Jeffrey Michael Long, 68, of Leawood, Kansas, took the hand of the angels on May 18, 2013 at the Kansas City Hospice House.
He was born March 26, 1945 in Los Angeles, CA, son of Connie and Gene Long. Growing up in California, he loved the ocean and the mountains.
Jeff married Karen Syverud, the love of his life on May 20, 1972 in California. They moved to Leawood in 1987 to open the Ringler Associates Kansas City Office. Jeff retired in 2010, turning the business over to his son, Ryan. He was President of the Board of Directors of Brookridge Country Club where he met friends who became a second family to Jeff and his family. Upon retirement, Jeff became a Starter and Marshall at Brookridge. He enjoyed golf, camping, traveling, fishing and sharing time with friends.
Jeff was predeceased by his parents and his sister, Kelly. He is survived by his wife, Karen, son Ryan and his wife, Kristin and their family, Parker and Connor of Overland Park and his daughter, Cori and husband Matt Gillispie and their family, Drew and Alli of Shawnee. He is also survived by his brothers, Gene of Boca Raton, Fl and Dan of Chico, CA, his sister, Kathy Long of Huntington Beach, CA and his extended family in California.
Jeff’s grandchildren were the twinkle in his blue eyes and they adored their Papa. He was a selfless person, always ready to help other people and listen to their needs. He had a wonderful sense of humor that lasted through out his courageous journey. Jeff and Karen were fortunate enough to travel the world, play golf in Scotland and watched many sunsets over several oceans.
A Memorial Mass will be held at 11 am, Thursday, May 23, 2013 at Church of the Nativity, 3800 West 119th St., Leawood, KS 66209. A Celebration of Life will be held immediately following the Mass at Brookridge Golf and Fitness, 8223 W. 103rd Street, Overland Park, KS 66212. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to KC Hospice House, 12000 Wornall Rd or to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, www.pcf.org.
Jesse Z. Ball, 83, of Lawrence, Kansas passed away peacefully on May 17. A memorial service will be held on Monday, 7:00 PM, May 20 at The Assembly of God, 823 Elm St., Eudora, Kansas.
Jesse was born in Calico Rock, Arkansas on January 30, 1930. He graduated from Calico Rock Arkansas after which he enlisted in the Naval Services. Jesse served in Pearl Harbor in the early 50′s. He received the National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. Jesse was co-owner of The Blane and Jessie’s Beauty Salons in Lawrence, Kansas for 15 years.
He survived by his wife of 57 years, Rose Ball of Lawrence, KS. His sister, Snowdean Arnold of Eudora, KS. His brother, Lonnie Ball and wife Hope of Eudora, KS and many loving nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Winiferd and Amy Ball. His bothers Duane Ball, Blane Ball and Don Ball and his sister Amy Ball.
Judith “Judy” K. Loteckie, 53, of Raymore, Missouri, passed away May 17, 2013 at Kansas City Hospice House after a courageous battle with cancer.
She was born April 19, 1960 in Sioux City, Iowa, daughter of Larry B. and Beth A. Lindstrom.
Judy is survived by husband of 24 years, Greg, four children: Stacy Sullivan and husband Greg of Girard, KS, Corey Hite, Pittsburg, KS, Erica Warren and fiance Brandon Ray, Warrensburg, MO, and Shawn Loteckie, Overland Park, KS; two step-daughters, Melissa Loteckie, Overland Park, KS and Jennifer Loteckie, Lee’s Summit, MO; her parents, Larry and Beth Lindstrom, Belton, MO, her sister, Jan Hill, Raymore, MO and many grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
A private family celebration of Judy’s life will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to KC Hospice House, 12000 Wornall Road, KCMO 64145.
Charles (Chuck) M. Gathright passed away peacefully at Garden Villas on May 14 at the age of 89. A longtime Leawood resident, he was married to the love of his life Lucille for 55 years until she passed away in 2006. Chuck served in the Army Air Corps in WWII. He was a pilot who taught his sons to fly. He retired from Gathright Sales Co. in 2001 and loved nothing more than taking his grandchildren to the lake.
Chuck is survived by son Jon and his wife Dessie as well as son Mike and his wife Shelley. His 3 grandsons Cory, Dustin, and Derek Gathright along with granddaughter Julie Estrada, husband Gabe and their 2 children Kaelyn and Gabriel.
A family celebration of life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to
Wilma Dorris Seelig, 93, of Liberty, Missouri, passed away May 16, 2013 at the Nantucket House in Overland Park, Kansas, under the care of Grace Hospice.
She was born February 2, 1920 in Amoret, Missouri, daughter of John and Cora Braden.
Services are pending.
Full obituary will be published later.
David Presley, 50, of Kansas City, Missouri, died May 15, 2013 at Kindred Hospital of Kansas City.
He was born January 6, 1963 in Chicago, IL, son of Charles and Mary Presley.
David was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Jeffrey. He is survived by his sisters, Tammy Farthing, Kansas City, MO, Jennie Presley, AZ, brothers Mark, Kansas City, Bobby, IL and Steven, AZ.
Private family services.
Gail Losier, 60, of Holden, Missouri, passed away May 14, 2013 at St. Joseph Medical Center, Kansas City, Missouri.
A Memorial Service will be held at 2 pm, Saturday, May 18, 2013 at Church of Christ Restored, 553 NW 1511th Road, Holden, Missouri.
Jack F. Horn, 87, Olathe, KS passed away May 12, 2013. Interment at a later date at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Cremation Center of Kansas City, 913-384-5566, CrematioCenterKC.com
Robert (Bob) L. Schumacher (Schu), 73, of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, passed away peacefully at home and surrounded by family on May 8, 2013. Schu was born February 6, 1940, in Kansas City, Missouri, to Marion Ruth Holtcamp / Schumacher and Emil Earnest Schumacher.
He was a loving father and grandfather to three sons and three grandsons. Sons James Robert of Cape Coral, FL, Michael Lee (wife Renee) of Kansas City, MO, and Lawrence Andrew of Lee’s Summit, MO. Grandsons Tommy, Lee’s Summit, MO, Nick, Kansas City, MO, currently stationed in Pensacola, FL with the US Navy, and Sam, Kansas City, MO. He would be disappointed if his dogs, Itchy and Stubby, were not mentioned here as well.
He was a passionate man who enjoyed diverse hobbies, including farming, genealogy, gardening, cooking, boating and raising animals as if they were his children. He managed the family farm since 1993, while finishing his long and proud career at IBM. After an early retirement, Schu took a brief break from the family farm and owned and operated Nick and Sam’s Restaurant in Truman, Minnesota.
Schu was preceded in death by his wife Catherine Woekel / Schumacher in 1992. He is survived by many loving cousins, aunts, uncles, neighbors, and friends. The journey would have been tougher without them.
The family will receive friends at a Celebration of Schu’s Life on June 2, 2013, from 1:00 until 4:00 PM at the Boulevard Brewing Company, Brew House Bar, 2501 Southwest Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64108. No flowers please. Donations may be made to the to the American Cancer Society.
Mary Knoxsah, of White Cloud, Kansas, passed away at 6:45 p.m. on May 8 at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City.
Mary was preceded in death by her husband, David “Skup” Knoxsah from Horton, who passed away in 2005. They married in the early 1980s. She has five children: Aaron Shaad, Independence, Missouri, Quanna Shaad and Shona Knoxsah, Overland Park, Alex Knoxsah, Horton, Kansas and Armando Knoxsah, White Cloud and six grandchildren.
She preceded in death by her mother, Wynema Conklin, her father, Ted Conklin and her brother Teddy Conklin Jr.
Her living siblings include John Conklin, Horton, Jean Conklin, Wellsburg, N.Y., Nancy Schlichting, Hiawatha and Cindy Kelly, Lawrence. Mary was very close to all of her family including her nieces and nephews;: John Conklin Jr., Jason Wandell, Jeremy Wandell, Chala Wandell, Josh Wandell, Quintin Wandell, Nova Deckman, Rebekka Schlichting, Mara Schlichting, Julie Kaniatobe and Samuel Kelly.
Mary graduated from Haskell Indian Nations University in the early 1980s. She was very active with the surrounding Native American communities. She worked for the Kansas City Indian Center, Kickapoo Housing, Sac & Fox Housing and more. She was the chairwoman of the Iowa Tribe Powwow Committee, a volunteer foster parent to many Native American children and a volunteer at many community events. She is an enrolled member of the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska, as well as a descendant of the Wichita, Caddo and Delaware Tribes.
The family and the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska will host a memorial dinner for Mary at 1 p.m. this Saturday at the George Ogden Building, 3345 Thrasher Road, White Cloud, Kan.