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Obituaries: Nov. 1, 2018

Robert “Bob” Hartzler

May 20, 1941  Oct. 19, 2018

Robert “Bob” Hartzler, Garden City,  was born May 20, 1944, in Harrisonville and he joined the family of Rolla and Lela Hartzler. He died Oct. 19 at St. Luke’s East, Lee’s Summit.

He grew up on a farm outside of Garden City where he spent his entire life.

Robert was married to Joan Leabo, and they were blessed with three daughters. After Joan died June 9, 1979, he later married Judy Douglas Knisley who died Dec. 15, 2017.

Robert was a farmer all his life. He also drove a semi for a short time. He worked at Neco Seeds for many years where he did many different jobs.

He loved to read, tell a good story with friends, being on a tractor driving around on the farm and his dogs.

He was preceded in death by his father, Rolla; his mother, Lela; his first wife, Joan; his second wife, Judy; and a grandson, Brandon.

Robert is survived by his brother, Steve Hartzler, Tulsa, Oklahoma; his three daughters, Cristi Hartzler, Aurora, Colorado, Debbie (and Larry) Atkinson, Garden City and Bobbie Ulibarri, Denver, Colorado; his grandchildren, Ashley Atkinson, Garden City, Collin (and Caitlin) Atkinson, Urich and Dusty Ulibarri, Denver, Colorado; and two great-granddaughters, Caillin and Chelsey Atkinson, both of Urich.

Graveside services were Oct. 27 at the Clearfork Cemetery, near Garden City.

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


Arden Ralph Hodges

Dec. 19, 1930 – Oct. 21, 2018

Arden Ralph Hodges, 87, Lee’s Summit, died Oct. 21 at Wilshire at Lakewood, Lee’s Summit. Funeral services were Oct. 26 at the Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville, with burial in Crescent Hill Cemetery, Adrian.

Arden was born Dec. 19, 1930, in Archie, the son of Ralph Gross and Folste Marie (Bopp) Hodges. After graduating from Archie High School in 1948, he worked for the Missouri State Highway Department in Archie, then Richards Conover Hardware and General Mills in Kansas City.

After the Korean War began, he and fellow classmate, Wendell Hembree, joined the Missouri National Guard. Soon after, they were both called to active duty in the Army.

After basic training at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas, he went to Jeep and Half-Track Vehicle Technical School at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He then spent the rest of his two years of active duty in Germany.

After service, he began working as an auto mechanic in Independence and later joined the U.S. Post Office as a letter carrier in Independence.

Arden married Mary E. Morgan Jan. 12, 1967, at the Archie Methodist Church.

They later moved from Independence to Carrollton, Texas, where they lived until Arden retired from the U.S. Post Office in December 1991.

They returned to the Lee’s Summit area and lived at Raintree Lake until entering a senior living facility in Raymore.

After Mary passed away in June 2014, Arden lived in various senior facilities in the Lee’s Summit area.

Arden was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Reta Marie Lutes; and his wife, Mary, June 3, 2014. He is survived by a brother, Hilton Hodges, Lee’s Summit.

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


Dick Mansfield

July 14, 1941 – Oct. 15, 2018

Dick Mansfield, 77, Kansas City, died Oct. 15.

He was born July 14, 1941, the son of Richard and Virginia Allene (Rogers) Mansfield, who along with daughter, Jennifer Combs, and granddaughter, Tara Gilmore, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley Gene (Jeannie), of the home; a daughter, Sherry Hahn (Lee), Claycomo; a son, Michael Mansfield (Leah), Independence; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; his sisters, Toni Wiseman (Loyd), Harrisonville, Barbara Zibung, Grandview; a brother, Robert Mansfield, San Francisco, California; and many other family and friends.

Per Dick’s request, there will be no services.


George Calvin Miller

July 8, 1924 – Oct. 25, 2018

George Calvin Miller, 94, died Oct. 25 at the Missouri Veteran’s Home-Warrensburg. George was born near Garden City July 8, 1924, to John V. Miller and Letha Mae (Helmuth) Miller. He graduated high school from Garden City. George enlisted in the Air Force and trained as a machine gun turret operator on a B-29 Superfortress during World War II. George was a farmer all his life, raising corn, beans, cattle, hogs and three children. George and his wife were members of Creighton Christian Church, Creighton.

George was united in marriage to JoAnne (Douglas) Miller Oct. 15, 1954, who preceded him in death.

George was also preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Helen Horney, Morris G. Miller and Beulah Fay Clark; and many close relatives and friends.

He is survived by two daughters, Linda Dickey, Jefferson City, and Vickie Hoshor (husband, Danny) Lee’s Summit,  and one son, Ronnie Miller, of the farm near Garden City; four grandchildren, Scott Dickey, Susie Szumigala, Mike Armstrong and Cory Hoshor; nine great-grandchildren, Rachel Leon, Megan Dickey, Jill Stuefer, J.C., Jennifer, Jeffrey and Jaymee Szumigala, Luke and Lily Armstrong and Vada Hoshor; two great-great-grandchildren, Jackson and Olivia Leon; other relatives, and many friends.

George was a wonderful, quiet, humorous man who was loved and respected by those who knew him. He enjoyed sports, primarily baseball. He played baseball as a young man, coached his son’s little league teams and was the croquet champion of the family. He served on the school board at East Lynne Elementary during his kid’s school years.

Visitation will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Dickey Funeral Home, Garden City.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Nov. 3 Dickey Funeral Home, Garden City, with burial in Clearfork Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be given to the Veteran’s Assistance League, c/o Missouri Veteran’s Home-Warrensburg, 1300 Veterans Rd., Warrensburg, MO 64093.


Cloyd Merlin Musick

Aug. 20, 1928 – Oct. 24, 2018

Cloyd Merlin Musick, Drexel, was born Aug. 20, 1928, in Lisle, the son of Cloyd Olen and Gladys Lorene (Noland) Musick. He died Oct. 24 at Golden Years Care Services, Harrisonville, at the age of 90 years, 2 months and 4 days.

On May 5, 1976, Merlin was united in marriage to Margaret Ruth (Bennett) Montgomery in Freeman.

Merlin was a farmer and stockman and also was employed as a store keeper for Allied-Signal, Kansas City until his retirement Dec. 31, 1990. He was an Air Force veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of West Line Christian Church; Bayard Chapter No. 179, Order of the Eastern Star, Harrisonville; VFW Post 4347, Drexel; American Legion Post 250, Louisburg, Kansas; and the International Association of Machinists No. 314, Kansas City. Merlin was a lifelong area resident. He never knew a stranger and was a great uncle to all of his nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, Merlin was preceded in death by his brother, Marvin.

He is survived by his brother, Myron E. Musick and wife, Louise, Drexel; his sister-in-law, Sue Musick, Harrisonville; other relatives and a host of friends.

Masonic services were Oct. 27 at Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, followed by a funeral service. Burial was in the Glenwild Cemetery, Cleveland.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the West Line Christian Church Memorial Fund.


Marian Yvonne Reitz

Aug. 2, 1929 – Oct. 20, 2018

Marian Yvonne Reitz, Garden City, was born Aug. 2, 1929, in Lockesburg, Arkansas, the daughter of Lester Lyle and Robbie Edwyn (Arnold) Luscher.

She died Oct. 20 at the Adrian Manor Nursing Home, Adrian, at the age of 89 years, 2 months and 18 days.

Yvonne came to Missouri when she was 3 years old with her parents from Lockesburg to West Line by covered wagon.

On Oct. 1, 1949, Yvonne was united in marriage to Jack Eli Reitz in Garden City.

Yvonne was a homemaker and mother. She was a member of the Dayton Community Church near Garden City.

Yvonne enjoyed her garden and flowers, her family and church family, her dog, Pixie, and the time she spent with all her “Lunch Bunch” friends.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Reitz, Dec. 21, 2003; her son, Henry Noble “Jeff” Reitz April 17, 2018; her sister, Bobbie Tschudi; her step-father, John B. Wise; and two step-brothers, Donald and Bill Wise.

Yvonne is survived by her son, William Lester “Mutt” Reitz and wife, Pam, Adrian; a daughter, Helen “Sis” Woodring and husband, Steve, Garden City; nine grandchildren, Paul Reitz and wife, Jaime, Rob Reitz, Jesse Reitz, Jeremy Thornton and wife, Sarah, Dan Woodring and wife, Abby, Danelle Bailey, Stephanie Hinkle and husband, Jason, Ashley Lambeth and husband, Matt, and Cassidy Block and husband, Bryan; 24 great-grandchildren; and other relatives and many friends.

Funeral services were Oct. 25 at Dickey Funeral Home, Garden City, with burial in the Dayton Cemetery near Garden City.

The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Dayton Community Church Memorial Fund.


Richard “Dick” M. Ritchie

Oct. 27, 1938 – July 31, 2018

Dick Ritchie, 79, Spring Hill, Florida, died July 31 at his home in Spring Hill. Dick was born Oct. 27, 1938, in Harrisonville, the son of Clark and Jewell Kathryn (McCaslin) Ritchie.

He lived in Harrisonville growing up and was a 1956 graduate of Harrisonville High School. He had his doctorate in education and was a school administrator in Missouri before his retirement.

Inurnment services were Oct. 22 at Orient Cemetery, Harrisonville.

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


Sarah Rose Spitler

April 7, 1939 – Oct. 18, 2018

Sarah Rose Spitler, 78, Pleasant Hill, died Oct. 18 at John Knox Care Center Hospice House in Lee’s Summit. Graveside inurnment was Oct. 23 in Orient Cemetery, Harrisonville.

Sarah was born Nov. 7, 1939, in Little Blue, the daughter of Samuel C.W. and Wada (Graves) Cornelius. She was a lifelong area resident. Sarah married Daniel Ray Spitler Aug. 31, 1955, in Harrisonville. They were married for 30 years before Daniel’s death in 1986.

In 1960, Daniel and Sarah purchased a 90-acre farm outside of East Lynne and in 1978 they purchased another 120 acres outside of Strasburg. They set up residence on the farm in Strasburg in 1972. Sarah worked on the farms and raised their three sons, Robert, Donald and Kenneth.

She was of the Methodist faith.

Sarah was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Daniel, March 24, 1986.

She is survived by three sons, Robert Spitler, Donald Spitler and Kenneth Spitler, all of Pleasant Hill; a sister, Helen Gilmore, Harrisonville; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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