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Obituaries

BETTY MILLER 4/27/15


Betty Rue Miller, age 91, of North Kansas City and formerly of Carrollton, died Thursday, April 23rd, 2015.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00pm on Thursday, April 30th, at First Christian Church in Carrollton.

The family suggests memorials to Shriner's Hospital for Crippled Children.

Bittiker Funeral Home in Carrollton is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include: two daughters, Mary Alice McDonald, of Las Vegas, and Rue Ann Miller, of the Kansas City area.

RICK MAGEE 4/27/15


Rick MaGee, age 66, of Shelbyville, Texas, formerly of Carrollton, died Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015.

Graveside services will be held at 4:00pm on Friday, May 1st, at Oak Hill Cemetery in Carrollton.

The family suggests memorials to the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements are under the direction of Bittiker Funeral Home.

Survivors include: two daughters, Morgan MaGee and Collin Bush, of Canton, Texas; one son, Isaac MaGee, of Alpharetta, Geo.; one sister, Ellen Dominique, of Columbia.

IVAN LEE JOHNSON 4/27/15


Ivan Lee Johnson, age 82, of Norborne, died Saturday, April 25th, 2015.

Graveside services will be held at 2:30pm on Wednesday, April 29th, at Elizabeth Cemetery in Hale.

Visitation will be from 1:00 to 2:00pm on Wednesday at Foster Funeral Chapel in Norborne. Memorials are suggested to American Legion Auxiliary Post 551, Shirkey Hospice or Elizabeth Cemetery.

RALPH HUFF 4/27/15


Ralph L. Huff, age 81, of Overland Park, Kan., formerly of Sedalia, died Monday, April 27th, 2015.

Graveside services will be at 11:00am on Thursday, April 30th, at Memorial Park Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 7:30pm on Wednesday at McLaughlin Funeral Chapel. Memorial donations are suggested to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in care of McLaughlin Funeral Chapel.

Surviving are two sons, Jim Huff and wife, Brenda, of O’Fallon, and Bill Huff and wife, Jan, of Shawnee, Kan.; one daughter, Katie Lewark and husband, Brock, of Overland Park, Kan.; and three grandchildren, Ryan Huff, Ben Huff and Grace Lewark. He was preceded in death by his wife, Grace V. Alsup, and two brothers.

JAY APPLETON 4/27/15


Jay Myron Appleton, age 85, of Sedalia, died Sunday, April 26th, 2015.

Arrangements are pending at Heckart Funeral Home.

DANIEL INGRAM 4/27/15


Daniel K. Ingram, age 71, of Lexington, died Saturday, April 25th, 2015. 

Memorial services are at 5:00pm on Friday, May 1st, at Messenger Chapel in Richmond. 

Arrangements: Walker-Nadler-Fuller Funeral Home in Lexington.

CHRIS LITWILLER 4/27/15


Chris Litwiller, age 83, of Boonville, died Monday, April 27th, 2015.

Funeral services will be held at the Funeral Home at 10:00am on Wednesday, April 29th. Burial will follow in Walnut Grove Cemetery.

Visitation will be held at Davis Funeral Chapel on Tuesday, April 28th, from 6:00 until 8:00pm. In lieu of flowers the family respectfully request the memorials be directed to Nelson Memorial Methodist Church or the Thespian Hall Restoration Fund.

Chris was preceded in death by his parents (John W. and Anna Kauffmann Litwiller) and three brothers, Lorin, Clarence and Ben Litwiller. He is survived by Virginia, his wife, of 60 years, his children: Steve (Debbie) and Gary (Christine) Litwiller, of Boonville, and Jeff (Elaine) Litwiller, of Douglas, Wyo.; three grandsons: Andy, of Caracas, Venezuela, Mark (Lauren) Litwiller, of Hallsville, and Joseph (Colleen) Litwiller, of Boonville; and by his granddaughter, Hannah Litwiller, of Boonville, as well as one great-grandson, Oscar Litwiller of Hallsville, and one great-grandson that will join the family in July; three brothers: Herb (Liz), Jim (Sandy) and Willard (Lynn) Litwiller and sisters, Lavetta Litwiller, Mary (Marlowe) Clauser and Faye (Virgil) Rosendale also survive.

DAVID DAWSON 4/27/15


David Eugene Dawson, age 55, of Sedalia, died Friday, April 24th, 2015.

Memorial services will be at 2:00pm on Saturday, May 2nd, at Heckart Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 1:00pm until service time Saturday at the funeral home.

Surviving are his mother, Betty Dawson, of the home; a brother, Ron Dawson, of Florence; a sister, Jeannie Edwards, of Sedalia; two nephews, Tanner Edwards and J.R. Hicks; and two nieces, Sheena Rauhoff and Shelley Hicks. He was preceded in death by his father, Marvin Dawson; and a sister, Patsy Hicks.

JOHN NEIDHOLDT 4/27/15


John Neidholdt, age 62, a former Brunswick resident, died Sunday, April 26th, 2015.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00pm on Wednesday, April 29th, at Breshears Memorial Chapel in Brunswick. Burial will be in Elliott Grove Cemetery in Brunswick.

Visitation will be from 1:00 to 2:00pm on Wednesday at the memorial chapel.

ALLEN "GUS" PLEDGE, JR. 4/27/15


Allen Hall "Gus" Pledge Jr., age 90, of Sedalia, died Saturday, April 25th, 2015.

Funeral services will be at 11:00am on Wednesday, April 29th, at Heckart Funeral Home. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Military honors will be conducted by the U.S. Army and VFW Post 2591.

The family will receive friends from 10:00am until service time on Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions are suggested to Epworth United Methodist Church or the new Sedalia Animal Shelter.

In addition to his wife of 64 years, Marjorie Mae Kahrs, survivors include a son, Bob Pledge (Martha), of Overland Park, Kan.; a daughter, Dr. Deanna S. Pledge, of Columbia; five grandchildren, Megan Neihouse (Aaron), Molly Flores (Lorenzo), Andy Pledge (Hye Jung), Tom Pledge and Kate Ross (Matt); and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Allen Hall Pledge Sr. and Ollie Marie Hall Pledge.

WANDA SATTERWHITE 4/26/15


Wanda J. Satterwhite, age 81, of Warrensburg, died Saturday, April 25th, 2015.

No services are planned. Arrangements are under the direction of Heckart Funeral Home in Sedalia.

DONALD KENTCH 4/25/15


Donald Lynn Kentch, age 80, of Sedalia, died Friday, April 24th, 2015.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00am on Wednesday, April 29th 2015 at Rea Funeral Chapel in Sedalia. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the chapel.

ROBERT BLAKEMEN 4/24/15


Robert Wayne Blakeman, age 65, of Richmond, died Thursday, April 23rd, 2015.

Graveside services will be held at 11:30am on Wednesday, April 29th, at Crowley Cemetery near Rayville.

The family suggestes memorial contributions be made to the Show-Me Christian Youth Home.

Thurman Funeral Home in Richmond is in charge of arrangements.

KELLY DeBATES 4/24/15


Kelly Louise DeBates, age 45, of Sedalia, died Thursday, April 23rd, 2015.

A memorial service will be held at 6:00pm on Tuesday, April 28th, at Rea Funeral Chapel in Sedalia.

The family will receive friends at the chapel from 4:30pm until service time. Memorials are suggested to the family in care of the funeral home.

Besides her mother, she is survived by two children, Kayla D. Bain and Corey E. DeBates, both of Sedalia; a sister, Diane Hammond (Terry) of Warsaw; three brothers, Henry "Sonny" DeBates, Jr. (Cynthia) of Sedalia, Raymond DeBates of Sedalia and David DeBates (Paula) of Columbia; two grandchildren, Serenity E. DeBates and Jonah K. DeBates.

THOMAS FRANKLIN 4/24/15


Thomas Edward Franklin, age 90, of Saratoga, California, died Saturday, April 18th, 2015. 

Funeral mass will be held at 10:00am on Saturday, May 2nd, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sedalia.  Burial will be in Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Cole Camp, with military honors by the American Legion Post No. 305, of Cole Camp.

He is survived by Dorothy, his wife of 62 years, son, David Franklin, of Cole Camp, daughter, Margaret Franklin, of Saratoga, Calif., his sister, Virginia Shrader, a brother-in-law, James Monahan and Bonnie, of Cole Camp, a sister-in-law, Mary Ann Theroff and Ivan of McClough, Kan., and several nieces and nephews.
 
He was preceded in death by sister, Leona Hon, and brother, Charles H. Franklin Jr.

MINNIE FLEMING 4/23/15


Minnie Louise Fleming, age 86, of Columbia, died Wednesday April 22nd, 2015..

A funeral service will be held at 1:30pm on Tuesday, April 28th, at Rea Funeral Chapel.

The family will receive friends from 12:00pm until service time at the chapel.

She is survived by four children, Rhonda Church and her husband, Larry, of Sedalia, Rodney Fleming and his wife, Carlene, of Lee’s Summit, Diana McCorkle and her husband, Gaylon, of Sedalia, and Debbie Kratzer and her companion, Jim Pitucha, of Ashland; 12 grandchildren; and 27 great grandchildren. Besides her parents (Robert and Stella (Campbell) Gregory) and husband (Albert E. Fleming), she was preceded in death by a sister, Verna Lemmon; and a grandson, Billy Wayne Church.

CHARLOTTE ELDENBURG 4/23/15


Charlotte M. Eldenburg, age 80, of Sedalia, died Monday, April 20th, 2015.

Funeral service will be at 2:00pm, Saturday, May 2nd, at the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Burial will follow in Highland Sacred Gardens.

Visitation will be 6:00-7:30pm, Friday, May 1st, at McLaughlin Funeral Chapel. Memorial contributions are suggested to The Trail's End Project in care of the funeral chapel.

JAMES GERTZ 4/22/15


James Edwin Gertz, age 88, of Warrensburg, formerly of Sedalia and Cole Camp, died Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015.

A Celebration of Life and military honors will be at 6:00pm on Tuesday, April 28th, at Heckart Funeral Home in Sedalia. Burial will be at a later date in Highland Sacred Gardens.

The family will receive friends from 4:30pm until service time on Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the Missouri Veterans Home in Warrensburg, Unit D, or Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Warrensburg.

In addition to his wife of 66 years, Wilma Lutz, he is survived by three daughters, Virginia “Ginger” Doerflinger (Elray), of Warrensburg, Dorothy Doerflinger (Oliver), of Centerview, and Melody Fleeman (Jay Massey), of Holden; six grandchildren, Michelle (Lance) Thomas, of St Louis, MO, Bryan (Carolyn) Doerflinger, of Buckner, MO,  Jennifer (Brandon) English, of Warrensburg, Rachel (Rodger) Zinn, of Centerview, Drs. Melanie (Charley) Glenn, of Mission, KS, and Stephanie (Brent) Shanks, of Centerview; 14 great-grandchildren; one sister, Dorothy Askren (Jim), of Springfield; and a sister-in-law, Marilyn Gertz, of Sedalia.

In addition to his parents, Ferdinand and Dora Zimmerschied Gertz, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Carl Gertz and Stanley Gertz.

DONALD WEBER 4/20/15


Donald Dean Weber, age 86, of Louisville, Kent., a former resident of Higginsville, died Monday, March 2nd, 2015.

A celebration of Don’s life will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Higginsville on Friday, May 1st, with the recitation of the Holy Rosary at 9:30am, visitation at 10:00am and Mass at 11:00am. Burial will follow at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville.
 
Memorials are suggested to St. Mary’s Catholic Church or Catholic Charities.

Don is survived by his: wife of 60 years: Mary; Son: David (Deborah), of Danville, Calif.;
Two Daughters: Estelle O’Dowd (Tony), of Louisville, Elizabeth Chastain (Lance), of Wichita, Kan.; 10 grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren.

DON BERE 4/20/15


Don T. Bere, age 66, of Higginsville, died Thursday, April 16th, 2015.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday, May 2nd, at 2:00pm at 701 W. 25th Terrace in Higginsville.
 
Memorials are suggested to family choice. 

He is survived by: Wife, Joan Bere; Daughters: Brandy Roy, of Springfield, Rebecca Sinclair; Step-Son: Steve Markley, of Marshall; Step-Daughters: Becky Markley, of Lexington, Jacque Wiskur, of Holden; Brothers: John Bere, of Dallas, Jim Bere, of Jonesboro, Ark., Kenneth Bere; Sister, Nancy Bere, of Jonesboro, Ark.; three  Grandchildren; two  Step-Grandchildren; two  Step-Great Grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents (Ralph and Ruth (Macfalan) Bere) and a step-daughter, Angie Markley.

CARL VANNOY 4/6/14


Carl Eugene Vannoy, age 83, of Concordia, formerly of Sedalia, died Sunday, April 5th, 2015.

A Celebration of Life and Gathering of Friends and Family will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday, May 16th, at Parkview Christian Church in Sedalia. Burial of the ashes will follow at Green Ridge Cemetery.

The family will receive friends beginning at 1:00pm until service time at the church. Memorials are suggested to Crossroads Hospice, Show Me Christian Youth Home or St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital in care of Rea Funeral Chapel in Sedalia.

Besides his wife, Adaline M. (Gamber) Carver, he is survived by one son, Michael Vannoy (Jeannine) of Columbia; one step-son, Daniel Carver (Heidi) of Colorado; two step-daughters, Leslie Gail, of the Lake area and Cynthia Limback (Mark) of Concordia; two sister-in-laws, Laura Moon (David) of Hughesville and Sue Roxstrom (Jim) of Maple Valley, WA; one brother-in-law, David Gamber (Joyce) of Gunnison, CO; 10 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; 4 great great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, James and Docie (Bray) Vannoy, he was preceded in death by one son, Donald Vannoy; four brothers, Paul, Everett, John and Mack Vannoy; and one granddaughter, Amanda Vannoy.
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