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Michael S. Barnett
July 28, 1970 – Oct. 13, 2020

Michael Shawn Barnett, 50, Drexel, died Oct. 13 at his home.

Michael Shawn “Berry” Barnett was born the son of Patricia and Louis Strain in Butler July 28, 1970.

He attended school and grew up in Louisburg, Kansas. He moved to Butler, where he met and married the love of his life, Kathy Jo Bridges, June 26, 1999.

Berry worked construction. Berry and Kathy moved to Drexel in 2005, a community they loved and he chose with his wife to raise their children.

Berry was an avid sports fan, in particular of his beloved Kansas City Chiefs. Next to his family, football was the second greatest love of his life. One of his greatest joys was seeing the Chiefs win the Super Bowl. He was himself a youth football coach in Drexel for 13 years.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Curtis Strain; his father, Louis Strain; and his grandfather, Olen Harris.

He leaves behind his wife, Kathy Barnett, of the home; sons, Dakota and Koty and Wyatt Barnett of the home, and Ian Bridges, Drexel; daughter Harley Reece and Holden, Merwin; grandchildren, Nevaeh, Skyden, AJ and Ryder Reece and Damon and Octavia Bridges; his mother, Patricia Strain, Louisburg; brother Paul Barnett and Ronnie, Louisburg; sisters, Rhonda Powers, Paola, Kansas, and Vanessa Strain, Lane, Kansas; and grandmother, Doris Harris, Butler; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and loved ones.

Cremation. A celebration of life service was Oct. 25 at the Drexel VFW, Drexel.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

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

Margie P. Barr
June 7, 1921 – Oct. 21, 2020

Margie Pearl Barr, 99, formerly of Peculiar, died Oct. 21 at Beautiful Savior in Belton.

Margie was born June 7, 1921, the daughter of Alex and Margie (Nelson) Winchel in Freeman.

She attended Pleasant Ridge (Tad Pole) Elementary and Peculiar High School. June 5, 1939, she married Albert Bunch from Pleasant Hill, and together they welcomed two children, James and Margie.

Most of their married life was spent in Overland Park, Kansas, and Kansas City. As Albert’s health started failing at the age of 42, he had to give up working, which led them to moving back to Peculiar and Margie starting her own business of dress making and machine quilting.

She would tell you that the Lord blessed the business with plenty of work, while making it possible to still work from home. She quilted quilts from all over the United States and sold quilts to people in Canada, Mexico, Germany, England and of course, to those in the states. She tried to work to the best of her ability and thoroughly enjoyed what she did.

Feb. 14, 1981, she married Olin Barr, which gained her two more sons, Kenneth Barr and Kevin Barr. Olin and Margie both enjoyed getting up early and working. He learned to sew and together they traveled all over, seeing many different states and selling their quilts and crafts.

Olin’s health began to fail in 1997, so they moved from Peculiar to Foxwood Springs in Raymore in 1999.

Margie accepted Christ as her Savior early in life, although she did not join a church until she was 24. As they moved, her church memberships changed until finally keeping with First Baptist Church in Peculiar for more than 40 years. She knew she could not have survived all of life’s hardships without her faith.

Margie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Albert Bunch; her husband, Olin Barr; her sisters, Flossie, Lucille, Naomi, Ruth, Lavina and Martha; brothers, Earl Lee, Albert Winchel and Ernest Winchel; and her grandson, Jimmy Bunch.

She is survived by her son, James A. Bunch, Las Vegas, Nevada; her daughter, Margie Sheets, Kansas City; step-sons, Kenneth Barr and Kevin Barr and Tammy; three grandchildren, Lisa Mullins, Angela Thomson and Kaylee Barr; several great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Elaine Eapenior, Mexico and Marilyn Miller, Wamego, Kansas.

Her wish is that you not mourn her death, but be happy for the time we had.

The service was Oct. 24 at the Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville. Interment followed in the Peculiar Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church, Peculiar.

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

Elmer Bishop
June 30, 1935 – Oct. 20, 2020

Elmer Bishop, 85, Raymore, died Oct. 20 at Belton Regional Medical Center.

Elmer was born June 30, 1935, the son of William W. and Mina Mae Bishop in Avalon.

In 1945, the family relocated to Belton as Elmer was seriously injured in an accident while celebrating the end of World War II. Elmer spent many months recovering at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City.

He graduated in 1954 from Belton High School where he was co-captain of the 1953 undefeated football team. Along the way, he met the love of his life, Patricia Wyman. They married July 2, 1954, and were together until Pat’s death in March 2010. They were married just shy of 56 years.

Elmer joined Carpenter’s Union Local 61 in March 1958 where he completed his apprenticeship and eventually went to work for JE Dunn construction in 1964.

He retired from JE Dunn in May 1999 after a great career of building landmark projects. He touched and mentored many future superintendents and PMs during his 35-year career with Dunn.

His life away from work had many chapters. Coaching Little League baseball and football was a true passion. Camping, hunting and fishing was a family affair. Later in life, he and Pat took up golf which also became a family affair and opened up a whole new group of friends and travel opportunities.

He and Pat lived in Grandview from 1959 until 1992. During their 33 years in Grandview, they were members of the Grandview United Methodist Church. He also served as police judge and later was mayor of Grandview.

In 1992, they relocated to Harrisonville and became members of the Harrisonville United Methodist Church. They were members of Twin Pines Country Club where they made long-lasting friendships with many wonderful people.

In 1999 when Elmer retired, he and Pat became snowbirds and spent their winters in south Texas at River Bend Resort near Brownsville. They were very active in the golf community and made many great friendships along the way. They enjoyed many day trips to Mexico for lunch, shopping and good margaritas. They continued to spend their summers in Missouri.

In 2019, Elmer decided it was time to downsize and made the move to Foxwood Springs Retirement Community.

He lived in the independent living apartments until his death.

Elmer was preceded in death by his brother, Howard W Bishop.

He is survived by his children, Kenneth Bishop and Crystal, Raymore, and Susan McCune and Doug, Green Valley, Arizona; grandchildren, Bret Bishop and Kendra Sherwood and Zach; and great-grandchildren, Odin Bishop and Jane Andy Sherwood; his sister, Helen Hatz, Kansas City; along with several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He will be sorely missed by family and friends, but he is in better place. He had a strong belief in our Lord Jesus Christ and was ready to be with Patricia once again.

A memorial visitation was Oct. 23 at the Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville.

Masonic services were after the memorial visitation. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Elmer’s memory to the Salvation Army.

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

Charles L. Faulkner
Oct. 19, 1939 – Oct. 16, 2020

Charles L. Faulkner, 80, Drexel, died Oct. 16 at his home. No services are scheduled.

Charles was born Oct. 19, 1939, in Kansas City, the son of Leroy A. and Eva Nadine (Curtiss) Faulkner.

He was a graduate of Southeast High School in Kansas City. He married Norma Keaton Oct. 8, 1960.

Charles worked as a journeyman plumber and was a member of Plumber’s Union Local No. 8, Kansas City. He lived on his farm in Drexel for 34 years and was an avid hunter and fisherman.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents, a sister and three brothers.

He is survived by his wife, Norma, of the home; a sister, Denise Moore, Grandview; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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

Stephen Thomas Keyton
Oct. 17, 2020

Stephen Thomas Keyton died suddenly of a heart attack Oct. 17.

He leaves behind a wife, Bree, and three sons, Cameron, Dylan and Connor.

Stephen worked part time at Pizza Hut and was a farmer.

He was much loved and will be greatly missed.

Lorelei Peterman
Aug. 20, 1959 – Oct. 15, 2020

Lorelei Lorraine Peterman, loving wife, mother and grammy, died Oct. 15 at home surrounded by loved ones.

Lorelei was born Aug. 20, 1959, in Lockport, New York, the daughter of Ronald and Elizabeth Allan.

Her father was in the United States Air Force and they traveled to many countries such as France, England and her favorite, Germany. She was in ROTC and graduated the top of her class in 1977.

June 30, 1979, she married Kirby Peterman in the rose garden at Loose Park in Kansas City.

They raised two beautiful daughters, Joelle and Isabella. Lorelei gave selflessly of herself as she chose to homeschool both daughters from elementary school to high school. Besides being a teacher, she loved to serve and give abundantly to others.

She was a provider and a huge support to many. She had a brilliant mind and the ability to learn any new hobby or skill and do it well in a short amount of time.

Lorelei was a faithful servant and loved Christ. She was dedicated to God’s word and enjoyed being a theological mentor to others. Lorelei and Kirby were faithful members of Cornerstone Community Church, Harrisonville.

Lorelei’s pride and joy came with her family, but especially when it came to her granddaughters.

Lorelei is survived by her husband, Kirby; their daughters, Joelle Slater and Chris and Isabella Peterman; their five precious granddaughters, Summer, Kennedy, Reagan, Bellamy and Bristol; her mother, Elizabeth Allan; and brother, Michael.

Cremation. A celebration of life service was Oct. 19 at the Cornerstone Community Church, Harrisonville.

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

Vince A. Remshak
March 22, 1976 – Oct. 21, 2020

Vince Anthony Remshak, 44, Harrisonville, died Oct. 21 at Centerpoint Medical Center, Independence. Vince was born March 22, 1976, in Harrisonville, the son of William “Bill” J. and Marcia D. (Hershberger) Remshak.

He was a 1994 graduate of Harrisonville High School. He was a lifelong resident of Harrisonville. Vince had worked in food service for several years. He had worked in maintenance at John Knox Village in Lee’s Summit for the past two years.

Vince is survived by his father, Bill Remshak and Malinda, Harrisonville; his mother, Marcia Lightcap, Harrisonville; two sisters, Lesa Locke, Belton, and Danielle Askew and Christopher, Lee’s Summit; two step-brothers, Shawn Young, Aurora, and Tony Lightcap and Sarah and their son, Kane, and daughters, Cyane and Jolie; a step-sister, Aimee Haley and David and sons, Conner and Nathan; a nephew, Aaron Locke and Shelby, Garden City; and a niece, Lucy Askew, Lee’s Summit.

Funeral services were Oct. 27 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville. Burial was in Clearfork Cemetery, Garden City.

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

Juanita Woodrel
Sept. 12, 1927 – Oct. 5, 2020

Nita Woodrel was born Sept. 12, 1927, the daughter of Willard Land Neva Wallace Whalar in Independence. After the death of her mother in 1930, she was adopted by Francis M. and Kathryn McCormack Payton of Bates City.

Nita graduated from Bates City High School in 1944 then attended CMSU where she was a member of the Madrigal Choir and Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority.

She was also employed by Quartermaster Depot and Veterans Administration in Kansas City in the 1940s and Selective Service in Pettis County in the 1960s.

Sept. 18, 1951, she married Edward Woodrel at Watson Memorial Methodist Church, Independence.

Nita was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Warrensburg, a member of the United Methodist Women, the Aldersgate Sunday School class and the Methodist Quilters. She was instrumental in establishing the hospital gift shop.

She was also a member and past president of the ABC Club, the League of Women Voters, the WMMC Auxiliary, Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, Friends of the Library and volunteered with Meals on Wheels. Previously she led Brownies and Girl Scouts.

Her favorite pastimes were singing in the church choir, sewing, quilting, gardening and hosting family gatherings on special holidays that often included close friends. She especially enjoyed traveling with her husband on camping trips in their RV and spending many winters in South Texas.

She is survived by her husband, Ed; her daughters, Susan and Bernie Clark, Columbia, Kathryn Rogers, Warrensburg and Christen Woodrel, Atlanta; her brother, Williard Sleyester, Harrisonville; her grandson, Thomas; and her great-grandsons, Nicholas and Darian.

She would like any memorials sent to either the Bates City Cemetery Association or the First United Methodist Church in Warrensburg.

Graveside services were Oct. 17 at the Bates City Cemetery Bates City. Pastor Susan Smith and Pastor Jackson Short officiated. Casket bearers were Bob Muir, Jerry Murray, Al Scism, Rick Schmidli, Tom Richards and Robert Woodrel.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Williams Funeral Chapel, Warrenburg.

Gerald Hankins
May 13, 1936 – Oct. 13, 2020

Gerald Hankins, 84, died at his home Oct. 13 in Montrose. Gerald was born May 13, 1936, in rural Belton, the son of Grace Fordyce Hankins and Eric Hankins.

Gerald was in the National Guard. He loved being out in nature while camping with his brothers by the Grand River in Belton as a child, working cattle with his dad, hunting and owning the Hamburger Shack in Freeman.

He especially loved traveling with his family while working at TWA, taking the grandchildren for rides on the tractor and telling them how he lived on old Bill McDonald’s Farm or taking care of the livestock, to building numerous amazing homes with his sons.

Gerald also was an excellent mechanic and could fix anything with a motor. He also cherished his memories of being on the only undefeated Belton High School 1953 football team.

Also, you could always find him on the combine during fescue season with his nephew, Keith. Whether it was a birthday party or any event, Gerald was always there for his family and friends.

We will love him always and forever and are thankful God blessed us with such an amazing man.

He was preceded in death by his parents Grace and Eric; his siblings, Marjorie, Carol, Oran and Eric Eugene Hankins; and his loving wife of 51 years, Marjorie (Swanson) Hankins.

Gerald is survived by his siblings, Daniel Hankins, Larry and Charlotte Joan Hankins, Carolyn Staggner, Phyllis Lane and Richard Hankins; three sons, Jerry Hankins, I, David Hankins and Donald, Sr., and Gina Hankins; his grandchildren, Janyale and Matt Goetz, Donald, Jr., and Keri Hankins, Jerry, II, and Stacy Hankins, Dana and Jason Kiger, Kristen Myers, Whitney West, Kelly and Steven Harrell, Paisley Hankins and Willie Ogden; along with numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and loving family and friends.

A memorial visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 30 at the Vansant-Mills Funeral Home, Clinton, followed by internment at 2 p.m. at the Aubury Cemetery, Stilwell, Kansas.

Donations made to the Gerald Hankins Memorial Fund will be donated to the charity of his families’ choice after services.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Vansant-Mills Funeral Home, Clinton.

Don R. Padley
Dec. 17, 1943 – Oct. 17, 2020

Don R. Padley, 76, Butler, died Oct. 17 at Butler Center in Butler. Don Russell Padley was born Dec. 17, 1943, in Bates County, the son of Buford and Hazel (Hall) Padley.

He attended rural schools and graduated from Butler High School in 1963.

Don spent many long trips away from Bates County, driving a truck for more than 50 years, where he formed many lifelong friendships.

When he was able, he was proud to attend the Masonic Lodge in Butler and was also a member of the Scottish Rite, the Ararat Shrine and Bates County Republicans.

Those fortunate to know Don will always remember his fondness for Wiener dogs, often taking one with him wherever he would go. Almost always in a jovial and happy mood, Don was a kind person who would do anything for anyone if he was able.

Don was preceded in death by his parents; an infant sister, Rosella; sister, Sandra Dykman; and niece, Jennifer McGuire.

He is survived by his brothers, Jack Padley and wife, Norma, and Bill Padley and wife, Lora; as well as nieces, nephews and many close friends.

Funeral services were Oct. 22 at Double Branch Christian Church, Butler, with Pastor Cody Morris officiating. Burial followed in the Double Branch Cemetery.

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

Jim M. Scheilz, Jr.
Sept. 14, 1935 – Oct. 16, 2020

James “Jim” Marshall Scheilz, Jr., 85, Butler, died Oct. 16 at Olathe Hospice House in Olathe, Kansas.

He was born Sept. 14, 1935, the son of James Marshall Scheilz, Sr., and Mafie Rose Ashley Scheilz in Appleton City.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Alice Scheilz.

Jim is survived by three sons, Stanley Ray Scheilz and wife, Diane, Jenks, Oklahoma, Steven Duane Scheilz and wife, Sherry, and Douglas Eugene Scheilz, all of Butler; a sister, Mickey Scheilz, Tonganoxie, Kansas; six grandchildren, Christie and husband Robert, Stanley, Jr., Erica, Chad, Seth and wife Sarah and Shannon; three great-grandchildren, Brandon, Ariana and Jackson; and a step-grandson, Tyler.

Funeral services for Jim Scheilz were Oct. 20 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel, Butler. Interment was in Myers Cemetery, Appleton City.

Contributions are suggested to Olathe Health Hospice House or the Myers Cemetery.

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

Lavena F. Wehar
June 11, 1933 – Oct. 21, 2020

Lavena Fay Wehar, 87, Hume, died Oct. 21 at her home in Hume. She was born June 11, 1933, the daughter of Silas and Verdia Blanche Coffman Edwards in Worland.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Charles Sonny Wehar, Sept. 15, 2020; a brother, Charles Richard Edwards; two sisters, Jean Wisdom and Marian Hardwick; mother-in-law, Mary Wehar Saunders; son-in-law, John Schuman; grandson, Luke Schuman; and two nephews, Troy Wehar and Randy Wisdom.

Fay is survived by a son, John Slack and wife, Deanna, Tuttle, Oklahoma; three daughters, Shelley Flood and husband, Kim, North Bonneville, Washington, Charla Miller and husband, Tim, Hume, and Tracie Carroll of Colorado; eight grandchildren, Jeff, Charla, Tim, Cori, Wylie, Daisy, Zane and Kelee; and three great-grandchildren, Gracie, Sage and Dominic.

Funeral services for Fay Wehar were Oct. 25 at Grace Fellowship Church, Worland.

Burial was in Woodfin Cemetery, Foster.

Contributions are suggested to Grace Fellowship Church or Woodfin Cemetery.

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

Jewell A. Welch
April 17, 1939 – Oct. 17, 2020

Jewel Alvin Welch, 81, Kansas City, died Oct. 17 at Northland Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center. He was born April 17, 1939, the son of Ralph Wilbur and Rachel Ruth Lockard Welch in Butler.

He is survived by a son, Brian Welch and wife, Stefanie, Chandler, Arizona; a daughter, Michele Poynter, Liberty; a brother, Leroy Welch, Butler; three sisters, Wilma Eide, Lawson, Nancy Dillon and husband, Mike, Kimberling City, and Bonnie Dickerson and husband, Larry, Butler; four grandchildren, Jerica Brown and husband Christopher, Victoria Poynter, Luca Welch and Nico Welch; and four great-grandchildren, Van, Connor, Liam and Eris.

Funeral services for Jewell A. Welch were Oct. 26 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel, Butler. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler.

Contributions are suggested to Alphapointe.

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

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