. 19, 2000. 

She leaves her daughters-LeAnnix Fox, Juva Dobbs and her husband, Gerald, all of El Dorado Springs; and Nancy Campbell and Dean Griffitt of Lamar; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; cousins and friends. 

Memorial services were held on Tuesday morning, Aug. 21, at the Hackleman Chapel with Rev. James Coleman officiating. Interment was in the Pankey Cemetery under the direction of the Hackleman and Sons Funeral Home. 


Pauline Dawson Burrow, 85, Weston, MO, died, Friday, Aug. 17, 2001, at Gower Convalescent Center in Gower. 

Mrs. Burrow was born March 20, 1916, in Lathrop. She grew up in Roscoe, where she graduated as Valedictorian of her school class. 

After she married, she moved to Platte County and lived in East Leavenworth, Facuett, Dearborn and finally Weston. She married Emery Earl Burrow on May 7, 1934, in Platte City. 

She worked on the assembly line for Western Tablet and Stationary in St. Joseph for about 20 years, retiring in 1978. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Faucett. She enjoyed traveling, shopping and growing flowers. 

She was preceded in death by her father, Jeff Lee Dawson; mother, Annie Hedrick Dawson; husband, Emery Earl Burrow, in 1978; one son, Clayton; three brothers-Charlie, Dee and Espie; one sister, Virginia Dare; one granddaughter, Melanie Burrow; and one grandson, Jeff Clouser. 

She is survived by two sons, Jimmie E. Burrow, Weston and Donald R. Burrow, St. Joseph; three daughters-Carole D. Filley-St. Joseph, Sandra K. Clouser-Weston and Nancy E. Ogle-Gladstone; 18 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. 

Services were Monday, Aug. 20, at Vaughn Funeral Chapel in Weston. Burial was in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in Weston. Family suggests contributions to Hands of Hope Hospice of St. Joseph. 

August 23, 2001


Amie Richard McCracken, 85, El Dorado Springs, passed away on Saturday morning, Aug. 25, 2001, at the Community Springs Nursing Home. He was born in Pittsburg, MO (in Hickory County) on May 12, 1916, the son of Zibe and Stella Mae Hutton McCracken. Mr. McCracken grew up in the Wheatland area and graduated from the Wheatland High School. 

A veteran of the United States Army, Mr. McCracken served his country overseas during World War II. 

After his discharge, he moved to Wickenburg, AZ, where he was employed as a lineman/electrician for Arizona Public Service. In 1983, he moved to El Dorado Spring to make his home. 

Besides his parents, Amie was preceded in death by his son, Richard, on Dec. 24, 2000. he is survived by nephews, nieces and cousins. 

Services were held on Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 28, at the Hackelman Chapel with Rev. C.W. VanDolsen officiating. Interment was in the Clintonville Cemetery under the direction of the Hackleman and Sons Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Lance Hutton, Oliver Hutton, Leon Steward, Dennis Markham, Ben Lambeth and Bill Jennings. Honorary pallbearers were Dennis Hutton, Lester McCracken, Billy Hutton, H.D. Hutton and Ed Hutton. 


Cecil P. Hertzberg, 85, El Dorado Springs, passed away Sunday, Aug. 26, 2001, at St. John's Regional Health Center in Springfield. 

Mr. Hertzberg was a retired telephone company warehouse manager. He was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church in El Dorado Springs and a member of the Lions Club. 

He is survived by his wife, Mildred, of the home; one son, Dennis Hertzberg, El Dorado Springs; one daughter, Mrs. Linda McCormick, El Dorado Springs; one brother, Lawrence Hertzberg, Nevada; three sisters-Viola Hazelwood, Ruth Bausch and Rachel Benham, all of El Dorado Springs; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren. 

Services were at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29, at the Sheldon Funeral Home in El Dorado Springs. Burial was in the El Dorado Springs City Cemetery under the direction of the Sheldon Funeral Home.

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