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Jesse J. Brown
May 18, 1937 – July 8, 2020

Jesse Junior Brown, Garden City, was born May 18, 1937, in the Dayton Community near Garden City, the son of Jesse Herman and Irene Francis (Bridges) Brown.

He died July 8 at his home at the age of 83 years, 1 month and 20 days.

Dec. 26, 1954, Junior married Barbara Lois Gardner at the Dayton Community Church.

Junior was a lifelong farmer and stockman. He enjoyed going to the sale barn, the outdoors, being on his farm and watching his cows. Junior was a home body and after all of his work was done, he would set down and watch TV.

He served the Dayton Community as president of the local school board, board member of the Dayton Cemetery Association for 25 years and member of the Dayton Township Board.

Junior accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior at a revival Aug. 16, 2004, and became a faithful servant of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Besides his parents, Junior was preceded in death by his three sisters, Dixie Moore, Bernice Burris and Georgia Cumpton.

Junior is survived by his wife, Barbara L. Brown, of the home; his two sons, Jesse Brown and Donna and Randy Brown, all of Garden City; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren; other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral services were July 11 at the Dickey Funeral Home, Garden City, with burial in the Dayton Cemetery near Garden City.

The family suggests memorial contributions to St. Croix Hospice, Harrisonville, or the Dayton Cemetery Association.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Dickey Funeral Home, Garden City.

Velma L. Campbell
Jan. 15, 1932 – July 4, 2020

Velma Louise (Yadon) Campbell, 88, lifelong resident of Pleasant Hill, was born Jan. 15, 1932, in Pleasant Hill the daughter of William H. and Eunice V. (Whitehead) Yadon.

She died July 4 at her daughter’s home in Harrisonville surrounded with love and family.

Louise was a 1950 Pleasant Hill High School graduate.

In February 1956, she married Floyd William Campbell in Miami, Oklahoma. He preceded her in death Oct. 30, 1999.

Louise was an inspector for Western Electric/AT&T in Lee’s Summit, retiring in 1988. She was a member of the Communication Workers of America Local No. 6450; the Western Electric Pioneers Club; the Big Creek Baptist Church in Pleasant Hill and volunteered regularly at the Pleasant Hill Health and Rehab Center.

She enjoyed crocheting, snow skiing, horseback riding, old country music, family wiener roasts and anything chocolate.

Most importantly, she enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.

She and her three sisters often referred to as the “Four Amigo’s” or the “Yadon
Sisters” were close all of their lives.

Besides her husband, Louise was preceded in death by her parents; and two sisters, Jenny Bowman and Lena Faye Knox Brannock.

She is survived by a son, Rocky and Ellen Campbell, Pleasant Hill; three daughters, Kelly and Harold Couch and Rhonda Bowman-Ford, all of Pleasant Hill, and Cheryl and Jim Beckerdite, Harrisonville; seven grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; a sister, Violet Sue Simmerman, Clinton; other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were July 9 at the Stanley-Dickey Funeral home, Pleasant Hill. Burial was in the Sni-Mills Cemetery, Oak Grove. Casket bearers were Chad Campbell, Chance Campbell, Chase Campbell, Randy Couch, Randy Clapp and Lance Keeran.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Pleasant Hill Lay Clergy Council and may be sent in care of the funeral home.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

Dawn M. Close
April 15, 1961 – July 3, 2020

Dawn Michele (Alexander, Meissen) Close was born April 15, 1961, in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Carol (Alexander) Thompson and Sanford Alexander.

She died July 3. April 19, 1985, she married the love of her life, Wayne Close, at the First Baptist Church of Lee’s Summit.

She had a long career employed by Honeywell, FM&T in Kansas City.

Dawn was a member of Heart of Life Church in Garden City.

She was preceded in death by her father, Sanford Alexander; her step-father, Victor Thompson; and step-brother, Ted Haub.

She leaves behind her husband, Wayne, of 35 years; a daughter, Kim Lovan and Dorn, Pella, Iowa; a son, Michael Close, Greenwood; step-daughter, Paige Urbaniak and Brent, Kansas City; her mother, Carol Thompson, Harrisonville; three brothers, David Alexander, Alex (Dan) Alexander and Mitchell Alexander; a sister, Amanda Alexander; step-mother, Montica Alexander; two grandsons, Dexter and Nixon Lovan; three step-grandchildren; a mother-in-law, Bobbie Close; three brothers-in-laws and their wives; step-sisters, Vicki Haub and Debby Thompson; step-brother, Gary Thompson; many nieces and nephews; many great- nieces and nephews; along with loving friends and church family.

She also leaves behind uncles, aunts and cousins in Michigan.

Funeral services were July 11 at the Heart of Life Church in Garden City. Interment followed the funeral service at Clearfork Cemetery in Garden City.

In lieu of flowers, Dawn’s wish was to have donations made to the Heart of Life Church for missionary work throughout the world. Envelopes for these donations are available at the church or by contacting Virginia Garrett at 816-773-8577 to handle the processing of this tax deductible donation.

James Milford Collins

James Milford Collins, 85, Archie, died July 10. Memorial graveside services will be at 10 a.m. July 17, at Mt. Calvary Lansing Cemetery, Lansing, Kansas.

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

William E. Davis
July 11, 1935 – July 6, 2020

William Eugene Davis, Peculiar, was born July 11, 1935, in Rantoul, Illinois, the son of Ralph Raymond and Stella Mae (Stallings) Davis.

He died July 6 at Kansas City Hospice House, Kansas City, surrounded by love and family at the age of 84 years, 11 months and 25 days.

Bill was employed as a credit manager for Tnemec, Kansas City, until his retirement.

He was an Army veteran and had moved to Kansas City at the age of 16. Bill enjoyed the outdoors, fishing and hunting.

Besides his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his brother, Ralph.

He is survived by a son, William E. Davis, III, Harrisonville; three daughters, Karen Phillips, Camdenton, Randi S. Kingman, Peculiar, and Jaime F. Davis, Raymore; three granddaughters, Britney, Kylee and Mariah; a brother, Claude Clough, Florida; a sister, Sandy Fox, Olathe, Kansas; other relatives and a host of friends.

No services are scheduled.

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

Margaret R. Gipson
July 27, 1935 – July 6, 2020

Margaret R. Gipson, 84, Freeman, died July 6 at the home of her daughter, Debbie in Raymore.

Margaret was born in Rober, July 27, 1935 the daughter of Rohl and Ruby ‘Ray’ Combs.

Margaret went to Clinton High School through her senior year.

Margaret married James “Jim” Gipson Nov. 11, 1956, in Clinton.

She was a nurse at the old hospital in Clinton for a few years after high school, but spent most of her working years in environmental services, until she retired in 1995.

Margaret loved the outdoors, flowers and gardening. She loved her family, friends and time spent with the McDonald’s group.

She spent hours with crossword puzzles and word search.

She loved her husband, Jim, and worried about him to the end.

She was preceded by her mother and father, Rohl and Ruby combs; her great-great-grandson, Samuel Dehn; and brother, Cletis Combs.

Margaret is survived by her husband, Jim; children, Debbie Walters, Fred and Angie Gipson, Nicki and Keith Carbah and Naomi and Bill Augustine; 10 grandchildren, four step-grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Neta Ruth Sunderwirth; a brother, Earl Gene and Carolyn Combs.


Graveside Services were July 11 Englewood Cemetery, Clinton.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Consalus Funeral Home, Clinton.

Patti J. Jarrett
May 25, 1935 – July 1, 2020

Patti Jeanne Jarrett, 85, died July 1 at her home in the Ballard community. She was born May 25, 1935, in Springfield, the daughter of Arthur and Bertha Morris.

She graduated salutatorian from Springfield Central High School in 1953. She was employed by Thieme-Hunt Abstract, Foodtown, Parson Ammunition Plant, Allen Bank and Trust, UMB Hickman Mills and Boatmen’s Bank. She retired from banking in 1990
to work full time in the family business, Mod & Fab in Harrisonville.

Mrs. Jarrett was a member of the First Baptist Church in Harrisonville and a member of FBC’s Glory Builders Class.

She was a Rainbow Girl and a member of the Grand Cross of Color.

Mrs. Jarrett was a dedicated member of the Order of the Eastern Star for 52 years.

She was a Past Matron of Bayard Chapter 179 OES, Harrisonville, Past Matrons Club of Pleasant Hill and also a Past Worthy High Priestess of White Shrine of Jerusalem.

Preceding her in death were her parents; a grandson, Miles Thomas in 2009; and her beloved husband of 40 years, Eugene “Gene” Jarrett, in 2015.

Mrs. Jarrett is survived by her three sons, Mike Thomas and wife, Missy, Kearney, Mark Thomas and wife, Kathy, Belton, and Sam Jarrett and wife, Cindy, Urich; a daughter, Michelle Foreman, Branson; five stepchildren, Sandy Cornine and husband, Tim, Marshall, Marie Freeze and husband, Mark, Greenfield, Marshall Jarrett, Stockton, Kenny Jarrett, Stockton, Becky and husband, Bill, Creighton; 17 grandchildren; seven
great-grandchildren; two sisters, Jane Minor and husband, Bob, Salmon, Idaho, and Kathy Reschke and husband, Leon, Springfield; and many other relatives, friends and her special star buddies.

Eastern Star services were July 6 at the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, and funeral services followed. Graveside services were July 8 at Greenlawn North Cemetery in Springfield.

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

Ruby Charlotte Lane
Feb. 18, 1935 – July 7, 2020

Charlotte Lane, 85, of LaCygne, Kansas, died July 7 at Louisburg Healthcare and Rehab in Louisburg, Kansas.

Ruby Charlotte Lane was born Feb. 18, 1935, in Lisle, to Charles and Ruby Pearl Bodenhamer Napton.

She was married to Bobby Gene Lane. To this union three children were born.

4-H was a big part of Charlotte’s life, serving as a community leader for 30 years. She was the Miami County Fair Board secretary as well as the horticulture judging coach for Miami County, Kansas. There is an engraved brick at the Kansas State Fair Grounds commemorating all her hard work.

Charlotte enjoyed gardening, puzzles, crafts and working with the cattle.

She was long-time supporter of the Kansas Hereford Association Women’s Auxiliary. She loved attending cattle shows and the Kansas State Fair.


Charlotte was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Bobby Lane.

She is survived by her children, Charles Alvin Lane, William Dale Lane and wife Janet, and Patricia Kay Heald and husband Keith.

She also leaves behind grandchildren, Steven Cord Lane, Amanda Justine Heald and Heather Ann Heald, along with a brother, Norman Wayne Napton.

Graveside services were July 11 at the Rockville Cemetery, Louisburg.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Miami County Fair Association.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the Miami County Fair Association.

Naomi F. Palo
April 19, 1935 – July 4, 2020

Naomi Faye Palo, 85, Harrisonville, died July 4 at Crown Care Center in Harrisonville.

Naomi was born April 19, 1935, in Garden City, the daughter of John and Edna (Palmer) Ritter. She had attended Eight Mile School No. 34 northwest of Garden City and Glendale School No. 113 west of Freeman.

Naomi married George Palo June 13, 1953, in Harrisonville. She was a lifelong resident of Harrisonville, a homemaker and was a member of the Harrisonville First Baptist Church.

Naomi was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, George. Dec. 26, 1999, three sisters, Dorothy Pickens, Eleanor Hughes and Evelyn Johnson; and two brothers, John “Buddy” Ritter and Michael Kenegy.

She is survived by a son, Larry Palo and his wife, Peggy, and a grandson, Jefferson M. Palo, all of Gladstone.

Memorial services were July 8 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville.

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

Charles E. Roper
April 5, 1941 – July 3, 2020

Charles Emerson Roper, Peculiar, was born April 5, 1941, in Kansas City, and died July 3 in Leawood, Kansas.

Charles had been fighting cancer and resulting side effects from chemo since November 2019. He fought a valiant fight until the Lord quietly took him while residing in the Health Care Resort of Leawood, Kansas.

Charles went to numerous schools, but ended up in Peculiar where he met the love of his life, Louella West. It only took a year and a half for them to decide they were made for each other and were married June 4, 1961, in Harrisonville.

They spent 59 years in wedded bliss. June 25, 1966, Charles became a proud dad of his precious son, Ricky Lynn Roper.

Before marriage, Charlie was in the Navy from 1959 to 1965 leaving with an honorable discharge.

Charlie played the steel guitar in a band of young musicians. Country and gospel music were his favorites. He continued his love of music playing numerous instruments until arthritis affected his hands.

Charlie was self-employed from a very early age beginning in landscaping. He then worked for the Missouri Highway Department for 17 years.

Being an entrepreneur, Charlie soon started his own building maintenance and services business, working mostly nights and weekends for approximately 34 years. In addition, he started driving a school bus during the day starting in 1987.

It took serious health complications to get him to slow down.

Charlie was a proud dad and took his role seriously, coaching T-ball for his son Rick and even helped coach a girls’ baseball team, while his young sister-in-law, Debbie, was the manager.

Charlie was always involved with activities for his son, nieces and nephews, taking them to the races, wrestling matches and other fun activities.

Charlie was also a strong support for family and friends, helping with celebrations, etc.

Charlie was an avid collector of miniature antique cars and John Deere everything )(clocks, pillows, pictures, miniatures, etc.). He especially loved his clock, which has a different John Deere tractor that starts on the hour.

Of course, as a musician he has more than one guitar.

Charlie was baptized into Christ in 1974 at the Chipman Road Church of Christ in Lee’s Summit,. He has had family memberships with Grandview, Raymore and Belton Church of Christ.

His greatest mentor was Ralph Martin, teaching, learning, during his membership at Grandview and Belton Churches. After moving to Peculiar, he worshiped with the Church of Christ in Peculiar since 2005.

One of the things Charlie missed most during his long illness was worshiping with his brothers and sisters in Christ. He appreciated all the calls, cards, visits and prayers from everyone.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Jennie Roper; and two brothers, Richard and Larry Roper.

He is survived by his wife, Louella West-Roper; his son, Rick Roper; his youngest brother, Ronnie Roper and Marta; two granddaughters, Erica Roper and Tabatha Hyer; three great-grandchildren; honorary grandson, Patrick Brown and Alli; and numerous other family members.

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

Michael A. Tiedeman
April 17, 1964 – July 8, 2020

Michael “Mike” Alan Tiedeman, 56, Harrisonville, died July 8 at his home.

Mike was born April 17, 1964, in Harrisonville, the son of Hugh and Marilyn (Garland) Tiedeman.

He graduated from RayPec High School with the Class of 1982. Mike went on to work as a collateral recovery agent for ACR for almost 25 years.

In his free time, he enjoyed go-kart racing with his nephew and spending time with family, but his true passion was fishing.

He leaves a legacy of being a great father and grandfather and will be sorely missed by those he leaves behind.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Scotty Schipper and Bob Schipper; and his brother-in-law, Ken Berryman.

He is survived by his sons, Steven and Adara Tiedeman and Joshua and Linda (McGhee) Tiedeman; his grandsons, Brynton and Huntyr; and his sisters, Ruthie and Rick Davis, Jeanie and Terry Nichols, Carol Berryman, Phyllis and Steve Pipkin and Lisa and Rick Mitchell.

Graveside services were July 11 at Wills Cemetery in Peculiar.

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

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