March 14 Obits

March 14, 2014 

Robert Oliver Burns

Sept. 26, 1940 - Feb. 28, 2014

Robert Oliver Burns, 73, of Harrisonville, died Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, at Shangri-La Rehab and Living Center in Blue Springs. Inurnment will be at a later date.

Robert was born Sept. 26, 1940, in Higginsville, the son of Joseph O. and Margaret Lucille (Wentworth) Burns. He married Marie Wardlow on Nov. 28, 1959, in Higginsville. Robert was a retired U.S. Marine Corps veteran, serving from 1966-1974. During his service, he received numerous medals and ribbons, including a Purple Heart, the Presidential Unit Citation, a Bronze Star Medal, Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation, and a Navy Commendation Medal. Robert was a certified water plant operator for the City of Harrisonville for 28 years until his retirement in 2006. He was a member of the Harrisonville VFW Post 4409 and the Harrisonville Elks Lodge No. 2791.

Robert was preceded in death by parents. He is survived by his wife, Marie, of the home; and three sisters, Joann, Wanda and Carolyn.

Online condolences may be made to atkinsonfuneralhome.com.

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

Charles R. “Dick” Collins

March 13 1940-March 1, 2014

Charles Richard “Dick” Collins, 73, was born March 13, 1940, in Pleasant Hill, the son of James Lloyd and Elsie (Ferguson) Collins. He died Saturday, March 1, 2014, at his home.

On Sept. 11, 1959, he was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart Judith Anne Brown in Pleasant Hill. Following their marriage, they moved to Kansas City and later Raytown to raise their four children, returning to Pleasant Hill in 1989. Judy preceded him in death Dec. 4, 2009. There is no doubt that it was but moments after his death that he heard her say, “You’re home! Whatcha been doin’?” He had missed hearing those words.

Dick was employed in the printing industry as a printer for Spangler Printing and in the composing room of The Kansas City Star. He later worked in sales at Raytown Printing, Advertisers Litho and at Maywood Printing in Independence until the time of his death.

He was an Advisory Director for the Research Foundation, an active member of St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, Sugarland Estates Homeowners Association and the Lee’s Summit Woodworkers Guild.

In his free time, he enjoyed fishing, woodworking, traveling, motorcycle riding, the Kansas City Symphony and manicuring his lawn.

Dick also was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Richard Darin Collins.

He is survived by a son Doug Collins and wife Lori of Kansas City; a daughter Chris-Anne Gebauer and husband Phil of Greenwood; a son Devin Collins and wife Mickey of Pleasant Hill; four grandchildren Eli, Sara, Cole, and Dravin; a brother Howard and wife Sandy of Pleasant Hill; a sister Ruth Ann Faith and husband Jim of Independence; other relatives and many friends.

Cremation has been accorded.

The family will have a celebration of life service at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Lee’s Summit. Rev. Meg Rhodes will officiate. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Inurnment will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery at a later date.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Research Foundation Nursing Scholarship Fund or St. Anne’s Episcopal Church and may be sent in care of the funeral home.

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

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

Claude “Buck” Morgan

Jan. 30, 1934 - March 4, 2014

Claude “Buck” Morgan, 80. of Freeman, died Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at his home. Funeral services were at 7 p.m. March 7 at Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville with visitation 6-7 p.m. Graveside services were at 10 a.m. March 8 at Freeman Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Freeman Baptist Church.

Buck was born Jan. 30, 1934, in Preston, the son of Orlan B. and Eula L. (Crawford) Morgan. He attended Wheatland High School. Buck moved to Kansas City in 1951, where he met his wife, Connie Taber. They were married March 14, 1953, in Bentonville, Ark. They lived in Kansas City for 34 years before moving to Freeman in 1974. He worked for American Rental in Kansas City as a truck driver, retiring in 1988 as a dispatcher. He was a former member of the Teamsters Union. He was a member of Freeman Baptist Church.

Buck was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Herbert Morgan and a son, Claude “Gene” Morgan on Oct. 9, 1998. He is survived by his wife, Connie, of the home; one daughter, Debbie Carter, Harrisonville; three sisters, Evelyn Zacharias, Holden, Marilyn Long, Clay Center, Kan., and Geraldene Wohler, Wichita, Kan.; three 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.

Betty Jean Weir

Sept. 11, 1928-March 4, 2014

Betty Jean Weir, 85, died Tuesday, March 4, 2014, in Conroe, Texas. Funeral services were at 7 p.m. March 13 at Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville, with visitation 6-7 p.m. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, March 14, at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in Harrisonville, under the direction of Atkinson Funeral Home.

Betty was born Sept. 11, 1928, in Kansas City, to Jack Hoffsette and Galalia Zink. She had lived in the Kansas City area before moving to Houston, Texas, in 1976. Betty had worked for Western Electric in Lee’s Summit and had worked as a hostess for Red Lobster from 1972-1992, both in Kansas City and Houston.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her son, Donald, and her grandson, Bryan. She is survived by her children, Gary Lynn, Lincoln, Calif., Jack Lynn, Shawnee, Kan., and Marcia Ford, Archie; six grandchildren, Jacque, Chad, Jacqueline, Stacey, Eric and Paula; 12 great-grandchildren, Audrey, Mila, Nathan, Evan, Zachary, Kayla, Jordan, Mason, Alex, Austin, Andrea and Liam; and one great-great-grandchild, Cloee.

Online condolences may be made to atkinsonfuneralhome.com.

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

Jerry S. Highfill

Nov. 21, 1951 - March 5, 2014

Jerry Steven Highfill, 62, of Adrian, died Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at Kansas University Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan. Funeral services were March 10 at Adrian Christian Church, with burial in Scott Cemetery, Amsterdam, under the direction of Atkinson Funeral Home, Adrian. Jerry was born in Springfield.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1971 to 1973.

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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