Jan. 11 Obits

January 11, 2013 

Bonnie Ford

Dec. 27, 2012

Bonnie Ford, 81, a long-time resident of Adrian, died Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, at Crown Care Center.

Born in Bates County to Ben and Ellen McCullough, she attended schools in Butler and Adrian. She married Douglas Lee Ford on Sept. 14, 1947, and was married to him for 56 years until his death in September 2003. In 2005, she married Wm. F. Steiner until his death in November 2009.

After giving birth to nine children, her youngest child being three months old, Bonnie began her nursing career in Harrisonville at Cass Memorial Hospital and for Dr. Barger. While attending nursing school, she worked for Dr. Ronald and Dr. Luter in Butler and the Bates County Memorial Hospital. She completed her Licensed Practical Nursing degree in 1968. One of her dearest memories of nursing was the opening of the new facility called Camden Health Center in Harrisonville. She worked at Camden until her retirement in 1991.

Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents, three siblings at their birth, four brothers, Jack, Joe, Wes, and Frank; one sister, Maxine; a granddaughter, Jennifer Dyke; and a son-in-law, Patrick Hyatt.

Survivors include her sister, Helen Miller of Medford, Ore.; and her children, Marcia (Bernie) Ribordy, Seminole, Fla.; Martha (Ron) Wood, Higginsville; Rev. Mark (Janna) Ford, Barberton, Ohio; Marquita (Lynny) Grant, Overland Park, Kan.; James (Glenda) Ford, Hilliard, Ohio; Rev. Douglas Lee (Bev) Ford, Jr., Marion, Ohio; Bonnie Hyatt, Garden City; Ronald Ford, Lenexa, Kan.; and Stephen (DeeDee) Ford, Linn Creek. She also is survived by 23 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, and soon-to-be-born, a set of twin great grandchildren.

The family would like to say a special thank you to the staff at Crown Care Center in Harrisonville and Crossroads Hospice for the special care Bonnie received during her short illness.

Funeral services were Dec. 31, 2012, at Victory Assembly of God Church, Adrian, with burial in Crescent Hill Cemetery near Adrian.

Family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Church Memorial Fund.

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.

William Richard “Bill” Hedrick

Nov. 27, 1928 - Dec. 28, 2012

William Richard “Bill” Hedrick, 84, of Harrisonville, was born Nov. 27, 1928, in Harrisonville, the son of William Nelson and Mildred Ottilla (Holloway) Hedrick. He died Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, at Cass Regional Medical Center, Harrisonville.

On Aug. 12, 1950, Bill was united in marriage to Helen Aline Stephens in Bentonville, Ark.

Bill was employed as a nail mill operator for Armco Steel, Kansas City, until his retirement. He was an Army veteran serving as Sergeant in the Occupation of Japan. Bill was an avid golfer and a member of Harrisonville Sand Greens Golf Club. He was a life-long area resident and a 1946 graduate of Harrisonville High School.

Besides his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his son, William N. Hedrick, on May 18, 1991.

Bill is survived by his wife, Helen A. Hedrick of the home; a son Stephen L. Hedrick, Lakeland, Fla.; granddaughter, Sarah Hedrick and grandson, Seth Hedrick; a stepbrother, Harold Dean Hammontree, Harrisonville; a stepsister, Velma Beckerdite, Harrisonville; other relatives and a host of friends.

Graveside services were Jan. 2 at Orient Cemetery, Harrisonville.

Family suggests memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society.

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.

Luther P. Barbarick

Jan. 5, 1927 - Dec. 29, 2012

Luther P. “Luke” Barbarick, 85, was born Jan. 5, 1927, in Bland and died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, at Rehabilitation Center of Raymore.

After proudly serving his country in the U.S. Army, Luke returned to Jefferson City. Funeral services for Barbarick were Jan. 3 at Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

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

Deloris M. Laughlin

June 20, 1929 - Dec. 29, 2012

Deloris M. Laughlin, of Harrisonville, was born June 20, 1929, in Stanley, Kan., the daughter of Elmer Robert and Rose Lamina (Stemler) Laughlin. She died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, at Crown Care Center, Harrisonville.

There was a private family burial Dec. 31, 2012, at Orient Cemetery, Harrisonville.

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

Lucille Jacqueline Hayes

Dec. 12, 1920- Dec. 30 2012

Lucille Jacqueline Hayes, 92, died peacefully Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, at Kansas City Hospice House in Kansas City. She was born Dec. 12, 1920, in Kansas City to John Sterling Bundy and Edith (Zion) Bundy.

Jackie, as she was known to most, spent her early years in Drexel, where she graduated from high school in 1938. She attended Central Missouri State College in Warrensburg for two years, where she earned a teaching certificate; she subsequently taught at Glendale School, a one-room country schoolhouse near Freeman. She later attended Kansas City Business College and worked at Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant in DeSoto, Kan., during World War II.

Jackie was married to Jesse W. Hayes on June 14, 1941, in Harrisonville. After Jesse’s return from combat service in the U.S. Army in 1944, they made their home in Pleasant Hill for 66 years, until moving to an assisted-living facility in Belton in 2010. Jackie was a homemaker and a substitute teacher in the Pleasant Hill schools during the 1950s and 1960s. She also was an active member of Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday School for many years. She was a Cub Scout Den Mother in the early ‘50s and a long-time member of Twenty Friends/Pleasant Hill Junior Study Club. Jackie was an avid worker of crossword puzzles and could still master them until a few weeks before her death.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, B.C. Bundy; and a daughter-in-law, Claudia Hayes. Survivors include her husband of 71 years, Jesse W. Hayes, of Belton; her son and daughter-in-law, J. Michael and Judy Hayes of Cincinnati, Ohio; her granddaughter, Melinda Hayes of Toledo, Ohio; cousins Helen Gress of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Susie Prior of Eden, N. C.; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law A.J. and Marilyn Hayes of Columbia, Jerry and Josie Hayes, Jerrall and Nancy Hayes, Ruth Kingsolver, and Chrystal Hayes, all of Pleasant Hill; 16 nieces and nephews and their spouses, many great nieces and great nephews and their spouses and children, and many, many friends, all of whom she considered family as well.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Jan. 4 at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church. Reverend Carl Knapp, minister of the church, officiated. Interment was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 3 at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to National Kidney Foundation 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.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com.

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

Donna Janette Jacobs

July 21, 1930 - Dec. 30, 2012

Donna Janette Jacobs, 82, of Camden Point, was born July 21, 1930, in Garden City, the daughter of Carson Thompson and Pearl Irene (Knight) Coryell. She died Monday, Dec. 30, 2012, at Hillview Nursing and Rehabilitation, Platte City.

There was a graveside service Jan. 3 at Mullin Cemetery near Urich, under the direction of Dickey Funeral Home.

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

Frances Wilda Smith

Feb. 15, 1932 - Jan. 2, 2012

Frances Wilda Smith, 80, of Adrian, died Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, at Adrian Manor Nursing Home in Adrian.

There was a memorial/visitation Jan. 8 at Atkinson Funeral Home in Adrian. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to Heartland Hospice or Adrian Christian Church.

Online condolences may be made to atkinsonfuneralhome.com.

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

Harriett (Hattie) Gilkeson

Jan. 3 2013

Harriett (Hattie) Gilkeson, 88, died Thursday, Jan. 3. Hattie was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and terrific friend.

She was predeceased by her husband, Howard Allen Gilkeson, and son, Richard Allen Gilkeson.

Hattie is survived by her daughter, Jody Morgan (husband, Doug) of Scottsdale, Ariz., and three adoring grandchildren, Shane Ellis, Christy Ellis and Alyssa Gilkeson.

Hattie was the youngest of three children. She was born in Pekin, Ill. She met Howard while employed at Caterpillar, Inc., and married soon after. Hattie and Howard and their two children lived in Australia for eight years and Canada for 22 years before retiring in Scottsdale. Hattie was very involved in American Women’s Clubs in both Australia and Canada and was dedicated to helping many charities. She was a member of Mountain View Presbyterian Church.

There will be a memorial service in Garden City in the spring.

Don McVey

Jan. 4, 2013

Don McVey, 71, of Garden City, died Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at K.C. Hospice House.

He is survived by his wife, Judy; his son, David and daughter-in-law, Faith and their children Ian and Lydia, and his daughter, Jeanni Kanzler and son-in-law Dan and their children Hallie, Karsyn, and Jacob; his brother Norman McVey; his nephews and their families.

Don’s family would like to thank all the good friends who supported us through the last few weeks with their care, concern, and happy memories of times together.

Cremation. A private family memorial will be at a later date. The family suggests contributions to K.C. Hospice House, 12000 Wornall, Kansas City, MO 64145.

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

Doris Ann Hocker

Aug. 21, 1940 - Jan. 5, 2013

Doris Ann Hocker, 72, of Edwardsville, Kan., formerly of Peculiar, died Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at Golden Living Care Center in Edwardsville. Funeral services are pending at Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville. A complete obituary will be in next week’s Cass County Democrat Missourian.

Online condolences may be made to atkinsonfuneralhome.com.

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

Edith O’Dell Davis

Jan. 6, 2013

Edith O’Dell Davis, 92, died Sunday, Jan 6, 2013, at her home.

Edith is survived by her two daughters, Beth Davis and Dana Davis; two sisters, Joan Ingram and Joyce Perry; three grandchildren, Sara Natasha, Lisa; and one great-grandson, Landon.

Visitation was at 2 p.m. followed by services at 3 p.m. Jan. 8 at Park Lawn Chapel. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery. The family suggests contributions to Serenity Hospice Care, 1626 E Elm, Harrisonville MO 64701.

Arrangements: Park Lawn Funeral Home, 8251 Hillcrest Rd. K.C., MO 64138 816-523-1234.

Roger Levi Helphrey

April 16, 1944-Jan. 6, 2013

Roger Levi Helphrey, 68, died after more than a three-year battle with lung cancer and dementia Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013. He died peacefully at his home in Adrian surrounded by his family. Visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 10 at Atkinson Chapel in Adrian. The family also invites friends and family to a Celebration of Life from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at First Baptist Church in Adrian. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to VFW of Adrian, Autism Speaks or The Salvation Army.

Roger was born April 16, 1944, to Rolla Helphrey and Erma (Rogers) Legall Helphrey near Urich. Shortly after graduating from Clinton High School, he joined the U.S. Air Force. He spent his 21-year career with the Air Force as a radar technician on fighter jets. Overseas, he was stationed in Okinawa (with missions to Vietnam), several tours to Thailand (with missions to Vietnam), and West Germany (with missions to Iran). While stationed in Las Vegas, Nev., he met and married the love of his life, Elaine Eld. They had two sons.

While stationed in West Germany, the four family members toured 22 countries on motorcycles. Roger’s life philosophy was to never look back on life and wish you had, so they had many adventures over the years. They tried different businesses. Roger did tax preparation for many years. They traveled whenever they could. Roger visited all 50 states that he so proudly served to protect and defend. Roger never wanted to hire someone else to do something that he could do or possibly learn to do himself.

After retiring from the Air Force and selling a computer business, the family moved to Missouri where Roger again became an electronics technician with the National Weather Service. After 22 years, he retired from that career in 2006.

Roger enjoyed his four grandkids, riding motorcycles, traveling, farming, hunting, leather tooling and woodworking.

His parents preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, Elaine; son, Troy and his wife, Michelle and two grandchildren, Corbin and Kylie and son, Ty and his wife JJ and two grandchildren, Philip and Olivia; half-sister, Thelma Smith and her husband George; half-brother, Ted Legall and his wife, Pansy, and a large extended family. The world just got a little dimmer without his radiant smile.

Online condolences may be made to atkinsonfuneralhome.com.

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

Dr. A. R. “Rod” May, III

June 8, 1953 - Jan. 7, 2013

Dr. A. R. “Rod” May, III, 59, of Pleasant Hill, died Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at Cass Regional Medical Center in Harrisonville.

No services are scheduled. (Cremation).

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

Online condolences may be made to atkinsonfuneralhome.com.

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

Roger James Moore

Jan. 7, 2013

Roger James Moore, 56, of Pleasant Hill, died Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at his home.

Cremation. There will be a Celebration of Life Visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville.

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

Jerry Burton

Jan. 8, 2013

Jerry Burton, 71, of Garden City, died Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, at his home, surrounded with love and family.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at Dickey Funeral Home, Garden City, with burial in Dayton Cemetery.

Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at the funeral home.

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

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

Nancy Jones

Jan. 8, 2013

Nancy Jones, of Harrisonville, died Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, at her home. Services are pending at Atkinson Funeral Home (atkinsonfuneralhome.com). A complete obituary will be in next week’s paper.

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

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