Chapter Eternal Obituaries – As of 3/31/2024

Larry R. Belt, 1

Larry Reynolds Belt, 81, passed away Saturday, February 16, 2013, in Jacksonville, Fla. He was born October 1, 1931, in Kansas City, Mo., son of the late Raymond R. Belt and Ruth E. Belt. Larry grew up in Jefferson City, Mo., and graduated from Northwest Missouri State University on a basketball scholarship. He was an outstanding athlete, winning the Kansas City Tennis Open, Missouri State Tennis Championship, Missouri Valley Championship and the Nebraska Open Tennis Championship. He retired as President of Borg Warner Acceptance Corporation after 31 years. He was blessed by strong friendships and a family that dearly loved him. He leaves behind many cherished memories. Larry was a member of Leawood Country Club (Leawood, Kan.), Halbrook Country Club (Leawood, Kan.) and a proud member of The Worthless Men’s Luncheon Group.

He was a member of Palms Presbyterian Church of Jacksonville Beach, Fla. He will be deeply missed by his loving wife of 34 years, Sandra K. Belt and his children, Larry R. Belt II, Judith Lynn Hagen (Peter), Dawn Lanier Monroe, Eden Monroe Sheffield (Matt); six wonderful grandchildren, Andrew Hagen, Daniel Hagen, Anna Hagen, Benjamin Sheffield, Alexandra Sheffield and Adam Slinin.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Larry’s name to Jacksonville Humane Society Beach Blvd.-Jacksonville, FL 32216 or The Salvation Army ARC-1258 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250. Please visit our online Tribute. Services under the direction and care of Quinn-Shalz, A Family Funeral Home, Jacksonville Beach, Fla.

Arthur Buckingham, 10

Art Buckingham, scroll number 10, was an important person to TKE and to Northwest as he was an original founder of Delta Nu Chapter of TKE and served as Student Body President as a student at Northwest. Frater Buckingham’s obituary follows. Please keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers. Arthur Buckingham Jr., St. Joseph // 1934 – 2009  Arthur E. “Art” Buckingham Jr., 74, St. Joseph, passed from this life on Thursday, April 9, 2009, at his home. 

He was born on Dec. 14, 1934, at Rutledge, Mo., to Arthur Sr., and Julia (Tayman) Buckingham. Art was a 1953 graduate of Central High School and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from NWMO State in 1957 and a Master of Business Administration from UMKC in 1970. He was a charter member of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity at NWMO State and past president of the student body. He served in the U.S. Army. Art married Dolores (Pohl) on July 27, 1957, at Wathena, Kan. Art was an executive with Sears; Coast to Coast Stores; Checker Automotive; and then was president of White’s Home and Auto Stores, Wichita Falls, Texas.

After his retirement he worked part-time for Gladden-Stamey Funeral Home. Art was of the Christian Faith and was an active member of the Buchanan County Democrat Club. He was an original member of the Rhythm Rockers High School Dance Band and played with the Jean Ake Dance Band. Art was an accompanist for Handles Messiah at Maryville, Mo., The Barbosa Trio and HMS (His or Her Majesty Ship). He was a former member of the Kansas City, Missouri Musicians Local No. 34 and Musicians Local No. 50, St. Joseph; a member of the Masonic Lodge No. 64, Wathena, Kan., and was a charter member of the Elks Lodge, Gladstone, Mo. Arts greatest interest was playing in dance bands.

Art was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Phillip and Robert Buckingham; sisters, Helen Bennett and Laura Winters. Survivors: his loving and devoted wife of 51 years, Dolores “Dee” Buckingham, of the home; his loving children: Lori Buckingham, Atchison, Kan.; Adel Austin, Austin, Texas; Arthur Buckingham III, Atchison, Kan.; and Frederick “Rick” Buckingham and wife, Jetta, Arlington, Texas; sisters: Mary Knoch, Sun City, Ariz.; and Julia Ward, St. Joseph; six grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; brother-in-law, Doug Pohl and wife, Marge, Wathena, Kan.; sister-in-law, Cecilia Buckingham, West Point, Iowa. Celebration of Life: 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 14, at Gladden-Stamey Chapel. Military honors under the auspices of the Army National Guard November Team. A reception will follow the Celebration of Life at 12:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 407 N. Third St., Wathena, Kan. Mr. Buckingham has been cremated. Inurnment will be at a later date at Bellemont Cemetery, Wathena, Kan. The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Gladden-Stamey Chapel, St. Joseph.

Allen Berkley Carr, 11

Allen Carr, age 89, lifelong resident of Allendale, Missouri died Sunday, August 22, 2021 at the Worth County Convalescent Center in Grant City. Missouri.  Berkley was born November 21, 1931, in Allendale, Missouri; son of the late George Dewey and Margaret M. (Scroggie) Carr.

Berkley attended the Allendale School through the eighth grade. For his secondary schooling he graduated from Grant City High School. After high school he went on to Northwest Missouri State University receiving a BS in Business, he also attended one semester at Penn State University.

He was united in marriage to Joyce Ann Hamilton in Hamburg, Iowa, on August 29, 1954. To this union five children were born, Brad, Mark, Andrea, Lance and Kari.

Berkley was a United States Air Force Veteran, serving his country in the Korean War.

While he was able Berkley was very active in the Allendale community. He was a member of the RLDS Church. He was the owner/operator of Carr Motors and enjoyed being on his farm. He also loved aviation having a private pilot’s license.

Preceding him in death were his parents Dewey and Margaret, one son Brad, a brother Landis Carr and a sister Betty Quirk.

His survivors include his wife Joyce of the home, Allendale, sons Mark (Marybeth) Carr, Cameron, Missouri, Lance Carr, Stanberry, Missouri, daughters Andrea Carr, Overland Park, Kansas, Kari (Jim) Carr-Batina, Huntsville, Alabama, 16 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and a host of other friends and loved ones.

Per his wishes Mr. Carr has been cremated. The family will have a private memorial service and inurnment at a later date in the Allendale Cemetery, Allendale. Arrangements are being handled by Andrews-Hann Funeral Home, Grant City.

James R. Gromer, 18

James Ray Gromer, born June 5, 1935, lost his three-year battle with cancer and passed away at home in Overland Park, Kansas, surrounded by family, on Saturday, June 7, 2014.

Jim grew up in Pattonsburg and St. Joseph, Missouri. He played the clarinet and saxophone with The Rhythm Rockers throughout high school, college, and in retirement. Their performances funded Jim’s college education at Northwest Missouri State University, where he obtained a B.S. in Chemistry and met his wife, Barbara Ann LaMar. Jim and Barbara wed in 1956. He was deprived of his companion of 50 plus years when Alzheimer’s Disease took Barbara in 2012.

Jim taught science, marching band and music in Gower, Missouri, before moving to Maryland to work at Allegany Ballistics. Jim and Barb eventually settled in Overland Park, Kansas, where he worked for Sunflower Munitions. Jim completed his career as the plastics plant manager for Marley Cooling Tower Company. Jim loved music, fishing, traveling, cards and photography.

He is survived by his children: Kathy R. Gromer (J. R. Sobalvarro), Michael R. Gromer (Alison Gromer), and Tracy A. Gromer; his grandchildren, Jamie Sobalvarro and Mary Elizabeth; Matthew, Luke and Sarah Gromer; and his sister, Jill Gromer Ladas (John Ladas DDS).

Graveside service at 2 p.m. Monday, June 23, at the LaMar Cemetery, Elmo, Mo., preceded by a noon luncheon at the LaMar family home, 15766 Century Trail, Burlington Junction, MO 64428  All are welcome. Contact Kathy at with questions.

James Dillard “JD” Hammond, 21

Frater Hammond of State College (Centre), died Monday, November 23, 2020, of natural causes at Mount Nittany Medical Center surrounded by his family. To understand JD, folks need to know a little of his history. JD’s parents, the late W. Byron and Lillian Irene Goodpasture Hammond, were living on a farm homesteaded by their grandparents in northwest Missouri, just outside Maitland (Holt). They were raising two children, Mildred Marie Hammond Templeton (1921–2016) and Robert Hammond (1924–2011) when JD came along, much later, in 1933. He was birthed in the farmhouse that had no electricity or running water. It was near the bottom of the Great Depression. When JD was 8 years old, he and his siblings lost their father to illness. From then on, his mother, always a strong influence, and his extended rural community helped JD develop his spiritual foundation, self-reliance, and code of ethics. Recently, he recalled an important moment during that time when he sat on the front porch, thinking. “I realized in that moment that anything I was going to get in life, I was going to have to get on my own.” That realization and resulting drive, along with exposure to a long line of mentors, helped guide him to a distinguished academic and business career. JD graduated from Maitland High School in 1951 with 11 classmates, all of whom he cited as positive influences on one another. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1955 from Northwest Missouri State University (then College), where he was later named a Distinguished Alumnus and twice addressed the graduating class as commencement speaker.

A scholarship in his name is awarded to full time undergraduate students at the University’s Booth School of Business. He was the first President of the first chapter (Delta Nu) of Tau Kappa Epsilon social fraternity (TKE). After graduating from “Northwest”, JD packed a trunk and one suitcase and boarded a train in St. Joseph, MO that took him to Philadelphia. He had been awarded a doctoral fellowship from the S.S. Huebner Foundation that enabled him to pursue a PhD in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He received his degree in 1961 and taught at Wharton for one year. While in Philadelphia he “counterbalanced the intensity of graduate school” with the Tabernacle Young Adults Church Group. An important part of his life, he remained in contact with its surviving members until his passing. From Wharton, JD moved to The Ohio State University with a joint academic appointment as Assistant Professor of Economics and Business Organization from 1959–1964. There he met his future wife of 60 years, Marian Idle, who was working as a dietitian at The Ohio State University Hospital while taking graduate coursework to complete her Master of Science degree in Dietetics. They married in 1960 in Mansfield, (Richland), Ohio. His wife survives as do his two children, Michael Hammond of Raleigh, NC, and Nancy Hammond of Birmingham, AL. In 1964, JD accepted the role of Associate Professor of Business Administration at The Pennsylvania State University and achieved the rank of Professor in 1969. In 1987 he was named William Elliott Chairholder in Insurance, the first endowed Faculty Chair in the University. He became the Chairman of the Department of Insurance and Real Estate in 1986 and was named Dean of the Smeal College of Business Administration in 1989, a position he held until his retirement in 1999.

The late 1980s and early 1990s marked times of challenge for business schools nationally. Dean Hammond assembled a strong faculty leadership team that embarked on a major self-study designed to provide a base for strategic planning, emphasis on core disciplines, and vision for Smeal College to be one of the top public business schools in the nation. Internally, the faculty revised both the undergraduate and MBA programs. The doctoral program faculty regrouped to enhance work across multiple disciplines. Partnerships with other University Colleges formed. Externally, Dean Hammond created the college’s first Board of Visitors which included chief executive officers of corporations. This group provided sound counsel, mentorship, and philanthropy to benefit long-term excellence. Dean Hammond also led efforts to significantly grow funds to establish chair and faculty endowments. These funds set the stage for Smeal to attract and retain internationally recognized faculty yet today. A restructured Alumni Advisory Board encouraged broader participation with students and College organizations. In 1999, the College’s Alumni Society Board of Directors honored Dean Hammond by creating the Hammond Society, an organization recognizing the service of all Alumni Board Members. During his tenure, Dr. Hammond authored or co-authored more than fifty papers and publications, five of which received awards for outstanding contributions to the insurance literature. In 2011, Penn State recognized Dr. Hammond as an honorary alumnus for his leadership in enhancing the national prominence of the Smeal College of Business, and his contributions to the University at large. Dean Hammond once noted, “You don’t find a top business school in anything other than a top university, and the top universities have top business schools.” Throughout his career, Dr. Hammond contributed to a number of professional organizations and private sector boards. He held several responsibilities with The American Risk and Insurance Association, including President.

While serving the International Insurance Society for nearly two decades, he promoted interaction between private sector executives and academicians in over a dozen countries. He served on boards of The Atlantic Mutual Insurance Company, Scudder mutual investment funds, and privately owned organizations. JD was a private gentleman with a wry wit and insightful approach. Growing up, he was a tough opponent on the Maitland billiards circuit. He began a lifelong passion for cars when his grandfather drove home a new Model A Ford. He and his son enjoyed trips to auto racing events and several major golf championships over the years. They also enjoyed many practice sessions and rounds at local golf courses. He and his daughter shared another great passion, sound, and together they enjoyed researching and listening to serious high fidelity sound equipment, selecting just the right sitting spot between the speakers. He and Marian forged long lasting friendships following college football and playing “Newcomers Bridge” with a group of Penn State faculty formed in the middle 60s.

The prospect of a trip to New York, good food, good wine, and family dinners made his eyes twinkle. He mentored people from all walks of life, a role that allowed him to give back to so many the way he was able to receive throughout his life. In later years, as mobility became more difficult, he and Marian spent many hours watching the old movies, especially musicals. He and Marian have been members of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church since their first days in State College, PA. JD always said that taking care of his family was the most important thing to him. He did just that. His family is thankful for the walk they shared. There will be no public visitation due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in the Spring Creek Presbyterian Cemetery (Centre). A headstone will also be placed in the Maitland (Holt) Cemetery, MO alongside other family members.

Richard W. Tilton, 34

TUBAC, Ariz. Richard Wallis Tilton passed away in Arizona on Sept. 20, 2014, after a brief illness. Born in St. Joseph on Oct. 1, 1934, he was a Central High School graduate, known for his upbeat personality and athletic abilities. His track record for the quarter mile still stands.

Rick married Carol Jean Schiltz (1934-1984), also of St. Joseph, in 1954 on NBC-TVs Bride and Groom. They are survived by their three daughters: Renee Tilton, Julie McCarty and Darcie Kent. Rick is also survived by Gail, his wife; step-son, Drew Bartlett; sons-in-law, Tom McCarty and David Kent; and grandchildren, Spencer and Connor McCarty, and Kailyn and Amanda Kent.

A respected executive, Rick was V.P. of sales and marketing for Westab/The Mead Corporation and president/CEO of General Merchandise Distributors Council, a national trade association, where he helped to advise on the original Tylenol crisis that resulted in the use of safety caps. In his free time, Rick loved to golf, travel and spend time with family.

Oliver “Stan” Stanley Stewart, 43

Oliver Stanley “Stan” Stewart went home to be with his Lord and Savior on May 20, 2016. He was surrounded with love from his wife, children and grandchildren.

Stan was born in Lincoln, Nebraska on September 9, 1931 to Oliver James Stewart and Grace Wells Stewart. After the early death of his father, Stan grew up in many places including Arizona, California and Dawn, Missouri. He treasured the time that he spent with his grandparents and extended family while he was a young boy. Stan’s mother later married Garfield Hughes, a man whom Stan greatly loved and respected.

Stan graduated from Dawn High School in 1950 and then joined the United States Coast Guard. He served his country with honor and great pride during the Korean War. After his duty was completed, he attended college at Northwest Missouri State University where he studied to become a teacher. He later completed a Master’s degree in Counseling at the University of Colorado.

During his college years, Stan began dating the love of his life, Helen Marie Phares Stewart. They were married in Braymer, Missouri on August 6, 1955. Stan and Helen enjoyed many adventures and traveled to, and lived in, many wonderful places. They spent most of their 60 years together raising a family in New Mexico and Colorado.

One of Stan’s greatest loves was his family. He and Helen were blessed with three children, Julie Stewart Johnson (Jim) of Bolivar, Missouri, Joel Stewart (Margie) of Springfield, and Jennifer Stewart Ferrell (Shane) of Bolivar. He dearly loved his grandchildren, Jillian Johnson of Orlando, FL, Joseph Johnson of Fort Collins, CO, Janna Johnson Crain (Scott), Marissa Ferrell Campbell (Colin), Holly Ferrell, and great granddaughter Kaylee Crain, all of Bolivar. Stan’s survivors also include his brother, David and niece Debbie Stewart of Walnut Creek, CA, and many special cousins. His extended family through his wife include: sister in law Mildred Nester (Bob) of Kansas City, MO, brother in law Roger Phares (Charlotte) of Mesa, AZ, and many cherished nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, step-father, sister, Helen Ruth Stewart and niece, Karen Stewart.

Stan greatly valued education and was proud of his career as an educator. He taught high school science and wood shop for 7 years, and then worked as a junior high school counselor for 27 years for the Poudre School District in Fort Collins, CO. He truly enjoyed his students and touched many lives.

His hobbies and interests included traveling with his wife, fishing, hunting, and being outside, playing cards and games, reading, and attending any activity to support his kids and grandkids. He enjoyed being part of many civic groups such as serving as a volunteer fire-fighter, and being part of the Masonic lodge and veteran’s organizations. His favorite times were spent with his family and friends.

Most important to Stan was his Christian faith. He was baptized as a young boy, and spent his life serving Jesus. He served as a Sunday School teacher and elder at his church in Colorado, and he and his family attended First Baptist Church in Bolivar. His life reflected the Bible verse that he loved, Micah 6:8, “He has shown thee, oh man, what is good, and what does the Lord require of thee? But to live justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God”. Stan lived a life of faith, love and honor and and he will be greatly missed.

The family will receive guests as they celebrate Stan’s life on Thursday, May 26th from 5-7 p.m. at the Butler Funeral Home, Butler House reception center in Bolivar with a short serves conducted by Rev. Billy Russell at 6:30 PM. A memorial service will be held at the Federated Church in Dawn, Missouri at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 28, 2016.

The family requests that donations in his memory be given to the Poudre Retired School Employees Association Scholarship Fund in Fort Collins, CO, the First Baptist Church Youth Ministry in Bolivar, MO, or the Welsh Cemetery in Dawn, MO.

Bruce Edward Pierce, 44

Bruce Edward Pierce, age81, of DeKalb, passed away Thursday, April 2, 2015, at his home.

He was born March 26, 1934 in Dekalb, son of Noami and Clarence “Jack” Pierce.

He graduated from DeKalb High School and Northwest Missouri State University with a Bachelors of Science and a Master of Science in Education. He retired after 31 years from teaching at Weston School District. He was an avid fisherman who also enjoyed gardening. He was a member of Rushville Masonic Lodge # 238 AF&AM, and a 32 degree Scottish Rite Mason.

Bruce was preceded in death by: wife, Marilyn Pierce; his parents; and a nephew, Craig Pierce.  Survivors include: brother, Jack (Laveta) Pierce, of DeKalb; three nephews, Paul, Daryl and Mark Pierce, of DeKalb; two step-sons, Bruce (Kelley) Fetters, of Faucett, Mo., and Donald Fetters, of St. Joseph; and a step-daughter, Kathleen (Todd) Fetters-Iossi, of West Bend, Wis.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at Rupp Funeral Home, with Rev. Pat Sampson officiating.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Monday, at the Rupp Funeral Home. The interment will be at the Westlawn Cemetery.  Memorials are requested to the Mosaic Life Care Hospice.

Online condolences and obituary at As published in the St. Joseph News-Press.

Leon Miller, 45

Leon Frederick Miller (who lived in Maryville, Missouri for 60 years) was born in Springfield, Missouri on June 2, 1919 died in Springfield on May 28, 2011. Leon was married for 65 years to his devoted wife, Mary Belle Harmon Miller, who survives him. 

A graduate of (now) Central High School in Springfield in 1937, Leon was the state high school tennis doubles champion.   Leon Miller was an honor graduate from Southwest Missouri State Teachers College (now Missouri State University) in 1940, majoring in history and English.   In 1985, he was inducted into the university’s athletic Hall of Fame for his three MIAA doubles tennis conference championships in college.  He served as Alumni President in 1945-46.  It was in the campus library that he met his wife, Mary Belle, who he married on May 5, 1946.

Serving as a major in World War II, Leon was honored with a purple heart, a bronze star with two oak leaf clusters, a combat infantry badge, a European Theatre of Operations Ribbon with three battle stars and a Presidential citation for serving in the 79th Infantry, 2nd Battalion, 315th Regiment of the 3rd Army.

At the University of Chicago he earned his MA and PhD in Education before the Millers moved to Maryville in 1950.  At Northwest Missouri State University, Dr. Miller served at Chairman of the Division of Education and Psychology and Director of the Horace Mann lab school (1950-60), Dean of Instruction (1960-69) and then as the first Graduate Dean (1969-85).  It was under his leadership that graduate programs were first developed.  For most of his 35 years at NWMSU he coordinated campus accreditation reports.  In addition, he chaired the Little White House Conference on Children and Youth and was an AAUP chapter president. He received the Distinguished Educational Service Award from Phi Delta Kappa (professional educational fraternity) in 1982.  NWMSU honored him that year with the title of Distinguished Professor before his retirement in 1985.

In his prime, Dr. Miller was a distinguished university administrator at Northwest Missouri State University, who faculty respected as being true to his word.   He gave generously of his time to the community, being an after-dinner speaker at numerous events, where his joke-telling abilities shined.  Leon F. Miller was a loving father and friend, a humanitarian, scholar, and role model for countless students, faculty and community citizens.

Larry A. Motsinger, 52

Larry Alan Motsinger, 77, born on December 1, 1936 was from Topeka and died February 19, 2014 at St. Francis Hospital.

He was born December 1, 1936 in Atchison, Kansas, the son of Almon and Margaret (Scadden) Motsinger. Larry attended school in Grant City, Missouri, graduated from Atchison High School, and attended Northwest Missouri State. He co-owned Motsinger Lumber Company in Hiawatha for many years before going to work for Whelans Lumber Company as an estimator in Topeka. He enjoyed being a volunteer fireman, camping and antique cars. Larry was a member of the First Christian Church in Hiawatha, the Lions Club, and the Elks Lodge.

Larry married Shirley Ellyson on May 5, 1957 in Atchison. She survives of the home.
 He is also survived by a daughter and son in law Susan and Fred Holthaus of El Dorado, a son Jay Motsinger of Atchison, grandchildren, Mark and his wife Kristi Holthaus of Olathe, Megan Holthaus of El Dorado, and Jessica and Nicholas Motsinger of Atchison, great-grandchildren Andrew, Lucas, and Tatum Holthaus.

Larry will lie in state after 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 22nd at the Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home where the family will receive friends from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. The funeral service will begin at 1:00. Interment will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery in Atchison at 3:00 p.m.

Willian S. Cordonier, 55

William S. “Bill” Cordonier III, 90, of St. Joseph, passed away Friday, Oct. 26, 2018.  He was born Feb. 19, 1928, in Troy, Kansas, to William and Georgia (Meers) Cordonier.  Bill married Joann Owens, June 1, 1959.

He received his bachelor’s degree from Northwest Missouri State University then later received his master’s from Central Missouri State University.  Bill spent most of his career as a counselor and retired from Hillyard Technical School.  He was a member of Delta Nu Chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon, the VFW Post 5531, Wathena, Kansas, American Legion Pony Express Post 359.  Bill enjoyed playing cards, woodworking, cooking and was an avid reader of history books.

He was preceded in death by: his parents; and brother, Robert Cordonier.  Survivors include his wife, Joann Cordonier; daughter, Stephanie Cordonier; son, William S. Cordonier IV (Lisa); grandchildren, Nicholas (Kim), Michael (Ana), Kevin and Zackery; sister, Ellen R. Wise (Lloyd).

Millard Luzerne (Lu) Hanning, 57

Millard Luzerne (Lu) Haning, Jr., age 92, of Kansas City, MO, passed away peacefully on April 19, 2023 and was born February 3, 1931 in Hamburg, IA to Millard L. and Adeline M. (Wise) Haning. He graduated in 1948 from Farragut High School in Farragut, IA. After high school, Lu attended Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, MO for a couple of years. He then joined the Air Force and served in Korea from 1951 to 1955. After his tour of duty, he returned to Northwest Missouri State University, graduating in 1957. Lu was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. He enjoyed life-long friendships with his TKE fraters.

While working at Mutual of Omaha, Lu met Roberta (Bobbi) H. Olsen. They were united in marriage on June 14, 1958 at the First Christian Church in Council Bluffs, IA. They made their first home in Omaha, NE.

Lu had a 45-year career as a life insurance underwriter (or ‘people picker’ as he liked to say). His career provided opportunities for the family to live in multiple cities. For a couple years they resided in Toronto, Canada, then they enjoyed five years in Buffalo, NY. In 1974 the family moved to Kansas City, MO where Lu worked for United Investors Life/Waddell and Reed. They moved to the Birmingham, AL in 1985 and Rockwall, TX in 1988. In 1990 they returned to Kansas City, MO and stayed for their retirement years.

Spending time with family and friends was Lu’s favorite pastime. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, big band music and any card game. His love of photography was reflected with the home movies, slides and photos that he left behind. While his children were growing up, Lu was involved with their scouting and sporting activities. He also liked to spend time golfing. In later years, he was an active member of the Elks Lodge #2376 and the VFW Post #10906 in Gladstone, MO.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Bobbi; sisters and brothers-in-law Mary and J.R. Henderson, Vineta and Reldon Bryte; infant sisters, Wava Lou and Susan Diane Haning; his brother, James R. Haning; nephew, Rodney C. Olsen; nieces, Patricia Jo Bryte, Georgia Anne Haning, and Mary Lou Bryte Arnett; and great nephew, Travis Reyes.

He is survived by daughter, Jill L. Haning and son, Craig M. Haning of Kansas City, MO, and sister-in-law Mary Anne Haning of Leander, TX; as well as three nephews, eight nieces, and their families. Lu was a beloved father and favorite uncle who will be greatly missed.

Friends may call on the family at 2 p.m., Saturday, June 24, 2023, at Gashland United Methodist Church, 7715 North Oak Trafficway, Kansas City, MO. A Memorial Service will follow at 3 p.m. Immediately after the service, the family invites friends to join them at the Elks Lodge, 7010 N. Cherry Ave., Gladstone, MO. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Northland Shepherd’s Center, 5601 NE Antioch Rd, #12, Gladstone, MO 64119.

Robert Straub, 61

Robert is the father of Delta Nu Teke Owen Straub, 961 Robert “Bob” William Straub, 78, of Kansas City North passed away unexpectedly on December 14 due to complications from a stroke after heart surgery. Bob was born to Floyd and Clara Straub in Kansas City, Kansas, and graduated from Argentine High School. He served two years in the US Army during the Korean War, and graduated from Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, receiving a BS degree and a Masters’ degree in Education. Bob was awarded a NDEA scholarship in counseling and was a Guidance Counselor at Eastgate in the NKC School District for 26 years, retiring in 1988.

Bob and Virginia, his wife of 53 years, are parents of two children, Owen Straub and Ilse Smith. Bob is survived by his wife Virginia, Owen and his wife Mary Straub, Ilse and husband Norman Smith, and nephew Doug Straub and wife, Lisa. He is the proud Grandpa of Isaac, Rachel and Sam Straub and Spencer and Haley Smith and Grandnieces, Jennifer and Hannah Straub. He also leaves behind cousins and other family members.

A memorial service was held Saturday, December 18th at Mount Moriah Terrace Park at 11 am. Family and Friends are invited to attend a luncheon and libations immediately following the service at their daughter’s home at 14005 Supreme Court, which is approximately 5 mile north of the funeral home.

Mount Moriah Terrace Park, 801 NW 108th St., Kansas City, MO. 64155 (816-734-5500)
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Gweldon L. Long, 63

Dr. Gweldon L. Long DDS, 91, of Maryville, MO, passed away on Monday September 18, 2023, at a health care facility in Overland Park, KS.  Gweldon was born near Sheridan, MO, on November 13, 1931, to Loyd Jay and Viola (West) Long, and raised on a farm west of Isadora, MO, before moving to Grant City, MO, at age 13.

He attended Gravel Hill Grade School until the 3rd grade, then Sheridan MO school until the 7th grade and he graduated from Grant City High School in 1949.

He served his Country faithfully in the US Air Force from February 1951 until December 1954.  He saw active duty in Korea at the Dusan Air Force Base from 1951 to 1952. earning the United Nations medal, Korean Service medal, 2 Bronze Stars, the Korean Presidential Citation, and the Good Conduct medal.   He then spent 2 years as a Staff Sergeant at the Sampson Air force Base, Geneva, NY.

He returned to Maryville, and graduated in 1957, with a BS in General Science, from Northwest Missouri State University.

In 1961, Gweldon graduated from the UMKC School of Dentistry.  He started his dental practice in Maryville in July of 1961, and retired in July 2005.  He spent several years working one day a week practicing dentistry at the Benedictine Convent in Clyde, MO.   He had been the past president of the NW Missouri Dental Association.  `

He was a member and attended the First Christian Church, Maryville.  He was a 40-year member of the Maryville Host Lions Club, and a 50-year member of the James Edward Gray American Legion Post 100, Maryville.  He was a Master Mason with the Nodaway Lodge 470, AF & AM, Maryville Elks Club, the Moila Shrine Temple, the Scottish Rite Bodies, and a member of Court 98, of the Jesters.

He was a member and president for 2 years of the Northwest Missouri State Foundation Board, and a longtime member and past president of the Maryville Municipal Airport Board.

He enjoyed flying his own plane and carried a multi engine license for over 40 years.  He traveled the world and had many stories to tell.  He also played golf and had played many courses throughout the United States and overseas.  He enjoyed his retirement in Palm Desert, CA, Colorado Springs, CO, and Maryville.

His parents preceded him in death, and his sister, Norma L. Clark, in December of 2021.   He is survived by his children, daughter, Linda Cox (Dave Stinnett), Charleston, SC, and sons, Doug (Cheryl) Long, Nashville, TN, Joe (Kelly) Hemmel, Lees Summit, MO, and Jeff (Cara) Hemmel, Lees Summit, MO, 10 grandchildren, and 8 great grandchildren.  He is also survived by his long-time friend and significant other, Janelle Roberts, Dallas, TX, and his niece, Julie Lang, Naples, FL, and nephew, Jeff (Kim) Bram, Maryville, MO.

The funeral service will be at 11:30 AM, on Friday, September 29, 2023, at the First Christian Church, Maryville, MO.  The burial, with military honors, will follow in the Isadora Cemetery, Isadora, MO. The family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until service time at the church.  In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the First Christian Church, Maryville, or the Isadora Cemetery Company, c/o Kay Rowen, 12430 Dane Ave, Sheridan, MO, 64486.  Services are under the direction of the Bram Funeral Home, Maryville, MO.  

Joseph G. Ochoa, 64

Joseph G. Ochoa, 75, passed away May 29, 2008. Visitation will be held from 2:00-4:00 pm Sunday, June 1st at Muehlebach Funeral Home, 6800 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO, where the rosary will be prayed at 3:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 am Monday at St. Thomas More Church, 11822 Holmes Road, Kansas City, MO 64131. Interment will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions to St. Thomas More Capital Campaign or to the Redemptorist Church, 3333 Broadway, Kansas City, MO 64111. Joseph was born June 26, 1932 in Kansas City, MO, to Joseph A. and Frances M. Ochoa. He graduated from Redemptorist High School, received his B.S. from Northwest Missouri State University. He was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon, Delta Nu Chapter. Joseph served in the US Army during the Korean War. On January 30, 1960 he married Joan Meadows who survives of the home. Joseph retired from Honeywell (Bendix Corp-Kansas City Div.) after 35 years of service. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Donald L. Ochoa. He is also survived by his children, Joseph D. Ochoa & wife Catherine, James L. Ochoa & wife Jaqua, Jennifer E. Lusk & husband Randal; four grandsons and two granddaughters.

Published in the Kansas City Star on 5/31/2008. Burial: Mount Olivet Cemetery,Raytown Jackson County Missouri, US

James (Jim) Russel Marley, 70

Chillicothe – James (Jim) Russel Marley, age 83, passed away on June 14, 2021 at his home in Chillicothe, MO after battling pancreatic cancer.

Jim was born the son of Wayne and Evelyn Marley on January 30, 1938 in Bedford, IA. After graduating from Bedford High School, he attended Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, MO and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Education. Jim received his Master’s Degree from the University of Missouri, Columbia and continued graduate studies at the University of Missouri, Rolla; Northeast Missouri State University, Kirksville; and Benedictine College.

His wife Joyce survives him and together they share four sons. Dan (Janet) Marley of Graford TX, Phil (Theresa) Marley of Sturgeon MO, Chad (Melissa) Davis of Kingston MO, and Matt (Amanda) Hook of Chillicothe MO. He was blessed with thirteen grandchildren (plus one on the way), and six great-grandchildren. His sister Nancy (Malcom) Mouat of Green Ridge MO also survives. He is preceded in death by his parents Wayne and Evelyn Marley, his sister Janet Book, and mother-in-law Virginia Daniels.

Jim taught high school math and science for forty-six years. He began teaching at the Roosevelt Naval Base in Puerto Rico after graduating from Northwest Missouri State University. He then returned to the states and taught 16 years at the Missouri Military Academy in Mexico, MO. In 1978, he began teaching at Chillicothe High School and spent twenty-three years there before retiring in 2001.

While at CHS, he always found new ways to present material and developed a simple teaching philosophy for complex physics and math equations. He believed if you could make learning fun, discipline, motivation and all else would fall into place. He created activities such as The Problem of the Week, Lab Experiences, Bungee Pumpkin Drop, Physics Day for Sixth Graders, Physics Day for Area Schools, and the Physics Club. Students still remember how Mr. Marley wore a different necktie each day of school.

After retiring from CHS, he continued to teach five more years at two Christian Schools. His teaching legacy lasts among thousands of students. He was active with the Missouri State Teachers Association and served in various leadership roles. In 1997, Jim was honored as the Northwest Missouri State Teachers Association Outstanding Educator.

He was known for his craftsmanship and creative wood working skills. He built decks, furniture, games, chests, and countless signs. He was able to “visualize” the finished product before it was completed. Jim also used his math skills to assist Joyce in calculating the dimensions of their quilt designs.

Jim was also an accomplished musician, playing the piano and organ, singing, and directing choir at the United Methodist Church in Chillicothe, MO, the First Christian Church in Mexico MO, and for Chapel at the Missouri Military Academy, Mexico, MO. He began playing the piano at the age of four and had a lifetime love for music.

Jim enjoyed the outdoors while camping, gardening, or just relaxing. He also found enjoyment being around others, especially his family. He was always willing to help anyone with anything. He had a heart for people.

Celebration of his earthly life and eternal promise will be at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 11th at the United Methodist Church, 1414 Walnut Street, Chillicothe MO. A dessert fellowship-visitation for all will be before the service starting at 2:00 p.m. in Griffith Hall downstairs.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be given in Jim’s honor to the CHS Band Department at Chillicothe High School, 2005 Washington Street, Chillicothe MO 64601

William Merrick, 72

Bill was born on October 15, 1937 and passed away on Thursday, November 5, 2009.  He was a resident of Arcadia, Oklahoma

George “Paul” White, 76

Paul White, age 92, of Branson, Missouri, passed away March 21, 2024. He entered this life December 4, 1931, in Salisbury, Maryland, the son of William and Edith (Neblett) White.

Paul proudly served our country in the United States Air Force. He attended Northwest Missouri State University, where he served as President in his fraternity chapter, Tau Kappa Epsilon. In 1958, Paul joined the Missouri National Guard and shortly after moved to Albany, Missouri where he became the administrative assistant for the 129th Field Artillery Unit. In 1968, he was transferred to Jefferson City, Missouri to serve in various capacities within the Missouri National Guard. Paul was promoted to CW4 and retired as the first Occupational Safety Manager.

Paul was active in many areas of the Boy Scouts, that included Scout Master where he received the Silver Beaver Award. He later participated in Wood Badge where he participated in twenty Wood Badge courses, holding every position. Paul was President of the Jefferson City Marching Jay Band Boosters and proudly supported all his “kids”.

Paul became a member of the Masonic Lodge, serving for 58 years. In 1985, he became Master of Jefferson Lodge #43. Paul was also a member of the Scottish Rite, York Rite, and the Jefferson City Shrine Club where he was President. He also became a member of the Order of the Eastern Star where he served for 50 plus years. Paul served as Worthy Patron numerous times. In 1988, he proudly served as Worthy Grand Patron for the State of Missouri Order of the Eastern Star.

Paul could be found woodworking, making stained glass, collecting metal airplanes, and reading. He loved all his cats and spending time with his daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter in the home where they all resided.  Paul was preceded in death by his wife, Carla Jean White; sister, Jane Dayton; and nephew, John Dayton.

He is survived by his son, Mike (Sonya) White of Houston, Missouri; daughter, Lucy (Steve) Cole of Branson, Missouri; four granddaughters: Melissa Harbian, Randi (Mark) Robinett, Amber (Matthew) Wensel, and Eli Katzer; and two great-granddaughters: Emma Mae Walters and Ava Feely.

A celebration of life will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, 2024, at Fort Leonard Wood Veterans Cemetery, 25350 State Hwy H, Waynesville, Missouri. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children,, and St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital Arrangements and cremation are under the direction of Cremations of the Ozarks.

Frederick Joyner, 90

Frederick William “Bill” Joyner, 71, Springfield, died Tuesday, January 26, in Christian Healthcare West. He pledged TKE in Spring 1957.

Bill was a long time Springfield Attorney and avid outdoorsman. He cherished God’s great outdoors and requested that upon his death he be cremated and his ashes be scattered in a place that he held dear and that no public services be held. Condolences may be left on

Burial: Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.

Thomas W. Mooberry, 91,

Thomas Mooberry of Columbia, Missouri, passed away March 22, 2014, at Boone Hospital.

Tom was born in Lincoln, Nebraska on July 18, 1937 to the late Thomas H. Mooberry and Evelyn Wood Mooberry. He married the love of his life, Eva Unti, in 1959, and they had four sons. He was a most devoted husband and father who will be sadly missed by Eva, his wife of 54 years, his children, grandchildren and his many, many friends. He was truly “one-of-a-kind.”

He spent most of his professional life in the Hospitality Industry. Among his many accomplishments, he was a highly successful restauranteur, country club and hotel manager. Though he worked many long hours he still made time for family activities such as coaching his sons’ baseball teams, taking them fishing and Sunday afternoon barbecues.  Tom was a 25 year resident of Columbia having moved here in 1989 to manage the University Inn. He was an avid and accomplished golfer which was a lifelong passion and was a proud member of the “Three Dollar Club” at the Lake of the Woods golf course.

He had valiantly battled Cancer in the past seven years of his life, always with a positive attitude, a smile on his face and a great desire to inspire others to do the same.  Survivors include his wife Eva, sons Thomas A. Mooberry, Mark Wood Mooberry and wife Naomi, Christopher Mooberry, and Kelly Mooberry; and grandchildren Joni Redmond and Thomas Brian Mooberry.

Benny Johnson, 104

Benny Lee Johnson, age 76, passed away on May 25, 2016. He was a resident of Colorado Springs for 34 years. He was an Air Force Colonel and an Aeronautical/Electronics Engineer. Benny was born on December 12, 1939 to Bert and Maxine Johnson in Shenandoah, Iowa. He attended Northwest Missouri State College in Maryville, MO from 1957 to 1961. He joined Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity in the fall 1957 and received a Bachelor’s degree in secondary education, majoring in mathematics, from Northwest Missouri State 1961.   Benny earned his Master’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado in 1979.

Colonel Johnson completed the Squadron Officers School at Maxwell Air Force, AL, Air Command and Staff College and National Security Management University. He joined the Air Force in 1962, he then transferred to the Air Force Reserve and retired in 1992.

He was a member of Ascension Lutheran Church and was very active with many organizations including TKE (Fraternity), MOAA (Military Officers Association of America), VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars), and American Legion. Benny had a generous heart and supported many other charities. He also enjoyed bowling, golfing, traveling, ballroom dancing and family.

He is survived by his loving wife, Cheryl Krebs Johnson; his sons, Matthew Johnson and James Brett Todd; daughters, Anna Walker and Catherine Jolley; 7 grandchildren; and 7 great grandchildren.

Richard Gordon Dowell, 111

Richard was born April 21, 1931 in Coin, Iowa to Floyd M. and Viola (Peters) Dowell. He passed away March 20, 2005 in Galveston, Texas at the age of 73.
Richard’s parents were handicapped with deafness, so he was raised on a farm near Coin by his paternal grandparents, Carl and Mamie Dowell.
Richard attended Coin Consolidated Schools and graduated from Coin High School in 1949. After graduation, he joined the United States Navy and was stationed in Hawaii during the Korean Conflict. He then returned to the area where he attended Northwest Missouri State University and graduated in 1958. Richard worked at many jobs, including oil rigging and his last job was as a security officer for the Bank of America in Galveston.  Richard is preceded in death by his parents; son, Joseph Dowell; infant brother, James and his brother-in-law, Bill Mannasmith. He is survived by his son, David of Forth Worth, Texas; daughter, Sheila and husband Dave Dartez of Westminster, Colorado; son, Stephen and wife Rosemarie of Fruitland Park, Florida; grandchildren, Sara Dartez, Mary Dartez, Thomas Dartez, Abigail Dowell and Jacob Dowell; sister, Dorothy Mannasmith of Shenandoah, Iowa; brother, George Dowell and wife Nellie of Shenandoah, Iowa; sister Marilynn Graham and husband Richard of Clarinda, Iowa; aunt, Thelma Dowell of Shenandoah, Iowa; a host of other relatives and friends.
Private funeral services were held April 23, 2005 at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Chapel in Shenandoah, Iowa.Burial was at the Elmwood Cemetery in Coin, Iowa.

Robert W. Hickman, 114

Robert “Bob” W. Hickman, 82, of Clarinda, Iowa, passed away Wednesday, October 24, 2018.  He was born November 13, 1935 to Walter and Elise Claire Hickman in Ontario, Oregon. Bob married the love of his life Marcia Grace on August 24, 1958.

Bob grew up and attended school in Oregon and graduated from Beaverton Union High School. He joined the Air Force 1954, served and received an honorable discharge. He attended two years of college at Northwest Missouri State University.

Bob and Marcia were a great example from the Bible of two becoming one. He was a Christian and did his best to live that way.
Bob was a business man for 43 years, selling furniture, appliances, carpeting and flooring. He also had many other varied businesses that he started and owned. He was a great entrepreneur. He was a big Nebraska Corn Huskers fan! He also liked to hunt, fish and fly air planes.

He is preceded in death by his wife Marcia; parents Walter Hickman and Claire Hawn; brother Don Hickman and sister Charis Gilliam.
Survivors include his children, Melissa Hickman, Platte City, Missouri, Rob Hickman and wife Joni, Clarinda, Iowa; two granddaughters, Kassandra Romey, Omaha, Nebraska and Bethany Hickman, Boston Massachusetts; great-granddaughter, Aubrey Romey and her father Matt; sisters Cheryl Thomas and husband Bill, Burlington, Washington and Maryalice Hammond, Vancouver, Washington; brother Thomas Hickman and wife Debbie, Portland, Oregon; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Harry Slaughter, 129

Slaughter, Harry Lee 01/24/1940 ~ 10/29/2014 EL CAJON— Harry “Lee” Slaughter passed away peacefully at Oakdale of La Mesa with his family and friends by his side early Wednesday morning. Lee was born in 1940 in Yankton, South Dakota, son of Max and Eileen Slaughter. Lee spent the later part of his life a resident of Crest, Calif. – a small, quiet community that suited his nature and spirit. He lived a rich, full life, having many hobbies and interests including racing cars and motorcycles, collecting cars and flying planes. He was an avid sport biker. Lee never hesitated to let you know exactly what he was thinking and had a great sense of humor. He was a loyal friend. Lee was a devout Catholic and requested and received prayer services until his death. He worked in real estate, farming supply sales, and computer programming. As a computer programmer, he wrote a radio communication’s program for the United States Navy which is still being used today to enhance radio security. He retired in August of 2011. Lee is survived by his sister Jan Douglas and family; sons Harry and Jay Slaughter, daughter and son-in-law Stephanie and Adrian Caceres, daughters; Elizabeth and Millie Slaughter, and his loving grandchildren; Antonio and Myla Caceres. Lee was predeceased by his brother Todd Slaughter. A service for Lee will be held at 11 a.m. at St. Louis De Marillac, in El Cajon, Calif. on Saturday, November 8, followed by a reception for family and friends at the same location. Lee will be buried alongside his cherished grandfather, Harry Lee Slaughter I, in Yankton, South Dakota. Lee will be sorely missed by so many. As he would say, “See you on the other side.”  Published by San Diego Union-Tribune on Nov. 2, 2014.

Richard Bauman, 130

Richard “Dick” Bauman, scroll 130, of Okoboji, formerly of Lake City, died Wed. Apr.,21, 1999, at Hilltop Care Center, Spirit Lake, IA.

Survivors include his wife Helen, Okoboji; Daughter Kriston Bauman, Seattle Wash.; sons Robert Bauman , Corning;and Stuart Bauman , Dallas Texas; Three Grand-Children; Mother Floine Bauman, Lake City; and sisters Jean Batz, West Des moines and Jolene Wilder, Cedar Rapids. He was preceded in death by his Father, Robert Bauman.

Richard Bauman was born Nov. 29, 1937 at Lake City. He graduated from Lake City High School in 1956, and received his Bachelors and Master’s degree in music education from N.W. Mo. State University, Maryville, Mo. In 1960 he began his teaching career in King City Mo. In 1961 he married Helen Bahr and they found instrumental and vocal positions in Irwin. He relocated to Creston in 1966, accepting a position as director of instrumental music at Burton R. Jones Jr. High School. In 1969 he re-established the Creston Jazz Festival. In 1976 he became director of instrumental music at Southwestern Community College. After being on the music camp staffs at Northwester Missouri State, Tarkio College and the Reggie Shive Jazz Camp, he started summer jazz camps at 1984. He was an adjudicator for jazz festivals in Iowa, Missouri, South Dakota, Nebraska, Colorado and Wyoming. He served as guest director of concert and jazz ensembles throughout Iowa and an Iowa all at festivals throughout Iowa, including the Iowa College All-Star Jazz Ensemble and an Iowa All-State Ensemble. He also served as district president of S.W.I.B.A.. He played professionally since he was 16 years old. He played with many area bands as well as the name bands of Warren Covington, Lee Elgart, Richard Maltby and the Des Moines Big Band; most recently he toured with The Si Zentner Orchestra and the Tommy Dorsey Band, directed by Buddy Morrow. After a 34 year teaching career, the Bauman’s moved to Lake Okoboji in 1996. He started a big band in the spring of 1997.

Richard Krambeck, 147

Richard Krambeck Dick Krambeck, 83, of Clive, Iowa, entered into peace August 17, 2022. Funeral Services will be held August 20, 2022 at 2:30 p.m., at Cummings Family Funeral Home in Bedford, Iowa.

Visitation will be held prior to the service starting at 1 p.m. Memorials may be directed towards the family to be established in Dick’s honor. Memories may be shared with the family at under Obituaries. Richard “Dick” Eugene Krambeck was born on January 7, 1939 in Atlantic, Iowa, to Claus Frederick Krambeck and Kathryn Lucille (Redman) Krambeck. He grew up south of Walnut, Iowa and graduated from Walnut High School in 1957. He furthered his education at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri, where he obtained Secondary Education and Social Science degrees.

Dick enlisted with the Army Reserves in 1962 and was active duty for six months then discharged a year later. Dick began his teaching career in Malvern, Iowa, where he taught for two years then Nevada, Sibley, and Bishop-Garrigan High School at Algona. He also was a football coach while teaching the eleven years. Dick was united in marriage to Elaine Ann Cummings on June 1, 1963 in Bedford, Iowa. Dick attended St. Paul School of Theology from 1976-1981, and began his ministry in Shelby, Iowa, for four years. He moved to Alliance, Nebraska, where he did jail ministry for a year while serving the United Methodist Churches there and Lakeside, Nebraska.

Through the years he served appointments for United Methodist Churches in Iowa including Pierson, Meadow Star in Washta, Mapleton, Ticonic, several in the Centerville area and then Missouri Valley, Iowa where he retired after eleven years. Dick was also the chaplain for the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department and the Iowa State Patrol for the Council Bluffs district. Dick retired in June of 2001, when he and Elaine moved to Atlantic, Iowa.

While in retirement, Dick took on part-time status covering small churches near Atlantic, Pine Grove United Methodist and Cumberland United Methodist. Dick also was a co-facilitator of a grief support program at Roland Funeral Home in Atlantic, Iowa. Dick was a member of the United Methodist Church-Iowa Annual Conference, School Board at Shelby, Board of Boys Club of America in Alliance, past Kiwanis and Board of County Health and Library Board at Missouri Valley, YMCA board in Atlantic and assistant football coach at Atlantic High School in 2001 and 2002.

Dick is survived by his wife Elaine of Clive, Iowa; two daughters, Peggy (Mark) Eblen of Creston, Iowa and Susan (Henry III) Hamilton of Des Moines, Iowa; two sons, Matthew Krambeck of Wilmette, Illinois and Benjamin (Jennifer) Krambeck of Des Moines, Iowa; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sister Carol (Dick) Hensley of Atlantic, Iowa; brother Bob Krambeck of Seguin, Texas; sister-in-law, Carolyn Cummings of Laguna Woods, California and brother-in-law Dr. James (Rosalyn) Cummings of Bedford, Iowa. Dick is preceded in death by his parents, Claus and Kathryn and parents-in-law Carl and Helen Cummings and sister-in-law Vickie Krambeck. May God grant comfort and peace to all that loved and knew Dick!

William M. Sparks, 160

William “Bill” Miller Sparks, 83, Las Vegas, NV, died Friday, January 5, 2024.

He was born December 11, 1940, to William Clyde Sparks and Virginia Warehime. He graduated from Maryville High School in 1959 and Northwest Missouri State University in 1963.

On August 29, 1959, he married Sarah Scott Sparks in Maryville.

Mr. Sparks served 20 years in the Marine Corps, including two tours in Vietnam, one tour in the Philippines and one tour in Okinawa, Japan. He completed the Command and Staff College at the Marine Corps University in 1977 and the Naval Warfare program at the US Naval War College in 1982. Following the Marine Corps, he worked at Hallmark Cards in Kansas City, managing several divisions in manufacturing.

Services will be held at a later date.

Foster “Kent” Holcomb, 176

Foster “Kent” Holcomb, age 83, of Lynchburg went to meet his heavenly Savior on November 21, 2021. He was in the presence of his wife and children who loved him dearly. With his unwavering faith, he had bravely overcome cancer twice along with other seemingly insurmountable health complications for twenty-one years.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 30, 2021, at Lynchburg Funeral Home in Lynchburg, Tennessee, from 4:00-6:00 PM, followed by a memorial service at 6:00. On December 18th, Kent’s ashes will be placed next to his parents in Coffey, Missouri, following a celebration of life at First Baptist Church, Albany, Missouri.

Kent was born at home in Harrison County, Missouri, on December 20, 1938, the son of Nova and Dawn (Foster) Holcomb. They preceded him in death, as did his brother, Elanson Holcomb, and sister-in-law, Juanita Holcomb.

Kent was raised in Coffey, Missouri, and was baptized in the Coffey Baptist Church. He graduated from the Coffey High School in 1956, received his Bachelor’s Degree in secondary education from Northwest Missouri State in 1960, and received his Master’s Degree in counseling from Northeast Missouri State in 1966. Kent also furthered his education by earning certification in administration and special education. He served in the National Guard of Missouri from December 1956 to February 1962. He then served in the Army National Guard of Iowa from February 1962 to December 1963.

Kent began his career teaching industrial arts in Lineville, Iowa, 1960-1967, becoming also a counselor in 1966. It was during this time, he began dating a hometown lady, Kay Courter, who was attending his alma mater. That courtship led to their marriage on June 7, 1964, after Kay’s at the same church in which they were both raised and baptized. Kent and Kay moved to Belle, Missouri, where he served as the high school principal from 1967-1968. In June, 1968, the couple moved to Albany, Missouri, when Kent left the public school system and became the first educational counselor in the Missouri Department of Mental Health, serving 12 counties at the Albany Regional Center. He was there from 1968-1975, during which time he became the director of the facility. During those years, Kent and Kay were blessed with a daughter and a son, in whose care and rearing, Kent was fully, lovingly, engaged. In 1975 he took a true leap of faith and, with his wife, Kay, started the K & K Opportunity Group Homes. They owned and operated residential homes for the developmentally disabled – one for men and one for women. They sold the business after 31 years of success in providing essential care and safe housing for multiple residents who became part of the Holcombs’ hearts.

Kent often talked of the great blessings their children & grandchildren were along with the in-laws. He loved them all dearly. Kent enjoyed farming, hunting, camping and boating with family and friends. He was a Boy Scout Leader of a troop in Albany, Missouri in the 70s and 80s as Korby became involved in Scouts. He was tapped to be an honorary member of the tribe of Mic-O-Say, and was given the name, “Cares-for-Many”. But above all, his love for Christ and church family filled his life with many rewarding moments. He was ordained as a deacon of the First Baptist Church of Albany in 1993. He also taught Sunday School classes for the special men and women, and later a class for ones he affectionately deemed “my ladies”, the widows of the church.

Kay, Kent’s beloved wife, his “greatest blessing” as he would say, survives of the home. Other survivors are daughter, Kerra Bowers (Rob) of Richmond, Missouri; son, Korby Holcomb (Angie) of Lynchburg; grandsons Colby (Mallory Cole), Brock and McCauley Bowers all of Richmond, Missouri; Zachary (Jessica) Holcomb of Shelbyville, and granddaughter, Taylor Holcomb of Lynchburg. Other survivors are brother-in-law Jerry Courter (Barbara), nieces, cousins and many friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Benevolence Fund of Main Street Church of Christ, 376 Main St., Lynchburg, Tennessee, 37352, or to Samaritan’s Purse International Relief .

Phillip E. Messner, 178

Dr. Phillip Eugene Messner died at the age of 77 at his home in Prairie Village, Kansas. December 6, 2018. Dr. Messner was born in Alanthus Grove, Missouri on September 27, 1941. 

Phil was a dedicated teacher who worked tirelessly on behalf of his students, who were always the center of his classrooms. His passion was understanding how students learn and he spent endless hours preparing and improving learning materials to maximize student experiences and his own facility as an instructor. His teaching career began with a chalkboard and the last class he prepared was an online statistics class for nurses where he organized the entire curriculum around a visual approach to statistics. 

Phil enjoyed many hobbies over the years including hunting quail, fishing, creating beautiful silver jewelry featuring semi-precious stones, buying and selling antiques and going to auctions. He could never drive by a garage sale yard sign without stopping! He also loved to read and at one time had read every book in the Gentry County Library in Stanberry including the entire encyclopedia. 

He graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with degrees in biology, chemistry and physical science in 1963 and taught high school chemistry and biology for nine years at three Missouri high schools in Graham, Worth Country and Trenton, where he also coached junior high football, basketball, and track.

In 1970 he earned a master’s degree in science education and field ecology from the University of Wisconsin. In 1975 he earned a doctorate in higher and adult education and secondary and general administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

While pursuing his doctoral studies he was especially proud of his work for the Midwest Center for Equal Education Opportunity and the USOE Region VII Desegregation Assistance Center. Upon graduating he went into private business for several years making and selling jewelry—a skill which became a lifelong hobby. After several years with the Missouri Department of Higher Education conducting handicap accessibility reviews at state colleges and universities, he began a 37-year career in higher education, retiring in 2017. 

He earned the designation Full Professor at both Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio and at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri and the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he held an adjunct doctoral dissertation faculty advisor and supervisor position in the department of educational leadership and policy analysis in the College of Education. He directed 61 doctoral dissertations in his role as advisor and dissertation chair and published 91 academic papers—54 as the single author. He had 63 funded academic grants and more than 49 conference presentations.

In “retirement” he worked at Baker University in the School of Education teaching statistics and advising doctoral students. He also taught statistics for RN to BSN students at Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences. 

He was preceded in death by his parents Whitmur Adam and Betty Jean (Gage) Messner and a younger sister Catherine Jo. He is survived by his loving wife of nearly nine years, Melody Messner; brother Merlin (Ruth Ann) Messner and sister Carol Sue (Keith) Harmon; son Stacy K. Messner (Jennifer D.) and grandson Grant L. Messner—great grandson Mason L.A. Messner, grandsons Carson J. Messner, Carter V. Messner, and Colton D. Messner; daughter Julie D. Knipp (Robert P.) and granddaughter Shannon R. Wolf (Cullen)—great grandchildren Hayden J., Sawyer D., Ashton T., and grandsons Kaleb R. Knipp (Heather) and Matthew R. Knipp; son Bradley P. Messner (Tonya) and grandson Brandon P. Messner (Angie)—great grandchildren Bryce P. and Bentley P. and granddaughter Kelsey M. Brinck (Niklas); daughter Jean M. Eckert (Christopher) and grandchildren Clifton P. Eckert and Adalae S. Eckert; son Adam Messner and step-son Charles Lowe. 

A memorial and celebration of life service is planned for 2 p.m., Sunday, December 16 at the Kenneth Wiliford Agricultural Building, 1007 West Highway 136, Albany, MO 64402.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Gentry County Library in Stanberry, 304 N Park St, Stanberry, Mo 64489, 660-783-2335,

Giles G Walter, 183

Frater Giles Gregory Walter, 69, Bethany, died Sunday, January 24, 2010.

He was born December 29, 1940 in Maryville, MO, the son of P. J. and Lorene (Klaas) Walter.

On June 15, 1963, he married Judith I. Morris in Maryville, MO. She preceded him in death on October 1, 2009.

Giles was the co-owner of Walter Brother’s Inc. for several years and most recently worked for Ken Pratt Trucking of Platte City, MO. He was a graduate of Northwest Missouri State University, where he obtained a degree in accounting. Giles belonged to the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. He was a member of the Missouri Petroleum Marketers Association and served as Past President. Giles was a member of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church of Bethany, 4th Degree Knights of Columbus #569 of St. Joseph, MO and Bethany Knights of Columbus.

Survivors include Daughters, Elizabeth (Joseph) McKune, Louisville, KY and Barbara (Nathan) Baie, Centennial, CO; Son, Gregory Walter, Nunn, CO; Grandchildren, Margaret and Katherine McKune and Carter Baie; Brother, Wayne Walter, Columbia, MO; father-in-law, Ray Morris, Mound City, MO; brothers-in-law, Phillip (Cindy) Morris, Oregon, MO and Glen (Liz) Morris, Mound City, MO.

He also was preceded in death by his parents and mother-in-law, Margaret Morris.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, January 28, at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Bethany, MO. Graveside Service will be 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Mound City, MO. A Parish Rosary will be held at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday followed by visitation with the family until 8:00 p.m. at Roberson Funeral Home, Bethany, MO.

Memorials may be made to the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church Building Fund in care of Roberson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 46, Bethany, MO 64424. Online condolences may be left at

Robert Cotter, 212

Fraters, please keep the family of Frater Bob Cotter in your thoughts and prayers. On Tuesday evening, Frater Bob Cotter, 212 passed away after a battle with cancer.  Bob pledged TKE in Spring of 1961 and graduated in 1965. He was Prytanis in 1963, was chapter advisor from 1974 to 1978. He also had served as director of the Northwest Alumni Association. Bob was the owner and operator of Cotter Travel in Maryville and St. Joseph.

Services 11 a.m. Saturday at Wyatt Park Baptist Church in St. Joseph (2902 North Leonard Road St. Joseph, MO. Visitation will begin after 12 p.m. Friday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel in St. Joseph (3609 Frederick Avenue), where the family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday evening. The Delta Nu Alumni Association will be sending a memorial floral arrangement as well as honoring his memory at June Delta Nu Memorial Scramble. Here is the obituary from the Maryville Daily Forum.

Robert “Bob” H. Cotter, 68, St. Joseph, Mo., passed away Tuesday, April 26, 2011 surrounded by his family, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Bob was born Aug. 20, 1942 in Los Angeles, California to Cy and Lucille (Wall) Cotter. He graduated with a Master’s Degree from Northwest Missouri State University, while there he was President of the TKE fraternity.

Bob served his country in both the Army and Navy Reserves.

He was a member of Wyatt Park Baptist Church.

Bob owned and operated Cotter Travel, since 1985.  He belonged to the St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce and the East Side Rotary Club, where he received the Paul Harris Fellowship Award.

Bob loved music and had a passion for sports, especially basketball.  He was a strong supporter of both Missouri Western and Northwest Missouri State universities.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife, Mary (Stevens) Cotter, St. Joseph; son, Chad Cotter and wife Debbie, St. Joseph; daughter, Erin Bushey and husband David, La Mesa, Calif.; son, Kevin Anderson and wife Chris, Liberty, Mo.; daughter, Kelly Anderson, Kansas City, Mo.; son, Kent Anderson and wife Lorenna, St. Joseph; grandchildren: Keatley and Jenna Cotter, Aubrey, Taylor and Keegan Bushey, Zac Anderson, Taylor and Travis Poretta, Mateo and Lucas Anderson; and great-grandson, Nicholas Chadwick.

Services 11 a.m. Saturday at Wyatt Park Baptist Church. Visitation will begin after 12 p.m. Friday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, where the family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday evening. Mr. Cotter has been cremated. Private family inurnment at a later date.

The family suggests memorial contributions to American Cancer Society. 

Michael D. Landry, 216

Frater Michael D Landry (ΔΝ #216), 65, of Kankakee, Ill., passed away July 20, 2007 after a lengthy battle with prostate cancer.  Michael was born February 12, 1942. Frater laundry met and married Linda Reed at NWMSU, in 1964.  They were married for 20 years, and have two sons. He was a graduate of Northwest Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and a master’s degree. He enjoyed boating, canoeing, fishing, camping, traveling, gardening, and watching his granddaughter’s Irish dance.   Frater Mike returned to Kankakee, and taught history at East Ridge and Kankakee high schools (1966 – 1993) until the mid-90s.  He was diagnosed with prostate cancer and given 18 months to live.  He took early retirement, and with his dog and his Toyota pickup, he camped his way around North America, traveling for months at a time.  His objective was to visit every US state and he hunted and fished all the provinces of Canada and every US state except Alaska and Hawaii.  He also made a bonus trip to the Baja to see an eclipse.  Mike outlived the doctors’ predictions by a decade, and never lost his sense of humor.  When the cancer metastasized, he did not whine or complain. Those who knew Mike at Maryville would be fascinated to hear that he mellowed in his later years.  And as a good teacher, he is a legend in Kankakee.  Often when his wife meets one of his students they remember Mike as their history teacher and comment he was the best they ever had. How many people get “a death sentence” as Mike did, and then accomplish what appears to be his “bucket list?”  Burial was in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made for the Preservation of the Kankakee River.  

Dennis Rhodes, 222

Frater Rhodes, 80, passed away December 29, 2022. A celebration of life will be held at Hamilton’s on Westown Parkway, in West Des Moines on Sunday, March 5, 2023.

Dennis was born April 19, 1942 to Earl and Edna in Guthrie Center, IA. He spent much of his adult life living in West Des Moines with his wife of 54 years, Mary Kay, where they raised three children. He was a dog lover and over the years was able to spoil four Shelties, doing things like taking them to Panera Bread for a “muffie,” walking them around Gray’s Lake and forcing his actual children to ride in the backseat of the car so the dogs could ride shotgun.

Dennis received his Bachelor’s from Northwest Missouri State, two Masters degrees from Drake University and spent most of his life working in human resources. He enjoyed a twilight career selling suits at Von Muar, often to customers who didn’t even come in to buy a suit but simply couldn’t resist his charm.

In his free time, Dennis enjoyed traveling, barbequing, participating in Kiwanis Club, being a member of the Des Moines Intentional Eucharistic Community, quoting Phil Dunphey from “Modern Family,” drinking diet Coke and mispronouncing famous actor’s names (try as they might, his children were never able to get him to say “Leonardo DiCaprio” correctly). He was a master at telling a dad joke. He loved movies, especially “James Bond” and “Lethal Weapon.” His favorite activity was going out to eat, not ordering dessert, waiting for someone else to order it and then eating the entire thing.

Dennis was an exceptionally kind and caring ol’ hoss who will be greatly missed by his wife; his children Shanley, Jason and Amy; his son-in-law Domi; his daughter-in-law Alina; his two grandchildren Keely and Blaise; and his sister Delores.  He lives on in the lyrics of his favorite musician, Waylon Jennings, who reminds us that when the going gets tough all we need to do is, “get back to the basics of love.”

Billy D. Scott, 223

Frater Billy Dave (B.D.) Scott, PhD., Emeritus Professor of Biology, Northwest Missouri State University, a resident of Maryville since 1960, died May 11, 2012, age 80. He was born May 19, 1931, in Floydada, Floyd County, Texas, the son of James Zant and Ruth Lorena (Johnston) Scott. On August 31, 1951, he married Janet Evelyn Weir and to them were born three children, David Carlton (Susan) Scott, Kansas City, Mo., Karen Elizabeth (Brock) Pfost, Maryville; and Camellia Diane (Rob) Barmann, Platte City, Mo.

His Bachelor of Science in Biology was earned from Texas Tech University. He was a member of the Texas Tech Men’s Glee Club. He was accepted into the graduate program at Corvallis, Ore. Instead of enrolling at that time, he served in the Army from 1952 to 1954 during the Korean War. His service was spent in the Military Police training cadre at Ft. Dix, N.J. After the service, he returned to Texas Tech where he earned his Master of Science in Botany, just as his first child, David, arrived. Daughter, Karen was born four years later in Lincoln, Neb., as he was working toward his PhD at the University of Nebraska. The PhD was conferred on him at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Okla., soon after the birth of his third child, Camellia.

He accepted a position in 1960, at Northwest Missouri State College (now University). During his tenure in the Biology Department, he received several National Science Foundation Awards, served on numerous academic committees, was an advisor to Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity, a pre-nursing advisor, and also sponsor of the Pre-Med Club. He founded the Junior High Science Olympiad contests held on the Northwest campus. For ten weeks during the summer of 1969, he was a “Visiting Professor” at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, and was 1 of 30 participants in a 1972 National Science Foundation Summer Institute at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. Bill was awarded a six-month sabbatical leave in 1983 to visit gardens in the South-Eastern United States. After a teaching career spanning more than 40 years, advancing from undergraduate assistantships to university professor, Bill retired from Northwest in May of 1991.

In the Maryville community, he was a member, secretary-treasurer, and vice-president of the Maryville Host Lions Club; charter member and second president of Nodaway County Genealogy Society; and served as chairman of the credit committee of Northwest Missouri Regional Credit Union. Genealogy was a passion of Bill and Janet’s, and for more than 20 years they traveled the United States, self-publishing six family histories. He was a creative person, a designer, innovator, and gardener.

B.D. is survived by his wife; his three children; and his eight grandchildren, Gretchen Scott (and fiancé, Reed Phillips), Emily Scott, Lizz and Jessica Pfost, and Eric, Jason, Matthew, and Janessa Barmann.

His body has been cremated; the family will hold a memorial at a later date.

Contributions may be made to the B.D. and Janet Scott Biology Scholarship in care of the Northwest Foundation or to SSM Home Health Care of NW Missouri.

Arrangements: Price Funeral Home, Maryville.

Richard V. Schmitz, 224
Frater Richard V. Schmitz, age 75, Atlantic, Iowa (formerly of Stanberry and Dearborn, Missouri) passed away Thursday, February 8, 2018 at his home in Atlantic, Iowa.   He was born August 28, 1942 in Maryville, Missouri the son of George Vern and Anna Johanna (Kerwin) Schmitz. He was married to Miriam Wood from 1966 to 1997.     
Richard was a graduate of Stanberry RII High School in 1960. He served in the Missouri Air National Guard for 6 years. He attended and graduated from Northwest Missouri State University, graduating in 1964 while working at Hull and Scott Allis Chalmers Dealership and then started working as a district sales manager in Western Kansas. Following his graduation he began flying lessons during this time and was later hired by TWA in 1966. He was certified as a first officer on the McDonnell Douglas DC-9 and then later promoted to captain, transitioning to flying the Boeing 727. He married his wife, Vicki, on August 24, 2009 in Burlington, Wisconsin. She survives of the home. Richard was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Stanberry and Tau Kappa Epsilon at NWMSU. He was a farmer at heart and owned a farm in Gravity, Iowa. He collected Allis Chalmers Implements and assisted with The Gathering of the Orange during their annual Allis Chalmers Festival. Above all Richard was a loving family man who always took time to send cards, attend school activities, and offer his time.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Andrew Schmitz; and infant nephew, Kevin Stoll.
He is also survived by his son, Rick (Esther) Schmitz, Lenox, IA; daughter, Jennifer (Bill) Kim, Oak Grove, MO; sister, Joan (Eugene) Stoll, Stanberry, MO; brother, Raymond (Debbie) Schmitz, Ravenwood, MO; 5 grandchildren, Bailey, Aaron, and Zachary Schmitz, Katie and Jessica Kim; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of special friends.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, February 16 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Stanberry, MO under the direction of Roberson Funeral Home, Stanberry, MO. Burial with Military Rites will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Stanberry, MO. Parish Rosary will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday with a visitation following from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday at the church. Online condolences may be left at

Lowell Leon Wright, 229

Lowell Leon Wright, 75, passed away on January 18th, 2017 at Pleasant Hill Health and Rehabilitation in Pleasant Hill, Missouri. Lowell was born on July 6th, 1941 in Maryville Missouri to Russell and Cora Wright of Graham, Missouri. He graduated from Graham High School in 1959. After graduation, Lowell pursued a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at Northwest Missouri State and graduated in 1963. He was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity. He served six years in the Air National Guard. He moved to Kansas City and in 1971, met and married Linda Smith.

They were married for 45 years. He worked for a division of U.S. Steel for 40 years, where he was a top salesman and retired in 2003. He was an active member of the Belton Lions Club for 25 years, and resided in Belton, Missouri for 27 years before moving to Pleasant Hill, Missouri. He was a member of Colonial Presbyterian Church. He is survived by his wife, Linda, two daughters, Jennifer Lewandowski and Janna Wright, and three grandchildren, Scarlett, Roman, and Sabrina. The family asks that any donations be sent to Heartland Hospice of Kansas City, 1001 East 101st Terrace, Suite 180 Kansas City, MO 64131-3367

Dr. Lawrence “Larry” R. Albright II, 243

Frater Albright of Webb City, Mo., entered into rest on Feb. 4, 2018 at Oklahoma Surgical Hospital, in Tulsa, Okla., following an extended illness.
Larry was born July 17, 1942, at St. Joseph, Mo., the son of Lawrence R. and Dorothy V. (Walden) Albright. He graduated from Benton High School in 1960, completed his bachelor’s degree at NW MO State University in 1964 and completed his master’s degree and PhD in 1969 at the University of Nebraska. He was a member of the TKE Fraternity. He was a professor at MSSU, teaching chemistry at MSSU, 37 years full-time and 10 years part-time, retiring in 2006.

Larry earned his Masonic Degree in 1963, was awarded his 50-year pin in 2013 and had served as past Grandmaster of Grand Council of Cryptic Masons of Missouri, 1993-1994 and Past Grand Patron, Order of Eastern Star of Missouri in 1999. He held the office of Grand Chaplain, 2006-2007; Grand Orator, 2002-2003 and DDGL, 1985-1986. He received his Scottish Rite Degree in 1966, his 32nd KCCH degree in 1981 and his 33rd degree in 1991.

Larry and Shirley (Hook) were married on Sept. 21, 1984, in Joplin. She survives.
Additional survivors include two sons, Alan Albright and wife, Shelley, of Seneca, and Justin Albright and wife, Krystal, of Joplin; two grandsons, Ethan Albright and fiancé, Wesleigh, and Ayden Albright; a great-granddaughter, Ardis, due to arrive in March. His adopted family, Jody Austin and husband, Kevin, and their children, Alex and Nick, of Springfield; special friends, Pat Stubblefield, Billie Kramer and the 1997-1999 grand family; cousins and friends.

Masonic and Rose Croix services will be held on Friday, Feb. 9th, at 6 p.m. at the Scottish Rite Cathedral, in Joplin, with visitation to follow until 8 p.m.

Charles Allison III, 245

Frater Charles Allison, DN 245, passed away the week of February 15th. The following obituary was printed in the Des Moines Register on February 21st.  Please keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers. Charles Henry Allison III of Gig Harbor, WA, was born October 3, 1942 in Osceola, IA. He was the first of three sons to Mary Catherine Winslow Allison and Charles Henry Allison, Jr. Chuck graduated from Clarke Community High School in Osceola in 1960, having participated in golf, track, football, and band. He graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with a degree in business, and was an active member of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. On February 25, 1967, Chuck married Carole Lynne Wright of Stuart, IA. They were blessed with two children, Courtney Anne and Charles IV. Chuck enjoyed a rewarding career with the J.C. Penney Company. The most important things in Chuck’s life were his faith, his family including his dogs, and his love of the outdoors. He was especially fond of the time spent in Ely, MN, with his family, and the boundary water canoe trips taken with his son. One of Chuck’s favorite vacations was to Ireland and Scotland, which he took with Carole, his brother, Jim, and wife, Wendy. Those missing Chuck include, Carole; Courtney and her children, Taylor Mary Lynne and Joshua Charles; Chuck and Denise, and their daughter, Ashley Catherine; his brothers, John and Jim and Wendy; Carole’s sister, Anne and husband, Ron Adamson; nieces, nephews, cousins, Jeff Rasmussen, Beth Allison, many friends, Oakley, and Dekker. Chuck’s family expresses heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the complete staff of Northwest Medical Specialties Hematology and Oncology in Tacoma and Gig Harbor. Special thanks also go to St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor, and the outstanding, caring 4th floor nurses and doctors. For their service and personal support, the family would like to thank Gig Harbor Rexall Pharmacy. The family also recognizes Haven of Rest in Gig Harbor for their compassionate, professional services. A funeral mass was celebrated February 18 at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Gig Harbor. It was officiated by Father Hung Nguyen, our pastor and friend. Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society website created for Chuck: , St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor, or the Humane Society or animal shelter of your choice

Orlo Gene Shroyer, 281

Orlo, age 76, passed away on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at Palm Creek RV Resort, Casa Grande, Arizona. The son of Victor Shroyer and Myra Rees Shroyer, he was born in Monteith, Iowa on March 12, 1942. When he was 16 months old, the family moved to Guthrie Center, Iowa, where he resided through his high school years. Shroyer graduated from Guthrie Center High School in 1960. He attended Iowa State Teachers College (now the University of Northern Iowa) and Northwest Missouri State University at Maryville where he received his Bachelors in Education in 1965 and his Masters in Education in 1969. He earned a Doctorate in Educational Administration from the University of Missouri at Columbia in 1987. On August 3, 1963 he was united in marriage to Karen Purdy of Guthrie Center, Iowa. The couple has one son, Whitney, who along with his wife Letitia resides in Asheville, North Carolina. In 1965 Orlo began a 42-year career in public education as a junior high industrial arts teacher in Savannah, Missouri. In 1970 he was named Assistant Superintendent in the same district. In 1979 he was selected as Superintendent of Schools for the Montgomery County R-II School District, Montgomery City, Missouri, a position he held for nine years. In 1988 he was named Superintendent of Schools in the Chillicothe, R-II School District and remained there until he retired from the public schools in June, 1995.

In July, 1995 he was appointed Assistant Commissioner of Instruction for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education where he led the development of the Missouri Show-Me Standards and the Missouri Assessment Program. In 2000 he was named the Deputy Commissioner of Education, a position he held until his retirement in September, 2003. He then served as Vice President of Development for Newton Learning for five years. During his career in education one of his favorite activities was reading “Yertle the Turtle” to first graders. Shroyer served in leadership positions in various civic and professional organizations. While in Savannah he served two terms as president of the Savannah City Council and one term as president of the Northwest Missouri Municipal League. During his educational career he served as president of both the Northwest and Northeast Districts of the Missouri Association of School Administrators (MASA) and also a term as state president of MASA. Shroyer served two terms as president of the University of Missouri Columbia College of Education Alumni Association. Among the professional honors he received were the Citation of Merit from the College of Education at MU in 1998 and an Honorary Doctorate in Pedagogy from Northwest Missouri State University in 2003. Shroyer was a member of the First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ in Jefferson City, Mo. where he enjoyed delivering the Moment for Young People.

Survivors include his wife Karen; son and daughter-in-law, Whitney and Letitia; and sister, Dona Shroyer. Memorial gifts can be directed to the First Christian Church, Jefferson City, Mo. or Woodhaven of Columbia, Mo.

Paul D. Walker, 283

Paul Dean Walker, 79, of West Point, Iowa, passed away at 2:32 a.m. Wednesday, February 8, 2023, at the West Point Care Center in West Point, Iowa.  He was born on August 7, 1943, in Fort Dodge, Iowa, the son of O.C. and Hazel (Skow) Walker. On May 4, 1968, he married Mary Beth Geers in West Point, Iowa.

Survivors include his wife: Mary Beth; one son: Jay D. (Amy L.) Walker; grandchildren: Margaret E. Walker and Mason T. Walker; step-grandsons: Jordan L. Brown and Aden R. Alfred; sisters-in-law: Kate (Dennis) Menke, Rosemary Klemtt and Dorothy (Tom) Peters. Also surviving are several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one son: Robert L. Walker.

Paul was a 1961 graduate of Dow City High School and 1967 graduate of Northwest Missouri State. He served in the United States Army from 1967 to 1969 in Korea during the Vietnam War. He worked as a driver’s education teacher and coached football, basketball, and track for the Fort Madison Community School System. Paul was an entrepreneur with Sunshine Child Care and drove for Merschman Seeds. He was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, the West Point American Legion Holtz – Geers Post #668. He served on the West Point Utility board for fourteen years, was a West Point councilman for four years, West Point city mayor for twenty-six years, West Point Sweet Corn Festival chicken chairman for twenty years, member of the North Lee County Foundation and served on numerous other boards. Paul enjoyed woodworking, gardening, boating, hunting and fishing. He was utmost proud of his West Point Community.

Visitation will be held from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. Friday, February 10, 2023, at Schmitz Funeral Home in West Point.

The family will receive friends from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 11, 2023, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in West Point.  A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 11, 2023, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Pastor Dan Dorau as celebrant.  Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery with full military rites presented by the West Point American Legion. Memorials have been established in his memory for West Point City Parks or Calvary Cemetery.

Rollin E. Watters, 285

Frater Rollin “Rollie” E. Watters, Scroll 285, age 73, of Lake City and formerly of Baxter, went to be with his Lord on Sunday, January 29, 2017 at Shady Oaks Care Center in Lake City surrounded by his loving family. A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2017 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the Congregational United Church of Christ in Baxter, Iowa. A private family burial will be held at a later date in the Lake City Cemetery in Lake City, Iowa.

Rollie was born in Lake City to Charles and Mirriam (Ives) Watters. Rollie attended and graduated from Lake City High School in 1961. Following school he attended Northwest Missouri State. He returned to Iowa and joined the family business Watters Appliance in Carroll, Iowa. Rollie married Jeanette Schaffer on May 28, 1967 at the First Baptist Church in Lake City, Iowa. The couple lived in Lake City where they began their family. In 1995 Rollie returned to college and graduated from NE Christian College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology and then earned his Master’s in Theology from Andersonville Theology Seminary. He became the Pastor of the Baxter Congregational United Church of Christ in 1999 and served until 2014 when he retired. Rollie was a member of the Congregational Church of Christ in Baxter, was an Elder at Woodlawn Christian, and was a Boy Scout Leader. He loved the Lord, the Bible, and his family. He also was an avid reader, and loved to talk politics.

Lee King, 296

Frater Lee King, Scroll 296, entered the Chapter Eternal very suddenly on the afternoon of Saturday, August 9th, 2008. Lee was killed in a fatal car accident near Red Oak, IA. The funeral service was on August 13th in Papillion, NE. He was buried in Blockton, IA. Lee was very active as an alumnus, participating in the efforts to plan and raise money for the new house, as then following in the open house and 50th anniversary celebrations. He also initiated the Whale program, and worked at recruiting large donations for Delta Nu. And if you remember the walk from 222 W. Cooper to 555 W. 9th Street for the 50th Anniversary, we wouldn’t have had the organized chants without him. He was an active golfer, participating in the annual golf tournament as well as being active at his home golf course in Omaha, Tiburon. A tournament at Tiburon now carries his name, as does a fountain for a pond, for which he helped to raise funds. Lee never hesitated to offer his opinion to help out a cause for TKE or to nudge others into getting involved. His family and friends will remember him for his smile, humor, generosity and enthusiasm for the things he loved and believed in. Between now and the June 5th golf tournament, we will be discussing how to honor Lee for his commitment and involvement with TKE over the past few years. Go TKE, Go Bearcats and Go Packers!

He was preceded in death by his father Eldon L. King of Blockton, IA, and his wife Dorothy Ann (Ray) King of Omaha, NE. He is survived by his mother, Imojean King of Clearfield, IA, daughter Chris (King) Magnus, (John), grandchildren Carly, Michelle, and Johnny Magnus of Muskego, WI; his son Brant King (Caroline), and granddaughters Ashlyn and Savanna of Hillsboro, WI; sister Sharon Byers of Saint Charles, MO, sister Alice Miller, Huntley, IL with niece Kelly Newsom, and nephew Greg Miller of Chicago, IL, brother William King and sister in law Betty of Omaha, NE , Brother in law Jim Ray of Mo and Mary(Ray) Adams,(Ray) and many special friends, neighbors and loved ones. As a young person, Lee joined the Blockton Christian Church. After graduating from Bedford (IA) Community High School in 1962, he attended Northwest Missouri State University, in Maryville, MO, where he met his future wife Dotty.

He joined Tau Kappa Epsilon’s Delta Nu chapter while in college. After retiring he enjoyed actively supporting the chapter. His working career spanned forty years starting by delivering newspapers that were brought in by passenger rail service. He also worked as a soda jerk, laborer, and salesman. He started working as a laborer on the Chicago Great Western Railroad, and held many positions on the Chicago Northwestern including periods in Des Moines, IA, Mankato, MN, Milwaukee, WI, and Chicago, IL. He retired as AVP of sales with the Union Pacific Railroad in Omaha, NE. Lee’s life revolved around his family, work, and sporting events. He was active in all sports in high school and enjoyed playing softball after graduating. He continued to enjoy other sports as a spectator, and became an avid Green Bay Packer fan. He enjoyed golf, only wanting every shot to be a hole in one. As an active Tiburon resident he was an SID officer and committee member. Lee never forgot a face or name and his many friends will remember his strong political opinions and his great sense of humor.

Terry Hiltabidle, 305,

Frater Terry Hiltabidle of Traer, died at home Monday, Dec. 24, 2018.  He was born Feb. 2, 1942, in Allerton, son of Charles E. and Anna Mae (Shell) Hiltabidle. On June 5, 1966, he married Sharon K. Smith.

Terry graduated from Allerton High School in 1960, received his BA degree in teaching and coaching at Northwest Missouri State University, attended Truman University for a master’s degree in administration, and then pursued a master’s in mathematics from Purdue University. He was a mathematics teacher and basketball coach at Wayne Community Schools in Corydon, then worked at Shivers in Corydon as a manager. He later was the purchasing manager at Traer Manufacturing. After retiring, he went to work at Meskwaki Bingo and Casino as a security guard.  He served on the school board for several years.

Survived by: his wife; two children, Scott Hiltabidle and Amy (Kirk) Crawford; two grandsons, Kody and Kolten Crawford; and a sister, Diana Thomas.

Preceded in death by: his parents; and two brothers, Larry (Laura Nell) Hiltabidle and Richard (Wanema) Hiltabidle,

Celebration of Life service: 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, at North Tama Activity Center in Traer. Overton Funeral Home, Traer, is in charge of arrangements.  Memorials: may be directed to the family.  Condolences may be left at

Terry was a devoted father, grandfather and husband. He enjoyed gardening, being outside, watching sports, especially the Iowa Hawkeyes, watching his grandsons in their activities and spending time with his family. He will be deeply missed by his friends, family and all who knew him.

Gerald ‘Jerry’ Michael Brown, 314

Gerald ‘Jerry’ Michael Brown (80) passed away on Wednesday, February 14, 2024, at home where he could watch his bird feeders and enjoy the smells of home, surrounded by his loving family. Immediately after his passing, the yard and bird feeders were filled with cardinals, a beautiful sign from Heaven that Jerry had arrived.

Jerry was born to Harold and Maxine (Stark) Brown on June 28, 1943, in Sacramento, California. When Jerry was three, the family moved to Pilot Mound, Iowa, where his Dad took over the family farm. Jerry’s father died of polio when he was five and the family moved to Des Moines shortly after. He graduated from North High School in 1961.

Jerry attended Northwest Missouri State and received his degree in accounting. He worked as a CPA in Chicago and Des Moines. He raised his sons, Ryan and Eric, in the Des Moines area. Both boys played baseball and Jerry was active in coaching their teams.

Gerald and Rebecca Inez Olsasky met in 1998 and were united in marriage in 2003. Together, they enjoyed spending time with family and traveling, enjoying memorable trips to Italy and Alaska, as well as several trips to Disney World with their beloved grandchildren. Jerry loved classic cars, especially the Pontiac GTO, of which he owned two. He was also a member of the Central Iowa Pontiac Club.

Jerry is preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Maxine Brown. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Becky Brown; children, Ryan (Bonnie) Brown and Eric Brown; siblings, Gene (Mara) Brown and Michelle Bland; stepdaughter Sarah (Trevor) Bair; grandchildren Amber, Adam, Austin, Connor, and Caleb, and two great-grandchildren.

Jerry had an infectious laugh that, as a friend described it, “could fill a room” and “a twinkle in his eye brighter than any star in the sky”. A good, kind, and honest man, he was loved by many and will be missed by all who knew him. May he Rest in Peace.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 21, 2024, at Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home & Crematory (8201 Hickman Rd. Urbandale Iowa, 50322) from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. A funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 22, 2024, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church (1627 Grand Ave, West Des Moines, IA 50265) with interment to follow at Resthaven Cemetery (801 19th St, West Des Moines, IA 50265).

Phil Burmeister, 315

Philip Alvin Burmeister died on September 26, 2022 and was born November 14th, 1943 in Harlan, Iowa to Harry and Mena Burmeister. Phil was the youngest of seven children in a family that consisted of twins, a single, triplets, and then Phil. He attended all 12 years of school and graduated from Harlan in 1962. Being the youngest of seven, Phil learned how to follow his own path, which was best exemplified by his decision to become an educator instead of staying in the family agriculture business. He earned a degree in Political Science and Sociology from Northwest Missouri State University, eventually going on to earn his Masters in Education from Central Missouri State University.

Phil met Marie, his bride-to-be, in 1968 while teaching at Mt. Ayr Community Schools. It was during this time that Phil went overseas to serve his country in the Army with the 101st Airborne as a Chaplain’s Assistant during Vietnam. While he did not frequently speak of his time in Vietnam, he was incredibly proud to have served his country and to be a veteran of the US Army. Upon his return in 1970, Phil and Marie were married and began their young lives together in Ridgeway, Missouri before ultimately returning to Mt. Ayr in 1976 when Phil earned the superintendency of schools. Phil would spend the rest of his professional career at Mt. Ayr Community Schools, forever changing the landscape of the public education community within Ringgold County and being recognized as a leader throughout the state amongst his colleagues. MACHS as we know it would not be what it is without the work of Mr. Burmeister.

The happy couple welcomed their first son, Jeffrey, on January 17th, 1975, followed by Jeremy on August 3rd, 1981. Phil cherished being a father, spending much of his time following the kids in their respective school events. He was involved in numerous community events associated with Mt. Ayr Community Schools, Lions Club, and helped to establish the The Ramsey Farm at Lesanville. One of his favorite pastimes was playing many, many, games of cards with his cherished wife Marie, friends, and brothers in Harlan. In Phil’s later years he enjoyed visiting his sons in Maine and Colorado to see his beloved grandchildren Dylan and Owen, and tagging along with any adventure that his boys could bring him along on. As much as anything, Phil enjoyed and had a tremendous appreciation for his family including numerous nephews and nieces; his many brothers and lone sister Janet; his boys and their respective families.

Phil is preceded in death by his wife Marie Burmeister (Euritt), parents Mena Burmeister (Thogersen) and Harry Burmeister, brother in-law Dan Roe (Marla Kay), sister-in-law Sally Burmeister (James), sister Janet Gose, brothers Jon, Richard, and Robert Burmeister.

Phil is survived by his loving sons Jeffrey (Sonya) and Jeremy (Lyndsey), granddaughter Dylan, grandson Owen, brothers James and Jerome (Rose), sister-in-law Marla Kay, along with numerous nephews, nieces, and many other family members.

All memorial proceeds will go towards a scholarship fund for a graduating senior from Mt. Ayr Community Schools.

Roger Horne, 319

Frater Roger Horne, of the Fall 1963 pledge class, passed away at the age of 71 on August 8, 2013. Here is his obituary. Roger Allan Horne, son of Stanley and Mary (Hoover) Horne, was born October 14, 1941 in Mount Ayr, Iowa. After Roger graduated from Mount Ayr High School in 1960, he went on to earn a Bachelors of Science in Education degree from Northwest Missouri State University, and his Master’s degree from Oklahoma State University. Roger taught for 37 years and retired from Hickman Mills High School.

Roger passed away at his home in Belton, Missouri on August 8, 2013. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Robert, Ray, John, and Donald Horne. He is survived by son and daughter-in-law Javin and Dena Horne of Baytown, Texas; son Jeremy Horne of Belton, Missouri; grandchildren Lakin and Brander Horne of Baytown, Texas; brother James Horne of Naperville, Illinois; sister Marilyn Black of Monmouth, Illinois; brother Richard Horne of Mesa, Arizona; others relatives and friends. Services were held Tuesday, August 13, 2013 in Mount Ayr with graveside services to follow in Rose Hill Cemetery in Mount Ayr.

Jerry Knauss, 345

Frater Jerry Knauss, scroll 345, of Burlington, Iowa, passed away in his sleep this Saturday, February 26, 2011.  He was 68 years old.

Frater Knauss joined TKE in the Spring Pledge Class of 1964 and remained active in the fraternity well after his graduation from Northwest in 1966.  He was a member of the Delta Nu TKE Alumni Association and was an active alumnus, heavily involved in the new house fundraising campaign and the 50th anniversary and related events in between.  He was the author of the Delta Nu History that is posted under About TKE on the website.  To read our chapter’s history, which Jerry worked long and hard to compile, please click on this link: or go to, then About TKE, then Delta Nu History, and then The History of Delta Nu.

His funeral was held Friday, March 4th in Burlington.  Memorials can be sent to the Jerry Knauss family, care of Lunning Funeral Chapel, 2620 Mt. Pleasant St., Burlington, IA 52601. In Delta Nu TKE tradition, when a Delta Nu TKE Frater passes into the TKE chapter eternal, we begin a memorial fund, benefiting the TKE house in that Frater’s memory.   This memorial fund, which is funded through donations to the TKE House Capital Improvements fund, will appear on the Dick Wiles “Teke for Life Alumni Donor Wall” once the fund reaches $500. To make a donation to Frater Jerry’s memorial fund, click on this link and scroll down to the Capital Improvements fund. In addition, donations can be made in Frater Jerry’s name to any of the funds Delta Nu has listed on the Delta Nu website.

The Delta Nu Alumni Association sent a traditional TKE floral arrangement of Red Carnations to the funeral.  A few Fraters attended the funeral services.

Here is Jerry’s obituary

Mr. Jerry “JR” Knauss, 68, of Burlington passed away Saturday, February 26, 2011, at Great River Medical Center.

Born January 11, 1943 in Fairfield, he was the son of Wilbur and Ruby Craig Knauss. In 1965 he married Mary Ann McGuire. They later divorced. In April 1984 he married Mary Breuer Kulp in Burlington.

Jerry was a graduate of Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri. He taught school for several years and later worked as quality control chemist at the former Freeman Resin.

Jerry was a member of Burlington Bowling Association where he served as secretary/treasurer, TKE Fraternity, Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #150 and a charter member of Eagle Riders. He was an avid bowler, participating in many tournaments, bowled a 300 game in 2010 and coached for the Junior Bowlers League. He loved spending time with his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Mary “Tudy” Knauss of Burlington; two sons, Dennis (Judy) Knauss of Yulee, Florida and Pat (Marcy) Knauss of Burlington; daughter, Jacki Knauss of Burlington; step son, Jeff Kulp of Burlington; step daughter, Kris (Tom) Bernhardt of Fort Madison; 14 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; step mother, Elnor Knauss of Guthrie Center; two brothers, James (Kathy) Knauss of Lake City and Richard (Ann) Knauss of Madrid and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday, March 3rd, in Lunning Chapel where the family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m.

The funeral service for Mr. Knauss will be 2 p.m. Friday, March 4th, in Lunning Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established for PAW Animal Shelter in honor of Jerry’s best friend, Huckleberry and the Junior Bowling Association.

Cremation will be accorded following the funeral service. 

Edward Locker, 346 

Frater Edward W. Locker, 69, of Grinnell, died on Wednesday, January 30, 2013, at the Grinnell Regional Medical Center.A celebration of his life will be held 11 a.m., Tuesday, February 5, 2013, at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell. Interment will follow in Westfield Cemetery, south of Grinnell.Visitation will be held from 2 to 8 p.m., Monday, February 4, at the Smith Funeral Home. Memorials may be directed to the Elks BPOE #1266. Memories and condolences may be shared with his family at is survived by his wife of 40 years, Connie Locker of Grinnell; his daughter, Kimberly Locker of Denver, Colorado. Also left to cherish his memory are his siblings, Joan Jones of Newton, Lois Innis of Grinnell, Phylis Dean of Grinnell, Bob (Sandy) Locker of Fridley, Minnesota, Ray (Karen) Vaughn of Brandon, Florida and Jackie (Phil) Butcher of Fuguay-Varina, North Carolina and Linda (Chuck) Templeton of Newton; brother-in-law, Harlan (Katie) Rouse of Hospers, Iowa and sister-in-law, Kathy (Bernie) Olberding of Dunnell, Minnesota; many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

Dick Wiles, 365

Frater Dick Wiles, DN 365, passed away on July 4, 2009. The obituary and funeral information is included below. The funeral was held Tuesday, July 7th at 10:30 a.m. at Price Funeral Home Chapel in Maryville. Richard W. “Dick” Wiles, Maryville, died July 4, 2009. He was born in Maryville June 3, 1921, to Carl “Mike” and Pearl Stapler Wiles. He graduated from Maryville High School and attended Northwest Missouri State University. Dick served 3 1/2 years as a medic during World War II, mostly in the Southwest Pacific. Upon his return he married Marcella Tobin July 31, 1948, in St. Joseph. He worked for Nodaway Valley Bank for 45 years until his retirement in 1986. Dick was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Mildred Broscheid and Ellen Spoor and brothers, Carl “Buck” Wiles and Charles Wiles. He is survived by his wife Marcella Tobin Wiles and five children: sons, Richard C. Wiles and wife Lynette, Jefferson City, Doug Wiles and his wife Leslie, Redfield, Iowa; and daughters, Linda Wiles and husband Mike Quist, Melanie Stoecker and husband Rod, both of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Jennifer Witt and husband Mike, Columbus, Ohio; ten grandchildren: Rich, Sam, Martha and Truman Wiles; Kelli and Ryan Jennings; Derek, Bryant and Tara Witt; and Brian Stoecker; niece, Sherry Bell, Columbia, Missouri and nephew, Tom Wiles, Tampa, Florida. Dick was actively involved in his community. Among his many activities were the Boy Scouts of America and Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity at Northwest Missouri State University. Dick’s involvement with the Boy Scouts spanned 35 years. He was a medicine man in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say. He received the coveted Silver Beaver Award for his many years of service and dedication. Dick also thoroughly enjoyed serving as a sponsor for the TKE Fraternity at Northwest Missouri State University. Dick’s body has been cremated and Memorial Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 7, 2009, at Price Funeral Home Chapel, Maryville. Inurnment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Maryville.

Bill Andrews, 367

His obituary from the St. Joe News-Press is included below. The memorial service was in Rock Port. ROCK PORT, Mo. — William L. (Bill) Andrews, 63, Rock Port, passed away Aug. 21, 2009, at Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Neb. Survivors: wife, Darlene, of the home, Rock Port; sons, Cort William Andrews, Leavenworth, Kan., Hugh Jason (Sarah) Andrews, Parkville, Mo.; daughter, Nicole Marie (Erick) Hagman, Grand Rapids, Mich.; seven grandchildren, Grace, Kayla, William, Emma, Gibson, Owen and Mazzie; parents, Vernon and Dorothy Andrews, Helena, Mo.; sister, Marcia (Rick) Irwin, Tomball, Texas. Memorial Service: 10 a.m. Monday, First Lutheran Church, Rock Port. A private family inurnment will be held at a later date. Visitation: 6:30 to 8 p.m., Sunday, Minter Funeral Chapel, Rock Port. Memorials: Community Hospital-Fairfax or Rock Port Optimist Club. Obituaries and online condolences: Services: Minter Funeral Chapel, Rock Port. Please remember to keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Ron L. Howitt, 373

Ronnie Lynn Howitt, 77, Overland Park, Kansas passed peacefully on January 11, 2024 with his family by his side. He was born July 24th, 1946 in St. Joseph, Missouri to Alice Lea Howitt Wales and Byron C. Howitt. He graduated from Central High School in 1964 and attended Northwestern Missouri State where he was president of his fraternity, Tau Kappa Epsilon, played basketball during his time there, and graduated in 1968 with a degree in Business. Ron served in the U.S. Army National Guard in St. Louis, Missouri for 6 years. He then worked for Southwestern Bell and AT&T as a regional manager while he lived in St. Louis, Chicago, and Kansas City.

Ron retired in Overland Park, Kansas from AT&T in 1999 and has since enjoyed spending time golfing, being with friends and family, traveling, and going for walks. Ron was a devoted member of the Church throughout his life and was on the Church Council at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ.

Ron Howitt was preceded in death by his parents Byron C. Howitt, Alice Lea Howitt Wales and stepfather Gordon E. Wales; four aunts, Betty Jo Howitt, Florence Swan, Lena Beets, and Flossie Brown; uncle, Claude Tunnell.  Survivors include: wife, Carol Howitt of Overland Park, Kansas; children, Shannon Turgeon of Overland Park, Kansas; Julie Thompson (Matt) and John Howitt (Anne) of St. Louis, Missouri. Grandchildren, Hannah and Haley Styczykowski of Overland Park, Kansas; Grace and Ava Thompson, Andrew and Lauren Howitt of St. Louis, Missouri. Ron’s family thanks you at this time for the love and support that has been given during this difficult period. A celebration of life will be held at 2pm Saturday, February 17th at Johnson County Funeral Chapel and Memorial Gardens.

 “May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be always at your back, may the sun shine warm upon your face, and the rains fall soft upon your fields, and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand.”

Jimmy L. Phillips, 380

With heavy hearts, we announce the death of Jimmy Phillips (Iuka, Illinois), born in Peoria, Illinois, who passed away on January 6, 2017 at the age of 70. He attended Northwest Missouri State University and joined TKE in the spring of 1965.  Family and friends are welcome to send flowers or leave their condolences on this memorial page and share them with the family.

Dennis A. Wood, 386

Dennis Wood, scroll 386, entered the Chapter Eternal on Tuesday, February 7, 2017, at St. Joseph Hospital in Savannah, Georgia at the age of 70. Frater Wood was born in Dow City, Iowa, on April 12, 1946 to Lloyd and Lucille Wood. He was a Veteran serving in the U.S. Army, a former Superintendent of Schools in Iowa, served in law enforcement in Denison, Iowa, and retired from the Effingham County Board of Education as an I.S.S. teacher.  He was a member of the 1965 Spring pledge class.

Woodrow K. Southard, 398
Woodrow Southard, scroll 398, born September 27, 1946, passed away February 13, 2013 in Omaha; he was 66 years of age.; He was a member of the Fall 1965 pledge class. He was preceded in death by parents, Woodrow W. and Louise. He is survived by children, Amy Stevens and Eric Southard; step children, Alicia Thompson and Andy (Alex) Callaway; grandchildren, Beckett, Hannah, Hunter, Claira, Jack and Sam; sister, Connie (Marlowe) Weppler and niece and nephew, Tracy and Todd.; The Memorial Visitation was held Friday, February 15, 2013 and inurnment followed at Westlawn Hillcrest Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials suggested to the National MS Society. WESTLAWN-HILLCREST; Memorial Park Funeral Home; 5701 Center Street 402-556-2500;

Reginald Turnbull, 430

Mr. Reginald H. “Reg” Turnbull, age 71 years, of Jefferson City, Mo., passed away Thursday, November 9, 2017. Reg was born on November 3, 1946 in Springfield, Mo. the son of John Turnbull and Maurine Wilson. He was married on December 18, 1971 to Anita Propst.
Reg was a 1965 graduate of Maryville High School and a 1972 graduate of Northwest Missouri State University, both in Maryville, Mo. He graduated from the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Law in 1976.

After receiving his law degree, Reg moved to Jefferson City to begin his professional career as an Assistant Attorney General of the State of Missouri (1977-1981) and later became a Deputy Director for the Missouri Department of Mental Health (1981-1991). He went into private practice in 1991 and founded the Turnbull Law Firm in October 1999. He worked in his practice for over 25 years, specializing in elder law, until his retirement from Turnbull and Stark, P.C. on December 31, 2016.  He authored several journal articles, a chapter in a book, and edited and co-authored many other articles. He was a frequent speaker at many Missouri Continuing Education events and helped write legislation for seventeen bills that were signed into Missouri Law.

Reg was a member of the Special Needs Alliance, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the Council of Advanced Practitioners, and a Certified Elder Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation. He received the National Powley Award for advocacy on behalf of people who are elderly or have disabilities. Reg served on the National Board of Directors of the Elder Law Attorneys and was local chapter President, receiving the Outstanding Member Award for two years. He assisted the State, Federal and various organizations with their Employee Retirement Plans.

An active member of the Jefferson City community, Reg served on the Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Commission in the 1980’s and served as president for two years. He was a member of the Jefferson City Rotary Club serving in a variety of club positions: including president, several Rotary District positions, and was a Paul Harris Fellow. He was active in Boy Scouts including being an Eagle Scout, Cub Master, and Scout Master.

In recent years, he was a member and president of the Missouri River Regional Library Foundation, a vice-president of the Adult Basic Literacy Foundation, served on the Missouri Alzheimer’s Foundation Board for six years and organized local walks in support of the organization. He served on the Capital Region Ethics Committee for many years and was president of the Missouri End of Life Coalition. When his sons were younger, he served as president of the Jefferson City High School PTO and was an active supporter the Jefferson City High School Baseball, Basketball, Football, and Band Boosters.

Reg loved to spend time with his family and people in his community. He never shied away from mentoring others to enable them to have an exponential impact on their communities. He always had a smile on his face and making others laugh truly brought him joy.

Survivors include: his wife of forty-six years, Anita Turnbull; three sons, Bryce Turnbull and his wife Gretchen and their children, Stella and Brooks, of Overland Park, Kansas, Kyle Turnbull and his wife Amy and their son Cooper, of Overland Park, Kansas, and Ryan Turnbull and his wife Kaylin and their children, Gracelyn, Harrison, and Lillian, of Overland Park, Kansas; one brother, Jan Turnbull and his wife Jessarel of Los Angeles, California; and two half-sisters, Midge Glavin and her husband Michael of Holts Summit, Mo. and Beth Dyer and her husband Rex of Peoria, Il.

Harman M. “Mitch” Hanna, Jr., 453

Dr. Harman Mitchell “Mitch” Hanna, Jr. was born September 19, 1946 in Lycoming County Pennsylvania and departed this life on June 20, 2021 at John Knox Village Hospice at the age of 74 years, 9 months and 1 day.

He was the son of Harman Mitchell Hanna, Sr. and Hazel Keturah (Reynolds) Hanna.

Mitch spent his younger years in California and Pennsylvania, graduating from North Penn High School in Landsdale, Pennsylvania in 1964. He then attended Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania before transferring to Northwest Missouri State University to finish his Bachelor of Science Degree in Education. Mitch graduated from Northwest Missouri State University in 1968. He later obtained his Master’s Degree in Education from Northwest Missouri State University and then his Doctorate Degree in Education from the University of Missouri, Columbia. 

On September 7, 1968 Mitch was united in marriage with Marilyn Jean Chavannes in Des Moines, Iowa. After their marriage they made their home in Maryville, Missouri. Mitch proudly served his country in The United States Army in Vietnam. After his Honorable Discharge from the United States Army on July 1, 1974, Mitch returned to Missouri, and he and Marilyn moved to Savannah, Missouri where Mitch took the position of Vice-Principal of Savannah High School. They next moved to Maryville, Missouri where Mitch served as Principal of Maryville High School for 3 years before moving to King City, Missouri where he was the Superintendent of Schools for four years. In 1984, the Hanna family moved to Pleasant Hill, Missouri where Mitch served as Superintendent of the Pleasant Hill R-3 School District until his retirement in 2001. Mitch and Marilyn continued to make their home in Pleasant Hill, Missouri until 2019 when they moved to Lee’s Summit, Missouri.

Mitch had served on the Board of Trustees for Cass County Regional Medical Center and had been a member of the Missouri Association of School Administrators and the Pleasant Hill Planning and Zoning Committee. He was a member of V.F.W. Post #3118 of Pleasant Hill and a former member of the Pleasant Hill Optimist Club. Mitch attended the United Methodist Church of Pleasant Hill, Missouri.

Mitch loved his family and thoroughly enjoyed spending time with them, especially his grandchildren. In his leisure time, Mitch enjoyed hunting, woodworking, sailing, driving his Miata convertible, traveling and hosting get-togethers for family and friends. Mitch was preceded in death by his father, Harman Mitchell Hanna, Sr. and his mother, Hazel (Reynolds) Phillips.

He is survived by his wife Marilyn Jean Hanna of the home; one son, Adam Hanna and wife Miranda of Pleasant Hill, Missouri; one daughter Christen Hanna of Lee’s Summit, Missouri; two grandchildren, Charlee Jo Hanna and James Mitchell Hanna both of Pleasant Hill, Missouri; step-father, George Phillips of Schwenksville, Pennsylvania; sister, Sandy Hanna of Marion Station, Maryland; half-sister, Mary Beth Polinski and husband Dave of Schwenksville, Pennsylvania; brother-in-law, Dick Chavannes and wife Nancy of Des Moines, Iowa; nieces nephews, other relatives and many, many friends.

Cremation has been accorded. A Celebration of Life Visitation will be held from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Saturday, July 10, 2021 at the United Methodist Church Community Life Center, 1300 Lexington Road, Pleasant Hill, Missouri. The family suggests contributions, “In Memory of Harman Mitchell “Mitch” Hanna, Jr.” to Village Hospice, 1001 NW Chipman Road, Suite 237, Lee’s Summit, Missouri 64081.

William L. “Bill” Costello, 481

William Lawrence “Bill” Costello, 65, of Malvern, IA entered into eternal rest on Oct. 22, 2012 at his home in Malvern. He was born Dec. 4, 1946 in Council Bluffs, IA to Charles Delmas & Harriet Ruth (Talbott) Costello. Bill graduated from Malvern High School in 1965 and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Northwest Missouri State in 1971. Bill pledge TKE in Spring 1968.

Bill was a member of the Army National Guard from 1969-73 and from 1973-75 in the Glenwood unit. Bill was a fourth generation insurance agent in the Costello Insurance Agency, which was established in 1912. He was a life member of the following clubs: National Skeet Shooting Association, Southwest Iowa Sportsmen Club, National Rifle Association, Iowa State Trap & Skeet Shootings Association and America Trap Association. Bill was an accomplished shooter winning numerous awards throughout his career. He enjoyed traveling all over the country competing in both world and national championships.

Preceding Bill death were his parents. He is survived by his sisters, Georgann (Jan) C. & husband Gregary Franck of Ankeny, IA; Mary Beth Costello of Omaha, NE; 2 nephews, Gregary Wade Franck of Ankeny, IA; Travis R. & wife Marcy Franck and son, Keegan of Belmont, MA; extended relatives and many friends.

Bruce Stadlman, 520

Bruce Stadlman, 71, of Paris, France, died on December 27, 2020 in Paris, of cancer after a lengthy, courageous battle.

Bruce was born in Iowa to parents Paul and Helen (Forrest) Stadlman on November 26, 1949. He graduated from Dowling High School in Des Moines, Iowa where he grew up. Bruce was proud to have achieved the honor of being an Eagle Scout. Bruce received a BA from Northwest Missouri State University, a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute, and an MA from San Francisco State University. Professionally, Bruce taught art in Kansas City, lived and worked in San Francisco where he found so much artistic inspiration and retired as the Fine Arts Chair at the Parsons School of Art and Design in Paris after 30 years, including a year at Parsons in New York City. As an Artist, Bruce had exhibited his work in the US, Japan and France, including the Galerie J. de Rumigny, Salon de Mai, Foundation Mona Bismark, L’Espace du Regard and the Salon Grands et Jeunes in Paris.

Prior to living in Paris, Bruce taught in Kansas City, Missouri and in Tokyo, Japan, where he met his wife of 37 years, Anna (Moorhead). Bruce and Anna welcomed their son, Paul, in 1990.

While Bruce enjoyed the museums and restaurants of Paris, he particularly loved being at their family farmhouse in the Normandy countryside, planting trees and enjoying the outdoors. Bruce saw the world differently than most. He saw it in different colors, shades and shapes. He was the artist, the contrarian, the great observer with a quick wit, and a wry smile with a twinkle in his eye that so many of us will miss.

Bruce is survived by his wife, Anna, his son, Paul, both of Paris, France; two brothers, Rollie (Carroll) of Chillicothe, Missouri; and Bob (Carolyn) of Mundelein, Illinois; two sisters, Suzanne Anctil (Matt) of Denver, Colorado and Tricia Lloyd (James) of Urbandale, Iowa as well as many nieces and nephews. Additionally, Bruce was blessed with his extensive family of English in-laws who brought him great joy.

David E. White, III, 524

David Earle White III, 65, passed away in his home on April 9, 2016. He was born May 24, 1950 in Glendale, CA to the late David Earle Jr. and Martha (Boyd) White. David studied English and radio at Northwest Missouri State and began his career as a disc jockey in Ohio, Texas, and Puerto Rico. He later worked in sales and contract management for Kraft Foodservice before turning to technical writing at the conclusion of his career. He is survived by his loving best friend and wife JoAnne, his son Derek, his daughter Lauren, and two grandchildren Charlotte and Garrison, who filled his heart with joy. There was never a day he would forget to express the love he had for his family, a gifted storyteller, David never failed to light up the room with his wit and charm. He will be dearly missed. 

Russell Lloyd Lusso, 531

Russell Lloyd Lusso, 72, of Amarillo, TX passed away on July 26, 2021.  Memorial services will be at 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, July 28, 2021, at Harvest Connexion Church.

Russell was born in Kansas City, MO on September 24, 1948, to Leona and Floyd Lusso.  Russell was born with an identical twin, Charles.   At the time of their birth, twins were not expected, so Russell was a big surprise, as their hearts were beating in synchronization which continued throughout Russell’s life.

As a child, Russell was a great playmate to his five siblings, loved playing baseball with his twin brother, chasing fireflies, and playing hide-and-seek. When he was eight, Russell and his twin Charles became involved with Boy Scouts of America and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout when they were 16. Russell was a tremendous athlete, playing both football and baseball in high school and college. He will be remembered for being a great caretaker for his family, and after his father passed, he shared the honor with his brother, of walking his sister down the aisle at her wedding.  Russell also proudly served as a natural surrogate father to his brother’s children, David and Carrie.

Russell moved to Amarillo when he was 35 but still remained connected to his family all across the country. In Amarillo, Russell began work at ASARCO, where he remained for more than 30 years. He also played church league softball, enjoyed weekly rounds of golf with his friends, and filled every room he entered with his laughter and great personality.

In 2002 he married his wife, Denisa, and together they enjoyed an exciting life, often traveling to the beach, working in their garden, and taking vacations with relatives. When they became members of Harvest Connexion Church, Russell cherished gathering with his men’s Bible study group, Bravehearts.

For the past three years, he worked at the Animal Rescue Shelter, often bringing his work home with him in the form of dogs he’d befriended. Russell was an avid Kansas City Chiefs and Royals fan and enjoyed watching all sports no matter who was playing. Some of his most enjoyable moments were when he was sitting on the back porch watching the sunset with Denisa and their seven dogs.

He was preceded in death by his mother Leona and father Floyd Lusso; brother-in-law Paul Zans; and father-in-law Jargo Johnson.

He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Denisa Lusso; twin brother, Charles Lusso and wife Colleen; sisters, Janice Zans, Sharon Foster and husband Art, Lois Schach, and Kathy Mallinson and husband Matt; brother/sister-in-law, Derek and Kathy Johnson; children by marriage, Miles Blankenship and wife Kelly, and Michael Blankenship and wife Carrley; and a large and loving extended family with numerous grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to: Animal Rescue Shelter, Inc., 12500 FM 1541, Amarillo, Tx 79118 or Harvest Connexion Building Fund, 4808 S. Bonham, Amarillo, TX 79109

Richard Mark “Fuzzy” Glenn, 538

Having come to his senses, God broke the mold after he created Fuzzy. Born 3/7/51 in Des Moines, IA, Fuzzy departed this world on 1/24/21. There was no memorial service because of the COVID lockdown, and he was cremated. The cause of death is unknown.

Fuzzy graduated Dowling High School in Des Moines in 1969, and started his new life at NWMSU the following fall. In the spring of 1970 he pledged TKE and appropriately was elected Social Chairman of his pledge class, which at the time was rumored to be the largest pledge class in the history of Delta Nu and also was rumored to be larger than the active chapter, which at the time was in decline. Fuzzy was one of many pieces of the puzzle who helped rebuild Delta Nu in the early 70’s.

 Fuzzy was married to Regis Gilman on June 10, 1978 in Des Moines. They had two children, Andy and Micaela. Micaela blessed Fuzzy with 2 Grandsons: Dean, 11, and Austin, 9, whom he adored. All survive and reside in Hickory, NC.

 Fuzzy served as Epiprytanis in 1972-73 and Crysophylos in 1973-74, graduating from NWMSU in 1974 with a major in Accounting. Fuzzy started out with an agency of the State of Iowa called the Hay Hotline, then moved to Agri Industries as a commodities broker in Des Moines. A few years later he left for EWR, a recycling company in North Carolina owned and operated by his older sister Grace. Fuzzy later struck out on his own, creating Glenn Construction which focused mainly on residential remodeling and custom built pallets, operating out of Advance, NC and later Mocksville, NC.

 Fuzzy had a knack for touching others in his most unique way. Everyone who knew him loved him and were affected by the sheer force of his personality. He is deeply missed.

Lonnie (Lon) Milbourn, 567

Lonnie passed away on April 2, 2008 after a lengthy battle with pulmonary fibrosis.  Lon is survived by wife Teri, son-Christopher, daughter-Courtney, mother-Rosalie Bruning and brother Dennis and his wife and family.

Patrick Alan Campbell, 572

Patrick Alan Campbell, known affectionately as Pat, passed away on January 30, 2024, in his hometown of Independence, Missouri. Born to William “Bill” and Beverly Campbell on March 25, 1953, in the same city, Pat lived a life full of love, laughter, and significant achievements.

Pat’s education provided a solid foundation for his accomplishments. After graduating from Raytown High School in 1971, he pursued higher education at Northwest Missouri State University and then transferred to the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He earned his bachelor’s degree there, equipping himself with knowledge that would serve him well throughout his successful career which spanned an impressive 50 years in banking. It all started when he took on a teller position as a young man. With determination and hard work and moving around to further his career he steadily climbed the ranks in the banking world.  He moved from Kansas City, MO, to Joplin, MO, Claremore, OK, and Muskogee, OK, only to come full circle back to his hometown of Independence, MO.  Upon his return he started as President of Chrisman-Sawyer Bank.  He worked diligently over the years at different banks and was a part of different committees and boards, such as the Planning and Zoning Board and the Board of Centerpoint Hospital, and he also served as President of the Independence Chamber of Commerce.  After many years he eventually became the Senior Executive Vice President at Blue Ridge Bank & Trust Co…the same bank that he started his career at. Overall, of this journey, it was during his time in Joplin, MO, that he would encounter the person that would change his life forever. Diane, the love of Pat’s life, also worked at one of the banks that he was employed. The stars aligned for them, and they soon realized their connection ran deeper than their professional lives. In 1983, they pledged their devotion to one another and embarked on a beautiful journey together. They formed an unbreakable bond that could weather any storm. While his professional accomplishments were remarkable, Pat’s true passion lay in pursuing joy outside of work. He had an adventurous spirit and indulged in various hobbies and interests that brought him immense happiness. Pat loved nothing more than going on fishing trips and taking his family to exciting destinations. Whether it was skiing down pristine mountains, gliding over shimmering lakes on water skis, or beating friends and family in strategic games, Pat thrived in moments of exhilaration and shared them with his loved ones.

Whenever new people came into Pat’s life, he always made them feel welcomed and as one of the family. He has an infectious enthusiasm and a big personality brightened countless gatherings as he effortlessly made everyone welcomed. Behind his mischievous grin and boyish charm lay a wealth of wisdom. Pat was always ready to impart advice or lend a listening ear when someone needed support. His genuine care for others made him a remarkable son, dad, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He cherished his family above all else and dedicated himself to spending quality time with each and every one of them. Pat had a love for most types of vehicles that was unmatched. From boats and motorcycles to cars and his prized Slingshot, he reveled in the pure joy these possessions brought him; they were his “toys” as he would often refer to them. His fascination with these symbolized his playful nature and his refusal to let the constraints of adulthood dull his sense of wonder.

Pat’s passing was preceded by his parents; William “Bill” and Beverly (Patrick) Campbell, and his wife, who was the absolute love of his life; Diane Campbell. He is survived by his children; Derek Campbell (Amy), Lynn Burris (Ronald), and Clay Christian (Kathi); his sisters; Mary Winfrey (Stephen), Margaret Hick (Doug), and Nancy Campbell, his nieces and nephews; Emma Winfrey, Ethan Hick, Lauren VanVolkenburgh, Joelle Hick, Lindsay Bankeroff, Paige Bankeroff, and Nolan Bankeroff, his grandchildren; Corrine Page (Brian), Chantell Johnson, and Autumn Burris, and his great-grandchildren; Jack Schoen, Ryan Schoen, and Addalynn Campbell, Lasean Johnson, Aydinn Johnson, and Cache Renfrow.

On February 3, 2024, friends and family will gather to honor Pat’s memory during a memorial visitation from 2-5 pm at Speaks Suburban Chapel (18020 East 39th St S, Independence, MO 64055).

Dennis L. Cooney, 574

Dennis L. Cooney, age 52, of Council Bluffs died Jan. 14, 2005 at his home.

He was born Sept. 19, 1952, in Council Bluffs to Lyle and Lois (Champlin) Cooney and lived in the city his whole life. He graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in 1970 and attended Northwest Missouri State University for two years. He was operations coordinator for Northern Natural Gas Co. for more than 30 years.

He was an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan and enjoyed all types of sports. He enjoyed following his daughter, Kelli, in her sports endeavors – most recently as she coached the A.L. junior varsity volleyball team.

Survivors include a daughter, Kelli Cooney of Council Bluffs; his parents, Lyle and Lois Cooney of Council Bluffs; a sister, Lu Ann Campbell and husband, Marty, of Omaha; a stepson and his family, Mike Feierfeil, wife, Elise, and children Luke, Lauren and Lane; niece Michelle and nephew Mike Campbell; an aunt and uncle, Lucille and Bernie Howe; cousins Jeff and Doug Howe and Randy and Ron Cooney; and animal companions Daisy, Toes and Tinkerbell. He will be missed by many great friends and relatives.

Visitation with the family will be Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Cutler-O’Neill-Meyer-Woodring Funeral Home.
The funeral will be Tuesday at 3 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Jerry Hopkins of First Christian Church officiating.

Memorials may be offered to Kelli Cooney.

Lon E. “Lonnie” Edwards, 576

Lon Edwards age72 of St. Joseph, Missouri, died Tuesday, September 13, 2022 at his home.

Born December 2, 1949 at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, D.C., Lon was raised in St. Joseph, Missouri by his parents, Raymond H. and Gonalee “Lee” (Shelton) Edwards along with his sisters, Cheryl Leigh and Teri. Lon’s parents preceded him in death.

He attended South Park Elementary School and was a graduate of Benton High School Class of 1968. While at Benton he was active in high school sports and was named to the All City and All Conference Football Teams his senior year. He served as a lifeguard at Hyde Pool in 1967. He earned a B.A. degree in English Literature from Northwest Missouri State University in 1972. While at Northwest he joined Tau Kappa Epsilon Social Fraternity.

Lonnie began his career with Morris-Plan in 1974. He then worked as a programmer for the former Missouri Methodist Medical Center from 1975 until 1984. He worked for Dodson Insurance, Jackson County Circuit Court, Klindt Corporation and EDS all in the Kansas City area between 1984 and 2001. He then moved to Denver, Colorado where he worked for Percepta until 2009. In 2012 he returned to Missouri, ending his career with US Bank in 2017.

Lonnie was a lifelong member of the Boy Scouts of America. He joined Pack 12 as a Cub and later entered Troop 12 as a Boy Scout. He attained the rank of Eagle Scout in 1963, the same year in which he was selected for membership in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say. He found his home and friends who would stick with him for the rest of his life at Camp Geiger. He served on the Camp Staff in 1966, and 1968 through 1973. He attended two National Jamborees, 1973 and 1989. He attended Woodbadge Class NC389 and was active at unit, district and council levels. He worked his way up through the ranks of Mic-O-Say, enjoying his service, comradery and hijinks with his cadre of friends. He eventually rose to the rank of Chieftain. The Eagle Scout Class of 2012 was named in his honor.

He was a sportsman throughout his adult life, where he played fastpitch softball in St. Joseph for many years. Lonnie served as the first president of the grounds crew for the National Fastpitch Tournament in 1981 and 1984.

Lonnie loved the Kansas City Chiefs, from the first game he and his dad attended. He would become a season ticket holder, Red Coater and was famous for his tailgating which included Margaritas Grande at F-22 Baby in the parking lot. If you were there you will remember 6 Flags Over Lonnie, however, if you were there you may not remember anything at all!

Lonnie was a self-proclaimed “Joiner”. He was proud to be a good Lutheran. He was a member of St. Joseph Lodge #78, A.F. & A.M; Thirty-Second Degree Scottish Rite Mason, Moila Shrine; Y-Fry Class #42; Sons of Confederate Veterans and Sons of the American Revolution. He qualified for membership in MENSA, of which he was a proud, and sometimes boastful member.

If you knew Lonnie, you know he liked to have fun. His laughter was contagious; making others laugh was a feat he relished. He was a raconteur and loved to tell a good joke, over and over and over again. He lived to be the center-of-attention and could hold his audience spellbound. After a session of his repartee all one could do was simply shake their head. Even as a proud Southsider, he loved the time he spent in the North End at the Brown Bear with his friends there that he accumulated over his lifetime. He always enjoyed an ice-cold drink and was the proud founder of Martini Night.

He is survived by his two sisters, Cheryl Leigh Richardson and her husband, Robert, of Woodinville, Washington and Teri Rene Edwards of Friendsville, Texas; a nephew, Sean Richardson of California; a niece, Erin Richardson of Washington, and an interesting menagerie of friends who he considered family. Although soon there will be nothing but a granite stone to mark Lonnie’s life, his name his legacy will live on, on the hills above the river . . .

Farewell Services 3:00 P.M. Monday, September 26, 2022 at Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Inurnment Whispering Pines Cremation Gardens at St. Joseph, Memorial Park. Family will gather with friends 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. Sunday, September 25, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Memorial gifts are suggested to St. Joseph Parks & Recreation c/o Friends of the Park or the Mic-O-Say Centennial History Book Project.

Pete Greve, 580

Saturday, March 21, 2009, Frater Pete Greve, scroll 580, lost his six-month battle with cancer and passed to the Chapter Eternal. Less than two weeks ago, nearly 25 Fraters from Pete’s era converged on his family’s house in Omaha and helped by completing a number of small, medium and large projects around the house.  It is the truest sense of ‘brotherhood’ and being a “Teke for Life” to help a Frater in need and this work weekend showed how important Pete was to this group of Fraters.  This link will take you to the news story of the weekend . 

As you’ll read, Pete devoted his life to his family, numerous organizations, God and to TKE.  He founded the Delta Nu alumni association scholarship, which now bears his name, served TKE International, was on the team to resurrect the current chapter website, and had been a regular at the annual Delta Nu golf tournament.  At this year’s golf tournament on June 5th, we will pay tribute to Pete, as well as to Lee King, 296, who passed away tragically last August just after the last tournament. IGREVE, Peter (Pete) Jay, Oct 26, 1951 – Mar 21, 2009 of Omaha, passed away peacefully with his family present at his bedside after battling cancer for 6 months. Pete, son of Elaine Marie Leistad and Elliot Lee Greve was raised in Elk Horn, IA. He attended Elkhorn-Kimballton Public Schools, participating in football, wrestling and baseball. He graduated in May of 1970. He attended Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, MO from 1970-1974 where he was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, serving as president for 1 year. Pete was a member of the TKE professional staff in Indianapolis, IN from 1975-1980 where he travelled to over 300 college campuses throughout the US during those years. He earned his MBA degree from the University of Indiana in 1981. Pete partnered with his uncle Edward Leistad as a sales associate with Safeguard Business Systems from 1981 until his death. His distributorship covered territories in Iowa and Nebraska. He married Stacia Sitzmann-Shinkunas in Sioux City, IA in 1990. While living in Sioux City for 16 years, Peter was a strong leader with interests in the Cosmopolitan Club, CMBC Men’s Ministry-Operation Timothy, Beginning Experience, Boy’s Club wrestling coach and active in Morningside Lutheran and First Lutheran Churches. Pete moved his family to Omaha in January, 1997 where he was a member of Millard Business Association, TGIF Tips Group, Millard South Music Boosters, St, Paul’s Lutheran Church in Millard, Boys Scouts Troop 60, Papillion, YMCA baseball coach, numerous men’s bible studies and Brookside Church. He was a member of Alcoholics Anonymous for 21 years and participated in the New Warriors Program. Having been a lifetime St. Louis Cardinal’s fan with Stan “The Man” Musial as his favorite baseball player, Peter was very proud of the “Get Well” card he received personally signed from Stan Musial during his cancer battle. He loved college football with Northwest Missouri State Bearcats as his #1 team. Pete’s ultimate passions included following Christ, sharing the Lord’s word and being a TKE, establishing the NWMSU TKE Alumni Scholarship Program in 2007. He was preceded in death by his father, Elliot L. Greve and stepfather, Eugene Hoffmann. He is survived by his wife, Stacia M. Greve; children: Joseph Greve and girlfriend, Mari Longoria of Sidney, NE, Michelle Greve of Sioux City, IA, Keaton Greve and Elliot Greve, both of Omaha; stepdaughter, April Shinkunas of Omaha; stepson, Alan Shinkunas and girlfriend Amy Rasmussen of Chicago, IL; family of adopted grandchild Jackson Otto and his parents, Jason and Tracy of Lincoln, NE; mother, Elaine M. Hoffmann of Avoca, IA; sisters: Janice Norgaard and husband Eldon, Gwen Carman and husband Bruce; brother, Lee Greve and wife Nancy; stepbrothers and spouses: Nick and Barb Hoffmann, Jim and Maureen Hoffmann, Bill and Jenny Hoffmann, John and Bobbi Hoffmann; stepsisters and spouses: Karen and Larry Oller, Denise and Mark Schieber, Sharon and Gary Witmer, Jeanne and Rusty Wintermote, Nancy and Keith Holtz; other relatives and many friends. Pallbearers are cousins, Don Christoffersen, Brian Greve, Dave Greve, Gerry Greve and friends, Bruce Barlow, Merle Jones, John Newberry, and Steve Martin. Honorary Pallbearers are the TKE’s, Boy Scout Troop 60 and friends of Bill W.

John M. Clevenger, 603

John Milton Clevenger, 70, of Trimble, MO, passed away Tuesday, January 16, 2024, in Kansas City, MO. He was born May 25,1953 to Milton and Mary Ruth (Espey) Clevenger. John married Denise Marie Black May 3, 1975. He was a member of the Savannah community his entire life.

John graduated from Savannah High School and attended Northwest Missouri State University, in Maryville, MO. He was a builder for twenty years, and then taught Building Trades at Savannah High School for 19 years, before retiring in 2014. Additionally, he was a coach for 38 years.

John is survived by his wife, Denise, their children: Allison and John Otte, of Kansas City MO, John Mitchell and Sarah Clevenger, of Elkhorn, NE, and Jacob and Sarah Clevenger of Smithville, MO; and grandchildren: Max Otte, Samantha Otte, Millie Otte, Kennedy Clevenger, Lincoln Clevenger, Sloan Clevenger and Maren Clevenger. John is also survived by his sister, Judy Clevenger, of Greenwood, AR. He was preceded in death by his parents, Milton and Mary Ruth Clevenger.

A visitation will be held Wednesday, January 24, 2024, from 5:00 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Breit-Hawkins Funeral Home, in Savannah, MO, and a service will take place Thursday, January 25, 2024, at 11:00 a.m., also at Breit-Hawkins Funeral Home in Savannah.  In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the John Clevenger Memorial Fund. Checks should be made payable to the John Clevenger Memorial Fund and can be brought to one of the services, or mailed to John Clevenger Memorial Fund, care of Nodaway Valley Bank, PO Box 7315, St. Joseph, MO 64507.

William Bolyard, 609

Please keep the family of Frater William Bolyard, scroll 609, in your thoughts and prayers. He passed away on Tuesday, January 5th. William John “Bill” Bolyard, 55, passed away January 5, 2010. Services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, January 9, at Park Lawn Funeral Home, 8251 Hillcrest Road, where visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Olathe, Kan. Bill was born March 12, 1954, in Baltimore, Md. He was preceded in death by his father, Neason, and brother Bob. He leaves his son Brad and wife Kelly and their children Jillian and Ashlyn; second son, John and wife Maria and their children Rebekah and Austin; daughter Jennie Sue; mother, Claire Street; brother Ken Bolyard and sister Pat Isler. Memorial contributions may be made to the Mid-America Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Suite 100, 7611 State Line Road, Kansas City, MO 64114. Published in Kansas City Star on January 7, 2010

Scott Black, 636  

Scott Black, of Elkhorn, died on Wednesday, October 28, 2020, at Nebraska Methodist Hospital in Omaha. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Wanda (Wolverton) Black. Scott is survived by his wife, Cathline Black of Elkhorn; sons, Jason (Cristi) and Jeremy (Colleen) Black, all of Elkhorn; five grandchildren; and a sister, Vicky Fowler of Kansas City, MO.   Private family graveside service will be held at Prospect Hill Cemetery in Elkhorn with burial to follow. Memorials may be made to Food Bank of the Heartland and mailed to the Reichmuth Funeral Home at 21901 W. Maple Road – Elkhorn, NE 68022. The family will be planning a Life Celebration service at a future date at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Elkhorn.

Steve Searcy, 673  

Steven Allen Searcy, 65, a longtime Liberty, MO, resident and native of Gallatin, MO, passed peacefully into eternity on July 15, 2019. He died at NorthCare Hospice House with his wife of 42 years, Renee’, at his side. Visitation will begin at 1:00 pm, followed by a service celebrating Steve’s life at 2:30 pm, on Saturday, July 20, at Second Baptist Church (where Steve was a member), 300 East Kansas Street, Liberty, MO. Private burial will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery in Gallatin. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Steve’s memory to American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.       Steve was born January 22, 1954, in Cameron, MO, one of eight children of Covel D. and Mary Lou (Miller) Searcy. His father preceded him in death. Steve grew up in Gallatin where he graduated from high school. He later majored in Agriculture, receiving Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, MO, and was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity. Steve was united in marriage to Renee’ Lynne Carter on May 15, 1977, at the First Baptist Church of Gallatin. Steve’s career included teaching Vocational Agriculture for two years at the Northwest Missouri Technical School in Maryville, MO; seven years as a district sales manager for Ralston Purina Company and 31 years with the United States Department of Agriculture, most recently working as an Export Claims Manager until March of this year when he retired.   Survivors include his wife, Renee’; children, Mathew Searcy (Rachel) of Singapore and Stephanie Althoff (Dustin) of Pflugerville, TX; four beloved grandchildren, Peyton, Colton, Addison and Miles; his mother, Mary Lou Searcy of Gallatin; siblings, Brenda Oxley (Phil) of St. Joseph, MO, Cheryl Wemhoff (Mike) of Lincoln, NE, Jennifer Downey (Larry) of Harrisonville, MO, Barbara Harris (Robbie) of Liberty, MO, Stanley Searcy (Kathy) of Pensacola, FL, Carla Wilson of Gallatin, MO and Linda Kurzweil (Dennis) of Harrisonville, MO; as well as many nieces, nephews, and their families; other family members and numerous friends. He will be greatly missed by all.

Allen Bradford Carr, 686

Allen Bradford Carr, age 61, of Allendale, Missouri, was born March 1, 1956, in Maryville, Missouri to Allen Berkley and Joyce Ann (Hamilton) Carr. He left this life suddenly on Sunday, January 28, 2018, at his home.

Brad, as he was known, grew up in Allendale. His childhood stories were endless and were probably embellished more over the years. While in school, he participated in football, basketball, and track, graduating from Grant City High School in 1974. He continued his education at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri, majoring in psychology. He was a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. He earned his bachelor’s degree and also completed the coursework for his master’s degree.

In 1983, Brad became the Head Resident of Gunsolley Hall at Graceland College in Lamoni, Iowa. On July 21, 1985, he married Sharon Elaine McKiddie on the Carr family farm outside of Allendale. The couple made their home in Lamoni until 1989, when they moved to Omaha, Nebraska to become family-teachers at Boys Town, teaching and mentoring at-risk youth. After several years at Boys Town, they returned to Allendale. In addition to Brad working at the multi-generation family business, Carr Motors, he was also a Personal Counseling Specialist at Graceland from 1991-1993. In 1995, they moved to Lamoni, and Brad became the Director of Student Activities. His responsibilities also included facilitating summer camps and conferences. He used his creativity and imagination to provide fun, safe, and wholesome activities for all Graceland students. He had a strong work ethic, quick wit, an unforgettable sense of humor, and was a master storyteller. Brad served as a mentor and role model to thousands of students, often spanning several generations.

Brad and Sharon were blessed with three sons, Timothy Jordan, Bradford Alexander, and Nathaniel Jackson. Brad was always very supportive and active in their lives, attending sporting events, leading church youth activities, volunteering as a Cub Scout leader, and keeping in constant contact to offer encouragement and advice. Brad was also blessed with one grandson, Adam Timothy Carr, who he loved and adored.

At the age of eight, Brad was baptized and confirmed a member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He was called to serve in the priesthood, first as a priest in the Aaronic Priesthood and later as an elder in the Melchizedek Priesthood, serving as Pastor of the Decatur City Restoration Branch for many years. He considered his service as a minister for Jesus Christ to be the most important calling of his life.

Brad took an interest in music at a young age and played guitar in many bands throughout his life including The Decibels, Storm, Grand River Crossing, Quickdraw, Firestorm, Black Dirt Conspiracy and others. He loved to ride motorcycles, play golf, and spend time in the outdoors, camping and hiking, and talk politics. He took an interest in disc golf at Graceland and pioneered the construction of a course on campus.

Preceding him in death was his wife, Sharon Carr. Survivors include his sons, Tim Carr and wife, Natalie, of Independence, Missouri, Alex Carr of Lamoni, and Jack Carr and friend, Vanessa Deitch, of Lamoni; grandson, Adam Carr of Independence; parents, Berk and Joyce Carr of Allendale; siblings, Mark Carr and wife, Mary Beth, of Cameron, Missouri, Andrea Carr of Prairie Village, Kansas, Lance Carr and Sheila Langfitt of New Hampton, Missouri, and Kari Batina and husband, Jim, of Tallahassee, Florida; parents-in-law, Dave and Rita McKiddie of Independence; brother-in-law, Scott McKiddie and wife, Jeannette, of Independence; many nieces and nephews; other relatives and many co-workers and friends.

Ben Westman, 707

Ben was a DDS, 63, of Smithville, MO died January 10 due to a subdural hematoma. He donated his kidneys and beautiful blue eyes. Ben was beloved by his family, friends, staff and patients. He graduated from Winnetonka High School, Northwest Missouri State University, and University of Missouri-Kansas City Dental School. Ben coached many sports where he taught life skills as well as how to play the game. He served on the Smithville School Board and was inducted into the Winnetonka High School Hall of Fame. He was a brilliant man who took great care of his family, friends, and patients. He is survived by Kay, his wife of 37 years and three children: Ryley (Ashley), Britt (Krista), and McKynlee along with 2 cherished granddaughters Autumn and Andi. He is also survived by two sisters: Glenda Gaston (Sonny deceased) and Rhonda Peebles (Darryl). Visitation will be Friday, January 17 at 4:00 pm with a service following at Good Shepherd Methodist Church, 9555 N. Oak Trafficway, KC, MO 64155. In lieu of flowers family suggests a donation to Good Shepherd Church mission fund.

Dean Nugent, 738

Frater Dean Nugent, 738, passed away unexpectedly at home on March 15, 2003. He was 48 years old, born March 6, 1955.  He was a member of the Spring 1976 pledge class and was Secretary in 1977.

He lived in KC for a while and managed several businesses after graduation from Northwest Missouri State University in 1978, was married for a few years but had no children. He had become a leader in the Knights of Columbus in North Kansas City and was certified and looking forward to teaching water aerobics before his untimely death.

He moved to Orlando from Kansas City, MO in 2001 and lived with his sister, Shelley Claudin and Jimmy Helms.He was recuperating from some health issues and seemed to be doing much better when he suffered a heart attack and passed away.

Kenneth Falkena, 828

Kenneth D. “Kenny” Falkena, 63, of North Platte, passed away suddenly while hunting alongside his son Jesse on Nov. 16, 2022. Kenny was born on May 28, 1959, in Hawarden, Iowa, the son of Evert “Woody” and Barb (Tone) Falkena. Kenny spent most of his growing-up years in Harlan, Iowa, attending high school for two years before the family moved to North Platte.

He graduated from North Platte High School in 1977 and then attended Northwest Missouri State University. He worked for his father at Western Engineering for over 35 years, until recently hiring on with the USPS as a contract mail management carrier.

He married Renee Curtis on Feb. 19, 1990, in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, and together they had two sons, Levi and Jesse. In 1995, they moved to Maywood and then to North Platte in 2002. Kenny enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing and playing golf, especially doing these things alongside his sons. Following the sudden passing of his wife Renee in 2007, his boys, Levi and Jesse, became his whole world. He loved spending time with his boys and all his nieces and nephews that affectionately called him “Uncle Kenny.”

He was preceded in death by his wife, Renee; and his great-niece, Charley Sophia Falkena. Those left to cherish his memory are his sons, Levi and Jesse Falkena, both of North Platte; parents, Woody and Barb Falkena of Sutherland; his brothers, Jerry Falkena of North Platte, Dave (Ailyn) Falkena of Buckeye, Arizona, and Terry (Laura) Falkena of Grand Island; his sister, Cheryl (Dane) Bolzer of Mitchell; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials are suggested to the Lincoln County Wildlife Gun Club or the First Baptist Church. Online condolences may be shared at Funeral service is at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23, at the First Baptist Church with Pastor Clint Walker officiating.

Burial will follow at Floral Lawns Memorial Gardens. Visitation is from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22, at the First Baptist Church. Carpenter Memorial Chapel is entrusted with arrangements.

Roger V. Hicks, 866

Frater Roger Von Hicks, 63, passed away at Shirkey Nursing and Rehab Center, in Richmond, Missouri, on June 20, 2018.
He was the firstborn son of Von Keith and Earline (Hess) Hicks.
Survivors: brothers, Ross Hicks (Vickie), Darren Hicks (Lori) and Brian Hicks (Tary).
Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 28, 2018, Lindley Pitts Funeral Home, Braymer.

Chris Sams, 870

Frater Chris Sams, 870, has passed away and into the Chapter Eternal.  Chris was a Prytanis of Delta Nu in the 1980s.  He died Wednesday, December 30, 2009, after a long battle with cancer.  Please keep Chris and his family in your thoughts and prayers. Chris’ obituary can be found at this link for the funeral home – .  A copy of the obituary follows.
  Mr. Christopher Crouch Sams of Fredericksburg, Texas passed away on Wednesday December 29th at his home at the age of 47 years. Christopher is survived by his Mother: Patsy Ann Crouch of Fredericksburg, Texas Father: John Patrick Sams of Neenah, Wisconsin Son: Nicholas Sams of Seattle, Washington One brother and spouse: Jonathan Patrick and Mary Sams of Ft. Worth, Texas Graveside services and interment were held Saturday January 2nd at 11:30 a.m. in the Greenwood Cemetery Family Chapel with Rev. Jeff Hammond officiating.

George Robert (Bob) Nance, 894

Bob Nance, age 62, passed away January 31, 2022. Bob was a loving husband, father, grandfather, son, and friend. He lived in Las Vegas, Nevada. He worked in the service industry before retiring. He served in the United States Army from 1984 – 1988.

Bob was born on December 6, 1959 to Raymond Nance and Doris (Paris) Nance in Omaha, Nebraska. On July 22, 2000 he married JoAnn Bell in Las Vegas, Nevada. Bob had a love for reading and was an amateur historian. He was a graduate of Maryvale High School in Phoenix, Arizona (1978), attended Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri, and graduated from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona (1984). He was a proud member of Tau Kappa Epsilon.

Bob is survived by his parents Raymond and Doris; wife JoAnn; children Catherine, Robert (Aubrey Davis), William (Jennie Nance), Zachary (Tami Cook), and Thaddeus; grandchildren Iris, Lily, and Michael; and siblings Joyce (Gary) Kelley, Dean Beretta, and Ray Nance Jr. (Pam).

A funeral service will be held Tuesday, April 12, 2022 at 1:00pm  Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, 6670 W. Cheyenne Ave  Las Vegas, NV 89108.  Interment with military honors will be held Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at 12:40pm. Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery

Kevin Brown, 907

Kevin Daryl Brown was born in Corning, Iowa, on December 2, 1961, to Myrna Lou (Guiter) and Kenneth Joseph Brown.  Kevin  passed away unexpectedly, along with his English Bulldog Honeybelle June, on Saturday, November 18, 2023, at the age of sixty-one years.

Kevin spent his childhood years in Corning enjoying all the benefits of small-town life. He loved his paper route, which provided funds for candy and donuts – two of his favorite things. He was the middle Brown brother and loved spending time with his older brother, Jeff, and younger brother, Brian (Bean). In high school, he was a multi-sport athlete and active in the music department. He was beloved by the Corning High School class of 1980 and remained close with his classmates throughout the years. After attending the University of Iowa for one year, he transferred to Northwest Missouri State University (NWMSU) where he majored in English and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education. Later, he earned a Master’s degree in media communications. While at NWMSU, he met his future wife, Kelly.  They were married June 20, 1987.

Kevin taught English at Blue Springs High School before transitioning to training in the corporate world, where he touched the lives of all those he worked with. His main source of happiness was derived from his family. On October 28, 1997, his daughter, Hope, was born, and their triangle of power was complete. Kevin was the epitome of a great father as evidenced by his love for Hope and his dog daughter, Honeybelle June. Words that come to mind when thinking of Kevin include: humble, thoughtful, caring, protective, intelligent, funny, friendly, loving, careful, creative, and, most of all, kind-hearted. He was so looking forward to giving his daughter away to his future son-in-law, Tommy Schmid, who he had formed a close bond with. He leaves us with a reminder of how to treat family, friends, and strangers.

Left to cherish Kevin’s memory are his loving wife Kelly of Grimes, Iowa; daughter, Hope Brown (fiancé Tommy Schmid) of Ames, Iowa; mother, Myrna Brown of Grimes, Iowa; brothers: Jeff (Tres) Brown of Iowa City, Iowa, Brian (Dawn) Brown of Mt. Bethel, Pennsylvania; brothers-in-law: Scott (LouAnn) McComb of Clarinda, Iowa, Tim (Mary) McComb of Bouton, Iowa;  several nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Preceding Kevin in death was his father, Kenneth Brown; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Marianne & Donald McComb.

Billy Edwards, 921

William “Billy” Franklin Edwards passed away on December 14, 2017 after a long illness.  He was born on September 14, 1963 to Jess Alan and Martha Nell (Howard) Edwards in Smithville, MO where he grew up and In 1982 he graduated from Smithville High School. Billy attended Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville. MO where he was a member of TKE Fraternity.

Billy farmed, worked construction and was working for Tire Supply in Kansas City at the time of his accident in 1990 that left hint a quadriplegic. After his accident he continued living on his own on the farm with the care, love and support of his niece and nephew Tanya and Aaron. He enjoyed sitting in the sun and taking in the country life and was an avid Chiefs fan. Billy truly look in all life could offer, living each day to its fullest.

Michael Darin Findley, 993

 Michael Darin Findley, 57, passed away on Saturday, August 5, 2023. He was born September 3, 1965, in Albany, Missouri, to the late Robert Findley and Margaret Yates and adored by his husband Ashley Lindsey, his aunt Barbara Findley and uncle Terry Findley.

Michael was a self-described “farm boy” from the Midwest. He had a heart of gold and an infectious laugh that could fill a room, and his love for his friends and family knew no bounds. Michael met Ashley in 2008 at Posh nightclub, which soon became one of their favorite hangouts. Then, in 2017, on a beach in Havana, Cuba, Michael proposed to Ashley. They finally made it official and became husbands on Wednesday, August 2, 2023.

Michael graduated from Albany R. III High School in 1983 and earned a BS in Finance at Northwest Missouri State University in 1987, where he was a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) fraternity. He earned an MS in Integrated Marketing from New York University in 2004.

He was a world traveler and adventure seeker with more passport stamps than one could count. Whether it was hang-gliding in New Zealand, escaping a wildfire in Tasmania, swimming with sharks, or repelling into the cenotes of Tulum, Mexico, Micheal was always up for a challenge. His love for scuba diving took him to the deepest parts of the world, seeing things many only dream of (or see on National Geographic). His favorite dives included Bonaire (Caribbean), the Great Barrier Reef of Australia, the Maldives, and the deepest points of Raja Ampat (Indonesia).

Michael cherished his summers on Fire Island, where he could share his favorite recipes and his carefree and creative dance moves to any music, with DJ Lina spinning on the back porch of Sip-n-Twirl—leaving his husband Ashley, best friend Jimmy, and friend Steven to marvel at his unapologetic relationship with rhythm. He never missed his annual July 4th trip to the Lake of the Ozarks or Christmas trip back to the Midwest to spend time with his 2nd family (The Jensen’s) and to check in on his beloved Aunt Barb and Uncle Terry.

As a member of Team Eagle, Michael rode his bike from Boston to NYC to raise money and awareness in the fight to end HIV/AIDS. He was an excellent bowler who looked forward to his Thursday nights when he would share a “pop” or two and a spare with the bowling crew. He was a great debater and storyteller who usually took the long way but always made his point.

Michael was an avid reader and lover of art and culture. He was an employee of Linde Inc. for 33 years and received the Eagle Award numerous times for his work as a national account manager.  Michael was known for his “Findleyisms,” such as “Love Ya Bunches” when saying good-bye or “Hey Kiddo” when greeting. If he agreed with what you were saying, he’d give you a “Yep-Yep-Yep” or “Ding-Ding-Ding,” or when disagreeing or diffusing a situation, he’d always interject with “Can I Make a Recommendation.” Then there’s his loving pet name for his and Ashley’s 16-year-old dachshund Layla: “Little Bit.” He was a man of great character who overcame many obstacles to build the life he wanted to live.

Michael spent his last few days on this earth surrounded by many friends and family who traveled from all over the country to shower their dear friend with love and support. On August 5 at 11:16 p.m., Michael took his last breath and transitioned peacefully in the arms of his loving husband.

In addition to his parents, Michael is preceded in death by his grandparents, Claris and Frances Findley, and uncle, Terry Findley. He is survived by his loving husband, Ashley Lindsey; god-daughters, Alyssa Jensen and RaeAnne Hopkins; brother, Steve Findley (Annette); sister, Angie Nible (Brent); brother, Heath Yates; and six nieces and nephews: Stacy, Amber, Myles, Michael, Madison, and Morgan. Michael will forever live on in the hearts of the ones who loved him deeply.

A celebration of life will be held for Michael at a later date.

David A. Ebright, 1049

David Austin Ebright, 44, of Kansas City, MO, passed away Nov. 19, 2012 from heart failure. Visitation will be 1-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, followed by memorial services at 2 p.m. at North Cross United Methodist Church, 1321 NE Vivion Rd, Kansas City, MO. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Ebright Living Trust for the children’s college fund at BMO Harris Bank, 105 N. Stewart Ct, #100, Liberty, MO 64068. David was born July 2, 1968 in North Kansas City to Arlon and La Donna Ebright. He married Tammy Hankins on June 28, 2003. David graduated from Park University with an Associate’s Degree in Computer Science and went on to study at Northwest Missouri State University, where he was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon. He owned several transportation businesses throughout his life. He was a dedicated father to Dakota and Hunter and a loving husband to Tammy. David was a great friend who would drop anything to be there for someone in need. David was preceded in death by his grandparents. Survivors include his wife, Tammy; son, Dakota and daughter, Hunter; parents, La Donna and Arlon Ebright; sister, Heather VanPelt and husband, Jon; nieces Hanna and Jullina and nephew Jack. McGilley Antioch Chapel, 3325 NE Vivion Rd, Kansas city, MO 64119, 816-453-7700

Published in Kansas City Star on November 22, 2012

Jeremy Barlow, 1365

Frater Jeremy D. Barlow, 30, died on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011 while hiking in Phoenix South Mountain Park.   He was hiking with fellow Delta Nu Frater Mark Partise.  The funeral was held Tuesday, September 20, 2011, at 11:00 at Prince of Peace Catholic Church.  In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions to the Jeremy Barlow memorial music scholarship fund, c/o Northwest Foundation Inc., 800 University Drive, Maryville, MO 64468.

Jeremy was born March 18, 1981, in Dubuque, IA, to Jeff and Susan Barlow. He is survived by his wife, Alicia L. Barlow; his parents; his sister and brother-in-law, Jill and Eric Gockel; and his grandparents Pal and Marilyn Adkins and Gerald and Bonnie Barlow.  Jeremy grew up in Maryville, MO, and graduated from Northwest Missouri State University, where he was a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. He loved playing piano, reading, and traveling with his wife.

Derrick Ray Balagna, 1606

Derrick, age 26, of Platte City, MO, died on Friday, July 6, 2018. Derrick was born April 10, 1992 in Kansas City, MO to Randy and Dixie (Porter) Balagna. He was baptized at the First Baptist Church of Platte City, where he was a member. Derrick graduated from Platte County High School in 2011 before attending Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, where he was a member of the TKE Fraternity.

He loved hunting and gaming and worked doing maintenance for the Platte County School District for over three years. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, and paternal grandparents. Derrick is survived by his parents; brothers John, Tyler, and Taylor Balagna; and numerous extended family and friends.

Following cremation, a visitation will be held Wednesday, July 11 from 10 am to 11 am at the First Baptist Church of Platte City, followed by a memorial service at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation may be made to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Vivek Dahal, 1643

Vivek, a 23-year-old Addison man, was rushed to Medical City of Lewisville but doctors were unable to save his life. He drowned Monday after spending the evening with friends at Lewisville Lake. The cause listed was accidental drowning.  Friends set up a Go Fund me Page and raised more than $25,000 to send his body back to his family in India.