Aug 29 Obits

August 29, 2014 

Charles Justin Dunnington

Sept. 1, 1982 - May 13, 2013

Charles Justin Dunnington, 30, was born in Lee’s Summit and died Monday, May 13, 2013, in Independence. He was the son of Patsy Dunnington.

A Memorial Service and Inurnment will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 29, at Pleasant Hill Cemetery Columbarium with Rev. Tony Reynolds officiating.

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

Tony Burton

May 30, 1932 - Aug. 20, 2014

LeRoy Alan “Tony” Burton, 82, of Garden City, was born the son of C.R. and Golda Burton. He died Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, at Golden Years Care Services, Harrisonville.

Funeral services were Aug. 25 at New Covenant Fellowship, Garden City, with interment in Dayton Cemetery near Garden City.

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

Willa Ann Sleyster

Dec. 19, 1954 - Aug. 20, 2014

Willa Ann Sleyster, 59, of Harrisonville, died Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, at St. Luke’s Hospice House. Memorial services were Aug. 23 at Crittenton Children’s Center. Willa was born in Kansas City.

Willa is survived by her life partner of 26 years, Dina Fisher; her father Willard Sleyster; her sister Sandy Ellis (Jim); her brother JB Sleyster (Vickie Jo); her nephews Cliff Bennett (Jane), Jeffery Bennett (Ron), Jacob Sleyster, Nathan Sleyster (Sara), Vicki Dawn Behl (Jim); her grandnieces and nephews, Kirsten, Hannah, Colton, Blake, Alex, Jaxon, Kline, Ella and Benjamin; and many other relatives. Willa was preceded in death by her mother, Dora Sleyster.

Willa graduated from Drexel High School in 1972 and completed two years of college at Southwest Baptist College and Longview Community College, focusing on psychology and business. Willa was known for her passion, creativity, respect and caring in her support of developmentally disabled children and adults. She was a behavior therapist at Truman Neurological Center and The Greater KC Foundation programs. She worked in inpatient and in-home treatment through the KC Regional Center. She supervised and transported patients at both Southeast KC and Cass County Sheltered Workshops. She was assistant director for HOME and LIFE group homes and ISLs for 12 years. She and her staff took residents on vacations; she loved coaching in Special Olympics. After a serious accident, Willa used her creative and computer skills to work as a graphic artist. She missed the activities that she loved, including swimming, basketball, softball, canoeing, fishing and hiking.

She was a model of passion, commitment, caring and courage. She fought serious injury, recurring cancer, and years of physical and emotional pain. Willa had a connection to all of nature and an affinity for Native American spirituality. We pray she is in the arms of Grandfather and free of suffering at last.

In her honor, and the “Busy Bunch” she loved, memorial gifts may be sent to Sherwood Center, serving children and adults with autism spectrum disorders. Sherwood Center is at 8030 Ward Parkway Plaza, Kansas City, MO 64114, 816-333-3344 or visit

John Taber

April 27, 1938 - Aug. 22, 2014

John Taber, 76, died Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, surrounded by his family at Golden Years Rehabilitation Center, Harrisonville.

John was born April 27, 1938, in Summersville to William Isacc Taber and Opal Anne Souders Taber. He was one of 17 children. His siblings were Verna, Connie, Mary, Alvin, Calvin, Ida, and 11 half brothers and sisters.

John grew up in the Summersville area and attended school in Arroll. As a teenager, he went to Grand Lake, Colo., to work on Hallsworth Horse Ranch. He always had fond memories of this time in his life, and he always loved horses.

On Dec. 15, 1956, he was was united in marriage to Beverly Lee Howe, on the pastor’s porch on a cold December evening in Mountain View. To this union four sons were born; William, Michael, Brian and Stanley.

In the early ’60s, John and Bev moved to Kansas City. In 1969, John moved his family to a farm outside of Rich Hill, where they lived and raised their sons for 15 happy years. During that time, he commuted back and forth to the city for work. He worked for American Chair Rental, Manley Transfer, Jones and Heiman Freight. He retired from Teamster’s Union Local 41.

In 1983, the family moved to Garden City, where he resided until the spring of this year.

John never met a stranger and he and Beverly enjoyed traveling. They often did so in their fifth-wheel. He was a family man and was never happier than when all of his family was around him.

John lost his beloved wife, Beverly, of 52 years on Dec. 10, 2008. He also is preceeded in death by two sisters, Lucille Brigance and Lillian Bay; two brothers, Alvin and Calvin Taber; nine half-brothers and sisters, and his brother-in-law, and best friend Claude (Buck) Morgan.

John is survived by three sisters, Verna Woolsey, Mountain View, Connie Morgan, Freeman, Mary Shirley, Kansas City; four sons, William E. (Bill) Taber and wife Marlyce, Harrisonville, Michael T. (Mike) Taber and wife Teresa, Garden City, Brian K. Taber and wife Judy, Ankeny, Iowa, Stanley D. (Stan) Taber and wife Clara, Creighton. He was a proud and loving grandpa to 10 grandchildren: Jared, Amanda, Christopher, Matthew, Jon Blake, Kara and husband Matthew Evans, Rebecca, Austin, Jessica, and Wesley; two great-grandchildren, Camryn and Cole; two step-grandchildren, Adam and Lori Evans; nieces, nephews, and many friends.

Funeral services were Aug. 26 at Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, with interment in Freeman Cemetery, Freeman. Family suggests memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society.

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

Della D. Thompson-Croy

April 20, 1921 - Aug. 22, 2014

Della Doreen Thompson-Croy, 93, of Lee’s Summit, formerly of Pleasant Hill, was born near Pleasant Hill, the daughter of Hobert and Edna Milican. She died Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, at the Wilshire at Lakewood Care Center. Funeral services were Aug. 25 at the funeral home. Interment was in Strasburg Cemetery.

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

Dr. C.W. “Doc” Marsh

Aug. 26, 2014

Doc Marsh, 92, of Drexel, died Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, at his home in Drexel. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at Drexel First Baptist Church. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, at Mullinax Funeral Home in Drexel. Contributions may be made to Drexel Lions Club or Heartland Hospice.

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

Written messages and memories may be left for the family at www.mullinaxfuneralhome .com.

Arrangements: Mullinax Funeral Home, 136 E. Main St., P.O. Box 500, Drexel, MO 64742; 816-657-4400.

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