Miscellaneous Clinton County, Missouri Obituaries
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Harry M. "Mac" Nelson
Harry M. "Mac" Nelson, 76, of Kansas City, KS, passed away Saturday, May 5, 2001 at the Medicalodges Post Acute Center in Kansas City, KS. 
He was born on November 25, 1924 to Glen and Bessie (Hughes) Jones in Midway, KS. He grew up and attended school near Pittsburg, KS. Mac served in the U.S. Army in Europe during WWII for three years. 
On March 12, 1947 he was united in marriage to Florence Lee Laughlin. After their marriage they lived in Pittsburg, KS, and in 1953 they moved to Kansas City, KS, where they made their home. 
Mac worked at KCP&L in Kansas City, MO for thirty years and retired as a Sub-foreman. He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local #1464 in Kansas City, MO, and was also a member of the Pittsburg Masonic Lodge #187 in Pittsburg, KS for 54 years. 
He was preceded in death by his sister, Colleen Sims Bath, and stepfather, Zack T. Nelson, Pittsburg, KS. 
Mac is survived by his wife, Florence, of the home; his daughter, Teresa Durrill and husband, Marvin, Edgerton; one son, Dan M. Nelson and wife, Ruth, Mountain Home, AR; his mother, Bessie Nelson, Pittsburg, KS; one sister, Donna Kay Hurlbert and husband, Gary, Pittsburg, KS; five grandchildren, Phillip Durrill, Jennifer Nelson, Danny Nelson, Cole Nelson, Jessie Nelson; one great-grandson, James P. Nelson; several loving nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends. 
Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 9, 2001 at the Hixson-Klein Funeral Home in Smithville. Burial was at the Ridgely Cemetery in Ridgely. 
Hixson-Klein Funeral Home in Smithville was in charge of arrangements.

Frances M. Richardson
Frances Mary Burchit Richardson, 84, of Trimble, passed away Friday, May 4, 2001 at the St. Luke"s Northland Hospital in Smithville. 
She was born on July 13, 1916 to Jesse Amos and Myrtle Jenkins in Warsaw, Mo., where she attended school and grew up. 
On October 28, 1933 she was united in marriage to Harry C. Burchit. After their marriage they lived in Kansas City, KS. After retiring from Proctor and Gamble in Kansas City, KS, she moved to Trimble where she made her home. 
Frances was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters, Dimple Jenkins, Ethel Uzelac, and Imogene Jenkins, and one niece Norma Sambol. 
She is survived by her former husband, Harry Burchit, Edgerton; one son, Bill Burchit, Edgerton; one grandson, Bill Burchit and wife Anita, Edgerton; one granddaughter, Brenda Burchit and special friend, Jeff Deluca, Kansas City; three great-grandchildren, Jackie Burchit, of the home, W.C. Burchit, Edgerton, and Kyle Young, Kansas City; several nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends. 
Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 8, 2001 at the Hixson-Klein Funeral Home in Edgerton. Burial was at the Reed Cemetery in Trimble. 

Kyra Lawson
Kyra Lawson, 6-month-old daughter of Joseph and Amanda Lawson, Chillicothe, died Friday, May 4, 2001, at the Cameron hospital. She was born in Chillicothe on Oct. 10, 2002. 
Additional survivors include a brother, Douglas of the home; maternal grandparents, M/M Jack Willis, Linneus; paternal grandpar-ents, Sammie Lawson and Jeanett Lawson, Chillicothe; maternal great grandparents, Jack and Chris Willis, Lathrop and Mary Drake, Moffat, CO; and maternal great-great-grandmother, Juanita Sportsman, Rothville. 
Graveside Service and burial was held Monday, May 7, 2001 at the Avalon Cemetery. 

Marjorie Fisher Moots
Marjorie Moots, Lebanon, MO, formerly of the Kansas City area, died peacefully at her home on May 2, 2001. At her request no services were held. 
Marjorie was born July 30, 1923, in Trimble. 
Her father, Walter Fisher, pre-ceded her in death. 
Survivors include her mother, Christine Fry, of North Kansas City; daughters, and special son-in-laws, Jo Zang and her husband David of Kansas City and Michelle "Mike" Cheek and her husband Greg of Lebanon; grandchildren Tim Zang of Kansas City and Tanya Snow and Devon Cheek of Lebanon; and great-grandchil-dren, Zachary and Brittni Morgan of Lebanon. 

Norman Cain
Norman Cain, 75, Bethany, formerly of Albany and Pattonsburg, died Monday, April 30, 2001, at a St. Joseph hospital 
Born in Pattonsburg on Nov. 16, 1925, Mr. Cain worked at the Pattonsburg Manufacturing for 35 years until retiring in 1987. 
On Dec. 31, 1963, he married Nadine Smith. She survives of the home. 
Mr. Cain was preceded in death by a stepson, Norman Price; his parents, Millard and Edith, three brothers, Junior, Edmund and Guy and two sisters, Arrahwanna Marlin and Maybelle Weatherspoon. 
Additional survivors include two daughters, Margaret Plowman, Lathrop and Cecelia Zerger, Flagstaff, AZ; two sons, Norman, Billings, MT, and Richard, Lawson; a step-son, Ronnie Price, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; a sister, Evalee Hagler, Boise, ID; and sev-eral grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 
Services were held Friday, May 4, 2001, at the Roberson Funeral Home, Pattonsburg with burial in the Pattonsburg Memorial Gardens Cemetery with full military rites. 

Forrest Noel
Forest "Gene" Noel, 64, Osborn, died Monday, April 30, 2001, at a Cameron hospital. 
Mr. Noel and his brother Gary owned Noel's Tires of Cameron. 
Born, Aug. 3, 1936, in Washington, IA, Mr. Noel was a graduate of Winston High School. 
Mr. Noel was a member of the First Baptist Church of Winston. 
On Jan. 24, 1958, he married Barbara Saunders of Stewartsville. They later divorced. 
Mr. Noel was preceded in death by his father, William Noel. 
Survivors include a son, Chris Noel, Stewartsville; a daughter, Rhonda Wilkinson, Lathrop; his mother, Mildred Jones, Las Vegas; four brothers, Gary Noel, Cameron, Ronald Noel, Osborn, Donald Buck and Gaylon Buck, both of Las Vegas; and a sister, Sheila Lambert, Las Vegas. 
Services were held Thursday, May 3, 2001, at the Bram-Summerfield Funeral Home, Stewartsville with burial in Evergreen Cemetery, Osborn. 
Memorials may be made to Diabetes Association in care of the funeral home, Box 69, Stewartsville. 

H. Melvin Dixon
H. Melvin "Dick" Dixon, Turney, passed away April 28, 2001 at Oakridge Convalescence Center in Plattsburg. 
Born near Turney on October 26, 1913 he graduated from Turney High School. He owned and operated Dicks Appliance store in Kansas City and later a hardware store in Woodland Park, CO. He retired from the Gas Service Company, Independence. Later he moved to Turney. Preceding him in death were his wives, Virginia and Dorothy; his parents; and a brother Willis. 
Surviving him are two sons, Marvin Dixon, Platte Woods, Keith Dixon, Turney and a daughter Nancy Jenkins, Liberty; a nephew Elbert Dixon, Plattsburg; a niece Cara Lee Dickerson, Shawnee, KS; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. 
Memorial Service will be at 3pm, Friday, May 4, 2001 at the First Christian Church, Plattsburg. The family will receive friends from 2 - 3pm prior to the Memorial Service. In lieu of flowers, memo-rial contributions may be given to Log Church Cemetery. Mr. Dixon has been cremated and inurnment will be at a later date. 

Mary VanFossan Bahr
Mary VanFossan Bahr went to be with the Lord on April 24, at the age of 92. She was preceded in death by her husband of 22 years, Ray Van Fossan of Plattsburg, at the age of 45 years. 
Whether you knew her as a loyal friend and confident or as Executive Secretary of SW MO American Cancer Society for 20 years, our family invites you to share with them warm memories and celebration of a long life well lived. 
John VanFossan, Gail VanFossan Wilson, Ann Van Fossan, Lacy Kathleen Van Fossan, Martin along with her 9 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren. 
Mary's final wishes were to be buried beside her beloved twin, Marc E. McClure, in Hutchinson, KS. 

Lorin Spencer
Lorin Spencer, 92, of Gower, formerly of Edgerton and Bucyrus, KS, passed away Saturday, April 21, 2001 at the Gower Convalescent Center in Gower. 
He was born on June 1, 1908 to Jesse L. and Wilimina Elizabeth (Page) Spencer in Bucyrus, KS. He grew up and later graduated from high school in Bucyrus in 1926. 
On August 26, 1928 he was united in marriage to Rachel Cottrell. After their marriage they lived and farmed in Bucyrus and in 1971 they moved to Bella Vista, AR. His wife preceded him in death in 1989, and in 1990 Lorin moved to Edgerton. Lorin was also preceded in death by his parents. 
He is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Carol and Arthur "Lewis" Knop, West Monroe, LA, and Dorothy "Dottie' and Lee Roy Cassity, Edgerton; eight grandchildren; twenty-four great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandson. 
Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 24, 2001 at the Hixson-Klein Funeral Home in Smithville. Burial was at the Oaklawn Memorial Gardens in Olathe, KS. 
Donations may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundations for Parkinson"s Disease. 

Mary V. Boydston
Mary Valjean Boydston, 87, of Camden Point, died Sunday, April 22, 2001 at her home. 
She was born on March 8, 1914 to Clarence Edward and Angeline Aletha (George) Jacks in Platte County, near Bee Creek, where she grew up and attended school. She later graduated from Platte City High School. 
On August 17, 1935 she was united in marriage to Horace "Barney" Boydston. After their marriage they lived in New Market until 1942 when they moved near Camden Point where they farmed. Then in 1983 they moved to Camden Point. Her husband preceded her in death on May 17, 1984. 
Mary worked for the University of Missouri Extension Office as a soil technician. She was a long time member of the Camden Point Christian Church, Christian Women's Fellowship for over fifty years, and a ten year member of The Living History Group, Camden Point. 
She was also preceded in death by her parents, one brother, R.D. Jacks, one sister, Marjorie Buckler, and an infant sister, Betty Lou Jacks. 
She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Ralph Franklin and Prudence Boydston, Camden Point, twin granddaughters, Karen Beth and Heather Anne Boydston, two brothers, Clarence jacks, Platte City, Delbert Jacks, Smithville, two sisters, Dora Howard, Akron, CO, Henrietta Reed, Kansas City; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends. 
Funeral Services were held Wednesday, April 25, 2001 at the Camden Point Christian Church, Camden Point. Burial was in Camden Point Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Camden Point Christian Church.. Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower was in charge of arrangements. 

Roberta "Bobbi" Hane
Roberta "Bobbie" Amos Hane, 78, of Gower, formerly of St. Joseph, died Sunday, April 22, 2001 at the Gower Convalescent Center. 
She was born on September 12, 1922 to Claude Lee and Gladys (Thacker) Amos near Gower. Roberta grew up near Gower and in 1940 she graduated from Gower High School. 
After graduation she went to work in office/bookkeeping capacities. Roberta retired from Missouri State hospital after twenty years in the accounting office. She finished her working years as an office manager for Northwest Marine in St. Joseph. 
On June 24, 1950 she was united in marriage to Richard C. "Dick" Hane. After their marriage they lived in St. Joseph. Her husband preceded her in death on October 9, 1993. 
Roberta was a long time member of the Frazier Baptist Church. 
She was also preceded in death by her parents. 
She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Walter "Sonny" and Pam Hanabury, Rick and Jennifer Hane, all of St Joseph, one daughter and son-in-law, Lori and Gary Soske, Kansas City, her step-mother Catherine Amos, St. Joseph, and four grandchildren, Brian, Allison, Brooke, and Bryce, other relatives and many friends. 

Elmer Eastburn
Elmer Eastburn, 81, Kansas City, died Sunday at a North Kansas City Hospital. 
Born November 6, 1919, in Springfield, he lived most of his life in Kansas City. Mr. Eastburn served in the Army in WWII. Mr. Eastburn worked as an electrician, and was a member of union Local #124 IBEN. 
He was preceded in death by his wife Rosabel Eastburn in 1989; his parents William and Visy Eastburn; and a son Gary S. Raney. 
Survivors include two sons, Ken Eastburn of Plattsburg and Robert Eastburn of Kansas City; two sisters, Maxine Earp and Verda Brown both of Ash Grove; and one grandchild. 
Mr. Eastburn will be cremated under the direction of Cox Funeral Home. There will be no scheduled service or visitation. 

James L. "Jibo" Foster
James L. "Jibo" Foster, 59, of Smithville, formerly of Tightwad, MO died Tuesday, April 17, 2001 at North Kansas City Hospital. 
He was born on April 2, 1942 to Luther Sheals and Martha Grace (Larue) Foster in Tightwad. He attended school near Tightwad where he later married and had four children. On July 6, 1985 on a pontoon boat on Truman Lake he was united in marriage to Betty Stottlemyre. After their marriage they lived near Smithville where they made their home. 
Jim worked for Morton Buildings in Clinton, Galva-Foam Docks in Camdenton, and for over 15 years worked at Steel-N-Foam Docks in Kansas City, KS. 
Jim enjoyed the outdoors especially fishing and hunting. 
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Lucia Howe; one half-sister, Shirley Fantz; and a step-daughter, Kelley d. Stottlemyre. 
He is survived by his wife, Betty, of the home; three sons, James Foster, Jr. and Jeremy Foster, both of Clinton, and Jamie Foster, Tightwad; one daughter, Joleana Foster, Clinton; seven grandchildren, Jennifer, Joshua, Jackie, Zeb, Megan, Christopher and Katlyn; two stepdaughters, Brenda Gilliam and Janice Hopson, both of Smithville; one stepson, Monte Stottlemyre, Smithville; four step-grandchildren, Elliott, Benjamin, Trenton and Corey; two sisters, Evelyn Todd of Clinton, and Joan Perry, Loomis, Washington, two half-brothers, Frankie Parks, Deepwater, Mo., and Tom Parks, Pleasant Hill; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends. 
Funeral Services were held Saturday, April 21 at the Parks Chapel Church, Tightwad. Burial was in Parks Chapel Cemetery, Tightwad.Services were under the direction of Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Smithville. 

Alice Bowman
Alice L. (Rokach) Bowman, 79, Turney, died Sunday, April 15, 2001, at the Cameron hospital. 
Mrs. Bowman was employed by the Missouri State Division of Employment Security as a stenog-rapher for 15 years until retiring in 1963. 
Born in Parkville on June 13, 1921, she graduated from a North Kansas City high school. She also resided in Kansas City North. 
Mrs. Bowman was a member of the Browning Baptist Church at Turney and a former member of the Harlem Baptist Church in Harlem. 
On Dec. 21, 1940, she married Joseph Bowman. He survives of the home. 
Mrs. Bowman was preceded in death by her parents, Frederick and Lucy Rokach. 
Additional survivors include two sons, Fred, Kansas City and Joe Jr., Turney; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. 
Services were held Wednesday, April 18, 2001, at D.W. Newcomer's sons White Chapel, Gladstone with graveside service and burial at the Turney Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Tribe of Mic-O-Say of Boy Scouts of America. 

Goldie R. Hess
Goldie Rosetta Hess, 84, of Smithville, passed away Saturday, April 14, 2001 at Beverly Health Care and Rehab in Smithville. 
She was born on February 9, 1917 to George Warren and Hattie (Forsyth) Hines in Staples, MN. Goldie attended school and grew up in Owine, IA and Smithville. 
On October 22, 1936, she was united in marriage to Earl Hess. After their marriage, they lived in Smithville. Earl preceded her in death on November 7, 1979. 
She was also preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Melvin and George Hines. 
Goldie worked as a Red Cross Volunteer for over 38 years, and also was a volunteer at the VeteranÕs Hospital in Leavenworth for many years. 
She was a long time member of the First Baptist Church in Smithville. 
Goldie started and worked as a manager at the A.R.C. Thrift Store in Smithville. She also worked at the Fairfax Bomber Plant, Standard Steel in North Kansas City and Parland Restaurant in Gladstone. 
She is survived by one son, Robert, of the home; half-sister, Ardis Hines, Los Banos, CA; several nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends. 
Funeral services were held Monday, April 16, 2001 at the Hixson-Klein Funeral Home in Smithville. Burial was at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Smithville. 

Barbara H. Ridgeway
Barbara Harris Ridgeway, 80, Moberly, passed away, Friday, April 13, 2001. 
She was born on Sept. 6, 1920 to William Tyre and Mary Jane Sharp (Maimie) Harris, in Higbee. 
Barbara grew up and attended school in Higbee, where she graduated from Higbee High School. Later she was awarded an Associates in Arts Degree from Moberly Junior College. 
On Jan. 8, 1941, she married Donald William Ridgeway, Sr. After their marriage they lived in Moberly where they made their home. He preceded her in death in 1999. Also preceding her in death were her parents. 
She worked as a bookkeeper or office administrator with several Moberly area businesses includ-ing Tedford Florist, Westlake Hardware, Fennel Auto, Wilbert Vault, Moberly Public School and the Randolph County Counseling Center. 
She is survived by two sons, Donald Ridgeway Jr., Moberly, Daryl Ridgeway, Sturgeon; a daughter, Luann Ridgeway, Smithville; three grandchildren, Kevin, Donald Allen, Darin; four great-grandchildren, Ashley, Kevin, Kelly, Kelsey; one sister, June Bradley, Moberly; an aunt, Omega Megown, Moberly; a great aunt, Barbara Harper, other rela-tives and many friends. 
Funeral services were held Monday, April 16, 2001 at the Million-Taylor-Patton Funeral Home in Moberly with burial in Higbee City Cemetery, Higbee. Hixson-Klein Funeral Home in Gower had charge of local arrangements. 

Patrick K. Gill
Patrick K. Gill, 48, Plattsburg, died Tuesday, April 10, 2001 at his home. 
Born March 5, 1953, in Kansas City, he had spent most of his life in the Plattsburg area. He attended school in Plattsburg. 
He worked as a farmhand. 
He was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth Gill; his mother, Edith (Stombarger) Moppin; and his sister, Pamela Goetz. 
Survivors include a brother, Michael of Cameron and his sister-in-law, Judy Gill of St. Louis. 
Graveside service was held Friday at Green Lawn Cemetery, Plattsburg. The family suggest memorial gifts to the Patrick Gill Memorial Fund, c/o Cox Funeral Home, 614 Clay, Plattsburg, MO 64477.

Jeffry Keith Templeton
Jeffry Keith Templeton, 43, born March 3, 1958 in Kansas City, MO. Went home to join his Heavenly Father from his own home with his family by his side on April 7, 2001 in Polo, MO. Jeff died after a long, hard, courageous struggle, physically and emotionally from - ALS/Lou Gehrig's Disease. A service of celebration in Memory of Jeff Templeton will be Wednesday, April 11, 2001 at 2:00 p.m. at the First Christian Church of Polo, MO. Burial services will immediately follow at the New Hope Cemetery, Stet, MO. Visitation will be from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Tuesday evening, April 10, 2001 at the Bailey's Funeral Home, Polo, MO. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to the Jeff Templeton Memorial Arena within the Stagecoach Park, Polo, MO or to the Scholarship Fund that has been set up for his children. 
He is sadly missed by his wife, Kristi (Sharp) Templeton whom he married, September 14, 1991 at the Watkins Mill Historical Church, his three precious children, Tyler Jacob (18 years old), Dane Christian (6 years old), and Chandler Grace (3 years old) all ofthe home. His parents, Eddie and Althea Templeton, Richmond, MO. His brothers and their families, Kent and Kim Templeton and their daughter Michelle, Cowgill, MO. Mark and Kim Templeton, and their girls, Jeni, Abby, Alex and Emily, Polo, MO. Chris and Lou Anne Templeton and their daughter Taylor. And a multitude of family and friends, all blessed and honored to be a part of Jeff's life. 
Jeff grew up on a farm in rural Ray County in the Stet Community. He faithfully attended Sunday School and church at the New Hope Methodist Church as a child and a young man. He graduated from Stet High School, in 1976. He was a member of 4H, FFA, State Livestock Judging and the Church Youth Group. Jeff was an avid horseback rider, rancher and true hearted cowboy. (In fact, we find comfort knowing Jeff and His Heavenly Father are riding horses together in Heaven.) 
Jeff's favorite place to be was outdoors. He loved to hunt, fish, play sand volleyball, water ski, snow ski, farm, raise cattle, and talk to his hundreds of farmer friends in a dusty, heart to heart conversation at Hilltop Grain Company which Jeff and his brother Kent owned and operated, side by side, for 16 years along with a farming operation that involved the entire family from His High School years to the present. 
Jeff was an active member of the First Christian Church of Polo, as well as, the New Hope United Methodist Church. He was a member of the Missouri Cowboy Association, Promise Keepers, Community Betterment Program, Caldwell County and the Stagecoach Park Development, Polo, MO. 
Jeff was a Christian man that was devoted to his wife, his children, his family, church and occupation. Jeff's motto was: Because Nice Matters. 
Jeff has drawn from his rural and family experiences, both real and imaginary, to write and perform poems for the last 20 years. Jeffhas a large variety of real, country life poetry. Some will make you laugh. Some will make you cry. Some will take you places you've been in life and places you wish you could have stayed a little longer. 

Margaret A. Schuett
Margaret A. "Marge" Schuett, 72, St. Joseph, died Saturday, Apr. 7, 2001, at a St. Joseph hospital. 
She was employed as an ex-ecutive secretary for 17 years with Heartland Regional Medical Arthritis Center, retiring in 1994. She previously had been em-ployed as a deaconess with the Lutheran Church in Oakland, CA and Omaha, NE; and as a church secretary and missionary for the Lutheran Church in Salt Lake City. 
Born June 28, 1928, in Warren, PA, she had resided in Sheffield, PA; Erie, PA; Tucson, AZ; Oakland, CA; Omaha, NE; and Salt Lake City. In 1970 she moved to St. Joseph. She graduated from harbor Creek High School in Pennsylvania. 
Mrs. Schuett was a member off the Faith United Church of Christ, St. Joseph and a former board member o the Arthritis Center. 
On Sept. 2, 1961, she married LuVerne H. Schuett in Omaha. He survives of the home. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, Spencer and Edith Roberts. 
Additional survivors include a daughter, Kathi Stufflebean, Bradenton, FL; a step-daughter, Bette Martin, Lathrop; two step-sons, Larry Schuett, Minden, IA and Harlan Schuett, Nashville, TN; 11 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. 
Services were held Tuesday, Apr. 10, 2001, at the Faith United Church, St. Joseph. Cremation will follow with inurnment Wednesday at Mount Auburn Cemetery, St. Joseph. Meierhoffer Family Funeral Service had charge of arrangements. 
Memorials may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, 34320 Broadway, Suite 105, Kansas City, MO 64111. 

Beverly D. Haselwood
Beverly D. (McKinney) Haselwood, 69, St. Joseph, died Saturday, April 7, 2001, at a St. Joseph hospital. 
Mrs. Haselwood worked as a receptionist for Thompson-Brumm-Knepper Clinic and the Community Blood Center both of St. Joseph and was a volunteer at Heartland Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph. 
Born on Feb. 7, 1932, in St. Joseph, she was a lifelong resi-dent of St. Joseph. She was of the Christian Faith and a graduate of Lafayette High School. 
Mrs. Haselwood was pre-ceded in death by her husband, Roy R. "Red" Haselwood; her par-ents, Virgil and Marie McKinney. Survivors include a son Brian Haselwood, Olathe, KS; a daugh-ter, Terry Gentry, Gower; a brother, Bill McKinney, St. Joseph; a sister, Shirley Keyton, Slater; and four grandchildren. 
Memorial services were held Tuesday, Apr. 10, 2001 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. The body was cremated. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association. 

F. Byron Pendleton
F. Byron Pendleton, 93, Cameron, died Friday, April 6, 2001, at his home. 
Mr. Pendleton was a farmer and plumber. He had worked for many businesses and individuals in the Cameron area, including Wood Electric, Fred Buck on his farm, Richard Berry as a builder and plumber and Leo O'Day as a plumber. 
Born on Aug. 4, 1907, in the Keystone community south of Osborn, he was a lifelong resident of Northwest Missouri. He was a member of the Restoration branch of the Community of Christ, Cameron. 
On Nov. 10, 1929, in Hamilton, he married Minnie F. Whiteaker. She survives of the home. 
Mr. Pendleton was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Jessie; a brother, Jube Pendleton; and a sister, Olive Hoppell. 
Additional survivors include a son, Gene Pendleton, Kansas City, a daughter Gerry McKee, Lathrop; two sisters, Marie Young and Cecil Evans, both of Cameron; 5 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild. 
Service was held Monday, Apr. 9, 2001 at the Poland-Thompson Funeral Home, Cameron with burial in Graceland Cemetery, Cameron. 

Earnest D. Belto
Ret. T. Sgt. Earnest D. Belto, 81, Peculiar, died April 6, 2001, at Research Belton Hospital. 
Mr. Belto was born Dec. 1, 1919, in Bastrop, TX. He came to this area in 1952, with the Air Force. He joined the Air Force in 1939, and retired as a technical sergeant in 1961. He was a mem-ber of the Harrisonville VFW. He belonged to the Methodist Church. He retired as a line fore-man from Pittman manufacturing Co. in 1981. He was the youngest of ten children and was preceded in death by his three brothers and six sisters. 
He is survived by his wife, Catharine, of the home; daughter, Denise Skeens and husband, Gary of Pleasant Hill; six sons, Tony Belto of Peculiar, Monte Batchelder and wife, Dale, Randy Batchelder and wife Terri, Leslie Batchelder and wife, Daphne of Belton, Roger Batcheider and wife, Kay of Drexel, and Terry Batchelder and wife, Roberta of Gower. 
Funeral services were held Tues., April 10, 2001 at the Belton United Methodist Church with burial in Peculiar Cemetery. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans. 

Clarence Dale
Clarence "Bill" Dale, 90, Lathrop, died Monday, April 9, 2001, at the Liberty hospital. 
Mr. Dale retired from Bob's IGA in North Kansas City. He also was a part-time auctioneer and a mem-ber of a county and western band. 
Born in Liberty on Jan. 30, 1911, he had lived in the Clay and Clinton Counties area for most of his life. 
On Dec. 31, 1932, he married Dora Roudebush in Plattsburg. She is deceased. 
Mr. Dale also was preceded in death by his parents, Sam and Emma; five brothers, Raymond, Buck, Doc, Logan and Johnny; and a sister, Mary Boggess. 
Survivors include a son Bill, Kearney; three daughters, Shirley Adkins and Jean Bartee, both of Lathrop, and Sharon Holt, Liberty; three sisters, Ella Boggess, Raytown and Betty Cutting and Hazel Johnston both of Liberty; 14 grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. 
Service is being held at 2pm today, Thursday, April 12, 2001, at the Morris Bailey Chapel, Holt with burial in Antioch Cemetery, Holt. 

Michael L. Conrad
Michael Lee Conrad, 62, of Plattsburg passed away on Friday, Apr. 6, 2001, at home after a short but courageous fight with pul-monary fibrosis. 
Michael was born on October 1, 1938, in Kansas City. He gradu-ated from Paseo High school and UMKC. His career as an insurance broker included Commercial Union Insurance Co., Haas and Wilkerson, Wren Insurance, Insurance Management Corp. and Arthur J. Gallagher and co. He was a lobbyist for the I.I.A.A.'s National Legislative Conference, 1982; a past District Director of Independent Insurance Agents of Missouri; a former E&O Committee Chair of I.I.A.M.; Member of President's Club I.I.A.M., 1982-83; and President of Independent Insurance Agent's Association of Kansas City, 1985-1997. 
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister. 
Survivors include his wife of 27 years, Donna; his daughter, Karen Hall, Wildwood; step-son, Brian Sigg, Plattsburg; grand-daughters, Taylor and Courtney Hall; grandson, Rylan Sigg; niece, Barbara Jo Hedges; nephew, Tom Hedges and his loving canine companion, Trudy. 
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Apr. 10, 2001 at Mt. Moriah Terrace Park Chapel with burial at Mt. Moriah Terrace Park Cemetery. 
Memorial contributions may be made to Liberty Hospice or the American Lung Association. 

Jones M. Baber
Jones Madison Baber, 82, of Louisville died on Thursday, Apr. 5, 2001, at his home. The Platte County native was vice president of Sales for Hilliard-Lyons in Ownesboro and senior vice presi-dent of training and development in Louisville. He was a member of Hurstbourne Baptist Church and former deacon of First Baptist Church in Owensboro. He was former president of he American Heart Association in Daviess County. 
His wife, Dorothy Holmes Baber preceded him in death in 1995. Also preceding him in death was a sister, Christine Halferty. 
Survivors include a son, James Bruce Baber of Franklin, TN; two daughters, Dianne Holmes Baber Critchlow of Union City, TN and Sharon Lynn Baber of Louisville; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 
Services were held Saturday, Apr. 7, 2001 at Hurstbourne Baptist Church in Louisville with entombment in Christ Chapel Mausoleum. 
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to American Heart Association, Kentucky Affiliate or the Leukemia Society. 
Glenn Funeral Home in Owensboro handled the arrangements.

Lyle Fryrear
Lyle "Max" Fryrear, 69, Platte City, passed away Wednesday, Apr. 4, 2001, at North Kansas City Hospital. 
Mr. Fryrear was born December 9, 1931, in Downing. He was united in marriage to Betty Pendleton on December 3, 1955, in Plattsburg. He was the owner-operator of Max's TV and Appliance of Platte City for 40 years. He was a member of the Platte City First Baptist Church, an Army veteran of the Korean War, a life member of VFW Post 4055, a member of the Platte City Lion's club, Past President of the Platte City Main Street Association, ac-tive with Boy Scout Troop #248, and a lifetime rider for M.S. 150 Society. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Irene Fryrear, and one granddaughter, Ashleigh. 
Survivors include his wife, Betty of the home; two sons, Paul and his wife, Stephanie of Lake Waukomis and Bradley and his wife, Terry of Platte City; a daugh-ter, Stephanie and her husband, Jay Jensen of Parkville; a brother, Jimmy of Bowling Green; two sis-ters, Margaret Wieneke of Plattsburg and Mary Jo Crabtree of New Virginia, IA; five grandchil-dren, Jessica, Jennifer, Lyle Thomas, Cheyenne, and Meghan. Max and Betty were hosts of two A.F.S. students, Arni Arge of the Faroe Islands and Eva Baloch, of Graz, Austria. 
Funeral services were held Saturday, April 7, 2001, at the First Baptist Church of Platte City with burial in Platte City Cemetery. Rollins Funeral Home, Platte City was in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society Research, Platte City Lion's Club (Lion's for Sight Project, Platte City Baptist Church Memorial Fund or the M.S. Society). 

Emmett B. Crouse
Emmett B. Crouse, 77, Easton, died Thursday, March 29, 2001, at a health-care center in Gower. 
Mr. Crouse operated a dairy farm for most of his life. He also was a former director of the Federal Land Bank from 1956 to 1987 and president of the Easton Volunteer fire Department for 30 years. 
Born in Easton on Nov. 28, 1923, he was a lifelong resident of Easton. 
Mr. Crouse was a graduate of the Easton High School and a member of the Church of God Seventh-Day. 
On May 12, 1945, he married Ada M. Noonan in St. Joseph. She survives of the home. 
Mr. Crouse was preceded in death by a son, Charles; and his parents, Frank and Hazel. 
Additional survivors include a son, Frank, Easton; a sister, Frances Boyer, St. Joseph; two brothers, Clifford, Easton and Harold, Savannah; and two grand-children, including Stacey Crouse-Field of the home. 
Service was held Monday, April 2, 2001, at the Meierhoffer Family Funeral Service, St. Joseph with burial in the Blakeley Cemetery, Easton. Memorials may be made to the Hands of Hope Hospice in St. Joseph. 

Kathleen Pritchett
Kathleen Pritchell, 88, of Lathrop died Tuesday, March 27, 2001 at the Lathrop Health Facility in Lathrop. 
On Apr. 18, 1938, Kathleen was united in marriage to Coe Pritchett in Columbia. He pre-ceded her in death in 1983. As a homemaker she lived in the Lathrop area since 1956 and was a member of the Lathrop First Baptist Church. 
Also preceding her in death were her parents, Frank and Fannie Rogers and a sister, Marie Henry. 
Survivors include a son, Roger Pritchett and a daughter, Nancy Mayville both of Lathrop; 5 grandchildren and 6 great-grand-children. 
Services were held Thursday, March 29, 2001 at the Bailey Funeral Home with burial in the Lathrop Cemetery. 

Beulah A. Dowell
Beulah Agnes (Chambers) Dowell, Chillicothe and formerly of Plattsburg, passed away March 26, 2001 at the Baptist Home in Chillicothe. 
Beulah was born Sept. 29, 1908 in Harrison County. She married Ray Dowell on Dec. 29, 1926 in Chillicothe, he preceded her in death in 1984. 
As a housewife, she was a member of the Retired Senior vol-unteer Program, American Legion Auxiliary, Royal Neighbors and the Extension Club of Livingston County. 
Preceding her in death in ad-dition to her husband were her parents, Joseph and Addle Chambers; three brothers, Ervin, Howard and Jean and two sisters, Alice and Inez. 
Survivors include a son, Wilford "Spike" Dowell, Topeka; two daughters, Donna Blecher, York, PA and Carolyn Cook of Topeka; a brother, Herschell Chambers of Chillicothe; three sis-ter, Vada Harper, Thelma Rinehart and Velma Rinehart all of Chillicothe; 8 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews. 
Services are being held Thursday, March 29, 2001 at 1:30pm at the First Baptist Church of Chillicothe with burial to be in the Resthaven Memorial Gardens Cemetery of Chillicothe. 
Memorials may be given to he Baptist Home North Missouri Facility and may be left at the Norman-Wagy-Gordon Funeral Home of Chillicothe. 

Edyth M. Overman
Edyth Marie Overman, 78, Excelsior Springs, passed away Friday, March 23, 2001 at the Liberty Hospital. 
Marie was born, July 1, 1922 in Rayville, to Virgil and Neoma (McAdams) Sloan. She had been a lifelong Excelsior springs resi-dent. She had been employed as a telephone operator in Excelsior Springs. On November 30, 1944, she married Christian Overman. She was a member of the Woods Memorial Christian Church, Excelsior Springs. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two sons, Stephen R. Overman and an infant son Edwin Keith Overman and two brothers. She is survived by a daughter Rebecca and husband Chuck Arnold, Excelsior Springs; two sons, John David and wife and Bonnie Overman, Omega, GA and Ronnie and wife Marie Overman of Lathrop; 5 brothers, Archie Sloan and John Sloan both of Independence, Donald Sloan, Petersburg, VA, Paul Sloan, Lowell, KY and Gary Sloan, Lathrop; 4 sisters, Elizabeth Glenn, Richmond, Alberta Carder and Christina O'Dell both of Excelsior Springs and Judith Ann Acuff, Lathrop; 8 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. 
Funeral services were held Monday, March 26, 2001 at the Polley Funeral Home, Excelsior Springs with burial in the Masonic Cemetery, Excelsior Springs. Memorial contributions may be given to Woods Memorial Christian Church, Excelsior Springs. 

Chad Ronald Garrison
Chad Garrison, 29, of Gladstone, passed away in his sleep Friday, March 23, 2001 at his home. 
Chad came to brighten our lives on March 16, 1972. He attended all twelve years of public schooling in North Kansas City School District, graduating from North Kansas City High School with a gold diploma. Chad served as vice president of his senior class and was selected to Who's Who Among American High School Students. Throughout his elementary and high school years, Chad won numerous medals as a member of the Old Pike and Clay-Platte YMCA swim teams. 
Following high school Chad entered William Jewell College where he was selected as Freshman Emerging Leader, was a member of Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity, Cardinal Clash debate winner, and enjoyed working as a disk jockey for KWJC Radio Station. During the summer of 1992 he was designated as the LBJ intern working in the office of Congressman Tom Coleman in Washington D.C. He graduated from William Jewell with a B.A. Degree in Communications in the Spring of 1996. In the fall of 1996, Chad was recognized as a Harvest Ball honoree for his leadership and community service. 
At the age of nineteen, while a freshman in college, Chad was diagnosed with a brain tumor. His optimism and unfaltering faith throughout the treatment and long recovery have been an inspiration to many. Having faced such a life-altering experience at such a young age seemed to heighten his sensitivity to others in need. Through his volunteer work with the Bloch Cancer Center, the American Cancer Society and visitations of sick children at KU Medical Center, Chad endeavored to share that optimism and faith with others. Chad will be remembered by all for his happy, smiling face; outgoing, friendly nature; quick wit; love of entertaining; and love of people. 
Chad was a member of North Woods Church, Kansas City. 
Chad is survived by a loving family including his mother and father, Ronilue and Tom Garrison of the home; a brother and sister-in-law, Mathew and Kay and beloved niece, Paige, of Smithville; maternal grandmother Lucille Nash Beery, St. Joseph; paternal grandmother Gertrude Garrison, Kansas City; special friend, Kerri Wages; uncles and aunts Ron and Kathy Garrison, Glenn and Lynn Garrison; Mike Garrison, Dan Garrison, Shirley LaBruzzo, Barbara and Don Hixson, Marilyn and Jr. Hammes; and a host of cousins and friends. 
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather Ronald Beery; paternal grandfather, Thomas Garrison; and uncle John Garrison. 
Funeral services were held Monday, March 26, 2001 at the Second Baptist Church in Liberty. Burial was at the Allen Cemetery in Gower. Hixson-Klein Funeral Home in Gower was in charge of arrangements. 
The family requests memorial donations be made to Ronald McDonald House or the Education Department of William Jewell College. 
Paige will miss her playmate, Mom will miss her backrubs, Dad will miss his basketball buddy, Matt will miss working out with you, Gram will miss cooking for you and Kerri will just miss you, but all will remember the love we have shared and the joy you brought to our lives. 

Sharon R. Bland
Sharon Raye Bland, 57, of West Bloomfield, Michigan died March 22, 2001. She was born March 18, 1944 in Kansas City. She was preceded in death by her father Frank R. Schneider. 
Ms. Bland was a registered nurse with Henry Ford Hospital in West Bloomfield for 20 years. Her cheerful spirit touched the lives of co-workers, patients, and friends. 
She is survived by her husband of 35 years, Richard L.; children, Richard R. and Joseph E.; a grandson, Richard J.; two brothers, Phillip R. and Richard C.; a sister, Susan Fay, and her mother Janice R. Schneider. Cousins, by marriage, include Judy Limbach of St. Joseph; Ann Fisher of Plattsburg; Jennette Lile of Gower, and Jon Halferty of Atlanta. Sharon was the daughter-in-law of the late Mildred Bland Harris of Plattsburg. 
Her memorial service was held at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church in Bloomfield Hills, on Sunday, March 25. Graveside services will be held at Green Lawn Cemetery in Plattsburg, on Saturday, March 31 at 2pm. 

Hailey Lockwood
Hailey Catherine Alena Lynn Lockwood, 7 months old passed away at her home in Orrick on March 22, 2001. 
Hailey was born August 6, 2000, in Liberty to William and Erin (Williams) Lockwood. She at-tended the Glorious Praise Tabernacle in Excelsior Springs. 
Hailey is survived by her parents of the home, a sister, Selena Olson; maternal grandparents Tracy and Claude Varron, Excelsior Springs; paternal grand-parents, Dennis and Catherine Witt, Gower; maternal great-grandparents Rae and Angelo Varron, Maryland and Alene Gardner, Excelsior Springs and paternal great-grandparents David and Betsy Witt, North Kansas City; Flora Lockwood, Gower; uncles and aunts. 
Funeral services were held at Polley Funeral Home, Excelsior Springs. Private family burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery. Visitation will follow services. In lieu of flow-ers donations may be made to the family in care of the Funeral Home. 

Shirley M. Harris
Shirley M. Harris, 80, of Trimble (formerly of Smithville and Buffalo, MO) passed away Tuesday, March 20, 2001 at North Kansas City Hospital. 
She was born on May 5, 1920 to Dewey Othello and Edna Lettia (Smith) Carroll in Des Moines. Shirley grew up and attended school in Kansas City where she graduated from high school. She then attended Warrensburg State Teacher's college in Warrensburg and nurse's training at Midland Air Force Base in Midland, TX. 
On May 26, 1951 she was united in marriage to Henry W. "Hank" Harris. After their marriage they lived in the North Kansas City area until 1970 when they moved to Buffalo, MO. In 1980 they moved to Smithville and in 1990 they moved to Trimble. 
Shirley worked as an operator for Southwestern Bell in Gladstone, Kansas City and Smithville for over 25 years. She also worked as a nurse in Smithville and the Kansas City area and owned and operated a boarding home for senior citizen's in Buffalo, MO for ten years. 
Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, two brother-in-law, Wylie Harris and Cliff Harris; and two sisters-in-law, Lillian Taylor and Mary Peck. 
She is survived by her husband, Henry W. "Hank" of the home; one son, Henry W. Harris, Jr. of Theodore, AL; one stepson, Ronald Lee Harris, Jacksonville, AR; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; two brothers-in-law, Jasper Harris, Trimble and Donald Harris, Smithville; two sister-in-law, Aliene Duncun, Smithville and Daisy Moore, Trimble. 
The body has been cremated. Graveside services and inurnment will be held at a later date. 
Hixson-Klein Funeral Home in Gower was in charge of arrangements. 

Donald E. Wheeler
Donald E. Wheeler, 56, Turney, died Sunday, March 18, 2001 at a Liberty hospital. 
Mr. Wheeler was a welder and painter for BFI in Kansas City. 
Born July 29, 1944, in Geary, OK, he spent most of his life in Wichita, KS before moving to Turney in 1999. He graduated from Wichita High School West in 1963 and served in the US Navy from 1963 to 1967. 
On June 7, 1968, he married Phyllis Shoate in Wichita, KS. She survives of the home. 
Preceding him in death were his parents, Carl and Mary (Eberhardt) Wheeler, and a brother, Charley Wheeler. 
Survivors include his son, Daniel of Wichita; a daughter, Christina Berber of Lawrence, KS; four brothers, Jimmy, Preston, Henry and Carl Ray, all of Wichita; and two sisters, Carrol Griffin of Topeka, KS and Julia Blackmon of Wichita. 
Services were at 10am, Thursday, March 22, 2001 at the Cox Funeral Home, Plattsburg. Graveside services at Fairview Cemetery, Mildred, KS. 

Geraldine D. Scott
Geraldine D. (Woodruff) Scott, 68, St. Joseph, died March 18, 2001, at her home. 
Mrs. Scott was a retired physical therapist. She had worked in various area nursing homes. She was a member of the Hyde Park Four Square Church, St. Joseph and a charter member of the American Health Care Association. 
Born October 24, 1932, in Shenandoah, IA, she lived most of her life in St. Joseph. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Marion; her parents, Gerald and Catherine; and a sister, Freda Guess. 
Survivors include sons, Patrick, St. Joseph and Michael, Union Star; a daughter, Donna Lewis, Union Star; two brothers, Fred, St. Joseph and Gerald Woodruff, Plattsburg; two sisters, Judy McNutt and Janice Dinwiddie, both of St. Joseph; 11 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. 
Service was held Tuesday, March 20, 2001 at the Rupp Chapel, St. Joseph with burial in Memorial Park Cemetery, St. Joseph. Memorials may be made to the Kendalwood Hospice, St. Joseph. 

Emma F. Tuck
Emma F. (Lewis) Tuck, 90, St. Joseph, died Thursday, March 15, 2001, at a St. Joseph health-care center. 
Mrs. Tuck, a teacher, taught at Humbolt School in the St. Joseph School District for 16 years. She also had taught at Plattsburg grade school and rural schools in Clinton and Buchanan Counties. She retired in 1976, after 30 years of service. She was a graduate of Plattsburg High School, St. Joseph Junior College and Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, where she received her bachelor's of science degree in education. 
Born Dec. 17, 1910, in Plattsburg, she resided in Plattsburg until moving to St. Joseph in 1965. 
She was a member of the First Baptist Church, St. Joseph, the St. Joseph Retired Teachers Association and Missouri State Retired Teachers Association. 
On May 30, 1943, she married Glenn W. He died in 1997. 
Mrs. Tuck was also preceded in death by her parents, Logan and Elsie; a sister, Hazel Rogers; and two brothers, Clarence and Morton. 
Survivors include a daughter, Glenna Bucher, St. Joseph; two brothers, Harry, Plattsburg and Lloyd, San Diego, Ca and three grandchildren. 
Service was held Monday, March 19, 2001, at the Meierhoffer Family Funeral Service with burial in Memorial Park Cemetery. 

Rachel J. Hobson
Rachel J. Hobson, 91, Holt, died Wednesday, March 14, 2001, at a Kansas City Hospital. 
Mrs. Hobson taught at country schools in Clinton County, Plattsburg, and North Kansas City schools. She retired in 1975. 
Born Sept. 10, 1909, in Holt, she had been a lifelong resident of that community. She attended Holt High School and graduated from Central Missouri State University, Warrensburg. 
Rachel married Floyd Hobson on April 13, 1938, in Holt. He pre-ceded her in death February 1, 1994. 
She was also preceded in death by her parents, Emmett and Dara (Kinzer) Wilhoit; three broth-ers, Birch, Johnnoy, Lewis Wilhoit; her sister, Helen Cook and her niece, Linda Evans. 
Survivors include a great niece, Jenny Evans of Holt; three nephews, Jim Evans of Plattsburg, Steve Wilhoit of Indiana, PA and Dan Wilhoit of Sedalia; two nieces Alice Wilhoit of Nokomis, FL and Bonnie Wilhoit of Olathe, KS; her sister-in-law, Ann Wilhoit of Sedalia. 
Service was held Monday, March 19, 2001, at the Cox Funeral Home, Plattsburg with in-ternment in the Green lawn Cemetery, Plattsburg. 

Ronald G. Coble
Ronald G. Coble, 50, of Kansas City, formally of Holt died Wednesday, March 14, 2001 at his home in Kansas City. 
He was born on Sept. 12, 1950 in Clinton County near Plattsburg and had lived in Holt, and Kansas City most of his life. 
Ronald was a veteran of the Viet Nam War while serving in the US Army. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, J.D. and Elsie Coble, his wife Deborah Coble in 1996, a brother James Coble, and two sis-ters, Peggy Allen and Daunita Pound. 
Survivors include three daughters, Lynetta Chance of Cameron, Cassandra Coble of Kirksville and Rhonda Coble of Holt; two sisters, Virginia Shanks of KCMO and Janet Rouse of Excelsior Springs and four grand-children. 
The body has been cremated. A family memorial service will be held at a later date with the Morris Bailey Chapel of Holt in charge of arrangements. 

John "Mac" McClelland
John "Mac" McClelland, 66, Plattsburg, died Wednesday, March 14, 2001 at a Kansas City hospital. 
Mr. McClelland retired from TWA as a mechanic in 1992 after 26 years of service. He also owned and operated the former J&M Gifts, a television and appli-ance store in Plattsburg for several years, and previously worked as a mechanic for Long's Farm Supply, Plattsburg. 
Born Jan. 9, 1935, near Plattsburg, he had been a lifelong resident of the Plattsburg area. 
Mr. McClelland attended Plattsburg High School. 
He was a member of International Association of Machinist and Aerospace Workers Local Union #1650 and was selected by TWA as 1979 Man of the Year. He was of the Christian faith. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, R.L. and Lucille McClelland; and three brothers, Gene, Bob and Jim. 
Survivors include a son, John of Phoenix, AZ; four daughters, Debbie Helton, Anna Gump, Donna Tippit and Lorrie Norris, all of Plattsburg; his sister, Eva Coldren and her husband Tiny of Arley; two sisters-in-law, Mary Jane McClelland of Plattsburg and Valda McClelland of Michigan; and eleven grandchildren. 
Service was held Saturday, March 17, 2001, at the Cox Funeral Home, Plattsburg with in-terment at Mount Zion Cemetery, Gower. The family suggests memorial gifts to the Arthritis Foundation, 3420 Broadway, Suite 105, Kansas City, MO 64111. 

Eva O. (Cannon) Groom
Eva O. (Cannon) Groom, 97, of Lee’s Summit, formerly of Gower, passed away Monday, March 12, 2001 at John Knox Care Center in Lee’s Summit. 
She was born on July 20, 1903 to Watson C. and Laura Leona (Cook) Cannon in Plattsburg. 
On December 1, 1923 she was united in marriage to Starks Allen Groom and after their marriage they lived in Kansas City. In 1936 they moved near Gower where they farmed and made their home. On October 22, 1955, her husband, Starks, passed away. Eva later moved to Gower and in 1991 she moved to Lee’s Summit. 
Eva was a member of the Gower Baptist Church most of her life, moving her member ship to the Colbern Road Baptist Church in Lee’s Summit. 
She was also preceded in death by her parents; seven brothers; and six sisters. 
She is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Wayne and Patsy Groom, Kent and Linda Groom, all of Lee’s Summit, and Morris and Edna Groom, Independence; six grandchildren, Mark Groom and wife, Kelli, Annette Hinton and husband Richard, Michelle Barrett and husband Randy, Rhonda Ferrino and husband Richard, Marci Bates and husband Chris, Judith Powelson and husband Curt; nine great-grandchildren, Chad Groom, Alana Groom, Dustin Loomis, Devin Loomis, Danielle Hinton, Katelyn Hinton, Richard Ferrino, Michael Ferrino, Matthew Barrett, Olivia Powelson and Madilynn Powelson. 
The happiest moments of life for Eva were when she spent time with her family. She will be missed not only by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, but also her many nieces, nephews and friends. Eva will be remembered for her sweet loving nature, her devotion to her family and friends, and her love of God. 
Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 17, 2001 at the First Baptist Church of Gower. Burial will be at Allen Cemetery in Gower. 
The family will receive friends from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Saturday, one hour prior to the service at the church. 
The family suggest donations to the First Baptist Church of Gower or donor’s favorite charity. 
Hixson-Klein Funeral Home in Gower is in charge of arrangements. 

Thelma T. McMullin 
Thelma T. McMullin, 85, of Kearney, formerly of Orrick died Sunday, March 11, 2001 at Liberty Terrace Care Center in Liberty. 
She was born September 20, 1915 in Orrick and had lived most of her life in Orrick before moving to Kearney. 
Thelma was a homemaker and a member of the Orrick Christian Church. 
On September 20, 1936, she married Ronald McMujllin in Orrick and he preceded her in death in 1990. 
Also preceding her in death were her parents Lonzo and Ollie Turner; a brother Calvin Turner and one step-sister, Cleo Marsh. 
Survivors include a son Roger McMullin of Holt and a grandchild. 
Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 14, 2001 at the Bailey Funeral Home, in Lathrop with burial in the Southpoint Cemetery in Orrick. 

Audrey B. Edwards.
Audrey B. (Boydston) Edwards, 99, Plattsburg, formerly of Dearborn, died Saturday, March 10, 2001 at a hospital in Smithville. 
Mrs. Edwards was owner and operator of Edward's Resthome in Dearborn, until retiring in 1978. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Dearborn. 
Born January 27, 1902, in Camden Point, she lived in Hoover until 1952, when she moved to Dearborn. She married Ralph W. Edwards on June 14, 1919, in Kansas City. He died in 1988. 
Mrs. Edwards also was pre-ceded in death by a son, Ralph; a daughter, Wanda Ritter; her par-ents, James and Mattie; and two sisters, Jessie Henderson and Mary Stubbs. 
Survivors include a son, Billy, Dearborn; a daughter, Dorothy Long, Medicine Lodge, KS; six grandchildren; 10 great-grand-children and numerous great-great-grandchildren. 
Services were held Monday, March 12, 2001 at the Rollins Funeral Chapel, Platte city with burial in the Camden Point Cemetery, Camden Point. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, Dearborn,. Arrangements were made by the Vaughn-Aufranc Funeral Home, Dearborn. 

Rex E. Pollard
Rex Edwin Pollard, 84, of rural Dearborn, passed away Friday, March 9, 2001 at the Heatland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph. 
Rex was born on June 22, 1916 to Samuel J. and Katherine P. (Whitehouse) Pollard in Atherton, Mo. He attended school and grew up in Independence, Mo., and later served in the Merchant Marines. 
On October 16, 1946 he was united in marriage to Annabelle Patterson-Shifflett. After their marriage they lived near Dearborn where they farmed and made their home. Rex also worked as a Construction Laborer in the St. Joseph area and was a member of the Local Laborers Union #579 for over 45 years. 
His wife Annabelle passed away on May 7, 1997. He was also preceded in death by his parents; one brother, James J. Pollard; and one sister, Lucille Broyles. 
He is survived by two sons, Robert J. Pollard, Faucett, Mo., and Earl Shifflett, Pleasant Hill, Mo.; two daughters, Dorothy Carras, Whittier Ca., and Nell Sweeney, Dearborn, Mo.; ten grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; other relatives and many friends. 
Funeral services were held Sunday, March 11, 2001 at the Hixson-Klein Funeral Home in Edgerton. Burial was at the Reed Cemetery in Trimble. 

Mary Lee Vann
Mary Lee Vann, 75, of Kansas City, KS, formerly of Edgerton, passed away Thursday, March 8, 2001 at Villa St. Francis in Olathe, KS. 
She was born on March 13, 1925 to Steve G. and Alpha Chloe (Carmack) Carter in St. Catherine. Mary lived in the Glasgow area and later lived in Kansas City, Edgerton and Kansas City, KS. 
She was preceded in death by her parents , her husband, Carthel "Chief" Vann, and one sister, Charlotte Carter. 
She is survived by three sons, Robert Lindsay, Excelsior Springs, Dale and Donnie Stallman, both of Glasgow; two daughters, Alpha Parrish, Independence, Lois Jones, Kansas City, KS; one brother, Harold Carter, Kansas City, KS; 12 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; other relatives and many friends. 
Funeral services were held Saturday, March 10, 2001 at the Hixson-Klein Funeral Home in Edgerton. Burial was at Ridgely Cemetery in Ridgely. 

Noel E. Taylor, Jr.
Noel E. Taylor, Jr., 59, of Edgerton died Wednesday, March 7, 2001 at a Kansas City hospital. Born May 23, 1941, in Kearney, he attended schools in the Plattsburg area. 
He served in the United States Marines from 1958-1962. 
Mr. Taylor married Jessie Irons. She preceded him in death. Also preceding him in death were his parents, Noel and Marie (Gannaway) Taylor. 
Survivors include his son, Roger Taylor of Parkville; a daugh-ter, Kristy Bloss of Independence; three sisters, Susan Lynch of Liberty, Donna Roach of Columbia, and Judy Taylor of Braymer; and two brothers, Robert Taylor of Buckner, and Roy Taylor of Pleasant Hope. 
The body has been cremated under the direction of Cox Funeral Home, Plattsburg. No services are scheduled. 

Naomi A. Ames
Naomi A. (Harter) Ames, 96, Plattsburg, formerly of Cameron, died Wednesday, March 7, 2001, in a Plattsburg nursing home. 
Mrs. Ames was a farmer and homemaker. She also worked with her husband, Pop Ames at the Ames Jewelry Store, Cameron. 
Born March 22, 1904, in Cameron, she attended school and lived in Cameron before resid-ing in Plattsburg. where she was a member of the First Baptist Church, Cameron. 
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Bert Drake, and second husband, Pop Ames; and her parents, Christain and Emma. 
Survivors include a son, Alvin Drake, Kansas City; a daughter, Eileen Snider, Loveland, CO; a step-daughter, Sara Ames, Long Beach, CA; and six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren. 
Service was held Monday, March 12, 2001 at the Poland-Thompson Chapel, Cameron with burial in Graceland Memorial Cemetery, Cameron. Memorials may be made to First Baptist church, Cameron, in care of the funeral home. 

Robert W. Justus
Robert W. Justus, 56, of Haleyville, AL, formerly of Gower, passed away March 5, 2001 at a hospital in Haleyville. 
He was born on January 26, 1945 in Kansas City. In 1948 they moved to Gower where he graduated from the Gower High School. He then served his country in the U.S. Navy. 
Robert retired from Ford Motor Company in Claycomo. 
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Andy and Arminda Justus; maternal grandparents, Earl and Alma Tunks; and his father, Adam Justus. 
He is survived by his wife, Peggy Justus of the home; one daughter, Margaret Irene Berry, Kansas City; two sons, Billy Wayne Justus, Excelsior Springs, and Thomas Adam Justus, Kansas City; his mother, Margaret Elaine Justus, St. Joseph; two brothers, J.D. Justus, Lawson, and Jerry Lee Justus, Gower; three grandchildren, Anthony, Sarah and Joshua; and several nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services were held March 9, 2001 at the Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home in Trussville, AL. Burial with full military honors was at the Jefferson Memorial Gardens East in Trussville, AL. 

Hattie L. Huckaby
Hattie L. Huckaby, 78, Florence, CO, died Sunday, March 4, 2001, at a nursing home in Florence. 
Born February 7, 1923, in Turney, Mrs. Huckaby and her family moved to Stewartsville until moving to Colorado. She lived in Pueblo until moving to Plattsburg in 1975. In 1984 she moved to Florence where she resided until her death. 
Mrs. Huckaby was a home-maker, and was a member of the First Southern Baptist Church in Florence. She married Charles A. Huckaby in Plattsburg on December 31, 1941. he pre-ceded her in death on January 5, 1976. 
She was also preceded in death by her parents, Smith T. Christian, and Mary Elizabeth (McNally) Christian; two brothers and three sisters. 
Survivors include four sons, Charles Huckaby of Graham, WA, Stanley Huckaby of Pueblo, CO, John Huckaby of Canon City, CO, and Dan Huckaby of Pueblo, CO; three daughters, Mary Dow of Chickasha, OK, Alice Rogers of Pueblo, CO and Lillie Huckaby of Florence, CO; two sisters, Lucy Cannon of Stewartsville, and Emajean Askren of St. Joseph; 17 grandchildren, 20 great-grand-children and numerous nieces and nephews. 
Graveside Service and inurn-ment was held Friday, at the Green Lawn Cemetery, Plattsburg with arrangements made by the Cox Funeral Home, Plattsburg. 

Isabel G. Haskins
Isabel G. (Gibson) Haskins, 90, St. Joseph, died Thursday, March 1, 2001 at a St. Joseph healthcare center. 
Mrs. Haskins worked as a licensed beautician at Steve’s Beauty Salon in St. Joseph from 1935 to 1975. 
Born in Amity on Oct. 9, 1910, she was reared in Amity but lived most of her life in St. Joseph. 
Mrs. Haskins graduated from Amity High School. She was a member of the Wyatt Park Christian Church, St. Joseph, where she was active in the Christian Women’s Fellowship; and Guild of Heartland Regional Medical Center where she was a volunteer. She was a former member of the Oak Christian Church. 
On June 8, 1940, she married Herbert E. Haskins in Plattsburg. He died in 1997. 
Mrs. Haskins also was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas O. and Cara Bell Gibson, and two sisters, Thelma Wright and Alta Carter. 
She is survived by eight nephews and nieces including Tom Wright, St. Joseph, and Mary Kay Jenkins, Plattsburg. 
Services were held Monday, March 5, 2001 at Meierhoffer Family Funeral Service, with burial at Memorial Park Cemetery, both in St. Joseph. 
Memorials may be made to the Wyatt Park Christian Church or Bishop LeBlond High School. 

Clara Head
Clara (Ackerman) Head, 90, died on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2001, at a health care center in San Antonio, TX. She had a severe stroke on July 2, 2000 and had been in poor health since. 
Clara was born in St. Joseph on April 24, 1910 to John and Henrietta Ackerman. She was reared there and graduated form Central High School. 
In 1931 she married Richard D. Head, Jr. They made their home in Florida and Texas. He preceded her in death in 1983. 
Clara loved to play bridge and golf. She also liked to knit and sew. When they lived in Florida she made and sold ceramics. Clara was an excellent cook and loved to entertain her family and friends. 
In the spring of 1983 she and Maxine moved back to St. Joseph, where she remained and cared for Maxine until her death in 1991. 
In 1992, Clara moved back to San Antonio where she renewed old friendships and made many new friends. Two special friends who lovingly cared for her needs and visited her almost daily were Cecil and Margaret Cates. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Gladys and Nadine and her sister-in-law, Maxine. 
She is survived by several cousins and friends in Missouri. 
A memorial service was held Sunday, March 11, 2001, at community Christian Church in St. Joseph. 

Clara Head
Clara (Ackerman) Head, 90, died on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2001, at a health care center in San Antonio, TX. She had a severe stroke on July 2, 2000 and had been in poor health since. 
Clara was born in St. Joseph on April 24, 1910 to John and Henrietta Ackerman. She was reared there and graduated form Central High School. 
In 1931 she married Richard D. Head, Jr. They made their home in Florida and Texas. He preceded her in death in 1983. 
Clara loved to play bridge and golf. She also liked to knit and sew. When they lived in Florida she made and sold ceramics. Clara was an excellent cook and loved to entertain her family and friends. 
In the spring of 1983 she and Maxine moved back to St. Joseph, where she remained and cared for Maxine until her death in 1991. 
In 1992, Clara moved back to San Antonio where she renewed old friendships and made many new friends. Two special friends who lovingly cared for her needs and visited her almost daily were Cecil and Margaret Cates. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Gladys and Nadine and her sister-in-law, Maxine. 
She is survived by several cousins and friends in Missouri. 
A memorial service was held Sunday, March 11, 2001, at community Christian Church in St. Joseph. 

Lillian A. Dittemore
Lillian A. Dittemore, 85, of St. Joseph, passed away Thursday, February 22, 2001 at Saxton Riverside Care Center in St. Joseph. 
She was born on July 23, 1915 to Thomas W. and Fannie (Delk) Wood in St. Joseph where she attended school and grew up. 
On March 23, 1931 she was united in marriage to Clem Dittemore. After their marriage they lived near Faucett. Her husband preceded Lillian in death in 1963. Lillian later moved to St. Joseph where she made her home. 
She worked at Nelly Don Garment, Norma Lites, Jerre Anne Cafeteria, and later at St. Joseph State Hospital #2, all in St. Joseph. 
Lillian was also preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Carl Wood; four sisters, Bonnie Billings, Mary Riley Wilma Lawson, and Opal Mears. 
She is survived by one daughter, Arlene Stanton, Faucett; one brother, Dudley Wood, Savannah; three grandsons; four great-grandsons; several nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends. 
The body has been cremated. No visitation or services. Arrangements were by Hixson-Klein Funeral Home in Gower. 

Ruth L. Price
Ruth LueRean Price, 92, of Smithville, passed away Friday, February 23, 2001 at her home. 
She was born on January 5, 1909 to Wm. E. and Alice (Cregar) Murphy in Clay County near Smithville. She attended school and grew up in the Smithville area and in 1927 graduated from the Smithville High School. After her marriage to Francis Price on May 5, 1929 they established a home and farmed near Edgerton until moving back to the Smithville area in 1936 where they continued farming until retirement. 
Ruth was a member of the Hoover Christian Church where she was active as long as health permitted. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Francis; her parents; four brothers, Lloyd, Melvin, Eldon and Ervin Murphy; and son-in-law, Charles Wagle. 
She is survived by her daughter, Geraldine "Jerry" Wagle; grandsons and wives, Mike and Sandra Heath, Chris and Billie Heath, Steve and Bambi Wagle, Scott and Natalie Wagle; granddaughter, Carol Hazen and fiance, Jeff Simpson; great-grandchildren, Nicole and husband Jamie Williams, Josh, Casey, Luke and Tanya Heath, Amber Hayes, Steven Hazen, Megan, Morgan and Sydney Wagle, Christopher LaFave; and great-great-grandson, Clayton Hayes. 
Funeral services were held Monday, February 26, 2001 at the Hixson-Klein Funeral Home in Smithville. Burial was at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Smithville. 
Donations may be made to the Memorial Fund of Hoover Christian Church, 15180 B Hwy, Platte City, MO 64079 or the I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Smithville. 

Virginia Ottinger Komer
Virginia Kathryn Ottinger Komer, 89, formerly of Agency, passed away Friday, February 23, 2001 at her home in St. Joseph. 
She was born on July 15, 1911 to Herman Emmett and Anna Hall (Blosser) Ruoff in Easton where she grew up and later graduated from Easton High School. 
She was united in marriage to John D. Ottinger on April 21, 1934. After their marriage they farmed near Agency, and they later lived in Kansas City and Gower. In 1943 they moved to St. Joseph, and in 1964 they returned to rural Agency. Her husband, John D., passed away January 5, 1985. On August 3, 1990 she was united in marriage to Louis L. Komer. After their marriage they lived in St. Joseph. He preceded her in death on February 10, 1995. 
Virginia was a member of the Gower Christian Church, Gower, Carpenters Union Local 110 Auxiliary, St. Joseph, and #5 Extension Club, Frazier. 
She was also preceded in death by her parents, and one brother, Loyd Ruoff. 
She is survived by one son, Vernon Ottinger, Agency; one daughter, Marilyn Littlejohn, St. Joseph; three stepsons, Don Komer, Springhill, KS, Harry Komer, Agency, Terry Komer, Hillsbaro, OR; eight grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; ten step great-grandchildren; five step great-great grandchildren; two brothers, Melven Ruoff, Easton, Harold Ruoff, Stewartsville; two sisters, Hazel Anderson, Brownfield, TX, Frances Kerns, St. Joseph; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends. 
The body has been cremated. No visitation or services. 
Arrangements were by Hixson-Klein Funeral Home in Gower. 

Thelma E. "Ma" Smith
Thelma E. "Ma" Smith was born on December 30, 1917 to Wallace and Mirandy (Purvis) Kissick near Weston, Mo., where she grew up and attended Swamp College Grade School. 
On May 15, 1937 she was united in marriage to Martin "Bill" W. Smith in Platte City, Mo. After their marriage they lived in Edgerton, Mo. until 1943 when they moved to Kansas City, Kansas, where they made their home. 
Thelma worked at Parmalee Plastic in Kansas City, Mo., in the optical department for over twenty years, retiring in 1970. She also worked at Antique and Craft City in Kansas City, Kansas for ten years. 
She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Edgerton, Mo., and Eastern Star Order Tirzah #85 in Kansas City, Ks. 
Thelma was preceded in death by her husband Martin "Bill" W. Smith; her parents; two brothers, Otto Kissick and Ray Kissick; and three sisters, Moriane Hallar, Rose Downs, and Isola Smith. 
She is survived by one daughter, Joan Turner, of the home; two grandchildren, Martin and Brenda; four great-grandchildren, Christy, Chad, Richard and Elvin; one brother, James Kissick, and one sister, Bea Snook, both of Edgerton, Mo.; several nieces and nephews. 

Maude R. Hartell
Maude Rice (Dale) Hartell, 92, Plattsburg, died Saturday, January 20, 2001, at a health-care center in Plattsburg. 
Mrs. Hartell, a life long resident of the Plattsburg area, was a homemaker and caretaker of Clinton County sportsman's Club, otherwise known as Hartell Lakes. 
Born February 28, 1908, in the Bethany Community near Plattsburg, she was a graduate of Plattsburg High School in 1927. 
Mrs. Hartell was a member of the Plattsburg First Christian Church and Clinton County Homemakers Club, near Plattsburg. 
On October 1, 1927, she married Ronald L. Hartell at the Bethany Christian Church, in the Bethany Community. He preceded her in death on October 19, 1998. 
She was also preceded in death by her parents, George and Maude (Sims) Dale, and her brother, George H. Dale. 
Survivors include two daughters, Dorothy Silvius of Turney and Marilyn Dean of Sugar Land, TX; three sons, Ronald of Norfolk, VA, Larry of St. Joseph, and Lowell of Camden Point; twenty-six grandchildren; thirty-three great grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. 
Services were held Wednesday, January 24, 2001, at the First Christian Church, Plattsburg with interment in the Brethren Cemetery, Plattsburg. The family suggests memorial gifts to the Plattsburg First Christian Church or Brethren Cemetery, Plattsburg. Cox Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. 

Helen V. Baker
Helen V. Baker, 71, Lathrop, died Saturday, Jan. 20, 2001, at a Cameron hospital. 
Mrs. Baker was a member of the First Baptist Church, Cameron. She was a nurse's aide for Cameron and Liberty hospitals. 
She was born on Dec. 7, 1929, in LaBella. In 1957 she married Howard Baker. He preceded her in death. 
She was also preceded in death by her parents, John and Florence Forrester. 
Survivors include a son, William, Lathrop; two stepsons, Marvin, Bonner Springs, KS and Roger, Queen City; a stepdaughter, Jean, Kirksville; two brothers, Eldon Forrester, Raytown, and Bill Forrester, Cameron; four grandchildren and three step-grandchildren. 
Graveside serves were held Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2001 at the Cameron Memory Gardens with Poland-Thompson Funeral Home, Cameron in charge of arrangements. 

Fred G. Riedel
Fred Gus Riedel, 96, formerly of Holt died January 17, 2001 at Beverly Health Care in Nevada, MO. 
Fred was born January 10, 1905 at Durant, IA. He was a farmer and had lived in Nebraska and Holt, before moving to Nevada 2 years ago. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Frieda Riedel, 4 brothers and 3 sisters. 
Graveside services were held Saturday, Jan. 20, 2001, at Oakland Cemetery in Holt with the Bailey Funeral Home, Lathrop in charge of arrangements. 

Mary E. Sullivan
Mary Ellen Sullivan, 88, Kansas City, formerly of Plattsburg and St. Joseph, died Sunday January 14, 2001, at a Kansas City hospital. 
Miss sullivan had been employed as a clerical worker and bookkeeper by the Gregory Livestock Commission in St. Joseph, the United States Department of Agriculture in St. Joseph and Kansas City, and later by the Environmental Protection Agency in Kansas City. 
Born November 7, 1912, in Plattsburg, she graduated from Plattsburg High School. 
Miss Sullivan was a retired member of International Phone Board Exchange and Altar Society. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Mary Sullivan; two brothers, Dennis and James Sullivan; and her sister, Marguerite Lawlor. 
Survivors include three nephews, Tom Lawlor of Harlan, IA, Jim Lawlor of Lee's Summit, Bill Lawlor of Council Bluffs, IA; several great and great-great nieces and nephews. 
Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, January 17, 2001 at St. Ann's Catholic Church, Plattsburg with interment in Calvary Cemetery, Plattsburg under the direction of Cox Funeral Home. 

Dorothy Hensley
Dorothy Belcher Hensley, 90, of Dearborn died Sunday, January 14, 2001, at the Gower Convalescent Center in Gower. 
Mrs. Hensley was born March 1, 1910 in Camden Point. She was a lifelong resident of Dearborn. she was a cook at the North Platte High School for 10 years from 1965-75. She married C.F. Hensley on January 15, 1931 in Leavenworth, KS. He preceded her in death in 1966. 
She was a member of the Dearborn Christian Church and a member of the Fun and Friendship Club of Dearborn. 
Preceding her in death in addition to her husband were her parents, Elihue Belcher in 1961 and Susie Anderson Belcher in 1968; three brothers, Charles, Jack and Gene; two sisters, Alta and Ola. 
Survivors include three sons, Bobby and Donald Hensley of Dearborn, Jackie Hensley of Plate City; a daughter, Helen Roberds of Dearborn; two sisters, Helen Buckler of St. Joseph and Goldie Rodriguez of San Antonio, TX; 9 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. 
Services were held Wednesday, January 17, 2001 at the Vaughn-Aufranc Funeral Chapel in Dearborn with burial in the Dearborn, Cemetery. 
Family suggests contributions to the American Cancer Society. 

Emma J. Williamson
Emma J. Williamson, 91, formerly of Lathrop, died Thursday, January 11, 2001, at Georgetown Country View Estate near Sedalia. 
Emma was born May 6, 1909, in Lathrop the daughter of William and Julia (Parks) Cockran. On May 6, 1930, in Lathrop, she married Arthur B. Williamson, who died November 30, 1995. 
She was a Lathrop High School graduate and attended Northwest Missouri State Teacher's College in Maryville. Emma was a homemaker who enjoyed gardening, cooking, and time with her family. She was a member of the Lathrop United Methodist church and had been active in United Methodist women, two extension clubs, and the Daughters of the American Revolution. She moved to Sedalia in 1997 to be near her family. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur; an infant daughter, Emma Louise Williamson; a son, Robert Williamson; two sisters, Helen Moore and Ruth Demaree; and a brother, Wallace Cochran. Survivors include three daughters, Eleanor Marcott, Rolla, Julia Dawdy, Bern, KS and Carol Sprinkles, Sedalia; a daughter-in-law, Beverly Williamson, Chillicothe; a sister, Lucile Anderson, Bishop, CA; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. 
A graveside memorial service and burial will be held Saturday, January 27, 2001 at 11am at the Lathrop Cemetery with Dr. Joseph Coleson officiating. 
The family suggests memorial contributions to the Lathrop United Methodist Church. 
Arrangements are under the direction of Heckart/Gillespie Funeral Home, Sedalia. 

Raleigh W. Fry 
Raleigh William Fry, 83, died January 10, 2001 at his home in Turney. 
Born September 23, 1917 in Plattsburg, he attended the Walnut Grove School. On July 15, 1939 he married Edna Estep in Plattsburg. She survives of the home. Mr. Fry, a farmer. was employed by the Sunshine Bakery from 1954 - 1980 as a Forklift Operator. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Ruby Fry and a brother Frank Fry. 
Survivors include two sons, Jerry Fry of Kansas City, and John Fry of Kansas City, KS; three sisters, Frances Boswell, Louisburg, KS, Betty Conry, Sun City, AZ and Faye Sackman, Rockford, IL; four grandchildren. 
Services were held Saturday, January 13, 2001 at the Poland-Thompson Funeral Home, Cameron with burial in the Lathrop Cemetery, Lathrop. 

Thomas E. Clements
Thomas E. Clements, 61, Kansas City, formerly of Platte County, died Monday, Jan. 8, 2001, at his residence. 
For 36 years, Mr. Clements had been employed as a mechanic for TransWorld Airlines in Kansas City. Born in Platte County on Aug. 23, 1939, he was a veteran of the Air Force. 
On March 5, 1966, he married Annette Brown in Camden Point. She survives of the home. 
Mr. Clements was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Thelma. 
Additional survivors include a son, Stephen, Kansas City; three daughters, Tammie Rowland and Tiffany Jordan, both of Kansas City, and Christy Kellam, Plattsburg; a brother, Walter, Platte City; two sisters, Sharon Bryan, Platte City, and Karen Kelley, West Palm Beach, FL; and 10 grandchildren. 
Service was held Thursday, January 11, 2001 at the Rollins Funeral Home, Platte City with burial in the Platte City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Northcare Hospice, 2900 Clay Edwards Drive, North Kansas City, Mo 64116. 

F. Ruth Shoemaker
F. Ruth Shoemaker, 103, Plattsburg, died Monday, January 8, 2001 at a health-care center in Plattsburg. 
Miss shoemaker was a teacher for the Plattsburg, St. Louis, Hannibal and Kansas City school systems. She also worked as a dietitian at the University of Missouri in Rolla; for the Army during World War II and was co-owner of the former Lu-Rue's Restaurant in Kansas City in the 1950s. 
Born September 8, 1897, in Plattsburg, she graduated from Plattsburg High School and McPherson College, McPherson, KS. 
Miss Shoemaker was a member of the Westport Presbyterian Church and Chapter IV of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, both of Kansas City. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, E.L. and Annie L. (Wolf) Shoemaker; two brothers, Howard and W. Floyd; and her sister, Anna B. Shoemaker. 
Survivors include two nephews, H.R. Shoemaker of Springfield and Charles E. Shoemaker of Plattsburg. 
Memorial service was held Saturday, January 13, 2001 a the Cox Funeral Home, Plattsburg with inurnment in the Brethren Cemetery, Plattsburg. The family suggests memorial gifts to Oakridge of Plattsburg, 205 E. Clay Ave, Plattsburg, MO 64477. 

Mabel S. Morrow
Mabel S. Morrow, 92, Lee's Summit, formerly of Plattsburg, died Jan. 8, 2001 at a Lee's Summit hospital. 
Mabel was born, Jan. 28, 1908, to Bernard and Katherine Summerfield near Starfield. She was a graduate of Plattsburg High School and attended Northwest Missouri State Teacher's College at Maryville. She taught at rural Mt. Zion School. She was a member of the Bethany Christian Church of rural Plattsburg. 
On May 10, 1930, she was united in marriage to Richard Morrow. He preceded her in death in 1989. 
She is survived by a daughter, Elizabeth Jackson of Lee's Summit and a granddaughter, Katherine Jackson of Chicago, IL; several nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends. 
Services were held on Friday, Jan. 12th at D.W. Newcomer's and Sons at Independence with burial at Mount Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to Bethany Christian Church in care of Larry Williams, 6999 NW Hickman Lane, Stewartsville, MO 64490. 

J. W. "Skip" Tinnen
Jerald Winston "Skip" Tinnen, 72, of Plattsburg, MO, died Saturday, January 13, 2001, after a lengthy courageous battle with cancer, at St. Luke's Northland Hospital in Smithville, MO. 
"Skip" was born on October 5, 1928 in Ravanna, MO, to H.O. and Aggie (Caster) Tinnen. They moved to Plattsburg in 1934 where H.O. owned and operated the H.O. Tinnen Motor Company, the local Ford dealership. "Skip" graduated from Plattsburg High School in 1946 and attended Central Methodist College in Fayette, MO, and later, Chillicothe Business College, Chillicothe, MO. 
Mr. Tinnen married Franc E. (Shewey) in 1948. They resided in Plattsburg briefly before moving to Maysville, MO. where he ran the Ford implement dealership. The family moved back to Plattsburg around 1957 where he went to work with his father at Tinnen Motor Company. 
"Skip" and Franc E. had three sons: J. David, Stephen F., and Gregory A. Tinnen. 
When his father, H.O., sold the Ford dealership and retired, "Skip" started his own school bus contracting business in 1963. He was one of the founders and the first president of both the Missouri School Bus Contractor's Association and the National School Bus Association. 
In 1968, "Skip" and his wife purchased the Plattsburg Leader newspaper from John and Helen Biggerstaff, which he ran as owner and publisher until his death. His much-read columns, "Mukluk Telegraph" and "Soidisant Sez" were the backbone of The Leader's readership. He often used his column space to relate tales of the "old times and old folks" in Plattsburg's past. 
Mr. Tinnen was a member of the Broadway United Methodist Church in Plattsburg. He was a member of the Northwest Missouri Press Association, serving as its president in the mid-1970s, and the Missouri Press Association. 
He was selected as a board member of the Spelman Hospital, which became St. Luke's Northland Hospital in 1994. The hospital appointed him as a board member emeritus in 1999, the first person ever named to that status by St. Luke's Northland. He chaired the annual Spelman Golf Classic for over 10 years. 
Mr. Tinnen was the fee agent for the Missouri State Department of Revenue License Bureau office in Plattsburg from 1993 until his death. 
Outside his family, politics and golf were the loves of his life. His first political involvement came in the campaign for Missouri Lt. Governor Bill Morris. He also worked as the Sixth District Coordinator for the late Congressman Jerry Litton, in his bid for the U.S. Senate in 1976. He also campaigned for the election of Missouri Governor "Walkin'" Joe Teasdale, and Governors Mel Carnahan and Bob Holden. 
"Skip" Tinnen was an active golfer and won the Plattsburg Country Club championship several times, including the "Cuba Libra" championship. He was committed to the Plattsburg Country Club, and he and Dr. P. T. Luckenbill laid out and designed the first expansion of the course in the late 1980s. 
Mr. Tinnen was also a great supporter of youth, and when the need arose for a swimming pool for Plattsburg youngsters, he was one of the original investors in the country club swimming pool in the late 1950s. 
"Skip" Tinnen was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Robert, his wife, Franc E., and his son, David. 
He is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law, Stephen and Sue, Plattsburg, MO, Greg and Brenda, Plattsburg, MO; daughter-in-law, Kathy, Kansas City, MO, and grandchildren Elizabeth, Jim, Ari, Greg Tinnen II, and Susan and husband Michael Downey, Overland Park, KS, other relatives and many friends. 
Visitation will be held at First Baptist Church, 501 W. Broadway, Plattsburg, on Tuesday, January 16, 2001 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Funeral services, a celebration of "Skip's" life, will be held at First Baptist Church, Plattsburg on Wednesday, January 17, 2001 at 2:30 p.m. with burial to follow at Green Lawn Cemetery, Plattsburg. Arrangements are by Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower. 
Memorial donations may be made to the "Skip" Tinnen Scholarship Fund, Plattsburg High School.

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