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Obituaries: October 18, 2018

Edith “Edi” Lynn Arnold

Feb. 14, 1961 – Oct. 7, 2018

Edith “Edi” Lynn Arnold, 57, Garden City, died Oct. 7. Memorial services were Oct. 10 at the First Baptist Church, Creighton. Memorial contributions may be made to Rachael House or Door of Hope.

Edi was born Feb. 14, 1961, in Columbus, Ohio, the daughter of Arthur and Rolla (Dille) Sage. She grew up in Adrian and spent her early adult years traveling with her spouse and children in the military.

She became a CNA in the early 1990s where she cared for the elderly in nursing homes. She was known as the singing nurse.

Sept. 21, 2009, Edi married her frog prince and lived in her magical Chesterfield. Edi raised four children, two boys and two girls. Her passion was her grandchildren. She would say grandkids make motherhood worth the trouble. All her kids would say she was their best friend.

She enjoyed painting various objects and writing stories of her beloved Chesterfield and its Troll King.

If you knew Edi, you knew compassion, acceptance, magic and love. She was a beautiful soul who cherished the Lord.

She leaves behind her husband, Chester, of the home; two sons, Bear McCulley, Independence, and Matthew McCulley, Poplar Bluff; three daughters, Maggi LaFollette (Ricky), Garden City, Lani Vaughn (Kevin), Poplar Bluff, and Tammy Fields, Shell City; a brother, Harold Sage, Appleton City; two sisters, Beth Argabright, Archie, and Rachel Gregory, Adrian; 23 grandchildren; and many life-long friends.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville.

 

Hank Barnett

April 3, 1929 – Oct. 8, 2018

Hank Barnett, 89, Garden City, died peacefully surrounded by loving family Oct. 8.

He was preceded in death by his parents; six siblings; and two children, Wendy and Andy.

Surviving are his wife Joann; children, Mike, Pat, Karen (Johnny), David (Chris), Debbie, Paul and John; grandchildren, Misty (John), Jake, Luke (Tiffany), Carly (Dustin), Jack, Kelsee, Sara, Danny (Sam), Ali and Ryan; great-grandchildren Addi, Dray, Dax, Smith, Charlee and Paislee.

Hank was born April 3, 1929, and graduated from Southeast High School, Kansas City, where he met and later married Joann Thomas Dec. 31, 1949. They were married for 68 years.

He was an Army veteran of the Korean War. He worked at KCPL for 38 years, retiring in 1991 as a lead lineman/cable splicer and member of IBEW No. 1464.

In retirement he enjoyed golfing, fishing, playing cards at the Rockin’ C, hosting fish fries and entertaining in his shed. He will always be remembered for his quick wit and sarcastic sense of humor, which he has passed on to his children. To know him was to love him.

The Barnett family would like to thank Dr. Sam Brewster at CRMC and Laci and April from Heartland Hospice for their amazing care and Jerald Dickey for his expertise and generosity. We couldn’t have done it without you. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Ronald McDonald House, 2525 Cherry St., Kansas City, MO 64108, or to the charity of your choice.

A celebration of life visitation was Oct. 11 at the Dickey Funeral Home, Garden City. Internment will be in the Garden City Cemetery.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Dickey Funeral Home, Garden City.

 

Eugene Bob Friend

Nov. 15, 1937 – Oct. 6, 2018

Eugene Bob Friend was born Nov. 15, 1937, in Stroud, Oklahoma, and died Oct. 6 in Harrisonville.

A celebration of life service was Oct. 14 at the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville.

Bob was a United States Air Force veteran who was stationed in Casablanca. He worked as a locksmith in the Kansas City area for more than 40 years.

He leaves his brother and sister-in-law, Ben Friend and Geneva, Harrisonville; his four children: Calvin Friend, Warsaw, Timothy Friend, Rilla, Lorraine Rinaldi and Russell Friend, all of Belton; and his seven grandchildren, Alex, Emma, Jack, Samantha, Parker, Zowie and Halla Grace.

Memorial contributions may be made to Paralyzed Veterans of America.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville.

 

Donna Marie Hill

Feb. 25, 1949 – Oct. 9, 2018

Donna Marie Hill, 69, Peculiar, died Oct. 9 at the Kansas City Hospice House, Kansas City. Memorial services were Oct. 12 at the Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville.

Donna was born Feb. 25, 1949, in Waltham, Massachusetts, the daughter of Antonio and Alice (Chagnon) Rigoli.

She had lived in Belton before moving to Peculiar. Donna worked as a waitress at the “Hollywood Cross” restaurant in Lee’s Summit.

Donna is survived by her husband, Don, Harrisonville; two sons, Richard “Rick” Rigoli, Belton, and David DeGouff, Peculiar; her father, Antonio Rigoli, Peculiar; a brother, Anthony “Tony” Rigoli, Peculiar; and five grandchildren.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville.

 

David Wayne Irvin

June 12, 1967 – Oct. 9, 2018

David Wayne Irvin, 51, Holden, died peacefully at home Oct. 9. A celebration of life will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Oct. 20 at the West Line Community Center, West Line.

David was born June 12, 1967, in Kansas City the son of David Lee and Deloris (Lacy) Irvin.

He was a 1985 graduate of Raymore-Peculiar High School and was a wrestler in the 185-pound class. David married his soul mate, Mischele Adair Roquemore, March 17, 2006, in Harrison, Arkansas. He had lived in Holden for the past 10 years.

David had worked in residential construction before going to work for SIKA Corporation in Grandview as a quality engineer. He was a member of the American Poolplayers Association and competed in three national championships.

He loved going for long rides on his Harley and was an avid outdoorsman and bow hunter. Roaring River was his happy place and he loved teaching others how to catch rainbow trout. One of his proudest moments was the day his granddaughter, Sydney, caught her very first limit by herself.

David is survived by his wife, Mischele, of the home; two sons, Jarred Irvin (Heather), Lee’s Summit, Tyler Irvin (Felicia), Minot, North Dakota; two stepsons, Justin Miller (Afton), Freeman, Kevin Miller, Kansas City; and six grandchildren; his father, David Irvin (Beth), Peculiar; his mother, Deloris Smith (Richard), Plainview, Arkansas; two sisters, Rebecca Smith (Tony), Peculiar, and Laura Irvin, San Diego, California; four stepbrothers and three stepsisters and countless other relatives and friends.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville.

 

Harley Clarence Jackson

Jan. 13, 1921 – Oct. 5, 2018

Harley Clarence Jackson, 97, Harrisonville, died Oct. 5 at his home. Funeral services were Oct. 9 at the Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville, with burial in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler. Memorial contributions may be made to Harrisonville United Methodist Church.

Harley was born Jan. 13, 1921, on a farm near Virginia, the son of Virgil B. and June R. (Shesler) Jackson. He was a 1938 graduate of Adrian High School. After graduation, he worked on the family farm near Ballard before going to work for Safeway in Kansas City in 1941.

Jan. 11, 1942, Harley married Naomi Virginia Maddux in Harrisonville. He was inducted into the World War II Army, serving in Japan. After his discharge, he moved to Kuna, Idaho, where he hauled lumber and was a long-distance truck driver. He also did custom farm work and owned and operated a dairy farm. Harley moved to Harrisonville in 1967 and worked for Allis Chalmers and Lake City in Independence before going to work for Ford Motor Company in Claycomo, retiring in 1986.

He was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows ( IOOF) Lodge in Butler and the UAW. He was a lifetime member of the VFW and was a member of the Harrisonville United Methodist Church.

Harley was preceded in death by his wife, Naomi; his parents; two brothers, Leroy and Franklin; and an infant son, Harley Dale.

He is survived by a son, Harold Jackson, Harrisonville; four daughters, Jane Butler, Boise, Idaho, Teresa Jackson, Belton, Marilyn Schneider, Raymore, and Carol Sackrider, Harrisonville; 13 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville.

 

Penny Kampe

Nov. 13, 1940 – Oct. 6, 2018

Penny Kampe 77, was born Nov. 13, 1940, south of Stover, and died Oct. 6 at her home in rural Cleveland.

She was the daughter of James and Maggie (Cox) Drury. Penny was a long-time resident of rural Cleveland.

Dec. 2, 1955, she was united in marriage with Walter “Pete” Kampe and to this union two sons were born.

Penny retired from Marion Merrell Dow where during her tenure, she developed a lot of friendships that lasted throughout her years of retirement.

Penny liked gardening and working in her flowers beds while spending countless hours mowing. She loved to have family and friends over to enjoy her wonderful gift of cooking and baking.

Penny was preceded in death by her husband, Walter “Pete” Kampe, Sr., after 49 years of marriage; her parents, James and Maggie Drury; two sisters, Mary Barker and Peggy Simmons; and four brothers, Boyd Drury, Charles Drury, Floyd Drury and James Drury, Jr.

Penny is survived by two sons, John Kampe and wife, Rachelle Steele, Independence, and Walter and Karen Kampe, Olathe, Kansas; three grandchildren, John and twins, Chloe and Clarissa; a sister, Linda Hayes; and other relatives and friends.

Cremation has been accorded. No services are scheduled.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Wallace Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

 

Joseph Alfred Leeper

Jan. 13, 1933 – Oct. 10, 2018

Joseph Alfred Leeper, Harrisonville, was born Jan. 13, 1933, and died Oct. 10. Joe was born in Pleasant Gap, Bates County, and was the youngest of three children. His father was Earl Leeper and his mother was Hilda (Kipf) Leeper. His brother, Bill, was the oldest of the three children along with a sister, Cleta. Joe died at home with his loving wife, Linda, by his side.

Joe spent most of his life in and around Harrisonville. He graduated from Harrisonville High School in 1951 and worked at a local implement supply store and other jobs before joining the Army March 11, 1953. Joe spent one year, six months and 29 days in the Army. He was a motor mechanic and was stationed in Germany during the Korean War for most of that time.

He worked odd jobs in the area and farmed for relatives as often as he could. He went to work for the General Motors Corporation in 1966 and retired May 1, 1988. During his years at GM, he was an avid “laker” on the weekends. Always excited to hook up his boat and head to Pomme de Terre for a fun-filled weekend of boating, skiing and fishing.

He also enjoyed working on old cars and has owned many in his lifetime. Besides farming, Joe had several pastimes he enjoyed that always involved being outdoors. He loved to cut firewood, go fishing and morel hunting along with going to garage sales, auctions, swap meets and collecting bicycles.

Joe remained a bachelor until he was 59. After years of pursuit, he convinced Linda Carroll to marry him. Like a couple of teenagers they ran off to Oklahoma and were married Aug. 28, 1992. Joe married into an instant family as Linda had five grown children and several grandchildren at the time. This was overwhelming for Joe at first, but he gradually became a loving, integral member of this family.

He was preceded in death by his father, Earl E. Leeper; his mother, Hilda Leeper; a brother, Bill Leeper; and sister, Cleta Manson; along with numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Joe is survived by his wife, Linda Leeper; nephews, Mike Manson and family, Tim Manson and family, Dwight Manson and family and Robert Leeper and family. A niece, Cindy Leeper, along with many great nieces and nephews. Joe is also survived by Linda’s five children, Diane Smith, Jim Huey and wife, Karen, Donna Burns and John Downs, Jeff Huey, Deena Ivers and husband, Randy, along with 11 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Heartland Cremation and Burial Society, Raytown.

 

Garey Michael Martin

Sept. 14, 2018

Garey Michael Martin, 38, Harrisonville, died Sept. 14 in Harrisonville. Cremation. No services are scheduled.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville.

 

Charles Edward Walters

Oct. 14, 1968 – Oct. 5, 2018

Charles “Chuck” Edward Walters, 49, Raymore, died as a result of a UTV accident Oct. 5 in Waynoka, Oklahoma. Funeral services were Oct. 11 at the Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville.

Chuck was born Oct. 14, 1968, in Albany the son of Keith and Velma (Kesterson) Walters. He grew up in Blockton, Iowa, and was a 1987 graduate of Bedford High School.

Chuck was also a U.S. Air Force veteran. He moved to the Kansas City area in 1999 and moved to Raymore in 2006.

Nov. 11, 2004, he was united in marriage to Donna Anderson in Harrisonville.

Chuck was an electrician by trade and was a member of IBEW 347 in Des Moines, Iowa. After moving to Kansas City, he worked for Mark One Electric Company in Kansas City and Faith Technologies in Lenexa, Kansas.

Chuck had a zest for life, which included many things. In addition to his love of family and friends, was his love of fishing and barbecuing.

Chuck is survived by his wife, Donna, of the home; a son, Hunter Walters, Missouri; his parents, Keith and Velma Walters, Blockton; two brothers, Bill Walters (Cami), Mount Ayr, Iowa, and David Walters (Tana), Grant City; three nephews, Wayne Walters (Monica), Ben Walters (Breann) and Jordon Walters; and many other family and friends.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville.