Maxine Bowman Staley
Maxine Bowman Staley, 91, died Saturday evening, April 22, 2017, at Hiawatha Community Hospital, surrounded by her family. She had made her home next door to her daughter and son in law Linda and Steve Korthanke of rural Robinson, for the past 16 years.
Maxine was born December 5, 1925, at Buffalo, KS, one of five children born to Arnold and Hazel Gilliland Moreland. She had spent most of her life in the Osawatomie, KS area where she worked as an activity therapist for the Osawatomie State Hospital for most of her working life.
She attended the Methodist Church at Osawatomie. She was a ham radio operator (an activity that was male dominant); and a member of the Red Hat Society of the Hiawatha area. While still in school herself, she was asked to be the basketball coach and teacher at Parker, KS. She loved music of all types with her favorite being blue grass. Maxine was an artist—she enjoyed painting of all types: oil, water color, acrylic, etc. To say that she enjoyed collecting elephants was an understatement!
Survivors include her children: Linda Korthanke (Steve) of rural Robinson, Barbara Nash of Centerville, KS, Dianna Swinehart (Mike) of Paola, KS, LaDonna Cornett (Glenn) of Parker, KS, Roger Bowman (Linda) of LaCygne, KS; 16 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren; and 4 great-great grandchildren. Maxine also had a very special friend she called a daughter: Walta Fry.
Maxine was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband for nearly 25 years Frankie Bowman; her second husband they were married for nearly 10 years Earl Staley; three grandchildren: Tennille McCracken, Scott Nash, and Stacie Koelsch. She was last survivor of her family: three brothers: Jake, Keith and Junior; and a sister Ruth.
Graveside services are planned for 2 p.m. Thursday, April 27, at Goodrich Cemetery, near Parker, Kansas.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Maxine Staley Memorial Fund, sent in care of Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, 124 S 7th St., Hiawatha 66434.
Linda “Susie” Suzette Smith
Wathena, Kansas – Linda Suzette “Susie” Smith, 72, of Wathena, Kansas passed away Friday, April 21, 2017 at the Mosaic Life Care of St. Joseph, Missouri.
Susie was born on January 31, 1945 in Vega, Texas to Orville & Evelyn (Focht) Mills.
She worked for Sherwood Medical, Meade Products & retiring from Summit Trucking.
Susie married Marvin Smith on July 3, 1965 in Elwood, Kansas. He survives of the home.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, Rita Sue Griffin & a sister, Karen Moss.
Additional Survivors: son, Carl Griffin, St. Joseph, Missouri
Grandchildren, Carl Griffin Jr., Christopher Griffin, Mariah Griffin, Autumn Griffin & Colton Griffin
Brother, Orville Mills (Sandy), South Carolina
Numerous nieces & nephews
Susie’s wishes were to be cremated with no services.
Harman-Rohde Funeral Home in Wathena, Kansas is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials: Breast Cancer, Doniphan County Ambulance Fund or any Cancer Research Fund.
Robert Bruce Browing
Robert “Bruce” Browning, 56, peacefully passed away, and was welcomed home by our Heavenly Father on Thursday, April 20, 2017. He was surrounded by his loving family and friends. Born May 20, 1960 to Mary Alice Browning (Carey), and the late Billy Browning. Survivors include his mother, brother, Steve (Dana) Browning, sister, Sandra Lukenbill, and several nieces and nephews. He will be missed by all who knew him, and his kind gentle spirit. Bruce requested no visitation or service and he will be cremated under the care and direction of the Rupp Funeral Home.
Destiny Darlene Sears-Orcutt
Destiny Darlene Sears-Orcutt, 27, of Saint Joseph, Missouri passed away Tuesday, April 18, 2017 in Saint Joseph, MO. She was born May 3, 1989 in Escondido, CA, daughter of Starlite and Richard Sears. She was a Homemaker, and enjoyed traveling, having fun and being free. She loved her children. She was an organ donor and saved three lives. Destiny was preceded in death by her father, Richard Sears. Survivors include, husband, Travis Orcutt, mother, Starlite Jean Fairchild, step mother, Carol Sears, daughter, Faith Orcutt, sons, Richard Orcutt, Adain Maddox, and Chevy Steen, brothers, Dakota Sears, Deacon Sears, and Danny Schroff, sisters, Stephanie Sears, Sarah Auxier, and Desire Hays.
The family will receive friends from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM on Wednesday with a Memorial Service to begin at 3:00 PM at the Rupp Funeral Home. Rev. Leanna VanZandt officiating.
Victor Anthony Henkoski
Victor Anthony Henkoski, 61, went to be with his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ at 8:00 AM April 21st 2017. He was born, August 26, 1955 in St. Joseph, Missouri, and graduated from Benton High in 1974. He was a retired Burlington Northern Railroad Clerk, a life long railroad enthusiast, and cat lover. He was also involved in the community as a member of the South Side Progressive Club. He is preceded in death by his parents, Mike & Anna Henkoski, and brothers, Ronnie and Mick Henkoski. He leaves behind Nieces, Nephews, a Great Grand Nephew, Cousins, and many dear friends. Graveside Funeral Services and Interment will be conducted: 10:30 AM Monday, April 24, 2017, Mount Olivet Cemetery. There is no scheduled family visitation. Memorials are requested to the St. Joseph Animal Shelter.
David F Banker
David F. Banker, 74, of Nortonville, KS died on Friday, April 21, 2017 at the St. Francis Hospital, Topeka, KS.
Memorial services and burial of cremated remains will be at a later date at the Nortonville Christian Church and Nortonville Cemetery. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Nortonville Christian Church or to the Disabled American Veterans and may be sent in care of the O’Trimble Funeral Home, Nortonville, KS who is handling the arrangements. Condolences to the family may be left online at www.beckerdyer.com.
David was born on Oct. 8, 1942 in Atchison, Kansas the son of David Benjamin and Ruth (Linder) Banker. He graduated from the Maur-Hill Prep School in 1960. He served in the United States Navy from 1960 to 1964. Upon returning from the service he worked as a cable splicer with Southwestern Bell, and retired many years later from AT & T as a contract coordinator. David was a member and Deacon at the Nortonville Christian Church. He also served on the JCN- USD#339 School Board as a Member for 16 years. He enjoyed reading, vegetable gardening, and traveling with his wife all around the United States.
He was married to Nancy Edwards on June 5, 1965 in Atchison, KS, she survives of the home. Additional survivors include two sons, Jeffrey (Katie) Banker, Tecumseh, KS, and Christopher (Jackie) Banker, Phoenix, AZ, his brother, William Banker, Nortonville, KS, and sister, Kay Wolfe, Atchison, two grandchildren, Chloe Banker, and Cale Banker. His parents and two brothers, Charles “Chuck” and Steven Banker preceded him in death.
Michael Robert Wiltz, 40, St. Joseph, MO, formerly of Atchison, KS, passed away Wednesday April 12, 2017 at Mosaic Life care.
Graveside memorial service and burial will be 10:30 AM, Tuesday April 25, 2017 at Trinity Episcopal Church cremation garden with Fr. Jon Hullinger officiating. Condolences may be left at www.beckerdyer.com.
Michael was born March 29, 1977 in Atchison, KS, the son of Phillip and Deborah (Linley) Wiltz.
Joseph A. Barron II
Joseph A. Barron II, 24, St. Joseph, Missouri passed away Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at St. Luke’s Hospital, Kansas City, Missouri.
He was born September 7, 1992 in St. Joseph, Missouri and graduated from Central High School.
A beautiful soul taken too soon, Joe was full of life and always looking for his next project. He loved anything he did with his family. Especially his Dad, he loved hunting, fishing, and working along side him. Also he shared a special bond with his mother who was always there for him. In 2009 Joe won a battle nobody expected him to win, he fought hard to live and he did. He always said “I got a second chance at life and I won’t waste it.” He loved life. From the time he was a little boy all he wanted to do was join the service. He tried every way to accomplish this, he went to boot camp for the Marines however, an injury from 2009 prevented him from continuing. Joe didn’t let that stop him, he kept trying to find a way around it. People say the Marines only take the best of the best. However we say God only takes and keeps the best of the best. In our eyes Joe was our hero, he never let anything keep him down. He loved his family, Parents Joseph and Sharon Barron, Sister Courtney Barron, Fiancée Christina Farr, and his animals. Joe left this earth, but left us with a piece of himself, he has a son due in July with his soulmate Christina. He had a one of a kind smile that he is remembered for. Joe could do anything and everything he put his mind to. He was very determined and never stopped until he accomplished what he set to do.
He was preceded in death by his Maternal Grandmother, Mamie Schmult; Paternal Grandmother, Mary Rodewald; Paternal Grandfather, Benjamin Barron, Sr.; Uncles, David and John Barron; and Cousins, Carissa and Kain Barron.
Survivors include his Fiancée, Christina Farr; Son, Joseph A. Barron III; Parents, Joseph and Sharon Barron; Sister, Courtney Barron (Andy) and Nephew due in June; Aunts and Uncles, Karen and Chuck Moppin, Teresa and Jim Mahoney, Lori Helfery, Stephanie and Ronnie Becerra, Christy and Preston McGaughy, Mark and Shauna Barron; Steve and Donna Barron, Kim Barron, Ben Barron, Ruth Moore, Mary Brown and Gloria Barron; and numerous Cousins.
Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, St. Joseph Cathedral Catholic Church. The family will gather with friends 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Tuesday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Flowers are appreciated and for those wishing to make a contribution, the family requests they be made to Citizens Bank & Trust for the memorial fund of Joe Barron with checks payable to Joe or Sharon Barron or sent to PO Box 5070, St. Joseph, MO 64505. The family plans to start a trust fund for baby Joey who is arriving July 2017. Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com.
Shirley Ann Embray Porter
Shirley Ann Embray Porter, 77, St. Joseph, Missouri left this earth to be with her Jesus Thursday, April 20, 2017 at Mosaic Life Care.
She was born January 28, 1940 to Leroy Sr. and Willie (Johnson) Cage in Okmulgee, Oklahoma.
She married Delas Embray and to that union John, Alma and Jason Embray were born. She later married Harry A. Porter.
Mrs. Porter was a faithful member of Holsey Chapel ICM Church, where she was on the Stewardess board.
Shirley had such a mothering spirit and was known to be a mother to so many people. She was very caring and giving and always saw the best in everyone.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Delas Embray; second husband, Harry A. Porter; and siblings, Johnnie Lee Williams, Rosie Mae Weston, Elnora Cage and Leroy Cage, Jr.
Survivors include her children, John Embray (Candy), Kansas City, Missouri, Alma Thuston (Wayne), St. Joseph and Jason Embray (Donna), St. Joseph; grandchildren, Corey Henderson, Rella Embray, Brandon Embray, Eli Embray, Briawna Villegas and Wayne Wilson; and numerous great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
Farewell Services 10:00 A.M. Thursday, Holsey Chapel ICM Church. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will gather with friends 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Wednesday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Flowers are appreciated and for those wishing to make a contribution, the family requests they be made to Holsey Chapel ICM Church. Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com.
Dorothy Lou Reynolds
Dorothy Lou Reynolds, 89, St. Joseph, MO, passed away Friday April, 21, 2017 at a local health care facility.
She was born November 16, 1927 to the late William and Mary (Wray) Berkey in Maryville, MO.
She married Bernard Rufus Reynolds on November, 10, 1951, he preceded her in death on August 9, 2011.
She worked as a Registered Nurse for Dr. Marsten for over 25 years and was a member of Grace Evangelical Church.
She was also preceded in death by her son John Reynolds.
Survivors include her son, Rick Reynolds.
Farewell Services 1:00 P.M. Wednesday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will gather with friends 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Tuesday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Flowers are appreciated, and donations may be made to Grace Evangelical Church. Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com.
Rodney (Bossman) Lockhart, 51, St. Joseph, Missouri passed away Sunday, April 16, 2017.
Rodney, loved to play basketball when he was younger and enjoyed all sports, especially football. He also enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He was well known amongst the St Joseph community as he enjoyed frequenting the local businesses, especially the car dealerships. Rodney was truly a free spirit who always walked through the door with a smile on his face and an attitude that put a smile on everyone elses. He never met someone who wasn’t a friend. Rather it was asking his punchline question, “whatcha got for your boy?” or simply joking around he brightened everyone’s day. There are many people who will never forget the “Bossman”. He will be sincerely missed.
Survivors include his mother, Carolyn McIntosh (James); brothers, Jamerson and Willie Lockhart; sister, Gloria Mitchell.
Celebration of Life 3:00 P.M. Wednesday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Anyone who knew Rodney (Bossman) Lockhart is encouraged to attend. Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com.
Esther V. Kerns
Esther V. Kerns, 99, St. Joseph, Missouri passed away Friday, April 21, 2017 at a local healthcare facility.
She was born October 24, 1917 to Urb and Bessie (Boyer) Kerns in Easton, Missouri.
She married R. O. Curtis Kerns on March 18, 1938. He preceded her in death after 62 years of marriage on September 8, 2000.
Mrs. Kerns was a faithful and active member of McCarthy Baptist Church, where she was the Director of the Women’s Missionary Union, taught Sunday school and worked as a care giver for the daycare.
Esther was a great cook and loved to cook meals for the church. She also cooked a large dinner every Sunday at her home with an open door for whoever wanted to join. She was very loving, caring and never met a stranger. At her 99th birthday party this past October over 300 people attended.
She was also preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Helen and Margerette Kerns, Bernice Rainalter and Louise Pankau; brothers, William, Jack and Ralph Kerns; and daughter-in-law, Charlotte Kerns.
Survivors include her daughter, Donna Riddick (Jack), Agency, Missouri; sons, Curtis Kerns, St. Joseph and Donald Kerns (Kathleen), Weston, Missouri; grandchildren, Jodi Hollingsworth (Mike), Jeffery Riddick and Lisa Montgomery (Matt), all of St. Joseph; great grandchildren, Lyndsey, Scott, Ginny, Zoey, Lauren and Holly; seven great-great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Farewell Services 1:00 P.M. Tuesday, McCarthy Baptist Church. Interment Kerns Freeman Cemetery, Easton, Missouri. The family will gather with friends 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Monday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Mrs. Kerns will be removed from Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory to arrive at the church one hour prior to the service. Flowers are appreciated and for those wishing to make a contribution, the family requests they be made to Kerns Freeman Cemetery, Easton, Missouri or McCarthy Baptist Church. Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com.
Virginia C. Wissehr
Virginia C. Wissehr, 96, St. Joseph, MO, died Thursday, Apr 13, 2017, at a local healthcare facility.
She was born Dec 19, 1920, in St. Louis, Missouri. She married Norman R. Wissehr Feb 23, 1941.
A devoted and beloved wife, mother and grandmother, Virginia was always active in her churches: St. Paul United Church of Christ, Waterloo, Illinois; Central United Church of Christ, Jefferson City, Missouri; Faith United Church of Christ, Webster Groves, Missouri; Immanuel Congregational Church, St. Louis, Missouri; and Zion United Church of Christ, St. Joseph, Missouri.
She played an active role in her husband’s studies at Eden Theological Seminary in Webster Groves, Missouri, and in the two churches he served for 20 years, Faith United Church of Christ, Webster Groves, Missouri, and Immanuel Congregational Church, St. Louis, Missouri. They had a joint ministry.
Virginia was an active participant in The Camps Farthest Out for over 30 years as a song leader and speaker. She was active in Church Women United as a member and in leadership positions for over 30 years. For many years, she was a youth group leader and an active member of many church circles. She was always visiting church members who were shut-ins or in the hospital.
She is survived by her sons, Mark H. Wissehr and wife Rebecca of St. Joseph, Missouri, and Kurt R. Wissehr and wife Helen of Dunlap, Tennessee; grandchildren David Wissehr, Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Rebecca Howell and husband Jordan and great-grandson, Leo Norman Howell, of Wilmington, Delaware.
She was preceded in death by her husband Rev. Norman R. Wissehr, her parents Theodore and Emma Goeddel, her brother Harold Goeddel, and her grandson John Wissehr.
Celebration of Life 2:00 P.M. Saturday, Zion United Church of Christ, St. Joseph, Missouri. The family will receive friends following the service at the church. Virginia will be cremated under the direction of Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. The family suggests memorial gifts to The Noyes Home for Children, in St. Joseph, Missouri. Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com.