April 5 Obits

April 5, 2013 

Dorothy DeEtta Weber

Feb. 1, 1922 - March 16, 2013

Dorothy DeEtta Weber, 91, died Saturday, March 16, 2013, at Manor of the Plains, Dodge City, Kan.

Born Feb. 1, 1922, near Harrisonville, she was the daughter of Elmer E. and Eulah (Bybee) Knibb.

A longtime Bucklin resident, she was a retired bookkeeper/secretary for USD 459 at Bucklin. She graduated from Harrisonville High School and attended Huff’s Business College, Kansas City. She then worked for Travelers Insurance Co., Kansas City.

She was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Dodge City, Kan.; Bucklin Civic Club; Farmerette Club; American Legion Auxiliary; and Bucklin Senior Center.

On Jan. 31, 1945, she married Merle L. Weber in Kansas City, Kan. He died Oct. 21, 1999.

Survivors include a sister-in-law, Joann Knibb, and nephews, Kenneth and Steven Knibb, Garden Grove, Calif.

Preceding her in death was her husband, Merle, and a brother, George Knibb.

Funeral services were March 20 at Holy Cross Lutheran Curch, Dodge City, Kan., with Rev. Randall Jahnke presiding. Graveside service and interment was at Bucklin Cemetery.

The family suggests memorials to the church or to Hospice of the Prairie, both in care of Minnis Mortuary, P.O. Box 516, Bucklin, KS 67834.

Jacob Edward Mills

May 27, 1993 - March 22, 2013

Jacob Edward Mills, 19, of Peculiar, was born May 27, 1993, in Kansas City, the son of Jeffery Lee and Gayla Pearl (Todd) Mills. He died Friday, March 22, 2013, as the result of an automobile accident near Raymore.

Jacob was employed in the warehouse at Quik Trip, Belton, since May 2011. He loved his family. He enjoyed spending time with friends, playing baseball, was an avid hunter and fisherman. Jacob was a lifelong area resident and was a 2011 graduate of Raymore-Peculiar High School, Peculiar. Jacob is preceded in death by his paternal great-grandparents, William Jacob and Josephine Mills; maternal great-grandparents, Delbert and Mary Kendrick; and maternal grandparents, Edward and Genevieve Todd.

Jacob is survived by his parents, Jeff and Gayla Mills, of the home; a sister, Jessie Greufe and husband Matt, Pleasant Hill; a brother, Justin Mills and fiancé, Jennifer, Ft. Worth, Texas; a niece, Addison Greufe; his paternal grandparents, Leonard and Verna Mills; an aunt and uncle, Tina and Brian Walton, all of Garden City; an aunt, Brenda Mills, Raymore; other relatives and many friends.

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

Family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Bennett Springs State Park.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.dickeyfh.com.

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

Arthur Emery Spears

Sept. 9, 1931 - March 25, 2013

Arthur Spears died at Research Medical Center on Monday, March 25, 2013, with his family by his side. Arthur was born Sept. 9, 1931, in Manhattan, Kan., the son of Arthur Harold and Alva Ruth Limes Spears.

After high school, Arthur enlisted in the Navy, where he served aboard the U.S.S. Endicott during the Korean Conflict and was later honorably discharged.

After returning home from the Navy, he married the “girl next door,” Deanna Jean McCannon who he had grown up with as a friend and later fell in love. They married Nov. 7, 1959, and to this union was born a daughter, Teresa.

Arthur worked for Allis Chalmers for 30 years as a steel worker. After retirement, he enjoyed spending time with his family. Arthur was a lifetime member of the Eagles #385.

Arthur was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Deanna, of Crown Care Center, daughter Teresa Cates and husband Autry, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

There will be a Celebration of Life at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the family.

Condolences may be shared with the family at www.CremationCenterKC. com.

Arrangements: Cremation Center of Kansas City; 913-384-5566.

Mary Kathryn Branstine

Jan. 24, 1919 - March 27, 2013

Mary Kathryn Branstine, 94, of Harrisonville, died Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at Golden Years Care Center in Harrisonville.

Mary was born Jan. 24, 1919, in Justin, Texas, the daughter of William Roy and Katie Agnes (Golden) Donald. She was a graduate of Commerce, Okla., High School and had lived in Cass County since she was 18 years old. She married Lloyd R. Branstine on May 16, 1948, making their home in Harrisonville for almost 65 years. Mary enjoyed quilting, fishing, traveling, camping and most of all, her family.

Mary was preceded in death by her first husband, Lenard Sloan, her parents, two brothers, Russell and Raymond, and her beloved daughter, Cheri L. Middaugh. She is survived by her husband, Lloyd, of the home; her sons, Charles Sloan, Sr., and his wife, Carolyn, Katy, Texas, and Dewaine Branstine and his wife, Frances, Harrisonville; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson. She will be truly missed.

Funeral services were April 1 at Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville with burial in Orient Cemetery, Harrisonville. Contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice of Butler, 612 W. Fort Scott St., Butler, MO 64730.

Online condolences may be made to atkinsonfuneralhome.com.

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

Billie Jean Haunschild

Oct. 14, 1928 - March 28, 2013

Billie Jean Haunschild, 84, of Belton, formerly of Kansas City, Kan., was born in Clinton. She died Thursday, March 28, 2013, at Carnegie Village, Belton.

Funeral services were April 2 at the funeral home. Pastors Tom Van Duzer and Frank Eberhart officiated. Interment was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanley-dickeyfuneral home.com.

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

Alice Ann Gaines Oman

Dec. 17, 1950 - March 28, 2013

Alice Ann Gaines Oman, of Grandview, died Thursday, March 28, 2013, at Research Medical Center. She was born Dec. 17, 1950, in Warrensburg. She was the daughter of Thomas R. and Dena Cheeseman Gaines.

Alice Ann attended the College Laboratory School, K-12. She was involved in many activities and was the first female Student Council President of College High School. She was a graduate of CMSU where she received a Master’s degree in Theatre. She was named outstanding senior theatre student in scholarship and activity in theatre. She was especially pleased to be part of the cast in the play Hamlet, which was the first production in the new Highlander Theatre. Alice taught drama, speech and English in junior and senior high school and retired from the Liberty School District.

Alice loved the arts and all things of beauty. Her nieces and nephews were the real joys of her life. She was preceded in death by her father and is survived by her mother and two brothers, Tom Gaines (Nancy) of Blue Springs, and Jim Gaines (Judy) of Warrensburg.

Visitation will be at 1 p.m. Friday, April 5, with a memorial service following at 2 p.m. at Sweeney-Phillips & Holdren Funeral Home, 617 N. Maguire, Warrensburg.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the UCM Theatre Department. Private inurnment at Memorial Gardens in Warrensburg.

Arrangements: Sweeney-Phillips & Holdren Funeral Home, 617 N. Maguire Street, Warrensburg, MO 64093; 660-747-9114.

Ellen Elizabeth Williams

June 25, 1941 - March 29, 2013

Ellen Elizabeth (Stephens) Williams, 71, of Harrisonville, died Friday, March 29, 2013, at Crown Care Center in Harrisonville.

Ellen was born June 25, 1941, in Cass County, the daughter of William S. and Mary Bell (Potts) Stephens. She grew up in Harrisonville and had lived in Oregon and Kansas City before moving back to Harrisonville in 2009.

She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband, Steve Williams; two brothers, Donald Stephens and Louis Stephens, both of Harrisonville, and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial services were April 1 at Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville. Inurnment in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Harrisonville. (Cremation).

Online condolences may be made to atkinsonfuneralhome.com.

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

Eugene Burl Allen

March 21, 1924 - March 30, 2013

Eugene (Gene) Burl Allen, 89, of Raymore, formerly of Garden City, died Saturday, March 30, 2013, at Foxwood Springs Assisted Living Facility. He was born March 21, 1924, to Ernest and Goldie Thurston Allen in Urich.

Gene lived a short time in Weston before moving to Garden City when he was 4 years old. His father, Ernest, operated a barbershop in Garden City. He received his elementary and secondary schooling at Garden City School. He sang in the boys’ glee club and played on the basketball team. He also enjoyed playing baseball. After graduating in 1943, he entered the U.S. Army and took his basic training at Fort Sill, Okla. He shipped out of New York in December 1943 and landed in England, where he prepared for the European Invasion. He was a member of the 87th Armored Field Artillery, serving in the 1st Army from D-Day until the end of the war. He was discharged in November 1945. He went to work for his uncle, Orville (Jug) Allen, at his dry-cleaning shop in Garden City.

Gene was united in marriage to Roberta Gilkeson on May 19, 1946, at Garden City United Methodist Church. They established their home on Main Street in three rooms they rented from Carrie Stowers. They later moved across the street in 1947 into a home they rented from Ella McCulloh for $15 a month. Gene began working at General Motors in the fall of 1947. A son, Ernest Eugene, was born Jan. 14, 1952, and a daughter, Barbara Jo, was born Feb. 9, 1954. In 1955, they purchased a lot on the west side of Garden City. Gene, his stepfather Frank May, and brother-in-law Joe Shepherd built the family home from a kit purchased from Montgomery Ward. Roberta could look out her kitchen window and see the farm where she was born. In May 29, 1961, daughter Laura Elizabeth (Beth) was born. They lived in this home until they moved to Foxwood Springs in the fall of 2011 due to Roberta’s declining health.

Gene was very active in the Garden City community. He served on the Garden City City Council at the time the city water system was installed. He was on the school board that voted to merge the Garden City, Creighton and Urich school districts to become the Sherwood School District. He served as part of the Marksmen Football Chain Gang for several years. He served on the park board and coached Little League Baseball. He was on the building committee that built the current United Methodist Church and served as treasurer. He was a member of Index Lodge 54 AF & AM.

Gene loved the outdoors. He loved to quail hunt, fish and golf. He prided himself on his meticulous green lawn and his huge garden every summer. When the children where little, he would make Christmas magical with his outdoor Christmas decorations. Come fall, his true passion was the Missouri Tigers. He loved attending football games at Faurot Field. He and Roberta had season tickets until her health would not let her travel. Winters were spent watching Missouri Tigers basketball on television. He passed this love on to his children and grandchildren.

In 1978, Eugene retired from General Motors after 32 years of service. After retirement, he never missed a tee time on Tuesdays at Southview Golf Course. Every spring he would pack up the station wagon and go to Bennett Springs to fly-fish. Summer trips to his sister LaVerne and Joe Shepherd’s cabin in Grand Lake, Colo., gave him the opportunity to fly-fish the pristine streams of the Rocky Mountain National Park. Gene loved attending his Army reunions and stayed in touch with many he had served with. After Roberta’s retirement, they started Allen Tours, Inc., in 1992. They literally traveled the world. They were famous for their Christmas Branson tours that would sell-out every time. When they sold their business, they continued to travel, only this time it was to football and baseball games of grandsons Bryon and Andrew.

Eugene was devoted to Roberta. They moved to Foxwood Springs Assisted Living so they could stay together. When her mind failed and she was moved to the Foxwood Springs Clare Bridge Care Facility, he sat with her every day. After Roberta died, missing her greatly, he tried to fill the void by staying active.

On March 1, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He declined treatment, spending the last few weeks surrounded by his friends and family.

Eugene is preceded in death by his parents and his wife Roberta of 66 years. Survivors include one son, Ernest (Ernie) and his wife Betty of Cleveland, Ohio; two daughters, Barbara and her husband Bruce of Ft. Worth, Texas; and Laura (Beth) and husband, Mike of Harrisonville; four grandsons, Matthew Williams, Bryon Cecil, Michael Allen; and Andrew Cecil; two granddaughters, Erica Morgan, and Michelle Allen; one sister, LaVerne Shepherd of Harrisonville; several nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends.

Funeral services were April 4 at Dickey Funeral Home, Garden City, with Chaplain Edwin Peeples and Chaplain Kyle Ward officiating. Burial was in Garden City Cemetery, Garden City, with Military Service provided by the Harrisonville Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Roberta Allen Scholarship Fund or Crossroads Hospice.

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.

June Fiormonti

March 30, 2013

June Fiormonti, 90, of Elkhorn, Neb., died Saturday, March 30, 2013, at Marquis Place of Elkhorn, Elkhorn, Neb.

June was born in Neola, Iowa, and raised in Garden City, graduating from Garden City High School. There was a graveside service April 3 at Garden City Cemetery, Garden City.

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

Kurt Ronald Hobbs, Jr.

Sept. 2, 1990 - March 30, 2013

Kurt Ronald Hobbs, Jr., 22, of Jefferson City, died Saturday, March 30, 2013, at his home.

Kurt was born Sept. 2, 1990, in Kansas City, the son of Kurt Ronald and Stephanie Lynn (Holmes) Hobbs. He was a 2009 graduate of Harrisonville High School. He worked for Culvers Restaurant in Jefferson City as Crew Chief for the last four years.

Kurt is survived by his father, Kurt Hobbs (Vicki), Montrose; his mother, Stephanie White (Tim), Pleasant Hill; one sister, Samantha Hobbs and her daughter, Michelle Huber, Jefferson City; maternal grandfather, Nelson Holmes, Henrietta, and maternal grandmother, Linda Fisher, Harrisonville.

Funeral services were April 3 at Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville, with burial in Oakland Cemetery, Harrisonville.

Online condolences may be made to atkinsonfuneralhome.com.

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

H. Margaret Young

Jan. 12, 1916 - April 2, 2013

Margaret Young, 97, died Tuesday, April 2, 2013. She was born Jan. 12, 1916, in Springfield, Ill., to Henry and Elizabeth (James) Lercher.

On Sept. 2, 1933, in Swedeborg, she married Verl Young. They were married 35 years. She worked for Research Medical Center. She was preceded in death by her husband; five siblings; a grandson, James in 1998; and her daughters-in-law, Anna Lee in 1994 and Mary in 2006. Survivors include her children, Donald Young, of Harrisonville, and Peggy Young, Bartlesville, Okla.; brother, Alfred Lercher; five grandchildren and their spouses; eight great-grandchildren and nine great great-grandchildren.

Memorial tributes may be directed to Cass County Historical Society, 400 E Mechanic, Harrisonville, MO 64701.

Fond memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.floralhillsfuneralhom e.com.

Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, April 5, at Floral Hills. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. in the chapel.

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

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