Obituaries

Albert Eugene “Zeke” Bauer

Albert Eugene “Zeke” Bauer died at home from complications of vascular dementia that he battled for about seven years. His wife and daughters were at his side.

Zeke was born Sept. 11, 1940 in Paola, Kansas, to Lawrence and Clara Strausbaugh Bauer. He grew up on a farm east of Louisburg, Kansas, and attended a little country school called Moore. He graduated from Louisburg High School with the class of 1958 and immediately enlisted in the U.S. Navy in May 1958. He was on the aircraft carrier, the USS Saratoga during the Cuban Missile Crisis with Russia and his ship was brought to Cuba. Zeke was also present for the Bay of Pigs.

In the early 60s, he married Dixie Browning and to this marriage two children were born, James and Kristine Bauer. On May 8, 1976, he married Anita Bowers Craft. He gained her two children, Wendi and Rusty Craft.

Zeke worked various jobs in Kansas City, then moved to Drexel. He went to work for P & M Coal Mining Co. south of Amsterdam, holding several different jobs while there. One of his favorites was operating a big bull-life, but especially enjoyed to snow ski, bowl and travel.

Zeke was preceded in death by his parents; his only brother, Lawrence Edward Bauer; and a son, Rusty Craft, Sr.

Zeke is survived by his wife, Anita, of 46 years; a son, James Bauer, and wife, Theresa, Kansas City, Kansas; his daughters, Kris Bauer, Lee’s Summit, and daughter, Wendi Craft Dooley, and husband, Michael, Harrisonville; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Zeke loved each and everyone.

A visitation will be held from 9 to 9:30 a.m. May 14 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Harrisonville. The Rosary will be recited at 9:30 a.m. and a Memorial Mass will follow at 10 a.m. also at the church A visitation will also be held from 1 to 2 p.m. May 14 at Mullinax Funeral Home, Drexel Chapel. A Celebration of Life service will follow at 2 p.m. also at the chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Eddie Bauer Scholarship Fund.

James M. Downing
Aug. 4, 1939 – May 3, 2022

James “Jim” Marshell Downing, Harrisonville, was born Aug. 4, 1939. in Deepwater, the son of Charles Albert and Lena Cecil (Ferguson) Downing. He died May 3 at Research Medical Center, Kansas City, at the age of 82 years, 8 months and 29 days.

On July 8, 1967, Jim married Jacqueline “Jackie” Rae Grife in Raytown.

Jim was employed at General Motors Leed’s Plant, Kansas City, until his retirement in 1991 and was a member of the United Auto Workers Union Local No. 93, Kansas City.

After his retirement, he was employed part time at Twin Pines Country Club, Harrisonville, and the Courtyard by Marriott, Overland Park, Kansas.

Jim was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of American Legion Post No. 42, Harrisonville. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Harrisonville, where he enjoyed the men’s group.

Jim and Jackie loved to travel and had been to Germany, Paris, Switzerland and all 50 states.

They enjoyed going to Branson to see the many shows. His favorite place to go was San Diego, California. Jim loved living on the farm for 47 years taking care of his cows and property.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, David Fetters.

Jim is survived by his wife, Jackie Downing, of the home; a son, Mike Downing, and wife, Cherri, Harrisonville; a daughter, Nicki (Downing) Holden, and husband, Bill, Adrian; three grandchildren, Jennifer (Downing) Packham, and husband, Jeremy, William Marshall Holden and wife, Elisie and Samantha Rae (Holden) Thompson and husband, Jason; four great-grandchildren, Hayden Marshall Lee Ware, Jackson Duane Ware, Riley Kay Packham and David William Holden; his sister, Francis Elaine (Downing) Fetters; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Funeral services were May 11 at the First Baptist Church, Harrisonville. Burial was in the Orient Cemetery with military honors.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Crossroads Hospice.

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

Roger Keith Hubler
Oct. 11. 1960 – April 29, 2003

Roger Keith Hubler, 61, Marceline formerly of Harrisonville, died April 29 at his home. Roger was born in Marceline on October 11, 1960 to Albert Keith and Roberta Ann (Bailey) Hubler.

Roger was a Veteran of the United States Army and had worked as a heavy equipment operator. He was a past Master of Masonic Lodge 147, Harrisonville, and had also belonged to Crescent Hill Lodge 368, Adrian.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Roger is survived by his mother, Roberta Hubler, Marceline; brother, Allen Hubler and Debbie Murphy, New Albany, Pennsylvania; sisters, Kathy Gardner and Brian, Bucklin, Beverly Wrigley, Springfield, and Twilla Vess and Michael, Fayetteville, North Carolina; and seven nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were May 3, at Delaney Funeral Home, Marceline. Burial was in the North Salem Cemetery, North Salem.

Memorials may be made to the Masonic Home in Columbia and can be mailed to Delaney Funeral Home, 1720 N. Missouri Ave., Marceline, MO 64658.

Gary A. Pulliam
March 26, 1940 – April 29, 2022

Gary A. Pulliam, Adrian, was born March 26, 1940, in Sacramento, California, the son of Leonidas Bates, Jr., and Mary Elizabeth (Wray) Pulliam. He died April 29 at his home in Adrian, at the age of 82 years 1 month and 3 days.

Gary worked at Western Electric most of his working career in Lee’s Summit monitoring quality control until he retired. He then spent the next 20 plus years living and working on their Angus cattle farm with his son, Gene, near Ballard.

Most of his retirement years were spent doing what he enjoyed the most, working the farm by maintaining fences, mowing pastures and planting his garden, always growing more than he needed so he could share with friends and neighbors.

In addition to the farm work, his favorite pastime was cutting wood to heat the old farmhouse and when things got stressful in life, everyone always knew to listen for the sound of the chain saw because that’s where he was.

Gary loved his sons and grandchildren and always sacrificed.

Giving beyond any expectation in the best way he knew to help them along life’s journey.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Clayton Duane Pulliam, on March 11, 2017; and his brother, Larry Pulliam.

Gary is survived by a son and son-in-law, Gene Pulliam and David Clare, St. Louis; a son, Ed Pulliam, Forsyth; a granddaughter, Jessie Pulliam, Forsyth; and three grandsons, Derek Pulliam, Burlington Junction, Joshua Pulliam, Bradleyville, and Devan Pulliam, Burlington Junction; three great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were May 5 at the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, with burial in the Garden City Cemetery, Garden City.

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

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