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Obituaries

EMIL EUGENE LOYD 8/31/15


Emil Eugene Loyd, age 90, of Richmond, died Sunday, August 30th, 2015.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00am on Wednesday, September 2nd, at Thurman Funeral Home in Richmond. Burial will be in Richmond Memory Gardens Cemetery, with Military Honors provided by the Ray County Veterans.

Visitation will be held 10:00 to 11:00am on Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Richmond First Baptist Church.

VIRGINIA GRAY 8/31/15


Virginia Gray, age 89, of Higginsville, died Sunday, August 30th, 2015.

Funeral Service will be held on Thursday , September 3rd, 10:30am at First Presbyterian Church. Burial will be in the City Cemetery.

Visitation will be on Wednesday from 6:30-8:30pm at Hoefer Funeral Home. Memorials to Meyer Care Center.

She is survived by a son, William N. (Lori) Gray, Jr., of Higginsville; a daughter, Jane Tweedie Scott, of Higginsville; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

LEROY VERNON TIEMAN 8/31/15


Leroy Vernon Tieman, age 81, of Alma, died Sunday, August 30th, 2015.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30am on Saturday, September 5th, at Zion Lutheran Church in Blackburn. Burial with military rites will be at Zion Lutheran Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 6:00 to 7:30pm on Friday at Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Concordia. Memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, or the Leroy and Marcile Tieman Scholarship Fund at Saint Paul Lutheran High School.

Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

In addition to his wife, Marcile; he is survived by five sons: Douglas Dean and Frances (Hertel) Tieman, of Sinking Springs, Penn., Gregory Lee and Marjorie (Kiehl) Tieman, of Blackburn, Rev. Dr. Larry Wayne and Sharon (Marcis) Tieman, of Crystal Lake, Ill., Rev. Dr. Terry Dwayne and Rebecca (Brandt) Tieman, of Cordova, Tenn., and Leroy Christopher and Erin (Coffey) Tieman, of St. Joseph; 17 grandchildren: Laura (Garth) Click, Erin (Jeremy) McKeage, Jenna (Jeremy) Fitzwater, Paula (Zach) Brown, Teresa (Patrick) Detweiler, Mark Tieman, Elizabeth Tieman, Emilie Tieman, Nicholas (Ashley) Tieman, Timothy Tieman, Benjamin Tieman, Philip Tieman, Andrew Tieman, Jonathan Tieman, Joseph Tieman, Kristen Tieman, and Michael Tieman; five great-grandchildren; one sister, Carol Ann (Tieman) Cook, of Blackburn; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Arthur E.H. Tieman and Louella Reith Tieman, he was preceded in death by one brother, Wilfred Tieman.

FLOYD EDWIN FORKE 8/31/15


Floyd Edwin Forke, age 86, of Warsaw, died Thursday, August 20th, 2015.

Service to be held at Zion Lutheran Church in Lincoln, at 2:00pm on Saturday, September 5th.

In lieu of flowers, Floyd's wish was to help veterans through the Wounded Warriors Project.

Heckart Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include: brother, Walden, of Sioux City, Iowa; children, Jacquelyn (Joe Sr.) Crosier, Jennifer Robinson (Rob), all of Beatrice, Neb., Jaye Petty (Nina), of Columbia; grandchildren, Joe Crosier Jr. (Becky), Adam Robinson, Kaleb Robinson, of Beatrice, Neb., and Erin Petty, of Columbia; great-grandchildren, Jemma Crosier and Ziya Robinson; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Christine Forke, twin brother, Loren; brother, Harold and his wife, Bev; sister-in-law, Sheila Forke; son, Jamie Petty and wife, Dana; granddaughter, Jemma Crosier; and many aunts and uncles.

SHIRLEY ANN WILSON FINLAY 8/31/15


Shirley Ann Wilson Finlay, age 84, of Sedalia, died Monday, August 31st, 2015.

Funeral services will be at 10:30am on Thursday, September 3rd, at Heckart Funeral Home in Sedalia. Burial will be in Highland Sacred Gardens.

The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8:00pm on Wednesday, September 2nd, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions are suggested to Ewing Vocational Center or Crossroads Hospice.

Surviving are six children: Mike Wilson, of California, Terry Bohon (Stan), of Sedalia, Debbie Kettle (Barry), of Columbia, Tina Thomas (Dwayne), of Sedalia, Deanna Carson (Matt), of California, and John Wilson (Missy), of Kansas City; 11 grandchildren: Carmen Kraus, Kristy Kurtz, Chad Wimer, Stacie Walter, Trenton Thomas, Savannah Sommers, KayleyAnna Carson, Carlye Carson, Mattie Carson, Whitney Wilson and Nicolas Wilson; a step-grandson, Jake Kettle; 10 great-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; two brothers: Dean Morton, of Kansas City, and Don Morton, of Sedalia; and two sisters: Nadine Durrill, of Odessa, and Jerry Heap, of Taylor Texas.

She was also preceded in death by a granddaughter, Mandy Thomas; and three brothers, Porter Morton, Wayne Morton and Melvin Morton.

KIMBERLY DIANE LEMLER 8/31/15


Kimberly Diane Lemler, age 48, of Sedalia, died Sunday, August 30th, 2015.

A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society in care of Rea Funeral Chapel in Sedalia.

Besides her husband, Tommy Lemler, she is survived by three children, Zak Williams, of Brazil, Ind., Krysta Starkey and her husband, Zach, of Sedalia, and Nathan Williams and his wife, Sydney, of Clay City, Ind.; two sisters, Karla Watkins and her husband, Richard, of Terre Haute, Ind., Julie Reedy and her husband, Claude, of West Terre Haute, Ind.; a brother, Eric Roberts and his wife, Melanie, of South Port, NC; her step father, John Mundell and his wife, Lorrie of Oak Island, NC.

Besides her parents, Gerald Roberts and Carolyn R. Oxendine, she was preceded in death by a grandson, David Williams.

JOHN RUH 8/31/15


John Ruh, age 60, of Oak Grove, died Sunday, August 30th, 2015.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00am on Friday, September 4th, at Royer Funeral Home in Grain Valley. Burial will be in Slater City Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 10:00am until service on Friday time at the funeral home.

Survivors include his wife, Dee Ruh, of the home; one daughter, Kristin (Timothy) Matisziw, of Chesterfield; two grandchildren: Samuel John and Mia Rose Matisziw; his mother, Evelyn O. Ruh, of Aurora, Colo.; sister, Sharon (Greg) Stumpf, of Castle Rock, Colo.; and niece, Rebecca (Beau) Rook, of Aurora, Colo.

ANN SPENCER 8/31/15


Graveside services for 107-year-old Ann Spencer, of Marshall, who died Monday, August 31st, 2015, will be on Wednesday, September 2nd, at 2:30pm at Slater City cemetery.

Friends may call Wednesday at Weiker Funeral Home in Slater. Memorials are suggested to Big Bend Retreat Nursing Home.

JAMES "JIM" AURTHUR GRAY 8/31/15


James "Jim" Arthur Gray, age 94, of Odessa, died Monday, August 31st, 2015.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00am on Thursday, September 3rd, at Ralph O. Jones Funeral Home in Odessa. Burial will be in the Greenton Cemetery.

There will be no visitation. Memorials are suggested to the Lafayette County Cancer Coalition.

In addition to his wife, Anna, Jim is survived by two children, Emma Lou Specker and husband, Gene, of Odessa, and Tom Gray and wife, Beverly, of Kansas City; five grandchildren, Dean Specker, Dawna Johnson and husband, Eric, Danette Dyer and husband, Roger, Darrick Gray and wife, Wednesday, and Danielle Kemble; 11 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Shirley Begemann, of Odessa, and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Arthur and Lucy (Murry) Gray, Jim was preceded in death by a brother, Thomas Gray and a sister in infancy.

RONALD L. BAKER 8/31/15


Funeral services for Ronald L. Baker, of Independence, who died on Saturday, August 29th, 2015, will be held on Wednesday, September 2nd, at 3:00pm at First United Methodist Church of Odessa. Burial will be at Odessa City Cemetery a later date.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday also at the church from 1:30 until service time. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.

Survivors include his daughters, Julie Ensor and husband, Wade, Blue Springs; Valerie Saye, of Independence; and Melissa Spotts and husband, Mike, of Blue Springs. There are six grandchildren. Also surviving is a sister, Delores Struchtemeyer, and husband, Henry, of Mayview. Ron was preceded in death by his parents, Preston and Laura Holloway Baker, and three brothers, his twin, Donald Baker, Robert Baker, and Dean Baker.

ALEKSANDR A. SMIRNOV 8/31/15


Aleksandr A. Smirnov, age 88, of Versailles, died Sunday, August 30th, 2015.

Funeral services will be held at 12:30pm on Wednesday, September 2nd, at Rea Funeral Chapel in Sedalia.

Burial will be at Crown Hill Cemetery in Sedalia.

ROBERT "BOBBY" BACKS 8/31/15


Memorial services for Robert "Bobby" Backs, of Lexington, who died Saturday, August 29th, will be held at 10:00am on Wednesday, September 2nd, at Lexington United Methodist Church.

Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00pm on Tuesday, September 1st, at the church.

Walker-Nadler-Fuller Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements.

LUCILE BANKS 8/31/15


Lucile Banks, age 85, of Marshall, died Sunday, August 30th, 2015.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30am on Wednesday, September 2nd, at Campbell-Lewis Chapel in Marshall. Burial will be in Sunset Gardens Cemetery in Marshall.

Visitation will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Fitzgibbon-Mary Montgomery Hospice.

In addition to her husband, Dean, she is survived by three children, Roger Banks and wife, Lesa, Michael Banks and wife, Jo, and Brenda Davis and husband, Jimmie, all of Marshall; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Lucile was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph Allen James and Minnie Lee Bell James; three sisters, Zella Stephens, Beulah Smith and Pearl Thayer; and one brother, Harlis James.

TOM TWENTER 8/29/15


Thomas 'Tom' Twenter, age 57, of Pilot Grove, died Friday, August 28th, 2015.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00am on Wednesday, September 2nd, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pilot Grove. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be Tuesday, September 1st, at the church from 5:00-8:00pm, with rosary starting at 5:00pm. In lieu of flowers the family request that memorials be directed to St. Joseph Church or the American Cancer Society.

Tom was preceded in death by his mother, Lillian Twenter. He is survived by his father, Homer Twenter, of Pilot Grove, his wife, Regina Twenter, of the home, his sons, Duston Thomas Twenter, of Syracuse, and Devin Alan Twenter, of Columbia. He also leaves behind a sister, Karen (Dan) Gerke, of Pilot Grove, brothers, Jim (Sarah), of Lee's Summit, Steve (Sandra), Greg (Pam) and Eugene Twenter, all of Pilot Grove. He also leaves behind two God-Children, Katie Twenter, of Overland Park, Kan., and Logan Twenter, of Pilot Grove, along with many nieces and nephews and numerous friends.

MILDRED LAUTENSCHLAGER 8/28/15


Mildred Lautenschlager, age 84, of Carrollton, died Thursday, August 27th, 2015.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00pm on Tuesday, September 1st at Bittiker Funeral Home in Carrollton.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00pm on Monday, August 31st at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Crossroads Hospice.

Surviving are three daughters, Barbara Williams, Wanda Adcock and Janet Endicott.

DONALD CHARLES THOMAS 8/26/15


Donald Charles Thomas, age 70, of Edwards, died Tuesday, August 25th, 2015.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 5:00pm on Saturday, September 5th at the family home in Edwards. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or to the American Cancer Society in care of Rea Funeral Chapel in Sedalia

 

He is survived by three children: David and Bryan Thomas, both of Kansas City, and Tracy Jackson and her fiance, Wayne LaFavor, of Edwards; two stepchildren: David Thayer (Tracy), of Shawnee, Kan.; and Michael Thayer (Dena), of Cape Coral, Florida; six grandchildren, Samuel Corwin, Stacy Wilson, Stephanie Wilson, Christopher Thomas, Brandon Jackson and Mikie Jackson; five great-grandchildren, Logan Wilson, Kylee Corwin, Lillian Swank, Kynlee Corwin, newest member of the family Christopher Kayden; a brother and a sister.

Besides his parents, Lloyd H. Thomas and Mary K. Rawlins, and wife, Sharon K. Fletcher, he was preceded in death by a brother.

LELAND MUELLER 8/26/15


Leland Mueller, age 94, of rural Sweet Springs, died Tuesday, August 25th, 2015.
 
Funeral services will be held at 10:30am on Tuesday, September 1st at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Sweet Springs. Burial with full military rites will be held at Fairview Cemetery in Sweet Springs. 

Visitation will be from 6:00-7:00pm on Monday at the church. Memorials may be made to family choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Sweet Springs.
 
He is survived by many nieces and nephews.
 
In addition to his parents, George F. Mueller and Isabelle Smith Mueller, and wife, Mary Ann Kueker, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Kenneth A. Mueller and Byron Mueller; and four sisters: Lucille Mueller, in infancy, Kathleen Craig, Louise Hardison, and Bernice Bottoms.

JAMES R. 'JIM' JOHNSON 8/25/15


James R. 'Jim' Johnson, age 73, of rural Deepwater and formerly of Marshall, died Saturday, August 22nd, 2015.
 
Memorial graveside services with military rites will be held at 11:00am on Tuesday, September 1st at Ridge Park Cemetery in Marshall.

There will be no visitation. Memorials may be made to Twin Lakes Hospice in care of Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Marshall.
 
In addition to his wife, Sharon, he is survived by one daughter, Christina Lea Stout of Huntsville, MO; stepchildren:  Lance Whelchel of Richmond, MO, Les Whelchel of Longview, TX, Lisa McCoy of Excelsior Springs, MO, Teresa Chamberlain of Higginsville, MO and Jackie Matney of Lebanon, MO; one grandson, Coty Minor; several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; one brother, Carl Johnson of Marshall; and one niece and one nephew.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents, William Cleo Johnson and Katie Myrtle Kiso Johnson, and one brother, Robert Boyd Johnson.

HELEN M. CHALFANT CAIRER 8/24/15


Helen M. Chalfant Cairer, age 88, of Sedalia, died Sunday, August 23rd, 2015.

Memorial service will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday, October 10th, at First United Methodist Church in Sedalia.

Arrangements are under the direction of McLaughlin Funeral Chapel.

ARCH H. HEIM 8/20/15


Arch H. Heim, age 90, of Boonville and recently of Denver, Colorado, died Wednesday, August 12th, 2015. 

Funeral services will be held at the Peninsula Church, near Blackwater, at 1:00pm on Friday, October 9th, with inurnment following in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 12:30pm until service time on October 9th. 

Davis Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

STEVE GATES 8/17/15


Steve Gates, age 69, of Napoleon, died Sunday, August 16th, 2015.

Services will be held at 12:00pm on Friday, August 21st, 2015 at Walker-Nadler-Fuller Funeral Home in Lexington. 

Visitation will be held from 11:00am until service time on Friday at the funeral home.
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