March 7 Obits

March 7, 2014 

Fr. Donald Robidoux Cleary

May 20, 1929 - Feb. 23, 2014

Fr. Donald Robidoux Cleary, 84, of Olathe, Kan., was born in St. Joseph, the son of John Raymond and Mary Sylvanie (Perry) Cleary. He died Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, at Villa St. Francis, Olathe, Kan.

Fr. Cleary served in the Navy during the Korean War.

Funeral Mass was March 4 with burial in St. Louis Cemetery, Atchison, Kan.

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Arrangements: Dickey Funeral Home, 2401 E. Mechanic St., Harrisonville, MO 64701; 816-884-6244.

Geneva (Genie) Bradhurst

Aug. 7, 1930 - Feb. 24, 2014

Geneva (Genie) Bradhurst, 83, of Kansas City, died at Care Haven Homes in Leawood, Kan., Monday, Feb. 24, 2014.

The funeral service for Genie was Feb. 28 at Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill, with Chaplain Rebecca “Beck” Schubert officiating. Interment was in Raymore Cemetery.

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

Anita Louise Golden

Dec. 29, 1936 - Feb. 25, 2014

Anita Louise Golden, 77, of Harrisonville, formerly of Pleasant Hill, died Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, at her home.

Visitation was March 5 at the funeral home.

Graveside funeral services was March 5 at Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Reverend D. Kent Deubner, of Pleasant Hill First Christian Church, officiated.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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

Joshua Eugene Anderson

Jan. 10, 1985 - Feb. 26, 2014

Joshua Eugene Anderson, 29, of Adrian, was born Jan. 10, 1985, in Clinton, to Gerald and Ramona (Leavell) Anderson. He died Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, the result of a tragic workplace accident.

Josh grew up in the Archie and Adrian area and graduated from Adrian High School in 2003. After high school, he went to work at US Truss/Heartland Manufacturing in Peculiar, where he was currently employed. On Jan. 28, 2006, Josh married Melissa Ann (Hill) Anderson, of Adrian, and to this union two beautiful girls, Marissa and MaKayla, were born. Josh was an avid outdoorsman and he loved to hunt and fish any chance he got. At the first sign of Spring, if Josh was not with his wife and daughters, you could most definitely find him on the river bank. He absolutely loved to go snagging and running lines with his dad Gerald, his brother Kenneth, and a few other close family members and friends. If the fishing rod wasn’t in his hands, it was only because the guns were. Josh loved to hunt for just about anything that had a season and he enjoyed teaching his daughters to shoot guns and how to love and respect the outdoors as much as he did.

Josh was a hard worker. Never once mumbling a complaint, he devoted his life to providing for his family that he so dearly loved. He enjoyed spending time with all his family and friends and will forever be remembered for his unique sense of humor. He loved to string you along with a dry, coarse affect and then suddenly laugh and say something like, “I’m just kidding with you, and I got you good!” A devoted family man, a loving husband, an amazing and adored daddy, an uncomperable brother, son, and uncle, and a great friend to so many, Josh will be missed immensely by everyone that knew him.

Josh was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Mildred Leavell, Darrell Leavell, and nephew William.

He is survived by his wife Melissa and his daughters Marissa and MaKayla, all of the home; parents Gerald and Ramona Anderson, Adrian; brother Kenneth Anderson (Sarah), Adrian; sister Jennie Anderson, Butler; paternal grandparents Harold and Cara Wilma Anderson, Adrian; mother-in-law Cynthia Baker, Adrian; father-in-law Jack Hill, Atlanta, Kan.; nieces Kenzley and Destinee, nephews Jaxon, Zackery and Damon; step-nieces Jayda and Michaela; step-nephew Braedyn, and a multitude of dearly loved family and friends

The funeral service was at 11 a.m. March 6 at the Adrian Optimist Building in Adrian. Cremation with Inurnment in Crescent Hill Cemetery near Adrian.

The family received friends 5-8 p.m. March 5 at Adrian Optimist Building.

A memorial fund for the Anderson family has been established at Adrian Bank, Adrian.

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Arrangements: Dickey Funeral Home, 2401 E. Mechanic St., Harrisonville, MO 64701; 816-884-6244.

Opal Lorrine Reed

Jan. 13 1917 - Feb. 27, 2014

Opal Lorrine Reed, 97, of Pleasant Hill, died Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at Crown Care Center in Harrisonville surrounded with love.

Funeral services were March 4 at the funeral home. Evangelist Eugene Jenkins officiated.

Graveside services and interment were March 5 in Nigh Cemetery, Lamar.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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

Lacey Herrell Thomas

Aug. 17, 1955 - Feb. 28, 2014

Lacey Herrell Thomas, 58, of Harrisonville, was born Aug. 17, 1955, in Harrisonville, the son of Gerald Elton and Opal Aliene (Herrell) Thomas Wiskur. He died Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, at his home near Harrisonville surrounded by love and family.

On Jan. 7, 1976, Lacey was united in marriage to Bonnie Ruth Stephens in Harrisonville.

Lacey was employed as a diesel mechanic for Harmon Bus Company and later Crabtree Harmon Bus Company, Belton, until his retirement in 1998. He was baptized at an early age at the Creighton Christian Church and renewed his faith at New Covenant Fellowship, Garden City. Lacey enjoyed anything to do with cars, from restoring, drag racing and watching NASCAR. His favorite was always Chevrolet. He was a 1973 graduate of Sherwood High School, Creighton. Lacey will be remembered by his family for being an animal lover, witty, humorous and compassionate. Lacey had lived in Creighton and Garden City before moving to Harrisonville.

Besides his father, Lacey was preceded in death by his wife, Bonnie, on Feb. 16, 2012.

Lacey is survived by his son, Chris Thomas and wife, Crystal, Archie; his two grandsons, Chase and Corban; his mother, Opal A. Wiskur, Archie; a brother, G.E. Thomas, Creighton; two sisters, Charlene Fidler, Creighton, Carolyn McBeath and husband, Mark, Raymore; other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, March 7, at Dickey Funeral Home, Garden City. Burial will be in Garden City Missouri Cemetery, Garden City.

The family will receive friends 10-11 a.m. Friday, March 7, at the funeral home.

The family suggests that memorial contributions may be made to the Lacey Thomas Memorial Fund or to his grandsons and it may be left at the funeral home.

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Arrangements: Dickey Funeral Home, 711 Old 7 Hwy., Garden City, MO 64747; 816-862-6345.

Marjorie Ruth Mawson Burch

Jan. 7, 1923 - March 1, 2014

Marjorie Ruth Mawson Burch, 91, of Watkinsville, Ga., died Saturday, March 1, 2014. at Family Life Enrichment Center in High Shoals, Ga. A native of Missouri, Burch was born Jan. 7, 1923, to the late Alonzo and Mary Christiansen Mawson. She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith. In addition to her parents, she also was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth W. Burch; sisters, Matilda Mawson and Dorothy Vansandt; brothers, Alvin and William Mawson.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Lonna and John Hanley, of Watkinsville, Ga.; sons and daughters-in-law, Larry and Donna Burch, of Lenoir, N.C., and Steve and Darlene Burch, of Raleigh, N.C.; sister, Merrilee Mickelson, of Freeman; seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

The funeral service was at 2 p.m. March 4 at Littlejohn United Methodist Church, Lenoir, N.C., with the interment following in the church cemetery. The family received friends at the church sanctuary 1-2 p.m. March 4.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Littlejohn United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, 4120 Littlejohn Church Road, Lenoir, N.C. 28645 or to a charity of one’s choice.

Online condolences may be made to www.little-wardfuneralho

Arrangements: Little-Ward Funeral Home, 115 State Street, Commerce, GA 30529; 706-335-3175.

Claude “Buck” Morgan

March 4, 2014

Claude “Buck” Morgan, 80, of Freeman, died Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at his home. Funeral services will be at 7 p.m. Friday, March 7, at Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville with visitation 6-7 p.m. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 8, at Freeman Cemetery. A complete obituary will be in next week’s Cass County Democrat Missourian.

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

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