Johnson County Funeral Chapel and Cemetery

Choosing a funeral home or cemetery can be an overwhelming decision, especially at an emotional time. That's why it is important to know that there really is a difference.

Johnson County has been helping families since 1951. Today, we continue to serve families with quality, compassionate care, and we offer complete funeral services and options for all faiths. The beautiful funeral chapel was opened in 1995 and sits on the grounds of Johnson County Memorial Gardens, providing the convenience of making all arrangements from one central location. The well-manicured lawns of Johnson County Memorial Gardens feature traditional ground burial, as well as mausoleum entombment and impressive private estates mausoleums. We have responded to growing cremation trends by offering beautiful columbariums, scattering gardens, cremorials and cremorial benches.

Johnson County is also proud to offer burial options at Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens and Shawnee Mission Memory Gardens. Established in 1957, Oak Lawn's green lawns boast meticulous landscaping and a special Veterans area to commemorate those who have served our country. Shawnee Mission Memory Gardens was founded in 1973 and this spacious park provides a peaceful setting for reflection and remembrance.

The beautiful grounds of both these cemeteries also offer a wide range of interment options including traditional ground burial, lawn crypt gardens, mausoleum entombment and cremation niches.

Families can be assured that they will receive personalized, individual attention when making arrangements with Johnson County Funeral Chapel and Memorial Gardens, Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens or Shawnee Mission Memory Gardens. Our professional and caring staff members understand that the loss of a loved one is a very personal experience, and are here to help. We believe that every life is unique, and every funeral should be too. We celebrate life. And for those who like to plan ahead, we offer The Simplicity Plan® prearrangement program—an easy way to handle an important responsibility.


Our Obituaries

Fred Preisler

January 31, 1925 - June 5, 2014

Fred Preisler, 89, of Shawnee Mission, KS, passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at his home surrounded by family. He was born on January 31, 1925 to Bertha (Pusch) and Fredrick Preisler in Kansas City, Kansas. He married the love of his life, Phyllis in 1981 where they always opened their home to others and enjoyed a wonderful life together. Phyllis preceded him in death in...
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Nancy Lee Frey

March 12, 1945 - June 3, 2014

Nancy Lee Frey (Dayton), 69, of Edgerton, went to be with our Lord and Savior on June 3, 2014, surrounded by family. Nancy was born on March 12, 1945 in Kansas City, Missouri to Della Ione and Roy Dayton. She was married to Joseph Lee Frey for 40 years, until his passing in 2005. She was a wonderful wife, mother, sister, friend, and Grammy to all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. ...
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Mildred R Cannady

February 1, 1923 - June 2, 2014

Mildred R. Cannady, 91, passed away Monday, June 2, 2014. On February 1, 1923, Mildred was born in Cleveland, OH, to Hilja and Kaarlo Raita. She was educated in Cleveland schools including Cleveland College and Dyke School of Commerce. In February 1950, she married radio newsman, Bill Cannady, and they moved to Moberly, MO, Jefferson City, MO and finally settled in Overland Park, KS, over...
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Mildred M. Lanzrath

May 20, 1925 - May 31, 2014

Mildred M. Lanzrath, 89, of Overland Park, KS, passed away on May 31, 2014 at Shawnee Mission Medical Center. Mildred was born on May 20, 1925 in Morrilton, AR to Valentine and Anna Pfeifer. After WWII, she moved to Kansas City, where she met Ellis Lanzrath, a WWII Air Force Veteran, at a church dance. They were married in May of 1949. Of this union came three children. The family moved to...
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Violet Eaton

December 7, 1924 - May 31, 2014

Dorothy Violet (Haase) Eaton, 89, of Overland Park, KS, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at the Sweet Life of Brookdale with her family by her side, after battling Alzheimer's for six years. She was born on December 7, 1924 to Michael and Jenny Haase. Violet lived in St. Joseph, MO, before moving to Kansas City, MO. On July 5, 1944 she married Eldon "Bud" Eaton. They...
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T. Lorraine Ferguson

January 25, 1930 - May 30, 2014

T. Lorraine Ferguson, 84, of Overland Park, KS, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on May 30, 2014 after a brief but brave battle with cancer. Lorraine was born on January 25, 1930 to Fred and Thelma Reinking. She was married in 1950 to the love of her life, Marvin Ferguson, who preceded her in death in 1994. She is survived by her 4 children, Christine (Mike)Waring,...
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Robert Bob Sumner

June 21, 1933 - May 29, 2014

Robert K. Sumner, 80 of Overland Park, KS, passed away May 29, 2014 after a long illness. Bob was born on June 21, 1933 in Tulsa, OK to Haskell and Nina (Taylor) Sumner. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army; a graduate of the Oklahoma Military Academy, Claremore, OK. He worked as a manufacturer's rep and sales person for many years. He was an avid square dancer and loved camping. He...
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Judy Keith

June 12, 1938 - May 29, 2014

Judith Lynne Keith, 75, passed away peacefully at her home in Overland Park, KS, on May 29, 2014. She was surrounded by her loving family. Judith (Judy) was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1938, the first child of Charles and May Carlberg. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Bill. Judy is survived by her husband of 54 years, Brian. Despite his own recent bout with cancer, Brian...
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Lillian A. Jones

October 9, 1930 - May 25, 2014

Lillian A. Jones, age 83, of Overland Park, KS, passed away on May 25, 2014 at Kansas City Hospice House. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 pm on Monday, June 2, 2014 at the Johnson County Chapel, 11200 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, KS. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 11 am also at the Johnson County Chapel. Interment will follow in the Johnson County Memorial Gardens....
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Warren Thomas

March 7, 1930 - May 25, 2014

I, Warren H. Thomas, Jr., passed away on May 25, 2014, as a result of emphysema and COPD. I was born on March 7, 1930, in Dayton, Ohio to Warren H. Thomas, Sr. and Margaret Evelyn Thomas. I spent my very early years in Cincinnati and Dayton, and then, in 1938, my parents, my brother and I moved to Xenia, Ohio. I attended McKinley School from grades 2 through 6 and then went on to junior...
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Betty Jean Werner

August 13, 1924 - May 25, 2014

Betty Jean (Sneyd) Werner, 89, of Kansas City, MO, passed away on Sunday, May 25, 2014. Betty was born August 13, 1924, in Galveston, TX, to Mae (Locke) and Robert A. Sneyd. She graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1943 with a degree in Music Education and Piano. Betty taught Music Education in the Public Schools in Galveston, Austin and Dallas, TX. She also taught private piano...
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Rebecca Bohon

January 10, 1928 - May 24, 2014

Rebecca Ann Larson Bohon (Becky), age 86, of Overland Park, died May 24, 2014 at St. Luke's South Hospital. She was the daughter of Agur and Amy Larson and was born in Horton, Brown County, KS. She lived near Robinson, KS until moving to Kansas City in 1950. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Kansas in 1950. Becky was active in the Eastern...
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James Vernon Laughlin

February 4, 1929 - May 24, 2014

James Vernon "Jim" Laughlin, 85, passed away Saturday, May 24, 2014. Jim was born February 4, 1929, in Fort Wayne, IN. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame and received a degree in history. Jim then graduated from Georgetown University with a Juris Doctorate. He also served as a SSG in the Army during the Korean War. Jim had a distinguished 20 year career with the FBI and...
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Gary Allen Williams

May 17, 1936 - May 21, 2014

Gary Allen Williams was born on the family farm southeast of Paola, KS, March 17, 1936, and went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, May 21, 2014. Gary graduated as class valedictorian from Paola High School in 1954 and earned a BS degree with honors in Engineering Physics from KU in 1958 and was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship for graduate study in Germany. In 1960, he accepted an engineering...
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Sally Sight Roach

December 16, 1928 - May 20, 2014

Sally Sight Roach, 85, passed away Monday, May 20, 2014. Sally was born on December 16, 1928 in Kansas City, MO to Miriam Chafee and David Sight, co-owner of Sight Bros Chevrolet. She attended Border Star Grade school, Southwest High School and Monticello College. She was a member of Country Club Congregational Church where she participated in the children's and high school choirs. She...
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Bertha Lee Reynolds

September 18, 1924 - May 18, 2014

Bertha Lee Reynolds, age 89, two time cancer survivor, passed away May 18, 2014 after a long illness. A funeral service will be held at 1 pm on Thursday, May 22, 2014 at Nall Ave Church of the Nazarene, 6301 Nall Ave., Mission, Kansas 66202, with visitation beginning at 11 am at the church. Interment will follow in the Johnson County Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to the...
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Mary Jane "Morgan" (Fischer) Seagrave

October 26, 1936 - May 17, 2014

Mary Jane "Morgan" (Fischer) Seagraves, 77, passed away Saturday, May 17, 2014, in Kansas City, MO. Mary was born October 26, 1936, in Council Bluffs, IA, to Carl and Gwetholyn Fischer. She worked for over 40 years at various positions with the KU Medical Center. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Tom Fischer. Mary is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth Seagraves ...
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William V. Herwig

September 12, 1928 - May 17, 2014

WILLIAM V. HERWIG, 85, of Overland Park, KS died May 17, 2014. Funeral services will be held at 10 am Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at the Johnson County Chapel, 11200 Metcalf, Overland Park, KS 66210. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 pm Tuesday, May 20 at the Johnson County Chapel. Bill was born in Kansas City, Missouri on September 12, 1928 the son of Fred and Gladys Herwig. He was an Eagle Scout...
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Thomas S. Dugan

September 2, 1926 - May 16, 2014

THOMAS S. DUGAN, 87, of Overland Park, KS, died Friday evening, May 16, 2014. He was a devoted and beloved husband and father. Thomas was born on September 2, 1926, in Kansas City, MO. He spent most of his childhood in the Kansas City area, served as an Alter Boy at St. James Catholic Church and was an Eagle Scout. He graduated from Paseo High School, where he was enrolled in R.O.T.C., and...
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Teresa Donahue

January 21, 1931 - May 15, 2014

Teresa Donahue 83, of Overland Park, KS passed away peacefully at her home on May 15, 2014. Teresa loved her children and grandchildren. She was a passionate sports fan, never missing a KU, Chiefs or Royals game. When her children were younger, she lived her life around baseball games at Johnson County 3&2 and YMCA football. Teresa was preceded in death by her beloved Son Patrick Donahue, her...
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Anita Katharina Leitz Kesler

June 27, 1955 - May 14, 2014

Anita Katharina Leitz Kesler, 58, Manhattan, Kansas, passed away May 14, 2014 in Kansas City, Kansas. Anita was born June 27th, 1955 in Oedheim, Germany to Alfred and Frida Ocker Leitz. She was the youngest of their 3 children, a happy surprise to her parents. She graduated from school in Germany and in 1973 married her first husband. To this union was born their daughter, Melanie. They...
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Sally Jane Ramos

April 20, 1933 - May 10, 2014

Sally Jane Ramos, 81, of Leawood, KS, was reunited with the love of her life, Dr. Americo "Rick" Ramos, on Saturday, May 10, 2014, at her home. She was born April 20, 1933, in Utica, NY, to Marjorie Robinson Fuller and Frederick Henry Fuller, Jr. She grew up in New York State and enjoyed spending her summers with her brother, Chip, at the home of their Grandparents at Lake Winnipesaukee in...
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Gloria Onofrio Davis

October 7, 1922 - May 9, 2014

Gloria Onofrio Davis, 91, of Kansas City, MO, passed away on May 9, 2014 at St. Mary's Manor in Blue Springs, MO. Gloria was born on October 7, 1922 in Kansas City, MO to Antonio and Jennie Onofrio. A memorial mass will be held on Wednesday, May 14th, 2:00 PM, at Cure of Ars Catholic Church, 9401 Mission Rd, Leawood, KS. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital. ...
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Donald Lee Kraft

August 4, 1924 - May 9, 2014

A much loved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Donald L. Kraft was born August 4, 1924 in Kansas City, Missouri and passed away May 9, 2014. He served his country as a Navy Combat Correspondent Photographer in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. While serving he took part in the Philippine Liberation, Okinawa and Iwo Jima campaigns and was on the USS Missouri as the...
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James Holland

November 12, 1942 - May 9, 2014

James Holland, 89, of Overland Park, KS, passed away on Friday, May 9, 2014. He was born on November 12, 1924 to John and Olga (Dahlberg) in Minneapolis, MN. He grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis. James was an All-Star basketball player in high school. In 1943 he served in the United States Army. He was highly decorated receiving multiple medals including, The French Legion of...
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Charles Allen Miller

October 4, 1927 - May 8, 2014

Charles Allen Miller, age 86, of Leawood, KS, passed away on May 8, 2014. He is preceded in death by his wife Elizabeth Miller. Survivors include his daughter Johanna Miller, son in law Shalome West, grandsons; Traeh West and Emontise West, son Patrick Miller, and sister Janet Young.
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Peter Albro Stepp

May 2, 1951 - May 8, 2014

Peter Albro Stepp, 63, of Lee's Summit, MO, passed away May 8, 2014. This is a profound loss for his family and army of friends. Pete was a kind and tenderhearted man and a loyal friend to so many. Pete truly had a gift for serving, and always found a way to show his love for others. Pete was born to Albro and Barbara Stepp on May 2, 1951. He had a deep love and devotion for his parents...
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William A Bucher

October 5, 1925 - May 8, 2014

William A. Bucher, 88, passed away May 8, 2014. William (Bill) Arthur Bucher, Jr. was born October 5, 1925, in Leavenworth, KS, to William A. and Dorothy C. Bucher. The family moved to Kansas City, MO, in 1927 where he attended Central High School. Upon graduation in 1943, he was anxious to enlist in the Army Air Corp and served as Radar Navigator with the 9th Air Force in Europe during World...
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Evelyn "Mimi" Ruth Roberts

April 6, 1930 - May 8, 2014

Evelyn "Mimi" Ruth Roberts, 84, of Overland Park, KS, passed away on May 8, 2014. Evelyn was born on April 6, 1930 to Boyd and Ruth Boarman. She leaves behind her three children, Sharon (Gil) Barlow of Prairie Village, KS, Carol Roberts of New Braunfels, TX, and Brian (Sheree) Roberts of Kansas City, KS, six grandchildren, Dustin and Mallory Wilson, Todd (Deborah) and Brett Doleshal, and Craig...
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Billy Gene "Bill" Edwards

September 15, 1946 - May 3, 2014

Billy "Bill" Edwards, 67, passed away Saturday, May 3, 2014. Bill was born September 15, 1946, in Lebanon, MO, to Clifford and Dorothy Edwards. He graduated from Shawnee Mission West in 1964. He worked for 38 years in the forklift industry, retiring in 2006. Bill was an avid Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City Royals and Jayhawk Basketball fan. He was a member of the Moose Club and loved to...
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John Allen Loats

June 23, 1926 - May 3, 2014

John Loats, 87, formerly of Prairie Village, KS, returned to our Lord Jesus on Saturday, May 3, 2014, at Kansas City Hospice House. John was born in Gary, South Dakota to Albert and Gertie Loats of Lennox, South Dakota. He was drafted into the Army and served during World War II in Japan. He earned his bachelor's degree in business from Sioux Falls College in 1950. He was a price analyst...
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Ouk H Shin

August 10, 1951 - May 2, 2014

Ouk H. Shin, 62, of Leawood, KS passed away Friday, May 2, 2014. She was born on August 10, 1951 to Am I. and Keum B. Chon in Mason, South Korea. Ouk was a child of God, wife for almost 30 years and a mother of 2. She was a dedicated member of KPCK and the Korean community since retiring two years ago with her husband. She enjoyed spending time with her family, traveling, volunteering...
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George W. Smith, Jr.

November 4, 1923 - May 2, 2014

George W. Smith Jr. (The 'Ole' Story Teller) was born on November 4, 1923 in Jackson, MS to George and Helen and grew up in Crawford County, KS. He was a veteran serving our country from June 1944 to June 1946 in the 130th Army Airways as a cryptographic technician, stationed in Kunming, China. George resided in Shawnee, KS or nearby since 1951. He attended local churches including: First...
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Elva Fredelake

January 29, 1919 - April 26, 2014

Elva Grace Fredelake, 95, of Olathe, KS, passed away on Saturday, April 26, 2014. She was born on January 29, 1919 to Curtis and Sadie Ott in Dodge City, KS. She graduated from Dodge City High School and attended Jr. College. She married Floyd Fredelake in 1941. They moved to the Kansas City area in 1956. Elva worked as an office manager for Johnson County Library for 15 years, she...
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Charles Alfred Lamm

January 29, 1925 - April 26, 2014

Charles Alfred Lamm, 89, of Overland Park, Kansas, died Saturday, April 26, 2014, at the Kansas City Hospice House. Charles, "Fred" as he was known to his childhood friends and family, was born on January 29, 1925 to Emil and Zelma Lamm of Afton, Oklahoma. He would spend most of his childhood helping around his father's hardware store in town. He graduated from Afton High School in 1943. That...
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Bertha Lillian Slusher

July 10, 1921 - April 25, 2014

Bertha Lillian Slusher, 92, passed away Friday, April 25, 2014. She was born to Mae Chaney Mallicoat and Oscar Lee Mallicoat on July 10, 1921 in Peculiar, MO. She graduated from Stilwell High School, Stilwell, KS in 1939. She married Raymond Fair Slusher in 1940 and they were married 65 years. He preceded her in death in 2006. In the 1960's and 1970's she worked for Central Surety...
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Donna Jean "Pat" Brahl

April 10, 1918 - April 24, 2014

Donna Jean "Pat" Brahl, 96, a wonderful lady, left us on Thursday, April 24, 2014. Donna was born in Waubun, Minnesota, daughter of Beth and Herman Patnode (the popular town barber). She graduated from Hamlin University and worked for many years as a Clinical Assistant at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Donna was married to the late Maurice H. Brahl. The couple raised their...
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Mary Jane O'Leary

June 16, 1928 - April 24, 2014

Mary Jane O'Leary, Ph.D., 85, passed away in the company of her loving children on April 24, 2014, at her home in Overland Park, KS. She was born in Lapeer, MI, June 16, 1928. She spent her early years in Detroit, earning a BA in piano from Marygrove College. While studying piano at University of Michigan, she met Franklin Hayes O'Leary and in 1950 they married, moving to Leawood and later,...
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Charles Thomas "Tom" Mathis

February 17, 1949 - April 24, 2014

Charles Thomas "Tom" Mathis, 65, of Overland Park, KS passed away on Wednesday, April 24, 2014. He was born in Kirksville, MO to the late William "Carl" and Carol Mathis and recently preceded in death by his sister, Kathi Jones. Tom was a proud alum of the University of Missouri before embarking upon a successful career with UMB Bank rising to Senior Vice President, Consumer Services. He...
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Walter Don Copp

February 3, 1933 - April 23, 2014

Walter Don Copp, 81, of Overland Park, passed away Wednesday, surrounded by his family. He was born in Nashville, TN February 3rd, 1933, the only child of Annie and Walter Copp. Don graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1951 and attended Vanderbilt University for three years. He continued his schooling at University of California, Santa Barbara and University of Miami (Florida) where he...
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Elinor "Cookie" Stults

November 15, 1935 - April 18, 2014

ELINOR "COOKIE" STULTS, 78, Overland Park, KS passed away April 18, 2014. Cookie was preceded in death by her parents and her husband of 54 years, Bruce A. Stults. Cookie is survived by her daughter, Cindi Carmody (Jim); sons, Jeff Stults (Pam) and Scott Stults (Kellie); her grandchildren, Kadie (Jon), Justin, Mandy, Emma, Ashleigh, Summer, Caleb; great-granddaughter, Ellie; sister, Carolyn...
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Reatha Browning Adams

January 29, 1923 - April 16, 2014

Reatha Azel Browning Adams, aged 91, of Kansas City, Kansas died at Emeritus of Overland Park on April 16, 2014. Reatha was born January 29, 1923 in Amber, Oklahoma, to E.E. 'Bud' and Lillie Browning. She attended Central State University in Edmond, Oklahoma. On June 29, 1950 she was married to Glen Adams. Reatha was one of 12 siblings whom she loved dearly. She grew up during the Depression...
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William P. Stark, Jr.

December 11, 1927 - April 14, 2014

WILLIAM P. STARK JR., 86, of Kansas City, Missouri, died Monday, April 14, 2014. Mr. Stark was an Army Veteran of World War II. He was a lifelong resident of Kansas City and was preceded in death by his wife of 26 years, Shirley A. Stark. He leaves a son, William P. Stark III and three daughters, Rahmie Jo Stark , Krishna M. Stark and Linda K. Smith; and three grandchildren, Sydnie,...
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Reat Griffin Lloyd Underwood

April 13, 2014

Reat Griffin Lloyd Underwood (Losen) was born on May 21, 1999 in Norman, OK to parents Mindy Corporon and Gary Underwood. For the first ten months of his life, he was his grandfather's first priority. Reat was a precocious toddler who could recite Eric Carle books at the age of two. Even then, he loved to sing and dance. Reat moved with Mindy to Overland Park, Kansas in 2000. As an infant...
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William Lewis Corporon, MD

January 10, 1945 - April 13, 2014

Born January 10, 1945, William Lewis Corporon entered into the world to his parents, Lewis and Helen Church Corporon of Independence, Kansas where Lewis led a congregation as pastor of the Disciples of Christ. He was the second of six children and the only son. Bill, as everyone knew him, met Melinda Ann Gordy in Ponca City, Oklahoma. They married in 1965, welcoming their first son, William...
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Evelyn Cochran

December 19, 1923 - April 12, 2014

Evelyn "Maxine" Cochran, 90, of Overland Park, KS, passed away Saturday, April 12,2014, at Delmar Gardens of Lenexa. After a long and wonderful life, filled with devotion and service to her husband, children, profession, community. Maxine was born December 19, 1923, to Frederick and Florence (Vinzant) Jones, in Fairmont, MO. She spent the early years of her life in Topeka, KS. She graduated...
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Lindsay Senat

December 6, 2013 - April 12, 2014

Lindsay was born December 6, 2013. Born with a heart defect she spent four months in Children's Mercy Hospital. Having had surgery and other treatments it seemed she would soon be going home. On Tuesday April 8, 2014 request was made for a heart catheterizing on Wednesday morning. After the procedure there was an increase in breathing rate and she became fussier. She passed away on Saturday...
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Melba "Jean" Messing

April 20, 1928 - April 12, 2014

Melba "Jean" Messing, 85, passed away Saturday, April 12, 2014. Jean was born April 20, 1928, in Inavale, NE. She graduated from Torrington Wyoming High School in 1946. Jean moved to Hastings, NE in 1947 and married Eugene Messing in May of 1948. She worked for the Jones Store at Metcalf South for 23 years. She was a member of The Church of the Nativity. She was preceded in death by her...
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Lindsay Gabriella Senat

December 9, 2013 - April 12, 2014

Infant Lindsay Gabriella Senat, 4 month, passed away Saturday, April 12, 2014. Lindsay was born December 6, 2013, to Jacques and Yolande Senat. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, April 17, 2014, at Overland Park Church of God, 6801 W 74th Street, Overland Park, KS 66204. The family will greet friends an hour prior to the service. An interment will follow at the...
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Joseph Fair

April 15, 1923 - April 10, 2014

Joseph Fair passed away April 10, 2014. He was born in Shanghai, China in 1923 to Samuel Barnard Fair, from Clinton, Missouri, and Clara Ruskin, a Russian expatriate. He relocated with his family to the states in 1937 and settled in Los Angeles. He served in the armed forces as a Marine in World War II and was stationed at Guadalcanal. He later married, raised four children, and led...
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Homer J. Hanna

July 5, 1923 - April 9, 2014

Homer J. Hanna, 90, of Roeland Park, KS, passed away Wednesday, April 9, 2014. There will be a private family service. An inurnment will take place at the Johnson County Memorial Gardens, Overland Park, KS. Homer was born in Ottawa, KS, on July 5, 1923, to Raymond and Ruth (Olsen) Hanna. He graduated from Carthage, MO High School in 1941. He joined the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942 and...
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Pearl "Ruth" Plummer

December 26, 1921 - April 7, 2014

Pearl Ruth Plummer, 92, loving wife, mother and grandmother died on Monday, April 7, 2014. Born on December 26, 1921, Ruth lived in Kansas City most of her life. Ruth and her husband, Leonard, lived at Lake Quivira, Kansas for 25 years where she was a member of the Quivira Garden Club, served on the Lake Quivira Board of Directors and was President of the Women's Golf Association. Ruth was...
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Alan Bayless

January 10, 1924 - April 6, 2014

HARVEY ALAN BAYLESS Harvey Alan Bayless, 90, of Overland Park, passed away on April 6, 2014. He was born to the late Harry and Stella Bayless, January 10, 1924 in Frankfort, Ohio. Harvey graduated from Frankfort High School in May 1946. He served in World War II as a 2nd Lieutenant Communications Maintenance Worker for the Air Force. After returning from the war, he married Mamie Wilson in...
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Patrick Anthony O'Malley

June 22, 1942 - April 5, 2014

PATRICK ANTHONY O'MALLEY of Overland Park, Kansas passed away on April 5, 2014. Pat was born in Philadelphia, PA to Helene and Thomas O'Malley on June 22, 1942. He graduated from Benedictine Academy in Richmond, VA in 1960 and Villanova University in 1964 with a degree in Economics. Pat went on to earn an M.B.A. and a PhD. Pat entered the U.S. Marine Corps while still in college, earning his...
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Judy McGowan

May 23, 1945 - April 4, 2014

Judy enjoyed a variety of activies throughout her lifetime. Some of her favorites were Quilting, sewing, and other crafts, playing cards and board games with her family, garage saling, fishing, bowling, gardening, and bird watching. She was a member of the Blue Valley and Raymore Quilt Guilds and Stitch 'N' Time Quilt Club of Belton. Judy will be dearly missed but never forgotten. She is...
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Mary Guggemos

July 16, 1936 - March 31, 2014

Mary Catherine Guggemos, 77, of Prairie Village, KS, died peacefully in her home on Monday, March 31, 2014. Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley "Bud" Guggemos. She is survived by her two daughters, Becky Bakker-Arkema and her husband, Erik, and their children Peter, Gretchen and Jack; and Beth Forbes and her children Andrew and Brady. She is also survived by her devoted...
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Wanda L. Crawford

June 4, 1937 - March 31, 2014

WANDA L. CRAWFORD, 76, Mission, KS passed away March 31, 2014. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 4, 2014 at D.W. Newcomer's Sons Johnson County Chapel, 11200 Metcalf, Overland Park, KS 66210. The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 am before the service. Wanda was preceded in death by a daughter, Marilyn J. Runyon and her late husband, Arville L. Crawford. She...
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Betty Jeanne Reese

September 26, 1932 - March 28, 2014

Betty J. Reese, 81, passed away Friday, March 28, 2014. Betty was born September 26, 1932, in Detroit, MI, to Samuel MacGowan of Scotland and Essie E Miles of California. She graduated from Chadsey High School in Detroit and acculated additional college units at Johnson County Junior College over the years. She retired from the City of Overland Park after 25 years as manager of payroll and...
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Patricia Drake Johnson

June 25, 1925 - March 26, 2014

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Patricia Drake Johnson (known as "Mimi" to her family) with peace and grace on March 26, 2014 in Springfield, Missouri. Patricia was born in Aurora, Missouri, and raised in Overland Park, Kansas, where she attended school, graduating from Shawnee Mission North. She married George Johnson, who preceded her in death in 1996. She...
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Billy Joe South

May 9, 1927 - March 25, 2014

Billy Joe South, 86, of Overland Park, KS, passed away on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at Kansas City Hospice House. He was born on May 9, 1927 in Kansas City, MO, to Earl and Alice South. He attended and graduated from Paseo High School in 1944. After high school in 1945, Bill enlisted in the United States Navy. Bill married Judy Eisele in 1948. He was a bricklayer for 65 years; Bill also...
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Patricia A. "Miss Pattie" Beller

March 15, 1941 - March 25, 2014

Patricia Ann Beller, "Miss Pattie", 73, passed away Tuesday, March 25, 2014, after a hard-fought battle with ALS. Pattie was born to Erma and Edward Bova on March 15, 1941. She lived most of her life in Overland Park, KS. She was a graduate of Shawnee Mission North High School and later attended the University of Kansas. In 1954, she started teaching dance to neighborhood children and this...
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Christopher Kemp

September 3, 1934 - March 23, 2014

Dr. Christopher Kemp went on his last adventure March 23, 2014, from complications due to Parkinson's Disease. Dr. Kemp was professor emeritus at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, MO. For his doctorial studies, Dr. Kemp did an extensive study on Native American Tribes. A few of the tribes were The Crow, Mescalero Apache, Navajo, Cheyenne and Blackfeet. At the time of Dr. Kemp...
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Lawrence "Larry" Niemi

August 30, 1938 - March 23, 2014

Lawrence Valentine Niemi (Larry), age 75, of Overland Park, KS passed away on March 23, 2014 at Menorah Medical Center. A memorial service will be at 1:30 pm on Thursday, March 27, 2014 at D.W. Newcomer's Sons Johnson County Chapel, 11200 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, KS. Visitation will be from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm at the chapel. Larry was born on August 30, 1938 in Warrenton, Oregon. He was...
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Mary VanWinkle

August 7, 1933 - March 22, 2014

Mary Van Winkle, 80, passed away Saturday, March 22, 2014, at Aldersgate Village, Topeka, KS. Mary was born August 7, 1933, in Guadalajara, Mexico. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Jess Van Winkle, Sr., son, Jess Van Winkle, Jr. and parents. Mary is survived by four children, Fredrick, Connie, Victor and Gloria, and two grandchildren, Jasmine and Jesse. An inurnment...
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Janice Proper Koupal

October 15, 1929 - March 19, 2014

Janice Proper Koupal passed away on March 19, 2014 at Kingswood Health Center. Janice was born in Kansas City, MO on October 15, 1929 to Iris and Frank Proper. She attended Border Star Elementary School, Southwest High School and graduated from Sunset Hill School in 1946. She attended Stanford University and graduated with a degree in journalism from the University of Kansas in 1950. ...
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David Richard Solenberger

April 27, 1947 - March 19, 2014

David R. Solenberger, 66, of Overland Park, Kansas passed away on Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at Kansas City Hospice House after six years of cancer treatment and participation in melanoma clinical research trials. A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday April 5th 2014 at 10:00 am at Colonial United Church of Christ at 7033 Mission Road in Prairie Village, Kansas followed by inurnment at...
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John Jack Shepherd

January 15, 1934 - March 19, 2014

John "Jack" Shepherd, 80, Husband, Father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather passed away, Wednesday, March 19, 2014 after a long illness. Jack was born January 15, 1934 in Clearfield, PA to Ward L. Shepherd and Jane (Beightol) Shepherd. At 17, Jack joined the United States Air Force where he served for almost 10 years. He was first stationed in the Kansas City Area where he remained a lifelong...
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Betty McAleer

November 2, 1924 - March 18, 2014

Betty Hale McAleer, 89, Overland Park, KS, passed away Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at Kansas City Hospice House. Betty was raised in Kansas City Missouri but lived most of her life in Overland Park. She worked at Sinclair Oil Company and the American Heart Association but preferred her role as a full time mother. Betty was an avid golfer and loved to travel with her family. Betty was...
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Georgia Shearer

August 2, 1917 - March 17, 2014

Georgia L. Shearer, 96, passed away on Monday, March 17, 2014. She was born on August 2, 1917 to Joe and Georgia Saunders in Omaha, NE. In 1940 Georgia married John "Jack" Shearer. In 1945 they moved to Chicago to Kansas City. She was a member at the Rolling Hills Presbyterian Church. She is preceded in death by her husband John Shearer, her parents and two brothers. She is...
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George B. Redd

August 19, 1929 - March 17, 2014

George B. Redd, 84, Overland Park, Kansas passed away March 17, 2014. A memorial service will be held at 3:00 PM, Saturday, March 22, 2014 at Colonial Presbyterian Church, 9500 Wornall Rd., Kansas City, MO. A gathering for family and friends will begin an hour prior to the service, also at the church. George requested memorial contributions be sent to Literacy & Evangelism International, 1800...
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Katherine Muriel Simek (Oslund)

August 9, 1920 - March 17, 2014

Katherine Muriel Simek (Oslund), age 93, of Olathe, KS passed away at Kansas City Hospice House on March 17, 2014. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 am, April 16, 2014 at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Sun City West, AZ. Burial will follow at 12:30 pm in the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Phoenix. Katherine was born on August 9, 1920 in St. Paul, MN. She was preceded in...
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Grace Awilda Null Phillips

November 13, 1915 - March 16, 2014

Grace Awilda Null Phillips, age 98, of Shawnee, Ks entered the gates of Heaven on March 16, 2014, being reunited with her husband. She was born November 13, 1915 in Williamsport, PA to Charles and Martha Null. Grace was predeceased by her husband, Ed Phillips with whom she shared 65 years of marriage filled with living life to the fullest. She also is predeceased by her parents, 2...
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Dorothy Dollarhide

September 7, 1926 - March 16, 2014

Sunday, March 16, 2014, one of the sweetest, funniest, most outspoken ladies left her family and went to heaven. Mom, Mother-in-law, grannie and great grandma Dorothy Dollarhide is now celebrating finally being reunited with her beloved husband, John Dollarhide. She graced our lives, she made us laugh, she made us think, she challenged us in conversations about politics, religion, life, and...
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Raymond Amos

January 2, 1929 - March 16, 2014

Raymond L. Amos, 85, retired Pipefitter Business Manager Local 533, has joined his wife, Deloris in death, on Sunday, March 16, 2014. Those that knew him well and loved him, called him Leonard. It's hard not to remember his wonderful sense of humor. Him telling a joke, often one you had heard a hundred times before, and still laughing like you were hearing it for the first time. He was an...
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Rebecca Sue (Cronenwett) Coning

April 20, 1949 - March 15, 2014

Rebecca Sue Coning (Cronenwett), age 64, passed away on March 15, 2014. A Memorial service will be held at 9 am Sunday, March 23, 2014 at D.W. Newcomer's Sons Johnson County Chapel, 11200 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, KS 66210. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 1848, Longmont, CO 80502. http://pancreaticcancerfoundation.com...
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Richard Seaver

November 1, 1946 - March 15, 2014

Richard "Avi" Everett Seaver of Leawood, Kansas was born in Michigan in 1946. Avi grew up in Lawrence, Kansas. Two of those formative years were spent with his family in Italy (1953) and in the Middle East (1964). He excelled at gymnastics in high school. Avi earned advanced degrees (in Theatre and Speech) from Washburn University, Kansas University, and PhD at Wayne State University...
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Deborah Ann Sexton

July 23, 1965 - March 15, 2014

Deborah Ann Sexton, a loving wife, mother & daughter born on July 23, 1965 passed away at her home, surrounded by loved ones, on Saturday, March 15, 2014. She precedes her husband Howard Perry Sexton, daughter Ashley Sexton, and step son Robert Sexton. She also precedes her father Cruz Perez, mother Rosie Perez, brothers Robert (Donna) Jerry (Mary), Joel, Junior, and John (Linda); 13...
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Lona Mae Mathis Bauer

May 30, 1928 - March 14, 2014

Lona Mae Mathis Bauer, 85, of Overland Park, passed away on March 14, 2014 in her home per her wishes. Lona was born May 30, 1928 in Sturgeon, MO to Walter and Hazel Mathis. She was raised on a farm, the third of six daughters. In September of 1949 she married a tall, funny and good looking guy from Brooklyn, New York named Charles George Bauer. They had 4 children and from that time forward she...
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William Mann "Bill" Mitchell

June 28, 1943 - March 14, 2014

William Mann "Bill" Mitchell, 70, passed away Friday, March 14, at Overland Park Regional Medical Center. Bill was born June 28th 1943, in Wichita, KS, to Carroll and Fauna (Morris) Mitchell. He graduated from the Missouri Military Academy in Mexico, MO, in 1961, and then attended the University of Kansas. His professional life spanned many years and disciplines, though he had a passion for...
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Carolyn D. Hammond

July 30, 1932 - March 14, 2014

Carolyn D. Hammond, 81, of Overland Park, KS, passed away on Friday, March 14, 2014, at Kansas City Hospice House. Carolyn was born in Hoisington, Kansas, on July 30, 1932, to Dean and Orpha Hammond. She was an only child and was raised in Great Bend, KS. Her grandmother, Nancy Hammond, played an important role during her childhood. After attending the University of Kansas, she was...
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John Joseph Neet

October 25, 1949 - March 13, 2014

John "Papa" Neet, 64, passed away Thursday, March 13, 2014, at his home in Olathe, KS. John was born October 25, 1949, in Kansas City, KS, to Arthur and Elsie (Howard) Neet. He grew up in Overland Park, KS and graduated from Shawnee Mission West in 1967. He married the love of his life, Deborah Storey in 1970. John followed his father and brother into the newspaper business. He enjoyed a...
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Michael Thomas O'Neill

July 31, 1953 - March 13, 2014

Michael Thomas O'Neill, 60, of Overland Park, passed away on March 13, 2014 at Kansas City Hospice House. Mike was born on July 31, 1953 in San Antonio, Texas to Eugene and Mary O'Neill. He was a graduate of the University of Indiana and worked for Bridgestone Firestone for over 36 years, retiring January 1, 2014. Mike was a life-long Notre Dame Football fan. Go Irish! He loved watching sports,...
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Blaine Allen Tucker

March 16, 1965 - March 9, 2014

Blaine Allen Tucker, 48, a kind and humble Kansas City area businessman died unexpectedly on Sunday, March 9, 2014. An entrepreneur at heart, Blaine helped build some of the most successful restaurants and technology companies in the Kansas City area. But above all, he was a devoted family man that adored his wife, Nereyda, his beautiful daughter, Bianca, and his large, extended family. ...
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John Edward Mitus

November 3, 1966 - March 9, 2014

John Edward Mitus, 47, passed away Sunday, March 9, 2014, peacefully at his home after a courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by his family and friends. He was born on November 3, 1966, in Ludlow, Massachusetts, to Walter and Anna Mitus. John graduated from Ludlow High School and Bryant College, where he met his loving wife, Patty. His two adored daughters, Brianna and Carley, were born...
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Clarence Lee Miller

February 15, 1931 - March 8, 2014

Clarence Lee Miller, 83, of Overland Park, Kansas passed away on Friday, March 8, 2014, with his loving wife by his side. Lee was born Feb. 15, 1931 in Paola, Ks. He was the son of Mrytle Goff Miller and Clarence Levi Miller. He was a Korean War veteran spending his tour of duty at Ft. Riley, Kansas. He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife, Sheila, sister, Marilyn and son, Mark. ...
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Michie Slaughter

May 4, 1941 - March 7, 2014

Michie P. Slaughter, 72, of Overland Park, KS, passed away on Friday, March 7, 2014. He was born on May 4, 1941 to Valinda and William Slaughter in Roxboro, NC. He grew up and attended schools in Roxboro with his sister Nancy (Slaughter) Marston. He enjoyed playing football and singing in the Barber Shop Quartet. He attended Davidson College on a full football scholarship. After...
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Michael Breakey

November 22, 1945 - March 6, 2014

Michael L. Breakey, 68, of Olathe, KS, passed away March 6, 2014. He is survived by his soul mate of 20 years, Pam, his sister, Patrice Reynolds, two sons Jason (Zuma) and Jordan Breakey, three step-children Jessica (Andy) Carpenter, Lisa (Brian) Fitzpatrick, Chris (Cristina) Schutte and seven grandchildren. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, March 11th from 6-8 p.m. at D.W....
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Marcia Ann Huslig

July 3, 1951 - March 5, 2014

Marcia Ann Huslig, age 62, passed away on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 after a lengthy battle with colon cancer. Visitation will be held Friday, March 14, 2014 from 6 – 8 pm at the D.W. Newcomer's Sons Johnson County Chapel, 11200 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, KS. A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 12 pm also at the Johnson County Chapel. Inurnment will follow in the Johnson...
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John Cobb

August 22, 1921 - March 5, 2014

John Cobb, 92, of Shawnee, KS died peacefully on Wednesday, March 5, 2014. He was born Aug. 22, 1921 in Kansas City, MO. He attended Van Horn Grade School and Westport High School, where his gifted art talent flourished. Upon graduation, he was accepted at The Kansas City Art Institute where he studied under Thomas Hart Benton among his many instructors. During his formal art training, John...
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James Bays

June 17, 1939 - February 28, 2014

James Meredith Bays, 74, passed away on February 28, 2014. Jim "Bud" was born June 17, 1939, in Hotchkiss, CO. at the home of his maternal grandparents, Andrew J. and Minnie Daniel. His parents were Virginia and Darrell Bays, from Sedan, KS. Jim lived in Uravan, CO. in his early years then at the age of 5 the family moved to a farm near Elk City, KS. In 1957 they moved to Independence, KS...
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William B. Lagerquist

February 19, 1930 - February 26, 2014

William B. Lagerquist, born Feb. 19, 1930 passed away peacefully Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, at the Good Samaritan Center in Olathe, KS. Visitation will be at 10:00 am Saturday morning March 8, 2014 at the Overland Park Church of Christ located at 13400 W 119th St, Overland Park, KS. A memorial service will follow at 11:00 am.
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Karl Schmidt

August 8, 1922 - February 22, 2014

Karl F. Schmidt, 91, of Prairie Village, Kansas, passed away on Saturday, February 22, 2014. It had been Karl's request that his body be cremated and no memorial service held. Karl was born June 8, 1922 in Dysart, Iowa to Frank and Lula Schmidt. Karl's parents predeceased him. Karl was educated in the Dysart public schools and University of Iowa where he was a member and President of...
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Susan Boland

June 16, 1940 - February 21, 2014

Susan D. Boland of Olathe, Kansas, passed away on February 21, 2014 at the age of seventy three. In her mid-sixties, Sue was diagnosed with Primary Progressive Aphasia, a form of dementia with no treatment or cure. She was given loving care by her family and the professionals at The Aberdeen Village of Olathe, KS. Susan was born on June 16th, 1940 in Cleveland, Ohio, the daughter of Thomas and...
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Philip Kline

February 8, 1922 - February 19, 2014

Philip Kearney Kline passed away peacefully with family at his side, on February 19, 2014. He was 92. "Big Phil" was a longtime public servant in Overland Park, Johnson County and the State of Kansas. He was an advocate for public education, caring for deaf and blind children and those mainstream (moderate) values he held for more than 35 years as an elected official (Republican precinct...
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Lisa Morehead

March 18, 1960 - February 16, 2014

Lisa Carole Morehead, 53, of Leawood, KS, passed away peacefully in her sleep on February 16, 2014 of health complications. Lisa was born on March 18, 1960 in Braceville, OH. She grew up in the Warren, OH area and graduated from LaBrae High School in Braceville, OH. She was a valued project assistant with CRS Shirine on the Peace Hawk Peace Shield project in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia in 1981,...
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Ella Marie (Reeves) Olson

December 30, 1925 - February 15, 2014

Ella Marie (Reeves) Olson, 88, passed away Feb. 15, 2014 at Life Care Center of Osawatomie, Kansas surrounded by her family. Ella Marie was born to Lee and Mabel Reeves on Dec. 30, 1925 in Ralston, NE. She graduated from Omaha Tech High School in 1943, after which she attended Northwestern Bible College in Minneapolis, MN. Following graduation from college she worked as a missionary at Go Ye...
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John Willard Olander, Jr.

February 17, 1926 - February 14, 2014

John Willard Olander, Jr. passed away peacefully at home on the farm on February 14, a few days before his 88th birthday. Jay was born on February 17, 1926 to John Willard Olander and Eunice Morgan and lived his entire life in the Kansas City area. He attended Southwest High School, The Choate School and Yale University. Prior to enrolling in Yale, he served two years as a Pharmacist's Mate...
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Dorothy Jane "Dot" Gnaegy

April 23, 1925 - February 14, 2014

Dorothy Jane "Dot" Gnaegy, 87, passed away Friday, February 14, 2014, at KC Hospice House. Dot was born April 23, 1925, in St Louis, MO, to Benjamin and Vesta Gnaegy. She was a graduate of Lindenwood College in St Louis, MO. Upon graduation, she took a job with AT&T Telecommunications Division in Kansas City, MO. She was a great supporter of the Greater KC Humane Society and always...
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James Snyder

April 16, 1937 - February 13, 2014

Colonel Snyder died in Wichita, KS February 13, 2014. He was born in Kansas City, Missouri on April 16, 1937. He graduated from Southwest High School in 1954 and attended Missouri University for one year then transferred to Kansas State University and graduated from there in 1959 and was commissioned into the Air Force at that time. He later received his MBA degree from Kansas University. ...
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Dorothy McManness

December 3, 1992 - February 12, 2014

Dorothy D. McManness, of Overland Park, Kansas, passed away Wednesday, February 12, 2014. She was born on December 3, 1923 to Gladys and Arthur Brooks in Ottawa, KS. She grew up and attended school in Ottawa. On December 24, 1940 she married Raymond O. McManness. They made their home in Washington, DC before moving back to Overland Park in 1944. Dorothy was a hairdresser for 38 years...
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