Dec. 14 Obits

December 14, 2012 

Estel Leo Baumgarden

Sept. 1, 1929 - Dec. 3, 2012

Estel Leo Baumgarden was born in Osceola on Sept. 1, 1929. He spent his early years growing up around that area. He was better known as Corky, a nickname his grandmother gave him.

He proudly served his country in Korea during the Korean Conflict as a dozer operator from 1951-1952, including work on Heartbreak Ridge. During his army years, he earned the Korean Service Metal with two Bronze Stars, a U.N. service medal and two O/S Bars.

After his discharge, he returned to work at Larabie Flour Mill in Clinton. He was an expert truck driver beginning with Clearfield Cheese Co. of Clinton. He also drove for Yellow Freight Co. of Kansas City, Kan., and Cotter and Co., out of Grandview, for 20 years, retiring in 1993. He earned many safe-driving awards during his years on the road. He made many friends out on the road and was very proud and thankful of accumulating nearly 1,000,000 miles with no serious accidents.

Corky received Christ as his Savior and was baptized in 1979. He was a member of Dayton Community Church, serving as a board member and treasurer for many years.

He was a father to four children, Roy Baumgarden (Judy) of Shell Knob, Elizabeth Cullison (Dale) of Butler, Rodney Baumgarden of Urich, and Daran Baumgarden (Deanna), Butler.

He also was father to two stepchildren, Bradley Fisher (Samantha) of Garden City, and Brett Fisher (Debbie) of Mesa, Ariz.

He loved being grandpa to Heather, Jeremy, Mikey, Alycia, Seth, Rebekah, and great-grandpa to Tye, Haley, Regan and Easton.

He is preceded in death by his parents; a son, Ronald; a daughter, Carolyn; a grandson Sean; half sister, Peggy and a stepbrother, Dick Jones.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Pauline; half sisters, Wilma Jean Williams and Arlene Landon; half brothers, Darrell Jones (Connie), Donald Ray Jones (Maxine) and T. H. Jones (Brenda).

He had many beloved cousins and other family members, and he will be missed by family and friends alike while he awaits our arrival in his heavenly home.

Funeral services were Dec. 6 at Dickey Funeral Home, Garden City, with burial in Dayton Cemetery.

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

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

Keith David Spinning

Dec. 3, 2012

Keith Daniel Spinning, the eight-week-old son of Brian and Rena Spinning, died Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, at Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City.

There was a graveside service Dec. 8 at Garden City Cemetery, Garden City.

Family suggests contributions may be made to the Keith Daniel Spinning memorial fund c/o Sherwood Community Bank.

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

Harold R. Davis

Aug. 31, 1958 - Dec. 5, 2012

Harold R. Davis, 54, was born Aug. 31, 1958, in Kansas City and died Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, at Lee’s Summit Medical Center in Lee’s Summit.

Funeral Services were Dec. 8 at Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill with Chaplain Jim Mullis officiating. Burial was in Lee’s Summit Cemetery.

The family received friends Dec. 8 until service time.

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

Bobby Joe Willis

March 1, 1936 - Dec. 5, 2012

Bobby Joe Willis, 76, of Pleasant Hill, was born Sunday, March 1, 1936, in Evansville, Ind., the son of Albert Mathias and Clara Pearl (Ruxer) Willis. He died Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, at Lee’s Summit Medical Center.

Bob was a U.S. Air Force veteran.

On Nov. 27, 1959, he was united in marriage to Brenda Jane Anderson in Malden. He and Brenda moved to Pleasant Hill in 1963.

Bob began his working career as a salesman, working for several companies including Borden Foods in Kansas City. Later, he owned and operated Express Muffler in Pleasant Hill; Buck’s Barnyard in Lee’s Summit; and the Liquor Barn in Pleasant Hill.

He was a former city councilman and mayor of Pleasant Hill; a Master Mason and member of the Jewel Lodge #480 A.F & A.M, Pleasant Hill; a Kentucky Colonel; and the longest continuing member of the Pleasant Hill Golf Course. He was most proud of the fact that he was the Voice of the Roosters at Friday night football games for 32 years. He also was active in Pleasant Hill sports as a coach and official in football and basketball. He was a former Jaycee and Lions Club member.

Bob enjoyed bass fishing, golfing, motorcycles and traveling in his RV. He and Brenda traveled through most of the United States and into Canada and Mexico. He was never afraid to try anything once; he even attended Auctioneer school. Bob lived life to its fullest and enjoyed every minute of it.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Brian J. Willis, on July 25, 2009.

He is survived by his wife Brenda of the home; two sons Bradley J. (and Beth) Willis of Greentown, Ind., and Brent J. (and Helene) Willis of Papillion, Neb.; one daughter Beth J. (and Lance) Crull of Raymore; two sisters Earlene Howard of Belle Chasse, La., and Elda Jean Owsley of Louisville, Ky.; one sister-in-law Susie (and H.A.) Todd of Pleasant Hill; eight grandchildren, Jaime, Venecia, Rebecca, Jeremy, Adam, Brieanna, Brooke, and Sarah; three great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Victoria, and Ayden; other relatives and a host of friends.

Cremation has been accorded. There was a memorial service at 7 p.m. Dec.7. Reverend Carl Knapp of the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church officiated. Inurnment will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery at a later date.

Visitation was from 5 p.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions are suggested to ALS Association or Salvation Army and may be sent in care of the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family and the video tribute may be viewed at www.stanlelydickeyfuneralho

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

Dorothy Milree Moore

Dec. 21, 1925 - Dec. 6, 2012

Dorothy Milree Moore, 86, of Cleveland, died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. Dorothy was born Dec. 21, 1925, in Eureka, Kan., to John and Opal Bratton Bishop.

She graduated from Belton High School. Dorothy was a food-service cashier at Bendix and Safeway, retiring in the early ‘80s. She was a strong supporter of unions.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands Walter White and Wayne Moore, and two brothers Harold and Robert Bishop. She is survived by three daughters, Donna and Jimmy Sisk, Linda and Michael L. Morgan, and Janet and Harold Lawrence; 11 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren and her loving companion, “Cuddles.”

Visitation was from 6 to 7:30 p.m. with a Celebration of Life at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at McGilley & George Funeral Home in Belton. Inurnment was in Belton Cemetery. Contributions are suggested to Wayside Waifs.

Condolences may be left at www.mcgilleygeorgebelton .com.

Arrangements: McGilley & George Funeral Home, 611 Chestnut Belton, MO 64012; 816-322-2995.

Dewey Ray Perdue

Oct. 17, 1944 - Dec. 6, 2012

Dewey Ray Perdue, 68, of Harrisonville, died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, at St. Joseph Medical Center in Kansas City. Dewey was born Oct. 17, 1944, in Madison, Tenn., to Vernon Esley and Mary Emma (Merritt) Perdue.

On Oct. 26, 1968, he was united in marriage to Beatrice Marie Moles. He worked for Envirostar Waste Services in Grain Valley as the sales manager. He also owned and operated his own car dealerships. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of River Oaks Golf Club in Grandview. He was a Baptist.

Dewey was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Beatrice, of the home; one son, Christopher Allen Perdue of Grain Valley; three daughters, Lisa Bea Moore of Archie, Laura Leona Perdue of Shreveport, La., Beth DeAnne’ Perdue-Bell of Kansas City; three brothers, John L. Sullivan of Old Hickory, Tenn., Ralph Kenneth Perdue of Brush Creek, Tenn., and Wayne Perdue of Eagle Rock; one sister, Barbara Taylor of Harrisonville; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Funeral services were Dec. 10 at Atkinson Chapel in Harrisonville with burial in Crescent Hill Cemetery, Adrian.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Food for Thought Backpack program at the Harrisonville School.

Online condolences may be made to

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

Howard Dean Gordon

March 9, 1948 - Dec. 8, 2012

Howard Dean Gordon, 64, of Garden City, died Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, at his home.

Howard was born March 9, 1948, in Kansas City to Howard Manley and Marjorie Lucille (Butler) Gordon. He was married to Jerri Lynn (Layden). He was a U.S. Veteran.

Howard was preceded in death by his father and two brothers. His is survived by his wife, Jerri of the home; his mother, Marjorie Gordon of Kansas City; four children, Matthew Logan, Garden City, Anita Hurla and husband, Martin of Paxico, Kan., Toni Logan of Tampa, Fla., and Cassie Evans and husband, Paul of Otis, Ore.; two brothers, Tim Gordon and wife, Bernice of Kansas City, and Kenny Gordon and wife, Sherry of Kansas City; one sister, Karen Gordon, Nevada; and seven grandchildren, Joshua, Alyssa, Rachel, Lucy, Emily, Bethany, and Samuel.

The graveside service was at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at Strasburg Cemetery, Strasburg, with Military Honors by the Harrisonville Honor Guard Post #4409.

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

Ret. Msgt. Jimmy Lee Johnson

June 8, 1934 - Dec. 8, 2012

On Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, Jim died after a brief battle with lung cancer. Jim was born June 8, 1934, in Stanberry to James Shelby and Margaret Ruth Johnson.

Jim joined the Navy in 1952 as soon as he graduated from high school. He really wanted to see the world and the Navy obliged. The Navy promptly put him aboard an old Liberty ship and transported him to Morocco. However, he quickly tired of chipping paint and left the Navy and returned to Missouri. In 1954, he rejoined the military - this time in the Air Force.

He was soon stationed in England, where he served at RAF Woodbridge. He loved England. He was a champion darts player and loved a pint of bitter. He sometimes told a funny story of a trip he took to Norway where the Army and Air Force had stored vehicles in preparation for a feared Soviet invasion. As a mechanic, he would maintain the vehicles and then return to England. He made these trips on WW2 era Douglas DC-3s. On one trip, in the winter, one of the engines on the twin-engined aircraft failed. The crew promptly donned parachutes, opened the rear doors and told Jim to start jettisoning everything that wasn’t nailed down. The Dakota skimmed the frigid waters of the North Sea but made it back to England.

Jim spent a total of 10 years in England over his 22-year military career, with other assignments finding him in Newfoundland, Minnesota, and New Mexico. But his favorite place was England, where he met and married his wife Veronica.

In 1969, Jim deployed to Takhli AFB in Thailand. He was in charge of refueling maintenance for the F-105 Thunderchiefs that flew hundreds of missions over Vietnam. Jim’s final Air Force duty assignment was Grand Forks AFB in North Dakota. In 1975, after 22 years of active service, he retired, settling in Harrisonville with Veronica and their sons, Andrew and Edward.

Jim was a hard-working and loving man who took care of his family. He always had a soft spot for the underdog, especially the four-legged kind. Over the years, he loved and cared for many stray dogs and cats who found their way to his home.

Jim is preceded in death by his parents Shelby and Margaret, his brother Max, and nephew SSG Brian Easley, and is survived by his wife Veronica, his sons Andrew and Edward, his daughter-in-law Evelyn, grandchildren Jack and Edie, and siblings Paul, Shirley and Richard.

Cremation. There was a Celebration of Life Service on Dec. 12 at Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville. Inurnment was Dec. 13 at Leavenworth National Cemetery, Leavenworth, Kan.

The family suggests that memorial contributions may be made to Salvation Army, City Union Mission or Wayside Wafs.

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.

Martha Alice McKarnin

Feb. 28, 1930 - Dec. 10, 2012

Martha Alice McKarnin, 82, of Belton, died Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, at Kansas City Hospice House. She was born Feb. 28, 1930, in Columbus, the daughter of John and Mattie Fitch Simmons.

Martha was a member of Crossroads United Methodist Church. She was a Cass County election judge. She was a secretary for many years at Imco Container Company and retired from Mar-Kay Plastics. She was preceded in death by her parents; six brothers John, Chester, Albert, Glen, Jesse, and Kenneth; daughter-in-law Raylene McKarnin; and husband Lyman “Jack.” She is survived by son, Patrick McKarnin and wife Karen; grandchildren, Blair and Taryn McKarnin and Matthew Stauss.

Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Cullen Funeral Home with visitation from 2 to 3 p.m. Burial will be in Belton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care Center, 9221 Ward Parkway, Suite 100, Kansas City, MO 64114 in memory of Martha McKarnin.

Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, 612 W. Foxwood Dr., Raymore, MO 64083; 816-322-5278.

Florence Elizabeth Seward

May 8, 1927 - Dec. 10, 2012

Florence Elizabeth Seward, 85, died at her home Monday, Dec. 10, 2012. Florence was born May 8, 1927, in Worland, to John Jenkins and Estelle Waggoner Jenkins.

Services were Dec. 13 at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, with visitation at the church. Graveside service was Dec. 13 at Ft. Scott National Cemetery, Ft. Scott, Kan.

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

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