Gordon Dean Hoy, 71, passed away peacefully February 25, 2014 at Kansas City Hospice House surrounded by his wife, family, and friends.
Gordon was born February 11, 1943 in Kansas City, MO. He is survived by his wife, Charlene, 4 daughters, 3 step children, 2 brothers, 1 sister, their families, and hundreds of friends. He served as an MP in the Army for 10 years and was a Vietnam veteran.
Family and friends are planning a Celebration of Life in May. Donations in Gordon’s memory may be made to Kansas City Hospice House, 12000 Wornall, Kansas City, MO 64114.
Jack E. Smith, 91, Kansas City, Missouri, passed away January 31, 2014 at Kansas City Hospice House with his loving family by his side. A celebration of his life will take place Sunday, February 9, 2014 at the Woodbridge Club House, 300 Woodbridge Lane (approx. 129th Street between Wornall Road and Holmes Road) from 2:00 to 5:00 pm..
Jack was a remarkable man. A member of the “Greatest Generation”, Jack grew up in the Rosedale neighborhood of Kansas City, Kansas during the Great Depression. As a straight “A” student, he was able to graduate from Rosedale High School a year early (1939) and was offered a commission in the U.S. Navy, becoming an ensign at age 19 while attending the University of Kansas. After he finished at KU, he reported for active duty in 1943 and was eventually assigned to the USS Wisconsin, an Iowa Class battleship. Jack served in the South Pacific on that ship until the end of WWII.
Jack worked as an engineer while going to law school at Kansas City University and, still in the Navy Reserves, was called up to serve on another battleship, the USS Missouri, during the Korean War, eventually attaining the rank of Lieutenant Commander. After the war, Jack became a partner at the Kansas City law firm of Barker, Winger, Bagby, and Smith. Later, he worked for Pitman Manufacturing and R.O. Corporation before settling down as a partner with his brother Robert Smith in the engineering firm of Smith & Boucher, and, later, Energy Masters Corporation.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents, John and Hazel Smith, as well as his first wife Janet Smith, infant son Timothy Smith, eldest daughter Kathleen Smith, and daughter-in-law Linda Smith. He is survived by his wife, Mary Smith, of the home; his brother Bob Smith; his children Mark Smith, Daniel Smith, Steven Smith (Emily), Philip Smith (LaMar), and Margaret Hartnett (Tom); step-daughters Julie Lacy (Ron) and Laurie Steffee (Sean); grandchildren Amy Keffer, Lucas Youngblood, Christopher Grindinger, Evan Youngblood, Gregory Smith, Lindsey Hartnett, Eric Steffee, Jessica Steffee, and Andrew Hartnett; and great-grandchildren Drake Chrisjohn, Tyler Keffer, Dakoda Chrisjohn, and Jackson Keffer; and many nieces and nephews.
Jack was a gentleman in every sense of the word. An accomplished business leader and a man of great intelligence and character, his greatest joy was spending time with his family. He will remain in our hearts forever.
Janine Marie Burright, third and youngest daughter of Kenneth Wayne and Lola Marie Danish Burright, was born August 1, 1960, at the Ringgold County Hospital in Mount Ayr, Iowa. She was baptized and accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior in the First Christian Church in Mount Ayr in 1972 and her membership has remained there. Janine attended Mount Ayr Community School and graduated with the class of 1978. She continued her education at Southwestern Community College in Creston, Iowa.
On January 8, 1979, Brien Wayne Johnson, Janine’s only son, was born. Janine married Frank Johnson of Hoskins, Nebraska, at the First Christian Church in Mount Ayr, Iowa. They lived in Hoskins until moving to Kearney, Missouri, when Brien was a toddler. They later divorced. She later moved to Liberty Missouri and reunited with her high school crush Randy Lee King, a senior when she was a freshman.
On July 18, 1987, they were married at the First Christian Church in Mount Ayr, Iowa. They followed employment to Merriam, Kansas, and since 2000 have resided in Shawnee, Kansas. Janine’s last employment was with Skillpath Seminars, owned by Graceland University. Janine worked as a Sales Operations Coordinator, maintaining a sales contact database.
Janine loved all types of crafts, including working with plastic canvas, macramé, stenciling, cross stitch, crochet, modeling with polymer clay, scrapbooking, card and stationery making. She was so creative and talented that family and friends requested special projects made by her. Many happy hours were spent with their cats: Jimmy, Punkie, Fuzz, Shadow, and Cinder. She and Randy also rescued several Japanese Chin dogs: Yoshi and Kenji from Wayside Waifs in Grandview Missouri, and Kaiko and Chicchai from smaller rescue organizations. She enjoyed competitions, and was awarded first place in a recipe contest and won tickets to numerous events from listening to radio station KUDL in Kansas City, Missouri. Janine contributed to the Burright Family Cookbook and enjoyed keeping up with family and friends on Facebook.
Janine doted on her grandsons, Braydon and Kellen, and enjoyed spending time watching them play, and videotaping their events.
Janine passed away Thursday, January 23, 2014, in the Kansas City, Missouri Hospice House following a battle with cancer. She was preceded in death by her parents, Kenneth and Lola Burright. Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Randy King, of Shawnee, Kanasas, son and daughter-in-law Brien and Brandy Johnson and sons Braydon and Kellen of Overland Park, Kansas, sister Kathy and husband Pastor Ed Shields of Mount Ayr, Iowa, sister Kerry and husband Steve Hittner of Omaha, Nebraska, nieces Erika Wilmes and Cole of Mount Ayr, Iowa, Emily Shelley and husband Richard, Kiersten and Kegan of Indianola, Iowa, Jourdan and Edson Ledonde , Micah and Aaliyah of Omaha, Nebraska, Luke and Ashley Hittner, Blake and Trevor of Elizabeth City, North Carolina and Will Hittner and fiancé Melissa Johnson of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, other relatives and friends. Janine will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved her.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Mount Ayr, Iowa, on Saturday, February 1, at 11 a.m. Presiding at the service will be Reverend Chris Conklin and Pastor Ed Shields. A social time and luncheon will immediately follow the service. Memorial contributions have been designated for the Wayside Waifs Rescue Group in Grandview, Missouri.
Steven Michael Crosson, 55, of Shawnee, Kansas, passed away January 20, 2014 at the Kansas City Hospice House.
He was born January 16, 1959 in Pittsburgh, Kansas. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mindy. He is survived by his parents, James Crosson of Newfane, Vermont and his mother, Janet Crosson Bayliss of Merriam, Kansas, his brother David of Tulsa, Oklahoma, sister Cate of Portland, Oregon, brother Greg, of Shawnee, sister, Charissa of Fort Scott, Kansas and sister, Cris of Merriam, Kansas. He is also survived by his aunt and uncle, Charles and Bev Settle of Fort Myers, Florida and other extended family members.
Services will be later.
Gary Richard Vaughn, 72, of Kansas City, passed away November 15, 2013 in Olathe, Kansas. Gary was born in Kansas City to James and Lorene Vaughn on January 26, 1941. He went to high school at Bonner Springs High School and went on to earn a degree in business from Emporia State University. He worked in the automotive business and enjoyed family, friends, sports and boating. Gary is preceded in death by his parents, James and Lorene, brother Ray and wife Patricia. Gary is survived by his daughter Lisa, sons Rick and Brett; grandchildren, Rick, Justin, Courtney, Madi, Jacob and Jessica; and great-granddaughters Grace, Kaylee and Aubree. A Memorial Service will be held at Evergreen Community of Johnson County on November 24th at 2:00 pm. Memorial donations may be made to Evergreen Community of Johnson County, 11875 S. Sunset Drive, Suite 100 Olathe, Kansas 66061.
William R. “Bill” Hale, born in Mankato, Kansas, who raised his family and lived his life in Topeka, Kansas, passed away on October 31, 2013, just two weeks shy of his 90th birthday. He lived a full life attending K-State, working as an architect, serving as the Kansas State Architect and was Kansas AIA President. He served in the US Army Air Corps. He was an active member of United Methodist Church in Topeka and was a fixture at the Shawnee Country Club on the golf course. He was an Elk and was active in the 20/30 Club. Della Kathleen (Petterson), mother of his children, with whom he enjoyed 51 years of marriage; and Jane Schirmer, with whom he enjoyed a sweet, but too short, marriage; predeceased him. He is survived by: his three sisters, Betty Jean Johnson of Overland Park, KS; Pat Scoggan and Beverly Beardmore, both of West Sun City, AZ.; his three children: Susan Greve and her husband, Thurston Watts of Grandview, MO, Martin Hale and his wife Patty of Topeka, and Cynthia Hale and her husband, Luis Mata of Overland Park; his five grandchildren: Chad Hale of Topeka, Lindsey Bray, Lenexa, KS, and Teresa Mata, Carlos Mata, and Daniella Mata of Overland Park; and his two great grandchildren, MacKenzie and Madison Hale of Topeka. Memorial service to be held at 5:30 pm, Saturday, November 23, 2013 at Lowman Methodist Church, 15th and Gage Blvd., Topeka, KS. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Kansas City Hospice.
Betty J. Fayne, Kansas City, MO, passed away peacefully on October 27, 2013 at Kansas City Hospice House after a long illness. She is survived by sons, Fred Fayne, Jr., James Fayne and Charles Fayne; daughter, Ella; two sisters and one brother; 8 grandchildren and a great-grandson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Fred Fayne; daughter, Helen Desiree Fayne Grosse and sister, Clara (Cookie) Nabors. A memorial service will be held at 10:00am, Saturday, November 2, 2013 at St. Theresa Little Flower, 5814 Euclid Ave., Kansas City, MO.
Jean Irene Maher of Belton, Missouri, born January 16, 1927 to Beulah and Emil Thomas in Troy, Kansas, passed peacefully from this life on October 7, 2013.
A graduate of Southeast High School, she spent most of her life in Kansas City and married the love of her life, James E. Maher on October 6, 1946. Jean was a loving homemaker and her house was always welcoming to family and friends, a center of joy and laughter. She retired in 1987 from the Treasury Department.
Jean was preceded in death by her husband, James, her twin sister, June Etzenhouser and her husband, Earl. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Sylvia Maher, her daughter and son-in-law, Vickie and Fred Abbott, grandsons Jason Maher and Joshua (Jennifer) Maher, granddaughter Andrea (Daniel) Sanchez, great-grandchildren Jacqueline and Isabel Sanchez and Ella Nicole Maher and many dear nieces and nephews.
We thank God for her life, the love of family, friends and the care of the Kansas City Hospice House.
She is greatly missed and will live in our hearts forever.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Memorial services for Marcia Louise Stoneburner, 72, a resident of Lake Quivira, will be held at Valley View United Methodist Church, 8412 W. 95th Street, Overland Park, Kansas at 1:00 PM, Friday, October 18. 2013. Family will be available to greet visitors at 12:30 PM.Marcia passed away peacefully October 13, 2013 at Kansas City Hospice House. She was born in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. She was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Letha Wanamaker and her sister Carol Pekrun. Marcia graduated from Kenston High School and attended Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.Marcia worked as a legal secretary and as an Administrative Assistant for former Congressman Dennis Moore. She loved attending musical theater, painting in watercolors, knitting and traveling, especially going on many cruises including a 69 day cruise around the world in 2007. She also loved to travel to the Outer Banks beaches of North Carolina to be with close friends.Marcia was married to her beloved husband of 47 years, Dwight Stoneburner, who survives. Other survivors are son, David Stoneburner of Omaha, his wife, Kimberly and grandchildren Katie, Will and Ally.In lieu of flowers, donations to the charity of your choice are welcome.