Snowdean Iris Arnold, 85, of Eudora, Kansas, passed away December 9, 2013.
Services will be held at 6pm, Thursday, December 12, 2013 at the DeSoto Baptist Church, 8655 Church St., DeSoto, Kansas.
Donations to http://friends.wish.org/100-000/page/Deborah-Kester/In-Memory-of-Snowdean-Arnold.htm
Sandra Lee (Leskoff) Belt, 64 years old, passed away peacefully at home on December 7, 2013. She was surrounded by her beloved family, all of whom were dear to her heart. She was an amazing mother, cherished sister, and an unconditionally loyal friend. Sandi worked at Southwestern Bell for 34 years and USA Baby for 8 years. She will be remembered as an extremely hard working person, admired by her employers and co-workers.
Sandi is survived by her son, Bradley, daughter-in-law, Carina, her dedicated partner of 35 years, Bill Belt, sisters, Lulu and Soozi, brothers, Bill and Bruce, in addition to her niece, Nicole Griffith, and other numerous nieces and nephews. Sandi leaves four “bonus” children, Mike, Pat, Billy, and Kelly.
A celebration of Sandi’s life will take place on December 12th at the Marriott Country Club Plaza, 4445 Main Street in Kansas City, Missouri from 6-9 pm.
In lieu of flowers, Sandi asked that donations be made in her name to the ALS Foundation (www.alsa.org <http://www.alsa.org>).
Sandi will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Nancy Lynn Towner, 44, of Shawnee, Kansas, passed away December 5, 2013 at home.
She was born September 2, 1969 in Wichita, Kansas, daughter of Keith and Marjorie Chamberlain, who survive her. She is also survived by her husband, Craig, daughter Chinelle Custer, son Diamond Wills, and brother Brad Chamberlain.
Nancy loved to go camping and make candles.
A Celebration of Nancy’s life will be held at 2 pm, Saturday, December 14, 2013 at the First Baptist Church of Gardner, 324 East Shawnee, Gardner, Kansas 66030.
Martha Loretta Smith, 72, of Gardner, Kansas passed away December 2, 2013.
Loretta was the tenth of twelve children born to the late Stephen and Louise (Weaver) Smith, on June 10, 1941, in Swifton, Arkansas
She graduated from Swifton High School.
Loretta’s enjoyed spending time with her family, friends, and many social activities. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Gardner. Loretta will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Her last years in Gardner were with partner Roy Sylva, by whom she is survived.
She was predeceased by her siblings: Vernice Schanfish, Velma Potts, Lucille Winemiller, Marvin Smith, Ernest Smith, Helen Keeley and Gladys Smith.
Survivors include her sons, Gregg Smith and wife Teresa; Frank Bell and girlfriend Jackie Brooks; daughter Kim Fesenmeyer and husband David; grandchildren: Joshua Smith, Jessica Smith, Ivy Bell, Montana Bell, Coleman Wenger and Hunter Fesenmeyer; sisters: Retha Runsick, Wanda New, Linda Black and Patricia Smith; and Brother-in-law R.W. Winemiller.
Visitation will be held at the First Baptist Church of Gardner on Monday, Dec.. 9 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Memorial services will be held from 6:30p.m. to 7 p.m., also at the church.
Oather Wesley Shirley was born in Conway, Arkansas on February 12, 1919 and passed away at his home with his Bible on Wednesday, November 27, 2013. He was one of 10 children and at the age of 94, he was the longest living member of his family.
Oather married Velma L. Barnett on January 4, 1946 and they shared 67 loving years together with five generations of family members. He was a great farmer who loved to work the ground, drive his tractor and his Willy’s jeep in snow and mud. He started several missions in Arkansas and Kansas City and was a member of the Berean Baptist Church, serving as a deacon for many years. His favorite Bible verse was John 3:16.
Oather loved life in general. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and pulling pranks! He lived in Stuttfart, AR, the “Rice & Duck Capital” for 44 years and transferred to Kansas City in 1963 with Fairbanks Morse as a machinist. He retired in 1981.
He served in the US Army from September, 1941 – November, 1945. Oather drove a truck according to military regulations and transported supplies, equipment, and personnel as well as cleaned, serviced and maintained trucks. He served in the Aleutian Islands and in the European Theatre of Operations.
Oather is survived by his wife, Velma, two daughters, Linda Webb and husband, Dennis, Mission, KS and Suzette Moss and husband, Tom, Mission, granddaughter Raenelle (Warren) Gardner, Mission, grandson Michael (Jessie) Lillard, Mission and great-grandsons Blake West, Kansas City, KS and Corey West, Mission. He is also survived by his great-granddaughters Alyssa Gardner and Savana Lillard, one great-great-granddaughter, Haley West, step-grandchildren Christopher Moss and Shelley Davis, all of Mission, three sisters, Cora Slaton, Huphrey, AR, Louvene Kirkpatrick, Sheridan AR and Onamae Lane, Huphrey, AR and one brother, JW Shirley of Kansas City, KS. He is the uncle of many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, John Wesley and Linnie Shirley, brother Leonard Shirley, sisters Stella Bohanon, Marie Sinclair, Louise Givens, and Estelle “Pete” Clevenger. He was also preceded in death by his favorite horses, Prince and Jenny.
A memorial service will military honors will be held at 6:30 pm, Monday, December 2, 2013 at the Amos Family Funeral Home, 10901 Johnson Dr., Shawnee, KS. A visitation will precede the service beginning at 5:30 pm. The family suggests memorial donations to Kansas City Hospice, 9221 Ward Pkwy #100
Kansas City, MO. 64114.
Pat Ervin, 78, Rolla, Missouri, passed away November 26, 2013 at Villa St. Francis Nursing Center in Olathe, Kansas under the care of Crossroads Hospice.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Patty and Paul Garrett, grandson, Joe Pacheco and his wife, Sharon, two great-grandchildren, A.J and Ashlyn and her brother, Donald.
Pat was preceded in death by her son, Kenny Turner.
Rosemary Kasselman, 91, of Kansas City, Kansas, passed away November 26, 2013 in her home under the care of her family and Sacred Heart Hospice.
She was born February 9, 1922 in West Hammond Village, Illinois. She was employed in the aircraft industry during WW II and was a “Rosie the Riveter”. She worked at the Kansas School for the Blind as a cook and a houseparent.
Rosemary was preceded in death by her parents, and is survived by her daughters, Patricia Bradshaw and Tamra Adam, her sons Tom, Jerry and Jack Kraus and David McDonald and many grandchildren.
A memorial celebration will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday, November 30, 2013 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 94th & State Ave., KCKS. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Sacred Heart Hospice or to the charity of your choice.
Elnora W. Smith, 94, of Overland Park, Kansas, previously of Calera, Alabama, passed away November 22, 2013 at her home, under the care of Brookdale Hospice.
Nora taught ceramics for more than 50 years in Calera and moved to Kansas City to be near family in 2009.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Smith and son, Gary Anneman. She is survived by her daughter, Sharon Crofcheck, son, John Steib, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Services at a later date.
Michael Darby of Paola, Kansas, passed away at Olathe Medical Center on November 20, 2013.
He was a beacon of humor—quick with a joke and ornery gesture—that never shied away from an opportunity to make others laugh.
A celebration of life will be held at his son’s house on Sunday, November 24 from noon to six.
Chris Huck, 47, passed away on November 19, 2013 following a courageous battle with Prostate cancer.
He is survived by his loving wife of 18 years Nancy, and their daughters, Lauren and Emma. Chris is also survived by his mother Jeanne Huck, siblings Mark, Michael (Kim), and Kathleen (John), Nancy’s parents Gordon and Carol Rosenthal, siblings Lon, Lori, Leanne Knutson (Kurt),and nieces and nephews: Jonathon Huck, Tina Huck, Rebecca Rosenthal, Katie Knutson and Jack Knutson. Also, several Aunts, Uncles and Cousins. Chris was recently predeceased by his father Clemence Huck.
Chris graduated from Union-Endicott High School in Endicott, New York and the University of Illinois at Chicago, receiving his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, majoring in Marketing. He was employed as a Systems Analyst with Ascend Learning in Leawood Kansas.
Chris was a wonderful father and husband who loved spending time with his wife and girls. Among their many fun trips were the annual treks to Clear Lake, Iowa to celebrate the 4th of July with Nancy’s family. Chris encouraged the girls’ love of sports, cheering them on from the sidelines, practicing with them in the backyard, and teaching them to ski which he loved throughout his life. He also enjoyed watching The Royals and Chiefs and Nancy’s alma mater, Iowa State. He loved an underdog.
Chris lived his life with enthusiasm and a great sense of humor. His friends and family will miss his casual, carefree spirit and fierce determination and grace in spite of an aggressive cancer diagnosis and difficult course of treatment.
Two organizations that gave Chris’ life meaning during the past 18 months are Faith, Hope, Love,Win(flhw.org), an organization founded by David Emerson to raise funds and awareness to battle advanced metastatic prostate cancer and Church of the Resurrection’s Congregational Care ministries. The family suggests either of these organizations for anyone wishing to make a memorial.
A funeral service will be held at The Church of the Resurrection, 13720 Roe Avenue, Leawood, KS on November 23rd at 2:00PM. The family will greet friends immediately following in the youth center at the church.