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Obituaries: May 16, 2019

Hazel Deane Eckert

Sept. 15, 1922 – May 9, 2019

Hazel Deane Eckert was born Sept. 15, 1922, the youngest daughter of Alfred Bell and Elsie May (Rhodes) Bell in Archie. She died May 9.

Hazel married Frank Eckert in 1960. To this union, five children were born and two more were added later. They had been happily married for 40 years when Frank died.

Hazel worked in various food service positions before becoming cafeteria manager for the Butler School District. She volunteered for many years as a Girl Scout leader and spent endless hours facilitating meetings, badge work and organizing hikes and camp outs.

She regularly attended the Assembly of God Church in Butler where she accepted Christ as her personal savior.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Eckert; two sons, Rick Cantrell, Sr., and Terry Cantrell; daughter, Carlene Green; and a grandson, Tony Green.

Survivors include two daughters, Nancy Cummings and husband, Ron, Harrisonville, and Sandy Briggs and husband, Mike, Adrian; a daughter-in-law, Judy Cantrell, Harrisonville; two stepdaughters, Joan Hartley, Butler, and Joyce Cox and husband, Frank, Baytown, Texas; 17 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were May 14 at the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, with burial in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Harrisonville Food Pantry.

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


Taylor L. Eicholz

May 8, 1995 – May 5, 2019

Taylor L. Eicholz, 23, Drexel, died May 5. Cremation, with celebration of life services to be announced at a later time. Memorial contributions are suggested to the family.

He was born May 8, 1995, at Truman East Hospital, the son of Richard and Kaye Eicholz.

Taylor was an amazing husband, son, brother, grandson, uncle, friend, guitarist and concrete finisher.

He was preceded in death by his great-grandparents, August and Florence Eicholz, and Louis and Artie Fay Smith.

He is survived by his wife, Sydney Wallace; his parents, Richard and Kaye Eicholz; his brother and his wife, Dustin and Kelly Edmundson; his sister and her husband, Melody and Ben Ream; his father-in-law, Joe Wallace, and mother-in-law Shannon Wallace; two nieces Natalie and Haleigh Foster; as well as many more friends and family.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Mullinax Funeral Home, Drexel Chapel.


Ellsworth L. Flippin

Sept. 10, 1926 – May 10, 2019

Ellsworth L. Flippin, 92, Archie, died May 5 at his home in Archie. Funeral services were May 10 at the Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville. Burial and a graveside service were May 10 at the Climax Springs Cemetery, Climax Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to Serenity Hospice.

Ellsworth was born Sept. 10, 1926, in Green Ridge, the son of Oscar and Goldie Bell (Kindle) Flippin. He was an Army veteran of World War II and served from December 1944 to November 1946.

After his discharge, Ellsworth moved to Windsor and worked for the Shoe Factory Co. While working there, he met his future wife, Mary Lou Gray. They were married July 3, 1948, in Clinton.

They lived in Lake Lotawana until moving to Climax Springs where Ellsworth was a home builder and farmed. They later moved to Lee’s Summit where Ellsworth worked as a letter carrier and finally in maintenance for the Independence Post Office.

After his retirement in 1986, Ellsworth and Mary Lou moved to the Lake of the Ozarks and then to Arizona. They moved to Archie in 2006 to be closer to the family. Ellsworth was a Baptist and had attended the First Baptist Church in Archie.

Ellsworth was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife, Mary Lou, May 25, 2017.

He is survived by a son, Darrell Flippin (Sandy), Kansas City, Kansas; two daughters, Debbie Dalton, Raymore, and Denise Lough (Loren), Lee’s Summit; five grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

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


Charles Edward Givens

Oct. 11, 1923 – May 11, 2019

Charles Edward Givens died May 11 with his wife and loving family by his side.

Although his given name was Charles, everyone knew him as “Charley.” Charley was born Oct. 11, 1923, in Iola, Kansas, the son of Robert “Bob” and Dora Givens. During his younger years, he lived in Amarillo, Texas; Gravette, Arkansas; and Noel.

On March 6, 1943, Charley married Barbara Ruth Pritchard and the couple lived in Kansas City, Blue Springs and Harrisonville. He and Barbara were married for 76 years.

Charley and Barbara had three children, Connie White (Ray), Shirley Givens (deceased), and Sherry Jo Rickard (Wayne).

Charley attained the rank of sergeant and served in the United States Army during World War II where he was a Tank Commander in the South Pacific. After his time in the Army, he moved to Kansas City and joined the Kansas City Fire Department where he served for 28 years. His fellow firefighters nicknamed him “Downtown Charley.”

In 1975, he was honored to be recognized as the Firefighter of the Year. During his time as a firefighter, Charley become the owner and trainer of the department’s first Dalmatian, appropriately named “Sparky”.

After retiring from the fire department, Charley received his private pilot’s license and worked for the Grain Valley Airport. After a rather scary and unfortunate small aircraft crash, Charley decided to go a safer route and went to work for Blue Springs Bank.

In his spare time, Charley enjoyed building and sharing his lake home at the Lake of the Ozarks. Every inch built by his own hands, he and Barbara made their lake home their home away from home. Each summer he enjoyed having his children and grandchildren join him for unforgettable experiences fishing, boating, jet skiing, sitting around a campfire and shooting fireworks.

Charley had a knack for having fun. Even in his late 80s he could be seen speeding around the lake looking for the perfect fishing hole.

Charley had three grandchildren, Scott White (deceased), Brian Rickard (Allie) and Barry Rickard (Christina). He also had four great-grandchildren, Amy Lamantia, Evan White, Audrey White and Asher Foxe Rickard. Lastly he had two great-great-grandchildren, Noah and Arlo Lamantia. He also had many other loving nieces and nephews.

Charley and Barbara were members of John Knox Presbyterian Kirk. During his final days, members of the church demonstrated the true nature of Christ by ministering to them with visits, food and prayer.

Funeral services were May 15 at John Knox Presbyterian Kirk with burial at Park Lawn Cemetery, Kansas City.


Marie Mabel Wray

May 21, 1920 – May 5, 2019

Marie Mabel (White) Wray, Harrisonville, was born May 21, 1920, near Moberly, the daughter of Leonard Gilbert and Waverly Norton (Lawrence) White. She died life May 5 at Meadowview of Harrisonville Health and Rehab at the age of 98 years, 11 months and 14 days.

Marie was employed as a cashier for the Muehlebach Hotel in Kansas City until her retirement in 1984. She was a heck of a sales lady and had worked for several clothing businesses in the Kansas City area.

Marie enjoyed her time at the Tie Rack where she got to sell to the Kansas City Royals players. She had also worked in the concession stand at the Royals Stadium. Marie was a member of the First Christian Church, Moberly.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Donna S. Eaton, Oct. 31, 2011; two brothers, Elbert and J.R. White and a sister, Marguerite, Freeman.

Marie is survived by a granddaughter, Janet Eaton; two nieces, Nancy Ashline and Pamela Czech and husband, Dennis, and a nephew, Steven Freeman and his wife, Shay, all of Kansas City; other relatives and friends.

Graveside services were May 10 at the Oakland Cemetery, Moberly.

The family suggests in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to Ascend Hospice and may be sent in care of Dickey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 432, Harrisonville, MO 64701.

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