Miscellaneous Clinton County, Missouri Obituaries
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George F. Karr, Jr.
George F. Karr, Jr. 70, of Stewartsville died Monday, Jan. 1, 2001 at the Clinton Care and Rehab Center in Plattsburg. Mr. Karr was born June 26, 1930 in St. Joseph. 
Mr. Karr was a dock worker and driver for the Middlewest Trucking CO, in Kansas City, where he retired in the early '90's. Mr. Karr was of the Baptist faith, he also was a member of the American Legion post #97, of Plattsburg. During the Korean Conflict he served in the United States Marine Corps. 
Mr. Karr married the former Patricia Ann Killiam, March 12, 1954, who preceded him in death on July 10, 1994. Also preceding him in death were his parents, George F. Karr, Sr. and Mildred C. Downing and a daughter Kathy Karr. 
Survivors include two sons, Benjamin of Riverside, CA, Tony of the home; three daughters, Dianna Shipers and Jenny Fager both of St. Joseph, Candy Johnson of Joplin; a brother, Robert Karr of Mesa, AZ; two sisters, Sue Thomas-Morgan of Plattsburg and JoAnn Crowder of Warsaw; 5 grandchildren and a great-grandchild. 
Funeral services were held Thursday, Jan. 4, 2001 at the Cox Funeral Home, Plattsburg with burial in the Green Lawn Cemetery. 

Virgil W. Buie
Virgil W. Buie, 78, Agency, formerly of St. Joseph, died Saturday, Dec. 30, 2000, at a Woodlands, TX, hospital. 
For 34 years, Mr. Buie had worked at the former Pearl Brewery in St. Joseph. He also had been a custodian for the St. Joseph School District for seven years. 
Born in Savannah on Nov. 12, 1922, he had lived in St. Joseph for most of his life until moving to Agency 13 years ago. 
Mr. Buie was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church in St. Joseph. 
On July 17, 1943, he married Hazel F. Kerns. She survives of the home. 
Mr. Buie was preceded in death by his parents, William and Elsie; a sister, Doris J. Duncan; and a grandchild. 
Additional survivors include a son, Tommy, Gower; a daughter, Guelda Cullen, The Woodlands; three sisters, Maxine Black, Savannah, and Melva Reinert and Mary Kendall, both of St. Joseph; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. 
Services were held Friday, January 5, 2001 at St. Peter's Lutheran Church with burial in Memorial Park Cemetery, St. Joseph. Meierhoffer Family Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to his church. 

Forest Aitkens Jr.
Forest "Frosty" Aitkens Jr., 81, Brookfield, died Sunday, Dec. 31, 2000, at a health-care center in Brookfield. 
Mr. Aitkens had been employed as a retail meat cutter and was a veteran of World War II. 
Born in Clinton County on Nov. 14, 1919, he was a member of the Covenant Presbyterian Church of Kansas City and American Legion Post No. 117 in Braymer. 
On Aug. 10, 1940, he married his wife, Leota, in Hamilton. She survives of the home. 
Mr. Aitkens was preceded in death by his parents, Forest and Floy; and two brothers and a sister. 
Additional survivors include three sons, Forest, Grandview, Terry, St. Louis, and Randy, Brookfield; two sisters, Helen Aitkens and Jean Genson, both of Plattsburg and four grandchildren. 
Graveside service and burial was held Wednesday, January 3, 2001, at the Evergreen Cemetery, Braymer with the Pitts Funeral Home, Braymer in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Christian Women's Fellowship of the Christian Church. 

Larry D. Reeves
Larry Dean Reeves, 45, of Kansas City, passed away Saturday, December 30, 2000 at his home. 
Larry was born on December 27, 1955 to Franklin and Dorothy (Keen) Reeves in Lebanon. He grew up and attended school in Kansas City. He worked as a custodian for the Center School District in Kansas City for several years. 
Larry was preceded in death by his parents. 
he is survived by one sister, Ann Cody, Cowgill, MO; two nieces, Dorothy George, New Point, MO, and Denise Ledford, LeeÕs Summit; several aunts, uncles and cousins. 
Memorial services were held Sunday, January 7, 2000 at the Hixson-Klein Funeral Home in Gower. Inurnment was at the Allen Cemetery in Gower. 

Janet K. Burchette
Janet K. Burchette, 59, of Smithville, passed away Friday, December 29, 2000 at St. LukeÕs Northland Hospital, Kansas City. 
She was born on April 9, 1941 to Clifford Russell and Loretta Neota (Tinkham) Thompson in Kansas City where she attended school and grew up. 
On January 16, 1981 she was united in marriage to Curtis Burchette. After their marriage they lived in Smithville. 
Janet worked at Spelman Memorial Hospital in Smithville as a nurseÕs assistant, in the Home Health Department and also the Medical Records Department for over 21 years. 
Janet attended the Hoover Christian Church and was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Kansas City. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Clifford Russell Thompson, Jr., and one sister, Pamela Joyce Colver. 
She is survived by her husband, Curtis, of the home; daughter, Janet Lynn Wilson, Liberty; son, Jeff Anderson, Kearney; step-daughter, Lisa Elaine McClelland, Platte Woods; step-son, Jason Todd Burchette, Smithville; eight grandchildren, Fara, Erik, Austin, Travis, Trent, Kerstin, Krashel and Jessie; other relatives and many friends. 
Family graveside services and burial were held at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Smithville. 
Donations may be made to the American Lung Association. 
Hixson-Klein Funeral Home in Smithville was in charge of arrangements. 

Donald E. Koenig
Donald E. Koenig, 72, of Gower, passed away Thursday, December 28, 2000 at North Kansas City Hospital. 
He was born on April 30, 1928 to Eugene and Catherine Ann (Baumgartner) Koenig in Reading, OH where he grew up and graduated high school. 
Donald then served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII. 
He was united in marriage to Rosemary Dilbert. After their marriage they lived in Reading, OH and in 1972 they moved to Kansas City. His wife, Rosemary, passed away on November 11, 1987, and in 1998 Donald moved to Gower. 
Donald was a member of the Catholic faith. 
He was also preceded in death by his parents. 
He is survived by three daughter, Debbie Cullen, Kansas City, Kim Pflugradt, Easton, Cathy Falke, Shawnee; four sons, Mark Koenig, Kansas City, KS, Steve Koenig, Westerville, OH, Jeff Koenig, Edwardsville, KS, Chris Koenig, Kansas City KS; thirteen grandchildren, Shannon, Ashley, Brittaney, Danielle, Lucas, Tylor, Courtney, Ryan, Nicholas, Chase, Boie, Kyle and Connor; one brother, Jerry Koenig, Reading, OH; one sister, Mary Weinle, Cincinnati, OH; other relatives and many friends. 
Scripture services were held Sunday, December 31 at the Hixon-Klein Funeral Home, Gower. Private family graveside service and burial were held at Allen Cemetery in Gower.

William J. Whitsell
William J. "Bill" Whitsell, 74, St. Joseph, died Sunday, Dec. 24, 2000, at a St. Joseph hospital. 
Mr. Whitsell had been a dry-wall contractor and had worked in maintenance for Weidmeier's Truck Stop in St. Joseph for 10 years. He also was a Wells Fargo security guard at the regional office of American Family Insurance in St. Joseph. 
Born in Clarksdale, on Nov. 20, 1926, he served in the Naval Air Corps for two years. 
Mr. Whitsell was a member of the Troy, KS., Christian Church, where he was a teacher for the Golden Circle Class; Clarksdale Masonic Lodge No. 559, A.F.&A.M., of which he was a past master; charter member of the Clarksdale Lions Club; and member of the Sunlight chapter No. 247, Order of Eastern Star, of which he was a former past patron. He also had been a teacher at the Clarksdale Christian Church. 
In. 1968, he married Mary J. Russell. She survives of the home. 
Mr. Whitsell was preceded in death by a stepdaughter, Phyllis Rhyne; and his parents, Clifford and Berneta. 
Additional survivors are two sons, Larry and Bruce, both of Clarksdale; three daughters, Karen Baskett, Lathrop, Linda Larson, Minden, NE., and Tammy Inman, Springfield; three stepsons, Steven Miller, St. Joseph, Ted Miller, Troy, and David Miller, Lonetree, CO.; three stepdaughters, Virginia Sampson, Lubbock, TX., Sure Heinen, Lawrence, KS., and Donna MIller, St. Joseph; a brother, Bert, Clarksdale; a sister, Susie Nelson, Clarksdale; 36 grandchildren; 17-great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. 
Service were held Thursday, Dec. 28, 2000 at Meierhoffer Family Funeral Service, St. Joseph with burial at Memorial Park Cemetery, St. Joseph, with military rites by members of Pony Express American Legion Post No. 359, ST. Joseph. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or American Cancer Society. 

Lloyd Y. Shewey
Lloyd Y. Shewey, 83, Stewartsville, died Monday, Dec. 25, 2000, at a St. Joseph Hospital. 
Born in Stewartsville on October 20, 1917, Mr. Shewey was a life long resident. He graduated from Stewartsville High School. 
He was a former school bus driver and also was a mail carrier for 50 years, retiring in 1990. 
Mr. Shewey was a member of the First Baptist Church in Stewartsville where he served as a deacon for 50 years. He also was a member of the Lions Club in Stewartsville. 
On Nov. 20, 1943, he married Louis Stephens in St. Joseph. She survives of the home. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Sadie. 
Additional survivors are two sons, Roger, Stewartsville, and Ross, Arvada, CO.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. 
Service were held Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2000 at Bram-Summerfield Funeral Home, Stewartsville. Burial at Stewartsville Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Baptist Church Building Fund and sent to the funeral home at Box 69, Stewartsville, MO. 64490. 

Clarence W. Howell
Clarence W. Howell, 61, Breckenridge, died Friday, Dec. 22, 2000, at an Overland Park, KS., hospital. 
Mr. Howell was a truck driver for Rocor Transportation. He was born on April 3, 1939, in Rochester, NY. 
On Nov. 24, 1968, he married the former Teresa C. Johnson in Kansas City. She survives of the home. 
Mr. Howell was preceded in death by a son, Clarence; two stepchildren, Jackie Johnson and Edward Wright; his mother, Margaret VonHolt; a sister, Betty June; and a granddaughter, Shelly McGinnis. 
Additional survivors are his father, Clarence Sr. Rochester, NY; two sons, Michael, Webster, NY, and Clarence III, St. Joseph; two daughters, Terry Seiloff, Rochester, NY, and Alta Howell, Breckenridge; six stepdaughters, Teresa McGinnis, Hamilton, Kathryn Wright, Lawrence, KS., Linda Cashatt, Gower, Laura Bibb, Kansas City; Marilyn Riddly, Orrick; and Claudia Williams, St. Joseph; two brother, Mark Roy and Johnnie VonHolt, Kansas City; 23 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. 
Services were held Thursday, Dec. 28, 2000 at Lindley Funeral Home, Chillicothe. The body has been cremated. Memorials may be made to the Livingston County Heart Fund in care of Lindley Funeral Home. PO Box 47, Chillicothe, MO. 64601. 

Norman T. Mitchell
Norman T. "Mitch" Mitchell, 67, Forrest City, died Monday, Dec. 18, 2000. 
Mr. Mitchell, a coon hunter and gardener, was born Oct. 4, 1933, in Harrison, AR. 
He was a member of Teamster Local #41. 
His wife, Opal, preceded him in death. 
Mr. Mitchell was also preceded in death by a brother, E.G.; and his parents. 
Surviving: his fiancee', Jerry Ruth Bedford, of the home, three sons, Norman and Doug, Excelsior Springs, and Rueben, Lathrop; three daughters, Donna Bootka, Lawson, Dena Killday, Avondale, and Dianna Chance, Little Rock AR.; a brother, Jesse C. Prue, OK.; two sisters, Ruby Poole, Clarmeore, OK.; and Marcelle Spires, Locust Grove, OK.; 14 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. 
Services were held Friday at D.W. Newcomer's Sons White Chapel Funeral Home, Gladstone. With Burial at White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Gladstone. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. 

Ida L. Kagay
Ida Leona (Cone) Kagay, 91, of West Lafayette, IN, formerly of Gower, Missouri, passed away Monday, December 18, 2000 at a nursing home in West Lafayette. 
She was born on July 27, 1909 to Albert Lee and Effie Jane (Maddox) Cone in Gower, where she grew up and graduated from the Gower High School. 
On August 26, 1933 she was united in marriage to Edward F. Kagay. After their marriage they lived in Cedar Rapids, NE. Hartington, NE and Larned, KS. In 1980 they moved to Gower and in 1992 to West Lafayette, IN. Her husband, Edward, passed away January 20, 1993. 
Ida was a lifelong church pianist and organist and taught piano lessons for many years. She was also the accompanist for the Larned High School Choir in Larned and always accompanied her husbandÕs choral programs. 
Ida was a member of the First Baptist Church of Lafayette and a former member of the First Baptist ChurchÕs in Gower and Larned. 
She was also preceded in death by her parents; an infant son; three brothers, David Albert Cone, Leonard Ray Cone and Marvin Lee Cone; and one sister, Rena Katheryn (Cone) Everett. 
She is survived by her daughter, Harriet Coppoc and husband, Gordon L., West Lafayette, IN; two granddaughters, Laura Cummings, Indianapolis, IN and Elizabeth Coppoc-Gunshor, Madison, WI; three great-grandsons; and one brother, Donald A. Cone, North Kansas City. 
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, December 22 at the Hixson-Klein Funeral Home in Gower. Burial will be at the Allen Cemetery in Gower. 
The family will receive friends from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Friday, one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. 
Donations may be made to the First Baptist Church of Gower or the Allen Cemetery. 

Floyd Hay
Floyd "Whack" Hay, 91, of Edgerton, formerly of Camden Point, passed away Sunday, December 17, 2000 at Heartland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph. 
He was born on September 24, 1909 to Charlie and Viola Hay in Paris, KY. Floyd attended school and grew up near Dearborn, MO. 
On January 10, 1939 he was united in marriage to Anna Pierce. After their marriage they lived near Edgerton where they farmed. Floyd also worked for the Parkville School System for over 15 years. In 1970 they moved to Camden Point and in 1987 they moved to Dearborn. In 1995 they moved to the Gower Convalescent Center. 
Floyd was a member of the Davis Chapel Church near Dearborn. 
Floyd was preceded in death by his parents and nine brothers and sisters. 
He is survived by his wife, Anna of the home; three sons, Dub Hay, Lake Viking, MO, Kenny Hay, Camden Point, and Ronnie Hay, Edgerton; one daughter, Marie Rickel, Camden Point; six grandchildren, Gene, Mark, Dean, Robin, Terry and Ed; seventeen great-grandchildren; and one sister, Ione "Dude" Nelson, Edgerton. 
Funeral services were held Wednesday, December 20 at the Hixson-Klein Funeral Home in Edgerton. Burial was at the Dearborn Cemetery in Dearborn. 
Donations may be made to the Camden Point Baptist Church. 

B. Frank McQuinn
B. Frank McQuinn, 74, of Cameron died December 15, 2000 at his home. A lifelong resi-dent of the area, he was born in Cameron and attended school there. He was the former owner/operator of the Turney Elevator and a real estate agent for Ben Lee Realtor in Cameron. He was a member of St. Munchin's Catholic Church and a 4th Degree member of Knights of Columbus, a lifetime member of the Cameron Elks Lodge, and founder of Cameron's St. Patrick's Day Parade. 
On April 25, 1953, he married Patricia Ann Goad. She survives of the home. 
Frank was preceded in death by his parents, B.W. and Ana McQuinn and a sister Georgeana McKean. 
Survivors include four sons, Mike, Steve and Chris all of Cameron and Bill of Gallatin; a brother, Maurice of Salinas, CA; a sister, Susy Nothhouse, Estero, FL; and four grandchildren. 
Services were held Monday, December 18, 2000, at St. Munchin's Catholic Church with burial in Cameron Memory Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Munchin's Church or the Knights of Columbus. Poland-Thompson Funeral Home, Cameron was in charge of arrangements. 

Eugene F. Tillman
Eugene F. Tillman, Sr. 89, of Plattsburg died Friday, December 15, 2000, at a hospital in Kansas City, KS. 
Mr. Tillman was born March 22, 1911 in Plattsburg. 
Mr. Tillman was the owner and operator of the Tillman's Inn Restaurant in Plattsburg for many years. He also operated the Tillman's Construction Co. He was a member and deacon of the Second Baptist Church in Plattsburg and also served a few years on the Plattsburg City Council. During WWII he served in the United States Army, where he received a good conduct medal. 
Mr. Tillman married Lillian Hortense Clark whom preceded him in death on October 17, 1991. Also preceding him in death were his parents, Dennis and Carrie Tillman, a brother Cecil B. Tillman, a sister Agnes Tobin, two grand-sons, Miles Freeman and Mark Tillman. 
Survivors include two sons, John Tillman of Los Angeles, CA, Eugene Tillman, Jr. of Plattsburg; two daughters, Barbara Jackson and Leola Tillman-Bey, both of Grandview; a sister, Gladys Atchison, of Plattsburg; six grand-children and 13 great-grandchil-dren. 
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Dec. 21, 2000 at the Second Baptist Church, Plattsburg. Family visitation will be held from 11am to 12 noon Thursday, at the church. Burial will be in the Mt. Washington Cemetery, Plattsburg. Cox Funeral Home, Plattsburg has in charge of the arrangements. 

Dewey G. Rightmire
Dewey G. Rightmire, 83, of Kansas City, formerly of St. Joseph and Cameron, passed away Friday, December 15, 2000 at St. LukeÕs Northland Hospital in Kansas City. 
He was born on September 30, 1917 to Warren Harvey and Ella O. (Orr) Rightmire in Independence, WV. Dewey grew up in Parsons, WV where he graduated from high school in 1936. He then attended the University of West Virginia in Morgantown, WV. 
On September 22, 1944, he was united in marriage to Nellie Marie Hale. After their marriage they lived in Ashland, KY, Ironton, OH, Westwood, KY, Emporia, KS , St. Joseph and Cameron, and in 1970 they moved to Kansas City. 
Dewey worked as a civil engineer for many states and private companies throughout the Midwest where he was instrumental in the construction of several major interstate highway systems. 
Dewey was a member of the Baptist church. 
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Pauline Harris. 
He is survived by his wife, Nellie, of the home; one daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and Francis Everett, Cameron; one son and daughter-in-law, Warren and Diana Rightmire, Kansas City; six grandchildren, Mike Everett, Bill Everett, Sherrie Duke, Jennifer Dietz, Daron Dietz and Kimberly Dietz; and a niece, Alice Rathborn, San Diego, CA, who was raised in the home. 
Funeral services were held Monday, December 18 at the Hixson-Klein Funeral Home in Gower. Burial was at the Allen Cemetery in Gower. 

Orba M. "Pat" Black
Orba May "Pat" (Johnson) Black, 97, of Edgerton, passed away Monday, Dec. 11, 2000 at Beverly Health and Rehab in Smithville. 
She was born on May 22, 1903 to Charles Jacob and Dorothy Anna (Barnes) Johnson in Richland, IA. Pat grew up in Brighton, IA and later graduated from Chillicothe Business College in Chillicothe, and in 1925 she moved to Kansas City. On September 3, 1938 she was united in marriage to William W. Black. After their marriage they lived in Kansas City until 1943 when they moved to Edgerton. 
Pat taught school and worked as a secretary in Kansas City for 17 years, and from 1960-68 she worked as an office clerk at Spelman Memorial Hospital in Smithville. 
Pat was a member of the Edgerton United Methodist Church and a member and past-matron of the Adelphi Chapter #389, Order of the Eastern Star in Edgerton. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband, William W. Black, on Spetember 2, 1972. 
She is survived by nieces, nephews and cousins. 
Funeral services were held Wednesday, December 13 at the Hixson-Klein Funeral Home in Edgerton. Burial was at the Ridgely Cemetery in Ridgely. 
Donations may be made to the Edgerton United Methodist Church. 

Jim Coleman
Jim Coleman, 65, of Camden Point, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2000 at his home. 
He was born on January 9, 1935 to Charles Richard and Leta Grace (Tate) Coleman in Ferguson, MO. Jim grew up and graduated from high school in Houston, MO and later served his country in the U.S. Army in Germany. 
On February 12, 1961 he was united in marriage to Selma Hinkle. After their marriage they moved to Rolla, and in 1983 they moved to Camden Point. 
Jim worked for the Corps of Engineers as a construction inspector for over 30 years in Fort Leonard Wood and later Fort Leavenworth. He also worked for Brunson Construction in Fort Leavenworth and J.E. Dunn Construction in Kansas City. 
Jim was a member of the Newburg Baptist Church, Newburg, MO., the V.F.W. and Elks Club, both in Leavenworth, and the American Bowling Congress. 
He was preceded in death by his parents. 
He is survived by his wife, Selma of the home; three sons, Scott Coleman, Colorado Springs, Jeff Coleman, Rushville, MO, and Terry Coleman of the home; two daughters, Julie Coleman, St. Louis, and Angie Manville, Dearborn; six granddaughters, Ashley, Sara, Ali, Abi, Hailey, and Daija; one sister, Delores Willis, Claremont, OK; other relatives and many friends. 

Orba M. "Pat" Black
Orba May "Pat" (Johnson) Black, 97, of Edgerton, passed away Monday, Dec. 11, 2000 at Bevery Health and Rehab in Smithville. 
She was born on May 22, 1903 to Charles Jacob and Dorothy Anna (Barnes) Johnson in Richland, IA. Pat grew up in Brighton, IA and later graduated from Chillicothe Business College in Chillicothe, and in 1925 she moved to Kansas City. On September 3, 1938 she was united in marriage to William W. Black. After their marriage they lived in Kansas City until 1943 when they moved to Edgerton. 
Pat taught school and worked as a secretary in Kansas City for 17 years, and from 1960-68 she worked as an office clerk at Spelman Memorial Hospital in Smithville. 
Pat was a member of the Edgerton United Methodist Church and a member and past-matron of the Adelphi Chapter #389, Order of the Eastern Star in Edgerton. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband, William W. Black, on Spetember 2, 1972. 
She is survived by nieces, nephews and cousins. 
Funeral services were held Wednesday, December 13 at the Hixson-Klein Funeral Home in Edgerton. Burial was at the Ridgely Cemetery in Ridgely. 
Donations may be made to the Edgerton United Methodist Church. 

Mammie Louisa Ballard
Mammie Louisa Ballard, 86, of Plattsburg, formerly of Lathrop, died Tuesday, December 5, 2000 at the Clinton Care and Rehab Center in Plattsburg. 
Mammie was born on November 21, 1914 in Alma, AR and had lived in Kansas City before moving to Lathrop in 1975. She lived in Lathrop for 25 years, moving into the Care Center in Plattsburg one and a half years ago She was a homemaker and a member of the Lathrop Assembly of God Church. On September 24, 1937, Mammie was united in marriage to Stevie Ballard in Arkansas and he preceded her in death in 1992. 
She was also preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Lillie Denny Steele; two brothers, Homer and Howard; and one sister, Minnie McBride. 
Survivors include four sons, James L. of Lathrop, Jerry E., Shepherdsville, KY, Albert K., Shawnee, and Gilbert W. of Raymore; one daughter, Janet Foland, Belton; 14 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. 
Funeral services were held Saturday, December 9 at the Bailey Funeral Home in Lathrop, and burial was at the Lathrop Cemetery. 

Donna L. Dittmar
Donna L. Dittmar, 44, of Plattsburg, died unexpectedly Wednesday, December 6, 2000 at a Liberty hospital. 
Mrs. Dittmar, a homemaker, had previously worked as office manager for auto dealerships in the Plattsburg and Kansas City areas. 
Born February 15, 1956 in Plattsburg, she attended school in Plattsburg and graduated from Lathrop High School. 
On June 17, 1974, she married Roger L. Dittmar in Gower. He survives of the home. 
She was preceded in death by her father, Robert E. Barnett, and sister, Sharon Filley. 
Survivors are mother, Ida Mae (Randall) Barnett, Plattsburg; son Randy, Plattsburg; four sisters, Sarah Brown and Connie Smith, both of Plattsburg, Karen Brown, St. Joseph, Linda Jones, Bridge City, TX; two brothers, Bobby Barnett, Plattsburg, John Barnett, Gower; a granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews. 
Services were held Saturday, December 9 at the Cox Funeral Home. Interment was at Mount Zion Cemetery in Gower. 

Pharis Leo Hoyle
Pharis Leo Hoyle, 60, of Lathrop, passed away Wednesday, December 6, 2000 at his home near Lathrop. 
Pharis was born on October 17, 1940 in Kansas City. 
He lived in the Kansas City area before moving to Lake Arrowhead near Lathrop 12 years ago. He had worked for the Norfolk & Southern Railroad for 32 years before retiring this year. 
Pharis was preceded in death by his parents, Cecil M. and Marguarite Clark Hoyle. 
He is survived by one son, Daniel Hoyle, Kansas City; one daughter, Toni McEntire, Bowling Green, KY; one brother, John Hoyle, Orrick; and six grandchildren. 
Funeral services were held Monday, December 11 at the Morris Bailey Chapel in Holt. Burial followed in the East Slope Cemetery in Riverside. 

James E. Mellon
James E. Mellon, 83, of Kansas City, passed away Friday, December 1, 2000 at St. Luke's Hospital. 
Mr. Mellon was born on April 30, 1917 in Converse, MO, and had lived most of his life in Lathrop and the Kansas City area. 
He had been a groceryman and also owned a grocery store in Lathrop for many years. He was an Army veteran and of the Baptist faith. 
Mr. Mellon is survived by his wife, Bonnie Mellon of the home; four daughters, DeAnn Prichett of Lathrop, Susie Freece of Lathrop, Betty Moon of North Kansas City, and Jane Mings of Blue Springs; 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. 
Services were held Tuesday, December 5, 2000 at the Speaks Suburban Chapel. Graveside services were at Lathrop Cemetery in Lathrop. 

Bradley G. Ford
Bradley Garland Ford, two-day-old son of Joseph and Sondra Ford, Gladstone, died Monday, November 27, 2000, at a Kansas City hospital. 
Additional survivors include paternal grandfather, Wayne Ford, Stewartsville; paternal grand-mother, Deborah Stevenson, St. Joseph; paternal great-grand-mother and step great-grandfa-ther, Shirley and Mike Russell, Plattsburg; paternal great-grandfa-ther, Garland Ford, Plattsburg; and paternal great-grandmother, Eileen Watson, Stewartsville. 
Services were held Friday, December 1, 2000 at Mount Mo-riah terrace Park Funeral Home, Kansas City. Burial was in Mount Moriah Terrace Park Cemetery, Kansas City. 

Alice A. Irinyi
Alice Atlanta Irinyi, 90, of Lee's Summit, formerly of Gower, Cameron and Stewartsville, passed away Thursday, November 30, 2000 at John Knox Village Care Center in Lee's Summit. 
She was born on November 29, 1910 to John William Pitts and Ethel (Hylton) Pitts-Koontz in Hickory County, Missouri. She grew up in Kansas City, graduated high school, and later attended Park College in Parkville where she received her teaching degree. 
On June 6, 1950 she was united in marriage to Dr. E.T. Irinyi. After their marriage they lived in Stewartsville and Cameron and in 1968 they moved to Gower where they made their home. Her husband, Doc, passed away June 24, 1997. 
Alice taught school in Elmo and Cameron, and in 1961 became the English teacher at Central High School in St. Joseph, until retiring in 1973. 
She was a member of the Gower Christian Church where she was elected as the first woman Elder, served as Chairman of the Worship Committee and taught Vacation Bible School. She was also a member of the Gower Stay Young Club. 
Alice was also preceded in death by her parents. 
She is survived by two sons, Hylton Bain, Cameron, and Darryl Irinyi, Raytown; one daughter, Dianne Edgecomb, Shell Knob, eight grandchildren, Michele Rainey, Greg Offutt, Kim Kastilahn, Michael Bain, Theresa Steinlage, Richard Bain, Rebecca Irinyi and Amanda Irinyi; fourteen great-grandchildren, other relatives and many friends. 
Memorial services were held Saturday, December 2 at the Gower Christian Church. Private family inurnment was at the Allen Cemetery in Gower. 
Arrangements were made by Hixson-Klein Funeral Home in Gower. 
Donations may be made to the Gower Christian Church. 

Jo Ann (Noble) Barton
Jo Ann (Noble) Barton, 68, of the Frazier Community, rural Agency, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2000 at Heartland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph. 
She was born on September 29, 1932 TO J.D. and Madonna Ann (Sherwood) Noble near Dearborn. Jo Ann grew up near Frazier where she graduated from the Number Five Elementary School and in 1950 graduated valedictorian from the Gower High School. She then attended Northwest Missouri State Teacher¹s College in Maryville and graduated in 1957. 
On August 12, 1956 she was united in marriage to Chester L. Barton. After their marriage they lived in the Frazier Community of rural Agency. 
Jo Ann taught elementary school in Council Bluffs, IA, Gower, Edgerton and St. Joseph. In 1998, after teaching 46 years, she retired from Mid-Buchanan Elementary School in Faucett. 
In 1954 Jo Ann was an International Farm youth Exchange Delegate to Scotland. She was selected as an outstanding educator in the 1975 Edition of Who¹s Who in Missouri Education. In 1989-90 she was included in Who¹s Who in American Education, and was nominated by Wendy Wood for inclusion in 1997-98. In 1996 she was a recipient of the Mercedes ³Dede² Smith Award for outstanding gifted teacher of the year. 
Jo Ann was a member of the Frazier Baptist Church for over 53 years where she taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, and served as W.M.U President. She belonged to the Number Five 4-H Club and the Number Five Extension Club, both in Frazier. She was president of the Mid-Buchanan C.T.A. for many years, the M.S.T.A. and the Stay Young Club. 
Jo Ann was preceded in death by her mother; a son, David; and a daughter, Ellen. 
She is survived by her husband, Chester L. Barton, of the home; one daughter, Jo Lynn Huwe, Gower; one son and daughter-in-law, Allen and Donna Barton, Gower; five grandchildren, Jessica, Emily, Bethany, Kelsey and Megan; her father, J.D. Noble, Agency; one sister, Joyce King, St. Joseph; other relatives and many friends. 
Funeral services were held Friday, November 17 at the Frazier Baptist Church. 
 

Lloyd Mark Gray
Lloyd Mark Gray, 81, of St. Joseph, formerly of Easton, passed away Saturday, November 25 at Heartland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph. 
He was born on January 2, 1919 to Wyman and Emma L. Shackelford) Gray near Hemple where he attended school and grew up. 
On January 19, 1937 he was united in marriage to Leota Mae Anderson in St. Joseph. After their marriage they lived in rural Buchanan County until 1962 when they moved to St. Joseph where they made their home. 
Lloyd was a farmer for many years, later owned and operated the Easton Feed Store, and retired as a contract mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service. 
He was a member of the Swiss Pairs and Squares and the YMCA Promenader¹s, both in St. Joseph. 
Lloyd was preceded in death by his parents and one grandson, David Knadler. 
He is survived by his wife, Leota, of the home; two daughters and sons-in-law, Patsy L. and Charles Lawson, Stanberry, and Nancy A. and Ronald Knadler, Easton; one son and daughter-in-law, Larry L. and Eva L. Gray, Stewartsville; five grandchildren, Warren, Ronda, Brad, Jeff and Kim, eight great-grandchildren, one great-great-granddaughter; other relatives and many friends. 
Funeral services were held Monday, Nov. 27 at the Hixson-Klein Funeral Home in Gower. Burial was at the Frazier Cemetery in Frazier. 

Sarah Jo Headrick
Sarah Jo Headrick, 78, of Smithville, passed away Friday, November 24, 2000 at St. Luke¹s Northland Hospital in Smithville. 
She was born on December 14, 1921 to William Marvin and dolly May (Walker) Moore near Kearney where she attended school and grew up. 
On May 7, 1941 she was united in marriage to Jasper David Headrick. After their marriage they lived near Smithville and in 1968 they moved to Smithville where they made their home. Her husband, Jasper, passed away on January 25, 1977. 
Jo worked at Everly Health Care and later Spelman Memorial Hospital, both in Smithville. 
She was also preceded in death by her parents; one son, William David ³Buddy² Headrick on June 20, 1968; two brothers, J.T. ³Pete² Moore and William Marvil ³Bo² Moore; three sisters, Emma Frances Blankenship, Maurine Moberly and Ethel Marie Lee. 
She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Nancy and Fred Barber, Stone Mountain, GA, and Linda and Don Mangels, Smithville; three grandchildren, Heather, Stacy and Shelley; three great-grandchildren, Anna, Sarah and Kayla; two brothers, Joseph Moore, Smithville, and Kenneth Moore, Excelsior Springs; six sisters, Dorothy Hickman, Silverton, OR, Bessie Bruce and Erma Nell Herring, both of Smithville, Jean Turnipseed, Dallas, Alice Crooks, Kansas City, and Jane West, Trimble; several nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends. 
Funeral services were held Monday, Nov. 27 at the Hixson-Klein Funeral Home in Smithville. Burial was at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Smithville. 

Milford H. House
Milford Hadley House, 91, of the Starfield Community in rural Gower, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2000 at Heartland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph. 
Milford was born on December 30, 1908 to Rev. E.T. and Mary (Carter) House in Polk County near Pleasant Hope, MO where he spent his early years. 
On June 24, 1934 he was united in marriage to Sarah White of Plattsburg. After their marriage they made their home in the Starfield Community. Milford farmed in the Starfield area for over 67 years. 
He was a member of the Mt. Zion Freewill Baptist Church where he served as deacon for many years. He was also a member of the Plattsburg Masonic Lodge #113 AF & AM. He was a member of the Mt. Zion Cemetery Board where he had served as president . He was a 4-H Leader for over 20 years. 
Milford was preceded in death by his parents; an infant daughter, Betty Ann; five brothers, Ira, Tolbert, Rufus, James and Claudie House; three sisters, Rosa House, Ada Culley and Wava Sims. 
He is survived by his wife, Sarah, of the home; three sons and daughters-in-law, Darrel L. and Luray House and Gary M. and Connie House, all of Gower, and Dale M. and Lianne House, Prairie Village; five grandchildren, Cynthia Benz, Stephanie Phipps, Eric House, Scott House and Carter House; four great grandchildren, Tabatha Phipps, Jacob Phipps, Amanda Benz and Kiera Benz; two sisters, Bessie Ogden, Sacramento, Calif. and Opal Johnson, Houston, Texas; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends. 
Funeral services were held Saturday, Nov. 25 at the Mt. Zion Freewill Baptist Church in rural Gower. Burial was at the Mt. Zion Cemetery. 
Donations may be made to the Mt. Zion Cemetery Association or the Mt. Zion Freewill Baptist Church. 

Janet Moore
Janet Moore, 64, of rural Dearborn, passed away Thursday, Nov. 16, 2000 at Heartland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph. 
She was born on August 5, 1936 to Lowell Thomas and Ethel (Stanton) Nash near Frazier, MO. Janet attended school and grew up near Frazier and also St. Joseph and in 1954 she graduated from Central High School in St. Joseph. 
On December 7, 1962 she was united in marriage to Bob Moore. After their marriage they lived in Dearborn and Gower and in 1970 they moved to rural Dearborn where they made their home. 
Janet worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company in St. Joseph, Ben Franklin Warehouse in North Kansas City and later for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Kansas City as a secretary. 
Janet and her husband, Bob, also owned and operated Moore Antiques in Dearborn for several years. 
Janet was a member of the United Methodist Church in Edgerton and the P.B.X. Club in St. Joseph. 
She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Jewell Nash. 
She is survived by her husband, Bob, of the home; one son and daughter-in-law, Rick and Tina Moore, Dearborn; one brother, Guy Nash, Springfield; three sisters, Phyllis Scrivner, Raytown, Darlyne Horn, Kansas City, and Linda Bowman, O¹Fallon; several nieces and nephew, other relatives and many friends. 
Funeral services were held Monday, Nov. 20, 2000 at the Hixson-Klein Funeral Home in Edgerton. Burial was at the Davis Chapel Cemetery in Dearborn. 
Donations may be made to the Davis Chapel Cemetery. 

Hjelmer R. Anderson
Hjelmar R. "Andy" Anderson, 90, of Plattsburg, died Thursday, November 16, 2000, at a Plattsburg health care center. 
Mr. Anderson worked as a service man for the former Gas Service Co. in Smithville and Liberty. He attended Central Missouri State Teachers College in Warrensburg. 
Born Feb. 26, 1910, in Plattsburg he formerly resided in Smithville before moving back to Plattsburg. 
He was a member of the V.F.W. Post #4428, American Legion Post #97, both of Plattsburg and Kiwanis and the First Christian Church in Smithville for over forty years. He also volun-teered as a firefighter in Smithville and Plattsburg and served on the city council and the housing Authority in Smithville. 
During World War II, he served in the United States Army where he received two bronze stars. 
In 1940, he married the former Rosanna Rogers. She survives him. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Ida May Imbler; five brothers, Arnold, Paul, Max, John and Clinton; four sis-ters, Flora Jerabeck, Alma Quinn, Dorothy Sweeney, and Ruth Bowers; one granddaughter. 
Additional survivors include two daughters, Karen Boswell of Renton, WA and Janice Maxfield of Kansas City; a son, Stephen of Lyndon, KS; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. 
Services were held Monday at the First Christian Church, Plattsburg with interment in the Green Lawn Cemetery, Plattsburg. Cox Funeral Home, was in charge of arrangement. The family suggests memorial gifts to Kendallwood Hospice. 

Cordelia L. Gantz
Cordelia Lorraine Gantz, 101, Plattsburg, formerly of Stewarts-ville, died Monday, Nov. 13, 2000, at a health-care center in Plattsburg. 
Miss Gantz had been a clerk in the family owned Gantz Lumber Co. in Stewartsville. 
Born in Stewartsville on Sept. 15, 1899, she was a graduate of Stewartsville High School and at-tended William Woods College in Fulton. 
Miss Gantz was a member of the Culbertson Chapel United Methodist Church where she was active in the United Methodist Women, was a former member of he administration board and was a Sunday Shcool teacher. She also was a member of the Stewartsville Garden Club, of which she was a past president; and DeKalb county Republican Party. She also had served on the DeKalb County Election Board. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Nell Gantz; and a sister, Rufina Hatch. 
Survivors include a sister, Marguerite Gantz, Plattsburg. 
Graveside service and burial was held Thursday, Nov. 16, 2000, at the Stewartsville Cemetery. Bram-Summer field Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to her church in care of the funeral home, PO Box 69, Stewartsville, MO 64490. 

Josephine Gillespie
Josephine Gillespie, 79, for-merly of Holt, died Wednesday, November 15 at the Clinton Care and Rehab Center in Plattsburg. 
She was born February 4th, 1921 in Holt and had lived in the area most of her life. She was a homemaker and a member of the Holt Baptist Church. 
On August 8, 1957, Josephine was married to Wilson Gillespie in Holt. He preceded her in death. 
Also preceding her in death were her parents, James and Molly Haynes Albright; three brothers, James, Robert and Paul; two sisters, Beatrice Rea and Mary Hamilton. 
Survivors include a son, Milton Gillespie of Kansas City; a daughter, Gala Garlenski of Pompano Beach, FL; four sisters, Margaret Cox of Jefferson City, Helen Clower of St. Joseph, Addlene Bernard of Plattsburg, and Irene Rooney of Cameron. 
funeral services were held Saturday, Nov. 18th at the Morris Bailey Chapel in Holt with burial in the Muddy Fork Cemetery, Holt. 

Erma C. Bodenhausen
Erma Carolyn Bodenhausen, 95, of Gower, passed away Sunday, November 12, 2000 at the Gower Convalescent Center. 
She was born on July 21, 1905 to August and Bertha (Brohn) Ladage near Helena where she attended school and grew up and in 1922 she graduated from Lafayette High School in St. Joseph. Erma later taught in the Clanton and Cosby elementary schools. 
On January 30, 1927, she was united in marriage to Ira H. Bodenhausen. After their marriage they farmed near Cosby. They moved to Gower in 1939 where they made their home and continued farming. Her husband, Ira, passed away on December 31, 1979. 
Erma was a longtime member of the Gower Christian Church where she taught Sunday School for many years. She was also a member of extension clubs and card clubs and was a 4-H Leader in Gower for many years. 
Erma was also preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Clarence Ladage and an infant great-granddaughter, Ellen West. 
She is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law. Max and Delys Bodenhausen, Highlandville, Vance and Linda Bodenhausen, Keith and Mary Bodenhausen, all of Gower; one sister, Edna Schwalm, St. Joseph; seven grandchildren, Von, John, Brad, Brooke, Brent, Dana and Andrea; five great-grandchildren, Hannah, Max, Michael, Morgan and Madison, other relatives and many friends. 
Funeral services were held Tuesday, November 14 at the Hixson-Klein Funeral Home in Gower. Burial was at the Allen Cemetery in Gower. 

Courtney M. Burcham
Courtney M. Burcham, 13, Cameron, died Saturday, Nov. 11, 2000 as a result of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. 
Miss Burcham was a student at Cameron Middle School. She had previously been student at Clinton County Middle School. 
Born Sept. 25, 1987 in Antioch, TN, she had been a resident of Dubuque, IA and Plattsburg. She had resided in Cameron since July, 2000. 
Survivors include her mother, Vicky J. Burcham of the home; her step-father, Jim Freese of the home; two sisters, Tonya J. Burcham and Nicole C. Burcham both of the home; a brother, James A. Freese of the home; her maternal grandparents, Carl and Nancy Burcham of Brookings, OR; her paternal step-grandparents, Alan and Janice Freese of Dubuque, and aunts, uncles and cousins. 
Services were held Tuesday at the First Baptist Church, Plattsburg with interment in the Green Lawn Cemetery, Plattsburg. Cox Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. 

John W. Chesnut
John Wesley Chesnut, 76, of Dearborn, passed away November 10, 2000 at North Kansas City Hospital. 
He was born on March 24, 1924 to George and Frankie Braden (Sherwood) Chesnut near Dearborn, Mo. He attended school and grew up in the Edgerton and Dearborn area. John then served his country in the United States Navy during World War II. 
On August 30, 1946, he was united in marriage to Cecelia Elizabeth Gardner. After their marriage they lived near Dearborn where they farmed and made their home. 
John was a member of the United Methodist Church of Dearborn and the Daniel-Shafer American Legion Post #445 of Edgerton, Missouri. 
He was preceded in death by his parents. 
He is survived by: his wife, Cecelia, of the home; two sons and daughters-in-law, Bernard and Debbie Chesnut of Edgerton, Mo., and Tom and Regina Chesnut of Dearborn, Mo.; four grandchildren, Tim and Wife, Beckey Chesnut, Todd Chesnut, Christina Chesnut and Crystal Chesnut, other relatives and many friends. 
Funeral services were held Monday, November 13 at the Hixson-Klein Funeral Home in Edgerton. Burial was at David Chapel Cemetery in Dearborn. 
American Legion Flag Foldeing under the direction of the Daniel Shater American Legion Post #445 of Edgerton. 

Lorissa L. Fletcher
Lorissa L. Fletcher, 13, daughter of Cindy Fletcher of the home in Cameron and Gene Fletcher, Kansas City, died Saturday, Nov. 11, 2000, from injuries sustained in a one-vehicle accident on Route Y, five miles north of Plattsburg. 
Born in North Kansas City on June 4, 1987, Lorissa was a student at Cameron Middle School, where she was a member of the volleyball team. 
She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, George C. Fletcher. 
Additional survivors include three sisters, Stephanie, Dracilla and Trulea Fletcher, all of the home; maternal grandparents, John and Joanne Via, Rochester, NY; paternal grandmother, Barbara Lopez, Kansas City; and paternal great-grandmother, Ethel Brady, Parkville. 
Service was held Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2000 at the Cross Roads Assembly of God Church in Cameron with burial in Cameron Memory Gardens. Poland-Thompson Funeral Home, Cameron was in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made in her name.

Jim Jones
Jim Jones, 53, of Kansas City, formerly of St. Joseph, passed away Saturday, November 11, 2000 at his home. 
Jim was born on July 20, 1947 to James D. and Dorothy E. (Bolin) Jones in Maryville. He attended school and grew up in Mound City, and in 1965 graduated from the Mound City High School. 
On June 25, 1967, Jim was united in marriage to Sue Webb in St. Joseph, and after their marriage they lived in St. Joseph. They lated lived in Lathrop, Hamilton, Craig, Mound City, and in 1995 they moved to Kansas City. 
Jim worked as a Meat Cutter for several grocery stores in the communities where they lived. 
He was preceded in death by his parents. 
Jim is survived by his wife, Sue, of the home, one son, Jimmy Jones, Lincoln, NE; two daughters, Beth Blackburn, Hamilton, and Becki McGregor, Kansas City; three grandchildren, Alyssa and Dylan McGregor, and Logan James Jones; other relatives and many friends. 
Funeral services were held Tuesday, November 14 at the Hixson-Klein Funeral Home in Gower. Burial was at the Allen Cemetery in Gower. 

Terry F. Kisner
Terry F. Kisner, 54, Plattsburg, died Friday, Nov. 10, 2000, at a Liberty hospital. 
Born April 19, 1946, in Fairmont, WV, MR. Kisner lived in Dallas, TX, for 13 years before moving to Plattsburg. 
He was a member of the American Legion Post in Plattsburg. 
Mr. Kisner was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Clovea; and his grandparents. 
Survivors include two children; a brother, Larry of Morgantown, WV; four sisters, Jocarol Stansberry, Waynsbug, PA, Connie Tenant, Fairmont, and Linda Swisher and Donna Stansberry, both of Morgantown; and three grandchildren. 
Service was held Sunday, Nov. 12, at the Cox Funeral Home in Plattsburg with burial in the Calvary Cemetery, Plattsburg. 

Tim L. Lawson
Tim L. Lawson, 16, Plattsburg, died Saturday, Nov.11, 2000 as a result of a motor vehicle accident near Plattsburg. 
Mr. Lawson was a junior at Plattsburg High School. He had been employed by Taco Bell in Liberty and for Hudson's Home Services in Plattsburg. 
Born Dec. 8, 1983 in Plattsburg, he was a lifelong resident of Plattsburg. 
He was a member of the First Assembly of god Church. 
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Rev. Harvey L. Lawson. 
Survivors include his parents, Shirley L. and Dennis G. Hudson of the home; a brother, Cody Hudson of the home; two sisters, Ashley G. Hudson and Chaning M. Hudson both of the home; two friends, Amber D. Lindsay and Kristen M. Lindsay both of the home; his maternal grandmother, Darlene M. Lawson of Clarksville, VA; his paternal grandparents, Jerri and Larry VanHorn of North Kansas City; his aunts and uncles, Darla and Jay Williams of Osage Beach, Robert and Rachel Wilkinson of Clarksville, VA and Donald McLerran of Osage Beach; and two cousins, Travis McLerran of Osage Beach and Harvey Wilkinson of Clarksville, VA. 
Services were held Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2000 at the First Baptist Church, Plattsburg with Interment in the Green Lawn Cemetery, Plattsburg. The family suggests memorial gifts to the Tim L. Lawson Memorial fund, c/o Kearney Trust, Kearney, MO. Cox Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. 
 

Msg Frankie L. Palmer
MSG Frankie Lee Palmer, 61, of Smithville, passed away Thursday, November 9, 2000 at St. LukeOs Northland Hospital in Kansas City. 
He was born on July 29, 1939 to Max L. and Theda J. (McCarty) Palmer in Kansas City, and attended school in Independence. Frankie then served his country in the U.S. Army for 24 years as a combat engineer and later as a senior recruiter. He served in Vietnam, where he received the Bronze Star and retired as a Master Sergeant in August of 1980. 
On November 25, 1983, he was united in marriage to Jane Klusman. After their marriage, they lived in Smithville. 
Frankie worked at PackOs Hardware in Smithville, was Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Smithville, and was presently working at Big V Country Mart in Smithville as a receiving clerk. 
Frankie organized and founded the Smithville Lake Festival. He enjoyed his children, grandchildren and family and also enjoyed serving his community. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Max L. Palmer and Theda J. Blankenship, one sister, Donna Cone, and wife, Linda Mae Palmer. 
He is survived by: his wife, Jane, of the home; seven sons, Mike Palmer, Colorado Springs, Dave Palmer, Smithville, Doug Palmer, Eugene, OR, David Palmer, Smithville, Darin Klusman, Liberty, Daniel Klusman, Kansas City, and Doug Klusman, Smithville; seven daughters, Donna Bell, Camdenton, Erica Taylor, Smithville, Judy Burks, Rayville, Danna Klusman, Grandview, Dawn Andrus, Kansas City, Dee Ann Klusman, Smithville, and Desri Klusman, Independence; sixteen grandchildren; two sisters, Manavalin Sue Knapp, Blue Springs, and Beverly Ann Race, Lake Ozark; one brother, Jackie Palmer, Smithville; and a host of nieces and nephews other relatives and many friends. 
Funeral services were held Monday, November 13 at the Hixson-Klein Funeral Home in Smithville. Burial with full military honors was at Paradise Cemetery in rural Smithville. 

Carolyn R. Parks
Carolyn Ruth Parks, 62, of Cameron died Saturday, Nov. 11, 2000 at her home. 
She was born on March 6, 1938 in Lafayette, IN. On Dec. 3, 1966, Carolyn was united in marriage to Everett Parks in Plattsburg. He survives of the home. 
As a homemaker and member of the Mabel Worship Center she lived in the Cameron area for the past 34 years. 
Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents, George and Geraldine Lewis Graves and 7 half brothers and sisters. 
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Everett, Jr. and Jennifer Parks of Cameron; a sister and brother-in-law, Judith and Ralph Geiss of Auburn, WA; and three grandchildren, Hailey, Kylie and Whitney Parks. 
Services were held Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2000 at the Bailey Funeral Home in Lathrop with burial in the Lathrop Cemetery. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association. 
 

Pearl M. Warring
Pearl May Warring, 99, of Smithville, formerly of Trimble, passed away Tuesday, November 14, 2000 at Beverly Healthcare in Smithville. 
She was born on October 30, 1901 to Thomas Morgan and Mary Della (Pyle) DeMoss in Clay County near Paradise where she attended school and grew up. 
On December 5, 1923 she was united in marriage to Christian M. Warring. After their marriage they lived near Mt. Vernon, IL until moving to Trimble in 1937. Her husband preceded her in death in 1959. 
Pearl worked for over 25 years at several garment factories as a seamstress in Kansas City, and later worked for Whitaker Cables in North Kansas City. After retiring in 1971 she helped and cared for the elderly in the Trimble area. 
Pearl was a member of the Trimble Baptist Church. She was also a member of the International Ladies Garmet Worker's Union. 
She was also preceded in death by her parents, an infant brother and also seven brothers, Louis, Arthur, Franklin, Fred, Charlie, Thomas and Sherman DeMoss and two sisters, Kathrine Kinsey and Beulah Trout. 
She is survived by four sons, Christian ORedO Warring, Smithville, Thomas OBudO Warring, Smithville, Eugene Warring and Donald ODuckO Warring, both of Fairfield Bay, AR, 16 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. 
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, November 18 at the Hixson-Klein Funeral Home in Smithville. Burial will follow at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Smithville. 
The family will receive friends before the services from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. 

Linda S. Fulcher
Linda S. Fulcher, 57, St. Joseph, passed away, Sat., October 14, 2000, at her home. Mrs. Fulcher was born February 1, 1943, in St. Joseph, where she had lived all her life. She was for-merly a member of Hyde Park Foursquare Church in St. Joseph. 
She had been employed as a Florist at Myers-Watson for over 5 years, then for Kovacs Petals and Lace. 
On April 22, 1995, she mar-ried Jim Fulcher in St. Joseph. He survives of the home. 
She is preceded in death by her parents, Lemuel and Elsie (McDowell) Stewart; 3 brothers, Donald, Calvin and Thomas Stewart; 5 sisters, Clara Milbourn, Barbara Stewart, Nancy Stewart, Betty Stewart and Virginia Hurt, and a granddaughter, Samantha Jacobs. 
Survivors include 4; sons, Donald Jacobs, Ordway, CO, Tommy, Teddy and Lou Jacobs, all of Pueblo, CO; 4 daughters, Jackie McCarthy and Kandus Jacobs, Gower, Lisa DeHerrera, Avondale, CO, and Marcie Davis, St. Joseph; a step-son, John Fulcher, New York; a brother Nelson, Stewart, St. Joseph; 3 sis-ters, Jane Willford, Mulberry, FL, Alma McQueen and JoAnn Bernard, both of St. Joseph; 27 grandchildren and a great-grand-child. 
Services were held Monday, October 16, at the Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Cremation will follow the service with inurnment Wednes-day at Bellemont Cemetery, Wathena, KS. Memorials may be made to the Hands of hope Hospice 

Mary R. Stephens
Mary R. Stephens 63,of Plattsburg died Sunday, October 15, 2000, at the Liberty Hospital. She was born July 11, 1937, in Clarkville. She was a resident of Plattsburg for 14 years. 
Mrs. Stephens worked at a local restaurant for five years. 
Preceding her in death were her parents, Cecil and Ann Howdyshell, two brothers and a sister. 
Survivors include a son, Paul Stephens of Holt; a half-sister, Becky Heckter of Savannah; and a grandson. 
Visitation was held Tuesday, October 17, 2000 with cremation following under the direction of Cox Funeral Home, Inc. 

Edna M. Watson
Edna M. Watson, 95, of Gower, formerly of Plattsburg died Monday, Oct. 9, 2000 at a health care center in Gower. Mrs. Watson was born Nov. 21, 1904, in Crocker. 
Mrs. Watson was a restaurant owner and also served as a nurse's aid for many years. She lived most of her life in Plattsburg until her health began to fail. 
She was preceded in death by her parents John and Julie Teeple, and a son John Watson. She is survived by several nieces and nephews. 
Graveside service and burial was held Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2000, at the #6 Cemetery in Gower with arrangements by the Cox Funeral Home, Inc., Plattsburg. 

Wagner M. Bernard
Wagner Moonie Bernard, infant daughter of Mark Bernard and Trisha Wagner, Lathrop, was still-born Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2000, at a Liberty hospital. 
She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Larry Wagner. 
Additional survivors include a sister, Amanda, Gower; paternal grandparents, Bill and Karen Bernard, Lathrop and Jim an Devola Gordon, Linneus; maternal grandmother, Pat Wagner, Lathrop; paternal great-grandmother, Lucille Barnett, Plattsburg; and maternal great-grandparents, Lawrence and Iris Oralle. 
Graveside service and burial was Saturday at the Lathrop Cemetery. Arrangements were in care of the Bailey Funeral Home, Lathrop. 

Kent E. Lowry
Kent E. Lowry 71, of Smithville, died Thurs. Oct. 5, 2000, at his home. He was born July 17, 1929, in West Milton, OH. Kent attended public schools there for 12 years. 
In Aug., 1948, he entered the Air Force and spent four years in meteorology and electronics. He married Joan Samuelson in 1950. In Dec., 1953, Kent joined IBM and retired in March 1991. In Nov., 1990, he married Patricia Norris and they made their home in Smithville. 
Throughout his life Kent volunteered his time to local schools, churches, and community activities. Kent founded and was the first president of the Research Belton Hospital Foundation, and served as director of the Northern Cass County United Way. Kent was also one of the founders of the Kansas City Chapter of the National Corvette Restorers Society and was active as an officer and judged at local and regional meets for a number of years. He was a member of the Ararat Shrine Temple in Kansas City. 
He is survived by his wife, Patricia of the home, two daughters, Patty Lowry of Columbia, MD and Beth Klaus of Raymore; a son Ted Lowry of San Ramon, CA; a brother Ned of Las Cruces, NM; a sister Janice Donohoo of Englewood, OH; three step-daughters, Sherrie Homan, Connie Mosley and Robin Wooten and a very special brother and sister-in-law, Eldon and Jane Norris.; 10 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. 
Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 7, 2000 at the Cox Funeral Home with burial in the Green Lawn Cemetery, Plattsburg. Memorials may be made to the Northcare Hospice, c/o of the Cox Funeral Home, PO Box 373, Plattsburg, MO 64477. 
 

M. Allene Boydston
Mary Allene Boydston, 76, of Gladstone, formerly of Dearborn, passed away Friday, September 22, 2000 at North Kansas City hospital. 
She was born on January 7, 1924 to Ralph and Allie (McCauley) Dunlap near Dearborn. She grew up near Faucett and graduated from Faucett High School. 
On June 26, 1943 she was united in marriage to N. Howard Boydston. After their marriage they farmed in Buchanan County near Dearborn and in 1947 they moved to Cedar Falls, Iowa. In 1930 they returned to rural Dearborn where they resided until 1998 when they moved to Gladstone. Her husband, Howard, passed away on April 17, 1999. 
Allene worked as chief cook at North Platte High School in Dearborn for many years. 
She was a member of the Methodist Church in Edgerton and Dearborn and attended the Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Edgerton. She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Dearborn. 
She was also preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Harold Dunlap. 
She is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Marion and Joetta Boydston, Dearborn, Benjamin and Mary Boydston, Kansas City, and Earl and Debbie Boydston, Smithville; three grandchildren; one great-grandson; three step-grandchildren; eight step-great-grandchildren; one brother, Gene Dunlap, Faucett; one sister, Joyce Roberts, Independence. 
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, September 28 at the Mt. Zion Baptist church in Edgerton. Burial will follow at the Dearborn Cemetery in Dearborn. 
Donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association. 

Raymond E. DeVore
Raymond Earl DeVore, 96, of St. Joseph, formerly of San Antonio, MO, passed away Tuesday, September 19, 2000 at Carriage Square Health Care Center in St. Joseph. 
He was born on March 2, 1904 to Stephen and Ollie M. (Miller) DeVore on a farm near San Antonio where he attended school and grew up. On August 18, 1937 he was united in marriage to Leona Faye Patton. After their marriage they farmed in the San Antonio area. His wife, Leona, passed away on June 6, 1974. 
Raymond was a member of the Harmony-Cumberland Presbyterian Church in San Antonio. 
He was also preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Lester, Victor and Dale DeVore; and a sister, Hilda Spencer. 
He is survived by one daughter, Lela Townsend and husband, Logan, St. Joseph; two grandchildren, Tim Townsend, St. Joseph, and Leisa Baker and husband, Darren, St. Joseph; two great-grandchildren, Justin Townsend and Amber Barnett; two sisters, Ruth Frogge, Wenatchee, WA, and Lucille Teem, St. Joseph, several nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends. 
Graveside services and burial were held Friday, September 22, 2000 at the Blakely Cemetery in Easton. 
Hixson-Klein Funeral Home in Gower was in charge of arrangements. 

Aubrey L. Estes
Aubrey Lee Estes, 78, of Maysville, passed away Saturday, September 23, 2000 at a hospital in St. Joseph. 
He was born on September 3, 1922 to Dennis Lee and Goldie Opal (Bivens) Estes near Maysville. Aubrey attended school and grew up near Maysville and later graduated from the Clarksdale High School. 
On February 8, 1942 he was united in marriage to Ruby Jean Hasty. After their marriage they farmed near Maysville until 1976 when they retired and moved to Maysville. 
Aubrey later worked for MFA Oil Company and Roach Feed both in Maysville. 
Aubrey served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII in the Pacific. 
He was a member of the V.F.W. Post 5364 and also the Methodist Church both of Maysville. 
Aubrey was preceded in death by his parents. 
He is survived by his wife, Ruby Jean Estes, of the home; two sons, Keith Estes, Maysville, and Marvin Estes, St. Joseph; three daughters, Irene Sifers, Denver, Audrey Ousley, Maysville, and Nancy Gibson, Gallatin; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. 
The body has been cremated. 
Graveside services and inurnment were held Wednesday, September 27, 2000 at the Oak Lawn Cemetery in Maysville. 
In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the V.F. W. Pot 5364, c/o Bob Barton, Maysville, MO. 
Hixson-Klein Funeral Home in Gower was in charge of arrangements. 

Mary C. Hill
Mary Cathern Hill, 67, of Helena, formerly of St. Joseph, passed away Tuesday, September 19, 2000 at a hospital in St. Joseph. 
She was born on August 27, 1933 to Milford and Justa Leona (Long) Fairchild in Chillicothe where she grew up and later graduated from Chillicothe High School. Mary then attended Missouri Methodist Nursing School in St. Joseph. 
On November 21, 1953 she was united in marriage to Herbert M. Hill, Sr. After their marriage they lived in St. Joseph and in 1974 moved to Helena where they made their home. 
Mary attended the Grace Assembly Church in St. Joseph and was a member of the Daughter's of the American Revolution. 
She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Donald Fairchild; one sister, Janet Sue Fairchild; and a grandson, Aaron Lee Hill. 
She is survived by her husband, Herbert M. Hill, Sr., of the home; two sons, Herbert M. Hill, Jr., Savannah, and Dale A. Hill, Gower; four daughters, Myra Horton, Trenton, Sherry Hill of the home, Debra Whitt, Gower, and Susan Merritt, Amazonia; fourteen grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Alice Louise Hill, of the home; one brother, Dale Fairchild, Springfield; thee sisters, Dorothy McCracken, Dawn, Eva Jane Barrick, Chillicothe, and Karen McBee, Braymer; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends. 
Funeral services were held Friday, September 22, 2000 at the Hixson-Klein Funeral Home in Gower. Burial was at the Helena Cemetery in Helena. 
Donations may be made to the Grace Assemby Church, 1207 W. Joseph, St. Joseph, MO. 

Betty L. Kaufman
Betty L. (Falkner) Kaufman, 69, Excelsior Springs, formerly of St. Joseph, died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2000, at the Excelsior Springs Hospital. 
Mrs. Kaufman was a receptionist at Westfall-O'Dell Motors in Excelsior Springs. She retired as a U.S. postal worker. 
Born in St. Joseph on Sept. 21, 1930, she had resided in St. Joseph, Gladstone, Sedalia and Overland Park, KS before moving to Excelsior Springs in 1993. 
Mrs. Kaufman was a graduate of Central High School, where she was the first basketball queen. She was a former member of the Ashland United Methodist Church and Parent-Teacher Association of Eugene Field Elementary School, of which she was a past president. She was a former Girl Scout troop leader. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Beatrice Falkner Sr. 
Survivors include six daughters, Debbi Kaufman, Roeland Park, KS, Cindi LaFever, St. Joseph, Valerie Burton, Gower, Lorri Kaufman, Kirkland, WA, Julie Beauchain, Springfield, VT., and Amy Bisbee, Excelsior Springs; two sons, Larry, Waverly, and John, St. Joseph; a brother, William Falkner Jr., St. Joseph; 18 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. 
Services were held Saturday, Sept. 23, 2000, at the Meierhoffer Family Funeral Service with entombment in Memorial Park Mausoleum, St. Joseph. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. 

Mary Mitchell
Mary Frances Mitchell was born on October 15, 1926 to James Robert and Emma Anna (Pendleton) Gensheer in St. Joseph. She attended school and grew up in Gower and graduated from the Gower High School. 
In 1943 she was united in marriage to Marion H. “Bill” Mitchell. After their marriage they lived in Kansas City and El Dorado, KS and later moved to Montrose, MO where they made their home. Her husband, Bill, passed away in June of 1998. 
Mary worked as a sales clerk for many years at Sears in Kansas City. 
She was also preceded in death by her parents; one son, Jim Mitchell on Jan. 18, 1999; two brothers, William Arthur Gensheer and Tom Gensheer; and one sister, Betty Langler. 
She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Therese A. Mitchell, Grandview; two granddaughters, Melissa Williams and husband, Richard, and Tina Lawhead and husband Donald; one great-granddaughter, Kaylee Williams; one great-grandson, Carson Williams; a step-granddaughter, Nathalie Avise, all of Blue Springs; two brothers, Bob Gensheer, Denver, and John Gensheer, Wichita; one sister, Pauline Adkins-Borgmier, Edgerton; several nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends. 
 

Gene R. "Twister" Smith
Gene Rotchford "Twister" Smith was born on April 2, 1938 to Harold Rotchford and Alma Lee (Poage) Smith in Kansas City. He grew up in Gower and in 1955 he graduated from the Gower High School. He then attended Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville where he played football and served as captain of the team. He also served with the Army National Guard. 
Twister worked in sales for many years for H.D. Lee in Kansas City and Purina in St. Joseph and most recently worked for Watson's in Kansas City. 
He was preceded in death by his parents. 
He is survived by one brother, Harold Lee Smith, Gower; three sisters, Mary Jo Bent, Helen L. McDaniel and Sarah E. Norris, all of Kansas City; six nephews; two nieces; two great-nephews; eight great-nieces; other relatives and many friends. 

September 28, 2000 
M. Allene Boydston 
Mary Allene Boydston, 76, of Gladstone, formerly of Dearborn, passed away Friday, September 22, 2000 at North Kansas City hospital. 
She was born on January 7, 1924 to Ralph and Allie (McCauley) Dunlap near Dearborn. She grew up near Faucett and graduated from Faucett High School. 
On June 26, 1943 she was united in marriage to N. Howard Boydston. After their marriage they farmed in Buchanan County near Dearborn and in 1947 they moved to Cedar Falls, Iowa. In 1930 they returned to rural Dearborn where they resided until 1998 when they moved to Gladstone. Her husband, Howard, passed away on April 17, 1999. 
Allene worked as chief cook at North Platte High School in Dearborn for many years. 
She was a member of the Methodist Church in Edgerton and Dearborn and attended the Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Edgerton. She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Dearborn. 
She was also preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Harold Dunlap. 
She is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Marion and Joetta Boydston, Dearborn, Benjamin and Mary Boydston, Kansas City, and Earl and Debbie Boydston, Smithville; three grandchildren; one great-grandson; three step-grandchildren; eight step-great-grandchildren; one brother, Gene Dunlap, Faucett; one sister, Joyce Roberts, Independence. 
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, September 28 at the Mt. Zion Baptist church in Edgerton. Burial will follow at the Dearborn Cemetery in Dearborn. 
Donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association. 

Raymond E. DeVore 
Raymond Earl DeVore, 96, of St. Joseph, formerly of San Antonio, MO, passed away Tuesday, September 19, 2000 at Carriage Square Health Care Center in St. Joseph. 
He was born on March 2, 1904 to Stephen and Ollie M. (Miller) DeVore on a farm near San Antonio where he attended school and grew up. On August 18, 1937 he was united in marriage to Leona Faye Patton. After their marriage they farmed in the San Antonio area. His wife, Leona, passed away on June 6, 1974. 
Raymond was a member of the Harmony-Cumberland Presbyterian Church in San Antonio. 
He was also preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Lester, Victor and Dale DeVore; and a sister, Hilda Spencer. 
He is survived by one daughter, Lela Townsend and husband, Logan, St. Joseph; two grandchildren, Tim Townsend, St. Joseph, and Leisa Baker and husband, Darren, St. Joseph; two great-grandchildren, Justin Townsend and Amber Barnett; two sisters, Ruth Frogge, Wenatchee, WA, and Lucille Teem, St. Joseph, several nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends. 
Graveside services and burial were held Friday, September 22, 2000 at the Blakely Cemetery in Easton. 
Hixson-Klein Funeral Home in Gower was in charge of arrangements. 

Aubrey L. Estes 
Aubrey Lee Estes, 78, of Maysville, passed away Saturday, September 23, 2000 at a hospital in St. Joseph. 
He was born on September 3, 1922 to Dennis Lee and Goldie Opal (Bivens) Estes near Maysville. Aubrey attended school and grew up near Maysville and later graduated from the Clarksdale High School. 
On February 8, 1942 he was united in marriage to Ruby Jean Hasty. After their marriage they farmed near Maysville until 1976 when they retired and moved to Maysville. 
Aubrey later worked for MFA Oil Company and Roach Feed both in Maysville. 
Aubrey served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII in the Pacific. 
He was a member of the V.F.W. Post 5364 and also the Methodist Church both of Maysville. 
Aubrey was preceded in death by his parents. 
He is survived by his wife, Ruby Jean Estes, of the home; two sons, Keith Estes, Maysville, and Marvin Estes, St. Joseph; three daughters, Irene Sifers, Denver, Audrey Ousley, Maysville, and Nancy Gibson, Gallatin; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. 
The body has been cremated. 
Graveside services and inurnment were held Wednesday, September 27, 2000 at the Oak Lawn Cemetery in Maysville. 
In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the V.F. W. Pot 5364, c/o Bob Barton, Maysville, MO. 
Hixson-Klein Funeral Home in Gower was in charge of arrangements. 

Mary C. Hill 
Mary Cathern Hill, 67, of Helena, formerly of St. Joseph, passed away Tuesday, September 19, 2000 at a hospital in St. Joseph. 
She was born on August 27, 1933 to Milford and Justa Leona (Long) Fairchild in Chillicothe where she grew up and later graduated from Chillicothe High School. Mary then attended Missouri Methodist Nursing School in St. Joseph. 
On November 21, 1953 she was united in marriage to Herbert M. Hill, Sr. After their marriage they lived in St. Joseph and in 1974 moved to Helena where they made their home. 
Mary attended the Grace Assembly Church in St. Joseph and was a member of the Daughter’s of the American Revolution. 
She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Donald Fairchild; one sister, Janet Sue Fairchild; and a grandson, Aaron Lee Hill. 
She is survived by her husband, Herbert M. Hill, Sr., of the home; two sons, Herbert M. Hill, Jr., Savannah, and Dale A. Hill, Gower; four daughters, Myra Horton, Trenton, Sherry Hill of the home, Debra Whitt, Gower, and Susan Merritt, Amazonia; fourteen grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Alice Louise Hill, of the home; one brother, Dale Fairchild, Springfield; thee sisters, Dorothy McCracken, Dawn, Eva Jane Barrick, Chillicothe, and Karen McBee, Braymer; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends. 
Funeral services were held Friday, September 22, 2000 at the Hixson-Klein Funeral Home in Gower. Burial was at the Helena Cemetery in Helena. 
Donations may be made to the Grace Assemby Church, 1207 W. Joseph, St. Joseph, MO. 

Betty L. Kaufman 
Betty L. (Falkner) Kaufman, 69, Excelsior Springs, formerly of St. Joseph, died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2000, at the Excelsior Springs Hospital. 
Mrs. Kaufman was a receptionist at Westfall-O'Dell Motors in Excelsior Springs. She retired as a U.S. postal worker. 
Born in St. Joseph on Sept. 21, 1930, she had resided in St. Joseph, Gladstone, Sedalia and Overland Park, KS before moving to Excelsior Springs in 1993. 
Mrs. Kaufman was a graduate of Central High School, where she was the first basketball queen. She was a former member of the Ashland United Methodist Church and Parent-Teacher Association of Eugene Field Elementary School, of which she was a past president. She was a former Girl Scout troop leader. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Beatrice Falkner Sr. 
Survivors include six daugh-ters, Debbi Kaufman, Roeland Park, KS, Cindi LaFever, St. Joseph, Valerie Burton, Gower, Lorri Kaufman, Kirkland, WA, Julie Beauchain, Springfield, VT., and Amy Bisbee, Excelsior Springs; two sons, Larry, Waverly, and John, St. Joseph; a brother, William Falkner Jr., St. Joseph; 18 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. 
Services were held Saturday, Sept. 23, 2000, at the Meierhoffer Family Funeral Service with entombment in Memorial Park Mausoleum, St. Joseph. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. 

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