March 29 Obits

March 29, 2013 

Ruth Louise Sites

Dec. 27, 1920 - March 12, 2013

Ruth L. Sites, 92, died Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Kansans City. Ruth was born Dec. 17, 1920, in Henry County, the daughter of Robert Lee and Mary Magdalena (Barth) Burry.

Ruth graduated from Clinton High School in 1939. She went to Business College in Springfield for about a year, then started working in Warrensburg for Productions Credit Association, where she worked for the next 4.5 years. On Nov. 11, 1945, she married Paul Sites. Ruth was a member of Clinton United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Paul, and one son, Dale.

She is survived by her two daughters, Nancy Sites of Lowry City, and Betty Inman and husband, Jed, of Butterfield, her son, Larry Sites of San Diego, Calif.; two granddaughters, Heather Toth and Kristen Inman; three great grandchildren, Kylie Phipps and Elizabeth and Owen Doll and a cousin, Winifred Estep.

Funeral services were March 21 at Vansant-Mills Chapel, Clinton, with Dr. David Maggi officiating. The musical selections were “Amazing Grace” and “Beyond the Sunset” with Patricia Hendricks as soloist and Sam Lucas as organist. The casket bearers were Wayne Gilkey, Jim Cox, Jack Robinson, Richard Moore, Daryl Jones and Dale Dunn. Burial was in White Oak Cemetery, Urich.

Arrangements: Vansant-Mills Funeral Home, 314 W. Jefferson St., Clinton, MO 64735; 660-885-2021.

Kenneth S. Craycraft

Aug. 25, 1932 - March 17, 2013

Ken Craycraft, 80, a Northland resident of Kansas City, died Sunday, March 17, 2013, at North Kansas City Hospital. He was born Aug. 25, 1932, to Jessie Opal (Noyes) and Howard Everett Craycraft in Peculiar.

Ken was known by his co-workers as Ken, but was acknowledged by his loving family as Toby. Ken served in the Army during the Korean Conflict. He married Mildred White on June 5, 1954, in Chicago, Ill. Toby and his bride made their home and raised their children in the Northland of Kansas City. He worked for Trans World Airlines for 41 years as an electrical engineer, retiring in 1998. Ken was a devoted member of Sherwood Bible Church and an active supporter of Gideons International North Kansas City Camp.

Ken was raised on a farm in Cleveland. He met and married Millie while stationed in Chicago. They moved back to Kansas City and Ken completed electrical engineering training at Central Technical Institute. He was hired by Trans World Airlines as an electrical engineer in 1956. Ken and his family enjoyed worldwide travel. Ken served God’s Kingdom faithfully through the ministries of Sherwood Bible Church. Ken also devoted the best of his time and energy to his family. He was an avid fan at his children’s Park Hill School District activities. This devotion continued as grandchildren began their schooling in Park Hill. He continued to support Park Hill by running the clock at football games and by attending his daughters’ classrooms in their first years as teachers in the school system. He was considered a “Super Booster” at Park Hill and remained a faithful fan and supporter until his death. Ken’s loyal support of his family was not limited only to the Northland. He traveled to Oklahoma and Texas to cheer on his grandchildren in their activities and attended high school and college graduations in Oklahoma, Ohio, Colorado and California. He was very proud to see his first grandson graduate from the Air Force Academy. His smiling face and quiet presence was a constant in the lives of his family, in both the big moments and at small family gatherings, and he will be sorely missed.

Ken was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, and four brothers. He is survived by his wife, Mildred Craycraft, of the home; four children: David (Jan) Craycraft of Edmond, Okla., Debbie (Del) Anderson of Kansas City (North), Diane (Travis) Bradburn of Kansas City (North), and Danny (Cheryl) Craycraft of Keller, Texas; 11 grandchildren: Benjamin (Lindsey) Craycraft, Anna Craycraft, Abby (Chase) Hildenbrand, Adam Craycraft, Michaela Anderson, Raven Bradburn, Destiny Bradburn, McKenzie Craycraft, Ian Craycraft, Hana Craycraft and Paxton Craycraft; three great-grandchildren: Calvin Craycraft, Evie Craycraft and Cade Hildenbrand; one brother, Oliver Craycraft of Peculiar.

The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, March 29, at Sherwood Bible Church, 4900 N. Norton, Kansas City, with Rev. Leonard Hale officiating. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will follow at 2 p.m. at Cleveland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to City Union Mission or Gideons International. Arrangements by Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville. Condolences may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel .com.

Arrangements: Meyers Funeral Chapel, 401 Main St., Parkville, MO 64152; 816-741-0251.

Dorothy Brown Lyder

May 23, 1918 - March 18, 2013

Dorothy Brown Lyder, 94, formerly of Pleasant Hill and Paola, Kan., died Monday, March 18, 2013, at Crown Care Center in Harrisonville. She was born May 23, 1918, in Walker, the daughter of George and Ruth (Barker) Hardacre.

Private graveside services were in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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

Edgar Leroy Wright

April 1, 1930 - March 18, 2013

Edgar Leroy Wright, 82, of Garden City, was born April 1, 1930, in Mount Zion, the son of Clarence Beeson and Anna Alice (Payne) Wright. He died Monday, March 18, 2013, surrounded by love and family at Vitas Hospice Care, Kansas City.

On Oct. 19, 1963, Ed was united in marriage to Dixie Louise Jordan in Independence.

Ed was employed in the service department for Missouri Gas Service Company in Kansas City until his retirement in 1991 after 40 years of service. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War. Ed enjoyed his family and grandchildren. He was an avid gardener, enjoyed camping at the lake and watching TV. He had lived in the Medford community, south of Holden, before moving to Garden City in 1967.

Ed was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, William and James; five sisters, Winnie, Mildred, Pauline, Betty and Patsy.

Ed is survived by his wife, Dixie L. Wright, of the home; two sons, John Wright and wife, Penny, Osage Beach, Bill Wright and wife, Lana, Harrisonville; four daughters, Linda VanCleave and husband, David, Harrisonville, Debbie Strain, Buffalo, Cindy Bathgate and husband, Jeff, Garden City, Cathy Richardson and husband, Chris, Harrisonville; 13 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; a brother, Calvin Wright, Independence; a sister, Peggy Sue Jamison, Wellsville, Kan.; other relatives and a host of friends.

There was a graveside service March 23 at Medford Cemetery, Holden.

Family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the DAV.

To view the video or send online condolences, please visit

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

Marian Frances Baier

March 22, 1926 - March 22, 2013

Marian “Denny” Frances Baier, 87, of Raymore, died Friday, March 22, 2013, at The Rehabilitation Center of Raymore.

Denny was born March 22, 1926, in Fontana, Kan., the daughter of William and Hazel (Stevens) DeNise. She was a 1944 graduate of Fontana High School. She married B. H. “Bud” Baier on April 14, 1946, in Fontana. Prior to her marriage, Denny had worked as a secretary for Beech Aircraft in Wichita, Kan. She was a member of United Methodist Church in Fontana. She enjoyed shopping, antiquing and playing cards. Denny and her husband, Bud, owned and operated Baier’s Den in Peculiar. They started the business in 1950 as a kennel and in 1954 it became the first hunting preserve in Missouri.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Bud, on Sept. 21, 2005, and one sister, Wilda Campbell. She is survived by two sons, Gene Baier and his wife, Becky, Harrisonville, and Wayne Baier and his wife, Pat, Peculiar; three grandchildren, Ben Baier and wife, Suzanne, Amy Shuey and husband, Mike and Jenny Tryan and husband, Mike; four great-grandchildren, Cobey, Brett, Emilie and Bailey; other family and friends.

Online condolences may be made to

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

Jacob E. Mills

March 22, 2013

Jacob E. Mills, 19, of Peculiar, the son of Jeff and Gala Mills, died Friday, March 22, 2013, as the result of an automobile accident.

Funeral services were March 28 at Dickey Funeral Home, Garden City, with burial in Garden City Cemetery, Garden City.

Family received friends March 28 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.

Guy Jackson Pulliam

March 19, 1934 - March 22, 2013

Guy Jackson Pulliam, 79, of Archie, was born March 19, 1934, in rural Harrisonville, the son of Robert Lee and Edith (Shawgo) Pulliam. He died Friday, March 22, 2013. He died in his home in Archie, surrounded by his family.

He graduated from the 8th grade at Bill School, outside of Harrisonville.

On Sept. 9, 1952, Guy was united in marriage to Rosemary Hook in Bentonville, Ark., and to this union four children were born. Guy and Rosemary lived in Archie for more than 50 years. Guy was the produce manager for Nyman’s and Buy-Rite grocery stores in Harrisonville. He also worked painting houses and water towers. Later in life, he was a janitor at Archie School. Guy enjoyed antique cars, car races, wrestling and his family.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers Johnny, Roy and Bob, and three sisters, Maxine, Marie and Ethel.

Guy is survived by his wife, Rosemary; daughter Angela Arnold and husband, Curtis, of Warsaw; daughter Terri Gilliland and husband, Don, of Archie; son Michael Pulliam of Archie; daughter Dee Kisner and husband, Monty, of Archie; 15 grandchildren Chawn Arnold, Brandy Nicoletti, Jason Arnold, Theresa Gilliland, Elizebeth Giacone, Billie Gilliland, Lani Vaughn, Bear McCulley, Cathy Hodges, Ashley Ellis, Chuck Bolinger, Shannon Kisner, Ashley Patterson, Chris Shannon, and Kody Kisner; 17 great-grandchildren; three brothers Eddie, Ralph and Charlie; and one sister Lucy; other relatives and many friends.

Cremation. There was a Celebration of Life Service March 27 at Everett Community Church near Archie, with Pastor Larry Hess officiating. Inurnment in Everett Cemetery.

Family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice.

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

Oleta Geraldine Emick

Sept. 5, 1926 - March 23, 2013

Oleta Geraldine (Tarter) Emick, 86, of Warrensburg, died Saturday, March 23, 2013, at St. Luke’s East Hospital in Lee’s Summit.

Funeral services were March 28 at Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville, with burial in Raymore Cemetery in Raymore. Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

Online condolences may be made to

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

Josephine Doris Scofield

March 23, 2013

Josephine Doris Scofield, 91, of Harrisonville, died Saturday, March 23, 2013, at Resting Nest, Gladstone.

She is survived by two nephews, Oliver Scofield, Houston, Texas, and Wesley King, Kansas City, and other relatives and friends.

A private family burial will be in Orient Cemetery, Harrisonville.

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

Lawrence Finsch

May 23, 1939 - March 24, 2013

Lawrence “Larry” Gene Finsch, 73, of Adrian, died Sunday, March 24, 2013, at Research Medical Center in Kansas City.

He was a U. S. Navy retired veteran.

Graveside services were March 27 at Crescent Hill Cemetery, under the direction of Atkinson Funeral Home, Adrian.

Online condolences may be made to

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

Fern Graves

Nov. 23, 1927 - March 24, 2013

Fern Graves, 85, of Strasburg, was born in Avalon, the daughter of Claude A. and Virginia Mae Hackett. She died Sunday, March 24, 2013, at her home.

Funeral services were March 28 at the funeral home. Interment was in Strasburg Cemetery.

Visitation was March 27, at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family and the video tribute may be viewed at

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

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