Obituaries: Dec. 6, 2018

Elnora Faye Cox

Sept. 10, 1931- Nov. 23, 2018

Elnora Faye Cox, Kansas City, was born Sept. 10, 1931, in Haxton, Colorado, the daughter of Stuard William and Myrtle Alta (Price) Northup. She died Nov. 23 at Jefferson Health Care, Lee’s Summit, at the age of 87 years, 2 months and 13 days.

July 9, 1953, Elnora was united in marriage to Frank M. “Bud” Cox in Garden City.

Elnora was a bookkeeper for Residential Sewage Treatment Co. Inc., Grandview, from 1986 until 1995. Earlier she was an office manager for Acme Fast Freight and Senda Card Co. Inc., Kansas City.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Harrisonville. She loved doing ceramics, bowling, gardening, watching college basketball and college and NFL football. Elnora enjoyed spending time with Bud at their place at Table Rock Lake.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Bud Cox, Sept. 9, 1989;  and three brothers, Jimmie S., Dale W. and Clyde E. Northup.

Elnora is survived by her sister, Alta Kagarice, Lee’s Summit; three nephews, Robert Johnson, Blue Springs, Bill Johnson, Grandview, and Curt Northup, Olathe, Kansas; a niece, Rebecca Northup, Kansas City; a step-nephew, Randell Dykes, Burke, Virginia; a step-niece, Sandi Jackson, Harrisonville; a special friend, Karen Douglas, Liberty; great-nephews and great-nieces; and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were Dec. 1 at the Dickey Funeral Home, Garden City, with burial in the Garden City Cemetery.

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


Daniel “Danny” Wade Harris

March 19, 1959 – Nov. 22, 2018

Thursday, Nov. 22, was a very tragic day for the Harris family. Danny, a member of our beloved family, died far too soon. He had a lot left to accomplish and it is sad he isn’t here with us. However, the focus should not be on grief, but instead on the celebration of his life.

Daniel “Danny” Wade Harris, 59, Garden City, died Nov. 22 at Research Medical Center surrounded by his family and loving wife of 27 years.

Danny was born March 19, 1959, in Harrisonville, the son of Marvin Dean and Frankie Delores (Leuty) Harris. He was a 1977 graduate of Sherwood High School.

He joined the United States Navy in 1977 and served aboard the USS Albany in Europe. He was united in marriage to Tina Michelle Pate Dec. 29, 1990, in Overton, Nevada.

Danny worked as a construction supervisor for Marley Cooling Towers until his retirement.

He was preceded in death by his son, Derrick Wade Harris.

He is survived by his parents, Dean and Delores Harris; his loving wife, Tina; two daughters, Brandy and Christina; two sisters, Rhonda Hernandez (David) and Janet Milburn; two brothers, Jimmie (Sheila) Harris and Frankie Harris; grandchildren, Matthew, Caitlyn and Micah; and many nephews, nieces, great-nieces and nephews, cousins and wonderful friends.

Danny enjoyed the company of his friends, meeting new people and spending time with the family he loved. He was a loving son, brother, husband, father and grandfather (Pa-Pa) and will never be forgotten.

“Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted (Matthew 5:4).”

Funeral services were Nov. 28 at the Dickey Funeral Home, Garden City, with burial in the Byler Cemetery near Creighton.

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


Marcia Hinken

Oct. 5, 1942 – Nov. 22, 2018

Marcia “Marcie” Joan Waugh-Hinken, 76, Belton, died peacefully in her sleep Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22 from an extended battle with COPD. She was under hospice care at Raymore Rehabilitation Facility for the last month.

Marcie was born Oct. 5, 1942, in Kansas City, the daughter of Charles A. and Margaret M. Waugh. Both parents preceded her in death. She was the oldest of four children. William L. Waugh, her youngest brother, also preceded her in death.

Marcie graduated from Grandview High School and lived most of her life in the Grandview and Belton area.

She worked as a transport dispatcher with Cartwright Van Lines for many years.

She enjoyed riding her horse, Dandy; gardening; loving her dogs and cats; and most of all loving her daughters and grandchildren.

Survivors include daughters, Dianna Lynn Hinken-Smith and husband, Pat Smith, Harrisonville, and Debra Dee Hinken-Corum, Grandview; a brother, John C. Waugh; sister, Anita J. Waugh-Bohannon; two grandchildren, Cassie Smith-Aspey and Dean Smith; and five great-grandchildren. She also leaves behind her dog, Delta, and cat, Lillie.

Her devoted daughters were by her side during her last hours. Marcie requested cremation and no funeral service.

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


The Rev. David Paul Irwin

The Rev. David Paul Irwin was born Feb. 16, 1935, at home to parents Rev. J. Walter Irwin and Nelle Moore Irwin in Bulger, Pennsylvania. They moved to Morgan Hill, California, for several years.  In his teens, the family moved to Eskridge, Kansas, where he graduated high school. He graduated from Sterling College and Dubuque Seminary. He was ordained a Presbyterian minister in 1963. He spent some time working at the Oljato Navajo Reservation.

He began serving the churches at Moran and Carlyle, Kansas, full time. He had served them both as a student pastor. He then moved to Wilson, Kansas, in 1965 and served there. He married Peg Gerardy in Wilson on Nov. 26, 1965.  He served many churches in Kansas and Missouri throughout the years.  He was a chaplain at the Osawatomie State Hospital and at the Topeka Correctional Facility for more than 10 years each. While at Topeka, he was awarded “Kansas Non-Uniformed Employee of 2001.” He served the Freeman Presbyterian Church twice, once from the mid-1970s to the late 1980s and again after his retirement from active ministry. He also served as an alderman and later as mayor of Lake Annette.

He retired full time in 2006.  He still served as a supply minister to several small churches in the area. He also had served as a Boy Scout leader for about 20 years.

He loved people, especially his family. He leaves behind his wife of almost 53 years; three sons, David Paul II, Dan Irwin, Dr. Douglas Irwin and one daughter, Christelle Porter; 13 grandchildren, two great-grandsons (also named David) and many nephews and nieces; and two brothers, Dr. James Irwin and Bill Irwin. His brothers Glenn and John preceded him in death.


Kathryn Louise Johnston

Nov. 8, 1955 – Nov. 25, 2018

Kathryn Louise Johnston, 63, Amsterdam, died Nov. 25 at her home surrounded by her family. Kathy’s wishes were to be cremated, with no public services. Arrangements were entrusted to Mullinax Funeral Home, Butler. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at

Kathy was born Nov. 8, 1955, in Kansas City, the daughter of Roy Raymond and Norma Jean (Schlesner) Caswell.

She was united in marriage to Jerry Dean Johnston Sept. 29, 1974, in Louisburg, Kansas.

Kathy was a homemaker who loved gardening and canning. She loved sharing her goods with family and friends and everyone would agree that her pickles were a fan favorite. She was also a 4-H leader in Amsterdam for several years.

Kathy was employed by Amoret Elevator, Kahn Chevrolet, Casey’s, Prudential and La Petite Academy. She loved going to flea markets and garages sales and collecting Longaberger Baskets and Pampered Chef.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy Raymond Caswell and Norma Jean Caswell Atwater; her stepfather Bob Atwater; and sister-in-law, Carrie Caswell.

Kathy is survived by her husband, Jerry, of the home; family, Jeff Johnston and wife, Becky, Butler, Kim Huebert and husband, Kelly, Amoret, Luke Johnston and wife, Pam, Amsterdam, and Billy Rhynerson and wife, Melissa, LaCygne, Kansas; 15 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

She is also survived by three sisters, Linda Town (Mike), Las Vegas, Nevada, Barbara Crust (Bud), Harrisonville, Debbie Reitinger (Jim), Paola, Kansas; and two brothers, Roy Caswell, Greenville, Kentucky, and Mike Caswell (Debbie), Louisburg.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Mullinax Funeral Home, Butler.


Alma LaVerne Kane

Jan. 22, 1923 – Nov. 22, 2018

Alma LaVerne Kane, Harrisonville, was born Jan. 22, 1923, in Kansas City, Kansas, the daughter of Cecil Henry and Beulah Fountain (McBride) Barnes. She died Nov. 22 at her home at the age of 95 years and 10 months.

Aug. 19, 1954, LaVerne was united in marriage to Felix Francis Kane, Sr., in Yuma, Arizona.

LaVerne was a homemaker and enjoyed being around family, especially her grandchildren. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, East Lynne.

LaVerne loved camping and traveling in her RV with her husband, Felix, and collecting dolls and angel figurines.

She fondly remembered the times she welded ships for World War II in Los Angeles, California.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Felix Kane, Feb. 26, 2018; a son, Robert “Bob” D. Moser; and seven brothers and sisters.

LaVerne is survived by two daughters, Patricia A. Butler and husband, Neil, Gardner, Kansas, and Janet G. Stiefel, Placerville, California; a son, Felix F. Kane and wife, Kathy, Harrisonville; five grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; a brother, Gary “Pete” Barnes, Wheatland; a sister, Sheryl Orser, Bonner Springs, Kansas; and other relatives and many friends.

Funeral services were held Nov. 29 at the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville.

A graveside service was held Nov. 29 at the Shawnee Mission Memory Gardens, Shawnee, Kansas.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the East Lynne Baptist Church Memorial Fund, East Lynne.

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


Virginia Lee Ketchum

July 9, 1930 – Nov. 23, 2018

Virginia Lee Ketchum, Harrisonville, was born July 9, 1930, in Kansas City, the daughter of Homer B. and Virginia A. (Schroder) Watson. She died Nov. 23 at Golden Years Care Services, Harrisonville, at the age of 88 years, 4 months and 14 days.

March 19, 1947, Virginia was united in marriage to Joseph Doherty in Kansas City. Later she was united in marriage to Robert “Bob” Eugene Ketchum on Sept. 5, 1970, at Unity Village, Lee’s Summit.

Virginia was employed as a secretary for J. Harold Smith Realty, Harrisonville. She was a member of the Harrisonville United Methodist Church. She enjoyed doing crafts, loved to laugh and could find humor in anything. Virginia loved animals and children, especially her grandchildren. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Joseph Doherty, and a grandson, Greg Brown.

She is survived by her husband, Robert “Bob” Ketchum; three sons, Mike Doherty and wife, Joan, Patrick “Pat” Doherty and wife, Janice, and David Ketchum and wife, Charlotte; three daughters, Joie Foster and husband, Martin, Nancy Westhoff and husband, Bernie, and Pamela “Pam” Brown; 11 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and other relatives and many friends.

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


Marie McDonnell

Jan. 11, 1925 – Nov. 22, 2018

Marie McDonnell, Drexel, died Nov. 22. Marie was born near Merwin on Jan. 11, 1925,  the daughter of Marion Lester and Nettie Mae (Dowdle) Copeland.

Marie graduated from Merwin High School in 1943. After graduating from Business College in Kansas City, she was employed by Brian Brass Company in Kansas City.

In 1946 she moved to Tacoma, Washington, to help her sister and brother-in-law with their gas station and café. There she met her future husband, Harley Peirce. They were married June 6, 1947, and had three children, Larry, Jimmie and Dale.

After Harley died while stationed at Fort Riley Kansas, Marie moved back to Butler. While living in Butler, Marie met and married J.H. McDonnell July 31, 1954, adding his three children, Jim, Patricia and Merrilee, to her family, and to this marriage another son, Dean, was added to complete the family.

While living in the Archie and Drexel area, Marie and J.H. were diversified farmers raising cattle, sheep and, briefly, angora goats and buffalo. They also raised grain, marketed hay, cut and delivered many, many cords of wood and raised and sold produce at the farmer’s market.

Marie loved God, her husband and her family. She was an avid gardener, taught Sunday School classes, served on the church board and was the oldest living member of the Everett Church. She was  an active member of the Eastern Star, a board member of the VFW Auxiliary, a 4-H leader, a board member of the Farmer’s Market and was an amazing mother.

She loved working in the garden, but Marie always had time for family whether playing cards, enjoying grandchildren or attending the activities they were participating in at school or church.

Marie made sure her family knew Jesus Christ not only by attending church faithfully, but more importantly by living the example what a Christian should be and do. Her faith allowed her to overcome many adversities in her life.

Besides her parents and two husbands, she was preceded in death by brothers, Lester, Donnie and Allen Copeland; sisters, Mildred and Mabel Copeland, Ruby Bagby and Elsie Lacy; and granddaughter, Mindy McDonnell.

Marie is survived by seven children, Jim and Nancy McDonnell, Archie, Larry and Wendy Peirce, Pleasant Hill, Jim Peirce, Drexel, Dennis and Patricia Barnard, Raymore, Dale and Barbara Peirce, Amarillo, Texas, Larry and Merrilee Honaker, Drexel, Dean and Randy McDonnell, Archie; 23 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Glenn Copeland, Rotan, Texas; two sisters, Nadine Semsch, Freeman, and Fern Coffel, Sedalia; several sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.

Funeral services were Nov. 30 at the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, with burial in the Reid Cemetery near Harrisonville. An Eastern Star service was Nov. 29 at the funeral home.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Everett Church Memorial Fund.


Teri Ann Mohr

Aug. 5, 1969 – Nov. 28, 2018

Teri Ann Mohr, 49, Archie, died Nov. 28 at her home in Archie. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Dec. 8 at the Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville, with burial in Crescent Hill Cemetery, Adrian. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 7 at the funeral home.

Teri was born Aug. 5, 1969, in Kansas City, the daughter of Charles William and Carole Jeanne (Tolbert) Mohr. She grew up in Peculiar and was a 1987 graduate of Raymore-Peculiar High School.

She had lived in the Peculiar area before moving to Archie three years ago. Teri loved to turkey hunt, was an avid fly fisherman and enjoyed the annual family trips to Bennett Springs State Park every year. Teri was a stay-at-home mother and home-schooled her son, Travis.

She was preceded in death by her father and a sister, Heidi Gilbert.

Teri is survived by her son, Travis Mulch (Liz Powell), Archie; her mother, Jeanne Mohr, Adrian; a brother, Chuck (Dede) Mohr, Marceline; four nephews, Chase Gilbert, Trey Gilbert, Christian Gilbert, Kolby Gilbert; and two nieces, Harley Mohr and Cheyenne Mohr.

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


Ruth Ellen Reeves

June 25, 1939 – Nov. 29, 2018

Ruth Ellen Reeves, 79, Harrisonville, died Nov. 29 at her home in Harrisonville. A celebration-of-life service was held Dec. 3 at the Heartland Baptist Fellowship in Harrisonville. The family suggests contributions to the Missouri Baptist Children’s Home.

Ruth was born June 25, 1939, in Marshfield, the daughter of Homer M. and Eve (Pippin) Farr. She had lived in Marshfield, Harrisonville, Kansas City and Montgomery, Alabama, before moving back to Harrisonville in 1971. She was a 1957 graduate of East High School in Kansas City.

Ruth was united in marriage to Ronald M. Reeves May 23, 1958, and they enjoyed 57 years of marriage before Ron’s death Nov. 28, 2015.

Ruth was the secretary for the Cass County Commissioner’s Office for 20 years before her retirement in 2006. She was a member of the Heartland Baptist Fellowship. Ruth had formerly served as the secretary at Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church in Harrisonville. Ruth had served as a Cub Scout Den Mother for Pack 3 and had also been a member of the Harrisonville Band Boosters.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Ronald.

Ruth is survived by three sons, Ronald M. Reeves (Donna) Harrisonville, Robert W. Reeves, Ozark, and Richard L. Reeves, Harrisonville; a sister, Martha Tabb (Gerald), Harrisonville; two grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

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


Wayne Nelson Scott

June 12, 1932 – Nov. 28, 2018

Wayne Nelson Scott, Garden City, was born June 12, 1932, in Appleton City, the son of Elbert Nelson and Gladys Arlene (Eberting) Scott. He died Nov. 28 at Cass Regional Medical Center, Harrisonville, at the age of 86 years, 5 months and 16 days.

March 24, 1953, Wayne was united in marriage to Shirley Darlene Shumaker in Clinton.

Wayne owned and operated Wayne Scott and Son Excavating, Harrisonville, until his retirement in 2011. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War and was a member of the United Methodist Church, Garden City.

Wayne loved to travel and enjoyed going to California to see family, to Arizona with Shirley, to Branson and to Midwest Old Thrashers in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa.

He loved his family and attending his grandchildren’s activities, watching western movies, playing pool and hosting a hog roast for his customers and friends.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepfather, Lloyd Sanders, and a brother, Jimmy Sanders.

Wayne is survived by his wife, Shirley Scott, of the home; two sons, Keith Scott and wife, Marti, and Kenny Scott and wife, Linda, all of Harrisonville; a daughter, Janet Burlingame and husband, Chad, Harrisonville; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a brother, Shelby Scott and wife, Hazel, Clinton; a sister-in-law, Cathy Onweiler, Lee’s Summit; several nieces and nephews; and other relatives and many friends.

Funeral services were Dec. 1 at the Dickey Funeral Home, Garden City, with military honors following the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Vansant Road Cemetery, Clinton.

Family suggests memorial contributions be made to United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, Garden City.

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


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