Obituaries: May 4, 2023

Sarah “Jane” Lemmer

April 15, 1950 – April 26, 2023

Sarah “Jane” Lemmer, 73, of Harrisonville, passed away on Wednesday, April 26, 2023 at her home. Memorial services were held Wednesday, May 3 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Brady Cemetery.

Jane was born on April 15, 1950 in Harrisonville to Randall Alva and Helen Orla (Beel) Baker. Jane graduated from Sherwood High School with the class of 1967. She started her career as a typesetter and went on to work for the Cass County Democrat-Missourian newspaper for 31 years, and then worked at the Tribune and Times until her passing.  

Jane married Bobby Lemmer on August 11, 1967 in Garden City. The couple had 2 children, Vonda Kay and Robert “Rob” Randall. Jane was best known for enjoying bird watching, gardening, fishing, and her cooking. She was a life-long Cass County resident living in Garden City before moving to their farm in Harrisonville.   

Jane was preceded in death by her parents and her three brothers: Walter Baker, Charles Baker, and Terry Baker. She is survived by her husband, Bob Lemmer, of the home; her children: Vonda Kay (Jim) Savage of Knoxville, Tennessee, and Rob (Marnee) Lemmer of Clever; her sister, Joyce Stritch of Garden City; nine grandchildren: James Derek (Allison) Savage, Brandon (Maggie) Savage, Aaron (Makayla) Savage, Stephen Daniel Savage, Courtney (Austin) Nigh, Makiah Lemmer, Teagan (Libby) Lemmer, Tavis Lemmer, and Quintin Lemmer; and 11 great-grandchildren: Rosaleigh Mae Savage, Tristin James Savage, Aiden Russell Savage, Evelyn Belle Savage, Hunter Paige Savage, Fenley Rhys Savage, Lennon Harper Savage, Garrison Wayne Nigh, Vivian James Nigh, Adley Jane Lemmer, and Liam Dean Lemmer.

Claudia Lynn Hirst

June 4, 1957 – April 21, 2023

Claudia Lynn Hirst, 65, of Pleasant Hill, passed away peacefully on April 21, 2023.

Claudia was born on June 4, 1957, the youngest child of Elroy and Helen Lampton.

She attended grade school in Independence and graduated from William Chrisman High School in 1975. Shortly thereafter she met the love of her life, Russell Hirst, an Airman First Class in the United States Air Force. They were married on August 5, 1978 and together they raised 2 children: Jeffrey and Jessica.

Claudia loved being a homemaker, but her crafting talents were in high-demand as well. Everything from cake decorating, cross-stitching, and custom crochet blankets to sewing patches on scout uniforms and letterman jackets; her ‘expertise’ was requested by many.

While her children got older, she sought-after a job that would compliment their school schedule. As a school bus driver for the Pleasant Hill School District, she became a ‘proud mom’ to 70-plus souls daily. Her new career would span 14 wonderful years that she found extremely rewarding.

Claudia is survived by her husband Russell Hirst of Pleasant Hill; son Jeffrey Hirst and wife Coreen of Blue Springs; daughter Jessica Hirst of Blue Springs; four grandchildren, Delilah, Charlotte, Danielle, and Andrew all of Blue Springs; sister Dianne Hobbs and husband Dennis of Greeley, Colorado; and brother David Lampton and wife Brenda of Greenwood; and several nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents Elroy and Helen Lampton of Blue Springs; niece Mindy Hobbs of Denver, Colorado; niece Arielle Thomas of Independence; and sister-in-law Sherry Hirst of Independence.

The family entrusted Wallace Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill, with the arrangements. Funeral Services were held Monday, May 1, 2023 with Rev. James Stanfield-Myers, officiating. Burial followed in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Pleasant Hill Fire Protection District.

Daniel “Danny” Warden

May 11, 1962 – April 25, 2023

 Daniel “Danny” Warden, 60 of Butler, passed away Tuesday, April 25, at Bates County Memorial Hospital.  Graveside services were held Monday, May 1, in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler.  There will be no visitation.  Services under the direction of Mullinax Funeral Home, Butler (660-679-0009).  Memorial contributions may be made to Kamp Keirsey Messages of condolence may be left for the family at

Daniel (Danny) Dee Warden was born May 11, 1962, in Independence, the son of Carol (Woods) Irvin.  His childhood was spent in Greenwood and Noel prior to moving to Adrian at age 16 where he graduated in 1981. After high school, he served 2 years in the Marine Corps. He married Gayle in 1983 and worked at Hardees where he earned the nickname “Big Roast Beef”. After 17 years, he changed professions and started his own construction company with the help of his brothers and sons. He was very proud of his special projects that helped others enjoy their houses for many years to come.  He was a proud member of Butler Lodge #254.  Danny was quite proud of his breakfast making abilities. Short order cook of biscuits or the famous “Mickey Mouse” waffles. He has made a lot of kids and their friends happy, especially the grandkids.

Danny and Gayle loved a good road trip. Whether a few miles away to look at dogwoods and redbud trees, a trip to New England to see the sunrise in Maine, or the countryside of Europe, he was ready to go. May have taken a wrong turn or two, but he was “not lost, just wandering”.

His most recent project was his lake “Shabin”. Lots of hours playing in the water and relaxing on the pontoon.  Danny enjoyed all things outdoors; canoeing, hunting, fishing, golfing, boating, and sunsets.  Most of all, he loved his kids and grandkids. They made him proud every day and those grandkids made him so, so happy.

Danny was preceded in death by his father and mother-in-law Rogers & Goldie Saathoff, Uncle Robert Woods, and his stillborn daughter Amanda Warden. He is survived by his wife Gayle, sons Dwayne (Megan) of Lee’s Summit and Bryan (Raychel) of Springfield; daughter Annette (Devan) Taylor of Alconbury Air Force Base, United Kingdom; grandchildren Gavin Taylor, Everly Warden, Oliver Warden, Laken Warden, Emily Taylor, and Owen Taylor; mother and step-father Carol and Roger Irvin; siblings Dennis Warden, Andrea (Bruce) Thompson, Donny Warden, Cricket Irvin, Garry Saathoff, Randy Saathoff, and Ronda (Mike) Horner, along with several aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.