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Obituaries: Feb. 7, 2020

David B. King

Dec. 28, 1954 – Jan. 27, 2020

David Byron King, 65, Racket, died Jan. 27 in Clinton. Funeral services were Jan. 31 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville. Burial was in Wills Cemetery, Peculiar. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association.

David was born Dec. 28, 1954, in Harrisonville, the son of Lowell Earl and Le Orra (Glover) King.

He grew up in Peculiar and was a 1972 graduate of Raymore-Peculiar High School. David married the love of his life, Cheryl Coday, May 12, 1973.

He retired from Honeywell in 2014 as a plastic fabricator and was a member of the CWA Local 6355, Kansas City. He enjoyed many things in life. He loved to travel.

He spent every year of his children’s lives traveling cross country camping everywhere they went. He took several cruises with both his wife and his in-laws. David most recently partook in his true love, fishing, with his friends in the spring and summer and putting puzzles together in the winter.

He was a professional tinkerer. He worked as the maintenance man for the Blueberry Ridge RV and Mobile Home Park where they lived.

David was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife, Cheryl Jean King, of the home; a son, Brian King and his wife, Jennifer, Blue Springs, along with their children, Brad, Peyton and Owen; a daughter, Denise Connelly and her husband, Shea, Raymore, along with their children, Caden and Kaylee; a brother, Wayne King and his wife, Mary, Blue Springs, and their children; as well as many more extended family and friends.

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

 

Brian Christopher Roberts

Aug. 24, 1972 Jan. 23, 2020

Brian Christopher Roberts, 47, Gardner, Kansas, died Jan. 23. Visitation was Feb. 4 with a Celebration of Life following at the New Life Community Church, Gardner. Inurnment will be at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Brian C. Roberts Memorial Fund at Central Bank of the Midwest for his children.

Brian was born Aug. 24, 1972, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, to Stephen Lee and Norma Louise (Montgomery) Roberts. He grew up in Olathe, Kansas and graduated from Olathe North High School in 1991. He served in the United States Navy from 1992 to 2000. He received an HVAC Certification from Johnson County Community College.

Brian married Kerri L. Pyle on April 30, 2005, in Olathe, and they moved to Gardner 14 years ago. He was a valued employee for Hickman Heating and Cooling, Gardner. Brian was a member of the New Life Community Church. He collected old mantle clocks, hunted for crystal rocks in Arkansas and combed Florida beaches for shells. Brian found creative ways to make family and friends draw close together. He was always in the kitchen at family gatherings helping his mom or mother-in-law feed the crowds. He designed and made his own meat smoker and recipes for meat rubs. He turned his backyard into an orchard of apple, plum, peach and cherry trees. His children will remember a dad who took the time to roller skate, play with Legos and tell stories in character voices. Brian will be remembered for his integrity, his love for God and his devotion to his family.

Brian is survived by his wife Kerri, his children Briley and Blane Roberts of the home; daughter Ashley Roberts, Olathe; parents Stephen and Norma Roberts, Drexel; brothers David (Beth) Roberts, Topeka, Kansas, and Justin (Heather) Roberts, Oxford, Pennsylvania; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Dwain and Carolyn Pyle, De Soto, Kansas, brother-in-law David (Jena) Pyle, Gardner; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and extended family. He will be greatly missed by his family and community.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner.

 

Morris D. Schmoll

Oct. 28, 1935 – Jan. 28, 2020

Morris Dee Schmoll, 84, Harrisonville, died Jan. 28 at Crown Care Center in Harrisonville. Memorial services were Feb. 4 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville.

Morris was born Oct. 28, 1935, in Lisle, a son of Dacy H. and Edith (Morrison) Schmoll. He attended grade school at the Culvert Rural School No. 109 and was a 1953 graduate of Drexel High School. He was married to Nancy Lea Fields on June 12, 1959. She preceded him in death on Dec. 31, 2011. Morris was a railroad engineer for Union Pacific Railroad for 37 years. He was a lifelong Cass County resident, having lived in Peculiar before moving to Harrisonville. He married Mary (McMillen) Wills on June 22, 2014.

Morris was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife, Nancy.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Wills, of the home; one son, Donald Dee Schmoll, Liberty; four stepsons and their families, Terry Smith, Belton, Gene Smith, Creighton, Shawn Smith, Raymore, and Don Lyn Smith, Archie; two sisters, Evelyn Livingston, Peculiar, and Marilyn Walters, Dennison, Texas; eight step-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and other family and friends.

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

 

Frederick “Rick” Lee Warner

Feb. 6, 1950 – Jan. 3, 2020

Frederick Lee Warner, son of the late Noble G. Warner, Sr. and Alta Faye (Osborn) Warner, was born Feb. 6, 1950, in Marble Hill and died Jan. 3, at the age of 69 years, 10 months, and 27 days.

Rick spent his early years near Marble Hill and moved to Harrisonville when he was 13 years old. Later, he was drafted into the United States Navy and served his country during the Vietnam War. After his service, he was married to Kathy Pridgen in 1976, and to this union four sons were born, all of whom survive him. He was also a truck driver for several years.

A man of faith, Rick loved talking about the Lord to people. In his free time, he and his oldest brother, Noble, loved playing gospel music and singing in churches. He also loved watching westerns, playing miniature golf and playing with his grandchildren.

Rick was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Mike Warner.

He is survived by his wife, Kathy, of the home; four sons, Brian, Jeremy, David and Chris Warner; three brothers, Noble Warner, Jr., Ron Warner and Shawn Warner; one sister, Diane Hardwick May; and 26 grandchildren.

Funeral services were Jan. 8 in Buffalo, Bro. Noble G. Warner, Jr. officiating.

Arrangements were under the direction of Maple Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo.