James C. Castor
July 3, 1945 – Feb. 26, 2022

Major James Charles Castor, 76, Harrisonville, was born July 3, 1945, in Boone, Iowa, the son of Andrew and Pearl (Huntly) Castor. He died Feb. 26 at Overland Park Regional Medical Center, Overland Park, Kansas.

On Feb. 24, 1973, James married Clarie Bell Alexander.

James was employed as a minister using his gifts to serve where he was needed, including preaching, teaching Bible study and helping however he could. He received his associate’s degree from Olivet Nazarene College.

In 1983, James and Clarie entered officer training and were commissioned as members of the Guardians of the Truth session in 1985. They served in many appointments for 26 years until their retirement in 2010.

In his retirement, James continued to preach and teach Bible study at the South-land Salvation Army Corps. In his spare time, he loved to watch sports, westerns, do Sudoku puzzles and word search.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Carla Castor; several brothers and sisters.

James is survived by his wife, Clarie; son, Andrew and Georgia; granddaughter, Alexis and Isaac; and grandson, Colby; a great-grandchild; a brother, Gene; and many nieces, nephews; other relatives and many friends.

Cremation. A celebration of life service was at the Salvation Army Southland Corps, Grandview.

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

Barbara J. Goddard
Dec. 30, 1938 – Feb. 27, 2022

Barbara Jean Goddard, 83, West Line, died Feb. 27 at Crown Care Center, Harrisonville. Barbara was born Dec. 30, 1938, in Osawatomie, Kansas, the daughter of Clyde and Freda (Barber) McCoach.

Barbara was a graduate of Parker High School, where she was a cheerleader and participated in school plays. Her younger years were spent in rural Linn County playing on the banks of the Marais de Cygne River.

Barbara was living in Kansas City, working at Hallmark Cards when she met John Goddard, the love of her life. Barbara married John July 20, 1958, in Osawatomie. They enjoyed 60 years of marriage, traveling and attending many activities of their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She worked as a secretary in the medical field, most notably for Cass County Hospital and Visiting Nurses.

Barbara especially enjoyed driving a bus for Cass-Midway schools for the last 10 years of her working life. She loved inter-acting and getting to know the kids on her routes and visiting with the other drivers.

Barbara was a devoted wife, mother, grammy and great-grammy.

She taught Bible school, was a 4-H leader and instructor and was an amazing seamstress. Barbara made wedding and formal dresses for special family members.

She was very creative, painting, crocheting and crafting, attending many local craft fairs with her daughter and daughter-in-law. Her cooking and baking were renowned. Her chocolate pie and Christmas candy were family favorites, all of which she was still making well into the last season of her life.

Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, John, Aug. 1, 2018; her parents; brother, Richard McCoach; sister, Linda Staley; and daughter-in-law, Lynn Goddard.

She is survived by her son, Dave Goddard, Amsterdam; her daughter, Kathy and Rex Pippenger, Salina, Kansas; six grandchildren, Sarah Blasi and Jesse, J.R. Goddard and Brandee, Megan Klomp and Jake, Jessie McWilliams and Ben, Chase Pippenger, and Kara Goddard; six great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. March 10 at the Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. at Glenwild Cemetery, Cleveland.

Memorial contributions are suggested in Barbara’s name to the Cass-Midway Booster Club.

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

Harlan A. Samuels
Sept. 5, 1943 – Feb. 26, 2022

Harlan Allen Samuels was born Sept. 5, 1943, in Auburn, Washington, and died Feb. 26 at his home in Warsaw, surround-ed by the love of his wife and children, at the age of 78 years, 6 months and 21 days.

Harlan’s young life was not an easy one. He spent his first few years in Fristoe, then he became a resident of the Drumm Farm Boy’s Home, now known as the Drumm Farm Center for Children in Independence, where he remained until he graduated from William Chrisman High School in 1961.

After graduation, Harlan worked for the United State Postal Service until 1967 when he entered the United States Army. After basic training, he was sent to Vietnam where he earned the rank of Sergeant. On June 21, 1968, during a fierce battle in Vietnam, Sgt. Samuels was severely injured during a missile attack, resulting in the loss of his legs and several fingers.He was awarded a Purple Heart, as well as several other medals for his heroic actions during this battle. After months of hospitalizations and surgeries, Harlan was awarded full retirement due to his permanent disability.

After his honorable discharge from the Army, Harlan worked for a brief time for the USDA in Kansas City before deciding to travel throughout the United States and several other countries. He thoroughly enjoyed his travels, but eventually returned to Missouri.

Harlan lived in several places after he returned to Missouri, including having a home in Eagle Rock that was surrounded by the Clark National Forest.

Harlan was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, mushroom hunting and teaching children how to water ski. He also enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

It was a well-known fact that Harlan was a compulsive dish washer, grabbing dishes from the table at family gatherings and hand washing them, even if there was an actual dishwasher available.

Harlan was an active member of American Legion Post No. 217 and Elks Lodge No. 2783 both of Warsaw and the VFW.

Harlan was preceded in death by a son, Gary Allen “Bo” Samuels; a brother, Gary “Sam” Samuels; and a sister, Rose Mary Samuels.

He is survived by his wife, Dena Samuels. of the home; three sons, Larry Gann and wife, Paula, Verona, Wayne Gann and wife, JoAnn, Arlington, Tennessee, and Bryan Hyatt, Garden City; three daughters, Tammy Samuels, Independence, Tina Carter, Garden City, and Heidi Schmidt and husband, Jason, Sedalia; many grand-children and great-grandchildren; other relatives and many friends.

The family will host a celebration of life with full military honors, at 2 p.m. March 12 at American Legion Post No. 217, 32739 Wildcat Dr., Warsaw, with Bill Roberts officiating. Full military honors will be conducted by the United States Army and American Legion Post No. 217 Honor Guard of Warsaw.

Contributions, in memory of Harlan Al-len Samuels, are suggested to Veterans Community Project, 8900 Troost Ave., Kansas City or may be made online at

Arrangements are under the direction of the Wallace Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

Rosalie A. Bridges
Nov. 17, 1931 – March 1, 2022

Rosalie Ann (Payne) Bridge, 90, Adrian, died March 1 at The Gardens at Barry Road, Kansas City. Rosalie was born in Garden City Nov. 17, 1931, the daughter of Robert Dean Payne and Suzanna May Payne.

She grew up in Dayton and attended grade school in Dayton. In high school she alternated between Garden City and Archie, graduating from Archie in 1949.

Rosalie met the love of her life, Ted Bridges, when he hitched a ride on the school bus she was on. They were married in the fall of 1949, starting their married life in Kansas City before eventually moving to Adrian where they built their own house.

They had four children, JoAnn, Lynn (deceased), Theresa (deceased) and David, along with adopting Lynn’s daughter, Danielle, after her death.

Rosalie was a homemaker, raising their four children along with managing the books for Ted’s business, Ted’s Apco. She also worked as an election judge in Adrian for many years and for a while pursued creative hobbies in baking and decorating cakes.

After Ted retired, they enjoyed making quilts together. She was an excellent seamstress, sewing Halloween outfits for her children when they were growing up and she loved sewing many beautiful dresses for herself and the girls in her family.

She was a founding member of Calvary Baptist Church in Adrian. Rosalie was loved by everyone she met.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert Dean Payne and Suzanna May Payne; her brother, Bob Payne; her husband, Ted Bridges; and her daughters, Lynn and Theresa.

Survivors include her sister, Ruth Frazier; children, JoAnn, David and Danielle; along with seven grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were March 8 at the Calvary Baptist Church, Adrian. Burial was in the Garden City Cemetery, Garden City.

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

Shirley M. Curry
Jan. 27, 1942 – March 1, 2022

Shirley Morine Curry, 80, Adrian, died March 1 at her home in Adrian. She was born Jan. 27, 1942, the daughter of Claude D. and Flora E. Douty Wright in Dallas, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert L. Curry; son, Robert “Bobby” Curry; daughter, Lenora Curry; granddaughter, Sonja Winder; and sister, Bonnie Meade.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert L. Curry; son, Robert “Bobby” Curry; daughter, Lenora Curry; granddaughter, Sonja Winder; and sister, Bonnie Meade.

Shirley is survived by a son, Christopher D. Curry, Sioux Falls, South Dakota; four daughters, Roberta L. Harrison, Montrose, Tammy J. Winder and husband, Eldon, Adrian, Laurenia M. Lawrence, Manteca, California, and Crystal Wheeler and husband, David, Adrian; a half-brother, Gary Christopher and wife, Annie, Dunnegan; 15 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

Shirley Curry’s wishes were to be cremated. There are no public services scheduled at this time.

Contributions are suggested to Good Shepherd Hospice.

Arrangements were under direction of the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel, Butler.

Arlene B. Harrison
May 4, 1933 – Feb. 26, 2022

Arlene Beatrice Harrison, 88, Butler, died Feb. 26 at Medicalodge of Butler. She was born May 4, 1933, the daughter of George and Mable Boyles Roberts in Foster.

She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Mable Roberts; husband, Richard Harrison, on Aug. 30, 2008; ex-husband, Marvin “Short” Diehl; son, Steve Diehl; daughter, Leisa Ballard; brother, George Roberts; two brothers-in-law, Punk Royer and Oliver Ison.

Arlene is survived by a son, Donnie Diehl and wife, Debbie, Rich Hill; a brother, Dick Roberts and wife, Caroline, Rich Hill; two sisters, Sandra Elledge and husband, Eldon, and Naomi Royer, all of Oak Grove; two sisters-in-law, Clara “Tom” Ison, Grandview, and Betty Roberts, Clinton; five grandchildren, Kelsey Diehl and spouse Gary Woodall, Kenyon Diehl and wife Sheryl, Kim Garvin and husband Eric, Joni Benevides and husband Michael and Peter Pond; 13 great-grandchildren, Sophie Diehl, Brantley Diehl, Caleb Diehl, Jocelyn Diehl, Demitry Diehl, Penny Diehl, Dean Diehl, Tristin Garvin, Paige Garvin, Adeline Benevides, Mason Benevides, Conner Chrisenbery and Iris Duran.

Funeral services were March 4 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel, Butler.

Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler.

Contributions are suggested to Butler Elementary School second grade.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel, Butler.

Connie L. Peek
July 3, 1945 – Feb. 27, 2022

Connie Lou Peek, 76, Adrian, died Feb. 27 at St. Joseph Medical Center, Kansas City. Connie was born July 3, 1945, in Eads, Colorado, the daughter of Oral D. and Margit G. (Olson) Parker.

She married Sammy C. Peek on Oct. 28, 1962, in Eads. They had lived in Peculiar and Osceola be-fore moving to Adrian six years ago.

Connie had worked as a lab manager for a number of doctor’s offices in Kansas City. She also helped Sam with his mowing service, Sam Peek Mowing Service, for 20 years. Connie enjoyed sewing and crochet and of course, taking care of Sam.

Connie was preceded in death by her grandparents; her parents; a son, Stacy; a grandson, Joshua; two brothers, Paul and Gene; four half-sisters and two half-brothers.

She is survived by her husband, Sam Peek, of the home; two sons: Sammy Peek and Rita, Peculiar, and Troy Peek and Kriss, Maple Grove, Minnesota; five sisters, JoEllen Bullock, Friend, Nebraska, Pat Jones, Pueblo, Colorado, Lora Bentley, Garden City, Kansas, Linda Hagins, Carthage, Emma Vocke and Luke, Montrose, Colorado; two brothers, Jack Parker and Bonnie, Wichita, Kansas, and Norman Parker and Joyce, Dighton, Kansas; four grandchildren, Cortnie Sanders and Cory, Sedalia, Jacob Peek and Jana, Peculiar, Kaycee Peek and Zackary Peek, both of Maple Grove, Minnesota; three step-grandchildren: Cassie Lillig, Chelsea Lillig and Cody, and Shelby Lillig and Joseph; five great-grandchildren, Travis Sanders, Keaton Sanders, Jayden Peek, Jackson Peek and Teagan Peek; four step-great-grandchildren, Kingston Dukes, Ophelia Lillig, River Watson and Nash Watson; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services were March 5 at the Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville, with burial in the Freeman Cemetery, Freeman.

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

Margie A. Vowels
Jan. 27, 1936 – Feb. 20, 2022

Margie Ann Vowels, 86, Butler, died Feb. 20 at her home in Butler. She was born Jan. 27, 1936, the daughter of Roy Allen and Carrie Mae Hopper Lear in Moberly.

She was preceded in death by her parents; grandson, Matthew Scott Bitner, in 1992; a broth-er, Robert Lear; and husband, George Vowels, in 2014.

Margie is survived by a son, Stephen Vowels and wife, Patti, and a daughter, Julie Bitner and husband, Scott, all of Butler; three granddaughters, Mandy Brockman and husband, Dave, Laura Vowels and Krystal Vowels, all of Butler; and nine great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were March 4 at Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler. Contributions are suggested to the family.

Arrangements were under direction of the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel, Butler.


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