Irene Kurtz, passed away May 13, 2015. Private family graveside at Gardner Cemetery. Arrangements: Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner, KS (913) 856-7111.
Patricia Ann "Murph" Murphy, 84, Olathe, Kan., passed away Wednesday, May 6, 2015. She was born July 18, 1930, in Lincoln, Neb., the daughter of Frank and Bessie Whitlow McKay. She graduated from Lincoln High School. She worked in the hotel industry for over 30 years, the majority managing the Olathe Holiday Inn. She never knew a stranger and made friends with everyone she met. She was preceded in death by two husbands, Jerry Custer and Patrick Murphy and son, Michael Custer. She is survived by her daughter, Sheri Custer, dog Roscoe and cat Magic. Sheri wishes to thank Good Samaritan and Olathe Hospice for the kind care given to her mother during her illness. A gathering of friends and family to celebrate the life of "Murph" will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, July 5, at the Overland Park Arboretum-Pavilion. Contributions are suggested to Wayside Waifs or Good Samaritan. Online condolences at www.schneiderfunerals.com
LeRoy Hayse Wycoff, Jr., 70, Spring Hill, passed May 12. Services: Visitation: 6 - 8pm Fri, May 15, 2015, Funeral: 11:00 am Sat, May 16, 2015 at Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner, 913- 856-7111. Burial De Soto Cemetery.
Harry Edward LaCerte, 85, Olathe passed April 29, 2015. Harry will be cremated according to his wishes. Memorial service 4pm May 9, McGilley & Frye F.H. 105 E. Loula St. Olathe, KS. Private Burial McGilley & Frye Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Dignity Memorial.
Nancy Shipman-Brown, 85, of Olathe, KS, died Dec. 14, 2014. Mother of Carol Burnett, Nancy Whitt, Connie Gallentine, and William Shipman. Services were private.
Woodrow W. Williams "Woody," 84, Osawatomie, Kan., passed away March 25, 2015. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 2, at Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens, 13901 Blackbob Ave., Olathe, Kan. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to American Heart Association, www.heart.org. Fond memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.johnsoncountychapel.com Woody was born Sept. 27, 1930, in Douglas County, Mo. He was married to Luella Rausch on Oct. 27, 1951. Woody retired from the Johnson County Roads and Bridges after 26 years. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 63 years, LuElla. He was preceded in passing by his parents, Harrison and Rosa (Simpson) Williams; brothers, Lonnie Williams, Cecil Williams, Leo Williams, William Williams and Wallace Williams; and sisters, Louise Hayes and Beulah Robison. Arr.: Johnson County Funeral Chapel, (913) 451-1860. Johnson County Funeral Chapel, 913-451-1860, www.johnsoncountychapel.com
Debra Lynn Schleif, 57, passed March 22, 2015 at her home in Olathe. Graveside Service 1:00 pm Thur, Mar 26, 2015, at Memorial Park Cemetery, Hutchinson, KS. Arr: Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner 913-856-7111.
Doris Johnson Lane, 105, of Olathe, Kan., passed March 24, 2015. Visit. 10 to 11 a.m., service 11 a.m. Monday, March 30, at Grace United Methodist Church, 11485 Ridgeview Rd., Olathe. Burial Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens. McGilley & Frye Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Dignity Memorial.
Kirk McLellan Dodge, 84, of Des Peres, Mo., formerly Overland Park and Gardner, died Feb. 20, 2015. Visit. 10 a.m., memorial service 11 am Sat, April 4, Bruce FH, Gardner, (913) 856-7111. Private family interment.
Norma L. Taylor Meredith, age 82 of Wellsville, KS passed away Wednesday, April 29th, 2015 at the Wellsville Retirement Community. Funeral services will be 3 PM, Sunday, May 3, 2015 at the Wellsville Baptist Church. Visitation will be 6- 8PM, Saturday evening at Wilson's Funeral Home. Interment will follow services in the Wellsville Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be ade to Vitas Care or the Wellsville Library in care of Wilson's, PO Box 486, Wellsville, KS 66092. Norma L. Taylor Meredith was born June 19, 1932 near Keeleville, Kansas the daughter of Leslie Elmer and Fern Pauline (Harrington) Smith. She attended Morrow and Stoney grade schools near Columbus and graduated from Cherokee County Community High School in 1949. On February 4, 1951, she married Carl R. Taylor, and to this union, two sons were born. They later divorced. Norma was a stenographer and held several positions in Olathe, including being the first Deputy Election Commissioner for Johnson County. In 1982, she took a position with North Supply in Gardner and after several years became the Marketing Communications Department secretary. She retired from there in January of 1992. She had been in Wellsville since 1970. She was a member of the Wellsville Baptist Church where she organized the Girls Guild program, was church clerk, and served as the church wedding coordinator for over 16 years. On September 19, 1998, Norma married George W. Meredith. He preceded her in death. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Olathe where she was their representative for the Church Women United and also served as their Vice President. Norma enjoyed Bible study and serving on the mission committee. Norma is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Ken and Sue Taylor of Wellsville; son and daughter-in- law, Kevin Lee and Lisa Taylor of Colorado Springs, Colorado; 4 grandchildren , Jeff (Emily) Taylor, Kyle Taylor, Ryan Taylor and Christa Taylor; 3 great-grandchildren, Nora, Landon and Hazel Taylor; and one sister, Pauline Dickens. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, two brothers, Joe Smith and Gerald Smith, and two sisters, June Edwards and Amelia Peterson
James "Jim" Richard Elliott, 90, passed away April 23, 2015. Visit. 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sat., May 2, at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, followed by a celebration of life service. Burial in Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens.
Marilyn K. Parton, 70, Olathe, Kan., died Feb. 12, 2015. Visit. at 10 a.m., memorial service at 10:30 a.m. Sat., Feb. 21, at New Life Community Church, Gardner, Kan. Arr.: KC Funeral Directors, (913) 262-6310.
Terry Wayne Michael, 64, Olathe, Kan., died Feb. 17, 2015. Terry will be cremated. Memorial service 1 p.m. Sat., Feb. 28, at The Gathering Place, Charismatic Church - Assembly of God, 16515 W. 127th St., Olathe. McGilley & Frye Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Dignity Memorial. Life Well Celebrated.
Frederick Junior May, 87, Olathe, Kan., died Feb. 19, 2015. Service 10 a.m. Tues., Feb. 24, visit. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mon., Feb. 23, both at McGilley & Frye FH, Olathe. Burial Johnson County Memorial Gardens. McGilley & Frye Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Dignity Memorial. Life Well Celebrated.
Loretta Kelley passed away February 1, 2015, in Austin, Texas. She was born June 19, 1932, to Louis and Agnes Kelley in Kansas City, Kan. Loretta graduated from St. Teresa College (now Avila University, Kansas City, Mo.) with a major in Business and a minor in Education and Philosophy. Upon graduation, she taught business courses at St. Teresa's Academy and Loretta Academy. Loretta joined IBM in Kansas City in 1963 and retired from IBM in Austin in 1992. During her career in IBM, Loretta served in many positions in product and business management. While in Austin, Loretta became involved with a great passion of hers: basenji dogs. She became nationally recognized for breeding and showing them. Her last basenji, Champion Bandit (Itty) pre-deceased her by two months. On a regular basis she enjoyed meeting the "Golf Ladies." She had never played golf but she was readily accepted in the group. Loretta also had an interest in opera and would make trips to Houston for an opera weekend. Loretta was initially a member of St. Louis and later St. Theresa Roman Catholic Church where she ministered to members unable to get to church. More recently, she sang in the St. Theresa Occasional Choir. Loretta is preceded in death by her parents, Louis and Agnes Kelley and her brother, William. She is survived by an aunt, Louise Kelly of Leavenworth, Kan. She was a caring family member and friend who welcomed her family into her "Bed and Breakfast" whenever in Austin. Thanks goes to Dr. Frierson-Stroud for her companionship and professional help during the last months of her life. Other thanks go to the 7th floor staff at Seton Hospital and to Hospice Austin. Special thanks to the Monroy and Ortuno families who had been close to both her and her brother, William, since their arrival in Austin. They supported her in a variety of ways and sat with her constantly during the last few days. There will be a funeral Mass celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at St. Theresa's Catholic Church, 4311 Small Drive, Austin, TX 78731. Interment will follow at a later date in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Kansas City, Kan. To leave condolences with the family please visit www.cook- waldenfuneralhome.com. Memorial donations may be made to St. Theresa's Academy, 5600 Main St. Kansas City, MO 64113.
Helen A. (Diers) Herrick, 83, formerly of Independence, Iowa, died February 9, 2015 at Stonehill Care Center, Dubuque, Iowa. Helen was born October 28, 1931 at Colesburg, Iowa, to William and Rose (Pottebaum) Diers. She married Robert Herrick of Independence, Iowa, on January 3, 1953, at St Patrick Catholic Church in Colesburg. He preceded her in death April 9, 2010. She is survived by her children, Roger Herrick of Cedar Rapids, Mary (Ron) Radloff of Dyersville, Dr. Michael (Mary) Herrick of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Judy (Matt) Haven of Cedarburg, Wisconsin, Dr. Patrick (Liz) Herrick of Olathe, Kansas, Anne (Dave) Tallett of Cedar Rapids, thirteen grandchildren, her first great- grandchild expected in July, her brother Charles Diers of San Ramon, California and her sister Mary (Curt) Smith of Mount Vernon. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, February 13, 2015, at St. John's Catholic Church in Independence. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery in Independence. Friends may call for visitation from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 12th, at the White Funeral Home in Independence where a Parish Rosary begins at 3 p.m. and a Vigil Service begins at 7 p.m. On line condolences may be left at www.White-MtHome.com
Freda Leona Yeager, 89, beloved mother, aunt and friend, passed Dec. 23, 2014. Visitation at 3:30 p.m., memorial service at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb 10, at Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner, (913) 856-7111.
Maurine Tripkos, 88, De Soto, KS died Jan 25, 2015 in Lincoln, NE. Visitation 10am service 11 a.m. Jan. 30, De Soto Baptist Church. Burial De Soto Cemetery. Arr: Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner, KS (913) 856-7111.
Ms. Brost of Belton, Texas, died Tuesday, January 27, 2015, in a Harker Heights nursing home. Ms. Brost was born Sept. 25, 1940, in Kansas City, Mo., the daughter of Edward Franklin Brost and Barbra Louise (Speicher) Brost. She worked as an accountant for many years. She also enjoyed selling Avon. Her hobbies included bowling and playing canasta. She was a member of Rolling Hills Presbyterian Church in Overland Park, Kan. She loved her cats. Ms. Brost was preceded in death by one son, Paul Edward Flynn. Survivors include her son, John Flynn of Belton, five grandchildren and one great grandchild. A quiet family memorial service for Maryann Brost, 74, of Belton, will be held at the family's home. Burial will be in Kansas City.
William Louis Kelley passed away on December 29, 2014 in Austin, Texas. He was born on October 6, 1938 to Louis and Agnes Kelley in Kansas City, Kansas. William attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI and went on to graduate from the University Of Chicago School Of Law. William also served in the National Guard. In 1972 William left his law firm in Chicago and moved to Austin to live with his sister Loretta and mother Agnes where he managed properties for his sister with whom he was very close. He was deeply involved with the Hispanic communities in Austin where he provided cultural instruction and taught ESL for over 20 years. William is preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Agnes Kelley. He is survived by his sister, Loretta Kelley and extended family. There will be a gathering for William Kelley at 9:30 a.m. prior to a Funeral Mass celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, the 17th of January 2015, St. Theresa's Catholic Church, 4311 Small Drive, Austin, Texas 78731. Interment will follow at a later date in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Kansas City, Kansas. To leave condolences with the family please visit www.cookwaldenfuneralhome.com
On August 24, 1938, Barbara Ruth Henley was born in Lawrence, Kansas to Rev. Earnest and Ruth Henley. She was preceded to heaven by her parents and husband, Carroll Raines. She is survived by her son, Rick Raines of Lee's Summit, MO, daughter in-law Patti Raines, grandchildren Erica and Patrick Raines. Barbara moved to Caldwell, Kansas as a small girl and spent her younger years there. In 1954, her family moved to Olathe, Kansas where her father was the Pastor of the First Assembly of God. She was a graduate of the John P. St. John Memorial High School in 1956. It was then when she met the love of her life and "the only man I ever kissed", Carroll Raines. They were married on June 22, 1956 in Lawrence, Kansas (once a Jayhawk, always a Jayhawk!). She was a beloved mother and grandmother who devoted her life to her family. She was a worker bee with many hobbies and special interests including sewing, flower arranging, crocheting, shopping, bargain hunting at garage sales, and volunteering at the Salvation Army and Olathe Hospital. For over 50 years she was known as the church organist and also loved to sing. Barbara also loved traveling to all 50 states, around Europe, as well as the Bahamas and Panama in her later years. She was once asked if she could send a message to her grandchildren 20 years from now it would say, "To love God, love yourself, love others and do to others as you would have them do to you." For the past two years she struggled with dementia, but every now and then you could see the glimmer in her eye, knowing she wanted to go home to see her Savior Jesus Christ. Barbara passed away peacefully on January 21, 2015. Visitation will be held on Sunday, January 25 from 5-8 p.m. at Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home, 14275 S Blackbob, Olathe, KS followed by funeral services on Monday, January 26 at 10 am at Abundant Life Church, 124th and Antioch, Overland Park, Kansas. Interment, Oaklawn Memorial Gardens, Olathe, KS. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Assembly of God Foreign Missions, in care of AG World Missions, 1445 N. Booneville Ave., Springfield, MO 65802. To leave a message for the family, visit www.Penwellgabelolathe.com
Walter E. Cade, Jr., 82, died Jan. 22, 2015. Vis 10am, Svcs 11:30am Tues, Jan. 27, at Bruce FH, 712 S. Webster, Spring Hill, KS 913-592- 2244. Inurnment with military honors follows at Spring Hill Cemetery.
Eileen M. Brown, 92, of Olathe passed away at home on Tuesday, January 20, 2015. Eileen will be cremated according to her wishes. A memorial service will take place at a later date. McGilley and Frye Funeral Home, 105 E Loula St, Olathe, KS 66061, 913-782-0582 www.mcgilleyfryefuneralhome.com
Cleda A. Morris, 87, of Olathe, passed away Jan. 5, 2015. Graveside service 10 a.m. Thur., Jan. 8, 2015 at Olathe Memorial Cemetery. Arrangements: Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner, KS (913) 856-7111.
Elmer E. "Butch" Bretthauer, 72, Olathe, passed Dec. 31, 2014. Visitation 2-3 p.m., service 3 p.m. Jan. 11, First Christian Church, 200 E. Loula, Olathe. Internment at Hubbel Hill Cem. McGilley and Frye Funeral Home, 105 E Loula St, Olathe, KS 66061, 913-782-0582 www.mcgilleyfryefuneralhome.com
Bill Ghean, beloved husband of Kathryn (Burlingame) Ghean, passed away December 20, 2014 with his wife at his side. He was a successful businessman, banker, artist and writer of fairy tales for family and friends. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a lifetime member of the Fargo N.D. Elks Lodge #260; vice-president of Citicorp, Borg Warner Corp., Olathe State Bank and other regional banks. He designed and operated a 5-star pet boarding facility in the Atlanta, GA area. Bill was born November 11, 1934 in St. Joseph, Missouri and a graduate of Westport High School. He fulfilled his dream of living on Maui in 1998. Always a statesman and a gentleman, he had a great "life- force" that inspired others to be the best they could be. He will be missed by family and friends. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Kathryn (Burlingame) Ghean; daughters Lyn (Ghean) Marshall and Sheryl (Ghean) Kidwell; two grandchildren and two great- grandchildren. Funeral services will take place at Mt. Moriah & Freeman Funeral Home, 10507 Holmes Rd, Kansas City, Missouri on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 11 a.m. with a reception following services. Burial in Mt. Moriah Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to the University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX. www.mdanderson.org/gifts Mt Moriah & Freeman Funeral Home. 10507 Holmes Rd., Kansas City, MO 64131. (816) 942-2004 www.mtmoriah-freeman.com
Creed Vernon Garst, 48, passed away December 24, 2014, at home. Services will be held at a later date. Arr.: Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home, (913) 768-6777.
Margaret "Margie" Stuteville, 70, Spring Hill, Kan., died Dec 23, 2014. Visit. 6 -8 p.m. Mon., Dec. 29, service at 10 a.m. Tues., both at Bruce FH, Spring Hill, (913) 592-2244. Burial Aubry Cemetery, Stilwell, Kan.
Julia A. Reed, 85, Olathe, Kan., died Wednesday, December 18, 2014, at her home. She was born March 19, 1929, in Fairmont, Mo. She grew up in St. Joseph, Mo., and later moved to Kansas City, Kan. She attended Wyandotte High School. She married Roland Reed in 1944 while Roland was in the Air Force being trained as a pilot. During Roland's military service, they lived in Florida, Alabama, and Texas. After WWII, they settled in Topeka, Kan., where Julia was a homemaker and mother. In addition, she worked at J. C. Penney's and Topeka Public Schools. Julia and Roland moved to Olathe in 1994 several years after Roland retired from the Santa Fe Railroad. Julia was preceded in death by her husband, Roland Reed of 69 years. She is survived by son, Michael J. Reed and wife Kristi of Topeka; two daughters, Ann M. Reed of Topeka, and Kathleen R. Major and husband Mike of Olathe; eight grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. During her retirement years, she enjoyed traveling, spending time with family, and collecting dolls. Julia was a member of College Church of the Nazarene in Olathe. Visitation will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21 at the Penwell-Gabel Olathe Chapel, where the family will receive friends until 3 p.m. when the memorial service which begins. There will be no graveside services. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to either College Church of the Nazarene in Olathe or Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care. To leave a special message for the family please visit our website at www.PenwellGabelOlathe.com
Harry L. Krout, 87, Spring Hill, Kan., passed away December 19, 2014, at Olathe Hospice House. Visitation from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23, at Bruce Funeral Home, 712 S. Webster, Spring Hill, (913) 592- 2244. Private graveside service at Spring Hill Cemetery. Memorials to Olathe Hospice House. Condolences at www.brucefuneralhome.com Bruce Funeral Home, Funerals - Cremations - Monuments - Pre-planning, 913-856-7111, 913-592-2244, brucefuneralhome.com