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Obituaries

RUTH ANN HEIM 9/26/16


Ruth Ann Heim, age 66, of Overland Park, Kansas, and formerly of rural Sweet Springs, died Saturday, September 24, 2016.
 
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, September 29, at Campbell-Lewis Chapel in Sweet Springs. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Olathe Hospice House or the Great Plains SPCA Animal Shelter.
 
She is survived by four nephews: Stephen Heim of Riverside, MO, Jeff Fuehring of Sweet Springs, Kevin Fuehring of Concordia, MO, and Bobby Fuehring of Sweet Springs; one niece, Sherry Hall of Sweet Springs; as well as their families; and an “adopted” sister, Denise Miller of Gardner, KS.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, William Julian Heim and Lydia Frances Wilcoxon Heim, and her only brother, J. Daniel Heim.

DONALD RAY SMITH 9/26/16


Donald Ray 'Donnie' Smith, age 64, of Waverly, died Sunday, September 25, 2016.
 
Memorial services will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 28, at Campbell-Lewis Chapel in Marshall.

Visitation will follow the memorial service until 8 p.m. Memorials may be made to the Saline Animal League or Knoxville Raceway Charitable Organization.
 
In addition to his wife, Nancy, and mother, 
Ethol McKee Smith Dysart, he is survived by two sons, Richard Wade (Rick) Smith and wife Deb of Richmond, MO, and Casey K. Smith of Waverly; four sisters: Sue Fowler and husband Sam, Peggy Scudder and husband Chuck and Mick Uhrig and husband Jack all of Marshall and Christie Warren of Eldon, MO; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father,
Emmett Smith.

ALFREDO "FRED" LARA 9/26/16


Alfredo “Fred” Lara, age 55, of Sedalia, died Thursday, September 22, 2016.

Memorial services will be at 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 2, at Heckart Funeral Home in Sedalia.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. until service time on Sunday at the funeral home.

SHIRLEY MARGARET JOHNSON 9/26/16


Shirley Margaret Johnson, age 70, of Pilot Grove, died Monday, September 26, 2016.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10 a.m. on Thursday, September 29, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pilot Grove with burial following in the St. Joseph Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday at the church, with Rosary beginning at 5 p.m.
 
She is survived by her husband George Johnson of the home; sons Randy Johnson and his wife Lashauna of Tipton and Gregory Johnson and his wife Jessica of Boonville; grandchildren Alonza, George, Elizabeth, Gavin, Dalton, Addison and Ava Johnson; brother Virgil Kraus and his wife Judy of Boonville; sisters Janet Lutz and her husband Mitchell of Tipton and Mary Lou Grose and her husband Jim of Sedalia; nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, Anton and Mildred Kraus; grandson Hunter Johnson; and brother David Kraus.

RONALD WILLIAM GROSS 9/26/16


Ronald William Gross, age 60, of Plattsburg, died Sunday, September 18, 2016.

Memorial graveside services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 5, at Leavenworth National Cemetery in Leavenworth, Kansas.

Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association. Arrangements are under the direction of Thurman Funeral Home in Richmond.

FRANCES LAVONE AVERY 9/26/16


Frances Lavone Avery, age 92, of Carrollton, died Friday, September 23, 2016.

The body will lie in state from 12 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, September 27, at Bittiker Funeral Home in Carrollton.

The family suggests memorials to the Carrollton Methodist Church or Avalon Cemetery.

Survivors include: son, Lloyd Avery, of Brewster, Mass.; daughters, Karen Miller (Clay), of Fairway, Kan., and Arrow Rock, and Arlene Avery, of Carrollton and Olathe, Kan.; grandchildren, Mark Avery (Elizabeth, Greta Avery, Carie Hagedorn (T.J.) Wright; great grandchildren, Charles Lloyd Avery, Samuel Avery Wright and Jacob Henry Wright; sister, Marjorie Fontaine (Silver) Forbes, of Blue Springs; two sisters-in-law; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

DONALD RAY SMITH 9/26/16


Donald Ray Smith, age 64, of Waverly, died Sunday, September 25.

Arrangements are pending at Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Marshall.

KENNETH D. CRAVENS 9/25/16


Kenneth D. Cravens, age 72, of Lenexa, Kan., and formerly of Bosworth, died Monday, August 22, 2016.

Graveside memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 8, at Evergreen Cemetery in De Witt.

Memorials are suggested to Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Eucharist.

Arrangements are under the direction of Bittiker Funeral Home in Carrollton.

Survivors include: wife, Leslie Cravens, of Lenexa; sons, Michael Cravens, of Kansas, and Mark Cravens, of Florida; daughter, Rachel Dean and husband, David, of Kansas; sister, Judith Odom, of Missouri; grandchildren, Cullen, Christina, Christopher, Jade, Ari, Eleanor and Oliver.

WILBERT E. DITTMER 9/24/16


Wilbert E. Dittmer, age 90, of Marshall, died Saturday, September 24, 2016.
 
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, September 27, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Marshall. Burial with military rites will be held in Sunset Gardens Cemetery in Marshall.

Visitation will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Tuesday at the church. Memorials may be made to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church or The Lutheran Hour Ministries in care of Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Marshall.
 
Survivors include his wife, Ramona Knaup Dittmer; three sons, Larry Dittmer and wife Beverly of Moberly, MO, Robert Dittmer and wife Susan of Marshall and Kenneth Dittmer of Mt. Vernon, MO; two daughters: Lois Kollmeyer of Jefferson City, MO and Carol Affholder of Overland Park, KS; two stepdaughters, Connie Tichenor and companion Marc Weinberg of Lake St. Louis, MO and Ginger McGraw and husband John of Marshall; 10 grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; three siblings: Helen Jones of Rogers, AR, Norman Dittmer of Haines City, FL and Jean Mills of Independence, MO; and several nieces and nephews.
 
In addition to his parents, Emil Dittmer and Frieda Meyer Dittmer, and first wife, Irene Bredehoeft, he was preceded in death by one son, David Dittmer, who died in Vietnam; one sister, Mildred Eckhoff; and one brother, Leland Dittmer.

SAMUEL E. BOYLE 9/24/16


Samuel E. Boyle, age 87, of Sedalia, died Friday, September 23, 2016.

Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery in Sedalia, under the direction of Heckart Funeral Home in Sedalia.

Memorials are suggested to Sedalia Animal Shelter or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

He is survived by several cousins and their respective families across the country, along with Nina and Doug Freed and Janet Green and her family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel E. and Fay Wilks Boyle.

YVONNE JEANNETTE JAEGER WERNER 9/23/16


Yvonne Jeannette Jaeger Werner, age 93, of Sedalia, died Friday, September 23, 2016.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, September 27, at Our Savior Lutheran Church. Burial will be in Highland Sacred Gardens.

The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until service time Tuesday at the church. Memorials are suggested to Our Savior Lutheran Church or the Sedalia School District Foundation.

Arrangements are under the direction of Heckart Funeral Home in Sedalia.

Surviving are a daughter, Becky Wimann (Jeff), of Sedalia; two sons-in-law, John Johnson, of Greeley, CO, and Gary Spragg, of Rogersville, MO; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

In addition to her parents Martin J. and Lettie Peterson Helvig, and husbands Gerhardt Carl Jaeger & Robert Albert Werner, she was preceded in death by two daughters, Vicki Spragg and Gayleen Johnson; two brothers and two sisters.

DELORAS L. HOOK 9/23/16


Deloras L. Hook, age 88, of Higginsville, died Wednesday, September 21, 2016.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, September 27, at Salem United Church of Christ in Higginsville. Burial will be in Salem Cemetery.

Visitation will take place on Monday, September 26, from 6 -7:30 p.m. at Hoefer Funeral Home in Higginsville. Memorials are suggested to the Salem U.C.C. Memorial Fund or the Youth on Mission Fund.

She is survived by her husband, C.W. Hook of Higginsville; a son, Mark Hook of Higginsville; a daughter, Kristine Gray of Pleasant Hill; two grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

MARSHA ANN McNEAL 9/22/16


Marsha Ann McNeal, age 58, of Sedalia, died Wednesday, September 21, 2016.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 2, at Life Pointe Church in Sedalia.

Memorials may be made to the family in care of Rea Funeral Chapel in Sedalia.

Survivors include her daughter Crystal Davis, her grandchildren Tyler, Zachary and Savannah, the grandchildren's father, Isaac Strong, her sisters Sandra Carnes, Beatrice Berrey and Carol Cooper.

Besides her parents, Leonard and Thelma Hostetter Davis, she is preceded in death by her sister Floydette Kenney.
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