Aug. 30 Obits

August 30, 2013 

Cecil Marie (Gibson) Lamar

Nov. 14, 1915 - Dec. 30, 2012

Cecil Marie (Gibson) Lamar, 97, died Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, at Benchmark Health Care Center in Lee’s Summit. Cremation.

There will be a Memorial Service for Cecil at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill. Inurnment will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery Columbarium.

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

Sandra N. Curry

Feb. 9., 1937 - Aug. 15, 2013

Sandra “Sandy” N. Curry, 76, of Raymore, died Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. Sandy was born Feb. 9, 1937, in Harrisburg, Penn., to Charles and Irma Myers.

She has been a resident of the Kansas City metropolitan area since 1958. Sandy was a single, hardworking, loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She had a fastidious work ethic. Her family was always the motivation for her life’s work.

Sandy leaves behind her three children, Kenneth Eugene (Jane) Curry, of Raymore, Marie Anne (Ronnie) Cain, of Raymore, and Mark Jeffery (Angie) Curry, of Kansas City, Kan., six grandchildren, David, Dennis (Sara), Katie, and Daniel Curry, and Brittany Stark, and Tristan Cain, and two great-grandchildren, Preston and Lilly Curry.

Visitation was 6-8 p.m. Aug. 20 and there was a funeral service at 10 a.m. Aug. 21, both at D.W. Newcomer’s Sons Johnson County Chapel, 11200 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park, KS 66210. Interment followed at D.W. Newcomer’s Sons Johnson County Memorial Gardens.

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

Arrangements: D.W. Newcomer’s Sons, Johnson County Chapel, 11200 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, KS 66210; 913-451-1860.

Ruby Lucille Knight

March 10, 1932-Aug. 20, 2013

Ruby Lucille Knight, 81, of Peculiar, died Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, at her home. Funeral services were Aug. 24 at First Church of Peculiar with burial in Wills Cemetery, Peculiar. Contributions may be made to Kansas City Hospice.

Ruby was born March 10, 1932, in Oak, Dekalb County, the daughter of Charles Franklin and Nellie Lucille (Justice) McConnaughey. She was raised in Clinton and was a member of the class of 1949, Clinton High School. On Dec. 29, 1948, she was married to Jack Everett Knight in Macon. They were married for 59 years. They and Jack’s parents and brothers-in-law moved from Clinton to Peculiar in February 1949.

Ruby was a member of United Methodist Church for many years. She was a driving force in the creation of the non-denominational First Church of Peculiar. She was a member of the Get Together Club and a 50-year member of the Elizabeth Chapter No. 142, Order of Eastern Star, Belton. Ruby was an Avon saleslady for many years in the Peculiar area. She worked 32 years for Cotter & Company in Kansas City, and retired in 2004. She was a mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend to a vast number of people in the community. She had a sincere interest in helping other people and maintained a positive attitude and spirit. She will be missed by many.

Ruby was preceded by her husband, Jack, on May 17, 2008. She is survived by her children, Dale Knight and partner, Julie Hughes, Winston-Salem, N.C., and grandchildren Xhan-Xaesar, Xong-Ae-Uy, Will Jack, and Davy Divine (Brown), great-grandchildren, Ma Lia Knight and Tab Sabre Brown; Don Knight and wife, Gloria, recently of Schaumburg, Ill., and grandchildren Angela Domville (Tom), Lee’s Summit, Christina Volpe (Brian) Pingree, Grove Ill., Christian (Allison), Oak Park, Ill., Angie Maloney (Tom), San Diego, Calif., Meghan Benscoter (Jeff), Lee’s Summit, and Jason Scheib Huntley, Ill., great-grandchildren, Zachary and Riley Domville, Caitlyn, Juliana, Britany and Anthony Volpe, Keegan, Rivers and Jude Knight, Ashley, Mike and Lily Maloney, Gavin and Isabella Benscoter; siblings Charles McConnaughey (Kazue), San Diego, Calf., children Kathy Medina, Tina McConnaughey, Douglas McConnaughey and Bill McConnaughey (Karen), Lake Chapala, Ijiciz, Mexico, children, Mike, Patrick, Diana, Joshua, and Judy Berry, Montserrat, children Scott Thompson, Tammy Ross and Casey Berry.

Online condolences may be made to

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

Nancy N. Riggs

April 24, 1927 - Aug. 21, 2013

Nancy N. Riggs, 86, died Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, at her home in Pleasant Hill. She was the daughter of Edgar and Katherine Fleming (Bush) Riggs.

Funeral services for Nancy were Aug. 28 at Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Friends were received Aug. 27.

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

Janice Lee South

Sept. 12, 1942 - Aug. 21, 2013

Janice Lee South, 70, of Drexel, died Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, in her home with family. Janice was born Sept. 12, 1942, in Kansas City, to Jack and Naomi Campbell.

She graduated from Harrisonville High School in 1959 and later earned an Associate’s Degree in General Education at Longview College. The family moved to Drexel in 1973 and she became an active member of the community. She served as an EMT and weather spotter for the city of Drexel. She attended nearly every city council meeting, fighting for a better community. She planned for the future and wanted her children and grandchildren to survive and thrive. She also worked outside the home as a secretary and Mystery Shopper for Alcops Investigative Services. After retiring, she proceeded to babysit and chase grandkids and great-grandchildren around the house. She loved to play bingo and trace the family history.

Janice was preceded in death by one son, John MacArthur South, her parents and two brothers. She is survived by one sister, one brother, her husband Larry South and four children, Debbie Blanton of Gladstone, Donna Gray of Cleveland, Larry South, Jr., of St. Petersburg, Fla., Ralph South, of Drexel, and eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Special thanks to the Drexel emergency departments for their quick response and attention to our mother.

Visitation was 4-6 p.m. Aug. 25 at Mullinax Funeral Home in Drexel. A private burial will be at a later time. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in honor of Janice to the Drexel swimming pool through Mullinax Funeral Home or Drexel City Hall, Attn: Peggy Moles.

Arrangements: Mullinax Funeral Home, 136 E. Main St., P.O. Box 500, Drexel, MO 64742; 816-657-4400.

Martha Harris

Oct. 14, 1947 - Aug. 22, 2013

Martha Harris, 65, of Branson, died Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, at Cox Medical Center, Springfield, after a short illness. Martha was born Oct. 14, 1947, in Harrisonville, the daughter of Marion Franklin Giddley and Lucretia Bell Giddley.

She started her working career in Harrisonville as a waitress at age 13. Later she worked as an office clerk at Bridges Chevrolet dealership.

She met and married her husband of 42 years and moved to Topeka, Kan. There she was employed at the Venture store as a receiving manager.

She was preceded in death by both her parents and her brother, James Giddley. She is survived by her husband Robert E. Harris, of Branson, four children, Terry Harris (Jennifer) of Topeka, Kan., Debbie Wherrell of Topeka, Kan., Shawn E. Harris (Linda) of LaMonte, Kevin E. Harris (Kim) of Topeka, Kan, a sister, Francis Cowan (Gene) of Garden City, six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

After moving to Branson in 1998, Martha opened The Copper Jewelry Store and was in business until her death.

Martha’s favorite pasttime was fishing in Table Rock Lake. She was loved and will be missed by all her family and many friends.

Visitation was 3-5 p.m. Aug. 25 at Greenlawn Funeral Home in Branson. Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Aug. 26 at Greenlawn Funeral Home, 708 State Hwy. 248, Branson. After services, she will be transported to Mount Hope Cemetery, 4700 S.W. 17th St., Topeka, Kan. for burial at 10 a.m. Aug. 28 on the northwest side in the Praying Hands Section of the cemetery.

Please visit our web site at www.greenlawn to leave online condolences.

Arrangements: Greenlawn Funeral Home, 708 State Hwy. 248, Branson, MO 65616; 417-334-1550.

Jesse W. Hayes

Nov. 7, 1916 - Aug. 22, 2013

Jesse W. Hayes, 96, of Pleasant Hill, was born Nov. 7, 1916, in a farmhouse near Pleasant Hill, the third of eight siblings and the eldest son of Jesse C. and Lola (Small) Hayes. He died Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, at Kansas City Hospice House in Kansas City. He was preceded in death eight months earlier by his wife and soul mate of 71 years, Jacqueline (Bundy) Hayes.

Jesse grew up on a farm southwest of Pleasant Hill and attended Lone Star and Hickory Grove country schools and Pleasant Hill High School. He left high school during the Great Depression to work on road construction in Missouri and Texas and then joined the Civilian Conservation Corps in the mid-1930s, where he drove a truck and planted pine seedlings near Austin, Texas. He sent money home to his family from all of these jobs.

Jesse enlisted in the U.S. Army in February 1941. He underwent basic training at Fort Francis E. Warren in Cheyenne, Wyo., and was later stationed at Fort Leonard Wood.

On June 14, 1941, he was married to Lucille Jacqueline Bundy in Harrisonville.

After the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, Jesse underwent desert warfare training near Needles, Calif., and jungle warfare training in Hawaii. He served with the 6th Division/20th Infantry in the South Pacific during WWII, where he made several amphibious landings on and around the Japanese-held island of New Guinea. He received two Purple Hearts for wounds he received during this campaign and was subsequently discharged as a Staff Sergeant at O’Reilly General Army Hospital in Springfield in December 1944, after five months of rehabilitation.

Upon returning home from the War, Jesse was employed by Bel-Saw Manufacturing in Pleasant Hill until being hired by the U.S. Postal Service in 1947. He retired from the Post Office in 1972 after serving as a rural mail carrier on every rural route out of Pleasant Hill at the time. He also was a successful farmer, with several hundred acres of corn, soybeans, wheat, oats, barley, and hay under cultivation at any one time. He sold the last of his farmland in the early 1980s and he and Jackie began over 30 years of active retirement. Gardening (especially proud of his zinnias), crappie fishing on lakes in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas, and travel with Jackie throughout the United States were his favorite pastimes. Jesse lived in Pleasant Hill all his life until he and Jackie moved to an assisted-living facility in Belton in 2010. With declining health, Jesse moved to the Pleasant Hill Health and Rehabilitation Center in July 2013.

Jesse was a lifetime member of VFW Post 3118 and twice served as post commander. He was an Assistant Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 300 in the late 1950s and was an honorary member of the Tribe of Mic-O-Say. Jesse was a long-time member of Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, where he served on several church boards, including chairmanship of the building committee in the 1960s before and during the construction of the new church on Lexington Road. He was a member of Lions Club and Pleasant Hill Coffee Club and he served on the board of Central Co-op in the 1960s. One of his proudest achievements was his 12 years of service on the Pleasant Hill Board of Education, from 1958 to 1970, where he served as treasurer.

In addition to his wife and parents, Jesse was predeceased by a brother, Jay Hayes, and two sisters, Audrey Hayes and Evalyn Hale.

Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, J. Michael and Judy Hayes of Cincinnati, Ohio; granddaughter, Melinda Hayes of Toledo, Ohio; brothers A.J. Hayes (Marilyn) of Columbia, Jerry Hayes (Josie), Jerrall Hayes (Nancy) and sister Ruth Kingsolver, all of Pleasant Hill; 16 nieces and nephews and their spouses, and many great nieces and great nephews and their spouses and children.

Visitation was 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, at the funeral home.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Aug. 25 at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church. Reverend Carl Knapp, minister of the church, officiated. Interment was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Kansas City Hospice, or the charity of one’s choice, in care of the funeral home.

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

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

Georgia Marie Talken Rudroff

Aug. 22, 2013

Georgia Marie Talken Rudroff, 83, of Raymore, died Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, at Foxwood Springs, Raymore. Visitation was 2-4 p.m. Aug. 25 at Cullen Funeral Home. Funeral Mass was at 10 a.m. Aug. 26 at St. Sabina Catholic Church in Belton and she was entombed next to her husband Leonard Rudroff at 11 a.m. with visitation 10-11 a.m. Aug. 27 at Resurrection Cemetery in Jefferson City. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Sabina Catholic Church, Crossroads Hospice or the charity of your choice.

Rudroff was born in Taos to Henry and Leona Talken. Graduating from St. Francis Xavier High school in 1948, she went on to Business School in St. Louis. She married Leonard Rudroff on Jan. 28, 1953, at St. Francis Xavier Church in Taos. Georgia and her young family moved to Belton in 1954, where they founded Rudroff Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc., in 1959. Georgia worked at the company until she became ill.

She is survived by her son Rick and wife Carlene Rudroff of Belton, daughter Renee and husband Peter Kerckhoff of Raymore, grandchildren Derek Rudroff of Raytown, Danielle Kerckhoff of Omaha, Neb., Brittany Kerckhoff of Phoenix, Ariz., Brian Bishop (Tracy) Sedalia, Brandon Bishop (Robin) Malta Bend and 10 great-grandchildren. She also is survived by brothers Gilbert Talken of Jefferson City, Stanley Talken and wife Vicki of Lake Zurich, Ill., Bernard Talken and wife Bert of Raymore, and sisters Carrie Landtiser of Lee’s Summit, Maxelinda Cleveland of New Bloomfield, Frances Talken and husband Ralph of Troy, Barbara Poetker and husband Larry of Jefferson City, Catherine Andres and husband Gene of Palatine, Ill., and sister-in-law Vivian Talken of Centralia.

She was preceded in death by her husband Leonard Rudroff, brothers Omar Talken and Jerome Talken, brothers-in-law Vincent Holzer, Richard Landtiser, Sylvester Reinkenmeyer, Guy Cleveland, sisters-in-law Rita Rudroff, Alma Rudroff Forck, Margaret Talken, Romajean Talken, and parents Henry Talken and Leona Heimericks Talken.

Georgia was devoted to her family, church, and business. She will be fondly remembered and missed by all.

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

Mary C. Hocker

Dec. 28, 1922 - Aug. 22, 2013

Mary C. Hocker, 90, of Lee’s Summit, formerly of Harrisonville, died Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, at Wilshire at Lakewood, Lee’s Summit.

Mary was born Dec. 28, 1922, in rural Ballard to James F. and Ethel M. (Clark) McClenny. She grew up on a farm and graduated with the Ballard High School class of 1941. She married Albert (Glenn) Hocker on Jan. 10, 1942. After Glenn returned from serving his country during WWII, they eventually settled in Harrisonville where they raised their family and remained until 2003. With declining health, they moved to the Wilshire at Lakewood Care Facility in Lee’s Summit.

Mary was a very selfless, caring and loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She was an inspiration to her children. Mary was a wonderful cook and housekeeper. She, her mother and sisters were lovingly known as “The Mean Clean McClenny Girls” by their spouses. The kitchen was her domain. Her cinnamon rolls were a family favorite, sweet and unique.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sisters Rosalee McClenny, Dorthy F. Goodrich, Mildred J. Hays Aldridge and an infant brother.

Mary is survived by son Ron Hocker (Linda), daughter Mary Ann Moore (Steve), son Larry Hocker (Carol), son Garry Hocker (Paula), sister Ellen Jane Eidson, grandchildren Brad Hocker, Clay Hocker, Matt Hocker, Randy Richerson, Nick Moore, Holly Elliott, Scott Hocker, Jeff Hocker, Marschel Hocker, Monica Carter, 24 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Funeral services were Aug. 27 at Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, with burial in Orient Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to The First Christian Church of Harrisonville or Crossroads Hospice.

To view the video tribute or send the family online condolences, please visit

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

Sandra Lee Moore

Feb. 12, 1983 - Aug. 24, 2013

Sandra Lee Moore, 30, of Peculiar, died Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, at Cass Regional Medical Center in Harrisonville. No services are scheduled at this time.


Sandra was born Feb. 12, 1983, in Kansas City, the daughter of Bruce Lee and Sharyl Lee (Maxon) Moore.

Online condolences may be made to

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

John Paul Bybee

Aug. 19, 1932 - Aug. 25, 2013

John Paul Bybee, 81, of Blue Springs, died Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at John Knox Village Care Center in Lee’s Summit.

Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at Atkinson Funeral Home in Adrian.

John was born in Schell City the son of Clarence and Nellie (Robinson) Bybee. He was a U.S. Navy veteran.

Online condolences may be made to

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

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