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John E. Baker
March 8, 1951 – Dec. 27, 2021

John Earl Baker, 70, Harrisonville, died Dec. 27 at his home. John E. Baker was born March 8, 1951, the son of Rex and Norma (Hinds) Baker in Kansas City.

He graduated from Harrisonville High School with the class of 1969 and was a lifelong Harrisonville resident.

John served in the United States Marines during the Vietnam War and earned the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and Combat Action Ribbon for his service to his country.

After he left the military, John returned to Harrisonville and started working as a glazer at the family business, Harrisonville Glass. He eventually bought the family business and owned and operated the company until he sold the business to Santa Fe Glass.

John was a member of the Cass County Elks Lodge, American Legion and was a 50-year member of VFW Post No. 4407 in Harrisonville.

John was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Dixie Baker; and sister, Cassie Hamilton.

He is survived by his children, John David Goss; Mound City, Kansas; Rachel Stockwell and husband, Ron, Overland Park, Kansas; and John Edward Baker and wife, Sarah, Harrisonville; his sister, Pam “P.J.” Baker, Overland Park, Kansas; his brother, Rex Baker and wife, Patti, Archie; and his grandchildren, Blake Stockwell, Tyler Stockwell, Payton Baker, Elijah Baker and Kooper Baker.

A memorial graveside service with military honors was Dec. 31 at the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Harrisonville.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Fisher House Foundation, donations@fisherhouse.org.

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

Herbert B. Baumhoff, Jr.
Sept. 27, 1941 – Dec. 24, 2021

Herbert Burdett “Herbie” Baumhoff, Jr., was born Sept. 27, 1941, in Kansas City, and died Dec. 24 at his home in Garden City surrounded by the love of family and friends, at the age of 80 years, 2 months and 27 days.

He was the son of Herbert B. Baumhoff, Sr., and Verna Florine (Parker) Baumhoff.

Herb spent his younger years in the Cleveland area, graduating from Midway High School in 1959.

For 25 years, Herb worked as a Volkswagen mechanic for the Art Bunker Volkswagen Dealership in Kansas City. He also was a partner in R & W Oil Company in Harrisonville for several years. Later he worked as a cabinet maker for Johnson Custom Cabinets until his retirement.

Herb loved to go hunting in Colorado with his buddies. He enjoyed building trikes and buggies and traveling with the “Back Forty Outlaws” of which he was a founding member.

Herb enjoyed his home and life in the woods in Garden City where his family and friends were always welcomed.

Herb was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert B Baumhoff, Sr., and Verna (Parker) Baumhoff and two great-grandchildren.

He is survived by a son, Martin Wade Baumhoff and wife, Darlene, Edwards; a daughter, Abbie Lynn Butler and husband, Larry, Freeman; a brother, Phillip Baumhoff, Harrisonville; two sisters, Barbara Robinette, Grandview, and Pam Bailey and husband, Tom, Cleveland; 14 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Per Herb’s wishes, cremation has been accorded.

In loving memory of Herbert Burdett “Herbie” Baumhoff, Jr., a memorial service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 10 at the Wallace Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill, with Pastor Richard Williams officiating.

Arrangements are under the arrangements of the Wallace Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

Anthony M. Lopez
Jan. 8, 1944 – Dec. 24, 2021

Anthony “Tony” Martinez Lopez, Garden City, was born July 8, 1944, in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Mary Noceda Martinez. He died Dec. 24 at his home surrounded by love and family at the age of 77 years, 5 months and 16 days.

On Aug. 1, 1964, Tony married Sandra Kay Collier in Chicago.

Tony was employed in the maintenance department for several hospitals and nursing homes for many years.

He was a member of the New Covenant Fellowship, Garden City, for more than 30 years. Tony loved to give to the scholarship fund at the Training Center Christian School to help children to attend school and get a Christian education.

He and Sandra loved to travel on short trips to see historical places and spending time with his family and friends.

Besides his mother, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Angela Sixto, Teresa Noceda and Zeferino Noceda.

Tony is survived by his wife, Sandra K. Lopez, of the home; five children, Chris Burton and husband, Steve, Archie, Marcy Cauthon and husband, Paul, Robin Benge and husband, Rich, all of Lee’s Summit, Mark Lopez and wife, Corrie, Garden City, Leann Woods and spouse, Alicia, Laurie; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a brother, Peter Noceda, Chicago; other relatives and friends.

Cremation. A celebration of life service was Jan. 2 at the New Covenant Fellowship, Garden City.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Training Center Christian School Scholarship Fund.

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

Dorothy L. Morton
Sept. 13, 1938 – Dec. 27, 2021

Dorothy Lee (Beeler) Morton, 83, died Dec. 27 at her home in Creighton. Dorothy was born Sept. 13, 1938, in Clinton.

She was the fourth of six children of Charles and Eleanor (Warmann) Beeler.

Dorothy was the wife of the late Roland Morton, a devoted mother and grandmother and she was a loving sister.

Dorothy worked as a cable spooler for many years. She enjoyed doing plastic canvas in her free time. She enjoyed tending to her flowers and being outside. Family was always first and she made sure they always had a place to stay if needed.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her siblings, Everett Beeler, Shirley Beeler and Earl Beeler of Missouri.

She leaves behind her children, Terry Johnson, Clinton, Sandra (Johnson) Gamet, Calhoun, Jerry Johnson, Creighton, Linda Johnson, Harrisonville, and Jeannie Johnson, Missouri; her brothers, Edwin C. Beeler, Calhoun, and Charles Beeler, St. Louis; her grandchildren, Roland Johnson, Dorothy Johnson, Trevor Schneider, Sheena Price, Melinda Parks, Heather Parks, Nicole Sanchez; and 26 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She now rests in peace. Dorothy will be deeply missed and was loved beyond measure.

There are no services scheduled at this time.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Vansant-Mills Funeral Home, Clinton.

L. Denzil Porter
Dec. 16, 1935 – Dec. 26, 2021

L Denzil “Denny” Porter was born Dec. 16, 1935, in Corvallis, Oregon, the son of Lester and Golda Porter. He died Dec. 26 at the age of 86.

Denny, or Papa as he is known to close family and friends, grew up with dogs, horses and even a pet bear.

On Dec. 20, 1959, married Judith “Judy” Margie Porter.

After fulfilling his commitment to the Navy in 1963 and graduating from Oregon State with a degree in animal husbandry, he taught vocational agriculture.

He then went on to work for John Deere Company where he retired in 1992 after 25 years. During retirement he enjoyed playing slow-pitch softball, hunting, fishing and camping on the Oregon coast. He also loved spending time with his dogs, Bo and Izzy.

Denny was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Judy Porter.

He is survived by a daughter, Tani Miles and husband, Kenny, Lone Jack; son, Terry Porter and wife, Susan, Freeman; grandchildren, Amanda Toft-Murphy, Eric Toft, Michael Porter and wife, Theresa, Christine Webster and husband, Grant; and great-grandchildren, Jadyn, Jared, Jacob and Sophie.

Cremation is planned with a private memorial service later. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages contributions to your local Wayside Waifs or the Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition.

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

Loyce A. Stewart
Dec. 21, 1951 – Dec. 26, 2021

Loyce Ann Stewart, Harrisonville, was born Dec. 21, 1951, in Kansas City the daughter of James and Betty Jo (Lockard) Cook.

She died Dec. 26 at Meadow View Health and Rehab, Harrisonville, at the age of 70 years and 5 days.

On April 21, 1973, Loyce married Robert Stewart in Moberly.

Loyce was employed as an LPN for Halifax Hospital, Daytona, Florida, and later became a manager at Hardee’s when she moved to Mooresville, North Carolina, in 1985.

She enjoyed traveling and going to the casino. Loyce’s greatest joy and love were her children and grandchildren.

Family meant everything to her and everything she did was for her family.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Stewart, on Sept 4, 1999; and her sister, Shirley Jean Sandusky.

Loyce is survived by two sons, Eddie Stewart and wife, Carla, Hickory, North Carolina, and Michael Stewart and wife, Deana, Harrisonville; five daughters, Vicki Stewart, state of North Carolina, Cathy Igoe and husband, Robbie, Summerville, South Carolina, Carolyn Cook, Garden City, Chrissy Stewart and Jeannie Stewart both of Harrisonville; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; other relatives and many friends.

A graveside service was Jan. 4 at the Glenwood Memorial Park, Mooresville, North Carolina.

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

Ruby M. Cummings
March 6, 1928 – Dec. 24, 2021

Ruby Marie Cummings, 93, Butler, died Dec. 24 at Medicalodge of Butler. Ruby was born March 6, 1928, in Virginia, the youngest child of Warnie McQuinn and Lora Hayes McQuinn Hartiq.

Throughout her life she worked as a LPN, a secretary, a bookkeeper and a clerk for the city of Butler.

Ruby was married June 23, 1943, to her husband of 68 years, Cecil Glenn Cummings.

She was a member of the First Christian Church of Butler.

Ruby had a passion for cooking and did not need a cookbook. She made the best yeast rolls and no one could outdo her cinnamon rolls. She could do anything she set her mind to and could even help out driving her husband’s fertilizer truck.

Ruby was preceded in death by her parents; husband, C. Glenn Cummings; sisters, Reva McQuinn Shelts and Eula McQuinn Ghere; brothers, Verdun McQuinn, Vernon McQuinn and Elmer McQuinn; an infant grandson, Craig Lynn Lord; a great-grandson, Cameron Widhalm; and a son-in-law, Bill Gepford.

She is survived by her daughters, Cheryl Gepford, Marco Island, Florida, and Carol Cummings, Butler; grandchildren, Shannon and Misti Gepford, Karmin and Scott Ricker, Cherilyn and Aaron Widhalm, Brett Lord and Stacy and Doug Fields; great-grandchildren Alyxandra Gepford, Madalyn Gepford, Ryenne Gepford, Taylor Ricker, Hailee Ricker, Trey Widhalm, Abygail Widhalm, Kassity Mclay, Kylie Mclay, Sara Lord and Ryan Lord; great-great-grandchildren, Taiten Brattin, Kash Brattin, Kane Mclay, Kenzie Mellenbruch and Oaklyn Mellenbruch.

Graveside services were Jan. 5 at Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler.

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

Leann Delgado
Dec. 7, 1954 – Dec. 17, 2021

Leann Delgado, 67, Hume, died Dec. 17, at the Lee’s Summit Medical Center, Lee’s Summit. She was born Dec. 7, 1954, in Warrensburg, the daughter of Irvin Earl Shultz and Ethel Irene Health Shultz.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, John Micheal Shultz.

Leann is survived by her companion, Michael Bernard, Hume; two sons, Tim Shultz and James Wilborn, both of Hume; a daughter, Angela Wilborn, Hume; a brother, Mitchell Shultz, Harrisonville; three sisters, Marjorie Potts and husband, Ernie, Freeman, Kathy Bender, Greenwood, and Janice Huge, Warrensburg; 15 grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

There are no public services scheduled at this time. Inurnment will be at a later date in the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery near Harrisonville. Contributions in her memory may be left at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel for funeral expenses.

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

Lt. Timothy D. Pultz
USN AW/SW Ret.
May 25, 1962 – Dec. 17, 2021

Lt. Timothy D. Pultz USN AW/SW Ret., 59 of Hume died Dec. 17 at St. Luke’s East, Lee’s Summit.

Tim was born May 25, 1962 in Los Angeles, California, the son of Kenneth Dean Pultz and Sarah Blodgett.

He grew up in San Gabriel, California and attended Coolidge Elementary School and Clairborne Middle School. His family moved to San Marino, California in 1976 and he attended San Marino High School, graduating in 1980.

He spent most of his free time learning wood working and the building trade from his father who was a general contractor. You could find Tim on the jobsites whenever he was not in school. Upon graduation, he attended Pasadena City College and obtained an AA Degree in Engineering and Technology.

During his 20s, he worked for his father in his home building and remodeling company and also worked for a surveying company in the area. In 1992, at the age of 30, Tim enlisted in the U.S. Navy and attended bootcamp at the Recruit Training Center in San Diego, California.

He graduated No. 1 in his recruit class and was given the Honorman Award.

Tim began his 22 year naval career attending numerous schools for structural mechanic safety equipment earning collateral duty inspector qualifications, surface warfare specialist qualifications and completing weight and balance school to become qualified to release aircraft “Safe for Flight.”

Tim served with the following commands: VA-34 Blue Blasters NAS Oceana VA; VFA-34 Blue Blasters Cecil Field, Florida; Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 9 “Vampires” VX9 China Lake, California; VFA-83 Rampagers NAS Oceana VA-While attached he deployed on the USS George Washington and the USS John F. Kennedy; NSA Souda Bay Naval Base in Souda Bay,
Greece; VFA-131 WILD CATS NAS Oceana, Virginia; and NAS Norfolk FRC Norfolk, Virginia.

During this time his decorations, medals and achievements were numerous and well deserved.

Tim met Cynthia Lorraine Pultz in 1999 while stationed in China Lake and they were married March 18, 2000.

On 28 April 2006 was his LDO Commissioning Ceremony – becoming a Mustang which is an officer who has promoted up from the ranks of Navy enlisted personnel through the in-service procurement program with no interruption of his active duty status.

Tim retired in December 2014 and moved to Hume with Cindy and their beloved dogs, Bonnie, Clyde and Buck.

Tim’s dream was to live on a lot of acreage, build a house in the country where he could hunt, fish and throw balls to his dogs. Tim was able to achieve his dream.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Mildred Penwarden; grandfather, Kenneth Pultz; maternal grandparents, Max and Grace Blodgett; and his wife, Cindy, who in October 2021.

Tim is survived by his father Kenneth “Dean” Pultz; his Mother Sarah Allison and stepfather, Charles Allison; sister Michelle Agadoni and husband Brad Agadoni, a nephew and niece Max and Reilly Agadoni; and many uncles, aunts and cousins.

Graveside services will be at 12:30 p.m. Jan. 14 at Fort Scott National Cemetery, Fort Scott, Kansas.

Contributions may be made in his memory to the Veterans Community Project (VCP).

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

Donna L. Schmoll
May 6, 1929 – Dec. 28, 2021

Donna Lee Schmoll, 92, Ballard, died Dec. 28 in Butler. She was born May 6, 1929, the daughter of Harlen “Tince” and Eulene H. Page Chitty at Butler Memorial Hospital.

Donna is survived by friends and cousins.

Funeral services were Dec. 31 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel, Butler. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler.

Contributions are suggested to the Ballard Alumni Scholarship Fund.

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

Joan Taylor
Nov. 24, 1936 – Dec. 27, 2021

Joan Seeley Taylor, 85, Frisco, Texas, died Dec. 27 at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, Plano, Texas. She was born Nov. 24, 1936, the daughter of Lemuel and Frances Askew Robards in Butler.

Joan grew up in Adrian, where she graduated from high school in 1955. On March 19, 1956, she was married to Jack E. Seeley, who preceded her in death. They were blessed with two sons.

Joan moved to Dallas, Texas, in 1986 and Jan. 23, 1993, married Paul K. Taylor who also preceded her in death.

Joan was a wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker, one who exercised a measure of skill, imagination, creativity, desire to fulfill needs and give pleasure to others in the family.

She belonged to the Antique Automobile Club of America and the Methodist Church.

Joan was friendly, outgoing, creative and loved animals. During her lifetime, she enjoyed sewing, quilting, poetry, dancing, classic cars and bowling. More than anything, she enjoyed raising her two sons.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jack E. Seeley; husband, Paul K. Taylor; and two brothers, Gary Gene and Lemuel Duane Robards.

Joan is survived by two sons, Ken Seeley and wife, Lee Ann, Lewisville, Texas, and Steve Seeley and wife, Kathie, Gulf Breeze, Florida; two grandchildren, Natasha Collins and husband, Kirk, Prosper, Texas, and Anna Klein and husband, Thomas, Oakpoint, Texas; and two great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were Jan. 3 at Crescent Hill Cemetery in Adrian. Contributions are suggested to the ASPCA.

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

T. Denise Wood
Oct. 15, 1962 – Dec. 28, 2021

Tuesday Denise Wood was born Oct. 15, 1962, the daughter of Sonny Amos Snell and Nancy Carol Snell in Clinton.

She died Dec. 28 in Butler at the age of 59.

Denise was a loving wife and mother. When God blessed her with the birth of her daughter, Ashley, Denise’s life was complete. Being a mother was the biggest joy in her life.

Denise also enjoyed spending time with family, shopping and crafting with Aunt Donna and teaching her Red Heelers new tricks.

Denise worked for Walmart for 20 years, making trouble with her Walmart crew along the way.

Denise was preceded in death by her mother and stepfather Nancy and Carl Lillard; and her father, Sonny Amos Snell.

Denise leaves behind her husband, Jim Wood, of the home; daughter, Ashley Reynolds and Mark; brothers, Bret Snell and Janet, Harrisonville, and Tad Snell and fiancée Diane; and aunt, Donna Burton.

Cremation. A celebration of life service will be held at a later date at the Antioch Southern Baptist Church, Harrisonville.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Shiloh Center, Harrisonville.

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

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