Michael James Conway
Michael was born in Austin, Minnesota, to James Howard and Lela Katherine (Wheeler) Conway. The oldest of five children, he was the beloved big brother to Mary Anne Conway of Tonganoxie, Kansas, John Patrick Conway of Loveland, Colorado, Jeanne Evelyn Murry of Lenexa, Kansas, and Kelly Oran Conway of Topeka, Kansas. Michael graduated from Tonganoxie High School in 1963 where he proudly played left tackle on the undefeated football team his senior year. He later earned a degree from the University of Kansas and remained a lifelong Jayhawk fan. His marriage to Carol Wing in 1965 gave him his two treasured sons, James Christopher born in 1966 and David Michael born in 1969. He was their coach, fan, mentor and example.
Michael married Micky Simpson Gordon on June 27, 1998. It was love at first sight, meeting on a blind date with Michael wearing tight jeans and cowboy boots, driving old “Brownie” truck.
Michael was an avid outdoorsman and taught his sons to hunt, fish, water ski, and ride motorcycles at a young age, just as his father had taught him. Michael loved fishing in Canada and pheasant hunting in Kansas with his father, brother, sons and lifelong friends, only missing opening day due to military service or in later years hospitalization. Needless to say, Michael collected firearms and fishing gear and always drove a truck. His other passions were traveling and scuba diving trips with his grandchildren, son David, daughter-in-law Laurie and her extended family. Throughout his life, Michael’s primary focus was spending time with family. He was a true handy man and Jack of all trades, helping to either build or remodel homes for his parents, brother, and himself. He took pride in his work and in his tools.
Michael began working as a child delivering both newspapers and groceries and throwing hay bales. He often worked two jobs at a time. Hard work and loyalty were the cornerstones of Michael’s character. He would proudly point out the many bridges that he helped build all over the metro area in his many years in bridge construction work. Michael also worked in mortuary services for several years before changing to mainframe computer storage at UMB Bank. Michael retired after more than 25 years at UMB in 2011.
Michael died at home on June 18, 2013, in Kansas City, Missouri. He was preceded in death by his son James Chrostopher and his parents. Michael is survived by his wife Micky Conway; his son David Michael Conway and wife Laurie of Lawrence, Kansas; daughter-in-law Jennifer Conway of Tonganoxie, Kansas; step-daughter Sarah Berlin and husband Brian of Leawood, Kansas; step-son Luke Gordon of Kansas City, Missouri; step-son Philip Gordon and wife Lorie of Kansas City, Missouri; nine grandchildren: Dawson Conway, Berit Conway, Krista Williams, Colton Conway, Dakota Conway, Katherine Conway, Thomas Berlin, Benjamin Gordon and Jack Gordon, and a large extended family.
Visitation will be 3-4 PM with Celebration of Life to follow at 4 PM, Saturday, June 22, 2013, at North Cross United Methodist Church, 1321 NE Vivion Rd., Kansas City, Missouri. Fond memories and condolences may be left at Cremation Center of Kansas City, cremationcenterkc.com. Memorials may be sent to American Cancer Society, In Care of: North Cross United Methodist Church, 1321 NE Vivion Road, Kansas City, MO 64118 or American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.
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.
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.
Kelly Vincent Gilmore, 47, of Delphos, Kansas, passed away June 7, 2013 at Overland Park Regional Medical Center.
Memorial Services will be held in Minneapolis, Kansas.
Maxine Marie Gallon, 74, of Kansas City, Kansas, passed away June 6, 2013 at Providence Medical Center.
Maxine worked at Bethany Medical Center and Providence as a Certified Nurses Aide.
No services are planned.
Ruth A. Bradbury, 88, of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, passed away May 26, 2013 at Good Samaritan Nursing Center. Graveside services will be held at Bonner Springs City Cemetery at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 11, 2013.
Ruth was born December 4, 1924 to Oscar and Blanche Schubert of Bonner Springs, Kansas. She graduated from Bonner Springs High School in 1941 and received an education degree from Kansas State University in 1945. Her registered nursing degree was from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, followed by a graduate degree from Case Western Reserve University in 1948. Ruth was an instructor/administrator at the St. Luke’s Hospital nursing school during the 1950′s. In 1966 she married Jack Bradbury and worked as a school nurse until the couple moved to Lake Winnebago in Lee’s Summit, MO. She retired in 1987 after working as an administrator at Higginsville State Hospital for 15 years.
Ruth was a proud member of Kappa Delta Sorority and belonged to First Presbyterian Church of Lee’s Summit. Survivors include three nieces, Bobbie Dall (Bob), Olathe KS; Cathy Burnett (Dave), N.C., Sandra Sprandl, Germany; and many friends and neighbors. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Luke’s College of Health Sciences, 624 Westport Road, Kansas City, MO 64111.
Condolences may be shared with the family at www.CremationCenterKC.com.
Shirley M. Costales, 79, lifelong resident of the Kansas City area, recently of Grandview, MO passed away, June 2, 2013 after a long illness. She is survived by son, R. Douglas (Becky) Ewing; daughters, Denise (Rick) McPheeters, Diana Sanchez, Donna (David) Hatfield, Consuala (Muhannad) Alkhiteeb, Angelita Costales. 14 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.cremationcenterkc.com