October 5 Obits

October 5, 2012 

Benjamin Alan Dye

Feb. 15, 1988 - Sept. 24, 2012

Benjamin Alan Dye, 24, Blue Springs, died Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, at his home. Ben was born Feb. 15, 1988, in Kansas City, the son of Bruce Allen and Paula L. (Adkins) Dye.

Memorial services will be Sunday, Oct. 7, at Atkinson Chapel in Harrisonville. (Cremation). Online condolences may be made to atkinsonfuneralhome.com.

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

Kathy Jo Garnett

Jan. 1, 1957 - Sept. 24, 2012

Kathy Jo Garnett, 55, of Butler, died Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, at Bates County Memorial Hospital in Butler. She was born Jan. 1, 1957, to Ernest “Pete” and Dorothy Hudson Shirk in Twin Falls, Idaho.

Kathy Jo, one of five children, grew up in Belton and graduated from Belton High School in 1975. On Dec. 28, 1995, she was united in marriage to Jim Garnett in Greenfield. Most of Kathy Jo’s life was spent devoting her time to caring for her family and taking care of her home, but she did work for several years as a school bus driver for the Belton and Grandview School Districts.

Kathy Jo enjoyed camping, playing cards and crafting. She always was willing to give of herself and her time to anybody and she dearly loved spending time with her grandchildren.

Kathy Jo is survived by her husband Jim Garnett of Butler; two sons, Frederick Moore of Moberly, and Kevin Garnett and wife Barbara of Winchester, Ill.; two daughters, Mindy Harper and husband Chris of Butler and Penny Garnett of Windsor; two brothers, Roger Shirk and wife Lori of Belton and Troy Shirk and wife Cinnamon of Rogersville; two sisters, Diana Carrell and husband Gaylord of Belton, and Judy Cassidy of Paola, Kan.; her mother, Dorothy Shirk of Belton; and 19 grandchildren, Marilyn Anderson, Michaela Neider-Garnett, Matthew Kesterson, Nathan Garnett, Austin Garnett, Haley Garnett, Brianna Blakey, Elizabeth Blakey, Cody Moore, Justina Miller, Jessie Miller, Kayla Patrick, Sierra Moore, Dillion Moore, Leah Moore, Brianna Moore, Zack West, Haile Harper and Nick Harper; brothers-in-law, Don Garnett and wife Janet of Merwin, David Garnett and wife Rita of Stella, and Alan Garnett and wife Summer of Richmond, Va.; sister-in-law, Gwen Tarvin and husband David of Butler; and father-in-law, Norris D. Garnett and wife Elizabeth of Butler. She was preceded in death by her father, Ernest “Pete” Shirk and mother-in-law, Irene Garnett.

Funeral services were Sept. 28 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler, with Rev. Lynn Snapp officiating. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler. Contributions to Kathy Garnett Memorial or Family.

Online condolences, www.schowengerdtchapel. com.

Arrangements: Schowengert Funeral Chapel, 1301 N. Orange St., Butler, MO 64730, 660-679-6555.

Mona Christine Holland

Oct. 30, 1942 - Sept. 24, 2012

Mona Christine Holland, 69, was born Oct. 30, 1942, in Kansas City, the daughter of Henry Arthur and Winnie Nona (Evins) Bay. She died Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, at her home in Harrisonville surrounded with love and family.

On May 14, 1960, Chris was united in marriage to John David Holland in Kansas City.

Chris, along with her husband, formerly owned and operated Tastee Freeze and Wallpaper Place in Harrisonville. She was a former real estate agent and was a CNA at Cass County Memorial Hospital, Harrisonville. Chris was an avid bowler and enjoyed going to casinos. She was a graduate of Westport High School, Kansas City, and had lived in Kansas City before moving to Harrisonville in 1968. She will be remembered as a loving mother and grandmother and for the love she gave her family.

Besides her parents, Chris was preceded in death by a brother, Frank E. “Sonny” Bay and a sister, Viva Hartley.

Chris is survived by her husband, Dave Holland, of the home; two sons, Justin Holland, Leawood, Kan., Steve Holland and wife, Sheryl, Harrisonville; a daughter, Kristi Quick and husband, Todd, Harrisonville; seven grandchildren, Brooke, Keely, Sarah, Lake, Madison, Olivia and Ashley; five great-grandchildren; Logan, Drew, Harmony, Soloman and Holland; a brother, Jerriel Bay and wife, Debbie, Lawtey, Fla.; a sister, Wanda Dowd and companion, Raymond, Holiday Island, Ark.; other relatives and many friends.

Funeral services were Sept. 28 at Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, with interment in Orient Cemetery, Harrisonville.

Family suggests contribution may be made to the American Cancer Society or to Serenity Hospice.

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

Paul E. Peterson

Jan. 31, 1960 - Sept. 24, 2012

Paul E. Peterson, 52, of Garden City, was born Jan. 31, 1960, in Osceola, the son of Marjorie L. Peterson. He died Monday Sept. 24, 2012, in a farm accident at his home in Garden City.

Paul was a 1978 graduate of Raytown High School, Raytown.

On June 17, 2005, he was united in marriage to Sherry Lynn Kohler in Garden City.

Paul was a devoted and loving husband, best friend, and life partner.

Paul worked for YRC Freight for 25 years as a driver and was a member of Teamsters Local #41. In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing, gardening, building projects, being with family and traveling with Sherry.

Paul was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Edgar and Vera Peterson of Osceola, his paternal grandparents Andrew and Ruth Zink Appleton City, and his uncle Edgar Duane Peterson Kansas City.

Paul is survived by his wife Sherry of the home, stepson Cheyenne Kohler and Judy, and grandson Cody Kohler, Kokomo, Ind.; his parents, Stanley and Marjorie Zink of Appleton City; one brother, Jerry Peterson of Lowry City; one sister Stacy Griffith (Mike) Blairstown; nieces Melissa Hallman (Caleb), Stephanie Childress, and Jeri Lynn Peterson and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, family members and friends.

Paul was a kind-hearted man that will forever be missed and remembered by those whose lives he touched.

Funeral services were Sept. 28 at Dickey Funeral Home, Garden City, with burial in Kidds Chapel Cemetery near Lowery City.

Family suggests memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Hospital or to Shriner’s Hospital.

To view the video tribute or send the family online condolences, please visit www.dickeyfh.com.

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

Danny Ray Smith

Jan. 14, 1961 - Sept. 25, 2012

Danny Ray Smith was born Jan. 14, 1961, in Clinton, the son of Bobby L. and Dorothy L. Box-Smith. He died Tuesday Sept. 25, 2012, at Kansas City Hospice House, Kansas City.

Danny graduated from Sherwood High School in 1979. Danny began his career as a machinist in 1981 at Honeywell and was a proud member of Local Lodge 778 for over 31 years.

Danny married Linda S. Cowan on May 10, 1991, in Clinton.

Danny had a passion for cars; from that passion he built his 1971 Chevrolet Nova. Danny and his Nova won many awards at various car shows. Danny loved car races, watching them on television or attending them with his family and friends. Danny also was a well-known mechanic for his family and friends. He loved spending time in his garage just tinkering around. Danny also had a love for fishing with his family and friends at Truman Lake. When wintertime approached, you could find Danny at another one of his favorite places, “The Cabin” in Urich.

Danny is survived by his wife Linda Smith of the home; two daughters, Ashley Cook-Carver of Garden City, and Whitney Smith of Archie; his mother and father, Dorothy and Bobby Smith of Urich; a brother, Gary L. Smith of Clinton; a sister, Donna Shipley and husband Martin of Drexel; three nephews - Kevin Smith, San Deigo, Calif., Tanner and Kiefer Shipley Drexel, and one niece Denise Bennett and husband Gregg Liberty; four great nieces and nephews and other relatives and many friends.

Danny will be missed by all that knew him but we know he will be watching us from the holes in the floor of heaven.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to: Shephard Staff Food Pantry, Harrisonville.

Funeral services were Sept. 30 at Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville. Cremation with inurnment in Garden City Cemetery, Garden City.

To view the video tribute or send the family online condolences, please visit www.dickeyfh.com.

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

Roger Leander Christian

Oct. 2, 1928 - Sept. 28, 2012

Roger Leander Christian, 83, of Belton, died Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at Hospice House after a battle with cancer. Roger was born Oct. 2, 1928, in Kansas City to Bessie Irene Wilcox and Robert Henry Christian. He had no siblings.

Roger served his country in the Navy with an Honorable Discharge in 1951. He worked for many years at Belger Construction hauling heavy equipment and later was owner-operator of Roger Christian Dump Truck Service. A long-time resident of Kansas City, Roger later settled in Belton, building a life and business there. Although his many interests and hobbies included rebuilding trucks, shooting, and riding his motorcycle, Roger was a loving family man who truly cherished spending time with his family.

Roger is survived by his wife of 30 years, Nancy Christian of Belton; his son, Michael Boyer and his wife Lynn of Kansas City; his daughter Pamela Marn of Kansas City; his daughter Maria Christian of Huntington Beach, Calif.; and his daughter Laura Pierce and her husband David of Belton. Roger was proud of his grandchildren: Matt, Mark, Shannon, Mary, Luke, Michael, and Nicholas. He also was blessed with two great-grandchildren: Aiden and Mikah.

Visitation for family and friends was from 9 to 10 a.m. Oct. 3 at Langsford Funeral Home in Lee’s Summit, with the funeral following directly at 10 a.m. Roger will later be laid to rest at Lee’s Summit Historical Cemetery. The family suggests memorial contributions in honor of Roger be made to Kansas City Hospice House.

Arrangements: Langsford Funeral Home, 115 SW 3rd St., Lee’s Summit, MO 64063; 816-524-3700.

Mary Margaret Pettry

Sept. 20, 1938 - Sept. 28, 2012

Mary Margaret Pettry, 74, of Adrian, died Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at Adrian Manor.

Pettry was born Sept. 20, 1938, in Kansas City, Kan., the daughter of Earl and Ina (Teters) Roberts.

No services are scheduled. (Cremation).

Arrangements: Atkinson Funeral Home, 142 E. Main St., Adrian, MO 64720; 816-297-2211.

John Daniel Sparks

April 30, 1963 - Sept. 29, 2012

John Daniel Sparks, 49, of Garden City, was born April 30, 1963, in Des Monies, Iowa. He died Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, at his home in Garden City. His father and two brothers preceded him in death. His wife, three children, one grandson, mother, two brothers, a sister, other relatives and friends survive John. Cremation with no services scheduled.

Arrangements: Cass County Cremation Service, 2400 E. Elm St., Harrisonville, MO 64701; 816-884-6302.

Nona Belle Brewster

Feb. 8, 1926 - Sept. 30, 2012

Nona Belle Brewster, 86, of Butler, died Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, at Research Medical Center in Kansas City. Nona Belle was born Feb. 8, 1926, in Bates County.

Graveside services were Oct. 3 at Sharon Cemetery in Drexel.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Shriner Hospital for Children, 2001 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63131.

Arrangements: Atkinson Funeral Home, 142 E. Main St., Adrian, MO 64720; 816-297-2211.

Earl Lemmer

May 5, 1918 - Sept. 30, 2012

Earl Lemmer, 94, of Harrisonville, died Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, at Adrian Manor in Adrian.

Earl was born May 5, 1918, in Harrisonville, the son of George and Cora (Anderson) Lemmer. Earl attended school in Harrisonville and was a 1935 graduate of Harrisonville High School.

He married Earline Williams on May 22, 1943, in Butler. They had two sons, Gerald Earl Lemmer and Bobby Dean Lemmer. Earl was a farmer and stockman. He had worked for Davis Bros. Garage in Harrisonville before going to work for Delozier’s Lawn and Garden, which he bought and ran for many years. After selling Delozier’s, he continued to sell and repair lawn mowers and chain saws at his home. Earl was a member of Grand River Baptist Church and loved going to country music shows.

Earl was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of over 50 years, Earline on Jan. 8, 2000, a brother, Frances Lemmer and an infant brother. He is survived by two sons, Jerry Lemmer and wife, Marilyn, and Bob Lemmer and wife, Jane, all of Harrisonville; six grandchildren, Todd Lemmer, Vonda (Lemmer) Savage, Angie (Lemmer) Petersen, Rob Lemmer, Chet Lemmer and Cody Lemmer; many great-grandchildren and a great-great-granddaughter.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at Atkinson Chapel in Harrisonville, officiated by Rev. Richard Riepe. Honorary casket bearers are Terry Highley, Louis Stephens, Don Stephens, Bob Jones and Harold Anderson. Casket bearers are Rob Lemmer, Teagan Lemmer, Chet Lemmer, Eric Petersen, Brandon Savage and Jim Thomas. Burial will be in Brady Cemetery, southwest of Harrisonville. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at the chapel

Online condolences may be made at atkinsonfuneralhome.com.

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

Evelyn Loretta Officer

April 19, 1928 - Sept. 30, 2012

Evelyn Loretta Officer, 84, of Harrisonville, was born April 19, 1928, in Kansas City, the daughter of Hugo John and Mary Beatrice (Fox) Crass. She died Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, at St. Luke’s East, Lee’s Summit.

On Feb. 3, 1951, Evelyn was united in marriage to Robert Bruce Officer in Independence.

Evelyn was a homemaker and a guardian angel to her family. She was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Harrisonville. Evelyn enjoyed ceramics, stained glass, line dancing, and was a hard worker on the farm and her garden. She had lived in Independence before moving to the farm near Harrisonville in 1962 and she and Bob had been snowbirds to Texas since 1999.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Rita Dressler.

Evelyn is survived by her husband of 61 years Bob Officer of the home; her three sons, Mike Officer and his wife Barb of Weldon Springs, David Officer and his wife Lisa of Ozark, and Jerry Officer and his wife Nancy of Bosworth; a daughter, Judy Wendel and her husband Bill of Harrisonville; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two brothers, John Crass of Versailles, and Bob Crass of Kansas City; a sister, Terry Chapman of Warsaw; other relatives and many friends.

Funeral Mass was Oct. 4 at Our Lady Of Lourdes Catholic Church, Harrisonville. Cremation followed the service.

The family suggests that memorial contributions may be made to the Our Lady Of Lourdes Church memorial fund.

To view the video tribute or send the family online condolences, please visit www.dickeyfh.com.

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

Ronald E. Coker

Feb. 13, 1965 - Oct. 1, 2012

Ronald E. Coker, 47, of Greenwood, died Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, in Harrisonville.

Ron was born Feb. 13, 1965, in Kansas City, the son of Norris and Mildred Marlene (DeShazo) Coker.

No services are scheduled. (Cremation).

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

U.S. Army Ret. Lt. Col. Raymond E. Smith

July 15, 1941 - Oct. 1, 2012

Raymond Everett Smith, 71, of Harrisonville, was born July 15, 1941 in Kansas City, the son of U.S. and Alice Marie (Smith) Smith. He died Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, at his home.

On March 28, 1963, Raymond was united in marriage to Janice Louise Still in Kansas City.

Raymond proudly served his country as an Army Ranger and Captain in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and Peacetime. He retired as Lt. Colonel from the U.S. Army National Guard. He also was employed as a tool and die maker for Allied Signal, Kansas City, until his retirement in 1997. Raymond was a member of VFW Post #4409, where he was a faithful member of the Honor Guard providing Military Honors for deceased veterans, and the Hurley Lee Spicer American Legion Post #49, both of Harrisonville. Raymond loved to work with his hands, building things and always had a project he was working on.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Raymond is survived by his wife Jan Smith of the home; two daughters, Margaret Goforth and husband Michael, Raytown, Laura Smart, Archie; three grandchildren, Brandi, Jennifer and Alex; two brothers, Paul Smith, Salt Lake City, Utah, Michael Smith, Ft. Scott, Kan.; a sister, Cathy Monsees, Dunnellon, Fla.; other relatives and many friends.

Cremation. No services scheduled. A private family inurnment will be at the Leavenworth National Cemetery, Leavenworth, Kan., at a later date.

To send the family online condolences, please visit www.dickeyfh.com.

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

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