Luella Jane Stoneman, 94, of Overland Park, Kansas, passed away June 14, 2013.
Luella was born June 5,1919 to Wilmer and Elsie (McGlaughlin) Seamans in Jesup, Iowa. She had a twin sister, Lucille June who died 13 days after birth.
Luella attended elementary school in Littleton, Iowa followed by high school in Jesup, graduating in 1937. She attended Iowa State Teachers College, now University of Northern Iowa.
On November 28, 1940 she married Donald Kyle Stoneman. They had two sons, Donald Clare and James Steven, She and her husband became partners in the oil business in Independence, Iowa. In 1955, they moved their family to Wadena, MN to be partners in Ash Oil Company. Stoneman Oil Company was formed in June 1960. They retired in 1983.
Luella was a substitute teacher and a tax assessor in addition to her responsibilities as a partner in their business. She was a member of Wadena First Congregational Church UCC for over 50 years where she was a Sunday School superintendent and served on the Board of Trustees. Golf, bowling, and bridge were her hobbies. She enjoyed her friendships in these activities. Luella was also active in the Wadena County Republican party.
In retirement, Luella and Don enjoyed summers on Ottertail Lake, MN and winters in Lake Havasu City, AZ.
Luella moved to Overland Park in August of 2008. While living in Park Meadows Senior Living she enjoyed her friendships and being near grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Luella was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Donald of nearly 59 years, sister Naomi (Boyce), brothers Marcen, Gordon, and Roland. She is survived by sons, Donald (Elizabeth) Overland Park and James (Tracey) Wadena, MN, grandchildren Donald Kevin (Kathryn) Overland Park, Lisa Luella (Gregory) Palmer, Merriam, KS, James (Kristin) Overland Park, Joshua (Shannon) Paradise, CA, and Delayne, Paradise, CA and Jared Wadena, MN, great grandchildren Spencer, Brooke, Lindsey, Ryleigh, Samantha Stoneman, Austin Claire, Blake, and Carson Palmer, sisters Laura Van Daele and Ruth Meade, and brothers Lowell (Betty) and Charles (Kathy) Seamans, and many nieces and nephews, extended family, and friends.
A Celebration of Life will be at 2:00 p.m. Monday, June 24 at Heritage United Methodist Church, 12850 Quivira Road, Overland Park. The family requests donations to Heritage UMC in lieu of flowers.
Virgil Wayne Bowman, Sr. 83, of Leavenworth, Kansas, passed away June 12, 2013 at Cushing Memorial Hospital.
He was born October 7, 1929 in Kansas City, MO, son of Benjamin and Susie Bowman. He served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. Virgil was a good husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
He enjoyed fishing and watching Wheel of Fortune and wrestling.
Virgil was preceded in death by his parents, two daughters, Debbie Bartlett and Marsha Holler and ten siblings.
He is survived by his wife, Linda, Leavenworth, son, Virgil Wayne, Jr. and daughters Vicki Fellner and Denise Manuel, all of Belton, MO, two brothers, Charles, Purdy, MO and Bob, Odessa, MO, ten grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Graveside services with Military Honors will be held at 1 pm, Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at Higginsville State Military Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the VFW.
Ruby LaVaughan Campagna, 83, of Lenexa, Kansas, passed away June 16, 2013 at Overland Park Regional Medical Center.
She was born October 1, 1929 in Stoutland, MO, daughter of Charles and Ida Mae Justice. She was preceded in death by her parents and her nine brothers. Ruby is survived by her daughter, Regina Pinion, three grandchildren, Ronald R. Pinion, Jr., Robyn LaVaughan Pinion and Richard Nathan Pinion and four great-grandchildren.
Ruby was a flight attendant for TWA. She was the coordinator of the VFW Post 8100 in Grandview for many years and worked for the KC Chiefs as a parking attendant.
A memorial service will be held at 6:30 pm, Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at the VFW 8100, 3413 Main Street, Grandview, MO 64030.
Thomas Bray was taken gently to his heavenly home on June 15, 2013. He was preceded in death by his much loved son, Todd on April 4, 2012. Tom is survived by his forever love Sue Bray, their daughter, Laura Mullen, their sons, Marcus and Matthew Bray and daughter-in-law Tonya Bray and his grandchildren Kayleigh, Jordan, Nicholas, Alyssa and Isabella. He also leaves behind his brothers, Bob (Kathleen) and Ed (Marie), and sisters, Dorothy Eller, Mary (Richard) Grimit and Geralyn Bray. Tom is also survived by his father-in-law, Don Duncan, sister-in-laws Debby (Jim) Butz and Peggy (Ken) Tomberlin, brother-in-law Don (Patricia) Duncan, numerous aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews all who he loved very much.
A Celebration of his life will be held at 11 am, Thursday, June 20, 2013 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 416 West 12th St., KCMO. The family suggests donations to Catholic Charities of KC, Children Fund, 3100 Main, #10, KCMO 64111.
Robert J. Lankston died June 13, 2013 in Overland Park, KS. Bob was born in southern Illinois in 1927 and attended the University of Illinois after a brief stint in the Navy. He worked for Taylor Forge Engineered Systems for over 50 years as a mechanical engineer. Bob was a leader in the engineering field, holding six U.S. and seven foreign patents for his innovative designs. He was elected as an ASME Fellow in 2002, in recognition of his engineering accomplishments.
Bob loved to travel and visited many places in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Central America and Australia during his lifetime.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Eve Lankston and his four children; Kathy, Jeff, Nancy and John Lankston and six grandchildren. A celebration of his life will be held in Kansas City at a later date.
Terry Dove-Swall died Sunday, June 9, 2013. For the past 18 years, Terry called Lawrence home, even though she was a west Texas girl at heart. She wrestled with cancer these last 9 years, and as was her choice, she died at home in her bed.
Terry was born in El Paso, Texas in 1954 to Frank and Bonnie (Bell) Dove. She was the oldest of 4 siblings: Bud (Dallas), Kenny (El Paso) and Laurie (Austin). She grew up in El Paso and had many stories to tell about wind-whipped sand stinging her legs on the way to school, family picnics in the desert and real Mexican food. Terry married David Honea in 1974. She had two sons from her marriage to David: Micah and Jon, both of whom live on Lake Perry in Jefferson County, KS.
Terry and family migrated to Denton, Texas in the late 70’s. After divorcing David, she and the boys lived in Denton for nearly 20 years. It was while she was in Denton that Terry completed a degree in nursing. She worked as the school nurse at a Texas youth correctional facility, as the school nurse at a private boarding school and later as a nurse with a Denton area hospice organization.
In 1990, through a group of her friends (The Texas Smart Women’s Club), she met Ron Swall at a South by Southwest concert series. She engaged in a long-distance courtship with Ron, which included several trips in an old VW van, between Denton and Lawrence, Ks. She insisted that one trip should be made on only back roads without the use of travel maps – a typical 8 hour drive turned into a 2 day trip.
Terry moved to Lawrence and married Ron in 1995. She left behind great friends and family in Texas. She liked to say that they warned her about moving that far north, and so far away from Texas. She moved anyway. She arrived in Lawrence with all her possessions in the back of an old U-haul truck, and with good friend, Cindy, along for the ride to make sure the move went smooth. Consistently, Terry’s only real complaint about moving this far north was that summers in Kansas were far more humid than they ever were in Texas. Of course, no real Kansan ever believed her. Terry continued her work as a nurse in Lawrence, working on several different Units at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. She later worked for Lawrence Family Medicine and Obstetrics, and at Kaw Valley Natural Pet Care.
Terry’s sons followed her to Kansas over the next couple of years, moved back to Texas, and then to her joy, ultimately returned to Kansas to live. With her oldest son came her first grandchild (Caleb) who was always her great delight.
One of Terry’s first requests after marrying Ron was a new house. She had no idea what the result of that request would be, and soon embarked on a multi-year whole-house remod project. Terry and Ron lived in the middle of that project almost the entire time. She referred to it as the ultimate test of a relationship – if she and Ron could stick together through that – they could probably manage anything!
After Terry was diagnosed with a recurrence of breast cancer in 2004, she and Ron made a choice to purposefully build fun and memories into their lives. To start, Terry bought her first ever new car, and soon after, they bought an old pontoon boat from her brother, Bud. For the next several summers, every spare evening and weekend were spent at the lake, putt-putting around to swim and fish. She enjoyed every outing so much more when her sons, their wives and grandchildren were able to join the outing – which gave her no end of satisfaction.
During the time after her diagnosis, Terry also became involved in a focused spiritual exploration. She attended numerous silent retreats and spiritual gatherings to enhance and deepen her beliefs and practices. Through these activities, she met folks with whom she developed lasting relationships. Her connections with these ‘new’ friends as well as her ‘old’ friends from Texas provided her with both comfort and joy, even, and especially, into the last weeks of her life.
Terry is survived by her mother, Bonnie Bostick, brothers Bud (wife Kathy) Dove and Kenny (wife Alla) Dove, and sister Laurie (husband Greg) Dykes, all of Texas; her sons: Micah (Joanie Meier-Honea) and Jon (Rachel Maxwell-Honea); grandchildren: Caleb and Isabelle Honea, and Aydin and Ace Honea all of Ozawkie, Ks; niece Michelle Phillips of Lawrence Ks; and Terry’s husband: Ron Swall, of Lawrence, Ks.
Terry’s celebration of life is planned for June 22, 2013 from 2:00 to 4:00 at the Lawrence Unitarian Fellowship (1263 N 1100 Rd), Lawrence, Ks. Rather than flowers, Terry would want you to ‘pay it forward’ to your favorite charitable organization, or an individual needing a hand up.
Bernice Grace Nobile, 84, of Overland Park, Kansas, passed away June 12, 2013 at Villa St. Francis, under the care of Catholic Community Hospice.
Inurnment will be at 1:30, Monday, June 17, 2013 at Ft. Leavenworth Cemetery.
John Patrick Stamp, 71, of Saint Joseph, Missouri, passed away June 5, 2013.
He was born April 14, 1942 in St. Joseph, son of Charles and Nora Stamp. He graduated from Christian Brothers High School and also from Missouri Western College with a degree in business. John served in the U.S. Marine Corp. He was employed by the Union Pacific Railroad as a conductor for more than 30 years.
John was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Elizabeth, his sister Mary White and brother Charles Stamp, Jr. He is survived by his daughter, Tara (Josh) Leighr, Liberty, five grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Services are pending. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Gentiva Hospice, 8735 Rosehill Road, Lenexa, KS 66215.
William Thomas “Tom” Morris of Kansas City, Missouri, passed away Sunday, June 2, 2013, in the Kansas City Hospice House at the age of 70.
He was born in Harrison, AR, on December 29, 1942, to Jewell and Dorothy Morris. He graduated from Harrison High School and from the Kansas City Art Institute. He was in the Naval Reserve during the Vietnam conflict and was active in several areas of Southeast Asia.
He worked in the field of art and photography. His work was featured in several exhibits and publications through the years.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his sister, Mary Carolyn Rose and brother-in-law Jack Rose of Harrison; his nieces, Mary Anne Rose of Springfield, MO, Christy Conrad and husband Reece, Becky Borland and husband Hal of Harrison; and two aunts, an uncle and several cousins who mourn his passing. He is also survived by special friends Laura, Kevin, Alice, Kathleen and all his friends at Fric & Frac.
Cremation. A private memorial ceremony for family and friends will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to Kansas City Hospice House, 12000 Wornall Road, Kansas City, MO, 64145.