June 14 Obits

June 14, 2013 

Virginia B. Middleton

May 29, 2013

Virginia B. Middleton Plank, 81, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, died Wednesday, May 29, 2013, in Mesa, Ariz.

Virginia married her long-time best friend, Dewey M. Plank, on Aug. 26, 1950, in Garden City. The couple made their home in Kansas City until moving with their two sons to Scottsdale, Ariz., in 1959.

After retirement from Motorola in 1986, Dewey and Virginia traveled across the USA and Canada, stopping in Grove, Okla., in 1990 and making a home there for 22 years. Virginia resided with her son, David Plank, and family for the past year.

She is survived by two sons, Kirby Plank and wife Becky, Goodman; David Plank and wife Doreen, Mesa, Ariz.; sister Priscilla Middleton Darling and husband Wayne, Raymore. Blessed was Virginia with 11 grandchildren: Sarah, Melissa, Shawn, Corey, Carrie, Nicole, Angela, Alicia, Christina, Allanis and Alexsis; 15 great-grandchildren; and many loving nieces and nephews.

Virginia’s parents, brothers, sister-in-law, two nephews, and niece preceded her in death. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the St. Andrews Episcopal Church Building Fund, 555 E. Third St., Grove, OK 74344. The memorial service in Grove, Okla., will be later this summer.

Robert H. Pegg, Jr.

Nov. 12, 1969 - June 3, 2013

Robert H. Pegg, Jr., 43, of Harrisonville, died Monday, June 3, 2013, at home.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters. He is survived by his wife, children, sisters Tracy Bahr and Cathy Lenardson, nieces, nephews and in-laws. Memorial service was June 8 at the White family home.

Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, 612 W. Foxwood Dr., Raymore, MO 64083; 816-322-5278.

Franklin Dale Long

May 15, 1945 - June 4, 2013

Franklin “Frank” Dale Long, 68, Lee’s Summit, died Tuesday, June 4, 2013, at Truman Medical Center-Lakewood, Kansas City.

Frank was born May 15, 1945, in Cass County, the son of Clifton and Betty Jo (Hammontree) Long. He married Vicki Lynn Brecht on Sept. 7, 1968. Frank was a very experienced mechanic (transmissions) and also in management. He enjoyed playing cards, bowling, trap shooting, hunting and was an avid fisherman. He was a member of the Trout Association. Frank was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, uncle, cousin and friend. He was loved so dearly. If you knew Frank in any way, you knew of his “long talks and stories,” so be prepared to stay and listen for awhile.

Frank was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Janet Claypool and one son, Robert Dale Long on Nov. 13, 2012. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Vicki, of the home; one son, Michael Lee Long, Kansas City; four grandchildren, Jacob Robert Long, Haley Diana Lynn Long, Autumn Alice May Long and Austin Dale Long; two nieces, Dana Dale Bass, Kathy Jo Arnold; one nephew, Don Claypool; one uncle, Wayne Long; cousins and many friends.

Funeral services were June 11 at Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville, with burial in Floral Hills East Memorial Garden Cemetery, Lee’s Summit. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the family, 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.

John Calvin Risner

Nov. 26, 1933 - June 6, 2013

John Calvin (J.C.) Risner, 79, of Kansas City, died Thursday June 6, 2013, at Kindred Hospital. J.C. was born Nov, 26, 1933, to Theodore Roosevelt and Mary Calton Risner in Camdenton.

When J.C. was 17, he joined the Marine Corp and served on the battlefield in the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in 1953 with the rank of Sergeant. Later, he began a 41-year career with the U.S. Postal Service as a letter carrier. He loved gardening, hunting and fishing, being with his family and friends. He was a staunch conservative and loved the Lord and enjoyed discussing the Bible and politics with family and friends.

J.C. was preceded in death by his parents, one sister Dora Osborn, a sister-in-law Rusty Risner, and 17-year-old nephew Derek Risner.

He is survived by his wife, Flora Ann Risner, two brothers: Clay Risner and James Risner, two sisters: Rosemary (Donald) Osborn and Betty (Kenneth) Hoenshell; two daughters: Jana Peterson and Shauna (Rev. Marvin Musick) Musick, nine grandchildren: Mitchell (Gina) Peterson, B.J. Peterson, Jennifer Peterson, Chris (Heather) Peterson, Bethany, Joshua, Sarah, Rachel, and Josiah Musick, and six great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and special friends; Frank Osborn, Roy Nevils and Bob Thompson and others.

He would want us to thank all of the many people who lifted him up in prayer, especially during the past two months while he was so ill and in a coma the last seven weeks. And we all thank the Lord Jesus Christ who helped J.C. and all of us through this time.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. June 10 at Langsford Funeral Home. Visitation was prior to services from noon to 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial was in Lee’s Summit Cemetery.

Arrangements: Langsford Funeral Home, 115 SW 3rd St., Lee’s Summit, MO 64063; 816-524-3700.

Gladys Eileen Pippin

Dec. 2, 1927 - June 8, 2013

Eileen Pippin, 85, of Lee’s Summit, died Saturday, June 8, 2013, at Villages of Jackson Creek in Independence.

There was a memorial service June 11 at Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill with Rev. Kent Deubner officiating. It began with an O.E.S. service. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

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

Dennis Gene Durnell

April 29, 1940 - June 9, 2013

Dennis Gene Durnell was born April 29, 1940, to E. A. and Vivian Durnell in Holyoak, Colo.

They moved soon after and he grew up on the home farm place in Weaubleau and loved the farm life. He graduated from high school in Weaubleau in 1959. He was married to Trish Thompson, officiated by Rev. Kent Parson, in the Congregational Christian Church on May 12, 1962, in Weaubleau. He died at his home in Osceola on Sunday, June 9, 2013, with his family at his side.

Shortly after his marriage to Trisha, they moved to Kansas City to start their life together. He was employed in a paint store where he learned his trade working in the industry of glass. He moved his career to working and managing with Postlewait Glass Company, Safelite Glass Company and retired from Kryger Glass Company in 2005. He played at Walmart in his retirement years. While living in Independence, daughter Pamela Yvette and son Kevin Wayne were born into the family. Son Michael Gene and daughter Vivia Louise were born into the family while living in Pleasant Hill. The majority of his later life was spent in Peculiar and then he retired in Osceola.

Dennis spent many years ministering to the younger generation with his wife at children’s church and Sunday school but his greatest love was leading worship in songs and singing to his Lord. He was a godly husband, father, grandfather and friend. He was devoted to the widow ministry and was always present with a helping hand. His hobbies included woodworking, which many of you now hold within your homes today. He enjoyed camping and canoeing with his family and friends, especially his adored and cherished grandchildren, and the treasured foster grandchildren who quickly grew to claim him as their grandpa. He was an avid gardener and being outdoors was his comfort and second home. He has been an accountable and respected friend and mentor to many. He loved the fellowship and the playing of games with his friends.

Dennis lived a productive life centered on his family and his faith in God. He always placed another’s needs before his own, giving of his time and talents before a need was even expressed. He knew how to love unconditionally and to forgive before being asked. He never knew a stranger and impacted the lives of all who crossed his path. He was deeply loved by his family and will be greatly missed by all. His character, legacy, and presence will stand strong for generations to come.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother Darrel Durnell, one sister Helen Hogsett, and one niece Debbie Storrie. He is survived by his wife, and children Joe and Pamela Arnold, Kevin and Donna Durnell, Mike and Karen Durnell, Brian and Vivia Weaver, 12 grandchildren plus the many foster grandchildren, one great-granddaughter with a great-grandson due this summer, his brother-in-law Don and Dorothy Thompson, his extended family of nieces, nephews, cousins and precious friends as well.

Services were at 11 a.m. June 12 at First Baptist Church of Osceola. The family received friends 10-11 a.m. at the church. Burial followed at Durnell Chapel Cemetery in Weaubleau. Services under the direction of Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home, Osceola.

Paul W. Purvis

June 9, 2013

Paul W. Purvis, 93, of Pleasant Hill, died Sunday, June 9, 2013.

Paul was a 1939 East Lynne High School graduate.

On July 14, 1951, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Purvis in Eureka Springs, Ark. She preceded him in death on Nov. 20, 2006.

Paul worked as a farmer in the Strasburg, Garden City and Pleasant Hill areas; as an implement dealer and salesman in Pleasant Hill, Platte City, Lee’s Summit and Holden; for Farmland Industries with Central Cooperative in Pleasant Hill; for Audrain County Cooperative in Mexico, Mo.; and for Farmway Service Cooperative in Holts Summit.

He was a member of Big Creek Baptist Church in Pleasant Hill, downtown coffee club, and a past member of Pleasant Hill Lions Club.

He was preceded in death by two brothers Harold Purvis and Elmo Purvis; a stepdaughter Betty; and two great grandchildren Chad and Sandra.

His is survived by two sons, Jim (Kelley McArtor) Purvis and Will (Carol) Purvis; three daughters Becky (Bill) Curtin, Wanda (Bob) Haas, and Patti (Mike) Guess; 26 grandchildren; 51 great-grandchildren; thee great-great grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

There will be a celebration of Paul’s life at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 15, at the funeral home. Interment will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Friday, June 14, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Big Creek Baptist Church building fund.

Online condolences may be sent to the family and the video tribute may be viewed at www.stanley- dickeyfuneralhome.com

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

Angie Schacher

Jan. 7, 1971 - Jun 9, 2013

Angie Schacher, 42, of Harrisonville, was born Jan. 7, 1971, in Jefferson City, the daughter of Richard Wayne Blair and Sharon Kathleen (Murphy) Garrett. She died Sunday, June 9, 2013, at her home surrounded by love and family.

On Aug. 17, 1990, Angie was united in marriage to Timothy Allen Schacher in Harrisonville.

Angie was employed as a para-professional for special needs in the Blue Springs School District until her retirement on May 31, 2013, and was co-owner with her husband, Tim, of Ti-An Repair near Harrisonville. She was a 1989 graduate of Harrisonville High School. Angie was a member of Harrisonville Church of the Nazarene, was very active in Archie School PTO, and enjoyed scrap booking. Her greatest love was her family and she could always be found at her children’s sporting events and dance recitals.

Angie is survived by her husband, Tim Schacher; three sons, Jacob Schacher, Colter Schacher and Caleb Schacher and a daughter, Katie Schacher all of the home; her mother and dad, Sharon and Travis Garrett, Harrisonville; three brothers, John Blair, Ballard, Vance Garrett and Tracy Garrett, both of Kansas City; a sister, Debbie Tiblier, Ocean Springs, Miss.; other relatives and many friends.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. June 12 at Harrisonville Church of the Nazarene with burial in Sharon Cemetery near Drexel.

Visitation was 5-8 p.m. June 11 at the church.

Family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice or to Special Olympics.

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.

Patricia Wram

June 9, 2013

Patricia Wram, 82, of Creighton, died Sunday, June 9, 2013, at Research Medical Center, Kansas City.

Funeral Mass will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Urich, with burial in Byler Cemetery.

Family will receive friends 7-8 p.m. June 14 at Dickey Funeral Home with a rosary at 6 p.m.

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.

Carol Jenkins Parker

June 10, 2013

Carol Parker, 82, of Independence, died Monday, June 10, 2013.

Carol is survived by her husband, daughters, grandchildren, and a brother.

Services will be at 2 p.m., Friday, June 14, with visitation 1-2 p.m. at Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, Burial in Grant Cemetery near Creighton.

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

Betty A. Bartlett

June 11, 2013

Betty A. Bartlett, 94, of Harrisonville, died Tuesday, June 11, 2013, at Crown Care Center, Harrisonville.

Funeral arrangements are pending under the direction of Dickey Funeral Home, Garden City.

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.

Wanda Sue Guffey

Sept. 24, 1951 - June 11, 2013

Wanda Sue Guffey, 61, of Archie, died Tuesday, June 11, 2013, at her home after a three-year battle with cancer.

Wanda was born Sept. 24, 1951, in Kansas City, the daughter of Gerald and Irene (Smart) Cox. She married John Edgar Guffey on March 13, 1970. She worked for Peterson Manufacturing. She attended Assembly of God in Archie. Wanda loved to travel with her husband.

Wanda was preceded in death by her parents, one son, John Guffey and one brother, Donald Cox. She is survived by her husband, John, of the home; one son, Kevin Guffey, Archie; two daughters, Christina Hawkins and husband, Danell, and Angela Guffey, all of St. Joseph; two brothers, John Cox and Bill Cox; one sister, Barbara Flickinger; six grandchildren, Sherry, Sarah, Danell “D.J.,” Tenisha, Jessica and Megan; nine great-grandchildren and one on the way.

Funeral services were at noon June 13 at Atkinson Funeral Home in Archie, with visitation from 10 a.m. to noon. Burial was in Crescent Hill Cemetery in Adrian. Contributions may be made to the family, c/o the funeral home.

Online condolences may be made to atkinsonfuneralhome.com

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

Mona Jean Jones

Aug. 12, 1929 - June 11, 2013

Mona Jean Jones, 83, of Harrisonville, died Tuesday, June 11, 2013, at Benchmark Healthcare of Harrisonville.

Mona was born in Jonesboro, Ark. She had lived in Michigan over 60 years before moving to Harrisonville in 2003. She was an LPN.

Inurnment will be in Craighead Forest Cemetery in Jonesboro, Ark. Cremation.

Online condolences may be made to atkinsonfuneralhome.com.

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

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