Oct. 25 Obits

October 25, 2013 

Carole F. Shaw

Jan. 3, 1947 - Oct. 10, 2013

Carole F. Shaw, of Overland Park, Kan., died quietly Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, at KU Medical Center. Carole was born Jan. 3, 1947, in Kansas City. She grew up in Harrisonville and graduated from Harrisonville High School in 1964. She graduated from Dury College with a Bachelor’s degree in 1967 and had a Master’s degree from Pittsburg State in 1973. Carole taught math at Center Middle School for 40 years. She also was the night librarian at Brown Mackie College. She previously taught in the Kansas City, Kan., School District.

Carole loved to cook. She was famous in her family for her homemade dinner rolls. She enjoyed growing tomatoes. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially racking up tickets at Power Play with Cody.

Carole is survived by her sister, Georgeann Hill, of Leawood, Kan., a niece, Melinda Hill, of Olathe, Kan., a nephew, Stephen Hill, of Leawood, Kan., a great-nephew, Cody Clark, of Olathe, Kan., and her two dogs. She was preceded in death by her parents and Ted Bishop.

Cremation by the Cremation Center of Kansas City. There will be a celebration of Life at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at her home.

Condolences may be expressed at www. CremationCenterKC.com.

Arrangements: Cremation Center of Kansas City, 4926 Johnson Dr., Shawnee Mission, KS 66205; 913-384-5566.

James Floyd Sanders

July 7, 1950 - Oct. 11, 2013

James Floyd Sanders, 63, of West Line, died Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. Burial was Oct. 11 at Glenwild Cemetery in Cleveland.

Sanders was born July 7, 1950, in Kansas City, the son of James Robert and Julia Ruth (Wayman) Sanders.

Online condolences may be made to atkinsonfuneralhome.com.

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

Achel James “A.J.” Akins

Aug. 9, 1923 - Oct. 14, 2013

Achel James “A.J.” Akins, 90, of Harrisonville, was born Aug. 9, 1923, near Humansville, the son of Charles Thomas and Minnie Matilda (Earnest) Akins. He died Monday, Oct. 14, 2013, at Crown Care Center, Harrisonville, surrounded by loved ones and immersed in the love of the Lord.

On Nov. 20, 1944, A.J. was united in marriage to Mary Leona Cathey in Mound City, Kan.

A.J. was employed as a mechanic, a paving machine operator for road construction, and civil service for Richards Gebauer until it closed in 1979 and transferred to Ft. Leonard Wood until his retirement in 1986. He was an Army veteran serving in Germany at the Battle of the Bulge and Bridge at Remagen. A.J. became a Christian and a member of First Baptist Church, Harrisonville, in 1972 where he served as a Deacon, usher and with the Bus Ministry. AJ loved the Lord and was always ready to share his faith. He was ready to meet Jesus and was very confident of his place in Heaven.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Shannon Rae Welsh; brothers, Homer, Ralph, Roy, Gearl, Charles Junior Akins; sisters, Opal Smith, Pearl Bates, Marie Nafus and Bonnie Gregg; an infant sister and brother, Beulah and Loyd Akins.

A.J. is survived by his wife of 68 years, Mary L. Akins of the home; Judy K. Welsh and Janice L. Street, both of Harrisonville, and Jessica A. Vinzant, Olathe, Kan.; five grandchildren, David, Angela, Jason, Eryn and Jared; six great-grandchildren; a sister, Faye Gibb, Blue Springs; other relatives and many friends.

Funeral services were Oct. 19 at First Baptist Church, Harrisonville, with burial in Dayton Cemetery near Garden City.

Family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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.

Eleanor Jane (Eaton) Stollfus

Sept. 22, 1924 - Oct. 18, 2013

Eleanor Jane (Eaton) Stollfus, 89, of Harrisonville, died Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, at her home. Memorial services will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville with visitation 2-2:30 p.m. Inurnment will be Monday, Nov. 4, at Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Springfield. Memorial contributions may be made to Cass County Council on Aging.

Eleanor was born Sept. 22, 1924, in Erie, N.D., the daughter of Lawrence and Minnie (See) Eaton, second born of five girls. They moved to Bemidji, Minn., in 1928, where she attended one year of school before moving to Minneapolis, Minn., in 1931. The family moved often in the area with frequent school changes. Eleanor graduated from Hopkins High School in Hopkins, Minn., the first graduation class following the start of WWII.

She lived in Minneapolis and worked at the Strutwear Knitting Mill for two years following graduation before becoming eligible to enlist in the Women’s Army Corps in October 1944. She received her basic training in Ft. Des Moines, Iowa, then medical technical training at Wm. Beaumont Army Hospital in El Paso, Texas. She was then assigned to Letterman Army Hospital in San Francisco, Calif., where she served until September 1946. She was transferred to Vienna, Austria, where she was assigned to the Judge Advocate Section as a Chief Clerk. She returned to Letterman Hospital in January 1948 and served in the Information and Education Office. She was re-assigned back to Austria in September 1949, serving in Salzburg as First Sgt. for the WAC Detachment. Eleanor returned to the States in 1952 and served in Washington, D.C., at the Pentagon and the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology for her last year in service. She was honorably discharged in September 1953 with the rank of Master Sergeant.

Eleanor spent several months at home in Mora, Minn., with her parents and youngest sister, Carol, before venturing to Yuma, Ariz., to go into a small business with an Army friend. She met and married Alvin H. Stollfus on Jan. 30, 1954, and their three children, Nancy Louise, James Alvin and Brian Lee were all born there. The family moved to Purdy in 1963.

After her youngest child started school, in the early 1960s, Eleanor went to work for St. Vincent’s Hospital in Monett. She moved to Minnesota where she worked at a state hospital for disabled and disfunctioning children and adults from 1964-1967. They moved back to Missouri in September 1969, again working in Monett. She sought and found employment at the Missouri TB Sanatorium in Mt. Vernon. She became an LPN in 1972 and continued working for the hospital. The hospital went through name changes, which included Missouri State Chest Hospital and later renamed Missouri State Rehab Center. She then retired in 1986.

Eleanor loved life and had a deep devotion to her family, her Savior, Jesus Christ, and loyalty to her beloved country. She had godly parents who taught by example of the Golden Rule. Her father admonished to “Always leave the woodpile a little higher then you found it,” which she tried to follow throughout her life. She became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in 1985. She also was a member of Harrisonville VFW Post 4409.

Eleanor was preceded in death by her parents and three sisters. She is survived by one daughter, Nancy Shelton (Bill), Harrisonville; two sons, James Stollfus (Peggy), Mt. Vernon, and Brian Stollfus, Springfield; one sister, Bonnie Homes, Mora, Minn.; five grandchildren, Isac, Kyle and Naomi Shelton and Michael and Garrett Stollfus; and four great-grandchildren, Ella, Isabelle and Alexa Shelton and Logan Stollfus.

“Eleanor was and always will be in a League of Her Own!”

Online condolences may be made to atkinsonfuneralhome.com.

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

Margret Louise Case

Jan. 16, 1932 - Oct 19, 2013

Margret Louise Case, 81, died Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at The Woodlands of Arnold, Arnold.

Services for Margret were at 1 p.m. Oct. 24 at Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill, with Pastor John McRoy officiating. Burial will be in Mount Washington Cemetery, Independence.

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

David Wayne Murdock

Oct. 19, 2013

David Wayne Murdock, 56, of Harrisonville, died Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at his home near Harrisonville.

He is survived by his wife, Debbie Murdock; four children, David Murdock, Nicole Kerr, Roy Murdock and Jason Murdock; and two brothers, James Murdock and Gordon White. Cremation.

No services scheduled.

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

Michael Keck

Oct. 21, 2013

Michael Keck, 25, of Harrisonville, died Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, at University of Colorado Hospital, Aurora, Colo.

The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at Harrisonville High School main gymnasium, 1504 E. Elm St. Family will receive friends at 11:30 a.m. Cremation will follow.

A complete obituary will be published in the 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.

Rogers H. Saathoff

Nove. 12, 1930 - Oct. 21, 2013

Rogers H. Saathoff, 82, of Adrian, died Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, at Bates County Memorial Hospital in Butler. Graveside/burial services will follow cremation at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at Sharon Cemetery in Drexel. The family requests no flowers or memorials. There will be no visitation.

Rogers was a Korean War Army veteran.

Online condolences may be made to atkinsonfuneralhome.com.

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

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