Nov. 8 Obits

November 8, 2013 

Velma Darlene Zeiler

June 14, 1941 - Oct. 29, 2013

Velma Darlene (Rogers) Zeiler, 72, of Harrisonville, died Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, at her home among her loving family. Darlene was born June 14, 1941, in Harrisonville, the daughter of Mike and Mary Rogers.

On May 12, 1960, she married Larry Lee Zeiler and they were married 53 years. She was a member of the Ore Club. She worked at Western Electric until they started their family. Later, she also worked at Pleasant Hill Times, where she enjoyed her creativity in the advertising field. After she retired, she started a successful cleaning business. She also was very involved in animal care and rescue.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Mike and Mary Rogers. She is survived by her husband, Larry Zeiler; one brother, Dahl Eugene Rogers, of Harrisonville; and children, Tammy Sue Zeiler, of Creighton; Curtis Lee Zeiler, of Rich Hill; Linda Darlene Zeiler, of Harrisonville; two grandchildren, David and Kurstin Zeiler, of Rich Hill.

There will be a celebration of life service for Velma at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at Faith Baptist Church in Harrisonville. Memorial contributions are suggested to Kerry Kennel and may be brought to the service.

Messages and memories for the family may be left at www.mullinaxfuneralhome .com.

Arrangements: Mullinax Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., 10 S. High St., Butler, MO 64730; 660-679-0009.

Robert Roy Fine

Aug. 12, 1931 - Oct. 31, 2013

Robert Roy Fine, 82, of Harrisonville, died Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, at his home. Burial was in Mt. Zion Cemetery in Olden on Nov. 6.

Fine was born in Howell County, the son of Alvie and Millie (Priddy) Fine. He was a Korean War Navy veteran. He owned and operated a dairy farm and was a Kansas City fire fighter.

Online condolences may be made to

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

Marion Ray “Shorty” Hamilton

May 17, 1921 - Oct. 31, 2013

Marion Ray “Shorty” Hamilton, 92, of Pleasant Hill, died Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, at Lee’s Summit Medical Center.

Visitation was Nov. 4 and funeral services were Nov. 5 at the funeral home. The Final Salute ceremony was performed by VFW Post No. 3118. Interment was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

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

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

Robert Raymond Killion, Sr.

July 6, 1923 - Oct. 31, 2013

Robert Killion, 90, died Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013. He was the son of Otto Leo and Lockie Olive Killion.

Robert served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII, receiving five bronze stars and a silver star for his heroism.

Visitation was from 11 a.m. until service time at noon Nov. 4 at South Haven Baptist Church in Belton. Burial followed in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens in Kansas City.

Arrangements: D.W. Newcomer’s Sons Floral Hills Funeral Home, 7000 Blue Ridge Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64133; 816-353-1218.

Helen Marie Pearce

April 7, 1930 - Oct. 31, 2013

Helen Marie Pearce, of Pleasant Hill, died Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, at home.

She was born in Pratt, Kan., April 7, 1930, to Melvin Pennington and Kathryn Faye (Hand) Pennington.

Cremation has been accorded and a private family inurnment will be at a later date.

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

Richard Block

December 1959-October 2013

It is with great sadness that the family of Richard Bock announces his death. Richard died of a coronary embolism. He was 53. He was a former Harrisonville resident and graduated from Harrisonville High School. He lived in Delray Beach, Fla.

Cremation and ashes were scattered in the ocean as were his wishes. His mother and other family members were with him to see his ashes go into the gulf stream, and be a part of the ocean he loved so much.

Richard was certified in many areas of the IT field. As an IT engineer, he contracted for many companies and traveled the world to work for them. He was also a combat medic in the Army. He enjoyed writing short stories and published a book, “AJI, Day of the Assassin” in May 2011. He loved deep-sea fishing and working out.

Richard was the son of Beverly Unnewehr and the late John Unnewehr. He was married to Marleen Brown in 1987. Her two sons, Tom and Ray, became his own. He was a supportive father to them. Richard and Marleen divorced in 2006 but he still was in contact with Tom and Ray. He was so very proud of the career paths they had chosen. Tom and wife, Kristy, had twins last month and he was very happy for them.

He is survived by his mother Beverly Unnewehr, sister Wanda Livengood and husband Tom, of Lee’s Summit, sister Linda Powers of Harrisonville, stepsons Tom Brown (Kristy) Lynn, Mass., and Ray Brown, Orlando, Fla., two nieces and three nephews, three great nieces, aunts and uncles. He also leaves his best friend in life, Donnie Lunsford.

Arrangements: Cremation Services By the Sea and Ashes at Sea by BOLO.

Patrick Michael “Pat” Leach

Nov. 7, 1977 - Nov. 1, 2013

Patrick Michael “Pat” Leach, 35, of Pleasant Hill, died Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, at his home.

Visitation was 6-8 p.m. Nov. 7 at Woods Chapel United Methodist Church, Lee’s Summit. Funeral services were 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 8, at the church. Interment will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

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

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

Arthur Clifton Oatman, Jr.

June 16, 1927 - Nov. 3, 2013

Arthur Clifton Oatman, Jr., 86, of Overland Park, Kan., died Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. Memorial services were Tuesday, Nov. 5, at Belton Restoration Branch. Contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association.

Arthur was born June 16, 1927, in Lawrence, Kan., to Arthur Clifton and Mildred Irene (Tuttle) Oatman, Sr.

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

Charles Earl Bybee

Aug. 28, 1926 - Nov. 4, 2013

Charles Earl Bybee, 87, of Raymore, died Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, at the home.

Memorial Mass will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, at St. Sabina Catholic Church, Belton, with visitation at 10 a.m. at the church. Inurnment will be at 3 p.m. at Orient Cemetery, Harrisonville.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Sabina Catholic Church.

Charles was born Aug. 28, 1926, in Harrisonville, the son of Charles and Bertha Temple Bybee.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Alice Hawley and Kathleen George.

He is survived by his wife Leona of 54 years; sons, Craig Bybee (Dorothy) of Wichita, Kan., and Charles Bybee of Belton; daughters, Karen Herring (Joe) of Apple Valley, Calif., and Pamela Crosby (Monte) of Peculiar; sister, Virginia Tepesch of Paola, Kan.; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Charles was a Navy veteran and served during WWII; a retired Millwright worker for Local Union No. 1529; and member of the VFW in Harrisonville. Charles was a bus driver for the Belton school district and was still devoted to this job after retirement.

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

John Leo Sampson

July 16, 1940 - Nov. 4, 2013

John Leo Sampson, 73, of Cleveland, died Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, at Research Medical Center, Kansas City, after a kidney transplant.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, at Penwell-Gabel Louisburg Chapel. Visitation will be 11 a.m.-2 p.m., prior to the service. Burial will be in Holy Rosary Cemetery, Bucyrus, Kan.

He was born July 16, 1940, the son of August J. and Margaret L. (Henry) Sampson. He married Beverly Raley in 1958. Three children were born, Kathy, Gary and James. In 1968, he married Carol Lewis and they had twin girls, Tonya and Tabitha.

John was the owner of Sampson Feed Store. He loved his family and his farming experiences. He was a lifelong resident of the Cleveland area.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son Jimmy Sampson; and one sister, Mary Jean Carter.

Survivors include his wife, Carol, of the home; one son, Gary Sampson, West Plains; three daughters, Kathy Goss, West Plains; Tonya Lichte, Pleasant Hill, and Tabitha Ames, Drexel; one brother, Harold Sampson, Cleveland; two sisters, Virginia Wallis, Kansas City; and Dorothy Windisch, Louisburg, Kan.; 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorial contributions to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

To leave a special message for the family online, please visit www.PenwellGabelLouisb

Arrangements: Penwell-Gabel Louisburg Chapel, 120 S. Broadway, Louisburg, KS, 66053; 913-837-4310.

William “Bill” James

July 23, 1948 - Nov. 6, 2013

William “Bill” James, 65, of Harrisonville, died Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, at Kansas City Hospice House in Kansas City.

Memorial services are at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at United Methodist Church in Harrisonville, with visitation 3-4:30 p.m.

A complete obituary will be in next week’s Cass County Democrat Missourian.

Online condolences may be made to

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

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