Obituaries: Nov. 28, 2019

Masen A. Baugh

Sept. 18, 2001 – Nov. 12, 2019

Masen Andrew Baugh, Garden City, was born Sept. 18, 2001, in Joplin, the son of Aaron Andrew Baugh and Tara Ann (Guinn) Baugh.

He died Nov. 12 in Garden City, at the age of 18 years, 1 month and 24 days.

Masen was employed as a laborer for Baugh Flooring, Carthage. He had attended Sherwood High School, Creighton, where he was on the cross-country team.

He was a homebody, enjoying fast cars and shooting. He moved to Garden City when he was in the first grade.

He is survived by his father, Aaron A. Baugh, Harrisonville; his mother, Tara Baugh, and his brother, Tristen Baugh, both of the home; paternal grandparents, Michael and Kim Baugh and Pam and Jack Smith, all of Carthage; maternal grandmother, Jeanene Guinn, Branson; other relatives and so many friends.

Masen was a beautiful soul who loved hard and always tried to be there for others who were in need. He will be missed by so many, but live on through us all.

A celebration of life service was held Nov. 16 at the Heart of Life Church, Garden City.

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


Coy Michael Carter

Aug. 4, 1950- Nov. 13, 2019

Coy Michael “Mike” Carter, 69, Harrisonville, died Nov. 13 at Cass Regional Medical Center in Harrisonville.

Services were Nov. 16 at the Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville, with burial in Freeman Cemetery, Freeman. Memorial contributions may be made to the Harrisonville Animal Shelter.

Mike was born Aug. 4, 1950, in Fayetteville, Arkansas, a son of Coy Murray and Wilma Vivian (Vining) Carter. He was a 1968 graduate of Lathrop High School and attended college at MSU, Springfield, for two years. He had lived in Kansas City and Springfield before moving to Harrisonville where he has lived for the past 30 years. Mike married Debbie Sue Morgan March 15, 1975, in Kansas City. He worked as a cable repairman for Southwestern Bell and AT&T for 28 years and was a member of CWA Union. He also owned and operated, with his family, Shade Tree Farms for 30 years, and was a member of the Simmental Association. Mike was preceded in death by his father and by a brother, Jon Carter.

He is survived by his wife, Debbie, of the home; two daughters, Erin Lockard (Christopher), Butler, and Lindsey Carter, Lee’s Summit; his mother, Wilma Tippit,  Plattsburg; a brother, Timothy Carter, Lake Ozark; a sister, Robin Browne (John), Pleasant Hill; a sister-in-law, Heather Carter, Lathrop; one granddaughter, Morgan Lockard; and other relatives and friends.

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


James C. Dill

Feb. 20, 1932 – Nov. 16, 2019

James “Jim” Charles Dill, 87, Peculiar, died Nov. 16 at Belton Medical Center, Belton.

A visitation was Nov. 22 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville. A visitation was also held Nov. 23 at the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home in Buffalo, with funeral services following. Burial was in Memorial Gardens of Memory in Buffalo.

Jim was born Feb. 20, 1932, near March (Dogtown), the son of Albert and Dorothy (Austin) Dill.

Jim spent his younger years on the family farm, attending Flint Ridge Grade School, Charity and Elkland High Schools, graduating in 1951, the year his basketball team went to state.

After graduation, Jim enlisted in the United States Air Force, serving in the Korean War in Japan, Korea and the Philippines. He returned to the United States serving six more years at Richards-Gebaur Air Force Base in Grandview.

Jim married Shirley J. VanGilder Aug. 20, 1955, in Buffalo. To this union were born two children, Susan L. Dill and James C. Dill, Jr.

Jim retired from Farmland Industries as a Co-op manager at Sedalia and Pleasant Hill. He then went to auto body school and spent the next few years enjoying his auto body business. He loved to ride his horse, Patches, on trail-rides, jam with the group at Long Lane, and singing and playing his guitar.

He was saved as a young man at the Center Point Baptist Church and currently was an active member of the Peculiar Baptist Church, as long as his health permitted.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Merilee Laughlin.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Shirley J., of the home; his two children, Susan L. and James C. Dill, Jr., both of Kansas City; a granddaughter, Sarah J. Dill, Kansas City, and one great-grandchild, Wolfe Thomas Smith, Kansas City.

Jim will be missed by his family, friends and church family.

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


Perry “Gene” Goddard

Dec. 18, 1932 – Nov. 19, 2019

Perry “Gene” Eugene Goddard, 86, Cleveland, died Nov. 19 at his home. No services are scheduled at this time.

Gene was born Dec. 18, 1932, in Louisburg, Kansas, the son of Ralph Perry and Vivian Maxine (Wilcox) Goddard. He was a graduate of Freeman High School and was a lifelong resident of West Line.

He married Doris Louise Fort Jan. 12, 1952, in Drexel. Gene was a United States Army veteran of the Korean War.

Perry was a Union Pipefitter, retiring Oct. 1, 1988, and was a member of the Pipefitters Local No. 533, Kansas City. He had also worked for Crabtree Harmon Bus Company and Ford Motor Company.

Perry was a member of West Line Christian Church, Grand River Masonic Lodge No. 276, Freeman. He was also an Eagle Scout and was a former member of the Cass-Midway School Board.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Doris, Feb. 21, 2019; and a daughter, Linda Louise Hager.

He is survived by three sons, Darrel Goddard (Christy), Freeman, Perry Alan Goddard (Denise), Cleveland, and Chris L. Goddard (Karla), Freeman; a daughter, Gwenna K. Baker (Chuck), Cleveland; 12 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

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


James L. Jacks

Sept. 14, 1966 – Nov. 18, 2019

James “Jimmy” Lawrence Jacks, 53,

Archie, died Nov. 18 at his home. Memorial services were Nov. 23 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Adrian. Memorial contributions may be made to the Jimmy Jacks Scholarship Fund c/o Adrian Bank.

Jimmy was born Sept. 14, 1966, in Harrisonville the son of Howard Lawrence and Judith Ann (Meyer) Jacks.

Jimmy was a 1985 graduate of Adrian High School and had received a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science from Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield.

He married Lisa Anne Boucher Aug. 22, 1992, in Archie. Jimmy was a farmer and had also worked for Sanofi Aventis Pharmaceutical for 17 years and at Garmin for one year. He was a longtime area resident.

Jimmy is survived by his wife, Lisa, of the home; three sons, Ryan Jacks, Austin Jacks and Zane Jacks, all of Archie; his parents, Larry and Judy Jacks, Archie; other relatives and friends.

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


Jean Maxine Kuhns

Aug. 30, 1926 – Nov. 20, 2019

Jean Maxine Kuhns, 93, Harrisonville, died Nov. 20 at Research Medical Center in Kansas City. Funeral services were Nov. 25 at the Faith Baptist Church in Harrisonville. Graveside services were Monday at the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in Princeton.

Maxine was born Aug. 30, 1926, in Princeton, the daughter of James Russell and Virgie Lee (Sparks) Blakesley.

She was a 1944 graduate of Princeton High School. June 17, 1944, she married Fred Lewis Kuhns. Maxine moved to Kansas City where she lived from 1948 to 1984, returning to Princeton in 1984.

In 2007, she moved to Harrisonville. Maxine was a homemaker. She was a member of Faith Baptist Church in Harrisonville and was a former member of the Mercer County Garden Club.

Maxine was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Fred Lewis Kuhns, Jan. 28, 1995; and a son, Fred Russell “Rusty” Kuhns, Aug. 16, 1985.

She is survived by a son, Mark Kuhns (Tina), Kansas City; two daughters, Janie Henry, Kansas City, and Andrea King (Mike), Harrisonville; a sister, Joan Cox, Louisburg, Kansas; 10 grandchildren, Joseph Caponetto, Gina Caster, Tiffany King, Jennifer Stitt, Rebecca King, Andrea Gunn-Henderson, Jason Kuhns, Michael Kuhns, Meggan Baehr and Shelby Kuhns; and 21 great-grandchildren.

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


Stephen A. McMahon

Aug. 6, 1948 – Nov. 19, 2019

Stephen Anthony McMahon, 71, Belton, was born, Aug. 6, 1948, in Lowell, Massachusetts, the son of Thaddeus A. and Beulah N. (McCrery) McMahon.

He died Nov. 19 at the Research Medical Center in Kansas City.

Stephen was a 1967 Pleasant Hill High School graduate. In 1977, he was married to Jean Kay (Eblen) Dickerson in Kansas City.

Stephen was employed as a glazier for Sols Glass in Kansas City, Kansas. Previously he had worked for the Hopcross Stained Glass Company in Kansas City and for the Anaconda wire manufacturer.

He was a member of the United Glaziers Union Local No. 558. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and collecting beer steins, beer glasses and belt buckles. Stephen was also an avid bowler and amateur photographer.

Stephen was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Jeannie; his son, Stephen Anthony McMahon, II; and three brothers, Michael McMahon, Jeffrey McMahon, and Thomas McMahon.

He is survived by two grandchildren, Kya Ann Jenkins and Fallon Anthony McMahon; four stepsons, Donald Dickerson, Harrisonville, Daniel (Jill) Dickerson, Eudora, Kansas, Dennis Dickerson, Florida, and Darrin (and Stacy) Dickerson, Peculiar; a stepdaughter, Michelle Leann Hensley, Independence; a brother, Phillip (and Roberta) McMahon, Grandview; two sisters, Marlene (and Bill) Eager, Lone Jack, and Victoria Lewis, Belton; several other grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.

Cremation has been accorded.

Visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill. A memorial service will follow at 3 p.m. at the funeral home. Dennis Pittman will officiate. Inurnment will be in the Belton Cemetery at a later date.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Salvation Army and may be sent in care of the funeral home.

Arrangements were are the direction of the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.


Willie G. Rayburn, Jr.

Oct. 5, 1966 – Nov. 19, 2019

Willie G. Rayburn, Jr., 53, Independence, died Nov. 19 at Centerpoint Medical Center. Funeral services were Nov. 23 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville. Interment in the Strasburg Cemetery, Strasburg.

Willie was born Oct. 5, 1966, in Kansas City, to Willie Gene Rayburn, Sr. and Gladys Oliver. Willie worked as a CNA for 14 years at Brown County Manor in Horton, Kansas. He lived in Strasburg from 2003 to 2012, but then relocated to Independence in 2012 and lived there until his death. He married Debra Hendren on Jan. 5, 2019. He had a love for many things, but really enjoyed video games, reading, music, a good cup of coffee and going out driving. He will be remembered and missed as a loving husband, father, grandfather, son, brother and uncle.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one child; and one sibling.

He is survived by his wife, Debbie; 16 children; 35 grandchildren; 12 siblings; and many extended family members.

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


Amara E. Wells

Oct. 1, 2019 – Nov. 17, 2019

Amara Elloe Wells, six-week-old daughter of Tyler Wells and Carly Wevers, died Nov. 17 at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City.

A memorial visitation was Nov. 21 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville.

Amara was born Oct. 1, 2019, in Kansas City.

Amara is survived by her parents, Tyler Wells and Carly Wevers; a brother, Kain Wells; maternal grandmother and maternal step-grandfather, Candy and Jacob McWhirt; maternal grandfather and maternal step-grandmother, Charles and Cara Wevers; paternal grandparents, Duane and Rhonda Woolsey; three uncles and four aunts.

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