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Opal N. Fortner
April 21, 1928 – Jan. 23, 2021

Opal Nadine (Vandiver) Fortner, Harrisonville, was born April 21, 1928, in Everett, the daughter of Raymond and Margaret Elizabeth (Luckeman) Hocker. She died Jan. 23 at Research Medical Center, Kansas City, surrounded by love and family at the age of 92 years, 9 months and 2 days.

June 5, 1944, Nadine married Lee E. Fortner in Paola, Kansas, and later married Charles Vandiver.

Nadine was a homemaker. She also was employed as a cook for the Cass Medical Center, Harrisonville, and at several local nursing homes. Earlier, she was a seamstress for the Betty Rose Garment Company in Belton.

Nadine was a member of the Adrian United Methodist Church. She enjoyed being with her family, gardening, sewing and quilting and was a great cook and a very hard worker. Nadine had lived in Everett and Archie before moving to Harrisonville.

Besides her parents, Nadine was preceded in death by her first husband, Lee, Feb. 10, 1990; her second husband, Charles, Dec. 25, 2013; and three brothers, Harold, Glenn and Joe.

Nadine is survived by two sons, Richard Lee Fortner and Becky, Olathe, Kansas, and Robert K. Fortner and Debbie, Peculiar; a daughter, Connie Fortner and Doug Gibb, Lenexa, Kansas; nine grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Walter Hocker and Mary, Harrisonville, and Lyle Hocker and Beverly, Lee’s Summit; her sister, Evelyn Daniels (Longmont) Colorado; other relatives and a host of friends.

Graveside services were Jan. 28 at the Freeman Cemetery, Freeman.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the First Christian Church Memorial Fund, Harrisonville, and may be sent in care of the Dickey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 432, Harrisonville, MO 64701.

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

David C. Kosfeld
Jan. 21, 1954 – Jan. 20, 2021

David Charles Kosfeld, Greenwood, was born Jan. 21, 1954, in Kansas City, the son of Emory J. and Alice E. (Davidson) Kosfeld. He died, Jan. 20 at the Research Medical Center at the age of 66 years, 11 months, and 30 days.

David was a 1972 Pleasant Hill High School graduate where he was a four-year member of the Future Farmers of America, serving as president his senior year and was a two-year member of the National Honor Society.

March 5, 1983, he married Margaret A. (Harp) Smith at the Greenwood Christian Church.

David was employed as a laborer and was a proud member of Heavy Construction Laborers Union Local No. 663.

He had worked construction for W.A. Ellis Construction, as head of maintenance for Hunt Midwest Enterprises and was the city inspector for the city of Pleasant Hill.

He enjoyed working on old cars and trucks, fishing and gardening, especially pumpkins.

David was preceded in death by his parents; and a great-grandson, Bentleigh Meakins.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret, of the home; two children, Abigail Ashmore, Pleasant Hill, and Beau Dustin Smith, Andalusia, Alabama; four grandchildren, Julianne Smith, Shawn Ashmore, Maegan Ashmore and Chloe Smith, all of Pleasant Hill; a greatgrandchild, Shaleigh; two brothers, Larry A. and Diane Kosfeld, Greenwood, and James, W. and Sarah Kosfeld, Pleasant Hill; a sister, Malinda J. and Bill Remshak, Harrisonville; other relatives and friends.

Per David’s wishes, cremation has been accorded. No services are scheduled at this time. Inurnment will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery at a later date.

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

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

Paula J. Gentry
Nov. 27, 1937 – Jan. 24, 2021

Paula J. Gentry, 83, Paola, Kansas, died Jan. 24, at Olathe Hospice House in Olathe, Kansas. Paula Jean Gentry was born Nov. 27, 1937, in Cass County near Drexel, the daughter of Paul and Geraldine Dawson Showalter.

Paula was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Barbara Nissen.

She is survived by her husband, George Gentry, of the home; a son, Randall Gentry, and daughter, Julie Gentry, both of Paola; her sisters, Glenda Terry, Olathe, and Donna Plumb, Archie.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Sharon Cemetery, Drexel.

Friends are welcome to attend, but masks are encouraged and social distancing should be observed.

A memorial service at Mullinax Funeral Home, Drexel Chapel, will be scheduled for a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Olathe Hospice House or the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

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

Clarence W. Hook
Jan. 19, 1934 – Jan. 26, 2021

Clarence Wayne Hook, 87, died Jan. 26. A private family service is planned at St. Thomas More Church, followed by a
military burial at Freeman Cemetery, Freeman.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation.

Clarence was one of 15 children, born at the family farm in Peculiar, Cass County, to Grover Cleveland Hook and Mary Elmeda (Downs) Hook. Clarence served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War.

He started his civilian career working for Jones Truck Line and eventually went on to start his own company, Hookamper, Inc., manufacturing campers, travel trailers and house trailers.

Clarence was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Theresa Maria (Brunner) Hook; and son, Frederick Wayne Hook; second wife, Rita Rose (Lopez) Hook; and 12 of his siblings.

Survivors include a daughter, Theresa Hook Barton; son-in-law, George Barton; grandchildren, Margo Barton, Lauren Barton Kaufman and Trevor Kaufman; great-grandchildren, Milo and Sylvie Kaufman; sisters, Rosemary Pulliam and Lois Swearengin; and a wealth of extended family.

The family extends their heartfelt thanks to the attentive caregivers from SEVA Home Health, his much-loved caregivers and friends at Senior Care Homes and his comforting end of life caregivers from Ascend Hospice Care.

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

Ronald D. McConville
Oct. 20, 1953 – Jan. 21, 2021

Ronald Dean “Ronnie” McConville was born Oct. 20, 1953, in Kansas City and died Jan. 21 at Pleasant Hill Health and Rehabilitation Center in Pleasant Hill at the age of 67 years, 3 months and 1 day.

He was the son of Orville “Ralph” and Dorothy Marie (Scearce) McConville.

Ronnie lived several places throughout his younger years before moving to Pleasant Hill where he graduated from Pleasant Hill High School in 1971.

Ronnie had worked as a commercial parts salesman for AutoZone, Advanced Auto Parts and O’Reilly Auto Parts, before declining health forced his retirement.

When his health permitted, Ronnie enjoyed working on cars, building things with his hands and hunting and fishing.

He still enjoyed watching wrestling, the Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City Royals games and, above all else, NASCAR and his favorite driver, Jeff Gordon.

He liked nature and wildlife, and when he lived on the farm with his daughter and son-in-law, Melissa and Clint, he would sit and watch the antics of their farm animals.

The most important thing in Ronnie’s life was his family. One of his favorite pastimes was telling stories of his youth to his grandchildren.

Before his health declined, Ronnie enjoyed attending Echo Church in Pleasant Hill.

Ronnie was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Dorothy McConville.

He is survived by his daughter, Melissa Kinne and husband, Clint, Holden; his son, Duane McConville, Calhoun; a brother, Jim McConville and wife, Donna, Peculiar; two sisters, Linda Friedrich and husband, Reimund, and Susan Higgins, all of Kansas City; four grandchildren, Anna McConville and fiancee, Dakota, Kingsville, Tamatha Beck and husband, James, Warrensburg, Colby Nichols and fiancee, Emily, Warrensburg, and Spencer McConville, Holden,; daughter and granddaughter-of-the-heart, Sharina Jeffers and Leea Sheets, both of Johnson County; several aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and many friends.

As Ronnie wished, cremation has been accorded. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 5 at the Wallace Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill. A celebration of life memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Feb. 6 at the funeral home with Pastor J.R. Brown officiating.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Wallace Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

William C. Thomas
July 9, 1944 – Jan. 22, 2021

William “Bill” Charles Thomas, 76, Harrisonville, died Jan. 22 at Research Medical Center in Kansas City. Services to be held at a later date.

Bill was born July 9, 1944, in Kansas City, the son of Powell Byron and Mary Elizabeth (Hogan) Thomas. He had lived in Kansas City before moving to Harrisonville in 1993.

He attended Southwest High School. Bill was a United States Marine veteran. He married Cheryl Holtzclaw Dec. 26, 1966, in Oklahoma.

Bill owned and managed Burt Olson’s Patio Furniture Store in Kansas City and was a mechanical engineer at The Landing Shopping Center in Kansas City before retiring in 2017.

He was an avid sportsman and a member of Ducks Unlimited. Bill was a member and past president of Cass County Elks Lodge No. 2791, Harrisonville.

Bill is survived by his wife, Cheryl, of the home; two daughters, Christy Freeman and son-in-law, Loran Freeman, and Angie Tucker and son-in-law, Eric Tucker, all of Lee’s Summit; a brother, John E. Thomas, Webb City; sisters, Nancie Thomas, Kansas City, and Earlene Hansett, California; sister-in-law, Denise Reed, Kansas City; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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

Leslie D. Willey
March 19, 1947 – Jan. 25, 2021

Leslie “Les” David Willey, Cleveland, was born March 19, 1947, in Kansas City, the son of William Ragan and Mary Amelia (Kempinger) Willey. He died Jan. 25 at his home surrounded by love and family at the age of 73 years, 10 months and 6 days.

Sept. 23, 1965, Les married Judith Lee Crooks in Harrisonville.

Les was part owner and operator of Willey Disposal, Inc. in Cleveland. He loved to hunt, fish and spend time with his grandchildren and friends.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Sonny and Wayne Willey.

Les is survived by his wife, Judy Willey, of the home; three sons, Robert“Bob” Willey and wife Cindy, Watford City, North Dakota, Patrick “Pat” Willey and wife Cindy and William “Bill” Willey and wife Angela, all of Cleveland; eight grandchildren, Lyndsey, Christopher, Sabrina, Nick, Tylor, Cameron, Ciera and Ragan; a great-granddaughter, Olivia; two brothers, Ed Willey, Overland Park, Kansas, and Jack Willey, Cleveland; other relatives and many friends.

Cremation. A celebration of life was Jan. 30 at the home of Bill and Angela Willey.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Brookdale Hospice and can be made by check to Brookdale Hospice and mailed to 5401 College Blvd., Suite 112, Overland Park, KS 66211, or to Kansas City Pig Rescue Network and may be made through http://www.paypal.me/KCPRN or venmo@kcpigrescuenetwork.

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

Larkin W. DeWitt
Jan. 12, 1946 – Jan. 19, 2021

Larkin “Dub” William DeWitt, 75, Adrian, died Jan. 19 at Adrian Manor in Adrian. He was born Jan. 12, 1946, the son of Henry A. and Oma L. Sanders DeWitt in Rodney, Arkansas.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Thurston DeWitt; four sisters, Cleatus Kruse, Henrietta Kern, Clorse Newman and Dolley Coonce; a stepdaughter, Tonya Lannette Wassam; and two grandsons, Weston Cox-Halliburton and Woody Cox-Halliburton.

Dub is survived by his wife, Evelyn DeWitt, Adrian; two stepdaughters, Toye Hensley and husband Scott, Cave Springs, Arkansas, and Tammera Halliburton and husband Chet, Butler; three sisters, Ethel Fann and husband David, Arizona, Judy Dillenger, Viola, Arkansas, and Deloris Tate and husband Terry, Pineville, Arkansas; a brother, Frank DeWitt and wife Norma, New Boston; eight grandchildren; four greatgrandchildren; nephews; nieces; great-nephews; and great-nieces.

Memorial services were Feb. 4 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel, Butler.

Inurnment was in Byron, Arkansas. Contributions are suggested to the East Lynne Baptist Church.

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

William A. Grimsley
April 17, 1947 – Jan. 22, 2021

William “Alan” Grimsley, 73, Adrian, died Jan. 22 at his home surrounded by his family. Alan was born April 17, 1947, in Butler, the son of William “Bill” S. and Lola Luetta (Bitner) Grimsley.

Alan, the second of three children, grew up in the Amoret area where he attended Amoret Grade School and graduated from Miami High School in 1965. He attended Fort Scott Community College until being drafted into the Army in July 1967.

While serving a tour in Vietnam, he received a Purple Heart.

Aug. 15, 1970, Alan married his wife of 50 years, Martha McCammon.

Alan enjoyed playing basketball, baseball and softball and hunting and fishing in his younger years. Later in life, he enjoyed golfing and bowling and attending his children’s various sporting events.

During his life he worked at Pittman Mfg., Liston and Clark and retired in February 2008 after 31 years working as a mechanic at KCP&L in La Cygne, Kansas. Also, during this time, he and his wife owned and operated A&M Lanes in Adrian for 13 years.

Alan was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Lola; and a granddaughter, Cassidy Jo Grimsley.

He is survived by his wife, Martha, of the home; daughter, Loretta Gray and John, a son, Josh Grimsley and Amanda, all of Adrian; and daughter, Sara Grimsley, Springfield; grandchildren, Vincent, Katy and Jack, Jordan, Madison, Josie, Leevi, Maycee, Rylee; a great-granddaughter, Addilyn; sisters, Judy Pierce and Earl, Butler, and Francie Roberts, Topeka, Kansas; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial visitation was Jan. 26 at the Atkinson Funeral Home, Adrian, with military honors. Memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice Care of Butler.

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

Bart A. Van Meter
Aug. 22, 1972 – Jan. 24, 2021

Bart Allen Van Meter, 48, Kansas City, died Jan. 24 at his home. Bart was born Aug. 22, 1972, the son of William Robert and Sharon Lavonne (Mayfield) Van Meter at Bates County Memorial Hospital in Butler.

Bart graduated from Raymore-Peculiar High School in 1990. After graduating from high school, Bart joined the United States Navy and served as an electronics specialist aboard the USS Compte De Grasse during Desert Storm and until his departure from the Navy in 1996.

Upon leaving the Navy, Bart married and resided in Virginia and Pennsylvania until he moved back to Missouri.

Bart was preceded in death by his father and both paternal and maternal grandparents

He is survived by three daughters, Jordyn Garey and husband, Evan, Platte City, Kinsey Van Meter and Kendall Van Meter, both of Virginia Beach, Virginia; his mother, Sharon Houchen, Flemington; sister, Stacy Barber and husband, Elvis, Amarillo, Texas; three brothers, Robert Van Meter and wife, Michelle, Lee’s Summit, Dustin Van Meter and wife, Tabatha, Butler, and Jason Dallen and wife, Rachael, Henderson, Nevada; and several wonderful aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Memorial services were Jan. 29 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Adrian with military honors. Inurnment followed in Crescent Hill Cemetery, Adrian. Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army or a charity of choice.

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

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