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Mike Allen Johnson

May 15, 1958 - April 26, 2017

Mike Allen Johnson, 58 of Higginsville, Missouri died on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at his home. Born Thursday, May 15, 1958 in Miami, Oklahoma, he was the son of the late Wayne Johnson and Mary Carter Johnson. He married Vicky Stewart Johnson on November 20, 1981 and she survives of the home. He lived most of his life in Higginsville and was a member of First Baptist Church. He had worked...
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Kelli Crater

December 7, 1952 - April 25, 2017

Kelli Ann Crater, 64, of Higginsville, Missouri died on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at her home. Born Sunday, December 7, 1952 in Kansas City, Missouri, she was the daughter of the late John Curry and the late Beverly Ann Anthony Curry. Kelli spent many years in Waverly, Missouri moving to Higginsville in 2004. She worked as an LPN at St. Mary's Manor in Blue Springs, MO and also at the Apple...
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Virginia June Siegfried

June 16, 1919 - April 24, 2017

Virginia June Siegfried, 97, of Odessa, Missouri died on Monday, April 24, 2017, at New Haven Living Center in Odessa, Missouri. Born Monday, June 16, 1919 in Corder, Missouri, she was the daughter of the late Homer Herbert Seuser and the late Nora Anna Ehlert Seuser. Mrs. Siegfried lived most of her life in Higginsville, Missouri. She married Fred Siegfried on June 19, 1943, he preceded...
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Wayne Whitaker

December 14, 1951 - April 20, 2017

Wayne Whitaker, 65 of Higginsville, Missouri died on Thursday, April 20, 2017, at his home. Born Friday, December 14, 1951 in Warrensburg, Missouri, he was the son of the late Lee Whitaker and the late Ruth Schlekau Whitaker. He lived most of his life in Higginsville and was a graduate of the class of 1969 at Lafayette Co. C-1 High School. He married Eva Hix Whitaker on September 12, 1981...
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William Dale Neal, Jr.

December 13, 1960 - April 15, 2017

William Dale Neal , Jr., 56 of Concordia, Missouri died on Saturday, April 15, 2017, at his residence. Born Tuesday, December 13, 1960 in Lexington, Missouri, he was the son of the late William Dale Neal, Sr. and the late Shirley Lange Neal. He married Sylvia Foster Neal on December 11, 1981. He was of the Baptist faith and he enjoyed fishing. He worked at the Elms Hotel in Excelsior...
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Kenneth "Tway" Grandestaff

June 24, 1955 - April 13, 2017

Kenneth "Tway" Grandestaff, 61 of Lawrence, KS, formerly of Higginsville, MO died on Thursday, April 13, 2017, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Lawrence, Kansas. Born Friday, June 24, 1955 in Lexington, Missouri, he was the son of the late Kenneth C. Grandestaff and Alberta Marr Grandestaff. He was a member of the class of 1973 of Lafayette Co. C-1 High School. He worked at Wilson Meat...
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Richard "Sonny" Sherman

March 31, 1928 - April 8, 2017

Richard "Sonny" Sherman, 89 of Higginsville, Missouri died on Saturday, April 8, 2017, at Meyer Care Center in Higginsville, Missouri. Born Saturday, March 31, 1928 in Fulton, Missouri, he was the son of the late John Sherman and the late Neva Goodman Sherman. He served as a Pvt. in the Army from 1950-1951 during the Korean War. He married Pat Ann Amor Sherman on April 9, 1960 and she...
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William L. Pitts

August 9, 1924 - March 22, 2017

William L. Pitts, 92 of Centerview, Missouri died on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at Western Missouri Medical Center in Warrensburg, Missouri. Born Saturday, August 9, 1924 in Hermitage, Missouri, he was the son of the late Harry Pitts and the late Alfie Helen Bandel Pitts. He lived most of his life in Kansas City, Missouri and Centerview, Missouri. He was a member of Salem United Church of...
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Joanne K. Granneman

May 6, 1940 - March 8, 2017

Joanne K. Grannemann, 76 of Odessa, Missouri died on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, at New Haven Living Center in Odessa, Missouri. Born Monday, May 6, 1940 in Urbana, Missouri, she was the daughter of the late Edward L. Keller and the late Sylvia G. Baldwin Keller. She lived most of her life in Higginsville, MO. She married her high school sweet heart Dennis H.Grannemann on February 4, 1961...
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Sandra S. Walker

November 26, 1939 - March 1, 2017

Sandra S. Walker, 77 of Higginsville, Missouri died on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, at North Care Hospice House in Kansas City, Missouri. Born Sunday, November 26, 1939 in Pattonsburg, Missouri, she was the daughter of the late Charles Salmon and the late Nora Savage Salmon. She lived most of her life in Overland Park, KS. She married Ralph W. Walker on February 22, 1956. They moved to...
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Willis H. Rinne

March 18, 1927 - February 23, 2017

Willis H. Rinne, age 89 of Higginsville, Missouri died on Thursday, February 23, 2017, at Lafayette Regional Health Center in Lexington, Missouri. Born Friday, March 18, 1927 in Mayview, Missouri, he was the son of the late William Rinne and the late Malinda Lefman Rinne. Also preceded in death is one sister, Elizabeth Alexander. Willis lived most of his life in Higginsville and was a 1945...
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Carolyn F. Hostetter

August 22, 1939 - February 23, 2017

Carolyn F. Hostetter, age 77 of Marshall, Missouri died on Thursday, February 23, 2017, at her home. Born Tuesday, August 22, 1939 in Stet, Missouri, she was the daughter of the late Thomas Jacob Conaway and the late Ethel Mae Clemens Conaway. Mrs. Hostetter lived most of her life in the Marshall and Higginsville area. She married Joseph Hostetter on December 23, 1972; he preceded her in...
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Robert "Bob" McGinness

February 5, 1939 - February 23, 2017

Bob McGinness, age 78 of Waverly, Missouri died on Thursday, February 23, 2017, at Apple Ridge Care Center in Waverly, Missouri. Born Sunday, February 5, 1939 in Higginsville, Missouri, he was the son of the late James Leonard McGinness and the late Sophia Leas McGinness. Bob was a graduate of Higginsville High School and lived most of his life in the Waverly and Marshall area. He served...
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Steve Long

July 30, 1963 - February 17, 2017

Steve Long, 53 of Higginsville, Missouri died on Friday, February 17, 2017, at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri.. Born Thursday, July 30, 1963 in Lexington, Missouri, he was the son of Donald R. Long Jr. and Susie Helliker Long. Steve lived all of his life in Higginsville and was a member of The First Baptist Church, Higginsville. He graduated in 1981 from Lafayette County...
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Ralph L. Dye

August 3, 1925 - February 15, 2017

Ralph L. Dye, 91 of Higginsville, Missouri died on Wednesday, February 15, 2017, at his home. Born Monday, August 3, 1925 in Knoxville, Missouri, he was the son of the late Ralph Dye, Sr. and the late Forrestine Rainwater Dye. He lived most of his life in Higginsville. He married Mazie Lou Chunn in 1945 and she preceded him in death in 1986. He married Thelma Smith in 1996 and she survives...
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Glenn W. Emis

August 22, 1926 - January 29, 2017

Glenn W. Emis, 90 of Corder, Missouri died on Sunday, January 29, 2017, at Western Missouri Medical Center in Warrensburg, Missouri. Born Sunday, August 22, 1926 in Alma, Missouri, he was the son of the late William H. Emis, Jr. and the late Dora M. Strader Emis. He served as a Corporal in the Marine Corps from 1944 until 1946. He was a Veteran of World War II. He married Dorothy Ruth...
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Betty Lou Overstreet

March 10, 1930 - January 26, 2017

Betty Lou Overstreet, 86 of Blue Springs, Missouri died on Thursday, January 26, 2017, at her residence. Born Monday, March 10, 1930 in Mayview, Missouri, she was the daughter of the late George Allender and the late Frances Kennedy Allender. She lived in Mayview until 1975. She married Charles L. Overstreet that same year and moved to Blue Springs, MO. She was a secretary at Western...
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Ronald "Tubby" Summers

August 22, 1941 - January 19, 2017

Ronald "Tubby" Summers, 75 of Gravois Mills, Missouri died on Thursday, January 19, 2017, at Winchester Meadows in Sedalia, Missouri. Born Friday, August 22, 1941 in Higginsville, Missouri, he was the son of the late John William Summers and the late Frances Beck Summers. He married Roberta Summers on November 23, 1974 who survives of the home. Also surviving are one son, Robert "Bob"...
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Irene R. McKinney

May 13, 1918 - January 13, 2017

Irene R. McKinney, 98 of Columbia, Missouri, formerly of Higginsville died on Friday, January 13, 2017, at South Hampton Place in Columbia, Missouri. Born Monday, May 13, 1918 in Freedom, Oklahoma, she was the daughter of the late Oscar Simmons and the late Frances Lukenbill Simmons. She lived most of her life in Schell City, MO. She married William R. McKinney on November 13, 1939. She...
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Ethel "JK" Johnson

February 4, 1940 - January 12, 2017

Ethel "JK" Johnson, 76 of Mayview, Missouri died on Thursday, January 12, 2017, at North Care Hospice House in Kansas City, Missouri. Born Sunday, February 4, 1940 in Mayview, Missouri, she was the daughter of the late Edward Johnson and the late Lutie Turner Johnson. Ethel lived all of her life in Mayview. She was a member of Zion A.M.E. Church in Mayview. She served on the City Council...
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James E. Nuelle

October 18, 1921 - January 12, 2017

James E. Nuelle, 95 of Higginsville, Missouri died on Thursday, January 12, 2017, at his home. Born Tuesday, October 18, 1921 in Lexington, Missouri, he was the son of the late Henry Nuelle and the late Irene Welch Nuelle. He served as a Staff Sgt. in the Army Air Corps from 1942 until 1945. He was a Veteran of World War II, He was a mailman for the US Postal Service, retiring in...
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Kenneth H. Fischer

April 10, 1947 - January 10, 2017

Kenneth H. Fischer, 69 of Wellington, Missouri died on Tuesday, January 10, 2017, at Lafayette Regional Health Center in Lexington, Missouri. Born Thursday, April 10, 1947 in Carrollton, Missouri, he was the son of the late Otto Fischer and the late Ona Ward Fischer. He served in the Navy during the Vietnam War from 1966 - 1970, ranking as an E-5. He married Sharon Franke Fischer on...
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Laura Ann Lee

February 25, 1960 - December 31, 2016

Laura Ann Lee, 56 of Higginsville, Missouri, died on Saturday, December 31, 2016, at her residence. Born Thursday, February 25, 1960 in Sedalia, Missouri, she was the daughter of the late Alva Rasa and the late Doris Arnold Rasa. Laura married Jerry C. Lee on December 7, 2005. They moved to Higginsville in 2007 from Sweet Springs, MO. She was a homemaker. Surviving are three daughters,...
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Carolyn L. Morris

July 19, 1948 - December 30, 2016

Carolyn L. Morris, 68 of Higginsville, Missouri died on Friday, December 30, 2016, at her residence. Born Monday, July 19, 1948 in Kansas City, Missouri, she was the daughter of the late Elmer Morris and the late Lorene Jeude Morris. She was raised by her foster parents Sam and Ellen Schooling. She lived most of her life in Higginsville and was a member of Central Christian Church. She was...
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Mark K. Cheatham

October 16, 1953 - December 25, 2016

Mark Kevin Cheatham, 63 of Higginsville, Missouri died on Sunday, December 25, 2016, at Truman Gardens in Independence, Missouri. Born Friday, October 16, 1953 in St. Louis, Missouri, he was the son of the late John Cheatham and the late Myrtle Vaden Cheatham. Surviving are one sister, Mary Ellen Baker of Grand Junction, CO; nephew, Eric (Michelle) Lindahl of Odenton, MD; niece, Jenial...
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Allene Goers

August 28, 1924 - December 22, 2016

Allene Goers, 92 of Higginsville, Missouri died on Thursday, December 22, 2016, at Meyer Care Center in Higginsville, Missouri. Born Thursday, February 28, 1924 in St. James, Missouri, she was the daughter of the late Galloway Spurgeon and the late Clara Ferris Spurgeon. She married Armin D. Goers on May 23, 1942 and he preceded her in death on October 30, 2005. She graduated from Bland...
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Doris Whitsitt

March 3, 1929 - December 11, 2016

Doris Jean Whitsitt, 87 of Higginsville, Missouri died on Sunday, December 11, 2016, at Meyer Care Center in Higginsville, Missouri. Born Sunday, March 3, 1929 in Higginsville, Missouri, she was the daughter of the late Horace McCulloch and the late Lula Tebbenkamp McCulloch. She lived all of her life in the HIgginsville, Mayview area. She married J. Eldon Whitsitt on May 12, 1950 and he...
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Larry "Toad" Aversman

May 1, 1947 - December 9, 2016

Larry "Toad" Aversman, 69 of Corder, Missouri died on Friday, December 9, 2016, at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. Born Thursday, May 1, 1947 in Waverly, Missouri, he was the son of the late Everett Aversman and the late Mary Wessler Aversman. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waverly and a member of the Corder High School class of 1965. He lived most of his...
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Eric Hartzell

April 4, 1961 - December 8, 2016

Eric Hartzell, 55 of Higginsville, Missouri died on Thursday, December 8, 2016, at his residence. Born Tuesday, April 4, 1961 in Tempe , Arizona , he was the son of the late Ward Hartzell and the late Shirley Bulen Hartzell. He married Chere Burton-Hartzell on March 21, 1998 and she survives of the home. He was a hazmat driver for Burko Chemical Company in Denver, Colorado. He lived in...
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Betty C. Woods

July 20, 1951 - November 29, 2016

Betty C. Woods, 65 of Higginsville, Missouri died on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. Born Friday, July 20, 1951 in Higginsville, Missouri, she was the daughter of the late Wilburn Woods, Sr. and the late Ruth Fields Woods. She was a lifelong resident of Higginsville and a graduate of the Lafayette County C-1 school district, class of 1969. She...
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Orville W. Salyer

March 1, 1932 - November 24, 2016

Orville W. Salyer, 84 of Concordia, Missouri died on Thursday, November 24, 2016, at Lafayette Regional Health Center in Lexington, Missouri. Born Tuesday, March 1, 1932 in Waverly, Missouri, he was the son of the late Oliver Salyer and the late Alvena Willard Salyer. He was a graduate of the Waverly High School, Class of 1950. He served as an aircraft mechanic assistant in the Navy from 1951...
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Richard Vorwark

August 19, 1927 - November 3, 2016

Richard Vorwark, 89 of Higginsville, Missouri died on Thursday, November 3, 2016, at Meyer Care Center in Higginsville, Missouri. Born Friday, August 19, 1927 in Mayview, Missouri, he was the son of the late Andrew Vorwark and the late Willie Douglas Vorwark. He served as a Pfc (T) 1 in the Army during the Korean War from 1950 until 1952. He lived most of his life in the Higginsville and...
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Wilbert H. Hilgedick

September 28, 1924 - October 29, 2016

Wilbert H. Hilgedick, 92 of Warrensburg, Missouri, formerly of Higginsville died on Saturday, October 29, 2016, at Western Missouri Medical Center in Warrensburg, Missouri. Born Sunday, September 28, 1924 in Higginsville, Missouri, he was the son of the late Gust Hilgedick and the late Minnie Hoelscher Hilgedick. He retired from the Army after serving in World War ll, Korean War and...
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Jerry L. Pragman

September 20, 1940 - October 25, 2016

Jerry L. Pragman, 76 of Higginsville, Missouri died on Tuesday, October 25, 2016, at St. Joseph Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Born Friday, September 20, 1940 in Higginsville, Missouri, he was the son of the late Lambert Pragman and the late Mildred Wegener Pragman. He served as a IC1 in the Navy from 1961 until 1967. He was a Veteran of Vietnam War and a member of the...
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Helen M. Beck

December 22, 1928 - October 1, 2016

Helen M. Beck, 87, formerly of Higginsville, Missouri died on Saturday, October 1, 2016, at New Haven Living Center in Odessa, Missouri. Born Saturday, December 22, 1928 in Mc Alester, Oklahoma, she was the daughter of the late Wylie T. Holbert and the late Gladys Cook Holbert. Helen lived in Odessa, Missouri and graduated from Odessa High School Class of 1946 then moved to Higginsville...
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Deloras L. Hook

April 2, 1928 - September 21, 2016

Deloras L. Hook, 88 of Higginsville, Missouri died on Wednesday, September 21, 2016, at her home. Born on Monday, April 2, 1928 in Higginsville, she was the daughter of the late Arthur Conzelman and the late Emma Meinershagen Conzelman. She was a lifelong resident of Higginsville. She married C.W. Hook on September 12, 1948 and he survives of the home. Deloras was a member of Salem...
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David Collier Houston

April 27, 1942 - September 15, 2016

David Collier Houston, 74 of Higginsville, Missouri went to be with his Lord and Savior surrounded by his family and friends, on Thursday September 15, 2016, at Research Medical Center. Born Monday, April 27, 1942 in Warsaw, Missouri, he was the son of the late Willard L. Houston and the late Ida M. Long Houston. He lived most of his life in Higginsville. He married Linda Wilhite Houston on...
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Marcile G. Fischer

September 30, 1932 - September 13, 2016

Marcile G. Fischer, 83 of Corder, Missouri died on Tuesday, September 13, 2016, at the Lutheran Nursing Home in Concordia, Missouri. Born Friday, September 30, 1932 in Hodge, Missouri, she was the daughter of the late Daniel Shockley and the late Elenora Franklin Shockley. She married Donald N. Fischer on December 16, 1950 and he preceded her in death on February 28, 2009. She lived most of...
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Ruth B. Short

June 28, 1935 - September 4, 2016

Ruth B. Short, 81 of Higginsville, Missouri died on Sunday, September 4, 2016, at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. Born Friday, June 28, 1935 in Corder, Missouri, she was the daughter of the late Homer Boswell and the late Betty Johnson Boswell. She married Gilbert "Skip" L. Short on July 13, 1952. She lived most of her life in Higginsville. She was a member of Corder United...
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Connie Jean Dille

May 22, 1936 - August 26, 2016

Connie Jean Dille, 80 of Higginsville, Missouri died on Friday, August 26, 2016 at her son's home in Shawnee, Kansas. Born Friday, May 22, 1936 in Grantsville, Utah, she was the daughter of the late Frank Spader and the late Blanche Rupp Spader. She married Gordon L. Dille on January 25, 1958 and he preceded her in death on July 30, 1995. They moved from Liberty, MO to Higginsville in 1988...
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Mildred A. Heyer

December 6, 1921 - August 26, 2016

Mildred A. Heyer, 94 of Higginsville, Missouri died on Friday, August 26, 2016, at Lafayette Regional Health Center in Lexington, Missouri. Born Tuesday, December 6, 1921 in Corder, Missouri, she was the daughter of the late Martin Schnakenberg and the late Lula Aversman Schnakenberg. She was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Corder, MO. Mildred lived most of her life in...
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Olin A. Jungeblut

August 28, 1930 - August 21, 2016

Olin A. Jungeblut, 85 of St. Peters, Missouri died on Sunday, August 21, 2016, at Spencer's Place in Saint Peters, Missouri. Born Thursday, August 28, 1930 in Higginsville, Missouri, he was the son of the late Samuel Jungeblut and the late Cora Schowengerdt Jungeblut. He enlisted with the Army during the Korean War in 1954 serving until 1956 where he was a Pfc(T). He was of the Methodist...
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Dorothy A. Hoefer

June 29, 1933 - August 11, 2016

Dorothy A. Hoefer, 83, of Higginsville, Missouri died on Sunday, August 7, 2016, at her home. Born Thursday, June 29, 1933 in Aullville, Missouri, she was the daughter of the late Gustav Gerkin and the late Mary Rutherford Gerkin. Also preceded in death is one sister, Betty Cagna, and one grandson, Robert Hoefer. "Tootie" lived most of her life in Higginsville; she was a homemaker and...
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Alvin C. Tilly

June 22, 1921 - August 9, 2016

Alvin C. Tilly, 95 of Higginsville, Missouri died on Tuesday, August 9, 2016, at Riverbend Heights Health & Rehabilitation in Lexington, Missouri. Born Wednesday, June 22, 1921 in Odessa, Missouri, he was the son of the late August Tilly and the late Bertha Grumke Tilly. Alvin was a member of the Odessa High School, Class of 1939. He married Fay Laumeier on December 12, 1946 and she...
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Carolyn Roncelli

July 4, 1941 - August 8, 2016

Carolyn Sue Roncelli, 75 of Higginsville, Missouri died on Monday, August 8, 2016, at Centerpoint Hospital in Independence, MO.. Born Friday, July 4, 1941 in Mokane, Missouri. She was the daughter of the late Joseph L. Derleth and Grace E. (James) Derleth. She married Steve Roncelli on October 14, 1960 and he survives of the home. She lived in Lexington, MO where she was a sales clerk at...
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Wilma M. Hoefer

December 9, 1923 - August 3, 2016

Wilma M. Hoefer, 92 of Higginsville, Missouri died on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at Meyer Care Center in Higginsville, Missouri. Born Sunday, December 9, 1923 in Higginsville, Missouri, she was the daughter of the late Chris Opfer and the late Selma Lefman Opfer. She was a lifelong resident of Higginsville, Mayview area. She married Maurice H. Hoefer on November 10, 1943, he preceded her in...
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Grace Knipmeyer

January 26, 1926 - August 2, 2016

Grace Knipmeyer, 90 of Higginsville, Missouri died on Tuesday, August 2, 2016, at Meyer Care Center in Higginsville, Missouri. Born Tuesday, January 26, 1926 in Woodlawn, Missouri, she was the daughter of the late James Harrison and the late Alva Delaney Harrison. She married Calvin Benjamin Knipmeyer on August 7, 1955 and he preceded her in death on July 27, 2008. Grace received a B.S....
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John E. Helm

February 22, 1934 - August 2, 2016

John Emmett Helm, 82 of Kansas City, Missouri died on Tuesday, August 2, 2016, at V.A. Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Born Thursday, February 22, 1934 in Holden, Missouri, he was the son of the late Frank M. Helm and Mary Elizabeth Rigg Helm. Also preceded in death was one son, Larry D. Helm, one daughter, Beth M. Helm, 2 brothers, Glen H. and Francis Eugene Helm, and 2 sisters,...
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Margaret Francis Nevels

October 6, 1924 - July 24, 2016

Margaret Francis Nevels, 91, of Odessa, Missouri died on Sunday, July 24, 2016, at her home. Born Monday, October 6, 1924 in Higginsville, Missouri, she was the daughter of the late George Edward Matthews and the late Elsie Mae (Bayless) Matthews. She married Thurman Coolidge Nevels in Kansas City, Missouri on March 23, 1946; he preceded her in death on February 19, 1980. Also...
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Paul M. Pangborn

November 7, 1957 - July 15, 2016

Paul M. Pangborn, 58, of Higginsville, Missouri died on Friday, July 15, 2016, at Centerpoint Medical Center in Independence, Missouri. Born Thursday, November 7, 1957 in Lexington, Missouri, he was the son of the late Paul Donald Pangborn and the late Ella Mae Skaggs Pangborn. Paul was also preceded in death by one brother, Donald Pangborn; and two sisters, Joyce Wells and Diane Boley. He...
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David A. Corder

December 27, 1935 - July 15, 2016

David A. Corder, 80 of Corder, Missouri died on Friday, July 15, 2016, at his home. Born Friday, December 27, 1935, he was the son of the late Austin Addison Corder and the late Georgia Matthews Corder. Also preceded in death was one son, Dwayne Corder. Although born in Louisiana, Missouri, Mr. Corder was a lifelong resident of Corder, Missouri. He married Shirley Barb on August 17, 1957...
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Nancy Carol Coen

September 16, 1939 - June 21, 2016

Nancy Carol Coen, 76 of Higginsville, Missouri died peacefully on Tuesday, June 21, 2016, at her residence in Higginsville, Missouri. Born Saturday, September 16, 1939 in Corder, Missouri, she was the daughter of the late Rupert Schaller and the late Mildred Higgins Schaller. Nancy married James Coen on September 11, 1965 and he preceded her in death on June 18, 1998. She was also preceded in...
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Richard C. Schowengerdt

June 27, 1930 - June 15, 2016

Richard C. Schowengerdt, 85 of Higginsville, Missouri died on Wednesday, June 15, 2016, at John Knox Village East in Higginsville, Missouri. Born Friday, June 27, 1930 in Higginsville, Missouri, he was the son of the late Clarence Schowengerdt and the late Lois White Schowengerdt. He married Alice E. Alpers on June 24, 1951, she preceded him in death on August 27, 2010. He was a life long...
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Sara Tuttle Inman

June 9, 1986 - June 9, 2016

Sara Tuttle Inman, 30 of Grain Valley, Missouri, formerly of Higginsville, died on Thursday, June 9, 2016, at her residence. Born Monday, June 9, 1986 in Lexington, Missouri, she was the daughter of the late James Tuttle and Sharon Tuttle. She lived most of her life in Higginsville, Missouri until moving to Grain Valley in 2011. She married Jeffrey Inman on November 11, 2011. She was a...
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Frank Schornhorst

November 11, 1939 - June 3, 2016

Frank Schornhorst, 76 of Corder, Missouri died on Friday, June 3, 2016, at his home. Born Saturday, November 11, 1939 in Independence, Missouri, he was the son of the late Henry Schornhorst and the late Lillian Golden Schornhorst. He married Esther Come on June 29, 1971. Frank moved to Corder in 1970 from Independence. He was a sanitation worker for several trash service companies until...
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Virginia M. "Ginny" Hartwig

August 20, 1939 - May 25, 2016

Virginia M. "Ginny" Hartwig, 76 of Higginsville, Missouri died on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, at Warrensburg Manor Care Center. Born Sunday, August 20, 1939 in Missouri Valley, Iowa, she was the daughter of the late Steve Leroy Stebbins and the late Eunice Plouch Stebbins. She married Bruce E. Hartwig on February 1, 1985.. She lived most of her life in Higginsville. She was a member of...
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Susan Christine Dye

August 22, 1954 - May 20, 2016

Susan Christine Dye, 61 of Higginsville, Missouri died on Friday, May 20, 2016, at her home. Born Sunday, August 22, 1954 in Yakima, Washington. She was the daughter of the late Joe Rhoton and the late Phyllis Rhoton. She married John D. Dye, Jr. on September 26, 1987. Susan lived most of her life in Higginsville. She graduated from Santa Fe High School in 1972. She was a member of the...
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Elizabeth Pulliam

January 30, 1930 - May 18, 2016

Elizabeth Pulliam, 86 of Corder, Missouri passed away on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, at her home. Born Thursday, January 30, 1930 in Memphis, Missouri, she was the daughter of Baptist Hardy and Ethel Rice Hardy. She married Keith Moore Pulliam on October 9, 1949 in Greensburg, MO by Rev. J.S. Laws. Elizabeth graduated from Memphis High School and received her teaching certificate from...
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Donald Ray Tracy

November 15, 1943 - April 26, 2016

Donald Ray Tracy, 72, of Concordia, Missouri died on Tuesday, April 26, 2016, at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. Born Monday, November 15, 1943 in Higginsville, Missouri, he was the son of the late Floyd Clifton Tracy and the late Geneva Marie Chapman Tracy. He was also preceded in death by one brother, William "Mack" Tracy and one sister, Jan Jackson. Donald lived in Corder...
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Buck Bryson

December 26, 1957 - April 16, 2016

Buck Bryson, 58 of Concordia, Missouri died on Saturday, April 16, 2016, at his residence. Born Thursday, December 26, 1957 in Wellington, Kansas, he was the son of Mack Bryson and Shirley Robertson Heiser. He married Julie Borgstadt on September 1, 2008 and she survives of the home. He spent most of his life in Concordia. He was a member of the Freedom of the Road Riders. He worked for...
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Laura H. Williams

November 15, 1942 - April 14, 2016

Laura H. Williams, 73, of Higginsville, Missouri died on Thursday, April 14, 2016, at Lafayette Regional Health Center in Lexington, Missouri. Born Sunday, November 15, 1942 in Higginsville, Missouri, she was the daughter of the late William Conaway, Sr. and the late Myrtle Haynes Conaway. Laura spent most of her life in Higginsville, she was a member of St. James A.M.E. Church and had...
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Evelyn L. Coen

February 17, 1923 - April 6, 2016

Evelyn L. Coen, 93, of Higginsville, Missouri died on Wednesday, April 6, 2016, at Meyer Care Center in Higginsville. Born Saturday, February 17, 1923 in Higginsville, Missouri, she was the daughter of the late William Wegener and the late Rebecca Kuster Wegener. Evelyn lived most of her life in Higginsville. She and Edward E. Coen were married on July 7, 1937; he preceded her in death...
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Lillian Maxine Sommerville

July 14, 1931 - March 28, 2016

Lillian Maxine Sommerville, 84 of Lexington, Missouri died on Monday, March 28, 2016, at Riverbend Heights Health & Rehabilitation in Lexington. She was born July 14, 1931 to Jessie Morris and Cecil Fern Kelso Morris, who both preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by two sons Rick Sommerville and Jon Sommerville; one daughter Jessica L. Sommerville; three brothers, J.C. Moris,...
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Catherine E. Dittmer

July 25, 1932 - March 25, 2016

Catherine E. Dittmer, 83, of Higginsville, Missouri died on Friday, March 25, 2016, at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. Born Monday, July 25, 1932 in Corder, Missouri, she was the daughter of the late Reinhold Friedrich Kessler and the late Nora Scholle Kessler. Catherine lived most of her life in Higginsville. She and Willard William Dittmer were married May 31, 1952; he...
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Howard E. Templeton

June 18, 1940 - March 22, 2016

Howard E. Templeton, 75, of Corder, Missouri died on Tuesday, March 22, 2016, at his home. Born Tuesday, June 18, 1940 in Carrollton, Missouri, he was the son of the late Howard August Templeton and the late Mary Catherine (Lane) Templeton. Howard lived most of his life in the Kansas City area after receiving an Associate degree from a Junior College in Tyler, Texas. He married Sharon R....
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Elmer Louis Stuerke

May 16, 1923 - March 18, 2016

Elmer Louis Stuerke, 92 of Higginsville, Missouri died on Friday, March 18, 2016, at Meyer Care Center in Higginsville. Born Wednesday, May 16, 1923 in Sweet Springs, Missouri, he was the son of Edward H. Stuerke and Marie J. Ehlers Stuerke. He married Bethany Huscher on Novemeber 16, 1947 and she preceded him in death on June 7, 2012 He was a Veteran of World War ll, serving as a Tec 4...
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Rex L. Arbogast

November 2, 1924 - March 14, 2016

Rex L. Arbogast, 91, of Higginsville, Missouri died Monday, March 14, 2016, at Meyer Care Center in Higginsville. Born Sunday, November 2, 1924 in Sprague, Missouri, he was the son of Dee Lee Arbogast and Myrtle Withrow Arbogast. He was also preceded in death by one brother, Earl Ashley, and one great great grandchild. Rex served as a veteran of World War ll, serving in the Army Air...
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Katherine Alumbaugh

November 25, 1920 - March 4, 2016

Katherine Alumbaugh, 95 of Higginsville, Missouri died on Friday, March 4, 2016, at Meyer Care Center in Higginsville, Missouri. Born Thursday, November 25, 1920 in Corder, she was the daughter of the late Jesse Alumbaugh and the late Myrtle Martin Alumbaugh. She is also preceded in death by one brother Clarence Alumbaugh and three sisters, Myrtle Stoll, Hazel Fleming and Gladys Schroeder. ...
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Henry A. "Bud" Laverentz

October 28, 1932 - February 29, 2016

Henry A. "Bud" Laverentz, 83 of Warrensburg, Missouri died on Monday, February 29, 2016, at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Born Friday, October 28, 1932 in Severance, Kansas, he was the son of the late Henry Laverentz and the late Anna Mattucks Laverentz. He married Shirley Pragman on August 9, 1958. He served in the U.S. Navy as a Machinist Mate 3rd class during the...
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Jon Sommerville

January 3, 1955 - February 21, 2016

Jon Sommerville, 61 of Higginsville, Missouri died on Sunday February 21, 2016 at his residence. Born Monday, January 3, 1955 in Lexington, Missouri, he was the son of the late Robert Lee Sommerville, Sr. and Lillian Maxine (Morris) Sommerville. Jon lived in Higginsville all of his life, he was a member of Faith Baptist Church. He worked as an auto mechanic at Hughes and Coates in...
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Bessie Louise Fann

November 1, 1928 - January 28, 2016

Bessie Louise Fann, 87 of Higginsville, Missouri died on Thursday, January 28, 2016, at Lafayette Regional Health Center in Lexington, Missouri. Born Thursday, November 1, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Edward Goring and the late Edith Reynolds Goring. She married James C. Fann, Sr. on August 19, 1946. She lived most of her life in Higginsville. Bessie was a member of Faith...
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Alice R. Johnson

March 1, 1933 - January 27, 2016

Alice R. Johnson, 82 of Warrensburg, formerly of Aullville, Missouri died on Wednesday, January 27, 2016, at Warrensburg Manor Care Center. Born Wednesday, March 1, 1933 in Concordia, she was the daughter of the late August Borgstadt and the late Marsaline Duffey Borgstadt. She lived most of her life in Aullville. She was a waitress for several area restaurants until she retired in 1995. ...
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Doris V. Hinkle

May 13, 1931 - January 20, 2016

Doris V. Hinkle, 84 of Independence, Missouri died on Wednesday, January 20, 2016, at her home. Born Wednesday, May 13, 1931 in Mayview, she was the daughter of the late Ira Hackett and the late Jennie Briggs Hackett. Doris married Lee Hinkle on April 30, 1969. She was a member of Branson United Methodist Church. They lived in Independence until 1987, moving to Hermitage until 1999. They...
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Clara Marie Werning

January 5, 1931 - January 17, 2016

Clara Marie Werning, 85 of Higginsville, Missouri died on Sunday, January 17, 2016, at St. Luke's Hospice House in Kansas City, Missouri. Born Monday, January 5, 1931 in Mayview, Missouri, she was the daughter of the late August Begemann and the late Emma Fiegenbaum Begemann. Clara was a lifelong resident of Higginsville. She married Elmer Charles Werning on November 29, 1952. She was a...
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Dorothy Marie Nieman

August 13, 1921 - January 15, 2016

Dorothy Marie Nieman, 94 of Higginsville, Missouri died on Friday, January 15, 2016, at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. Born Saturday, August 13, 1921 in Lexington, Missouri, she was the daughter of the late August Walter and the late Annette Hackman Luehrman. She was a 1939 graduate of Lexington High School then moved to the Higginsville area in 1940. She married Max W....
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Anna Ruth Wooden

June 10, 1925 - January 12, 2016

Anna Ruth Wooden, 90 of Lexington, Missouri died on Tuesday, January 12, 2016, at her home. Born Wednesday, June 10, 1925 in Corder, Missouri, she was the daughter of the late Herbert George Kessler and the late Lillie E. Tieman Kessler. She married David L. Wooden on June 30, 1946; he preceded her in death on May 6, 1993. Also preceded in death are two sons, David Wayne Wooden and...
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Clinton Woods

March 19, 1938 - January 11, 2016

Clinton L. Woods, 77 of Excelsior Springs, Missouri died on Monday, January 11, 2016, at Valley Manor Rehab Center in Excelsior Springs, Missouri. Born Saturday, March 19, 1938 in Higginsville, Missouri, he was the son of the late Lawrence Henry Woods and the late Rosetta Lorraine Parks Woods. He worked at Lake City Arsenal then later worked for Chrisman Landscaping in Kansas City,...
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Lorene Lena Wahlers

May 9, 1924 - December 28, 2015

Lorene Lena Wahlers, 91, of Higginsville, Missouri died on Monday, December 28, 2015, at Meyer Care Center in Higginsville. Born Friday, May 9, 1924 in O' Fallon, Missouri, she was the daughter of the late Adolph Henry Link and the late Mary Katherine Kiethley Link. Mrs. Wahlers lived in Higginsville since 1936. She and Raymond Louis Wahlers were married on August 14, 1944, he preceded...
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Kenneth A. Holmes

January 1, 1936 - December 15, 2015

Kenneth A. Holmes, 79 of Higginsville, Missouri died on Tuesday, December 15, 2015, at The Groves in Independence, Missouri. Born Wednesday, January 1, 1936 in Keota, Iowa, he was the son of the late Kenneth Edward Holmes and the late Edna Glee McGovern Holmes. Kenneth enlisted in the United States Air Force on January 3, 1955 and served during the Korean War. He earned the rank of...
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Keith H. Struchtemeyer

May 3, 1951 - December 14, 2015

Keith H. Struchtemeyer, 64, of Higginsville, Missouri died on Monday, December 14, 2015, at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. Born Wednesday, May 3, 1951, he was the son of Earl Daniel Struchtemeyer and the late Grace Johanna Tempel Struchtemeyer. Keith was a lifelong resident of the Higginsville/Mayview area. He graduated from Higginsville High School in 1969 then served 8...
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Donald J. "Duck" Morris

October 14, 1925 - December 14, 2015

Donald J. "Duck" Morris, 90 of Higginsville, Missouri died on Monday, December 14, 2015, at Lafayette Regional Health Center in Lexington, Missouri. Born Wednesday, October 14, 1925 in Higginsville, Missouri, he was the son of the late Cyrus Matthew Morris and the late Elizabeth (Jung) Morris. He married Rosemary Kosmiski on June 9, 1950 and she preceded him in death on March 20, 2013. Also...
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Donald G. Wienberg

August 30, 1930 - December 5, 2015

Donald G. Wienberg, 85 of Warrensburg, Missouri died on Saturday, December 5, 2015, at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. Born Saturday, August 30, 1930 in Emma, Missouri, he was the son of the late Elmer Wienberg and the late Lorene Bodenstab Wienberg. He married Betty A. Hickman on July 6, 1963 and she survives of the home. Donald served in the Air Force during the Korean War...
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Derek William Gillilan

August 17, 1988 - November 26, 2015

Derek William Gillilan, age 27 of Higginsville, Missouri died on Thursday November 26, 2015. Born Wednesday, August 17, 1988 in Kansas City, Missouri. He was the son of Robert Keith Gillilan and Pamela Lea (Shafer) Gillilan. Derek lived most of his life in Higginsville and was a 2007 graduate of Lafayette County C-1 high school. He then graduated in 2011 from Missouri Valley College. He was...
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Judy Borgstadt

May 20, 1940 - November 23, 2015

Judy Borgstadt, age 75 of Higginsville, Missouri died at her home on Monday, November 23, 2015. Born Monday, May 20, 1940 in Higginsville, Missouri, she was the daughter of the late Elmer James Gilkey and the late Hattie Mae (Booker) Gilkey. Mrs. Borgstadt lived most of her life in Aullville, Missouri. She worked at the International Ladies Garment Factory in Higginsville and was a member...
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Cynthia Schowengerdt Fincher

September 9, 1947 - November 16, 2015

Cynthia Schowengerdt Fincher, 68 of Higginsville, Missouri died on Monday, November 16, 2015, at Centerpoint Medical Center in Independence, Missouri. Born Tuesday, September 9, 1947 in Warrensburg, Missouri, she was the daughter of the late Clarence Henry Schowengerdt and the late Lois Mae (White) Schowengerdt. Cyndi lived most of her life in Higginsville and was a 1965 graduate of...
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Doris Ann Fisher

June 21, 1935 - November 3, 2015

Doris Ann Fisher, 80 of Higginsville, Missouri died on Tuesday, November 3, 2015, at Meyer Care Center in Higginsville, Missouri. Born Friday, June 21, 1935 in Wellington, Missouri, she was the daughter of the late Orlando Piepmeier and the late Adelia Nadler Piepmeier. Also preceding her in death is one sister, Evelyn Sprague. She is survived by her husband, Kenneth E. Fisher, of the home....
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Helen C. Bergsieker

November 3, 1925 - October 26, 2015

Helen C. Bergsieker, 89 of Higginsville, Missouri died on Monday, October 26, 2015, at Meyer Care Center in Higginsville, Missouri. Born Tuesday, November 3, 1925 in Higginsville, Missouri, she was the daughter of the late Albert Gus Hoefer and the late Louise (Rinne) Hoefer. She married Raymond A. Bergsieker on November 12, 1944 and he preceded her in death on August 9, 2004. Also preceding...
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Terry R. Abney

July 10, 1950 - October 19, 2015

Terry R. Abney, 65 of Higginsville, Missouri died on Monday, October 19, 2015, at St. Luke's Hospice House in Kansas City, Missouri. Born Monday, July 10, 1950 in Cheyenne, Wyoming, he was the son of the late Lloyd Abney and Audrey (Kramer) Abney. He married Cynthia (Tyree) Abney on November 18, 1972 and she survives of the home.. He was a member of First Baptist Church where he was a...
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Edith Grace

August 2, 1920 - October 9, 2015

Edith Grace, 95 of Higginsville, Missouri died on Friday, October 9, 2015, at St. Mary's Manor in Blue Springs, Missouri. Born Monday, August 2, 1920 in Linn Creek, Missouri, she was the daughter of the late Clyde Elmer Sousley Sr. and the late Winifred Martin Sousley. She was the wife of the late Virgil S. Grace, he preceded her in death on December 6, 1985. Also preceding her in death are...
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Lucille "Lucy" Branson

March 2, 1934 - October 6, 2015

Lucille "Lucy" Branson, 81, of Higginsville, Missouri died on Tuesday, October 6, 2015, at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. Born Friday, March 2, 1934 in Dover, Missouri, she was the daughter of the late Robert Glenn Calvert and the late Lily Pauline (Davis) Calvert. She married Glen W. Branson on April 26, 1957; he preceded her in death on November 2, 2008. Mrs. Branson...
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Phyllis E. Iman

November 2, 1942 - September 28, 2015

Phyllis Elaine Iman, age 72, of Higginsville, Missouri died on Monday, September 28, 2015, at her home. Born Monday, November 2, 1942 in Carrollton, Missouri, she was the daughter of the late Robert Albert Eastridge and the late Clara Irene Simms Eastridge . She was also preceded in death by two brothers; Robert and Paul Eastridge. She lived in Leavenworth, KS until moving to Higginsville...
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Margaret Angle

March 21, 1918 - September 11, 2015

Margaret Angle, 97 of Concordia, formerly of Higginsville, Missouri died on Friday, September 11, 2015, at the Luthern Nursing Home in Concordia, Missouri. Born Thursday, March 21, 1918 in Dover, Missouri, she was the daughter of the late Oscar Louis Doerflinger and the late Lillian Louise (Ahrens) Doerflinger. She married Ernest Angle, Sr. on October 7, 1939. He preceded her in death on...
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Virginia Gray

July 9, 1926 - August 30, 2015

Virginia Gray, 89, of Higginsville, Missouri died on Sunday, August 30, 2015, at Meyer Care Center in Higginsville, Missouri. Born Friday, July 9, 1926 in Carrollton, Missouri, she was the daughter of the late Frank Gilbert Tweedie and the late Carrie Lou Booker Tweedie. She married William N. Gray, Sr. on June 21, 1952, he preceded her in death on March 27, 1988. Also preceding her in death...
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Harold Frerking

January 6, 1913 - August 21, 2015

Harold Frerking, 102, of Higginsville, Missouri died on Friday, August 21, 2015, at Meyer Care Center in Higginsville, Missouri. Born Monday, January 6, 1913 in Corder, Missouri, he was the son of the late Joseph Frerking and the late Ada (Price) Frerking. He married Anna C. Stockman on December 25, 1935 and she preceded him in death on December 11, 2011. Also preceding him in death are one...
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Marlene Janice Smith

February 26, 1940 - August 4, 2015

Marlene J. Smith, age 75, of Higginsville, Missouri died on Tuesday, August 4, 2015, at Lafayette Regional Health Center in Lexington, Missouri. Born Monday, February 26, 1940 in Sterling, Colorado , she was the daughter of the late Joy Charles Whited and the late Eva Beatrice Simmons Whited. She moved to Higginsville in 1964 and married Lewis A. Smith on December 18, 1964. He preceded...
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Gerald L. Holmes

May 11, 1934 - July 30, 2015

Gerald L. Holmes, age 81, of Alma, Missouri died on Thursday, July 30, 2015, at his home. Born Friday, May 11, 1934 in Bath, Maine, he was the son of the late Francis Holmes and the late Thelma Eskin Holmes. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force serving during both the Korean and Vietnam Wars from October 2, 1951 until his retirement from the USAF on December 31, 1971 in...
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Allan A. Mahnken

July 25, 1923 - July 23, 2015

Allan A. Mahnken, age 91 of Corder, Missouri died on Thursday, July 23, 2015 at Golden Living Center in Odessa, Missouri. Born Wednesday, July 25, 1923 in Corder, he was the son of the late William Henry Mahnken and the late Verena (Rodekohr) Mahnken. He was united in marriage to Clara Irene Portell November 12, 1964. She preceded him in death November 2, 1988. Also preceding him in death...
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Judy Morgan

March 27, 1944 - July 20, 2015

Judy Morgan, age 71 of Higginsville, Missouri died on Monday, July 20, 2015, at Lafayette Regional Health Center in Lexington, Missouri. Born Monday, March 27, 1944 in Columbia, Missouri, she was the daughter of the late Robert Douglas Waterman and the late Violet Dennis Waterman. She married Bruce Morgan on February 15, 1964. Judy attended Lexington High School and was a graduate of the...
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Carl D. Gosoroski

April 24, 1940 - July 5, 2015

Carl D. Gosoroski, age 75, of Higginsville, Missouri passed away peacefully July 5, 2015 at Lees Summit Medical Center. Born April 24, 1940 to the late Joseph and Myrtle Gosoroski, he lived most of his life in Higginsville. He graduated from Lafayette County C1 High School in 1958. Carl married Kay Robinett on June 2, 1962. They had two children, Pamela and Rodney. the family enjoyed...
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Carol Ann Deatherage

December 15, 1933 - June 11, 2015

Carol Ann Deatherage, 81 of Riverside, Missouri died on Thursday, June 11, 2015, at Riverside Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Riverside, Missouri. Born Thursday, December 15, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Arthur Wegener and the late Effie M. Dennis Wegener. She married Gayle Deatherage on April 14, 1951. He preceded her in death on December 26, 1999. She is also preceded in death...
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