April 26 Obits

April 26, 2013 

Ronald Dean Oesch

Nov. 15, 1930 - Oct. 6, 2012

Ronald Dean Oesch died Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, in St. Louis. He was born Nov. 15, 1930, the son of Harvey and Lola Oesch of Garden City.

A 1948 graduate of Harrisonville High School, Ron served in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of the Korean Conflict. Upon completion of his military service, he earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Biology from Central Missouri State University in 1965. He served as a high-school biology teacher for 11 years and then as an administrator for the Cooperating School Districts of St. Louis County for 22 years.

Ron also spent over 40 years studying Missouri’s freshwater mussels, aquatic snails, land snails, crayfish and slugs traveling thousands of miles to hundreds of sites, recovering and curating thousands of specimens, as well as extensive museum research. He was the principal investigator on several cave explorations and excavations leading to the discovery of fossils, many prehistoric, adding to the geological history of Missouri. He has published several works related to these studies.

He was a Paleontologist, Malacologist, Speleologist, consultant to numerous environmental groups, and served on research teams to study and protect endangered species.

He is survived by sons Fred Oesch and David Oesch, three grandchildren, brother Russell Oesch, nieces and nephews plus countless friends and associates.

He is dearly missed.

Billy Dean Maire

April 24, 1932 - Feb. 4, 2013

Billy Dean Maire, 80, died Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, at his home in Concord, N.C.

He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.

Cremation was accorded and there will be a Memorial Service at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill, with Elder Duane Rogers officiating. Inurnment, Pleasant Hill Cemetery with Military Funeral Honors provided by V.F.W. Post #3118 of Pleasant Hill.

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

Wiley Donald Garrett

Feb. 1, 1924 - April 16, 2013

Wiley Donald “Don” Garrett, 89, of Peculiar, died Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at Liberty Terrace Care Center in Liberty.

Don was born Feb. 1, 1924, in Kansas City, the son of Wiley Addison and Ida Pauline (Pearson) Garrett. He had lived in the Kansas City and Peculiar areas for all of his life, except for time in the Army. He was a WWII Army veteran and had served in various campaigns, including Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland, Central Europe and the Battle of the Bulge. He was a past member of the VFW in Seibert, Colo.

Don had worked as a sheet metal fabricator for Divine Lighting and Fixtures in Kansas City. He later retired from Mosler Mfg. in Grandview as shop manager. He took great pleasure in his hobby of gardening then sharing the vegetables and flowers with family and friends.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Hazel Garrett, and three brothers, Orval, Durland, and Wayne. He is survived by one brother, Ralph Garrett, Peculiar; one sister, Nadine Hewitt, San Rafael, Calif.; and numerous nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed by his beloved dog, Lucy.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. April 23 at Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville, with visitation 1-2 p.m. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery in Kansas City. Memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars or Hospice Advantage, 1512 N. Church Rd., Liberty, MO 64068.

Online condolences may be made to atkinsonfuneralhome.com.

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

Jeannette Adams

Dec. 6, 1937 - April 18, 2013

Jeannette (Keithley) Adams, 75, died Thursday, April 18, 2013.

Cremation has been accorded and a Memorial Visitation for Jeannette will be 6-8 p.m. Friday, April 26, at Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill. A private family inurnment will be at Pleasant Hill Cemetery at a later date.

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

Clyde “Bill” Emick

March 5, 1922 - April 18, 2013

Clyde “Bill” Emick, 91, of Raymore, died Thursday, April 18, 2013, at Foxwood Springs Living Center.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1942 and served for 38 months until 1945 with the 11th U.S. Army.

Cremation. There was a Memorial Graveside service at 2:30 p.m. April 25 at Urich Cemetery, Urich.

There will be a Celebration of Life Service at 10 a.m. Friday, April 26, in the Bromwell Lounge of Foxwood Springs, Raymore.

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

James Edward Russell

Jan. 29, 1941 - April 19, 2013

James (Jay) Edward Russell, 72, of Pittsburg, died peacefully in his sleep Friday, April 19, 2013. Jay was born Jan. 29, 1941, in Harrisonville, to the late T. Chester Russell and Opal Dean Williams.

In 1959, he graduated from Harrisonville High School and then served three years in Europe in the Army’s 82nd airborne paratroopers until honorably discharged in 1962. In 1963, he became a security inspector at Honeywell (Bendix) until he retired in 1992. During that time, he lived in Kansas City and studied labor law at Longview Community College and met his wife, Linda, whom he married on Halloween in 1969.

Jay was an active leader in U.P.G.W.A, Local #251. He loved to travel and, with his wife, visited all 50 states and many other countries. After his retirement, he enjoyed traveling with his daughter’s Girl Scout troop. They were all his girls. He was an avid quail hunter and outlived many beloved hunting dogs. He never gave up on the Chiefs, always a football fan, no matter how bad they played. In 2002 he moved to Pomme de Terre Lake where he enjoyed telling stories, playing cards, coffee, and gossiping with the guys. He was a wonderful and loving father and husband. We will always miss him.

Survivors include his wife Linda; two children, John Russell, Marshfield, and Christina Russell, Denver, Colo. and grandchildren.

There will be a memorial service at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville. Inurnment will be in Freeman Cemetery, Freeman. (Cremation).

Memorial contributions to Wayside Waifs, Kansas City.

Online condolences may be made to atkinsonfuneralhome.com.

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

Floyd W. Kurzweil, Jr.

April 20, 2013

Floyd W. Kurzweil, Jr., “J.R.”, 77, of Raymore, died Saturday, April 20, 2013.

Floyd is survived by his wife of 57 years, Judy Hendley Kurzweil, and their children Kim Waller (Rob), Cleveland, Karen Regan (Bill), Greenwood, and Ken Kurzweil (Tracey Collier), Raymore; seven grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren with another due in June; and his sister Shirley Malson, Kansas City.

He and his parents owned and operated Flo-Mow Lawnmowers and Flo-Mow Hobbies on Blue Ridge in Grandview from 1948 until he retired in 1999. He enjoyed go-carting, drag racing, motorcycles, flying radio controlled helicopters and airplanes, and rebuilding cars. He flew his own Ercoupe as a young man. He was a charter member of High Performance Auto Club, Sports Flyers and Mo. Miniature Helicopter Club.

Visitation was at 10 a.m. April 24 at Mt. Moriah & Freeman Funeral Home, 10507 Holmes Rd., followed by funeral services at 11 a.m. Burial in Mt. Moriah Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Crossroads Hospice or St. Matthews Catholic Church.

“Forever loved-Forever missed.” Casual attire is requested.

Arrangements: Mt. Moriah & Freeman, 10507 Holmes Rd., Kansas City, MO 64131; 816-942-2004.

Alice Marie Richardson

Jan. 31, 1941 - April 20, 2013

Alice Marie (Shay) Richardson, 72, of Dayton, died Saturday, April 20, 2013, at Golden Years Nursing Home, Harrisonville.

The family would like to thank the staff of Golden Years and Serenity Hospice, who provided care for Alice in her final days. Per Alice’s wishes, there will be a cremation and no services

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

Tracy Rugg

July 25, 1924 - April 20, 2013

Franklin “Tracy” Rugg, 88, of Adrian, died Saturday, April 20, 2013, at Adrian Manor in Adrian.

Tracy was a WWII Navy veteran.

Funeral services were April 23 at Adrian Christian Church with burial in Crescent Hill Cemetery, Adrian. Memorial contributions may be made to: Bates Co. Youth Advocacy Council, P.O. Box 466, Butler, MO 64730.

Online condolences may be made to atkinsonfuneralhome.com.

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

Gerald Leroy Schlagle

Sept. 18, 1950 - April 20, 2013

Gerald Leroy Schlagle, 62, of Pleasant Hill, formerly of Peculiar, died Saturday, April 20, 2013, at Lee’s Summit Medical Center.

Cremation has been accorded.

The family will have a memorial visitation 2-4 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at their home on Lexington Rd. in Pleasant Hill.

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

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

Charlotte Ann Compton

April 22, 1929 - April 21, 2013

Charlotte Ann Compton, 83, of Harrisonville, died Sunday, April 21, 2013, at Lee’s Summit Medical Center in Lee’s Summit after suffering a stroke.

Charlotte was born April 22, 1929, in Stanberry, the daughter of Benjamin Eugene and Flossie Celina (Heflin) Martin. She grew up in the Stanberry area. Charlotte married Hobert Eugene Boner in 1945 and had two children, Barbara Jean and Virgil John. On Aug. 23, 1952, Charlotte married Russell Evan Compton. They were married for 57 years until Russell died in 2009.

She had many positions throughout the years and retired at the age of 83 at Golden Years Care Center in Harrisonville. She was a member of Harrisonville United Methodist Church and was a past member of Eastern Star. Charlotte had a flair for fashion and make-up and high heels were a must. She loved life and her family and lived each day to the fullest. She will be greatly missed.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two siblings, one son, John and her husband, Russell who died in 2009. She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Worthley and her husband, Jim, Harrisonville; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. April 25 at Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville, with burial at 2 p.m. at King City Cemetery in King City. Friends called 6-8 p.m. April 24 at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association.

Online condolences may be made to atkinsonfuneralhome.com.

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

Eleanor Mercedes Smith

May 15, 1925 - April 22, 2013

Eleanor Mercedes Smith, 87, of Belton, died Monday, April 22, 2013, at Beautiful Savior Home.

Smith was born May 15, 1925, in St. James, Minn. She was very devoted to her family. She was a member of Lord of Love Lutheran Church and the DAV Auxiliary. She enjoyed working with people and did many years of volunteer work at the VA Hospital.

She was preceded in death by Harold Smith, her husband of 62 years, her parents Anna and Jacob Glasier, and six sisters Kate, Stella, Theresa, Dorothy, Agnes and Mary. Survivors include sisters Rosemary Bodine of Chicago, Ill., and Margaret Maxa of St. Paul, Minn., daughter June Eagan and husband Tom of Belton, two grandchildren Deborah Fowler and husband Jerry of Kansas City and Richard Eagan of Belton, six great-grandchildren Breanne Eagan and Blake Eagan (their mother Kari Eagan), Christopher White, Meghen White, Robert Fowler, and Zeta Masden.

The family thanks Grace Hospice and Beautiful Savior Home for the care they gave to Eleanor.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Lord of Love Lutheran Church, 8306 E. 171st, Belton, with visitation at 1 p.m.

Arrangements: Mt. Moriah & Freeman, 10507 Holmes Rd., Kansas City, MO 64131; 816-942-2004.

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