JOSEPH LEROY WELDIN Joseph Leroy Weldin, 75, Olathe, KS passed November 11, 2014. Memorial Service 11 a.m., Sat, Nov. 15 at Community Covenant Church, 15700 W. 87th St. Pkwy., Lenexa. Joe was cremated according to his wishes. McGilley and Frye Funeral Home, 105 E Loula St, Olathe, KS 66061, 913-782-0582 www.mcgilleyfryefuneralhome.com
Ciara Marie Webb, 16, died Nov. 7, 2014. Funeral services were held Thur. Nov.13th and Fri. Nov. 14th at Grace United Methodist Church, Olathe, KS. Burial in Greenwood Cemetery, Greenwood, MO. McGilley and Frye Funeral Home, 105 E Loula St, Olathe, KS 66061, 913-782-0582 www.mcgilleyfryefuneralhome.com
Susan Marie Singleton, 58, passed away early Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at the Kansas City Hospice House. She was born December 3, 1956 in Emporia, Kansas, the daughter of Robert E. and Gertrude M. Osman Gould. Susan attended Lebo High School and graduated with the Class of 1974. Susan proudly served her country by joining the United States Navy in 1982. She received an honorable discharge October of 1988. Susan went on to serve during Operation Desert storm in April of 1991. Susan worked as a LPN at the Kansas City Veterans Hospital for 26 years. She has worked the past two years at the Veterans Clinic in Paola until her health would no longer allow. She was joined in marriage to Kenneth A. Singleton on October 30, 1986 in Memphis, Tenn. Susan will be forever loved by her husband, Ken of their home in Olathe; her daughters, Chelsea Marie Singleton, Haley Annette Singleton and Dulcinea Roxanne Singleton all of Olathe; her mother, Gertrude Gould Thomas of Olathe; four brothers, Rodney Gould of Hartford, Bob Gould of Olathe, Vincent Gould of Lebo and Roger Gould of Lebo as well as her six grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father, Bob Gould in 1999 and her stepfather Jim Thomas earlier this year. Her life will be celebrated at 10:00 AM., Friday, November 14, 2014 at the Lebo United Methodist Church. Burial will follow services at Lincoln Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 7:00 PM., Thursday evening at the Jones VanArsdale Funeral Home in Lebo. Memorial contributions may be made to the Kansas City Hospice House and sent in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed at vanarsdalefs.com.
Dorothy L. Golding, 85, passed on October 28, 2014, at Evergreen Community of Johnson County. Mrs. Golding was born on Sept. 9, 1929 in Okema, OK to Richard and Sallie Graham. Though she worked both for the telephone company and for Phillips Petroleum in the Kansas City area her education was in music and music theory. Dorothy was an accomplished pianist. She is preceded in death by her husband, George Golding and son, Michael Timothy Paul Sears. She is survived by a son, James Richard David Sears of La Badie, MO, and a daughter, Sallie Margaret Ann Sears Murphy of Bloomfield, NM; thirteen grandchildren and many great grandchildren. She will be missed by all. Neptune Society, America's Most Trusted Cremation Services.
Roger Michael "Mike" Williams born Dec 24, 1938 in Christopher IL, passed away Sept 25, 2014 in Harlingen TX from lung failure following heart surgery. Preceded in death by first wife, Mabel (1997) and son, Roger Dale (2013). He is survived by wife Paula, daughter and son-in-law Lisa and Marc Roehrig, daughter-in-law Judy Williams, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held Oct. 18, 2014 at 11 am, Liberty Christian Life Center, 572 E. Park St., Olathe KS. US Navy Veteran, devoted Christian. Well done, good and faithful servant.
Mary Eileen Lemberger 89, Gardner passed Sept 27, 2014. Celebration of Life 2 p.m. Oct. 11, Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner, KS 913-856- 7111. Interment at a later date in Spring Hill Cemetery.
Paul Martin, Jr., 84, Pleasanton, KS passed Sept 30, 2014. Visitation 10 a.m. Funeral 11:30 a.m. Oct 3. Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner, KS 913-856-7111. Burial with Military Honors. Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens, Olathe.
R. Glenn Alley, 72, Olathe, Kan., died Wed., Sept. 17, 2014. Celebration of life service will be 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, at Lakeview Village Heritage Activity Center, Lenexa, Kan. The family will receive friends beginning at 6 p.m. and following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Unity of the Heartland or Chestnut Fine Arts Center. To leave a special message for the family please visit www.PenwellGabelOlathe.com
John Anderson Jr., Kansas' oldest living former governor, died September 15, 2014, at Good Samaritan Center in Olathe. In addition to two terms as governor, Anderson founded a life based on family, public service, and farming. When he completed his day at the law office, Anderson could usually be found on a tractor at one of his farms. He also enjoyed attending auctions and sales, serving as judge a number of times at an auctioneer contest held in Kansas City. Anderson was married for 67 years to the former Arlene Auchard who preceded him in death in 2011. They are the parents of three children, John (Cathy) Anderson III, and twins King David (Elizabeth) Anderson and Kerry Anderson (Paul) Russell. Anderson doted on his six grandchildren with whom he loved to take trips to Toys R Us: Philip (Brandyne) Russell, Erin (Michael) McDonald, Shannon (Matt) Hermsen, Kelsey (Kyle) Farnam, Scott Russell, and Mary (Jonathan) Dickson. In addition, he is a great-grandfather to Soren Anderson Russell, Stephen and Patrick McDonald, Nicholas and Kaitlyn Hermsen and John David Dickson. Anderson was the 36th governor of Kansas from 1961-1965. Highlights of his terms include a restructuring of the state's schools into unified districts, improvement of the state welfare system, revision of the pardon and parole system, endorsement of vocational-technical schools, and sanction of fair employment practices. He was also the first governor to occupy Cedar Crest. Anderson's political career began in 1947 when he was elected Johnson County attorney, a position he held for six years. From 1953-56 he was a member of the Kansas State Senate. In 1956 he was appointed Attorney General of Kansas, where he served until 1961 when he began his first term as governor. After he returned to Johnson County, he was affiliated with a number of law firms. The Johnson County Bar Association in 1996 gave John its most prestigious honor, the Justinian Award, for integrity, service to the community, service to the legal profession, and for warmth, friendliness, and camaraderie. The essence of Anderson's political and personal philosophy comes through in an interview he gave six years ago to Bob Beatty, an associate professor of political science at Washburn University: "When you get a problem that might seem to be political, many times (it) is not as much political as just a genuine problem of something needing to be done and needing the money to do it. That's not Republican or Democrat, that's just a problem for the people. . . The poor, the rich, the humble, the proud, the strong, the weak, the fortunate and the unfortunate must be the beneficiaries in the years to come of a government progressively administered in the interests of all the people." Anderson's farming roots ran deep. His father's (John Anderson) family began farming in Olathe at the beginning of the 20th century, and his mother's (Ora Bookout) family started a farm in Johnson County after moving to Kansas in 1858. Ora and John had three other sons who predeceased John: George, Joe, and Dean. John enjoyed planting wheat, corn and soybeans, and herding his registered Herefords. His tractors provided hours of enjoyment. One of the honors that Anderson appreciated the most was the naming of a section of K-10 in Johnson County from Olathe to Eudora in his honor. Memorial contributions in John's honor may be made to the Good Samaritan Society, Memory Care Assisted Living Center, 20705 W. 151st St., Olathe, KS 66061-7222 or Olathe Public Schools Foundation, 315 N. Lindenwood Dr., Olathe, KS 66602. Private services were held. To leave a message for the family, visit www.Penwellgabelolathe.com
Mark Edward Maranda, 66, Olathe, Kan., passed away September 5, 2014, at Menorah Medical Center. He was born Oct. 11, 1947, in Muncie, Ind., and resided in Olathe. Mark graduated in 1965 from Muncie Central High School. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving from 1966 through 1968. Mark worked for Woolworth/Woolco for eight years, from 1962-1970. In 1971, he went to work for International Harvester/Navistar International and after 38 years retired in 2009. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Patsy (Pat) Maranda; mother, Marjorie Maranda; brother, Todd Maranda; mother-in-law, Rita Ledbetter; brother-in-law, George Ledbetter (Lana); nephews, Tom Maranda, Raith, Clay and Ryan Ledbetter; great-nephews, Cameron and Collin Ledbetter, and great-nieces, Lizzy and Malina Ledbetter. He was preceded in death by his father, Paul Maranda, and brother- in-law, Steve Ledbetter (Kathie). Private family services are being planned. Memorial contributions may be given to a cancer organization of your choice. To leave a message for the family, visit www.Penwellgabelolathe.com
Carol J. Kittelson, age 73 of Lake City, passed on to walk with our Lord Monday, September 7, 2014 at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester surrounded by family, friends, prayer and songs. Carol Jane Fleck was born on March 27, 1941 in Wakefield,KS the daughter of Theodore and Hazel (McClosky) Fleck. She married Rodney Clarence Kittelson on July 9, 1960 in Goodhue, MN. Rodney and Carol lived in the Goodhue area. Her husband, Rodney, passed away on May 27, 1996. She was a member of St. Mary's Church in Bellchester. Carol was an activity coordinator at the Lake City Nursing Home. Carol moved from the farm to Lake City in 2010. She assisted in church services at the nursing home. She led the Rosary and played the organ. She loved spending time with her family and friends. She was president of the Resident Counsel at the Nursing Home where her focus was to enrich the lives of the residents. Carol will always be remembered as a loving and caring person who always went out of her way to help others. She was kind, gentle, always family-orientated, and was a woman of great faith. She also had a crafty sense of humor that could bring a good laugh when it was needed. Carol loved to display her antiques and share the many stories that accompanied them. In particular she treasured her collection of chickens that she gathered from many places in Minnesota and elsewhere. Carol also wrote "Carol's Ramblings" that appeared in the Lake City paper for more than 10 years. In her witty style, she loved sharing her thoughts on everyday family life. Carol also loved to bake, garden, and enjoyed canning the garden's harvest. Those that knew her also know that her cats meant the world to her. She loved playing music and listening to her children and grandchildren sing and play, and for many years was the organist for St. Mary's church in Bellchester. Carol is survived by her daughters, Beverly Bettin of Harmony, MN and Karen (Tim Clay) Kittelson of Madison, WI, her sons, Michael Kittelson of Hastings, MN Steven (Karen) Kittelson of Bogalusa, Louisiana, Daniel Kittelson of Madison, WI and Dean (Jessica Larson) Kittelson of Goodhue, MN, 16 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband; one brother, Ted Fleck; and one sister-in-law, Marjorie Fleck. Funeral Service will be held on Friday, September 12, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Bellchester, MN with burial in the parish cemetery. Visitation will be held at the Mahn Family Funeral- Anderson Peterson Chapel in Lake City on Thursday, September 11, 2014 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. with a 4 p.m. Rosary service and a 7:30 p.m. prayer service, and also one hour prior to services at the church on Friday. Online condolences can be offered at mahnfamilyfuneralhomes.com
Robert "Bob" Hilger, 80, passed away Monday August 25, 2014 from complications of diabetes. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11AM Friday Aug. 29th at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Gardner, KS. The family will receive friends from 6-8PM Thurs. at Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home, Olathe Chapel, where the Rosary will be said at 5:30PM. Private burial will be at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers the family suggests contribution to Wayside Waifs. Bob was born Nov. 15, 1933 in David City, NE to Harold and Frances Hilger. He was a Sgt. in the US Marine Corp. during the Korean War and retired from Tyson Foods in 2001 after 27 years. He was preceded in death by his parents, his beloved son Michael Robert Hilger, his sister Jane Juarez and her husband Rome, his brother in law Merlin Franzen and 3 nephews. He is survived by his wife of 56 years Sharon Hilger, their children; Susan and James Bohr, John and Yvonne Hilger, Julie and Devin Heese, and Anthony and Jennifer Hilger. 13 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Diane Franzen. The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Aberdeen Village for their exceptional care for Bob, a special thank you to Jay for being a wonderful caregiver and true friend. To leave a special message for the family please visit www.PenwellGabelOlathe.com
Barbara Ann Cordell James, 72, of Lenexa, KS passed away August 24, 2014 at Covenant Place of Lenexa. Funeral Service will be 10:00 am Thursday, August 28, 2014 at Bruce Funeral Home, 106 S. Center, Gardner, KS 66030 (913) 856-7111. Burial will follow at Gardner Cemetery, Gardner, KS. Visitation will be 5:00 - 7:30 pm Wednesday, August 27, 2014 also at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Council of Indian Nations, a program of national relief charities, PO Box 1800, Apache, Junction, AZ 85117 or go to www.cinprograms.org Condolences may be left at www.brucefuneralhome.com Barbara was born July 2, 1942 in Kansas City, MO to Vorden Dale and Rose Pauline (Wiggin) Cordell. She grew up in Gardner, graduating from Gardner High School in 1960. She married John Robert James on September 21, 1961 in Gardner, KS. They then moved to Olathe on the James' family farm. Barbara later in life went on to JCCC and received her Associate's Degree in paralegal. For seventeen years, Barbara worked as a Clerk for the Johnson County District Court as a Trustee for child support. She was a member of the Church of Christ in Olathe and the Good Sam RV Club. Barbara enjoyed being active by playing softball, bowling, playing cards and traveling. Her favorite thing to do was "eat out". Barbara also enjoyed visiting with family and friends; she was a real people person. She will be dearly missed. Barbara was preceded in death by her husband; parents, Vorden Cordell and Pauline Cordell Atwood; brother, Jerry Cordell and sister, Jeanne Porter. She is survived by her children; John Dale (Angie) James of Orlando, FL and Stacy Leigh James of Lenexa, KS and eight grandchildren. Bruce Funeral Home, Funerals - Cremations - Monuments - Pre-planning, 913-856-7111, 913-592-2244, brucefuneralhome.com
Tammy White, 50, Gardner, passed Aug. 21, 2014. Service 10 a.m. Mon., Aug. 25, Bruce Funeral Home (913) 856-7111. Visit. 1 to 3 p.m. Sun., at funeral home. Graveside 11 a.m. Tuesday, Wanette, Okla., Cemetery.
Roland Reed, 90, of Olathe, Kansas died Wednesday, August 13, 2014, at his home. He was born February 29, 1924, in Topeka, and was the son of Charles C. and Francis R. Reed. Roland was a veteran of WW II, serving his country as a fighter pilot. He graduated from Topeka High School and Washburn University. He was employed by the Santa Fe Railway for 41 years in the Accounting Department, retiring in October 1983. Roland is survived by his wife of 69 years, Julia Ann of Olathe; a son Michael J. Reed and his wife, Kristi, of Topeka; two daughters, Ann M. Reed of Topeka, and Kathleen R. Major and her husband, Mike, of Olathe; a sister, Charlene Peterson of Grapevine, Texas; eight grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. Roland was a member of College Church of the Nazarene in Olathe, The Retired Employees Santa Fe Club in Topeka, and American Legion Post #153 in Olathe. Visitation will be at Penwell- Gabel Olathe Chapel on Sunday, August 17, at 2pm where the family will receive friends until the Memorial Service which begins at 3pm. Graveside services will be at Memorial Park/Penwell-Gabel Cemetery in Topeka at 11am on Monday, August 18. 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 message for the family, please visit www.PenwellGabelOlathe.com
Dardanella M. Duncan, 94, Olathe, Kan., died Aug. 18, 2014. Graveside service 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens, 13901 Black Bob Rd., Olathe. Dardanella was cremated according to her wishes. McGilley and Frye Funeral Home, 105 E Loula St, Olathe, KS 66061, 913-782-0582 www.mcgilleyfryefuneralhome.com
Daniel Elyachar, loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and friend, passed away peacefully on July 21, 2014, at his home in New York City. Daniel's career spanned many decades in real estate development and management of commercial and residential properties in the New York metro area and Sarasota, Fla. Born Nov. 4, 1927, in Jerusalem, Israel, he was a graduate of the University of Michigan and served in WWII. He is survived by his children: David, Ann, Jonathan and wife Jodie, Matthew and wife Gloria, Adam and wife Stephanie, and Joshua; as well as 11 grandchildren and two great- grandchildren. Funeral services and shiva were held in New York City. May Daniel's memory be a blessing to his family and to the community. In lieu of flowers, please send any donations to the charity of your choice. Condolences may be left at www.louismemorialchapel.com KC Arr.: Louis Memorial Chapel, (816)
Michael Dean Biamont, 64, Independence, MO passed away Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Michael was born November 2, 1949 in Pendleton, OR the son of Thomas Joseph and Betty Lou (Grove) Biamont. He was a United States Marine Corp. Veteran serving in the Vietnam War. Michael worked for Cosentino's since 1995 as produce manager. He enjoyed collecting baseball and football cards and spending time with family. Survivors include his loving wife, Gwenevere Biamont of 30 years; sons, Bryan Aulbaugh and Tony Jones and his wife Karen; grandchildren, Taylor and Morgan Jones; twin brother, Mark Biamont and wife Jan; sisters, Debbie Custis and husband Leonard, Cheri Shea and additional nieces, nephews and family. He was preceded in death by his parents. Visitation will be from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Sunday, July 27, 2014 at Carson- Speaks Chapel; 1501 W. Lexington Ave., Independence, MO 64052. Graveside services will be at 1:00 p.m. Monday, July 28, 2014 at Missouri
State Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville, MO. Memorial contributions may be made to the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews. Online condolences may be
expressed at www.speakschapel.com (Arrangements: Carson- Speaks Chapel (816) 252-7900) Carson-Speaks Funeral Home, 1501 S. Lexington Avenue, Independence, MO 64052, 816-252-7900
James Peter "Pete" Breitenstein, 78, KCMO, died July 24, 2014. Visit. 4-6 p.m., rosary 4 p.m. Sun., White Chapel FH, Gladstone, Mo. Mass 11 a.m. Mon., St. Charles Borromeo, 900 Shady Lane Drive, KCMO.
Betty M. Keith, 68, passed away Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at her home. She was a life time resident of Kansas City, Kan. Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Loral W. Keith. She is survived by her daughters, Vickie Flores (Mark), Gladstone, Mo., and Karlon Stephen (Walt), Bonner Springs, Kan.; son, Richard Keith (Ines), Edwardsville, Kan.; and five grandchildren. The family will receive friends 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, at the Mary Butler Meyers Funeral Home, 6300 Parallel Pkwy., Kansas City, KS 66102. Visit www.marybutlermeyers.com to leave your memories and condolences. Arr.: Mary Butler Meyers Funeral Home, (913) 334-6300.
Melvyn Beiman, 82, Lee's Summit, Mo., died Wednesday, July 24, 2014, at the Village House on the campus of John Knox Village. Funeral service 1 p.m. Sunday, July 27, at The Louis Memorial Chapel, 6830 Troost Avenue. Burial will be in Elmont, NY. Kindly omit flowers; contributions are suggested to Village House at John Knox Village or the American Cancer Society. Born in Manhattan, New York City, Mel grew up in Brooklyn, New York. When he and his wife, Frances, also of Brooklyn, married they moved to New Jersey where they lived for 54 years. They moved to Lee's Summit, four years ago to be near family. Melvyn leaves his wife of 57 years, Frances; daughters: Nancy Beiman and Paula Vanderstel (Gregory); granddaughters: Christy Liebert (Heinz), Hayley Buss (Joshua); great-grandson: Asher Buss; sister: Ceil Kenigsberg (Allen); brother: Elliott Beiman (Phyllis); two nephews, two nieces and a number of cousins. Mel was a professional symphonic musician for many years, changing careers at age 47 to work as a computer programmer for AT&T. He continued playing oboe and English horn up until a few months before his death.
Condolences may be shared at www.louismemorialchapel.com Arr.: The Louis Memorial Chapel, (816) 361-5211.
RALPH R. "CORK" VANBEBBER, JR. Ralph R. "Cork" VanBebber, Jr., 68, passed away July 24, 2014. Visitation will begin at 12:00 p.m. followed by funeral services at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, July 26 at Park Lawn Funeral Home, 8251 Hillcrest Rd., Kansas City, MO. Burial will be in Green Lawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital. Cork was born February 20, 1946 in Kansas City, MO to Ralph Randall VanBebber, Sr. and Blanche Liberty VanBebber. Cork was a 50 year member of National Asbestos Worker's Local 27. His family was the most important and enjoyable part of his life. He was a youth base- ball coach and enjoyed bowling, golf and frequent trips to Las Vegas. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Nick and Yount, Laurie LaFeve, Amy Sliffe and Kristen VanBebber; 9 great grandchildren; sister, Cheryl (Dustie) Barnes; brother, Duke (Terri) VanBebber; many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. (Arrangements: Park Lawn Funeral Home 816-523-1234)
Howard Young, 77, died Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at his home in the Plaza. Born in Leavenworth, he was the son of Esther and Eugene Young who predeceased him, as did Barbara, his only sibling. Howard was a KU Journalism graduate. He started to work in advertising, but soon relocated to Dallas as an editor of TV Guide. In the 80's, he moved to New York and became a customer concierge for Banana Republic. In the 90's, he relocated to Kansas City's Banana Republic until he retired. Howard received many retail sales awards and citations of excellence. He was known for his never-failing good humor and endless kindness. Graveside services. Davis Funeral Chapel in Leavenworth.
Dorthy F. Wilhelmson, 85, Independence, Mo., died July 24, 2014. Visit. 10-11 a.m., service 11 a.m. Monday, July 28, at Atkinson FH, Harrisonville, (816) 380-3268. Burial Laurel Oak Cemetery, Windsor, Mo.
Lawrence Joseph Pratt, 74, passed away on July 18, 2014 at St. Luke's Hospice House. A memorial service will be held later this fall in Hays, Kansas at the Ida Marjorie Pratt Memorial Chapel on the campus of Fort Hays State University. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to St. Luke's Hospice House, 3516 Summit, Kansas City, Missouri, 64111. Lawrence was born on November 26, 1939 to Don and Ida Pratt in Hays, Kansas. He attended Hays High School, received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College, and attained his Master's Degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Lawrence worked as an advertising executive in London from 1964-1994. In 1999, he married Margaret Senter and they spent the last fifteen years between their homes in Kansas City, Scottsdale and Bath, UK. Lawrence was a collector of fine art, particularly Old Masters. He enjoyed books, international travel and especially his daily dose of the New York Times. Lawrence was preceded in death by his parents, Don and Ida Pratt. He is survived by his wife, Margaret Senter Pratt and her two daughters, Lisa Fairchild (Charles) and Lindy Cross (Forbes), all of Kansas City. Lawrence is also survived by his two brothers, Donald Pratt (George- Ann) of Kansas City and Steve Pratt (Claudia) of Seattle, Washington and six step-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. The family would also like to thank Dr. Laura Alba, Dr. Michelle Haines, Dr. Peter Holt and St. Luke's Hospice House for their excellent care of Lawrence over the past few months. (Arr: Cremation Society of KS & MO, 8837 Roe Ave., Prairie Village, KS, 66207; 913-383-9888) Cremation Society of Kansas & Missouri, www.kccremation.com
Nicholas Charles "Nick" Raynor, 24, passed away Wednesday, July 23, 2014, after a brave fight with testicular cancer, surrounded by his family. Nick was born May 3, 1990, in Kansas City, MO. Nick was a 2008 graduate of Shawnee Mission South High School. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved fishing and camping. Nick also loved sports and was a huge Chiefs and Royals fan. He was very outgoing and a genuine person and this was reflected by the vast number of friends that visited during his courageous battle. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Charles Hartong and uncles, Joe Geisel IV and Dennis Cowan. Nick is survived by his parents, William, Jr. and Judith Raynor; two brothers, Luke (Amber) and Andy (Natalie); nephew, Noah Nicholas; maternal grandmother, Carole Hartong, of Frontenac, KS; paternal grandparents, William, Sr. and Fran Raynor; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, July 28, 2014, Cure of Ars Catholic Church, 9401 Mission Road, Leawood, KS 66206. Interment will follow at the Johnson County Memorial Gardens. A Parish Rosary will be prayed at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday and the family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Kansas City Hospice, 4939 Ward Pkwy, Kansas City, MO 64112. Fond memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.johnsoncountychapel.com. Arrangements by Johnson County Chapel, 11200 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park, KS 66210. (913) 451-1860 Johnson County Funeral Chapel, 913-451-1860, www.johnsoncountychapel.com
Ray Smith, 66, died Friday, July 11, 2014. A Celebration of his life will be at 12 p.m. Monday, July 28, at Loose Park, 5200 Wornall. Ray was born Dec. 10, 1947, in Collinsville, Okla., to Herman and Mary Smith. He spent his early life and elementary school years in Granby Mo., and high school years in Gary Ind. He attended college at the University of Indiana. He was a US Marine, a veteran of the Vietnam War. He lived in the KC area for the last 25 years. His work affiliation for the last six years was with Carroll Seating Company in KCK. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Betty. Survivors include children, William, Shannon Copp, Amanda and Andrew; sister, Pat Opalaski, five nephews, one niece and seven children who loved and adored him as a grandfather. He leaves behind many friends who will miss his dynamic personality and the fun he added to their lives.
Kathleen Whelan Perkins, 62, of Overland Park, Kan., was taken home to be with her Savior July 23, 2014, at her home in Overland Park, after a hard fought battle with cancer. She was born Dec. 5, 1951, to Reverend Thomas Eugene Whelan and Betty June Whelan in Independence, Mo. She graduated from Fort Osage High School in Independence, and attended Tennessee Temple University in Chattanooga, Tenn. Kathy was a loving example of Christ's unconditional love to everyone she met. She was a faithful and active member in her church, Overland Park Baptist Temple, and believed that the best way to share the gospel was to love people like Jesus did. She was an amazing wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, and friend to all. Kathy was preceded in death by her father, Reverend Thomas Eugene Whelan of Independence, in November of 2013. She is survived by her loving husband of 41 years, David B. Perkins; mother, Betty June Whelan; two children, Diana and James and his wife Amanda; three granddaughters, Kylena, Samantha, and Makayla; two brothers, Ronald Whelan and his wife Beverly and Timothy Whelan and his wife Star; nieces and nephews, Heather, Caleb, and Ashleigh- Brooke. A visitation will be held
from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 28, at the Johnson County Funeral Chapel, 11200 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, KS 66210. Celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 29, at Overland Park Baptist, 11648 Antioch, Overland Park, KS 66210. Memorial contributions may be made to "The Bethesda Homes" Orphanage in Toumodi, Cote d'Ivoire, West Africa, through Overland Park Baptist Temple or directly at www.thebethesdahomes.org. Fond memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.johnsoncountychapel.com. Arr.: Johnson County Funeral Chapel, 11200 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, KS 66210 (913) 451-1860. Johnson County Funeral Chapel, 913-451-1860, www.johnsoncountychapel.com
Tyler Lake Preston, 46, of Knoxville, passed away Thursday, July 24, 2014, in the comfort of his home. Tyler was born in Lockhaven, Pa., in May of 1968 to Stephen Preston and Gaye Whittaker. He was raised in Olathe, Kan., and is a graduate of The Bartow School. He graduated the University of Kansas with a degree in Political Science and was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. Tyler was a pilot and the owner and operator of Preston Aircraft, Inc. based in Alcoa, Tenn. Tyler was preceded in death by his parents, Stephen Preston, Gaye Whittaker, and stepfather, Gary Whittaker; son, Alexander; and brother, Lane. Tyler is survived by wife, Catherine; brother, Reed; and step-siblings Kim, Carroll, Tom, Kristin, and Kevin; niece, Caroline; nephew, Jenner; and many wonderful friends. The family will receive friends from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday, July 28, at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel with a memorial service to follow at 5 p.m. A celebration of Tyler's life will be held after the service. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Tyler's honor to the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be sent to www.rosemortuary.com. Arr.: Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.
Marjorie Anna LaNier, 89, Ottawa, Kan., died July 22, 2014. Visitation 9:30 to 10 a.m., service 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 29, Ben Cast & Son- Wood Funeral Home, Holden, Mo. Burial Kingsville, Mo., Cemetery.