David E. Long, D.D.S.
David E. Long, DDS, 54, a popular teacher at Hocker Grove Middle School in Shawnee, died Nov. 29, 2004, after a long battle with cancer.
He was born Jan. 7, 1950, to Dr. Edward E. Long and Dorothy Long of Humboldt, Kan. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Peters Lutheran Church in Humboldt, where he began his teaching career teaching Vacation Bible School. He was also an Eagle Scout.
While in high school, he played football and basketball and also formed his own band called "The Night Watch." He graduated from Humboldt High School in 1968 and from the University of Kansas in 1972. He obtained his teaching degree in 1973.
After teaching at Hocker Grove for three years, he entered the University of Missouri-Kansas City and obtained his degree in dentistry. While practicing dentistry part time, he also taught at the Dental School. However, after he developed an eyesight problem which created challenges in his dental practice, he returned to Hocker Grove.
Dr. Long was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include a brother, Jerry Long, Fairway; two sisters, Sherry Crane and husband John, Overland Park; and Debbie Stewart and husband Neil, Longmont, Colo.; and one nephew, five nieces and one great-nephew.
Visitation for family and friends will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Amos Family Chapel of Shawnee. Services will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 9100 Mission Rd., Prairie Village. Graveside services and burial will follow at 2 p.m. at Mount Hope Cemetery in Humboldt. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Space Camp Fund at Hocker Grove, 10400 Johnson Drive, Shawnee KS 66203. Arrangements by the Amos Family Chapel of Shawnee, (913) 631-5566.
Michael D. Friend
Kansas City, Mo.
Mike Friend, 45, lost his battle with cancer on the morning of Nov. 23, 2004, at home. Visitation was Friday at the Alden-Harrington Funeral Home with graveside services on Monday at the Smith Chapel Cemetery in Gainesville, Mo. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the Kansas City Hospice, 10100 W. 87th St. Suite 100 Overland Park, KS 66212.
Mr. Friend was born Nov. 27, 1958, the son of Retha and Bernon Friend. Mike was a lifelong resident of Kansas City and loved his southern Missouri country heritage. He graduated from Winnetonka High School in 1976 and was an employee of Colgate Palmolive Co. for 22 years before leaving for health reasons. He was a member of the O.C.A.W. local union #5114.
Survivors include his three children, Stacy, Michael, and Kristen Friend; a stepson, Jason Benton; his mother, Retha Friend; and his sister, Rhonda Hunt, and her husband, Greg, all of the Kansas City area.
Dorris Jean Edwards
Dorris Jean Edwards, 62, Lenexa, died Sunday, Nov. 28, 2004, in Columbia, Mo. Memorial services will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Amos Family Chapel of Shawnee. Visitation will follow until 8 p.m. at the chapel. In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions to Animal Haven Animal Shelter, 9800 W. 67th St., Merriam KS 66203.
Dorris was born Feb. 6, 1942, to David S. and Mary Hooks Gillem in Nashville, Tenn. She retired in 1998 as a technician at Procter & Gamble. She was a member of the Procter & Gamble retirees group and was an active volunteer at the Cancer Society Thrift Store.
She was preceded in death by two sisters, Juanita Dever and Elaine Hale, and a brother, David Sonny Gillem Jr.
Survivors include a son, Steve Edwards, Oak Park, Ill.; a sister, Linda Winnet, Nashville; and a grandson, Kyle Edwards, Peoria, Ill.
Arrangement by The Amos Family Chapel of Shawnee, (913) 631-5566.
Hazel Meldon Cobb
Kansas City, Kan.
Funeral services for Hazel Meldon Cobb, 92, Kansas City, Kan., were Monday, Nov. 29, at Wellsville United Methodist Church in Wellsville. Burial was in the Wellsville Cemetery.
Ms. Cobb died Friday, Nov. 26, 2004, at the Presbyterian Manor in Kansas City, Kan.
She was born Aug. 30, 1912, in Iola, Kan., the daughter of Clarence Edward and Delcie Meldon Efinger Hunzicker. She attended country schools in Wellsville and graduated from Wellsville High School in 1931. She graduated from the General Hospital Nursing School in Kansas City, Mo., and worked at the Gardner Hospital for many years before retiring in 1977.
Ms. Cobb was a member of the Wellsville United Methodist Church and the WSCS.
She married Raymond Arthur Cobb on Feb. 22, 1935, in Olathe. He died March 5, 1992.
Survivors include two daughters, Ella Rae Tucker, Kansas City, Kan.; and Ruth Ann Sims, Renton, Wash.; a son, Earl Cobb, Edgerton; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
The family suggests memorials to the church, KCPM Good Samaritan Fund or the Hospice Care of Kansas City, sent in care of Wilson's Funeral Home, P.O. Box 486, Wellsville 66092.