Shirley Kay Black Zipp
Shirley Kay Black Zipp, 73, Shawnee, died Thursday, June 3, 2004 at Overland Park Regional Medical Center. Memorial services were held Tuesday, June 8 at the Amos Family Chapel with burial at Pleasant View Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the Shawnee United Methodist Church.
Mrs. Zipp was born Dec. 7, 1930, in Kansas City, Mo. She worked in the cafeteria at Hocker Grove Junior High and was a customer service clerk for Montgomery Wards. She was a member of the Shawnee United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Claude A. Zipp; her parents, Robert S. Black Sr. and Beulah W. Black; a brother, Robert S. Black Jr.; and a half-brother, Rick Black.
Survivors include a daughter; Claudia A. Zipp of the home; three sons, Scott A. Zipp, Shawnee; Dana K. Zipp, Kansas City, Mo.; and Barry A. Zipp, Apharetta, Ga.; her stepmother, Helen Black; a half-sister, Robyn Black-Koontz; and three grandchildren. Arrangements by Amos Family Chapel of Shawnee, 913-631-5566.
Shirley L. Long
Shirley L. Long, 71, Shawnee, died Tuesday, June 1, 2004, at the University of Kansas Hospital. Funeral services were held Friday, June 4, 2004, at the Amos Family Chapel of Shawnee with burial at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.
Mrs. Long was born Sept. 27, 1932, in Kansas City, Kan. Survivors include four daughters, Tammy Long, Kearney, Mo.; Joy Schimke, Leavenworth; and Sandy Blackwell and Robin Rodriguez, both of Shawnee; a sister, Janice Matthews; a brother, Gary Cindrich; and four grandchildren. Arrangements by Amos Family Chapel of Shawnee, 913-631-5566.
John "Brad" O'Brien
John "Brad" O'Brien of Independence, Mo., died Jan. 5, 2006, after a courageous battle with liver cancer. He was 39 years old.
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, at Mt. Washington Baptist Church, 9623 E. Independence Ave. The family requests no flowers.
He was born June 6, 1967.
Survivors include the mother, Pat O'Brien, of Basehor; the maternal grandmother, Irene Prater, also of Basehor; and several aunts and uncles, including Jack and Delores Prater, Gabe and Becky Knoch, Judy Bettis and Dick and Carol Prater. He also leaves many cousins.
Pauline Elizabeth Ruppel
Kansas City, Kan.
Pauline Elizabeth Ruppel, 84, Kansas City, Kan., died Friday, Dec. 23, 2005, at Sharon Lane Health Care. Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Chapel Hill-Butler Funeral Home, 701 N. 94th St., Kansas City, Kan. Interment will be in the Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Mrs. Ruppel was born Feb. 6, 1921, in Harris, Kan. She was one of 11 children. She was a former member of Bethel Lutheran Church. She enjoyed playing cards, working puzzles, working in her yard, camping and spending time with her grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth L. Ruppel; a grandson, Bobby L. Castor Jr.; two brothers and four sisters. Survivors include her children, Larry (Sandy) Stephen, Bonner Springs; Bill Stephen, Sunrise Beach, Mo.; Joyce (Bob) Castor, Kansas City, Kan.; Rosemary Hayes, Kansas City, Kan.; Sandy (Mike) Sims, Kansas City, Kan.; Norma (Rocky Wooldridge) Newman, Basehor; Patricia Ruppel, Basehor; Debra (Bobby) Davis, Blue Mound, Kan.; and Annette (Ron) Weyer, Basehor; 23 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; one brother and three sisters.
Arrangements: Chapel Hill-Butler Funeral Home, (913) 334-3366.
Gilbert A. Graf
Kansas City, Kan.
Gilbert A. Graf, 47, Kansas City, Kan., died Wednesday, April 27, 2005, at the University of Kansas Hospital.
He was born July 31, 1957, in Hays, Kan., the son of Delphinus and Cecilia Katherine (Dinkel) Graf.
Mr. Graf was a cashier at Price Chopper at 78th and State Ave., in Kansas City, Kan., for many years. He enjoyed horses, bowling, traveling and spending time with his family.
He is survived by a son, Lawrence Graf, Lansing; a daughter, Amber Duarte, Edwards, Mo.; six brothers, Joe Graf, Woodston; Steven Graf, Hays; Duane Graf, Alton; Paul Graf, Stockton; Robert Graf, Leavenworth; and Jerry Graf, Stockton; six sisters, Rose Henry, Leavenworth; Mary Ferguson, Lansing; Susan McKinzie, Bonner Springs; Betty Westenberger, Leavenworth; Joyce Karlin, Hays; and Sheila Melton, Nebraska; four grandchildren, Caitlyn; Donovan; Tony and Dominic; his former wife, Becky Graf, Lansing; and many nieces and nephews. His parents and an infant brother preceded him in death.
Visitation and a Rosary were held Sunday at the Belden-Sexton-Sumpter Funeral Chapel, 500 Oak St., Leavenworth, (913) 682-1614. A Mass of Christian Burial celebrated by the Rev. Mike Stubbs was held Monday at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, Lansing. Burial followed in the Mt. Muncie Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the family in care of the funeral home.