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Lynn W. Andersen
Aug. 1, 1950 – July 26, 2020


Lynn Wilbert Andersen was born Aug. 1, 1950, in Cass County, Iowa, and died July 26 at his home in Cass County.

Lynn was the son of Wilbert F. and Janis M. (Bornholdt) Andersen.

In the early 1970s, Lynn moved from Iowa to Missouri where he met Gayla (Plunkett) Cook. They were married June 27, 1978, in Bridal Cave at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Lynn was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife, Gayla, of the home; his three girls, Carrie and Aaron Obermiller and Chessie and Travis Wright, all of Harrisonville, and Celine and Chuck Armstrong, New York City, nine grandchildren, Morgan, Isabelle, Frederick, Charlotte and Albert Obermiller, Jack and Evan Wright and Quincy and Hugo Armstrong; stepchildren, Kim and Bill Catron and Joe and Angel Cook; step-grandson, Ryan Catron; sister, Judy Norman; brother, David and Lisa Andersen; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

On Lynn’s 70th birthday, Aug. 1, a viewing was held at Stonegate Crematorium, Harrisonville, with a celebration of life at his daughter’s home.

Arrangements were under the direction of Stonegate Crematorium, Harrisonville.


Rieta J. Anderson
May 21, 1939 – July 27, 2020


Rieta Joyce Anderson, 81, East Lynne, died July 27 at her home.

Rieta was born May 21, 1939, in Kansas City the daughter of Loyce Opal and Bertha Christine (Hansen) Riggs. She married Gordon Anderson Aug. 13, 1955, in Pleasant Hill.

Rieta attended cosmetology school and worked as a beautician for 67 years. She also drove a school bus for East Lynne Schools.

Rieta enjoyed sewing, especially western shirts for the girls. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was a founding member of the Midwest Barrel Racing Association and a member of the National Barrel Horse Association.

Rieta is survived by her husband of 65 years, Gordon Anderson, of the home; two daughters, Rieta Kaye Anderson Manning, Harrisonville, and Sheila Sue Anderson Bridges, Pleasant Hill; two grandsons, J.D. Manning and Kara, Clinton, and Brady Manning and Abbey, Greenwood; a brother, Rex Riggs and Starr, Harrisonville; a sister, Sharon Riggs Spencer and Gary, Udall, Kansas; two great-grandsons; four great-
granddaughters; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were July 31 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville.

Burial was in the Freeman Cemetery, Freeman.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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

Isaac D. Dilks
Feb. 11, 1930 – July 27, 2020


Isaac Donald Dilks, Garden City, was born in Rosehill Township in Johnson County, the son of Isaac Charles and Mary Mabel (Clegg) Dilks.

He died July 27 at the Lee’s Summit Medical Center, Lee’s Summit, at the age of 90 years, 5 months and 16 days.

On Feb. 25, 1950, Isaac married Lola Grace Braden in Independence.

Isaac was employed as an assembler for GMAC Leeds Plant, Kansas City, until his retirement July 1, 1992. He was a member of the UAW Union Local No. 93, Kansas
City.

Isaac was involved in sports with his children and as a coach. He was an avid bowler, loved farming, nature, animals and enjoyed travel adventures with family. Isaac’s biggest love was for his family with whom he kept close through his final weeks.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Lola G. Dilks, Feb. 25, 2003; a grandson, Andrew Keith Dilks; a great-grandson, Stanton Lamb; his siblings, Mabel Young and Roland Dilks.

Isaac is survived by four children, Darlene Payne and husband, Bill, Greenwood, Arkansas, Carol Lamb and husband, Larry, Garden City, Donald Dilks and wife, Barbara, Burleson, Texas, and Debra Dilks, Boonville; nine grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Donna Brashear, state of Indiana and Joann Cope and husband, Lowell, Lincoln, Nebraska; other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were July 30 at the Dickey Funeral Home, Garden City, with burial in the Blairstown Cemetery, Blairstown.

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

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

Debra L. Joiner
April 23, 1960 – July 26, 2020


Debra “Debbi” Lynn Joiner, Garden City, died July 26 surrounded by family in her home after a short, but hard fought, battle with pancreatic cancer.

Debbi was born April 23, 1960, to Richard Elliott and Loretta Elliott at Baptist Memorial Hospital, Kansas City.

Aug. 29, 1980, Debbi married Kelly LeRay Joiner at the First Baptist Church, Lee’s Summit.

Debbi was known to all as a devoted and loving wife, mom and nana who enjoyed spending her free time at the lake with “her people,” who were both family and friends who became family.

The highlight of her life was spending quality time and creating special memories with her grandchildren.

Debbi worked for Palmer Electric as a project coordinator for the last nine years.

In the words of Debbi, until we meet her again, it’s not goodbye, but “Toodles.”

She was preceded in death by her faher, Richard Elliott; mother, Loretta Elliott; and infant granddaughter, Cassidy Grimsley. She is survived by her loving husband of 40 years, Kelly Joiner, Garden City; her daughter, Amanda Grimsley and Josh, Adrian; son, Brandon Joiner and Jesi, Lee’s Summit; and son, Colby Joiner and Holly, Lone Jack; mom, Sharon Elliott, Belton; and grandchildren, Josie Gann, Leevi, Maycee and Rylee Grimsley, Adelyn and Camden Joiner, Mylee and Logynn Joiner; her siblings, Richard Elliott and Tracy, Oklahoma, Rhonda Phillips, Arizona, Mark Creswell and Dawn, Grain Valley, and Dale Creswell and Carla, Oak Grove.

Cremation. A celebration of life service was Aug 1 at the Dickey Funeral Home, Garden City.

Donations may be sent to Golden Valley Memorial Hospice of Clinton, https://www.gvmh.org/about/foundation/ in honor of Debbi.

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

Austin Lancaster
Sept 4, 1990 – July 28, 2020


Austin Lancaster, 29, Peculiar, died July 28. Austin Tyler Lancaster was born Sept. 4, 1990, in Springfield, the son of William Lancaster and Karen Bowin Bryant.

He grew up and attended school in Humansville, where he met his wife of 12 years, Justina Turnbough. Together they had three wonderful children, two sons and a daughter.

One thing Austin loved was spending time with family. He always had a huge smile that will forever be remembered. He was always quick to make a joke and make everyone laugh. These memories will last forever, as many of us got to enjoy family time with him. Some of the best memories were made while fishing with his wife, children and brother, Nacho, and going to Chiefs games and tailgating with family.

Austin was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Robert and Peggy Lancaster; maternal grandparents, George and Dorothy Bowin; and by his aunt,
Cheryl Holley.

He is survived by his wife, Justina Lancaster; his children, Landen, Makynzie and Parker Lancaster; his father, William Lancaster; mother and stepfather, Karen and Eddie Bryant; sisters, Amy and Tate Zimmerman, Jessica and Brian Whalen and Jennifer and Olen Appleton.

He is also survived by his step siblings, Ignacio Castillo, Rick and Lesa Castillo, Jessie Bryant and Patrick Hernandez; along with many nieces, nephews and extended family members and friends.

Funeral services were Aug. 1 at the Mullinax Funeral Home, Butler. Burial was in Sharon Cemetery, Drexel.

Memorial contributions may be made, in lieu of flowers, to the family c/o Mullinax Funeral Home.

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

Donald W. Leimkuhler
July 11, 1944 – July 28, 2020

Donald Wayne Leimkuhler, 76, Harrisonville, died July 28 at the Kansas City Hospice House, Kansas City.

Don was born July 11, 1944, in Harrisonville, the son of George Julius and Edith Francis
(Fields) Leimkuhler.

He was a lifelong Harrisonville resident and a 1962 graduate of Harrisonville High School.

Don was married to Connie Rinker Jan. 4, 1964, by the Rev. Joe Brewster at the Freeman Baptist Church.

Don worked at the U.S. Post Office in Harrisonville for 28 and a half years, retiring in 1992. He was a member of the Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church, Harrisonville.

He was a member of Cass Masonic Lodge No. 147 AF&AM, Harrisonville, the Ararat Shrine Temple in Kansas City and the Ole Cars Unit. He was also a member of the Cass County Shrine Club and the American Postal Workers Union.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, George Leimkuhler.

He is survived by his wife, Connie, of the home; two daughters, Theresa Geer and LaDonna Bratten, both of Harrisonville; a brother, Larry Leimkuhler, Elkland; and three grandchildren.

A memorial graveside service was Aug. 3 at the Freeman Cemetery, Freeman.

Visitation and a Masonic service was Aug. 3 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville.

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

Timothy Robert Long
March 30, 1957 – July 27, 2020

Timothy Robert Long, 63, of Harrisonville, died July 27 at his home. A memorial service was held Aug. 3 at the Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville.

Tim was born March 30, 1957, in Independence, a son of William and Violet (Cothern) Long. He had three brothers and one sister.

After graduating from Harrisonville High School, Tim spent his career as a master welder. He enjoyed spending time at the lake, boating, camping and traveling to motorcycle events.

Tim was preceded in death by his father, mother, a brother and his wife, Debbie.

He is survived by daughter, Amber Cheyenne; Bonus daughters, Leslie and Johnna; six grandchildren, Jay, Josh, Chelsey, Gaige, Shawn and Elexcia; two great-grandchildren; and sister, Sharon (Dean) Walsh; brothers, Vern (Linda) Long and Rick Long.

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

Sharon E. Loveall
June 27, 1964 – July 29, 2020

Sharon Elaine Loveall, 56, Harrisonville, died July 29 at her daughter’s home in Raymore, surrounded by her family.

Sharon was born June 27, 1964, the daughter of Elvin Myers and Virginia (Rench) Keller in Perryton, Texas.

Sharon attended the Ray-Pec Schools, growing up in the Raymore area. She moved to Harrisonville after school and was a resident for more than 34 years.

She spent her career working in the heating and cooling industry, primarily as a secretary. Despite her battle with cancer, she continued working until December 2019 with Sharp-Long 72 Degrees Air Conditioning and Heating.

Sharon enjoyed doing yard work and crafting and she really enjoyed spending time with her dog. Although, she might have been considered somewhat of a workaholic, due to always needing to find something to do and be busy with, her family was her world.

She loved being a mother and a grandmother and was truly looking forward to welcoming her first great-grandchild. Family meant everything to her and she will be sorely missed by all those she leaves behind, but they know she fought hard and that is the legacy she leaves behind, that of strength, courage and unending love.

Sharon was preceded in death by her parents, Elvin Myers and Virginia Keller; her grandparents, Gladys and Steven Rench; and her nephew, Michael David Demoss.

She is survived by her daughter, Tara and Michael Hillyer; her son, David Gagne; her daughter, Brianna and Michael Medley; her nine grandchildren, Alexyss, Matthew, Mason and Lucas Hillyer, Alyssa Fuqua, Aaron and Ashton Gagne, Hunter Sullivan and Lincoln Medley; a great-grandchild on the way, Tucker Dunham, Jr.; two brothers, Robert Myers and Donnie Myers; her sister, Debbie Self; and many extended family
and friends.

Memorial services were Aug. 1 at Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville. Inurnment was in the Wills Cemetery, Peculiar.

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

Phillip Moore
March 6, 1953 – July 21, 2020

Phillip Moore, 67, was born in Lone Tree, near Harrisonville, March 6, 1953, the son of Clarence and Inez Moore. He died July 21 at Golden Years Nursing Home in Harrisonville.

He worked as a roofer for many years and was a truck driver in later years. He loved
driving all over the country seeing the sites and had many stories to tell of his adventures.

He was very family oriented and loved spending as much time with family and friends as he could. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing and building things.

Phil never knew a stranger and would give the shirt off his back if he thought you needed it. He was well known and loved by many in his lifetime. He loved to make people laugh and had a quick wit and many funny stories. He was a devoted, loving, loyal friend and amazing father and grandfather and will be greatly missed.

Phil was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by a son, Phillip Moore, Harrisonville; a daughter, Tracy Carver, Harrisonville; a son Travis Moore, Blue Springs; a son Jackson Lee, Harrisonville; and six grandchildren, Misty, Jason, Coty, Justin, Kindra and Koltin; and three sisters.

He was cremated with a celebration of life service to be held at a later date.

Leo E. Moravec, Jr.
Aug. 14, 1943 – July 24, 2020


Leo Edward “Ed” Moravec, Jr., 76, Harrisonville, died July 24 in Derby, Kansas. A memorial graveside service was July 30 at the Orient Cemetery in Harrisonville.

Ed was born Aug. 14, 1943, in Concordia, Kansas, the son of Leo E. Moravec and Vivian (Zugmier) Moravec.

Ed grew up and attended school in Harrisonville and was a 1961 graduate of Harrisonville High School. He had a Master’s Degree in Math and Education from Central Missouri State College at Warrensburg.

He taught school for many years at Hannibal and after retiring, worked for Wells Fargo as an armed security guard at Overland Park State bank (now UMB) and later at Sprint in Overland Park, Kansas.

In his younger years his hobbies involved hunting and beating friends and family at chess. Later, he secured his ham radio operators license and spent time on the air waves.

He is survived by his brother, Rodney Moravec and Lynda, Mulvane, Kansas; two nieces, Lisa and Aaron Waller, Wichita, Kansas, and Jennifer and Jade Hopkins, Derby, Kansas; and five great-nephews, Andrew and Allyn Waller, Tanner, Conner and Parker Hopkins.

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

James R. Mulligan
Oct. 22, 1926 – July 25, 2020


James Robert Mulligan, 93, Overland Park, Kansas, died July 25 at Menorah Medical Center in Overland Park. A private funeral mass was July 28 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Harrisonville, with burial at Orient Cemetery, Harrisonville.

Jim was born Oct. 22, 1926, in Raymore, the son of Richard “Gerald” and Ida (Arnold) Mulligan.

He grew up in Raymore and was a graduate of Lee’s Summit High School. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, reaching the rank of Petty Officer Third Class.

He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Jim farmed throughout his life, as well as worked for the Environmental Protection Agency.

Jim married Mary Therese Smith May 10, 1969, at Redemptorist Catholic Church in Kansas City. They lived in Raymore before moving to Garden City in 1972.

He was a long-time active member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Harrisonville ,and was a Grand Knight in the Father Puetz Chapter of the Knights
of Columbus.

Jim was preceded in death by his wife; parents; two sisters, Geraldine Pierson Najolia and Helen Mulligan; and a brother, Richard “Dick” Mulligan.

Survivors include his four children, Peggy and Stephen Mouse, Urich, Michael and Tracy Mulligan, Columbia, Amy and Shawn Kennedy, Prairie Village, Kansas, and Chris and Natalie Mulligan, Springfield, Virginia; nine grandchildren, Jimmy, Katy, Anna and Evan Mouse, Harry and Marguerite Kennedy, and Caroline, George and Emily James
Mulligan; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Jim was a loving husband, beloved father, grandfather and friend and he will be deeply missed.

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

Sonta L. Roukas
Sept. 29, 1942 – July 17, 2020

Sonta Lee Roukas, Overland Park, Kansas, formerly of Harrisonville, was born Sept. 29, 1942, in Harrisonville, thedaughter of Benjamin Wesley and Fausti-
na (Scavuzzo) Anderson.

She died July 17 at Carnegie Village, Belton, at the age of 77 years, 9 months and 18 days.

Sonta Lee was a Harrisonville High School graduate and earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree in accounting from Central Missouri State University, Warrensburg.

She retired from Kansas City Power and Light working in the accounting department.

Sonta Lee was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Harrisonville. She was a world traveler, adventurous and in her earlier years backpacked all over Europe.

Besides her parents, Sonta Lee was preceded in death by her son, Dimitrios Petros Roukas, Aug. 20, 1975.

Sonta Lee is survived by her uncle and aunt, Luke and Sissy Scavuzzo, Harrisonville; beloved cousins and friends.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Fund and may be sent in care of Dickey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 432, Harrisonville, MO 64701.

Rosary was recited July 29 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Harrisonville.

A memorial mass was July 29 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Harrisonville. Inurnment was in Orient Cemetery, Harrisonville.

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

Norma L. Fritts
Jan. 9, 1934 – July 29, 2020


Funeral services for Norma Fritts were Aug. 1 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler. Burial was in Crescent Hill Cemetery, Adrian. Contributions are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Norma Lee Fritts, 86, Butler, died July 29 at the Bates County Memorial Hospital in Butler.

She was born Jan. 9, 1934, the daughter of Robert Lee and Ortha Charlotte Brooks Lacy in Merwin.

Norma is survived by five sons, Robert Perrymann and wife, Gail, Urich, Trent Fritts, Kansas City, Terry Perryman and wife, Dee, Adrian, Garry Perrymann, Drexel, and Robert Fritts and wife, Laura, Fair Grove; a daughter, Stacey Kimberling and husband, Paul, West Plains; 15 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Leroy “Herb” Fritts; a son, Vincent Lee Risner; and a daughter, Linda.

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

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