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Ed Leslie

April 1, 1947 – July 9, 2020

Ed Leslie, Gila Bend, Arizona, was born in Harrisonville, April 1, 1947, the son of Ralph Edgar Leslie, Sr., and Agnes Frances (Gilleland) Leslie of Gunn City. He died July 9 at Abrazo West Hospital in Goodyear, Arizona.

Ed graduated from Harrisonville High School in 1965. After high school, Ed began his lifelong career as a self-employed, heavy equipment operator, mechanic, and welder. This vocation led him to the west where he fell in love with the desert and a free-spirited wandering lifestyle.

Ed returned to Missouri in 1980 where he lived near Gunn City before moving near Drexel and then back to a farm near Gunn City.

In late 2005, Ed could no longer resist the pull of the west and returned to Arizona where he found his final community of Gila Bend.

Besides his parents, Ed was preceded in death by his brothers, Winford W. Leslie, Gunn City, and Gary D. Leslie, Kingsville; sisters, Lulu Carnes, East Lynne, and Wanda Sehorn, Kingsville; and a granddaughter-in-law, Abigail L. Powell, Grass Valley, California.

He is survived by his brother, Robert O. Leslie, East Lynne; a sister Mary and Walter Hocker, Harrisonville; two sons Shannon O. Leslie, Garden City, and Casey E. Leslie and Elizabeth, Prescott, Arizona; a daughter, Rebecca and James Jackson, Warsaw; two grandsons, Codie O. Leslie, Garden City, and Robert A. Powell, Grass Valley, California; five granddaughters, Mackenzie L. Leslie, Garden city, Ashley M. Ginnings, Gladstone, Ella M. Leslie, Kansas City, Abigail M. Leslie, Prescott, Arizona, and Madison L. and Robert Jackson, Marysville, California; a great-grandson, Izaac M. Chadwick, Gladstone.

Graveside services were July 18 at the Gunn City Cemetery, near Garden City.

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

Jimmy R. Nichols

May 23, 1943 – July 11, 2020

Jimmy Nichols, 77, Drexel, died July 11 at St. Joseph Medical Center in Kansas City.

Jimmy Ray Nichols was born May 23, 1943, in Lebanon the son of J. C. and Racine Horton Nichols.

Jimmy married Brenda Jane Pratt June 2, 1962, in Corcoran, California. To this union for children were born.

In 1967, Jimmy moved his family back to Missouri. He worked for the Coal Mine and Union as a heavy equipment operator doing road construction until his retirement.

He was a very family oriented man. He enjoyed spending as much time as he could with family. Jimmy also enjoyed fishing, garage sales, country music and cartography, the study of maps.

Jim was a very social guy, he could easily spark a conversation with complete strangers and kindle friendships like no other. He was loved and known by many in his lifetime. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and will be missed greatly.

Jimmy was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Brenda Nichols, of the home in Drexel; his son, Allen Nichols, Grandview; a daughter, Terry Corbin, Drexel; a son Keith Nichols, Harrisonville; and daughter Melissa Mariano, Drexel; along with nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; four brothers, Jerald Nichols, Murl Nichols, Tommy Nichols and Bobby Nichols.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Nichols family.

Funeral services were July 18 at the Mullinax Funeral Home, Drexel Chapel. Burial was in Sharon Cemetery, Drexel.

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

Vernon Roberts

January 21, 1945 – July 3, 2020

Vernon Roberts, better known to many as “Papo” or “Pert” died July 3 at the age of 75 at his home in Springdale, Arkansas.

A funeral service was July 8 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville. Interment was in the Peculiar Cemetery, Peculiar.

Vernon was born Jan. 21, 1945, in Harrison, Arkansas, the son of Loy and Dolly (Baker) Roberts.

Vern had a passion for arrowhead hunting, music, travelling, the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Kansas City Chiefs. Vern had been collecting arrowheads for 68 years.

He had the ability to have a witty comeback for almost any conversation, you never knew what little pun he had waiting for you. Above all, his family was his everything.

Vern was a boilermaker for 10 years, until he became president and managed the boiler shop at Cody’s and then moved to Foley’s Co. He later started Roberts Service Co. with his beloved wife, Sue. Vernon had a strong work ethic and drive that made everyone proud.

He was a great friend and storyteller to all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his parents; Loy and Dolly; his brothers: E.L. and Carl: sister, Geneva Jo; brother-in-law, Tony: and granddaughter, Kara Sue.

Vernon was the husband to Carolyn Sue (Smith) Roberts: father of two daughters: Tammy and Cindy and Chris; brother to Vivian: grandpa to Savanah and Drew, Taylor, Austin and Kelsee, and Tanner; great-grandfather to six, Makinley, Houston, Camden, Dawson, Charlee and Paislee; uncle to his very special nieces, Debbie, Karla and Tonya; favorite brother-in-law, David; and outlaw, Mary; as well as many great nieces and nephews; and his beloved dog, Rudy.

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

Wilma F. Sisk

May 12, 1924 – July 3, 2020

Wilma Faye Sisk, Garden City was born May 12, 1924, in Daugherty, the daughter of James William and Gladys Marie (Garrett) Lotspeich. She died July 3 at Golden Years Care Center, Harrisonville, at the age of 96 years, 1 month and 21 days.

On March 25, 1943, Wilma married Richard Ray Sisk in Harrisonville.

Wilma was homemaker. Earlier, she was a long-distance telephone operator in Leadville, Colorado, when Richard was in the service and later was a nurse’s aid at the Harrisonville Hospital in the 1970s.

She was a member of the Cass Regional Medical Center Auxiliary until two years ago and the Index Auxiliary Extension Club in Garden City.

Wilma was a member of the First Baptist Church, Garden City, where she was a Sunday school teacher and worked with the youth.

She was known as “Grandma Wilma” to the kindergartners at the Early Childhood Center in Sharon Poisal’s class and was the 2008 Volunteer of the Year for the Harrisonville School District. Wilma loved to be with her family and grandchildren.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Sisk, Nov. 26, 1998; her daughter, Barbara Kellam, Feb. 21, 2003; two brothers, Jim and Bob Lotspeich; four sisters, Naomi Hawn, Juanita Meyer, Ioma McFerrin and June Leslie.

Wilma is survived by her son, Jim Sisk and wife, Linda, Garden City; a son-in-law, Don Kellam, Gower; five grandchildren, Chad, Deena, Jeff, Matt and Mike; 12 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Helen Kenney, Clinton; other relatives and many friends.

Funeral services were July 12 at the Heart of Life Church, Garden City, with burial in the Garden City Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Heart of Life Church Memorial Fund.

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

John H. Wood

March 22, 1938 – July 13, 2020

John H. Wood, 82, Peculiar, died July 13 at his home. Memorial services were July 17 at the First Church of Peculiar in Peculiar. Contributions may be made to C.A.N. Children and Nutrition, c/o Atkinson Funeral Home.

John was born March 22, 1938, in Shelby County, a son of Herndon and Dolores (Maupin) Wood.

When he was 8 years old, his mother remarried, Bernie M. Banowich, and they moved to Connecticut where he was raised with his sisters, Bonnie and Joyce.

John thought the world of his dad, Bernie. After graduation in 1958 from Wethersfield High School and a year at UConn. John joined the United States Air Force.

He was in the first computer class to graduate from Keesler AFB in Biloxi, Mississippi. From Keesler, John was sent to a radar sight outside of Kirksville, which put him very close to his grandparents, and aunts and cousins, who were in Clarence, where he was born.

He met Linda Mooneyham and they married June 25, 1960. Their daughter, Kimberlie Marie, was born and died in 1961.

Joh was then stationed in Germany for three years where their daughter, Kelley, and son, Michael, were born. Their son, Patrick, was born after they arrived back in the states.

After a long tour back at Keesler AFB, John was stationed in Korat, Thailand. Upon return, he was then stationed at Richards-Gebaur AFB, Grandview, where he retired after 20 years in the service as a senior master sergeant.

Upon retirement, John and a friend owned and operated a meat processing plant in Peculiar. Later, John and his son, Pat, owned and operated a computer sales and repair business. After retiring, John could devote himself to hunting and fishing, snow skiing, flying his airplane and for several years, teaching students to fly.

John was a member of the First Church of Peculiar in Peculiar. He was a 50-year member of the Cass Masonic Lodge No. 147 AF&AM, Harrisonville. He had lived in Peculiar since 1972.

John was preceded in death by his father, Herndon Wood; infant daughter, Kimberly Marie; his parents, Delores and Bernie Banowich; and a sister, Bonnie Celtsuda.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Wood, of the home; two sons, Michael Wood and Dara, Kansas City, and Patrick Wood and Shellie, Warsaw; a daughter, Kelly Anderson and Bill, Peculiar; a sister, Joyce Anagnos, Naples, Florida; eight grandchildren, Ashley Lyon and Mitch, Shane Anderson and Kacie, Bryan Wood, Megan Guillen and Aaron, Aubrey J. Wood, Lauren M. Wood, Mindy and Kody, and Mike Sanders and Rikki; nine great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

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

Nellie L. Fugate

Feb. 19, 1928 – July 14, 2020

Nellie LaVerne (Duncan) Fugate was born Feb. 19, 1928, in Kansas City, the daughter of Riley Newton and Nellie Louisa (Shivley) Duncan. She died July 14 at Golden Years Care Center in Harrisonville, at the age of 92 years, 4 months, and 25 days.

LaVerne lived in Kansas City until 1934 when the Duncan Family moved to a farm near Cleveland. LaVerne attended grade school in West Line and graduated from Freeman High School in Freeman.

She continued her education, obtaining a Bachelor of Science Degree from Park University in Kansas City. After Graduating from Park University, LaVerne attended the University of Missouri in Columbia for her graduate studies.

On June 10, 1951, LaVerne married William Harold Fugate in Freeman and to this union four children were born.

LaVerne and Harold lived several places early in their marriage. They lived in Nevada for five years where LaVerne worked for a year at Sears; then they moved to Butler for two years; and then to Clinton for six years.

in 1969, the Fugate family moved to Cleveland where together, LaVerne and Harold owned and operated a cattle and grain farm. After her husbands death June 23, 1996, LaVerne continued to live on her beloved farm. In 2013, with her health declining, LaVerne moved to Golden Years Care Center in Harrisonville.

LaVerne loved her Lord. She was an active member of the First Cleveland Baptist Church and attended most every service and activity. She also enjoyed Bible study with her friends.

LaVerne also enjoyed playing piano and singing with a small group from church. They called themselves the Praise Singers and traveled to local nursing homes to perform gospel music for the residents. It brought them just as much joy as the residents themselves.

LaVerne was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. When her children were youne, she was a 4-H mom for all of them . Later, her joy in life was gathering all her family and friends for picnics and get-togethers and was well known for her delicious Dutch apple pie she would make for these events. LaVerne was also known for her love of cats. Friends and family never saw LaVerne when she wasn’t smiling.

In addition to her husband, Harold, LaVerne was preceded in death by her parents, Riley and Nellie Duncan; and a son, Bruce Fugate.

She is survived by her two sons, Victor “Vic” Fugate, Sr., and wife, Linda, Humansville, and Rex Fugate and wife, Diana, Cleveland; a daughter, Barbara Lindley, Lee’s Summit; 11 grandchildren, Carl Fugate, Jessie Fugate, Victor Fugate, Jr., Christopher Fugate, Eric Fugate, Austin Fugate, Paul Shupert, Aspen Fugate, Chuck Martin, Angela Oelke and Byron Marton; many, many great-grandchildren; other relatives and many friends.

Graveside services for Nellie LaVerne (Duncan) Fugate were July 20 at the Glenwild Cemetery near Cleveland, with Brother Henry Green officiating.

Casket Bearers were Carl Fugate, Jessie Fugate, Victor Fugate, Jr., Christopher Fugate, Eric Fugate, Austin Fugate, Paul Shupert, Chuck Martin and Byron Martin. Music was provided by Sherrie Roberson and Deanna and Bill Wolff.

The family suggests contributions to Ascend Hospice, 783 Anderson Lane, Lee’s Summit, MO 64064. If you desire to send flowers or potted plants, please call 913-991-3153 for instructions on delivery.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Wallace Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

Sara J. Glaviano

Oct. 26, 1982 – July 7, 2020

Sara Jean Glaviano, 37, Belton, died July 7. A private family graveside was held in Wills Cemetery, Peculiar.

Sara was born October 26, 1982, in Kansas City, the daughter of Mark Anthony and Barbara Jo (Aldridge) Glaviano.

She grew up in the Independence and Belton areas. She worked as a manager for Papa John’s in Raymore. She loved all sports.

Sarah is survived by her mother, Barbi Glaviano, Belton; her father and stepmother, Mark and Frances Glaviano, Greenwood; a son, Anthony J. Glaviano, Belton; a daughter, Alyssa Lily Horn, Peculiar; three brothers, Daniel Sexton, Belton, Mark Glaviano, Jr., Blue Springs, and Domonick Glaviano, Lee’s Summit; four sisters, Jill Roos, Blue Springs, Michelle Watkins, Grandview, Christine Glaviano and Mary Glaviano, both of Greenwood; many nieces and nephews; and a great-nephew.

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

Lois N. Hartsell

March 13, 1937 – July 9, 2020

Lois Nadine Hartsell, 83, Garden City, died July 9 at her home surrounded by loved ones. Lois was born March 13, 1937, in Iberia, the daughter of Curtis Pemberton and Laura (Thornsberry).

She was the oldest of nine children. On June 3, 1955, Lois married George Leroy Hartsell in Lee’s Summit. Three children were born to this union, Terry, Clifford and Becky.

Lois was employed as an Avon representative and the Archie School District as a bus driver until her retirement.

Lois was dedicated to her family, friends and faith. She and Leroy were avid fishermen with trips to Canada.

They enjoyed attending NASCAR races and traveling. Lois and Leroy were loyal spectators a their grandchildren’s activities.

She loved spending time outside working in her garden and planting flowers. Lois was a dedicated quilter and loved spending time with the Busy Bee Quilters on Wednesdays. She took pride in the quilts she made for all of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Besides her parents Lois was preceded in death by her husband, Leroy; her grandson, Kristopher Wayne Hartsell; two brothers David and Alvin Pemberton; sister-in-law, Donna Pemberton; and brother-in-law, John Hogan.

Lois is survived by her children, Terry Hartsell and wife, Vicki, Pleasant Hill, Clifford Hartsell and wife, Michelle, Garden City, and Wyatt and husband, Jerry, Archie; six grandchildren, David Hartsell and wife, Melissa, Pleasant Hill, Andrea Hartsell, Pleasant Hill, Nicholas Hartsell and wife, Ashley, Garden City, Adam Hartsell and wife, Kayla, Archie, Thomas Hartsell and wife, Brianna, Harrisonville, Elizabeth Hartsell and fiancé, Kevin Marrant, Garden City; 12 great-grandchildren: Garrison, McKenna, Callie, Kennedee, Kynlee, Nolan, Braylee, Keaghan, Rylee Hartsell, Weston, Brayden and Delaney Marrant.

Also surviving are siblings, Doyle Pemberton and Junadell, Topeka, Kansas, Carol Hogan, Raymore, Dorlis Pemberton, Lake of the Ozarks, Richard Pemberton and Debbie, Pleasant Hill, Sandra Taylor and Ronnie, Lenexa, Kansas; and several nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.

Memorial contributions may be mad to the American Caner Society.

Funeral services were July 14 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Adrian with burial in Crescent Hill Cemetery, Adrian.

Linda S. Hill

Aug. 23, 1946 – July 11, 2020

Linda Sue Hill, 73, Harrisonville, died July 11 in Independence. No services are scheduled.

Linda was born Aug. 23, 1946, in Aurora, the daughter of Thomas Lewis and Billie Jean (Jones) Gilmore.

She had worked as a secretary for Cass Regional Medical Center for 20 years before retiring.

Linda was preceded in death by her parents and son, Jason Gulley.

She is survived by a son, James Gene Hessefort, Kansas City, Kansas; three sisters, Joyce Walters, Spring Hill, Kansas, Keren Montavy, Grain Valley, and Janice Jones, Independence; a brother, Lewis Gene Gilmore, Lawson.

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

Julia L Jackson

April 17, 1949 – July 9, 2020

Julia “Lucille” Jackson, Harrisonville, was born April 17, 2020, in Kansas City, the daughter of Jack and Opal Wilson. She died July 9 at her home.

Aug. 23, 1971, Lucille married Carl E. Jackson in Miami, Oklahoma.

Lucille worked for many years as a waitress at Mama Tios in Kansas City, working hard to support her family.

Lucille made the decision to return to school and earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in social work.

Upon receiving her degrees, Lucille began working for the Division of Family Services, and having many roles there including being a child investigator.

After working for the Division of Family Services for 19 years, Lucille retired to enjoy her life at home, to travel with friends and to enjoy her grandchildren.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Jackson, Oct. 25, 2006; two brothers, Franklin Starforth and Tom Starforth.

Lucille is survived by two sons, Carl Jackson and wife, Teresea, and Dale Jackson and wife, Lisa, all of Harrisonville; four granddaughters, Maddie Blankenship and husband, Matthew, Olathe, Kansas, Mallory Jackson, Audrey Jackson and Peyton Jackson, all of Harrisonville; three brothers Danny Starforth, Belton, Richard Wilson, Archie, and Jackie Wilson, Kansas City; a sister, Irene Washburn, Belton; and many other relatives and numerous friends.

The family suggests memorial contributions to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Cremation. A celebration of life service was July 16 at the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville.

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

Charlotte O. Kite

Aug. 2, 1936 – June 30, 2020

Charlotte O’Donna Kite, 83, Harrisonville, died, June 30, at Golden Years Care Center in Harrisonville. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Aug. 1 with the visitation beginning at 10:30 a.m., all at Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Salvation Army.

Charlotte was borne Aug. 2, 1936, in Ponca City, Oklahoma, the daughter of Charles O. Warren and Dorothy J. (Savage) Warren.

She graduated from Manual High School in Kansas City with the class of 1954. After high school and during her early career days, she enjoyed working for Frances Gee Garment Company.

Charlotte met Kenneth Kite and they were married Dec. 14, 1968.

She worked as a typist and receptionist for the Marine Corps finance center for about 25 years before retiring in 2000. In her free time, she always had a love for sewing and crocheting and was an excellent seamstress.

Charlotte had a deep faith and attended church throughout her life. She will be most remembered for her faithfulness and for being an excellent mother and grandmother that will be dearly missed by those she leaves behind.

As she enters into rest, her children leave their thoughts with this verse: “His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.'” – Matthew 25:23

Charlotte was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Kenneth Kite, Sr.; her brother, Bill Warren; her grandson, Adam Walker; and her nephew, Charles Warren.

She is survived by her children, Beverly Murphey of Oskaloosa, Kansas; Kenneth Kite, Jr., Creighton; and Barbara Vogel, Branson; her grandchildren, Charlotte Gleason, Oskaloosa, Kansas; Amber Vogel, Branson; and Greg Vogel, Jr., Springfield; and four great-grandchildren, Amelia, Zac, Lilly and Konnor.

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

Kenneth W. Lambert

Jan. 12, 1946 – June 15, 2020

Kenneth William Lambert was born Jan. 12, 1936, in San Antonio, Texas, the son of Alma and Virgil Lambert.

He died June 15 surrounded by this wife, Lynette, of 33 years; and friends.

Kenney grew up in Kansas City in the Armourdale area. He was employed by Kidwell Construction, Clarkson Construction and PC Construction. He enjoyed driving heavy equipment.

Kenney enjoyed working on old cars and especially his 1959 Chevy and his 1942 Chevy. He liked music and playing guitar.

He loved telling jokes and seeing the fun side of things. Kenney and Lynette enjoyed just being together.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Kenney is survived by his wife, Lynette Lambert Roberts, of the home and his children, Luticia Shackelford, Kenney Wayne and Dean Allen; five grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and many relatives and friends.

Cremation with a celebration of life service at a later date.

Lyle J. Carr

Nov. 26, 1939 – July 7, 2020

Lyle J. “Jim” Carr, 80, Harrisonville, formerly of O’Neill, the son of Hugh and Margaret (Holcomb) Carr.

He graduated from St. Mary’s High School in 1959.

Jim married pauline Mahony June 15, 1968, and they enjoyed 52 years of marriage. They had three children, Sean, Kara, and Erin.

Jim Belonged to the Knights of Columbus and was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Harrisonville.

Jim was an avid golfer, however, he was best known for his quick wit and jovial sense of humor. He will be greatly missed.

Jim is survived by three children, Sean and Kellie Carr, Lee’s Summit, Kara and Michael Stephens, Cleveland, and Erin and Shane Mercer, Harrisonville; six grandchildren that brought much joy, Chandler and Logan Stephens, Tanner and Cayden Carr and Emily and Hailey Mercer; two brothers, Darrel and Patrick Carr; a sister, Sharon Roach; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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

Iva J. Cox

May 23, 1936 – July 8, 2020

Iva Joan Cox, East Lynne, was born May 23, 1936, in Carthage, the daughter of Purl Buster and Julia Gladys (Harrill) Pennington. She died July 8 at her home surrounded by love and family at the age of 84 years, 1 month, and 15 days.

January 20, 1984, Joan married Robert Lowell Cox in Kansas City.

Joan was a real estate broker and owned Hoover Realty, Kansas City, and later was an accountant for the City of Kansas City in the water department until her retirement in 1993.

After her retirement, she was an assistant to the director of financial services at the Metropolitan Community College from 1994 to 1998. From 2000 to 2002, Joan was the East Lynne city treasurer, volunteered for beautification of the East Lynne Rodeo Park and helped produce the weekly bulletin for the East Lynne Assembly of God Church.

Joan loved to sew, plant and grow a flower garden, write stories and poetry. Joan had a deep abiding love fore and trust in Jesus Christ, her Savior. She was known as a graceful lady who was very witty and humorous.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters and a brother.

Joan is survived by her husband, Robert L. Cox, of the home; a son, Larry Hoover and a wife , Teresa, Marionville; three daughters, Linda Stevens and husband, Daniel, East Lynne, Marilyn Partney, Cedar Park, Texas, and Barb Shoemaker and husband, Ken, Garden City; four step-sons, David Cox and wife, Lynne, Carson City, Nevada, Douglas Cox and wife, Kate, East Lynne, Robert Cox and wife, Amy, Overland Park, Kansas, and Brad Cox, Kansas City; two stepdaughters, Diana Chavez and husband, Jim, Ponca City, Oklahoma, and Denise Cox, Garden City; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; two brothers, Byron “Bud” Pennington, Louisburg, Kansas, and Denzil “Buster” Pennington, Lebanon, Ohio; other relatives and friends.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Heartland Hospice in Butler.

Graveside services were July 13 at the Fasken Cemetery, Carthage, under the direction of the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville.

Dixie L. Dorazil

Sept. 22, 1942 – March 19, 2020

Dixie Lee Dorazil, Harrisonville, was born Sept. 22, 1942, in Waterloo, Iowa, the daughter of Woodrow and Frances (Smith) Baier. She died March 19 at the Sunrise of Leawood, Kansas, at the age of 77 years, 5 months and 27 days.

On July 26, 1964, Dixie married George Donald Dorazil in Sumner, Iowa.

Dixie owned and operated Dixie Quick Tax in Harrisonville and was in business in Harrisonville for 22 years until her retirement in 2016.

She had a dual major Bachelor Degree in Mathematics and Physical Education and received her MBA from Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg.

Dixie was an active member of the Harrisonville Lions Club. Her grandchildren were her life and you could find her attending all their sporting and school events.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her son-in-law, Lee Hollis.

Dixie is survived by her husband, George Dorazil, of the home; a son, Dan Dorazil and wife, Melissa, Parker, Colorado: a daughter, Gina Gollis, Leawood, Kansas; six grandchildren, Matthew, Kristin, Nathan, Bruce, Mark and Jeff; and a great-grandchild on the way; two brothers, Dennis Baier, Springfield, and David Baier, Waverly, Iowa; other relatives and many friends.

A celebration of life service will be at 2 p.m. July 25 at the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m., July 25, at the funeral home.

A private family graveside service will be at the Orient Cemetery, Harrisonville.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Advanced Health Care Hospice, Overland Park, Kansas.

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

Gladys M. Clark

July 29, 1935 – July 14, 2020

Gladys M. (VanSlyke) Clark, 84, Adrian, died July 14 at her home. Burial was July 20 in Scott Cemetery, Amsterdam. Memorial Contributions may be made to the United Methodist Church, Amsterdam or wo Scott Cemetery.

Gladys was born July 29, 1935, near Amsterdam, in Bates County, the oldest of Roy Dee and Opal Mae (Daniels) VanSlyke.

She graduated from Miami High School in May 1954. She worked at Dairy Creme in Butler.

On Sept. 12, 1954, she married Paul Baumann. They had one daughter, Debra G., in California. She and Debra returned to Missouri where she worked for Mr. and Mrs. Baumann and typed dog papers for the registry, as all were purebred.

She later worked for Bass Buster Lures and the attended Heavlin Beauty School. She worked at Goldie’s Beauty Shop in Butler.

On Nov. 22, 1961, she married Willis M. Clark. A year later he adopted her daughter, Debra. On Aug. 26, 1963, they had a son, Floyd Dee, born in Columbia. He received both of his grandparent’s names.

In 1962, Willis was transferred with Peabody Coal to Columbia from Montrose Power Plant. She went to work for the Veterinary School of Medicine in research.

Ten years later, Willis was transferred to Calhoun Tebo Mine where she was hired to work. She then went to Power Mine, Will Scarlett Mine, Illinois, Colony Bay, West Virginia, then retired after 17 and a half years.

Upon retirement in October 1990, she and Willis returned to Adrian to be near her parents. She became a CNA and CMT and working four years before having to stay home to take care of Willis.

Gladys enjoyed her computer; it had her Bible, music and games on it. She also enjoyed going to the boats once a year in Texas for Thanksgiving.

She belonged to the United Methodist Church in Amsterdam.

Gladys was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Opal VanSlyke; her husband, Willis M. Clark; a daughter, Debra G. Nickles; two grandsons, Mitchell Lee Gallup and John “Jay” H Gallup, III; and a brother, Jack VanSlyke and his wife Doris.

She is survived by a son, Floyd D. Clark, Adrian; a grandchild; several great-grandchildren; extended family, Rhonda and Harold Rhodes; two sisters, Vesta and Leonard Burbank and Connie and Jimmy Gibson; a brother, Dale VanSlyke and Linda; uncle, Jim VanSlyke and Pauline; and a brother-in-law, Maurice Clark Kay.

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

James M. Collins

Sept. 17 1934 – July 10, 2020

James Milford Collins, 85, Archie, died July 10 at his home. James was born Sept. 17, 1934, in St. Charles, Virginia, the son of James Milford and Julia (Sheket) Collins.

He married Alice Kensbock on June 22, 1957, in Leavenworth, Kansas. They made their home in Hickman Mills for over 30 years before moving to Archie in 2000.

James was an over-the-road truck driver and was a member of Teamsters Local No. 41 and No. 541.

James is survived by his wife, Alice, of the home; two sons, Jim Collins and Kenneth and Susan Collins, Nevada; two daughters, Elizabeth (Nadine) and Tome Tenny, Raytown, and Julia and Jeff Yergovich, Eureka Springs, Arkansas, a brother; four sisters; and six grandchildren, Anna Marie, Josh, Michael, Morgan, Kendra and Krystal; and six great-grandchildren.

Memorial Graveside services were July 17 at Mt. Calvary Lansing Cemetery in Lansing, Kansas.

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

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