Donald Eugene Hurshman, 72, Excelsior Springs, Mo., passed away at his home Wednesday, March 5, 2008. Donald was born May 28, 1935 to David and Gladys (Vance) Hurshman of Orrick, Mo. He enlisted into the U.S. Navy in 1952, serving in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars as a Chief Gunnersmate. On June 28, 1960, in Yokohama, Japan, Donald married Hisako Watanuki. Donald loved to work in his garden, and was a devoted and loving husband. Donald is survived by his wife, Hisako Hurshman, of the home; sons, Mike Hurshman and wife, Brenda, Excelsior Springs, Mo., and Kenneth T. Hurshman and wife, Brenda, Rayville, Mo.; brothers, Kenneth Hurshman, Orrick, Mo., and Chester Hurshman, Holden, Mo.; sisters, Juanita Baker, Excelsior Springs, Mo., and Lola Negaard, Palmdale, Calif.; grandchildren, Tina Wheeler, Oak Grove, Mo., Derrek Hurshman, Excelsior Springs, Mo., Sarah Hurshman, Rayville, Mo., Tyler Hurshman, Excelsior Springs, Mo.; great grandchildren, Michael Wheeler, Oak Grove, Mo., Matthew Wheeler, Oak Grove, Mo. and Marcus Wheeler, Oak Grove, Mo. Donald is preceded in death by his parents; son, Jimmy Hurshman, and sister, Charlotte Hurshman. A Celebration of Life will be held for Donald at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, 2008 at the Polley Funeral Home in Excelsior Springs, Mo. In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested that donations be made to the American Cancer Society.
Deborah Gay Renfrow, 47, of Excelsior Springs, Mo., passed away Saturday, February 2, 2002 at Liberty Hospital. Born August 22, 1960 in North Kansas City, she was the daughter of Boyd James and Betty (Birmingham) Cockrum. Debbie attended Winnetonka High School. In September, 1992, at Smithville, she was married to Kenneth E. Renfrow, Jr. who survives. Following her marriage she worked for TWA and then was a homemaker for several years. She and her husband moved to St. Joseph and then returned to Excelsior Springs. She was self-employed in construction clean-up and for the past seven years owned and operated the Greenville General Store in Kearney. Besides her husband, also surviving are three children, Damien Nyugen, Carrollton, Callie Nyugen, San Francisco, Calif., and Jilliann Renfrow, Excelsior Springs; two step-children, Kenna Hankins, Ft. Worth, Texas, and Kenneth Renfrow III, St. Joseph; her step-mother, Kathy Cockrum, Excelsior Springs; and one grandson, Damien James Nathanyl Nguyen. She was preceded in death by her father and her grandparents. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, February 5, 2008 at 2 p.m. at the Polley Funeral Home in Excelsior Springs. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.
Norman David Rimmer, age 61, passed away early Sunday morning, March 2, 2008, at his home in Excelsior Springs, Mo. Born June 27, 1946 in Excelsior Springs, he was the son of Melvin and Helen Bollinger Rimmer. He was married to Dorothy Elaine Bush. Surviving are two sons, David Alan Rimmer, Richmond, and John Oliver Rimmer, Kearney; his mother, Helen Valentine Rimmer, Gladstone; one brother, Howard Rimmer, and a sister, Sheryl Davis, both of Gladstone. He was preceded in death by his father. Mr. Rimmer had been employed by the United States Postal Service as a mail carrier. A memorial visitation will be held Tuesday, March 11, 2008 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Polley Funeral Home in Excelsior Springs, with the family receiving friends at that time.
Danny R. Williams
Danny R. Williams, 57, Lawson, Mo., passed waay Thursday, March 27, 2008 at the Liberty Hospital. Danny was born on July 1, 1950 in Wyandotte County, Kans., the son of Guss and Mary (Morgan) Williams. He married Leanna (Lotz) Williams on December 24, 1976. He worked as Maintenance Supervisor for Gilmore in Excelsior Springs, Mo. He enjoyed farming and woodworking and loved tinkering with just about anything. Survivors include his wife, Leanna, of the home; two daughters, Tara Williams, Liberty, Mo., and Karie Williams, Lawson, Mo.; one son, David Williams, Gulfport, Miss.; his twin sister, Donna Jelinek, Lathrop, Mo.; a sister, Joan House, Cameron, Mo.; two brothers, Randy Williams, Wiota, Iowa, and Gary Williams, Atlantic, Iowa; one sister-in-law, Chris Williams, Excelsior Springs, Mo., and one soon to be grandson, Marquis Dalexzander Maple. Cremation. Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, March 31, 2008 at the Polley Funeral Home, Excelsior Springs, Mo. Inurnment will be in Prarie Ridge Cemetery, Polo, Mo. The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. The family suggests memorial contributions be given to Liberty Hospital's Tree House or to the Kidney Foundation c/o Polley Funeral Home, Excelsior Springs, Mo.
Donna J. Wright
Donna Josephine Wright, 79, of Lawson, Mo., passed away Tuesday, February 26, 2008 in Lawson Manor. Born April 17, 1928 in Chillicothe, Mo., she was the daughter of Vernon and Clara Stanberry Farris. In July 1948 she was married to Roy Junior Wright who survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Dana Speiser and husband, Beryl, Lawson, and Jennifer Park, Chillicothe; one half-sister, Clyda Gumminger; nine grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Melanie Briggs; and a grandson, Jesse Dearinger. Mrs. Wright received her education in Chillicother and was a 1946 graduate of Chillicothe High School. Following graduation she attended the Helen Templeman Beauty School graduating in 1947 and briefly worked as a hair stylist prior to her marriage. Following their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Wright lived in Chillicothe and moved to Kansas City in 1950. They returned to Chillicothe in 1986 and in 2000 moved to Lawson to make their home. In 2004 Mrs. Wright became a resident at Lawson Manor. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and she will be missed. Graveside services will be Saturday, March 1, 2008 at 2 p.m. at the Lawson Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. at Polley Funeral Home in Lawson. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Alzheimer's Association.
Elizabeth M. Ferguson
Elizabeth Maurine Ferguson, 67, Lawson, Mo., passed away Wednesday, March 19, 2008 at KU Medical Center, Kansas City, Kans., after a long hard battle with cancer. Elizabeth was born on January 20, 1941 in Taylor County, Iowa, the daughter of Walter and Dorothy (Jackson) Bush. She attended school in Taylor County, Iowa. She married Noel Ferguson on June 14, 1975 in Kansas City, Mo. She was founder and former owner of Ferguson Tax and Accounting in Lawson, Mo. She also had Famous Mums by Lizz. Elizabeth was a member of the Lawson United Methodist Church and for many years was a member of Rotary and P.E.O. in Lawson. Survivors include her husband, Noel Ferguson, of the home; three sons, Robert Rohlfs and wife, Chris, Liberty, Mo., Mark Rohlfs and wife, Jennifer, Lawson, Mo., and Ben Ferguson, Lawson, Mo.; one brother, John Bush and wife, Deb, Warrensburg, Mo.; two sisters, Karen Youngston and husband, Gordon, Sealy, Texas, and Nancy Piper and husband, Gary, Platte City, Mo.; and three grandchildren, Drew Rohlfs, Blane Rohlfs and Brock Rohlfs. She was preceded in death by her parents and one son, Andrew Rohlfs in 1983. Memorial services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday March 22, 2008 at the Lawson United Methodist Church, Lawson, Mo. Inurnment will be in the Lawson Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Polley Funeral Home, Lawson, Mo. The family suggests memorials contributions be given to the Lawson United Methodist Church.
Elsie Clara Green, 82, Knob Noster, Mo., passed away Sunday, January 6, 2008 at the Carmel Hills Living Center in Independence, Mo. Elsie was born February 12, 1925 to parents Alvie and Bertha (Heinz) Wheeler in Mildred, Mont. In 1941, Elsie married Ralph L. Green. She was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. Elsie is survived by daughter, Sherrell Green, Independence, Mo.; son, Bryon Green, Kansas City, Mo.; son, Allen Green, Warrensburg, Mo.; grandson, David Green, Wichita, Kans.; grandson, Steven Green, Independence, Mo.; brother, Montey Wheeler, Billings, Mont.; sisters, Jessie Nigg, Faye Mason, Mildred Ayers, Sharon Monarko, and Eva Busby, all of Montana. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, brothers, Bob and Lloyd Wheeler, sister, Margaret Dougherty, and stillborn son, Mark David Green. Funeral services for Elsie will be at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, January 10, 2008 at the Polley Funeral Home in Lawson, Mo. The visitation will be held one hour prior to the service, and will also be at the Polley Funeral Home in Lawson. Burial will take place at Old Union Cemetery, Lawson, Mo.
Edna "Pat" Michler, 65, Excelsior Springs, Mo., passed away Tuesday, November 13, 2007 at the Excelsior Springs Medical Center. It is the family's desire that there be no services. Cremation. Pat was born on March 17, 1942 in Kansas City, Mo. Pat is survived by two sons, Eddie Michler and Danny Wiley, two brothers, Joseph Templeton, Vibbard, Mo., and Thomas Dayringer, Adrian, Mo., two sisters, Betty Elizabeth Fowler, Grain Valley, Mo., and Marjorie Bouwe, Fairmont, Neb., and one granddaughter. She was preceded in death by her mother Gertrude, husband, three brothers, Charles Michler, James Templeton and John Turley. Arrangements under the direction of Polley Funeral Home, Excelsior Springs, Mo.
Fauntine Ann Gleason, 86, Excelsior Springs, Mo., passed away on Saturday, March 1, 2008 at Sunset Lake Convalescent Center in Venice, Fla. Fauntine was born on March 11, 1921 in Grundy County, Mo. An Excelsior Springs resident since 1941, she and her husband, Frank, owned and operated the Gleason Lumber Company and Frank Gleason Ceramic Molds. She was a lifelong member of the Barbee Memorial Presbyterian Church, serving as a Sunday School teacher, church historian, and editor of the church newsletter. Fauntine was preceded in death by her husband. She is survived by her sons, Jim and wife, Linda, and their daughters, Jill and Genna, Liberty; and Terry and his wife, Sherri, and their daughters, Alyssa and Tara, Flower Mound, Texas. She was not only a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, but a friend to everyone she ever met. She will truly be missed. Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m., Friday, March 7, 2008 at the Barbee Memorial Presbyterian Church in Excelsior Springs, Mo. Visitation will be held the previous evening between 7 and 9 p.m. at the Polley Funeral Home, Excelsior Springs, Mo. Burial will take place at the Hillcrest Cemetery, also in Excelsior Springs, Mo.
Florence Nadine Paterson, 80, of Excelsior Springs, Mo., formerly of Kansas City, Kans., passed away Monday, December 24, 2007 at Liberty Terrace in Liberty, Mo. Born December 22, 1927 in Pleasanton, Kans., she was the daughter of James Monroe and Tina Alice (Montgomery) Lewis. On October 28, 1949 in Kansas City, Kans., she was married to Cecil Howard Paterson, Sr., who preceded her in death May 13, 1999. She was also preceded in death by her parents; one sister, four brothers and a granddaughter, Katie Nilges. She is survived by four children, Cecil Paterson, Jr., and wife, Gayle, Kansas City, Kans., Janet Grosko and husband, Larry, Gladstone, David Paterson, Liberty, and Julie Nilges and husband, Wayne, Lawson; four sisters, three brothers, 10 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Florence was a member of a family of 12 brothers and sisters. She was reared in Pleasanton, Kans., and was a 1946 graduate of DeSoto High School. Following graduation she worked as a telephone operator until her marriage and she then devoted herself to being a homemaker and raising her family. She was a hospital volunteer and enjoyed bowling and traveling including trips to Branson. She was a member of the Faith Community Church of North Kansas City. Funeral services will be held Friday, December 28, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. at the Polley Funeral Home in Excelsior Springs. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery. The family has suggested memorials to the family, which they will donate to charities of their choice.
Bertie Faye Walters, age 95, of Excelsior Springs, Mo., passed away Friday, March 14, 2008 at the Excelsior Springs Medical Center. Born June 21, 1912 in Ray County, Mo., she was the daughter of Bovard and Bessie Ann (McCoy) Arnold. On May 20, 1929 in Olathe, Kans., she was united in marriage to John William Walters, who preceded her in death in 1969. She was also preceded in death by her parents; her son, John Walters, Jr.; a grandson, Donald Walters; a great-grandson, John Paul Walters, two sisters and one brother. Faye is survived by two granddaughters, Connie Fluesmeier, Excelsior Springs, and Debra Powers, Louisburg, Kans.; nine great-grandchildren, John, Amy, Jami, Cassie, Nancy, Ryan, Chris, Chad and Shane, and 14 great-great-grandchildren. For 30 years, Mrs. Walters owned and operated the Faye Walters Dress Shop in Excelsior Springs before retiring in 1975. Faye was well-known for her oil paintings and she also enjoyed quilting. She was a member of the Pisgah Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held Monday, March 17, 2008 at 11 a.m. at the Pisgah Baptist Church on Hwy. 10, east of Excelsior Springs. Visitation will be after 12 noon Sunday at the Polley Funeral Home in Excelsior Springs, with the family receiving friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday evening. Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery in Excelsior Springs.
Geraldine L. Aull
Geraldine Lucille (Haight) Aull, age 92, of Excelsior Springs, Mo., passed away Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at the Cameron Regional Medical Center in Cameron, Mo. Prior to entering the hospital she had been a resident at the Missouri State Veterans Home in Cameron. Born December 25, 1915 in Antrim, Pa., she was the daughter of Arthur and Mary Alice Sease Haight. On February 14, 1946 in Rockville, Md., she was married to Forrest J. Aull, Sr., who preceded her in death July 13, 1986. She was also preceded in death by her mother and one daughter, Mary Alice Douglas on July 27, 2007. Surviving are two sons, Forrest J. Aull, Jr. and his wife, Susan, and John Ray Aull and his wife, Shirley, all of Excelsior Springs; four grandchildren, Sarah Oldham, Excelsior Springs, Rev. Jennifer Aull, Brooklyn, N.Y., Nathan Douglas and Melanie Bache, both of Kansas City; and seven great-grandchildren. Mrs. Aull was raised in Elmira, N.Y., and graduated from the Elmira Free Academy in 1933. She was a 1937 graduate of the St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing, receiving her R.N. degree. Following graduation she was employed as a public health nurse in Washington, D.C., and New York City. A veteran of World War II, she was inducted in the United States Army as an Army Nurse on February 1, 1944. She was honorably discharged on March 9, 1946 receiving the rank of First Lieutenant. While she was stationed in Czechoslovakia she met her husband who was also stationed there. Following their discharge, Mr. and Mrs. Aull came to Excelsior Springs then lived in Nitro, W. Va., New Orleans, La., and St. Louis before returning to Excelsior Springs where they retired in 1970. Mrs. Aull was a life-long member of the Episcopal Church. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Jewel Chapter #492 in Excelsior Springs where she served in various offices including Worthy Matron. Her hobbies included reading, flowers, gardening, animals and she always had pets and was a life-long animal lover. She also enjoyed crocheting, knitting, ceramics and was an excellent seamstress. Above all, she enjoyed spending time with her family. She was affectionately known as GiGi by her family and friends. A memorial service will be held Monday, February 4, 2008 at 6:30 p.m. at the Polley Funeral Home in Excelsior Springs. An Eastern Star service will be held at the beginning of the service. The family will receive friends Monday evening one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at a later date in the Masonic Cemetery in Excelsior Springs.
Glenn C. Bailey
Glenn C. Bailey, 53, of Henderson, Nev., formerly of Lawson, passed away Tuesday, April 8, 2008 at the St. Rose Dominican Hospital in Henderson. Born June 8, 1954 in Lawson, he was the son of Noah F. and Leta Mae (Holman) Bailey. He was preceded in death by his father in 1989. Surviving are his mother, Leta Mae Bailey, Lawson; three sisters, Leta Faye Sanders, Excelsior Springs, Ida Rose Pearon, Richmond, and Evelyn Thomas, Lawson; two brothers, Jay Bailey, Excelsior Springs, and John Bailey, Lawson; also several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Glenn was born and raised in Lawson and graduated from Lawson High School. He attended vocational school in Phoenix, Ariz., where afterward he was employed by McDonalds until the company expanded to include franchises for Church's Chicken around 1980, at which time he moved to the Las Vegas area. He later was employed by Ethel M. Candy until his retirement in October 2007. After retirement he worked part time for a marina on Lake Mead where he enjoyed boating. A memorial visitation will be held Saturday, April 12, 2008 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Polley Funeral Home in Lawson with the family receiving friends at that time. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the American Heart Association.
Almus Eugene "Gene" Clevenger, age 91, of Cameron, formerly of Excelsior Springs, passed away Wednesday, April 9, 2008 at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cameron. Born September 8, 1916 in Ray County, Mo., he was the son of Homer Lee and Myrtle Maggie (Covey) Clevenger. He was married to Edith Lilly Payne, who preceded him in death April 10, 2004. He was also preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Garnett Clevenger. Mr. Clevenger was born and raised in the Vibbard community where he attended rural schools and later Excelsior Springs High School. A veteran of WWII, he was inducted into the United Sates Army on October 14, 1942 serving two years, five months and 24 days, receiving the rank of Tec 5. He was honorably discharged December 21, 1945. Following his military service, Gene worked briefly for the Peppard Seed Company before becoming employed with the Veteran's Administration. He worked in Excelsior Springs for about 25 years until 1963 when he went to work for the VA in Dallas, Texas, as head carpenter. He retired in 1974 and he and his wife returned to Excelsior Springs. Gene enjoyed watching baseball, football and auto racing. He was a member of Pisgah Baptist Church. Surviving are one daughter, Meredith Turner, and her husband, Ray, Cameron; three grandchildren, Richard Turner and wife, Debra, Independence, Cheryl Fenton and husband, Gene, and Daniel Turner, all of Cameron; four great-grandchildren, Timothy Turner and wife, Sarah, Michael Turner, Shannon Turner and Holly Fenton; one sister, Lorena Baker and husband, Stanley, of Ulman, Mo.; one niece, Shirley Nolker and husband, Gene, Lawson, and a nephew, Robert Welch and wife, Donna, Wisconsin. Graveside services will be held Friday, April 11, 2008 at 11 a.m. at the Hillcrest Cemetery in Excelsior Springs. The Elder Darle Siegel will officiate. Military rites will be conducted at the graveside. No public visitation is planned, however, friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday evening at the Polley Funeral Home in Excelsior Springs. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to the Comfort Care Hospice of Cameron or Excelsior Springs Hospice.
Geraldene Elgin, 85, Excelsior Springs, Mo., passed away Wednesday, January 8, 2008 at the Valley Manor and Rehabilitation Center, Excelsior Springs, Mo. Geraldene was born on August 27, 1922 in Excelsior Springs, Mo., the daughter of Howard W. and Nelle E. Keith. She was employed by the Gates Rubber Co. and the McCleary Clinic. She is survived by one daughter, Donna Creason and husband, Dale, Excelsior Springs, Mo., one granddaughter, Amy Shelor, and two great-grandchildren, Mason and Payton Shelor. Besides her parents, Geraldene was preceded in death by one grandson, James Creason and two brothers, Cecil and Francis Keith. Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 12, 2008 at Hillcrest Cemetery, Excelsior Springs, Mo. Services are under the direction of Polley Funeral Home, Excelsior Springs, Mo.
George E. Ellett
George Edward “Hair” Ellett, 54, of Excelsior Springs, passed away Friday evening, March 14, 2008 at North Kansas City Hospital. Born March 30, 1953 in Quindara, Kans., he was the son of Herbert Hadley and Alice Fredda Calvert Ellett. Mr. Ellett was a graduate of Excelsior Springs High School and a life-long member of the Excelsior Springs community. He had been employed for 30 years for the Missouri State Highway Department, where he retired from in November of 2007. He had a great love for trains and enjoyed going to miniature tractor pulls. In earlier years he had been a Boy Scout, a Cub Scout and a member of the Mic-O-Say Tribe #309. He is survived by his mother, Alice Ellett, Excelsior Springs; one brother, Terry Ellett and wife, Mary, Rayville; one sister, Vanessa Johnson, Kansas City; one son, Brian A. Nelson and wife, Jamie, Tulsa, Okla.; two grandchildren, Kaiden Nelson and Ethan Nelson, both of Tulsa, Okla.; one aunt, Willie Etta Jennings, Kansas City, Kans., and several nieces, nephews and cousins including JoAnn Ellett, Debra Ellett, Kathy Jennings, Deedra Lipscomb and husband, Eugene, Rodney Irvin Millentree and a host of friends. Preceding him in death were his father in 2001; two brothers, Ronnie Ellett in 2002, and Lawrence Dean Ellett in 1966, and his grandparents, Moses and Freda Ellett and Rev. and Mrs. W.R. Palmer. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 19, 2008 at 2 p.m. at the Polley Funeral Home in Excelsior Springs. Visitation will be Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home and one hour prior to the service on Wednesday. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Excelsior Springs.
Gerald Robert Elliott
Gerald Robert Elliott, 49, of Missouri City, Texas, much beloved, left this life on December 25, 2007. He was born in Spokane, Wash., in August 1958 to Henry and Geraldine Elliott. His siblings include Henry Marvin Elliott, III, Deborah Ann Stickleman, and Claudia K. Barber. He is a 1976 graduate of Excelsior Springs High School, Excelsior Springs, Mo. He was honorable discharged from the United States Army in 1980, after a tour of duty as a medical specialist in Germany and Western Europe. He was a member of the Worldwide Church of God in the Kansas City area, and continued to follow their beliefs and teachings for the rest of his life. He married Bonnie Marriott in Ray County, Mo., in 1944. They have enjoyed 13 years of blessed and happy marriage including step-children, Derek S. Marriott, Micah B. Marriott and Christopher B. Marriott. Gerald was employed at Solar Tool & Die as a machinist and toolmaker until his retirement at the time he fell ill. He was a member of numerous Masonic organizations in Texas and Louisiana including Queensborough Lodge, Shreveport, La., and Canyon Lake Lodge, Canyon Lake, Texas. He is survived by his father, Henry Elliott, and mother, Geraldine Elliott, and sister, Claudia Barber, all of Excelsior Springs, Mo.; brother, Henry Elliott, sister, Deborah Stickleman, stepson, Derek Marriott, all of Kansas City, Mo.; stepson, Christopher Marriott, and stepson, Micah Marriott, both of Bremerton, Wash.; and his wife, Bonnie Elliott, Missouri City, Texas. Funeral services will be held Sunday, December 30, 2007 at 2:00 p.m., at the Polley Funeral Home, Excelsior Springs, Mo. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home with Masonic Rites accorded. Burial will be in the Polley Cemetery, Excelsior Springs. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Brain Tumor Association, 2270 River Road - Des Plaines, IL 60018 or the Scottish Rite Learning Center, 12871 Research Blvd - Austin, TX 78750.