Sept. 13 Obits

September 13, 2013 

Jean B. Jones

June 27, 1920 - Aug. 24, 2013

Jean Boswell Jones, 93, died Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013.

Jean was born June 27, 1920, in Baxter Springs, Kan., to Dr. James Henry Boswell and Maud Cramer Boswell.

She earned an AB degree in Journalism from the University of Kansas where she was a member of Chi Omega sorority. She met and married Dr. Edward S. Jones on Aug. 31, 1941.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Barbara Collins and son, Stephen E. Jones.

She is survived by her children, Pamela Spinelli, Divide, Colo., and Bradley B. Jones, Vashon, Wash., six grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, her beloved nieces, Patricia Byall and Barbara Kenton, and nephew Bruce Collins.

She led the life of a mother, a doctor’s wife, school and scout leader, volunteer and helped found the Cass County Historical Society in Harrisonville. After living in Harrisonville 35 years, she and Edward moved to Overland Park, Kan., in 1978, where she continued volunteering with St. Luke’s Hospital, Genealogy Society, the Antique Clique, PEO Sisterhood Chapter CG, DAR Elizabeth Benton Chapter and KU Alumni Association. In the Missouri Republican Party, she was elected State Vice Chairman and President of the Fourth District Republican Party and a delegate to the National Convention in 1962.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 100 E. Red Bridge Rd., Kansas City. Visitation will be one hour prior to service. Following will be an inurnment at D.W. Newcomer’s Sons Memorial Gardens, 11200 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, Kan.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to St. Luke’s Home Care and Hospice, 12000 Wornall Rd. Kansas City, MO 64111, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 100 E. Red Bridge Rd., Kansas City, MO, International Rett Syndrome Foundation (IRSF), P.O. Box 706143, Cincinnati, OH 45270, and Ann’s Hope Foundation for Melanoma Research, P.O. Box 376, Harland, WI 53029.

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

Clifford Wade “Cliff” Smith

May 18, 1954 - Aug. 30, 2013

Clifford Wade “Cliff” Smith, 59, died surrounded by his family Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, at Olathe Medical Center, Olathe, Kan. He was the son of Bill and Doris Ann (Ethridge) Smith.

There was a Memorial Service for Clifford Sept. 12 at Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill, with Rev. Preston Sanders officiating.

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

Frank Worley Gregg

April 11, 1924 - Aug. 31, 2013

Frank Worley Gregg, 89, of Creighton, was born April 11, 1924, near Creighton, the son of George Alpha and Carrie Abigail (Hill) Gregg. He died Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, at Cass Regional Medical Center in Harrisonville. As a young boy, Frank began helping his father on their family farm. Frank graduated from Creighton High School in 1943.

Frank was united in marriage to Bonnie Louise Akins on May 3, 1953. To this union two children were born, Steven Frank and Diana Lynn.

Frank was a dairy farmer ‘til he sold the cows in 1970. From there, he continued to farm and raise beef cows. He worked with his father for years and then continued on after his dad retired. On June 2, 1976, he received his private pilot’s license and enjoyed flying and taking others with him.

Frank greatly enjoyed working in his vegetable garden and growing beautiful flowers. He grew an abundance of both to share with anyone who came to visit. He had many different kinds of flowers, but roses, gladiolus and hydrangeas were his favorites.

He had many great times with family and friends, taking several trips to different places. Two of his favorite trips were a cross-country road trip with Jim and Fay Gibb (brother and sister-in-law) and a trip to Hawaii for his and Bonnie’s 25th anniversary with friends Floyd and Yvonne Turner.

He deeply enjoyed studying his Bible and having Bible studies with people in his home. He always enjoyed good discussions.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Bonnie in June 2000, his son Steven in June 1990, and a sister, Bonnie, in December 2005.

He will be dearly missed by daughter Diana Hartzler and husband John of Garden City; a daughter-in-law Linda (Gregg) Buckner and husband Tom of Fairplay; five granddaughters, Hannah Krehbiel and husband Luke of Creighton; Heather Hartzler of Harrisonville, Kristen Hoenshell and husband Ricky of Battlefield; Heidi and Holly Hartzler of Garden City; two sisters Berniece Garey of Prescott, Ariz.; and Doris Schrock and husband Coburn of Garden City; many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends.

Funeral services were Sept. 4 at Dickey Funeral Home, Garden City. Burial is in Garden City Cemetery, Garden City.

The family suggests that memorial contributions may be made to Operation Smile.

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.

Nancy Neuenschwander Kristiansen

Sept. 2, 2013

Nancy Neuenschwander Kristiansen, 70, of Alpharetta, Ga., formerly of Garden City, the daughter of Harry and Roxie Neuenschwander, died Monday, Sept. 2, 2013.

There was a sunset graveside service Sept. 6 at Garden City Cemetery under the direction of Dickey Funeral Home, 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.

Dale T. “Cowman” Wilmoth

Aug. 7, 1926 - Sept. 2, 2013

Dale T. Wilmoth, 87, died Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, at St. Luke’s East Medical Center in Lee’s Summit.

The family received friends Sept. 7 at Wallace Funeral Home. Immediately following visitation, there was a procession from the funeral home to Pleasant Hill Cemetery for a Graveside Service and Interment.

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

Joanne N. Schick

May 16, 1933 - Sept. 3, 2013

Joanne N. (Langdon) Schick, 80, of Harrisonville, died Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, at Research Medical Center in Kansas City. Funeral services were Sept. 7 at United Methodist Church in Harrisonville with burial in Orient Cemetery, Harrisonville, under the direction of Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville. Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Haven or Harrisonville United Methodist Church.

Joanne was born May 16, 1933, in Wichita, Kan., the daughter of Raymond and Pauline (Shults) Harvey. She was a graduate of Ottawa (Kansas) High School and had received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing in 1954. Joanne married John H. Schick on July 16, 1953, in Augusta, Ga. Joanne worked for Johnson County Health Department for 10 years before retiring in 1991. She was a member of Harrisonville United Methodist Church and had taught Precepts Bible Class from 1992 until present. She was a volunteer at Harrisonville Elementary School and was a previous member of Harrisonville BPW.

Joanne was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Bill Langdon, two stepfathers and one niece, Alissa Langdon. She is survived by her husband, John, of the home; one son, John Schick and his wife, Diane Cooper-Schick, Bellingham, Wash.; two daughters, Cynthia Ernst and her husband, Donald, Lee’s Summit, and Sue Couture and her husband, Mark, Citrus Heights, Calif.; one brother, Bob Langdon and his wife, Margie, Parkville; two sisters, Rebecca McRobbie and her husband, Michael, Greensboro, Ga., and Beverly Langdon Bishop, Ashville, N.C., and six grandchildren, Jonathan, Andrew, Elizabeth, Natalie, Erin and Emily.

Joanne loved teaching Precepts Bible Study, pink roses and helping the less fortunate among us.

She was a friend to many and will be missed by all.

Online condolences may be made to atkinsonfuneralhome.com.

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

Clement S. “Buzz” Bertolino

April 2, 1922 - Sept. 4, 2013

Clement S. “Buzz” Bertolino died Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013. He was born April 2, 1922, in Taylorville, Ill., to Clement and Mary Bertolino, of Gillespie.

He was a decorated Air Force veteran of WWII, the Korean War and the Berlin Wall Crisis of 1961. He flew 16 missions over Europe in WWII, based out of Hardwich, England. He was part of the 8th Air Force, 93rd Bomb Group, called “Ted’s Traveling Circus.” His crew was called “Roy’s Boys” after their pilot. He loved his time in the service even though he lost many dear friends, some right in front of his eyes.

A Senior Counselor who practiced law in Belton for many years, he was a member of the Missouri Bar, and served on the board of several business and financial institutions. He also served as Belton City Attorney. He was a Docent at Pima Air and Space Museum in Tucson, Ariz., where he moved in the 1990s.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Mary, love of his life and the wind under his wings. He leaves daughters Margaret Sundell of Casper, Wyo.; Elizabeth Hemmer of Pacific,; son Terry Bertolino of Union, Mich.; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Cremation with memorial service and Military Honors will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, at Leavenworth National Cemetery, Leavenworth, Kan.

He requested no flowers but contributions may be directed to The British Home, Brookfield, Ill., or Pima Air and Space Museum, Tucson, Ariz.

Larry Lynn Bowes

Aug. 30, 1937 - Sept. 4, 2013

Larry Lynn Bowes, 76, of Peculiar, died Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, at Cass Regional Medical Center in Harrisonville. A memorial/graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at Glenwild Cemetery in Cleveland, under the direction of Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville. Cremation.

Larry was born Aug. 30, 1937, in Cleveland, the son of Karl and Stellene (Laffoon) Bowes. He grew up in Cleveland and Peculiar and graduated from Peculiar High School. He moved to Hermitage in 1984 and had just moved back to Peculiar last month. Larry married Patricia “Pati” Hillman on Dec. 1, 1990. He worked in construction as a heavy equipment operator.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents, an infant brother, Johnny, and a son-in-law, Vern Miller. He is survived by his wife, Pati, of the home; two sons, Larry J. Bowes, Harrisonville, and M. Alan Irvin, Hermitage; four daughters, A. Kim Miller, Peculiar, Lori Vogt, Deepwater, Janet Gibbs, Trimble, and Kim Frazier, Olathe, Kan.; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Online condolences may be made to atkinsonfuneralhome.com.

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

Donna Lee David

March 23, 1942-Sept. 5, 2013

Donna Lee David, 71, of Belton, died Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, at her home surrounded by family and friends.

She loved to travel, especially taking mission trips.

Funeral services were Sept. 9 at Heartland Baptist Fellowship Church, Harrisonville, with cremation following.

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.

MGySgt Walter R. Herman, Jr. (Retired)

Dec. 22, 1939 - Sept. 5, 2013

Walter “Ray” Herman, Jr., of Raymore, died Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013. Ray was born in Bentleyville, Pa., Dec. 22, 1939, to Walter, Sr., and Stella Herman. He graduated from Charleroi Senior High School of Charleroi, Pa., in 1958. In 1959, Ray began his 20-year career with the U.S. Marine Corps, which included two tours of duty as a drill instructor at Parris Island, S.C., serving in the Vietnam War and working as a computer programmer. He then worked an additional 15 years as a civil service employee for the federal government.

Ray enjoyed volunteering for his church, the Disabled American Veterans Association, The Young Marines and The Marines Corps League - being named “1995 Marine of the Year” by the League.

Ray is preceded in death by his parents and his brother Ted. He is survived by his four brothers Clyde (Karyl) of Florida; David (Donna), Jimmy (Barbara), Bob (Ellen) Herman and his sister Marla Rolfe all of Pennsylvania; wife Carolyn of 52 years, daughters Debra (Phillip) Pilcher of Lone Jack, and Barbara (Chris) Overmann of Shawnee, Kan., five grandchildren Darla (Josh) Vescovi of New Britain, Conn.; Roseanna and Jason Pilcher, Alec and Alyssa Overmann and two great grandsons Lucas and Nathan Vescovi.

Visitation was 5-7 p.m. Sept. 9 and 9:30-10 a.m. Sept. 10 at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, 11901 Pflumm Rd., OPKS. There was a funeral service at 10 a.m. Sept. 10 at the church with burial at Resurrection Cemetery, 8300 Quivira, Rd., Lenexa, Kan.

In lieu of flowers, family suggests contributions to the Holy Trinity Orthodox Church Icon Fund or to Missouri Young Marine Regiment and mail to: Lester Miller, P.O. Box 5, Louisburg, KS 66053-0005.

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

Arrangements: McGilley & George Funeral Home, 12913 Grandview Rd., Grandview, MO 64030; 816-966-0250.

Mary Z. Lane

Jan. 2, 1933 - Sept. 5, 2013

Mary Z. Lane, 80, of Cleveland, died Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, at her home. Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sept. 7 at Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville, with visitation 1-2 p.m. Burial was in Freeman Cemetery.

Mary was born Jan. 2, 1933, in Drumright, Okla., the daughter of James C. and Sylvia Z. (West) Purcell. She was a 1951 graduate of Excelsior High School. She married Bruce D. Lane on Nov. 13, 1954; they were married for 40 years. Mary went to Business School in Oklahoma City and worked for Luzier Cosmetics in Kansas City for 12 years. She loved to travel. She was an avid reader, loved word and number puzzles and had a good sense of humor.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one son-in-law, Paul Gentry, four brothers, James, Bill, Ray and Paul and her former husband, Bruce. She is survived by two daughters, Janette Paulson and husband, Jim, Grinnell, Iowa, and Valerie Gentry, Belton; two sisters, Ruth Israel and husband, Edwin, Greenwood, Ark., and Judy Stockton and husband, Larry, Haughton, La.; nine grandchildren, Jill, Travis, Paul, Jr., Joseph, Robert, James, Joy, Jamie and Katie and 11 great-grandchildren, Reese, Justin, Jonathon, Robbie, Amira, Paul, Jade, Vaughn, Alyx, Max and Hattie.

Online condolences may be made to atkinsonfuneralhome.com.

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

Jack Delmon Conklin, Sr.

Oct. 7, 1939 - Sept. 7, 2013

Jack Delmon Conklin, Sr., 73, of Cleveland, died Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, at Cass Regional Medical Center in Harrisonville. There was a memorial visitation Sept. 11 at Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville.

Jack was born Oct. 7, 1939, in Butte, Mont., a son of Charles Floyd and Anna Elizabeth (Tourville) Conklin. He grew up in the Kellogg, Idaho, area. Jack was a U.S. Air Force Veteran. He was united in marriage to Mary Ann Little on March 3, 1967, and they lived in Kansas City before moving to Cleveland 35 years ago. Jack was a farmer most of his life.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Charles Floyd, Jr., and a sister, Peggy McCullough. He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Conklin, of the home; a son, Jack Conklin, Jr., and his wife, Jayne Ann, Cleveland; two brothers, Johnnie Hartman, Castle Rock, Colo., and Eddie Hartman, Hailey, Idaho; a sister-in-law, Martha Little, Cleveland, and two grandchildren, Jessica Nicole Conklin and Jack D. Conklin, III, Cleveland.

Online condolences may be made to atkinsonfuneralhome.com.

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

Kasey Ann (Kleeman) Haase

April 29, 1975 - Sept. 7, 2013

Kasey Ann (Kleeman) Haase, 38, of Freeman, died Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, at Cass Regional Medical Center in Harrisonville,. There will be a Celebration of Life service at noon Saturday, Sept. 14, at Harrisonville Community Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Kasey Haase Memorial Fund, c/o the family.

Online condolences may be made to atkinsonfuneralhome.com.

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

Ollia Mae Heitman

March 3, 1924 - Sept. 8, 2013

Ollia “Mae” Heitman, 89, of Butler, died Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, at her home. Funeral services were Sept. 11 at Atkinson Funeral Home in Adrian, with burial in Green Lawn Cemetery in Rich Hill.

Mae was born March 3, 1924, in Butler, the daughter of Leonard William and Iva Myrtle (Woodall) Hough.

Online condolences may be made to atkinsonfuneralhome.com.

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

Larry L. Frazier

Sept. 9, 2013

Larry L. Frazier, 67, of Gravois Mills, formerly of Harrisonville, died Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, at Lake Regional Hospital in Osage Beach. Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at Atkinson Funeral Home. Contributions to: Larry Frazier Memorial, c/o John Davis, P.O. Box 80, Liberty, MO 64069.

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.

Sylvia Lee Ketcher

Nov. 27, 1920 - Sept. 9, 2013

Sylvia Lee (Richards) Ketcher, 92, of Harrisonville, died Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, surrounded by her family. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville with visitation 1-2 p.m. Burial will be in Garden City Cemetery, Garden City. Memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Baptist Fellowship, Harrisonville.

Sylvia was born Nov. 27, 1920, in Narcissa, Okla., the daughter of Alonzo and Bessie (Rhoten) Richards. She married Hubert C. Ketcher on July 20, 1936. To that union were born seven children: Joe D., Cynthia B., who died as an infant, Hubert E., Lonnie L., Dennis R., Barbara A. and Wanda J.

Sylvia was a member of Heartland Baptist Fellowship in Harrisonville and was blessed by her church family there. She was a devoted wife of 61 years and a loving mother and grandmother. One of her greatest joys was to have all her children come home to visit. Her children will always miss the love that was the main ingredient in delicious homemade breads, pies, chili and chicken and dumplings.

She was an artist who used her talent and creativity for many paintings given to family members; however she rarely kept one for herself. Throughout her life, she became an accomplished seamstress who lovingly created everything from her daughters’ wedding dresses to clothing for her grandchildren, hand stitched quilts and crocheted treasures. Being able to have flowers and a small vegetable garden were important to her and she continued gardening well past 80 years of age.

Sylvia loved her pets, especially her canine friends whom she enjoyed through the years of her life. She never wanted to turn away a homeless pet. This empathy for and enjoyment of pets provided her with many loving companions through the years.

Sylvia was preceded in death by her father, Alonzo, her brother, Bob, her mother, Bessie, her husband, Hubert and a grandson, Larry Paul Boucher. She is survived by her children, Joe Ketcher and wife, Ruth, Iola, Kan., Hubert Ketcher and wife, Donna, Spring Hill, Kan., Lonnie Ketcher, Dennis Ketcher, Barbara Boucher and husband, Larry, Peculiar, and Wanda Gourd and husband, Gary, Gardner, Kan.; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She also leaves behind her sister, Alberta Mitchell, and her family of Hennessey, Okla.; many nieces and nephews; many other friends at Crown Care Center in Harrisonville and her loyal friend, Shawn Ward of Harrisonville.

Online condolences may be made to atkinsonfuneralhome.com.

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

Gerald D. Pruitt

Sept. 9, 2013

Gerald D. Pruitt, 76, of Peculiar, died Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, at his home.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, with burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Kansas City. Family will receive friends 9:30-10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at the funeral home.

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.

Vivian Lorene Roth

Sept. 9, 2013

Vivian Lorene Roth, 101, of LaJunta, Colo., formerly of Harrisonville, died Monday, Sept. 9, 2013.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at Sycamore Grove Mennonite Church, Garden City, with interment in Clearfork Cemetery. Family will receive friends 6:30-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at Dickey Funeral Home.

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, 711 Old 7 Hwy., Garden City, MO 64747; 816-862-6345.

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