Miscellaneous Clinton County, Missouri Obituaries
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Donna F. England 
 Donna F. England, 42, Holt, passed away Sunday, Sept. 2, 2001, at her home after a long ill-ness. 
 Donna attended Alta Vista Elementary School, Lamar Junior High and Lamar Senior High in Lamar, CO. She received her Bachelor of Science in social work at the University of Kansas in 1983, a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education at Wichita State University in 1988, and a Master of Science in Education in Elementary Administration at Northwest Missouri State University in 1996. 
 She was superintendent and principal at Kingston from 1997-1999; principal and Title I instruc-tor at Cowgill RVI, Cowgill, from 1996-97; fourth-grade teacher at Lawson RXIV, Lawson, from 1994-96; Title I and fifth- and sixth- grade reading and math teacher at Renwick USD 267, Colwich, KS, from 1991-92, and  kindergarten and second-grade teacher at Wichita USD 259 from 1988-90. She also was the Coordinator of Volunteer Services for the Mental Health Association of Wichita in 1990; social worker for the American Red Cross in Wichita from 1983-85 and also for Johnson County Mental Retardation Center of Overland Park, KS, from 1982-83. England worked as a volunteer for Big Brothers and Big Sisters and Head Start. She was very active with the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts of America and was proud to see her son become an Eagle Scout this year. 
 She was preceded in death by her mother, Helen England; a brother, Warren England, and a sister, Susan Cardenelli. 
 Survivors include her son, Sean Plummer; her partner, Brad Kursel, Holt; her father, H.L. England, Lamar, CO; five sisters, Linda Lamborn, Phoenixville, PA, Jo Jones, Salida, CO, Sharon England, York, ME, Karen Courkamp, McLoud, OK, and Wanda Wade, Brighton, CO; a brother, Robert England, Lamar, CO; also numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, great-nieces & nephews, many friends and her former husband, Randy Plummer of Holt. 
 A Celebration of Life was held Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2001 at the Community Covenant Church, Kearney and at the Lamar Christian Church of Lamar, CO on Friday, Sept. 7, 2001. Memorial donations can be made to the Sean Plummer Education Fund at Kearney Commercial Bank, PO Box 888, Kearney, Mo 64060 or the State Bank of Wiley, CO 81092. The family also suggests donations to Wanda Wade, 14651 Hayesmount Road, Brighton, CO 80603 for the Southern Care Hospice of Excelsior Springs. 

James O. Smith
 James O. 'Jim' Smith, 69, of Lawson, died Sunday, Sept. 2, 2001, at the Smithview Manor Nursing Center In Lawson. 
 Mr. Smith was born Aug. 23, 1932, in Lawson to Minnie Marguerite (Swope) and Ernest Smith. He was a lifelong area resi-dent. He was a Master Sergeant with the US Air Force, serving during the Korean and Vietnam Conflicts and retired from the Air Force in 1972. Following his mili-tary career, he worked for Cessna Aircraft Corporation in Wichita; the Excelsior Springs Job Corps; and the Hill Bus Company in Lawson until 2001. He was a Protestant. 
 He was preceded in death by his father in June of 1993; a son, Steve Smith in January of 1985; and a brother who died in infancy. 
 Survivors include his mother, Marguerite Smith of Lawson; two daughters, Lynn Jenkins of St. Joseph and Cheryl Garrison of Holt; two brothers, Ed Smith of Rocky Mount, and Mike Smith of Vidor, TX and two grandsons, Steven Garrison and Nathan Garrison, both of Holt. 
 Funeral services were held Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2001 at the Jarman Chapel in Lawson; burial with full Military Honors in Old Union Cemetery, near Lawson. Memorials are suggested to Liberty Hospice. 

Claudine N. Miller
 Claudine Norton Miller, 68, Kansas City North, formerly of Smithville, passed away, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2001, at the North Kansas City  Hospital with her family at her side. 
 She was born on August 18, 1933, in Lone Elm, KS, to Bonnie and Mazie Johnson. She was a member of the Landmark Baptist Church in Smithville. 
 Claudine loved spending time with her family and friends, playing games, having picnics, going fishing and reading and teaching the Bible. She was a devoted mother and grandmother and will be sadly missed by her family and many close friends. 
 Claudine was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel Miller, Sr., her mother Mazie Johnson and her sister, Bonnie Lee Bordner. 
 Survivors include two daugh-ters, Susan Matlock and her hus-band, Robert, Gladstone, and Ann Bennett and husband Scott, Smithville; a son, Daniel Miller, Jr. and his wife, Stacy, Kansas City; six grandchildren, Julie Norton and Chance Matlock, Amanda and Shannon Bennett and Allie and Graham Miller; her father, Bonnie Johnson of Shrewsbury, PA; a brother, John Johnson and his wife, Norma, Liberty and her for-mer husband, George Norton, Jr., Orange County, CA. 
 Funeral services were held Friday, September 7, 2001, at the Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Smithville with burial in Lutes Cemetery, Platte City. 

Barbara L. Johnson
 Barbara L. Morgan Hoefler Johnson 50, of Kansas City, passed away at her home, Tuesday, September 4, 2001. 
 she was born on April 13,1951, in Kansas City. Barbara grew up in Kansas City, KS where she attended Sacred Heart School and later St. Joseph's High School. 
 Barbara Lived in Kansas City, KS and Olathe areas. On Sept. 13, 2000 she was united in mar-riage to Charles "Mike" Johnson. After their marriage they lived in Kansas City, MO. 
 Barbara worked for the Kansas Department of Transportation, was a driver's license examiner in Olathe and later was a stores clerk for TWA at the over-haul base at the KCI airport. 
 Barbara was preceded in death by her grandparents, Roy B., Sr., and Jesse Francis Morgan and August and Stella Gennine. 
 Survivors include her hus-band, Charles "Mike" Johnson of the home; three sons, Scott Hoefler, Overland Park, KS, Shawn Hoefler, Olathe, KS and Ryan Hoefler, Camdenton; her parents, Roy and Alice Morgan, Kansas City, KS; a sister, Donna Ryckert, Fairfax, VI; a brother, Dennis Morgan, Bonner Springs; one step-daughter and one step-son, several nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends. 
 Funeral services were held Friday, Sept. 7, 2001at the Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Smithville with burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Kansas City. Memorials may be made to North Care Hospice. 

William E. Irons
 Willaim E. Irons, 63, of Lathrop died Saturday, Sept. 1, 2001 at his home. 
 Mr. Irons was born August 2, 1938, in Gahland. He was em-ployed for 31 years at Ford Motor Company in Claycomo and a member of the UAW  Local 249. He had lived in the Lathrop area for 20 years. 
 He was preceded in death by his father, Laurence Irons and a son, Sammy Irons. 
 Survivors include his compan-ion, Wanda Odor of the home; two sons, William Irons and Larry Irons; two daughters, Tammy Lehner and Mimi Lewis; his mother, Rosella Irons; a brother, Floyd Irons and a sister, Janice Pace. 
 Funeral services were held Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2001, at the Bailey Funeral Home in Lathrop with burial at the Lathrop Cemetery. 

Thomas A. Helm
 Thomas A. Helm, 69, of Smithville, passed away of cancer on Tuesday, August 28, 2001 at his home. 
 He was born on October 26, 1931, in Jackson County, MO to Herman and Mary Helm. Tom was a lifelong Kansas City area resident. On June 9, 1950, he married Dorothy Ellen Greer, she passed away in 1969. On July 11, 1971, he married Carol Jean Wolverton of Stanberry. She survives of the home. 
 Tom was an engineer, working until 1971 for Airco (Pure Carbonic). He then began working for TWA, retiring in 1993. 
 Tom was also preceded in death by two infant sons, Junior and Matthew Mark, his parents, and two sister, Mary Wright and Vera Helm Grider. 
  Additional survivors include five sons, Tom Helm, New York City, Mike Helm, San Diego, CA, Dan Helm, Ryan Helm and Scott Helm all of Smithville; a daughter, Dorothy Deanne "Dottie" Lafferty, Kansas City; seven grandchildren; two brothers, Don Helm, Kansas  City and John Helm, Sugar Creek. 
 A celebration of Tom's life was held  Saturday, Sept. 1, 2001, at the First Baptist church of Smithville with burial in the High Ridge Cemetery, Stanberry. Arrangements were made by the Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Smithville. 
 Donations may be made to the American Cancer society or the Emmanuel Bible Church, Smithville. 

Harold F. Brewer
 Harold F. "Tad" Brewer, 88, Gower, passed away Aug. 29, 2001 at the home of his son in Kansas City North. 
 Mr. Brewer was born November 10, 1912 in Delphi, IN. He graduated from North Kansas City High School in 1931. He mar-ried Lucille Devling on December 19, 1934, she preceded him in death in November 1983. He was a Navy Veteran of World War II campaign in the Philippines from 1942-45. He worked for Ford Motor Company and Clay Appliance; he then was part owner of Brewer and Woodward Appliance Store and later was a salesman for Wilson Distributing Company before his retirement in the early 1970s. 
 After retirement, he bought and sold antiques and collectibles and was also an avid gardener. He moved to Gower in 1993 and lived there until his most recent ill-nesses associated with cancer. 
 He was preceded in death by his wife and also a brother, John Stewart Brewer. 
 He is survived by his son, Robert Brewer and his wife Patricia and two grandsons, Tad and David Brewer; also by his daughter Susan and her husband Jim Svoboda and three granddaugh-ters, Aubrey and Josie Svoboda, and Mindy Houck. 
 Funeral services were held Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2001 at Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Kansas City with burial in New Hope Cemetery, Liberty. Memorial contributions may be made to the church, Kansas city Hospice of the Northland or Cancer Action. 

John R. Kent
 John Reynolds Kent, 75, Alvin, TX, formerly of Plattsburg, passed away Aug. 19, 2001, at his home. 
 Graveside memorial service and inurnment will be held at 2pm, Sunday, Sept. 2, 2001 at Perrin Cemetery, northeast of Plattsburg. 

Randy Boswell
 Randy Boswell, 40, of Eureka Springs, AR, formerly of Edgerton and St. Joseph, passed away, Sunday, August 26, 2001, at a hospital in Springdale, AR, from injuries sustained in a vehicle ac-cident near Eureka Springs. 
 He was born on January 6, 1961 to Buddie and Virginia (Decker) Boswell in Kansas City. He grew up in Edgerton and in 1979 he graduated from East Buchanan High School where he was an all-conference basketball, baseball and football player, and was also an all-state punter for two-years. 
 Randy worked as an auto body shop manager in Kansas City and later St. Joseph. He later worked for Auto Damage Appraisals in Shawnee Mission, KS, and for many years he was in-volved in the family Union Mill Opry Country Music Show as a vocalist, drummer, and comedian. On April 27, 1991 he was united in mar-riage to J.  Danette Herbert Endsley. In 1998 they moved to Eureka springs, AR, where they owned and operated the Chalet Inn. She preceded him in death on August 18, 2001. 
 He was a member of the Grace Evangelical Church, St. Joseph and was a member of the Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce and the Eureka Springs Local Volunteer Fire Dept., and many other local organizations in Eureka Springs. Randy also played with organized baseball and softball teams in St. Joseph and Kansas City. 
 Randy was preceded in death by his wife, his paternal grandpar-ents, Ezra and Mattie Boswell, and maternal grandparents, Woodrow and Virginia Decker. 
 He is survived by one son, Zachary Boswell, of the home; two daughters, Tara and Regan Boswell, both of Ottawa, KS; a step-son, Tyler Endsley, St. Joseph; and infant grandson, Colby; his parents, Buddie and Virginia Boswell, Edgerton; three sisters, SuLin Sehorn, Lawrence, KS, Penni Sisk and Kandi Zuber, both of Idalou, TX; eight nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends. 
 Funeral services were held Wednesday, August 29, 2001 at the Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower with burial in the Ridgely Cemetery, Ridgely. 
 Donations maybe made to his children in care of Hixson-Klein Funeral Home. 

Lauren H. Fisher
 Lauren Hope Fisher, infant daughter of Derek and Shauna Fisher of Kansas City, died Friday, August 17, 2001, at a Kansas City hospital. 
 Survivors include her parents, Derek and Shauna Fisher of Kansas City; an infant brother, Brayden Fisher; two infant sisters, Madison  and Grace Fisher;  maternal grandparents Benjamin and Reha Ridgley IV of Plattsburg; paternal grandparents, Anthony and Glenna Calfas of Hamilton and Richard and Terrie Fisher of Scottsdale, AZ. 
 Graveside services were held Friday, August 24, 2001, at the Green Lawn Cemetery. Arrangements through the Cox Funeral Home, Plattsburg. 

John F. Rosenbaum
 John F. Rosenbaum, 75, of Plattsburg, died Monday, August 20, 2001 at a Liberty hospital after a lengthy illness. 
 Mr. Rosenbaum, worked for Clinton County Highway Department for 18 years. After his retirement he did odd jobs for a number of years. 
 Born January 9, 1926, near Stewartsville, he resided most of his life in the Keystone Community where he farmed. He moved to Plattsburg in 1976. 
 He married Barbara Cameron. They later divorced. 
 He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Mary Rosenbaum. 
 Survivors include four daughters, Anna Allen of Chicago, Donna Merrrigan of Conception Junction, Judy Moss of St. Joseph, and Lisa Rosenbaum of Gladstone; a son, David Rosenbaum of St. Joseph; his sister, Bonnie Sue Shipers of Bolckow; his brother, Montie Rosenbaum of Bolckow; and five grandchildren. 
 Services were held Thursday, August 23, 2001, at the Cox Funeral Home, with interment in Calvary Cemetery.  Cox  Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. 

Albert J. Wilber
 Albert J. Wilber, 85, died Monday, August 20, 2001, at home in Lee's Summit. He had previously lived in Kansas City, KS, Excelsior Springs and Lathrop. 
 Albert was born on August 29, 1915, in rural Duanesburg, Schenectady County, New York, the son of Ertha Wilty and Roscoe Wilber.  He grew up on farms near the small towns of Quaker Street and Delanson, NY and was active in 4-H. He graduated as salutatorian of Delanson High School in 1934. 
 In 1936, he enlisted in the US Army and completed the Meteorological Observer Course at the Signal Corps School, Ft. Monmouth, NJ, in 1937. He served at Ft. Leavenworth in the Third Weather Squadron of the Army Air Corps. After completing weather school at Patterson Field, Fairfield, OH, in 1938, he was on the staff of the weather stations at Ft. Leavenworth and Ft. Sill, OK. 
 On August 2, 1941, he married Barbara Butler of Kansas City, KS. He built the family home on Tenth Street near Parkwood Park in 1951. 
 His career included weather forecasting for TWA, cabinet making, home construction and from 1955 to 1969 he worked as a carpenter at Russell Stover Candies, Kansas City. After retirement he worked from 1976 to 1981 as a carpenter at William Jewell College, Liberty. 
 Albert was a member of Western Highlands Presbyterian Church in Kansas City, KS, for over 20 years and served as both elder and deacon. From 1979, to the present he was a member of the United Christian and Presbyterian Church of Lawson, where he served as both elder and was always willing to tackle any maintenance or remodeling problem. 
 He enjoyed reading, gardening, bird watching, ice skating, trips to see covered bridges, and family softball, croquet, shuffleboard and pin-pong games. He loved music and taught himself to play the keyboard in his 70s. This past year he took ballroom dancing and enjoyed dance parties with his wife. His uniquely designed birdhouses are enjoyed by friends, relatives and birds in many states. 
 As a boy he received his first carpentry tools as a gift from his grandfather Wilber. Building became his passion. This year, even though in poor health, he designed and built an arbor for the outdoor wedding of granddaughter Yvonne Fee. 
 Albert will be remembered s strength of character, his dry wit, his willingness to help others, his expertise as a builder, craftsman, and fix-it man, and his love for a dish of old-fashioned vanilla ice cream. 
 He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Barbara Wilber; son James Wilber and Joyce of Indianapolis; daughters, Wynne Peterson and Paul of Lathrop, April Hackathorn and David of New Martinsville, WV; grandchildren, Yvonne Fee and Ken, Casey Hacksthorn, Lewis Ray, Jr and Sherri, Nate Hackathorn, Alec Ray and Heather, Melanie Dorsey and Brian, Aaron Wilber, Jeremy Wilber, Adam Peterson and Eric Peterson; his twin sister, Alice Mott of Duanesburg, NY and his brother, Gideon Wilber of Albany, NY; many nieces, nephews, and friends. 
 A Memorial Service was held following visitation on Thursday, August 23,  at 7pm with private graveside services on Friday, August 24, at Memorial Park Cemetery Kansas City, KS. Arrangements were by Bailey Funeral Home, Lathrop. Memorial contributions may be made to the church at PO Box 225, Lawson, MO 64062 or to the Kansas City Hospice, 1625 West 92nd St., Kansas City, MO 64114. 

Fred W. Woodruff Sr.
 Fred W. Woodruff Sr., 64, St. Joseph, died Friday, Aug. 10, 2001, at his residence. 
 Mr. Woodruff was a mainte-nance worker. He served in the Air Force. He was of the Christian faith. 
 He was preceded in death by his parents, Gerald and Katherine; and two sisters, Frieda Guess and Geraldine Scott. 
 Survivors include a son, Frederick W. Jr., Cosby; a daugh-ter, Kathy Stover, Helena; a step-daughter, Marilyn Aragon, Thornton, CO; a brother, Gerald Woodruff, Plattsburg; two sisters, Judy McNett and Janice Dinwiddle, both of St. Joseph, and seven grandchildren. 
 The body has been cremated. Inurnment will be at a later date at the Odd Fellows Public Cemetery, St. Joseph. Memorials  may be given to the donor's choice. 

Everett O. Brown, Sr.
 Everett O. Brown, Sr., 93, of North Kansas City, died Wednesday, August 8, 2001. 
 Mr. Brown was preceded in death by his wife, Roma Louise Brown and a son, B. Gene Brown. 
 Survivors include two sons, E.O. Brown, Jr., LaCygne, KS and Loyd R. Brown, Kansas City; a daughter, Corrine Riekhoff, Salt Lake City, Ut, 13 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. 
 Funeral services were held Monday, August 13 at the First Baptist Church, North Kansas City with burial in Mt. Moriah Terrace Park Cemetery. 
 As a long time member of the First Baptist Church, the family suggests memorials  to the church at 2205 Iron, in lieu of flowers. 
Beatrice V. Steinhauser 
 Beatrice Veronica (Handley) Steinhauser, 90, Stanberry, died Monday, Aug. 6, 2001, at a health-care center in Stanberry. 
 Born April 7, 1911, in Ford City, MO, Mrs. Steinhauser, a homemaker, was a member of St. Columba's Catholic Church in Conception Junction. 
 On Feb. 13, 1934, she mar-ried Leonard G. Steinhauser in Stanberry. They farmed in Gentry and Nodaway Counties. He died in 1981. 
 Mrs. Steinhauser also was preceded in death by her parents, William and Maryann Handley; six sisters, Agnes Conrad, Lucy LaJoie, Elma McCann, Honora Steinhauser, Margaret Lawler, and Roberta Handley; and three brothers, James, Frank, and Thomas Handley. 
 Suriviors include six sons, James, William and Donald, all of Stanberry, Lawrence, Clinton, Robert Little Rock and John, Blue Springs; a daughter, Mary Ann Barmann, Plattsburg; a brother, Lawrence Handley, King City; a sister, Elizabeth Wiederholt, Maryville; 17 grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. 
 Mass of Christian burial is be-ing held today, Thursday, August 9, 2001, at St. Columba Catholic Church, Conception Junction with burial in Mount Calvary, Stanberry. Arrangements by Johnson Funeral Home, Stanberry. 

Joyce A. Lynch
 Joyce Ann Ogilvie Lynch, 51, of Platte City, formerly of Lathrop, died Sunday, Aug. 5th, 2001 at her residence. Mrs. Lynch was born April 13, 1950 in Lathrop. 
 Mrs. Lynch attended school in Lathrop and Plattsburg, where she graduated in 1968. She was a member of the Davis Temple Pentecostal Church in Plattsburg. There she served as president of the usher board and Sunday School member and assistant fi-nancial officer. Mrs. Lynch was employed by the United States Postal Service where she re-ceived her 25 year pin in April 2001. She was also a member of the postal union. 
 On Sept. 12, 1984 she married Melvin Lynch. He survives of the home. 
 Mrs. Lynch was preceded in death by her parents William Howard and Beulah (May) Ogilvie, two brothers, David and Claiborne Ogilvie; a sister Elaine Ogilvie. 
 Survivors include her husband, Melvin Lynch of the home; two daughters, Jamiel Lynch of  the home and Diana Ogilvie of Gladstone; two step-children, Sherri Flowers of Kansas City and Andre Lynch of Dallas, TX; three sisters, Saretta Grayson of Lathrop, Wanda Alexander of Kansas City, Rosetta Robinson of Detroit, MI; three brothers, Wayne Ogilvie of Victorville, CA, Cecil Ogilvie of Oakland CA and Oliver (Gene) Ogilvie of Kansas City; six grandchildren. 
 Funeral services will be held Friday, August 10, 2001, at 11am at the Davis Temple Pentecostal Church, Plattsburg. Family Visitation will be held Thursday, Aug. 9, 2001 from 7-8:30pm at the Cox Funeral Home, Plattsburg. Burial will be in the Mt. Washington Cemetery, Plattsburg. Friends may call any time after 10am Thursday, at the Cox Funeral Home. The family suggests memorial gifts to the Usher Board Dept. of the Davis Temple Pentecostal Church. Arrangements by Cox Funeral home, Plattsburg. 

Gladys L. Davis
 Gladys L. Davis, 64, Kansas City, died Thursday, Aug. 2, 2001, at a Kansas City health-care cen-ter. 
 Born in Atlanta, KS on January 6, 1937, Mrs. Davis was employed as a secretary in Wichita, KS be-fore her marriage to Richard Davis on April 9, 1961. They lived in Chicago for 12 years and Kansas City since that time. Mrs. Davis was a member of the Gashland United Methodist Church. 
 In 1988, she received her RN Associate Degree and worked part-time at a doctors office and Spelman hospital. 
 Mrs. Davis was preceded in death by her parents, Calvin and Mabel Holt. 
 Survivors include her hus-band Richard of the home; two sons, Don, Tulsa and Scott, St. Joseph; six grandchildren; 5 brothers; one sister. 
 Memorial service was held at the Gashland United Methodist Church, Kansas City, Saturday, August 11, 2001. The body has been cremated. Memorials maybe made to Gashland United Methodist Church, 7715 N Oak, Kansas City, MO 64118. 

Marguerite Gantz
 Marguerite Gantz, 104, was born October 7, 1896 and died July 31, 2001. She was born in Stewartsville and lived there until moving to Plattsburg in 1997.  She was a graduate of Stewartsville High School. She was a member of Culbertson Chapel United Methodist Church, where she was active in United Methodist Women and was a for-mer Sunday School teacher.  She was a member of the Garden Club and DeKalb County Republican Committee and Election Board.  She took over the Gantz Lumber Yard at the death of her father.  She also was a cattle farmer in the Stewartsville area. 
 She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Nell Gantz; and two sisters, Cordelia Gantz and Rufina Hatch.  She is survived by a niece, Janet Dunlap, St. Louis. 
     Marguerite was a cousin to Clara Kibbey and Violet Kibbey, who both lived to 100 or past.  Clara died at 106 and Violet at 100.  Her sister, Cordelia lived to 102. Marguerite will be sorely missed. 
 Graveside service and burial was held  Thursday, Aug. 2, 2001, at the Stewartsville Cemetery. Arrangements were made by the Bram-Summerfield Funeral Home, Stewartsville. Memorials may be made to her church. 

Ruben W. VanCleave
 Ruben Warren VanCleave, age 84, passed away Monday, July 30, 2001 at the Cameron Community Hospital in Cameron. 
 Ruben was born January 31, 1917 in Meeker, CO and had lived in Lathrop since 1990. He was united in marriage to Mary W. Lanz in Garden City, MO and she pre-ceded him in death in 1997. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Cameron and was  retired Machinist Inspector in the Defense Industry. 
 He was preceded in death by his parents, Emmert and Alice Leona VanCleave; one step-son, Jesse Strong and one step-daughter, Paula Jean VanCleave. 
 Survivors include three sons, John VanCleave of Cameron, Tom VanCleave of Arkansas, and Robert VanCleave of Texas; a step-son, Fred Strong, unknown, one daughter, Janice West of Arkansas, two step-daughters, Patricia Davis of Lawson and Sue Strong, unknown; two sisters, Edna Stoval of Rifle, CO and Virginia Harper of Denver, CO; 10 grandchildren and 2 great-grand-children. 
 Funeral services were held Friday, August 3, 2001 at the Bailey Funeral Home, Lathrop with interment in the Lathrop Cemetery in Lathrop. 

Robert M. Huber
 Robert M. Huber, 80, St. Joseph, died Friday, July 27, 2001, at a St. Joseph health care center. 
 Mr. Huber was a warehouse foreman for the former Missouri Water and Steam Co. for 30 years, retiring in 1978. 
 Born Feb. 1, 1921, in Sparks, KS, he was raised in Moray, KS and resided in St. Joseph most of his life. 
 During World War II he served in the Army in the Pacific Theater. 
 Mr. Huber was  member of I.O.O.F., in Agency; a former member of the Moose Lodge; Eagles Lodge Aerie No. 49; Cpl. Fred Seifert Post No. 1668; Veteran of Foreign Wars, and the American Legion. 
 He was preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin P. and Mary O.; three brothers, Frank Huber, Eugene Huber and William Huber; and four sisters, Beatrice Judd, Dorothy Brook, Ruby Gibson, and Helen Lyle. 
 Survivors include four sons, Barry Huber, Gower, David Huber, St. Joseph, Steven Huber, DeBary, FL and Dennis Huber, Lee's Summit; five sisters, Edna Houland, Topeka, Ida Mae Stewart, Auburn, NE, Maudie Jones and Maxine Clark, both of St. Joseph and Mary Clark of Easton; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. 
 The body has been cremated under the direction of Meierhoffer Family Funeral Service, St. Joseph. 

Joyce M. Burnett
 Joyce M. Burnett, 35, of Waterloo, IA, passed away, Thursday, July 26, 2001, in Hannibal, MO. 
 She was born on August 29, 1965, to Walter Thomas, Sr. and lola Faye (Cardwell) Burnett, (formerly of Smithville), in Panama City, FL. Joyce grew up and attended school in Des Moines, IA and graduated from Lincoln High School in Des Moines. After her graduation she lived in Des Moines until 1992 when she moved to Armorell, AR and in 1993 she moved to Waterloo where she made her home. 
 Joyce delivered the newspaper in Waterloo for many years. 
 She was a member of the Crossroads Assembly of God Church in Waterloo. 
 Joyce was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Buril and Bessie Burnett and her maternal grandfather, Curtis Lee Cardwell. 
 She is survived by her parents, Walter, Sr. and Lola Burnett;  two brothers, Robert Burnett and Walter Thomas Burnett, Jr.; her maternal grandmother, Martha Marie Cardwell (formerly of Smithville) all of Blytheville, AR; a special friend, Mark Horstman of the home; aunt and uncle, Willie and Pam Little, Richmond, VI; an aunt, Anna Mascaro, Des Moines; and several cousins. 
 Graveside services and burial was held Tuesday, July 31st at the Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Smithville with Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Smithville in charge of arrangements. 

Mildred L. Henry
 Mildred Lane (Nickerson) Henry, 76, of Liberty,  formerly of Plattsburg, died July 24, 2001. 
  She was born November 2, 1924, in Bethany, MO, to Clayton and Chloe Nickerson. Mildred was educated in Bethany Schools and became a teacher in the County Schools in Harrison Country. 
 In 1948 she married Lawerence E. Henry and they had two children, David and Latricia. Soon after their marriage they moved to Plattsburg, Missouri. Mildred's great love for teaching continued. She taught kindergarten for 10 years. She later worked for Halferty Bros. and retired from Farmers Mutual Ins. Company in 1990. 
     Mildred and Lawerence moved to Liberty, Missouri in 1992 to be closer to their children. 
     She is survived by her husband of 53 years, a son David of Liberty, MO, and a daughter Latricia Wasmer of Independence; a sister Marilyn and husband Kenny Williams of Salem, MO; a granddaughter Amber Wasmer and two grandsons Tyler Wasmer and Shawn Henry. 
     She was preceded in death by her mother and father and an infant son Danny and her brother Marvin Nickerson. 
     Services were held at 11am, Friday July 27, 2001 at Cox Funeral Home Plattsburg. Family visitation will be one hour prior at the funeral home. Friends may call any time after 2pm, on Thursday July 26, 2001. Burial will be at Miriam Cemetery, Bethany, MO. Family suggests donations be made to First Baptist Church Preschooi Plattsburg, MO or to Second Baptist Church-Preschool in Liberty. Arrangements by Cox Funeral Home, Plattsburg. 

Marjorie K. Skusa
     Marjorie Kinston Skusa passed away at Cameron Hospital on Monday, July 23, 2001 at age 79. 
  Born in Shelbyville, IL, she had been a resident of Stewartsville for 25 years.  She was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Easton; Chapter No 175, Order of the Eastern Star, Stewartsville; and American Poetry Society.  She was a volunteer for the K-9 Search and Rescue Unit, which covers Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa and Kansas; and was a tax preparer for senior citizens through Interfaith Community Services in St. Joseph.  Marjorie was a published poet and song writer. 
     On Nov. 28, 1941, she married Henry E. Skusa in St. Genevieve, MO. He survives at the home.  She and Henry spent many years stationed in the Far East and her Poetry memorializes this. 
    Survivors include a son, David, Orlando, FL; a daughter, Carol J. Chelin, Murray, NE; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. 
 Services were held Wednesday, July 25, 2001 at Bram-Summerfield Funeral Home.  Burial will be at a later date at Franklin, IL. 

Robert D. Bob Smith
 Robert D. "Bob" Smith, 47, of Plattsburg, formerly of Edgerton, died Monday, July 16, 2001, at Clinton Care and Rehab. 
 Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Edgerton. Burial will be at Ridgley Cemetery. Visita-tion will be Wednesday at the Fu-neral Home at Edgerton. 

Carol A. Martinez
 Carol Ann (Hartman) Martinez, 57, St. Joseph , died Friday, July 13, 2001, at her resi-dence. 
 Born in Plattsburg on Nov. 14, 1943, Mrs. Martinez had lived most of her life in St. Joseph. 
 She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in St. Joseph. 
 On Jan. 31, 1961, she mar-ried Dennis Martinez in Plattsburg. He survives of the home. 
 Mrs. Martinez was preceded in death by her parents, Norman and Lela Hartman; four brothers, Howard, Charles, Harold and Willis Hartman and three sister, Dorothy Sousley, Alma Pinion and Norma Bennington. 
 Survivors include four sons, Dennis Jr., Ozark and Steven, Ricky and Timmy, all of St. Joseph; a daughter Raven Martinez, St. Joseph; three brothers, Jim Hartman, Miami, OK, Jerry Hartman, Cameron, and Danny Hartman, St. Louis; three sister, Wilma Hiatt and Mary Jones, both of Gladstone and Della Crockett, Chula Vista, CA and four grandchildren. 
 Memorial service will be held at a later date. The body has been cremated with arrange-ments made at the Rupp Funeral Home, St. Joseph. Memorials may be made to the Hands of Hope Hospice in St. Joseph. 

Cora M. Swope
 Cora Mae Swope, 77, of Excelsior Springs, passed away Monday, July 9, 2001, at the Liberty Hospital. 
 Cora was born September 10, 1923 in Cedar County and had lived in the Converse, Lathrop and Excelsior Springs areas most of her life. She was a homemaker and a member of the Senior Citizen's Club Community Center in Excelsior Springs. 
 On May 27, 1943, she was united in marriage to Ivan Albert Swope in Richmond. He pre-ceded her in death in April of 1976. Also preceding her in death were her parents, James and Ella Jane Moulder Swindler; four brothers, Leslie, Elmer, George and Noval Swindler and a sister, Bessie Gannaway. 
 Survivors include nine sons, Hubert Swope of Trimble, Ivan Swope of Braymer, Glen Swope of Eldorado, KS, Gene Swope and Robert Swope, both of Excelsior Springs, John Swope of Tea, SD, Tim Swope of Cameron, Tommy Swope of Moberly and Dave Swope of Lexington; two daughters, Anna Swope and Mary McMillan, both of Excelsior Springs; a brother, Ray Swindler of Platte City; a sister, Clara Swope of Maysville; 32 grandchildren and 38 great-grandchildren. 
 Funeral services were held Friday, July 13, 2001 at the Bailey Funeral Home, Lathrop with interment in the Barnesville Cemetery near Lathrop. 

Erma F. Anderson
 Erma Faye Anderson, 72, of Lathrop passed away Monday, July 9, 2001, at the Liberty Hospital. 
 Faye was born July 16, 1928, in Ray County. She was a gradu-ate of Lawson High school. 
 Faye was united in marriage to Jewell Anderson in March, 1946. He survives of the home. 
 Preceding her in death were her parents, Elza Lenoah and Martha Theola Gulley Green; two sister, Thelma Jackson and Marie Dykes; two brothers, Eldon Green and Ray Green. 
 Survivors include two daugh-ters, Carolyn Kaske of Kansas City and Jill O'Connell of Kearney; three sons, Larry Anderson of Richmond, Donald Anderson of Turney and Philip Anderson of Kearney; a brother Merle Green of Excelsior Springs; 16 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. 
 Funeral services were held Thursday, July 12, 2001 at the Bailey Funeral Home in Lathrop with interment in the Converse Cemetery near Lathrop. 

Dixie Ivy
 Dixie "Sherburn" Ivy, age 60, of Kearney, passed away Saturday, July 7, 2001 at her home in Kearney. 
 Dixie was born, July 6, 1941, in Kansas City and had lived most of her life in the Holt area. 
  She was preceded in death by her father, Dick Ivy and a brother, Robbie Ivy. 
 Survivors include her loving companion, Bill McDougal of the home; two sons, Randy Bush of Kearney and Shelby Bush of Kansas City, KS; two daughters, Shari Ellison of Liberty and Kathy Bush of Lathrop; her mother, Velva Ivy of Kearney; two brothers, Ray Ivy of New Boston and Jack Ivy of Springfield; two sisters, Lida Johnson of Cameron and Carol King of Lathrop; 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. 
 Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 10, 2001 at the Morris Bailey Chapel, Holt with interment in the Antioch Cemetery, Holt. 
 

William E. Beechner
 William E. Beechner, age 83, formerly of Holt, passed away Thursday, July 5, 2001 at the Lathrop; Health Care Facility in Lathrop. 
 Bill was born September 10, 1917, in Holt and had lived all his life in the Holt area. He had worked as a carpenter for Porter Lumber in Kearney before retiring. 
 He was united in marriage to Hazel Shanks on February 14, 1939, in Holt and she survives of the home. 
 Bill was one of the founders and the first Fire Chief of the Holt Volunteer Fire Department and was a founder of the first Ambulance Service in Holt. He was a member of the Holt First Baptist Church. He had served in the Army in WWII and was a member of the Holt American Legion Post. 
 Preceding him in death were his parents, Earl and Lulu Williams Beechner. 
 Survivors include a daughter, Janice Hopkins of Lathrop; a brother, John Beechner of Mooresville; four sisters, Orena Wilson of Plattsburg, Elena Moss of Washington State, Norma Kraft and Lora Price both of Buffalo; three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. 
 Funeral services were held Monday, July 9, 2001 at the Holt First Baptist Church with interment in the Antioch Cemetery near Holt.  Morris Bailey  Chapel, Holt, was in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Holt Community Fire Protection District, PO Box 225, Holt, MO 64048. 

Letha T. Herbert
 Letha T. Herbert, 97, Plattsburg, formerly of St. Joseph, died Sunday, July 1, 2001 at a Plattsburg health care center. 
 Born March 29, 1904, on a farm near Lathrop, she moved to St. Joseph in 1924, when she entered nurse's training at the former Missouri Methodist Hospital. She was active in the nursing field for 50 years working at Dr. Allen I. Herman's office her last 26 years, retiring in 1974. 
 Mrs. Herbert was a member of Ashland United Methodist Church; St. Joseph Garden Club; Questers, Westward Ho Chapter; American Nurses Association; Missouri State Nurses Association and the American Red Cross. 
 On September 14, 1934, she married John Herbert. He preceded her in death on March 31, 1971. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Dudley and Bertha Trotter and her brother, J.D. Trotter in 1976. 
 Survivors include her sister-in-law, Betty Trotter, Plattsburg; five nieces and nephews, Joe Trotter, John Trotter and Debbie Stout all of Plattsburg, Jim Trotter of Liberty and Jeff Trotter of Kearney; and eleven great-nieces and nephews. 
 Services are being held Thursday, July 5, 2001 at the Meierhoffer Family Funeral Service, St. Joseph with interment in Memorial Park Cemetery. The family suggests memorial gifts to Ashland United Methodist Church or to a charity of the donor's choice. 

Fred W. Woodruff Sr.
 Fred W. Woodruff Sr., 64, St. Joseph, died Friday, Aug. 10, 2001, at his residence. 
 Mr. Woodruff was a mainte-nance worker. He served in the Air Force. He was of the Christian faith. 
 He was preceded in death by his parents, Gerald and Katherine; and two sisters, Frieda Guess and Geraldine Scott. 
 Survivors include a son, Frederick W. Jr., Cosby; a daugh-ter, Kathy Stover, Helena; a step-daughter, Marilyn Aragon, Thornton, CO; a brother, Gerald Woodruff, Plattsburg; two sisters, Judy McNett and Janice Dinwiddle, both of St. Joseph, and seven grandchildren. 
 The body has been cremated. Inurnment will be at a later date at the Odd Fellows Public Cemetery, St. Joseph. Memorials  may be given to the donor's choice. 

Everett O. Brown, Sr.
 Everett O. Brown, Sr., 93, of North Kansas City, died Wednesday, August 8, 2001. 
 Mr. Brown was preceded in death by his wife, Roma Louise Brown and a son, B. Gene Brown. 
 Survivors include two sons, E.O. Brown, Jr., LaCygne, KS and Loyd R. Brown, Kansas City; a daughter, Corrine Riekhoff, Salt Lake City, Ut, 13 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. 
 Funeral services were held Monday, August 13 at the First Baptist Church, North Kansas City with burial in Mt. Moriah Terrace Park Cemetery. 
 As a long time member of the First Baptist Church, the family suggests memorials  to the church at 2205 Iron, in lieu of flowers. 

Joyce A. Lynch
 Joyce Ann Ogilvie Lynch, 51, of Platte City, formerly of Lathrop, died Sunday, Aug. 5th, 2001 at her residence. Mrs. Lynch was born April 13, 1950 in Lathrop. 
 Mrs. Lynch attended school in Lathrop and Plattsburg, where she graduated in 1968. She was a member of the Davis Temple Pentecostal Church in Plattsburg. There she served as president of the usher board and Sunday School member and assistant fi-nancial officer. Mrs. Lynch was employed by the United States Postal Service where she re-ceived her 25 year pin in April 2001. She was also a member of the postal union. 
 On Sept. 12, 1984 she mar-ried Melvin Lynch. He survives of the home. 
 Mrs. Lynch was preceded in death by her parents William Howard and Beulah (May) Ogilvie, two brothers, David and Claiborne Ogilvie; a sister Elaine Ogilvie. 
 Survivors include her hus-band, Melvin Lynch of the home; two daughters, Jamiel Lynch of  the home and Diana Ogilvie of Gladstone; two step-children, Sherri Flowers of Kansas City and Andre Lynch of Dallas, TX; three sisters, Saretta Grayson of Lathrop, Wanda Alexander of Kansas City, Rosetta Robinson of Detroit, MI; three brothers, Wayne Ogilvie of Victorville, CA, Cecil Ogilvie of Oakland CA and Oliver (Gene) Ogilvie of Kansas City; six grandchildren. 
 Funeral services will be held Friday, August 10, 2001, at 11am at the Davis Temple Pentecostal Church, Plattsburg. Family Visitation will be held Thursday, Aug. 9, 2001 from 7-8:30pm at the Cox Funeral Home, Plattsburg. Burial will be in the Mt. Washington Cemetery, Plattsburg. Friends may call any time after 10am Thursday, at the Cox Funeral Home. The family suggests memorial gifts to the Usher Board Dept. of the Davis Temple Pentecostal Church. Arrangements by Cox Funeral home, Plattsburg. 

Gladys L. Davis
 Gladys L. Davis, 64, Kansas City, died Thursday, Aug. 2, 2001, at a Kansas City health-care cen-ter. 
 Born in Atlanta, KS on January 6, 1937, Mrs. Davis was employed as a secretary in Wichita, KS be-fore her marriage to Richard Davis on April 9, 1961. They lived in Chicago for 12 years and Kansas City since that time. Mrs. Davis was a member of the Gashland United Methodist Church. 
 In 1988, she received her RN Associate Degree and worked part-time at a doctors office and Spelman hospital. 
 Mrs. Davis was preceded in death by her parents, Calvin and Mabel Holt. 
 Survivors include her hus-band Richard of the home; two sons, Don, Tulsa and Scott, St. Joseph; six grandchildren; 5 brothers; one sister. 
 Memorial service was held at the Gashland United Methodist Church, Kansas City, Saturday, August 11, 2001. The body has been cremated. Memorials maybe made to Gashland United Methodist Church, 7715 N Oak, Kansas City, MO 64118. 

Marguerite Gantz
 Marguerite Gantz, 104, was born October 7, 1896 and died July 31, 2001. She was born in Stewartsville and lived there until moving to Plattsburg in 1997.  She was a graduate of Stewartsville High School. She was a member of Culbertson Chapel United Methodist Church, where she was active in United Methodist Women and was a for-mer Sunday School teacher.  She was a member of the Garden Club and DeKalb County Republican Committee and Election Board.  She took over the Gantz Lumber Yard at the death of her father.  She also was a cattle farmer in the Stewartsville area. 
 She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Nell Gantz; and two sisters, Cordelia Gantz and Rufina Hatch.  She is survived by a niece, Janet Dunlap, St. Louis. 
     Marguerite was a cousin to Clara Kibbey and Violet Kibbey, who both lived to 100 or past.  Clara died at 106 and Violet at 100.  Her sister, Cordelia lived to 102. Marguerite will be sorely missed. 
 Graveside service and burial was held  Thursday, Aug. 2, 2001, at the Stewartsville Cemetery. Arrangements were made by the Bram-Summerfield Funeral Home, Stewartsville. Memorials may be made to her church. 

Ruben W. VanCleave
 Ruben Warren VanCleave, age 84, passed away Monday, July 30, 2001 at the Cameron Community Hospital in Cameron. 
 Ruben was born January 31, 1917 in Meeker, CO and had lived in Lathrop since 1990. He was united in marriage to Mary W. Lanz in Garden City, MO and she pre-ceded him in death in 1997. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Cameron and was  retired Machinist Inspector in the Defense Industry. 
 He was preceded in death by his parents, Emmert and Alice Leona VanCleave; one step-son, Jesse Strong and one step-daughter, Paula Jean VanCleave. 
 Survivors include three sons, John VanCleave of Cameron, Tom VanCleave of Arkansas, and Robert VanCleave of Texas; a step-son, Fred Strong, unknown, one daughter, Janice West of Arkansas, two step-daughters, Patricia Davis of Lawson and Sue Strong, unknown; two sisters, Edna Stoval of Rifle, CO and Virginia Harper of Denver, CO; 10 grandchildren and 2 great-grand-children. 
 Funeral services were held Friday, August 3, 2001 at the Bailey Funeral Home, Lathrop with interment in the Lathrop Cemetery in Lathrop. 

Robert M. Huber
 Robert M. Huber, 80, St. Joseph, died Friday, July 27, 2001, at a St. Joseph health care center. 
 Mr. Huber was a warehouse foreman for the former Missouri Water and Steam Co. for 30 years, retiring in 1978. 
 Born Feb. 1, 1921, in Sparks, KS, he was raised in Moray, KS and resided in St. Joseph most of his life. 
 During World War II he served in the Army in the Pacific Theater. 
 Mr. Huber was  member of I.O.O.F., in Agency; a former member of the Moose Lodge; Eagles Lodge Aerie No. 49; Cpl. Fred Seifert Post No. 1668; Veteran of Foreign Wars, and the American Legion. 
 He was preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin P. and Mary O.; three brothers, Frank Huber, Eugene Huber and William Huber; and four sisters, Beatrice Judd, Dorothy Brook, Ruby Gibson, and Helen Lyle. 
 Survivors include four sons, Barry Huber, Gower, David Huber, St. Joseph, Steven Huber, DeBary, FL and Dennis Huber, Lee's Summit; five sisters, Edna Houland, Topeka, Ida Mae Stewart, Auburn, NE, Maudie Jones and Maxine Clark, both of St. Joseph and Mary Clark of Easton; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. 
 The body has been cremated under the direction of Meierhoffer Family Funeral Service, St. Joseph. 

Joyce M. Burnett
 Joyce M. Burnett, 35, of Waterloo, IA, passed away, Thursday, July 26, 2001, in Hannibal, MO. 
 She was born on August 29, 1965, to Walter Thomas, Sr. and lola Faye (Cardwell) Burnett, (formerly of Smithville), in Panama City, FL. Joyce grew up and attended school in Des Moines, IA and graduated from Lincoln High School in Des Moines. After her graduation she lived in Des Moines until 1992 when she moved to Armorell, AR and in 1993 she moved to Waterloo where she made her home. 
 Joyce delivered the newspaper in Waterloo for many years. 
 She was a member of the Crossroads Assembly of God Church in Waterloo. 
 Joyce was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Buril and Bessie Burnett and her maternal grandfather, Curtis Lee Cardwell. 
 She is survived by her parents, Walter, Sr. and Lola Burnett;  two brothers, Robert Burnett and Walter Thomas Burnett, Jr.; her maternal grandmother, Martha Marie Cardwell (formerly of Smithville) all of Blytheville, AR; a special friend, Mark Horstman of the home; aunt and uncle, Willie and Pam Little, Richmond, VI; an aunt, Anna Mascaro, Des Moines; and several cousins. 
 Graveside services and burial was held Tuesday, July 31st at the Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Smithville with Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Smithville in charge of arrangements. 

Mildred L. Henry
 Mildred Lane (Nickerson) Henry, 76, of Liberty,  formerly of Plattsburg, died July 24, 2001. 
  She was born November 2, 1924, in Bethany, MO, to Clayton and Chloe Nickerson. Mildred was educated in Bethany Schools and became a teacher in the County Schools in Harrison Country. 
 In 1948 she married Lawerence E. Henry and they had two children, David and Latricia. Soon after their marriage they moved to Plattsburg, Missouri. Mildred's great love for teaching continued. She taught kindergarten for 10 years. She later worked for Halferty Bros. and retired from Farmers Mutual Ins. Company in 1990. 
     Mildred and Lawerence moved to Liberty, Missouri in 1992 to be closer to their children. 
     She is survived by her husband of 53 years, a son David of Liberty, MO, and a daughter Latricia Wasmer of Independence; a sister Marilyn and husband Kenny Williams of Salem, MO; a granddaughter Amber Wasmer and two grandsons Tyler Wasmer and Shawn Henry. 
     She was preceded in death by her mother and father and an infant son Danny and her brother Marvin Nickerson. 
     Services were held at 11am, Friday July 27, 2001 at Cox Funeral Home Plattsburg. Family visitation will be one hour prior at the funeral home. Friends may call any time after 2pm, on Thursday July 26, 2001. Burial will be at Miriam Cemetery, Bethany, MO. Family suggests donations be made to First Baptist Church Preschooi Plattsburg, MO or to Second Baptist Church-Preschool in Liberty. Arrangements by Cox Funeral Home, Plattsburg. 

Marjorie K. Skusa
     Marjorie Kinston Skusa passed away at Cameron Hospital on Monday, July 23, 2001 at age 79. 
  Born in Shelbyville, IL, she had been a resident of Stewartsville for 25 years.  She was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Easton; Chapter No 175, Order of the Eastern Star, Stewartsville; and American Poetry Society.  She was a volunteer for the K-9 Search and Rescue Unit, which covers Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa and Kansas; and was a tax preparer for senior citizens through Interfaith Community Services in St. Joseph.  Marjorie was a published poet and song writer. 
     On Nov. 28, 1941, she married Henry E. Skusa in St. Genevieve, MO. He survives at the home.  She and Henry spent many years stationed in the Far East and her Poetry memorializes this. 
    Survivors include a son, David, Orlando, FL; a daughter, Carol J. Chelin, Murray, NE; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. 
 Services were held Wednesday, July 25, 2001 at Bram-Summerfield Funeral Home.  Burial will be at a later date at Franklin, IL. 

Robert D. Bob Smith
 Robert D. "Bob" Smith, 47, of Plattsburg, formerly of Edgerton, died Monday, July 16, 2001, at Clinton Care and Rehab. 
 Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Edgerton. Burial will be at Ridgley Cemetery. Visita-tion will be Wednesday at the Fu-neral Home at Edgerton. 

Carol A. Martinez
 Carol Ann (Hartman) Martinez, 57, St. Joseph , died Friday, July 13, 2001, at her resi-dence. 
 Born in Plattsburg on Nov. 14, 1943, Mrs. Martinez had lived most of her life in St. Joseph. 
 She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in St. Joseph. 
 On Jan. 31, 1961, she mar-ried Dennis Martinez in Plattsburg. He survives of the home. 
 Mrs. Martinez was preceded in death by her parents, Norman and Lela Hartman; four brothers, Howard, Charles, Harold and Willis Hartman and three sister, Dorothy Sousley, Alma Pinion and Norma Bennington. 
 Survivors include four sons, Dennis Jr., Ozark and Steven, Ricky and Timmy, all of St. Joseph; a daughter Raven Martinez, St. Joseph; three brothers, Jim Hartman, Miami, OK, Jerry Hartman, Cameron, and Danny Hartman, St. Louis; three sister, Wilma Hiatt and Mary Jones, both of Gladstone and Della Crockett, Chula Vista, CA and four grandchildren. 
 Memorial service will be held at a later date. The body has been cremated with arrange-ments made at the Rupp Funeral Home, St. Joseph. Memorials may be made to the Hands of Hope Hospice in St. Joseph. 

Cora M. Swope
 Cora Mae Swope, 77, of Excelsior Springs, passed away Monday, July 9, 2001, at the Liberty Hospital. 
 Cora was born September 10, 1923 in Cedar County and had lived in the Converse, Lathrop and Excelsior Springs areas most of her life. She was a homemaker and a member of the Senior Citizen's Club Community Center in Excelsior Springs. 
 On May 27, 1943, she was united in marriage to Ivan Albert Swope in Richmond. He pre-ceded her in death in April of 1976. Also preceding her in death were her parents, James and Ella Jane Moulder Swindler; four brothers, Leslie, Elmer, George and Noval Swindler and a sister, Bessie Gannaway. 
 Survivors include nine sons, Hubert Swope of Trimble, Ivan Swope of Braymer, Glen Swope of Eldorado, KS, Gene Swope and Robert Swope, both of Excelsior Springs, John Swope of Tea, SD, Tim Swope of Cameron, Tommy Swope of Moberly and Dave Swope of Lexington; two daughters, Anna Swope and Mary McMillan, both of Excelsior Springs; a brother, Ray Swindler of Platte City; a sis-ter, Clara Swope of Maysville; 32 grandchildren and 38 great-grandchildren. 
 Funeral services were held Friday, July 13, 2001 at the Bailey Funeral Home, Lathrop with interment in the Barnesville Cemetery near Lathrop. 

Erma F. Anderson
 Erma Faye Anderson, 72, of Lathrop passed away Monday, July 9, 2001, at the Liberty Hospital. 
 Faye was born July 16, 1928, in Ray County. She was a gradu-ate of Lawson High school. 
 Faye was united in marriage to Jewell Anderson in March, 1946. He survives of the home. 
 Preceding her in death were her parents, Elza Lenoah and Martha Theola Gulley Green; two sister, Thelma Jackson and Marie Dykes; two brothers, Eldon Green and Ray Green. 
 Survivors include two daugh-ters, Carolyn Kaske of Kansas City and Jill O'Connell of Kearney; three sons, Larry Anderson of Richmond, Donald Anderson of Turney and Philip Anderson of Kearney; a brother Merle Green of Excelsior Springs; 16 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. 
 Funeral services were held Thursday, July 12, 2001 at the Bailey Funeral Home in Lathrop with interment in the Converse Cemetery near Lathrop. 

Dixie Ivy
 Dixie "Sherburn" Ivy, age 60, of Kearney, passed away Saturday, July 7, 2001 at her home in Kearney. 
 Dixie was born, July 6, 1941, in Kansas City and had lived most of her life in the Holt area. 
  She was preceded in death by her father, Dick Ivy and a brother, Robbie Ivy. 
 Survivors include her loving companion, Bill McDougal of the home; two sons, Randy Bush of Kearney and Shelby Bush of Kansas City, KS; two daughters, Shari Ellison of Liberty and Kathy Bush of Lathrop; her mother, Velva Ivy of Kearney; two brothers, Ray Ivy of New Boston and Jack Ivy of Springfield; two sisters, Lida Johnson of Cameron and Carol King of Lathrop; 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. 
 Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 10, 2001 at the Morris Bailey Chapel, Holt with interment in the Antioch Cemetery, Holt. 

Aud McEntire
 Aud McEntire, age 93, of Kearney, passed away Friday, July 6, 2001, at the Liberty Hospital in Liberty. 
 Aud was born June 15, 1909 in Burno, AR and lived in the Holt and Kearney areas most of his life. He had been a farmer and had worked for Builder's Steel in North Kansas City for 27 years. He was a member of the Church of Christ in Kearney. 
 On December 18, 1939, he married Agnes Taylor in Harrison, AR and she survives of the home. 
 Preceding him in death were his parents, John and Lucy McEntire; four sisters, Ola Roberts, Bertha McEntire, Lou Adams and his twin sister, Oda Lowery and three brothers, Oliver Kenner, and Roy. 
 Survivors include three sons, Eugene McEntire and David McEntire, both of Kearney and J.W. McEntire of Excelsior Springs; a sister, Ruth Vanzant of Liberty; four grandchildren, 3 step-grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. 
 Funeral services were held Monday, July 9, 2001 at the Bailey Funeral Home, Lathrop with interment in the New Hope Cemetery near Holt. 

William E. Beechner
 William E. Beechner, age 83, formerly of Holt, passed away Thursday, July 5, 2001 at the Lathrop; Health Care Facility in Lathrop. 
 Bill was born September 10, 1917, in Holt and had lived all his life in the Holt area. He had worked as a carpenter for Porter Lumber in Kearney before retiring. 
 He was united in marriage to Hazel Shanks on February 14, 1939, in Holt and she survives of the home. 
 Bill was one of the founders and the first Fire Chief of the Holt Volunteer Fire Department and was a founder of the first Ambulance Service in Holt. He was a member of the Holt First Baptist Church. He had served in the Army in WWII and was a member of the Holt American Legion Post. 
 Preceding him in death were his parents, Earl and Lulu Williams Beechner. 
 Survivors include a daughter, Janice Hopkins of Lathrop; a brother, John Beechner of Mooresville; four sisters, Orena Wilson of Plattsburg, Elena Moss of Washington State, Norma Kraft and Lora Price both of Buffalo; three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. 
 Funeral services were held Monday, July 9, 2001 at the Holt First Baptist Church with interment in the Antioch Cemetery near Holt.  Morris Bailey  Chapel, Holt, was in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Holt Community Fire Protection District, PO Box 225, Holt, MO 64048. 

Letha T. Herbert
 Letha T. Herbert, 97, Plattsburg, formerly of St. Joseph, died Sunday, July 1, 2001 at a Plattsburg health care center. 
 Born March 29, 1904, on a farm near Lathrop, she moved to St. Joseph in 1924, when she entered nurse's training at the former Missouri Methodist Hospital. She was active in the nursing field for 50 years working at Dr. Allen I. Herman's office her last 26 years, retiring in 1974. 
 Mrs. Herbert was a member of Ashland United Methodist Church; St. Joseph Garden Club; Questers, Westward Ho Chapter; American Nurses Association; Missouri State Nurses Association and the American Red Cross. 
 On September 14, 1934, she married John Herbert. He preceded her in death on March 31, 1971. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Dudley and Bertha Trotter and her brother, J.D. Trotter in 1976. 
 Survivors include her sister-in-law, Betty Trotter, Plattsburg; five nieces and nephews, Joe Trotter, John Trotter and Debbie Stout all of Plattsburg, Jim Trotter of Liberty and Jeff Trotter of Kearney; and eleven great-nieces and nephews. 
 Services are being held Thursday, July 5, 2001 at the Meierhoffer Family Funeral Service, St. Joseph with interment in Memorial Park Cemetery. The family suggests memorial gifts to Ashland United Methodist Church or to a charity of the donor's choice. 

James R. Russell
 James Ralph Russell, age 85, of Lathrop died Monday, June 25, 2001 at the Cameron Community Hospital in Cameron. 
 James was born August 30, 1915 in Millville, and had lived in Northmore where he was em-ployed by the BK Supply Company. He then moved to Excelsior Springs and worked for the Kansas City Star as a deliverer. Ralph moved to Converse where he and his wife owned the Converse General Store. After a move to Lathrop, he owned and operated a Standard Service Station until  his retirement. He was a member of the First Christian Church of Lathrop, an Army veteran of WWII and a member of the American Legion in Lathrop. 
 On May 21, 1938, Ralph was united in marriage to Helen Louise Gow in Olathe and she preceded him in death in 1998. He was also preceded in death by his parents, James G. and Mayme Thacker Russell; a son, James Ralph Russell, Jr. 
 Survivors include several nieces, nephews and cousins. 
  Funeral services are being held at 1pm   Thursday, June 28, 2001, at the Bailey Funeral Home in Lathrop with burial at the Converse Cemetery near Lathrop.  Arrangements by Bailey Funeral Home, Lathrop. Memorial contri-butions are suggested to the First Christian Church Building Fund. 

Donald C. Munkirs
 Donald C. Munkirs, 86, Lathrop, died Saturday, June 23, 2001, at a Leavenworth hospital. 
 Mr. Munkirs worked at McCleary Hospital in Excelsior Springs and as a bellman for the Elms Hotel for more than 40 years. He also worked at the Sweedish American Hospital in Rockford, IL, before moving to Lathrop 18 years ago. 
 He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Excelsior Springs, and served in the Army during World War II. 
 He married Edrie Irene Hughs in 1946. She preceded him in death in 1992. 
 He  also was preceded in death by his parents, William Jewell and Alice Duncan Munkirs; a step-daughter, Bonnie Grimes; and a brother, William Jewell Munkirs, Jr. 
 Survivors include a daughter, Jane Swindler, Lathrop; six grand-children; and three great-grand-children. 
 Graveside service and burial was held Tuesday,  June 26, 2001, at the Lathrop Cemetery with Bailey Funeral Home, Lathrop in charge of arrangements. 

Carolyn Ruth Coe
 Carolyn Ruth Coe, 68 of Holt died on June 17, 2001 at New Mark Care Center, Kansas City. 
 She married Kenneth E. Coe April 4, 1951 in Independence.  He died Nov. 5, 1982.  She graduated from Northeast High School, Kansas City in 1949.  She had lived in Holt for 18 years, and was a store clerk for Sam's Quick Stop in Holt before retiring. 
 She was preceded in death by her husband; father, Israel R. Coen. 
 Survivors include: 2 sons, Roy Coe, Kansas City, and Randy Coe, Holt; one daughter, Rachel L. Alsbury, Kingston; mother, Mary K. Coen, Independence; five sisters, Dorreen Hayes, Independence, Evelyn Leeper, Healdsburg, CA, Maryan Welch, San Benito, TX, Margerie Gardner, Conway, and Judy Anstine, Smithton; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. 
 Graveside services were held Wednesday, June 20, 2001 at Garden City Cemetery, Garden City.  Ser 
 Arrangements by Bailey Funberal Home, Lathrop. 

Ombra Ragene Wallis
 Ombra Ragene Wallis, 92, formerly of Lathrop died on Saturday, June 16, 2001 at Quail Run Health Care Center in Cameron. 
 She was born on February 7, 1907 in Andrew County.  She had lived in the Lathrop area for 40 years before moving to Cameron one month ago.  She was a Homemaker. 
 She was preceded in death by her parents; James and Ida Bell Carter Ent, her first husband, Clifford Huntley in 1978, her second husband Franklin Wallis in 1986, two brother; Roy Ent and Raymond Ent and an infant sister. 
 Survivors are half sister, Marian Gabler of Lagunawoods, CA. 
 Funeral service were held Tuesday, June 19, 2001 at the Bailey Funeral Home in Lathrop.  Burial at the Prairie Ridge Cemetery near Polo. 

John L. Heath, Jr. 
 John Lee Heath, Jr., 67, of Trim ble, Mo., passed away, Friday, June 15, 2001 at St. LukeÕs Northland Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. 
 He was born on January 4, 1934 to John Lee, Sr., and Helen Rose (Cockriel) Heath near Dear born, Mo., where he grew up and in 1951 graduated from Edgerton High School. John later served in the U.S. Army Reserves. 
 In 1955, he married Barbara Kinder and after their marriage they lived in St. Joseph, Mo. John also lived in Stewartsville, Bethany, Mound City and Warrensburg and in 1990 he moved to Trimble, where he made his home. 
 John worked for Rainbow Bak ery in St. Jo seph and was a sales manager in Northwest Missouri for Moorman Feed. 
 He was a member of the Community of Christ Church, Trimble, Mo., served as Scout Master for the Boy Scouts of America in Bethany, and was a member of the Mic-O-Say Tribe. He was also a member of the American Leathercrafters Guild and enjoyed fish ing, hunting and Bluegrass music. 
 John was preceded in death by his father. 
 He is survived by: one son, Andy Heath, Lee's Summit, Mo.; two daugh ters, Patricia Heath, St. Jo seph, Mo., and Julie Parrott, Ce dar Falls, Iowa; two grandchildren, Jesse and Loralyn; his mother, Helen Heath, Edgerton, Mo.; two sisters, Judy Collins, Lathrop, Mo., and Rosemary Quinn. St. Joseph, Mo.; his former wife, Barbara Heath, St. Joseph, and several nieces and nephews. 
 Memorial services were held Saturday, June 23 at the Hixson-Klien Funeral Home, Edgerton, Mo. 
 Inurrnment at Union Mill Cemetery, Edgerton, Mo. Donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association. 

Florence C. Trice
 Florence C Trice, 92, of Plattsburg died Friday, June 15, 2001 at a Smithville Hospital.  Mrs. Trice was born in Greenville, SC, Feb. 28, 1909 to Jerry C. and Mary E. (Keeler) Coleman. 
 Mrs. Trice worked for Park View Drug Store as a cashier until retiring in 1973. 
 Mr. Trice was preceded in death by her parents Jerry C. and Mary E. (Keeler) Coleman; her husband James "Flee" Trice, two sisters Bertie and Rosa Coleman; three brothers Michael H., Ben E., and Jerry C. Coleman, Jr. 
 She is survived by two sons Dennis and Allen Trice of Houston, TX, a niece Carlene Goodpasture and a great niece Karla Chestnut both of Plattsburg, six grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. 
 Graveside service were held Monday, June 18, 2001, at Greenlawn Cemetery Plattsburg. 

Sterling W. Prewitt 
 Sterling Ward Prewitt, 81, Plattsburg, formerly of Braymer, died Tuesday, June 5, 2001, in Plattsburg. 
 Mr. Prewitt, born in Chillicothe, on Oct. 20, 1919, was engaged in farming until retiring. 
 He was a member of the Grain Miller's Union Local No. 16G. 
 On May 18, 1939, he married his wife, Celia F. in Richmond. She died in 2000. 
 Mr. Prewitt also was preceded in death by a daughter; his par-ents, Oscar and Sarah; and five brothers. 
 Survivors include a son, Ron, Braymer; a daughter, Lois Turner, Lathrop, four brothers, Lee, Holt, Donald, Lawson, William, Texas, and Gary, Kansas City; two sisters, Berniece Nibarger, Chillicothe, and Marjorie Davis, Kansas City; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. 
 Graveside service and burial was held Friday, Little Union Cemetery, south of Braymer. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association. 

Brice P. Hinderks
 Brice Powell Hinderks, 50, Stewartsville, died Saturday, June 2, 2001, in a two-vehicle accident on US Highway 65, five miles south of Chillicothe. 
 Mr. Hinderks was engaged in farming in the Maple Grove community, north of Stewartsville. 
 Born on April 23, 1951, in Maysville, he was a lifelong resident of DeKalb county. He was raised in the Maple Grove community and graduated from Stewartsville High School. He attended Missouri Western State College in St. Joseph and Trenton Junior College before he started farming full-time. 
 Mr. Hinderks was a member of the Maple Grove reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and served as priest in the ministry. He attended the Southeast Independence Restoration Branch. He was a member of the Missouri Farm Bureau. 
 On Feb. 5, 1978, he married Elaine Theresa Martin in Stewartsville. She survives of the home. 
 Mr. Hinderks was preceded in death by his father, W.D. Hinderks, and a brother, Gregg C. Hinderks. 
 Additional survivors include a son, Jonathan, of the home; three daughters, Rachael Howen, Independence, Janet and Ruth Hinderks, of the home; his mother, Vera Hinderks, Stewartsville and a sister, Bonnie Coffman, Bryan, TX. 
 Services was held Tuesday, June 5, 3001 at the Stewartsville High School Gymnasium. Burial was in the Maple Grove Cemetery, north of Stewartsville. Memorials may be made to the Brice P. Hinderks Memorial Fund or to the donor's choice, in care of the Bram-Summerfield Funeral home, Stewartsville. 

Louise Shepherd
 Louise Shepherd, Vista, CA died April 14, 2001.  Louise was the daughter of Ivan and Margaret Shepherd.  The family lived in Plattsburg 8 years and operated the Shepherd Chevrolet Company. 
 Louise attended school in Plattsburg.  The family moved to California where Louise graduated from high school and from Pepperdine College.  She re-ceived her Masters Degree from the University of San Diego.  She taught school until her retirement. 
 Louise was a member of the First Christian Church, Vista, CA.  She was active in several social and teacher's  organization. She is survived by her brother and sister in-law, Ray and Mary E. Shepherd, Fort Scott, KS, a nephew and a niece. 

Betty L. Henderson
 Betty Lee Henderson, 70, of Trimble died May 28, 2001 at a Kansas City hospital. 
 She was born in Gentry County on February 7, 1931. As a self-employed Upholsterer, she was a former resident of Stanberry. 
 Survivors include two sons, Jerry Juhl of Stanberry and Larry Juhl of Easton; three daughters, Kay parson, Gower, Cynthia Hunt, New Hampton and Lori Juhl of Louisville, TX; 7 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. 
 Graveside Services were held at the High Ridge Cemetery, Stanberry under the direction of the Roberson-Polley Chapel, Stanberry. Memorials may be made to the donor's choice. 

Martha Ellen Harmer
 Martha Ellen Thompson Harmer, 92, of Edgerton passed away Sunday, May 27, 2001 at Beverly Healthcare in Smithville. 
 She was born on April 24, 1909 to Albert and Lena (Magaline) Thompson near Agency where she attended school and grew up. 
 On June 5, 1928 she was united in marriage to Carrel W. Harmer.  After their marriage they farmed in the Edgerton area for many years. Martha was a homemaker and a loving mother to a family of eight children.  She was a member of the Methodist Church. 
  Martha was preceded in death by her husband, Carrel W. Harmer, a son Billy Harmer; two brothers, Harvey and Charley Thompson; two sons-in-law, Matt King and Dave Fuller and one grandson, Jimmie Wallace Kissick. 
 She is survived by five daughters and husbands; Mary and George Gieringer, Lodi, WI, Joyce and James Kissick, Edgerton, Charlotte King, Trimble, Leora and Wayne Molder, Kansas City, and Ruth Ann Fuller, St. Maryís, ID, two sons and wives, Boley and Marion Harmer, Gower, Robert and Shirley Harmer, Edgerton; one daughter-in-law, Maxine Harmer, Edgerton; 31 grandchildren; 58 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; other relatives and many friends. 
 Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 30, 2001 at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Edgerton.  Burial was at Ridgely Cemetery in Ridgely. 

Helen E. Whiteman
 Helen E. Whiteman, 90, of El Dorado, KS formerly of Gower, passed away Saturday, May 26, 2001 at the Augusta Regional Medical Center in Augusta, KS. 
 She was born on July 23, 1910 to Leroy and Elizabeth (Gibson) Wilkinson in King City.  She grew up in the Empire Prairie area and graduated from King City High School. 
 Helen later graduated from the former Missouri Methodist Hospital School of Nursing in 1932.  She then worked in several area hospitals in the states and then joined the Army Nurse Corps.  Helen was a second lieutenant during WWII stationed in the British Isles and Ft. Lewis in Tacoma, WA. 
 On April 1, 1946 she was united in marriage to Norman Whiteman in Tacoma.  After their marriage they lived in King City, Cameron and St. Joseph.  Her husband preceded her in death in 1977.  Helen then moved to Gower and in 2000 to El Dorado, KS. 
 Helen worked as a registered nurse at the Gower Convalescent Center, St. Joseph State Hospital, the former General Osteopathic Hospital and the former Missouri Methodist Hospital, all in St. Joseph.  She also worked at the Cameron Community Hospital in Cameron. 
 She was a former member of the Cameron Methodist Church, the Alzheimers Association, the Cameron Rebekah Lodge, the Cameron Business and Professional Womenís Club and the Jolly Helperís Club in Gower. 
 She was also preceded in death by her parents and a step-daughter, Marlene Haeberle. 
 Helen is survived by three daughter, Norma and husband Al Weese, Beverly and husband Bob Wood, all of El Dorado, KS, Patricia and husband John Huey, Gower; one step-daughter, Darlene and husband Ron Lambert, Zanesfield, OH; fourteen grandchildren; nineteen great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; other relatives and many friends. 
 Graveside services and burial were held Wednesday, May 30, 2001 at Star Chapel Cemetery, Empire Prairie, MO near King City, MO. 
 Donations may be made to the Alzheimerís Association. 

Kathleen Helberg
 Kathleen (Courtney) Gibson Helberg, 81, of Gower passed away Thursday, May 24, 2001 at the Gower Convalescent Center in Gower. 
 She was born on September 7, 1919 to Joseph and Bertie (Poff) Courtney in Buchanan County near Gower, where she grew up and later graduated from Gower High School. 
 In 1940 she was united in marriage to Lawrence Gibson.  After their marriage they farmed in the Gower and Stewartsville area.  Her husband preceded her in death in 1973.  In 1983 she was united in marriage to Joe Helberg, and they made their home in Gower.  He preceded her in death in 1989. 
 Kathleen worked for the Farmerís Bank in Gower for many years, and later worked for the First National Bank in Trimble and Plattsburg.  She was a founding member of the Plattsburg Saddle Club, also a member of the Show Me Appaloosa Horse Club, Missouri Appaloosa Association, National Appaloosa Horse Club, American Quarter Horse Association, a lifetime member of the American Angus Association, and a member of the First Baptist Church in Gower. 
 She was also preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Bobbie Jo Gerdes. 
 She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Sue Ellen and Jim Rose, Gower; three grandchildren, Kelly Hampton and husband, Jim, Sean Rose and wife, Debbie, and Jamie Joe Rose; five great-grandchildren, Courtney, Kassie, Jacqueline, Jennifer, and Jacob; other relatives and many friends. 
 Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 29, 2001 at the Hixson-Klein Funeral Home in Gower.  Burial was at the Allen Cemetery in Gower. 
 Donations may be made to the  Allen Cemetery. 

Dawn M. Brown
 Dawn Michelle Brown, 17, daughter of Bronco and Janetta Brown, King City, formerly of St. Joseph, died Thursday, May 24, 2991, from injuries sustained in a two vehicle accident on US Highway 169, two miles south of union Star. 
 Miss Brown graduated this year from the King City R-I High School, where she was president of the student council this past year, and was president of her ju-nior and senior class. She was employed by Lou's Food and Drink in King City. 
 Born in St. Joseph on June 2, 1983, she lived in St. Joseph until moving to King City in 1993. 
 While attending high school, Miss Brown also was on the honor roll all four years; was a cheer-leader and served as captain this year; was the 2001 basketball homecoming queen; was on the girl's softball team and lettered all four years; and was on the girl's basketball team for three years and lettered all three years. She was a member of the King City Razzettes and served as voce-president this year at the school; she had been in the school play and was a member of the Drama Club; active in Future Farmers of America for three years; and a member of the Family Career and Community Leaders of America. 
 Miss Brown also was a mem-ber of the cornerstone Church of God in Gower. 
 Additional survivors include a brother, Bronco Jr., St. Joseph; paternal grandparents, Robert and Delores Platt, St. Joseph; mater-nal grandparents, the Rev. Larry and Mary Sample, Gower; and pa-ternal great-grandmother, Mary Hockaday, St. Joseph. 
 Service was held Tuesday, at the First Baptist church, King City with burial in the King City Cemetery, the Gibson Funeral Home, King City was in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the King City R-I High School Scholarship Fund in care of the funeral home, PO Box 552, King City, MO 64463. 

Mildred U. Wade
 Mildred Ura (Bell, Creiger-Albrecht) Wade, 94, of Plattsburg, passed away, Monday, May 21, 2001 at the Gower Convalescent Center. 
 She was born on October 14, 1906 to Joseph A. and Minnie (Creiger) Albrecht in Marion, Redwillow City, NE which is now part of McCook, NE, where she grew up and attended school. 
 On July 25, 1925, she was united in marriage to Clearance T. Wade. After their marriage they lived in Oberlin, KS, moved to Pueblo, CO in 1939; Abbett, AR in 1943; Blair, KS in 1946; and in 1969 they moved to Plattsburg where they made their home. Her husband, Clearance, passed away in 1972 and in 1995, Mildred moved to the Gower Convalescent Center. 
 Mildred worked for Kruss Beggs department store in Pueblo, worked as a mid-wife in the Blair area, and owned and op-erated Wades Cafe in Wathena, KS. She also worked at J.C. Penney's in St. Joseph and later as a nurse's aide at the former Methodist Hospital and State Mental Hospital, both in St. Joseph. 
 Mildred was a member of the First Baptist Church of Plattsburg and the Rebecca Lodge. She helped in getting the Clinton County Senior Center of Plattsburg started and made, by hand, many quilts, doilies, ceram-ics and other items to sell for the benefit of the center. She also helped organize the Dedicated Hands Club in Plattsburg. 
 Mildred was also preceded in death by her parents; two daugh-ters, Elma Irene VanDonge, 2001 and Leona Louise Puckett, 1966;  two brothers, George and Neal Albrecht; four sister, infants  Laura and Bessie Albrecht and Eva Hitchcock and Grace Bennett; and two great-grandchildren. 
 She is survived by three daughters, Betty Loraine Book, McKees Rocks, PA, Jeneanne LaVey Mills, Pamona, KS and Jenette LaVon Norris, Plattsburg; 15 grandchildren; 36 great-grand-children including 8 step; 29 great-great-grandchildren; and a brother Floyd Albrecht, Pueblo, CO, other relatives and many friends. 
 Funeral services are being held Thursday, May 24th at 2pm at the Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the ser-vice. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, St. Joseph. Memorial donations may be made to the Plattsburg Senior Center or the Glaucoma Foundation. 

Stephen L. Plowman
 Stephen Lee Plowman, 29, of Lathrop passed away on Sunday, May 20, 2001, at his home. Steve was born on September 4, 1971, at a military hospital in Stuttgart, Germany. Steve is the youngest son of Gordon and Linda Plowman of Lathrop. He lived the first five years of his life in Germany and his remaining years in Lathrop. Steve worked as a tile setter for Kenny's Tile in Grandview. He is a member of the first Baptist Church of Lathrop, a 1989 graduate of Lathrop High School and a vet-eran of the Marine Corp. 
 Survivors include his parents; a brother, Douglas Plowman, St. Joseph; and two sisters, Angela Kay Russell of St. Joseph and Tracy Lynne Gunn of Gower; two daughters, Dani Maureen Plowman, age 5, and Dallas Taylor Plowman, age 3 both of Lathrop; his finance', Sheri Harless; and his maternal grandmother, Nadine Stark of Mercer. 
 Funeral services were held at the First Baptist Church of Lathrop on Wednesday, May 23, 2001 with burial in the Lathrop Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Stephen Lee Plowman Memorial Fund, c/o Bailey Funeral Home, PO Box 13, Lathrop MO, 64465. 

Emma Lou Christian
 Emma Lou Christian 83, of Plattsburg, died Saturday, May 19, 2001, at a Liberty Hospital. Ms. Christian was born in Plattsburg May 15, 1918, to William and Minnie Christian. 
 Ms. Christian attended school in Plattsburg, and worked for the Whittaker Cable Co., in St. Joseph. She also worked for the Unitog Factory in Plattsburg. 
 She was a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Plattsburg an a former member of the Eastern Star of Plattsburg. 
 Ms. Christian was preceded in death by her parents William and Minnie Christian; a brother, William (Billy) Christian. 
 Survivors include two sisters, Dorothy Christian of Plattsburg and Wanda Adams of Crestview, FL; a brother, Gerald Christian of Seattle, WA and several nieces and nephews. 
 Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 22, 2001 at the Cox Funeral Home Plattsburg with burial in the Mount Zion Cemetery, Gower. Memorials may be made to the First Assembly of God Church of Plattsburg. 

 Juanita Statham
 Juanita (Crowley) Statham, 92, Plattsburg, died Thursday, May 17, 2001, at a Plattsburg health-care center. 
 Mrs. Statham was a home-maker. 
 Born in Lawson, on Oct. 26, 1908, she was a resident of Bogard, for most of her life. She also was a resident of Trimble and the St. Joseph area. 
 Mrs. Statham was a member of Church of Christ, Bogard. 
 On Nov. 19, 1930, she mar-ried Jerome Statham in Kansas. He died in 1987. 
 Mrs. Statham also was pre-ceded in death by her parents, Thomas Price and Lillian Crowley; three sisters, Choleta Crowley (her twin), Imogene Crowley, and Maydene Crowley; and a grand-son. 
 Survivors include two sons, Thomas, St. Joseph and Jerome, Trimble; a daughter, Juana Gheens, Camp Verde, AZ; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. 
 Graveside services and burial will be held Thursday, May 24, at the Ebenezer Cemetery, Bogard. Arrangements by Meierhoffer Family Funeral Service, St. Joseph. 

Jesse James Alexander
 Jesse James Alexander, infant son of Sean and Courtney (Green) Alexander, Plattsburg, was stillborn Saturday, May 12, 2001, at a Liberty hospital. 
 Additional survivors include paternal grandmother, Kimberly Alexander, Gower; maternal grandparents, Dianna Bush and Rich Ward, both of Plattsburg and Randy Green, Nashua; paternal great-grandparents, Velma Woolsey, Smithville, Thomas Reisinger, Topeka, KS and Virginia Alexander, Kansas City; and maternal great-grandfathers, Glenn Edwards, Plattsburg, and Bill Green, Polo. 
 Graveside service and burial was held Tuesday at Ridgely Cemetery, Ridgely. Arrangements were under the direction of Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower. 

Virginia Ollie Sanford
 Virginia Ollie Sanford, 82, of Ainaloa Estates on the Island of Hawaii, died on Wednesday, May 9, 2001 at the Hale Ho'ola Hamakua Lire Care Center in Honakaa, Hawaii. 
 Virginia was born in Swifton, AR, on June 20, 1918. 
 She retired from TWA Airlines as a Food Service employee. She was a member of the Hilo Church of Christ. 
 She is survived by: her hus-band, Marion Sanford of Ainaloa Estates, her son, Kenneth (Fran) Sanford of Waimea, Hawaii, Jerry (Ruthie) Williams of Arkansas her daughter, Mary Kay Shiel of Arkansas; her sisters Louise Reed of California, Leota Graham of Missouri; her brother, Roy Nunally of California; her three grandchil-dren and four great grandchildren. 
  Aloha attire. Flower are accepted. Arrangements by Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home Hilo, Hawaii. 
 A Memorial service will be held at 6:00 PM on Tuesday, May 14, 2001 at her church, the Hilo Church of Christ.. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 6:00 PM with re-freshments following the service. 

R. Grace Geeting
 R. Grace (Cook) Geeting, 91 of Plattsburg, died Wednesday, May 9, 2001 at a Plattsburg health care center. 
 Mrs. Geeting was a teacher for forty years in the St. Joseph School District, the Fairboar School District in Ohio and for Clinton County country schools. She was a graduate of Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville.
 She was born in Plattsburg on March 15, 1910. 
 She was member of First Christian Church, Historical Society, and Prairie Cottage Extension Club, all of Plattsburg. She was also a member of the Missouri Retired Teachers Association and a faithful Sunday school teacher. 
 She married Clyde Geeting. He preceded her in death. 
 She was also preceded in death by her parents, Riley C. and Rebecca J. Cook; her brother, Riley Cook, Jr.; and two sisters, Mary Virginia Cook and Drucilla Gengelbach. 
 Survivors include her great-nephew, Kurt Gengelbach and her great-great-nephew, Matthew Gengelbach, both of Carrolton, TX; and several cousins. 
 Services were held Friday, May 11 at Cox Funeral Home, Plattsburg. Interment will be in Green Lawn Cemetery, Plattsburg. Memorial may be made to the First Christian Church of Plattsburg. 

Opal Fern Sloan
 Opal Fern Sloan, 90, Independence, died Tuesday, May 8, 2001 at The Groves. 
 Mrs. Sloan was born November 13, 1910 in Wellsville, KS. Together with her husband, they owned and operated Sloan's Jewelry in Plattsburg for 17 years before retiring. She was a member of the Business and Professional Women's Association. She was a member of the Plattsburg Order of the Eastern Star, where she served as Worthy Matron for two terms. She was a member of the Independence First Ward Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. 
 She was preceded by her husband of 65 years, Oris Clinton Sloan, and an infant daughter, Barbara Jean. 
 Survivors include five daugh-ters, Arlene Baker, Seattle, WA, Carmen Henson, Mission, TX, Eleanor Smith, Kansas City, North, Marcia Ann Breitling, Greenwood and Mary Bunch, Mission, TX; brother, John Brown, Jr., Blair, NE; a sister, Ruby Blanche McConnell, Sun City, AZ; 18 grandchildren; and 36 great-grandchildren. 
 Funeral services were held Friday, May 11, 2001 at Park Lawn Funeral Home. Burial was in Green Lawn Cemetery, Kansas City 

Edward L. Joslin
 Edward L. "Eddie" Joslin, 72, Parnell, formerly of St. Joseph, died Tuesday, May 8, 2001, at the Maryville hospital. 
 Mr. Joslin hand been employed as a driver for Norris & Son Trash Service in St. Joseph for 20 years until retiring due to a disability. 
 Born in Savannah on Dec. 15, 1928, he had spent his youth in Savannah and Andrew County, but lived most of his adult life in St. Joseph. 
 Mr. Joslin was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Rosetta: two brothers, Buster and Buddy; and a grandchild. 
 Surviving is his former wife, Nadine Joslin, who cared for him in the home; a daughter, Barbara Reed, Grant City; a stepson, George Benner, Amazonia; two sisters, Tilley Reynolds, Stewartsville, and Alberta Southwick, St. Joseph; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. 
 Graveside service and burial were held Thursday at Savannah Cemetery. Services were under the direction of Breit & Hawkins Funeral Home, Savannah. Memorial may be made to the American Heart Association. 

Wilma L. Gillespie
 Wilma L. (Schmude) Gillespie, 58, King City, died Monday, May 7, 2001, from injuries sustained in a three-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 169 at Avenue City in Andrew County. 
 Mrs. Gillespie, a registered nurse for over 30 years, was employed by Heartland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph. She was a team leader for the Heartland Home Arthritis and Osteoporosis Center and Heartland Home Health. She worked closely with the Osteoporosis Program and Missouri Arthritis Advisory Board. 
 Early in her career, she was director of nursing at West View Acres in Leon, IA, and later was director of the Health Department of Harrison County in Bethany.
 Born near New Hampton on April 15, 1943, she graduated from South Harrison High School at Bethany and St. Luke's Hospital School of Nursing in Kansas City. She was currently attending Missouri Western State College in St. Joseph and would have graduated this year with a bachelor of science degree in business and nursing administration. 
 Mrs. Gillespie was a member of the Star Chapel United Methodist Church, north of Empire Prairie. She was a volunteer for the Arthritis Association and a member of the Missouri Arthritis Advisory Board. 
 She was the recipient of the Business Women of the Year Award in Bethany, Give To Life Award from Heartland Hospital and the William E. Hillyard Jr. Memorial Award in 1993 by the Midland Empire Arthritis Center. 
 On Feb. 7, 1965 she married Gary O. Gillespie in New Hampton. He survives of the home. 
 Mrs. Gillespie was preceded in death by her father, Arthur E. Schmude. 
 Additional survivors: two sons  Galen D., Cambridge, IA, and Garrett D., Pollock, MO; a daughter, Gina D. Gillespie, of the home; her mother, Opal Schmude, New Hampton; a brother, Ralph Schmude, Holt; a grandchild; and three step grandchildren. 
 Services were held Saturday at Gibson Funeral Home, King City. Burial was in Star Chapel Cemetery, north of Empire Prairie. Memorials may be made to the Gina D. Gillespie College Scholarship Fund in care of the funeral home, P.O. Box 552, King City, Mo 64463. 

F. M. Pulliam
 Francis Marion Pulliam, 89, of Edgerton, passed away on Sunday, May 6, 2001 at Hillview Nursing and Rehabilitation in Platte City. 
 He was born on January 17, 1912 to C. W. and Elizabeth (Dick) Pulliam in Edgerton.  F. M. attended school and grew up in Edgerton and graduated from Edgerton High School in 1930. 
 On December 21, 1931 he was united in marriage to Marguerite West in Plattsburg.  After their marriage they farmed near Edgerton where they  made their home.  F. M. also worked for H. B. C. Construction in Kansas City for several years.  His wife preceded him in death on October 6, 1997. 
 He was also preceded in death by his parents. 
 He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Donald and Velma Pulliam, of Edgerton; a daughter and son-in-law, Bonnie J. and Orville Livingston of Platte City; seven grandchildren, Dianna Cassidy, Mike Livingston, Karla Austin, Brent Pulliam, Ryan Pulliam, John Riddle and Jim Riddle; ten great-grandchildren, Chris Dunn, Max Cassidy, Alex Pulliam, Shannon Pulliam, Lindsie Marie Livingston, Aaron Livingston, Liz Austin, Sara Shultz, Brett Austin and Michael Riddle; 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 Ridgely Cemetery in Ridgely. 
 Memorials may be made to the North Care Hospice or to Ridgely Cemetery. 

Mildred Bullock Hanks
 Mildred Bullock Hanks, 90, of Lubbock, TX formerly of Smithville, passed away Saturday, May 5, 2001 at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock, TX. 
 She was born on March 6, 1911 to Kemp and Beulah (Wright) Bullock in Smithville where she attended school and grew up. 
 On January 21, 1933 she was united in marriage to Clifford Hanks.  After their marriage they lived in Platte and Clay counties near Smithville, later moving to Smithville where they made their home.  Her husband, Clifford, preceded her in death on May 26, 1985. 
 She was also preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Walter Bullock. 
 Mildred was a long-time member of the First Christian Church in Smithville. 
 She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Shirley and John Wittman, Lubbock, TX; two grandchildren, Kent Wittman, Charlotte, NC, and Karyn Casey and husband Mike, Knoxville, TN; other relatives and many friends. 
 Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 11, 2001 at the First Christian Church in Smithville.  Burial will be at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Smithville. 
 The family will receive friends from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Thursday at the Hixson-Klein Funeral Home in Smithville. 
 Memorials may be made to the Arthritis Foundation or donorís favorite charity.


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