Brian Cawley, 62 of Easton, MO formerly of St. Joseph, MO passed away, Saturday, December 28, 2019.Brian retired from Prime Tanning after 20 years.He is survived by his wife, Sue Cawley, of the home; son, Brad (Cari) Cawley, daughter, Trisha Bodenhausen; grandchildren, Taryn, Rylee, Blair, Beck, Kel, and Kalli; brothers, Dave (Bebie) Cawley and Greg (Ann) Cawley; sister Sheri (Mike) Yuille; numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.Private family services will be held at a later date. Arrangements, Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower.Funeral Service : 12/28/2019
John Davis Donnelly, Jr., age 91, passed from this life on Friday, December 27, 2019. John was the oldest of 13 children, born to John D. “Jack” Donnelly Sr. and Joyce (Howard) Donnelly in Kansas City, MO. John married Laura Lee Zimmerman in 1951, and they had two sons, Terry Davis Donnelly and Timothy Lee Donnelly. After 21 years, John and Laura Lee divorced and he married Norma Shaffer in 1973. He then became stepdad to Norma’s daughters, Joyce, Susie, Barbara and Janice. He lived in Liberty, MO virtually all of his married life. A few years after Norma passed,...Funeral Service : 01/02/2020
Mary D. Nieman, 89 of Easton, MO, passed away, December 24, 2019.She was born on December 18, 1930 to Edward and Nellie Mae (Holman) Nieman near Turney, MO. She grew up and attended school in rural Cameron and St. Joseph. Mary made her home in Easton since 1960.Mary retired in 1998 from St. Joseph Packaging after 37 years. She was a member of the Christian Faith.Mary was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Clarence Melvin Nieman.She is survived by her sister, Nancy Gilbert, Modesto, CA; brothers, John Nieman, Lodi, CA and William Nieman, Olathe, KS; several nieces...Funeral Service : 12/31/2019
Robert Vaughn Matthews, 82, of Stillwell, KS, formerly of Gower, MO passed away December 23, 2019 in his home. Robert was born April 28, 1937 to Raymond L Matthews and Ella B. Vaughn Matthews in St. Joseph, MO. He grew up in Gower, MO where his brother and him helped their parents with the family slaughterhouse business. Robert began his career with Armor Foods but would end his working days for the Blue Valley School District. He married Lillian M. Cline and they had two children, Paul and Patti. Robert adopted Lillian’s first child, Pam. They would later divorce. His...Funeral Service : 12/30/2019
Lloyd Deane Montgomery, 85, of Edgerton, MO passed away December 21, 2019.He was born on September 20, 1934 to Warren Levi and Ruby (Thacker) Montgomery in Edgerton, MO. Deane grew up in Edgerton and graduated from Edgerton High School.On August 1, 1953 he was united in marriage to Patsy Ruth Baber. After their marriage they lived in Edgerton where they made their home. His wife preceded him in death on February 24, 2019.Deane retired from TWA after 30 years of service. He loved to golf and was proud of his 6 holes in one. He was also preceded in death...Funeral Service : 12/21/2019
Frances Ann (Halferty) Payne, 92, of Prairie Village, KS formerly of Lawrence, KS passed away Saturday, December 21, 2019.She was born on February 4, 1928 to Herschel Harold and Frances (Griffin) Halferty in Kansas City, MO. Ann grew up in Paradise, MO, graduated from Smithville High School and attended William Jewell College. On August 25, 1946 she was united in marriage to Robert D. Payne, Sr. After their marriage they lived in Liberty, MO, Longmeadow, MA, in 1958 they moved to Lawrence, KS and in 1975 moved to Prairie Village, KS where they made their home. Bob passed away on...Funeral Service : 12/27/2019
Rollins Nash, 79, of Edgerton, MO passed away, Monday, December 16, 2019.He was born on February 18, 1940 to Joseph William and Vivian Bland (Rollins) Nash. Rollins grew up in Edgerton and graduated from North Platte High School.Rollins and his brother, Karlton, owned and operated Nash Gas in Edgerton for many years. He loved hunting, fishing, and playing sports.Rollins was preceded in death by his parents.He is survived by Kathy Best, of the home; children, Mike Nash and Debra Nash; step-daughter Sarah (Bo) Parker; eight grandchildren, Mindi, Adam, Caleb, Nikkalous, Mikayla, Hailey, Emma, and Weston; six great-grandchildren, Christopher, Alex, Pepper,...Funeral Service : 12/20/2019
Connie Gabriel, 73 of Trimble, MO passed away Sunday, December 15, 2019.She was born on December 11, 1946 to Eldon A. and Marjorie I. (Foster) Hendrix in Kansas City, MO. Connie grew up in Smithville and in 1964 she graduated from Smithville High School. Connie raised her son Jim Miller as a single mother until January 30, 1976 when she was united in marriage to Don Gabriel. They had a son Nick Gabriel and raised both boys in Smithville where they made their home. She worked for Alexander & Alexander Insurance and Westrope for several years. Connie enjoyed antiquing, traveling...Funeral Service : 12/19/2019
Nina Norris Payton, 96 of Smithville, MO passed away, Friday, December 13, 2019.She was born on July 31, 1923 to Leonard Singleton and Lura Elizabeth (Cooper) Norris. Nina graduated from Osburn High School in 1941.Nina was united in marriage to Willard David Payton, Jr. After the war, they made their home in the Smithville area. Her husband preceded her in death in 1993.Nina was a seamstress, teacher and catered weddings for many years. She and her husband owned and operated Payton Tops Industries in North Kansas City. Nina was the author of two children’s books illustrated by her nephew, Doug...Funeral Service : 12/18/2019
James L. Riddle, 95, of Linn Creek, MO, formerly of Smithville, MO, passed away, December 7, 2019.He was born on June 19, 1924 to John W. and Artie Mae (Sexton) Riddle in Dearborn, MO. Jim attended school and grew up in the Wallace area. He then served his country in the U.S. Army during the WWII.On March 22, 1946 he was united in marriage to Dorothy Rose Meek. After their marriage they lived in Beverly, MO and moved to Smithville in 1953 where they made their home. After they retired, they moved to Birmingham, MO. His wife, Dorothy, passed away...Funeral Service : 12/14/2019
David Charlton, 80 of Smithville, MO passed away Saturday, November 30, 2019.He was born on January 17, 1939 in Co. Durham England where he grew up and went to school. David served in the Royal Air Force. On December 26, 1958 he was united in marriage to Ocean Scott. After their marriage they lived in England where their four children were born. In 1981,they moved to the United States where they lived in California and Arizona. While living in Arizona they started 7 Charter Schools. After their retirement they moved to Kansas City, Missouri to be near their youngest daughter,...Funeral Service : 12/07/2019
Phillip Ray Blazer, 69, passed away unexpectedly and was welcomed home by his Lord and Savior on Saturday, November 30, 2019 in Saint Joseph Missouri while visiting his family over the Thanksgiving Holiday.He was born February 24, 1950 to Paul A. Blazer, Jr and Mary Esther McMurry Blazer in Alamogordo, New Mexico. He was a letterman and graduated from Alamogordo High School in 1968. He married his High School sweetheart, Joyce Fretwell on June 7th 1968. He attended New Mexico State University from 1968-1972. He worked with Dynalectron in Las Cruces, New Mexico at Holloman Airforce Base. The company offered...Funeral Service : 12/07/2019
Pamela Martin, born July 15, 1948, made her transition on November 30, 2019. Born to Walter and Laura Beatrice (Heath) McCaslin in Smithville. She grew up in Gladstone and graduated from Oak Park High School in 1966. Pam lived in North Kansas City, Gladstone and Smithville, Mo. Pam worked several jobs she was proud of: American Hospital Supply in North Kansas City as a collector. She worked for the Clay County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office as a criminal investigator and later as a detective for the Clay County Sherriff’s Department. She was the first female hired in Clay County to work...Funeral Service : 02/13/2020
Margaret Johnson, 82, of Dearborn, MO passed away, Tuesday, November 19, 2019. She was born on November 26, 1936 to Francis Morton and Bonnie Belle (Hamby) Jones in Grayson, MO. Margaret grew up in Grayson and graduated from Gower High School in 1954.On July 1, 1956 she was united in marriage to Walter Bruce Johnson, Jr. After their marriage they were stationed all over the world, and in 1979 they moved to rural Dearborn where they made their home. Her husband, Bruce, passed away on June 15, 2007.Margaret was an excellent seamstress and was an avid Jeopardy fan. She loved...Funeral Service : 11/22/2019
Douglas L. “Poncho” Propes, 57, of Stanberry, MO formerly of Bolckow, MO and Easton, MO passed away November 18, 2019 at his home.He was born on June 4, 1962 in King City, MO and he served his country in the U.S. Army. Doug worked in construction for St. Joe Fuel and Oil for many years. He was a hard worker, enjoyed tinkering on cars and remolding his house. Doug was a big hearted loving guy who loved family gatherings and spending time with his family and friends. Doug was preceded in death by his parents Derrell Lee and Ermel (Wales)...
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