Obituaries: March 12, 2020

Joseph W. Gormly, Jr.

Jan. 23, 1958 – Feb. 28, 2020

Joseph William Gormly, Jr., 62, Peculiar, died Feb. 28 at the Kansas City Hospice House surrounded by his loving family.  A funeral mass was March 9 at St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Kansas City.

Joe was born Jan. 23, 1958 in Kansas City, the son of Joseph W. Gormly, Sr., and Janis (Leavell) Gormly.

After high school, Joe began to work. He created a lifelong successful career for himself as an insulator. Joe was a proud member of the Union Local No. 27.

May 6, 1981, he was married to Dianne (Douglas) Gormly. Together they were blessed with three children, Damon, Matt and Katie.  In life, Joe enjoyed anything that included being outdoors such as boating and fishing.

Joe was also a very proud grandfather, spending as much time with his grandchildren as possible.

It was very important to Joe to reach out and support people struggling with addiction. Joe engaged in many speaking opportunities in the area sharing his experience in the hope of helping others.

Joe was preceded in death by his father, Joseph William Gormly, Sr.

He is survived by his loving wife of more than 38 years, Dianne Gormly; two sons, Damon Gormly and Matt Gormly and wife, Kylie; daughter, Katie Gormly; mother, Janis Gormly; three sisters, Tammy Lawson and husband, Vernon, Terri Gormly and Kelley Allen and husband, Richard; two brothers, Ted Gormly and Dennis Gormly; eight grandchildren, Adrionna, Marley, Grace, Michael, Bryant “Bear”, Maddie, Daniel, Jr., and Gavin; and one granddaughter on the way.

Joe’s family would like to thank all those who demonstrated support in so many caring ways through thoughts and prayers, visits, text messages, phone calls, cards, flowers and meals.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Foundation Fighting Blindness in Honor of Luke Borgman, 7168 Columbia Gateway Dr., No. 110 Columbia, MD 21046 or Kansas City Hospice House, 12000 Wornall Rd., Kansas City, MO 64145.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore.


Rita Rose Hook

Feb. 29, 2020

Rita Rose Hook, 85, died peacefully in her sleep Feb. 29.

A Mass of Christian Burial was March 6 at St. Thomas More Church, Kansas City, with burial following in the Freeman Cemetery, Freeman.

Rita was the youngest of 11 children born to Joseph Enrique Lopez of Pamplona, Spain, and Maude Jarmin Lopez, of the United States.

She is preceded in death by her parents and siblings. Survivors include her husband, Clarence Hook; daughter, Theresa Hook Barton; son-in-law, George Barton; grand-children, Margo Barton, Lauren Barton Kaufman and Trevor Kaufman; and great grandchildren, Milo and Sylvie Kaufman.

The family extends their heartfelt thanks to caregivers from SEVA Home Health, Kingswood Care Center and Serenity Hospice Care.

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


Mary A. McDaniels

March 20, 1932 – Feb. 29, 2020

Mary Ann McDaniels, 87, Harrisonville, was born March 20, 1932, in Newton County, Arkansas, the daughter of Layton and Edna (Hunter) Franks. She died Feb. 29 at Meadow View of Harrisonville.

She was married to Jerry Lee McDaniels.  Mary was employed as a teacher and was a graduate of Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg.  Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Lee McDaniels, Feb. 1, 2014; and two brothers.  Mary is survived by relatives and friends.

A private burial will be held at the Decatur City Cemetery in Decatur, Arkansas.

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


Judy S. Miller

Nov. 11, 1941 – Feb. 29, 2020

Judy S. (Leach) Miller was born Nov. 11, 1941, in Bonner Springs, Kansas, and died Feb. 29 at Kansas City Hospice House in Kansas City, surrounded by the love of her family, at the age of 78 years, 3 months and 18 days.

She was the daughter of Harry Dewey and Grace A. (Telfer) Leach.

Judy spent her younger years in Bonner Springs before the Leach family moved to Lake Lotawana to make their home. She attended school in Lee’s Summit and graduated from Lee’s Summit High School in 1959.

Jan. 24, 1960, Judy was married to Howard Lee Miller at the Lake Lotawana Community Church. After their marriage, Judy and Howard made their home in Pleasant Hill.

Judy and Howard owned and operated Miller Water Hauling for many years. Judy had also been a substitute mail carrier and was a school bus driver for the Pleasant Hill School District.

Later, she was the first manager for the Dollar General Store when it opened in Pleasant Hill. Judy also worked as a bank teller at the Pleasant Hill Bank before her retirement.

Judy was a member of the Big Creek Baptist Church of Pleasant Hill. She had been a member of the Pleasant Hill Rural Voluntary Fire Department Women’s Auxiliary and the Bit and Spur Saddle Club of Pleasant Hill.

Judy was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Lee Miller, Aug. 29, 2019; her parents, Harry and Grace Leach; three brothers, Bill Leach, Bob Leach and Gary Leach; and two sisters, Betty DeWyke and Maxine Watkins.

She is survived by two sons, Mark Lee Miller, Garden City, and Jeff Miller and wife, Carolyn, Pleasant Hill; four grandchildren, Flint Miller, Rhonda Miller, Kyle Miller and wife, Miranda, and Hanna Miller; 12 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many, many friends.

Funeral services were March 9 at the Wallace Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill, with the Rev. Preston Sanders officiating. Casket bearers were Flint Miller, Doug Miller, Kyle Miller, Dave Christensen, D.L. Crust and Chris North. Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Contributions, in memory of Judy S. Miller, may be made to the American Diabetes Association and mailed to P.O. Box 15829, Arlington, VA 22215; or online at, or may be sent in care of the funeral home.


Jody D. Oliver

Dec. 13, 1983 – Feb. 24, 2020

Jody Oliver, 36, Drexel, died Feb. 24. Cremation, with memorial services March 7 at the Cleveland Baptist Church, Cleveland.

Jody D. Oliver was born Dec. 13, 1983, in Kansas City, Kansas, the son of Alan Wheatley and Roxanne Oliver.  Jody married Brittany Barklow in 2017 and two children, Archer and Amy Oliver, were born to this union. He was also the loving father of Lance Oliver from his previous marriage.   Jody worked hard for different construction jobs in his life. His passion was building things.   He a had a charming smile and a contagious laugh that infected any who met him. His love for his children was unmatched by all and he will be sorely missed.

He is survived by his wife, Brittany Oliver; his children Lance, Archer and Amy Oliver; his mother, Roxanne Oliver; his father, Alan Wheatley; brothers, Mike and Alan; sister; April; and many nieces and nephews.

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


Donald R. Standley

Feb. 2, 2020

Donald Ray Standley, 88, Harrisonville, died Feb. 2 at the Crown Care Center, Harrisonville.

Cremation. No services scheduled.  Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville.


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