Roberta Batchelder, of Gower, MO passed away, November 29, 2021.She was born on October 31, 1940 to Robert William and Pearl Erma Whippo in Chicago, IL. She grew up in Chicago and in her early teens she moved to Martin City, MO.On August 13, 1972 she was united in marriage to Terry Batchelder. After their marriage they lived near Gower where they made their home. Roberta worked for Subway in Gower for many years. She loved shopping, music and concerts, but most of all loved her family.She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Will Whippo; sister, Jeanette Shelton;...Funeral Service : 12/02/2021
Katherine Yates, 93, of Smithville, MO passed away, November 29, 2021.She was born on September 7, 1928 to Charles Henry and Ruth Nona (Wade) Renfro in Smithville, Mo. where she grew up and graduated from Smithville High School.On March 22, 1953 she was united in marriage to Marion Yates. After their marriage they lived in Platte County west of Smithville, and in 1961 they moved to Smithville where they made their home. Her husband, Marion, preceded her in death on January 26, 2009.Katie worked for Smithville Pharmacy for many years.She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Smithville,...Funeral Service : 12/04/2021
On November 28, 2021, Eugene Quentin Fletcher, “Gene,” of Paradise (Smithville), Missouri, passed away at the age of 59. Gene was born on May 6, 1962 in Kansas City, Missouri. He graduated from Polo High School in Polo, Missouri in 1980 and entered the United States Navy. He met and married Cindy Ritter while both were in the Navy and together, they had four daughters. Later he met Cathy Margarita while both worked at Worlds of Fun; they married and had three children. Gene was predeceased by his daughters Lorissa Lynn Fletcher and Emilia Teresa Fletcher and his parents, George...Funeral Service : 11/28/2021
Ruth Ann (Powell) Huhs, 60, of Smithville, MO passed away November 22, 2021.She was born on March 13, 1961, to Robert Carroll and Wanda Christine (Lash) Powell in Smithville, MO where she grew up and graduated from Smithville High School in 1979.On July 4, 2015, she was united in marriage to Scott Huhs. After their marriage they lived in Smithville where they made their home.She worked for several companies in the area doing data entry. RuthAnn enjoyed shopping and flower gardening. RuthAnn was preceded in death by her parents Robert and Wanda Powell and brother Dennis Powell. She is survived...Funeral Service : 11/22/2021
Elsie Maye (Lamar) Reineke, formerly of Platte City, Missouri, passed away on November 22, 2021, at The Gardens at Barry Road assisted living facility, Kansas City, Missouri. She was 88. Elsie had a loving, outgoing personality and was quick with a smile and a hug. She made new friends easily, and maintained several lifelong friendships.Elsie was born in the rural Platte City area on October 25, 1933, to Clarence Lamar and Eliza Jane (Cain) Lamar. She graduated from Platte City High School in 1951, and was the school’s homecoming queen for that school year.On October 25, 1951, Elsie was united...Funeral Service : 12/13/2021
Clayton Wayne Cashatt, 63, of Gower, MO passed away November 21, 2021.He was born on July 1, 1958, to Louie William and Mary Loraine (Mulford) Cashatt in Chillicothe, MO. Clayton grew up in Breckenridge, MO and in 1976, he graduated from Breckenridge High School. On July 9, 1977, he was united in marriage to Linda Gail Wright. In 1984 they moved to Gower, MO where they raised their family and made their home. Clayton worked for several body shops in the area and in 1988 he and Linda, opened Clayton’s Carriage Works in Gower. He was known for being a...Funeral Service : 11/29/2021
James Allen “Jim” Burk, a family man, a farmer and a retired insurance branch manager, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, November 20, 2021. Jim was born on December 14, 1934, to Walter and Mabel Burk. Jim married Treva Brown of Lohrville, Iowa in June of 1957. They had been married for 62 years. He received his B.S. from NWMSU in 1961 and began a career in insurance. Jim was a friend to everyone, and his influence will remain forever in the lives of all who knew him. Jim farmed a cow/calf operation for over 30...Funeral Service : 11/20/2021
Patricia Hesson, 85, of St. Joseph, MO, formerly of Gower, MO passed away November 18, 2021.She was born on January 4, 1936 in Colfax, Iowa. Pat grew up in Colfax and graduated from Colfax High School in 1954. She then attended Drake University where she received her Associate Degree.On December 29, 1957 she was united in marriage to Maurice Eugene Hesson. After their marriage they made their home in Gower, MO. In 2004 they moved to St. Joseph. Her husband, Maurice, preceded her in death on August 18, 2020.She was a former of the Gower Baptist Church and a member...Funeral Service : 11/23/2021
Keith Westpfahl, 81, of Smithville, MO passed away, November 10, 2021.He was born on November 12, 1939 to Earnest and Margaret (Anderson) Westpfahl in Kansas City, Kansas. Keith grew up in Wyandotte County and graduated from Washington High School.On March 26, 1960 he was united in marriage to Wanda Jackson. After their marriage they lived in Smithville where they made their home.Keith worked for Wyeth Laboratories in North Kansas City and retired after 35 years. After his retirement he worked for the Smithville School District. He was preceded in death by his parents and his son, Rodney Westpfahl.Keith is survived...Funeral Service : 11/15/2021
Kathlyn L. “Kitty” Ford, 73, of Stewartsville, MO passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family on November 10, 2021.She was born on February 22, 1948, to Harold Finis and Saramae (Utter) Brinton in St. Joseph, MO. Kitty grew up in rural Dearborn and attended North Platte School. The family then moved to rural Gower where Kitty graduated from Gower High School in 1966. On March 23, 1973, she was united in marriage to Mike Ford. After their marriage they lived in the Kansas City Metro area and in 1982 they moved to Gower where they made their home.Kitty worked in...Funeral Service : 11/13/2021
James Benjamin Taylor, 96, of Easton, MO passed away, November 6, 2021.He was born on August 15, 1925 to Robert William and Mattie Loie (Matthews) Taylor in Gower, MO. Ben grew up in Gower and graduated from Gower High School. He then served his country in the U.S. Navy during WWII.On February 24, 1949 he was united in marriage to Shirley Keller. After their marriage they lived in Gower and later moved near Easton where they made their home. His wife, Shirley, passed away February 9, 2019.Ben worked for Dugdale Packing Company and later the Buchanan County Highway Department. He...
Rosemary Occhipinti, 65 of Trimble, Mo formerly of Gladstone, MO. passed away November 2, 2021.She was born on August 24, 1956, to Vincent and Pauline (Landers) Sciara in Raytown, MO where she grew up and graduated from Raytown High School in 1974.Rosemary was a buyer for several industrial companies all over the United States. She had a passion for rescuing cats and loved garage sales and estate sales. Rosemary was the best Nanie to her grandchildren. She was a very optimistic person who had an infectious smile and will be greatly missed. She was preceded in death by her parents,...Funeral Service : 11/06/2021
M. Genevieve Clark, 96, of Kansas City, MO passed away, October 31, 2021.She was born on July 17, 1925 in Muscogee, Oklahoma. Genevieve grew up in Platte County and graduated from Platte City High School.On July 4, 1942 she was united in marriage to Norman Clark. After their marriage they lived in Platte County and made their home in Northern Heights. Her husband, Norman, passed away, June 24, 2009.Genevieve retired from Firestone Tire and Rubber Company. Genevieve and Norman were members of the Holiday Ramblers RV Club. She loved to crochet, knit, listen to music, and play solitaire. Genevieve crocheted...Funeral Service : 11/05/2021
William Claude Smith, 69, of St. Joseph, MO passed away, October 31, 2021.He was born on March 29, 1952 to Prinston and Audrey (Lohman) Smith in Smithville, MO. Claude graduated from Plattsburg High School.Claude lived most of his life in the Holt and Plattsburg area. He loved to spend time on the farm.He was preceded in death by his parents, and his former wife and mother of his children, Andrea Sue Smith.Claude is survived by his children, Connie (Jeremy) Decker and Brian Smith; grandchildren, Zachary Decker, Austin Smith, Isabayla Smith, and Paxton Smith; other relatives and many friends.Graveside Service: 11:00...Funeral Service : 11/06/2021
Betty June Jones, 91, of St. Joseph, MO formerly of Kearney, MO passed away October 29, 2021.She was born on June 21, 1930, to Edward and Ethel Edith (Johnson) Lewellen in Kingston, MO. Betty grew up in Caldwell County Missouri in the community of Far West. She later graduated from Northeast High School in Kansas City, MO.On October 28, 1951, she was united in marriage to Eben Jones. After their marriage they lived in Hamilton, MO, Gower, MO and later settled in Kearney, MO where they made their home. Eben passed away on January 10, 2000. Betty held a variety...Funeral Service : 11/03/2021
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