Jan. 18 Obits

January 18, 2013 

Alice Louise Braatz

Dec. 27, 2012

Alice Louise Braatz, 88, of Belton, formerly of Kansas City, died Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012. She was born in Pleasant Hill.

She was formerly employed by Bendix Aviation Corp. She was a member of First Lutheran Church, Mission, Kan., Belton VFW Post No. 8220 Ladies Auxiliary, and AARP. She was preceded in death by her husband Harold C. Braatz. She is survived by her daughter Mary Lou and son-in-law Tim Flagler, and grandchildren Renee and Trent Flagler of Overland Park, Kan.

Services were Dec. 30 at Mt. Moriah and Freeman Funeral Home, 10507 Holmes Rd. Burial in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Pleasant Hill. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Children’s Mercy Hospital Diabetes Clinic, 3101 Broadway, Kansas City, MO 64111.

Arrangements: Mt. Moriah and Freeman, 10507 Holmes Rd., Kansas City, MO 64131; 816-942-2004.

Terel Dean Downs

Jan. 5, 2013

Terel (Terry) Dean Downs died Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013. He was born in 1958 to Dorothy L. Harper, Harrisonville, and Lee B. Downs, Mineral Wells, Texas.

Terry served in the Navy for six years. He was a groundskeeper for his father’s cemetery venture and later owned and operated his own window-treatment company. He also became proficient in granite installation.

Terry love football, especially his beloved Miami Dolphins, and later, begrudgingly, followed the Kansas City Chiefs. Reading, fishing, Scrabble and crossword puzzles were among his favorite pastimes.

Terry is preceded in death by his first wife, Sally (Coggins), granddaughter, Kiara and his faithful Dalmation of 14 years, Duke. Terry is survived by his parents, wife of 25 years, Patricia (Freeman); sons, Ian Lee Downs, Jeremiah Coggins, Tyler Freeman; sisters, Sherel Nicholson, Tammy Taverna, Barbara O’Connell, Mary O’Connell; brothers, Troy Downs, Pete O’Connell, Paul O’Connell; grandchildren, Chase, Dorian, Tressa; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends.

There was a brief service for Terry at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 4800 E. Mechanic St., Harrisonville, MO, 64701.

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, Kan. Funeral services were Jan. 11 at Atkinson Chapel in Harrisonville. Burial was in Peculiar Cemetery in Peculiar.

Doris was born Aug. 21, 1940, in Harrisonville, the daughter of Clarence and Dixie Wolf.

Online condolences may be made to atkinsonfuneralhome.com.

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

Cecil Coleman Miller

July 6, 1930 - Jan. 5, 2013

Cecil Coleman Miller, 82, of Belton, was born Sunday, July 6, 1930, in Independence, the son of James M. and Mamie (Coleman) Miller. He died Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at Research Medical Center, Kansas City.

Funeral services were Jan. 10 at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family and the video tribute may be viewed at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralho me.com.

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

Donna Jane Hobick

Jan. 7, 2013

Donna Jane Hobick, 79, of Raymore, died Monday, Jan.7, 2013. Visitation was from 1 to 2:30 p.m. with the funeral service at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 13 at Mt. Moriah and Freeman Chapel, 10507 Holmes. Burial was in Mt. Moriah Cemetery.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Mt. Moriah Terrace Park Funeral and Cemetery, Kansas City.

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).

Dr. May was born June 8, 1953, in Independence, the son of the late Capt. A. R. May, Jr., and June (Henderson) May, Harrisonville. He grew up in Independence and was a 1971 graduate of Truman High School. He graduated from William Jewel and medical school at Kansas City Osteopathic College. He worked as an ER physician at Cass Regional Medical Center from 1989 until his retirement in February 2011 and also was a Medical Director at the hospital from 1997 until his retirement.

He was a former EMS Medical Director of several local EMS and fire departments and had served as the Cass County Medical Examiner.

Dr. May was preceded in death by his father in 1997 and one sister, Marsha Bean, in 2008. He is survived by his wife, Jo Anne May, of the home; his mother, June May, Harrisonville; stepson, Richie Hawley and his wife, Jennifer, Freeman, and granddaughters, Katelynn Hawley and Chaurie Stroud; brother-in-law, Dr. John Bean, Kansas City; nieces, Dr. Melissa Leimkuehler and husband, Jesse, and children of Kansas City, and Dr. Marchelle Giannini and husband, Tom and children of Baltimore, Md.; his daughters, Dr. Malia Beckwith, of New Jersey and Marji May, of Kansas City.

Online condolences may be made to atkinsonfuneralhome.com.

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

Roger James Moore

June 20, 1953 - Jan. 7, 2013

Roger James Moore, of Pleasant Hill, was the son of Susan and Homer Moore. He died Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at his home in Pleasant Hill.

Roger had a rough life. He tried his best to make it better. He loved his family and friends.

Cremation. There was a Celebration of Life Visitation Jan. 11 at Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville.

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

Jerry Gene Burton

Sept. 18, 1941 - Jan. 8, 2013

Jerry Gene Burton was born to C.R. “Bunt” Burton and Golda Drury Burton in Butler and died Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, at home surrounded by his family.

Jerry served his country by enlisting in the Army and was a member of New Covenant Fellowship Church.

Funeral services were Jan. 12 at Dickey Funeral Home, Garden City, with burial in Dayton Cemetery.

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

Nancy Lea Jones

Oct. 26, 1952 - Jan. 8, 2013

Nancy Lea Jones, 60, of Harrisonville, died Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, at her home. There will be a memorial gathering from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville. (Cremation). Memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice.

Nancy was born Oct. 26, 1952, in Kansas City, the daughter of Max and Beverly (Chaffin) Haldiman. She grew up in Raytown and Kansas City and was a graduate of Raytown South High School. Nancy owned and operated Cass County Cleaners in Harrisonville for 20 years before selling it in 1998. She had lived in Harrisonville for 28 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Denny Haldiman. She is survived by two daughters, Juanita Lukens, Harrisonville, and Lisa Riggs, Nixa; three brothers, Kenny Haldiman, Grain Valley, David Haldiman, Raymore, and Greg Haldiman, Lee’s Summit; one sister, Kathy Haldiman, Peculiar; five grandchildren, Stephany Payne and Dustin Riley, both of Harrisonville, Jeremny Willoughby, Joplin, Savannah Willoughby and Kylie Willoughby, both of Harrisonville, and one great-granddaughter, Shayanne Payne, Harrisonville.

Online condolences may be made to atkinsonfuneralhome.com.

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

Belva Joan Yoder

Sept. 12, 1935 - Jan. 8, 2013

Joan Yoder, 77, of Raytown, died Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013. Joan was born Sept. 12, 1935 in El Dorado Springs.

There was a visitation from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 10 at Missouri Funeral Care, 6113 Blue Ridge Blvd., Raytown, MO 64133. Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Jan. 11 at the funeral home.

Please visit www.missouri funeralcare.com to leave an online condolence.

Arrangements: Missouri Funeral Care, 6113 Blue Ridge Blvd., Raytown, MO 64133.

Paul Martin Furnell

Dec. 26, 1921 - Jan. 9, 2013

Paul Martin Furnell, 91, of Baldwin City, Kan., formerly of Garden City, was born in Edwards, the son of John Martin and Maggie Dell (Burton) Furnell. He died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, at Baldwin Healthcare and Rehab, Baldwin City.

Funeral services were Jan. 13 at Dickey Funeral Home, Garden City, with burial in Garden City Cemetery.

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

Clyde L. Horstman, Jr.

July 20, 1918 - Jan. 9, 2013

Clyde L. Horstman, Jr., 94, of Raymore, died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, at The Rehabilitation Center of Raymore. No services are scheduled. Horstman donated his body to science.

Clyde was born July 20, 1918, in Kansas City, the son of Clyde and Ada Mae (Lyon) Horstman. He was a WWII Navy veteran.

Online condolences may be made to atkinsonfuneralhome.com.

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

Harold Eugene Martin, Jr.

Sept. 21, 1944 - Jan. 9, 2013

Harold Eugene Martin, Jr., died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, at Benchmark Health Center of Harrisonville.

Harold was born to Harold Eugene and Dorothy Marie Martin on Sept. 21, 1944.

He loved to go fishing in his spare time, as well as spend time gardening. A favorite for Harold was to work in the junkyard in Belton.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, June Marie Martin. He is survived by sisters: Ruth Young, Freeman, Bonnie (Gene) Miller, Drexel; brothers: Howard (Suk) Martin, Archie, John ( Joan) Martin, Trimble. Harold also is survived by his daughters Angela, Tina and Michelle; three grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, and lots of friends. He will be dearly missed by his family and by all those that were blessed to have known him.

Visitation was at 10 a.m. Jan. 13 at Mullinax Funeral Home, Drexel. Service followed at 11 a.m. with burial at West Union Cemetery, Peculiar.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Meals on Wheels, Drexel, or Grace Hospice of Kansas City.

Online condolences may be left at www.mullinaxfuneralhome. com.

Arrangements: Mullinax Funeral Home, 136 E. Main St., P.O. Box 500, Drexel, MO 64742; 816-657-4400.

Audrey B. Moore

Jan. 9, 2013

Audrey B. Moore, 85, of Belton, died peacefully Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013.

Audrey enjoyed life and made friends everywhere she went.

Audrey was preceded in death by her husband, William, and son, Leonard Marascuilo. She is survived by her children, Vincent (Marsha) Marascuilo, Katherine (David) Clingman, Richard (Connie) Marascuilo; grandchildren, Lee, Anita, Richard, Annie, Heather, Rick; also considered as grandchildren, Michelle and Nick; and 10 loving great grandchildren.

Visitation was from 4 to 6 p.m. Jan. 13 at Floral Hills. Services were at 10 a.m. Jan. 14 with burial to follow in Floral Hills.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

Condolences for the family may be left at www.floralhillsfuneralhome. com.

Arrangements: Floral Hills Funeral Home, 7000 Blue Ridge Blvd., KCMO 64133; 816-353-1218.

Josephine Ann Polach

Feb. 12, 1919 - Jan. 9, 2013

Josephine Ann Polach, 93, of Harrisonville, died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, at Benchmark Healthcare of Harrisonville. She was born Feb. 12, 1919, in Hays, Kan., the sixth of 13 children to Peter and Elizabeth (Meier) Bollig.

Josephine was raised on a farm on the Saline River between Hays and Plainville, Kan., and was a graduate of Plainville High School.

On July 15, 1940, Josephine was united in marriage to Joseph Polach and to this union one daughter was born, Marilyn. They moved to Junction City, Kan., where they resided until Josephine moved to Harrisonville after the death of her husband in 2010.

Josephine was a homemaker and taking care of her home and family was her passion and she enjoyed being a Brownie Scout Leader. She was a former member of St. Xavier Catholic Church and the Ladies Alter Society Circle #2, Junction City, Kan., and was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Harrisonville.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 70 years, Joseph Polach; two sisters and nine brothers.

Josephine is survived by her daughter, Marilyn Stein, and her husband, Robert, Garden City; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Alfred Bollig, Dalhart, Texas; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

There was a Mass of Christian Burial Jan. 14 at St. Xavier Catholic Church, Junction City, Kan., with burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Junction City.

Memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church Building Fund, Harrisonville, MO.

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

Donald Eugene Van Black

Sept. 13, 1935 - Jan. 9, 2013

Donald “Don” Eugene Van Black, 77, of Freeman, died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, at Parkview Health Care Facility in Bolivar.

Don was born Sept. 13, 1935, in Gary, Ind., the son of Russell Eugene and Tina E. (Bauguess) Van Black. He worked as an electrician for Bendix/Allied-Signal in Kansas City. He was a member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers and a member of Church of Christ.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Robert Van Black, one sister, Delores Edgar and his wife, Madelyn “Sue” (Potter) Van Black. He is survived by three sons, Don Van Black, Jr., of Bolivar, Thomas “Ed” Van Black of Liberty, John B. Van Black, of Harrisonville, one daughter, Delores Jean Murff, of Blue Springs; 13 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Jan. 12 at Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville. Burial was in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in Harrisonville. Memorial contributions may be made to Missouri Lions Eye Research Foundation, 404 Portland St., Columbia, MO 65201.

Online condolences may be made to atkinsonfuneralhome.com

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

John Randall Vinson

July 26, 1953 - Jan. 9, 2013

John Randall “Randy” Vinson, 59, of Peculiar, died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, at his home. Memorial services were at 2 p.m. Jan. 13 at Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville with visitation from 1 to 2 p.m. (Cremation).

Randy was born July 26, 1953, in Ypsilanti, Mich., the son of Harold Enoch and Hazel Maxine (Austin) Vinson. He grew up in the Poplar Bluff area, moving to the south Kansas City area when he was 12. He was a graduate of Ruskin High School. He married Susan Dean on Aug. 4, 1984, in Belton. Randy had worked as a forklift driver for True Value Warehouse in Grandview for 31 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Susan, of the home; two sons, Don Smalley and Chris Smalley, both of Peculiar; two brothers, Harold Vinson, Cleveland, and Craig Vinson, Adrian; one sister, Kaye Fuller, Cleveland; and three grandchildren, Hannah and Sara Smalley and Zane Hudson.

Online condolences may be made to atkinsonfuneralhome.com.

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

Judith Ann Cotton

Jan. 23, 1937 - Jan. 10, 2013

Judith “Judy” (Grammy) Ann Cotton, 75, of Harrisonville, died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, at Golden Years Care Center in Harrisonville.

Judy was born Jan. 23, 1937, in Kansas City, the daughter of Ben A. and Mildred Mae (Mitchell) Warren. She grew up in Lee’s Summit and moved to Pleasant Hill her junior year. She was a 1955 graduate of Pleasant Hill High School. Judy married John “Jack” Cotton on Nov. 6, 1955, at Camden Point.

Judy worked for Family Center for 13 years as a receiving clerk. She was a member of Antioch Southern Baptist Church in Harrisonville. She helped with the local Rainbow Girls, Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts. She also helped coach Little League soccer and football.

She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband, Jack, Harrisonville; one son, Jody Cotton and his wife, Diana, Harrisonville; two daughters, Jacquelyn A. Forman, Kansas City, and Johnna Culpepper and her husband, Dennis, Harrisonville; seven grandchildren, Melissa Kennedy, Justin Culpepper, Jodie Perretti, Michael Culpepper, Chad Culpepper, Tyler Forman and Shawn Cotton and five great-grandchildren.

Memorial services were Jan. 12 at Atkinson Chapel in Harrisonville. Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

Online condolences may be made to atkinsonfuneralhome.com

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

Del Gretzinger

May 27, 1926 - Jan. 10, 2013

Del Gretzinger, 86, of Urich, died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, at his home in Urich.

He was born May 27, 1926, on a farm south of Urich, the son of Johnie Ross Gretzinger and Ellis Mildred (Greenhaldge) Gretzinger.

Del was a lifelong farmer and also owned and operated Del Gretzinger Insurance and Real Estate in Urich from 1963 until his death. He married JoAnn Allen in Kansas City on Dec. 12, 1948, and she survives of the home.

He was formerly a member of Evangel Presbyterian Church, Urich, and transferred his membership in 1984 to Clinton United Methodist Church, Clinton. Del was a graduate of the University of Missouri in Columbia, having also attended the University of Norte Dame and Baldwin Wallace College in Berea, Ohio, for Naval officer training. He was commissioned a Navy Ensign on June 6, 1947. He was a member of Missouri Association of Insurance Agents. Del was instrumental in forming what is now known as West Central Missouri Community Action Agency, where he served on the Board of Directors, and also served on the Board of Directors of the Private Industry Council. He received distinguished volunteer service awards from both these agencies. He also was a board member of the Grand River Larger Parish of the Presbyterian Church and of the Davis R-12 School District. He gained the trust of everyone he dealt with, and in several cases he provided trust services for the elderly. As busy as he was, Del always found time to attend and follow the kids’ and grandkids’ school and athletic activities, and for hunting and fishing with family and friends.

In addition to his wife JoAnn, he is survived by one son, Kurt A. Gretzingerand his wife Linn of Urich; one daughter, Kristi L. Kenney and her husband Doug of Clinton; six grandchildren, Betsy Gretzinger, Nathan Gretzinger, Jeff Kenney, Josh Kenney, Jacob Kenney, and Jaime Kenney Briggs; three great-grandchildren, Leah, Lily, and Ellis Kenney; one brother, Gary R. Gretzinger and his wife Rosemarie of Urich; one sister, Darlene Gordon of St. Louis; a brother-in-law, John Perry of Champagne, Ill.; a sister-in-law, Mozelle Gretzinger of Urich; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Donald Rhee Gretzinger, and one sister, Verna Lee Perry.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Jan. 15 at Clinton United Methodist Church, Clinton. Dr. David Maggi officiated. Burial was in White Oak Cemetery, Urich. The family received friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 14 at Bradley and Hadley Funeral Home, Clinton.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Urich Historical Society, the Samaritan Center, or a charity of the donor’s choice in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be left online at www.bradleyhadley.com.

Arrangements: Bradley and Hadley Funeral Home, 1410 E. DSF Road, Clinton, MO 64735; 660-885-2423.

Betty Ann Swadley

Oct. 19, 1934 - Jan. 10, 2013

Betty Ann Swadley, 78, of Pleasant Hill, was born Oct. 19, 1934, in Leeton, the daughter of John and Julie Jane (Hildebrand) Fleener. She died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, at Pleasant Hill Health and Rehabilitation Center, surrounded with love and family.

Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. Jan.14 at the funeral home. Reverend Todd MacLean of the Big Creek Baptist Church officiated. Interment was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Visitation was from 9:30 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralho me.com

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

William Jefferson (Jeff) Gilkeson

June 23, 1929 - Jan. 13, 2013

William Jefferson (Jeff) Gilkeson, 83, of Harrisonville, died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City after complications from a broken hip. Jeff was born June 23, 1929, on the family farm west of Garden City to Franklin Harrison and Ellen (Veach) Gilkeson. He was one of seven children.

When Jeff was two years old, his mother died. At that time, his younger brother, Clarence, who was four months old, went to live with his grandparents in Strasburg. However, his father felt Jeff should stay in the family home and and was taken care of by older sisters, Dorothy and Roberta. It was a common sight back then to see Jeff following his father around the farm as he did his chores.

Jeff attended Sugar Creek School and graduated from Garden City High School. He served in the U.S. Army from 1946-1948. He was at Fort Lewis, Wash., and then in Japan. He started work for General Motors in 1949 and worked there for 15 years. He later worked for UMKC for a year and then Rutledge Oil Company for several years. He moved to Monica, Ill., where he lived and worked on his brother Don’s farm for a couple of years before returning to Harrisonville. He worked at U.S. Reel in Harrisonville until his retirement.

Jeff was very active in the Harrisonville AA Chapter and helped many through his dedication. He never missed a day riding the OATS bus to the Harrisonville Community Center for the Senior Citizens daily noon meal and the card games that followed. He loved playing cards. He got a scooter through the VA that let him travel next door to Walmart for groceries and necessities. He had a magnifier that let him read the Kansas City Star daily. Even after he broke his hip in a fall, he was determined to get back to the things he loved. Unfortunately, his heart didn’t cooperate.

Jeff is preceded in death by his parents; his brothers Donald, Howard, Robert, and Clarence; and sisters Dorothy Foster and Roberta Allen.

He is survived by many nieces and nephews; and a very large group of friends who at times were more like his immediate family.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, with burial in Garden City Cemetery, Garden City.

Family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Jan. 18 at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Cass County Community Center Meals on Wheels, Harrisonville AA, or Harrisonville OATS.

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.

Jennifer Lee Middaugh

Jan. 23, 1949 - Jan. 13, 2013

Jennifer Lee Middaugh, 63, of Harrisonville, died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, at Research Medical Center in Kansas City surrounded by family.

Jennifer was born Jan. 23, 1949, in Clinton, the daughter of Edwin Paul and Ethel Edna (Gregg) Middaugh. She was a 1967 graduate of Harrisonville High School and attended Longview Community College in Lee’s Summit. She had lived in Harrisonville for most of her life. She worked for V&K Frame Shop in Branson and was a machine operator at Sioux Chief in Harrisonville before retiring in 2011.

Jennifer had a zest for life and especially for her family and friends. She never met a stranger and in addition to her own, she had many “adopted” children. She was Mom and Grandma to many through the years as to know her was truly to love her. She gave freely of all she had and never expected anything in return. She loved to learn new things and through her example taught her children that there isn’t anything you can’t do if you only put your mind to it. She loved Jesus, her grandchildren and her fur babies dearly. She had an amazing sense of humor, was an avid reader; and loved fishing, gardening and sewing. She would want us to remember the good times and celebrate a life well lived and continue her legacy of loving life, books, animals, and most importantly people.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Roger Middaugh. She is survived by one son, John Paul Moser, Wichita, Kan.; two daughters, Michele Morris and her husband Tim, Harrisonville; and Shawna Middaugh, Harrisonville; three brothers, Edwin Paul Middaugh, Jr., Huntington, Texas, John Middaugh, Pensacola, Fla., and Shaun O’Neal, Aberdeen, Wash.; three sisters, Patsy Wisner, Harrisonville, Mary Hansen, Archie, and Tammy Middaugh, Harrisonville, and five grandchildren: Dalton, Jaxon, Tiffany, Corwin and Isobel.

Funeral services were Jan. 17. Burial was in Parker Cemetery in Creighton.

Online condolences may be made to atkinsonfuneralhome.com.

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

Martha F. (Bumby) Kimberlin

Jan. 14, 2013

Martha F. (Bumby) Kimberlin, 96, died in Harrisonville on Monday, Jan. 14, 2013.

There was a celebration of Martha Kimberlin’s life Jan. 17 at Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, with burial in Orient Cemetery, Harrisonville.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to First Christian Church, Harrisonville, or the Harrisonville Animal Shelter. A complete obituary will be published in next week’s Cass County Democrat Missourian.

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

Patricia “Pattie” Louise Reece

Oct. 3, 1934 - Jan. 14, 2013

Patricia “Pattie” Louise Reece, 78, of Harrisonville, died Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, at Cass Regional Medical Center in Harrisonville. Graveside services will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at Orient Cemetery 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.

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