Obituaries: Nov. 8, 2018

Laurice Vida Adams

1921 – Oct. 30, 2018

Laurice Vida Adams, lovingly known as “Midge,” died Oct. 30 at Golden Years Care Center, Harrisonville, at the age of 97. Midge was born in 1921 in Jay, Florida, the daughter of George and Emma McArthur.

She was proceeded by her sisters, Wilma Mixon and Ida Barns; her brothers, J. Burton McArthur and Emmet Cal McArthur; her husband, Don Adams; and a daughter, Donna Lindsey.

She is survived by her daughter, Joan E. Meador and husband, Don, Freeman; a son-in-law, John Lindsey, Springfield; five grandchildren, Michael J. Lindsey, Michelle K. Wilson, Abigail H. Meador, Angela H. Bacevius and John M. Lindsey; 10 great-grandchildren, Emma Lindsey, Joshua Lindsey, Sarah Meyers, Zach Lindsey, Sam Lindsey, David Lindsey, Rachel Wilson, Danniel Wilson, Rhonda Wilson and Tobias Wilson; two great-great-grandchildren, Lily Johnson and William Lindsey.

After graduating from Jay High School, Midge moved from Florida to Independence, where she studied nursing and obtained her RN license. While she was still in school, she met her one and only, Don Adams. They married in 1942 and were together for 69 and a half years until Don died in 2012. During World War II, while Don served overseas, she worked as a nurse in the states. After the war they began their family and had two daughters, Donna I. and Joan E.

Midge was a member of the Blue Springs RLDS Remnant Church for many years.

In her early nursing career, she did private duty nursing for President Truman’s brother-in-law and met the president. As a registered nurse, she was able to be a nursing home administrator and owner. She also was the owner and manager of the Dayton Hotel in Lee’s Summit.

She had many hobbies in fiber arts; sewing, quilting, applique work, embroidery and candlewicking. She enjoyed cooking, especially southern foods. She made cheese bread to take to any friends and family that were ill. She made pies for every occasion.

She was a good daughter stalling her career to go to Florida to look after her dying father, a good sister, a good wife and mother, but she was an even more devoted grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved her grandchildren and devoted herself to setting them on a good path in life teaching them respect and appreciation for others and helping them get a strong spiritual foundation.

She also loved and cared for many nieces and nephews. She took one niece, Miriam, to her first day of kindergarten after the unexpected death of her mother, because she said, “It is important to let the girls, Laurel and Miriam, know they have an aunt that is there for them and loves them.”

Midge had a good sense of humor and friends and family will miss that the most.

Graveside services were Nov. 3 at the Oak Ridge Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Independence.

A celebration of life service was held Nov. 3 at the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville.


Larry Curtis Green

March 7, 1950 – Oct. 27, 2018

Larry Curtis Green, 68, Peculiar, died Oct. 27 at his home, after a two-year fight with cancer. A celebration of life service was Nov. 3 at the First Baptist Church, Peculiar. Inurnment was Nov. 4 at the Clintonville Cemetery, El Dorado Springs.

Larry was born March 7, 1950, in Nashville, Arkansas, the son of Lawrence and Imogene (Bookout) Green. The family moved to El Dorado Springs when Larry was in the seventh grade and he was a 1968 graduate of El Dorado Springs High School. Larry was united in marriage to Linda June Smith June 8, 1968, at the Baptist Church in El Dorado Springs. They moved to Iowa in 1976 and to Peculiar in 1982, where they raised three daughters.

Larry was a boiler builder, inspector and engineer for more than 28 years and worked for the state of Missouri and various insurance companies, including his current employer Liberty Mutual.

He was a member, Sunday school teacher and deacon of the First Baptist Church, Peculiar, and was a member of Boilermakers Union Local No. 83 in Kansas City.

He loved to hunt, fish, scuba dive, sing, drive and ride his motorcycle, but his real passion was taking care of his family.

Larry was preceded in death by his mother and a brother, Cliff.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Green, of the home; three daughters, Mytzi Stephens, Peculiar, Nichola (Joe) Engle, Smithville, and Katrina (Fred) Caddell, Raymore; two brothers, Mike Green, Springfield, and Terry (Sandra) Bookout, Guymon, Oklahoma; a sister, Regina (Dennis) Linn, Des Moines, Iowa; six grandchildren, Curtis, Joey, Ronee, Spencer, Gavin and Jolee; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville.


Juanita L. Rathjen

July 24, 1938 – Oct. 30, 2018

Juanita L. Rathjen, 80, Garden City, died Oct. 30 at Crown Care Center, Harrisonville. Funeral services were Nov. 2 at the Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville, with burial in the Raymore Cemetery, Raymore.

Juanita was born July 24, 1938, in Kansas City, the daughter of Ralph and Ida Belle (Case) Langkop.

She married Donald Dean Rathjen March 9, 1957, in Kansas City. Juanita was a 1956 graduate of Shawnee Mission North High School and had lived in Shawnee Mission, Kansas. She later moved to Raymore where she lived until moving to Garden City in 1965.

Juanita was a personal secretary to the commanding officer at Richards-Gebaur Air Force Base before retiring in 1974.

Juanita was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Ralph Langkop; and her husband, Don, Jan. 28, 2006.

She is survived by two sisters-in-law, Gaylene Small and her husband, Hans, Pleasant Hill, and Ann Good, Lee’s Summit; and a nephew, Jon Small, Pleasant Hill.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville.


Jeanie “Jean” Dianne Dean-Rinehart

June 16, 1958 – Oct. 30, 2018

Jeanie “Jean” Dianne Dean-Rinehart, 60, Peculiar, died Oct. 30 at Meadow View of Harrisonville in Harrisonville. A celebration of life was held Nov. 4 at the Harrisonville Elks Lodge.

Jean was born June 16, 1958, in Fairfield, the daughter of Roy Edward and Ethel (King) Dean. She was a lifelong Cass County resident. She worked as a bartender.

Jean was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by a son, Scott Rinehart, Harrisonville; two daughters, Rebekah Calbraith, Creighton, and Justina Warrington, Harrisonville; five sisters, Susan Vinson, Peculiar, Linda Caylor, Holden, Annette Johnson, Oak Grove, Kathy Dean, Archie, and Barbara Martin, Peculiar; and eight grandchildren, Jacob, Joshua, Jackson, Bradley, Keegan, Isabella, Kyley and Brenya.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville.


Ruby Joyce Reid

June 23, 1934 – Oct. 26, 2018

Ruby Joyce Reid, Creighton, was born June 23, 1934, near Fairfax, the daughter of William Benjamin and Edna (Lee) Mattingly. She died Oct. 26 at Research Medical Center, Kansas City, at the age of 84 years, 4 months and 3 days.

March 29, 1952, Ruby was united in marriage to Richard Allen Reid in Ft. Smith, Arkansas.

Ruby was a homemaker and helped Richard operate Reid Charter Buses for 16 years. The most important things in her life was God, family and caring for everybody. She was a member of the Creighton First Baptist Church. Ruby was very artistic and enjoyed painting, drawing, needlework, doing crafts and writing short stories and poems.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Reid, Jan. 4, 2010; a son, Dennis Richard Reid, Feb. 24, 1999; a sister, Wanda; and two brothers, Irvin and Bill.

Ruby is survived by three sons, Roger Reid and wife, Bonnie, Lincoln, Darrell Reid, Creighton, Nathan Reid and wife, Amy, Peculiar; seven grandchildren, Aneita, Anthony, Aaron, Dustin, Michael, Alexandra and Landon; 10 great-grandchildren; a sister, Virginia Kimble, Bunch, Oklahoma; other relatives and many friends.

Cremation. A celebration of life service was Nov. 4 at the Creighton First Baptist Church, Creighton.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Dickey Funeral Home, Garden City.