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Robert W. Eads
Oct. 22, 1926 – Feb. 14, 2021

Robert Wayne Eads, 60, Grandview, died Feb. 14 at Research Medical Center, Kansas City.

He is survived by two daughters, Mary Eads and husband, Justin Maldonado, Blue Springs, and Melissa Eads, Grandview; four grandchildren, Natasha, J.J., Tamia and Shawnee; five brothers, John Eads, Garden City, Jessie Eads, Kansas City, Ronald Eads, Garden City, Bob Eads, Grandview, and Robbie Eads, Kansas City; two sisters, Arlene Eads, state of Alabama, and Charlene Eads, Grandview; other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were Feb. 20 at the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, with burial in Floral Hills Cemetery, Kansas City.

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

Donald R. King
Jan. 22, 1934 – March 7, 2021

Donald “Don” Ray King, Harrisonville, was born Jan. 22, 1934, in Creighton, the son of Wilbur and Amy Frances (Dale) King. He died March 7 at his home surrounded by love and family at the age of 87 years, 1 month and 13 days.

Oct. 3, 1958, Don married Carol Ann Fouts in Knoxville.

Don was drafted into the Army and served from 1956 to 1958 in Germany. He left the service as a marksman (sub machine gun) and received a Good Conduct Medal.

Upon returning, he began working at Westinghouse and then settled into a 27 year career with Western Electric as a tool and die machinist.

He and Carol raised four daughters in their life-long home in Harrisonville. They didn’t indulge in any past times which didn’t include their children.

Square dancing and bowling fit both, Cheryl became a member of a traveling square dance youth group and all the girls enjoyed bowling.

As they got older, Don could be seen coaching their techniques during their weekly league nights. Donna is still a bowler and reported scores to her dad every Tuesday evening. Don was also secretary of several men’s bowling leagues and used those duties to reinforce math, often asking the girls to help figure bowling averages.

After retirement, Don and Carol wintered in Texas with good friends, the Dyers and Stanfills. They enjoyed many years of travel to Texas until Carol’s death in 2009. They loved camping and squaring dancing and continued those past times in retirement.

Don was outnumbered four to one after Carol’s death, but didn’t seem to mind. His independence kept the girls on their toes. They were always ready to lend a helping hand, drive him to an appointment, listen to a story he’d told dozens of times and yes, drive him to Denny’s for breakfast or Wendy’s for lunch.

There are so many memories, so much laughter and happy tears to fill our hearts forever.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Carol King on June 3, 2009; a son-in-law, Bobby Riffle; four brothers, Everette, Wayne, Keith and Mark King; three sisters, Beulah Nagle, Kathleen Polzin and May Frances Wilt; an infant brother and sister.

Don is survived by four daughters, Cheryl Kelly and husband, Jim, Harrisonville, Donna Parks and husband, Robert, Rockville, Lori Higgs and husband, Gary, and Carmen King, all of Harrisonville; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Funeral services were March 10 at the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, with burial with military honors in the Byler Cemetery near Creighton.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Heartland Hospice, Independence.

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

Robert L. Sims
Feb. 14, 1942 – Feb. 28, 2021

Robert Lee “Bob” Sims was born Feb. 14, 1942, in Bascom, Florida, and died Feb. 28 at Missouri Veterans Home, Warrensburg, surrounded by the love of family, at the age of 79 years and 14 days.

He was the son of Fred and Vera Mildred (Allen) Sims.

Bob spent his younger years in Florida, graduating from Blountstown High School, Blountstown, Florida in 1960.

Sept. 23, 1960, Bob joined the United States Air Force and proudly served his country for 23 years, retiring Sept. 30, 1983, with the rank of Technical Sergeant. After retiring from the United States Air Force, Bob attended Midwest Baptist Seminary in Kansas City.

Aug. 21, 1961, Bob married Clara Walden of Bristol, Florida. Bob and Clara were stationed many places throughout Bob’s military career including South Carolina, Texas, Panama Canal Zone, Missouri, the Philippines, then back to Missouri. After Bob’s retirement, Bob and Clara made their home in Missouri.

Bob was a pastor in God’s service for 17 years before retirement. He was the minister of the Cleveland Baptist Church for many years, before God led him to Rose Hill Baptist Church in Latour, where he was serving as pastor at the time of his retirement. Bob’s heart and life was serving God.

His favorite question to ask of anyone he met was, “are you going to Heaven, yes, no or I hope so,” and from that question alone, Bob led many to the Lord.

Bob was preceded in death by his father, Fred Sims; his mother and stepfather, Mildred and Horace Kent; and a granddaughter, Jennifer Cincoski.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Clara (Walden) Sims, of the home; two sons, Robert “Keith” Sims, Columbia, and John M. Sims and wife Jennifer, Raymore; two daughters, Regina Cincoski and husband, Thomas, Cottage Grove, Minnesota, and Jenna Cooper and husband, Chris, Lenexa, Kansas; 15 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; special friends, Rex and Diana Fugate, Cleveland; other relatives and many, many friends.

Per Bob’s wishes, cremation has been accorded.

A memorial visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the Wallace Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

Graveside services with full military honors will be at 12:30 p.m. March 19 at the Leavenworth National Cemetery, Leavenworth, Kansas.

Military honors will be provided by the United States Air Force Honor Guard from Whiteman Air Force Base, Knob Noster.

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

Arthur Spencer
March 29, 1938 – March 7, 2021

Arthur “Art” Spencer, 82, Lee’s Summit, formerly of Harrisonville, died March 7 at John Knox Village Care Center, Lee’s Summit. Arthur was the son of the late Arthur L. and Agnes Shanks Spencer, an engineer and a homemaker, in Bellshill, Scotland, on March 29, 1938. In his younger years, he spent many happy hours roaming the moors and investigating old castle ruins with his cousin, David. One of their favorite places was the Old Wives Lifts, which were three gigantic rocks in the middle of a marsh.

Arthur earned a mechanical engineering degree from Stow College of Engineering in Glasgow, Scotland.

Arthur married the love of his life, Mary Simpson Ogilvie, at St. James Pollok Church in Glasgow on July 17, 1959.

Soon after, he accepted a position in Canada and immigrated to Montreal in 1959.

A few years later he moved to the United States.

He was employed as project manager, director and manager of projects for several major corporations. They lived and traveled the world with his jobs before retiring in Harrisonville.

In 2009, the Spencers moved to Raintree Lake, Lee’s Summit, finally moving to John Knox Village in 2019.

Arthur joined Masonic Lodge Nitshill No. 1478, Glasgow, Scotland, in 1958 and affiliated with Cass Masonic Lodge No. 147 in Harrisonville in 2002. He served as secretary of Cass Masonic Lodge from 2002 to 2006 and received his 50-year member pin in 2009.

Arthur was a car enthusiast, loved hunting and fishing, excelled in woodworking and was a friend to all. He always had a
quip or two at the ready and that twinkle in his eye gave him away, he was a jokester.

Arthur had a long journey with cancer. He lived courageously until the very end.

Arthur is survived by his wife of 61 years, Mary Spencer, Lee’s Summit; two sisters, Sylvia Moore and Doreen Love, both of Scotland. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends and all who knew him.

Funeral and Masonic services were March 13 at the Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville. Burial was in the Peculiar Cemetery, Peculiar. Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society.

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

Grace M. Whitcraft
Sept. 28, 1946 – Feb. 25, 2021

Grace Marie Whitcraft died Feb. 25. Grace Marie was born Sept. 28, 1946, the daughter of Wilbur Harland and Lorene (Bailey) Lawrence in Peculiar. She later became “Sis” upon the births of little sister Peggy and brother Little Harland.

In her parents’ backyard Sept. 15, 1968, she married the love of her life, Donald Whitcraft, thus becoming his son Donnie’s extra mom. Their wedding took place during a 15-day leave from the Army.

Don left too soon after that to serve in Vietnam. During his tour, their oldest daughter was born. Grace braved being a new parent while worrying about her husband overseas for nearly a year before his return. A little more than a year later they welcomed their youngest daughter.

Together they remodeled nearly all of the many homes they lived in during their 50-plus years of marriage. In 1974, they moved to El Reno, Oklahoma, and worked at Fort Reno.

Grace worked several years as a bookkeeper at El Reno Lumber. But her happiest times were with children. She had a home daycare in El Reno and later worked in a daycare while living at Lake Texoma.

She also taught Sunday school for many years at the First Christian Church in El Reno. Most recently she taught the 4- and 5-year old Sunday school class at Trinity Baptist.

As much as her students loved her, none could love her as completely as her own children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Gran baked and decorated countless birthday and wedding cakes for those she loved and there were many. She might be best known for her Texas cake. She was the kind of person that if she had been given notice from God on Wednesday, she would have baked a cake and probably cinnamon rolls too, for her own memorial service.

Grace was also gifted in caring for and bringing comfort to loved ones in their final days. So much so, she was lovingly known to those closest to her as “The Finisher.”

She was preceded in death by her parents, Wilbur Harland and Melorene Lawrence; in-laws, Donald, Sr., and Bernice Whitcraft; and brother-in-law Larry Morrow.

She is survived by her devoted husband Donald of the home; children, Donnie and wife Alicia Whitcraft, Cleveland, Dawn and husband Wayne Muir and Stacy and husband Grant Chanery, all of El Reno; grandchildren, Jamie Page, Jesie and wife Christine Whitcraft, Jodie Whitcraft, Chris and Kenzie Muir, Zack and Hope Muir, River Adkins, Lindsey and husband Chris Buckaloo, Kodee and wife Kaitlyn Chaney, and Cheyanne Chaney; and 15 cherished great-grandchildren; sister Peggy and husband Dave Henderson; and brother Harland “Doc” and wife Donna Lawrence; in-laws, David and Doretta Whitcraft, Donice and Jerry Parker, Debbie Morrow, Doug and Susie Whitcraft, and Dean and Patti Whitcraft; and an abundance of cousins, nieces, nephews; and Uncle Roy Hodgson.

A memorial service celebrating her amazing life was held March 6 at Trinity Baptist Church in El Reno, officiated by Brother Rod Young.

She is completely transformed now and has taken on the glow of her Jesus. Glory to God that He loves her and all of us so much.

Leona F. Catron
Jan. 5, 1931 – March 5, 2021

Leona Frances Catron, 90, Butler, formerly of Adrian, died March 5 at Bates County Memorial Hospital, Butler. Leona was born Jan. 5, 1931, in Kansas City, the only daughter of G.E. and Grace (Lafferty) Clark.

Leona grew up in Kansas City and was a 1948 graduate of Central High School. She married Joe Catron Jan. 8, 1949. To this union two sons were born. Leona and G.E. were married for 58 years until Joe died July 28, 2007.

Leona worked at Adrian Bank for more than 20 years before retiring. She had worked for TWA prior to moving to Adrian in 1967.

Leona and Joe enjoyed traveling until Joe got sick. Her favorite place was Hawaii. Leona was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved reading until her eyesight was too poor to read.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Joe; and a brother, William.

Leona is survived by two sons, Steve Catron and Connie and David Catron and Cindy; a granddaughter, Doshia Castro and Jeremy; two step-grandsons, Eric Robards and Kelsi and Brian Robards and Ashli; three great-grandsons and one on the way, Jeremy, Jordan, Jetsun and baby boy; and step-great-grandson, Everett Robards; two step-granddaughters, Hadley and Brynlee Robards; a brother-in-law, Ronald Dean Catron; several nieces, nephews and a host of friends. She will be sadly missed by all who loved her.

Graveside services were March 12 at Crescent Hill Cemetery, Adrian. Memorial contributions may be made to the Adrian Community Library.

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

James R. Gorman
July 15, 1954 – March 3, 2021

James Robert Gorman, 66, Butler, died March 3 at his home in Butler. He was born July 15, 1954, the son of James Russell and Sally Marie Haller Gorman in Havre, Montana.

James is survived by his wife, Libby Gorman, Butler.

James’s wishes were to be cremated. There are no public services scheduled at this time.

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

Dennis W. Hubbard
April 11, 1949 – March 10, 2021

Dennis “Denny” Wayne Hubbard, 71, Butler, died March 10 at his home in Butler. He was born April 11, 1949, the son of Kenneth Earl and Chloe Cletus Elliott Hubbard in Adrian.

He was preceded in death by both parents and a stepbrother, Jimmy Elliott.

Denny is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 52 years, Sandee Hubbard, Butler; two sons, Stephen “Steve” Hubbard and wife Mindy, Cole Camp, and Matthew “Matt” Hubbard and wife Lori, Clarksville, Tennessee; a daughter, Jennifer “Jenne” Bennett and husband Clint, Butler; four brothers, Steve Hubbard and wife Donna, Paul Hubbard and wife Sherry, Clay Hubbard and wife Tammie and David Hubbard, all of Adrian; a sister, Wilma Hubbard, Harrisonville; seven grandchildren, Bram and Noah Hubbard, Gage and Olivia Hubbard, Dakota Moore and Tyson and Chloe Bennett; a great-grandson, Jaxon Bennett; four stepbrothers, Danny Elliott, Ben Elliott, John, Elliott and Tommy Elliott; his stepmother, Faye O’Riley; and many nephews, nieces and other relatives.

Funeral services were, March 13 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel, Butler, with interment and a private family graveside service at Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler.

Contributions are suggested to Giving Fore Living.

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

Harry L. Raybourn
July 23, 1930 – March 10, 2021

Harry Lee Raybourn, 90, Butler, died March 10 at Medicalodge of Butler. He was born July 23, 1930, the son of James Harry and Rosa Elsa Stevener Raybourn in Appleton City.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Patricia Raybourn, April 6, 2020; a son, Harry Edward Raybourn, in 2004; a grandson, Payton Dale Raybourn, in 2007; a daughter-in-law, Krystal Kay Seider, in 2001; two brothers, W.B. Raybourn and Straton De Raybourn; two brothers-in-law, Jim Bock and Jim Haynes; a sister-in-law, Georgia Raybourn; and two half-sisters.

Harry is survived by a son, Straton Raybourn and wife, Kim, Appleton City; a daughter, Cheri Simms and husband, Scott, Butler; a brother, Fred Raybourn and wife, Diane, Cedarvale, Kansas; two sisters, Julia Ann Bock, Appleton City, and Charlene Haynes, Kansas City; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were March 15 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel, Butler.

Burial with military honors was in Myers Cemetery, Appleton City. Contributions are suggested to the Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Church or Myers Cemetery.

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

Gina L. Resz
July 7, 1971 – Feb. 20, 2021

Gina Resz, 49, Butler, died Feb. 20 at Bates County Memorial Hospital, Butler.

Gina Louise Resz was born July 7, 1971, in Quincy, Illinois, the daughter of William and Linda Smith Eisenbeiss.

Gina was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her husband, Joseph Resz; daughters, Erica and Darcy Ramsey and their families, Butler, and by her sister, Tina Eisenbeiss, El Dorado Springs; nieces, nephews and extended family members.

Funeral services were March 10 at the Mullinax Funeral Home, Butler. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Resz family.

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

Marilyn Warren
April 1, 1934 – March 9, 2021

Marilyn Warren, 86, Adrian, died March 9 at the Butler Center for Rehabilitation. Mary Lou Warren was born April 1, 1934, in Stanton, Kansas, the daughter of George and Nellie Burnette Begshaw.

She married James Warren. Mary lived most of her life in the Pleasant Hill area before relocating to Adrian.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband; sister, Edith Mason; and brothers, Donald Begshaw, George Begshaw and Leonard Begshaw.

She is survived by her daughter, Dee Reynolds; son, Steven Lane; daughter, Sandra Trumpeter; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren; along with nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.

Cremation, with private family services to be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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

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