September 28 Obits

September 28, 2012 

Jerry Lee McCown

March 2, 1947 - Sept. 12, 2012

Jerry Lee McCown died Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, at his home. He was surrounded by his loving family and friends.

Jerry was born in Windsor, the son of Elzie Ivan and Hellen (McDonald) McCown.

He raced Sprint cars in the mid ‘60s and ‘70s, racing dirt tracks in Jefferson City, California, Marchell and the State Fair Grounds in Sedalia.

Jerry was married at Highway Gardens at the Fair Grounds and the couple moved to Kansas City to start their new life.

Jerry and Shirley ran the McCown Shared Living Home in Garden City and Harrisonville for 25 years. Jerry is survived by his wife, Shirley McCown; daughters, Kim McCown, Windsor, Lisa Canaday, Urich and David McCown, Lindsey McCown, and Trinity McCown of the home; sister, Barbra Roberts and Tom McCown, Sedalia.

A Celebration of Life will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at Heartland Baptist Fellowship, 21203 E. 283rd St., Harrisonville. (Directions: Highway 7 exit, right to Brookhart Drive, left. Southwest Outer Road turn left, down to 283rd St. and turn right.)

Lynne Thomas Lankford

April 11, 1941 - Sept. 16, 2012

Lynne Thomas Lankford, 71, of Pleasant Hill, was born April 11, 1941, in Kansas City and died Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012, at his home near Pleasant Hill surrounded by love and family.

Per Tom’s request, cremation has been accorded and no services are scheduled at this time.

Memorial contributions may be made to KU Endowment and sent in care of the funeral home.

Arrangements: Stanley- Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong St., Pleasant Hill, MO 64080; 816-540-5550.

Deborah Lynn Jackson

Feb. 25, 1953 - Sept. 17, 2012

Deborah Lynn (Sulser) Jackson, 59, of Urich, was born Feb. 25, 1953, in Marshall, the daughter of Willard Dean and Elsie Lee (Green) Hodges. She died Monday, Sept. 17, 2012, at her home.

Cremation. There was a Celebration of Life Visitation from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at Dickey Funeral Home, Garden City.

Arrangements: Dickey Funeral Home, 711 Old 7 Hwy., Garden City MO 64747; 816-862-6345.

Lyle Jacob Seelinger

March 11, 1944 - Sept. 17, 2012

Lyle Jacob Seelinger, 68, of Pleasant Hill, died Monday, Sept. 17, 2012, at St. Joseph Medical Center, Kansas City.

Lyle was a U.S. Vietnam War Navy veteran.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Sept. 24 at the funeral home. Graveside military services and interment were in Strasburg Cemetery with full military honors by Warrensburg Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #2513 and American Legion Post #131 Honor Guards.

Arrangements: Stanley- Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong St., Pleasant Hill, MO 64080; 816-540-5550.

Zelma Dean Burris

Sept. 29. 1928 - Sept. 18, 2012

Zelma Dean (Bockenstette) Burris, 83, was born Sept. 29, 1928, in rural Pleasant Hill and died Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012, at Benchmark Health Care in Harrisonville.

Funeral services were Sept. 21 at Wallace Funeral Home with Rev. Sarah Ross officiating. Cremation was followed by a private family inurnment at Pitts Chapel Cemetery.

Arrangements: Wallace Funeral Home, 422 N. Lake St., Pleasant Hill, MO 64080; 816-987-2127.

Barbara Ann Heid

Feb. 20, 1939 - Sept. 19, 2012

Barbara Ann (Hess) Heid, 73, died Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, in her Lee’s Summit home.

Barbara led an adventurous and fun-filled life. Born Feb. 20, 1939, she grew up on a farm outside Archie, where she lived with her mother, Dorothy May Hess, father, Joseph Henry Hess, and six siblings. Barbara fondly remembered the many trips her family took out west and to the Rio Grande Valley.

Barbara was an avid basketball player at Archie High School, where she graduated in 1957. On July 14, 1957, she married Walter George Heid, Jr., of Harrisonville. She attended the University of Missouri in Columbia before the couple and their first-born, daughter Leiann, moved to Washington, D.C., in 1960. There, Elizabeth Jane and George Lewis were born. Barbara focused on raising her children and manually typing Walter’s PhD dissertation with seven carbon copies on a manual typewriter. The family moved to Bozeman, Montana, in 1967 where the family took up downhill skiing, hiking, rock hunting and camping. Barbara was a frequent volunteer at the local hospital and a 4-H leader.

In 1975, the family made another move to St. George, Kan., where their focus changed to sporting events and horse competitions and managing a Christmas tree farm. Barbara was an active member of Extension Homemakers Unit and taught some of the early microwave cooking classes for the community. Barbara returned to college along with her children and, after 30 years, proudly earned her bachelor’s degree in Home Economics from Kansas State University in Manhattan. She then worked for Waddell and Reed Financial Services, providing financial planning.

In 1987, Barbara and Walter accepted an overseas employment opportunity with USAID in Kenya, Africa. Barbara helped many of the locals with their personal needs, bringing them supplies, accompanying them to medical appointments and inspiring their lives. They returned to Harrisonville in 1991 to assist their parents in their final years. Barbara and Walter moved to Donna, Texas, in the Rio Grande Valley in 1993 where they immersed themselves in cultural events, nature and volunteerism.

Barbara spent much of her time in the Rio Grande Valley giving back to the community. She and Walter were faithful volunteers at the Weslaco Chamber of Commerce for 20 years; they also volunteered at Estero Llano Grande State Park, Frontera Audubon, Valley Nature Center, the Scenic Wetlands in Edinburg, the Weslaco Museum and the Weslaco Public Library.

Barbara and Walter moved back to Lee’s Summit in March 2012 and celebrated 55 years of love and friendship. They enjoyed many adventures, traveling to all 50 states, and more than 70 countries on six continents. They have taken their children and grandchildren on several adventures and made many friends along the way. Barbara enjoyed bird watching with Walter from their backyard to birding trips in the tropics. They volunteered many summers in national parks, forests and wildlife refuges, including the states of Alaska, Minnesota, Maine, Arizona and Colorado.

Barbara is survived by her husband, Walter; siblings, Joseph Hess (Jeanette) of Iola, Kan., Jerry Hess (Betty) of Clanton, Ala., Garvey Hess (Janice) of Stephenville, Texas, Janice Strawbridge of Archie, and Glenn Hess (Claudine) of Adrian; sister-in-law Reba Hess of Laurel, Miss.; three children, Leiann Nelson (Steve) of Harrisonville, Elizabeth Stabenow (Earl) of Moorhead, Minn., and George Heid (Holly) of Arlington, Texas; five grandchildren, Wade Nelson (Ivy) of Monett, Craig Nelson (Lindsay) of Blue Springs, Jennifer Stabenow of New Hope, Minn., Kimberly Stabenow of Minneapolis, and Timothy Heid of Arlington, Texas; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Larry Hess.

Barbara was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister and friend to many around the world.

There was a memorial service Sept. 22 at Atkinson Chapel in Harrisonville. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Barbara’s name to Valley Nature Center, P.O. Box 8125, Weslaco, TX 78599-8125. Donations will be used to help build a new environmental education complex adjacent to the nature area.

Online condolences may be made to atkinsonfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements: Atkinson Funeral Home, 600 W. Wall, Harrisonville, MO 64701; 816-380-3268.

Leslie George Meyer

Sept. 21, 1962 - Sept. 19, 2012

Leslie George Meyer, 49, of Garden City, was born Sept. 21, 1962, in Clinton, the son of Charles H. Meyer and Dolores (O’Neal) Meyer. He died Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, at Cass Regional Medical Center, Harrisonville.

There was a Celebration of Life Service on Sept. 24 at United Methodist Church, Creighton. Private family burial.

Arrangements: Dickey Funeral Home, 711 Old 7 Hwy., Garden City MO 64747; 816-862-6345.

Marvaline Sherman Schofield

Sept. 18, 1923 - Sept. 19, 2012

Marvaline Sherman Schofield, 89, of Harrisonville, died Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, at Crown Care Center of Harrisonville.

The second of five children, she was born Sept. 18, 1923, to James and Crystal Johnson Sherman in Butler. She was a member of the 1941 Class of Butler High School. At a school reunion, she met her husband William Schofield, a 1938 Butler alumni. They were married June 16, 1951, in Delaware. Marvaline loved to travel, which was good because her husband’s military career led them all over the world. However, both always considered the Harrisonville farm their home. This is where they built their home and retired. At an early age Marvaline had a love for horses and continued to raise horses until she could no longer care for them. She worked in the Civil Service as a secretary at Richards-Gebaur Air Force base in Belton and later in Oklahoma City.

Marvaline was preceded in death by her husband William Schofield, sisters: Bernice Rogge and Ann McCoy. Survivors include sister Mary Kithcart, Rich Hill; brother Howard and Barbara Sherman, Bolivar. Nieces: Ellen Wheet, Ft. Worth, Texas, Barbara McCoy Schoenfeld, Calif., Sharon Tourtillott, Rich Hill, Donna Zeller, Springfield, Sheri Riddle, Indianapolis, Ind.; and nephews Alan McCoy, Cincinnati, Ohio, Jim Sherman, Houston, Texas, cousin Vic Sherman, Amoret, and brother-in-law Jimmy Schofield, Lee’s Summit.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, at Heuser Funeral Home in Rich Hill. Pastor Mark Kailbourn will officiate. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Grace Hospice in care of the funeral home.

Arrangements: Heuser Funeral Home, N 4th St. at Walnut St., Rich Hill, Mo. 64779, (417) 395-2213.

Gertrude Marie Holt

May 1, 1925 - Sept. 20, 2012

Gertrude Marie Holt, 87, of Pleasant Hill, was born Friday, May 1, 1925, in Tuscumbia. She died Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012, at her home near Pleasant Hill surrounded by love and family.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Sept. 25 at the funeral home. Rev. D. Kent Deubner, minister of the church, will officiate. Interment will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Arrangements: Stanley- Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong St., Pleasant Hill, MO 64080; 816-540-5550.

Sandra Jean Kilgore

Mary 10, 1940 - Sept. 20, 2012

Sandra Jean Kilgore, 72, of Harrisonville, was born May 10, 1940, in Creston, Iowa. She died Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012, at John Knox Village Care Center.

Funeral services were Sept. 26 at the funeral home. Damon Sasyk officiated. Cremation will be accorded following the services and inurnment will be in Graceland Cemetery, Creston, Iowa, at a later date.

Arrangements: Stanley- Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong St., Pleasant Hill, MO 64080; 816-540-5550.

Rex Leroy Amon

May 5, 1940 - Sept. 21, 2012

Rex Leroy Amon, 72, of Adrian, died Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, at Crown Care Center, Harrisonville. He was born May 5, 1940, in Kirksville to James and Hazel (Gleason) Amon. He was a U.S. Army Veteran.

Funeral services were 11:30 a.m. Sept. 27 at Faith Baptist Church, Harrisonville. Burial was in Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville.

Arrangements: Atkinson Funeral Home, 600 W. Wall, Harrisonville, MO 64701; 816-380-3268.

Silvia Gabiele Hogan

April 16, 1956 - Sept. 21, 2012

Silvia Gabiele (Taylor) Hogan, 56, was born April 16, 1956, and died Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, at her home in Pleasant Hill.

She was the daughter of Charles W. and Helga Ruth (Stepputtis) Taylor. Silvia graduated from Pleasant Hill High School in 1974.

As requested by Silvia, cremation has been accorded and no services are scheduled.

Arrangements: Wallace Funeral Home, 422 N. Lake St., Pleasant Hill, MO 64080; 816-987-2127.

Cindy Jo Deming

Sept. 23, 2012

Cindy Jo (Depke) Deming, 55, of Gurnee, Ill., died Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, with her family by her side at Highland Park Hospital, Illinois.

She was formerly a resident of the Raymore-Peculiar area in Cass County. Cindy battled cancer (LeioMyoSarcoma) for just over two years and was this year’s Gurnee/Wadsworth Relay for Life honoree.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Patrick Deming; and her mother, Marcia Blain.

Cindy is survived by her four children, quadruplets, Shawn, Scott, Kevin and Amy; parents Bob and Georgeanne Depke; five brothers and one sister. There will be a memorial at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at Gurnee Community Church in Gurnee, Ill.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National LeioMyoSarcoma Foundation, 2943 E. Grand River #230, East Lansing, MI, 48823.

For more information, visit www.carepages.com.

Arrangements: Marsh Funeral Home, 305 N. Cemetery Rd, Gurnee, IL, 847-336-0127.

Elsie Allen McFall

Jan. 13, 1918 - Sept. 23, 2012

Elsie Ellen McFall, 94, of Harrisonville, died Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, at Crown Care Center in Harrisonville, where she had lived since August 2006.

Elsie was born Jan. 13, 1918, in Nevada, the daughter of Steven A. and Josephine (Anderson) Garfield. Elsie married Chester E. McFall in Nevada. They moved to Harrisonville from Kansas City in 1957, fulfilling a long-held dream of returning to the farm. Both of them had grown up on farms in southern Missouri, where they had many happy memories. Elsie’s life on this small farm turned out to be the happiest years of her life.

Being a mother was very important to Elsie, and she had put her whole self into the job also working as a Den Mother and Cub Scout leader. Elsie loved to cook, keep house, raise chickens and work in her garden. She loved making beautiful quilts for her family. She took great love and pride in spending time with her family and grandchildren, cooking many Sunday dinners. She loved the holidays, especially Christmas, decorating her tree and preparing Christmas dinner. Her children always will remember how she brought holidays to life. Elsie will live forever in the hearts of her family and friends.

Elsie was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Chester, on April 25, 1985, a sister, Dolly, brothers, Harry and Steven Garfield and stepson, Buddy G. McFall. She is survived by her son, Chester L. McFall and his wife, Dana, Harrisonville; daughter, Violet Marie McFall, Berkeley, Calif.; grandson, Ryan McFall, San Diego, Calif.; granddaughter, April McGurgan and her husband, Billy, Archie, and three beautiful great-granddaughters, Alexa and Eliza Cameron and Sophia McGurgan, Archie.

Graveside services were Sept. 25 at Orient Cemetery in Harrisonville, officiated by Rev. Charles Sutton, Kansas City.

Online condolences may be made to atkinsonfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements: Atkinson Funeral Home, 600 W. Wall, Harrisonville, MO 64701; 816-380-3268.

Chris Holland

Sept. 24, 2012

Chris Holland, 69, of Harrisonville, died Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, at her home surrounded by love and family.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 28, at Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, with interment in Orient Cemetery, Harrisonville.

The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 27 at the funeral home.

A complete obituary will be published in next week’s Cass County Democrat Missourian.

Arrangements: Dickey Funeral Home, 2401 E. Mechanic St., Harrisonville, MO 64701; 816-884-6244.

Paul E. Peterson

Sept. 24, 2012

Paul E. Peterson, 52, of Garden City, died Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, at his home near Garden City.

Funeral services are pending under the direction of Dickey Funeral Home, Garden City.

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