From the Thursday, September 12, 2002 Sedalia Democrat newspaper

Larry Twenter

Larry Twenter 1939 - 2002


Lawrence T. Twenter Jr., 1939-2002, Sedalia
Lawrence "Larry" T. Twenter Jr., 63, of Sedalia, died Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2002, at his home.
He was born Aug. 21, 1939, in Sedalia, a son of Larry T. Sr. and Margaret L. Lauderman Twenter. On June 1, 1967, in Miami, Okla., he was married to Mary Jane Turner, who survives.
Mr. Twenter was raised and educated in Sedalia. He was a Smith-Cotton High School graduate. He was a switchman and conductor for the Missouri Pacific Railroad. He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He received sharpshooter, soldier-of-the-month and soldier-of-the-year awards. He owned three companies, M&L Sales, Raynor Garage Door Sales and State Fair Glass Co. He was a member of First Christian Church, where he was a deacon. He also was a member of the Missouri Retailers Association, National Arbor Society and the Sedalia Area Chamber of Commerce.
Also surviving are his mother of Sedalia; two sons, Lawrence T. Twenter III of Kirkwood and Jeffrey Brandon Twenter of Sedalia; and a sister, Sandra Lee Spellman of Lee's Summit.
He was preceded in death by his father and a sister, Shirley Ann Dillard.
Funeral services will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at First Christian Church, with the Rev. Bill Talley officiating. Pallbearers will be John Bus, Vernon Means, Steve Hicks, Steve Moore, Bennie Sands and Bud Riesel. Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery, with military rites by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2591. Friends may call after 10 a.m. Friday at McLaughlin Funeral Chapel, where the family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Bothwell Regional Health Center Hospice.

Virginia S. Hendricks Wollard

Virginia Sue Hendricks Wollard 1939 - 2002

Virginia Sue Wollard, 63, of Sedalia, died Monday, September 23, 2002, at the University of Missouri Hospital and Clinics in Columbia.
She was born February 15, 1939, in Springfield, MO, a daughter of Ray F. and Eula Autry Hendricks. On May 14, 1966, in Sedalia, she married Ward Wollard, who survives of the home.
Mrs. Wollard was a member of First Christian Church. She was a life member of the Harley Owners’ Group, in which she served on the State Rally Committee for ten years. She was a former member of the Garden Club. She enjoyed her family and friends and loved animals. She owned Wollard Photography.
Survivors include her husband, Ward Wollard of the home; two sons, David Steele of Las Vegas, NV, and Donald Steele of Smithton; a brother, Larry Hendricks of Columbia; a sister, Arlene Furnell of Sedalia; her father, Ray Hendricks of Sedalia; and five grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her mother.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Heckart/Gillespie Colonial Chapel with the Rev. J.D. Reed officiating.
Pallbearers will be Ernie Craig, Orville Day, Marvin Harrelson, Doug McMahan, Frank Rouchka and Gary Swope.
Burial will be in the New Hope Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Heckart/Gillespie Funeral Home.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the Mid-MO Humane Society.

Conrad Rothganger


From the Wednesday, April 2, 2003 issue:

Conrad Rothganger, San Antonio, Texas Conrad Rothganger, 65, of San Antonio, Texas, died Sunday, March 30, 2003. He was born in Sedalia, a son of Le Roy and Frances Rothganger. Mr. Rothganger was raised in Sedalia. He was an avid gardener. Surviving are his wife, Colleen Rothganger of San Antonio; and several cousins. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Porter Loring Mortuary North in Texas. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the American Lung Association, 61 Broadway, New York City, NY 10006. Friends are invited to leave a message or memory by signing the guestbook at

Sandra Thoma Scholtzhauer

From the Sunday, September 11, 2005 issue:

Sandra Lee Schlotzhauer, 1939-2005, Sedalia
Sandra Lee Schlotzhauer, 65, of Sedalia, died Friday, Sept. 9, 2005, at her home.
She was born, Nov. 14, 1939, in Boonville, a daughter of Clarence W. and Sara Alberta Cassing Thoma. On March 9, 1962, in Sedalia, she was married to Gene Schlotzhauer, who survives of the home.
Mrs. Schlotzhauer was raised and educated in Sedalia, and was a 1957 graduate of Smith Cotton High School. She worked at Mattingly's and Wal-Mart. She enjoyed raising her family and being a homemaker. She loved making and selling crafts and exhibited and sold her crafts at craft shows, and the Missouri State Fair. She won several blue ribbons for her crafts and especially loved making Teddy Bears. She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church.
Also surviving are two sons, Mike Schlotzhauer, and his wife Brenda, of Smithton, and Steve Schlotzhauer, and his wife Le' Anne, of St. Peters; two sisters, Betty Jean Carpenter and Nancy Jane Lane, both of Sedalia; and two grandsons, Taylor and George Schlotzhauer.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Wesley United Methodist Church with the Rev. Barbara Phifer officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Rod Schlotzhauer, James Stevenson, James Lane, Jim Farris, Tony Neth, and Ed Cain.
Friends may call after 11:00 a.m. Sunday at McLaughlin Funeral Chapel, where the family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m.
The family suggests memorial contributions to Bothwell Regional Health Center Hospice, Wesley United Methodist Church, or the Salvation Army Hurricane Relief Fund, in care of the funeral chapel.

Tom L. Harris

From the Saturday, September 17, 2005 issue of Sedalia Democrat

Tom L. Harris, 1939-2005, Gallatin

Tom L. Harris, 65, of Gallatin, died Thursday, Sept. 15, 2005, at Liberty Hospital.
He was born Nov. 19, 1939, in Washington, Mo., a son of Cecil and Faye Maggard Harris. On March 6, 1964, in Buckner, he was married to Mary Eads, who survives of the home.
Mr. Harris was a 1957 graduate of Smith-Cotton High School. After graduation, he joined the Navy, serving from 1957 to 1960. He then worked for the U.S. Post Office in Independence. He later drove a truck for United Parcel Service, the ABF Truck Lines, Signal Delivery Service and the U.S. Postal Service. He was an avid sportsman, who loved hunting, fishing and spending time outdoors. He was a member of First Christian Church in Gallatin, where he was a deacon and an elder. He was a member of the Teamster's Union. He enjoyed helping others.
Also surviving are a son, Roger Harris, of Gallatin; a sister, Mary Kay Bethke, of Lake St.Louis; a brother, Bill Harris, of Cole Camp; and two grandchildren, Ariel Harris and Drayton Harris of Gallatin.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at McWilliams Funeral Home in Gallatin. Burial will be in Prairie Valley Cemetery. Friends may call after 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home, where the family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
The family suggests memorial contributions to Gallatin First Christian Church Building Fund.

Anna Lee Skidmore Schackles

Anna Lee Shackles, 66, of Sedalia, died Saturday, January 14, 2006, at her home.
She was born June 15, 1939, in Sedalia, a daughter of Arley Lee and Anna Velma Sanders Skidmore. On August 14, 1960, in Sedalia, she married Leonard Shackles, who survives of the home
Mrs. Shackles was a member of First Baptist Church, where she was active in several organizations. She was also a member of DBA Bridge Club, Smith-Cotton Class of 1957 committee, and Missouri Right to Life. She enjoyed reading, shopping and spending time with family and friends. She worked as a dental assistant for her husband, Leonard Shackles, dental practice. She was a homemaker and a wonderful, loving wife for over 50 years. She had lived in Sedalia all of her life.
Survivors include a son, Kent Shackles, and his wife, Jennifer, of Sedalia; a brother, Harold Skidmore, and his wife, Erma Lee, of Sedalia; a sister, Dema Orcutt, and her husband, Mel, of Spokane, Washington; and nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a son, John Len Shackles; her mother and father.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 21, 2006, at First Baptist Church, with the Rev. Dr. Drew Hill officiating.
Pallbearers will be David Boyd Shackles, Dale Anderson, Ray Combs, Jim Elkins, Pete Simokorowski and Dr. Murray Whitehead. Honorary pallbearers will be Pat Allen, Charlie Moore, Ron Cunningham and Dr. Richard Barlet.
Friends may call after 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and after 8:30 a.m. Friday at Heckart/Gillespie Funeral Home, where the family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. Friends may also send condolences at
The family suggests memorial contributions to First Baptist Church, Right to Life or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Roy G. Vaught

From the Friday, August 18th , 2006 issue, Sedalia Democrat:

Roy G. Vaught, 67, of Independence, died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2006, at Veterans Hospital in Kansas City.
He was born March 7, 1939, in Sedalia, a son of Emmett L. and Dorothy B. Williams Vaught. On Nov. 29, 1991, in Independence, he was married to Mary L. Roller, who survives of the home.
Mr. Vaught was a graduate of Smith-Cotton High School. He served on a destroyer in the Navy. He retired from Lipton Tea Co. in Independence. Mr. Vaught attended Blue Ridge Assembly of God. He enjoyed shooting pool and watching baseball games.
Surviving are two sons, Rodney G. Vaught, of St. Paul, Minn., Richard A.Vaught of Camdenton; a stepdaughter, Barbara L. Logan, of Lee's Summit; four sisters, Ethelu Stephens, of St. Louis, Jo Ann Cavanaugh of Chicago, Margie Davis, of Broken Arrow, Okla., and Virginia Wilson, of Heavener, Okla.; a brother-in-law, Richard W. Stephens, of St. Louis; eight grandchildren, and a great-grandson.
Graveside funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Crown Hill Cemetery. Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery. Family visitation will be from 1 p.m. Saturday until service time McLaughlin Funeral Chapel until service time.
The family suggests memorial contributions to Blue Ridge Assembly of God, in care of McLaughlin Funeral Chapel

Edward N. Hall

From the Wednesday, August 30th, 2006 issue, Sedalia Democrat:

Edward "Bud" N. Hall, 68, of rural Smithton, died Monday, Aug. 28, 2006, at his home.
He was born April 25, 1938 in Pettis County, a son of Nicholas and Irene Brownfield Hall. On Sept. 3, 1966 in Ada, Okla., he was married to Margaret Lang, who died Nov. 6, 2000.
Mr. Hall was raised and educated in Sedalia. He was a 1957 graduate of Smith-Cotton High School, where he played football. He was a highway engineer for Pettis County. He was a Hospice volunteer. He enjoyed coaching youth football, fishing and hunting. He was a member of St. John's Catholic Church.
Surviving are two sons, Nicholas Hall, of Columbia, and Edward Hall II, of Smithton; seven daughters, Diana Rogers, of Sedalia, Stephanie Jensen, of Tulsa, Okla., Paula Preismeyer and Edith Salmon, both of Warsaw, Tina Robinett, of Port Neches, Texas, Cindy Williams, of Versailles, and Betty Smith, of Columbia; a brother, Herman Hall, of Nevada; four sisters, Rosa Lee Dove, of Green Ridge, Patricia Schurke, of Omaha, Neb., Erma Bagley, of Columbia, and Edna Bernard, of Lebanon; 26 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
He was also predeceased by four sisters, Betty, Gilda, Blanche and Tiny; a granddaughter; and a grandson.
Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, with the Rev. Vincent Hoying officiating. Pallbearers will be Mike Bernard, Clay Pointer, Bill Paxton, Mike Smasal, Jason Meyer and Wayne Hutcheson. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery, Bahner. Friends may call after 11 a.m. Thursday at McLaughlin Funeral Chapel, where the family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday. The rosary will be recited at 7 p.m.
The family suggests memorial contributions to Bothwell Regional Health Center Hospice, in care of the funeral chapel.

Robert Lee “Bob” Spraggins

From the Tuesday, April 24th, 2007 issue, Sedalia Democrat:

Dr. Robert Lee “Bob” Spraggins, 68, of San Angelo, Texas, formerly of Sedalia, died Wednesday, April 18, 2007, at Kindred Hospital in Phoenix.
He was born Feb. 18, 1939, in Sedalia, a son of William Arthur and Esther Louise Kurtz Spraggins. On Nov. 25, 1987, in Denver, he was married to Gabriela Andrea Solis, who survives of the home.
He was a 1957 graduate of Smith-Cotton High School and an Army veteran. He received a bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Louisiana Tech University, where he played trumpet and college basketball. In 1970, he received a doctor in chemistry from the University of Oklahoma. He is accredited with several patents and was a pioneer in the field of mass spectroscopy.
His career moved him to several places including California, New Jersey, North Dakota, Colorado and Arizona, but his home was always Texas. Upon retiring, he purchased the historic Lee House in San Angelo and began renovations. He spent the majority of his time in San Angelo and wintered in Phoenix.
He spent long hours researching genealogy and had planned to write a book. He and his wife loved to travel together and generously hosted several visitors in their home. He was a deacon in the Presbyterian church in Denver.
Also surviving are a daughter, Robin Lee McCord, and her husband, Tom, of Humble, Texas; two sons, William Robert “Bill” Spraggins, of Glendale, Colo., and Leslie “Les” Brewton Spraggins, of Mesa, Ariz.; and a grandson, Austin Jeffrey Peters, of Humble.
He was predeceased by his parents; and two brothers, William Robert and Arthur Edward Spraggins.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Ken Tatkenhorst officiating. Pallbearers will be Bill Spraggins, Les Spraggins, Bob Freund, Harry Satterwhite, Jerry Greer, Bill Chambers, Sonny Newman and Dick Bremer. Austin Peters will be an honorary pallbearer. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, with military rites by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2591. Friends may call after 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at Heckart/Gillespie Funeral Home, where the family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Condolences may also be sent online at

Donald E. Shirley

Donald E. Shirley, 67, died April 26, 2007, in Florida, after a long battle with Huntingtons Clorea.
He was born August 24, 1939, in Sedalia, MO, the son of Erwin and Lurene Schaefer Shirley.
Mr. Shirley was a 1957 graduate of Smith Cotton High School. He was a veteran of the Missouri Army National Guard. He farmed in Missouri his entire life.
He is survived by his mother, Lurene Shirley, of Crestview, FL; a sister, Carolee Jacobsen and husband Jake, of Valparaiso, FL; several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, April 30, 2007 at Heritage Gardens Funeral Home in Niceville, FL.
Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 2, 2007 at Memorial Park Cemetery in Sedalia, MO, with full military honors conducted by VFW post 2591.
A visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until service time Wednesday, May 2, 2007 at McLaughlin Funeral Chapel, 519 South Ohio, Sedalia, MO 65301.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2591, in care of McLaughlin Funeral Chapel.

Judith Curran Woodson

Judith Ann (Judie) Woodson, 67, of Lakewood, WA, died at the Lakewood Health Care Center on Thursday, June 21, 2007.
She was born December 31, 1939 in Kansas City, MO, a daughter of George and Hazel Gilliland Curran. On July 30, 1962, in Sedalia, she married Kenneth Woodson, who survives.
Mrs. Woodson was a 1957 Smith-Cotton graduate and received her bachelor and masters degrees from the University of Central Missouri. She was an art teacher in St. Louis, Columbia and Grandview. Her works were displayed at UCM and Halls in Kansas City.
She loved to travel, paint, draw and hosted a number of exchange students in her home. She was a former member of First Baptist Church of Sedalia.
Survivors include a son, Scott (Kimberly) Woodson, Kingston, WA; a daughter, Allison Woodson, Independence, MO, a sister Janice Thaves, Sheboygan, WI and two grandchildren Carter and Mason Woodson.
She was predeceased by her parents.
There will be no funeral service. The body was cremated and her ashes will be scattered at a later date.

Dr. James “Jim” William Goodrich

From the Tuesday October 30th , 2007 issue, Sedalia Democrat:

Dr. James W. Goodrich, Columbia
October 29, 2007 - 3:53PM
Dr. James “Jim” William Goodrich, 67, of Columbia, died Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2007, after a long battle with emphysema and complications from a stroke.
He was born Oct. 31, 1939, in Burlington, Iowa, a son of Marion Prasse and Martin Goodrich. He was raised in Sedalia and attended Smith-Cotton High School. He received a bachelor of science degree in education from Central Methodist University in Fayette in 1962. He completed his graduate work at the University of Missouri-Columbia, receiving his master of arts degree in 1964 and doctor in 1974.
He was the executive director of the State Historical Society of Missouri from 1985 until his retirement in April 2004. He also served as the director of the Western Historical Manuscript Collection and as an adjunct professor of history at the University of Missouri-Columbia. An extensively published writer, he authored or coauthored several contributions for historical and sporting journals including the Missouri Historical Review, New Mexico Historical Review, Missouri Conservationist and Decoy Magazine.
He served numerous professional organizations including the State Records Commission, the Missouri Historical Advisory Board and the Missouri Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission. In addition to his professional pursuits, he took an active interest in the community serving on the Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission and two terms on the Columbia City Council. Surviving are two daughters, Kimberly Goodrich and Lisa Ryan, both of Columbia; and a sister, Mary Goodrich, of Basalt, Colo..
Memorial services will be announced at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Houser-Millard Funeral Directors in Jefferson City.
Condolences may be left online at
The family suggests memorial contributions to the James W. Goodrich Research Assistantship, in care of the State Historical Society of Missouri, 1020 Lowry, Columbia, MO 65201.

Harry Long

From the Tuesday March 4th , 2008 issue, Sedalia Democrat:

Harry Long, 68, of Oklahoma, died Thursday, Feb. 28, 2008.
He was born March 27, 1939, in Sedalia, a son of Samuel F. and Georgie Rose Silsby Long. On Oct. 29, 1977, he was married to Davalyn, who survives of the home.
After three years in the Marines, he joined the Air Force in 1960. He retired from the Air Force in 1978. He joined Seagate as a senior electronics technician and retired in January 2000.
He loved to sing. He was a member of the choir in churches from mid-Pacific (aboard ship) and in several states including California, Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, Maryland, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. He also sang in military chapels and in Zweibrucken, Germany, at an English speaking Baptist church.
At the Navel Training Center in Bainbridge, Md., he was a member of a men’s choral group. He was a member of Christian Life Fellowship. His church family was a major part of his life.
Also surviving are three sons, Chad Long, and his wife, Toni, of Plano, Texas, Ronald Brooks, and his wife, Paula, of Orlando, Fla., and Donald Brooks, of Oklahoma City; a daughter, Zona Scholl, and her husband, Rob, of Edmond, Okla.; and seven grandchildren, Zachary, of Plano; Amber, Chandra and Ericka, all of Edmond, Allyssa and Dustin, of Orlando, Fla., and Joshua Brooks, of Fort Lewis, Wash. He was predeceased by his parents and a brother, Charles Long.
Funeral services were Monday at Christian Life Fellowship in Moore, Okla.
Arrangements were under the direction of Vondel L. Smith & Son Mortuary in Oklahoma.

Martha Ann Watring Hayes

Martha Ann Hayes age 69, passed away Nov. 12, 2008 in Amarillo, Texas after a long battle with cancer.
She was born Aug. 31, 1939 in Syracuse, MO the daughter of Jack and Vera Petree Watring who both preceded her in death.
On March 3, 1956 she married James E. Hayes in Sedalia, MO. They lived in many states as they followed work with the pipeline and eventually settled in Texas. She enjoyed reading and oil painting, and loved to be outside in the yard. She also had a soft spot in her heart for all stray animals. She provided a warm meal and a home to many dogs and cats.
She is survived by Jimmie her devoted husband of 52 years. A son, David and his wife Rudy of Osceola, Iowa. A daughter, Kelly and her husband Jose Martinez of Amarillo, Texas. A brother, Wayne (Butch) Watring and his wife RaVana of Syracuse, MO. A sister, Sandy Young and her husband Eddie of Sedalia, MO. Also 3 grandchildren, Beth of Osceola, Iowa and Dalyse and Aaron of Amarillo. Two Stepgrandsons, Chad and Rick MacIntosh also of Osceola, Iowa. Several nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 2:00 at Cox-Lagrone Funeral Home in Amarillo, Texas. She will be greatly missed by family and friends.

Ralph Swearngin

Ralph Swearngin, 69, died at Iowa Lutheran Hospital December 10, 2008. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 13, 2008 at Hamilton’s Mitchellville Funeral Home with visitation held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial of cremated remains will be at Mitchellville Cemetery.
Ralph was born August 12, 1939 in Lincoln, MO to Roy and Audrey Swearngin. He graduated from Smith Cotton High School in Sedalia, MO in 1957. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1957 – 1959. Ralph started with the USDA in Laurel, MS as a poultry inspector. He worked up through a series of promotions ending with an appointment as the regional director in Des Moines, retiring in 1994. He lived in Mississippi, Alabama, and Missouri, before ending up in Des Moines in 1975. He loved gardening and watching NASCAR, but his greatest joy were his grandchildren.
Ralph is survived by his wife, Peggy; his sons: Jeff (Elaine) and Jim (Jennifer); and his grandchildren: Cory, Bryce, and Addison. He was preceded in death by his parents; his grandson Jacob; and his brother Bob.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Animal Rescue League in loving memory of Ralph.

Larry Jan Collier

Larry Jan Collier, 69, died peacefully at his home in Turlock, CA Dec. 27, 2008.
He was born Jan. 5, 1939, in Buffalo, OK to Lawrence Collier and Jeanne Keane Collier.
He moved with his family from Ottawa, KS to Sedalia in 1956 and was a 1957 graduate of Smith-Cotton High School. He served in the United States Army Missile Command from 1958-1960.
On Oct. 3, 1958, in Killeen, TX, he married Gayle Kroeger of Sedalia who survives.
Larry has lived the past 46 years in California where he owned and operated Larry's Swimming Pool Service in Turlock for over 25 years.
He loved hunting, camping, fishing, golfing and building and flying remote control airplanes.
He was a member of the Radio Control Flyers Unlimited of Modesto and Turlock, Northern California Golf Association, Academy of Model Aeronautics and Sons in Retirement Golf Club.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his mother, Jeanne, of Turlock; a brother, Robert and his wife Donna of Simi Valley, CA; two daughters, Jan Michele Dyer (Rich) of Sonora, CA; Jill Parrish (Michael) of Waterford, CA; and a son Jeff (Bernadette) of Hilmar, CA.
He was preceded in death by his father in 1996.
Graveside services were held Jan. 8, 2009, at the San Joaquin National Cemetery in Santa Nella, CA.

Kay Louise Harlan Burgess

Kay Louise Burgess, 70, Passed on to her new life Sunday June 7, 2009.
She was born Kay Louise Harlan on April 2, 1939 in Sedalia, Missouri to Marvel Lee and Pete Harlan.
She married James W. Burgess in 1957. They resided in Wichita and then Haysville, KS where they raised eight children.
Kay leaves behind a legacy in her untiring work ethic, her 'in your face' honesty, and her love of all creatures great and small.
Kay moved to Winfield in 1979 where she resided until her death. She was an accomplished accountant, camper, mother, seamstress, business owner, caregiver, and legal guardian. She was at her absolute best when others were in crisis. She had an uncanny and astonishing talent for creating close and lasting friendships quickly and was a dear friend and confidant to all who came in contact with her. She was an extraordinary leader, a free spirit, and a remarkable woman. She will be greatly missed by all.
Kay is preceded in death by her parents; Marvel Lee and Pete Harlan and young son Baby James.
She is survived by her sister Trudy (Ron) Julius - Wichita; husband James Burgess - Haysville; Children; Mark (Leisha) Burgess - Jacksonville FL; Zoe Burgess (Marc Westerman) - Haysville; Bazyl Burgess - Ark City; Dorsey (Debra) Burgess - Wichita; Lorna (Dru) Davis - Winfield; Rev. Mr. Yancey Burgess - Haysville; Paige (Steve) Crum - Haysville; Abigail (Kevin) Robinson - Silver City, NM; Sixteen Grand Children and six Great Grand Children.
Rosary will be Friday 7:00 pm, funeral Mass Saturday June 13th 10:30 am - both at Holy Name Catholic Church - 412 E. 8th St. Winfield, Kansas. A private burial will follow at a later date.

Beverly J. (Gamber) Farrell

Beverly J. (Gamber) Farrell, beloved Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother passed away peacefully in her daughter's home in Ft. Worth, Texas on Wednesday, September 15, 2010 due to complications of Pancreatic Cancer.
Ms. Farrell was the daughter of Frank M. Gamber and Mildred (Smith) Gamber; she was born in Sedalia in 1939, and graduated Smith-Cotton High in 1957.
Ms. Farrell was a renowned Astrologer, developing the Current Life Cycle Pattern Chart. Additionally, she was a long-standing member of American Federation of Astrologers. Always a practitioner of New Thought and Ancient Wisdoms, Ms. Farrell obtained a Non-Denominational ministerial degree in the early 1980's, as such she traveled to Israel and the Far East with Rev. Moon.
Beverly is survived by 3 children: Terri Jones, Richard D. Farrell II and Kelli Hite. She has 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Her remains have been donated to Bio-Gift in the spirit of advancing medical research. No formal services will be held, per her request. Memorial donations can be made to the American Cancer Society

Elaine VanNatta Rosenquist

Elaine Rosenquist, 71, of Columbia, Missouri passed away on September 20, 2010 at Boone Hospital Center.
Private graveside services will be held at a later date in Dresden, Missouri.
Elaine was born August 15, 1939 in Dresden, Missouri to Eddie and Josephine Rose VanNatta and they preceded her in death. She was married on November 7, 1958 in Dresden to Robert Rosenquist and he survives.
She was a 1957 graduate of Sedalia Smith-Cotton High School. Elaine was a member of Missouri United Methodist Church and worked for House of Brokers Real Estate in Columbia until her retirement in 1999.
She is also survived by children, Andy Rosenquist (Karri) of Blue Springs, Missouri and Peggy Young (Ivan) of Hardy, Nebraska; sister, Betty Morgan of Lee Summit, Missouri; brother, Garnett VanNatta (Jackie) of Phalen, California; grandchildren, Rachel, Mallory, Kaylee, Hayden, Trevor, Dalton and great-granddaughter, Olivia. She was also preceded in death by grandson, Adam Young.
Memorial contributions can be made to American Cancer Society, 1900 N. Providence Rd., Columbia, Missouri 65202.

Robert L. Bottcher

Robert L. Bottcher, 72, of Sedalia, died Thursday, December 29, 2011 at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, MO.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at McLaughlin Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Robert Sisney officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Gene Wallace, Todd Bottcher, Jeff Wallace, Tracey Bottcher, Brad Bottcher and Scott Bottcher. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Missouri Department of Conservation.
Born July 9, 1939 in Sedalia, he was the son of Lawrence H. and Lettie I. Young Bottcher. On December 23, 1978 in Sedalia, he married Betty Irene Kinnison, who preceded him in death.
He is survived by his mother, Lettie Bottcher, of Sedalia; a son, David Bottcher, of Blue Springs; a daughter, Barbara Ballard, of Buckner; two brothers, Lawrence Bottcher and Jerry Bottcher, of Sedalia; a sister, Betty Privett, of Sedalia; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; six nieces and nephews; and seven great-nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by his father Lawrence Bottcher.
Mr. Bottcher was a 1957 graduate of Smith-Cotton High School. He retired from Mid Continent Bottlers.

Franklin Dean Casto

Franklin Dean Casto, 74, of Sedalia passed away Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at his home. He was born on May 5, 1937, in Lincoln, Missouri, a son of William and Edna Robison Casto.
In 1976 he was united in marriage to Glenda Greer, who preceded him in death in June of 2009. Frank worked at Duke Manufacturing and had lived most of his life in Sedalia.
He is survived by a son, Billy Casto, of Sedalia; a daughter, Penny Lynn Oxley, of Lee’s Summit, a step son, Jim Greer, state of Iowa; three step daughters, Debra Nicoll and her husband Dennis, Sedalia, Joanna Williams, Jefferson City and Patty Jo Baucom, Centralia; a sister, Jean Lottus, Kansas City, MO; 12 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.
Besides his wife, he was predeceased by a sister, Frances Groff; a brother, Ivan Casto; and a half-brother, Jim Robison.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

Charlene Sutherlin Daniel

Charlene Daniel was born on August 11, 1939 at Sedalia, Missouri the daughter of James L. and Minnie L (Nicewarmer) Sutherlin and passed away on May 14, 2012 at Farmington, Missouri at the age of 72 years. Charlene was united in marriage to Floyd Delbert Moore on June 16, 1957 in Sedalia, Missouri. She was later united in marriage to James Daniel on December 10, 1983 in Dupo, Illinois. She was preceded in death by both husbands. Charlene is survived by one daughter Kelly (Don) Moore Krieger of Fredericktown, formerly of Cahokia, Illinois, two brothers James Sutherlin of St. Louis, formerly of Sedalia, Ernest (Emma) Sutherlin of Arnold, formerly of Sedalia, and one grandson Kolby Krieger. Charlene was a member of the First Baptist Church of Fredericktown.


Pat Brown Burnett

Patricia Lee Burnett of Independence, MO passed away peacefully at her home on Sunday, September 9, 2012 after a valiant battle with cancer. Her family was blessed to be by her side.
Interment will be held at noon on Thursday, September 13th at The Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville, MO. Visitation Thursday evening from 6-8pm at Speaks Suburban Chapel, 39th St in Independence, MO.
Pat devoted her life to loving her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, her family, and wonderful friends. Pat was a unique individual that truly loved the simple things in life; her Bible studies, decorating her home, family dinners and good conversation. She always loved to laugh and had a great sense of humor.
She loved her country and always respected and appreciated our soldiers for their selfless sacrifice. She was a loving, compassionate, humble, and kind woman who made everyone feel special.

Pat is survived by her children, Mike & Sally Burnett of Odessa, MO, Janet & John House of Blue Springs, MO, Scott & Amy Burnett of Independence, MO and Jim & Kristen Burnett of Evansville, IN. She is also survived by her beautiful grandchildren, Drew & Allie, Mike, Sam, Rachel, Patty, Cameron, Kyle, Tyler and Hanna, as well as her loyal dog Buddy. She is preceded in death by her husband Jerry, her Mother & Father, and her brothers.
The family would especially like to thank Crossroads Hospice for their loving and devoted care and McGilley & Sheil Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Wounded Warrior Project. Condolences to Arr: McGilley & Sheil Chapel, 11924 E. 47th St. KCMO 64133, 816-353-6555.

Floyd Dennis Evans

Floyd Dennis Evans departed this life on October 07, 2012. Services will be under the direction of Royer Funeral Home. The visitation October 10, 2012, from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Royer's Funeral Home, 101 SE15 th Street, Oak Grove, MO 64075. Funeral services Thursday at the First Baptist Church of Oak Grove, 400 SE 14 th Street, Oak Grove, MO. Interment will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery.
Floyd was born September 21, 1939 in Clinton, MO. In his early years, he lived in Raytown and Sedalia. Floyd graduated from Sedalia in 1957. Later he moved to Kansas City and lived for ten years. Then in 1971, he moved with his family to the Oak Grove area, where life.
He retired after a 40-year career at Hallmark Cards having worked in the Graphic Arts and Creative Divisions. His last position was Manager.
Floyd believed in giving back to his community. He volunteered and held many positions within the community of Oak Grove.
He will be sadly missed by his wife, Frances (Long), to whom he has been married for 51 years, and his son and daughter-in-law, his beloved granddaughter, Ellenora Lee "Ellee" Evans.
Memorials may be made to the Floyd Evans Scholarship Fund in care of the Commercial Bank of Oak Grove or the American Heart It is

Robert M. McDonald, Jr.

Robert M. McDonald, Jr. 73, of Independence, MO passed away Monday, November 19, 2012 following a courageous four month battle with melanoma. Memorial services will be held at the First United Methodist Church of Blue Springs, 301 SW Woods Chapel Road on Friday, November 23 at 1:30 p.m. with a Celebration of Life to follow at Drumm Farm Golf Club, 15400 East 34th Street S in Independence. Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church or the charity of your choice. Friends may sign the online register book at

Bob was born in Sedalia on October 14, 1939, the son of Robert M. and Ruth C. McDonald. He graduated from Smith Cotton High School in 1957, and received degrees in Elementary Education and Administration from the University of Central Missouri and the University of Missouri.
Bob was an avid outdoorsman who loved sports of all kinds. He hunted for quail, pheasant, and rabbit for many seasons, always taking his beloved birddog. For many years, the end of the school year was celebrated with buddies driving to Canada for great fishing. He officiated high school football and basketball games while serving as an elementary teacher and Director of Elementary Education in the public school system in Marshall, MO. He came to Independence in 1984 to serve as Elementary Principal at William Southern Elementary and completed 39 years in education, retiring in 1998 as Director of Human Resources in the Raytown Public Schools.

Summers always found Bob at the Lake of the Ozarks boating with his family. In recent years, he enjoyed golfing at Drumm Farm and felt blessed to be a part of that wonderful neighborhood. He was a loyal and active member of the First United Methodist Church of Blue Springs where he served in various advisory and leadership roles during the last 26 years. He found comfort and strength through his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and received wonderful support during his illness from his church family and the Explorers Sunday School Class.

Bob will be remembered by his family and friends for his plain-spoken wisdom and quiet dignity. He exhibited a low-keyed manner that engendered deep loyalty from all who knew him. Bob was in great health until one unexpected day in July on the golf course when a melanoma brain tumor caused him to seizure.

Survivors include: Jane, his wife of twenty-seven years; daughter, Lori Anne Harris (Jim) of Grain Valley; and son, Robert Mark McDonald of Asbury Park, NJ; stepdaughters Nanci Joan Krapf (Paul), Leah Ann Tacy (Donald), and Donna Rae Hall. Grandchildren include: Caitlin and Carly Harris, Connor, Collin, and Taylor Jane Krapf, Megan Moore, and Craig, Dalton, Cody, and Sean Hall, and one great-grandson, Xaiden Hall. He is also survived by his former wife, Donna Anderson of Lee's Summit, MO, a step-brother, William Poynter, of Warrensburg, MO, his brother-in-law, Bill Compere (Anne) of Springfield, MO; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, John and Kathy Scott of Goodyear, AZ; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Bill and Norma Scott of Marshall, MO; and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Judith Compere

Jean Nold Hopkins

Jean Nold Hopkins died peacefully on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at her home in Sutton, after a yearlong fight with pancreatic cancer.
She was born August 16, 1939 in Sedalia, Missouri, to the late Adolph and Lorene Old. She married Bill Hopkins on June 9, 1957 in Sedalia. As a military wife and wife of a pastor, Jean lived throughout the United States including Guam and settled in West Virginia where they have lived the last 39 years. Jean served with her husband at Faith Baptist Church in Beverly, West Virginia and First Southern Baptist Church in Sutton, West Virginia.
In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her daughter Cheryl Hopkins and grandson Nathan Robinson. Jean is survived by her husband of 55 years, Bill Hopkins. She is also survived by her daughter and son-in-law Cindy and Mark Robinson of Sutton; daughter and son-in law, Tena and David Facemire of Sutton, grandson and family, Justin, Tracy, Mark, Rebecca and Heather Robinson of Cary, North Carolina; granddaughters and family: Niki, Joey, Sydney, Joal, and Ira Ransbottom and Mandy, BJ, Logan and Connor Payne of Sutton.
“Grandma Jean” as she was lovingly known, was a member of First Southern Baptist Church and the Sutton Elementary School family, where she worked as a foster grandparent.
A service to honor the life of Jean will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday May 25th at the First Southern Baptist Church in Sutton with her husband, Pastor Bill Hopkins officiating. Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is assisting the family.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Hearts of Hope, Rt. 1 Box 17, Frametown, WV 26623; Hospice Care Corporation, PO Box 323, Burnsville, WV 26335; or First Southern Baptist Church of Sutton, PO Box 601, Sutton WV 26601.
Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbly serving the Hopkins family.

Patricia Ann Cranfield Shackelford

Patricia Ann Shackelford, 74, of Versailles, passed away Sunday morning, August 10, 2014, at her home following a courageous battle with cancer. She was born August 22, 1939, in Beamon, a daughter of Charles and Margaret Allen Cranfield. On June 28, 1958, at the Florence United Methodist Church, Pat was united in marriage to Orel Dale Shackelford. Dale survives at their home. She was a 1957 graduate of Smith-Cotten High School in Sedalia. Pat was as a secretary/bookkeeper, working for Morgan County Gas Company, Brown Shoe Company, Midway Electric and retiring in 2002 from Broken Arrow Electric. She enjoyed crocheting and making gifts for her family and friends. However, her greatest enjoyment came from her family, especially the time she could spend with her grandchildren. In addition to her husband of 56 years, she is survived by three children, Orel Dale Shackelford, Jr. of Waverly; Robin Ferguson and husband Bob of Versailles and Rick Shackelford and wife Tamara of Waverly; two sisters, Joyce Jones and husband Allen of St. Clair and Connie Gerken and husband Curtis of Cole Camp; seven grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren, along with other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, one granddaughter and one brother. In keeping with her wishes, she will be cremated. A private Memorial Service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Hospice Compassus or the American Cancer Society.

Lois F. Lees

Lois F. Lees age 75 of Sedalia passed away on Sunday, December 15, 2013 at Rest Haven Convalescent and Retirement Home. She was born on October 21, 1938 in Sedalia daughter of Joseph D. and Letha Wade Lees. Lois was a member of the 1957 graduating class at Smith-Cotton High School. She worked in the laundry department at Bothwell Hospital. She was a member of Parkview Christian Church. She enjoyed walking all over Sedalia and visiting with people. She loved keeping track of her family and she was a caretaker for her mother and older brother. She is survived by many nieces and nephews, a twin sister Louise Brawner and a brother Phillip Wayne Lees (Karen) both of Kansas City, Missouri. Funeral services will be at 10:30 A.M. Tuesday, December 17, 2013 with Rev. Rodney Brown officiating. The family will receive friends from 10:00 A.M. until service time on Tuesday at the church. Serving as pallbearers will be Louis Sholly, Jon Lees, Kenny Lees, David Lees, Jerry Lees, and Scott Lees. Honorary pallbearer will be Staff Sgt. Zachary Lees. Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be given to Parkview Christian Church. Arrangements are by Ewing-Schutte-Semler Funeral Home.
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