June 21 Obits

June 21, 2013 

Virginia B. Middleton Plank

June 4, 1932 - May 29, 2013

Virginia B. Middleton Plank, 81, was born June 4, 1932. The daughter of Arch and Ruth Sloan Middleton, Virginia died Wednesday, May 29, 2013, in Mesa, Ariz.

She married her long-time best friend, Dewey M. Plank, on Aug. 26, 1950, at Garden City United Methodist Church. The couple made their first home in Kansas City, later moving to Garden City. Due to health reasons, Dewey, Virginia and sons Kirby Allen and David Michael moved to Scottsdale, Ariz., in 1959.

Virginia and Dewey retired in 1986 from Motorola and traveled across the USA and Canada. In 1990, they moved to Grove, Okla., and made their home there for 22 years. Virginia resided with her son, David, 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; 15 great-grandchildren; and many loving nieces and nephews.

Virginia was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, sister-in-law, four nephews, and a niece.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations sent to the St. Andrews Episcopal Church Building Fund, 555 E. Third St., Grove, OK 74344. A memorial service in Grove, Okla., will be later this summer.

Patricia Louise Wram

June 21, 1930 - June 9, 2013

Patricia Louise Wram, 82, of Creighton, was born June 21, 1930, in Leavenworth, Kan., the daughter of Aloysius Karl and Louise Gertrude (Igoe) Heim. She died Sunday, June 9, 2013, at Research Medical Center, Kansas City.

On Nov. 26, 1955, Patricia was united in marriage to Lawrence Merle Wram.

Patricia was employed as an underwriter for Cigna Insurance Company, Kansas City, until her retirement in 1988. Later, she became a seasonal worker for the Internal Revenue Service at the Bannister Service Center, Kansas City, until her retirement again in 1998. She was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Urich, and the Creighton Senior Citizens. Patricia enjoyed bowling, shooting pool, sewing, traveling and working puzzles. She had lived in Leavenworth, Kan., and Kansas City before moving to Creighton in February of 1962.

Besides her parents, Patricia was preceded in death by two sons, Richard and Philip; three grandsons, Charles E. Kagarice Jr., Dale and Michael Wram; a brother, Junior; and two sisters, Rita and Catherine Margaret.

Patricia is survived by a son, Tom Wram and wife, Diane, Urich; a daughter, Cheryl Kagarice and husband, Chuck, of the home; a daughter-in-law, Margaret Wram, Raymore; six grandchildren, Dianna, Stephanie, Cathy, Matthew, Michelle and Philip; 16 great-grandchildren; other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Mass was June 15 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Urich, with burial in Byler Cemetery, near Creighton.

Family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Friendship Meals of Garden City.

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.

Anita Delores Frick

Oct. 17, 1929 - June 10, 2013

Anita Delores Frick, 83, of Pleasant Hill, formerly of Oak Grove, was born Oct. 17, 1929, in Michigan, the daughter of Albert and Josephine Krug. She died Monday, June 10, 2013.

Cremation has been accorded. Inurnment will be in Concord Cemetery at a later date.

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

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

Mary Josephine Nelson

Feb. 7, 1933 - June 10, 2013

Mary Josephine Nelson, 80, of Pleasant Hill, died Monday, June 10, 2013, at her home.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. June 14 at the funeral home. Reverend Heather Jepsen officiated. Interment was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Visitation was 7-8 p.m. June 13 at the funeral home.

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

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

Randall “Randy” Walters

June 9, 1952 - June 10, 2013

Randall “Randy” Lewis Walters, 61, of Harrisonville, formerly of Kansas City, died Monday, June 10, 2013, at his home.

He is survived by one son, one stepson, one daughter, one stepdaughter, three brothers and four grandchildren.

No services are scheduled. Cremation.

Online condolences may be made to atkinsonfuneralhome.com.

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

Betty Bartlett

July 21, 1918 - June 11, 2013

Betty Bartlett, 94, died on a beautiful sunny day Tuesday, June 11, 2013, at Crown Care Center in Harrisonville. Betty was born July 21, 1918, in Wichita, Kan., the third and youngest daughter of Clarence Garfield and Christa Kinnear Barnett.

She married Simon Edgar Bartlett on Oct. 20, 1943, in Harrisonville and they lived on their farm east of Harrisonville until Simon’s death. Betty continued living there until moving to Harrisonville in 2005.

Betty was a long-time member of Garden City United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday school, Bible school, and served in many other capacities over her 60-plus years of membership. She enjoyed her time as one of the “quilting ladies” at the church, using her hands to help raise funds for various church projects. Betty was a member of Eastern Star and White Shrine for over 50 years. She was an active and cheerful volunteer for many causes, as long as her health allowed.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters Alice Barnett and Kathryn Barnett; and her husband Simon. She is survived by her son Bob and his wife Jo, of Warrensburg; the light of her life, her grandson Scott and his wife, Denise, of Jefferson City; and her precious great-granddaughters Makenzie and Avery, as well as a host of friends.

Funeral services were June 15 at Dickey Funeral Home, Garden City, with burial in Garden City Cemetery.

Family suggests memorial contributions may be made to United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, Garden City. 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.

Beverly J. Aksamit

Sept. 14, 1936 - June 12, 2013

Beverly J. Aksamit, 76, lifetime resident of Cleveland, died Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at her home surrounded by her loving family. Beverly was born Sept. 14, 1936, in Cleveland, the daughter of R. D. “PeeWee” and Edith Opal Jacobs.

She graduated from Cleveland High School in 1954 and went on to attend Kansas City Community College.

On April 13, 1957, Beverly was united in marriage with Jerry Aksamit in Miami, Okla., and they made their home in Cleveland.

Beverly was the former, five-term elected, Treasurer of Cass County. She was a longtime active member of Democratic Central Committee and was elected Democratic Committee Woman.

Beverly was preceded in death by both her parents, R. D. “Pee Wee” and Edith O. Jacobs on Jan. 9, 1985.

She is survived by her husband, Jerry D. Aksamit, of the home; three sons, Jeffrey Lynn Aksamit of the home; Jonnie Leland Aksamit of Harrisonville; Joel Leslie Aksamit and wife Dana Louise of Cleveland; one sister, Shirley Kay Russell of Lee’s Summit; grandchildren, Holly, Alisha, Kaitlyn, Dale and Emily; five great grandchildren; three nieces and their families, several cousins, other relatives and many friends.

Funeral services for Beverly were at noon June 15 at Cleveland Christian Church, where she was baptized on Oct. 12, 1949, with Rev. Edwin Peeples and Rev. Brenda Brown officiating. Special music was provided by Rev. Edwin Peeples and Jesse Richardson. Casket bearers were Jeff Aksamit, Jonnie Aksamit, Joel Aksamit, Charlene Musick, Sherry Cooley and Christi Shannon. Honorary bearers were Ben Odom, Kenny Cravens, Lyle Laffoon, Dale Aksamit, Bill Laffoon, L. T. Brown, Laurel Hobick, Bill Brandt, Vernon Masterson, Emily Aksamit, Kaitlyn Aksamit, Holly Simon, Alisha Aksamit and Dr. Douglas Bradley. The family received friends from 10 a.m. until service time at noon June 15 at the church. Burial was in Glenwild Cemetery. The family suggests contributions to either Glenwild Cemetery, Cleveland Christian Church or Continua Hospice.

Arrangements: Wallace Funeral Home, 302 W. Main St., Cleveland, MO 64734; 816-540-3125; www.wallace-funeral homes.com.

Urless E. Lacy

July 11, 1916 - June 13, 2013

Urless E. Lacy, 96, of Belton, died Thursday, June 13, 2013. Urless was born July 11, 1916, in Freeman, to Horace and Sarah Lacy.

He was a lifelong area resident. He worked in construction for 10 years and then farming.

He was preceded in death by a son, John Ewing Lacy, son-in-law Harry Railey, four brothers, seven sisters, two granddaughters and one great-granddaughter. He is survived by his wife of 73 years, Dorothy, of the home; daughters Martha and Robert Edwards, Dorothy Railey, Carole and Danny Thomas and Eva and Jim Parrott; daughter-in-law, Gretta Lacy; brother, Marvin Lacy; 12 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren, 10 great-great grandchildren and many loving nieces and nephews.

Visitation was 1-2 p.m. June 17 at McGilley and George Funeral Home, 611 Chestnut, Belton. Graveside service followed at 2:30 p.m. in Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Stanley Kan. Contributions are suggested to Continua Hospice, 7611 State Line, Ste 202, Kansas City, MO 64114.

Condolences may be left at www.mcgilleygeorge belton.com.

Arrangements: McGilley & George Funeral Home, 611 Chestnut Belton, MO 64012 816-322-2995.

Floyd Earl Pulse

July 15, 1930 - June 14, 2013

Floyd Earl Pulse, 82, of Raymore, formerly of Peculiar, died Friday, June 14, 2013, at Menorah Medical Center in Overland Park, Kan.

Floyd was born July 15, 1930, in Clarence. He married Ruby Maxine Babbitt on Dec. 31, 1955, in Kansas City. He became a Christian in 1956 at First Baptist Church in Raytown. Floyd was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Korean War. He worked in construction as a bricklayer. Floyd liked to hunt and fish.

Floyd was preceded in death by his mother, Zulonia Jane Pulse, his wife, Ruby, on Sept. 16, 1998, and one great-grandchild, Jonathan Schrock. He is survived by one son, Mike Moddrell and his wife, Carol, Lawrence, Kan.; two daughters, Linda Cleary and her husband, Mike, Lee’s Summit, and Terri Whalen, Raymore; nine grandchildren, David Moddrell, Stacey Schrock (Mitch), Scott Carter, Michael Moddrell, Brandon Carter, Andrew Moddrell (Missy), Mark McCubbin, Mary Beth Moddrell, Kellie Kasper (Tyler); 12 great-grandchildren, Kody, Lane, Chloe, Logan, Sage, Jagar, Rockney, Rachael, Aaron, Nathan, Carolyn, Marquise; and two great-great grandchildren, Charlotte and Jonathan.

Funeral services were June 17 at Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville, with burial in Wills Cemetery, Peculiar. 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.

Janice Deanne Allee

Aug. 7, 1938 - June 16, 2013

Janice Deanne Allee, 74, of Harrisonville, died Sunday, June 16, 2013, at Golden Years Care Center in Harrisonville. Janice was born Aug. 7, 1938, in Kingsville, the daughter of Oscar Logan and Lois (Jones) Allee.

She lived in the Kingsville area before moving to Harrisonville in 1972. She was a member of Abiding Love Baptist Church in Harrisonville. She had worked briefly as a waitress in Kingsville and later worked for Casco in Harrisonville for 26 years.

Janice was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by two brothers, Charles Enke and his wife, Doris, Holden, and Bill Allee and his wife, Pat, Harrisonville, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services were June 19 at Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville. Burial was in Kingsville Cemetery in Kingsville. Memorial contributions may be made to Harden Hospice, 4731 S. Cochise Drive, Suite 120, Independence, MO 64055.

Online condolences may be made to atkinsonfuneralhome.com.

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

John Woodrow Barnes

May 6, 1931 - June 16, 2013

John Woodrow Barnes, 82, of Garden City, died Sunday, June 16, 2013, at his home.

He was a U.S. Army veteran.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. June 20 at Atkinson Funeral Home in Adrian, with burial in Crescent Hill Cemetery, Adrian. Visitation was 6-8 p.m. June 19 at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be made to atkinsonfuneralhome.com.

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

Leslie Ray Smith

May 25, 1933 - June 16, 2013

Leslie Ray Smith, 80, of Adrian, died Sunday, June 16, 2013, at Willow Lane Nursing Center in Butler. Smith was born in Craig, Neb., the son of Garnet and Hazel Louella Smith.

He was a U.S. Korean War Army veteran.

Funeral services were June 19 at Atkinson Funeral Home in Adrian with burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Ballard.

Online condolences may be made to atkinsonfuneralhome.com.

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

Mearl Keith Mills

July 29, 1925 - June 17, 2013

Mearl Keith Mills, 87, of Harrisonville, died Monday, June 17, 2013, at Crown Care Center in Harrisonville.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 22, at Reser Funeral Home in Warsaw. Burial will be in Turkey Creek Cemetery in Warsaw. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Friday, June 21, at Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville.

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

Online condolences may be made to atkinsonfuneralhome.com.

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

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