Dec. 27 Obits

December 27, 2013 

Howard E. Hensel

Dec. 18, 1937 - Dec. 14, 2013

Howard E. Hensel, 75, was born in Saltlick Township, Pa., the son of Howard and Sara (Traugh) Henseland. He died Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at Missouri Veterans Home, Warrensburg.

Cremation has been accorded and there was a Masonic Service on Dec. 20 with visitation following at Wallace Funeral Home.

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

Betty May Bonk

Oct. 31, 1925 - Dec. 16, 2013

Betty May Bonk, 88, of Pleasant Hill, died Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, at Cass Regional Medical Center in Harrisonville.

Mass of Christian Burial was Dec. 23 at St. Matthew Apostle Catholic Church with Father Adam Johnson and Father Jim Toronto officiating. Burial was at Swan Lake Memorial Park, Grain Valley.

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

David Eugene Herod

July 30, 1948 - Dec. 16, 2013

David Eugene Herod, 65, of Harrisonville, died Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, at Bates County Memorial Hospital in Butler. Memorial services were at 11 a.m. Dec. 21 at Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association. Inurnment will be at a later date at Nashville Baptist Church Cemetery in Providence.

David was born July 30, 1948, in Kansas City, Kan., the son of Carl David and Lula “Louise” (Acton) Herod. He grew up in Kansas City and was a graduate of KCC Bible School in Overland Park, Kan. He then attended Linn Tech Trade School in Linn.

He and his mother moved to Hope Church Camp in Peculiar in 1978 and ran the camp for the next 30 years. He was a Boy Scout and an Honorary Warrior of the Tribe of Mic-O-Say. He was a square-dance caller and loved being silly at family gatherings. He was a member of Belton Assembly of God and a dedicated leader of the Royal Rangers at the church.

David was preceded in death by his parents and an infant sister, Linda Louise Herod.

He is survived by his aunt, Betty Rippeto, Archie; cousin and caregivers Charlotte and Raymond Scott, Independence; other aunts, an uncle, cousins, relatives and friends.

Online condolences may be made to atkinsonfuneralhome.com.

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

Bruce Michael Simpson

Feb. 8, 1947 - Dec. 16, 2013

Bruce Michael Simpson, 66, of Harrisonville, died Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, at Research Medical Center in Kansas City. There was a memorial visitation Dec. 18 at Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville. Memorial contributions may be made to Bright Futures Food 4 Thought Backpack Program.

Bruce was born Feb. 8, 1947, in Kansas City, the son of Richard A. and Dorothy (Mattison) Simpson. Bruce grew up in Kansas City and was a graduate of Ruskin High School. He was a U.S. Navy veteran. He married Darra Mae Murray on March 1, 1985, at the old Truman Jackson County Courthouse in Independence. He has lived in Harrisonville since 2007.

Bruce had worked as a meat cutter for Safeway for several years. He and his wife, Darra, opened Vue Flower Shop in Kansas City for 20 years. He then went to school and got his HVAC and worked for the Harrisonville Schools in the maintenance department, in charge of the heating and cooling systems. Bruce loved to fish and hunt and was a member of Pioneer Gun Club in Kansas City. He also was on the B.A.S.S. Board of Directors for the State of Missouri.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one daughter, Kathryn Simpson.

He is survived by his wife, Darra, of the home; stepson, Brian L. McLain, Princeton; daughter, Theresa Starforth, Richmond, and stepdaughter, Rosemary Ketner, Blue Springs; one brother, Richard Simpson, Jr., and wife, Randi, Lake Forest, Calif.; one nephew, David Simpson of California; two grandchildren, Rebecca Starforth and Bradley Starforth.

Online condolences may be made to atkinsonfuneralhome.com.

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

Mary Rapp

Dec. 11, 1927 - Dec. 18, 2013

Mary Rapp, 86, of Harrisonville, died Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, at Golden Years Care Center in Harrisonville. Funeral services were Dec. 20 at Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville with burial in Milo Cemetery, Milo.

Mary was born Dec. 11, 1927, in Benton County, Union Township, the daughter of Alfred E. and Nola (Ray) Yeager. She grew up in the Cross Timbers, Warsaw area. She married Clifton Leon Rapp on June 11, 1949, in Platte City.

Mary had lived in Lee’s Summit and Drexel area before moving to Harrisonville in 2007. She was a homemaker. She attended Raymore Assembly of God. Mary had many friends she met while living at Foxcroft Retirement Apartments in Harrisonville.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Clifton on April 18, 2001, and one son, Jack Rapp.

She is survived by one daughter, Mary Jo Hutchins and her husband, Roger, Harrisonville; one sister, Marjorie Johnson, Lebanon, and two grandchildren, Ron Hutchins, Washington, D.C., and Rodney Hutchins, Mooresville, N.C.

Online condolences may be made to atkinsonfuneralhome.com.

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

Jessie Marie Kennedy

Dec. 13, 1934 - Dec. 19, 2013

Jessie Marie (Johnson) Kennedy, 79, of Pleasant Hill, died Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, at her home.

The funeral service for Jessie is at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 27, at Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill, with Rev. Tony Reynolds officiating. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Dec. 26 at the funeral home.

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

Charles L. Anderson, Sr.

July 13, 1939 - Dec. 23, 2013

Charles L. Anderson, Sr., 74, son of George R. and Opal M. (Todd) Anderson, was born in Harrisonville on July 13, 1939. He died Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, in Appleton City.

Charles lived in Harrisonville until his marriage to Pat Miller on Oct. 7, 1967, at Grand River Church in Harrisonville. They moved to Archie and made their home there. During that time, Charles worked at Bendix in Kansas City as a Maintenance Supervisor. In 1992, they moved to Appleton City to retire.

Charles was an avid hunter and fisherman and his love of fishing provided many fish frys that his neighbors, friends and family all enjoyed. He also enjoyed watching the Royals and Chiefs, old TV movies, reading western books and dancing.

Charles had a huge vegetable garden and shared with anyone that wanted some. He was a good singer and he sang at the Annual Urich Reuion for many years. He liked to take the kids on "short cuts" when they went anywhere, better known as the "scenic route."

Charles had many friends, but he considered Edsol and Barb Moore and Jim and Peggy Knapp his long-time good friends.

Preceding Charles in death are his parents; wife, Pat Miller; brothers Ernest Bearce, George Anderson, Jr., and Robert Anderson; son-in-law James Borgman; and parents-in-law Clifford and Dorothy Miller.

Surviving Charles is his son Charles Anderson, Jr., (Dawn); daughters Angela Lesmeister and Kelly A. Yocum (Steve); grandchildren Charles "Clay" L. Anderson, III, Hailey C. Anderson, Cody Hunter, and Dalton G. Borgman; sister Doris Ingham; sisters-in-law Jean Anderson, Chris Souza (Ron), and Elaine Moore (Mike); brothers-in-law Clifford Miller, Jr., (Patti) and Bob Miller (Debbie); ex-son-in-law Doug Lesmeister; best friends Walter Gregory, Steve Lawson and Gary Hackett; many nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 27, at the funeral home with Rev. Kenneth Simily, III, officiating. Military graveside service will be provided by Missouri Honor Guard with interment at White Oak Cemetery in Urich.

Casket bearers are Clay Anderson, Dalton Borgman, John Wright, Walter Gregory, Steve Lawson and Bryan Wimsatt. Honorary casket bearers are Gary Hackett, Bob Miller and Ron Souza.

Memorials can be made to American Cancer Society.

Online condolences can be made to www.hillandson.net.

Arrangements: Hill and Son Funeral Home, 213 W. 6th St., Appleton City, MO 64724; 660-476-2135.

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