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Walter E. Borer
Jan. 9, 1935 – Aug. 22, 2020

Walter “Walt” Eugene Borer, 85, Pleas ant Hill, died Aug. 22 at Cass Regional Medical Center, Harrisonville.

Walt was born Jan. 9, 1935, in Pleasant Hill, the son of Eugene Alphonse and Fern Elisabeth (Duncan) Borer.

Walt attended high school in Holden with the class of 1952. After high school, he served in the United States Army.

Walt worked for Associated Wholesale Grocers for 16 years and owned Borer’s Liquor in Holden for 22 years.

He was currently self-employed as owner and operator of Borer’s Excavation. Walt was a 32nd Degree Master Mason in the Masonic Lodge and a member of the Shriners, as well as a member of the Holden Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Walt had been a resident of Pleasant Hill since 1963. He was a member of the Holden First Christian Church in Holden.

Walt enjoyed tractor pulls, car races, the Missouri State Fair and rodeos. His hobbies included, woodworking, leather carving, hunting, fishing and trapshooting.

Walt enjoyed watching animal shows and spending time with family and friends.

Walt was preceded in death by his parents, E.A. and Fern E. Borer; his first wife, Donna Sue (Jones) Borer; and his sister, Florence “Elaine” Borer.

He is survived by his wife, Pat (Fitzgerel) Borer of the home; two sons, Dennis “Dennie” Borer and wife Vicki of Independence, and Darryl Borer of Pleasant Hill; a stepson, Scott Williams and wife Ruthann; a daughter, Nancy Golliher and husband Jesse, Peculiar; a stepdaughter, Jeanne Long and husband Matt, Holden; a sister-in-law, Wanda Brown, Holden; 10 grandchildren; 12 great–grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Aug. 28 at the First Christian Church in Holden with Pastor Tim Whitmore officiating. Interment was in the Holden Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Darryl Borer, Destry Hough, Jesse Golliher, Dennie Borer, Scott Williams, Kent Lee, Joey Thompson and Jim Duncan. Honorary pallbearers were Larry Lee, Matt Long, Glenn Thomason, W.B. Fitzgerel and Jerry Chambers.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the First Christian Church of Holden, 301 Main St., Holden, MO 64040, or the Shriner’s Hospitals for Children (Donor Support – 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607).

Funeral Arrangements were under the direction of the Campbell-Cast Funeral Home, Holden.

Alice J. Carson
Nov. 4, 1934 – Aug. 25, 2020

Alice Jean Carson, 85, Harrisonville, died Aug. 25 at Crown Care Center in Harrisonville. At this time, no services are scheduled.

Alice was born Nov. 4, 1934, in Clarksburg, West Virginia, the daughter of Eugene M. and Mabel (Monroe) Davis.

She graduated from Bridgeport High School in West Virginia with the class of 1952. During High School, she was part of the masque and gavel club.

She went on to continue her education at Potomac State College in journalism, participating as the editor of the paper and joining Singers Club, Theater Club and Student Council. After college, she completed her nurses training and spent her career as an LPN for different hospitals.

Alice was preceded in death by her parents, Eugene Davis and Mabel Koontz; her son, Chip Carson; and her sister, Charlotte Bonnett.

She is survived by her son, Andy Carson, Harrisonville; her son, Chris Carson, Highlandville; her granddaughter, Emilee Carson, Highlandville; and her grandson,
Robert P. Carson, III, Grandview.

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

Timothy B. Ford
Aug. 18, 1953 – Aug. 23, 2020

Timothy Burk Ford, 67, Harrisonville, died Aug. 23 at St. Luke’s East, Lee’s Summit, due to complications of cancer.

Tim was born Aug. 18, 1953, in Harrisonville, the son of Eugene Stice and Norma June (Ferguson) Ford.

He was a lifelong Harrisonville resident. Tim attended Hickory Grove School No. 85 until it closed in 1965. He started school in Harrisonville in sixth grade and was a 1972 graduate of Harrisonville High School.

He was a member of the Grand River Baptist Church in Freeman.

Tim married his first wife, Kathy Bourland, and they had a daughter, Tina. Shortly after Tina was born, Tim joined the Navy and served four years. He became a U.S. Navy Seal.

Tim married his second wife, Julie Eisel, and they had a daughter, Melissa. He married his third wife, Diana Franse, June 17, 1995, at the home of Bro. Joe Brewster. In this marriage he became a stepdad to two daughters, Sondra and Lea, and two sons, Tony and Travis.

Tim was preceded in death by his father, Eugene Ford; and his brother, Larry Ford.

He is survived by his wife, Diana, of the home; two sons, Tony McGee and Travis McGee, both of Butler; four daughters, Tina Turner, North Kansas City, Melissa Bowling, Kearney, and Sondra McGee and Lea Fitzgerald, both of Harrisonville; his mother, Norma Ford, Archie; a brother, Jeff Ford and Brenda, Harrisonville; a sister, Saundra Duncan and Larry, Freeman; 27 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends. He will never be forgotten.

Graveside services were Aug. 27 at the Freeman Cemetery, Freeman.

Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (stjude.org).

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

Jennifer L. Holcomb
April 13, 1977 – Aug. 24, 2020

Jennifer Lee Holcomb, 43, Lee’s Summit, died Aug. 25 at St. Luke’s East Hospital in Lee’s Summit.

Jennifer was born April 13, 1977, in Bethany, the daughter of Gary and Verna Ruth (Frisbie) Dunn.

She attended Raymore-Peculiar Schools and was a 1995 graduate of Raymore-Peculiar High School. She graduated from Brown Mackie College in Salina, Kansas, in 2005 and from McPherson College in McPherson, Kansas, in 2007.

Jennifer was married to Warren Michael Holcomb and they had a son, Donald Holcomb.

Jennifer was preceded in death by her mother, Ruth Dunn; and grandparents, Donald Dunn, Anna (Warnock Dunn) Tebben and James and Wilma (Smith) Frisbie.

She is survived by her son, Donald L. Holcomb, of the home; her father, Gary Dunn, Peculiar; two sisters, Elsie Ortiz and Paul, Topeka, Kansas, and Kimberly Gregory and Michael, Freeman; a brother, James Dunn and Gayle, Peculiar; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Aug. 28 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville.

Graveside services were Aug. 29 at Bethel Cemetery in Cainsville.

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

S. Joan Sites
Oct. 4, 1936 – Aug. 25, 2020

Sylvia Joan Sites, Creighton, was born Oct. 4, 1936, near Green Ridge. She died Aug. 25 with her daughters by her side.

Joan was born the daughter of James A. and Fern R. (Johnson) Kelly and was the oldest of six children.

She was married to her loving husband, Herman Levie Sites, Aug. 27, 1955, in Alexandria, Virginia. Together they raised two daughters.

Joan was a steadfast member of the Creighton United Methodist Church.

Through the years, she taught Sunday school and was a leader in the United Methodist Women’s Group.

Joan was a supporter of all community events and volunteered at Sherwood Elementary School. She took on challenges in every aspect of her life firmly convinced God would be with her as she faced each challenge.

Joan served the community as the daily operator of Sites Service Station often employing those who needed a job. She accepted the challenge of being the mother figure to both sides of her family after the death of her mother and mother-in-law.

Joan spent countless hours researching genealogy and community history to pass on to younger generations.

Family was the heirloom quilt in Joan’s life. Joan was the thread that kept us all tightly bound together.

Funeral services were Aug. 30 at the Dickey Funeral Home, Garden City, with burial in the Grant Cemetery near Creighton.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Grant Cemetery Association or the Creighton United Methodist Church Memorial Fund.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Herman Sites, Jan. 4, 2018; a grandson, Kelly Wilson; and four siblings.

Surviving are daughters, Jodie and Mark Wilson and Rhonda and Tom Branstetter; five grandchildren, LeAnn, John, Michael, Tyler and Jacob; seven great-grandchildren, Colton, Clayton, Fallon, Sadie, Enzo, Garrett and Cillian; 25 nieces and nephews; and a brother, Jim Kelly.

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

Norma J. Stuart
Aug. 25, 1932 – Aug. 15, 2020

Norma Jean Stuart, 87, Bates City, was born, Aug. 25, 1932, in Macon, the daughter of Charles C. and Lora (Todd) Cook. She died Aug. 15 at her home.

Norma was a 1958 Macon High School graduate. Oct. 25, 1949, she married Roy Albert Stuart in Clay County Arkansas. He preceded her in death July 1, 1995.

While her children were young, she was a wonderful homemaker. After the children went to school she worked as a bookkeeper for Knight’s Auto Parts in Buckner.

She had been a member of the ABWA in Blue Springs and the TWA Lakers.

She enjoyed sewing, cooking, reading and being outside working with plants and flowers.

Norma was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a daughter, Donna Schlagle; and two sisters, Mary Helen Walters and Charlotte Craig.

She is survived by three children, Mary and Andy Schnell, Boonville, Laura and Matt Bainbridge, Bates City and Charlie Stuart, Port Ritchy, Florida; six grandchildren, Thomas Schnell, Boonville, Sarah and Shani Reuter, Oklahoma, Nancy Schnell, Kansas City, Kansas, Melissa Schlagle and Geri Anne Schlagle both of Harrisonville, Samantha and Dewayne Williams, North Kansas City, and Nathan Shook, Independence; seven great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

Cremation has been accorded. A private burial will be in the Bates City Cemetery at a later date.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the D.A.V. and may be sent in care of the funeral home.

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

Tracy M. Vogrin
May 2, 1963 – Aug. 24, 2020

Tracy Marie Vogrin, Garden City, was born May 2, 1963, in Stuttgart, Germany, the daughter of Louis John and Carolyne Marie (James) Rodriquez. She died Aug. 24 at her home at the age of 57 years, 3 months and 22 days.

Feb. 14, 1992, Tracy married Farley Dean Vogrin in Kansas City, Kansas.

Tracy was a homemaker. She was an easy going and friendly woman. Tracy loved to sing and was in a family band.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Jeffery James Rodriquez and Steven Charles Rodriquez.

Tracy is survived by her husband, Dean Vogrin, of the home; two daughters, Delani Ann Vogrin, Baxter Springs, Kansas, and Halle Marie Vogrin, Garden City; a granddaughter, Jaylen Jett Wilson; a sister, Jody Rodriquez, Fayetteville, North Carolina; other relatives and friends.

Cremation. A celebration of life gathering was Aug. 28 at the Dickey Funeral Home, Garden City.

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

Dan Webb
June 28, 1945 – Aug. 5, 2020

Dan Webb, 75, Peculiar, died at his home Aug. 5.

Dan is survived by his wife, Cheryl Webb, of the home; a daughter, Sarabeth Graef and her husband Tim, Blairstown; a sister, Martha Brightwell, Tucson, Arizona; a brother, Joe Webb, Blue Springs; three grandchildren, Dylan and his wife Rachel, Vanessa, and Sydney; other relatives and many friends.

“Grandpa was special to me in more ways than I ever knew. Maybe that’s just what a grandpa should be, but I felt like he was one everyone wishes they had. He led me away from the mainstream and showed me how to be wild and fun. We’d spend our time burning dead cattails in his dried up old pond, catching bullfrogs with cane poles and stomping grapes on the kitchen table to make jam.

“Every year in Minnesota he would help me tie on cotton cordel Big-O’s so that I could catch small mouth big enough to win the weekly fishing competition at the lodge.

“I still remember cruising across Flower Lake with him in the boat and the most important thing he told me was ‘catching fish isn’t important. It’s where you are when you catch them that is.

“I don’t remember how big the fish I caught were each year, but I’ll always remember the look on his face when I finally pulled them in the boat. He was a great man and an even better teacher that I will always be grateful to have had.” Dylan Graef.

“As a little girl you taught me how to have fun every day. As a teenager you taught me that life is a train of change and success and the destination depends on my ability to adapt. And as an adult you’ve taught me the true definition of love. There hasn’t been one day in the last 22 years that I didn’t see you make Grandma feel important. Probably the same way she felt the day you “made the best decision of our life” and said yes when she asked you to the Sadie Hawkins dance at age 15.

“You were such an incredible man, role model and certainly the best grandpa. Thank you for always being there to make me laugh when I was down and crying with me as we walked through your yard. Thank you for keeping all of my secrets, as I will continue to keep yours. Finally, thank you for being my best friend.”

P.S. Love you said it first.
P.P.S. Love you said it last.
With all of the love in my heart.
Vanessa (The Golden Haired)


“It was impossible not to love you Grandpa Webb. I’ll never forget all of our movie marathons, yard surfing, the embarrassment I felt when I knew you were sharing stories about me with my friends or bike rides through the neighborhoods with the most dogs.

“Most importantly, I’ll never forget the love you had for everyone you met. You were my best friend Grandpa and now you get to be my angel forever.”
Love you said it first – Syd

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the road less traveled by and that has made all the difference.” Robert Frost

Cremation. A celebration of life service was Aug. 22 at The Frog Pond, Peculiar.

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

Margaret L. Briscoe
Nov. 1, 1935 – Aug. 21, 2020

Margaret Louise Briscoe, 84, Camdenton, died Aug. 21 at Camdenton Windsor Estates in Camdenton.

She was born Nov. 1, 1935, the daughter of Herbert Horace and Laura Bell Briscoe in Butler.

Margaret is survived by her twin sister, Margie Smith, Climax Springs; a niece, Cindy Carnnahan; a great-niece; and three great-nephews.

A graveside mass of Christian burial was Aug. 26 at Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler.

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

Timothy J. Britt
March 13, 1954 – Aug. 22, 2020

Timothy John Britt, 66, Adrian, died suddenly Aug. 22 at Bates County Memorial Hospital in Butler.

He was born March 13, 1954, the son of William John and Mary Ann Schemmel Britt of Delhi, Iowa.

A 1972 graduate of Maquoketa Valley High School in Delhi, Iowa, and 1976 graduated from the University of Northern Iowa, Tim worked for John Deere for 42 years until
his retirement in 2019.

He began as manufacturing supervisor in the Quad City then as district service representative for the Kansas City area and eventually territory sales manager for
the Midwest.

Tim married Ann Zenz in November 1982 and to this union two children were born. They were later divorced.

He then met his life partner, Beverly Larrick, and they enjoyed many hobbies together including traveling the world on cruises. Tim enjoyed his acreage and the beautiful landscaping.

Known to many as “The John Deere Guy,” Tim had quite the collection of John Deere tractors. He was known in the community for his professional fireworks displays.

His memberships included Knights of Columbus and leader of Boy Scout Troop 240.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Timothy is survived by a son, Tyler Britt, and a daughter, Krista Ann Britt, both of Harrisonville; two brothers, Jeff Britt and wife Patti, Riverside, Iowa, and Dan Britt and wife Jean of Waverly, Iowa; two sisters, Connie Meisgeier and husband Jerry of Traer, Iowa, and Jill Hentges and husband Tom of Palatine, Illinois; his fiancee Beverly Larrick, Amoret; and many nephews and nieces.

A Mass of Christian burial services for Timothy J. Britt was Aug. 29 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Harrisonville.

Cremation followed services with a celebration of life and inurnment to be at a later date in Delhi.

Contributions are suggested to Camp Guardian of Wildwood for Down Syndrome or Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City.

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

Paul D. Joiner
March 15, 1940 – Aug. 23, 2020

Paul Dean Joiner, 80, Butler, died Aug. 23 at his home in Butler. He was born March 15, 1940, the son of Elmer Lee and Anna Lou Mills Joiner in Seymour.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, infant stillborn James Daniel Joiner and David Allen Joiner in 1992.

Paul is survived by his wife, “Genny” Joiner, Butler; two daughters, Cheryl Edwards and husband, David, Osceola, and Lisa Heath and husband, Matthew, Overland Park, Kansas; a sister, Carolyn Gerhart, Raytown; eight grandchildren, Tyler Lawrence and wife Lauren, Blake Lawrence, Caleb Edwards, Jackson Heath, Brock Heath, Dan Medina and wife Cassie, Cody Collins and Mark Ruskikh; and five great-grandchildren, Addison, Kennedy, Kaden, Kali and Kendrick.

Funeral services for Paul Joiner were Aug. 28 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel, Butler.

Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler.

Contributions are suggested to the Butler Rotary Club or David Allen Joiner Scholarship.

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

Barbara J. Kilbane
Nov. 5, 1941 – Aug. 25, 2020

Barbara Jean (Waldrop) Kilbane, 78, died Aug. 25 at her home with family by her side.
Barbara was born Nov. 5, 1941, in Mobile, Alabama, the daughter of Archie and Ruby Waldrop.

She worked various jobs, but mostly as a homemaker.

Barbara was preceded in death by her sons, Thomas Daniel and Timothy Patrick.

She is survived by her children, Jeanne Kunkelman and spouse Keith, Adrian, and Robin Kilbane, Gladstone; and grandchildren, Jessica Samer and spouse Curtis, Lee’s Summit, Linda Pearson and spouse Skipper, Smithville, Erica Rathbone and spouse Christopher, Raytown, Lauren James and spouse Brandon, Kansas City, Nicole Kilbane, St. Louis, Cameron Kilbane and Bradley Kilbane both of Gladstone; great-grandchildren Breanna Pearson, Garrett Pearson, Elezebeth Balance, Zoe Rathbone, Autumn Rathbone, Wyatt Samer, Paxton Samer, Jaiden James, Dawson James, Landon James, Dalton James and Andrew James.

Memorial services were Aug. 28 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Adrian.

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

Margie F. Rohr
Aug. 6, 1939 – Aug. 17, 2020

Margie Faye (Cantrell) Rohr, 81, Lee’s Summit, was born Aug. 6, 1939, in Harrisonville, the daughter of Silas Abner and Hattie Fidelia (Hestand) Cantrell.

She died Aug. 17 at the Research Medical Center, Kansas City, with a loving nurse holding her hand at the age of 81 years and 11 days.

March 6, 1971, in Kansas City, Margie married Willis Ray Rohr and they made their home in Pleasant Hill.

Margie owned and operated Pleasant Hill Floor Covering along with her husband. Margie loved helping people in any way she could, was quick to make friends and always could tell a great story. But her passion in life was singing and writing gospel songs. At the age of 10, Margie started singing gospel music on the radio in Sedalia. She also loved to cook, have friends come for dinner and marble games.

Margie was a member of Abundant Life Christian Center, Lincoln. She will always be remembered as a special lady, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Besides her parents, Margie was preceded in death by her siblings, Mildred Gooch, Winfred Cantrell, Dorothy Hart, Raymond Cantrell, Emmette Cantrell, Betty Stewart and Bill Cantrell; and numerous nieces and nephews, cousins, whom she greatly loved.

She is survived by two sons, Mark Anthony DePeralta and wife, Katie, Chapala Jalisco, Mexico, and Stephen Andrew DePeralta and wife, Traci, Adrian; a daughter, Tamara Lynn Baker and husband, Jeff, Salem, Oregon; eight grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; other relatives and many friends.

Funeral services were Aug. 22 at the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, with burial in the Crescent Hill Cemetery near Adrian.

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

Joyce J. Stevens
March 20, 1940 – Aug. 26, 2020

Joyce June Stevens, 80, Adrian, died Aug. 26 at her home with her family by her side.

Joyce was born March 20, 1940, in Cass County, the daughter of David Monroe and Rosa (Malicoat) Knox.

She resided in Adrian for 64 years. She was an EMT, she ran Stevens Hardware for 40 plus years and also worked at Adrian Manor for many years as a CNA.

She loved cooking family dinners and mowing her yard.

Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, Dave and Rosa Knox; six brothers, Maurice, Cecil, Ralph, Harvey, Bill and Larry; and a sister, Marjorie.

She is survived by her son, Mark Stevens and his wife, Julie, Adrian; two grandchildren, Jason Stevens and his wife, Amy, and Hollie Ullius and her husband, Kurt, Harrisonville; four great-grandchildren, Tayler, Trinity, Max and Miles; two sisters: Phyllis Hughes, Harrisonville and Mary Miller, Adrian; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of life was Aug. 31 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Ascend Hospice.

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

Mary E. Zellmer
Feb. 22, 1929 – Aug. 24, 2020

Mary Ellen Zellmer, 91, Butler, died Aug. 24 at Bates County Memorial Hospital in Butler. She was born Feb. 22, 1929, the daughter of Hiram Robert and Nannie Mable Smith Butler in Platte City.

Mary is survived by a son, David Zellmer and wife, Elaine, Amsterdam; a daughter, Debbie Fields and husband, Loe, Grove, Oklahoma; five grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and a great-great-granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Art Zellmer; and seven siblings.

Funeral services for Mary Zellmer were Aug. 27, at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler.

Contributions are suggested to Heartland Hospice or the Alzheimer’s Association.

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

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