James E. Barr, 82, of Overland Park, Kansas passed peacefully on May 28, 2013 at his home. Jim was born October 9, 1930, to Jesse and Ethel Barr of South Park, Kansas. He married Della M. Shippy on April 28, 1956.
Jim worked at the Kansas City Star, served in the Navy and retired from Deluxe Check Printing. He is survived by his loving wife, Della, two daughters, Colleen Wheatley of O.P., KS; Sherry Pickands (Alex) of Charlottesville, VA and one son, James E. Barr, Jr. of Blue Springs, MO; six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; brother, John Barr (Dixie), and sister Betty Bryant.
Jim had a spunky sense of humor and was a loved deeply by his family and friends. He loved traveling, music and reading. Mr. Barr drove a church bus on Sundays and a green van on Saturday nights to Youth for Christ rallies. He also taught children in the Caraway Street puppet program at First Baptist Church of Shawnee. He especially loved kids and wanted them to get to know Jesus as their friend and Savior.
Memorial services will be held at First Baptist Church of Shawnee, 11400 Johnson Dr., Shawnee, KS on Monday, June 3, 2013 at 3 pm with visitation starting at 2 pm. The family suggests contributions to Hospice, Wounded Warriors or First Baptist of Shawnee.
Lawrence (Larry) D. Jewett of Roeland Park, Kansas passed away February 15, 2013 at the age of 87.
A memorial service will be held at Immanuel Baptist Church, 8822 Parallel Pkwy, Kansas City, Kansas at 11:00 AM on Saturday, March 2, 2013. Visitation will begin at 10:00 AM at the Church.
Lawrence was a graduate of Southeast High School in Kansas City, Missouri. He was a veteran of WWII and served in the Army Air Corps from 1943 – 1946. He was a nose gunner in a B-24 bomber stationed in Italy. Larry was a retired commercial electrician and a member of IBEW Local 124 from 1942 – 1987. He particularly enjoyed spending time fishing in Minnesota with his family.
Larry was preceded in death by his first wife, Arlene Jewett, mother, Hulda, father, Irl, and brother Robert. He is survived by wife Donna, two sons, Raymond and Donald Jewett , three step-sons, David, Darryl and Dean Miller, nine grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and cousin, Marion Hadad.
JoAn Soileau, 76, of Roeland Park, KS passed away due to an accident at her home. JoAn was a very artistic creative person. Her poetry was published and she was an accomplished photographer and painter. She enjoyed dinner theatre, bingo, taking her great grandchildren to the movies and spoiling the kids with ice cream. Although opinionated and set in her ways, her unique sense of humor and personality always brought a smile and chuckle. She will always live in the hearts of her grandchildren. JoAn was predeceased by her daughter-in-law, Cheryl Soileau. She is survived by her sister, Judy (Roger) Letterman; brother, George Fashing; son, Paul Soileau; granddaughters, Victoria and Kattie Soileau and great-grandchildren, Elyea and Seth. An open house and celebration of JoAn’s life will be held on February 1, 2013 from 1pm to 6 pm at 4920 Buena Vista Dr., Roeland Park, KS.
Clifford Earl Gaston of Roeland Park, Kansas passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at Overland Park Nursing and Rehabilitation Center under the care of Grace Hospice.
He was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas, son of Verde Geoffrey and Ethel Leona Gaston. He grew up in Miami, Oklahoma and graduated from Miami High School. Clifford attended Pittsburg State University and then served three years in the US Army during WWII in the European Theatre. He was a resident of Kansas City from 1954 until his death.
Clifford worked as an Insurance Premium Auditor and was a past president of the Kansas City Auditor’s Association. He was a member of the Community of Christ Mission Road Congregation where he served as an Elder and a choir member for over 50 years. He was an avid golfer and loved music.
Clifford was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Verde Grover and Karl and his first wife, Mary Elizabeth. He is survived by his wife, Annette, daughter and husband, Carol and Jim Keeling, his son and wife, David and Pam Gaston, three step-children, Carrie Beth Coleman, Robin and Jaime Gaona and John David Coleman, four grandchildren, Christopher and Andrew Alexander and Jessica and Jacqueline Gaston, four step-grandchildren, Sarah and David Keeling and Gabi, Lindsey and Tyler Gaona and four great-grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life/Memorial will be held at 2 pm, Sunday, October 21, 2012 at the Community of Christ Mission Road Church, 79th and Mission Road, Prairie Village, Kansas. Burial will be at Leavenworth National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Clifford’s name to the church or Grace Hospice, 9233 Ward Parkway, Suite 201, Kansas City, Missouri 64114.
Virginia L. Beck, 88, of Roeland Park, Kan., passed away Thursday, September 20, 2012, at her home. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, at St. Agnes Church, 5130 Mission Road, Roeland Park. A luncheon at the church will follow. Virginia was born June 13, 1924, in Westwood, California. She graduated from Analy Union High School in Sebastopol, California and enrolled in the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps program in Santa Rosa, California in 1942. She met her husband, Kenneth H. Beck, a Naval aviator in Santa Rosa in 1944. They were married in 1945 after World War II and moved to Kansas in 1946. Virginia was a nurse at KU Med, Providence Hospital and Research Hospital. She was also a public-health nurse and a school nurse in Kansas City, Kan. She and her husband were faithful members of St. Agnes parish in Roeland Park. She will be remembered fondly for her sense of humor and her compassion for others. She volunteered for many years at the Salvation Army, Roeland Park Senior Center and St. Agnes Church and school. She was a generous woman with a smile that lit up the room. She was preceded in death by her husband and sister, Kathryn Smith. She is survived by her two sisters, Larry McAvoy and Mary Meagher, Santa Rosa; two daughters, Melissa Watkins, Lawrence, Kan., and Virginia (Ginna) Lindquist, Tonganoxie, Kan.; son, Kenneth H. Beck, Studio City, Calif.; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Agnes School or Cross- Lines Community Outreach.
Michael Lee Smith, 52, died in the home he loved on September 2, 2012, following a heroic battle with cancer.
Michael was born in Ames, Iowa and spent the majority of his childhood in Billings, Montana, where he graduated from high school and completed one year of college. Michael worked with his hands as a capenter most of his life but his thirst for knowledge never ceased and he became a self-educated historian. He always had a profound love for his country and fulfilled his life-long dream of visiting the nation’s capital before he died. He was a quiet and kind man who cherished each day he had left on this earth tending his flowers and garden in his back yard which he called ‘my paradise.’
He leaves behind his best friend and wife, Dianne Fisher of Roeland Park, KS. Michael he also survived by his son, Jacob Michael Smith; sister, Michelle Smith Collicho, brothers Matthew J. Smith and Marc S. Smith, father LeRoy F. Smith, nieces Heather Smith Forgey, Jennifer Collichio, Rebecca Collichio, Annie Smith and Carlee Smith; nephews Fred Andrew Collichio, Anthony Collichio, Austin Collichio and Ryan Smith. Michael and Dianne wanted to extend special thanks to his brother-in-law and best friend, Fred Collichio, who gave unconditional support and love throughout his illness.
Michael was preceded in death by his mother, Joyce K. Smith who also battled cancer and loved Michael unconditionally until the day she joined her angels.
Michael will be missed by his friends and family want to thank the physicians and medical staffs of Midwest Cancer Center and Vitas Hospice. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Humane Society of Greater Kansas City.
Michael will always be loved and missed but is finally at peace now with his maker.
The family is planning a small gathering at a later date to celebrate Michael’s life.
Iris C. Kennedy Weatherred
October 3, 1916 – July 30, 2012
Born to James Homer Kennedy and Jeannette Watson Kennedy in Farmersville, TX, on a farm in the Farmersville area, Iris was one of 8 children who lived to adulthood. There they picked cotton, raised their own pork and beef, grew their own vegetables and added to the Kennedy clan the additional family members of grandparents and nephews and nieces who had lost their mother. Her grandfather gave the land to build a church called The Bethlehem Baptist Church in the community. Her father led “singing” at the church and most of her family ancestors are buried in the little cemetery next to the old church. There beside the church was the old “brush arbor” where the extended Kennedy clan had many reunions, family get-togethers, cemetery work days and more fried chicken, potato salad, deviled eggs, homemade ice cream and watermelon than you could say grace over. She was the last of the 8 siblings. The loving connection of the Kennedy family will always be cherished as an incredible blessing and those ties still bind.
She met Wayne B. Weatherred at a social at a friend’s home, and when he saw her going up the stairs, he told his friend that “that’s the woman I’m going to marry” — even though she was engaged to someone else. After only 3 dates they, along with Wayne’s uncle and aunt as their witnesses, went to the Preacher’s house to be married on February 20, 1936. The “preacher” was in his overalls plowing in the garden and just wiped his hands and performed the ceremony. That simple blessing lasted almost 58 years until Wayne died in December 1994. They absolutely adored each other and theirs was a true love story with Dad sending her a rose for every year on their 24th anniversary presenting her with a new wedding ring on their 25th – with her protesting that the old one was the only one she ever wanted even though it had worn razor thin– and her loving and caring for him in his declining years. They had one daughter, Waynell Weatherred Gregory (one of those Texas things to name girls after their Daddy).
Wayne worked as an Ironworker and a cowboy most of his life. He and his brothers had a “riveting gang” who were renowned and prized by steel construction companies. As a result, the family moved all over the US to various bridge, power plant, building, or steel construction jobs of all types. Many times when a construction crew came to an area, the availability of housing was extremely scarce and what was available was sometimes horrible. Iris made sure it was immaculately clean, pleasant and a place one could be proud to call “home” regardless of the situation. Sometimes they had an outhouse, a wood cook stove and a pot-belly stove, no hot water, and bathed in a washtub in the kitchen by the woodstove. She always sought out a church, enrolled Waynell in school and met with the principal and teachers. She often was apologetic about the temporary situation and upheaval of moving Waynell from school to school. One principal told her that Waynell was seeing and experiencing places, people and things that other children only read about and with the love, attention, and family around her that she would be just fine.
When Wayne worked as a cowboy, he worked on the Four Sixes Ranch and the Neal Ranch in West Texas. Using the lye soap she made, she did laundry in a huge cast iron kettle in the backyard under which she built a fire and agitated the laundry with a big stick. She then rinsed and wrung each piece by hand before hanging on the line. They couldn’t have a water heater because of the gypsum in the ground so drinking water was rainwater caught and charcoal filtered off the roof into the cistern below the back porch. She was a crack-shot with a gun, eliminating many rattlesnakes and seemed afraid of nothing. She cooked for and fed the ranch hands during wheat harvest and roundup time. Wayne milked the cows and Iris and Waynell made butter by shaking a gallon jar of cream until it became butter. Wayne shot several geese and ducks one winter and all had goose for Thanksgiving dinner and feather pillows and comforters for quite some time.
Iris went to “beauty school” in about 1944 and worked in various beauty shops when time and place allowed. In about 1953, she started her own business with her own beauty shop in Ft. Worth, Texas, which she operated until about 1964.
She was an untrained but very good seamstress making almost all of Waynell’s clothes as she grew up, made formals for both her granddaughters, bridesmaids’ dresses for her daughter’s and granddaughters’ weddings, sewed elk hide for a vest for her son-in-law, baby clothes and receiving blankets for all her grandchildren and great grandchildren, always doing anything she could for her family.
Upon Wayne’s death, she moved to Prairie Village to be near her only child. She lived alone until she was 95+ and was still insisting that she could continue to do so when her health failed and she moved to a nursing facility in January 2012.
She is survived by her daughter, Waynell Gregory, son-in-law Scott Gregory, granddaughter Nicia Gdanski and her husband Greg Gdanski, their sons, Scott and James; granddaughter Shana Lee Gregory-Williams, her husband Cameron Williams and their children, Abbie, Carter and Griffin; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and their extended families on both the Kennedy and Weatherred sides of the family. She outlived all her family of that generation but the following generations will remember and miss her very much.
She was a good, loving, caring wife, Mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and her family was of utmost importance to her. Some of her last words repeated over and over and over were “I love you more than anything in the world.” I have absolutely no doubt about that, Mom. I love you, too, and I’m glad we had the chance to say that to each other just one more time even if the days and nights were long on that journey to the last day.
Lewie Jones, 73, of Roeland Park, Kansas, passed away April 25, 2012 at Overland Park Regional Medical Center. He is survived by his wife, Lora, daughters Candy, Cookie, and Cindy, 18 grand children and great-grandchildren, and his sister, Laverne Burt of Texas. No services.
John McQuitty, 46, of Roeland Park, Kansas, died January 30, 2012.
He was born February 4, 1965 in Kansas City, Kansas, son of John S. and Karen McQuitty. John was preceded in death by his mother. He is survived by his wife, Rachel, his father, and his children; daughter Ridgely and sons Beckett and Dalton.
A memorial gathering will be held from 6:30-8:30 pm, Friday, February 3, 2012 at the Family Health Center, 300 SW Boulevard, KCKS, 66103.
Rev. Lloyd Haney, 79, left us to be with his Savior on Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at home in Mission Kansas under the care of Kansas City Hospice. Lloyd was born in Ottawa, Kansas on October 10, 1932 to Rev. Evert Lee and Hazel Haney. Lloyd was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Beth. He graduated from high school in Sterling, Kansas and attended Monmouth College in Illinois. He then entered Pittsburg Theological Seminary, and was ordained in 1957. Through the years he was pastor of the Westside United Presbyterian Church in Monmouth, the Heritage United Presbyterian Church in Hales Corners, Wisconsin, the First United Presbyterian Church in Cedar Falls, Iowa, the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Worthington, Minnesota. He retired In 1997 after serving 22 years at Southridge Presbyterian Church in Roeland Park, KS. He served on and chaired many committees for the Heartland Presbytery and was instrumental in the founding of Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church. Currently, he was on the Board of Directors for The Daycare Connection. Throughout life he enjoyed spending time with family and friends, sailing, camping, singing in the church choir, and excelling in wood carving. He and his wife particularly loved being on the road in their Trek RV, visiting old friends and seeing new places. They always looked forward to spending their winters in Texas after Lloyd’s retirement.
Lloyd is survived by his wife, Wilma; children Cindy Ferriss (Rick), Lynne Haney, Tracy Reddell (Greg) and Lee Schmid(Renee); grandchildren Christy, Jason, Eric, Nicholas, Trevor and Alexandra; and eight great-grandchildren.
A memorial Service will be held at 4 P.M., November 21, 2011 at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, located at College Boulevard and Nieman Road, Overland Park, Kansas. A short reception will follow at the Church. The family requests no flowers, but remembrances may be made to Grace Covenant.