Jan. 25 Obits

January 25, 2013 

Martha F. Kimberlin

March 6, 1916 - Jan. 14, 2013

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

Martha was born March 6, 1916, in Orlando, Fla., the daughter of Joseph F. and Ethel C. Bumby. Both of her paternal and maternal grandparents were early settlers of Orlando. Her grandfather was an early mayor.

Martha loved to regale her family with stories of her early childhood and early adult years in then rustic central Florida. Quite the athlete and sportswoman, she participated in a wide variety of sports, hunting and fishing with family and other members at Tosohatchee, a private game preserve, and entertaining friends at the Windemere, Fla., lake house called “Butler Camp,” as well as spending fun-filled days at Daytona Beach.

Martha graduated from Orlando High School, and then attended Stetson University, and later a business college, before joining the family business, Joseph Bumby Hardware.

She met her husband, William M. Kimberlin, on the dance floor of the Officer’s Club while he was stationed at the Orlando Army Air Force Base during World War II. They were married Jan. 9, 1946, in Orlando, Fla. They settled in Harrisonville that January, which was Martha’s first experience with snow. Harrisonville has been her home for 67 years, but she always relished return visits to her beloved Florida.

Martha was very active in the community as a member of DAR, the Cass County Historical Society, Cass County Medical Center Auxiliary, and Delvers. She performed various voluntary services including serving as a member of the first American Red Cross Gray Ladies at Cass Memorial Hospital, and later served as a Pink Lady. She was the long-time treasurer of the Orient Cemetery Association. Martha served selflessly on many committees and organizations throughout her life. She was a person of faith and enjoyed the fellowship as a member of First Christian Church of Harrisonville.

Martha was a wise businesswoman, an independent thinker, a great storyteller, and a loyal friend.

With her 12-year background in the family hardware business, she had an impressive knowledge of tools, hardware and their uses. If anything needed fixing or repairing around the house, she acted as the plumber, electrician, or carpenter.

Martha had a wide variety of interests. She was an avid golfer and was a charter member of Twin Pines Country Club. She and her husband, Bill, enjoyed many golf vacations playing courses throughout the country. She loved ballroom dancing and listening to Big Band music. She invested in real estate, played the stock market, worked crossword puzzles, enjoyed sewing and crafting, and then there was bridge. For over 75 years, Martha delighted in a good game of bridge. She played into her early 90s and treasured her “bridge buddies.” Martha was fascinated by technology, and she loved gadgets. She decided that she wanted to play the organ; she bought one and drove weekly to Kansas City to take lessons. Martha loved cars. She liked to talk and read about cars. She could tell you about every car she ever owned... her favorite was the “green hornet,” a late 1930s Ford convertible. She bought a video game system and challenged her granddaughters at Super Mario Brothers. Martha was a dynamic person, full of fun and a joy to be with.

Martha loved animals, and she always had pets. There was always a dog, usually a Jack Russell terrier, and the occasional cat, but as a youth she also had a monkey and an orphaned baby wild boar. Her current pet was a tuxedo cat named Mitzi. Martha financially supported several animal shelters and rescue organizations.

Martha was a loving wife and mother. Her granddaughters loved their “Marty” as much as she loved them. We will greatly miss our own “southern belle.”

Martha was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph Stanley Bumby, and in 2009 her husband of 63 years, Judge William M. Kimberlin. She is survived by her daughter, Marsha Peters and her husband, Vic of Weatherby Lake, her son William Bruce Kimberlin, Harrisonville, and two granddaughters, Lauren Kimberlin Peters, San Francisco, Calif., and Lindsey Morlan Peters, Kansas City.

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. 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.

Patricia 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.

Pattie was born Oct. 3, 1934, in Harrisonville, the daughter of Richard and Ida Belle (Millington) Walker. She attended Harrisonville schools and later moved to Bolivar. She was a graduate of Bolivar High School. She married Kenneth “Wayne” Reece on Jan. 16, 1953, in Harrisonville.

Pattie had worked for Sutherland Lumber in accounting and later for the USDA Soil Conservation in Harrisonville. She was a life-long resident of Harrisonville.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Wayne Reece, on Feb. 7, 2012. She is survived by two daughters, Belinda Hansen and her husband, Jon, Killeen, Texas, and Deana Reece, Springfield, Ill.; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were Jan. 18 at Orient Cemetery in Harrisonville, under the direction of Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville.

Online condolences may be made to atkinsonfuneralhome.com.

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

Grace Lucille VanKirk

Nov. 12, 1923 - Jan. 14, 2013

Grace Lucille VanKirk, 89, of Pleasant Hill, was born Nov. 12, 1923, in Milburn, Neb., the daughter of Harold and Letta (Borst) Hall. She died Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, at Pleasant Hill Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Funeral services were Jan. 17 at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.sta nley-dickeyfuneralhome.com.

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

Martha Jean Everett

Aug. 10, 1932 - Jan. 15, 2013

Martha Everett, 80, of Gunn City, died Jan. 15, 2013, at Bates County Memorial Hospital in Butler. Martha was born to Elmo and Orpha Warren on Aug. 10, 1932, in Medford. She attended school in Medford.

On July 19, 1949, she was united in marriage to Benjamin “Ben” Ivan Everett of Indiana. Into this union four children were born, Ivan, Benita, Nancy and Janet. They made their home in Gunn City. They lived there for 60 years until, due to Ben’s health, they moved in with their daughter Benita and her husband Richard in 2010 in Adrian. Evan and wife Chris live in East Lynne. Nancy, Janet and Randy live in Belton.

Martha and Ben were married for 62 years. Her interests were taking care of her family, crocheting, sewing, crossword puzzles, gardening, watching the Price is Right and Wheel of Fortune, and spending time with her grandchildren. She loved raising flowers. She worked at several sewing factories, but mostly was a wife and homemaker.

Her favorite time of the year was Christmas. She loved the pretty lights and shiny, sparkly decorations. She even liked to save the Christmas paper. She was an avid baker and cook. She loved to make her famous fudge and divinity, which she liked to distribute to her favorite places and friends.

Her favorite foods were bright, red tomatoes, of course from her garden, but until then she would buy them from the store. She also liked Chinese, Long John Silver’s and Arby’s roast beef.

Her favorite color was yellow and she loved the red bird. She also liked knickknacks that her children and grandchildren got her whenever they saw something that they thought grandma would like.

Martha is preceded in death by her parents, five brothers, four sisters, and a 4-year-old great-grandchild, Skyla Blankenship, and her husband, Ben.

Martha is survived by one sister, Shirley Wiseman, of Blue Springs, many nieces, nephews, 11 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

There will be a Celebration of Life Memorial from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, at the VFW Auxilary Post 4409, 1804 N. Commercial St., Harrisonville.

Audrey Gail Marshall

Aug. 11, 1924 - Jan. 15, 2013

Audrey Gail (Barrett) Marshall, 88, formerly of Tempe, Ariz., died Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, at Cass Regional Medical Center in Harrisonville.

Audrey was born Aug. 11, 1924, in Courtland, Kan., the daughter of Wilbur “W. J.” and Ora (Greenwood) Barrett.

Private family services will be held. (Cremation).

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

Carl Bradley Abbott

June 20, 1926 - Jan. 16, 2013

Carl Bradley Abbott, 86, of Garden City, was born to Earl C. and Carrie G. (Cattey) Abbott in Winigan on June 20, 1926. He died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013.

Carl grew up on a farm in rural northern Missouri with two brothers, Clyde and Nile, and a sister, Marjorie (Eddy). He went to school in Winigan and high school in Green City, graduating in 1943. He worked at Citizens Bank in Winigan before serving in the U.S. Navy for two years.

After the war, Carl returned to Missouri and married Shirley Romine on July 23, 1949. They lived in Winigan where their two children, David Lee and Dianna Beth, were born. Carl joined the Garden City Bank as cashier in 1954. He moved his young family to the small town outside of Kansas City where they made their home.

After a long and successful career in the banking business, Carl retired as Garden City Bank’s Chairman of the Board in 2001. He and Shirley enjoyed spending time with their grandchildren and great-grandchildren, gardening and traveling. Carl loved woodworking and clockmaking, creating future heirlooms for generations to come.

Carl and Shirley were active members of the Garden City Christian Church, where Carl served as a Sunday School teacher and song leader for many years. Carl especially loved the fellowship of the close-knit congregation at his church.

Carl was a civic-minded man who believed in supporting the community and those in need. He served on many boards and organizations in Garden City throughout his lifetime, and in later years, was a regular volunteer for Friendship Meals.

At the heart of his commitment to his community, his congregation and his work was Carl’s love of people. Whether you were family, a friend, an employee, or one of “The Girls” at Old Cedar Inn, you knew you could count on a kind word and a genuine smile from Carl. His steadfast faith, quiet generosity, and patient belief in the goodness in people guided his life and will be missed by many.

Carl was preceded in death by his wife of over 62 years, Shirley Abbott; his brother, Clyde Abbott; his sister Marjorie Eddy; a daughter, Dianna Abbott; and infant grandson, Ryan Abbott. He is survived by his brother, Nile Abbott and wife Reva of Kansas City; his son, David Abbott and wife Brenda, Harrisonville; four grandchildren, Darren Abbott and wife Jodi, Harrisonville, Andrea Abbott, Harrisonville, Eric Abbott and Brad Abbott, both of Garden City; two great-grandchildren, George Abbott and Owen Abbott, both of Harrisonville; former daughter-in-law Becky Abbott; step grandson Jake Barnett; other relatives and many friends.

Family suggests memorial contributions may be made to First Christian Church Memorial Fund of Garden City, or to Garden City Friendship Meals in care of Dickey Funeral Home.

Funeral services were Jan. 19 at Dickey Funeral Home, Garden City, with burial in Garden City Cemetery with the Military Service provided by the Harrisonville Honor Guard.

To send the family online condolences or view video tribute, please visit www.dickeyfh.com.

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

Ralph William Butler

Jan. 17, 2013

Ralph William Butler, 86, of Harrisonville, formerly of Aurora, Ill., died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, at Cass Regional Medical Center, Harrisonville.

He is survived by two sons, a stepson, two daughters, 15 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, one brother, one sister, and other relatives and friends.

Services were in Aurora, Ill.

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

Ozell W. Fonteno

April 26, 1908 - Jan. 17, 2013

Ozell Wilkerson Montgomery Fonteno, 104, was born April 26, 1908, in Pleasant Hill and died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, at Rehabilitation Center of Independence.

Funeral services for Fonteno were at 11 a.m. Jan. 23 at Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill with Rev. John Modest Miles officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Visitation was at the funeral home.

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

Lloyd C. Brown

Aug. 18, 1934 - Jan. 18, 2013

Lloyd C. Brown, 78, of Harrisonville died Friday, Jan. 18, 2013. Grandpa was born Aug. 18, 1934, in Kansas City, Kan., the son of Judson W. Brown and Virginia Mihelic.

He served in the U.S. Army in Europe. On Feb. 14, 1964, Lloyd married Nancy Sue Patton, the love and passion of his life. Lloyd and Nancy loved to camp, fish, travel, laugh, and party together. They enjoyed time together with family and close friends.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy, on Feb. 13, 1997; and two brothers, Kenneth and Don Brown. Surviving are his children, Cathy Boring, The Villages, Fla., Joanne Carmichael, Raymore, and Michael Brown, Hillsdale, Kan.; seven grandchildren, Sean Tiehes, Sheldon Tiehes, Chadwick Brown, Joshua Minnis, Danielle Minnis, Ashley Hurt, and Melissa Carmichael; and seven great-grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to the hospice organization of your choice.

Visitation was Jan. 21 at Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville. Services and burial were Jan. 22 at Floral Hills Funeral Home.

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

Arrangements: D.W. Newcomer’s Sons Floral Hills Funeral Home, 7000 Blue Ridge Blvd., KCMO 64133; 816-353-1218.

William Wallace Garrison

March 1, 1922 - Jan. 19, 2013

William Wallace “Bill” Garrison, 90, of Pleasant Hill, was born March 1, 1922, in Pleasant Hill. He died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at Fulton Manor Care Center in Fulton.

Bill was a U.S. WWII Army Veteran serving in the Southern Pacific Theatre of operations.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at Pleasant Hill First Presbyterian Church. The family will receive friends at 10 a.m. at the church. (Cremation will be at a later date.)

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

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