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.
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.
Patrick L. Bohan, 64, of Pacific Grove, CA, passed away on May 7, 2013 in Emporia, KS after a brief illness. He is survived by his son, Matthew (Lori) Bohan of Everett, WA; father, Robert Bohan, Lexington, KY; sister, Mary (Robert) Houlihan, Lexington, KY and granddaughter, Brooke Bohan, of Everett, WA. Services will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at jdrf.org, or to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals at aspca.org/donate.
Michael Ray Glenn, 56, of Kansas City, Missouri, made his transition on April 26, 2013.
He is survived by his son, Ian, his mother, Virginia Hutchison and his father, Bob Glenn. Michael was preceded in death by his brother Monte, his sister, Rhonda, and Ian’s mother, Paige.
A private family scattering of the cremains will be held at Unity Village Rose Garden at a later date.
Alma Jean (Beach) Snook, 85, drifted into eternal sleep on April 27, 2013, at home, under the care of Gentiva Hospice and her family. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
She was born January 16, 1928, in Weston, Missouri. Following graduation from Weston High School she attended the University of Missouri in Columbia. She learned the value of hard work at an early age delivering chickens raised on the family farm to people in Weston.
After leaving home she worked for Dr. Engel on the Plaza, Ford aircraft division, the Research Clinic, the Atomic Energy Commission, the VA, the FAA, A. Louis Ruhl School, the IRS, the USDA, and finished her working career at the Kansas City Star.
She was married to Charles (Buck) Snook for 53 years, from January 16, 1959 until his passing on February 12, 2012. She was preceded in death by parents Thomas Jefferson Beach and Martha Robinson (Sams) Beach, sister Lucille Beach, and husband Charles Elmer Snook. She is survived by her sister Emma (Beach) Frey and brother T. J. Beach of Weston, and sons Danny and Tom, friends Thelma Lee (Smith) Wonderly and Frances Hite.
A graveside service is scheduled for Saturday May 4, 2013 at 2:00 PM at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery located about 3 miles north of Weston at 18792 North County Road P.
Memorials may be made to Gentiva Hospice 7801 Mesquite Bend Drive, Suite 105, Irving, TX 75063 or the Humane Society.
Born in Gillingham, England, Alec graduated from Brooklands Technical College, Weybride, England with certificates in nine subjects. Alec worked as a Computer Programmer/Analyst in London before deciding metaphysics was calling for further study and devotion. He was involved with the Unity School in Great Britain as an advisor to the Youth of Unity Board Of Directors and was a member of the Board of Directors of Unity London. Later, in the United States he was Co-sponsor of Young Adults of Unity, Unity Village Chapel and Unity on the Plaza.
Alec graduated from Unity Ministerial School and was ordained in 1978. He fulfilled the role of Supervisor at Silent Unity’s 120-year old international prayer ministry at Unity’s World Headquarters, Unity Village, MO. and has filled pulpits as minister in the Chicago area, Santa Rosa, CA, Roanoke, VA and most recently in Baton Rouge, LA. During those times he was a true spiritual leader who utilized his sense of humor (he loved Benny Hill!) and love of music to inspire and motivate others as demonstrated by his impressive list of achievements:
Initiated forums for internationally acclaimed leaders in the Human Potential Movement, including Dr. Wayne Dyer, author of Your Erroneous Zones, Dr. Bernie Siegel, author of Love, Medicine & Miracles , Dr. Jerry Jampolsky, author of Love Is Letting Go Of Fear, Alexander Everett, considered the ‘Father of the Human Potential Training Movement’, and Dr. Stephen Halpern, considered the ‘Father of New Age Music’, attracting attendance of up to 700.
Established a Holistic Living Center to provide educational/experiential programs for a balance of spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical well-being.
Established a Holistic Counseling Center to provide professional metaphysical, humanistic and transpersonal counseling services
Authored numerous inspirational articles which were published in local newspapers, Unity Magazine and Vision, The Association Of Unity Churches former newspaper.
Offered Ideas For Living, a daily 5-minute practical spirituality radio program on station WVVX-FM in the north suburbs of Chicago,IL.
Authored numerous inspirational articles which were published in local newspapers and Vision, The Association Of Unity Churches former newspaper.
Established inspiring church music program with Ed Wetteland, former band-leader of the Bob Hope Orchestra, and Michael Bolivar, formerly with the Duke Ellington Band.
In addition to being widely published, Alec was often sought after as a featured speaker for events across the United States.
Alec recently returned to Kansas City and was enjoying reconnecting with his son and daughter-in-law Marc and Sarah Evason and was awaiting the birth of a new grandson. He enjoyed spending time with his step-daughter Jennifer and her daughter Micaela and partner Bob, who shares his love of live music. Bob and Alec could be found around Kansas City enjoying a local cold ale while listening to live music and sampling Kansas City BBQ.
In addition to his children he is survived by his brother John in England.
As one of the nurses said, “Alec was a delightful person!”. He will be missed by all those whose paths he crossed.