Robert P. Romp
Robert Paul Romp, age 81, of Excelsior Springs, Mo., passed away unexpectedly Tuesday morning, December 18, 2007 at the KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kans. Born January 12, 1926 in Barrington, N.J., he was the son of Charles Herman and Bertha Wilhelmina (Romp) Romp. On August 25, 1950 in Barrington he was married to Kathleen VanBrookhoven, who preceded him in death January 14, 2000. He was also preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Charles, and one sister, Bertha. Surviving are two sons, Rev. John Romp and wife, Lila, Excelsior Springs, and James Romp and wife, Maria, Cary, N.C.; two daughters, Kathleen Mitchel, Platte City, and Elaine Romp, Excelsior Springs; three grandchildren, Jonathon Romp and wife, Sarah, Joel Romp and Jennifer Mitchel; one great-granddaughter, Saydee Romp; several nieces, nephews, cousins and a special friend, Roma Marsh. Mr. Romp was reared in New Jersey and was a 1944 graduate of Herbert Hoover High School in Camden, N.J. Following graduation he enlisted in the United States Navy where he served as a Radioman, Third Class, receiving his honorable discharge May 18, 1946. He worked as a junior apprentice for the Philadelphia Inquirer in the 1940's and worked in the printing industry for several years. He worked for World Press and Chilton Publishing. Following his move to North Kansas City he was employed by the Henry Wurst Printing Corporation until he retired in 1990. He worked as a greeter for Wal-Mart for five years. Mr. Romp was a member of the VFW, Poor Richards Guild and the I.O.O.F. He was an amateur rock hound, enjoyed photography and traveling. A Celebration of Life will take place Saturday, December 22, 2007, at 4 p.m., at the Rock Falls Baptist Church. Visitation and a reception will take place following the service. Arrangements under the direction of the Polley Funeral Home, Excelsior Springs.
Reva Opal (Jarrett) Russell, 93, Excelsior Springs, Mo., passed away Friday, February 22, 2008 at the Lawson Manor and Rehabilitation Center, Lawson, Mo. Reva was born on March 10, 1914 in Pattonsburg, Mo., the daughter of Roscoe and Etta (Boyle) Jarrett. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Excelsior Springs, Mo. Survivors include one son, Gary Keith Russell and wife, Delma, Kansas City, Mo.; one daughter, Judith Gayle White and husband, William, Excelsior Springs, Mo.; six grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, and four great-great grandchildren. Besides her parents, Reva was preceded in death by her only sibling, Myrtle Minter, on the same day February 22, 2008. Funeral services will be Tuesday, February 26, 2008 at 10 a.m. at the Polley Funeral Home, Excelsior Springs, Mo. The family will receive friends from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday prior to services. Burial will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Pattonsburg Memorial Gardens, Pattonsburg, Mo.
Sarah Michaelene "Mickie" Graham, 58, Excelsior Springs, Mo., passed away on Sunday, November 25, 2007 at her home. Mickie was born on July 29, 1949 in Excelsior Springs, Mo., the daughter of James Franklin and Lillian Joan (McCoy) Sisco. She had been a Residential Advisor at the Excelsior Springs Job Crops. She was a member of the Eagles Chapter 3917 Women's Auxiliary and Order of Eastern Star #492. She held offices in both organizations and had held all the seats in Eastern Star. Mickie enjoyed music, it was her life. Survivors include her four children, daughter, Hope Graham, Gladstone, Mo., daughter, Faith Owens and husband, Warren, Excelsior Springs, Mo., daughter, Jackie Farr, Breckenridge, Mo., and son, James Graham, Kansas City, Mo.; sister, JoEllen Sisco, Excelsior Springs, Mo., brother, Dale Johnston, Excelsior Springs, Mo., sister, Irene Tripp, Excelsior Springs, Mo., brother, Jesse Johnston, Lawson, Mo., brother, Johnnie Paul Johnston, Rayville, Mo.; one aunt, Virginia Norris, Excelsior Springs, Mo.; one niece, one nephew, seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Mickie was preceded in death by her father, James Franklin Sisco, mother, Lillian Joan Johnston, a son, Brian Lee Graham, a brother, Graham Franklin Sisco, and stepfather, Jesse Johnston. Funeral services will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 28, 2007, with visitation to follow until 9 p.m. at the Polley Funeral Home, Excelsior Springs, Mo. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions to the Liberty Hospice, c/o the funeral home.
Virgie Belle Crawford
Virgie Belle "Sugar" Crawford of Gladstone, Mo., passed away December 26, 2007 at the North Kansas City Hospital. Virgie was born April 14, 1933 to Raymond Lee Crawford and Emma Lucille (Nelson) Crawford in Davenport, Iowa. As a child, she spent a few wonderful years with her grandparents, Edwin Harrison Crawford and Ada Belle (Allen) Crawford in California, Mo. She was a long time resident of the Northland, an avid bowler, and was employed for several years at Whitaker Cable and Henry Wurst in North Kansas City. She is survived by two nieces, Deb Claussen, Lawson, Mo., and Stephanie Inlow, Liberty, Mo.; one nephew, Ken Fox, Glastone, Mo.; and a few close friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, her youger twin sisters, Jo Ann Fox and Betty Ann Nickell, and a nephew, Benny Lee Fox. Arrangements are under the direction of the Polley Funeral Home of Lawson. A private family burial service is planned.
Woodrow Wilson Sharp, 80, Mosby, Mo., passed away Monday, December 3, 2007 at the Liberty Hospital. Woodrow was born on April 10, 1927 in Rolla, Mo., the son of George and Viola (Price) Sharp. He was married to Aleatha Wood. She preceded him in death in 1980. He served in the U.S. Army as an MP. Before his retirement he worked as a meter reader at a Gas Service Co. He enjoyed his grandchildren and great grandchildren; he also enjoyed mowing and his garden tractor. He was a member of the Gas Service Union. Survivors include one son, Floyd Sharp, Excelsior Springs, Mo.; daughter, Carla Mullin and husband, Michael Mullin, Mosby, Mo.; four grandchildren, Rachel Coe and her husband, Larry Coe, Wood Heights, Mo., Amos Mullin, Mosby, Mo., Heather Sharp, Tacoma, Wash., and Hillary Mullin, Liberty, Mo.; seven great grandchildren, Samantha and Taylor Coe, Wood Heights, Mo., Rocky Mullin, Mosby, Mo., Hayden Coe, Wood Heights, Mo., Logan Wayman, Liberty, Mo., Truley Mullin, Mosby, Mo., Tristen Sharp, Tacoma, Wash., and Gracey Mae Mullin, Liberty, Mo.; seven siblings, Robert Sharp, Jesse Sharp, Viola Mae Sharp, Jenny Maxwell, Barb Jarvis, Bonnie Brownsberger and Edward Sharp. Besides his parents and wife, he was also preceded in death by three brothers, Floyd, Bill and Mitchell Sharp, and two sisters, JoAnn Sharp and Mary Ann Shelton. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, December 6, 2007 at the Polley Funeral Home, Excelsior Springs, Mo. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the services on Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be at a later date at the Dyer Cemetery Rolla, Mo.
Vera E. Stein, 92, Excelsior Springs, Mo., passed away Monday, March 24, 2008 at the Excelsior Springs Convalescent Center. Vera was born on September 21, 1915 in Ray County, Mo., the daughter of Roscoe and Edith (Teegarden) Harris. She married Ernest "Frank" Stein on June 27, 1941 in Kansas City, Mo. She taught school at the Scott School in Ray County, Mo., during WWII. She had also worked for Montgomery Ward and was a devoted wife, mother, and homemaker. Vera was a faithful member of the Vibbard Christian Union Church. Survivors include her husband, Ernest "Frank" Stein, of the home; one son, Gary Stein and his wife, Melody, Rayville, Mo.; one granddaughter, Misty Stein, St. Joseph, Mo.; and one grandson, Benjamin Stein, Rayville, Mo. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant brother. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday March 27, 2008 at the Vibbard Christian Union Church, Vibbard, Mo. Burial will be in the Old Union Cemetery, Lawson, Mo. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Polley Funeral Home, Excelsior Springs, Mo. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be given to the Vibbard Christian Union Church in her memory.
William "Bill" Ash
William Eugene “Bill” Ash, 62, of Excelsior Springs, Mo., passed away Friday, January 4, 2008 at North Kansas City Hospital, North Kansas City, Mo. Born December 14, 1945 in Aurora, Mo., he was the son of Roy Eugene and Alice Imogene (Lloyd) Ash. In 1946 at the Westport Presbyterian Church in Kansas City, he was united in marriage to Charlotte Jane Mitchell, who survives. In addition to his wife, Jane, he is survived by one son, Roger Ash, Excelsior Springs, Mo.; one sister, Bonnie Park, Overland Park, Kans.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; paternal grandparents, Leroy and Cora Ash; maternal grandparents, Henry and Maude Lloyd, and a brother in infancy. Bill moved with his parents to Kansas City at the age of five and was a 1963 graduate of Paseo High School and also attended Kansas City Junior College. On August 12, 1963 he was inducted into the United States Air Force and received his honorable discharge August 11, 1967, receiving the rank of A1C. He had been employed in photographic sales and was Vice-President of Production of Associated Photo in Kansas City. He later worked for Pako Corporation of Minneapolis, Minn., and also for Standard Manufacturing/Gretag until 1997 when he retired due to ill health. Bill enjoyed his travels to Hawaii and especially taking part in family gatherings. Cremation services are private in accordance with the wishes of the family. Inurnment will take place at a later date at Hillcrest Cemetery in Excelsior Springs. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Good Samaritan Center of Excelsior Springs.
Thelma A. Kelley, 93, Lawson, Mo., passed away Monday, March 10, 2008 at the Excelsior Springs Medical Center. Thelma was born on April 24, 1914, to Virgil and Bertha (Swearingin) Thomas of Camden, Mo. She is survived by daughter, Lula Jones, Lathrop, Mo.; three grandchildren; and ten great grandchildren. Thelma is preceded in death by her husband Vernie Kelley; parents; four brothers and one sister. Funeral services for Thelma will be at 1 p.m., Thursday, March 13, 2008 at the Church of Christ in Excelsior Springs, Mo. A visitation will be held between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., also on Thursday at the Church. Burial will take place at the Cravens Cemetery, Camden, Mo. Arrangements are under the direction of Polley Funeral Home, Excelsior Springs, Mo.
Tammy J. Hallmark
Tammy J. Hallmark, 40, Excelsior Springs, Mo., passed away Monday, December 10, 2007 at the Liberty Hospital. Tammy was born on November 3, 1967 in Detroit, Mich., the daughter of Jessie and Delores Fritz. She was married on October 26, 1988 to Kevin Hallmark. Survivors include her husband, Kevin Hallmark, of the home; two sons, Corey Hallmark, Excelsior Springs, Mo., and Jason Hallmark, of the home; one brother, Danny Fritz; and her father, Jessie Fritz. It is the wishes of the family that there be no services. Cremation. Arrangements under the direction of Polley Funeral Home Excelsior Springs, Mo.
Thomas L. Gilmore
Thomas Lewis Gilmore, 81, of Lawson, Mo., passed away Monday, November 12, 2007 at his home. Born March 2, 1926 in Monett, Mo., he was the son of Carl and Mable (Greenway) Gilmore. On July 10, 1944 in Mt. Vernon, Mo., he was married to Billie Jean Jones, who survives of the home. Mr. Gilmore was retired from Consolidated Freightways. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, camping, playing horseshoes and a love for the outdoors. He was a member of the Lawson Baptist Church for 35 years, where he served as a deacon and also helped with the Royal Ambassadors. He will be missed by his family and friends. In addition to his wife, also surviving are four daughters, Linda Hill, Garden City, Mo., Joyce Walters, Spring Hill, Kans., Karen Montavy, Grain Valley, Mo., and Janice Jones, Independence; one son, Lewis Gene Gilmore, Lawson; two sisters, Margaret Robison, Kansas City, and Mandy Ellen Ball, Aurora, Mo.; three brothers, David Gilmore, Lloyd Gilmore and George Gilmore, all of Verona, Mo.; nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Lilly Bell Zinc, and one brother, Robert Gilmore. A memorial service will be held Thursday evening, November 15, 2007 at 7 p.m., at the Polley Funeral Home, Lawson, Mo. Burial will be at a later date at Polley Cemetery in Excelsior Springs, Mo.
Thomas Michael “Tom” Collins, age 79, of Excelsior Springs, Mo., passed away Friday, February 29, 2008 in Excelsior Springs Medical Center. He was born December 10, 1925, the son of Michael James and Hallie McMullen Collins. In 1946 in Kansas City, Kans., he was married to Martha Ellen Shehan, who preceded him in death in August 1993. He was also preceded in death by his parents. Surviving are one daughter, Patricia Llewellyn, Excelsior Springs; two sons, Jack Collins, Claycomo, and Kevin Collins, Blue Springs, and his best friend of many years, Lewis Fink. Tom attended Excelsior Springs High School before entering the United States Army, serving as a Private, Regular Army. He was honorably discharged November 9, 1949. Following his discharge he worked for a local hotel and then as a maintenance engineer with Job Corps. In 1976 he went to work in the same capacity for Bank of America until his retirement in 1991. Mr. Collins was a member of St. Ann Catholic Church and he enjoyed spending time with his friends and family. A memorial visitation will be held Wednesday, March 5, 2008 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Polley Funeral Home in Excelsior Springs. Burial at a later date in Crown Hill Cemetery.
Leonard C. Wampler, 72, of Kansas City, Mo., passed away Saturday, February 9, 2008. Leonard was born June 5, 1935, in Amazonia, Mo. He retired in 1993, after 39 years, from Owens Corning Fiberglass. He worked the last 10 years at K-mart. He was an avid hunter and trap shooter champion, for which he won many awards. He had a great passion for archery as well. He married Donna Easter in 1953 and she passed way in 1997. Leonard was preceded in death by his parents, Everett and Nancy Wampler; a son, Phil Wampler, Kansas City; two sisters, Bernice Zimbelman, Texas, and Bette Muscavitch, Co.; and two brothers, Bill Wampler, Savannah, Mo., and Gene Wampler, St. Joseph, Mo. He is survived by two sons, Brad Wampler, Kansas City, and Steve Wampler and wife, Paula, Lincoln, Mo.; two daughters, Barb Carter and husband, Brad, Excelsior Springs, and Nancy Bossert, Kansas City; his sister, Arletta Stephens, Kansas City; and brother, Francis Wampler, St. Joseph. He also leaves behind 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, many loving nieces, nephews, family and friends. Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 13, at White Chapel Memorial Gardens, 6600 N Antioch Rd. Visitation will be Tuesday, February 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Polley Funeral Home in Excelsior Springs, Mo.
Ronald Gene Hall, 70, Wood Heights, Mo., passed away Thursday, December 13, 2007 at the Missouri Veteran's Home in Cameron, Mo. Ronald was born January 28, 1937 in Pattonsburg, Mo., to Garland and Lillian (Williams) Hall. Ronald joined the United States Navy and served his country proudly in the Korean War. On January 15, 1959 he married Shannon Irene Dean in Salina, Kans. Ronald was an active Shriner at the Arat Temple and was given a lifetime membership for his tireless efforts helping children in need. Ronald is survived by his loving wife, Shannon, of the home; daughter, Laurie Ann Flacklam, Kansas City, Mo.; grandson, Jared Brucker, Kansas City, Mo.; granddaughter, Shanna Holt, Kansas City, Mo.; adopted children, Bert Mosier, Ukiah, Calif., and Jay Mosier, Hoxie, Kans. He is preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and one brother. It is the wishes of the family that there be no services. Cremation. Arrangements are under the direction of Polley Funeral Home, Excelsior Springs, Mo.
Shirley Mae Simpson
Shirley Mae Simpson, 60, Gladstone, Mo., passed away Sunday, December 30, 2007 at North Kansas City Hospital. Shirley was born on August 29, 1947 in Independence, Mo., to William and Bettie (Wyatt) Bradshaw. She is survived by daughter-in-law, Paula Stocklaufer, Liberty, Mo.; granddaughters, Ashley, Alyssa, and Averi Stocklaufer, Liberty, Mo.; son, Steven W. Stocklaufer, Moberly, Mo.; granddaughter, Autumn Miser, Independence, Mo.; sons, Gary and Kevin Stocklaufer, Independence, Mo.; one sister, Patricia Gannon, Independence, Mo.; several other family and friends. Shirley is preceded in death by her husband, Robert Simpson, her parents, one brother and one sister. A celebration of Shirley's life will be held from 5-7 p.m. Friday, January 4, 2008 at the Stocklaufer residence in Liberty, Mo. Arrangements under the direction of Polley Funeral Home, Excelsior Springs.