Donna Sue Burton
Nov. 12, 1954 - March 18, 2003
Donna Sue Burton, 48, Raymore, died March 28, 2003, at her home. She was born Nov. 12, 1954, in Kansas City, the daughter of Emmett and Lois P. (Davis) Folsom.
Services were March 22 at Wallace Funeral Home with the Rev. Kent Deubner officiating with burial in the Strasburg Cemetery.
Mary Ellen Carter
April 4, 1923 - March 23, 2003
Mary Ellen Carter, 79, Belton, died March 23, 2003.
She was born April 4, 1923, in Adrian, the daughter of Thomas and Mary Van Slyke.
Mrs. Carter worked at the Little Shirt Co. of Freeman for 25 years. She was an active member of the West Line Christian Church since 1951 when she transferred to the Belton Christian Church where she was a deacon. She was a charter member of the West Line Ladies Club and a Republican Committee Woman for the West Dolan Township.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Joseph Carter, in 1976; two sons, Donald and Robert; and her brother, Richard Van Slyke.
Surviving are her children, Joan Mossman and husband, DeVere, Branson; Dr. Dan Carter and wife, Linda, Warrensburg; Eloise Healy and husband, Russ, of Clear Springs, Md.; Karen Simmons and husband, Allen, Belton; and Doris O’Neil, Belton; a sister, Dorothy Van Slyke, Adrian; two brothers, Earl Van Slyke, Butler, and Arnold Van Slyke, Knoxville, Tenn.; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.
Services were March 27 at the Belton Christian Church with burial in the Crescent Hill Cemetery, Adrian.
Contributions may be made to the church memorial fund at West Line or Belton.
Arrangements were under the E.K. George & Sons Funeral Home.
Dorothy C. Fortsch
Jan. 25, 1923 - March 22, 2003
Dorothy Christine Fortsch, 80, Lee’s Summit, died Saturday, March 22, 2003, at Lee’s Summit Hospital, Lee’s Summit.
She was born Jan. 25, 1923, near Aaron, the daughter of Guy Dorvin and Valla Mae (Gibb) Cumpton.
On Jan. 31, 1947, she married Charles Francis “Mike” Fortsch Jr. in Kansas City.
Mrs. Fortsch was a homemaker. In the 1980s, she owned and operated Dottie’s Dress Shop in Hermitage and had been in clothing sales since the 1970s.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Harrisonville. She had lived in Raytown, Hermitage, Harrisonville and Independence before moving to Lee’s Summit in 2000.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Mike Fortsch, on March 30, 2000; four brothers, Guy, Tommy, Robert and Delbert Cumpton; and three sisters, Dixie, Rose and Shirley.
Surviving are two sons, David L. Bridges and wife, Anita, Harrisonville, and Charles M. Fortsch and wife, Dereen, Lee’s Summit; two daughters, Luretta M. Murray and husband, Patrick, Kansas City, Keleta J. Haralson and husband, Dennis, Kingsville; nine grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Mike Deaver, David M. Fortsch, Kale J. Fortsch, Brett D. Hallford, Steven M. Hallford and Joshua V. Hambleton.
Services were March 26, 2003, at the Dickey Funeral Home with Pastor David Noble and the Rev. Charles Sutton officiating.
Burial was in the Crescent Hill Cemetery near Adrian under the direction of the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville.
The family suggests contributions be made to the American Heart Association.
Charles D. Fredrickson
Dec. 7, 1917 - March 23, 2003
Charles Daniel Fredrickson went to be with his Lord on March 23, 2003, at age 85 at his home.
Mr. Fredrickson was born Dec. 7, 1917, the son of Andrew J. and Christine S. (Eckinger) Fredrickson at Wingate community north of East Lynne.
He was a lifelong Cass County resident. In 1946, he married Inez Norton.
Mr. Fredrickson was a well-known and successful farmer, and retired from that occupation. He was a member of the Pleasant Hill First Baptist Church. He was also a member of the armed forces where he served his country in World War II.
Preceding him in death were two brothers, Andrew J. Fredrickson and Theodore Fredrickson; and four sisters, Sophia McCrillis, Hilda Matthes, Christine Heck, Marguerite Cox and Emma Bradbury.
Surviving are three sisters, Anna Small, Elizabeth Wickert and Catherine Cady; his wife, Inez Fredrickson; six children, Joanne Russell, California, Charles Fredrickson, Harrisonville, David Fredrickson, Washington, Carol Fredrickson, Belton, Wayne Fredrickson, Harrisonville, and Sonia Dexter, Harrisonville; and nine grandchildren.
Mr. Fredrickson was a devoted husband and dad. He loved the farm and always witnessed of his faith in God and Jesus. A private graveside service was held.
Vince LaMoore Hook
May 24, 1962 - March 19, 2003
Vince LaMoore Hook, 40, Butler, died March 19, 2003, as the result of an accident in Kansas City.
He was born May 24, 1962, in Harrisonville, the son of Glenn Moore and Wanda Vici (White) Green.
On Feb. 12, 1999, he married Penny Reitz Troyer in Eureka Springs, Ark.
Mr. Hook was a truck driver for Swift Transportation Company, Harrisonville, since July 2001. Earlier he had been employed as a firefighter, a paramedic and a mechanic. He was an Army veteran where he had been a musician in the Army band and a marksman while in the service. He was a member of the Paratrooper Club.
He was a member of the Beacon Free Will Baptist Church, Raytown. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, watching the Kansas City Chiefs and rodeo barrel racing. He had lived in Blue Ridge, Texas, before moving to Butler in 2002.
Surviving are his wife, Penny Hook, of the home; two sons, Cameron Hook, of the home, and Ian Hook, Blue Springs; three daughters, Heather Troyer, Monett, Vanessa Troyer and Megan Troyer, both of the home; his father and stepmother, Glenn M. and Allene Hook, Warsaw; his mother and stepfather, Wanda and Floyd Green, Farmersville, Texas; a brother, the Rev. Alvin Hook, Springfield; and a grandson, Tyler.
Honorary pallbearers were Wayne Betterton, Jerry Jackson, Curly Johnson and Jerry Miller.
Pallbearers were John Garrison, Lee Maurer, Alex Owens, Russ Peirce, Dale Reitz and Willie Reitz.
Services were March 22 at the dickey Funeral Home, Garden City, with the Rev. Alvin Hook officiating. The Rev. Gene Howell was the soloist.
Burial was in the Dayton Cemetery near Garden City under the direction of the Dickey Funeral Home, Garden City.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Vince L. Hook Memorial Fund.
Grace Helen Melchert
May 9, 2003 - March 24, 2003
Grace Helen Melchert, 86, Archie, died Monday, March 24, 2003, at Crown Care Center, Harrisonville.
She was born May 9, 1916, in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, the daughter of Henry Mills and Mary Ann Digby.
Mrs. Melchert lived in Independence most of her life and was a 1934 graduate of William Chrisman High School. She moved to Archie in 1980.
On April 7, 1950, she married Richard Melchert in Drexel.
She worked at Remington Arms Lake City Army Ammunition Plant for 26 years as a secretary before retiring in 1977.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Richard, on March 6, 1991; a sister, Mae Homer; and two brothers, Fred Digby and Richard Digby.
Surviving are two nieces, Vicki Digby, Blue Springs, and Judith Minor, Liberty; a nephew, Milton Homer, Las Vegas, Nev.; two sisters-in-law, Ruth Hocker, Archie, and Helen Digby, Liberty; and several great-nieces and great-nephews and their families.
Pallbearers were Dennis Laughlin, Terry Hocker, Larry Hocker and Charles Hocker.
Graveside services and burial were March 27 at the Sharon Cemetery, Drexel, with the Rev. Jeff Paul officiating.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Atkinson Funeral Home, Archie.
Eva Ruth Roth
Sept. 11, 1919 - March 24, 2003
Eva Ruth Roth, 83, Harrisonville, formerly of Independence, died Monday, March 24, 2003, at Cass Medical Center, Harrisonville.
She was born Sept. 11, 1919, north of Garden City, the daughter of Frank and Emma (Plank) Roth.
She was a member of the Stone Church of Independence.
In 1992, after the death of her sister, Celesta Sperry, she moved to the Foxwood Springs Living Center in Raymore, where she lived until January 2000. After breaking her hip, she moved to Crown Care Center in Harrisonville to be nearer her family.
Preceding her in death were her parents; a sister, Celesta Sperry and her husband, Charles.
Surviving are a brother, Harold Roth, and his wife, Mildred, Harrisonville; two nephews, Dwight Roth and his wife, Wanda, Harrisonville, and Leonard Roth and his wife, Polly, Blue Springs; two nieces, Shirley Schrock and her husband, Tom, Garden City, and Carol Sue Richards and her husband, Mike, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Pallbearers were Dwight Roth, Leonard Roth, Doug Roth, Dennis Roth, Tom Schrock and Terry Roth.
Services were March 28 at the Atkinson Chapel with the Rev. Don Wiltfong officiating. Vocalists were Dennis and Mary Roth and Duane Roth was the pianist.
Burial was in the Clearfork Cemetery, Garden City, under the direction of the Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville.