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.
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
Alan Skinner, 77, Lenexa, Kansas, passed away April 22, 2013 at Delmar Gardens of Lenexa.A memorial service will be held at Christ Community Church, 14200 Kenneth Road, Leawood Kansas on Sunday May 5 at 1:30 pm.In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Mercy & Truth Medical Missions.
Octavio B. (Obie) Bautista passed away February 18 at Kansas City Hospice House. A celebration of his life will be held at Country Club United Methodist Church, 400 W. 57 St., Kansas City, MO on Friday, March 1, 2013 at 3p.m. Visitation and a reception will follow in the Fellowship hall.
He was born October, 15, 1928 in the Philippines where he lived until 1962 when he and family moved to Norman, OK to pursue graduate studies. He retired as Professor of Economics and Finance from Central Missouri State University in 1992.
He married Leticia (Letty) in April 1950 and had 3 children; Orlando (Rachel), Edwin and Liza (Gary Crumley). He is also survived by his only sister, Nora B. Consunji, and 8 grandchildren, J.J., Mark, Susanna, Daniel and Catherine Bautista; Cara and Allison Crumlen; and Michael Bautista, and a lovely great-granddaughter, Nani Lee Mae.
He was a member of Country Club United Methodist Church for 50 years where he served on the Board of Trustees and as Treasurer for three terms. He was a valued member of the Chancel Choir. He was very active in the Heart of America Cursillo movement where he served as chief cook for many weekends. He volunteered at KU Medical Center and Trinity Lutheran Hospital.
Obie and Letty traveled extensively, most notably a 10-day trek in the Himalayas when they were in their early 70’s. They also took their entire family on 4 cruises in his later years when Parkinson’s Disease limited his mobility.
The family wishes to extend thanks to his church family and the wonderful, caring staff at Menorah Medical Center, KU Medical Center, and Kansas City Hospice House.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Country Club United Methodist Church, 400 W. 57 St., Kansas City, MO.
Laura Rigsby Daniel, 65, passed away December 31st, 2012 at her home in Leawood, Kansas. In her final hours she was surrounded by the family she loved as they shared scripture, sang hymns and read aloud her favorite childhood book, Little House on the Prairie. Outside her window a soft, peaceful snow was falling.
Laura was born to Clayton and Bernadine Hunt in St. Louis, Missouri in 1947. Laura is survived by her husband Dale Daniel, brother Clayton Hunt of Dallas, TX, daughter Teresa Sneed of Duncan, OK, son Travis Daniel of Overland Park, KS, and two grandchildren Gwyneth and Garrett Sneed of Duncan, OK.
Laura was a faithful wife of 41 years, a devoted mother, and a joyful grandmother. She loved a brisk walk in the morning and evening with her dog Watson. She enjoyed traveling, reading a good book in her favorite chair and most of all, spending time with her family. She fought breast cancer for 15 years without a single complaint. Laura’s quiet, steadfast love and servant heart will be missed by all who knew her.
A memorial service and visitation will be held at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in the Wesley Covenant Chapel (13720 Roe Ave. Leawood, KS). Visitation will be held at 10:00am on January 3rd, 2013 and the memorial service will follow at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Church of the Resurrection Backpack Ministry. Laura spent her retirement years volunteering with this ministry to provide weekend meals for grade school kids in need. Checks can be made out to the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection with “Backpack Ministry” in the memo line.
Patrick J. “Dewey” Davis, 57, of Leawood, Kansas, passed away December 26, 2012 at Overland Park Regional Medical Center. He is survived by two brothers, Steve (Cheryl) of Florida and Terry (Shelagh) of Canada. No services.
Wayne Brent Wright, of Leawood, Kansas passed away at St. Joseph Medical Center on December 10, 2012. He retired 11 years ago from American Ingredients as a chemical sales representative.
He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Corinne Wright. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Dolores “Dee” Wright of the home; three sons, Gregory J. Wright, Steven P. (Pamela) Wright and Christopher B. Wright. Also surviving is his brother James (Chalice) Wright of Chapel Hill, North Carolina; cousin, Mildred Kreitner of Nashville, Tennessee ; sister-in-law, Irene (Roger) Robbins and two grandchildren, Paige and Jeremy.
Private services will be held at a later date.
Stanley Emerson, 84, of Leawood, Kansas, passed away November 9, 2012 at the Kansas City Hospice House.
He was born June 4, 1928 in Pittsburg, Kansas, son of Benjamin H. and Vera R. Carlton Emerson.
Inurnment at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Topeka, Kansas.
Bill Killian, 93, of Leawood, Kansas, passed away on September 11, 2012. He was born in Pasadena, California, on October 10, 1918.
Survivors include his wife of 69 years, Phillipa Louise Killian; three sons Jim (Marsha) Killian of Overland Park, John (Aurea) Killian of Puyallup, Washington, and Bill (Sheila) Killian of Waterford, California; 14 grandchildren and 17 great- grandchildren.
Bill was a sound engineer with Warner Brothers and retired in 1980. He was a member of IBEW for 70+ years and a member of IATSE. He lived a strong faith and a gentle life.
Services are pending.
Mary Frances Crosbie Ferree
Mary Ferree lived a life of faith, hope and love, passing away peacefully September 10, 2012 at the age of 94. Born in Kansas City, Mo., in 1917, Mary was the middle child of Harry and Reppa Crosbie. Mary graduated from Westport High School in 1934. She worked as a bookkeeper at Western Auto and as a receptionist at Cammel Taggert where she was introduced to her husband, Lawrence (Larry) L. Ferree. They were married in 1942 in San Francisco, where Larry was stationed in the Navy. Mary and Larry raised their family in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Kirkwood, Mo., where Mary lived for 43 years. Mary was a homemaker, who delighted in the care and nurturing of her three children, her 6 grandchildren and her many friends. She was a member of P.E.O. and Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church.
Mary was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years; her brother, Harrison Crosbie; her sister, Martha Kellogg; her parents and her grandson, Jackie Weyforth. She is survived by her children, Mary Ann Weyforth (Jack) of Overland Park, Kan.; Larry Ferree (Sherry), Leawood, Kan.; and Janet Burton (Jay), Leawood, Kan. She is also survived by grandchildren Katie (Andy) Vanlandingham, Carolyn (Mark) Glanville, Nathan Ferree, Ryan Ferree, Jessica Burton and Meredith Burton, and great-granddaughter, Avery Vanlandingham.
Mary’s faith in God guided her steadfastly through her long life. She recognized God’s handiwork in nature, appreciating birds, flowers, fresh air, and time spent with family at the Lake of the Ozarks. She exhibited hope in an ever optimistic outlook, her gentle humor and gratitude for smallest kindnesses. Her love for her family was unceasing and ever present.
Her family greatly appreciates the care Mary received from her long-time caretaker, Kathy, the staff at Grace Gardens, Leawood, Kan., and Odyssey Hospice. Memorial gifts may be made to Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, 11100 College Blvd, Overland Park; KS, 66210, or to Cottey College, 1000 W Austin, Nevada, MO. 64772. Private services.