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Brandon C. Beckham
Dec. 25, 1978 – June 6, 2020

Brandon Charles Beckham, 41, Peculiar, died June 6 at Menorah Medical Center in Overland Park, Kansas, with his loving wife by his side. He fought hard until the end and he has left us much too early.


A memorial visitation was June 11 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville.

Brandon was a Christmas baby, born Dec. 25 1978, in Columbia, the son of Charles Beckham, Kathy Kostuke-Sanchez and Jaime Sanchez.

He was a 1997 graduate of Harrisonville High School and received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Missouri in 2001. He loved his MU Tigers.

He married his sweetheart for life, Sarah JoLei Brown, Oct. 17, 2015, at Longview Chapel in Lee’s Summit.


Brandon worked for Bay Insulation in Kansas City as an awesome project manager for five years. He had resided in Peculiar for the past 10 years.

Brandon had quite the sweet tooth and he was known to have stashes of candy strategically placed throughout his house. He loved golfing, his fantasy football and spending time outdoors.


Brandon was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Gary Kostuke, and his paternal grandmother, Norma Beckham.

He is survived by his beautiful wife, Sarah, of the home; his father, Charles “Chas” Beckham, Garden City; his parents, Kathy and Jaime Sanchez, Peculiar; a brother, Brian Beckham and fiancée, Rachel Miller, Raymore; four sisters, Amy Taylor and Adam, Lenexa, Kansas, Kirbie Wilde and Duston, Platte County, Kelsey Sanchez, Peculiar, and Maria Sanchez, Kansas City; maternal grandmother, Dorothy Kostuke, Leawood, Kansas; maternal grandfather, Charles Beckham, Kansas City; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Clifford and Deborah Brown, Raymore; brother-in-law, Jason Brown, Hollister; four nieces and nephews, Ali Taylor, Andersen Taylor, Isabella “Bella” Beckham, and Jaxon “Jax” Wilde. Brandon is also survived by many loving, supportive and amazing aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends who have provided him strength, wisdom and hugs throughout his life.


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

Jeffrey L. Brock
March 14, 1958 – June 10, 2020


Jeffrey Lee Brock, 62, Peculiar, died June 10 at his home. A visitation was June 12 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville, with a celebration of life to be held at a later date.


Jeff was born March 14, 1958, in Kansas City, the son of Marvin and Melba (Gunderson) Brock.


He was a 1976 graduate of Pleasant Hill High School. He had lived in Lee’s Summit, Pleasant Hill, Grandview and Belton before moving to Peculiar in 2012.

Jeff married Rosa Elrick July 13, 2002, in Harrisonville.

He worked as a chemical control room operator for Corbion in Grandview for 41 years before retiring in 2019. He was a member of the Machinist Union Local No. 778.

Jeff was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife, Rosa, of the home; two sons, Brian Brock (Tina), Gladstone, and Chris Brock (Amy), Pleasant Hill; a daughter, Amanda Middlemas (James), Harrisonville; two stepsons, Steve Elrick (Trez) and Pete Elrick (Kristi), both of Australia; two brothers, Michael Brock, East Lynne, and Duane Brock, Harrisonville; one sister, Linda Herlofson (Erik), Salem; seven grandchildren, Devin, Mariah, Caleb, Chase, Ava, Talon and Hunter; and two great-grandchildren, Lola and Kieran.


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

Jennifer L. Carpenter
Oct. 7, 1973 – June 4, 2020

Jennifer L. Carpenter came to the public administrator’s office April 22, 2003.

At that time, Jennifer lived independently and when that wasn’t entirely successful, Jennifer’s journey began.

She lived in seven different placements in the last 11 and one-half years and a few more prior to that time. She was tormented with a terrible mental illness, and yet, everyone loved her very sweet spirit.

Jennifer was also tormented with tremendous weight loss and subsequent gains.


Jennifer loved crafts, painting, music and television and many televisions were purchased for Jennifer during the years. Jennifer would give her things to others never suspecting that they were just manipulating her.

In fact, when the virus subsided to the point that I could actually visit care centers again, I was planning on purchasing and delivering another television for Jennifer on my next visit. She recently reported that while she was at St. Alexis, someone broke her television. Such was Jennifer’s life.


Jennifer was sweet, caring and often tearful, worried about her issues or what she had done and I thank each of you for prayers with and for Jennifer and the comforting words you offered her in her troubled times.


Despite her tearfulness, Jennifer never stopped loving others and she told almost everyone she called regularly that she loved them. She desperately sought love and we tried very hard to dispense that love generously to Jennifer when she called.


A few years ago, Jennifer was baptized at Harrisonville Community Church and sincerely loved Jesus, which she affirmed many times. She asked for spiritual music and spiritual guidance a number of times. I know that Jesus loves Jennifer and was with her throughout her journey.

She will be missed by many people and we will never stop loving Jennifer Lee Carpenter. Until we meet again.

Cremation. A memorial graveside service was June 15 in the Oakland Cemetery, Harrisonville.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, Missouri.

Janet L. Ford
Sept. 1, 1954 – June 6, 2020


Janet Ford, 65, Lee’s Summit, died June 6 at Wilshire Lakewood Care Center in Lee’s Summit.


Cremation with graveside services were June 13 in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Pleasant Hill. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association.


Janet Lynn Ford was born Sept. 1, 1954, in Kansas City the daughter of Don and Faye Miller Rains.

She grew up in Greenwood and graduated from Lee’s Summit High School in She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Greenwood.


May 25, 1974, Janet married Terry Ford. She then moved with her husband to Archie. Together they would spend many years making music and playing with several bands in the area.


Janet worked for Country Club Bank for more than 29 years before retirement.

Janet was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Terry Ford, in 2014.


She is survived by her brother, Rick Rains and wife, Judy, Lee’s Summit; sister, Nancy Parker and husband, Paul, Greenwood; sister, Cathy Peoples, Bates City; sister, Lisa Chapman and husband, Steve, Windsor; along with many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Mullinax Funeral Home, Butler.

Raymond F. Hagedorn
March 22, 1930 – May 30, 2020


Raymond F. Hagedorn, 90, Peculiar, died May 30 surrounded by his loving family.

Graveside services were June 4 at Raymore Cemetery under the direction of the Cullen
Funeral Home.


Raymond was born the son of Oscar Hagedorn and Martha (Friday) Hagedorn March 22, 1930, at home in Monett. Raymond was the youngest of seven children.

From a young age, Raymond was a dedicated worker no matter the job. He served his country in the United States Army Reserves for more than three years.

Raymond made a career out of his dedication to law enforcement working as a police officer for the Kansas City Police Department for more than 26 years before retiring.


However, farming was near and dear to his heart as Raymond loved his livestock and loved his John Deere Tractors.


Raymond was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Martha Hagedorn; son, Steven Hagedorn; four sisters; and two brothers.


He is survived by his loving wife of more than 61 years, Sue Hagedorn; four daughters, Terrie Hagedorn, Darlene Eiskina and Bill, Vickie Hagedorn and Susan Hagedorn; a son, Tim Hagedorn and Nicole; and five grandchildren, Megan Hagedorn, Brett Eiskina, Jesse Eiskina, Troy Hagedorn and Ryan Hagedorn.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Kansas City Police Department Care Team in care of Jennifer Miller at Violent Crimes Division, 1125 Locust, Kansas City, MO 64106.


Arrangements were under the direction of the Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore.

Vernon L. Harrison
Nov. 29, 1946 – June 2, 2020


Vernon Lee Harrison, Garden City, was born Nov. 29, 1946, in Kansas City the son of Fred Lee and Ruby Pearl (Elliott) Harrison.


He died June 2 at the Kansas City Hospice House at the age of 73 years, 6 months and 4
days.


Nov. 29, 2009, Vernon married Deborah Aloha LeBron.


Vernon was a farmer and stockman. He was a Christian and enjoyed playing and singing country and gospel music at local churches. Vernon loved trains and country music especially Johnny Cash.


Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Elliott Harrison.

Vernon is survived by his wife, Deborah Harrison, of the home; other relatives and many friends.


Graveside services were June 12 at the Rose Hill Cemetery near Latour.

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

Terry W. Phillips
Nov. 28, 1941 – June 7, 2020


Terry Wayne Phillips, 78, Waverly died June 7 at St. Luke’s Hospice House in Kansas City.


He was born Nov. 28, 1941, in Kansas City, the son of James and Pauline (Aston) Phillips, Sr.


June 15, 1963, he and Shirley Ford were married in Kansas City. They would have celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary.

He was an employee of the RLDS Auditorium in Independence. In 1981, he purchased Stone Arch Welding in Independence and ran it with his two sons, Jeff and Steve, until he retired in 2006.

His favorite things were fishing, hunting, camping, gardening, serving as deacon and priest in the RLDS Church and mostly spending time with his family and friends.

He loved opening his home for church retreats, family reunions and holiday get-togethers. His face would light up every time he would see or talk to one of his
grandchildren.

Terry’s heart was always open and willing to serve. If he saw a need, he would meet it whether for family, friends or strangers. Terry was a faithful prayer warrior for all his family and friends. Terry was a simple man and even complicated at times; to sum him up, he was “simply complicated” and much loved.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Pauline Phillips; seven siblings; four nephews; and two nieces.

Terry is survived by his wife, Shirley, of Waverly; his children, Jeff and Kim Phillips, Flemington, Steve and Rhonda Bandy Phillips, Grain Valley, and Janet and Jeff Lowe, Grain Valley; his grandchildren, Jennifer and Anthony Warren, Belton, Jaimie and Joe Boltz, Flemington, J.J. and Regina Burk Phillips, Preston, Stevie Phillips, Harrisonville, Katy and Caleb Sarnowsky, Flemington, Paige Woerner, Garden City, Josh and Katy Lowe, Pittsburg, Kansas, Jake Lowe, Broomfield, Colorado, Jason Phillips, Crane, Jackie Lowe, Grain Valley, Stephanie and Reuben Lopez, Fayetteville, North Carolina, Tristen and Tia Phillips, Clinton, and Harley Phillips, Waverly; his sister, Gail and Cary Franklin, Bates City; 18 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were June 12 at Sweeney-Phillips & Holdren Funeral Home, Warrensburg. Interment followed in the Phillips Family Cemetery near Edwards.

Pallbearers were Jeff Phillips, Steve Phillips, Jeff Lowe, Al Normann, J.J. Phillips, Josh Lowe, Jason Phillips and Jake Lowe. Cary Franklin and Tristen Phillips were honorary pallbearers.


Arrangements were under the direction of the Sweeney-Phillips & Holdren Funeral Home, Warrensburg.

Thomas D. Pullen
July 17, 1948 – June 7, 2020


Thomas “Tom” Dewey Pullen, Creighton, was born July 17, 1948, the son of Pat Alva Edger and Lola Ma (Tyler) Pullen. He died June 7 at his home at the age of 71 years, 10 months and 21 days.


Aug. 12, 1967, Tom was married to Brenda Gail Conner in Urich.


Tom was employed as an assembler for General Motor’s at the Leeds Plant and later moved to the Fairfax Plant until his retirement.

He was a member and elder of the Adrian Christian Church, Adrian. Tom was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War serving in the 1/30th B Battery of 1st Cavalry receiving the National Defense Service with one Bronze Service Star and the Vietnam Campaign Medal.


He was a member of American Legion Post No. 371, Urich, VFW Post No. 1935, Adrian, and the Disabled American Veterans. Tom loved music, playing the guitar and was in a band called “No Strings Attached,” and enjoyed cutting and burning wood.


Tom was a family man and loved his grandchildren and was proud of the ones who joined the military. He was a Little League coach for many years. Tom had no enemies, he loved everyone and everyone loved him.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Robert, Richard and Pat Pullen; and a sister, Donna Jo Wade.


Tom is survived by his wife of 52 years, Brenda Pullen, of the home; a son, Thomas Scott Pullen, Urich; a daughter, Sherry Lynn Gabb and husband, Mike, Lawrence, Kansas; 10 grandchildren, Gunner, Trail, Cage, Dash, Shelby, Josh, Travis, Dalton, Marah and Melyia; other relatives and many friends.


Funeral services were June 11 at the Adrian Christian Church, Adrian, with Military Honors. Cremation to follow the service.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Show Me Christian Youth Home, La Monte, or the Ozark Christian College, Joplin.


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

Wilma Carolyn Walling
June 29, 1938 – March 6, 2020

Wilma Carolyn Walling, 81, Harrisonville, died March 6 at her home. A Celebration of Life was June 13 at the Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to: https://tworulesministries.org/
index.php/ contributions/ or Meals on Wheels c/o OATS Transit, West Region, 2109 Plaza Dr., Harrisonville, MO 64701.

Wilma was born June 29, 1938, in Fulton, Kansas, the oldest daughter of eight children to Elven and Ellen E. (Hudson) Provence. She was a graduate of Stanley, Kansas High School and received an associate degree in English and literature from Longview Community College.


Wilma served in the U.S. Air Force for four years and worked for various government agencies as an administrative assistant. She also worked for the Raymore-Peculiar School District before retiring in 2000. She had lived in the Cass County area since 2010, moving to Harrisonville in 2015. She was a member of Faith Baptist Church in Harrisonville. She visited 48 of the 50 states and five countries. Of all the places she had been, her favorite place to be was near her family.

Wilma is survived by her three children, Donal Jeffrey Parham (Wanda), Harrisonville, Teressa Dawn Parham (Gretchen), Denver, Colorado, and Kathryn Creson (Shane), Branson; three sisters, Kay Boyle, Belton, Glenda Humphrey, Lee’s Summit, and Kathryn Vechnak, Raymore; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She loved her family and was proud of each one for their uniqueness. Her sense of humor and kind heart will be greatly missed.


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

O. Evelyn Anstine
Aug. 20, 1916 – June 11, 2020


Ora Evelyn Anstine, Raymore, died June 11 at the age of 103. Family graveside services were at Englewood Cemetery in Clinton, under the direction of Atkinson Funeral Home, Adrian.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Kansas City Hospice, Fellowship Church, Raymore, or the charity of your choice.


Evelyn was born Aug. 20, 1916, the daughter of Emery Travis and Susanna (Dehn) George near Clinton.


Evelyn graduated from Clinton High School in 1935. She married LaVerne Neil May 4, 1936. They raised their seven children on a farm west of Adrian.

Evelyn was an active member of Burdette Baptist Church and Harrisonville Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School, Bible School and was a leader in WMU.


LaVerne succumbed to cancer in 1961 Evelyn later married Robert Gibb who died in 1977.


Evelyn lived in Harrisonville until she married Shorty Anstine and moved to Raymore. Shorty died in 2009.


Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Anna Ruth Gray; sons-in-law; Everett Shelton and Darrell Leonard; step-daughter, Roberta Woolery, her huband and their son; and two great-grandchildren.

She is survived by daughters, Donna Shelton, Clinton, Deanna Leonard, Deepwater, Janice and James Mayfield, Kansas City, Deborah and Tim Enos, Butler; sons, Larry and Kathy Neil, Odessa, Bill and Peggy Neil, Rolla, Brett and Linda Neil, Bixby, Oklahoma; and step-daughters, Rose and Ron Mangels, Roach, Doris Russell, Raleigh, North Carolina; 22 grandchildren, including granddaughter and husband Kay and Dean Rhodelander, who gave her unending love and care for years; several great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren.

Evelyn will be remembered by all who knew her as a kind, loving person. She loved visiting with her family in person, through phone calls, on Facebook and Facetime.


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

John Gaston
Oct. 24, 1954 – June 7, 2020


Graveside services for John Gaston were June 12 at the Crescent Hill Cemetery in Adrian. Mic-O-Say services were held prior to graveside services at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel, Butler.


Contributions may be made to Boy Scout Troop 238, Adrian.


John Allen Gaston, 65, Adrian, died June 7 at Research Medical Center in Kansas City. He was born Oct. 24, 1954, the son of Orville and Helen Daringer Gaston in Butler.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and five brothers, Richard, Jerry, Dale, Randy and James.


John is survived by his sister-in-law, Bobbi Gaston, Archie; nephews, nieces, friends and special friends, Ken and Sue Newkirk, Adrian.


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

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