May 2 Obits

May 2, 2014 

Rhonda (Edwards) Navarro

Sept. 30, 1964 - April 19, 2014

Rhonda (Edwards) Navarro, 49, formerly of Archie, died Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Cape Coral Fla. She was adopted by her parents, Charles and Betty Edwards. She was raised in Shenandoah, Iowa.

The family is planning a Memorial Service and Celebration of Life in Shenandoah, Iowa, in June.

Linda Grace Payne

Dec. 27, 1946 - April 24, 2014

Linda Grace Payne, 67, of Harrisonville, died Thursday, April 24, 2014, at Crown Care Center in Harrisonville. Funeral services were April 28 at Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville with burial in Orient Cemetery, Harrisonville.

Linda was born Dec. 27, 1946, in Harrisonville, the daughter of Charles Edgar and Wilma Alliene (Jones) Cage. She was a lifelong resident of Harrisonville and was a 1965 graduate of Harrisonville High School. She married John Wilson Payne Jr. on June 23, 1963. Linda worked for Cass Medical Center in housekeeping for several years.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband John on Sept. 15, 2011.

She is survived by one son, John C. Payne (Jamie), Harrisonville; three daughters, Charlotte Holden (Gerald), Garden City, Teresa Payne (Tony), Harrisonville and Patty Payne (Robert), Belton; two brothers, Evart Cage (Becky), Harrisonville and Steven Cage (Gail), Independence; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Online condolences may be made to

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

Ronald Glen Brandsma

April 14, 1936 - April 25, 2014

Ronald Glen Brandsma, 78, of Kingsville, died at home surrounded by family Friday, April 25, 2014.

After high school, Ron enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served his country for four years during the Korean War. He was deployed aboard multiple ships throughout his military service. After his honorable discharge from the Navy, Ron settled in the Kansas City area.

The funeral service for Ronald is at 2 p.m. Friday, May 2, at Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill. Burial will be in Kingsville Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. May 1 at the funeral home.

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

George William “Bill” Hayes

Sept. 27, 1937 - April 27, 2014

George William “Bill” Hayes, 76, of Garden City, died Sunday, April 27, 2014, at Research Medical Center in Kansas City. Funeral services were at 2 p.m. May 1 at Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville with visitation 1-2 p.m. Cremation followed.

Bill was born Sept. 27, 1937, in Harrisonville, the son of Theodore Hamilton and Helen Jane (Osborne) Hayes. He was a 1955 graduate of Harrisonville High School. He married Carolyn Jean Hays on May 29, 1956. After they divorced, Bill married Garnett Lea Hughes in 1975. After her death, he re-married Carolyn on May 29, 1996.

Bill was a U.S. Navy (SeaBee) Veteran. He worked in residential construction for most of his life. Bill lived most of his life in the Cass County area except for 15 years at the lake, near Edwards. Bill was a member of First Baptist Church in Harrisonville and was a former member of Harrisonville Optimist Club.

Bill was preceded in death by his father and his second wife, Garnett. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn, of the home; one son, Michael William Hayes, Roach; three daughters, Deborah Hayes, Springfield, Julie Cantrell, Garden City, and Laura B. Goodnow, Meriden, Kan.; his mother, Helen Hayes, Harrisonville; two step-sons, Joel Young, Harrisonville, and Mitchell Young, Lake Ozark; one brother, Ted Hayes of Missouri; two sisters, Helen Mosley, Harrisonville, and Karen Freeman, Birmingham, Ala.; 24 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.

Online condolences may be made to

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

Sheila K. Leuty

Oct. 18, 1955 - April 27, 2014

Sheila K. Leuty, 58, of Montrose, was born Oct. 18, 1955, in Kansas City, the youngest child of Lawrence Edward and Rosalee (Claypool) Gash. She died Sunday, April 27, 2014, at her home surrounded by love and family.

On Nov. 1, 1980, Sheila was united in marriage to Tommy Ray Leuty in Garden City.

Sheila was employed as a bartender and waitress. She volunteered as a Boy Scout’s Den Mother and scorekeeper for the Garden City Baseball league and had received many plaques for her volunteer work. Sheila enjoyed collecting roosters and unicorn figurines, watching her soap operas, playing on the computer, and playing bingo. She loved her cat and dog, her friends and family, especially her granddaughters.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Patricia Baldwin and Diana Wagner.

Sheila is survived by her husband Tommy Leuty, of the home; two sons, Richard L. Leuty, of the home, and Tommy Dean Leuty and wife Melissa, Clinton; two granddaughters, Bailey and Madison; a brother, Terry L. Gash and wife Glenda, Harrisonville; several nieces, nephews and cousins; a large family and many friends.

Funeral services were May 1 at Dickey Funeral Home, Garden City, with burial in Byler Cemetery near Creighton.

Family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice and may be left at the funeral home.

To send the family online condolences, please visit

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

Daniel J. Canady

April 28, 2014

Daniel J. Canady, 24, of Freeman, died Monday, April 28, 2014, after a valiant battle against cancer.

Daniel is survived by his mother Lesley Canady, of Freeman, his sister Crystal Haase, of Concordia, grandpartents Nancy Phillips, of Belton, and Barbara and Robert (Mike) Hathaway, of Arvada, Colo., and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Daniel graduated Cass Midway High School and attended Iowa Wesleyan University. He was a member of the Arvada, Colo., Elks Lodge No. 2278.

The memorial will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 3, with visitation at 2 p.m. at the VFW Hall, 1804 N. Commerical St., Harrisonville.

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