Nov. 23 Obits

November 23, 2012 

Helen Louise Michaels

March 7, 1918 - Nov. 5, 2012

Helen Louise Michaels, 94, of Harrisonville, was born March 7, 1918, in Independence, the daughter of Ernest and Lavina (Curtis) Brown. She died Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, at Crown Care Center, Harrisonville.

Funeral services were Nov. 8 at Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, with a graveside service and interment Nov. 8 in Mound Grove Cemetery, Independence.

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

Irvin Robert Leimkuehler

Jan. 15, 1921 - Nov. 7, 2012

Irvin Robert Leimkuehler, 91, of Garden City, was born Jan. 15, 1921, in Saline City, the son of Edward and Emma (Bender) Leimkuehler. He died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, at his home.

On May 2, 1948, Irvin was united in marriage to Ramona Kirkpatrick in Slater. Later, he was united in marriage to Mildred Maxine Beaver on July 14, 1979, in Kansas City, Kan.

Irvin was employed as an assembler for General Motors Fairfax Plant, Kansas City, Kan., until his retirement on Feb. 1, 1980. After his retirement, he helped his brothers paint houses. He was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church, Harrisonville, a former member and elder of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Kansas City, Kan., the UAW Union Local #31, and was an Army veteran of World War II. Irvin enjoyed duck hunting, farming and his greatest love was raising cattle.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Ramona, on May 8, 1971; five brothers, Clarence, Edward, Eugene, Leroy and Leland; three sisters, Edna, May and Olinda.

Irvin is survived by his wife, Maxine Leimkuehler of the home; two sons, Paul T. Leimkuehler, Tightwad, Ray A. Leimkuehler, Prairie Du Sac, Wis.; a stepson, Daryl Beaver, Walker, Iowa; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; other relatives and many friends.

Funeral services were 10 a.m. Nov. 12 at Our Savior Lutheran Church, Harrisonville, under the direction of Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville.

The family suggests that memorial contributions may be made to the Our Savior Lutheran Church Memorial Fund.

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

Janice Faye McAlister

July 13, 1948 - Nov. 9, 2012

Janice Faye McAlister, of Harrisonville, died Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, at her home. Janice was born July 13, 1948, in Trenton, the daughter of George and Letty Veach McAlister.

There was a Celebration of Life visitation Nov. 12 at Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville.

Cremation and final resting place planned for a later date in Colcord, Okla.

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

Robert Dale Long

Oct. 2, 1969 - Nov. 13, 2012

Robert “Rob” Dale Long, 43, of Harrisonville, died Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, at Belton Regional Medical Center in Belton.

Rob was born Oct. 2, 1969, in Independence, the son of Franklin Dale and Vicki Lynn (Brecht) Long. He grew up in Lee’s Summit and was a 1988 graduate of Lee’s Summit High School. He worked for B.T.M. in Kansas City for 15 years as a machinist.

Rob is survived by his fiancée, JoAnn Richards, Harrisonville; children, Jacob Robert Long, Haley Diane Lynn Long, Autumn Alice May Long, Austin Dale Long, Brian Joseph Myers, Blake Leon Myers, Dallas Brandon Myers, all of Harrisonville; his parents, Frank and Vicki Long, Lee’s Summit; one brother, Michael Lee Long, Kansas City; and maternal grandfather, Lloyd Brecht, Warrensburg.

Funeral services were Nov. 17 at Atkinson Chapel in Harrisonville. Burial was in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Harrisonville. Contributions may be made to the children.

Online condolences may be made to

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

Wilbur Wayne Cathcart

Nov. 13, 1925 - Nov. 14, 2012

Wilbur Wayne Cathcart, 87, of Independence, died Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012. Wilbur was born Nov. 13, 1925, in Archie, the son of James W. and Mattie Mae (Lawson) Cathcart.

He was a U.S. Army veteran serving with the occupational forces stationed in Tokyo, Japan, at the end of WWII. Wilbur was a journeyman electrician by trade and was a member of the IBEW Local #124 for 54 years. He worked on numerous projects throughout the city including Arrowhead and Kauffman Stadiums and the Independence Center.

Wilbur enjoyed the outdoors and working on mowers and projects around the home.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Betty Cathcart in 2005; sister, Edith Wood; and his parents. Survivors include his daughters, Shirley Slayton (Daniel), Vicki Cathcart, Kathy Killoy (John); grandchildren, Rebecca Hall, Deborah Fordyce, Angeline Slayton, William and Megan Killoy; 10 great grandchildren; one great great granddaughter; and additional nieces, nephews and family.

Graveside services were at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at Orient Cemetery, Harrisonville, with Military Honors. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Kansas City-area American Heart Association or the Kansas City-area American Diabetes Association.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Arrangements: Carson-Speaks Suburban Chapel, 39th St., 291 Hwy., Independence, MO 64055; 816-252-7900.

Mary Alice Greer

Nov. 14, 2012

Mary Alice Greer, 66, of Freeman, died Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, at Cass Regional Medical Center, Harrisonville.

Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 20 at Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, with burial in Freeman Cemetery, Freeman.

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

Charles Lee Castle

April 24, 1930 - Nov. 15, 2012

Charles Lee Castle died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, at his home surrounded by his family.

Charles was born April 24, 1930, in Fairland, Okla. Charles served in the Army from 1951 to 1953.

He will be remembered for his love of family, witty sense of humor and unfailing strength. We all loved him and will miss him dearly.

He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Barbara Ann Castle and their five children. Waukita and Bill Potts of Cleveland, Karazo and G.R. Milner of Village of Loch Lloyd, Tonya and Lynn Barnes of Pleasant Hill, Darin and Julie Castle of Perry, Kan., and Shaloy and Greg Higgins of Fort Worth, Texas. Grandchildren Kyle, Kindra, Renee, Katelyn and Jarid. Great granddaughter Kiyah and sister Margie Burrell, of Taft, Calif. Charles was preceded in death by his grandson Colby.

Graveside services were at 11 a.m. Nov. 17 at Freeman Cemetery, Freeman.

Family suggests contributions may be made to Serenity Care Hospice.

To view the video tribute or send the family online condolences, please visit

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

Charles William Mohr

Nov. 30, 1939 - Nov. 18, 2012

Charles “Charley” William Mohr, 73, of Peculiar, died Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, at Kansas City Hospice House in Kansas City. Charley was born Oct. 30, 1939, in Kansas City, Kan., the son of Max and Erna (Kempfe) Mohr. He was a U.S. Air Force Veteran.

Funeral services were Nov. 20 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Butler, with burial in Peculiar Cemetery, Peculiar.

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

Marjorie Mae Smith

Nov. 25, 1924 - Nov. 18, 2012

Marjorie Mae Smith died at home on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012.

Marjorie was born to Charles M. and Blanch (Hostetter) Long of Kansas City on Nov. 25, 1924.

She graduated from William Chrisman High School in 1943. Following graduation, she relocated to New York City, returning to Kansas City in 1950.

During the last 30 years of her life, Marjorie enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved to do craft projects, especially sewing, producing countless quilts, stuffed toys, pillows, clothing, and other gifts for family, friends, and charities. Her last few years were spent on the farm where her daughter lives near Freeman.

Marjorie was preceded in death by her brother, Charles M. Long, Jr,, of Kansas City, and her son Gerald Dee Smith of Baraboo, Wis. She is survived by her daughter, Sharon Marshall (Tom); her grandchildren, Kelli Kyle (Joe) of Raymore, Luciana Thornton (Luke) of Anthony, Kan., Carly Jo Armilio-Naylor of Belton and Jennifer Roth (Kurtis) of Raymore; and by her great grandchildren, Alexander, Jackman, Kayla, Addison, Kyan, and Matthew.

A memorial visitation was at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, at Floral Hills Funeral Home, 7000 Blue Ridge Blvd., Kansas City, MO, 64133.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Veterans of Foreign Wars or Disabled American Veterans, two groups Marjorie strongly supported throughout her life.

Condolences may be left at www.floralhillsfuneralhome .com.

Arrangements: Floral Hills Funeral Home, 7000 Blue Ridge Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64133, 816-353-1218.

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