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John Mark Alley
Nov. 20, 1931 – Dec. 11, 2020

John Mark Alley died peacefully at his home Dec. 11 while taking an afternoon nap and watching “Bonanza” with his beloved wife of 49 years, Virginia, in the recliner next to. Mark was 89 years and 22 days old having lived 32,528 days at the time of his death.

He was a storyteller, keeper of history, artist, singer of songs and builder who invented, and reinvented solutions to problems, the way forward despite difficulty and himself.

Mark was born Nov. 20, 1931, to William (Bill) and Katherine Alley of Rose Hill. Mark was the fourth of nine surviving children and relished the lessons of hard work, persistence and simple beauty of farm life amid the pain and difficulty.

Mark had many passions in life, none of which ever made him a dime, but all of which proved invaluable. In one season of his life, it was his dairy herd. In his later years, he drew pictures from memory, but also from his collection of photos of his most prized herd members that he had to sell in order to say yes to the Korean War. He served for two years, ultimately in military intelligence as a photo interpreter, stateside, from 1951 to 1952. After the war, he worked at Derby Refinery Company and married Sandra Dix in 1958 while living in Douglass, Kansas. Mark and Sandra had four children, Lisa, Brent, Brian and Stacy. In 1971, he married Virginia (Moon) Jenkins and became dad to Kristen, Kevin and Kenton where they lived in Augusta.

Twins Amy and Ashlee were added to the Alley Bunch. Mark’s passion for architecture resulted in him designing, building or renovating all of the homes in which his family would live. His most ambitious build was a 30,000-square-foot museum that he established in Drexel between 1997 and 2014. The Frontier Military Museum included memorabilia from every war fought on American soil since the Revolutionary War, a display honoring his Native American heritage and a mural memorializing Sept. 11, 2001 titled, “The Day America Cried.” The museum represented another passion of bearing witness and telling stories of ordinary people who fought for their cause, uncertain of victory, but willing to pay the ultimate price, nonetheless. As part of that, he helped establish the Border War Network of historians in Eastern Kansas and Western Missouri. In his quest to tell the stories of the ordinary soldier, he also sought to identify the names of those who often remained nameless. His research in genealogy for his family and in military history revealed details long forgotten by time. In recent years, he reconnected to Rose Hill, the town of his birth, and became involved in the Rose Hill Historical Society. Mark was a man of deep and abiding faith and a student of the Bible. He taught Sunday school even into his 80s (and even when he wasn’t the teacher) and especially loved the genealogies and geography of the Bible.

He was preceded in death by brother, Ronald; and great-grandson, Ezekiel.

Mark is survived by Virginia; children Lisa, Kristen (Mike), Brent, Kevin (Lisa), Kenton (Alison), Brian, Stacy, Amy (Brett) and Ashlee (Todd); grandchildren Megan (Brian), Clayton, Kayla, Conner, Madelyne, Samantha, Georgia, Savannah, Ramsey, Paxton, and Brady; honorary grandchildren Josh (Charlie) and Jessi (Alex); and a great-grandson, Theo; siblings Wilma (who died a day later), Bill (Ramona), Shirley (Jack), Elaine (Jeff), Marion (Kay), Gary, Sondra (Vernon), and Don (Carolyn); dozens of nieces and nephews and their families and a multitude of friends.

Mark’s life was honored in a private funeral Dec. 17 at Three Wooden Crosses Cowboy Church, Augusta, Kansas. He will be laid to rest with military honors in Elmwood Cemetery, Augusta. The family looks forward to hosting a memorial celebration of Mark’s life open to the community in Summer 2021. Memorial donations may be made to Three Wooden Crosses Cowboy Church Tractor Fund, P.O. Box 533, Augusta, KS 67010.

Arrangements were under the direction of Headley Funeral Chapel, Augusta.

Wanda F. Banner
Oct. 1, 1942 – Dec. 14, 2020

Wanda Faye (Biggs) Banner, 78, Harrisonville, died Dec. 11 at Golden Years Care Center in Harrisonville. Wanda was born Oct. 1, 1942, at home in rural Nelson.

She grew up in the Sedalia area where she was a member of the East Sedalia Baptist Church. She attended high school at Smith-Cotton High School in Sedalia.

Jan. 25, 1968, she married Onlee E. Banner. Together they made their home and raised their children in Clinton. In 1994, they moved to Harrisonville to be closer to family.

Wanda was preceded in death by her beloved son, Lyle Eugene Banner; her parents, Lyle T. and Opal Geraldine (Holt) Biggs; and her sister, Patricia Ann Biggs.

She is survived by her husband, Onlee; her daughter, Debbie Wood and Mark, Harrisonville; three grandsons, Wade Wood and Jeanine, Ryan Wood and Melinda, and Tyler Wood; six great-grandchildren; and her brother, Lyle DeWayne Biggs.

Wanda had a genuine heart of gold and loved her family and friends very much, you could never doubt that because she always told you so. She had a passion for helping people, especially kids, and her door was always open to those in need.

Wanda loved to watch her son and her grandsons on the wrestling mat. She would take the boys to practice and watch them the whole time and she drove thousands of miles to see them compete.

Another of her loves was dancing. She could jitterbug with her sister until the floor shook, never missing a beat, a twirl, a spin or a catch. Wanda loved her family so very much and was always so happy and grateful for family gatherings at home for the holidays and birthday dinners.

Her titles of honor were “Mom” and “Nan.” During her final years, she made numerous friends with the residents and nurses at Golden Years Care Center in Harrisonville.

Our hearts are broken, but Wanda now walks free from pain and the wheelchair, with the Lord Jesus in heaven.

Funeral services were Dec. 14 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville.

Burial was in the Orient Cemetery, Harrisonville. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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

Carolyn J. Drury
March 11, 1938 – Dec. 11, 2020

Carolyn Joy Drury, 82, Archie, died Dec. 11 at her daughter’s home in Lake Winnebago. Carolyn was born March 11, 1938, in Archie, the daughter of Clyde William and Anna Fern (McKee) Burton.

She attended Harrisonville High School and a year at Longview College. Carolyn was a lifelong resident of Cass County, having lived in Harrisonville before moving to Archie.

She married Harry Dean Drury Sept. 17, 1956, at the home of the Rev. Joe Brewster in Harrisonville.

Carolyn worked as a teller for Mazuma Credit Union in Kansas City for 12 years before retiring in 2000. She was a member of the Christian Church in Archie.

Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harry Dean Drury on March 23, 1988; her son, Michael Dean Drury; three sisters, Velma Carpenter, Wilma Smith and Roberta Anne Schupp; and three nephews, Thomas Carpenter, Don Carpenter and Steven Carpenter.

She is survived by a daughter, Robin Noe and Mike, Lake Winnebago; daughter-in-law, Debra (Brookshire) Drury, Blue Springs; two brothers, Clyde Burton, Jr., and Helen, and Larry Burton, all of Harrisonville; three grandchildren, Sarah Ortiz and Ray, Lee’s Summit, Alexander Michael Drury, Chicago, Illinois, and Mary Elizabeth Taggart and Josh, Blue Springs; a step-granddaughter, Angela (Noe) Loughridge and Lance, Adrian; five great-grandchildren, Roberto Dean Ortiz, Reid Charles Ortiz, Anna Joy Ortiz, Eli Taggart and Nathan Taggart; four step-great-grandchildren, Taylor Ortiz, Jonathon Loughridge, Jordan Loughridge and Jacob Loughridge; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were Dec. 16 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville.

Burial was in Austin Cemetery in Archie.

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

Hugh Calvin “Coach” Dunn
March 15, 1922 – Dec. 14, 2020

Hugh Calvin “Coach” Dunn, 98, died Dec. 14 at the Macon Health Care Center in Macon.

Coach was born March 15, 1922 in Harrisonville, the son of William and Mary (Campbell) Dunn. He was married to Margaret “Peg” Louise Rose June 11, 1949 in Wilmette, Illinois. She preceded him in death June 26, 2013.

Coach served in the United States Army from 1942 to 1945. He was awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart medals.

Coach was a member of the United Methodist Church, Lion’s Club, Macon Booster Club and the Macon Country Club. He taught and coached at Macon R-1 High School for more than 40 years.

He enjoyed working, mowing, going to football, basketball, softball and baseball games, going to track meets, camping and traveling. Coach especially loved following his kids’ athletic careers and playing with his grandkids.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Peg; and siblings, Harvey Lee Dunn, William Dunn, Mary Jean Dove and Rose Marie Glanze.

Coach is survived by his five children, Buck Dunn and his wife Patty, Macon, Buddy Dunn and his wife Elaine, Independence, Nancy Downing and her husband Mike, Fair Grove, Laurie Cook and her husband Eric, Aurora, Colorado, and Todd Dunn and his wife Tammy, Lawson; 11 grandchildren, Leslie Muncy and her husband Nic, Heather Dunn, Ben Dunn, Nick Dunn, Chris Dunn, Josh Downing and his wife Oakley, Bryce Downing, Ross Cook and his wife Jessica, Mallory Cook, Tyler Dunn and Carissa Dunn; eight great-grandchildren, Madison and Jace Muncy, Amiya, Marleigh, and Ryder Brown, Abel Downing and
Salem and Payton LaRue; and one sister, Irma Frances Robertson, Silver Spring, Maryland.

A private family funeral service was Dec. 21 at the Hutton and McElwain Funeral Home with Bro. Jim Bolin officiating. Burial was in the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery, Jacksonville. The family suggests memorials to the United Methodist Church of Macon or the Macon R-1 Athletic Department. A memorial service will be held this summer.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Hutton and McElwain Funeral Home, Macon.

James R. Gammon
May 27, 1937 – Dec. 10, 2020

James Gammon, 83, Drexel, died surrounded by family Dec. 10 at Cox Medical Center in Springfield.

James Ralph Gammon was born May 27, 1937, near DeQueen, Arkansas, the son of Calvin Roe Gammon and Nola Inez McRae Gammon.

Jim accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior as a teenager and lived close to Him his entire life.

Jim and Sue first found each other through their love of music, starting with school activities like concerts and contests.

Jim led the singing and directed the choir, along with Sue playing the organ and piano, at Drexel First Baptist Church for about 50 years. He also directed many cantatas, shows and led the music at many revivals. Jim and Sue sang and played at hundreds of weddings and funerals.

Lots of Jim’s best memories were of his annual fall trips to Colorado with friends and family. They ate lots of the best fish and fried potatoes and drank the best coffee in the world. The mountains and scenery he saw can only be topped by what he is seeing now.

Jim’s primary career was with the United States Postal Service. After retirement, he drove a school bus for Drexel School District for 15 years. He loved all his bus kids and they loved him.

After the bus years, Jim and Sue loved spending their winters at Rogers Ranch in San Saba, Texas. They loved going to church there and made so many wonderful friends and had so much fun doing things like eating out and going on rattlesnake hunts.

Lots of great family Thanksgivings spent at the ranch gave us all great memories of Jim as the head of our family.

Jim was a sweet and loving man and will be missed so much by his family and friends. He is now happily enjoying eternity in Heaven singing and directing the choir.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Frances Anderson; and a brother Calvin Gammon.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Sue Long Gammon; three sons, Alan and wife, Andrea, Roger and wife, Laura, and Randy and wife, Lisa; and nine grandchildren, he loved attending their games and activities, Allison Hails and Adam, Aaron Gammon and Laila, Austin Gammon and Ashleigh, Calvin Gammon and Ashley, Arielle, Alex and Josh Gammon, Roe Gammon and Bethany, and Lauren Waln and Jake; eight great-grandchildren, Isaac, Brooklyn, Windsor, Ellis, Sebastian, McKinley, Sophie and Aiden; along with several nieces, nephews and other family members and friends.

Funeral services were Dec 19 at the Mullinax Funeral Home, Drexel Chapel.

Burial was in the Sharon Cemetery, Drexel.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Drexel First Baptist Church.

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

Jack Gibb, Jr.
Feb. 3, 1962 – Dec. 10, 2020

Jack “Jerry” Gibb, Jr., 58, Harrisonville, died Dec. 10 at Research Medical Center in Kansas City. Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Jerry was born Feb. 3, 1962, in Leavenworth, Kansas, the son of Jerry and Jo Ann (Vestal) Gibb.

Nicknamed “Little Bit” at an early age, Jerry and his family moved to Weston for a number of years, later moving to Harrisonville where Jerry graduated from Harrisonville High School in 1980.

Jerry was a Chief Petty Officer in the United States Navy, serving from 1981 to 1998. He served on several submarines and had many entertaining stories to recount. After retiring from the Navy, Jerry returned to Harrisonville where he spent many years working with Doug Stephens remodeling homes.

Jerry married Connie Cox Oct. 26, 2012, in Harrisonville. In 2017, Connie and Jerry decided to pick up and do some traveling, ending up in Pensacola for a while, where Jerry worked in security for Allied Universal.

Missing their grandchildren, they returned to Harrisonville in 2018 to be with family. Jerry then worked for Allied Universal in Kansas City.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife, Connie; his son, Jack Gibb and Sarah, Greenville, Tennessee; his daughter, Krysten Gibb, Kansas City; grandchildren, Jaxon Sleyster, Klien Sleyster and his new grand baby, Olivia Gibb; three sisters, Terry Sharp, Raymore, Vicki Boley, Warsaw, and Stacy Pettibon, North Kansas City; his sister-in-law, Becky Cox, Lee’s Summit; and his oldest and best partner in crime and good times, Ervin Ellis.

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

James E. Hammond
April 24, 1942 – Dec. 11, 2020

James Earl Hammond, 78, Kansas City, was born April 24, 1942, in Grandview, the son of Vivian Monroe and Leta Mildred (Smith) Hammond. He died Dec. 11 at the Kansas City Hospice House surrounded with love and family.

James was raised by Samuel Murray Manford (husband of Mildred) as one of his own.

James grew up in the rural Johnson County area along with his two brothers, two sisters and several cousins. He was a 1960 graduate of Holden High School.

James married Geraldine Robinette in 1963 and they later divorced.

James was a generous and dedicated father, brother and friend. He especially loved spending time with his family. He was known for sharing stories, with great wisdom. He is missed deeply.

Jim had a successful, extensive career in automotive unibody repair and was an expert collision repair specialist for several of the area Ford dealerships.

He enjoyed the great outdoors bass fishing, hunting and canoe trips with his family and friends.

Jim was an avid aviator, piloting his Cessna which was a passion he shared with friends and family alike.

He was a member of the UAW Union, the National Wild Turkey Foundation, National Rifle Association, Rocky Mountain Elk Club, Bass Masters, Safari Club and Ducks Unlimited. His hobbies included big game hunting, fishing and gardening.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by three children Vincent Hammond and fiancée, Karen Massop, Kansas City, Kim and Gabe Sweitzer, Harrisonville, and Dana and David Madden, Independence; a step-daughter Diana and Buck Yates, Lowry City; seven grandchildren, Andres Flores, Derek and Tracy Hensley, Kayla Hensley, Travis Yates, Sarah and Brian Cook, Trent Sweitzer and Brock Sweitzer; three great-grandchildren, Mia Flores, Dallas Hensley and Hunter Cook; two brothers, Lloyd and Nancy Hammond, Holden, and Larry and Nan Hammond, Page, Arizona; two sisters, Samellen and David Holm, Grain Valley, and Maryann Darden, Piedmont; other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were Dec. 17 at the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home. The Rev. Cliff Woolery officiated. Interment was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Casket Bearers were David Madden, Derek Hensley, Ronnie Holm, Gabe Sweitzer, Trent Sweitzer and Brock Sweitzer. Honorary casket bearers were Chris Hammond, Andres Flores, Wayne Fatino, Ron Richter and Rodney Richter.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Missouri Conservationist and may be sent in care of the funeral home.

The family also wants to recognize the Kansas City Hospice House for the wonderful services they provide and would recommend becoming a Sustaining Angel at kchospice.org.

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

Harold R. Hutchens
Feb. 17, 1940 – Dec. 7, 2020

Harold Russel Hutchens, Pittsburg, was born Feb. 17, 1940, in Harrisonville the son of Preston Yule and Ada Francis (Wolf) Hutchens. He died Dec. 7 at Spring Valley Health and Rehab, Springfield, at the age of 80 years, 9 months and 20 days.

Jan. 2, 1961, Harold married Sondra Gail Bronson in Peculiar.

Harold was a diesel mechanic and a member of the Operating Engineer Union Local No. 101, Kansas City, until his retirement in 2000 where he worked at Clarkson Construction, Kansas City.

He was an Army veteran of the Korean War. Harold enjoyed hunting, fishing and loved to whittle.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Sondra Hutchens, on April 4, 2010; and a son, Eric Linn Hutchens, on Sept. 6, 1988.

Harold is survived by a son, Kraig Lynn Hutchens, Belton; a daughter, Harolene Baumgartner and husband, Brian, Basehor, Kansas; a daughter-in-law, Brenda Hutchens, Basehor; seven grandchildren, Brooke Ellen Norman and Amber Gail Letzig, Gage Silas Hutchens and Emmie Louise Hutchens, Kristina Nicole Hutchens, Skiler Dawn Foster and Courtney Marie Pierce; five great-grandchildren, Avery, Caroline, Quincy, Eloise and Reagan; three siblings, Alice Ballard, Pleasant Hill, Carolyn Combs, Pittsburg, and Marvin Hutchens, Warsaw; other relatives and many friends.

Cremation. A celebration of life visitation was Dec. 14 at the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville. A military service followed the visitation.

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

Shane D.J. Irvin
April 26, 1992 – Dec. 12, 2020

Shane Dalton Jurgeson Irvin, 28, Drexel, died Dec. 12 at KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas.

Dalton is survived by his parents, Jason and Deb Irvin, Drexel, and Shelley and Jeremy Washburn, Garden City; brothers, Tryston Jackson, Harrisonville, and Levi Irvin, Drexel; grandparents, Gary and Mary (Murphy) Irvin, Freeman; John and Pat Jurgeson, Cleveland; his 100+ year young great-grandmother, Betty Murphy, Harrisonville; cousins, who he cherished and cherished him; aunts, uncles, other family, friends and loved ones.

“But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31.

A celebration of life and reception were Dec. 20 at the Drexel Community Building.

Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers are suggested to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at http://www.jdrf.org.

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

Vivian M. Kidd
July 6, 1933 – Dec. 15, 2020

Vivian Marie Kidd, Harrisonville, was born July 6, 1933, in Weir, Kansas, the daughter of George H. and Effie Marie (Kinder) Bennett. She died Dec. 15 surrounded by love and family at the age of 87 years, 5 months and 9 days.

May 3, 1957, Vivian married David Kidd in Harrisonville.

Vivian was a homemaker. She was a member of the United Methodist Church, Harrisonville. Vivian was a former Den Mother and enjoyed reading, growing flowers and putting puzzles together. She had lived in Weir, before moving to Harrisonville.

Besides her parents, Vivian was preceded in death by her husband, John Kidd, Nov. 1, 2000; and her brother, David Bennett.

She is survived by her four sons, John Kidd and Diane, Gary Kidd and Troy Kidd all of Harrisonville, and Tim Kidd, Moberly; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two brothers, George Bennett, state of Texas, and James Bennett, Lee’s Summit; a sister, Ida Kreeger, Warsaw; other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral services were Dec. 19 at the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville.

Burial was in the Orient Cemetery, Harrisonville.

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

Ronald L. McKeown
May 5, 1945 – Dec. 13, 2020

Ronald Lee McKeown, Belton, was born May 5, 1945, in St. Louis, the son of DeForrest Leroy and Lorena Louisa (Brandt) McKeown. He died Dec. 13 at his home in Belton surrounded by love and family at the age of 75 years, 7 months and 8 days.

Aug. 9, 1964, Ron married Cheryl Kay Walker in Holden.

Ron was employed as an auto estimator for State Farm Insurance in Overland Park, Kansas, until his retirement in 2005. He was a faithful member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Harrisonville.

He was the happiest when surrounded by his large family. He enjoyed restoring cars, woodworking and landscaping projects and just staying busy.

Ron had lived in Peculiar for 38 years before moving to Belton in 2016.

Besides his parents, Ron was preceded in death by his brother, Buck McKeown; and a sister, Marilyn Wilson.

Ron is survived by his wife, Cheryl McKeown of the home; a son, Ron McKeown, Jr. (Jerry Jackson), Overland Park; three daughters, Kathy Barnes (Chris), Harrisonville, Brenda Mackander (Jamie), Peculiar, Crissy Bohannon (Shannon), Adrian; nine grandchildren, Samantha, Steve, Emily, Brooks, Tyler, Carter, Sarah Beth, Tanner and Katie; nine great-grandchildren, Titus, Rory, Tatum, Audrey, Hallie, Rena, Emma, Parker and Trace; a brother, Rick McKeown, Kearney; a sister, Patty Raker, Holden; other relatives and a host of friends.

Private family services.

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

Ronald D. Sallee
Oct. 26, 1932 – Dec. 9, 2020

Ronald Dean Sallee, Harrisonville, was born Oct. 26, 1932, in Independence, the son of Earl Otis and Velma C. (Hancock) Sallee. He died Dec. 9 at his home at the age of 88 years, 1 month and 13 days.

Sept. 15, 1962, Ronald married Betty Taylor in Peculiar.

Ronald was employed as an electronics inspector for Allied Signal, Kansas City, until his retirement in 1992.

He was a Navy veteran of the Korean War. Ronald was a member of Harrisonville VFW Post No. 4409 where he was active in the Honor Guard and was in charge of bingo for many years.

He loved being at his lake house, fishing, camping and being outdoors. Ronald enjoyed being with his family and helping his family and neighbors with different projects.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Sallee, June 2, 2010; two sons, Dan and Dennis Crownover; a grandson, Zachery Crownover; a great-grandson, Austin Boyer; two brothers, Delbert and Wayne Sallee; and a sister, Violet Sands.

Ronald is survived by four sons, David Crownover and wife, Amy, Davis, California, Doug Sallee and wife, Nina, Cumby, Texas, Donnie Crownover, Steven Sallee and wife, Donna, all of Archie; three daughters, Donna Brungardt and husband, Fred, Olathe, Kansas, Robin Boyer and husband, Larry, Palestine, Texas, and Rebecca Johnson and husband, Roger, Raymore; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; two sisters, Sylvia Honeyball, Joplin, and Kathryn Short, Independence; other relatives and many friends.

Funeral services with military honors were Dec. 16 at the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, with burial in Orient Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association and may be left at the funeral home.

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

Jerry L. Schindler
April 30, 1934 – Nov. 21, 2020

Jerry Lee Schindler, 86, Liberty, died Nov. 21 at his home.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Schindler, of the home; two sons, Douglas Schindler and Vanessa, Kearney, and Dwight Schindler and Beverly Danner, Kansas City; five step-grandchildren; 10 step-great-grandchildren; two step-great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Ronnie Schindler, Garden City; a sister, Joyce Roach, Kansas City; other relatives and friends.

Graveside services were Nov. 28 at the Garden City Cemetery, Garden City.

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

Delbert E. Guffey
Oct. 3, 1935 – Dec. 17, 2020

Delbert Earl Guffey, 85, Butler, died Dec. 17 at Menorah Medical Center in Overland Park, Kansas. He was born Oct. 3, 1935, the son of William Sidney and Ruby Lee Haney Guffey in Ardmore.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Troy, in August 2019; and siblings, Mary, Gene, Tom, Grace, Pat, Ruth and Arlene.

Delbert is survived by his wife, Joyce Guffey, Butler; a daughter, Leisa Landis and husband, Mark, Jefferson City; a son, Lance Guffey and wife, Julie, Ballard; two sisters, Lucille Cox, Moberly, and Doretta Bruno, Raytown; a brother, David Guffey and wife, Sandra, Pleasant Hill; and six grandchildren, Justin, Emily and husband Roosevelt, Shelby, Rylee, Kaden and Greyson.

Funeral services for Delbert Guffey of Butler were Dec. 22 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel, Butler. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler.

Contributions are suggested to the Bates County Food Pantry.

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

Barbara Mumford
Sept. 30, 1944 – Dec. 13, 2020

Barbara Mumford, 76, Adrian, died Dec. 13 at Adrian Manor Health and Rehab. Private family funeral services will be held Dec. 26.

Barb was born in Summit, New Jersey, the daughter of Melvin H. Mumford and Adele H. (Lawrence) Mumford. She was one of six children and grew up in Georgetown, Delaware.

She graduated from Georgetown High School. After high school, Barb attended Beebee School of Nursing in Lewes, Delaware.

She worked as a registered nurse in various areas in the state of Delaware.

In 1982, she followed her parents to Missouri and began work at Citizens Memorial Hospital in Bolivar. After she retired, she continued to volunteer at the hospital until she moved to Adrian in 2010.

In Adrian, she was a member of the Lion’s Club and a volunteer at the Adrian Library. She also met with a knitting group once a week. She regularly attended the Adrian United Methodist Church.

Barb was kind and compassionate. She loved being a nurse, a mom and a grandma. If she wasn’t doing those things, she enjoyed reading, crocheting, knitting, “junking” (looking for antiques) and going out to eat. She most enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

Barb was preceded in death by her parents, Melvin and Adele; her sisters, Carol Weeks and Dorothy Macklin; and her brother, Charles Mumford.

She is survived by her brothers, Melvin L. Mumford and wife, Carol, Vero Beach, Florida; and Lawrence R. Mumford and wife, Bonnie, Northeast, Maryland; her daughters, Susan (Mumford) Yoss and husband, Kip, Adrian, and Amy (Baker) Deitrich and husband, Bill, Landenberg, Pennsylvania; grandsons, Aaron and Ian Yoss and Bob Deitrich and many nieces and nephews.

Contributions in memory of Barbara Mumford are suggested to the United Methodist Church Literacy Program, c/o Adrian United Methodist Church, PO 126, Adrian, MO 64720.

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

Vickie L. Rosier
May 28, 1946 – Dec. 11, 2020

Vickie Lou Rosier, 74, Butler, died Dec. 11 at Centerpoint Medical Center in Independence. She was born May 28, 1946, the daughter of Rob Elliott and Louella Johnson Spinning.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband, Gary Rosier, July 16, 2006.

Vickie is survived by two sons, Jarred Lou Rosier and wife, Mary Ann, and Jason Lou Rosier and wife, Jana, all of Butler; a brother, Richard Spinning, Spokane, Missouri; two grandchildren, Jalyn Watson and husband, Hunter, and Jenay Martin and husband, Kyle; three great-grandchildren, Reed Watson, Renly Martin and Gracelyn Martin.

Graveside services for Vickie Lou Rosier were Dec. 16 at Oak Hill Cemetery in Butler. Contributions are suggested to the Passaic United Methodist Church.

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

Delbert R. Umstattd
Oct. 28, 1935 – Dec. 15, 2020

Delbert Russell Umstattd, 85, Ballard, died Dec. 15 at St. Joseph Medical Center in Kansas City. He was born Oct. 28, 1935, the son of Arthur and Ethel B. Greer Umstattd at home in rural Bates County.

He was preceded in death by his parents and five brothers, Arnold, John, Ralph, Donald and C.W.; sister, Delena Robertson; and an infant sister, Rosalee; and infant great-granddaughters, Emma and Heidi.

Delbert is survived by his wife of 65 years, Shirley, of the home; three sons, Doug and wife Rita, Garden City, Kevin and wife Kristy, Butler, and Allen and wife Amy, Ballard; a sister, Ellen Wry, Ballard; five grandchildren, Cole Umstattd and wife Brooke, Paige Smalley and husband Elliott, Damon Umstattd, Miles Umstattd and wife Emily and Corbin Umstattd and wife Lauren; eight great-grandchildren, Max, Marlowe, Scarlett, Zoie, Aspen, Eli, Harris and Destiney.

Private family graveside services for Delbert Umstattd will be held at a later date. There are no public services. Contributions are suggested to Walnut Grove Cemetery.

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

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