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Delores J. Cannady
March 29, 1933 – May 18, 2020

Delores Jean Cannady, 87, Salem, Oregon, formerly of Harrisonville. died May 18 at her home in Salem. Graveside services were May 22 at Orient Cemetery in Harrisonville.


Delores was born March 29, 1933, in Springfield, the daughter of James J. and Frances P. (Winter) Chastain.


She married Willard Ray Cannady Oct. 30, 1948, in Lee’s Summit. They had lived in Kansas City and Peculiar before moving to Harrisonville in 1984.


Delores moved to Salem, Oregon, 15 years ago to be closer to family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Willard Ray, June 27, 1997; and her son, Dennis Cannady.


Delores is survived by her daughter, Alana Grove, Salem, Oregon; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

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

Charles E. Coleman
June 13, 1935 – May 15, 2020
Charles E. Coleman, 84, Freeman, died May 15 at his home in Freeman. A private family funeral was held May 21 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville, with graveside services in Orient Cemetery, Harrisonville.


Charles was born June 13, 1935, in Decaturville the son of Lawrence and
Grace May (Denney) Coleman. He grew up in the Camdenton area.


Charles loved to play basketball and was a 1953 graduate of Camdenton High School.

Charles married Kathryn “JoAnn” Baldwin, Oct. 6, 1956. They had lived in Kansas City, Kansas, and Peculiar before moving to Freeman in 2006.


Charles was a supervisor for the Gas Service Co. in Kansas City 35 years be-fore his retirement in 1992. He loved the farm and chasing after his cows.


Charles was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, JoAnn, Dec. 1, 2009; a granddaughter, Scharlie Cantrell, Sept. 25, 2015; and a brother, Kenneth Coleman.

He is survived by his daughter and son in-law, Kathryn and Robert Cantrell, Freeman; a brother, Louis Coleman, Kansas City, Kansas; and four nieces, Pat Coleman Shanks, Janet Coleman Manis, Sandygaye Coleman and Sue Coleman Schulze.


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

Samuel C. Dehn
May 5, 2020 – May 16, 2020
Samuel Christopher Dehn, 11 days old, Harrisonville, died May 16 at his grandmother’s house in Harrisonville. Memorial services will be held at a later time.


Samuel was born May 5 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, the son of Zachary Dehn and Maddison Gipson. He came into the world as a fighter and left it just the same.


In his short time, he left an imprint on the heart of all those who got to know him. He will be dearly missed by his twin brother and all of his family.


Samuel was preceded in death by James Bidwell and Bob Bidwell.


He is survived by his father, Zach Dehn; his mother, Maddison Gipson; his
two brothers,: Onyx and Xander Dehn; his paternal grandparents, Anne and Christopher Dehn; his maternal grandmother, Angela Bridgers; his maternal grandpa, Jason Gipson; his uncles, Sean Dehn, Gabriel Bridgers,
Bryar Gipson and Cayden Gipson; his aunts, Lizzie Dehn and Cicely Peterson; and many extended family and friends.


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

Corey Ensor
Feb 9, 1989 – May 12, 2020
Corey Scott Ensor, 31, Belton, died May 12 in Belton. He was born February 9, 1989, the son of Charles Scott Ensor and Patricia R. Robb in Kansas City.


Corey and his brother, Cody, grew up in Peculiar. Corey graduated from Ray-Pec High School in 2007.

He furthered his education at Longview Community College and successfully completed the GM automotive technician program in 2010. Corey had worked as an auto tech and service adviser since his graduation.


Corey was laid back, easy going, never lost his cool and was quite the jokester. He enjoyed motocross and was quite good at it.


In his younger years, he played football and baseball. Corey also liked fishing, jet skiing at the lake and deer hunting.

He was preceded in death by his father, Scott Ensor; maternal grandmother, Sandra Robb; and paternal grandparents, Charles and Ruth Ensor. Corey is survived by his mother, Tricia Robb, Belton; a brother, Cody Ensor, Belton; his grandfather, Stanley Robb, Rich Hill; an uncle, Leon Robb and wife, Kelley, Rich Hill; an aunt, Cheri Ensor and husband, Bill Baker, Lebanon; an
aunt Wendy Bradley, Butler; an aunt Marlene Pickering and husband, Steve, Lebanon; an aunt Valerie Ensor-Chandler and husband, Eric, Butler; and several cousins and friends.

Funeral services for Corey Ensor were May 22 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel, Butler, with burial, in Salem Cemetery, Foster.


Contributions are suggested to Salem Cemetery.


Funeral Arrangements were under the direction of the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel, Butler.

David F. Fredrickson
Feb. 3, 1950 – May 16, 2020
David Frank Fredrickson, 70, Belton, Texas, died May 16 at his home due to a tragic fire.


He was born Feb 3, 1950, in Pleasant Hill. He was the son of Charles and Inez (Norton) Fredrickson.


Dave grew up in Pleasant Hill and graduated in 1968. He then went on an obtained his Bachelor’s Degree from MU in Columbia. In 1987 he married Dr. (Colo. Retired) Rosemary Engle. They were married for 22 years.


He loved to buy and sell real estate and traveled extensively. He enjoyed nature. At one time he got a picture of a litter of bobcat kittens that was published in the local paper. He wrote several articles that were published in USA Today.


He was very close to the Lord. He also lived in Texas, Germany, Colorado and Washington.


He was proceeded in death by his parents, Charles and Inez Fredrickson.


He is survived by two brothers, Charles and Wayne Fredrickson, Harrisonville; and three sisters, Joanne Russell, Santa Cruz, California, Carol Fredrickson, Belton, Missouri, and Sonia Dexter, Harrisonville; and numerous cousins. Our brother and friend will be greatly missed.


A celebration of life service will be held at a later date. Interment of ashes will be at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery and River House in Belton, Texas.


Arrangements are under the direction of Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

Mike Gillotte
April 17, 1936 – May 18, 2020
Mike Gillotte, Sr., 84, Harrisonville, died peacefully May 18 in his home surrounded by his family.

Mike was born April 17, 1936, to Josephine and Herman Gillotte of Omaha, Nebraska. He joined the Marine Corp and was medically discharged due to a back injury. He was a member of the Machinist Union for 20 years. He and his brother Herman, worked in concreate flatwork until retirement.

Mike enjoyed spending time with his friends and family, mowing and fishing during retirement. He was an active member of the Our Savior Lutheran Church, Harrisonville.


Mike was preceded in death by his wife, Linda Gillotte; and his daughter, Terry Brazile.


He leaves behind his daughter, Dana Henry and husband David, Peoria, Arizona; two grandsons, Joe and James; his son, Mike Gillotte II and wife, Lora, Harrisonville; two grandsons, Tony and Jon; Terry’s three children, Adam, Lindsey and Cole, Phoenix, Arizona; and four great-grandchildren.


A private service (private due to COVID) was held May 26 at Our Savior Lutheran Church and his ashes will be joined with his wife, Linda, at Johnson County Memorial Garden, Overland Park, Kansas, at a later date.
A Celebration of Life Fish Fry (Mike’s favorite) will be scheduled at Our Savior Lutheran Church when COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted.

Arrangements were under the direction of Johnson County Funeral Chapel and Memorial Gardens, Overland Park, Kansas.

Deborah J. Keesler
May 6, 1951 – May 19, 2020

Deborah “Debbie” Jean Keesler, Raytown, was born May 6, 1951, in Carrollton, the daughter of Wayne and Lucille Dorothy (Beck) Chinn.

She died May 19 at Redwood of Raymore, at the age of 69 years and 13 days.

Debbie was employed as a blow mold operator for Roberts Dairy in Kansas City until her retirement.


Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Carol Holscher.


Debbie is survived by a son, Scott Keesler and wife, Carrie, East Lynne; two
grandchildren, Brandon Keesler and wife, Keely, and Brianna Keesler; a great-grandchild on the way; a sister, Saundra Bray; other relatives and friends.


Cremation. No services are scheduled at this time.


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

Billy D. Laffoon
Jan. 2, 1938 – May 22, 2020
Billy Dean Laffoon, 82, Belton, died May 22. Memorial services will be held
at a later date.


Contributions may be made in Billy’s memory to The Shriner Hospital for Children, the American Cancer Society or Serenity Hospice, 1626 E. Elm St., Harrisonville, MO 64701.


Bill was born Jan. 3, 1938, the first child of Forrest Dean and Gladys Nadine (Davenport) Laffoon.


He was raised in Cleveland and east of Cleveland. He attended grade school in Cleveland and was a 1955 graduate of Peculiar High School, Peculiar.


Bill married Mary McKinley of Belton. This union was blessed with one child, Brenda Lee.


Bill was a millwright and worked at Allied Signal (formerly Bendix Corp.) in
Kansas City for 31 and one-half years and retired in 1994 as a facilities planner.


Following retirement, Bill and Mary built the Jaudon Antique Mall, southwest of Belton, which they operated for seven years.


Bill enjoyed his association and work with Grand River Masonic Lodge No.
276, Freeman, the Cass County Shrine Club and the Ararat Shine Temple. He
was worshipful master of the Cleveland Lodge in 1975 and president of Cass
County Shrine Club in 1981. He enjoyed holding offices in both organizations for many years. He was also a member of the Cass County Wildcats and a Honda motorcycle group that performed in local parades. He also served on Public Water District No. 2 water board for 17 years.


Bill enjoyed working in his shop, entertaining friends and family, fishing,
boating, skiing, dancing, gardening, attending auctions and playing pitch, but his most loved sport was golf.


Bill and Mary hosted the Laffoon family reunion most years from 1980 to 2003. He enjoyed trips to Texas to visit his daughter and family, to his lake home, golf outings and playing pitch with his buddies at the Harrisonville Community Center.


Bill was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Betty Jean Bourque.


He is survived by his wife, Mary; daughter, Brenda Brainard and Paul; grandson, Christopher Brainard; a brother, Donald Laffoon and Judy; six
nieces; five nephews; and a host of friends.


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

Rejean “Reggie” Maheux
Aug. 4, 1943 – May 16, 2020

Rejean “Reggie” Maheux died peacefully May 16 at the Redwood Nursing Home in Raymore, at the age of 77.


Reggie was born Aug. 4, 1943, in Quebec, Canada, to Rosario Joseph Maheux and Germaine Anne Laprise.


For most of his life he was a carpenter and contractor. His hobbies included watching Kansas City sports, woodworking, painting, going to the casinos, hunting and fishing and spending time with family. Reggie was a strong man with a great sense of humor, who enjoyed his life to the fullest.


He was married to Barbara Tarwater in March 1968 in Kansas City.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Rosario Maheux and Germaine Anne.


He is survived by his siblings Michel Maheux and Solange Maheux.


Rejean is survived by four children, eight grandchildren and two siblings He is survived by his 4 children; Mary Myers and spouse Gene Myers, Robert Smith and spouse Beth Smith, Mindy Evans and spouse Brian Evans, Brigitte Dunn and spouse Mike Dunn. He is also survived by his seven grandchildren Nathan Bollinger, Ryan Smith, Whitney Smith, Bailey Shelton and spouse Brady Shelton, Sydney Evans, Sophia Dunn, and Liam Dunn. And two great grandchildren Izzy and Jace Bollinger. Due to the circumstances we are given we will have a service at a later date. Flowers and condolences may be sent to 1906 Stacy Road in Harrisonville, Missouri.

Richard A. Morris
May 19, 1939 – May 10, 2020

Richard “Dick” Allen Morris, 80, Raymore, died May 10 at his home surrounded by family. Memorial services will be held at a later date.


Dick was born May 19, 1939, in Valley, Nebraska, the son of George Alexander and Elva Marie (Adams) Morris. Dick grew up in the Omaha, Nebraska, area, graduating from high school in Irvington, Nebraska.


He went on to live in Sioux City, Iowa; Cape Girardeau; Memphis, Tennessee; Great Lakes, Illinois; Belton and Raymore.

Dick married Mary L. Morrow June 14, 1958, who preceded him in death in 1995. They had four children, Christine, Michelle, Denise and Craig.


Dick married Nancy L. Stine July 13, 1996, in Peculiar, adding two additional daughters, Patricia and Sharon, to the family.


Dick spent his career serving in the United States Navy, achieving the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer. He retired after 32 years of service to his country.

After his military service, he was a letter carrier for the United States Postal Service, retiring after 10 years of service.

Dick was a member of the First Church of Peculiar, serving as treasurer and registered agent; Grand River Masonic Lodge No. 276, Freeman; the Navy Fleet Reserve Association; and Disabled American Veterans.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Mary; brothers, Harvey Morris and Byrel Morris; sisters, Virginia Toy, Aline Painter, Eva Roberts, Sylvia Roberts, Ila Schwieter, Dorothy Perrigo and Daisy Randall; great-granddaughter, Allyssa Marie Tighe; and son-in-law, Jim Trawicke.


He is survived by his wife, Nancy; daughters, Christine Trawicke, Michelle
and Mike Messer and Denise and Phillip Baldwin; son, Craig and Trisha Morris; daughters, Patricia and Greg Hunt and Sharon and Jeff Halsey; 11 grandchildren, Michaela and Chad Tighe, Nicholas and Nancy Stary, Jessica and Jeff Smith, Gabrielle Messer, Melissa and John Shanks, Amanda and Jacob Duhon, Julia Morris, Emily Morris, Alicia and Sean Morrison, Claire and David Brooks and Jeremy Halsey; seven great-grandchildren, Jackson and River Tighe, Wesley and Jillian Smith, Landon Morrison, Ellis Shanks
and Lincoln Duhon. He is also survived by many beloved nieces and nephews.


Dick was a passionate supporter of the Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation Caring About Nutrition (CAN) program which provides food for children who might otherwise go without.

Donations can be made to Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation (RPPSF) in memory of Richard Morris and mailed to P.O. Box 789, Peculiar,
MO 64078.


Contributions may also be made online (with his name in the memo/notes section) to https://raypecfoundation.networkforgood.com/projects/69603-2020-annual-campaign.


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

Mary K. Powers
Aug. 1, 1940 – May 20, 2020
Mary Kathleen “Kathy” Powers, Garden City, was born Aug. 1, 1940, in Fort Benning, Georgia, the daughter of Frank and Jean (McCallin) Cassidy. She died May 20 at her home.


Dec. 28, 1958, Kathy was married to James “Jim” John Powers in Oceanside, California. To this union was born four sons were born.


In January 1971, Kathy accepted Jesus as her personal Savior. She enjoyed studying the Bible, gardening and quilting, as well as spending time with her family.


Kathy was very involved with starting the Pregnancy Center in Harrisonville.


Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant grandchild and infant great-grandchild.

Kathy is survived by her husband of 61 years, Jim Powers, of the home; her four sons, Jim and Vicky Powers and Andy and Marcella Powers all of Garden City, Pat and Tammy Powers and Sean and Andrea Powers all of Harrisonville; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Jerry Cassidy, California, and Pat Cassidy, Mexico; other relatives and many friends.

A private family burial will be held at the Clearfork Cemetery near Garden City. A celebration of life service will be held at a later date.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Shiloh Center of Harrisonville.

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

Roy L. Rogers
June 12, 1960 – May 19, 2020
Roy Lynn Rogers, 59, Harrisonville,died May 19 at his home. Memorial graveside services were May 27 at Oakland Cemetery, Harrisonville, under the direction of Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville.

Roy was born June 12, 1960, in Muskogee, Oklahoma, the son of Barney Earl and Sarah Nettie (Carmichael) Rogers. He was a lifelong resident of Harrisonville.

Roy had worked for Wood Specialty and Green Lamp Furniture, both in Harrisonville.

He had volunteered at the Harrisonville Shepherd’s Staff Food Pantry. Roy at tended Crossroads Assembly in Harrisonville. He was an avid WWE fan.

Roy was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Earl and Ben Rogers.

He is survived by two brothers, Mike Rogers, Kansas City, Kansas, and James
Rogers, Harrisonville; four sisters, Clara Rogers, Harrisonville, Grace Rogers, Lenexa, Kansas, Brenda Sanderson, Lee’s Summit, and Betty Rogers, Kansas City; and several nieces and nephews.


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

Kathryn K. Wright
Sept. 12, 1924 – May 20, 2020
Kathryn “Katie” K. Wright, 95, Harrisonville, died May 20 at Crown
Care Center in Harrisonville.


Graveside services were May 26 at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Pleasant
Hill, under the direction of the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville.


Memorial contributions may be made to Cass Regional Medical Center Foundation.


Katie was born Sept. 12, 1924, in Pleasant Hill, the daughter of William A.
and Della M. (Wilburn) Kimbrell.

She was a 1942 graduate of Pleasant Hill High School.


She married Dale Wright May 13, 1948, in Omaha, Nebraska. They lived in Pleasant Hill before moving to Harrisonville in 1949.


She worked as a cashier for Scavuzzo’s Grocery for four years and then for Buy Rite for 13 years, retiring in 1987.


Katie had been very active in several community organizations. She was a
member and past president of the VFW Post 4409 Auxiliary and was a member of the CRMC Auxiliary since 1990.


She was also a life member and past president of the Harrisonville Optimist
New Horizon Women’s Auxiliary Club. She was in charge of the Optimist Club concession stand for many years at the North Park ball field.


Katie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Dale, July 9, 1989;
and two grandchildren, Jeremy and Nathan.


She is survived by her children, Marsha Ogden and Dan, Freeman, Susan
Brinkman and Doug, Lynchburg, Virginia, Cathy Bevelot and Don, Reedsport, Oregon, Kevin Wright and Teresa, Lee’s Summit, Steve Wright and Sharon, Harrisonville; a brother, Bob Kimbrell and Billie Jean, Pleasant Hill; six grandchildren, Jeff Wright and Michelle, Jon Ogden and Christine, Josh Brinkman and Bethany, Sara Carr and Nick, Jennifer Trussel and John, and Joe Wright; 12 great-grandchildren, and nine great-great-grandchildren.


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

Phillip Dean Armentrout
May 17, 2020

Funeral services for Phillip Dean Armentrout, Amsterdam, were May 21 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel, Butler. There will be no visitation. Private burial was in Scott Cemetery, Amsterdam with U.S. Army Military Honors.

Contributions are suggested to the Amsterdam Fire Department, the Amsterdam Methodist Church or Scott Cemetery.


Phillip D. Armentrout, 71, Amsterdam, died Sunday, May 17, at Bates County
Memorial Hospital, Butler.


He was born Aug. 28, 1948, to Jack Albert and Opal Roselee Cowley Armen-
trout in Butler.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two twin infant grandsons, Nathan and Joseph Dean Armentrout.

Phillip is survived by his wife, Onda Armentrout, Amsterdam; two sons, Mark Armentrout and wife, Carla, Hume, and Bryan Armentrout and wife, Janelle, Butler; one daughter, Angela Armentrout, Amsterdam; five grandchildren, Erin, Ella, John, Augey and Audrey; and uncles, aunts and cousins.

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