March 15 Obits

March 15, 2013 

Lisa Annette Salmon

Dec. 19, 1969 - March 1, 2013

Lisa Annette (Hines) Salmon, 43, of Creighton, died at her home Friday, March 1, 2013.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Jordan and Melaina Education Fund.

Funeral services were March 8 at Heart of Life Church, Garden City, with private family interment in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Creighton.

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

Kenny Parks

March 4, 2013

Kenny Parks died Monday, March 4, 2013, surrounded by family. Kenny is survived by his wife Millie; a son Cody; brothers Don and Bob; brother-in-law, Ray; sisters Dot, Patty and Janet; many nieces, nephews and lifelong friends.

There was a Celebration of Life at the Parks home March 9. Kenny is dearly loved and greatly missed by all.

Arrangements: Cass County Cremation Service, 2400 E. Elm St., Harrisonville, MO 64701; 816-884-6302.

Anna Mae Westpfahl

Jun 3, 1930 - March 4, 2013

Anna Mae Westpfahl, 82, of Freeman, was born June 3, 1930, in Bethany, the daughter of William and Gladys (Clinkinbeard) Eaton. She died Monday, March 4, 2013, in Harrisonville.

Cremation.

There was a Celebration of Life Service March 9 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness, Harrisonville.

Arrangements: Cass County Cremation Service, 2400 E. Elm St., Harrisonville, MO 64701; 816-884-6302.

Willis Lester Lee

June 24, 1924 - March 5, 2013

Willis Lester Lee, 88, of Cleveland, died Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at Kansas City Hospice House in Kansas City. Willis was born June 25, 1924, in Kansas City, the son of Lester and Ella (Rhoads) Lee.

He grew up in Kansas City and was a 1941 graduate of Central High School, Kansas City. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps “V12” program and attended Purdue University achieving a degree in Civil Engineering. He served in both WWII and the Korean Conflict, achieving the rank of Captain. He was one of the few remaining “China Marines” having served in Tin Tsin, China, at the close of WWII with the first Marine Division.

Willis was a professional civil engineer and pioneered the development of rural water and sewer systems throughout the state of Missouri. He purchased E T Archer and Company, consulting engineers, in 1954 and continued his practice up to his death as vice president of Universal Asset Management. He was always quick to volunteer his time and talent to worthy causes, including serving as a consulting engineer to the construction of the new Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Harrisonville.

Willis married Dorothy Allin in 1949 in Kansas City. They were happily married for 64 years. He enjoyed reading, particularly history. He was a dedicated patriarch of the Lee family, involved personally in the lives of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, rarely missing any important occasion that impacted their lives.

Willis was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Geraldine Keith, and one granddaughter, Abby Lyon. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; his children, Gary Lee (Robin), Shauna Lyon (Mike), Greg Lee (Karen) and Dan Lee (Brenda); 14 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; his brother, Larry Lee (Lynn) and a large and close-knit extended family.

Willis’s life was full of achievement, adventure, love and fun. The legacy he left all he touched was one of integrity, honesty, hard work and caring.

Funeral services were March 9 at Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville, with burial in Freeman Cemetery, Freeman. Memorial contributions may be made to Dolan/West Dolan Fire District, P.O. Box 358, Freeman, MO 64746.

Online condolences may be made to atkinsonfuneralhome.com.

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

Berry Lynn Garrison

July 11, 1935 - March 6, 2013

Berry Lynn “Bear” Garrison, 77, of Raymore, died Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at his home.

Berry was born July 11, 1935, in Kansas City to Berry L. and Zelpha (Barnes) Garrison. Berry was a firefighter with KCMO Fire Department for 28 years before his retirement in 1990. He was a member of Firefighter Local #42. He was a member of East Gate Masonic Lodge, East Gate York Rite, KC Scottish Rite and Ararat Temple. He was a dual member and Past Master of Belton Masonic Lodge #450. He served as D.D.G.M. of 20th Masonic District of Missouri, he was a member and past-president of Raymore Historical Society.

Berry was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Betty Hewitt. He is survived by two daughters, Susan (Desmond) Roach, Higginsville, and Deonna Bashir, Kansas City; two grandsons, Justin Roach and Ubaid (Chip) Bashir; two granddaughters, Brandy (Richard) Hatfield and Jennifer (Matthew) McMillan; nine great-grandchildren, Dillion Griffith, Anthony Hatfield, Madison Hatfield, Abby McMillan, Kaylee McMillan, Jacob McMillan, McKenna Roach, Jaden Roach, Tessa Roach and Justin Lee Roach, Jr.; his best friend and companion of 25 years, Jo Ann Bonner, and extended family, Eric (Diann) Bonner, Huntsville, Ala., Elizabeth (Gabe) Cook and Sara Allison Bonner.

Services were March 9 at Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville. The family received friends 1-2 p.m. and a Masonic service began at 2 p.m. with the funeral following. Burial was in Orient Cemetery, Harrisonville. Memorial contributions may be made to Raymore Historical Society or Ararat Transportation Fund.

Online condolences may be made to atkinsonfuneralhome.com.

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

Sharon Kay Bagby

March 3, 1950 - March 7, 2013

Sharon Kay (Paul) Bagby, 63, died Thursday, March 7, 2013, at Kansas City Hospice House in Kansas City. She was the daughter and only child of Andy L. and Fern (Shipley) Paul.

Cremation has been accorded. In Memory of Bagby, the family will receive friends at a Memorial Visitation 2-4 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill.

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

Rex Lee Miller

May 17, 1955 - March 7, 2013

Rex Lee Miller, 57, of Warrensburg, died Thursday, March 7, 2013, at his home.

Rex was born May 17, 1955, in Windsor, the son of Keith A. and Geneva M. (Mullins) Miller. He grew up in Shawnee Mission, Kan., and had lived in Windsor before moving to Warrensburg. He worked for Lee’s Summit School District as a mechanic for 17 years before retiring.

Rex was preceded in death by his father, two brothers, Larry and Mike Miller, and a son, Joshua Miller. He is survived by one daughter, Lyndsey Miller, Creighton; one son, Travis Miller, Creighton; his mother and stepfather, Geneva and Ben Friend, Harrisonville; his fiancée, Becky Karnes, Warrensburg; four brothers, Benona Friend, Jr., Burlson, Texas, Gary Miller, Garden City, Ronnie Friend, Garden City, and Brian Miller, Nevada; one sister, Lisa Miller, Springfield; nine grandchildren, Emery, Christopher, Hunter, McKyla, Maddalynn, Marylynn, Joshua, Ryder and Ashton; and his ex-wife and mother of his children, Deana Miller, Creighton.

Funeral services were March 12 at Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville, with burial in Riverside Cemetery in Warsaw. Memorial contributions may be made to the grandchildren’s fund, c/o Atkinson Funeral Home, 600 W. Wall St., Harrisonville, MO 64701.

Online condolences may be made to atkinsonfuneralhome.com.

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

Hazel Bell Garrett

April 5, 1923 - March 8, 2013

Hazel Bell Garrett, 89, of Garden City, was born April 5, 1923, at her parent’s home near Garden City, the daughter of Valentine Andrew and Effie (McCaslin) Cantrell. She died Friday, March 8, 2013, at Cass Regional Medical Center, Harrisonville.

On Nov. 29, 1942, Hazel was united in marriage to John Garrett in Garden City.

Hazel was a homemaker and, before she was married, had worked at Sears in Kansas City. She was a member of Heart of Life Church, Garden City, where she was a role model for her whole church. Hazel enjoyed gardening, growing flowers, watching the birds, reading, quilting and being around children. She always took an interest in her sons and their farming and would take tours to check on their cattle. She would have her morning coffee and enjoyed having her sons come in for coffee and some kind of snack. One of Hazel’s greatest enjoyments was cooking and she was known for her cherry pies. If people would come and work at her place, she always would feed them regardless of how many people were on the crew. Hazel loved her family and it showed when she took care of her in-laws, her husband, and her brother-in-law in their elderly years.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Garrett, on April 15, 1987; a grandson, Brett Garrett on May 23, 1996; three brothers, Euckle, Grover and Roy Cantrell and a sister, Josie Luther.

Hazel is survived by two sons, David Garrett and wife Shirley and Donald Garrett and wife Virginia, all of Garden City; two daughters, Darlus Fidler and husband Kenny, Garden City, and Denise Surber and husband Ron, Harrisonville; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; a sister, Doris Harris, Harrisonville; other relatives and many friends.

Funeral services were March 12 at Heart of Life Church, Garden City, with burial in Garden City Cemetery, Garden City.

Family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Heart of Life Church Memorial Fund, Garden City, or to Cass Regional Medical Center Foundation, Harrisonville.

To send the family online condolences, please visit www.dickeyfh.com.

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

Avis Maxine Davis

March 31, 1928 - March 10, 2013

Avis Maxine Davis, 84, of Harrisonville, died Sunday, March 10, 2013, at Benchmark Healthcare of Harrisonville.

Maxine was born March 31, 1928, in Ft. Madison, Iowa, to Robert and Nellie (Deye) Simpkins. She worked as a seamstress for King Louie International. She loved quilting, garage sales and traveling. She was a member of Happy Homemakers Ladies Club and Red Hat Club in Harrisonville, Bodacious Girlfriends Happy Hatters.

Maxine was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse Davis, her parents and one daughter, Carol Sue Shepherd. She is survived by a son, John Davis and his wife, Gwen, of Garden City; one granddaughter, April Dawn Lackey; nieces, nephews and other extended family and friends. She will be truly missed.

Funeral services were March 14 at Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville with burial in Orient Cemetery, Harrisonville.

Online condolences may be made to atkinsonfuneralhome.com.

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

Geraldine Noell Foote

March 13, 1930 - March 10, 2013

Geraldine (Gerry) Noell Foote, 82, of Archie, died while surrounded by her family Sunday, March 10, 2013, at Cass Regional Medical Center in Harrisonville.

Gerry was born on March 13, 1930, on a farm east of Archie, the youngest daughter of George Dudley Noell and Henrietta Clark Noell. She graduated as Salutatorian of the class of 1948 from Archie High School and then attended Central Missouri State University. She lived in Archie her whole life.

Gerry married Donald Foote and, together, they had two daughters. She was so proud of her daughters and their families, especially her three grandchildren. Gerry touched every person she met. She was a strong, independent woman. She always was available to support her family and friends. One could only hope to accomplish a life legacy similar to Gerry’s. She loved to work. She worked at Buerge Brothers Grain Company for 17 years, Archie State Bank for 10 years, Buerge Brothers Real Estate for four years and West Central Seed for six years, all in Archie.

Gerry loved her church and her church family. She became a member of Archie United Methodist Church in July 1945. She had been the pianist and organist at the church since 1955. She was active in United Methodist Women and a member of countless church committees throughout her life. In addition to her work through church, Gerry was an avid volunteer. She had served as a member of Archie Senior Housing Board of Directors and Archie Alumni Committee. She was a gifted pianist. She played the piano for many weddings and funerals, accompanied musicals performed at Archie High School, and loved playing the piano at the area nursing homes. She could play any song; all she had to do was hear it. She thoroughly enjoyed working in the gift shop at Cass Regional Medical Center.

Gerry was preceded in death by her parents, a sister in infancy, her sister Allene Atkinson, her brother, Dudley Noell and a niece, Valeta Noell Baxter. She is survived by two daughters, Jeannette Lea Gwinn and husband, David, of Lone Jack, and Cindy Francene Drury and husband, Rick, of Archie; her three grandchildren, Aaron Gwinn, Doug Drury and Molly Drury; three sister-like cousins; three nieces; two nephews; other relatives and a multitude of friends.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. March 13 at United Methodist Church in Archie. Burial was in Orient Cemetery in Harrisonville. Friends called 6-8 p.m. March 12 at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that contributions be made to Archie United Methodist Church Memorial Fund.

Online condolences may be made to atkinsonfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements: Atkinson Funeral Home, 104 W. Walnut, Archie, MO 64725; 816-293-5566.

Charles Wayne Reid

Nov. 5, 1922 - March 11, 2013

Charles Wayne Reid, 90, of Peculiar, died Monday, March 11, 2013, at Cass Regional Medical Center in Harrisonville.

Funeral services will be at Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville with burial in Wills Cemetery, Peculiar.

A complete obituary will be published 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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