May 31 Obits

May 31, 2013 

John Edward Petty

Jan. 7, 1927 - May 20, 2013

John Edward Petty, 86, of Adrian, died Monday, May 20, 2013, at his home.

Services were May 23 at the Adrian Optimist building in Adrian with Masonic services under the direction of Crescent Hill Masonic Lodge No. 368, Adrian. Burial was in Crescent Hill Cemetery in Adrian. Military honors were under the auspices of the U.S. Navy, Kansas City, and the Harrisonville Honor Guard Post 4409.

Online condolences may be made to atkinsonfuneralhome.com.

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

Richard Lee Ruby-lowry

Oct. 15, 1942 - May 21, 2013

Richard Lee Ruby-Lowry, 70, died Tuesday, May 21, 2013, surrounded by his loving family, at Lee’s Summit Medical Center.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. May 30 at Wallace Funeral Home, with Pastor Dennis Gulley officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. The family received friends 1-2 p.m.

Online condolences may be made to www.wallace- funeralhomes.com.

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

Mirthey “Sue” Forster

July 16, 1933 - May 22, 2013

Mirthey “Sue” Forster, 79, of Greenwood, died Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at Lee’s Summit Medical Center in Lee’s Summit.

Funeral services for Sue were May 25 at Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill, with Minister Kelly McCoy officiating. Family received friends Saturday. No graveside services.

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

Jay Christopher “Chris” Smith

Feb. 13, 1950 - May 22, 2013

Jay Christopher “Chris” Smith, 63, of Harrisonville, died Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at Research Medical Center in Kansas City. He was born Feb. 13, 1950, to Ralph and Joan John Smith in Kansas City.

Jay, one of three children, grew up in Independence and moved to Butler at the age of 8. He graduated from Butler High School in 1968. Jay furthered his education at the Electronic Institute in Kansas City. Jay served his country in the U.S. Air Force. On Oct. 2, 1976, he was united in marriage to Dixie Everett at First Christian Church in Butler and to this union two sons were born. Jay worked for a short time at NAPA, but most of his working career was that of a communication technician. He worked for AT&T in Garland, Texas, Covington, Ga., and Harrisonville. Due to declining health, he retired in 1994.

At the age of 25, Jay had a terrible auto accident but recovered from his injuries and was able to live a productive life. Jay enjoyed fishing, mowing the lawn and flying. As an N.R.A. member, Jay loved shooting, reloading ammo and participating in shooting sports. He liked watching History Channel and following Chiefs football. His other interests included reading Robert Heinlein books and playing on the computer. Sometimes Jay could be accident prone … even falling off of a tricycle in his grandmother’s garage.

Jay is survived by his wife, Dixie Smith of Harrisonville; two sons, Matt Smith and wife Julie of Harrisonville, and Morgan Smith of Kansas City; his father, Ralph Smith of Butler; two sisters, Jan Barrett and husband John of Montgomery, Texas, and Paige Anderson and husband Dean of Jenks, Okla.; and two grandchildren, Lucas and Lana. He was preceded in death by his mother.

Funeral services were May 25 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler, with Rev. Richard Pierson officiating. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler. Contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.

Online condolences may be sent to www.schowen- gerdtchapel.com.

Arrangements: Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel, 1301 S. Orange, Butler, MO 64730; 660-679-6555.

Bob Lotspeich

June 30, 1939 - May 23, 2013

Bob Lotspeich, 73, of Archie, was born June 30, 1939, in Garden City, to James W. and Gladys (Garrett) Lotspeich. He died doing what he loved Thursday, May 23, 2013.

After graduating from Garden City High School, Bob attended University of Missouri. While there, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Bob served seven years in the navy, two of which were during the Cuban Missile Crises. After retiring from the navy, Bob had several jobs, including working for MoDOT, Gephart Concrete and GM. During all of these jobs, Bob also had his construction business operating and later started Lotspeich Construction full time.

Bob loved his work and making people happy. He was dedicated to his work and was one of the hardest working men right up until the Lord took him. Bob joined forces early on with Lester Building Systems and was one of their top sales persons.

On Nov. 20, 1958, Bob married Shirlene Wimsatt, of Archie. They were happily married for 54 years and were blessed with two children, Brad and Teresa.

Bob was an active member in his community and enjoyed helping others. He was a member of The United Methodist Church, where he taught Sunday school and served on the board. He also was actively involved in volunteering in the New York Says Thank You Foundation, where he met many wonderful forever friends.

Bob also enjoyed yard work, gardening and researching geneology, going to the lake, fishing, church, taking his grandkids, Megan and Tyler on vacation, work and, most of all, spending time with his family.

Bob is survived by his wife Shirlene, his son Brad and wife Jean, his granddaughter Megan Lotspeich-Johnson and husband Matt, grandson, Tyler Lotspeich, all of Archie, sister Juanita Myers of Overland Park, Kan., Naomi Hawn of Harrisonville, Wilma Sisk of Garden City, Helen Kenny (Don) of Holden, a brother, Jim Lotspeich (Betty) of Pleasant Hill, many nieces and nephews, and numerous other relatives.

Bob is preceded in death by his daughter, Teresa Lotspeich; his parents, J.W. and Gladys Lotspeich; and sisters, Ioma McFerrin and June Leslie.

Funeral services were at 2:30 p.m. May 29 at Archie High School Gymnasium, Archie. Burial will be in Crescent Hill Cemetery near Adrian, with full military honors by Pleasant Hill Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3118, Pleasant Hill.

The family received friends 5:30-8 p.m. May 28 at the gymnasium.

The family suggests that memorial contributions may be to the Bob Lotspeich Scholarship Fund c/o Dickey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 432, Harrisonville, MO 64701.

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

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

Steven Dean Bishop

Nov. 9, 1952 - May 24, 2013

Steven Dean Bishop, 60, of Harrisonville, died Friday, May 24, 2013, at Research Medical Center in Kansas City. Services are pending 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.

Jack F. Curtis

June 15, 1930 - May 24, 2013

Jack Fitzmorris Curtis, 82, of Peculiar, died Friday, May 24, 2013, at Belton Regional Medical Center in Belton. Graveside services were May 28 in Climax Springs Cemetery in Climax Springs, under the direction of Atkinson Funeral Home.

Jack was born in Independence, the son of Orville L. and Margaret Ann Curtis. He was a U.S. Army Reserves veteran.

Online condolences may be made to atkinsonfuneralhome.com.

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

Judy May Butler

Aug. 2, 1948 - May 26, 2013

Judy May Butler, 64, of Harrisonville, was born Aug. 2, 1948, in Sac City, Iowa, the daughter of Harold Peter and Rose Margaret (Henson) Otool. She died Sunday, May 26, 2013, at Kansas City Hospice House, Kansas City, surrounded by love and family.

On May 6, 1967, Judy was united in marriage to Dan Butler in Harrisonville.

Judy was employed as a tax examiner for the Internal Revenue Service, Kansas City, until her retirement in July of 2010. She was a member of East Lynne Baptist Church, East Lynne, Beta Sigma Pi social sorority, the Red Hats and enjoyed playing Bunko. Judy was a lifelong area resident and was a graduate of Harrisonville High School. She took great pride in her family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She will be remembered for her cooking, her love of the ocean, bird watching and traveling.

Besides her parents, Judy was preceded in death by two brothers, Raymond and Doug.

Judy is survived by her husband, Dan Butler of the home; a son, Matthew Butler and wife, Jamie, Lee’s Summit; her daughter, Kim Saunders and husband, Ray, Harrisonville; six grandchildren, Ryan, Taylor, Colton, Ashley, Dalton and Kaitlyn; three great-grandchildren, Addyson, Avery and Emma Grace; two brothers, Richare Otool, Kingsport, Tennessee, Ronnie Otool, Knoxville, Tenn., Jimmy Otool, Sac City, Iowa; other relatives and a host of friends.

There was a Celebration of Life Visitation 7-8:30 p.m. May 29 at Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville.

The family suggests that memorial contributions may be made to KU Cancer Center.

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

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

Edward “Ed” Allen Nichols

Jan. 18, 1953 - May 27, 2013

Edward “Ed” Allen Nichols, 60, of Adrian, died Monday, May 27, 2013, at his home. There will be a memorial visitation 1-3 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at Atkinson Funeral Home in Adrian.

Cremation.

Ed was born Jan. 18, 1953, in Nevada, the son of George Eldon and Mary Edna (Roberts) Nichols. He was a U.S. Navy veteran.

Online condolences may be made to atkinsonfuneralhome.com.

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

Uva Mae Highley

May 28, 2013

Uva Mae Highley, 87, of Harrisonville, died Tuesday, May 28, 2013, at her home in Harrisonville.

Funeral services are pending under the direction of Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville.

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

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

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

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