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Obituaries: Oct. 31, 2019

Doris M. Bohannon

May 5, 1919 – Oct. 21, 2019

Doris Marie Bohannon, Harrisonville, was born May 5, 1919, near Harrisonville, the daughter of James Henry and Teelie Belle (Davis) Kirk.

She died Oct. 21 at Golden Years Care Services, Harrisonville, surrounded by love at the age of 100 years, 5 months and 16 days.

On Oct. 28, 1947, Doris was married to Lester Morris “Shorty” Bohannon in Harrisonville.

Doris graduated in 1937 from Harrisonville High School. After graduation she took her first job at Hurley Lumber Company in Harrisonville. She was later employed for several years as a secretary for Judge G. J. Smith in the Cass County Probate office and retired as a secretary at the First Christian Church, Harrisonville.

Doris was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church, Harrisonville, and served for more than 20 years as a Pink Lady for the Cass Medical Center Auxiliary.

She loved to sew, play cards at the Community Center, travel and go sightseeing. A special pleasure was to go fishing with Shorty at Bennett Springs State Park. Doris was a lifelong area resident.

Besides her parents, Doris was preceded in death by her husband, Lester, Oct. 29, 1987; a brother, Ivan H. Kirk; four sisters, Nellie Musick, Bessie Garrett, Jessie Garrett and Alma Belle Lewis.

Doris is survived by a niece, A. Charlesine Guy, Grandview; a nephew, Damon A. Lewis, San Angelo, Texas; other relatives and a host of friends.

Doris and Shorty had no children of their own, but there are many nieces and nephews living nearby which they warmly welcomed in their home, as they did with their children and grandchildren.

Funeral services were Oct. 25 at the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, with burial in the Orient Cemetery, Harrisonville.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the First Baptist Church Memorial Fund.

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

 

Albert I. Downey, Jr.

Oct. 24, 1936 – Oct. 21, 2019

Albert Inman Downey, Jr., 82, Cleveland, died Oct. 21 at his home. Graveside services were Oct. 25 at the Rothville Cemetery, Rothville.

Al was born Oct. 24, 1936, in Sumner, the youngest son of Albert Inman Downey, Sr., and Lillian Marie (Thomas) Downey.

He moved to Kansas City as a young man from Sumner. He had lived in Belton before moving to On May 12, 1959, he married Sandra Moxley.

Al worked as a painter and foreman for several years with Vendo Company in Kansas City. He then obtained employment at a landscaping company, later starting his own landscaping design business, Downey Landscaping, which operated for 30 years in the Kansas City area. He later took a delivery driver job for W.C. Tingle.

Al was proud of his rural roots, receiving his formal education in a one-room schoolhouse in the years immediately following the Great Depression. He enjoyed the outdoor life, was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing, a way of life that started for him as a very young child.

He was well known for his gardening, just for his own enjoyment and sharing with everyone.

Al was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Sandra, Feb. 14, 2001; a sister, Pauline Alberta (Downey) Clarkson; a nephew, Wayne Clarkson, Sumner; and a brother, Charles Pete Downey, also of Sumner.

He leaves behind a daughter, Dianna (Downey) Funk, Cleveland; a son, Scott Allan Downey, Belton; two granddaughters, Heather (Funk) Fielder (Brian), Cleveland, and Kylie Marie Funk, Peculiar; three great-grandchildren, Justin Michael Fielder, Belton, Gareth Daniel Ford and Nicole McMullen, both of Peculiar.

Dad, grandpa, great-grandpa (Papa) and friend, will always be missed and loved.

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