R. Mildred Shivers
RAYMORE, Mo. -- R. Mildred (Allison) Shivers, 83, Raymore, formerly of St. Joseph, died Monday, Jan. 11, 1999, at a hospital in Belton, Mo.
Mrs. Shivers served as medical secretary at the Thompson, Brumm & Knepper Clinic, St. Joseph, for several years. She retired as a real estate agent for Fireside Realtors, North Kansas City, Mo., in 1974.
Born Oct. 24, 1915, in Rushville, Mo., she lived most of her life in St. Joseph before moving to the Kansas City area. She was a graduate of Central High School and a former member of the First Christian Church, both of St. Joseph.
On June 12, 1935, she married Clifton Shivers Sr. in Atchison, Kan. He survives of the home.
Mrs. Shivers was preceded in death by her parents, Steven and Opal Allison.
Additional survivors: two sons, Neil, Atlanta, and Dick, Grandview, Mo.; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Service: 1 p.m. Friday, Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, St. Joseph. Burial: Memorial Park Cemetery, St. Joseph. Visitation: after 9 a.m. Thursday at the chapel, where the family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Wilbert R. Siever
JAMESPORT, Mo. -- Wilbert Ray Siever, 57, Jamesport, died Tuesday, Jan. 12, 1999, at his home.
Mr. Siever worked for the Missouri Highway Department for 36 years.
Born Aug. 9, 1941, in Daviess County, Mo., he was a lifelong resident of Jamesport and a member of the Jamesport Baptist Church.
On June 8, 1985, he married Shirley B. Bright in Brimson, Mo. She survives of the home.
Mr. Siever was preceded in death by an infant daughter; two stepsons; and his father, George F.
Additional survivors: two sons, George C., Coffee, Mo., and Blaine, Trenton, Mo.; a stepdaughter, Penny Kimberling, Jamesport; a stepson, Rick McClure, Brimson, Mo.; his mother, Gladys, Jamesport; two sisters, Freda Garner, Jamesport, and Marie Neff, Gilman City, Mo.; two grandchildren; nine stepgrandchildren; and two step great-grandchildren.
Service: 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jamesport Baptist Church. Burial: Prairie View Cemetery, west of Jamesport. Family visitation: 7 to 8 tonight, Whitaker-Eads Funeral Home, Trenton.
V. Edward Arnold
FALLS CITY, Neb. -- V. Edward Arnold, 79, Falls City, died Thursday, Jan. 14, 1999, at a St. Joseph hospital.
Born Dec. 20, 1919, south of Humboldt, Neb., he was reared southwest of Verdon, Neb., and was a graduate of Verdon High School. He attended Peru (Neb.) State College for two years, and also attended aeronautical school in Kansas City.
Mr. Arnold entered the Marine Corps in 1943 at Kansas City. He was discharged in 1946 at Cherry Point, N.C., with the rank of staff sergeant.
After college, he worked one year for the Nebraska State Parks and Game Commission. He later was employed by the Glen Martin Bomber Plant in Baltimore before being transferred to Omaha, Neb., to the Martin Bomber Plant. He later lived in Detroit, where he worked as an inspector before moving to Falls City in 1946.
While living in Falls City, Mr. Arnold was employed by Frank Faller at the Sinclair Station, and by Armbruster Motors and Edde Motors. In 1979, he became the owner of Edde Motors Buick, Pontiac & GMC Auto Dealership. He received the Boss of the Year Award from the Falls City Jaycees and served as former chairman of the Falls City Housing Authority.
Mr. Arnold was a member of the Falls City First United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Men of the church. He also was a member of Falls City Masonic Lodge No. 9, A.F. & A.M., of which he was past master; Eureka Royal Arch Masons Chapter No. 5, of which he was past high priest; Boaz Criptic Masons Council No. 29, of which he was past illustrious master; Mount Sinai Knights Templar Commandary No. 8, of which he was past commander; Falls City Lions Club, of which he was past president; Southeast Shrine Club, of which he was past president; and the B.P.O. Elk's Lodge No. 963, all of Falls City.
On June 7, 1943, he married Norma F. Helmick near Brock, Neb. She died in 1987.
Mr. Arnold also was preceded in death by his parents, Walter H. and Goldie M.; four brothers, Vester, Walter F., Vernon and an infant, Virgil; and a sister, Violet Harring.
Surviving: a daughter, M. Dianne Hinz, Falls City; a brother, J. Charles, Blair, Neb.; a sister, Eva Lilly, Tulsa, Okla.; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Service: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, First United Methodist Church, Falls City. Burial: Steele Cemetery, Falls City. Masonic services will be conducted under the auspices of Falls City Masonic Lodge No. 9, A.F. & A.M. The body will arrive at the church at 9 a.m. Saturday. Arrangements: Dorr Funeral Home, Falls City.
Oren R. Babcock
HOUSTON -- Oren R. Babcock, 96, Houston, formerly of St. Joseph, died Monday, Jan. 4, 1999, in Houston.
Born in Buchanan County, Mo., Mr. Babcock was a farmer near Agency, Mo., and was the first to introduce a mechanical tractor in the St. Joseph area.
After moving to Texas in 1950, he worked for the Dickson Gun Plant, First Methodist Church Quillian Center, city of West University, Texas, Cy-Fair ISD and the Watson Lawnmower Shop.
Mr. Babcock was preceded in death by his wife, Vera Babcock.
Surviving: a daughter, Barbara Tamasy, Cypress, Texas; a son, Walter, Mesa, Ariz.; six grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Memorial services were held Sunday, Jan. 10, 1999, at the Cypress Bible Chapel Church.
Zoa E. Blakley
DEKALB, Mo. -- Zoa Elizabeth (Robertson) Blakley, 87, DeKalb, died Thursday, Jan. 14, 1999, at a Kansas City hospital.
Mrs. Blakley was a homemaker and a member of the DeKalb Christian Church.
Born Aug. 18, 1911, in Robinson, Kan., she lived in several Kansas communities until moving to Weston, Mo. She lived in Weston for 15 years, moving to DeKalb 24 years ago.
In April of 1934, she married Joseph Blakley in Horton, Kan. He survives of the home.
Mrs. Blakley was preceded in death by her parents, Plesant and Rosa Robertson; two brothers, Merritt and Harold Robertson; and a sister, Goldie Molt.
Additional survivors: two sons, Tom and Roger, both of Kansas City; two daughters, Dorothy Holzman, Kansas City, and Viola Robinson, Westminster, Colo.; a brother, Howard Robertson, Netawaka, Kan.; two sisters, Bertha Puvogal and Marjorie Blakley, both of the state of Washington; 13 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.
Service: 2 p.m. Saturday, DeKalb Christian Church. Burial: Sugar Creek Cemetery, Rushville, Mo. Visitation: after noon today, Rupp Funeral Home, St. Joseph. Family visitation: 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the church.
Linda K. Coulter
KANSAS CITY -- Linda Kay (Green) Coulter, 44, Kansas City, formerly of Platte City and Tracy, Mo., died Thursday, Jan. 14, 1999, at a hospital in North Kansas City, Mo.
Mrs. Coulter formerly was a waitress at the Gulyck Cafe, Platte City, and presently worked for the Corner Cafe, Riverside, Mo.
Born May 23, 1954, in Wichita, Kan., she was a graduate of the Platte City High School. She was a member of the Tracy Baptist Church.
Mrs. Coulter was preceded in death by her mother, Faye Green; a brother, Gerald Green; and two sisters, Leona Edwards and LaNita M. Lee.
Surviving: her fiancee, Jeff Bass, Kansas City; a daughter, Bridget Shaver, Kansas City; a stepson, Brandon, Ticonderoga, N.Y.; her father, Virgil A. Green, Yates Center, Kan.; three brothers, Frank Green, Moline, Kan., and Virgil L. and Jesse Green, both of Neosho Falls, Kan.; two sisters, Loretta Lear, Kannopolis, N.C., and Leila Robker, Neosho Falls; and three grandchildren.
Service: 11 a.m. Saturday, Rollins Funeral Home, Platte City. Burial: Platte City Cemetery. Family visitation: 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Robert J. Gudenkauf
ONEIDA, Kan. -- Robert J. "Bob" Gudenkauf, 59, Oneida, died of abdominal cancer on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 1999, at a hospital in Topeka, Kan.
Born Aug. 2, 1939, on a farm north of Seneca, Kan., he later moved with his family to a farm northeast of Seneca, where he was reared. He worked on the farm, and he was a graduate of SS. Peter & Paul High School, Seneca.
Mr. Gudenkauf joined the Kansas National Guard Unit in Topeka, later transferring to the Sabetha (Kan.) Guard Unit. In 1959, he began working at the Goodyear in Topeka, where he built passenger tires until 1971. He also was a board member of the Soil Conservation Service.
In 1971, he moved to Seneca and farmed the Gudenkauf family farm northeast of Seneca. The family also operated a dairy until 1986. In 1992, he began over-the-road trucking for Keim Transportation, Sabetha. He received safety awards for being an accident-free driver for the company.
Mr. Gudenkauf was a member of SS. Peter & Paul Church and the St. Joseph Society of the church; Knights of Columbus No. 1769, where he served on the bingo and dance committees; the Ponce de Leon Assembly of the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus; and the Nemaha County Sheriff's Posse, all of Seneca. He also was a member of the Kansas Association of Breeders and Rubber Worker's Union No. 307.
On Sept. 10, 1960, he married Barbara Dechand in Topeka. She survives of the home.
Mr. Gudenkauf was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph A. and Rose P.
Additional survivors: three sons, Daniel, Overland Park, Kan., Doug, Baileyville, Kan., and Darin, Oneida; four daughters, Lesa Duryea and Lori Gruber, both of Morrill, Kan., Linda Baumgartner, Sabetha, and Lynette, Oskaloosa, Iowa; a brother, Eugene, Radcliff, Ky.; six sisters, Maxine Koehler and Vivian Martin, both of Hanover, Kan., Marie Cleland, JoAnn Mitchell and Betty Hermesch, all of Seneca, and Janell Niehues, Corning, Kan.; and 10 grandchildren.
Mass of Christian Burial: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, SS. Peter & Paul Church, Seneca. Burial: in the church cemetery. A Knights of Columbus Rosary will be recited at 2 p.m. today, Lauer Funeral Home, Seneca, where parish and friends will recite a rosary at 7 tonight. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Knights of Columbus or the American Cancer Society, in care of the family.
Goldie M. Keimig
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- Goldie M. (Dunn) Sherrer Keimig, 92, Overland Park, formerly of Atchison, Kan., died Wednesday, Jan. 13, 1999, at an Overland Park health-care center.
In 1938, Mrs. Keimig took employment with the Fitz Overall Factory. She later owned and operated the Shamrock Cafe, Atchison, until it was destroyed in the Flood of 1958.
Born Feb. 1, 1906, in Cross Timbers, Mo., she later moved with her family to southeastern Kansas, where she attended schools.
In 1926, she married Floyd E. Sherrer in Fort Scott, Kan. He died in 1953. She married her second husband, Walter A. Keimig, in Oklahoma during the late 1950s. He died in 1971.
Mrs. Keimig also was preceded in death by her parents, Rhad and Nellie Dunn; three brothers, Hoyt, Clarence and Robert Dunn; and two sisters, Hazel Romig and Bertha Foley.
Surviving: a son, Jack M. Sherrer, Prairie Village, Kan.; and two sisters, Clara Cropp and Eva B. Dunn, both of Bronson, Kan.
Service: 2 p.m. Saturday, Arensberg-Pruett Funeral Home, Atchison. Burial: Mount Calvary Cemetery, Atchison. Family visitation: 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Atchison Salvation Army, in care of the funeral home, 208 N. Fifth St., Atchison, KS 66002.
Willie O. King
FOREST CITY, Mo. -- Willie O. "Bill" King, 75, Forest City, died Wednesday, Jan. 13, 1999.
Mr. King worked on the railroad for a few years and farmed in the area. He served with the Army during World War II, from 1943 to 1946. He received four Bronze Stars and the Purple Heart.
Born Aug. 20, 1923, in Mound City, Mo., he was a lifelong resident of Holt County, Mo. He was attended Mound City High School and was a member of the Forest City Christian Church.
On June 5, 1962, he married Bonnie M. Hays near New Point, Mo. She survives of the home.
Mr. King was preceded in death by his parents, Sylvester and Margaret E.; four brothers, Homer, Robert, Junior and an infant, Thomas; and three sisters, Minnie Miracle, Monida L. Lee and Wilma King.
Additional survivors: a daughter, Dorothy, Forest City; a stepdaughter, Karen Wilson, Oregon, Mo.; two stepsons, Junior Hays, Rosendale, Mo., and Larry Hays, Oregon, Mo.; a brother, Lawrence, Forest City; two sisters, Willodean Pilkington, Forest City, and Erma J. Watts, Newton, Kan.; seven grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Service: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Forest City Christian Church. Graveside military rites will be conducted under the auspices of the Harris E. Petree American Legion Post No. 190, Oregon. Visitation: after 1 p.m. today, Chamberlain Funeral Home, Oregon, where the family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 tonight.
Gary R. Krumme
SHAWNEE, Kan. -- Gary R. Krumme, 56, Shawnee, formerly of St. Joseph, died Wednesday, Jan. 13, 1999, at his home.
Mr. Krumme was a Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War and a member of the American Legion Post No. 327, Shawnee.
Born July 26, 1942, in St. Joseph, he lived in Shawnee for the past 40 years.
Surviving: his parents, George and Pauline, Shawnee; a brother, Charles, Shawnee; and five sisters, Cheryl Amlin, Jeannie Tiner, Patti Peterson, Elizabeth Walker and Terri Woods, all of Shawnee.
Service: 11 a.m. Monday, Charter Funerals, Merriam, Kan. Burial: Shawnee Cemetery. Family visitation: 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Juanita D. Maddox
Juanita D. (Welter) Maddox, 83, St. Joseph, died Wednesday, Jan. 13, 1999, at a St. Joseph hospital.
Born May 30, 1915, in St. Joseph, Mrs. Maddox was a lifelong resident there. She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Maddox was preceded in death by her husband, James A. Maddox, in 1957; her parents, Fred and Anna Welter; a brother, Fred Welter; and a sister, Nedella Butler.
Surviving: a son, Allen Lydick, Topeka, Kan.; two daughters, Jeannie Sipes, St. Joseph, and Nancy Lucas, Colorado Springs, Colo.; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Memorial service: 11 a.m. today, Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, St. Joseph. There is no scheduled family visitation. Memorial contributions may be sent to a charity of the donor's choice.
Gladys L. Spangler
STEWARTSVILLE, Mo. -- Gladys L. (Marks) Hamann Spangler, 86, Stewartsville, died Thursday, Jan. 14, 1999, at a St. Joseph hospital.
Mrs. Spangler, a homemaker, was self-employed as a cleaner of area banks and churches.
Born May 23, 1912, on the family farm near Stewartsville, she was a member of the Maple Grove Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, north of Stewartsville.
On May 20, 1989, she married Leo Spangler in Stewartsville, where he survives of the home.
Mrs. Spangler was preceded in death by her first husband, Audrain Hamann, in 1971; and her parents, John and Pernie Marks.
Additional survivors: a stepson, Neal, Eugene, Ore.; two stepdaughters, Leola Clutter, Deer Park, Wash., and Carol McKay, Blue Springs, Mo.; a sister, Vernelle Simons, Avenue City, Mo.; six stepgrandchildren; and six step great-grandchildren.
Graveside service and burial: 1 p.m. Saturday, Maple Grove Cemetery, north of Stewartsville. Visitation: anytime today or before the service Saturday at the Bram-Summerfield Funeral Home, Stewartsville. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Maple Grove church or cemetery, in care of the funeral home, P.O. Box 69, Stewartsville, MO 64490.
Myrtle I. Wills
ESCONDIDO, Calif. -- Myrtle I. (Neese) White Wills, 82, St. Joseph, died Sunday, Jan. 10, 1999, at a hospital in California.
Mrs. Wills farmed with her first husband, William J. White, in Skidmore, Mo. She was a cook at an osteopathic hospital in St. Joseph, and owned and operated her own hair salon in St. Joseph. She also volunteered by caring for the elderly.
Born Sept. 25, 1916, in Spickard, Mo., she was reared in Burlington Junction, Mo., and was a graduate of Burlington Junction High School. She lived in Skidmore until moving to St. Joseph in the 1940s, where she remained until moving to California in 1989.
Mrs. Wills was a member of the Huffman Memorial United Methodist Church, St. Joseph, and the National Cosmetology Society.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, William J. White, in 1982; her parents, Scott R. and Laura Neese; a brother, Dale Neese; and two sisters, Virginia Wills and Helen Adams.
Surviving: her husband, Orville M. Wills, of the home; a stepdaughter, Carol Riffle, Escondido; three stepgrandchildren; and four step great-grandchildren.
Service: 1 p.m. Saturday, Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, St. Joseph. Burial: Ohio Cemetery, Burlington Junction. Visitation: after 9 a.m. today at the chapel, where the family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8 tonight. Memorial contributions may be sent to the American Diabetes Association.