January 16, 2013
John T. Early, 64, St. Joseph, Missouri passed away Tuesday, January 8, 2013, at Heartland Regional Medical Center.
He was born March 14, 1948 to Marie and James Early in Wyandotte, Michigan.
John served in the Navy and was a Veteran of the Vietnam War, where he received a purple heart. He was a mechanic, and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
He was preceded in death by his father; and a brother, Robert Early.
Survivors: mother, Marie Early, Michigan; two sons, Justin Early, Ryan Early, St. Joseph, Missouri; and a daughter, Jessica Early, Anchorage, Alaska.
Memorial Services: 10:00 A.M. Saturday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Inurnment Memorial Park Cemetery. Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com.
JoAnn Strasser, 70, Kansas City, Missouri died Sunday, January 13, 2013 at North Kansas City Hospital.
She was born February 10, 1942 in Savannah, Missouri to Lloyd and Helen Cobb.
JoAnn was a loan officer at Goetz Credit Union for twenty-six years, a member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, LIONS Club, Swiss Lodge, and Eagles.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband, Ralph Strasser.
Survivors: husband, Rick Martinez, Kansas City, Missouri; brother, Lloyd Cobb (Diane); sister, Linda Cobb (Karen); sister-in-law, Elaine Hall, grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
Inurnment Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Thursday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial gifts to be sent to Catholic Charities. Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com.
Lt. Col. Franklin A. Flesher, U.S. Army, 80, St. Joseph, Missouri died Sunday, January 13, 2013 at Heartland Regional Medical Center after suffering from a stroke. Flesher dedicated his life to serving his country, community and family. He was the founder and Executive Director of the National Military Heritage Museum, St. Joseph.
Flesher was born January 11, 1933 in Barberton, Ohio, graduated from Copley High School and enlisted in the United States Army in 1952 at the age of 19. He graduated from the University of Akron, was commissioned in 1958 and retired with the rank of Lt. Colonel.
During his 28-year military career, he was an Airborne Infantry Ranger and served two tours in both Korea and Vietnam. His service in Vietnam earned him the Bronze Star for service, Air Medal for valor and the Army Commendation Medal for achievement.
He is survived by his wife, Judi and his four daughters, Patricia of Nashville, Susan of Kansas City, Peggy of St. Joseph, and Janet of Seattle; his sisters, Dolly in Florida, and June and Cass in Ohio; his brothers, Dale in Georgia and Okie and George in Ohio; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents Carl and Iona Flesher, Ohio.
Memorial Services: 10:00 A.M. Friday, Ashland United Methodist Church. Inurnment Leavenworth National Cemetery, Leavenworth, Kansas, Monday, January 21, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. The family will receive friends 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Thursday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donation made to the National Military Heritage Museum, 701 Messanie St, St. Joseph, Missouri 64501. Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com.
Elbert was born August 22, 1932 in Skidmore, Missouri, the son of the late Ernie E. and Mary G. (Wellington) Reed. He was united in marriage to Peggy Ann (Lawson) on May 9, 1953 in Skidmore.
He was a graduate of Skidmore High School and had worked at both the Uniroyal and New England Business System Factories. Later Elbert was a Caregiver for Association of Group Homes of Nodaway County.
A veteran, Elbert served as a Corporal in the United States Army from 1952 until 1954 in Korea.
He was a member of Laura Street Baptist Church, Maryville.
Elbert was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter, Margaret Blessington (Dec. 20, 1987) and one sister Donna Davis.
Survivors include; his wife Peggy of the home, son Steve (Alicia) Reed, Maryville; daughter, Deanna (Paul) Overton, Ames, Iowa; two brothers, Ernest (Jeannie) Reed, Saint Joseph, Missouri and Gary (Emelie) Reed, Bolckow,
Missouri; one sister Darlene (Fred) Burgess, Saint Joseph, six grand children; Jacob, Ryan, Jordyn Overton, Rachel (Tyler) (Overton)Welch,Jennifer (Steve) Blessington Ball and Anthony (Lynn) Blessington; three great grand children; Joseph Ball, James and Ajazzi Blessington.
Visitation will be from 6-7 PM Thursday, January 17, at the Price Funeral Home, Maryville. Funeral Services will be held at 10 AM, Friday, January 18, at Laura Street Baptist Church, Maryville. Burial with Military Honors will be at the Hillcrest Cemetery, Skidmore.
Memorial: Laura Street Baptist Church Building Fund
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.pricefuneralhomemaryville.com
Joyce E. Brooks
Joyce E. Brooks, 84, St. Joseph, Missouri died Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at Heartland Regional Medical Center.
She was born August 17, 1928 to Orval and Bertha (Raines) Duke in St. Joseph, Missouri.
Joyce married Raymond S. Brooks on July 3, 1948. He preceded her in death on February 13, 1987.
She was a member of Green Valley Baptist Church.
Joyce was preceded in death by her husband; parents; and two brothers, Rev. H, Dean Duke, Macon Georgia, and Robert M. Duke, El Paso, Texas.
Survivors: sons, Steven R. Brooks (Sandy), St. Joseph, Missouri, Randall Brooks (Susan), Norwood, Missouri; three grandchildren, Jennifer Beaver (Tim), Mark Brooks (Jamie), Jeff Brooks (Megan); and great-grandchildren, Makayla and Makenzie.
Services: 1:00 P.M. Friday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Interment Ashland Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Thursday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory, where friends may call after 5:00 P.M. Thursday. The family suggests memorial gifts to Green Valley Baptist Church, 3110 Cook Rd, St. Joseph, MO 64506, or of the donor’s choice. Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com.