October 12 Obits

October 12, 2012 

Rogar Allan Cummins

June 30, 1955 - Sept. 16, 2012

Rogar Allan Cummins, 57, of Springfield, formerly of the Garden City and Harrisonville areas, died Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012.

Rogar was born June 30, 1955, in Kansas City, the son of Thomas and Mildred Cummins, Sr. He was preceded in death by his brother, Thomas Cummins, Jr.; his father; a namesake niece, Tonya Alana; and his stepfather, Richard Matter.

Surviors include his mother, Mildred Matter of Montoursville, Pa.; his daughter, Kasey Cummins and granddaughter, Audri Cummins of Springfield; his son, Aaron Cummins of Stockton; four sisters, Stephanie, Robin, Jeri and Sandra; two aunts and numerous nieces and nephews.

Rogar was a musician from the age of eight until shortly before his death. Rogar “The Kid” Cummins played drums in his own band and for several other performers and sang as well. His forte was rock-n-roll, and he was a great fan of ‘50s music. He is now playing in the Lord’s band–and the beat of his drums will forever play in our hearts.

The memorial service was at 3 p.m. Sept. 25 at Bethel Assembly of God in Garden City, Pastor George Geesey officiated. A private family burial service took place Sept. 26 at the family plot in Floral Hills Cemetery in Raytown.

Condolences can be sent to mildredmatter34@hotmail. com.

Wells H. Thompson

March 10, 1921 - Sept. 28, 2012

Wells H. Thompson, 91, of Belton, died Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at Golden Years Care Center in Harrisonville.

He was born March 10, 1921, in Sedalia. Wells moved from Knob Noster to Belton about 11 years ago. He was a farmer most of his life.

Preceded in death by wife, Elsie, son, Mike Thompson, brother, Wimer Thompson, and sister, Mary Virginia Casebolt. Survived by son, Larry Thompson, Belton; two grandchildren, Doug Thompson, Belton, and Terah Thompson, Anthem, Ariz.

There will be a Celebration of Life from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at CrossRoads United Methodist Church, 700 Quicktrip Way in Belton. Contributions are suggested to the church in memory of Wells.

Condolences may be left at www.mcgilleygeorgegrandvie w.com.

Arrangements: McGilley & George Funeral Home; 12913 Grandview Rd.; Grandview, MO 64030; 816-966-0250.

Rex Baker

Oct. 2, 2012

Rex Baker, 84, of Stockton, died Tuesday Oct. 2, 2012, at Lake Stockton Healthcare Facility.

There will be a memorial service at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at the VFW Hall in Harrisonville.

Memorials may be made to CMH Hospice or Harrisonville VFW.

Arrangements: Brumback Funeral Home, 306 S High, P.O. Box 279, Stockton, MO 65785; 417-276-4214.

Mary Margaret Brady

Nov. 16, 1932 - Oct. 2, 2012

Mary Margaret Brady, 79, of Peculiar, died Tuesday, Oct. 2, surrounded with love and family at Foxwood Springs Living Center, Raymore. She was born Nov. 16, 1932 in Kansas City, the daughter of Raymond F. and Margaret Regina (Fischer) Rupp.

On Feb. 12, 1956, Mary was united in marriage to George W. Brady, Jr., in Kansas City.

Mary was first a homemaker and a career military wife. She also was employed as a data transcriber for the Marine Corp Finance Center, Kansas City, until her retirement in 1995. Mary was a member and a Eucharist Minister at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Harrisonville; a member of NARFE; the Smart Mohawks Camping Club; and Hitchhiker Camping Club. Mary had served as a volunteer dispatcher for the West Peculiar Fire Protection District for 12 years. She had lived in South Kansas City before moving to Peculiar in 1986.

Besides her parents, Mary was preceded in death by an infant son, Joseph; a brother, Raymond Rupp, Jr., and two infant brothers; a sister, Martha Rupp.

Mary is survived by her husband, George W. Brady, Jr., of the home; two sons, Michael G. Brady, Fredericksburg, Va.; James R. Brady and wife Angie, Greenwood; three daughters, Margaret E. Humphreys and husband Bob, Olathe, Kan.; Regina M. Lust, Pleasant Hill; Kathleen C. Myers, Peculiar; eight grandchildren, Matthew, Jessica and husband Armand, Sarah and husband Vic, Brett, Brandi, Jacob, Taylor, Austin; two great grandchildren; sister Cecila Sava and husband Steve, Hot Springs, Ark., other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Mass was Oct. 8 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Harrisonville.

Graveside services were Oct. 8 at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Kansas City.

Family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Catholic Community Hospice.

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.

Norene “Pegi” Collings

Aug. 13, 1925 - Oct. 2, 2012

Norene “Pegi” Collings, 87, of Pleasant Hill, was born Aug. 13, 1925, in Harper, Kan., the daughter of Roy Edward and Edith Mabel (Petry) Carr. She died Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, at an Alzheimer’s home in Leawood, Kan.

There was a Celebration of Life Oct. 7 at the funeral home. Visitation was at 2 p.m. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

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

Gerald Lee Niedens

Nov. 29, 1946 - Oct. 5, 2012

Gerald Lee Niedens, 65, of Harrisonville, died Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, at Willow Lane Nursing Home in Butler.

Gerald was born Nov. 29, 1946, in Hoisington, Kan., the son of Otto H. and Rosie (Boxberger) Niedens. He was a graduate of Hoisington High School and received a bachelor’s degree in medical technology from Pittsburg State University. He was a charter member of Lambda Chi Alpha. Gerald was a U.S. Army Vietnam War veteran. He married Cynthia Pugh on July 20, 1991.

Gerald was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Cynthia, of the home; four sons, Jay and wife, Staci, Harrisonville; Jeremy, Pekin, Ill., Nick and wife, Argie, Athens, Greece, and Jeffrey and wife, Chrissie, Peoria, Ill.; one daughter, Avis, Athens, Greece; one brother, Doyle Niedens and wife, Sandy, of Macon, Ga. and two grandsons, Pano and Skyler.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Oct. 11 at Atkinson Chapel in Harrisonville. Friends called from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 10 at the chapel. (Cremation followed).

Memorial contributions may be made to Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity or Smolenski MSA Research Fund (Multiple System Atrophy).

Online condolences may be made at atkinsonfuneralhome.com.

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

Margaret B. Donegan

Aug. 10, 1925 - Oct. 6, 2012

Margaret B. Donegan, Kansas City, died Saturday, Oct.6, 2012, at Foxwood Springs Living Center, Raymore.

Margaret was born Aug. 10, 1925, in Monet, to parents Claude and Icy Beymer. On Sept. 11, 1948, she was married to Joseph Donegan, II, in Kansas City. They became the parents of six children.

Margaret retired from the IRS as a tax examiner after many years of employment. She was a founding member of St. John Francis Regis Catholic Church in Kansas City and since 2002 has been a faithful member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Harrisonville.

In 2002, she was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Joe; by two sons: Joseph, III, and David; and by five brothers and two sisters. Margaret is survived by her children, Patty Wetmore, Charles (Karen) Donegan, Loretta Penson, and Edward (Tina) Donegan; by 13 grandchildren, 12 great-great-grandchidren; and by two sisters Juanita Colvin and Annabelle Beymer.

Mass of Christian Burial was at 10 a.m. Oct. 11 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 2700 E. Mechanic, Harrisonville. Burial was at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Kansas City. The Rosary was prayed at 6 p.m. Oct. 10 followed by a visitation until 8 p.m. at McGilley State Line Chapel, 12301 State Line Road, Kansas City.

Arrangements: McGilley State Line Chapel, 12301 State Line Rd., Kansas City, MO.

Jay Hartzler

Dec. 30, 1927 - Oct. 6, 2012

Jay Hartzler, 84, of Harrisonville, died Oct. 6, 2012, at Adrian Manor, Adrian. He was born Dec. 30, 1927, in Harrisonville to Ora Jay (OJ) and Priscilla (Yoder) Hartzler.

Jay Hartzler grew up in rural Harrisonville and was a member of the 1946 graduating class of Harrisonville High School. He attended Hesston College in Hesston, Kan., in 1946-1947, during which time he sang in the Hesston College Men’s Chorus and Acapella Chorus. He completed two years of volunteer service as an assistant in surgery in Elkart, Ind. in 1953-1954.

Jay married Dorothy Hershey on Aug. 3, 1956, and they established their home in Harrisonville where he farmed, worked as a building contractor, and developed a successful career in life insurance sales. Together with his sons, he started a farm equipment dealership in 1977 and continued to work there until shortly before his death. Jay was one of the founders of Harrisonville Community Church and was an active part of the prayer ministry until his illness prevented his attendance at services. Jay enjoyed helping people who were challenged in their life circumstances. Through the years, many people were provided jobs and other forms of support because of his desire to bless others.

Besides his parents, Jay was preceded in death by his sister Alta.

Jay is survived by his wife, Dorothy Hartzler, Adrian Manor; his children; Kathleen and Don Miller, Granby Colo.; Lowell and Vicky Hartzler, Harrisonville; Douglas and Becky Hartzler, Harrisonville; his siblings, Allen and Pauline Hartzler, Blanch and Morris Hershberger, Harrisonville; his grandchildren; David Miller, Granby, Colorado; Nathan and Faith Hartzler, Springfield; Matthew and Kathryn Hartzler, Greenwood; Levi Miller, Goleta, Calif.; Andrew Hartzler, Harrisonville and Tiffany Hartzler, Harrisonville; other relatives and many friends.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Oct. 11 at Harrisonville Community Church with burial in Clearfork Cemetery near Garden City.

Family received friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 10 at Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville.

Family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Harrisonville Christian School.

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.

Connie Beatrice Pulliam

Aug. 1, 1950 - Oct. 7, 2012

Connie Beatrice Pulliam, 62, of Higginsville, was born Aug. 1, 1950, in Salem, Ark. She died Sunday, Oct, 7, 2012, at her home surrounded by love.

On Sept. 11, 1970, Connie was united in marriage to Johnnie Allen Pulliam in Creighton.

Funeral services were Oct.10 at Dickey Funeral Home, Garden City. Interment in Garden City Cemetery, Garden City.

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

Louise Ann Pruitt

Jan. 6, 1931 - Oct. 8, 2012

Louise Ann Pruitt, 81, of Peculiar, died Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, surrounded by loving family. She was born Jan. 6, 1931, in Kansas City, Kan., the daughter of Anthony and Julia Golubski.

On Oct. 13, 1951, Louise was united in marriage to Oakley R. Pruitt at Camp Chaffie, Ark.

Louise was a proud homemaker of a loving home raising six children. She was a very dedicated mother to her children. Louise loved flowers of all kinds and enjoyed planting them and taking care of them. She also loved to crochet and quilt and made every child and grandchild his or her own lovingly made quilt. Louise also loved to cook and make homemade cobblers and Polish Nut Bread. It was always a treat and a blessing to eat at her and Oakley’s table.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant son Robert Ray Pruitt; a brother Anthony Golubski, Jr.; a brother-in-law, William McMahon.

Louise is survived by her husband Oakley Ray Pruitt of the home, four daughters and one son, Linda Ford, Peculiar; Darlene Ahner, Belton; Kathleen Curtis and husband Kelly, Brenda Reinholdt and husband Roger, and Thomas Pruitt and wife Ruby all of Peculiar; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren. two brothers and one sister, Edward Golubski and wife Ann, Paola, Kan., Clarence Golubski and wife Barbara, Kansas City, and Betty McMahon, Overland Park, Kan.; other relatives and many friends.

Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 12, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.

Graveside service will be at 2 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12, at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Kansas City.

Visitation was from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct.11 at Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, with a Rosary at 6:30 p.m.

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.

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