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Stevie E. Bailey
Nov. 29, 1955 – Dec. 9, 2021

Stevie “Steve” Earl Bailey, 66, West Line, died Dec. 9 at St. Luke’s South Hospital, Overland Park, Kansas. Steve Bailey was born Nov. 29, 1955, in Butler, the son of Harold EK Bailey and Virginia (Peek) Bailey.

He was a 1974 graduate of Cass-Midway High School.

Steve served in the United States Army for 10 years, with two tours in Germany and was a staff sergeant at the time of his honorable discharge.

Steve retired early from Honeywell after 17 years, to focus full-time on his business, Cross-Creek Recycle.

Steve was married to Faye Crim in 1975 and they had two sons. Steve married Della Willard (Shaw), the love of his life, on Feb. 8, 1985. This beautifully blended family consisted of two sons and four daughters.

Steve understood what was valuable in life and that is faith and family. Steve lived his life based on the philosophy “the only thing that remains after we are gone, is the investment we make in others.”

Steve was a kind man, a life-long learner, hardworking and a teacher to so many.

He was a man of many skills and leaves behind a legacy of strength and integrity, honesty and always being willing to lend a helping hand.

Steve was preceded in death by his parents and a brother.

Steve is survived by his wife, Della, of the home; two sons, Steven Bailey and Kaytie and Jerry Bailey and April; four daughters, Angela Irvin, Kimberly Higginbottom and Dan, Joy Willard and Emily Bailey and Lance; five brothers; three sisters; 17 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and one on the way; and many other dear relatives and friends.

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

Interment followed in West Union Cemetery, Cleveland.

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

Gayla J. Clark
July 4, 1964 – Dec. 8, 2021

Gayla Clark, 57, Drexel, died Dec. 8 at Centerpoint Medical Center, Independence. Gayla Jean Benson Clark was born July 4, 1964, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the daughter of Henry and Lillian Raison Benson.

She worked as a bus driver for many years before becoming a CNA. Gayla loved riding horses, painting, drawing and reading. She also very much enjoyed her time with family.

Gayla was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her son, Thomas Clark and wife, Erica; brothers, Troy Benson, Todd Benson, Ty Benson and T. Gary Benson; her sister, Geana Jones; and many nieces, nephews and extended family members.

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

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

Walter L. Cook
July 16, 1943 – Dec. 13, 2021

Walter Lee Cook, 78, Harrisonville, died Dec. 13 in Kansas City. Walter was born July 16, 1943, in Kansas City, the son of Robert H. and Rose Mae (Carroll) Cook.

He was a graduate of Raytown High School. He had lived in Raytown and Kansas City for 58 years before moving to Harrisonville where he had lived for the past 19 years.

Walter was a biblical scholar and an avid American historian. He was a member of the Cass County Historical Society and a former member of the Harrisonville Historic Preservation Commission.

Walter was also a member of the Kansas City Area Historic Trails Association and the Oregon-California Trails Association. He had written several articles on the history of Jackson County. Walter was recently attending the Living Church of God in Kansas City.

Walter was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by a sister, Rose Mary Smith, Colorado Springs, Colorado, and many cousins, including Judith Walker, and Ronnie Carroll.

Graveside services were Dec. 17 at Orient Cemetery, Harrisonville.

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

James D. Divine
Dec. 8, 2021

James “Jim” D. Divine, 67, Archie, died Dec. 8, 2021, at Research Medical Center, Kansas City.

A memorial golf tournament will be held at a later date.

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

Joe R. Hackler
Aug. 1, 1933 – Dec. 10, 2021

Joe R. Hackler, 88, Archie, died after his nine-year battle with Parkinson’s, Dec. 10. Joe was born Aug. 1, 1933, the son of Thomas Franklin and Eva Pearl (Parkson) Hackler at their home in Everett in the big stone house.

Joe attended eight years of grade school at the Steen School just down the road from his home. He graduated from Archie High School in May 1951.

Joe married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Ann Bell, on Dec. 8, 1951.

They recently celebrated 70 years of marriage together. They were blessed with two daughters and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Joe served in the United States Army from Nov. 2, 1953 until 1955. Following his service, Joe and Barbara returned to Archie to make it their home.

In 1958, Joe opened a Rock Quarry in partnership with Lyle Limpus, nine miles west of Archie, known as the Hackler and Limpus Quarries. After selling the Garden City Quarry in 1972, he fully devoted his time to farming and running a cow-calf operation.

In his free time, Joe enjoyed the outdoors with a moose hunt in Canada and several deer hunting adventures in Colorado.

After retiring from farming, Joe enjoyed spending time golfing with his buddies or playing card with them when the weather wasn’t nice.

Joe was a devoted Archie resident. He was a director for many years at the Archie State Bank. He served on the Archie School Board for seven years as a board member and then president of the board. Joe continued to volunteer many hours to the school later in life with the helping of the dirt work on the Archie Sports Complex.

He was a member of the Archie United Methodist Church. He leaves behind a legacy of hard work and love for his family.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents; infant brother; and sister, Maxine Lethcho.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara, of the home; his daughters, Melinda Hamilton and Harold, and Lori Hackler, all of Archie; their families, Kristi and Chad Reynolds and their sons, Talan and Rylan; Matt and Megan Johnson and their children, Grace and Levi; Travis and Aryliss Hamilton and their children, Cole and Addy; Taylor and Amanda Flanery and their sons, Tristan and AJ; his sister, June Hess, Butler; his brother, Bud Hackler, Drexel; and many nieces, nephews, family and friends.

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

Interment followed in Crescent Hill Cemetery, Adrian. Memorial donations may be made to the Archie United Methodist Church.

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

Ralph Honeycutt, Jr.
Feb. 18, 1948 – Dec. 7, 2021

Ralph Honeycutt, Jr., 73, Harrisonville, died Dec. 7 at Golden Years Care Center, Harrisonville. Ralph was born Feb. 18, 1948, in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Ralph and Martha Ann (Griffin) Honeycutt, Sr.

He graduated from Belton High School.

He had worked in construction as a carpenter. Ralph enjoyed working on cars, landscaping and helping other people build things.

Ralph was preceded in death by his parents and a sister.

He is survived by his wife, Renee, of the home; and two sons, Jason Doyle Honeycutt and Jacob Lee Honeycutt.

Visitation was Dec. 16 at the Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville. Private graveside services were at the Freeman Cemetery, Freeman.

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

Robert D. Lee
May 11, 1936 – Dec. 9, 2021

United States Air Force TSGT Robert Douglas Lee (retired), Harrisonville, was born May 11, 1936, in Lepanto, Arkansas, the son of Robert Douglas, Sr., and Flora (Cummings) Lee. He died Dec. 9 at the St. Luke’s East Hospital, Lee’s Summit, at the age of 85 years, 6 months and 28 days.

On Feb. 3, 1961, Robert married Nina Lorea Oringderff in Harrisonville.

Robert was a United States Air Force Technical Sergeant until his retirement in 1975.

Later, he was employed at the Harrisonville Post Office until his retirement in 1991.

Robert enjoyed going to auctions, finding a bargain, shooting pool, metal detecting and watching westerns on TV.

When he was younger, he enjoyed fishing, boating and water skiing.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Robert is survived by his wife, Nina L. Lee, of the home; two daughters, Sylvia Roedel and husband, Robert, Lee’s Summit, and Shelly Cunningham and husband, Bill, Garden City; four grandchildren, Nic Roedel, Robbie Roedel, Cory Cunningham and wife, Becca, and Cassie Schrock and husband, Levi; six great-grandchildren, Maquilla, Karsyn, Isabella, Troy, Kinzlee and Mason; other relatives and friends.

Cremation. A celebration of life service was Dec. 13 at the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, with military honors following the service.

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

Kevin W. Sage
March 14, 1967 – Dec. 12, 2021

Kevin Walker Sage, 54, Archie, died Dec. 12 following a brief illness. He was born March 14, 1967, the son of Christopher and Roberta Billingsley Sage in Butler.

Kevin was raised on the family farm in Butler and liked spending time and weekends on his grandparents land in Rich Hill.

He enjoyed being with his dad and family working cows, pigs, building fences and hauling hay. He didn’t mind getting dirty.

Kevin was an avid hunter and enjoyed instilling a little of this in his children, but fishing was by far his favorite hobby.

Kevin was active in FFA and 4-H, showing pigs and sheep, winning many ribbons and trophies at county and state fairs.

During high school, he also worked alongside his dad at the sale barns in Butler and Archie.

Kevin attended primary school in Columbia and then Miami R-1 School District in Amoret, graduating from Butler High School in 1985 where he formed many lifelong friendships. He attended the University of Missouri-Columbia and was a lifetime member of the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity.

Kevin married Roxana Wurtz Jan. 11, 1986, and enjoyed 36 years of marriage with his best friend. This union was blessed with two children, He enjoyed many Sage family vacations over the years to Branson, Denver and Lake Texoma, but a few favorites were a pheasant hunting trip to South Dakota and an Alaskan land and sea cruise. While in Alaska, he was able to salmon fish with his dad who always seemed to best him while fishing.

Kevin was a welder by trade and was certified at Sullivan Education Center. He started his career off by fabricating trailers at the local feed store in Butler. He worked at Arrowhead Grating as a welder, supervisor and plant manager, then as a heavy-duty repairman and carman for Mid-America Car and later achieved his goal of working for the railroad. Kevin became a carman for Union Pacific Railroad and later for TTX. He enjoyed many friendships within the brotherhood from work.

Kevin loved being a father and grandfather to Gracie Mae Fischer and Thor Walker Sage. He talked non stop about retirement and living the lake life. Kevin was able to enjoy lake life in the last three years with his camper and boat at Bucksaw in Clinton. He thoroughly enjoyed when the family was able to be over for fishing and boat rides.

He was preceded in death by his father, Chris Sage; grandparents, Lloyd and Ruby Billingsley and Hugh and Veradean Sage; an aunt, Paula Sage; mother-in-law, Gwendolyn Ayres; and fathers-in-law, Ben Wurtz, LeRoy Keith, Larry Gilkey and J.R. Ayres.

Kevin is survived by his wife, Roxy Sage, Archie; a son, Kevin Christopher Sage and wife, Ashley, Overland Park, Kansas; a daughter, Rachel Lyn Fischer and husband, Shane, Freeman; his mother, Roberta Sage, Butler; and two grandchildren, Gracie Mae Fischer and Thor Walker Sage.

A celebration of life will be held in March 2022. A specific date will be announced later. His wishes were to be cremated.

Contributions may be made to the family for the grandchildren’s education fund.

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

Frances M. Situ
Jan. 4, 1949 – Dec. 11, 2021

Frances Mary Situ, Harrisonville, was born Jan. 4, 1949, in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Donald A. and Sophie (Hnatyk) Swart. She died Dec. 11 at Golden Years Care Services, Harrisonville, at the age of 72 years, 11 months and 7 days.

On Aug. 21, 1971, Frances married Gordon Situ.

Frances was a registered nurse for Meadowview Health and Rehab formerly known as Camden Health Center until her retirement in 2010.

Frances was of the Catholic Faith.

She had a great love for dogs and enjoyed crocheting. Frances enjoyed growing and pruning her flowers and fruit trees.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Gordon, on Sept. 19, 1992; two brothers, Donald Swart, Jr., and Robert Swart.

Frances is survived by a son, Peter Situ and wife, Lori, Webb City; two daughters, Anastasia Situ and Victoria Situ, both of Harrisonville; four grandchildren, Alexander, Caiden, Izzabell and Rayna; two brothers, Michael Swart and Paul Swart, both of Manteno, Illinois; her partner, Steve Carter, Harrisonville; other relatives and many friends.

Graveside services were Dec. 17 at the Orient Cemetery, Harrisonville.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to ASPCA and may be left at the funeral home.

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

Velda D. Smith-Mattison
July 21, 1927 – Dec. 13, 2021

Veda Deloris Smith-Mattison, 94, Mountain View, died peacefully surrounded by her loving family at home Dec. 13. Veda was born July 21, 1927, in Mountain View, the daughter of Lee Andrew Smith and Gertrude Julia (Strickler) Smith.

In the summer of 1946, Veda married Carl Mattison and they were blessed with three children, Ronald, Deloris and Linda.

Veda was a hard worker, whether it was factory work or the many years she worked as a cook at the Mountain View School District.

She always maintained a spotless home, even the garage.

As the grandchildren would say, “you could eat off the garage floor.” Veda loved to garden, cook, spend time on the farm and attended the Full Gospel Church Campground for many years.

Veda was preceded in death by her loving husband of more than 54 years, Carl; daughter, Deloris Catherine Mattison; parents, Lee and Gertrude Smith; five sisters, Reva Humphrey, Eva Coulter-Harris, Wilma Smith, Juanita Davis and infant sister at birth; and four brothers, Raymond, Adrian, Eldred and Ralph Smith.

She leaves behind her two children, Ronald Mattison and Brenda, Mountain Home, Arkansas, and Linda Cronk and Mike, Harrisonville; five grandchildren, Teena Winslow and Barry, Rebecca Gingerich and Danny, Sherri Pruett, Carla McArthur and James and Daryl Cronk and Kristyn; 14 great-grandchildren, Melissa, Ashley, Emma, Owen, Preston, Paige, Porche, Parker, Emilee, Elliette, Duncan, Bailee, Blake and Brett; seven great-great-grandchildren, Brady, Rhett, Emmett, Amari, Camden, Kendall and Carmen.

A visitation will be Jan. 7 at the Pentecostal Church of God, Third and Marr Street, Mountain View. A funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. at the church with burial to follow at Greenlawn Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore.

Bruce M. Williams
July 26, 1949 – Dec. 5, 2021

Bruce Marshall Williams, 72, Belton, died Dec. 5, at North Kansas City Hospital, North Kansas City. He was born July 26, 1949, the son of Marshall and Lois Ruth Ackroyd Williams in Jamestown, New York.

He was preceded in death by his father; wife, Mary Kathleen Williams; a sister, Wanda McIntyre; and a brother, Steve Williams.

Bruce is survived by three sons, Ron Williams, Belton, Mark Williams, Harrisonville, and Matthew Williams, Belton; mother, Lois Ruth Williams, Jamestown, New York; two sisters, Lisa Williams and Debbie Williams, New York; and four grandchildren, Mark, Jr., Marissa, Jacob and Summer.

Funeral services were Dec. 18 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel, Butler. Interment was in Scott Cemetery, Amsterdam.

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

Julia D. Dyche
Dec. 17, 1964 – Dec. 8, 2021

Julia Dean Sandifer Dyche, 56, Butler, died Dec. 8 at Medicalodge of Butler. Julia was born Dec. 17, 1964, in Kansas City, the daughter of Ivan Fox and Alice Suttle.

She graduated from Raytown South High School in 1983. She then attended Rockhurst College and took a job as a legal aid in Kansas City before beginning work with the postal service.

Julia met her husband, Charles, while working at his local post office. For the past 16 years she lived in Neilton, Washington, a small town in a rainforest in the foothills.

She loved her family, gardening and hiking. Her real passion was her love of animals. She did animal rescue and saved hundreds of cats, dogs and other animals.

Julia was also a proud member of the Quinault Valley Church in Neilton.

She was preceded in death by her father, Ivan Fox, Springfield.

Survivors include her husband, Charles Dyche, Butler; mother, Alice Fox, Springfield; daughters, Brandi Fox, Kansas City, and Stephanie Dyche, South Bend, Washington; sisters, Marcy Saunders, Springfield, and Linda Arredondo, Kansas City.

Cremation with private family services.

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

Velma L. Jackson
Oct. 31, 1929 – Dec. 13, 2021

Velma LaVerne Jackson, 92, Butler, died Dec. 13 in Butler. She was born Oct. 31, 1929, the daughter of Robert Martin and Rosie Irene Bertina McMillin in St. Clair County.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Orville Jackson; and a son, Robert Jackson.

LaVerne is survived by her son, Stanley Jackson, Butler; two daughters, Patty Chapman and husband, Roger, Carrolton, Texas, and Judy Lewis and husband, Mark, Gayman, Oklahoma; and five grandchildren.

A viewing was Dec. 15 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler. Graveside services were Dec. 16 at Adam Howell Cemetery near Amoret.

Contributions in lieu of flowers are suggested to a charity of choice.

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

Marie T. Kiger
Oct. 10, 1937 – Dec. 8, 2021

Marie Teresa Kiger, 84, died Dec. Marie was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She was the oldest daughter of six children and soon learned how to care for them and others.

At her youth group, she met her love and future husband, Kelly Kiger.

Together they worked at various jobs including starting churches in Texas, California and Missouri. Marie was a devoted pastor’s wife and mother.

Marie had a loving spirit and kind nature that made everyone feel welcome and special when they visited her. Her talents as a chef were almost legendary.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years and a brother.

She is survived by her sons, Steven and Mark and his wife, Glenda; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a sister; and three brothers.

Funeral services were Dec. 15 at the Heuser Funeral Home. Burial was in the Green Lawn Cemetery.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Heuser Funeral Home, Rich Hill.

Casey J. Osborne
May 22, 1985 – Dec. 10, 2021

Casey Joseph Osborne, 36, Adrian, died Dec. 10 at Research Medical Center, Kansas City. Casey was born May 22, 1985, the son of Jim and Billie Osborne in Joplin.

He and his family moved to Adrian in 1996 where he graduated from Adrian R-3 High School in 2003.

In 2008, he met his beloved wife, Randelle, and they were married May 15, 2015.

Together they raised two amazing children, Heidi, 12, and Baylor, 9, on their farm in Adrian.

He and Randelle built and grew a successful business together, Osborne Cattle Company. Outside of the family business, he was head of water plant operations and was the public works superintendent for the city of Pleasanton, Kansas, and a volunteer firefighter for Pleasanton.

Casey was known for being a strong, patient and supportive husband and father. Casey loved sharing time with his family and friends, coaching Baylor in football, cheering on Heidi on the basketball court and spending quality time with Randelle traveling and vacationing.

Casey’s laughter was infectious and could put a smile on everyone’s face with little effort. Anyone that truly knew him, knew he had such a big heart. He had a gift of making everyone feel like family.

He constantly made it a point to check in on people and was always a source of positivity. He was full of joy, creating endless laughter, strength and friendship for anyone blessed to know him.

He will be deeply missed and remembered by all. He was a friend to many and loved by all.

Casey will be remembered as a selfless and loving husband, father, son, brother and friend. He will be missed more than words can say.

Casey is survived by his wife, Randelle, and their children, Baylor and Heidi, Adrian; his parents, Jim and Billie Osborne, Adrian; a brother, Logan Osborne and his wife, Ashtin, and nieces, Parker and Blayke, Lee’s Summit.

A celebration of life was Dec. 22 at the Adrian Optimist Building in Adrian.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family for the children’s education.

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

Randie E. Smith
Dec. 1, 2021 – Dec. 1, 2021

Randie Emlynn Smith was born Dec. 1, 2021, at Overland Park Regional Hospital, Overland Park, Kansas. She died shortly after birth.

Randie Emlynn is the daughter of Rebecca McAnany and Matthew Smith.

She is survived by her parents; a brother; Emmett; and a sister; Regan.

Although Randie Emlynn’s life was short, she left an imprint on so many.

Private family graveside services were held at West Point Cemetery, Amsterdam.

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

Marietta L. Swarnes
Dec. 13, 1954 – Dec. 13, 2021

Marietta Louise (Nation) Swarnes, 67, died Dec. 13 at home after a lengthy and hard-fought illness. She was surrounded by her loving family. Mary was born Dec. 13, 1954, the daughter of Ralph Leroy and Darlene Louise (Lewis) Nation of Rich Hill.

Mary married Neal Roy Swarnes May 29, 1971, in Butler. She graduated from Rich Hill High School in 1973 where she was a
member of the softball team. Mary was active in many areas throughout school.

She was a snow princess, yearbook queen and a cheerleader.

Mary was a Vista Volunteer for the first food pantry in Nevada. She worked as a para educator for the Nevada R-5 School District for 27 years.

She was a devout and active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its women’s organization, the Relief Society, all her adult life. She enjoyed serving others through various capacities within the church and otherwise.

In more recent years, she served as a Temple Ordinance Worker in Kansas City and was the food director for girls camp. She belonged to the Cottey PEO ND chapter.

If you were to ask her, the most important title she ever held was that of wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Mary was an expert chef, nurturer, homemaker, grandkid spoiler, bargain shopper, organizer, record keeper, friend, spiritual teacher and loving wife of her forever sweetheart Neal.

She lived her deepest values of loving her Savior, Jesus Christ, by loving others. She was a friend to all and believed deeply in the value and worth of every person she met. Her loving influence was felt across her community and with all of those fortunate enough to know her.

She was preceded in death by a son, Jordan Timothy; her parents; grandparents; and brother-in-law.

Mary is survived by her husband, Neal Swarnes, Nevada; their four children, Jeremy Swarnes and wife Angela, Webb City, Joseph Swarnes and wife, Oralea, Alma, Arkansas, Jerald Swarnes and wife Tiffani, Liberal, and daughter, Mary Melisha Chargois and husband, Richard, Liberal; 12 grandchildren, Megan Swarnes, Tampa, Florida, Makayla Cherrington and husband, William, Salt Lake City, Utah, Lydia Swarnes, Fayetteville, Arkansas, Neal Roy Swarnes, Emma Swarnes, Anna Swarnes, and Sara Swarnes, all of Alma, Arkansas, Anson Chargois, Liberal, and Taylor Swarnes, Degan Swarnes, Grant Swarnes and Dawson Swarnes. all of Liberal; her sister, Jeannette Burton, Rich Hill; many cousins, in-laws, nieces, nephews, friends and loved ones she considers to be her family.

Mary embraced her life and courageously accepted her trials. She sincerely appreciated the living visitation she was able to experience with hundreds of her dearest friends, family members, colleagues and loved ones that came to express their love in person, over video chat or through cards and messages.

Funeral services were Dec. 18 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Nevada. Burial followed in Green Lawn Cemetery, Rich Hill.

The family suggests contributions to Rich Hill High School sent in care of Heuser Funeral Home, P.O. Box 42, Rich Hill, MO 64779.

Arrangements were under the direction of Heuser Funeral Home, Rich Hill.

Steven D. Thomas
Aug. 23, 1986 – Dec. 15, 2021

Steven Dale Thomas, 35, Butler, died Dec. 15 at Research Medical Center, Kansas City. He was born Aug. 23, 1986, the son of Bobby Dale Thomas and Donna Louise Bailey Cavin in Kansas City.

He was preceded in death by his father, Bobby Thomas; and brother, Jay Thomas.

Steven is survived by his wife, Natalie Thomas, Butler; 4-year-old daughter, Brooklyn Thomas, of the home; his mother, Donna Cavin and husband, James “Juggy” Cavin, Clinton; three brothers, Travis Wood and wife Christin, Clinton, Derek Wood and wife Brooke, Osawatomie, Kansas, and Calen Chaney, Butler; in-laws, Steve “Harpo” and Lois Hastings, Adrian; brother-in- law, Dustin Hastings and wife Michelle, Norman, Oklahoma; nephews, nieces and several other relatives.

Funeral services were Dec. 21 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel, Butler. Interment was in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler.

Contributions are suggested to Adrian Bank locations for family and funeral expenses.

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

Loyd E. Williams
Jan. 1, 1937 – Dec. 12, 2021

Loyd Eugene Williams, 84, Adrian, died Dec. 12 at Lee’s Summit Medical Center, Lee’s Summit. Loyd was born Jan. 1, 1937, in Green Ridge, the son of Thomas and Katherine (Fisher) Williams.

Loyd was a military veteran, joining the Navy after high school. He served during the Korean War stationed out of San Diego, California, and Alaska.

After completing his military service, Loyd worked in a variety of fields, mostly in sales. He worked in home improvement, car sales and as an auctioneer among others. However, his favorite work and hobby came from working with horses.

He enjoyed sitting on his back porch watching the horses out in the pasture.

He bred and raised world champion show horses. He designed and created the Walk Trot Treadmill. Horses were his passion and he traveled the country attending horse shows and looking for show quality horses.

Loyd was a talker. He never knew a stranger. A comical cutup who always had a story to tell. Loyd, being a perfectionist, was always a sharp dresser. He loved clothes and shopping.

Loyd married Shirley Dizney on June 16, 2007. They enjoyed 14 years together, shopping, traveling, visiting friends and sharing their life together. They attended Calvary Baptist Church in Adrian, enjoying the fellowship and worship.

Loyd was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Katherine; and his sister, Joyce Williams.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley, of the home; two sons, Tom Williams and companion, Ginger Scali, and Roger Williams and wife, Linda; four step-children, Pam McCanles and husband, Jerry, Mike Dizney and wife, Carol, Warren Dizney and wife, Teresa, and Gary Dizney and wife, Fay; two grandchildren; and 12 step -grandchildren.

Services were Dec. 21 at Calvary Baptist Church, Adrian.

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

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