Feb. 22 Obits

February 22, 2013 

Robert Nelson Hedrick, Jr.

July 15, 1952 - Dec. 13, 2012

Robert (Shorty) Nelson Hedrick, Jr., 60, of Harrisonville, died Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, in Springfield at Cox South Hospital from lung cancer.

Shorty was born July 15, 1952, in Harrisonville. His parents were Robert Hedrick, Sr., and Daisy Wright Hedrick. Shorty was married to Patricia (Patty) Yoder Hedrick for 36 years. Together they had three children and four grandchildren, whom are Brianna Chamberlain, her husband Mark and their children Mya and Zachary; Kirstan Salgado, her husband Abraham and their children Collin and Conner; and Jeffrey Hedrick and his wife Angelina. He also leaves his stepmother Margaret Hedrick and two siblings, Kay Pope and her husband Nim, Ronald (Ron) Hedrick and his wife Chris, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Shorty served in the U.S. Army and retired a Disabled Veteran. He loved scenic car rides with his family, breakfast at IHOP and spending time with his grandchildren. He and his wife Patty were longtime members of Church on the Rock in Harrisonville. Shorty will be remembered for a lot of things, but no one will ever argue his quiet strength and his servant’s heart.

Shorty was cremated and his remains were left in two of his favorite places, which are Truman Lake and Yellowstone National Park. His name will be engraved in the National Veterans Cemetery in Springfield. There will be a memorial in his honor at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 16, at Church on the Rock. It will be open to the public.

Thank you to everyone who faithfully prayed all the many times Shorty was hospitalized. He continually alluded to the presence of the Lord all the way through to the end.

Photos, stories, gifts or cards for the family may be mailed/delivered to 213 S. Main St., Fair Grove, MO 65648.

Betty Jane Hinken

July 7, 1936 - Feb. 1, 2013

Betty Jane Hinken, 76, of Harrisonville, died Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at her home in Harrisonville.

Betty was born July 7, 1936, near Latour, Johnson County, to Roy Victor and Opal Fern (Edmonds) Hinken. She was a 1954 graduate of Harrisonville High School and had attended Central Missouri State in Warrensburg. Betty was a secretary for the Air Force at Richards-Gebaur Air Force Base in Belton and then worked for the General Service Administration (GSA) in Kansas City before her retirement. She was an active member of United Methodist Church in Harrisonville and had taught Sunday school for over 50 years.

Betty Jane had many health problems throughout her life. When she was 13, she had rheumatic fever and a relapse at 16, which left her with many heart difficulties. Later in life, she received three replacement heart valves, a pacemaker, then later a cornea transplant. She also had the painful bladder disease, Interstitial Cystitis and Celiac disease. With all these problems, she always had a positive attitude, faith in God, sense of humor, and interest in all people and events. She loved birds and flowers, trees and sitting on her screened-in-porch, walking and speaking to all. Reading and traveling were special interests. She loved the beach and taking cruises. Some of her special trips were to England, Hawaii, Alaska, Canada, Bermuda, going through the Panama Canal, Mexico and many islands.

After her retirement, Betty Jane worked tirelessly as a volunteer Missouri State Coordinator for the Interstitial Cystitis Association for many years. She helped so many people suffering from this bladder problem by phone, letters, newspaper articles and going to national meetings, even meeting with our representatives in Washington, D.C.

Betty is survived by a sister, Marilyn Parks and husband, Lowell, Kansas City, many cousins, other relatives and friends.

Memorial services were Feb. 5 at United Methodist Church in Harrisonville. Private burial was in Garden City Cemetery in Garden City. Memorial contributions may be made to Interstitial Cystitis Association or the Celiac Association.

Online condolences may be made to atkinsonfuneralhome.com.

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

Bobby Ray Morgan

Jan. 8, 1926 - Feb. 12, 2013

Bobby Ray Morgan, 88, died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013.

Bobby was born Jan. 8, 1926, in Alma, 10 of 11 children born to Samuel Phillip and Mary Alberta (Pierson) Morgan. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He served as a sonarman and marksman on the U.S.S. Scrimmage AM297 minesweeper and was involved in 14 invasions in the South Pacific during World War II. He was a member of VFW Post 6270 in Higginsville and American Legion Post 598 in Kansas City. He worked at Vendo Company for 28 years as a model maker specialist engineering coin changers for foreign vending machines. He then worked for Allied Signal Aerospace Corp. as a model maker and retired from there in 1991.

He was a member of Hickman Mills Community Christian Church. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife of 49 years, Mary Kathleen (Nelson) Morgan; siblings, Gladys Eathel Copas, Claude Cecil “Red” Morgan, Elsie Mae Williams, Charles Ray Morgan, Frances Pearl Green, Loy Earl “Speck” Morgan, Orville Leroy Morgan, Samuel Phillip Morgan, Jr., and Clara Maurine “Dolly” Riley.

He leaves his daughters, Judith Ann Killian, Roberta Lynn Cowden and her husband, Daniel Wayne Cowden, Kathy Sue Ruth and her husband, Roger Jay Ruth; brother, Ulysses Harold “Speed” Morgan; four grandchildren, Penny K. Hammack, Daryl Liana Killian, Mark Morgan Ruth, Scott Lewis Ruth; two great-grandchildren, Michael S. Hammack and Jessica M. Hammack.

Funeral services were Feb. 18 at Park Lawn Funeral Home. Burial will be next to his wife in Green Lawn Cemetery.

Arrangements: Park Lawn Funeral Home, 8251 Hillcrest Rd., KCMO 64138; 816-523-1234.

Claris Geneva Ross

Oct. 4, 1927 - Feb. 13, 2013

Claris Geneva Ross, 85, of Pleasant Hill, died Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, after a battle with Alzheimer’s. Geneva was born the third of 10 children to Marvin Eugene and Lottie Caroline (Jackson) Garrett in Bartlesville, Okla.

Funeral services were Feb. 16 at the funeral home. Interment was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

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

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

Chrystal Maxine Hayes

Nov. 20, 1923- Feb. 14, 2013

Chrystal Maxine Hayes, 89, of Pleasant Hill, was born Tuesday, Nov. 20, 1923, in Peabody, Kan., the daughter of Roy and Mary Amanda (Wilson) Farr. She died Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, at Kansas City Hospice House surrounded with love and family.

Chrystal was a 1941 Freeman High School graduate. She attended Central Missouri State Teachers College and Central Business College in Kansas City.

On Nov. 21, 1942, she was united in marriage to Melvin Jay Hayes in Marietta, Okla. They spent the next 70 years devoted to each other and set a tremendous example of patience, understanding and true love. Jay preceded her in death eight months earlier on June 16, 2012.

Chrystal was a faithful member of Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, where she served in many capacities. Chrystal and Jay served as sponsors for Intermediate and High School MYF for many years and touched the lives of so many Pleasant Hill Youth. Chrystal was a leader of numerous committees, served on countless boards and was a key supporter of Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church. Church dinners would not have been the same without her “special rolls.”

Chrystal was one of the founding members of the first Parent Teacher Association in Pleasant Hill and served as president for a number of years. She was a 50-Year Member of Ivy Leaf Chapter #215 O.E.S. and a Charter member of Pleasant Hill Lioness Club. Chrystal was a homemaker and worked with Jay in the family business for nearly 30 years.

She was preceded in death by an infant son, James Cleveland and one brother Donald Farr.

She is survived by one son Terry (Joy) Hayes of Pleasant Hill; two daughters Jaylene (Al) Graham of Pleasant Hill, and Tracy (Ron) Baker of Lee’s Summit; 12 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; three brothers Wilson LeRoy “Dick” (Mary Lou) Farr and Robert (Maxine) Farr both of Harrisonville, and Dale (Donna Sue) Farr of Freeman; one sister Charlene (Cledys) Atwater of Osawatomie, Kan.; one sister-in-law Joyce Farr of Harrisonville; other relatives; and many friends.

Chrystal was a one-of-a-kind mom, grandma and grammie, and often called her little ones the “apple of my eye.” Family meant everything to Chrystal and Chrystal meant everything to her family

Funeral services were Feb. 19 at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church. Reverend Carl Knapp, minister of the church, officiated. Interment was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Casket bearers were Bob Crawford, Josh Crouch, Clint Hayes, Brad Hocker, Clay Hocker, Matt Hocker, Mike Rooney and John Simsheuser.

Visitation was Feb. 18 at the funeral home with Eastern Star services at 8 p.m.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church or to Kansas City Hospice House 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-dickeyfuneralho me.com.

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

Donita Maria Gillespie

Nov. 21, 1953 - Feb. 16, 2013

Donita Maria Gillespie, 59, of Harrisonville, died Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, at Crown Care Center, Harrisonville.

There will be a Celebration of Life service at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at Cass County Memorial Post #4409 Veterans of Foreign Wars, 1804 N. Commercial St., Harrisonville. Cremation with inurnment in Orient Cemetery, Harrisonville.

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

James Clifford Tripod

Feb . 11, 1928 - Feb. 16, 2013

James “Jim” Clifford Tripod, 85, of Harrisonville, died Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, at his home in Harrisonville.

Jim was born Feb. 11, 1928, in Paragould, Ark., the son of Clifford F. and Vivian (Underwood) Tripod. He grew up and graduated from high school in Paragould. He was united in marriage to Jenice “Judy” Colley on Aug. 20, 1946, in Kennett. They moved to Harrisonville in 1970.

Jim was an Army veteran of WWII, a member and past commander of Harrisonville VFW Post 4409, and a charter member of Harrisonville Honor Guard. Jim worked at Allied Signal (Honeywell) in Kansas City as an electrician and retired in 1991.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Judy, on Nov. 2, 2008, and two brothers, Jerry and Bill Tripod. Jim is survived by one son, Chuck Tripod and wife, Vicki, Harrisonville; three daughters, Becky Castro and husband, Mario, Kansas City, Pam Conaghan and husband, John, Overland Park, Kan., and Debbie Tripod, Harrisonville; one brother, Forrest Tripod, Pargould, Ark.; 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Memorial services, with military honors, will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville.

Online condolences may be made to atkinsonfuneralhome.com.

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

Kenneth Edgar Colvin

Aug. 7, 1945 - Feb. 17, 2013

Kenneth Edgar Colvin, 67, of Austin, died Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, at Golden Years Health Center in Harrisonville. Colvin, a native of Cabool, was the son of William O. Colvin and Wilma R. (Bufford) Colvin.

A Vietnam-era veteran, Kenneth served proudly in the U.S. Coast Guard 1964-1968. He retired in January 2012. Surviving are his wife, Doris L. Colvin, one brother, Gary, and a sister, Debbie.

Services at a later date. Inurnment in Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Springfield.

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

Leslie M. Hoenshell

July 17, 1972 - Feb. 17, 1013

Leslie M. (Bullington) Hoenshell, 40, of Pleasant Hill, died Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, after a long battle with Osteo-Sarcoma. Leslie was born July 17, 1972 to John and Racine (Owens) Bullington.

She was a graduate of Adrian High School. On June 17, 1995, she was married to the love of her life, Gary J. Hoenshell. She enjoyed her crafts, gardening and had a special place in her heart for animals of all kinds, but her passion was her family. Their family was complete with the birth of daughter, Morgan, and son, Mason.

Leslie is survived by her husband Gary; son, Mason; daughter, Morgan; father, John Bullington (Sue); mother, Wilma Racine Bullington; brother, Darren Bullington (Michelle) and paternal grandparents, Claude and Mary Bullington.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at Cullen Funeral Home with visitation 6-8 p.m. Feb. 21 at the funeral home. Burial in Wills Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Kansas City Hospice House.

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

Margaret Jean Hedrick

Oct. 15, 1930 - Feb. 18, 2013

Margaret Jean Hedrick, 82, of Harrisonville, died Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, at Golden Years Care Center in Harrisonville.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb.23, at Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville with visitation 10-11 a.m. Burial in Orient Cemetery, Harrisonville.

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

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

Mildred (Pulliam) Otto

Nov. 3, 1908 - Feb. 18, 2013

V. Mildred Otto, 104, of Lee’s Summit, formerly of Archie, died Monday, Feb. 18, 2013.

Mildred, daughter of James Simeon and Ethel Mae (Roberts) Pulliam, was born Nov. 3, 1908, near Adrian. She graduated from Adrian High School in 1927 and attended Central Missouri State Teachers College in Warrensburg. Mildred taught at the Crawford, Fairview and Liberty rural schools near Adrian.

Mildred was married to Carl A. Otto on Jan. 19, 1932, in Adrian. She was a member of Archie United Methodist Church.

Mildred was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Aubrey, and her husband, Carl. Survivors include her son, James C. “Lyle” Otto and wife, Evelyn; grandson, Brian Otto and wife, Jessica; granddaughter, Carla Thomas and husband, John; great-grandchildren, Joseph and Braeden Thomas and Makayla and Peyton Otto.

The family would like to thank Harden Hospice. Mildred will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, at Atkinson Funeral Home in Archie with visitation 1-2 p.m. Burial in Crescent Hill Cemetery, Adrian. Memorial contributions may be made to Archie United Methodist Church.

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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