Elmer Charles Rowe
April 11, 1911 - March 21, 2004
Elmer Charles Rowe, 92, Jacksonville, Fla., died March 21, 2004. He was born April 11, 1911, in Lakin, Kan., the son of Edgar James and Ethel May (Clemans) Rowe.
Graveside services and burial were March 21 at Higginsville Cemetery, Higginsville, under the direction of the Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville.
R. Maxine Sroufe
March 22, 2004
R. Maxine Sroufe, 75, Belton, died Monday, March 22, 2004 at Research Belton Hospital.
Services were 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 24, at the South Haven Baptist Church, Belton.
Burial was in Orient Cemetery, Harrisonville, under the direction of Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville .
Contributions may be made to the South Haven Baptist Church building fund.
Robert Clarence Worthley
Nov. 15, 1915 - March 19, 2004
Robert Clarence Worthley, 88, Harrisonville, died Friday, March 19, 2004, at his son’s home in Harrisonville.
He was born Nov. 15, 1915, in Florence, the son of William and Nettie (Williams) Worthley. Mr. Worthley was a lifelong Harrisonville resident.
Oct. 26, 1938, he married Dorothy Emily Karg.
He worked for the city of Harrisonville for 39 years as superintendent of the water department before retiring in 1985. He was a former city councilman. He was recently the maintenance director at Casco Area Workshop.
Mr. Worthley was a member of the Harrisonville First Baptist Church and the American Legion. He was past president of the Harrisonville Lions Club and received recognition for 50 years of service this past year. He was a World War II Army veteran.
Preceding him in death were his parents; two brothers, J.D. and Roscoe; and his wife, Dorothy, Oct. 19, 2003.
Surviving are a son, Jim Worthley and his wife, Barbara, Harrisonville; two sisters-in-law, Mary McFerron, Harrisonville, and Bessie Justice, Pikeville, Ky.; five grandchildren, Tammy Spainhour and husband, Tony, Peculiar, Kim Long and husband, Mark, Harrisonville, James Kevin Worthley and wife, Kelly, Cleveland, Teresa Fordyce and husband, Tom, Harrisonville, and Krista Worthley, Harrisonville; 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.
Honorary pallbearers were Bob Bunger, Irvin Hershberger, Elmer Downey, Harry Lee Karg, Phillip “Bud” Kelley, Dave Kern, Robert Cummins and J.E. Russell.
Pallbearers were Merle Worthley, Roger Worthley, Mike Worthley, Scott Morse, Gene Baier and Monte Faught.
Services were Wednesday, March 24, 2004, at the First Baptist Church, Harrisonville, with the Rev. Charles Sutton and the Rev. David Noble, officiating. Music was by Duane Lawson, vocalist, and Kip Mathew, pianist.
Burial was in the Orient Cemetery, Harrisonville, under the direction of Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville. Military honors were under the auspices of the Harrisonville Honor Guard.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society.
Joseph W. Belcher
May 17, 1927 - Sept. 10, 2004
Joseph Wilburn Belcher, 77, Stockton, formerly of Harrisonville, died Sept. 10, 2004. He was born May 17, 1927, in Greenfield, the son of Millard Filmore and Clarice Jane (Cooperrider) Belcher.
Cremation. Burial will be at the Lindley Prairie Cemetery, Stockton, under the direction of the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville.
Luther Alfred Coatney Jr.
April 22, 1923 - Sept. 5, 2004
Luther Alfred Coatney Jr., 81, Harrisonville, died Sunday, Sept. 5, 2004, at his home.
He was born April 22, 1923, in Holyoke, Colo., the son of Luther A. and Elizabeth (Carlock) Coatney Sr.
April 25, 1948, he married Twila Nadine Ehrlick in Jewelsburg, Colo.
Mr. Coatney was a WWII Army veteran. He had been employed with IML Truck Lines, retiring in 1985. He managed the Red Onion Restaurant in Harrisonville for many years.
He was a member of the Harrisonville VFW and was a former member of the Teamsters Local 41.
Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife, Twila, Feb. 7, 2003; a son, Michael J. Coatney; a daughter, Denise M. Coatney; and a grandson, Marc Holfsted.
Surviving are five daughters, Twilalou Coatney, Thorton, Colo., Beth Lakomy, Urich, Pam Lacy, Adrian, Marsha Brelsford, Harrisonville, and Lavaun Hartland, London, Ontario; 15 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Honorary pallbearers were John Brelsford, Cory Ferguson, Gene Hawkins, Aaron Lacy, Matthew Lacy, Tim Lacy, John Lakomy, John Lakomy III, Chris Pilkington, Shawn Pilkington, Stephen Pilkington, Del Walton and J.D. Walton.
Local services were Wednesday, Sept. 8, at the Atkinson Chapel, Harrisonville, with the Rev. Asher McDaniel officiating.
Graveside service and burial were Saturday, Sept. 11, in the Holyoke Memorial Park, Holyoke, with the Rev. Keith Hudiburgh officiating.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville.
Thelma Jean (Frazier) Francy
Sept. 14, 2004
Thelma Jean (Frazier) Francy, 60, Harrisonville, died Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2004, at Crown Care Center, Harrisonville.
Visitation is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17, at the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, at the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville.
Burial will be in Orient Cemetery, Harrisonville, under the direction of the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville.
Joseph William Gerke
May 30, 1944 - Sept. 11, 2004
Harrisonville Fire Chief Joseph William Gerke, 60, Harrisonville, died Saturday, Sept. 11, 2004, at St. Luke’s Hospital, Kansas City.
He was born May 30, 1944, in Sedalia, the son of William Henry and Florence Rose (Twenter) Gerke.
June 26, 1965, he married Katherine Elizabeth Freeman in Kansas City.
Mr. Gerke had been the fire chief for the Harrisonville Fire Department since 1987 and had been with the Harrisonville Fire Department since 1976. Earlier he had been employed as the fleet sales manager for 27 years at G.R. Milner Ford, Lincoln, Mercury dealership in Harrisonville.
He was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus Council, member and secretary of the Missouri Chiefs Association, a member of the Western Missouri Chiefs Association, Cass County Chiefs Association, Metro Chiefs Association, Mid America Regional Council, Local Emergency Planning Commission, Missouri Emergency Preparedness Association, 911 Commission for Cass County, was on the board of the Western Regional Fire Association and was the director of Harrisonville Emergency Management since 2001.
Mr. Gerke was the Harrisonville Area Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year in 1991.
Preceding him in death were his parents; and a brother, Vincent Gerke.
Surviving are his wife, Kay Gerke, of the home; a son, Duane Gerke, three daughters, Barbara Gerke, Florence Elizabeth Gerke and Cindy Spencer and husband, Steve, all of Harrisonville; four brothers, James Gerke, Shreveport, La., Donald Gerke, Sedalia, Nick Gerke, Smithton, and David Gerke, Raytown; five sisters, Regina Reuter, Pilot Grove, Agnes Hausam, Ozark, Elaine Kinghorn, St. Louis, Marie Martin, Independence, and Kathleen Robb, Raytown; six grandchildren, Katy, Caleb, Ben, Savannah, Chloe and Cassidy; 24 nieces and nephews; 11 great-nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.
Honorary pallbearers were Dwaine Branstine, Chief Gary Disney, Chief Smokey Dyer, Rich Lehman, Mel Mathes, Chief Max Schmoll, Chief Bill Stewart, Chief John VanGorkon and Chief Steve Westerman.
Pallbearers were Asst. Chief Larry Butler, Capt. Nathan Carpenter, Johnny Coday, Lt. Jason Hondrick, Wes Johnson, Scott Mathes, Dana Marconette and Lt. Jamie Taylor.
The funeral Mass was Thursday, Sept. 16, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Harrisonville with the Rev. Bradley S. Offutt officiating. Ron Strong was the soloist and Cindy Dunham was the organist.
Burial was in the Orient Cemetery, Harrisonville.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church Grotto Fund.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville.
Wilma I. Kircher
Jan. 8, 1922 - Sept. 11, 2004
Wilma Irene Kircher, 82, Pilot Grove, formerly of Harrisonville, died Sept. 11, 2004. She was born Jan. 8, 1922, in Cass County, the daughter of William Ira and Cora Jane (Savage) Arnold.
Services were in Sedalia with burial in the Orient Cemetery, Harrisonville, Wednesday, Sept. 15.
Robert N. Meyer
July 5, 1924 - Sept. 8, 2004
Robert Nelson Meyer, 80, Pleasant Hill, died Sept. 8, 2004. He was born July 5, 1924, in Kansas City, the son of Herman L. and Hazel (Matthew) Meyer.
Services were Sept. 13 at the Wallace Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill, with burial in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.