Karen Sue Mullens
Karen Sue Mullens, 47, of Bonner Springs, died on Saturday June 16, 2007, at her home. Services will be at 7 p.m. Friday at the Alden-Harrington Funeral Home with a visitation before the service from 5 to 7 p.m. The family suggests memorial contributions to Michael Mullens, for an educational fund for their children. These can be sent in care of the funeral home.
Mrs. Mullens was born Feb. 6, 1960, in Kansas City, Mo. She graduated from Turner High School and had worked at NAPA Auto Parts. She married Michael Mullens on April 8, 1989. For the last 16 years she enjoyed being at home raising her children.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Helen Gilbert, and an infant daughter, Aimee Mullens. Survivors include her husband, Michael Mullens, of the home; and their children, Jennifer Beats of Overland Park and Casie Mullens and Michael Mullens Jr., both of the home; her father, Cecil Spradlin of Kansas City, Kan.; two sisters, Diana Dugan and Tara Garcia; two brothers, Gene and Robert Spradlin Jr.; and a host of other family and friends.
Arrangements: Alden-Harrington Funeral Home, 214 Oak St. Bonner Springs KS 66012, 913-422-4074
Ashley B. Jones
Kansas City, Kan.
Ashley Brianna Meriwether Jones, 23, of Kansas City, Kan., formerly of Edwardsville, died Wednesday, June 13, 2007, at Overland Park Regional Medical Center.
A Celebration of Life and visitation were held Monday evening at the Alden-Harrington Funeral Home, Bonner Springs. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Aiden Jones Education Fund in Care of Gaylen Meriwether.
Mrs. Jones was born April 2, 1984, in Overland Park and had been a lifelong Edwardsville area resident. She worked as an inventory control manager for Dillon's Grocery stores. She was a loving and devoted mother and a gifted photographer, musician, and songwriter as well.
Survivors include her husband, Stephen Jones of Kansas City, Kan., a daughter Aiden Jones; and her parents, Wayne and Gaylen Meriwether of Edwardsville.
Arrangements: Alden-Harrington Funeral Home, 214 Oak St. Bonner Springs KS 66012, 913-422-4074.
Robert Milton Huseby
Robert Milton Huseby, formerly of Bonner Springs, died peacefully at his home on May 18, 2007.
Mr. Huseby was born on April 25, 1919, in Kansas City, Mo., to Finn and Mildred Irene Burnette Huseby. He attended several elementary schools and Paseo High School in Kansas City, and received his high school diploma while serving in the U.S. Army during World War II. He served in Europe with the 81st Combat Engineering Battalion, and was awarded three Bronze Stars. On June 29, 1938, he married his childhood sweetheart, Herma Jane Knight, in Bonner Springs,. He retired in 1977 from a 30-year career at the General Motors Assembly Plant in Fairfax, where in 1952 he was a member of the employee team that sat at the bargaining table and negotiated the first collective bargaining agreement between GM management and employees. He was a member of the Tri-Lakes General Motors Retirees Club of Springfield, Mo., and the Kansas City Area General Motors Retirees Club.
In 1956 the Husebys moved their family to rural Bonner Springs, where they engaged in farming and became active in the Bonner Springs RLDS Church, the Linwood Lions Club, the Olathe Grange, and the Heartland Antique Automobile Club. They retired to rural Monett, Mo., in 1986, where they immediately became active in the Community of Christ Church of Aurora. Mr. Huseby was past president of the Fairview Antique Automobile Club, and the Friestatt Lions Club, a past Commander of American Legion Post #419 of Friestatt, Mo., and a member of the Model T Club of Springfield, Mo. For 18 years Mr. and Mrs. Huseby had the responsibility of placing American flags on all veterans' graves at the Friestatt Cemetery.
They shared a lifelong interest in antique automobiles, and he was highly respected for his craftsmanship and attention to historic detail on restoration projects.
After 67 years of companionship, Mrs. Huseby preceded her husband in death on Sept. 6, 2005. Surviving are two daughters, Carol Jeanne McGuire of Kansas City, Mo., and Roberta Jane Trowbridge of rural Seneca, Mo., and two sons, James Finn Huseby of rural Oak Grove, Mo., and Raymond Franklin Huseby of Shawnee. One brother, Richard Huseby of New Port Richey, Fla., and one sister, Charmian Sperry of Friendswood, Texas, also survive. There are 16 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
In concurrence with their generous attitudes, both Mr. and Mrs. Huseby donated their entire bodies to the University of Missouri Hospital at Columbia, Mo., for research purposes. A memorial service for Bob Huseby was held on May 27, 2007, at the Community of Christ Church in Aurora, Mo.
Richard K. Bliss
Kansas City, Kan.
Richard K. Bliss, 72, of Kansas City, Kan., died on June 18, 2007. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Chapel Hill Butler Funeral Home. Burial in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the chapel. Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Diabetes Assn.
Mr. Bliss was born Dec. 11, 1934, in Beloit, Kansas, where he grew up. He was a graduate of Kansas State Teachers College of Emporia attending in 1952-1954, and 1956-1958. He was on the track team at Kansas State Teachers College of Emporia in 1958. He obtained his Master of Science degree from Kansas State University in 1979. He served in the Army for two years in Alaska.
Mr. Bliss was a teacher at the Robert E. Clark Junior High School in Bonner Springs, where he was a track and basketball coach. After 38 years of service, he retired in 1996. In retirement, he spent most of his time bowling at Ranch West with his wife and friends, working with his computer group he started on Yahoo (Nflsurvivo2002) and his morning coffee friends at McDonald's and Wendy's.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clement and Juanita Harrington Bliss; a brother, Donald Bliss; and a sister, Janice Gutgesell. Survivors include his wife, Karen Bliss, two stepdaughters, Diane and Elizabeth Bliss; and five stepchildren, Ryan, Timothy, Valerie, Jeffrey and Kari Scott.
Arrangements: Chapel Hill-Butler Funeral Home, 913-334-3366.