Obituaries: Feb. 21

Neal Lewis Bellamy

Nov. 10, 1954 – Feb. 8, 2019

Neal Lewis Bellamy, 64, Freeman, died  Feb. 8 at his home in Freeman. Funeral services were Feb. 13 at the Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville, with burial in the Freeman Cemetery, Freeman. Contributions may be made in Neal’s name to the University of Kansas Cancer Center.

Neal was born Nov. 10, 1954, in Warrensburg, the son of Emmett and Goldie (Thomas) Bellamy. He had lived in Raytown and was a 1974 graduate of Raytown South High School.

Neal was married to Janelle Vernon on June 11, 1984, in Kansas City, Kansas. They had lived in Kansas City, Kansas, and Greenwood before moving to Freeman in 2016.

Neal was a jack-of-all-trades and was lovingly known as “Mr. Fix It” by friends and family. He had worked at Pizza Blends, Inc. in North Kansas City for 17 years before his retirement.

Neal was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Leroy, Fred, Cleveland and Ernie; and two sisters, Betty, and his twin sister, Nancy.

He is survived by his wife, Janelle, Freeman; three sons, Neal Bellamy II (Theresa), Lee’s Summit, Thomas Bellamy, Harrisonville, and Steven Bellamy (Jessica), Lee’s Summit; a daughter, Rebecca Bellamy, Raymore; a brother, Randall Bellamy (Sue), Independence; four grandchildren, Madison, Brooke, Stratton and RaeLynn; and numerous beloved nieces and nephews.

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


Shirley Burton

March 8, 1935 – Feb. 12, 2019

Shirley (Schrock) Burton, 83, Garden City, died Feb. 12 at Crown Care Center, Harrisonville, surrounded by love and family.

She is survived by two sons, Skip Schrock, Garden City, and Greg Schrock and wife, Penny, Holts Summit; a daughter, Jeanna Schrock Jackson and husband, John, Adrian; four stepsons, Dan Burton and wife, Joyce, McGregor, Iowa, David Helverson, Independence, Allen Helverson, Archie, Lyle Burton and wife, Trisha, Adrian; a stepdaughter, Mary Young, Harrisonville; 21 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a brother, James R. Eckart, Brooksville, Florida; and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Feb. 16 at the Dickey Funeral Home, Garden City, with burial in the Garden City Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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


Betty Hudson

Dec. 19, 1926 – Feb. 13, 2019

Betty Jean Hancock Hudson, 92, died Feb. 13 at Crown Care Center, Harrisonville.

Betty was born the daughter of Cecil and Agnes Poulin Hancock in Battle Creek, Michigan. Betty married Robert E. Hudson in Harrison, Arkansas, on Nov. 16, 1947, and they moved to Kansas City.

Betty stayed home with all three children, but later enjoyed working with market research in the greater Kansas City area. She was also a secretary at Kansas City Life Insurance for many years.

She and Robert enjoyed social activities at the Ararat Shrine Temple, which included many trips. Betty spent many hours sewing blankets for the Shrine Hospital in St. Louis. Her love was decorating, playing cards and frequenting garage sales.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband, mother, father and sister, Mildred.

She is survived by her three children, Diana and husband, Ken, Archie, Robert II and wife, Linda, Carrollton, Texas, and son, Rick and wife, Beth, Lake of the Ozarks; nine grandchildren, Aaron, Adam, Addison, Sterling, Bryn, Nick, Sara, Dash and Hank; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Charitable contributions in Betty’s name may be made to Ararat Shrine Temple, 5100 Ararat Dr., Kansas City, MO 64129.

Cremation. A celebration of life service will be at a later date.

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


Elizabeth Louise “Betty”


Feb. 3, 1935 – Feb. 8, 2019

Elizabeth Louise “Betty” Johnston, Harrisonville, was born Feb. 3, 1935, in Alton, Illinois, the daughter of Rudolph Louis and Marie Elizabeth (Murphy) Voges. She died Feb. 8 at Kansas City Hospice House, Kansas City, surrounded by love and family at the age of 84 years and 5 months.

On March 7, 1964, Betty was married to Robert Eugene Johnston in Kansas City.

Betty was a homemaker, and was also employed as a bookkeeper for Meyer Health Care Services, Kansas City, until her retirement.

She enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and playing cards. Betty had lived in Kansas City before moving to Harrisonville in 1999.

Besides her parents, Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Bob, Aug. 5, 2012; her daughter-in-law, Michelle Johnston; and a brother, Ed.

Betty is survived by two sons, Robert E. Johnston (Johnna), Cleveland, and David M. Johnston, Independence; three daughters, Lisa Roethler, Raytown, Julie Andrews (Terry), Holden, and Karen K. Johnston, Lee’s Summit; 23 grandchildren, John (Sarah), James, Kayla (Kris), Breanna (Erik), Danielle, Nick, Rachael (Randy), Alan, Abby (Mike), Lynda (Jimmy), Jessica Renae (Chris), Jessica Lynn (Aaron), J.P., Bryce and Jillian; nine great-grandchildren, Hayden, Hunter, Addison, Dominic, Carter, Chase, Kaley, Jamie, Clara, Juliana and Ava; and other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral services were Feb. 13 at the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, with burial in the Glenwild Cemetery, Cleveland.

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


Walter Wheat Nemecheck

Nov. 27, 1923 – Feb. 8, 2019

Walter Wheat Nemecheck, 95, Harrisonville, was born Nov. 27, 1923, in Hays, Kansas, the son of Joseph F. and Nellie Evelyn (Wheat) Nemecheck.

He died Feb. 8 at Golden Years Care Center, Harrisonville.

On Feb. 14, 1971, Walter was married to Mary Juanita (Taylor) Cleveland in Archie.

Walter was employed in the maintenance department at the Saddle and Sirloin Club, Leawood, Kansas, and was also a farmer. He was an Army veteran of World War II.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary, Nov. 9, 2008; and a daughter, Linda.

He is survived by two sons, Michael Nemecheck and wife, Elizabeth, and Walter A. Nemecheck and wife, Linda; two stepsons, Charles A. Cleveland and wife, Yvonne, and Kenneth L. Cleveland, Sr. and wife, Di; a stepdaughter, Barbara Lacy; two grandchildren; three step grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and four step great-grandchildren.

Cremation, with no services scheduled.

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


Donna Kay (Gabriel) Schildknecht

Feb. 19, 1939 – Feb. 7, 2019

Donna Kay (Gabriel) Schildknecht was born Feb. 19, 1939, in Wathena, Kansas, and died Feb. 7 at her home in Cleveland at the age of 79 years, 11 months and 19 days.

She was the daughter of Herbert Edward and Arlene (Gummig) Gabriel.

Donna spent her younger years in Wathena. In 1951, the Gabriel family moved to St. Joseph, where Donna graduated from high school in 1957.

After graduation, Donna attended one year of junior college in St. Joseph, then transferred to Southwest Baptist College, Bolivar.

June 3, 1960, Donna was married to  Darvin Schildknecht at the Copeland Baptist Church, St. Joseph.

After their marriage, Donna and Darvin lived in St. Joseph until June, 1972, when they moved to Cleveland to make their home.

Donna had worked for Miller Pipe Organ Company, but she always felt her most important job was that of a loving wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker.

For more than 30 years, Donna played piano and taught Sunday school at Grand River Baptist Church, Freeman.

Her entire life was dedicated to her church.

Donna loved to crochet, cook, collect bells and cardinal figurines.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Herbert and Arlene Gabriel, and a daughter-in-law, Rebecca Ann “Becki” Schildknecht.

Donna is survived by her husband, Darvin Schildknecht, of the home; two sons, Kevin Schildknecht, Clinton, and Kyle Schildknecht and wife, Carmen, Springfield; four grandchildren, Tyler Schildknecht and wife, Hayle, Lee’s Summit, Morgan Schildknecht, Clinton, Sydney and Lydia Schildknecht, both of Springfield; and other relatives and many, many friends.

The family of Donna Kay (Gabriel) Schildknecht will host a memorial service at 2 p.m., March 16, at the First Baptist Church, Louisburg, Kansas, with Pastor Jesse Smith and the Rev. Kevin Schildknecht officiating. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. at the church. Contributions are suggested to the First Baptist Church of Louisburg, 406 S. Vine St., Louisburg, KS 66053.

Cremation arrangements entrusted to the Wallace Funeral Home.


Dorothy Pauline Black

Nov. 30, 1921 – Jan. 31, 2019

Funeral services for Dorothy Black,  Sweet Springs, were Feb. 4 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel, Butler, with Brother Alan Black officiating. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler.  Contributions are suggested to I-70 Medical Center Auxiliary or Sweet Springs Villa.

Dorothy Pauline Black, 97, Sweet Springs, formerly of Kansas City, died Jan. 31 at the I-70 Community Hospital, Sweet Springs. She was born Nov. 30, 1921, to Paul Lewis and Lola Graham Andrews Radford in Ballard.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, George Kenneth Black, Jr; and a sister, Elinor Russell.

Dorothy is survived by her daughter, Diane Steinkuhler and husband, Chuck, Sweet Springs; a sister-in-law, Etha Pearl Black Pieratt, Butler; two grandchildren, Troy D. Steinkuhler and wife, Stacey, and Clay H. Steinkuhler; three great-grandchildren, Cooper, Karsyn and Taylor; and several nephews and nieces.