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Capt. Johnny D. Coday
Nov. 27, 1968 – Jan. 12, 2021

Capt. Johnny D. Coday, 52, Harrisonville, died Jan. 12 at his home surrounded with love and family.

Johnny is survived by his wife, Jennifer Coday, of the home; a son, John Wesley Coday, Kansas City; a daughter, Colleen Coday, Harrisonville; his father, Jackie Coday, Greenwood; his mother, Kathy Susann Free, Independence; a brother, Jeffery Coday, Greenwood; a sister, Melanie Faulkner, Greenwood; other relatives and many friends.

Rosary services were Jan. 18 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Harrisonville. The funeral mass was Jan. 19 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Harrisonville.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Capt. Johnny D. Coday Scholarship Fund and may be sent in care of Dickey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 432, Harrisonville, MO 64701.

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

Calvin G. Porter
June 16, 1941 – Jan. 7, 2021

Calvin Gerald Porter, Archie, was born June 16, 1941, in California, the son of Oscar C. and Ruby J. (Kneisly) Porter. He died Jan. 7 at St. Joseph Medical Center, Kansas City, at the age of 79 years, 6 months and 22 days.

Calvin grew up on a farm in California and was a 1959 graduate of California High School. During high school, he was employed for Proctor Lumber Co. in California.

He later attended Central Missouri State College in Warrensburg, where he received his degree in accounting. After college, he was employed as an accountant for Armco Steel Co., Kansas City, for more than 20 years.

After retirement, he purchased a farm east of Archie and raised Angus cattle.

Besides his parents, Calvin was preceded in death by a brother, Ronald Gene Porter; and his uncle, Charlie Kneisly.

Calvin is survived by a nephew, Lanny G. Porter. Hallsville; other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral services were Jan. 15 at the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville.

Graveside services were Jan. 15 in the High Point Cemetery, California.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the First Baptist Church Memorial Fund, Archie.

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

Velma L. Redwine
Jan. 1, 1928 – Jan. 11, 2021

Velma Lucille Redwine, 93, Raymore, died Jan. 11 at Crown Care Center in Harrisonville. Velma was born Jan. 1, 1928, in Kingsville, the youngest daughter of six children, of Ray and Carrie (Beard) Shippy.

She lived in Grandview and Raymore most of her life. She married William “Obie” Redwine Nov. 1, 1944.

Velma was a member of several community organizations including the Raymore Lions Club, where she was a recipient of the Melvin Jones Award; a member of the Richards-Gebaur Community Base Council for 15 years; member of the Raymore Park Board for 10 years; the Raymore Community Betterment Association from 1972 to 2017; and the LDS Church in Lee’s Summit.

Velma owned and operated a child care from her home for 30 years.

Velma was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Obie Redwine, June 15, 1977; a son, Ronald Redwine; four brothers; and a sister.

She is survived by two sons: Bob Redwine and Anne, Louisburg, Kansas, and Chuck Redwine and Nancy, Naples, Florida; a daughter, Carol Atkinson and Dale, Harrisonville; eight grandchildren, Zachary Redwine, Sarah Giordano and Pete, Kirk Redwine, Dr. William Bret Redwine and Dr. Furha Cossor, Jill Pires and Carl, Dan Hunt, Stephanie Hornbeck and Ryan, and Rebecca Leveridge; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were Jan. 16 at the Raymore Cemetery, Raymore. Memorial contributions may be made to the Raymore Lions Club.

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

Don L. Sutcliffe
Sept. 27, 1944 – Jan. 8, 2021

Don L. Sutcliffe, 76, Freeman, died Jan. 8 at his home in Freeman. Don was born Sept. 27, 1944, in Fort Scott, Kansas, a son of Milo and Willa Mabel (Soward) Sutcliffe.

Don lived with his family in many places while growing up and he was a 1962 graduate of Mapleton High School, Denver, Colorado. He married Eileen Francy April 15, 1965, at the Freeman Christian Church.

They had lived in Freeman for 56 years. Don owned and operated Don’s Drywall for 45 years before his retirement from the drywall business in 2010. He was a lifelong farmer and continued to farm after his drywall retirement.

He was a member and deacon of the Freeman Baptist Church, a scout master of Boy Scout Troop No. 256, the former mayor of Freeman and a past member of the Dolan-West Dolan Fire Department.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Milo D. Sutcliffe and Ross W. Sutcliffe; two sisters, Sarah Alexander and Margaret Anderson; and a great-grandson, Roy Sutcliffe.

Don is survived by his wife, Eileen Sutcliffe, Freeman; three sons, Danny and Donna Sutcliffe, Waldron, Arkansas, Don and Andrea Sutcliffe, Peculiar, and Johnny and Beth Sutcliffe, Freeman; a daughter, Crystal and Jason Lindsey, Freeman; 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Graveside services were Jan. 13 at the Freeman Cemetery, Freeman. Contributions may be made to the Freeman Baptist Church.

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

Marion Earl Waltmire
Dec. 15, 1925 – Jan. 7, 2021

Marion Earl Waltmire, Ottawa, Kansas, died Jan. 7 due to complications from COVID-19.

A graveside service will be planned for a later date. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Princeton Christian Church.

Marion was born Dec. 15, 1925, at home in Raymore, to Jonathan Jerome and Lena Phillips Waltmire.

Marion was an Eagle Scout, a World War II veteran of the European Theater, a retiree of GM/UAW and was a lifelong farmer.

After World War II, he attended Columbia University and farmed in Missouri.

In January 1949, he married Barbara Ann Livingston. They were married 71 years before his death.

In 1954, the family moved to Spring Hill, Kansas, then to Princeton, Kansas, where they lived until retirement when Marion and Barbara moved to Ottawa.

He was proceeded in death by his parents; his stepmother, Vera Waltmire; and a brother, Dean Waltmire.

He is survived by his wife, of the home; a sister, Theresa Cotter; a sister-in-law, Jean; daughters, Deborah Cannady (Tom), Jennifer Welch (Alan) and Toni Clark (Ed); nine grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Martha S. Damon
April 28, 1940 – Jan. 9, 2021

Martha Sue Damon was born April 28, 1940, in Butler, the daughter of Marion Thomas and Etta Mae (Belt) Thomas. She died Jan. 9 at the age of 80.

Sue graduated from Butler High School in 1958 and immediately joined the workforce. She married Dale Watts and to this union one son, David Edward Watts, was born.

She would later marry Rick Worth and to this union, a daughter, Debra Sue (Worth) Reynolds, was born. She was in a serious car accident in 1963, paralyzing her and leaving her in a wheelchair for the duration of her life.

After rededicating her life to the Lord and getting serious about being a believer, she began attending church in Butler where she would meet her future husband, the Rev. James R. Damon. They later married and to this union, a son, James Neal Damon, was born.

Sue lived her entire life in the Bates County area, including nearly 70 years on the family farm homestead, settled in the family before the Civil War. This property would see built upon it, one of the first wood-frame houses west of the Mississippi River.

The property, along with all its history and heritage, would remain in the family until it was sold to good friends, Leon and Sue Decker and family, prior to Sue and Jim moving to Rockville, where James pastored a church.

Despite her disability, Sue stayed busy watching her children and grandchildren’s ball games and events, staying at home recording broadcasts of ball games that Jim and James would cover for area sports teams, writing Peru News articles for the News X-Press paper in Butler for decades and serving in a variety of formats for each church she attended, including numerous prayer and intercession ministries.

Sue still loved going to church as often as possible, despite difficulties in inclement weather and her condition. She, in fact, was able to attend one final time on a beautiful 60-degree Sunday two weeks ago.

She will always be remembered for hand-written Christmas cards and update letters, birthday cards and notes full of scripture verses. She loved helping her family and others out in any way possible and she leaves behind a legacy of a life of
faith, sacrifice and service.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Marvin Thomas; her first husband, Dale Watts; second husband, Rick Worth; and husband, Jim Damon, two months ago.

She is survived by son, David Watts and significant other, Jayne Sisk; daughter, Debra Sue Reynolds and husband, Mike; son, James Neal Damon and wife, Amanda; grandchildren, David, Jr., Jesse, Erica, Dakota, Colton, Faith, Sophia and Joshua; seven great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; and numerous nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

Funeral services were Jan. 15 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel, Butler. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler. In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to the family.

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

Coletta J. Guthrie
June 23, 1940 – Jan. 7, 2021

Coletta Jean Guthrie, 80, Adrian, died Jan. 7 at Adrian Manor in Adrian. She was born June 23, 1940, the daughter of Raymond G. and Georgia Mae Allman Hartsell in Melrose, Kansas.

Coletta, one of three children, lived in many places over the years with her husband. Archie, Lockhart, Texas, California and Arizona were a few of them. She moved to Blue Eye where she resided for 25 years before returning back to Archie. Coletta entered the nursing home in 2015.

Coletta enjoyed sewing, crafts, painting, reading, studying genealogy, dancing and listening to country music. Her other enjoyments included bird watching, 4-H bingo, word search, traveling, shopping, going to church and attending reunions.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband, Jack Guthrie.

Coletta is survived by two daughters, Debra Seagraves, Raymore, and Jackie Smith and husband, Warren, Archie; a son, Billy Guthrie and wife, Margrett, Archie; two brothers, Raymond Hartsell and wife, Debbie, Archie and Robert Hartsell and wife, Debbie, Moore, Oklahoma; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; a great-grandchild on the way; a great-great-grandchild on the way; and many nephews and nieces.

Coletta’s wishes were to be cremated.

Memorial services for Coletta Guthrie will be at 11 a.m. Jan. 30 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel, Butler. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m.

prior to the service. Contributions are suggested to Good Shepherd Hospice.

Due to Covid, the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel respectfully asks that everyone wear a mask and practice social distancing.

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

Karen Stewart
March 5, 1943 – Jan. 9. 2021

Karen Stewart, Dyersburg, Tennessee, formerly of Kansas City, was born March 5, 1943, in Kansas City, the daughter of William and Kathryn (Jakobe) McMichael. She died Jan. 9 at Baptist Memorial Hospital – Union City, Tennessee, at the age of 77 years, 10 months and 4 days.

She was a homemaker.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved brother, William A. McMichael, Jr., of Lee Summit.

Karen is survived by two daughters, Terri Cloinger and Jeff, and Mary Stewart, both of Dyersburg; two sons, Gary Stewart of Dyersburg, and Joseph Stewart, Jr., of Atoka; two sisters, Kay Hess and Larry, Adrian, and Carolyn Biritz and Jerry, Kansas City; 11 grandchildren, Elizabeth Helms, Steven Nusbaum, Erik Hayes, Christopher Hayes, Gregory Horton, Brittani Horton, Courtney Nelson, Caitlin Cloinger, Gary Lee Stewart, Brittany Slavick, Crystal Slavick; and 15 great-grandchildren, Korbyn Stewart, Jennalee Hayes, Kaylee Hayes, Braxton Helms, Bentley Helms, Ava Stewart, Alexis Stewart, Jaxxon Hayes, Kade Hayes, Kyle Hayes, Gregory Horton, III, Grace Horton, Alana Moore, Noah Beasley and Ryder Nuttall.

Funeral services were Jan. 16 at the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, with burial in the Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Kansas City.

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

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