CARMEL RENO RITTMAN
Carmel Reno Rittman, 95, passed away of natural causes on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2005, at John Knox Village Care Center in Lee’s Summit.
Visitation is at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 26, with services following at 11 a.m. at Langsford Funeral Home.
Mr. Rittman was born in Johnson County, Mo., on Aug. 11, 1910, to Jesse F. Rittman and Clara E. Goodwin Rittman, the second of five children.
Mr. Rittman married Helen Katherine Riley in May 1934. Together they raised their family of three children in Lee’s Summit. He was an honorary Warrior in Mic-O-Say and took great pride in his scouting leadership.
In 1971, after working at the Kansas City, Fisher Body Division of General Motors since 1934, Mr. Rittman retired to The Lake of the Ozarks, Laurie, Mo. He fished, became an avid bowler, candy maker and faithful member of the Ozark United Methodist Chapel.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and three brothers, Jim, Ed and Fred.
Survivors include two sisters of Sedalia, Doris and Geneva Gottschalk; two brothers-in-law and three sisters-in-law; his children, Joe of Sierra Vista, Ariz.; Don of Oklahoma City, Okla.; and daughter and son-in-law, Dale and Cathryn Howard of Lee’s Summit; 11 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter.
Mr. Rittman was a loving father and grandfather. Along with his family, he leaves a legacy of love, generosity and many, many friends.
(Arrangements: Langsford Funeral Home, 115 S.W. Third St, Lee’s Summit, 816-524-3700)
KEITH EDWARD HOUSE
Keith Edward House, 79, of Fayette, Mo., died at his home on Friday, Aug. 26, 2005.
Visitation was held at the Friemonth-Freese Funeral Home in Fayette on Monday, Aug. 29. Funeral services were Tuesday at the Paul H. Linn Memorial United Methodist Church in Fayette. Interment will be at Valley Memorial Gardens in Grain Valley, Mo., at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31.
The family prefers no flowers. Memorial contributions may be given in memory of Keith House to Linn Memorial United Methodist Church — Keith House Fund, or the Central Methodist University Band — Keith House Scholarship Fund.
All musicians who played under the baton of Keith House were invited to bring their instruments to participate in the funeral service.
Keith was born on July 14, 1926, in Sweet Springs, Mo., to Harvey Alvin House and Ruth Nichols Wylie House. He was married for 55 years to his college sweetheart, Ilene Morrison of Lexington, Mo. He served in the United States Army during World War II and graduated in 1949 from Central College in Fayette.
Keith received a master’s degree in music education from the University of Kansas and was an ordained minister of music in the Methodist Church. He taught in the public schools in Hamilton and Lee’s Summit, Mo. In 1972, he became director of bands and later dean of the Swinney Conservatory of Music at Central Methodist College, retiring in 1995. He is past director of the Lee’s Summit United Methodist Church choir, American Legion Band of Greater Kansas City, the Unity Band, and director of the Columbia Community Band in Columbia, Mo.
House was named to the Missouri Bandmasters Association Hall of Fame, the Missouri Music Educators Hall of Fame, and was a member of the American Bandmaster’s Association. In 2002, he received the honorary degree of doctor of humanities from Central Methodist College. He was a member of Linn Memorial United Methodist Church, the Fayette Rotary Club, the Round Table Club and Windjammers Unlimited.
He is survived by his wife, Ilene, and his four children, Steve (Teresa) House of St. Charles, Mo.; Ellen (Raymond) Gearon of Blue Springs, Mo.; Harvey (Lois) House of Lone Jack, Mo.; and Ted (Martha) House of St. Charles. He is also survived by nine grandchildren, Lee (Andrea) Turner, Jennifer (Eric) Packard, Aaron, Christopher, Ambrah, Keith, Benjamin, Catherine and Daniel House; three great-grandchildren, and sister, Barbara Marquart of Lee’s Summit.
He was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Rachel House Hudson, in 2002.
(Arrangements: Friemonth-Freese Funeral Home, Fayette, MO)
JAMES HARRISON JOHNSON
James H. Johnson, 77, of Independence passed away Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2005, at the Medical Center of Independence.
Funeral services were Saturday, Aug. 27 at Trinity Episcopal Church of Independence with burial at Woodlawn Cemetery. Visitation was Friday at D.W. Newcomer’s Noland Road Chapel, where a Masonic service was held.
Contributions may be sent to the American Diabetes Association or the American Heart Association.
Jim was born Aug. 6, 1928, to Francis and Hettie (Harrison) Johnson. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in WWII. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Masonic Summit Lodge No. 263 of Lee’s Summit and Trinity Episcopal Church of Independence. Jim was a 1952 graduate of the University of Missouri and a devoted Mizzou sports fan. He retired from the Kansas City Board of Trade in 1993 as senior vice president of audits and investigations.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Dr. Gerald H. Johnson, and his father, Francis M. Johnson.
Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Mary E. Johnson, of the home; two daughters, Mary Elizabeth Johnson, Kelly Anne Johnson, both of Independence; his mother, Hettie B. Erwin of Blue Springs; and his sister, Jane A. Rowland and husband, Loy, of Blue Springs.
(Arrangements: D.W. Newcomer’s Sons Noland Road Chapel, 816-252-8900)
LEO P. GRANT
Leo P. Grant, 92, of Carrollton, Mo., passed away Monday, Aug. 22, 2005, at Carroll County Memorial Hospital.
Funeral services were Thursday, Aug. 25, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Carrollton, with Rev. Ken Criqui officiating. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Carrollton.
The family suggests contributions be made to St. Mary’s Cemetery or H.E.L.P. Services Cancer Fund in memory of Mr. Grant. They may be left at or mailed to Gibson Funeral Home, 201 S. Main, Carrollton, MO 64633.
He was born Nov. 4, 1912, in Carrollton, the son of Thomas and Ella Dolan Grant. He attended St. Mary’s Catholic Grade School and Carrollton High School. He was a farmer his entire life and was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Carrollton and a member of the Knights of Columbus.
On June 25, 1938, he married Wilda E. Benjamin in Norborne, Mo. She preceded him in death on June 26, 1988.
Leo is survived by three children, Richard Grant and Catherine Bickel, both of Carrollton, and Steve Grant of Lee’s Summit; two sisters, Elizabeth Miller of Carrollton; Ruth Peppers of Corder, Mo.; seven grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
In addition to his wife, Wilda, his parents, one daughter, Virginia Woolf, and two grandchildren also preceded him in death.
(Arrangements: Gibson Funeral Homes, 660-542-1162)
Dorothy Roush, 101, of Lee’s Summit died on Friday, Aug. 26, 2005, at Village Care Center.
(Arrangements: Langsford Funeral Home, 115 S.W. Third St., Lee’s Summit, MO 64063, 816-524-3700)
Charles Ryan, 82, of Lee’s Summit died Sunday, Aug. 28, 2005, at Village Care Center.
Graveside services will be 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Floral Hills East Cemetery. Friends may call from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday at the family home after services.
Memorial contributions may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society — Mid-American Chapter, 5442 Martway, P.O. Box 2292, Shawnee Mission, KS 66201.
Mr. Ryan was born Aug. 7, 1923, in Kenoma, Mo. He was a mechanical engineer for Kansas City Power and Light for 38 years. Mr. Ryan also was a member of the Lee’s Summit United Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife, M. Irene (Gooding) Ryan, three sisters and one brother.
Survivors include two daughters, Karen Ryan of Overland Park, Kan.; Barbara Jeppesen and husband, Terry, of Tulsa, Okla.; two grandchildren, Ryan Jeppesen and Laura Beth Jeppesen, both of Tulsa; and four brothers.
(Arrangements: Langsford Funeral Home, 115 S.W. Third St., Lee’s Summit, MO 64063, 816-524-3700)
VIRGINIA M. BOUCHER
Virginia M. Boucher, 85, of Lee’s Summit passed away March 22, 2006. Virginia was born October 3, 1920 in Franklin County, Va. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald, in 1996. Virginia is survived by one son, Mark and wife, Donna, of Lee’s Summit; two grandsons, Christopher and wife, Ashley, of Lee’s Summit, and Nicholas of St. Louis; and one sister, Audrey Jones of Florida.
Visitation will take place from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday at Langsford Funeral Home with graveside services at 11 a.m. Saturday at Lee’s Summit Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church of Lee’s Summit, 2 N.E. Douglas St.
(Arrangements: Langsford Funeral Home, Lee’s Summit, 816-524-3700).
LOIS RAE TAYLOR KENNEDY
A celebration of the life of Lois Rae Taylor Kennedy will take place on Saturday, March 25, 2006 at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 350 S.W. M-150, in Lee’s Summit. A memorial service will begin at 1:30 p.m. immediately followed by a time for visitation and sharing with the family.
The family suggests remembrances be sent to the Lois. R. Kennedy Memorial at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in lieu of flowers. While Lois loved flowers, she always said she preferred to receive them when she was alive to enjoy them.
Lois passed away at home on March 19, 2006, surrounded by her family. Her ashes will be interred in Pittsburgh, Kan., at a later date.
She is survived by her husband, Bob; daughter and son-in-law Kae and Jerry Kesler of Kansas City, Mo.; son, Kip Kennedy of Pittsburgh, Kan.; daughter and son-in-law Karen and Tony Roberts of Greenwood; and four grandhchildren, Sarah Kesler, Amanda Kennedy, Wesley Roberts and Ethan Roberts. In addition, she leaves as her legacy a beautiful and loving example of how to live life to the fullest in service to others.
(Arrangements: Langsford Funeral Home, (816-524-3700)