Sept. 27 Obits

September 27, 2013 

Christopher James Kingman

March 10, 1975-Sept. 14, 2013

Christopher James Kingman, of Harrisonville, died Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, in a tragic motorcycle accident near Warsaw.

Funeral services were Sept. 19 at Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville.

The family suggests that memorial contributions may be made to the Chris Kingman memorial fund.

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.

Robert Bruce Officer

Sept. 1, 1928 - Sept. 16, 2013

Robert Bruce Officer, 85, of Harrisonville, was born Sept. 1, 1928, in Springfield, the son of Bert and Avilla (Suttles) Officer. He died Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, at Wilshire at Lakewood, Lee’s Summit, surrounded by love and family.

On Feb. 3, 1951, Robert was united in marriage to Evelyn Loretta Crass in Independence.

He spent his young life in Aurora and Grain Valley. He continued a full active life after having Polio at the age of 15. He was a sports enthusiast and played trumpet in the school band. He enjoyed playing wheelchair basketball with the “Rolling Pioneer’s”. Robert was employed in the civil service for Richards Gebaur Air Force Base in Belton before his retirement in 1977. He farmed, coached many years at Archie’s summer baseball leagues, was involved in Scouts with his sons and grandsons, made fishing lures and did small engine repair. After retirement, he enjoyed full-time farming, ceramics and woodworking. Robert was of the Catholic faith. Robert and Evelyn had lived in Independence before moving to Harrisonville in 1962. Since 1999, they had been snowbirds, spending their winters in Texas.

Besides his parents, Robert was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn, on Sept. 30, 2012, and his brother, Bill.

Robert is survived by three sons, Mike Officer and wife, Barb, Weldon Springs, David Officer and wife, Lisa, Ozark, Jerry Officer and wife, Nancy, Bosworth; a daughter, Judy Wendel and husband, Bill, Harrisonville; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a brother, Kenny Officer, Marionville; other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral services were Sept. 21 at Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville. Cremation with inurment in Maple Park Cemetery, Aurora.

Family suggests contributions may be made to the Robert B. Officer memorial fund.

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.

Rita Ann North

Nov. 5, 1954 - Sept. 17, 2013

Rita Ann North, 58, of Pleasant Hill, died Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, at Lee’s Summit Medical Center surrounded by loved ones.

Visitation was Sept. 22 at the funeral home. Funeral services were Sept. 23 at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church. Interment was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

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

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

Ruby Louise Spear

March 1, 1947-Sept. 17, 2013

Ruby Louise Spear, 66, of Pleasant Hill, died Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, at her daughter’s home in Pleasant Hill surrounded with love and family.

Cremation has been accorded. There was a memorial visitation Sept. 21 at the funeral home. Inurnment was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanleydickeyfuneral home.com.

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

Delores M. (Bauman) White

Dec. 3, 1933 - Sept. 19, 2013

Delores M. (Bauman) White, 79, of Pleasant Hill, died Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, at Research Medical Center in Kansas City. She was the daughter of Henry and Frances (Ketter) Bauman.

There was a Graveside Service and Interment for Delores Sept. 25 at Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

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

Ret. USAF Col. Tom Carter

Sept. 20, 2013

Ret. USAF Col. Tom Carter, 80, of Harrisonville, died Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, at his home.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Sept. 26 at United Methodist Church, Harrisonville, with visitation 9-10 a.m. at the church. There will be a private family burial in Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Higginsville.

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.

John R. Morganelli

Sept. 20, 2013

John R. Morganelli, 73, of Harrisonville, died Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, at St. Luke’s East, Lee’s Summit.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30, at Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville. Burial will be in Orient Cemetery. The family will receive friends 1-2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30, at the funeral home.

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.

George Walter “Wally” Sweitzer

April 23, 1950 - Sept. 20, 2013

Wally Sweitzer, 63, of Harrisonville, died Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, at his home in Harrisonville. Funeral services were Sept. 24 at Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville. Memorial Contributions may be made to Crossroads Hospice in care of Atkinson Funeral Home.

Wally was born April 23, 1950, in Harrisonville, a son of George Theodore and Virginia Louise (Simon) Sweitzer, Jr. He was a lifelong Harrisonville resident and a 1968 graduate of Harrisonville High School. He attended Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield after high school.

Wally was a journeyman meter man and apprentice trainer for Kansas City Power & Light for 29 years before his retirement April 29, 2010. Wally was united in marriage to Brenda Goss on Nov. 28, 2003 in Creighton. Wally was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Harrisonville and was a charter member and Past Exalted Ruler of Cass County Elks Lodge No. 2791 in Harrisonville. He was a member of I.B.E.W. Local No. 1464 in Kansas City, a member of N.R.A. and a member of Cass County Historical Society. He coached little league baseball for many years.

Wally was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Brenda Sweitzer, of the home; sons, Gabriel Sweitzer, and wife, Kim, Harrisonville, Eric Wright, Kansas City, Shane Wright and wife, Amy, Harrisonville, and Lezlie Powell, Eugene, Ore.; a daughter, Paula Vergouven, and husband Eric, Harrisonville; two sisters, Rebecca S. Kraxberger, and husband Michael, Blue Springs, and Mary Helen Lehman, Harrisonville; grandchildren, Trenton and Brockton Sweitzer, Justin, Lacey, Amanda, Dylan, Drew, Dalton, Devin, Derek, Kayla, and one great-grandson, Kaden.

Online condolences may be made to atkinsonfuneralhome.com.

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

Marguerite M. Williamson

Oct. 20, 1923 - Sept. 20, 2013

Marguerite Marie Jeffers Williamson died peacefully surrounded by her children Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, at Foxwood Springs, Raymore. She was born Oct. 20, 1923, in Kansas City.

Mom was married 54 years to the love of her life, Wiley T. Williamson, Jr., who preceded her in death. She also was preceded in death by her son, Richard Jeffers Williamson.

She is survived by her children, Wiley “Bud” (Becky) Williamson, Marilee (Bill) Lasley, Susie (Steve) Butler, Lisa Farr, and Kathy (Kenny) Carter. She also leaves 13 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation was at 3 p.m. Sept. 22, followed by a memorial service at 4 p.m. at Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore.

The family requests, in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to Crossroads Hospice, 9237 Ward Parkway, Suite 300, Kansas City, MO 64114, or the Fellowship of John, 1500 W. Foxwood Dr., Raymore, MO 64083.

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

Charles Alan “Sam” Gray

Feb. 12, 1954 - Sept. 21, 2013

Charles Alan “Sam” Gray died Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, in Pleasant Hill, under hospice care, after a five-week illness.

The family of Sam received friends Sept. 25 and the funeral service was Sept. 26 at the funeral home with Rev. Kent Deubner and Rev. Rob Vaughn officiating. Cremation accorded.

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

Meryle Lyle Wooden

Jan. 8, 1926 - Sept. 21, 2013

Meryle Lyle Wooden, 87, was born Jan. 8, 1926, in Tina and died Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at his home in West Line. He was the son of Oren Lyle and Gertrude Grace (Wallis) Wooden.

Meryle graduated from high school in Cambridge, Iowa. After graduation, Meryle proudly served his country in the Army Air Force, 759th Bombardment Squadron, 459th Bombardment Group during WWII. During his service, he was captured and held in a POW camp in Moosburg, Germany. For his devotion and service to his country, Meryle was awarded four Bronze Stars, a Purple Heart, Air Medal and Two Oak Leaf Clusters.

After his Honorable Discharge from active service in November of 1945, Meryle moved to Kansas City to make his home. On Jan. 12, 1947, he was united in marriage with Virginia McGuire in Olathe, Kan., and they continued to make their home in Kansas City until 1963 when they moved to Cleveland. Mrs. Wooden died Feb. 15, 1992, and Meryle continued to make his home in Cleveland until 1994 when he moved to East Lynne. In 2006, Meryle moved back to Cleveland and in 2007 he moved to West Line.

Meryle was a member of First Baptist Church of Cleveland and as a skilled, self-employed carpenter, devoted many hours to improving the church building. He also was a member of Heart of America EX-POW.

In addition to his wife Virginia, Meryle was preceded in death by his parents, Oren Lyle and Gertrude Grace Wooden.

He is survived by two sons, Larry Dean Wooden and wife Sherran, of North Kansas City, and Meryle Richard “Rick” Wooden and wife J.J., of Vacaville, Calif.; two daughters, Cristy Lavelock and husband Rodger, and Carole Jeane Irvin and husband Tom, all of West Line; one brother, John David Wooden and wife Maureen of New Berlin, Wis.; a special aunt, Dorothy Muller and husband Bob of Chillicothe; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Meryle will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the First Baptist Church, Cleveland, with Rev. Clifford Woolery, Pastor Henry Green and Pastor John D. Wooden officiating. Casket bearers will be Larry Wooden, Rick Wooden, Tom Irvin, Rodger Lavelock, Jr., Mickey McGuire, Bud McGuire, Mark Sanders and Josh Lavelock. Honorary bearers will be John David Wooden, Dale Owens, Eric Wooden, Jodi Ballance, Bryan Irvin, Amber Stratton, Greg Wooden and Grant Wooden. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service time, 10-11 a.m., at the church.

Burial will be immediately following the funeral service at Glenwild Cemetery with Military Honors.

In Memory of Meryle Lyle Wooden, contributions may be made to the Heart of America EX-POW, 3942 SW Linden Lane, Lee’s Summit, MO 64082.

Arrangements: Wallace Funeral Home, 302 W. Main St., Cleveland, MO 64734; 816-540-3125.

Constance Ruth Owens

March 6, 1921-Sept. 22, 2013

Constance Ruth Owens died Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, near Rantoul, Kan.

Connie was the eldest of eight children born to Gilbert W. Lytle and Eula E (Harbison) Lytle on March 6,1921 in Salina, Kan. She was raised in the north central region of Kansas, going to schools in Salina and Beloit and graduated from Bavaria High school in 1939.

She married Walter J Habiger in 1940. They had four children. The marriage ended in divorce. She married Glenn E Owens in 1951. They moved the family to Nevada then to Kansas City in 1954. In 1957, she achieved a lifelong dream of becoming a Practical Nurse and graduated Class Valedictorian from the School of Practical Nursing, Kansas City. She and Glenn had one son. She was a resident of Peculiar since 1992. Connie was like a second mother to her siblings.

She survived the great depression and was a single mom to three young daughters. She re-roofed her house, made bread for a living, was a phone operator, housekeeper, clothing factory worker, and wrapped presents in a department store before becoming a nurse. She worked at Menorah Medical Center, Garment Workers Union Clinic and for Drs. Kent, Baum, Levey, Liu and Kauffman before retirement.

She enjoyed crocheting, embroidering, quilting, making prom dresses and wedding gowns for her daughter and granddaughters. She enjoyed cooking and trying new recipes. She constantly struggled to make a better life for herself and her children and encouraged them to participate in activities and to do their best. People who would meet her said how nice a person she was. She taught her children to respect other people regardless of color, politics or religious beliefs. She loved her dogs and cats and cared for little birds that fell from their nests. She loved her garden and especially her flowers. She was a Christian and a member of United Methodist Church of Peculiar, UMW, The Get Together Club and Peculiar Senior Citizens.

Connie was preceded in death by her husband Glenn; her parents and son Leslie; sisters Betty, Arlette and Iona. She is survived by daughters: Sylvia (Raymond) Roeser, Sally Habiger, Louise (Titus) Hatcher and son John (Melody) Owens; brothers: Orville, Jesse and Robert Lytle and sister Susan Humphrey. She also is survived by grandchildren: Jeff, Becky, Leslie, Tim, Christina, Lisa, Kathy, Amy, Megan, Sarah, and Randi; great-grandchildren include Kyle Lee, Lori, Brennan, Kyle Paul, Jacoby, Brent, Madelyne, Josh, Morgyn Julia, Libby, Caitlyn, Brooklynn, Elizabeth and Danielle.

Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 25 at Cullen Funeral Home with visitation 9:30-10:30 a.m. Graveside was at 2:30 p.m. at Swan Lake Memorial Gardens, Grain Valley.

The family would like to thank all Connie’s faithful friends for their calls and cards sent during her illness. A special thank you to the staff of Midland Care Ottawa/Topeka, Kan., for instructions, care and support during her illness. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to United Methodist Church of Peculiar or charity of choice.

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

Lucille Joy Castleberry

March 28, 1936-Sept. 23, 2013

Lucille Joy Castleberry, 77, died Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, at Olathe Medical Center, Olathe, Kan.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, at Feuerborn Family Funeral Service Chapel in Garnett, Kan. Burial to follow in Garnett Cemetery. The family will greet friends 1-2 p.m.

You may send your condolences to the family at www.feuerbornfuneral. com.

Arrangements: Feuerborn Family Funeral Service, 219 S. Oak St., Garnett, KS 66032; 785-448-5411.

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