Obituaries: Nov. 22, 2018

Betty Ann Barnes
Jan. 6, 1939 – Nov. 9, 2018

Betty Ann Barnes, 79, Harrisonville, died Nov. 9 at Carnegie Village Rehabilitation Center.
Betty was born Jan. 6, 1939, in Jefferson City, the daughter of Walter and Edith Horak. She was the oldest of three siblings.
She met and married Jack Barnes and raised a family of three children.
Betty leaves behind her three children; Bruce (Debbie) Barnes and their three children, JoBeth, Brady and Brett and three stepchildren, Mary, Kimmy and Kristen; Jeffrey (Annette) Barnes and their two children, Kholby and Madison; Lisa (Scott) Gilbert and their two children, Stephanie and Seth. She was also blessed with eight great-grandchildren; and 10 step great-grandchildren.
She also leaves behind her two sisters, Delores Fischer and her four children and Judy (Walt) Schaefer and her two children.
Funeral services were Nov. 14 at the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, and cremation was accorded.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Carnegie Village Rehab and Health Care Center.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville.


James Allen “Al” Copeland
March 14, 1941 – Nov. 12, 2018

James Allen “Al” Copeland, Archie, died Nov. 12. Allen was born in his parent’s home March 14, 1941, in Merwin, the son of Marion Lester and Nettie Mae (Dowdle) Copeland.
Allen graduated from Butler High School in 1959. After graduation, he started working for Thomas Fumigation. He was united in marriage to Gayle Gray July 1, 1960. Together they had two children, Andy Copeland and Pam Shipley-Cox.
He started his long-term career with Western Electric (now known as AT&T Technologies) in 1962 and later married his current wife, Georgia, Nov. 11, 1982. Allen and Georgia retired from AT&T Technologies together in 1991 where they then enjoyed their many hobbies together.
Allen and Georgia spent most of their adult life together in Archie where they took joy in being parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. Allen had many hobbies. He loved traveling, camping, fishing, woodworking and sports of all kinds.
But most of all, Allen loved being with his family, of whom he was most proud. Allen and Georgia were the first to arrive at every sporting event to cheer on their grandchildren and their unwavering support was the foundation to his family’s success.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two infant children, Timothy and Dana, and son, Michael Hicks; brothers, Lester Copeland and Donnie Copeland; sisters, Mildred and Mabel Copeland, Ruby Bagby and Elsie Lacy.
Allen is survived by his wife, Georgia Copeland, of the home; four children, James Andrew Copeland and wife, Cindy, and Pamala Jeane Shipley-Cox and husband, Douglas, all of Archie, Kevin Wayne Fox, Stockton, and Steven Dale Fox, Atlanta, Georgia; grandchildren, Preston, Amber, Paige, Tiffany, Travis, Megan, Ashley, Taylor and Abigail; 14 great-grandchildren with two on the way; a brother, Glenn Copeland, Rotan, Texas; three sisters, Marie McDonnell, Drexel, Nadine Semsch, Freeman, and Fern Coffel, Sedalia; many nephews, nieces, cousins and family members.
Funeral services were Nov. 16 at the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, with burial in the Virginia Cemetery, Virginia community.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville.


Wyatt William Deel
April 27, 2000 – Nov. 10, 2018

Wyatt William Deel, 18, Drexel, died Nov. 10 in his home surrounded by love, after fighting Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) for 18 months. A celebration of life service was Nov. 17 at the Drexel High School gymnasium. Burial was in the Sharon Cemetery, Drexel. Services were under the direction of the Mullinax Funeral Home, Drexel Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Wyatt’s Warriors, to continue raising money for research and a cure for DIPG and to help other pediatric cancer patients. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at
Wyatt William Deel was born April 27, 2000, in Kansas City to his loving parents, Dennis and Tesa Deel, and proud big brother, Hunter Wayne Deel.
He resided in Drexel for all 18 years of his life. Wyatt attended Drexel R-4, graduating in May 2018. He collected many names while attending school. Wy Wy, Willy, Buckets and Q-Tip were just a few.
Wyatt loved life. He had a mischievous smile, twinkle in his eye and a comeback on his lips that was usually inappropriate. He had boundless amounts of energy, no filter and he was loud (very loud). Wyatt never knew a stranger, kids were drawn to him and he had an unshakable faith in God before and after his diagnosis.
The four greatest loves in his life were food, God, basketball and Maddy J. At an early age, Wyatt showed a passion for sports. As he grew older basketball topped the list. This passion connected him to his numerous amounts of friends from all over. Wyatt spent countless hours in the driveway shooting hoops, playing on traveling teams and going to camps to work on his game. He shined on the court, loved competing against his brothers and rehashed every play for hours.
Wyatt packed his 18 years of life full. He took pride in his work at Dreamland Ranch. Even better than the work was his co-workers. Wyatt brought his life-long friends onto the crew at the ranch. They worked hard, but managed to enjoy perks of the job including hunting and fishing. If on the crew you were expected to work, accept dares and take your first dip. The stories were endless of those dares. Wyatt’s favorites included swinging in trees like monkeys, swimming at any time of the year and seeing who could get closest to the fire.
As brothers, the Deel boys were opposite as night and day from their looks to their personality. Although Hunter was the first to pick on his little brother, he was also the first person the stand up for Wyatt. They learned to “play as a team” from the beginning. This built a foundation that made him a great teammate to others in years to come. Wyatt gained some siblings through the years. Mandy, Lauryn, Kyle, Jon and Nick joined the team. He was always the baby until Izzy made Wyatt a big bro. He relished the title and loved the fact that she might act a little more like him than anyone else.
Wyatt went on trips all over the world with his dad. He enjoyed the beach, snow skiing, water slides, go-karts and everything about Cabo. He also traveled all over the state of Missouri and neighboring states to play basketball. Roads trips with Wy included singing at the top of his lungs off key, pit stops for food, naps and navigating the roads for mom.
He loved and was loved! Wyatt got Maddy fever in fifth grade. It took awhile for him to wear her down, but finally Mads couldn’t resist his charm any longer. The two became an inseparable fixture of love and support. Wy Wy and Mads complimented each other well. He brought the fun and bad decisions. She brought the reasoning and the camera.
In May 2017, Wyatt was diagnosed with DIPG. He was a fierce competitor, but was given an unfair fight. DIPG is incurable and terminal upon diagnosis. Wyatt took the lead and said we will fight this with smiles on our face and faith in our hearts. God’s got this! Wyatt won his battle and Heaven gained the most ornery angel of all Nov. 10.
Wyatt was preceded in death by his grandparents, Wayne and Dorothy Deel, and by his uncle, Joe Fink, and by his beloved dog, Zeus.
He is survived by the love of his life, Maddy Jones; his parents, Dennis Deel and Joni Baker Duffield, Tesa and Martin Miles and Mike and Kim Jones; siblings, Hunter Deel, Mandy and Doyle Catron, Jon and Nick Miles, Kyle and Izzy Jones and Lauryn Campbell. He is also survived by his nephews and niece, Lane and Ella Catron and Blake Wyatt Shipley; grandparents, Bill and Sandy Hocker, Jan Rush (Mark McCoy), Betty Miles and Max and Mary Miles; and great-grandma, Martha Hocker. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, numerous friends and a community of warriors that rallied around him during his illness.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Mullinax Funeral Home, Drexel Chapel.


Larry Eugene Moody
Jan. 22, 1950 – Nov. 12, 2018

Larry Eugene Moody, 68, Harrisonville, died Nov. 12 at his home. A memorial visitation was Nov. 16 at the Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville.
Larry was born Jan. 22, 1950, in Harrisonville the son of Branson Charles and Wilma Jean (Anderson) Moody. He was a lifelong Harrisonville resident and a 1968 graduate of Harrisonville High School. Larry was united in marriage to Janice Lynn Luce June 9, 1973. He was a union laborer, retiring in 2008 and a member of Local Afl-Cio Union No. 264. Larry was in the Army Reserves.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Janice Lynn (Luce) Moody; and a brother, Keith Leslie.
He is survived by a son, Chad Moody and wife, Rebecca, Garden City; a daughter, Brandy Fair and husband, Mike, Belton; two brothers, Rick Moody and wife, Carol, Harrisonville, and Jim Leslie and wife, Laurie, Brookeland, Texas; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville.


John Eugene Osborn
Dec. 5, 1927 – Nov. 9, 2018

John Eugene Osborn, 90, Archie, died Nov. 9 at the Missouri Veterans Home in Warrensburg. Funeral services were Nov. 14 at the Atkinson Funeral Home, Archie. Burial was in Crescent Hill Cemetery, Adrian.
John was born Dec. 5, 1927, in Harrisonville, a son of Vern Ross and Eve Juanita (Briles) Osborn. John was a lifelong Archie resident and a 1945 graduate of Archie High School. He enlisted in the Marines in February 1946 and served two years during World War II. John worked at McKee Quarry in maintenance for more than 40 years before his retirement.
John was a member of the Operating Engineers Union, Local 101 in Kansas City and a member of Grand River Masonic Lodge No. 276 in Freeman. He was of the Baptist faith.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Ross Edwin Osborn; and a sister, Velda Mae Troth.
John is survived by a son, Leon Osborn, Harrisonville; two daughters, Evon Hall and Brenda Sue Arnold, both of Adrian; three brothers, Glen W. Osborn, Raytown, Donald L. Osborn, Harrisonville, and Melvin R. Osborn, Drexel; a sister, Alice Campbell, Carl Junction; five grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Atkinson Funeral Home, Archie.


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