Louise Williams 82, of Saint Joseph, Missouri, went to be with her Lord on Monday, June 19, 2017 in Saint Joseph, MO. She was born February 6, 1935 in St. Joseph, MO, daughter of Lillian and James Miller. She attended Benton High School and was a member of King Hill Baptist Church. Louise married Roger Williams on December 11, 1964. She was a housewife and childcare provider for a numerous children. Louise had a passion and great love for any child she came in contact with. She loved spending time with her grandchildren, cooking, family functions, and annual trips to Jamesport, MO. Louise was preceded in death by husband, Roger Wayne Williams, father, James Miller, mother, Lillian Pearl, brother, Willis Miller, brother, James Milton, brother, Melvin Miller, brother, Elvin Miller, sister, Norma Kuhnert, sister, Lavina Miller. Survivors include, daughter, Debi Pierce of St. Joseph, MO, daughter, Brenda Marriott of St. Joseph, MO, daughter, Carla (Jim) Zawodny of St. Joseph, MO, son, James P. (Kim) Boone of Burns Flat, OK, 6 grandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 am, on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at Rupp Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Wednesday at the Rupp Funeral Home. The Interment will be at the Bethel Cemetery, DeKalb, MO. Memorials are requested to Walk for Water in care of Rupp Funeral Home.
Jean E. Aberle
TROY, KANSAS – Jean (Lincoln) Aberle, 94, of Troy, Kansas died Saturday, June 17, 2017 in St. Joseph, Missouri
Jean was born on January 18, 1923 in Fairport, Missouri to Jay and Stella (Oaks) Lincoln. She attended Business School in St. Joseph and worked at American Optical Company also in St. Joseph for 40 years.
Jean is a member of the Troy First Christian Church of Troy.
Jean married John Aberle on August 27, 1952 in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He preceded her in death on October 23, 2002. She was also preceded by a sister, Aelcidean Stewart and a brother, J.W. Lincoln
She is survived by her daughter, Jeanette Rogers of the home
Brother, Dean Lincoln of Maysville, Missouri.
3 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, 2 nieces and 1 nephew.
FUNERAL: Thursday, June 22, 2017 – 10:30 A.M.
At: Harman Rohde Funeral Home in Troy
Burial: Mount Olive Cemetery in Troy
Visitation: family will receive friends 1 hour prior to service time (9:30-10:30 A.M. Thursday)
Memorials: Troy Fire Department or the donor’s choice.
Larry Franklin Wilson
Larry Franklin Wilson 66, of St. Joseph, Missouri, went to be with his heavenly father on Sunday, June 18, 2017 . He was born September 17, 1950 in St. Joseph, MO, to Robert “Bob” and Barbara Wilson. Larry spent his childhood and adult life in his hometown where he was a familiar face to many in the south end of town. Growing up, Larry enjoyed camping, family vacations, and playing baseball. He graduated from Benton High School in 1968 and made his career as a Boilermaker with Local Union 83. He loved being with friends, going out and playing bingo. He had a special relationship with his cousin, Diane Mazur and his sister, Debbie Lotz who helped take care of him.
Larry was preceded in death by his mother; Barbara Wilson, grandparents; George and Viola Meeks, Olive and Mary Walker, aunt; Donna Miller, aunt; June Wilson, aunt; Maxine McKenney, uncle; Gilbert Wilson, and uncle; Joe Wilson. Survivors include, his father; Robert “Bob” Wilson of St. Joseph, MO, daughter, Natalie (Kevin) Koehler, grandson, Noah Koehler all of Phoenix, AZ, and sister; Debbie (Tom) Lotz of St. Joseph, MO, aunt; Lou Wilson of St. Joseph, MO, special friends, Melissa Kretzer and Nancy Gunthery, and numerous cousins.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 pm, on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at Rupp Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Tuesday at the Rupp Funeral Home. The Interment will be at the Memorial Park Cemetery.
Mary Ellen Clay
Mary Ellen (Page) Clay, Onaga, 91, entered eternal celebration with her Lord on June 17, 2017. She was born on February 13, 1926 to Eston and Rhoda (Hoffman) Page at Grove, Kansas just north of Silver Lake. She attended Rossville High School and moved to Topeka shortly afterwards.
She married the love of her life Calvin Clay on April 13, 1952 at Grove, Kansas. They were blessed with two sons William Ross Clay (Darlene), Yukon, Oklahoma and Robert Nathan Clay (Linda), Rogers, Arkansas and one daughter Daisy Marie Parker (Alexander), Berryton, Kansas. She greatly loved her five grandchildren; Page and Abby Parker, Teresa (Nicholas) Sweet and Michael (Sarah) Clay and David (Jenna) Clay, they brought her great joy. She was blessed to have four great grandchildren, Ava Clay, Griffin Clay and Reece and Sarabelle Sweet. Her family was one of the most important things in her life. She was very proud that all three of her children graduated College, an experience she had not had.
Mary Ellen was preceded in death by her father and mother (Eston Page 1955 & Rhoda (Hoffman) Page 1965), one brother William 1969 and one sister Esther (Page) Knowlton 2006. Her beloved husband Calvin, aka Papa, preceded her in death on February 9, 2017 a little over four months prior to her. They are together again in eternity.
Mary Ellen worked for Hallmark Greeting Cards for five years in Topeka, Kansas until she married Calvin and moved to a farm six miles north of Onaga, Kansas. They farmed together as a true team where they raised cattle and pigs. She also raised registered dogs (Collies, Boston Terriers and Miniature Schnauzers) for almost four decades. She was a true Farmers wife helping with everything on the farm along with raising their three children. Mary Ellen enjoyed sewing and made at least a hundred blankets, or more, which she gave to family, friends and strangers. You knew you were loved when you received one of her blankets. She was highly involved in 4-H as a youth and with her daughter. She enjoyed numerous bus trips, activities and the lasting relationships she formed as a vital part of that organization.
She was a wonderful mother with a strong spirit and an even stronger sense of family and God, which she passed on to her children along with an eye for a good bargain and the love of chocolate ice cream.
Mary Ellen spent the last eight years of her life at Eastridge Care Facility in Centralia, Kansas, where she enjoyed a rousing game of bingo with anyone that would play. She graduated into eternity surrounded by her daughter and one granddaughter. Though she will be truly missed, we are all so glad she made it to heaven in time to spend Father’s Day with both her father and Papa. Blessed are those who are pure in heart, for they will see The Lord.
Cremation is planned. Memorial services will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday, June 24th at the First Congregational Church, UCC in Onaga. Burial will follow in the Neuchatel Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Pottawatomie County 4-H Food Stand, and may be sent in care of Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, P.O. Box 312, Onaga, KS 66521.
Bud Buffey, 65, St. Joseph, Missouri passed away Thursday, June 15, 2017.
He was born August 19, 1951 to Charles and Norma Jean (McMachen) Buffey.
Bud graduated from Central High School and later received his Bachelors in social work and political science at Missouri Western State University. He was a social worker for the State Hospital for over twenty-five years.
He was an avid reader and a political junkie.
He was preceded in death by his mother; and brother, Ricky Buffey.
Survivors include daughter, Samantha Shehan; friend and longtime companion Diana Taylor; grandchildren, Michael and Isaac Shehan; father, Charles Buffey; sister, Vicki Stubbs; beloved dogs and cat, Nicky, Sunshine and Mooshie.
Graveside Farewell Services & Inurnment 1:00 P.M. Tuesday, Mt. Mora Cemetery. Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com.
Sylvia L. Cluck
Sylvia L. Cluck, 76, St. Joseph, Missouri passed away Friday, June 16, 2017.
She was born January 7, 1941 in Axtell, Kansas to Fred Kelley and Marjorie DeLong, they preceded her in death.
Sylvia married Warren Cluck May 31, 1963, he survives of the home.
She was employed with Quaker Oats for over twenty-one years.
Sylvia enjoyed traveling, gardening, spending time with her family and grandchildren and loved raising horses.
Additional survivors include her children, Kimberly Flynn (Daniel), Carla Smith(Roger Huss), Christopher Cluck (Teresa), and Lisa Cluck; grandchildren, Elizabeth Harvill (Shawn), Hollie Evans (Derrick), Alexis Cluck, and Jackson Kinney; great-grandchildren, Derrick Evans, Jr, Matthew, Amber, and Makayla McDonald, and Hayden Harvill; brother, Leland DeLong
The family would like to express their gratitude to LaVerna Village Health Care in Savannah and Asera Care Hospice for their amazing care.
Private Graveside Farewell and Inurnment Bellemont Cemetery, Wathena, Kansas. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to LaVerna Village, Savannah, Missouri or Asera Care Hospice. Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com.
Robert C. “Bob” Dowell, Jr.
Robert C. “Bob” Dowell, Jr., 73, Stanberry, Missouri passed away Thursday, June 15, 2017 at his home.
He was born August 26, 1943 to Robert, Sr. and Monnie Dowell in Des Moines, Iowa.
Bob was a talented Jack of All Trades, which included farming, carpentry and woodworking. He loved his wife, family, the farm and his bird, Joshua. They broke the mold when they made Bob, his stories will provide laughter and heartfelt memories for generations to come.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and wife, Patricia (Pippitt) Dowell.
Survivors include his children, Larry Park (Zenny), Leslie Price (Ted), Whitney Park (Zelda), John Park (Cheryl), Linda Yazdani (Saied) and Lara Herrera (Ray); sister, Bonnie Elam; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and extended family; and his adoptive Amish family.
Private Farewell Services at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations to be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com.
Lee Koehler 79, of St. Joseph, Missouri, went to be with his Lord, Wednesday, June 14, 2017 in St. Joseph, MO. He was born November 13, 1937 in Troy, KS, son of Mae and Oren Koehler. He graduated from Troy High School class of 1955. He married Lola James on May 19, 1957 in Fanning, KS. He was a retired Meat Cutter and member of Local Union # 576. Lee loved spending time with his family and enjoyed playing cards, fishing, and helping people. He was a member of Masonic Lodge #238, Rushville, MO, Scottish Rite, Moila Shrine, and Eagles Lodge, where he was a past secretary. Lee was a Baptist. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers and a sister. Survivors include, wife, children, Gina, Warren Lee (Lynette), Duane (Terri) and Kevin (Marlene), 11 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, and sister, Edna Hunsaker.
Funeral services, 10:30 am, on Saturday, Rupp Funeral Home, Rev. Donald Harter officiating.The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 PM, Friday at Rupp Funeral Home. Interment; Sugar Creek Cemetery, Rushville, MO. Memorials are requested to the Shriners Hospital, in care of Rupp Funeral Home.
Milford “John” Gibson, Na Whe Hen
Milford “John” Gibson, Na Whe Hen, passed on June 11, 2017 to be with his beloved wife, Sharon. Thoreau said, “The man is the richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.” Milford required only family or friends to be truly happy. Always willing to help or just listen as he did the past month in staying with a dying friend. Milford will be truly missed. However, his smile and love will live on in all who loved him.
He was born May 29, 1939 on the Six Nations Onondaga Clear Sky Reservation in Canada, of the Turtle Clan, the son of Simeon and Lena Silversmith Gibson.
Milford was a roofing, siding and painting contractor.
He married Sharon Levier in 1963. She died November 29, 2015.
Milford was preceded in death by ten brothers and sisters.
Survivors include four children, Theodore Gibson and Robert Gibson, both of Topeka, and Lena Gibson and Simion Gibson, both of the home; and many nieces and nephews.
Cremation is planned and services will be private. Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Hoyt is assisting the family.
Russell Allen “Russ” Meyer
HIAWATHA, KS With family by his side, Russell Allen Meyer, passed from this life early Friday morning, June 16, 2017, at his home, west of Hiawatha, at the age of 65.
A Celebration of Russ’s life is planned for 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 20, at Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Hiawatha, with Pastor Rich Lehmkuhl officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Hiawatha.
Friends may call at the funeral home after 9 a.m. Monday where the family will meet from 6 until 7 that evening.
Known by family and friends as Russ, he was born February 16, 1952, at Hiawatha, one of three children born to Wayne and Mary Margaret Larson Meyer, and had lived nearly all of his life in Hiawatha. He graduated from Hiawatha High School with the class of 1970, and attended Highland Junior College. Russ in his younger years, grew up helping to do hog chores on the farm. He lived his lifelong passion…farming, working with his Dad and brother Roger. Russ also owned and operated Jayhawk Tavern for a number of years. That is how he started with karaoke where he was involved with area events and family functions. Another one of his passions was camping.
Survivors include a brother Roger Meyer (Angie Orton) of Hiawatha; a sister Carol Mercurio (Frank) of Scott City; three nieces: Gina Hendricks (Riley), Lisa Boksha (Matt), and Denise Meyer. His caregiver and good friend is Elma Wallace.
Russ was preceded n death by his parents.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Russ Meyer Memorial Fund, sent in care of the funeral home, 124 S 7th St., Hiawatha 66434.
Lyle R. Brown
Longtime Hiawatha insurance agent Lyle R. Brown, surrounded by family, passed from this life June 16, 2017, at Vintage Park in Louisburg, KS, at the age of 89.
Lyle was born January 27, 1928, at Garden City, Kansas, one of two children born to Loren and Inez Davis Brown. He moved to Wetmore as a young boy and graduated from Wetmore High School in 1946. Lyle had many jobs over the years from throwing hay to a mechanic to a salesman. He was drafted in the Korean War in 1950. He went to OCS and was a 2nd lieutenant upon discharge in 1958.
Lyle owned and operated Brown’s Sporting Goods and Brown Insurance Agency in Hiawatha for over fifty years before retiring.
Mr. Brown was a member of First United Methodist Church of Hiawatha; longtime member of Hiawatha County Club; a professional insurance organization of independent insurance agencies. He enjoyed fishing, and the joy of having a family. He was a former member of Kiwanis Club of Hiawatha.
Lyle moved to Hiawatha in 1965 and married Delores Wenger from Sabetha on Jan 13, 1968. They enjoyed their life together golfing, boating, traveling and spending time at the lake house. She survives.
Other survivors include their children: Terri Kissinger Williams (Jimmy) of Carthage, NC, Roger Brown (Carla) of Wichita, KS, Jan Kissinger (Kris) of Clay Center, KS, Cindy Kissinger Farris of Indianapolis, IN , Mike Brown (Deb) of Hiawatha, Julie Kissinger Burg of Louisburg, KS, Mark Brown of Lockhart, TX, Megan Brown Hill (Andy) also of Louisburg; and 16 grandchildren.
Lyle was preceded in death by his parents; a son Robert; and a sister Loretta Wittenbach.
A Celebration of Lyle’s life is planned for 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 21, at First United Methodist Church in Hiawatha. Reverend Jacob Cloud will officiate. Private family internment will be at Sabetha Cemetery, with military honors a courtesy of Brown County Veterans Honor Guard.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Morrill Free Public Library of Hiawatha, or the First United Methodist Church, sent in care of the funeral home, 124 S 7th, Hiawatha KS 66434.
Friends may call at Chapel Oaks Funeral Home after 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday. The family will meet with friends one hour prior to services at the Church.
Michael Scott Brown
Michael Scott Brown 57, of Springfield, Missouri passed away Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at his home. He was born May 12, 1960 in Oceanside, California. He graduated from Benton High School in 1978. He served in the United States Navy, then worked in the sign business, installing neon signs as well as doing some electrical work. Michael was preceded in death by his father, Harold R. Brown. Survivors include wife, Vicki Brown of Springfield, MO, mother, Jeanette (Paul) Atha, Saint Joseph, MO, daughters, Natalie Pharis, Liberty, MO, and Lindsay Brown, St. Joseph, MO, brother, Brett Brown, St. Joseph, MO, and sister, Stacy Picou, Beaumont, TX. There will be a Private Graveside Memorial Service to be held a later date at Mount Olivet Cemetery. He will be cremated under the direction and care of the Rupp Funeral Home.
Vernon Harold Finley
Vernon Harold Finley 81, of Hiawatha, Ks went to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 17th, 2017 in Hiawatha, Ks. Vernon was born on May 27th, 1936 in Beloit, Ks the youngest of 4 children to Doris Mae (Shane) and Harold Arthur Finley.
Vernon married his high school sweetheart Louise Anna Fisher on June 19th, 1955 having 3 children: Ray, Barbara, and David. Vernon and Louise lived in Colorado while Vern worked as a telegrapher and then returned to Kansas where he worked for Kindel Electric, and drove a truck for Western Auto.
Accepting a call to the ministry in 1964, Vern was ordained into the American Baptist Church. He attended Friends University graduating in 1968 with a Bachelors’ Degree in Psychology. He then attended Central Baptist Seminary in Kansas City, KS graduating with a Master’s of Divinity Degree. In addition to his schooling and ministry work, Vern also spent time as a Store Owner for Western Auto, and drove a semi-truck for Hoffman Transfer. During his 35 years of ministry, he pastored 7 different churches across Kansas and Nebraska serving with a passion and love for the Lord and his people. Vern retired from full time ministry in 2004 but continued on an interim basis serving at 3 additional churches in Kansas.
Louise passed away in 1993 and Vern remarried to Mary Barben on April 8th, 1995. Mary brought 4 kids to this union: Sandra, Debra, DeeAnn, and Keith.
Vern treasured spending time with all his family and sharing his love of the outdoors. Many memorable times were shared through camping, fishing, boating, or gardening with family.
Vern is survived by his wife Mary, 7 kids: Ray (Theresa) Finley of Westmoreland, KS, Barbara (Kipp) Spier of Tecumseh, NE, David Finley of Sycamore, IL, Sandra Coine of San Diego, CA, , Debra (Dennis) Kirkendall of Falls City, NE, DeeAnn (Jared) Hinkle of Hiawatha, KS and Keith (Jennifer) Erdley of Hiawatha, KS as well as 19 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild.
Preceded in death his parents Harold and Doris Finley, his 1st wife Louise Finley, sisters Marie Menhusen-Montgomery, Norma Kindel, Opal Bell Finley, daughter-in-law Marsha Finley
A Celebration of Vern’s life is planned for 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 21, at First Baptist Church Family Life Center in Hiawatha.
The family will meet with friends at Chapel Oaks Funeral Home from 6 until 8 Tuesday evening.
Graveside services and internment are planned for 1:30 p.m. Thursday, June 22, at Glenwood Cemetery, Glen Elder, KS.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, First Baptist Church Memorial Fund, or Parkinson’s Foundation, sent in care of the funeral home, 124 S 7 St., Hiawatha 66434.
Kevin “Frankie” Gross
Kevin “Frankie” Gross, 56, St. Joseph, Missouri passed away Monday, June 12, 2017.
He was born May 10, 1961 in Santa Monica, California to Edward and Marilyn (Brown) Gross, Jr.
Kevin married Cindy McIntosh on January 5, 2008, she survives of the home.
He was a 1980 graduate of Alcester, SD High School and later got his degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting. Kevin was a manager of Supply & CMO Planning at Boehringer-Ingelheim.
Kevin enjoyed camping, HO trains and Nascar, especially Jimmie Johnson.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and nephew, Ryan Sommervold.
Additional survivors include sons, Gordon (Holly Taylor), Stewartsville, Missouri, Kory (Katie Burns),St. Joseph, Missouri, Kyle (Cynthia), Peculiar, Missouri and Alex Gross, St. Joseph, Missouri;
step-daughter, Kalanie McIntosh; grandchildren, Jordan Taylor and Landin Wallace; brothers, Ed and Mike Gross (Jody); sisters, Michelle Sommervold (Kurt), and Tess Nelson (Craig); mother-in-law, Lorraine Sherman; his kids, Gus and Tess; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Farewell Services 12:00 Noon to 6:00 P.M. Monday, Castle Bridge Event Center. The family will gather with friends 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. Sunday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to the Jimmie Johnson Foundation. Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com.