Oct. 4 Obits

October 4, 2013 

Ret. USAF Col. Thomas “Tom” Marshall Carter, Jr.

Aug. 7, 1933 - Sept. 20, 2013

Ret. USAF Col. Thomas “Tom” Marshall Carter, Jr., 80, of Harrisonville, was born Aug. 7, 1933, in Mt. Grove, the son of Thomas Marshall, Sr., and Dorothy (Leach) Carter. He died Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, at his home surrounded by love and family.

On July 7, 1962, Tom was united in marriage to Barbara Jean Snider in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Tom was a Civil Engineer for the Environmental Protection Agency, Kansas City, until his retirement Jan. 3, 1998. He retired from the U.S. Air Force Reserves in 1993. He was a member of United Methodist Church, Harrisonville, United Methodist Men, American Society of Civil Engineers, Robinett Family Association and the Cass County Republican Club.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife Barbara Carter of the home; a son, Phillip M. Carter and wife Karen Ann, Harrisonville; a daughter, Susan Phillips and husband Mike, Blue Springs; four grandchildren, Rachel and Sam Phillips, Pamela Dye, Christina Spellman; two sisters, Susan Hart, Springfield; Debbie Compton, St. Louis; his stepmother, Naomi Carter, Hartville; other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were Sept. 26 at United Methodist Church, Harrisonville. There was a private family burial in Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Higginsville.

Family suggests memorial contributions may be made to United Methodist Church, Harrisonville, 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.

John Richard Morganelli

Jan. 10, 1940 - Sept. 20, 2013

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

On March 28, 1983, John married Genevieve Flud.

Funeral services were Sept. 30 at Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville. Burial was in Orient Cemetery, Harrisonville.

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.

Herbert Michael Zaccagnini

Nov. 3, 1947 - Sept. 24, 2013

Herbert Michael Zaccagnini, 65, of Pleasant Hill, died Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, after a valiant and courageous 5 1⁄2 year fight against Multiple Myeloma. He was born in Kansas City on Nov. 3, 1947, to Michael and Madine Zaccagnini. He graduated from Ruskin High School and married his high-school sweetheart and first love, Mary Jo Falco, at the age of 19.

He had a passion for wood working, a trade his grandfather excelled in. This passion led to a lifelong career of his cabinetry making business, Wood Classics, Inc., which he co-owned with his son, Michael, for over 40 years. He constantly strived for perfection, his talents and creativity were unlimited and his motto was “A completely satisfied customer is our best salesman and there is nothing better than word of mouth!”

His fondness for animals led to the creation of Circle Z Ranch, his registered brangus cattle business. He spent innumerous hours tending to, nurturing and raising hundreds of these docile creatures.

When he wasn’t building cabinets or tending to his cattle, you could find him out on his John Deere tractor, working the hundreds of acres of land that he had acquired over the years.

In 1993, Herb, Mary Jo and Michael took on their next new venture, the conservation of land in Worth, Gentry and Harrison counties. They spent countless hours improving this land and eventually, this lead to the construction of their second home, “Heaven.”

He performed many random acts of kindness and never knew a stranger. His generosity was limitless and touched the lives of countless people. He unfailingly shared his immense knowledge with others and inspired them to follow their dreams.

He is now reunited with his father, Michael Zaccagnini, and his father-in-law, Joseph Falco, who were major influences in his life.

Herb will be forever remembered by those he loved, which include Mary Jo, his devoted wife of 46 years; his son, Michael and grand-daughter, Haylee; his daughter, Rozanna, her husband Alan and grand-daughter Alexzis Rose; his favorite mother-in-law, Rose Marie Falco and his mother, Madine; his brother-in-law, Joe Falco and his wife Kathy; his sister-in-law Carol Stewart and her husband Mike; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Herb’s family would like to thank Dr. Mark Davidner and staff, Dr. Richard Morgan, Dr. Mark Hartter, the KU stem cell transplant team, the staff at KC Hospice House, his steadfast friend, Terry Parker, and the many friends who showed compassion during his long struggle with his illness.

Herb’s final act of selflessness and kindness was to donate his body to the KU Medical Center in hopes of helping to find a cure for Multiple Myeloma. In keeping with Herb’s philosophy, the family asks that in lieu of flowers, each person perform an individual act of kindness in Herb’s memory. Donations can be made to: Wayside Waifs, 3901 Martha Truman Rd., Kansas City, MO 64137, as Herb was a strong advocate for all animals.

Herb’s gift and legacy to his family was his inexhaustible work ethic and generous spirit. You are our forever hero and are greatly loved and missed.

A celebration of his life is planned for a future date.

Carolyn Sue Shadley

Oct. 1, 1944 - Sept. 28, 2013

Carolyn Sue Shadley, 68, of Olathe, Kan., died Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at Olathe Medical Center. There will be a memorial service at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, at Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville. Contributions may be made to American Cancer Society.

Carolyn was born Oct. 1, 1944, in Sedalia, the daughter of Earl Henry and Mollie Edith (Ross) Lash. She married Bill Shadley on Feb. 14, 1993, in Overland Park, Kan. Carolyn worked for oral surgeons as a chairside assistant. She had lived in Cass County and Johnson County, Kan., before moving to Florida 22 years ago.

Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents, her sons, Mark Stowe and Bruce Stowe, and one grandson, Jonathan Stowe. She is survived by her husband, Bill, of High Springs, Fla.; one daughter, Dawn Rowland, Olathe, Kan.; three brothers, Earl Lash, Harrisonville, Louis Lash, Independence, and Gene Lash, Kannapolis, N.C.; two sisters, Betty Gough and Earlene Troby, both of Harrisonville; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Online condolences may be made to atkinsonfuneralhome.com.

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

Harry Robert “H. R.” Pearson, III

Feb. 15, 1928 - Sept. 29, 2013

Harry Robert “H. R.” Pearson, III, 85, of Kimberling City, formerly of Lake Winnebago and Harrisonville, died Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, at his home. There was a memorial/graveside service Oct. 3 at Orient Cemetery in Harrisonville, under the direction of Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice Compassus, 3044 Shepherd of the Hills Expressway, Suite 200, Branson, MO 65616; St. Peters Episcopal Church, 400 W. Wall Street, Harrisonville, MO 64701; or to the charity of your choice.

H. R. was born Feb. 15, 1928, in Harrisonville, the son of Harry Robert and Mary Ruth (Burney) Pearson, Jr. He, like his parents, obtained his schooling in the Harrisonville schools, graduating with the class of 1946, having been president of his senior class. He attended William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri University in Columbia, and University of Arizona in Tucson, Ariz. He was a member of Kappa Alpha fraternity, Junior Chamber of Commerce in Kansas City, South Central Business Association, Apartment Owners Association and the House Builders Association in Topeka, Kan.

H. R. was a communicate of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Harrisonville and was the first acolyte to serve there. He was elected to the Vestry at the early age of 21.

Having graduated from high school just at the close of WWII, H. R. enlisted in the U.S. Naval Air Reserve Force, spending one weekend each month receiving his training at the Naval Air Station in Olathe, Kan. He was honorably discharged in 1956.

In 1955, H. R. and his father formed the Pearson Investment Company, having extensive holdings in Harrisonville, Kansas City, North and Belton, and Topeka, Kan. H. R. built the first all-electric apartments in Topeka and was invited to the G. E. Company in Louisville, Ky., where he was given a plaque for his buildings.

In 1986, due to the declining health of his father, H. R. took over the active management of the Real Estate Association, building many houses and duplexes and apartment buildings in Harrisonville. The office was at 305 W. Wall St., occupying a new building on the site of the home of his great-grandfather, John B. R. Deacon, a pioneer of Harrisonville. H. R. was the fifth generation to live in this house before it was torn down.

H. R. was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Rose Ann, of the home; two step-daughters, Kim Weisbrod and husband, Steven, Ozark, and Tracy Coats and husband, Wayne, Chillicothe, Ohio; eight grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.

Online condolences may be made to atkinsonfuneralhome.com.

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

Kathryn Poling

Sept. 29, 2013

Kathryn Poling, 85, of Harrisonville, died Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, at Crown Care Center, Harrisonville.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Oct. 3 at Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, with burial in Holden Cemetery, Holden.

Visitation was 1-2 p.m. Oct. 3 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.

Mary I. Gregg

Sept. 30, 2013

Mary I. Gregg, 91, of Creighton, died Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, at Benchmark Healthcare of Harrisonvlle.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, at Dickey Funeral Home, Garden City, with burial in Garden City Cemetery, Garden City. Family will receive friends 1-2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

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.

Wayne R. Gunnufson

Dec. 8, 1941 - Sept. 30, 2013

Wayne Gunnufson, 71, of Garden City, died Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, at his home near Garden City.

Cremation.

There will be a celebration of life service at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, at Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, with visitation 6-7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Arrangements: Cass Co. Cremation Services, 2400 E. Elm St., Harrisonville, MO 64701; 816-884-6302.

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