Aug 1 Obits

August 1, 2014 

Randy Frank Nations

Feb. 25, 1958 - July 20, 2014

Randy Frank Nations, 56, of Urich, was born in California, Mo., the son of Charles Luther, Johnny V. and Mary Lois. He died Sunday, July 20, 2014, at Cass Regional Medical Center in Harrisonville.


No services are scheduled.

Arrangements: Cass Co. Cremation Services, 2400 E. Elm St., Harrisonville, MO 64701; 816-884-6302.

Cynthia Ann Edwards

May 13, 1962 - July 21, 2014

Cynthia Ann Edwards, 52, of Peculiar, died at home Monday, July 21, 2014. Cindy was born to Robert and Martha Edwards. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. July 25 at Cornerstone Chapel, 163 W. Center St., Peculiar. Visitation was 10 a.m. until service time at the church. Burial was in Pleasant Valley Cemetery at 2 p.m.

Melba Laverne Brock

July 23, 2014

Melba Laverne Brock, 83, died Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Graveside services were at 10:30 a.m. July 28 at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens East.

Melba was a lifelong area resident. She worked for Calmar Manufacturing for 20 years, retiring in 1993. Melba loved to paint and play the organ and piano in her church. Melba was preceded in death by her husband and an infant son.

Survivors include a daughter, Linda Herlofson; three sons, Michael, Duane and Jeffrey Brock; several grand- and great-grandchildren.

Arrangements: Floral Hills Funeral Home and Crematory, 7000 Blue Ridge Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64133; 816-353-1218.

Dorthy Florentine Wilhelmson

Jan. 8, 1929 - July 24, 2014

Dorthy Florentine Wilhelmson, 85, of Independence, formerly of Harrisonville, died Thursday, July 24, 2014, at Vitas Hospice in Kansas City. Funeral services were July 28 at Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville with burial in Laurel Oak Cemetery in Windsor. Memorial contributions may be made to Abiding Love Baptist Church, 302 E. Pearl Street, Harrisonville, MO 64701.

Dorthy was born Jan. 8, 1929, in Chilhowee, the daughter of Floyd Marion and Ethel Gertrude (Freeman) Harbit. She was a 1947 graduate of Windsor High School, Windsor. She married Delbert W. Wilhelmson on Nov. 27, 1946. She moved to Harrisonville in 1952 where she lived until moving to Independence in 2012.

Dorthy was a homemaker and enjoyed sewing and crocheting. She was a member of Abiding Love Baptist Church in Harrisonville.

Dorthy was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 56 years, Delbert, on May 30, 2003, a brother, Freeman Harbit, two sisters, Mary Ann Fetters and Marcella Schott.

She is survived by two sisters, Sandra Kay Miller and her husband, Curtis, and Zella Lou Johnson, all of Independence, and many nieces and nephews.

Online condolences may be made to

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

Rebecca Lynn (Becky) Worley

July 2, 1972 - July 24, 2014

Rebecca Lynn (Becky) Worley, 42, of Harrisonville, died Thursday, July 24, 2014.

Visitation was from 12 noon to 2 p.m. July 30 with services following at 2 p.m. at Johnson County Funeral Chapel, 11200 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, KS 66210. Interment followed in Johnson County Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Becky’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, March of Dimes, National Breast Cancer Foundation, or Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care.

Becky was born July 2, 1972, in Kansas City. She was employed with medical billing since 1995 and had just completed her Certified Coders test to become a coder. Becky also was a first-time grandma.

She was preceded in death by her three grandmothers, three grandfathers and three uncles.

Survivors include her husband Greg of 22 years, daughter Monika, son Michael, granddaughter Haidon, son-in-law Clayton, parents Connie and Gary Smith, sister Karla Hite and husband Mark Hite, mother and father-in-law Gail and Floyd Worley, brother-in-law Gary Worley and sister-in-law Dana Worley. She is also survived by one nephew, two nieces, one great niece and great nephew and Grandmother Dwyer.

Becky would have preferred casual attire for her services. Flip flops included!

Fond memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.johnsoncou

Arrangements: Johnson County Funeral Chapel, 11200 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, KS 66210; 913-451-1860.

Seth J. Powell

Dec. 5, 1988 - July 26, 2014

Seth Jason Powell, 25, of Pleasant Hill, was born in Harrisonville. He died Saturday, July 26, 2014, at his home in Pleasant Hill.

Funeral services were July 30 at the funeral home. Pastor Preston Sanders, of Strasburg Baptist Church, officiated. Interment was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

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

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

Robert Lee “Bob” Gippner

July 17, 1940 - July 27, 2014

Robert Lee “Bob” Gippner was born in Kansas City and died Sunday, July 27, 2014, at St. Luke’s Hospice House.

Oct., 29, 1962, Bob left to proudly serve his country in the U.S. Army. After his honorable discharge in 1965, Bob returned to Missouri.

The funeral service for Bob will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 1, at Blue Ridge Trinity Lutheran Church, Raytown. Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. in Ebenezer Cemetery at Levasy with Military Honors by the U.S. Army and V.F.W. Post No. 3118 Honor Team of Pleasant Hill.

Online condolences may be made to www.wallace-

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

Dr. John Dee “J.D.” Jones

Sept. 8, 1921 - July 27, 2014

Dr. John Dee “J.D.” Jones, 92, of Harrisonville, was born Sept. 8, 1921, in Kansas, Okla., the son of James Bert and Ada (Luper) Jones. He died Sunday, July 27, 2014, at Missouri Veterans Home, Warrensburg.

On May 29, 1945, John was united in marriage to Lucille Dorton in Chicago, Ill.

John was a 1948 graduate of Northern Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, Ill., and began his practice in Harrisonville in 1949 until his retirement in 1981. John was an Army Air Corps veteran of WWII. He was a member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Harrisonville. John received his pilot license and loved to fly anytime he could.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Linda Lash in 1986; two grandsons, Curtis Brian Linthicum in 1994 and Christopher Lash in 1986; and a brother, Edgar Jones.

John is survived by a son, Thad T. Jones and wife Pam, Archie; two daughters, Nancy Linthicum and husband Dennis, Harrisonville, Jan D. Moore, Pleasant Hill; 11 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Arthur H. “Pete” Jones and Donald L. Jones both of Jefferson City; other relatives and friends.

Cremation. There was a Celebration of Life visitation 11 a.m.-12 p.m. July 31 at Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, with inurnment at Orient Cemetery, Harrisonville, immediately following with Military Honors.

Family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Crossroads Hospice or St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Memorial Fund, Harrisonville.

To send the family online condolences, please visit

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

Billy John Osborn

June 1, 1927 - July 28, 2014

Billy John Osborn, 87, of Archie, died Monday, July 28, 2014, in Harrisonville. Masonic services were at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 31, with funeral following at Atkinson Funeral Home in Archie. Burial was in Crescent Hill Cemetery, Adrian.

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

Online condolences may be made to

Arrangements: Atkinson Funeral Home, 104 W. Walnut, Archie, MO 64725; 816-293-5566.

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