Obituaries from The Examiner

Jackson County Obituaries

Source: The Examiner

October 1997

JOHN W. UPP 
MICHELLE C. BLAKELY 
BESSIE M. CANTERBURY 
VIOLA M. CONWELL 
DAVID H. HARRIS 
KARL M. HERMAN 
DOROTHY L. "DOTTIE" JONES 
BERNARD P. MCGRAIL 
HELEN L. RADER 
GLADYS L. REYNOLDS 
ROBERT L. SANDFORD 
WALTER T. "BUTCH" VILLERS 
JAMES M. "JIM" ALLEN 
JOSEPH S. COLE 
HANNAH L. CRABB 
LLOYD A. HOWARD 
GEORGE E. "SELBY" JORDAN 
MILDRED L. MANESS 
ROBERT S. MARTIN SR. 
HAROLD H. STOCK 

JOHN W. UPP 

John W. Upp, 65, Blue Springs, formerly of Independence, died Monday, Oct. 20, 1997, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Kansas City. 

Mr. Upp was born Sept. 6, 1932, in Independence and was a lifelong Independence and Blue Springs area resident. He was a self-employed general contractor. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War, and a member of McDonald Lodge 324, A.F.&.A.M. and Ararat Shrine Temple in Kansas City. He received a bachelor`s degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. 

His survivors include two daughters, Sheila Marie Upp, Grain Valley, and Julie Irene Upp Woolery, Independence; his companion, Debby Bledsoe of the home; and three grandchildren, Ryan Dale Warren, Linda Gale and Adam Marquix. 

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the George C. Carson & Sons Independence Chapel. Burial will be in Floral Hills Cemetery, Kansas City. Friends may call from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the chapel. 

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MICHELLE C. BLAKELY 

Michelle Colleen Blakely, 44, Lawson, Mo., died Thursday, Oct. 16, 1997, at Liberty (Mo.) Hospital. 

Mrs. Blakely was born Aug. 11, 1953, in Memphis, Tenn. She owned and operated Jane`s Cardinal Drive-In in Lawson. She was a Sunday school teacher at the Lawson Baptist Church. She attended both Lawson Baptist and the Old Union Christian Union churches in Lawson. 

Her survivors include her husband, Frank Blakely of the home; one son, Franklin Blakely, Lawson; one daughter, Christy Long, Excelsior Springs, Mo.; her parents, Judy and Bobby Parton, Lawson; one brother, Lawrence E. Cady Jr., Kansas City; her maternal grandmother, Mona Thompson, Independence; three stepbrothers, two stepsisters; and two grandchildren, Nikolas Blakely and Brooke Long. 

Funeral services were Sunday at Jarman Funeral Home, Lawson. Burial was in the Old Union Cemetery, east of Lawson. 

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BESSIE M. CANTERBURY 

Bessie Marie Canterbury, 83, Independence, died Saturday, Oct. 18, 1997, at St. Mary`s Manor in Blue Springs. 

Mrs. Canterbury was born Aug. 31, 1914, in Oakland, Mo. As a child, she played piano while her father played the fiddle for box dinners and church socials. She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Hubert R. Canterbury, and two infant children, June and Shirley. 

Her survivors include two daughters, Jean Steinman and Thelma Anderson, both of Blue Springs;two sons, H.R. "Bud" Canterbury, Independence, and Robert E. "Bob" Canterbury,Fort Dodge, Iowa; a brother, Robert E. Cartmill, Independence; 10 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Buckner Hills Cemetery. Friends may call until 8:30 tonight at Reppert-Brown Funeral Home, Buckner. The family suggests contributions to the Alzheimer`s Unit at St. Mary`s Manor. 

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VIOLA M. CONWELL 

Viola Maybelle Conwell, 90, Independence, died Saturday, Oct. 18, 1997, at Columbia Independence Regional Health Center. 

Mrs. Conwell was born Aug. 2, 1907, in Muldrow, Okla. She was a member of the First Christian Church of Blue Springs. She was a mother and a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer B. Conwell, Dec. 2, 1995, and one son, Lloyd B. Conwell. 

Her survivors include one son, James Conwell, Oklahoma City, Okla.; five daughters, Virginia Lung, Helen Stallbories, Patricia Brock and Ruby Dryer, all of Independence, and Kay Mahan, Seattle; 29 grandchildren, 63 great-grandchildren, and 11 great-great grandchildren. 

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Webb-Freer Funeral Home, Blue Springs. Burial will be in Blue Springs Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 8 tonight at the funeral home. The family suggests contributions to the Christian Church of Blue Springs. 

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DAVID H. HARRIS 

David Haskel Harris, 81, Thousand Oaks, Calif., formerly of Independence, died Thursday, Oct. 16, 1997, at the Simi Valley (Calif.) Care and Rehabilitation Center. 

Mr. Harris was born July 28, 1916, in Independence and lived most of his life in California, returning to Independence in 1978. He returned to California in 1993. He worked in quality control for several aero space industries in California for 25 years before his retirement. He was an elder in the Blue Ridge RLDS congregation. 

His survivors include his wife, F. Ruth Harris of the home; two sons, Glen Allen Harris, Thousand Oaks, and Jon David Harris, Frasier, Mich.; two daughters, Alice Elizabeth Ballew, Northridge, Calif., and Edith Kathleen Holmes, Newbury Park, Calif.; a sister, Juanita Belle Hall, Independence; and eight grandchildren. 

Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Speaks Midtown Chapel. Entombment will be in Mound Grove Cemetery. Friends may call from 7 to 8:30 tonight at the chapel. 

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KARL M. HERMAN 

Karl M. Herman, 93, Independence, died Saturday, Oct. 18,1997, at Columbia Independence Regional Health Center. 

Mr. Herman was born Jan 28, 1904, in Grand Island, Neb. His business career spanned many years in the service industries, as a founder of U-Smile Stadium Inn and later with his brothers and family in the Crackerneck Country Club on the original Herman farm in Independence. He was active in many political, civic and industry trade associations. 

His survivors include his wife of 71 years, Betty Herman of the home; a son, Gene Herman, Lee`s Summit; a daughter, Joan Brettell, Tyler, Texas;a sister, Mabel Dankenbring, Independence; five grandchildren, Rod Fenson, Janet Herman Franklin, Theresa Brownfield Kreuzkamp, Mary Brownfield Edwards andAnn Brownfield Meara; and 10 great-grandchildren. 

Services were today at theD.W. Newcomer`s Sons Floral Hills Chapel, Kansas City. Burial was in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to your favorite charity. 

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DOROTHY L. "DOTTIE" JONES 

Dorothy Louise "Dottie" Jecker Jones of Gladstone, Mo., formerly of Independence, died Saturday, Oct. 18, 1997, at the Woodbine Nursing Home, Gladstone. 

Mrs. Jones was born Jan. 2, 1916, in Rosedale, Kan., and lived in Independence before moving to Gladstone. She worked at the Forum Cafeteria, General Box and National Bellas Hess. She was a homemaker. 

Her survivors include her husband of 50 years, Ralph Jones of the home; a sister, Gertrude Kimball, Arizona; a sister-in-law, Lenora Jecker, Independence; and several nieces and nephews. 

Services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at the George C. Carson & Sons Independence Chapel. Burial will be in Mount Washington Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 7:30 tonight at the chapel. The family suggests contributions to the Kansas City Northland Hospice, or your favorite charity. 

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BERNARD P. MCGRAIL 

Bernard Peter McGrail, 73, Independence, died Saturday, Oct. 18, 1997, at the Baptist Medical Center. 

Mr.McGrail was born June 26, 1924, in Kansas City, and grew up in Brookfield, Mo., before returning to this area in 1943. He was a watchmaker for Montgomery Ward for more than 37 years. He was a member of St. Mark`s Catholic Church. 

Hissurvivors include his wife, Mary Lee of the home; two sons, Peter McGrail, Richland, Wash., and Anthony McGrail, Independence; one daughter, Margaret Moss, Blue Springs; and seven grandchildren, Shawn Moss, Ryan Moss, Chris Moss, Brandon McGrail, Jeremy McGrail, Brad Booms and Jennifer Booms. 

Funeral mass will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the church, 3736 Lee`s Summit Road. Burial will be inMount Olivet Cemetery, Raytown. Friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of the Speaks Suburban Chapel. 

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HELEN L. RADER 

Helen Louise Rader, 80, Independence, died Friday, Oct. 17, 1997, at her home. 

Mrs. Rader was born Sept. 17, 1917, in Henrietta, Mo., and had lived most of her life in Independence. She was a member of the Baptist faith. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Dale Rader in 1979, and two children, Ronald D. Rader in 1989, and Bonnie L. Hearne, in 1991. 

Her survivors include one son, Donald D. Rader, Grant City, Mo.; two daughters, Donna J. Chaussard and Judy A. Chaussard, both of Independence; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren. 

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Speaks Suburban Chapel. Burial will be in Blue Springs Cemetery. Friends may call from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, at the chapel. 

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GLADYS L. REYNOLDS 

Gladys Louise Condit Reynolds, 98, Independence, died Sunday, Oct. 19, 1997, at Rosewood Care Center. 

Mrs. Reynolds was born Feb. 3, 1899, in Omaha, Neb., and had lived in Independence most of her life. She was a member of the Groves RLDS congregation. She was preceded in death by her husband, John E. Reynolds in 1962, and one son, Bruce Reynolds. Her survivors include a son, Dwain W. Reynolds of the home, nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Mound Grove Cemetery. Friends may call from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Speaks Midtown Chapel. The family suggests contributions to the Ronald McDonald House. 

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ROBERT L. SANDFORD 

Robert L. Sandford, 68, Independence, died Saturday, Oct. 18, 1997, at the Medical Center of Independence. 

Mr. Sandford was born July 18, 1929, in Galena, Kan., and had lived in Independence most of his life. He worked for Armco Steel for 32 years until he retired in 1982. He was an Army veteran and attended the First Christian Church. 

His survivors include his wife, Marjorie A. Sandford of the home; one son, ickey P. Sandford, Harrisonville, Mo.; three brothers, Charles W. Sandford, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., Robert L. Dean, Joplin, Mo., and Jack H. Dean, Spring City, Pa.; a sister, Lola G. Anderson, Long Beach, Calif.; and two grandchildren, Kari Ann Sandford and Joseph Paul Sandford. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Speaks Suburban Chapel. Burial will be in Mound Grove Cemetery. Friends may call from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, at the chapel. 

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WALTER T. "BUTCH" VILLERS 

WalterT. "Butch" Villers, 54, Independence, died Saturday, Oct. 18, 1997, at Columbia Independence Regional Health Center. 

Mr. Villers was born Feb. 27, 1943, in Lexington, Mo., and had lived in Independence most of his life. He worked for Independence Stove and Manufacturing Co. for 33 years, and later was a salesman for Raytown Jeep Eagle. He was a member of Bass Anglers Sportsman Society and the North American Fishing Club. He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War, and a member of Veterans of Foreign War Post 1738. 

His survivors include his wife, Mary Ann Villers of the home; one daughter, Theresa Ann Jones, Leavenworth; two sisters, Betty Jean Arnold, Butler, Mo., and Lucille Hunsaker, Rich Hill,Mo.; and four brothers, Donald Villers, Lee`s Summit, Edgar Villers, Liberty,Mo., Edward Villers, Warsaw, Mo., H.M. Villers Jr., Arkansas City, Kan. 

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the George C. Carson and Sons Independence Chapel. Burial will be in Salem Cemetery. Friends may call from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the chapel. 

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JAMES M. "JIM" ALLEN 

Retired Army Sgt. James Manning "Jim" Allen, 59, Independence, died Thursday, Oct. 9, 1997, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Kansas City. 

Mr. Allen was born Nov. 21, 1937, inKansas City, Kan., and had lived in this area most of his life. He had also lived in Europe for a total of 12 years. He entered military service in 1956, andduring his career, he served two combat tours of duty in Vietnam during 1965 and 1969, and was an Army sergeant. He was awarded two Bronze Star medals, Purple Heart, Vietnam Service Medal with four battle stars, Meritorious Service Medal, Foreign Expeditionary Medal, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry and nine other military awards. He attended Northeast High School. 

His survivors include twosons, Charles A. Allen, West Columbia, S.C., and Paul M. Allen, Independence; his mother, Dorothy L. Cox, and a sister, Carolyn S. Laster, both of Oak Grove;and four grandchildren. 

Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at the George C. Carson & Sons Independence Chapel; cremation. The family suggests contributions to the First Baptist Church of Oak Grove. 

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JOSEPH S. COLE 

Joseph S. Cole, 82, Kansas City, died Wednesday, Oct. 15, 1997, at the Medical Center of Independence. 

Mr. Cole was born Dec. 21, 1914, in Amoret, Mo., and had lived in Kansas City for 56 years. He retired from the Continental Grain Co., and was a member of the Christian faith. His wife, Marie E. Cole, died in 1996. His survivors include a daughter, Patricia M. Brown, Beaverton, Ore.; a son,Edwin L. Cole, Independence; a sister, Bessie Crawford, Kansas City; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. 

Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the George C. Carson & Sons Independence Chapel. Burial will be in Mount Washington Cemetery. Friends may call from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the chapel, whereMasonic services will be held at 8 p.m. 

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HANNAH L. CRABB 

Hannah Louise Crabb, 95, Odessa, died Tuesday, Oct. 14, 1997, at The Groves-Rosewood in Independence. 

Mrs. Crabb was born April 3, 1902, in Denby, N.D., and lived in Sand Point, Idaho, White Fish, Mont., Dunceith and Ramonia in North Dakota, Independence, Atherton, East Independence, Kidder, Mo., Weatherby, Mo., Indianapolis, Ind., Independence and Odessa. She returned to Independence in 1994. She was a homemaker and had previously owned Pa`s Fix It Shop in Weatherby. She was amember of the Odessa Restoration Branch and the Weaver Club in Odessa. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Thomas Crabb, May 2, 1975, and two children, Dale Crabb in 1995, and Rachel A. Mullins in 1992. 

Her survivors include three sons, William T. Crabb, Kidder, John A. Crabb, Indianapolis, and Newton D. Crabb, Independence; three daughters, Myrtle Friend, Odessa, Juanita E. Bessmer, Blue Springs, and Clara Kopp, Bishop, Calif.; a brother, Ben Stowell, Sibley; two sisters, Ladica Friend, Bates City, and Nevada "Dolly" Grubb, Odessa; 27 grandchildren; 49 great-grandchildren; and 41 great-great-grandchildren. 

Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the Odessa Restoration Branch. Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Mound Grove Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Ralph O. Jones Funeral Home, Odessa. The family suggests contributions to the church or the Odessa Nutrition Center. 

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LLOYD A. HOWARD 

Lloyd A. Howard, 74, Independence, died Monday, Oct. 13, 1997,at Columbia Independence Regional Health Center. 

Mr. Howard was born Feb. 12, 1923, in Emmett, Idaho, and had lived in Independence for nine years. He wasa maintenance man for Pittman Manufacturing Co. before he retired. He was an Army veteran of World War II and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. 

His survivors include his wife, Mildred Howard of the home; and a daughter, Sharon Bartlett, Stilwell, Kan. 

Cremation. Friends may call from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the George C. Carson & Sons Independence Chapel. 

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GEORGE E. "SELBY" JORDAN 

George Edward "Selby" Jordan, 62, Nevada, Mo., died Wednesday, Oct. 15, 1997, at the Nevada Regional Medical Center. 

Mr. Jordan was born May 1, 1935, in Kansas City, Kan., and had lived in Kansas City area most of his life. He moved to Nevada in 1993. 

His survivors include two sons, Robert Conley, Lincoln, Ill., and Jess Toon, Nevada; two daughters, Christy Selby, Leavenworth, Kan., and Lisa Toon, Nevada; his fiance, Wanda Toon, Nevada; seven sisters; five brothers; two grandchildren, Brenda Trapani and Johnathan Selby; three great-grandsons; and several nieces and nephews. 

Cremation. Services are pending, with Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada in charge of arrangments. 

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MILDRED L. MANESS 

Mildred Lucile Maness, 89, Independence, died Tuesday, Oct. 14, 1997, at Columbia Independence Regional Health Center. 

Mrs. Maness was born Oct. 8, 1908, in Waverly, Mo., and had lived in Independencemost of her life. She was a homemaker, a 64-year member of the First Presbyterian Church, a 50-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 29 and the Social Order of Beauceant Assembly 150. She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Roy W.E. Maness in 1981, a son, Roy Maness Jr., and a great-granddaughter. 

Her survivors include three daughters, Nora Frances Hall, Butler, Mo., Judith Ann Frye, Independence, and Donna Lou Borchart, Blue Springs; ason, James R. Maness, Blue Springs; five grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. 

Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the Speaks Suburban Chapel. Burial will be in Blue Springs Cemetery. Friends may call from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Fridayat the chapel. The family suggests contributions to the American Diabetes or the American Heart associations or the Federation of the Blind. 

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ROBERT S. MARTIN SR. 

Robert Stanley Martin Sr., 52, Independence, died Wednesday, Oct.15, 1997, at Columbia Independence Regional Health Center. 

Mr. Martin was born May 13, 1945, in Independence, and was a lifelong Independence resident. Heworked for the Ford Motor Co. for 13 years, retiring as an inspector in 1978. His survivors include his wife, Redina J. Martin of the home; a son, Robert S. Martin Jr., Lee`s Summit; a daughter, Debbie Heins, Independence; three brothers, George Martin, Hermitage, Mo., Richard Martin, Urbana, Mo., and Gary Martin, Los Alamitos, Calif.; and two grandchildren. 

Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at D.W. Newcomer`s Sons Noland Road Chapel. Burial will be in Mound Grove Cemetery. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at the chapel. 

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HAROLD H. STOCK 

Harold H. Stock, 65, Sibley, died Tuesday, Oct. 14, 1997, at the Medical Center of Independence. 

Mr. Stock was born July 30, 1932, in Levasy, and was a lifelong area resident. He was a farmer of agriculture in northeastern Jackson County. He was a member of the Levasy Ebenezer United Church of Christ and was on the Jackson County Farm Bureau Board of Directors. He was the recipient of the 1972 Outstanding Achievement Award from the University of Missouri for Farm Management Program and the 1995 Missouri Farm Family. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War, receiving the Bronze Star. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Shirley Stock in 1980. 

His survivors include his wife,Nancy J. Stock of the home; two sons, Ronald E. "Ron" Stock and Dr. Clifford A. "Cliff" Stock, both of Lee`s Summit; two daughters, Gina L. Cantrell and Lucinda "Cindy" Lovell, both of Independence; a sister, LaVern Fry, Stockton, Mo.;and two grandchildren. 

Services will be 10 a.m. Friday at the church. Burialwill be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 7 to 8:30 tonight at the church. The family suggests contributions to the Wellington (Mo.) Future Farmers of America or the church. Arrangements are under the direction of Brown Funeral Home. 

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